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News of: Sunday, 11th of October, 2009

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Move on to clip ACC wings

The government plans to curb the Anti-Corruption Commission's mandate so it cannot act unilaterally to file graft cases against public officials, policymakers, lawmakers and local body representatives.

Troops all alert on Myanmar front

In the wake of the mobilisation of a huge number of Myanmarese troops along the border, Bangladesh is making all-out preparations to thwart any incursion attempt by them, highly placed sources in the government said.

Information Commission left out in the cold

The Information Commission formed more than three months ago is facing difficulties in enforcing the Right to Information (RTI) Act since it is yet to have a permanent office, required manpower and logistics.

Militants take hostage at Pak army HQs

Several gunmen who escaped after the attack last morning on the Pakistan army HQ near Islamabad had taken some security personnel hostage and were encircled by troops, a military spokesman said.

Free secretariat for judiciary soon

Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday said an independent secretariat for the judiciary would be set up under the Supreme Court soon to fully implement the process of the separation of the judiciary from the executive.

Delwar trouble for Khaleda

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's bid to reorganise and rejuvenate the party is thwarted by her own right-hand man--BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain, said party insiders.

Women MPs not taking up women issues in JS

The lawmakers elected to reserve seats for women in parliament spend time flattering their party chiefs rather than talking about women-related issues, Speaker Abdul Hamid said yesterday.

Photographs of Bangabandhu, PM torn, burnt

Miscreants ransacked and burnt the photographs of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Muksudpur early morning yesterday.

Micro-credit system of NGOs slated

Criticising the NGOs' micro-credit system, Social Welfare Minister Enamul Huq Mostafa Shaheed yesterday said their loan distribution could not bring any remarkable change in the lives of the deprived, underprivileged and handicapped people of the country.

Outlaw killed in 'shootout'

A regional leader of outlawed Biplobi Communist Party (BCP) was killed in a 'shootout' between his cohorts and police at Barabaria village under Mirpur upazila in Kushtia yesterday.

1,173 more get plots in Purbachal

The Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) announced the names of 1,173 plot winners in three categories for Purbachal New Town Project yesterday.

Settling sea limit too crucial now

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni yesterday hoped for a solution of the maritime boundary dispute with Indian and Myanmar through the move taken by the government for arbitration in the international forum.

Powered by people

The people of Bangladesh have overcome all impediments to democracy and development, speakers at a seminar styled "Development in Bangladesh" at Harvard University said on Friday.

War crimes trial runs into further delay

The trial of 1971 war criminals is all set to run into further delay as Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman murder case has already taken over high profile legal proceedings.

MP apologises for assault on journalist

Ruling party lawmaker ABM Abul Kashem of Chittagong-3 sought apology yesterday for assault on journalists during Wednesday's land grabbing by his two sons at Sitakunda upazila.

JS body to sit with protesters of exploration

A parliamentary body will sit with National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports next Thursday to discuss the much-debated issue of awarding three offshore gas blocks to foreign companies.

7 Rajshahi JMB men remanded

Seven militants arrested from different districts of Rajshahi division over the weekend were taken on a seven-day remand yesterday in connection with a case filed under the anti-terrorism act of 2008, said investigation official M Hafizur Rahman.

3 killed in city incidents

Three people, including a young woman, were killed in separate incidents in Banani and Keraniganj areas of Dhaka yesterday.

4 killed, 40 injured in road crash

Four people were killed and 40 others injured in a road accident at Kashiadanga on the outskirts of Rajshahi city yesterday afternoon.

80 killed in Nigeria oil tanker fire

Between 70 and 80 people were burned alive when a fuel tanker truck exploded in Nigeria, reportedly after a policeman fired a shot to keep passersby away from a road accident, newspapers said yesterday.

3 Iranian vote protesters condemned to death

Three people arrested after Iran's disputed presidential election have been condemned to death despite a global outcry over trials of people who claimed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's re-election was rigged.

Iran will enrich high uranium if third-party deals fail

Iran said yesterday it will enrich uranium, the most controversial part of its atomic programme, to the 20-percent purity required for a research reactor in Tehran if third-party deals fail.

Editorial

Work plan of the Law Commission

THE Law Commission, for all the inactivity it has been forced into since it came into being thirteen years ago, remains undaunted. It has just formulated a work plan for itself for the next two years. That is indeed a bold move, but for such a move to be translated into reality on the ground it will need a good deal of spirit and energy. Experience shows only too clearly that it has in the past made as many as 88 recommendations on the law and its various aspects to the government. Now, obviously, such a number is remarkable. The unfortunate bit in the story is that no more than four or five of these recommendations have been accepted by successive governments. Which brings up the matter of whether governments, political in nature as they are, have ever been ready and willing to take the Law Commission seriously? One feels here a whiff of the partisan. Every time a new government has taken over, it has found the reasons to keep the commission at bay.

Road congestion

THINGS are back to square one as far as traffic management is concerned. After the short-lived respite during Eid holidays the everyday urban menace called traffic congestion is back with a bang. Throughout the week thousands of vehicles of every description are to be seen clogging the main roads and alleyways of the metropolis from morning till midnight. While traffic lights keep turning from red to green and back in sheer futility, exasperated policemen try to control the burgeoning number of vehicles with their hands. Alternative system of modern and effective signalling is yet to be installed to address the situation.

Obama's tricky prize

THE Norwegian Nobel Committee has stunned the world with its announcement of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009. Of the 205 names in the list, US president obviously was the most prominent personality in the world to draw the attention of the Nobel Committee. But his being the most powerful and illustrious global celebrity apart, many have questioned the wisdom of the Nobel Committee for its decision to exalt Barack Obama so early in his career in the US presidency as he is yet to deliver the promises he made to the people of the US and the world at large. The former Polish president and winner of the Peace prize in 1983, for instance, exclaimed in reaction to Obama's luck saying, "So soon? Too early… He is only beginning to act." In a similar vein the former US ambassador to UN John Bolton called "it is indicative of the politicisation of the Nobel Peace prize process. This just carries it to the n-th degree." On the other hand, the 2002's Nobel peace winner former Democratic US president Jimmy Carter welcomed the Nobel Prize committee's decision as "a bold statement of international support for his vision and commitment."

How safe are we?

LIKE Paul Nitze, who served US presidents from Franklin Roosevelt to Bush Sr. in different capacities, and George Kennan, who conceived the containment policy of communism that guided US after the Second World War till recently, Harry Truman also had, in his Defense Secretary, a hawk and Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, a dove, who were called upon by Truman along with Secretary of State Dean Acheson to advise him in whether US should try to build a hydrogen bomb, knowing that the bomb could destroy civilisation as was known at that time.

Sports

Mohammedan not complacent

Despite having already stormed into the knockout phase with a haul of 19 goals in three outings, there is no feel of complacency in the Mohammedan camp as they take on newcomers Shuktara Jubo Sangsad in a quarterfinal match of the Citycell Federation Cup at Bangabandhu National Stadium today.

Cobras bite Otago

The crowd at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium did not have a home team to support in the first part of the Saturday double-header but those who bothered to show up certainly got their money's worth, thanks to a wonderful display of power hitting by the Champions League's first centurion, Andrew Puttick, and later by Justin Ontong.

Victoria vanquish Delhi

A similar story to Thursday's panned out at the Feroz Shah Kotla, with another Indian team failing to capitalise on home conditions and crowd support. Delhi Daredevils -- under new captain Gautam Gambhir -- were comprehensively beaten by Victoria, for whom Clint McKay led a devastating seam attack, in the opening match of Group D.

Cilic fells Nadal

Croatia's Marin Cilic dealt Rafael Nadal his heaviest defeat in nearly two years Saturday, earning a 6-1, 6-3 victory at the China Open to set up a final with Novak Djokovic.

Afridi may lead Pakistan against NZ

Flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi may lead Pakistan in next month's One-day series against New Zealand if regular captain Younus Khan fails to recover from his finger injury.

PCB against WC matches in India

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is against playing its matches in India during the 2011 World Cup, and has reportedly asked the International Cricket Council (ICC) to shift its matches to Sri Lanka or Bangladesh.

Stray bullet kills young cricketer

A young cricketer who represented India in an under-19 series in Australia was killed by a stray bullet during a brawl, report a said Saturday.

Age-group swimming on Oct 15

The 25th National Age-group Swimming Championship will get underway on October 15 at the Mirpur National Swimming Complex.

Fergie says sorry

Sir Alex Ferguson on Saturday apologised for a verbal assault on referee Alan Wiley after the Football Association demanded he explain why he labelled the official as "unfit" after United's 2-2 home draw with Sunderland last week.

City sweat on Zabaleta

Defender Pablo Zabaleta is a doubt for Manchester City's Premier League match at Wigan in just over a week's time after he returned home early from international duty.

Socceroos hold Dutch

The Netherlands have still to beat Australia in three meetings after they had to settle with a scoreless draw in their international friendly here on Saturday.

Youzhny-Tsonga final

Mikhail Youzhny of Russia edged past former world number one Lleyton Hewitt of Australia on Saturday to set up a final against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the Japan Open tennis tournament.

Maradona not quitting

Beleaguered Argentina boss Diego Maradona has denied he could walk away from the job due to alleged differences with technical director Carlos Bilardo.

Capello's squad stronger: Sven

Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson is certain the squad Fabio Capello will take to the World Cup next summer will be stronger than the ones he had.

Bebel's gay U-turn

A mainly Muslim non-league French side said they could take on rivals consisting of gay players after all, four days after snubbing them in what the former Saturday insisted was a "misunderstanding."

C'ron to model Armani underwear

Italian fashion designer Armani says soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo will model underwear and jeans in a new worldwide advertising campaign.

FA denies £400k WC bonus

The Football Association have denied reports that they are negotiating a deal which would earn England players a World Cup bonus of £400,000 each if the Three Lions triumph in South Africa next year.

'Sree needs to change'

Allan Donald, the former South African fast bowler, has said that if Shanthakumaran Sreesanth wants to play for India again he needs to change his habits. Donald, 42, who recently ended his term as coach at Warwickshire, the county where Sreesanth played earlier this English summer, was blunt in his appraisal of the fast bowler, saying it was high time he backed up his showmanship with bowling form.

Japan see off Scotland

An own goal and Kensuke Honda's strike in the final 10 minutes gave Japan a 2-0 win over a second-string Scotland in a friendly international here Saturday.

Yuvraj on the ramp

Middle-order batsman Yuvraj Singh walked the ramp for renowned fashion designer Manish Malhotra in Mumbai.

Banderas in MotoGP

Spanish actor Antonio Banderas will next season launch a motorcycling team in Moto2, the replacement for the 250cc MotoGP category, he told television channel TVE1 on Friday.

Wari rope in four

Wari Club singed up four players on the fifth day of the inter-club players' transfers for the Premier Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Business

Bidding terms worry bulb makers

Controversy looms large over the government initiative of replacing traditional incandescent bulbs by offering 10.5 million energy saving lights free of cost, as local manufacturers say some bid clauses may keep them out of the bidding to supply such bulbs.

Dhaka looks to WTO meet to win African LDCs' support

Bangladesh is now in talks, both bilateral and multilateral, with the African least developed countries (LDCs) to drum up support from them in winning a zero tariff facility for its major exportable items in the US market.

Distribution of energy savers starts today

Dhaka Power Distribution Company (DPDC) starts the much-awaited free distribution of 15 lakh compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) to consumers in the city today.

Govt puts brakes on CNG stations

The government has decided to restrict the setting-up of new CNG stations at some highway points, aiming to discipline the saturated sector in those areas.

Probe detects irregularities in Sylhet chamber

A committee formed in line with an instruction by the commerce ministry has detected irregularities in the Sylhet Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) in the run-up to its December elections.

NBR think tank in the offing

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) is going to set up a 'Tax Information Management and Research Centre.'

Seminar on PSI today

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) is holding a seminar today to review the pre-shipment inspection (PSI) system.

Ctg housing fair Tuesday

A four-day real estate fair begins in the port city on Tuesday to promote “environment-friendly housing for all”.

Move to promote local cuisines

In a bid to promote local cuisines in the country and beyond, travel magazine Bangladesh Monitor yesterday launched a "Chef of the Year" competition.

US company launches IP solutions

Digium, a leading manufacturer of Internet Protocol products based on the open-source Asterisk platform, yesterday launched its IP telephony solutions for Bangladesh market targeting such service providers, small and medium enterprises, corporate and financial sectors.

Pizza Hut, KFC open new outlets

Transcom Foods Ltd launched KFC and Pizza Hut outlets on Baily Road in Dhaka yesterday.

Waterway trade with India remains suspended

Export-import between India and Bangladesh through waterways remained suspended for the last four days, as water-vessel workers at Mongla Port went on an indefinite strike Wednesday following the arrest of a cargo master.

French investment sought

Leaders of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) invited the French business community to invest, especially in sectors like information technology, readymade garments and pharmaceuticals, and joint ventures in the Export Processing Zones.

Singapore Airlines connects Melbourne with daily A380

Singapore Airlines has introduced its A380 service to Melbourne, it said in a recent statement.

Remittance and liquidity

The governor of Bangladesh Bank seems to have come out of the early euphoria over the central bank's rapidly increasing international reserves caused largely by remittances.

Pay up, News Corp boss says

The leaders of two of the world's major news organisations said Friday that it is time for search engines and others who use news content for free to pay up.

Asian stocks on the rise

Asian markets rose for a fourth day Friday, boosted by dealers' confidence in the upcoming earnings season and an upbeat outlook on the global economy.

Dollar edges higher

The dollar inched up on the euro Friday on comment from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke hinting that US interest rates could be on the rise.

US eyes free trade pact with Asean

The United States is beginning to lay the initial groundwork for talks to forge a free trade agreement with Southeast Asia, ahead of President Barack Obama's maiden trip to the region.

China exceeds 8pc growth

China's economic growth rate exceeded eight percent by the end of September, the chairman of the country's banking regulatory commission was quoted as saying Friday.

US trade gap registers surprise drop

The US trade deficit narrowed for the first time in four months in August on higher exports driven by a weak dollar and lower imports amid lacklustre domestic demand, the government said Friday.

Brown sets optimistic forecast for Britain

Prime Minister Gordon Brown said the British economy would emerge from recession with stronger growth than expected as he drew the battle lines for the general election, in an interview out Saturday.

Weekly Currency Roundup

October 4th -October 8th, 2009
International Markets
The US dollar continued to take a beating this week. Fueled by a pick up in global investor sentiment, as well as continued speculation on countries moving away from the dollar as the primary reserve currency continued to weigh down the dollar, and reaffirmed its long term downtrend.

Metropolitan

EC to propose increasing number of JS seats

The Election Commission (EC) will send proposal to the government, after holding talks with political parties, to raise the number of parliamentary seats by amending the constitution.

30 injured as soccer fans clash in Chittagong

At least 30 people, including 18 policemen, were injured in a clash centring a football match of Mayor Inter-ward Football Tournament at the MA Aziz Stadium in the port city yesterday.

Yunus to deliver commencement address

Nobel laureate Dr Muhammad Yunus would deliver the commencement address at Duke University in the USA on May 15 next, according to an announcement of the university on Friday.

'Make parliament effective to stamp out corruption'

Corruption at the government level cannot be eradicated unless parliament becomes effective, speakers at a youth convention of the Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) said yesterday.

Ensure suitable jobs, living wage

A group of children engaged in hazardous jobs yesterday called on the authorities to ensure suitable jobs and living wage for them according to their age and skills.

Promote science eduction

State Minister for Science and ICT Yeafesh Osman yesterday called upon the scientists to help find ways to spread science education among the students.

Save water bodies: Paba

A Paribesh Bachao Andolon (Paba) team after visiting Basila canal yesterday said stressed that immediate steps be taken to save the rivers, canals and other water bodies in the city from being dead.

Ensure palliative care for people with incurable diseases

The World Palliative Care Day 2009 was observed in Bangladesh yesterday as elsewhere in 70 other countries with a call to ensure palliative care for the people suffering from incurable diseases.

Call to explore gas, cancel model PSC

Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday demanded exploration as well as extraction of gas from the offshore blocks, withdrawing a part of the model PSC-2008 for the sake of national interests, says a press release.

Minor boy killed in road accident

A boy aged about one and a half year was killed in a road accident on Kalaroa-Sonabaria road in front of Kalaroa upazila health complex in Satkhira yesterday.

Bangabandhu murder case hearing resumes today

The Supreme Court (SC) will hold the hearing on the appeals in Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman assassination case for fifth day today.

New partnership to help strengthen security

A new partnership between Interpol and the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) would bring together the world's police officers and the peacekeepers to help rebuild sustainable security in post-conflict countries.

'Trial to end politics of killing'

Awami League (AL) Presidium Member Advocate Yusuf Hossain Humayun said here yesterday that the politics of terrorism and killing would stop in the country with the completion of the trial of the killers of Bangabandhu.

Journo Mahbub Matin passes away

Mahbub Matin, joint news editor of private television channel 'Channel i', passed away due to a cardiac arrest at his residence at Siddeswari in the city sometime on Friday night at the age of 40, said family and police sources.

Khaleda, Yunus felicitate Obama

BNP Chairperson and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Khaleda Zia has congratulated US President Barack Obama on his winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

Call to cancel discriminatory result values

Hundreds of students staged a demonstration yesterday demanding steps to eradicate discrimination between the result values of GPA and division method of SSC and HSC examinations.

BNP protests Sec 144 on Kapasia rally

BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday strongly protested the role of the law enforcement agencies for foiling a party rally at Kapasia upazila in Gazipur by imposing section 144.

Skill dev training held

The certificate giving ceremony of the skill development training for the graduates of Vocational Training Institute of Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) was held at Bangladesh Krishi Bank Training Institute auditorium in the city yesterday, says a press release.

Azad's remark on Ittefaq situation protested

Leaders of Bangladesh Sangbadpatra Karmachari Federation (BSKF) yesterday strongly protested the comment of Information Minister Abul Kalam Azad over the Ittefaq's recent situation in parliament, says a press release.

Nadeem Qadir made BWW country rep

The Broadcast Worldwide (BWW) has appointed senior journalist Nadeem Qadir as its country representative for Bangladesh, a statement of the India-based media giant said.

National

Diarrohoea situation worsens further, saline prices double

Diarrhoea situation in Pabna sees further deterioration as 80 more patients were admitted to Pabna General Hospital during the 24 hours till yesterday afternoon.

Ctg city faces serious gas crisis for over a month

Diversion of 10 million cubic feet per day (mmcfd) gas from Chittagong Bakhrabad Gas Systems Limited (BGSL) to a private rental power plant in Daudkandi has put domestic and commercial consumers in many areas of the port city in a serious gas crisis for more than a month.

12 govt, 70 non-govt high schools have no headmaster

Academic activities are being seriously hampered in the district as there is no headmaster in 12 government and 70 non-government high schools.

BCL, Sramik League men held on charge of extortion

Ansar members in the bordering Bholaganj area caught three leaders of Chhatra League (BCL) and Sramik League Wednesday for demanding Tk10,000 illegal toll. Later they were handed over to the police.

Launch passengers robbed in Habiganj

Armed criminals looted three rifles from on-duty Ansars in a launch and cash and other valuables from its passengers on Ajmiriganj-Bhairab river route under Habiganj district early yesterday.

BNP rivals hold separate rallies in Magura

Internal feud in BNP Mohammadpur upazila unit surfaced anew as two rival factions took out separate processions and held rallies yesterday.

SM Sultan's anniversary of death observed

The 15th anniversary of death of eminent artist SM Sultan was observed in Narail yesterday.

Hundreds protest rape of mentally challenged girl

Hundreds of people, including the physically challenged, formed a human chain at Garagang bus stop under Sailkupa upazila of Jhenidah district on Friday demanding arrest and exemplary punishment of an influential person who allegedly raped a mentally retarded girl at Chandipur village recently.

Boy drowns in pond

A three-year-old boy was drowned in a pond at a village yesterday morning.

Fisherman survives tiger attack

A fisherman yesterday survived an attack by a tiger after a half an hour battle in the deep forest of the Sundarbans.

One to die for killing wife

The Special Court of Woman and Children Repression Prevention in Nilphamari in a verdict on Thursday afternoon sentenced a man to death on charge of killing wife. His accomplice was jailed for life. According to the prosecution story, Montu Rahman, son of Anwarul Islam of Putimari village in Kishoreganj upazila married Jahanara Begum, daughter of Abdul Gani Mridha of Kheya Gari village of Patuakhali district several years ago. But the couple often quarreled over trivial matters. On April 18 night in 2007, in the name of visiting a relative's house, Montu took his wife to a distant place. There, in collusion with one Sadekin, he killed her and left the body in a maize field in Chapra Sarangani village of Sadar upazila.

12 rescued from traffickers

Members of the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday rounded up 12 people from Bhomra and Taluigachha bordering areas in Sadar upazila while being trafficked to India.

Ruet admission forms

Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (Ruet) authorities will start distribution of admission forms today for first year engineering under 2009-'10 academic session. It will continue till November 5 while the admission test will be held on November 21, official sources said. Students will have to collect admission forms from Rupali Bank of Ruet branch. Students who have passed Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examination or have equivalent certificate in 2009 are eligible for admission. The admission seekers can browse www.ruet.ac.bd for further information.

UPDF activists block roads

Members of the United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) yesterday blocked roads in Laxmichhari upazila protesting attack on indigenous people Friday evening.

Memorandum to RU VC

Students of Folklore Department of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday threatened again to disrupt the admission test of the department scheduled for October 14 if the authorities fail to put the department under Social Science Faculty before the admission date. Around 200 students of the department gathered in front of the administrative building at around 12:30 pm and staged a demonstration to press their demand. They later submitted a memorandum to vice chancellor (VC) Prof Abdus Sobhan in this regard. The memorandum stated that RU VC had earlier assured the students of putting the department under Social Science Faculty before the admission test under 2009-'10 academic session. Earlier on Thursday, the students boycotted their classes and examinations and locked their classrooms and staged a sit-in in front of the arts building to press their demand. On the day, they met RU Proctor Prof Chowdhury Zakaria and threatened to disrupt the admission test if their demand was not met before October 14.

Letters

Beggars and vehicles

In the streets of Dhaka city private cars and beggars have increased in huge numbers. The common increase of private cars and beggars is synonymous which may have some meaning from economic point of view. Private cars have increased traffic jam and beggars also cause traffic jam. But here the point of interest is beggars not private cars. The beggars are poor but all poor are not beggars. There are professional beggars too. Women beggars with babies are common. Some people pretending to be pir/fakir are also found begging. Children are also engaged in begging. Foreigners visiting the country fall prey to the beggars. There are beggars everywhere round the clock. It is often seen that crippled beggars are lying on footpaths suffering from cancer, leprosy, malignant tumour, swollen, protruded eyes etc. Religious places like mosques and mazars are full of beggars. During prayer time men, women and children remain awaiting outside for begging while devotees are praying inside the mosque, as if beggars need not pray. There is also no question about men and women begging together. It appears that beggars need not be worried about heaven and hell.

Ensure quality medicine

The aim of taking medicine is to recover from the diseases, not to fall further sick. The real situation is different in our beloved country. Sometimes it seems that we take medicine to die. The so-called pharmaceuticals are producing various medicines that are not of the required standard.

Noise pollution

Every day we hear lots of noises cracking our ears and beating our nervous system. Similarly, we see a huge jam in front of our school gate. This continues from the very early morning to 8:30am, while our class has already begun. The students can barely pay their attention to the class.

Governing Bangladesh Bank

Since its inception as the central bank of Bangladesh, Bangladesh Bank is performing various duties that include formulation and implementation of monetary policy, intervention policies in the foreign exchange market, advising the government on the interaction of monetary policy with fiscal and exchange rate policies, the impact of various policy measures on the economy and proposing legislative measures it considers necessary to attain its objectives and perform its function. It also holds and manages the official foreign exchange reserves of Bangladesh. Bangladesh Bank's other functions include promoting, regulating and ensuring a secure and efficient payment system, including the issue of bank notes, regulating and supervising banking companies and financial institutions etc.

Alternative fuel!

An innovative Japanese engineer Mr. Takashi Yabe, at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, has developed a thermal based laser fusion of magnesium particles as a prospective fuel source! It is an incredible discovery, based on magnesium from the seas and oceans round the world; and the usion heat harnessed from the sun! Both raw materials are nature's gift to mankind and available free!

Shift BINA from BAU campus

Bangladesh Institute of Nuclear Agriculture (BINA), a national research institute, can't run its research and administration smoothly because of bad student politics. As it is located on Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) campus, leaders from the ruling party demand 'chanda' from its employees, tinker with the tender process, recruitment is based on the ruling party's list and, above all, the entire administration is totally helpless because of their dominant role in every situation. The authorities can't take any decision against the ruling party student leaders, all the time the leaders enter into BINA campus and threaten the authorities with dire consequences.

Facilities only?

The 3rd session of parliament resumed on 4 October and participation of the main opposition is again uncertain. This is really disappointing. The 29th December parliamentary election was an overwhelming election where all the voters from all sectors of society participated spontaneously. It is true that in most of the constituencies the BNP did not come out victorious, but in every constituency the BNP candidate got a lot of votes. So why are they not participating? They are the representatives of the voters. But I think that the BNP does not think like this. They are only thinking about their personal and political issues. They should put their position and activities on the manifesto as an opposition party. Because it could help the voters to rethink on the issue of casting their votes for the BNP.

World Teachers' Day

World Teachers' Day is celebrated once a year on October 5 since 1994. Its endeavour is to garner support in favour of teachers and to make sure that the needs of future generations will be met by teachers.

Death of a big cat

The death of yet another big cat, a black leopard, on the 29th September Tuesday is really unfortunate. From the beginning of this year till now, approximately four big cats including two Royal Bengal Tigers have been killed by people and God knows how many more are being poached in the Sundarbans without being noticed. The animals in Dhaka Zoo are also not in good health and some of them have even died. Why so many animals have become sick at the same time and why the vets have failed to cure these animals are yet to be explained.

Young people

The thoughts, principles and energies of young men and women are vital for the continuing development of the societies in which they live. The evils of young men and women, as well as their dreams and aspirations, are a necessary constituent of the challenges facing today's societies and future generations. In all parts of the earth, young citizens, living in countries at diverse stages of growth and in different socio-economic situations, aspire to live better lives in their societies. Convinced elements would help this process, such as ensuring education, access to employment opportunities, adequate food and nutrition, a physical as well as social atmosphere that promotes high-quality health and protection from disease, pleasure of human rights and basic freedom, contribution to decision-making processes etc.

Edward Kennedy

Salute to Ted Kennedy, a supporter of our 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War.

CEO and helicopter

Recently, a news report was published in one of the leading Bengali newspapers with a photograph of a small helicopter which had just landed at Rajshahi Airport. I read the related news and understood that the CEO of a bank accompanied the owner of the helicopter to Rajshahi. They were in the middle of their business tour in the north-western part of Bangladesh. I found that the reporter strongly criticized the CEO for accompanying a prospective investor.

Crossfire killings

I refer to your editorial of 5 October. Although such killings are regrettable, the law and order forces have a duty to interrogate and recover arms and explosives from criminal gangs and have an inherent right to defend themselves if under attack. Similarly, if a criminal attempts to escape they have a duty to give warning and if it fails, to stop escape by shooting down the escapee.

International

Time to act on N Korea nuke talks, Says China

North Korea is showing signs of flexibility over returning to nuclear disarmament talks, and other countries must seize the opportunity to get the negotiations back on track, China's premier said yesterday.

Taliban planning to carry out more suicide attacks

Pakistan intelligence agencies have warned that the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) may carry out a series of suicide attacks across the country including Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Chaklala and Peshawar.

US still sees Pakistan with suspicion: Musharraf

Former Pakistan president General Pervez Musharraf has said that even though the US considers Islamabad as an important ally in its 'war on terror', Washington sees it with suspicion.

5 militants killed in Kashmir as India foils infiltration bid

Indian troops killed five Islamic militants, three of whom were trying to sneak into Indian Kashmir from the Pakistani side of the disputed region, the army said Saturday.

Congress favourite to win

The ruling Congress party has emerged as the frontrunner in the coming assembly elections in Arunachal Pradesh, with the fractured opposition unlikely to spring any surprises.

Army won't be used against Maoists: Indian PM

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday affirmed the government's determination not to succumb to the increasing threat of Maoists but ruled out the use of the army against them.

Turkey and Armenia seek diplomatic ties

Turkey and Armenia plan to sign an agreement Saturday establishing diplomatic ties in hopes of ending a century of acrimony over their bloody past and reopening their border, but nationalists on both sides are seeking to derail its implementation.

UK MPs face expense queries

British MPs are facing a further challenge to their expense claims when Parliament resumes after the summer recess.

Philippine floods recede but tolls mount

Floodwaters from tropical storm Parma receded in much of the northern Philippines on Saturday but the toll from heavy rain rose further as more bodies were recovered, officials said.

Iraqis protest against January election

More than 1,000 demonstrators took to the streets across Iraq on Saturday against plans to enact a controversial closed voting system, which does not name candidates standing for office.

11 die in UN plane crash

Five Jordanians and six Uruguayans belonging to the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti were killed Friday when their airplane crashed while on a border surveillance mission, the UN mission in Haiti said.

World press divided

The world's media were divided yesterday after the shock award of the Nobel Peace Prize to President Barack Obama, with some calling it a victory for ideals and others condemning it as deeply politicised.

Hamas seeks new date for Palestinian unity deal

A Hamas delegation met Egypt's intelligence chief Omar Suleiman yesterday to try to set a new date for the signing of a Palestinian unity deal, a member of the Islamist movement's team said.

Indian MPs head to Lanka to study refugee camps

Ten MPs belonging to India's ruling alliance are headed to Sri Lanka Saturday and they said their main aim is to see the conditions in the camps where thousands of Tamils displaced by the war are housed.

Clown beams message of water conservation from space

The first clown in space, Guy Laliberte, has launched a 14-city poetic planetary extravaganza to promote clean drinking water, from the International Space Station.

'Moon bombing' mission may have hit 'dry hole'

Nasa's much-anticipated "Moon bombing" mission, in which it sent the LCROSS spacecraft to the Moon to strike a crater in order to collect frozen water, may have literally hit a "dry hole", as there were no billowing plumes of dust and ice visible after the impact.

Pakistan blocks 2 news channels

Pakistan took two news channels off the air Saturday that had been covering attempts by soldiers to capture two militants who broke into army headquarters in an attack on the complex.

7 accused of Mumbai attack in Pak court

Seven suspects accused by India of involvement in last year's Mumbai terror attacks that killed 166 people were Saturday produced in an anti-terror court in Pakistan, a defence lawyer said.

Philippine peace negotiator resigns

The head of the Philippine government's peace negotiating panel which is in talks with local insurgents is resigning his post to run for office next year, his office said yesterday.

35 killed in Mexico drug violence

Thirty-five people were killed in Mexico's drug-related violence on Friday, with brutal attacks spanning five states, officials said.

Arts & Entertainment

Fable of a pomegranate

Theatre troupe Natya Kendra celebrates its 19th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, the troupe has arranged a three-day theatre festival at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA), which began on October 9. Three plays, including a new one, are being staged at the festival.

Rocking the stage

Finally, after four years, the Fu-Wang Club in Dhaka opened its gates for some headbanging and electrifying music. A concert, titled 'Rock the Stage,' featuring Artcell, Powersurge, Shunno, Arbovirus, Bohemian, Mechanix, Alternation and other bands was held at the club on October 9. The concert was organised by Ucchas Ltd.

Commemorating a counter-cultural icon

To observe the 42nd death anniversary of the revolutionary, Che Guevara, cultural organisation Wrishiz Shilpi Goshthi held a discussion and a cultural programme at Liberation War Museum (LWM) on October 9.

Jackson’s “This Is It” single to debut online

The first song from the upcoming Michael Jackson music documentary will make its debut online.

Elizabeth Taylor says heart operation went “perfectly”

Oscar-winning Hollywood star Elizabeth Taylor said she underwent a heart operation to repair a valve and that it went "perfectly."

OP-ED

Food for the future

RIDING on the momentum generated by the recent food crisis to focus on longer term challenges, some three hundred top international experts meet at FAO in Rome next Monday and Tuesday [October 12 and 13] to figure out how to make sure we have enough to eat 40 years from now.

The brinkmanship continues

CHENGHIS Khan would be proud of today's China -- the so-called socialist heir to Marx and Engels -- that has more in common with the marauding hordes of times past. It's no wonder a portrait of Stalin was prominently displayed at the parade celebrating Beijing's 60th anniversary. One of the world's most tyrannical and inhuman rulers, responsible for the murders of tens of millions of Russian women and children, his picture is still placed proudly in the office of the CPI (M) politburo in Kolkata.

Where is the next CNG station?

COMPRESSED Natural Gas, commonly known as CNG is almost a household name. With the rise in petrol prices the most common and preferred form of energy for running vehicles is CNG. It's considered to be among the most environmentally friendly substitutes for gasoline and costs ¼ the price of petrol. This alternative fuel might be a long-term solution to reduce the reliance on gasoline for the auto industry. In Dhaka, with the worsening traffic situation, running any automobile on petrol is quite unthinkable. Yet one question remains. Why do we always see long queues in front of the CNG stations irrespective of time or place? It is simple. The demand for it is much higher than the supply. It doesn't take much to realise that as consumers we need more of these stations.


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