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News of: Friday, 2nd of October, 2009

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Huji first to use hills

Harkat-ul-Jihad al Islami (Huji) was the first militant group to use the remote hill areas in Chittagong for arms training.

Detained Lashkar man new chief

Detained Lashkar-e-Taiba leader Indian national Emadullah alias Mahbub alias Mamun had been overseeing trespassing of militants into Bangladesh and shipment of explosives.

Aged, useless

They possess higher degrees, beautiful houses and pieces of land. They have built fine houses over the years with every touch of love and affection. Ironically, they cannot live there anymore; they have rather become residents of Bangladesh Probin Hitoishi Sangha and Jora Bigyan Protishthan in Agargaon in the capital.

PM returns

Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina returned home yesterday after attending the 64th session of United Nations General Assembly in the United States.

Quake deaths pass 770

Indonesia said yesterday it feared thousands had died in a major earthquake as exhausted rescue workers clawed through mountains of rubble with their bare hands in a race to find survivors.

Victim 'refutes' rape report

The Kalapara schoolgirl, who was kidnapped and gang raped on September 25 and whose family had to leave home under duress, told a press conference that she was not raped but tortured by a gang.

Intelligence watch on coaching centres

The government will engage intelligence agencies to prevent leakage of question papers of admission tests for public medical colleges slated for October 9, said officials.

MP's men assault 2 land officials

Awami League lawmaker Muhammad Anwar Hossain of Pirojpur-3 on Wednesday allegedly assaulted and detained two officials of land revenue department at his residence in Pirojpur town for not entertaining his plea for leasing a piece of government khas land.

14 traders sued for hoarding sugar in Jessore

Two cases were filed with the Avaynagar Police Station of Jessore against 14 sugar traders last night under the Special Powers Act on charge of hoarding sugar.

Rain, floodwaters to lessen water crisis

The government has taken up a plan to harvest rain and floodwater under a Tk 25 crore project as an alternative solution to the acute water crisis in Dhaka city.

Pintu, Taher remanded again

BNP leader and former deputy minister Abdus Salam Pintu and Harkatul Jihad (Huji) member Maulana Abu Taher were placed on remand to identify collectors and suppliers of Arges grenades used in the August 21 carnage on Bangabandhu Avenue.

Dengue drive to begin, at last

Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) will launch a three-day special cleanliness drive in the capital tomorrow in a bid to contain spread of dengue fever.

Legal battle mulled against takeover bid

Environmental activists are planning to go for legal actions against the reported move by a limited company to take over Dhanmondi public playground.

Moeen's power of attorney challenged

Former state minister for power Iqbal Hasan Tuku yesterday challenged a vokalatnama (power of attorney) submitted to a Dhaka court by a counsel of former army chief Moeen U Ahmed on August 5 in a Tk 100 crore defamation case.

Rejoinder, our reply

The Lt Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club Ltd in a rejoinder to a report headlined "Businessmen to grab sports" carried in The Daily Star on September 30 said the club has no intention to use Dhanmondi playground commercially.

New passport by April 2010

Ending the uncertainty over issuance of machine-readable passport (MRP), the parliamentary standing committee on home ministry yesterday said the new type of passports would be issued within the international deadline of April 2010.

Ekushey Padak ad stirs up anger

One hundred and twenty cultural activists have protested the cultural ministry's advertisement that asked for applications for the prestigious Ekushey Padak.

ACC now to quiz shipping ministry staff

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) team formed to investigate corruption in the process of awarding container-handling job at Chittagong port will start quizzing officials of the shipping ministry including its then secretary from Sunday.

Outlaw killed in 'shootout'

An outlawed party leader was killed in a 'shootout' with police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at Chulkathi Palpara village in Sadar upazila early yesterday.

5 killed, 2 injured in road crash

Five people, including a baby girl, were killed and three others injured as a bus rammed into an auto-rickshaw in Chouddagram upazila of Comilla yesterday morning.

Shoe thrown at IMF chief

A protester yesterday threw a shoe at IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn as he delivered a speech to university students in Turkey's biggest city Istanbul.

Shoe thrown at IMF chief

A protester yesterday threw a shoe at IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn as he delivered a speech to university students in Turkey's biggest city Istanbul.

US, Iran talk nuke

A US envoy held one-on-one talks with Iran's top nuclear negotiator for the first time yesterday during a critical meeting with five other world powers hoping to convince Tehran to freeze its atomic drive.

Nato airstrike kills 9 more Afghan civilians

Nato's International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) targeted a Taliban position with a precision-guided air strike in southern Afghanistan, killing civilians, the force said yesterday.

Editorial

Draft Union Parishad law

THE draft local government (Union Parishad) law finalised by the parliamentary committee on the local government ministry for passing in the next session of the Jatiya Sangsad demonstrates a tendency to pander to the political and electoral culture of the old. That is because it has done away with the earlier eligibility criteria of rescheduling bank loans, payment of utility arrear bills and providing eight pieces of vital personal information one year before filing nomination papers for the Union Parishad elections. For, by allowing the candidates to reschedule their loan and pay up arrear bills just one day before the filing of nomination papers is tantamount to issuing a 'no objection to loan default' as far as eligibility for participation in the local elections is concerned thereby virtually denying the public the right to choose their representatives from amongst candidates with clean records. What is important to note is that there will be no mechanism now to check the veracity of any statement submitted by the candidate within a span of twenty-four hours.

Nature's fury in frightful forms

NATURE has been doing its worst in large parts of Asia. In these past couple of days, a tsunami has hit Samoa, a typhoon has devastated lives in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, destruction has been wreaked in the Philippines and an earthquake has laid lives low in Indonesia. Natural disasters are of course to be expected and have been happening over the centuries. But for such disasters to strike in such quick frequency and in such damaging manner certainly causes alarm among various parts of the globe. Here in Bangladesh, instances of low intensity earthquakes have been recorded over the past few months, something that has people worried about the consequences should a major earthquake occur. There are already the dire predictions of the devastation which could descend in such a situation. As many as seventy per cent of building structures in the capital are feared to be vulnerable. One can only shudder at the possibility.

Banking on bankers

REPRESENTING 85 percent of the world's economy, G-20 leaders gathered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from 24-25 September 2009. Chaired by President Barrack Obama, the summit reviewed the progress made since the Washington and London summits and discussed further actions to assure a sound and sustainable recovery from the global financial and economic crisis. One of the likely issues for discussion was how to ensure better behavior from bankers.

Mission complete?

"The taste of victory is the burden of responsibility," said Dalia Grybanskaite, the first woman elected as president of Lithuania. If anyone thinks that the Awami League's mission is complete, having won the election so overwhelmingly, he/she must be living in fool's paradise. Make no mistake; the people of Bangladesh may appear politically polarised, but they are always united in their power to choose who governs them.

Sports

SAFF C'ship from Dec 4

The 6th SAFF Championship will be held in Dhaka from December 4 to 14, SAFF general secretary Sirajul Islam Bachchu disclosed at the BFF House yesterday.

Old foes to fight it out

It's battle rejoined. Just in case there hadn't been enough of England facing Australia in recent months, the semifinal of the Champions Trophy has thrown together a rematch. There shouldn't be much these two sides don't know about each other, but the intrigue of this meeting is that it's a straight knockout. Most expected Australia to be here, but few imagined England would still be in the tournament.

Sky Blues back on track

Two second-half goals from striking duo Mohammad Robin and Ghanaian Awudu Ibrahim took giants Abahani to the quarterfinals of the Citycell Federation Cup with a 2-0 win over Chittagong Abahani Limited in a Group C encounter at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Gazi Tank active on final day

Gazi Tank Cricketers sealed the show on the concluding day of the three-day inter-club players' transfer when they singed up a few star cricketers including top four ICL returnees as well as national pool players to challenge the perennial dominance of Abahani and Mohammedan.

NSC approves 09-10 budget

The National Sports Council (NSC) yesterday approved a budget of 73.39 crore for the 2009-10 fiscal with an allocation of only four crore taka for the training and talent hunt programme.

Nat'l tennis from Saturday

The Anlene National Tennis Tournament gets underway on Saturday at the National Tennis Complex in Ramna with over 200 participants including 20 women taking part.

Sub-junior badminton starts today

The Kool National Junior and Sub-Junior Badminton Championships 2009 shuttles off at the Gymnasium of the Pabna Stadium today.

True colours!

In the last ten or so overs in Centurion was found the very essence of Pakistan and Australia as cricket nations, and their beauty. It is why people love one country and so respect and fear the other. That another nation could have benefitted from this almighty slugfest adds to the value of this ICC Champions Trophy.

Solace for India

Fast bowlers Ashish Nehra and Praveen Kumar shared six wickets to set up India's consolation seven-wicket victory over under-strength West Indies in the Champions Trophy here on Wednesday.

Maria, Jelena on course

Maria Sharapova breezed past Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic at the Pan Pacific Open on Thursday to keep on course for a potential final showdown against Jelena Jankovic.

Kamal meets with players, directors

Bangladesh Cricket Board President AHM Mustafa Kamal was introduced with the board directors, players and team management of the national cricket team at the Board's Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium office today.

IAAF ratifies Bolt's WRs

Usain Bolt has had his world record sprints in the 100 and 200m at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin in August ratified by the sport's world governing body, the IAAF.

Zurich stun Milan

FC Zurich pulled off a famous and unlikely victory as Finland's Hannu Tihinen scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory over AC Milan in the Champions League at the San Siro on Wednesday.

Leonardo fights back

AC Milan coach Leonardo came out fighting after being given a vote of confidence in the aftermath of their shock 1-0 home defeat by FC Zurich in the Champions League on Wednesday.

C'Ron keeps scoring

Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo made it nine goals in seven games by bagging a brace as Real Madrid's 'Galacticos' defeated 10-man Marseille 3-0 on Tuesday in their first Champions League match in front of their Santiago Bernabeu crowd.

Chelsea edge APOEL

Chelsea came through a tricky Champions League tie in Cyprus on Wednesday against Cypriot underdogs APOEL Nicosia with a scrappy 1-0 victory to stay top of Group D.

Robben hobbles off

Bayern Munich's 0-0 draw at home to Juventus in Wednesday's Champions League clash could have cost them the services of winger Arjen Robben for a while, according to coach Louis van Gaal.

Fan gets three year ban

A fan who was slapped by Craig Bellamy after running onto the pitch during Manchester United's derby win over Manchester City on September 20 was Wednesday banned from football grounds for three years.

Kuwaiti side triumph in landmark tie

A Kuwaiti football club triumphed 1-0 over an Iraqi side Wednesday in the first sports competition involving the two countries here since Saddam Hussein invaded his oil-rich neighbour in 1990.

Jozy, Tim and Landon in US award shortlist

Five-time winner Landon Donovan, teen star Jozy Altidore and top goalkeeper Tim Howard were named Wednesday as finalists for the US national football team's Player of the Year Award.

Business

World economy shows signs of life

International Monetary Fund (IMF) has projected 5.4 percent economic growth for Bangladesh in 2010, accompanied by marginal inflationary pressures next year.

No more margin loan for junk shares

Shares with weak fundamentals will no longer be considered as marginable securities, meaning margin loan facilities will not be given against the under-performing companies' stocks.

Export target aims high

The government announced yesterday the export target for the current fiscal year at $17.6 billion, which is 13 percent higher than that of the previous year.

Concern over sorry state of women's rights

Speakers at a seminar yesterday expressed deep concern over the sorry state of women's rights in the country.

DSE key index reaches 15-month high

The Dhaka market witnessed steady gains yesterday, with the benchmark index of the premier bourse reaching its highest in 15 months.

DCC engineer Faruk Aziz gets bail

A Dhaka court yesterday granted bail to Dhaka City Corporation Superintendent Engineer Mohammad Faruk Aziz, who was arrested on charge of brandishing a firearm at his boss.

ICC stresses conclusion of Doha Round

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) said yesterday the Group of 20 must have a political will to conclude the Doha Round.

Global banking alliance makes new financial pledge

A new network of banks has pledged to roll out $2 billion in lending to disadvantaged communities and green projects around the world.

$6.1b remittance in eight months

The country earned $6.1 billion in last eight months despite the global economic recession that affected both overseas jobs and earnings.

Govt to invite regional investors to boost tourism

The government will invite investors from the regional nations to develop the country's tourism industry, said the civil aviation and tourism minister yesterday.

Pubali Bank MD reappointed

Helal Ahmed Chowdhury has been reappointed as managing director of Pubali Bank for another term effective from October 1, the bank said in a statement.

‘Urban future initiative’ launched

Power and Participation Research Centre (PPRC) has launched an 'urban future initiative' at a workshop in Dhaka yesterday.

IMF pins hopes on Asian currencies

Stronger Asian currencies are needed to rebalance global demand, key to a solid recovery from the economic recession, the chief International Monetary Fund economist said on Thursday.

Asian giants lead the way out of recession

Six months after leaders from the world's leading economies joined hands at the G20 meeting in London, the global economy is slowly but certainly emerging from the slump, led by the resurgent economies of Asia.

Jubo League observes hartal at Zakiganj

Tense situation was prevailing in frontier Zakiganj upazila yesterday as a daylong hartal called by the local Jubo League on Wednesday night was observed here protesting the excesses of police at the local immigration office.

Asian stocks lower

Asian markets fell Thursday as a confidence survey in Japan heightened worries over the nation's recovery prospects, while more weak US jobs data also darkened the mood.

Oil prices ease

Crude oil prices dipped on Thursday on profit-taking after surging the previous day on positive US data that raised hopes of a pickup in demand from the world's biggest economy, analysts said.

India inflation up as food prices soar

Indian inflation accelerated sharply as the weakest monsoon in decades helped drive up food prices, official data showed Thursday.

Europe sets deadline to tackle bloated national debts

Europe set a deadline on Thursday to end economic pump priming with a pledge to tackle member states' bloated deficits in 2011, the keystone of exit strategies.

Embattled Bank of America CEO Lewis to retire

Bank of America chief executive Kenneth Lewis, at the center of a storm over a government-backed deal to buy Merrill Lynch last year, announced plans to retire December 31.

Spanish car sales show first rise in 16 months

New car registrations in Spain leapt 18 percent in September on a 12-month basis, the first increase for 16 months as government incentives spurred sales, industry data showed on Thursday.

Metropolitan

Probe violations of human rights

The Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Commission yesterday expressed grave concern over the violations of human rights of the indigenous people at Sajek in Rangamati and urged the government to investigate the incidents immediately.

Bangladesh-US ties get new dimension

In the changed global perspective, bilateral ties between Bangladesh and the United States seemingly assumed new dimensions as the Obama administration wants to move with the Hasina government in resolving critical challenges like nuclear enrichment by North Korea and Iran, changing climate, food security and international peace.

World Non-Violence Day today

The World Non-Violence Day will be observed in the country today as elsewhere across the globe.

Free textbooks for secondary students

The government has taken specific initiatives to ensure free distribution of textbooks among the secondary students at district and upazila levels for the academic year 2010.

Dhaka won't export gas from offshore blocks

Bangladesh will not need to export gas from the offshore blocks as the country has the shortage of gas, said the chief of state-owned oil and gas exploration corporation Petrobangla yesterday.

SC to form bench Sunday

Chief Justice MM Ruhul Amin will form a bench of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) on Sunday to hear the regular appeal in Bangabandhu murder case.

JS body asks cops for fresh probe

The parliamentary standing committee on home ministry yesterday asked police to conduct fresh probe into the accusation against two AL lawmakers implicating them in the incident of arson attack on a BRTC bus in the city in 2004 made on a stage-managed statement of a vagabond and an auto rickshaw driver.

Kennedy's son assures Dhaka of support

US Congressman Patrick Kennedy assured his total support for congressional measures to ease tariff and debt burden on Bangladesh through strengthening the lobbying in the American parliament.

Dhaka demands rich nations' 1.5pc of GDP for LDCs

Bangladesh is demanding funds equivalent to 1.5 percent of the developed countries' average GDP for the Least Developed Countries' (LDCs) adaptation to the climate change.

Ex-adviser Ruhul made Khaleda's adviser

Maj Gen (retd) Ruhul Alam Chowdhury, who was an adviser to the caretaker government led by Prof Iajuddin Ahmed, has been appointed the 18th member of the advisory council of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.

'17,000 women die of breast cancer a year'

Nearly 22,000 women are attacked with breast cancer each year in the country and of them, about 17,000 die, a discussion was told yesterday.

2 businessmen shot in city

Criminals sprayed two garment businessmen with bullets at Mir Hajirbagh area in the capital yesterday as they refused to pay tolls.

Law soon to ensure social security of older persons

The government will introduce a new law soon for the elderly persons with an aim to preserve their social, political and financial security as well as dignity.

Feud between former, present DU BCL leaders over control of tender

Tension mounted among former and incumbent BCL leaders over dropping of tender schedule in the administrative building of Dhaka University yesterday.

Khaleda visits ailing RA Gani

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday visited Dr RA Gani, member of the party's standing committee, at the Birdem hospital in the city.

BAF replacing peacekeepers in Congo

Bangladesh Air Force is going to replace its contingent in UN Peacekeeping Mission in Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC).

Pirate arrested in Khulna

Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a notorious pirate of the Sundarbans from Nildumur Pashurtala under Shyamnagar upazila in Satkhira on Wednesday.

Bus helper arrested for raping girl

The police arrested a bus helper for raping a girl at Sayedabad Bus Terminal in the city in the early hours of yesterday.

One killed in road accident

An elderly man was killed in a road accident at Godagari road in Chapainawabganj yesterday.

Fire at steel re-rolling factory in Ctg

Some valuable machinery and equipment are feared damaged in a fire at an under-construction factory building of Bangladesh Steel Re-rolling Mill (BSRM) in Chittagong yesterday.

ALCWC meets Oct 3

The first meeting of the new Awami League Central Working Committee (ALCWC) will be held on October 3.

Body formed to remove managerial weaknesses

The education ministry formed a nine-member committee yesterday to give recommendations to remove the current managerial weaknesses of secondary and higher secondary education boards.

Suspension of new gas connections triggers protest in Ctg

A decision of Bangladesh Oil, Gas and Mineral Corporation (Petrobangla) to suspend all sorts of new gas connections triggered strong protest and resentment here in the port city yesterday.

Admission at BUP

The Faculty of Business Studies at the Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP) has started the admission process for new students.

Youth found dead at Kamrangir Char market

The police recovered the body of a youth at a market in the city's Kamrangir Char area yesterday.

Australian HC distributes sheep in Bogra

Australian High Commissioner Justin Lee and his spouse Jeane Lona distributed sheep and poultry to widows and their families in Bogra on Tuesday and Wednesday, says a press release.

3,320 Yaba tablets seized, 7 arrested

Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized 3,320 pieces of Yaba tablets and Tk 60,000 and arrested seven people during raids on several places in the city in the last two days.

Buet term course classes begin Oct 18

Classes of the undergraduate-level term courses at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) will begin on October 18 instead of October 10 due to unavoidable circumstances.

National

Mob beat up AL men suspecting cheating

Over 150 people including seven policemen and 12 Awami League leaders and activists were injured in clashes and police action centring the lottery draw organised by AL leaders at Kutubdia Ideal High School ground on Wednesday night.

2 'agents' of 'ziner badsha' arrested

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Tuesday night arrested two more people on charge of cheating villagers by claiming themselves as men of 'ziner badsha' (king of genies).

Outlaw injured in shootout, another jailed

An outlaw was injured in a shootout with Rab while another was sentenced to jail on Wednesday.

Land grabbers' muscle

Land grabbers, who took control of a government land meant for construction of district press club building, have attacked the club, assaulted its secretary and kept a land official in confinement.

Police arrest 14 Rohingyas for infiltration

Police raided different areas of Ali Kadam upazila early yesterday and arrested 14 more Rohingyas on charge of illegally crossing into Bangladesh territory from Myanmar.

Magura nurses continue token strike

Nurses at Magura Sadar Hospital yesterday continued work abstention for two hours from 8:00am demanding immediate arrest of a patient who assaulted a female nurse at the hospital on September 26.

Letters

Artist Shahabuddin

There is no doubt that one of the all-time best artists of Bangladesh is Shahabuddin Ahmed. The bold and prominent figurative compositions of the artist with his ideal use of sprawling space across the canvas provide the connoisseur's eyes with soothing retreat. Speed, dynamism and strength are some of the elements which Shahabuddin intertwines while portraying his creations.

Put the sick Rhino to sleep

Malaysia's New Straits Times published a horrible picture of the lone Great One-horned Rhinoceros in Dhaka Zoo under its news caption 'Bangladesh zoo management face charges of serious incompetence' published on 18th September 2009[vide the internet site: http://www.nst.com.my

Price spiral

Prices are going up and up exceeding the limit of tolerance and patience with no relief in sight. It has proved wrong the age-old maxim - "All things that go up must come down." It seems that price escalation has reached levels beyond the mortal's control, and only Allah knows when it will come down! Market mechanism misunderstood and unknowingly mismanaged by drives and dictate has set the chain reaction and price overheat which is now beyond the control of the administration.

Misapplication of law?

One hundred and twenty three more cases are to be dropped. The govt. scrutiny committee finds them 'politically motivated'-- cases filed during the last BNP-Jamaat coalition and the subsequent caretaker rule. As many as 241 applications were placed at the seventh meeting and of them 123 cases have been recommended for withdrawal. The government has so far decided to withdraw 572 cases filed against the leaders of ruling Awami League and its allies and only Moudud Ahmed from main opposition BNP.(The Daily Star,17-09-09). Those who filed those cases seem to have done it by misusing power with ulterior motive at the cost of govt. money. In the process of doing these unjustified activities, lots of valuable Govt. manpower hour and money have been exhausted.

Crossfire

There have been a lot of controversies on crossfire issue in my native land, Bangladesh. The civilized nations, especially the West, are against it, calling it violation of Human Rights. Of course it is a violation of Human Rights but in Bangladesh context it became necessary and is still necessary to contain crime. Killing a man by law enforcement agencies in the guise of crossfire is an extra-judicial killing and surely the civilized nations have the right to criticise us. But when the action is taken for security and safety of other innocent lives in desperation, it may be condoned.

BSF atrocities

BSF men have been killing Bangladeshi cattle traders, businessmen, farmers, general people in the border areas for no reason. It has been reported that in the border areas BSF killed dozens of Bangladeshis in the past couple of months. Tension mounts as killing continues in the border areas.

A future leader!

A BCL activist, as reported in your daily, has already made himself a 'star'. He is a budding future leader of the country. In about a decade's time or so he is sure to become an MP or even a Minister. Once this goal is achieved, he will start raping the country. This has become the order of the day. May be he shall become the most powerful Minister in the cabinet. He has already made his mark in the political arena. Subsequently he shall adorn himself with sumptuous titles philanthropist, social worker etc.

Flooded footpaths

Last Thursday I went to the diplomatic area in Gulshan. I saw drains and manholes full of filth and water. And water flowing from these was flooding the footpaths of Natunbazar-Malibag road.

Significance of zakat

The Quranic word 'zakat' not only has the meaning of charity, alms, official tax and voluntary contribution, but it also has a strong spiritual motive. The way the Holy Quran induces the well-off to give zakat is courteous yet firm. If they give the poor their due, Allah will pay back them many times over with blessings in this world and the next (57:11, and 73:23). That is why, alms giving is often represented in the Holy Quran as a transaction between man, who is temporary, and Allah, who is Permanent, the Generous -- Who has created everything. The Holy Quran says, "Who is it that will lend Allah a goodly loan so he multiplies it to him manifold? And Allah withholds and extends and to Him you shall return."

Frequent tremors

Lately, there have been a few quakes that jolted Dhaka, Mymensingh, Sylhet encompassing a vast swath of Eastern Bangladesh. Experts say tremors, if frequent, are precursors to a catastrophic earthquake. Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated regions of the globe having a population of 150 plus million living in an area measuring about 55 thousand sq. miles. The country sits on a fault line having active Himalyan tectonic plates. The UN has also designated Dhaka as the most vulnerable city to earthquake close on the heels of Teheran.

To the prime minister…

I write this letter to inform you of a news report that caught everyone's attention a couple of weeks ago on television. The news was read so fast that we missed out on the names that were mentioned and I apologize for not being able to provide that information but I assure you any news sources will be able to confirm the incident. The story is about a very young schoolgirl who was raped and murdered in her own home and left it to her parents to find her upon their return from work. The news was a follow-up of the incident. I am not writing to talk about the crime that took place. It is unimaginable and a disgrace to the human race. I am writing about the follow-up which mentioned that until that day the girl's parents have not seen the light of justice. That is because they are threatened by some men close to the miscreants, and the police officer in charge of the investigation was recently transferred without being able to re-assign the particular 'file' to the new investigation officer.

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International

US Cong triples Pak aid

The US Congress voted Wednesday to triple aid to Pakistan in a five-year commitment aimed at bringing development to the frontline nation and reducing the allure of Islamic extremism.

US hopeful from first talks with Myanmar

A senior US official said Wednesday he was hopeful after the highest-level talks with Myanmar in nearly a decade but warned against lifting sanctions until the junta moves on democracy.

Pak minister warns against US missile strikes in Baluchistan

A Pakistani minister has warned the United States against launching missile strikes on the Taliban in his southwestern province, which he claimed was free Islamist militants.

China celebrates 60th birthday with lavish show

China yesterday celebrated 60 years of communist rule with a massive military parade and elaborate pageantry on Beijing's Tiananmen Square showcasing the nation's revival as a global power.

France sets Dec deadline for Iran sanctions

World powers must slap new sanctions on Iran if Tehran fails to clear up suspicions about its nuclear programme by December, French Defence Minister Herve Morin said in an interview Thursday.

Countdown on for rescue of Indonesia quake victims

Rescuers battling to save victims of a devastating earthquake on Indonesia's Sumatra island have a crucial window of about 72 hours to find survivors, emergency experts said.

Deadly 'Ring of Fire' and recent quakes not linked

The only link between deadly earthquakes in Indonesia and the South Pacific was the stretch of seismic activity where they struck -- the site of most of the world's quakes, experts said yesterday.

'Indonesian city warned for years of quake disaster'

Scientists have warned for years that the Indonesian city of Padang is a disaster waiting to happen because of strain on a nearby fault line. After this week's quake they say worse is likely to come.

Rescuers reach scenes of stunning devastation

Rescuers reached scenes of stunning devastation on Wednesday after a killer tsunami obliterated Samoan island villages, killing at least 148 people and leaving scores more missing.

Humans also to blame for Asia's disasters

Environmental damage, shoddy urban planning, corruption and other man-made problems are magnifying the human cost of natural disasters almost every time they strike in Asia, experts said.

Ketsana toll nears 400 as new typhoon brews

Millions of flood-hit survivors of devastating Typhoon Ketsana waited desperately for aid and braced for a new super storm on Thursday as the disaster's death toll climbed to 383.

Arts & Entertainment

Jai Bangla: Visual memoirs of a freedom fighter

Shahabuddin Ahmed is one of the most recognised painters of our country who carved a niche in the '70s -- a time when a few artists started to experiment, and some painters were busy establishing a personal hallmark. Shahabuddin profoundly established himself as an ardent and devoted painter over the decades. His signature traits are vibrant figures and their poignant movements. The movements are quite dissimilar from those of his contemporaries. Each movement makes what amounts to a distinct look and language. The language is closely connected to the time of the country's turbulent birth and its significant aspects. His paintings encapsulate ecstasy, affections and torment. He wants to visually document a certain time, moments, and he has a great tendency to mingle an era with others.

Reinventing a Chekhov classic

Theatre troupe Nagarik Natya Sampraday staged its latest production "Kathal Bagan" at the Experimental Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on September 30. The play has been written and directed by seasoned theatre personality Aly Zaker.

Astounding rice field art in Japan

Stunning crop art has sprung up across rice fields in Japan. But this is no alien creation -- the designs have been cleverly planned and planted.

“Rongmistiri Show” begins

Single-episode play "Taalmisri" will be aired tonight on Desh TV at 9:45pm. Written by Ashok Bashak and directed by Shafiul Faruk Ujjal, the play is part of the "Rongmistiri Show," highlighting talented up and coming directors.

Young ones put their best foot forward

A geeti natya (musical), titled "Ashur Badh," was staged at several puja mandap in Boda and Debiganj upazilas, under Panchagarh district, recently.

OP-ED

Modernising food production

THE prime minister on September 26 delivered a very significant speech at the meeting "Partnering for Food Security" jointly organised by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Her presentation was both timely and highly relevant in the context of Bangladesh's acute need for food security. There was a major emphasis in the PM's speech on food governance and more equitable trade relations favourable to the developing world and particularly the least-developed countries (LDC). I will confine my comments to research-oriented development activities necessary for implementing her proposals for achieving food security.

Impediment to rapid development

GROWTH, as we know, does not accomplish enough by itself, and sometimes has unfortunate consequences. It is said that the hallmark of cancer is growth without development. Development in a normative concept, which implies choices about goals for achieving what Mahatma Gandhi called "realisation of human potential." Development involves major changes in social structures, which may be achieved by reduction of inequality and eradication of absolute poverty.

Saving our lifelines

RIVERS are the lifelines of Bangladesh. Of the few riverine countries in the world, Bangladesh figures prominently. The rivers, their tributaries, and the innumerable canals they feed, form a well-knit but complex network of arteries that support the ecology and life-system of Bangladesh. Our lifestyle, culture and livelihood are the outcome of our river system. Any gross violation that blocks the arteries of this system shakes menacingly the lives of its millions.

StarTech

Power sources of tomorrow

What would it be like if all the world's cars stopped harmful emissions and all our power needs were met by a single battery a fuel cell that would give us the power to charge our portables as well as provide all the electricity needs for our homes? This is not a dream, as scientists insist that fuel cells are the power sources of the future.

Nokia goes for vibrant ecosystem with developers

Nokia in its attempt to create a “vibrant ecosystem with developers” has recently come to their aid and decided to take care of the distribution of the software for them through Ovi Store.

Local company develops application for Apple's app Store

Nazimcorp Resource Gateway (NRG) recently developed the 'Program Your Spouse' solution, its first application for Apple's app store, says a news release. The company claims to be the first ever ICT company in Bangladesh to become a direct developer of such an application and actually place it on the app store online.

Go anywhere in style with Seashell Eee PC

Global Brand Pvt. Ltd. (GBPL) the authorised distributor of Asus in Bangladesh has announced the release of the 1005HA Seashell Eee PC based on the Intel Atom N270 processor with 1.6 GHz. of speed, says a press release.

Color inkjet all-in-one with fax

Brother's compact MFC-250c is a multifunction device that can print, copy, scan and fax. Perfectly suited for all printing needs, this all-in-one printer's mono Print Speed up to 27 ppm, color Print Speed 22 ppm, having 32MB Standard Memory, up to 100 sheets Paper Capacity, says a press release.


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