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News of: Monday, 10th of November, 2008

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9 doctors admit Falu's reports not official

Nine doctors of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) yesterday told the Supreme Court registrar the medical reports on former BNP lawmaker Mosaddek Ali Falu's health were not made by a medical board but were individual examination reports.

BAEC find vindicates DU melamine results

The government yesterday disclosed to the High Court (HC) that Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) also had detected high concentration of toxic melamine in seven brands of powdered milk out of the eight tested so far.

Polls goal to be made one-way

The caretaker government is amending the upazila parishad ordinance to prevent individuals from contesting parliamentary and upazila elections simultaneously.

Myanmar withdraws warships

Myanmar withdrew its warships, the oil and gas exploration rig and the fossil fuel exploration vessels from Bangladesh waters yesterday but tension between the two countries still exists as both the nations mobilised more troops along their border.

Myanmar worked in that area from before?

With Korean, Chinese and Indian companies in the field, Myanmar's attempt to drill an exploratory oil and gas well within Bangladesh maritime boundary indicates that the country has been working on this plan for a long time.

Time for nomination filing extended

The Election Commission (EC) yesterday extended the deadline for filing nominations for parliamentary and upazila elections.

EC warns BNP for violating electoral code of conduct

The Election Commission (EC) yesterday said BNP has violated the electoral code of conduct for the ninth parliamentary election by turning the reception accorded to party chief on November 7 in Chittagong into an electoral showdown.

People still unsure of Dec18 JS polls

Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique of Dhaka University has said an electoral environment is "conspicuously" absent and people are still unsure that the parliamentary elections are going to be held on December 18.

Next govt will have to ratify all reform works

Awami League (AL) yesterday said it would ratify all reform initiatives taken by the caretaker government and officially recognise the laws passed under the current regime, if voted to power in the next parliamentary election.

BNP pulls for bill, loan defaulters

BNP yesterday demanded fresh poll schedule for the ninth parliamentary election so that its prospective leaders who have been declared loan and utility bill defaulters can take part in it.

Bikalpadhara, Gono Forum, Manju's JP float new alliance

Breaking away from the Awami League-led grand alliance, the Bikalpadhara Bangladesh and the Gono Forum yesterday launched a new electoral combine.

Amla ton crushes Tigers' hopes

Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal produced a brief whirlwind but the Tigers were far from chasing down a mammoth total in chilly conditions as South Africa clinched the three-match series after winning the second game by 128 runs thanks to Hashim Amla's fantastic 140 at Willowmoore Park here yesterday.

4 robbers beaten to death in Pabna

Four suspected robbers were beaten to death by a mob at Hatbaria village of Santhia upazila in Pabna early yesterday.

Poster control ordinance okayed

The council of advisers yesterday approved in principle the Graffiti and Poster Control Ordinance 2008 in order to keep candidates from campaigning by such means.

Govt's handling of graft suspects questioned by Justice Habibur

Former chief adviser to a caretaker government Justice Muhammad Habibur Rahman yesterday expressed doubts about the effectiveness of the way the present caretaker government dealt with political leaders suspected of corruption.

Khaleda's APS Shamsul jailed for 13 yrs

A special court yesterday sentenced former prime minister Khaleda Zia's assistant personal secretary M Shamsul Alam to 13 years' imprisonment for amassing wealth worth Tk 1.79 crore illegally and concealing information about wealth worth Tk 1.48 crore from the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

Deal signed on Tk 1,000cr Swedish grant

Bangladesh will receive 1.1 billion Swedish kroner, approximately Tk 1,000 crore, under a five-year agreement signed in Dhaka yesterday.

HC asks Nanak, Bahauddin Nasim to surrender in trial court

The High Court (HC) yesterday directed Awami Jubo League President Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Awami Swechchhasebak League President Bahauddin Nasim and former Chhatra League president Liaqat Shikdar, all wanted in multiple criminal cases, to surrender before the trial courts within 10 weeks.

AKM Mosharraf denied bail in Barapukuria case

A special court rejected the bail petition of former state minister AKM Mosharraf Hossain and ordered to send him to jail yesterday after his surrender to the court in Barapukuria coalmine graft case.

Envoys of 8 Muslim nations meet Hasina

The envoys of eight Muslim countries yesterday called on Awami League (AL) President and former premier Sheikh Hasina and hoped that the national election would be held on December 18.

Russian nuclear submarine accident kills 20

An accident aboard a Russian nuclear-powered submarine making a test run in the Sea of Japan killed at least 20 people, officials said yesterday.

Pakistani airstrike kills 14 Taliban rebels

At least 36 suspected extremists and three soldiers were killed in military airstrikes and ground operations targeting al-Qaeda and Taliban-linked militants in northwest Pakistan, officials said yesterday.

Indonesia executes 3 Bali bombers

Three Indonesian Islamists were executed by firing squad early yesterday for the Bali bombings which killed 202 people, sparking calls for revenge from their radical supporters.

Congo refugee camp hit by cholera outbreak

Doctors struggled yesterday to contain an outbreak of cholera in a sprawling refugee camp near Congo's eastern provincial capital of Goma, as new fighting ignited fears that infected patients could scatter and launch an epidemic.

Editorial

Bangla-Myanmar tension defusing?

We note with some sense of relief that Myanmar government has acceded to Bangladesh government protest and withdrawn its naval vessels from Bangladesh's exclusive economic zone (EEZ). We also read a positive sign in that the exploration rigs from the area have also been withdrawn.

The need for good town planning

A roundtable on urban planning in connection with the observance of World Town Planning Day in the capital the other day certainly made the right noises. And those noises were all related to the impediments that have increasingly hampered town planning in this country. Even without formal seminars and discussions being organised to highlight the issue, one surely understands the gravity of the situation. An observation of conditions in Bangladesh, especially Dhaka, is enough to make us realise everything that has been going wrong with town planning. Over the years, owing to a queer sense of commercialisation, residential areas in the city have been falling prey to depredations of various kinds.

What if Khaleda Zia opts out of election

AS her last stint of prime ministership ended after a burlesque of governance, pervading corruption and myriad sleazy activities with regard to public affairs, speculations were rife that Madam Zia would like to call it a day. This was in spite of the fact that our politicians have no tradition of voluntarily quiting the turf unless shown the door and hounded out of office by people's power. Few thought that she would again show her face, smeared with so many slurs, to an alienated people deluded by her perfidious rule. The notion was reinforced gradually with stories made public of pillaging, misfeasance and moral turpitude perpetrated by her sons, relatives and favourites, as well the nefarious role of the so-called Hawa Bhaban mafia.

No alternative to state intervention

SUCH is the grip of neo-liberal or free-market dogma on the minds of its Indian adherents that they deny there's a grim global financial crisis and economic recession. Indeed, some say the collapse of banks and the general economic slowdown in the West represents the birth of a new, vibrant, free-market capitalism. One commentator concedes this is a crisis of neo-liberal globalisation, but asserts this could be globalisation's "finest hour."

Islam and Obama

FOR the past few months, not a day went by without the words "Muslim" and "Obama" being mentioned in the same sentence. From the divisive shouts and jeers at McCain rallies to the Op-Ed pages of The New York Times to an interview with Colin Powell on NBC's "Meet the Press," Muslimsor at least the mention of themhave been more prevalent this campaign year than "Joe the Plumber."

Sports

Tigers better than expected

Hardly anyone can be blamed for thinking that the standard of Bangladesh cricket would decrease following the exodus of some key players to the unauthorized Indian Cricket League (ICL).

Jamil, Sinha withdraw

Former board official Khondokar Jamil Uddin pulled off a surprise yesterday when he withdrew his candidature for the coming Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) elections.

Ton-up Imran, Faruque

Tushar Imran and Nasiruddin Faruque hit centuries while Nabil Samad continued his wicket-taking exploits in the National Cricket League yesterday.

Bangladesh team safely reach Myanmar

Although the forces of Bangladesh and Myanmar have gathered in striking distance at sea and land in a warlike situation over territorial rights in Bay of Bengal, the two national football teams will confront in a battle tomorrow in the opening match of the 3rd Grand Royal Challenge Cup in Yangon.

Venus downs Jelena

Venus Williams reached the final of the WTA Tour's year-end event for the first time in her career when she beat world number one Jelena Jankovic in a long, drawn-out thriller here on Saturday.

'Klinsmann is right choice'

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has leapt to the defence of coach Jurgen Klinsmann after he received discontented whistles during the club's annual general meeting.

'A bit of Sunny, a dash of Viv'

His loyal fans in India are treating him like a demigod for his cricketing exploits but Sachin Tendulkar is humbleness personified who feels that nobody is bigger than the game.

Kop ride on Keane

Rafa Benitez warned Robbie Keane he isn't guaranteed to keep his place despite a two-goal blast in Liverpool's 3-0 win over West Bromwich Albion.

Rivals go goal crazy

Samuel Eto'o and Gonzalo Higuain both scored four goals in an incredible Saturday night of football as Bar-celona thrashed Valladolid 6-0 while Real Madrid laboured to a 4-3 triumph over Malaga.

Bayer throw away chance

Bayer Lever-kusen squandered their chance to take over at the top of the Bun-desliga on Saturday as their 3-0 lead slipped to a 3-3 draw at Karlsruhe.

Own-goal stalls Roma recovery

An injury-time own goal by Roma's Cicinho earned Bologna a 1-1 draw at home to AS Roma, who were seconds from victory thanks to a Fernando Totti goal when they had lost their last four Italian league matches.

Chelsea return to summit

Chelsea may have lost their bigger games of late but they continue to overwhelm mediocre opposition. Nicolas Anelka scored twice in a comfortable 2-0 victory over Blackburn at a rain-sodden Ewood Park to make it five goals in two Premier League matches for him and return Chelsea to the top of the table.

Daily Star win big

The Daily Star returned to the cricket field with a bang, defeating news agency UNB by five wickets in the 3rd DRU-Pepsi six-a-side cricket tournament at the Maulana Bhasani Stadium yesterday.

Local Snippets

The first Junior South Asian Tennis Championship was officially inaugurated at the National Tennis Complex in Ramna yesterday.

Inter-Hall swimming

A daylong Inter-Hall Swimming and Water Polo Competition was held at the Rajshahi University Central Swimming Pool yesterday.

Flintoff sets up big win

Andrew Flintoff smashed an unbeaten century to set up England's emphatic 122-run victory against a Mumbai side in a one-day warm-up game here on Sunday.

Rajib's 4th draw

Enamul Hossain Rajib drew his third match in a row when the Bangladeshi Grandmaster split points with local International Master Zude Arno in an eighth round match of the 12th Bavarian Open International Chess Championship on Saturday.

Business

Dairy industry in doldrums

The local dairy industry potential remains largely untapped although the country boasts one of highest numbers of cattle in the world.

Rod price fall may benefit flat customers

Apartment customers are likely to benefit this time from the sharp fall in the prices of iron rod in the local and international markets, developers told a press conference in Dhaka yesterday on the eve of a housing fair.

GP issues Tk 425cr bonds in private placement

Grameenphone (GP) has signed agreements with 10 institutions in a plan to raise Tk 425 crore from the local market through issuance of coupon bearing bonds on a private placement basis.

Benchmark index hits three-month low

The stock market regulator sits with the authorities of Dhaka and Chittagong stock exchanges today to find reasons for a persistent downtrend in the market.

Bogra light engineering in limbo

More than 1,200 light engineering firms including 29 foundries in Bogra with an annual turnover of Tk 400 crore are in limbo due to high prices of raw materials and lack of government support.

Bimstec summit Thursday

In the run-up to the second Bimstec summit here on Thursday, India has asked member countries to launch joint and focused efforts to deal with tariff and non-tariff barriers to help implement the proposed free trade deal in the region.

France keen to help develop Bangladesh's energy sector

The French ambassador in Bangladesh said yesterday his government is keen to extend cooperation to the development of infrastructure, energy and environmental management sectors of Bangladesh if clear and specific proposal for the same is obtained from the country, according to a Chittagong chamber's press release.

DBH opens office in Sylhet

Delta Brac Housing Corporation yesterday opened its office in Sylhet city as part of its plan to expand services to six divisional headquarters in phases.

Credit crunch could boost science sector

The global financial crisis could boost recruitment to science and engineering firms as young high-fliers shun Wall Street for the lab, analysts say.

CBC ranks 155th in The Banker rating

Commercial Bank of Ceylon (CBC) ranked 155th out of top 1,000 banks in the world in terms of financial soundness and 950th on Tier-1 capital, according to the rating of The Banker magazine.

Libya to host $5b energy business hub

Gulf Finance House (GFH), a Bahrain-based Islamic investment bank, on Sunday unveiled plans for a 5-billion-dollar energy sector business hub at Sabratha, 70 kilometres (43 miles) west of Tripoli.

It's time to realign business

The two main economic pillars of the world, the US and the EU, face turbulent times due to the ongoing global financial turmoil. Countries in the rest of the world scratch their heads, puzzled and confused, as they had based their budgets and business plans, targeting to export products to those destinations.

Heavily weighted toward perception

The Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) General Index fell by 317 points or 11percent during the last 30 days. Nothing has changed in our economy nor has there been any earnings forecast downshift from any leading company. We are de-coupled quite strongly in our capital market, with total foreign portfolio investment being about $200 million in fiscal 2007-08.

CSE president reelected

Nasiruddin Ahmed Chowdhury has been reelected the president of Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) for the year 2009, said a press release.

Gulf shares tumble

Most stock markets in the oil-rich Gulf states plummeted on the first day of the trading week on Sunday, driven by investor fears over the impact of the global economic recession on the region.

Demand drives Dubai property

A top Dubai property development executive said Sunday that the emirate's booming real estate sector would maintain growth despite the global crisis as demand continued to outstrip supply.

New MD for House bldg finance corpn

Raihana Aneesa Yusuf Ali has been appointed managing director of Bangladesh House Building Finance Corporation (BHBFC) recently.

Apollo Hospitals gets new GM

Apollo Hospitals Dhaka has appointed Dr Shagufa Anwar as general manager for business development recently.

Taiwan cuts interest rate

Taiwan's central bank announced Sunday it was lowering interest rates by 25 basis points beginning Monday -- the fourth cut in just over a month -- to spur the economy in the face of the global downturn.

Asian currencies end week down against dollar

Asian currencies were mostly lower against the US dollar during a week of volatile trading as uncertainties over the global financial crisis continued to hang over the markets.

G20 looks to expand emerging nations’ role in global economy

World finance chiefs aimed to forge a consensus Sunday on boosting the role of emerging nations and crafting a new system to help a struggling global economy.

Deutsche Post to shed thousands of US jobs

German logistics giant Deutsche Post will on Monday announce thousands of job losses in the United States in the wake of heavy losses, a German newspaper reported.

Iranian economists slam Ahmadinejad in open letter

Iran's confrontational attitude toward the rest of the world is costing the country dearly in lost trade and investment, according to a letter signed by 60 economists published on Saturday.

Hong Kong sourcing giant to slash costs in global slowdown

Hong Kong sourcing giant Li & Fung has implemented a hiring freeze, cut travel expenses and could lay off some employees because of the slowing global economy, the company said.

Metropolitan

Empower common people for true democracy, prosperity

Speakers at a seminar yesterday said the country will never attain true democracy as well as economic prosperity unless the common people are empowered by breaking a vicious cycle between the politicians and the rural elite and traders.

Germany hopes for peaceful power transition

German Ambassador to Dhaka Frank Meyke yesterday said Berlin hopes next month's elections will usher in a peaceful and successful transition to parliamentary government in Bangladesh.

Call to ensure cent percent sanitation by 2010

Speakers at the 'National Convention for the Grassroots People' yesterday called for political commitment to ensure cent percent sanitation across the country by 2010.

BB not tasked with barring loan defaulters from polls

Bangladesh Bank (BB) Governor Salehuddin Ahmed yesterday said the central bank was not tasked with stopping the loan defaulters from contesting any elections.

Unsuccessful candidates demand appointment

The unsuccessful candidates in the 2nd phase result of the 27th BCS examinations at a tripartite meeting with the PSC authorities yesterday formally demanded immediate appointment as per the 1st phase viva result of the exams and their immediate recruitment.

Tale of street children

Ruby, a 14-year-old girl, could hardly hold her tears yesterday when she was talking about the history of her life which was full of pain, torture and deprivation.

Nation eagerly waiting for elected govt

President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday said the entire nation is eagerly waiting to welcome a newly elected government by December after the general elections.

'Points Based System' in UK for foreign workers from Nov 27

The UK is going to introduce new 'Points Based System' on November 27 for skilled foreign nationals from outside of the European Economic Area wishing to travel there for work, including temporary or unpaid work.

PBCP leader dies in 'crossfire' in Rajshahi

A regional commander of outlawed Purbo Banlgar Communist Party (PBCP) was killed in 'crossfire' between his accomplices and the police at Nokhopara in Bagmara early yesterday.

Third anniversary of Enayetullah Khan's death today

Today is the third death anniversary of Enayetullah Khan, founding editor of The New Age and editor-in-chief of the weekly Holiday, says a press release.

Shaheed Noor Hossain Day today

Shaheed Noor Hossain Day will be observed across the country today.

Tangail road crash kills 2

Two people were killed and six others injured in a road accident on Dhaka-Tangail highway at Mirzapur upazila yesterday.

18 teachers demand reinstatement

The sacked teachers of Tejgaon College in the city yesterday demanded reinstatement to their jobs.

Hasina asks BCL leaders to work unitedly

The leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) met Awami League President Sheikh Hasina at her Sudha Sadan residence in the city yesterday.

Indian minister indicates shift of policy toward Bangladesh

Eyeing the prospect of upcoming election in Bangladesh, Indian minister Mani Shankar Aiyar yesterday said the year 2009 should be a year of India and Bangladesh.

Withdraw emergency for democracy

Leaders of Gonotantrik Biplobi Party yesterday demanded immediate withdrawal of the state of emergency to ensure the democratic rights of the people.

Police team leaves for UN peace mission in Ivory Coast

A 70-member team of police left the city on Saturday night to join the United Nations' peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast, says a press release.

Muggers strangle elderly teacher

Muggers took away all the valuables from an elderly teacher after strangling him at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the city on Saturday night.

JP extends time for nomination

Jatiya Party (JP) has extended its deadline for submission of nomination papers of aspirant candidates for national polls till 8:00pm on November 13, says a press release.

UPDF legal notice on EC

The United Peoples Democratic Front (UPDF) yesterday served a legal notice on the Election Commission (EC) for rejecting its application for registration for the upcoming general election, says a press release.

Ctg AL meets to prepare list of candidates

Leaders of Chittagong city unit Awami League at an extended meeting here yesterday prepared the lists of probable candidates for four constituencies under Chittagong City Corporation areas.

Hearing on writ petition against Tac adjourned

The High Court (HC) yesterday adjourned until tomorrow the hearing on a writ petition challenging the legality of the Truth and Accountability Commission (Tac) Ordinance-2008.

Dr Mohammad Mostafa

Today is the ninth death anniversary of Dr Mohammad Mostafa, a freedom fighter.

116 undergo cataract surgery in Bhairab

A total of 116 patients have undergone cataract surgery in Bhairab under a two-day community project titled 'Eye-See-The-World' that ended on Saturday.

Family members demand release of Monindra Lal, withdrawal of false case

Family members of detained Khagrachhari District Council Chairman Monindra Lal Tripura yesterday demanded his release and withdrawal of the case against him saying it was false.

BSF kills cattle trader

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead a Bangladeshi cattle trader and injured another on Nagarvita border at Baliadangi in the district yesterday.

National

154 more polling centres in six northern districts

District election offices have finalised list of 2,554 polling centres in Nilphamari, Kurigram, Lalmonir-hat, Gaibandha, Thakurgaon and Panchagarh districts against its earlier number of 2,400 prepared before the parliament election scheduled for January 22 last year (later postponed).

New calculation for Saifur, Muhith as Companiganj axed from Sylhet-1

Former lawmakers of major political parties and new aspirants in the upcoming parliamentary election are making calculations anew after delimitation of constituencies in Sylhet region.

Kibria murder hearing now on Dec 9

A Sylhet court yesterday deferred the date for next hearing on the investigation officer's prayer for remanding five Huji men including its chief Mufti Abdul Hannan in the case for killing SAMS Kibria and four others.

Manabendra Larma's contributions recalled

Speakers at a meeting held at Mohazonpara here yesterday recalled the glorious contributions of Parbattya Chattagram Jano Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) founder chairman Manabendra Narayan Larma.

Jhenidah Chhatra Dal leader sent to jail

Detective Branch (DB) police Saturday night arrested the president of the district unit of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, Ashraful Islam Pintu, here on charge of various crimes and terrorist activities, police said.

Ex-BNP MP Sarwar sued by ACC for hiding wealth info

Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) here filed a case against former NNP lawmaker Shah Shaheed Sarwar from Mymensingh-2 constituency (Phulpur Upazila) with Kotwali model police station yesterday for concealing wealth information in his statement submitted to ACC earlier.

Court showcause notice on Rab, police

The Court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's (CMM) in Barisal yesterday issued show cause notice to two officials of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and police about delay in presenting arrested Babuganj upazila BNP Secretary Shamsul Alam Fakir before the court and physical torture on him and his family members.

Former BNP MP Habib says cases against him false

Satkhira district BNP convenor and former lawmaker Habibul Islam Habib who got High Court bail recently in all cases in his first public appearance here said he is innocent and implicated in false cases.

Minu sent to hospital

Jailed BNP leader Mizanur Rahman Minu was admitted to hospital yesterday evening as he was suffering from acute headache and high blood pressure.

Letters

Congratulations, Americans

Mr. Barack Obama is now President Elect of the USA. We all congratulate him and pray for the success of his leadership to bring the needed "change". It is a historic victory for Mr. Obama and the Democratic Party. Mr Obama has dedicated his victory to the people of America. I wholeheartedly support his dedication and confidence in people which has brought the historic victory.

UN and Bangladesh

Overall, being a nation with the proverbial beggar bowl we have possibly no choice, but to listen to whatever is said, and accept whatever is done.

Baul singers

Lalon Shah was a spiritual singer cum composer. When we hear a song of Lalon from Farida Parveen or any other Baul singer we get lost in a world other than this earth. Certainly, we do not understand all 'truths' of the song but we feel that the singer is trying to seek communion with the Creator through it.

Sheikh Hasina's return

It is good to see Sheikh Hasina returning to Bangladesh to prepare for the upcoming general election. But it is very disappointing and discouraging to see the manner in which her return has been orchestrated. The misery of the city dwellers was unimaginable as her party followers went to greet her in thousands.

Press and our freedom

I am not flattering but the only hope or, the last hope, for the countrymen is the PRESS.

BTV news

I am watching BTV for the last few years. I think they don't have the accountability for the tax payers' money they are spending. As if they are serving other countries and cultures, I am afraid. Let me clarify my position.

Government projects

A major part of the government's functioning is focused on implementation of its projects. From the yearly revenue collection, expenditure on establishment & operation is met; the amount left is spent on project implementation. Any amount left thereafter goes for reserve. In certain years when revenue collection is not enough, money has to be transferred from the reserve or loan is taken from banks for project implementation. A surplus budget is essential for ensuring good governance.

Polluted river

The 170km long Karnaphuli river, a major river of Bangladesh, originating in Lushai Hill and ending in the Bay of Bengal through Chittagong, is becoming alarmingly polluted.

Let's wait and see

I read the article by your Assistant Editor, Zafar Sobhan, about Barack Obama. The article was "Straight Talk: Yes we can" published on 7th November 2008. He mentioned Barack Obama as being a "man of unusual thoughtfulness, judiciousness, and integrity". How has Mr. Sobhan reached this conclusion? Is he caught up with the anti-Bush rhetoric, and Obama-mania? George Bush junior was one the most bloodthirsty president America has had, thus it is not difficult to support Obama. Although this does not imply Obama will be any better.

No good leader!

At present, the major political parties are on the high way to election. So it's a good sign for us. But we are still in doubt whether the nation will get a team of honest and patriotic and capable leaders through the election. It is uncertain because earlier Bangladesh watched a local government election which frustrated us, as the expected changes in leadership did not take place. The caretaker government also hoped it. But without a change in voters' minds and in the political parties' selection and nomination process, no change was possible. We cannot reach our goal.

Bio-fuel

Bangladesh is a densely populated country. More than 80% of its people live in the rural areas. Fuel demand is increasing with the increase of population. But we have not enough reserve fuel for meeting our future requirement. Any increase in oil price significantly increases production and transportation cost and price hike becomes unavoidable. It is therefore argued that poor countries like Bangladesh should explore alternative renewable energy sources that will reduce their dependency on imported oil. Many supporters of bio-fuel believe that it will be a blessing for tropical developing countries like Bangladesh because of our comparative advantages of sun and excellent energy crops.

CHT

We now see light at the end of the tunnel in Bangladesh in general.

"Obama is my president"

Just after his defeat in the election, Republican candidate John McCain congratulated Mr. Obama in a speech to his supporters gathered on the lawn of Phoenix's luxury Arizona Biltmore Hotel. In this meeting some of his frustrated fans shouted boos and cried "Bullshit!" But Mr. McCain told them firmly "Barack Obama is my president!"

Dhaka Warriors' triumph

Dhaka Warriors' success and 3 straight wins will surely make our cricketers more confident in future. Their good performance in ICL will ensure entry of more players from our country in that tournament. And other teams may also hire Bangladeshi cricketers. And all over the world Twenty20 cricket will start to sponsor our cricketers.

Unkind remarks

I must protest the letter by Nur Jahan (DS, November 4, 2008) where she states that if Obama is defeated in the election, it will prove that Americans are racists. This kind of thinking is a product of a racist and narrow mindset and makes no logical sense.

Needed: small park

The residents of Shaheenbag, Nakhalpara, Teskonipara and Arjotpara under Tejgaon police station have very little scope to reach some open field to walk. Children are the most deprived group. So, the majority people have to spend their afternoon at home. Their rooftops are the only hope to meet the requirement. Regular exercise through sporting activities is important for both mental and physical growth of children. We think it is their civic right as well. Besides, the rates of diabetes and hypertension are significantly alarming in the city. So, walking is a must for everyone as suggested by the physicians.

Unfit vehicles

Road traffic accident (RTA) is one of the major causes of death and disability in our context. And one of the important causes of TRA is unfit vehicles. They also cause air pollution. Dhaka is the most polluted city in the world. Air pollution also causes many diseases, including cancer.

International

Quartet pushes Israel-PA to stick with peace talks

The Middle East Quartet called on Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) yesterday to press on with peace negotiations despite domestic political turmoil, which has added to doubts they will be able to seal a deal this year.

Lankan troops close to capturing key road

Sri Lankan troops were close to capturing a key road to the northern peninsula of Jaffna after months of heavy fighting, the defence ministry said yesterday.

Rebels and army in fresh clashes in DR Congo: UN

Fresh fighting broke out between rebels and government troops in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo Sunday, United Nations sources said, as Angola denied reports it had deployed troops to Congo.

al-Qaeda planing terror attacks in UK

al-Qaeda-linked extremists are planning attacks intended to cause mass casualties in the UK, a top British intelligence report has warned.

Like Lincoln and Roosevelt, Obama faces nation in crisis

All presidents are tested. Few walk into the Oval Office when the nation is in the throes of multiple crises. Like Franklin Delano Roosevelt, President-elect Obama is facing a banking emergency.

NZ enters new era of conservative rule

New Zealand entered a new era of conservative rule Sunday, with incoming Prime Minister John Key promising to be a moderate amid fears some of the country's policies on global warming and indigenous people could be rolled back.

Sub accident exposes Russian posturing

The loss of 20 people in the Russian military's latest submarine accident is a humiliating blow as the country tries to flex its military muscle on the world stage, analysts said yesterday.

Sharif, Zardari join hands against terror

President Asif Ali Zardari and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif agreed to join hands to tackle terrorism and the economic crisis in a meeting on Saturday.

'World losing war against terror financing'

The international system for tracking and cutting off terrorist financing has achieved major successes but is fraying seven years after the Sept 11 attacks, two former Treasury Department officials report.

Indian troops kill 11 rebels in Kashmir

Indian security forces shot dead 11 suspected Muslim militants in fighting over the weekend in the disputed Kashmir region, police said yesterday.

Laden's son in Qatar after being deported by Egypt

Osama bin Laden's son Omar arrived in Qatar after being deported from Egypt on Sunday following his return from a failed bid to secure political asylum in Spain, his English-born wife told AFP.

Collapsed Haiti school owner arrested

Haitian police on Sunday were holding the owner of a school that collapsed, killing at least 88 people and setting off a desperate search for survivors trapped in tons of rubble.

Female suicide bomber kills 3 at Iraqi hospital

A female suicide bomber blew herself up at a hospital west of Baghdad yesterday, killing three people and injuring five others, police and hospital officials said.

Hu, Obama discuss China-US relations

Beijing and Washington should "accommodate each other's concerns," Chinese President Hu Jintao told US president-elect Barack Obama in a phonecall that stressed good Sino-US ties, state media said Sunday.

Two Spanish soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Two Spanish soldiers were killed and another critically wounded by a suicide bomber in Herat, western Afghanistan, the Spanish Defence Ministry said yesterday.

Canadian journalist was kept in Afghan cave

Afghan kidnappers held a Canadian journalist for four weeks blindfolded in an underground cave in which she could barely stand, the journalist said in a videotape released Sunday.

Arts & Entertainment

Shah Jahan A dazzling jatrapala at Dhaka University

At the TSC auditorium, the scenario was rather unusual. The ambiance was certainly urban but the setting was quite rustic. Enthusiastic Dhaka University students sat on the floor next to the stage, just as villagers at a 'mela' do. November 8 was the first day of the 3rd Central Annual Theatre Festival organised by Dhaka University and the opening performance was a historic 'jatrapala,' “Shah Jahan.”

Manipuri Theatre Festival ends

The two-day Manipuri Theatre Festival ended at the Experimental Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on November 8 with the staging of "Ingaal Aandhar Pala".

“Abstraction of Personalities”

On November 8, students of BUET organised a programme where eight historic figures came alive through light and sound at the BUET auditorium.

Ray’s banned film to finally see the light of day

Master director Satyajit Ray may have made it 37 years ago but it is only now that the cine-enthusiasts are about to see his documentary on the northeastern Indian state of Sikkim.

Painting competition on International Anti Graft Day

Shachetan Nagaorik Committee, Chapainawabganj, a unit of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB), organised a painting competition last Thursday for the children in the district on the occasion of International Anti Graft Day.

Mukto Natyo Mela in Narayanganj

A two-day drama festival, titled "Mukto Natyo Mela" organised by Aikik Theatre, ended on November 8 at the Central Shaheed Minar in Narayanganj.

Shopnomongol on ATN Bangla tonight

The 48th episode of drama serial “Shopnomongol” will be aired tonight on ATN Bangla at 8:00 pm. Written by Saiful Bari, the serial is directed by Kamal Khan.

Debate held in Jhenidah

A debate was held at Mahtabuddin Degree college auditorium recently in Jhenidah. This event saw Mahtabuddin Degree College pitted against Shaheed Nur-Ali College under Kaliganj upazila, Jhenidah. The subject of the debate was “Desher Unnayaner Janya Abad Bideshi Biniog Apariharga noy”. The function was held at the initiative of Genius Debating Club Kaliganj.

OP-ED

'The government went after individuals, not corruption'

Dr. A.A.M.S. Arefin Siddique was born in October 1953 in Dhaka. He obtained his masters degree from department of mass communication and journalism at Dhaka University in 1975 and PhD in televised teaching from University of Mysore in 1985. He joined DU mass communication and journalism department as a lecturer in 1980. He served as general secretary and president of Dhaka University Teachers' Association twice each. He also served as board chairman of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha, and as member of management board of Press Institute of Bangladesh. Shamim Ashraf and Najmul Alam Nobin took the interview.

Trial of war criminals of 1971

IT is a pity that a legitimate demand for trial of listed collaborators and war criminals of the liberation war of Bangladesh is still a matter of debate in this country. This issue came alive again after the death of Jahanara Imam who is fondly remembered as Shaheed Janani (Mother of Martyrs). This time, the Sector Commanders Forum (SCF) is raising the issue.

Our heritage, Nimtali gate

THE historical consciousness of the Bengali people is a debatable matter. The nature and environment of Bangladesh may be largely responsible for this tendency to neglect the past. The relentless passage of time eradicates the extraordinary achievements of countless people.

Star City

The 'magicians' of Dholaikhal

The adept mechanics and motor parts sellers of Dholaikhal are like magicians. It is believed that they can change any run-down vehicle back into its original condition. They can even build cars if provided with a little bit of patronage.

One-stop centre makes BSTI active, effective

The one-stop centre established by Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) at Tejgaon has significantly reduced corruption and hassle of customers in getting services from the institution, claim BSTI officials.

Unending woes of street sweepers

Street sweepers are often reviled for the nuisance they create by leaving a choking, eye-watering cloud of dusts behind them when at work.


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