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Another car park to perish

Dhaka City Corporation is set to turn yet another car park into a high-rise commercial complex at Karwan Bazar in blatant violation of Dhaka city's master plan and town improvement act.

Swine flu cases jump

The number of the swine flu infected in the country rose to 74 as government officials concerned confirmed 36 new cases yesterday. The cases were detected under the government's surveillance programme.

New lease after govt gets report

The hill lands recovered from the lessees for violating lease agreements would now be reallocated among the landless people in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) through a coordination process among the CHT affairs ministry, CHT Regional Council and three hill district administrations.

Go tough on wilful loan defaulters

A parliamentary panel has asked the authorities concerned to go tough on loan defaulters to recover money from them, especially the wilful defaulters by not giving them opportunity to reschedule their loans.

PM suggests separate supply line

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday directed the authorities to install two separate supply lines to distribute water for drinking and general uses for the city dwellers to stop wastage and resolve the existing problems.

Tigers wrap it up 4-1

Bangladesh completed their memorable overseas trip in style as makeshift opener Mushfiqur Rahim slammed 98 after Dollar Mahmud's four-wicket burst to script a five-wicket victory in the fifth and last one-day at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo yesterday.

Implement to ensure justice for all

The government should have a strategic framework to implement the CHT Peace Accord and should implement it in such a way that ensures justice for all so that none can reverse the process, said Lord Eric Avebury.

Govt moves to clamp down on outlaws

Top bosses of different law enforcement agencies are set to hold a meeting with the police officials of 10 southwestern districts in Kushtia tomorrow amidst an alarming resurgence of so-called outlawed gangs.

Sue river sand lifters

Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) in a letter has asked four police stations to take legal actions against any unauthorised sand lifting from Buriganga and Turag river beds near Basila and Jhaochar.

IO closed for torture on remanded accused

The officer-in-charge (OC) of Charvodrason police station in Faridpur who is the Investigation officer (IO) of the sensational gang rape case was closed yesterday for torturing three men accused in the case during remand.

Ashraf expects nat'l dialogue on CG system

Awami League (AL) General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam yesterday said a national dialogue could be held to decide the fate of the non-party caretaker government system.

Khaleda worried at price hike, extortion

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday voiced concern over the price hike of essentials and its possible impact on the commoners during the holy month of Ramadan.

SC decides today on reference

The Supreme Court (SC) is set to decide today its next course of action on the president's reference seeking the apex court's opinion on whether the people charged with mutiny and massacre at the BDR headquarters can be tried under the military law.

Cases shifted from speedy trial court

The August 21 grenade attack cases were sent back from speedy trial tribunal to the previous courts yesterday, as the trial of the cases would not be completed in 135 workdays as per the Speedy Trial Tribunal Act.

Baby girl molested

A three-year old girl was molested by a 16-year old boy in Savar yesterday morning.

Ansar-VDP being trained to root out militancy

Members of Ansar-VDP are being trained to eradicate militancy from the remote areas in the country, State Minister for Home Shamsul Haque Tuku yesterday said in a meeting with Ansar-VDP high-ups at its headquarters in Khilgaon.

India complains of militant training camps in Pakistan

India's defence minister said yesterday there were dozens of Islamic militant training camps active near Pakistan's border with India that had not been dismantled by authorities there.

64 missing workers feared dead

The owner of Russia's largest hydroelectric plant says there is little chance that any of the 64 workers missing after an accident could be found alive.

Suicide attacks kill 12 ahead of Afghan polls

Attacks battered Afghanistan yesterday as suicide bombers killed 12 people and a rocket slammed into the presidential compound two days before elections that the Taliban have threatened to disrupt.

Ahmadinejad facing objections to his new cabinet

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose disputed re-election plunged the nation into its worst crisis since the Islamic revolution, unveils his cabinet today facing a dogged opposition and challenges from within his own hardline support base.

Iraqi PM meets Syrian president

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki met Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for security talks in Damascus yesterday, after the top US commander in Iraq said Damascus's role in allowing fighters across the border remained a concern.


Turmoil in the RMG sector

WORKERS' violence is becoming a threat to the stability and normal working environment in the garment sector. Last Sunday's violence in the readymade garment (RMG) units at Ashulia and Jamgarah areas on the outskirts of the capital city has again caused panic among the owners of the factories so much so that, according to reports, production has been suspended in 25 factories. This is certainly bad news for the entire garment sector at a time when it is already reeling from the supply-order shortage from the recession-hit international market. The international factors apart, gas supply constraint is another factor that has forced many garment units in Chittagong to shut down.

A police force for tourists' security

THE concept of a police force in relation to tourist spots in the country should have originated earlier. However, now that a tourist police force has been introduced in such areas as Cox's Bazar as a step toward providing security to tourists, we cannot but welcome it. And that is because of all the hurdles we have observed over the years where popularizing tourism and broadening its base are concerned. Despite the ubiquitous assertions about developing the tourism sector, there has hardly been any change that one can notice. As a matter of fact, when compared with other countries in the region, the number of tourists Bangladesh receives annually is pitifully low and for various reasons.

The whole conspiracy tale remains untold

WE have been informed that the Bangladesh government will take action against Khairuzzaman, the soldier turned diplomat till recently the country's high commissioner in Malaysia. The man's offence is that despite repeated reminders to return home he has chosen to stay away, perhaps out of suspicion that the old charges of his complicity in the death of four incarcerated national leaders in November 1975 might come up again now that the Awami League is in power.

Making health care healthy

WE have a drug policy and a regulatory authority like Drug Administration to monitor manufacturing and sale of safe drugs. Even then some unscrupulous people have been manufacturing drugs with poisonous compounds. Poisonous paracetamol is thought to have recently caused the death of more than twenty children. Bypassing the surveillance system of the Drug Administration some pharmaceutical companies manufacture low quality drugs and market them in rural areas.


Icing tastes sweet for Tigers

Bangladesh completed a memorable tour of Zimbabwe taking the Gremeenphone Cup 4-1 as they sailed to a modest target of 210 with 13 balls to spare and five wickets in hand in the fifth and final ODI at the Queens Park in Bulawayo yesterday.

BCB expects huge surplus

The Bangladesh Cricket Board is expecting aTk 76 crore surplus in the 2009-10 fiscal as the board of directors yesterday approved a budget of over Tk 93.28 crore, Tk 30 crore more than the last fiscal.

SL dominate Day One

Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan pulverised New Zealand's bowlers to help Sri Lanka make a spectacular start in the first cricket Test on Tuesday.

Fraser emulates Bolt

Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser won the women's 100 metres title here at the world championships on Monday in the joint third fastest time ever of 10.73 seconds.

Bekele makes history

Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele etched his name in distance running history at the world athletics championships here on Monday when he won his fourth consecutive world 10,000m title.

Clubs appeal to defer Fed Cup

Four more clubs joined Mohammedan SC in a bid to defer Federation Cup as they appealed the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) for the deferment of the season's curtain-raising tournament, scheduled to start on September 10.

Army chief elected BOA president

Army chief General Abdul Mubeen has been declared the president of the Bangladesh Olympic Association uncontested when there was no withdrawal of the candidature on the day of pulling out of the nominations yesterday.

Flintoff facing heavy burden

Injury prone all-rounder Andrew Flintoff faces a taxing schedule after being named in all three of England's one-day squads here on Monday -- each one missing injured batsman Kevin Pietersen.

No 'pitch-fixing' at Oval

Officials at the Oval insisted Monday they had not been leant on by the England management to prepare a 'result pitch' for this week's Ashes decider.

King targets top four

Tottenham Hostpur captain Ledley King believes a top four finish in the Premier League is a realistic target for his team.

Lyon face Anderlecht

Lyon must overcome Belgian heavyweights Anderlecht if they are to take their place in the Champions League group stages for the tenth consecutive season.

Isinbayeva dethroned

Russian pole vault queen Yelena Isinbayeva was dethroned in spectacular fashion on Monday after failing with all three attempts as arch-rival Anna Rogowska claimed gold at the world athletics championships.

C'Ron to rival Becks

Cristiano Ronaldo has the potential to replace David Beckham as the footballer who earns the most money from endorsements following his world record 130-million dollar move to Real Madrid, experts say.

'Super League is a reality'

Arsene Wenger has revealed he believes a European Super League could become a reality within the next 10 years.

Gay opts out of 200m

Defending champion Tyson Gay of the United States has pulled out of the men's 200m at the world athletics championships here because of a nagging groin injury.

Messi, Ibra fit to play against City

Barcelona's star stikers Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Lionel Messi have both been declared fit to play against Manchester City in a pre-season game on Wednesday.

Blackburn to sign Salgado

Real Madrid defender Michel Salgado is to sign a two-season deal to play for English Premiership side Blackburn, Spanish sports daily Marca said Tuesday.

Negredo joining Zaragoza

Real Madrid striker Alvaro Negredo, a target of English Premier League outfit Hull City, is to sign a five-year contract with Spanish side Zaragoza on Tuesday, the Spanish sports daily Marca said.


Parjatan clocks up profit on loss cuts

System loss cuts and better services paid off for Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation, as it recorded around Tk 2.7 crore in operating profit in the immediate-past fiscal year.

Sonali income falls

Sonali Bank's net profit went down by around 62 percent in 2008 mainly because of providing a huge loan to Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) and stiff market competition, said a World Bank report.

TCB starts sales of essentials today

Commerce Minister Faruk Khan said yesterday the government is working with businessmen to keep the prices of essentials stable during Ramadan.

Joint venture aims high for power

Cimillae Development Company Limited, a Korea-Bangladesh joint venture, has sought approval from the government for producing 5,000 megawatt (MW) electricity through coal gasification system in Jamalganj coal mine area of Joypurhat district.

Ctg BGMEA seeks stimulus to withstand crisis

Readymade garment (RMG) factory owners in Chittagong, hit hard by global recession coupled with severe power crisis and poor infrastructure, have demanded that the government immediately come up with a bailout package to help them make up for the losses they have been facing for the last six months.

Duty cut aims at stable market in Ramadan: Muhith

It is the management of economy that matters for the country's development, not revenue collection, as the finance minister viewed when customs officials drew his attention to a possible significant shortfall in the revenue target because of the recent duty cut on some commodity imports.

Stress on agriculture to eradicate poverty

The government should put more emphasis on the agriculture sector to eradicate poverty in line with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, speakers said at a discussion in Dhaka yesterday

Tk 520m to bankroll Paragon Ceramic

An export-oriented porcelain tableware manufacturing plant, Paragon Ceramic Industries Ltd, will be set up at Gazipur soon with a target to go into commercial operation in the second quarter of 2010.

Platinum workers end siege in Khulna

Workers of state-owned Platinum Jubilee Jute Mill called off a siege programme in Khulna yesterday after 17 hours of a demonstration as authorities assured them of paying out last week's arrears.

Pakistani textile millers keen to relocate plants to Bangladesh

Pakistani textile businessmen are keen to relocate their industrial units to Bangladesh and invest in other sectors like tourism and infrastructure, said the president of Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Pakistan yesterday.

Essar bids for Shell refineries in Europe

Indian conglomerate Essar has made a bid to buy one British and two German refineries from Anglo-Dutch oil giant Royal Dutch Shell, the Financial Times reported Tuesday without citing its source.

Gridlock clogs business

An industrialist accompanies a foreign buyer to see his factory at Bhabanipur in Gazipur, just 54 kilometres away of his Dhaka head office at Banglamotor. They start at 9am and reach their destination at 12.30pm.

US low-cost carriers face off

The cool kids of the airline industry are giving big-city travelers more opportunities to show who they like more.

Stocks mark gain

Following a sluggishness for the last few days, Dhaka stocks gained yesterday, driven by larger market capitalisation sector shares, including banks and non-banking financial institutions (NBFIs).

Oil trades around $67

Oil traded at around 67 dollars in Asia on Tuesday on lingering investor concern over the global economic outlook despite signs of a recovery, analysts said.

Malaysian manufacturing sinks 25.5pc in June

Malaysia's manufacturing sales, a key driver of the economy, dived 25.5 percent year on year in June, according to official data released Tuesday.

Hong Kong's unemployment remains at 5.4pc

Hong Kong's unemployment remained at 5.4 percent between May and July this year, official data showed Tuesday, although the government warned the figure may rise as graduates enter the labour market.

Survey gives German economy extra boost

A survey suggesting soaring investor confidence provided more cheer for the German economy on Tuesday, less than a week after data showed its worst recession in decades ending sooner than expected.

South African economy shrinks 3pc in Q2

South Africa's economy shrank by 3.0 percent during the second quarter of 2009, dimming hopes of an early recovery from the country's first recession since apartheid, the government said on Tuesday.

US automakers improving

All three US-based automakers are doing a better job of satisfying their customers than they were a year ago, according to a recent survey.

Global economic recovery has started: IMF chief economist

The global recovery from recession has begun but a delicate rebalancing of economies is needed to ensure its sustainability, the International Monetary Fund's chief economist said Tuesday.

British inflation stable at 1.8pc in July

Britain's 12-month inflation rate was unchanged at 1.8 percent in July, holding underneath the Bank of England's 2.0-percent target level, official data showed on Tuesday.

Singapore property sales set for record year after hot July

Record sales of private homes here in July may push the 2009 total to an all-time high as local sentiment and global economic prospects improve, analysts said Tuesday.

Euro breaches $1.41 after ZEW survey

The European single currency climbed past 1.41 dollars on Tuesday after news of soaring investor confidence in Germany, Europe's largest economy, analysts said.


Resolve water sharing issue with India multilaterally

Bangladesh must take an initiative to resolve the water sharing disputes with India at the multilateral level, speakers at a regional seminar said yesterday.

JS body for autonomy of medical college hospitals

A parliamentary subcommittee yesterday strongly recommended that the government give full autonomy to all medical college hospitals and institutes up to district level to ensure better health services.

Lord Eric lauds role of Ahmadiyyas

Lord Eric Avebury in his speech at a reception on Monday praised Ahmadiyya Muslim chapters worldwide for their efforts and contributions to establishing inter-religious harmony, peace and various humanitarian activities at different countries of the world, says a press release.

Refrain from unethical practices

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday demanded strict action against the authorities of Rid Pharmaceuticals Ltd responsible for the deaths of 27 children after intake of paracetamols manufactured by the company.

Women lawmakers play vital role in parliament

Women lawmakers are no longer treated as ornaments of the Jatiya Sangsad and that they are now at the helm of major ministries and responsible for major activities of the government, State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury said yesterday.

Warid inks deal with Microsoft

Warid Telecom will receive an upgraded version of software, technical support and training for users from the world's leading software company Microsoft, the telecom operator said in a statement yesterday.

Three killed in road crashes

Three people were killed in separate road accidents in Chittagong and Madaripur yesterday.

Charge framed against former Jamaat lawmaker Shahjahan Chy

A charge was framed against former Jamaat lawmaker Shahjahan Chowdhury in a toll extortion case here yesterday.

EC cannot take decision without govt order: CEC

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda yesterday said the Election Commission (EC) cannot take any decision about the district council elections of Chittagong Hill Tracts without a government order.

British envoy, SQ Chy hold closed-door meeting

British High Commissioner Stephen Evans met BNP lawmaker Salauddin Quader Chowdhury at his Dhanmondi residence in the city yesterday, much to the 'surprise' of many in and outside the party.

ACC to appeal against HC verdict

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has decided to lodge an appeal with the Supreme Court (SC), seeking to overturn the High Court (HC) verdict scrapping the conviction and jail sentence of Awami League lawmaker Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir in a corruption case, since about 50 other accused in similar cases are trying to take advantage of this verdict.

Result of 29th BCS preliminary test soon

The result of the 29th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) preliminary examination under the Public Service Commission (PSC) is expected to be published within one month and a half.

Killing of Bangabandhu most vicious act

Commerce Minister Faruk Khan yesterday termed the killing of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman the most vicious act of inhumanity in the history of mankind, saying August 15 would be marked as the international mourning day in future.

'Fix minimum wage for domestic helps'

Speakers at a seminar yesterday urged the government to form a wage board and fix minimum wage for the domestic helps to ensure their rights, says a press release.

Frame gender-sensitive health policy

Bangladesh Mahila Parishad (BMP) yesterday demanded steps to formulate and implement a gender-sensitive health policy to ensure women's health rights.

2 held with arms in city

Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized two firearms and arrested two criminals in this connection from Mohammadpur in the city yesterday.

Niaz new IUCN country boss

Dr Niaz Ahmed Khan, a teacher of development studies at Dhaka University, joined the leading global environmental agency International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as its country representatives in Bangladesh on August 16, says a press release.

Aus education exhibition ends today

The two-day Australian Education Exhibition will end at Sheraton Hotel in the city today, says a press release.

Next JS session on Sept 6 or 7 likely: Speaker

Speaker Abdul Hamid Advocate yesterday said the next session of the ninth parliament might begin on September 6 or 7.

Lifebuoy hand washing programme

As one of its many endeavors to make a healthy Bangladesh, Lifebuoy is going to different schools to make children and parents more aware of personal hygiene and how a simple act like washing hands regularly with soaps can keep them healthier.

DPS STS School starts

The inaugural ceremony of DPS STS School Dhaka was held on its campus at Uttara in the city yesterday, says a press release.

1998 more arrested

Police arrested 1,998 people on various charges in separate drives across the country in 24 hours as of 6:00am Tuesday.

Seminar on HIV/AIDS held

A seminar on 'Role of youth to stop HIV/AIDS' was held at Stamford University auditorium in the city yesterday.

Fix minimum wage at Tk 7,000

The leaders of Samajtantrik Sramik Front yesterday demanded to fix minimum wage at Tk 7,000 for all workers and rights to form trade unions in Export Processing Zones.

Bhasani varsity opens Aug 23

Maulana Bhasani University of Science and Technology will resume its classes on August 23, says a press release.

Varsity officers' fed takes over

The new committee of Bangladesh Inter-University Officers' Federation took charge on August 13, says a press release.


Sense of insecurity still haunts Bhimpur indigenous families

Indigenous communities and different NGOs yesterday observed ninth death anniversary of indigenous leader Alfred Soren who was killed in a land dispute on August 18, 2000.

Low-lying areas flooded

The low-lying areas in Rangpur, Thakurgaon, Gaibandha and Kurigram have been inundated following heavy downpour in the last two days.

Traders at Parshuram on strike

Shop owners at Parshuram upazila headquarters pulled their shutters down at 5:00pm yesterday and went on strike protesting attack, ransacking and looting of two business firms by Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists.

Outlaw held on suspicion

Police have arrested a leader of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) from West Baniakhamar under Khulna Sadar thana suspecting his involvement in the murder of Jubo League central leader Shahid Iqbal Bithar.

Five arrested Indians sent to jail

Five Indian citizens arrested Monday afternoon from Noymail area under Dighinala upazila were sent to Khagrachhari district jail yesterday.

Maulana Bhasani university reopens Aug 22

Maulana Bhasani University of Science and Technology (MBUST) at Santosh will reopen on August 22 and the classes of all seven departments will resume the following day.

BSF fires at two villages

Indian border Security Force (BSF) members yesterday fired at Bangladeshi villages along Khuniavita border under Tetulia upazila in Panchagarh. Locals and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) sources said BSF members at Haftiagach camp fired 20-25 rounds of bullets towards Dargipara and Kazipara villages at about 2:00pm without any provocation. However, there was no report of any casualty. But the firing caused panic among the villagers. Acting commanding officer (CO) of 25, Rifles Battalion ATM Mozaffar Hossain said the BDR yesterday sent a letter to BSF protesting the unprovoked firing.

Transport strike called off

Transport owners yesterday called off strike. All types of vehicles have returned to the routes with all obstacles removed early yesterday from Dhaka-Khulna highway point in front of the bus terminal. The decision to withdraw the transport strike followed two rounds of talks by the district and police administration with Gopalganj district bus owners, motor workers union and representatives of Kotalipara bus owners. Earlier, deputy commissioner (DC) Sheikh Yusuf Harun talked with prime minister Sheikh Hasina over telephone on the situation. At the meeting the DC told the two feuding parties that there would be one owners association in the district. The separate owners association in Kotalipara can run 10 buses. But those buses are allowed to run only under Gopalganj owners association. After two rounds of meeting both parties accepted the decision.

Outlaw hurt in gunfight

A 'regional leader' of outlawed Biplobi Communist Party (BCP-ML) was injured in gunfight with Rab at a village on Monday night. Rab arrested him and recovered two arms, two bombs and bullets from his possession. Outlaw Thandu Mondol, 40, son of Rajab Ali Mondol of village Porabatie under Sadar upazila is being treated at Jhenidah Sadar Hospital under police security. Rab Captain Zobayer Hossain of Jhenidah said a group of armed outlaws were holding a meeting at a field at village Porabatie. When Rab and police cordoned the area they opened fire on the law enforcers. Thandu received bullet injury during the encounter but others fled away. Thandu is BCP regional leader in Jhenidah, Rab said.


Bravo, Tigers!

Three Cheers for Bangladesh cricket team. What a performance after a big defeat. Bangladesh Tigers have shown that they are now able to face any team in the world with determination & on their day they are dangerous & can beat any team. I must congratulate all the team members, manager, coach & officials for their back to back series win in the West Indies & Zimbabwe. It seems that day by day this team is gaining more & more confidence. They are really playing as a team. Each & every player is contributing for the team. They are a bunch of Tigers who can respond when the occasion demands. Right from the West Indies tour we have seen their determination as to how to play as a team and in the absence of Mashrafee, Shakib shouldered the great responsibility. It was not easy for our players to play on some totally different pitches in the West Indies. But they have done so well.

Memories unforgettable

It was in the year 1969 when Bangabandhu was released from the so called

Captive power generation

The BSS report published by many dailies on 8th July on the matter relating to reduction of renewal fee by BERC for captive power plants is a positive step in the right direction, and a welcome move. Since most captive power plants are sized to the individual power needs of the user, setting a flat rate is rather unfair. A possible solution could be a minimum fee of say Tk. 2500 calculated say at Tk100 per KW of generator rating. This will be different for each unit, based on its own generation capacity required.

DU budget

Dhaka University is the biggest educational institution of Bangladesh. As a student, the budget of Dhaka University is very important to me.

Age of uncertainty

The 21st century, within nine years of its inception, has presented the modern civilization with formidable challenges -- Nature takes its own tolls!

Let us live in peace

Law and order situation has been worsening day by day. Unexpectedly, even after passing seven months since assuming power, ending an interregnum of two years, the government has failed to control law and order. Extortionists, robbers, muggers, as well as some political opportunists are reigning supreme.

Army pullout

This issue is one of the two most critical national issues, Tipaimukh dam and CHT, being discussed every day in the media.

Coaching centre

The coaching centre is a place where students come to learn through remaining under special guidance. These centres are now known to students of all categories. Not only the weak students but also the most brilliant ones come to these centres to attend special classes. The coaching centres are attracting students with colourful banners and festoons. They are giving 100% assurance of university admission or getting the highest grade or GPA-5 in every exam.

HR and organisation development

Human resource development and organization development are critical issues for competitive advantages. The basic purpose of organization development is to increase an organization's effectiveness through planned interventions related to the organization's processes, resulting in improvements in productivity', return on investment and employee satisfaction. To remain competitive in today's global marketplace, organizations need change and one of the most effective tools to promote successful change is organization development (OD).

DU unrest

The days August 20-25 in 2007 are still afresh in our minds. The DU unrest arose from a trifling matter of watching a football match. Later on, it turned into campus violence following the beatings of DU students on the campus by the army personnel. As a result, thousands of DU students took to the street to protest it. They also demanded the withdrawal of the troops from the campus. This continued for a couple of days.

Mehsud's death

Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud and his second wife were reportedly killed in South Waziristan by a US drone attack after receiving an intelligence report about his hideout provided by (Mehsud's mentor) ISI. A few days later two of Mehsud's deputies were also killed by each other - apparently over the succession dispute.

Bangladeshi politicians

Many politicians say or pass many comments against their rival politicians which do not deserve answers. The educated and well-groomed politicians are cautious in making comments on national issues. Ours is a new democracy and our politicians are also new in politics, naturally all of them are not well groomed. Their background and entry into politics are mostly a picked-up process except those who entered through some political process and long struggles. Modification is underway and hopefully in the next decade there will be much qualitative changes in the behaviours of our politicians. Secondly, our politicians are tight-leaped because they are regulated by their party policies and have no freedom to express their opinions. In spite of all the restrictions and regulatory systems, we can see some dynamic politicians who speak wisely and cautiously saving their own dignity and acceptability. Especially, the top leaders of all political parties have some sense of individuality and that is why we expect changes in future political culture in Bangladesh.

Is recession a financial disaster?

There is no denying that the origin of all recessions was in the USA with the collapse of businesses like Layman Brothers and Real Estate in Germany. The economy which hitherto overheated is showing signs of cooling down causing reverberations across the world. How long will it continue is a matter of debate. Pessimists say that it may take more than two years; optimists say that it may take only a year and the realists assert that it may take two years to come out this threat.

Rights of women

We keep reading in the papers over and over again about men beating up and murdering their wives, pouring acid down the throats of their own children. We read about how women and children working as servants get tortured by their employers. Just the other day there was an article about how a man tied up his wife and locked her up in a medieval manner. It's really sad to see that in this day and age Bangladesh is still not yet a civilised nation. I am really surprised that our Honourable Prime Minister, being a woman herself, does not seem to be sensitive enough towards all such issues. I believe that stern action should be taken against the culprits. Acid should not be available so easily in the market. I would also like to urge the women of Bangladesh to stand up for their rights and not give in to their husbands so easily. Men who hit women are cowards and thrive on the fear they create.

Evening MA

Opening evening MA course in the Department of English of DU is a timely initiative which would widen the scope of higher education. The country has dearth of quality higher education. In this condition, imparting better quality higher education with the existing infrastructure will ensure proper utilization of our resources.


Taliban threats, fraud fears loom over Afghan polls

The Taliban renewed threats yesterday to disrupt this week's Afghan elections as a US-based rights group charged that vote-buying and fraud could compromise the landmark ballot.

US looks to bolster combat troops in Afghanistan

The United States yesterday looked for ways to bolster combat troops in Afghanistan as President Barack Obama warned the war would not be "quick" and violence threatened this week's election.

Iran 'ready for unconditional nuclear talks'

A top Iranian nuclear official said Tehran was ready to hold talks with the West on its atomic drive "without preconditions," state television reported yesterday, amid US threats of more sanctions.

Qaeda, allies shifted base to Pak tribal areas: Obama

Expressing concern over al-Qaeda's expanding activities in the region, US President Barack Obama has said the outlawed outfit and its allies have moved their bases to Pakistan's remote tribal areas.

Kashmir authorities report 3,400 disappearances

Authorities in Indian Kashmir Tuesday estimated the number of missing people in the state after decades of unrest at 3,400, less than half the figure suggested by rights groups.

Obama seeks Egypt's help in ME deadlock

US President Barack Obama, bidding Tuesday to breathe new life into his Middle East peace push, is looking to Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak help break a deadlock between Israel and Arab states.

Jackson's 51st birthday to be his burial day

Michael Jackson's body will be laid to rest on August 29, the day the King of Pop would have turned 51, his father told AFP.

Russia nets 8 'hijackers'

Russia said yesterday it had arrested eight men suspected of hijacking the Arctic Sea cargo ship whose sudden disappearance in July sparked an international mystery and a dramatic high seas chase.

33 die in Mexico violence

A wave of drug-related killings claimed the lives of 33 people in Mexico's violence-torn northern border states, authorities said Monday.

Pakistan troops detain Mehsud spokesman

Security forces captured the Pakistani Taliban's top spokesman in an operation near the Afghan border, a government official said Tuesday, dealing another blow to the militants following the reported killing of their leader earlier this month.The seizure of Maulvi Umar follows government claims of disarray in the leadership of the Taliban over who should replace their chief, Baitullah Mehsud, who is believed to have been killed in a CIA missile strike on Aug. 5.

Ailing Lockerbie bomber drops appeal in UK

Ailing Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmet al-Megrahi formally dropped his appeal against conviction yesterday, as Scots ministers wrangled over whether to let him return home to die in Libya.

3 detained for America's biggest case of identity theft

In the biggest case of identity theft in American history, US prosecutors have charged a man with stealing data relating to 130 million credit and debit cards.

Moro rebels occupy island in Philippines

Armed men claiming to be members of a Muslim separatist group are negotiating their surrender after occupying an island in the western Philippines, military officials said yesterday.

Pakistan floods kill 27, affect 70,000: UN

Flash floods have killed 27 people and affected 70,000 others in northwest Pakistan, where authorities are already grappling with a displacement crisis, government officials and the UN said.

Ex-S Korean president Kim dead at 85

Former president Kim Dae-jung, who survived assassination attempts during his years as a dissident and won the Nobel Peace Prize for his reconciliation efforts with communist North Korea, died Tuesday. He was 85.

Pakistan reiterates its demand for drone tech from US

Pakistan has once again requested the United States to provide it with drone technology, so that it can carry out operations against the Taliban and other extremist groups in the lawless tribal region along the Afghan border.

India must tread 'greener' path to growth: Manmohan

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh acknowledged India must tread a greener path Tuesday, even as he blamed rich nations for expecting developing countries to pay for decades of environmental neglect.

US senator's visit could boost ties: Myanmar

Myanmar's junta-controlled state media said yesterday that a recent visit by a US senator was a "success for both sides" that could improve the tense relations between the two countries.

Shimla set for BJP's 'introspection' meet

An entire hotel has been booked, tight security is in place and there are issues galore to be discussed -- this Himachal Pradesh capital is all set to host the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) three-day 'Chintan Baithak' or introspection meet starting Wednesday.

Nepal PM makes first trip to India

Nepal's prime minister arrived in India yesterday at the start of a five-day trip, his first official visit to the country since his appointment in May.

China court jails eight Tibetans

A court in northwest China has sentenced eight Tibetans to jail terms ranging up to seven years for involvement in unrest earlier this year, an overseas Tibetan rights group said.

25kg heroin seized

Twenty five kilograms of heroin, worth Rs.1.25 billion, was seized by the Border Security Force (BSF) near the India-Pakistan border in this district of Punjab Tuesday.

Voting goes on in 5 Karnataka by-polls

About ten percent of over one million eligible voters Tuesday exercised their franchise in the first four hours of polling in five assembly by-elections in Karnataka.

Arts & Entertainment

Glimpses of the theatre icon’s works

Guests and speakers at Selim Al Deen's 60th birth anniversary celebration programme said that the theatre icon was the greatest of his time and the most remarkable dramatist in the post Tagore era Bengali theatre.

Appeasing the snake goddess with music, recitation and offerings

The festival of 'Manasa Puja' was celebrated peacefully amidst religious fervour and harmony at the Goila Manasha Temple in Agoiljhara Upazila, Barisal district last Monday.

Liberation War on canvas

Liberation War is a glorious part of the Bangladeshi history. The very existence of the nation is rooted here. Our pain and anguish; pleasure and joy are very much connected with the Liberation War. Since its inception, the Liberation War Museum has been working to uphold the history of Bangladesh, and generate awareness in various aspects of the war. For the last three years, Channel i and Gallery Chitrak have been jointly organising a fundraising art camp. Noted painters have always demonstrated their support with participation. Liberation War Museum has arranged an exhibition of artworks from last three years' art camps at Saju Art Gallery, Gulshan-2, in the city.

Grand finale of Marks All-Rounder ‘09 on ntv

"Protibhar jhalokey shera hau palokey" -- with this motto, the grand finale of "Marks All-Rounder 2009" is being held tonight at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre, Dhaka. The event will be aired live on ntv, starting from 8:20 pm.

Bindu Theke Britto on Channel i

TV serial “Bindu Theke Britto” will be aired tonight on Channel i at 9:30 pm.


In memory of Bangabandhu

THE death anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman should be a time for reflection on the part of the nation. This reflection should be one that transcends all political barriers because Bangabandhu was, in the light of the role he played in steering the country towards liberation in the heady days of 1971, our window to the outside world. It is that historical role of the country's liberator we remember today.

A case study of traffic jam

THE road that stretches westward from Mymensing/VIP road to Paribag mosque keeping Prio-Prangon, a high rise building, on one side and a CNG filling station on other side is known as Paribag road. The road is about 40 feet wide and half a kilometer in length. Till the 80's, this road, with a very limited number of one or two storied houses on either side, was all quiet. There was hardly any traffic.

Ouija boards for kids

TOY companies are distributing tools for children to use to contact the dead. Called Ouija boards or witch-boards, they consist of a flat surface bearing letters and words, and a pointer that moves randomly, allegedly guided by ancient but still active dead souls, such as ghosts, zombies, spirits, and members of the Rolling Stones.

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