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News of: Monday, 23rd of November, 2009

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PM for controlled sand extraction

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday directed the authorities concerned to formulate a specific policy to control sand extraction from rivers.

Caught with bribe

Nothing would satisfy his greed for money, no matter where he earns it from--whether it is the savings of the poor family of a deceased government officer or the pockets of the alive.

4 prepare for mercy plea

Four of the five imprisoned condemned convicts in Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman assassination case, verbally expressed their willingness to seek presidential clemency, said Dhaka Central Jail officials.

Traffic goes haywire

The city dwellers suffered increased traffic mess on the first day of using automated light signals due to people's lack of awareness, their tendency to break it and the system's failure to work in sync.

1 killed, 1,000 shanties gutted in city

A fire left one person dead and around 5,000 homeless after it tore through a slum at Moghbazar Wireless Gate in the capital early yesterday.

Confusion over BNP council

The doubt over BNP council in time continues to get stronger, with top leaders going on record with a claim of ruling party threat and grassroots leaders confiding most units just unprepared.

Separated twins beat the odds

Bangladeshi conjoined twins Trishna and Krishna appeared yesterday to have beaten the odds with their miracle story of survival, both awaking from landmark separation surgery happy and well, reports AFP from Melbourne.

Govt asked to place report on Rab team by Dec 9

The High Court directed the government yesterday to place before it by December 9 the details of Rab officials involved in detaining Lutfor Rahman Khalasi and Khairul Haque Khalasi who were killed in a 'shootout' in Madaripur on November 16.

Afghan war veteran detained

Many Bangladeshi nationals were recruited, trained and sent to Afghan war, said an Afghan war veteran who was detained Saturday noon in the city's Motijheel area by detective branch of police.

Hasina sends Eid greetings to Khaleda

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has sent an Eid-ul-Azha greetings card to opposition leader Khaleda Zia.

Two Jubo League men remanded

Two Jubo League workers arrested on Friday night in connection with dacoity and gang rape of a teenage girl at Morakia village of the district were taken on a three-day remand yesterday.

Govt alert to foil any bid to attack PM

Home Minister Sahara Khatun yesterday reassured that the government is alert so that 'no hyena' can attack Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

BCL men beat up reporter, Shibir leader

A group of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists of Dhaka University (DU) beat up a reporter and also its student in presence of police yesterday for taking photo of a beaten Islami Chhatra Shibir leader.

Mamun again denied bail

A Dhaka court rejected yesterday a bail petition of businessman Giausuddin Al Mamun in connection with a money laundering case.

Bangla may be used in net domain name

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) has agreed in principle to include Bangla as one of the languages to be used in top-level domain name, said a parliamentary committee yesterday.

Twin blasts rock Assam: 7 killed

Two powerful explosions shook Nalbari town in Assam yesterday, killing seven people and wounding at least 55, officials said. A security alert has been sounded in the state.

Pak troops repulse attack, kill 11

Pakistani troops yesterday repulsed an attack by militants on one of their posts in a lawless tribal region, killing 11 rebels, officials said.

Palestinians refuse Israeli talks offer with no halt to settlement

The Palestinian Authority has refused a recent Israeli proposal to restart peace talks without a complete freeze of settlement activity, a Palestinian official told AFP yesterday.

5 Afghan border guards killed by roadside bomb

Five Afghan border guards were killed when a roadside bomb blast hit their patrol in the troubled southern province of Kandahar yesterday, police said.

Greenland ice loss responsible for a sixth of sea-level rise

Between 2000 and 2008, Greenland lost 1500 cubic kilometres of ice, which is responsible for one-sixth of global sea-level rise, says scientists.

Editorial

Sheikh Hasina's call to Khaleda Zia

PRIME Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday urged Leader of the Opposition Khaleda Zia, through Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Abdul Hamid, to return to parliament with her party. We wish, and so does the country, that Khaleda Zia had reassured the nation through an emphatic yes. But that was too much to expect from a single gesture of goodwill; yet, the big question is: why should the Bangladesh Nationalist Party have boycotted the JS for such an inordinately long time, doing neither any good to the party nor to the country?

Denial of crossfire deaths

WE do not want to quote figures - even one death is one too many if that occurs due to abridgment of the due process of law. But so called crossfire has put a blot in the country's image, not to speak of the fact that public confidence, in the government and in those that people seek protection of, has been eroded badly and the credibility of some ministers severely dented.

The great redemption

NOTWITHSTANDING his controversial experimentation with one-party Baksal rule it was Bangabandhu who gambled with his life to bring us independence and metamorphosed the course of the history of the people of Bangladesh in a fundamental way. In the process, he couldn't but clash with the vested interests, who were dislodged from their entrenched position of privilege. In the invisible war between the two in post-liberation Bangladesh the ire of the defeated elements of 1971 fell squarely on Bangabandhu and AL. The first full blast of that ire and the opening shots of the salvo aimed at the AL could be heard in the wee hours of August 15, 1975, when Bangabandhu, the nation's founding father, fell to the self-proclaimed assassins' bullets. With near precision the marauders mowed down the slain hero's entire family, missing his two daughters.

Why can't men simply wear blindfolds?

LUBNA Hussein is a 34-year-old Sudanese journalist, who is now famous for wearing pants. She was arrested last July along with 12 other women from a Khartoum café, charged with violation of Sudan's decency law. All of these ladies were found guilty of wearing pants.

Significance of Armed Forces Day

NOVEMBER 21, 1971, a glorious day of our national history: On this day combined forces of Bangladesh army, navy and air force launched a concerted effort to put down the occupation army of Pakistan on the wake of unprecedented genocide conducted by them. On this very day armed forces of Bangladesh took a ceremonious birth. Although November 21, 1971 is marked to be the raising day of the Bangladesh armed forces, the Bengali members of army, navy and air force conducted operations in their respective domains against the occupation forces from March 26, 1971. These organs of the armed forces had been carrying out massive destruction of the occupation forces during the liberation war without any pragmatic national directives and military planning. As a matter of fact in the tense situation of our national life in those days when occupation forces were committing inhuman atrocities all over East Pakistan, the armed forces of Bangladesh came into being to confront the occupation forces.

Sports

Biman surprise Abahani

Defending champions Abahani tasted their first defeat of the Premier League season as they went down to Biman by 29 runs at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday. Abahani's biggest rivals Mohammedan, though, kept their hundred per cent record alive with a comfortable 52-run victory over Surjo Torun at the Fatullah stadium.

Shaky start to warm-ups

The national football team made a frustrating start to their preparations for the SAFF Championships as they slipped to a lone-goal defeat to Sheikh Russel KC in the first of three warm-up games at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Pool system remains

Though Bangladesh Hockey Federation has promised to keep national players free this season, the game's governing body has failed to dissolve the 'pool system' in the face of firm stance from most Premier League clubs.

Gunners misfire

Chelsea strengthened their position at the top of the Premier League by cruising to a 4-0 win over struggling Wolves on Saturday.

Colly inspires England

Paul Collingwood, making a record 171st one-day appearance for England, took two wickets and held a superb catch as South Africa were restricted to 250 for nine in the second one-day international at SuperSport Park on Sunday.

Junior golfers dreaming big

The junior golfers will leave the country for Thailand on Tuesday to take part in the 2nd Singa Thailand Junior World Championship to be held at the Royal Hua Hin Golf Club from November 26 to 29.

Div I cricket

Young Pegasus all-rounder Ijarul Islam played a brilliant knock of 146 not out off just 120 balls to help his side to a 5 wicket victory over Baridhara Dazzlers in a high-scoring match of the First Division Cricket at the Dhaka University Ground yesterday. Chasing a mammoth 295-run total from Baridhara which was built on Fahmid Ahmed's 93, Young Pegasus got home in 48 overs with five wickets in hand, courtesy of Ijarul's huge knock that consisted 7 sixes and 14 boundaries and an unbeaten fifty from Shahadat Hossain. There was another century on the day. A 117-run knock from Sadaf Sarker helped Agrani Bank to a 7-run victory over Dhaka Wanderers at the City Club Ground. Wanderers could muster 260 runs for nine wickets chasing a target of 268 posted by Agrani Bank.

Gayle likely for first Test

West Indies cricket captain Chris Gayle, who abruptly quit the Tour of Australia to be with his sick mother, will head Down Under on Monday and hopes to play in the first Test, Jamaican media reported Saturday.

Barca held at Bilbao

Barcelona dropped two costly points in a 1-1 draw at Athletic Bilbao on Saturday to fall a point behind new leaders Real Madrid ahead of next Sunday's eagerly-anticipated 'El Clasico' at Camp Nou.

Werder wreak havoc

Portuguese striker Hugo Almeida netted twice as Werder Bremen went top of the Bundesliga on Saturday thanks to their 6-0 hammering of Freiburg.

Inter back on track

Inter Milan got back to winning ways in Serie A on Saturday with a convincing 3-1 win over Bologna at the Dall'Ara stadium extending their lead at the top to eight points ahead of Sunday's games.

Tough times for football

It is just as well football is the most popular and perhaps most lucrative sport in the world because the publicity it has had in the past fortnight could have killed lesser ones off.

SL look to break jinx

Sri Lanka will renew efforts to win their first-ever Test in India when the second match begins here on Tuesday, after being frustrated by a flat wicket in the opening tie.

Consistency at stake

New Zealand and Pakistan start round two of their disrupted cricket series here Tuesday searching for respectability amid a background of upheaval.

Records fall at shortcourse too

South Africa's Kathryn Meaklim, American Peter Marshall and Swedish swim queen Therese Alshammar stormed to new world records on Sunday as the shortcourse World Cup season concluded in style.

Bengal Open squash

Tareq Aziz Khan recorded a straight 2-0 win over Ershad Hossain in the Prestige Bengal Open Squash tournament at the Gulshan Club yesterday.

Ganguly bats for Mishra

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Saturday said India should retain Amit Mishra notwithstanding the suggestions that the leg-spinner should be replaced in the second Test against Sri Lanka from November 24-28.

Business

Leather awaits Eid bonanza

The export-oriented leather sector expects to bounce back from slow business targeting the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha.

Chain restaurants go big

Big firms are pouring investment in chain restaurant business, driven by a growing trend of eating-out among urban people.

Garment owners to pay salary, says minister

Garment owners have assured that they will pay workers full salary for October and half of November to avert any untoward incident before the Eid.

Benchmark index sprints to new high

Dhaka Stock Exchange kept up the momentum of last week, as banking shares led the rally yesterday.

New president for Saarc chamber

Annisul Huq, president of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI), has been elected as the president of the Saarc Chamber of Commerce and Industry for 2010-2011.

Smart card to earn more

An increased use of plastic money pulls in more earnings in taxes for the government. Shops in the US and many European countries prefer debit or credit cards to cash. The same system persists in many emerging Asian countries as well.

Mumbai sights still shadowed by attacks

Bapu Kamble raised his right arm and pinched his thumb and forefinger together, as instructed by the photographer in front of Mumbai's Gateway of India monument and Taj Mahal Palace and Tower hotel.

Re-launch of One Stop Service soon

The state-run investment promotional agency will re-launch its One Stop Service to provide better services to entrepreneurs expediting investment processes, its chief told a seminar in Dhaka yesterday.

Special economic zones on cards: Barua

The government will soon develop special economic zones (SEZs) to lure both foreign and domestic investments, said Industries Minister Dilip Barua yesterday.

BB asked to manage liquidity effectively

The central bank should take measures to ensure effective liquidity management with its mechanism to safeguard the economy, said the economic affairs adviser to the prime minister yesterday.

Corporate Briefs

OLYMPIC
Unaudited quarterly accounts for the first quarter to September 30 this year show the company has made a net profit of Tk 39.11 million with EPS of Tk 20.21 against Tk 19.73 million and Tk 10.20 respectively for the same period of the previous year. Turnover and costs of goods sold by the company for the quarter were Tk 527.15 million and Tk 389.33 million against Tk 496.87 million and Tk. 391.82 million respectively for the same period a year ago.

Al-Arafah Islami Bank revises mutual fund

Al-Arafah Islami Bank has revised its plan of launching a Tk 100 crore Islamic mutual fund.

Grameen Cybernet launches IP telephony

Grameen Cybernet Ltd launched IP (internet protocol) telephony service, offering free calls to customers within the IP network.

Outgoing Ficci chief links FDI to infrastructure development

The outgoing chief of the foreign investors' chamber has suggested that the government immediately move to develop infrastructures, pointing out that entrepreneurs will not show any interest in making any investment in Bangladesh if not problems like gas, electricity and water are not resolved.

BBF launches 'Knowledge Centre'

Bangladesh Brand Forum (BBF) has launched its innovative project, Knowledge Centre, yesterday.

President urges higher ICT penetration

President Zillur Rahman urged the science, information and communication technology ministry to take pragmatic and necessary measures to make the country's greater portion familiar with ICT to ensure faster development in all sectors.

Koreans to get Apple's iPhone this week

Apple Inc's iPhone is coming to South Korea this week, a local carrier announced Sunday, bringing the iconic communications device to one of the world's most sophisticated mobile phone markets.

China could grow 10pc in Q4

China's economy could grow by over 10 percent in the fourth quarter of 2009 spurred by massive investment and rising consumption, the state press said Sunday, citing a top government think tank.

US chemical company gets buyout offer from Reliance

LyondellBasell Industries said Saturday Reliance Industries offered to acquire a controlling interest in the beleaguered chemical company, which is under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Profits of Kuwaiti listed firms slide 73pc

Total net profits of firms listed on the Kuwait Stock Exchange slumped by about 73 percent in the first nine months of the year due to the global financial crisis, an economic report said on Sunday.

British business chiefs seek path to recovery

Britain's business leaders gather here on Monday for an annual conference expected to focus on how companies can recover from the country's longest recession on record.

Metropolitan

Shifting of Kamalapur rly to Tongi to worsen city gridlock

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday said relocating Kamalapur railway station and container depot to Tongi will worsen the traffic situation in the city in future instead of improving it.

Struggle for Pakistan poisoned Hindu-Muslim relations

The struggle for creating Pakistan poisoned Hindu-Muslim relations in the subcontinent, Indian scholar Tapan Raychaudhuri said yesterday.

'Raise children's issues in Copenhagen confce'

Representatives of Child Parliament yesterday called on the government to raise the issue of children's vulnerability to global climate change in the upcoming international conference on climate change in Copenhagen.

Over 3 lakh absent on 2nd day

A total of 303,242 students were absent yesterday from taking the examinations of Mathematics and Religion on the second day of the Primary Education Terminal Exami nation.

62 hajj pilgrims finally leave for Saudi Arabia

Cheated by a travel agency, some 62 hajj pilgrims finally left for Saudi Arabia last night with contribution from their group leader and own pockets to perform the hajj in Makkah.

Chief state counsel snubs AI suggestion to commute death sentence

Chief state counsel Anisul Huq yesterday asked the Amnesty International (AI) to refrain from making request for commuting the death sentence on the former army officers convicted of the murder of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Madrasa edn to be modernised

The government is going to modernise madrasa education and expand technical education, Education Adviser to the Prime Minister Prof Dr Alauddin Ahmed said yesterday.

Students want migration to other medical colleges

Students of Nightingale Medical College and Hospital (NMCH) yesterday demanded to take immediate measures to migrate 165 students of NMCH to another medical colleges for the sake of their future.

2 shop staffs mugged

Armed muggers snatched away Tk 1.85 lakh from two shop employees leaving them injured on their way to shop from a bank at Bangshal in the city yesterday.

'Turn Bangladesh into most adaptive country'

Speakers at an award giving ceremony on Saturday said the challenge of Bangladesh as the most vulnerable country to climate change is to transform it into the most adaptive country in the world.

Diploma nurses assoc demands govt jobs

Bangladesh Diploma Unemployed Nurses Association yesterday started observing a fast unto death at the Central Shaheed Minar in the city demanding the government recruits about 9,500 nurses by December.

7 women honoured

Seven women were awarded 'Anlene-Prothom Alo Nari Shakti Shammanana' (women of strength) Award for their outstanding achievements in various fields, says a press release.

US commander to arrive soon

US Navy Rear Admiral RDML Sean Pybus, Commanding General, US Special Operations Command, Pacific, is visiting Dhaka soon to strengthen bilateral security cooperation.

Hearing adjourned till Dec 7

The High Court (HC) yesterday adjourned the hearing on the petitions filed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and her elder son Tarique Rahman till December 7 for staying the proceedings of Zia Orphanage Trust embezzlement case against them.

Flag raising ceremony of 403 battle group held

The Flag Raising Ceremony of newly established 403 battle group and five units under its command was held at Momenshahi Cantonment in Mymensingh yesterday.

Hizbul leader Yusuf Butt on fresh remand

Abu Yusuf Butt, a leader of Kashmir-based militant organisation Hizbul Mujahedeen, was taken on a fresh remand for three days yesterday in connection with the August 21 grenade attack case.

Govt action challenged

A writ petition was filed with the High Court (HC) yesterday challenging the government action stopping the test transmission of Jamuna TV, a private satellite television channel.

National

Thus they steal rice from every VGF cardholder

Beneficiaries of the government's vulnerable group feeding (VGF) programme in Dimla upazila ahead of the Eid-ul-Azha are getting less than the allocated amount due to alleged malpractice by the people in charge of distribution.

KMC tense as students demonstrate on campus

Students of Khulna Medical College (KMC) accompanied by outsider Chhatra League activists yesterday demonstrated on the campus demanding immediate removal of Principal KP Sarker and his punishment for 'dishonouring' father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Fugitive JMB man involved in Aug 17 blasts arrested

A fugative member of banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) was arrested in front of Panchagarh Sadar Hospital in the town yesterday afternoon.

Muladuli 'bean zone' expanding fast

A large number of farmers in Pabna and Natore districts are now engaged in bean cultivation as the profitable farming has changed the lives of many people in the region.

Landless people's leaders 'loot' shrimp enclosure

Twenty leaders and activists of local organisations of landless people were sued on Saturday night for allegedly occupying a 270-bigha shrimp enclosure on khas land at Norarchak in Debhata upazila.

Rival faction demands Naser Rahman's ouster

A faction of Moulvibazar BNP has demanded expulsion of M Naser Rahman from the party for holding district unit conference “defying” central committee's order.

BNP Chittagong south factions hold councils separately

Two factions of BNP Chittagong south district unit yesterday held their councils at separate venues. No untoward incident occurred during inaugural session of the councils of both factions.

Khulna city BNP holds council Wednesday

The council of Khulna City BNP will be held at local circuit house maidan on Wednesday.

10 injured during Satkania robbery

Ten people including three robbers were injured during a robbery at Maijpara village in Satkania upazila early yesterday.

Work on Barisal river port project begins next month

Work on Barisal river port development project will begin next month at a cost of about Tk 18 crore after procrastination of over a half century since 1964.

Four boys buried alive

Four children, including two siblings, were buried alive under a huge chunk of soil that fell upon them while playing by the Karotoa river in Shahajadpur upazila of Sirajganj on Saturday.

Punishment to killers of schoolboy demanded

Children formed a human chain in the city on Saturday afternoon demanding punishment to the killers of schoolboy Ishtiaq Khan Sourav.

Sunil Mela at Madaripur

A three-day fair opened on Saturday at East Majhipara village under Kalkini upazila of Madaripur, paternal house of noted litterateur of the sub-continent poet Sunil Kumar Ganguly.

Fire destroys spinning mill

Huge quantity of jute and fuel of a spinning mill in BSCIC industrial estate at Kanipur near Faridpur town were destroyed in a devastating fire on Saturday night. Sources said, the fire originated from a machine of Sayeed Jute Spinning Mills at about 9:00 pm and engulfed several units quickly which lasted till 4:00 am on Sunday. Five units of fire fighters from Faridpur, Boalmai, Rajbari and Magura rushed to the spot and brought the fire under control after about 5 hours of effort. The damage in the fire was estimated at over Tk 2 crore.

Robbers loot three buses

Robbers looted valuables worth Tk 10 lakh from the passengers of three buses and injured about 50 people at Mazu Chowdhury ferry ghat on Bhola-Laxmipur road in Sadar upazila of Laxmipur district early Saturday. Victims said, a gang of armed robbers intercepted the buses coming from Chittagong at about 4:00am and took the passengers hostage at gun-point. They then looted cash, mobile phones, gold ornaments and other valuables worth Tk 10 lakh. The robbers at one stage beat up passengers injuring 50 when they tried to resist them.

Three hurt in Jhalakathi clash

Three people were injured in a clash between two groups of villagers at Deuri in Sadar upazila on Saturday morning. The injured are Jahanara Begum, 55, her nephew Faku Khalifa, 35, and Hillol, 22, of the village. Locals said, the clash ensued at around 10:00am when the two rival groups locked into an altercation over planting tree on a disputed land. Critically injured Jahanara and Khalifa were rushed to Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College and Hospital while Hillol of the rival group was admitted to Jhalakati Sadar Hospital.

Two killed during robbery

A house owner and a robber were killed and two robbers injured at Aliganj in Rajpara upazila early Saturday. Police quoting locals said, three robbers swooped on the house of Lal Mohammad at about 3:00am. They killed Lal as he tried to resist them. As the house inmates raised a hue and cry, locals rushed to the spot and caught all the three robbers. Among them, Alamgir died in mob beating.

Trader shot dead in N'ganj

A cosmetics trader was gunned down by unknown assailants in front of Pagla Shahibazar Mazar under Fatulla police station on Friday night. The deceased was identified as Shah Alam, 45, son of late Ratan Hawlader, of Bou Bazar area. Family sources said, a gang of criminals, numbering 3-4, opened fire on Alam at about 10:30pm while he was returning home, leaving him critically injured. He was rushed to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital where the attending doctors declared him dead.

3 face extortion charge

A case was filed with Sadar police station against three people allegedly for realising toll from bordering people identifying themselves as source of BDR. BDR arrested Shawkat Ali alias Khoka, 46, hailing from village Baichana in Sadar upazila. The other two are Abdul Alim and Shaheb Ali of village Bhomra in Sadar upazila. Nayek Subedar Monsur Helal of Bhomra BDR camp filed the extortion case. The complainant alleged that the accused identifying themselves as the source of BDR have been demanding and realising toll from innocent people of Bhomra, Taluigachha, Jhhowdanga, Baichana and Banshdah villages in Sadar upazila for long.

Young woman murdered

Police recovered the body of an unidentified young woman from Char Korneshona area on Thursday evening. Police said, locals found the body of the victim, aged around 24, and informed them. Later, they recovered the body. The body was handed over to Rajbari Anjuman-e-Mofidul Islam after post- mortem as nobody claimed it. Police suspect that the victim might have been killed after rape.

Body recovered

Police on Friday recovered the body of a sexagenarian man from the Dashani River bank at Kajaikata in Nokla upazila. The deceased was identified as Ahmad Baidda, 60, son of Haji Haider Baidda and a trader hailed from Natunchar Ghoradari village in Keraniganj upazila of Dhaka. Locals said, they saw the body and informed police. Later, police sent the body to hospital morgue for autopsy. Police suspect that criminals might have murdered the person elsewhere and left the body on the bank of the river late at night. An unnatural death (UD) case was filed in this connection.

5 get life for murder

A special tribunal in Sylhet on Tuesday sentenced five people in a murder case. The convicts are: Abdul Karim, Dilara Begum, Komola Begum, Hosna Begum and Syeda Jesmin Nahar. Additional District and Sessions Judge-V Md Belayet Ullah at the special tribunal also fined the accused Tk 30,000 each, in default, to suffer four more years in jail. According to the prosecution story, following a family feud, the convicts in the case swooped on Jamal Uddin alias Rosu Miah of village Moricha under Zakiganj upazila at about 11:30 pm on March 3, 2004. Rosu died on the spot as he was hit by an axe. His son Nurul Islam later filed a case. On investigation, police filed charge sheet against the accused on July 22 same year.

Letters

Population boom

There is again talk of the ever-increasing population that is PLAGUING our nation! It is absolutely valid, genuine and monstrous. Nowhere in the world today population increases unbridled, unplanned.

Remembering the martyrs

As a part of my frivolous ways of squandering the summer vacation, I managed to sneak into RU campus and finding none in the deserted area, I ran helter-skelter forlornly and eventually found myself standing before this museum surrounded by an eye-catching gigantic Shahid Minar on one side and RU central mosque on the other.

Poaching

The three hill-tracts of Bangladesh namely Rangamati, Khagrachari & Bandarban are not only commendable for there natural beauty but these regions are also full of natural resources. These account for one-third forest resources of our country. Wild animals, trees, agricultural resources etc are found aplenty in these regions. Recently, a news report was published in one newspaper that a wild elephant was found dead in Bandarban. More than 12 elephants were killed by poachers in recent times.

Climate change

Global climate change poses a potential danger to the development efforts, ecosystem and productive capacity of our environment. Climate change particularly the temperature rise due to greenhouse gases may cause rise of sea level. According to one study, one meter net rise of the sea level would inundate 17% of the total area of Bangladesh, particularly the low lying flood plain and coastal areas, including Sundarbans and man made coastal mangrove forests. It is a big threat to land use, its system, related sectors and overall ecology and economy.

BNP council

The leaders of the BNP were spreading apprehension about the possible obstacles to holding the council on time. As usual the blame is put on the government party. However, my observation is , if they want to go ahead despite all the obstacles {?}, one possible catch is already there. This is regarding the venue of the proposed council. We heard on the media news that they would hold the council in the “Bangabandhu International Convention Centre.” The question remains when and under what name the BNP will apply for that centre. They had renamed the centre after their taking over of power in 2001. I have never heard any top BNP leader to utter the word " Bangabandhu" of " Jatir Pita". Therefore, the high command of the BNP might not agree to apply for the centre under its present name. They might use the name they changed to. This is the catch I just foresee because the BNP might look for any single opportunity to blame the government if they do not get the centre using the changed name. This is just a characterisation of our overall political culture, especially the policy of the BNP.

Avoidable traffic jam

Much has been said about the horrendous traffic jam that has made the lives of Dhaka city residents miserable. It has become almost a daily nightmare for those who have to commute to work or come out to attend some important work that must be done. While it is true that absence of necessary additional infrastructure facilities is causing this problem, I, for one, strongly feel that it could be considerably eased by managing traffic by police in a better way.

Dowry

Bangladesh is a developing country but it suffers from some evil culture and superstitions. Dowry is one of the worst evil cultures in this society. It has been creating many problems.

Popular writer

13th November was the birthday of Humayun Ahmed, the most popular writer of this country. He is now an icon of thousands of new writers of this country. With the passage of time, his popularity is increasing.

Students abroad

I am a student at The Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. I have already passed my one-year of education successfully and now attending my final semester. I have completed my B.Sc. in engineering from BUET in Bangladesh.

Reducing traffic congestion

The Hon'ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that her government plans to construct elevated and underground railways, flyovers, orbital waterways and circular roads around the capital to ease traffic congestion and to solve the transport problem.

Paturia-Daulatdia river terminal

We travelled to greater Faridpur district recently from Dhaka. We were stranded in Paturia ferry ghat for several hours in the morning. We did not mind as the weather was foggy and ferries could not cross the river as visibility was poor. An act of God . The Ferry anchored .We proceeded. The road to ferry was a dirt road though - not good for the tires. We crossed and returned on the same day.

Terrorists at work

Lashkar-e-Tayeba is the name of a Pakistan based militant group, second biggest international terrorist group after Al-Qaeda.

International

Iran insists on guarantees for nuclear fuel supply

A top Iranian official reiterated yesterday Tehran wanted a guaranteed supply of atomic fuel for its research reactor, as world powers expressed disappointment over its continued nuclear defiance.

Historic healthcare bill crosses Senate hurdle

A bruising debate on healthcare awaits the Senate after Thanksgiving now that the historic legislation has cleared a key hurdle over the opposition of Republicans eager to inflict a punishing defeat on President Barack Obama.

Hamas led groups to halt firing rockets into Israel

Hamas's armed wing yesterday said that armed groups in its Gaza Strip stronghold had finalised a deal to stop firing rockets into Israel, but said they would respond to Israeli raids.

26 drown, 232 rescued after Indonesian ferry sinks

Twenty-six people were killed and another 232 were plucked to safety after a ferry sank in heavy seas off Indonesia's Sumatra island on Sunday, an official said.

Zardari in, Gilani out of NRO beneficiaries list

The list of political leaders and other prominent personalities who benefited from the controversial National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) has been made public.

Delhi does not see a role for China in South Asia

Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh is likely to use his four-day visit to Washington commencing Sunday, to firmly and emphatically reiterate and re-emphasise to the American leadership, that New Delhi does not see a role for China in South Asia, nor will it tolerate attempted third party guardianship initiatives in the region by Beijing.

Army to remain in Swat until complete peace is established: Kayani

Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has said troops will remain in the Swat Valley until all militants are flushed out.

Mumbai still vulnerable a year after terror attack

The walls that the rockets blew out have not been repaired, and the plaster is a dense scattershot of bullet holes. Dozens of holes, blasted by grenades, pockmark the linoleum floors.

Lanka govt had failed to make adequate welfare provision for Tamils

The Sri Lankan government has failed to make adequate welfare provision for the 136,000 Tamil civilians it plans to release from internment camps, rights activists and opposition parties said Sunday.

Blair's lie led to 'failed' British mission in Iraq

The British mission in Iraq faced "critical failure" because former Prime Minister Tony Blair misled the nation by claiming that Britain's objective was "disarmament, not regime change" and that concealment constrained the planning process for the military action, according to secret government reports.

Iran reformer sentenced to 6 years in jail

A top reformer has been sentenced to six years in jail after he stood trial on charges of fomenting unrest to topple the Iranian regime.

Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty ties the knot

Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty, best known for winning the British version of television show Celebrity Big Brother, married in a lavish ceremony in western India yesterday.

Mussolini 'had 14 lovers at a time'

Benito Mussolini, the fascist dictator, had 14 lovers at the same time, the diaries of his long-term mistress reveal.

'PPP won't hinder Musharraf's high treason trial'

The Pakistan People's Party (PPP) would not create a hindrance in former President General Pervez Musharraf's high treason trial under the Article Six of the Constitution and would support any political party that takes the initiative in this regard, Pakistan Industries and Production Minister Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo has said.

China's mine blast toll rises to 87

The death toll from a coal mine blast in northeast China climbed to 87 on Sunday as rescuers hunted for 21 workers still trapped deep underground in the nation's deadliest mine disaster in two years.

Nepali Maoists announce fresh protests

Nepal's opposition Maoist party on Saturday announced a fresh, month-long round of anti-government protests, accusing the new administration of failing to address its demands.

Swine flu kills 4 hajj pilgrims

Swine flu has killed four pilgrims in Saudi Arabia for the annual hajj, health authorities said on Saturday only a few days before the massive Muslim gathering reaches its peak.

4 perish in Japan bar blaze

A fire broke out in a bar in downtown Tokyo yesterday, killing four people and injuring 16 others, both customers and staff, a fire department official said.

Three Lashker men arrested in Kashmir

Security forces today arrested three activists of militant outfit Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT) in Kishtwar and Poonch districts of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.

Arts & Entertainment

Nora at the crossroads

"Nora's Door", a performance based on Ibsen's "A Doll's House", was staged by the LaMusica Independent Theatre Group from Cairo, Egypt. The production was directed by Nora Amin. Amin also played the lead role. Other performers were Walid Fawaz, Fatma Mosleh, Kholood Issa and Nagham Ousman. The music director was Ramz Sabr and the set designer was Maher Sherif.

Kabir Suman and his ‘Jibonmukhi Gaan’

Kabir Suman -- singer, musician, songwriter and activist -- is a showman par excellence. At a recent concert in New Delhi, titled 'Bijoya Sammelan: Adhunik Bangla Gaan', Kabir (originally Suman Chatterjee) effortlessly switched from guitar to piano and vice versa as he rendered a variety of Tagore songs and modern songs with strong socio-political overtones, otherwise known as 'Jibonmukhi Gaan'.

A Biblical story retold

On November 20, International School Dhaka (ISD) staged a musical, “Any Dream Will Do”, at the school auditorium as part of its annual theatre performance.

‘Jarigaan’ to generate awareness against human trafficking

Traditional folksong “jarigaan” and a discussion to generate awareness against human trafficking was held on November 21 at the Arpara High School playground in Shalikha upazila. The programme was the commendable initiative of 'Rights' a Jessore-based human rights organisation.

Chuadanga Sahitya Parishad celebrates 32nd anniversary

The 32nd anniversary of Chuadanga Sahitya Parishad was observed last Saturday. The theme of the anniversary this year was 'Let literature be the guiding light of our future'. The programme was held in memory of poet Mabud Malik of Chuadanga.

Michael Jackson Moonwalk glove auctioned for $350,000

A rhinestone-encrusted glove worn by Michael Jackson the first time he performed the Moonwalk has been sold at auction for $350,000 (£212,000).

‘Kobigaan’ against drug abuse in Dinajpur

'Kobigaan', a traditional song of the rural areas of the country, was organised in Birampur upazila of Dinajpur recently as part of an awareness programme against drug abuse in the district.


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