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Bangladesh plans to launch satellite

Bangladesh plans to launch its own communications satellite within a year, Post and Telecommunications Minister Raziuddin Ahmed Raju said yesterday.

Mad rush for home

Shedding the usual hustle and bustle, the metropolis yesterday started showing signs of tranquillity in the coming days as thousands of people left the capital for their homes to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha with relatives.

Winter sets in a little early

Winter has set in two weeks earlier this year, the Met office reports.

Pilgrims pray for peace, forgiveness as hajj ends

An estimated three millions pilgrims gathered on the plains of Arafat in Saudi Arabia yesterday for a key rite of hajj, the annual Muslim pilgrimage.

PM in London on way to Trinidad

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived in London via Dubai yesterday morning on her long-haul flight to Port of Spain, the capital of Trinidad and Tobago, to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2009.

Eid-ul-Azha tomorrow

Eid-ul-Azha, the second biggest religious festival of the Muslims, will be celebrated across the country tomorrow with due religious fervour and the spirit of sacrifice.

BNP units may miss extended deadline

The main opposition BNP is going to miss its extended deadline for completing its district councils as Noakhali and Comilla are scheduled to hold councils on December 4 and 5 respectively while those of other districts including Dhaka, Bogra and Manikganj are still uncertain because of internecine conflicts.

Power tariff for rural subscribers raised by 6.5pc

Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) yesterday increased the rate of electricity by 6.57 percent on average for the subscribers of Rural Electrification Board (REB).

Deal on exchange of power likely

An agreement on exchange of electricity during non-peak hours between India and Bangladesh is expected to power Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's upcoming visit to New Delhi to a substantive level, and consolidate the vision for a Saarc power grid.

Police face ruling party pressure to free leader

Police yesterday shifted a detained Awami League leader arrested on charges of mugging and demanding toll to hospital apparently to release him in the face of pressures by the ruling party men.

Hajj pilgrims to undergo tests at ZIA on return

Hajj pilgrims returning to Bangladesh will undergo swine flu screenings at Zia International Airport after four people died and several others contracted the virus in Saudi Arabia.

3 Rid officials still in hiding

A Brahmanbaria court yesterday again issued an order to attach the properties of three absconding persons accused in a case against Rid Pharmaceutical Ltd.

17 houses of indigenous people ransacked

At least five women were injured as a local influential person and his men attacked and ransacked 17 houses in an attempt to illegally evict indigenous people in Shialor village in Haripur upazila yesterday.

Three missing crocs found in canal

Three out of 18 missing baby crocodiles were found floating alive early yesterday morning in a canal adjacent to Karamjal Crocodile Breeding Centre (KCBC) in Dakop upazila of Khulna district.

RMG workers stage protests over 'arrears'

Garment workers of Envoy Group owned by BGMEA president yesterday staged demonstrations over their salaries by barricading road at Jamgorah in Ashulia for over two hours.

175 more cases to be dropped

The government yesterday decided to drop 175 more 'politically motivated' cases.

Their wounds are still fresh

A year after 26/11, the wounds of three families of Andhra Pradesh who lost their loved ones in the terrorist attacks in Mumbai are still fresh.

Somali pirates release ship for $3.7m ransom

Somali pirates said yesterday they had released a Greek cargo vessel and its Ukrainian crew after a payment of 3.7 million dollars more than six months after it was captured.

Pakistan pays $120,000 for Taliban henchman

Pakistan has paid an informer the equivalent of nearly 120,000 dollars after arresting a lieutenant of the country's Taliban warlord ahead of a major Muslim festival, the military said yesterday.

Minister warns criminals

Police warned of stern action against anyone who indulges in criminal acts to control sale and purchase of hides of sacrificial animals on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha, being celebrated in the country Saturday.

One dead in Hungarian university shootout

A student at the Scientific University of Pecs in southern Hungary opened fire on his classmates yesterday, killing one person and wounding three, the university said.

HOLIDAY

THE DAILY STAR offices will remain closed on November 27, 28 and 29 on account of Eid-ul-Azha. Therefore, there will be no issue of the newspaper on November 28, 29 and 30. The December 1 issue of Star Lifestyle will be dropped due to the holiday.

Editorial

Eid Mubarak!

AS we prepare to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha, we are reminded once again of the purity which comes of an observance of religious duties. For on Eid-ul-Azha we do not simply sacrifice animals as a matter of routine; we bring into that sacrifice a careful recalling of the spirit which must go into it. This observance of religious tradition brings with it the cardinal lesson of faith being a constant remembrance of the munificence which comes our way from the Creator of the universe. And because of that munificence, the responsibility devolves on us to put ourselves in relation to our neighbours, our families, indeed to everyone in order for us to understand the sufferings and the various compulsions that people less fortunate than we are often victim to. Our priorities on Eid-ul-Azha are, therefore, clear: on this noble occasion, it is for us to bear in mind the welfare, or the need for it, of others. And within that category of people come the poor, the destitute and the desperate. Eid-ul-Azha loses meaning when these men and women are forgotten or ignored.

Helping out recession-hit export sector

THE government's decision to arrange an additional package of TK 10 billion for the export sector is a commendable one to help out the recession-hit foreign exchange earning business. What is reassuring about this new stimulus is that it will not affect what the business was already receiving under the previously announced economic stimulus by the government in this respect.

Burying the immortal corpse

CHILE'S Salvador Allende was assassinated two years before Bangladesh's Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Allende died in a US-backed coup. Sheikh Mujib died at the hands of renegade army officers, whose superiors either knew nothing of the conspiracy or played along under false pretense. On November 19 we brought Mujib's killers to justice. We might never know the masterminds who backed the killers.

Long shadow of indemnity

JUST forty-one days into the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, an Indemnity Ordinance was promulgated by Khandaker Moshtaque Ahmed, who grabbed state power immediately after the killing by putting the country under martial law.

Climate change: Fight for survival

AS the clock steadily ticks towards the final round of negotiation at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, scheduled for December 7 to 18 in Copenhagen, the slow pace of progress in the negotiation process suggests that it might not deliver anything of substance for reducing the level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

Sports

Shaky end to preparations

Bangladesh finished their preparations for the SAFF Championships on a subdued note as interim coach Shahidur Rahman Shantoo's charges slumped to a 3-1 defeat to the visiting Ulsan Hyundai at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

SL follow-on

Sri Lanka were staring at a massive defeat after India's Shanthakumaran Sreesanth grabbed 6-85 on the third day of the second cricket Test here on Thursday.

Besiktas stun Man Utd

Manchester United's proud 23 match Champions League unbeaten run came to an end on Wednesday as they lost 1-0 to Turkish side Besiktas.

Kiwis enjoy slight edge

A 34-year-old fast bowler, returning to Test cricket after two years, and a 19-year-old debutant lit up Dunedin's University Oval on a windy day, at the end of which New Zealand were better placed in the first Test. Finally back in New Zealand whites, hurling that red thing in anger on a flat pitch, Shane Bond -- with pure pace -- rattled the Pakistan middle order during a seven-over spell of 3 for 25. In reply, Umar Akmal launched a counterattack after Pakistan were 85 for 5, impressing with his dazzling strokeplay and clear head, scoring a 160-ball 129 to help his team avoid the follow-on.

21-member side for SAFF declared

Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) announced a 21-member final squad for the SAFF Championship to be held at the Bangabandhu National Stadium from December 4 to December 13.

Nadal knocked out

Rafael Nadal was sent crashing out of the ATP World Tour Finals in a straight sets defeat to last year's finalist Nikolay Davydenko on Wednesday.

Broad set for return

Stuart Broad is in contention for a return to the side for England's third ODI against South Africa at Newlands today

Robin downs Novak

Robin Soderling claimed his second big scalp at the ATP World Tour Finals as the Swede defeated reigning champion Novak Djokovic 7-6 (7/5), 6-1 on Wednesday to reach the semifinals.

Aus in healthy position

West Indies refused to let Australia run away with the first Test, but the hosts have the stronger position after a bright opening to the contest. The local batsmen, the ones whose first-innings lapses cost the side in England, failed to convert a series of promising starts, with four of them departing between 41 and 92 as they went to stumps at 5 for 322.

Pakistanis seek IPL entry

Pakistan's sports minister said Wednesday that his ministry had asked the government to allow cricketers to play in the official Indian league, saying security was the main area of concern.

Olic fires Bayern

Croatia striker Ivica Olic's second-half strike kept Bayern Munich's fading dream of reaching the Champions League's knock-out phase alive after the German giants beat Maccabi Haifa 1-0 on Wednesday night.

Higuain leads Real

Cristiano Ronaldo ended two months of injury torment with a 20-minute appearance as Real Madrid put one foot in the Champions League knockout phase with a 1-0 Group C home win over FC Zurich on Wednesday.

Fergie annoyed at ref

Sir Alex Ferguson claimed his side were denied a 'stonewall' penalty by French referee Stephane Lannoy after Manchester United's long unbeaten home record in Europe was ended by Besiktas.

More games linked to betting scandal

Another Champions League qualification match and six games from this season's Europa League have been linked to the European betting scandal, UEFA announced on Wednesday.

Hull edge Everton

An early three-goal salvo gave Hull City three vital points in securing a 3-2 win over Everton in the English Premier League on Wednesday.

Pompey hire Grant

English Premier League strugglers Portsmouth on Thursday named former Chelsea and Israel boss Avram Grant as their new manager.

Barca-Real tie to be shown in cinemas

The much-anticipated Spanish league showdown between champions Barcelona and their arch-rivals Real Madrid later this weekend will be shown in cinemas across the country, broadcast rights holder Mediapro said Wednesday.

Jens doesn't rate Rangers

Stuttgart goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has rubbed salt into Rangers' Champions League wounds by claiming they are not good enough for the competition anymore.

Van the man for Reds?

Misfiring Liverpool forwards Andriy Voronin and Ryan Babel will pay the price of the club's Champions League exit by being off-loaded in January while Ruud van Nistelrooy could be on his way to Anfield.

Neville rubs salt into Reds' wound

Gary Neville has rubbed salt into Liverpool's wounds over their Champions League exit by suggesting Manchester United's great rivals "got what they deserved," in Europe this season.

Abidal extends Barca stay

French international defender Eric Abidal on Wednesday extended his contract with Barcelona by a year which will keep him at the European champions until 2012.

Business

Monetary policy to focus on raising domestic demand

The central bank in the upcoming monetary policy will focus on driving domestic demand until the global economies recover, said a senior Bangladesh Bank (BB) official.

Tax cut for industrial raw materials

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has reduced taxes on some industrial raw materials in a new tariff structure to help local manufacturing industries and real estate to grow faster.

Bangladesh Development Bank eyes January launch

The much-awaited formation of state-owned Bangladesh Development Bank Ltd (BDBL) has reached the final stages with its registration completed with the Office of the Registrar of Joint Stock Companies and Firms.

Pran to double farm produce procurement

Pran has set a target to double investment in agricultural produce procurement, mainly from contract growers, to boost sales in domestic and export markets.

Stocks continue rally

Ahead of a four-day vacation on account of Eid and public holidays, record-breaking rally continued in the Dhaka Stock Exchange yesterday with the key index reaching a new high, backed by price appreciation in the banking sector shares.

Govt takes up Tk100cr tea farming programme in Panchagarh

The government has taken a massive Tk100 crore special package programme to boost the growing small-scale tea farming that has already become very popular bringing fortunes to many in Panchagarh villages.

PKSF’s new chairman

Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad has been appointed as chairman of Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF), said a press statement.

Education and competitive gains

Last week I attended a seminar organised by the Dhaka University Economics Class of 1976, at which the keynote speaker was Professor Nurul Kabir. The topic was “Education and the Competitive Advantage of Nations,” a subject that one might argue is of critical importance to Bangladesh's economic future. The latter refers to a seminal book by Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter who outlined the different factors that defined why countries succeed and why others fail.

We're running out of gold: Miners

Gold production will continue to fall, despite a brief boost in 2009 and soaring prices, as deposits are exhausted and new discoveries remain elusive, say miners.

Corporate Briefs

BRAC BANK
Unaudited quarterly accounts for the third quarter to September 30, 2009 show the bank has made net profit of Tk 692.95 million with basic EPS of Tk 43.01 against Tk 661.74 million and Tk 41.10 respectively for the same period of the previous year. However, considering present paid-up capital, diluted EPS of the bank would be Tk 33.65 as of September 30 and Tk. 32.14 (restated) as of September 30, 2008.

Oil slips

World oil prices slid Thursday on profit-taking after a strong rally the previous day on the back of positive US data and the weak dollar, analysts said.

Obama vows US recovery in Thanksgiving address

President Barack Obama vowed to put the US economy back on track in his Thanksgiving address to the nation Thursday, but admitted there were still too few jobs being created.

World debt to soar 45pc: Moody's

The debt weighing on national budgets will have soared by up to 45 percent worldwide in the period from 2007 to 2010, leading ratings agency Moody's estimated on Wednesday.

Japan PM: Measures needed to avoid double-dip recession

Japan's Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama said Thursday the government must take measures to avoid a double-dip recession after the US dollar tumbled to a 14-year low against the Japanese yen.

Taiwan approves $125b for infrastructure

Taiwan's cabinet on Thursday approved infrastructure projects worth nearly four trillion Taiwan dollars (125 billion US), to be rolled out over eight years in a bid to boost its economy.

Metropolitan

'30 lakh acres of land vested property'

There are about 30 lakh acres of land treated as vested property in the country and most of them have been under the possession of vested quarters for the last 44 years, leaders of research and human rights organisations said yesterday.

BLAST for resumption of trial

The Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST) has urged the director general of the Directorate of Drug Administration (DDA) to take steps to resume the process of prosecution of those responsible for the deaths resulting from adulteration of paracetamol syrup.

Climate change to cause more health hazards in Bangladesh

Climate factors, including maximum and minimum temperatures, annual and seasonal rainfalls and salinity concentration, are likely to unleash various diseases like diarrhoea, skin problems and kala-azar in Bangladesh, according to a study.

Eid congregation timings

Eid-ul-Azha, one of the two Eid festivals of Muslims, will be celebrated across the country tomorrow.

Cabinet body okays 10 projects

The cabinet purchase committee yesterday approved 10 projects, including a Tk 430 crore bid for importing 2 lakh metric tonnes of urea fertiliser from China under a contract to cater for a high demand in the upcoming grand farming season.

Fraud case against ntv MD Bappi

Former BNP lawmaker from Chapainawabgonj-3 constituency Harun-ur-Rashid yesterday filed a fraud case against ntv Managing Director Enayetur Rahman Bappi and three police officers of Tejgaon Police Station.

Majid Butt on remand again

Pakistani based Lasker-e-Taiba (LeT) member Abdul Majid Butt alias Abu Yusuf Butt was shown arrested yesterday and remanded for a three-day in a case filed for kidnapping a physician at Mirpur in the city in September 2003.

Cattle buying gets momentum

With only a day left before Eid-ul-Azha, the cattle markets in the city witnessed a rising trend of prices of sacrificial animals yesterday evening when city dwellers in a large number rushed to the markets.

Tk1cr stolen from knit industry office

Burglars allegedly took away about Tk 1 crore breaking locker of head office of a knit industry at Mohakhali DOHS on Wednesday night.

2cr children to be fed polio vaccine

About 2 crore children aged 1-5 years will be administered polio and measles vaccines on the 18th National Immunisation Days (NID) on January 10 and February 14, 2010.

Mother wants to see Trishna and Krishna

Lovely Mallick, the mother of formerly conjoined twins Trishna and Krishna, has again appealed to the non-government organisations (NGOs), including the Children First Foundation, to give her an opportunity to go to Australia to see her daughters.

Medical final year students to go to remote areas: Minister

The government is planning to make it compulsory for the medical final year students to go to the health complexes in re-mote areas for at least six months, Health Minister Prof AFM Ruhal Haque said yesterday.

Prof Muzaffer re-elected Bapa president

Prof Muzaffer Ahmad and Dr Md Abdul Matin were re-elected president and general secretary of Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon (Bapa) in a meeting of its new executive committee on Wednesday.

BNP factions clash

Rival factions of BNP have filed separate cases in connection with the attacks and clashes during biennial council of Narayanganj unit of the party.

Climate change to cost trillions

Estimates vary widely on the costs of damage from climate change, easing these impacts and taming the carbon gas stoking the problem, but economists agree the bill is likely to be in the trillions of dollars.

Ensure quality education

President Zillur Rahman yesterday urged the authorities of the country's private universities to extend all academic facilities to the students for ensuring quality education at their respective institutes.

Air chief briefs president on China visit

Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal SM Ziaur Rahman called on President Zillur Rahman at Bangabhaban and apprised him of his recent visit to China on an invitation from the Chinese air chief.

Army presence in CHT acceptable

Speakers at a roundtable in the city yesterday viewed that the presence of the army in the Chittagong Hill Tracts is acceptable, but the administration must be run by civilians.

Seven killed in road crashes

Seven people were killed and seven others injured in separate road accidents in Sirajganj, Magura, Narayanganj, Kurigram and Gopalganj in last two days.

Abducted RMG worker found dead in Keraniganj

A garment worker, who went missing since Wednesday night, was found dead at Zianagar in south Keraniganj yesterday.

Documentary Council executives

Filmmakers Shabnam Ferdousi and Anwar Chowdhury were elected president and general secretary of Bangladesh Documentary Council for a two-year term, says a press release.

1,519 more held

Police arrested 1,519 people on various charges in separate drives across the country in 24 hours as of 6:00am yesterday.

Hanif's death anniversary tomorrow

Tomorrow is the third death anniversary of Mohammad Hanif, the first elected mayor of Dhaka City Corporation and an Awami League leader.

Dr Milon Day today

Today is Shaheed Dr Milon Day.

150km walk to create awareness

Bhabon Sarker, a resident of Fatullah under Narayanganj Sadar upazila, will start a 150-kilometre walk today with the slogan "No alternative to Mother, No alternative to walking to stay healthy".

British Council closed Nov 27-29

British Council Offices in Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet will be closed from November 27 to 29 for Eid-ul-Azha, says a press release.

National

Eid brings no cheers for 5 lakh in 2 dists

No effective step is still in sight to mitigate sufferings of a large number of people affected by perennial waterlogging in the Kobadak basin in Satkhira district and Sharsha upazila in Jessore district.

3 touchstone statues seized, 8 held in Faridpur, Sirajganj

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Faridpur and Sirajganj districts has recovered three touchstone statues and arrested eight people.

Unnatural deaths of 17 BM College students in 2 yrs

At least 17 students of Barisal BM College met unnatural deaths in the last two years, according to police records.

Kushtia, Magura BNP factions hold councils, form bodies

Rival factions held separate councils of BNP Kushtia and Magura units and declared separate committees yesterday and the day before.

Journalists continue protest in Netrakona

Journalists held protest meetings yesterday in at least three upazilas in Netrakona demanding withdrawal of 'false' extortion cases against two of their fellow newsmen last Friday.

Barisal medical suffers for absence of intern docs

Medical services at Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College and Hospital (SBMCH) are being hampered for long for absence of the intern doctors.

Eid today in 50 Chandpur villages

The holy Eid-ul Azha will be celebrated in about 50 villages under four upazilas of Chandpur district today.

Big onion output target set to reduce import

The Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) has fixed a target for producing 4,69,679 tonnes of onion on 72,292 hectares of land in the northern region of the country during the current Rabi season.

Robber killed in mob beating

A robber was killed in mob beating in Sunamganj yesterday while three others were jailed in Jhalakathi on Tuesday.

Hearing of sedition case against 34 BDR men on Jan 31

A Kurigram court yesterday fixed January 31, 2010 for hearing on the sedition case against 34 members of 27 Rifles Battalion.

Two women get life

A Bogra court yesterday sentenced two women to life term imprisonment for stealing a newborn baby from Bogra Mohammad Ali Hospital. The convicts are Merina Khatun, 38, and Nasima Khatun, 32. The court also fined Tk 3,000 each, in default, to suffer another six months in jail. Bogra Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-1 judge Khandker Golam Mostafa delivered the verdict yesterday noon. Court sources said, the two women stole the newborn baby of Salma Begum from the hospital on January 9, 2005. The next day, the then civil surgeon of Bogra Dr Nurun Nahar filed a case with Bogra Sadar police station.

Garment worker killed

A garment worker, who went missing since Wednesday night, was found dead at Zianagar yesterday. Victim Arif, 18, was a worker at Gias Uddin garments at Kaliganj and son of Abul Bashar of Zianagar. Police said, Arif was kidnapped by criminals at 11:00pm Wednesday while returning home from his workplace. On information, police recovered the slaughtered body of Arif at about 2:00pm yesterday and sent it to Mitford Hospital morgue for autopsy. Victim's elder brother filed a case with local police station in connection with the murder.

Wife beaten to death

A housewife was beaten to death allegedly by her husband over a family feud at Kamatpara village in Debhata upazila on Wednesday morning. The victim was identified as Bijoli Mondal, 18, wife of Anup Mondal of the village. Police said, Anup married Bijoli, daughter of Sontosh Kumar Mondal of Kamalkathi village in Shyamnagar upazila, five years ago. Since then, Anup and his family members used to torture her on different pretexts. On the fateful morning, Anup picked up a quarrel with Bijoli over a triffling matter and at one stage he beat her mercilessly leaving her dead on the spot. After the incident, Anup and his father Provash Mondal went into hiding. Victim's father filed a murder case with the police.

Fertiliser seized, 3 arrested

Plainclothes police seized 260 sacks of Indian sub-standard potash fertiliser from a truck and held three people in this connection at Alokdia in Rayganj upazila on Tuesday. The arrested are fertiliser trader Rafiq Uddin of Natore district, driver of the truck Anwar Hossain and helper Alamgir of Tangail district. Acting on a rip-off, police stopped the Comilla bound truck on Sirajganj-Bogra highway in the evening and arrested them along with the fertiliser.

Housewife murdered

A man allegedly killed his wife Rahima, 35, at Bhuigarh under Fatulla of Narayanganj Sadar upazila early Wednesday. Police arrested husband Billal and sent the body to Narayanganj General Hospital for post mortem. The SI at Fatulla Model police station said, Rahima was married to Billal 12 years ago. They have three daughters. Billal used to torture Rahima frequently since their marriage. Billal also took a second wife and started living in Rayer Bazar area in Dhaka. But he often visited Rahima at Bhuigarh. Yesterday they locked in a quarrel at around 3:00 am and at one stage Billal strangled her. Rahima's body bore marks of torture.

Khulna bar election

Awami League-backed panel of Sammilito Ainjibi Samannoy Parishad has captured nine posts out of 14 in the election of Khulna District Bar Association (KDBA) held on Sunday at its auditorium. The BNP-Jamaat backed panel won the rest five posts. Advocate Golam Mostafa Farazi and Advocate Mina Mizanur Rahman of AL-backed panel have been elected president and general secretary respectively of the 14-member new executive committee of the bar association. Over 820 voters out of 920 cast their votes in the election that began from 9:00 am and continued till 3:00 pm without any break.

Letters

Kutubdia power plant

Bangladesh is at the front line of the impacts of climate change. Its low-lying coastal area is the most vulnerable to sea level rise, cyclone, tidal surges and salinity intrusion. Coastal infrastructures including embankments, polders, power generation centre etc. are severely affected by climate induced natural disasters. IPCC Fourth Assessment Report shows that the frequency and intensity of these disasters will be increased due to the changes in climatic system. This means these infrastructure would be affected more severely.

Root of all problems

We have numerous problems. Shall I name some? Well, the much talked about traffic jam, terrorism (not by international terrorists but by our own fellows), water logging due to blockage of sewerage lines, shortage of drinking water all over the country, shortage of electricity, unemployment, 10 feet solid silt due to polythene on the river bed of the river Buriganga and so on. My apology if I have made you tired of reading. But the list may be much longer. What is the number one reason as the root of all the above mentioned problems? The answer is excessive POPULATION.

Law ministry's statement

The Hon'ble President has granted waiver of punishment to the son of the deputy leader of the House which has created a controversy in the public mind. To clear this controversy, the law ministry has issued a statement to the press explaining the constitutional powers of the Hon'ble President which says, "The waiver of punishment was not a violation of law". Interestingly, the statement did not explain anything about the person, whether he was pronounced guilty or not, the extent of punishment he was handed down by the court etc. We believe, the Hon'ble President even if he has powers to waive in some cases, he hardly exercises such powers except some extreme cases where the state interest is bigger than that of an individual.

Food security summit

The World Summit on Food Security was held in Rome, Italy, from 16 to 18 November 2009. The FAO says the worldwide food security situation has worsened and continues to pose a severe threat. There are one billion chronically starving people in the globe and current reports say this number might grow by 100 million. Food prices linger persistently high in developing countries, while the universal economic crisis is deepening poverty.

A promise

During the closing days of Sheikh Hasina's first administration, 1996-2001, a novel Tk. 10/- note printed in some sort of plastic was introduced as it was supposed to be longer lasting and did not become dirty quickly as paper notes did. It carried Bangabandhu's portrait.

Special education

Occupational therapy is a newly introduced health care system in Bangladesh which works in special settings of special education. In many cases this special setting can be made at home for the disabled. Special means that type of education, which meets all necessary things with special equipment, environment, management, techniques, aids and also methods for dealing with the special child. A child learns by seven senses that are tactile, visual, auditory, vestibule, gustatory, taste and proprioception when these senses are properly integrated. All sensations are properly integrated when they get proper stimulation and environment. An Occupational Therapist works with hypo or hyper responsive child who cannot learn in the normal environment. So an Occupational Therapist helps to make a special environment and a special education programme.

Bangabandhu murder case

Although I don't agree with our Prime Minister and her party on many issues (as a matter of fact with most of the politicians in our country), however my hats off to her for the way she and her government dealt with the Bangabandhu Murder trial. She has been in power for the second time and could have easily taken the path of revenge through military tribunal and hastened the trial. But instead of that she believed in the legal process and let things happen accordingly. At the end of the day this was a moral victory for our society and a sign that still the rule of law exists. It is true that corruption, nepotism and lawlessness are the permanent warts on our social fabric and it is questionable how much justice she could have gained had she been an ordinary citizen, but this is still a breath of fresh air.

A suggestion

Since there are no immediate plans in the government's mind to start construction of new roads in the next 06-12 months to combat traffic congestion, what they can do is put barricades in different residential areas to control the entry and exit of traffic to the main roads. Like they have in some areas (though not used). Two of the gates/entry points will be used only for entrance and two can be used for exit purpose only. This can be implemented in all the so-called residential areas we have, including Dhanmondi and Gulshan with one way traffic in-between the demarcated area. For example if someone wants to enter Dhanmondi, he can use road # 27 and take the 1st left turn (HSBC Bank) or 2nd left turn (Nandos point) from the eastern side (Rapa Plaza) to enter Dhanmondi and go to different directions and leave Dhanmondi from the southern side which is road # 2 going towards the Mirpur Road.

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International

China unveils emissions cut targets after US

China announced its first targets for limiting carbon emissions on Thursday, joining the United States in revealing the stance it will take at next month's high-stakes climate summit.

UN atomic watchdog chief 'disappointed' by Iran

UN atomic watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei said yesterday he was "disappointed" by Iran's lack of response to a compromise nuclear fuel deal.

ME peace now depends on Palestinians: Israel

Israel's foreign minister said yesterday it is up to the Palestinians to decide whether to resume Middle East peace talks now that Israel has announced a settlement freeze.

UN chief to push C'wealth on climate deal

UN chief Ban Ki-moon is to lead a charge in a Commonwealth summit starting today toward a global climate deal that will be discussed in Copenhagen in two weeks' time.

Flooding in Saudi kill 48 people

Flooding caused by heavy downpours in western Saudi Arabia have killed 48 people while another 900 were rescued from swirling waters, the civil defence authority said yesterday.

Nasa plans robotic rocket plane to explore Mars

Nasa is proposing to build a robotic rocket-plane to explore Mars from the air, and has advertised for help building it.

Iran sentences leading reformist to six years

Leading Iranian reformist, Behzad Nabavi, has been sentenced to six years in prison for his part in June demonstrations but was granted bail pending a possible appeal, his lawyer told AFP on Thursday.

Pakistan voices warnings over US 'surge' in Afghanistan

Pakistan stepped up warnings yesterday that an expected US decision to send tens of thousands more soldiers to Afghanistan could destabilise its insurgency-ridden southwest.

Mumbai commemorates anniversary of attacks

People drawn from all walks of life lit candles and attended memorial services and National Security Commandos and the police paraded the streets as India observed the first anniversary of terror attacks on Mumbai on this day leaving 166 people dead.

US, China will not meddle in Indo-Pak affairs

Rounding up his four-day visit of Washington before heading for Trinidad to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said that he had received a reassurance from US President Barack Obama that the reference to South Asia (India and Pakistan) in last week's US-China joint statement did not mean that Washington or Beijing would interfere in the affairs of these nations.

Lankan opposition backs ex-military chief in polls

Sri Lanka's main opposition party said yesterday it would back former military chief Sarath Fonseka in his bid to unseat President Mahinda Rajapakse in upcoming elections.

Blair knew in advance Saddam had no WMD

Former British prime minister Tony Blair's government knew ten days in advance before declaring war on Iraq that Saddam Hussein did not have access to weapons of mass destruction, according to the inquiry into the war.

India expects US to lift tech transfer sanctions

India said Wednesday that it expected the United States to lift "significant" restrictions on American technology transfer to the Asian giant following talks between leaders of the two nations.

Mullah Omar rejects Karzai call for talks

Mullah Mohammad Omar, leader of Afghanistan's Taliban militia, on Wednesday rejected a call from President Hamid Karzai for peace talks, in a statement issued ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid-ul-Azha.

Eat less meat to save Earth and your heart

In a new research, a team of scientists has determined that eating less meat may help save planet Earth, as well as reduce the risk of heart attacks in humans.

UN probe seeks 3-month extension

The United Nations inquiry commission probing the assassination of former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto has sought a three-month extension from the Pakistan government.

Myanmar rebels cashing in on illegal drugs stocks: UN

Military-ruled Myanmar's rebel ethnic groups are increasingly cashing in on their illegal drugs hordes on expectations of a junta crackdown, a UN representative said yesterday.

Lok Sabha adjourned over clashes in West Bengal

Lok Sabha was adjourned Thursday following an uproar in the house by Trinamool Congress and Left parties over violent clashes in West Bengal's Hooghly district that left one man dead and five injured.

Arts & Entertainment

Eid Bonanza

With the onset of Eid ul Azha , it's time to unwind before the small screen. All the Bangla channels are offering a surfeit of entertainment ranging from special TV plays, tele-films, musical shows to magazine programmes. There's likely to be something for everyone. A rundown of the Eid-special programmes on different channels:

Minu Haque: The golden days of childhood

Carefree, exuberant and thrilled by all she saw, Minu Haque was a complete extrovert as a child. Though she was raised by strict, conservative parents who endowed in her a sense of religion, they also gave her the freedom of choice to develop her artistic personality. Perhaps that early degree of emancipation and her desire to be one with nature helped her establish herself as one of the best classical dancers of the country.

“Style is an individualistic concept”...

An often-quoted adage is: “An artiste is created by the audience.” This is also true for the artistes who have joined hands or formed professional bonds, be it on television, the silver screen or the stage.

abc radio Eid treats

As part of Eid celebrations, abc radio will telecast special programmes spreading over five days starting from November 28.

OP-ED

The message of Eid-ul-Azha

EID-ul-Azha brings for the Muslims divine blessing, an occasion to not only enjoy but also to receive Allah's Mercy and reward through sacrifice and benevolence, patience and constancy. Celebrated concurrently with the slaughtering of the animals in Mina by the hajis and the days of Tashriq in the auspicious month of Dhul-Hijja, Eid-ul-Azha is popularly known in this subcontinent as bakrid.

Taking a meaningful stand against torture

THE world, in recent years, has witnessed many complex situations that evolved because of intolerance, inequity and disregard for the principles of fundamental rights. Activists and jurists have analysed such scenarios and have identified torture and the use of torture as a catalytic factor in this regard. They have done so because state actors appear to have used it as a means to restrict or influence the due process of law.

Politics of Babri Masjid

LET the temple come up." This was the remark by Atal Behari Vajpayee when I asked for his reaction to the destruction of the Babri Masjid one day after the incident. I was surprised by his comment because I considered him a liberal force in the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP).

StarTech

Life among the clouds

What will life be in 2015? Will there be flying cars and teleportation? Come on people, it's just five years from now -- so let's just be a little more realistic. Let's take a look.

BCS digital summit draws mixed reactions

The BCS Information and Communication Technology (ICT) expo titled BCS ICT World 2009 was buzzing with youth goons. Some experienced latest technology and know-how needed for their level while some were embodied with the dreams and the expectations offered by this expo for their betterment, materially and spiritually.

2 NSU students devise Bangla calculator

First Bangla-English duel mode calculator, invented by two young minds of North South University (NSU), is going to hit the market after Eid-ul-Azha.

Canon camera sales double in Bangladesh

Recently JAN Associates, the authorised distributor for Canon imaging products in Bangladesh, arranged a discussion programme on 'EOS Technology' at a local hotel. Some notable photographers of the country attended the event.


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