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News of: Sunday, 4th of October, 2009

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AL culprits warned

Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday gave orders for taking action against party men involved in extortion, tender manipulation and other unlawful activities, which are tarnishing the image of the party.

PM wants jam relief

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday directed Communications Minister Syed Abul Hossain to take immediate measures including construction of an elevated expressway in the capital to ease nagging traffic jam.

Decision to kill Hasina was taken 'centrally'

The charge sheet in the August 21 grenade blasts case points to a meticulous plot to kill the then opposition chief Sheikh Hasina, but clears up no questions along that line.

Local newsmen under pressure

A section of ruling party leaders mounts pressure on local journalists to stop reporting further on the incident of gang rape of the teenage girl at Kalapara upazila in Patuakhali.

Biman banks on govt for Boeing

Bangladesh Biman seeks guarantee from the government to avail bank loans to make pre-delivery payments (PDP) of about $117 million for purchasing Boeing aircraft, officials concerned said.

Elephant poached

A wild male elephant was allegedly killed at a rubber garden near Alikhhong village of Baishari union under Naikhhongchhari upazila in Bandarban Thursday night.

Myanmar border tense again

Tension mounted on Naikhangchhari border of the district as Myanmar restarted erecting barbed wire fence along its border with Bangladesh from Friday and deployed additional army personnel on their side yesterday.

Lashkar linked to grenade attacks

Investigators will show detained top Lashkar-e-Taiba leaders Mufti Obaidullah and Monsur Ali arrested in a number of deadly grenade and bomb attack cases soon as the two disclosed significant information about such attacks.

Ex-home secy Omar quizzed

Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday in Chittagong interrogated former Home Secretary Omar Faruk who led a five-member probe committee the home ministry formed following the seizure of ten truckloads of firearms in early hours of April 02, 2004.

4,000 still trapped under rubble

Whole villages in Indonesia's quake zone were found obliterated by landslides Saturday, while rescuers searched desperately for up to 4,000 people believed to be still trapped in rubble.

Jalil mentally imbalanced

Awami League Central Working Committee (ALCWC) yesterday blasted Abdul Jalil, a member of AL advisory council, for his recent derogatory statements about the party and the last parliamentary election, but it did not decide to take action against him.

Schoolgirl raped in Pabna

A schoolgirl was raped at Ramanandapur village in Pabna Sadar upazila on Friday.

3rd session of JS resumes today

The third session of parliament resumes at 4:00pm today, after an 18-day recess for Eid-ul-Fitr and Durga Puja, in which participation of the main opposition BNP is uncertain.

Stop interfering in dev affair of UP

Union Parishad chairmen and members from across the country at a national convention yesterday demanded that lawmakers stop their interference in the development affairs of union parishads.

Yes to new law, no to 'crossfire'

A special act should be enacted to improve the law and order in the country instead of killing people in the name of crossfire, speakers yesterday said at the BBC's Bangladesh Sanglap.

Dhaka to ask China to help resolve issue with Myanmar

Bangladesh will seek China's help to resolve the overlapping issue of offshore blocks with Myanmar.

3 dismissed doctors reappointed

Three of the eleven terminated professors were reappointed in the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) yesterday on contractual basis, said its registrar Abdul Gafur.

Salahuddin new SAFF president

Kazi Salahuddin has been elected president of the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF).

BMA polls Nov 5

At least five panels would contest for the election to the largest organisation of doctors Bangladesh Medical Association to elect its central executive committee and district executive committees on November 5.

Son of prison boss goes crazy

Inspector General of Prisons (IG-Prisons) Brig Gen Ashraful Islam Khan, his wife and two daughters were severely wounded as his son stabbed them indiscriminately yesterday afternoon at his Dhaka Central Jail residence.

2 outlaws killed in 'shootouts'

Two outlaws were killed in "shootouts" between their cohorts and police in Khulna and Chuadanga early yesterday. Two policemen were also injured in gunfight in Khulna.

Goldsmith murdered

A goldsmith was murdered inside a jewellery workshop in the city's old Dhaka early yesterday.

50 garment workers hurt

At least 50 garment workers were injured when police charged baton on them at Olail bus stand in Savar yesterday.

Audit of suspected Afghan ballots to start soon

More than 3,000 ballot boxes containing votes suspected of having been cast fraudulently in Afghanistan's presidential election have arrived in the capital Kabul for audit, officials said yesterday.

Tough sanctions if US diplomacy fails

Congress is poised to act swiftly to impose tough new sanctions on Iran if international talks on Tehran's nuclear programme show signs of faltering. Already, some lawmakers are demanding that the United States strike immediately with new penalties rather than wait for an uncertain multinational consensus.

Editorial

The self-corrective approach is hope-raising

THE likelihood of the ruling Awami League preparing a plan of action to keep its members, particularly its wayward and unruly young elements, in check is obviously good news. We certainly expect it to come to pass. When indeed measures are in place for the party leadership to keep a watchful eye on the activists of the Chhatra League and Jubo League, it will be an acknowledgment on the AL's part of the damage caused to its reputation by its very own. In these past many months, unceasing reports of Chhatra League and Jubo League men interfering with tender formalities and engaging in extortion have not only embarrassed the party and the government but have also led to growing concern about the state of democratic politics in the minds of citizens. The AL's move to curb the misplaced exuberance of its younger camp followers has come rather late in the day, nine months to be precise. Still, we take heart in the fact that it's coming to happen after all.

Optimistic export target

THE just-announced export target is higher by 13 percent than that of the last fiscal year closing down with a 4.5 percent shortfall from the target set for that year which was 10 percent higher than the target for the year preceding. The size of the export basket is projected at US$ 17.6 billion for fiscal 2009-10 as against the unachieved target of US$ 16.29 billion. Last year's export performance was evidently poorer because of demand deficit in importing countries owing to recession. Now, the higher projection of export has its foundation in signs of recovery read into the economy of the western world.

In praise of gentler means to protest

IN the run up to the annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank scheduled for October 6-8 in Istanbul, a journalist and former student of the Bilgi University hurled a shoe at the IMF managing director Domonique Strauss-Kahn. The journalist was one of the twenty-some protesters among the audience, who were against the IMF's role in Turkey.

How long can justice be denied

THE assassination case of the Father of the Nation and his family has remained unresolved since 1975, as have other murder cases like the jail killing of four national leaders, the trial of people accused of war crimes and genocide in 1971, the August 21 bomb blast attempt to kill now Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the BDR mutiny, and the murder of former Finance Minister SAMS Kibria, among others.

Sports

Trans-Tasman finale

Grant Elliott braved a thumb injury with an impressive half-century as New Zealand stormed into the Champions Trophy final with a five-wicket victory over Pakistan here on Saturday.

Ricky's 3-word mantra

Skipper Ricky Ponting needed only three words to explain why Australia crushed England by nine wickets and qualified for the Champions Trophy final Monday.

GP Zim series sponsors

Grameenphone, the leading mobile phone operators of the country, earned the title sponsorship rights for the upcoming one-day home series against Zimbabwe in October-November.

Bangladesh A capitulate

Bangladesh A were staring defeat at its face as they were bundled out for a paltry 81 runs in 29.1 overs in their first innings on the second day of the 4-day match against hosts Maharashtra Cricket Association yesterday. MCA finished day two on 32 for one to build up a massive lead of 280 runs with nine second-innings wickets remaining.

Tapu takes Shuktara into quarterfinals

Mehdi Hasan Tapu struck in the second half to take Shuktara Jubo Sangsad of Narayanganj into the quarterfinals of the Citycell Federation Cup with a lone goal win over 10-man Rahmatganj MSF at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Mainul visits SA Games venues

Convenor of the SA Games venue management subcommittee and director general of Bangladesh Rifles Major General Mainul Islam AWC, PSC yesterday visited various venues selected to host the upcoming SA Games, said a press release from Bangladesh Olympic Association. Bangabandhu national Stadium, Maulana Bhashani Hockey Stadium, Kabaddi ground, under-construction handball ground, NSC gymnasium were among the venues he visited. Chairman of the Training and Development Committee of Bangladesh Olympic Association Mizanur Rahman Manu and Anisur Rahman Dipu were accompanied him.

'Indo-Pak still the biggest'

No match is bigger than an Indo-Pak contest and the rivalry between the two neighbouring nations still remains the biggest in international cricket, feels Pakistan skipper Younus Khan.

Sachin's injury mysterious!

Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar, who returned to Mumbai on Friday after India's elimination from ICC Champions Trophy, revealed much more than a minor health scare that was reported in South Africa on the eve of their must win game against West Indies.

Toyota Motors Rapid Chess held

Delwar Hossain of Air Destiny became unbeaten champion in the Toyota Motors Rapid Chess Tournament on Friday, said a press release from the Bangladesh Chess Federation. Delwar earned six-and-a-half points in 7 games to clinch the title while four players earned six points each. Masum Hossain became runner-up, Abdur Rashid became third and S.A.M. Naser became fourth in progressive score of tie-breaking system. Three players earned five-and-a-half points each. The event was held at Bangladesh Chess Federation hall-room in 7 round Swiss-League system and 94 players participated. Renowned Chess Organiser Md. Shahidul Islam Miah and Md. Habibur Rahman of Toyota Motors distributed prizes among the winners after end of the event on same day.

Hosts avoid India

Hosts Bangladesh have been drawn in a comparatively easy Group B of the 6th SAFF (South Asian Football Federation) Championship to be held in Dhaka from December 4 to 14.

Carnival starts in Rio

Thousands partied into the small hours of Saturday, dancing on the beach to the infectious beat of samba music, celebrating Rio de Janeiro's choice as the host of the 2016 Olympic Games.

Carlo's 1st major test

Carlo Ancelotti does not come across as a man given to idle superstitions and perhaps it is just as well. If he was, Sunday's Premier League showdown with Liverpool would look far more daunting than it already is.

Harry going nowhere

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp on Friday laughed off speculation that he was set to quit White Hart Lane to return to Portsmouth.

Criticism fires Berbatov

Dimitar Berbatov insists he has learned plenty from even his fiercest critics since arriving at Manchester United.

Asamoah breaks goal drought

Substitute Gerald Asamoah scored his first goal in over 10 months on Friday to help Schalke beat Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0.

Goalkeeper escapes sanction

A goalkeeper for top Swedish team Gothenburg has escaped any sanction despite being caught on film attempting to shorten his goal before a first division match, the Swedish Football Federation (SVFF) announced on Friday.

Di Maria extends Benfica stay

Argentina international Angel Di Maria has extended his contract with Benfica until 2015, the Portuguese first division side announced on Friday.

Hertha appoint Funkel

The Bundesliga's bottom side Hertha Berlin on Saturday confirmed Friedhelm Funkel as their new coach following the sacking of Swiss Lucien Favre.

Pan Pacific Maria's

Crowd favourite Maria Sharapova captured her first title since her injury lay-off by beating Jelena Jankovic to win the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament on Saturday.

Venus advances in China

Venus Williams dug deep to advance to the second round of the China Open on Saturday in Beijing, where she won Olympic doubles gold with sister Serena last year.

Wenger never satisfied

Arsene Wenger admits he is never satisfied with his own performance as he tries to restore Arsenal to the summit of English and European football.

Anlene Nat'l Tennis 2009

Anlene National Tennis Tournament 2009 was inaugurated yesterday at the National Tennis Complex in Ramna, said a press release from Bangladesh Tennis Federation. Mohammad Zahid Hassan Russel, MP and president of the parliamentary standing committee for youth and sports ministry, inaugurated the week-long tournament which is being sponsored by the New Zealand Dairy Products Bangladesh Limited. SA Mallick FCA, managing director of New Zealand Dairy Products Bangladesh Limited, was the special guest at the event. A total of 218 contestants are taking part in the tournament under the banners of different clubs and organisations. The matches of the tournament will start from tomorrow at 9:00 am.

It's staying in Windies

The ICC has quelled speculation that the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 could be moved away from West Indies by announcing that the tournament will be officially launched in Barbados on October 31.

Ponting eyes Tendulkar record

Ricky Ponting, after becoming the third batsman to cross 12,000 runs in one-day cricket, has said he is chasing milestones set by Sachin Tendulkar. Ponting chalked up his 28th ODI century, an unbeaten 111 from 115 balls, to help Australia demolish England and march into the ICC Champions Trophy final.

'Bomb' found at Khagrachhari SP's house

Police recovered a bomb-like object from the residence of Khagrachhari superintendent of police on Friday.

Business

Airlines under scanner

The government moves to frame a policy soon to set eligibility criteria for local carriers to fly on international routes, officials said.

Crisis far from over

Finance chiefs on Saturday said the global economic crisis was far from over as ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) leading rich economies met in Istanbul amid concern about the weak US dollar.

GP launches IPO subscription today

The subscription of Grameenphone's initial public offering (IPO), the largest of its kind in Bangladesh's capital market history, begins nationwide today.

Banks link credit rating to loans

Banks will ask its respective individual corporate clients to conduct credit rating of their enterprises before getting any loan sanctioned.

Belonia-Feni land port opens today

Belonia-Feni land port will be inaugurated today to open a new avenue for Bangladeshi entrepreneurs for exporting more commodities to the northeastern region of India.

Recent rice price hike won't affect the poor

The existing price of rice, which rose by Tk 2 per kg recently, will not affect the livelihood of the common people in the long run, as the government has enough stocks of the staple, said the food and disaster management minister yesterday.

Asian markets skittish

Asian markets were skittled on Friday as a dive on Wall Street combined with heavy profit-taking ahead of a key jobs report out of the United States.

Bhutan keen on FTA with Bangladesh

The Bhutanese economic affairs minister said his country is keen to make a free trade agreement (FTA) with Bangladesh to boost economic relation between the two countries,

Jittery Wall Street girds for corporate earnings

Having lost some of its swagger from a powerful six-month rally, Wall Street heads into corporate earnings season with renewed skittishness about prospects for an economic recovery.

D&B dilutes holding with local banks, FIs

Dun & Bradstreet Rating Agency Bangladesh Ltd (DBRDB), a subsidiary of Dun & Bradstreet South Asia Middle East Ltd (DBSAME), has diluted its 100 percent holding in the company to 51 percent, said a statement.

Weak dollar clouds G-7 talks

Finance ministers from the Group of Seven rich countries gathered Saturday to confront concerns about the dollar, in a forum whose role is under question as developing countries get more say.

Tea in Tetulia

If you drive to Bogra and beyond, you would stop over for a break at the Aristocrat, a decent and clean restaurant, a stone's throw from the roundabout of Pabna, Rajshahi, Bogra and Sirajganj. As the doorman opens the door, you are greeted with a waft of friendliness. The large size luchi with vegetable bhaji, an omelette and a sweetmeat to top off is a welcome meal. Even the tea is special and soothing. As we were gorging up on the delicious food, I noticed a familiar face across the tables. Taking care the luchi, oil was on the tissue and not on my fingers, I walked up to greet him. What a pleasant surprise because I knew Mintu Bhai from Chittagong and it was unusual to see him so far up. So what are you doing here? I asked. We're returning home from Tetulia. Oh Tetulia!

Stocks pass bullish week

Dhaka stocks passed a bullish week with the key index reaching its peak in a span of 15 months, driven by investors' active participation after a long Eid vacation and weekend.

Dollar stung by weak US jobs report

The dollar traded mostly lower Friday as a stunningly weak report on US job losses triggered volatile market action that reflected dashed hopes for a quick economic recovery.

IBM email challenges Google in the 'cloud'

IBM on Monday will begin offering businesses a basic "cloud computing" email service at a price that undercuts a plusher offering by Internet giant Google.

Washington Post, Bloomberg launch news service

The Washington Post and Bloomberg, the financial news agency, have announced plans to launch a global news service, offering stories to newspapers, websites and other subscribers.

Europe must clean up its banks: IMF

Europe must move to clean up its banks after testing their financial stability, the International Monetary Fund said on Saturday amid the worst global economic crisis since World War II.

US regulators close three banks

Regulators have shut Warren Bank in Warren, Michigan, and two small banks in Colorado and Minnesota, boosting the number of failed US banks this year to 98 as loan defaults rise in the worst financial climate in decades.

Weekly Currency Roundup

September 27th-October 1st, 2009
International Markets
The USD dropped to a 8-month low vs the yen this week. Comments from the Japanese Finance Minister lent bullish support to the yen. Traders sold of the dollar and pushed the yen below the 90 yen per dollar mark. By the end of the week the market had consolidated at the stronger yen levels. The euro fell half a percent on the day against the dollar after the EU's Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said strength in the euro would be a topic of discussion, while adding that he was unsure if 2011 would be the right time to withdraw fiscal stimulus. G7 finance ministers and central bank governors will meet on Saturday on the sidelines of World Bank and International Monetary Fund meetings in Istanbul to discuss recent financial market developments and signs of recovery in the global economy. Dealers said comments or news related to the dollar from the meeting could be a trigger for investors to cover short positions accumulated recently. Traders rushed off Japan's quarterly tankan report, which showed business morale in the country improved further as the economy picks up from its worst slump in decades, though it was still negative. The International Monetary Fund on Thursday said the recession will end in the euro zone and in Britain in the second half of 2009 but will not end so early in many of the emerging market economies on its eastern flank. In a report that upgraded its global economic forecasts, the IMF said low inflation offered "ample room to maintain very low interest rates" and other less conventional steps.

Metropolitan

CJ to constitute bench for hearing today

Chief Justice MM Ruhul Amin is likely to constitute a bench of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) today for the hearing on the appeals in Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman murder case.

Introduce LED tech for energy efficiency

Bangladesh can introduce light-emitting diode (LED) technology to increase its efficiency of power consumption.

Expansion of livestock farming stressed

Wide-ranging expansion of livestock farming is needed to remove the existing protein deficiency along with cutting the poverty rate in the country's northwestern region.

Delwar's remarks assault on liberation war

Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) General Secretary Mujahidul Islam Selim yesterday condemned the remarks by BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain over the 1972 constitution, terming it unpleasant and an assault on the spirit of the liberation war.

Two killed in road accidents

Two people were killed and 25 others were injured in separate road accidents in Savar and Khagrachhari yesterday.

Daughters demand release of Aman

Two daughters of BNP organising secretary Amanullah Aman yesterday demanded unconditional release of their father.

Ex-principal terms his removal unjust

The recently removed principal of Uttara High School and College yesterday demanded a halt to alleged irregularities committed by the president of college ad-hoc committee.

Anti-Ahmadiyya organisation formed

An anti-Ahmadiyya organisation titled 'Bangladesh Majlis-e Tahaffuz-e Khatme Nabuwat' was formed in the city yesterday.

Prabarana Purnima observed

Prabarana Purnima, the most significant and the second largest religious festival of the Buddhist world, was celebrated across the country yesterday with due religious fervour and enthusiasm, says a press release.

£300m DFID support for poverty alleviation

The British donor agency, Department for International Development (DFID), is to provide £300 million assistance in next six years for reducing of poverty in Bangladesh.

Taskforce on CHT refugees to meet Oct 5

The first meeting of the reconstituted taskforce on rehabilitation of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) refugees will be held at Khagrachhari Circuit House tomorrow.

Govt to recruit 4,133 docs on ad hoc basis

A delay by the Public Service Commission (PSC) in recruiting doctors has forced the government to go for ad hoc recruitment where the experts fear lies an immense scope for politicisation.

Extend long-term support to tackle climate change

Food and Disaster Management Minister Abdur Razzaque yesterday urged the donor agencies to provide long-term supports to Bangladesh to tackle climate change impacts and ensure its sustainable development.

JU restricts entry of unwanted visitors

Authorities of Jahangirnagar University (JU) have taken tough measures to make the campus free from unwanted visitors.

Make parliament functional

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday called on the major political parties to make the national parliament functional and the focal point of all debates by prioritising the national interests instead of party interests.

'Rats damage around 15 lakh tonnes food crops a year'

Speakers at a function here yesterday said rats damage food crops of 12-15 lakh metric tons every year hampering the government's food security effort.

Time names Rizwana as environment hero

A Bangladeshi environmentalist has featured in the October issue of the prestigious US magazine Time in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the protection of the environment, particularly in the ship-breaking yards.

UPDF leader shot dead in Khagrachhari

A leader of United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) was shot dead allegedly by his rivals at Battalipara village in Laxmichhari upazila in Khagrachhari on Friday night.

Call to cancel dismissal order of Prof Matiur

Leaders of Bangladesh Dental Society yesterday called on the authorities to withdraw the dismissal order of oral and maxillofacial surgery expert Matiur Rahman Mollah of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).

Ctg Muslim School Eid reunion Oct 9

Chittagong Government Muslim High School will celebrate its centenary programme on December 25 and 26 at the school premise in Chittagong, says a press release.

Most DU house tutors remain absent from duties

Most of the house tutors of the residential halls at Dhaka University (DU) have been remaining absent from their duties, though they are enjoying all the facilities and logistic support to carry out their responsibilities properly.

Crushing in sugar mills starts in Nov

Crushing of sugarcane in 15 state-run sugar mills in the country will begin next month, Bangladesh Sugar and Food Industries Corporation (BSFIC) sources said.

Bangladesh at high risk of major earthquake, tsunami

With Bangladesh exposed to high risk of being hit by a major earthquake or tsunami, a meeting of experts and officials of related ministries and organisations will be held today to assess the country's preparedness as well as limitations in tackling a major natural disaster.

Colourful boat race in Surma

Thousands of people converged on both the banks of the river Surma and on the Keane bridge in Sylhet city yesterday to enjoy a colourful boat race, a traditional sport in riverine Bangladesh.

'Resolve disputes by non-violent means'

Speakers at a symposium urged the United Nations (UN) to resolve the disputes among the most war-prone states across the globe through nonviolent way to establish global peace.

Illegal nets seized

Fisheries Department on Friday seized 74 pieces of current and big size 'bera' nets from Gandibeel Mansur Jalmahal in sadar upazila.

IBA's graduation ceremony Oct 30

Graduation Ceremony of the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), University of Dhaka for 13th BBA, 41st MBA with other irregular batches and EMBA 1st and 2nd batches will be held at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre on October 30 at 5:00pm.

Public Health Instt employee stabbed to death

An employee of the Institute of Public Health was stabbed to death allegedly by one of his relatives at the Staff Quarters of the institute at Mahakhali in the city late last night.

Navy chief promoted to vice admiral

Chief of the Naval Staff Zahir Uddin Ahmed has been elevated to vice admiral, said an official announcement.

'Don't include anti-people provision'

Leaders of the National Committee on Enemy (Vested) Property Resistance Movement yesterday urged the government not to incorporate any provision into the proposed Vested Property Return (Amendment) Act 2009 that might go against the interests of the distressed people.

BBA student killed in road accident

A BBA student of Stamford University was killed and his friend injured as a truck hit their motorbike at Rajendrapur on Dhaka-Mawa road yesterday.

National

Punish the rapists

Bangladesh Mahila Parishad Pirojpur district unit organised a human chain on Club Road in the town on Friday demanding arrest and punishment of the perpetrators responsible for raping a schoolgirl, recording the scene and trading on the pornography.

8 sued for bid to grab govt land, assaulting official

Eight people have been sued on charges of taking control of a government land meant for construction of district press club building and assaulting a land official in the town.

Jaldhaka rape, killing of schoolgirl sparks protest

The students of Jaldhaka Pilot Girls' High School brought out a procession in the town yesterday demanding arrest and punishment of the rapist and killer of Eti Moni, a class ten student of the school.

Three children drown as 2 boats capsize

Three children were drowned in separate boat mishaps in two water bodies on Friday evening. The victims are Junaid, 7, and Ankhi, 3, son and daughter of Asanul Haque of Urokhia village under Nabibagar upazila and Purna, 4, daughter of Abdul Basid of Bagalpur village under Sadar upazila.

IU classes resume

The academic and administrative activities of Islamic University (IU) in Kushtia resumed yesterday after a 36-day vacation on the occasion of Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr and Durga Puja.

5 held on rape, killing charges sent to jail

Five arrestees including two alleged rapists and killers of ten-year-old schoolgirl Shahnaz Begum of Digalbagh village in Dhobaura upazila were sent to jail after they were produced before a Mymensingh court yesterday.

Wild elephant found dead in Bandarban

A wild elephant was found dead in a rubber garden at Baishari forests under Naikkhyangchhari upazila of Bandarban on Thursday.

Criminal killed in 'shootout'

A listed criminal, identified as Baher Rashid Mollah, son of Faizuddin Mollah of village Alokdia under Sadar upazila was killed in a 'gun battle' with police near Bujukgargari brick field on Friday night. Police said Rashid was wanted in about a dozen cases including six murders. Sources said, a police team raided Bujukgargari brick field area where Rashid Mollah and his accomplices were holding a meeting at midnight. Sensing police presence, the criminals opened fire on the lawmen and at one stage of exchange of gunfire Rashid was hit by a bullet and died on the spot. Police recovered one shutter-gun and three bullets after the incident.

RU employee held

Motihar police arrested an employee of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday afternoon on charge of attacking a Chhatra League (BCL) activist on the campus. Officer in-Charge of Motihar police station Tofazzal Hossain told this correspondent that Mizanur Rahman, an employee of Language Department, was held from Tukitaki area of the campus for alleged attack on Ferdous Ali on August 13. “There are also some other cases against Mizanur with the police station”, he said. Police said Mizanur was later sent to the Rajshahi Metropolitan Magistrate Court (RMMC).

One held with heroin

Members of the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday arrested one person with heroin worth Tk 80 lakh at frontier village Alatuli under Sadar upazila. BDR sources said, a patrol team at Poladanga border outpost (BOP) arrested Rafiqul Islam, 25, of Kodalkati village and recovered 800 grams of heroin from his possession. Rafiqul was returning from India with the heroin at about 8:20 am.

Godown gutted

A paddy and jute godown owned by a retired army man was gutted in a fire on Friday night at Kumrir Hat village of Aditmari upazila. Nine people were injured while trying to put off the fire. Fire service team from Lalmonirhat rushed to the spot and extinguished the fire in a struggle for about two hours. Fire service men said the fire originated from an electric short circuit. According to a preliminary estimate, goods worth Tk 10 lakh were damaged.

Letters

Education policy

1. To free the nation from the curse of illiteracy the government must initiate a policy, that is, to get any degree from a school, college, madrasa or university the examine must teach an illiterate person how to read and write Bangla. There will be no marks for this but results of the examinee shall remain withheld until he or she can make an illiterate person read and write. The same rule should be implemented for O' Level and A' Level examinees.

Unfit vehicles, unfair fares

The so-called vehicles are plying the hectic clumsy Dhaka roads emitting black toxic fumes here and there. The point is how to rein in the unscrupulous vehicle owners to keep the atmosphere pollution free. It is the same vehicles such as bus and taxicab with sordid, shabby and worn out sit covers plying under the nose of law enforcers flouting the rules. It seems nothing could stop them as long as there is a room for practicing venality. It's very common spectacle that bus, taxi drivers very often break traffic rules without being hesitant causing a deadly gridlock on roads. Coming to the second issue, it is like an ever lasting problem CNG and taxicabs ask for unusually high fares. It's been discussed many times in the print and electronic media to draw the attention of the authorities concerned but all attempts have failed.

Empowering rural people

To improve the socio-economic condition of the country the goal of the government should be to empower poor rural women and men to achieve higher income and food security. So the following objectives should be taken into consideration.

Drug addiction

The guardians are seriously worried about the future of their children. Today the nation's prospect seems dark because of the drug menace.

Environmental disaster in Iraq

The situation of Marsh Arabs could only be described as an environmental disaster. It is also suddenly a hot story because the US personnel, now in the marshes, are trying to save the land. While the key media have waken up, the ecological society continues to keep its stunning silence. That silence became glaring during former US President Bush's campaign against Saddam. The "unnoticed" story is not so much the dilemma of the Marsh Arabs due to a strange duplicity of the ecological movement. Over time, accessible settlement photos show the previously green marshes have turned dry brown. Thousands of marsh dwellers have also apparently been killed since 1991, and hundreds of thousands had to take shelter on the streets. The United Nations reports that the Madans are now a refugee population. As a direct consequence of the Third River Scheme that the UN completed, the 5,000-year-old culture of the Madan is in grave danger.

The key alphabet!

As a development professional working in the broad and key fields of Poverty Reduction and Rural/Agricultural Development for the last three decades, it has been a great pleasure for me to learn, share and work in association with major stakeholders including at least 25 overseas Professionals, Consultants and Expatriates in these lines. Undoubtedly, my learning has been immense and propitious and I was able to enrich my knowledge, expertise and professionalism significantly. Professionally I still have contact and communication with most of them electronically for obvious reason and quite often I read and review those professional exercises for both updating me and adapting to the current features of Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) aiming the set Millennium Development Goal (MDG) - an externally imposed Economic Strategy Plan for our agrarian economy devoicing peoples' participation.

South African team

The South African team has never won a World Cup although it has arguably been the world's best team. People say they cannot hold the pressure in a critical situation and this may be right and this story continues for many decades as they lost all big games event when the opponents were not as good as them. Luck is also a big factor but still ill luck does not continue life long.

Daylight saving time

Daylight Saving Time (DST) was introduced in Bangladesh a few months back. Accordingly, the clock was advanced by one hour. But it is now widely accepted that whatever benefits, if at all, that might have been derived out of this experiment, could also be obtained by advancing the working hours by an hour without disturbing the clock!

Human instincts

To protect himself from the attacks by the ferocious animals man had to invent and use some weapons at the primitive stage. They then began using such weapons to kill those animals for the purpose of using them as food. But at the same time man started using weapons and arms upon one another as enemy for various reasons.

Neglected areas

It is known that Lalmonirhat, Nilpharmari and Kurigram districts are the poorest districts in Bangladesh and every year people of these three districts are affected by various natural disasters like flood, drought, cold weather, river erosion etc. Since a large number of people of these areas fully depend on cultivation, the natural disasters harm them a lot and unemployment & poverty plague them continuously. For the well being of these ill-fated people, it is necessary to create alternative opportunities for employment by providing electricity to all for irrigation, bank loan, small & medium size agro based industries, manpower export after imparting proper training, allocation of high quality & productive seeds and fertilizers in time etc.

Dependable power, delighted customers!

The other day I went to a bank booth of Dhaka Power Distribution Company Ltd to pay my electricity bill. I saw the above words on the top of the main gate of the DPDC Ltd office. It made me curious and I tried to read it again, but could not do it because of a sudden load-shedding at that moment. I was really delighted with the joke! The same thing happened in our village home a few months ago. When we started our dinner, the light went off. We had to use candles. The very interesting thing is that light came in only after we finished our meal. We all including our foreign sister-in-law were delighted! Load-shedding brought both cities and villages together to share its burnt. I believe because of many odds the authorities cannot keep the power supply at the desired level. The people are not happy with the words only, they want action. So without any delay, the government should put all its efforts in this sector with which entire economic activities, industrial and agricultural, are directly linked.

Report on fruits

I thank you for belatedly printing my letter. I am writing this letter as your reporting of 14 July 2009 has had a very serious effect on my food habits and has led to deprivation of essentials to my body. I am also requesting all the readers of this letter to please go through your coverage of 14 July 2009 and be judges of the matter themselves. Who, after reading this, would dare to consume these fruits, etc? I did the same and have not been since taking at all the fruits abundantly available and displayed prominently in our markets all over.

Magnetic levitation

The idea of magnetic levitation trains, mentioned in a letter published by you on 27th September, is very misleading. The statement, and I quote: "Magnet Trains run on power of magnetic fields created by electricity through wire, rather than electricity itself" is basically incorrect. The magnetic repulsion between the rails and the train eliminates friction, whereas motion is generated by friction between the wheel and rails in conventional electric trains.

Rich and poor countries

The R&D in the rich western countries for cheaper applications of products used in the third world countries is not the current culture.

Tax on vehicles

A notice has been published by the NBR in The Daily Star dated Aug 13, 2009 on the procedure to be followed by taxpayers in paying vehicle tax. Instead of making the entire cumbersome system of paying tax easier and trouble-free, they have added additional complications in the name of vehicle tax. Some such irritating features are shown here. (a) A separate pay order is necessary for paying vehicle tax. It means additional payment of bank charges plus transport hassle. (b) A photocopy of the pay order has to be submitted to the IT official stationed at the BRTA whenever the client needs to visit that office. (c) A 10-serial form has to be filled by the vehicle owners photocopy of which has to be submitted to the IT official at BRTA. (d) All these are to be authenticated by the IT return receiving office.

International

World joins Sumatra quake rescue

International aid is starting to arrive in Sumatra yesterday as concern grows that remote areas may have been devastated by Wednesday's powerful earthquake.

Wedding party dies in Indonesian landslide

The 30-strong wedding party was getting ready to travel to a ceremony in a nearby village when the earthquake struck, triggering a landslide that would sweep them to their death.

Early returns show solid Irish 'yes' to EU treaty

Irish voters have decisively approved a 27-nation treaty that would reshape European Union institutions to make them more effective after a decade of eastward expansion, according to political leaders, analysts and partial results yesterday.

3 die as typhoon tears into Philippines

At least three people died yesterday as Typhoon Parma tore roofs of houses and dumped heavy rain across the Philippines, piling further misery on the Southeast Asian nation after floods claimed 293 lives.

Pak Taliban vow more attacks

The Taliban militants are planning to carry out suicide bombings across Pakistan to avenge the death of their chief Baitullah Mehsud who was killed by the security forces in April, a media report said citing intelligence sources.

Ahmadinejad defends disclosure of new nuclear site

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad yesterday defended Tehran's "honesty" in disclosing the building of a new nuclear plant, in his first comments on Iran's atomic work since the end of the high-profile Geneva talks.

UN 'damaged' by Afghan election bias claims

The main rival for the Afghan presidency on Saturday said the United Nations' credibility had been "seriously damaged" by claims of bias levelled at the world body's special envoy in Kabul.

Tsunamis uproot centuries-old Samoan cultures

The village of Leone is a picturesque enclave that has been a mainstay of the Samoas for centuries, a place where residents gather under beach meeting houses for rituals that are sacred to the local culture.

Pakistan army orders probe into video clip

Pakistan's military has ordered an inquiry into a video clip apparently showing members of the security forces viciously beating suspected militants, the army spokesman said yesterday.

5 US troops killed in Afghan attacks

Nato announced yesterday that two more US soldiers had been killed in an attack in Afghanistan, bringing to five the total American deaths in the conflict in the last 24 hours.

Pak court adjourns trial of accused till Oct 10

An anti-terrorism court on Saturday adjourned the hearing into the trial of seven Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants, including the outfit's operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, till October 10.

Scientists make 'thermometer' to assess Earth's health

Scientists at Tel Aviv University (TAU) in Israel have developed what is literally a 'thermometer' for the Earth, which would assess the health of our planet.

Kerry-Lugar Bill targets Pak nuke arsenal

Pakistan's senators have slammed the Kerry-Lugar Bill saying that it targets the country's nuclear weapons.

India steps up rescue effort

The death toll from the worst flash floods and heavy rains seen in southern India in decades rose to at least 172 yesterday, officials said, as authorities stepped up rescue efforts.

Myanmar junta official meets Suu Kyi

Detained Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was escorted into surprise talks with a senior military junta official yesterday, a day after a court rejected her appeal against the extension of her house arrest.

Brown agrees to TV debates

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Saturday he would take part in television debates with opposition leaders in the run-up to the next general election next year.

Storm toll rises to 24 in Laos

The death toll left by Tropical Storm Ketsana in Laos has risen to 24, the country's Red Cross said on Saturday as a UN agency said the first emergency food aid had reached the worst-hit province.

Pak drug dealer to die in Yemen

A Yemeni court on Saturday sentenced two Pakistani fishermen to death and jailed two others for 25 years after convicting them of drug trafficking.

Arts & Entertainment

Clemon Joloj: Concert under rain

For a while now, Dhaka has been sweltering under the blazing sun. People were yearning for some respite. And that came in the form of rain on October 2. Obviously, the open air 'Clemon Joloj Concert' at the Dhanmondi Club field suffered but nevertheless music enthusiasts made the most of it.

Mime’s the word

Renowned mime artiste Partha Pratim Majumder is all set to come home later this month. This time he is expected to stay for two months. He will train mime artistes in Dhaka and different districts of Bangladesh.

Int’l award for Bangladesh Nritya Rong Academy

Bangladesh Nritya Rong Dance Academy has won the first runner-up award at the 13th International and All India Women Folk Dance Competition.

Striving to arrest change and decay in Dhaka

Britto Arts Trust, Bangladesh and Visiting Arts (from UK) jointly organised a two-month-long experimental workshop, titled “Ek Borgomile,” which began on October 1 at the Britto Gallery on Elephant Road. The exhibition's prime focus is on Old Dhaka, ecology, cultural and ethnic diversity. The participating artists will work on varied themes in different mediums like video art, installation, digital image and sound, photography, documentary filmmaking and presentation.

Barisal artisans honoured

A reception ceremony to honour the 'Paul' and 'Kumar' (potters) was held for the first time in Barisal recently.

Vacation gone wrong

Drama serial "Dorakata" will be aired tonight on Rtv at 9pm. The serial has been jointly scripted by Aminur Rahman Mukul and Mahfuza Hilali and directed by Sumon Anwar.

Life in the slums

Drama serial "Lalita" will be telecast tonight on Ekushey TV at 9:30pm. Based on a story by Abdus Salam, the serial is scripted and directed by Jewel Mahmud. A production of Ekushey TV, the serial's cast includes Sumaiya Shimu, Jayanto Chattopadhyay, Anisur Rahman Milon, Bannya Mirza, Elora Gauhar, Pran Roy, Joyraj and Misha Saudagar.

A Serious Man is a seriously good departure for Coens

After spending a quarter-century making intriguingly edgy, smart films that have little to do with their own experience, the Coen brothers have gone back to their roots. And getting personal suits them.

OP-ED

No Child Left Behind

EVERY child is precious and every child has the inherent right to life. Everyone of us parents, care-givers. Government, NGOs, civil society, the media and even the man on the street has the responsibility to ensure that every child survives.

Lessons From Aila

FOR the residents of the south-western coast of Bangladesh, John Donne's immortal sermon has become a way of life: never send for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for thee.

Every Life Counts

IN 2000, governments around the world committed themselves to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight targets revolving around international development including education, health and gender equality. MDG 4 is specifically focused on child survival, calling for a reduction by two-thirds in the number of deaths of children under five.

Catalysing Change

POVERTY reduction requires jobs, and productive jobs are created through investment. Unless the climate for investment is conducive, investors will not be forthcoming. This much we all understand.


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