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News of: Wednesday, 28th of October, 2009

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New rice tames Monga

Gone are the days when Monga (seasonal and localised famine) used to stalk the landless farm labourers and marginal farmers of five northern districts during the lean period of October-November each year.

Mohiuddin's 2 sons arrested

Detective Branch of Police (DB) yesterday arrested two sons of Lt Col (retd) Mohiuddin Ahmed, a death convict in Bangabandhu murder case, for suspected links to the bomb attack on Awami League lawmaker Fazle Noor Taposh.

BDR proposes disbanding 4 battalions

Bangladesh Rifles has proposed to the government to immediately disband its four battalions for their direct involvement in the February 25-26 mutiny, and replace them with new ones to strengthen the force and gear up its operational activities.

Red alert at jails, security beefed up

The government put all 67 jails in the country on red alert, and asked law enforcing and intelligence agencies to heighten security as part of preventive measures against any attempt of attack on the jails, or any other subversive activity in the country.

JS bodies want ADR to recover defaulted loans

Two parliamentary standing committees yesterday held a joint meeting to find out ways to recover huge amount of defaulted loans and stressed introducing alternative disputes resolution (ADR) system to get better results in loan recovery.

Socio-political drive against militancy limps

The government's six-month old massive socio-political drive involving 14 different agencies to educate people and closely monitor militant activities at grassroots level has stumbled down due to lack of fund and supervision.

'Influential group out to hinder healthy journalism'

Ten senior journalists in a statement yesterday expressed deep concern over the orchestrated scheme of an influential quarter to obstruct the flow of healthy and investigative journalism.

6 more JMB men held

Police arrested four suspected JMB members at Bandarban early yesterday while Rab arrested two more at Bagerhat on Monday.

Reconstitute teacher recruitment body

A parliamentary body asked the education ministry yesterday to reconstitute the teacher recruiting committee in the wake of alleged irregularities in recruitment in government high schools.

Pak troops kill 42 militants

Pakistan claimed yesterday to have killed 42 Taliban in some of the heaviest fighting of a major offensive after the second gun attack on a senior army officer in the capital in less than a week.

Court hears today prayer for Babar's remand

A Dhaka court hears today police prayer for a 10-day remand of detained former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar in the August 21 grenade attack case.

SC denounces Shafiullah's inactive role

The Supreme Court yesterday described the then army chief Maj Gen (retd) KM Shafiullah as a coward for failing to take effective measures to save Bangabandhu on August 15, 1975, and a liar for misleading about his telephone conversation with Bangabandhu.

Tigers to become extinct in 15 years

An animal that is more valuable dead than alive; an animal that is projected by doomsayers to be totally extinct within the next 15 years -- experts and policymakers got together in Kathmandu yesterday (Tuesday) to find a way of saving it -- the tiger.

12 BDR men seek to retract confessions

Twelve members of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday appealed to a Dhaka court to let them retract their confessional statements in the BDR mutiny case.

JS sitting resumes today

Parliament resumes its sitting today after over two weeks of recess with the BNP-led opposition lawmakers continuing their boycott of the House.

Rajeet replaces Pinak

India yesterday replaced its High Commissioner to Bangladesh Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty, according to an official announcement of Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

Zim stun Tigers

Zimbabwe made a mockery of the 'underdogs' tag labelled on them before the start of the tour when they recorded a comprehensive five-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the first one-day international at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

Order to attach properties of 3 more

Managing Director of Rid Pharmaceuticals Limited Mizanur Rahman has been shown arrested in a case filed in Brahmanbaria for manufacturing toxic paracetamol syrup that claimed lives of at least 28 children across the country.

Darfur kidnappers demand 3m euro ransom

The kidnappers of a Franco-British Red Cross worker in Sudan's war-torn Darfur region are demanding a three-million-euro ransom, a senior Sudanese official said yesterday.

Editorial

Irresponsible utterances hitting a new low

It is a sad commentary on politics when seemingly responsible political leaders in Bangladesh end up making rather irresponsible utterances. For far too long, politicians who should have respected one another despite all their differences have gone on questioning one another's integrity and even patriotism. One of the latest instances of that is BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia's accusation that the ruling Awami League is not only mismanaging things but is also engaged in a conspiracy to change the map of the country. That clearly is a grave charge to be laid at the door of any government. Again, it is one which the BNP chief, who has been prime minister twice, has not backed up with evidence. She has not specified in what manner the map of Bangladesh will likely change under the present political dispensation. If she was playing to the gallery, she did it in bad taste.

Parking issue deserves wider attention

Although belated and raising a question or two about the deviation from approved design so far overlooked, Rajuk's demolition on Monday of a number of shops in six buildings for commercially using their designated parking spaces is a step in the right direction.

Taposh ... and all those old questions

THE attempt on the life of Fazle Noor Taposh has set off a chain of events we cannot really run away from. In a bigger sense, we should not shy away from the truths that may be emerging once again about August 1975 now that quite a few individuals related to the makers of that unmitigated national tragedy have been netted by the law enforcers. But, of course, you might suggest that by now we have known everything there was to know about the conspiracy to murder Bangabandhu and his family and then the leaders of the Mujibnagar government. And you would have a point. Which is why we will not go into exploring that territory again, at least not now. For there is another that beckons us.

Law of Maritime Boundary in the Bay of Bengal

UNDER the UN Convention of the Law of the Sea of 1982 (UNCLOS), a coastal state can claim jurisdiction of 12-miles territorial sea, 200 mile exclusive economic zone and an additional 150 miles of continental shelf over and above the 200 miles exclusive economic zone from a baseline which could be normal or straight baseline.

Weak opposition and a sad state of affairs

RAHUL Gandhi is the perfect post-ideological politician. Those who think he is preaching to the choir are missing the point: a significant chunk of the electorate is tired of grand creeds. Rahul Gandhi leaves behind a trail of feel-good bubbles on his travels. Contrast this with the hyperventilation of his cousin, who believes that B-grade histrionics pave the way to stardom.

Sports

Elton torments Tigers

Elton Chigumbura stole the show with a clinical all-round performance as the Tigers suffered a five-wicket defeat in the first one-dayer of the five-match series against Zimbabwe at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

Russel off the mark

A brace from striker Mohammad Rony gave Sheikh Russel KC a winning start in the Bangladesh League with a 2-0 win over newcomers Shuktara Jubo Sangsad of Narayanganj at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

'Irresponsible batting'

Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan admitted that "irresponsible" batting by the top-order resulted in a five-wicket defeat against Zimbabwe in the first one-day international of the five-match series at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

Aussies' twin blows

Australia's cricket team suffered a major blow on Tuesday when injured pace spearheads Brett Lee and Mitchell Johnson were both ruled out of the second one-day international with India.

India look to Yuvraj

Bolstered by the return of dashing Yuvraj Singh, India would look to wrest the initiative when they go into the second one-day international against Australia here today with the visitors being hit hard by injuries to three key players.

Bangladesh U-19s go 3-0 up

Bangladesh Under-19 cricketers beat their English counterparts by 87 runs at Fatullah Cricket Stadium yesterday to take a 3-0 lead in the 7-match one-day series.

Unacceptable behaviour

Sporadic crowd disturbances added salt to the wounds as Bangladesh slumped to a five-wicket defeat in the first ODI of the Grameenphone Cup against Zimbabwe yesterday.

Abahani's mediocre show

Giants Abahani uncharacteristically formed a mediocre hockey team after signing up 12 players of the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan yesterday, three days before the closing of the inter-club players' transfer for the Premier Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium.

Hockey team win against Italy

Bangladesh national hockey team handed a 4-2 defeat to Italy in a friendly match in Rome, said a press release yesterday.

Div I cricket

Mohammad Lal of Kathalbagan produced a magnificent spell of 6 for twenty in his ten overs to give his side an eight-run victory over Lalmatia in their First Division Cricket league clash at the Jahangirnagar University Ground yesterday. Batting first Lalmatia posted 148 in their 50 overs losing all their wickets, with highest 48 coming from the bat of Jamiul Alam. Lal Mia then produced his exploits with the ball to restrict Kathalbagan to 140 in 49 overs.

Kiwis fly out for Pakistan series

New Zealand aimed to put behind them the turmoil of the sudden departure of coach Andy Moles as they left Tuesday for a series of one-day cricket internationals and Twenty20 matches against Pakistan.

Younus ready to take more responsibility

Pakistan captain Younus Khan said Monday he was ready to shoulder more responsibility after withdrawing his resignation over match-fixing allegations.

Sisters not retiring

Venus and Serena Williams, ghetto-kids turned multi-millionaire senior citizens of women's tennis, go into the WTA Championships here insisting that retirement is not an option.

Afridi hopes to excite South Australia fans

Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi said Tuesday he was looking forward to wowing Australian crowds after signing up for South Australia in the Twenty20 Big Bash.

Cook awaits his chance

Alastair Cook, England's Test opener, has said he would "love to give the captaincy a go" if Andrew Strauss was rested from the tour of Bangladesh in March 2010. Former England captain Michael Vaughan was among those who felt Strauss needed to be given a break after the tour of South Africa, which ends only a month before the trip to Bangladesh begins.

Samp test for Juve

Serie A title pretenders Juventus and Sampdoria will have 24 hours to make up some ground on leaders Inter Milan on Wednesday.

Fergie accepts charge

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has accepted a charge of improper conduct following his comments on the fitness of referee Alan Wiley.

Carlo won't neglect Cup

The English League Cup may rank a distant fourth on the list of Carlo Ancelotti's priorities this season but the Chelsea manager knows even this most derided of competitions has its value.

Carra back to his best

Rafael Benítez has praised Jamie Carragher for his display in Liverpool's 2-0 victory over Manchester United on Sunday and believes it puts to bed claims that the defender is past his best.

Reserves get their break

It might be one of English football's grand occasions but Wednesday's League Cup match between Arsenal and Liverpool is likely to reveal more about their future prospects than their current form.

Milan confirm Becks arrival

AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani on Monday confirmed that former England captain David Beckham would again join the club in the January transfer window.

'Owen is my tormentor'

Fabio Capello has revealed how he has been driven to distraction by the constant debate surrounding whether Michael Owen should return to the England set-up, and described the Manchester United striker as his "tormentor".

'Bayern lack leadership'

Ex-Germany captain Oliver Kahn said Tuesday his former club Bayern Munich are suffering from a lack of leadership on the pitch as the German giants struggle for consistency this season.

Totti endures knee op

Roma captain Francesco Totti on Monday had surgery on his right knee for the second time in 18 months, his club said in a statement.

Luisao extends Benfica stay

Brazilian international defender Anderson Luis da Silva, better known as Luisao, has agreed to extend his contract with Portuguese side Benfica until 2013, the club confirmed on Monday.

Business

Deadline looms over automated clearinghouse

Banks are lagging in upgrading their systems to be compatible with Bangladesh Bank's automated clearinghouse that is expected to take off on November 8.

MCCI pitches energy sector to German investors

Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) yesterday called upon German investors to exploit business potentials by investing in the power sector of energy-hungry Bangladesh.

SEC urges Ctg giants to offload shares

On the back of a bull-run market, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) chief yesterday urged Chittagong-based entrepreneurs to list their companies, as there is a dearth of quality shares.

GP IPO lottery today

Grameenphone's lottery for allotment of initial public offerings will be held today at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka.

Kazi & Kazi launches new tea brands

Kazi & Kazi Tea, a sister concern of Jemcon Group, is set to market two new brands next month to strengthen its foothold on the local market.

Analysts spotlight business scope to German delegation

The foreign direct investment (FDI) regime in Bangladesh is liberal as almost all sectors are open to foreign investors and profit repatriation, analysts said at a seminar in Dhaka yesterday.

JS body recommends deposit of govt fund with non-banks

The parliamentary standing committee on finance ministry has recommended that the government keep its fund in non-banking financial institutes (NBFIs) along with different commercial banks.

Solar irrigation pumps on cards

Grameen Shakti and Nahean Enterprise, a concern of MAKS Group of Companies, have teamed up to introduce solar-based irrigation pump system, says a statement yesterday.

Eurozone bank lending shrinks for the first time

Bank lending to the eurozone private sector shrank in September for the first time on record, the European Central Bank said on Tuesday, a stark warning that any recovery is fraught with uncertainty.

Commerce minister off to Nepal

Commerce Minister Faruk Khan left here for Nepalese capital Katmandu Tuesday to attend the 4th meeting of Safta Ministerial Council, beginning today.

Indo-US deal soon to liberalise trade, investment

India and the United States will expedite framework of an agreement to liberalise bilateral trade and investment and cooperate in intellectual property rights (IPR).

Recession may be over, not job losses

It's about to become official: The recession is over -- but not the pain.

Shanghai luxury hotel market heats up

The world's leading luxury hotels are rushing to expand in Shanghai ahead of next year's World Expo, with hopes high for the upscale travel sector in the Chinese financial hub despite the global downturn.

Asian markets tumble

Asian markets tumbled on Tuesday as a heavy fall on Wall Street overnight caused nervousness among investors ahead of a slew of corporate results, while a stronger dollar hit commodities firms.

Oil higher

Oil prices rose slightly on Tuesday as traders paused for breath after sharp falls the previous day and kept an eye on a strengthening dollar.

India's Jet Airways reports loss, shares plummet

Jet Airways, India's second-biggest domestic airline, reported Tuesday a second-quarter net loss blamed on low air traffic, a strike by pilots and overcapacity.

World's biggest cruise ship offers activity extravaganza

The world's biggest and most expensive cruise ship ever built, Oasis of the Seas, is to be handed over to the Royal Caribbean cruise line today at the Finnish shipyard where it was constructed.

Dollar world's strongest currency: Japan minister

Japan's finance minister said Tuesday that the dollar was still the world's strongest currency and it was natural for Tokyo to keep large stockpiles of the greenback.

China's overseas investment nearly triples in Q3

China's overseas investment in non-financial sectors nearly tripled in the third quarter from the same period last year, the government said Tuesday, as the Asian giant rebounded from the global crisis.

Currency

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

Metropolitan

PM assures harassment-free airports for expatriates

Prime Minister (PM) Sheikh Hasina said her government would take necessary steps to stop harassment of expatriate Bangladeshis at airports in the country.

Dhaka to build capacity to fight climate change: IUCN

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) wants Bangladesh to enhance its capacity to negotiate a long-term cooperative action to manage the adverse impacts of climate change, says an IUCN release.

Cases against Tarique filed to refrain him from politics

Terming the money laundering case against Tarique Rahman politically motivated, BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday said cases are being filed as part of the conspiracy of the immediate past caretaker government to refrain Tarique from doing politics.

SC upholds stay on bail to sugar traders

The Supreme Court yesterday upheld its chamber judge's orders that stayed the High Court orders granting bail to 14 sugar traders of Khulna and Jessore in two cases.

Court hearing on remand prayer for Babar today

A Dhaka court will hear today a 10-day prayer for interrogation of detained former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar in connection with the August 21 grenade attack case.

Bangladesh elected ECOSOC member

Bangladesh elected member of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for a three-year term beginning from January 1, 2010.

Moeen's vokalatnama legal: HC

A Dhaka court yesterday declared legal a vokalatnama (power of attorney) submitted by a counsel of former army chief Gen (retd) Moeen U Ahmed on August 5 in a Tk 100 crore defamation case.

12 BDR men appeal to retract confessional statements

Twelve Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) members yesterday appealed to a Dhaka court to retract their confessional statements given earlier in the BDR mutiny case.

Campaign to raise breast cancer awareness

Nokia and Centre for Cancer Prevention and Research (CCPR) jointly announced a nationwide breast cancer awareness campaign 'Think Pink', says a press release.

Fire drill for students

Bangladesh Rifles and Fire Service and Civil Defence started a training course for school children and teachers to impart them with technique to tackle situations during earthquake and fire incidents.

Info, consultation service ends at Savar

A two-day information and consultation service programme to make people aware of different important issues ended at Savar yesterday.

Save Mirpur green square: Paba

Paribesh Bachao Andolon (Paba) along with the local residents around Mirpur stadium organised a rally yesterday protesting a fresh attempt to construct a market on the remaining green patch in the area.

Court asks ACC to submit probe report by Nov 30

A Dhaka court yesterday asked the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to submit by November 30 the probe report in a money-laundering case against senior joint secretary general of BNP Tarique Rahman and his business partner Giasuddin Al Mamun.

Investigate irregularities in BSS, restructure BTV

The parliamentary standing committee on Ministry of Information and Cultural Affairs recommended the ministry to take necessary steps including restructuring of BTV to modernise its programmes like the news.

China to increase aid in dev sectors

The Chinese government would increase its assistance for different development sectors, including agriculture and communication infrastructure, of Bangladesh.

Square, Apollo stop VAT collection

The country's two largest private hospitals -- Square Hospitals Limited and Apollo Hospitals Dhaka - have stopped collecting value added tax (VAT) from patients following a High Court (HC) verdict.

Textbooks to reach all students by Jan 1

Despite challenges, the government is pledge-bound to reach textbooks to all students before January 1.

Monica Yunus honoured

Monica Yunus, a noted soprano at Metropolitan Opera of New York and elder daughter of Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus, has been awarded the Doha 21st Century Leaders Award from Qatar, says a press release.

Scout confce begins in Kuala Lumpur

The five-day 23rd Asia Pacific Regional Scout Conference began in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, yesterday.

6 injured in BCL clash at DU

Six activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) were injured in a clash between two factions on Dhaka University (DU) campus yesterday.

'Weakness in English major obstacle to higher education'

Academics have identified weakness in English as a major barrier to higher education in the country and called for effective government initiatives to overcome the problem.

Proposed Asian Highway to give India corridor

The proposed route that the government has selected for Asian Highway linking two parts of India would be like giving India the corridor, BNP and Jamaat leaders said yesterday.

'Buy revenue stamps from post offices'

Directorate of Bangladesh Post Office has requested people to procure revenue stamps only from the post offices and not to get cheated by frauds involved in revenue stamp counterfeiting.

Concern over torture on journos

Reporters Without Borders on Monday condemned the recent incidents of torture on two journalists of Bangladesh and demanded punishment to the perpetrators.

Cop falls victim to Aggyan Party

A sub-inspector (SI) of police was found lying unconscious in a bus at the city's Sayedabad bus terminal yesterday.

Money changer robbed of Tk 12 lakh

A gang of muggers under the guise of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) men snatched away Tk 12 lakh from a money exchange centre employee in the city's Sayedabad last night.

Stop construction of commercial buildings

The High Court has directed the government to immediately stop the construction of all unauthorised or new commercial buildings in the ecologically critical area of St. Martin's Island.

2 cohorts of Tunda Ismail held in India

Delhi police arrested two accomplices of Bangladeshi criminal Tunda Ismail, who was killed in a shootout with police three years ago at Kamrangirchar in Dhaka, on suspicion of their involvement in terror-related cases in India.

Appeal for help

Mariam Akhter Keya, a student of class nine at MW High School in Narayanganj, has been suffering from bone cancer, says a press release.

National

Over half of judge posts in Tangail vacant for long

Trial of cases is being greatly hampered in Tangail as over half of the posts of judges including that of district and sessions judge has remained vacant for long, causing sufferings to the litigants.

PM urged to okay gas supply project for SW region

Greater Khulna Development Action Coordination Committee has demanded direct intervention of the prime minister for approval of the Tk 644 crore project for gas supply through pipeline in the next meeting of ECNEC.

Grabber eyes land of a school in Bhola

Teachers and students of Joynal Abedin Laboratory High School at Uttar Joynagar under Doulotkhan upazila of Bhola district yesterday submitted memorandum to Doulotkhan Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) to protect their school from 'land grabber'.

Pre-poll pledges to build the bridge never came true

Candidates of different political parties during campaigns before the parliamentary elections assured local people of constructing a bridge across the Chhatnai River in Debiganj upazila of Panchagarh but the assurance has never come true during the last 38 years.

2 top outlaws arrested in Chuadanga

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Monday night arrested two top cadres of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-ML) at Khadimpur in Sadar upazila in Chuadanga district.

Two more arrested for alleged links to Bithar murder

Police arrested two people in connection with Khulna City Corporation (KCC) ward councillor Shahid Iqbal Bithar murder at a house in Natore town at midnight on Monday.

2 get life for murdering baby girl

A court here on Monday sentenced two people to life term imprisonment for killing a baby girl in 2005.

Bajitpur, Nikli observe hartal

People of Bajitpur upazila yesterday observed a half-day hartal to press their demand for upgrading the upazila to a district while Nikli people observed a day-long hartal protesting inclusion of the upazila in the proposed Bhairab district.

Three BM College students jailed for abduction

A Barisal court on Monday sentenced three students of Government BM Collage to two years rigorous imprisonment (RI) in an abduction case.

Four get life in Tangail for Jewel murder

A court here on Monday sentenced four people to life term imprisonment in sensational Tangail terror Jewel murder case.

Jhenidah recalls great martyr Hamidur today

The 38th death anniversary of Birshreshtha Hamidur Rahman will be observed today at the memorial complex built in honour of the great martyr of Liberation War.

Ex-UP chairman killed in clash

A former union parishad chairman, who received injuries during a clash with his rivals over capture of a land at Kurighar Bazar under Nabinagar upazil on Monday, died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital yesterday.

Patient's death due to alleged neglect sparks protest

A patient died at Khagrachhari Adhunik Sadar Hospital yesterday allegedly due to wrong treatment by the doctor and negligence of nurse.

Student's body exhumed 70 days after burial

Police on Tuesday exhumed the body of a female student of Independent University of Dhaka for a second autopsy 70 days after she was buried at Hatimkhan graveyard in Rajshahi.

8 sued on murder charge

Brother of JMB victim Abu Taleb yesterday lodged a case with a Rajshahi court. Taleb's brother Mojibor Rahman accused eight people and alleged that the previous case filed by his uncle Amjad Hossain is false and motivated. The senior judicial magistrate's court sent the case to Bagmara police station and asked police to take legal and appropriate action. On Thursday last, Amjad Hossain filed a case with the same court accusing 56 of killing Abu Taleb. The eight accused in the Mojibor's case are Abed Ali and Zabed Ali of Mirzapur, Altaf Hossain, Aminul Islam, Ismail Hossain of Konapara, Afzal Hossain, Abdur Rashid of Sajuria village and Dulu Khan of Goalkandi village. According to the case, the accused are members of JMB and they kidnapped and murdered Abu Taleb on April 14 in 2004 for his refusal to pay toll.

Top Khulna criminal killed

A listed criminal was stabbed to death allegedly by his opponents on Monday night at Moulavipara in Khulna. Police said Nahid,28, alias 'Bomaru' Nahid was son of Abdul Khaleque of Nirala residential area. They said, the murder was a sequel to previous enmity with opponents over drug trade. Nahid was also wanted in several criminal cases including murder. Witnesses said, Nahid was attacked and murdered soon after he came out of his rented house at Moulavipara. He, earlier, survived an attempt on his life by the same group of killers in last May, police said.

4 get life for murder

Four people were sentenced to life term rigorous imprisonment yesterday on charge of killing a farmer. They were also fined Tk 10,000 each, in default, to suffer three months more in jail. The convicts are Entaz Ali Baddi and Kashem Ali Baddi, sons of Janab Ali of village Barokhamar, Ali Hossain, son of Abul Kashem of village Kukhrali and Arshad Ali, son of Kawsar Ali of village Gobindpur in Sadar upazila. According to the prosecution story, Entaz had a long-standing dispute with victim Niamuddin of village Barokhamar over a piece of land. The convicts called Niamuddin out of his house and strangled him on May 14, 2002. Victim's wife Amela Khatun later filed a murder case with Sadar police station.

Youth crushed under train

A young man was crushed under the wheels of a Goalanda-bound train at Mobarakganj station in Kaliganj upazila on Tuesday morning. The deceased was identified as Debabrato Sarker, 30, of Beparipara in the district town. Family sources said, Debu went out of house on Monday and did not return at night. Later, he was found crushed under the wheels of 'Nakshikantha' yesterday morning.

Prisoner dies in jail

An under-trial prisoner died at the general hospital here on Sunday night. The deceased was identified as Ali Hossain, 27, son of Chan Mia of Kashimpur Bazar in Fatulla. Jail sources said, Ali started vomiting and fell sick on Sunday night. He was taken to the hospital where he died later on. Jailer Mahbubul Islam said, Ali Hossain, accused of killing wife, was sent to jail after he surrendered on August 1 this year.

'Red alert' in Khulna jail

Khulna district jail has been put under 'red alert' fearing possible destructive activities and attack by the militants following ban on Islamist outfit Hijb-ut-Tahrir. Khulna jail superintendent M Shah Alam said the red alert was declared on Monday afternoon. He said there are some 1,900 prisoners in the district jail. Of them, five are members of Hizb-ut-Tahrir and six JMB activists. On Tuesday, security was beefed up in and around the prison. The law enforcers were seen searching the vehicles and pedestrians passing through the jail in the morning.

Letters

Border tension

Members of Nasaka, the border security force of Myanmar, are entering into the Bangladeshi territory every now and then and kidnapping people. They have now been a constant threat to our border guards. Defying all rules and regulations, they are exerting pressure on the border areas with their well-equipped armed forces.

Clipping ACC wings

In the name of reform to make Anti-Corruption Commission more effective and pro-people, the government is planning to curb this anti-graft body's authority so that it cannot unilaterally file corruption cases against public officials, policymakers, lawmakers and other representatives. It is learnt from the news media that the cabinet committee, formed last March to review the ACC Act, has already drafted some proposals to this end and forwarded those to the commission for opinion. But surprisingly, the chief of the committee expressed his ignorance about the details of the proposals as he attended only one out of the five meetings held so far. This tells us how a government committee works.

Extra power generation

This is a response to a report on the related matter published in the pages of a local English daily, some days back; where the writer was critical of the governments move to give away energy saving lamps to villagers. The distribution of 26,500,000 energy saving electric light bulbs is a wise step taken by the government. They deserve to be congratulated, rather than be criticised for it!

Does the earth need human beings?

It is fashionable now to hold high-level junkets called regional and international conferences, protocols and establish innumerable committees to study practically every aspect of the Earth from the melting polar ice to the ozone layer, from earthquakes, cyclones, global warming and climate change, to rain forest preservation, food production, population control etc etc. The ultimate theme is always “How can human beings save the Earth”. This is just another manifestation of our inherent arrogance and our blind confidence in our own stupidity. We are delegating to ourselves a task which evokes no confidence in our proven abilities. We have only to look back at our own track record which covers just a mini-second when measured in the time scale of the Earth's existence.

Toothless tiger

US President Barack Obama in his first historic speech to UN on 23 Sept reminded the third world leaders, among others, of one most important point- "eradication of corruption". On October 17 the Bangladesh prime minister vowed to contain corruption in her speech in the first ever held historic Anti-Poverty Rally in the country. It sounds she is sincere to implement her election pledge but it remains to be seen what she can achieve.

Longevity

Undoubtedly, medical science has made remarkable progress in the last few decades. It has invented the root causes of many diseases and identified many germs, bacteria etc. Albeit many new diseases are breaking out in our midst, the medical science is not resting, rather it is trying to defeat them.

Whither rule of law?

On October 10, 2009, a magistrate along with a few dozen policemen broke down the unauthorized portion of an apartment. Apparently, the owner rebuilt the broken portion of the apartment in the following two days.

No understanding!

Despite the frequent announcement by our Honourable Prime Minister about the drives against corruption and lawlessness and her advice and warnings to the concerned authorities and administration, the people of Bangladesh so far have seen no sign of improvement in either of the areas. It should be mentioned here that this type of drives, announcements and assurances appear to have become the trademarks of both the leaders who have ruled the country so far in the name of democracy. Again, among many people, another notion goes like that, if both of our beloved leaders(Hasina and Khaleda) get united forgetting all bitterness, the country will succeed in various fields of development and will be able to eradicate poverty.

Television channel

A few days back it was learnt that ten more private television channels would be given permission to operate. In this connection, I have something to say. The government can persuade some private initiator to start a channel that will be focusing on our agriculture. In fact, as an agro-based country we must have a channel on agriculture. This channel will broadcast programmes relating to agriculture and cover different aspects of it.

SSF protection

I was surprised watching the news on TV that parliament had passed the SSF protection bill for Bangabandhu's family members. The Daily Star printed 13 adverse comments (none said in favour of this bill) in “Volleying Back” on October 09. This is very unfortunate that nobody pays attention to public opinion or thoughts which are nicely presented by your newspaper. I would request the MPs and ministers to assess the public opinions reflected in press reports. However, there is no question about PM's additional security. But why for other family members? This is questionable! Why is the AL inviting criticism?

Traffic jams

Ref: Mr. K. Siddique-e Rabbani's column. In my opinion, we don't have any chance to depend on a slow moving means of transportation like rickshaw in the 21st century.

Why the killer?

This is a matter of great concern for all of us to see the elaborate version of the televised interview given by none other than the notorious serial killer, Rasu Khan.

Akbar's column

I regularly read M J Akbar's post editorial or column in The Daily Star. I would like to thank M J Akbar for his pragmatic, anti-fundamentalist, sympathetic, scholarly and smooth writings. He calls a spade a spade and advocates equal and deserving treatment for the Indian Muslims. The Indian Muslim population may even exceed the whole population of Bangladesh. His writings like 'Muslims need jobs not Iftar' etc and 'the truth: Gandhi is less of a draw than Jinnah'( DS -15.10.09) are eye openers as to peoples' psyche and longings. It seems that people love controversy, melodrama and theatricals more than benevolent non-violent activities as carried out by MK Gandhi.

Mobile phone tower

Science is a blessing for us. Mobile phone is obviously one of the greatest inventions of modern science. And we all are enjoying this useful invention by science, in every part of our life. But some specific matters need to be examined critically.

Jalil and AL

By issuing the order to arrest Abdul Jalil the Awami League government has committed a blunder, because it came in the wake of Abdul Jalil's comments which he made on September 22, 2009. In a media interview in London, the Awami League lawmaker said that the party had reached an understanding with the immediate past military-backed government before the December 29 election.

A festering wound

Among many bad things, General Ershad did one good that I always remember. He dissolved his Jatiya Party's students' front. I don't want to dig the background of the dismantling, I just want to consider the deed itself. This clicked to my mind while I was reading the article captioned “Thorn in Hasina's crown.”

Dowry system

Dowry system has been an aged-old ill plaguing our society. As an observant onlooker and born and brought up in a village, I have witnessed the powerful existence of dowry system and its adverse effect on impoverished families very closely. A typical village marriage is full of festivities like singing, dancing etc.

Fight against poverty

Recently, the government has taken different initiatives to encourage people to fight poverty. It's obviously a good venture. But 'work' is more effective than 'word'. We understand that poverty is our number one enemy but how can we get rid of it is a billion dollar question. Only holding some campaigns and taking oath in an air-conditioned auditorium is not enough.

No respite?

Even the mentally retarded girls will not be spared from the rapacity of the rapists. A pictorial report was published in your daily on 11.10.09 that a young mentally imbalanced girl was raped allegedly by a local goon on 26 September at Sailakupa upazila under Jhenidah district. What a horrendous act!

International

Obama in no hurry to send extra troops to Afghanistan

US President Barack Obama is vowing that despite criticism that he is dithering, he will not rush a fateful decision on whether to send tens of thousands more troops to Afghanistan.

Kerry rules out use of US troops in Pakistan

US Senator from Massachusetts John Kerry has said that the Obama administration would not send its troops to combat militants on Pakistani soil.

Iran to accept UN-brokered nuclear fuel deal

Iran will accept the broad framework of a UN-brokered uranium deal but wants "very important changes," state television said yesterday, adding Tehran will offer its formal response within 48 hours.

India, China and Russia to cooperate against terror

India, China and Russia yesterday agreed to jointly expand their trilateral cooperation in combating international terrorism and called for greater democratisation of international bodies.

Thai PM backs autonomy for troubled south

Thailand's prime minister backed yesterday a suggestion by his Malaysian counterpart to grant autonomy to the insurgency-hit Thai south, as five more people were killed in the Muslim-majority region.

Zardari, Sharif meeting ends without major breakthrough

A much-awaited meeting between Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif concluded without any major breakthrough on Monday.

Situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating: EU

Political reform and corruption-free government are almost non-existent in some areas of Afghanistan despite years of US and European assistance, an EU report cited by the Financial Times said Monday.

Stoking terror will backfire

Asserting that Pakistan was abetting terrorism in India, especially Jammu and Kashmir, Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad yesterday said the frequent terror attacks in Pakistan indicated that those who promote terrorism cannot themselves escape from it.

Solution of Kashmir critical for better Indo-Pak ties

Pakistan Foreign Minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, has said that a solution to the Kashmir dispute is critical for better ties between Pakistan and India.

Indian anti-Maoist offensive draws applause, concern

India has decided to confront its Maoist insurgency head on, with a planned offensive that has been embraced by affected states but challenged over its impact on the people it aims to "liberate".

Karzai rebuffs calls for sacking of election commission chief

President Hamid Karzai's office brushed off new calls yesterday for Afghanistan's election chief to be sacked ahead of a run-off poll, saying there was no reason for his head to roll over first-round fraud.

Lanka govt may sign treaty banning landmine

Sri Lanka may consider joining the global treaty banning landmines following the government's defeat of separatist Tamil Tiger rebels, the army chief said yesterday.

Some Indian states found wanting on religious freedom: US

A US government report gave top rating to the Indian government for doing its best to protect religious freedom, but criticised some state and local governments for imposing limits on this freedom.

Tigers fast dying out despite campaigns

The world's tiger population is declining fast despite efforts to save them, and new strategies are urgently needed to keep the species from dying out, international wildlife experts said yesterday.

Pak journalist claims life under threat following US agency expose

A Pakistani journalist claims to have been receiving life threats from a US agency for critically writing against the Obama administration and for reporting its secret operations in the country.

Simple lifestyle changes can help US cut emission of greenhouse gas

The United States could cut greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of France's total annual emissions by getting Americans to make simple lifestyle changes, like regularly maintaining their cars or insulating their attics, a study showed Monday.

Volcanoes played pivotal role in ice age mass extinction

Scientists have discovered that volcanoes played a pivotal role in a deadly ice age 450 million years ago that ultimately killed two-thirds of all species on the planet.

'I'm skinny ... but tough', says Obama

US President Barack Obama on Monday lashed back at critics who fear he lacks the steel to be a successful president, saying "I'm skinny ... but I'm tough."

UNGA to discuss Goldstone report in November

The UN General Assembly is to discuss in early November the Goldstone report that accuses Israel and Palestinian militants of war crimes in Gaza, an Arab diplomat said Monday.

Arts & Entertainment

“Third Person Singular Number”: Behind the success story

"Third Person Singular Number" would have to be the most promising film of the year. Though the cinematic work has not even been released in Bangladesh, it has already been selected to participate at major international film festivals. The film had its world premiere at the 14th Pusan International Film Festival, South Korea.

Folk identity on Shakoor’s canvas

Artist Abdus Shakoor Shah is widely recognised for his folk motifs and ballads. His present solo exhibition breaks new ground in its technical and material aspects. The works seem more time consuming and technically phenomenal than ever before. The exhibition, titled “Ballads and Paintings”, is now on at Gallery Cosmos, Malibagh.

Richard Attenborough: A cinematic genius

Remember the brilliant films "Gandhi", "A Bridge Too Far" or the screen version of the hit musical "Oh! What a Lovely War"? Behind all these cinematic works is Richard Attenborough, English director, actor, producer and entrepreneur. The 88-year-old towering film personality is the winner of two Academy Awards, four British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards and three Golden Globes.

Film on Nehru, Lady Mountbatten shelved

The makers of a proposed feature film on the alleged love affair between India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Edwina Mountbatten, the wife of British India's last Viceroy Lord Mountbatten, has been shelved following differences with Indian government over depiction of some intimate scenes.

OP-ED

Extradition of the fugitives

AT last, the final hearing of the Bangabandhu murder trial has begun, when seven of the twelve convicts are still at large. There were numerous statements from a number of concerned ministers that the fugitives would be brought back home to face the death penalty handed down to them by the court.

Why Bangladesh should win the arbitration

IT is clear from the offshore acreage map of Bangladesh that the location of her deep-sea blocks 10 and 11 cannot be further away from her maritime boundary with Myanmar. Yet, Myanmar lodged a protest when Bangladesh initiated gas exploration activity in these blocks. India also protested. This has left Bangladesh with little option other than going for arbitration in the international court.

Passport photo madness

WATCH out! The world craziness index is zooming up. Last week we reported that a black man, Paul Ashman, had his passport photo rejected by the UK authorities because it was "too dark."



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