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News of: Tuesday, 27th of October, 2009

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It was Hawa Bhaban plot

It was a long, dark plot. A chilling conspiracy was getting final touches in an eerie August of 2004, a month that brings to mind the memories of a past bloodbath. The plot for a high-profile assassination was awaiting approval, again.

EC wants to know 14 MPs' tax status

The Election Commission will ask the National Board of Revenue to see if the 14 lawmakers who did not include tax records in their candidacy applications had earnings subject to tax.

Rab captures six JMB operatives

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested two majlish-e-shura members and four other operatives of banned Islamist militant organisation Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), busting their dens in Narayanganj, Jamalpur, and Bagerhat early yesterday.

Foreign link of suspects under probe

Detectives are suspecting that the recent bomb attack on ruling Awami League lawmaker Fazle Noor Taposh might have been plotted abroad, as they found that some of the suspects have foreign links.

Petrobangla questions Chevron job at Muchai

No sooner had the government changed Petrobangla chairman earlier this month than Petrobangla raised questions whether installing a costly gas compressor station for Gas Transmission Company Ltd (GTCL) by US company Chevron has any justification.

Shops in parking space demolished

Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha yesterday demolished a number of shops in six buildings in the city's Mirpur area for commercial use of their designated car parking spaces.

Babar shown arrested

Former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar was shown arrested yesterday in a murder case filed in connection with the August 21 grenade attack.

Confrontation ruled politics at that time

In the months before the August 21 grenade blasts around five years back, the BNP-led alliance government was lurching from one crisis to another.

Quips & quotes

The then state minister for home affairs Lutfozzaman Babar had declared a Tk 1 crore reward for disclosing the names of the people or groups responsible for the August 21, 2004 grenade attack on the Awami League rally.

Attorney gen, Indian HC get death threat

An anonymous person has threatened to kill Attorney General Mahbubey Alam along with his family members unless the convicts in the Bangabandhu Assassination case are released in 15 days.

Protector turned predator

Taking crores of taka in bribe and saving killers and smugglers, Lutfozzaman Babar, the most talked-about figure of the BNP-Jamaat alliance government, established himself as a controversial and infamous politician.

ACC sues Tarique, Mamun for graft

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday filed a money-laundering case against BNP's Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman and his business partner and associate Giasuddin Al Mamun.

Review of CHT accord, if necessary

Deputy Leader of the House and Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Peace Accord Implementation Committee Convener Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury yesterday said the government would review the CHT peace agreement if it is necessary.

Jalil asked to appear in court Nov 17

A Dhaka court yesterday asked former Awami League (AL) general secretary Abdul Jalil to appear before it on November 17 in connection with a tax evasion case.

Four ansar officers suspended

Ansar and Village Defence Party (VDP) authorities yesterday suspended four officials and closed another one in connection with illegally including 12 Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh members in the ansar training programme in Shariatpur.

Dhaka pushes for Saarc Food Bank

Bangladesh desires Saarc Food Bank to be effective as soon as possible and the central banks of the region to frame monetary policies to boost food production and accessibility to fight climate change impacts.

Qatar pledges to provide dredgers

Qatar will provide Bangladesh with dredgers to implement the government-planned massive capital dredging and maintenance project to restore navigability in the country's rivers.

Ombudsman on rights on cards

The government will very soon appoint an ombudsman in order to ensure constitutional rights of the people.

Deal signed to procure 3 dredgers

The government will procure three dredgers after 37 years to continue dredging operation for restoring navigability of rivers in the country.

Counsel seeks benefit of doubt for Shahriar

The counsel for a convict in Bangabandhu murder case yesterday pleaded with the Supreme Court that his client Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan could get acquittal on benefit of doubt since he was not present at Road-32 of Dhanmondi during the incidents of August 15, 1975.

Traders clash with market developer's men

Several hundred traders in the city's Nilkhet area yesterday clashed with the hired men of a developer company, which attempted to evict some 670 traders for constructing a multi-storeyed building.

BSF kills 1

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) gunned down one Bangladeshi cattle trader at Chawkpara border under Shibgonj upazila in Chapainawabganj on Sunday.

ODI series from today

With a mission to continue their supremacy, Bangladesh go into the first match of the five-game one-day series against Zimbabwe today.

14 Americans killed in helicopter crashes

A series of helicopter crashes killed 14 Americans in insurgent-wracked Afghanistan yesterday, the US military said. It was one of the deadliest days of the war for US troops.

200m more people go hungry: FAO

Most of the developing world is paying more for food despite drops in commodity market prices during the global economic slowdown, with 200 million people joining the ranks of the hungry in the past two years, the UN World Food Programme said Monday.

Editorial

Police reform time-frame

POLICE reform has been one agenda we have been hammering away at whenever the occasion arose. We attach a good deal of urgency to the matter. For, we believe, like most people, that without a corruption-free, people-friendly, human rights-sensitive and thoroughly professional police force, neither social peace and order nor economic development can be truly achieved.

Hospital service held hostage to student clashes!

THE shutting down of Mitford Hospital outdoor department and emergency ward for hours on Sunday by BCL activists did show, once again, how the clashes between their two factions are creating all sorts of problems for the public.

Awards of a different tinge, why not?

AWARDS are fascinating things. The stage, the podium, the glitter, the gab, the crest, the clapping, the camera lights and the microphones create a magical realm where the awardee is the king of the moment. All over the world there are many different kinds of awards given to people for many different qualifications, traits and accomplishments.

Keeping an eye on governance

A truly democratic government requires both politics and administration to be accountable to the electorate. Accountability cannot, however, be achieved in a vacuum; it cannot be achieved by chance. One of the institutional mechanisms to ensure administrative accountability is the office of the ombudsman. In recent times, the ombudsman has begun to develop more as a movement than as an institution in different parts of the world.

Sports

MSC start winning

Mohammedan Sporting Club got their bid to win the elusive professional football league title off to a winning start when the Federation Cup champions handed an easy 3-0 defeat to newcomers Feni Soccer Club in the Bangladesh League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Tigers' guarded optimism

The recent graph between the two teams clashes clearly tips in favour of the Tigers but the home side took a guarded stance ahead of today's first one-dayer of the five-match series against visiting Zimbabwe.

U-19s thrash England

Saikat Ali and Abul Hasan wreaked havoc with the new ball as Bangladesh Under-19 recorded a crushing seven-wicket win against their English counterparts in the second limited-overs match at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium yesterday.

MU crash at Anfield

Chelsea ended this weekend on top of the English Premier League table as all their nearest pursuers dropped points.

Shakil Kasem new Academy head

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has selected Shakil Kasem as head of the GP-BCB National Cricket Academy.

Aussies hit by injuries

Australia are grappling with injuries to three key bowlers ahead of the second one-day international against India in Nagpur on Wednesday.

No astro-turf at Balur Math for now

The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday decided to delay the installation of astro-turf on the 'Balur Math' adjacent to its headquarters in Motijheel.

MS hails Ishant

India pacer Ishant Sharma, who has struggled for form since his fine show in Australia last year, has come in for praise from skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni after his impressive performance in the first one-day international in Vodadara.

Sachin's lbw judgement

Umpires should be left to adjudge only leg-before decisions while technology takes care of the rest, according to Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar.

Baghdatis ends title drought

Marcos Baghdatis broke through for his third career ATP title Sunday with a 6-1, 7-5 defeat of Olivier Rochus to lift the Stockholm Open crown, success which the Cypriot hopes will kick-start his 2010 season.

Hauritz wastes no time

There was no obvious Champions League Twenty20 hangover for Nathan Hauritz, who raced into Australia's squad and settled in immediately as the visitors held on for a four-run victory in the first ODI on Sunday.

The gamble that paid off

At the start of the 48th over of the first one-day international on Sunday, Australia captain Ricky Ponting sprinted from cover and Brett Lee from long-on to have a chat, around the 30-yard circle, close to mid-on. Lee had bowled just six overs of his quota.

Safina regains top spot

Dinara Safina moved back to the top of the world rankings on Monday, and insisted she has given up worrying about her critics who are adamant that the Russian is unworthy of being world number one.

Yousuf wants to make mark

Reckoning it could well be his last tour of the region, senior batsman Mohammad Yousuf is keen to score truckloads of runs to enhance his stature when Pakistan tour New Zealand and Australia later this year.

Cook hammers record 390 runs

Stephen Cook scored a South African first-class record 390 runs in a four-day national championship match that ended Sunday.

Afridi seeks Test break

Flamboyant batsman Shahid Afridi has told Pakistani selectors not to consider him for Test matches until next year's cricket World Cup saying that he wants to concentrate on the one-day and Twenty20 formats.

Huma Akram laid to rest

The wife of Pakistani bowling legend Wasim Akram was laid to rest in Lahore on Monday, mourned by hundreds of people after her sudden death in India from heart and kidney complications.

Barca back to their best

Mali international Seydou Keita scored a first ever hattrick as champions Barcelona got back to their best, crushing Real Zaragoza 6-1 at Camp Nou on Sunday to move three points clear of Real Madrid at the top of the table.

Kevin denies Hamburg

Ex-Germany striker Kevin Kuranyi headed a last-minute goal to seal the 3-3 draw which denied 10-man Hamburg the chance to go top of the Bundesliga on Sunday.

Swine flu strikes France

Toulouse bounced back from Europa League disappointment to beat struggling Lens 2-0 on Sunday, while fellow European representatives Lille fell to a 3-2 defeat at in-form Auxerre.

Milan ride on Nesta brace

Centre-back Alessandro Nesta scored a late brace to salvage a victory for AC Milan away to plucky Chievo, who had looked for more than 80 minutes to be heading for a famous win.

Galaxy win West title

David Beckham's Los Angeles Galaxy will have a home-field playoff edge all the way to the Major League Soccer final after winning the club's first Western Conference crown since 2002.

CSKA sack Ramos

Russian champions CSKA Moscow have sacked Spanish coach Juande Ramos after just 42 days at the helm, the club's press service reported Monday.

Flores has high hopes

Atletico Madrid's new coach Enrico Sanchez Flores said Monday he aims to see that the club, currently hovering over the relegation zone, qualifies for the Champions League this season.

Business

SEC curbs loans for mutual funds

A restriction on margin loans for mutual funds, announced by the capital market regulator yesterday, held back an upward trend in the transaction of such funds on Dhaka Stock Exchange.

Depositors flock to savings certificates as banks cut rate

Sales of savings certificates increased by 43.80 percent in the first month of current fiscal year as the interest rate on bank deposit fell drastically.

ADB signs $744m recovery fund

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed four agreements yesterday to lend Bangladesh $744 million to help fight off the effects of global recession.

BKMEA to hold labour festival

Bangladesh Knit Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) is set to hold a daylong labour festival for the second time at Osmani Stadium in Narayanganj on December 18.

India frees trade with Vietnam

India has granted market economy status to communist-ruled Vietnam, an important step to ramp up its economic engagement with the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean).

Business team off to Guwahati

In a mission to raise exports and lure foreign investments, a business delegation left Dhaka yesterday for Guwahati, a major city of Indian state Assam.

UAE to spend more next year

The United Arab Emirates federal government will increase public spending by 3.4 percent next year despite the global economic downturn, according to the draft 2010 federal budget released on Monday.

Japan's hip young farmers dig in to avert food crunch

Young Japanese are fleeing the urban jungle for the half-abandoned countryside on a mission to make farming cool again and cut Japan's frightening food deficit in the process.

Pizza Hut, KFC launch Braille menu

Pizza Hut and KFC have introduced a Braille menu to serve its differently-abled customers, says a press release.

Nokia campaign in Nilphamari

Nokia took its nationwide campaign called 'Ovijan' to Nilphamari yesterday.

Asian nations jostle for power

Asia's moves toward an EU-style community covering half the world's population have sparked a backroom power play led by the United States, China and Japan, diplomats and analysts said Monday.

Fair Trade stands by West Bank farmers

In the stylish olive oil bottles on display in his West Bank showroom, Nasser Abufarha has found a way to pass on to socially conscious Western shoppers the costs exacted by the Israeli occupation.

Asian shares higher

Asian markets were mostly higher on Monday as optimism about the upcoming third quarter reporting season helped investors brush off a weak lead from Wall Street at the end of last week.

Oil slips

Oil prices fell Monday on profit-taking and as a ceasefire took hold in Nigeria, whose crude production has been ravaged by militant attacks in recent years, analysts said.

Dubai unveils $6.5b borrowing plans

The Dubai government has unveiled plans to raise 6.5 billion dollars through bonds, Emirates Business 24/7 reported on Monday, citing a prospectus for potential investors.

EC warns three airlines over tie-up plans

The European Commission has told British Airways, American Airlines and Iberia that they may have to give up take-off and landing slots to be allowed to press ahead with a transatlantic tie-up, the FT reported on Monday.

S Korea's economy grows at fastest rate for seven years

South Korea's economy grew at its fastest pace for more than seven years in the third quarter, official figures showed Monday, as Asia's economies lead the world out of its slump.

ING to raise 7.5b euros to repay govt, restructure

Dutch banking and insurance group ING said Monday it plans to restructure its business, selling off its insurance operations and raising up to 7.5 billion euros to pay back government emergency funding.

Metropolitan

Govt employees unhappy

Delay in the announcement of new proposed pay scale has led to widespread dissatisfaction among the government employees in the secretariat as well as other government offices across the country, according to a confidential report of Special Branch of Police.

Oman to check irregularities in labour recruitment

Bangladesh yesterday asked an Oman delegation to take action against manpower brokers engaged in visa trading, which increases the migration cost of Bangladeshi workers.

Withdraw cases against BNP leaders: Delwar

BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday asked the government to withdraw all cases filed against party leaders including Chairperson Khaleda Zia and her son Tarique Rahman.

Body to ensure security at Nagar Bhaban

Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) yesterday formed a committee to ensure security in Nagar Bhaban.

HC rule on govt to monitor activities

The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule upon the authorities concerned to explain why they should not be directed to regularly monitor the activities in the ship breaking yards as per relevant laws and its (HC) earlier directives.

Trader killed in Khulna

A trader was hacked to death by unknown assailants at Moulvipara in Khulna last night.

Rajshahi Shibir cadre held

Police arrested a cadre of Islami Chhatra Shibir from Katakhali municipality area yesterday afternoon.

Ensure security of life, ease city traffic jam

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Government Assurances at a meeting yesterday stressed the importance of taking pragmatic steps for reducing the difference between people's expectations and achievements to implement the government's 'Charter of Changes'.

5000 babies born with clubfoot a yr

Around 5000 babies are born with clubfoot every year in the country, said the experts while talking to this correspondent on the sideline of the second day of a three-day workshop that began in the city on Sunday.

Ban Shibir activities

The Dhaka University unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday demanded ban on the activities of Islami Chhatra Shibir at all educational institutions across the country.

JCD activist assaulted by BCL men at DU

A group of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists of Zahurul Haque Hall at Dhaka University beat up an activist of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) on the campus yesterday.

WFP assures Bangladesh of more food aid

The World Food Programme (WFP) has assured Bangladesh of providing more food assistance for social safety net programmes to help the poor.

Convict with death sentence dies

Ratan alias Chhoto Ratan, 28, a convict with death sentence in former Awami League lawmaker Ahsanullah Master murder case, died yesterday.

JU admission test from Nov 2

The first year honours admission test at Jahangirnagar University (JU) for academic year 2009-10 will begin on November 2.

'Maternity allowance scheme plays major role in poverty cut'

Women who are receiving maternity allowance under the government's social safety net have a prominent role in decision-making level in the family, revealed a recent study.

Check soaring prices of essentials

The government would lose public support if it fails to improve the deteriorating law and order situation, control soaring prices of essentials and revive jeopardising economy, said Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) President Col (retd) Oli Ahmed yesterday.

25 injured in N'ganj clash

At least 25 people were injured in a clash between two groups at Chaitonkanda village under Araihazar upazila in Narayanganj yesterday morning centreing eve teasing.

Chinese team calls on air chief

Chinese PLA National Defence University (NDU) delegation led by its Vice President Lt General Wang Chaotian called on Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal SM Ziaur Rahman at Air Headquarters, Dhaka Cantonment, yesterday, says an ISPR press release.

Mobile help desk at Savar Health Complex

Members of Youth Engagement and Support (YES) group of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) yesterday provided general people with necessary information and con-sultation on different issues by setting up a mobile help desk at Savar Upazila Health Complex.

Protest against death threat to student leaders

Bangladesh Chhatra Moitri (BCM) yesterday staged a demonstration on Dhaka University (DU) campus protesting death threat to four student leaders, including president of Chhatra Moitri.

Dairy farm fined

A mobile court in an anti-adulteration drive yesterday fined Tk 1.25 lakh to a dairy product farm at Adabor in the city for producing and marketing processed milks illegally.

Mohammadpur School alumni assoc executives

Nasim Mahmud and Golam Sarwar were selected president and general secretary of the alumni association of Mohammadpur Govt High School, says a press release.

Khaleda's remark on govt tenure anti-constitutional

Awami League (AL) General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam yesterday termed BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's remark on the government tenure "anti-constitutional and anti-state" since only a no-confidence motion by majority in the parliament can oust the government.

HC declares termination of Prof Tahir illegal

The High Court (HC) yesterday in a verdict declared illegal the termination of Prof Dr Mohammad Tahir from the office of vice chancellor (VC) of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).

Shop employee beaten to death

A shop employee was beaten to death by the owner of a neighboring shop and his men at Mirhazirbagh in the city's Jatrabari area last night for stealing a bank cheque and trying to draw money with that.

National

4 sacked, 8 suspended for bank note theft

A three-member investigation committee from Bangladesh Bank (BB) head office has identified twelve staff of different rank and status as responsible for the theft of punched and non-issuable currency notes worth about Tk 13 crore 72 lakh from Khulna branch of BB.

Killing of pry teacher sparks protest in Mymensingh

Students of different educational institutions and local people held a rally at Ambikaganj College ground under Mymensingh Sadar upazila yesterday demanding exemplary punishment to the killers of Delwar Hossain, a teacher of Nayapara registered primary school.

Krishak League leader killed in Bogra

A Krishak League leader was stabbed to death on Sunday in Bogra while Pirojpur Krishak Dal yesterday protested the recent killing of its district unit president.

Malta grows in plenty

Six years after starting malta (sweet orange) plantation in the hill district, the Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute (BARI) is expecting a bumber harvest this year with local farmers showing interest in growing the juicy fruit.

Two abducted youths rescued, 2 arrested

Security personnel rescued two youths, abducted from Siddhirganj area under Narayanganj district on Friday, from remote Bhudumpara area under Manikchhari upazila of Khagrachhari district yesterday.

Now extortion by detaining corpse

Criminals tried to extort money by detaining for over 24 hours the body of an elderly woman who was killed in a road accident in Dimla upazila under Nilphamari district on Friday morning.

BNP N'ganj town unit alleges attack by rival faction

A faction of BNP Narayanganj municipal unit has alleged attack on them by their rivals led by unit convener and former town Jubo Dal president Jahangir Alam at Gymkhana Madina Market on Sunday night.

No trace of 93 ex-outlaws who deserted from ansar

The district police administration does not have any specific information on the whereabouts of 93 former outlaws who had left their jobs from ansar department at different times.

Robbers kill shop owner in Ctg, loot house in Chandpur

Robbers yesterday killed a shop owner in Chittagong and looted house of a businessman in Chandpur while burglars damaged documents and took away equipment from five upazila offices in Gaibandha.

2 Janajudhho outlaws held

Two alleged cadres of outlawed Janajudhho faction were arrested from the remote village of Chatmohar upazila under the district on Sunday night.

Students agitate for principal's removal

Several hundreds students of Satkhira City College boycotted classes, brought out a procession and held a rally for the second consecutive day yesterday demanding removal of principal and vice-principal of the college for their alleged involvement in corruption, nepotism and embezzlement of fund.

Bail prayers of 7 JMB men turned down

A Rajshahi court yesterday rejected bail prayers of the seven arrested members of banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).

Student crushed under train

A college student was crushed under the wheels of an inter-city train at Parshadanga of Vangura on Sunday evening. Victim Monzur Kader Biddyut,21, was son of Mojibar Rahman of village Tengarbari in Chatmohar upazila. Biddyut was a student of first year BA of Vangura Haji Jamal Uddin Degree College. The incident took place when Ishwardi-bound inter-city train Padma Express hit Biddyut at Parshadanga. Police said, the accident took place as Biddyut was walking by railway line unaware about the train coming. Later, the body was recovered from the spot and sent to hospital for autopsy.

Youth commits suicide

A young man allegedly committed suicide by swallowing poison at West Boilkhali village in Chandanaish upazila early yesterday. Family sources said, Bishu Talukder, 30, son of Himangshu Talukder of the village killed himself after a family feud. He took poison at his house at midnight, they said. Bishu was rushed to Chittagong Medical College and Hospital where the on-duty doctors declared him dead at about 2am.

Farewell to 4 teachers

Four retired senior teachers of Rani Doyamoyee High School were accorded a farewell at a function here Sunday. The four teachers are Badal Kanti Dhar, Gouri Chakraborty, Dilip Kumar Mohajan and Konika Barua. They retired from job after serving 30 years in the school. Deputy commissioner (DC) Sourendra Nath Chakraborty attended the function as chief guest. Barrister Debasish Roy, chief of Chakma circle, Sunil Kanti Dey, president of press club, Kumar Nandit Roy, UNDP official and Ranatosh Malik, headmaster of the school attended on the occasion.

Trainee ansar men remanded

Twelve trainee ansars, who were arrested for alleged involvement with banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), were taken on a three-day remand on Sunday. Judge of Chief Judicial Magistrate Court Ashok Kumar Dutta granted the remand when they were produced before court seeking remand. Police arrested them from Shariatpur ansar barrack on Wednesday night.

Housewife murdered

A housewife was strangled allegedly by her husband's friend at Shakpala village in Shajahanpur upazila on Saturday night. Victim Peyara Begum was wife of Shanti Miah, a resident of the district town. Police said, her husband's friend Shamim invited Peyara to his house at nearby Shakpala village. In response, she came to Shamim's house with her son Shahin. After dinner, Shamim tactfully sent back Shahin to their house. When Shanti came to take back Peyara to his house, he found her body lying on the floor. Neighbours said, Shamim strangled Peyara as a sequel to previous enmity. He along with his family members went into hiding. On information, police recovered the body on Sunday morning and sent it to hospital morgue for autopsy.

8-year-old girl raped

An eight-years-old girl was raped by a local at Paserkanda village in Gouripur upazila on Friday night. Victim Ruma Akter, 8, was daughter of Nekbor Khan of the village. Quoting locals police said, Ruma went to a nearby shop to buy biscuits at about 9pm. While returning home, shop owner Shahabul forcibly took her to the bank of a nearby pond and raped her. Hearing her screaming, Ruma's elder sister rushed to the spot but Sahabul fled away.

Rocket launcher found

Police on Sunday afternoon recovered a rocket launcher from a canal at Chandala village in Brahmanpara upazila. Locals said, labourers found it while digging earth. Being informed, police rushed there and recovered the 4-kilogram rocket launcher.

Tea workers stage strike

Dhaldhali Tea Garden workers here abstained from work for two consecutive days demanding payment of their wages. Hundreds of workers took out a procession and held a rally in the town on Sunday. Speakers alleged that they had received half of their wages as what they said several officials including the manager misappropriate the rest amount. They sought intervention of the national tea company chairman and chief whip Abdus Shahid for mitigating their sufferings. They were still abstaining from work till filing of the report yesterday noon.

International

Pak troops kill 19 militants, lose 6 soldiers in fighting

Pakistan killed 19 suspected militants and lost six soldiers in fighting inside a Taliban stronghold close to the Afghan border, the army said yesterday as insurgents elsewhere in the frontier region struck back with deadly attacks.

India funding Taliban fighters: Pakistan

Interior Minister Rehman Malik has once again claimed that India is fomenting unrest within Pakistan through steps such as funding Taliban fighters based along the border with Afghanistan.

Musharraf did 'colossal damage' to Kashmir issue: Sharif

Former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif has blamed former President General Pervez Musharraf for the current chaotic scenario in the country and said that he (Musharraf) had done 'colossal damage' to the long pending Kashmir issue.

Lanka denies Tiger chief executed after surrender

The Sri Lankan government rejected on Monday fresh accusations that Tamil Tiger separatist leader Velupillai Prabhakaran was executed after surrendering to security forces.

Iran may ship 'part' of its uranium abroad

Iran's Foreign Minister says his country may agree to ship just part of its stockpile of low enriched uranium abroad for further enrichment as per a UN-drafted plan.

Israel denying Palestinians access to water: Amnesty

Amnesty International on Tuesday accused Israel of denying Palestinians adequate access to water while allowing Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank almost unlimited supplies.

'Foreign agents behind Iraq, Iran attacks'

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said yesterday that the bloodshed in Pakistan, Iraq and the Islamic republic was the work of foreign agents and aimed at unleashing Shiite-Sunni conflict.

From ecological ruin, a sea is reborn

Standing on the shore under the relentless Central Asian sun, Badarkhan Prikeyev drew on a cigarette and squinted into the distance as one fishing boat after another returned with the day's catch.

Karadzic boycotts opening of war crimes trial

UN judges abruptly adjourned Radovan Karadzic's war crimes trial Monday after the former Bosnian Serb leader boycotted the opening day to protest his lack of time to prepare his defence.

Asteroids should be next small step for man in space

An expert panel appointed by US President Barack Obama has recommended bypassing the Moon in favour of an asteroid for future manned missions in space.

Ten killed in Maoist-hit central India

Four policemen died in a Maoist landmine attack in central India and six rebels were killed in a shoot-out, officials said yesterday, as government troops prepare to tackle a growing insurgency.

Around 200,000 flee Pak offensive

Around 200,000 people have abandoned their homes in Pakistan's South Waziristan tribal area, where the military is pressing an offensive against Taliban militants, an army spokesman said yesterday.

Afghan governor escapes attempt on his life

The governor of Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province survived an assassination attempt on Monday which saw one of his attackers gunned down in a shoot-out, an official said.

Arts & Entertainment

Syed Shamsul Huq and Amjad Hossain honoured

Noted litterateur Syed Shamsul Huq and veteran film director Amjad Hossain have been honoured with Fazlul Haque Memorial Award 2009. The award giving ceremony was held at a city hotel yesterday. The programme was organised by Fazlul Haque Smriti Committee.

Abbasuddin Ahmed: Blazing a trail for Bengali Muslim artistes

Today marks the 107th birth anniversary of legendary folk singer Abbasuddin Ahmed (October 27, 1901-December 30, 1959). He was born at Balarampur in Tufanganj subdivision in the district of Cooch Behar, now in West Bengal. His father, Zafar Ali Ahmed, was a lawyer at the Tufanganj Subdivisional Court.

Of glamour, politics and the ramp

Forty plus? Never mind. It's not too late to make a debut on the ramp. That's what Bollywood actress-turned-politician Jaya Prada did when she walked the ramp at the Wills India Fashion Week here on October 24. According to the seasoned actress, glamour is as important in politics as on the ramp.

Aranyak’s theatre festival ends

The theatre festival by Aranyak (celebrating 100th shows of "Mayur Shinghashan" and "Shongkranti") ended at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) on October 25. At the closing ceremony, renowned dramatist and teacher Malay Bhowmik (Rajshahi University) was honoured with the Aranyak Dipu Smriti Padak-2009.

Udichi holds divisional training camp and workshop in Jhalakathi

Udichi Shilpi Goshthi held the daylong Barisal divisional training camp and workshop recently with the slogan "Bohurupi Shajey Shoirachar: Manush Bholano Jabena Aar." The camp and workshop were held at Sanay Community Centre in Jhalakathi district town.

Music against burning environmental issues

Baul and mystic songs dominated a regional programme in Sylhet city, held on Saturday night to protest against irresponsible actions that facilitate climate change and environmental degradation.

Andrew Lloyd Webber diagnosed with cancer

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, 61, has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, it has been disclosed.

OP-ED

Saving the wild tiger

THIS week in Kathmandu, conservationists are meeting to draw a line in the sand to stop the wild tigers' steady slide toward extinction. The objective is to deploy every possible weapon to put down the assault on tigers and the ecological values they represent in the forests of Asia.

Pakistan must remember the lessons of history

IN recent times few countries have deployed their national army against their own civilians. Since being founded in 1947, Pakistan has done it three times. Less than forty years ago, in 1971, Pakistan sent in the army to deal with an uprising in its own territory, in East Pakistan. The strategy met with dire consequences, leading to civil war, the break-up of the country and hundreds of thousands of civilian casualties. Barely four years later, Pakistan's leaders turned to the army again, this time to control an insurgency in the tribal province of Baluchistan. The struggle lasted five years, failed to deliver a politically sustainable solution and left thousands dead.

Responding to terrorism

TERRORISM can be defined in different ways. It could be "the surprise threat or use of seemingly random violence against innocents for political ends by a non-state actor." International terrorism, on the other hand, implies acts of terrorism that include international consequences where terrorists go abroad to strike their targets.


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