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200 picked so far to run for BNP

BNP yesterday announced names of its candidates for over 200 seats, but the tense wait for many parliamentary hopefuls was not over yet as the nomination pendulum kept swinging.

Major poll alliances ready to lock horns

The battle of ballot between the two major electoral alliances formally kicks off today after a lapse of about two years as candidates from the BNP-led four-party combine finally file nominations for December 29 parliamentary polls.

Mumbai siege over

Commandos yesterday killed the last remaining gunmen in Mumbai's Taj hotel to end a devastating attack by Islamic militants on India's financial capital that left 195 dead, including 26 foreigners.

AL, JP closing in on 40-seat deal

Awami League (AL) and Jatiya Party (JP), two components of the AL-led grand electoral alliance, are close to finalising their seat-sharing deal for the upcoming parliamentary polls.

Intense negotiation takes over 4-party

BNP and its key ally Jamaat-e-Islami are still maintaining deep secrecy over sharing of seats for the forthcoming parliamentary polls, party sources said.

Bhuiyan & Co to contest polls independently

Failing to get party nomination, many former BNP lawmakers who had sided with expelled party secretary general Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan will file nomination papers with the Election Commission today as independent candidates.

Thai protesters defy orders to quit airports

Defiant protesters ignored orders to leave Bangkok's besieged airports and faced off with Thai police yesterday, raising fears of clashes as crippling anti-government demonstrations escalated.

Khaleda, Hasina to vie for 3 seats each

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina, who had reportedly been pressed to quit politics, are finally going to contest the December 29 parliamentary elections -- from three constituencies each.

Grenade attack accused given BNP nomination

BNP has nominated a charge-sheeted accused of the August 21 carnage aimed to assassinate former premier and Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina at a rally on Banga-bandhu Avenue in the capital in 2004.

UN observers predict credible polls on Dec 29

The UN election assessment team has said the next parliamentary polls in Bangladesh would be held in a way that is credible and was not possible two years ago.

Can Speaker's vehicle be used in campaign?

Speaker Muhammad Jamiruddin Sircar in a letter yesterday asked Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Adviser AF Hassan Ariff if he could use his parliament vehicle during electioneering.

DU celebrates 400 years of Dhaka city today

Dhaka University (DU) will celebrate 400 years of Dhaka city with a series of colourful programmes on the campus today.

Donors' policies come under lens

A people's tribunal is set to hear tomorrow eight petitions against three lending agencies in connection with prescribing policies and frameworks detrimental to the economic development of the country.

BERC decision on gas price hike today

Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) is set to announce its decision today on enhancement of natural gas prices, endorsing a maximum raise up to 15 percent.

Govt, EC fully ready to hold fair polls: CA

Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday said the government and the Election Commission are now fully ready to hold a credible election on December 29 with the participation of all political parties.

Tiger dies in Rajshahi zoo

The lone Royal Bengal Tiger of Rajshahi Central Zoo Samrat died in his cage yesterday.

Hundreds dead in polls clashes in Nigeria

Hundreds were killed and thousands forced to flee their homes in the central Nigerian city of Jos when Christians and Muslims clashed over the result of a local election, witnesses said yesterday.

FDA sets melamine standard for baby formula

Less than two months after federal food regulators said they were unable to set a safety threshold for the industrial chemical melamine in baby formula, they announced a standard that allows for higher levels than those found in US-made batches of the product.

2 die in Baghdad rocket attack

At least two foreign contractors were killed and 15 others wounded after a rocket fell near a UN compound in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, according to a UN official.


WB projections for our economy

The World Bank's rather presumptive and premature portrayal of the shape Bangladesh economy is likely to take at the end of fiscal 2008-09 has naturally evoked a sharp reaction from finance adviser, governor, Bangladesh Bank, president, BGMEA, eminent economist Wahiduddin Mahmud and many others.

Rio conference on children's exploitation

The third World Congress Against Sexual Exploitation of Children has ended in Rio de Janeiro on a decisive note. This much becomes obvious from the declaration adopted at the conference. It is to be noted that a strong team from Bangladesh took part in the congress and indeed made a number of points about the theme that needed to be debated in the larger interest of children not only in Bangladesh but elsewhere as well. What the congress has done is simply to focus on the many ways in which the rights of children are systematically violated, to a point where they are not allowed to become part of creative society.

Time to make history

WHILE the entire nation is anxiously waiting for the long stalled ninth parliamentary election, the exchange of pleasantries between two top political leaders Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia on November 21 evening at the Armed Forces Day reception, brought a bit of relief for the nation in the on-going stalemate on holding the parliamentary election.

The 26th of November

THE power of fear is immense and intense. It is axiomatic that evil of the magnitude perpetrated in Mumbai, through a collusion between Pakistan-based hate-filled terrorist organisations like Lashkar-e-Tayyaba and Indian fifth columnists will have a direct impact on the political mood of the nation. It is inevitable that the mood will reflect on polling in an election season. But we need to understand the nuances of this impact carefully. The hyperinflation of knee-jerk analysis can be toxic to the truth.


More progress needed

It had been considered as the toughest task for the Tigers to play South Africa in their own conditions and nobody would disagree with this reality. Not only for the bottom-ranked Bangladesh side rather even for many other top-ranked sides it is a difficult territory to achieve something, so there had hardly been any high expectations in the Tigers' second trip to the country after a six-year gap.

Sakib does it on his own

Sakib Sarkar gave a good all-round show to help Rangpur claim a close two-wicket win over strong Mymensingh in the third quarterfinal of the 29th National Cricket Championship at the Shamsul Huda Stadium in Jessore yesterday.

Kiwis hang on

Michael Hussey and Ricky Ponting produced contrasting half-centuries on a day when Australia continued to control the second Test but could not bury New Zealand in perfect batting conditions.

Under-17s post massive win

Sumit Chowdhury led the trounce of Nepal under-17 side as his six wickets helped Bangladesh under-17 win by an innings and 45 runs at the Tudikhel ground in Kathmandu yesterday.

MU look for revenge

Manchester United will be looking for revenge as well as the chance to get their Premier League title push back on track when they take on newly-rich neighbours Manchester City on Sunday.

Gunners' do or die battle

Arsenal's fading English Premier League title ambitions face a make-or-break moment on Sunday when they visit leaders Chelsea for a London derby at their Stamford Bridge fortress.

Made in Japan

When Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger go head-to-head in Sunday's Premier League showdown, they will briefly put on hold a friendship forged in Japan a decade ago.

Arshavin closer to exit

Zenit St Petersburg have raised the stakes in their battle with Andrei Arshavin over his transfer from the club, after they claimed that it would be end of his career if he went on strike.

Injury irritates Rafa

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez admitted on Friday that he was mystified by the latest hamstring problem to be suffered by star Spanish striker Fernando Torres.

Barry will stay till season end

England midfielder Gareth Barry on Friday pledged his future to Aston Villa until the end of the season, quashing speculation that he may leave in the January transfer window.

Health scare for Pellegrini

Italian Olympic swimming champion Federica Pellegrini suffered a health scare when she struggled to catch her breath while taking part in the country's winter championships in Genoa, the ANSA news agency reported Friday.

Modi fears isolation

Lalit Modi, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) vice-president, has said India could go Pakistan's way in losing out on international series if terrorist attacks continue. In 2008 India has witnessed blasts in Jaipur (during the Indian Premier League), Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Guwahati (during Australia's tour), and now Wednesday's terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

Hussey the rock

Michael Hussey is probably the world's most organised cricketer and in an Australia team so unsettled that they haven't picked the same XI in consecutive Tests for 11 matches, his reliability is invaluable. Hussey has become so good at stabilising potentially worrying situations that he could get a job straightening the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

'Trust our top-order'

The Test has started to slip away from New Zealand but Brendon McCullum hopes that at least their inexperienced line-up has learnt from the series so far. Things started to go wrong when New Zealand added only eight runs on Saturday morning for the loss of their last four wickets and a score of 270 was insufficient at a venue where first-innings totals are often double that.

Doping culture in Milan

A former AC Milan player has admitted he and other players in the Italian club were "victims" of doping in the 1960s and 70s.

Uttar Baridhara Div II champs

With a 3-1 win over Sadharan Bima yesterday, Uttar Baridhara Club became unbeaten champions in the Second Division Football League.

Kolkata win cricket title

Calcutta Cricket & Football Club clinched the six-a-side cricket tournament of the Dhaka Sports Carnival at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium yesterday.

Taekwon-do team off to Kathmandu

A seven-member Bangladesh team will take part in the first-ever South Asian Taekwon-do Championship in Kathmandu from December 1.

Teams count cost of delay

Cricket Australia has lost "millions of dollars" from the postponement of the Champions League Twenty20 and the teams involved in the tournament are also worried about what they have missed out on as a result of the Mumbai terrorist attacks. Victoria and Western Australia are not guaranteed of taking part in the next event, which offers 2 million dollars to the winner, unless they reach the final of the local competition again in January.

Windies hire rugby coach

West Indies have appointed Steve Folkes, a former Australian rugby league player and coach, as their strength and conditioning coach ahead of the series in New Zealand.


RMC shores up construction

Ready mix concrete (RMC), a modern version of conventional concrete, is getting a huge response from builders mainly due to its scientific maintenance of standard and quick delivery.

Call for action to aid poorer nations

International bodies called on Saturday for concerted action to help developing nations confront the global economic crisis, but the absence of major leaders at a UN aid conference dampened hopes of concrete initiatives.

Deep recession may hurt export, remittance

Bangladesh's export earning, remittance and foreign aid flow may witness some signs of slack in future if the economic recession in the US and European countries becomes severe and prolongs, said speakers at a seminar yesterday.

Barvida rejects tax dodge allegations

Reconditioned vehicle importers yesterday ruled out allegations of dodging government tax on imports.

WB, IMF blasted over privatisation

Speakers at a discussion yesterday slammed the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF), saying these agencies always advocate the government to privatise state-owned enterprises (SoEs) instead of suggesting ways to help them recover losses.

Women CAs must be encouraged

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday stressed the need for creating more opportunities for women chartered accountants (CAs) so more women come to the profession.

Workers' ownership in industry stressed

Renowned economist Professor Rehman Sobhan yesterday stressed workers' participation in industry ownership, in a bid to create a win-win situation.

Local firms to win global edge

Bangladesh has ample scope for its pharmaceutical companies to become the most competitive players in global market in the days to come due to the availability of cheap labour and utility services, said an internationally acclaimed consultant.

A pound of flesh

As our family size got bigger, and the boys were becoming adults, we needed to move. My wife and sons went around looking and, eventually, settled down to buying a flat from an accomplished and reputed real estate organisation.

Stocks in tailspin

Dhaka stocks witnessed a sharp fall last week with retail investors being panicky, driven by the World Bank's (WB) negative forecast for Bangladesh economy. The benchmark index of Dhaka Stock Exchange, DSE General Index, slipped week-on-week 156.44 points, or 5.98 percent to 2,459.48 points. The DSE All Share Price Index also dropped 126.57 points, 5.85 percent to 2,035.42 points on Thursday, the last trading day of the week.

Market outlets on Bangladesh border soon

Market outlets will soon be set up in the border areas of Bangladesh and Myanmar to expand bilateral trade.

DBBL to build bridge in Kurigram

Dutch-Bangla Bank Ltd (DBBL) is set to construct a bridge in Chatlakanda, Roumari upazila of Kurigram district, which is estimated to cost up to Tk 60 lakh, it said in a statement.

Russia raises interest rates

Russia on Friday announced a one percent rise in its key interest rate and allowed the ruble to weaken further, as it sought to protect itself from the worst effects of the global economic crisis.

Saudi market closes up

The Saudi stock market closed up 9.51 percent on Saturday -- its largest gain this year -- after King Abdullah said the economy of the oil powerhouse remained solid despite the global economic crisis.

Eurozone inflation plunges, setting stage for ECB rate cut

Inflation in the 15 euro countries plunged in November to a 14-month low in the face of slumping oil prices, an official EU estimate showed on Friday, paving the way for deep interest rate cuts.

Saudi rules out Opec output move at Cairo meet

Opec kingpin Saudi Arabia said on Saturday that a firm decision on cutting oil output in the face of plunging prices would be made only at a cartel meeting next month in Algeria.

WB presses aid to developing world to ease crisis

The World Bank Saturday urged industrialized nations to maintain aid flows to developing nations to offset an expected decline in private capital flows to emerging markets due to the credit crisis.

Suzuki to lay off 1,200 people at Hungarian plant

Japanese car manufacturer Suzuki announced Friday that it would lay off 1,200 people, or almost a fifth of its workforce, at its plant in Esztergom, northwest of Budapest.

Weekly Currency Roundup

November 23 – November 27, 2008br>Money Market
Overnight money market was stable with market was very liquid. The call money rate was steady and settled near 7.00-8.00 percent range.


Prolonged trial delays justice, curb rights

Human rights are being violated and justice is delayed in the country because of prolonged trial of cases, said Supreme Court Judge Justice Mohammad Fazlul Karim yesterday.

Protect economic, political freedom

South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR), a network of human rights activists, has called on the South Asian states to protect economic and political freedom and ecological security.

ADR can ensure speedy justice for poor litigants

Former chief justice KM Hasan has said alternative dispute resolution (ADR), being inexpensive and speedier than the existing legal system, could greatly mitigate the sufferings of poor litigants.

'Political will a must to ensure health rights of poor'

Political will is a must to ensure health rights of the poor at the upazila level, speakers at a meeting said yesterday.

AL blasts BNP for nominating Salam Pintu

Awami League yesterday blasted BNP for giving nomination to Abdus Salam Pintu, a chargesheeted accused in the August 21 grenade attack case.

Take right decisions for positive changes

TIB Chairman Prof Muzaffer Ahmad yesterday said the country is now standing on a turning point of history with three elections -- parliament, upazila and pourasabha -- ahead.

'Give state recognition to sign language'

Deaf people at a discussion yesterday urged the government to give state recognition to sign language to integrate them into the mainstream of the society.

Stop import, sale of adulterated food: Nasaf

Nagorik Odhikar Sangrakkhan Forum (Nasaf) yesterday demanded the government stop importing and selling of adulterated food and to take stern action against the adulterators to protect consumer rights.

Road crash kills senior asst secy Akhter, his driver

Two people, a senior assistant secretary of the shipping ministry and his driver, were killed when a covered van hit their private car on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway near

Students awarded

Minhazul Islam, one of the four Bangladeshi students who won Top in the World awards for their outstanding performance in a single Cambridge O Level examination, now aspires to become a nuclear physicist as the country is lagging far behind in this field.

JCD, BCL clash at JNU

At least 15 were injured in a string of clashes between the activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) on the campus of Jagannath University in the old part of the city yesterday.

Rangpur University admission test today

The admission test for the first year honours courses of Rangpur University for 2008-09 session will be held today.

480 shelters for Sidr-hit families

Habitat for Humanity Bangladesh, an NGO, yesterday said it is going to hand over 480 core shelters and the same number of hygienic latrines to the Sidr-affected families at Mirzaganj and Bakerganj upazilas by January 2009.

'Homeopathy needs govt's patronisation'

The status of homeopathic system of medicine is not at all satisfactory in the country due to lack of government's patronisation, said the homeopathy doctors at a press conference in the city yesterday.

Police foil human chain

Police foiled a human chain programme of Projonmer Chetana, a social organisation, at Muktangan in the city yesterday on charges of violating state of emergency.

3 muggers held

A mob caught three muggers trying to run away after shooting a courier service employee and snatching parcels from him at Kakrail in the city yesterday morning.

30 shops gutted in Gopalganj

At least 30 shops were gutted and 10 people injured in aq devastating fire at Ghagarbazar in Kotalipara upazila yesterday.

JNU vacation begins tomorrow

The month-long vacation at Jagannath University (JNU) will begin tomorrow on the occasions of Eid-ul-Azha, Shaheed Intellectuals Day, Victory Day, winter vacation and Christmas, says a press release.

No classes at JNU today

No classes will be held at the Jagannath University today, says a press release.

Khulna under tight security

Khulna metropolitan city has been brought under tight security with deployment of uniform and plainclothes forces particularly in two-star and three-star residential hotels following serial bomb blasts in Mumbai, Indian commercial hub.

'Pay arrear salary, Eid bonus'

Leaders of Pat-Suta-Bastrakal Sramik-Karmachari Sangram Parishad yesterday in a joint statement demanded payment of their arrear salary and Eid bonus before Eid-ul Azha, says a press release.

RU student stabbed

A group of outsiders stabbed a Rajshahi University student in the university Kazla gate area yesterday for protesting the teasing of female students.

Bailey bridge collapses in Bagerhat

Road communication of the southern region with Khulna and Barisal divisional headquarters was snapped as a bailey bridge collapsed on Bagerhat-Pirojpur road in Badhal Bazar area of Kochua upazila yesterday.

Al Amin, Emdadul CUJA president, gen secy

Al Amin Dewan of and Emdadul Haque of the BSS yesterday were elected president and general secretary of Chittagong University Journalists' Association (CUJA) for the term 2009.

BCL threatens to lay siege to syndicate meet today

Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) of Rajshahi University unit yesterday submitted a memorandum to the acting vice chancellor demanding cancellation of the mass recruitment at the university ahead of general election.

AUST Eid vacation from today

The Eid vacation of Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology (AUST) will begin today, says a press release.


15 BNP candidates in Ctg, one for alliance

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) finalised its nomination in 15 out of 16 constituencies under Chittagong district yesterday keeping one seat to share with the alliance.

AL men continue to agitate in Rangpur

Awami League men in Rangpur are still continuing movement demanding nomination for former MP Sharfuddin Ahmed Jhontu in Rangpur-1, former BGMEA president Tipu Munsi in Rangpur-4 and former state minister HN Ashiqur Rahman besides AL president Sheikh Hasina in Rangpur-6 constituency.

Drama over as Saifur faces Muhit again in Sylhet-1

The Sylhet BNP's internal drama is over through putting the former finance minister Saifur Rahman again for the region's most important constituency-Sylhet-1 (City and sadar Upazila). Accordingly, Saifur's son collected party nomination form Friday midnight from the party office.

Protesters to lose right to do AL politics, says RCC mayor

Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) Mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton, who himself opposed party decision during the last RCC polls, yesterday said the protesters against the Awami League nominations for six seats in Rajshahi district will lose their right to do AL politics.

BNP nominees for next election in six divisions

According to the announcement from the BNP Chairperson's office following is the list of the BNP nominations for the upcoming general elections in the six divisions.

24 injured as BNP rivals clash in Noakhali

At least 24 people including the officer-in-charge (OC) of Chatkhil Police Station were injured in a clash between rivals of two groups of BNP at Kacharibazar on Sonaimuri-Chatkhil-Ramganj road here yesterday afternoon.

Party rivals form body to 'resist' Akbar in Sreepur

Political situation in Magura has become tense again over nomination of former Awami League (AL) lawmaker Dr. MS Akbar' from Magura-1 (Magura sadar and Sreepur upazila) constituency again for the coming polls.

Tuhin's absence brightens Jamaat chance

Jamaat-e-Islami is out to win the Nilphamari-1 (Domar-Dimla upazila) seat in absence of Shahrin Islam Tuhin, nephew of former prime minister Begum Khaleda Zia, who is now hiding after being convicted by court for over 20 years'.

Badsha 'denied' alliance ticket

Awami League on Friday night changed its nominee for Rajshahi-2 constituency where Workers Party Politburo member Fazle Hossain Badsha is seeking grand alliance ticket.


Sources of power generation

From various reports and comments it is clear that nuclear generation of power is not a safe option for our country. This leaves natural gas or coal as only available prime fossil fuel sources (not requiring import from abroad), which although polluting can nevertheless be used with refinements. However, the supply of these fuels are also not unlimited and in a few years they would also run out.

Champion in adulteration!

The businessman of Bangladesh are said to be the champion in food adulteration. Most of the businessmen of our country are unscrupulous. They have no conscience and morality. The main objective of the business is maximization of profit. In order to achieve their prime objective they often choose the shortest path, which is unethical as well as illegal. An unscrupulous businessperson can make money by killing innocent people. Business ethics may be found in the book but in reality we are far away from this practice. According to the Weinrich H & Koontz H “Business ethics is concerned with truth and justice and has a variety of aspects such as the expectations of society, fair competition, advertising, public relations, social responsibilities, consumer autonomy, and corporate behaviour in the home country as well as abroad.” But what we find in reality is odious business practices. No one is concerned about consumer's health or welfare. One can easily find the redundancy of proof about my statement if we look around the following matters.

Maradona's debut as coach

Football legend Diego Maradona had a fine debut as the coach of Argentina's national team when Argentina won a friendly game against Scotland at Hampden Park, Scotland -- 1-0. Interestingly, Maradona scored his first international goal against Scotland at the same venue in 1979 when he was 18-year old. Argentina won that match 3-1 and the current Scotland coach George Burley played against Maradona in that game. Maradona fielded a strong line up based on all Europe based players except one player, Emiliano Papa who plays for Velez Sarsfield in Argentina's domestic league. Maradona appointed Liverpool's hard working midfielder Javier Mascherano as the team's new captain. It seems that the most capped Argentina veteran, Javier Zanetti of Inter Milan, Italy (he is the captain of Italian giants Inter Milan for the last few years), won't lead Argentina under Maradona.

Mumbai tragedy …

The terror that struck Mumbai on November 27 was a heinous assault on innocent people --- a tragedy for humanity at large.

National election and beyond

BETTER late than never. At last BNP has agreed to participate in the national election. Moreover, after a lapse of 16 years, the two former premiers have shown clear indication for a peaceful, fair, free and credible election, for which both the CTG and the EC are working with sincerity and determination.

Conference on poverty reduction

Recently one of my American friends, Marilyn Kennedy has invited me to attend the forth-coming conferences organised jointly by the Global Development Organisation (G.D.O.), USA and the International Labour Organisation (ILO), which is scheduled to be held in UK and Togo (West Africa) in January and February 2009. The theme of the UK conference is “War Against Child Abuse and Poverty Eradication” while the Togo conference will focus on “The Prevention Strategy on Racism”.

Politicians and pledges

With the election date drawing nearer, we see the politicians pledging to curb terrorism, establishing peace in society, even wanting to do everything for the betterment of the countrymen if their respective parties are voted to power.

PMR departments

I admire “Bangladesh Association of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation” (BAPMR)'s proposal (source: The Daily Star; 16-11-08) for establishing PMR Departments, thereby increasing the number of Physiotherapists. I very much agree to and request the respective authorities to implement the recommendations . Yes, all the Medical Colleges should have the department. The necessity of respective manpower production, that is, physiotherapists is increasing. It is essential for our country due to gradual increase in the number Road Traffic Accidents.

Talk show experts

Just tune in to a deshi TV channel, you will find them sometimes at loggerheads and sometimes trying hard to salvage the country and the people from all junks and pains overnight. They are the talk show experts, the jack of all trades. They delve into the faults, mistakes, lacks and lapses of this caretaker government, meticulously analyse them, severely admonish the Advisers and the Election Commissioners and then put up their valuable advices what should have been done but not what should be done next. They never tread the path by mistake even where this government has done commendable jobs. Who are they? Not all but few vainglorious media persons, retired government officials and ruminant politicians who stood hat in hands before the party governments in power and their 'Netries". They did not do any such thing at that time when the party governments openly committed big blunders like corruption, terrorism, plunders and all evils, rather they endeavoured tooth and nail to prove them clean and even. The consequences were seen by the people of the country and of the world.

Banning hartal

While talking with me, a Turkish friend at DU very recently expressed his concern about the possible misery of hartal, which was a terrible experience for him when he came across this as a first year student at this university. I believe, the people, during the reign of emergency, also have forgotten this phenomenon.

Lawyers and police

Recently I had the opportunity to observe the debate between two lawyers in a court. One of them was trying to save an innocent man and another was trying to prove the innocent man to be a criminal. Fortunately, the magistrate issued bail to that innocent man and made him free temporarily. I am 100% sure that the lawyers and police knew that the person who was in jail was innocent. This incident raised lots of questions in my mind. Such as 1) Should police be given the power to arrest anybody just on the basis of allegation or suspicion? 2) If yes then can we live in an independent country with freedom of honest people?, 3) Should not our government take any action against those police personnel who arrest innocent people after getting bribe from a criminal? 4) Should not the lawyers who try to prove an innocent person guilty face questions regarding their professional ethics?

Pinki and Sharna

Pinki and Sharna are two friends from their childhood. They were born and brought up in the same environment and same culture. They face similar social problems almost every moment because they are girls. Girls of their age are married normally at minor age in their society. But they don't want to marry at this stage, rather they want to continue higher studies with the expectation of being famous scientists. Now Sharna and Pinki are classmates at the Khairunnessa Memorial Technical School at Ikrail located in a river island (Char) of Bangladesh and they are supposed to appear at the S.S.C (Vocational) Board Final Examinations under Bangladesh Technical Education Board in March 2009. They are students of pre-engineering group under civil engineering courses. Both are exceptionally talented and meritorious. In recent (test) exams, both of them have obtained equal marks occupying the first position.

What are they doing?

I am an inhabitant of North Halisahar, Ctg. I got my national ID card in the month of August before Ramadan. I found some mistakes over there & gave it back for correction. After one month, I went for collecting my ID from the board office but I was told that it was yet not prepared.

An appeal to govt

Ninety-five percent people of this country are suffering due to inflation, growth reduction and political instability.

Drug quality control

Your staff correspondent's eye opening report on the matter published on 19 November, particularly the response from the manufacturer, clearly reflects the relaxed attitude to Quality Control of the manufacturer!

ICU unit

A hospital cannot be called truly a hospital without the presence of some basic units in it. The intensive care unit (ICU) is one such inherent but basic part of a hospital. Our medical college hospitals do not have this life-saving unit. It is quite explicable that the government cannot provide everything for free where a big population of the country does not pay taxes. But setting up an ICU at medical college hospitals is a demand of time. Many local private hospitals in Bangladesh now have the know-how and they can help training nurses and technicians to run an ICU.

Indian visa

I went to apply for Indian visa in the Indian Embassy at Dhaka. It was a unique experience. The applicants' line for visa extended from the embassy gate of Road.137, Gulshan to the end of shooting club and beyond. Thousands of people thronged for visa. I interviewed a few. Most of them were young people in the thirties and from normal middle class background. At first they lined up at the bridge-head near 'Arong' outlet in Gulshan -Tejgaon link Road from the previous day evening. After midnight police allowed them to 'run' and again line up near the shooting club. During this procedure the 'dalals' or brokers reigned supreme .They occupied most of the front positions. The visa section opens from 8:00am and they accept applications till 12:00. Brokers sold the places later on. The asking rate varies from one thousand to two hundred taka depending on the place and time of sale. Police is also a party to this business. The brokers, guards and police work in tandem in sale of places. There are three lines- for women, 'specials' and hapless 'men'. Preference is given to the women and 'special' applicants. Every day at least a few hundred 'men' return without being successful. As demand is more than the supply some 'corruption' is bound to happen. A solution needs to be found.


Pakistan holds crisis talks after Mumbai atrocity

Pakistan's cabinet was holding crisis talks yesterday to discuss a response to the Mumbai attacks after Islamabad reversed a decision to send the head of military intelligence to India.

US intelligence sees Lashkar-e-Taiba behind Mumbai attacks

There was mounting evidence that a Kashmiri-based Pakistani militant group, most likely Lashkar-e-Taiba, was responsible for the deadly attacks in Mumbai, The New York Times reported on its website late Friday.

Dawood behind Mumbai attacks: ATS sources

Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, who is hiding in Pakistan, may be involved in organising the attack on Mumbai, claimed Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad sources.

Indian papers slam official response to attacks

Indian newspapers yesterday lambasted security chiefs and politicians for a panicked and selfish response to the Mumbai terror attacks.

Mumbai witness tells of encounter with smiling gunman

A survivor of the Mumbai attacks told US television Friday of a harrowing encounter with a smiling gunman at the Taj Mahal hotel, at the start of the bloody wave of attacks in the Indian city that has killed up to 155 people.

Indian troops kill 7 rebels ahead of Kashmir polls

Indian troops shot dead seven Islamic militants, including Pakistanis, in revolt-hit Kashmir ahead of another round of voting in state elections, police said yesterday.

Militants infiltrated Mumbai before attacks

Eight of the Islamic militants involved in the attack on India's economic capital Mumbai infiltrated the city a month before the raid, Indian military intelligence sources told AFP yesterday.

Indian papers slam official response to attacks

Indian newspapers yesterday lambasted security chiefs and politicians for a panicked and selfish response to the Mumbai terror attacks.

Terrorists will not defeat India's 'great democracy'

President-elect Barack Obama on Friday expressed sorrow for the victims of the attacks on Mumbai and said the militants who staged the assault would not defeat India's "great democracy" or the global coalition arrayed against them.

Airstrike, fighting kills 53 militants in Afghanistan

Gunbattles and airstrikes by Nato and Afghan troops killed 53 militants in Afghanistan, including a wanted Taliban commander who tried to hide from soldiers under a woman's burqa, officials said Saturday.

2010 Myanmar election plans on course

The head of Myanmar's military regime has told supporters plans for elections in 2010 under a controversial "road map" to democracy are well under way, state media reported yesterday.

Thaksin warns coup will bring bloodshed

Former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted by the military in 2006, has warned of bloodshed if the army stages another coup to end the political turmoil paralysing the kingdom.

Somali pirates hope for 'favourable' Saudi reply

Somali pirates demanding 25 million dollars for a Saudi supertanker seized two weeks ago said Saturday they were hoping for a "favourable" reply as the expiry for the ransom loomed.

Canadian govt delays vote of no-confidence

Canada's Conservative government faces possible defeat as early as December 8, after refusing to back away from a showdown with the opposition over stimulus measures and spending cuts.

Arts & Entertainment

Priceless yet uncared for artefacts at Mohasthan Museum

Artefacts from various historical periods are on display at the Mohasthan Archaeological Museum premises. These priceless objets d' art are rapidly being damaged due to lack of proper maintenance.

Kanak Chapa: Melody unbound

Kanak Chapa's exemplary voice and Lata-esque nuances have taken her to different parts of the globe where she has managed to mesmerise non-resident Bangladeshis (NRB). Recently, Kanak had cast her magic in Italy and Qatar, where thousands of NRBs had the privilege to attend the concerts.

Mahendra Kapoor and the ripples of song

When you reflect on Mahendra Kapoor, you reflect on all the years you have traversed through wallowing in music. It was in the mid 1960s, when my generation was in school, that the sadly beautiful cadences of chalo ik baar phir se ajnabi ban jaayen hum dono wafted into our lives. Yes, we were too young to think of romance, but then, music has a magical quality in it. It bores into your soul. It did into mine and I sang it all the way to school in the rising winds of autumn.

Indigenous folklore conference held in Bandarban

The Indigenous Folksong Conference--- the first of its kind-- was held in the hill town of Bandarban on Friday, with great enthusiasm.

Documentary on wartime atrocities

The premiere of "Al-Badar," a documentary based on atrocities committed during the Liberation War, was held at Bengal Shilpalaya, Dhanmondi on November 28. Eminent personalities, including leaders of the Sector Commanders' Forum, were present at the show. Salema Begum, mother of Shaheed Lieutenant Selim, inaugurated the film screening.

Mickey Mouse turns 80

Eighty years ago, one of the world's most beloved stars was born as Mickey Mouse whistled his way onto the silver screen with the cinema debut of "Steamboat Willie" at the Colony Theater in New York.

Owen film to open Berlin festival

Next year's Berlin Film Festival will kick off on 5 February with political thriller "The International," starring Clive Owen and Naomi Watts.

Patra Chai to be aired on Eid-ul-Azha

Telefilm “Patra Chai” will be aired on Channel i at 12.10 pm on Eid-ul-Azha. Moushumi and Mousharaf Karim play the lead roles in the single episode play. Written and directed by Mostafa Kamal Raj, the play revolves around a young woman cosseted by her parents. In time she decides to get married. Several handsome persons are attracted to her but she shuns many a prospective groom. Finally, she chooses one person and gives a twist to the TV play.


Mumbai attack: A new dimension in urban terrorism

WHILE it is too early to know exactly what happened in Mumbai as the fog of war still blankets the city, multiple press reports from India allow for a general picture to be painted. An estimated 12 to 25 terrorists are believed to have entered Mumbai by sea on November 26 at around 9:30 p.m. (local time). After landing, the terrorists initiated attacks at a police station, then fanned across the city to attack the soft underbelly of hotels, cafes, cinemas, and hospitals. Civilians were gunned down and taken as hostage, while terrorists shouted out for people carrying US and British passports.

Dear incoming government: It's the economy!

WHAT would be a good translation of Bill Clinton's famous campaign slogan: "It's the economy, stupid?" A poor half-translation is: "It's the economy, bekup." It is difficult to choose between “bekup" and “boka." Unlike “bekup," the word “boka" embeds too much unintended affection and too little grudge.

Star City

500 at DU still in nightmare of building collapse

Around 500 resident students are living in the dilapidated East Building of Dhaka University's Jagannath Hall risking their life as the authorities are sitting on experts' suggestion for relocation and demolition of the building.

Snags make relocation uncertain as pollution nags at residents

Relocation of the tannery zone from the city's Hazaribagh area to the leather estate at Savar remains caught up in the complex procedures of setting up the central effluent treatment plant (CETP) while the pollution continues to play havoc on environment.

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