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News of: Friday, 17th of October, 2008

Front Page

Graft cases against 11 ex-MPs dropped

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has decided to exempt 250 graft-accused including 11 former ministers and lawmakers in 121 cases from charges due to lack of enough evidence.

Nothing on record

The caretaker government has reportedly handed Awami League (AL) and BNP lists of some political leaders convicted or accused of graft, and asked the parties not to pick them as candidates for the December 18 polls.

Barapukuria case stayed

The High Court (HC) yesterday stayed for three months the proceedings against former prime minister and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in Barapukuria coal mine corruption case filed by the Anti-corruption Commission (ACC).

Confusion over test results

The government yesterday advised people to refrain temporarily from consuming the brands of powdered milk which the chemistry department of Dhaka University found tainted with melamine.

Publish white paper on Hawa Bhaban

BNP Standing Committee Member Chowdhury Tanbir Ahmed Siddiky has said his party will not take action against any party man for corruption if he/she is not found corrupt in the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court.

IGP notice portrays police as weak force

The home ministry's rare show cause notice on the inspector general of police (IGP) has enraged the police department leaving it with a feeling that the administration indeed treated the police as a 'weak' force.

EC to ask AL to right its constitution

The Election Commission (EC) will ask Awami League (AL) to correct its provisional constitution that ignored the registration laws by retaining the provisions for associated organisations involving students and workers, and chapters abroad.

Parties should help govt lift emergency

British minister for Asia, Africa and the UN, Mark Malloch Brown, yesterday said elections without the emergency rule will enjoy greater legitimacy and credibility at home and abroad.

HK bank deposit not shown in wealth reports

Former foreign minister M Morshed Khan and his son Faisal Morshed Khan concealed information about Tk 14.15 crore in the wealth statement submitted to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

Rental power scheme in Ctg draws 6 bids

Six local and foreign power companies yesterday submitted attractive bids in the tender for a 50-megawatt three-year rental power scheme in Chittagong that the government wants to bring online before June next year.

Create congenial atmosphere for Dec 18 polls

Awami League (AL)-led 14-party combine yesterday asked the caretaker government to create a congenial atmosphere for the upcoming parliamentary elections by withdrawing the state of emergency and unconditionally releasing AL President Sheikh Hasina.

SJC chooses HC judges on seniority

The Supreme Judicial Commission yesterday recommended four senior-most judges of the High Court division of the Supreme Court for appointment as judges of the Appellate Division by the president.

CA calls for boosting farm output

Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday called for boosting domestic food production to ensure food security.

BNP moves to resolve internal feud before polls

BNP has taken an initiative to resolve internal disputes as part of its preparation for the upcoming parliamentary election slated for December 18.

Nizami's lawyer threatens others at courtroom

Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami's counsel threatened other lawyers during yesterday's hearing in the Barapukuria coalmine corruption case at the Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court of Dhaka.

Removal of sculptures sparks protests

Various political and socio-cultural organisations yesterday condemned the removal of the five sculptures of bauls (folk singers) in front of the Zia International Airport (ZIA).

HC extends order not to harass Hasina by 2 weeks

The High Court (HC) yesterday extended for two weeks its earlier orders that had directed the government not to harass or arrest Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina at home or abroad in Niko and barge-mounted power plant cases.

Counsel remains hopeful about Hasina-Khaleda meeting

Barrister Rafique-ul Huq, counsel for Awami League President Sheikh Hasina and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, yesterday said he was still optimistic about a meeting between the two leaders in the interest of the country.

BD-NZ first Test from today

Bangladesh have put the onus on batting for their first Test of the Brac Bank Series against New Zealand which starts at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium here today.

Obama seen victor in final debate

Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama head into the final 19-day stretch of their presidential campaigns Thursday after a feisty final debate that snap polls say further cemented Obama's lead in the race.

Big powers gear up for 'regulated capitalism’

Europe is enlisting the United States and other powers in a drive to create a new system to ensure order in global finance, a task which analysts say is daunting but unavoidable.

Editorial

Delay in police reform is unacceptable

We are surprised, to say the least, about the show cause notice served on the Inspector General of Police, the highest ranking police official of the country, for speaking out publicly about the delay in police reform, something without which we cannot expect any significant change in police performance.

Curbing bureaucrats' trips abroad

The government has finally taken the matter of foreign trips by bureaucrats seriously. That is certainly encouraging news owing specifically to the fact that there has been a growing trend among government functionaries --- right from the top of the administration --- to undertake frequent trips abroad. In the process, it has been the image of the officials as well as of the government in the public eye that has taken quite a battering. While this penchant for travel among people in the government has been there for years, it has especially been in the past twenty months that there has been a flurry of foreign travel on the part of both advisers in the present government and senior civil servants. With advisers weighed down by the responsibility of having to deal with two or three ministries each, such trips have a telling effect on decision-making in the government.

The eternal Che Guevara

LAST week would have been more appropriate to write about Ernesto Che Guevara since October 9 was his death anniversary. I am late not because I forgot, but because I dithered. How should I remember a man who is larger than life? Death anniversaries only commemorate lives, which are over. But that isn't true for Che Guevara. His life has become more than before after he died.

Why Zardari said what America wanted to hear

NO passport has yet been devised that can take one easily across the borderline of fear. Pakistan used to fear annihilation by India; now it fears hegemony. India used to fear invasion across the Line of Control in Kashmir; now it fears the export of terror.

Crushed by the Elephant

IN a season of ironies, the greatest of all might be that John McCain lacks the toughness to get elected president. During the summer, when he had his best chance, he wasn't tough enough to remake the Republican Party in his own image; instead, he surrendered to a cynical assortment of lobbyists and right-wingers who insisted on a strategic blunder that McCain would recognise from his reading of military history -- fighting the last war.

Sports

'Batters need to click'

Bangladesh will need each of their eight batsmen to fire if they are to follow their captain's edict ahead of today's first Test against New Zealand.

Vettori warns hosts

Captain Daniel Vettori warned that New Zealand have plenty left in the tank as they take on Bangladesh in the first Test at the Chittagong Divi-sional Stadium today.

Chits From Chittagong

There is no complaint when it comes to food in Chittagong. Whether you are in the hotel, at the stadium or even taking a stroll around the city, food is everywhere and difficult to ignore at times.

Bangladesh go down to Mozambique

Bangladesh conceded an 87th minute goal to lose their opening Merdeka Cup match 1-0 to Mozambique yesterday.

Injuries worry teams

Anil Kumble's fitness remained a worry for India as Australia grappled with injury problems of their own heading into the second Test here on Friday.

It's going to be hot

The weather forecasters here in the port city predicted bad news for the players of Bangladesh and visiting New Zealand as the possibility of a fall in temperature today, the first day of the first Test match, is very little.

Trial for U-18 booters from Oct 23

Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) will run a weeklong trial camp for under-18 footballers from October 23 at the BUET ground in Dhaka.

'On-field umps should be in total charge'

The two on-field umpires should be in charge of the review system, since they are the ones held responsible for any errors, a senior International Cricket Council (ICC) official has said. The system, first trialled internationally on India's recent tour of Sri Lanka, will be tried out in four more series over the next few months.

Kapali ton goes awry

Former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Harris called up all his experience to hold the nerves and lead Hyderabad Heroes to a four-wicket victory over Dhaka Warriors in their second Indian Cricket League T20 match at the Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium here on Wednesday night.

India's unanswered questions

The biggest question India grappled with a day before the start of the second Test was the fitness of Anil Kumble, their captain and an integral part of a two-spin, two-pace attack. The answer, about 21 hours before the captains walked out for the toss, was the same as it was in Kanpur earlier this year. He was troubled by a bad shoulder then, as he is now.

Kirsten backs Kumble

Embattled India skipper Anil Kumble has received a ringing endorsement from coach Gary Kirsten as he struggles with his form and fitness ahead of the second Test against Australia.

Anil form a problem for India: Ricky

Ricky Ponting has said that the disappointing form of his opposing captain Anil Kumble could turn into an issue for India at the selection table in the lead-up to the second Test. Kumble, who turns 38 on Friday, failed to collect a wicket in the first Test and has faced intense media scrutiny about retirement plans.

Pakistan chief delighted

Pakistan's new cricket chief on Thursday expressed his delight over the rescheduling of the Champions Trophy, saying it would open doors for more world-class cricket in the troubled nation.

Morgan expects SL to tour Eng

David Morgan, the International Cricket Council (ICC) president, has expressed his confidence that Sri Lanka's tour of England next May would go ahead as planned, despite fears that a number of their leading players will instead opt for the financial lure of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Federer richest in history

Roger Federer has become the world's richest tennis player, with career prize money earnings listed as a staggering 43.29 million dollars.

Benaud pleads for patience

Cricket doyen Richie Benaud has urged Australian fans to keep the faith with the country's band of emerging leg-spinners struggling to make their mark in the post-Warne era.

Oval interested in IPL matches

Paul Sheldon, the Surrey chief executive, has confirmed for the first time that the club are interested in hosting Indian Premier League (IPL) matches at The Oval.

Top teams avoid trouble

The established order was respected in Europe on Wednesday night as top nations Italy, England, Germany and Spain all claimed victories to round off the year's 2010 World Cup qualifiers.

Paraguay move clear

Paraguay streaked six points clear in the South American World Cup qualifying standings with a goal claimed by both Edgar Benitez and Oscar Cardozo nine minutes from time enough to edge Peru 1-0 at the Estadio Defensores del Chaco.

No Loew points

Germany coach Joachim Loew said it was mission accomplished as his side took a four-point lead in their World Cup qualifying group thanks to Wednesday night's 1-0 win over Wales.

Torres limps out

Liverpool's Spanish striker Fernando Torres faces a battle to be fit for next week's Champions League outing against former club Atletico Madrid after he picked up a thigh injury in Wednesday's 2-1 win over Belgium, Spanish team doctor Oscar Celada said.

Uzbeks thank Zico

Uzbekistan's coach Mirjalol Kasymov has thanked Brazilian legend Zico for giving him inside tips ahead of his side's 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw with Asian giants Japan.

UEFA may lift Atletico ban

Atletico Madrid's Champions League tie against Liverpool may finally go ahead at their Vicente Calderon stadium next Wednesday as originally planned, Spanish media reported.

Becks pays tribute to Sir Bobby

David Beckham celebrated overtaking Sir Bobby Charlton to become England's third most capped player by paying tribute to the influence the Manchester United and England legend has had on his career.

Kennedy cements place

Josh Kennedy said Thursday his performance in Australia's crushing victory over Qatar had helped him cement the place he took from injured Mark Viduka.

Iran defeat N Korea

Iran inflicted a 2-1 Asian zone 2010 World Cup qualifier defeat on North Korea at the Azadi stadium here on Wednesday.

World Cup 2010 Qualifying Results

EUROPEAN ZONE
Group 1
At Ta'qali, Malta

Business

Trade gap narrows

Trade imbalance narrowed 32 percent in July, the first month of the current fiscal, compared to the same month a year earlier, mainly because of high export earnings and declining commodity prices in the world market.

Foreign shipping firm to offer lower charge

The world's third largest shipping company has decided to start its business directly in Bangladesh from next month with an offer of more competitive charge.

Banks plan to switch to DIBOR by year-end

Commercial banks have planned to implement the proposed Dhaka inter-bank offered rate (DIBOR) by the year-end to discipline lending and borrowing of funds among them.

Telecom regulators scope out single multiservice network

Telecom regulators of South Asian countries recently interacted with each other to discuss how best they could introduce the next generation network, an approach to the delivery of many services over a single network in a bid to provide services at affordable costs.

Summit Alliance Port nears 780pc on debut

Summit Alliance Port shares rocketed by more than 779 percent on its debut on Dhaka Stock Exchange yesterday, as retail investors rushed to purchase stakes in the off-dock service provider.

World stocks mixed amid recession fears

Global stock markets traded mixed on Thursday amid recession fears as Wall Street rose, Europe fell for a second day running and Tokyo suffered its worst loss in two decades.

Ailing cooperatives in need of fresh lease of life

Stakeholders at a discussion in Dhaka yesterday urged the government to approve the draft policy on cooperatives to give a fresh lease of life to the ailing sector.

Joint venture chemical industry at Comilla EPZ soon

Far Chemical Industries Ltd, a Bangladesh-Korea joint venture company, will set up a chemical manufacturing industry at Comilla Export Processing Zone shortly.

Asian stocks hammered

Asian markets were battered Thursday, with Tokyo suffering its worst loss in 21 years, as traders were spooked by renewed fears of a global recession.

Oil slides again

Oil prices slid further on Thursday as the global credit crunch and fears for slowing energy demand took their toll, with prices now down about 50 percent from Juy's record highs.

DoCoMo AKTEL’s new shareholder

TM International (BD) Ltd (AKTEL), one of the country's leading mobile phone service provider, recently hosted a reception in Dhaka to welcome its new shareholder, NTT DoCoMo Inc, the largest mobile telecommunications company in Japan, according to a press statement.

Recession, how deep?

With recession fears for the US economy growing by the day in the wake of a global financial crisis, analysts are pondering the questions of how deep and how wide the downturn will be.

History says financial crisis will cut aid

Although the financial crisis began in the world's richest nation, there is good reason to worry about how it will affect the world's poor. The contagions of freeze-up and slowdown will spread through many channels: trade, investment, migration, and more.

US retailers set for gloomy Christmas

US retailers are bracing for a grim Christmas shopping season as Americans rein in their spending and try to weather the storm in the financial markets and a suffocating credit squeeze.

Profit-taking pulls down stocks

Dhaka stocks slid for a second day with turnover hitting a record high of more than Tk 564 crore.

Dollar firms amid financial woes

The dollar edged higher against the yen in Asian trade on Thursday as world stock markets suffered heavy losses amid fears of a global recession, dealers said.

Sri Lanka withdraws biscuits over melamine scare

Sri Lanka's largest biscuit maker said Thursday it was withdrawing one of its products from sale after Swiss authorities identified it as having traces of melamine.

Charities criticise rich nations over bailouts

Five global charities on Thursday criticised rich nations for quickly bailing out the world's ailing financial sector while "foot-dragging" on aid, climate change and poverty.

Swiss govt props up UBS with massive bailout

Switzerland announced emergency measures to prop up its vital banking sector on Thursday, pouring almost 60 billion dollars into the biggest bank UBS, one of heaviest losers from the US subprime crisis.

Automaker Ford cuts 450 jobs in Australia

Automaking giant Ford will slash 450 jobs in Australia as it battles falling sales and the global financial crisis, it announced Thursday, taking its total job cuts to 1,400 by 2010.

New chairman, vice chairman of Nat'l Life Ins

National Life Insurance Co Ltd elected sponsor directors Tofazzal Hossain and Abdul Monem as chairman and vice chairman at a recent meeting of the company's Board of Directors, according to a press release.

Euro-Bangladesh business forum launched

European Bangladesh Federation of Commerce and Industry (EBF), a newly-formed business association, was launched at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Brussels on Wednesday.

Metropolitan

Provide agri inputs to farmers in time

The country can achieve self-sufficiency in food production if farmers are provided with necessary agricultural inputs in time with low-cost technologies, said the speakers at a seminar yesterday.

Call for unity of lawyers to restore democracy

With a call for unity of lawyers irrespective of their party affiliation and opinion for the restoration of democracy, the 4th national conference of Bangladesh Gonotantrik Ainjibi Samity was inaugurated at the Supreme Court Bar Association auditorium in the city yesterday.

Pry teachers to go for tougher agitations

Primary school teachers will go for tougher agitations demanding cancellation of the government circular to hand over the responsibility of monitoring all primary schools in 30 upazilas to Brac, a non-government organisation.

'Reduce DU admission form price'

Pragatishil Chhatra Jote (PCJ), an alliance of left-leaning student organisations, has demanded immediate withdrawal of increased price of admission test form at Dhaka University.

Use local resources to boost economy

Speakers at a discussion yesterday called on the government to increase dependency on local resources instead of foreign loan to accelerate socio-economic development in the country.

Govt to launch campaign to popularise renewable energy

The government will launch a two-month campaign from November to popularise renewable energy and create awareness about energy conservation across the country.

University of Professionals inaugurated

Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP) started its academic activities in the city yesterday.

Four killed in road accidents

Four people were killed and three others injured in separate road accidents in Rangpur and Sylhet in the last two days.

Outlawed party leader killed in shootout with police

A regional leader of outlawed Gono Mukti Fouz (GMF) was killed yesterday in a 'shootout' between police and his cohorts at Alampur village in Kushtia.

Some cable TV operators observe strike

A section of cable television operators suspended transmission of satellite TV channels for three hours in some areas in and outside the capital yesterday.

RMCH interns go on indefinite strike

Interns at Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital (RMCH) went on an indefinite strike yesterday protesting the delay in publishing the results of the 44th batch of MBBS students.

Death anniversary of MA Samad today

Today is the 3rd death anniversary of MA Samad, founder of Bangladesh General Insurance Company (BGIC), says a press release.

Babar granted ad-interim bail

The High Court yesterday granted ad-interim bail for six months to detained former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar in an arms case.

Reinstallation of sculptures demanded

Ekatturer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee and South Asian People's Union against Fundamentalism and Communalism (SAPUFC) yesterday condemned the removal of five sculptures from the roundabout in front of Zia International Airport.

Fire at DU genetic engineering deptt

A fire broke out at the Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology department of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday damaging 12 computers, two microscopes, two printers, books and valuable research papers.

Three arrested with 19 bombs in C'nawabganj

Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested three people with 19 bombs and bomb-making materials at Bakher Ali village under Sadar upazila in Chapainawabganj early yesterday.

Saudi donation for Sidr victims

A Saudi relief team has handed over construction materials for building 10,000 single unit houses to the Ministry of Food and Disaster Management for the Sidr-affected people.

Elderly woman dies after beating

An elderly woman died last night 26 hours after three people who owed some money to the woman beat her up in her house at Khilgaon in the city.

Relatives of Subrata Bain demand his trial in Bangladesh

Relatives and native villagers of top terror Subrata Bain have demanded his trial and punishment in Bangladesh.

Seminar on '71 genocide held in Australia

The School of Law of Newcastle University organised a seminar on 'Bangladesh Genocide-1971' at its lecture theatre in Sydney, Australia yesterday.

Two robbers held with guns in Bagerhat

Two suspected robbers were arrested along with two guns from Joymoni area of Sundarbans under Mongla upazila on Wednesday night.

Mohiuddin leaves for Bangkok today

Chittagong City Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury leaves the country today to see his ailing daughter in Bangkok.

Lalon Fair begins

A three-day Lalon Fair marking the 118th death anniversary of mystic singer Lalon Fakir began at his hermitage at Seuria in Sadar upazila yesterday.

Bijoy Sarani link road to open Dec 16

Bijoy Sarani-Tejgaon link road will open to traffic on December 16 after the removal of Rangs Bhaban, Housing and Public Works Adviser Maj Gen (retd) Golam Quader said yesterday.

SUST admission tests in Nov

The admission tests for the first year honours courses under academic year 2008-09 in Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) will be held on November 29 and 30.

Seven rescued from traffickers in Rajshahi

Police rescued seven people, including three women and a child, from Rajshahi Railway Station areas yesterday while they were being trafficked to India.

800 Phensidyl bottles seized

The Detective Branch of police seized 820 bottles of Phensidyl at BSCIC estate in west Kawnia of the city early yesterday.

1,480 held on various charges

Police arrested some 1,480 people on various charges during a countrywide drive in the last 24 hours as of 6:00am yesterday.

Youth stabbed to death

A young man was stabbed to death by a gang of criminals in Barun area of Kapasia upazila yesterday .

Mohd Fazli Hussain

Today is the 16th death anniversary of Mohd Fazli Hussain, a pharmaceutical research scientist, says a press release.

Letters

DSE trading

The recent debacle in the share market raised concern among share investors. They demonstrate in front of the main bourse of Dhaka share market to register their protest over fall of share prices of different companies in which they invested. They brand the price fall of shares as a conspiracy being engineered by the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) which regulates the market. The claim of small shareholders cannot be dismissed outright. When share prices rise once in a blue moon to the great advantage of small holders and continues for two-three days, the SEC becomes busy to correct the market by a mechanism not known to the common shareholders. But the SEC is not at all concerned when share prices fall which is evident from their activities. At the time of fall, they only issue a press note that there is nothing to worry about, the market will rise automatically. But their premise is not at all correct. The small investors want the SEC to correct the bearish market once it goes down and lift it up for the small shareholders. In this case also, the SEC can use the mechanism the way they use it to correct the bullish market. When prices of every item go up, right from green chilly to automobiles, then why share prices of different companies will not rise? Small investors invested in the share market to make some profit from buying and selling process of different shares. They do not have enough money to start large-scale business in other sectors which requires a lot of money. And that is why they entered the share market as a last resort to do clean business investing whatever capital is left with them.

Struggle for admission

Results of HSC exams this year were published on September 10, 2008. Everybody was elated with the high number of GPA-5 achievers. But the sad truth is that most of them wont' get admission in their chosen subjects or universities.

A welcome victory

It is Jamie Siddons who rightfully inspired the warriors of Bangladesh led by Md Ashraful to defeat New Zealand at home.

Price hike

Price hick of daily commodities is a common phenomenon these days. People, who belong to the low-income group, suffer most due to the price hike. Sometimes we blame our government, but we have nothing to do about the matter.

Sexual harassment by teachers

The letter published in The Daily Star on October 8 under the heading “Sexual harassment by teacher” written by Mr. M Anam appeared to me to be a unique example of misinterpretation of Ms. Nasrin Pervin's letter of September 25 on the same subject.

Cough syrup

Cough syrups which are supposed to alleviate a distressful cough are being used as a drug of addiction. Many young people are addicted to it. This is spreading at an alarming rate in urban, suburban as well as rural areas of the country. It is very disheartening to watch young men entering medicine shops and asking for cough syrup, some even don't bother to make an excuse and take away a few bottles of them together with tranquilliser tablets of their choice.

Traffic in Chittagong

There is less traffic jam in Chittagong than Dhaka. But the number of vehicles is increasing rapidly in the port city.

Good going, cricketers

After a long time, Bangladesh cricket team achieved a great victory against New Zealand. This victory came when our performance was not being satisfactory, and the ICL shock had further numbed our cricket.

Thai envoy on visa issue

Thank you, Your Excellency, for your letter published on 6 October. Your prompt response to Dr. Kazi Mizanur Rahman's letter has won the hearts of the people planning to visit your wonderful country either for a holiday or to seek medical help. Your invitation to address you directly by email is proof of your quality as a true ambassador of your great country who wants to reach out to the people of Bangladesh to establish goodwill, friendship and understanding between the two countries.

Bank loan defaulters & election

The Chief Election Commissioner recently said that they are directing Bangladesh Bank to instruct all schedule banks and financial institutions to prepare the loan defaulters' list in advance, as there may be time constraint in the scrutiny of election candidature validity for the forthcoming general election.

Toxic milk powder

Recently, 53000 Chinese children have been sickened by the tainted milk formula. The health ministry of China said that more than 80% of the 1,23,892 children hospitalised in recent weeks were 2 years old or younger. Among them 4 children have already died and 104 children are hospitalised in serious condition. China's health minister informed that 6,244 babies fell ill after being fed tainted milk and that 158 were suffering from acute kidney failure.

Disturbance at CMC

I am deeply disturbed to read in the newspaper about the recent disturbances between students of Comilla Medical College and staff of Medical Assistants' Training School (MATS), which lead to the closure of the Medical College.

Banned polythene bags

I have just come from the market. I am quiet helpless because I have to carry fish and certain dry goods like rice and pulse (dal) in polythene bags (polythene is polymer of ethane). 1st Jan 2002--the use of polythene bags is banned in Dhaka city, with a nationwide ban to follow on the 1st of March.

Govt expenditure on foreign visits

Every year many of our ministers, MPs, secretaries to the govt. of Bangladesh, govt, semi-govt and public sector officials, military, trade and cultural delegations and sports teams etc. go abroad. But there is no complete and comprehensive report or information available in our Ministry of Finance or Bangladesh Bank as to how many of them went to abroad and what amount of money was spent from our public exchequer.

Hydraulic horns

Your daily has published many letters about the ill effects of the “hydraulic horns of trucks & buses” amongst the citizens of Dhaka and other cities of Bangladesh. Unfortunately, the law enforcing agencies like the police have not taken any action against the drivers/owners of trucks, buses, large container vehicles, trailer vehicles etc. as yet.

Look into it

For our day-to-day financial transactions we have to use one, two and five taka notes and/or coins. But people often fall in trouble while transacting as the lower valued notes/coins are in short supply. For this, sometimes people have to give one or two taka more or the shopkeepers or the receivers have to take less than the actual price.

Financial crisis

With the fall of the great banks it is important to stress that money is of secondary importance to the Word of God, which is the foundation of all reality.

Points to ponder

In a recent TV news, I came across two important news items as below.:

Palin's outlandish comment

Ridiculous! Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin recently labelled Democratic White House hopeful Barack Obama as a 'friend of terrorists'! I think, Republicans, more precisely people within the 'Bush Circle' are suffering from the 'mistrust and insecurity syndrome'. Otherwise, how could Palin make such a statement against her own countryman Obama who has already proved his patriotism and popularity?

The global crisis

The folly of free market economy and globalisation could not be exposed in a more disastrous way than the fall of Wall Street and the credit crunch. The preachers of free market economy had been so blind to their dogma of opening the market that it always questioned the common sense.

Democratic process derailed

Bangladesh is derailed from the democratic track. We had hoped that the CTG would be able to fulfil our expectations. But with the passage of time, the govt. moved away from its strong principled position. Forgetting the interest of general people, the have started to act like the much-maligned politicians.

International

Suspected US strikes from drone kill 5 in Pakistan

Suspected US missile strikes killed five people in a Pakistani tribal area considered a haven for the Taliban and al-Qaeda, while a suicide bombing left four security personnel dead, officials said.

Lanka steps up airstrikes on Tamil rebels

Sri Lanka's military yesterday stepped up attacks against suspected Tamil Tiger positions in the island's north and accused the rebels of blocking a UN-escorted food convoy.

China promises to help cash-strapped Pakistan

China vowed yesterday to do what it could to help cash-strapped Pakistan avert financial disaster as Islamabad's leader continued an official visit aimed at rustling up crucial Chinese investments.

US to send N-mission to India

The United States said Wednesday it would send a mission to India in December to explore business opportunities following a landmark pact to open up sales of civilian nuclear technology to the country.

Naked politics gets US debate watchers hot and bothered

The debate was intense, titillating, raw, even perverse -- at least for those watching Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama on screens in New York's Museum of Sex.

North Korea threatens to freeze ties with South

North Korea threatened yesterday to cut all ties with South Korea, saying the new conservative government is engaged in reckless confrontation with its neighbour.

Thailand-Cambodia agree to joint border patrols

A Thai military official says Cambodia and Thailand have agreed to joint patrols at a disputed border to reduce the tension that a day earlier erupted into a gunbattle.

EU leaders adopt vast new immigration plans

European Union leaders adopted yesterday sweeping new immigration guidelines which have angered rights groups for focussing on skilled workers rather than refugees.

Nepalis expelled from Bhutan head for US

In Zurich's gleaming airport, Bhutanese refugee Dambari Kumari Adhikari was exhausted but amazed.

Five countries to be elected to join UNSC

The UN General Assembly votes today to choose five new non-permanent members of the powerful Security Council, with all eyes on the contest between Iran and Japan for the lone Asian seat up for grabs.

5 rebels, 4 Turkish soldiers killed in Iraq fighting

The Turkish military clashed with Kurdish rebels near the Iraqi border in battles it said killed four soldiers and five rebels, while rebels claimed Thursday to have shot down a Turkish helicopter.

US consular officials meet American held in Pakistan

US consular officials have met with an American who is being held by the Pakistani authorities in a remote tribal region near the Afghan border, the State Department said Wednesday.

Indian parliament session likely to witness 'fireworks'

Skipping the monsoon session because of a confidence vote and meeting now with "erstwhile friends" in opposition benches, Parliament begins a new session on Friday that is likely to be stormy on a number of issues like communal violence, terror attacks and price rise.

Bush should have been impeached, says Trump

Property mogul and diehard Republican Donald Trump told CNN on Wednesday that President George W. Bush misled the US into the Iraq War and should have been impeached when the Democrats took control of Congress in 2006.

13 Muslim rebels killed in Philippines military offensive

Thirteen Muslim rebels have been killed in a two-day military offensive on the southern Philippines island of Mindanao, the army said yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Concert celebrating Warfaze’s 25th anniversary

It was a treat for the metal and alternative music fans. The pioneering metal band of the country Warfaze performed their popular songs back-to-back at a concert titled "Union concert of Warfaze". The concert was organised on October 15 at the Winter Garden of Hotel Sheraton to observe the 25th anniversary of the band.

“Gangkhachhimee” observed in CHT

Devotees of Buddha observed the Gangkhachhimee festival at several locales in the Chittagong Hill Tract (CHT).

Tisha - The eclectic artiste

Beginning as a child artiste, Tisha has a high media profile. Now one of the busiest TV actress of her time, a talented Tisha has been eclectic in her tastes -- be it singing, modelling or hosting programmes. In particular, her onscreen presence and brilliant acting in diverse roles, has made her a popular figure with both the young and old. The actress recently talked with The Daily Star about her current activities, acting and more.

“Celebrating Life ‘08” grand finale to be aired on Channel i

The film, photography and lyrics contest "Celebrating Life '08" organised by Standard Chartered and The Daily Star generated an amazing response from all corners of the country. The gala finale took place on August 22 at the Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre. Chief Advisor Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed was present at the event that featured performances by Subir Nandi, Samina Chowdhury, Fahmida Nabi, Shafin Ahmed, Sayed Hasan Tipu and Mashiur Rahman Rinku.

Bon Jovi complains over Republican rally song

Rocker and Democratic supporter Jon Bon Jovi on Wednesday became the latest musician to complain about Republican John McCain's presidential campaign using songs without the artistes' approval.

“Antoraley” on Rtv

As part of Rtv's weekly drama, single-episode play Antoraley will be aired tonight at 9:00 pm. Jointly written by Eraz Ahmed and Russell O'Neil, the play is directed by Ashraful Alam Ripon.

OP-ED

'Political parties must work together to save democracy '

Chowdhury Tanvir Ahmed Siddiky is the founder treasurer of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and was a member of the National Standing Committee since its inception. He was a member of the second parliament and served as state minister in 1980-81. Siddiky was the president of FBCCI in 1979 and DCCI in '76-'78 and worked as director of former National Bank of Pakistan and Janata Bank. He was born on February 14, 1939, and is currently chairman and managing director of Baliadi Siddiky group of commerce and industries. Rakib Hasnet Suman and Rashidul Hasan took this interview.

Curbing political violence

ORDINARILY, violence means unjust or callous use of force or power. Till 1857 (the year of the Sepoy Mutiny), Bangalees were regarded as timid. By leading the Sepoy Mutiny, they proved that they were in no way inferior to any other Indian in courage and fortitude. Bangladeshis showed their indomitable courage under the leadership of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Battling HIV/AIDS

WHEN the world first learned about HIV/AIDS in the early eighties there was confusion, stigma and little scientific information. At first, many thought it was a disease of homosexuals because the first identified cases were from that group. Almost everybody in the regular society thought the new infection posed no direct threat.

The real reason for the war in Georgia

AS the war in Georgia had intensified, the United Nations has called for an urgent redistribution of vowels across the world.

StarTech

Just how credible is your news?

Have you ever wondered how credible the news you are reading is? A recent study in the US shows that only 20% readers believe the news they read.

A voice activated mouse!

Students at the University of Washington (USA) have developed a voice activated mouse, according to a report in the Seattle Times. This could mean more accessible computers to people with disabilities.

BASIS SoftExpo 2009 begins Jan 27

Country's largest software and IT enabled services showcase 'BASIS SoftExpo 2009' will be held on January 27-31, 2009, at the Bangladesh China Friendship Conference Centre (BCFCC).

Apple beefs up MacBook laptops, trims prices

Apple has unveiled a revamped line of Macintosh laptop computers made leaner, slicker, faster and a bit more affordable.



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