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News of: Sunday, 10th of October, 2010

Front Page

PM vows to punish killers

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the killers of upazila chairman Sanaullah Noor Babu in Natore will be brought to justice, no matter who they are.

Target borderland disputes

Bangladesh and India are going to hold bilateral talks in a bid to permanently resolve all border related issues in New Delhi on November 10-11.

3 killed at ship breaking yard

Three workers of a ship-breaking yard were crushed to death and another injured when a heavy iron plate fell on them at Madambibir Hat under Sitakunda upazila in the district yesterday.

Another low in the Bay

Another low formed in the northwest Bay yesterday, only hours after a depression-triggered inclement weather for three days across the country improved.

Lashkar's explosives expert captured

Yet another Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative, this time an explosives expert, and his local aide were arrested by Rab in the city's Uttara early yesterday with a huge amount of explosives and bomb making materials.

Specify duties, or face agitation

Upazila chairmen and vice-chairmen yesterday threatened to wage a tough movement against the government if their duties are not specified by November 30.

Kataban illegal wildlife trade busted

Wildlife officials and nature lovers yesterday busted the long-time illegal trade in wildlife at the Kantaban pet shops.

Govt, AL hurt by errant leaders

The Awami League Central Working Committee (ALCWC) yesterday observed that rowdy activities by a section of AL men across the country have harmed the reputation of both the party and government.

CEC worried

The Election Commission (EC) is worried about the violence erupting in various parts of the country including the latest one at Natore ahead of the polls to local government bodies, the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) said yesterday.

15,000 units found risky in Old Dhaka

The fire, coming in contact with a petrol container, flared up abruptly in a Lalbagh metal factory on Friday noon all of a sudden. The flame dumfounded the 12-year-old boy working by it, and he looked around for help. The fire was swelling by the second.

1 killed, 2 bullet-hit in robbery incidents

An ex-army personnel was stabbed to death and two boys were bullet injured in robberies in Ashulia on the outskirts of the capital and Munshiganj yesterday.

Veteran AL leader Kaiser passes away

Awami League presidium member Ataur Rahman Khan Kaiser passed away in the city yesterday.

WB pledges $300m more for Padma Bridge

World Bank (WB) President Robert B Zoellick has assured additional funding of $300 million for the construction of the proposed Padma Multipurpose Bridge.

2 UPDF men shot dead in Rangamati

Two activists of United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) were shot dead allegedly by cadres of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) at Madhyam Pablakhali under Baghaichhari upazila in the district yesterday afternoon.

2 'killers' of Jubo League leader held

Police arrested yesterday two suspected killers of ward unit Juba League leader Syed Yusuf Ali, who was killed on Thursday following a feud over tender manipulation.

'Outlaw' killed in 'shootout'

A regional leader of outlawed Gono Bahini was killed in a 'shootout' between his cohorts and law enforcers at Bhedmari village of Mirpur upazila early hours yesterday.

Rash driving kills 1 in city

A recklessly driven private car killed a motorbike rider and injured another on Khilgaon flyover in the city last night.

China fumes over Nobel prize choice

Chinese authorities, who called Nobel Peace prizewinner Liu Xiaobo a criminal shortly after his award Friday and said his winning "desecrates the prize", sank yesterday into official silence.

India slams 'racist' Australian police emails

India yesterday slammed "racist" emails circulated by Australian police with video an Indian man being electrocuted on top of a train and summoned the country's ambassador.

Editorial

In Boraigram, it was an abomination

What has happened in Boraigram in Natore is not just a tragedy or an outrage. It is an abomination, a clear hint of the depths to which politics in Bangladesh may have sunk. The bad mauling of Boraigram Upazilla chairman Sanaullah Noor Babu by Awami League activists and his subsequent death are once more a warning to the government that unless it can get matters under control through putting a leash on its supporters, we could be headed for some grave times ahead. In the light of what has occurred in Boraigram, there can be no scope to argue about who did what on Friday. There can be no philosophising and absolutely no room for a laid-back dissection of politics. The plain and simple truth is that an individual, a citizen, was brutally waylaid by more than fifty workers of the ruling party and simply beaten to death in medieval fashion. No one came forward to help him. The police, standing close by, watched it all with little thought to performing their duties. That Babu lay on the road for an hour after the beating, that it needed his wife to come and take him to hospital speaks of the steep decline of our value system.

Ctg port still troubled

We know of the turnaround time at Chittagong Port gradually relapsing into the old timeframe of nearly double digit days which basically increases the cost of business and reflects on the lack of competitiveness of the port. This has brought to the fore the whole issue of erratic trade unionism with links to political parties. The situation calls for an intervention by the government on an overall basis which hopefully should be getting underway before things go out of hand.

Sports

Kiwis focused on last three games

After hiding behind tonnes of cloud for the last couple of days the sun smiled for a while yesterday. And without any doubt it also brought smile on the faces of New Zealand cricketers who must be eagerly waiting for some sort of action after being frustrated by heavy rain.

Shahriar wants to seize the chance

Bangladesh team definitely had missed the fireworks of dashing left-hander Tamim Iqbal in the first match. But the good news was that another southpaw Shahriar Nafees made an impressive return to limited-overs cricket after being left in the wilderness for two and a half years.

Shakib, Sachin & Murali

Ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan will feature in a promotional video for the 2011 World Cup, which will be co-hosted by Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka.

Ponting lifts Aussies

Australia captain Ricky Ponting hit a gutsy 77 to steer his faltering team out of trouble on the opening day of the second and final Test against India on Saturday.

Ratna-Sadia pair fails frustratingly

After successive successes in the South Asian Games and then the Commonwealth Shooting Championships early this year, all the focus was on the Bangladeshi golden pair of Sharmin Akter Ratna and Sadia Sultana in the XIX Common-wealth Games, but the duo disappointed miserably with their performance at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range in New Delhi yesterday.

Viv bats for cricket

It doesn't matter for Sir Vivian Richards that his country, Antigua and Barbuda, is not a big contingent like hosts India or Australia or England. Realistically the twin-island nation, lying between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, stands almost no chance of winning a medal in the ongoing Delhi Commonwealth Games.

Smith smacks Zimbabwe

Graeme Smith hit a brutal half-century as South Africa raced to a seven-wicket win in the first Twenty20 international against Zimbabwe in Bloemfontein on Friday.

BFF selects preliminary women's team

Bangladesh Football Federa-tion (BFF) on Saturday picked a 29-member preliminary squad for the first Women SAF Football Championship to be held from December 3-15 in Cox's Bazar.

Enamul to officiate in SA-Zim series

Enamul Hoque will stand as field umpire in the one-day series between South Africa and Zimbabwe in South Africa.

West Bengal lift kabaddi title

West Bengal of India clinched the title of the Meizan International Club Cup Kabaddi beating Japan by 14-10 points in the final at the Kabaddi Stadium on Saturday.

Fed Cup kicks off today

The first round match of the GrameenPhone Federation Cup Football kicks off today at the Birshreshtha Mohammad Mostafa Kamal Stadium at Kamalapur in the city.

Australia hit 100 medals

Australia smashed through the 100-medal barrier at the Commonwealth Games on Saturday as the troubled showpiece teetered on the brink of a potentially damaging race row.

Nadal crawls into final

World number one Rafael Nadal saved two match points in a nerve-wracking final-set tie-break before beating Viktor Troicki Saturday to secure a place in the Japan Open final against Gael Monfils.

Younis snub lamented

Former players and selectors Saturday criticised ex-captain Younis Khan's continued omission from Pakistan squads, terming it an "injustice" and "loss" to the national team.

Tops reach finals

Defending champion Novak Djokovic overcame an early challenge from American John Isner to advance to the final of the China Open on Saturday and qualify for next month's season-ending ATP championships.

Italy frustrated

Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington insisted his side should have claimed a famous scalp after they held four-time world champions Italy to a 0-0 draw in a Euro 2012 qualifier in Belfast.

Spain, Germany on top

World champions Spain went top of Euro 2012 qualifying Group I with a 3-1 win at home to Lithuania on Friday, while Germany beat Turkey 3-0 but Italy were held to a goalless draw in Northern Ireland.

Loew delighted

Germany coach Joachim Loew admitted he was delighted with his side's impressive 3-0 Euro 2012 qualifier win over Turkey to take control of Group A as his side picked up their third straight win.

Aussies edge Paraguay

A cracking volley from defender David Carney gave Australia a 1-0 win over World Cup quarterfinalists Paraguay in a tune-up for January's Asian Cup in Qatar.

Uruguay destroy Indonesia

World Cup semifinalists Uruguay cruised to a 7-1 victory against Indonesia in a friendly match Friday at Jakarta's national stadium.

Oezil's ankle a worry

German midfielder Mesut Oezil will undergo a last minute test on an ankle injury before the World Cup semifinalists fly to Kazakhstan on Monday for their Euro 2012 qualifier the national federation announced.

Okazaki to miss Korea friendly

Japan striker Shinji Okazaki, who scored the winner in Friday's shock 1-0 win over Argentina at home, will miss a friendly against South Korea away next week due to injury.

England lose Jagielka

England defender Phil Jagielka has been ruled out of Tuesday's Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro after suffering a hamstring injury in training on Friday.

Ferguson tours White House

Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson swapped Old Trafford for the White House on Friday, taking advantage of a window in the Premier League schedule to tour the US presidential mansion.

Business

Bourses warn of 'disaster'

Dhaka and Chittagong bourses yesterday warned of a disaster in the stockmarket, and sought the prime minister's intervention in offloading government shares as a short-term step to cool down the market.

Commerce Bank reforms in spotlight `

The cabinet is close to a decision on how to restructure the government-controlled Bangladesh Commerce Bank (BCB), which has long been considered a problem bank, a central bank official said.

Bangladesh to India: lift apparel quota

Bangladesh will urge India to withdraw a quota on apparel exports to narrow the trade gap between the two countries.

Ship-breaking rules opposed

Ship-breakers yesterday urged the government to bring changes to the new ship-breaking policy, terming it harmful to the growing industry.

Asia must move to end crisis-era spending: IMF

Asian governments should move more quickly to withdraw crisis-era spending, the International Monetary Fund said on Saturday, eyeing creeping inflation in the region.

Workers disrupt container handling at Chittagong port

Private berth operators yesterday urged the government to take tough action against a section of workers' leaders who are accused of attempting to create a deadlock at Chittagong Port by disrupting operations.

United Airways shores up fleet

United Airways (BD) Ltd has strengthened its fleet by adding two aircraft last week to cement its foothold on domestic and international aviation market.

City Bank launches Amex corporate cards

The City Bank introduced American Express Corporate Cards in Bangladesh yesterday, targeting a growing number of business travellers.

Maldives keen to deepen trade with Bangladesh

The Maldives is keen to promote trade and business with Bangladesh by establishing direct air and sea routes, President Mohamed Nasheed has told Dhaka's new envoy.

Muhith urges zero tariff for apparel exports to US

Finance Minister AMA Muhith has called upon American citizens to support duty- and quota-free access of Bangladesh apparels to US market.

Focus on productive sectors to attain comprehensive growth

The central bank has targeted fuller and deeper financial inclusion of all productive economic sectors and all population segments to help the government attain faster and more comprehensive growth, its governor has said.

Our mothering colleagues

In the 1970s to 80s, teaching and nursing were the only largely female professions. Things have changed. Women are now also commonly lawyers, physicians, bankers, investment analysts, journalists, economists, doctors, psychologists, consultants, college/university professors, pilots, defence officials, IT professionals and scientists.

Basel III in the offing

Basel III, the upgraded version of recommendations on global banking laws and regulations, is preparing to phase in over the next two years, although Bangladesh has just started implementing the previous version. The country will at first assess the impacts of the new rules.

AIA Group IPO covered more than five times

American International Group Inc has received strong demand for the mega IPO of its Asian life insurance business, AIA Group Ltd, with the offer covered more than five times in the first week, sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

ECB unveils collateral rules for bank loans

The European Central Bank unveiled new provisions Saturday regarding key refinancing operations that should tighten some conditions for banks seeking to borrow central bank funds.

Wall Street ends week up

Wall Street trade was likely to remain in low gear next week as investors increasingly expect the government to pump cash into the markets to boost the lagging economy.

Philippine carrier adds second dancing crew flight

Budget Philippine carrier Cebu Pacific on Friday flew a second regular flight with dancing cabin crew, using male stewards instead of female after criticism the original stunt was sexist.

Japan's Fast Retailing forecasts profit slide

The operator of Japan's cheap-chic clothing chain Uniqlo on Friday booked a higher annual net profit in the year to August but forecast it to slide 17 percent next year on weak demand at home.

Honda launches hybrid Fit to take on Toyota's Prius

Honda Motor on Friday launched a hybrid version of its popular Fit subcompact car in Japan, making it the cheapest petrol-electric car available in the nation.

GetJar out to make mobile phone applications free

The world's second largest online shop for mobile phone applications is out to change the economics of the booming industry by making the popular mini-programs available for free.

Oil down

Oil prices eased in Asian trade Friday as investors awaited a widely watched US payrolls report, analysts said.

Metropolitan

Frame law to ease sufferings of 1.4cr mentally ill people

World Mental Health Day will be observed today in the country as elsewhere in the world with rights activists urging the government to enact a law immediately to ease the sufferings of the country's over 1.4 crore mentally ill people.

Minister says Dhaka uninhabitable

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday said Dhaka is now not a liveable city, as it has no effective waste management system.

'Try killers of Ovilash Chakma'

Indigenous students of Chittagong Hill Tracts yesterday staged a demonstration on the Dhaka University campus demanding immediate trial of the killers of Ovilash Chakma, a Jana Sanghati Samity (JSS) leader.

Ban tobacco cultivation in farmland

Activists of some NGOs yesterday demanded necessary measures to review the Tobacco Control Act 2005 for its proper implementation and to ban tobacco cultivation in farmlands.

REB services deteriorate

Expressing concern over the deteriorating services of Rural Electrification Board (REB), State Minister for Power and Energy Enamul Haq yesterday said this happens as the present management of the utility body has become more bureaucratic than public service oriented.

'Formulate effective child policy'

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday stressed the need for coordination among different government agencies to formulate an effective child policy to protect child rights.

Impartial newspaper columns stressed

Newspaper columnists should avoid slanted views and give correct information to enhance quality of their writings.

Woman strangled in city

An unidentified woman aged about 32 was strangled allegedly by her husband at her residence at city's South Mugda on Friday night.

SM Sultan's anniversary of death today

Sixteenth death anniversary of artist SM Sultan will be observed in a befitting manner here today.

Successful BCS applicants want non-cadre job

The applicants, having passed the 28th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examinations but not appointed yet, reiterated their demand yesterday for immediate recruitment to non-cadre posts as first class officers.

FM's China visit postponed

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni has postponed her China visit, scheduled to begin today, due to illness, official sources said.

Free treatment for poor cleft lip patients

Dhaka Community Hospital in collaboration with MERCY Malaysia launched a plastic surgery programme of cleft lip and palate reconstruction from October 8 to 15 of 2010, says a press release.

Farhad's contribution recalled

Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) President Manzurul Ahsan Khan yesterday called for upholding the ideals of Comrade Mohammad Farhad.

Independent relaunched

The Independent, an English daily, was relaunched yesterday with a new look to fulfil the demand for access to information of the people in a more accurate way.

National

UZ chairman killing sequel to local AL-BNP conflict

Fridays' killing of Boraigram upazila chairman and BNP leader Sanaullah Noor Babu is a sequel to local confrontational politics over the years, said local residents and political leaders.

Stalker beaten up, handed over to police

Students beat up an alleged stalker on Government Ananda Mohan College campus yesterday morning and later handed him over to police.

Storm hits Chandpur villages 10 hurt, 100 houses damaged

At least 10 people were injured and more than 100 dwelling houses damaged as tornado lashed Matlab Uttar upazila in Chandpur district on Friday night.

Jehad's family to file murder case after 20 years

It was October 10 of 1990. Naziruddin Jehad, the then president of Government Akbar Ali College unit of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, along with 60 other students from Ullapara in Sirajganj, joined the grand rally at Paltan in the capital, organised by the BNP led seven-party alliance to call for ending HM Ershad's autocratic regime.

BDR, BSF to maintain peace on Sylhet border

Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) officials at a flag meeting at Durki in the Indian state of Meghalaya yesterday agreed to maintain peace along Sylhet border.

Dyke collapse makes 450 homeless in Gaibandha

About 500 metres of Jamuna flood control dyke partially collapsed on Thursday night rendering 450 villagers shelterless in Shaghata upazila of the district.

Clash over theft of mobile set, one killed, 10 injured

One person was killed and 10 others were injured in a clash between two groups of villagers over theft of a mobile phone at Jugia in Kushtia Sadar upazila yesterday.

Quick trial of war criminals demanded

Speakers at Jubo League Chittagong divisional delegates' conference here yesterday demanded quick trial of war criminals.

Child drowns in floodwater

A child drowned in floodwater in Merung area under Dighinala upazila yesterday morning. The victim, Mohammad Farhad Hossain, 3, was son of Mohammad Abul Hossain of Merung village. Dighinala police said, the boy drowned in floodwater while his parents were busy in their work.

Man strangled

An unidentified man was strangled by criminals here on Friday night. Police recovered the body from an abandoned primary school building of Malithia village under Shailokupa upazila. The deceased was about 45. His identity could not be known till writing of this report yesterday afternoon. The victim might have been strangled, police said. Shailokupa police station officer-in-charge (OC) Anwar Hossain said, locals found the body lying in an abandoned building of Malithia primary school and informed police at around 2:00 pm yesterday. The body bore marks of injuries, the OC said. Police sent the body to Jhenidah Sadar Hospital morgue for autopsy.

Five houses gutted

Five houses were gutted in a devastating fire at Khalra village under Haripur upazila on Wednesday afternoon. Fire fighters and local sources said the fire originated from an electric short circuit at a house and soon it engulfed the adjacent houses burning five houses. On information, fire fighters from Pirganj rushed to the spot and brought the blaze under control after an hour-long frantic effort with the help of local people. The house owners claimed property and goods worth about Tk2.5 lakh were gutted in the blaze while fire fighters estimated loss at Tk1 lakh.

Woman electrocuted

A woman was electrocuted at Masjidpara village here on Friday. The deceased was identified as Sufia Begum, 60, wife of late Abdul Baten of the village. Locals said, Sufia came in contact with a snapped electric wire at about 11:30am when she went to a nearby abandoned house in search of her mentally handicapped son. Hearing her hue and cry, neighbors rescued and sent her to the upazila health complex where attending doctors declared him dead.

Contraband seized

BDR members, in a drive, seized 27,500 packets of contraband Indian Nasir bidi from Holdarkandi haor area in Sadar upazila on Friday. On secret information, a team of 8 Rifles battalion conducted the drive in the area at about 6:00pm and seized the bidi packets valued at Tk 5.5 lakh in abandoned condition. Operation officer of the battalion Major M Saiful Wadud said the seized bidis were handed over to the Customs authorities.

3 held with fake currency notes

Three people were held along with fake currency notes worth Tk 10.5 thousand in Jaintapur and Zakiganj upazilas on Wednesday and Thursday. The arrestees were identified as Liton Mia, son of Modhu Mia of Ajmiriganj upazila in Habiganj district, Shamsuddin, 55, son of late Abdus Salam of Mithamoin upazila and Akram Hossain of Katiadi upazila of Kishoreganj district. Police said, Liton Mia and Shamsuddin were caught by locals along with three fake notes of Tk 1,000 denomination from Shahgali bazaar in Zakiganj upazila on Thursday evening. In another incident, Jaintapur police arrested Akram Hossain from Darbasta bazaar while trying to purchase goods with a fake note on Wednesday. Later, police recovered 7 fake notes of Tk 1,000 denomination and one note of Tk 500 denomination from his possession.

Day labourer killed

A day labourer was killed by his neighbour over a trifling matter at Piadapara village in Bagha upazila yesterday. The victim was identified as Tofazzal Hossain alias Kalu, 45, son of Naimuddin Shah of the village. Amzad Hossain, brother of the victim said, an altercation ensued between Kalu and Akram over cutting a leaf of a banana tree of Akram on Friday. As a sequel to the incident Akram hit Kalu with a sharp weapon at about 7:00am yesterday, leaving him dead on the spot. After the murder Akram went into hiding.

Letters

Parliamentary democracy

We dream of a country free from poverty, hunger, pollution and climatic hazards. After our independence we could not achieve much success due to military dictatorship. After we have regained the parliamentary democracy in 1991, the people of Bangladesh thought that the country would now follow the path of democracy. But this dream was not fulfilled due to lack of good leadership.

Arsenic pollution

Recent surveys show that about 80 million people of the country are living under the risk of arsenic poisoning as the groundwater of a vast region is contaminated with arsenic. Arsenic pollution is not only causing serious health hazards, but also affecting the environment and creating social problems. More than two million tube-wells are presently being used as the source of drinking water in Bangladesh. Out of those, only fifty thousands have so far been brought under inspection by various government and non-government agencies. The actual picture of the severity of arsenic pollution is yet to be revealed, as the entire country could not be surveyed till now.

Awareness needed

Traffic jam has made our life miserable. We have been told to use public buses rather than private transports. But, are there any good quality buses? Is there any space left for us in those buses? The government should put good quality buses on the city roads, create effective traffic rules and appoint more traffic police to implement those rules. It is also necessary to take the rickshaws off the main roads. A bus can carry 60 to 70 passengers and it requires less space, whereas only four rickshaws occupy the same space and are able to carry only 8 to 10 passengers. There should be lanes fixed for buses with bus stops to pick up passengers and not to block the road. The govt. should persuade the public to use the footbridges and zebra crossings. To make people aware of the traffic rules use of advertisements will be highly effective.

Reading books

I read the excellent article "Boi Para on the Wane" in the Star Magazine which has given a true picture of the bookstores. In this regard I have a few more things to add.

Ominous signs

I am a superstitious person and this even grew stronger while living in Houston. How could I possibly refuse to be influenced when I found the scientifically advanced Houstonians believe in such things?

Ayodhya verdict

In 1949 an idol was placed inside the Babri Mosque and later in 1992 the Hindu fanatics, blinded by wild faith that Ram was born at that site though it is not a historical fact, demolished it. Now the Indian court in its rule doles out two- thirds of the site to the Hindus, as if a reward for desecrating and demolishing a historic mosque. However, I'm not surprised, given that Indian politics is highly charged with antagonism towards the minority communities and the Indian Muslims powerless from division into different denominations.

Who will amend the constitution?

President Zillur Rahman's appeal to senior officials to discharge their duties according to the constitution and rise above partisan politics is significant. But for this to happen, the appointment of senior officials should undergo a change.

Helping the Bhola slum dwellers

Ariquzzaman's feature and the photographs with it, published in The Daily Star on 1st October, is a human tragedy. It is for us, the better off in our society, to come forward to help these desperately needy people. I wonder if some interested persons from Bhola will take the lead to organise help, and lobby the government to arrange a place to build their new homes.

BCL

Awami League leaders are not taking any punitive action against the BCL cadres. At present the BCL can do anything they want. They are now above the law of the land. The AL leaders should think seriously about this issue.

Autism

When I think of the lives of the mentally and physically challenged, I feel lucky that I am leading a normal life. Previously we were not aware of mental disorders and we used to think that people who act abnormally are mad and should be put into mental asylums. Autism is a brain disorder that often results in impaired thinking, feeling and social functioning for a lifetime. Experts have estimated that 3 to 6 children out of every 1000 have autism. Males are 4 times more likely to have it than females. Girls with autism have severe symptoms and greater cognitive impairment. Three major distinctive behaviours in them are as follows:

Ridiculous reception!

The Prime Minister of the country has been awarded by the UN for achieving one of the Millennium Development Goals, that is reducing child mortality. The target was fixed in 2000, and the then incumbent government got only one year to run the country. In 2001, BNP came to power and ruled the country for five years. Then the caretaker government ruled the country for almost two years. The present government has been at the helm only for nineteen months. So, the credit should go to all the governments that ruled the country since 2000.

Indecent attack

The Chief Justice Mohammad Fazlul Karim went into retirement recently. A farewell ceremony was arranged for him where some other justices, the attorney general, president of the bar and other dignitaries were present. But the pathetic part of the farewell was that he was told off harshly by none other than the attorney general himself, which crossed all acceptable boundaries of nicety and courtesy (DS: 30.09.10).

Lack of motivation

Bangladesh cricket team has been playing ODI matches for more than a decade, but still they lack consistency. I believe the reason behind this is lack of motivation. We should watch how the world champions play. The difference is - in adverse times, the world champions don't get upset and thus overcome the situation, but even when the situation is in our favour, we often fail to perform well because of our complacency.

Corporal punishment

A letter entitled 'Physical punishment in schools' published in The Daily Star on October 4, 2010, drew my attention and I would like to write something in this regard.

Electoral pledges

It seems that the AL leaders have forgotten about their electoral pledges. This is our culture. We waste time and wait till the last minute to complete any job. The AL leaders should realise that they have zero prospect of coming back to power if they do not fulfil their commitments about the power sector, infrastructure development and administrative reforms. On the other hand, AL should also realise that a pro-BNP group within the administration is working actively to disturb the government's development efforts so that the benefits may be taken in the next election.

Legal education and research

Legal education in Bangladesh has been experiencing a downward trend for a long time. We need lawyers with good legal knowledge and skills for our legal and judicial system.

International

29 more Nato tankers set ablaze

Pakistan's foreign ministry yesterday announced the reopening of the main land route for Nato supplies crossing into Afghanistan from Torkham in the northwest "with immediate effect".

Breakthrough in Chile mine rescue

Rescuers have drilled through to the underground chamber where 33 Chilean miners have been trapped since August.

PM calls for rivals to return from exile

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki called for national reconciliation yesterday, opening the door for former opponents to return home as he struggles to form a new government seven months after polls.

Myanmar's junta-backed party announces platform

Myanmar's junta-backed political party, almost certain to win the upcoming general election, issued its platform in state media, vowing to practice democracy and protect rights.

UK hostage killed in Afghanistan

A female British aid worker kidnapped during an ambush last month was killed during a rescue attempt by international forces in Afghanistan, Britain's foreign secretary said yesterday.

Arabs give US 1 month to save ME talks

Arab League foreign ministers threw their weight behind the Palestinian president's refusal to negotiate with Israel unless it renews restrictions on West Bank settlement construction, but gave US mediators another month to keep peace talks from collapsing.

Karzai appeals to Taliban in Kandahar heartland

Afghan President Hamid Karzai visited the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar yesterday, calling on insurgents to lay down their arms and locals to join the government security forces.

China, US blame each other

The United States and China clashed on the final day of climate change talks yesterday, accusing each other of blocking progress ahead of a major summit next month on global warming.

India slams 'racist' Australian cops emails; calls ambassador

India yesterday slammed "racist" emails circulated by Australian police with video an Indian man being electrocuted on top of a train and summoned the country's ambassador.

Hungary fears a new toxic flood

Hungarian police and soldiers evacuated 800 villagers yesterday as authorities said a second flood of toxic sludge from a chemicals plant was likely after new cracks appeared in a dyke.

N Korea to throw party to announce successor

Red flags fluttered across the capital yesterday as North Korea prepared for its biggest parade ever, an event expected to serve as the public debut of future leader Kim Jong Un and for the world as a rare glimpse inside one of its most insular nations.

Arts & Entertainment

A pioneer of cultural movements

To observe the 19th death anniversary of Professor Golam Samdani Koraishi, a littérateur and researcher, art and recitation competitions were held at Mymensingh Udhichi auditorium on October 8. Golam Samdani Koraishi Smriti Parishad organised the programme.

Two young activists receive SM Solaiman scholarship

Young theatre activists Shahadat Hossain and Anowarul Haque received the SM Solaiman Motivation Scholarship for the year 2009 and 2010 respectively. Shahadat is one of the leading actors of noted troupe Centre for Asian Theatre (CAT), while Anowar is a front-liner of Udichi's theatre wing. Solaiman's troupe Theatre Art Unit has been inspiring young theatre activists with this scholarship since 2005.

Music is part of his heritage

When we arrived at classical artiste Asit Dey's residence, he was encircled by several of his students. Oblivious to our presence, he continued the bandish “Sumiran Karo Bhajo Raam Naam Ko” in ragaa “Aaliyah Bilawal.” Finally he took time off to talk to this correspondent about his mission and vision of classical music.

The voice of a woman

A prostitute by birth, one of the first women in theatre by profession. Capturing the life and times of controversial 19th century Bengali actress Binodini, can be a steep challenge for even the most seasoned theatre director. Dhaka Theatre's Nasiruddin Yousuff deploys the soliloquy technique to depict Binodini's complex personality in his eponymous play. On the contrary, well known Indian theatre personality Amal Allana in her “Nati Binodini” uses a multi-layered approach where action shifts between the aged Binodini and four other actresses who depict her early days.

Regional round of Lux-Channel i Super Star

Eleven out of 350 contestants got 'Yes' cards in the Khulna regional round of audition test of Lux-Channel i Super Star held at the Khulna Club recently.

Workshop on the cards

The American Centre, US Embassy in Dhaka and Gallery Cosmos have jointly organised a three-week art project titled “Janmasthaan”. The project inaugurates today at Cosmos-Atelier, Malibagh. It will run till October 28. Two American painters, Andrew Saftel and Whitney Baker, are conducting the workshop.

Proshnobodhok

In order to create greater awareness to reduce irregular migration overseas, International Organization for Migration (IOM) organised the premiere show of its telefilm "Proshnobodhok" at the Star Cinepelex auditorium, Basundhara City, on October 7.

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Averting controversy in appointment of chief justice

The appointment of the chief justice was in the news throughout last week. This happened because President Zillur Rahman appointed Justice A.B.M. Khairul Haque, a judge of the Appellate Division, as the 19th chief justice of Bangladesh on September 26 by superseding two senior judges of the Appellate Division.

Need for continued and integrated care

We celebrate world mental health on October 10 every year with lots of enthusiasm to create awareness among people about mental health and illness. Mental health is a neglected issue in our country, like in many other developing countries, because of negative attitude and lack of awareness of mental diseases.

History and its captives in India

The Babri mosque was built in Ayodhya, in present day Uttar Pradesh in India in 1527. Some claim that the Central Asian invader and the first Turkic emperor of Northern India had this mosque built by demolishing a pre-existing temple, one that stood on the birth-site of Lord Ram.

Syed Mohammad Ali: Lawyer, scholar, good man

Syed Mohammad Ali, MBE, barrister-at-law, saw his life drawing to a close on Wednesday of last week. You could look back at his age -- he was all of seventy-seven -- and you could tell yourself that he had arrived at a point where mortality would as a rule of nature catch up with him. And yet you would not do that, for in Ali there was that spark which gives some men their vigour, the intellectual vitality that informs their being.


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