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News of: Monday, 5th of November, 2007

Front Page

AL now agrees to army role in polls

The Awami League (AL) has dramatically retreated from its stance on opposing a provision of the existing electoral laws, which empowers the defence forces including the army with magistracy powers during parliamentary elections.

Crackdown on Pakistani politicians, HR activists

Pakistani forces rounded up hundreds of opponents yesterday as President Pervez Musharraf sought to shore up his grip on power by imposing emergency rule and possibly postponing elections.

Probe report links Saifur, Bhuiyan, Nizami

The investigation report on the Gatco corruption case against Khaleda Zia and 12 others recommended the inclusion of 18 more persons, including Saifur Rahman, Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan and Jamaat chief Motiur Rahman Nizami, in the charge sheet.

Khaleda to inform EC soon of her views

Detained BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will soon write to the Election Commission (EC) to clarify her stance on the party constitution and leadership.

WB president defends conditional loans

World Bank (WB) President Robert Zoellick yesterday concluded his first trip to Bangladesh, justifying the bank's practice of attaching conditions to loans, by saying they are required to protect funds from corruption, while admitting that the bank does need reforms to adapt to the changing times.

Yunus calls for major reforms in World Bank

Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus has asked for major reforms in the World Bank saying the multilateral development bank has not been successful in achieving its main goal of poverty alleviation.

HC grants bail to Hasina, stays power plant graft case

The High Court (HC) yesterday granted bail to former prime minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina in a Tk 3 crore graft case filed against her and six prominent personalities by the Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) on September 2.

HC asks EC, govt to call real BNP for talks

The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule on the Election Commission (EC) and the government to show cause within two weeks as to why they should not be directed to call upon the legitimate BNP officials.

Harris handed 59 years behind bars

A Dhaka court yesterday, for the third time, sentenced Harris Chowdhury, political secretary to detained former prime minister Khaleda Zia, to 59 years' imprisonment in connection with giving a government automobile to his friend for using it.

Purbani MD, Yaba 'peddler' Nikita held

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday picked up Mahbubur Rahman Joynal, managing director of Hotel Purbani International, and his suspected Yaba peddling 'girl friend' Nikita alias Zannatul Ferdousi on their way to a Dhaka court for surrender.

WB offers support for better business environment

The visiting World Bank (WB) top boss yesterday offered Bangladesh support for a better business environment through the bank's action plan if the country agrees on this major development agenda.

Huji web spread over Magura, Jhenidah

Harkat ul-Jihad-i-Islami (Huji) operatives had moved the weaponry smuggled in for the August 21 grenade attack to places outside Dhaka shortly after the anti-militant clampdown began following the August 17 countrywide blasts in 2005.

3 more cases filed against Khulna mayor

Detained Khulna City Corporation (KCC) Mayor Sheikh Tayebur Rahman was placed on a five-day remand yesterday in an extortion case.

DCC opens help desk today

The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is going to launch help desks at its headquarters and zonal offices from today in a bid to improve municipal services.

Trial of war criminals under emergency powers demanded

Paying rich tributes to the four national leaders killed in 1975, leaders of different political parties yesterday demanded inclusion of trial of war crimes in the Emergency Power Rules within a week and immediate arrest and punishment of war criminals of 1971.

Government focuses on building Metro Rail

The government yesterday set its priority on building a subway or underground railway system to ease traffic congestion and improve communication system in the capital.

Mufti Shahidul charged with selling tax-free car

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday pressed charges against detained former Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ) lawmaker Mufti Shahidul Islam and four others in a case for selling a tax-free car.

Bamboo-clay house earns prestigious Aga Khan award

A clay, straw and bamboo made two-storey eye-catching building at Rudrapur of Biral upazila in Dinajpur won the triennial Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

Charge sheet against JMB men in week

Investigators are going to press charges in a week against some operatives of outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) for their attempt on litterateur Humayun Azad in 2004.

It's not me, but Captain Hafiz went to arrest Zia: Maj Hafiz

Acting Secretary General of Saifur Rahman-led BNP faction Major (retd) Hafiz Uddin Ahmed yesterday said he will quit politics if anyone can prove his involvement with the arrest of Ziaur Rahman on November 3, 1975.

Debapriya flies to Geneva today for UN job

Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya, who was recently appointed ambassador and permanent representative of Bangladesh to the World Trade Organisation and the UN Office at Geneva, flies to Switzerland today to take over his new assignment.

Emergency rule no solution to extremism

Former Pakistani premier Benazir Bhutto said yesterday that President Pervez Musharraf's move to declare emergency rule would only encourage extremists and give them "a new lease of life."

Dhaka observes developments very closely

Bangladesh is closely observing the developments in Pakistan following the declaration of a state of emergency by President General Pervez Musharraf.

Implementation of uni-track edn system deferred till Dec 2008

The Council of Advisers yesterday approved a proposal for deferring the implementation of “uni-track education system” for class IX and X to December 31, 2008 for further preparation and review.

EC Sakhawat sees storm gathering

Talking about the Election Commission's roadmap to hold a fair and credible election. Election Commissioner Brig Gen (retd) Sakhawat Hossain yesterday said he sees a black patch of cloud at 'Ishan kon'--a precursor to a storm and concomitant troubles.

NBR fines PSI Cotecna for under invoicing luxury autos

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) fined Cotecna, a pre-shipment inspection (PSI) company, Tk 97 lakh for its involvement in under invoicing import of luxury vehicles.

DU probe body wants time extension

The judicial probe commission formed to investigate the violent incidents on Dhaka University (DU) campus last August urged the government to extend its tenure for six days.

2 govt officials crushed under train wheels

Two government officials were crushed under the wheels of a train at Arani rail crossing in Bagha upazila yesterday afternoon.

Editorial

Sad day for Pakistan

In a highly complicated politico-military scenario in Pakistan with judicial activism playing a conscientious role and Ms Bhutto's homecoming briefly bolstering democratic aspirations, Musharraf has proclaimed emergency by one fell stroke. In Pakistan's chequered history, this is perhaps one of the worst uncertain phase it has had the misfortune of dealing with now.

Biman's schedule

It is utterly disconcerting to note that Biman Bangladesh continues to sink deeper in its own muck every day. We were actually aghast to learn that the authorities of many international airports like London, Jeddah, Dubai, Riyadh, Kuwait and Rome have issued warning to Biman for its erratic flight schedule on busy international routes. These airports have warned it of not granting slots or imposing fines if it failed to be on schedule in future. We would like to ask the Biman authorities if it has touched a new low in its good will.

To pick up or not to pick up the gauntlet

The bleeding wound afflicted on our psyche by the episode of 1971 was crudely opened up when Ali Ahsan Mujahid, secretary general of the Jamaat, while talking to newsmen after his deliberations with the EC on October 25, arrogantly denied the existence of any war criminal or anti-liberation force in the country.

Left with an alternative

The Indian Left is much larger than its most visible face, the Communist Party of India (Marxist). It is split three ways, each currently pointing in three directions. The CPM, CPI and their smaller partners represent the institutional-democratic element. The Naxalites, or Maoists, are the unstructured, undemocratic, but increasingly potent dimension.

Yielding to yaba

The recent yaba-busting drives by the elite strike force Rab, and arrest of six youngsters with some yaba tablets and 24 pornography CDs has taken the nation by surprise. Because all of the arrestees come from affluent upper class families, and used two luxurious cars for carrying and selling the drugs.

Sports

Dhaka miseries pile on

Veteran opener Javed Omar stunned everyone watching yesterday's 9th National Cricket League match by showing dissent to the umpire on his run-out decision while Mohammad Ashraful typically wasted what looked like a promising start to add more woes in Dhaka's poor performance against Barisal on the third day of the four-dayer.

Shahjada sinks Ctg

Sylhet survived an early scare from Khulna spearhead Mashrafe Bin Mortaza to show some character in their batting on the rain-interrupted third day of the 9th National Cricket League match at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium yesterday.

It can't get bigger than this

As with all the greatest sporting derbies, matters are never routine when India and Pakistan come together. Strange things, not always clasped to the fortunes of form, class and temperament, happen.

NSC's huge loss

The probe committee formed by the National Sports Council (NSC) to investigate its corruption during the tenure of the BNP-led four-party alliance has marked the renovated Bangabandhu National Stadium as a dangerous structure.

Under-19s' Pak tour on

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) officials confirmed that the Under-19 cricket team's tour of Pakistan was despite a state emergency in Pakistan.

FIFA says no to govt officials

The executive committee of the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) will have an emergency meeting today to discuss the recent directive of FIFA on the formation of the district and divisional football associations (DFA).

Sevilla blow Real away

Sevilla showed there is life after Juande Ramos turning in a terrific display to down in-form champions Real Madrid 2-0 late on Saturday.

Milan just can't win

AC Milan's dismal home league form continued Saturday as Torino frustrated the San Siro faithful by holding out for a 0-0 draw.

Gunners remain in pole position

Arsene Wenger believes the busy Christmas period will play a major part in deciding if Arsenal can win the Premier League.

Grant not getting carried away

Avram Grant refused to get carried away as Chelsea closed in on the Premier League's top two after an impressive 2-0 victory at struggling Wigan.

Berbatov is unhappy

Dimitar Berbatov will hold showdown talks with Juande Ramos this week to discuss his long term future at Tottenham.

Otto's future undecided

Veteran German coach Otto Rehhagel said on Sunday he would not make up his mind over his future until after Greece had defended their European title next year.

Ronaldo to return for Milan

Ronaldo has been included in AC Milan's squad for Tuesday's Champions League Group D match at Shakhtar Donetsk after three months out with injury.

SL go down fighting

Queensland staved off a Sri Lankan pace onslaught to hold on for a four-wicket victory on the final day of their three-day tour match at Allan Border Field here Sunday.

Security beefed up

Walking towards the Nehru Stadium in Guwahati is like gradually entering a sea of khaki.

Steve angry at ex-coach

Steve Harmison, the England fast bowler, has become the first of their current Test players to speak out in defence of Andrew Flintoff following last week's revelations from the former coach, Duncan Fletcher, in his autobiography, Behind the Shades.

Javed, Hannan fined

Dhaka opener Javed Omar and his Barisal counterpart Hannan Sarker were fined for breaching the code of conducts during their National Cricket League match yesterday.

Nadal aims Paris double

Rafael Nadal stands one win away from a victory double in the capital after helping Frenchman Richard Gasquet claim the last available place in the season-ending Masters Cup.

GQ Chowdhury new BVF boss

Renowned sports organiser and former secretary general of Bangladesh Olympic Association Golam Quddus Chowdhury was named new president of Bangladesh Volleyball Federation (BVF) yesterday.

ICC cancels Pak tour

An International Cricket Council (ICC) delegation cut short an assessment tour of Pakistan for next year's Champions Trophy following the declaration of emergency rule, an official said Sunday.

Bayern draw blank

Bayern Munich boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said his side were kicking themselves after their failure to hit the target against Eintracht Frankfurt allowed Hamburg to cut their league lead to just two points.

Rafa rues missed chances

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez admitted he was disappointed to see his team lose the opportunity to gain ground on the Premier League leaders after their 0-0 draw with Blackburn.

Marseille remain in drop zone

Marseille's miserable league season failed to improve a whole lot on Saturday when the relegation-threatened south coast 'giants' had to settle for a goalless draw against Lorient at the Stade Velodrome.

Morientes lifts Valencia

Incoming Valencia coach Ronald Koeman watched on in delight as caretaker coach Oscar Fernandez guided his new team to a 2-0 win over Real Mallorca on Sunday as they moved up to fourth in the table.

Milan blame refereeing

Ailing Italian giants AC Milan complained on Sunday that their Serie A woes were down to poor refereeing.

Vlcek doubt for Slavia

Czech international striker Stanislav Vlcek is a major doubt for Slavia Prague ahead of their daunting Champions League clash against rampant Arsenal on Wednesday.

Kuranyi may miss Chelsea encounter

Schalke 04's hopes of reviving their Champions League campaign suffered a blow on Sunday as it was revealed that German international striker Kevin Kuranyi was a major doubt for their match with Chelsea on Tuesday.

Business

Stock market surges as investors struggle to find new quality shares

While the benchmark index of the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) declined by more than three percent last year, the index has already soared by more than 81 percent since January 3 as investors chase the limited amount of new quality shares on offer.

Dhaka holds potential to become effective partner in int'l market

World Bank President Robert B Zoellick yesterday said Bangladesh holds the potential to become an effective partner in the international market by utilising its human resources properly and developing its infrastructures in the apparel industry.

Nepal's RMG export to US down 46pc

Nepal's export of readymade garment (RMG) to the US has plunged by a whopping 46 per cent in the first 10 months of 2007 compared to same period last year, as companies hit by labour stir and eroding competitiveness, failed to lure international buyers.

UAE to review wages of construction workers

The United Arab Emirates said on Sunday it will "urgently" review wages of workers in the construction sector, which has been hit by a series of strikes.

Investors of savings certificates now to get back excess tax

The investors of savings certificates, who had to pay advance income tax (AIT) at source for lack of clear guideline, will get their money back.

Indian airlines set to hike fares again

After raising the fares by 150 rupees (US$3.8) to meet the increase in price of aviation turbine fuel (ATF), Indian domestic airlines are set to hike fares again.

Saarc commerce secy level meet in Dhaka from November 24

The two-day 13th commerce secretary level meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) will begin in the city on November 24.

US tightens restrictions on meat imports

U.S. regulators have tightened restrictions on meat and poultry products from Canada because of concerns about testing practices at a Canadian firm that was the likely source of bacteria-contaminated meat that sickened 40 people in eight states.

China raises airline fuel surcharge from today

China will allow its domestic airlines to increase fuel surcharge starting from today to offset the pressure of oil price hikes on the aviation industry.

ACI gets new director

Waliur Rahman Bhuiyan, managing director of BOC (Bangladesh) Ltd, has recently become a director of ACI Ltd.

Chevron's Q3 profit down 26pc

Chevron Corp. third-quarter profit slid 26 percent, the steepest decline in five years as the energy market's unpredictable pendulum swung against the second-largest U.S. oil company and most of its peers.

Workers reach tentative deal with Ford

The United Auto Workers Union said Saturday it had reached a tentative four-year contract with Ford Motor Saturday, avoiding a potentially crippling strike that has affected other top US automakers.

Metropolitan

Trial of war criminals demanded

Different organisations have continued their condemnation of the derogatory remarks made by Jamaat leaders about the country's liberation war.

Govt spots 26 troubled points

The government has spotted 26 troubled points in 18 districts where distribution problem is barring farmers from getting fertiliser.

CDA finalises draft report on planned growth of Ctg

Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) has completed the draft final report on the Detailed Area Plan (DAP) covering an area of 1152 square kilometres for planned growth of the port city.

Nat'l unity a must to stop use of religion in politics

Members of the Constitution Drafting Committee yesterday called for national unity to stop use of religion in politics, establish spirit of the liberation war and ensure social justice to all.

Cyber-crime on the rise

Bangladesh police is organising a three-day regional 'cyber-crime seminar' beginning from today in the city aiming at fostering future cooperation among the participating countries and improving capacities to combat such crimes.

Over Tk 9 crore French grant for flood victims

The French government will donate 948.000 Euros, equivalent to over Tk 9 crore, to three NGOs working in the country to support the post-flood food and rehabilitation programmes.

Vitamin A to be added to cooking oil to fight malnutrition

Aiming to eliminate malnutrition from the country, a national programme was launched yesterday to add vitamin A to 70 percent of all cooking oil.

Banker found dead at Hotel Sheraton

Police recovered body of a banker from Sheraton Hotel in the city on Saturday night.

TIB extends deadline

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has extended the deadline for submission of entries for its 'Anti-corruption Cartoon Competition 2007' until November 12 ahead of the International Anti-corruption Day on December 9, a TIB press release said.

‘Form special tribunal to try war criminals’

“I would have preferred death before hearing Mujahid make such comments that there is no war criminals in the country," said an emotional Shyamoli Nasrin Chowdhury, wife of Dr Alim Chowdhury, who was brutally killed by Al Badr during the liberation war, at a discussion yesterday.

12,000 sex-stimulating tablets seized from drug store in city

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday seized 12,000 sex-stimulating tablets and liquid from a drugs store of a wholesale medicine market at the old part of the city.

ACC okays charge sheets in cases against Huda, Dr Iqbal, Mirza Azam

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday approved the submission of charge sheets in the cases against former communications minister Barrister Nazmul Huda and Awami League leaders Dr HBM Iqbal and Mirza Azam for acquiring wealth beyond their known sources of income.

Ties with Nordic countries to be strengthened

Bangladesh is seeking to evolve a strategic relationship over the issues of trade and development cooperation, UN activities and organised manpower migration with Sweden and Norway.

Body to facilitate judicial inquiry of war criminals

Sectors' Commander Forum (SCF) yesterday formed a two-step legal committee to facilitate the judicial inquiry of the criminals involved in liberation war and genocide in 1971.

Over 13,000 forms sold on first day

Distribution and submission of forms for the first year honours admission tests at Dhaka University for the sessions 2007-2008 began yesterday, with the sale of over 13000 forms.

Firearms license renewal begins December 1

The renewal of licenses of firearms for the year 2008 will begin in the districts from December 1 and continue to December 31 this year, said a press release yesterday.

4 die of food poisoning in Sylhet

Four people, including a woman and her daughter, died of food poisoning at the remote Latigram village in Gowainghat upazila in the last two days.

Qulkhwani of Amu's wife Feroza held

Qulkhwani of Begum Feroza Hossain, wife of Awami League presidium member Amir Hossain Amu, was held at his New Eskaton residence.

Voter listing begins in Ctg today

The voter listing process with digitised photographs and National Identity Card (NIC) will begin in the port city today.

Saarc ministerial meet in Delhi on Dec 7

The two-day Saarc Council of Ministers meeting is scheduled to begin in New Delhi on December 7.

Bring war criminals to justice

Bikalpa Dhara, Bangladesh (BDB) President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday urged the caretaker government to take initiative to bring the war criminals to justice.

Bhutan lauds judiciary separation

Bhutanese Ambassador Dasho Tshering Dorji appreciated separation of the judiciary from the executive by the caretaker government.

Token hunger strike at Observer Bhaban today

The journalists, press workers and employees of The Bangladesh Observer and weekly Chitrali will observe a token hunger strike today to press their demand for payment of arrear salary.

1,160 more held

Police in separate drives across the country arrested 1,160 people on various charges during the last 24 hours until 6:00am yesterday.

National

Huji active in Magura under Khelafat Majlish leadership

Terrorist organisation Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami, Bangladesh (Huji), which emerged in the country in early 1992 through an open declaration of its Jihad agenda, has strongholds in different rural areas of Magura, set up under the direct supervision of its operation commander Mufti Abdul Hannan.

Punish war criminals, demand freedom fighters

Freedom fighters in Dinajpur and Satkhira yesterday demanded punishment of war criminals.

Orange farming raises new hopes among CHT farmers

Orange cultivation may be a very profitable occupation in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT). Many farmers in the hills now think like this seeing a bumper yield of the juicy sweet fruit this year.

Stop Teesta erosion

'We do not want relief, we want steps to control river erosion' was the cry of people on the bank of Teesta in Ujan Bochagari in Sunderganj upazila.

Tania murder trial begins

The trial of Tahmina Sharmin Tania killing case began here yesterday.

2 Ro-Ro ferries operate from today

With opening of two Ro-Ro ferries on Charjanajat-Mawa route across the Padma River today, road communications of 21 south-western districts with Dhaka are expected to be much easier and faster.

78 fertiliser bags seized in B'Baria

Seventy-eight bags of fertiliser were seized from the house of Monju Member of Chatalpara village under Nasirnagar upazila yesterday.

'Land grabber' sent to jail

The chief judicial magistrate of Sylhet yesterday afternoon sent alleged land grabber Khondker Kamruzzaman Anwar to the jail after Kotwali police produced before it by.

9 acquitted in EPR violation case

A court in Sylhet yesterday acquitted all the nine accused in a case filed under emergency power rules.

Letters

Corruption

We are simply astonished to see the scale of corruption that had reached such a peak in Bangladesh. While the ACC is investigating

Talk shows

Talk shows organised by the electronic media are now popular in Bangladesh. People, by and large, are interested to listen to such discussions on different issues in the absence of parliament, since they like to know what is going to happen next. Some people take part in talk shows to project themselves as intellectuals and some really mean to contribute to the nation.

Price hike

We are worried about the present skyrocketing price hike. For the poor and middle class families, it is very difficult to survive. The government should control the price hike at any cost.

Putin's visit to Iran…

Russian President Vladimir Putin made a visit to Iran recently; it was a historic visit--no Kremlin leader visited Iran since 1943 during World War II. And again, it happened at a time when there is a looming antagonism between Iran & the USA over the issue of Iran's nuclear pursuit, as alleged by the US administration --- though Iran has been denying it.

ID card project

I may like to give thanks to Major Md. Delwar Hossain (rtd), who has just written a few words and expressed his views on implementing the National ID card project.

Judiciary

Thanks to your columnist Mr. Nazrul Islam (25 October) for throwing light on the mutiny of the admin cadre by quoting solid numbers. When a person without any background of education in law is awarded to rule as a magistrate based on a three-month training course on CrPc, it is a recipe for corruption and cronyism. No wonder that egos of these people were excessively bloated. I would urge the CTG not to give in to the blackmail. We need to give a decent burial to the vestiges of the British Raj.

Agricultural innovation

Your DU correspondent's report (Oct:24) about Saifuddin Ahmad's prize-winning essay on agricultural innovation is a worthwhile tribute to one of our talented fellows. Agriculture is the backbone of our economic system; and any improvement in this important sector will result in qualitative improvement in the lives of our farmers. Such creative effort deserves national recognition. Our government should take up the issues presented in the essay and transform it into applicable pragmatic work methods and instructions to encourage our farmers to adopt the proposed methods outlined in the essay.

Save our youth

Lately, “Yaba” is a buzz-word in our country as a life damaging drug which is a lucrative business for some people and our young generation is the target customers. More and more youngsters in areas like Gulshan, Banani, Baridhara and Dhanmondi switched to the deadly pills, with heroin becoming less available.

Sports report

In your report titled" Captain, Coach meet early", you stated Ashraful's age as being 24 years. This is wrong.

Muslims in India

Harsh Mander of the "Hindustan Times" paper, wrote an article titled "The Marked People", and after reading this write-up, I realised that Muslims in India are really having a hard time. On August 25, 2007,three bomb blasts hit Hyderabad and within days of the incident, the author says that a large number of Muslim youth had to undergo abduction, illegal detention and torture by the police.

"Minus one" theory

It was a very disgraceful scene to watch and listen to the Secretary General of the Jamaat on satellite TV. It is not only outrageous but also full of lies what has been uttered by the Jamaat leader. I can guarantee that the Jamaat is politically bankrupt and will never have the guts to run any election in Bangladesh with their own manifesto, because they know that the people of Bangladesh will not vote them to power based on their own manifesto, despite the fact that the people of Bangladesh are God-fearing and religious. They have many times discarded politics of religion and will do the same in the future also.

The good man is around

Abdullah was born in the late forties, though like most of us, he would love to claim to have been born in the early fifties. He was amongst some of the tallest yet tiny little boys who joined our batch in East Pakistan Cadet College in the year 1962. Being tall, tough and hefty, Abdullah assumed the title of 'Adu Bhai', sort of guardian to all of us.

Admission test questions

Save education, save the students, save the nation……..it will be most appreciated.

BNP

According to the BNP party constitution, there is no post for acting chairman. Only the BNP chairperson can call a meeting of the standing committee.

Jamaat in parliament again?

The story of the Jamaat denying its anti-liberation role in 1971 disgusted me to no end. It sickens me to think that those who knowingly performed the horrific acts of collaborating with Pakistan in 1971 still walk on our land and now want to enter the general elections yet again! We cannot afford to repeat that mistake!

Fate of the poor

During the Durga Puja festival, the biggest celebration of the Hindu community, Khogen Chandra, a 41-year old day labourer, was unfed, undressed and sick. When the rich were busy making the Puja festival a success with new colourful dresses, delicious dishes, Khogen Chandra was feeling the pangs of hunger.

Drug abuse

The recent reports on drug abuse have shocked us. Sale of drugs in open streets is not only a hazard to those buying it due to addiction, but also to those selling them. But if effective measures are taken against it then it is only a matter of days before things get better. Besides police action, the general public will have to remain aware of these criminals. If this does not happen, then dangerous consequences are likely to follow. Access to knowledge can help people to protect themselves from the ill effects of drugs.

Service sector

Recently I met a person from a company, which is based in the subcontinent and also operating in HK. It prompted me to revisit the visions, at least theoretically, Bangladeshi organisations can have in the service sector. There has been much progress in the Financial Services sector under WTO.

"Denial is the final phase of genocide"

In regard to the current disturbing discussion about the genocide committed by the Pakistani army and its allies during the liberation war of 1971, I would like to add the following: the Oxford English Dictionary's definition of genocide is "the deliberate extermination of a race of people". This is exactly what happened in 1971 in the then East Pakistan. It is time that the Bangladeshi government and the UN considered taking action against the architects of this genocide.

International

World calls for restoring rule of law in Pakistan

World leaders urged a swift return to democracy and the rule of law after President Pervez Musharraf imposed emergency rule in Pakistan, although some allies stopped short of outright condemnation.

Musharraf targeting the courts, say Pakistanis

As police set up barricades and rolled out coils of barbed wire, people on the strangely quiet streets of Pakistan's main cities had little doubt who was the key target of the imposition of emergency rule.

'Emergency set to backfire'

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's bid to cling to power is set to backfire badly, destabilising a key US ally, spawning new militant attacks and straining relations with the army, analysts said.

Pakistani media slams Musharraf's '2nd coup'

Pakistani newspapers on Sunday condemned President Pervez Musharraf's decision to impose emergency rule, saying that he had cheated the nation and plunged the country back into dictatorship.

Lanka tightens security as Tigers vow war

Sri Lankan security forces stepped up patrols and roadblocks yesterday, fearing reprisals after the death of a top Tamil Tiger leader in a government air strike.

No US plans to suspend military aid to Pakistan

The United States has no plans to suspend military aid to Pakistan in response to a declaration of emergency by President Pervez Musharraf, a Pentagon spokesman said Saturday.

Turkey retains military option despite Iraqi steps to curb rebels

Turkey said Saturday that military options "remain on the table" to strike Kurdish rebels based in northern Iraq despite new measures by Baghdad to clamp down on the separatists.

Security comes before Palestinian state

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice heard a strong message from Israel yesterday that security must precede the creation of a Palestinian state, as she sought to bridge gaps ahead of a peace meeting.

Austerity call in Iran amid sanctions threat

Iran yesterday urged Iranians to adopt austerity measures to prevent sanctions over its nuclear drive having any impact, amid warnings by world powers of further punitive action.

25 Taliban killed in Afghanistan

Afghan and international security forces killed 25 Taliban in an area of southern Afghanistan that has witnessed days of deadly clashes, officials said yesterday.

Pope calls for peaceful solution

Pope Benedict XVI Sunday expressed his concerns about the tense situation between Turkey and Kurdish rebels based in northern Iraq, calling for a peaceful solution.

Arts & Entertainment

Recitation programme by Konthoshilon

On the evening of November 3, poetry aficionados gathered at the National Theatre Stage, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy where cultural organisation Kontho-shilon held a recitation programme. Titled Banshi Bajey Oi, the programme is Konthoshilon's fifth arrangement featuring solo recitals. In the past the group held solo recital evenings featuring the late Wahidul Haque, late Noren Biswas, late Shamsur Rahman and Golam Sarwar.

Sitar recital by Sazed Ul Alam at ULAB

University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) arranged a solo sitar evening at its auditorium on November 3. Spain-based Bangladeshi sitar artiste Sazed Ul Alam performed different raaga, dhun and more at the programme.

Music that is entertaining and thought provoking

Milon Mahmud is a name to watch for. The singer is fast becoming popular to music lovers; especially the young ones. One of his most talked about song is the Nescafe theme song Cholo Shobai, remixed by Habib.

New talk show “Top Story” on Banglavision

A new talk show, titled Top Story, on current news and issues will be aired starting from tonight on Banglavision at 9:45pm.

OP-ED

Unsustainable agriculture

In every cropping season, farmers' agitation for fertiliser has become a common phenomenon. The country's factories can't cope with the growing demand of fertiliser. Moreover, loopholes in the distribution system aggravates the situation. Is there any easy way to bail out of the situation?

The whole truth

I have borrowed the caption of this article from the speeches of late Justice M.R. Kayani. He was a distinguished Pakistani jurist and is remembered for his opposition to the dictatorship of General Ayub Khan. As a judge and then the chief justice, his speeches at various forums were widely covered by the national press because of the rare combination of intellect, wit, courage and integrity he personified. His characteristic brand of humour and caustic, witty remarks did not even spare the presidents.

A primer on the IMF (part one)

Much has been written recently in the press in Bangladesh about the International Monetary Fund (IMF). I would like to share more information on what the IMF is and why it was created, how the IMF is governed, how the IMF is funded, and what the IMF does. I will do this in two written pieces. This one covers what the IMF is, how it is governed, and how it is funded. The second piece will cover the work of the IMF, both internationally and specifically in Bangladesh.

Star City

Budding drama groups badly dented

Gradual shutdown of the city's traditional, affordable and convenient spots for drama rehearsals due to political and other reasons is becoming a big challenge for most theatre groups pushing their shows and schedules into uncertainty.

Mirpur Town Hall bulldozed

Mirpur Town Hall was once a central place for staging theatre shows and rehearsals but now the place is in ruins. From 1980 to 2003, around 40 groups used to rehearse there including 17 groups doing regular shows.

Mahanagar Natyamancha does all but theatre

Mahanagar Natyamancha was constructed by Dhaka City Corporation to stage shows and conduct rehearsals. It was constructed during the tenure of Awami League government due to intense lobbying by the Group Theatre Federation.

Nylon net shopping bags act innocent, flood market

Nylon net shopping bags -- given by shopkeepers all over the country to customers for carrying purchased goods considering them an alternative to hazardous and banned polyethylene bags -- are in fact equally harmful to the environment, say environmentalists.

Dying trend of theatre rehearsals at DU

Dhaka University campus started to grow as a convenient place for drama rehearsals after independence toeing the tradition of theatre practice by the teachers and students of Dhaka College and Dhaka University in the 70s.

"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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