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4-party tags RPO scrapping with poll participation

The BNP-led four-party alliance yesterday placed before the government and the Election Commission a five-point demand, including withdrawal of state of emergency and scrapping of the Representation of the People Order (Amendment) 2008, as conditions for participating in the upcoming parliamentary election.

Huji leaders float party with govt nod

Leaders of the banned Islamist outfit Harkatul Jihad Al Islami (HuJi) Bangladesh have floated Islamic Democratic Party (IDP) with permission from the government.

Jamaat's charter in clash with country's constitution

Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh will have to bring fundamental changes to its constitution to get registered with the Election Commission (EC) so that it qualifies for participating in parliamentary polls. If the party changes its constitution to conform to the registration criteria, it will definitely lose its characteristics as an Islamic political party.

Home rush gains momentum

The monitoring agencies remain silent at the terminals in stopping the bus and launch operators from charging thousands of homebound passengers extra fares ahead of Eid.

RMG workers block Dhaka-Sylhet highway, clash with cops

A few thousand garment workers yesterday clashed with police and barricaded Dhaka-Sylhet Highway at Kanchpur for over three hours causing untold sufferings to people heading home for Eid holidays.

Power Cell seeks better bidders for rental power

Despite disappointing experience in fast-track rental power projects, the Power Cell is again floating a tender for a 50-MW rental power scheme in Chittagong by modifying the bidders' criterion with the hope of attracting better bidders.

Strong political will vital to women empowerment

Women have to be brought into the mainstream of national development process through economic and political empowerment in order to accelerate poverty alleviation in the country.

How BNP shifts on RPO

BNP has changed its position regarding registration with the Election Commission (EC) as its key ally Jamaat-e-Islami is strongly opposing the Representation of the People Order (RPO) revised by the EC.

HC orders on Hasina's bail petition today

The High Court (HC) will deliver an order today on a bail petition of Awami League President Sheikh Hasina, now abroad on parole, in an extortion case filed by businessman Noor Ali.

Power price likely to rise by 18pc

Power price is likely to be increased by 18 percent at bulk level to adjust the loss incurred by the Power Development Board (PDB).

Ex-AL MPs vow not to contest polls without Hasina's release

Former Awami League (AL) lawmakers yesterday said they would not contest the upcoming parliamentary elections slated for December 18 under any circumstance without permanent release and participation of party president Sheikh Hasina.

Hasina to meet Khaleda if AL working body gives nod

Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the dialogue between her and former premier Khaleda Zia depends on the decision of AL working committee.

Breakthrough in US talks on Wall Street bailout

US lawmakers said they had reached a "breakthrough" in negotiations early yesterday and were poised to announce a formal deal on an unprecedented 700-billion dollar Wall Street bailout to avert the country's worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

Khaleda asks party men to work unitedly

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday urged party leaders and activists to work unitedly.

Govt to talk with BNP after CA's return

Commerce and Education Adviser Hossain Zillur Rahman yesterday said the interim government would make arrangements for the dialogue between the government and BNP after Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed returns home from the United States.

Obaidul Qader gets nod to go abroad

Awami League (AL) joint secretary general Obaidul Qader, who was barred at Zia International Airport (ZIA) from leaving the country on Saturday, will fly for New Delhi for medical treatment this morning.

Paturia ferry services stop for 8hrs

Ferry services on Paturia-Daulatdia route were suspended for about eight hours up to 10:00am yesterday due to stormy weather, stranding thousands of Eid vacationers on both sides of the Padma.

JP leader, 3 others killed in car crash

Four people, including Jatiya Party's central vice president MA Hannan, were killed and two others critically injured in a road accident at Kathalbaria on Dhaka-Rajshahi Highway in Rajshahi's Puthia upazila yesterday.

Mashud calls time on int'l cricket

Former Bangladesh captain Khaled Mashud has announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket.

Ctg transport workers clash with police over death rumour

At least ten people including seven policemen were injured in a clash between police and transport workers at Kadamtali Bus Terminal in Chittagong yesterday.

Pakistan troops kill 16 militants

Pakistani troops killed at least 16 Taliban militants after coming under attack in a tribal region near the Afghan border, a security official said yesterday.

US House okays N-pact with India

The House voted overwhelmingly Saturday to approve a landmark pact that would allow the US to provide nuclear materials to India.

Fresh Lankan fighting kills 17

Fresh fighting around Sri Lanka's embattled northern region left 17 combatants dead on both sides, the defence ministry said yesterday.

Hurricane races toward Nova Scotia

Heavy rain drenched Maine on Sunday and fishermen moved boats to shelter as Hurricane Kyle plowed northward across the Atlantic, triggering the state's first hurricane watch in 17 years.


Horror of acid violence

WE are totally appalled at the recurrence of acid violence in the country despite the existence of laws to both control sale and purchase of the lethal substance as well as punish the acid throwers. Last week a mother got severely burnt by acid thrown by the rapists of her mentally challenged daughter for filing a case against them. It is a poignant tale of oppression suffered by the vulnerable in society. The rise in acid violence amply speaks of inherent weakness in the implementation of laws by the relevant quarters and lack of awareness among the common people.

China's walk in space

ZHAI Zhigang joins a small yet illustrious company of individuals who have been to space. The achievement takes a somewhat bigger dimension considering that the Chinese astronaut has just taken a walk in space, the first Asian on a specifically Asian space programme to do so. The credit surely goes to China, which has through the space walk entered that most hallowed of clubs --- that of nations which have sent their men and women out into space in search of wider meanings to life and what lies beyond. At a time when the Chinese are basking in the glow of the just-concluded Olympics in Beijing and yet are quite battered by the milk scandal that has had global ramifications, this space success will be balm to a bruised ego.

The US past the uni-polar moment

FOLLOWING the end of the Cold War in the late eighties, the rules guiding international relations changed. There are, however, doubts that they changed for good. The events unfolding in the caucuses during the last few weeks, it is reckoned, should have dispelled those doubts. In late August, President Bush demanded that Russia's leaders reject their parliament's appeal to recognise the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia and awaited a positive reply.

Fuse of self-destructive terrorism gets shorter

GOVERNANCE is the easy part of being in power. You govern through systems. Institutions protect systems. Institutions grind their way forward on hierarchy, oiled by memory or precedence. When there is need for innovation, change is sifted through a time-consuming committee. The end product may not be brilliant, but it comes with minimal-risk insurance: it will not do damage, and might even do some good.

Palin is ready? Please

WILL someone please put Sarah Palin out of her agony? Is it too much to ask that she come to realise that she wants, in that wonderful phrase in American politics, "to spend more time with her family?" Having stayed in purdah for weeks, she finally agreed to a third interview. CBS's Katie Couric questioned her in her trademark sympathetic style. It didn't help. When asked how living in the state closest to Russia gave her foreign-policy experience, Palin responded thus:


Pilot goes, in pain though

Khaled Mashud had a few regrets after he announced his retirement from international cricket yesterday.

Shakib's twin targets

The Tigers are charged up to put aside their miserable experience in the last series in Australia as they get ready to play the coming home series against New Zealand and Shakib Al Hasan does not know where the inspiration is coming from.

Fitting farewell awaits Mashud

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) operations committee chairman Gazi Ashraf Hossain called the career of Khaled Mashud 'a remarkable achievement'.

'Be professional'

The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has urged the footballers to show professionalism in the coming days.

Alonso ends drought

Spain's Fer-nando Alonso snapped a year-long win drought to take the Singapore Grand Prix Sunday, winning a drama-filled first ever night race as a comical error cost Felipe Massa dearly.

'Brendon to bat at No. 5'

New Zealand's captain Daniel Vettori wants wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum to bat at number 5 to bolster an inexperienced top-order in the upcoming Tests against Bangladesh and Australia.

BFF preparing disciplinary code

The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) is drafting a disciplinary code for its affiliated bodies, informed B. League manager Abu Nayeem Sohag yesterday.

Hull-fire burns Gunners

Chelsea reclaimed pole position in the English Premier League's title battle after Arsenal slumped to a shock home defeat by top flight newcomers Hull.

Barca prevail in derby

Lionel Messi scored a last-minute penalty as Barcelona defeated Espanyol 2-1 on Saturday in an incident-filled derby match that contained crowd trouble, two controversial goals and a sending off.

Sampdoria hold Juve

Juventus missed the chance to go top of Serie A, for one day at least, as they were held to a bore 0-0 draw at Sampdoria on Saturday.

Scolari won over Drogba

Didier Drogba has admitted Luiz Felipe Scolari persuaded him to stay at Chelsea when the Ivory Coast striker was considering a move away from Stamford Bridge in the close-season.

Bayern slump again

Bayern Munich dropped to ninth after suffering a "totally unnecessary" 1-0 defeat at Hanover on Saturday as Hamburg regained the top spot in the Bundesliga.

Mourinho on the counter

Jose Mourinho fired back on Saturday at press criticism that he lacked respect in failing to turn up to a post match interview.

Beckham ready to be a sub

David Beckham insists he is happy to stay in the shadows for England if it means Fabio Capello's team qualify for the 2010 World Cup.

Ribery eager for Lyon clash

Bayern Munich's France midfielder Franck Ribery admitted Sunday he is impatient to face compatriots Lyon in the Champions League on Tuesday when all French eyes will be on him.

Borriello to miss Italy matches

AC Milan forward Marco Borriello will probably miss Italy's World Cup qualifiers against Bulgaria and Montenegro next month, his clubs' medics said on Saturday.

Henry's stint all but up

French international Thierry Henry may have scored in Barcelona's 2-1 derby win over Espanyol on Saturday but his exit looks increasingly likely with new manager Pep Guardiola seemingly favouring Samuel Eto'o in the central striking position.

Gebrselassie betters WR

Ethiopia's Haile Gebrselassie was delighted to put his recent calf injury behind him to break his own world record on Sunday at the Berlin Marathon for the second consecutive year in the German capital.

Roddick, Jankovic winners

Andy Roddick held off a fierce challenge from Israeli underdog Dudi Sela to win the China Open final Sunday as top seed Jelena Jankovic sealed the women's title.

Long-term goal is 2011 WC

Former Indian opener Krishnamachari Srikkanth, who was appointed the new chairman of selectors on Saturday, has said his long-term goal was to identify the best team possible for the 2011 World Cup, while his immediate priority was to choose the best side for the series against Australia.

Dilip to give full support

Dilip Vengsarkar, who was replaced by Kris Srikkanth as chairman of India's national selection committee, has pledged his "full support" to his successor. Vengsarkar told Cricinfo he will soon have a discussion with his 1983 World Cup teammate to pass on information that will help in picking the Indian team for the home Test series against Australia.

Lyon extend lead

Karim Benzema hailed Lyon's great start to the season following their 2-1 win over Nancy on Saturday to shoot them six points ahead in the French league while Paris Saint Germain and Marseille stumbled.

Aussies start with a draw

Rookie bowlers Doug Bolligner and Jason Krejza picked three wickets each as the Australians drew their two-day warm-up match against a local side here on Sunday.

Clarke still gets on well with Symonds

Michael Clarke, the Australian vice-captain, has said the decision to send Andrew Symonds home ahead of the recent home ODI series against Bangladesh in Darwin was a collective one, and not made by him alone.

Bright start for Bangladesh

Eight Bangladeshi players won their first round matches in the Commonwealth Chess Championship in Nagpur, India yesterday.

India tightens security for Australia

Security measures for the Australian team on tour in India will be increased in the wake of the latest bomb blast in New Delhi, a cricket board official said Sunday.

Thailand Open goes to Tsonga

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga stunned Novak Djokovic to win the Thailand Open on Sunday and help erase his loss to the Serbian in the final of this year's Australian Open.


Gas-based industry gets cold shoulder

Bangladesh has decided to discourage gas-based industries following its supply crisis in different sectors, Board of Investment (BoI) officials said.

BTRC holds talks today on spectrum allocation

The parley between telecom regulator and three top mobile operators to settle new spectrum allocation issue starts today, which these operators applied for last March in the face of huge network jam.

Food makers set sights on Japan fair

Local food manufacturers will have a wider chance to promote their items in Japan by attending Asia's biggest food and beverages exhibition FOODEX, set to kick off on March 3 next year.

Grain import slips 30pc

The import of food grain has dropped 30 percent in the last two months of the current fiscal year, compared to the same period a year ago.

Airbus globalises production with China plant

European aircraft giant Airbus will take a major step towards the globalisation of its production on Sunday with the opening of a new assembly line in the Chinese port of Tianjin.

Shoppers in midnight quiet

Nila's eyes glittered with delight.

Tables turned: Asia watches US in turmoil

"Bailout" is back as a buzzword 11 years after the Asian financial crisis, but this time the tables are turned: the US is scrambling to rescue ailing banks while a healthy Asia watches.

Dhaka seeks unrestricted market access for LDC products

Bangladesh called upon the international community to ensure unrestricted market access for all products of all of the least developed countries (LDCs).

United Airways now flies between Dhaka and Barisal

United Airways, a private airline, yesterday inaugurated its fifth domestic route between Dhaka and Barisal.

Singapore rises to No. 3 financial centre in global index

Singapore has been ranked the No 3 financial centre in the world behind New York and London in a new survey, commissioned by the City of London.

Asian currencies higher against dollar

Asian currencies ended the week mostly higher against the dollar as traders awaited the fate of a massive US rescue package aimed at stabilising the global finance sector and economy.

Computer chip market feels global pinch

The world's semiconductor market is tumbling due to the slowdown in the global economy, and prices show no sign of hitting bottom.

Last-hour shopping

Sellers of clothes and shoes, now top the list of shoppers who are eager to enjoy the coming festival with their utmost affordability, have been doing brisk business since Friday, the last day of the two-day weekend before the long Eid-ul Fitr vacation, according to shop owners at different city markets.

Seoul unveils new industrial blueprint

The South Korean government recently unveiled an industrial blueprint to reshape its export- and manufacturing-driven economy into one built on strong energy and environment sectors and five other high-tech fields.

France relaunches stormy debate on EU fishing quotas

The EU's French presidency will on Monday call for a complete rethink of the bloc's controversial fishing quota system, a prospect raising concerns among environmentalists and Brussels officials alike.

US bailout plan weighs on 'Chinese Davos'

Global business leaders gathered in China for a weekend World Economic Forum meeting spent most of their time debating the Wall Street bailout plan, and anxiously awaiting news of a deal.

US-born crisis puts focus on bankers' bonuses in Europe

The US-born financial sector crisis has reignited a long-simmering debate in Europe about executive pay amid growing outrage over the huge bonuses given to bankers as markets tumble.

US financial crisis hits spotlight in Germany

After years of pressing for tighter financial regulation German politicians got a bad case of schadenfreude and "I told you so" last week at the crisis in the US financial system.

India's HCL opens bidding war for Britain's Axon Group

Indian outsourcing provider HCL Technologies Ltd has offered more than 800 million dollars for Britain's Axon Group, opening a bidding war for the information technology company.

Formula One not immune to credit crunch

The glamorous and money-fuelled world of Formula One is not immune to the global financial crisis but it is adapting to the tougher times, leading figures in the sport say.

Iran's food prices surge nearly 50pc

The increase in food prices accelerated in Iran in September, when the cost of a basket of 45 staple food items showed a mighty leap of nearly 50 percent from the same month a year earlier, the Kargozaran newspaper reported Sunday, citing central bank figures.

IMF head urges tighter control of financial markets

The IMF needs to tighten its control over financial markets following the global economic crisis, its managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn said in an interview due to be published on Sunday.

Belgian officials eye Fortis solution

Belgian banking officials sought to hammer out a plan on Sunday aimed at maintaining confidence in the Belgian-Dutch financial group Fortis, a spokesman for Belgium's financial regulator said.

Financial crisis, recession fears hurt demand for base metals

At the London Metal Exchange, the last remaining 'open out-cry' market in Europe, traders shout and gesticulate as normal, but fears of recession has diminished their appetite for risk, dampening prices.

Banking crisis unlikely to sway ECB interest rate debate

The European Central Bank is under pressure from the US banking crisis to mull a cut in its main lending rate, but analysts feel the ECB will see inflation as a reason to hold out a little longer.


Raise voice against corruption to establish good governance

People of all walks of life should raise their voice against corruption in order to establish good governance and strengthen democracy, which are imperative to ensure development and boost economy.

HC likely to hear pending writ petition today

The High Court (HC) is likely to hear today the pending writ petition challenging the legality of the Election Commission's (EC) gazette notification, finalising the re-demarcation of parliamentary constituencies.

Tac to hear pleas of 10 today

The Truth and Accountability Commission (Tac) is scheduled to hear the pleas of 10 corruption suspects today for considering clemency in return for their ill-gotten wealth.

Form united front to foil conspiracy against polls

Gono Forum yesterday called on the progressive, democratic and pro-liberation forces to form a united front based on similar action programmes to foil any conspiracy against the upcoming elections.

Heart attack kills 1.75cr a yr globally

Experts at a seminar yesterday said around 1.75 crore people die of heart attack across the world every year, which are commonly known as the non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Eid special A/C train fails to draw passengers

Bangladesh Railway in Chittagong started its three-day trial service of the special air-conditioned (A/C) train 'Eid Special' on Dhaka-Chittagong route yesterday with a very poor number of passengers.

Farmers' countrywide rally for agricultural inputs on Oct 13

Bangladesh Krishak Samity, a platform of farmers, will form human chains across the country on October 13 demanding smooth supply of agricultural inputs to the farmers.

Stress on dialogue may hinder national polls

Bangladesh Kalyan Party (BKP) Chairman Maj Gen (Retd) Syed Muhammad Ibrahim yesterday said preparations for holding the national elections on December 18 might be hampered if the government gives much importance to the dialogues between the two top leaders.

Shoe factory owner murderded

Policemen yesterday recovered the body of a slain owner of a shoe factory who was stabbed to death by some unknown criminals at Sutrapur in the city on Saturday night.

Bomb attack on vegetables vendor in city

A vegetable vendor was injured as snatchers hurled home-made bombs at him in the city's Jatrabari area yesterday morning.

Permanent release of Hasina demanded

Sports organisers, players and sports personalities in a joint statement yesterday demanded permanent release of Awami League President Sheikh Hasina.

Road crashes kill 3

Three people were killed and 27 others were injured in separate road accidents in Mymensingh, Rangpur and Jhenidah yesterday.

Orientation of child sight fellowship

The orientation programme for Child Sight Journalist Fellowship was held on Saturday.

Burn injured coal miner dies after fight for life

A miner of Barapukuria Coal Mine Company Ltd (BCMCL), who was seriously wounded in the mine on September 24, succumbed to burn injuries at Dhaka Medical College Burn Unit yesterday morning.

Resignation of speaker demanded

Over 200 teachers of Dhaka University yesterday demanded immediate resignation of Speaker Jamiruddin Sircar for his comment on Awami League at a discussion on Friday.

Low moves to Rajshahi-Ishwardi region, heavy rainfall likely

The well marked low moved away from south western region to Rajshahi-Ishwardi and adjoining area yesterday and is likely to sail away further north-northwest ward, Met office sources said.

25 repressed journos demand release of Janakantha editor

A total of 25 repressed journalists in a joint statement yesterday demanded release of Atiqullah Khan Masud, editor of the daily Janakantha.

None arrested yet

Police could not arrest anyone in connection with the murder of Nasirullah Khan, an assistant adjutant of Ansar who was shot dead at his Uttarkhan residence on Saturday.

Incessant rains paralyse life in Rajshahi city

The last two days' incessant rains have paralysed life in Rajshahi city.

Madunagaht Bridge opens to traffic

The newly constructed Madunaghat Bridge on Chittagong-Kaptai road was formally opened to traffic yesterday.

Medicine seized

Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized huge quantity of medicine, heroin, and phensidyl from different areas in Rajshahi yesterday.

Youth killed by rivals in Khulna

A young man was killed by his rivals at Shahar Pikgachha in Paikgachha upazila yesterday.

Poet Darwish memorial programme October 5

Liberation War Memorial Museum has taken a daylong programme in memory of noted Palestine poet Mahmoud Darwish on October 5.

World Teachers' Day on Oct 5

World Teachers' Day will be observed across the country on October 5 as elsewhere in the world marking the adoption of the UNESCO and ILO recommendations for protection of teachers' rights and dignity allover the world.

Buddhist students' body executives

Two-year long 41-member committee of the Bangladesh Buddhist Students Council was formed with Shuvo Barua as president and Saikat Barua as general secretary.

British HC closed on Oct 1-2

British High Commission in Dhaka and its office in Sylhet will remain closed to the public on October 1-2 for holy "Eid-ul-Fitr, a press release of the HC said.


Polls preparation hampered in 6 N dists for lack of staff

Activities of election offices in six northern districts are being greatly hampered due to shortage of manpower.

Kulaura BNP divided over ex-MP Shahin's expulsion

BNP in Kulaura upazila has virtually been divided into two factions following adoption of a resolution for expulsion of former lawmaker MM Shahin by upazila BNP executive committee.

Unrest in B'Baria BSCIC area

Conflict between proprietors of Monni Chemical Industry and Mazed Metal Industry over possession of two plots in Nondanpur BSCIC Industrial Estate in the district for years is disturbing normalcy there, causing hindrance to development of the estate.

BIWTC resumes ferry service in 2 southern routes

Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) yesterday temporarily resumed ferry services on Bhola-Lakshmipur route on River Meghna, linking road communications between Chittagong and 21 south-western districts, which had remained suspended since September 8.

Pirates kidnap 40 more fishermen on Barguna coast

Pirates kidnapped more 40 fishermen Friday night from Kachikhali coast in Pathorghata of Barguna district as they did not buy 'token', issued by the gangs after payment of toll.

Energy secy's 'official tour' during Eid vacation

Energy secretary's three-day 'official tour' to three gas fields in greater Sylhet region during the Eid vacation has raised questions among the employees and officers in the state-run companies.

Bid to name Magura road after Razakar finally foiled

Attempt to name a road in Magura municipality after Razakar Sharif Amjad Hossain, has been foiled by freedom fighters and conscious citizens.

13 MT urea seized in Tangail

Police seized a truck loaded with 13 tonnes of urea fertiliser (218 sacks) from Jamuna Bridge east side toll plaza in the early hours of yesterday.

'Protect their lands to save ethnic people'

Speakers at a seminar here yesterday said lands of indigenous people should be protected to save the communities in different areas of the country.

One drowns, 10 missing in Netrakona boat capsize

One persons drowned and over 10 were missing as an engine boat capsized in Dhanu river at Nowtana in Khaliajuri upazila yesterday.


CTG and two major parties

Dr Zillur Rahman was in Washington to discuss and find out ways and means to hold a dialogue between Khaleda and Hasina. We did not know what exactly he would discuss in Washington, but one thing our readers can be assured of is that he might be making his last attempt to salvage the CTG's plan of a "National Charter", now redefined as "Policy Summit' agenda. It was initially raised and failed to proceed due to opposition of the political parties.

Water rights

Life and livelihoods rely on water. Lack of clean water impoverishes people and hinders opportunities while better access to water can be an important tool for alleviating poverty. Quality of life is affected not only by physical access to water, but also by the degree of influence people have on decisions about water allocation. Right to water is crucial and contested across the globe. Urbanization, industrialization, environmental degradation, agricultural intensification, rising per capita water use, increasing population, and other social, political, and economic transformations contribute to growing scarcity and demand for better management of water resources. Access to water is essential for improving the lives of poor people. In many parts of the world, growing competition for scarce supplies of freshwater threatens livelihoods and hopes for the future. Inadequate institutions for water governance contribute to social inequity, economic inefficiency, and environmental degradation.


We are facing the great problem of pollution because of large scale industrialisation and gross negligence of our environmental needs. Pollution is the cause of ailments and death.


The editorial on the subject on September 18 in a daily hit the nail on the head, fair and square. How long will this government allow public funds to be managed by inexperienced officials toying with Bangladesh Biman?

Exploration in the Arctic

In this era of globalisation, a country like Bangladesh just cannot sit back and think of thriving on its own resources. In order to thrive economically we must go out and try to find out alternative sources of wealth. Russia, the United States, Canada and other northern countries are trying to assert jurisdiction over the Arctic, whose oil, gas and minerals until recently were considered too difficult to recover.

Another global power?

I was reading Mr. Rashid's prescriptions for India to become another global power with some amusement. The question is who needs it and why would Indians even bother to become a global power? Are there any additional benefits that India might have with that status? I have doubts. Have not we seen enough of global powers? Selfish hegemonic activities towards weaker nations? Why shouldn't Indians work towards becoming a truly strong nation with world class education, commerce, culture and a strong defence? No need for India to apply for the 6th permanent seat at the Security Council! It does not need to be rewarded or recognized for its achievement. It should rather project its soft power to change the world for the better!

First move after her release

Does it bode well for democracy that the BNP's first move after the release of their party leader was to swear unending fealty and declare her their leader for life? She most graciously declined the honour of course, after all there is Sonia Gandhi's example to be followed, or perhaps she too thought it was a little too much.

Women in armed forces

It is heartening to see that our women are proving their mettle in almost all professions. This is an absolute requirement for the progress of our country. Women are working as the members of the armed forces also.

Seize the day?

Some of our national cricketers have shot the arrow at the back of our cricket by taking the surprise decision of retiring from the game only to take part in the money-based ICL cricket in India!

Handshakes, absolutely unavoidable?

This has reference to the exhaustive article by Mr. Badrul Ahsan on the subject stated above published on 10 September,2008. I agree with the views of Mr. Ahsan that there are occasions when one, with all the displeasure bubbling up within the guts, has to stretch one's palms for shaking , for no other reason but to avoid embarrassment to self and also to the host and particularly to avoid dislocation in the ceremony arranged under the auspices of the state machinery.

Will Obama win?

In my observation, Americans are sceptical about Obama's win! Africans, Arabians, and Asians are hopeful ! Europe is critical.

ICL, an opportunity

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) finally cleared their position against the rebel cricketers, as the game's governing body in the country came up with a ten-year ban on the rebels.

Erratic power supply

Load shedding is one of the regular phenomena in our everyday life. When the electricity goes off all our activities are hampered and disturbed.

Homicides decline

"Statistics of Dhaka Metropolitan Police shows 29 people were murdered in June and 33 in July. There were 30 murders in August and eight in the last 15 days of this month." This was gleaned from a local newspaper.

Toxic milk

It is a matter of shame for China and Chinese people that to make extra profits they can do anything, they can even kill their own children!

Good effort, but…

We appreciate the sincere effort of Mr. Rafiqul Haque to resolve the current political impasse having two leaders sit together and provide a positive direction of healthy politics in the coming days. The CTG also has the same objective when they talk about "Policy Summit" which includes all political leaders. But the problem is the CTG has so far told us of so many dialogue frameworks and formats that there is very little or no creditability left of this CTG. What they say sounds like a new formula to extend the process of stay of the CTG and push forward the much talked about general election. They are still sticking to their idea of holding the upazila election in October as a matter of prestige, that might delay the general election under the pretext of the upazila election.

Wasa and sewerage system

The Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) was founded in 1963. Since then it is in charge of water supply in the city. Wasa, a semi-autonomous corporation, introduced the water supply and drainage systems in the city. We can find Wasa working hard to supply water to the people & to maintain regular water supply it has taken up lots of projects. Consumers regularly pay Wasa bills, though they are not getting water on a regular basis. In summer, the water crisis becomes acute. But I am not writing this letter to highlight this particular problem.

Hizbut Tahrir story

I've been following and monitoring the activities of Hizbut Tahrir (HT) for the best part of 18 years of my life now. It is well known that HT is a non violent intellectual political entity. In fact many so called jihadi movements are highly critical of their non-violent methodology for change around the globe. They are very clear about their stance on taking up arms for political change - it is not their way of doing things, they rely only on their ideas, they do not have a military wing, that is also very well known. Their work is Islamic politics. In fact ever since their inception in 1953, they've lost many of their members in the hands of brutal rulers around the Muslim world from Libya to Iraq, Uzbekistan to Syria, but they remained very consistent - they did not take up arms against them. This is well documented by various well established sources around the world.

A legal issue

As a practising lawyer, I draw the attention of the Ministry of Law to the fact that people relevant to the practice of law, either Judges or lawyers, should take note not to abuse the legal system in allowing adjournments of cases on account of lawyers being tied up in other courts or even lawyers falling ill.


Key nations ask Myanmar to set free Suu Kyi

Nations concerned about Myanmar called on its military government Saturday to release all political prisoners, including pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, and to start talking with the opposition.

World is a safer place because of Bush

President Asif Ali Zardari has said that the world is a 'safer place' because of President George W Bush's leadership, adding, "It could have been much worse."

Nuclear deal to bring new status: Indian PM

India is close to securing a new position in the world nuclear order, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said as the US House of Representatives passed a major atomic energy pact with New Delhi.

Nepali Maoist govt wages war on sleaze

Nepal's new Maoist government has declared war on sleaze in the capital Kathmandu, saying the increasing numbers of massage parlours and nude dance bars are driving up crime and immorality.

UN reaffirms previous sanctions on Iran

The UN Security Council unanimously approved a new resolution Saturday reaffirming previous sanctions on Iran for refusing to halt its uranium enrichment programme and offering Tehran incentives to do so.

Russia blasts US dominant role in world affairs

Russia called Saturday for a revival of the global anti-terrorism coalition that formed after Sept. 11, 2001 but started to unravel with what it called the subsequent domination by a single power a veiled reference to the United States.

No interim peace deal with Israel

Arab nations will totally reject any partial or interim solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict because historically such arrangements have become permanent, Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said Saturday.

India, France to sign nuclear agreement

With the India-US nuclear deal on fast track, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday headed to France on a three-day visit that would bring India closer to Europe and seal a nuclear pact with Paris.

Battle of Bajaur a crucial test for Pakistan

A massive battle with Islamist militants in an obscure Pakistani tribal region is proving to be pivotal to the country's fight against al-Qaeda and the Taliban, officials say.

Obama to move campaign to Midwest as rows with McCain flare

Barack Obama was to move his campaign to the industrial Midwest Sunday as the Democratic nominee and his Republican rival, John McCain, tore into one another over the reeling US economy.

Somali pirates surrounded by foreign warships

Somali pirates who seized a Ukrainian freighter carrying arms were surrounded Sunday by several foreign warships off the central coast of Somalia, a ranking Somali official and witnesses said.

China astronauts return after 1st spacewalk

Three Chinese astronauts returned safely to Earth yesterday after making the country's first spacewalk, with a hero's welcome awaiting the men whose exploits captivated the nation.

Iraq, US close to deal on future of US troops

The United States and Iraq are close to an agreement on the presence of US troops in the country beyond 2008, the foreign ministers from the two countries said Saturday.

Syria hunts for bombers

Counter-terrorist officers in Syria on Sunday hunted for those responsible for a car bomb attack that killed 17 people in Damascus, one of the deadliest attacks in the country in more than a decade.

Iraq takes delivery of US spy planes

Iraq has taken delivery of US-built Beechcraft spy planes to bolster its security forces, Defence Minister Abdel Qader Jassem Mohammed said yesterday, without saying how many were involved.

Pakistan, US to hold strategic dialogue today

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and United States Deputy Secretary of State John D Negroponte will co-chair the third meeting of the US-Pak Strategic Dialogue in Washington on Monday.

US operates anti-missile radar in Israel

The United States has recently deployed an anti-missile radar in Israel that is mainly to warn of incoming Iranian ballistic missiles, Israeli state radio reported yesterday.

5 killed during school trip to Thai waterfall

Two Australians and three Thais were struck by lightning and killed during a school trip to a waterfall in northeastern Thailand, authorities said Sunday.

Taliban kill Afghanistan's most high-profile policewoman

Taliban gunmen shot dead the most high-profile female police officer in Afghanistan on Sunday as she left her home to go to work yesterday, officials and the militia said.

Malaysian political crisis paralysing economy

The political crisis in Malaysia since March elections that humiliated the ruling coalition has stifled the stock market, deterred foreign investment and crimped growth forecasts.

China now plans manned trip to moon

China set its sights yesterday on a manned trip to the moon and a space station after completing a historic mission that included the country's first space walk.

Japan's new PM faces setback

Japan's new Prime Minister Taro Aso yesterday faced his first political setback just days after taking office as his transport minister was forced to resign over a series of embarrassing gaffes.

UAE visa renewal backlog affects thousands

Thousands of people, mostly Filipinos, are awaiting renewal of their visas for the United Arab Emirates on the Iranian island of Kish or the Omani town of Buraimi, Dubai newspapers reported yesterday.

Two detained over Delhi bomb blast

Indian police detained two people over a deadly bomb attack on a busy shopping area in New Delhi, officials said yesterday.

11 militants, soldier killed in Kashmir

An Indian soldier and 11 Muslim militants were killed in fighting in Kashmir after unseasonably cold weather forced rebels out of the mountains, police said yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Ferdous Wahid and Habib with their memories

To music fans, Habib and Ferdous Wahid need no introduction, for father and son have both been successful in their fields. Recently The Daily Star caught up with Habib and Ferdous Wahid at their home for an informal adda.

Kanak Chanpa to perform on Eid “Anandamela”

Noted singer Kanak Chanpa is appearing on this year's Eid Anandamela, to be aired on Bangladesh Television on the first day of Eid. She will be performing a song, Jiboner phuldanitey, kobitar phul rakhi. The song has been written by Kabir Bakul and composed by Mainul Islam Khan.

Delving deep into the world of acting

Tanvin Sweety describes herself as a human being who is an actress on screen but a very simple and emotional girl off screen. She grew up in a big happy family of seven sisters and two brothers. Playing dolls with her sisters and running around in the open fields with her siblings are some of her first and fondest memories of childhood. Today she is the very successful small screen actress.

Dev Anand: Young at 85

Eighty-five and still no sign of stopping. That is quintessentially actor-director-producer Dev Anand for you.

Zakia Bari Momo

Flashback to the finale of Lux Superstar 2006. Momo was crowned the winner, thereafter winning the hearts of thousand fans with her subtle acting skills and sober aura. Recently, she won a national award for her role in her debut movie Daruchinidwip, which is an immensely notable achievement for a newcomer. During an interview with The Daily Star, she enlightened us about her journey so far, her upcoming works for Eid and other plans. Excerpts from the conversation:

Real ornaments, with real symbols

Bimol Karmakar, a young goldsmith, depicts the symbols of the War of Liberation and other historical moments through his medium. A unique artiste, Bimol embarked on his mission in 2003.

Theatre activists delighted at Ramendu Majumder's becoming President of ITI

Theatre practitioners in Bangladesh are highly delighted at the news of Ramendu Majumder's becoming president of International Theatre Institute (ITI) Worldwide Committee. Many consider it the news of the year for theatre activists, who have spent a bad year owing to the death of a number of theatre personalities.

Samina and Fahmida on Ekushey Television

Samina Chowdhury and Fahmida Nabi, two celebrity siblings, will sing together on an Eid special programme to be aired on Ekushey Television.

Music directors to perform on BTV show

Chokh Je Moner Kotha Boley, an exclusive musical programme featuring eminent music composers and lyricists of the country will be aired on Bangladesh Television at 9:30 am on the third day of Eid. Hosted by Sharmin lucky, the show is produced by Mahfuza Akhter, executive producer of BTV.

Robert Redford mourns loss of 'real friend' Newman

Robert Redford mourned the death of Paul Newman, describing his former co-star as "a real friend" whose life had left the world a better place, in comments reported Saturday.


Let people know

THE much-awaited Right to Information (RTI) ordinance 2008, aiming to ensure people's right to information and to establish good governance in government offices and NGOs -- increasing transparency and accountability -- got final approval of the council of advisers on September 20.

Concept of national security

TODAY, security is a multidimensional concept. The traditional power politics approach has limitations because it does not take into account non-military challenges to security, such as political, economic and social.

Nukes for India

MORE than three years after it was first negotiated, the US-India nuclear deal has at last been sent to the US Congress for approval. The agreement is the final stage in a process designed to let Washington provide New Delhi with the civil nuclear technology and fuel that the latter has been denied ever since it first tested a nuclear weapon in 1974.

Help, it's an aphorism attack

HELP! I'm having an aphorism attack! Does this happen to everyone, or just me? I went from one side of the city to the other for a meeting yesterday. My bus was stuck in a jam and a Great Truism struck me: "The amount of traffic on the road is inversely proportional to how desperately you need to get somewhere."

Star City

Risky journey by trucks for happy Eid reunion

As Eid approaches every year, thousands of people, especially the working class, leave Dhaka by trucks and lorries to celebrate the festival with their families in villages.

Zakat items are too pricey

Affluent Muslims provide zakat to the poor before Eid, but along with essentials zakat items --usually saris and lungis -- have also become dearer this year, putting extra pressure on the zakat donors especially the upper middle class.

Pedestrians still avoid footbridges, underpasses

Eleven years ago, the city managers observed that pedestrians faced dangers each time they jaywalked across the Sonargaon intersection near the Karwan Bazar area.

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