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News of: Friday, 5th of December, 2008

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Scrutiny serves AL, BNP major salvo

Awami League (AL) and BNP plunge into deep crisis as the scrutiny of nomination papers by election officials has left the arch-rivals without an official candidate in at least 18 constituencies.

Big guns get exit order

The nomination papers of many candidates including former lawmakers of the two major electoral alliances were cancelled yesterday, the last day of scrutiny of nomination papers filed for the ninth parliamentary elections.

AL pledges to review caretaker system

Awami League (AL) in its draft electoral manifesto pledged to review, if needed, the caretaker government system and will continue electoral reforms to strengthen the country's election system.

6 burnt alive in city fire

At least three children and three women were burned alive in two fire incidents that gutted around 50 small plastic factories, 20 warehouses and 100 houses at Lalbagh in the city yesterday.

Bangladesh riskiest on global climate index

Bangladesh is on top of the global climate risk index as the country was most affected by extreme weather events cyclone Sidr and floods in 2007.

Bail denial under EPR illegal

The High Court yesterday declared illegal and void some provisions of the Emergency Powers Ordinance (EPO), 2007 and Emergency Power Rules (EPR), 2007 that deny some rights including that to obtain bail in cases filed under these provisions and rules.

Discard corrupt politicians

Speakers at an anti-corruption rally here yesterday urged the people to discard corrupt politicians in the next parliamentary polls for building a corruption-free country.

Mayors barred from JS polls

The High Court (HC) yesterday upheld the Election Commission's (EC) decision, banning city corporation mayors from contesting the parliamentary election.

Nurul Islam's 36-hour fight for life ends

Ganotantri Party President Nurul Islam died yesterday afternoon after 36 hours of fight for life with fatal burn injuries at Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in the capital.

Hospital of imposters

Everybody knew him as Dr Shakil Ahmed until Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday found out that he did not even pass the SSC examination.

ACC okays charge sheets against Siraj, Mamun

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday approved submission of three proposed charge sheets against 10 people, including former environment and forest minister Shajahan Siraj, his son Rajib Siraj and businessman Giasuddin Al Mamun, on different charges.

2 pvt milk centres sued in Pabna

The Pabna District Health Department yesterday filed four cases against two private milk collection centres and two milk suppliers on charge of adulteration in milk.

SC upholds stay order on Pintu's bail

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday upheld its earlier order staying the High Court (HC) bail to former BNP lawmaker Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu in two cases filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

HC stays BB listing of 6 as loan defaulter

The High Court (HC) yesterday stayed for two months operation of Bangladesh Bank's (BB) list of loan defaulters that included Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Giasuddin Quader Chowdhury, Mohammad Ali, Shahidul Huq Jamal and Mohammad Shahabuddin and Kazi Mafiz --all intending candidates from different constituencies in the upcoming parliamentary polls.

EC receiving appeals against cancellation

Parliamentary aspirants whose nominations have been cancelled through scrutiny started filing appeals with the Election Commission (EC) yesterday.

Fema denied polls observer status for link to politics

The Election Commission (EC) has refused to allow Fair Election Monitoring Alliance (Fema) to monitor December 29 parliamentary election as its chief is linked to a political party.

Abbas, Babar, Salim freed

Former BNP minister Mirza Abbas, former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar and ex-BNP lawmaker MAH Salim were released yesterday on High Court bail.

Body formed to constitute Information Commission

The government has formed a three-member selection committee, headed by Supreme Court Judge Mohammad Abdul Matin, for constituting the Information Commission, a body to oversee enforcement of right to information.

Mohiuddin continues as Ctg mayor

The High Court (HC) yesterday stayed for three months the government's order, which barred ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury from functioning as mayor of Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) and allowed panel mayor M Manzurul Alam to function instead.

Pakistan vows to act on Mumbai elements

Airports in India went on high alert yesterday following fresh attack warnings as officials said India suspects two senior leaders of a banned Pakistani militant group orchestrated the deadly Mumbai attacks.

BSF prepares special teams for borders

In the wake of terror attacks in Mumbai, Indian Border Security Force (BSF) has started raising special combat teams at every border outpost along the frontier with Bangladesh.

Lankan troops take key Tiger sea base

Sri Lankan troops yesterday captured a key Tamil Tiger naval base as part of an offensive to dismantle the rebels' northern fiefdom, the defence ministry said.

Editorial

Sluggish ADP implementation

From July to October of the current fiscal year, only 13 percent of the Annual Development Plan (ADP) has been implemented, indicating a two percent increase from the level recorded in the first quarter of the last fiscal. But this is only notional; for, even this tiny increase seems worked off by the whittled down size of the current ADP itself. The size is 3.39 percent lower than that of the last fiscal year's original ADP.

We are profoundly shocked and saddened

We are deeply shocked at the death of Ganatantri Party leader Nurul Islam following a severe fire incident at his residence. His passing away, coming a day after the instant death of his young son in the same tragedy, leaves us in a mood of grave trepidation. Nurul Islam, a candidate for the forthcoming Jatiya Sangsad elections from the Awami League-led grand alliance, had in a long career of politics and trade unionism, earned the respect of many through his dedication to the causes he believed in. His death leaves politics a good deal poorer than it has been.

Face off

IF there's one thing that Bangladeshis love, it's an argument. Indeed, you can't flip through the cable TV channels for more than a few minutes without running across talking heads berating one another.

Terrorism can't be terrorised

STATISTICS didn't bleed, but they frightened us last week when a handful of terrorists went on rampage across Mumbai. Nine dead and one captured, the ten terrorists gutted three ritzy hotels, killed 181 and wounded over 300. The dark episode was a stark reminder that terrorism can't go out of business, because the return on investment is astoundingly high.

Out of the box

PRESIDENT Zardari shocked the Indians by his reversal of the traditional Pakistani stance on nuclear deterrence, but has also drawn flak from rightwing bigwigs, both religious and military-linked.

Sports

Rajshahi topple Barisal

Rajshahi's nine-wicket win over Dhaka at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday took them to the top of the National Cricket League points table.

Mohammedans fire blank

Touring Chittagong Mohammedan held their more illustrious namesakes from Dhaka to a goalless draw in the Citycell B. League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Let's do it for India, urges Pietersen

Kevin Pietersen said Thursday he was "very confident" England will play their scheduled Test matches in India but admitted a final decision will not be taken until Sunday on whether to resume a tour suspended after the Mumbai terror attacks.

ECB looks out for airport alerts

A nervous England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is to keep tabs on the developing security situation at India's airports as the England squad fly out to Abu Dhabi to prepare for their two Tests in Chennai and Mohali.

Windies replace SL

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has confirmed West Indies will tour England for two Tests and three one-day internationals in April and May next year. This means Sri Lanka's proposed visit is off, the first instance of the Indian Premier League (IPL) taking precedence over a Test series.

Muktijoddha booters call to end sufferings

The footballers of B. League's struggling giants Muktijoddha Sangsad yesterday appealed to Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) and the central command of Muktijoddha Sangsad to relieve them off further sufferings.

Bird's Nest on sale!

Beijing has started selling souvenir sets of left-over grass and steel from its famed Bird's Nest Olympic stadium for 2,900 yuan (420 dollars) each, Chinese media reported Thursday.

Shahin takes solo lead

Obaidul Islam Shahin removed Mahtabuddin Ahmed Robin as solo leader of the Prime Bank 11th International Open Rating chess tournament after the seventh round yesterday.

Tevez routs Rovers

Manchester United stormed into the League Cup semifinals in style as Carlos Tevez's four-goal haul earned a 5-3 victory over Blackburn on Wednesday.

Bayern face stern test

The title credentials of surprise German league leaders Hoffenheim will face their sternest examination yet on Friday when the village side travel to the home of reigning champions Bayern Munich.

Spurs ride on Bent

League Cup holders Tottenham showed no signs of wanting to relinquish their trophy as Darren Bent came off the bench to secure a 2-1 win over Watford in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Mido angry at FA

Middlesbrough striker Mido has blamed the Football Association for the Islamophobic chanting which has been directed at him for the second year in a row while playing against Newcastle.

Twente scalp Schalke

Former England boss Steve McClaren's soccer rehabilitation continued on Wednesday when he guided Dutch club FC Twente into the UEFA Cup last 32.

Huntelaar reassures Real

Dutch international striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar reassured new club Real Madrid on Wednesday that his ankle injury is improving as he arrived in Spain following his transfer from Ajax Amsterdam.

Henry blames it on running

Barcelona's French striker Thierry Henry, accused by many fans of the Catalan club of not scoring enough goals, said on Wednesday that he did not have to do as much running when he was at former club Arsenal.

Lazio knock Milan out

Lazio fought back to claim an extra-time 2-1 Italian Cup win over 10-man AC Milan on Wednesday and claim a place in the quarterfinals.

Keane quits Sunderland

Roy Keane has left his job as manager of English Premier League club Sunderland, English media reported on Thursday.

Khulna triumph on Iftekhar's show

Mosaddik Iftekhar helped Khulna become champions of the 29th National Cricket Championship after a 21-run victory over Rangpur in the final at the Shamsul Huda Stadium in Jessore yesterday.

Lorgat hails decision

Haroon Lorgat, the International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive, has welcomed England's decision to go ahead with the tour of India, pending security clearance, saying it was good for world cricket. The security inspection by the England and Wales Cricket Board's (ECB) expert, aimed at assessing the cover provided to players, is underway and Lorgat said the ICC would expect similar security for its match officials.

Moores fears thrashing

Head coach Peter Moores has admitted England will be seriously under-prepared for next week's first Test with India.

PCB to insure Indo-Pak series

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is working on a contingency plan to avoid financial losses if security concerns derail its scheduled home series including the tour by India in January.

Wrist okay: Ponting

Ricky Ponting's right wrist is fine and he will lead Australia in the first Test against South Africa on December 17, ending speculation over his long-term fitness. Ponting had a routine appointment on Thursday with his surgeon Greg Hoy after having a screw put in during an operation in July.

Gibbs having rehabilitation

South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs will undergo a month of rehabilitation for alcohol abuse, ahead of his trial for drunken driving next year, local media reported Thursday.

Pathan & co felt helpless

The Indian cricket team felt helpless and its frustration grew more and more after watching on television the worst-ever terror attack in Mumbai last week, disclosed pace bowler Irfan Pathan, who was filled with a cocktail of emotions including hurt and anger.

Yuvraj back in Test fold

India's cricket selectors resurrected the Test career of Yuvraj Singh on Thursday by naming him for the two-match series against England starting next week.

Business

Uptick in remittance inflow

Remittance inflows have recorded a 34 percent rise in the first five months of the current fiscal year, which runs counter to the World Bank's gloomy forecast about the money to be remitted by Bangladeshi workers abroad.

Govt to target sector in crisis battle: Aziz

The government has planned to address the possible impact of global financial crisis on sectoral basis instead of taking any macro level measures.

GP seals $60m pre-IPO deals

Grameenphone (GP) yesterday sealed its $60 million worth pre-IPO deals with 50 institutional investors, aiming to start trading on secondary market by end-January.

Toys lift women from poverty

Samantha Morshed, a British-born Bangladeshi housewife, has set up an out-of-the-ordinary industrial unit that operates with 3,200 women across the country and mainly exports children's toys to North and South Americas, Europe, and Australia.

Tough time for American shoppers

There are ample reasons for America's shoppers to act like grinches this holiday season, with lost jobs, wilting retirement accounts and shrinking home values topping the list.

Asian stocks down

Asian stocks fell Thursday as dealers absorbed more woeful news from the United States that showed the world's biggest economy is in for a deep recession.

Oil prices slide under $44

Oil prices sank under 44 dollars on Thursday, reaching the lowest points for almost four years as the world's biggest energy consuming nation, the United States, faces a deep recession, traders said.

Bill Gates questions bailout for Big Three automakers

Microsoft billionaire founder Bill Gates wondered Wednesday why the US government was considering a bailout for the Big Three US automakers when no private investor was willing to foot the bill.

Survey renames Tokyo Asia's costliest city for expats

Strengthening currencies made Tokyo reclaim the title of Asia's most expensive city for expatriates while Beijing has become more costly than Hong Kong for the first time, a survey showed Thursday.

US, China vow teamwork amid currency tensions

China and the United States vowed Thursday at a top-level meeting in Beijing to cooperate in tackling the global economic crisis, even as they sparred over Chinese exchange rate reform.

Dubai developer reviewing mega housing project

A Dubai developer said is reviewing plans for a massive 95-billion-dollar housing project it unveiled just two months ago, in a sign the global economic crisis is beginning to hit the booming city-state.

Metropolitan

Set example before next generation: CA

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday advised the poor meritorious students who defied the pangs of poverty and achieved outstanding results in this year's SSC examination to continue to strive to climb the peak of professions to lead the nation.

Mainstream HIV issue for effective prevention

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday underscored the need for mainstreaming the HIV/AIDS issue to help raise awareness and provide cost-effective service.

Wrong policies contribute to destruction of jute sector: People's Commission

People's Commission on Jute and Jute Industry yesterday demanded trial of those involved in corruption saying that wrong policies and irregularities have contributed to the destruction of jute sector in the country.

'Raise voice against HR violations'

Speakers at a discussion yesterday urged all to raise voice against any forms of violation of human rights from their own position.

EC to accept HC verdict on defaulters

The Election Commission would abide by the High Court order on defaulters, as the Commission has decided not to appeal against the verdict due to time constraint.

Six Al-Bayinat men on 2-day remand

A Dhaka court yesterday placed six activists of Ulama Anjuman-e Al-Bayinat on a two-day remand in connection with a case filed against them for partially vandalising the sculpture 'Balaka' in front of the Hotel Purbani International at Motijheel in the city on November 30.

Army chief meets finance adviser

Army Chief Gen Moeen U Ahmed called on Finance Adviser Dr Mirza Azizul Islam at his Planning Ministry office yesterday.

Some leaders fuel doubts about polls

Some political leaders are responsible for throwing the general election into uncertainty, Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury said yesterday.

USAID dy asst administrator for Asia due in city on Sunday

USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator for Asia Margot Ellis will arrive in the city on Sunday as part of her three-day visit to Bangladesh.

Suhrawardy's anniversary of death today

The 45th death anniversary of Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy will be observed today in a befitting manner, says a press release.

Ctg journos observe token strike

The members of Chittagong Union of Journalists (CUJ) yesterday observed a one-hour work abstention in the houses of all seven local dailies in the port city demanding immediate implementation of the 7th Wage Board Award.

3 JMB men held in Nilphamari

Three members of outlawed Islamist outfit Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) were arrested at Shoulmari village in Nilphamari on Wednesday night.

Death of Nurul Islam condoled

Different political parties and organisations yesterday expressed deep shock at the death of Ganotantri Party President Nurul Islam who was a nominee from the Awami League-led grand alliance for the upcoming parliamentary election.

30 more appointed

Thirty more candidates of 27th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examinations were appointed as lecturers for 10 subjects under general education cadre, said an official handout.

National

Mojahid's showdown in Faridpur sparks protest

Jamaat-e-Islami Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojahid, also BNP-led four-party alliance nominee for Faridpur-3 constituency, yesterday staged a huge showdown in Faridpur town as his opponents in district BNP earlier declared him persona non grata.

Martyred FFs' families say no to 'war criminal'

Family members of the martyrs of 1971 and freedom fighters in joined by common people formed a human chain at Mathbaria town yesterday protesting nomination by Awami League-led Grand Alliance to a "war criminal" for the upcoming parliament election.

33 denied tickets in Ctg district

Nomination papers of 33 aspirants out of 141 in the 16 constituencies under Chittagong district have been cancelled due to loan default or failing to produce required papers.

Five Rangpur bigwigs in disgrace

Five prominent leaders of different political parties and independent candidates in Rangpur, Kurigram and Lalmonirhat districts have been barred from participating in the JS polls as Returning Officers cancelled their nominations for various reasons.

Hafiz Ibrahim, Moni among 32 barred in Barisal division

Returning officers in five districts in Barisal division cancelled nomination papers of 32 candidates in 18 constituencies on various grounds on Thursday, the last day of scrutiny, sources said.

BNP, Jamaat both stake claim to Jhenidah-3

Local BNP and its electoral alliance partner Jamaat-e-Islami are at loggerheads in Jhenidah-3 constituency as BNP former lawmaker Shahidul Islam Master and Jamaat's Jhenidah district political secretary Motiar Rahman have submitted nomination papers following approval from their respective party high command.

Arson at 4 places by BNP rebel's men

The supporters of independent candidate Mahbubur Rahman Shahin in Chandpur Sadar constituency who was denied BNP nomination put up barricade on four separate spots in Chandpur town from 8 am to 9 am yesterday (Thursday), set tyres on fire.

AK Khandaker barred for loan default

The returning officer of Pabna has cancelled the nomination paper of Sector Commanders Forum chief and AL nominee for Pabna-2 constituency Air Vice Marshal (Retd.) AK Khandaker due to loan defaulting.

Forgery puts a poet out of poll race

The nomination paper submitted by poet Mohon Raihan to the Election Commiss-ion in Sir-ajganj as an independent candidate from Sirajganj-2 constituency for the upcoming national election has been rejected.

Letters

Fundamentalists strike

The fundamentalists want to demolish all the sculptures with a view to establishing their norms in our country. They have stepped further to vandalize another sculpture! Balaka in front of the Hotel Purbani International in Motijheel was their latest target. Six members of Anjuman- e- Al- Bayenat, who partially demolished the sculpture, have been arrested and sent to jail.

Mumbai carnage

What is happening in India, our sub-continent and the world? The act of terrorism in Mumbai is absolutely outrageous. We condemn the incident in the strongest possible terms. Who are these cowards? What Islam and the Muslim population in the world will gain from such activities of terrorism? It will bring more shame, condemnations, hatred etc. for the majority of the Muslims who are peace loving, development oriented, progressive etc.

Deforestation!

Due to deforestation carbon dioxide is increasing worldwide. As a result, the world is becoming warmer. So, if we destroy trees at random, one day the country will turn into a desert. All living animals and birds will be in great danger. Tough measures should be taken to prevent deforestation.

A good move spoiled

I want to draw the attention of the people responsible for the brand new viewer participatory live programme on RTV aired at 9:45pm on November 27, 2008 called 'Jibone jibone anaea" concerning drug issues sponsored by many important stakeholders of the country. I surely think the time and intention of the programme was absolutely contemporary with the fact that over 45,00,000 youths are affected by drug dependency in Bangladesh. Especially, for people like us who in some way or the other are connected to the cruel effects of drug dependency - it is a sign of hope that NGOs, multinationals and even national organisations are coming forward to assist the experts in the field to contain the national drug problem. Once the sponsors agree upon buying expensive slots of air time to sensitise the masses on any issue, the responsible people could explore more before commencing such a programme. The programme started with a video clip (poorly made to the context of the programme) portraying a true story of an unfortunate death of a boy, focusing on the interviews of the dead boy's sister and father who witnessed the boy killing himself. The story immediately made the viewers anguished and terrified. And surprisingly there was no rescue! The facilitator talking with the experts even stood in the way while they tried to uncover the story and direct the viewers to a point from where they could see the light of hope. In the cases of drug dependency, denial of the problem is a common stage of mind for the victims as well as for the caregivers that leads to severe consequences. We tend to hide our dear ones from the bad name just as he/she does. A sensitisation programme on drug awareness programme with such a story will only make people even more nervous and force them into a deeper shell of denial.

Indian visa

This is in response to Dr. SN Mamoon's letter in your daily, dated 30/11/08. Like myself there would be hundreds who would agree with him on the sufferings that the people have to go through, only to get a visa, The high officials of the Embassy have no clue as to what goes on outside. The rude behaviour doesn't remain confined to the “police”, “brokers” and “guards” but goes on to the counter people.

BSF atrocities

How could a drunk soldier of the BSF of India intrude at late night inside another country with his arms and go on a shooting spree, killing three innocent members of two families, while injuring 10 others, rendering two families destitute?

Wrong information

Your staff correspondent's incisive report on the false date of birth declaration by a top leader published on 1st. December has to be dealt with impartially by the Election Commission. As stated from school records, and confirmed by the controller of examinations of the Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board the date of birth is September 5, 1947 and not August15, 1947 as given in the declaration. Under the EC rules, the nomination paper should be rejected if it contains wrong information.

Talk show experts

I was very upset listening to a few so called "civil society" members on the issue of lifting the state of emergency. They are telling us that the ordinary people of Bangladesh will feel more comfortable if the election is held under the state of emergency. On our behalf, would you, sir, kindly ask the same people whether they like the old British rule, Ayub-Yahya rule, Martial Law or semi Martial Law for Bangladesh ? They might be confused; but the answer might be: they would prefer the "old British rule". I am pretty sure these elite group of people might find my observation ridiculous and irrelevant; as I consider their comment about the state of emergency harmful, undemocratic and unpatriotic. These gentlemen are misusing their name and fame (?) guided by strong political choice never made public, but can easily be assumed by their acts and deeds. They are perhaps arguing for a permanent system of "state of emergency". Their main political choices are a. Upazila election, b. National caretaker government, c. The much needed “National Security Council”, and finally a referendum on their political agenda; alternatively, the party coming to power must be of their choice and preference.

Traffic rules

Because of not abiding by the traffic rules and regulations, people in our country often face accidents. The drivers are not trained and they violate traffic rules.

Where's our Obama?

If Obama will ever live up to the level of expectation he is coming in with remains to be seen. But, there is no doubt that he has awakened the better spirit of most Americans if not that of most around the world. I cannot help but wonder how it would be to have a Bangladeshi version of Obama to lead our desperate nation out of the misery we just cannot seem to shake. Like many I thought the time may have arrived for Bangladesh to leave behind the politics and politicians of the past and move in a better direction where good leaders will take reign of the country; but like a recurring nightmare we are back to square one again. The country is set to elect one of the two “incompetents” again. Why? Is it really true that people get the leaders they deserve? What do we have to do to deserve our Obama?

Signboards

Although Bangla is our mother tongue, most signboards, especially in the cities, are found in English. I think our signboards should be in Bangla. Every nation respects their respective mother-tongue in their every task and action.

Cell phone menace

Now mobile phone has reached every corner of the country. We are getting the facilities offered by this remarkable modern device. It is advancing our life. It is making easier to communicate with each other. However, problem is created when some people misuse this blessing of science. Some boys, who are so much curious to collect the girls' cell-phone numbers, have turned it into a device for annoying others. Their idea is to impress the girls and develop a so-called relation through the mobile phone. The boys often create serious problems for the girls in the name of developing friendship.

Meeting of the two

Defying the incomprehensible and unrealistic ego, Sk. Hasina Wajed and Begum haleda Zia, who have long been known to be the inhabitants of two opposite poles, came face to face and exchanged greetings. This apparently positive attitude could well be the ginning of a new political culture in this country. They should pledge to continue a healthy elationship based on respect and tolerance for each other and show signs of political and mental maturity. These virtues have remained unfamiliar to them. The dagger's end rel-ationship between the top leadership has not only distanced the two political parties but has also created animosity, hatred and intolerance among the field level workers and ordinary supporters as well. If this good neighbourly gesture between Mrs. Wajed and Mrs. Zia is confined to exchange of greetings and sharing of home made delicacies alone, I don't think any remarkable qualitative change is going to happen regarding democratisation of political system of this country.

Future of Bangla

"Bengali literature still has bright prospects", said the noted Bengali author Sunil Gangopadhyay at Madaripur, vide your report of November 25. At the first instance it, would make all Bengali-speaking people smile. But please read it once more.

Admission test proxy?

Admission tests are going on in public universities. Students having passed H.S.C are participating in those admission ordeal. They (candidates) are studying heart and soul after the HSC exams and doing everything that is needed to win this battle. And PROXY is one of unfair ways to overcome the ordeal.

Election

Though the present caretaker govt. is facing a lot of criticism, it has certain achievements too. They have initiated a vigorous campaign against corruption and succeeded in ringing about a perceptible change in the political arena.

Business ethics

Today world business is the most important topic. Like every other activity, business too has it's own ethics and rules, which should to be followed honestly. Tempted by the desire of gleaning fat profit, businessmen often indulge in nefarious activities like adulteration, hoarding, black-marketing, smuggling etc which are very detrimental to the economy. Adulteration is a threat to public health. Hoarding obstructs the smooth and steady growth of the economy. Black-marketing causes inflation, deprives the government of substantial monetary resources that could be used for social welfare. Smuggling is another anti-social activity that drains away the country's resources and hinders economic growth. The businessmen community should follow business ethics.

International

Pakistan army vows peace amid tensions with India

Pakistan's military chief yesterday vowed to maintain peace and security in the region, after the Mumbai attacks heightened tensions with nuclear armed rival India.

India, Russia need deeper defence cooperation

President Dmitry Medvedev said the traditionally strong defence ties between Russia and India should no longer be based on just buying and selling arms and a deeper cooperation was needed.

Normalcy returns as Thai airports reopen

Thailand's main airport checked security and computer systems as it prepared to restore normal operations after a weeklong closure forced by anti-government protesters, as millions of Thais awaited a speech Thursday by their beloved monarch for guidance on ending the country's political paralysis.

Iraqi presidential council endorses US pact

Iraq's presidential council yesterday gave its blessing to a landmark security pact with the United States which calls for American combat troops to withdraw by the end of 2011.

China urges Pakistan, India to cooperate

China yesterday urged Pakistan and India to work together to address the fallout from last week's deadly terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

Bombings kill 17 in Iraq

At least 15 people died and 147 were hurt, including many schoolchildren, by two suicide vehicle bombs in the former rebel bastion of Fallujah yesterday, an interior ministry official said.

30 killed in Pak airstrikes

Pakistani security forces today killed at least 30 militants and injured several more in air strikes in the troubled Mohmand tribal region bordering Afghanistan.

Double suicide attacks kill 5 in Afghanistan

Two suicide attacks against a counter narcotics office and the intelligence agency Thursday killed at least five people and wounded ten others in eastern Afghanistan, an official said.

Indian opposition demands action against Pakistan

The leader of India's main opposition party urged the government Thursday to "avenge the repeated terror attacks" and hit back at arch-rival Pakistan, the Press Trust of India said.

'War on terror' a long-term threat to human rights

Terrorism and the tactics used against it pose a long-term threat to human rights, with many innocent people harassed or "worse" in the name of the "war on terror," a report for the Council of Europe said yesterday.

Hamas to blame for failed unity talks

Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit has blamed the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas for the failure of Egyptian-mediated unity talks with its Fatah rivals, official media reported yesterday.

Iranian rebel group kills 16 policemen

Sunni rebels killed 16 policemen they kidnapped in southeast Iran in June, the Mehr news agency reported on Thursday, quoting a high-ranking police officer.

World not doing enough on WMD terror threat: Biden

Vice president-elect Joe Biden Wednesday warned more must be done to thwart the threat of terrorism with weapons of mass destruction, after a report warned such an attack was likely within five years.

Karzai leaves for Turkey to hold talks with Zardari

Afghan President Hamid Karzai left for Istanbul yesterday to attend a meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari, his office said.

Arts & Entertainment

CAT presents Ibsen's The Lady from the Sea

Centre for Asian Theatre (CAT) premiered their latest production, an Ibsen classic addressing the constrained social position of women and the significance of an individual's freedom. A successor of Ibsen's "The Doll's House (1879), "The Lady From the Sea"(1888) hits the same issues but through a more symbolic and psychological foreground.

Toons make waves at Mymensingh exhibition

A colourful rally and a cartoon exhibition marking the International Anti-Corruption Day generated much excitement among the younger generation here, recently.

Songs of 'Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra' reverberate in Pabna

Gonoshilpi Sangstha, Pabna organised a musical programme on December 1, marking the organisation's silver jubilee. The programme was held at Pabna Town Hall premises. 'Gano sangeet' and patriotic songs aired from 'Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra,' during the Liberation War were performed at the programme. Earlier a discussion was held.

‘10th Human Rights Natya Utsab’ in Jhenidah

Jhenidah Human Rights Natya Parisad celebrated the '10th Human Rights Natya Utsab' on December 3. On the occasion, a grand rally was brought out in the town. As part of the festival, a discussion was held at the district Shilpakala Academy auditorium. Abdul Majid, president of the Natya Parishad, chaired the inaugural programme. Shafiq Akram, president of United Cultural Jote, Jhenidah unit, was present as chief guest while district Natya Coordination Parisad President, Nazimuddin Julius and Welfare Efforts (WE) Nirbahi Director, Sharifa Khatun were present as special guests.

Zafar Iqbal on Banglavision Café

Live talk show "Banglavision Cafe" will be aired today at 6:20 pm on Banglavision. Today's guest is noted educationist, writer and scientist Dr. Zafar Iqbal. Produced by Ananta Zahid, the show is hosted by Pragna Laboni.

Maradona to be aired on fourth day of Eid

TV play “Maradona” will be aired on ntv at 10.30 am on the fourth day of Eid-ul-Azha. Written by Monju Sarkar and directed by Animesh Aich, the story is based on a wedding ceremony in a village. On the occasion, everyone is in a festive mood. Suddenly, a battered bus halts nearby with'Maradona' inscribed on it. The tempo of the play builds up as people of all ages join the festivities.

Reception for Lear Levin

A reception will be held to honour Lear Levin, who in 1971 filmed the footage used in Tareque and Catherine Masud's "Muktir Gaan." The reception will be held at Shawkat Osman Auditorium, Central Public Library today at 10:30 am, says a press release. Audiovision, with the support of Channel i and Citycell is holding the reception.

Watchmen

A complex, multi-layered mystery adventure, "Watchmen" is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the “Doomsday Clock” -- which charts the USA's tension with the Soviet Union -- is permanently set at five minutes to midnight. When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the washed up but no less determined masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion -- a ragtag group of retired superheroes, only one of whom has true powers -- Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future. Their mission is to watch over humanity...but who is watching the watchmen?

OP-ED

What is at stake

I would like to highlight our accomplishments in one area, the economy. This happens to be the area of most concern to the largest majority of our people. The one economic achievement that impacted the greatest proportion of our population was our extremely successful control of inflation. Even through the Asian financial crisis of the late 90s we kept inflation at a steady 1.59%. The price of rice stayed at Tk. 12-15 per kilo. For only the second time in Bangladesh's history we produced a surplus of grain and were even able to export a significant amount. Can you guess when we were self-sufficient in grain production for the first time? It was under the previous Awami League government of my grandfather, Bongobondhu. Not only could the BNP government not match this the first time they were in power, but when they returned to power they promptly turned our surplus into a deficit, resulting in increasing prices once again.

Recrossing the stream

Heraclitus once observed that no man crosses the same stream twice, because the stream has changed, and so has the man. In Bangladesh, a transition from civilianised military rule is about to come to an end just as the stream of representative democracy through elections is beginning to gather strength. As it grows into a broadening river, and then become a torrent, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party would cross and recross it, striving to alter its course and, at each stage, being itself subtly altered in its goals and vision.

Beginning of a dream

ACT upon your dream. Today, in Bangladesh there is a sense of utter hopelessness and uncertainty for reasons we all know. None of us can say for sure what lies ahead for us. There is a sense that there is nothing we can do as citizens to change the course of our fate.

Weighing the odds

IN early September, dark despair was coursing through the core of the BNP. From the top brass to the rank and file, there was a hardening awareness that to go to elections in barely two months time would be to court disaster. For some, the talk was no longer defeat, but outright annihilation. A boycott was in serious play.

Looking forward

ELECTION for the ninth parliament is almost knocking at the door. All political party activities are with an eye towards election at the moment. Election manifesto or future programs of political parties have created lots of curiosity and interest especially among the conscious citizens. At the same time these are also under critical scrutiny of the people. Here I present some of the programs that the Jatiya Party pledges to put in place, if it is part of the government after the upcoming elections.


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