News of: Monday, 25th of October, 2010
One of the wounded villagers of Rupganj upazila in Narayanganj, who had been hit by a bullet during a violent protest against forced purchase of land for a private housing project for army officers on Saturday, died in a hospital yesterday.
The Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training (BMET), the only place for cheated migrant workers to seek redress, is continuously failing to deliver the goods to the victims whose lives are devastated in shoddy immigration process.
Bangladesh will hold talks with Nepal and Bhutan soon on allowing them to use Chittagong and Mongla ports, and sign Memorandums of Understanding as per the joint communiqué signed by the prime ministers of Bangladesh and India.
The cabinet purchase committee yesterday approved awarding contracts for three gas-based power plants that would produce 600 megawatt electricity.
War field vehicle Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) was used by some mutineers during the bloody mutiny at Bangladesh Rifles Headquarters on February 25-26 last year, a prosecutor told the BDR Special Court-10 yesterday.
Most males in Rupganj and Kayetpara unions in Narayanganj fled homes last night for fear of arrest with links to Saturday's violence.
Sourav, the prime accused of Mridhat Sarima Rahman murder case, confessed to the killing before a Chittagong court yesterday.
India has assured Bangladesh of exporting some 11 lakh bales of cotton in addition to those already contracted and amend relevant law to remove non-tariff barriers in importing jute bags from Bangladesh.
Swapan Molla asked everyone he came across about his missing brother. He carried a newspaper with the picture of a bullet-hit man in bloodstained shirt at the Moushuri army camp in Narayanganj.
The army men would keep close watch on land registration in Rupganj from four camps and a makeshift office they set up next to local land offices.
Three persons from among the six who sustained severe burn injuries in an explosion at a tin-shed house at Fatullah of Narayanganj on October 18 died yesterday.
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday stayed the High Court (HC) orders that halted the proceedings of three graft cases against former adviser of caretaker government Justice Fazlul Huq and two ex-ministers.
A parliamentary committee yesterday slammed Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka for not appearing before it to testify on corruption allegations against him.
Former DG of NSI Maj Gen (retd) Rezzaqul Haider was sent back to Chittagong Central Jail yesterday on completion of a six-day remand at CID Headquarters in the capital.
"I was scared and crying as I washed away the blood.”
A meeting between the CNG refuelling pumps owners and the state-owned Petrobangla yesterday concluded without any agreement.
The main opposition party BNP yesterday demanded a high-powered committee to investigate the Rupganj violence involving locals, law enforcers and army.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday termed the UNFPA's recent report on Bangladesh's population as 'unauthorised meddling', claiming they do not have the right to do this.
The results of admission test of 61 public and private medical colleges will be published this afternoon.
Bangladesh Biman yesterday cancelled a Dhaka-Chittagong flight due to shortage of pilots, officials said.
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) gunned down a Bangladeshi in Biral upazila of Dinajpur early yesterday.
European Union (EU) Head of Delegation Ambassador Stefan Frowein yesterday said the present parliament is not functioning according to the aspirations of the people.
Chinese police yesterday broke up protests against Japan in the northwestern city of Lanzhou over a territorial dispute that has stoked tensions between Asia's two biggest economies.
The initialling of two agreements by Bangladesh and India on border trading is clearly a move in the right direction. And it is because it hints at the many possibilities which in time could be opened up in trade and by extension through greater cooperation in other areas between the two countries. It is in such a perspective that we observe the decision to open the two border haats or markets in Sunamganj and Kurigram. An important point about the opening of these haats is that the agreements do away with the difficulties which have traditionally been part of border trade. Now, with trucks from both countries entering each other's territory with goods and going all the way up to the warehouses on each side of the frontier, the problem of frequent and irksome loading and unloading at the border has been removed. The two haats are thus to be considered a necessary first step in a further liberalising of trade, through an inauguration of similar haats, along the long border that Bangladesh and India happen to share.
As is customary for us, we welcome every new entrant to the print media world. We have done so for every newspaper on its arrival, particularly the English ones, and we do the same most heartily to the Daily Sun that has joined the fraternity yesterday with the promise of giving its readers something new.
Title aspirants Abahani are looking forward to making it to the final of the season's curtain-raising tournament for a record 15th time when they take on Brothers Union in the first semifinal of Grameenphone Federation Cup at the Birshreshtha Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur today.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president AHM Mustafa Kamal subtly moved from his refreshing 'professionalism' stance yesterday, suggesting the position of the chief executive officer (CEO) could soon become history.
There were many issues on the agenda during the press conference after yesterday's annual general meeting of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) but the subject that brought it to life was one word: Nimbus.
Holy Cross School and College recorded a 3-1 win over Central Women's College in the opening match of 13th Delta Life Women's College Handball Tournament at the Handball Stadium yesterday.
The third and final one-day international between India and Australia was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to a wet outfield on Sunday in Goa.
Sri Lanka's only gold medalist at this month's Commonwealth Games, boxer Manju Wanniarachchi, has tested positive for a banned steroid, a report said on Sunday.
While the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) is apparently struggling to rope in a regular partner in progress, satellite television channel ATN Bangla has come forward with a promise to sponsor the school football tournament for a long time.
New Zealand selectors on Sunday went for continuity in a 15-man squad of few surprises which includes only two new caps for next month's tricky three-Test series in India.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has given a cautious nod of approval to the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) efforts in toughening its approach to corruption in cricket and undertaking reforms to improve the administration of the game in Pakistan. However, the ICC has warned against complacency and reiterated a series of measures to all member boards to make efforts at eliminating corruption in the aftermath of the spot-fixing controversy.
The last time England's 'Barmy Army' came to Australia for an Ashes series they mocked the locals by singing: "We're fat, we're round, three dollars to the pound."
Former Indian seamer Venkatesh Prasad has emerged as a candidate to replace Troy Cooley as Australia's pace bowling coach after the 2011 World Cup in the sub-continent, a report said on Sunday.
Suspended Pakistan batsman Salman Butt Saturday vowed to prove his innocence over allegations of spot-fixing on the recent tour of England.
Second seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus won the WTA Kremlin Cup tournament on Sunday by defeating Russia's Maria Kirilenko 6-3, 6-4 in the final.
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso won a chaotic, rain-hit Korean Grand Prix on Sunday to seize the lead in the Formula One World Championship as his Red Bull rivals crashed out.
Former Pakistan cricket captain Salim Malik has threatened to expose the truth behind the match-fixing inquiry report that came out about 10 years ago.
Roma missed the chance to climb up the Serie A table as they were held to a goalless draw in a drab match in Parma on Sunday.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a sensational quadruple as Real Madrid knocked rivals Barcelona off the top of the Spanish first division with a thumping 6-1 home win over Racing Santander on Saturday.
Manchester United forward Javier Hernandez, commonly known as Chicharito (The Little Pea), ensured a memorable end to a remarkable week at Old Trafford as Wayne Rooney's understudy scored twice to seal a 2-1 win at Stoke on Sunday.
Werder Bremen's Claudio Pizarro set the record for the most amount of goals by a foreigner in the Bundesliga -- and celebrated at home Sunday by watching a DVD of each of his 134 goals with his children.
Sunderland manager Steve Bruce believes the Wayne Rooney contract saga proves that Premier League players have too much power over their clubs.
Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has given his backing to coach Louis van Gaal in the press here, despite the German giants' struggling in the Bundesliga.
Seven Kenyan football fans were killed Saturday when crowds jostled to enter a stadium in the capital Nairobi where historical rival teams clashed in a premier league fixture, police and Red Cross officials said.
Bangladesh Land Port Authority (BLPA) decided to operate six land ports on its own, due to its unpleasant experience with some private operators.
A noted economist yesterday said homegrown low-cost solutions have kept Bangladesh on the target to achieve some of its millennium development goals (MDGs).
Leading beauty salon Persona will open an office in Chittagong in December to cater to the growing market in the port city.
On the back of a continuous rise in shares prices, the regulator sits with merchant bankers today to discuss the current market situation.
Standard Chartered Bangladesh yesterday re-launched its priority banking and platinum card offerings with a range of benefits and privileges to cater to growing consumer banking.
Hundreds of passengers continued to suffer for a third day as Biman cancelled or delayed several flights to different destinations after pilots baulked at flying planes.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith fears a rise in inflation, despite measures to contain its impact through expansion of the safety net programme.
Bangladesh Bank's automated clearinghouse came to a halt yesterday due to technical faults, said a top official of the central bank.
Mohammad Ali, a 55-year-old man living in a rural backwater in Pirojpur, looks to the days when he will not have to travel miles to get the money sent by his son through a bank in Dhaka.
Excited talk of currency wars has given way to an uneasy truce, but what has so far been a phoney war could yet break out into outright hostilities.
India's biggest lender to the poor, SKS Microfinance, was the toast of investors when it staged a hugely successful public share offer three months ago.
The Dubai economy is expected to grow by about 0.5 percent this year after contracting by 1.3 percent in 2009, as trade and tourism take the lead in recovery, the International Monetary Fund said Sunday.
The Indian government is likely to price state run Coal India's initial public offering at the top end of the price range, raising about $3.5 billion, four sources with direct knowledge of the matter said.
Russian tycoon Alexander Lebedev, who owns three British newspapers, will launch the country's first quality daily in 25 years this week in a risky bid to grab more of the ailing British press market.
LVMH, the world's leading luxury retailer, said Saturday it had taken a 14.2 percent stake in Hermes but denied it wanted to take over the French luxury goods firm.
Mining giant Rio Tinto said it was focused on a massive ramp-up of its Australian iron ore operations Sunday, following the "disappointing" collapse of a lucrative tie-up with rival BHP Billiton
Venezuela's state oil giant Petroleos de Venezuela SA plans to invest 780 million dollars in a project in Iran's South Pars gas field, an Iranian official said on Sunday.
The company recommended 25 percent interim cash dividend (Tk 2.50 per share of Tk 10 each), as of March 31, 2011. The record date is November 2. Audited accounts for the period of 12 months to September 30, 2010, the company also reported net profit of Tk 68 crore, basic earnings per share of Tk 21.43, net asset value per share of Tk 68.48 and net operating cash flow per share of Tk 42.26 against Tk 47 crore, Tk 16.45, Tk 49.86 and Tk 21.65 respectively for the same a-year-ago period. The company decided on April 25 to change its accounting year from October 1 to September 30 to start new accounting year from April 1 and end on March 31. There was no price limit on share trading yesterday, following its corporate declaration.
China has expressed its willingness to provide all out support to Bangladesh in building Cox's Bazar Sonadia deep-sea port and constructing a highway from Chittagong port city to Kunming in China via Myanmar.
Prof Muzaffer Ahmad yesterday said the United Nations has a vital role to play in settling Bangladesh's dispute over maritime boundaries with India and Myanmar.
The government is training 62,000 volunteers to come to the aid of the people right after an earthquake, said Food and Disaster Management Minister Muhammad Abdur Razzaque yesterday.
Freedom of the media is not meant for their owners, but for the people, yet it is seen that some of the newspapers here speak for the owners, said Prime Minister's Foreign Affairs Adviser Dr Gawher Rizvi yesterday.
Members of civil society yesterday demanded immediate trial and punishment to the stalkers who allegedly killed Natore College teacher Mizanur Rashid.
People have lost respect for the rule of law as its execution in the existing system is poor, said National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Dr Mizanur Rahman yesterday.
A schoolboy was shot and two others injured at Rainkhola in Mirpur yesterday.
Law Minister Barrister Shafique Ahmed yesterday said no new law is needed to ban religion-based politics, after the reprint of the Constitution in the light of the verdict of the Supreme Court on the 5th Amendment.
National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Prof Mizanur Rahman yesterday said human rights are being violated due to long delay in disposal of cases.
Gas supply in different areas of the port city remained snapped since yesterday morning due to a leakage from a supply line near Chittagong Cantonment area.
The number of women joining the profession of journalism is increasing notably though they face some barriers like stalking and harassment at places of work, says a research on the state of women in journalism.
President Zillur Rahman yesterday said formation of Bhairab upazila as the 65th district of the country is now under process.
Lubaba Nawar, a student of class eight of Rajuk Uttara Model College, received books worth Tk 1 lakh as she became first in the Oitijya Gollachhut Prothom Alo story-writing competition 2009 arranged for school level students.
At least four persons were killed and two others injured in separate road accidents in Jhenidah, Barisal and Cox's Bazar on Saturday and yesterday.
Several socio-political organisations yesterday condemned the incident of firing by the army men and law enforcers on the villagers who were protesting against forced land purchase for the army housing scheme at Rupganj in Narayanganj.
Law Minister Barrister Shafique Ahmed yesterday assured the judges, magistrates and lawyers of fulfilling their demands, including shortage of courtrooms, as early as possible.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be the chief guest at the installation ceremony of a statue of Lord Buddha at the city's Kamalapur Buddhist Monastery on February 23 next year.
The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule upon the government to explain within two weeks why its decision to impose 15 percent tax on the incomes of private universities, medical and dental colleges and engineering universities should not be declared illegal.
'The Road March of Juvenility' (Tarunnyer Podojatra) a road march participated by 10-university students have reached in Moulvibazar yesterday morning. 10-university students have brought out this road march from Dhaka to Sunamganj district to raise funds for the Liberation War Museum.
The private universities have been given a final notice asking for their opinion about shifting to their own campuses.
Classes of Dublia High School, Dublia Primary School and Haji Jasim Uddin College in Pabna Sadar upazila have remained closed for a week as the premises as well as verandas are being used for 'Dublia Trade Fair'.
Around a hundred people were injured as police charged baton on the unruly mob who put up blockade on Dhaka-Sylhet Highway yesterday morning, protesting the local administration's order to close 'treatment' of complex diseases by a so-called spiritual healer.
Stalkers and their accomplices injured two teachers and five students of Nurul Amin University College in Shibchar upazila of Madaripur district yesterday following protest against teasing a girl student.
Aila affected people of four upazilas in Khulna and Satkhira districts have demanded immediate repair of the damaged embankments for rehabilitation of the homeless.
The special court, set up at 41 Rifles Battalion headquarters in Satkhira, yesterday fixed February 6, 2011 for hearing on charge framing against 105 mutineers of the battalion while trial of 49 mutineers of 23 Rifles Battalion under Khulna sector will begin at a special court at the sector headquarters today.
A Chapainawabagnj court yesterday sentenced a man to life imprisonment for abducting three schoolboys in 2005.
Two activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) Sylhet Agriculture University (SAU) unit were seriously injured in an attack by Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) men on the campus early yesterday.
A man was killed by his rivals over land dispute at Chankanda village in Sadar upazila yesterday morning.
Police arrested an operative of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-ML) at Jhaudia in Kushtia Sadar upazila early Sunday and recovered five bombs from his possession.
Export -import between Bangladesh and India through Sonamasjid land port remained suspended for five hours yesterday due to a clash between Bangladeshi and Indian truckers.
One person was beaten to death and seven others injured by a gang of criminals at West Maijdee village under Sadar upazila of the district on Saturday night.
At least 11 shops were gutted in a fire at Baro Chaona Bazar in Sakhipur upazila of Tangail district on Saturday night.
Our RMG (and knitwear) exports are neglecting the four billion customers in third world region. Why not export cheaper clothes to other regions and diversify the market, and earn a couple of billion dollars extra?
Congratulations, boys! You've made us proud by winning the ODI series against New Zealand team.
To be quite honest with everyone, I am simply fed up with the way this government is running this nation. It seems they are totally lost. If you get out of your house, there is huge traffic jam, if you stay in your house, there is load shedding for at least 10-12 times a day, if you go to markets, it is unthinkable to purchase goods comfortably due to high prices. Where should we all go? It has really become unbearable to live in this society. What crime did the ordinary citizens commit to get into this kind of punishment?
Unemployment, poor healthcare system, electricity, gas, and water crises, severe traffic jams, chaos in educational institutions, poor leadership in politics, climate change, unrest in share market and RMG factories, etc., are some of the major problems of our country at present.
Natore, a quiet and peaceful town, gained unpleasant notoriety for violence as reported in all dailies on October 9. The A,B,C of political violence came to town, where 'A' is for atrocities, 'B' represents brutality and 'C' stands for criminality; all of which came into full play at peaceful Natore.
I wondered, as I sat before the audience, how these eight years of school life had passed so quickly, leaving behind a handful of memories I would speak to my teachers, friends, parents at my graduation ceremony, delivering heart felt thanks to the teachers who had been our mentors, leading us ahead in times of failure and gloom, school staff who had never backed down in the most pressing moments, gave us a helping hand when I thought there were not any. I listened to what the teachers had to say about us, praising us for our sincere efforts to score the best results in our O level exams, our honourable principal urging us to look at out path ahead and strive towards the zenith of success.
Bangladesh received an UN award for its remarkable achievement in reducing child mortality rate. According to the statistics of UNICEF, child mortality rate of Bangladesh was 151 per thousand in 1990, whereas in 2010 this rate is only 54. But Bangladesh could not achieve remarkable success in all the targets. Experts say Bangladesh faces climatic hazards due to global warming, which are obstructing our way to achieve the targets of MDGs . According to the reports published in the dailies, Bangladesh needs $ 30 billion to meet the upcoming challenges of climate change. However, it is good news for Bangladesh that rich countries have agreed to allocate funds for the most vulnerable countries.
Subsequently, as economic history will reveal clearly, the money-makers started lending monstrous amounts of money to nations worldwide, to help them pay for their enormous oil bills. This secret deal with the Saudis and subsequently with OPEC on the sale of oil has been the foundation of the dollar economy from that time on. This monstrous plan created petrodollars worldwide. It can always be exchanged for the real thing, oil; and because everyone needs oil, everyone was forced to use petrodollars, now petrodollars were forced on them. This would suck them deeper into debt and the sinking sands of their monetary system through this secret oil-for-dollar currency deal.
The article written jointly by Mr. MH Khan from Canada and HH Khondaker from Abudhabi under the caption 'Choosing a mayoral candidate for a mega city' and published on October 01, inevitably merits the kind attention of the Honourable PM. The authors in their style of mellifluous writing dwelt on, among other things, the multitude of problems the Dhaka City is submerged in, the metamorphosis into a Mega City with mega problems, the failures of the present corporation and finally the kind of man who, among many aspirants, should be singled out for the position of next mayor.
The necessity of stock exchange is vital for a country because stock exchange is an indispensable part of a country's economy. Stock exchange is a basket of investors which helps to develop a giant capital infrastructure to run a country's economy.
Former US President Bill Clinton established the William J.Clinton Foundation, a non-partisan organisation in 2001 with the noble mission to “strengthen the capacity of people throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence.”
The Afghan president asked yesterday for a list of national aid projects that need protection by private security guards, potentially signalling his wish to reach a compromise over the status of security companies in Afghanistan and safeguard foreign aid projects worth billions of dollars.
The UN has asked the US administration to probe the involvement of American forces' in human rights abuses, summary executions and war crimes in following the "largest classified military leak" detailing accounts of torture and killing of over 66,000 civilians.
Julian Assange moves like a hunted man. In a noisy Ethiopian restaurant in London's rundown Paddington district, he pitches his voice barely above a whisper to foil the Western intelligence agencies he fears.
Julian Assange moves like a hunted man. In a noisy Ethiopian restaurant in London's rundown Paddington district, he pitches his voice barely above a whisper to foil the Western intelligence agencies he fears.
The second phase of polling is on in Bihar under the shadow of Naxal terror.
Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has said that the US could have avoided the nine-year long war in Afghanistan, had it recognised the then Taliban regime there.
Iraq's highest court yesterday ordered parliament back to work after a seven-month political impasse that has blocked the formation of a new government.
It's official: there is no escape from the iPad. Even Barack Obama, a man used to firsts, can also go down in the history books as the first US president to autograph an iPad.
With terrorism spreading its tentacles globally, India and Russia are getting ready to wage battles as "allies" against future threats, even as their armies concluded a major joint military exercise in Uttarakhand's Chaubattia on Saturday.
The three-member panel of interlocutors on Kashmir, which is on a four-day tour to the Valley, yesterday went to the central jail in Srinagar. They met the youth in jail - some of them arrested for stone-pelting.
An epidemic of cholera that has ravaged northern and central Haiti killing 220 people has reached the country's densely populated capital, according to UN health officials.
The titanic battle over French President Nicolas Sarkozy's bid to raise the retirement age reached a turning point yesterday at the start of a new week of strikes, rallies and fuel blockades.
Unified CPN (Maoist) Vice Chairman Mohan Baidya yesterday said his party is ready to again sit in the opposition in a new government as chances are slim for a formation of a Maoist-led government.
After the trauma of floods in Ladakh, it was a nightmare of a different kind for over 28 Ladakh children, who were brought allegedly from the camps to Jammu by an NGO called Youth Movement for Peace. The NGO has being charged with illegal confinement and fraud.
Ahead of the US President Barack Obama's visit, sources say, that India is expected to sign a crucial International Atomic Energy Agency(IAEA) treaty called the Convention on Supplementary Compensation(CSC) for Nuclear Damage.
Special codes that allow the US president to order a nuclear attack went missing "for months" during Bill Clinton's time in the White House, his former top military officer has said in his memoir.
Israel's leader is cautioning the Palestinians against taking unilateral action in their efforts to establish an independent state.
In what could be called a major security breach, Internet search engine 'Google' has admitted spying on computer passwords and entire emails from households across Britain.
Tony Blair's sister-in-law has converted to Islam after having what she describes as a "holy experience" during a visit to Iran.
Bahrain's embattled Shia-led opposition held on to all of its parliament seats in weekend elections, according to official results announced yesterday, but fell short of the majority it hoped to win as a show of strength against the island kingdom's Sunni rulers.
Arts & Entertainment
Photographer MA Taher's solo photography exhibition titled “Present Dhaka” is now on at Zainul Gallery, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka. The 10-day exhibition inaugurated by National Professor Kabir Chowdhury, ends today. The exhibition features 65 photographs, highlighting the present condition of Dhaka. The exhibition has several pictures on interesting historical sites, buildings, temples, mosques, monasteries, orchards, etc, both ancient and contemporary. The exhibition is an example of the present state of Dhaka city.
Recently, a handful of Dhaka residents had the privilege to experience the musical magic of two maestros of the subcontinent at one event: Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma on the santoor and Ustad Sultan Khan lending his voice to soulful melodies, in accompaniment of the sarangi.
A painting competition for children was held on Friday to mark the 46th birth anniversary of Sheikh Russell, youngest son of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, at Thakurgaon Public Library Auditorium in the town.
Bollywood actress Mallika Sherawat, known for her steamy scenes in films, said some scenes in the upcoming film “Hisss”, in which she plays the role of a serpent woman, was her best “onscreen kiss” till date.
Known the world over as “King Khan”, Bollywood superstar Shakrukh Khan will be in Bangladesh to perform at a show in the Army Stadium, Dhaka. Event management group Antar Showbiz is organising the event.
Arts Council organised a seminar, titled “Heritage Show 2010: A Story of Legacy”, at Gulshan in the city on October 23. The seminar highlighted the history of the Pala art. Veteran archaeologist Dr. Enamul Haque was the keynote speaker at the seminar. A number of noted environmentalists, scientists, artists, art critics and educationists were present at the daylong programme.
Pidim, a Sylhet-based cultural organisation, held a musical programme featuring Nazrul songs with the title “Nazrul-er Gaan” at the Sylhet Auditorium last Friday night.
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.
Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre, High Commission of India, Dhaka organised an evening of Rabindra Sangeet at its Gulshan venue, featuring solo performance by Prabuddha Raha from Kolkata on October 23.
The mahurat (formal launch) of Humayun Ahmed's film “Ghetu Putro Komola” was held on October 23 at Channel i's Tejgaon office, in the capital. A press conference was held on the occasion as well. Impress Telefilm is the producer of the movie and will eventually arrange its world premiere.
Amid every discourse on economic growth and development, the nagging issue of poverty pops up stubbornly. The stuff of Third World reporting in the international media -- malnourished, starving and disease-stricken men, women and children with sunken cheeks and their rib cage jutting out of the skin that covers it -- typically epitomises poverty in general.
When the Cabinet Committee on Security announced "a new political initiative" on Jammu and Kashmir on September 25, it was expected that high-level interlocutors would soon begin a dialogue with the state's parties and civil society.