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News of: Monday, 6th of October, 2008

Front Page

Khaleda charged with Barapukuria graft

The Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday finally submitted a charge sheet against former premier Khaleda Zia and 15 others, including 10 former ministers, in Barapukuria coalmine graft case.

Refrain from harassing Hasina till Oct 20

The High Court (HC) yesterday directed the government not to harass or arrest Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina at home or abroad till October 20 in the Niko and barge-mounted power plant graft cases.

Barapukuria coal export proposal shelved

Authorities have shelved a proposal to export 200,000 tonnes of high quality and expensive coal by the Barapukuria Coal Mine Company Ltd (BCMCL) and asked it to go for local market sale first.

Extortionists storm Karwan Bazar hotel

Six people including three hotel staff were injured yesterday as extortionists opened fire on them at a hotel in the capital's Karwan Bazar area.

Cops struggle with VIP protection

The police department during the rule of this caretaker government has been providing protection to twice the number of VIPs than it was during the rule of the last elected government.

Holiday plights for patients

Patients who had to seek treatment at the public hospitals in the city over the past few days suffered as medical services were severely disrupted during the Eid vacation.

Jail term sought for ballot paper misuse

Possessing ballot papers and ballot paper books and exhibition of those during and after the upcoming parliamentary election will be a punishable offence.

Ex-BNP MP Hashem charge-sheeted

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday pressed charges against former BNP lawmaker and Partex Group Chairman MA Hashem in a case filed for amassing wealth worth Tk 17.11 crore illegally and hiding wealth information from the commission.

Khaleda's new office at Gulshan ready to run

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will start running party activities from her new office at Gulshan-2 in two to three days.

Cadbury chocolate put to test

Alongside testing infant milk formula for tracing of melamine, the Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) has collected samples of Cadbury chocolate whether they are tainted with melamine.

AL appears optimistic about polls

Awami League (AL) has no doubt about the parliamentary election scheduled for December 18, since the caretaker government categorically promised to the people that it will be held on the announced date, AL Acting General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam said yesterday.

Report on CA's phone talk with Hasina not true

Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed did not have any telephone conversation or meeting with Awami League President Sheikh Hasina while in New York City late last month, his press secretary yesterday said.

Traffic rules mauled on holiday mood

During and after the Eid holidays, hundreds of intercity coaches used the city streets ignoring a ban. They also parked indiscriminately blocking city roads and causing suffering to people.

Some parties trying to delay JS polls: Ershad

Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad yesterday said some political parties are trying to delay the next general election slated for December 18.

Govt asked to release Mirza Azam

The High Court (HC) yesterday directed the government to immediately release former Awami League lawmaker and Juba League general secretary Mirza Azam if he is not arrested in any other cases.

Stay hopeful about political understanding

Commerce and Education Adviser Hossain Zillur Rahman yesterday called on all to be hopeful about the outcome of the government's effort to shape the country's future for the better.

Mahasaptami today

Hindu devotees across the country yesterday celebrated Mahashashthi on the first day of Durga puja, the biggest Hindu festival in Bangladesh, amid festivity.

20 killed in Afghan violence

Nato-led soldiers have captured a Taliban commander said to have links to the most senior figures in the extremist militia that is waging an insurgency in Afghanistan, the force said yesterday.

French FM warns of Israeli strike on Iran's nuke sites

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner warned in comments published yesterday that Israel would strike archfoe Iran before it was able to develop nuclear weapons.

Taliban mad over alleged US strike

The Taliban are unusually angry about the latest suspected U.S. missile strike in Pakistan, a sign a top militant may have died in the attack, officials and residents said Sunday amid reports the death toll rose by two to 24.

30 killed as Muslims, tribals clash in India

Indian police battled with rampaging mobs Sunday, killing four people, in a bid to contain clashes between Muslims and tribal groups in the northeast that have claimed 30 lives, officials said.

Rare intel briefing for Pak MPs on militancy

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has called a joint session of parliament on Wednesday for a rare briefing from army and intelligence chiefs on the battle with Islamist extremists, officials said.

HK finds melamine in Cadbury products

Hong Kong's food safety agency yesterday said it found unsafe levels of the industrial chemical melamine in two chocolate products made by British candy maker Cadbury at its Beijing factory.

China says new tests show milk melamine free

China's food safety watchdog yesterday said no trace of the industrial chemical melamine was found in new tests of milk powder sold domestically, as officials sought to restore public trust in milk supplies.

Editorial

Power tariff issue

THE Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) was either unaware of the market mechanisms or credits the public with very little intelligence when it asserted that the increased hike in the price of power would be applicable to only the bulk buyers and not to the retail rate for the consumers.

Deaths during holidays

ACCIDENTS on roads and waterways take a huge toll of human lives in the country during Eid holidays every year. This time it was no different. Records show 36 people died and about 200 were injured in road and launch accidents in the last five days across the country. We express our condolences for the deceased and sympathy for their bereaved families and the injured.

Livelihood lifeline

DETAILED accounts of rural non-land capital at household level are rare in contemporary researches. That leaves us with little scope to analyse the livelihoods of the rural people and understand the dynamics of rural economy. In a Brac-backed survey of households in repeated samples, we came up with some tentative estimates of such capital endowments and changes thereof.

The parallel streams of anger

DR. Manmohan Singh said, on his return from France, that the incidents in Orissa had shamed India before the world. That is important, but far less important than the fact that the violence in Orissa has shamed Indians in India. I measure what Indians do, not by the standards of France but by the values of modern India, which strengthened the spirit of our freedom movement against western colonialism and were enshrined in that noble document called the Constitution of India. The Bajrang Dal has shamed India before Indians.

The age of Bloomberg

AMERICA'S financial crisis has allowed all sorts of people -- from British trade unionists to Asian central bankers to France's mercurial president -- to declare that we're seeing the end of laissez-faire capitalism and free markets. We're not. Let's step back, take a deep breath, and put this in historical context. What is happening now is a deep, wrenching financial crisis unlike any we've seen since the 1930s. It's contributing to a broad slowdown of the American economy. The pain is spreading across the world. It's ugly. But it's not unprecedented. The history of capitalism is filled with credit crises, panics, financial meltdowns, and recessions. It doesn't mean the end of capitalism. But it might well mean the end of a certain kind of global dominance for the United States.

Sports

All eyes on rookies

The national selectors announced a 12-member BCB XI side for tomorrow's limited-over practice match against New Zealand at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium.

Players mentally ready

After experiments to inject too much fresh blood into the national team failed during the AFC Challenge Cup and the SAFF Football Championship earlier this year, new coach Shafiqul Islam Manik will return to experience when he takes Bangladesh into his first assignment.

3-0 to satisfy Vettori

New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori faced only a few questions but ensured that blanking Bangladesh in the one-day series would be his top priority.

Big 5 under spotlight

A quintet of ageing Indian superstars goes into the high-pressure Test series against world champions Australia this week hoping to prove their sun has not yet set.

Blistering Barcelona

Barcelona underlined their Spanish title credentials on Saturday with a 6-1 thrashing of Atletico Madrid who never recovered from conceding three goals in a breathtaking first ten minutes.

BTV, Channel i to show matches

State-run Bangladesh Television (BTV) and Channel i will provide live telecast of the two-match Test and three-match one-day series between Bangladesh and visiting New Zealand.

Yuvraj, Wasim hit form

Test rejects Yuvraj Singh and Wasim Jaffer enhanced their claims for an India comeback by pounding Australia's bowlers in a practice match on Sunday.

HK, Afghanistan off to good starts

Hong Kong and Afghanistan both enjoyed winning starts to their World Cricket League Division Four matches here on Saturday as they took steps closer to the 2011 World Cup.

Jankovic regains top spot

Jelena Jankovic will regain her world number one ranking on Monday less than 24 hours after winning Stuttgart's WTA event with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Nadia Petrova in Sunday's final.

'It should be Tendulkar's decision'

The air of invincibility that gave nightmares to bowlers is all but gone but Sachin Tendulkar's greatness can never be doubted and the least that the batting maestro deserves is a retirement day of his choice.

Black Caps pleased

New Zealand coach John Bracewell thinks that arriving in Dhaka a few days earlier than schedule will help his side during the series.

Akram sings 'Fab 4' song

Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram has termed the increasingly shrill debate on the future of Indian cricket's 'fab four' meaningless, saying the quartet still has two years of international cricket left.

Bhajji won't change

He claims to have learnt from his mistakes and is tired of being embroiled in controversies but Harbhajan Singh refuses to change and says he would be at his feisty best when India take on Australia in the upcoming Test series because he plays to win and not to make friends.

Berdych, Wozniacki winners

Ninth seed Tomas Berdych powered past Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro in straight sets on Sunday to win the Japan Open, his first title of the season.

Man United close gap

Manchester United maintained the pressure on English Premier League leaders Chelsea and Liverpool on Saturday as Arsenal avoided another embarrassing defeat.

Trouble on Klinsi radar

Bayern Munich boss Jurgen Klinsmann was under more pressure Saturday as two late goals by lowly VfL Bochum sealed a 3-3 draw at the Allianz Arena to put the defending champions 11th in the Bundesliga.

'Identity crisis at Spurs'

Martin Jol, sacked as Tottenham boss last season, says his former club, rooted at the bottom of the Premier League, has lost its sense of identity.

Marseille bounce back

Laurent Blanc's Bordeaux and Eric Gerets' Marseille had French league victories on Saturday to recover that winning feeling after midweek Champions League defeats.

Real eyeing up Agger

The Liverpool defender Daniel Agger is a target for Real Madrid after the Spanish champions confirmed they are interested in bringing him to the Bernabeu in the January transfer window.

Carlo to stick with Ka-Pa-Ro

AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti said he will stick to his Brazilian attacking triumvirate for Sunday's trip to rock bottom Cagliari.

Openers assure action

There will be no dearth of excitement in the upcoming Test series as Australian opener Matthew Hayden and his Indian counterpart Virender Sehwag gear up for an explosive start.

Business

Ctg customs house goes automated

The automation project of Chittagong Customs House (CCH) kicks off its full-fledged operations today in a bid to herald a "corruption- and hassle-free era" in export and import procedures.

Telenor team due today

A three-member high profile Telenor team arrives today in Dhaka, indicating parleys over the critical issues Garmeenphone has been facing for the last few months.

German bank rescue failure clouds Europe

Germany weighed the fallout Sunday from the failure of the country's biggest financial rescue in history, after Europe's top four economic powers pledged a coordinated approach to the credit crunch.

Sri Lankan bank eyes Bangladesh

A Sri Lankan bank is in talks with local non-banking financial institutions to carve out a joint venture, with its focus on investment banking in Bangladesh.

Govt to sell dry fly ash

The government is finally going to sell dry fly ash, a byproduct produced at Barapukuria Coal-based Thermal Power Plant, at Tk 823 a tonne.

Relaxation in IPO rules recommended

Investors are likely to get relief from the pressure of paying whole amount of subscription price for an IPO (initial public offering), as a Securities and Exchange Commission committee has recommended for depositing 25 percent of the subscription value in a first instalment.

Deadline for BO account info widens

The stock market regulator has extended the deadline for submitting bank certificates and photocopies of national ID cards for existing beneficiary owner (BO) accounts to December 31.

China strives to curb milk fallout

China struggled Sunday to contain the fall-out from the tainted milk scandal, announcing a new survey of dairy products that found no melamine and promising to subsidise farmers hit by the scare.

Indian onion MEP reduced

India has decided to reduce the minimum export price (MEP) for onion by 20 dollars a tonne for October because of stability in prices in domestic prices and surplus availability.

South Korea semiconductor exports fall

South Korea, the world's top memory chip producer, suffered a drop in semiconductor exports for a third straight month in September amid a market glut and a slow US economy, data showed Sunday.

Local designs spruce up RMG

Two things are going to refresh Bangladesh's economic outlook soon -- a boom in local brands and a new breed of designs and designers -- as the country has already grown into one of the busiest hubs for readymade garment (RMG) outsourcing. This is what experts say.

Pot of gold

His responsibility to make family ends meet began as he turned a teen. Studying in Class 8 in Satkhira, he taught students of Class 5, to earn the pittance that helped to keep his family afloat, his mother, and his younger siblings, a brother and sister. His father passed away in 1971. Soft spoken and suave, S Abul Hashem took me by surprise. Unaware of his epic struggle in life, I met up with him to talk about software and real estate, two diverse companies which he heads as managing director.

Stocks surge to record high

Enthusiasm from investors after a nine-day Eid vacation pushed yesterday the benchmark index of the Dhaka Stock Exchange to cross 3000 points level in three months.

Australian interest rates set to fall

Australia's central bank is expected to cut interest rates by up to 50 basis points due to the global financial crisis when its board meets Tuesday, economists said.

HCL offers to acquire Axon for $785m

British consulting firm Axon Group PLC has agreed to accept a 785 million dollar bid by India's Information Technology major HCL Technologies Ltd, rejecting an earlier offer made by another Indian IT giant Infosys.

Philippines maintains bans on sending workers to Jordan

Philippine labour officials said Sunday they were maintaining bans on sending Filipino workers to Lebanon and Jordan despite calls for them to be lifted.

Myanmar plans offshore oil exploration with Vietnam

Myanmar's state oil company is to explore offshore oil and gas in a joint venture with two Vietnam companies, state media reported Saturday.

Porsche boss steers around shares

Porsche boss Wendelin Wiedeking has managed to steer clear of the immediate fallout of the global financial crisis, telling a German newspaper Sunday he has avoided investing in shares.

Metropolitan

Repeal fifth, eighth amendments to constitution

Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad yesterday placed a 35-point demand, including celebration of Durga Puja festival at state level and four-day public holiday on the occasion.

PBCP chief operative arrested in Rajshahi

Naogaon police yesterday arrested an underground operative and chief commander of Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP/ML Red Flag), from Manda upazila.

Carry on movement to ensure rights

Speakers at a discussion yesterday called on teachers to carry on their movement to ensure their rights and to play a leading role in the development of education system.

10 senior policemen transferred

In the latest reshuffle in the police administration, 10 senior police officials of BCS (police) cadres were transferred yesterday with new postings.

British team arrives today to examine new system

A parliamentary delegation from the home affairs committee of the United Kingdom (UK) is visiting Bangladesh from today to examine the impact of the British government's worldwide plans for a new points-based migration system and the introduction of new sponsorship arrangements.

Move to bring pvt operators under legal framework

The Council of Advisers yesterday approved in principle The Post Office (Amendment) Ordinance 2008 to bring private postal operators under legal framework.

FF beaten to death over distribution of fitra money

A freedom fighter was beaten to death by a rival group yesterday following an altercation over the distribution of fitra money on the Eid day at Maligachha village under Godagari upazila.

PDP for referendum on 3 issues in Nov

Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday demanded of the government to hold a referendum next month to seek public opinion on three crucial issues including nullifying or amending the Article 70 of the constitution to check parliamentary autocracy.

Road accidents kill 2

At least two people were killed and 26 others injured in separate road accidents in Pabna and Kishoreganj yesterday.

Death of Shamsul Huda condoled

Different political, socio-cultural organisations and professional bodies yesterday expressed their profound shock at the death of Prof Chowdhury Shamsul Huda Harun, former teacher of Dhaka University.

IGP leaves for Russia to attend Interpol meet

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Nur Mohammad left the city for Russia on Saturday night to attend the 77th general assembly of the International Police Organisation (Interpol).

2 arrested with Indian currency, phensidyl

The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday seized Indian currency notes and phensidyl, and arrested two persons from three districts of Rajshahi region.

Husband succumbs to burn injuries, wife hospitalised

A husband, who sustained serious burn injuries while trying to rescue his wife who set fire to her body after being infuriated by his alleged extramarital affair, died in the city yesterday.

Asia regional edn summit begins in Dhaka today

The Asia Regional Higher Education Summit titled 'Higher Education's Responses to Global Challenges' begins in Dhaka today.

100 Ansar, VDP men protest irregularities in Rajshahi

Over 100 members of Ansar and Village Defence Party (VDP) staged a demonstration in Rajshahi yesterday protesting alleged irregularities in recruiting security men for Puja Mandaps in the city.

Air chief meets president

Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Shah Md Ziaur Rahman yesterday called on President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban.

15 injured as villagers clash with cops in Jamalpur

At least 15 people, including 10 policemen, were injured during a clash between police and villagers at Jhaudanga in Dewanganj upazila early yesterday.

50 injured as villagers clash in Habiganj

More than 50 people were injured in a fierce clash between two rival groups at Majlishpur village in Baniachang upazila yesterday.

300 gram heroin seized

Police recovered 300 grams of heroin worth Tk 30 lakh from near Sheikh Amanullh College in Kalaroa upazila and arrested two persons in this connection.

One beaten dead, 40 hurt in clash over trifle

One person was killed and at least 40 people, including some women, were injured in an attack by a group yesterday after a cow ate some plants in a paddy field at Sundha village in sadar upazila yesterday.

Housewife injured in attack by in-laws

The wife of a senior assistant secretary was admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday with serious head injuries after her in-laws allegedly attacked her at their Rampura residence in the city.

Kalyan Party to contest for 60 seats

Bangladesh Kalyan Party (BKP) yesterday announced to contest for 60 seats in the upcoming parliamentary election scheduled to be held in December 18.

Workers Party applies for registration

Workers Party of Bangladesh (WPB) has applied for registration with the Election Commission (EC).

'Eliminate discrimination in education sector'

Educationists at a discussion yesterday called on the government to formulate a pro-people education policy to eliminate all kinds of discrimination in the education sector.

Eight splinters removed from Quader's body

Doctors at Apollo Hospitals in New Delhi removed eight splinters from the body of Awami League (AL) Joint General Secretary Obaidul Quader on October 2, said his lawyer in Dhaka.

City road to be renamed after Shafique Ullah

Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) will unveil the plaque of a road at Uttara sector-4 today renamed after Bir Pratik Mohammad Shafique Ullah Road in memory of valiant freedom fighter Col (retd) Md Shafique Ullah, says a press release.

6th SAF Friendship Camp begins October 12

The week-long 6th South Asian Foundation (SAF) Friendship Camp is going to be held at National Scout Training Centre in Gazipur from October 12 to 18, says a press release.

Time for drawing salary extended

Time for drawing salary of September for teachers and employees of non-government educational institutions, including schools, colleges and madrasas, has been extended up to October 16.

Reshadur made honorary consul of Poland

Reshadur Rahman, an industrialist, has been appointed honorary consul of Poland in Bangladesh, says a press release.

Christian Assoc greets Hindus

Bangladesh Christian Association President Advocate Promod Mankin and Secretary General Nirmal Rozario yesterday greeted the Hindu community on the occasion of Durga Puja.

Plastic factory gutted in Ctg

Valuables of a small plastic factory were gutted in a fire in the Ashadganj area under Kotwali Police Station in the port city yesterday afternoon.

Bangladesh's leadership role lauded

Foreign Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury held a meeting with Dr Asha-Rose Migiro, the Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations in her office on Friday.

Mosharraf's death condoled

Workers' Party of Bangladesh President Rashed Khan Menon and General Secretary Bimal Biswas expressed their profound shock at the death of Mosharraf Hossain Nannu, a language movement veteran and leader of Sramik Krishak Samajbadi Party.

National

Saifur, Muhith may lock horns again in Sylhet-1

Rival stalwarts and former ministers M Saifur Rahman of BNP and AMA Muhit of Awami League may face each other in Sylhey-1 constituency in the upcoming parliamentary election.

Puja boosts export of Tangail saree to India

Sale of Tangail saree saw a boost on the occasion of Durga Puja, the biggest festival of the Hindus, as the traditional product with its varied qualities and prices is attracting increasing number of buyers from home and abroad.

AL-JP feud over ticket in Satkhira-2

As the possibility of Jatiya Party's (Ershad) joining the Awami League-led 'grand alliance' becoming stronger again, AL leaders in Satkhira are worried as JP is demanding Satkhira-2 (Sadar) seat in the upcoming parliamentary election.

Language Movement veteran Nannu laid to rest

Language Movement veteran Mosharraf Hossain Nannu was laid to rest at Barisal Muslim Graveyard yesterday.

'Agyan party' robs 26 launch passengers in 5 days

At least 26 homebound launch passengers from Dhaka lost their valuables after becoming victims of 'agyan party' in six days from September 30 to October 5.

Husband charge-sheeted for torturing Shamima

Police yesterday pressed charges against two people including the husband of Shamima Khatun, a UN winner of Global Micro Entrepreneurship Awards, in the case for torturing her.

ACC absolves Khagrachhari AL secy Zahedul of charge

District Awami League Secretary Mohammad Zahedul Alam at a press conference yesterday said the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) absolved the allegation of amassing illegal wealth against him.

Truck with Indian fertiliser seized, 2 held

Gobindaganj highway police seized a truck loaded with 250 bags of Indian murate of potash fertiliser at Kuthibari on Gobindaganj-Hili Highway yesterday afternoon.

Letters

“Teen Chakar Taroka”

“Magic Teen Chakar Taroka” is the title of a musical competition programme being shown on ATN Bangla. This musical contest is being participated by the working people who are involved in the profession of pulling/driving three-wheelers, i.e.rickshaw-pullers, CNG auto-rickshaw drivers. Noted cultural personality Asaduzzaman Noor is very creditably anchoring the programme. The contestants selected by the judges of the programme are, no doubt, fantastic and outstanding singers. They deserve appreciation for upholding the art of singing, despite hardships and many other limitations.

Unsafe foods

Mixing of impure substances with foods was a much-talked-about topic in the recent past. During the month of Ramadan, it again gained momentum with the latest reports focusing on the new techniques of food adulteration. A few months ago the situation changed radically as the anti-adulteration drive was going on in full swing. Interestingly enough, the condition is now as it was in the past.

Biofertilizers

To meet the demand for more food, farmers have to adopt new technologies, hybrid plants, insecticides to increase soil fertility & productivity etc. Most of the farmers in our country are not educated. They find the use of chemical fertilizers the only means of increasing plant productivity without any knowledge of the adverse effects of synthetic chemical fertilizers on the ecosystem. Moreover, the use of chemical fertilizers costs a lot & due to non-availability of chemical fertilizers farmers have to suffer a lot. When biological agents are used to increases soil quality to augment plant productivity, the biological agents are then called biofertilizer. Various types of biofertilizers are now used universally in place of chemical fertilizers without harming the natural ecological balance. It costs less compared to chemical fertilizers.

A writer and a poet

The death of Alexander Solzhenitsyn and Mahmoud Darwish will be remembered all around the world for years to come because their works always remind us of the pains and sufferings the people have been through. The works of the Russian writer, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, and Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish will keep on playing significant roles in shaping our future.

Rickshaws and Dhaka

While thanking Mr Sohel Ahmed for his concern about my agony (DS,21 Sept) and for his forthright comments in his last letter where he had confirmed that Dhaka had only 7% road area instead of normal 25-30%, I am quite disappointed at some of the points he has made. Blaming the recent past generations for just producing children and not paying attention to the problems of the city is, in my opinion, hitting below the belt.

Election 2008

Bangladesh is not running through the path of democracy right now, though the present caretaker government is sincerely trying to turn this undemocratic course of the country into the course of democracy.

Maternal mortality drops

In a report of UN Children's Fund (Unicef), it came out that maternal mortality fell by 22 percent in South Asia (from 650 to 500 deaths per 1,00,000 live births). The report says that antenatal care and childbirth attendance rates in the region have also improved. It said that India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan were still among the 10 South Asian countries that accounted for almost two thirds of maternal deaths globally. Here only 41 percent of all births are delivered by a health professional. In India an estimated 14.4 million births a year are not attended by health professionals. Antenatal care coverage in South Asia is the lowest in the world, but improvements are also proceeding more rapidly than any other region.

Injustice…

A plaintiff, defendant or a witness irrespective of all urgencies of life, physical well-being, weather and traffic jams makes his/her way to the courts on the dates fixed for hearing. Particularly the defendant remains tense and wary of the reporting and does his/her best to appear on the due date and time, lest warrant of arrest is issued against him/her. But his/her physical presence is not enough. It has to be recorded by a court clerk and without paying bribe to him and the lawyer the attendance will not be in order. The amount ranges between Tk 200/ to Tk 500/.

Thai envoy on visa issue

I wish to respond to the letter from Dr. Kazi Mizanur Rahman published on 26 September 2008 in The Daily Star regarding Thai visa. I would like to bring to your attention that the Royal Thai Embassy in Dhaka has outsourced VFS for non-judgemental operation of the Thai visa application process since 2004 and there is no appointment system prevailing till date. Any applicant can walk in and submit the application to the VFS Thailand Visa Application Centre without prior appointment over telephone or otherwise.

ICL and our cricket

Bangladesh cricket was catapulted into world stage when they were just teething in 1998 and was producing competitive cricketers like Aminul, Akram, Nannu, Naimur Rahman Durjoy, Rafique, Pilot, Bashar etc. Lots of people opposed our entry into Test cricket. But at that time it was a decision that had to be taken. After all, you may not get a man like Dalmiya from Kolkata as ICC chief in the next 50 years. Another good thing happened in the period 2002-2005. Call him anything you like, but give the devil its due. Arafat Rahman Koko, the former PM's son, became the chairman of Development Committee of Cricket. He pumped in corporate funds to develop an under-19 squad that included Mohammed Ashraful, Aftab Ahmed, Shahriyar Nafees, Mashrafe Mortaza, Shakib Al Hasan, Shahdat Hossain Rajib, Syed Rasel and Mehrab Hossain jr. Now they are all in the national side, aren't they? The guys who took the pains in creating all these greenhorns into internationals was an Aussie coach, Richard McInnes. He had become the supplier of great talents like Tamim, Roquibul,Abdur Razzak, Nazimuddin and others to be given the finishing by a seasoned Whatmore and see what happened in the ICC Cup in the West Indies. The coach is still grooming great guns like Nayeem Islam, Suhrawardy Shuvo, Arafat Sunny, Zunaed Siddique, Ziaur Rahman, Shamsur Rahman Shuvo, Nasir Hossain, Mahmudul Hasan and so on. You will soon see them in the national ODI and Test squads.

Our ambassadors

The role of our ambassadors and High Commissioners in the major capitals of the world was always and still is very important. The knowledge gathered through the scientific and technical books, manuals and journals and also the audio-visual equipments have practical limitations.

“Narrow escape at Marriott”

I wish to draw your attention to the fact that the above headline is single sourced ['a senior government official'] and dubious in nature.

Appointment of VCs

On 20 April 2008, an advertisement was given in the daily Prothom Alo by the ministry of education, inviting applications from interested candidates for appointment as vice-chancellors of seven public universities in Bangladesh. Similar advertisement was also given in DS of 7t August 2008 for appointment of vice-chancellors for five public universities. This is the first time in the history of higher education (at university level) in Bangladesh that advertisement was given in newspaper for appointment of vice-chancellors.

Unified education system

The speakers from TIB and SNC at a recent conference, that promoted the idea of a unified education system, claimed that adopting a unified system of education and denying the present freedom to have Bengali-medium, English-medium and Madrassah education would produce a society free from 'discrimination, corruption and fanaticism' - but I still don't buy it!

International

34 killed in fighting near LTTE capital

Government forces neared the Tamil Tiger rebels' main town in new fighting that left 29 guerrillas and five soldiers dead, the military said yesterday.

Nuclear deal set to boost Indo-US ties

The United States looked Sunday to burgeoning trade, defence and other ties with powerhouse India after New Delhi tipped its hat to Washington for unlocking the door to the global nuclear market.

India not a 'threat' to Pakistan: Zardari

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has admitted that India is not a threat to his country and described the militants operating in Jammu and Kashmir as terrorists, a statement made perhaps for the first time by a top Pakistani leader.

Tigers face setback, but war far from over

The widely expected fall of the Tamil Tigers' political capital would mark the separatists' biggest loss in 13 years, analysts say, but add Sri Lanka's drawn-out ethnic conflict is far from over.

Rice exhorts Pakistan, India to be friends

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice nudged India on Saturday to become good friends and said Washington had a stake in Islamabad's civilian government to succeed in the war against terrorism.

Curfew imposed ahead of rally in Kashmir

Authorities imposed an indefinite curfew in Indian Kashmir early Sunday ahead of a pro-independence rally called by separatists as thousands of government forces patrolled the Himalayan region's main city.

No clear Afghan victory

Britain's top military commander in Afghanistan said in an interview yesterday the public should not expect "decisive military victory" there, only the reduction of the insurgency to manageable levels.

US policy shifts likely in Asia under new president

US policy in Asia is expected to undergo major shifts, whoever wins the race to the White House.

US not trying to undermine Russia, says Rice

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice yesterday rejected any suggestion that US efforts to build closer ties to this former Soviet republic are meant to undermine Russian influence in Central Asia.

Iran to enrich uranium even if fuel supply guaranteed: FM

Iran will continue with uranium enrichment, the focus of international fears about its nuclear programme, even if the country is promised supplies of nuclear reactor fuel, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Sunday.

Russia removes checkpoint in sign of Georgia pull-back

Russian forces yesterday removed their first checkpoint from Georgia near the rebel region of South Ossetia, an EU monitoring mission and the Georgian government said.

Fierce battles seen for US Congress

Although all eyes are on the White House race, hundreds of other elections will be taking place around the country on November 4 as US lawmakers battle to hang onto their seats in the Congress.

Rights groups call for action over jailed Myanmar dissidents

Human rights groups said Sunday that the number of dissidents in Myanmar jails has nearly doubled to more than 2,100 over the past year and called on the United Nations to act to free the prisoners.

Skydivers plunge past Mount Everest

Three skydivers in Nepal entered the record books on Sunday, plunging from above the height of Mount Everest to land at the world's highest drop zone.

Palin charges Obama is 'palling around' with terrorists

Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin took the offensive Saturday, charging Democratic White House hopeful Barack Obama with "palling around with terrorists."

Pak troops kill 6 Taliban near Afghan border

At least six Taliban insurgents were killed as Pakistani troops pounded suspected militant hideouts in the troubled tribal district of Bajaur on the Afghan border, officials said yesterday.

Ecologists fear EU diluting climate change battle plans

European Union plans to tackle climate change reach a crucial phase on Tuesday with votes in the EU parliament, amid fears among green groups that pressure from industry is watering the proposals down.

Arts & Entertainment

“Lux Superstar” Mim on her big screen debut

Last year's "Lux Superstar", Bidya Sinha Saha Mim, seemed over the moon regarding the release of her debut film Amar Achhey Jal. Written and directed by Humayun Ahmed, it was a golden opportunity for Mim -- working alongside established actors Zahid Hassan, Ferdaus and Shaon. In an interview with The Daily Star, the young actress went over her debut in a feature film and offered some tips for this year's "Lux Superstar" competitors. Excerpts from the conversation:

Three day int’l children’s film festival in Bogra

A three daylong International “Children's Film Festival” began in Bogra on September 4. Ten films from seven countries including Bangladesh were screened at the festival held at the Muktijoddha Aminul Karim Dulal Auditorium, Bogra Zila School premises.

“Tekka” on Rtv

Eid special TV play Tekka will be aired today at 12:35 pm on Rtv. The cast includes Ishita, Arunav Anjan, Rifat Chowdhury and Nipa. The play is written and directed by Ashutosh Sujan.

Telefilm “Nishithini” on Channel i

On the fifth day of Eid, telefilm Nishithini will be aired on Channel i at 12:35 pm. Written by Anisul Haque, the telefilm is directed by Shahidul Alam Sachhu.

Bruce Springsteen rocks Obama rally in Philly

Bruce Springsteen called the Bush presidency "a disaster" and said many Americans have "justifiably lost faith" in the American dream.

OP-ED

What the world needs to learn

THE world economy is facing very serious problems because of plunging house prices, falling credit availability, and decreasing real incomes in many countries. The crisis began when Fannie Mae (The Federal National Mortgage Association) and Freddie Mac (The Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation), the two largest mortgage lenders, went bankrupt.

The American presidential debate 2008

WATCHING American presidential debates is like watching defining moments of American history. The debate tilts the balance in favour of the candidate whom the public thinks has won.

Mothers make history by getting it wrong

WARNING: this article is highly controversial. It may result in people rioting in the streets. No, it's nothing to do with cartoons or religion. I have an even more contentious issue to raise: Mothers are not always right.

Star City

Festive mood all around as devotees welcome Durga

Just after Eid holidays the city is witnessing more festivity especially the Old Dhaka.

Surprise, surprise, no power outage for about a week

Residents in a West Badda neighbourhood took it for a usual feature when their ceiling fans, televisions and computers lay lifeless due to frequent power failures on September 28, Monday -- one or two hours at a time, three to four times throughout the day.

Commuters suffer as buses, rickshawpullers leave city

People in the city are suffering from transport shortage as most of the city buses went off the streets to carry passengers from districts to the capital after Eid.


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