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News of: Monday, 2nd of November, 2009

Front Page

Tongi reels from fright

Another man died from wounds in hospital yesterday raising the death toll to three in Saturday's labour unrest at Nippon Garment Industries Ltd in Tongi.

Bill seeks to drop experience clause

A bill was placed in parliament yesterday seeking amendment to the Public Procurement Act to drop the provision of past experience as a condition for getting public work contracts worth up to Tk 2 crore.

BNP talks political situation with foreign diplomats

BNP, the main opposition in parliament, yesterday briefed foreign diplomats and donor agency representatives about the country's latest political situation, and its preparation for holding its national council in December this year.

West backs trial, int'l norms

Western diplomats remain concerned that unless the government further amends the International Crimes (Tribunals) Act 1973, the trials of war criminals may not meet the minimum international standards of due process and fairness.

Bill placed in JS to curb TU rights

The government placed a bill in parliament yesterday seeking to amend the Bangladesh Labour Act 2006 to limit the number of trade unions at the Chittagong and Mongla ports for ensuring better management.

Steps to lay off not followed

Garment factory owners are violating labour and industrial laws by closing down factories on the excuse of a slump in work orders from international buyers, labour leaders and legal experts said yesterday.

Khaled Mosharraf the mastermind

A defence counsel in Bangabandhu murder case yesterday claimed Khaled Mosharraf, then chief of general staff of the army, masterminded the August 15 killings in 1975.

16,100 Bangladeshi workers in Maldives to be regularised

The Maldives government is going to permit 16,100 undocumented Bangladeshi workers to stay and work there, Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain said on his return from the country yesterday.

Babar seeks HC permission to get admitted to hospital

Former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar yesterday filed two separate writ petitions with the High Court for directions upon the government to admit him to hospital and interrogate him at the jail gate in the August 21 grenade attack case.

RMG sector to have TU

A meeting of ministers, garment factory owners, garment workers and union leaders yesterday decided to introduce trade unionism in the garment industry.

Tax return deadline now Nov 12

The deadline for submitting individual income tax return has been extended up to November 12.

Hasina sees conspiracy to destabilise country

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said in parliament that conspiracy and propaganda are going on in many ways to destabilise the country.

JMB chief's wife held

A Rab team yesterday afternoon held second wife of the chief of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and his sister-in-law busting their rented house at Mayakanon of the city's Sabujbagh though the JMB kingpin managed to flee.

Alternative submarine cable route proposed

The telecommunications ministry recently has urged the Prime Minister's Office to consider Mongla-Chennai route for connecting Bangladesh with an alternative submarine cable line.

Toll-seeking BCL leader haults work

A hall unit leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) demanding toll forced yesterday the construction firms to stop repair works of Haji Muhammad Mohsin Hall building at Dhaka University.

Students to get free textbooks before new yr

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid said yesterday the government will ensure that free textbooks reach all students of primary and secondary levels before the new year.

3 suspects remanded afresh

A Dhaka court yesterday placed three of the arrestees in the case for bomb attack on Awami League lawmaker Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh on a three-day fresh remand each.

Child dies of swine flu

An infant is suspected to have died of swine flu and one person was tested positive with the pandemic in Parbatipur upazila of Dinajpur, according to the district health official sources.

Dhaka Wasa starts canal cleaning drive

Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authorities launched a drive yesterday to clean up canals under Wasa in efforts to destroy the breeding places of Aedes mosquito.

Outlaw killed in Pabna

Criminals chopped an outlaw operative to death at Nordah village under Atghoria upazila in the district yesterday.

Abdullah quits run-off vote fearing fraud

Afghanistan's presidential challenger announced yesterday he would not participate in next weekend's runoff election because his demands for measures to prevent fraud were rejected.

Pak girls school blown up

Islamist militants blew up a girls school in Pakistan's lawless Khyber tribal district yesterday, destroying the building and wounding four people in neighbouring homes, officials said.

Naples mafia boss on most-wanted list arrested

A reputed mafia boss on Italy's list of the 10 most wanted fugitives was arrested Sunday in the Naples region, in a crackdown that also nabbed two of his brothers, police said.

Editorial

Tongi garment worker violence

SUCH a recurring spectacle, of workers attacking factories and laying siege to roads and halting traffic on the highway is clearly reflective of an ailment in the garments sector that refuses to be cured. In most of these instances it is the grievances of the workers stemming from arrear pay that have led to needless violence.

The threat to Atir khal

THE commandeering of lakes and rivers by unscrupulous individuals and organizations over the last many years is today a major public concern. The fact that much has been written about such nefarious activities does not seem to have resulted in any change of attitude among some quarters. The latest that we have on the issue is the bid to fill in an old, well-known water body in Waaspur on the outskirts of the capital, known as Atir khal. As reports have it, a housing society has been piling sand into the lake on the basis of what it claims documents allowing it to operate in the area. The amazing part of the story here is that, as an official of the Waaspur Garden City Cooperative Society has said, there is no mention of the canal in the documents the company has seen. It raises a mind-boggling question: since the canal has been there for ages and only five years ago a bridge was built over it, how is it that there is no mention of it in the documents?

Our "Project Democracy"

AS the BNP's political prospects brighten, with the Awami League getting increasingly stuck with the incumbency and its concomitant answerability for anything called into question, the mood in the BNP camp is obviously buoyant and it stalwarts -- so long in hibernation -- are returning to the party fold in droves. Many of its star leaders, not seen for months and even years, have started to show up in party forums -- an indication that the party is still left with a good deal of promise even after its fall from grace in the wake of one-eleven. In recent times, the media have also been projecting the BNP highlights with earnestness. Also, a new assertion can be felt among the party's rank and file -- particularly in its junior echelons.

The nightmare city

PRIME Minister Sheikh Hasina announced her government's plan to construct elevated and underground railways, flyovers, circular waterways and roads to ease the city's traffic woes. The announcement came while she was replying to queries in the Parliament on October 28. The prime minister also said that her government had begun a project to upgrade Zia International Airport, construct a bridge linking Arong at Tejgaon and the Gulshan shooting club, and coordinate a development project in Hatirjheel to solve the traffic tangles in the capital.

An Indira Gandhi moment

IF so many male members of the Delhi establishment were not irredeemably bald, the loudest sound in the capital would be that of hair being torn in frustration. Those who have rescued their pates with American wigs (probably made with recycled hair from Tirupati) or artificial implants are not going to risk their camouflage by an injudicious display of temperament. So the prevailing noise in Delhi is the sound of gnashing teeth. The despair is over the upsurge of Naxalite violence.

Sports

Teams arrive in Ctg

Bangladesh and Zimbabwe teams arrived here in the port city yesterday to play the final two ODIs that will be held at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium on the 3rd and 5th of November respectively.

India's twin concerns

India's key batsmen Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir are injury doubts for the fourth one-day international against Australia here on Monday.

Big guns scrape thru'

Defending champions Abahani and title-contenders Mohammedan were given a run for their money in their matches of the Premier Division Cricket League yesterday, but ultimately their big-match experience bailed them out in two tightly contested matches against newcomers Khelaghar and dark-horse BKSP respectively.

Wushu in disarray

The training camp of Wushu has seemingly split into two groups following an alleged row between association's president FR Siddique and general secretary Delwar Hossain Dilu.

Shakib 20th top batsman in the world

Bangladesh captain and world's number one all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan forced his way back to the top twenty batsmen's list after his blazing unbeaten 105 in the second one-day international of the five-match series against Zimbabwe last week.

Kalu brace slays R'ganj

A late brace from Nigerian Kalu Johnson helped Farashganj SC to a 2-0 win over Rahmatganj MFS in their second encounter of the Bangladesh League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

AFC U-19 football

Bangladesh got their campaign of the AFC U-19 Championship qualifiers off on the wrong foot when they suffered a massive 5-0 defeat to South Korea in one of three Group E openers at Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand yesterday.

Div I cricket

Ehsanul Hoq scored 98 to give Uttara Sporting Club a massive 108-run victory over City Club in their clash in the First Division Cricket League at the Jahangirnagar University Ground yesterday.

Fulham fool L'pool

Liverpool's English Premier League title hopes suffered a huge setback as they lost 3-1 away to Fulham on Saturday and finished the match at Craven Cottage down to nine men.

Barca denied late on

A disastrous stoppage-time own goal by Gerard Pique denied Barcelona the spoils in a 1-1 draw at Osasuna on Saturday as the champions saw their lead over Real Madrid cut to a single point.

No chance of Kuranyi recall

Schalke 04's Kevin Kuranyi may have scored crucial goals in his last two games, but Germany coach Joachim Loew insists there will be no World Cup place for the rebel striker.

Bayer top despite draw

Bayer Leverkusen went back to the top of the Bundesliga on Saturday despite come-back kings Schalke 04 forcing a late equaliser for the second match running to seal a 2-2 draw.

Bordeaux move clear

Brazilian forward Brandao earned Marseille a 1-1 draw at home to 10-man Toulouse on Saturday, while Bordeaux stretched their lead at the top of the table to four points by beating second-placed Monaco.

Napoli shock Juve

Napoli fought back from a two-goal deficit for the second time in three days to shock Juventus 3-2 in Turin on Saturday and prevent Ciro Ferrara's team from closing the gap on leaders Inter Milan.

Rafa reflective

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez admits he has plenty of thinking to do after an already troubled season took another turn for the worse with a 3-1 defeat by Fulham here at Craven Cottage.

Giggs wants to manage Wales

Ryan Giggs has revealed his ambition to manage Wales when he brings an end to his glittering playing career.

Voeller upset at draw

Bayer Leverkusen's director of sport Rudi Voeller admitted the league leaders' 2-2 draw at Schalke 04's Veltins Arena felt like defeat after the home side scored two late goals to poach a point.

Sent off twice, still finishes game

A Vicenza player was twice ordered from the field by the referee during his team's Serie B match away to Modena on Saturday but still finished the game.

Audi to buy into Bayern

Car manufacturer Audi is set to buy a 9.5 percent stake in German football giants Bayern Munich in a deal worth 80 million euros, according to reports here on Sunday.

Coach-less NZ versus trouble-hit Pakistan

New Zealand and Pakistan will both be hoping they can overcome a series of setbacks when they clash in the first of three one-day internationals here on Tuesday.

We played smart cricket: Yuvraj

Yuvraj Singh, whose 148-run stand with Mahendra Singh Dhoni guided India to a six-wicket victory in the third ODI against Australia, said that they played 'smart cricket' on a slow wicket to take a 2-1 lead in the series.

'Don't count me out'

Australian fast bowler Brett Lee said Sunday he was far from finished as a Test cricketer following his latest injury setback.

Caroline loses bravely

Caroline Wozniacki joined the WTA Championships casualty list on Saturday when her hopes were shattered by a crippling stomach strain, but the bubbly blonde Dane showed she has plenty of guts for a fight.

School h'ball

The 18th Bata School Handball tournament (boys and girls) got underway yesterday at the Dhanmondi Sports Complex ground with 11 matches settled on the opening day.

Magura football

Meherpur beat Satkhira 1-0 in a competitive match of the Deputy Commissioner Gold Cup inter-district football tournament at the Magura Stadium yesterday.

Business

CPA control over dockworkers irks port users

A plan to put dockworkers under the control of Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) has triggered resentment in port users and worker organisations.

Japan widens scope for apparel makers: CPD

Opportunities have widened for local apparel makers, as the third largest garment importer, Japan, is going to look beyond China and diversify outsourcing to other nations, the Centre for Policy Dialogue said in a study yesterday.

Renata Ltd takes on child nutrition

Renata Ltd is set to make sprinkles, a common child nutritional product that is used to reduce iron, vitamin and mineral deficiency.

NBFIs urged to go public

The central bank prefers that finance and leasing companies raise capital through initial public offerings (IPOs) instead of other high-cost sources of funding.

Better Business Forum to be restructured, says Muhith

Finance Minister AMA Muhith said yesterday the Better Business Forum (BBF) would be restructured and strengthened.

Faruk stresses import database to shun PSI

Commerce Minister Faruk Khan has said there is no need to continue with the pre-shipment inspection (PSI) firms for tax valuation, as a well-set import database can save a huge sum of money in the process.

Geithner: Economy rebounding, but job growth lags

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner acknowledges the federal budget deficit is too high, but that the priorities now are economic growth and job creation.

FBCCI signs deal on nursing college with Meghalaya

The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry has signed a memorandum of understanding with Meghalaya, a small state in northeastern India.

Population: Bomb or boon

An evening MBA student, Kaesuzzaman, requested if I could take a session on strategic management for government officials at Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre (BPATC). Kaes is on deputation at the Training Centre. Yes why not, I agreed.

Luxury brands hunt for untapped markets

With spending on luxury goods down across the developed world in the economic crisis, luxury brands are increasingly looking far beyond the chic avenues of New York, London or Paris for revenue.

Asian currencies mixed

Asian currencies ended the week mixed against the dollar as concerns over the strength of the US economic recovery saw investors become more risk averse and retreat from higher-yielding currencies.

German drive for growth raises road-map mystery

Germany, the eurozone's economic bulldozer, this week reached a critical but vaguely signalled crossroads on recovery from recession based on tax cuts.

Protectionism threatens global recovery, says Chinese official

A top Chinese central bank official warned Sunday that rising trade and investment protectionism remains one of the major threats to the global economic recovery.

Taiwan group vows referendum to block US beef

A Taiwanese rights advocacy group on Sunday vowed to push for a referendum in a bid to block the import of more US beef products over health concerns.

Iceland lifts capital controls

Iceland's central bank said on Saturday it would begin progressively lifting capital controls put in place a year ago after the global financial crisis toppled the country's banking system.

Gulf single currency may face delay

Gulf states plan to launch their monetary council, a precursor for a joint central bank, in 2010 but the planned single currency may be delayed, the Saudi central bank chief said on Sunday.

ECB rates on hold

Eurozone interest rates are set firmly on hold and any signs of change will probably show up first in the European Central Bank's exceptional loan support measures, analysts say.

Sanyo batteries for Peugeot hybrid

Sanyo Electric Co. will supply nickel-metal hydride batteries for PSA Peugeot Citroen Group's diesel-electric hybrid cars starting in 2011, a report said Sunday.

Malaysia's Maxis to return to bourse

Maxis, Malaysia's top mobile operator, is tipped to receive a warm welcome back to the bourse this month in an IPO worth around 3.43 billion dollars, billed as the biggest in Southeast Asian history.

Talks, free trade agreement urged for Taiwan, Japan

Taiwan and Japan were urged to hold high-level dialogue and strike a free trade agreement despite the lack of diplomatic ties, reports here said Sunday.

Run on Iceland McDonald's as chain flips last burgers

Noisy crowds, long queues, and traffic jams plunged McDonald's restaurants in Iceland into a state of siege Saturday, as the chain served its final burgers on the island.

S Korea's trade surplus hits $3.79b

South Korea's trade surplus was 3.79 billion dollars in October, with imports declining more sharply than exports, the government said in a preliminary report on Sunday.

Metropolitan

EC lauds PM's role

The visiting delegation of European Commission (EC) yesterday praised Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's time-befitting proposals and recommendations in different international forums for tackling the challenges of global warming.

Industries must take steps to tackle pollution: Experts

Industrial units in and around Dhaka must undertake measures for conservation of the environment in an effort to protect the rivers around the city as a source of drinking water, experts said at a workshop yesterday.

Revive diminishing city water bodies

Speakers at a workshop urged the authorities concerned to take effective measures to revive diminishing water bodies of the city to save it from ecological disaster.

Cirdap chief apprises PM of ministerial meeting

Dr Durga P Padual, director general of Center on Integrated Rural Develop-ment for Asia and the Pacific (Cirdap), yesterday apprised Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of the upcoming second ministerial meeting of the regional bloc to be held in January 2010.

50,000 children die of pneumonia a year

The first 'World Pneumonia Day' will be observed in the country as elsewhere across the globe today.

Jamiruddin files writ against JS probe body's decision

Former speaker Jamiruddin Sircar yesterday filed a writ petition with the High Court, challenging the legality of the parliamentary probe committee's decision to recover "misappropriated" money from him through the Anti-Corruption Commission.

3rd Buriganga Bridge likely to open this month

Shaheed Intellectuals Bridge (the third Buriganga Bridge) is likely to open to traffic this month as the work on its physical infrastructure has been completed.

'Declare Raipura as district'

Sammilito Nagorik Samaj organised a rally on Mahmudabad High School premises in Narsingdi yesterday demanding declaration of greater Raipura as district.

EU to help Bangladesh fight disasters

A European Union (EU) delegation yesterday said the major continental bloc would increase its assistance in future to help Bangladesh fight disasters, frequencies of which are increasing day by day.

PM calls on president

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina made a courtesy call on President Zillur Rahman at Bangabhaban yesterday and apprised him of the outcome of her visits to Sweden and Qatar.

Bangladesh to organise 24th confce

Bangladesh Scouts won the bid to organise the 24th Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Conference to be held in Dhaka in 2012, says a press release.

Killers of '75 still active

The killers of Bangabandhu and four national leaders and their associates are still hatching conspiracies to make the country unstable, senior Awami League leaders said yesterday.

Police action on RMG workers protested

Different socio-political and labour organisations yesterday condemned the police action on garment workers of Nippon Garments at Tongi in Gazipur on Saturday and demanded exemplary punishment to those responsible for the atrocities.

Gunfight in Keraniganj: 4 criminals arrested

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested four of a gang of criminals after they were involved in a gunfight with the crime busters in broad daylight yesterday at suburban Keraniganj and seized three firearms from their possession.

300m S Asian children live in absolute poverty

The United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) yesterday called on the South Asian governments to urgently address child poverty, saying that over 300 million of the 613 million children in the region are trapped in absolute poverty.

Scrutiny of int'l tenders by two months

A parliamentary body yesterday said evaluation of international tenders to set up five plants, including manufacturing of land phone sets, mobile phone batteries and assembling mobile phone sets will be completed within the next two months.

27 more BDR men placed on 3-day remand

A Dhaka court yesterday placed 27 more Jawans of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) on a three-day remand each after they were shown arrested in the BDR mutiny case.

Govt to implement UN charter on child rights

Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Barrister Shafique Ahmed yesterday said the government would take initiatives to update the laws on child rights in the light of recommendations of UN committee on child rights.

DU tourism dept chair resigns

Prof Mohammed Afzal Hossain stepped down as chairman of Tourism and Hospitality Management department of Dhaka University on personal grounds yesterday.

US commander meets army chief

US Army delegation leader US Army Pacific Commander Lt General Mixon paid a courtesy call on Chief of Army Staff General Md Abdul Mubeen at Army Headquarters, Dhaka Cantonment, yesterday, says an ISPR press release.

National

Fake fertilisers flood markets in Rajshahi, adjoining dists

Adulterated fertilisers have flooded the markets of Rajshahi and its adjoining districts just before the cultivation of Rabi crops, much to the concern among the growers.

Stop conspiracy against BRTC buses, locally-made carriers

Nagorik Adhikar Adai Committee (committee for realisation of citizens' rights) yesterday brought out a procession in the district town and submitted a memorandum to the deputy commissioner demanding not to stop plying of BRTC buses and locally designed vehicles Nasimon, Karimon and Bhotbhoti.

RHD engr faces graft charge in Barisal

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) here has filed a case against Nurul Amin Shikdar, sub-assistant engineer of Roads and Highways Department (RHD) Barisal office, on charge of corruption.

Body of baby girl recovered raising death toll to 4

Body of a 14-month-old baby girl, who went missing in a trawler capsize in Gulshakhali river near Morichbunia village in Sadar upazila on Saturday night, was recovered Sunday raising death toll in the mishap to four.

Mobile husking mills make their life easy

Mobile husking mills have made the life of people of Gaibandha, particularly housewives, in shoal areas along Brahmaputra basin easy.

25 injured as Pabna BNP factions clash

At least 25 people, including a police officer, were injured as two factions of Pabna BNP clashed in the town yesterday.

5 killed in road accidents

Five people were killed in separate road accidents in Magura, Chittagong, Narail, Khagrachhari and Narayan-ganj yesterday.

One joint convener expelled, 2 asked to show cause

Internal feud in BNP Magura district unit has taken a serious turn as Convener Kabir Murad issued show cause notices on two joint conveners of Sreepur upazila unit and expelled a joint convener of Mohammadpur unit on Saturday for their alleged involvement in anti-party activities.

Raas Mela being celebrated amid festivity

Raas Mela, an occasion of religious festival of the Hindu community people, is being celebrated in different areas of the country including Kamalganj upazila in Moulvibazar district, Kuakata sea beach in Patuakhali and Dubler Char in the Sundarbans.

3 hurt as BCL, Moitree clash at Rajshahi Polytech

Three students were injured in a clash between Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Bangladesh Chhatra Moitree (BCM) at Rajshahi Polytechnic Institute yesterday.

BCL, JCD clash in Nilphamari

Four people were injured and the district BNP office was partially damaged during a clash between the activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) on Saturday night.

Rivals assault BNP men

Two local BNP leaders were assaulted allegedly by their rival party men at Lemua Bazar under Sadar upazila on Saturday night. The injured are Lemua Union BNP Convener Ferdous Qureshi and Joint Convener Azizul Haque. Party sources and witnesses said the two came under attack when they were campaigning for recruitment of party members at the bazar. They said a group of workers led by Shipon and Sujol Haque, supporters of VP Joynal and Jalal Master backed faction, beat up Ferdous and Azizul at around 8:30 pm, leaving them injured. When contacted, Azizul Haque confirmed the attack on him by the activists of his rival faction.

25 houses gutted in Comilla

A devastating fire at Mafizabad Colony in the town gutted at least 25 dwelling houses early yesterday. Locals said, the fire originated from the house of one Aslam at about 2am and soon engulfed the adjoining houses. On information, two firefighting units rushed to the spot and extinguished the flame with the help of local people after one hour of frantic efforts. Victims claimed that cash and other valuables worth about Tk 50 lakh were gutted by the blaze.

Outlaw held with pistol

Police on Friday night arrested a regional commander of an outlawed party along with a firearm and ammunitions at Bhagalpur village in Goalanda upazila. Arrested Abdul Jalil, 45, was a regional commander of the outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP). On a tip-off, police raided the village at about 9:30pm and arrested Jalil with a foreign made pistol, a magazine, two bullets and four cartridges.

Press club executives

A 21-member executive committee of Gaibandha Press Club was elected with Gobinda Lal Das (Jugantar) as president and Abu Zafar Sabu (Janokantha) as secretary. The other office bearers are: vice presidents-K M Rezaul Haque (Daily Star), Sayed Nurul Alam Jahangir (Karotoa), Abdus Samad Babu (Ghagot), Dipok Kumar Pal (Janosanket), joint secretary-Abedur Rahman Swapon (Inqilab), Siddique Alam Dayal (Manab Zamin), assistant secretary-Shahabul Shaheen Tota (Prothom Alo), organising secretary-Amitav Das Himun (Samokal), treasurer- Idrisuzzaman Mona (ATN), publicity secretary-Nuruzzaman Prodhan (JugerAlo), office secretary-Jahangir Alam (Aj o Agami Kal), cultutral secretary-Uttam Sarker (Banglar Chokh), social welfare secretary-Mostafizur Rahman (Dinkal), sports secretary-Nazrul Islam (Destiny) and members--Abdul Mannan Chowdhury (Sangbad), Jubayer Ali (Sangram), M. Abdul Salam (Ajker Janogon), Rasel Ahmed Liton (Madhukar) and Quddus Alam (Focus Bangla).

Udichi founding anniversary

The 41st founding anniversary of Udichi Shilpi Gosthi was observed in a day-long programme on Thursday. The cultural activists brought out a colourful rally from Udichi office premises in the morning which paraded the main thoroughfares of Gaibandha town. Later, a discussion meeting and cultural function were held at victory monument. Presided by Zaharul Kaiyum, president of Gaibandha district unit Udichi, it was addressed by Prof Mazharul Mannan, Aminul Islam Golap, Shahnewaz Tuku, Lutfar Rahman Ranju, Mihir Ghosh, Debasish Das Debu, Masudul Huq and Mosthafizur Rahman. Those who rendered songs at the cultural function are Moshiur Rahman, Lutfus Samad Rose, Chuni Islam, Nilufar Jesmine Bithi, Trishna Roy Tapu and Nimmi Ferdousi. Later, child artistes of Udichi preformed a dance drama directed by Tusher Chakkrabarti.

Woman's body recovered

Police on Saturday recovered the body of a young woman from the Surma River near the jetty of Lafarge Cement Factory in Chhatak upazila of Sunamganj district. Police said, locals located the floating body of the unidentified young woman, aged about 20-22, and informed them. Later, police recovered the decomposed body at about 12 noon and sent it to hospital morgue form autopsy.

Severe power outage in Rangamati

Residents of Rangamati town have sent memorandum to the power minister through the deputy commissioner seeking relief from severe power outage in the town.

Letters

Warehouse fire

Our attention has been drawn to the October 18 devastating fire of textbooks in the warehouse of NCTB in Mohakhali. It means that books will not reach the districts by November. So, the students will suffer. There will be discontent among the students, guardians and others. Ultimately, they will be inspired or encouraged to go against the present ruling party (Awami League led secular 'Mohajote'). It appears to be an act of sabotage. We are curious as well as alarmed. There must be beneficiaries of the fire incidence, and there may be a political agenda behind it, or it may be a combined benefit-profit and political benefit. Win- win situation for the devils!

Conserve biodiversity

The write-up on biodiversity by Dr SMA Rashid who is a very dedicated conservationist, and long involved in biodiversity conservation in Bangladesh, was worth reading.

Real tiger!

What we need now is a player like Shakib Al Hassan. A player like him is a real tiger. The way he played against Zimbabwe is sublime. The temerity and the courage he showed was unbelievable. That's why I call him a tiger. Not so muscular in appearance, rather lanky, but he nudges the ball to the boundary with great power. It showed clearly that he was the captain since he led the team home. But what other players like Ashraful are doing is unjustifiable.

Hara-kiri by AL?

A realistic and detailed staff correspondent's front-page banner headlined report was published on 18 October in a local English daily. It reported on AL's grabbing of things indiscriminately, left and right, based on the belief that "might is right". This will be the sure cause of doom for the AL, whether they like it or not!

Share market

Wall Street (US Share Market) was regulated and operated by many geniuses (educated in the best Universities of the world). US FED was also headed by an extra ordinary genius like Mr. Greenspan. BUT what we witnessed is that the US stock market plunged in 2008. Before that pundits predicted that the market would remain stable. The current Bangladesh share market can experience huge decline because of 1.Most of the share prices are very high (Do not have support of fundamentals). 2. People who are involved in the market are trying to make quick profit by short trading only. Most of them do not want to hold shares for long. 3. Excess liquidity in the market is also pushing share prices without solid reason (only speculation). Manipulators are active! 4. Our banking and other financial institutions have exposed themselves to risk (by getting involved in speculative share trading now). When the market will crash they will be in serious trouble (Bangladesh Bank must see to this matter). Which will in turn affect the whole economy.

Adulteration of medicine

Bangladeshi medicines have name and fame. These are exported to many foreign countries. But a few pharmaceuticals have been making spurious medicines in the country. It is a big problem.

National issue, but…

The inevitable has happened. They have used their only weapon, they will not cooperate on any issue with the nation, let alone the government. I do not think they have any moral sense to repent and regret even internally. They might have planned to divert the public attention from their undemocratic action of not participating in the said conference. A shameful act. Their mentors have misguided the leader.

The G20 summit

The G20 summit was held at Pittsburgh's David L. Lawrence Convention Centre on September 2425, 2009. In reply to the global credit crisis, a G20 summit in one year was projected soon following the London summit in April 2009. Announced shortly after the G-20 London summit, US President Barack Obama volunteered to host this summit, at the outset planning to hold it in New York City and coordinating it with the opening of the United Nations General Assembly. However, because of coordination issues, on May 28, 2009, the Obama Administration announced a change of venue to Pittsburgh with the intention to highlight the city's economic healing following the breakdown of its manufacturing industry in the second half of the 20th century.

Road to flattery!

Mr. Badrul Ahsan's article clearly brings out the moral bankruptcy of our politicians. Even thoughts of these hypocrites make us wonder about our value as human being who year after year is subjected to such insult on intelligence. I sometimes try to find solace in a different type of explanation which is:

Border guards

After going through the recent serial reports on BDR and status of our borders in a vernacular daily, I was horrified, felt guilty. It speaks of the level of administration that we have since the creation of Bangladesh.

Vegetable production

Vegetable is one of the essential food items for growth and maintenance of health. But in Bangladesh people are facing a tremendous shortage of vegetables in different seasons. Bangladesh is pre-dominantly an agricultural country with rich soil condition and climate. Numerous types of vegetables are grown over here in different seasons. It is matter of regret that after four decades of independence we could not produce enough vegetables for the people.

Effective solution

Traffic jam can be significantly reduced even from tomorrow. The govt can introduce passenger train or shuttle train from airport station to Kamalapur station during the office hours. There should be train stoppage on the route at Banani, Mohakhali, Karwanbazar/Moghbazar, Malibagh rail-gate, Khilgaon and Kamalapur, so that passengers can easily use this train as city buses to reach their destination without traffic jam from different points of Dhaka city. The Bangladesh railway can adjust the schedule with other inter district trains giving priority to the movement of city dwellers. Our existing rail line and railway property in the city should be used to minimise traffic jam. Please think in a different way as we have many limitations.

First serial killer?

It's unfortunate to see that Bangladesh has got its first serial killer. He has added a new dimension into the already extensive crime landscape of the country. I think the dramatic story of betrayal that this ruthless killer has portrayed as the motive behind his killing-spree must not be taken as a truth without conclusive evidence. It's quite possible that he made up this story that can be found in cheap Bangla movies in order to conceal his original motive. It's apparent from the descriptions and nature of the murders that all of these murders are nothing but horrendous sex-crimes. All of the victims were raped before they were murdered and I think nothing but nasty sexual motivation was behind these killings. This guy is not psychologically disordered. He is rather a sex-obsessed maniac, who slaughtered innocent girls after raping and torturing them mercilessly. Historically, sexually motivated killers (like Ted Bundy) were known as ordinary members of society until their gruesome crimes were exposed.

Easing traffic jams

We have long been assured of steps like underground tubes, overhead expressway, link roads, circular waterways around the city to solve the nagging traffic problem. Those steps are yet to see even the feasibility studies, only Almighty knows when they will take off! We do not see any serious efforts to ease the traffic jams. Only changes in office and school timings beget nothing. Have the govt ever thought of double deckers replacing the mini-buses, and buses? If the govt goes ahead with the plan to completely re-organize the transport system with double deckers, it will cut down the existing number of public transports (mini-bus, bus) to nearly half. Not only that, as a double decker takes longer time to get filled up so it decreases the frequencies of the vehicle plying. The city of London took it as one of the measures to ease traffic and it proved very effective. If the govt. plans it, it can be done within a very short time. The govt can think of giving soft loans to the existing transport companies to implement the project. We have huge liquidity in banks. We can not afford to go with this traffic congestion any longer.

Obama wins Nobel

The only positive side of Obama's winning of the Nobel Prize, in my view, is that he prudishly reiterates the need for peace in the present world, although during his presidency he could add no feather to his cap which can be quoted as his achievement, especially in obtaining peace.

Political killings

On Wednesday 21st of October 2009, Barrister Fazle Noor Taposh MP, came under attack by what appears to be a bomb charged to the vehicle he was about to get in. He was lucky enough to survive the bomb attack which happened outside his office in the capital's downtown Motijheel Commercial Area, but that left at least 13 other people wounded. What has happened has been disgraceful and very much damaging for our country.

International

Hillary fails to break ice on ME deadlock

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'Change is hard' in real world of Obama

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Nuclear fuel deal benefits Iran: Russian envoy

Russia's ambassador to Tehran, Alexander Sadovnikov, said yesterday that a UN-drafted nuclear fuel deal benefits Iran as it helps resolve the overall controversy over its atomic drive.

8 killed in Iraq bombings

A spate of bombings across Iraq, including two suicide attacks and a bicycle bomb, killed eight people and wounded more than 50 others on Sunday, police said.

11 die as Russian plane crashes

A Russian heavy-lift military cargo plane crashed on takeoff yesterday in Siberia, killing all 11 crew members on board, officials said.

Myanmar torches drugs worth $20m

Myanmar's junta has burnt more than 20 million dollars worth of drugs seized during a recent campaign against ethnic rebel forces in the remote northeast by the Chinese border, state media said yesterday.

Indian oil depot fire still raging

Two more bodies were spotted at the burning IOC fuel depot in Jaipur on Sunday, pushing the toll to 10, even as the fire died out in six of the 11 storage tanks but spread to the roof of a nearby private building.

Any more terror attack from Pakistan will be retaliated

Taking a tough stance, Home Minister P Chidambaram has warned Pakistan against meddling in India's affairs and said any more terror attack from that country will be retaliated "very strongly".

Iran hands over evidence regarding Sistan blast to Pakistan

Iran's Ambassador to Pakistan Mashallah Shakiri has said that his country has handed over evidence regarding the devastating Sistan bomb blast, in which 42 persons were killed, to Pakistan, and is waiting for a reply.

US to question Lankan general over war crimes

Sri Lanka's top military commander, General Sarath Fonseka, is to be questioned by US authorities over allegations of war crimes during the island's fight against Tamil Tiger rebels, a report said Sunday.

Pak FM claims offensive 'very successful'

Pakistan's offensive in South Waziristan has been "very successful" and the military is likely to achieve most of its objectives before winter sets in, the foreign minister said yesterday.

Nepal Maoists take to streets to stall govt

Nepal's Maoists said yesterday they would launch protests aimed at destabilising the government in a dispute over the military that led to the Maoists' fall from power in May.

Karzai faces legitimacy crisis after Abdullah pullout

Abdullah Abdullah's withdrawal from Afghanistan's run-off election may ensure Hamid Karzai remains president but will rob the incumbent of legitimacy and further boost a Taliban insurgency, said analysts.

US envoys unlikely to meet Myanmar junta chief

Two senior US envoys travelling to military-ruled Myanmar this week will meet detained democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi but are unlikely to see the reclusive junta chief, an official said Sunday.

China sacks education minister amid scandal

China's legislature has removed the country's unpopular education minister amid a corruption scandal in a city he used to oversee and widespread public dissatisfaction with the education system.

7 separatists killed in Manipur encounter

Seven separatists were killed in a pre-dawn encounter with security forces Sunday in the northeastern state of Manipur, police said.

Now, a psychic computer 'that can read people's minds'

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Man on a green mission to plant 100,000 trees

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Arts & Entertainment

A look into contemporary Asian cinema

A daylong film screening, titled "Contemporary Asian Cinema: Far Eastern Experience," organised by the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism, Dhaka University (DU) was held yesterday at the Senate Building on campus.

Indian royalty, Parisian bling

Photographs from the collections of three prestigious French jewellers --Cartier, Mauboussin and Van Cleef & Arpels -- have finally made their way to Dhaka. The exhibition, which began on October 23 at the Alliance Francaise de Dhaka (AFD), runs till November 5.

“Third Person Singular Number” to be released in Bangladesh next month

After being premiered at the Pusan International Film Festival in South Korea and earning rave reviews at the Middle East International Film Festival in Abu Dhabi recently, Mustafa Sarwar Farooki's much anticipated film "Third Person Singular Number", will have its Bangladesh release on December 11.

Culture as a learning tool

A rally was held on the occasion of the 35th founding anniversary of the organisation for children and adolescents, Fulkuri, in Jhenidah. A discussion, prize giving ceremony and cultural programme were also held at Jhenidah Sadar Upazila Auditorium last Friday.

Kathak dance recital in Sylhet

On the occasion of its third founding anniversary, local organisation Nrityashoilee organised a Kathak dance recital at M. Saifur Rahman Auditorium in the city. People made a beeline to see the two-hour dance programme.

Sting finds pleasure in winter’s chill

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Cultural programme in Thakurgaon

Shammo Krira O Shangskritik Goshthi observed its 25th founding anniversary at Kalibari village club premises in Thakurgaon on Saturday.



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