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News of: Friday, 24th of September, 2010

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Six-storey hazard

The Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) yesterday directed the owner of the six-storey factory-cum-residential building in Tejgaon industrial area to dismantle the structure immediately.

Preface delays education policy

Four months into the cabinet's approval of the National Education Policy, the government has yet to make a visible move to implement it.

Media asked not to worry

Information Minister Abul Kalam Azad yesterday asked the media not to get worried by some “isolated comments” to them, saying the government believes in full freedom of the press.

Locals pull for Pabna admin

Professionals and politicians irrespective of political affiliation yesterday rallied behind the Pabna district administration demanding exemplary punishment of those who assaulted government officials here last Friday.

Forest staff suspended for neglect

The forest department yesterday suspended nursery attendant Abdur Razzak for misconduct and negligence of duty in a social forestry scheme on three chars in the Padma river.

Businesses seek one more month

The number of income tax returns submitted totalled 1.1 lakh yesterday with only seven days left for the deadline, National Board of Revenue sources said.

Special body consults legal experts

The special committee on constitutional amendment yesterday started discussions with constitution experts about possible changes to the country's supreme charter.

Hasina for new MDG for LDCs

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the international community to formulate a new MDG with specific targets for economic emancipation of developing countries, particularly the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), within stipulated time frames.

Fighter jet crashes in Karnaphuli

A fighter jet of Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) crashed into the river Karnaphuli while its pilot escaped unhurt near the Patenga Boat Club here yesterday afternoon.

Crackdown on encroachers

Dhaka district administration and Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) yesterday evicted around 85 encroachers from the river Buriganga.

BDR protests border killings by BSF

A top-level conference between Bangladesh Rifles and Indian Border Security Force kicked off yesterday with Bangladesh protesting against the shooting of its unarmed people by the BSF at the frontier.

BCL men miss deadline, yet press for bid

BCL activists yesterday made threats against the executive engineer of Water Development Board in Chapainawabganj for not allowing them to drop tenders after the deadline.

No discussion on joining JS

The meeting of BNP standing committee ended last night without discussing the issue of joining the current session of parliament.

Equipment seized from 2 factories

The Department of Environment (DoE), yesterday, concluded its six-day drive against polythene bags by seizing equipment worth Tk 18 lakh used in manufacturing bags from two factories in the city's Lalbagh area.

Abu Zandal on fresh remand

Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday in a fresh remand prayer told a Dhaka court that Harkatul Jihad al Islami (Huji) leader Abu Zandal collected grenades from BNP leader Abdus Salam Pintu's residence and threw those on an Awami League rally.

Bullet from own gun kills Rab man

A member of Rapid Action Battalion was killed by a bullet from his own gun while he was on duty patrolling Baridhara Diplomatic Zone yesterday morning.

Stalker stabs college girl

A college girl was injured in an attack by a stalker yesterday for turning down his love proposal in Savar.

Truck-car collision kills five

Five persons, including a kid, died and another was injured when their car collided head-on with a truck on Dhaka-Aricha Highway at Dhamrai in Manikganj last night.

Afghan president not depressive, says his office

Afghan President Hamid Karzai's office hit out yesterday at claims in a new book that he is being treated for manic depression, calling them inflammatory and an attack on his personal integrity.

Al Jazeera accuses Nato over Afghan reporter arrests

Al Jazeera television yesterday accused NATO of trying to suppress its coverage of the war in Afghanistan after arresting two of its cameramen this week.

Editorial

Ensuring real estate accountability

The passage of the real estate-related bill by the Jatiyo Sangsad gives us some hope that the concerns of late expressed about the sector will now be dealt with. It has been a fact over the past many years that the unbridled and unaccountable manner in which real estate developers have gone about building and selling property has left some very critical questions to be answered. Among these have been complaints that in many instances developers have not maintained the terms of the contracts they made with those authorising them to develop their property. At the other end, buyers of flats in a number of apartment complexes have regularly alleged that the amenities promised them by developers have been slow in coming or have not been there at all. Apart from all this, a section of developers has been seen to violate the plans, approved by the authorities, on the basis of which they were supposed to have developed their housing projects.

Living dangerously

Just how desperate cliffhanger living for the low income groups has become was graphically depicted in a report titled 'House of horror' front-paged in our yesterday's issue. The three-storey tenuous structure of a living quarter cobbled with stray metallic sheets fronting out around wooden-cum-bamboo frame of sorts at Kamalbagh in the capital is a study in dangerous living.

Sports

Sylhet: Underachievers eye reversal of fortune

The 12th National Cricket League is less than a week away, with the first round starting on September 29 at three venues across the country. The Daily Star Sport are running a series of previews on all six divisional teams that are taking part in the country's lone first-class competition. Tomorrow, the third part of this series will be published.

Adamant Mahmud steps down

Khaled Mahmud ultimately stuck to his decision of stepping down from the duty of assistant coach of the national cricket team.

Games in fresh crisis

The embattled supremo of the Delhi Commonwealth Games, Suresh Kalmadi, has vanished from public view with the event plunged into crisis and teams threatening a mass pullout.

New name, new goal

Despite having roped in 16 national footballers, newcomers Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club reserve enough admiration for two traditional foes Abahani and Mohammedan in the upcoming season that is likely to get underway on October 7 through the Federation Cup qualifiers.

Hosts eye some solace against India today

Having suffered two successive defeats, hosts Bangladesh now take on India in the last match of the AFC U-19 Women's Football Champion-ship qualifiers at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium today.

Women's h'ball from today

The United Oil Women's Handball League begins today at the Handball Stadium.

Men, women teams get better

After losing the first round, Bangladesh bounced back in the 39th World Chess Olympiad when both of men's and women's teams won their second round in Khanty-Mansiysk yesterday.

Akbar lands for Abahani today

Iranian coach Ali Akbar is scheduled to arrive here this morning to take charge of three-time Bangladesh League champions Abahani for the upcoming season.

DRU football

Daily Janakantha and Naya Diganta won their respective matches in the DRU-Rapid Securities Media Football Tournament at the Handball Stadium yesterday.

Strauss urges ICC to get strong in 'fixing' probe

England captain Andrew Strauss called on the International Cricket Council (ICC) to leave "no stone unturned" in their probe into cricket corruption after his side ended a scandal-marred season with a one-day series win over Pakistan here on Wednesday.

Bramble denies rape claims

Sunderland defender Titus Bramble "strenuously denies any wrongdoing'' after being arrested on suspicion of rape, the club's chairman Niall Quinn said.

Villa lifts Barca

Spain World Cup star David Villa scored a 49th minute winner as Barcelona beat Sporting Gijon 1-0 on Wednesday to record their first league win of the season at the Camp Nou.

Eng win series in style

Eoin Morgan's latest match-winning Rose Bowl century saw England to a crushing 121-run victory against Pakistan as they took the five-match one-day series 3-2 on Wednesday to end a scandal-marred season.

A night of upsets

Liverpool were sent crashing out of the League Cup by lowly Northampton on Wednesday as Chelsea and Manchester City tumbled out on a night of upsets.

CSK, Warriors thru'

Mike Hussey hit a half-century and held two crucial catches as the Chennai Super Kings reached the Champions League Twenty20 semifinals with a 10-run win over the Eastern Cape Warriors on Wednesday.

Inter hammer Bari

Inter Milan returned to the summit of Serie A on Wednesday after two goals each for strikers Diego Milito and Samuel Eto'o helped the champions to an easy 4-0 win at home to Bari.

Five-star Dortmund

Dortmund went second in the German league on Wednesday when they hammered Kaiserslautern 5-0 while bottom side Schalke 04 picked up their first points of the season with a 2-1 victory at Freiburg.

Zidane slams author

Zinedine Zidane hit out Wednesday at the author of a book which suggested he and several other members of France's 1998 World Cup winning squad may have been involved in doping practices.

St Etienne in last 16

St Etienne, who went top of the French first division for the first time in 29 years last weekend, continued their impressive form on Wednesday with a 2-0 win over Nice in the League Cup round of 32.

Moore faces drinking charge

A Dubai prosecutor said Wednesday that former Aussie national football captain Craig Moore, reportedly involved in a drunken altercation over a taxi fare, will only be charged on a misdemeanour drinking offence.

Lahm keen on Bayern stay

Germany captain Philipp Lahm said Thursday he expects to extend his contract at Bayern Munich which runs out at the end of the 2012 season.

Eng demand Butt apology

England players demanded a "full and unreserved apology" from Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt on Thursday and threatened legal action after he alleged they had deliberately lost last week's third one-day international at The Oval.

2nd Councilor Gold Cup

Ward No. 8 beat Ward No. 3 by 4-3 in tiebreaker in the day's first match of the 2nd Councilor Gold Cup Football tournament at the Rajshahi Stadium yesterday.

TT leagues from next week

The Dhaka Metropolis Table Tennis Leagues gets underway on September 28 through the First Division at the newly-build Wooden Floor Gymnasium.

Afridi for UDRS

Pakistan one-day captain Shahid Afridi has called for the introduction of a system to review umpire decisions in one-day matches, saying that one wrong decision can decide the outcome.

Nuru Mia Gold Cup from today

Nuru Mia Gold Cup Football Tournament will get underway today with hosts Faridpur taking on Meherpur in the opening match.

Serena out of Pan Pacific Open

World number one Serena Williams has withdrawn from next week's Pan Pacific Open in Japan because of injury, organisers said on Thursday.

Business

Govt picks 20 ways to curb money laundering

Bangladesh has prepared a 20-point action plan to curb money laundering and terror financing. It has set a specific timeline to upgrade some measures, including amendments to laws, to international standards.

Yunus underlines social business for world's poor

Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus has called upon the world leaders to use the power of the youth, technology and social business to help achieve millennium development goals (MDGs) in all countries.

Tourist guides look to good time

Good days lie ahead for the few hundred tourist guides, as locals are increasingly interested in exploring the various domestic tourist attractions, and foreigners opt to travel across South Asia, said industry insiders.

SEC destabilising stockmarket, says JS body

A parliamentary standing committee on the finance ministry yesterday said the regulator's activities are destabilising the market, amid frequent intervention by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Exports exceed target

Inspired by a healthy performance by the major export-earning knitwear and woven garment sectors, Bangladesh's export earnings this August registered an astonishing growth of 31.25 percent to earn $1.8 billion.

FBCCI seeks joint efforts with Myanmar for trade

The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) yesterday suggested joint efforts to explore opportunities in tourism, agriculture and fisheries to expand bilateral trade and investment with Myanmar.

US-Bangla tech summit in NY mid-Oct

Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) will hold 'US-Bangladesh Technology Summit' in New York on October 13 to attract non-resident Bangladeshis (NRB) professionals and entrepreneurs in USA to invest in Bangladesh as well as to provide technological support.

Buffett: US still in recession

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett said the US economy remains in recession, disputing this week's assessment by a leading arbiter of economic activity that the downturn ended more than a year ago.

Blockbuster to slash debt via bankruptcy

US video rental chain Blockbuster Inc filed for bankruptcy protection yesterday after years of struggling to compete with online and mail-order movie services.

Minister urges Japan to recruit more Bangladeshis

Labour, Employment and Expatriate Welfare Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain urged Japan to appoint more Bangladeshi workers in its different sectors.

New company to work on efficient use of energy

A newly formed company, Green Energy Management Services (GEMS), will support mobile operators in Bangladesh to use energy-efficient technology to cope with the mounted energy crisis and make a green environment.

Proton commits to turning around Lotus

Malaysian national carmaker Proton said Thursday it was committed to turning around its loss-making subsidiary Lotus by 2015, and that it had no plans to sell off the British marque.

Corporate Briefs

DELTA BRAC HOUSING FINANCE CORPORATION
The company has recommended 10 percent cash dividend and 25 percent stock dividend (1 bonus share for every 4 shares held) for the year ended on June 30, 2010. The company also declared December 8, 2010, as the date for its annual general meeting. The record date will be October 10. The time and venue for the meeting will be notified later. The company also reported net profit of Tk 307.35 million, earnings per share of Tk 74, net assets value per share of Tk 298 and net operating cash flow per share of Tk 324 as of June 30, 2010.

Oil slips

Oil was mixed in Asian trade Thursday as weak US energy demand kept a lid on prices despite a weak dollar.

Metropolitan

Call to speed up implementation of RTI Act to curb corruption

Experts at a seminar suggested establishing modern information management systems in public offices to speed up implementation of the Right to Information (RTI) Act to reduce corruption in the country.

Govt reduces court fees

In the face of demand of lawyers, the government has re-fixed the court fees in respect of filing some types of cases with effect from September 1.

Methodology of monitoring climate change impacts in a month

The methodology of monitoring climate change impacts in the country will be finalised in a month to make a database to formulate a strategy and an action plan to deal with the climate change.

250 structures demolished

Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) yesterday demolished around 250 kancha structures constructed illegally on a portion of Ashulia Beribadh in the city.

Bangladesh supports equity-based approach to fight child poverty

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has lent her government's unequivocal support to Unicef's equity-based approach for fighting child poverty, urging effective implementation of the strategy to make the MDGs a reality for the world's children.

Best use of tech in edn a must to build skilled human resources

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday said the government wants to make the best use of new technologies in the education system to build efficient human resources for meeting the challenges of 21st century.

Govt moves for new public universities

The government has moved to establish a number of new public universities including a specialised one titled ''Digital University'' to ensure use of most sophisticated technologies and expedite sustainable economic development.

HR body chief slams orthopaedic hospital docs for negligence

National Human Rights Commission Chairman Prof Dr Mizanur Rahman yesterday slammed the doctors and staff of the orthopaedic hospital for mismanagement and negligence in treatment.

2 judicial officers suspended

Two judicial officers, also former lower court judges, have been suspended for misconduct and corruption while discharging judicial functions.

Non-govt college teachers stage sit-in

Activists of the Bangladesh Non-government College Honours, Masters Teachers Association yesterday observed a sit-in programme across the country demanding to bring them under Monthly Pay Order (MPO).

7 expelled from DU hall

Authority of Ziaur Rahman Hall in Dhaka University yesterday temporarily expelled seven students from the dormitory for their connection to a recent violent incident.

PM's daughter Saima attends session on Autism

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's daughter Saima Hossain attended a special programme for the Third Annual World Focus on Autism, hosted by Autism Speaks, the world's largest autism research and advocacy organisation on Wednesday.

National

Tk 2.5cr railway track materials looted

Railway track materials worth Tk 2.5cr have been stolen from four-kilometre stretch of the abandoned nine-kilometre-long Lalmonirhat-Mogholhat railway in the last two years but the authorities are yet to take any action against the perpetrators.

Rape of indigenous housewife triggers protest in Tangail

Indigenous leaders here yesterday demanded exemplary punishment to a culprit for rape of an indigenous housewife in Sakhipur upazila and withdrawal of 'false' case against the victim's family.

Sylhet stalking victim's father disappears without trace

Mujibur Rahman, father of a stalking victim madrasa student, of Dungsri village in Dakshin Surma upazila has remained traceless since he went missing on Friday night.

Seismograph in Barisal starts functioning

The lone seismograph in the country's southern region, installed on Patuakhali Science and Technology University (PSTU) campus, started functioning yesterday, two years after its inauguration.

Frustrated, she slits throat of husband

A housewife killed her husband by slitting his throat at Charbayezid village in Subornachar upazila of the district early Wednesday.

Hiccup at Ashuganj fertiliser again

Production at Ashuganj Fertiliser Chemical Company Limited (AFCCL) came to a halt again as a leakage developed in the ammonia plant of the factory at 10 pm on Wednesday night.

Ruling party men beat up BNP and indigenous leaders

Jubo League leaders beat up an indigenous leader in Khagrachhari while Awami League men critically injured a BNP leader in Magura on Wednesday.

Rivals allegedly stab AL MP in Barisal

Ruling Awami League lawmaker from Barisal-2 (Banaripara-Wazirpur) constituency Manirul Islam Moni allegedly came under attack at Hospital Road in the city early yesterday and was admitted to a local hospital with a minor injury.

3 including baby girl drown

Three people including a baby girl drowned in Thakurgaon Panchagarh and Kurigram districts on Sunday and Monday.

Outlaw held in Kushtia

Law enforcers arrested a cadre of outlawed Gono Mukti Fouz (GMF) in Kushtia Sadar upazila and recovered a gun from his possession early Wednesday.

Agitation in Habiganj

The UNO office, upazila primary education office and the upazila chairman's office in Bahubal upazila in Habiganj were besieged yesterday to press for cancellation of the 'illegal' appointment of 18 teachers.

Farmers block road

Hundreds of farmers of Moheshpur upazila blocked Moheshpur-Khalishpur road protesting acquiring of cropland for building a regional battalion headquarters of BDR in Khalishpur area. As soon as the survey team reached the spot, they blocked the road for two hours from 10:00am. Several hundred vehicles remained stranded on both sides of the road. ADC (revenue) Probir Kumar Chakrabarty told this correspondent that a proposal has been made for regional BDR headquarters in Khalishpur area. It will need 25 acres of land for the purpose. As the proposed area has 11 acres of khas land, they need more 14 acres land for the purpose.

Murder at hotel

President of Khulna chapter of Stranded Pakistanis General Repatriation Committee (SPGRC) Sheikh Mujibar Rahman, 65, was killed at about 3am yesterday at residential Khulna Hotel at Helatala under Sadar police station. Police on receipt of information recovered his slaughtered body from a toilet in the third floor of the hotel. Police said that the deceased had served for ten years as chief security guard and caretaker of the hotel owned by a businessman who permanently lives in Dhaka. Two suspected extremists were arrested by police from a room in the third floor of the hotel. The arrestees were identified as Amanur Rahman, 30, of Kushtia town and Saifuddin Ahmed, 24, of Maheshpur upazila of Jhenaidah district.

Body recovered

Body of another passenger of a boat, which sank in Surma river on Sunday, was recovered from Shah Paran Bridge area in Sadar upazila Tuesday midnight. Police on information recovered the body of Monu Mia, 30, resident of Topkhana area of the city. The bodies of four other missing passengers were recovered Tuesday morning. A ferry boat carrying 15/20 passengers capsized in Surma river at city's Kazirbazar area at 5pm Sunday while a boat race was going on in the river. Five passengers remained missing while others managed to swim ashore during the incident.

Letters

Railways

This refers to an article published in a local English daily on 14th September about the sorry state of Bangladesh Railways. Elsewhere in the world, railways are being re-vitalised and developed as a carefree, cheaper and relaxed means of long distance transportation, independent of weather conditions. It is getting popular day by day. However, it seems that it is not so in Bangladesh, where it is being grossly neglected. In most countries, new routes are being introduced, trains are speeding up, tracks are being upgraded and frequency of service is being increased.

Food sovereignty

Whether consciously or unconsciously, there is a concept has been evolved in the western world named “Food sovereignty” which is far safer than security. Sovereignty means that the food is produced within the border of the state. It is limited to the basic staple, in our case rice, and not all of foods. If we look to the west, we see the long lasting conflict between European Union (EU) and USA regarding subsidy to the farmers in order to ensure the food sovereignty as well as food security (Availability and Affordability) for their own people. It was also proven that, there is a relation between ecology & anthropology i.e. the staple food like rice produced in the particular ecology in more appropriate than produced in other ecology (Country) for the people (anthropology) as natural law.

Corporal punishment

I had been a schoolteacher for almost 30 years. I'm now retired and with an almost clear conscience. I can count on one hand the number of times I hit children and I deeply regret those.

The mosque controversy

The building of an Islamic Trade Centre and a mosque near the World Trade Centre is getting heated up every day in the United States. They are citing reasons that it will severely hurt the sentiments of the people and relatives of those who lost their near and dear ones when the 'Islamic extremists' blew out the buildings known as Twin Towers in a most shocking way. They say that the mosque will be so close to the spot where the Islamic extremists brought down the World Trade Centres in 2001. It would refresh their memory from time to time. The matter became so emotive that a pastor of a small church in Florida named Terry Jones threatened to burn the Holy Quran if the Muslims did not back out from their plans. The threat caused a major uproar in the States and President Obama had to intervene and request the pastor to refrain from doing so. The plan for building such establishment and the mosque is being initiated by one Imam called Faisal Abudul Rauf. It is important to mention that according to the Imam the proposed Islamic Trade Centre and the mosque will be two blocks away from the actual Trade Centre. The Imam also said that nearby there exists a betting parlour. I don't find the logic of the Imam to stand tough on his stance and go ahead with building such a sacred place over there!

Tri-nation highway

With Myanmar's cutting ice with Bangladesh by nodding to a proposal for construction of a tri-nation highway connecting Chittagong and the Chinese city of Kunming through Myanmar, former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's dream to build the highway during her visit to Myanmar in 2003 as part of a 'Look East Policy' comes true which will go a long way in balancing our lopsided deal with India and ushering in consensus politics in our country.

Mine victims of Chile

We learnt little about the 33 gold mine workers who have been trapped inside the mine some 3000 feet below the earth surface. They have been captive of the manmade or natural disaster since August 5, 2010. For the last one and a half month they have been cut off from the world, from their sweet home, from their nearest and dearest ones and have been enduring the fury of nature under the earth. They have been passing their days without food, air, shelter, security and others. The Chilean government has been endeavouring, leaving no stone unturned to rescue the mine victims. They have brought a very powerful excavator from Australia to dig hole to reach the miners in order to rescue them from the trap one by one. But it will take long four months to excavate the 3000 feet deep hole sufficient to bring out the victims. Furthermore, in this process more dangers are still waiting for the victims. When the earth will be dug by the excavator, boulders of different sizes will fall upon the victims. As self-defence they were advised to work on shifting basis to remove the boulders. By this time the mine victims got food, medicine, cigarette and other necessary items through a very narrow hole. Electricity has been provided there through that hole which will give them hope. Pentagon NASA has been formulating new ideas to implement at the disaster site just to make them lively and happy. In the electronic and print media the victims have been shown in bare bodies and in standing position close to one another. It has been reported that temperature inside 3000 feet deep is very high. How long will they survive like this?

Recruitment of teachers

It appeared in the newspapers that some of the lawmakers are not happy with the recently published results of the primary teachers' recruitment exams. What are the reasons for their dissatisfaction? Is it because their recommended men were not selected for the posts? The nation would not pay any more for serving the lawmakers' interests.

Some rule, some law!

This refers to an article published in your daily of September 16 under the above caption. I wish to congratulate writer Shahedul Anam Khan for an article well written. Issues he has dealt with in the article, to say the least, are matters of grave concern for the people and the nation at large. It is indeed sad to see the erosion of the moral and ethical content of two of the most important functionaries of the government and the state, namely the police and the judiciary. People all over the country are shocked and dismayed by the events. We have systematically made the sacred office of the highest authority of the country, namely the office of the president, controversial too. The situation of the police is so bad that it is pointless to even talk about it.

Freedom of religion

The world leaders were adding their voices to the global outcry against a Florida preacher who planned to burn copies of the Holy Quran in a bonfire to mark the ninth anniversary of the Sept 11 attacks. We all enjoy freedom of religion and that freedom of religion comes from a tolerant spirit. We are unable to understand why innocent people are being made targets of vicious attacks in the name of religion. The latest attempt by an American Pastor against humanity is unpardonable. Neither the Quran nor the Bible nor the Bhagavad Gita created James Bonds and gave them the licence to kill or hurt. This is our simple religion. There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophy.

Future of Pakistan

In a hard hitting article, "Break up Pakistan," in Toronto's Financial Post on September 11, Lawrence Solomon, executive director of Urban Renaissance Institute in Canada, calls for breaking up Pakistan into various states to stop Pakistanis from slaughtering each other. He writes: "The end of Pakistan -- its dismemberment into constituent parts -- could be all for good. Pakistan -- a creation of colonial Britain that's barely a half-century old -- is less a country than an acronym whose passing would soon be forgotten. There is no Pakistani nation. ... Pakistan is a dysfunctional assortment of disparate, often warring peoples, ethnicities, and cultures whose sum is much less than the potential of its parts, despite much vaunted attempts at nation building."

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International

Myanmar tells UN body it will never seek atom bombs

Myanmar told the UN nuclear watchdog yesterday that allegations it was trying to develop atomic bombs were unfounded and that its nuclear activities had solely peaceful ends.

Israeli raid on aid flotilla broke law : UN probe

Israel's military broke international laws during a raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, a UN Human Rights Council investigation says.

Mass protests in France against retirement at 62

French unions staged mass protests and strikes yesterday, hoping to bring more than two million onto the streets to defy President Nicolas Sarkozy's plan to hike the retirement age to 62.

Obama urges support for Middle East talks

US President Barack Obama has urged fellow world leaders to support Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations currently under way.

Mogadishu street battles kill 20

At least 20 people have been killed and 70 others injured in a series of street battles in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, sources say.

Rahul Gandhi urges students in Assam to join politics

Clad casually in jeans and a half-sleeve shirt, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi yesterday mingled freely with students at three premier Assam institutions and urged them to join politics to ensure that India's future 'could be changed for the better'.

Indian SC orders postponement of mosque verdict

India's Supreme Court yesterday ordered a lower court in northern India to delay a potentially explosive verdict on whether Hindus or Muslims own land around a demolished mosque in northern India.

Another $ 200m aid from China

China is to give another 200 million dollars in emergency flood aid to Pakistan, Premier Wen Jiabao announced during a visit to New York for a UN anti-poverty summit.

Researchers reach the spot where Moses parted the Red Sea

US researchers think they have narrowed down where Moses parted the Red Sea 3,000 years ago, and also how he did it -- with a little help from the wind.

UN climate chief asked to quit

Several environmentalists, UK MPs and scientists has called for the resignation of Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the UN's climate science body.

Colombian army kills top militant leader

Colombia's army said yesterday it has killed a top leader with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the country's oldest and fiercest rebel insurgency.

Typhoon Fanapi kills 54 in China

Typhoon Fanapi, one of the strongest storms to hit China in years, has left 54 people dead and 42 missing in flooding and landslides in the south of the country, state media said yesterday.

North Korea reshuffles officials

North Korea has announced a reshuffle of three senior officials just days before a crucial ruling communist party meeting that is expected to outline a change in the country's leadership.

Arctic must remain 'zone of peace'

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin called yesterday for "a zone of peace" in the Arctic as Russia and its Polar neighbours scramble to stake their claims to the region's energy-rich seabed.

Arts & Entertainment

Down Memory Lane

“I was born on May 29, 1943 at the Motobi village (now under Feni district). My mother passed away when I was just one year old and since then I was brought up by my paternal aunt. My uncle used to work in civil services at the time; we travelled a lot because of his various postings,” recalls seasoned theatre and TV personality Dr. Enamul Haq.

Murtaja Baseer’s solo exhibition at Galleri Kaya

Galleri Kaya is going to host a painting exhibition, titled “The Wings”, featuring works of veteran painter Murtaja Baseer. The exhibition opens on September 25 and will continue till October 10.

Shaheen Samad’s solo performance tonight

Eminent Nazrul Sangeet artiste Shaheen Samad will perform this evening at a musical soiree. The event has been arranged by the High Commission of India in Dhaka. The programme will be held at the Indian Cultural Centre in Gulshan, Dhaka.

Eid-special “Ityadi” to be re-aired today

Mega-popular variety show “Ityadi” will be re-telecast today at 5:20 pm on BTV.

Shades of Passion: Photography exhibition at Drik

Two buffalos sauntering over a large piece of land on a cloudy noon -- a seemingly good composition for a photograph. But if you knew that this land was once a river, it'd certainly pique your interest. This image by Tapan Kumar Mandal and 49 others that invoke similar kind of interest and emotions are on display at the Drik Gallery, Dhanmondi in Dhaka

“Lux-Channel i Superstar 2010” audition round begins in Mymensingh

Regional audition round of the talent hunt “Lux-Channel i Superstar 2010” began in Mymensingh on September 22.

Renowned Sri Lankan artistes to perform at Shilpakala Academy today

The Sri Lanka Women's Association (Seva Vanitha), Dhaka, of the High Commission of Sri Lanka has organised a musical programme, titled “Gee Saraniya”. The programme will feature renowned Sri Lankan singer Visharada Nanda Malini, accompanied by music director Rohana Weerasinghe and a five-member orchestra.

OP-ED

Presidential prerogative to grant clemency

For the last three weeks or so, the presidential clemency to 20 convicted murderers in Jubo League leader Sabbir Hossain Gama murder case has been in the news. There have been mixed reactions to the pardon from different quarters, including eminent jurists and rights activists. While the supporters of the clemency have argued that the president had constitutional power to grant the clemency, others have questioned whether the power was exercised after due consideration.

Ranking system for our universities

There is no particular ranking among the private universities in Bangladesh. In 2004, the University Grants Commission (UGC) did the first ranking, which ranked North-South University as 1st. After that, no reliable ranking has been done," says WikiAnswers.com.

Health advisor's unpardonable remarks

It is time to assess the remarks made by Syed Modasser Ali at Gopalganj Sadar Hospital a couple of days ago. The assessment is simple. By being dismissive of the principle of citizens' right to information and by publicly stating his intention of placing ruling Awami League elements in 13,350 positions at the community health levels, he has committed an act that is unhealthy and therefore unacceptable and, in the end, unpardonable.

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Work from home

Sitting at home doing nothing at all? Wishing there was some way you could earn some cash without having to commit to a nine-to-five job? Thanks to the Internet, it is now possible for freelancers to get work from the very comfort of their homes. No bosses threatening to fire you and no time restrictions.

Lemon24 wins WSYA award

Bangladeshi online radio lemon24.com wins the prestigious World Summit Youth Awards (WSYA) award as one of the most outstanding examples of creative and innovative e-content addressing the UN Millennium Development Goals in the Category - Create Your Culture.

SAP reaffirms its commitment

SAP, one of the world's leading business software providers recently reaffirmed its long-term focus in Bangladesh.

Twitter fixes flaw after cyber attack

Twitter has fixed a security flaw on its popular social media website after a cyber attack earlier on Tuesday sent some users to Japanese porn websites.

Dell shows off new 7-inch tablet

Dell Inc Chief Executive Michael Dell showed off a new seven-inch tablet and said the computer maker is on track to bring in more than $60 billion in revenue this year.



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