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News of: Wednesday, 20th of October, 2010

Front Page

Major shake-up in civil admin

In a major shake-up of the civil administration, the government yesterday reshuffled 21 of its secretaries, four of whom were made officers on special duties (OSD).

Cops have evidence of AL men's involvement

While the Natore Awami League and the local MP are trying to portray the murder of BNP leader Sanaullah Noor Babu as a sequel to BNP's internal feud, the investigators are certain that the ruling party activists had committed the offence.

Bangladesh at highest risk

South Asia is the world's most climate-vulnerable region, its fast-growing populations badly exposed to flood, drought, storms and sea-level rise, according to a survey of 170 nations.

3,500km new power line for Khulna region

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) in its meeting yesterday approved Tk 2,169 crore in seven projects including one for setting up 3,500 kilometres new electric lines in Khulna division.

Regional centre of counter-terrorism in Dhaka next yr

A regional Counter-Terrorism Centre will be set up in Dhaka with financial and technological assistance from European Union to train people across South Asia to combat terrorism.

Mahbub trashes Ashraf's claim

Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Khandaker Mahbub Hossain yesterday countered Syed Ashraful Islam's statement that he (Mahbub) was a DGFI agent and said a number of lawyers, including some pro-Awami League ones, were panel solicitors of the military intelligence and received money from it during the last caretaker rule.

SQ Chy's supporters gather at his Ctg house

Around 200 supporters of BNP lawmaker Salauddin Quader Chowdhury gathered at his Good's Hills residence in Chittagong on rumours that he might soon be arrested.

A park indeed

Since being designated as a children's park in the early nineties, this strip of land at Naya Bazar in Old Dhaka has been anything but a place for the kids to play. Truckers used it as a parking lot till newspaper reports in 1996 forced Dhaka City Corporation to reclaim it and install slides, seesaws, swings and other playground equipment. But because of the same DCC's neglect, the amusement tools soon rusted and vanished, and the park became a dumping ground for construction rubbish and sewer sludge. The prime minister's recent order to recover the capital's playgrounds highlights how the little ones in this densely-populated city grow up without much access to outdoor play.

Fresh attack on Ahmadiyyas

Two Ahmadiyyas were seriously injured and four houses vandalised in a fresh attack on the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat community by religious bigots in Ghatail upazila of Tangail on Monday afternoon.

Govt mulls law to restrict tree felling

The government is planning to formulate a law restricting wholesale felling of trees as part of its policy to mitigate climate change, Law Minister Shafique Ahmed has said.

Wife alleges threat from killers

Mahua Noor Kochi, wife of slain Boraigram upazila chairman Sanaullah Noor Babu, yesterday alleged they are receiving threats from the killers following a recent remark made by the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Chairman of Law Commission resigns

One and a half years before the completion of his tenure, Bangladesh Law Commission chairman Justice MA Rashid resigned yesterday from his office citing personal reason.

Govt re-fixes timing for city schools

The government yesterday re-fixed the timing for all public, registered non-government and community primary schools in the capital from 7:30am to 2:15pm.

Rafique slates different judgments on same charge

Barrister Rafique ul Huq yesterday said different courts give different judgments on the same charge, as the judges act out of their political bias.

Make people aware of right to info

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the Information Commission to create awareness among people about their rights enshrined in the Right to Information Act.

14,470 selected

The Public Service Commission (PSC) yesterday published the results of the 30th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) preliminary examination.

16 more held in Sirajganj

Police in separate drives yesterday arrested 16 more people in connection with the October 11 attack on the intercity train Drutajan Express and setting it ablaze near a BNP rally venue here.

6 killed in Chechen parliament attack

At least six people were killed and 10 others injured as attackers stormed parliament in the restive Russian republic of Chechnya.

Rajuk knock down illegal structures

Rajdhani Unnyan Kartripakkhya (Rajuk) knocked down six structures, including two concrete buildings, on the peripheral road of the ongoing Hatirjheel development project at Kunipara in the city's Begunbari area yesterday.

Prime accused confesses killings

Sumon, the main accused in the Jatrabari triple murder case, confessed to the killings before a Dhaka court yesterday.

Booker author in Mumbai University row

Celebrated Indian-born author Rohinton Mistry has strongly objected to his book being dropped from the Mumbai University curriculum.

Editorial

Lurking dangers on the highways

Roads and highways in the country have regularly been a cause for worry. Now that research by the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology pin-points the factors behind frequent highway accidents, we believe it is time for action. These are the bare facts the report by BUET's Accident Research Unit (ARI) has come up with: ten major highways in Bangladesh are at high risk where accidents are concerned because 219 black spots have been identified on them. It is not that we are waiting for disaster to strike. The reality is that there have already been as many as 2,515 accidents on these 219 spots, the number of casualties being 2,349. That, again, is not the entire picture as the ARI would have us know, for the institute gets only those reports of accidents that the police provide it with. The conclusion is therefore simple: a whole range of other accidents occurring on major roads and highways across the country may very well be going unreported.

Staying with what's good

In what looks like a major move, the dynamic education minister Nurul Islam Nahid is resurrecting a project that the caretaker government had taken up but which got lost in a bureaucratic tangle down the road. The undertaking is aimed at upgrading 306 non-government high schools into model public schools at the upazila level. The upazilas having no public school will have one now at the rate of 100 per fiscal.

Sports

MSC, Muktis draw blank

Goalkeeper Titumir Chowdhury made a couple of brilliant saves earn defending champions Mohammedan Sporting Club a valuable 0-0 draw against a star-studded Muktijoddha Sangsad in the Grameenphone Federation Cup's group B encounter under floodlights yesterday.

Bagerhat awaits Rubel's return

Rubel Hossain, m-of-the-match of the match that helped Bangladesh whitewash New Zealand in the Micromax ODI series, has become talk of Bagerhat, his home town. Rubel hails from Nagerbazar under Bagerhat Sadar Police station.

NCL one-dayers from October 23

After a historic series whitewash of New Zealand the national cricketers will shift their focus on the domestic scene when the one-day competition of the 12th National Cricket League (NCL) starts from October 23.

NZ to review the debacle

New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori, coach Mark Greatbatch and high performance director, Roger Mortimer, will meet with New Zealand Cricket's board on October 22 to review the disastrous ODI tour of Bangladesh, which ended in a 4-0 thrashing on Sunday.

CJKS school football from tomorrow

A school football tournament begins at MA Aziz stadium in the port city from tomorrow.

'Rooney wants out'

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed Tuesday star striker Wayne Rooney wants to leave the club, expressing "shock and disappointment" at the player's stance.

Woods getting used to his new life

Tiger Woods says he never learned more in a year in which he never won less.

All eyes on Yuvraj

India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday said it would be a change of role for Yuvraj Singh in the one-day series against Australia.

PCB takes ICC's road

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has introduced a revised code of conduct for its players in line with recommendations made by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for stricter implementation of anti-corruption laws.

Awaiting new Murali

Muttiah Muralidaran's teammates expect no lessening of the off-spinner's powers as he begins life as an international limited-overs specialist. Murali, 38, retired from Tests in July with a record 800 wickets and after taking a break has been increasing his load ahead of engagements in Australia over the next three weeks.

Hussey rejects Test rankings

Australian batsman Mike Hussey has rejected the ICC's Test rankings, which place his team at fifth, saying that the Aussies are "definitely better than that and the system is not a true reflection of their form."

Pran school football

The two quarterfinals of the Pran Mango Juicepack School Champions Trophy were held yesterday. In the first match, Sunbeams beat Hurdco International 3-1, while Aga Khan blanked Green Herald 3-0 in the second quarter.

Yousuf out of SA series

Former Pakistan captain and senior batsman Muhammad Yousuf has suffered a hamstring strain just five days before the national team leaves for Abu Dhabi to play against South Africa.

Holders' Spurs challenge

Having drawn 2-2 at FC Twente and thra-shed Werder Bremen 4-0, holders Inter Milan face their most taxing challenge to date in this season's Champions League when Tottenham visit San Siro on Wednesday.

Fight for top spot

Spanish champions Barcelona hope to make home advantage count when they host FC Copenhagen at Camp Nou on Wednesday bidding to wrestle top spot in Champions League Group D from the surprise Danish leaders.

Hercules stop V'rreal

Villarreal missed the chance to go top of the Spanish league on Monday after a 2-2 draw away at Hercules which saw three players sent-off.

Stalemate at Ewood

Blackburn Rovers and Sunderland failed to defy the critics expectations here on Monday as they battled out a 0-0 draw in their Premier League clash.

Del Piero gives evidence

Alessandro Del Piero, the highest profile player to be called so far as a witness in Italy's match-fixing trial, said on Tuesday his Juventus side had deserved the two Serie A titles which were stripped because of the scandal.

Italy slump to 16th

Italian Football Federation president Giancarlo Abete has expressed his disappointment with the country's FIFA world ranking but stressed that it was understandable.

'Zidane deal very close'

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho said Monday that a deal to bring France legend Zinedine Zidane onto the coaching staff is very near.

Mexico hire De La Torre

Jose Manuel De La Torre was on Tuesday named as the new coach of Mexico with a remit to guide El Tricolor to the 2014 World Cup.

Business

Tax rebate likely for coal miners

The government plans to offer a 10 percent tax rebate to the coal miners to attract leading global players to the sector.

Regulator takes step to ease IPO rules

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will seek permission from the government to relax the rules for initial public offerings to encourage more companies to go public.

Energy crisis deflates tyre industry

The country's sole tyre manufacturing plant has failed to cash in on the booming automotive industry due to energy shortage and under-invoicing by a section of importers.

Green banking on cards

The central bank will launch a 'green banking' system soon to encourage the use of alternative energy sources, especially solar energy, at all bank branches, the governor said yesterday.

High-profile business team leaves for Delhi tomorrow

With signing of a bilateral agreement on opening of border haats and seeking removal of duty- and non-tariff hurdles to goods from Bangladesh high on his agenda, Commerce Minister Faruk Khan arrives here tomorrow evening on a three-day visit to India.

Business leaders seek right policy for growth

Business leaders yesterday urged the government to ensure right policy support and improved gas and power supply and infrastructure for tapping economic opportunities.

Danish team to explore tech, energy

A Danish business delegation is scheduled to visit Bangladesh on December 4-7 to seek local partners to invest in energy and clean technology.

MTB steps into brokerage business

Mutual Trust Bank (MTB) Securities Ltd launched brokerage operations in Dhaka yesterday.

Power crisis causes losses

Bangladesh Auto Re-Rolling and Steel Mills Association yesterday urged the Dhaka Power

Carbon tax on the horizon

Industrialists and businessmen have welcomed the government's plan to introduce green tax for the factories that emit excessive carbon, but sought time and necessary support to introduce green technology measures.

Rising currencies a risk: WB

East Asia is leading the global recovery, but its success has attracted a surge of capital that has inflated currencies, posing a risk to exports and future growth, the World Bank said Tuesday.

Intel to invest $8b in US chip plants

Intel Corp. announced plans on Tuesday to invest up to eight billion dollars in its US manufacturing facilities to produce next-generation computer chips.

Goldman Sachs profits slump

Goldman Sachs earnings slumped 40 percent in the third quarter versus the same period a year ago, the company said on Tuesday.

Chevron spoofed in 'candid' campaign ads

It might have been a first: a large multi-national oil company launching an ad campaign in which it admits to "abuses that companies usually try to hide."

Google reaffirms commitment to China

Google Vice President John Liu on Tuesday reaffirmed the firm's commitment to China, the world's largest web community, after its harsh battle this year with Beijing over censorship and cyberattacks.

Basel chief says 'excellent progress' on bank reform

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision has made "excellent progress" on finalising a reform programme for the world's banks in the wake of the economic crisis, its chairman said Tuesday.

Corporate Briefs

BD THAI ALUMINIUM
The company's Board of Directors has decided to invest 30 percent of the total project cost of Tk 15 crore of BD Thai Food and Beverage, within May 2011.

Metropolitan

College student found dead at DU dormitory

Police recovered the body of a Titumir College student at Jagannath Hall of Dhaka University yesterday.

Building subsides in city

A five-storey under construction building has subsided a few inches at Nizambagh in the capital's Kamrangirchar area on Monday night.

Set up institution for basin-wide management

Experts at a colloquium stressed the need for establishing an institution for basin-wide management of trans-boundary rivers to create various opportunities for both upper and lower riparian countries in the South Asian region.

Indigenous people to get constitutional recognition

The government will recognise the indigenous people in the constitution of the country, Suranjit Sengupta, co-chairman of parliamentary special committee for constitutional amendment, said yesterday.

Build Mohakhali-Rokeya Sharani underpass

A parliamentary committee has suggested construction of an underpass from the Shaheen School point of Mohakhali Flyover to Rokeya Sharani to reduce traffic congestion at the point.

One hr gridlock on Dhaka-Ctg highway

The Dhaka-Chittagong highway was gridlocked for about one hour due to a head-on collision yesterday and the road's dilapidated condition.

Court reads out charges against 400 more

A BDR special court holding trial for mutiny charges against 622 accused jawans of 13 Rifle Battalion yesterday read out charges against 400 more accused.

Nahid seeks support to improve quality of education

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday sought cooperation from the Muslim Ummah for improving quality of Bangladesh's higher as well as technical education.

Italy keen to open missionary schools

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said steps are being taken to curb terrorism at all levels and generate power to improve the electricity situation.

Ctg experiences 240 MW loadshedding

Consumers of Chittagong Power Development Board (PDB) experienced loadshedding up to 130 megawatt (MW) during the day and 230-240 MW in the evening yesterday.

One crushed to death under bus

A man was killed and two others injured after their motorcycle crushed under a bus on Dhaka-Barisal highway near Kashipur in Barisal city yesterday.

Fake sergeant held in Ctg

Police arrested a fake traffic sergeant for providing case slips to the drivers of faulty vehicles in exchange of money at the city's Tigerpass intersection yesterday afternoon.

17 CCC buses start plying

Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) launched bus service in the port city yesterday to ensure smooth transport for the commuters.

Global Community Day Oct 23

Citibank, NA Bangladesh will mark its Global Community Day this year with the motto - "Empowering the Next Generation of Girl Students", says a press release.

IBA club office opens

The Institute of Business Administration Communication Club (IBACC) inaugurated its club offices on the institute premises in the city recently.

Call to tackle climate change impact on health

South East Asian leaders and experts at a regional conference yesterday stressed taking integrated measures unitedly to tackle the adverse impact of climate change on health in the region.

Two murdered

Police recovered bodies of two youths, one from West Tejturi Bazar in the city and another in Keraniganj, yesterday.

Japanese woman dies at city hospital

A Japanese woman, who allegedly attempted to commit suicide, died at a Gulshan hospital in the city yesterday.

'Raise pay, status of nurses'

Nurses should be entitled to a comparatively standard pay structure and status with respect to other professionals in the society, if Bangladesh is to lift its nursing services to international standards.

National

Criminals target law enforcers for looting arms in SW region

Police are yet to recover the sub machine gun (SMG) and 30 of its bullets that were looted on Thursday midnight from Naik Abul Bashar of APBN at Baniakhali Bazar under Dumuria upazila of Khulna district.

Charges against 105 mutineers read out at Sylhet special court

Trial of 105 BDR mutineers of battalion 21 and battalion 38 under Sylhet sector began at special court-14 at the sector headquarters at 9:00am yesterday.

RU students block road, damage three-wheelers

Students of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday blocked Dhaka-Rajshahi highway and damaged three auto-rickshaws protesting attack on a fellow by two auto-rickshaw drivers on Saturday night.

Classes at CU resume

Classes at Chittagong University (CU) resumed yesterday.

UP member shot dead in Rangamati

A Union Parishad (UP) member was shot dead by armed criminals at his house at Arachharimukh village in Gayinda union of Rajasthali upazila on Monday night.

Voluntary service to repair embankment, save aman

People of remote Kalagachia village in Galachipa upazila of Patuakhali district have started voluntary work to repair a flood control embankment to save aman paddy from salty water.

12 fishermen fined for catching hilsa in Galachipa river

A mobile court has fined 12 fishermen as they were caught while catching hilsa in Burangourango River in Galachipa upazila of Patuakhali district through violating the government's ban on the act during the peak breeding period from October 15 to 24.

5 criminals held, arms seized

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in separate drives arrested five criminals from Uzirpur upazila and Barisal city yesterday morning.

Seven bombs found

Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered seven hand bombs from a road at Bejpara under Jessore Sadar Police Station on Monday night. Locals found the bombs in a bag near the residence of one Abul Khair at Bejpara main road at around 10:00pm and informed the police who rushed to the spot and recovered the bombs. A General Diary (GD) was filed with the police station concerned the same night. Police said they trying to detect the persons who kept the bombs there.

Outlaw arrested

Police arrested an underground operative in Bazar station area here on Sunday on charges of killing four policemen at Randhunibari police camp and looting arms and ammunition from there in 2004. The arrestee is Monirul Islam Moni, 30, of Char Boyra village under Belkuchi upazila of the district. Police said Monir is a regional commander of outlawed Sarbahara Party. He was wanted in 17 criminal cases filed with different police stations in the district. Additional Police Superintendent Delwar Hossain said the law enforcers, acting on a tip-off, raided Bazar Station area at noon and arrested Moni. Outlaws attacked Randhunibari police camp on September 16, 2004, killed four policemen and looted arms and ammunitions from the camp. Monir is one of the accused in the case.

Housewife murdered

A housewife was hacked to death and two others were injured at Chok Choubila village under Solonga Police Station of the district yesterday evening. The deceased was identified as Sabina Yesmin. Locals said Sabina and her husband Nur Hossain were engaged in an altercation over a family feud at around 6:00pm. At one stage, Nur Hossain hit his pregnant wife Sabina with sharp weapon. She died on the spot. Nur Hossain also hit Sabina's mother Nur Jahan and her sister Bilkis as they tried to save Sabina. They were admitted to Sirajganj General Hospital in a critical condition. Police recovered the body and sent it to hospital morgue for autopsy. Nur Hossain left the house soon after the incident.

Factory worker electrocuted

A factory worker was electrocuted at Bhawal Jamalpur village in Kaliganj upazila on Monday. The deceased was identified as Masud Sarkar, a worker of Pran Juice Factory. Locals said Masud came in contact with a live electric wire while catching fish in a beel (water body) at the village in the morning. He died instantly

Bus service resumes

Bus services between Dhaka and Chapainawabganj resumed yesterday morning. Bus service on Dhaka--Chapainawabganj Road came to halt at around 11:30am on Monday after workers of Chapainawabagnj Motor Sramik Union damaged a Dhaka-bound coach and beat up its driver at central terminal in the town at around 11:00am. After a meeting with local police administration and the leaders of motor workers and owners associations on Monday night, the leaders of Dhaka-bound coach drivers Association called off their strike.

Sec 144 in Netrakona

Kendua upazila administration in Netrakona district imposed Section 144 at Gopalpur High School ground and its adjoining areas under from 6:00am to midnight as BNP Kendua upazila unit and Juba League Bolaishimul union unit convened meetings meetings at the same venue and at same time. BNP arranged a workers' meeting at Gopalpur High School ground at 2:30pm yesterday. Jubo League Bolaishimul union unit also called a meeting at the same venue and time. Apprehending clash between the activists of two political organisations, Kendua Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Mohammad Rezaul Karim imposed Section 144 in the areas.

Robbers loot house

Robbers looted gold, cash and other valuables worth about Tk 6 lakh from a house at Fatehpur village in Chatkhil upazila early yesterday. Saidur Rahman, owner of the house, said a gang of 10-12 entered his house at around 1:00am by breaking open the door and tied up the family members. The gang then took away five tolas of gold, Tk 1 lakh and other valuables from the house, he added. On information, Law enforcers from Chatkhil Police Station rushed to the spot. A case was filled with the police station concerned

Youth beaten to death

A youth was beaten to death by his rivals at Binodpur in the town on Monday evening. The victim was identified as Manik, 20, son of Chan Mia of the same village. Police and locals said there had been a long standing dispute between Farhad group and Hannan group over establishing supremacy at Binodpur village. People of Hannan picked up Manik of Farhad group from Bhajanchala and beat him up. Seriously injured Manik was rushed to Rajbari General Hospital and then shifted to Faridpur Medical College Hospital where he died. As the death news of Manik spread in the area, people belonging to Farhad group became agitated and attacked Masud, 22, of Hannan group the same night, leaving him injured.

Rapist gets life

A court here on Monday awarded life imprisonment to an ex-imam of a mosque in a rape case. The convict, Ruhul Amin Talukdar, was a former imam of Ameerabad Bazar mosque in Nalchhiti upazila.The court also fined him Tk 50,000, in default, he is to suffer another year in jail. According to the prosecution, Ruhul Amin raped a poor girl of Magar village at his Ameerabad Bazar residence on night of April 18. Police rescued the girl and took her to a local hospital. Mother of the victim filed a case with Nalchhiti Police Station against Ruhul Amin the following day. After examining records and witnesses, Judge Siddiqul Arefin Chowdhury of the Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-2 handed down the verdict.

Letters

Market magic

"We need to find out some ways to reduce the gap", said the Honourable Food Minister, while talking to reporters on 11th October on the subject of high price of rice at the retail market, reported in your pages on 12th October. The gap stated, was between the wholesale and retail prices. So far so good, but will the finding out be done, and the reasons identified and steps taken to contain it?

A historic rescue

The rescue operation of the 33 Chilean miners will go down in history. The credit goes to the Chilean government, the rescuers and the miners themselves. The perseverance of the rescuers, the patience of the trapped miners is awe-inspiring.

The Middle East impasse

It was almost a foregone conclusion that the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks would reach a stalemate after a few rounds of preliminary talks. With the Israelis insisting on building new settlements on the occupied West Bank lands along with the peace talk, and the Palestinians rightly refusing to do so without halting of the construction work, this impasse was inevitable.

Make early education interesting

Tahiti, my 6-year-old daughter, doesn't want to go to school regularly. She doesn't like her school at all. She says her teacher doesn't love her very much. She has to read 11 books being a student of nursery. The situation is alarming. It is ridiculous that the kindergartens want to teach the students everything to fulfil the demand of the conscious (!) guardians. Parents want their children to read more and more from the very beginning of their educational life.

Woes of govt. officials

During the last tenure of BNP-Jamaat rule, the policymakers appointed their cadres in three tiers- at secretary/additional secretary level, joint secretary level and also deputy secretary level. Many of these officers, who are die-hard BNP-Jamaat cadres, have been identified and have been removed or retired. Many of the BNP appointees have become neutral. But a good number of them are masquerading. They are obstructing the government's development works in subtle ways, helping BNP in indirect ways. Their main objective is to bring the present government into disrepute, slow down developmental works and pave ways for BNP-Jamaat to come to power. But it will remain a distant dream if the AL-led grand alliance plays the cards deftly.

Demolishing BGMEA building

Why do we need to pull down the BGMEA corporate office while it is not harming anybody's interests, public or private? A post editorial in The Daily Star described the logic of pulling down illegally built buildings, though I am slightly of a different opinion. There are a good number of illegally erected buildings in Dhaka city. The caretaker government tried to identify such buildings to demolish. But for some unknown reasons, those plans were not accomplished except for the Rangs Bhaban near the PM office.

Political killings

Killing a human being for political gains is nothing new in this part of the world. Our memory is very short-lived, pretty soon people will forget the brutal killing of late Sanaullah Noor Babu, as we forgot the killing of the Deputy Speaker of the Provincial Assembly Late Shahed Ali, who was beaten to death on September 26, 1958.

Continue doing good

Our dearest Rasul (pbuh) has pointed out to us some signs of the 'keyamat', which will be occurring gradually just before the destruction of this world. The premature death of good people, various disasters like earthquakes and cyclones, increase of heinous activities are some of them. All of us should, therefore, keep on doing good work.

War criminals

This Awami League government had promised that they would try the war criminals. It is a matter of shame that our country became independent 39 years ago, but those culprits have not been punished yet. I urge the government to speed up the process of the trial of war criminals.

Street kids

You can see them walking bare feet on the streets. Their clothes are all torn and tattered. You can see their hair in tangles. You can also see the smile on their face when you give them money, no matter how small or big the amount is. When I see these kids smile it brings tears to my eyes. We should do something for these street kids so that they can have a better life.

Enemy at home

Who is the worst enemy of the Awami League? BNP? Jamaat? No, Awami League itself is its worst enemy. The vile activities of the Chhatra League and Jubo League are harming the government's image. All the good work of the govt. would be overlooked because of these heinous activities.

Save Anamika's life

This is in reference to the report published on 7th October 2010, titled “Poverty dims ray of hope for little Anamika.” Thanks to the editor for running the report. It would be great if such reports were published more often to inform us about the needs of the poor.

Inspiration from teachers

A teacher's inspiration is very important in a student's life. But we notice that they are fond only of those students who are doing well in exams, but those who are trying to improve do not get any inspiration from their teachers.

Pabna to Natore

For the last few days I was just contemplating to express my feelings as a general citizen about what happened to the Pabna DC who is now facing departmental action for violating the service rules by publicly expressing his helplessness and asking justice from the locals.

Religious discrimination

With the annulment of 5th and 7th amendment of the Constitution we have virtually gone back to the original Constitution of 1972, which was formulated on four fundamental principles including secularism. The spirit of the War of Liberation was to create a just and non-communal state in the world map as we had experienced a lot of state-designed communal riots and unrest in the then East Pakistan. The Pakistani authorities, with bad intensions, unleashed that communal hatred.

Impatience everywhere!

Everybody is becoming impatient day by day. In the house, office, classroom, street, bazaar, and transport, everybody reacts to other's actions, every now and then. It is observed very often that sons and daughters shout and even become violent against the decisions of their parents. On a trivial matter, one driver beats up another on the busy street, resulting in a massive traffic jam. A rickshaw passenger slaps the rickshaw puller for giving an 'offensive' look. Students cannot tolerate their teacher's advice. Neighbours and relatives do not come to each other's help. On the contrary, one tries to harass another openly. One's bad luck makes others happy. Why are these happening?

International

French pension protests take violent turn

Masked youths clashed with police and set fires in cities across France yesterday as protests against a proposed hike in the retirement age took an increasingly radical turn.

ISI link to 26/11 attack claimed

David Headley, a US informant who scouted locations to help militants prepare for the November 2008 Mumbai attacks, told Indian interrogators this summer that members of Pakistan's military intelligence, the Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI), were closely involved in planning the assault, according to the Guardian newspaper and Associated Press news agency.

Cameron unveils armed forces cuts

David Cameron has confirmed defence spending is to be cut by 8 percent in real terms over four years, as he unveils the strategic defence review.

Iran welcomes Chavez as partner against Western "bullies"

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad received his close Latin American ally Hugo Chavez on Tuesday and welcomed the Venezuelan president's support against the Islamic Republic's western "bullies."

Violence continues in Karachi

Violence continued in Pakistan's troubled southern city of Karachi yesterday, with at least 16 people killed in different attacks, including eight in one incident, police and officials said.

Saudi prince found guilty of murdering servant

A Saudi prince was found guilty yesterday of murdering his servant in their room at a luxury London hotel during a ferocious beating that prosecutors said had a sexual element.

Iraqi PM courts Iran during visit

In a move unlikely to allay fears about Iran's rising political influence, Nouri al-Maliki, the Iraqi prime minister, has held talks with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, and other officials in Tehran.

Google in breach of privacy law

Google's accidental collection of personal data as part of its Street View project has been branded a "serious violation" of privacy laws.

Int'l court rejects ex-Congo VP's appeal

An appeals panel at the International Criminal Court yesterday rejected former Congolese Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba's bid to have rape, murder and pillage charges against him dismissed.

All 37 miners confirmed dead

All 37 missing and trapped miners in China's latest colliery disaster have been confirmed as dead, state media reported yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Éric Rohmer retrospective at Alliance Française

Zahir Raihan Film Society in association with Alliance Française de Dhaka (AFD) has arranged a retrospective on French filmmaker Éric Rohmer (1920-2010). The five-day film festival will begin tomorrow at the Auditorium of AFD at 6 pm.

Creative visions for an environmentally friendly city

Goethe Institut-Bangladesh has organised a festival titled “Dhaka Safe and Sound”. The festival includes painting, installation and photography exhibitions; film screenings; live performances; theatre and workshops involving literature, architecture and science. The venues are Goethe Institut in Dhaka, Dhaka Art Centre and Shilpangan Art Gallery. Several well-known and promising artistes are participating at the festival.

The perfect host

Versatile TV personality Nawshin is on her toes with many TV plays at hand. She has also scored performances in movies and modeling assignments. Singing and dance classes in her childhood have helped her to land jobs as a model, RJ, VJ and actress. This Eid she was a frequent face on the small screen.

Sir Elton John calls modern songwriters “pretty awful”

Sir Elton John has described today's songwriters as “pretty awful” and says he is “not a fan” of TV talent shows.

Nepalese troupe ‘Kalamandapa’ in town

Shadhona -- a centre for advancement of South Asian Music and Dance -- invited a seven-member team of Nepalese dancers and singers who perform 'Charya Nritya', the Vajrayana Buddhist Tantric dance based on the “Charyapada”, Buddhist texts, which are considered the earliest instance of Bangla as a written language. The Nepalese troupe, 'Kalamandapa', is now in Dhaka, according to a press release.

Special programme on Atulprasad’s birthday

Desh TV will air a special musical programme today, titled, “Moder Gorob Moder Asha” marking 139th birth anniversary of poet and composer Atulprasad Sen.

Artists in the making

A painting competition for children was held in Chapainawabganj town on Monday afternoon to mark the 47th birth anniversary of Sheikh Russell.

“Shobuj Nokkhotro” on ntv tonight

TV serial “Shobuj Nokkhotro” will be aired on ntv tonight. Written and directed by Masum Reza and Golam Sohrab Dodul, the serial is aired Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9:45 pm.

OP-ED

Politics of late '60s revisited

In 1964, only months after the demise of Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy, a young Sheikh Mujibur Rahman thought it wise to revive the Awami League by opting out of the National Democratic Front. The front, forged a couple of years earlier, had for its objective a restoration of full, unfettered constitutional politics in Pakistan at a time when the army, with General Ayub Khan in the forefront, was busy clamping controls on the country.

35th anniversary of Bangladesh-China diplomatic ties

The 35th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Bangladesh and China was observed on October 4, this year. In 1975 on this date, China opened its diplomatic mission in Bangladesh

Muslims and the contemporary challenge

When the Egyptian-born theologian, Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti, died on October 18, 1505, it is said that "his reputation as a scholar and the aura of godliness which were already his during his lifetime, then reached their zenith; his clothes were bought as if they were relics." Although he lived for only sixty years, a 1983 study credits him with the authorship of 981 works, the central message of which was "everything is based on the Qur'an."

Will there be a correction in our capital market?

Recently, an article in an English daily caught my eyes as it mentioned rickshaw pullers applying for a mutual fund IPO. It immediately reminded me of the famous quote by Joseph P. Kennedy Sr.: "When even shoeshine boys are giving you stock tips, it's time to sell." Mr. Kennedy, being an astute investor, did pick the signal that there might be something wrong with the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

New law for carbon tax

It is reported that the government is planning to revise the existing taxation law to levy a new tax on carbon emission and pollution of the environment. This was disclosed by the state minister for environment and forests at a workshop organised by UNDP in Dhaka recently.



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