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News of: Wednesday, 22nd of September, 2010

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$22b needed for MDGs by 2015

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged the developed world to demonstrate sincerity in their commitment to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), pointing out that Bangladesh would require $4.4 billion a year to reach its targets by 2015 deadline.

Adviser's antics draw flak

Senior leaders and policymakers of the ruling Awami League yesterday blasted prime minister's adviser Dr Syed Modasser Ali for his comments apparently disparaging the right to information.

Media bashed at Sangsad

A number of Awami League-led ruling alliance lawmakers including two ministers castigated some newspapers for "publishing false and motivated reports defaming the House and its members".

Pabna admin frustrated over police role

District administration officials here yesterday expressed frustration over police reluctance to arrest Jubo League and Chhatra League leaders who attacked officials five days ago.

UK detains 10 Bangladeshis for working illegally

The UK Border Agency arrested ten Bangladeshi expatriates under a special law enforcement operation aimed at reducing illegal immigration, said a press release of the British High Commission in Dhaka yesterday.

3 Bangladeshis die in Saudi road crash

Three Bangladeshi expatriates were killed and three others critically wounded in a road accident in Madinah of Saudi Arabia early Monday.

Jamaat leaders' bail pleas rejected

The International Crimes Tribunal yesterday rejected all petition the top four Jamaat leaders filed for their release, withdrawal of arrest warrants against them and staying trial proceeding for war crimes.

Speaker, minister defend MPs' role in dev work

Speaker Abdul Hamid and LGRD Minister Syed Ashraful Islam yesterday in parliament criticised a section of people for opposing the MPs' role in local development activities.

Ban likely on mobile talk while driving

Buckling seatbelts while driving and wearing helmets when riding motorbikes have been made mandatory in the country in a bid to curb road accidents.

EC meet today on fate of MK Alamgir's seat

The Election Commission sits today to discuss the fate of the parliamentary seat of ruling Awami League leader Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir.

Forest men not guilty

Forest department officials yesterday visited the social forestry scheme on the chars of the Padma and talked with only alleged tree plunderers to decide that the trees were either stolen or denuded in erosion.

AL MPs rage at minister, state minister

More than 20 ruling Awami League lawmakers yesterday once again expressed their resentment to the minister and state minister for primary and mass education over the recruitment of primary teachers.

2 factories fined for pollution

The Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday fined two factories a total of Tk 16 lakh for polluting Turag and Dhaleswari rivers with untreated liquid waste.

BNP meet ends without decision

The BNP standing committee meeting last night ended without deciding whether to join the ongoing session of parliament.

2 more die at DMCH

Two more people, injured in an explosion at a ceramic factory in Gazipur on Monday, died at the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital yesterday.

Floods batter Sylhet region

Heavy rainfall in Cherrapunji yesterday has caused Surma and Kushiyara rivers to swell worsening the flood situation in Sylhet and Moulvibazar, while conditions improved in other flood-hit districts.

Nat'l steering body formed to fight anthrax

The government yesterday formed a 25-member National Steering Committee to help control the anthrax outbreak within a month.

15,000 flee offensive in Yemen

As many as 15,000 Yemeni civilians have fled their homes as the government pursues a new offensive against rebels in the country's South, officials say.

Van carrying 30 kids plunges into Pak river

A van carrying at least 30 schoolchildren plunged into a river in Pakistan-held Kashmir yesterday, and most of the passengers were confirmed or feared dead.

Poles urged to probe CIA prison acts

A human rights organization and lawyers for a Saudi man accused in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole demanded yesterday that Polish prosecutors investigate the terror suspect's detention and treatment at a CIA prison once housed in Poland.

Editorial

Declining child mortality is cause for happiness

We are happy that our efforts in reducing child mortality in Bangladesh have been duly acknowledged by the United Nations. The world body has just presented Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, and through her the people of Bangladesh, an award to this effect in New York. This recognition of Bangladesh's sincere efforts in trying to reach the Millennium Development Goals set for 2015, while clearly encouraging for us, is also a reminder for us of what we must yet do in order to tackle the remaining seven of the eight MDGs. Given that as a nation we are resource-strapped and given too that a certain sluggishness has characterised the developed world where a flow of funds from it to the developing world is concerned, the road ahead will be a difficult, if not an insurmountable one. As the prime minister has pointed out in New York, Bangladesh will need $22.1 billion if it has to attain all the MDGs.

Three faces of the same syndrome

This is a glaring example of triple folly making news yesterday of how vulnerable even routine governance has become to demonstrative arrogance of some ruling party elements. This is scripted by people whose position and identity should have made them sensitive and cautious about remarks they reeled off and the behaviour they showed in public.

Sports

Bad news for cricket fans

If you are planning to go to the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur next month to watch the one-day series between Bangladesh and New Zealand, you better book your tickets early.

Imran complains of 'double standards'

Pakistani sporting hero Imran Khan brushed aside calls to ban his nation from international cricket until corruption allegations are investigated, saying a country cannot be punished collectively.

Pakistan draw level

Pakistan beat England by 38 runs to level their one-day international series at 2-2 at Lord's here on Monday in a match the hosts had thought about giving up on as the 'fixing' row escalated.

Badminton meet now elsewhere

Bangladesh Badminton Federation were forced to shift its Summer Open tournament to the Mirpur Indoor Stadium from the newly-build Wooden Floor Gymnasium, which is in dark for two-and-a-half months following the disconnection of electricity.

Hosts to look to contain

Smarting from their humiliating 6-1 drubbing at the hands of Jordan, the under-19 girls of Bangladesh are hoping to put up a better show against favourites Iran when they meet in the second match of the AFC Under-19 Women's qualifiers under the floodlights of Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur today.

Redbacks remain unbeaten

Unbeaten Southern Redbacks, who have already qualified for the semifinals, beat Guyana by 15 runs in the Champions League Twenty20 encounter here yesterday.

No headway in BOA charter dispute

Sports minister Ahad Ali Sarker yesterday sat with the high-ups of Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) and the representatives of 17 national federations to solve the constitutional dispute over the BOA councillorship, but the meeting ended without any solution.

Trouble hits CWG

A footbridge under construction at the main stadium for the Delhi Commonwealth Games collapsed on Tuesday, injuring 23 labourers, five seriously, police said.

'We were disturbed'

England captain Andrew Strauss insisted his side were still seething at Pakistan cricket chief Ijaz Butt's claims they'd deliberately lost last week's third ODI after the tourists levelled the series at 2-2 with a convincing 38-run success at Lord's here on Monday.

Bushrangers stay alive

The Victoria Bushrangers outclassed a dismal Wayamba Elevens team at SuperSport Park on Monday night to keep alive their hopes of reaching the semifinals of the Champions League Twenty20 tournament.

Sachin upset about coming IPL auction

Sachin Tendulkar, the Mumbai Indians captain, has expressed his disappointment at the prospect of his team being broken up ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) player auction in November.

Afridi & co could have called cops

Pakistan's one-day captain Shahid Afridi said on Tuesday his team could have filed a police complaint against England batsman Jonathan Trott over an altercation with fast bowler Wahab Riaz.

Davis Cup final in Belgrade

Belgrade will host this year's Davis Cup final between Serbia and France, the International Tennis Federation announced on Monday.

Women's T20 from Sept 25

Rajshahi take on Khulna in the opening match of the 4th Women's National Cricket League Twenty20 competition on September 25 at the Sylhet Divisional Stadium.

2nd Councilor Gold Cup

Ward No. 5 and Ward No. 14 won big in Tuesday's matches of the 2nd Councilor Cup Football tournament at the Rajshahi District Stadium yesterday.

Umpires win friendlies in Nepal

The Bangladesh Umpires & Scorers XI easily defeated Nepali Umpires XI in a two-match series at the Tribhuvan University International Cricket Ground in Kirtipur yesterday.

Arsene punished for spat

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been fined 8,000 pounds and given a one-match ban following his spat with a match official at the end of his team's draw with Sunderland, the Football Association said Tuesday.

Barca seek home win

Champions Barcelona go in search of their first league home win of the season on Wednesday when they host Spor-ting Gijon at Camp Nou.

Lazio test for Milan

With a trip to Roma and a match against mighty AC Milan in their opening two fixtures, Cesena could have been forgiven for embarking upon only their 12th season in Serie A with a touch of fear.

Milito not happy

The agent of Inter Milan's Diego Milito has hit out at manager Rafa Benitez, claiming that the striker does not feel comfortable under his leadership.

Togo boss banned

A former manager of Togo has been slapped with a three-year ban for deploying a team of impostors masquerading as Togo internationals in a friendly against Bahrain.

Police questions Edel

Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Apoula Edel was on Monday interviewed by police as part of an investigation into claims he lied about his age and real identity.

Sara slams C'Ron

The girlfriend of Real Madrid keeper Iker Casillas, Sara Carbonero, has hit out at star striker Cristiano Ronaldo for being "selfish".

Cesc out for three weeks

Cesc Fabregas will be out of action for two to three weeks with a hamstring injury picked up in scoring Arsenal's freak opener in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Sunderland.

Zanetti suffers chest problem

Still feeling the effects of a chest problem, 37-year-old Inter Milan captain Javier Zanetti has been left off the squad for Wednesday's game against Bari.

Mertesacker return delayed

Germany defender Per Mertesacker's expected return to action for the Werder Bremen v Hanover derby has been delayed due to a lack of form.

Berba points to hard training

Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has revealed how his summer training regime has transformed his career at Old Trafford.

Dumitrescu quits Steaua

Romanian football great Ilie Dumitrescu has quit his post as Steaua Bucharest manager after just six weeks in the job, according to local reports Tuesday.

Business

What's behind costly kitchen markets?

Consumers are paying even more dearly for basic foods, including rice, cooking oil, sugar, eggs and coarse flour, in the local markets in the post-Eid period.

Ten banks run capital deficit

Ten banks failed to keep an acceptable level of capital till June 30 this year due to higher profit distribution compared to their earning and inefficient management.

IT sector to see more govt funds

Call centres and hardware manufacturers will now be able to receive loans from the Equity Entrepreneurship Fund (EEF), as the government is looking to channel more credit into the burgeoning hi-tech sector.

LankaBangla, Bloomberg team up

LankaBangla Securities is in the process of signing an agreement with Bloomberg to use a terminal of the news agency's site to help global investors or fund managers get an access to information on Bangladesh stockmarket.

India in talks on BlackBerry e-mail access

India is in talks with Research In Motion Ltd to gain access to BlackBerry corporate e-mails after securing access to instant messages, a senior government source said on Tuesday.

17 export sectors to get 3-20pc subsidy

The government will give 17 export sectors 3-20 percent subsidy in the current fiscal year.

UAE to look into Bangladesh workers' interests

The government of United Arab Emirates (UAE) has made an assurance that it would try to look into the interests of Bangladesh workers.

EBL rolls out new Visa card

Eastern Bank Ltd (EBL) yesterday unveiled a new Visa corporate card in Bangladesh.

The first class way to cutting poverty

For the past four years, French business- and first-class air travelers have been paying more than 50 dollars each toward the cost of the fight against AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis each time they get on a jet.

Facebook: Asia fastest-growing market

Asia is the fastest-growing region for new subscribers to social networking site Facebook despite restrictions on access in China, a senior company executive said Tuesday.

Nokia appoints new CEO

Nokia has appointed Stephen Elop as president and chief executive officer, the handset maker said in a statement yesterday.

Emerging markets drive Swiss trade

Switzerland's trade surplus shrank in August with a boom in imports especially from Asia, while exports were propped up by strong watch sales, official data showed Tuesday.

IMAX to open another 15 cinemas in China

IMAX Corp said it has teamed up with a South Korean cinema chain to open 15 big-screen theatres in China, marking the Canadian company's single biggest deal in Asia.

Costly port fiasco irks RMG

The worst congestion in the history of Chittagong port is costing importers and exporters nearly Tk 3 crore in losses a day, according to port users.

The quickest way to bruise your brand

Corporate dollars and political campaigns are like oil and water for well-established retail brands.

Corporate Briefs

FAREAST ISLAMI LIFE
INSURANCE COMPANY

The company credited stock dividend for 2009 to the respective shareholders' BO accounts yesterday.

Oil down

Oil prices were down in Asian trade on Tuesday ahead of a US monetary policy meeting as lingering fears over the strength of the US economy weighed on crude markets, analysts said.

BMW ramps up production in India

German luxury car maker BMW said Tuesday it was expanding its activities in India, including boosting production capacity at its factory in the southeastern city of Chennai.

AirAsia X to launch Japan route in December

Malaysian long-haul budget airline AirAsia X said Tuesday it would enter the Japanese market in December by launching regular flights between Kuala Lumpur and Tokyo.

Canon to build new printer plant in Thailand

Japan's Canon Inc. said Tuesday it would spend 170 million dollars to build a new plant in Thailand employing a workforce of 5,000 to meet rising global demand for inkjet printers.

IBM to acquire analytics firm Netezza for $1.7b

IBM announced Monday it will acquire business analytics firm Netezza in a cash transaction valued at 1.7 billion dollars.

Metropolitan

Adopt strategy for food security

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday called for South-South and North Cooperation for increasing food production for self-consumption, exports and global food security, a major concern of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs).

Level crossings, edn institutions lead to Uttara traffic jam

A large number of educational institutions and half a dozen railway level crossings contribute to everyday gridlock on the busy airport road at Uttara, traffic department says.

Trans-border smuggling to top agenda

Bangladesh and India kick off a border conference at the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) headquarters today focusing on different issues including preventing trans-border smuggling and improving law and order in the border areas.

Concern over shortage of hajj aircraft

A parliamentary committee yesterday expressed grave concern over shortage of aircraft to carry intended hajj pilgrims this year.

Police boxes erected on city streets illegally

Dhaka Metropolitan Police has illegally set up a large number of police boxes on footpaths and road dividers in the city, causing troubles to pedestrians, said LGRD Minister Syed Ashraful Islam yesterday.

8 city shops fined for selling polybags

A mobile court yesterday fined eight shop owners at Shantinagar and Fakirerpul in the city Tk 63,000 for selling and storing polybags illegally.

Cancel rise of court fee

Leaders of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) yesterday demanded of the government to cancel its decision on increased court fees.

Produce Huji chief Sept 27

A Dhaka court yesterday directed different jail authorities to produce Harkatul Jihad al Islami (Huji) chief Mufti Abdul Hannan and eight others, now in custody, before it on September 27 in the 76 kg bomb recovery case.

Khulna varsity pro-VC removed for nepotism

Prof Dr Purnendu Gain was removed yesterday from the post of pro-vice chancellor of Khulna University on charge of nepotism.

Road crashes kill 5, injure 91

At least five people were killed and 91 others injured in separate road accidents in Netrakona, Magura, Satkhira and Manikganj yesterday.

Driver arrested over snatching

Armed snatchers took away Tk 3 lakh from a youth at East Nasirabad in the port city yesterday.

Govt to ensure modern edn

Considering improvement of the standard of education as the main challenge, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday said the government wants to spread modern and standard education and technology to the young generation for building a country free from poverty, hunger and illiteracy.

'Food security a must to achieve MDGs by 2015'

A number of non-government organisations yesterday demanded of the government to take immediate action to ensure food security for the ultra poor, and thus achieve Millennium Development Goals by 2015.

Child trafficking on rise

Terres des homes (TDH) Foundation Italy, an international NGO, yesterday launched a project titled “Trafficked- A project to raise awareness about child trafficking in Bangladesh” to make people aware about child trafficking.

Missing sand trader found dead in pond at Keraniganj

Police yesterday recovered the body of a sand trader from a pond at Subhadda Uttar Para under Dakkhin Keraniganj police station.

Jamaat alleges torture on leaders

Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami Acting Secretary General ATM Azharul Islam yesterday alleged that the government is trying to record "false confessional statements" of the party leaders by torturing them physically and mentally during the remand.

Establish climate fund

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday appeared critical of world leaders for being unable to take bold actions on issues of climate change and demanded immediate establishment of 'International Climate Change Fund' and make it operational.

EC plans to bear poll cost of parties

The Election Commission is actively considering preparing a legal framework for allocating money to registered political parties to meet their expenditure in the next parliamentary election.

4 cops face charges for implicating BCL leader

Criminal Investigation Department accused four police personnel in a probe report yesterday, for falsely implicating and torturing a Dhaka University student in connection with attempt to kill Prof Humayun Azad.

Two killed in city road crashes

Two people were killed in two road accidents on the Airport Road in the city yesterday.

Constitutional recognition of ethnic groups on the cards

A parliamentary body started working yesterday to provide constitutional recognition to the country's ethnic communities and ensuring their fundamental rights.

National

Students keep Bhasani university VC, 150 staff confined for 5 hours

LATEST: Bhasani university authorities in an urgent meeting yesterday suspended all activities including classes and examinations of Food Technology and Nutritional Science (FTNS) department for indefinite period. They also directed the 207 students of the department to leave the campus and dormitories by 6:00 pm yesterday.

Outlaw, militant arrested

Police arrested an outlaw and a woman militant in Kushtia and Rangamati districts yesterday and the day before.

Two teenage girls commit 'suicide'

A college girl allegedly committed suicide by taking poison over family feud at West Aura village in Kathalia upazila early Monday.

Stalker sued in Satkhira, 6 held in Lalmonirhat

A general diary (GD) was filed against an alleged stalker with Satkhira Sadar Police Station yesterday while law enforcers arrested six stalkers in front of a girls' high school in Lalmonirhat town the day before.

Stalker severely beats up schoolgirl in Thakurgaon

A stalker beat up a schoolgirl in Thakurgaon Sadar upazila on Monday as she refused to accept his marriage proposal

Move to set up university in Rangamati protested

Indigenous people of Jhakrabil area under Moghban Union of Rangamati Sadar upazila formed a human chain in the district town yesterday demanding withdrawal of the government decision to set up a university at Bilaichhar Para in the union.

Workshop on vet education in Chittagong

Speakers at a workshop here yesterday emphasised implementation of a coordinated curriculum of veterinary education in the South Asian countries.

Man to die for killing wife, 2 get life for rape

A court in Bogra yesterday sentenced a man to death for killing his wife in 2001.

'Punish culprit for throwing acid on three women'

Hundreds of people of Protap village under Sadullapur upazila agitated yesterday demanding punishment to a person for throwing acid on three women.

Two Khulna JCD leaders grab banker's land

Two Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leaders backed by two ward councillors of Khulna City Corporation (KCC) have allegedly grabbed a bank official's ten acres of land at Krishnanagar Mouja under Batiaghata upazila of Khulna district.

Robbers loot house in broad daylight

Thirty-two tolas of gold and cash Tk 10,000, were looted in broad daylight on Monday from a lawyer's house close to police superintendent's residence.

Baby abducted from Dhaka rescued in Bagerhat, 2 held

Bagerhat police in a raid yesterday rescued a two and a half years old girl child from Hatirabad village under Batiaghata upazila in Khulna district within 17 hours of her abduction from Dhaka for Tk 15 lakh ransom.

Jamaat office ransacked

Criminials ransacked the municipal office of Jamaat-e-Islami at Kazipara in the town yesterday afternoon.

3 bodies found in Sylhet

Sylhet Kotwali police yesterday afternoon recovered the bodies of 3 people who went missing as a ferry boat capsized near Kazirbazar ferryghat during the boat race in the city on Sunday.

Letters

World Tourism Day

This year the UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organisation) will celebrate the World Tourism Day on 27th September under the theme 'Tourism and Biodiversity' and China is the host country. The United Nations also declared 2010 to be the International Year of Biodiversity. It is a celebration of the value of biodiversity in our lives. The UN has called on all its member countries to take action in 2010 to safeguard the variety of life on earth. As the UN's specialised agency for tourism, UNWTO has long been working to maximize tourism's contribution to biodiversity conservation. UNWTO is also committed to the UN approach to provide a coherent response to the current challenges, including environmental sustainability, as one of the UN's Millennium Development Goals.

The anthrax challenge

The anthrax situation is worsening day by day. In the last few days, the disease has spread in Narayanganj, Dhamrai and the outskirts of the city. The number of the infected has since crossed four digit, as new cases have been reported from Chittagong, Meherpur and Chaudanga districts in a single day.

Blair lied, millions died

In case of telling lies, Tony Blair, the ex- British prime minister, is undoubtedly the champion; none is equal to him. He started telling lies on multifarious subjects right after getting the power of PM, albeit he is an ex now, still he is continuing it. Thus some people call him 'Mr . Lair' cutting 'B' from 'Blair'.

Saga of 185 suitcases!

The front-page report published on 3rd September in a local English daily, quoting AL's acting general secretary, revives the saga of the epic South Arabian journey of Khaleda Zia, four years back in 2006. It has remained an intriguing mystery since then, which may be only time will reveal!

Priest of violence

A priest of Florida, USA, announced his plan to burn copies of the Holy Qur'an in protest of the 9/11 massacre, after long nine years of the unfortunate incident. It may ignite a new wave of hatred among the believers. If some of the Muslims are responsible for attacking the World Trade Centre, all the Muslims cannot be made liable for that. When Bush ordered the invasion of Iraq or attacks on Afghanistan, no Muslim ever burnt any copy of the Holy Bible.

Intellectual bankruptcy?

This refers to the government's move of engaging experts from multilateral institutions in the consultative groups of government and NGO development efforts. It is unfortunate that even after 40 years of independence we look to foreigners for guidance. I echo the question, “Are we intellectually bankrupt?”

Traffic jams

Travelling in Dhaka city has virtually become a nightmare. All the roads are clogged. The cars are stuck bumper to bumper, the engines release a tremendous amount of heat, drivers honk their horns incessantly, some of the old vehicles let go black smoke, vehicles break lanes and try and enter the ones that are moving faster. At rush hour, a distance of three to four kilometres can take about an hour to reach. Destinations like Gulistan, Motijheel, Old Dhaka, Maghbazar, Malibagh, Gulshan, Banani and Dhanmondi are nightmares for commuters from any point in the city. Especially frustrating are the points likeHotel Sonargaon crossing, the road in front of the Prime Minister's office, Maghbazar, Mouchak, Malibagh, Khilghaon, Rampura, Elephant Road, Science Laboratory, Green Road, Jatrabari, Sayedabad, Mohakhali and old parts of the city mainly at Dholaikhal, Postagola, Bangshal, Chowkbazar and Imamganj.

Only a dream?

We, the people of our country, are in a dream to live in a digital Bangladesh in future. But the present condition of our country really disappoints us. What do we mean by digital Bangladesh? We mean a country which is free from traffic jams, theft, robbery, hijacking, load shedding, free from pollution and so on. The government has taken necessary steps to solve these problems. But alas! Still crimes are being committed on a regular basis. And there is also unbearable traffic jam in the city roads and load shedding occurs frequently, even on holidays.

Sinister plan

Pastor Terry Jones, of the Dove World Outreach centre (a non denominational church in Florida), announced his plan to mourn the death of September 11 victims through the burning of the Holy Koran. He claimed that he intends to send a message to the perpetrators of the September 11 incident by doing this and also express his grievances against Islam and Shariah law. His act however holds all Muslims (for whom The Koran is sacred) around the world liable for the heinous act of September 11. However, his rejection of Islam as a religion has already been made clear while he wrote his controversial book “Islam is of the devil” and made it available on the internet for sale at some of his websites. Other merchandise with the title of the book is also available. It seems to the ordinary that he has already achieved what he has desired: publicity and profitability of his enterprise. However, what Pastor Terry Jones has failed to realize is that by his deeds he not only expressed his rejection and hatred towards the religion but has also alienated himself from Muslim population. In an interview with ABC news, President Mr. Barrack Obama has clearly expressed his distaste towards such an act. However, mere distaste towards this clear outrage is not enough to absorb the shockwaves which such an insane act will send through out the globe. In these times when social harmony is being restored.

Abuse of power

There are some educational institutions in the country where some people have been given the power of running them. Regrettably, most of the members of the managing committees seem to be just showing their monetary power, instead of looking after the institutions properly. Recently, an ugly incident occurring in an institute disappointed me. One of the committee members behaved very rudely with a female staff presently serving an orphanage.

No dearth!

The other day, the electronic media reported that there is no dearth of any goods and services in the capital, rather there is a surplus of everything i.e. gas, water, electricity etc.

Reckless driving in Dhanmondi

Reckless driving or dangerous driving is a major traffic rule violation and this can be seen often in Dhanmondi area where the youths are always in competition with each other putting the pedestrians' life at stake.

Syria and Hezbollah

This week Saad al-Hariri, the Lebanese PM, retracted his former claim that Syria was behind the assassination of his father, Rafik al-Hariri, the Prime Minister of Lebanon in 2005. The assassination in 2005 led to massive protests in Lebanon and the eventual withdrawal of Syrians troops after almost 30 years in Lebanon.

International

2010 the deadliest year of Afghan war

Nine Nato troops were killed in a helicopter crash in the insurgent heartland of southern Afghanistan yesterday, making 2010 the deadliest year for international forces since the war began.

India floods leave 2m homeless, destroy crops

At least two million people ain northern India have been left homeless as the Ganges and other rivers, swollen by heavy monsoon rains, broke embankments and submerged villages, fields and religious sites.

China snubs Japan PM, rules out meeting

China snubbed Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan yesterday, saying a territorial dispute ruled out any meeting with Premier Wen Jiabao in New York this week and adding to the ire dividing Asia's top two economies.

Asia faces rising cost from disasters, report says

China, India and Indonesia are likely to face much higher losses from natural disasters in coming decades as their economies grow faster than their capacity for disaster prevention and relief, a new report has forecast.

First 40 years of MI6 detailed in new book

A book detailing the first 40 years of the UK's foreign intelligence service has been published.

Indian MPs jeered on Kashmir visit

A delegation led by the Indian home minister has visited a town at the centre of recent violence in Indian-administered Kashmir.

Watchdog gets 'over 3,000 complaints'

Afghanistan's electoral watchdog said yesterday it has received over 3,000 complaints about irregularities in the run-up to Saturday's parliamentary election and on polling day itself.

Dalai Lama hopeful of returning to Tibet

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, living here in exile for the past 51 years, has expressed optimism about his return to his homeland one day with a Chinese passport.

Rare North Korea ruling party meeting on Sept 28

North Korea's ruling party will hold its biggest meeting in decades on Sept. 28 to pick a new leadership, state media reported on Tuesday, and likely anoint an heir to the dynasty as Kim Jong-il's health deteriorates.

Somali PM resigns as insurgency rages

Somalia's Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Sharmarke resigned yesterday, paying the price for the government's failure to rein in an Islamist insurgency that has killed thousands of civilians.

Vatican Bank 'investigated over money-laundering'

Two officials at the Vatican Bank are being investigated as part of a money-laundering inquiry, reports say.

Arts & Entertainment

A grouping of diverse styles, mediums and themes

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts has planned a yearlong programme that includes a series of 10 group art exhibitions. The fourth exhibition of this series, titled “Rooted Creativity-4,” is now being held at Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhanmondi in Dhaka.

Karam: Indigenous festival gets a spirited celebration

The two-day 'Karam Puja', a major festival of the Orao -- an indigenous community living in the northern districts of Bangladesh -- was celebrated last weekend in Thakurgaon district.

Linnet Fine Arts boosts cultural practices in Satkhira

The Linnet Fine Arts, a Satkhira-based cultural organisation, held an Eid reunion, discussion and cultural function at Satkhira Shilpakala Academy Auditorium at Shaheed Abdur Razzak Park in the town on September 18.

Linnet Fine Arts boosts cultural practices in Satkhira

The Linnet Fine Arts, a Satkhira-based cultural organisation, held an Eid reunion, discussion and cultural function at Satkhira Shilpakala Academy Auditorium at Shaheed Abdur Razzak Park in the town on September 18.

Shahrukh Khan performance in Bangladesh in the offing

Known the world over as “King Khan”, Bollywood superstar Shakrukh Khan will be in Bangladesh to perform at a show. Event management group Ontor Showbiz is organising the show, according to a press release.

Aneela Haque shows off her designs at Nepal Fashion Week

The Himalayan Times TGIF Nepal Fashion Week is the biggest fashion event in the mountainous country. Organised by IEC School of Art & Fashion, the festival was held at Hotel Soaltee Crown Plaza, Kathmandu from September 13-16, according to a press release.

“Shobuj Nokkhotro” goes on air tonight

A new TV serial “Shobuj Nokkhotro” goes on air on ntv tonight. Written and directed by Masum Reza and Golam Sohrab Dodul, the serial will be aired Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9:45 pm.

OP-ED

Of austerity, pretension and fading hope

We could all do with a bit of austerity in this poor country. There is no good reason, at this point in our collective life, to pretend that everything is in good shape and all things are bright and beautiful in Bangladesh. It is a truth that some of our expatriate Bengalis must come to terms with.

Turkey sheds its military-backed constitution

Although Turkey is a democratic country it was saddled with a constitution drawn by its military in 1980. Finally, on September 12, on the 30th anniversary of the 1980 military coup, the Turkish people adopted a democratic constitution after a referendum.

Democracy, meritocracy and social development

Democracy has been defined across the globe as the best medium for running the state machinery. The scope of human freedom and action allowed in a democratic system speaks volumes for its suitability to the political environment of the nations of the world. The ethos of a democratic administration personifies the sentiment of the common masses, and this always makes space for them to protest against the wrongdoings of the government.

5 scary fast foods set to kill you

People once laughed at me because I thought a "nutritionist" was a person who lived on nuts. But then I met one and found I was right.


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