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News of: Friday, 5th of September, 2008

Front Page

Govt shut order to hurt mining

The government yesterday ordered abolition of the mines and minerals directorate of Petrobangla and re-introduced the post of director administration as per a new organogram that, experts believe, would hurt the nascent mining sector.

Religion-based parties face registration hurdle

The Election Commission (EC) might face difficulties registering Islamic political parties, including Jamaat-e-Islami, as the existing laws do not allow parties to run activities in the name of or on the basis of religion.

Tarique obtains new passport

Tarique Rahman, undergoing treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Hospital since his release on bail on Wednesday, has obtained a new passport and will apply for British visa Sunday.

Satkhira embankment washed away

Nine villages were submerged, crops were destroyed, shrimp enclosures washed away and 8,000 people rendered homeless when a section of the flood-protection embankment on the Kobadak in Satkhira near the Sundarbans gave in.

Some vested group plotting against me

The High Court (HC) yesterday granted anticipatory bail to former caretaker government adviser Justice Fazlul Huq in a graft case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

ACC picks 1,766 out of 82,633 complaints

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) so far found 1,766 complaints valid for investigation out of 82,633 lodged with the commission.

Hasina's parole extended until Oct 6

The government yesterday extended Awami League President Sheikh Hasina's parole by a month to October 6 to facilitate her medical treatment in the United States.

Upazila polls schedule likely in a week

The Election Commission (EC) will announce very soon the schedules for holding polls to upazila parishads and Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) towards the end of next month, the EC secretary said yesterday.

Khaleda has to seek bail for release

Detained BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia would be released through legal procedure but she has to seek bail in all the cases filed against her, Commerce and Education Adviser Hossain Zillur Rahman said yesterday.

Tarique's release removed doubt over polls

Speaker Jamiruddin Sircar said yesterday that Tarique Rahman's release has created the right kind of environment in the country to clear the air of uncertainty over holding of the national election.

Taskforces start probe into PDB graft

Three taskforces under the National Coordination Committee to Combat Corruption and Crime yesterday launched a two-month probe into graft, irregularities and administrative lapses in Power Development Board (PDB).

Mayor Kamran freed on bail

Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) Mayor Badar Uddin Ahmed Kamran was freed from the Sylhet Central Jail yesterday afternoon after bail documents reached the jail on Wednesday.

Dhaka seeks Kuwaiti help for Padma Bridge

Bangladesh yesterday sought Kuwaiti assistance for Padma Bridge and Special Economic Zone for expatriate investments to be set up in Sylhet.

Charges pressed against ex-MP Salahuddin

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday pressed charges against detained former BNP lawmaker from Demra Salahuddin Ahmed in a case filed for misuse of government relief materials.

RCC takes up Tk 5 crore waste management project

Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) has undertaken a Tk 5 crore household waste management project financed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), officials said.

Prof Yunus blasts Telenor ethics in Bangladesh

Norwegian telecom operator Telenor, which recently tightened ethical procedures in Bangladesh, still has sub-contractors there using child labour, Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus charged yesterday.

61 police SIs promoted to inspector

Sixty-one sub-inspectors of Bangladesh Police were promoted to inspector yesterday.

Two DAGs appointed

Two deputy attorney generals (DAGs) have been appointed for moving cases on behalf of the state at the Supreme Court.

Students vandalise Pangu Hospital

Students of physiotherapy department of the National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation (Nitor) went on a rampage yesterday, ransacking classrooms, doctors' chambers and administrative offices demanding a separate institute for them.

2 cases shifted to Speedy Trial Tribunal

The two cases filed in connection with the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League (AL) rally in 2004 were transferred yesterday to a Speedy Trial Tribunal of Dhaka for quick disposal.

Cabinet okays abandoned property ordinance

The Council of Advisers yesterday in principle approved the Bangladesh Abandoned Property Amendment Ordinance to serve as a guideline to manage the confiscation of immovable assets.

Ex-minister Rafiqul freed on bail

Former Awami League (AL) state minister for power and energy Rafiqul Islam was released on bail yesterday.

Businessman confesses to ill-gotten wealth

A businessman confessed to ill-gotten wealth worth Tk 4.70 crore before the Truth and Accountability Commission (Tac) yesterday.

Lankan troops move to take LTTE capital

Government forces and Tamil separatists were locked in heavy combat in northern Sri Lanka with at least 41 rebels and five soldiers killed in fresh fighting, the defence ministry said yesterday.

Pak govt protests US-led assault

The Pakistani government has summoned the US ambassador to protest the incursion, which officials said killed at least 15 people, including civilians.

Clarification

The authorities of A-One (BD) Ltd sweater factory at Dhaka Export Processing Zone yesterday clarified a report headlined “3 DEPZ factories shut over unrest fear” published in The Daily Star on September 2.

Editorial

Release of Tarique Rahman on bail

TARIQUE Rahman's situation has been hogging media attention for some days now. In the beginning it was his health and subsequently it was the issue of his bail that became the subject of intense speculation. There was a judicial ruling for his release on bail for purposes of treatment abroad. For whatever it is worth, the fact remains that Tarique Rahman has been a man shrouded in controversy ever since he joined politics. His behind the scenes role in the last government led by his mother and his not so behind the scenes role through Hawa Bhaban earned him unhealthy notoriety over the past few years.

Consumer rights protection

FOLLOWING the approval of the final draft of the consumer rights protection ordinance by the council of advisers, some of its features have drawn criticism from experts and activists in the field. This awaits assent of the president to be promulgated into an ordinance through a gazette notification. Since the enactment process is yet to be completed, we believe, there is still scope for mitigating some of the inadequacies contained in the draft before it is promulgated and put into effect.

Ramadan thoughts

LAST week I wrote about my recent trip to Indonesia, and how intrigued and impressed I was to learn about the diversity and visibility of progressive Islamic voices in that country. I'll be honest; before I went to Jakarta, I was under the impression, from newspaper/magazine articles and television news over the past few years, that Indonesia was a country heading in the direction of fundamentalism.

Jaded by a justice

MANY worthwhile advisors of erstwhile caretaker governments are almost forgotten, but one of them refuses to go away like a fly in the trashcan. A former justice of the High Court, who adorned the caretaker cabinet for 74 days, allegedly took bribes while in office, totaling a sum of Tk.1.25 crore. A brain-teaser for those who are interested. Going at this rate, how much money would he have made if he were to serve in a regular cabinet lasting five years, each year comprised of 365 days?

This isn't the return of history

MANY in Washington have described Russia's attack on Georgia as a turning point in international affairs. Pundits thunder that we are returning to an age of great-power conflicts. Globalisation and integration have been exposed as shams.

Sports

Manik recalls veterans

Abahani midfielder Pranotosh Kumar Das and Farashganj striker Enamul Haque got their first national calls as Bangladesh coach Shafiqul Islam Manik yesterday named his preliminary squad for next month's Merdeka Cup football tournament.

Serena wins family battle

Serena Williams watched the final shot sail beyond the baseline, and immediately her sister called for an instant-replay challenge.

Lee ready for India

Sidelined Australian paceman Brett Lee has declared himself available for the upcoming Test tour of India.

It remains 4-0

England's hopes of securing a 5-0 whitewash over South Africa were denied by the Welsh rain, as the fifth and final ODI at Cardiff was abandoned after only three overs of play. England will no doubt feel frustrated in being deprived a fifth win in succession, but a scoreline of 4-0 against South Africa represents an achievement far beyond their pre-series aspirations. Not even Kevin Pietersen, their unerringly positive captain, could have foreseen England's dominance.

Open Secrets

Andy Roddick is starting to look like a planning genius as his decision to skip the Beijing Olympic Games in favour of preparing for the US Open pays off. The eighth seed is to play a quarterfinal for the third-straight year after crushing Fernando Gonzalez Tuesday with ease.

Academy off to Colombo

The GP-BCB National Cricket Academy side left Dhaka last night to the Sri Lankan capital Colombo for a 22-day tour.

Futsal sans Muktijoddha

The Citycell Futsal competition began yesterday but struggling giants Muktijoddha Sangsad were no part of the first competitive tournament of football's indoor version in the country.

Defoe to stake claim

Jermain Defoe believes the time has finally come for him to step into Michael Owen's shoes and fire the goals to help England qualify for the 2010 World Cup.

Kahn to be a TV pundit

He may have officially retired following his testimonial in Munich this week, but former Germany captain and goalkeeper Oliver Kahn already has a busy programme planned to fill in the gaps when he would have been training or playing.

Poldi's point to prove

Germany striker Lukas Podolski has a point to prove to his club Bayern Munich when Die Mannschaft start their 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign in Liechtenstein on Saturday.

Final push for top teams

Asia's top teams get their final push towards the World Cup finals in South Africa underway on Saturday with Japan facing a tricky encounter in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia battling Ali Daei's Iran.

Milan, Fiorentina fans banned

Following the violence and destruction caused by Napoli fans in Rome on the opening Serie A weekend of the season, AC Milan and Fiorentina supporters will be banned from travelling to their club's next away matches.

Pato vows win

AC Milan's teenage striker Pato said the Italian giants' next match away to Genoa is a win or bust game.

I'm Italian, insists Balotelli

Inter Milan's teenage star Mario Balotelli pinned his colours firmly to Italy on Thursday by insisting that he does not want to play for the land of his forefathers.

Tough-talking Arthur

South Africa coach Mickey Arthur hinted that some of the senior members of his team may have played their last one-day internationals following the 4-0 one-day series defeat by England.

'Hayden in ODI frame'

Matthew Hayden will not be pressured out of one-day cricket before he is ready despite Australia's coach Tim Nielsen tipping Shaun Marsh and Shane Watson as the openers most likely to lead Australia's next World Cup defence. Marsh and Watson grabbed their opportunities when they came together in the West Indies in June and an ongoing heel injury for Hayden, 36, has allowed them to continue their success against Bangladesh.

Smith bemoans Pollock miss

Graeme Smith, the South African captain, blamed his inexperienced bowlers for the defeat in the ODI series against England, but was confident his team would regroup in time for the tour to Australia.

Media boycott BFF briefing

Journalists yesterday boycotted Bangladesh Football Federation's (BFF) press conference arranged to announce the preliminary squad for next month's Merdeka Cup in Malaysia.

DBBL donates Tk 3 cr to BOA

Dutch-Bangla Bank donated Tk three crore to Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) for constructing the six-storied Olympic building at the Bangabandhu National Stadium complex.

Jamil vows to take hockey up

New Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) general secretary Khondoker Jamil Uddin has promised to change the scenario of the game in the country.

Visa stops Akhtar

Pakistan's fast bowling ace Shoaib Akhtar was heading home Thursday after a visa glitch stymied his plans to launch a comeback with English county side Surrey, the player told AFP.

ICC creates women's ratings

Women's cricket takes another step towards integrating with the game at large with the ICC introducing ODI Player rankings. The rankings will be launched in October, ahead of India's tour to Australia.

Business

Taskforce wants e-banking gateway in six months

A taskforce committee on Internet or online banking has recommended developing a payment gateway soon to render the services.

Adamjee EPZ misses FDI target

Adamjee Export Processing Zone has received only $45 million foreign direct investment (FDI) in four years against the government projection of $400 million.

Renewable energy policy on cards

The government is set to make a policy on renewable energy to facilitate development of the sector to meet 10 percent of the country's total power demand by 2020.

Parjatan profit triples

Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC) has recorded operating profits of Tk 2.5 crore last fiscal year, driven by cuts in "systems loss" and increasing domestic tourism, said its chairman yesterday.

United Airways to operate international flights

United Airways, a private airliner, spreads its wings with its first international flight on Dhaka-Kolkata-Dhaka route on September 24.

Wig market morphs into money-spinner

Emdad Haque, a 32-year-old who works as a business consultant for an international donor agency, says he is depressed.

Tata car row opens debate on India's industrial drive

As evicted farmers square off against giant Tata Motors over land seized to build the Nano, the world's cheapest car, India's industrialisation strategy has come under the spotlight.

Banglalink may not reach break-even point in 2008

Banglalink, the country's second largest mobile operator, said the company's target for reaching the break-even point by the end of this year is at a risk, as tax reduction on SIM cards was not materialised.

Tk125cr for BJMC raw jute purchase

The government has finally sanctioned Tk125 crore for the purchase of raw jute for the 15 mills under Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC), but traders say BJMC will have to face further loss because of the delay in fund release, as the prices of the item are on the rise.

CA stresses watch on BBBF recommendations

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday asked for regular monitoring to see the outcome of implemented and under-implementation recommendations of Bangladesh Better Business Forum (BBBF), formed to help drive economic growth.

Titas drives Dhaka stocks slightly up

Dhaka stocks closed marginally up yesterday as investors got into a buying spree for Titas Gas.

Further tobacco tax suggested

A demand for a further hike in taxes on tobacco and related products was raised at a roundtable in Dhaka yesterday.

Cox's Bazar, Sundarbans taken off the list of 7 Wonders of Nature

Cox's Bazar and Sundarbans, two natural sites of Bangladesh, have been taken off the list of New 7 Wonders of Nature on Wednesday with charges of violating the voting rules.

Australian envoy seeks to end Red Cow dispute

The Australian high commissioner (HC) to Bangladesh sought intervention of ministries to enforce a court order about using trademarks of two international milk product brands by both New Zealand Dairy Products Bangladesh Ltd and Sanowara Corporation.

Trade fair for women entrepreneurs begins Sunday

In a bid to identify and promote women entrepreneurs of the country and provide them with local and regional networking support, a six-day trade fair of women entrepreneurs will begin on Sunday in Dhaka.

India's inflation slows for second successive week

India's inflation slowed for a second straight week but was still far above the central bank's tolerance level, data yesterday showed, fuelling expectations of more monetary tightening.

Singapore concludes FTA talks with China

Singapore and China have successfully concluded negotiations on a bilateral free trade agreement, the city-state said in a statement Thursday.

Nissan launches first clean-diesel car in Japan

Nissan Motor Corp. launched Thursday its first clean-running diesel vehicle in Japan in a bid to open up a new market by rebranding the fuel as eco-friendly.

Malaysian exports surge 25.4pc

Malaysia's exports surged 25.4 percent in July from a year ago, boosted by high commodity prices and growth in the electronics sector, according to official data released Thursday.

S Korea launches project to become Asian oil storage hub

South Korea on Thursday launched an ambitious project to become Northeast Asia's oil storage hub, which officials said will create new business opportunities and ensure energy security.

Myanmar to introduce contract farming

Myanmar is making arrangement to introduce contract farming project in Yangon division, aimed at development of agriculture, the local Biweekly Eleven news journal reported yesterday.

Warid offers special tariff for Ramadan

Warid Telecom announced yesterday a low tariff rate of 25 paisa/minute for its subscribers from 12:00 midnight to 8:00 am on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan, says a press release.

Indonesia hikes interest rates

Indonesia's central bank raised its benchmark interest rate 25 basis points to 9.25 percent on Thursday in a bid to cool inflation, officials said.

Metropolitan

Form people's commission to probe incidents

Civil society members at a view exchange meeting yesterday urged the caretaker government to form a people's commission to probe into all extra-judicial killings to help establish human rights in the country.

Develop forecasting tech for agri planning, management

Disaster management experts at an international seminar yesterday underscored the need for developing monthly and seasonal flood forecasting technologies for agricultural planning and management, as climatic changes are likely to affect agriculture badly.

Inefficient teachers create vacuum in education sector

The below par performance of inefficient teachers created a vacuum in the education sector, speakers at a seminar in Rajshahi said yesterday.

Amendment to motor vehicle ordn underway for harsher penalty

Communications Secretary Dr Md Mahbubur Rahman yesterday said the government is amending the motor vehicle ordinance to increase the levels punishment in road accident-related cases both in fines and jail terms.

Govt urged not to accept conditional fund

Speakers at a press conference yesterday called on the government not to accept any World Bank-controlled funds with strings attached to tackle climate change in the country.

Anti-graft debate held

An anti-corruption debate competition styled 'Corruption is the key barrier to national development' was held at Savar Agrani High School yesterday for creating awareness against corruption among the school going students, says a press release.

Replacement contingent leaves for Congo

Bangladesh is replacing its three army and two air force contingent in United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Congo (MONUC), says an ISPR release.

23 students hurt in Gaibandha clash

At least 23 students of Gaibandha Agriculture Training Institute received injuries in a fierce clash between two rival groups over a trifling matter in the early hours of yesterday.

Only 17 out of 259 candidates submit returns

Only 17 out of total 259 candidates who contested for the posts of KCC mayor and councillors have so far submitted returns of election expenses to the returning officer.

Police beat client for protesting irregularities in Barisal bank

Agitated people yesterday surrounded the police on duty at Barisal Sonali Bank Corporate Branch for beating a client who protested the irregularities of a bank official.

'Unite to resist conspiracy of communal quarters'

It is the right time to form a united movement to resist the conspiracy of the communal quarters and fundamentalists against the country and progressive forces, speakers said at a discussion yesterday.

Rapist, two others arrested

A rapist and two others were arrested in the port city yesterday in connection with the death of a violated adolescent maidservant during forced abortion.

Pak national held with foreign currency

Customs officials yesterday seized foreign currency worth Tk 38.5 lakh from a Pakistani national at Zia International Airport (ZIA) in the city yesterday.

Release of corrupt suspects protested

Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) yesterday formed a human chain in the city and elsewhere in the country amid police barriers to protest the release of corrupt politicians and war criminals.

Shaheed Matiul Islam-Mirza Kader memorial sculpture

A sculpture in memory of Shaheed Matiul Islam and Mirza Kader was inaugurated in the National Press Club area yesterday, says a press release.

Moniruzzaman's death condoled

Individuals and various organisations yesterday expressed deep shock at the death of Prof Mohammad Moniruzzaman, a noted lyricist and former chairman of Bengali department of Dhaka University.

Letters

Mega Transport Project

Finally after 37 years of independence, 15 years of democracy, the caretaker government launched a long-term mega project to establish an environment-friendly traffic management system in greater Dhaka to relieve people of the nagging traffic congestion. Though it will be a 20-year plan, still it is a well-come move by the government and we all hope that the project has been planned taking into consideration the future growth (after 50 years) of the city.

RMG sector

Till now the RMG sector is the leading source of foreign currency in the country. But often we notice that for very insignificant reasons it becomes chaotic. We don't know which devils are playing the key character behind this. We feel that the government should trace and punish them. The investors in this sector are assuring us that they will give all reasonable benefits to the workers.

Education and some questions

I sighed as I read Nabilah Khan's cry for a 'unified education system'. I have heard it for 40 years in the UK and now here!

UN and world peace

The UN and its elaborate Charter for peace, individual freedom and human rights were established soon after WW2. However, it is not functioning well at all because of lack of good will and co-operation on the part of stronger nations. In particular, the right of 'self determination' is apparently a failed concept. Most of the present turmoil in the world, in Kashmir, Georgia, Chechnya, Darfur, Afghanistan, Iraq. Tibet (and perhaps even Palestine) could be prevented if this provision of the UN could be enforced for world wide peace and tranquillity. An exceptional case of such UN success was in East Timor. Why can the world not see many more such cases of self determination of the troubled or disputed regions? The 'Principle of territorial integrity of a sovereign nation' (an archaic concept), must be subservient to the 'Principle of happiness and self determination of the people' of a ruled region. Size is irrelevant as states such as Monaco and Luxemburg demonstrate their happy and prosperous existence.

Irregular water supply

Nowadays, very often, in several buildings in Wari residential area the supply and flow of water in WASA pipeline is very irregular, small in quantity, causing great inconvenience to the WASA customers/consumers.

RU incidents

For a long time, Rajshahi University has been maintaining a favourable environment of education. Many departments have become successful in removing session jam. But on 19 August, over a trivial matter, there occurred a clash between the students and the inhabitants of an adjacent locality. It is a matter of great regret that the university has been declared closed following the incident.

No way out?

I am trying to survive with my two children depending on my income which is not sufficient for three of us. My elder child is a brilliant student from her childhood with great penchant for music, drama, drawing, dance etc. I was not able to give her the support that she needed. She herself tried her best and achieved good results in all aspects. She has shown her ability in her academic side by achieving 8 (eight) "A" grades in her O-level , she didn't get any coaching or similar facilities. She achieved the The Daily Star Award. She has appeared in her A level exams with the great hope of achieving the same type of results.

"REHAB and apartment owners"

I would like to thank the letter writer (under the above caption).

Bengalis in Brighton

There is nothing more English than to find day-trippers from London sitting on the pebble beach at Brighton, resolutely determined to enjoy themselves despite the lowering August sky. We looked down from amidst the amusement arcades and fish n' chips stalls on the pier, during my first ever trip to the seaside resort of Brighton and my first trip to England as an American. Brighton has its famous royal pavilion, modelled on the Mughal architectures of east. Because Brighton always was a place to go so see something out of the ordinary, a place where anything seemed exotic compared to the six day week factories. Where for a spell each year the English could be something other than English. And so it was on the beach there last Tuesday. A group of boys were sitting in the waves up to their necks, clothed in shorts and tea-shirts, shrieking every time a larger wave crashed over them. At a demure distance, but still subject to near total immersion from the largest waves was a group of girls in brightly coloured salwar- kameez. Up the beach was grandma in black niqab, video camera pressed against the slit, capturing the scene and shouting directions. All Muslim by dress, Bengali by volume and mirth, and so completely, so absurdly British. Then the heavens opened in high borsha passion and everyone on the beach, whether in the waves or not, was instantly drenched. And in the rain I could hear "nache nache rumo tale"

Reports on Tarique

Some newspapers carried out a front-page report on Tarique Rahman's injury along with his wife's tearful picture. I was in a coffee shop yesterday, when I came across a group of people expressing their sadness witnessing the 'million dollar' picture. What amazed me most is that nobody cared for the person who died because of the vandalism that took place near Dhaka University. The poor man's death was another priceless life the common people give to 'jalao porao' politics. Today, we chant slogans for democracy and perhaps that is why we have the right to burn anything and to kill anybody. Today, the tears of Dr. Zobaida Rahman are much more valuable than the pain and agony the family of Jahangir Alam is going through. What was his fault? He was walking on the roads of a democratic country!

Pakistan scene

After the fall of General Musharraf, our politicians always refer to the CTG to observe the fate of the non-democratic government, so that our CTG can take this into account and quit as soon as possible. But what happened after Musharraf's resignation?

Lamb in tiger's skin?

At last the whole nation has been disillusioned about the much-trumpeted charisma of the CTG. Even long before the expiry of its term, it has got its paws & talons blunted and teeth broken. Ah! How high was the expectation of the nation! But they have failed us. They are to be cursed more than those who have hitherto been sucking the blood of this wretched nation. What shall we say? A bunch of so-called highly educated people/bureaucrats! They did finally land us in this ditch where the thugs and goons and their godfathers had been wallowing! Shall we ever be able to put trust in so-called highly educated people/bureaucrats? What difference did they make from those inebriating with power & position & purse? What made them so kneeling in compromise with the branded corrupt and plunderer politicians?

Sexual harassment in educational institutions

Sexual harassment of female students by their teachers in our educational institutions all over the country is common, which shocks us very much and tarnishes the image of the particular institutions as well as the teaching profession. The teachers who are involved in sexual harassment lack morality and principles. They have stigmatised the noble teaching profession. I cannot imagine how a teacher can sexually harass female students.

Cricketers' poor show

We are very passionate about our cricketers. They sometimes made us really proud. The last World Cup was a dream tournament for us.

Develop more housing projects

I live in Australia and during my last visit to Bangladesh I tried to buy a new plot in a suitable location that has full project permission from Rajuk. I visited the REHAB fair and due to the government's tight control on marketing of new projects at that time, there were only a few real estate companies offering a small number of plots and the price was very high. I could not select any. People very often lost their hard earned money deposit to various agents which finally could not provide them with a plot, nor did they return the money.

Politics: varying too much?

A common question in talk shows- what lessons the politicians have learnt from 1/11. Yes, they are leaving behind examples of how to survive during political Tsunami. Instead of looking for success and lessons of 1/11 in talk shows, set up a commission of inquiry to find out the exact answers to these questions. The time has come to ask what lessons the government has learnt from the politicians.

What are they doing?

I am so much curious to know about the main duties and responsibilities of an ambassador because I am confused by the activities of our foreign embassies. I know that an ambassador is a representative of the government as well as the nation and the ambassador is considered a guardian of immigrant workers abroad, but in our case the situation appears to be different.

International

17 militants killed in northwest Pakistan

At least 17 militants were killed yesterday when troops backed by helicopter gunships destroyed rebel hideouts in Swat valley in Pakistan's northwest, the army said.

India flood rescue hits crucial stage

Efforts to rescue tens of thousands of villagers cut off by a monsoon-swollen river in northern India were reaching a critical stage yesterday, aid workers and evacuees said.

Iran risks 'catastrophe' of Israeli strike: Sarkozy

French President Nicolas Sarkozy warned Iran yesterday that its determination to press on with its controversial nuclear drive risked an Israeli strike that would be a "catastrophe."

US inches towards Indian nuclear deal

The United States inched towards a deal Thursday in its efforts to persuade nuclear supplier nations to lift a 34-year-old embargo on trade with India, a diplomat at negotiations said.

Palin puts Democrats on notice

In her first national address, vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin wowed the Republican convention using wit, sarcasm, charm and ridicule in a full-scale assault on a now familiar cast of GOP targets: an elitist adversary, biased media and high taxes.

Pak court adjourns Sharif trial hearing till Oct 7

A Pakistani court on Thursday adjourned till October seven the hearing of an application seeking reopening of the trial of corruption cases against former Premier Nawaz Sharif, his brother Shahbaz and other members of their family.

Pak investigators probe attack on PM's motorcade

Pakistani police were Thursday investigating a failed assassination attempt on Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, a day after sniper fire struck his motorcade.

Thai cabinet suggests referendum on crisis

Thailand's Cabinet agreed Thursday to hold a referendum on a civic group's street campaign to oust the prime minister, which has paralysed the government for the last 10 days and raised fears of violence and economic chaos.

Arts & Entertainment

Disgruntled with a cause

Though internationally renowned as a photographer, Anwar Hossain's contribution to Bangladeshi films is no less profound. Consider the critically acclaimed films made in Bangladesh; several of them feature Anwar's signature cinematography -- Shurjo Dighal Bari, Emil-er Goenda Bahini, Puroshkar, Dahan, Hulia, Chitra Nadir Parey, Nadir Naam Madhumati, Laalshalu and Shyamol Chhaya for instance.

Lyricist Dr. Moniruzzaman passes away

Eminent lyricist, educationist, litterateur and poet Dr. Mohammad Moniruzzamn (72) passed away on September 3 at the Bangladesh Medical College Hospital. He had an open-heart surgery recently. He was also suffering from kidney related ailments. The demise of Mohammad Moniruzzamn caused a wave of mourning in the cultural arena.

Remembering a folk maestro

Abdul Alim (1931-1974) possessed a melodious and gifted voice which is yet to be surpassed by any other folksinger of our country. His presentation was simply magical. His songs epitomised the very essence of rural Bangladesh and mesmerised listeners across the country. Indeed, he played an important role in popularising this form of music. Today marks the 34th death anniversary of the folk maestro. It is unfortunate that his death anniversary is observed rather unceremoniously and he is now almost an overlooked chapter.

Centre for Asian Theatre wins Ibsen Scholarship

Ibsen Scholarships for International Ibsen Projects 2008 was handed over to Centre for Asian Theatre (CAT) on September 1, at the National Theatre Stage in Oslo, Norway informed the theatre troupe members at a press conference held recently.

New variety show “Chandrabindu” on Channel i

New variety show Chandrabindu will be aired on Channel i at 9:30 pm tonight. Nurul Alam Atique is the director of the programme.

Jonathan Demme jolts Venice film fest with family drama

"Silence of the Lambs" director Jonathan Demme jolted Venice film critics Wednesday with a stirring new family drama that tightens the race for the festival's Golden Lion prize.

Jolie posters not “Wanted” in UK, watchdog rules

Angelina Jolie might ooze Hollywood glamour, but if she's armed and looking dangerous, the actress is not welcome in Britain.

OP-ED

Back to square one?

ON January 11, 2007, the president declared emergency and constituted a new caretaker government headed by Chief Adviser Dr. Fakruddin Ahmad. People from all corners, despite their political identities, welcomed the move and, from Day 1, supported this government.

America and the world into a new era

THE United States elects a president in two months. The whole world is watching because whoever is victorious will be the leader of not just of US but the world. Africans, Asians, Europeans and Latin Americans -- unhappy with the Bush administration's eight years -- all have a stake in the election's outcome. But they'll discover that whether Democrat Barack Obama or Republican John McCain is the next US president, his foreign policies may not often be in concert with global public opinion.

The climate war

THOSE who keep in touch with Hollywood science-fiction movies know about the film "Star Wars," and worry about the earth being attacked by aliens.

The real reason why Asian cities have low crime rates

OVER breakfast with a couple of Germans and an American at a hotel in Macau, I pondered one of the most puzzling East-West mysteries. Crime is linked to poverty, so why do cities in the richer West have more crime than those in the poorer East?

StarTech

Business intelligence for banks

Bangladesh has experienced a plethora of internationally accredited banking software being implemented to a few leading banks. Two objectives stood out for such a mission critical endeavour, which involved cohesive strategy, aligning business units, stakeholders and technology group. The perceived success was driven by the vision of stakeholders and zeal of management, in reaping benefits from technology.

Google Chrome is out

Google has released the beta version of its much awaited web browser, Chrome on September 13 and this week in StarTech we will have a look at the pros and cons of this all new browser, which according to industry experts, is likely to become a serious contender for the market leaders Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox.

Kodak GCG and Zeeshan join hands

At a lavish rendezvous at the Westin Hotel, Dhaka, Kodak's Graphic Communications Group (GCG) announced their partnership with Zeeshan International Agencies Pvt Ltd on August 30, 2008.

CSL introduces HP Pavilion dv3109tx notebook

Computer Source Limited (CSL) has recently introduced the HP Pavilion dv3109tx notebook, which is all about usability, durability, and attractiveness.

Rosetta's second swing

This handout picture from the European Space Agency (ESA) retrieved on September 3, shows an artist's rendition of ESA's probe Rosetta's closest approach to Earth during its second swing-by of our planet on November 13. The image shows the fly-by configuration as seen from above. Rosetta is due to rendezvous in 2014 with Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, sending down a refrigerator-sized lab to examine its crusty surface however, its 6.5-billion-kilometre (4.06-billion-mile) odyssey will be interrupted on Friday, when the craft will get down to some serious science as it zooms through the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.



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