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News of: Wednesday, 7th of November, 2007

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Six MPs, 34 others die in Afghan blast

Forty people including six lawmakers were killed in a suicide attack in Afghanistan yesterday in the deadliest attack since the 2001 fall of the Taliban, a health official said.

EC defends BNP decision

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda yesterday said the Election Commission (EC) had followed the 'doctrine of necessity' in deciding to invite the Saifur-led faction to the talks on electoral reforms.

Govt working for strong local govt, transparency

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday said the government is working to strengthen the local government so that it can take its services to people's doorsteps and bring transparency and accountability in all sectors.

Genocide Act enough to try war criminals

The government may still try war criminals under the much-neglected Genocide Act 1973, which allows it to set up tribunals to try and punish members of military and 'auxiliary' forces from any country guilty of war crimes and genocide in Bangladesh.

Akbar questions most NGOs' transparency

Regulatory Reforms Commission Chief Akbar Ali Khan yesterday said most of the non-government organisations (NGOs) in Bangladesh do not have satisfactory transparency and accountability and are not operating for the benefit of the poor.

Withdraw invite or face legal action

Brig Gen (retd) Hannan Shah yesterday said if the Election Commission (EC) does not reverse its decision to have Saifur-led faction in the electoral talks, they would have recourse to legal measures in a day or two.

Nearly 40,000 overseas job-seekers cheated

A section of officials of recruiting agencies and Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (Baira) are allegedly swindling thousands of job seekers out of an enormous amount of money for sending their digitised fingerprints to Malaysia with the false impression of finalising their jobs, said sources in Baira and manpower businesses.

28th BCS to feature new recruitment rules

The Public Service Commission (PSC) is going to issue the much-awaited circular for the 28th BCS examinations with new recruitment rules after two and a half years.

Ex-secy Zabiullah, wife sued

The Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) filed a case against former environment secretary Ismail Zabiullah and his wife in connection with illegally accumulating wealth and concealing this information in the wealth statement submitted to the commission.

ADB lends $150m for anti-graft drive

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is extending a financial assistance package to help Bangladesh government in its fight against corruption and enable it to establish a system of good governance that will pave the way for more rapid economic growth.

No encouraging progress in lifting India's export ban

The two-day meeting of Bangladesh-India Joint Working Group on Trade ended yesterday with little progress in the bid for withdrawing Indian ban on rice, onion and pulses export.

NBR asked to explain refusal to accept Khaleda's tax

The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule upon National Board of Revenue (NBR) to explain why its refusal to accept detained ex-prime minister Khaleda Zia's tax on undeclared income will not be declared illegal.

Govt urged to raise officials' retirement age to 62yrs

The caretaker government was urged yesterday to raise the retirement age of public servants to 62 from 57.

Sacked chief justice urges Pak uprising

Pakistan's sacked chief justice urged people to "rise up" against President Pervez Musharraf's emergency rule yesterday, as the government ignored a global outcry and cracked down on fresh protests.

Bush asks Musharraf to hold polls, give up uniform

President Bush urged Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf yesterday to "restore democracy as quickly as possible," choosing mild disappointment over punishment or more pointed rhetoric to react to the declaration of emergency rule in anti-terror ally Pakistan.

12 to die for Bogra triple murder

The Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal in Rajshahi sentenced 12 people to death and four to life imprisonment for triple murders at Boro Chapra village in Bogra's Dhunat upazila.

Nikita, parents, brother sent to jail

A Dhaka court yesterday placed Mahbubur Rahman Joynal, managing director of Hotel Purbani, on a three-day remand in an arms case while another court sent to jail his girlfriend and alleged Yaba dealer Nikita alias Zannatul Ferdous, her parents and brother.

Nat'l Revolution and Solidarity Day today

The National Revolution and Solidarity Day will be observed today commemorating the civil-military upsurge of 1975.

Mir Shawkat blames it on media

Changing his earlier statement on the arrest of late president Ziaur Rahman on November 3, 1975, former BNP vice-chairman Lt Gen (retd) Mir Shawkat Ali yesterday said Maj (retd) Hafiz Uddin Ahmed had no link with the incident.

Commission starts recommending in next 2 weeks

The newly formed Regulatory Reforms Commission (RRC) headed by former adviser to caretaker government Akbar Ali Khan will hold its first meeting in next two weeks, and start placing its recommendations to the government right from that meeting.

Nayeem remanded

Mohammad Nayeem Mehtab Chowdhury, self-declared managing director of WorldTel Bangladesh Limited (WTBL), was placed on a five-day remand in a money swindling case yesterday.

2 more cases filed against Khulna mayor

Two more extortion cases were filed against Khulna City Corporation (KCC) Mayor Sheikh Tayebur Rahman with Khulna Police Station late Monday night.

South Asian rights group slates Pak crackdown

South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR) unequivocally condemns the imposition of emergency rule in Pakistan and the arrest of political activists, lawyers, human rights activists including I A Rehman and Asma Jahangir, who are among the most respected members of SAHR.

Ex-MP Rubel acquitted in land grab case

A Sherpur court yesterday acquitted Mahmudul Haque Rubel, former lawmaker of Sherpur-3 constituency, and three others in a land grabbing and extortion case as charges brought against them were not proved.

5 US soldiers killed in Iraq bombings

Five American soldiers have been killed in two roadside bomb attacks in Iraq, a senior commander announced yesterday, making 2007 the deadliest year for the US military since the invasion four years ago.

Editorial

EC invitation to BNP faction

By inviting the Saifur Rahman-led faction of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party to a dialogue on November 22, the Election Commission has created an impression of having taken sides. The EC's issuance of a letter inviting BNP acting secretary general Hafizuddin Ahmed to the dialogue does not convince us of the logic behind it. There are far too many factors that today make it hard for anyone to fathom the real situation vis-a-vis the BNP constitution. Bluntly stated, the constitution is very ambiguous, indeed confusing nature.

Drama rehearsal spots gets scarcer

A recent city page report in our paper has revealed that many of the traditional, affordable and convenient spots for drama rehearsals are gradually becoming inaccessible to the users. Notably the one or two rooms that were open to rehearsal by various groups, particularly at the Eskaton Garden High School and the Motijheel High School, became unavailable to them since the change of government in 2001. As many as 30 theatre groups, both old and budding ones, had been using the premises for the last 20 years. This was being done on mutually agreed terms with the rehearsals taking place during evening hours preceded by school activities up to the afternoon hours. To add to the overall paucity of space, only the other day, the Mirpur Town Hall which was a central place for staging shows and holding rehearsals after being in a bad shape for long has finally been bulldozed by DCC and that too reportedly at the behest of some influential people to make way for a 20-storied commercial complex.

Khaled Musharraf and a lost autumnal spring

As the War of Liberation rolled on in 1971, Khaled Musharraf perfected the art of guerilla warfare against the occupation Pakistan army. He was a hands-on soldier, in that conventional sense of the meaning, and yet he had quickly proved adept in planning and employing all those hit and run tactics that have historically laid traditional armies low all across the globe.

Jamaat-e-Islam and its anti-liberation role in 1971

The comments made by former bureaucrat Shah Abdul Hannan, coming as they did on the heels of similar comments from the Jamaat-e-Islam Secretary-General Mohammad Mujahid, on our glorious Liberation War of 1971 should have triggered a tsunami across the political land mass of Bangladesh by now for the simple reason that there would have been no Bangladesh today had there been no Liberation War in 1971. There should have been country-wide agitation, with people protesting their remarks.

Night of the generals

While even coup-prone nations are gradually treading the democratic or at least constitutional path, Pakistan has remained unique for being run by a serving general as its "elected" president and without a constitution. The country's constitution has been suspended, modified and even replaced with draconian acts several times since 1958, in the name of defending Islam and sovereignty of the country.

Sports

Runs flow for Imrul

Imrul Kayes showed a rare brand of runs spree, slamming another swashbuckling century as Khulna secured a comfortable 56-run victory over Sylhet to maintain their hundred per cent success rate in the one-day competition of the 9th National Cricket League at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium yesterday.

Booters refuse to take money from coach

The national footballers refused to take any money from their outgoing Indian coach Syed Nayeemuddin, who offered them a portion of his salary from the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF).

North-South now on Nov 10

The opening day match of the Challengers' Cup tournament between North and South, billed for a November 9 start, has been deferred by a day.

Sachin says no

Sachin Tendulkar has declined the Indian Test captaincy, citing personal reasons, two days before the national selectors are scheduled to decide on the position. "I don't feel right about it at the moment," Tendulkar told CNN-IBN, an Indian news channel.

'Don't burden captain'

Mahendra Singh Dhoni may have impressed with his leadership skills in the one-dayers but burdening him with the Test captaincy would be asking for too much from the youngster, feels former skipper Ravi Shastri.

Gambhir delights Dhoni

Gautam Gambhir's good recent form and the fact that he hadn't been persisted with recently helped him win a spot ahead of his Delhi teammate Virender Sehwag, Mahendra Singh Dhoni revealed at the end of the game.

Malaysian club Perak ensure participation

Two-time Malaysian League and 7-time Cup winners Perak FA will play in this month's Friendship Cup football tournament to be held in Dhaka.

Div 3 qualifying cricket

The third division qualifying cricket super league will begin in Dhaka tomorrow.

Rahul's timely reply

Rahul Dravid reminded the national selectors of his value as the middle order rock with a double century which ensured his team Karnataka an honourable draw and one point against holders Mumbai in their Elite Division Group A Ranji Trophy match here on Tuesday.

Wear black, miss match

A black T-shirt or even a pair of black socks would cost a bona fide ticket holder his entry into the Green Park Stadium which hosts the third India-Pakistan cricket one dayer here on Sunday.

English giants stare at last 16

English Premier League giants Manchester United and Arsenal approach Wednesday's fourth round of group games knowing that if results go their way early passage to the Champions League last 16 is assured.

Man City move to third

A second-half strike by Irish international Stephen Ireland saw Manchester City defeat Sunderland 1-0 and move into third in the Premiership.

Fergie, Wenger at loggerheads

Sir Alex Ferguson has lent his support to FIFA's plans to limit the number of foreign players in each team - and he feels that title rivals Arsenal would protest the loudest at such a rule.

Swedish legend dies

Nils Liedholm, who captained Sweden at the 1958 World Cup finals and as a coach guided AC Milan and Roma to Serie A titles, has died at the age of 85, ANSA reported on Monday.

Kewell boost for Socceroos

English-based stars Harry Kewell and Tim Cahill are expected to have limited game time in Australia's football friendly this month against Nigeria in London.

Asia's illegal bet shops closed

Dozens of illegal football betting houses across Asia have been shut down in an operation coordinated by Interpol, the global police organisation announced Monday.

Totti to miss out

Roma will be without their emblematic captain Francesco Totti for the Champions League group F encounter with Sporting in Lisbon on Wednesday, the Italian side have confirmed.

Sagnol back in training

French international defender Willy Sagnol was back in training with Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich on Tuesday for the first time in six months after a knee injury.

Figo to undergo leg surgery

Inter Milan's veteran midfielder Luis Figo will undergo surgery Tuesday on a fractured fibula suffered in his club's 1-1 draw with Juventus at the weekend.

France won't rely on Italy

France manager Raymond Domenech insisted Monday that France should not rely on Italy beating Scotland this month to qualify for the Euro 2008 finals.

Real want Beckham's Galaxy

Real Madrid are set to give former player David Beckham the ultimate compliment by inviting his Los Angeles Galaxy side to Spain for a challenge match in December, according to a report here Tuesday.

Rossi out for six weeks

Villarreal striker Giuseppe Rossi underwent right knee surgery Monday and will be out of action for the next six weeks, his Spanish club announced.

'Expect chin music'

Mitchell Johnson has warmed up for his Test debut by warning Sri Lanka's batsmen to prepare for a string of bouncers at the Gabba. Johnson picked up only two wickets during the tour game in Brisbane, where he was out-bowled by his Queensland teammate Ashley Noffke, but he felt the pitch prevented him from unsettling the tourists with his short balls.

MacGill gets the nod

Stuart MacGill has been given a clear run into the first-Test team after Brad Hogg was trimmed from Australia's 13-man squad in Brisbane. Andrew Hilditch, the chairman of selectors, watched Hogg bowl in the nets before making the decision, which was helped by the cloudy and damp conditions.

Likeable librarian

The first time I got an inkling that Daniel Vettori might be captain material was in 2003. The Black Caps were touring Sri Lanka and were in the middle of a warm-up game. I had batted all day for a century. When stumps were drawn and I walked off, I expected plenty of praise from my teammates. I got it from some, but from Daniel all I got was a steely look and a lecture on how the way I had batted could cost us in the Test matches. It was thought that as Muttiah Muralidaran was the main threat to us, we could allow ourselves the luxury of playing particularly cautiously against him if we were positive against the others.

Media blackout?

Global news agencies said Tuesday they might be forced to cancel coverage of the first Australia-Sri Lanka cricket Test after organisers imposed unprecedented restrictions on the media.

Flying start for Army

Bangladesh Army got off to a flying start in the Office Hockey League drubbing Afsar Limited 8-0 in one of the two opening day's matches at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

SL not going India's way

Sri Lanka would not emulate India's ultra-aggressive tactics against Australia during their upcoming two-Test series Down Under, spin wizard Muttiah Muralidaran has said.

Div 1 soccer transfers Nov 27-30

The Premier Football League clubs who did not take part in the inaugural professional league earlier this year and the First Division clubs have finally agreed to play in the famous Dhaka League.

Taking cricket to the top

A group of 18 professional and amateur British cricketers are trying to set a world record for holding the world's highest match at the foot of Mount Everest.

ICL unveils jerseys

The Indian Cricket League has unveiled the teams' colours and logos for its inaugural Twenty20 league to start later this month.

Business

Software piracy costs local retailers $90m a year

Software piracy in Bangladesh is crippling the local industry and costing local retailers $90 million a year, warned a top international software expert in Dhaka yesterday.

Existing systems of IPOs unable to woo big firms

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is now serious about introducing a new pricing system for initial public offerings (IPOs), as it has found existing methods inappropriate to encourage big or multinational companies to float primary shares on bourses.

Handicraft makers get $1.07m order

Bangladeshi manufacturers of jute and handicraft products received export orders worth 1.07 million US dollars at the recently concluded China Sourcing Fair for Gift & Home Products.

REHAB housing fair kicks off Nov 20

Real Estate and Housing Association of Bangladesh (REHAB), the apex body of developers, will organise a five-day annual housing fair in Dhaka beginning November 20 to offer opportunities to clients to buy apartments and plots from a single spot.

Air Slovakia debuts in Bangladesh Dec 6

Slovakia-based Air Slovakia yesterday announced the launch of its Bangladesh operations from December 6 this year.

Tk1.15cr bicycle parts seized at Benapole port

Customs and joint forces yesterday seized a consignment of bicycle parts worth Tk 1.15 crore while a local company was releasing the imported items by evading Tk 14 lakh tax through false declaration at Benapole port.

Campaign for responsible tourism launched

With an aim to create environment awareness among the youths and highlight the benefits of sustainable tourism in Bangladesh, a month-long campaign for responsible tourism was launched yesterday at Dhaka University.

Oil hits fresh record highs

Oil prices raced to fresh record highs on Tuesday as the market was stoked by concerns over tight global energy supplies, traders said.

US urges developing nations to help WTO talks

The top US commerce official said Tuesday that the world now had a rare opportunity to make headway in global trade talks, and urged rich and developing nations alike to work toward that goal.

New addl MD of Al-Arafah Bank

ATM Harun-Ur-Rashid Chowdhury has joined Al-Arafah Islami Bank Ltd as additional managing director with effect from November 1.

Dollar hits record low , gold goes to $820

The dollar plunged Tuesday to a new all-time low against the euro on fears for the future of the US financial sector, while gold hit a record high 820 dollars an ounce.

Britain backs IMF as global financial watchdog

Britain is backing reform of the International Monetary Fund to turn it into a global financial watchdog, the Daily Telegraph reported on Tuesday.

Metropolitan

Alongside politicians, bureaucrats also responsible for corruption

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Secretary Mokhlesur Rahman yesterday said it is not only the politicians, but also the bureaucrats at decision-making level, who were involved in abuse of power and misappropriation of public money, should be held responsible for corruption.

Launch strong social movement to curb acid violence

Women and Children Affairs Adviser Geeteara Safiya Choudhury yesterday stressed the need to launch a strong social movement to stamp out acid violence in the country.

'Try war criminals in special tribunal'

Sammilito Nari Samaj, an organisation of women's rights activists, strongly condemned the remarks made about the Liberation War by Jamaat leaders Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed and Abdul Kader Mollah.

Climate change may challenge successes of last few decades

President Iajuddin Ahmed has said the significant achievement on poverty reduction and improvement of human development during the last few decades may be challenged by climate change and other associated disasters.

'Formulate policy to protect environment of haor'

The first National Haor Convention will be held in the city in December.

7 killed in road accidents

At least seven people were killed and 33 others injured in separate road accidents in Tangail and Mymensingh yesterday.

BDR, BSF agree to resolve major disputes thru’ talks

A battalion commander level flag meeting between the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) was held at the Barchhara border in Meghalaya yesterday.

Call to observe Jan 1 as nat'l morality day

Ajachak Ashram, a non-communal voluntary organisation, at a press conference yesterday called upon all to observe January 1 as national morality day.

Create more opportunities thru’ quality edn

More opportunities should be created through qualitative development of education, University Grants Commission Chairman Prof Nazrul Islam said yesterday.

DU students demand punishment of war criminals

Uttaradhikar-71, a platform of common students of Dhaka University, yesterday launched a signature collection campaign, demanding punishment of the war criminals of 1971.

Bullet-hit criminal arrested

The police shot and injured an alleged criminal who was carrying two revolvers with 18 bullets in the city's Sutrapur area in the early hours of yesterday.

Saudi team visits flood-hit areas in Sirajganj

A delegation of Saudi Arabia yesterday visited different flood-affected areas of the district.

84 CI sheets of relief fund seized in Savar

Police recovered 84 corrugated iron (CI) sheets meant for government relief from Dr Dewan Mohammad Salahuddin Hostel of Tetuljhora School and College here yesterday.

Bangladeshi students in Toronto raise $11,000

Bangladeshi students in Toronto have raised a fund of $11,000 for the victims of recent floods in the country, says a press release.

Move to allocate land condemned

Different organisations yesterday condemned the move to allocate 25 acres of land of Suhrawardi Uddyan to the members of Dhaka Club for playing golf and demanded withdrawal of the decision.

Schoolboy found dead in Bagerhat

Police recovered the body of a schoolboy from a local beel at Chunkhola union in Mollahat upazila yesterday morning.

Cop held for raping tribal schoolgirl

Joint forces yesterday arrested a probationary assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of police on charge of raping a tribal schoolgirl at Lama.

Ex-AL lawmaker Mirza Latif passes away

Haji Abdul Latif Mirza, a valiant freedom fighter and former Awami League lawmaker from Sirajganj-4 constituency (Ullapara), passed away due to a cardiac arrest at Avicenna Hospital in Sirajganj town on Monday night at the age of 57.

1152 more held

Police in separate drives across the country arrested 1,152 people on various charges during the last 24 hours until 6:00am yesterday.

10th founding anniversary of EWU Nov 10

East West University will celebrate its 10th founding anniversary on November 10, says a press release.

National

Graft charges against ex-BNP MP Shahidul 'correct'

Another team from the National Coordination Committee Against Major Corruption and Crime (NCCACC) during investigation in Kushtia yesterday found correct the allegations of corruption against former BNP lawmaker Sahidul Islam, now on the run.

Crisis of Boro seeds in Moulvibazar

Short supply of Boro seeds in Moulvibazar may affect cultivation of the main rice crop in the district.

Vow to resist trafficking

Over two thousand people of bordering Kushkhali union in Sadar upazila yesterday vowed to resist women and children trafficking from the country through the border areas.

Death toll rises to 9 in Sylhet

Death toll in 'mysterious' disease at Lathigram and Deogram villages in Gowainghat upazila rose to nine in four days as two more patients died yesterday.

Coco's business partner asked to submit wealth info

Comilla Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday asked Arafat Rahman Coco's business partner and BNP leader Sheikh Farid Ahmed Manik to submit statement of all his wealth, movable and immovable, within seven days.

5 hurt in clash for fertiliser

At least five people including a union parishad (UP) member were injured in a clash over distribution of slips for fertiliser at Terosree in Ghior upazila in Manikganj yesterday.

Free clipped-lip operation in Khagrachhari

A 3-day camp for free clipped-lip operation for poor patients began at Khagrachhari Zilla Sadar Hospital here yesterday.

Pistol, motorbike mugged from SI

Muggers snatched a pistol along with 10 bullets and a motorbike from a police sub-inspector (SI) near Sathibari on Rangpur-Bogra highway Monday night.

BNP leader held in murder case

A Kishoreganj court yesterday rejected the bail petition of Karimganj upazila BNP president Rafiqur Rahman and ordered the police to interrogate him in jail gate in connection with a murder case.

Letters

Emergency in Pakistan

Of course, emergency is one of the most unfortunate occurrences in any country. Generally it affects the routine life of people. And at long last President Gen. Musharraf declared a state of emergency in Pakistan putting an end to the speculative nature of reports about “democracy” and stopping the saga of turmoil that gripped the country for a pretty long time. Opposition parties supported by lawyers and some judges, encouraged by the support from Western “liberal” advices have been harping upon removal of Musharraf. Lavish concerns for Pakistani democracy from across the borders have made these stalwarts to raise the issue of “uniform” to its logical conclusion now. Musharraf has finally lost his patience to clamp emergency.

Remembering Tajuddin Ahmed

It is extremely difficult to even comprehend today that the Awami League had a great leader like Tajuddin Ahmed. A combination of honesty, integrity, intelligence and selfless attitude to serve the nation quietly and with dignity has not been observed in any other leaders in our history. Sadly, our unfortunate nation has not been able to show enough gratitude to this leader both during his lifetime and after the tragic end of his life. Neither the killers have been punished, nor the government has given any sincere effort to this end. It is an insult to the gentle soul of Tajuddin that the Awami League brings out processions, wears black badges and screams for justice when they could have pursued and ended this matter to nation's satisfaction when they were in power.

India vs. Pakistan

Few rivalries in cricket can match that between India and Pakistan. As Geoff Lawson so rightly puts it ; this series between the two teams (which started from Nov.5 in India), is indeed 'bigger than ashes.' And for fans in the subcontinent, particularly in our country, we simply love to see India playing against Pakistan-- be it one-day, Test or Twenty20 match.

Rickshaw fare

A write-up on what should be reasonable rickshaw fare, and what actually is paid came up in your columns a few days back. Small wonder, it is a far higher amount than the out-dated city corporation's published fare charts state. This is the factual reality and needs to be looked at in a rational manner, considering the stratospheric rise in prices of daily necessities. Rickshaw pulling is a labourious and demanding task, and so is the need for adequate nourishment for the ill paid rickshaw-puller.

Biafra war

I just s`tumbled across some comments in an article published in the online edition of your newspaper. The article, "Of "civil war," hypocrisy and ageing quislings," written by Syed Badrul Ahsan, stated: "You might now raise the matter of Biafra, the eastern Nigerian province that decided in 1967 to go free and give itself a new name. For three years, until 1970, Colonel Odumegwu Ojukwu's forces fought a gradually losing battle against the armed forces of the Federal Nigerian state. When Biafra collapsed, not many were surprised. Biafra, after all, had tried to secede, for no good political or legal reason, from Nigeria. It was this lack of a moral base that forced Biafra back into the union. In terms of history, therefore, the Biafra conflict is but a version of civil war waged between different segments of the population of a country."

Caretaker government

The caretaker government is doing a nice job. I don't know what others may think, I like this government. Being a student, my knowledge about politics is shallow. Only one thing I could tell about politics and its representatives is that it is a spoiled institution run by culprits. Once when I was in class six, I asked my mom whether I could be a politician. The reply was puzzling as she told me to wait and ensured that I would understand it myself, one day. Still politics is baffling to me. As I am an A levels student now.

Pakistan scene

In July 1947, a referendum was held in NWFP which resulted into accession of the province to Pakistan. In November 1947, tribal elders opted to attach Tribal Agencies to Pakistan. People of Northern Areas won independence on their own and in August 1948 joined Pakistan. In 1948, Kalat merged with Pakistan when the Khan signed the necessary merger documents. Gawader was purchased from the Sultan of Oman in 1958. This was the final shape of the then West Pakistan which is still in tact.

Jamaat's war in Bangladesh

I am not at all annoyed with Janab Mojaheed's (Secretary General of Jamaat-e-Islami) statement that JI never worked against our independence. Then Janab, please clarify what did you and your people do at the time that we call Liberation War? I give you a lead you worked heart and soul for the Paki regime in the name of fighting infidels! And Janab Shah Hannan informed us of what you did not say. He thinks that it was a Civil War! You people have the courage to say such things demeaning the existence of Bangladesh now because Bangabandhu had the magnanimity to forgive you and for that you never bothered to say 'sukriya' and subsequently rode on the shoulders of other political parties to elevate yourself to the present status! You would do the job left unfinished of rewriting the history of Bangladesh that your alliance party in power in the last five years started, and if you people ever come to power, you would write a 'Naya Itihas' New History, to uphold that without JI Bangladesh could not have been liberated!

Trial of liberation war criminals

While the caretaker government is already overloaded & stressed with many national problems, such as holding a free, fair & credible election, curving wide spread corruption, control spiraling prices of essential commodities, separation of judiciary from executive etc, suddenly a new problem crept in from the irresponsible statement of Jamaat-e-Islami Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed about their well known role in our liberation war. No doubt his comment deserves strong condemnation that is already pouring in from all quarters and probably Mr. Ali Ahsan is passing a hard time to digest these.

Bank forms

The Daily Star Business page of 29-Oct carried a news item mentioning a meeting which involved Bangladesh Bank and the decision to introduce a uniform (know-your-customer) KYC form to make account opening and operating easy for the bank clients. This is laudable indeed.

Sheikh Hasina

In reading your article, "Gen Moeen answers questions from Joy", I was surprised to read that the army chief said, “If she is released from prison after proving her innocence, it will be good news for everyone.”

Sanchay Patra

A news report was published in the daily Samakal on 28.10.07 that the government is issuing a circular regarding tax rebate on profit earned up to Tk.1,50,000/= against investment in Sanchay Patra which would be effective from 1st July 2007. Obviously, this would increase investment in Sanchay Patra, but the circular should contain some clarification regarding the investment in joint names (husband and wife). If both the husband and wife remain to be the tax payers and the total amount of investment is shown in anyone's tax return, in this case the tax payer (husband or wife)should avail the benefit of tax rebates on profit earned up to 3,00,000/= (1,50,000/= +1,50,000/=)

Soul searching

A few days back, I went to my home in Sirajganj. A childhood friend, who is a retrenched jute mill worker, met me. The CTG has shut down his mill. My friend has lost his job. He is in a very difficult situation. He cannot buy his daily basic essentials. His woes and sufferings are beyond description and day-by-day his wretched situation is getting worse. His family consists of four members. He is the sole earner of his family. He lamented that he could not manage daily meals for his family. Starvation, poverty, unemployment have made them ultra poor. Unemployment has converted him into a beggar.

International

Pakistan silences media

President Gen. Pervez Musharraf cites freeing Pakistan's media as one of his proudest achievements, but under emergency rule his regime is stripping those liberties away for fear independent news reports will further fan opposition. Authorities have blacked out TV networks and threatened broadcasters with jail time, but so far have spared the Internet and most newspapers.

No plans for talks with Musharraf: Benazir

Pakistan's former premier Benazir Bhutto arrived in Islamabad yesterday for talks with political leaders on the state of emergency, but said she had no plans to meet President Pervez Musharraf.

US, Pakistan to keep up joint Afghan border operations: Pentagon

Washington and Islamabad will keep up joint military operations along the border with Afghanistan despite the turmoil rocking Pakistan, US defence officials said Monday.

US to push China's Hu on Iran sanction

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates met Tuesday with China's President Hu Jintao amid US hopes of making a case for stronger economic sanctions against Iran.

Saudi king has historic audience with Pope

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia had a historic audience yesterday with Pope Benedict XVI on the first official visit to the Holy See by a monarch from the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom.

Islamic militants seize town in Pakistan

Islamic militants seized a town in northwest Pakistan yesterday and hoisted their flags over buildings after security forces surrendered, police and residents said.

Indian docs operate on 8-limbed child

Surgeons in India began a marathon operation yesterday to save a two-year-old girl born with eight limbs due to an extremely rare condition.

Ten killed, 27 injured in Thai unrest

The unrest in Thailand's insurgency-hit Muslim-majority south showed no signs of abating yesterday, with 10 people killed in a series of attacks and 27 wounded in a market bombing.

Pak minister says India refuses visa

A Pakistani cabinet minister said yesterday that neighbouring India has refused to issue him a visa for an official trip.

Arts & Entertainment

India Bangladesh Festival of Books and Writers

On November 5th morning, the fourth day of the ongoing India Bangladesh Festival of Books and Writers, renowned Indian writer and poet Sunil Gangopadhyay talked about various aspects of becoming a writer, gaining recognition and translating literary works. The event was held at Shawkat Osman Memorial Hall of Central Public Library.

Prints that speak out against poverty

Md. Mehedi Hasan's current print exhibition at Zainul Gallery-1 is remarkable for one so young. Soft-spoken and self-effacive, Mehedi who comes from the Arts Faculty of Rajshahi University, has been trained by teachers like Bebul, Gulnahar Begum and Abdus Sobhan. His also draws inspiration from the western classics. Print-making takes up all his time; he has no desire to be anything else or to augment his income.

Writing Women: Authors of two countries read from their memorable works

On the fourth day of India Bangladesh Festival of Books and Writers, three different programmes were arranged at different venues. As part of the festival there was a session for the women writers to read out excerpts from their works. Titled Writing Women, the session was held at the Central Public Library Auditorium at 2:30 pm.

Queen Elizabeth in fashion top 50

One is in vogue. At the age of 81, Queen Elizabeth on Monday joined models Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell on Vogue Magazine's list of the world's most glamorous women.

OP-ED

Exporting energy?

At the end of 2007 Bangladesh faces two serious, but different, problems in the energy sector: first, a shortfall in the electricity generating capacity; second, a shortage of domestically produced fuels for firing the power plants.

Fighting Taleban or Pakistan?

While effectively placing Pakistan under martial law last weekend, General Pervez Musharraf used words similar to those used by another military ruler, General Yahya Khan, when he ordered the 1971 crackdown against civilians in erstwhile East Pakistan. Musharraf said that he had imposed martial law "for the good of Pakistan" and "to preserve the unity of Pakistan" -- the exact words used by Yahya Khan 36 years ago.

Star City

Central Shaheed Minar being overshadowed

The Dhaka University (DU) authorities are set to spoil the sanctity of the Central Shaheed Minar constructing a high-rise building within the vicinity of the monument, experts said.

Lone doctor treats 2000 inmates in Dhaka Zoo!

The Dhaka Zoo authorities have to depend on its lone veterinary surgeon for the treatment of around 2,000 animals if they ever fall sick and need medical assistance.

Fixed phone giving in to mobiles

Once a symbol of status for many, land phones are fast losing the confidence of its subscribers with the invasion of cheaper and more convenient mobile phones.

Star Chittagong

Plan to set up integrated city at Fateyabad

Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) has planned to set up an integrated city titled 'Park Town' with provisions for industrial and residential areas on some 200 acres of land at Fateyabad to the north of Chittagong Cantonment.

Most of port city roads unfit for traffic

Most of the roads and alleys in the port city have become unfit for traffic due to cracks and potholes, causing sufferings to the pedestrians, commuters as well as the drivers.



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