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News of: Tuesday, 5th of October, 2010

Front Page

Outages upend public utilities

With the sweltering summer heat back just when it usually starts to decline, frequent power cuts have wrecked havoc on normal life, as it triggered a domino effect on water supply.

Secularism back

The High Court yesterday ruled that Bangladesh is now a secular state since the original constitution of 1972 has been automatically restored following the Supreme Court judgement on the fifth amendment.

Don't put extra pressure on kids

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday criticised the over enthusiastic attitude of parents and teachers for putting mental and physical pressure on children.

An uncalled for debate

An unnecessary debate was triggered by distorting the newly appointed Chief Justice ABM Khairul Haque's observation on the constitution amendment.

Recruitment stopped in 12 more districts

The health and family welfare ministry yesterday postponed the recruitment of class-III and class-IV employees for health department in 12 more districts after receiving allegations of political influence and irregularities.

It's time to fly

The Martin jetpack, a commercially developed jetpack, may soon be heading to a sky near you.

3 'LeT men' captured

The Detective Branch (DB) of police yesterday claimed to have arrested Pakistan-based militant group Lashker-e-Taiba's coordinator in Bangladesh and two of his Pakistani associates.

84 BDR men indicted

The Special Court-11 trying BDR mutineers at the Pilkhana headquarters yesterday framed charges against 84 accused personnel of Dhaka Sector Rifle Headquarters and asked the prosecutor to place witnesses before it on November 7.

RMG workers clash, 15 hurt

At least 15 people, including eight policemen, were injured during the agitation of garment workers in the capital's Tejgaon Industrial Area yesterday morning.

25 power deals to come in 6 months

The government will sign 25 more deals within the next six months to install as many power plants and meet the increasing electricity demand in the country.

PM unhappy, demands explanation

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday expressed disappointment over the derogatory remarks by two ministers and a few lawmakers on some newspapers and electronic media in parliament recently.

Draft law to ensure safe meat okayed

Against the backdrop of anthrax scare, the government yesterday approved a draft law on The Animal Slaughter (Restriction) and Meat (Control) Act-2010.

Speaker gave consent to EC decision

The Election Commission declared the Bhola-3 constituency vacant with the consent of the speaker and arranged by-polls accordingly.

Diarrhoeal cases double

The number of diarrhoea patients has risen sharply in the capital and some parts of the country owing to the scarcity of safe drinking water, sweltering weather and lack of personal hygiene.

Pioneer of test tube baby wins Nobel

Robert Edwards of Britain won the Nobel Medicine Prize yesterday for the development of in vitro fertilisation.

BNP trashes fast-track energy bill

BNP yesterday protested the Power and Energy Fast Supply Enhancement (Special Provision) Act - 2010 saying the power sector will face more irregularities and chaos if the bill is implemented.

Environment courts get more power

Parliament yesterday passed three bills including two for increasing the number of environment courts and their authority to take stern actions against polluters, making provision for establishing a trust to tackle adverse impacts of climate change.

ALPP meets tomorrow

The emergency meeting of Awami League Parliamentary Party (ALPP) will be held tomorrow at Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban, says a press release issued by the parliament secretariat yesterday.

Alternative fibre optic link with India

Bangladesh may get connected with India by fibre optic by the first week of November.

One killed as bus rams rickshaws

One died and several got injured when a speeding bus rammed into some rickshaws and a parked car at East Shewrapara yesterday afternoon.

First ODI against NZ today

The five-match one-day series between Bangladesh and visiting New Zealand gets underway today at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.

Bosnia divided on key vote

Bosnia's election results yesterday showed moderates gaining ground in central government, but hardliners stayed firmly entrenched in the Serb entity, casting a shadow over the country's European future.

Editorial

Make draft media policy public

Every government, even those with the most democratic of credentials, loves to formulate media policy, or at least dreams of doing so. That is because they want to control the media. Some directly but the more sophisticated ones, indirectly. The fact that they do not succeed is because they are prevented from doing so by the collective force of universal public opinion. It is in the nature of governments, fighting for the hearts and minds of the voters, that they abhor criticism. Those who have the maturity of seeking criticism prefers that it be done in private or through friendly counseling. They seldom, if ever, like public criticism of their actions and a thorough revelation of their failures and misdeeds.

Industrial police

The idea of an exclusive police force for the industrial zones is a good one. The home minister has said that the force will be employed to make the industrial areas of Dhaka, Ghazipur, Naraynganj and Chittagong free from violence perpetrated by 'outsiders'. What we understand is that its focus will be primarily on the safety and security of the garment units by protecting them from destructive activities.

Sports

Tigers seek to right wrongs

Bangladesh will have one eye on World Cup preparation while the other will be firmly fixed on erasing the nightmarish experiences of recent losses when they take on New Zealand in the first one-day of the five-match series at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur today.

Vettori upbeat

The scorching heat, the lack of match practice and even the advantage of the home side's spin bowlers could not deter the spirit of New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori as he was confident of winning the five-match one-day series against the Tigers which will start today at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.

Archers' good start

Bangladeshi shooters take to the shooting range today after the archers made a good start on the first day of the XIX Commonwealth Games in New Delhi yesterday.

Advantage Australia

Fast bowler Ben Hilfenhaus grabbed three key wickets in the final session to boost Australia's hopes of winning the opening Test against India on Monday.

DELHI DIARY

MOLLAH FINISHES LOW
Bangladesh weightlifter Mollah Sabira Sultana finished second from bottom in the 48kg category in the Commonwealth Games after Australia's Erika Yamasaki, bronze medalist in the Melbourne Commonwealth Games, crashed out after failing three times in the attempt of 88kg in the clean and jerk at the Jawaharlal Nehru Complex yesterday.

Tickets for first ODI all sold out

The tickets for today's first one-day match between Bangladesh and New Zealand have all been sold out.

Women's nat'l cricket

Rajshahi and Khulna kept their winning streak on as they won comfortably against their respective rivals Barisal and Dhaka in the Women's National Cricket League at the Sylhet Divisional Stadium yesterday.

Aussies dominate Day 1

The Common-wealth Games got underway on Monday with Australia dominating the first day of action, but sparse crowds caused another headache for under-pressure organisers.

Ash ton, Nazim 91 kicks off NCL

Two national team discards lit up the 4-day version of the 12th National Cricket League as the cricketing season kicked off in three different venues around the country. Mohammad Ashraful and Nazimuddin -- both former national team players and currently in as stand-bys for the one day series against New Zealand -- played two exquisite knocks for Dhaka and Chittagong respectively.

League may have 3-day gap

Bangladesh coach Jamie Siddons expressed his desire for a three-day gap in between matches of the Premier Division Cricket League to make sure of uninterrupted preparation for next years World Cup.

Danone Nations Cup

Young champions of Khulna and Tangail have kept their up-and-down performances in the Danone Nations Cup in Pretoria, South Africa.

Six-shooter Real

Real Madrid took full advantage of a slip-up by Barcelona with a sparkling 6-1 victory over Deportivo Coruna to climb above their arch-rivals into third place in the La Liga standings on Sunday.

Bayern slump goes on

Bayern Munich's Bundesliga slump continued on Sunday when they suffered their second straight league defeat as they were beaten 2-0 at second-placed Dortmund.

Drogba nemesis again

Chelsea's Didier Drogba proved Arsenal's nemesis again as he inspired the champions to a 2-0 win over their London rivals and Blackpool pulled off a stunning 2-1 victory at Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday.

Derby of Italy ends goalless

Inter Milan drew 0-O with bitter Serie A rivals Juventus on Sunday after the two tired sides failed to end a San Siro stalemate despite decent chances.

Italy recall Zambrotta

Veteran AC Milan full-back Gianluca Zambrotta is amongst four changes to the Italy squad for this month's Euro 2012 qualifiers against Northern Ireland and Serbia.

Ben Arfa suffers broken leg

Newcastle United's French forward Hatem Ben Arfa suffered a broken leg after a challenge from Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong four minutes into their Premier League match on Sunday.

Business

Getting wired by alternative link

The country may be fibre-optically connected with India by the first week of November, as a terrestrial cable linking the two nations is set to be operational within four weeks.

Laundering scanner on stock dealers

The central bank yesterday asked stock dealers and brokers and non-government organisations to send to it information about any suspicious transactions, to help prevent money laundering. The directive came through a circular.

Committee picks 9 ways to upgrade port efficiency

A monitoring committee yesterday recommended nine steps to improve the efficiency of Chittagong Port.

Cabinet okays draft competition law

The government has approved a draft competition law in principle to help ensure healthy competition and

JP Morgan launches rep office in Bangladesh

JP Morgan, one of the world's largest treasury management service providers, yesterday opened a representative office in Bangladesh in an effort to provide enhanced banking services to its financial clients.

Big traders come under SEC lens

The investors, who trade Tk 1 crore or above on a single day, have come under the scanner of Securities and Exchange Commission -- a move by the stockmarket regulator to strengthen market monitoring.

UK team in town to explore business

A 14-member business delegation comprising mainly Bangladesh-origin British citizens began a five-day tour of Bangladesh yesterday in a bid to explore commercial links between the two countries.

Vehicle scarcity leads to high auto-rickshaw fares, say owners

It is almost a regular phenomenon for city commuters that they lock in bargaining with auto-rickshaw drivers for a ride at government-fixed fares to their destinations.

Otobi awards five projects

Otobi Limited, one of Bangladesh's leading furniture makers, yesterday rewarded five projects initiated by its different departments for their outstanding performances.

Green banking guidelines soon: BB governor

Bangladesh Bank (BB) will soon direct the commercial banks on how to implement 'green banking' in their operations, said its Governor Atiur Rahman at a seminar in Dhaka yesterday.

The hidden cost of unfree unions

In Bangladesh, the government sets garment workers' wage scales after consulting with the factory owners, “representatives” of the workers hand-picked by bosses, and a few from outside the industry. How well is that working?

Gold as the ultimate bubble

Billionaire financier George Soros this month repeated his warning gold is locked in the "ultimate bubble", and told investors bluntly it was "certainly not safe" in troubled times.

Vimpelcom close to acquiring Orascom

Russian-Norwegian mobile operator Vimpelcom is close to a deal with Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris to buy his stakes in Italian operator Wind and Egypt's Orascom Telecom, Vedomosti daily said Monday.

Sanofi-Aventis launches bid for Genzyme

French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi-Aventis said Monday it had launched an 18.5-billion-dollar (13.4-billion-euro) bid for US biotechnology group and rare disease specialist Genzyme, a proposal Genzyme management spurned in late August.

Allianz filling piggybank to shop for insurance firms

German insurer Allianz has set aside a billion euros (1.37 billion dollars) for future acquisitions but will take its time and shop carefully, chief executive Michael Diekmann said in an interview published on Monday.

Rhodia aims for 40pc surge in operating earnings

French chemicals group Rhodia said Monday it aimed to boost its operating earnings by 40 percent in the next three to five years through acquisitions and operations in emerging market countries.

Oil slips

Crude prices inched down in Asian trade on Monday but remained above 81 dollars a barrel as investment appetite returned with a buoyant Chinese manufacturing sector and weakening greenback.

Tata Motors scales up share sale to $750m

India's top vehicle maker Tata Motors on Monday said it had increased the size of its share sale to institutional investors to 750 million dollars after a positive initial response.

Corporate Briefs

PRIME ISLAMI LIFE INSURANCE
Sipanta Kumar Saha, one of the sponsors/directors of the insurer, seeks to sell his 30,000 shares (bonus shares) out of 63,180 shares (in the block market) at prevailing market price through stock exchange within October 31.

Metropolitan

Upazila vice chairmen warn of tougher movement

Leaders of Bangladesh Upazila Vice Chairmen Samannaya Parishad here yesterday urged the government to immediately strengthen and make upazila parishads (UP) effective bodies for the development of people at grassroot level.

Constitutional recognition to Adivasis demanded

Speakers at the Jatiya Adivasi Chhatra-Jubo Convention yesterday urged the government to give constitutional recognition to the indigenous communities and satisfy their other democratic demands.

Four lakh children to be given basic education in 3 years

Shafiqur Rahman was only 10 when acute poverty forced his family to move to the capital from Barisal in 2001. Shafiqur used to work in a rickshaw garage along with his father to earn living at an age he was supposed to go to school.

Work as 'ambassadors' of government

Chief Information Commissioner Muhammad Zamir yesterday urged district information officers to work as the ambassadors of the government for implementing the Digital Bangladesh project at district level.

Take steps for hearing on HC rule

The Supreme Court yesterday directed the attorney general and the lawyers of Arafat Rahman Koko to take steps within seven days for hearing to dispose of the High Court (HC) rule over the cancellation of parole of Koko.

Scrap 'Quick Increase in Supply of Power Bill'

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) expressed deep concern at the passage of "Quick Increase in Supply of Power (Special Provision) Bill" in parliament and called for its withdrawal in the interest of transparency and accountability of the power sector.

Bangladesh seeks Chinese help in building deep-sea port

Bangladesh has asked China for help in building a multibillion-dollar deep-sea port in the Bay of Bengal -- the nation's most ambitious and expensive infrastructure project, an official said yesterday.

Japan to help build environment training centre

Bangladesh would get Japanese assistance for setting up an environment training centre in the country.

Five killed in road accidents

At least five people were killed in separate road accidents in Khagrachhari, Magura and Natore on Sunday and yesterday.

MJF condoles death of Aminul

The Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF) yesterday expressed deep shock at the sudden demise of Md Aminul Alam, a member of the governing body and executive director of Brac International.

President calls for Algerian investment in Bangladesh

President Zillur Rahman yesterday urged Algerian investors to invest in Bangladesh for strengthening the bilateral relations between the two countries by increasing trade and investments.

Fruit traders fined for using chemicals

Six shops in the city were fined Tk 35,000 today for using harmful chemicals on the fruits and cheating buyers in weighing.

Written test for JNU lecturer posts Oct 18

Written examinations for the posts of lecturer of 28 departments of Jagannath University will be held on October 18 at 4:00pm, said a press release.

Remark against Zafar Iqbal protested

Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK) yesterday expressed grave concern over the threatening remark to Prof Muhammad Zafar Iqbal of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology by a pro-Jamaat teacher.

Reprinting constitution to start soon: Law minister

The government will soon start reprinting the constitution containing the articles restored following the Supreme Court verdict on the fifth amendment

SC stays Pintu's bail

The Supreme Court yesterday upheld its chamber judge's order that stayed a High Court bail granted to former BNP lawmaker Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu in a BDR carnage case.

Army, air force replace contingents in Congo

Bangladesh is going to replace four Army contingents and one Air Force contingent at the United Nations Mission in Congo (MONUSCO).

Bangladesh envoy to Libya presents credentials

ABM Nur Uz Zaman, newly appointed Bangladesh ambassador to Libya, presented his credentials to the Secretary of the People's Congress (President of the Parliament) of Libya Mohamed Belqasem Zuwei on Sunday.

Scrap 'quick increase in supply of power bill'

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has expressed concern over the passage of Power and Energy Fast Supply Enhancement (Special Provision) Act, 2010 and demanded its withdrawal for the sake of ensuring transparency and accountability in power sector.

Mirza Abbas freed on bail

BNP Standing Committee member Mirza Abbas was released on bail yesterday after serving jail for about three months.

Woman killed in city

Two tenants allegedly killed their landlady and fled from house at Joarshahara Badda in the capital on Sunday.

SC upholds HC bail

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday upheld a High Court order granting bail to former minister Mirza Abbas in a murder case.

Journalist Profulla Kumar Vhakta passes away

Profulla Kumar Vhakta, noted journalist and senior staff reporter of the daily Bhorer Kagoj, passed away on Sunday night in the city after suffering from kidney disease for a long time at the age of 60.

India to provide scholarship to freedom fighters' descendants

The Indian government will provide scholarships to descendants of freedom fighters of studying in higher secondary and undergraduate levels.

National

85 snakes seized from a 'farm' in Rajshahi

The forest department seized at least 85 deadly snakes on September 25 from a farm of Borhan Biswas Rumon at remote Dharmahata village in Poba upazila after the department filed a case on the same day against him under the Wildlife Preservation Act of 1973 with a forest magistrate's court of Rajshahi.

23 sued for embezzling Bogra Azizul Haque College fund

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday filed three cases against 23 people, including former principal of Bogra Azizul Haque University College Sultan Ali, 18 staff of the college and four leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) for embezzling around Tk 70 lakh from the college fund.

8 hurt as BCL factions clash at Bakerganj

Eight activists were injured as rival factions of Bangladesh Chhatra League engaged in a clash on Bakerganj Government College campus in Bakerganj town in Barisal district yesterday.

15 bombs recovered in Meherpur

Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered 15 bombs from a village in Gangni upazila of Meherpur district on Sunday night.

Ruet admission test Nov 8

The first year admission test under 2010-11 academic session of Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (Ruet) will be held on November 8.

Wild birds trapped, sold in Patuakhali, Barguna

A section of unscrupulous people are engaged in hunting birds in mangrove forests in the coastal areas of Patuakhali and Barguna districts.

Clash over disputed land, 6 hurt

At least six people, including two women, were injured in a clash over capture of a disputed land in Phulbari upazila of Dinajpur district yesterday.

8 Sherpur Jamaat men jailed for creating panic

A Sherpur court on Sunday sentenced eight Jamaat leaders and workers to two years imprisonment for creating panic among the townspeople in July this year.

Chevron launches alternative livelihood programme in Sylhet

Chevron Bangladesh formally launched its alternative livelihood programme (ALP) in Sylhet on Thursday.

Two students abducted from Manikganj

Two madrasa students were abducted from Saturia upazila of Manikganj district on Sunday while an eight-year-old boy, abducted from a village under Sadar upazila of the district on Saturday night, was rescued from Mirpur upazila of Kushtia the same day.

New Khulna city BCL committee

Dev Dulal Bappi and Sheikh Shajahan Hossain Shujon have been made president and general secretary of Khulna city committee of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL).

Transport strike withdrawn

Bangladesh Road Transport Workers' Federation yesterday noon withdrew its indefinite strike hours after its enforcement as government high-ups assured them of meeting their demands. The decision came following one and a half hours long meeting between Rajshahi (acting) Divisional Commissioner Swapan Kumar Roy and leaders of northern regional committee of the federation at the commissioner's office in Rajshahi. Transport workers enforced the strike at 6:00am on all routes in 16 northern district to realise their 10-point demand, disrupting road communication between the districts and other parts of the country.

Two commit suicide

Two people committed suicide yesterday and on Sunday in Haripur and Baliadangi upazilas of the district. A mentally challenged person committed suicide yesterday at Lokra village under Haripur. The victim, Asraful Alam,35, was son of late Joynal of Lokra village. Officer-in-charge of Haripur Police Station and family sources said at around 11:00pm on Sunday night mentally challenged Asraful went out of his house after taking meal. Yesterday morning the victim's family members found him hanging from a tree nearby his house. On information, police went to the spot and recovered the body. In another incident, a housewife committed suicide on Sunday at Charole Prodhanpara village under Baliadangi upazila. The victim, Alema Begum,30, was wife of Md Ainul Haque of the same village. Sub-Inspector of Baliadangi Police Station Atiqul Islam and family sources said at around 8:00am on the day, Alema took poison at her house due to family feud. She was rushed to Baliadangi health complex where she died after sometime. On information, police received the body yesterday morning and sent it to Thakurgaon Sadar Hospital for autopsy.

4 drug peddlers arrested

Police in separate drives arrested four drug peddlers along with hemp and liquor from Gasbari and Bishnupur villages in Kanaighat upazila Saturday night. The arrestees were identified as Helal Uddin, 24, of village Birdal, Rahim, 28, of village Darzimati, Shamsuddin, 27, son of Mokaddes Ali of village Dalaichar and Kaisar Ahmed, 28, of village Kurarpar in the upazila. Police said on secret information, they arrested Helal Uddin along with 200 grams of hemp and Rahim along with 10 bottles of liquor from Gasbari village at night. In another drive, they arrested Shamsuddin and Kaisar Ahmed along with 28 bottles of liquor from Bishnupur village the same night. The arrestees were produced before court on Sunday and the court sent them to jail hajat rejecting their bail prayers.

2 alleged snatchers held

Rab members arrested two alleged snatchers at Niribili in Ashulia police station on Sunday. The arrestees were identified as Abul Bashar Khan, 24, son of late Mobarak Ali of village Batakandi in Daudkandi upazila of Comilla and Swapan Gazi, 36, son of Shahidullah Gazi of Banpukur area of Savar Pourashava. Acting on secret information that the two snatchers were moving in the area to snatch belongings of pedestrians, a team of the elite force raided the area and arrested them along with a loaded pistol early in the morning. Another report from Satkhira adds: Police recovered one firearm and a sharp weapon from a bush beside Jetua road in Tala upazila Sunday. Police said local people found a pipe gun and a sharp knife in the bush at noon in abandoned condition and informed them. Later, the law enforcers rushed to the spot and recovered the firearm and knife.

International

Taliban torch 27 more tankers in Pakistan

Militants in Pakistan have destroyed 27 tankers, which were carrying fuel for Nato troops in Afghanistan.

Pak floods curb food aid to Afghanistan: UN

Pakistan's devastating floods have interrupted delivery of food aid to neighbouring Afghanistan that would have fed about a million people this winter, the UN World Food Program said yesterday.

Fonseka vows to fight from jail

Sri Lanka's jailed ex-military chief and opposition leader Sarath Fonseka vowed to fight for democracy as he was escorted out of prison to attend another court case against him.

Three Nato soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Three Nato soldiers were killed in attacks in Afghanistan's militant-riddled south and east, the force said yesterday.

Nato regrets Pak troop deaths, urges route re-opening

Nato chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen urged Pakistan yesterday to reopen a key Afghanistan supply route "as soon as possible" and expressed regret for the deaths of Pakistani troops in a Nato strike.

Japan's Ozawa to be indicted

A court official says veteran Japanese lawmaker and powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa will be indicted over a political funding scandal.

Europe on alert after attacks warning

Japan yesterday became the latest country after Britain and the United States to issue a travel alert for its citizens amid growing fears of a major al-Qaeda attack on landmark sites in Europe.

Climate change talks open in China

The UN climate chief urged countries yesterday to identify achievable goals for fighting climate change ahead of a year-end meeting in Mexico, after last year's Copenhagen summit failed to produce binding limits on greenhouse gas.

First test tube baby 'delighted' at Nobel for IVF pioneer

The world's first test tube baby said yesterday she was "delighted" that Robert Edwards, the pioneering scientist who made her birth possible, has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine.

Research unlocks memory secrets

Australian and US scientists believe they have isolated a new mechanism by which the brain learns and stores memories, a finding they say could help treat brain injury and disease.

Arts & Entertainment

The appeal of Oriental Art

Oriental paintings by three teachers -- GC Trivedi, Malay Bala and Kantideb Adhikary -- and seven students -- Raqibul Hassan, Gopal Chandra Saha, Shohag Parvez, Sumon Baidya, Sinthia Arefin, Tahmina Ferdous Sumona and Bikash Ananda Setu -- of the Department of Oriental Art, Faculty of Fine Arts (FFA), DU are on display at a six-day exhibition that began on October 2. The exhibition, titled 'Oriental Painting Exhibition 2010', is on at Zainul Gallery of FFA.

Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra artiste Bipul Bhattacharya critically ill

Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra artiste Bipul Bhattacharya is fighting for his life at Delta Hospital, Dhaka.

Alicia Keys teams up with Professor Yunus and social business

Nobel laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus and twelve-time Grammy Award winner singer Alicia Keys met late September at the Clinton Global Initiative, according to a press release. She has been an admirer of Professor Yunus' work and expressed her interest in collaborating with him to promote social business around the world, focusing particularly in Africa. She met Professor Yunus to discuss her possible role in the social business movement. Professor Yunus suggested that she could be a social business ambassador and the artiste readily agreed. As part of the agreement, she will introduce the concept of social business to her audience during her performances.

Tareque and Catherine’s Runway draws praise

“Runway”, the new feature film directed by Tareque Masud and produced by Catherine Masud, had its premiere on October 2 at the Public Library, Dhaka. The screening was followed by a discussion presided over by eminent artist Mustafa Monwar. Human rights activist Dr. Hameeda Hossain was the chief guest at the event. Special guests included Secretary of Information Dr. Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury; cultural personality Nasiruddin Yousuff; film producer Habibur Rahman Khan and theatre personality Ramendu Majumdar. In addition to the cast and crew of the film, also present were Sara Zaker, Tanvir Mokammel and Morshedul Islam, among others.

DS Café

DS Café has received a tremendous response from you, the readers. We want to involve you more. Now the readers get to vote for the celebrity of the month and we'll have him or her at DS Café respond to your questions. Every month we'll give a choice of three cultural personalities and the one receiving the most votes will be on the hot seat at DS Café. This month's shortlist includes (A) artist-cartoonist Rafiqun Nabi (Ronobi); (B) singer-lyricist Krishnokoli Islam ; (C) actor Mosharraf Karim.

Ustad Aziz Islam’s solo flute evening

Rotary Club of Motijheel, recently arranged Ustad Aziz Islam's solo flute musical evening at National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. The programme, began with an dhun, played on raaga-Sree that ran or 50 minutes. The show was dedicated to the memory of internationally acclaimed playwright Sayeed Ahmed. Former Chief Justice Mohammad Fazlul Karim was present as the chief guest. Parvin Ahmed, wife of late Sayeed Ahmed was present at the programme. Kamal Lohani, Director General of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy presided over the musical soiree.

Rhythms of India

Controversies galore surrounded the 19th Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. However, all seemed to be forgiven and forgotten as the Games got off to a spectacular start. Apart from the usual march past of the participating contingents and speeches by Prince Charles, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Pratibha Patil, the three hour opening ceremony showcased some of India 's richest cultural traditions.

Fun unlimited on airwaves

Radio Foorti celebrated its fourth anniversary on September 22. The popular FM radio station embarked on its journey on August 17, 2006 with test transmission. From September 22 of the same year, it officially started its 24-hour programming with the slogan “Radio Manei Foorti.”

OP-ED

Indications of bigger malaise

It is surely a syndrome of bigger malaise when the officials in charge of district administration break out in tears in public for being subjected to assault by political cadres. The incidents that occurred recently in Pabna only served to expose an unforeseen scenario and the nation witnessed aghast the repulsive incidents centering round the recruitment test of some employees.

2010 is a century away from 1992

The judiciary is more important than any judgement. Every institution has to be larger than the sum of its members, and nowhere more so than the two pillars of any democracy, parliament and the judiciary. We do not question the legitimacy of an enactment just because we disagree with an MP, or indeed because the behaviour of some MPs might have been unsavoury.

US-Saudi arms deal in the making: Needs public scrutiny

The deal urgently needs to be put to public scrutiny, for it is highly consequential. According to reports published mid-September, the US Congress is set to approve a new agreement for the sale of armament systems to oil giant Saudi Arabia. The deal ultimately will be worth a rosy $60 billion. Though delivery of the weapons will be stretched over a period of 10 years, the prospective deal has already been termed one of the biggest ever in history.

Teachers amid new expectations

Teachers world over have been celebrating World Teachers' Day on October 5 since 1994, in view of adoption of the Recommendations concerning the status of teachers by Unesco, which were later approved by ILO in 1966 and 1997 in two phases. The aim of observing the day is to mobilise support for teachers and ensure that the needs of future generations continue to be met by teachers.

The world's funniest airlines

Areader told me that a friend was traveling across Southeast Asia when a flight attendant made an announcement, "Ladies and Gentlemen, we are about to land in Singapore. If you have any drugs, you will be executed. Thank you."

Science & Life

Relativity and aging

For decades it's been known in the scientific communities that time passes faster at higher elevations. And this inquisitive aspect of Dr. Albert Einstein's theories of relativity (which by-the-way, single handedly altered the notion that time runs at the same rate for everyone, everywhere in the Universe) has been previously proven by comparing clocks on the earth's surface and a high-flying rocket back in 1976, by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. And again, physicists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) of USA have measured this very effect at a more down-to-earth scale of 33 centimeters or about 1 foot very recently! And the result of the experiment was obvious, the further away is a person from the surface of Earth, the faster the time passes for her/him on a human scale. To put it more simply, a person ages faster even when she/he stands a couple of steps higher from our planetary surface! Published in the Sept.24th issue of Science, scientists from NIST, however, explain that the difference (given that distance) is much too small for humans to perceive directly. And the research have found out that a height of that particular difference (one foot or 33 centimeters) actually resulted in a time variance of roughly a billionth of a second per year. Another aspect of the relativity that was observed by the NIST researchers was time also passes more slowly when one moves faster.

Atomic knot at heliosphere’s edge

A puzzling knot of atoms at the edge of the solar system is fading, leaving space physicists with an even gnarlier mystery to unravel about the outer boundary of the heliosphere, where the vast bubble in which the solar system resides meets up with interstellar space.

Dinos taller than thought

Some dinosaurs may have been at least 10 percent taller than previously thought, US paleontologists said in a study that found the creatures had large amounts of cartilage.

UFOs disarming nukes?

At an unusual press conference recently held in Washington, D.C., a UFO author and a half-dozen or so former U.S. military airmen asserted that "The U.S. Air Force is lying about the national security implications of unidentified aerial objects at nuclear bases and we can prove it." They claim that since 1948, extraterrestrials in spaceships have not only been visiting Earth but hovering over British and American nuclear missile sites and temporarily deactivating the weapons.

Extrasolar habitable planet found

Astronomers studying a nearby star say they've found the first potentially habitable planetlikely a rocky place with an atmosphere, temperate regions, and crucially, liquid water, considered vital for life as we know it.

Saturn in infrared light

The familiar ringed planet resembles a round glowing ember in this infrared-light image. Infrared light is a low-energy form of light invisible to the unaided eye. It is often the only light that cool objects (such as planets) emit themselves, rather than simply reflecting off the Sun. Thus the "glowing" appearance of Saturn's orb in the image, which shows the giant gaseous planet in three "bands," or energy levels, of infrared. The photo is posted on NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day website for Sept. 27.

What is a time capsule?

A time capsule is a cache of goods / information created to serve as a mode of communication with people in the future. These may include archaeologists, anthropologists or historians. The capsules are sometimes buried at sites where events are held. The term has been used since about 1939. There are two types of capsules: intentional and unintentional. Intentional time capsules are placed somewhere deliberately, to be accessed at a particular future date. Unintentional capsules are usually archaeological in nature.



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