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Unite to fight grim threats

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday called on UN member states to discard discord and adopt a common resolve in facing grim challenges of climate change, economic turmoil and terrorism.

Bomb hoaxes up security

Police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) launched special drives in the capital Friday night to ensure foolproof security of the devotees at the Puja mandaps in the wake of bomb hoaxes in Dhaka and Sylhet.

AL targets tender-mongers

Ruling Awami League will go for a purge of its leaders and workers involved in extortion and tender manipulation.

Mayor race kicks up AL row in Ctg

Chittagong City unit of Awami League and its associated bodies have apparently divided into pro- and anti-Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury factions, creating unrest in the ruling party politics there.

Rice price spirals

The price of rice, especially of the fine varieties, has gone up once again as the millers increased the price at the mill gates in Kushtia and northern districts.

Three killed in 'shootouts'

Three criminals were killed in 'shootouts' with law enforcers yesterday in the capital, Kushtia and Bagerhat.

Bangla Phone finally starts ringing

Private telecom company Bangla Phone resumes operation after more than two years of hibernation as Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has recently withdrawn its restriction on letting the company sub-lease and share its optical fibre lines.

ACC opens port probe Tuesday

The two-member committee formed by the Anti-Corruption Commission will start its probe on Tuesday into allegation of corruption in awarding container handling job at Chittagong port during the tenure of the last caretaker government.

Injury-trap on Mirpur roads

Most of the roads and alleys of different sections of Mirpur area have long been in dilapidated condition due to negligence of the authorities concerned causing untold sufferings to the local residents.

1 killed, 20 hurt as AL, Jubo men clash

An Awami League (AL) activist was killed and 20 others were injured in a clash between AL and Jubo League factions at Chhoto Paina village under Bera municipality area of the district yesterday.

Terrorism born after killing of Bangabandhu

Home Minister Sahara Khatun yesterday said the rulers of the country gave birth to militancy and terrorism after the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

SC opinion overlooked

The Election Commission is now seeking amendment to the Representation of the People Order (RPO) to empower executive magistrates permanently to try electoral offences during parliamentary polls, which goes against an opinion of Supreme Court.

Climate role hailed

World leaders have hailed role of Bangladesh in identifying the risks and the way out of global warming as well as in establishing peace across the globe.

Mahanavami today

Thousands of Hindu devotees yesterday celebrated Mahaastami Puja at mandaps (marquees) across the country, offering obeisance to Goddess Durga.

3 killed on barren city roads

At least three people were killed and 22 others injured in three separate road accidents in and on the outskirts of the capital yesterday.

2 JMB men arrested

Police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in separate drives arrested two members of banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) from Joypurhat and Nilphamari districts on Friday and yesterday.

Tk 1 crore forest land recovered

A mobile court recovered forest land worth Tk 1 crore from illegal occupants at Bhannara under Kaliakoir upazila on Thursday.

Twin car bombs kill 16 in Pakistan

Two suicide car bombs killed 16 people and wounded about 150 others in separate attacks in northwestern Pakistan yesterday, just days after the Taliban warned suicide strikes were coming if the military pressed forward with an offensive. A third bomb injured four in the restive region.

Iran to allow UN to check new N-plant

Iran said yesterday it would allow UN inspectors into its newly disclosed uranium enrichment plant, as US President Barack Obama led a global outcry against Tehran for building the facility.

US may miss Gitmo's Jan closing goal

President Barack Obama may not be able to meet his stated goal of closing the much-criticised Guantanamo Bay prison by January as his administration runs into daunting legal and logistical hurdles to moving the more than 220 detainees still there.


New security measures for secretariat

THE move by the government to introduce electronic identity cards for secretariat employees as well as visitors is a response to the problem of entry that has persisted for long. There are two important reasons why such a move should be welcomed. The first is that security is fundamentally a concern for any government, especially in these days when security threats happen to be casting a shadow on a smooth functioning of administration.

Jalil's faux pas again!

AL leader Abdul Jalil's observation that his party reached some kind of understanding before the last general elections indeed sounds like a gimmick coming from an unhappy party veteran. What more it is outright petulant and, needless to say, highly irresponsible.

Water on the Moon emboldens space voyagers

The moon was conquered on 16 July 1969. Later five more successful moon landings were performed, the last one being on 7 December 1972. As everyone knows, all the manned lunar missions were conducted by the USA.

Can we opt for democratic socialism?

WITH the demise of the Soviet Union socialist politico-economic system has all but vanished from the global scene. Though the global recession, affecting both the developed and the developing countries, did bring on a muted debate on the most suitable system that the world can adopt, the sins of the socialist system in the past and the overarching influence of the Western system have denied any possibility of a serious debate on the issue.

The significance of Durga Puja

UNITY can be considered the root of development for a nation. This fundamental force can be used in different activities related to the welfare of a nation. In the image of Devi Durga, the picture of a united nation is elaborately sketched. In the Vedik Shukta, Devi says, "I am the state. I am the soul of the universe."


Malik lifts Pakistan

Shoaib Malik hammered a robust century to help Pakistan post a challenging 302-9 against India in a Champions Trophy match here on Saturday.

Johnson drives Aussies

Fast bowler Mitchell Johnson hit 73 as title holders Australia flourished in the closing overs to launch their ICC Champions Trophy campaign with a 50-run win over the West Indies Saturday.

England confident

Skipper Andrew Strauss has said England will not be short of confidence in their Champions Trophy match against South Africa today.

Kiwis' last chance

New Zealand enter the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy last-chance saloon today when they face unpredictable Sri Lanka at the Wanderers.

Gentleman's game indeed

Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara has praised his England counterpart Andrew Strauss for recalling his batsman after he was run out during a Champions Trophy match on Friday.

A cricketers begin tour today

The Bangladesh A cricket team, captained by opener Hannan Sarkar, begin their tour of India today by taking on the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) under-22 team in a three-day warm-up game in Nashik.

Bollinger, Franklin can play

Australia's Doug Bollinger and James Franklin of New Zealand were given the all-clear to take part in the Champions Trophy on Friday by the International Cricket Council.

BCB names U-16 squad

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday announced a 16-member squad for the upcoming home series against England Under-19 and Zimbabwe Under-19 in October and November as part of their preparation for the ICC Under-19 World Cup to be held in New Zealand in January next year.

Saha sinks Pompey

Louis Saha condemned Portsmouth to a seventh successive Premier League defeat as the France striker's clinical finish gave Everton a 1-0 victory at Fratton Park on Saturday.

Fergie hails Giggs

Sir Alex Ferguson has paid tribute to the professionalism that has enabled Ryan Giggs to produce some of the best football of his career at the age of 35.

Lucio wants more

Inter Milan centre-back Lucio insisted on Friday that the Serie A leaders could have done better despite having got off to a good start this season.

Van Persie in diving storm

Arsenal striker Robin van Persie stumbled into the diving controversy on Friday by admitting he has exaggerated a penalty area fall if he felt the challenge warranted a spot-kick.

'Belief bringing goals'

Rafael Benitez has brushed off a suggestion he has switched to a more attacking system, insisting greater confidence is behind Liverpool's high-scoring start to the season.

UEFA probes 40 match-fixing cases

European football's governing body UEFA are investigating some 40 cases of suspected match-fixing involving games in the Champions League and UEFA Cup.

Maradona picks Higuan, Aimar

Argentina coach Diego Maradona has called up uncapped Real Madrid hitman Gonzalo Higuain and Benfica midfielder Pablo Aimar for the country's final two World Cup qualifiers against Peru and Uruguay.

Trial changed Gerrard

Liverpool and England midfielder Steven Gerrard revealed Saturday how his trial over an alleged assault in a bar was "very frightening" and has changed the way he will behave in public.

Gunners end Chamakh pursuit

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said on Friday that he will not continue his pursuit of highly-rated Morocco striker Marouane Chamakh when the transfer window reopens in January.

Atletico chairman backs coach

Coach Abel Resino is staying at Atletico Madrid all season, despite a disastrous start to the Spanish league campaign, club chairman Enrique Cerezo said Friday.

Geovanni signs new deal

Brazilian midfielder Geovanni has signed a new two-year contract with Hull committing him to the club until 2011, the English Premier League side confirmed on Friday.

Eng cruise in the end

Eoin Morgan steered England to a morale-boosting six-wicket victory over Sri Lanka with a solid half-century in the Champions Trophy on Friday.

Belgium back big time

When it comes to women's tennis, all the buzz is in Belgium.

PCB reveals Kiwi dates

Pakistan Saturday announced a programme of three one-day internationals and two Twenty20 matches against New Zealand in the United Arab Emirates next month.

Jail racist fans: Harry

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has demanded that racist supporters should be jailed, arguing that stadium bans are not a strong enough deterrent.


Two banks give some respite to small entrepreneurs

Two local private commercial banks have cut interest rate up to 1.5 percentage points for term loans to small industry, central bank data show.

Rice-husk power plant in the offing

The country's biggest rice-husk-burn power plant is set to be established in the north within the next year.

LDCs affected unduly

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni has said that the least developed countries (LDCs) are being affected unduly and disproportionately due to the global financial crisis, climate change, food and energy crisis and unemployment.

Istanbul meet: Dhaka to seek more aid to face global crisis

Bangladesh will spell out its concern over how it is being hit by global recession and climate change at the annual meeting of World Bank (WB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Istanbul of Turkey.

IMF raises global growth forecast

The International Monetary Fund foresees a stronger than anticipated recovery from the economic crisis, with global growth approaching three percent in 2010, world leaders said Friday.

Farm loan high on agenda at bankers' meet today

Strategies for the next five years, farm loan and banking automation are on top of the agenda for today's meeting of bankers with Bangladesh Bank (BB).

Entrepreneurs call for Sirajganj Bscic belt expansion

Acute accommodation problem in the Bscic estate in Sirajganj has forced entrepreneurs to establish industries in the district in an unplanned way.

Krishi Bank in trouble to realise Tk 31cr loan

Realising of Tk 31 crore loan by the Bangladesh Krishi Bank (BKB) from the lessees of a number of rubber and horticulture plots in Bandarban has become uncertain, as the government has cancelled the lease of the land.

Chhatak cement factory to be renovated next month

The renovation of Chhatak Cement Company Limited will begin next month at a cost of Tk five crore.

Barisal hilsa export earnings rise

Earnings from export of delicious hilsa fish have increased here three times, as the government has fixed its export price.

As rally pauses, Wall Street ponders correction

Wall Street has stepped back from a spectacular six-month rally, leaving investors pondering the depth of the latest pullback in the context of a fragile economic recovery.

Poverty gap widens in S Africa

South Africa has reduced poverty but remains the world's most unequal society, a report said Friday, with analysts warning the yawning gap between whites and blacks threatens social stability.

US durable goods orders slip in August

Orders for US durable goods fell 2.4 percent, government data revealed Friday in a survey showing surprising weakness in the manufacturing sector.

Summit deal just the start of jockeying

A surprise deal to bring China, India and other emerging powers into the elite club of global summitry has unleashed a new round of jockeying as nations vie for membership.

Something to tweet about

Twitter Inc.'s founders now have a billion-dollar baby, and they seem determined to raise it without a corporate parent.

Key agreements

The summit of the Group of 20 leading economies agreed a plan to empower developing nations in global governance and to encourage a sustainable recovery.

Asian markets mark fall

Asian shares fell on Friday as dealers looked to weak data from the United States that suggests a recovery in the world's biggest economy may not be as strong as previously thought.

Eurozone private sector lending close to stalling: ECB

Eurozone private sector lending has nearly stalled, the European Central Bank warned on Friday, posing a threat to what is likely to be a weak recovery from the 16-nation bloc's first recession.

Crude oil slumps, gold slides back

Crude oil prices dived this week on fresh concerns about the pace of US economic recovery, while gold slid back under 1,000 dollars per ounce on profit-taking.

India industries clock 7.1pc growth, fuel recovery hopes

India's core industrial sector grew by 7.1 percent in August, its best performance this financial year, official data showed, boosting economic recovery hopes.

French banks sue for billions over Lehman collapse

France's top banks are demanding billions of dollars (euros) from the administrator of failed Wall Street investment bank Lehman Brothers, official documents issued on Friday showed.

China migrant workers return to cities as crisis eases

Nearly all the migrant Chinese workers laid off last year during the global economic crisis have returned to jobs in the cities due to an improvement in the employment situation, an official said Saturday.

Italy tax police finds 4b euros

Italian authorities said Friday they have traced nearly four billion euros (5.9 billion dollars) in assets sent abroad illegally by rich Italians to avoid tax.

Euro gets boost from US consumer confidence

The euro climbed against the dollar on Friday on the back of rising US consumer confidence even as ministers at the G20 summit stressed the importance of a strong dollar for the world economy.

Georgia economy contracts 10.7pc

Georgia's struggling economy contracted by 10.7 percent year-on-year in the second quarter of 2009, the statistics office said Friday, amid a steep drop in foreign investment.

Meghna Life gets new CEO

Meghna Life Insurance Company Ltd has appointed MA Majid as its managing director and chief executive officer, said a press release.

Weekly Currency Roundup

September 20 – September 24, 2009

New DMD for Janata Bank

Janata Bank Ltd has promoted Tapon Kumar Ghosh to deputy managing director, says a press release.

New home sales edge higher, extend streak

US new home sales edged higher in August by 0.7 percent for a fifth consecutive monthly increase, government data showed Friday.


Call for private investment in tourism

The World Tourism Day will be observed in the country today as elsewhere across the globe with a call for private investment in the tourism sector to exploit its untapped potentials.

Plan to conduct study on open pit coal mining

Energy Ministry has initiated a move to carry out a study on social and environmental impact of coal mining, particularly of open pit mining.

Mohiuddin blames Babu for attack on Ctg rally

Chittagong city Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury blamed local AL lawmaker Akhteruzzaman Chowdhury Babu for Friday's attack on his public meeting at Charpathar Ghata on the other side of the river Karnaphuli.

More people prone to heart diseases

With the number of elderly people increasing due to higher life expectancy, more and more people in the country are now prone to heart diseases.

'Form farmers' cooperatives'

State Minister for LGRD and Cooperatives Jahangir Kabir Nanok yesterday directed the cooperatives department to form farmers' cooperatives society at grassroots level to ensure fair prices of agriculture goods, breaking the syndicate of middlemen.

Move to settle cheque bounce cases

Dhaka Metropolitan Court has taken an initiative to settle the stockpiled cheque bounce cases that pushed the country's financial and banking institutions into a huge debt burden.

Global Climate Policy

A national meeting was held in the city yesterday to collect views and recommendations from common people over global warming issue to influence the global climate policy.

Return to JS

Speaker Abdul Hamid has urged the main opposition party BNP to return to parliament to contribute to the development the country.

8 killed in road crashes

Eight people were killed and 20 others injured in separate road accidents across the country yesterday.

Climate groups dismayed by G20's lack of interest

Climate change campaigners expressed dismay on Friday after the leaders of the world's most important economies failed to earmark funds to pay for a deal to cut carbon emissions.

AL, BNP clash in Faridpur: 10 hurt

Ten people were injured in a clash between Awami League and BNP activists at Bajitpur at Boalmari in the district yesterday.

President performs Ziarah at Rowza Mubarak

President Zillur Rahman preformed Ziarah and offered special Munajat at the Rowza Mubarak of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) in Madina after Esha prayers on Friday.

One killed as villagers clash in Narail

One man was killed and 40 others were injured in separate clashes between villagers at Noagram and Mohammadpur village under Kalia upazila in Narail yesterday.

Jubo Dal leader held for snatching accused from police

Police arrested the Dighinala unit secretary of Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal for snatching away an arrested accused from a police outpost at Merung under Dighinala upazila in Khagrachhari on Friday, police sources said yesterday.

One held with 350 Yaba tablets in Cox's Bazar

The police seized 350 pieces of Yaba tablets worth about Tk 2.5 Lakh and arrested a drug peddler from a shop at Dhigir Par in the town yesterday.

Proper marriage registration stressed

Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) Mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton has said the marriage registration must be done properly to make society free from the curse of child marriage.

'Govt working to establish non-communal country'

Social Welfare Minister Enamul Haq Mostafa Shahid yesterday said the present government is working to materialise the dream of Bangabandhu to establish Bangladesh as a non-communal country.

CCC mayor injured

Chittagong City Corporation Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury sustained injuries on his left hand and waist when he fell in his bathroom at his Chashma Hill residence in the port city last evening.

Two teenage boys killed in city

Two teenage boys were killed in two separate incidents in the city yesterday.

10,650 families to get land by 2012: Minister

Land Minister Rezaul Karim Hira yesterday said the government would hand over land documents among 10,650 landless families under the 'Guchhagram project' within 2012.

Under-trial prisoner dies in Faridpur

An under-trial prisoner died at Sadar General Hospital on Friday.

Bapa demands punishment to dishonest food sellers in Khulna

Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon (Bapa) yesterday staged a sit-in demonstration near picture palace crossing in Khulna city demanding exemplary punishment to the dishonest food sellers in the district.

2 smugglers arrested in Jessore

Members of the Bangladesh Rifles arrested two alleged smugglers at Chhoto Achra village yesterday while they were smuggling cigarettes and motor parts out of the country.

140 policemen to join Congo peacekeeping mission

A 140-member contingent of Bangladesh police left for Congo on Friday night to join the United Nations peacekeeping mission.

Workshop for veterinarians Sept 29

A workshop on 'Public and Private Veterinarians Interaction and the prospect of roles delegation' will be held at Dhaka Westin Hotel on September 29, says a press release.

Youth held for giving death threat to minister

Detective Branch (DB) of police yesterday arrested a youth in Dinajpur on charges of giving death threat to Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister GM Quader.

Freedom fighter missing

Abdul Latif Khan, a freedom fighter and former chief officer of Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB), has been missing since September 19.


Police, launch staff assault agitating passengers, 50 hurt

At least 50 people were injured as river traffic police and staff of a Dhaka-bound launch swooped on its passengers here early yesterday.

Schoolteachers sued for snatching

Two schoolteachers have been sued under Speedy Trial Act on charge of snatching valuables from a woman in Kishoreganj upazila of Nilphamari district on Thursday night.

13 rescued, trafficker arrested

Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) personnel rescued 13 people while they were being trafficked to India in a boat through the Brahmaputra River early yesterday.

Lightning kills two

Lightning killed two youths on Friday night.

Strike at Magura hospital

Doctors, nurses and staff at Magura Sadar hospital abstained from work for about five and a half hours from 9:00 am yesterday to protest assault on a female nurse by a patient. They called off their strike and returned to their duties at 2:30 pm following a meeting with the local ruling party leaders. However, the assaulted female nurse, Sissam Chakma, lodged a case with Magura Sadar police station accusing patient Azad. Patients and sources at the hospital said Azad slapped the nurse at around 8:30 am yesterday as she allegedly did not pay heed to repeated request to attend him and misbehaved with him. The work abstention by the doctors and nurses caused untold sufferings to the patients at the hospital.

Teenage girl abducted

A teenage girl was abducted by a gang of young men at Uttar Goalia village under Sadar upazila yesterday. Victim Nazma Begum,15, is daughter of Abdul Mannan of Madappur village. Locals and family sources said Nazma and her younger sister were going to her aunt's house on foot at about 11:00 am. When they reached Uttar Goalia village on Thakurgaon-Ruhia Road a gang of young men came there on an auto- tempo and forcibly picked her up on the vehicle. Officer in-Charge (OC) Shoharab Hossain of Sadar police station said they were preparing to file a case in this connection.

'Agyan party' loots house

A gang of criminals, locally known as 'agyan party' looted valuables worth over Tk two lakh Friday night from the house of one Golam Rasul at Jhhawdanga bazar in Sadar upazila. Four members of the family who fell victims to the incident were admitted to a local clinic. Quoting locals police said, a gang of criminals entered the house of Rasul and sprayed toxic liquid on them when they were asleep. Hearing groaning of the victims, locals entered their house and rescued Golam Rasul, 40, his wife Taslima Khatun, 35, son Tarek Hasan, 14, and daughter Tamanna, 5, in an unconscious state. The criminals decamped with Tk 30,000, ornaments, mobile set and other valuables from the house, police said. However, no case was filed with Sadar police station till filing of this report at 4:00 pm yesterday.

Wife murdered

A man allegedly strangled his pregnant wife after beating her mercilessly on a hill at Ponbazaar under Alikadam upazila of Bandarban on Friday. Police said, immediately after the incident locals caught Eliasur Rahman and handed him over to the police. The victim was identified as Kumira Begum of the same area. Later, police also arrested Eliasur's mother Sahara Khatun and his second wife Ayesha Begum for their alleged involvement in the incident. Kumira Begum had protested the second marriage of her husband which led to her killing, police said.


Fertiliser distribution

The efficient management initiated by the agriculture minister of the distribution of agricultural inputs, together with a more or less assured supply of electricity in the rural areas for irrigation, had last year endowed Bangladesh with a bumper crop. Everything in the country seems to have taken a nosedive since then. After having witnessed the syndicate-raj tweak the nose of several ministries and reduce their vaunted claims of stable prices into whimpers during the past Ramadan, one wonders whether the syndicate-raj is going to call the shots once again by creating a fertilizer crisis and hold the government hostage during the ensuing Boro and Aman seasons.

Role of a university

Shahjalal University of Science & Technology, Sylhet, has been playing a revolutionary role in extending a wide range of scientific and technical education throughout the country since its establishment in 1987. The most remarkable thing is that this university has recently innovated an easy, quick and simple digital admission process for the session 2009-2010. This method of admission is expected to reduce the hazards and complexities of admission seekers. Besides, it will save both the money and time of the applicants concerned. However, the present government pledged extensively to digitalise Bangladesh by 2021 during electoral campaign. Perhaps SUST as well as other universities of the country can play a leading role in transforming Bangladesh into a modern, digital and financially sound country. It is also believed that Bangladesh will be recognised as a democratic and prosperous country through the relentless efforts of the universities like SUST. Finally, it is recommended that the government raise supportive hands setting up more academic buildings and research centres within the universities to facilitate this sort of innovative and cost effective effort.

Easing traffic jam

How long does someone spend in the ever prevailing gridlock of Dhaka city? You are never sure when you will reach your destination, doesn't matter whether you have a very important meeting fixed at a certain time, or may be you need to attend a very serious patient. Nobody, from top-notch executives to day labourers, diplomats to garment workers can escape from these important hour losses. To make matters worse, we have sophomore CNG drivers and apprentice rickshaw pullers targeting some quick bucks during the month of Ramadan and on the occasions of holy Eid & Durga Puja. Even the number of street beggars has jumped manifolds, and not to mention our culture of going in numbers for buying even a single article.

Swat killings

It was reported in the September 15, 2009 edition of the New York Times that the Pakistan Army in the Swat Valley has retaliated for the heavy army causalities inflicted by the Taliban by resorting to torturing, maiming and killing civilians. People in Swat Valley have disappeared for days and later their bodies were found dumped in mass graves.

Passport issue

I went to the bank that deals with passports. They told me that they were considering discontinuation of passport issuance, renewal etc. services. When asked about the reason for such a decision they expressed dissatisfaction, annoyance and anger with the fact that passport authorities in Agargaon are not co-operating with them. Passport authorities are not issuing or renewing passports on time. So, the bank is facing lots of unnecessary problems with passport seekers and customers. The bank officials informed that the illegal income of the 'passport people' has decreased to a large extent due to the public friendly arrangement, and passport men want to sabotage a public-friendly service! Submission of applications for passport issuance or renewal at the bank has brought down public sufferings to a great extent. In other countries, passport forms are submitted in post offices, designated banks and passports are mailed to the address or collected from banks.

Traffic rules

There may be many reasons behind traffic jam. In my experience, so far I have noticed that most of the people whether he or she is a car owner or not, men or women don't obey the traffic rules. Compliance with traffic rules is needed for reducing traffic jam.

For a better Bangladesh…

The government is committed to building a non-communal democratic Bangladesh where people of all faiths will leave in peace. People of every religion and ethnic group would leave in this land with dignity and rights. With the adoption and practice of secularism there will be no discrimination due to religion. People of all faiths will be treated in the same way without any difference whatsoever. Is that enough to protect the fundamental rights and interest of all class of people of the state? What do we find today? Interest of people having different political faiths is molested ruthlessly. One needs to be a qualified person of the ruling party to get appointment, transfer, posting, promotion, tender, work order, chairmanship, directorship, varsity admission, seat in the hall etc. etc., even VGF cards.

Admission in universities

I was reading "The Daily Prothom Alo" on 1 September 2009. The article was written on the different opinions of vice chancellors of the universities on giving admission form online.

Extension of service

Two top bureaucrats have been given two years of service extension, each right before their retirement, depriving the next deserving senior civil servants on the plea that they are their own unswerving stalwarts (The Daily Star: 13.09.09). It is the repetition of the previous governments' practices. It's a sheer transgression of the civil service norms and discipline. Honourable Prime Minister, being a citizen of this country, I suppose I have the privilege to ask where are the 'days of change' you pledged in your election manifesto?

Of traffic and transport

The minister for communications has recently taken up a 'few' mega projects to help the development of the transport sector of our country. These projects are all set to commence by 2011. I congratulate him for all the hard work he's done, but I would have preferred a more efficient solution to our transportation problem.

Education policy

To have a proper and effective national education policy may be a great boon to the nation. It is good news that we are going to have a new national education policy. Positively, we hope that it would bring about a radical change in our education sector towards betterment. The class range of primary and secondary education along with other facilities is appreciable. Moreover, the decision on decentralisation of National University by setting up centres in all divisions is also highly admirable. But it's really shocking that MPs will have direct influence on governing bodies of the educational institutions. Would it be fair to have political bodies' influence upon educational institutions?

No hartal, please

The national committee to protect oil, gas, mineral resources, power and ports called 'hartal' on 14th September, 2009 protesting the government's decision to award three offshore gas blocks to international oil companies with provision of gas export.


We are really disappointed to see the jhau tree plundering along the Cox's Bazar coast. Though the PM is looking into the matter, but how did this happen? We have government officials at every level in a district. What were they doing?

Teachers' training

A process of restructuring the primary education system is going on. As a School Teacher, I feel that our teachers need to be reequipped. It is very painful to say that we pay our school teachers a scanty amount and we want a noble return. We don't even make sure that they live an honourable life.

Unpardonable crime

Not only they took things that didn't belong to them, but their outrageous act now puts thousands of lives in danger as those trees were planted to create a cyclone-shield for the coastal people. Fourteen years of progress has been sabotaged in just a few days! All that money that was invested to plant those trees have now gone to waste. And that's not the end of our wastes. What about all the police/court time and resource that are now being diverted to this matter? Surely we are paying for that. And if those 30,000 trees are to be replanted, who is going to pay? We again.

Zoo in bad shape

I had the opportunity to visit our "great" Dhaka Zoo the other day. What a joke! There was rubbish thrown about everywhere. The animals looked depressed and under-fed. The cages were too small. People visiting the zoo were teasing the animals with no zoo keeper to warn them. If the zoo authorities are incapable of maintaining it as per international standards, then there is no reason to keep this zoo open. I felt so sorry for these animals and wondered how these zoo keepers would feel if they were locked up in these cages instead.


US military action against Iran would only 'buy time'

Any possible military action against Iran would only "buy time" and delay Tehran's nuclear programme by about one to three years, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said Friday.

Occupation destroys chance of peace with Israel, says Abbas

Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas warned Friday that the occupation of Palestinian land destroys all chance of peace with Israel.

Merkel scraps for votes in final election drive

Chancellor Angela Merkel made an 11th-hour push for votes yesterday, on the eve of an election expected to return her to power but perhaps not in the new coalition she wants.

Laden asks European countries to quit Afghanistan

al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden has called on European countries to end their alliance with the United States and withdraw their forces from Afghanistan, the SITE Intelligence Group monitoring service said on Friday.

'Capturing carbon from air only way to save earth'

Capturing carbon directly from the air is the only way to prevent dangerous climate changes, says a pioneering Canadian scientist.

Britain's Labour seeks winning formula

It's a challenging time for British politics not to mention Prime Minister Gordon Brown's Labour Party, which starts its annual convention today.

No 'perfect' answers in Afghanistan: Obama

US President Barack Obama warned Friday there were no "perfect answers" in Afghanistan, as he conducts a wide ranging review of strategy and contemplates whether to send more troops.

Pakistan to raise water issue with India: Qureshi

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that all the concerns of Pakistan, and the issue of water would also be discussed with India.

Ban fears violence will mar Afghan vote result

United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon fears violence will mar the announcement of the Afghan presidential election results, the organisation said in a statement yesterday.

10 dead or missing as storm hits Philippines

At least 10 people were reported dead or missing in massive floods in the Philippine capital as tropical storm Ketsana lashed the eastern side of the country on Saturday, radio reports said.

Maldives plans cabinet meet underwater

Politicians rarely admit when they sink to new depths but for the Maldives government, it's a badge of honour when fighting global warming is concerned.

Suu Kyi eases stance on Myanmar sanctions

Myanmar opposition icon Aung San Suu Kyi has eased her stance on sanctions, her lawyer said yesterday, as the country marked the second anniversary of the junta's bloody crackdown on monk-led protests.

Samsung's melting memory chips set to revolutionise mobile tech

Samsung Electronics have announced that it has begun mass production of a new kind of memory chip that stores information by melting and freezing tiny crystals.

Chhattisgarh MP's son shot dead

Suspected Maoists in Chhattisgarh Saturday shot two sons of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Bastar MP Baliram Kashyap, killing one of them, police said.

Mao's grandson no general yet

A spokesman for Mao Zedong's grandson has denied media reports that the revolutionary leader's descendant had been made a general in the People's Liberation Army (PLA), a report said Saturday.

Taiwan islands vote 'no' to casino

Residents of Taiwan's Penghu group of islands on Saturday voted against hosting a new casino following the repeal of a law banning such gambling facilities.

Sydney hit by dust again

Sydney was again bathed in an eerie glow Saturday as dust from Australia's red desert centre settled over the city for the second time this week.

Arts & Entertainment

Life in Bangla filmdom

Shahjahan Chowdhury is a noted film director, scriptwriter and dialogue writer. His highly selective writings delineate our social, economic and political conditions, as well as the Liberation War.
Shahjahan is a journalist by profession. During the pre-Liberation period, he worked with the newspaper Khobor. After Independence, he began working with Bichitra. Later, he went on to publish a monthly, Nipun. Its subjects are cinema, literature, poetry, essays and drama. Now he is the editor and publisher of the Weekly Nipun.
At the start of Shahjahan's career, he got a chance to work as a co-director with the legendary Pakistani filmmaker Saroor Barabankvi who was then working on “Akhri Station”. As he says, “I learned many things from this veteran filmmaker. In Bangladesh, I was always encouraged by Khan Ataur Rahman and Soovas Dutt. 'Ata bhai' (Khan Ataur Rahman) was my idol in Bangladesh. As a budding filmmaker, I felt confident, thanks to his loving and considerate approach. I learned scriptwriting, editing and various aspects of production from him.”

Durga Puja commences

With the Sharodiya Durga Festival taking place, artisans, in particular idol makers in Sirajganj, have been working overtime to put finishing touches to the idols they have crafted.

Authors reveal influential books

Lolita, The Satanic Verses and The English Patient have been named in a list of books that shaped the world of literature over the past 25 years.

Remembering songs, glorious legacy

A prolific musician and composer, Samar Das' contributions cannot be confined to just the aesthetic aspects of music. He was deeply involved with the Liberation War as well.

Making headway in the dance firmament

Among the few male dance artistes in Bangladesh is creative and folk dancer Anik Bose. Complaining of the stepmotherly treatment accorded to dance in comparison with music, theatre and art, he points out that male dancers are often scoffed at. In his words, "When a man dances, people laugh and question why he is dancing on stage. Basically they subscribe to the view that dance is reserved for women."

Rowing all the way

A superb traditional boat race was held at Signa Bil (water body) in Kalihati upazila of Tangail district.

Crowds flock to Eid celebrations

Palli Mangal Juba Unnayan Shangha of Kachakata thana, under Nagesdwari upazila, recently held a cultural function to observe an Eid re-union celebration.

TV serial Bari Bari Shari Shari on ntv

TV serial "Bari Bari Shari Shari" will be aired on ntv at 8:15pm. Written and directed by Shafayet Mansur Rana, the serial goes on air every Saturday and Sunday.

Lolita on Ekushey TV tonight

TV serial "Lolita" will be aired on ETV at 9:30pm. The serial is an adaptation from a story of Abdus Salam. Jewel Mahmud wrote and directed the serial.


Making Bangladesh picture perfect

SEPTEMBER 27 is observed as World Tourism Day (WTD). The theme of WTD 2009 is "Tourism -- Celebrating Diversity," which focuses on the world's cultural wealth and the important role sustainable tourism plays in revitalising local traditions and making them flourish as they cross other countries.

Who are they fooling?

BURMA'S military rulers are up to their old tricks. The regime has released more than seven thousand prisoners over the last week as part of their preparations for next year's planned polls. Most of these are petty criminals, although around 200 political prisoners are amongst the freed.

Long goodbyes

EVERY weekday morning I spend ten minutes lip-reading. So does the woman standing next to me and the man next to her. None of us have any idea what we're discussing.

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