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Tuesday, October 21, 2014


News of: Friday, 28th of November, 2008

Front Page

Siege after Mumbai massacre

Indian security forces have arrested three militants, including a Pakistani national, inside Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai, which was attacked by a group of gunmen, the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency reported early today.

BNP list finalised, yet aspirants interviewed

Interviewing BNP ticket aspirants yesterday was merely a formality as the party had already chosen its candidates for the next parliamentary election ignoring the traditional system of interviewing nomination hopefuls.

Graft eats into RHD

Between 2000 and 2006, all road maintenance jobs of Roads and Highways Department (RHD) were awarded to contractors at a higher cost than the projected cost causing losses of around Tk 154 crore to the state.

BNP constitution, RPO choked

Finally, BNP appears to have violated electoral laws and its own constitution to pick contenders in the upcoming parliamentary polls by not allowing grassroots level leaders of the party to make preliminary selection of candidates.

EC ignores CrPC, kicks up a row

The Election Commission (EC) yesterday decided to authorise executive magistrates to hold trial for electoral offences to ensure holding of the next national polls in a free and fair manner although they do not have the jurisdiction to do the task.

Gloomy GDP forecast comes into question

Eminent economist Prof Wahiduddin Mahmud yesterday blasted the World Bank forecast that export growth might fall by 4.3 percentage points and remittance by 20 percentage points this fiscal year due to global economic meltdown.

Parties preoccupied with past, not future

Former caretaker government adviser Dr Akbar Ali Khan says the country's political parties are preoccupied with the past and do not talk about their future plans to address political, economic and global issues.

RPO's proper use vital for strong EC

Chairman of Transparency International, Bangladesh (TIB) Prof Muzaffer Ahmad yesterday underscored the need for proper application of the Representation of People order (RPO) for strengthening the Election Commission.

Who are the Deccan terrorists?

The Deccan Mujahedeen, which has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attacks across Mumbai in India (formerly known as Bombay), appears to be the latest in a string of home-grown Indian Islamic militant splinter groups.

Dhaka slates attacks, on alert

President Iajuddin Ahmed and Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed have condemned the acts of terror, which were unleashed on the city of Mumbai on Wednesday night.

Aman freed, Huda gets bail

After about 22 months' imprisonment, former BNP state minister for labour and employment Amanullah Aman was released on High Court (HC) bail last night from the prison cell at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Hospital while former MP Mufti Shahidul Islam was released from Kashimpur Jail.

Thai govt asks army to stay in barracks

Thailand's government asked the military to stay in their barracks yesterday as rumours spread that the army was plotting a coup to end mass protests that have shut down both of Bangkok's airports.

Vow to combat sexual exploitation of children

Vivacious, energetic, contagiously happy; these are the words anyone will randomly pick to describe a child.

BNP confirms nomination of 16 aspirants

BNP confirmed party tickets to at least 16 candidates to contest the December 29 general elections.

Huji operative Zandal indicted

Sylhet Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal yesterday framed charges against outlawed Harkatul Jihad al Islami (Huji) operative Abu Zandal in connection with the grenade attack on the British high commissioner at the shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal (RA) on May 21, 2004.

War heroes vow to fight parties’ move

Sector Commanders' Forum (SCF) will conduct campaigns against the political parties that will nominate war criminals as candidates in the upcoming parliamentary elections, SCF Chief Coordinator Lt Gen Harun-ur Rashid said yesterday.

EC won't scrap RPO provision on cancelling candidature

Election Commissioner Muhammed Sohul Hussain yesterday said the Election Commission would not scrap its power to cancel candidature as per clause 91(E) of the Representation of the People Order.

Detention of Abbas, Babar illegal: HC

The High Court (HC) yesterday declared illegal the detention of former housing minister Mirza Abbas, a convict to eight years imprisonment for tax evasion, and former state minister Lutfozzaman Babar, a convict to 17 years in an arms case.

Emergency to be lifted well ahead of polls

Foreign Adviser Iftekhar ahmed Chowdhury yesterday said the state of emergency will be lifted well ahead of December 29 general elections and it will be announced soon.

Hosts seize advantage

A record South African sixth wicket partnership between Ashwell Prince and Mark Boucher powered the home side to take away Bangladesh's advantage on the second day of the second and final Test at the SuperSport Park here on Thursday.

Manjur, Abbasi join BNP

Awami League (AL) leader and acting Mayor of Chittagong M Manjur-e-Alam, local AL leader Shamsul Alam and Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leader Abdul Karim Abbasi joined BNP yesterday.

Editorial

The carnage in Mumbai

We strongly condemn the terror attacks that have left Mumbai reeling. This attack, vicious in its nature and with wide-ranging ramifications, has brought home to all of us in South Asia the lesson that a serious, purposeful and united effort toward combating the terrorist menace is now necessary. Indeed, the series of attacks that have occurred in India in recent months, together with the violent attack on the Marriott Hotel in Pakistan's Islamabad, were broad hints of how wide the network of terror was getting to be. With the Taj and Oberoi hotels in Mumbai (as well as other spots) now coming under attack, it is clear that terrorism is now no more a national but a broad regional menace. It is now anyone's guess as to where terrorism will strike next. But what is clear is that no one is safe and at this point it is for all South Asian nations to come together to combat the threat. At the same time, people everywhere must condemn the atrocity perpetrated in Mumbai. After having been claimed responsibility by the so-called Deccan Mujahideen, it is especially for Muslims everywhere, seeing that such atrocities are being perpetrated in their names, to condemn the killings loudly and make it clear that their faith abjures violence of all kinds.

The Aids concern

The Commission on Aids in its report has shed light on different aspects of the killer ailment, which continues to be a major concern in many Asian countries, despite a number of programs being taken up by the governments to contain it. Though the situation is believed to be improving slowly, there are still five million HIV-positive in Asia at the moment.

Zero tolerance time

What in God's name is going on in India? Pakistan and Sri Lanka have long been tinder-boxes, periodically erupting into welters of death and destruction, and recent years have added Nepal to the nations in the region beset by radical upheaval. Indeed, not long ago, it seemed as though even Bangladesh may have been heading in the direction of increasing violence and discord.

Will they make or become history?

Three earthshaking things have happened between November 13 and 21. Bleach has been killing germs for over 200 years but US scientists just figured out how this cleaner does its dirty work. After 103 years German, French and Hungarian scientists proved Einstein's celebrated formula e=mc2. At home, top two political leaders spoke to each other after sixteen years, and this nation has been touched.

Sports

Shakib proves his worth

Many might have raised their eyebrows when coach Jamie Siddons branded Shakib Al Hasan as a world-class cricketer but the young all-rounder continued his stirring performances to enhance the reputation.

Hail little Mushfiq

"Which one, short or tall?" was the response from Makhaya Ntini when asked to comment on Mushfiqur Rahim's fine knock after the first day's play of the second and final Test at SuperSport Park on Wednesday.

Idris stings MSC

Rahmatganj lived up to their reputation as giant killers of the season with a shock 1-0 win over Mohammedan Sporting Club in the Citycell B. League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Sylhet fend off Dhaka

The Sylhet dressing room passed a few anxious moments before their seventh round National Cricket League match against Dhaka petered out to a draw at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday.

Mumbai attacks stop cricket in India

England have cut short the ongoing one-day series against India following Wednesday's terrorist strikes in Mumbai but Lalit Modi, the head of the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) fixtures committee, said the two-Test series would go ahead.

Citi Cup golf tees off

The 3rd Citi Cup golf tournament began today at the Kurmitola Golf Club. About 400 competitors, including diplomats, leading business persons and well-known personalities are taking part in the two-day meet.

Bangladesh end with one bronze

Shahriar Towfique Khan, Ramzan Ali and Saiful Islam ensured Bangladesh had some success on the final day of the 4th South Asian Shooting Championship in Islamabad yesterday.

Barisal first into semis

Masud spun Barisal to a five-wicket win over Chandpur in the first quarterfinal of the 29th National Cricket Cham-pionship at the Shamsur Rahman Stadium in Jessore yesterday.

Motijheel earn promotion

Two goals from Minar helped Motijheel T&T Club sink Little Friends Club 4-0 and get promotion from Second Division Football League at the Kamalapur Stadium yesterday.

Barca destroy Sporting

Barcelona coasted to a 5-2 victory over 10-man hosts Sporting Lisbon on Wednes-day to win Champions League Group C after running riot at the Jose Alvalade stadium in Lisbon on Wednesday.

Greek tragedy for Inter

Inter Milan scraped through to the Champions League knock-out stages despite a shock 1-0 home defeat to Panathinaikos at the San Siro on Wednesday.

Liverpool in last 16

Atletico Madrid, Liverpool and Inter Milan rea-ched into the Cham-pions League second round on Wednesday night while 10-man Chelsea and minnows Anorthosis Famagusta must wait and see.

Draw satisfies Blanc

Bordeaux coach Lau-rent Blanc was a happy man after his side forced a 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Wednesday and believes anything can happen as they now go to Roma in their final outing in a bid to book what would be an unexpected place in the last 16.

Cesc targets EPL title

Cesc Fabregas, Arsenal's newly-appointed captain, has insisted the Gunners still haven't given up hope of winning the English Premier League title this season.

Champions League Results

Champions League group stage results on Wednesday:
Group A
Bordeaux (FRA) 1 (Diarra 83) Chelsea (ENG) 1 (Anelka 60)

Heinze blow for Real

Spanish champions Real Madrid must do without Argentine international defender Gabriel Heinze for three weeks due to a leg injury, the club said on Wednesday.

Marseille face disciplinary action

Marseille face potential disciplinary action from UEFA after their Champions League defeat by Liverpool here on Wednesday was marred by the throwing of missiles onto the pitch from the section of the ground reserved for away supporters.

Milestone for Hayden

It is hard to think of Matthew Hayden as a slow starter. He has made his name by destroying opening bowlers and quickly turning shiny new balls into lifeless chunks of worn-out leather. But when it took him six years to make his first seven Test appearances, reaching 100 Tests seemed like an unattainable goal.

WICB seeks ICC bailout

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has asked the International Cricket Council (ICC) for the 3 million dollars it would have received for the latest Champions Trophy, but the board has denied that it is a loan. The tournament would have been held in September in Pakistan, but was postponed owing to security fears.

Asif hearing postponed

Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Asif will not be travelling to Mumbai after his Indian Premier League (IPL) drugs hearing was put off due to the terror attacks in Mumbai on Wednesday. A tribunal, comprising former India captain Sunil Gavaskar, the former vice-chancellor of India's Maharashtra University of Health Sciences Dr Ravi Bapat, and lawyer Shirish Gupte, had set November 29 as the date for hearing Asif's appeal in Mumbai, after he had appeared before them on October 11.

England fans urged not to be deterred

England cricket supporters should not be put off travelling to India by the Mumbai attacks, a spokesman for the unofficial "Barmy Army" fan club said Thursday.

Bowling irks Pietersen

Kevin Pietersen, the England captain, has said he had never felt as angry as he did after his team's fifth successive loss to India. England have lost the seven-match series with two games to go.

Business

BB chief snubs WB report

Bangladesh Bank Governor Salehuddin Ahmed yesterday dismissed a World Bank projection on the country's economic growth saying that the lending agency's report was not pragmatic and lacked rigorous analysis.

Stocks slump on chilling report

The benchmark index of Dhaka Stock Exchange suffered the biggest single-day fall in four years yesterday, a day after the World Bank's negative forecast about the country's economy.

BGMEA upbeat on export growth

The apex trade body for the readymade garments (RMG) sector is upbeat on Bangladesh's growth in exports despite global financial meltdown, turning down the World Bank prediction of a fall.

Starwood to extend Sheraton deal

Starwood, the management company of Dhaka Sheraton, has decided to extend its contract with the government up to March 31.

BB fund for women entrepreneurs remains under-utilised

Only a small portion of Bangladesh Bank's special funds set aside for women entrepreneurs could be administered because of a negligence on the part of most commercial banks, said Rokia Afzal Rahman, president Bangladesh Federation of Women Entrepreneurs (BFWE).

BHP not immune to global economic crisis

Mining giant BHP Billiton said Thursday it would not be immune to the effects of a slowdown in demand for commodities but was in a better position to cope than its rivals.

SKorea's minor shipbuilding group asks for bailout

Two key units of South Korea's cash-strapped minor shipbuilding group C& have applied for a bank bailout programme to avoid bankruptcy, a key creditor bank said Thursday.

Dorin power plant opens in Tangail

The 22-megawatt power plant of Dorin Power Generation and System Ltd was inaugurated at Elenga under Kalihati upazila in Tangail yesterday.

Panasonic slashes profit forecast

Japanese consumer electronics giant Panasonic Corp. on Thursday slashed its net profit forecast for the current financial year by 90 percent as the economic crisis pushes down sales.

Tracking ethics in banking

Everything that is legal is not necessarily ethical.

Luxury brands pin hopes on China

Katidja Valy has visited seven countries over the past two months, trying to sell his super-expensive Swiss watches to the world's rich, and nowhere has the interest been greater than in China.

World stocks shake off jitters

World stock markets jumped on Thursday as investors cheered government efforts to stave off a global recession and shrugged off deadly extremist attacks in India.

India inflation falls to six-month low

India's inflation fell to a six-month low, providing more room to the central bank to cut interest rates to spur flagging economic growth, analysts said Thursday.

Taiwan to expand economic stimulus package

Taiwan plans to boost its economic stimulus package to 500 billion Taiwan dollars (15.01 billion US) amid signs of growing economic deterioration, officials said Thursday.

Tourist arrivals in Philippines hit record

Tourist arrivals in the Philippines rose 3.96 percent from a year earlier to a record 2.507 million in the 10 months to October despite a global crisis, the central bank said Thursday.

City of London mayor predicts 70,000 job cuts

At least 70,000 jobs will be lost in London's financial district within barely a year as it grapples with the world financial crisis, the Lord Mayor of the City of London said Wednesday.

Oil down in Asia

World oil prices fell in Asian trade Thursday on renewed worries about energy demand after latest US data showed a bigger-than-expected rise in the country's crude oil stocks, dealers said.

Metropolitan

A party given scope to hatch conspiracy

Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the election date has been deferred to December 29 in a bid to give an opportunity to a certain political party and its allies to hatch conspiracy.

Stern action to be taken against culprits: IGP

Police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday said stern action would be taken against the two Rab men caught by the police and locals on charges of looting foreign currencies and valuables from a money exchange office in the city's Paltan area on Wednesday night.

7 killed in road accidents

Seven people were killed and 12 others injured in separate road accidents in Gaibandha, Barisal and Brahmanbaria yesterday.

Include 'sign language' in school curriculum

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday said the government should immediately include 'sign language' in the school curriculum to recognise the speech in the country.

'Tackle challenges posed by global climate change'

Different development organisations at a convention in the city yesterday

Nat'l Immunisation Day tomorrow

The first round of 17th National Immunisation Day (NID) will be observed across the country tomorrow, says a press release.

BDR-Nasaka flag meeting held

A battalion commander-level flag meeting between Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Myanmar's border security force, Nasaka, was held at Mongdu in Myanmar yesterday.

Moon sighting committee meets today

The National Moon Sighting Committee will meet at the Islamic Foundation this evening to set the date for Eid-ul-Azha after reviewing moon sighting news of Zilhajj month.

Mother seeks justice

Different political parties and socio-cultural organisations yesterday paid rich tributes to Shaheed Dr Shamsul Alam Khan Milon on the occasion of his 18th death anniversary.

Aziz takes over as cabinet secretary

Md Abdul Aziz, secretary to the agriculture ministry, has been appointed secretary to the Cabinet Division, the establishment ministry said in a statement yesterday.

AL reject gets BNP ticket in Chittagong

An industrialist, who was refused nomination by the Awami League (AL) to contest parliamentary election, has bagged BNP's nomination in a vital city seat.

JNU'Gha' unit admission test today

The admission test of 'Gha' unit for the first year honours courses of Jagannath University will be held at 3:30pm today, says a press release.

Hanif's death anniversary today

Today is the second death anniversary of Mohammad Hanif, the first elected mayor of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) and an Awami League (AL) leader.

Hazari gets 10 years' RI

A special court yesterday sentenced former Awami League lawmaker Zainal Hazari to 10 years' rigorous imprisonment (RI) for amassing Tk 1 crore illegally.

'Work together to establish rule of law'

Law Adviser AF Hassan Ariff yesterday said bench and bar would have to work together for establishing the rule of law in the country.

EU election observation team calls on Khaleda

A three-member delegation of European Union (EU) Election Observation Mission called on BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia at the party's Gulshan office yesterday and discussed election-related issues.

Truckload of Indian cloths seized

BDR members recovered huge Indian cloths worth about Tk 1.5 crore from a truck on Dhaka-Chittagong highway at Padua Bazar rail crossing early yesterday.

ACC files case against ex-BNP MP Abu Abbas

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has filed a case against former BNP lawmaker Abu Abbas with Netrakona Sadar Police Station for concealing information about his wealth in the wealth statement submitted to the commission.

ACC okays six charge sheets against 12

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Wednesday approved submission of six charge sheets against 12 people on charges of bribery, power abuse and money embezzlement in different cases.

2 killed, 25 hurt as villagers clash in Netrakona

Two people were killed and 25 others injured in separate clashes in the district yesterday.

National

AL swings into campaign, BNP lags a little behind

Awami League has set its candidates in most of the constituencies in the region. The candidates have already started campaign in their respective areas. However, in some seats party nominees are facing trouble from the grassroots and rival aspirants while some nominations are yet to be announced.

Protest in Jaldhaka against ticket to collaborator's son

Over hundred family members of the martyrs of 1971 'Kaliganj massacre' in Jaldhaka upazila formed a human chain and held a meeting at the killing spot yesterday protesting nomination of the son of a collaborator the then Pakistani occupation forces for the upcoming parliament election.

Chowdhury vs Chowdhury may mark Sherpur-2

A tough contest is expected in the coming election between Awami League's Matia Chowdhury and BNP nomination aspirant former whip Jahed Ali Chowdhury in Sherpur-2 (Nakla-Nalitabari) constituency.

Tug-of-war for ticket in Satkhira-1

Difference between BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami is widening in Satkhira over nomination in Satkhira- 1 (Tala-Kalaroa) constituency, won by district BNP convener Habibul Islam Habib in 2001 election.

Protest by 2 Khulna AL aspirants' men

Police foiled observance of token hunger strike by over 2000 people in the Khulna Press Club premises at 10 am yesterday (Thursday) in demand of nomination to Khulna district Awami League president Sheikh Harun-ar-Rashid from Khulna-1 and senior Vice President Advocate Sheikh Nurul Huq from Khulna-6 constituencies.

Intra-party feud dims BNP hopes in Tangail 4, 5, 6, 7

BNP could not close its rank and file in the district yet and the party men have already divided in many areas over candidatures in the ensuing Jatiya Sangsad election.

Henry Talukder to run from stalwarts' seat

For the first time, a woman in Sirajganj is in the polls race, creating enthusiasm among her supporters and members of the public.

Letters

People and political statements

It has become a common phenomenon for most of our political parties, leaders, VIPs and many other personalities to use the word 'people' at random as and when they like to make any statement, demand or comment on political matters.

Tourism potential

Tourism is a multi-dimensional industry that has been recognised all over the world as a rapidly expanding commercial activity. It has been given priority in our national industrial policy introduced in 2005. The position of Bangladesh in tourism development is still at a primary level. compared to the tourism industries of the developed countries.

Restoration of democracy

Restoration of democracy is a long cherished desire of the people of all walks of life.

BCS

Through the BCS exams the most brilliant candidates are selected. These people will take the responsibilities of our nation. However, if the very selection process becomes rather unacceptable, then how will the best candidates be selected?

To politicians…

You can agree or disagree, but that does not mean you can't talk to your opponent. In a democracy there is a winner who takes the administration and there is a loser who takes the opposition, both the winner and the loser have responsibility to their constituencies. The winners who command legislative majority should not forget that they could have been on the other side of the isle, that they are there for the people not for themselves. Please behave like grown-ups and wake to see how the world is moving ahead.

BTV programmes

I personally endorse the views expressed by Mr Aiman Bin- Shaofiqul Hamid (Jasim), Dept of English International Islamic University, Chittagong.

Tigers' tantrums!

An interesting report from South Africa was published in a local daily's sports pages on 23rd November. It was indeed a very sad and sorry state of affairs for our "always defeated" cricket team, now on tour there. The docile "Tigers" after being slaughtered by the South African "Lions" could only show their "rusty and blunt" teeth at the keen and may be, impatient settlers of Bangladeshi origin, who went to see them after their Test debacle.

A word of caution

The political parties should remember from now on, that they cannot continue doing what they did before; they will now have to have accountability to the people.

Gazipur Chowrasta

Felt extremely dejected and despondent at the disgraceful conditions prevailing at Gazipur Chowrasta. The Muktijoddha Monument a prominent landmark in the area, built to symbolise the supreme sacrifices of the greatest sons of the soil is lying in utter neglect. It is a matter of shame and disgrace that our brave sons are not being honoured. The entire roundabout appeared extremely chaotic with buses, maxis, CNGs and rickshaws parked haphazardly. Garbage has not been removed for months. Posters of school coaching, latest movie release, broadband are pasted on the monument itself. Vendors sell peanuts, jhaal moori and chatpati and serve juice extracted from sugarcane and carrots. People gossip lazily and throw all types of litters. The roundabout is devoid of any ornamental garden. After dusk, the entire area is shrouded in dark as there are no overhead lights. Such is our respect for the brave sons of the soil! I find it extremely audacious on the part of the Gazipur administration to show disrespect to the Muktijoddhas.

Our children

I get frustrated when I hear yet another reference to children being part of the 'future' of a country. This is, surely, not the basis of 'child rights'. No, no, no! They are part of the present! The purpose of their existence is not because of what they may be in the future but because of what they are now. They are not merely adults in the making a smaller version of ourselves. They are real people with their own fully justified needs and demands, at this very moment, and worthy of respect and consideration as part of society and the world today.

Bleak future?

The educational institutions in Chittagong and Dhaka are burning. The flame may engulf the entire education system. The PSC is showing its true allegiance and colour. The political leaders are back to square peg one. The constitutional authority of the state of emergency has been challenged in the court, but very late. The whole scenario might be overshadowed by unconstitutional forces. The last political weapon, the militant act, is yet to be unveiled, and might be seen if politics of power so demands. A grim uncertainty has engulfed our political future.

Khaleda's stand

Begum Khaleda Zia asked the government to lift emergency- it was reported by an English daily on Nov 24. Our query is- why?

Environment pollution

Environment pollution has become a matter of concern all over the world in recent years. Existence of human life mainly depends on environment and a sound environment is a must for sound health. Simply, the environment means surrounding conditions and circumstances and environmental pollution means any sort of disorder in these conditions and circumstances. Surrounding conditions consist of many objects and forces, both natural and men made.

AL-JP alliance

It is depressing to see Sheikh Hasina's AL going with the JP again. I am still trying to understand why. The AL is only ruining its opportunity of a fresh start. After all the talks about reform, the AL could easily separate itself from bad influence and very easily win the next election, as the BNP is in a mess. Such a move would have been very effective.

Tele Talk tale

I wish to draw the attention of the high-ups in Tele-Talk BD Ltd. & BTRC (Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission) Dhaka to the messy situation prevailing within Tele Talk BD Ltd., graveyard road, Banani, Dhaka.

Save the forests

The Sundarbans is the world's largest mangrove forest. It offers us a huge amount of natural resources.

Imams' remunerations

Imams are regarded as the ideal Muslim leaders in any Muslim community. They are helping society by imparting their knowledge and bringing people to the path of religion. But they are financially ignored. They do not get a good amount of money as their remuneration. No basic salaries are determined like other professionals. Most of the Imams usually get Tk 3,000 to Tk 3,500 only per month, whereas even a primary schoolteacher receives nearly Tk 5,000. So, it is really hard for them to survive.

Feuds among students

While on a Tour-of-Duty abroad I am now viewing the TV today to see the heart breaking news of the different political groups of students locked in feuds leading to casualties, damage and ending up in the closure of Chittagong Medical College that is the second oldest and largest seat of medical education in the country. More so, because I am an alumnus of this college and currently a member of the faculty. Over the years, I have seen these happening again and again. Medical profession is the noblest one and the best outcome of covenants, science, arts, philosophy customized in a package.

Meeting of two leaders

The planners, organisers & the media personalities covering the exchange of pleasantries between the two great national leaders on the occasion of the 37th Armed Forces Day on 22nd November, 2008 at Sena Kunja in Dhaka Cantonment created a remarkable event, that had a positive impact on the ongoing political process.

International

Victims speak of night of terror in Mumbai

Western visitors and Mumbai residents ducked under tables at luxury five-star hotels as staff members locked restaurant doors at the first rattle of gunfire and explosions in the lobby below.

'We want US and British', say Mumbai gunmen

The young gunmen roaming the corridors of two luxury hotels in Mumbai were shooting wildly, but they knew exactly what sort of guests they intended to take hostage.

Who could be behind the Mumbai attacks?

Militants armed with automatic weapons and grenades attacked luxury hotels, hospitals and a famous tourist cafe in India's commercial capital Mumbai late yesterday, killing more than 100 people.

World recoils in horror

World leaders expressed anger and horror Thursday after Islamist militant attacks in Mumbai left more than 100 people dead, as fears grew over foreign hostages.

India state polls seen as pointer to 2009 general election

Millions of Indians began voting yesterday in a series of four state polls to be held over the coming week that were seen as a test for the ruling Congress party ahead of a general election due by May.

Ex-Indian PM VP Singh passes away

Former Indian Prime Minister VP Singh, who formed the country's first non-Congress coalition government at the Centre in 1989 toppling Rajiv Gandhi died here yesterday. He was 77.

Bombs kill four Afghans, one Australian soldier

A suicide car bomb claimed by Taliban insurgents blew up near the US embassy in Kabul Thursday and killed four Afghan civilians while another bomb in the south killed an Australian soldier, officials said.

Airlines cancel flights

A number of airlines cancelled flights to Mumbai yesterday after attacks across the city left more than 100 people killed and hundreds more injured, operators said.

Mumbai gunmen looked 'like boys': Survivor

An Australian student whose girlfriend was shot and wounded in the Mumbai attacks said yesterday the gunmen who stormed their restaurant and opened fire on diners looked very young -- "like boys".

Naval warships and aircrafts scouring seas for 'mother ship'

Indian Navy and Coast Guards yesterday pressed into service warships and surveillance aircraft to scour the high seas in and around Mumbai to look for 'Mother Ship' which could have ferried the terrorists who carried out attacks in this metropolis.

Tiger chief vows to evict government forces

The leader of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels, Velupillai Prabhakaran, vowed in a radio broadcast Thursday to fight on and evict government forces closing in on his de facto political capital.

Pakistan confident on peace talks progress with India

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Wednesday that it was possible to make concrete progress in peace talks with arch-rival India.

Commandoes surround Jewish headquarters

Police commandoes surrounded the headquarters Thursday of the ultra-orthodox Jewish outreach group Chabad Lubavitch, which gunmen had seized overnight during a series of coordinated attacks across this seaside city.

'Deep rifts bode badly for Thai crisis'

Thailand's political crisis is rooted in divisions over wealth, geography and the palace's loyalties that are likely to erupt into further violence before they are healed, analysts say.

Arts & Entertainment

Warfaze to be featured in upcoming Anjan Dutta film

Bangladeshi pioneering metal band Warfaze will be seen in an Indian film directed by Kolkata-based musician-filmmaker Anjan Dutta. Members of the band will be featured as guest artistes in the film titled "Just Kolkata." The story of the film revolves around the ups and downs of a promising band, which gets to perform alongside Warfaze and Kolkata-based band Fossils at an international musical event.

Transporter 3 stays in low gear

Frank Martin is sort of a third-party version of the international man of mystery for moviegoers who think that James Bond is too pretentious and Jason Bourne just doesn't have enough chest hair.

Gladiator Round of Close Up 1

"Gladiator Round" of ntv's mega-popular talent hunt "Close Up 1: Tomakei Khujchhey Bangladesh" will be aired tonight at 9:15 pm. From the top four contestants -- Liza, Atique, Opu and Sazu, three finalists will be chosen for the grand finale tonight.

Nazib’s pensive, dreamy urban images

Artist Nazib Mohammad is an introvert and always shies away from social gatherings and limelight. For higher education he went to Tama Art University in Tokyo, Japan -- one of the most recognised institutions for printmaking. The university has produced a number of talented artists in Asia.

Play on exploitation of the poor and vulnerable

Faridpur Kheyali Natya Sampraday staged its production “Adam Bepari” at Kobi Jasimuddin Hall recently.

OP-ED

'We need to change the system'

Chairman of Regulatory Reforms Commission Dr. Akbar Ali Khan was born in 1944 at Nabinagar in Brahamanbaria. He obtained his Honours and MA in history from Dhaka University. Later, he studied in Queen's University, Canada and obtained his MA and PhD in economics. He joined the Civil Service of Pakistan (CSP) in1967. A former chairman of NBR and secretary of Internal Resources Division, he was appointed cabinet secretary in 2001 and retired from that position in 2002. Dr. Akbar was the adviser of caretaker government in 2006 and resigned in protest against the failure of the government in ensuring a free, fair and impartial election. Shamim Ashraf and Wasim Bin Habib took the interview.

Mayhem in Mumbai

On Wednesday, a group of heavily armed assailants carried out a series of coordinated strikes in Mumbai -- killing at least 100, wounding hundreds more, and claiming an indeterminate number of hostages. A group calling themselves the Deccan Mujahedeen claimed responsibility for the mayhem, but their identity could not be immediately confirmed, and many terrorism specialists said they were unfamiliar with the name. Fareed Zakaria, editor of Newsweek International, author most recently of The Post-American World, and a Mumbai native, spoke with Tom Watson, managing editor of Newsweek.com, about the attacks and the political and social landscape in which they occurred.

Fame is fleeting

LIKE many modern working people, I pretty much live at airports. I can walk through most airports in Asia blindfolded with both hands tied behind my back, and indeed, frequently have to.



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