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News of: Monday, 26th of October, 2009

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Aila victims sink deeper

Lutfar Gazi doesn't even tries to recall that disastrous day when cyclone Aila ripped through the area he lives and wrecked havoc on his life in May this year. Since then he is too busy struggling to cope with the plight with little time to look back to his past.

EC wants state to fund parties

The Election Commission (EC) will hold talks with the political parties to raise their political funds with the government contribution to bring transparency in their income and expenditure, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda said yesterday.

Another Freedom Party man held

Detective Branch of police yesterday arrested another Freedom Party leader in the city's Segunbagicha for suspected link to the Wednesday's bomb attack on Awami League lawmaker Fazle Noor Taposh.

Govt to leave the act alone

Pressurised by developing partners including the World Bank, the finance minister has moved to restore in Public Procurement Act the previously dropped provision for having prior experience and discontinue the lottery system for getting government work up to Tk 2 crore.

Rashid's wife key planner

Jobaida Rashid, wife of fugitive convict in Bangabandhu murder case Khandaker Abdur Rashid, was the 'real planner' of the incidents of August 15, 1975.

Legal notice served on Bashundhara

A legal notice has been issued on Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan and four others for recent publication of libellous, false and baseless advertisements in different national dailies, publishing derogatory posters and leaflets, and its ill attempt to file a fabricated case against the daily Prothom Alo.

Twin blasts kill 136 in Baghdad

Two suicide car bombs exploded in downtown Baghdad yesterday, killing at least 136 people and delivering a powerful blow to the heart of the fragile city's government in the worst attack of the year, officials said.

2 Hizbut offices raided

Police yesterday raided the Dhaka central office and Sylhet divisional office of recently banned Islamist organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir Bangladesh, and seized its publications, and various other documents and properties.

BCL men shut emergency for hours

The outdoor department and emergency ward of Sir Salimullah Medical College and Mitford Hospital remained closed for several hours yesterday due to a demonstration staged by a faction of Bangladesh Chhatra League in protest at Saturday's attack on them by another BCL faction.

Tortured journo Masum denied filing case

Despite repeated attempts since Saturday, the New Age journalist FM Masum could not file a case against the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) personnel who picked him up and tortured three days ago.

Nuke agreement with Russia signed

Bangladesh signed with Russia a protocol deal on cooperation in the field of peaceful usage of atomic energy as the country plans to install a nuclear power plant.

150 basement shops knocked down

Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha pulled down about 150 shops at two shopping malls in Mirpur yesterday during a drive to retrieve designated car parking spaces in buildings.

Declare Hafiz winner in Bhola-3

BNP yesterday urge the Election Commission (EC) either to declare Maj (retd) Hafizuddin Ahmed winner for Bhola-3 constituency or hold re-election only among the valid candidates in December 29, 2008 polls.

Red carpet reception to PM at Doha

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived here yesterday evening to a red-carpet reception on a two-day official visit to Qatar.

DST to be in force

Energy Adviser to prime minister Dr Towfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury yesterday said the ongoing daylight saving time will not be changed back.

Govt to plug illegal entry of Rohingyas

The home ministry yesterday directed the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR), Coastguards and the local administration in Chittagong and Cox's Bazar to take measures to prevent further illegal entry of Rohingyas into Bangladesh.

Emergency declared in US

President Barack Obama has declared swine flu a "national emergency" as the United States reels from millions of cases of infection and more than 1,000 deaths.

Baluchistan minister shot dead

Gunmen shot dead a minister of the Baluchistan provincial government in the insurgency-hit southwest of Pakistan yesterday, police said.

Pakistan appoints new judge for Mumbai terror attack case

Pakistan on Saturday appointed Judge Malik Muhammad Akram Awan to replace Judge Baqir Ali Rana of Rawalpindi's Anti-Terrorism Court 2 hearing the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks case.

Editorial

Sheikh Hasina on climate change effects

PRIME Minister Sheikh Hasina's call in Stockholm for a realistic fund to be established to help countries like Bangladesh deal with the effects of climate change in the face of a dire need to scale up finances for the purpose has been timely. And it's because of the all too loud alarm bells sounded in recent times about the dangers to which the least developed countries of the world are exposed. We believe the Bangladesh leader was speaking for all vulnerable nations when she suggested that the finance they need should not come in the form of loans. In other words, climate change adaptation financing, in her view, must be distinct from and also in addition to ODA targets of gross national incomes for developing as well as least developed countries.

Land survey in the CHT

THE administration's decision to conduct land survey in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), has now come under the scrutiny of experts and advocacy groups.

Time to bury the hatchet

THE country's two top political leaders, Sheikh Hasina and Madam Zia, were to address a national convention from the same platform to give their perspectives with regard to poverty alleviation on the International Poverty Alleviation Day -- thus initiating a united approach to fight the scourge. It was big news, and had been eagerly awaited.

Parliament boycott also repeats

THE famous French novelist Victor Hugo said that history repeats itself, first time as tragedy, then as farce. Only it's hard to tell which phase constitutes the tragedy and which the farce.

Sports

Sky Blues off on right foot

Defending champions Abahani started their pursuit of a hattrick title campaign of the professional football league with a convincing 3-1 win over newcomers Beanibazar SC on the opening day of the Bangladesh League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Aussie nerve wins the first game

If the best way to spark interest in a sevaen-match ODI series is to stage a brilliantly tense opener, then Australia and India achieved their goal in Vadodara on Sunday. Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey set up what looked like being a comfortable Australian win until a lively, crowd-lifting partnership from Harbhajan Singh and Praveen Kumar threatened to snatch victory for India.

Bangladesh start with Bhutan

Hosts Bangladesh will begin their SAFF Championship campaign taking on Bhutan in one of two opening day matches on December 4 as the South Asian Football Federation yesterday revealed the fixtures of the sixth edition of the regional football meet.

Zimbabweans strike hard

Zimbabweans shrugged off Friday's shock-loss with a 192-run thumping of the BCB XI in their second and last practice match at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium yesterday.

NZ don't need a vice-captain

Brendon McCullum has been stripped of the vice-captaincy of the Black Caps, following the decision of New Zealand cricket authorities to make the position redundant.

BCB's board meeting held

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday formed a three-member committee to explore the possibilities of introducing franchise concept in the domestic first-class league.

Wasim's wife Huma dead

Huma, the wife of former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram, has died on Sunday after developing heart and kidney complications. She was admitted to the Apollo Hospital in Chennai last Tuesday after her condition deteriorated on board an air ambulance flying from Lahore to Singapore, where she was due to be treated at the Mount Elizabeth Hospital.

'Indo-Aussie series will be hard fought'

Former Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist has said that the seven-match one-day series between India and Australia would be "hard fought".

Schiavone wins in Kremlin

Italy's Francesca Schiavone won just the second title of her career here on Sunday by defeating Olga Govortsova of Belarus 6-3, 6-0 in the Kremlin Cup final.

Rossi in 7th heaven

Defending world champion Valentino Rossi claimed his seventh MotoGP title in a thrilling race in wet conditions on Sunday at the Malaysian Moto GP.

Vettori wants Flemo as coach

New Zealand's captain and de facto coach Daniel Vettori believes former skipper Stephen Fleming would make a wonderful Black Caps coach.

Div I cricket

Faizul Islam of Orient Sporting Club grabbed a five-wicket haul to see his side post a four-wicket victory over Lalmatia Club in a low scoring affair at the Mirpur City Club Ground on the second day of the First Division Cricket League yesterday.

Sampras beats Agassi again

Former world number one Pete Sampras beat long-time rival Andre Agassi at an exhibition match in Macau Sunday, the first time that the retired American champions have faced off in seven years.

Warne takes digs at captains, coaches

Australian bowling legend Shane Warne has said that the biggest threat to the art of spin bowling comes from coaches and captains who lack the understanding of the art.

Chelsea imperious

Frank Lampard scored twice as Chelsea leap-frogged champions Manchester United into top spot in the English Premier League with a 5-0 rout of Blackburn Rovers at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Beach ball boy sorry

A teenage Liverpool fan who caused one of the oddest goals in English football history came out of hiding Sunday to apologise profusely for belting a beach ball onto the pitch.

It's a Real struggle

After losing to AC Milan in the Champions League in midweek, Real Madrid dropped two points in the title race with a 0-0 draw at Sporting Gijon on Saturday as they failed to score for the first time this season.

Late show from Bayern

Belgian defender Daniel van Buyten made amends for his dismissal at Bordeaux in midweek by heading a late winner for Bayern Munich in a 2-1 home win over Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.

Inter maintain lead

Inter Milan maintained their two point lead over Sampdoria at the Serie A summit as the top two both won on Saturday.

Bordeaux back on top

French champions Bordeaux took advantage of a shock 4-1 defeat for Lyon at Nice to return to the top of the table with a 3-0 home victory over Le Mans on Saturday.

Pep has faith in his side

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola said Saturday he continues to have faith in his side despite the wave of criticism the European and Spanish champions have received.

'Determination was the key'

Defender Daniel van Buyten headed Bayern Munich's late goal which sealed a 2-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt and insisted it was the German giants' determination which saw them through.

Business

Gas crisis forces Monno Fabrics into layoff

The gas supplying authority yesterday approved a solution for Monno Fabrics to ease a severe gas pressure crisis that forced the leading textile factory to suspend operations from October 22.

Landline maker set for automation

Telephone Shilpa Sangstha Limited (TSS), the state-run telephone equipment manufacturer, is set to go under an automated production system by December, eyeing production of more than a thousand landline sets a day.

ETP issue irks apparel buyers

A delay in setting up effluent treatment plants (ETPs) is annoying international apparel buyers as they have been putting pressure on manufacturers over the years to make products following internationally recognised compliances, industry insiders said.

Bangladesh ranks low in South Asia mobile use

Bangladesh's mobile penetration rate stood at 28 percent in 2008 lagging behind war-ravaged Afghanistan's 29 percent in South Asia, according to a regional report.

Asia mulls common position in G20

Asian countries should club together to boost their influence on the global financial stage and find "co-ordinated positions" ahead of key world meetings, a summit statement said Sunday.

German delegation seeks shipbuilding partnership

A visiting German business delegation yesterday expressed its interest in forming a sustainable, long-term partnership in shipbuilding and other sectors in Bangladesh.

Mutual funds lead bull-run

The Dhaka market saw a bull-run yesterday, as a verdict date announcement on a mutual fund case triggered the investment sector price jump.

Protect small investors' interest

President Zillur Rahman yesterday urged the authorities of Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) to take necessary initiatives for attracting new investors along with steps to protect interest of the small investors.

Govt urged to run EPB, BoI under private management

Industrial entrepreneurs yesterday called upon the government to immediately improve the supply of gas and power, and law and order situation to attract domestic and foreign investments.

WB promises to fast-track credit

Bangladesh will get increased access to The World Bank's funding and the lending amount may be more than for many other countries, said Robert L Floyd, interim country director of the World Bank, Bangladesh.

China ready to launch Nasdaq-style index

China will launch trading on its long-awaited Nasdaq-style board on Friday in the hope of harnessing the vast amount of liquidity circulating in the economy for cash-strapped businesses, experts say.

Asian stocks continue losses

Asian markets fell for a second successive day on Thursday as another tumble on Wall Street combined with profit-taking and below-forecast growth figures from China.

Food festival starts today

A three-day British fusion food festival -- Taste of Britain Curry Fest -- is set to start at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel today, which will present the culinary success of British Bangladeshis in the UK.

TCB to sell essentials before Eid

About 3.50 lakh tonnes of sugar are on import pipeline and TCB will sell essentials through its dealers before Eid-ul Azha to stabilise the market.

Grameen Foundation teams up with USAID

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) and Grameen Foundation announced a new private-public partnership to support local currency financing to micro-finance institutions (MFIs) throughout the developing world, says a press release.

Holcim holds seminars for contest

Holcim Bangladesh has arranged a series of regional seminars starting in Dhaka for its contest styled "Holcim Green Built Bangladesh" since Thursday, the company said in a statement.

New DG for BIBM

Dr Bandana Saha has been appointed the director general of Bangladesh Institute of Bank Management, says a statement yesterday.

Oil slips from $82

World oil prices slid Thursday on profit-taking after soaring overnight to 82 dollars per barrel, striking a one-year peak on the back of sliding US energy reserves and the weak greenback, traders said.

Maruti sees quarterly profit jump 93pc

India's largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki reported Saturday that its quarterly net profit had soared 93 percent year-on-year, amid signs pointing to a reviving domestic economy.

Russia is out of recession

Russia is out of recession and its economy will grow by two percent in the fourth quarter owing to a rise in oil prices, Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin was quoted as saying on Saturday.

JAL to restructure under new state-backed agency

Ailing Japan Airlines will restructure itself under a state-backed corporate turnaround firm while the government mulls a special law to cut the carrier's high pension payouts, reports said Sunday.

Australia, China discuss detained Rio executive: Rudd

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said he had raised the issue of detained mining executive Stern Hu during talks with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao because the case was a "matter of concern" to Australia.

Currency

Local Market FX
Local inter-bank FX market traded actively today. The USD/BDT rate traded at a similar level compared with the previous day. The market has been on a strong uptrend in the past few days.

Metropolitan

Govt to fix price limit for food grains

The government will fix a price limit for food grains in the food procurement policy to make sure that farmers get due profits and produce adequate crops to cut dependency on food import, Food and Disaster Management Minister Abdur Razzaque said yesterday.

Hizb ut student front still active at DU

Chhatra Mukti, the student wing of banned Islamist political party Hizb ut-Tahrir Bangladesh, is still carrying out its activities on the Dhaka University (DU) campus secretly, sources said.

Body to probe CMC clash: 3 Shibir men held

Police arrested three Islami Chhatra Shibir men yesterday following Saturday's clash between members of Shibir and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) at Chittagong Medical College (CMC) while a five-member committee was formed to probe into the matter.

Eviction drive after river survey by Nov

Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan yesterday said survey of the rivers are going on as per the High Court order and after the completion of the task by November drive would be conducted to dismantle illegal installations and evict grabbers.

'80pc resources benefit affluent class'

Speakers at a programme of the College of Engineering and Technology (CEAT) said 80 percent allocated resources at tertiary education level are enjoyed by the students from elitist class who constitute 20 percent of the society.

PRP extended for another five years

The Police Reform Programme (PRP) has been extended for another five years to support the transition from a colonial style police force to democratic policing for enhancing human security in Bangladesh.

Writ filed to implement PM's directives

The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule upon the government to explain within two weeks why it should not be directed to immediately implement the rules of Disabled Welfare Act 2001 and the prime minister's recent directives for ensuring the rights of persons with disabilities.

Govt to procure 3 dredgers

The government is set to procure three large dredgers worth Tk 200 crore from the Netherlands to increase the dredging capacity of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA).

Police asked to submit report on arrest of two accused

A Dhaka court yesterday again directed the police to submit reports before it by November 19 on whether the arrest warrants against two accused were executed or not in the Zia Orphanage Trust embezzlement case.

Notice on Square, Apollo hospitals to stop VAT collection

A notice was served yesterday on Square Hospitals Limited and Apollo Hospitals asking them to stop collection of value added tax (VAT) from patients within 24 hours as per the High Court (HC) directives.

'Punish culprits provoking women to commit suicide'

Civil society activists yesterday demanded punishment to culprits who provoke women to commit suicide.

CHT ministry staff murdered at Nagar Bhaban

Police recovered a slaughtered body from the sixth floor of Nagar Bhaban in the city last night.

3 injured as BCL factions clash at DU

Two separate clashes between rival factions of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) left three activists injured on Dhaka University campus yesterday.

Appointment of BERC chairman challenged

The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule upon the government to explain within three weeks why the appointment of Syed Yusuf Hossain as chairman of Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) should not be declared illegal.

Call to eliminate child labour

Speakers at a dialogue yesterday demanded steps to abolish child labour from hazardous occupations immediately.

Army replaces contingent in Darfur

Bangladesh Army is going to replace its contingent at United Nations Assistance Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), Sudan.

Chinese team meets army, navy chiefs

A 31-member Chinese PLA National Defence University (NDU) delegation led by its Vice-President Lt Gen Wang Chaotian paid a courtesy call on Chief of Army Staff Gen Md Ab-dul Mubeen at Army Head-quarters in the city yesterday.

CU teacher dismissed for unsocial activity

Chittagong University (CU) syndicate yesterday dismissed a lecturer of international relations department from service for his involvement in unsocial activity.

Sher-e-Bangla's 136th birth anniversary today

Today is the 136th birth anniversary of renowned politician and social worker Sher-e-Bangla AK Fazlul Haque.

MCCI award for investigative journalism on environment

Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) yesterday announced its grant for an annual award to recognise investigative journalism on environmental issues, says a press release.

One shot by extortionists

Criminals yesterday afternoon shot an employee of an underconstruction building and stabbed a construction labourer in the city's East Kazipara area under Kafrul Police Station as the owner refused to pay toll.

Develop professional skills to reduce disaster risks

Speakers at a consultation meeting emphasised on enhancing professional skills of media men for reduction of disaster risk across the country.

Babar to chair Asian CSR Award jury

Mohiuddin Babar, columnist, researcher on CSR and a broadcaster, has been selected by the Manila-based Asian Forum on CSR to chair the jury for Asian CSR Awards for 2009.

National

200 pry students study under open sky for over a year

A few hundred students of Auliapur Hat Government Primary School in Patuakhali Sadar upazila have to attend classes under the open sky as the school building cum cyclone shelter was declared abandoned more than a year ago.

Ambulance for KMCH turned into microbus for personal use

A brand new ambulance meant for carrying patients of Khulna Medical College Hospital (KMCH) is being used as a private vehicle of the director of Nucleus Medicine and Ultrasound Centre on the KMCH campus.

Police meet family of Kohinoor, Rasu remanded again

Police yesterday came to know the identity of Kohinoor who was one of the 11 women killed by self-confessed serial killer Rasu Khan.

Rivals demand removal of Naser as convener

Intra-party conflict in Moulvibazar BNP has taken a serious turn as a faction on Saturday demanded removal of district convener M Naser Rahman for his alleged involvement in anti-organisational activities.

Notorious pirate arrested

A pirate gang leader and one of his accomplices were held in Musapur area of Companiganj upazila on Saturday.

AL leader murdered in Pirojpur

A union level Awami League leader was hacked to death at Batjala village in Sadar upazila Saturday night.

WFP wants to expand school feeding in remote areas

Visiting Deputy Executive Director of World Food Programme (WFP) Staffan de Mistura yesterday said they would like to expand their programme including school feeding in backward areas and scheme for providing food security for the ultra poor in Bangladesh.

Khagrachhari AL men demand removal of hill council chief, 3 aides

Leaders and activists of Awami League upazila units under Khagrachhari district yesterday sent a memorandum to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina through the deputy commissioner demanding removal of the chairman of Khagrachhari Hill District Council (KHDC) and its three councillors for their alleged involvement in corruption and patronising the JMB militants.

Govt to lose popularity if it fails to stop the plunderers: Menon

Workers Party President lawmaker Rashed Khan Menon yesterday said the government will be isolated from the people if it fails to check corruption and restore good governance in all sectors.

10 hurt as AL cadres attack villagers

At least 10 people were injured as ruling party cadres attacked villagers at Mridhakandi under Pachchar union of Shibchar upazila yesterday evening.

Six houses gutted

Fire gutted six dwelling houses in Tegharia Ampara area of the district town on Saturday morning.

BCL, Moitree clash on RU campus

Three people were injured yesterday as the activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Chhatra Moitree clashed on the Rajshahi University (RU) campus.

6 hurt as border people clash

Two groups of farmers of Bangladesh and India clashed on Bothgaon border under Atwary upazila in Panchagarh Saturday afternoon, leaving six people from both sides injured, BDR and locals said.

Outlaw held with arms

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday morning arrested an outlaw along with arms at Chandrapur village in Bagmara upazila. Outlaw Chandu Pramanik alias Badsha, is son of Ayruddin Pramanik of Baje Goalkandi village of the upazila and a cadre of ML-Lal Pataka. Rab sources said, a gang of extremists snatched a firearm after killing a police constable on May 2, 2008 at Taherpur weekly market in Bagmara. It is suspected that Chandu might have link with the killing and looting his firearm. Yesterday, one pistol, one magazine and two bullets were recovered from his possession.

Robber killed in Pirojpur

Rivals murdered an alleged robber at Borojala village in Pirojpur Sadar upazila on Saturday night. The deceased was identified as Alamgir Sheikh, 40, son of late Mostafa Sheikh of the same village. Officer in-charge (OC) of Pirojpur Sadar police station Gazi Md Ibrahim said a gang of criminals chopped Alamgir to death while returning home at about 11:00pm. Alamgir is an accused in two robbery cases and one murder case, police said. The body was sent to Pirojpur Sadar Hospital for autopsy.

Effigy of Col Oli burnt

Phulbari people on Saturday night burnt the effigy of Col Oli Ahmed protesting his recent visit to Barapukkuria Coal Mine Company Ltd and supporting the open pit method of coal extraction. Protesters urged Oli to withdraw his remarks against Phulbari agitators made during his visit on October 18. Sources said, hundreds of protesters from different villages of Phulbari upazila brought out several processions and gathered at Nimtola crossing Saturday night and held a rally. Later the protesters burnt the effigy of Col Oli.

Housewife's body recovered

Police on Saturday recovered the decomposed body of a housewife, allegedly killed by her husband three days ago, from a pond at Bari Madhupur village in Kishoreganj upazila. According to police, Nargis Akter, 25, was wife of Faruk Hossain and mother of a girl child. Locals said, Faruk used to torture Nargis on trivial matters and she remained missing since Wednesday night. They located her body under the mud of the pond Saturday afternoon and informed police. Police recovered the body and sent it to district hospital morgue for autopsy. Faruk went into hiding. A case was filed in this connection.

2.4 kg heroin seized

Members of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) in a drive on Saturday night recovered 2.4 kilogram of heroin from Suagazi bus stand area in Sadar Dakkhin upazila. BDR sources said, acting on a tip-off, members of 33 Rifles Battalion raided the area and recovered the heroin from an abandoned bag. Sensing presence of the border guards, the smugglers fled the scene leaving behind the heroin bag, they said.

Mother hilsa seized

Coast guards, in a drive early yesterday, seized egg-carrying mother hilsha worth about Tk 8.40 lakh from a passenger launch in Molehead area of the Meghna. But the fish was sold in open auction for only Tk 1.20 lakh, said Chandpur model police station officer in-charge (OC) Quazi Abdul Quayum. Coast Guard Chandpur station commander Captain Khawja Masum led the drive. Sources said, coast guards recovered about 70 maunds of mother hilsha from a launch named "Shariatpur-3" at around 1:30am yesterday. The launch was coming to Dhaka from Bhola via Chandpur. The fish were handed over to police.

3 BCL activists held

Four people, including three activists of Chhatra League (BCL), were arrested along with lethal weapons, from Bilpar area of the city Saturday afternoon. The arrestees were identified as Chapal Das, 19, son of Sajal Das of Dariapara, Tilak Chowdhury, 20, son of Rakesh Chowdhury, and Khairul Islam, 21, son of Kabiruddin of Mirzangal area. Police said, they chased a group of 20-25 BCL activists when they, equipped with sharp weapons, were about to launch an attack on rivals in Bilpar area and arrested three of them. Later, three lethal weapons were also recovered from their possession. During the drive, police also held notorious snatcher Munna, 25, son of Zafar Ahmed of Khuliapara, from the area.

Goods seized from train

Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) personnel on Saturday seized Indian goods worth Tk 7 lakh from a train at Panchbibi rail station. A team of BDR searched Rajshahi-bound Uttara train and seized 960 bottles of phensidyl syrup, 53 pieces of saris and some medicine. BDR searched the train as part of month-long anti-narcotics drive.

International

6 soldiers killed in Pak helicopter crash

Six soldiers were killed when a Pakistani military helicopter crashed in a restive tribal area bordering Afghanistan overnight while three other soldiers and 15 militants were killed during fighting in the same area, the military said yesterday.

Political, spiritual leaders on terror hit list

Pakistani intelligence agencies have warned about a series of terror strikes across the country targeting political and spiritual leaders.

Pak troops fire across Kashmir border: India

Pakistani troops on Saturday fired at Indian army positions across the de facto border dividing Kashmir between the two nations, the Indian army said, accusing Islamabad of violating a ceasefire.

Congress retains Chavan and Hooda as CMs

Going for status quo, Congress has named Ashok Chavan and Bhupinder Singh Hooda as leaders of its legislature parties in Maharashtra and Haryana, clearing the decks for their return as chief ministers even.

Questions about how free, safe Afghan election can be

As Afghans prepare for a re-run of their presidential election after a first round marred by staggering levels of fraud, concerns are growing about how free, fair and safe a second round can be.

Troops, Maoists trade fire in West Bengal

Days after their daring raid on a police station, the Maoist rebels triggered three landmine blasts and engaged the security forces in a heavy exchange of fire in West Bengal's Lalgarh belt Saturday evening.

Single shot of gene therapy can help cure blindness

A single jab of genes that produce light-sensitive pigments can make children with congenital blindness see, according to a new study.

Kilometre-long invite for Obama from UP

Barack Obama has mail - from a place in Uttar Pradesh state in India that he would never have heard of.

Uruguayans vote to elect president

Uruguayans voted yesterday in a presidential election that could bring to power an ex-guerrilla leader who was shot nine times and twice escaped from jail during the military dictatorship.

Puntland jails 12 pirates

A court in Somalia's breakaway Puntland region yesterday sentenced 12 pirates to jail terms of between three and eight years, officials said.

Myanmar sees Suu Kyi's role in reconciliation

Myanmar's prime minister told Asian leaders yesterday that the ruling junta sees a role for democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi in fostering reconciliation ahead of elections in 2010, Thailand said.

UN experts inspect Iran's atomic plant

UN experts were inspecting Iran's controversial second uranium enrichment plant yesterday to verify whether the newly disclosed facility was designed for peaceful nuclear purposes.

2 passenger trains collide in Egypt, killing 25

A passenger train collided with the back of a second one just outside of Cairo on Saturday, destroying several passenger cars and killing at least 25 people, a police official said.

Saudi female TV journalist to face 60 lashes

A Saudi female journalist said Saturday that a court has ordered her to receive 60 lashes for working at a television network that aired the sexual confessions of a man.

Internet 'a teenager' at 40

Leonard Kleinrock never imagined Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube that day 40 years ago when his team gave birth to what is now taken for granted as the Internet.

Police clash with Palestinians at Al-Aqsa mosque compound

Clashes erupted yesterday between police and Palestinians at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in the latest violence to shake Jerusalem's flashpoint site holy to Muslims and Jews.

Arts & Entertainment

Preserving an age-old tradition

The indigenous Garo community of the Madhupur Garh region (located in Tangail and Mymensingh districts) recently celebrated their biggest annual festival 'Wanggala'. The traditional event -- observed by the indigenous community to dedicate their crops to their Gods -- had a unique touch this year with a large turnout as the festival could not be observed last year due to unstable political situation in the country.

A legend lives on in her hometown

A weeklong film festival in honour of screen legend Suchitra Sen began last Friday. It was the first such festival dedicated to the memory of the actress in her ancestral hometown of Pabna. The organisers are the Pabna district administration and the Suchitra Sen Smriti Parishad. The event was inaugurated by Kabori, noted film actress and lawmaker. A colourful rally, beginning from Pabna Town Hall premises, paraded the main streets of the district headquarters to mark the start of the festival.

‘Meridian Channel i Khudey Gaanraaj’ to go on air soon

'Meridian Channel i Khudey Gaanraaj' is back on Channel i. The launching ceremony of the second season of the musical talent hunt for children was held at Winter Garden, Dhaka Sheraton Hotel yesterday.

Songs of five poets in Sylhet

Sangeet Parishad, Sylhet held a musical soiree, titled 'Koho Kaney Kaney Shunao Praney Praney' at the city's M Saifur Rahman Auditorium last Friday. The event featured presentations of poems and songs of the five creative titans of Bangla literature -- Rabindranath Tagore, Kazi Nazrul Islam, DL Roy, Atul Prasad Sen and Rajanikanta Sen.

Chhinnamukul Academy’s annual cultural event in Kurigram

The annual cultural function of Chhinnamukul Academy, in association with the NGO Terre des hommes Foundation (TdhF) Bangladesh, was held in Kurigram last Friday.

OP-ED

The Tiger of Bengal

BANGLADESH remembers today a great hero, a giant among men, who was born on this red-letter day in 1873. The whole nation honours and respects and admires this brave son of Bengal because he loved peace and did everything in his power to avert dire calamities; because he merited the high and exalted positions to which the suffrage of a grateful nation elevated him; because he was regardless of personal gains and cheerfully endured all toil and hardship so that he might elevate the masses of mankind; because he had a high sense of honour, respected the rights of conscience, and nobly advocated equality of privileges and the universal brotherhood of man; because he had an unshakable faith in Islam but never spoke ill of any other religion; because he was a man of the people. And Bangladeshis believe that he was one of us and that he was for us. Yes, Sher-e-Bangla A.K. Fazlul Huq, whose birth anniversary we celebrate today, really gave enormously of himself to the people, and he really loved the people.

Development conference at Harvard

BANGLADESH Development Initiative (BDI) held its second annual conference at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government on October 9 and 10. BDI's president, Professor Saad Andaleeb raised two challenging questions in his message to the conference participants: How can the world's seventh largest populous nation "count itself as a more positive and productive force for its own development?" How can this nation stir itself up, boost its potential and "rebrand itself as a far more progressive nation?"

A gift for the past

WHEN the ageing but still incomparable Groucho Marx, now trundling into his eighties, was asked what he most wanted as a birthday gift, his reply was succinct: "Last year." Which year from their past would the BJP and Shiv Sena like as a gift? 2001. Since then it has been a steady trot downhill.


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