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News of: Friday, 19th of September, 2008

Front Page

Bails slow down anti-graft drive

The caretaker government will have to pass the responsibility to complete the ongoing anti-graft drive on to the next government as it limps along amid stay and bail orders and rules from higher court.

AL, BNP out to grab election allies

The BNP-led four-party alliance has made moves to expand the coalition to contest the coming parliamentary election while the Awami League (AL)-led 14-party combine is also going for further expansion.

Tac gets a politician for confession finally

Former BNP state minister Maj (retd) Kamrul Islam yesterday applied for making voluntary disclosure before the Truth and Accountability Commission (Tac) about his ill-gotten wealth, first by any politician since Tac began functioning on August 3.

Hizb ut-Tahrir leaders held over 'militancy'

Rajshahi Metropolitan Police (RMP) yesterday arrested the coordinator of Bangladesh chapter of Hizb ut-Tahrir and nine of his cohorts at Rajshahi City Press Club on suspicion of promoting militancy in the country.

No Chinese brand found registered

No powder milk out of 45 registered brands in Bangladesh are imported from China, authorities yesterday said.

Posh Gulshan plagued with traffic jam

The posh residential area Gulshan has lost its serenity and tranquillity and turned into a commercial hub with numerous private vehicles buzzing on the roads, lanes and by-lanes, which are also often plagued with severe traffic congestion.

Eid railway tickets draw huge rush

Bangladesh Railway started selling advance tickets yesterday to cope with the rush of people leaving Dhaka ahead of the Eid. It will be selling advance tickets till September 24.

Amar Desh served with 2nd legal notice

The editor, publisher and a reporter of daily Amar Desh were served with another legal notice for not begging unconditional public apology and publishing the full rejoinder to a false, malicious and defamatory report about The Daily Star, daily Prothom Alo and Transcom Group.

Mohammadpur roads bear 3 years of neglect

As authorities concerned failed to give attention to the roads of Mohammadpur area during the last three years, a number of the roads have become so rundown that they are causing accidents.

EC invites BNP, allies for talks tomorrow

The Election Commission (EC) yesterday formally invited BNP and its allies to a dialogue on electoral issues tomorrow.

MiG-29 trial stayed for 3 months

The High Court (HC) yesterday stayed for three months trial proceedings against Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina in the MiG-29 purchase scam case filed during the BNP-led four-party alliance rule.

Hizb ut-Tahrir banned in most of ME

Hizb ut-Tahrir Bangladesh remained unnoticed for several years before the grenade attack on the British high commissioner at Hazrat Shahjalal shrine in Sylhet over four years ago.

14 editors ask for immediate release

Editors of 14 national dailies at an emergency meeting yesterday demanded immediate release of The Daily Janakantha Editor Mohammad Atiqullah Khan Masud.

Policy summit draws criticism

Leaders of major political parties including BNP, Jatiya Party (JP), Jamaat-e-Islami, Workers Party of Bangladesh and Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday rejected the government-proposed policy summit.

83 killed in fierce Lankan clashes

Sri Lanka's military said yesterday it was moving closer to the northern headquarters of the Tamil Tigers, as fierce clashes in different locations left more than 83 dead.

102 political parties collect forms, 4 apply

Some 102 political parties have collected forms for registration with the Election Commission (EC) and only four of them submitted their applications until yesterday.

Mirza Azam held after release

Police re-arrested Jubo League General Secretary Mirza Azam on charge of violating the Emergency Power Rules (EPR) soon after his release on bail from the Dhaka Central Jail yesterday.

Judicial probe ordered into Manna's death

A Dhaka court yesterday ordered judicial inquiry into a complaint case filed against six physicians of United Hospital and its board of directors allegedly responsible for the death of popular film actor SM Aslam Takulder Manna.

CA returns home after 4-day visit to China

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed returned to country early today concluding his four-day official visit to China during which he had discussions with all top Chinese leaders.

Comilla Medical College closed after clash

Comilla Medical College (CMC) was yesterday declared closed for an indefinite period following a clash between students and local people.

India faces threat from home-grown militants

The Indian government unveiled new security measures yesterday after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh admitted to "vast gaps" in intelligence gathering following a spate of bombings in major cities.

7 US troops killed in Iraq chopper crash

Seven American soldiers were killed yesterday when their transport helicopter crashed in southern Iraq, the deadliest such incident in the country in more than a year, the US military said.

Livni to succeed Israeli PM Ehud Olmert

Tzipi Livni, the newly elected leader of Israel's ruling Kadima party, faced the daunting task yesterday of putting together a government to avert snap elections that could further slow the pace of Middle East peacemaking.

Zardari to meet Manmohan in New York

Dispelling fears of a downslide in bilateral ties, Pakistan yesterday said its dialogue with India has not "stalled" despite "hiccups" and that President Asif Ali Zardari would meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New York next week to take the peace process forward.

US soldier gets 7-month sentence in Iraq killings

A US soldier pleaded guilty to conspiracy to murder and was sentenced to seven months in prison Thursday in the deaths of four Iraqis, saying he stood guard from a machine-gun turret while the bound men were shot.

Editorial

Indo-Bangla maritime boundary talks

THE fact of the matter is that no tangible results have been arrived at by Bangladesh and India at the end of their three-day conference on maritime boundary issues. And yet both the sides at the meeting held in Dhaka have described the outcome as fruitful, which is just as well. When one considers the fact that these talks took place after an inordinately long gap of twenty-eight years, one will surely describe the event as encouraging, to an extent. It must be noted that such issues as maritime boundaries are of crucial significance in relations between states. Indeed, they have international significance given that they are linked inextricably with such legalities as the Law of the Sea. The question therefore arises as to why Bangladesh and India, being such close neighbours, had to wait nearly three decades before getting down to discussing the issue.

What a logic to fell trees!

THE Jahangirnagar University authorities have evoked strident protests from environmentalists and students alike following their decision to fell a few hundred old trees on the campus. The strange move is being ostensibly taken to keep off the poachers who have been spiriting away some of the trees for good money. Presumably, they want to rid the campus of the inviting trees. Rather than staving thieves off by effective security vigil, the administration seems to have taken a convenient route to appear in a salesman's role. The timber business will surely add to the university coffers; but at what cost?

Rebel warriors

Ami bidrohi, I the rebel warrior
I have risen alone with my head held high
-- Asian Dub Foundation

The unhappiness gap

IF we look at our history since 1971, people have either got the government they didn't want or wanted the government they didn't get. Right away we can discount the military regimes, which were the governments people didn't want. At other times, they elected government with expectations, which weren't met.

An open letter to HSC graduates

DEAR HSC graduates: Congratulations. What a display of excellence, the outcome of your hard work.

Sports

Rebels fail to show up

A day after the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) slapped 10-year ban each on 13 rebel cricketers, speculation was ripe that the shocked players would meet the board high-ups.

Tigers still worry Vettori

Daniel Vettori says New Zealand's upcoming tour of Bangladesh will be difficult, despite 13 of Bangladesh's leading players walking out on their national team to join the Indian Cricket League (ICL).

MSC back with a bang

A first minute goal by Nasir Hossain inspired Mohammedan Sporting Club to dump Arambagh 3-0 in the second round of the Citycell B. League yesterday.

Mendis resists Academy

The result of the four-day match between Bangladesh Cricket Board Academy and Sri Lanka Cricket Development XI at the Premadasa Stadium will hinge on how long the hosts' lower-middle order can resist the Bangladesh Academy attack on the final day.

NCL squads declared

Bangladesh Cricket Board yesterday announced the provisional squads of the six divisional sides that will play in the upcoming National Cricket League.

VOX POP: Readers speak out on player exodus

ECB took more pragmatic approach on this thing. I want to see Bangladesh do the same, instead of taking emotionally biased decisions. It is true that the players have mentioned a few things in public which certainly looks like being emotionally biased.

Dull draw for champions

Manchester United began their European Champions Lea-gue title defence with a damp squib Wednesday as wily Spaniards Villarreal held them 0-0 at Old Trafford, while Arsenal and Celtic also drew.

Momin hattrick sinks Prantik

Momin's hattrick guided Sadharan Bima to a 3-2 win over Prantik in the Second Division Football League at the Army Stadium in Banani yesterday.

Sagar takes solo lead

FIDE Master Minhazuddin Ahmed Sagar took solo lead in the Destiny 2000 3rd Open FIDE Rating chess tournament after the sixth round yesterday.

Del Piero fires Juve

Juventus marked their return to the Champions League after a two year absence with a hard-fought 1-0 Group H victory over UEFA Cup holders Zenit St Petersburg here on Wednesday.

Win pleases Klinsmann

Bayern Munich coach Jurgen Klinsmann was pleased to take three points from Romania on his Champions League debut as a Daniel Van Buyten header inflicted a 1-0 defeat on Steaua Bucharest.

Chelsea hire Wilkins

Ray Wilkins was appointed as Chelsea's new assistant first-team coach on Thursday following Steve Clarke's move to London rivals West Ham.

Benzema rescues Lyon

Karim Benzema rescued a draw for French champions Lyon as they drew 2-2 with Italy's Fiorentina in their opening Champions League Group E match on Wednesday.

Real ease past BATE

As expected record nine-time European champions Real Madrid defeated Belarus unknowns BATE Borisov 2-0 in the Champions League Group H opener at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday.

Chopra grateful to Keane

Sunderland striker Michael Chopra publicly expressed his gratitude to manager Roy Keane for giving himself time to sort out his life away from football.

Ribery awarded 340,000 euros damages

Bayern Munich's France midfielder Franck Ribery will receive 340,000 euros (487,000 US dollars) from his former agent after a ruling by the Swiss Federal Court in Lausanne on Wednesday.

Rosicky still to regain full fitness

Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky said Thursday he was still some way off full fitness after suffering renewed problems to the thigh injury that has kept him sidelined since January.

Gazza back in trouble

Troubled former England footballer Paul Gascoigne was arrested on Thursday in Gateshead, northeastern England, on suspicion of causing criminal damage.

Forlan out for weeks

Atletico Madrid striker Diego Forlan will be out for three to four weeks after suffering a thigh injury during the Champions League match with PSV Eindhoven, the Spanish club said on Wednesday.

France set Argentina date

France will play a friendly against Argentina in Marseille on Febuary 11, 2009, the French football federation (FFF) announced on Thursday.

Rivaldo repays Kuruvchi

Former world player of the year Rivaldo repaid Uzbekistan outfit Kuruvchi's faith in his ageing powers on Wednesday by scoring for them in their 2-2 draw away at Iranian side Saipa in their AFC Champions League quarterfinal first leg match.

'Aussies now major rivals'

Batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar said on Thursday that India's rivalry with Australia was now even more intense than with long-time arch-enemy Pakistan.

Ricky now 'comfortable'!

Ricky Ponting says Australia's players will be kept abreast of the security situation in India "daily, if not hourly" as they prepare to depart for their Test tour on Sunday. The trip is expected to go ahead as planned despite last Saturday's series of bomb blasts that killed more than 20 people in New Delhi, although Ponting said Cricket Australia would stay on top of any new developments.

Ex-Pak captains seek ICC action

Leading lights in Pakistan cricket have called on the International Cricket Council (ICC) to change its rules so countries cannot pick and choose tours.

Boat race in Manikganj

An exciting boat race was held on the Kolia Bil at Daulatpur Upazila in Manikganj on Monday afternoon.

Seminar on anti-doping held

A seminar on 'Medical Care and Anti Doping Awareness Programme' organised by Medical and Anti Doping Committee (MADC) of the Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) was held at the NSC conference room yesterday.

Arendse quits

Cricket South Africa president Norman Arendse resigned on Wednesday, citing differences with chief executive Gerald Majola.

Ivanovic fails, Jankovic sails

Former world number one Ana Ivanovic crashed out of the Pan Pacific Open on Thursday but top seed Jelena Jankovic and Beijing Olympic gold medalist Elena Dementieva marched on.

Business

Costly accessories erode RMG profit margin

Profit margins on the export of RMG items will erode further as the prices of garment accessories have increased both in local and international markets, said a major manufacturer.

Credit demand fuels inflationary pressure

The central bank has identified excessive credit growth, both in government and private sectors, over the last few months as the probable reason for the current inflation worries and rising food prices, officials said.

Mobile operators get fewer customers

Customer acquisition by the six mobile phone operators dropped 45 percent to 0.6 million in August from 1.1 million in July.

BSRM embarks on billet-making project

BSRM Iron and Steel Co Limited (Bisco), the newly established concern of BSRM Group, has started constructing a billet factory at a cost of Tk 277 crore, in a bid to supply raw material to its steel manufacturing plant.

Leasing firms grapple with default loans

Default loans of leasing companies rose significantly -- by 2 percentage points --between March and June this year, according to Bangladesh Bank (BB).

Prompt action sought to execute ICT roadmap

The government should adopt pragmatic policies and take prompt action for implementation of a five-year roadmap to promote information technology both in private and public sectors, said speakers at a discussion yesterday.

ACI eyes UK curry industry

ACI has planned to grab to grab a slice of about 3.5 billion pound sterling curry industry in the United Kingdom (UK) with its spices.

Westecs comes up with new women's clothes

Westecs, a local brand of garment products, yesterday launched its 'Westecs Women Collection' in the city's Gulshan area to grab more of the local market for women's clothes.

Tech alters ways of greeting

In the era of booming mobile phone technology, it has now become a matter of debate whether your way of wishing by paper card to someone special was better before than now. Some prefer short messages from a handy device to paper-card greetings.

How about better business for consumers?

In a post-budget write-up on this page, I mentioned that the FY09 Budget was generally pro-business but biased in favor of production of import-substitutes over exports. Now, I would like to argue that the tariff structure it put in place did much to prop up producer profits with precious little for consumers to be excited about. This could be a case of benign omission rather than willful design. Let us not forget that consumers are the entire population of Bangladesh -- 150 million strong. Producers of manufactured goods in particular -- the main beneficiaries of the latest tariff adjustments -- would not make up 1 percent of the population. Let us acknowledge the fact that they are much better organised and have far greater lobbying power than all the consumers of Bangladesh.

Stocks close nearly flat

Dhaka stocks wrapped up the week almost flat yesterday, with the majority of securities closing up.

Citibank to provide service for Adamjee EPZ investors

Citibank, NA will provide their banking service to the investors of Adamjee Export Processing Zone.

Etcetera’s new executive director

Shoma Zahid has been promoted to the post of executive director of Etcetera Bangladesh Limited.

Dollar flounders in Asian trade amid market storm

The dollar fell further in Asian trade Thursday on fresh fears that the worsening global credit crisis would claim more victims on Wall Street, dealers said.

Oil trades in narrow range

Crude oil prices traded in a narrow range on Thursday in Asia after rebounding several dollars on the US government's bailout of insurance giant American International Group (AIG), dealers said.

China better in market economy: EU

China has made "considerable progress" on the road to winning the coveted market economy status, the European Commission has concluded in an internal report obtained by AFP on Thursday.

British bank Lloyds TSB announces HBOS takeover

British bank Lloyds TSB announced on Thursday it was taking over distressed rival Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS) in a 12.2-billion-pound (15.4 billion euro, 21.8 billion dollar) deal.

Toshiba to slip into operating loss in first half

Japan's Toshiba Corp. will likely post an operating loss in the first half and significantly downgrade full-year forecasts as its chip business deteriorates, a report said Thursday.

Japan's Hitachi, Panasonic join hands on plasma TV

Japan's Hitachi Ltd. said Thursday it would join Matsushita Electronics Industrial Co. Ltd. in the plasma televisions market, in a bid to revive a money-losing operation.

Air China eyes top-end fliers amid rising fuel costs

Flag carrier Air China is eyeing high-end passengers in a bid to counter challenges posed by growing fuel costs and a slowing global economy, a report said Thursday.

Metropolitan

31pc of juvenile delinquents didn't attend school: Study

About 62 percent of some 144 under-aged inmates in six prisons and two correctional homes are between 12 years and less than 16 years and 31 percent of them did not attend the school, revealed a study.

A design to bring health sector under pvt management

The proposed health policy has been designed to bring the health sector under private management.

Banya set to go back home

Banya, the surviving conjoined twin who was separated from her sister in August, is finally going to her home in Gaibandha within a day or two after spending nearly six months in hospitals in the capital.

Law enforcers asked to watch borders, check infiltration

Alarmed by the rising trend of drug trafficking in the country, the home ministry yesterday asked the law enforcement agencies to strictly watch the borders and check infiltration of both drugs and the accompanying explosives.

Media can play 'third party' role to resolve political conflicts

Media experts and journalists at a seminar yesterday said mass media can play a 'third party' role to resolve the present political conflicts, leading to make a culture of peace and tolerance in the country.

Road accidents kill 8, injure 51

Eight people were killed and 51 others injured in separate road accidents in Bogra, Sirajganj, Gaibandha and Tangail yesterday.

Hajj pilgrims asked to have check-up by Oct 30

The pilgrims, who intend to perform hajj this year both under government and private managements, have been asked to complete their health check-ups and vaccinations by October 30.

RMG workers demand salaries by Sept 22

Workers of already closed Honourway Textile and Apparels Ltd yesterday submitted a memorandum to the LGRD adviser demanding payment of their wages and arrears, including Eid bonus by September 22.

Tidal waves wash away 1000 shrimp enclosures

Over 1,000 shrimp enclosures along the coastal areas in the district were washed away by tidal waves due to depression in the last two days.

NHRC body to recommend names of chair, members Sept 21

The first meeting of the committee to recommend the names of the chairman and members of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) was held in the city yesterday.

Withdrawal of false cases against Hasina demanded

Some 251 cultural activists yesterday demanded immediate withdrawal of all 'false' cases against former prime minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina and her permanent release.

Bangladeshi NGO official dies in road crash in Sierra Leone

Dr Shahnewaz Alam Khan, Country Director of Concern Worldwide in Sierra Leone, was killed in a car accident in Freetown in Sierra Leone on Wednesday evening.

5 Indians pushed in by BSF held in Satkhira

Five Indian nationals, who were pushed in by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) through the Benapole border in Jessore on September 9, were arrested by police while they were going to India from Madhabkati in Satkhira Sadar yesterday.

Land depression over Orissa, W Bengal moves northwestwards

The land depression over Orissa, West Bengal and adjoining area moved northwestwards and now lies over Orissa, Bihar and adjoining area.

SCC ward councillors fail to select 3-men mayoral panel

The newly elected ward councillors of Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) have failed to select the three-member panel for mayorship to run the office in absence of the mayor.

Glaucoma found in Hasina's both eyes

Doctors at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in the US yesterday detected glaucoma in the right eye of Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina, two weeks after she was tested positive for the disease in her left eye.

Barisal food office engr held while taking bribe

An official of Barisal regional controller of food office has been nabbed red handed by Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) while taking bribe from a contractor yesterday.

RU controversial staffs keep acting VC confined for five hours

Some 200 'controversially-appointed' fourth-class employees of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday kept the acting vice chancellor confined to his office for about five hours demanding regularisation of their jobs.

Mother strangles 3-yr-old child

A woman strangled her three-year-old daughter at village Char Niamat Naya Para, a remote area in Phulpur upazila, in the early hours of yesterday.

US envoy meets LGRD adviser

US Ambassador James F Moriarty has lauded the steps taken by the government to strengthen the local government bodies.

Birth centenary of Comrade Nepal Nag today

Today is the birth centenary of Comrade Nepal Nag, an anti-British revolutionary, uncompromising communist leader and one of the organisers of the country's Language Movement.

Septuagenarian murdered in city

Unidentified miscreants killed a 70-year-old man inside his residence in the city's Badda area yesterday.

SKOP threatens countrywide strike

Protesting the police barricade during their prescheduled peaceful programme yesterday, labour leaders said workers would go on countrywide strike after the Eid if their dues, including Eid bonus, are not paid before the holy occasion.

Owners of 7 Jamdani factories sued

Chief Inspector of Factories and Establishments (CIFE) under the Ministry of Labour and Employment yesterday filed cases against owners of seven Jamdani factories on charges of engaging children as labourers.

3 Bangladeshis fly to India for Int'l Sports for Challenged

Three members of the National Association of Sports for the Persons with Disability (NASPD) yesterday left Dhaka for Chennai in India to take part in the International Sports for the Challenged, says a press release.

Indian rupees seized, one held

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday seized Indian rupees worth 28.35 lakh from a residence in the city's Lalbagh area and arrested one person for possessing foreign currency illegally.

Letters

Violence against women

With the world going forward with the integrated efforts of men and women, we are still committing barbaric crimes against women. As far as the newspaper reports and personal experiences are concerned, the incidents of women repression in our country range from eve-teasing to rape and killing.

Cricket, lovely cricket!!

Cricket has been a passion with me for over 70 years now. For the last 37, I have been patiently waiting for the human qualities inherent in this glorious game to surface on a consistent pattern amongst the Bangladesh cricket fraternity. These include grit, tenacity, physical and mental toughness, strength, stamina, natural talent, doggedness, sportsmanship and a host of other human values, that cricket can inculcate into those who regard it as a religion!

Bitter democracy?

What do we want to achieve through the general election? Better or bitter democracy? We saw that in the early days of the CTG due to the anti -corruption movement most people were optimistic that Bangladesh might be writing a new history. A new horizon was going to be introduced before Bangladesh. Most of the culprits were sent to jail. Most of the corrupt organisations such as Biman, Titas, Rajuk, and the DCC were targeted.

Good advice, but...

Barrister Rafiqul Haque articulated perfectly what every sensible person has in mind. He urged the two belligerent leaders of our political arena to come to senses (he should have said that in Bangla). He urged Khaleda Zia and Hasina Wazed to sit together, if needed, at his place, and come to terms for the sake of the country, for the people, for themselves and for their beloved party (read group of cadres). We wholeheartedly support Barrister Rafiq's clarion call.

Weekly holiday

Most of our people earn a pittance for their daylong labour to feed themselves and their family members with simple rice and lentil.

Sale of APEO

Thousand of kilograms of alkyl phenol ethoxylates (APEO), 100% non-biodegradable, are on regular sale in our chemical market round the country. It is totally banned by European Commission. But a number of dishonest importers import this chemical from Germany, Korea, China, India, Taiwan and some other countries and sell it to customers under different trade names. APEO issue is a great threat to our economy. Most of the textile dyeing and processing factories, jute mills and leather industries use this chemical and damage the environment.

University admission test

A few days ago, the ministry of education took the decision to withdraw the provision of university admission test after HSC exams with the VCs of 29 universities and chairman of the UGC from 2010-2011 academic year.

Oil palm plantation

I had a chance to read Mr. Pinaki Roy's Article titled "Oil palm plantation comes under criticism" which was published in the DS of August 8, 2008.

Diplomatic party

Last week we heard some noises in the media on a trifling issue. The row was over an attendance of an acting Secretary General of a political party in a dinner hosted by a foreign ambassador in Dhaka.

Khulna Wasa begins journey

The government has allocated Tk 7 crore to Khulna Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) for the fiscal year 2008-09.

The holy month

We are in the month of Serenity, Sanctity, Festivity and Philanthropy, that is holy Ramadan. There is another characteristic which is acknowledged by all the inhabitants of the land, that is the ghostly appearance of Price Hike of necessary commodities. Though price hike is the common phenomenon of the land, it seems to be intolerable in the month of Ramadan. Especially, the poor people are the victims of such kind of price hike in the name of Ramadan. We, the service holders, have the salary with bonus, but the poor people earn the money not enough for meeting their basic needs. We have to see a lot of faces living under poverty line.

University and politics

I am very much encouraged to go through the letter written with reference to my earlier letter on the above subject by learned Professor Ahmed S. Islam. (Ref: his letter, DS, Sept. 10, 2008). I would like to extend my sincere thanks to him for re-opening communication on the above subject. He has quite correctly evaluated the present campus situation while comparing it with the previous conditions.

Compact township

The idea of a compact township is brand new to most people of the country and as a result we are unaware of this plan, but the good news is that it has far reaching positive impact on both our land and well-planned growth in crop production to mitigate the growing crisis of food. The compact township generally involves building up cities within the villages of Bangladesh in which people would receive some modern facilities viz. schools, colleges, healthcare for their children. Indeed, the villagers shall live within a particular periphery and accordingly they do not have to waste their cultivable land. Apart from this, the stakeholders of compact township will have electricity supply in a planned way and this apparently may reduce shortage of power in the land as opposed to ill-planned connection of electricity for many different scattered areas in Bangladesh . Although this is a proposed idea invented by a BUET professor and afterwards unanimously supported by all quarters including the powers that be, the project needs to be emphasized on a priority basis keeping the future of the country in view where we are doomed to losing lots of pieces of land annually. But before implementation of this project, workshops, seminars, symposiums should be organised to help accelerate the process.

Religion of peace

The Holy Koran and Hadith, the order of Allah and the words of the Prophet (pbuh), inspire us to love all living beings. So terrorism in the name of religion must be condemned.

Newspapers and political parties

Everyday our newspapers (Bangla and English) condemn the military-backed interim government for suspending democracy in our country. This is all very noble and professional. But I wonder why our newspapers never demand, in clear and unconditional terms (without using ifs and buts), of the AL and the BNP to get rid of their student and youth wings and to abandon politics of hartal.

Risky

There should be certain restrictions on walking on the railway slippers. Fatal accidents can take place any time.

International

US did not warn of any strike, says Pakistan

Pakistan said Thursday it was not warned about a suspected US missile strike in its northwest that came the same day a top American official assured Pakistani leaders of US respect for the Muslim nation's sovereignty.

India, Nepal to reactivate committee on water

With India and Nepal agreeing to check recurrence of floods in Kosi river and putting on fast track projects to utilise water for irrigation and power generation, top officials of the two neighbours will meet this month in Kathmandu to streamline the process.

Nato troops gun down Afghan Dist governor

Afghan police alleged yesterday that international troops shot dead a district governor thinking he was Taliban, while five policemen and a Nato soldier were slain in various attacks.

Lanka orders Tamils in Colombo to register

Sri Lankan authorities yesterday ordered tens of thousands of ethnic Tamils living in Colombo to register with police as fighting in the country's civil war grew fiercer.

Hellish times for India's Christians

A combustible mix of politics and religious zeal has been blamed for a surge in attacks on Christians in several Indian states.

300 Pak schoolchildren taken hostage by militants, freed by locals

About 300 students held hostage by three would-be suicide bombers at a school in northwestern Pakistan today were freed by armed local residents who stormed the building killing two of the militants in a gun battle.

Pro-Thaksin PM takes office in Thailand

Somchai Wongsawat, brother-in-law of ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra, officially became Thailand's new prime minister Thursday after the king endorsed his election by parliament.

India, China hold boundary talks

After a gap of one year, India and China is holding a fresh round of boundary talks in Beijing on Thursday amid strains in ties in the wake of attempts by Beijing to block a consensus on the India-specific waiver at the NSG meet in Vienna earlier this month.

US mulls further steps against Russia

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is to deliver yesterday what officials describe as a "significant" speech on US relations with Russia, as Washington considers further steps against Moscow for its actions in Georgia.The State Department's number three, William Burns, told the Senate on Wednesday that the US government might go beyond decisions in recent weeks to suspend US-Russian military programmes and civil nuclear cooperation.

Anwar demands spl Parliament session for no-confidence vote

Malaysia's opposition leader demanded yesterday an emergency Parliament session for a no confidence vote in the government, insisting he has secured enough defections from the ruling coalition to topple it.

Child traffickers arrested in India flood zone

Police in India's flood-hit north said yesterday they had stepped up operations and made several arrests to prevent an increase in child trafficking in the devastated region.

Tough challenges ahead for new Israeli PM

New Kadima leader Tzipi Livni faces numerous challenges in her bid to become Israel's prime minister -- battling for parliamentary support and seeking to move the peace process forward.

Two suspected suicide bombers killed in NW Pakistan

Two suspected suicide bombers blew themselves up in a northwestern Pakistani town yesterday after residents prevented their entry into the area, police said.

UPA has failed to control terrorism, says Karat

The CPI-M yesterday alleged that the UPA government had failed to control terrorism.

Livni: Israel's rising star

Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, who could become the next prime minister after winning the leadership of the centrist Kadima party, is already the Jewish state's most powerful woman.

Arts & Entertainment

Music trends: Then and now

Yet another National Award for the seasoned singer Andrew Kishore. This time for the song Eito jibon from the film Shajghar (released in 2007). This is the seventh National Film Award for Kishore in the best playback singer category.

Salil Chowdhury: Of Men and Music

Remember the misra Khamaj strain in “Na Jeyona”, the Beehu refrain in 'Jago Mohano Pritomo Jago”, the Slavic take- off in “Dil Tadap Tadap” or the Mozart mukhda in “Itna Mujhe Se To” ? Here is one composer, amongst a select few, who could fuse the oriental with the occidental, the folk with the classical, to write music of a matrix typically his own -- Salil Chowdhury.

“Shesh Belakar Sheshero Gaan-e”

Shurolok, a music appreciation and performance group in Australia, observed Rabindranath and Nazrul's death anniversary recently in Melbourne, says a press release.

Celebrating Eid with dance

Dancer Anisul Islam Hero will appear in two special programmes during the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr. Both programmes will be aired on Eid day, one on BTV and the other on Banglavision.

Wim Wenders retrospective at Goethe-Institut

Dhaka University Film Society (DUFS) in association with Goethe-Institut Bangladesh arranged a three-day retrospective on German filmmaker Wim Wenders (1945-present) titled, "The Importance of Wim Wenders: A Retrospective" at the Goethe-Institut Auditorium. Five films of Wenders were screened at the retrospective.

Mrs. Sarkozy meets Metallica on TV

Singer Carla Bruni, the wife of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, has given a rare performance, appearing alongside rock bands Metallica and Kings of Leon.

“Ekjon Shohor Ali” on ATN Bangla

Single episode play Ekjon Shohor Ali will be aired tonight at 8pm on ATN Bangla. Written by Amal Biswas Kotha and scripted by Mohammad Arif, the play is jointly directed by Chanchal Karmakar and Sumit Nazrul.

OP-ED

Inflation: Are better times ahead?

LIKE most other countries, Bangladesh has been suffering from inflationary pressures in recent months. Although Bangladesh generally had a good track record on inflation, it could not insulate itself from the global phenomenon due to both domestic supply shocks arising from two rounds of flood and the cyclone Sidr and external shocks arising from global energy and commodity prices.

The scale of corruption and cruelty

IT had been anticipated for some time that Begum Zia would be freed soon and her eldest son would leave the country for treatment overseas immediately after her release. The pundits were right, and that is what happened.

Sarah Palin's appeal

THE Republican Party strategists were simply brilliant in picking Gov. Sarah Palin as McCain's running mate. It does not matter how many times McCain had spoken to her before the announcement (no more than twice according some reports), the choice will quieten the tongue-wagging critics of McCain's somewhat liberal positions during his long Senate career. Big-wig talk radio hosts like Rush Limbaugh et al will be heaving a sigh of relief now.

The stockbroker test: Do you have the killer instinct?

FINANCIAL people are being sacked in vast numbers in Asia just now.

StarTech

Classrooms go tech-smart

As time progresses, methods of instruction are being metamor phosed and updated continually. The days of 'Spare the Rod and Spoil the Child' are slowly vanishing and newer ways of instilling knowledge are being introduced in schools worldwide. Where only direct instruction and repetition were the chief means of learning, teachers are now using a variety of teaching aids to stimulate the various senses of the students.

BASIS workshop on IT upgrade project held

Bangladesh Association of Software & Information Services (BASIS) in collaboration with University of Bermen, Germany and Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry organised the 'Final Dissemination Workshop on IT-Upgrade Project' at Windy Town of Bangladesh China Friendship Conference Center (BCFCC) on September 13.

WiMAX in spotlight

ZTE Corporation, one of the largest telecommu nications enterprise of China, organised a workshop titled 'WiMAX Journey in Bangladesh' at a local hotel in Dhaka recently. The workshop had different sessions including 'ZTE WiMAX Overview', 'WiMAX Business Model and case Study', 'ZTE WiMAX End-to-End solution', 'ZTE WiMAX Network Planning and Optimization Solution' and 'ZTE Engineering Introduction'.

Intel rolls out computer chip with six brains

Intel on Monday rolled out its first chip with six brains, unveiling a "multi-core" microprocessor that boosts computing muscle while cutting back on electricity use.

Australian company unveils 3D Internet tool

An Australian company on Thursday launched a free tool it says offers web browsers a world-first opportunity to view the Internet in three dimensions.


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