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Grassroots to pick AL's MP aspirants

In line with the recently revised electoral laws, Awami League (AL) yesterday decided to pick its parliamentary candidates from panels the grassroots will elect by secret ballots.

Revival hope revolves round private sector

Against the backdrop of a general bleakness in the jute industry, small mills in the private sector hold out hope for the nation.

Graft trials stuck in stay

It was late in the morning. Some people were having chitchat over the dos and don'ts of a trip to the riverside, forest or the hilly areas where the indigenous people live.

BNP waits on talks result for registration

BNP and its major partner in the four-party alliance Jamaat-e-Islami will sit with the chief adviser to the caretaker government for dialogues on Tuesday, and they will also register with the Election Commission (EC) if the talks bear fruits.

Sound traffic management vital to make Dhaka liveable

City and communication planners yesterday emphasised the need for decentralising administration and industries and adopting both long- and short-term traffic management strategies to make Dhaka liveable.

Bangladesh may miss bus to Asian Highway

Bangladesh's chance of signing on to the Asian Highway Network (AHN) Agreement is fading fast as the government has been sitting idle on the issue for too long adopting a wrong policy, according to experts.

Oram-inspired Kiwis level series

Bangladesh's hopes of recording a major series triumph for the first time suffered a blow as New Zealand recorded an ultimately routine 75-run victory at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

Khaleda asks party men to do constructive politics

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday said party leaders have been assigned to draw up the polls strategy, and taskforce-like sub-committees have been formed to prepare party plans for building the country.

Local observers have to get registered

The Election Commission (EC) plans to ask in a day or two local organisations willing to observe the upcoming parliamentary polls to apply to it for registration to ensure impartiality and transparency in their task.

SC reopens today, hears Hasina's bail petition

The Supreme Court reopens today after a long 42-day annual vacation.

Bombs left in SC judge's residence

Two handmade 'bottle bombs' have been found in the residence of Supreme Court Justice Sharif Uddin Chaklader at Judges' Complex at Park Avenue in Kakrail in the capital yesterday afternoon.

20 injured as police, workers clash in Fatullah

Clashes between police and garment workers at Shostapur in Fatullah yesterday left at least 20 people including five law enforcers injured.

ACC seeks to vacate court stay

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chairman Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury yesterday said the commission will seek in a couple of days resumption of legal proceedings in the cases filed by it and stayed by the High Court (HC) as the Supreme Court (SC) reopens today after its annual vacation.

Politicians point at state-manipulation

Leaders of both the Awami League (AL) and BNP have expressed the fear the upcoming parliamentary polls might be "manipulated" if held under the state of emergency.

IMF in global 'meltdown' warning

The world financial system is teetering on the "brink of systemic meltdown", the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned in Washington.

5 killed in truck crash in Bogra

Five persons died and around 95 others were injured as a truck carrying over 100 people turned turtle on the Bogra-Jaipurhat highway at Nimtali area under Khetlal upazila on Friday at 9:00pm.

German first lady due tomorrow

Eva Luise Kohler, wife of German President Horst Kohler and patroness of German National Committee for Unicef, arrives in Dhaka tomorrow on a five-day visit to Bangladesh.

Girl crushed under train

A 17-year-old girl was crushed under the wheels of a train at rail crossing of the town yesterday morning.

2 robbers die in gunfight with cops

Two robbers were killed in a gunfight with the law enforcers near DM College at Padamdi under Shailakupa upazila of the district early yesterday.

Lankan president asks LTTE to surrender

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday asked the beleaguered LTTE to lay down arms and join the democratic mainstream as 41 Tamil Tiger rebels and five soldiers were killed in fresh fighting in the island's north.

US, India strike historic nuke deal

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and her Indian counterpart Pranab Mukherjee signed a pact Friday to open up sales of civilian nuclear technology to India for the first time in three decades.

Obama expands lead over McCain

Democrat Barack Obama opened a double-digit lead over rival John McCain in a key opinion poll yesterday while investigators found Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin had abused her powers as Alaska governor.

N Korea off US blacklist after nuke inspection deal

The United States yesterday removed North Korea from its terror blacklist after reaching an agreement on nuclear verification measures, a State Department spokesman said.


Possible ripple effects of global crisis

On the back of incredible bankruptcy of US financial institutions, the world capital market is caught in a dire state of collapse. Share prices of stock markets in US, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Mumbai have registered sharp falls. Panic has gripped the financial world and the chain effect is startling and unprecedented, even though fundamentals in all the advanced economies are not equally bad.

The Nobel Peace Prize

The Nobel Prize for Peace this year has been won by a man who has for three decades made it his particular business to put out forest fires in some of the worst of global trouble spots. Martti Ahtisaari, by all calculations, should have come by the award years ago. But, as the recent example of Jimmy Carter shows, men who deserve the prize at particular points in their lives must wait until such time when corrective measures are taken. There are, again, all the tales of people who should have won the Nobel but never did.

Impact of recent crisis on poverty

VARIOUS estimates on poverty are now available. The consensus conclusion is that the recent economic crisis has thrown more people under the poverty line than before. One multi-lateral donor agency estimates that an additional 4 million people went below the poverty line due to recent turmoil. Some economists put the figure at 10-20 million.

Legacy III: Poverty reduction

GEORGE W. Bush is a very unpopular man throughout the world. His approval ratings are low in Europe, the US, and in most Muslim countries. But educated men and women should know better! George Bush has done more to eradicate poverty than any other human being in history.


THE recent US meltdown has caused global disquiet and resulted in a variety of political and economic responses from the leaders of developed countries. Germany, the engine of growth of the European Union, has assumed responsibility for deposits in all banks to reassure the people that the US virus can be staved off. Britain's plan includes £250 billion for inter-bank loans to be treated as a contingent liability, raising Bank of England's special liquidity scheme to £200 billion pounds, and a £50 billion pounds bank recapitalisation fund to strengthen banks' capital position.


Vettori breathes a sigh of relief

New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori did not hesitate to declare himself a relieved man after his side secured a 75-run victory on Saturday to level the three-match series after suffering a seven-wicket defeat in the first match.

Khulna, Barisal on top

Left-arm spinner Nabil Samad completed a brilliant 13-wicket haul but it might not be enough for Sylhet who were struggling against hosts Khulna on the second day of the first round match of the 10th National Cricket League yesterday.

Manik picks 2 rookies

Pranotosh Kumar Das and Enamul Haque are the two news faces in the Bangladesh squad for next week's Merdeka Cup football tournament in Malaysia.

Dhaka Warriors off to good start

Dhaka Warriors made a decent debut in the rebel Indian Cricket (ICL) when they scored 142-6 in the unofficial Twenty20 cricket tournament against Chennai in Hyderabad yesterday.

Harbhajan India's hero

Tailender Harbhajan Singh proved India's unlikely batting hero after Mitchell Johnson put Australia in charge of the first cricket Test here on Saturday.

Pakistan, Lanka win

Controversial fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar marked his return to international cricket by taking two wickets to help Pakistan to a 35-run win over Canada in the four-nation Twenty 20 tournament here on Friday.

Heroes win by default

The opening game of the Indian Cricket League (ICL) came to an abrupt halt as the lights failed and the Hyderabad Heroes were awarded an 18-run win by the VJD method on Friday.

Lara 'out of the ICL'

Brian Lara's involvement with the Indian Cricket League (ICL) has been put in doubt after league officials said he was injured and "unlikely to play" for them, and the player said was "out of the ICL".

Hamilton grabs pole

A delighted Lewis Hamilton grabbed his sixth pole position of the season Saturday to boost his hopes of winning the Japanese Grand Prix and taking the world title.

39th game back on

The president of the Asian Football Confederation, one of the most vocal opponents of the Premier League's proposed "Game 39" international round of matches, has softened his attitude so significantly that he would "welcome" Premier League games in Asia.

Montgomery handed 5 yrs in prison

Disgraced former 100-meter world record holder Tim Montgomery was sentenced to five years in prison here Friday after the former athletics star admitted to distributing heroin last year.

S Korea defeat Uzbekistan

Substitute Lee Keun-Ho scored two goals to help South Korea defeat Uzbekistan 3-0 in a friendly Saturday before next week's regional World Cup qualifier.

Scotland dream of Euro 2016 joint bid

Scotland could be a candidate to stage the 2016 European Championships, but in association with another country, according to UEFA general secretary David Taylor, who is himself a Scot.

Grenoble after Younes

French side Grenoble have bid for Iraqi international striker Younes Mahmoud, his Qatari side Al-Gharafa reported on Saturday.

Cuban booters go missing

Cuba midfielder Pedro Faife and forward Reynier Alcantara are missing, coach Reinhold Fanz told the Washington Post on Friday, the eve of a World Cup qualifier against political rival United States.

Jankovic-Zvenareva final

World's number one and top seed Jelena Jankovic of Serbia battled back from a set down to reach the final of the Kremlin Cup, a joint ATP and WTA 2.4-million-dollar event, beating third seed Elena Dementieva of Russia on Saturday.

Ricky hails Greg's role

Ricky Ponting has praised the coaching work of former Test great Greg Chappell in helping the Australian team adjust to the demands of batting in Indian conditions.

Canada gets life back

In the late 1990s it looked as if Canada was set to become North America's home for visiting international sides. A large, primarily Asian, expat audience turned up in big numbers to a succession of tournaments, usually held in September.

Asif hearing in Nov

A tribunal in India has adjourned the hearing into doping allegations involving Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Asif until November, his lawyer said on Saturday.

SLC signing mega deal with India

Sri Lankan officials will head to India next week to finalise a 40-million-dollar deal with the Indian Premier League (IPL), the island's sports minister has said.

Ganguly didn't give interview

Sourav Ganguly has on Saturday denied comments attributed to him in a Bengali daily. While several Bengali papers have carried interviews with Ganguly, some controversial comments attributed to him in the Kolkata daily Aajkal deal with his omission from the Indian team and the inclusion of several teammates.

Promotion for Afghanistan

Afghanistan crushed Italy by 93 runs on Friday to secure a fifth win in five matches and secure promotion to the Division Three of the World Cricket League.

Gayle captain for Stanford Superstars

West Indies captain Chris Gayle was on Friday named skipper of the Stanford Superstars who will face England in the 20-million-dollar Stanford 20/20 on November 1.

Warne reveals another antics

Former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne has admitted that he used to have late night drinking binges to battle his personal problems during the 2005 Ashes which Australia lost after 16 years.

Shoaib comes up with his idea

Controversial paceman Shoaib Akhtar believes that the solution to Pakistan's cricketing woes lies in hosting a successful Pakistan Premier League (PPL) and insisted playing at a neutral venue was of no help.


Local firms to shell out Tk500cr on shipbuilding

Six Bangladeshi business groups will invest over Tk 500 crore in a year to establish shipbuilding facilities across the country, sensing high export potential of the industry.

Financial crisis talks with G7 ministers open

US President George W. Bush and finance ministers from the Group of Seven rich countries opened crisis talks on Saturday, looking for unity on a remedy to the global financial crisis.

NBR in 'intelligence game' to net tax dodgers

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) is now engaged in an 'intelligence game' with traditional tax dodgers and preparing plans to catch those evading taxes for long.

Tk408cr equity investment fund flows in

The local partner of a Swedish private equity investment company received a fund of Tk 408 crore ($60 million) to invest in the country's public and private sectors with the aim to create an alternative source of capital for entrepreneurs.

Opening up of VoIP business for private firms suggested

Voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) should be open for all and the government should start giving licences to local companies to develop further the information and communication technology (ICT) sector, suggested the chief of the trade body concerned.

S’pore eases monetary policy

Singapore on Friday loosened its monetary policy for the first time in more than four years, citing the global financial crisis and lower domestic growth as well as easing inflation.

Europe to meet on financial rescue package

European leaders were to meet over the weekend in France in the latest bid to forge a common response to the global banking crisis, moving closer to a British-style plan of partial nationalisation.

Japan seeks emergency IMF loan programme to stabilise markets

Japanese finance minister Shoichi Nakagawa is expected to propose in Washington a new emergency International Monetary Fund loan program to help emerging and small economies, sources said Thursday.

Western Marine to train shipbuilding workers

Bangladesh's leading shipbuilding firm, Western Marine Group, has signed two separate memorandum of understandings (MoU) with two government agencies to train and develop skilled manpower for the emerging shipbuilding industry.

Key money market rates signal credit freeze

Two key interest rates, Libor and Euribor, stayed at high-distress level on Friday, unmoved by wave after wave of official action to shock global lending markets into life.

Canadian imports plummet

Canada's imports showed their biggest monthly drop since 1991 in August, Statistics Canada said Friday, which analysts said pointed to weakening domestic demand and a gloomy outlook for the economy.

Takeover: Lessons to learn

Western powers come down heavily on developing and least developed countries (LDCs) when they delay freeing state-owned banks from government control. Developed countries through the World Bank, Asian Development Bank or International Monetary Fund put pressure on them to speed up privatisation. The rich nations do not want to consider that these banks in the LDCs or developed states play a pivotal role in reaching credit to the poor and powerless.

Bangladesh doesn't need a universal-service tax

The best news I heard at the Telecom Asia Forum in Bangkok earlier this month was that Bangladesh had not finalized the universal service law being planned for the telecom industry. There is still time to avoid a mistake.

Stocks end sluggish week

Indices on the Dhaka Stock Exchange fell last week after a long nine-day Eid vacation due mainly to share sales for profit taking.

Dollar, yen gain as investors seek refuge

The dollar and yen firmed as the euro came under pressure Friday with investors seeking a safe haven from the growing financial market storm.

US tech stocks not immune to market downturn

Even the giants of technology did not emerge unscathed from the bloodbath this week on Wall Street.

Belgium announces measures to stabilise banks

Belgium announced a series of measures Friday aimed at reinforcing banks' stability and returning market confidence, including a plan to facilitate borrowing between banks.

China's central bank pledges global cooperation

China's central bank has pledged to continue international cooperation to tackle the global financial crisis and maintain market stability, according to state media.

Two major department store chains to merge in Japan

Two Japanese department store chain operators, Takashimaya Co. and H2O Retailing Corp., announced a merger plan on Friday to jointly survive tough business conditions.

Crisis sends Germans back to state savings banks

Germans are moving their nest eggs to the safety of state-owned banks, figures suggested Friday, despite Chancellor Angela Merkel's pledge this week to guarantee all savings and current accounts.

Weekly Currency Roundup

October 05-08, 2008
Local FX Market
This week, there was ample liquidity in the local market, and US Dollar was almost unchanged against the Bangladesh Taka. The demand for dollar was steady.


Jamaat's registration with EC to be violation of constitution

Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Barrister Shafique Ahmed yesterday said if Jamaat gets registration from the Election Commission (EC), it will be a violation of the country's law and constitution, and in that case they would go for legal battle.

Ensure people's representation

Speakers at a seminar yesterday said representation of the people, who are vulnerable to climate change fallout in the country, should be ensured in the management of climate change fund and development of climate change strategy paper.

Plot on to erase spirit of 1/11 changeover

Bangladesh Kalyan Party (BKP) Chairman Maj Gen (retd) Syed Muhammad Ibrahim Bir Pratik said an identified vicious circle is conspiring in the country to create anarchy and ill politics erasing the spirit of 1/11.

Tarique's condition still critical

The condition of Tarique Rahman, eldest son of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, remains the same, despite his better treatment in London.

500 held, 44 vehicles recovered last month

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) recovered 44 stolen motor vehicles and seized about 38 kg of cannabis and over 5,000 bottles of Phensidyl last month.

Gono Forum to apply for registration with EC Oct 14

Gono Forum yesterday decided to submit application for registration with the Election Commission (EC) on October 14.

Burglary at college hostel during vacation

Burglar took away valuables from the hostel of Government Home Economics College in the city during Eid and Durga Puja vacation.

JNU classes resume today

Classes of the Jagannath University (JNU) will resume today after the Eid and Puja vacations.

JSPS team calls on DU VC

A team of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) called on Dhaka University (DU) Vice Chancellor Prof SMA Faiz at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban auditorium of the university yesterday, says a press release.

Nat'l debate festival on Nov 1

National Debate Federation Bangladesh will organise the fourth NDFBD National Debate Festival 2008, says a press release.

Ensure people's representation

Speakers at a seminar yesterday said representation of the people, who are vulnerable to climate change fallout in the country, should be ensured in the management of climate change fund and development of climate change strategy paper.

'Cancel second phase results'

The unsuccessful candidates of 27th BCS Examinations yesterday reiterated their demand for immediate cancellation of the second-phase results of the examinations and reconsideration of the first-phase results.

3 army officers transferred

In a latest reshuffle in the administration in the interim period, the government has given three army officers transfers and postings, one of them as ambassador.

Artist can depict civilisation thru'paintbrush

Cultural Affairs Adviser Rasheda K Chowdhury yesterday said an artist can depict the culture and civilisation of a country through his or her paintbrush and colour.

140 cops to join East Timor peacekeeping

A 140-member contingent of Bangladesh police will join the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in East Timor.

Firm employee shot in city

A private firm employee sustained severe injuries when a gang of muggers sprayed a bullet on him at Rahamatganj in old part of the city yesterday.

6th SAF scout friendship camp begins today

The sixth South Asian Foundation (SAF) Scout Friendship Camp will begin at Mouchak in Gazipur today, says a press release.

Jamaat demands withdrawal of Gatco, Niko graft cases

Jamaat-e-Islami Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed yesterday demanded withdrawal of Gatco and Niko graft cases to create an environment conducive to national elections.

Alleged robber, cow lifter arrested in Ctg

Police in separate drives yesterday arrested an alleged robber from Chandanaish upazila and a cow lifter from Charlokkhya area at outskirt of the city early yesterday.

1344 cans of adulterated coconut oil seized

Police seized 1344 cans of adulterated coconut oil worth Tk 23 lakh from a truck yesterday from Khulna-Bagerhat highway under Bagerhat Sadar Police Station.

UIU orientation programme held

A two-day orientation programme for newly admitted students of 2008 Fall trimester of the United International University (UIU) concluded yesterday.

Stand up against parties who nominate war criminals

Sector Commanders Forum (SCF) chairman Air Vice Marshal (Retd) AK Khandaker Bir Uttam yesterday urged the people to ensure that not a single war criminal is able to get into the parliament.

Road crashes kill 4, injure 29

At least four people were killed and 29 injured in separate road accidents in Benapole and Dinajpur and Munshiganj yesterday.

Bid to increase tuition fee in public varsities protested

Leaders of Samajtantrik Chhatra Front yesterday demanded withdrawal of University Grants Commission's (UGC) proposal to increase tuition fee in the public universities, says a press release.

Police foil Rajshahi BNP programme

Police yesterday foiled a human chain formed by BNP Rajshahi district and city units demanding release of former Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) mayor Mizanur Rahman Minu.

Pipe guns recovered

A patrol team of joint forces recovered nine abandoned pipe guns, nine live bullets and 33 shells of bullet from a remote area of Belaichhari upazila yesterday, police said.

40 hurt as villagers clash in Ctg

At least 40 people were injured in a two-day clash between two groups of villagers at Satkania upazila of the district over their supremacy in the area.

2 timber traders arrested for giving bribe

Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested two timber traders from Adamgee Nagar area in Narayanganj while trying to give bribe to the Rab members for releasing a truck seized by them.

DU math bldg foundation stone laid

The foundation stone laying ceremony of the 10-storied 'AF Mujibur Rahman Math Building' at Dhaka University (DU) was held yesterday.

Traditional boat race held in Khulna

A traditional boat race was held on the river Rupsha in Khulna yesterday amid colourful festivities.

Rahat Khan honoured

Litterateur Rahat Khan, who has traversed a long way embellishing and invigorating the literary arena, was honoured yesterday to mark his fifty years as a writer covering a variety of creative works.


False projects eat up Tk 71 lakh

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) office at Dinajpur is investigating the alleged misappropriation of Tk 71 lakh showing false projects by erstwhile chairman and commissioners during the 2001-2002 fiscal.

Baufal AL rivals declare two candidates for JS polls

Two factions of Awami League (AL) in Baufal upazila in Patuakhali have declared two candidates for the upcoming parliamentary election in the area (Patuakhali-2 (constituency).

'Punish killers of FF Sajjad'

Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad of Rajshahi district unit at a meeting on Sangsad office premises yesterday demanded immediate arrest and punishment of the killers of freedom fighter Sajjad Hossain in Godagari upazila in Rajshahi.

Students, teachers lay siege to police station in Nabinagar

Slogan chanting students and teachers of different schools at Nabinagar yesterday marched streets in Nabinagar upazila headquarters, formed a human chain, laid a siege to the police station and staged a demonstration in front of the UNO office protesting gang rape of a minor schoolgirl and demanding punishment of the culprits.

12 held, case against unnamed 2000

Police last night arrested 12 local leaders and activists of BNP for their alleged involvement in arsons and looting houses of two party men.

Policeman, college teacher held with hemp

Police in a raid at the house of drug peddler Hawa Begum at Monirampur Bazaar in Shahzadpur upazila Friday, arrested 10 people including a constable of CID police and a college teacher along with 26 packets of hemp.

Zia fertiliser to remain silent for 40 days

Ashuganj Zia fertiliser factory will stop rumbling for 40 days from yesterday for overhauling to avoid frequent production disruption due to old machinery.

Punish killers of my son

Mother of slain young man at a press conference at Metropolitan Press Club in the city yesterday sought intervention of the chief adviser for arrest and punishment of the killers.

Bagha BNP demands Chand in Rajshahi-5

Leaders of BNP and its front organizations in Bagha and Charghat upazilas at a press conference in Charghat yesterday demanded nomination of Abu Sayed Chand as party candidate in Rajshahi-5 (Bagha-Charghat) constituency in the upcoming parliamentary election.


Pakistan betrayed by USA?

Pakistan has been maintaining cordial and friendly relations with the USA for a very long time. The USA always supported Pakistan's territorial integrity, independence and sovereignty. The USA gave economic and military aid, made Pakistan members of Seato and Cento and after 9/11 event compelled Pakistan to join the US war on terrorism.

Cricket and poor selection

The retirement of Khaled Mashud & Habibul Bashar (not to mention the other names) from the international cricket showed their desperation. The ICL fiasco is inevitable. The handling of the senior players makes no sense. We dumped Habibul Bashar from the ODI team after a fruitful World Cup on the plea that he had not scored many runs in that tourney. We forgot his captaincy which played the pivotal role in the World Cup. And from then the slump of the Bangladesh team is going from bad to worse.

Eid entertainment

As usual, television channels, audio companies, cinema theatres came up with all guns blazing to entertain people on this Eid. People didn't have the chance to feel the dearth of entertainment. But the numbers of quality programmes were very few, to say the least.


We are facing the great problem of pollution because of the large scale of industrialisation and the negligence of people. Man is the main cause of pollution nowadays. He cuts the tress and it does not rain. If there is no water there will be no crop. He cannot get fresh air to breathe, water to drink, food to eat. Moreover, due to pollution the ozone layers crack and harmful rays of the sun come down to the earth.

Religion based politics

Thanks to The Daily Star for one of the lead news reports about the Huji political party today. We are really concerned about the CTG's attitude towards religion based politics. Many might not agree with me, because this particular CTG has no popular or constitutional mandate to govern the country the way they are doing, there is every possibility that they would prefer to support religion based politics in Bangladesh for reasons beyond their choice.

Piranha cultivation

Piranha--the deadly Amazonian fish--is being cultivated covertly in different parts of the country. Needless to say, this clandestine activity is a matter of great concern. It is also reported that the fish is being sold in markets as a variety of Rupchanda. And the gullible people are buying the fish.

Online edition

I am a regular online reader of The Daily Star. Its online outlook & presentation is really nice. The only one thing that I feel should be added is the information regarding the regular advertisements which are published in it. If you add one tab that will show the regular advertisement to the user, then it will be very useful to us.

Nuclear deterrents

In my previous newspaper articles on nuclear and nuclear related matters, I suggested, among other things, to the US and other nuclear weapon countries about the need for speeding up efforts towards perfecting anti-nuke weapon technologies - against the backdrop of contemporary risks, threats and vulnerabilities associated with possible nuclear war or wars. I even went to propose, among other things, to world people - a bunch of engineering possibilities associated with it: as to how to disable at source (for example) nuclear headed missiles or to disable them before firing from any place of the world at any time, all with the help of, say, identification and breaking up of relevant security codes through an integrative and synchronized anti-nuke weapon technology to be developed on a composite of cyber technology, imaging technology, robotics, remote control mechanism and servo mechanism.

Unreasonable demand

During an Iftar party hosted for the diplomats on September 26, 2008, AL Acting President Zillur Rahman claimed that withdrawal of all 'false cases' against Hasina was essential to create a congenial atmosphere for free, fair and transparent elections, and remarked that it would be impossible to move forward without making Hasina's release permanent. Mr. Rahman has however not clarified how does the holding of trial of an individual leader under the law of the land can interfere with the creation of a congenial atmosphere for free, fair and transparent elections. How can Mr. Rahman term cases against Hasina as false before the adjudication takes place? Does he have the moral or legal authority to exonerate an accused before the trial is held in a court of law? Does Mr. Rahman, himself a veteran lawyer, and his party the AL believe that all are equal in the eye of law? If so, how can he make such an unreasonable demand, that too in the presence of foreign diplomats who are supposed not to poke their nose in our internal affairs?


Most of the dustbins in Chittagong are filled up with rubbish throughout the whole day. As a result, the air becomes stinky with the presence of filthy trash.


The rate at which the prices of petrol/gas are increasing and the demand for these motor fuels rising should force the authorities concerned to give a second thought on the fate and future of the rickshaw, which needs no fuel but manpower to run and which provides employment to many in addition to its great environment-friendly quality!


Physiotherapy is an internationally recognised health profession and accepted by WHO, and there are more than 70 physiotherapy colleges in India, but there is still no physiotherapy college in Bangladesh.

Political parties' agenda

Instead of reforming their parties, the AL and the BNP are busy coming up with long wish-lists, one after another. The tactics they are using these days to get their party men most of whom were involved in criminal activities released from prison and to get criminal cases against Hasina and Khaleda withdrawn, indicates that these parties haven't changed a bit. Their anti-people, anti-democracy and anti-progress nature prevails. These parties are holding our general election and our democracy hostage to their petty demands! What about our demands?

Party registration

Liton's front page headline news on September 28, about political parties' registration should never have been an issue. The EC must be firm, and draw the line somewhere, and adhere to it strictly. It now appears that the holding of election which is truly democratic is beyond them! Mixing of religion with secular political activities must be avoided at all costs.

Control sale of acid

Despite the acid law being enforced through the Acid Control Act, 2002, the support of different NGOs and the extensive media coverage of acid violence in Bangladesh have still not been able to stop this heinous crime. The number of acid attacks has greatly decreased over the years, but the challenge ahead is the most difficult: to eradicate acid violence from the country.

28th BCS

After a long time, the results of 27th BCS have been published. The circular was given in mid 2005. The PSC had to take the viva voce twice due to allegations of corruption in the examinations like question leakage in the preliminary and written test and money transaction in the viva voce. However, to finish the 27th BCS exams the government has taken about three and a half years. In this long time many candidates of the 28th BCS have already reached the edge of the age limit for government job.

Moon sighting

Every year we face a problem while celebrating Eid and other Muslim festivals. Majority of us follow the guidance issued from the government appointed committee but a small number of people also follow Saudi Arabia. Not only this section of people, but also some neighbouring countries of the KSA follow it, regardless of the moon being sighted or not in their own countries. Obviously, the Islamic world is divided regarding this issue. There is a Hadith to observe these festivals after sighting the moon.


Taliban suicide jailbreak bid thwarted in Kabul

Afghan security officials said yesterday they had thwarted a mass break-out by Taliban prisoners who had bribed three Afghan policemen to smuggle bomb-making equipment into a Kabul jail while 12 more militants were killed in latest violence.

Thai PM mulls resignation amid pressure to end crisis

Thailand's prime minister indicated yesterday that he may resign in the wake of crippling political violence and pressure from military to end crisis.

India open to talks with APHC: Manmohan

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said India wants to address all outstanding issues, including Jammu and Kashmir, with Pakistan in a peaceful manner.

Mugabe unilaterally 'gives his own party key posts'

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has allocated key ministries to his own party - in defiance of a power-sharing deal, reports say.

No end to Afghanistan fight: British military

The international military mission in Afghanistan has "no end point", the head of Britain's armed forces told a newspaper out Saturday.

First train service for troubled Kashmir

India's prime minister yesterday launched Kashmir's first train service, the fruit of an eight-year project that overcame tough terrain and rebel strife, on a visit overshadowed by violence.

Suu Kyi appeals to Myanmar junta against her detention: Party

Myanmar's detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has appealed to the ruling junta against her detention, her party's spokesman said yesterday.

Pakistanis take shelter in Afghanistan as battles rage

Things are bad back home, says school director Said Nabi Said, one of thousands of Pakistanis who have fled into Afghanistan to escape an offensive against al-Qaeda-linked militants.

Top Shia cleric won't block US pact, says Iraqi PM

Iraq's prime minister said Friday that the country's most influential Shia cleric will leave the decision on the future of US troops to the government and parliament a step that could remove a major obstacle to a deal.

Taliban behead 4 more tribal elders in Pakistan

Taliban rebels decapitated four pro-government tribal elders in a Pakistan border region where the army is fighting al-Qaeda and extremist militants, officials said Saturday.

Turkey's military attacks rebels in northern Iraq

Turkish warplanes and artillery bombed dozens of Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq following an escalation in rebel attacks, the military said Saturday.

Pirates threaten to blow up arms-laden ship

With US warships lurking nearby, the pirates who hijacked an arms-laden Ukrainian tanker off Somalia threatened to destroy the vessel unless a ransom is paid, a spokesman for the bandits said.

Exiled Aceh rebel leader returns to Indonesia

The founder of Aceh's separatist rebel movement voiced his commitment to the troubled peace process Saturday as he made an emotional homecoming after nearly 30 years in exile.

14 killed in Peru in worst Shining Path attack in 10 years

Shining Path guerrillas ambushed a military convoy in southern Peru, killing at least 12 soldiers and two civilians in the bloodiest attack in a decade in a country still haunted by the Maoist group's brutal insurgency, the military said Friday.

Indian army keeps working to rescue boy trapped in well

Soldiers worked Saturday to rescue a 2-year-old boy trapped for more than 36 hours in a 150-foot-deep abandoned well in northern India.

Violence-hit Andhra town remains under curfew

Curfew continued in violence-hit Bhainsa town of Andhra Pradesh for the second consecutive day today with no fresh reports of any untoward incidents.

India-born nun to be canonised today

India will soon have its first Catholic saint. Sister Alphonsa from Kerala will become the first nun from India to be canonised by the Vatican ahead of Mother Teresa. She'll be Saint Alphonsa on October 12.

Austrian rightist Haider dead at 58

Austrian politician Joerg Haider, whose far-right rhetoric at times cast a negative light on the Alpine republic, has died in a car accident at age 58.

Lebanon accepts Syrian troop move explanation

Lebanese President Michel Sleiman has accepted that Syrian troop movements near the border between the two countries are aimed at tackling smuggling, according to a statement received by AFP yesterday.

Five slain in rebel attacks in Philippines

Two Muslim rebels, two soldiers and a policeman were slain in separate clashes between government forces and insurgents in the southern Philippines, officials said yesterday.

Indian woman phones home after being declared dead

An Indian woman has phoned home four months after she was declared dead, police said yesterday.

N Korea agrees to verifying plutonium, uranium

World powers and North Korea have agreed to steps to verify North Korea's disarmament that include the plutonium programme but also any uranium and proliferation activities, a senior US official said.

Arts & Entertainment

A tribute to Abdur Razzaque

Abdur Razzaque is regarded as one of the greatest sculptors of our country. He was the first person to take up sculpture in the independent country from the centre point of Joydevpur. A versatile individual in arts, he was not only immersed in the sculpture medium, but print making and painting were also among his favourite media of expression. He had shown outstanding evidence in both creativity and skill in each branch. Even on the day prior to his death, he was silently involved in his work. Abdur Razzaque was 73 when he passed away on October 23, 2005. He died in Jessore where he had conducted a drawing workshop. The participants were his former students.

“The Road to Kansat”: Upholding legacy of Kansat movement

The nine-month general public agitation in recent times for access to electricity in the township of Kansat, Rajshahi has been unfolded by two parallel devices-- through a television journalist's conversations with the leaders of the movement, and through the traditional performing art form Gambhira-- in the documentary The Road to Kansat.

A Dirge

Yes, it was not there. But where was it then? Twice we went up and down the crowded road but to no avail. Sushila Nibash on 92 Aga Sadeq Road had disappeared! The beauty of a house which Golam Rabbani had thought fit enough to be included in his commendable album ‘‘Dhaka from Moghul Outpost to Metropolis”, the house in which my days as a young mother were spent, the house in which two of my babies were born, the house that had given us refuge, had dipped like the setting sun only never to appear again. Gradually it dawned upon me that those of us who had lived there would never see it again because it had been replaced by ugliness incarnate. In its place stood 97A to 97B Age Sadeq Road. The original majestic grandeur was replaced by common concrete bricks which resembled the heavy make up on a wrinkled face. The hideous, after a desecration of the beautiful was having the last laugh.

DVD launch and flute recital by Ustad Azizul Haque

While on the high seas as a captain of a merchant vessel, Ustad Azizul Islam kept his loneliness at bay and indulged in flute. His passion for this particular instrument had its beginnings in his childhood. Ultimately it became a passion for him. Leaving his job, he devoted the rest of his life to what is regarded as one of the earliest musical instruments of the East.

Traditional boat race in Chapainawabganj

A traditional boat race was organised on the Mohananda river in Chapainawabganj recently.

Retrospective on German filmmaker Alexander Kluge

A three-day retrospective film festival featuring German theorist and filmmaker Alexander Kluge (1932-present) opens today at the auditorium of Goethe-Institute Bangladesh. Organised by Zahir Raihan Film Society in association with the Goethe-Institut Bangladesh, the retrospective will showcase 12 of Kluge's films.

Whitaker 'to star' as jazz legend Louis Armstrong

Forest Whitaker is to star in, and direct, Louis Armstrong biopic What a Wonderful World, according to reports.

Katha Ekattur staged by Dhaka Padatik

Dhaka Padatik staged Katha Ekattur on October 10 at the Experimental Theatre Stage. Kumar Pratish Baul's play features genocide carried out by Pakistani Army and its collaborators on the civilians during the Liberation War in 1971. Debashish Ghosh directs the play.


What's wrong with ICL?

I could not understand the ruthless and vicious attitudes of the BCCI towards the Indian Cricket League (ICL). Only when I read about Lalit Modi, the vice-president of BCCI, could I comprehend the matter.

Enlightened versus backward Bangladesh?

IT was my privilege to listen to writers from all over the world in the recently concluded Brisbane Writers' Festival in Australia. This is an annual gathering in Brisbane of both world famous and local writers, and is supported by the State Library of Queensland and the ABC local radio. It is a public funded meeting of writers, including authors of bestsellers, over a week.

Ethics and trade

THOUSANDS of babies in China are fighting against death. They have virtually been poisoned by toxic elements in milk -- the main baby food. We get news about adulterated food almost every day in the print and electronic media. I feel that this world is unsafe for human beings. Even innocent babies are being poisoned to death! We need to contemplate on why this is happening. What is wrong with human conscience?

Pulled from two directions

Turkey's president Abdullah Gul is one of his nation's most polarising figures. Western-oriented and pro-EU, his Justice and Development Party has roots in Islam and pushed to abolish the ban on headscarves in universities, provoking debate about the nature of liberalism in this secular nation. Turkey's leaders face a similar balancing act abroad, with instability over its eastern and southern borders -- and tentative allies in the West. Newsweek's Rana Foroohar talked with Gul about being in the middle of it all.

Star City

Illegal blood banks operate freely, pose health risk

A good number of illegal blood banks are operating in the city taking advantage of lax monitoring by the authorities and lack of enforcement of law.

None heeding building code, no monitoring

The housing and public works ministry is not taking any steps to ensure compliance with the Bangladesh National Building Code (BNBC) in construction and demolition of buildings, ignoring the accidents and flawed practice in this sector.

Jagannath dies as rescuers fail to turn up

Jagannath finally met its sad demise.

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