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News of: Sunday, 18th of October, 2009

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42 MPs never paid income tax

Forty-two out of 345 lawmakers, including three state ministers, have never paid any income tax, claiming they do not have taxable income.

St Martin's Island seen vulnerable

Bangladesh Rifles authorities have identified the St Martin's Island as the probable main target of Myanmar and asked the government to immediately strengthen its defence by constructing aircraft landing zones and concrete bunkers.

Curb graft to get rid of poverty, urges PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said none would be spared for graft practices and wrongdoings regardless of his or her party affiliation to have a poverty free Bangladesh by 2020.

30pc posts to go to war heroes' children

The government has taken initiatives to introduce 30 percent quota for the children of freedom fighters in the recruitment rules for assistant judges.

Fake mineral water business booming

Sale of fake mineral water in containers in different areas of the capital has turned a booming business with ruling party men or others using their names allegedly getting involved in it and controlling the market.

Increased funding to save sight more

Experts at a round table yesterday stressed the need for incorporating Demand Side Voucher scheme (free surgery and post-operative privileges) with the National Eye Care Plan to eliminate cataract blindness from the country by 2020.

30 Adivasi languages on verge of extinction

Education gradually turns inaccessible for the Adivasi people as the languages they speak are on the verge of extinction due mainly to a lack of practice.

NGO regulator limps with low manpower

Though the number of foreign-funded NGOs has increased sevenfold in the last 18 years manpower of NGO Affairs Bureau (NGOAB) remains the same hindering the activities of the NGO regulatory body.

A purchase shrouded in question

A ruling Awami League lawmaker, whose annual income was around Tk 1 lakh before the election less than 10 months ago, has bought a luxury minivan for Tk 22 lakh.

Khaleda's absence saddens speaker

Speaker Md Abdul Hamid yesterday said the absence of Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Khaleda Zia in the `historic' anti-poverty rally has really hurt him.

Confined youth 'kills himself'

A sales representative of a tobacco company agent allegedly committed suicide as men of his former employer confined him in the agency office to realise an outstanding bill of only Tk 2,000 from him yesterday.

Maldives govt dives to put focus on climate crisis

Members of the Maldives' Cabinet donned scuba gear and used hand signals Saturday at an underwater meeting staged to highlight the threat of global warming to the lowest-lying nation on earth.

Bangabandhu case hearing resumes today

After a two-day recess the Supreme Court will resume hearing on the appeals in Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman assassination case for the 10th day today.

Probal Chy passes away

Probal Chowdhury, a popular singer and an artiste of Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra, died of brain hemorrhage at a city clinic at 2:30am yesterday. He was 63.

Govt urged to save Turag

The Dhakabashi, a voluntary organisation engaged in upholding the heritage of Dhaka, urged the government to make a section of Turag river from Amin Bazar to Babupura Bridge free from pollution and encroachment.

Pakistan launches 'Taliban assault'

Pakistani troops backed by warplanes on Saturday launched a major operation against the Taliban in South Waziristan, sparking deadly clashes with heavily-armed fighters, officials said.

33 killed in Indian blaze

At least 33 people were killed in southern India when an explosion turned a temporary firecracker warehouse into an inferno, police said yesterday.

Stabbed body of businessman found from his house

The body of a businessman was found with stab injuries at his Nikunja residence in the city's Khilkhet area yesterday.

NASA flies over Antarctica to measure icemelt

Hoping to better understand how a melting Antarctica could swamp the planet, a NASA plane outfitted with lasers and ground-penetrating radar made its first flight over the icy continent on Friday.

Editorial

Khaleda Zia's unfortunate stance

IT was with a fair and natural degree of happiness that we welcomed the announcement by Jatiyo Sangsad Speaker Abdul Hamid about a joint appearance by the prime minister and the leader of the opposition at an anti-poverty rally scheduled for Saturday. The fact that the speaker's announcement was made in the presence of the chief whips of the Awami League and the BNP gave people to understand, and rightly too, that here finally was an opportunity for both Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia to offer their perspectives to the nation on tackling poverty and its consequences. Sadly enough, that opportunity, having come so close to being a reality, has now been dashed by Begum Zia on grounds, however justified, need not have been expressed in this manner. She has put forward a four-point demand she thinks the government should accept as a way of forging a national consensus on the issues that matter. And unless her demands are met, she will have nothing to do with the ruling party.

Women's vulnerability to repression growing

AMONG the major causes of concern for us all is the frequency and severity of oppression women are subjected to in Bangladesh. News of rape, violence and murder of young girls and women for dowry often hit the headlines. Then we read horrendous accounts of young girls being trafficked across borders to be sold in brothels; and how faces of young brides are totally disfigured by acid. Early marriage, early pregnancy and death from complications at childbirth are other forms of oppression that hardly draw attention of the law enforcing agencies. A report in this daily on Saturday, quoting Home Minister Sahara Khatun said that at least 1,479 women were raped in six months beginning from January of 2009. Reportedly, around 3,584 and 3,462 women were violated in 2007 and 2008 respectively.

Social attitude towards women must change

VIOLENCE against women in different forms happens everyday everywhere in the world. But the causes behind the violence vary, depending on which society one is talking about. And in each and every incident of violence against women, in the case of sex-related ones in particular, it is always the male who is taking advantage of the victim's weakness. And the weakness can be both physical and social in origin.

Endless violence and continuing mistrust

TERRORISM'S endless cycle," said a Pakistani newspaper. Consecutive suicide bombings in Peshawar, followed by the bomb blast near the Indian embassy at Kabul, topped by Tehrik-e-Taliban attack on army GHQ in Rawalpindi, one of the most sensitive places in Pakistan, raise questions about the effectiveness of military operations both in Afghanistan and in Pakistan. Military actions in Swat and Malakand have only moved the terrorists to other areas near to Islamabad and outside the Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA).

The world's friend?

A storm has developed around the political world on the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to President Barack Hussein Obama. Is this award given only for achievement? Strange! The peace award has been given to so many distinguished personalities, but where is peace in the world? The world has increasingly been burdened with occupations, wars, oppression, subjugation, deception, deprivation, arms race, nuclear proliferation, foreign interference, unilateralism, torture cells, religious extremisms, all forms of terrorism including state terrorism etc. My sense is that this award is meant for those who have been making serious efforts towards ending at least some of these evils that have been responsible for the "non-peace" situation in the world.

Sports

Marauding Mohammedan

Defending champions Mohammedan Sporting Club stormed into the Citycell Federation Cup final in style with an emphatic 3-0 win over newcomers Feni Soccer Club in the first semifinal at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Abahani risk elimination

Big-spenders Abahani face the risk of elimination from the group stages of the Big Boss Twenty20 Premier League after they put up yet another haphazard display yesterday at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium to hand Surjo Torun Club a crucial 13-run victory.

Sky Blues have to lift game

Abahani will look to better coordination in their midfield to leave their unimpressive performance in the Citycell Federation Cup behind when they take on newcomers Beanibazar SC in the second semifinal at the Bangabandhu National Stadium today.

BKSP champions

Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP) kept their dominance in the pool of the Age Group Swimming Championship when the country's lone sports institute emerged champions in the 25th edition meet at National Swimming Complex in Mirpur yesterday.

Cobras ride on Davids

Andrew Puttick and the Cobras were clearly rattled by the security issue that delayed the start of the match by 100 minutes at the Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Saturday, shortening it to 17 overs a side. That didn't stop them from crushing Victoria by eight wickets, which also dumped Royal Challengers Bangalore out of the tournament. The result leaves Delhi Daredevils needing to win both their remaining games to keep the Indian challenge in the tournament alive; one loss and Victoria will go through.

Eng U-19 go slow

Visiting England under-19 cricket team ended the second day at 201 for seven in their first innings, adding only 77 runs in 40 overs conceding two more wickets during their four-day match against Bangladesh Under-19 at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium yesterday.

Blues crash to Villa

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti was sent crashing to his second successive Premier League defeat away from Stamford Bridge as Aston Villa won 2-1 here on Saturday.

Ghana stun Brazil

Ghana overcame Brazil 4-3 on penalties in the final of the Under-20 World Cup at the Cairo International Stadium here on Friday to become the first African side to win the tournament.

Roy linked with Sweden

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson insisted on Friday that he has not been approached about becoming Sweden's new coach.

Police charge Serbia leader

Belgrade police charged Serbian President Boris Tadic for allegedly violating anti-hooligan laws by opening a bottle of champagne to celebrate Serbia's World Cup qualification, they said Friday.

Stosur dumps Wozniacki

Australian third seed Samantha Stosur on Saturday dashed Caroline Wozniacki's title defence to reach the final at the Japan Open women's tennis tournament.

Carlo keen on Cole deal

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti wants England winger Joe Cole to become the latest Blues star to commit his long-term future to the Premier League leaders.

Blazevic eyeing French revenge

Bosnia coach Miroslav Blazevic said he wants his team to draw France in the European play-offs for the 2010 World Cup to avenge Croatia's semifinal defeat in 1998 when he was in charge.

Maradona says sorry to world's women

Diego Maradona apologised to the world's women on Friday for his explicit, foul-mouthed rant which followed Argentina's World Cup qualification, but refused to say sorry to journalists.

Maracana to undergo facelift

Rio's iconic Maracana stadium will shut for three years in February to undergo a 250-million-dollar facelift ahead of the 2014 World Cup finals and 2016 Olympics.

Pollard seals T&T win

It's said that you can win or lose a Twenty20 game in a blink and Kieron Pollard, batting like a man possessed, proved the adage right by engineering a stunning win against New South Wales, at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad on Friday night.

Nadal, Davydenko in Shanghai final

Top seed Rafael Nadal profited from the ninth retirement of this week's Shanghai Masters as he advanced into the finals 6-1, 3-0 after fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez retired with a right ankle injury.

Vaughan backs Tres

Michael Vaughan, the former England captain, has said Marcus Trescothick "deserves a huge amount of credit" for going to India to take part in the Champions League Twenty20. Vaughan believes that the recurrence of his stress-related illness, which led to Trescothick flying home mid-way through the tournament, will not adversely impact the Somerset opener's county form.

Massa can't wait

Ferrari's Felipe Massa is itching to return to Formula One, and admitted frustration at not making his return at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Rating chess

Eight players jointly lead with maximum 4 points after the 4th round of the Pexatech Limited Open International Rating Chess on Saturday.

Under-14 tennis

BKSP ATF under-14 tennis started yesterday at BKSP Tennis Court, with all the favourites running victorious on the opening day.

Vettori to fill Oram's boots

New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori will move up the batting order if required to fill the absence of the now retired all rounder Jacob Oram in the test cricket team against Pakistan next month.

Div II chess

2nd Division Chess League will start at 3:30 pm on 29th October at the chess federation hall-room.

Football meet in Panchagarh

Maharaja Nripendra Narayan memorial inter-district football tournament was inaugurated amidst huge festivity at Debigonj Nependra Narayan High School Ground in Debigonj upazila in Panchagarh yesterday.

Sarfaraz lambastes Younus

Former Pakistan speedster Sarfaraz Nawaz has lambasted captain Younus Khan for his sudden resignation from the post, saying it was just a smoke screen to disguise his shortcomings in the one-day format of the game.

Business

Industrial output takes a hit from gas crisis

A severe gas crisis continues to take a toll on Bangladesh's industrial output, said industry insiders, pointing to more than 30 percent production loss.

Sea Resources firms up foothold

Sea Resources Group has shored up its foothold by signing deals with two Danish companies to manufacture fishing gear and hydraulic machinery.

Govt to explore African, Central Asian markets

Bangladesh is going to explore business opportunities in 10 African and three Central Asian countries soon in a bid to reduce its dependence on Europe and the US markets.

Minister demands equitable trade

Commerce Minister Faruk Khan has sought an equitable duty-and quota-free market access to developed countries, in his talks with the WTO chief.

Rahimafrooz plans to take solar pumps countrywide

Rahimafrooz Renewable Energy Limited demonstrated a solar-powered irrigation pump to government officials yesterday as part of its plan to embark on installing such devices countrywide.

Housing fair clocks up Tk 300cr in spot orders

A four-day real estate fair wrapped up in Chittagong on Friday by recording Tk 300 crore in spot bookings. The figure is four times higher than the previous year.

Former adviser sees psychological barrier to state-firm listing

Government high officials' psychological barrier now hinders listing of more state-owned entities on bourses, as a former caretaker government functionary has viewed.

Gold strikes record high

Gold prices rocketed to a record high beyond 1,070 dollars per ounce last week, while oil bounced to a one-year peak, as the US currency crumbled in value against the European single currency.

Doha talks on agenda of WTO meet: Envoy

The Doha Round of trade liberalisation negotiations will be discussed when ministers meet later this year at the World Trade Organisation, Chilean envoy Mario Matus said Friday.

Office Expo kicks off Oct 21

A three-day "Office Expo" will begin at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre from October 21, said a press release.

US industry production jumps in Sept

US industrial production jumped in September for a third straight month, the Federal Reserve reported Thursday in a further sign of a reviving manufacturing sector.

Lobbyists influence financial reform

Get over it, America. Wall Street bankers make too much money. The latest example: Goldman Sachs says it has set aside $16.7 billion so far this year for compensation or about $530,000 per employee. Not bad for a company that a year ago received $10 billion in federal money as well as $12.9 billion from the government's bailout of American International Group Inc.

Trade and Traidcraft

It was one of those telephone calls that made me wary. A non-governmental organisation, Traidcraft, wanted to talk to us.

Asian stocks end upbeat week

Asian markets drifted lower Friday as investors took profits after a week of gains driven by upbeat earnings news in the United States.

Mexico stands by power company closure

Mexico's conservative government stood by its decision to close a state-run power company Friday, even after at least 150,000 people marched in protest the previous day.

Oil slips

The price of oil fell Friday on profit-taking after striking a year-high above 78 dollars in a strong week for the market, traders said.

Bank of America posts $1b loss

Despite early signs of a fledgling recovery in the US financial sector, Bank of America Friday highlighted ongoing economic struggles posting a net quarterly loss of 1.0 billion dollars.

Germany to rebound from slump in 2010

Germany is poised to rebound next year from its worst slump in over 60 years, the government said on Friday, sharply revising higher its forecast for output in Europe's economic powerhouse.

India's richest man wins govt praise for pay cut

India's government has praised a decision by India's richest businessman Mukesh Ambani to take a 66 percent pay cut after it called for firms to avoid "vulgar" executive salaries, a report said Saturday.

Russia's Avtovaz workers protest mass layoffs

Several hundred people on Saturday took to the streets in Tolyatti, home to Russia's largest carmaker Avtovaz, to protest against mass layoffs at the ailing maker of the trademark Lada car.

Weekly Currency Roundup

October 11th-October 15th, 2009
International Markets

This week was marked by a strong slide in the dollar, which also led to a sharp rise in commodity prices. After initial strength early in the week, the dollar was on the slide throughout the week. The dollar fell to multi-month lows against the euro and commodity-based currencies as policymaker comments reinforced expectations U.S. interest rates would stay lower for longer than those of other major countries. The greenback hit 14-month lows against the euro and the higher-yielding Australian dollar and a 15-month trough versus the New Zealand and Canada dollars. It also touched a three-week low against sterling after a Bank of England policymaker said its quantitative easing programme was working. Expectations U.S. interest rates would remain low for some time were reinforced by minutes from the latest meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve's policy-setting committee and gave traders a green light to sell the dollar.

Metropolitan

People united to beat poverty

Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister GM Quader has said that the present pro-people government has called upon all to forge a national unity in combating poverty and building a developed Bangladesh.

DU student leaders meet Oct 20

Leaders of different student organisations of Dhaka University (DU) will sit together on October 20 to find out ways for holding the long-awaited election to Dhaka University Students' Union (Ducsu).

Convention of persons with disabilities tomorrow

The 5th national convention of the persons with disabilities (PWDs) will be held in the city tomorrow with the theme 'Empowerment, participation and development'.

2 BCL leaders killed in Munshiganj road accident

Two leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) were killed in a tragic road accident as a bus rammed their motorcycle on Dhaka-Maowa highway at Khanbari under Louhajang upazila in Munshiganj on Friday.

RMG workers demand Tk 5,000 in minimum wage

Garment workers from a human chain here yesterday urged all concerned, including the government, to fix their minimum wage at Tk 5,000 per month.

5 Rohingyas arrested, arms seized in Teknaf

Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) jawans yesterday arrested five Rohingya smugglers of Myanmar from the river Naaf at Teknaf in Cox's Bazar and seized illegal arms from their possession.

JS team off to Switzerland to attend IPU confce

A nine-member parliamentary delegation left for Switzerland last night to attend a conference of Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) to be held from October 19 to 21.

DAP losing effectiveness

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday said the detailed area plan (DAP) of Rajuk, which includes all the policies regarding the development of the city until 2015, is yet to be implemented.

Take up long-term plans to alleviate poverty

Instead of introducing short-term strategy to reduce poverty, long-term sustainable national programmes should be taken to alleviate poverty, speakers said at a discussion on poverty alleviation.

DU business faculty admission halted

Hundreds of admission seekers to the Business Studies Faculty at Dhaka University could not submit their forms yesterday as the authorities stopped the process in protest against 'misbehaviour' with a teacher by a Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activist.

Four carjackers arrested, five vehicles seized

Detective police yesterday arrested four car lifters and seized three stolen private cars and two motorbikes from different areas in the city.

Allow ACC to act independently

The government should allow the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to act independently, speakers at the BBC-Bangladesh Sanglap programme yesterday.

'Protect rights of Rohingya people'

Neeti Gobeshona Kendro, a policy research, advocacy and training organisation, yesterday urged the international community, including United Nations, to come forward to protect the Rohingya people in Myanmar, says a press release.

Installation art show features historical events

An installation art exhibition featuring important events in the country's history from 1998 to 2009 began at the Shilpakala Academy in the city yesterday.

Fake Indian rupees seized: One held

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab-4) yesterday recovered fake Indian Rs 35 lakh at Kalapani in Pallabi and arrested one person in this connection.

Trial for torturing CCC mayor demanded

Speakers at a condolence meeting here yesterday demanded trial of “injustice and mental torture” inflicted on Chittagong Mayor Mohiuddin Chowdhury and his family during the last caretaker government regime.

'Raise awareness to fight AIDS'

Speakers at a workshop have urged the young generation to work together with the experts to raise awareness among the people to prevent AIDS as the number of AIDS-affected people are increasing day by day in the country.

National

Red Crescent office locked for 5 days

Patuakhali Red Crescent office has remained closed for five days as some people locked all of its three rooms following alleged conflict over the newly formed district committee of the organisation.

Please, don't hang me, jail me for life

"Sir, I have committed crime. I have killed all the 11 women in Chandpur. I request you not to implicate me in any other killings except those in Chandpur. Please don't hang me, give me life term."

Barisal vet instt shut for over a month now

Frustration grips around 350 students of Barisal Veterinary Institute (BVI), which has remained closed since September 2 following student agitation on the campus.

4 Bandarban gang members held, arms recovered

Roangchhari police in a raid yesterday morning arrested four suspected members of Chittagong Hill Tracts Nationalist Front (CHTNF), a newly formed terror group in the district.

Indefinite bus strike called in 8 dists from tomorrow

Bus owners and workers in southern region called for indefinite strike from tomorrow in eight districts to press their four-point demand.

1 killed, 10 hurt as rivals clash in Netrakona

One person was killed and 10 others were injured in a clash between two groups of villagers over capture of a land at Chalkbatta village under Kendua upazila of the district yesterday.

Six get life for murder in Barisal

A court here on Thursday sentenced six people to life term imprisonment in a murder case.

Save Bhola from Meghna erosion

A procession was brought out at Manpura upazila headquarters under Bhola district on Friday demanding immediate government steps to protect the people of Bhola from erosion by the Meghna.

2 militant suspects held, 7 JMB men remanded

Police on Friday arrested two suspected Islamist militants in Bagerhat and remanded seven Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) men for five more days in Rajshahi.

Breach of Contract in Bogra

Pashchimanchal Gas Company Ltd (PGCL) has directed the authorities of TMSS CNG Refuelling Station and TMSS CNG Ltd to pay about Tk 84 lakh in addition to the gas bills that they paid since their commissioning on January 9 and December 4 last year.

Jute workers issue fresh deadline

Jute and Textile Workers Action Committee formed by CBA leaders of private-owned jute mills has threatened to launch a tough movement if their ten-point demand is not met by November 17.

Criminals in Pabna destroy idols at two temples

Criminals damaged nine idols at two temples in Bera upazila of Pabna district at midnight on Thursday.

Fire kills elderly woman

An elderly woman was burnt alive in a fire in the city's Sholokbahar area early yesterday. Victim Moyura Begum, 70, was wife of late Abdul Malek. Fire Service and Civil Defence sources said the fire broke out at a house on the ground floor of a two-storied building of one Mohammad Lokman at around 2:00am and spread to two other adjoining houses. The fire originated from leakage of a gas pipeline of the victim's house. Critically injured Moyura was sent to Chittagong Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) where she succumbed to her injuries at around 3:00am, hospital sources said. Four fire fighting units from city's different fire stations rushed to the spot and doused the fire at around 3:15am.

11 rescued from traffickers

BDR jawans yesterday morning arrested 11 youths while being trafficked to India through Sadipur point. The arrestees are Subroto Majumdar, Babul Majumdar, Chandra Roy, Jahangir Alam, Abu Bakkar, Wadud Sheikh, Omar Faruq, Enayet Sheikh, Faruq Sheikh, Shakil Islam and Tayeb Ali. They hail from Khulna, Bagherhat and Gopalganj districts. Acting on a tip-off, a team of BDR-21 Rifles Battalion raided the area at about 7am and arrested them. Sources said, a gang of human traffickers took them to the border area in the name of giving better job in India.

'Clean Patuakhali' campaign

A campaign to keep Patuakhali town clean was held here yesterday. Organised by local NGOs, the programme, titled 'Clean and Green Patuakhali,' was formally opened by Sadar upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) Md Khorshed Alam. The programme started at the central bus terminal and concluded at Launchghat by cleaning several places in the town. Later, a hand washing programme was held at Swanirvar Road slum through distribution of soaps in the shanties. At a street corner meeting, the UNO urged all to keep their houses and the town clean. Earlier, a procession was brought out in the town. Processionists paraded the main streets of the town.

Housewife murdered

A woman was murdered allegedly by her husband at Barokura village in Kamarkhand upazila on Thursday night. Victim Lamia Parvin Lipi, 30, was wife of Sirajul

Boy injured in blast

A boy was injured in a bomb blast yesterday at Kalijira Bazar in the city. Members of Rapid Action Battalion in Barisal (Rab)-8 went to the spot, recovered from there another live cocktail and diffused it. Victim Saimon, 7, is son of Jamal Hossain of Kalijira Bazar. He was rushed to Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College and Hospital (SBMCH). Rab-8 said, Saimon found two handmade bombs in the bazaar area. A bomb went off when he was playing with it.

Press club executives

Anwar Toha, Companyganj correspondent of the daily Inqilib and Jafar Ullah Palash of the daily Ittefaq, have been elected president and general secretary of Companyganj Press Club. The election of the club's executive body was held here recently. Farid Uddin Ahmed Rashed of the daily Naya Diganta and Nazim Uddin Khokon of the daily Manobjomin were elected vice presidents. The other office-bearers are: Abul Bashar of the daily Amar Desh- joint secretary, Praohanto Suvas Chandra of the daily Amader Somoy-organising secretary , Md Ibrahim Jahir of the daily Jai Jai Din-publicity secretary, Kazi Abdur Rahim of the daily Sangram-literary and cultural secretary, Belayet Hossain Chowdhury Sumon of the daily Bhorer Kagoj-treasurer and Tabibur Rahman Tipu of the daily Dinkal, Salauddin of the daily Khabor patra, Abu Naser of the daily Sachitra and Nazim Uddin of the daily Sangbad-members.

One killed in mud collapse

A man was killed and two others were injured on Tuesday

Principal confined for 2 hrs

Lalmonirhat Technical Training Centre (MTTC) students yesterday morning confined their principal to his room for two hours demanding holding of regular classes. The students told this correspondent that they often miss classes for absence of teachers. 'We urged the principal for resolving the problem but he did not pay heed to the appeal', they alleged. 'As a result, our academic life has become uncertain', they said. However, the students postponed their programme at about 1 pm when MTTC Principal Mokhsedul Alam assured them of taking steps for regular classes, campus sources said.

International

Pak militants threaten sovereignty of nation

Pakistan said that militants threatened the sovereignty of the nation after a twin suicide bombing capped an avalanche of attacks killing more than 170 people this month.

'Alert' Pentagon closely monitoring Pak situation

The Pentagon has said that is it keeping a close watch on Pakistan's current situation, where the recent spate of terror attacks, particularly on security installations, has raised questions over Islamabad's efforts to weed out extremism from the country's soil.

Wrangling, horse-trading over Afghan vote result

Two months after Afghans voted in controversial presidential elections, authorities were still wrangling yesterday over whether another poll is needed amid tense negotiations between rival candidates.

World powers hold talks with Iran tomorrow

The UN nuclear watchdog will host talks between Russia, France, the United States and Iran here Monday that are seen as crucial to resolving the long-running standoff over Tehran's disputed nuclear drive.

3 US soldiers, 25 Taliban killed in Afghanistan

Bomb attacks in Afghanistan claimed the lives of three US soldiers, officials said Saturday, as Nato and Afghan forces killed 25 Taliban fighters in separate assaults.

9 die in Iraq violence

Nine people were killed, including six soldiers and two policemen, in a swathe of bombings and shootings across Iraq yesterday, ministry and security officials said.

Abbas to announce polls date Oct 25

Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas said yesterday that he would announce the date for the Palestinian elections on October 25.

Iran may declare Neda a martyr

Iran's Martyr Foundation said yesterday it will declare Neda Agha-Soltan a martyr if is proven that an enemy of the state caused the young woman's death during a protest rally after the June election.

Hitting early, swine flu kills 11 more kids in US

As the swine flu outbreak strikes the US early and hard, health officials note a worrisome number of child deaths and warn that supplies of vaccine will remain scarce for at least the next couple of weeks.

Galactic magnetic fields may control boundaries of our solar system

The first all-sky maps developed by Nasa's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) spacecraft suggests that galactic magnetic fields may control the boundaries of our solar system.

US contractors to get large share of aid bill

Pakistan will receive only about $1 billion under the Kerry-Lugar Act in the first year because a large portion of the earmarked $1.5 billion is likely to be used to meet intermediary expenditures.

HW group presses Nepal to probe civil war killings

Human Rights Watch on Friday urged Nepal to investigate and prosecute those responsible for crimes committed during the country's decade-long civil war.

India reaffirms Dalai Lama can visit Arunachal

India has reaffirmed Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama's right to visit its disputed border region with China in the face of objections from Beijing, a report said yesterday.

'Laden had a passion for sunflowers, fast cars'

The first wife of Osama bin Laden has come out with a no-holes barred book revealing the complex character of the world's number one terrorist.

Mamata alleges phone tapping

Railway Minister and Trinamool Congress Chief Mamata Banerjee on Friday alleged that her phone as well as those of her personal staff were being tapped at the behest of West Bengal government.

Arts & Entertainment

A ‘Gaanwala’ takes Dhaka audience on a musical journey

Renowned Kolkata-based singer-songwriter Kabir Suman -- known to his fans in Bangladesh and India as 'Gaanwala' -- performed at a solo concert on October 16 at the auditorium of Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB). The artiste's recent visit has been a much talked about issue among the music aficionados of the city over the last few days, as it had generated some misunderstanding between the organisers of the show and theatre activists. The organisers had to change the venue -- from National Theatre Hall to IEB -- a couple of days before the show.

South Korean spectacle in town

On October 16 evening, Dhaka theatre enthusiasts were in for a treat. Two Korean troupes -- YEGAM Theatre Company and Hyundai Puppet Theatre -- staged their much-acclaimed productions at International School Dhaka (ISD) auditorium, Bashundhara, leaving the audience in awe.

Discussion on artist Shahabuddin’s works at Bengal Gallery

Shahabuddin's figurative compositions have earned him a special place in the art world. The painter is revered both in Bangladesh and abroad for his contributions to art. A discussion on the artist's latest exhibition, "Jai Bangla," amongst several prominent cultural personalities took place at Bengal Gallery in Dhanmondi last Friday evening.

Bangla Academy honours Nurul Islam

Bangla Academy honoured Nurul Islam 'Kabya Binod' on his 100th birthday last Wednesday.

Fazlul Haque Memorial Award ‘09 announced

Renowned litterateur Syed Shamsul Haque and veteran filmmaker Amjad Hossain have been selected for this year's Fazlul Haque Memorial Award, according to a press release.

OP-ED

Daylight saving time

THE magic spell of Daylight Saving Time (DST), also called Summer Time in EU countries, was introduced in Bangladesh for the first time on 19/20 June. The energy minister argued that the DST would help to conserve 250-300Mwh of electricity, but it proved a failure. So DST is a debatable issue.

Iran will build the bomb after all

ON October 1, the five Security Council members and Germany (P5+1) -- known as the "six-party" -- met in Geneva with Iran for a fresh round of talks over Iran's nuclear program. Actually, the meeting was called last April, but Iran delayed its acceptance.

New passport rules

BUSINESS Travellers around the world have been puzzled by a bizarre mystery. For months, airport officials have done nothing to make our lives worse. How come? Why are they not doing their jobs? We feel oddly neglected.


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