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News of: Monday, 11th of October, 2010

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Killers still at large

Natore police yesterday identified 16 people from video footage of the Friday's attack that killed Boraigram upazila chairman Sanaullah Noor Babu, but arrested only one of them in this connection.

Jubo Dal men on the rampage

Feuding factions of Comilla District (South) Jubo Dal yesterday turned Kadirpara area of the district town into a war zone, exploding Molotov cocktails, and firing sawed-off rifles, pistols, revolvers, and homemade guns.

City bus plunges into river

At least one passenger died with many more feared dead after a speeding bus plunged into Turag river near Salehpur Bazar bridge in the capital's suburb Savar yesterday.

Killers in frame

The TV grabs show how Boraigram upazila chairman and local BNP leader Sanaullah Noor Babu was brutally beaten to death Friday allegedly by AL men. The police so far have identified 16 of the 27 accused from the videotape. One was arrested, but main accused Zakir Hossain, identified in red circle, stayed out of police reach.

Save Lalbagh fort from grabbers

The High Court yesterday directed the government to take a set of steps to protect and preserve the Mughal-built Lalbagh Kella (fort) in Old Dhaka.

PDB goes for rental deal with Aggreko

The Power Development Board (PDB) has initiated a contract with British company Aggreko for two gas-fired rental power plants totalling 150 megawatt capacity as a fail-safe measure to ensure maximum power generation in next irrigation period in February.

Govt agrees to fix ownership before survey

The government has agreed to determine the ownership of lands before conducting survey of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) as per the CHT peace accord following a demand from CHT Regional Councils and Rajas (kings) of three hill districts.

High Court 'exonerates' EC Sohul

The High Court (HC) yesterday "exonerated" Election Commissioner Muhammed Sohul Hussain from a contempt of court charge, while observing that he was grossly contemptuous.

AL delegates meet CEC

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's adviser HT Imam yesterday said the government will take necessary measures to maintain environment conducive to free and fair elections to local government bodies beginning from December.

Rangpur Medical closed

Authorities of Rangpur Medical College (RMC) yesterday suspended all academic activities till October 23 following clashes of two rival groups of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) on the campus on Saturday.

Ex-adviser Gen Mainul passes away

Maj Gen (retd) Mainul Hossain Chowdhury, former adviser to a caretaker government and a veteran freedom fighter, passed away at a city hospital yesterday.

11 hurt in BCL-JCD clash at RU

At least 11 leaders and activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) were injured in a clash on Rajshahi University (RU) campus yesterday.

Army help sought for smooth berth operations

Private berth operators here yesterday demanded that army personnel be deployed at Chittagong Port to ensure smooth berth operation.

Tigers-Kiwis 3rd ODI today

Bangladesh take on New Zealand in the third one-day international at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur today, with one eye on taking a shock 2-0 lead in the 5-match series.

2 criminals beaten to death after trader killed

A shrimp trader was shot dead by two criminals at Lata Bazar in Paikgacha upazila of Khulna last night.

Abu Zandal confesses involvement

Harkatul Jihad al Islami (Huji) leader Mufti Moin Sheikh alias Abu Zandal yesterday confessed his involvement in Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) rally blast case, 2001 before a Dhaka court.

Call for end to death penalty

Governments and campaigners yesterday urged a worldwide end to the death penalty, singling out the United States, Iran and China and denouncing executions of children and other vulnerable groups.

Editorial

UZ chairmen, vice-chairmen make a valid point

The issue of what kind of local government we mean to have in Bangladesh has once again been highlighted through the convention of upazila chairmen and vice chairmen in Dhaka. That it needs these elected representatives of the people at the grassroots level to inform the country and the government about the state of inactivity they have been forced into not only raises questions about the future of democracy but also makes a mockery of this entire idea of local bodies supervising development work at the local levels. Let us make no mistake about it: when upazila chairmen, vice-chairmen and members complain that they have no specific responsibilities other than having tea, engaging in small talk and going back home, they are not indulging in humour. They are raising a fundamental issue of how and why the very principle of local government may be getting undermined in the country.

We congratulate The Independent on its re-launch

We felicitate The Independent on the occasion of its re-launch. In Bangladesh, as indeed in all other developing countries, newspapers are constantly fighting against odds, all for the purpose of keeping the people informed. Nothing gives us more pleasure than to see a renewal of intent on the part of a newspaper to serve people better.

Sports

Get the big one: Jamie

Bangladesh coach Jamie Siddons stressed on the importance of his batsmen to carry on after getting starts in today's third one-dayer against New Zealand at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.

Ratna, Sadia fail once more

Bangladesh's hopes of winning a XIX Commonwealth Games gold medal evaporated when the country's two prospective women shooters -- Sharmin Akhter Ratna and Sadia Sultana -- finished at a low in the individual 10m air rifle event finals at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range here yesterday.

Sachin fells another milestone

India's Sachin Tendulkar became the first man to score 14,000 runs in Test cricket during the second Test against Australia on Sunday.

Andy banking on pitch

Speedster Andy McKay said New Zealand are banking on a more pacer-friendly wicket against Bangladesh today.

Rajasthan, Punjab kicked out of IPL

Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab have been thrown out of the Indian Premier League over ownership issues, tournament organisers said on Sunday.

Australia ahead

Australia's bowlers built on a century by Marcus North as the tourists seized control of the second and final Test against India on Sunday.

Proteas edge out Zim

JP Duminy hit 96 not out as South Africa edged out Zimbabwe by eight runs at the Diamond Oval on Sunday.

11 Bhasani University students freed on bail

Eleven students of food, technology and nutritional science (FTNS) department at Maulana Bhasani University of Science and Technology (MBUST), arrested during agitation on the campus on September 21, were released on bail yesterday.

DELHI DIARY

Around 50 doctors with a support staff of 250 are taking care of all health problems the athletes are facing at the Games Village. The doctors at the polyclinic, which looks nothing less than a multi-specialty hospital, have been kept busy 24 hours attending to sportsmen coming in with complaints of minor injuries and fever.

Japan Open Nadal's

Top-ranked Rafael Nadal overpowered No. 5 seed Gael Monfils 6-1, 7-5 to win his first Japan Open title Sunday and regain some face after a surprise semifinal loss in Bangkok last week.

Ctg Abahani beat Police in opener

Chittagong Abahani beat Bangladesh Police by the odd goal in three in the opening match of the 23rd Grameenphone Federation Cup football tournament at the Birshreshtha Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.

Beckham at Kamalapur

Beckham was sitting in the VIP gallery of the Kamalapur Stadium to watch the opening match of the 23rd Grameenphone Federation Cup between Chittagong Abahani and Bangladesh Police yesterday.

Primary schools football on

The first-ever Bangabandhu Gold Cup Government Primary School Football competition started across the country yesterday.

Delwar-Mamun take doubles title

Delwar Hossain and Mamun Bepari won the doubles crown in the Anlene ATF Under-14 series after defeating the Indian pair of Govas Aryan and Karan Mehta 6-4, 6-0 in the final at the National Tennis Complex in Ramna yesterday.

Div II chess

Toyota Motors, Agrani Bank and Fire Service & Civil Defence shared the lead with five points each after the third round of the Philosophia 2nd Division Chess League at the Chess Federation yesterday.

Vettel's 2nd in a row

Germany's Sebastian Vettel Sunday won the Japanese Grand Prix for the second consecutive year leading a Red Bull 1-2 at the Suzuka circuit.

Subs cheer on France

Substitutes Loic Remy and Yoann Gourcuff struck late goals to give France a 2-0 win at home to Romania on Saturday that sent them top of their Euro 2012 qualifying group.

Loew keeping it real

Germany coach Joachim Loew insists the World Cup semifinalists are still a long way from Euro 2012 qualification despite three wins from three as they prepare to face minnows Kazakhstan on Tuesday.

Italy beware of wounded Serbia

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli believes Serbia's shock 3-1 home defeat to Estonia will work against his team when they face the Serbs in Genoa on Tuesday.

Butt pained at crisis

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Hans-Jorg Butt said Sunday he fears history will repeat itself from his time at Bayer Leverkusen unless the defending champions start winning in the Bundesliga soon.

De Jong yet to apologise

Hatem Ben Arfa's advisor has revealed that Nigel De Jong has yet to apologise for the tackle which left the Newcastle midfielder with a double leg break.

Neuer drops exit hint

Schalke goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, believed to be a target for Manchester United, has indicated he could leave the club at the end of the season.

Klose might leave Bayern

In-form German striker Miroslav Klose hinted Sunday about leaving defending German champions Bayern Munich with his contract set to expire next June to help him achieve his goal of playing at Euro 2012.

Tevez hints at retirement

Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has once more suggested he is ready to quit the game - though he did refuse to put a timescale on his retirement.

Business

Big blow to stocks

Dhaka stocks yesterday suffered the biggest fall since July.

Halal food certification board on cards

The government has moved to form a high-profile committee to recommend ways to establish a board for certification for halal foods after repeated appeals from processed food exporters.

Credit raters say banks hem, CEOs haw

Bangladesh is relatively a new to corporate credit ratings, and the recent acquaintance so far has involved strained smiles on all sides.

IMF told to toughen scrutiny of rich powers

Emerging powers won a battle on Saturday for heightened IMF scrutiny of rich countries' economic policies as world financial leaders sought to defuse mounting tensions over currencies.

Hasina: TCB to be strengthened

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday opted to strengthen the state-owned Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) to break the evil nexus of syndication that keeps hostage the masses.

Deal with Delhi on border haats this month

Bangladesh and India are going to sign a deal to establish makeshift bazaars in border areas to ensure market access for the people and narrow bilateral trade-gap.

Key overseas missions achieve export targets

Overcoming poor performances last fiscal, major Bangladesh missions abroad exceeded export targets set for those for the first two months of the current fiscal year (2010-11).

Emotionally yours

Late at night, my mobile phone beeped with an SMS alert. I was startled and then enthused by the content: Sorry, my mom was around. I'll talk to you tomorrow. Please don't get mad at me. Love you too.

IMF, World Bank wrap up talks amid frictions

The world's top finance officials wrapped up three days of talks here Sunday after failing to reach a consensus on measures to head off what some see as a looming currency war.

Energy fair starts Thursday

A three-day exhibition on power and renewable energy will start on Thursday at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre.

Training on cuisine can create jobs for Bangladeshis

Setting up of cuisine training institutes in the country could open up a new avenue for huge overseas employment with high pays in the United Kingdom, as the British curry industry has a demand for 30,000 skilled cooks and kitchen staff now.

Spanish builders go abroad

Spanish builders are looking abroad for work to shield themselves from the collapse of a decade-long property boom that has left hundreds of thousands of unsold homes across the country.

Metro Spinning declares bonus shares

Metro Spinning Ltd declared 20 percent bonus shares for shareholders for fiscal 2009-10 at a meeting held in its office yesterday.

BTCL connection suspended in Sylhet

Land phone and internet connection of Bangladesh Telecommunication Company Ltd (BTCL), including fax operation at home and abroad, remained suspended here last morning due to cut off of optic fibre and microwave.

Fortis Healthcare owners to buy HK business

The controlling shareholders of India's hospital chain Fortis Healthcare have agreed to buy the healthcare assets of Hong Kong-based Quality HealthCare Asia Ltd for HK$1.52 billion ($195 million), according to statements issued late on Sunday.

Carbon penalties may route to $100b

More penalties on greenhouse gas emissions could help raise $100 billion a year from 2020 to enable poor nations to slow global warming, despite austerity in many rich countries, Norway's prime minister said.

Sales of top video game titles boost holiday hopes

Finally, there's a bit of good news this year for the video game business.

Hulu prepares IPO amid battle with Netflix

Popular U.S. Web video service Hulu is prepared to raise as much as $300 million in an initial public offering likely to be led by Morgan Stanley, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Mobius looks to frontier markets for growth

Templeton Asset Management fund manager Mark Mobius expects 'frontier' markets to outperform wider emerging markets in the next decade, with resource-rich Nigeria and Kazakhstan his top picks.

Strike ends at ArcelorMittal's Algeria plant

Workers at steelmaker ArcelorMittal's Algerian plant resumed work after a strike over pay on Thursday, a union source said.

Corporate Briefs

STANDARD BANK
The bank's Board of Directors has decided to change the denomination of its shares by fixing the face value of shares at Tk 10 each instead of existing Tk 100 and determine the market lot from 50 to 100 shares and amendment of relevant clauses/articles of Memorandum and Articles of Associations, subject to approval of shareholders in the EGM and regulatory authorities. The date, time and venue of the EGM and record date will be notified later.

Metropolitan

Call to establish eco-friendly transport system

Environmentalists yesterday called for establishing an eco-friendly transport system and promoting bicycling and walking, to reduce carbon emissions and check climate change.

Take steps to keep global temperatures stable

Some NGO activists yesterday placed a six-point demand, including necessary measures to keep global temperatures stable, to face challenges posed by climate change.

Enrich skills on IT

State Minister for Science and Information & Communication Technology Yeafesh Osman urged the young generation to enrich their skills on information and technology to build a prosperous Bangladesh.

Call to create awareness to stop stalking

Speakers at a programme yesterday stressed the need for creating mass awareness and establishing rule of law to prevent stalking from the society.

Students' leadership programme launched

Bangla Academy introduced a Student Ambassador Leadership Programme, aiming to create leadership among students in school and provide poor children with education facilities.

Dhaka to further strengthen ties with China

Bangladesh is eager to develop multidimensional relations with China to explore new avenues of co-operation for strengthening economic, political and cultural ties.

Make ICT prime tool of dev : President

President Zillur Rahman yesterday called for extending internet access to all corners of the country for making information and communication technology (ICT) as the prime tool of development.

Save rivers, cut carbon emissions

People from various organisations and localities joined a campaign yesterday in Savar to protest pollution and misuse of the river Bangshi, to save rivers and to reduce carbon emissions in the atmosphere.

Ad firm manager strangled in Ctg

Robbers strangled the manager of an advertising firm at city's Momin Road on Saturday night.

'Start debate to prohibit death penalty'

A debate should be started to prohibit death penalty and the government could stop its execution before deciding on it, Professor F Bellivier, deputy secretary general of International Federation for Human Rights said yesterday.

IGP says law and order satisfactory

Inspector General of Police Hassan Mahmood Khandkar yesterday claimed that despite some 'sporadic incidents' like the one in Natore, the law and order across the country is satisfactory and under control.

Hearing adjourned for fifth time

A Dhaka court yesterday adjourned the hearing on charge framing for the fifth time against detained former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar in connection with a tax evasion case.

Kaiser laid to rest

Awami League (AL) Presidium Member Ataur Rahman Khan Kaiser was laid to eternal rest with state honour at his family graveyard beside his Chandanpura residence in the port city yesterday evening.

Maasranga TV goes on test transmission

Maasranga Television, a concern of Square Group, started its test transmission yesterday morning.

Bail prayers of two Jamaat leaders rejected

Detained two assistant secretaries general of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami Muhammad Kamaruzzaman and Abdul Quader Molla were sent to jail yesterday in a case filed for preventing police from discharging duties during hartal hours on June 27.

Road accidents kill 2

At least two people were killed and two others injured in separate road accidents in Gopalganj yesterday.

'71 heroes honoured

An event titled "Projonmer Chetona" to honour freedom fighters, Birangonas and martyred intellectuals of 1971 was recently held at Dhaka University of Engineering and Technology (Duet).

Paban gets bail

A Dhaka Court yesterday granted a 15-day bail to Khandaker Akhter Hamid Paban, son of BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain, in a cracker blast case.

Repressed journalists' body formed

Repressed Journalists' Committee was formed with journalist Saleem Samad as convener and Barun Bhowmik Nayan the member secretary on Thursday, says a press release.

Shift policy to reduce carbon

Environmental activists yesterday urged the government to make internal policy shift to reduce carbon emissions instead of borrowing money from external sources and throwing it around to be gobbled up by corrupt quarters.

Practise objective journalism

Department of Mass Communication and Journalism of Dhaka University yesterday organised a discussion and cultural programme on the occasion of its freshers' reception and farewell programme to students completing their post graduation degree.

Mainul's death condoled

Different organisations and leaders of different political parties yesterday expressed grief at the death of Maj Gen (retd) Mainul Hossain Chowdhury Bir Bikram.

National

Pest, leaf blight affect aman plants in Nilphamari

Aman paddy plants in large areas of land in the district are attacked with pest and leaf blight disease, much to the worry of farmers.

Tidal surge delays work in nine Aila-hit upazilas

Khulna district administration could not begin work for implementation of the Employment Generation Project (EGP) scheduled from yesterday because of havoc caused by downpour and tidal surges in the Aila affected upazilas of the district.

Downpour causes huge damage in 3 Barisal UZs

Barisal district administration primarily assessed huge damages caused by recent downpour.

Mutiny charge framed against 35 BDR men in Ctg

A special court in Chittagong yesterday framed charges against 35 jawans of 10 Rifle Battalion's Bolipara camp for their involvement in 2009 BDR mutiny.

50 Sylhet Cadet College students try to flee to avoid 'torture'

A group of students of Sylhet Cadet College fled away to avoid 'severe corporal punishment' but teachers with the help of police captured them at Khasdabir on Osmany International Airport Road and took them back to the campus on Saturday night.

Criminals cut 290 mahogany trees at garden in Pabna

Criminals cut 290 mahogany trees aged four to five years old at a garden in Fakirpur village under Pabna Sadar upazila on Saturday.

Abducted schoolboy rescued, one arrested

A schoolboy, abducted on October 6 in Birganj upazila of Dinajpur district, was rescued yesterday.

Chararhat massacre day observed

Chararhat mass killing day observed in Nawabganj upazila of Dinajpur yesterday.

Robbers loot two houses

Armed robbers looted cash and valuables from flats of two tenants of house owner Abdul Latif at Muslimpara village in Golapganj upazila earlySaturday.

Food poison: 7 of a family fall sick

Seven members of a family fell sick due to food poisoning at Hasanpur village in Keshobpur upazila of the district on Saturday night.

Day labourer murdered in Rajshahi

A day labourer was killed by his neighbour over a trifling matter at Piadapara village in Bagha upazila yesterday.

Letters

Child health

Children under five years of age in rural areas are vulnerable to various types of diseases because of their poor immune system. Every year, more than 10.5 million children die before they reach the 5th year of their life. Half of these deaths happen due to acute respiratory infection, diarrhoea, measles, malaria, and malnutrition. People of the rural area are not aware of vaccination. As a result, most of the children in the villages suffer from diseases like diphtheria, tetanus, measles, etc.

Decentralisation

Dhaka city is reeling under over population, traffic jam, dearth of roads and streets, deteriorating public utility services, failing law and order, emergence of concrete jungle in unplanned manner, unending stream of floating population, etc. The city has virtually become unliveable.

Evicting hawkers!

A staff correspondent's front-page report of 3rd October on the matter was published in a local English daily. The proposal of evicting all hawkers, given for reducing traffic congestion, seemed rather off the mark to me! The hawkers may block the pedestrians' flow on footpaths to an extent, but its impact on the flow of road traffic is somewhat marginal. It may aggravate the jam in one or two roads, particularly around Baitul Mukarram, but it is not a reason for traffic congestion in most city roads. Will the eviction of hawkers, as proposed, not lead to another opportunity of flow of 'Bakshis' for our policemen? They can always arrange an unofficial daily fine, while the hawkers carry on their trade! The hawkers are rather poor and transient traders who cannot afford a regular shop or stall to sell their wares. This step, if adopted, may lead to many lower income people and their families being cut off from their livelihood.

Politics in Bangladesh

Those who claim the constitutional mandate to speak for the masses do not have a voice, and those who have the voice do not have the mandate in Bangladesh. The governing process gets reduced to attending to the anxieties, fears, demands, and aspirations of the upper slice of the society, while the denials and deprivations of the majority go unspoken and unreported, all in the name of keeping at bay that undesirable plague called populism.

Patients need privacy

It is a matter of great regret that many physicians in our country do not care about the privacy of their patients. They examine patients at their chambers in the presence of other patients and their relatives. It is objectionable and embarrassing, because patients have to narrate their symptoms and answer many questions for the sake of the diagnosis. Those should be for the doctor's ears only. The physicians should have enough sense to know that patients need privacy and it is their (doctors') sacred duty to provide it.

Seat belts

More than a year ago, the former Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman died in a car crash while returning to Dhaka from Sylhet. Investigation revealed that Mr. Saifur Rahman succumbed to his death as the car plunged into the water, and that he could not get out of the car despite his desperate attempts, because of the fastened seat belt. It can be concluded that Mr. Saifur Rahman was killed in the car crash because he was restricted by the seat belt.

Dhaka National Zoo

How many of you have gone to Dhaka Zoo? If you have, I am pretty much sure that the opinion you have about the place is same as mine. The place is full of a rotten smell all around, with the tigers, monkeys and the other animals in distress.

Babri Mosque

I refer to the editorial of The Daily Star of October 3, 2010 titled 'Ayodhya verdict'. It is an optimistic view just hoping against hope. The real public sentiment can be gauged if the ears are pricked to the crowd's comments in the street. It is hard to believe that the extremists who have been capitalising on this issue for decades for political gain will calm down after this verdict.

JFK airport incident

This is in reference to Gopal Sengupta, Avik Sengupta and Shimul Chowdhury's posts in your issue of October 2, 2010. Sirs, please be a little considerate to the excited party workers. They are staunch supporters of Awami League and its great leader Sheikh Hasina. They were eagerly waiting at the airport of a foreign land to greet the Prime Minister and their party chief. Though unwelcome, their eagerness made them go into tussles with people who went their to show their displeasure of AL Government's treatment to Begum Zia and her party activists.

Death sentence

During September'10 several news items related to death sentence were published in variousnewspapers. The Daily Star (07-09-10) news was “President Zillur Rahman granted presidential pardon to 20 death row inmates in the Jubo Dal leader Sabbir Ahmed Gama killing case.” The Daily Star (08-09-10) picture was captioned, “Sohag holding a table fan and Formajul with a TV antenna come out of Rajshahi jail yesterday. They are among death row inmates of Juba Dal leader Gama killing case pardoned by the president. They brought along the antenna and table fan when they went to jail.”

JS passes bill on energy deals

The Daily Star report suggests that the Bangladesh Parliament passed a bill on energy deal on 3rd October 2010. After signing by the President it will be a law. The main aim of passing this law is providing the government with sweeping authority to quickly award energy sector contracts on unsolicited negotiation basis. This means the present government has given utmost priority to the energy sector.

British monarchy and Salman Rushdie

Recently in an interview to “The Sunday Times” Salman Rushdie who became infamous for some of his stupid and blasphemous writings termed the British Monarchy and its traditions as “stupid” and “archaic”. Surprisingly this frustrated and mentally depressed author Rushdie had accepted the British Knighthood to get himself decorated as “Sir Rushdie” thereby proving his stupidity and double standards!

BCB's World Cup preparation

Not Australia, not South Africa, not India, and not England cancelled their test matches ahead of the Cricket World Cup. But Bangladesh did. They cancelled the test matches against New Zealand. Instead they are playing two additional ODIs. Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) thinks it will help in the world cup preparation. It seems that Bangladesh has better chance than Australia, SA or India. Ridiculous!

International

Nato supplies start moving

Pakistani Authorities Yesterday Reopened A Border Crossing With Afghanistan, allowing Nato supplies to be trucked to coalition troops, a Pakistani government official said.

N Zealand TV host at centre of India race row quits

A New Zealand television host whose "racist" remarks provoked a furious official protest from New Delhi yesterday said he was quitting his job, and the head of his network apologised to India.

Chinese Nobel Prize winner's wife detained

The wife of 2010 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo has been detained in her apartment in Beijing, China, and is not allowed to see people or use her telephone, a human rights group citing her attorney said yesterday.

I'm no saint, says S Africa's hero

A new collection of Nelson Mandela's private papers reveals his years of heartache at missing his family while in prison and his wariness at becoming idolised, in excerpts published yesterday.

Rs 1b offered for Musharraf's head

The son of Baluch nationalist leader Nawab Akbar Bugti who was killed during Pervez Musharraf's regime has offered a bounty of Rs 1 billion and 1,000 acres of land to any person who beheads the former military ruler.

N Korea's heir debuts at giant military parade

Secretive North Korea's leader-in-waiting, the youngest son of ailing ruler Kim Jong-il, took centre stage during a massive military parade yesterday, his public appearing being broadcast live for the first time.

Chile miners' rescue mission to start on Wednesday

After more than two months trapped deep in a Chilean mine, 33 miners are enjoying yesterday tantalizingly close to rescue. Drillers have completed an escape shaft, and Chile's mining minister says a video inspection shows the hole's walls are firm enough to allow the men to be hoisted out as early as Wednesday.

US vows to save ME peace talks

The United States pledged to keep working to rescue Middle East peace talks after Arab ministers gave it one month from Friday to secure a change of heart from Israel over Jewish settlement building.

Pope receives letter from Ahmadinejad

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has sent a letter to the pope thanking him for opposing a Florida pastor's threat to burn the Quran and calling for cooperation against secularism, the Vatican and the Iranian presidency said Saturday.

Over 60pc of Afghans suffer mental health problems

Scarred by decades of war, social problems and poverty, more than 60 percent of Afghans suffer from stress disorders and mental health problems, a top health official said yesterday.

US drone kills seven Pak militants

A US drone strike killed seven militants at a compound in Pakistan's tribal North Waziristan region yesterday, security officials said.

Nepal fails in 12th bid to elect PM

Nepal's parliament failed to elect a new prime minister for the twelfth time yesterday, meaning the impoverished Himalayan nation has been without a functioning government for over 100 days.

Afghanistan picks chairman for peace council

Former Afghan leader Buhanuddin Rabbani has been selected to head a peace council tasked with helping negotiations with the Taliban, President Hamid Karzai's office announced Saturday.

US mid-term polls to be costliest ever

US November mid-term elections are on track to be the costliest ever after controversial high court rulings opened the way for shadowy donors to flood key races with cash aimed at shaping the outcome.

Red Shirts rally in Bangkok

About 6,000 "Red Shirt" protesters rallied in Bangkok yesterday to mark six months since a night of bloody clashes with the army, which left 25 people dead, during their two-month-long street protests.

Hungary races to build dam as reservoir crack widens

Workers raced to build an emergency dam in western Hungary yesterday as cracks in a reservoir widened, threatening to unleash a second torrent of toxic sludge on the village of Kolontar and nearby rivers.

Arts & Entertainment

Sustaining the arts

With several arts institutions in Bangladesh running dance programmes for over a decade now, it is heartening to watch the remarkably high standard of performance by Bangladeshi dancers. A few have received recognition in India from prestigious institutions. However, making a living out of dance is still a struggle in Bangladesh. One of the major obstacles is the dearth of platforms that arrange regular dance performances.

“No alternative to reading for achieving enlightenment” -- Professor Abdullah Abu Sayeed

Biswa Sahitya Kendro's (BSK) Manikganj unit observed its fourth anniversary in Manikganj on Saturday. The day's programme included a colourful rally, discussion, dance, play, poetry recitation, song rendition and local gastronomic delights to guests. BSK's founder Professor Abdullah Abu Sayeed was present at the function as chief guest while Defence Secretary Khandaker Mohammad Asaduzzaman was present as special guest.

Reaping rewards

As a young man, Siraj Uddin never dreamt that he would become a flute seller. However, to maintain his large family, he entered the profession 38 yeas ago and is till going strong. “Like other village youths, I learned to play the flute as a hobby but eventually became a professional flute maker and seller,” said the 55-year-old Siraj Uddin who is a father of four.

Lecture on alternative cinema in Bangladesh

In a first for internationally-acclaimed Bangladeshi director Tanvir Mokammel, he has been invited by the Jadavpur University in Kolkata to an international seminar where he will deliver a lecture on alternative cinema in Bangladesh.

Installation exhibition

Goethe Institut presents an installation art exhibition named 'Dhaka Traffic: The city cannot wait', says a press release, Artist Shulekha Chaudhury addresses this theme through her artworks. Her aim is to draw public attention to just how dangerous it is to live in Dhaka and raise the question of how its citizens can face this hard reality. Shulekha is currently involved with 'Britto Art Trust' and 'SHAKO' (Women Artists Association of Bangladesh).

Mirror on the marginalised

Bangladesh Udichi Shilpi Goshthi, Mymensingh Sangsad staged “Shasti”, a plat based on a short story by Rabindranath Tagore at Zila Shilpakala Academy auditorium on Friday evening.

Boat race on Kaliganga River

A traditional boat race was held on Kaliganga River at Bewtha Ghat under the Municipality area of Manikganj on October 8. Manikganj District Sports Association (DSA) organised the traditional boat race. DSA secretary AFM Sultanul Azam Khan called upon organisations and boat owners to take part in the competition.

OP-ED

Upazila chairman murder. Who's to blame?

The murder of Boraigram Upazila chairman, who was also a local Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader, allegedly by the ruling party activists while he was leading an anti-government demonstration, has stunned all democracy loving people across the political spectrum. Even Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has expressed her determination to punish the killers regardless of their political identity.

Sheikh of Options

You know a marriage has gone sour when one of the couple begins winking at the neighbour. The political wedlock between Rahul Gandhi and Omar Abdullah was the celebrity event of our times, a signature moment that harmonised the hopes of a new century with the promise of a generation free not only from the fuddy-duddy mindset of a Nehru-Sheikh ancestry, but also the overenthusiastic mistakes of the daddy partnership between Farooq Abdullah and Rajiv Gandhi.



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