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News of: Monday, 27th of October, 2008

Front Page

Cyclone Reshmi looms large

The deep depression over the Bay of Bengal grew into Cyclone Reshmi yesterday, and was approaching the country's south-western coast with the possibility of making landfall by noon today.

Fuel prices slashed by 10-13pc

The government has slashed petroleum prices by 10 to 13 percent following the recent drastic price fall in the global market.

Trust Bank story twisted

Interbank foreign exchange trading that caused big losses to at least eight banks about six years back has suddenly been twisted and wrongly labelled as 'money laundering', although the Bangladesh Bank had resolved them as transactional losses.

BNP rights RPO wrongs

The problem of wording BNP had in its provisional amended constitution regarding severing its ties with 'associated' organisations of students and professionals was corrected yesterday, removing all barriers to its registration with the Election Commission (EC).

Govt seeks Afghan help for release

The government yesterday appealed to the Afghan authorities to secure the release of two Brac officials who were abducted from Ghazni province Thursday afternoon.

No polls without Khaleda: 4-party

Leaders of the BNP-led four-party alliance yesterday said they would not participate in the December 18 election without Khaleda Zia.

AL okays system for grassroots

The Awami League (AL) yesterday finalised its draft policy to seek names of the possible candidates for the next national election from its grassroots level committees.

Ombudsman to ensure intra-party democracy

Renowned lawyer barrister Rafique-ul Huq has said big political parties should appoint an ombudsman if they want to clean the party and bring real democracy in it.

Review of Bibiyana power plant tender sought

The power ministry is seeking the opinion of the government's Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) to see if the ongoing tender process of the 450MW Bibiyana Power Project complies with the procurement rules.

Govt moves to enforce HC ban order

The government has taken steps to enforce the High Court (HC) order on stopping sale and display of all the eight brands of powdered milk "contaminated with melamine".

Khaleda, Hasina get back SSF security after poll schedule announced

The government has decided to provide former premiers Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina with special security for three months from the next day after announcement of national election schedule.

HC issues injunction on dismantling of toxic ship

The High Court yesterday issued injunction on dismantling of toxic ship MT Enterprise in response to a writ petition filed by Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (Bela) challenging the breaking of the ship.

ACC boss bins graft allegations against him

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chairman Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury yesterday said allegations brought against him by former Board of Investment executive chairman and Amar Desh Publications Ltd Chairman Mahmudur Rahman may have resulted from complaints about anti-graft drives.

Human chain protests removal

A number of eminent citizens of the country yesterday protested the removal of Baul (folk singer) sculptures at Airport intersection and the conspiracy of communal forces to destroy the culture of the country and achievements of the Liberation War.

Babar not freed as govt issues fresh detention

The caretaker government yesterday issued a 30-day detention order against detained former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar who was granted bail by the High Court in all the cases filed against him.

Warrant issued to arrest SQ Chy

A Dhaka court yesterday issued an arrest warrant against Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, parliamentary affairs adviser to former premier Khaleda Zia after the National Board of Revenue (NBR) filed a tax evasion case against him.

HC bench feels embarrassed to hear 5 petitions

A High Court (HC) bench yesterday felt embarrassed to hear five petitions filed by five former BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami ministers to quash proceedings against them in the Barapukuria Coalmine corruption case.

Huda files writ petition to remove polls bar on EPR convicts

A writ petition was filed yesterday with the High Court (HC) challenging the legality of the provision of the Emergency Power Rules (EPR) 2007 barring people convicted in the cases under the EPR from contesting polls.

EC taking steps to facilitate visa processing

The Election Commission is taking steps to facilitate visa processing for foreign observers to help them monitor the coming parliamentary election slated for December 18.

Commonwealth secy general arrives in Dhaka

Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma arrived in Dhaka yesterday on a three-day visit to discuss with government leaders and the Election Commission (EC) the progress towards restoration of democracy in Bangladesh.

Hearing on writ petition continues

The High Court (HC) yesterday for third day continued hearing on the writ petitions regarding the Election Commission's (EC) re-demarcation of constituencies.

Cops identify 19 DU students who vandalised VC office

Police have identified 19 Dhaka University (DU) students involved in the vandalism at the office of DU Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof SMA Faiz.

HC rule on DU authorities to explain admission rules of 7 depts

The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a ruling upon the Dhaka University authorities to explain why the new admission conditions that disqualify Aleem graduates for admission to seven departments should not be declared illegal.

JP distributing nomination forms

Jatiya Party (JP) led by HM Ershad yesterday started distributing nomination forms among candidates for all 300 constituencies although the party may contest the upcoming election under grand alliance with Awami League (AL).

Opinion poll tilted towards Obama

Republican presidential nominee John McCain yesterday brushed off opinion polls indicating he is set to lose against Barack Obama, insisting that his bid for the White House is still afloat.

11 killed in Pakistan border fighting

Troops fought Taliban militants in separate battles in northwestern Pakistan yesterday, killing 11 in an insurgent stronghold overlooking the Afghan border while 15 other militants were killed in fighting between rival groups in Swat valley.

Earthquake hits Pakistan, Afghanistan

A moderate earthquake measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale jolted northwest Pakistan on Sunday but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage, an official said.

Editorial

Dealing with effects of global economic crisis

AT long last, we have an expert view urging the government to set up what we see as a radar screen of our own to monitor the world economic crisis threatening to aggravate into recession, and God forbid, into depression, with their likely knock-on effects on the economies of developing countries. At a CPD discussion meet on "The global financial crisis and what it means for Bangladesh", policy makers, economists and analysts demanded in one voice that a high profile committee be formed in line with the gravity of the unfolding situation to mitigate its spillover effects on our economy.

A watchdog on food safety

IT has been our consistent call to the government since the unfortunate and dangerous melamine affair surfaced that it must set up a central authority with the specific task of exercising oversight over the quality of food items, imported or produced locally. Our suggestion has been echoed by experts at a seminar in the capital recently.

The best of times, the worst of times

NOTWITHSTANDING its unfinished agenda and half-done undertakings, including the much-vaunted anti-corruption drive, the caretakers' reaching a broad understanding with the politicians while taking the nation along towards a democratic transition can be considered the magnum opus of their achievement, if any.

Obama is a socialist now?

FOR the last few weeks, McCain's campaign catchphrase was: “Obama palling with domestic terrorists.” For over a week now, the catchword is Obama's economic agenda is “socialistic.”

The Great Depression

THE big debate about when the next general elections should be held, whether in February next year or April is a lot of wasted waffle. You have to be a bit out of touch to believe that the voter really cares whether it comes thirty days before or after. The moment of decision has long past.

Sports

Still raining

The second day's play of the second and final Test be-tween Bangladesh and New Zealand was also washed out yesterday as incessant rain continued under the influence of the depression over the Bay.

Matty tempts Zaheer

Matthew Hayden, Australia's out-of-form opener, wants to continue to test the temperament of Zaheer Khan in the third Test starting Wednesday despite his own struggles against the India fast bowler. Hayden said there was “method behind my madness” in the second innings in Mohali, where he blasted to 29 from 20 balls, as a way of getting on top of Zaheer, who has dismissed him three times in the series.

Dilemma over Mishra

India's new bowling star Amit Mishra is sweating on selection for the third Test against Australia -- despite a match-winning seven-wicket haul against the tourists.

No play in NCL

No play was possible on the first day of the third round Ispahani Mirzapore Tea 10th National Cricket League at different venues across the country yesterday due to inclement weather following a depression over the Bay of Bengal.

Reds fell Blues at home

Liverpool shattered Chelsea's 86-match unbeaten run at Stamford Bridge and laid down a significant marker in the title race as Xabi Alonso's strike clinched a 1-0 win on Sunday.

No matches in school football

The Dhaka Metropolis Women's School football tournament matches on yesterday were postponed due to incessant rain.

Double delight for Sunnydale

Sunnydale clinched both boys' and girls' titles in the Sunnydale under-14 basketball tournament which concluded at the Dhanmondi Gymnasium yesterday.

Kenya final washed out

Heavy rain washed away the final of the Nairobi Tri-Series between hosts Kenya and Zimbabwe here on Saturday.

Eto'o sends Barca atop

Samuel Eto'o scored a hattrick inside the first 24 minutes as Barcelona powered to the summit of the Spanish first division with a 5-0 win over ten-man Almeria on Saturday.

Bayern stage a fightback

Defending Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich impressed coach Jurgen Klinsmann with a gutsy display after turning a 2-0 deficit into a 4-2 win over Wolfsburg and leap up to fourth in the table.

Spurs sack Ramos

Harry Redknapp has been officially confirmed as the new manager of Premier League strugglers Tottenham Hotspur following the sacking of Juande Ramos last night.

Vital win for Juventus

Juventus eased the pressure on under-fire coach Claudio Ranieri with a vital 1-0 victory at home to Torino in the Turin derby on Saturday.

Ballack says sorry

Germany captain Michael Ballack has apologised to national team coach Joachim Loew for comments made last week in a German newspaper criticising him for showing a lack of respect to senior players.

Auxerre hold Lyon

French serial champions Lyon left their shooting boots at home Saturday, a goalless draw at Auxerre handing title rivals Marseille the chance to reach the summit if they can see off Paris Saint Germain on Sunday.

MU deny Jose rumours

Manchester United have brushed aside claims they are already studying possible successors, including former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, to current manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

FIFA suspends Kuwait

World football body FIFA on Friday announced it had suspended the federations of Kuwait and Samoa while placing that of Peru under surveillance and also rejected entry for Kosovo.

No stopping Hull

Hull City's fairytale start to life in the Premier League continued Saturday as a 3-0 win over West Brom left them level on points with leaders Chelsea and Liverpool.

Platini attacks England

England won't win the World Cup again while leading Premier League clubs are so reliant on foreign players, according to Michel Platini, the president of European football governing body UEFA.

Tigers wallop Warriors

Sparking half-centuries from Aftab Ahmed and Alok Kapali carried the Dhaka Warriors to a competitive 172, but Deep Dasgupta's blistering unbeaten 80 helped the Bengal Royal Tigers overhaul that with eight deliveries and eight wickets remaining. Dhaka's medium-pacers had been unable to tie down the runs in the tournament, and it was yet another disappointing performance. Bengal knocked off the runs with ease, thanks to Dasgupta's 109-run stand in 12.3 overs with Rohan Gavaskar.

Merdeka Cup Vietnam's

Malaysia failed to defend the Merdeka Cup going down 5-6 to Vietnam in penalty shootout after a goalless 120 minutes at the National Stadium, Bukit Jalil on Saturday night.

Superstars start nicely

A thumping and unbeaten 45 from the Stanford Superstars' stand-in captain, Sylvester Joseph, led his side to a convincing 22-run win over Trinidad and Tobago in the first match of the eagerly anticipated Stanford Super Series.

Heroes win at a canter

It was the day of the openers in Game 19 of the ICL 20-20 Indian Championship. Jimmy Maher and Abdur Razzaq ensured it was a canter at the end for the Hyderabad Heroes as they thrashed the Chandigarh Lions by nine wickets after Lou Vincent and Sarabjit Singh had given them a promising start. But in the end, it was all about converting those starts, as Maher and Razzaq completely dominated the Chandigarh attack.

BCCI's SL embargo

Miffed at the "hostile" statements from Sri Lanka Cricket officials against Indian Premier League (IPL), the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to put on hold India's all future bilateral series against Sri Lanka.

'IPL not for English'

Lalit Modi, the Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman, has said the chances of England players appearing in the league are dim unless they are available for a significant portion of the 2009 tournament. The England and Wales Cricket Board is believed to have made its players available for 14 days of the IPL as part of a deal in which 20 IPL players will be released for the ECB's proposed Twenty20 league.

Kevin urges to protect Tests

Amid fears that Test cricket may soon be left trampled under the stampede for Twenty20 cash, England captain Kevin Pietersen on Sunday urged world cricket leaders to do everything in their power to protect the longer version of the game.

PCB owes to Lawson

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has downplayed the prospects of impending legal complications with Geoff Lawson, the outgoing Pakistan coach, of outstanding dues owed to him after the termination of his contract.

Border bats for Krejza

Dismissing suggestions to call up Andrew Symonds and Shaun Tait or the retired Shane Warne to save Australia the blushes, former skipper Allan Border on Saturday batted for rookie spinner Jason Krejza to be included in the first XI for the third Test against India starting in Delhi from October 29.

Business

Portfolio funds slump

In the wake of global financial meltdown, selling pressure instead of fresh investment by fund managers slowed down the net portfolio or foreign investment in Bangladesh's capital market.

City commuters to pay same fare as before

The fare of CNG-run buses is unlikely to come down despite cuts in fuel prices, meaning that most commuters in cities Dhaka and Chittagong will have to pay the same as before, operators said yesterday.

Mega-programme to mark DCCI's 50 years

Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI), one of the oldest chambers in the country, has chalked out a mega-programme to celebrate its 50th founding anniversary beginning on Thursday.

Asia eyes key stake in financial system

Asian leaders will find the first global summit on the current financial turmoil a perfect venue to demand a key stake for the region in any new international financial system, experts say.

Bricks pile up, sales low

Demand for bricks has plummeted around 20 percent, due mainly to a reduction in the implementation of the government's annual development programme, coupled with slumps in real-estate business, industry people say.

BTRC boss backs rural links

The telecom watchdog chief brushes aside the allegations of 'rural unwillingness' to adopt new technologies, saying ultimate benefits will not be achieved unless rural connectivity is ensured.

India bears out in force

The bears have come out in force in India with no-one willing to forecast a basement for the country's stock market, which has plunged amid wrenching worries about the global economy.

Enhance trade to duck financial blow

Bangladesh will have to deepen economic activities with developing and regional countries to avoid fallout from the global economic crisis, speakers said yesterday.

Govt firm to ensure sufficient stock of commodities: Adviser

Commerce Adviser Hossain Zillur Rahman has assured businesspeople of providing government support to ensure sufficient stock of commodities, including edible oil.

BTMA seeks currency rationalisation

Bangladesh Textile Mills Association (BTMA) yesterday urged the government to rationalise currency exchange rate, reduce bank interest rates and subsidise the utility services to face the fallouts from the global financial crisis.

Stocks in thin trade

Dhaka stocks started the week with a big slump amid thin participation of investors, apparently worried by fallout from the lingering world market rout.

Yen soars despite turbulent week

The Japanese yen ended the week at 13-year highs against the US dollar while other currencies fell against the greenback amid ongoing global market turmoil over a slumping world economy.

Japan to raise fund injection to $110b

Japan plans to sharply increase the ceiling on public funds that can be injected into ailing banks from two to 10 trillion yen (110 billion dollars), economic and fiscal policy minister Kaoru Yosano said Sunday.

Russian minister promises new measures on crisis

Russia will soon take a new round of measures against the financial crisis, the country's top official for economic policy said in an interview broadcast Sunday, amid growing fears of a broad slowdown.

Kuwait to guarantee bank deposits

Kuwait's government will move urgently to guarantee deposits in local banks, the central bank said Sunday as the oil-rich emirate's second largest lender was hit by the global financial crisis.

China can weather global finance crisis: Central bank

China must not under-estimate the impact of the global financial crisis but its economy is strong enough to weather the storm, the nation's central bank chief said Sunday.

South Korea mulling further tax cuts to prop up economy

South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak said on Sunday his administration planned further tax cuts and would expand government spending to prop up the ailing economy.

Australia may cut immigration amid financial crisis

Australia may cut the flow of immigrants into the nation if unemployment rises in the face of the global financial crisis, a cabinet minister said Sunday.

New VP of Asia-Pacific chambers conferderation

The Confederation of the Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) elected Abu Alam Chowdhury, vice president of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry, as its vice president, according to a press statement.

Maschio chief due today

Egidio Maschio, president of Maschio, a rotary tiller manufacturer of Italy, arrives in Dhaka today on a three-day official visit, according to a press release.

Metropolitan

War criminals trying to erase spirit of liberation war

Terming the trial of war criminals an unsettled chapter of the national life, speakers at a roundtable yesterday said the anti-liberation forces are trying to divide freedom fighters (FFs) with a view to wiping out the spirit of the liberation war.

US, EC sign MoU to protect Sundarbans environment

The United States government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the European Commission (EC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) yesterday to continue joint activities in the natural resources and protected area management sector in Bangladesh.

Govt is on right track

British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Stephen Evans yesterday said the caretaker government is moving towards a general election in December and the process is on the right track.

'Make Dhaka modern, livable'

Business community of Dhaka city at a view exchange meeting yesterday proposed the name of former president of Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) Abdul Awal Mintoo as the mayoral candidate for Dhaka City Corporation.

Cops to serve better under political govt

While denying making any comment on the proposed police ordinance, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Nur Muhammad has hoped that police would serve people better under the next political government.

4 killed, 45 injured in road accidents

Four people were killed and 45 others injured in separate road accidents in Netrakona, Kushtia and Rajshahi yesterday.

4 to die for killing 6 in city

A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced four persons to death for killing six people while robbing a house in the capital's Pallabi in October 2006.

Stand against conspirators

Ekatturer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee, a forum for secular Bangladesh and trial of war criminals, condemned the conspiracy to build a mazar (shrine) at Ramna Batamul and issued a fatwa on Prof Muntasir Mamun yesterday, says a press release.

HC asks govt to explain within four weeks

The High Court issued a rule yesterday asking the government to explain within four weeks why the notification scrapping November 7 as a public holiday “should not be declared illegal”.

WDB engineer sent to jail

A Dhaka court yesterday sent a superintendent engineer to jail when he surrendered and sought bail in a case filed for amassing wealth worth Tk 69,55,657 illegally and concealing wealth information to the Anti-Corruption commission (ACC).

Govt hailed for publishing RTI ordinance in gazette form

Right to Information Forum has congratulated the government for publishing the Right To Information Ordinance in gazette form, says a press release.

Two commit suicide in city

A housewife allegedly committed suicide following a family feud at Khilgaon in the city yesterday while an 11-year-old domestic help of a female major in her Cantonment residence on Saturday.

College student shot in city

A college student received bullet injury at his throat at Rampura area in the city yesterday.

5 BCL activists hurt in intra-party clash

Five activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of Awami League (AL), were injured in a factional clash at Salimullah Muslim (SM) Hall of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday.

Punishment to killers of FF Sajjad demanded

Several hundred freedom fighters submitted a memorandum to the deputy commissioner of Rajshahi yesterday demanding immediate arrest and punishment to the killers of freedom fighter Sajjad Hossain.

Navy contingent leaves for UN peace mission

A 79-member contingent of Navy (BANFRU-4) left Shah Amanat International Airport yesterday for UN peacekeeping mission in Sudan.

Valuables worth Tk 7 lakh looted at Beanibazar

Armed robbers looted gold ornaments, valuables and cash from the house of an expatriate at Beanibazar upazila in the district in the early hours of yesterday.

Police team leaves for Darfur peace mission

A 25-member contingent of Bangladesh Police yesterday left Dhaka for Darfur by a UN-chartered flight to join UN peacekeeping mission.

Pry scholarship examinations Nov 29-30

The primary scholarship examination-2008 will be held on November 29 and 30 simultaneously at all the exam centres both at home and abroad, says an official handout yesterday.

Ex-AL lawmaker Shafiullah passes away

M Shafiullah, former Awami League lawmaker and freedom fighter, passed away at his Koralia residence in the town on Saturday night at the age of 68.

Chinese women delegation due next month

A five-member Chinese women delegation from All China Women's Federation will pay a goodwill visit to Bangladesh from November 19 to 23 at the invitation of Bangladesh-China People's Friendship Association.

National

Tk 132cr Sylhet flood control project still uncertain

With completion of 15 per cent works seven years into the start of 'Upper Surma-Kushiyara project' in 2001, the much talked flood control and irrigation scheme in Sylhet district now seems uncertain.

Demolition of Lalon sculpture a conspiracy

Protests against demolition of Lalon sculpture in the capital by religious bigots continued yesterday in districts. The protesters demanded re-installation of the sculpture, saying it is expressive of Bangladesh's rich culture and heritage.

War criminals have no right to be in JS

Leaders of Sector Commanders Forum (SCF) yesterday said war criminals and anti-liberation forces have no right to go to parliament and urged the people to boycott them in the upcoming parliament election.

'JP to support AL in Kushtia-2 if grand alliance formed'

Jatiya Party (Ershad) Presidium member Ahsan Habib Linkon yesterday said his party will support Awami League (AL) leader Mahbubul Alam Hanif if is is a nominee of the proposed grand alliance in Kushtia-2 (Mirpur-Bheramara) constituency in the coming election.

Squabbles in Khulna JP

Intra-party squabbles in Khulna Jatiya Party (Ershad) have come to the surface.

Ayub Korom Ali: A new Londoni face in Sylhet politics

“Change” he said. “Change is crucial.” As the sun sank in the darkening sky these words, spoken in a quiet voice, seemed poignant and urgent with the state-of-emergency and election looming.

Boy abducted for Tk 1 lakh ransom

A 3-year boy was abducted allegedly by pirates from Purba Kalinagar village adjacent to the Sundarbans in Shyamnagar upazila Saturday night.

Tributes paid to Mong Raja Prue

Speakers at a condolence meeting held here yesterday paid rich tributes to Mong Raja Paihala Prue Chowdhury who was killed in tragic a road accident at Paglapara in Ramghor upazila on October 23.

Sylhet city BNP chief Ariful gets bail

A High Court (HC) bench yesterday granted bail to Sylhet City BNP chief Ariful Haque Chowdhury who was detained in connection with an extortion case.

Worker dies at Zia fertiliser, 4 injured

One person was killed and four others were injured while overhauling the Ashuganj Zia fertiliser factory Saturday evening.

Workshop on violence against women held

Speakers at a workshop titled, 'Effectiveness of Existing Law to Prevent Violence against Women' held at Rangpur-Dinajpur Rural Service (RDRS) office here yesterday stressed on creating mass awareness about violence against women.

PBCP cadre held for killing trader in Sirajganj

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested a cadre of the outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) named Hafiz Uddin Sheikh at Paikora village in Tarash upazila.

Letters

Food safety and Bangladesh

Talking of milk products and the inclusion of melamine in the formula are whims that need serious thoughts. I have a different perspective, I have to ask myself what are the acceptable levels in Bangladesh? Who decides these levels? Who ensures these levels are rightly present in the milk or food item?

Baul statues

Thanks to DS for making lead news and writing a strong editorial on "Baul statue" events. I do not know how this small number of "Islamic fundamentalists" could take law in their own hands and dictate the issues of similar nature time and again. The CTG is playing a very dubious role in curbing the harmful activities of these fundamentalist groups. Apparently, they are not only supporting but giving encouragement to fan up terror under the pretext of religion. The forum which talks about "Mukti Juddha" is in effect shielding these terrorists from the wrath of the general public who believe in freedom of choice, expression and individual rights.

Mass killing in 1971

Recently, the school of Law of Australian Newcastle University organised a seminar on "Bangladesh Mass Killing-1971". This year they incorporated mass killing in Bangladesh in the 'Public International Law' course.

Journalistic credibility

Recently, I read a news item in one of our national English language dailies which reported killing of a rickshaw-puller Rafiqul Islam (35) by an influential person's associates just because the former's hands touched the latter's body. This unfortunate incident took place at Adabor in the capital.

Unconditional surrender!

Bolstered by emergency powers, the caretaker government at one time appeared mighty powerful in their mission. Wholehearted support of the army pushed their image to an enviable height. They arrested both the former prime ministers who still enjoy robust popular support. They were so sensitive to unlawful assemblies that a few political workers were arrested in Sylhet while having their lunch at a fellow politician's home! They languished in jail for many months for their illegal (?) activities. In Khulna a former state minister was arrested from a private house allegedly for playing cards. They were prosecuted. Such examples of zero tolerance are abundant during the 19-month tenure of the CTG. We appreciated their firmness as the fallout of the great mission the CTG was going to accomplish.

Religion and politics

At the outset, I will draw your attention to the news reports published recently in The Daily Star:

Unprecedented vandalism

A news item was published in different dailies regarding the unprecedented massive vandalism at the VC office of Dhaka University. How could they escape from the place without the law enforcers' trying to arrest them? The university authorities should take immediate action against the attackers to prevent repetition of such incidents in the future. There could have been a constructive negotiation between the authorities and the agitated students on the issue of admission handled by the respective departments.

Simply outrageous

The outrageous activities of religious fundamentalists are increasing day by day. The photo showing some madrasa students trying to pull down the Baul sculpture is only comparable to Taliban activities.

Power game

The caretakers and the political parties have come to an understanding after so much pulling of each other's legs. What deal they have made will be unfolded gradually in the days ahead. But the caretakers are making one great mistake by trusting these shrewd political people. The very moment the emergency goes, they will show their teeth and claws.

Citizenship issue

I refer to the letter on this topic of 19 October. There are many confusing legal and practical interpretations of 'Bangladesh dual nationality' . However, from my own experience I have learnt the following.

Ominous developments

Due to the current price hike of foods and other essentials, a good number of people have become poorer throughout the globe. The US and its allies are spending a huge amount of money on arms. Many countries are using food grains for producing bio-fuel which is surely a great threat to human beings. Dogs and other pet animals of rich countries are getting such foods which can save crores of people in the poor countries. The haves and have-nots are living in the same world. Yes, Allah, the Almighty, has sanctioned someone fortunes and He will surely examine in the life hereafter how the rich used their wealth.

Election 2008

The date of national election 2008 has been fixed. But is everyone getting ready for the election in a democratic style?

Melamine in milk

Melamine has been detected in many brands of baby milk powder. It has become the talk of the city and may be the country. The test reports are conflicting. The newspapers, TV media are hugely covering this news item since it has tremendous news value. People are 'eating' the news coverage quite voraciously. All the mothers are very worried, so are the fathers, brothers, sisters and so on. People are bewildered. They are at a loss what to feed the baby. In the mean while, so called 'fresh cow milk' sellers are making windfall profit from selling their 'cow milk'. A few years back, one 'dudhwalla' was supplying fifty litres of milk from a few cows. A friend of mine got curious and followed him to his house. He found that they were mixing powder milk in water, boiling it and later on mixing with fresh cow milk. It was sold as “Khanti gorur dudh'!

Controlling traffic

The steps necessary to control the congestion level in the city are described as follows:

HM Ershad's interview

The DS is doing a good job by regularly publishing exclusive interviews of politicians. But not all facts were mentioned while interviewing HM Ershad.

DU incident

The report 'Madrasa youths swoop on office of DU VC' was published in an English language daily.

International

Tigers accuse Lanka of shelling hospital

Separatist Tamil Tigers yesterday accused Sri Lankan troops of shelling a hospital inside rebel-held territory, putting scores of patients at risk.

Multiple crises send Pakistan to the brink

Pakistan faces a "perfect storm" of crises, with its US-backed fight against al-Qaeda and the Taliban faltering and the country lurching towards bankruptcy, analysts and opposition figures say.

Security relaxed at Suu Kyi's Yangon home

Authorities in military-run Myanmar yesterday removed barbed wire barriers and reduced security around the Yangon home of detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, an official from her party said.

Extremism, militancy undermining national interests, says Zardari

Extremism and militancy are serious challenges for Pakistan and undermining the country's security and national interests, President Asif Ali Zardari said on Saturday.

Christians face attacks in eastern India

They still worship in what remains of the little Baptist church not far from this forest town. The church is empty except for the rubble swept neatly into the corners. The sun comes through ragged holes where the mob smashed in the window frames.

Five suspected Ulfa men killed in Assam

Five separatist guerrillas have been killed in a gun battle with security forces in Assam's Nalbari district, officials said yesterday.

Obama tries to win over GOP-leaning Colorado

Barack Obama is trying to snag a win in Colorado, a state that twice sided with President Bush, as the race for the presidency whirls into its final days.

Bush leaves a world of trouble for successor

US President George W Bush's successor inherits a world of troubles come January, including wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, a defiant Iran, and a US economy battered by the global financial crisis.

Bitter infighting over 'diva' Palin in McCain campaign

Bitter infighting between aides to John McCain and Sarah Palin erupted into public view on Saturday in a sign of tension gripping the Republican camp with the election 10 days away.

Israeli PM-designate wants early elections

Prime Minister-designate Tzipi Livni yesterday abandoned her efforts to form a new coalition government and said she would recommend early parliamentary elections.

Fears of confrontation, coup ease in Thailand

Fears of political violence and a possible coup d'etat somewhat eased Saturday after the supposed plan to surround and dislodge the anti-government People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) protesters were denied by its architect, former deputy national police chief General Salang Bunnag.

Iraqi Sunni bloc breaks ties with US after killing

A leading Iraqi Sunni political bloc, said on Saturday it is breaking ties with US forces in the former rebel bastion of Fallujah after troops killed one of its members.

Philippine rebels free 7 comrades in jail attack

Communist guerrillas, disguised as anti-narcotics agents, barged into an underguarded provincial prison southeast of Manila and freed seven of their comrades in a daring 15-minute attack staged without firing a shot, officials said Sunday.

Indian troops fire on Kashmir protesters: 1 killed

Government troops in Indian Kashmir opened fire yesterday on hundreds of angry protesters demanding the release of several people arrested during a recent strike, killing one and wounding at least three others, a police official said.

Rebels seize east Congo army camp

Rebels and UN officials say fighters of a renegade general have seized a major army camp in eastern Congo in heavy fighting that sent thousands of civilians fleeing.

'Future of green is not so black'

The deepening economic crisis may appear to be the perfect storm for environmentalism, but many in and around the green movement contend the opposite, seeing in it a time of opportunity.

Arts & Entertainment

Grand Finale of “Magic Tin Chakar Taroka” held

The curtains came down on the unique talent hunt, "Magic Tin Chakar Taroka". The grand finale of the event was held at the Hall of Fame, Bangladesh China Friendship Conference Centre on October 25. Omar Ali, a 50-year- old rickshaw-wala, received the best award "Shera Magic Taroka", while Mokhlesur Rahman and Abdur Rahman Khokon became the first and second runner up respectively.

A promising artist's alluring world

Tipu Alam belongs to the category of promising artists of Bangladesh. He has been living in New York since 2001 and returns after a long gap. Art lovers will find that his canvases have metamorphosed from yesteryears causing many contemporary issues to surface in his works. Tipu is a thoughtful and contemplative artist. He is basically optimistic even though the thought pattern is very clear and intellectually high.

Cultural programme by artistes of Anandaloke

Renowned Tagore singer of Sylhet and founder of Anandaloke, Rana Kumar Sinha was given a warm reception with a colourful function on his 50th birthday on Friday last. Rabindra Sangeet Shilpi Sangstha and Anandaloke organised the event at the Sylhet Zilla Parishad auditorium.

Cultural evening at Mymensingh Shilpakala

Marking the reunion of Mymensingh Association of Marketing and Sales (MAMS), a cultural evening was held at local Shilpakala auditorium recently. MAMS is a forum of officials and employees involved with marketing and sales in greater Mymensingh.

Premiere of digital film “Bathan” today

The premiere of digital film "Bathan" will be held today at the National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy at 7pm. Ashish Khandakar directs the film.

“Chalachchitrer Galpo” on ATN Bangla

A film based programme, titled “Chalachchitrer Galpo” will be aired on ATN Bangla at 1:30 pm. Directed by Amjad Kabir Chowdhury, the programme is hosted by popular cine-commentator Mazharul Islam. This is the 129th episode of the programme.

Concert regales music lovers

Noted folk singer Momtaz and Close-Up 1 singers Rinku, Tania, Soma and Mukta enthralled a huge audience at a concert held at Mymensingh stadium on October 23. They rendered songs that are now the rage of the younger generation.

Int’l Child Rights Week observed

On the occasion of Int’l Shishu Adhikar Shapta a unique cultural show was held at Kola Bazaar in Kaliganj upazila, Jhenidah. The initiator of the programme was the NGO Sonar Bangla Foundation.

OP-ED

'We all are against the corruption'

Barrister Rafique-ul Huq is now the busiest lawyer in the country. He is the counsel for both former prime ministers-Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina. Born in November 2, 1935, Rafique completed his bar-at-law in 1961. He was enrolled as an Advocate in Calcutta High Court in 1960. He became a senior lawyer of the Supreme Court of the country in 1975. He was appointed Attorney General and Chairman of Bar Council of Bangladesh in 1990. He is a patron of Dhaka Shishu Hospital, Dhaka Ahsania Mission and several other organizations.He is the chairman of Ad-Din Hospital. Ashutosh Sarkar and Rashidul Hasan took his interview.

Resolve the core issues first

ACCORDING to adviser Hossain Zillur Rahman, the unofficial spokesman of the caretaker government, the much sought after national election, scheduled to be held on December 18, is now on the highway and it is determined to reach its target dead on time. Yet the uncertainty with the election that has all along overcast the political horizon ever since the present CTG took over the helm of affairs of the country some 21 months ago is not over.

DU admission controversy

THE recent controversy over the imposition of conditions to qualify for the admission test by seven departments of the social sciences faculty of Dhaka University has exposed an interesting feature.

Star City

Poor planning fades prospects of circular waterway project

Lack of proper link roads and transportation modes may lead to failure of the Dhaka's circular waterway project designed as a solution to the ever-increasing traffic loads in the city streets, said transport experts.

Garment waste processing now job provider for thousands

Recycling of waste raw materials left by garment factories has emerged as a good income generating source for many people in recent times.



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