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News of: Thursday, 13th of November, 2008

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Hasina, Khaleda agree to sit, talk crisis

Finally, former prime ministers and arch-rivals Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia yesterday agreed to sit together to solve the crises confronting the country.

Saifur, Nizami, Mojahid get HC bail; case stayed

The High Court (HC) yesterday granted two months' ad interim bail to former finance minister M Saifur Rahman, Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Matiur Rahman Nizami and Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojahid in the Barapukuria coalmine corruption case.

EC seeks troops from Dec 12

The armed forces will be in the field along with other law enforcement agencies for 20 days from December 12 to maintain law and order before and after the upcoming parliamentary and upazila parishad elections.

BNP desperate for polls after 2 months

As the BNP is pressing hard to delay the general elections, the government talked with other political parties over the issue, and the AL, a key player to influence any such decision, has indicated that it may accept a deferral by only about 10 days.

Delhi assures Dhaka of cutting trade gap

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday assured that they would take steps to reduce the existing trade gap between Bangladesh and India.

BTTB staff knew how to share bribes

Officials of Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Ltd (BTCL) nakedly get Tk 15,000 to Tk 1.5 lakh each every month as a share of collective illegal income, says the Truth and Accountability Commission (Tac).

RMG export bracing for huge fall

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) yesterday forecast that the growth of garment exports from Bangladesh might drop to single digits in the current fiscal year (FY09) due to global economic turmoil.

Bad election seen by the yearend

General Secretary of Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) Mujahidul Islam Selim has said the nation is going to witness a 'bad election' by the yearend as the government has failed to bring any fundamental changes in the institutions overseeing the polls process.

President okays appointment of 7 new HC judges

President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday appointed seven new additional judges to the High Court division for two years for the first time as per the recommendation of the Supreme Judicial Commission.

4-party won't take part in 'stage-managed' polls: Delwar

BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday said the four-party alliance would not participate in any stage-managed election designed to form a 'rubber stamp parliament and a puppet government.'

EC forms 80 electoral probe committees

The Election Commission (EC) yesterday constituted 80 electoral enquiry committees comprising judicial officers to prevent and control polls-related irregularities prior to the December 18 parliamentary election.

10 killed as truck ploughs through roadside shop

At least 10 people died and 20 others were injured when a fruits-laden truck crashed into a roadside grocery shop at Dhobra Bazar under Shibganj upazila of the district yesterday evening.

6 killed as suicide bomber attacks Afghan govt office

A suicide bomber driving an oil tanker detonated his explosives outside an Afghan government office during a provincial council meeting yesterday, killing at least six people and wounding 42, officials said.

Govt can now confiscate Janata Tower property

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday upheld the High Court (HC) verdict that had fined Tk 10,000 or two year's in jail to each of the 17 accused, including Jatiya Party Senior Presidium Member Rawshan Ershad, in the Janata Tower corruption case.

CA may meet Myanmar PM during Bimstec meet in Delhi

Bangladesh and Myanmar agreed to continue with high-level contacts at a meeting here yesterday between Foreign Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury and his Myanmar counterpart U Nyan Win.

Human chain calls for honest candidates

Shushashoner Janney Nagorik (Shujan), a coalition of individuals working for good governance, formed human chains across the country yesterday demanding honest and competent candidates in the upcoming polls.

AL-JP meet soon to talk poll strategies

Awami League (AL) and Jatiya Party (JP) are likely to sit together in a couple of days to discuss the election strategies and other substantive issues.

Project costs continue to go up but never ends

After overspending the estimated Tk 27.95 crore project costs by more than Tk 18 crore, the Roads & Highways Department (RHD) in Bogra has asked the government for another Tk 2.8 crore for a second bypass around Bogra town.

JP, Workers Party slate govt ban on rallies before November 27

Jatiya Party and Workers Party yesterday criticised the government for its decision not to allow political parties to hold rallies or processions before November 27.

Govt will hold fair, credible elections

Chinese Ambassador Zheng Qing Dian yesterday hoped that Bangladesh would be able to maintain stability and hold free, fair and credible general elections.

Azad Siddiqui arrested

Azad Siddiqui, younger brother of Krishak Sramik Janata League (KSJL) President Abdul Kader Siddiqui, was arrested in the district town yesterday.

Banglalink chief takes up Mobilink job in Pakistan

Banglalink Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Rashid Khan will take the reins of Mobilink, Orascom Telecom Holding's subsidiary in Pakistan, in December.

450-strong team to set Obama's policy

US president-elect Barack Obama is sending evaluators to study the sprawling US bureaucracy to help him determine how best to meet his administration's goals when he takes office on January 20.

Russia buries nuke submarine victims

Twelve men gassed to death on a Russian nuclear submarine were laid to rest yesterday in a remote industrial city where tearful relatives paid a last homage to their loved ones.

Editorial

Political party manifestos

THE major political parties are in the process once again of preparing their manifestos in advance of the coming elections. We hope that this time around that the procedure is a meaningful one and that the manifestos truly serve as roadmaps for how each party will comport itself over the next five years, and that the parties will hold themselves accountable for their promises.

Food safety concern

THE commerce adviser has aptly suggested that our import polices be reviewed to incorporate health and hygiene issues. The point is highly relevant as consumers are still in confusion about the melamine-tainted milk powder which has cast a shadow of doubt on the whole array of dairy products. Confusion persists.

The price of political indifference

THANKFULLY, a conflict situation with Myanmar has been avoided, for the time being at least. The incident had the making of a protracted naval deployment with the potential of a conflict. The maritime issue has unfortunately spilled over onto the land, with the BDR being now confronted by a heavily reinforced border security force of Myanmar along the Bangla-Myanmar border.

Burma's military moves to silence all opposition

BURMA'S military rulers have revealed their intentions to eliminate anyone who opposes their authority in the lead-up to the planned elections in two years time. Anyone who poses a challenge to the regime is being targeted in what maybe the biggest crackdown on dissent in Burma since the massive pro-democracy demonstrations in 1988 which brought the country to a standstill for months before the army seized power in a military coup.

Obama's third way

BARACK Obama has won more than a presidential victory. He has gained a chance to realign the national landscape and to create a new governing ideology for the West. Since the end of the cold war, two great political trends have coursed through the Western democracies.

Sports

Youngsters working hard

It needs only a very short experience of international cricket to understand that concentrating on the basic and improving ones skill-set is paramount to cementing his position in the national team while consequently strengthening the future of their cricket nation.

Tested organisers triumph

In the end it was the tried and tested organisers who won in the fourth Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) elections yesterday notwithstanding the fact that they fought under the banner of two different panels.

Tough task for booters

Bangladesh will take on Indone-sia for the first time in an international since 1985 when the two national teams face off in a Group A match of the 3rd Grand Royal Challenge Cup in Myanmar today.

Sonia begins in style

Sonia Akhter began her gold rush with two new national records on the opening day of the Mercantile Bank 23rd National Swimming Championships yesterday.

Tigers lament missed chance

The third and final one-dayer between Bangladesh and South Africa was abandoned without a ball being bowled at the Buffalo Park due to heavy rain on Wednesday much to the disappointment of the tourists.

Barisal, Rajshahi sail

It took Barisal only 15 balls on the final day to thrash Dhaka by 118 runs in their fifth round National Cricket League match at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra yesterday.

Gunners turn on style

Arsene Wenger's young guns turned on the style again as Arsenal cruised into the League Cup quarterfinals with a 3-0 win over Wigan on Tuesday.

Gamba seals ACL title

Gamba Osaka striker Lucas shattered Adelaide United's dreams of becoming the first Australian winners of the AFC Champions' League with two early killer goals in an anti-climatic final leg here Wednesday.

Sourav wants to meet Diego

Sourav Ganguly, who returned home to a rousing welcome from fans this evening, said he would not miss cricket and would like to meet the soccer legend Diego Maradona when he comes here.

Pressure piles on Schuster

Real Madrid's German coach Bernd Schuster could lose his job over the club's humiliating exit from the Spanish Cup by a third division side, Spain's sports newspapers said Wednesday.

Daily Star in last four

The Daily Star tuned up well for the last two hurdles in the DRU-Pepsi six-a-side cricket tournament with an exciting six-run quarterfinal victory over Amader Arthoniti at the Maulan Bhashani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Murray moves into semis

Britain's Andy Murray downed Gilles Simon in straight sets to reach the Masters Cup semifinals on Wednesday as Andy Roddick joined Rafael Nadal on the injury list.

Hargreaves out for season

Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves will miss the rest of the season after surgery on his right knee, the Premier League champions confirmed on Tuesday.

Gayle powers WI to 294-9

Skipper Chris Gayle hit a brilliant century to lift the West Indies to a challenging 294-9 in the first one-day international against Pakistan here on Wednesday.

Gambhir has no regrets

Gautam Gambhir had to sit out the Nagpur Test against Australia in the fourth Test in Nagpur for elbowing Shane Watson, but the India opener said he was provoked by the all-rounder and had no regrets for what he had done.

'Good for the game'

West Indian captain Chris Gayle Wednesday said Australia's Test series defeat in India could be a turning point in international cricket that will make the game better.

Olympic Day Run tomorrow

The Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) will organise the Olympic Day Run across the country tomorrow.

Local Snippets

Bangladesh blanked Nepal 3-0 yesterday to move to the second place in the Junior South Asian Tennis Championship.

Del Piero hails Juve's form

Juventus captain Alessandro Del Piero has said that back-to-back Champions League wins over Real Madrid have reignited the Turin side's season.

Mexes set for return

Roma defender Phillipe Mexes is expected to be fit for Sunday's Rome derby, having left the pitch injured in his club's last match on the weekend.

Ishant, Ryan injured

Pace bowlers Ishant Sharma of India and Ryan Sidebottom of England will miss Friday's opening match of the seven-game one-day series in Rajkot due to injuries.

Donovan to train with Bayern

Los Angeles Galaxy and USA forward Landon Donovan was named US football's Player of the Year Tuesday, the same day his team said he was training for 10 days with Bayern Munich.

Rosicky's injury woes continues

Arsenal winger Tomas Rosicky has had more surgery on a knee injury which has sidelined him since January.

BBCC duo off to Delhi

Maj (ret) Yaad Ali Fakir, founder member of Bangladesh Blind Cricket Council (BBCC), and Hafizur Rahman Bullet, captain of the BBCC cricket team, will represent Bangladesh in the annual general meetings of Asian Blind Cricket Council and World Blind Cricket Council.

Maradona in row over Riquelme

Newly-appointed Argentina coach Diego Maradona has fallen out with Boca Juniors over his wish to select the club's star midfielder Juan Roman Riquelme for a November 19 friendly against Scotland in Glasgow.

Auxerre, Lyon knocked out

Seven times French champions Lyon and former French champions Auxerre were the biggest top division casualties of the French League Cup round of 16 matches on Tuesday as they lost 3-1 and 2-0 to Second Division sides Metz and Vannes respectively.

Business

3G licences by March

The telecom regulator yesterday assured mobile phone operators that it will issue 3G licences by March next year, at the time when WiMax will be ready for launch.

REHAB fair focuses on mid-size apartments

As apartment prices shot up in recent times, customers are now opting for small and medium size flats at the annual fair of Real Estate and Housing Association of Bangladesh (REHAB) in Dhaka.

Two listed firms debut on bourses Tuesday

Two private sector companies, ACI Formulations and Shinepukur Ceramics, will make their debut on the stock exchanges Tuesday next, officials said.

Two organisations eye merger

The Bangladesh Shilpa Bank (BSB) and the Bangladesh Shilpa Rin Sangstha (BSRS) are going to merge into one organisation under a new name Bangladesh Development Bank.

Conservation law for energy efficiency soon

The government is set to enact a conservation law to secure a proper supply of energy for Bangladesh and make it energy efficient, said the chief adviser's special assistant yesterday.

Business-media partnership seen vital for business

Business leaders and media professionals at a discussion in Jessore yesterday underscored the need for stronger ties between businesspeople and the media to help boost business and speed up overall economic development of the country, says a press release.

Brummer to hike Bangladesh fund

Brummer and Partners, Sweden's largest hedge fund manager, plans to grow its fund to about $500 million from $53 million in Bangladesh in next five years, said a Bloomberg report yesterday.

Medical furniture out of shell

It is a new and growing business, but not so profitable yet: medical furniture.

G20 summit only the beginning

The upcoming Group of 20 summit of the world's leading economic powers is only the starting point for reform of the financial markets and practices at the heart of the current crisis, analysts say.

Banglalink boss takes up Mobilink job in Pakistan

Banglalink Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Rashid Khan will take the reins of Mobilink, Orascom Telecom Holding's subsidiary in Pakistan, in December.

Stocks gain on SEC move to raise margin loan ratio

Dhaka stocks gained sharply yesterday, riding on the regulator's move to increase the margin loan ratio.

Warid offers discount for Hajj pilgrims

Warid Telecom offers international roaming services to Bangladeshi devotees who are traveling to Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj this year, says a press release.

Dhaka to get $6m Swiss grant for skill development

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) will provide a $6million grant for a project aimed at strengthening technical education and training system in Bangladesh.

Sonali Bank gets new DMD

Prodip Kumar Dutta, general manager of Sonali Bank, has been promoted as deputy managing director recently.

Dollar mixed in Asia amid corporate worries

The dollar lost ground against the euro but gained on the yen in Asian trade on Wednesday as traders focused on the deteriorating health of the global economy.

India strikes free trade deal with South Korea

India and South Korea have negotiated a free trade agreement that is likely to come into effect next year, a report said.

Foreign direct investment in China up 35.1pc

Foreign direct investment in China expanded by 35.1 percent in the first 10 months of the year compared with the same period in 2007, the government said Wednesday.

SingTel's Q2 profit falls 12.1pc

Singapore Telecommunications said Wednesday net profit fell 12.1 percent for the second quarter as regional income was hit by a strong local currency and rollout costs for the launch of Apple's iPhone.

Ford asks for German govt help

The US automaker Ford has asked Berlin for aid but the government is divided on the question of how to help Germany's key but troubled industrial sector, a press report said on Wednesday.

Metropolitan

Avoid formula milk for full growth of newborns

Bangladesh Breastfeeding Foundation has called on all to avoid formula milk for their babies and to feed them breast milk up to six months of age for their full growth.

Students relax fast-unto-death programme as guardians fall ill

The candidates who came out successful in the first phase result of the 27th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examinations but became unsuccessful as per the second phase result yesterday relaxed their fast-unto-death programme as many of their guardians fell ill in the last few days.

Concept of gender-based violence doesn't resonate within society

The UNFPA report on the state of the world population this year finds that the concept of gender-based violence, particularly domestic violence, often does not resonate within the Bangladeshi society and is not readily identified, even among many victims themselves.

Formation of climate change cells at ministries underway

Agriculture and Water Resources Adviser CS Karim at a workshop yesterday said the cells for climate change impacts are being formed at different ministries to bring this major issue into the mainstream.

'Cancel registration of Jamaat'

Speakers at a discussion yesterday demanded that the registration of Jamaat-e-Islami as a political party be cancelled immediately so that its members cannot stand in the parliamentary elections.

Religious fanatics out to disrupt elections

Speakers at a press conference on Monday said fundamentalist groups have no rights to threaten any progressive cultural organisation in the country, says a press release.

Poverty compels Parveen to take her life

The family of three often has to go days without food because of extreme poverty. They managed to collect some food last Saturday the day Parveen, the 20-year-old member of the family, committed suicide by setting herself on fire at their house at Lalbagh in the city.

National Agriculture Day on Nov 15

The National Agriculture Day will be observed on November 15 across the country aiming at achieving self-sufficiency in food, decreasing food import and encouraging farmers to grow more food.

DDCH comes to standstill following student strike

All activities at Dhaka Dental College and Hospital (DDCH) have come to a standstill following student strike over an arrest warrant issued by a Dhaka Court against seven students in connection with a murder incident two years ago.

DCC ward level waste management offices open

Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has opened solid waste management offices in some targeted wards in the city to improve its waste collection system.

Draft final report on Ctg Ring Road today

In a latest development in the ongoing process for developing road network and flood protection embankments in the port city, the draft final report on Chittagong City Ring Road is being submitted today.

HC rule on govt

The High Court (HC) yesterday issued rules upon the government to show cause as to why the orders of detention against former housing and public works minister Mirza Abbas and former state minister for home affairs Lutfozzaman Babar “should not be declared illegal”.

Three killed in road accidents

Three people were killed in separate road accidents in Gaibandha, Mymensingh and in the city yesterday.

BGSL staff caught red-handed

The officials of Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chittagong caught a Bakhrabad Gas Systems Limited (BGSL) official red-handed while taking bribes from a contractor in the port city yesterday noon.

UK welcomes chefs from Bangladesh for curry industry

Britain has welcomed skilled chefs from Bangladesh for recruitment in its curry industry which is dominated by Bangladeshi and Indian restaurants.

'Include issue of women empowerment in election manifesto'

Speakers at a press conference yesterday urged the political parties to include the issue of women empowerment in their election manifesto.

Desco's data acquisition system installed

Dr M Tamim, special assistant to chief adviser, yesterday formally inaugurated the Central Data Acquisition System of Dhaka Electric Supply Company (Desco), says a press release.

Bengal Tours, Italian team sign MoU to promote tourism

A total of 10 travel writers, freelance travel journalists and travel photographers from Italy, who visited different tourist spots in the country from November 4 to 13, will promote Bangladeshi tourism in Europe.

Non-govt pry teachers' ultimatum to govt

Bangladesh Non-government Primary Teachers Association yesterday reiterated its demand for the nationalisation of their job by November 30.

MGH Group offers scholarships to AUW students

The Asian University for Women (AUW) has announced that MGH Group, a Bangladesh-based multinational conglomerate, awarded the university with two scholarships for eligible women, says a press release.

One murdered in city

A shop employee was stabbed to death by unidentified criminals at Abul Hasnat Road under Kotwali Police Station in the city on Tuesday night.

Verdict in writ petition against Tac today

The High Court (HC) will deliver judgement today in a writ petition challenging the legality of the Truth and Accountability Commission Ordinance-2008.

Theatre festival of ethnic people begins in city

A conference on diverse culture and second theatre festival of ethnic people began in the city yesterday.

Diagnostic centre owner shot dead in N'ganj

The owner of a diagnostic centre was shot dead at Madanpur in Narayanganj and his son was wounded in an armed attack last night.

DU 'Ga' unit admission test tomorrow

The admission test of first year for 'Ga' unit under Faculty of Business Studies of Dhaka University (DU) for academic session 2008-09 will be held tomorrow.

Booklet on violence against women launched

A booklet on 'Breaking the Silence on Violence Against Women in Bangladesh' was launched at a workshop held at a city hotel on Tuesday, says a press release.

Top-notch criminal killed in shootout, 3 cops injured

A top-notch criminal was killed and three policemen injured in a shootout between police and the criminal's aides in the district early yesterday.

National

Most Sidr victims in Patuakhali yet to get decent shelter

Most of the people who lost their houses during last year's super cyclone Sidr in southern districts of the country are still passing hard days amid problem of dwelling houses.

26 Gaibandha lawyers to show cause for 'contempt of court'

District and Sessions Judge's Court has issued show cause notice to 26 lawyers including convener of Gaibandha Bar Association for 'contempt of court', as they brought allegation of corruption and irregularities against the district and sessions judge at a press conference in connection with their boycotting court programmes.

RU Shibir enforces strike against cultural activists

Islami Chhatra Shibir yesterday enforced a daylong strike on Rajshahi University (RU) campus amid alleged inaction by police.

58 Hajj pilgrims constrained as agency 'breaches' contract

Hajj pilgrimage of 58 people of Sidr-hit Sharonkhola upazila of Bagerhat district and flood affected Satkhira district has become quite uncertain although they have made all necessary payments for that purpose.

Bagerhat polls campaign dull as 2 leaders convicted

Election campaign in Bagerhat district is yet to get any noticeable progress as Awami League leader Sheikh Helaluddin, former lawmaker elected from Bagerhat-1 and district BNP President MAH Selim, former lawmaker elected from Bagerhat-2 are convicted in corruption cases.

Acid attack on housewife in Sirajganj

Criminals threw acid on a housewife yesterday following a land dispute at Bankai Dakhsminpara village in Raiganj upazila.

Man gets life for killing wife

Rajshahi Additional District and Session Judge Court-2, in a verdict pronounced here yesterday, sentenced a man to life term rigorous imprisonment (RI) for killing his wife at Bagha in the district, court sources said.

Robber beaten to death in Pabna

A robber was beaten to death by mob at Barovagi village in Sujanagar upazila yesterday, police and locals said.

Unpacked powder milk still used in sweets

Sweetmeat owners here are still using unpacked powder milk while preparing sweetmeats.

International

US aid worker shot dead in Pakistan

A US development worker and his driver were shot dead yesterday in northwest Pakistan, where a wave of violence has been blamed on militants linked to the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.

Lack of troops, 'schizophrenic' mandate hamper UN in DR Congo

With a "schizophrenic" mandate and a lack of troops and logistics, UN peacekeepers in Democratic Republic of Congo are being accused of powerlessness in the face of conflict, diplomats and analysts say.

Four Palestinians dead in Gaza border clashes

Israeli troops killed four armed Palestinians in a gunbattle on the Gaza border yesterday that rattled a nearly five-month lull, the Israeli army and Palestinian medics said.

CIA, NI directors expect to lose jobs under Obama

The current chiefs of National Intelligence and the CIA expect to be replaced when Barack Obama takes over as US president on January 20, the Washington Post reported yesterday.

UN sees significant improvement in Iraqi access to food

Iraq's poor has had better access to food supplies over the past three years as security improved but the overall situation remains "highly volatile," a UN report said yesterday.

Malaysia will allow Thaksin to transit

Malaysia would not object to former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra travelling through its territory, but any request for asylum would have to be evaluated, Foreign Minister Rais Yatim has said.

Ex-leader's detention tests Taiwanese democracy

The arrest of former Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian in a corruption case yesterday is set to deepen political divisions in the normally fractious country, with the former leader's supporters accusing the government of a political vendetta.

India test-fires medium range surface missile

India successfully test-fired a medium-range, surface-to surface missile on yesterday, the defense ministry said.

N Korea says it will shut border with south

North Korea said yesterday it would close its border with South Korea from next month in protest at what it called Seoul's confrontational stance, a move that could cripple a joint industrial estate.

Sudan declares Darfur ceasefire

Sudanese President Omar al-Beshir yesterday announced an immediate ceasefire in Darfur and called for a campaign to disarm militias which have been ravaging the western region.

Nine killed in heavy fighting in Sri Lanka

At least nine Tamil Tiger rebels were killed as Sri Lankan troops fought pitched battles in the island's north, the defence ministry said yesterday.

Baghdad car bombs kill 6

Six people were killed and around two dozen wounded yesterday as two car bomb explosions struck the Iraqi capital, police said.

Freighter spills 100 tonnes of oil off Taiwan

A freighter that ran aground off the north coast of Taiwan has spilled more than 100 tonnes of heavy oil that is threatening wildlife in the region, officials said yesterday.

Pyongyang says it never agreed to N-sampling

North Korea said yesterday it had never agreed to allow samples to be taken from nuclear facilities as part of six-nation efforts to scrap its nuclear weapons.

Nepal's Maoist govt to return land, property

Nepal's Maoist prime minister has pledged that former rebels will return land and property they seized during the country's bitter civil war, officials said yesterday.

Islamist rebels take over port in Somalia

Somalia's hardline Shebab group onyesterday took over the southern port of Merka, a key entry point for food aid, further tightening the Islamists' grip on the war-torn Horn of Africa country.

6 die in Mumbai bldg collapse

Six members of the same family, including two children, were killed yesterday when a building near one of Mumbai's most famous landmarks collapsed, officials said.

Arts & Entertainment

Jhaal Muri Dhaka street culture in focus

It's been brewing for the last few months. Like-minded artistic friends, Anil Advani, Kuhu Plamondon, Rokeya Sultana, Smita Srivastava and Ujwala Prabhu came together to try something new -- an artist's take on photos of Dhaka street life. The idea burgeoned from photographer, Anil's, So Fo Bo Mo (Solo Photo Book Month) project about six artists, compiled in a month. Rokeya suggested using photos as a reference from which to paint, the results being revealed only at the very end. “The idea was to choose photos and create a corresponding painting. Our interpretation and fantasy were transposed into the painting, while retaining the essence of the photo,” she added. This hybrid photo/painting exhibition is the first of its kind in Bangladesh, not least as it combined Bangladeshi and Indian artists in a unique format.

A new hope for indigenous performing arts

'Jatrapala,' one of the traditional performing arts of rural Bengal, has lately become one of the neglected, on the verge of becoming extinct art forms. There is good news, however. The Department of Theatre and Music, Dhaka University has included 'jatrapala' in its curriculum. From now on, 3rd year students of the department will study the medium thoroughly as one of their courses.

New serial on the plight of Bangladeshi workers abroad

Highlighting the dilemmas of Bangladeshi workers abroad, the first episode of the new drama serial "Tomar Doa-e Bhalo Achhi Ma" will be aired tonight on ATN Bangla at 9:20pm. Written by Quazi Shahidul Islam, the play is scripted and directed by actor Mahfuz Ahmed.

“Stories of Change” goes to Asiatica Film Mediale Festival in Rome

“Stories of Change," a 55-minute documentary by Kamar Ahmed Simon (director) and Sara Afreen (executive producer) is going to be screened at the Asiatica Film Medialle Festival in Rome, says a press release. The Documentary will be screened in the 'Documentaries in Competition' segment at the ninth edition of the festival, which will begin on November 15 and continue till 23 at various locations of the Italian capital.

Roger Moore dislikes the new, violent Bond

Movie audiences nowadays expect scenes of graphic violence in "James Bond" movies, unlike when Roger Moore played the super spy with a tongue-in-cheek humour, the actor believes.

Radio Aamar holds road shows in Dhaka

On the occasion of its first anniversary, Radio Aamar (FM 88.4) arranged road shows at different parts of Dhaka including Gulshan 1 and 2, Mohakhali, Farmgate, Sonargaon, Shahbagh, Motijheel, Jatrabari, TSC, Science Laboratory intersection, Mirpur 1 and 10, says a press release.

OP-ED

'They never take part in the election with the mentality of accepting defeat'

Mujahidul Islam Selim was born in 1948 in Savar, Dhaka. He took admission at Dhaka College but the then college authorities expelled him for his involvement in movement against the Pakistani rulers. He passed HSC from Jagannath College and later obtained his honours and master degrees from Department of Economics at Dhaka University. He was arrested for the first time on June 7, 1966 during the six-point demand movement. A former general secretary and president of Bangladesh Chhatra Union and Bangladesh Khetmojur Samity, he became the first VP of DUCSU in the independent Bangladesh. He has been with the Communist Party of Bangladesh since 1965 and became the GS of the party in 1993 to serve in the post till date. Wasim Bin Habib took the interview.

Gas influx inhibits oil-mining

MYANMAR'S drilling for oil in the disputed water-zone of the Bay of Bengal has probably been accelerated by similar activities by Bangladesh in the Chittagong area during the recent past. Both Myanmar and Bangladesh have vast deposits of natural gas that can meet their industrial and domestic energy needs for quite a long time. Both can be benefited if drilling for oil is deferred till exhaustion of the gas resources to a desired level. Simultaneous drilling by the two countries in the border areas has resulted in the recent political crisis.

Time for a change

ALTHOUGH women have led two major political parties and the positions of prime minister and leader of the opposition have been occupied by women since 1991, politics in Bangladesh is still highly male-dominated. Women are reluctant to enter politics because of unfriendly environment, lack of financial strength, burden of household and lack of equal opportunities and rights. Often, misinterpretations of conservative and religious values, and traditional mindset, support the status quo in favour of men.

Star Chittagong

Town protection embankment in bad shape

Lack of proper maintenance puts the town protection embankment in bad shape, posing a threat to life and properties in the coastal areas of the port city.

Pollution takes serious turn at Kaptai Lake

Pollution at Kaptai Lake is taking a serious turn due to open defecation by the slum dwellers and unabated dumping of garbage and wastes everyday, causing waterborne diseases like diarrhoea, dysentery and jaundice.

The week that was

More use of Bangla Underscored
Eminent litterateur Hasnat Abdul Hai underscored the need for more use of Bangla to establish its dignity.


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