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Tigers crush Kiwis

Bangladesh shrugged off a long lean patch and the recent players' exodus to the ICL to finally put an end to their miserable one-day run with a crushing seven-wicket victory against New Zealand yesterday to take a surprise 1-0 lead in the three-match Brac Bank Series.

Jamaat to go for EC registration

In a major shift in stance on registration with the Election Commission (EC), Jamaat-e-Islami yesterday said it will get registered as a political party within the stipulated time, and if necessary amend its constitution for that.

AL braces for seat sharing trouble

The Awami League might face strong opposition from grassroots level in different constituencies over seat sharing with other parties, especially with Jatiya Party (JP) in greater Rangpur.

BNP not against registration

BNP will sit for a dialogue with the government on October 15 where it will raise issues like registration with the Election Commission (EC), lifting the state of emergency and ensuring a level playing field for all political parties for participation in parliamentary polls.

World leaders strain to quell panic

Governments rushed out new emergency measures in a desperate bid to staunch underpin confidence on Thursday, rallying shell-shocked markets as the US treasury secretary warned more banks could go under.

EC worry deepens as HC stay drags on

Worried by the delay in disposing of a High Court (HC) rule on re-demarcation of parliamentary constituencies, the Election Commission (EC) has moved for removal of the stay on the redrawn boundaries to clear way for announcing the election schedule.

Banks want to activate frozen IIRO accounts

Bangladesh Bank (BB) has sought directions from the foreign ministry in regard to the suspended bank accounts of the International Islamic Relief Organisation (IIRO), which has an alleged link with the al-Qaeda.

JP to amend its charter to register with EC

Jatiya Party (JP) yesterday decided to bring amendments to its constitution in order to register with the Election Commission (EC) to be able to participate in the upcoming parliamentary election.

Myanmar general departs

Vice-Chairman of Myanmar's State Peace and Development Council General Maung Aye left for home yesterday ending a three-day visit to Bangladesh.

Durga puja ends with immersion of idols

The five-day Durga Puja, the biggest festival of the Hindus, ended yesterday with the immersion of idols in the rivers and sea across the country.

AL to keep associated organisations

Awami League (AL) is adamant to keep its associated organisations in its constitution while bringing a few changes to it including provisions for 33 percent quota for women at all levels and giving nominations on the basis of recommendations from the grassroots level.

45 rebels, 8 soldiers die in Lanka fighting

A suspected Tamil Tiger suicide bomber attacked a convoy ferrying a Sri Lankan cabinet minister outside the capital Colombo yesterday, killing at least one person while 45 rebels and eight soldiers were killed in fighting in the country's north, a military spokesman said.

Suicide blast at Pak police HQs

A suicide attack struck a police complex in Islamabad and a roadside bomb killed 10 people in Pakistan's northwest yesterday while 20 militants were killed in airstrikes, underscoring the growing threat posed by Islamist militants.

Le Clezio of France wins Nobel for literature

French author Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio, whose vast world travels form the poetic and descriptive backdrop for his body of work, won the 2008 Nobel Literature Prize yesterday.

Six powers to discuss Iran in a few days: US

The six powers trying to scale back Iran's nuclear ambitions will consult soon via telephone about the "next steps" to take at the United Nations, a State Department official said Wednesday.

N Korea navy warns of possible sea clash with S Korea

North Korea's naval command on Thursday accused South Korean ships of violating its territorial waters in the Yellow Sea and warned that escalating tensions could lead to a clash.

French FM in Georgia to survey Russian pullout

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said yesterday he would travel to Georgia for a first-hand look at the Russian pull-out from the ex-Soviet republic.


Bangladesh's global competitiveness ranking

CLOSE on the heels of our dipping in the World Bank Doing Business and Unctad's Global Investment indices, our ranking in the Global Competitiveness Report (GCR) 2008-09 of the World Economic Forum (WEF) comes as an eye-opener to a bind we are caught up in.

End of the Puja season

FOR the Hindu community, as also for people of other faiths, religion is all about the moral base on which we conduct ourselves in the temporal world. When Durga succeeded in subduing the sinister Mahisashur and thereby reasserted the triumph of good over evil, it was much more than a tale that was being told. Since every aspect of religion is a symbolism for life and for the realities beyond life, the observance of Durga Puja is a reminder of what we must do to regain for ourselves the high moral ground we lose constantly owing to our all too human frailties.

When art intimidates life

ONE of the granite figures of slimy politics, he was once a potentate who ruled this country. That was the time when he was also a practicing poet. He wrote poetry, he wrote songs -- some of which were made into videos for television. He got his book published, and consorted with poetic minds until one day he was constrained to give up power. Then something happened. Either his creative juice dried up or he lost interest. We didn't hear much about poetry again from this man.

Resolving the Bangladesh-India sea boundary issue

THE three-day Bangladesh-India maritime boundary talks ended in Dhaka on September 17 without any concrete progress on the pending issues, although officials of both the countries claimed to have had "fruitful discussions."

Deep inside India, secularism is a way of life

ON October 2, Gandhi's birthday and Eid launched the annual Bengal festive season that will last into the third week of the month. Eid in India is determined by the visibility of the moon; the Saudis, who check the sky with technology, celebrated the end of Ramadan a day earlier.


Cornered Tigers roar once again

Mohammad Ashraful's men proved that when the chips are down, they still have in them what it takes to pull out a victory out of nowhere.

The true warrior

The coach calls him the guy who never lets the side down and there is hardly anyone who would disagree.

A blessing in disguise

When Zunaed Siddiqui walked in to open Bangladesh's historic run chase against New Zealand at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium fortune had already lent him a helping hand. Zunaed was not the first choice opener to partner Tamim Iqbal.

Pilot bidden goodbye

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) accorded a fitting farewell to former national captain Khaled Mashud Pilot, who retired from international cricket on September 28.

Runs come for Ponting

Skipper Ricky Ponting ended his run drought on Indian soil with a superb century as Australia came back strongly after a shock start in the first Test on Thursday.

Walcott reminiscent of Owen

Theo Walcott has been giving his England teammate Rio Ferdinand a sense of deja-vu ahead of Saturday's World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan and the Manchester United defender has only just worked out why.

Vidmar's feet on ground

Coach Aurelio Vidmar Thursday warned his Adelaide United players to keep a lid on their expectations as they take a 3-0 lead into their AFC Champions' League semifinal return leg with Uzbekistan's Kuruvchi later this month.Adelaide are on the cusp of becoming the first Australian club to reach the ACL final after taking a three-goal buffer from their home first leg on Wednesday.

Wright-Phillips fired up

Being dropped from the England squad can be a soul-destroying experience but if any player is equipped to return stronger than ever then it's Shaun Wright-Phillips.

Cannavaro closes in on Maldini

Italian skipper Fabio Cannavaro said Wednesday that the international appearances record of Paolo Maldini, who played 126 times for the world champions, is coming into reach.

Germany lose Enke

Germany number-one goalkeeper Robert Enke is out of Saturday's World Cup qualifier against Russia and next Wednesday's match against Wales with a hand injury, it was announced on Thursday.

Benzema turned down Barca

Barcelona director of football Txiki Begiristain on Wednesday revealed that French starlet Karim Benzema turned down a summer move to the Spanish giants.

Malaysia losing AFC HQ

Malaysia faces losing the headquarters of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) which it has hosted for nearly half a century, after relations with the sporting body soured.

Ganguly's parting shot

Sourav Ganguly, who will retire from international cricket after the Australian series, has on Thursday said he was tired of the constant humiliation and at being singled out for scrutiny.

ICL time returns

The rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL) enters its second season on Friday hoping to gain recognition from the sport's world governing body and provide more thrills than before.

Stanford tie on?

A deal to salvage the 20-million-dollar Stanford 20/20, the world's richest cricket match, could be announced later Thursday, media reports here claimed.

New boss vows to revive Pakistan

Pakistan's new cricket chief Ejaz Butt Thursday vowed to restore the health of the sport in the nation, plagued by security concerns and disciplinary problems.

Pakistan chief selector quits

Pakistan's chief cricket selector said Thursday he had resigned after administrators changed a member of the squad bound for a Twenty20 tournament in Canada without asking him.

Special playing alongside Sourav: Sachin, Rahul

Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid, the two most celebrated peers of Sourav Ganguly, on Thursday paid tributes to the retiring member of the 'Fab Four', saying the Bengal stalwart had been a fount of inspiration for his teammates during his 16-year-long glorious international career.

Dhaka Warriors ready to go

As Dhaka Warriors, the second team in rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL) to be solely represented by a country after Inzamamul Haq-led Lahore Badshahs, ready for their campaign, captain Habibul Bashar banks on his team's "formidable" bowling line-up and "good" fielding while coach Balwinder Singh Sandhu claims the Bangladeshi players can surprise rivals.

Lanka without top players

Sri Lanka's sports minister has asked the country's cricket board to release players for the Indian Premier League (IPL), forcing selectors to pick a second-string side for the England tour.

BFF approves match fees, insurances

Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday approved the National Team Management Committee's (NTMC) proposal to introduce insurance and match fees for national footballers from this month's Merdeka Cup.

Yousuf has no regrets

Visa problems may have cost Mohammad Yousuf his place in Pakistan's 15-man squad to play the quadrangular Twenty20 tournament in Canada, but the batsman is pleased he was in the reckoning for a spot in the team.


Inflation takes speed off luxury buses

Operators of long-haul luxury coach services have said they face a downturn in business as travellers are economising and cutting down tour plans mainly because of inflationary pressure.

Export price index edges up 5.28pc

The export price index of Bangladesh-made products, especially garment items, marked a 5.28 percent rise in July, the first month of the current fiscal year, according to the state-run export promotional agency.

After Britain, US eyes direct capital for troubled banks

After struggling with little success to stem a financial panic, US authorities were eyeing the possibility of direct capital injections to troubled banks as a means of shoring up a fragile system.

Huawei faces charges of under-invoicing

Dhaka Customs House has served a notice on Chinese telecom equipment vendor Huawei for its alleged involvement in false price declarations of a consignment worth Tk 2.4 crore.

Best Air flies to Singapore, KL this month

Best Air, the country's third private airline, is likely to start operating its Dhaka-Singapore and Dhaka-Kuala Lumpur flights from this month, spreading its wings on international route.

Crash: The ghosts it raises, the fear it breeds

The "Crash of 2008" is a problem: economists can't define it, collective memories react with deep but differing emotions, and current values clash with what "crash" meant in 1929.

Emerging-market decoupling a myth

Another week, another mega-bank bailout. This global crisis has been labelled with an increasing number of superlatives -- extraordinary, unprecedented, colossal and unbelievable.

Dhaka-Yangon direct trade link sought

The leaders of Chittagong Chamber of Commerce & Industry (CCCI) yesterday stressed the need for taking all necessary measures to remove all the barriers to establishing a direct trade link between Bangladesh and Myanmar.

ADB chief says Asia to fare better than rest of world in credit crisis

The global financial crisis will have "considerable" effects on Asia but the region will fare well by world standards, Asian Development Bank president Haruhiko Kuroda said Thursday.

Asian stocks mixed as traders stay edgy after rate cuts

Asian stocks were mixed Thursday as investors remained cautious about the global economy after a series of interest rate cuts by some of the world's major central banks tried to revive confidence.

Nervous French savers start gold rush

The gold merchants of Paris may trade from shops in the shadow of the historic stock exchange building, but their business is booming even as the share market collapses.

Oil holds steady

Oil prices steadied on Thursday, with New York crude above 89 dollars a barrel as investor sentiment improved across financial markets worldwide after recent turmoil.

Chinese steel maker falls victim to global crisis

Steel maker FerroChina Thursday became one of the highest-profile Chinese victims yet of the global economic crisis, saying it was unable to service huge debts and was immediately stopping production.

Euro rises against dollar

The European single currency climbed against the dollar Thursday amid hopes that heavy interest rates cuts around the world would help stem a global financial crisis, dealers said.

WTO head suggests world summit to set economic rules

The WTO head suggested world powers hold a summit like the historic Bretton Woods economic gathering to tackle the world financial crisis, in comments published on Thursday.

Bank of Japan pumps in more emergency funds

The Bank of Japan said it pumped 4.0 trillion yen (40 billion dollars) into the Tokyo money market Thursday, the biggest one-day injection since the credit crisis began.

ECB to revise down 2009 eurozone growth forecast

The European Central Bank is to lower its 2009 eurozone economic growth forecast from the current projection of 1.2 percent, ECB board member Lorenzo Bini Smaghi said in comments published Thursday.

Cathay takes hit from turmoil

Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific has been "hit hard" by the global financial crisis with a significant drop in the number of first and business class travellers, senior managers said.

Global financial crisis tops Australia-Philippines meet

The global financial crisis, trade and security were among the main topics discussed when ministers from Australia and the Philippines met for the start of two days of talks on Thursday.

Thailand to ask for $1.5b loan as growth target lowered

Thailand will request a 1.5 billion dollar loan from world institutions for infrastructure projects, the finance minister said Thursday, after lowering the economy's growth target to five percent.

Singapore budget carrier says bookings up despite crisis

A Singapore-based budget airline said Thursday bookings are up despite an escalating global economic crisis.

New directors of Dhaka Bank

Matin Uddin Ahmed Barabhuiya has been elected Independent Director of Dhaka Bank.


Germany wants peaceful transition to democracy

German Ambassador Frank Meyke has said his country wishes Bangladesh a peaceful and successful transition to parliamentary government in December as general election here is

'Save rare mammals of cetacean diversity'

Dolphins have long been living in many of the rivers across the country, but the matter of sorrow is that the mammals, especially known for their intelligence, are not very familiar to the local people.

Suspected criminal beaten to death in police custody

A suspected criminal and an associate of Dacoit Shahid was allegedly beaten to death under police custody at Sutrapur in the city at an early hour of yesterday.

Flash flood in Jessore: 50,000 marooned

Over 50,000 people in four upazilas in the district were marooned as water from the rain-fed Ichhamoti and Kabodak rivers poured into the areas through breaches in embankments along their banks.

Int'l symposium on women's rights Oct 17

Asian University for Women (AUW) will host a two-day international symposium on 'Overcoming history: Rethinking rights and opportunities for women in Asia' on October 17 in Dhaka, says a press release.

Declare Jessore, Satkhira as disaster area

Workers' Party of Bangladesh (WPB) yesterday called on the government to take initiatives to remove stagnant water from some upazilas of Jessore and Satkhira districts by dredging Kobadak river and distribute relief materials among the distressed.

Judicial investigation demanded

The unsuccessful candidates of 27th BCS Examinations yesterday reiterated their demand for immediate removal of PSC Chairman Dr Saadat Hussain protesting the publication of the second-phase results.

6 suspected killers arrested

Six suspected killers were arrested in connection with the murder of Assistant Adjutant of Ansar Nasirullah Khan, police said at a press conference.

Concern over killing of FF in Rajshahi

A total of 225 teachers of Dhaka University (DU) in a statement yesterday expressed their concern over the killing of freedom fighter Sajjad Hossain by local Jamaat-Shibir men at Godagari in Rajshahi.

World Mental Health Day today

Today is the 16th World Mental Health Day, a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy.

Road crashes kill 4

Four people were killed and 17 others injured in separate road accidents in Mymensingh and Munshiganj yesterday.

ACC finds no illegal wealth of VP Joinal

The Anti-Corruption Commission has decided to close the file of former BNP lawmaker Prof Joinal Abedin Faruk alias VP Joinal as it did not find any inconsistency in his wealth statement.

RMG workers block road after death of co-worker in bus crash

Garment workers yesterday set up a blockade on Dhaka-Mymensingh highway at Tongi area following the death of a fellow worker who was crushed under the wheels of a bus.

Trader shot dead in city

A trader was shot dead in the city's Mirpur area last night.

Train derails in Jamalpur

Train communications on the Jamalpur-Mymensingh route remained snapped for hours as a freight train derailed at Piarpur railway station here yesterday.

Kulaura BNP expels Ebadur

BNP reformist leader Ebadur Rahman Chowdhury was expelled from the party yesterday.

Four muggers beaten up

Four muggers received beating from a mob when they were trying to flee after stabbing and snatching a taxicab driver at Mirpur in the city on Wednesday night.

President hosts reception for Hindus

President Iajuddin Ahmed and his wife Prof Dr Anwara Begum hosted a reception for members of the Hindu community at Bangabhaban yesterday on the occasion of Durga

Boycott anti-liberation forces in polls

Bangladesh Kalyan Party (BKP) Chairman Maj Gen (retd) Syed Muhammad Ibrahim Bir Pratik called on the countrymen yesterday to boycott the anti-liberation forces and those believe in militancy in the next general polls.

Man dies after taking milk, pineapple at a time

A man died yesterday after drinking milk and eating pineapple at the same time at a wedding ceremony after betting with his friends at Kamrangirchar in the city.

Restore CCC image

Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury, who was released on bail on Wednesday from the prison cell of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), held a meeting with the councillors of the corporation in the capital yesterday to know the overall situation of the corporation.

Paturia-Kazirhat ferry service resumes today

Paturia-Kazirhat ferry service will resume today for facilitating communication in the North Bengal, a press release of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) said.

BNP leader Papia returns from hiding after HC stays cases against her

Chapainawabganj Sadar upazila BNP President Syeda Ashifa Ashrafi Papia returned to her Pathanpara residence with motorcades yesterday after absconding for about 18 months to avoid arrest in an extortion case.

2 Barisal WDB engrs held for misappropriating public fund

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Barisal office yesterday arrested two engineers of Water Development Board (WDB) for misappropriating public fund.

Cop goes into hiding after being charged with rape

Police in Rajshahi yesterday recorded a case against an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of Boalia Police Station on charges of raping a field worker of an insurance company.

7 microbus-lifters held with vehicle

Police arrested seven members of a syndicate of microbus-lifters on Wednesday night and recovered one microbus from their possession.

Trawler passenger shot dead by pirates in Noakhali

A trawler passenger was shot dead by pirates in the river Meghna in Hatiya upazila yesterday.

6th SAF Scout Friendship Camp begins Oct 12

The weeklong 6th SAF Scout Friendship Camp will begin at National Scout Training Camp in Gazipur on October 12 with the slogan 'Scouting for peace and friendship'.

Homage paid to Comrade Farhad

The 21st death anniversary of Comrade Mohammad Farhad, freedom fighter and former general secretary of Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB), was observed with due respect in the city yesterday, says a press release.


Political developments

I think we had quite a number of news reports on the prospect of the election to be held in December 2008. I put them down as I consider them to be very disturbing to get a definite answer whether the election is going to be held on Dec 18 as announced. These are:

Population boom

The letter "Population boom" written by Engineer Shafi Ahmed was published on 22 September'08. It correctly emphasised the successful family planning programme to limit the size of the population. Please refer to Gen Moeen U Ahmed's recent article on Food Security in the country where he touched on the issue of population boom and consequent problems. I think this issue is very important and the nation should consider it seriously.

Automobile menace

“Why is it that men and women, normally courteous and considerate…should all of a sudden revert to selfish, snarling savages the minute they get behind the wheel of an automobile?” --Miller McClintock.

Save trees

Deforestation is a word that is understood all over Bangladesh. We, the people of Madaripur, have no familiarity with deforestation for lack of forests in this area.

Time to act

Since its birth in 1971 Bangladesh has passed through many a tumultuous year to reach today's stage where we are set to see a “reasonably free and fair “election”. I say this because the main data from which the voters exercise their right of franchise--the voter list-- is for the first time a “genuine” one. Thanks to the tireless efforts of the personnel of the armed forces and the Election Commission and their focused approach.

The ICL and BCB response

Bangladesh cricket has already absorbed a shock after the loss of 14 players.

A letter to mayor

This is my first letter to the Mayor of Dhaka City Corporation, Mr. Sadeque Hossain Khoka, also a Member of Parliament, to draw his kind attention to the terrible traffic congestion from Airport station to Rajlaxmi complex. I request the Mayor to take immediate steps to relieve the people from a daily traffic congestion during daytime, especially on the way to office, and while returning from office from 8:00am to 2:30pm.

"Art" reflecting a decaying society

A disgustingly offensive statue, labelled as a work of art, displayed in a Gateshead gallery, is indicative of the moral decay of Secular Britain, and its inability to create a cohesive society that can accommodate people of any religious faith. It is sufficient to say that any Muslim who has stumbled across the description or image of it could not but be hurt, offended and outraged.

American presidential election

It is amazing how the American election has gripped the attention of the people of Bangladesh. Leading newspapers are carrying news, views, and observations about the possible outcome of the election. People are discussing about it everywhere. They get up early to watch the programmes, which are being telecast live on CNN. It is almost like the advertisement on the CNN, “ DO NOT DISTURB, WATCHING CNN”.

Overseas education

In the last four-five years, the number of the consultancy firms for overseas study has increased significantly in the country. But most of them can often be deceptive. What is commonly seen is that at first they compel students to open a file charging a considerable amount of money, which is one kind of cheating. They also manage fake sponsorship for the students which fails to provide support In some cases, it is revealed that the full amount of the tuition fees is not paid to the foreign institutes. Consequently, students face great difficulty abroad. They have to repay the unpaid amount for their courses.

Why ban cricketers?

OK, some Bangladeshi players have joined ICL for money. No crime has been committed as far as I can see. What would be so sinful if these players can earn some money by doing things that they do best.

National Health Policy

A new version of National Health Policy has been published and is available on website. It contains many elements that can introduce several good things in the health sector. It has a proposal for reactivating Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council. Actually the Medical Council of all the civilised countries controls health services much more than the government does. But the irony is that about fifty percent of the doctors serving in government and non government organisations are not registered. The proposed policy also contains the element to control the quality of drugs, that may go against some manufacturers. Actually the quality of drugs produced in the country still requires control. It has one unique element to strengthen the referral system and also manpower development.

Failed cricket?

Since I have expressed my feeling about the "Parade of failure" by our national cricket team under the leadership of Ashraful, a lot of events have occurred in our failed cricket. The ICL issue, action of the board, comments of the cricket lovers in the media, and today we had the opportunity to listen to our captain in his usual style. He seems to have forgotten that he had the responsibility to inform the board and the countryman immediately after he had received a very lucrative offer from the ICL which he turned down in the national interest. What a stunt to justify his integrity when his captaincy should be at stake. I think he is suffering from moral crisis which demonstrates that he should not take the responsibility of leading the national team. He is perhaps waiting to hear what he needs to do now.


A few days back a report entitled "Hydra raises head again" made me a little frightened about the destiny of this crippled Bangladesh. Despite big changes brought about by the CTG in different sectors and launching of a drive against terrorists and criminals , why should society still limp?


Bush signs Indo-US nuclear law

US President George W Bush on Wednesday signed legislation to enact a landmark US-India civilian nuclear agreement, celebrating "the growing ties between the world's two largest democracies."

Afghanistan situation is rapidly worsening

President George W Bush's administration has launched an urgent review of US policy in Afghanistan as US intelligence officials warn of a "downward spiral" in conditions there, US newspapers reported yesterday.

Pak military seeks politicians' support to fight militants

The military took elected representatives of the nation into confidence on Wednesday about the worsening situation in Fata, NWFP and Balochistan and the US-led "war on terror" during a joint sitting of the two houses of parliament held in camera.

US-Iraq security pact faces hurdles

A US-Iraqi security agreement spelling out how American troops and contractors operate was supposed to be in place over the summer, but the thorniest issues remain unsettled and neither side is budging.

Time running out for McCain to turn election tide

After a lackluster debate, John McCain now has less than four weeks to turn the race for the White House around, as observers on Wednesday began to wonder aloud whether the Republican who once dubbed himself the comeback kid can win.

Thai court drops charges against protest leaders

A Thai court dropped charges of insurrection yesterday against the main leaders of a protest movement bidding to topple the government, two days after the worst street unrest in Bangkok for 16 years.

N Korea prepares mass missile launches

North Korea is preparing up to 10 more short-range missiles for a mass test-launch, South Korean news reports said Thursday, two days after the North fired at least one missile into the sea.

Hundreds of new marine species discovered

Hundreds of new marine species and previously uncharted undersea mountains and canyons have been discovered in the depths of the Southern Ocean, Australian scientists said Wednesday.

India bans exit poll till last day of assembly election

India has decided to ban publication and dissemination of exit polls till the last day of parliamentary and state assembly elections.

Fatah-Hamas talks set for Oct 25 in Cairo

Fatah and Hamas will meet in Cairo on October 25 for Egyptian-mediated talks aimed at forming a Palestinian transitional government acceptable to the rival factions, Hamas said yesterday.

Landmark Maldives vote goes to second round

The first-ever democratic presidential battle in the Maldives is to go into a second round after Asia's longest-serving leader failed to deliver a knock-out blow to his rivals, officials said yesterday.

Bajrang Dal dares govt to ban it

The Bajrang Dal, the youth wing of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), has dared the Indian government to ban it, warning that the authorities would face the "consequences" if it was outlawed.

Sadrist MP assassinated in Baghdad

A Shia radical MP was assassinated in a roadside bomb attack on Thursday in Baghdad's Shia stronghold of Sadr City, his Sadrist faction said.

Ukraine to hold parliamentary polls on Dec 7: President

Ukraine will hold snap parliamentary elections on December 7, President Viktor Yushchenko announced Thursday, after the collapse of the ruling pro-West coalition.

Asia environment ministers meet in Vietnam

Ministers and top officials from 16 Asia-Pacific nations met yesterday in Vietnam to discuss climate change and other regional environmental problems, including biodiversity loss and polluted megacities.

Top US general in Afghanistan backs 'political solution'

The top US commander in Afghanistan said Thursday he backed a "political solution" to the country's dragging conflict with Taliban-led extremists.

N-inspectors barred from North Korean site

The UN nuclear watchdog's inspectors at North Korea's nuclear facilities at Yongbyon will no longer have access to the site's nuclear installations, the agency announced yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Durga comes to New Dhaka

Nabami night. Soothing fall breeze. Around 10:30 pm things should be slowly winding down. Approaching the Banani ground on Kemal Ataturk Avenue suddenly changes the mood. Subtle white fairy lights illuminating the venue, which does not resemble its usual self. The queue moving fast and in an orderly manner through the entrance. The ground has been levelled with bricks and carefully covered. Beautiful pillars have shot up; alpana and set by Amity Kundu (the late artist Nitun Kundu's daughter) and Amit Chando, are anything but gaudy -- a spectacular vision.

Differently-abled display their artistic prowess

Shreekant Dubey, 39, whose right hand is amputated, has done a brilliant painting of Lord Ganesh. Mostly black and white, it depicts the elephant god in all his glory.

Aesthetic images on canvas

Luminosity and lucidity are the characteristics of the paintings of Fokhrul Islam, a freelance painter of our country. All his enigmatically resonant paintings are called 'Image.' His images are very much pensive and make the viewer ponder. So it is no surprise he is known as a thinking artist whose paintings invite viewers to engage cerebrally with the images he creates. As usual, the images are done on paper with printing ink. He uses printer's ink and mustard oil to create his inscrutable cosmic subjects and metaphysical landscapes.

Worst movie dialogues ever

Some of the most regrettable lines in Hollywood history come from the mouths of gorgeous damsels, Oscar nominees, and superheroes. Here are some of the all-time silliest.

Sharat Chandra’s “Bindur Chheley” on ATN Bangla tonight

On the occasion of Saradiya Durga Puja, special TV play Bindur Chheley, based on Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's story with the same title, will be aired on ATN Bangla at 8pm tonight. A.D. Dulal has directed the play.

Top ten round of “Close Up 1” on ntv

Musical talent hunt Close Up 1: Tomakei Khunjchhey Bangladesh will be aired tonight at 9:30pm on ntv. Tonight's episode will highlight performances by the top ten contestants.


Business syndicates: Real or imaginary?

WHENEVER prices go up, we hear complaints about business syndicates manipulating the market and getting away with unreasonable profits. Newspaper reports, TV talk shows, and seminars frequently point the finger at the collusive operations of such syndicates, and blame them for any adverse price movements in the domestic market. This piece aims to ascertain whether there is any merit in this charge.

The American anti-intellectual threat

IN recent years, the United States has been more a source of global instability than a source of global problem-solving. Examples include the war in Iraq, launched by the US on false premises, obstructionism on efforts to curb climate change, meager development assistance, and the violation of international treaties such as the Geneva Conventions. While many factors contributed to America's destabilising actions, a powerful one is anti-intellectualism, exemplified recently by Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin's surging popularity.

'A surge is good'

With the security situation in his country steadily deteriorating, and Taliban activity on the rise, Afghan President Hamid Karzai sat down in New York last week with Newsweek's Lally Weymouth to discuss the future of Afghanistan.

How the most important thing ever said wasn't

WHO says the Chinese authorities have no sense of humour? I was intrigued to read this commentary in the Beijing Youth Daily: "Following the Soviets and Americans, the black-haired and yellow-skinned Chinese have now left a footprint in space. This is one small step for a man, but one giant leap for the country."


Nokia leads converged devices

Ako Shiraogawa is head of go-to-market of Nokia Nseries in Southeast Asia and the Pacific, and as such is responsible for identifying and defining the right portfolio for the Asian market.

Computer programming to be compulsory for schools?

Hold on to your seats people! This isn't news yet, but is very likely to become so in the near future!

BlackBerry Storm has touch screen you can feel

Research in Motion Ltd., maker of the BlackBerry, is taking on Apple Inc. with a touch-screen phone that puts a new twist on the technology.

ASUS introduces first ever PCI-E Interface Audio Card Xonar D2X

asus, worldwide leader in motherboard and graphics cards, introduced first PCI-E interface audio card Xonar D2X to users, with more audio choices. An exclusive ASUS technology provides solutions for the gaming audio issue found in Windows Vista by utilising DS3D GX.

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