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Price manipulators face legal action

An inter-ministerial committee yesterday recommended taking legal actions against those involved in jacking up the prices of several essential commodities, especially soya bean oil and onion.

Rehana given 7 days to surrender

A Dhaka court yesterday directed the authorities concerned to publish advertisements in two Bangla national dailies asking Sheikh Rehana, who lives in the UK, to surrender before the court by November 18 in connection with a Tk 2.99crore extortion case.

Govt okays draft

The advisory council yesterday approved the Consumers Rights Protection Ordinance 2007, which had been approved twice by the last BNP-led government but was never implemented.

Bhuiyan to lead team in readying proposals

Saifur-led faction of BNP yesterday formed a sub-committee led by Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan to draw up proposals for the Election Commission's (EC) dialogue on electoral reforms.

School of poison

The class was having an English lesson. The teacher was discussing the chapter "A Visit to the Zoo" from the class V textbook. The students were listening to her. Almost all of them were wearing masks.

Dhaka to go for deals with Manila, KL

The finance ministry has asked the foreign ministry to initiate talks with Philippines and Malaysia for signing bilateral agreements to bring back the money siphoned off by corrupt people.

Try 'em in special or military tribunal

Liberation War heroes, political leaders and civil society members yesterday urged the caretaker government to try war criminals under special or military tribunal, not under existing laws.

2 more 'sedition' cases against Quader Mollah

Two more 'sedition' cases were filed against Jamaat-e-Islami Assistant Secretary General Abdul Quader Mollah in Madaripur yesterday, accusing him of involvement in activities against country's sovereignty and independence.

AL urges govt to strip war criminals of political rights

Acting president of the Awami League Zillur Rahman yesterday demanded trial of the war criminals through forming a special tribunal and urged the government to deny the anti-liberation forces political rights.

Aktel fined Tk 145cr for illegal VoIP trade

The country's telecom watchdog fined Aktel Tk 145 crore for its involvement in the illegal use of VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) or call termination business.

Raise voice against home violence on women: CA

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday called for ending domestic violence against women through properly following social, state and religious rules, regulations, instructions and values.

Biman runs hajj flights from today

Biman Bangladesh Airlines rescheduled its inaugural hajj flight, as the chartered Boeing-747, the main aircraft for hajj flights, is yet to arrive at Zia International Airport (ZIA).

No plan to lift emergency

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf vowed yesterday to hold general elections by January 9 and indicated the state of emergency he imposed a week ago could stay in place until then.

Govt to tap new manpower market

Foreign Affairs Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury yesterday unveiled a seven-point strategy to explore new manpower markets and expand the existing ones as the expatriate workers pump huge remittances into the country.

Pace of reforms in political parties not making Mainul happy

Law Adviser Mainul Hosein yesterday ruled out the possibility of declaring martial law and said the general election would be held by the end of next year as promised by the caretaker government.

Interpol help sought to bring back criminals hiding abroad

Bangladesh has sought cooperation of Interpol in bringing back Bangladeshi criminals hiding in different countries.

Khulna mayor sent to jail after remand

A Khulna court yesterday sent Khulna City Corporation (KCC) Mayor Sheikh Tayebur Rahman to district jail.

Dhaka Club says it won't destroy environment

The Dhaka Club would engage staff in maintaining the golf course on the Suhrawardy Udyan as the government has delegated them the responsibility to that end, club authorities yesterday said.

Dhaka hopes for early resolution

Bangladesh yesterday hoped for early resolution of the current problems in Pakistan, saying that stability in the country is important for peace and welfare of South Asia and the world.

Children died of viral attack in brain

The 'unknown disease' that claimed 22 lives in Gowainghat and Companyganj is a form of viral encephalitis, confirmed experts yesterday.

NU question paper allegedly leaked out

Questions of compulsory English paper for honours part two examinations started yesterday across the country under National University (NU) were allegedly leaked out.

Commission places report tomorrow

The judicial probe commission is set to submit its report on the campus violence at Dhaka University tomorrow, recommending release of the detained teachers and students if they do not have serious charges against them, according to commission sources.

Clash in Iraq kills 18 al-Qaeda members

Former Sunni insurgents asked the US to stay away, then ambushed members of al-Qaeda in Iraq, killing 18 in a battle that raged for hours north of Baghdad, an ex-insurgent leader and Iraqi police said Saturday.

UN HR envoy in Myanmar to probe protest abuses

UN human rights expert Paulo Sergio Pinheiro arrived in Myanmar yesterday for his first visit in four years, promising to investigate abuses committed by the regime here during recent protests.

SC rejects govt plea for leave to appeal

The Supreme Court yesterday turned down a government plea for leave to appeal against High Court orders that had discharged Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury from charges in two corruption cases.


Our energy security

That we need to enhance our power generation level is perhaps stating the obvious, but in Bangladesh the obvious needs constant harping upon to make that happen eventually. Energy is the engine of growth, but this is the sector that has received the least attention, its neglect reaching the nadir during the last government's regime when not even a single megawatt of electricity was added to our energy grid. Interestingly, it appears that somehow more money and efforts had been spent on building transmission and distribution facilities.

Info about election candidates

The Election Commission is seeking an early disposal of the appeal pending at the Supreme Court on the High Court order empowering the commission to collect and disseminate personal information about the MP candidates in the next parliamentary elections.

Looking beyond the obvious

The citadel of BNP, the longest ruling political party of the country, has been demolished, and the myth of its invincibility and clean image exploded with the unveiling of its ugly face of depravity -- after its fall from power. The still unfolding exposure, through the joint forces' expedition, enquiry and interrogation, of the plunder, terror and myriad other crimes perpetrated by its operatives has indeed baffled the party's one- time admirers and adherents.

A band-aid for cancer

Pakistan's dilemma can best be described as a conundrum. Over the years, the nation's polity has discovered a means to bring military dictators into power, but no way of removing them from office.

Climate change and Al Gore

The United Nations Environment Program has just published a report on the deteriorating situation of biodiversity, land degradation, fisheries and fresh water. It is a serious document, and has been described as "the final wake-up call to the international community." Nearly four hundred scientists and environmental experts participated in its preparation.


Javed anchors Dhaka

Javed Omar made a laborious but useful hundred as Dhaka finished the second day of their four-day match against Chittagong in a commanding position in the fourth round of the 9th National Cricket League yesterday.

Sadat carries Khulna

Sylhet batsman Alok Kapali added only 11 runs to his overnight 157 while Rajshahi still have a 13-run lead in their tense encounter against Khulna in the fourth round of the 9th National Cricket League yesterday.

Singing Singhs take India to series lead

Salman Butt smashed a career-best 129, but failed to stop a Yuvraj Singh-inspired India from posting a 46-run win over Pakistan in the third one-day international here on Sunday.

Steyn bulldozes Kiwis

Fast bowler Dale Steyn finished with match figures of ten for 93 as South Africa completed a crushing 358-run win on the fourth day of the first Test against New Zealand at the Wanderers Stadium here on Sunday.

No initiatives yet to renovate BNS

A FIFA team is due in Dhaka on November 24 to inspect the conditions of the Bangabandhu National Stadium, still the only recognised international venue for football in the country.

East trump over West North in control

Team East rode on Shakil Haider's second innings 51 and their three-pronged pace attack to beat Team West by three wickets on the third day of their Challenger Cup match at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium yesterday.

BCB to fund DU's cricket facility

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will assist Dhaka University (DU) to modernise its central playground into a cricket venue with top facilities.

Laudrup stabs Barca

Six away points from a possible 18 is not good enough for a team with title aspirations and Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard admitted that he would have to go back to the drawing board after Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Getafe.

Arsene wants to emulate Sir Alex

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes he can rival Sir Alex Ferguson's 21-years at Manchester United after admitting he would be lost without the pressure of management.

Rafa salutes Torres

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez saluted Fernando Torres after the Spanish striker climbed off the bench to fire his side within three points of the Premier League summit.

Henin, Sharapova showdown

Justine Henin's career-best season carried her into the final of the WTA Championships in defence of her title, a 6-4, 6-4 win over Ana Ivanovic earning the world number one a showdown with former world number one Maria Sharapova.

Seven nominees for best of Asia

Iraqi midfielder Nashat Akram has been added to an updated list of contenders for the Asian Player of the Year award, the continent's football governing body said Sunday.

Hooligans stop Serie A tie

Atalanta fans, who clashed with police before an Italian league match against Serie A rivals AC Milan, forced the referee to suspend play seven minutes after kick-off on Sunday.

Benayoun may miss Russia tie

Israel captain Yossi Benayoun is to undergo a scan on an adductor injury which could keep him out of his country's Euro 2008 qualifier against Russia next week.

Barton faces FA rap

Joey Barton could face a suspension after the English Football Association confirmed they are investigating the Newcastle midfielder's ugly challenge on Sunderland's Dickson Etuhu.

Bowyer set for surgery

West Ham's Lee Bowyer inspired his side's demolition of Derby and then admitted he will be sidelined for several weeks after a hernia operation.

Villa rule Midlands

Gabriel Agbonlahor gave Aston Villa the local bragging rights as his late goal clinched a 2-1 win over bitter rivals Birmingham on Sunday.

Vandort halts Aussies

Michael Vandort gave Australia's new-look attack its first real examination, forcing the players to work a full five-day week with his resilient 82 before he became Stuart MacGill's 200th Test wicket. Australia had set out to wrap up the first Test within four days but Vandort, regular rain breaks and bad light denied them a free Monday in Brisbane.

Dhoni reveals tactic

Seeing Irfan Pathan operating with the new ball came as a surprise for most but India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni revealed it was a ploy to silence Shahid Afridi's blazing blade.

End blackout, says SLC

Sri Lanka's cricket governing body Sunday asked their counterparts in Australia to end the lock out of international media from the ongoing Test series between the two nations.

BFF doesn't want EGM

The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) will ignore calls to hold an EGM (emergency general meeting) before forming the district and divisional football associations (DFAs).

Army win group

Bangladesh Army emerged Group A champions in the Office Hockey League when they edged fellow services team Bangladesh Air Force 2-1 at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Bond out of series

Kyle Mills, the New Zealand bowler, has been called up to replace Shane Bond who was on Saturday ruled out of the South Africa series.

Bayern bow to Gomez

League leaders Bayern Munich's 3-1 surprise defeat at VfB Stuttgart on Saturday was the Ger-man giants' first defeat of the season and has left the club's senior figures reeling in shock.

PSG winless at home

Hapless Paris Saint Germain drew 0-0 with Nancy in French league action on Saturday night leaving their fans without a win at home this season.

McClaren believes in Beckham

Steve McClaren believes David Beckham is on a mission to win over 100 caps for England and prove his critics wrong.

Nadal blows Gasquet away

World number two Rafael Nadal overcame a stuttering start before sweeping aside Richard Gasquet as he kicked off his bid for a first Masters Cup title here on Sunday.

Fans clash in Italy

A soccer fan was killed during clashes between supporters of rival clubs in Italy on Sunday, police said.

Asian top seeds changed

FIFA has changed the seedings of the top-five Asian teams for the preliminary draw of the 2010 World Cup which takes place this month, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said Sunday.

Mascherano eyes lasting deal

Javier Mascherano will quit English football if he fails to agree a permanent move to Liverpool, the Argentina midfielder said on Sunday.

Hitzfeld glad of heavy defeat

Bayern Munich coach Ottmar Hitzfeld said he was glad his team were so soundly beaten by VfB Stuttgart 3-1 in a match on Saturday, ending a 24-match unbeaten run in all competitions for the Bundesliga leaders.

Jones misses out

Schalke 04 midfielder Jermaine Jones will not make his Germany debut next weekend after sustaining an injury in his club's 1-1 draw with Hamburg on Saturday.


Caution needed in move to strengthen taka

The country's knitwear exporters yesterday urged the central bank to act cautiously in its attempts to strengthen the taka against the dollar, as a stronger taka could hit exports.

Govt urged to start lobbying for free market access to US

Garment manufacturers yesterday asked the government to lobby US congressmen to pass 'The New Partnership for Development Act 2007', a bill that will ensure duty- and quota-free access for Bangladeshi apparel to the US market.

Asian economies seen riding out US woes

Previous troubles in the US economy have caused Asia to skid badly -- but analysts think the region has matured enough to get through any bleak days ahead for the United States.

Foreign cash could boost US housing market

The weakening dollar has caused many problems for consumers, but it may also be providing the fuel for one unintended and very welcome benefit: a rally in the struggling housing market of the United States driven by foreign investors.

Pran inks $3.5m export deals

Pran-RFL Group, a leading food company of the country, yesterday signed three separate export agreements worth $ 3.5 million with 3 Saudi and Jordanian firms.

Denmark in labour shortage

Denmark's bullish economy is one of the strongest in Europe, charging full-steam ahead with record low unemployment, moderate inflation and a budget surplus, but it risks overheating mainly because of severe labour shortage, economists say.

Chinese airlines to go global

China Eastern Airlines' strategic sales of equities to Singapore Airlines has sharply focused attention on the restructuring of the booming Chinese aviation industry to meet the rapidly growing demand for global travel.

Overseas jobs for Nepalese workers soar by 26pc

The number of Nepali workers leaving for overseas jobs went up by a whopping 26 percent in the first three months of the current fiscal year as compared to the same period last year.

Norway, Sweden keen to accept Bangladesh as strategic partner

Foreign Adviser Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury has said Norway and Sweden expressed their eagerness to accept Bangladesh as a strategic partner to increase economic and political cooperation.

Citi to observe Global Community Day on Nov 17

Citi, the world's leading financial institution, will observe Global Community Day on November 17 like last year, says a press release.

Hajj pilgrims to get free int'l roaming service from Warid

Bangladeshi hajj pilgrims will enjoy international roaming services from the country's mobile phone operator Warid Telecom without any charges, says a press release.

Land port authority chief visits Hili

The chairman of Bangladesh Land Port Authority (BLPA) Md Aftab Hossain visited Hili land port yesterday.

Investment in Pakistan risky

Investments in countries such as Pakistan may face "increased risk" during 2008, according to a report by a British consultancy firm.

G-Hanz electronic products hit market

Germany's G-Hanz brand electronic products are now available in local market.

New CEO of Anwar Group's Construction Material Division

KM Zahid Uddin has joined Anwar Group of Industries as chief executive officer of its Construction Materials Division which includes Anwar Cement Ltd and Anwar Ispat Ltd, says a press release.


US to continue support for polls by 2008

US Charge d’Affaires in Dhaka Geeta Pasi yesterday said her country would continue to support the caretaker government to ensure that the general election is held before the end of 2008.

Poor border management turns Bangladesh transit route

Geographical location, poor border management failing to tackle different criminal syndicates and separatist groups have turned Bangladesh as one of the main transit routes for arms trafficking in South Asia, said the experts at a workshop yesterday.

'Coordinated efforts a must to mitigate arsenic problem'

Effective planning and coordinated efforts are a must to mitigate the arsenic problem in the country, said the speakers at the launching ceremony of Integrated Community Based Arsenic Mitigation Programme (ICBAMP) in the city yesterday.

Involve students in more extracurricular activities

Speakers at a discussion in the port city yesterday urged the authorities of educational institutions to give the students more scopes of participating in different extracurricular activities to refrain them from being addicted to fatal drugs.

Tribute paid to World War II heroes

Diplomats and representatives of Commonwealth countries yesterday gathered at Mainamati Cemetery in Comilla to commemorate those who died in the Second World War, especially the 737 service personnel of different nations who were buried at the cemetery.

UK Qualifications Fair begins in Ctg

UK Qualifications Fair 2007 began at the Peninsula Hotel in the port city yesterday.

50pc seats reserved for students from science background

Fifty percent seats of Mass Communications and Journalism department at Dhaka University will be reserved for the candidates from science background from the session 2007-2008 to meet the growing demand in media sectors.

12 killed, 75 injured in road accidents

At least 12 people were killed and 75 others injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka, Mymensingh, Netrakona, Jessore and Sirajganj yesterday and on Saturday night.

Japanese envoy visits BARD

Japanese Ambassador in Dhaka Masayuki Inoue visited Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development (BARD) in Comilla yesterday.

Two suspected JMB men arrested

Two brothers allegedly involved in militant activities were arrested from a remote village in Saghata upazila yesterday.

Workshop on E-Parishad

A daylong workshop on 'E-Parishad: Strengthening union parishad with information and communication technologies (ICTs)' was held at the Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development (BARD) in Comilla on Saturday, says a press release.

Lafarge Surma Cement holds eye camp at Chhatak

Lafarge Surma Cement Limited organised an eye camp for the local community around its plant at Chhatak on November 9 in collaboration with Islamiya Eye Hospital, says a press release.

Fire breaks out at secretariat

Fire broke out on the third floor of the secretariat building in the city yesterday afternoon creating panic among the officials.

Low intensifies into deep depression over southeast Bay

The well-marked low over the southeast Bay and adjoining areas moved slightly northwestwards and intensified into a deep depression over the same area at about 12:00noon yesterday.

Under-trial prisoner dies at Khulna jail hospital

An under-trial prisoner died at Khulna jail hospital early morning yesterday.

Criminal killedin 'shootout’

A criminal was killed yesterday in a “shootout” between police and his accomplices at Chadgara graveyard in Kushtia.

Global Community Day on Nov 17

Citibank NA will organise a special day for the physically and mentally impaired children of Bangladesh Protibondhi Foundation (BPF) on November 17, marking their Global Community Day.

Brig Gen Iqbal new SMRC chairman

Brig Gen Shah Md Sultan Uddin Iqbal, joint secretary (W&D), Ministry of Defence, has been elected chairman of the Governing Board of the Saarc Meteorological Research Centre (SMRC) at the 13th meeting of the Governing Board of SMRC held on November 4-5, says an ISPR press release.

DU VC's signature forged to collect donation

An unknown organisation forged the signature of Dhaka University vice-chancellor for collecting donation from a cellphone company.

Two coaches of train derail: 10 injured

At least 10 people were injured when two coaches of a passenger train derailed at a rail crossing on the Tongi-Ghorasal route at Tongi last night.


New faces in AL, BNP for mayoral post as bigwigs absent

As prospect for holding Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) election in next March-April is getting brighter, rivals Awami League and BNP are preparing for polls though political activities are yet to be allowed.

They defeat monga but fail to draw govt attention

They have defeated monga but could not draw government's attention that could spread their cottage industry to other areas and benefit the hardcore poor in vulnerable Teesta shoals.

Voter listing begins in six districts

Work on voter registration and national identity (ID) card with photograph began in Patuakhali, Nilphamari, Kishoreganj, Pabna, Moulvibazar and Manikganj yesterday, report our correspondents.

Hasanat's property attached without notice, wife alleges

Shahanara Abdullah, wife of former chief whip and Barisal district Awami League secretary Abul Hasanat Abdullah yesterday alleged that their moveable property were attached from their Dhanmondi house in Dhaka on Friday without any prior notice.

Hearing of PWs concludes

Rajshahi Speedy Trial Tribunal yesterday completed hearing all the 18 prosecution witnesses in the case against six Rajshahi University teachers for violating emergency power rules.

Hili land port under private management from Nov 15

Chairman of Bangladesh Land Port Authority Md. Aftab Hossain yesterday visited Hili land port, which is expected to start operation under private management on November 15.

RU to refund admission form fees

Rajshahi University authorities yesterday decided to return the money taken for admission test forms from candidates who were disqualified for taking part in the test as per the new criteria.

China envoy visits Barapukuria power plant

Chinese Ambassador Jhing Cerdian yesterday visited Barapukuria Coal Mining Company Ltd (BCMCL) and Barapukuria Power Plant in Dinajpur.

PWs' deposition resumes tomorrow

Recording of deposition of the prosecution witnesses in the murder case filed in connection with the grenade attack on British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury will resume tomorrow.


Pollution record

The November issue of "National Geographic" lists the world's thirty worst polluted sites in which Hazaribagh, the tannery area in Dhaka, is also shown! Not an enviable record by any yardstick! Heavy metal is identified as the main polluting source at Hazaribagh. This is coming from chromium and its associated heavy metal based chemical salts and acids which are the main culprits. Much has been said and voiced about it; but as with everything else in Bangladesh, it is all talk and no action!

Ms. Rice, please restrain Israel!

The USA seems to take a lot of liberty with regard to Pakistan to suggest or coerce actions that are purely in the domestic domain of Pakistan and that require no external intimidation. Democracy is the key issue being addressed by the Bush administration to bully that country. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on 02 November that Pakistan must go ahead with elections next year and the United States opposed any move by President Parvez Musharraf to impose martial law.

Save poor farmers

To save the poor cultivators in severely flood affected areas and to make the next harvest better to sustain the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country, the crying needs are:

Human rights violation!

There have been some reports in the daily newspapers that the US House of Representatives has expressed concern over human rights violations in Bangladesh and is said to have requested their country's foreign office to investigate the violations. They have also requested the US President to take punitive actions against Bangladesh.

Biman Hajj flights

Biman has arranged a large number of flights to Saudi Arabia for carrying the pilgrims. If requisite number of pilgrims are available, the purpose will be well served.

Registration of political parties

Suggestions, counter suggestions and controversies are raging in the public mind and the media whether to allow registration of political parties based on religion. This is a wider question than whether to allow a particular party or parties which opposed the Bangladesh independence struggle on the basis of religion, to be registered, because it should be noted that the creation of Pakistan and its separation from India was only possible because of the then Muslim League which was a political party based exclusively on the religion of Islam. The Congress Party (founded I understand by an Englishman!) was, on the other hand, a fully democratic party with followers of all religions being allowed to be its members. This difference in nature of those two parties at that time perhaps is the reason for the sympathy of the last Viceroy Mountbatten and the British government of the day to the demands and aspirations of the Congress, rather than the Muslim League.

Why election?

I must congratulate the CTG and the army chief for their collective perseverance and commitment to salvage the lost dignity of our beloved nation. Since independence, and especially following the brutal August coup in 1975, a small elite, to the detriment of our impoverished majority, has repeatedly looted the country. This political class and their cohorts must never be allowed another opportunity to “build the nation”. So, fixing a date for election was wrong for two reasons:

Rajuk and the new law

We all expected during the ongoing emergency power rule that the innumerable irregularities, rules and regulations (anti people) of the past political governments would be amended and made pro-people by the CTG. It is undeniable that the CTG has so far done an excellent job, barring a few exceptions.


I read a funny article quoting an Indian making a lot of patronising comments about our floods, poverty... and then making a sensational discovery about the rise and rise of DSE (India of course is a land without 50% of its children malnourished! Shame on Indians for using misery propaganda against others to belittle them.) . No article about Bangladesh is without its quota of insults!

Jamaat's claim

It's very natural for the Bangladeshis to get outraged at the Jamaat's recent comments.

A mighty instructor

Currently, a great many people sound less enthusiastic about letter writing and reading. What makes them show such apathy? It seems that the advantage of current mobile text option and our less cognizance of the importance as well past contribution of letters are responsible for this apathy. If we look 200-250 years back, we find mankind is heavily indebted to letter writers. History says people of the 17th century were more enthusiastic about writing letters. The reason behind this enthusiasm is that very few mediums at that time were as instructive or communicative as letter. Samuel Richardson's "Familiar Letters" 91739) is a luminous example which serves as a model for uneducated in its correspondence. Another thing needs mentioning that Novel, the most popular genre of modern literature, got its origin from the compilation of letters. "Pamela" (1741) by Samuel Richardson is the evidence where we detect a series of letters that serve to instruct pretty girls how to avoid the snares that might be laid down against their virtue. Add to all, letter has another connotation in literature as in some cases letters got transformed into poetry, Elizabeth Barret Browning's "Sonnet from Portuguese," a renowned sonnet-sequence in English literature, is originally nothing but a mere collection of passionate and amorous letters addressed to her sweet-heart Robert Browning.

Appeal to Chief Adviser

With due respect I beg to state that, my husband the late Ruhul Amin was a govt. employee and he expired on 08/12/04 in his workplace, Dhaka Medical College, while on duty.

Separation of judiciary

We have heard a brief interview of the law and information adviser on the BBC Bengali service regarding establishment of a separate secretariat for the judiciary. The law adviser informed that the government at the moment was not considering the idea of a separate secretariat for the judiciary. The secretarial function would be performed by the ministry of law, and it would act upon the advice of the Supreme Court ( assumed ). He did not however elaborate on the procedures to be followed to enact and implement such a dual and complex function to be performed by the ministry of law. The functions he briefly mentioned are appointment, transfer, posting, promotion(?) etc, might include financial authority too. Ironically, these are tools for administrative power play. On the other hand, the administrative service association has already put up hurdles on the very process of implementation of the decision to separate the judiciary from the executive. Apparently, they have points for consideration, and the government is trying to address the issue.


Pak military courts get sweeping powers to try civilians

Pakistan's military ruler has amended a law to give sweeping powers to army courts to try civilians on charges such as treason and inciting public unrest, officials said yesterday as a key opposition leader prepared to stage a massive, 185-mile protest march in defiance of a ban.

Lanka vows to eliminate Tiger supremo

Sri Lanka's military has vowed to go "all out" to target Tamil Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran during air strikes on rebel positions, a state-run newspaper reported yesterday.

Bush sees positive signs in Pakistan

President Bush stepped up praise of Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf Saturday, hailing "positive steps" the general took by promising to lift emergency rule, resign as army chief and hold elections.

US has plans to safeguard Pakistan's nuclear weapons

The United States has developed contingency plans to safeguard Pakistani nuclear weapons if they risk falling into the wrong hands, but US officials worry that their limited knowledge about the location of the arsenal could pose a problem, The Washington Post reported Sunday.

Democrats prod Bush to tighten US Pakistan strategy

Top Democratic senators Saturday urged President George W Bush to seek a "more effective" strategy for Pakistan, Afghanistan and al-Qaeda, following the "deeply disturbing" actions of the Pakistani leader.

C'wealth to debate Pak suspension

Foreign ministers will debate whether Pakistan should be suspended from the Commonwealth over President Pervez Musharraf's declaration of emergency rule at an extraordinary meeting today.

US not on warpath with Iran: Rice

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice denied Sunday that the United States was bent on war with Iran and renewed an offer of reconciliation talks if the Islamic republic renounces its nuclear drive.

Abbas calls peace meet 'historic opportunity'

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Sunday hailed an "historic opportunity" for peace as his people marked the third anniversary of the death of his iconic predecessor Yasser Arafat.

Russian oil tanker breaks up in storm

Five-metre high waves smashed a Russian tanker in half yesterday, spilling 1,300 tonnes of fuel oil into the Kerch Strait between Russia and Ukraine and sank two other cargo ships, officials said.

PKK rebels have crossed into Iran

Thousands of Kurdish guerrillas have crossed the border into Iran to escape a threatened Turkish offensive against their mountain redoubts in northern Iraq, a former rebel leader said.

3 die in fresh Nandigram clashes over land

The death toll rose to three in more clashes in an east Indian farming region where several people died this month in protests against plans to build a massive industrial park, police said.

BJP to take power in Karnataka

Hindu nationalists will take power today in southern India for the first time after a five-week political standoff that finally ended with the reconciliation of uneasy coalition partners.

Prince Harry 'splits up with girlfriend'

Prince Harry and his girlfriend Chelsy Davy have split up after the young royal missed her 22nd birthday party to attend the rugby union World Cup final, the News of the World reported Sunday.

WHO talks end inconclusively

Talks between public health officials and the drug industry on a deal to ensure that people in poor countries can receive medicines at affordable prices ended inconclusively yesterday.

Japan's ruling party threatens snap polls

Japan's Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda may dissolve the lower house of parliament and call a snap election if the opposition passes a censure motion against him, a ruling party leader said yesterday.

Amnesty for 'deceived' detainees in Iraq

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki yesterday announced an amnesty for those detainees who had been "deceived" into joining the insurgency in Iraq.

Arts & Entertainment

Sudeep Sen's powerful poetry wins accolades

Sudeep Sen, the internationally acclaimed poet and literary editor, was awarded the Kathak Literary Award for his contribution to Bangladeshi literature on November 9. The programme took place at Gallery Chitrak and speaking on the occasion, apart from the poet himself, were Aminur Rahman, director of Kathak; Faiz Ahmed, eminent journalist and writer and Rafiqun Nabi, leading local artist. Dorothea Muller-Ott, leading literary personality from Vienna, also spoke on the occasion.

'Moviyana Film Society' celebrates its first anniversary

“A singer can sing alone, a writer can write alone but a filmmaker never can make a film alone. He needs a unit and leadership skill to motivate them. A film society can generate these skills into film enthusiasts and activists and I think for this reason film societies are essential,” said renowned cinematographer and filmmaker Zahidur Rahim Anjan at a discussion programme. Anjan was the special guest at the programme.

Dhaka Rock Fest 2007 pulls in enthusiastic crowd

The musical extravaganza, “Dhaka Rock Fest 2007” was held on November 9 at the adjacent open space of Bashundhara City Convention Centre, Baridhara, says a press release. The programme organised by Clapper Events, featured performances by Bangladeshi bands -- Miles, Warfaze, Artcel, Black and Power Surge and Indian band Fossils.

“Lions for Lambs”: The winds of war, strangely calm

Crisply turned out in an impeccably starched white shirt, Tom Cruise resembles the human version of one of former defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld's “snowflakes” in Lions for Lambs, an impassioned but strangely inert current-events drama directed by Robert Redford.


Corruption is why we are so poor

In recent times, Bangladesh has been denigrated for two prime curses: poverty and corruption. The recently unveiled Niko deal is the latest in a series of appalling corruption charges against the past highest-level policy makers, that exposes the ominous magnitude of systemic corruption that had engulfed our nation.

Pro-liberation forces' unity can defeat war criminals

The issue of anti-liberation forces has again come to the limelight following Jamaat-e-Islami Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid's audacious statement that there is no war criminal in Bangladesh. A few days later, another Jamaat adherent, and former secretary to the government, Shah Abdul Hannan, made a more atrocious remark in a TV talk show, saying that the War of Liberation in 1971 was a mere civil war.

Situation in Pakistan

The House will have followed in the news the unfolding events since the weekend. In brief, on November 3, President Musharraf declared a state of emergency and the suspension of Pakistan's constitution. He has issued a new Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO), the two key features of which are:

  • The suspension of constitutional articles guaranteeing security of the person, safeguards on arrest and detention, freedom of movement, assembly, association and speech, and equality of citizens; and,
  • The removal of the Supreme Court's authority to issue any order against the president, prime minister or any person exercising powers or jurisdiction under their authority, or to challenge the PCO.

Star City

Happy faces of would-be voters

The work on preparing a voter list with photograph is going on in full swing in three suburban areas of the city -- Uttarkhan, Kamrangirchar and Donia -- amid much enthusiasm among people.

This time none can steal our votes, they say

Rabeya, 65, was waiting in queue outside the voter registration centre at Rasulpur Community Centre in Kamrangirchar.

Trekking in treacherous track

The name of the street is Haji Akbar Ali Road. It is situated at Ahmednagar of Mirpur section 1. The street appears to have been pounded with heavy artillery shells.

Polluted water threatens lives of 100 Kafrul residents

Polluted water tainted with raw sewage is being supplied to a building at Modhya Pirerbagh in Kafrul area, endangering the lives of around a hundred of its inhabitants.

"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.

The Daily Star

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