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News of: Wednesday, 12th of November, 2008

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No poll campaign or demo before Nov 27

The caretaker government will not brook any election campaign or demonstration before November 27 as such activities violate the Emergency Power Rules (EPR). It warned of taking "stern actions" for breaching the rules.

Rivals in contrasting state

The December 18 parliamentary election in the capital might get to a new dimension as the number of constituencies in the metropolis was increased to 15 from eight.

List of 103 EPR convicts sent to EC

The home ministry has sent to the Election Commission a list of 103 politicians and businessmen who are convicted of criminal offences under Emergency Powers Rules, to assist the commission in keeping them out of the parliamentary and upazila parishad races.

'Chemicals' in milk not tested for lack of fund

Sirajganj District Health Department is stuck with adulterated milk being sold in Sirajganj district, as they don't have the funds required to carry out further tests to find out if any chemicals are present in the locally marketed milk.

Neat nomination by AL grassroots

The Awami League (AL) has primarily found almost all candidates for the 15 re-demarcated constituencies in Dhaka but is still looking for more competent candidates for a number of these parliamentary seats to ensure victory.

Confused BNP sits on nomination

BNP is ill-prepared to field candidates for the seven new parliamentary constituencies added to the previous eight in Dhaka city.

Licensed arms have to be submitted by Dec 3

The home ministry yesterday asked all to submit their licensed firearms to respective police stations across the country between November 20 and December 3.

AL, BNP to be led in same old way

Noted jurist Shahdeen Malik does not think BNP and Awami League leadership will change the way they lead their parties and break with the culture of confrontational politics anytime soon.

Manifesto should add actions if lost in polls

Political parties should bring a change in their election manifestos mentioning strategies about their dos and don'ts if defeated in the national polls, said speakers at a roundtable yesterday.

30 injured as cops club Jamaat men

Police charged batons at a rally of Jamaat-e-Islami at the north gate of Baitul Mukarram Mosque in the capital, leaving at least 30 Jamaat workers injured.

Candidates have to show spend on campaign thru' cable TV

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda yesterday said candidates for parliament should include their spend on using the service of cable television operators for campaign purposes in their total election expenditure.

Tension remains on Myanmar-Bangladesh Border

Tension on Bangladesh-Myanmar border continued yesterday with no sign of pull back of forces of the two countries deployed along the frontier in the last few days.

European envoys meet BNP chief, stress Khaleda- Hasina unity

Ambassadors of the Netherlands, Italy and Sweden yesterday emphasised the need for former prime ministers Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina working in unison to 'defend the country for its future generations'.

AL talks with EC on nomination, code of conduct

An Awami League (AL) delegation yesterday discussed with the Election Commission (EC) some polls-related issues, and problems in filling in nomination forms for the upcoming national election.

Polls must be held on Dec 18

Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the national elections must be held as per schedule on December 18.

Elections without 4-party won't be acceptable

BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday said the people will not accept any initiatives of forming a "rubber stamp" parliament or "puppet government" keeping the four-party alliance out of election race.

Govt waits for HC order copy

The government did not take any step yesterday to comply with the High Court (HC) order regarding test of powdered milk as it could not collect certified copy of the court order.

Saifur taken ill, shifted to BSMMU prison cell

BNP leader M Saifur Rahman, detained in Barapukuria coalmine graft case, was shifted to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Hospital from Dhaka Central Jail yesterday.

Bush, Obama discuss economy, foreign policy

All smiles and compliments, President-elect Obama and his wife, Michelle, called on President Bush and first lady Laura Bush Monday in a White House visit that was part political ritual, part practical introduction and a striking symbol of the historic transfer of power to come.

Pak militants loot supply trucks

Dozens of masked insurgents blocked a mountain pass and hijacked at gunpoint a convoy of trucks carrying military vehicles and other supplies bound for US-led forces in Afghanistan, an official said yesterday.

CA leaves for Delhi today

Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed leaves for New Delhi today to attend the second summit meeting of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec).

Govt's legitimacy to be at stake if polls not held by Dec 31

Regulatory Reforms Commission (RRC) Chairman Akbar Ali Khan yesterday suggested that the Election Commission (EC) may consider taking the government to court if it creates any obstacles to holding the parliamentary polls.

Mashrafe to miss Tigers' final ODI

Bangladesh pace spearhead Mashrafe Bin Mortaza will miss today's third and final one-dayer due to a back injury, further denting Bangladesh's attempt to salvage some pride.

Mosharraf, Altaf freed on bail

Former BNP ministers Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain and Altaf Hossain Choudhury were freed on bail yesterday afternoon from the prison cells of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).

Former Taiwan president detained for graft link

Taiwan's former president Chen Shui-bian was arrested yesterday as prosecutors sought to detain him in connection with a long-running corruption probe, officials said.


The rush for rescheduling bank loans

A flurry of moves has of late been made by loan defaulting political individuals seeking election to qualify for nomination through a rescheduling of their bank loans by November 13. Many of them have already begun the process of repaying or rescheduling the payment of their loans, while others are getting ready to do the same.

Maritime issue with Myanmar

WE are glad to note that a potential conflict situation with Myanmar has been averted. The situation had stemmed from Myanmar's illegal conduct of exploration activity in our territorial waters. It is on record that Bangladesh had, thorough an act of parliament, defined its various territorial limits in the Bay of Bengal as long back as in 1974, which is in consonance with the international laws and regulations.

Obama . . . and all those faltering American presidents

AFTER the euphoria of the election, it is now time for Barack Obama to prepare to govern. For a man who has held no executive office, who has been a senator for only four years, Obama will need to climb a mountain. That is no hint, though, that he will falter, that he might stumble and, indeed, will not be able to live up to the high hopes he has aroused in all Americans.

Outsider hopes

OBAMA'S ascent to power in the US is an occasion where the use of clichés cannot be avoided. It is a historic occasion. He has successfully crossed many divides in American politics: there were racial and economic disparities and, of course, partisanship. He is the best president that America can have according to most other nations, including those in South Asia.

Remarkable Maldives elections

MALDIVES has created history on two counts -- it has finally gone democratic and a former political prisoner has unseated Asia's longest-serving leader.


The Mashrafe mystery

Much is being made of the apparent 'disinterest' of Tigers pace spearhead Mashrafe Bin Mortaza in representing his country by constantly citing injuries. But for the man from Narail, the signals he is receiving from his body are indeed cause for concern.

Bangladesh hold hosts

Bangladesh held Myanmar to a goalless draw in the opening match of the 3rd Grand Royal Challenge Cup football tournament in Yangon yesterday.

Hoping for sunshine

The series is over after South Africa made it 2-0 and now both teams hoped that they will get better weather in the day-night third game which will take place at the Buffalo Park, very near to the Indian Ocean.

'No need for changes'

Bangladesh team management is considering to keep the same squad for the two-match Test series against South Africa.

BCB polls today

With the Caretaker Government in power, everyone would hope for today's Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) elections to be fair and free of any influence like it happened in football about seven months ago.

Local Snippets

Munshiganj (165) beat Rajbari (109) by 56 runs in the 29th National Cricket Championship at the Faridpur Stadium yesterday.

Olympic Day Run on Friday

The Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) will organise the Olympic Day Run on Friday.

Nabil makes it 13

Left-arm spin duo Nabil Samad and Monir Hossain destroyed Chittagong and put Sylhet in the driver's seat in their fifth round National Cricket League match at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium yesterday.

'Akhtar is key'

West Indian captain Chris Gayle said Tuesday fit-again paceman Shoaib Akhtar will be the key factor for Pakistan in the three-match series starting here from Wednesday.

Spurs plot Reds' scalp

Harry Redknapp, whose magic touch since taking over at Tottenham has seen him dubbed the Harry Potter of English football, will be hoping to cast another spell on Liverpool when the Reds visit for a League Cup tie on Wednesday.

Del Potro upsets Tsonga

Juan Martin del Potro won a tense encounter with French livewire Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/5) to breathe life into his Masters Cup campaign on Tuesday.

Maradona gives Mascherano captaincy

Newly-appointed Argentina coach Diego Maradona said Monday he had lined up Liverpool's midfield destroyer Javier Mascherano for the captaincy.

Real eyeing Arshavin

Real Madrid, suffering a shortage of strikers, want to sign Russian Andrei Arshavin from Zenit St Petersburg in January on a six-month loan, a Spanish sports newspaper said Tuesday.

Totti blasts critics

Roma captain Francesco Totti has hit back at claims that he is finished as a player.

Cruz leaving in January

Inter Milan striker Julio Cruz is expected to leave the club in the January transfer window according to Tuesday's La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Nistelrooy in US for treatment

Real Madrid's Dutch striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy has left for the United States to receive treatment for a knee injury from the same specialist who operated on him eight years ago, the club said Tuesday.

Huntelaar out for six weeks

Ajax's Dutch international striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar will be out for at least six weeks after tearing ankle ligaments in Sunday's win over Sparta Rotterdam, the club said Monday.

More drugs tests in England

A group of 30 top players will face random drugs tests five times a year under a plan to tighten English football's controls on the use of performance-enhancing and recreational drugs, it emerged on Tuesday.

England stoop to new low

England's brittle batting was exposed once again when they crashed to a 124-run defeat against a scratch Mumbai side in a one-day warm-up game here on Tuesday.

Daily Star in quarterfinals

In what was tipped as a clash between the leviathan and traditional giant, The Daily Star defeated The Daily Ittefaq by 13 runs to storm into the last eight of the DRU-Pepsi six-a-side cricket tournament at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Local pair lose out

Bangladesh pair U Shew Shew and Mofazzal Hossain lost to their Indian counterparts in the first Junior South Asian Tennis Championship at the Ramna National Tennis Court complex yesterday.


Toxic food scare lingers

The discovery of toxic levels of melamine in several Chinese food products is a matter of concern for consumers all across the globe. The ordeal has widespread impacts as millions consume the products.

Margin loan ratio may go up

The stock market regulator has decided in principle to increase the margin loan ratio in a bid to enhance the loan giving capacity of merchant banks.

Adviser for low-cost housing outside big cities

The public works adviser has urged realtors to take up low-cost housing projects outside big cities contributing to resolve the housing problem of the people belonging to the low-income group.

GP seeks stronger footing in data services

Grameenphone aims to become the leader in data and internet-based services and keep up the market's top position, said Oddvar Hesjedal, a day after he was appointed chief executive officer to the company.

Govt to tighten measures against counterfeits

The government plans to take new measures to tackle the import of counterfeit products, an adviser said yesterday.

NRBs urged to widen focus for investment

Commerce Adviser Hossain Zillur Rahman yesterday asked non-resident Bangladeshis not to confine their focus to any particular zone for investment, but to think of Bangladesh as a whole to make investment.

US Fed gives American Express full bank status

The US Federal Reserve Monday authorized giving credit card giant American Express full status as a bank holding company.

Dollar hit by financial jitters

The dollar fell against the yen in Asian trade Tuesday, hit by renewed worries about the health of corporate America following a huge loss at US insurance giant AIG, dealers said.

Biz Letters

Need for a young entrepreneurs' chamber

The Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) celebrated the auspicious occasion of its golden jubilee recently. The fiftieth anniversary of this business body comes at a time when the global economy is suffering beyond the imagination. DCCI needs more experience to deal with the present economic turmoil.

Idea brings him triumph

The decision to return home from the US was like a 'make-or-break' for Ali Ishtiaq, a Bangladesh-born career software engineer graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and now managing director of Pyxisnet, a local software exporting company.

The six-step method

No prizes for guessing the latest 'burning issue' doing the rounds of our seminars, talk shows and roundtables (where the tables are always oval) and no, its not about which party is refusing go to election and why, this time around. Hint: economic meltdown, Bangladesh, effects.

ECB may lend 334b euros

The European Central Bank said Tuesday it would lend more than 334 billion euros (425 billion dollars) during a regular weekly operation which underscored strong demand from eurozone banks.

Etihad wins British Travel Awards

Etihad Airways has won the British Travel Awards as it was voted 'Airline of the Year' in recognition of its tremendous growth and innovative services.

Asian stocks fall on poor corporate news

Asian markets retreated Tuesday as further corporate news from the US piled more misery on investors already fearful for the future of the global economy.

Oil prices ease in Asia

Oil prices eased in Asian trade on Tuesday after optimism over a Chinese economic stimulus package wore off, analysts said.

Global crisis hits over 1,300 south China firms

More than 1,300 companies shut down, suspended operations or moved out of south China's Pearl River Delta in the first nine months of the year due to the global downturn, state press said Tuesday.

Financial crisis closes in on GM

The global financial crisis closed in on two more victims Tuesday after General Motors said it would need a government rescue and major US electronics retailer Circuit City filed for bankruptcy.

Japanese bankruptcies surge amid financial crisis

The economic crisis claimed 1,429 companies in Japan in October, the most so far this year, a survey showed Tuesday.

Australian miners wise to cut iron ore production

Cutting iron ore production was a prudent move by Australian miners battling a slowdown in demand from China ahead of negotiations on contract prices with the Asian giant, analysts said Tuesday.


Take steps to rehabilitate sex workers before eviction

Human rights activists at a discussion yesterday demanded steps to rehabilitate sex workers in society before evicting them.

Hearing adjourned until Nov 17

A Dhaka court yesterday adjourned the hearing of the grenade attack cases until November 17 following a time petition by the defence lawyers, even though the complainant appeared before the court to give his statement.

33pc reserved seats for women in parliament demanded

Speakers at the launch of a new national women's alliance yesterday demanded that 33 percent of seats in parliament be reserved for women and the existing quota system at higher levels of administration and policy-making bodies be reviewed.

Injury claims 30,000 children a year

An estimated 30,000 children die of injury related cases every year in the country, while 13,000 children survive with permanent disabilities.

'Declare Agrahayan 1 as National Nabanno Utsab'

Leaders of the Jatiya Nabanno Utsab Udjapan Parshad yesterday urged the government to declare Agrahayan 1 as National Nabanno Utsab.

'Public-private efforts a must to achieve target'

Speakers at a sanitation fair yesterday sought for public-private efforts to reach the goal in attaining 100 percent total sanitation by 2010 in the country.

All 13 JMB men acquitted in Barisal

A Barisal speedy trial tribunal yesterday acquitted 13 activists of the banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) of charges of serial bomb blasts in front of a mosque in the city on August 17, 2005.

Contempt rule on Prothom Alo editor, publisher, reporter

The High Court yesterday issued a contempt rule on the Prothom Alo Editor Matiur Rahman, Publisher Mahfuz Anam and reporter Mizanur Rahman Khan for publishing a report on the number of orders passed by the HC benches.

DU deans' body waits for court order

The deans' committee of Dhaka University yesterday decided to wait for the court order on the complexities of admission prerequisites introduced in the seven departments that disqualify fresh Alim graduates for their admissions.

Contractor shot dead in city

Criminals shot a contractor dead while he was sleeping in his bed at Badda in the city yesterday morning.

New law for managing, governing bodies for schools, colleges soon

Education Adviser Hossain Zillur Rahman yesterday said a new law will be promulgated very soon for the managing committees of high schools and governing bodies of colleges for improving the classroom atmosphere and quality of education.

DU team places recommendation to chief adviser

A Dhaka University team of teachers, led by Vice-Chancellor Prof SMA Faiz, called on Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed at his office yesterday.

Trial of graft case against Ctg mayor begins

Trial of a corruption case against Chittagong City Corporation Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury began in the Divisional Special Judge's court in the port city yesterday.

Muktijoddha Museum Trustee Board thanks CA

A delegation of the Muktijoddha Museum Trustee Board called on Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday to thank him for allotting a piece of land by the government for constructing a new building of the Liberation War Museum in the city.

Police charge baton on BCU men in Rajshahi: 7 injured

At least seven leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra Union (BCU) were injured when police charged baton on the agitating BCU activists to disperse them during their demonstration at Shaheb Bazar Zero Point yesterday.

Prepare to protect territorial waters

Navy Chief Vice Admiral Sarwar Jahan Nizam yesterday inspected different operational activities of BN ships in the Chittagong naval area and asked for total preparedness to face future challenges by developing technical and human resources to protect the country's territorial waters.

Vintage car exhibition begins in city tomorrow

The Old Car Club and Dhaka Club jointly organise an exhibition of vintage cars on the Dhaka Club premises tomorrow.

Saudi embassy issues 40,000 Hajj visas

The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Bangladesh has issued 40,000 Hajj visas as of November 10, says a press release.

Tributes paid to Major Ghani

Speakers at a memorial meeting yesterday paid their rich tributes to veteran military officer Major Abdul Ghani, the founder of East Bengal Regiment, for his outstanding contribution to the country.

Entries for Disaster Management Media Award invited

Advocacy Component of Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme of Disaster Management Bureau invited entries from journalists for the Disaster Management Media Award 2008.

Dr Pronoti Bose passes away

Dr Pronoti Krishna Bose, an eminent scholar in the field of chemistry, physics and mathematics, passed away due to a cardiac arrest at Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital yesterday at the age of 65.

2 cops make apology for not complying with court order

The officer-in-charge (OC) and a sub-inspector (SI) of Savar Model Police Station yesterday appeared before a Dhaka court and made an unconditional apology standing in the dock for over three hours, as they failed to recover a piece of land from illegal occupants.

BBC interactive bus tour to promote FM programming

BBC World Service will communicate with audiences in six cities in a special interactive campaign.

Violent protest at Kachukhet

Local people put up a barricade on the road at Kachukhet in the city's Kafrul area and damaged several vehicles last night in protest against the killing of an oil trader.

City road named after mayor Khoka

A city road and a newly established community centre of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) were named after freedom fighter and DCC Mayor Sadek Hossain Khoka, says a press release.

Bus workers block Mirpur roads to protest attack

Bus workers put up barricades on streets in Mirpur area yesterday to protest the attack on a fellow worker by students, creating severe traffic congestion for almost three hours.

We regret

On a review of our story headlined 'BTV held hostage under OSD's dictatorship' published in Page 5 on Sunday, we have come to the conclusion that it did not comply with the professional and ethical standards of the newspaper. Though the report brought allegations of wrongdoings in the BTV against Kamaluddin Ahmed of the establishment ministry, it did not give him a chance to present his point of view. We regret the error.


Paturia-Daulatdia ferry route rendered risky

Water vessels have to move on Paturia-Daulatdia and Paturia-Kazirhat routes amid risk as there is absence of adequate lighting and mercury system.

MV Akram to be preserved as Liberation War memorial

The Ministry of Liberation War Affairs has taken decision to preserve recently salvaged MV Akram, a ship used by Pakistan occupation forces during the Liberation War, at Chandpur.

BNP leader Shish Mohammad gets 3 years in ACC case

Rajshahi Divisional Special Tribunal yesterday awarded local BNP leader Shish Muhammad, also close aide to convicted former BNP minister Aminul Haque, three years of rigorous imprisonment in absentia for not submitting his wealth statement to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

Moulvibazar women voters outnumber males by far

The recently published voters list shows numerical superiority of women voters in all the four constituencies under the district.

People won't accept election boycott: Menon

Workers Party (WP) president Rashed Khan Menon yesterday cautioned people against those who want to boycott the upcoming Jatiya Sangsad (JS) elections showing lame excuses.

Absent ex-BNP MP Shahidul Islam addresses people thru' phone

Shahidul Islam, former BNP lawmaker from Kushtia-2 (Mirpur-Bheramara) constituency who has been absent in his area for last two years, urged party men to be united under his leadership for their 'greater interest' and retaining the parliamentary seat in the coming election.

'Release Monindra Lal Tripura'

Bangladesh Marma Sangathan Oikya Parishad leaders yesterday demanded release of Khagrachhari Hill District Council (KHDC) chairman Monindra Lal Tripura.

UP chairman dismissed for power abuse

The Ministry of Local Government has dismissed Khorshedul Alam Pramanik, chairman of Chandipur Union Parishad in Sunderganj upazila on charge of misbehavior, autocracy and misuse of power.


Admission ordeal

It has been reported that more than four lakh students passed the HSC examination this year. Of the successful candidates 22,045 students scored GPA- 5. As the number of seats in the public universities is limited many students will fail to find a seat in those institutions. To be more precise, the total number of seats in the 29 public universities is about 15,000.Where will those remaining 7045 GPA-5 holders go?

Bring back hartal!

I don't know about you people, but I am really bored. There is nothing exciting going on in Bangladesh these days. Our cricketers have been winning disappointments rather than trophies; our politicians have all been absent from the TV screen (due to no fault of their own, as we all know!); and all our extortionist brothers are playing hide-n-seek in Kolkata. (Why is it that as soon as our people become experts in a particular field, they move abroad? No wonder we have a huge brain-drain in our country.) Adding insult to injury, we have even turned our backs on our favourite pastime: hartal. Shock! Horror! What dark future are we leaving for our children? They are growing up without knowing anything about hartal. Remember the old proverb "vath, mas ar hartalay Bangali"?

Bangladesh Bank's initiatives

The annual average rate of inflation is increasing. The government expects inflation rate to come down in this fiscal year. But the market is yet to see any downward inflationary trend. Money supply is continuing to increase, causing an increase in price level. Bangladesh Bank (BB) has to manage money supply in such a way that it does not squeeze the availability of funds for business and industry. It should encourage investments in productive sectors. It should consider lowering of interest rate while governments across the world are reducing the interest rate to make funds available to people.

An inspiring leader

This is a unique moment. For the first time in the history of America an African American has become the president. We were supporting and hoping that a change would come and this man, who struggled so much in life coming from a broken home and living in extreme poverty, would win back the White House for the Democrats. He stood up against all odds and stiff opposition to win this historic election. He galvanized the whole nation and got the young and old, whites and blacks all engaged in this process to help him get elected so that he could bring about a change in America and get it out of its crisis. He inspired the people and even those beyond America's borders. He displayed a rare quality and that was perseverance. Even in the face of verbal attacks, diatribes and racial slogans against him he did not retaliate and never slugged, all throughout the long campaign of almost two years. He really deserves accolade for that, especially when political campaigns are always very nasty. Obama has also proved that despite poverty and hardship a man can achieve what he wants to if he desires. All he needs is hard work and faith. He proved that education is the most powerful tool and he pursued it in the most difficult conditions and reached the top. I sincerely hope he will turn America around and bring about a change, which was his election campaign motto. It is a huge victory for him and a mandate for change.

BNP's game plan

If from today the whole world accepts the present "East as West and West as East" the Sun from tomorrow will start rising in the West and setting in the East. The truth is, the names of directions or existence of any thing that we call remain the same because names of all stars and planets are given by homo-sapiens and each member of this species call each of their names in their own languages. The objects do not change only the names do. Whatever the uncompromising leader of the BNP says is correct and there can be no change. Now she has said that no fair election is possible under this government and the CEC because both the institutions are playing different games. According to BNP Chairperson and its SG the government and the EC are preparing different playing fields for different parties.

Cricketers treated shabbily

It is really unfortunate to find out the kind of shabby treatment handed out to our national cricket team by Cricket South Africa (CSA). According to media reports “Players and officials had to stay five hours in the team hotel lobby on November 2 before being checked in after a fourteen-hour journey” (DS Nov.7). And this was not the end. Further reports add that Ashraful and Razzak were kept waiting on the dais for forty-five minutes only to be informed that there would be no post-match briefing! Such negligent and irresponsible treatment that our players have received is simply unacceptable. Whenever South Africa (or any other foreign cricket team) come to Bangladesh, they always receive warm hospitality and have been well looked after by our cricket authorities.

Sayeeda Jaigirdar's 'London, 1971'

Sayeeda Jaigirdar's piece "London, 1971" published in 'The Daily Star' on 18 October, 2008 made me extremely nostalgic. In this column, she mentions me also as one greeting them in London's Heathrow airport on their arrival from Nigeria with 'smiles and warm clothes' following her father Mr Mohiuddin Ahmed Jaigirder's renunciation of Pakistan High Commission's diplomatic post of Third Secretary in Lagos to work from London for the liberation of Bangladesh under the leadership of Mr Justice Abu Sayeed Chowdhury.

Are you celebrating?

I am not here to spoil your party but I would like use this euphoric moment to ask some hard questions. Please, feel good for witnessing this historic moment where American voters have chosen a great man to their highest office. The other candidate is also an American hero but this was not his time. The Obama tsunami was just too much for McCain.

A day to remember

I stood on the line at 7:15am. When I was done, it was 8:10am. About 70-80 people were on the line inside Delaware Technical & Community College. It was an exiting moment for me as I was practising a right for the first time, a right that I did not ever get a chance to practise in my own country. Indeed he made ALL eligible voters think 'my vote can make a difference this time'.

Giving up smoking

Losing my closest acquaintances was the main reason why I gave up smoking. When I gave up smoking, it was an unendurable situation at first but soon, when the first feelings sunk in, I felt a lot better. Losing friends was more painful than losing money for nothing.

Accepting defeat

The Republican candidate McCain congratulated Barack Obama. After knowing the results within 20 minutes he telephoned Obama and addressed him "My President" and pledged to work together for the betterment of their country.

US and the world

The aggressive and oppressive US foreign policy would get a respite the rest of this year, and in the beginning of the new year [2009], due to the unpredictable behaviour of the US dollar [Wall St, Sept. 2008]

Obama's core beliefs

Reference: The article "First black president still beyond belief" by Evelyn Myrie, November 6, 2008:

National Debate Festival

Though my exams were going in full swing, I went to Dhaka to be part of National Debate Festival '08 . Indeed, it was a great occasion for me.


Pak president seeks new US policy

Pakistan's leader said Monday he expects President-elect Barack Obama to re-evaluate the need for US military strikes on al-Qaeda and Taliban targets on Pakistan's side of the Afghan border.

Obama plans US terror trials to close Guantanamo

President-elect Obama's advisers are crafting plans to close the Guantanamo Bay prison and prosecute terrorism suspects in the US, a plan the Bush administration said Monday was easier said than done. Under the plan being crafted inside Obama's camp, some detainees would be released and others would be charged in US courts, where they would receive constitutional rights and open trials.

Lankan troops take rebel town: Military

Government forces in Sri Lanka have wrestled control of a small town from Tamil Tiger rebels in an ongoing military offensive, the defence ministry said yesterday.

Bush eyes graceful exit

No matter how people remember President Bush's time in office, let there be no doubt about how he wants to end it: gracefully.

Myanmar jails 23 NLD activists for 65 yrs each

Twenty-three pro-democracy activists arrested during anti-junta demonstrations in Myanmar last year were sentenced to 65 years each in jail by a special court yesterday, a family member said.

Israel must give up land for peace: Olmert

Outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said on Monday that Israel must give up most of the Arab territories it has occupied since 1967, including east Jerusalem, if it wants peace.

UN accuses DR Congo army of looting, abuses

The UN yesterday accused government forces of widespread looting and human rights abuses against civilians in several towns in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

India navy battles pirates in Gulf of Aden

An Indian warship yesterday successfully defended a merchant vessel from being hijacked by pirates in the Gulf of Aden and escorted the ship to safety, a statement from the navy said.

India detains key accused of Gujarat blasts

Qayamuddin Kapadia, one of the key conspirators of the July 26 serial blasts in the city, has been arrested by the Madhya Pradesh police.

Nasheed sworn in as new Maldives president

Former political activist and prisoner Mohamed Nasheed was today sworn in as the new President of the Indian Ocean archipelago Maldives.

Britain lifts ban on civilian nuclear exports to India

Britain has lifted a ban on exporting sensitive nuclear technology to India for civilian projects, it said Monday, after an international accord to relax rules in September.

Indian Speaker accepts resignation of five JD-U MPs

Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee on Tuesday accepted the resignation of five Janata Dal-United (JD-U) MPs from Bihar who resigned to protest the attacks on north Indians in Mumbai by activists of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS).

Palin blames Bush policies for defeat

Alaska Gov Sarah Palin, amid speculation she'll run for president in four years, blamed Bush administration policies for the defeat last week of the GOP ticket and prayed she wouldn't miss "an open door" for her next political opportunity.

looking at regional strategy in Afghanistan war

Barack Obama's incoming administration is considering a regional strategy to the war in Afghanistan that could include talks with Iran, the Washington Post reported yesterday.

Moment of truth for Shia party over US pact

The fate of an agreement that would keep US troops here for three more years rests with Iraq's largest Shia party, which must choose between its two main partners: the United States and Iran.

US left nuke buried under Greenland ice

The United States abandoned a nuclear weapon under the ice in northern Greenland after it was lost following a plane crash in 1968, the BBC reported Monday.

Phoenix Mars mission has ended: Nasa

Nasa on Monday declared an end to the Phoenix mission, some five months after the spacecraft became the first to land in Mars' arctic plains and taste water on another planet.

Arts & Entertainment

Nepalese art in town

Contemporary Nepalese art burst into the international scene during a former Prime Minister, Jung Bahadur's visit to England in the early nineteenth century. A small group of traditional 'chitrakars' (temple artists) of Nepal were selected and commissioned to paint royal family portraits, scenes of royal hunts and landscape in the "European Court Style." Since then contemporary art in Nepal has matured into a unique form, developing its own individual characteristics.

Shah Abdul Karim honoured

A packed audience sang along with artistes as they were presenting "Agey ki shundor din kataitam," one of the most popular compositions of Shah Abdul Karim. The mystic poet was honoured last Friday night at the Derai High School premises in Karim's hometown. About a hundred artistes performed Karim's songs at the nightlong programme titled "Mon Mojaley Orey Baula Gaan."

South Africa mourns Makeba, musical mother of the nation

Miriam Makeba, the musical symbol of black South Africans' struggle against apartheid, died at the age of 76 after collapsing at a concert in Italy.

No one is perfect but I try my best to be sincere and honest. -- Baby Naznin

As a pop and playback singer Baby Naznin needs no introduction to Bangladeshi music fans. This skilled singer has other interesting talents as well. Baby was an avid volleyball player when she was younger and represented her home division (Rajshahi). She has also taken part in many art competitions. Making sculptures is one of her favourite pastimes, she says.

Bollywood bids adieu to B.R. Chopra

B.R. Chopra, a leading Indian filmmaker who found rare success creating both hit Bollywood musicals and dramatic, socially conscious films, died last Wednesday at his home in Mumbai. He was 94.

Ghar Jamai on ATN Bangla tonight

TV serial "Ghar Jamai" will be aired on ATN Bangla tonight at 8:40 pm. Written by Mahfuzur Rahman, the serial is directed by Chanda Mahzabeen.

Fourteen cartoons seek three Oscar berths

Fourteen films have been submitted to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in hopes of securing one of the three nominations available in the best animated feature category.

Children’s Film Festival in Sylhet ends

The three-day "International Travelling Children's Film Festival 2008" was held at the Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) recently. Dr. Muhammad Zafar Iqbal formally inaugurated the festival at the mini auditorium of SUST.


'I'm confident that BNP will not refrain from participating'

Dr. Shahdeen Malik studied law in Moscow (LLM), Philadelphia (LLM) and London (PhD). He started his career as a lecturer of law at Dhaka University in 1980. He later became involved with NGOs, particularly Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust and then became an advocate in the High Court Division from 2003. He is currently the director of Brac University School of Law. Shamim Ashraf took the interview.

Partners for Biman

THE equation in combining for synergy is that 2+2= 5, not 4. Yet, there are also downsides in synergistic efforts. And this is true of the airline industry more than any other. Additionally, the trend among airlines in South Asia, and to a great extent in South East Asia, is not to go in for full-scale strategic partnership. But that has nothing to do with geographic regions.

Stemming the rot

WITH the passage of time and with a little more transparency we are realising that mere good intentions are not enough to perform good work. It is awfully important to consider carefully whether the good deeds are acceptable to those whom they are meant for.

Save time, just burn your savings

TODAY, boys and girls, we will focus on the popular topic of "investments" and other exciting forms of high speed wealth destruction.

Star City

A senseless public hearing

The way the government is holding public hearing on Dhaka's Detailed Area Plan (DAP) is a futile exercise and will not serve the purpose of making it a perfect plan for the city, said experts.

'National temple' still runs on donation

It was a lazy afternoon on a weekday at the Dhakeshwari Mandir (temple). The priests were preparing for the final puja (worship) of the day set to begin right after sundown. The puja thali (offerings) was garnished with fresh fruits, sweets, a little bowl of milk, fresh flowers, rice, green grass, the elements considered as the symbol of earthly life.

When rickshaw becomes threat to shiny saloon

Rickshaw, maybe a favourite form of transport, but has a few notoriety.

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