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Rupganj flies into fury

Thousands of villagers fought pitched battles with law enforcers yesterday over “forced purchase of land” for an army housing scheme in Rupganj of Narayanganj.

Direct trading at 2 border haats

Bangladesh and India yesterday signed two separate agreements for setting up two border haats (markets) and allowing each other's trucks to move into their territories to carry goods right up to the warehouses.

KL flight cancelled

A Dhaka-Kuala Lumpur flight of Biman was cancelled yesterday as the authority failed to persuade any of its pilots to fly the aircraft after the designated pilot fell ill.

KL stays frosty

Malaysia still keeps mum about lifting the ban on Bangladeshi jobseekers imposed early 2009 following widespread allegations of malpractices in recruitment process.

'Killer' arrested

Police arrested the prime accused in Sarima Rahman killing case from a Chittagong-bound bus at Bhatiari under Sitakunda upazila early yesterday.

AL sees BNP hand

Joint General Secretary of the ruling Awami League Mahbubul Alam Hanif held BNP responsible for yesterday's clash in Rupganj of Narayanganj.

Four lakh secret Iraq war logs leaked

Whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks on Friday released nearly 400,000 classified US military files chronicling the Iraq war from 2004 through 2009, the largest leak of its kind in US military history.

Cyclone Giri weakens

Latest meteorological observation, model product, radar and meteorological satellite imageries indicate that the severe cyclonic storm 'Giri' over Akyab in Myanmar and adjoining land areas moved northeastwards and weaken gradually.

UN to observe it on Feb 21 every year

From now on, the United Nations will observe February 21 as the International Mother Language Day every year.

4 killed in trawler capsize

Four people were drowned after a trawler capsized in the Ichhamati River in Sirajdikhan upazila of Munshiganj on Friday night.

Logging stopped following protest

Villagers and civil society members are protesting government-sanctioned felling of age-old trees, which they consider as part of their heritage, along several highways in Jessore.

College teacher Mizanur dies

After fighting for life for 12 days, Natore college teacher Mizanur Rashid died at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Hospital early today.

2 'pirates' killed in 'shootout'

Two pirates were killed in a 'shootout' with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in the Baleshwar river of Patharghata upazila in Barguna early yesterday.

ISPR on the incident

A local vested group that has been obstructing Army Housing Scheme (AHS) for last few months is responsible for yesterday's incident at Rupganj in Narayanganj.

Pak army airstrikes kill 12 militants

A local government official says Pakistani army airstrikes have killed 12 suspected insurgents near the Afghan border.

British Ex-PM Thatcher recovering in hospital

Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher was said to be feeling "a lot brighter" in hospital yesterday as she recovers from a bout of flu.

Qaeda's US spokesman urges attacks in the West

Qaeda's American spokesman, Adam Gadahn, has urged fellow Muslims in the West to carry out attacks in the "Zio-Crusader coalition" states, SITE Intelligence Group said yesterday.


Children living below the poverty line

One does not need much wisdom to know how vulnerable Bangladesh's children are to a host of circumstances. And that is a truth which once more has been highlighted, this time through the grim statistics provided by Unicef. Over three crore children in the country are condemned to live in dire poverty, which is as much as to say that they subsist below the poverty line. Now, with 45 per cent of the country's population comprising children and with 46 percent of those children leading lives that are way below accepted definitions of poverty, the risks to which our children are exposed are all too manifest. Add to these worries those which have patently been brought out into the open by last Friday's issue of the Star magazine, which informs us in no uncertain terms that the problems which children and mothers face in Bangladesh are related not just to hunger. There are too such crucial issues as under-nourishment and malnutrition. How else should one explain the fact that as many as 43 percent of children in Bangladesh happen to be too short or stunted for their age?

There is more to it than mere diarrhoea

Whereas normally the daily onrush of diarrhoea patients to ICDDR,B during this time of the year would have been 250 to 300, the number has soared to 450 to 500 during each of the last ten days. Why? The reasons are not only bigger in number but also more complex in nature. One has known diarrhoea to be a water borne disease, plain and simple -- resulting from intake of germ-infested water. Also, usually it is said to be contracted from eating rotten food.


Muktis, BU in last four

Muktijoddha Sangsad eased past Brothers Union 3-0 in their Group B encounter at the Birshreshtha Mostafa Kamal Stadium yesterday to qualify for the Federation Cup semifinals. Brothers also made it to the last four behind Muktis, while this result eliminated defending champions Mohammedan from the group stage.

Power test for Kamal

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president AHM Mustafa Kamal is all set to feel the pulse of his councillors about his stubborn stance of upholding professionalism when he attends the first annual general meeting (AGM) of his one-year tenure at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel today.

Mohammedan's shameful exit

Defending champions and record ten-time winners Mohammedan Sporting Club bowed out of the Grameenphone Federation Cup even before they took to the field for their last group B match against Feni Soccer Club as Muktijoddha Sangsad eased past semifinalists Brothers Union 3-0 at the Birshreshtha Mostafa Kamal Stadium yesterday.

Rain forecast at Goa

"My god I have never seen rain like this before," John Hastings, the Australia all-rounder, tweeted on Saturday afternoon. "Chances are slim."

NCL one-dayers on

The opening day of the National Cricket League's one-day competition lived up to the battlefield for national team places billing as one of the incumbents -- Rokibul Hasan -- made a firm statement in Barisal's 5-wicket stroll over Sylhet at the Shaheed Kamruzzaman Stadium in Rajshahi yesterday. Alok Kapali, eyeing a place in the World Cup squad, had earlier made a good start to his season with a half-century.

Chelsea open 5-point gap

Chelsea opened up a five-point gap at the top of the English Premier League here Saturday, goals from Florent Malouda and Salomon Kalou goal wrapping up a 2-0 victory over Wolves.

Asiad hockey squad named

Bangladesh Hockey Federation has announced a 20-member team for the upcoming 16th Asian Games to be held in Guangzhou, China from November 12.

Ticket rates for Zim series fixed

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has fixed the ticket rates for the five-match one-day series against Zimbabwe.

St. Joseph win school football

St. Joseph defeated Mohammadpur Govt. High School 5-4 in penalty shootout to clinch the Pran Mango Juicepak School Champions Trophy football tournament at the Banani Chairmanbari ground yesterday.

Mofazzal takes snooker title

Mofazzal Hossain of Gulshan Club became champion of the inaugural National 6 Red Snooker Championship at the Dhaka Club billiard room yesterday.

Div II football

Green Boys' Society defeated Joymantop Satata Sangha 3-2 in the Second Division Football League at the Shaheed Miraz-Tapan Stadium here yesterday.

Army, Ansar clinch titles

Bangladesh Army became the men's champions in the Korea Cup taekwondo competition at the NSC gymnasium yesterday.

College h'ball from today

Holy Cross College will take on Central Women's College today in the opening match of the 13th Delta Life Women's College handball tournament at the Handball Stadium.

Mutu assaults waiter

Disgraced Fiorentina striker Adrian Mutu has reportedly attacked a barman in Florence, a little over a week before his return from a doping ban.

Asif withdraws appeal

The International Cricket Council (ICC) said Friday that Pakistan's fast bowler Mohammad Asif had withdrawn his challenge to the provisional suspension handed down last month for alleged match-fixing.

Changes not now: NZC

The New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has put on hold any sweeping changes following the team's disastrous tour of Bangladesh, where they lost all four one-day internationals.

JP, AB hit hundreds

JP Duminy and AB de Villiers hit centuries as South Africa's batsmen went on the rampage in the third and final one-day international agai-nst Zimbabwe at Willow-moore Park on Friday.

Azarenka in final

Viktoria Azarenka of Belarus reached her fourth final of the season here on Saturday, defeating Spain's Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez in the semifinals of the WTA Kremlin Cup.

Sangakkara hits form

Skipper Kumar Sangakkara hammered 110 off 95 balls as Sri Lanka blazed to a score of 301 on their way to a 112-run win over Queensland in their opening Australian tour match on Friday.

Spurs go third

A blunder by Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard helped Tottenham grab a 1-1 draw against Everton and move

Test of title credentials

Manchester City have a golden opportunity to prove their credentials as contenders for the Premier League on Sunday when they host title rivals Arsenal.

Spanish heroes honoured

Spain's 23-man World Cup-winning squad was awarded Friday a prestigious award but only coach Vicente del Bosque and ten players attended the glittering ceremony broadcast live on television.

Milan face tricky trip

AC Milan face the tricky trip south to Naples on Monday looking to prove they have learnt their lessons from their Champions League chastisement in Madrid.

Bayern fire blanks

Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal admitted he was disappointed with the Bundesliga champions goalless draw in Hamburg, but insisted his side 'gave everything they had'.

Ade commits to Man City

Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor has said he is determined to battle on for his place at Manchester City despite admitting that he has had strong words with manager Roberto Mancini.

Benzema stays confident

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema is confident he will get the chance to shine at the Spanish giants and has dismissed reports that he does not get along with new coach Jose Mourinho.

Hyypia out for weeks

Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen will be without veteran Finland defender Sami Hyypia for several weeks after he damaged ankle ligaments, the German club revealed Saturday.


NBR moves on spot assessment

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) will soon introduce a countrywide spot assessment for new taxpayers.

GP revenue soars

Telecom giant Grameenphone earned Tk 1,934 crore in revenue in the third quarter, up 17

Farm loan distribution rises 32pc

Agriculture loan disbursement increased by 32 percent in the first quarter of the current fiscal year due to the central bank's move to speed up credit to rural areas.

Dhaka eyes deeper ties with Tokyo

Bangladesh's economic ties with Japan are set to deepen, as the two sides are in talks on a comprehensive economic partnership agreement (CEPA), which is likely to be signed during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit to Tokyo next month.

NBR to appoint fresh PSI firms

The National Board of Revenue (NBR)is set to appoint fresh firms to carry out pre-shipment inspection (PSI) for two more years.

India to export 5 lakh tonnes of rice, wheat to Bangladesh soon

India yesterday said it will soon export five lakh tonnes of rice and wheat to Bangladesh despite a ban on outward shipments of the food grains.

BRAC Bank launches green debit card

BRAC Bank yesterday unveiled a new debit card to help create a green fund.

Shipbuilding to be made billion dollars industry: EPB

Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) has planned to develop the country's growing shipbuilding industry into a billion-dollar industry after the readymade garment (RMG)sector.

Stocks stay bullish for fifth week

Dhaka stocks continued a bull-run for the fifth week, with a record-breaking rally in the key indices.

GP launches green mission

Leading mobile phone operator Grameenphone (GP) is set to supply solar generated power in bulk to 140 of its sites by the yearend.

'Millionaire fair' flaunts small indulgences

A diamond-studded saucepan was attracting plenty of interest at Moscow's top annual luxury fair, offering the usual array of sparkly bling, fast cars and vast price tags.

Banks urged to move on farm development

Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Atiur Rahman yesterday called upon all banks to extend their hands of cooperation for the development of agriculture sector to build a sustainable economy.

Agora promises risk-free meat

Chain superstore Agora Wednesday invited journalists to its agro farm at Radio Colony in Savar to witness the farm's maintenance system.

Tulsi tea hits market

Pallibadhu Kalyan Shongstha (PBKS) and Rigs Herbs jointly introduced a natural tea, Tulsi Pati, in the country yesterday.

Wall Street rises

Wall Street heads into next week hesitantly after a third week of gains following a flood of robust corporate earnings and a stronger outlook for the US economy.

Australia, Singapore bourses plan merger

Singapore's stock exchange is preparing to launch a takeover of its Australian counterpart to form a 14 billion dollar (13.8 billion US) alliance, a report said Saturday.

Rupali Life, BGIC sign trust deed

Rupali Life Insurance and Bangladesh General Insurance Company (BGIC) recently signed a trust deed to launch 'Rupali Life Insurance First Mutual Fund', a close end mutual fund.

China becomes Volvo's third largest market

China has become the third largest market for Volvo, which was recently acquired by Chinese car maker Geely, state media reported Saturday.

India slaps Vodafone with $2.53b tax demand

India slapped a 2.53-billion-dollar tax bill on British cell phone giant Vodafone on Friday over its 2007 purchase of an Indian mobile company and demanded payment within 30 days.

Turkmenistan keen to boost gas exports to Russia

Turkmenistan's president told his Russian counterpart on Friday that Turkmenistan wanted to increase its gas exports via Russia.

Ericsson reveals profit jump

Ericsson, the world's biggest mobile network maker, revealed surprisingly strong quarterly net profits on

Weekly Currency Roundup

October 17- 21, 2010
International Markets

The week marked another volatile week in international currency markets. After the China rate hike in the early part of the week, which caused a strong pull back in risky assets, the markets again resumed selling the USD and moving into the EURO and Asian currencies.


Law to protect victims, witnesses on cards

The government is working to formulate a new law to protect victims and witnesses of crimes, Law Minister Shafique Ahmed has said.

Call to formulate policy to strengthen local govt

Some eminent personalities yesterday stressed the need for formulation of policies to strengthen local government administration decentralising power in every tier of administration.

CJ asks judicial officials not to bow to pressure

Chief Justice ABM Khairul Haque yesterday urged the judicial magistrates to follow the constitution and the law in discharging their duties and not to give in to any pressure.

Form experts' body to assess ecological impacts, Assam CM urges Manmohan

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has written a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, urging him to set up a team of technical experts to examine the safety of proposed hydro-power projects and dams in adjacent northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh.

Boy murdered in Ctg

A minor boy died on being struck on the head with a brick by another in city's Khulshi area on Friday evening.

'Victims should have right to appoint lawyers'

Attorney General Mahbub-e Alam yesterday said victims in women repression cases should be given the right to appoint lawyers along with public prosecutors to ensure justice.

'I feel nostalgic at students reunion'

A grand reunion of the department of management studies of Dhaka University was held at TSC auditorium yesterday.

49 'drug peddlers, addicts' held

Dhaka Metropolitan Police on Friday night arrested 49 suspected drug peddlers and addicts with some drugs in a drive at the slums along rail track in the city.

UN Day today

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged the international community to strengthen its efforts to further democratise the UN for a greater voice of developing countries to realise these noble goals for the common good of humanity. She made the call in a message issued on the occasion of United Nations Day, 2010 to be observed today.

Meet to review progress today

In a move to expedite implementation of the joint communiqué issued on the visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to India in January, the government has called for an inter-ministerial meeting today to review the progress.

Extend CSR activities to boost edn, end poverty

Businesspersons should widen the periphery of activities under corporate social responsibilities to boost education, free environment from pollution and alleviate poverty in the country.

Country sanctuary of criminals: BNP

Opposition BNP leaders yesterday blamed the government for turning the country into a sanctuary of criminals.

One held with 2.5kg gunpowder

Police arrested a suspected criminal with around two and a half kilogrammes of gunpowder at Kamrangirchar in the city on Friday night.

'72pc adult smokers influenced by peers'

More than 72 percent of smokers aged between 26 and 40 get the addiction being influenced, mostly by friends and peers, a study reveals.

92 get Bank Asia stipends

Bank Asia has selected 92 students for the Higher Studies Scholarship for 2010 as part of its corporate social responsibility, says a press release.

JU admission test begins today

Admission tests for the first year honours courses, 2010-2011 session, of Jahangirnagar University will begin today.

Legal notice to stop earth filling on Kirtonkhola

A Supreme Court lawyer yesterday served a legal notice to the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) to stop earth filling on the Kirtonkhola river within 24 hours, says a press release.


Tk 135cr crops damaged in Moulvibazara

Crops worth about Tk 135 crore have been damaged due to untimely flood, onrush of water from hills and prolonged waterlogging in six upazilas of the district.

People hired for human chain, scuffle over money distribution

A human chain organised by 'Jatiya Sangbadpatra Pathak Forum', at the Central Shahid Minar in the city on Friday morning ended with scuffle over distribution of money meant for people called to the programme of the hitherto unknown organisation.

Charges against 105 read out at special court

Trial of 105 BDR mutineers of 41 Rifles Battalion started at special court-1 at Satkhira Battalion headquaters in yesterday.

Jubo Dal leader killed in Sherpur

A local Jubo Dal leader was killed allegedly by Awami League activists at Chatrakona village in Nokla upazila yesterday.

DIG of police visits spot, assures locals of killers' arrest

Siddiqur |Rahman, deputy inspector general (DIG) of police, Rajshahi Range, yesterday visited the spot where Boraigram upazila chairman and Bonpara municipal BNP president Sanaullah Noor Babu was killed.

Locals gouge out eyes of 2 'robbers' in Bagerhat

Local people caught three alleged robbers and gouged out eyes of two of them near Jielmari Bridge in Rampal upazila of Bagerhat district on Friday night while law enforcers arrested two drug peddlers in Benapole the same night.

Sec 144 at 3 places in Nilphamari to avert clash between BNP groups

District administration imposed Section 144 at Jaldhaka municipality and two other places of the upazila to avoid possible clashes as two opponent groups of local BNP called public meeting at the same place and time yesterday.

Books distributed among affected students

Panchagarh district administration yesterday distributed education materials among over 100 affected students of Garati enclave under Panchagarh Sadar upazila.

Four bombs found in Chuadanga

Police recovered four live bombs from a paddy field beside Kharagoda-Dashmile Road in Sadar upazila yesterday.

Drugs worth Tk 5.80 cr destroyed

Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) destroyed illegal drugs worth Tk 5.80 crore at Sarail upazila headquarters Thursday evening.

7 hurt as BCL, Shibir clash in Cox's Bazar

At least seven people were injured as Islami Chhatra Shibir and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists clashed at Cox's Bazar Polytechnic Institute at Muhuripara under Sadar upazila yesterday.


Primary education

The Education for All Global Monitoring Report, 2010 has turned the spotlight on substantive questions of quality of teaching and learning. The report sponsored by UNESCO points out that in a large number of developing and least developed countries, the cognitive development of children remains below requisite minimum levels.

Mindless vandalism

Again five BNP men were killed this time by the running train, not by the lathi and oar wielding AL cadres. The criminal train was unable to go off scot-free, because the mob was overwhelming in number and the revenge was quick.

Trial of war criminals

It is very urgent that the trial of the war criminals is completed. People of Bangladesh are very keen to see the trial commence as early as possible.

The state of our society

Md Asadullah Khan draws the attention of the political regime to the article on the state of our society, appearing in The Daily Star of 25/9/10. The political pundits never broach these hot topics in their mike appearances, and the government is busy hunting for mega projects, while the moral foundations are cracking up!


Every time the authorities residing in their ivory towers come up with a new gimmick to solve the perennial headache of Dhaka's traffic jam, they never fail to amaze me with the depths of their ignorance. The latest official nightmare is electrically re-charged battery operated 3-wheel auto-rickshaws (e-bikes) that consume 250 MW of electricity, which is a waste. So it must be banned!

Publish LLB (Part-1) results

Majority of the students studies in the National University (NU). But session jam is very common here. Many students are leaving the NU in the middle of their education session as it takes seven years to complete a four-year honours course and four years to complete two-year LL.B course! So, many of the students are leaving the NU and getting admitted to private universities spending a lot of money, to complete their studies quickly.

PM- please help us

I live in B block, Road 2, Halishahar, Chittagong. Our colony is constantly living in the fear of getting robbed at any time day or night. Every day, people of this colony are getting robbed. Till now a good number of people have also been attacked physically. We think the media can help us. We have not been sleeping for the last two nights; we can't even leave our home for work, because our family members are not safe in our home. I want The Daily Star to publish front-page news about this so that our PM can learn about the condition of the general people. Honourable Prime Minister, we want to sleep at night. There is no need to build a digital Bangladesh. At first, make our country safe so that we can feel safe in our homes.

Medical education

People in general have a common complain against the doctors that they are not behaving rationally with their patients. They charge exorbitant fees for their advice and other health services, which are not commensurate with the average earning of the people. They advise unnecessary tests just to get some extra money from the diagnostic centres. They even do not examine the patients properly. Scarcity of doctors in the country is the main reason behind such irrational behaviour. Usually the doctors are reluctant to serve the rural health centres. It has become difficult to keep the doctors in rural areas. To address this problem, it is necessary to set up medical colleges in every district. And the govt. should recruit the doctors from their respective areas.

Road accidents

Recently a city bus plunged into the river near Amin Bazar. Some people died. Monowara Khatun Tara, a student of JU, also died in that accident.


Chittagong, the business capital of Bangladesh, plays a vital role to uphold the dignity of our country. But it is a matter of great regret that most of the important parts of the city, namely Chawkbazar, Chandanpura, DC road, Dewanbazar, Bogerbeel, etc., remain under water in the rainy season. Even the tidal water inundates Kalam colony and Goni colony every day, where approximately six lakh people live. In this circumstance, newly elected authorities are playing the role of observers.


Decentralising different offices and industries outside Dhaka is the only way to save this city. This city is literally dying in front of our eyes.

Value of life

The accident that took place in Sirajganj is highly condemnable. Any loss of life is poignant but what occurred after the train accident is quite unacceptable. Torching the whole train was a subversive activity.

Seat belts

This morning a cop stopped me for not using the seat belt while driving. He asked me where my belt was, I showed him where it was. Then he said ,"I can sue you for violating traffic rules." I replied that this particular rule would be applicable from November 1, 2010, as has been mentioned in the media.

Road safety

Road accident has become a serious problem in Bangladesh. Each year, as per police report, more than 3300 people lose their lives in road accidents and many more sustain injuries.

Law and order situation

As a proud Bangladeshi I feel honoured that Sir Frank Peters has shown such concern and interest in the well being of Bangladesh and openly expressed his thoughts from which we can all learn. His well-rounded, down-to-earth, intelligent remarks cuts through all the waffle we hear from our lawmakers and deals honestly and sincerely with the real issues that affects all of us.

New option for building house

Boards made from particles of the stem from the hemp plant, mixed with a binder made from hydrated lime, can be safely used as a material for building houses! However, it needs a frame structure, made of wood, steel, brick or concrete, as the fibre boards from hemp called "Hempcrete" is not strong enough to be load bearing! Otherwise, it is a good insulator, for withstanding hot, cold and even wet weather, being waterproof against persistent rain and the damp environment associated with it.


Maoist kills six cops in Bihar

Suspected Maoist rebels triggered a land mine in eastern India as a police vehicle drove past, killing six officers, a police official said yesterday.

Lanka 'pays PR firm £3m to boost post-war image'

The Sri Lankan government is paying a top British PR firm about £3m ($4.7m) a year to try to enhance the country's post-war image, the BBC understands.

Cyclone wreaks havoc on Myanmar coast

A cyclone that hit the west coast of Myanmar has caused widespread damage, a local resident said yesterday, while a meteorological official said it was expected to weaken as it moved northeast through the country.

Suicide attack rattles UN office in Afghanistan

A suicide attacker driving an explosives-packed car blew up the entrance to a United Nations office yesterday in western Afghanistan, allowing at least three other militants wearing bomb vests to rush into the building, officials said.

Curfew lifted from all parts of Kashmir

Authorities yesterday lifted curfew from all parts of Kashmir as the Valley limped towards normalcy despite a strike call given by hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference.

US books all 547 rooms at Taj Hotel

Not wanting to take chances with President Barack Obama's security, US authorities have booked all 547 rooms at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel as well as its banquet halls and restaurants for the duration of his visit to Mumbai next month, sources said on Friday.

Operation starts to curb Karachi target killings

A secret operation has been launched to counter the incidents of target killings in Karachi, Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said.

China defends language policies in Tibetan areas

Chinese officials tried to defuse discontent following days of student protests in ethnically Tibetan areas, saying a plan to teach classes only in Mandarin Chinese was not aimed at wiping out Tibet's native tongue, state media reported yesterday.

Storm hits China after killing 12 in Taiwan

Taiwanese rescuers searching mountainsides hit by massive mudslides unleashed by Typhoon Megi found mangled parts of a vehicle thought to be a bus that was carrying 19 missing Chinese tourists, the transport minister said yesterday.

Bahrainis to vote in parliamentary polls

People in Bahrain are set to elect representatives for the lower house of parliament, the third such vote since it became a constitutional monarchy.

US seeks to boost CIA presence in Pakistan: Report

The United States is trying to expand a secret CIA operation designed to eliminate radical Islamic militants' havens located in Pakistan near the Afghan border, The Wall Street Journal reported.

WikiLeaks to publish more Afghan war documents

Whistleblowing organization WikiLeaks says it will soon publish 15,000 more secret Afghan war documents.

Obama launches rescue mission for top Democrat

President Barack Obama has launched a last-ditch rescue mission for Democratic Senate chief Harry Reid, who risks taking a knockout punch from Republicans in mid-term polls.

WikiLeaks files show 'truth' on Iraq: Assange

WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange said yesterday that hundreds of thousands of classified US military documents leaked by the website showed the 'truth' on the Iraq war.

Runway opens at world's first spaceport

Commercial space travel took a step closer with the opening of the runway at the world's first spaceport in the US state of New Mexico.

France passes pension bill

The French Senate has passed a controversial pension reform bill, which has caused a series of strikes and protests around France.

N Korea's leader tries hand at restaurant designing

North Korea's leader Kim Jong-il has bolstered his CV with a new skill - restaurant design.

Arts & Entertainment

The veiled truth

Noted troupe Theatre's production “Baramkhana” premiered on October 22 at the National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

Rooted Creativity-5

Bengal Gallery's “Rooted Creativity-5”, a part of the celebration of the gallery's 10th anniversary, features the works of painters Syed Abdullah Khalid, Hamiduzzaman Khan, Biren Shome, Rezaul Karim, Hashi Chakraborty, Tarun Kumar Ghosh, Iftikhar Uddin Ahmed, Ahmed Nazir, Rafi Haque and Tasadduk Hossain Dulu.

Farid Ahmed: The music man

A composer, music director, and creator of theme music for TV plays--- Farid Ahmed is a man of multiple talents. He began his career in music direction with Nur Hossain Bolai's film “Nishpotti” in 1987 and has worked for almost 10 movies since then. His works include music for “Karagar'” , “Joto Prem Toto Jala” and the latest “Gohine Shobdo”.

An anticipated event

In keeping with a 150- year tradition, a eagerly awaited boat race was organised on the Sondha River on October 22 in Ujirpur Upazila of Barisal on the occasion of Lakkhi Puja.

Actor Mosharraf Karim takes the hot seat

Guess who features in this month’s DS Café? None other than the busy TV and film actor Mosharraf Karim, who has been voted in as the celebrity of the month. He will take your calls at The Daily Star office. Just ring 8126155 between 2-3 pm on October 26 and fire away all your questions to Mosharraf Karim. He will reply individually to each of your queries.


Transparency in higher judicial appointments

It has been reported in some newspapers that the process for recruiting judges to "the short-handed" Appellate Division of the Supreme Court begins this week after the puja vacation. Six posts of judges in the Appellate Division are reportedly lying vacant. Among the sitting five, two judges -- Justice Md. Abdul Matin and Justice Shah Abu Nayeem Mominur Rahman -- have gone on leave up to December 25 and January 27 respectively as they were superseded in the appointment of chief justice last month. Justice Md. Abdul Matin is scheduled to retire on December 26.

Three Bengalis

Three Bengalis could have become prime minister of India. Each was staring at the summit, ready for the final ascent, when he discovered that his oxygen supply had been cut off -- not by the enemy, but by the team leader.

Plus ça change, …

… plus c'est la même chose. Which in plain English is: the more it changes the more it remains the same. This might sound like uncalled for Francophilia. But I hope you will agree that the English in this case cannot hold a candle to the French as a title of an essay.

Renewed challenge to Neoliberalism

Street protests peaked just before the senatorial debate was scheduled to take place. On Thursday October 21, the Senate of France witnessed acrimonious debates over the package of pension reforms proposed by France's rightwing ruler Sarkozy. The French president has put forward a plan for changes in retirement rules, which at first sight appear unexceptional.

WatSan in city slums through public-private partnership

Because of climate change as well as disasters such as river erosion and job crisis in rural areas people are increasingly migrating to cities. Most of them, and people of limited income, live in slums as it is cheaper. Because of overcrowding, the limited facilities of slum areas cannot cope with the demandanymore.

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