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News of: Sunday, 8th of November, 2009

Front Page

PM seeks power from Bhutan

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina proposed that the electric power generated in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan could be exported to neighbouring countries, including Bangladesh.

Admin in disarray

Sluggishness has gripped the entire public administration, as all previous reform attempts towards making it service oriented have gone into hibernation amid mounting political influence of successive ruling parties.

149 out on bail, stay ominous

Law enforcers fear around 150 suspected or convicted militants who are now out of jail may embrace militancy again as there were no motivational programmes in the prisons.

Waterways workers go on strike

Around 1.5 lakh water transport workers under five labour organisations began an indefinite strike from 12:00 last night to press home their 22-point demand.

Cell phone crime goes unabated

All efforts of detectives to track down criminals involved in extortions and issuing various threats over cellphones are going in vain due to their use of fake registration for mobile SIM cards and fake international mobile equipment identity (IMEI) numbers.

Lashkar plotters identified

The Detective Branch of police has identified several persons including foreign nationals as Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operatives holed up in the country with plans to attack the US embassy in Dhaka and other establishments.

Save Bangladesh from climate peril

Senior British lawmaker and former health minister Frank Dobson has called for worldwide action to rein in climate change and save the most vulnerable countries like Bangladesh.

Bhutan seeks support to host 16th Saarc Summit

King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck sought Bangladesh's support for hosting the 16th summit of Saarc as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had an audience with the monarch discussing ways of bolstering bilateral cooperation.

Star receives another letter from BNP

The Daily Star has received a letter from BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain following his October 29 rejoinder on this newspaper's report dated October 27 and headlined “Aug 21 attack on Hasina, AL Rally: It was Hawa Bhaban Plot”.

November 7 observed

November 7 was observed by socio-political organisations from different viewpoints across the country.

Traffic, air to get better if factories relocated

Hundreds of unauthorised factories in the inner-city areas must be relocated to improve the capital's traffic congestion and pollution levels, claim experts.

US Senate okays bill to honour Yunus

The United States Senate has unanimously approved a bill to award Nobel Laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus a Congressional Gold Medal.

Outlaw leader, 2 journos held

A top cadre of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-ML) Lal Pataka faction and two local journalists were arrested in Chuadanga and Meherpur early yesterday.

Medicine traders enforce strike

Wholesale medicine markets in the capital and Chittagong city observed a five-hour strike yesterday protesting seizure of huge medicines and arrest of three staff from a drug store in the port city on Wednesday.

Cops verifying versions of arrestees

A Dhaka court yesterday sent to jail two sons of Bangabandhu murder convict Lt Col (retd) Mohiuddin Ahmed and Freedom Party leader Abdur Rahim, who were arrested in connection with the bomb attack on Awami League lawmaker Fazle Noor Taposh.

Obama reminds US public of diversity, urges patience

US President Barack Obama yesterday said the training designed to keep US forces safe abroad prevented further deaths and ended the rampage at Fort Hood.

Carjackers kill driver, take away microbus

Car-jackers killed a driver and took away his office microbus dumping the body by Saddam Market in the city's Jatrabari yesterday.

Muggers shoot one for Tk 2 lakh

Armed muggers snatched Tk 2 lakh from a sales representative of a cell phone company, leaving him bullet injured at Raysaheb Bazar in the city's Sutrapur yesterday.

Militants hurl grenade at Pak girls' school

Pakistani soldiers killed at least 12 militants during overnight gunbattles in three Taliban strongholds while militants hurled a grenade at a school in Quetta in the northwest, intelligence officials said yesterday.

Iran rejects uranium shipment offer

Iran has decided to turn down proposals from the major powers for the supply of nuclear fuel, a leading member of parliament said yesterday, in a serious setback for UN-brokered efforts to allay Western concerns about its atomic ambitions.

Lebanon's Hariri set to form new govt

Lebanese prime minister-designate Saad Hariri was preparing to announce a new government yesterday after granting concessions to his rivals in the Hezbollah-led opposition on key cabinet posts.

Editorial

Khaleda Zia on garment unrest

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has expressed her concern at the recent unrest in the readymade garment sector that resulted in some deaths and massive destruction of property. We fully share her views and support her remarks since it is directed at the major foreign currency earning sector of the country. Her appeal to the owners of garments factories to clear the dues of the workers on time is in essence the crux of the matter, and we urge the owners and the BGMEA to take this advice to avoid further deterioration of the situation.

Prothom Alo steps into its twelfth year . . .

We share in the happiness that Prothom Alo experiences as it steps into its twelfth year. In the eleven years that have gone by, Prothom Alo has clearly carved a remarkable place for itself in Bangladesh's media world through its bold, ethical and independent coverage of individuals and personalities. Briefly, Prothom Alo has brought about a significant transformation in Bangladesh's journalism by going deep into the issues as a way of upholding the public interest. It will not be an exaggeration to say that the newspaper is a journalistic phenomenon in our time.

Time for the garment sector to come of age

The October 31 worker-police clash in Tongi, which led to three deaths and injuries to about a hundred others, including police, has not surprised many, because workers' violence, whatever the reason, has become a regular occurrence in the garment sector during the last few years. It is very strange, though, that garment workers, 80 percent of whom are women, are capable of such violence. However, the October 31 flare-up reportedly saw fewer women than in the earlier ones.

All anti-taliban combatants should unite

President Obama's strategy to fight the Taliban is yet to get unanimous support in all the quarters in the US. The war in Afghanistan and Pakistan, albeit sanctioned by the UNSC and sought by the international community, if pursued as prescribed by General Stanley McChrystal, that the US shift its strategy to population security and dedicate more resources, as distinct from the advice by Vice President Joe Biden of the US cutting its losses and prosecuting the campaign using Predator and cruise missile strikes to produce better results, could bring into focus Gabriella Blum's thesis of (The laws of war and the lesser evil -- Yale Law Journal) whether the absolutist stance of non-recognition of lesser evil is justification for breaking the fundamental principles of international humanitarian law.

Davutoglu's Doctrine

When Turkey's president, Abdullah Gul, visits India early next year, he will be representing a nation that has reinvented its geostrategic role through an independent foreign policy in barely eight years. I hope he brings along Ahmet Davutoglu, who shaped the theory and then structured the practicals, first as principal adviser to Prime Minister Recip Tayyab Erdogan, and now as foreign minister. He must be one of the few academics fortunate enough to get a chance to make ideas work.

Sports

HP coming back

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has decided to reactivate the high performance (HP) unit and appoint a foreign coach to run the show again in an effort to bolster development of the players and also of those in the pipeline.

Crucial 6th ODI today

Three days ago it was being asked whether Australia would be able to make this series a contest after losing Moises Henriques to injury, the latest in a long line of losses. The squad had already lost Brett Lee (elbow), James Hopes (hamstring), Tim Paine (finger) and Peter Siddle (side strain), and was without first-choice players Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin, Nathan Bracken and Callum Ferguson when the series began. Now they are one game away from an unassailable 4-2 lead after stealing a thriller in Hyderabad on Thursday.

Big guns win

Few of the national stars returned to their club duties in the fourth round of matches of the Premier League yesterday, but it was their less-illustrious club-mates who dictated terms as defending champions Abahani and title-contenders Mohammedan kept their hundred percent record intact with wins over BKSP and Cricket Coaching School (CCS) respectively.

MS looks forward

India are a loss away from just their third bilateral one-day series defeat since 2006, but captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was not letting the pressure get to him. India surrendered a 3-2 series lead in Hyderabad, where they fell three runs short of a target of 351, to arrive in Guwahati needing to win to prevent their first bilateral series defeat since Australia toured two years ago.

Kiwis stage U-turn

Brendon McCullum hit a return-to-form hundred and Scott Styris took three wickets in two overs as New Zealand beat Pakistan by 64 runs in the second day-night international here on Friday.

Unbecoming of BFF!

It seems that the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) is reluctant to handle few things in a professional way in the Bangladesh League, the professional football league, despite being noticed many a times by the journalists who are suffering the most.

Ctg AKC hold BU

Visitors Chittagong Abahani came from behind twice to hold Brothers Union to a 2-2 draw in an entertaining encounter of the Bangladesh League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Hussey wants it here, now

Leading 3-2 in the ongoing seven-match ODI series against India, Australian vice-captain Michael Hussey said the visitors are determined to pocket the rubber in the sixth one-dayer here today.

Improvement delights Dan

New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori believes his team's conscious effort to improve in key areas helped them beat Pakistan and level their three-match series at 1-1.

Fred-Lancs new deal

Andrew Flintofff wants to win more silverware with Lancashire after agreeing a new three-year contract with his native county.

Bartoli, Rezai clash in Bali

French top seed Marion Bartoli will face compatriot Aravane Rezai on Sunday in the Bali Tournament of Champions' title clash.

Div I cricket

Sheikh Faruque Ahmed bowled Kathal Bagan to an exciting five-run victory over Azad Sporting Club in the First Division Cricket League at the Jahangirnagar University ground yesterday.

DC Gold Cup football

Satkhira Pourasava emerged champions in the Deputy Commissioner Gold Cup tournament with a 4-2 shootout win over Debhata Upazila at the Satkhira Stadium yesterday.

Zim U-19s due today

Zimbabwe Under-19 cricket team will arrive in Dhaka today to play a five-match one-day series against their Bangladesh counterparts.

Inter-District football

Meherpur recorded a 2-1 victory over Chuadanga in the second round of the Inter-District Deputy Commissioner Gold Cup tournament at the Magura Stadium yesterday.

Carlo relishes MU challenge

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti knows his first Premier League clash with Manchester United will provide the acid test of his title credentials, but he believes the champions have weaknesses that can be exploited in Sunday's summit meeting.

Queiroz to defy Real

Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz insisted Saturday that he intends to call up Cristiano Ronaldo for crucial World Cup play-offs against Bosnia-Herzegovina despite the opposition of the player's club Real Madrid.

Benitez counting on Torres

Rafa Benitez is refusing to rule Fernando Torres out of Liverpool's match with Birmingham City on Monday -- despite telling Spain to forget about playing the striker in next week's prestigious international friendly with Argentina.

Italy draw first blood

World number 11 Flavia Pennetta cruised to a 6-3, 6-1 victory against American Alexa Glatch to give hosts Italy a 1-0 lead in the Fed Cup final on red clay here on Saturday.

Becks raring to go

England midfielder David Beckham is relishing the chance to play Champions League football again once he returns to AC Milan on his second loan spell in January.

Leverkusen rout Frankfurt

League leaders Bayer Leverkusen opened a four-point gap at the top of the Bundesliga on Friday with a 4-0 demolition of Eintracht Frankfurt after scoring three goals in the first 11 minutes.

Ferrera not under fire

New Juventus president Jean-Claude Blanc insisted coach Ciro Ferrara's job is not on the line but said the team must close the gap on Inter Milan.

Pohang win AFC Champs League

Pohang Steelers of South Korea shocked two-time champions Al Ittihad of Saudi Arabia 2-1 to capture the AFC Champions League title here on Saturday.

UEFA opens Unirea probe

European football's ruling body UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings into Romanian club Unirea Urziceni following the violence-marred Champions League match with visitors Rangers on Wednesday.

Jagielka's injury lay-off

Everton defender Phil Jagielka could be sidelined until January after undergoing a second knee operation, the Premier League side revealed on Saturday.

Business

Foreign apparel makers plan relocation to Bangladesh

Foreign buyers see Bangladesh as a lucrative destination for global apparel outsourcing as the country manufactures quality items at a cheap cost.

Janata goes public in Jan

Bangladesh's capital market is going to be more vibrant in three months with the entry of state-owned Janata Bank, the country's second biggest commercial bank after Sonali.

Airlines in recovery hope

Air traffic situation improves slowly, thanks to a rise in business and leisure travels and increasing migrant workers.

United starts flights to London on Nov 21

United Airways (BD) Ltd, a private airliner, is set to start flights on its Dhaka-London-Dhaka route on November 21.

South Asia shows resilience to financial crisis: Muhith

Finance Minister AMA Muhith has said the economic indicators of South Asian countries have been showing strong resilience in the face of tremendous pressure from the global financial crisis.

City Bank, American Express team up over credit cards

City Bank and American Express yesterday announced a strategic alliance and unveiled two new American Express credit cards for Bangladeshi users.

Seminar stresses RMG compliance

Integration and coordination between productivity and compliance are needed to have a sustainable growth in the country's prime forex earning RMG sector, speakers told a seminar in Dhaka yesterday.

Turnover may rise to Tk 3,000cr by year-end, says DSE chief

Daily turnover on Dhaka Stock Exchange may increase to Tk 3,000 crore by year-end if the current trend of investor confidence continues, said DSE President Rakibur Rahman yesterday.

Benapole trade suspended

Export-import activities through Benapole land port remained suspended from last morning due to by-polls of Vidhan Sabha (legislative assembly) in West Bengal.

Fair of light engineering goods ends in Cox's Bazar

A two-day light engineering goods fair concluded in Cox's Bazar yesterday.

Reverse engineering

Last month I was part of a panel at the Global Economic Symposium (GES) in Germany organised by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy and our task was to discuss the new wave of social entrepreneurship in the aftermath of the collapse of the Western financial systems and how it might best be used to solve global problems.

Ministers to firm up global recovery

Hosts Britain told the G20 it had "no reason to give up" on a new climate change deal Friday, as finance ministers met for talks on bolstering the world economy and green finance.

Asian stocks rebound

A rally on Wall Street helped Asian markets rebound at the end of a volatile week on Friday but many dealers remained cautious ahead of key jobs figures in the world's biggest economy.

Wall Street shakes off jobs data

Wall Street stocks wobbled before ending with slender gains Friday as investors shrugged off disappointing US data showing unemployment above 10 percent, to end a strong week on an upbeat note.

US jobless rate hit historic 10.2pc

US unemployment jumped to double digits in October for the first time since 1983, reaching 10.2 percent and underscoring slow progress toward curbing joblessness in an economy emerging from recession.

Gold price hits record after 'Sri Lanka purchase'

The price of gold hit a record high above 1,100 dollars an ounce in trading here on Friday following a report that Sri Lanka had joined India in purchasing the precious metal in favour of the US currency.

Signals of economic recovery strong: OECD

Green shoots of recovery are beginning to look like strong sapplings of growth, with indicators pulling strongly ahead in China, Britain, France and Italy, the OECD said on Friday.

Two Japanese trust banks to merge

Sumitomo Trust & Banking Co. and Chuo Mitsui Trust Holdings announced Friday they had agreed on a merger to create Japan's largest trust bank sitting on assets of two trillion dollars.

Weekly Currency Roundup

November 1st-November 5th, 2009
International Markets

This week the dollar gained against its major rivals. The dollar and the yen gained broadly as the euro and perceived higher risk currencies succumbed to profit-taking ahead of policy decisions by the Bank of England and the European Central Bank. But the dollar and yen were expected to remain under longer-term pressure after the Fed's pledge on low US rates. Traders were wary of extending the rally in riskier assets triggered after the US Federal Reserve on Wednesday kept its commitment to low borrowing costs for an "extended period", driving the safe-haven dollar lower. The Bank of England will announce its decision with the market braced for a possible further increase in asset purchases, while a European Central Bank decision and news conference will follow. Beyond that, closely-watched US non-farm payrolls data is due on Friday and Group of 20 finance ministers meet on Friday and Saturday. Low interest rates should ensure the dollar remains a funding currency in carry trades -- transactions in which investors borrow in low-yielding currencies to buy higher-yielding assets. Analysts were divided on whether the BoE would expand its quantitative easing policy by 25 billion pounds, 50 billion pounds or call a halt to it, while keeping key interest rates unchanged at a record low of 0.5 percent. The ECB decision was seen more predictable, with the central bank expected to keep rates at a record low 1.0 percent, though market players would keep a close eye on the news conference for any clues on possible exit strategies. The dollar index, which measures the dollar's value against a basket of currencies, was up 0.2 percent at 75.811, pulling away from Wednesday's one-week low of 75.60. It hit a 14-month low of 74.94 in late October and has been in a downtrend since March.

Metropolitan

Restore basic principles of '72 constitution

Speakers at a BBC dialogue yesterday said Bangladesh should go back to the fundamental principles of the constitution of 1972 to get back the spirit of the liberation war.

Zillur assures expats of all cooperation

Bangladeshi expatriates living in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) met President Zillur Rahman on Friday during his stopover there on his way to Turkey.

SC hearing set for Dec 6

The Supreme Court is set to hear on December 6 an appeal filed by Awami League lawmaker Habibur Rahman Mollah against a High Court verdict that declared legal the Anti-Corruption Commi-ssion's (ACC) sanction (permitting its officials) to file the graft case against him.

Deal for rehabilitation of run-down Ctg rail tracks

Bangladesh Railway signed an agreement with two companies yesterday for rehabilitation of Fouzdarhat-Chittagong Port Yard-Strand Road Victoria-Chittagong Section.

Hasina meets Bhutanese king

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had an audience with King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck at his office, Tashichodzong yesterday amidst royal formalities.

Driver of manpower trader held

Police yesterday arrested the driver who fled with Tk 12.5 lakh and a microbus of his employer from Bhuigarh in Fatullah, Narayanganj on October 18.

Cooperatives law to be amended

The government has taken an initiative to amend the law on cooperatives to make them more democratic and accountable, said LGRD Minister Syed Ashraful Islam yesterday.

Youths urged to implement Vision-2021

Education Minister Nurul Islam Naheed yesterday hoped that the socio-economic freedom of the country could be attained through implementation of the Vision-2021.

Hold Ducsu election for healthy student politics

Demand for election to Dhaka University Central Students Union (Ducsu) appears to be resurfacing again among general students after years of gap as the country's premier university has not seen activities of the crucial students' forum for over two decades.

Set up DMC female hall after Dr Zohra Kazi's name

Speakers at a condolence meeting yesterday demanded the government set up a female hall at Dhaka Medical College after the name of Dr Zohra Begum Kazi in recognition of her outstanding contribution to medical services and language movement.

'Save northern region from desertification'

Rajshahi Protection Move-ment Council demanded immediate implementation of North Rajshahi Irrigation Project with a view to saving the northern region from desertification process.

Varsity teachers demand separate pay scale

The Federation of Bangladesh University Teachers' Asso-ciation (FBUTA) has called for introduction of a separate pay scale for the teachers of public universities.

IT education compulsory at secondary level by 2013

Reiterating the present government's commitment to building Digital Bangladesh, Information Minister Abul Kalam Azad yesterday said IT education would be made compulsory at secondary level by 2013.

Road crashes kill 3

Three people were killed and six others injured in separate road accidents in Narail, Dinajpur and Gopalganj yesterday.

DAB rejects polls result

Doctors Association of Bangladesh (DAB) rejected the results of the election of Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) held across the country on November 5, says a press release.

Housewife 'kills' herself

A housewife allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling by her scarf at Joar Sahara in the city's Badda area yesterday morning.

'Bloodbath in Military' screened

The public screening of part-1 of a documentary titled "Bloodbath in Military: Bangladesh 1975-1981" was held at Public Library in the city yesterday.

Call to stop extra-judicial killing

A total of 73 eminent citizens yesterday strongly protested the extra-judicial killings and demanded an immediate end to such practice.

National

Drastic fall in fish output in Chalan Beel for poor rainfall

Fish production in greater Chalan Beel area has reduced drastically this year due to inadequate rainfall, making around 20,000 fishermen along the water body jobless.

Looters of roadside trees now threaten complainant, witness

Threatened by the accused in a case for looting roadside trees, the complainant and a witness of the case are staying away from their houses at Monorom village of Mohendranagar union under Lalmonirhat Sadar upazila about one and a half months.

Bogra DC's move to sue 2 more journos, a school managing committee member

Bogra Deputy Commissioner (DC) Md Iftekharul Islam Khan has sent a letter to Dupchanchia Police Station asking them to file cases against two journalists and a member of a school managing committee allegedly to retaliate publication of a news item.

PCJSS man abducted in Rangamati

An activist of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) was kidnapped on Friday night allegedly by the armed cadres of anti-peace treaty United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) from his house at Uluchhari in the town.

Benapole land port remains idle for a day

Export-import activities through Benapole land port came to a halt yesterday morning due to by-polls of Bidhan Sabha (Legislative Assembly) in West Bengal.

Four housewives killed, 3 of them 'for dowry'

Four women were killed allegedly by their husbands, three of them for dowry, in three districts in the last five days.

Border confce ends with accord to resolve issues

The four-day border conference of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) concluded here yesterday.

Murder allegedly for dowry sparks protest

A college girl was killed allegedly for dowry in Barguna district town yesterday morning.

Feud in Magura BNP remains unresolved

Internal feud in Magura BNP remains unresolved as district unit Convener Kabir Murad, who is leading a faction, did not attend the meeting convened by the central committee at party's Nayapaltan office on Wednesday.

15 hurt as AL, JP backed workers clash

Fifteen people were injured as pro-Awami League (AL) and pro-Jatiya Party (JP) workers clashed at local supply depot (LSD) on Friday.

Tungipara joins the race for upgradation

Several hundred people of Tungipara on Thursday formed a human chain at local bus stand to press their demand for upgrading the upazila to a district.

100 AL leaders sued by Barisal BNP leader

About 100 leaders and activists of ruling Awami League (AL) and its front organisations were sued on Friday night on charge of ransacking and setting fire to Barisal BNP office.

Shibir's death threat to two RU BCL men

Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) cadres threatened two Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) men with death on Rajshahi University (RU) campus yesterday.

Rasu on fresh remand

Self-confessed serial killer Rasu Khan was taken on four days fresh remand on Thursday. Earlier, CID police appealed to Chandpur Chief Judicial Magistrate Md Mozammel Haque's court for seven days remand for Rasu in a case filed in connection with killing of an unidentified woman at Haimchar. Investigation officer of the case CID sub-inspector (SI) Md Jamirul Islam said, Rasu raped and killed the woman in a dried up water body on the east side of Chowdhury Hat in the upazila about one and a half years ago. When police took Rasu to Haimchar on October 20, he showed police the killing spot. Later, Haimchar police on December 6, 2008 recovered the body of an unidentified woman from the spot.

Hazrat Shahjalal's urs

The two-day annual urs of great saint Hazrat Shahjalal (RA) will begin at his shrine in Sylhet today. Devotees in thousands from different areas of the country have already arrived in the city to join the religious event. The 690th annual event is scheduled to start with placing of gilaf (cover) on the grave of the saint in the early hours of today. The other programmes include Qurankhwani, fateha khwani, discussion, milad mahfil etc. It will end through Ankheri munajat (concluding prayers) and through distribution of alms after the Faz'r prayers tomorrow. A three-day fair has also been arranged in the shrine area.

Outlaw held with arms

Jhenidah police have arrested a cadre of the outfit Biplobi Communist Party (ML-Janajuddha) from village Hazidanga in Jhenidah Sadar upazila on Friday night. Police also recovered a pipe gun and a bullet from the possession of arrestee Uzzal, 34. Matiar Rahman, officer in-charge (OC) of Jhenidah police station said, acting on a tip-off, police raided a house and nabbed the outlaw. Uzzal was wanted in several cases, the OC said.

Youth jailed in dowry case

A court here on Thursday sentenced a young man to two years of imprisonment in a dowry case. Convict Arman, 30, son of Shawkat Ali of Dewbhog area in the town, was present on the dock when the judge pronounced the verdict. According to the prosecution, Arman married Jyostna Begum, daughter of Baset Prodhan of Gognagar in Sadar upazila on May 5, 2006. But after a few days, he started torturing her for bringing Tk 1 lakh as dowry from her parents. Later, Jyostna filed a case on August 20, the same year, against her husband. After examining the records and witnesses, Judge Mohammed Bazlur Rahman of Senior Judicial Magistrate court handed down the verdict.

Man killed in Gaibandha

Criminals killed a man and took away his motorbike near Kamdia bazaar in Gobindaganj upazila on Tuesday. Police said, a gang swooped on Abdul Quddus, 47, while he was returning home from the bazaar by a motorbike at dead of night and took away his bike after killing him on the spot. On information, police recovered the body on Wednesday morning and sent it to hospital morgue for autopsy. Police later recovered the motorcycle from nearby Khamarpara village but could not arrest anybody in connection with the incident.

Touchstone statue seized

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Thursday recovered a touchstone statue of Hindu goddess Swaraswati from a passenger bus. Acting on a tip-off, a team of Rab-12 led by its deputy assistant director Hafiz Uddin raided a Dhaka-bound passenger bus coming from Pabna at the eastern end of Jamuna bridge and recovered the statue weighing about 2.5kg. The statue was found in a jute sack in an abandoned state. The touchstone statute is worth around Tk 2.5 crore, Rab officials said.

5 BNP leaders get bail

Five local leaders of opposition BNP, accused in a case, were granted bail for three months by the High Court Tuesday. A high court bench comprising justice AFM Abdur Rahman and justice Mohammad Imdadul Haque Azad granted the bail after the hearing in presence of the five leaders. They are pourashava and town BNP president Jahangir Alam, pourashava panel mayor and general secretary of town Jubo Dal Maksudul Alam Khondoker Khorshed, poura BNP organising secretary Hasan Ahmed, Sadar upazila Jubo Dal vice president Moazzem Hossain Monti and No 7 ward Jubo Dal leader Shakhawat Hossain Shova. Nurul Islam Sarder, who was defeated in last pourashava mayoral election on October 25 filed a case with Sadar police station accusing the five of ransacking office and attempting to murder.

Musk seized in Benapole

Customs officials seized musk worth Tk 1 crore from the bag of a man on Wednesday evening. Customs sources said they found the musk while searching the bag of Tarek Hossain of Chittagong district. Tarek was returning from neighbouring India with a valid passport. A case was filed.

Robbers held with arms

Locals caught red-handed two robbers along with firearms at Kaujani village on Thursday night. Police said, a gang of robbers entered Molla Bari house and tried to loot valuables at dead of night. As the inmates raised a hue and cry, locals rushed to the spot and caught two of the fleeing robbers - Rubel Sheikh, 22, of Uttar Char Paturia village and Majnu Molla, 30, of Tenapacha village. A shutter-gun, four bullets and a sharp knife were recovered from their possession.

Letters

Maldives and climate change

President Mohammed Nasheed of Maldives is a vociferous campaigner who wants to rescue the world from the clutches of global warming. He is a degree holder in Marine Studies from UK, and is showing his outmost keenness to tackle the affects of climate change and save his country from permanent inundation.

Bandarban

Bangladesh is a country of huge tourism potential. We have a district called Bandarban, which is a paradise of natural beauty. It attracts both the domestic and foreign tourists. It is a place that we can be proud of. Bandarban is a district situated in South-Eastern Bangladesh, and a part of the Chittagong Division and Chittagong Hill Tracts. Bandarban is also recognized as Arvumi or the Bohmong Circle (of the rest three hill districts Rangamati is the Chakma Circle and Khagrachari is the Mong Circle). Bandarban town is the home town of the Bohmong Chief (currently King, or Raja, Aung Shwe Prue Chowdhury) who is the head of the Marma community. It is the administrative headquarters of Bandarban district, which is one of the most exotic tourist attractions in Bangladesh.

Recruit more policemen

Many letters and suggestions have been put forward regarding facilitating and easing the prevailing unbearable chaotic traffic jam situation in Dhaka city and also in other district towns. Every day we find that a lone traffic policeman is managing road traffic at important and chaotic road points. Many of the drivers are impatient, ill-mannered, impolite and easily given to quarrels. We noticed that it is not humanly possible for a single person to facilitate movement of motorized, non-motorized vehicles. They are overworked and over-stressed. In short, it has become an absolute necessity and imperative to deploy more traffic policemen at all the points for better and efficient management of road traffic.

Shuttle train

Mr. Masum Ahmed's letter on “Effective Solution” published in your daily on 2nd Nov.09 makes much sense. The introduction of shuttle trains can significantly reduce traffic in Dhaka at the minimum possible time and cost.

Tortured journalist

I feel I should wage another war against all those who are taking away our right to personal dignity and freedom. How can we tolerate a policeman in independent Bangladesh torturing an innocent reporter (Mr. Masum of New Age) in public in a way that will even put to shame the most barbarous people on earth.

Credibility at stake

There has now been a big credibility gap between what the govt. says and what actually is happening all over the country. When an engineer was gunned down the other day in the city the home minister termed it as a stray (bichinno) event but when Barrister Tapash miraculously survived a bomb attack only a couple of days later in front of his own office at Motijheel, none believed it to be so as the latter is a sitting MP and nephew of the PM herself. What is notable is that the incident took place only a few hours after the departure of the PM on an official visit abroad. Besides, everybody knows Mr. Tapash has been playing a very vital role in all important cases including those of the BDR mutiny, war criminals and the Bangabandhu murder case. Whatever the nature of the incidents, they all indicate that our law and order situation is far from normal and the failure of the home ministry is quite obvious.

Check population boom

Bangladesh is a small and poor country. There are thousands of problems here. But it is a matter of regret that we do not find out the main problem in Bangladesh. Actually, population boom is the main problem that the country is facing. We will not be able to change our country if we do not check our population growth.

Education commission

Education is said to be the backbone of a nation. But it is a matter of great regret that even after 38 years of liberation no specific and effective education commission has yet been formed. As a result, the learners are being deprived of proper education and they will lag behind in any competition in the age of globalisation. So the govt. should take necessary steps to form such an education commission which will be acceptable to all and will continue for 50 years at least. Having no such commission, changes are coming in the syllabus over and over again which are really harmful for the students. In light of it, I can't but mention a point here that education policy makers have included 40 marks in the syllabus for grammar for the learners of class 9 and 10 and there are 9 items of grammar for 40 marks and any 8 items carrying 5 marks each are set up in the question papers. Transformation of sentences is one of them. Here the thing to be noticed is that for 5 marks the students have to study at least 4 items of grammar. They are- sentences (according to meaning), sentences (according to structure), voice change, degree of comparison, etc. But in another 7 items this is not done. Now it can be said that this type of questions is quite unreasonable. In this case my suggestion is that it would be better to increase the number of grammatical items to 12 items (existing 9 items + i. sentences-both kinds, ii. voice change, iii. degree of comparison) instead of 9 and the students will answer the same items out of 12. And if it is done, the students will be benefited. Above all, a specific education commission is a must to develop the nation.

Set things right

We can't accept this injustice. (2001, 2003 SSC, HSC issue)

Kakoli to Gulshan

It's a daily routine that thousands of passengers drop at Kakoli centre from northern part of greater Gazipur & Dhaka city. Among them most are office going and they gather at Kakoli point to go to Gulshan 2 and Banani Bazar. But it's a matter of regret that the number of vehicles is insufficient for thousands of passengers, especially in the morning.

Saifur Rahman's death

With reference to a few learned readers' comments about Awami League leaders, particularly the prime minister's not issuing an official condolence message on the sad demise of Mr. Saifur Rahman. One gentleman felt hurt and expressed his feelings in the letter column of your daily published on 21 October.

Our doctors

Recently some surgeon(s) at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital stitched up a patient after surgery with a scalpel blade in the patient's abdomen (DS October 22). A small schoolgirl lost her life in the same hospital due the negligence of the doctor(s) on duty (TV news October 22). Almost every day many such incidents of criminal negligence, indifference, malpractice and incompetence by the doctors in Bangladesh are taking place in government and non-government hospitals. For obvious reasons it is not possible for the media to report all these unfortunate incidents. Since the liberation of Bangladesh we have not heard of any single case wherein any recalcitrant medical practitioner has been taken to task either by the government (ministry of health) or by the Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council (BMDC), the two guardians of our national healthcare system. In some cases, after the incidents were reported in the media, inquiry committees were constituted. Reports and recommendations submitted by these committees were never made public, nor did we ever hear that any actions were taken against any wrongdoing doctor. Some cases were taken to the court of law by those aggrieved parties who could afford such litigation, but with no result. Because the relevant laws in our country do not protect the rights of the patients. Whenever the health ministry or the BMDC is asked about such an incident the bosses who run these offices always come out with the pet reply that they have not received any such complaint in writing from the aggrieved patient or his/her next of kin. The other very common reply to such a query is that the existing laws in this regard are not adequate to take a recalcitrant doctor to task.

Anime Society

I am sure we all are very much aware about anime films. It is a popular item for today's young people. In Bangladesh, we have not yet started making anime films in a fully-fledged way but there are many anime fans around.

Bangladeshi workers in Sudan

Tens of thousands of Bangladeshi workers are working in Sudan and most of them are illegal. Until recently, the Sudan government was generous enough to allow them to work despite their illegal status. However, unfortunately, some Bangladeshis were involved in criminal activities. As a result, it is expected that the Sudan government will tighten the immigration rules and possible expulsion of illegal immigrants is also imminent.

International

Abbas' move reflects deep Palestinian despair

By saying he wants to step down as president, Mahmoud Abbas has highlighted a deep Palestinian despair rooted in decades of failed peace initiatives and fruitless violence.

Japan on al-Qaeda's prime target list

Former French investigating judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere said that Japan is among al-Qaeda's prime targets for attack, while promoting a book about his 25 years fighting terrorism.

Japan steps up aid to Mekong nations

The leaders of Japan and Southeast Asia's five Mekong River nations wrapped up a summit Saturday at which Tokyo pledged more than 5.5 billion dollars in loans and grants and vowed deeper ties.

7 Afghan troops killed in Nato airstrike

Seven members of the Afghan security forces were killed in a Nato air strike in remote western Afghanistan, the defence ministry said yesterday.

UN urges Karzai to fight corruption

The UN Security Council joined calls Friday on Afghan President Hamid Karzai to fight corruption, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calling the country's political situation "delicate" following deeply flawed elections.

Pakistan to talk with India on terrorism

Pakistan would soon discuss the issue of India's involvement in terror activities inside its geographical boundaries with New Delhi, Foreign Office (FO) spokesman Abdul Basit has said on Friday.

Certain quarters trying relentlessly to depose me, says Zardari

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has himself revealed that certain political quarters in the country are trying relentlessly to depose him from Presidency, and that he has thwarted three such attempts in the past.

More foreign troops certain in new Afghan plan: US

A top Pentagon official says President Barack Obama's new strategy for Afghanistan will be certain to include reinforcements of foreign troops.

11 dead in Russian military plane crash

A Russian military plane crashed into the sea during a training exercise in Russia's Far East region, leaving all eleven crew members missing and presumed dead, officials said yesterday.

Obama may meet Myanmar junta at US-Asean meet

The United States expects the leaders of all Asean nations to attend a summit in Singapore next week, a US diplomat said yesterday, setting the stage for a possible meeting between Barack Obama and leaders of Myanmar's ruling junta.

FBI recovers inflammatory al-Qaeda videos

Giving a new dimension to the LeT plot to attack Indian facilities, FBI sleuths have recovered two inflammatory al-Qaeda videos containing speeches by Osama bin Laden and other terrorists from the house of Pakistan-born Canadian Tahawwur Hussain Rana, who was arrested last month.

Nepal peace process deadlocked, says UN

A top UN official told the Security Council that the peace process in Nepal faced deadlock, "with an added risk of confrontation and violence".

S African man hits jackpot twice in 7yrs!

A South African man has scooped lottery jackpot twice in seven years.

Why people love horror movies

The success of horror films like "Paranormal Activity" and the classic "Exorcist" has left many scientists wonder why people love the spooky genre so much.

Dinosaur foot prints found in NZ

Scientists have discovered the first evidence that dinosaurs roamed the South Island of New Zealand with 70-million-year-old footprints found in six locations.

Faheem Ansari seeks re-trial of 26/11 case

In a new twist to the 26/11 terror attack case, Faheem Ansari, accused of facilitating the crime perpetrated by terrorists, has moved the Bombay High Court seeking re-trial on the ground that he had no confidence in the judge.

90,000 displaced in Lanka conflict return home: UN

About a third of those displaced during the conflict between Sri Lanka government and the Tamil Tigers have returned home over the past three months, the UN refugee agency said Friday.

'Nato containers under severe terror threat'

Pakistan Intelligence agencies have issued warnings regarding a probable terror attack on the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) base in Karachi.

Blackwater hiring ex-Pak security officials on high salaries

Controversial private US security firm, Blackwater, is reportedly hiring ex-Pakistan security officials at mind-boggling salaries.

She got licence to drive on 950th attempt

A South Korean woman is celebrating after passing the written exam for a driving licence - on her 950th attempt.

Arts & Entertainment

Nature and nostalgia on Gulshan’s canvas

Nature, nostalgia and the Liberation War are the prime themes in the current exhibition of artist Gulshan Hossain's works. The painter likes to mainly portray nature and its mysterious aspects, and most of her works are form and colour-based. Figures are also noticeable in some compositions.

Shadhona brings “Sitar Agni-Parikkha” to Delhi

After running to a full house in Dhaka, the Shadhona production "Sitar Agni-Parikkha" came to Delhi recently. The monodrama (based on the epic "Ramayan" by Valmiki) was a fine example of Indo-Bangladesh collaboration in the arts -- while the actor (Averee Charuey who played seven roles with ease in the complex production) and the chorus were Indian, the music director (Zahedul Kabir Liton) and playwright (Simon Zakaria) were Bangladeshi.

“In The Sky”: Film on legendary architect F.R. Khan in the pipeline

Mind Venture Management Consultancy has taken the initiative to produce a 110-minute film on the late Dr. Fazlur Rahman Khan. A preview session will be held at Radisson Water Garden Hotel on November 13. All the people involved with the film will be present at the open discussion and an audio-visual presentation will take place to disseminate a clear idea of the concept of the film.

A repertoire of Rabindra and Nazrul Sangeet

Chhayanaut held its monthly musical soiree, 'Srotar Ashor', at Ramesh Chandra Dutt Memorial Auditorium on November 6. The programme featured renditions of Tagore and Nazrul songs by upcoming singers.

Balancing act

'Hojagiri' dance is one of the most remarkable traditions of the indigenous Tripura community of Chittagong Hill Tracts. 'Hojagiri', a Tripura word, means balance.

“2012”: Roland Emmerich destroying the earth yet again

When his latest tale of the apocalypse, “2012”, arrives in theatres this coming weekend, the filmmaker Roland Emmerich will have waged more assaults on this planet than he can remember. He's frozen it, drowned it and unleashed aliens and Godzilla on it. The earth is his Jason Voorhees from “Friday the 13th”, and it just keeps coming back.

OP-ED

Salvaging the flawed governance

PRIOR to the last national election to the Jatiya Sangshad (Parliament), major political parties made loads of promises of reform, probably in the belief that "promises are meant to be broken." The Election Commission (EC) made it mandatory for parties to make amendments in the party constitutions so that political parties could follow democratic practice, which was almost absent.

Gubernatorial election wakens Democratic Party

IT is very difficult to keep track of the cycle of elections in the United States of America. Almost every year, elections are taking place either for the Congress or in the states. That is the beauty of the democratic style of governing the country.

The potential of soybean

A former American president, Harry Truman, called soybean the miracle crop. With nearly 42% protein and 20% oil on a dry weight basis, soybean is the most energy-packed major crop in the world. Soybean has nearly five times more protein than rice and nearly twice the protein of meat and most pulses. It is probably the most affordable and healthy solution for solving the chronic protein deficiency in the Bangladeshi diet. Because of the high-energy packed in the 20% soybean oil, it can provide much needed fat energy to the millions of manual labourers and farmers in Bangladesh. Compared to artery clogging saturated animal fats, soybean fat is high in unsaturated fat and, thus, a much healthier source of fat for human consumption.


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