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News of: Friday, 6th of November, 2009

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Hasina alerts ministers, MPs

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked her cabinet colleagues and party lawmakers to remain alert for at least next two months as 'untoward incidents' might occur ahead of the Supreme Court verdict in the Bangabandhu murder case.

RMG culprits warned

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the government would take punitive measures against the people, irrespective of workers and owners, responsible for unrest in the garment sector.

Plot to attack US embassy unearthed

Detective branch of police Wednesday night arrested three suspected Lashkar-e-Taiyeba (LeT) leaders from a madrasa in Chittagong in connection with a plot to attack the US embassy in Dhaka.

BNP's absence from JS impedes democracy: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in parliament has said the main opposition BNP is not helping her government to strengthen democracy and resolve people's problems.

DCC councillor Arif shown held

Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday showed Dhaka City Corporation ward councillor Ariful Islam Arif, also a city unit BNP leader, arrested in connection with the August 21 grenade attack case.

'Crossfire' only worry

Most of the outlaws and members of the left-leaning underground parties now consider surrender in fear of "extrajudicial" death sentence after carrying out a reign of terror in the southwest region for decades.

IGP rejects claim of Ulfa men's arrest

Bangladesh police chief has rejected the Ulfa's claim that two of its top leaders were arrested in Dhaka on Sunday and then handed over to India.

Killers misled SC too

The killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman have also played foul with the Supreme Court by misinforming it about court verdicts, the chief state counsel for the case told the apex court yesterday.

Textbook printing races against time

Textbook printing for the academic year 2010 is in full swing though it appears to be a tough job for officials concerned to meet the target of distributing books in time as a recent fire gutted the textbook warehouse.

AL men ransack Barisal BNP office, set it afire

Ruling party men allegedly vandalised and set fire to Barisal BNP office complex on the city's Aswini Kumar Hall premises yesterday protesting the bomb blast near the Awami League (AL) office in Dhaka that left four people wounded.

Nayeem seals last-gasp win

Brendan Taylor's maiden hundred went in vain as Nayeem Islam's pyro-techniques stole the show in the end to snatch a one-wicket victory for Bangladesh against a much improved Zimbabwe in the fifth and final one-day international at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium yesterday.

US help for Bangladesh to continue

US President Barack Obama assured continued assistance for Bangladesh's development works particularly in the field of education, health services and disaster management.

BNP men asked to tackle possible obstacle to council

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has asked party leaders to devise an effective strategy to deal with possible obstacles from local administration to hold district unit councils.

9 firearms, bullets seized in Faridpur

Rapid Action Battalion yesterday seized nine firearms and some ammunition from the residence of a businessman in Faridpur district town.

Ecnec okays 'one house, one farm' scheme

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) yesterday approved seven projects of important economic and development implications involving an estimated expenditure of Tk 2,977 crore entirely from government exchequer.

Khaleda out, Selim in

Some unidentified people has removed the foundation stone of the 250-bed Chandpur General Hospital inaugurated by former prime minister Khaleda Zia and replaced it with another plaque named after former Awami League health minister Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim.

Yet another woman 'outlaw' held

Police arrested another suspected woman cadre of outlawed Gono Mukti Fauz (GMF) from a house of Aruapara in the town yesterday, in a second incident after police launched a drive to nab women armed cadres of outlawed parties.

4 injured in bomb blast at Gulistan

At least four people, including two Awami League leaders, were injured yesterday afternoon in a bomb explosion at Gulistan in front of Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra office.

Labour law bill passed limiting TU

The House yesterday passed a bill amending the Bangladesh Labour Act to limit the number of trade unions at the Chittagong and Mongla ports.

PM leaves for Bhutan today

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, leading a high-level delegation that includes a number of ministers, leaves for Bhutan on a three-day official visit today noon.

20 BDR men seek to retract confessions

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

4 arrestees remanded, 2 sent to jail

A Dhaka court placed four arrestees on remand and sent other two to jail yesterday in a case of bomb attack on ruling AL lawmaker Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh.

Saudi jets pound Yemen rebel camps

Saudi jets pounded Shia rebel camps inside Yemen yesterday and ground troops could move across the border against them after they killed a Saudi border guard, an informed Saudi source told AFP.

Editorial

Amended Public Procurement Act (PPA)

The new public procurement policy as adopted by the government will open the door for new entrepreneurs without any experience to participate in tenders and get work contracts.

Hamid Karzai's new term in office

Hamid Karzai should have no reason to feel complacent now that he has been given another five years as Afghanistan's president. After what has clearly been a flawed election followed by a decision for a run-off followed by the withdrawal from the race of his rival Abdullah Abdullah, the president's hold on power does not look promising. The fact that the election commission has given him a walkover does little to make people inside and outside Afghanistan feel that things will now fall into a pattern. And just what sort of compulsions he might come under has come through the warnings sounded by the United States and other western nations engaged in the war against the Taliban. They have given him six months to clean up the mess that has accumulated over the last five years in Afghanistan. Else they will pull the rug from under him.

Remembering communism

TWENTY years ago, the East German government announced the destruction of the Berlin Wall. Within hours, chisel-wielding crowds streamed on either side of divided Germany like waves crashing on embankments. On the night of November 9, 1989, they started dismantling the 103-mile barrier piece by piece, tearing down one of the most consequential symbols of the Cold War. But the ramparts of an ideology crumbled with the wall. Communism altogether perished in east central Europe and the Soviet Union, and then almost evaporated in rest of the world.

Competition policy and consumer protection

WHY should consumers care about competition policy? The answer is very simple, it is vital for economic growth and development. Competition is an age-old phenomenon and a key to survival in any market driven economy. It ensures that markets operate more efficiently, competitively and in the interest of consumers.

Sports

Nayeem puts icing on cake

At 187-9 and needing another 35 runs to win Bangladesh looked dead and buried in the final match of a year in which they have hardly put a foot wrong. Out in the middle was Nayeem Islam, who had earlier shown glimpses of his ability as a good hitter of the ball but had never done anything massive like yesterday that saw the home side snatch a victory from the jaws of defeat in dramatic fashion.

Gazi Tank, Partex tie

Former national opener Shahriar Nafees scored a brilliant century, but yet saw his side Gazi Tank share points with Partex when the two sides met in their Premier Division Cricket League clash yesterday.

Tips for Ashraful works for Khan

A 12-year-old has scored 439 runs in a school cricket tournament in Mumbai that was used as a launch pad for the career of current Indian superstar Sachin Tendulkar, local media reported on Thursday.

Tendulkar's poetic 175 goes awry as Aussies take lead

Sachin Tendulkar struck a magnificent 175 on a night the master batsman crossed the 17,000-run barrier as India almost scaled Australia's 350-run mountain in one of the most memorable high-scoring matches one-day cricket has ever seen.

Farashganj share points with Beanibazar

Farashganj and Beanibazar shared the spoils as they played out a 1-1 draw in their Bangladesh League clash at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday. Farshganj were given an early lead in the10th minute when their in-form striker Kalu Johnson got them ahead. And they looked on course for three valuable points until Sohel Rana intervened in the 88th minute to spoil their party.

Tamim injury not critical

Opener Tamim Iqbal may need to rest for two weeks to recover from the injury he suffered during the fifth and final one-dayer against Zimbabwe at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium yesterday.

Nat'l squash

The matches of the Badla Benefit Open National Squash Tournament were held yesterday at the Dhaka Club squash court.

Tendulkar fells 17,000-run barrier

India's Sachin Tendulkar became the first batsman ever to score 17,000 runs in one-day internationals during the fifth match against Australia here on Thursday.

Inter's late revival

Wesley Sneijder struck a dramatic late winner to earn Inter Milan a 2-1 comeback victory over Dynamo Kiev in their Champions League clash at the Lobanovskiy Stadium here on Wednesday.

Sevilla, Lyon go thru'

English Premier League giants Liverpool are on the brink of going out of the Champions League after drawing 1-1 with Lyon on Wednesday.

Wenger salutes Arsenal

Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal are maturing into a force to be reckoned with after the Gunners routed AZ Alkmaar 4-1 to move within touching distance of the Champions League knockout stages.

Vieira's int'l future in balance

The international future of Patrick Vieira could be decided on Thursday when France coach Raymond Domenech names his squad for the World Cup qualifying play-off against Ireland on November 14 and 18.

C'Ron to see old doctor

Real Madrid's injured Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo will be referred to his former doctor Professor Niek van Dyjk as he seeks to overcome an ankle injury, his club said on Wednesday.

Sweden appoint Hamren

Erik Hamren, who led Rosenborg to the Norwegian league title last season, will take over as coach of his native Sweden with immediate effect, the Swedish Football Association said Wednesday.

Kroenke closer to Gunners takeover bid

American sports magnate Stan Kroenke has edged a step closer to a possible bid for full control of Arsenal by increasing his stake in the club's holding company to 29.9 per cent.

Clarke remains doubtful

Australia's injury crisis could yet have ramifications for the first Test against West Indies at the Gabba with Michael Clarke in doubt, according to Australia's physio Alex Kountouris. Peter Siddle has already declared that he will be ready for the Test, although Ricky Ponting is concerned over the fitness of his fast-bowling brigade in general.

Aussies deny rescheduling claims

Powerbrokers of Cricket Australia (CA) have denied wanting the volume of fixtures against India to be reduced, though they are intent on shaving matches off a cramped international schedule.

Renault too may go

Renault have held an emergency board meeting in Paris to discuss pulling out of Formula One, on the same day as Toyota announced it was also quitting the sport, reports said Thursday.

Roger eases into Rd 3

Roger Federer took just an hour to crush Andreas Seppi 6-3, 6-3 for a sixth straight victory against the Italian to reach the quarterfinals of the Swiss Indoors here on Wednesday.

Magura football

Jessore Sonali Otit Club beat Magura District team 6-5 in tiebreaker in the first match of the second round of the inter-district Deputy Commissioner Gold Cup at the Magura Stadium yesterday.

Business

Agriculture, SME branches now mandatory for banks

The central bank is set to ask private commercial banks to open agriculture and SME branches from next year to boost lending to farmers and small businesses across the country.

Business confidence turns around

Bangladesh's business community builds up confidence in a recovery hope in the global financial crisis, a study said yesterday.

Bangladesh to export $1b RMG to Japan in 2 years

Trends show that Bangladesh will be able to export apparel items worth about $1.0 billion to Japan in the next two years, said a Japanese business tycoon, now in Dhaka in connection with the biggest knitwear exposition held every year.

Minister seeks Japanese investment in textiles

Industries Minister Dilip Barua yesterday invited Japanese investors to invest in sectors such as textiles, leather goods, food processing and real estate.

Bangladesh promises huge investment potential

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni yesterday urged the Dutch businessmen to invest in Bangladesh in a bigger way and import its word-class non-traditional products.

Citi Foundation launches micro entrepreneurship awards

Citi Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Citigroup, yesterday launched the Citi Micro Entrepreneurship Awards for 2009.

UK business team due tomorrow

A group of British companies eager to do business in Bangladesh, ranging from perfume distributors to property developers and legal service providers, arrives here tomorrow on a four-day visit to explore business prospects.

$10.67m Lankan investment soon

A Sri Lankan company will expand their apparel accessories manufacturing industry in the Karnaphuli Export Processing Zone.

Danish-Bangla investment accord signed

Bangladesh and Denmark signed a bilateral investment protection agreement yesterday.

Unlocking tourism potential

National tourism has much potential, if the right actions are taken. Bangladesh is still one of the countries in South Asia with the fewest arrivals and the lowest revenue earned from the tourism industry. Nevertheless, tourism has since the 1990s been a small but rapidly growing sector of Bangladesh economy.

Booming shares boost China's super-rich

The sharp rebound in Chinese stocks has seen the total fortune of the nation's ultra-wealthy balloon by 141 billion dollars, Forbes magazine said Thursday as it released its annual China rich list.

Oil down

Oil prices were lower in Asia Thursday as traders took stock of weak fundamentals in the market, analysts said.

US private sector shed 203,000 jobs in October

The US private sector shed 203,000 jobs in October, the seventh month in a row that employment declines were smaller than in the previous month, payrolls firm ADP said Wednesday.

British car sales surge 31.6pc in October

Sales of new cars in Britain soared by 31.6 percent in October as a result of the state-backed old-for-new scheme, industry body the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders announced Thursday.

GM plans 10,000 job cuts at Opel

General Motors said Wednesday it wanted to cut around 10,000 jobs at its European division Opel a day after the US car maker stunned the auto sector by scrapping plans to sell the German-based unit.

US, EU start 'clean energy economy' talks

The United States and the European Union opened high-level talks Wednesday aimed at boosting chances of switching "to a clean, sustainable energy economy," US Energy Secretary Steven Chu said.

CORPORATE BRIEFS

NCC BANK
Fakhrul Anwar, one of the sponsors/directors of the bank, has further reported that he completed sales of 30,000 shares in the bank at prevailing market prices through Dhaka Stock Exchange.

Metropolitan

World's power shifting from West to Asia

Secretary General of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference Prof Ekmeluddin Ihsanoglu yesterday said the world's economic and political power is transferring from the West to Asia and the Muslims need to take the benefit through modernisation of OIC.

'Investigative journalism can help rectify flaws in governance'

The role of investigative journalism is immense in raising public awareness and rectifying the flaws in the governance system, said Editor of the Prothom Alo Matiur Rahman at an award giving ceremony yesterday.

BMA election held amid boycott by DAB

The election to the Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) was held across the country yesterday, with participation of only the ruling party-backed panel of Swadhinata Chikitshak Parishad (SCP).

Matia blasts water board for negligence

Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury yesterday blasted Water Development Board (WDB) for its negligence to water resources development which caused increased salinity and threatened vegetation in large coastal belt.

BNP rejects PM's remarks

Rejecting Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's remark about the restoration of the Constitution of 1972, BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday said there is no scope to return to the '72 constitution since people will not accept it.

3 killed in Thakurgaon road accident

Three people were killed in a road accident on Thakurgaon-Dinajpur road at Dodapara village in Thakurgaon Sadar upazila on Thursday morning.

SC dismisses leave-to-appeal petition

The Supreme Court yesterday dismissed a leave-to-appeal petition filed by the then military backed caretaker government against a High Court order that granted bail to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in Tk 3 crore extortion case.

Contraband drugs worth Tk 20 lakh seized, 3 held

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized huge quantity of contraband drugs worth Tk 20 lakh in a raid at a pharmacy of Hazari Lane wholesale drugs market in the port city of Chittagong on Wednesday night.

Withdraw reservation on UN convention article

Speakers yesterday called on the government to withdraw the reservation on Cedaw Article 2 which mainly deals with elimination of discrimination against women, as the government has one month to submit its combined 6th and 7th periodic report on Cedaw implementation.

Call to protect Mirpur playground

Residents of Mirpur-12 yesterday demanded illegal establishments in Lalmath, the only playground in the area, be immediately demolished.

National

Five hurt as docs of rival panels clash

At least five people, including a medical officer of Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical college Hospital, received injuries as a rival faction of the ruling party-backed physicians with the help of Chhatra League activists attacked them during BMA Sylhet chapter election yesterday.

30 more admitted to hospital

Thirty more people, affected with food poisoning after taking meals at a milad mahfil at Rukindipur-Shabderpara village under Akkelpur upazila of Dinajpur on Tuesday night, were admitted to the upazila health complex yesterday.

Four tonnes 'jatka' seized from truck in Barisal

A Rapid Action Battalion (Rab-8) team on Wednesday night seized 'jatka' (hilsa fry less than 9 inches in length) weighing around four tonnes from a truck on Barisal-Dhaka highway at Babujang point of the district.

2 Banbeis staff arrested on bribery charge

Police on Wednesday arrested two staff of Bangladesh Bureau of Educational Information and Statistics (Banbeis) on bribery charge in Shibchar upazila under Madaripur district.

2 JMB men held with arms in Jessore, 3 remanded in Khagrachhari

Two alleged cadres of Islamist outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) were arrested with arms on Wednesday night in Jessore while three other militants were remanded in Khagrachhari yesterday.

'Punish rapist of Satkhira speech impaired girl'

Several hundred people yesterday joined a human chain and a rally in the town demanding punishment to the rapist and abductors of a hearing and speech impaired girl and protection of the victim's family members and case witnesses.

Arrest of BCL central leader sparks protests in Narsingdi

Detective branch (DB) of police yesterday arrested Chhatra League (BCL) central committee vice president SM Qayum in an arms case.

2 hurt as bomb explodes

At least two people were injured in an explosion near the house of local BNP convener Abdul Latif Dhali at Gaodia village under Louhajong upazila yesterday. Officer-in-charge (OC) of Louhajong police station Saiful Islam said the explosion occurred early yesterday. He suspects that the local BNP convener is involved with manufacturing of bombs. Police went to the spot in the morning, collected evidence and filed a case in this connection. Later, Tongibari and Louhajong police, in a joint drive, arrested Harun from Baligaon Bazar and Sujon from Gaodia Padmar Par. They were injured allegedly while making bomb. But another injured Mahe Alam could not be nabbed, police said.

Pharmacies stage strike in Ctg

Bangladesh Chemists and Druggists Association (BCDA) enforced a day-long strike yesterday in the port city protesting what they said continued harassment by law enforcers. About 1200 pharmacies in the port city kept their shutters down responding to the call of strike. Earlier on Wednesday night, a team of Rab-7 raided 'Popular Medicine House' in the city's Hajari Lane area and seized 16 cartons of drugs. The owner of the enterprise Tapan Kanti Biswas alleged that some members of the Rab assaulted him, his two sons and an employee. General Secretary of Bangladesh Chemists and Druggists Association of Chittagong district unit Omar Ali alleged harassment by the elite force in various ways in the last six months, ignoring the law. He said they would announce new action programmes tomorrow if the administration does not takes steps to stop such harassment.

8 rescued from traffickers

BDR jawans in a drive on Wednesday evening rescued eight people at bordering Baraachra village while being trafficked to India. Sources said, a gang of human traffickers brought them from different districts in the name of giving them good job in India. Acting on a tip-off, a team of border guards raided the area and rescued the victims. The rescued people were identified as Nitya, 28, Haradhan, 20, Shoilen, 18, and Gauranga, 30, of Gopalganj, Bidhan, 25, of Narayanganj, Biswajit, 24, of Jessore, Sushanta, 22, of Madaripu and Mizanur, 32, of Dinajpur. Sensing presence of the BDR, the human traffickers managed to flee the scene.

Letters

Sea level rise

Sea level rise is the most discussed and debated global issue now. Actually in the past 100 years global sea-level rose between 1 and 2 millimetres a year. It is predicted by experts that the sea level rise will inundate most of the low lying countries like Bangladesh . According to INTERNATIONAL PANEL ON CLIMATE CHANGE (IPCC), one meter sea-level rise will inundate15 to 20% of Bangladesh . So, 13 to 30 million people of Bangladesh would be affected. If there is an increase in temperature of 6c the greater flow of water through three great rivers will lead to between 20 to 40% more flooding.

Sachin Dev

Finally, a cultural group “Banhishikha” has come up with an exclusive “Sachin Dev Burman” programme (October 23/24). It appropriately came in the month he was born and died.

Education policy

I welcome any new education policy arrived at after due consideration by the experts to improve it in our country as education is the key element for any nation. I also note the objections of the BNP and JP in this matter. Such objections really point out the root malaise of all our education policies which needs urgent attention. The necessity is to make partisan politics illegal and irrelevant in all our educational institutions (for both students and teachers), and in all official recruitment agencies and promotion boards. Political parties can have 'young' or 'retired' groups ( as they have in UK and other countries), but their activities must be outside any educational institution, and they must not use the label 'student'. Genuine student politics should be restricted to representation and activities of students for their own welfare.

The core sector

In the next four decades the world's population will grow by 2.3 billion. Meeting the demand of the world's 9.1 billion population in 2050 will require 70% more food than we currently produce. So unless we take the right decisions today we risk finding the globally dangerous bare tomorrow. It is time the authorities took some necessary steps for a real agricultural revolution.

A miracle!

On Friday 23rd. October morning, immediately on return from my regular morning walk at about 7:00am, I chanced to switch on the TV on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) news channel. I was surprised to see an astonishing news report that kept me glued to the TV till its end. The news feature showed a young child, around a year old, with his mother. On his bare body, verses from the Holy Quran in Arabic, was clearly visible on the TV screen!

Films and Censor Board

Okay the title is as straight forward as it can be, but has anyone really checked out the website of the Censor Board of Bangladesh. To put it in a word, it's simply hilarious. Why ? - Look around, in fact the next time you see a commercial film poster in the streets of Bangladesh, take a moment and think...look closely at the poster...beyond the half naked WOMEN and the "over dramatic" heroes- what lies beneath you ask? - Everything and everything that needs to be CENSORED !!!

Abolish quotas

The country of Bangladesh was liberated 38 years ago. And we are still bestowing undue privileges on the family members of freedom fighters! It is discriminatory. Soon after the liberation war ended several top army commanders, civil service stalwarts, politicians et al worked together to upgrade themselves. Hence, was the 'two years antedated seniority' in service and unprecedented 30% percent quota for freedom fighters in all government jobs. It means thirty percent quota in all fields - admission in medical colleges, public universities, education, govt. jobs, armed forces etc. for 150,000 persons and seventy percent for more than sixteen crore people! What are the faults of the 'Shaheed' families and crores of indirect freedom fighters who helped the FFs, supplied information, intelligence, food and rations, or prayed for the victory? How did we reward them?

Attack on reporter

The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) was created as a temporary measure to quell the menace and insecurity created by the rise of extortion by petty robbers and thieves masquerading as political activists who were often protected by “godfathers”. While society breathed a sigh of relief when these extortionists were brought under control, many feared that this elite force one day would also turn against the very citizens of the country where the justice system is too antiquated and bureaucratic to be effective. When a police force loses the respect and co-operation of the people it is paid to protect, it no longer serves its purpose. Between failures of the judiciary and the politicised law enforcement, common people are left to fend for themselves. Is this what an elected government promised to deliver?

Learning English

We all know that “English” is not our language but it is an International Language for which those who know this language can do better in building up their careers, if they are properly placed.

Vegetables

We are now feeling a touch of winter. Various kinds of vegetables - such as tomato, carrot, beet, cauliflower, cabbage, radish, beans, peas and so on - are grown in this season. There are also plenty of leafy vegetables. All these vegetables are full of vitamins. They have great food value. Moreover, they are very nutritious and good for health. If properly cooked, they are noless tasty than a dish of meat or fish.

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International

UN to pull out 600 staff from Afghanistan

The United Nations announced yesterday it was evacuating more than half its international staff from Afghanistan after a deadly Taliban attack on a guesthouse for UN workers.

Arabs seek UN-backed probe into alleged Gaza war crimes

Arab nations held frantic talks at the UN General Assembly Wednesday to try and secure European backing for a resolution calling on Israelis and Palestinians to probe alleged war crimes in Gaza.

US strike kills 5 militants in Pakistan

Suspected US missiles killed five militants in Pakistan's al-Qaeda-infested tribal belt yesterday, not far from where 30,000 troops are battling a major offensive against home-grown Taliban while militant's blew up the two-storey school on the outskirts of Bara town.

US ready to improve ties with Myanmar, sanctions to continue

Washington is ready to boost ties with Myanmar but will not lift sanctions until there is progress on democracy, a US diplomat said yesterday after the highest-level talks with the ruling junta in years.

G20 ministers to talk climate change and recovery

Bolstering the world economic recovery and crafting a deal to fight climate change will be top of the agenda for G20 finance ministers meeting in Scotland from Friday.

Kashmiri separatists to go ahead with dialogue

Kashmiri separatists will go ahead with bilateral talks with the Centre to resolve Kashmir issue despite serious differences within their own camp, but they wanted " India to speak in one voice.

Thailand recalls envoy to Cambodia over Thaksin

Thailand recalled its ambassador to Cambodia yesterday after Phnom Penh appointed fugitive former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra as an economic adviser, a senior official said.

Karzai is 'corrupt'but'our guy': French minister

President Hamid Karzai is "corrupt" but Nato has to accept that "he is our guy" in Afghanistan, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said, according to the New York Times yesterday.

Congress wins speaker, dy speaker's posts in Arunachal

Candidates of the ruling Congress, Wanglin Lowangdong and Tapang Taloh were Wednesday elected unopposed as the speaker and deputy speaker respectively of the Arunachal Pradesh assembly.

Israel views arms shipment as card against Iran

Israel's capture of a weapons-laden ship allegedly sent from Iran and bound for Hezbollah will underscore its case against Tehran in the international community, observers said yesterday.

New therapy to eradicate cancer cells

Researchers are close to developing a cancer treatment that kills malignant cells whilst leaving healthy cells untouched.

Arts & Entertainment

Ushering in transformation

The popular Bangla daily Prothom Alo celebrated its 11th anniversary amid festivities at Rabindra Sarobar, Dhanmondi in the city on November 4.

‘Kisholoy’: An emerging artist makes her debut

Nawshaba Daliya's first solo exhibition titled, 'Kisholoy', is now on at Zainul Gallery, Faculty of Fine Arts (FFA), Dhaka University.

“Bhuban Bhora Sur” to be screened in Kolkata

“Bhuban Bhora Sur”, a 53-minute documentary on the interpretation and rendering of Tagore songs by noted economist and Tagore exponent Md. Anisur Rahman, has been selected to participate at the 15th Kolkata Film Festival.

A closer look at Amitabh Bachchan

Make-up artiste Deepak Sawant has probably worked with Amitabh Bachchan the longest, at 30 years. They have worked together since "Zanjeer" catapulted Bachchan to fame in 1973.

Entries called for 3rd International Children’s Film Festival

The 3rd International Children's Film Festival Bangladesh is going to be held in Dhaka from January 23-29, 2010, says a press release.

Music festival by Rangpur Bhawaiya Academy

Rangpur Bhawaiya Academy recently held a two-day 'Bhawaiya Festival' at the local town hall to observe the 108th birth anniversary of the folk legend Abbasuddin Ahmed.

OP-ED

Internet and mobile phone

DIGITAL Bangladesh" is on the lips of every intellectual, academic and government official, regardless of their specialisation. Undoubtedly, everyone has some pertinent angle -- therein lies the problem. We have a sea of conversations on the same subject, making it hard to find fresh ideas. Having said this, I'd like to refer to a discussion about Digital Bangladesh that made me sit up and think.

Pakistan in serious danger

PAKISTAN is at war with itself. The situation there is worrying and sad. It is worrying because the Taliban over the past several weeks have freely chosen to attack highly secure targets in Islamabad and other major cities, causing widespread damage. Clearly, the Taliban are now a force to reckon with. It is sad because Pakistanis are killing Pakistanis. Many innocent lives have been lost in these and previous attacks. Fear has gripped ordinary citizens.

Bittersweet memories

THE opportunity to be honest will allow me to state the following -- "I hated Notre Dame College." Believe it or not I hated my time there. I mean "come on" no opportunity to bunk classes, harsh lab brothers, rules strict as a military prison, lethal homework and, not to mention, the infamous weekly quizzes. I don't know about others but I cannot say that my time in the college was "rocking." I can imagine that a lot of people might disagree or get irritated, but I'm just being honest.

StarTech

The future of newspaper: Paper or plastic?

Environmentalists have always dreamed of a world where humans no longer need to cut down trees for paper. Sometimes, even literacy comes at a cost. In view of saving the endangered trees of the planet, more and more offices around the world are moving towards paperless endeavours by computerising most of their transactions, for example through online banking and using email and SMS for sharing documents and information.

Digital signature important for digitisation drive

Digital society aims to make life easier by saving time and energy and stopping misappropriation in the everyday life. Moreover, the systems of tax return, the filing of information in the government offices, procurement and tender, applying for any license can be introduced with electronic or digital signature and digital certificate to transform Bangladesh into digital, the participants said at a seminar in the city recently.

Digital ICT Fair begins on Saturday

The nine-day 'Digital ICT Fair-2009' will begin tomorrow at the Multiplan Centre at Elephant Road in the capital. With the slogan 'Let ICT be a Tool for Changing Days', the fair has been organised by the Multiplan Centre Shop Owners Association.

Microsoft redesigns MSN, adds Twitter, Facebook

Microsoft Corp. is giving its MSN Web portal a long-overdue makeover and says it hopes the new site will funnel more people to Bing, the software maker's search engine.

Mobile phone inventor wants devices to go back to basics

The inventor of the mobile phone said Wednesday the devices have become too complex, with a range of features from cameras to music, since he made the first-ever wireless call over three decades ago.



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