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News of: Monday, 18th of October, 2010

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Kiwis Tiger-washed

Rubel Hossain's searing yorker uprooted New Zealand's long-standing bastion over the Tigers and, like his raised fist, took his team into new heights in world cricket. The incredibly tight three-run win yesterday completed the much-coveted 4-0 whitewash of a major Test-playing nation, an exceptional highlight for Bangladesh.

Thorny border ties thaw

In line with a major policy decision taken a few months back, Bangladesh and India both have begun construction of structures within 150 yards of the zero line along the international border at designated areas.

Bangladesh betters on hunger challenge

Bangladesh has ranked sixth in combating hunger among 28 vulnerable countries this year, an ActionAid International study said.

Govt steps up vigilance in Hatia

The home ministry has directed the law enforcement agencies to intensify vigilance in the remote chars (shoals) of Hatia island in Noakhali following some reports on killing of char people in the hands of bandits.

AL, BNP on Khaleda's house

Amid mounting call from Awami League asking BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to vacate the cantonment house as per the High Court judgement, BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury said politics or judiciary has nothing to do with it.

Hindus bid farewell to Durga

Durga Puja, the greatest religious festival of the Hindus, ended yesterday with the immersion of the idols of goddess Durga and her children on the fifth day of celebration of it across the country.

AL tag used to grab land, river

A self-proclaimed ruling Awami League leader is setting up a brick kiln on a government land in the district's Baufal upazila, defying the local administration's orders.

Cost estimate too high

Local experts are working to scale down the construction cost of the proposed Dhaka Elevated Expressway to $25 million (Tk 175 crore) for each kilometre from $75 million estimated by a foreign consultant.

Girl attempts to kill herself

A teenage girl got severely injured after she torched herself yesterday at city's Zia Sarani in Kadamtoli as her 'husband' refused to register their marriage.

Fake medicine factory busted

A team of Rapid Action Battalion yesterday busted a fake homeopathy medicine factory and arrested five people in this connection from Old Dhaka's Babu Bazar area.

Indian PM examines Tipaimukh plan today

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will hold a crucial meeting with different ministers here today to discuss the country's mega hydropower projects, including the Tipaimukh.

BNP forms 9-man probe commission

BNP has formed a nine-member 'mass enquiry commission' to investigate the October 11 train accident in Sirajganj.

Complaint filed against 14 AL men

A complaint was lodged with Boraigram Police Station yesterday against 14 local leaders and workers of Awami League and Chhatra League for attacking journalists during the recent killing of local upazila parishad chairman Sanaullah Noor Babu.

Rejoinder, our reply

Nassa Group in a rejoinder to the news item ”RMG workers clash, 15 hurt" published in The Daily Star on October 5, 2010 claimed the information that “Workers from Nassa Group had joined the agitating workers of Padma Poly Cotton” was not correct.

BSF kills 1

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead a Bangladeshi cattle trader and injured two others at Shingnagar border of Shibganj upazila in Chapainawabganj Saturday night.

Pope canonises Australia's first saint

Pope Benedict XVI canonised Australia's first saint, Mary MacKillop, at a mass in Saint Peter's Square in the Vatican yesterday in front of tens of thousands of cheering pilgrims.

By-polls violence kills 21 in Karachi

At least 21 people have been killed in a fresh bout of political violence ahead of a key by-election in Karachi, a senior police official of Pakistan said yesterday.

Somali pirates abduct 43 sailors off Kenya

Somali pirates have hijacked a South Korean-operated fishing boat with 43 sailors, Seoul's Foreign Ministry said yesterday.

Israel detains Palestinian boy hit by settler's car

Israeli police have detained a stone-throwing boy who was struck by a car driven by a settler in a flashpoint east Jerusalem neighbourhood earlier this month, police said yesterday.

Israeli air strike kills 2 Palestinians

Two Palestinians were killed and a third wounded in a pre-dawn Israeli air strike north of Gaza City, Palestinian medics said yesterday.

Rescued men attend service of thanks

About 12 of the 33 miners freed after 69 days underground in northern Chile have returned to the mine to attend a ceremony celebrating their rescue yesterday.

Gunman kill 29 in Pakistan's Karachi as election held

Gunmen shot to death at least 29 people in Pakistan's commercial hub Karachi over the weekend, deepening tensions as a by-election was held to replace a lawmaker who was murdered in August.

Editorial

The worries about gas

Some very real worries assail us where the matter is one of gas in the country. With reports of a marginal increase in the supply of gas in the face of growing demands, our attention has long been riveted on the exploration issue. As a report in this newspaper yesterday makes it clear, not much of a headway has been made in gas exploration in order to ensure a smooth, uninterrupted supply of gas well into the near future. Contrast that with the praiseworthy initiatives the government has taken in recent times to augment the supply of electricity. Moves are on to generate 2,500 megawatts of electricity. Such moves are yet to be seen in the gas sector. That is where our concerns come in.

Blatant disregard for worker and public safety

If pictures are supposed to speak a thousand words then the two photographs front-paged in this newspaper yesterday speak more than a thousand words. They depict a manifest malady, but which, regrettably, remains outside the radar screen of the agencies concerned to be attended to and remedied. The pictures are fairly representative of the state of safety of workers in almost all kinds of work places, from high-rise buildings to construction sights to garment factories to road construction to ship-breaking yards, you name it.

Sports

Chronicles of glory

At one point, words just no longer cut it. Over the last fortnight there have been adjectives aplenty to describe Bangladesh's almost surreal performances against New Zealand. The Tigers have been called “super,” they have been dubbed “sensational” and “sublime,” some have even stretched as far as “magic,” and “magnificent.” In between there have also been some “wows” thrown in for good measure. But after yesterday's nail-biting victory, there really are no words left.

Tigers paint Kiwis red & green

With the series-winning trophy, the man-of-the-series award and two more prizes in the bag, Shakib Al Hasan mentioned that the acquisition of a brand new gift had helped them win the fifth and final one-dayer against New Zealand in such a tense fashion, completing the unexpected 4-0 rout.

Vettori devastated

After a result that would have defied belief before New Zealand's tour of Bangladesh began a 4-0 whitewash at the hands of unfancied Bangladesh Kiwi skipper Daniel Vettori cut a forlorn figure at yesterday's post-match press conference.

Tigers on a par with WI

Bangladesh have joined the West Indies on 67 ratings points in the Reliance Mobile International Cricket Council ODI Championship after defeating New Zealand 4-0 in the five-match series in Mirpur on Sunday.

Trouble around SBNS!

It wasn't too bad a start for the Tigers yesterday morning, but there was utter chaos in the surrounding areas of the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.

SA clinch series

South Africa claimed an eight-wicket victory in the second one-day international against Zimbabwe at Senwes Park on Sunday.

Indo-Aussie first ODI abandoned

The first one-day international between India and Australia was abandoned without a ball being bowled on Sunday due to bad weather.

Intense battle for curtain raiser

The phony war of the Grameenphone Federation Cup finished three days ago and now the real battle of the season's curtain raiser begins today with eight finalists locking horns to determine who is the best of the lot.

Real lead Barca

Cristiano Ronaldo and Gon-zalo Higuain both scored braces as Real Madrid made it ten goals in two games with a 4-1 win at Malaga on Saturday to move top of the Spanish first division.

Dark dawn to Reds' new era

Liverpool were beaten 2-0 by Everton in the Mers-eyside derby on Sunday as the English footballing giants' new era got off to a bitterly disappointing start.

Eto'o hushes racists

Samuel Eto'o rammed the racist chants of his detractors back down their throats as he scored the only goal in Inter Milan's 1-0 victory at Cagliari that sent them joint top of Serie A on Sunday.

Murray the Master

Andy Murray defeated Roger Federer 6-3, 6-2 to win the Shanghai Masters Sunday, his second final victory over the Swiss former world number one in two months.

Ali memorabilia to raise funds for Parkinson's

A collection of Muhammad Ali memorabilia, hand-signed and donated by the celebrated boxer to a Parkinson's disease charity will be sold in London next week.

Business

Banks get new deadline to cut stock investment

Bangladesh Bank (BB) has set a fresh deadline for banks to bring down their investment in the capital market within the limit.

Bangladesh to speak for Asian migrants

Bangladesh wants the Asian labour exporting countries to have a common stance on migrant workers' rights, including a minimum wage ceiling and a reduced cost of migration to the countries, mainly in the Gulf region and Southeast Asia.

Energy crisis weighs on tiles makers

The ceramic tiles industry is going through a rough patch as an inadequate supply of power has forced many entities to shelve their expansion plans.

RMG exports grow 30pc in Q1

Apparel exports grew by more than 30 percent in the first quarter of the current fiscal year, riding on high demand for the competitively priced item.

British heartland braces for cuts

Sheffield knows all about cuts -- and no-one knows better than Philip Wright.

Fight against hunger far from over

An elderly woman was standing on the footpath, holding a plastic tiffin box. Within the box was a Tk 10 note and some Tk 1 and Tk 2 coins.

India launches diamond bourse

India, the world leader in the export of cut and polished diamonds, is taking a major step towards becoming a global trading centre for the gemstone with a newly launched diamond exchange.

India's growth to moderate

India's economic growth is on track to accelerate in 2010/11 on the back of monsoon rains but expectations for growth in the following year have moderated slightly, a quarterly Reuters poll shows.

Lehman bankruptcy a $1b payday for advisers

When Lehman Brothers collapsed, a whole lot of money vanished with it. Its bankruptcy, on the other hand, just keeps on paying.

AIA seeks $20b in IPO

AIA Group Ltd said Sunday it could raise up to 20 billion US dollars in its global public offering this month, putting it on track to be the world's second biggest IPO of 2010.

Wall of money leaves Asia swimming against tide

A tidal wave of speculative money is pouring into Asia and driving up regional currencies, stoking political tensions in the run-up to crunch summits as nations raise the barricades to protect exports.

Ford to sell most of stake in Japan's Mazda

US carmaker Ford Motor has decided to sell the bulk of its 11 percent stake in Japan's Mazda Motor and invest the money instead in emerging markets.

Italy's Enel Green Power to float today

Italy's Enel will float its shares in its Enel Green Power subsidiary on Monday in the biggest initial public offering (IPO) in Europe since 2007.

Saudi Sabic's net profits up 46pc

Saudi petrochemicals giant Sabic announced on Sunday a 46 percent increase in third quarter net profits to 5.33 billion riyals (1.42 billion dollars) over 2009.

France braces for latest reform protest

France braced for another day of street rallies against pension reform Saturday as rolling strikes cut the fuel pipeline to Paris airports and shut down most of the country's oil refineries.

McDonald's to host

Fast food giant McDonald's Corp is finding a new role for itself in Hong Kong -- as a wedding planner.

Apec nations aim to boost agricultural productivity

Asia Pacific nations agreed on Sunday to boost the region's agricultural productivity through technology transfer and information sharing as climate change and a fall in arable land threaten future food supplies.

Cuts will haul Britain back from edge: finance minister

Britain's finance minister said spending cuts to be unveiled this week will restore credibility to a country that had been on the brink of bankruptcy as he vowed Sunday to see the measures through to the end.

Metropolitan

Divers cry for rescue

Two days after a teenage girl went missing in the river Someswari, the entire village of Durgapur in Netrokona swarmed the riverbank. They curiously watched a team of Fire Service and Civil Defence rescue divers attempt to salvage the body.

Uphold secularism

President Zillur Rahman said Secularism is a must for building prosperous Bangladesh.

Plan to extend irrigation facilities on 19,685 hectares

The government has taken an initiative to extend irrigation facilities to some 19,685 hectares of land through modern technology to have some additional harvest of 49,213 tons of food grains after 2013.

Drives against CNG-run cars demanded

Leaders of Passengers Rights Forum, an organisation working for rights of the passengers, yesterday demanded the government to run mobile courts against the drivers and owners of CNG-run passenger vehicles for charging extra fares.

Road crashes kill 5, injure 31

At least five people were killed and 31 others injured in separate road accidents in Dinajpur, Munshiganj and Chandpur Saturday night and yesterday.

Tk 2,000cr projects for election management

Election Commission (EC) is implementing eight projects at a cost of Tk 2,000 crore for the development of election management system.

Govt plans one-stop info service centre at Jessore board

The government plans introduction of a one-stop service centre at Jessore education board under Access to Information (A2I) to provide teachers and students with digital services.

Sheikh Russel's 46th birth anniversary today

Today is the 46th birth anniversary of Sheikh Russel, youngest son of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, says a press release.

Long march to Phulbari Coal Mine Oct 24

National Committee to Protect Oil-Gas and Power-Port will launch a long march to Phulbari Coal Mine in Dinajpur on October 24 to press home its seven-point demand.

Aziza Idris passes away

Mirza Aziza Idris, a veteran women leader and one of the organisers of the Liberation War, died at Birdem Hospital in the city yesterday. She was 85.

'Bangladesh example of communal harmony'

State Minister for Cultural Affairs Advocate Promod Mankin has said Bangladesh has set a bright example of communal harmony.

Kuwait raises oil output capacity

Kuwait has boosted its oil production capacity to around 3.3 million barrels per day as it strives to achieve its target of four million bpd by 2020, a top oil executive said on Sunday.

Tribute paid to Malek Ukil

The 23rd death anniversary of Abdul Malek Ukil, a former president of Awami League, organiser of the War of Liberation and renowned politician, was observed yesterday.

Nine houses gutted in Ctg fire

Nine semi-pucca houses and properties worth around Tk 4 lakh were gutted in a fire in city's Nimtala area early yesterday.

Regional conference begins in city Oct 19

A three-day regional conference will be held in the city on October 19-21 for taking preparations prior to Mexico Climate Conference in December to address health related problems caused by climate change.

5 assaulted at DU hall

Some resident students of Salimullah Muslim Hall of Dhaka University beat up four outsiders and a student of the hall yesterday for unruly behaviour inside the dormitory compound.

Fishing cat, civet beaten to death

Local people beat a fishing cat (known as machho bagh) and a civet (khatash) to death at Kholapara village in Singair upazila on Saturday night.

Education to cut poverty

Land Minister Md Rezaul Karim Hira yesterday said the government has taken steps to educate the marginalised people for reducing poverty.

National

Work for land port in Rangamati starts

Land acquisition to set up land customs station (LCS) at Thegamukh under Barkal upazila is underway, opening up a new horizon in cross-border trade between Bangladesh and India.

Thousands suffer for want of a bridge in Jamalpur

Thousands of villagers in two unions under Madarganj upazila of the district are suffering for want of a concrete bridge over the Khorka River that separates the unions from the upazila headquarters.

10 hurt as rival Jubo Dal men clash in Rajshahi

At least 10 activists were injured in a factional clash of Rajshahi Jubo Dal in Kadirganj of the city yesterday.

One more Shibir man held at RU

Motihar police yesterday arrested one more Islami Chhatra Shibir cadre on Rajshahi University (RU) campus in connection with February 9 violence.

River erosion takes serious turn in Pabna

Erosion by the River Padma has taken a serious turn in Sharsa union under Ishwardi upazila of Pabna district.

Attack on puja mandop in Barisal, 5 injured

Five including a female Ansar were injured as a gang attacked a puja Mandop in Muladi upazila of the district on Saturday night.

Govt allocates Tk 8.82cr for Gaibandha district

The government has allocated Tk 8 crore, 82 lakh and 12,000 against special 40-day employment generation programme for the ultra-poor and seasonal unemployed people of the district this year.

Trader found dead at hotel

Police recovered the body of a trader from a hotel room in the city's Kadomtali area on Saturday night. The deceased was identified as Nure Alam, 24, son of Ayub Ali of Madahabdi under Narsingdi Sadar upazila. Police said Alam, a cloth trader, came to Sylhet on business purpose on Friday night and booked a room at Hotel Toufique. Seeing the room shut for hours together on Saturday, the hotel manager informed kotwali police who broke open the door at around 8:00pm found the body of the boarder hanging from a ceiling fan.

CU reopens tomorrow

Classes at Chittagong University (CU) resume tomorrow. The university went on a 12-day vacation from October 8 due to admission tests and Durga Puja. However, the university offices, which remained closed for five days from October 13 on the occasion of Durga Puja, reopen today, said Deputy-Registrar Forhad Hossain Khan.

Train derails

Rail communication between Rajshahi and Chapainawabganj remained suspended for four hours as four compartments of a passenger train derailed near Sattapara in the city yesterday morning. Managing Director of the western zone of Bangladesh Railway Anar Mahmud said Rajshahi-bound Mohananda express derailed near Sattapara at around 10:00am. He said the derailment might have taken place due to faulty railway tracks. No casualties were reported, he added.

Two children drown

Two children drowned in a pond at Bhajandanga on the outskirts of the district town on Saturday. They were identified as Farzana, 6, daughter of Farhad Molla, and Robiul, 6, son of Rashiduzzaman of the same village. Locals said Farzana and Robiul slipped into the pond while playing on its bank at noon. After a hectic search, family members recovered their bodies from the pond.

15 shops gutted

At least 15 shops were gutted in a fire at Laldove Bazar under Dakope upazila early yesterday. Witnesses said the fire originated from the stove of a shop at the bazar at around 12:15am and soon engulfed the adjoining 14 shops. Local people extinguished the blaze after an hour. The affected shop owners claimed that cash and valuables worth Tk 25 lakh were gutted in the fire.

Two drug peddlers held

Two alleged drug peddlers were arrested with 100 bottles of phensidyl syrup from a house at West Pujibari at Madhabpur upazila headquarters on Saturday night. The arrestees are Raihan Mia, 18, and Ashik Mia, 19. Acting on a tip-off, a team of Rab-9 raided the house of one Ali Akbar and arrested Raihan and Ashik along with the drugs. The elite force also seized a stolen motorbike from the house. The arrestees confessed to their involvement in drug peddling in the district.

Four muggers arrested

Local people caught four muggers in Keramatpur area of Patharghata municipality while they were fleeing after stabbing and looting belongings of a night guard on Saturday night. The muggers are Shamim, Belal Hossain, Swapan and Saidul Islam, residents of the municipal town. Police said six muggers intercepted night guard Badal while he was returning to the municipal town from his Banshtala village at around 8:00pm. They stabbed the night guard and snatched his gold chain and a mobile phone set. Hearing scream, local people chased the muggers, caught four gang members and beat them up. Two other muggers--Topu and Sumon-managed to flee. Later, the muggers were handed over to the police. Injured night guard was admitted to Patharghata hospital in a critical condition.

Schoolgirl commits suicide

A schoolgirl allegedly committed suicide at her home at Horinarayanpur village in Thakurgaon Sadar upazila on Saturday night. The deceased is Sonali Rani, 13, daughter of Nabadip, and a student of class-VII of Harinarayanpur Jolpaitala Junior High School. The girl, who had moved around during the whole day watching local puja mandops, went to sleep at about 11:00pm in her room, said locals and police. As she did not wake up from sleep in the morning, family members knocked at her door repeatedly. Finding no response from inside, they broke open the door and found her body hanging from a beam with her scarf. On information, police went to the spot, recovered the body and sent it to Thakurgaon Hospital for autopsy. Reason behind the suicide could not be known immediately.

One held with forged notes

Law enforcers arrested a man and recovered forged notes from his possession in the city's Sunamganj bus stand at Tukerbazar area on Saturday night. The arrestee, Abdul Matin, hails from Sunamganj Sadar upazila. During interrogation by the DB men, Matin said he is one of the members of a gang of Chittagong. The gang had been making forged notes of Tk1000 and Tk 500 denomination for long, he added. Sylhet Metropolitan Police Commissioner Aftab Uddin Ahmed informed the newsmen at a press briefing that efforts are on to arrest the other members of the gang. A case was lodged with the Kotwali Police Station on Saturday night. The arrestee was yesterday produced in the Judicial Magistrate's Court that sent him to jail.

Letters

Traffic woes

Dhaka's traffic situation has taken nightmarish proportions. Dhaka's railway system is primarily designed to serve inter-city traffic. Why not use it by adding one or two extra lines to run fast track “intra-city” light metro rail, say every twenty minutes? This will be cheaper, faster, much greater in capacity, and much more environment friendly than any number of battered buses trying to do the same job. All we need is to create a few underpasses at the road intersections (or overhead railway bridges) to avoid rail-crossing jams.

Positive attitude towards doctors

Sending a meritorious student to the medical profession is a huge investment for a nation like Bangladesh with its limited resources. It would be worthy and some consolation for us if doctors are provided with proper environment to thrive and serve the nation in a positive way.

Anthrax and Qurbani

Anthrax is a lethal disease and it affects both humans and animals. Most of our village people are not aware of this disease. Shouldn't we take steps to save them? We know DPH is trying to contain this disease. But is it possible to make the whole country aware of this disease? We humbly request the authorities concerned to take immediate steps to prevent spread of this disease before Eid-ul-Adha.

Strike of CNG owners

The owners' association of the CNG supply stations recently threatened the government with an indefinite strike from November 2010, if their demands were not met before the stated time. Presently we are not getting gas regularly in our area, and if we get it for sometime, its pressure is very low. The electricity supply is also inadequate and the water supply is erratic mostly because of irregular supply of electricity as electricity is also generated from gas. With this backdrop, the shutting of the CNG stations for 6 hours daily is quite logical and proven to be realistic.

Rules of the road

Recently the Communications Minister Syed Abul Hossain announced that, fastening of seat belts, wearing helmets while riding a motorcycle, using the footbridge and underpass while crossing the road, would be made mandatory, and talking on the phone while driving would be banned. These new rules will take effect from November 1, 2010, and if these rules are not followed, drivers and commuters will be fined, and even jailed. Majority of the people don't follow these rules. If we change our bad habits, we can change the whole country.

Whither rule of law?

People are being killed in broad daylight, vehicles are being damaged, journalists are being beaten and their cameras taken away by the ruling party cadres, emboldened by the virtual immunity, while occasionally the natural phenomena like cyclones, tidal bores, floods are lashing the country, making life miserable for the vulnerable.

Quality education

There are too many holidays in the educational institutions in our country. We enjoy more holidays than the other SARC countries. In America, Muslim teachers are working even on the Eid days. In Bangladesh, a teacher's salary is very poor compared to a clerk's and even a day labourer's. The governments are indifferent to quality education. When we raise the issue of teachers' salary increase, the govt. rejects it showing fund crisis. We don't hear of any fund crisis while increasing the salary of the MPs and buying luxurious cars for them.

Bold step

It makes me laugh when I hear the government has taken a “BOLD STEP” to do something. The govt. had taken bold steps against the river encroachers. But till today they could not stop river encroachment.

New power bill

The Secretary General of BNP held a press conference on 6th October regarding the newly passed bill that allows awarding of power generation work without tender. He should have been more honest, pro-people and ought to have revealed why the enactment of the bill became an absolute necessity.

World Teachers' Day

5th October 2010 was celebrated as World Teacher's Day around the world. Bangladesh also observed the day with the theme, 'Recovery begins with teachers'. Teachers' associations have undertaken a variety of programmes to commemorate the day along with the rest of the world.

Gas reserves

One of the major indicators of development or industrialisation of a nation is the level of its per capita commercial energy use. The three most important commercial sources of energy today are natural gas, oil and coal. Natural gas is Bangladesh's only significant source of commercial energy, with 2002 production of 384.9 billion cubic feet (bcf). Production of natural gas in Bangladesh began in 1960 from the Chhatak field. There is much uncertainty and debate about the level of natural gas reserves in Bangladesh. Estimates from Petrobangla put the net proven reserves at 15.3 tcf as of mid-2004. The US Geological Survey has estimated that Bangladesh contains an additional 32.1 tcf in additional “undiscovered” reserves.

Azam Khan - in memoriam

Megasthenes memories of Azam Khan, published in your October 7th issue, was a moving account of a rare and noble person who was in Dhaka in the troubled 1960s. If there were another five persons like him in those days, the history of this part of the world could have been less violent and painful. Even the creation of Bangladesh would have been a peaceful political process, without the widespread killings and destruction, let loose by Tikka Khan (the antithesis of Azam Khan)!

Babri Mosque

The verdict of the Allahabad High Court has proved the old adage, “If you try to please everyone, you end up pleasing no one”. The outcome is simply a short-term compromise that will entangle the dispute into further bad blood costing more innocent lives in future. The facts as opposed to fiction, myths, legends, superstitions and taboos are undisputable:

International

10 die in Indian Hindu festival stampede

An argument over sacrificing goats during a Hindu festival triggered a stampede that killed 10 people yesterday in a packed temple in northern India, officials said.

Taliban trainer of suicide bombers still alive

The master trainer of suicide bombers and a key Taliban commander, Qari Hussain Mehsud, survived last week's drone attack that killed five suspected terrorists in Pakistan's northwest.

Pak flood victims going into debt to rebuild

With their villages in shambles, winter on its way and government help slow to arrive, Pakistan's flood victims are scrambling to rebuild their homes. Many are taking on debt as the price of construction materials has soared following the disaster that damaged or destroyed 1.9 million houses.

Afghan govt pardons some pvt security firms

The Afghan government yesterday rolled back its plan to disband all private security firms, declaring that those protecting embassies and military bases could maintain those operations in the country.

No sensitive info in Wikileaks Afghan papers: Gates

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the unauthorized release of some 70,000 classified documents about the Afghanistan war did not reveal sensitive information, but could endanger Afghans who helped the United States, US media reported on Sunday.

Congress goes all out against Lalu in Bihar

Hoping to revive its fortune in Bihar, Congress has gone all out against its friend-turned foe Lalu Prasad making serious attempts to dent his political base which kept RJD in power for 15 years. Congress made its intentions clear in the ticket distribution exercise itself when it fielded 49 candidates from Muslim community and at least 20 from Yadavas thereby seeking to shake up the ''M-Y'' combination of Prasad.

Ahmadinejad endorses nuke talks with West

Iran's president yesterday endorsed the resumption of talks with the international community about his country's nuclear program, the latest in Tehran's recently intensified push to get those negotiations going again.

Paris ME summit postponed

A planned October 21 summit in Paris between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been postponed, the premier's office said on Saturday.

German multicultural society has failed

Attempts to build a multicultural society in Germany have "utterly failed", Chancellor Angela Merkel says.

With flawless rescue, Chile hopes for transformation

As the capsule carried the first rescuer down to the 33 trapped miners, President Sebastian Pinera closed his eyes, made the sign of the cross and then smiled at Mining Minister Laurence Golborne.

Child abuse whistleblower becomes first Aussie saint

Mary MacKillop, who was canonised as Australia's first saint, was a pioneering educator who touched thousands of lives and clashed with the church after exposing a paedophile priest.

Rescuers fear worst for 11 trapped Chinese miner

Frantically working rescuers feared the 11 Chinese miners trapped by a deadly gas blast may have suffocated or been buried by coal dust, as loved ones kept a vigil yesterday and the death toll rose to 26 with five more bodies recovered.

Strong typhoon roars toward Philippines

Hundreds of wary residents fled coastal villages as emergency officials prepared for a powerful typhoon roaring toward the northeastern Philippines yesterday.

Thai Red Shirts stage mass rally

Thousands of Thailand's anti-government "Red Shirts" joined a mass rally yesterday in the latest large demonstration by the movement in recent weeks.

Prince Charles has a personal staff of 124!

Prince Charles has as many as 124 staff members to his service, it has been revealed.

NY's billionaire mayor has only 6 pairs of shoes!

New York's low-key billionaire mayor, Michael Bloomberg, has only six pairs of shoes.

Armenia opens world's longest aerial tramway

Armenia on Saturday opened a $45-million aerial tramway that it claims is the world's longest, beating out a rival in New Mexico.

No sensitive info in Wikileaks Afghan papers: Robert Gates

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the unauthorized release of some 70,000 classified documents about the Afghanistan war did not reveal sensitive information, but could endanger Afghans who helped the United States, US media reported on Sunday.

Arts & Entertainment

“Moner Manush” heads for Goa film fest

India-Bangladesh joint production "Moner Manush", directed by Goutam Ghosh, is one of the four Bengali films selected for Indian Panorama section of the International Film Festival of India to be held in Goa next month.

Memories of an inspiring era ...

The people of Pabna celebrated the 182nd founding anniversary of Pabna district amid festivity on Saturday. Pabna, one of the oldest districts of the country, turned 182 years on October 16. Different organisations observed programmes marking the occasion.

Monalisa’s price for fame

I did my first modeling assignment for television in a 'Fair and Lovely' advertisement. Since then the hassles associated with fame followed me. Even when I went to buy ice-cream, people used to stare and say isn't that the girl from the 'Fair and Lovely' ad?”

Traditional boat race held

A traditional boat race was organised on the Mohananda river in Chapainawabagnj on Saturday afternoon.

Durga Puja ends on high note

'Maha Ashtomi, Nabami' were celebrated here in Dinajpur on Friday and Saturday, and the biggest festival of the Hindu community ended on Sunday with immersion after offering prayers, dancing with rituals at every mandap of the districts of Dinajpur and Joypurhat.

Picturesque beauty on canvas

Dhaka Art Centre has organised a week long solo art exhibition titled “Midnight Dreams” of artist Jamal Ahmed, a noted realistic painter in Bangladesh. About 50 artworks are on display at the exhibition. The exhibition was inaugurated by Arturo Perez Martinez, the Spanish Ambassador to Bangladesh on October 15. Veteran painter Rafiqun Nabi was special guest on the occasion. A book on artworks of Jamal Ahmed “Drawing and Painting” was launched by French Ambassador Charley Causeret.

A breakthrough for the band Owned

After years of ordinary gigs and fierce struggle to emerge in the mainstream media, underground band Owned has finally made a breakthrough and is coming up with a CD.

Angelina Jolie responds to Bosnia film row

Angelina Jolie has asked critics to "hold judgement" on her directorial debut following reports that Bosnia's culture minister had revoked a permit enabling her to shoot in Sarajevo.

OP-ED

Tragedies on roads: Looking for a way out

The road tragedy at the Salehpur bridge near Aminbazar in Savar on October 10 (Sunday) is another harsh reminder of the dismal safety standards of our roads and the public transport system. After the accident, as usual, the first reaction of those who witnessed or reported on it was that it was the driver who was primarily to blame. And such a general notion about bus mishaps in the public mind is not unfounded.

Justice in Ayodhya

How should India's Supreme Court treat the appeals certain to be filed before it against the Allahabad High Court judgment on the Babri Masjid issue, which dismisses the Sunni Central Waqf Board's title suit and says the site was the birthplace of Lord Ram? Should the Court strive to reconcile the Vishwa Hindu Parishad with the Waqf Board? Or should it overturn the judgment?



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