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News of: Monday, 25th of October, 2010

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Rupganj still tense

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.

Justice denied to cheated workers

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.

Talks with Nepal, Bhutan shortly

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.

3 more power plant contracts okayed

The cabinet purchase committee yesterday approved awarding contracts for three gas-based power plants that would produce 600 megawatt electricity.

Jawans used APC during mutiny

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.

Many villagers flee homes

Most males in Rupganj and Kayetpara unions in Narayanganj fled homes last night for fear of arrest with links to Saturday's violence.

Sourav confesses killing Sarima

Sourav, the prime accused of Mridhat Sarima Rahman murder case, confessed to the killing before a Chittagong court yesterday.

India pledges to export 11 lakh bales of cotton

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.

Missing in violence

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.

Army officials kept track of land sale

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.

3 victims die from burns

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.

SC clears way for trial of 3 graft cases

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.

Khoka slammed for ignoring JS body call

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.

Ex-NSI chief sent to jail after remand

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.

Nightmare for a 12-yr-old

"I was scared and crying as I washed away the blood.”

CNG stations go on strike from Nov 1 as talks fail

A meeting between the CNG refuelling pumps owners and the state-owned Petrobangla yesterday concluded without any agreement.

BNP demands fair probe

The main opposition party BNP yesterday demanded a high-powered committee to investigate the Rupganj violence involving locals, law enforcers and army.

Muhith slams UNFPA report on population

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.

Results of admission test today

The results of admission test of 61 public and private medical colleges will be published this afternoon.

Biman flight cancelled for pilot shortage

Bangladesh Biman yesterday cancelled a Dhaka-Chittagong flight due to shortage of pilots, officials said.

BSF kills 1

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) gunned down a Bangladeshi in Biral upazila of Dinajpur early yesterday.

EU had 'no role' in 1/11

European Union (EU) Head of Delegation Ambassador Stefan Frowein yesterday said the present parliament is not functioning according to the aspirations of the people.

China breaks up anti-Japan protests

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.

Editorial

Dhaka-Delhi deal on border trade

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.

Welcome "daily sun"

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.

Sports

Abahani-BU 1st semi today

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.

Kamal's dramatic U-turn?

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.

Where is Nimbus money?

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.

Women's h'ball gets underway

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.

India clinch series 1-0

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.

SL's lone CWG gold medalist fails dope test

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.

ATN Bangla to sponsor school football tourney

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.

Squad for India named

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.

ICC hails PCB's steps

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.

Costlier A$ could keep Barmy Army at home

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."

Prasad eyes Aussie job

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.

Butt vows to prove innocence

Suspended Pakistan batsman Salman Butt Saturday vowed to prove his innocence over allegations of spot-fixing on the recent tour of England.

Kremlin Cup Azarenka's

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.

Alonso wins Korean GP

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.

Malik wants to fight for justice

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.

No respite for Roma

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.

Ronaldo dazzles with four

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.

Chicharito stands up for Fergie

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.

Pizarro sets record

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.

Player power a cocktail for disaster'

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce believes the Wayne Rooney contract saga proves that Premier League players have too much power over their clubs.

Rummenigge backs Van Gaal

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.

7 killed in Kenyan soccer stampede

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.

Business

Govt to take over land port operations

Bangladesh Land Port Authority (BLPA) decided to operate six land ports on its own, due to its unpleasant experience with some private operators.

Local solutions to help reach MDGs

A noted economist yesterday said homegrown low-cost solutions have kept Bangladesh on the target to achieve some of its millennium development goals (MDGs).

Chittagong to get Persona makeover

Leading beauty salon Persona will open an office in Chittagong in December to cater to the growing market in the port city.

Stocks continue rally

On the back of a continuous rise in shares prices, the regulator sits with merchant bankers today to discuss the current market situation.

StanChart notches up high-end banking

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.

Passengers in the lurch as Biman pilots continue protests

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.

Muhith fears rise in inflation

Finance Minister AMA Muhith fears a rise in inflation, despite measures to contain its impact through expansion of the safety net programme.

Automated clearinghouse grinds to a halt

Bangladesh Bank's automated clearinghouse came to a halt yesterday due to technical faults, said a top official of the central bank.

Banking on mobile

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.

G20 has to show FX pact packs meaning

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 microlenders face heat over rates and debt recovery

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.

IMF sees Dubai growth of 0.5pc in 2010

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.

Coal India IPO likely at 245 rupees per share

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 to launch slimline British newspaper

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.

French luxury retailer LVMH takes 14.2pc of Hermes

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.

Rio targets Australia iron ore after BHP bid lapse

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 to invest $780m in Iran gas field

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.

Corporate Briefs

MARICO BANGLADESH
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.

Metropolitan

China assures support to build deep-sea port

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.

UN can help resolve dispute with India, 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.

62,000 volunteers being trained to help quake victims

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.

Some dailies speak for owners

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.

Punishment to stalkers demanded

Members of civil society yesterday demanded immediate trial and punishment to the stalkers who allegedly killed Natore College teacher Mizanur Rashid.

People have no respect for law for poor execution system

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.

Schoolboy shot

A schoolboy was shot and two others injured at Rainkhola in Mirpur yesterday.

No need for new law to ban religion-based politics: Law Minister

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.

Human rights violated as justice delayed

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 partially snapped in Ctg due to leakage at pipeline

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.

Female journos face stalking at workplace

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.

Bhairab district on the cards

President Zillur Rahman yesterday said formation of Bhairab upazila as the 65th district of the country is now under process.

Lubana gets first prize

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.

Road crashes kill four

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.

Rupganj incident condemned

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.

Demands to be fulfilled soon

Law Minister Barrister Shafique Ahmed yesterday assured the judges, magistrates and lawyers of fulfilling their demands, including shortage of courtrooms, as early as possible.

Buddha's statue to be installed on Feb 23 next yr

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.

HC asks govt to explain, stays NBR notice to NSU

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.

Road march reaches Moulvibazar

'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.

Pvt varsities get 7 days to give opinion

The private universities have been given a final notice asking for their opinion about shifting to their own campuses.

National

Three Pabna edn instts closed due to trade fair

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'.

100 followers of 'spiritual healer' injured in police action

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 injure 7 including two teachers in Madaripur

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.

Repair embankments in Aila-hit areas soon

Aila affected people of four upazilas in Khulna and Satkhira districts have demanded immediate repair of the damaged embankments for rehabilitation of the homeless.

Hearing on charge framing against 105 BDR rebels in Satkhira Feb 6

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.

One gets life for abducting three schoolboys

A Chapainawabagnj court yesterday sentenced a man to life imprisonment for abducting three schoolboys in 2005.

BCL activists assault 2 JCD men at Sylhet Agri University

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.

Man killed over land dispute

A man was killed by his rivals over land dispute at Chankanda village in Sadar upazila yesterday morning.

Outlaw held with bombs in Kushtia

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.

Activities at Sonamasjid port halted for 5 hours

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 beaten to death in Noakhali

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.

11 shops gutted in Tangail

At least 11 shops were gutted in a fire at Baro Chaona Bazar in Sakhipur upazila of Tangail district on Saturday night.

Letters

RMG export to third world markets

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!

Congratulations, boys! You've made us proud by winning the ODI series against New Zealand team.

Unbearable!

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?

Population boom

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.

Notoriety of Natore

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.

Thoughts on graduation ceremony

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.

Challenges for Bangladesh

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.

Petrodollars

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.

Mayoral candidate

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.

Stock exchange

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.

Bill Clinton's mission

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.”

International

Karzai seeks list of aid projects needing pvt guards

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.

Probe rights abuses

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 on the run

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.

WikiLeaks founder on the run

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.

3 polling officers missing, Naxals burn polls docs

The second phase of polling is on in Bihar under the shadow of Naxal terror.

US could have avoided Afghan war: Musharraf

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.

Iraqi court forces parliament back to work

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.

Obama becomes first US president to autograph an iPad

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.

India-Russia joint Army exercise underway

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.

Meet youth in Srinagar jail

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.

Cholera reaches Haiti capital

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.

New week marks turning point

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.

Nepali Maoists ready to sit in the opposition

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.

28 Ladakh flood victim kids 'abducted' by NGO

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.

India to sign key nuclear treaty

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.

US 'lost' nuclear codes in 2000

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 to Palestinians: Talks only option

Israel's leader is cautioning the Palestinians against taking unilateral action in their efforts to establish an independent state.

Google 'spied' on British emails, passwords

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 converts to Islam

Tony Blair's sister-in-law has converted to Islam after having what she describes as a "holy experience" during a visit to Iran.

Shias close to win, fall short of majority

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

Life choked in the city

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.

A rare treat for Dhaka music connoisseurs

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.

The best have the edge

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.

Kissing snakes in the rain…

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.

Shahrukh’s rendezvous with Dhaka well underway

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.

Seminar and exhibition on art heritage

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 presents Nazrul songs

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.

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.

Musical moments

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.

Shedding light on a bygone era

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.

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Reaching children below poverty line

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.

Doomed before it starts?

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.


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