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Govt firm on freeing canals

The government is facing difficulties in recovering the city's canals and water bodies encroached upon by real estate companies and individuals who, the LGRD and cooperatives minister yesterday said, are "highly influential and financially powerful".

Fingers crossed for fertiliser

Fertiliser distribution in the northern region is being delayed by at least two weeks as the government move to recruit retailers at grassroots level has been largely marred by alleged politicisation of the process and various irregularities.

Faruque provoked all with monarchy story

The Supreme Court yesterday heard for the second day yesterday the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman assassination case.

Sugar prices may be reset

The government is likely to reset the price of sugar both at wholesale and retail levels to stabilise it in the local market.

Hospital taken over by touts

Around 10:00am on September 27. Safar Uddin and some others were eagerly waiting for someone at the emergency gate of National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation (Nitor), popularly known as Pangu Hospital.

14 sugar traders get bail

The High Court granted anticipatory bail to 14 sugar traders from Jessore and Khulna yesterday in two cases filed on charges of illegally stocking sugar last month.

Vote for quick gas exploration

A parliamentary committee yesterday recommended that the government finalise the production sharing contact (PSC) with two foreign companies on gas exploration bids for three offshore blocks soon as it feared further delay might hamper the country's interests.

Abdul Jalil axed from JS body

Former general secretary of the ruling Awami League (AL) Abdul Jalil was dropped from the post of chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on commerce ministry yesterday.

Ashraf blasts media over 'negative' reporting

LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Syed Ashraful Islam yesterday in parliament criticised newspapers for what he said negative reports on the city corporation bill.

Trial of e-voting in DCC polls

The Election Commission (EC) is mulling over a plan to introduce electronic voting system to make the election management up-to-date.

Dinajpur MPs' role slated

The government representatives of Birampur upazila in Dinajpur and its seven unions alleged that fair recruitment of fertilizer retailers has been impaired under the political influence of local ruling party lawmaker Azizul Haque Chowdhury.

Two killed in 'shootouts'

Two criminals, including an outlaw, were killed in separate 'shootouts' between their cohorts and law enforcers in Faridpur and Chuadanga yesterday.

Gridlock back in full force

Traffic congestions resumed causing havoc for commuters in the capital, as vehicles began crawling on the city streets once again after more than a weeklong pause on the occasion of Eid and Puja.

People's role ensured

Parliament yesterday passed Local Government (union parishad) Bill with some new provisions including one for constitution of assembly at ward level to ensure people's participation in the activities of union parishad.

River-linking now seen as disaster in India

After Rahul Gandhi, the scion of Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, opposed the ambitious project of interlinking of rivers in India, Environment and Forest Minister Jairam Ramesh said the idea of interlinking India's rivers was a "human and ecological-economic disaster."

40 militants, 10 troops killed

Afghan and American forces killed 40 militants in 24 hours as they hunted mountainous eastern Afghanistan for insurgents behind one of the deadliest attacks of the war for US troops, the defense ministry said yesterday.

Probe not getting help from cops

An independent team of investigators from Dhaka probing the abduction and rape of a class VII schoolgirl in Kalapara yesterday alleged that the local police refused to collaborate with them.

3 Americans share Nobel physics prize

Three Americans whose research in the 1960s laid the foundation for digital images and lightning-fast communication shared the 2009 Nobel Prize in physics yesterday for their work developing fiber-optic cable and the sensor at the heart of digital cameras.

AL leader confesses link to mutiny

Retired BDR member Torab Ali, also a ward-level Awami League leader, yesterday confessed to his involvement before a court in the BDR mutiny on February 25-26 at Pilkhana Headquarters.

Peacekeeping chief due today

The United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Alain Le Roy arrives here today on a two-day visit as part of an official trip.

Govt probing into mourning day incident

Home Minister Sahara Khatun yesterday in parliament said an investigation is being conducted into the incident of not hoisting of black flag and not keeping the national flag at half-mast at the Jatiya Press Club premises on the occasion of the National Mourning Day.

Court accepts re-probe plea

A Dhaka court yesterday gave its decision on a prayer seeking re-investigation in a case filed on charges of murder attempt on late Prof Humayun Azad in February 2004.

Special court to oversee Mamun case

The case, filed against detained businessman Giasuddin Al Mamun for dodging Tk 14 crore in income tax during 2000 to 2007, was transferred yesterday to the Special Judge's Court-2 of Dhaka for its quick disposal.

US lawmakers debate tough Iran sanctions

US lawmakers yesterday launched a debate aimed at tightening existing sanctions against Iran and slapping new bans on the Islamic republic if it refuses to rein in its suspect nuclear programme.

A poet may win Nobel Literature Prize this yr

This year's Nobel Literature Prize could go to a poet for the first time since 1996, Swedish literary circles say as speculation mounts ahead of Thursday's announcement.


Passage of city corporations bill in JS

THE passage of the local government (city corporations) bill by the Jatiyo Sangsad on Monday is cause for satisfaction. It is so because the move came after the JS rejected the recommendations made by a standing committee of the House to the effect that lawmakers be given advisory roles in the corporations. With all the recent emphasis placed on a promotion and strengthening of democracy at all tiers of politics and administration, it is only natural to expect that local bodies, both in the metropolitan areas and across the country, will wield unfettered authority and will thus be in a position to ensure economic and social development. In such circumstances, when suggestions are made that MPs should be given powers to virtually supervise the working of such elected bodies as upazila parishads and city corporations, the question of a conflictual arrangement naturally comes to the fore.

Our position in human development index

BANGLADESH'S bettering the past year's performance by moving two notches higher in the Human Development Index (HDI), 2009 to rank 146th among 182 countries speaks, and we believe, bodes well for the country. We should draw inspiration from having moved up since 1980, but only inched ahead, so to speak, in real terms. Thus, there is nothing to be elated about or be complacent over, or indeed, to rest on our laurels.

Rule of law, minister . . . not 'crossfire'

IT was not a gaffe. It was outrage plain and simple that Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan caused the other day. In one unbelieving instant, he left us all feeling not only disappointed but low in spirits as well. We expect things of nobler note from ministers; we crave wisdom from those the gods and the people have placed on the higher perches of life.

Germany moves to the Right

THE election on September 27 in Germany gave Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, a resounding victory for her dream Centre-Right coalition. She first became the Chancellor in 2005.


LOC meet for the first time

The introductory meeting of the local organizing committee (LOC) for the ICC World Cup 2011 was held at the offices of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) in the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Punter praises Watto

Australia captain Ricky Ponting lauded all-rounder Shane Watson for his match-winning unbeaten century that powered his side to victory over New Zealand in the Champions Trophy final.

The unsung heroes

Australian Shane Watson and New Zealand's Grant Elliott may not be among the Champions Trophy's superstar elite, but were second-to-none when it came to producing match-winning performances.

Serena No. 1 again

American tennis superstar Serena Williams regained the world number one ranking on Tuesday with an easy win at the China Open, while Rafael Nadal survived a scare in his opening match.

A superpower in the making?

One can hardly doubt that Russia is a sports superpower. But the existence of a cricket league in a country, where most people can hardly distinguish cricket from croquet, is staggering.

KOOL nat'l badminton

The 'KOOL National Junior and Sub-Junior Badminton Championship-2009' concluded at the Pabna Gymnasium on Monday. Pabna DSA won in 4 categories while Chittagong DSA won in 3 categories.

Dunne stabs City

Manchester City striker Craig Bellamy rescued a 1-1 draw against Aston Villa on Monday after Richard Dunne had returned to haunt his former club.

Rain forces Fed Cup reschedule again

The quarterfinal matches of the Citycell Federation Cup 2009 were deferred yesterday due to inclement weather conditions. This was the second time that the Federation Cup has been hit by prevailing weather conditions after the group phase had to be postponed before Eid.

Fergie branded a bully

Sir Alex Ferguson has been branded a "bully" over his latest verbal onslaught on a referee and warned that Manchester United could face a backlash from outraged match officials.

McGrath to replace Vettori for Delhi

Delhi Daredevils are set to include Glenn McGrath in their Champions League Twenty20 squad as a replacement for Daniel Vettori. The New Zealand captain had to pull out of the ICC Champions Trophy final against Australia on Monday with a hamstring injury he had aggravated during the semifinal clash against Pakistan. McGrath has already been alerted and is expected to arrive in Delhi on Wednesday pending the organisers' approval.

Napoli sack Donadoni

Napoli on Tuesday fired former Italy coach Roberto Donadoni and replaced him with Walter Mazzarri, the club announced on their internet site.

Ballack not worried

Germany captain Michael Ballack on Tuesday dismissed concerns over the artificial pitch for the crunch World Cup showdown with Russia, saying his team is well-prepared to adapt to the tricky surface.

France lose Ribery

Franck Ribery has been ruled out of France's World Cup qualifying matches against Austria and the Faroe Islands due to tendinitis in his left knee, the country's coaching set-up announced on Monday.

C'Ron ready for Hungary clash

Cristiano Ronaldo said Monday he was ready to answer the call for Portugal in Saturday's crucial World Cup qualifier at home to Hungary after missing Real Madrid's first Liga loss of the season at Seville with an ankle injury.

BCB congrats Salahuddin

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has congratulated Bangladesh Football Federation president Kazi Salahuddin on his election as president of the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF).

Rogge defends Olympic spirit

International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge said Monday that the choice of Rio as host of the 2016 Olympic Games was proof that the IOC did not base its vote on money -- or else Chicago would have taken the accolade.

Bravo weighing options

West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has said he will consider the monetary benefits at stake before deciding whether to pledge allegiance to West Indies or go freelance. While his ultimate goal was to be remembered as a good West Indian player, Bravo laid out the parameters under which he would take a decision about his future.

Hockey transfers start

The transfers of the Green Delta Insurance Premier Division Hockey League started at the Maulana Bhashani National Stadium today.

Younus enjoying it

Pakistan captain Younus Khan has said he is enjoying leading the side despite the semifinal loss in the ICC Champions Trophy and insisted it had not affected his own performance on the field.

Nat'l tennis

Top seed Amol Roy of the Engineers' club advanced to the quarterfinals of the Anlene National Tennis Tournament 2009 beating Delowar Hossain of NTC 6-1, 6-3 at the National Tennis Complex at Ramna yesterday. In the other matches completed in the day, Alamgir Hossain of the Nordic club beat Asmat Ullah of NTC 6-1,7-6(7-5) while Dipu Lal beat Monir Hossain of Japan club 6-4,6-4,6-3 to advance to quarterfinals.

Blame it on Benitez

Co-owner George Gillett has urged Liverpool fans to blame manager Rafael Benitez for on-field failings and insisted more money has been pumped in to the team than into rival outfits.

SA no chokers: Pollock

Former star all-rounder Shaun Pollock said South Africa did not deserve to be branded 'chokers' despite being eliminated after the first round of the Champions Trophy which ended Monday.

Villa out of WC qualifiers

Valencia striker David Villa will miss Spain's final World Cup qualifying matches against Armenia and Bosnia later this month after tearing his right thigh muscle in a weekend league match, the club said Monday.

Gilardino's European ban halved

Fiorentina striker Alberto Gilardino will be available to face Hungarian club Debrecen in two weeks time after UEFA halved his ban from two games to one.

Sunderland take Zenden on trial

Sunderland have taken the much-travelled former Holland winger Boudewijn Zenden on a week-long trial.


Sluggish fund for women entrepreneurs irks BB

Only 20 percent of the Tk 105 crore fund for women entrepreneurs under the central bank refinance scheme has been disbursed since May 2007.

DGEN hits all-time high

The benchmark index of Dhaka Stock Exchange hit its highest-ever level in history at 3,215.79 points yesterday, as the market was on a steady gaining streak for a third day.

Exports upbeat, a little

Exports grew less than 1 percent in August after a massive fall in July, amid a growth target of 13 percent set for the current fiscal year.

DSE says no to low-cap companies

Dhaka Stock Exchange will not allow the listing of any company with paid-up capital below Tk 50 crore, an initiative meant to curb price manipulation about low-cap companies.

Belonia port to pay off in 2 years

Businesses will benefit from the newly opened land port between Bangladesh and India borders -- but they have to wait another two years for full advantage.

German business team due next month

A 25-member German business delegation will visit Bangladesh in November to explore business and investment opportunities.

Zem Jute Mills closed for indefinite period

Zem Jute Mills Limited at Muslimbagh under Boda upazila in Panchagarh was closed for indefinite period following labour unrest yesterday.

Gold price hits record high on 'plan' to ditch dollar

The price of gold struck an all-time high at 1,038.65 dollars an ounce here on Tuesday as the dollar fell on a reported plan by Gulf states to stop using the greenback for oil trading.

Tokyo assures Dhaka of setting up silos

Japan, the largest bilateral development partner, yest-erday assured Bangladesh of assisting in setting up a new silo and a warehouse with a capacity of over one lakh tonnes of food grains in the northern part in the country.

Commonwealth ministers call for greater support for poorest members

Commonwealth finance ministers have stressed greater international support for the poorest and smallest developing members to build strong resilience in the face of global economic and financial crisis.

Sovereign funds cushion Gulf states

Sovereign wealth funds are cushioning oil-dependent Gulf economies against the financial crisis, but observers warn that some governments have raided them for current spending and many investments have shrunk in value.

Yeafesh seeks German investment in IT sector

State Minister for Science and Information Comm-unication Technology Yeafesh Osman yesterday called upon the German entrepreneurs to invest in information technology (IT) sector in Bangladesh.

Dollar falls on doubts about role in world trade

The dollar fell in Asia Tuesday, hit by the prospect US interest rates will stay low for some time and a media report that Gulf states are planning to stop using the greenback for oil transactions.

IMF, WB map road to recovery

Finance chiefs from around the world focused on mapping out recovery from the global economic crisis at the annual meetings of the IMF and World Bank here on Tuesday, with a plea to include the poor.

Factories short of workers in Xmas run-up

Chinese factories are racing to hire migrant workers laid off during the global crisis as they struggle to meet Christmas orders for Barbie dolls, iPods and designer jeans, say analysts and observers.

IMF loans could worsen crisis, says think tank

International Monetary Fund lending could worsen the crisis in many countries, an independent think tank said on Tuesday in a report which the IMF dismissed as "seriously misleading."

Societe Generale to raise $4.8b

French bank Societe Generale said Tuesday it plans to raise 4.8 billion euros (7.1 billion dollars) in capital to pay back state aid it received to help it through the financial crisis.

Emirates' special package offer

Emirates Holidays, the tour operating arm of Emirates, has offered a special package to Dubai on the occasion of Gitex 2009, the largest ICT exhibition of the region, says a press release.

Asian stocks higher

Asian markets rebounded Tuesday after encouraging US data rallied Wall Street and boosted recovery optimism following last week's gloomy jobs figures in the world's biggest economy.

Oil rises

World oil prices firmed on Tuesday as traders continued to evaluate the pace of recovery in the US economy, the world's biggest energy user, analysts said.

Telenor, Russia's Altimo form new mobile operator

Norwegian telecom firm Telenor and Russia's Altimo announced on Monday the creation of a new mobile operator, ending a protracted feud over control of a leading Russian mobile operator.

Since crisis, Australia first advanced economy to lift rates

Australia on Tuesday became the first advanced economy to raise interest rates since the global financial crisis and promised more rises to come, boldly declaring the risk of recession over.

Chinese recovery is not stable, says finance minister

China is not yet seeing a stable economic recovery and will have to keep a fiscal stimulus in place for now, Chinese Finance Minister Xie Xuren said on Tuesday.

Geithner warns of 'possible hazards' facing economy

US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner warned of "many possible hazards" still facing the global economy in an interview published in the Italian daily Il Sole 24 Ore on Tuesday.


Local Market FX
Local inter-bank FX market was active today. There was ample liquidity in the market and the USD/BDT rate traded in a similar range to the previous working day.


Duty-free access of Bangladeshi products to US market discussed

US Ambassador to Bangladesh James F Moriarty yesterday lauded the able and prudent leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the recently concluded 64th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session.

114 contestants sued for failure to submit returns

The Election Commission has filed cases against 114 contestants of the December 29 parliamentary elections in connection with their failure to submit returns of election expenses, Information Minister Abul Kalam Azad told the House yesterday.

'Family should focus on ethics to fight social malaise'

Speakers at a seminar yesterday said family should concentrate on enhancing moral values and ethics to resist various social malaise which are directly linked with violence, terrorism and drug addiction in society.

Clear position on neighbours' possible military threat

US-based international oil company ConocoPhillips, now negotiating with the state-owned Petrobangla deal for hydrocarbon exploration in two offshore blocks in Bangladesh maritime boundary, wanted to know government position in case any threat or objection should come from neighbouring countries during the works.

PM apprises president of US visit

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina called on President Zillur Rahman at Bangabhaban yesterday and apprised him of her recent visit to the USA for attending the 64th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session.

Aminul freed from Rajshahi jail

Former post and telecommunications minister Aminul Haque was released from Rajshahi Jail at 7:45 pm.

Delwar slates bill

BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday criticised the bill placed in parliament to ensure lifetime security for the members of Bangabandhu's family, terming it unprecedented.

JU admission tests begin Nov 2

The admission tests at Jahangirnagar University (JU) for first year students in the 2009-10 academic sessions will begin from November 2.

EC to help tackle climate change

As the government demands compensation for climate change impacts, ambassadors of the European Commission yesterday said they would support Bangladesh's demand in the upcoming Copenhagen Climate Change Conference.

Armed attack on motor parts shops

Unidentified criminals sprayed bullets at four motor parts shops at Bijoy Nagar in the city yesterday, injuring a shop employee and damaging glass walls.

Permanent solution with India, Myanmar stressed

Speakers at a seminar here yesterday emphasised the need for bilateral negotiations for a maritime agreement for permanent solution to delimitation problems of the maritime boundaries of Bangladesh with India and Myanmar.

Japan formulating plan for Bangladesh

Japan, the largest bilateral development partner, is formulating a five- year assistance strategy for Bangladesh and other developing countries to empower the nations to cope with the adversaries of climate change.

Govt to update Standing Orders on Disaster

The government is planning to update the Standing Orders on Disaster (SOD) giving special attention to the issues of persons with disabilities.

ORBIS programme begins in Ctg

ORBIS International, an organisation carrying out eye-care awareness and skill building activities with a slogan 'saving sight worldwide', launched a two-week skills exchange programme at its flying eye hospital here yesterday.

Japan assures support for capital dredging of rivers

Japan would provide all sorts of assistance for capital dredging of rivers in Bangladesh as the government has planned a mega-scheme for clearing huge deposits of silts from the rivers.

Ecnec approves Tk 279cr uplift projects

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) at a meeting yesterday approved four development projects involving Tk 279 crore to be funded from government exchequer.

Govt programmes ease life in greater Rangpur

The poorer people in the poverty-prone greater Rangpur have been facing the current seasonal lean period of monga (near famine situation) very successfully following various effective steps of the government this year.

Sahara urges city residents to help curb crimes

With the inauguration of newly established Kalabagan Police Station yesterday, the number of police stations in Dhaka metropolitan area stands at 40.

Call to change site for Padma Bridge

Leaders of Deshpremik Jonoganer Mancha, a citizens' platform, yesterday demanded that the selected Mawa-Jaira site for the Padma Bridge be cancelled and Dohar-Char Bhadrasan site be selected for the bridge instead.

Keraniganj road crash kills 2

Two people were killed and nine others injured when a truck and a human hauler collided head-on on Dhaka-Mawa highway at Teguria yesterday.

Rajshahi Board set to enter digital era

The Rajshahi Education Board is going to enter a digital era through making the registration process online.

Dr Carmen Lamagna reappointed AIUB VC

President Zillur Rahman, who is also the chancellor of the universities, has reappointed Dr Carmen Z Lamagna as the vice chancellor of American International University - Bangladesh (AIUB) for another four years, says a press release.

Suspected Ulfa leader held in city

Detective Branch (DB) of Police arrested an Indian national at Mirpur Section-10 in the city early yesterday suspecting him to be a leader of the United Liberation Front of Assam (Ulfa).

Matia smells conspiracies

Conspiracies are on against the government and the conspirators attempted to topple the Awami League-led government within 50 days of its assuming power, said Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury yesterday.

Three journos secure bail in five cases

The High Court (HC) yesterday granted ad-interim anticipatory bail for six months to three journalists on their surrender in five cases filed against them by two ruling party lawmakers at Golachipa upazila in Patuakhali and Chuadanga.


Diseases caused by pest attack in N-dists threaten aman yield

Paddy farmers of Dinajpur, Thakurgaon, Panchagarh and Joypurhat districts are worried as different diseases caused by pest attack pose threat to their hope for good a yield of aman this season.

Thousands of protesters submit memo to UNO

Several thousand people including students and teachers brought out a procession in Jaldhaka upazila town and besieged the UNO office yesterday protesting alleged bid to save the rapist and killer of Eti Moni, a class ten student of Jaldhaka Girls' High School.

Shibir besieges RU proctor, holds rally

Leaders and activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) Rajshahi University (RU) unit yesterday besieged the university proctor for an hour as he tried to prevent them from holding a rally on the campus.

Barisal medical authorities sue tree plunderers

The authorities of Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College (BSBMC) have lodged a case in connection with felling of 63 trees on the campus and looting them during Eid vacation.

Girl abducted, two others rescued in 3 districts

A schoolgirl was abducted yesterday in Natore while a college girl and a schoolgirl were rescued on Monday in Jhenidah and Patuakhali.

BCL rivals at Pirojpur college clash: 15 hurt

At least 15 activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) were injured in factional clashes on Pirojpur Government College campus and at General Hospital yesterday.

3 Pirojpur arrestees remanded

Three people, arrested on September 29 in connection with trading CDs containing video footage of the rape of a schoolgirl by a BCL leader in Pirojpur town, were placed on a two-day remand yesterday.

28 cobras killed

Twenty-eight cobras were killed at a house of Sido Pradanian at village Char Mukandi under Mallah upazila on Friday. Locals said, housewife Fatema Khatoon first saw a snake while it was attacking a poultry bird on the day. As she raised a hue and cry, the neighbours came to her help. The villagers followed the snake and saw it entering a hole in the house. They then dug the earth and killed all the 28 cobras in the hole.

Fisherman drowns

A fisherman drowned as his fishing boat capsized yesterday morning in the Roymongal near Kaikhali in Shyamnagar upazila after a speedboat of BSF hit the boat. The victim went missing and the BDR and police personnel failed to recover the body from the river. The victim was identified as Anowar Hossain Mollah, 30, son of Monsur Ali Mollah of Kaikhali village of the upazila. Quoting locals, BDR and police said, a group of fishermen was fishing in the Roymongal. BSF men of Shamser Nagar camp under 24 Parganas district entered Bangladesh waters on a speed boat and hit the fishing boat.

Cop kills himself

A constable of Agoiljhara police station allegedly committed suicide at the police station yesterday morning. The dead was identified as Enayet Hossain Imu, 40, son of Abdul Gafur Sardar of Uttar Karfa village under Swarupkati upazila of Pirojpur district. Officer in-charge of Agoiljhara police station Ashok Kumar Nandi said Enayet went upstairs of the police station with a rifle and shot himself in the chest at about 10:00 am. He was rushed to Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical Collage and Hospital (SBMCH) after first aid at Goila hospital at Agoiljhara. But he succumbed to his injuries there at 11:30 am. Victim's family sources said, before the incident, Enayet had a family feud on yesterday morning.

308 bullets recovered

At least 308 bullets were recovered from a place inside the Parbatipur police station compound while labourers were digging earth yesterday. Sources said the bullets were found in a clay pot. The labourers were digging earth for constructing wall of Parbatipur police station, said Imtiaz, a sub-inspector at the police station. The bullets made for 303 rifles were later deposited with the police station after filing a general diary (GD).

Five hurt in bomb blast

Five persons were injured in a bomb explosion yesterday noon. The incident took place at Jhitkapota village under Moheshpur upazila. The injured are Rustom Ali, Tozammel Haq, Amina Begum, Saiful Islam and Suza Uddin. Police and locals said, Akidul, son of Tozammel of Jhitkapota village found the bomb near a pond. Assuming it as a toy, he brought it to his house. At a stage, the bomb exploded with a huge bang injuring five people.


Tea industry

I must congratulate Mr. Sarwar Ahmed for his write ups, especially on tea in Tetulia where he has really highlighted a hero-- Mr Mosharraf Hossain.

Death of giraffes

Recently, some animals including two giraffes have died at Dhaka Zoo. It seems the zoo lacks experts in handling and treatment of these animals. If so, then the authorities should not import them at all.

Hazards of cell phone

How much hazardous the radiation of the RF signals emitted by both the base stations and the receiving units of cell phone network is yet to be accurately determined. But it has been proved that the radiation released by cell phones is injurious to human health.

Politicians' work?

Congratulations to Shahnoor Wahid for reminding the politicians of our expectations, published on September 29. However, I believe the politician's understanding of their work is different! After all the musician's work is to make music, the statisticians produce statistics, the electrician does electrical work, and the anaesthesiologist gives anaesthesia.

Rape victims

The recent report in The Daily Star regarding the alleged abduction, rape and torture of a schoolgirl by BCL activists is extremely disturbing. As the victim and her family appear to be almost imprisoned by the alleged perpetrators and their political big brothers, the first step would be to free them from their clutches. In Bangladesh it is very difficult to achieve unless human rights and/or women rights activists come forward and play their due role. In the prevailing situation, I urge the honourable Judges of the Supreme Court to be proactive and issue a suo moto rule on the issue to bring the culprits and their protectors to book.

Fools' day!

The first day of April is traditionally the fools' day in the western countries. Bangladesh, not to be left behind, has now caught up with them, a laudable achievement, under AL patronage! We will now have the Fools' Day on every first day of October-- the clock time has got us all fooled!

PM's interview

Thanks to VOA for airing the interview of Sheikh Hasina on ntv. A leader can change her style, response to well articulated questions (including supplementary) related to national and international issues Bangladesh has to confront and address in the coming days. I think Sheikh Hasina did her best in this interview with Iqbal Bahar Chowdhury of VOA. One can easily get the feeling how the environment, well articulated questions and due preparation for an interview can produce best results. I am sure Sheikh Hasina would be very pleased with what she has said in the interview. This will also dispel a lot of our apprehension that she is missing the reality of the situation in her governance. Thanks to Mr Choudhury for his sincere efforts to get the best of Sheikh Hasina.

Taxpayers in trouble

Out of 15 crore people in this country only 7 lakh people are taxpayers. This is the story going on through different newspapers, talk shows, and income tax bosses. This is evident from their attitude, talks, behaviour in every forum that they want to extend the tax net to every sphere of life in order to increase revenue income of the government. Conscious people who were so long ignorant about the importance of income tax payment are becoming interested to pay income tax from their salary income, business income or whatever may be the source after observing different advertisements in print and electronic media that payment of tax in time would save them from harassments and legal complications in future and at the same time the poor country would be largely benefited.

Indian superstars

I never understood why as Bangladeshis, we are so enamoured with Indian/Bollywood stars. I bring this issue up and it is most definitely an issue because of the love I see in my fellow countrymen for these so called superstars. I myself have seen one Bollywood movie in the past twenty years but I do know my mother loves Shabana Azmi as an actress and has been her fan since Shabana Azmi's debut on the golden screen. Recently, Ms. Azmi made an appearance in Bangladesh. She made an appearance last week at a prominent business tycoon's residence for dinner and snubbed a lot of these ladies(adoring fans) attending the party. Superstars never should forget what got them there - their FANS ! Ms. Azmi should do well to remember that the high precipice that she walks on was built by her fans. She should not be riding such a high horse just because a few adoring fans wanted their pictures taken with her.

'Killing' of a playground

We were shocked and angry to read the news in The Daily Star of 30.9.09 that some 'filthy' rich people are conspiring to convert the Dhanmondi playground in Road no.8 into a stadium etc. This is a sinister move by 'bhumi dacoits'. In our opinion they are crossing all limits of greed. We wonder what benefits the residents of Dhanmondi will reap from this conspiracy to hijack the playground. They have also shown the audacity and evil 'intelligence' of using Sheikh Jamal's name and goodwill to advance their conspiracy. This is a blatant emotional blackmail of the Awami league and the nation. Probably we, the common people, love and cherish the memory of Sheikh Jamal more than these 'new rich matlabis'.


The assertion by the Honourable Home Minister that terrorism came into being with the assassination of Bangabandhu is not correct. Terrorism has been there since time immemorial. With the assassination of Bangabandhu terrorism has become multi-faced.

Price spiral

The govt should find out the unscrupulous traders who create artificial scarcity of goods like rice, sugar, etc.

Legacy of a poet

Our National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam was a poet, musician, revolutionary, and philosopher who pioneered poetic works espousing intense spiritual rebellion against orthodoxy and oppression. His poetry and nationalist activism earned him the popular title of Rebel Poet. Accomplishing a large body of acclaimed works through his life, Nazrul is officially recognised as the National Poet of Bangladesh and revered in India also.

Iran going nuclear

This is with reference to Point Counterpoint: "Nuclear Iran and the Middle East," by Abdullah A. Dewan (Oct. 1).


Pakistani Taliban claim deadly UN office attack

The Pakistani Taliban said yesterday they carried out the suicide attack on a UN compound that killed five aid workers and closed UN offices nationwide in the worst attack in the capital in months.

US goals steady in Afghanistan

President Barack Obama's top defence and diplomacy advisers said the United States retains the Afghanistan war goal that he outlined just two months into his presidency to sideline al-Qaeda but changing circumstances require a reassessment of how to get there.

Schools reopen amid stench of quake death

Fresh international earthquake aid flowed into Indonesia yesterday as schools and shops re-opened amid the stench of death from bodies still trapped beneath the rubble.

Discord over UN report may affect unity deal

Hamas warned yesterday that controversy over a damning UN report on the Gaza war could affect the Palestinian reconciliation deal which Egypt said was to be signed later this month in Cairo.

'Masters of light' win Nobel physics prize

Three physicists won the 2009 Nobel Prize yesterday for work on fibre optics and light sensing that helped unleash the Information Technology revolution.

India steps up flood relief

Aid workers used helicopters and boats to try to reach survivors of massive floods in southern India that have killed at least 280 people, officials said yesterday.

Better care at birth could save 600,000 lives a year: Study

Improved health care for women giving birth in poor countries could save about 600,000 of the two million babies who die every year, according to a study released yesterday.

US trying to make Pak army impotent

A former Pakistan minister has criticised the Gilani government for agreeing to the terms and conditions attached with the Kerry-Lugar Bill, saying the United States is trying to 'defang' the country and destroy the armed forces.

Lanka seeks foreign cash for war refugees

Sri Lanka will tap foreign donors to raise more cash to look after over 250,000 people displaced by its offensive against Tamil Tiger rebels, a minister said Monday.

New sensors to detect chemical arms in seconds

Scientists at Queen's University Belfast are developing new sensors to detect chemical agents and illegal drugs within seconds, which will help in the fight against the threat of terrorist attacks.

False hope from voice in rubble

Rescuers rushed back into the rubble yesterday after a woman's cries for help were reported coming from a collapsed hotel six days after Indonesia's devastating earthquake but the search was in vain.

Key Rwandan genocide suspect arrested in Uganda

A Rwandan former intelligence officer, Idelphonse Nizeyimana, suspected of playing a key role in the 1994 genocide, has been arrested in the Ugandan capital Kampala, sources said Tuesday.

Hackers expose slew of Hotmail passwords

Microsoft on Monday blocked access to thousands of Hotmail accounts in response to hackers plundering password information and posting it online.

Arts & Entertainment

Aminul Islam: A modernist and experimental painter

Aminul Islam is one of the senior-most and acclaimed painters in our country. Among his contemporaries are Murtaja Baseer, Rashid Chowdhury, Devbas Chakraborty and Abdur Razzaque. He made an immense contribution by introducing modern paintings in Bangladesh. He gradually changed his styles, and established himself as a significant painter in Bangladesh. “Painting, for me, is the best way to knowledge, the best means to participate profoundly in the global life,” said Islam.

An actress with panache

“I have seen a great deal and gained a lot of experience. Along the way I have learnt that the world is not so easy as I once perceived it. Gone are those days of innocence when I used to trust everyone and believe whatever I was told. Now I am more in touch with reality,” said actress-model Farah Ruma, sitting back in her couch and gazing into the distance.

The key to success

Rtv in association with Globe Soft Drinks Ltd have launched a musical talent hunt titled "Black Horse Rtv Golden Key -- Ebar Tomra Gao". The show aims at promoting upcoming and talented singers.

A bevy of talent

The regional audition of "Lux Channel i Super Star 2009" was held at a city community centre in Rajshahi last Monday.

The joys of travel

Travel show "Rexona Destination Unlimited" will be aired tonight on ATN Bangla at 8pm. Hosted by Maliha, each episode of the show features a popular tourist destination and in-depth information on it. Tonight's episode will focus on the colourful heritage and scenic beauty of Thailand.

Archie’s destiny, as shaped by Robert Frost

That perennially teenage redhead from Riverdale made headlines around the world when word leaked, back in May, that he would propose to his longtime love interest, Veronica Lodge, in issue No. 600 of the comic that bears his name. But that issue, published in August, was only Part 1 of a six-part story. Although Archie did marry Veronica, things will take a turn in November, when Archie proposes to the lady in waiting, Betty Cooper. That's just the latest twist in the romantic triangle that has thrust this nearly 70-year-old character, and his parent company, into the media spotlight.


Kudos to Bangladeshi peace-keepers

WHEN none other than US President Barack Obama says that Bangladeshi peace-keepers, under the blue helmets, not only enhanced the prestige of our country but also the honour of the United Nations, one feels elated and proud. Indeed, our peace-keepers' hard work and efforts during the past twenty-one years in Bosnia, Rwanda, and Somalia and other hot spots have not gone unnoticed. I had the privilege of being involved with the coordination of our peacekeeping missions, first as director general (International Organisations) and then as the foreign secretary, and recall the moments of tension and crises that our peacekeepers had to go through in some missions.

Nepal's elusive peace process

THE Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) of November 2006, which laid the foundation of a temporary peace in Nepal and created a conducive atmosphere for the elections held in April 2008, has come to a standstill.

The battle against the bottle

IT is not easy to run when you are carrying the top half of a water cooler. Especially since it was brim-full of liquid. But I had no choice. My victims would be returning within minutes. I staggered across the room and managed to replace the water container on top of the cooler seconds before they returned.

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