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News of: Monday, 3rd of November, 2008

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EC declares polls fixture

The Election Commission (EC) finally announced the detailed schedule for the ninth parliamentary election last night, ending all speculations about the fate of the long stalled poll now slated for December 18.

CG assures UN chief of credible polls

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon yesterday said the caretaker government gave assurance that it would do its best to hold a credible election in an atmosphere conducive to polls and ensure voters' security.

Hasina wishes more gap before UZ polls

Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina last night welcomed the Election Commission's (EC) announcement of the detailed timetable for the December 18 parliamentary polls.

Myanmar brings warships to explore Bangladesh waters

Escorted by two naval warships, Myanmar has arbitrarily deployed four ships for exploring oil and gas in Bangladesh maritime territory Saturday ignoring Bangladesh Navy warnings. Bangladesh Navy has also positioned three ships at the spot.

4-party yet to react

In an immediate reaction very early this morning following last night's announcement of detailed poll schedules, BNP Secretary General Delwar Hossain told reporters that his party and its four-party alliance partners had discussed the announcement and will make their reaction public 'in due time'.

Political activities to be allowed immediately

Commerce Adviser Hossain Zillur Rahman yesterday said restrictions on political activities will go immediately after announcement of election schedule, but no official decision came after the schedule was laid out later in the day.

Move to curb graft in cop promotion

Amid discontent between constable- and inspector-rank cops over their promotions, the police department has decided to deal with their advancement centrally through the police headquarters, not by divisional, metropolitan and district headquarters of police.

US electoral system flaws come to fore

As Republicans and Democrats are expecting record turnout in the November 4 US presidential election, experts fear loopholes in the electoral system may bring into question the fairness of the historic race.

People totally left out by this govt

Former caretaker government adviser Sultana Kamal has said the government, which came as a caretaker of the nation, has never communicated with the people who supported its passage hoping it would bring qualitative changes in different spheres.

Help try war criminals

The War Crimes Facts Finding Committee (WCFFC) in a letter to the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon sought UN support for establishing an International Tribunal to try the war criminals of 1971.

HC dismisses petitions against re-demarcation

The High Court (HC) yesterday declared valid the Election Commission (EC)'s re-demarcation of the parliamentary constituencies.

AL, BNP differ on election atmosphere

The two major political parties --- Awami League (AL) and BNP --- yesterday expressed rather opposing feelings about the developing political scenario in the country vis-à-vis the December 18 parliamentary election.

Polls to be held on schedule

Chief of Army Staff General Moeen U Ahmed yesterday told visiting UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that general election in Bangladesh will be held as scheduled, on December 18.

Sea border issue fails to grab govt focus

Bangladesh made negligible progress in delimiting its maritime boundary even though it took the initiative in 2004.

3 test results to be placed to govt today

The experts' committee formed to supervise tests of eight brands of powdered milk yesterday received test results of three laboratories from home and abroad and will submit its report along with recommendations to the government today.

Obama to heal political divisions

In the final weekend of a long race for the White House, Barack Obama promised to heal America's political divisions while rival John McCain fought to hold on to Republican-leaning states and pledged to score an upset.

Govt asked not to harass Hasina till November 23

The High Court (HC) yesterday extended its earlier order that directed the government not to harass or arrest Awami League President Sheikh Hasina in the Niko and barge-mount power plant corruption cases.

7 more die in Bogra

Seven more people died in different parts of the district after drinking toxic alcohol raising the death toll to 21 in Bogra and Joypurhat till yesterday evening.

Freed Brac staff to fly in tomorrow

The release of the two abducted Brac officials in Afghanistan has brought immense relief and joy to their families, who now eagerly wait to be reunited with them.

Jail Killing Day today

The Jail Killing Day commemorating the assassinations of four national leaders will be observed across the country today.

High-powered govt body to watch impact

The government yesterday formed a high-powered technical committee headed by the finance secretary to monitor the impact of global economic turmoil on the country's economy.

Bus fare row halts major city service

Bus link between Mirpur and Gulistan remained suspended for about five hours yesterday following a row between workers and passengers about fares, causing severe transport crisis since morning.

Hannan Shah, 11 others sued for EPR violation

Police yesterday filed a case against Brig Gen (retd) Hannan Shah, Jalal Uddin, an aspirant election candidate of Chandpur-2 constituency, and 10 other local BNP leaders accusing them of violating the Emergency Power Rules, 2007.

SQ Chy granted bail; Moudud's bail upheld

The High Court (HC) yesterday granted bails to Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, parliamentary affairs adviser to former premier Khaleda Zia, and Mojibur Rahman Sarwar, detained former Barisal City Corporation mayor, in separate cases.

Suicide car bomb kills 8 Pak troops

A suicide car bomber killed at least eight Pakistani paramilitary troops yesterday in a region near the Afghan border that has been a target in a surge of suspected US missile strikes.

Saudi help sought to bolster IMF fund

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said yesterday he is confident that Saudi Arabia will contribute to the International Monetary Fund's bailout reserves after he promised business leaders in the Gulf that they would have a say in any future new world economic order.

Saifur's son charge sheeted

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday pressed charges against former finance minister M Saifur Rahman's younger son Shafiur Rahman Babu in a case filed for amassing wealth worth Tk 13.84 crore illegally and concealing wealth information from the commission.

Editorial

What are political parties offering the voters?

WITH the election knocking at the door, political parties are yet to unravel their plans and programmes for serving the people. Completely oblivious to and unrepentant about what they had done to derail democracy they seem to be unprepared to address the problems of the day. To say the least, they made a farce of governance and rule of law, and concomitantly the nation was subjected to political, ethical and moral erosion of massive magnitude. The real issues facing the nation were subsumed in endless confrontation and battles of attrition between major political parties. But there is no sign that they have become wiser. On the contrary, today they make attempts to create new issues and talk about political movement as if living in the past.

November 3, 1975 and our brave leaders

THE nation observes today the 33rd anniversary of the assassination of four national leaders in Dhaka central jail. It is indeed an irony that these illustrious men -- Syed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmed, M.Mansoor Ali, A.H.M. Quamruzzaman -- who provided singular and determined leadership to the armed struggle for liberation through forming the provisional Bangladesh government in Mujibnagar in 1971 should have met such a tragic end in the land that is part of the legacy they have shaped for us. It is also a matter of shame that they were all killed in the secure confines of jail, where they had been lodged after the violent coup d'etat of August 15, 1971. This morning, as on any other morning, we pay our silent, sincere tribute to these sons of the soil.

An election countdown fraught with imponderables

WITH the countdown to the election for our ninth parliament having almost begun, an inauspicious wave of restlessness is sweeping across the country. The iconoclasts and obscurantist, intoxicated with the heady brew of politics tinged with religion ensuring the best of both worlds, are on the warpath in “purging” the country of its ancient cultural symbols and have assailed the nation's value-system.

Obamania and the R word

WITH the US elections a few days away, Barack Obama looks to have sewn it up. Every major poll indicates Obama's victory, with some polls showing a seemingly insurmountable double- digit lead. The key factor is that swing states like Colorado, Ohio, and Florida, all with large electoral votes and having voted Republican in the previous two elections, seem to be “swinging” in Obama's favour.

The quiet shift to new horizons

THE sound of a stereotype crumbling travels deep into the individual psyche and the collective consciousness. The two largest democracies, India and America, comparable in size, demographics and ethnic tensions, have both heard such a rumble in the last few days. The trigger in both cases might have been the relentless pressure that elections bear upon social relationships, the amoral quest for power that brings subterranean flows to a boil.

Sports

Kumble takes final bow

Indian skipper Anil Kumble announced Sunday he was retiring from Test cricket with immediate effect, bringing down the curtain on a glorious international career.

A point for Muktijoddha

Muktijoddha Sangsad earned their first point in the Citycell B. League when the bottom-tale side held Brothers Union to a 1-1 draw at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Rony's first ton

Rony Talukdar's maiden first-class century dominated the opening day's play of the fourth round of the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea 10th National Cricket League yesterday.

Tame draw at Delhi

The third Test between India and Australia ended in a tame draw here on Sunday but not before the host captain Anil Kumble announced his retirement from Test cricket.

Tigers arrive in S Africa unnoticed

The Bangladesh cricket team reached South African shores virtually unnoticed yesterday after completing a 16-hour journey for a challenging month-long tour.

Three former GSs seek nomination

Almost all the known faces have collected nomination papers for this month's Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) election.

ICL worries Siddons

Jamie Siddons, the Bangladesh coach, has said the unauthorised Indian Cricket League could cripple the game in the country if more players follow the exodus. He said the large sums of money being offered by the ICL was a worrying trend as it drew players away from the national set-up before their peak.

Superstars make millions

The Stanford Superstars made the quickest million dollars of any group of cricketers in history after thrashing England by 10 wickets in the Stanford Twenty20 finale here Saturday.

Spurs shock Liverpool

Roman Pavlyuchenko's stoppage-time winner knocked Liverpool off top spot in the Premier League as Tottenham Hotspur continued their unbeaten run under Harry Redknapp with a 2-1 victory.

Bayern are resurgent

Captain Mark van Bommel heralded Bay-ern Munich's 3-1 win over Bielefeld as their best performance of the season so far to go third in the table while Hoffenheim's fairytale continues as they regained top spot.

Racism rears up again

Barcelona reeled off their seventh successive win to reach the summit of the Spanish first division but Saturday's 4-1 win at Malaga was marred by racism directed at their Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o.

Roma in free-fall

Juventus piled more misery on crisis-ridden Roma with a 2-0 home victory on Saturday while Colombia centre-back Ivan Cordoba scored an injury-time winner to send Inter Milan top with a 3-2 win at rock bottom Reggina.

Chivu damages ligaments

Inter Milan defender Cristian Chivu has damaged knee ligaments, the club said on Sunday.

Jumbo shoes to fill

Anil Kumble announced his retirement from Test cricket here on Sunday, leaving India with a huge task of finding a consistent match-winning spinner.

Bowling an Aussie worry

Australia dreamed of another dramatic come-from-behind victory, in the style of Adelaide in 2006-07, but times and conditions have changed. If they were playing at home there might have been a slim chance of success, but in Delhi there was none.

Kallis takes SA home

Jacques Kallis steered South Africa to a comfortable seven-wicket win over Kenya in the second and final one-day international at the Diamond Oval here on Sunday.

Nalbandian meets Tsonga in final

David Nalbandian of Argentina and home hero Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will contest Sunday's Paris Masters final with the winner grabbing the final spot in the Masters Cup in Shanghai later this month.

Young booters training hard in London

The young footballers from Bangladesh, representing the Canary Wharf Youth Football Academy, drew their first friendly match in London on Friday.

Div I hockey

Farashganj Sporting Club beat Dhaka Wanderers 2-0 in a match of the Green Delta Metropolis First Division League at the Moulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Div II football

Both matches of the Dhaka Metropolis Second Division Football League ended in goalless draws at the Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Sepoy Mohammad Mostafa Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.

Business

World crisis cuts GDP outlook

Deep uncertainty in the global financial system has forced Bangladesh Bank (BB) to make a cautious forecast for this year's GDP growth, BB chief economist Dr Mustafa K Mujeri said yesterday.

Ban sees potential for development

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon yesterday said Bangladesh could be a prosperous country if the huge resources it had could be used properly.

Asia's 'biggest' mall launches sales campaign in Dec

Jamuna Future Park, which is said to be the biggest shopping mall and entertainment complex in Asia, will kick off its sales campaign in December with a plan to open it for public by July 2010.

Light engineering comes to fore

Bangladesh's light engineering sector has flourished from almost nothing to a multi-crore taka business now since the country's independence in 1971, with the sector's development coming about mainly at an informal cottage status.

3 get DCCI awards

Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) has announced business awards titled "DCC Business Awards-2008" for contributing to the business sector.

Entrepreneurs demand easy bank loans

Speakers at a conference in Dhaka yesterday demanded an easy access of grassroots entrepreneurs to bank loans so that they can flourish.

New strategies for five priority export sectors

The government has identified five priority sectors and framed a set of strategies for them in order to diversify exports by helping the private sector attain global standards.

Crisis erodes trust in free market system: ICC-B

The 'financial tsunami' originating in the United States has created a downward spiral of loss of confidence and trust in the free market system, said International Chamber of Commerce-Bangladesh (ICC-B).

Reformatting global system

These are some of the regulatory "quick fixes", on which there is already broad agreement. But they amount to little more than band-aids applied to the gaping holes created or at least exposed by the crisis, and such band-aid solutions are clearly inadequate to prevent the next crisis. And in the wake of a crisis of this magnitude, we can no longer say that the financial system basically works, as long as we apply some regulatory tweaking. We may need to rethink the entire global financial architecture - literally, from its foundations to its roof - to prevent financial turbulence from wreaking such havoc on the world in future. Indeed, President Bush recently invited the G20 to a summit on November 15 to discuss the crisis, and some have argued that this meeting should consider reforming that global architecture. What, then, are some of the principles and policy ideas that could guide such a reform?

All the king's men…

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall … and if you remember your nursery rhyme, after his fall, all the King's men could not put Humpty together again. It seems all the king's men cannot put the financial and stock markets around the world together again.

Stocks start in red

Dhaka stocks started the week yesterday with a big slump in all indices, as some top merchant banks sold off a huge volume of shares from their own portfolios.

Eskayef takes part in CPhI Worldwide

As part of its business expansion plans to international markets, Eskayef Bangladesh Limited, a pharmaceutical manufacturer and marketer, took part in CPhI Worldwide 2008, held in Frankfurt, Germany from September 30 to October 2, according to a press release.

German trade show promises to deepen ties

Bangladesh-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BGCCI) is to organise a three-day trade show from November 6 at Bangladesh China Friendship Conference Centre.

Gulf shares edge higher but remain volatile

Stock markets in the oil-rich Gulf states edged higher at the week's opener Sunday amid volatile trading as they start a new month following a rout in October linked to the global financial crisis.

Brown believes Saudis will boost IMF bailout fund

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said on Sunday he believes Saudi Arabia will give more money to expand the IMF's capacity to bail out nations hit by world economic chaos.

ECB to cut lending rate sharply this week

The European Central Bank is set to cut its main lending rate sharply this week as inflation is falling fast and the eurozone economy badly needs a monetary shot in the arm, analyst says.

South Korea's household debt on rise

South Korea's household debt has risen at a faster pace than income growth, the central bank's statistics showed Sunday.

UK in talks with financier over possible rival bid for HBOS

Britain confirmed Saturday it is in talks with a Scottish businessman over a possible rival bid for HBOS, the British banking group hit hard by the subprime crisis.

Tommy Miah festival starts November 27

An international exhibition titled “Tommy Miah International Festival 2008” will start on Nov 27 at Bashundhara City Shopping Complex to showcase Bangladeshi arts, crafts, culture and industry.

BTCL seeks WiMAX partnership

Bangladesh Telecommunic-ation Company Ltd (BTCL) has moved to find strategic partnership to offer faster-service of wireless digital communication system or WiMAX.

BCI's new executives

Shahedul Islam has recently been elected president of Bangladesh Chamber of Industries (BCI) for a two-year (2008-2010) term, said a statement.

New executive assistant manager for Westin

Habib Rehman has taken up the job of executive assistant manager for The Westin Dhaka, the hotel said in a press statement yesterday.

Metropolitan

Call to formulate policy to remove discrimination against minorities

Speakers at a press conference yesterday called upon the government to formulate policy removing discrimination against the minorities.

Next polls to be a turning point in Bangladesh's history

Visiting UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon yesterday said the next election would be a turning point in the history of Bangladesh and the country would set a new standard on democratic transition for other developing countries.

Establish int'l climate research institute in Bangladesh

National Front of Teachers and Employees (NFTE) has urged UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to initiate establishment of an international climate research institute in Bangladesh under the auspices of the United Nations.

Hearing continues on petitions for quashing

The High Court (HC) yesterday continued hearing on the petitions filed by five former BNP-Jamaat ministers and one former state minister for quashing the proceedings against them in Barapukuria Coalmine Corruption Case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

Change attitude to ensure women's rights

Justice Mohammad Fazlul Karim, a senior-most judge of the Supreme Court, on Saturday said the judges will have to apply their mindset within the legal framework while discharging their functions in order to remove gender inequality and establish the rights of women.

CG to hand over power to elected govt in Dec

The London-based Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has said the caretaker government is expected to hand over power to a new elected government shortly after the parliamentary election on December 18.

Ban Ki-moon pays homage to '71 martyrs

Army bugle played the last post as visiting United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon yesterday paid homage to the 1971 liberation war martyrs at the National Mausoleum.

BCL demands Hasina's release

Leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of Awami League, yesterday formed a human chain in the city demanding unconditional release of Sheikh Hasina and withdrawal of cases filed against Swechhasebok League President AFM Baha Uddin Nasim.

Cardiology summit Nov 7

With a view to creating awareness among physicians about the advancements in the pharmacological sector and implantable device therapies in cardiology, a summit will be held at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel on Friday.

4th nat'l debate festival ends

The two-day fourth national debate festival organised by National Debate Federation Bangladesh concluded yesterday.

Businessmen robbed of Tk 10 lakh

Some armed muggers snatched Tk 10 lakh from two businessmen leaving one of them bullet injured on way to their shops from a bank at Dhanmondi in the city yesterday.

7 killed in road accidents

Seven people were killed and 58 others injured in separate road accidents in Manikganj, Bagerhat and Chapainawabganj yesterday.

Political empowerment of women a must for dev

Speakers at a workshop here yesterday called for making the womenfolk politically empowered in the greater interest of enhancing their self-confidence, which would ultimately contribute to the efforts for further progress and prosperity in the country.

Hunger strike continues

Unsuccessful candidates in the 2nd phase result of the 27th BCS examinations observed their hunger strike unto death programme for the second day demanding validity to the 1st phase result of the exams.

People with mental diseases on rise: President

President Iajuddin Ahmed on Saturday said the number of people suffering from various mental diseases is on the rise in Bangladesh for socio-economic reasons like poverty, illiteracy, malnutrition, unemployment and tension.

Eco-friendly management of medical waste stressed

Speakers at a discussion in Rajshahi yesterday underlined the need for hygienic and eco-friendly management of medical waste for the sake of making the environment free from pollution.

Ctg EC office starts massive work

District Election Commission Office (DECO) in Chittagong started massive preparatory work as per directives of the Election Commission ahead of December 18 national election to make the polls smooth and transparent.

Sports materials gutted at Bangabandhu Nat'l Stadium

A devastating fire burnt sports materials and furniture at a VIP gallery of Bangabandhu National Stadium in the city yesterday.

RU students demand reinstallation of Baul sculptures

Cultural activists and general students under the banner of Sculpture Protection Forum staged a rally wearing black badges on the Rajshahi University campus yesterday in protest against the removal of Lalon sculptures in Dhaka.

CU teachers concerned over president's presence at convocation

Pragatishil Shikkhak Samaj, a forum of progressive teachers at Chittagong University, has expressed its profound concern over the presence of President Iajuddin Ahmed who is scheduled to chair the 3rd convocation of the university on Wednesday.

Two held with 7 firearms in Bagerhat

Police arrested two arms traders along with seven firearms and arms making equipment at Mulghar village in Fakirhat upazila yesterday.

Nasaka kills 4 Bangladeshi woodcutters

Nasaka, border security force of Myanmar, killed four Bangladeshi woodcutters at Naikhongchari border.

Show cause on govt, PSC

The High Court (HC) yesterday issued two separate rules upon the government and Public Service Commission (PSC) to explain why the results of the 27th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examination, 'published without following the quota rules properly' should not be declared illegal.

2 shot by extortionists

Two men sustained bullet injuries as armed extortionists spread bullets indiscriminately on them at a cellphone shop at Ashkona in the city yesterday.

Re-fixation of plane fare for hajj pilgrims demanded

Tahfij-e-Haramine Parishad Bangladesh yesterday demanded re-fixation of the jet plane fare for the hajj pilgrims at $1200 as the price of jet fuel has dropped significantly in the international market.

IEB to honour pioneering chemical engrs

The award giving ceremony for the pioneering chemical engineers in Bangladesh will be held on Wednesday, says a press release.

USA rescue ship arrives in Chittagong

The USA rescue ship USNS Safeguard arrived here yesterday on a six-day goodwill visit to Bangladesh.

3 dacoits held, firearms seized at Sudharam

Sudharam police in a drive arrested three dacoits, including a woman, and seized firearms and gold ornaments from Padua village under Sadar upazila in the district yesterday, says a press release.

One shot by extortionists in city

Manager of a furniture shop was shot by a gang of extortionists at Kazipara in the city last night for refusing to pay Tk 2 lakh as toll.

'Withdraw all commercial fees'

Samajtantrik Chhatra Front (SCF), a left-leaning students' organisation, demonstrated on the Dhaka University campus yesterday demanding withdrawal of 'commercial fees'.

Appeal for help

Md Abul Hasnat Chowdhury Hiru, a second year student of Rajshahi Medical College, has been suffering from aplastic anaemia, a type of blood cancer, says a press release.

Urs

The 25th Urs of Hazrat Shah Wazed Ali (R) will be begin at Kazirabad in Barguna tomorrow, says a press release.

National

Offices of 7 parties not found in Khulna, Pabna

Teams from district election offices have found offices of seven registration seeking political parties as non-existent in Khulna and Pabna districts.

Outlaws distribute posters after DIG's anti-crime meeting in Kushtia

Outlawed Gono Mukti Fouz (GMF), active in south-western region, threw leaflets at several spots including Alampur, Bhadalia and Baromile in Kushtia Sadar upazila from passenger buses on Kushtia-Khulna highway Saturday evening.

Jamaat hope for ticket is a dream, says BNP leader Khasruzzaman

BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami, two main partners of 4-paty coalition, are at loggerheads over nomination in Narail-2 (Narail Sadar and Lohagara upazilas) constituency in the coming general election as nomination aspirants from both the parties are in the field now.

BNP faction boycotts 'reformist' leader's meeting in Pabna

Leaders and activists of a faction of BNP boycotted a meeting of its Chatmohar upazila unit held at the residence of its unit president and former lawmaker KM Anwarul Islam, elected from Pabna-3 constituency on Saturday.

Punish Shibir cadres, RU BCL demands

Rajshahi University (RU) unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday demanded of the university authorities an exemplary punishment to Shibir cadres for pasting posters on campus walls which portrayed Awami League (AL) and Chhatra League as a terrorist organisations.

32 rescued from traffickers

Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) rescued 32 people at Paschim Bakchar of Alatuli union in Sadar upazila while being trafficked to India Saturday night.

3 'outlaws' hurt while making bombs

Three criminals allegedly belonging to an outlawed party were injured in blasts during making of bombs at remote Jagannathpur village in Daulatpur upazila in the district on Saturday evening.

Freedom fighter Mirza Tasmimul passes away

Freedom fighter Mirza Tasmimul Islam alias Bablu Mirza passed away at Appolo Hospital in Dhaka on Saturday evening. He was 72.

'Declare Nov 7 a public holiday'

Leaders and activists of Rajshahi University (RU) unit of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) yesterday brought out a procession on the campus demanding the National Revolution and Solidarity Day on November 7 a public holiday.

Woman gets 'death threat' for case against husband

Reshma Islam, wife of Masudur Rahman Biswas, assistant director of the Ministry of Planning, has alleged death threat by her husband for filing a case against him under Anti-dowry Act.

Homage paid to Zia Haidar

Pabna Ekushey Book Fair Celebration Committee paid homage to prominent dramatist and educationalist Prof Zia Haidar at a memorial meeting held here Saturday night.

Letters

Discarding Bangla

This is really very much disappointing that we are not paying proper attention to our language.

Biotechnology

Food and Agriculture Biotechnology shows potential to improve the quality, nutritional value, taste and above all safety for the animal and agricultural food products. A range of research tools is used to understand and manipulate the genotype and thus the phenotype of organisms. Recombinant DNA techniques, also known as genetic engineering, is the modification of an organism's genotype using transgenesis method. Biotechnology is much broader a term to include genetic engineering, but applies to any technology that uses living organisms to manufacture or extract commercially viable products from them mostly aimed to enhance human living standards. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are recombinant organisms, in which a gene fragment is incorporated into the host genome or a gene manipulation is performed to change expression level.

Natural gas

Once upon a time we heard that Bangladesh was a country with huge gas reserves. But the recent data analysis gives a different picture. We have natural gas which would serve us till 2011. After 2011 we will face a shortage of natural gas.

Ban Ki-moon's visit

During this maiden visit, he was supposed to take stock of Bangladesh's politics, economy and social affairs to decide the future UN role as our nation is inching towards a general election. Our Foreign Affairs Adviser has already said that the United Nations chief's visit “has a political relevance as the country, which emerged as an important player in the developing world, approaches the election highway”.

An open letter to Ban Ki-moon

I am pleased to inform you that War Crimes Facts Finding Committee Bangladesh is working relentlessly to mobilise national and international support for the trial of perpetrators of war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity in 1971. In this context, the War Crimes Facts Finding Committee has appealed to the government in writing to constitute tribunals under international tribunals acts 19 & article 47 (3) of Bangladesh constitution. UN support to form such a tribunal has also been sought.

Doctor, not quite!

Last week, my mother took my aunt to get a regular dental check-up in a hospital. She told the doctor about the severe and unbearable pain in her molar tooth. The doctor examined the tooth for a couple of minutes or so and finally gave the prescription. He told that he had to remove that tooth at once which simply scared my aunt horribly. To add more to her fears he said that if it was not removed as soon as possible the other teeth might need to be removed as well. After reaching home, my mother tried her best to console her but all her attempts went futile. She suggested that we consult another doctor before taking any hasty decisions but my aunt was stubborn. Next day she had her operation. All went well for three days. On the fourth day her tooth started paining. When it was unbearable, my mother and me took her to another hospital. After examining for half an hour or so, the doctor asked the reason for removing the tooth. We explained to him. After taking some tests he told us that the tooth for which she was suffering was left untouched. Giving a sigh he told us that THE DOCTOR HAD REMOVED ONE OF HER GOOD TEETH! After hearing that mother and me stared at the doctor for a couple of minutes open-mouthed. She was suffering from pain because a bone got stuck in her tooth. He has removed it and soon she will start smiling. He prescribed some medicines and then he bid us farewell.

Stray dogs in Uttara

Of late, stray dogs are creating problems for the residents of Uttara area. The morning walkers are facing the problem every day. As the western Uttara is partially under Dhaka City Corporation and the other part under the Harirampur UP, no one takes the responsibility of eliminating/ controlling the stray dogs which create a lot of problems.

Making Dhaka liveable

It has often been said that to delay a project, let a committee deliberate on it; while to put it into cold storage permanently, pass it onto an expert committee(s). The sketchy reports of the deliberations of the Expert Committee in the above Round Table that appeared in the DS, 12 Oct 08, obviously make little sense, since the major hurdles hindering the management of Dhaka's transport nightmare have hardly been mentioned.

Population boom and no planning!

Population is increasing at an alarming pace. As a result, new problems are arising on a daily basis. A decade ago about four infants would be born in one minute, but now the number won't be less than ten. The issue like population boom has been discussed many times but could not draw the attention of the authorities concerned. The majority people are living below poverty line. It has become very difficult for impoverished people to survive by managing the basic needs as prices of almost every commodity has shot up.

Financial catastrophe

The recent financial catastrophe initially in the US & later across the globe reminds us of the Great Depression of the 1930s. What US suggests to the developing nations sounds hollow.

US vice president

Recently, I came across a story, which quoted Republican Vice President candidate Sarah Palin as answering to an 8-year-old third-grader kid's question on the actual job of the US Vice President, that the vice president is not only the president's 'team mate' but also 'runs the Senate' and “can really get in there with the Senators and make a lot of good policy changes...And it's a great job and I look forward to having that job” Palin added.

Election 2008

Everybody is asking whether election will be held on Dec.18 ? The answer is "No".

Media and modern life

To make anything famous or familiar to the world, media contributes a lot. With the changing world, the activists and receivers are also being changed. As a civilized nation, we are now very close to all the scientific inventions.

British Council

The British Council is a centre of learning. Its library, cyber zone & listening zone are really helpful to learners.

What are we eating?

With the population boom and increasing demand, adulterated edible oils, foods stuffs have flooded the market. The traders are making money at the cost of the customers.

Appointment of VCs

The present caretaker government has claimed that it would depoliticise the academic administration and formed a so-called “search committee” for appointing world renowned highly accomplished intellectuals and capable academics as vice-chancellors of the public universities.

Political circus!

It appears that with a common goal to sweep the board, both the Awami League and the BNP have joined in a rough music that they will boycott the upcoming JS election, unless the government expresses its inability to face the music and declares that the holding of the JS election and participation of their 'Netries' in it are inextricably linked to each other. Well, the government seems pretending that this simple declaration in plain words they are holding as a king's worthy ransom to achieve something very precious from them for the country's benefit, though one of the advisers is harping on one string that "It will become clear through the legal process".

International

Millions needed for Pak quake aid: Red Cross

The Red Cross appealed Sunday for $7.8 million in emergency funds to help victims of an earthquake in southwest Pakistan, saying the priority is to provide shelter to the homeless as winter sets in.

Lanka steps up airstrikes after sea battle

Sri Lanka's military stepped up air attacks against Tamil Tiger rebels in the island's north after a sea battle left heavy casualties on both sides, officials said yesterday.

Pak PM to raise issue of drone strikes with US

American and Nato missile strikes inside Pakistan are counterproductive in the war on terror and the world should urge the United States to stop the incursions, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said on Saturday.

Obama riding 'righteous wind' before polls

Democrat Barack Obama promised a "new politics for a new time" and said he had a "righteous wind" at his back as he basked in hefty poll leads just three days before Tuesday's historic election.

Democrats look for White House, Congress clean sweep

Democrats are hoping to take a stranglehold on political power in Washington in Tuesday's election and are all but assured of expanding their majorities in the Senate and House of Representatives.

Cautious optimism six months after cyclone lashed Myanmar

Six months after Cyclone Nargis lashed Myanmar, the initial despair over the ruling junta's inaction has been replaced by cautious optimism that more aid can reach the country's needy.

Taiwan, China set for landmark talks

Senior officials from Taiwan and China are scheduled to hold high-level talks this week on the autonomous island in a further sign of warming ties between the traditional rivals.

Cautious joy as blacks imagine Obama win

Lula Cooper expects the tears to flow if Barack Obama becomes the first black president. But she's not breaking out the tissues just yet.

West warns of humanitarian crisis in DR Congo

Thousands of displaced sought to return home Sunday in eastern DR Congo as a ceasefire held, but European diplomats warned 1.6 million were at risk despite a rebel charm offensive that included a parade.

Obama set for a date with destiny

After a gruelling, hard-fought rollercoaster 21 months, Barack Obama stands on the brink of realizing his improbable quest and making history by becoming the first black US president.

Russia, Libya sign civil nuclear deal

Libya and Russia signed a civil nuclear cooperation deal Saturday, Tripoli's foreign minister said, as Muammar Gaddafi visited Moscow for talks he said could help restore "geopolitical equilibrium".

Palin takes prank call from fake French president

Sarah Palin unwittingly took a prank call Saturday from a Canadian comedian posing as French President Nicolas Sarkozy and telling her she would make a good president someday.

West warns of humanitarian crisis in DR Congo

Thousands of displaced sought to return home Sunday in eastern DR Congo as a ceasefire held, but European diplomats warned 1.6 million were at risk despite a rebel charm offensive that included a parade.

Iraq expects answer on security deal after US polls

Iraq expects Washington's reply on proposed changes to a draft security agreement after the US elections, an aide to the prime minister said Sunday.

Brother of Afghan minister kidnapped

Unidentified men have kidnapped an Afghan minister's brother who has been living in Pakistan's northwestern border city of Peshawar, police said Sunday.

Jharkhand CM runs into fresh controversy

Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren has run into a fresh controversy with one of his prominent detractors alleging that he has links with the supremo of an outlawed extremist outfit in the state.

20 dead, 42 missing in China landslides

Twenty people were confirmed dead and 42 were missing yesterday after mudslides engulfed several villages in southwest China, state press reported.

Dozen hurt in Kashmir protests

Over a dozen people were hurt yesterday when Indian police fired teargas and used batons to disperse hundreds of Kashmiris protesting arrests of separatists, doctors said.

Arts & Entertainment

Contemporary Korean art in the city

Figurative norms are being modernised in many countries of the world. Figures can emerge on the canvas in various ways. There is no boundary to any expression of figures. Sometimes the figures come across as dreamy, feeble, burly and nostalgic. Won-Sun Song is a Korean painter and has the experience of working in various mediums and techniques. Korea is known for its traditional art and the artists are now working in full swing in various techniques, contemplative themes and diverse contemporary issues. From the very beginning, the country has been participating in Asian Art Biennale.

A major exposure for Bangladeshi artists in North America

The 2nd annual Asian Contemporary Art Fair (ACAF, NY), the only art fair in New York dedicated exclusively to Asian contemporary art and artists, will be held from November 6 to 10. The fair plays a major role in highlighting Bangladeshi art and culture in North America.

Shelu Barua’s new album launched

“Kachhe Thako, Chhuey Thako,” an album of 'adhunik' songs by artiste Shelu Barua was launched on November 1, at the conference lounge of the National Press Club. Veteran music composer Robin Ghosh formally launched the album while Abdur Rahman Sarker, managing director of National Bank Limited presided over the event.

“Ghajini” Aamir Khan’s first ‘out-and-out’ action film

Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan touts his next film "Ghajini" as his first "out-and-out action" flick and promises it will show him flexing his muscles like never before.

Film on Bosnian war wins top prize at Rome festival

"Resolution 819," a film about the Srebrenica massacre in the last months of Bosnia's 1992-1995 war, won the top prize at the Rome film festival Friday.

Michael Jackson opts out of Jackson 5 reunion

A reunion of the Jackson 5 is not quite as easy as "ABC."

“Mamma Mia!” breaks UK film record

Musical "Mamma Mia!" starring Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan, has become one of the highest-grossing British film at the UK box office. The film, which features the songs of Abba, has taken £67.2m in the UK since its release in July and continues to be shown in British cinemas.

Nirob signs new film

Model-turned-actor Nirob has signed on for a commercial film recently. The film, “Guru Bhai,” is Nirob's second venture in mainstream cinema close on the heels of “Mon Jekhaney Hridoy Shekhaney.”

Painting competition for children

On the occasion of the World Disaster Reduction Day, World Vision Disaster Management Department, local ADP organised a painting competition for school-going children at its office. The theme of the competition was natural disasters and coping with the calamities like storm, flood, cyclone, nor'wester and hospitals.

OP-ED

'Where are the people now?'

Human rights activist Sultana Kamal obtained masters degree in English literature from Dhaka University in 1971 and in development studies from Holland, in 1981. Presently the executive director of Ain o Salish Kendra, she was appointed an adviser to the caretaker government in 2006 but resigned with three other cabinet colleagues in December the same year. She received Ananya Top Ten award in 1995 and John Humphrey Freedom Award 1996. Shamim Ashraf took the interview.

No more political 'movement' please

PARLIAMENTARY elections in Bangladesh are scheduled to be held on December 18, and political parties are gearing up to contest the elections as usual.

Smash Palace

A cycle of outrage over baul statues has created many surprising and dissonant coalitions: youngblood (Charu Kala protests), musicians (bauls and fusion bands), signifiers (wear a gamcha in support), and shushil (umbrellas at National Museum). And diverse editorial tactics: cowardly capitulation (Afsan Chowdhury, New Age, 20/10/08), stop it before it's too late (Kamal Lohani, Janakantha, 21/10/08), king's men (Hana Shams, Daily Star, 21/10/08), core heritage (Inam Ahmed, Prothom Alo, 28/10/08), middle ages (Audity Falguny, Shamokal, 29/10/08), Islam's tolerance tradition (Humayun Ahmed, Prothom Alo, 27/10/08).

Surge of Islamist extremism

WHAT the civil society and democracy loving people of this country are blissfully unaware of, or are not paying much attention to, is the surge in Islamist extremism in this country. The reason for this is that the overwhelming majority of our people are Muslims, and illiterate both in liberal education and true religious education. This gives the politically motivated clerics extra space and mileage over others because nothing else appeals to and inflames the mind of the people so passionately and instantly as religion does.

Star City

Delay in canal recovery affects circular waterway

Reclamation of the one kilometre long Sutibhola canal in Badda to facilitate Dhaka's circular waterway has been delayed as the authorities find it very difficult to remove the earth filled and structures built by a housing company.

Risky living at frail Shankhari Bazar houses

Several thousand people are living a precarious life at awfully dilapidated buildings in congested, dingy Shankhari Bazar, a 300 years old urban settlement in the old part of the city.



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