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Ban slapped on 8 brands

The High Court (HC) yesterday ordered the government to stop the sale and display of eight brands of milk powder found tainted with melamine till receipt of lab test reports from abroad.

Bashundhara, ex-DC caused Tk 200cr loss

Though the government has yet to sanction Bashundhara Housing project, its authorities have already filled up 80.29 acres of government khas land in Gulshan and handed plots to buyers, causing a loss of Tk 100 crore to the state.

Jamaat now accepts plenary power of JS

Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami has made further changes in its constitution to accept the lawmaking power of parliament and conform to the criteria for registration.

Citizens voice for MPs, Sangsad of their dream

The Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) yesterday released a citizen charter reflecting voters' expectations of not seeing the corrupt, bankrupt, black money holders and war criminals in parliament again.

Govt 'accepts' 6 out of 7 BNP demands in talks

The BNP has claimed that its second round dialogue with the government yesterday was a major success as the government agreed in principle on six of the party's seven demands including lifting of the state of emergency.

Parties should stop JS boycott culture

Former premiers Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia should hold talks regularly in the greater interest of the country and people no matter they are in the government or the opposition, Awami League (AL) Presidium member Abdur Razzak has said.

8 agencies kept out of info access

The Right to Information Ordinance, 2008 (RTI) came into effect with the government publishing a gazette notification Monday. However, people will have to wait 90 working days before they can use the law to get information.

2nd PRSP okayed with high investment target

The government has set an ambitious target for domestic investment in the second Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSP) approved yesterday while the investment slid in the past three fiscal years.

Pro-BNP teachers ask DU to bend admission rules

The BNP-Jamaat backed 'white-panel' teachers of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday demanded relaxation of the admission criteria of several departments for the madrasa students.

Moudud, Falu get bail; Babar's bail upheld

The High Court (HC) yesterday granted ad-interim bail for three months to detained former law minister Moudud Ahmed and former BNP lawmaker Mosaddek Ali Falu in two separate corruption cases filed by the Anti-corruption Commission (ACC).

Anti-sculpture body warned against holding rally today

Police asked Biman Bandar Gol Chattar Murti Pratirodh Committee, a forum against Baul statues at the airport intersection, not to hold their rally, scheduled for today, as it would be a breach of the Emergency Power Rules, 2007.

42 trees being felled for a Rajshahi drain

Around 42 large trees on the eastern side of Mohiuddin Jahangir Sarani are being chopped down after Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) authority sold those for a meagre price of Tk 1.98 lakh to make way for construction of a sewerage drain.

'Contaminated' fruits seized from Ctg store

A mobile court in separate raids yesterday seized over 50 kilograms of fruits treated with formalin at a superstore at the GEC intersection and a wholesale market on Station Road in the port city.

Writ petitions filed to delay Dec 18 polls

Attorney General Salauddin Ahmed yesterday told a High Court (HC) bench that writ petitions challenging the Election Commission's (EC) re-demarcation of constituencies were filed to damage the process of holding a free, fair and credible election.

'Deranged' man decapitates young woman

A young man beheaded an apprentice female lawyer and injured three others in broad daylight at a Segunbagicha house in the capital yesterday.

Pak madrasa struck

Pakistan's lawmakers have called for a review of its role in the US-led "war on terror" and a resumption of dialogue with militants amid a wave of violence by al-Qaeda and the Taliban while 11 people were killed in a suspected US missile strike on a religious school yesterday.

22 firms get licence to produce 442MW power

Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) yesterday granted licence to 22 companies in three categories -- rental, independent and captive power producer -- for generating about 442.22 MW electricity.

Arab peace initiative is an opportunity

A long-stalled Arab peace initiative could bring peace to the Middle East -- still riven by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict -- the Israeli President Shimon Peres said yesterday, making his first endorsement of the proposal in an Arab country.


Gross mishandling of melamine issue

Well over a month since its appearance, the melamine scare refuses to die down. In fact, it's being propelled to a heightening state with each passing day -- thanks to a totally confused handling of the issue and an evasive approach taken to it. Basically, one gets the impression of deliberate waffling in taking a clear-cut decision about the public health hazard, with import and business considerations getting the better of public health concern, especially that of our children.

India aims for the moon

We take this opportunity to congratulate the people and government of India on the launch of the Chandrayaan 1 mission to the moon. One hardly needs any telling that, for a developing country like India and indeed for the region, the venture is cause for justifiable pride. That sense of pride as well as belonging is enhanced by the fact that India is an important component of SAARC. As a fellow member of the South Asian regional organisation, we feel that the stride Delhi has taken in space will have a positive impact on scientific development for Indians in particular and for their neighbours and for developing countries in general. The launch of the lunar mission is, briefly, one very powerful sign of the advances in technology that India has been making in recent years. It is at the same time a broad hint that where the exploration of space is concerned, the Indians have finally come of age.

Autumn harvest

One of the occupational hazards of being an assistant editor is that you don't get out from behind your desk to go out into the field nearly as much as you should. So when the chairman of Research Initiatives Bangladesh, Dr. Shamsul Bari, invited me and Daily Star photographer Amirul Rajiv to come with him to Nilphamari to see first hand how the people from northern Bangladesh are working to make monga a thing of the past, we didn't need to be asked twice.

The ghost of Bamyan

A number of madrasa students, some of them still smelling mother's milk in their breath, gathered in front of Zia International Airport last Wednesday, and demanded the removal of five baul sculptures which were being erected on a roundabout. In a striking coincidence, the Civil Aviation Authority removed the sculptures on the same day.

Keeping economics real

Before he became known for his controversial New York Times columns trashing the Bush administration, newly anointed Nobel laureate in economics Paul Krugman changed the way we think about trade, overturning 100 years of conventional wisdom that assumed rich and poor countries would trade equally with each other (in fact, a handful of richer countries end up dominating the system). He sat down with NEWSWEEK's Rana Foroohar to discuss the new economic era, politics and the prize.:


NZ's best is yet to come

Brendon McCullum has warned the hosts that New Zealand have yet to show their best in the tour although it is nearing its end.

Manik for ban on foreign booters

National coach Shafiqul Islam Manik has urged the need to ban foreign footballers in domestic football in a bid to negotiate the crisis of quality local players.

Nielsen calls for calm

Australia coach Tim Nielsen has told his team not to panic after the shock defeat in the second Test in Mohali. Nielsen's outfit has not beaten India in the past four encounters and the 320-run loss on Tuesday was the country's seventh heaviest in history, but he is confident of a turnaround for the third game in Delhi from next Wednesday.

Oram going back home

New Zealand all-rounder Jacob Oram will miss the second Test against Bangladesh starting on Saturday in Dhaka due to a back injury.

Biggies stay on course

Chelsea, Inter Milan and Barcelona won to stay on course for the knockout stages though 2005 winners Liverpool only drew at Atletico Madrid in a subdued night of Champions League action.

Malik's life ban lifted

A Pakistan court Thursday overturned a life ban against former cricket captain Salim Malik for alleged involvement in match-fixing.

Inter in control

Italian champions Inter Milan were made to battle all the way by a spirited Anorthosis Famagusta at the San Siro on Wednesday night before securing a 1-0 Champions League Group B victory.

Ballack criticizes Loew

Michael Ballack's place in the German team was under threat on Wednesday after furious coach Joachim Loew summoned the Chelsea star to explain his public criticisms of the way the squad is being handled.

Barca rout Basel

Teen sensation Bojan Krkic scored twice as Barcelona cruised past Basel 5-0 Wednesday to keep their 100 per cent record in the Champions League Group C.

Becks gets Ince backing

Blackburn Rovers manager Paul Ince is one of several leading English football figures who believe David Beckham will be a success in the Italian game if he joins AC Milan on loan.

Barton rues past mess

A repentant Joey Barton has pleaded with football fans to accept that he is a reformed character after spending 74 days in prison following assaults on a 16-year-old boy and a former teammate.

Bruce wants Zaki to stay

Wigan manager Steve Bruce has admitted that he may have made a major blunder by failing to sign Egypt striker Amr Zaki on a permanent basis when he was available for a bargain 7.25 million pounds.

$90m deal for Brazil

The Brazilian football confederation (CBF) on Wednesday announced a six-year, 90 million-dollar sponsorship contract for the national football team by one of the country's major banks.

Frankfurt get into groove

Greece striker Ioannis Amanatidis scored in injury time to seal Eintracht Frankfurt's 2-1 victory over Karlsruhe to lift his side out of the bottom three and claim their first league win of the season.

Simao pegs back L'pool

A late slip cost Liverpool dear in Wednesday's Champions League group match at Atletico Madrid as Portuguese winger Simao struck an 83rd minute equaliser in a 1-1 draw.

Malaysia to discuss over AFC HQ

Malaysia said on Thursday it was willing to negotiate with the Asian football's governing body to stop it moving to another country.

Atletico fans jeer UEFA theme

Atletico Madrid fans whistled and jeered the UEFA Champions League theme music when it was played before kick-off in the tie against Liverpool at the Vicente Calderon stadium on Wednesday.

Champions League Results

European Champions League results on Wednesday:

WI give PCB some hope

The West Indies have thrown Pakistan a lifeline, offering to play two Tests against the cricket starved team at a neutral venue next month, Pakistan's top cricket official said Thursday.

Bond seeks support to ICL

Shane Bond has said he would like to see international cricketers to come out in support of Indian Cricket League (ICL).

Odumbe's desire

Former Kenya captain Maurice Odumbe has spoken of his desire to return to international cricket when his five-year ban for associating with a known bookmaker ends next year.

Butt will back Lawson

In what appears to be a softening of his earlier stance, Ejaz Butt, the new chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, has said on Thursday he bears no grudge against Geoff Lawson, the Pakistan coach, and that the PCB will continue to support him through the rest of his contract period.

B. League matches drawn

Both the Citycell B. League matches were drawn yesterday at separate venues in Dhaka.

Women's school football from today

The Dhaka Metropolitan Women's School football tournament kicks off today in Dhaka with 12 schools participating in the first ever tournament school girls.

DIU's goal feast

Dhaka International University (DIU) celebrated the biggest win of the Mentors' Inter-private University football tournament yesterday when they brushed aside Northern University 8-0 at the Army Stadium yesterday.

Manikganj lift police soccer title

Hosts Manikganj lifted the Dhaka Range Police Football League title when they blanked Narsingdi 2-0 in the final at the Police Lines ground here on Thursday.

Miandad in PCB setup

Former captain Javed Miandad is all set to join Pakistan Cricket Board as governing board member, PCB sources said on Wednesday.

Davison to lead Aus in HK Sixes

John Davison, the former Canada captain, will lead Australia's side at the Hong Kong Sixes tournament next month.

Ireland's bad luck

Persistent rain put paid to Ireland's hopes of reaching the final in the one-day triangular series in Kenya after yet another heavy downpour prevented play in the game between the hosts and Zimbabwe on Thursday.

Umps can use TV replays for all decisions

Umpires will be allowed to make use of TV replays for all contentious decisions during the Stanford Super Series, which concludes with the 20-million-dollar Stanford 20/20 for 20 between England and Stanford Superstars on November 1 -- the biggest prize on offer currently in the game.

Imran, Javed defend Geoff

Former Pakistan captains Imran Khan and Javed Miandad stood by under-fire coach Geoff Lawson on Wednesday, saying the Australian was not the only one responsible for the team's poor performances.


Govts shield businesses

Governments rolled out fresh measures yesterday to shield businesses and banks from the financial maelstrom as deepening fears of a global recession ensured another battering for stock markets.

BTRC assures PSTN operators of help

The parley between telecom regulator and public switched telephony network (PSTN) operators concluded yesterday with a consensus on formation of a working committee comprising representatives from both the sides to resolve the problems the sector now faces.

Kingfisher on horizon

Intense competition is set to land on busy Dhaka-Kolkata air route as India's second biggest private carrier Kingfisher Airlines looks for taking off from Bangladesh within this year.

Two merchant banks' licences cancelled

The stock market regulator yesterday scrapped licences of two inactive merchant banks in a move to discipline the rogue ones, with immediate effect.

Global crisis fallout depends on longevity of turmoil

Bangladesh may not face any significant impact of the current global recession if the crisis does not continue for a long period, said Kazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, chairman of Bangladesh Unnayan Parishad (BUP).

Crisis fallout in Asia feared to be huge

Contrary to what economists have earlier predicted, the global financial crisis' impact on Asia will be hugely felt, a Chinese bank official said yesterday.

Sea Resources flags deal with Danish specialist

Sea Resources Group has recently signed a partnership deal with a Danish fishing gear specialist, Cosmos Trawl, to set up a netloft in Chittagong to transfer western fishing methodology to the Bay of Bengal, according to a press statement.

FBCCI, Philippine chamber sign MoU to promote bilateral trade

The Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Manila to further promote bilateral trade between the two countries.

Women stand guard

Latifa Begum looked confident with a seemingly ever-lasting smile on her face when she was frisking well-dressed and beauty-conscious women with an intelligent electronic device at the entrance to a plush beauty salon in the capital.

Climate change: Its fallout on economy

Amid the ongoing widespread global financial meltdown, this week, I wanted to turn to one of the few topics, which has been covered even more extensively than sub-prime, bank bailouts and the prospects for recession or depression. While the world economy is likely to take several years to recover from the current financial crisis, the prospects for global warming over coming decades risks an environmental crisis that could potentially have much longer-term consequences for the economy.

Stocks rise on merchant banks

Dhaka stocks gained yesterday, driven by reports that some top merchant bankers would increase the margin loan ratio next week.

Pakistan has not yet requested IMF funding: Official

Pakistan has not yet made a formal request to the International Monetary Fund for cash assistance to help it overcome the current economic crisis, a top finance ministry official said Thursday.

Goldman Sachs to cut 10pc of jobs

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. plans to slash 10 percent of its workforce of 32,500 employees, in the latest sign of US economic woes resulting from the credit crisis, the Wall Street Journal said Thursday.

World bank lending plummets

Banks cut cross-border lending by 1.1 trillion dollars (977,000 billion euros) in the second quarter and clients withdrew a similar amount, central bank data on the severity of the global credit crisis showed on Thursday.

Global turmoil to hurt Sony profits

Sony Corp. warned Thursday that a global economic slowdown, a stronger yen and fierce price competition will slash its profits by more than half in the current financial year.

Oil prices climb on eve of Opec meet

Oil prices rose on Thursday, pulling away from 16-month low points before an Opec meeting which was expected to cut oil output to shore up prices despite strengthening winds of recession, dealers said.

Nestle 9-month sales soar

Global food giant Nestle on Thursday said nine-month sales soared to 81.4 billion francs (69.77 billion dollars, 54.62 billion euros), leading it to hike its outlook for the full year.


Milk powder not essential for normal growth of child

Powder milk is not essential for normal growth of a child if breast milk is available in the first six months of life, said the experts at an opinion exchange meeting in the city yesterday.

Judges should ensure people's rights

Speakers at a memorial meeting yesterday said the judges should practise values in their act to ensure constitutional rights of people and uphold human dignity.

Ecnec okays 11 projects worth Tk 4547 crore

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) yesterday approved 11 projects, including the Tk 681-crore one on higher education quality enhancement providing research funds to the public and private universities who reportedly remained high and dry in this important sector.

Prosecution lawyers complete hearing on charge-framing

The prosecution lawyers yesterday completed hearing on charge-framing against 22 accused, including detained former BNP lawmaker Abdus Salam Pintu and Harkatul Jihad (Huji) chief Mufti Abdul Hannan, in the grenade attack case on an Awami League (AL) rally in the city in 2004.

Project people's aspirations, highlight social problems

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday called on the country's filmmakers to project in their films the current issues of prevention of corruption, leadership of honest, devoted and patriotic persons and establishment of good governance and justice.

Workers Party blames Jamaat for creating chaotic atmosphere

Workers' Party of Bangladesh (WPB) yesterday alleged that Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir are conspiring to create a chaotic atmosphere ahead of parliament election on December 18.

Neutral probe into Khulna AL leader murder demanded

Shahabuddin Khan, elder brother of slain AL leader Khan Ibne Zaman, has appealed to Rab-6 and all intelligence agencies to find out the masterminds behind the murder of his younger brother through an impartial investigation.

Outlawed party leader killed in 'crossfire' in Kushtia

A regional leader of outlawed Gono Mukti Fouz was killed in 'crossfire' between his cohorts and police at Alampur village under Sadar upazila in the district yesterday.

Lions Service Week begins today

The Lions Clubs International District 315 B3, Bangladesh will observe Lions Service Week across the country from today.

Tk 10 lakh cotton gutted at Banglabandha

A cotton-laden truck burnt to ashes at the zero line of Banglabandha port in Panchagarh yesterday afternoon, causing damage to property estimated at Tk 10 lakh.

One to die, 10 get life for killing student

The Chittagong Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal yesterday sentenced one person to death and ten others to life imprisonment for killing a college student in 2006.

Navy chief calls on president

Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Sarwar Jahan Nizam called on President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban yesterday.

Bogra NGO sued

All activities of the non-government organisation (NGO) named Protikar were suspended yesterday on charge of misappropriating the money of destitute women and running the loan activities without the permission of Bangladesh Bank at Dhunat upazila in Bogra district.

Bangladesh reaffirms strong commitment to ideals of UN

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday reaffirmed Bangladesh's strong and unwavering commitment to the ideals, values and principles of the United Nations.

Bangladeshi killed in BSF firing

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead a Bangladeshi citizen at Kathalia frontier village in Chouddagram yesterday morning.

Ferry services on Chandpur-Shariatpur route suspended

The ferry services on Chandpur-Shariatpur route was suspended yesterday afternoon due to the newly emerged shoals in the bed of the Meghna.

Foreign adviser, Afghan deputy minister discuss bilateral matters

Foreign Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury held a meeting with Afghan Deputy Minister for Woman Affairs Sayeda Mughan Mustafawi at his office yesterday and discussed bilateral matters.

Indefinite transport strike in Ctg

Transport workers of three districts -- Chittagong, Cox's Bazar and Bandarban covering 19 routes -- called an indefinite strike yesterday protesting attacks on the workers by some students of Cox's Bazar Government College.

Old Faujians Assoc election on Nov 21

The election of the central governing body of Old Faujians Association (OFA) will be held on November 21 in Dhaka and Chittagong simultaneously, says a press release.

Chandpur AL leader hospitalised

BB Das, joint general secretary of Chandpur Town Awami League and a veteran freedom fighter, was admitted to National Institute of Cardio-Vascular Disease in Dhaka recently following a cardiac arrest.

2 girls drown in pond in Jamalpur

Two girls, both aged six, drowned in a pond at Gunaritala village in Madarganj yesterday.

Language Movement veteran Jalil passes away

Language Movement veteran Abdul Jalil died of old age complications at Medi Aid Hospital in the city yesterday at the age of 80.

Admission test of BSMRAU on Jan 3

Admission test for four-year BS (Agriculture) programme under 2009 session of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agriculture University (BSMRAU) will be held on January 3.

Over 2000 arrested on various charges

The police arrested 2,031 people on various charges in separate drives across the country in the last 24 hours as of 6:00am yesterday.

Five stolen cabs recovered

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered five stolen taxicabs and arrested two people from the city's Mirpur area yesterday.

Indiscriminate felling of trees at Khashia Punji protested

Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon (Bapa) and Bangladesh Adivasi Forum (BAF) yesterday formed a human chain at TSC intersection on the Dhaka University campus protesting the indiscriminate cutting down of trees at Khashia Punji in Moulvibazar.

CU to introduce artist quota in admission test

Chittagong University (CU) authorities have decided to introduce a quota for artists from 2008-2009 academic sessions to enroll certain number of students having talents in cultural arena on priority basis.

Fertiliser dealer arrested in Rajshahi

Police yesterday arrested a fertiliser dealer and seized 50 sacks of Potash and Phosphate fertilisers from his possession at Godagari while he was allegedly attempting to sell them in black market.


Bangladesh can do it!

The cricket lovers witnessed the onslaught of Shakib Al Hasan in the first Test match between Bangladesh and New Zealand at Chittagong. Shakib mesmerized the Kiwis with his devastating left arm spin bowling by taking seven Kiwi wickets for just 36 runs. It was a superb performance by this twenty-one year old Bangladeshi. It seemed the Chittagong pitch simply fitted him like a glove. Shakib is a talented player and our “so called” cricket board should nurture talents like him. He was not only good in his bowling but also thrived well in the second innings, scoring 71 runs and boosted a healthy total for the Kiwis to chase.


Thanks to the chairman of the ACC for being frank , and also for admitting its limitations. I do not expect any miracle from the ACC to combat corruption in Bangladesh. My expectation is that the reformed ACC shall perform most efficiently to prevent political corruption by adopting very stringent rules and regulations, rather than running after the politicians and hooking them under the law. Because of politicisation of the whole process, from inquiry to the door of the judiciary, the ACC has to concede defeat in their approach.

Accommodation problem at SUST

We feel proud of being students of the country's first science & technology university - Shahjalal University of Science & Technology. It was established in 1991 and now it is 17 years old . There are about 9,000 students here. But it is a matter of regret for us that there are only three halls which are insufficient for accommodating such a large number of students.

Exploited students

University is the supreme educational institution of our country but it is also a place for spoiling the students due to active politics on the campus.

Matia Chowdhury's interview

It is very easy to demand noble things from others. Mrs. Matia Chowdhury said in that interview (October 16) that she wants a free, fair and credible election in an environment free from fear, apprehension and criminal activities. I totally agree with Begum Matia Chowdhury and that is precisely why the next general election MUST be held under the supervision of the caretaker administration, with a relaxed state of emergency. All previous records show that during AL/BNP rules elections were rigged, voters were intimidated and even denied entry. People didn't feel safe to go to polling stations during the AL/BNP rules.

Tortured maids

My focus in this letter is not on the occasional news headlines on torture of household assistants. What I refer to is the silent unseen tortures (physical & verbal) of poor victims who come to the cities. I was taken aback by a particular incident a few months back when I found a dignified and respected lady physically abusing her support staff over trifling matters. It was even shocking for me as I knew she was one of those who even worked for the humanitarian missions and often identified for her philanthropic contributions to society. Surely, I was prompted by this incident to write but I understand the level of mass torture going on throughout the socio demographical classes of urban life.

"Baul" statues

The statues of several "bauls" or traditional Bengali singers were demolished from their building place, in front of the main entrance to Zia International Airport. The government has also decided not to go ahead with their construction. I applaud the government's decision aimed at preserving calm.


Why the Creator has given human beings the status of His supreme creation?


Myth appears to creep into all your reports and it is now spiralling upward to your editorials as well.


FBCCI, the apex body of country's business people, recently declared that they would put forward some suggestions for economic development of the country.

Communal violence

Undoubtedly everybody wants to live in peace. Nobody wants to live amidst violence. But sometimes due to our misunderstandings such violence escalates.

Right to life

Contrary to the world's political pundits' notions, the most important issue facing humanity in the upcoming US election is the fundamental "right to life" of every human being.

Financial crisis

In British newspapers of October 14 it is revealed that bonuses in the city of London financial institutions last year ( 2007) amounted to £17 billion pounds. You can quite easily multiply this by ten for such institutions in the USA, continental Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore etc. So £170 billion pounds were siphoned off by the fat cats over just one year by a conservative estimate. If this had gone on for the last ten years, £1.7 trillion pounds have been creamed off which is about the same amount now required to be paid off by the ordinary taxpayer of each country to stave off a complete meltdown of the western style capitalist system.

Boat race in Gopalganj

I really appreciate and welcome Channel-i's initiative to cover the traditional boat race of Gopalganj. This boat race is a heritage of that area but unfortunately we, the youngsters of today's Bangladesh, do not know about all these traditions as there is a lack of interest and focus in our culture and heritage. This responsibility goes to our television channels also as there is a common trend of blending western flavour or Indian style in various programmes.

Nuke culture

Talk shows on diverse issues hosted by Mr. Hamid Mir and Mr. Kamran Khan on GEO TV in the recent times - I mean, up to and including yesterday, 14th day of October 2008 - are, in an average sense and as appropriate - found to be well focused on Pakistan's competing priorities; competitive in terms of time, space, and outcome related potentials; civil at inter-human levels; well researched; well presented; and antidote seekers when it comes to fighting diseases of in-country and ex-country origins at political, non-political and other levels. Well done!

Election and foreigners

Thanks to Mr S. Mahmood, a senior journalist, for his very appropriate analysis regarding the role of foreign envoys in dealing with the internal affairs of Bangladesh, especially the crucial general election.

Women as objects

Women are frequently objectified in the media. Media often objectifies women, portrays women as physical objects that can be looked at-- and fail to portray women as subjective beings with thoughts, histories, and emotions. In reality, human beings are both objects as subjects, as they are physical collections of molecules as well as individuals. To objectify someone, then, is to reduce someone exclusively to the level of object.

Low literacy rate

Chief Adviser Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed expressed his concern in a meeting held in September about the low rate of literacy. Actually the literacy rate of our country is lower than many other countries in the world. But every problem has a solution. We know that our three-fourth border areas are surrounded by land.

Why can't we do anything?

We got a chance to visit New Delhi during our visit to India. I would like to mention here that New Delhi is almost connected from one end to the other by metro rail (Surface as well as underground). The total system is well maintained and people are commuting as per their needs.

Reducing traffic congestion

Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, is a small and unplanned city crammed with a prodigious number of people. The excessive number of people requires an excessive number of transports. The traffic congestion resulting from excessive number of vehicles; especially private cars , illegal parking, occupation of roads and pavements by hawkers, unwillingness of reckless drivers to abide by traffic rules and so on has been a nagging and intractable problem in everyday life of city dwellers. The sufferings and miseries of the commuters, passengers and travellers resulting from suffocating traffic stalemates have gone beyond tolerable limits. Besides, traffic congestion is causing immense loss of valuable working hours of the people. So, the government should immediately come forward with pragmatic and substantive solutions to address the nagging problem. The government should ask the authorities concerned to be strict and unflagging enough to make the people and vehicle-drivers abide by the traffic rules, to stop illegal parking, to stop picking up passengers here and there, to stop unfit vehicles from plying, to resist trucks from entering into the city before 9:00pm, to restrict and, if needed, ban the movement of rickshaws on the roads where buses are available to smoothen the traffic movements. Exemplary punishment along with substantial fines should be meted out to those who flout and recklessly break traffic rules. The government should impose a significant amount of tax on private car imports and on road permits. The number of double-decker buses that can accommodate many passengers at a time and local buses should be increased to reduce the magnitude of the problem. The people should be encouraged to walk small distance instead of riding rickshaws on the way where buses regularly ply. More consciousness about traffic rules should be raised among the people. The government should also ask the school authorities to make arrangements and to run school-vans and school-buses for the safe transportation of the school-children and to assure the guardians of their safe transportation and to stop them from waiting on the roads for their children with cars causing serious tailback.


India, Pakistan to discuss counter-terror steps in Delhi today

Indian and Pakistan officials will hold counter-terrorism talks here today, the Indian foreign ministry said Wednesday, to build trust and allay security concerns between the two rivals.

Pakistan needs to attack insurgents

Pakistan must attack insurgents in its northern areas and tackle extremists threatening its stability and complicating international efforts in Afghanistan, a senior US diplomat said yesterday.

Lankan forces capture several bunkers of Tamil Tiger rebels

Government forces captured several bunkers from Tamil Tiger rebels as heavy fighting raged despite torrential monsoon rains in northern Sri Lanka, the defence ministry said yesterday.

Nato supports talks with Taliban militants

Stressing that military means alone cannot bring peace in war ravaged Afghanistan, Nato has said it was not opposed to talks between the government and Taliban leaders willing to lay down their arms, reports EuAsiaNews.

Undecided Asians play key role in US election

Minority Asians may be the biggest group of undecided voters in the upcoming US presidential and congressional elections and will play a key role in the outcome of the ballot, officials say.

Obama leads White House race in 3 key states

US presidential hopeful Barack Obama played up his foreign policy credentials while John McCain highlighted national security, as a poll yesterday showed the Democrat hanging onto his lead in three key states.

Palin becomes a burden to Republican ticket

The embarrassing price tag of her campaign wardrobe and her blooper about the job description of US vice president confirm what recent polls say: Sarah Palin is a burden to the Republican presidential ticket.

Iraqi bomber rams car into convoy of Shia minister killing 13

A suicide car bomber targeted an Iraqi minister during rush hour Thursday morning in Baghdad, killing at least 13 people and wounding more than 20, officials said.

Millions could starve in North Korea: UN

The UN food agency has warned that millions of North Koreans could face starvation, but a South Korean official said Thursday that Seoul has not decided whether to respond to a request for food aid to the communist country.

Next US leader should get to work on ME

The next US president, be it Barack Obama or John McCain, should get to work immediately to jump-start Middle East peace talks, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat said here yesterday.

EU awards rights prize to Chinese dissident Hu

The European Union honoured jailed Chinese dissident Hu Jia with its top human rights prize on Thursday in defiance of Beijing's warning that selecting him would seriously harm its relations with the 27-nation bloc.

Tensions boil up around Georgia rebel regions

Tensions boiled up around Georgia's breakaway regions Thursday, as Tbilisi said Russia was massing troops in South Ossetia and rebels in Abkhazia accused Georgia of killing a senior army officer.

Explosion at Indian fireworks factory kills 27

A huge explosion at an illegal fireworks factory in western India on Thursday killed 27 people, including 12 children, police said.

'Extinct' cockatoo rediscovered in Indonesia

A species of cockatoo feared to have become extinct has been "rediscovered" with the sighting of a handful of breeding pairs on a remote Indonesian island, researchers said yesterday.

India, Japan ready to assume 'global role'

Describing India and Japan as "major powers" and "two major pillars of new Asia," Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday said the two strategic partners are ready to play a "commensurate global role" in world affairs.

Arts & Entertainment

Budoor Al Riyami and her Grand Prize winning video installation

A video installation titled "The Peak of Burning" by Budoor Al Riyami (Oman) is one of the very few artworks employing modern technologies on display at the 13th Asian Art Biennale '08. For her innovative work Riyami has won a Grand Prize.

Behind the Scene: Tropa Majumdar

Tropa Majumdar, balances her time between working as the creative director at a reputable ad agency and performing on stage and TV. Coming from a family that has made immense contributions to our contemporary culture, Tropa has made a mark in plays such as “Madhobi”, “Meraj Fakirer Ma” and “Spordha”. A look at Tropa behind-the-scene.

Cultural programme to build awareness on Education

Dipshikha, an NGO in Dinajpur recently organised a cultural programme to generate awareness in education among villagers. The programme featured discussion, dance and recitation.

"Lux Channel i Performance Award '08" to be held in Sharjah

The Lux Channel i Performance Award 2008 will be held with glitz and glamour. The star-studded affair will take place in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates on November 14, says a press release.

Drama serial "Mando Bhalo Sada Kalo" ends tonight on Banglavision

The last episode of drama serial "Mando Bhalo Sada Kalo" will be aired tonight on Banglavision at 9:45 pm. Written by Hafiz Redu, the serial has been directed by Belal Ahmed.

Dik Theatre stages a play in Sylhet

Dik Theatre of the Shahjalal University of Science & Technology (SUST) staged their 16th production, Shambhu Mitra's "Garbhobati Bartaman" at the mini auditorium on the campus last Monday. Zahid, Mahmuda, Pavel, Tonmoy, Polash, Sagar, Alamgir, Fayez and Mehdi played different roles in the well-attended play. The play was directed by Amirul Mamun.

Eminem resurfaces in new role: Memoirist

Four years ago, Eminem, one of the best-selling rappers in history, released his last album of original material, “Encore,” and then essentially disappeared. The years since have been pockmarked with personal struggles. He entered rehab in 2005 for a dependency on sleep medication. In 2006 he remarried, and then redivorced, his ex-wife, Kim Scott, the subject of many of his most vitriolic songs. And that same year his closest friend, the rapper Proof, was killed in a shooting at a Detroit nightclub.


'Parliament should not be controlled by the prime minister or ministers'

Former veteran student leader Abdur Razzak is a presidium member of Awami League (AL). He was elected memberof parliament in 1973, 1991, 1996 and 2001. He was also elected a member of East Pakistan Provincial Council in 1970. He played a vital role in education movement in 1962 and six-point movement in 1966. He served the party as general secretary in two terms from 1978 to 1981 and 1981 to 1983. Razzak revived Baksal in 1982, but returned to the AL in 1991. He was one of the leaders of Mujib Bahini during liberation war. He was also the president of Dhaka Mohammedan Sporting Club. He served as a minister from 1996 to 2001. Shariful Islam and Hasan Jahid Tusher took the interview.

A good start for Jamaat but problems remain

NEWSPAPER reports suggest that Jamaat-e-Islami has recognised the historic liberation war of Bangladesh in its newly revised party constitution (The Daily Star, October 21). This was in line with the requirements of the amended Representation of the People Order (RPO), which envisages that the constitution of a political party cannot be incompatible with the provisions and spirit of the Bangladesh constitution.

Science education declines in the Age of Science

WE are living in the age in which tremendous scientific developments have taken place. When and where this onward march will stop is unknown to us. To adapt to this situation, we need to produce science graduates and a galaxy of experts in different branches of science, but the number of science students is getting smaller every year.


Grid-connected solar power shines at DU campus

Would you like to be a proud owner of an electric power generator? Would you like to produce clean and pollution-free green power without fuel at your home? Would you like to earn money by feeding your surplus power to the national grid from this system?

Computers that understand how you feel

Technological marvels continue to amaze us everyday and this news is no exception! A navigation system able to provide fast emergency services while at the same time taking into consideration human stress; this is an example of a complete new type of dialogue system developed by a PhD candidate at the University of Twente (Netherlands), Trung Bui. His dialogue system recognizes the user's emotions and is then able to react to them.

ICT management workshop for govt officials held

ICT Management workshop for government officers of Bangladesh designed by National Centre for Information Systems Research (NCISR) of the Australian National University (ANU) came to an end through the completion of last and third batch of the workshop on October 20.

Sony Ericsson to unveil Xperia X1 next month

Sony Ericsson is expected to unveil their much awaited product line Xperia sometime next month in the Bangladesh market.

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