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News of: Wednesday, 27th of October, 2010

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Biman grounded

Biman Bangladesh Airlines last night “suspended” four pilots, prompting a pilots' strike from 9:00pm that might see most of its aircraft grounded for an indefinite period.

Graft level stays same

Bangladesh remains static in terms of curbing corruption, according to Transparency International's annual corruption perceptions index (CPI) released yesterday.

Dhaka upbeat about deals with Delhi

Commerce Minister Lt Col (retd) Faruk Khan yesterday said he is upbeat about the deals signed with India and hoped that the neighbour country would implement the agreements without delay.

Wait in tears prolongs

Kohinoor Begum didn't speak a word for the last four days. She has also refused to take any food since her husband went missing in Rupganj violence on Saturday.

Tsunami strikes Indonesia again

Rescuers battled rough seas yesterday to reach remote Indonesian islands pounded by a 10-foot (three-metre) tsunami that swept away homes, killing at least 113 people.

He killed mother, son only for some gold

Selim Mallik, who was arrested yesterday on suspicion of killing his mother, son and nephew in Keraniganj on Monday, confessed to the crime.

Reactions mixed

The main opposition BNP yesterday observed that level of corruption in the country reached its peak due to the government's poor policy and politicisation in all sectors.

Press Council serves notices on 2 dailies

Bangladesh Press Council has asked the editors and publishers of the Kaler Kantha and Bangladesh Protidin to appear before its Judicial Committee on November 14 at 11:00 am in connection with two cases filed against them.

Star launches maiden mobile news app with Nokia today

The Daily Star in partnership with Nokia, world's leading mobile handset manufacturer, today launches country's first mobile news application, The Daily Star Widget.

4-storey building tumbles

An under-construction four-storey building fell on an adjacent water body and a tin-shed house at Naddapara in Dakkhinkhan in the capital last night.

Uncertainty over Khulna plant

The launch of a "dual fuel" 150 megawatt power plant in Khulna is uncertain as the government and the project financier are holding opposing views about evaluating the lowest bidder of the 20-month-old tender.

Govt suspends transit fees

The government has suspended transit and transshipment fees for Indian cargoes and transports on river routes until a further decision, in the face of an Indian demand for withdrawing such fees.

Asif remanded

Mamunur Rashid Asif, one of the accused in a case filed in connection with the killing of Natore college teacher Mizanur Rashid, was remanded for three days yesterday.

Reckless driving kills 2 students

A student of Dhaka University was crushed to death under the wheels of a speeding bus while another got injured yesterday afternoon in front of Shahjalal International Airport in the capital.

Recognise indigenous people in constitution

Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) yesterday placed a proposal before the parliamentary committee to amend the constitution for providing constitutional recognition to the indigenous people.

JS body blasts intelligence agencies for failure

Members of a parliamentary body yesterday blasted intelligence branches of police 'severely' for their 'failure' in taking precautionary measures and not providing government prior information about recent incidents including the ones at Rupganj and Sirajganj.

Physically challenged baby left in hospital

A three-year-old physically challenged girl has been left on a Dhaka Medical College Hospital's bed by unidentified person (s).

2 killed in 'shootouts'

A fugitive convict and an alleged criminal were killed in 'shootouts' between Rapid Action Battalion and the criminals in Sirajganj and Narayanganj early yesterday.

337 jawans indicted

A BDR special court yesterday framed mutiny charges against 337 jawans from the Rifles Sports Board and all directorates under the Bangladesh Rifles headquarters.

SC clears way for trial of Nanak

The Supreme Court yesterday stayed a High Court order that halted the proceedings of a corruption case filed against State Minister for LGRD and Cooperatives Jahangir Kabir Nanak.

Editorial

Army Housing Scheme

An army housing scheme(AHS) estimated to involve 13,000 bighas (about 4,333 acres, approximately at 3 bighas per acre) without Rajuk's and Works Ministry's involvement speaks not only of the naivety of army seniors dealing with the scheme but also of the subconscious mindset that any army's scheme will get implemented regardless. Otherwise how could a scheme of such dimension, providing for 27,000 plots, even be conceived without a thorough planning and thinking about its feasibility, not only in terms of finding such a huge chunk of land but also in terms of public reaction to such a move. Reportedly this scheme to be funded by personal savings of the members of the armed forces, was approved by the Prime Minister's Office, following which a limited company was formed with the Quarter Master General as the chair and a Brigadier General as Managing Director. So far 1,400 bighas have been purchased, with the target of getting 13,000 bighas in total.

High Court move on jailed children

The High Court directive that the authorities free all children currently in various jails all over the country could not have come sooner. By the standards of civilised behaviour, both on the part of individuals and institutions of the state, it is morally and even legally inexplicable why persons under eighteen years of age should be kept confined in prison. Yes, there may be offences committed by the very young, but that does not allow the state to treat these young in the same way that it treats all hardened criminals. Besides, when the institutions of the state begin to feel that children should be kept in jail, without any possibility of freedom, they are only making sure that these children will in time turn out to be hardened criminals themselves. It is just the sort of condition we as citizens would like to prevent from shaping up.

Sports

Sabuj sends Sk Jamal in final

A late strike from substitute Towhidul Alam Sabuj took star-studded Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club to the final of the Grameenphone 23rd Federation Cup with a loan-goal win over Muktijoddha Sangsad in the second semifinal at Birshreshtha Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.

Ton-up Rokibul

Rokibul Hasan and Naeem Islam struck centuries to power their sides to wins in the National Cricket League one-day competition yesterday. Barisal beat Khulna by 19 runs while Rajshahi put Chittagong to the sword with a convincing 151-run victory. In the other match at the Shaheed Kamruzzaman Stadium, Dhaka strolled past Sylhet by seven wickets.

Zim eye Test return

The crack of bats on balls at the deserted Harare Sports Club rouses rare bursts of cheers from a pitch-side pub as Zimbabwe hosts their first New Zealand cricketing visitors in five years.

Nat'l swimming from tomorrow

The Walton 24th National Swimming Championship gets underway tomorrow at the National Swimming Complex in Mirpur.

Div-I cricket

Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi, Uttara Sporting, Agrani Bank, Young Pegasus and North Bengal Cricket Academy won their respective matches on the first day of the First Division Cricket League yesterday.

Oracle octopus Paul dead

Paul the octopus, who shot to fame during this year's football World Cup in South Africa for his flawless record in predicting game outcomes, has died, his aquarium in Germany said Tuesday.

Waqar bucks up boys

Pakistan cricket coach Waqar Younus Tuesday urged his team to get back to winning ways as they begin the build-up to next year's World Cup.

Ashes can restore credibility: Flower

England coach Andy Flower believes the upcoming Ashes series can help restore some of cricket's credibility after a scandal-tainted summer.

Sachin being humble

The only current cricketer to be named in ESPN Cricinfo's all-time World XI, Indian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar says he finds it "unreal and extraordinary" to be placed alongside legends such as Don Bradman with whom he would have loved to play.

Anderson fit for Ashes

Injured strike bowler James Anderson is winning his race to be fit for England's opening Ashes series Test match in Brisbane next month, team director Andy Flower revealed Monday.

Ponting back for SL ODIs

Captain Ricky Ponting will return to action against Sri Lanka next week as Australia enter final preparations for the Ashes series against England, officials said Tuesday.

Dhoni bats for Raina

Indian cricket captain Mahe-ndra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday once again rubbished news reports of Suresh Raina being linked with an associate of a bookie and termed it as "baseless and false".

PCB may sue Sun

Pakistan cricket authorities said Tuesday they were weighing up legal action against British tabloid The Sun over allegations of spot-fixing after an investigation cleared their players.

Women's college handball

Viqarunnissa Noon School & College, and Eden Girls College Senior & Junior teams moved into the semifinals of 13th Delta Life Women's College Handball Tournament winning their respective quarterfinal matches at the Handball Stadium yesterday.

Spaniards dominate FIFA Ballon d'Or list

World Cup winners Spain have seven players featured in a 23-man shortlist for the FIFA Ballon d'Or unveiled by soccer's governing body and France Football magazine on Tuesday.

Milan keep winning

AC Milan kept on Lazio's heels at the top of Serie A as they beat 10-man Napoli 2-1 at the San Paolo stadium in Naples on Monday.

Venky's eyeing Rovers

Blackburn Rovers are in takeover talks with Indian company Venky's and hope to complete a sale next month, the English Premier League side confirmed Tuesday.

City won't break rules

Manchester City have vowed to comply with UEFA's new financial fair-play rules despite lavish investment of more than 500 million dollars in only two years, it was reported Tuesday.

Magath fumes at party boys

Under-fire Schalke 04 coach Felix Magath is threatening to heavily fine a key group of players - including captain Manuel Neuer - for partying hard two days before a German Cup game.

Reina's faith in Torres

Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina believes Fernando Torres could be ready to relaunch his season after breaking his goalscoring drought against Blackburn.

Spurs snap up Khumalo

Tottenham have signed an agreement with South African international defender Bongani Khumalo which will see the player move to Spurs in the January transfer window, the club announced Tuesday.

Magpies to rest stars

Newcastle boss Chris Hughton is set to give his fringe players a chance in Wednesday's Carling Cup clash against Arsenal.

Cloud over Germans' WC win

Germany's legendary 1954 World Cup winning side are said to have been injected with the banned substance methamphetamine, a new university study has revealed.

Roma chief fined

Roma president Rosella Sensi was on Monday hit with a 9,000-euro fine for questioning the impartiality of a referee.

Business

Question mark over stock indexing

The premier bourse has been calculating its index in a different way since June this year, so that no big fluctuation is seen in the index. But the bourse did not disclose the new method to the market.

High-profile body on Ctg port sits today

In a bid to improve management at the Chittagong Port, which has been grappling with poor cargo handling for long, a high-profile committee sits today at the Circuit House in the port city.

Nokia launches new handset

Nokia yesterday launched a new handset, C3, in Bangladesh, which would make social messaging and networking easier.

NBR move pays off

Revenue earnings increased by 25.23 percent in the first quarter of fiscal 2010-11, thanks to a series of measures taken by the National Board of Revenue (NBR).

India may end curbs on diesel price

The Indian government may lift controls on diesel pricing in a phased manner, instead of in one go, to cushion any blow on the poor, the oil ministry said yesterday.

SEC to ease IPO laws for energy, infrastructure units

The stockmarket regulator will ease some conditions for initial public offering in the book building method for energy and infrastructure companies to attract more participation.

Tourism fair starts tomorrow

A three-day fair starts tomorrow in a bid to promote tourism and carry on an advocacy campaign in favour of the Sundarbans' inclusion on the list of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Govt to permit union at RMG units

The government will implement trade unionism in the garments sector from next year to ensure worker rights, Israfil Alam, chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on the labour and employment ministry, said yesterday.

United Airways widens wings

United Airways (BD) Ltd plans to start flights to London via Sylhet and Bangkok in December, its chairman said yesterday.

New asset management company launched

Alliance Capital Asset Management Ltd (ACAML), a new asset management company, has recently launched its operation, aiming to introduce diversified financial products to customers.

Lighting up a dark corner

Laxmi Acharya in the village of Rangamatia under Fatikchhari upazila looks happy and promising now. But things were different one and a half years back.

Indian govt warms to Wal-Mart's retail push

The Indian government sounded a positive note on Tuesday on opening up to foreign direct investment in the massive but politically sensitive multi-brand retail sector by global players like Wal-Mart and Carrefour.

German firm to open testing lab in Dhaka

German-based TÜV SÜD will open its testing laboratory in Dhaka to facilitate the testing of exportable textile items from tomorrow.

Citi risks officer due today

Piyush Agrawal, chief risk officer of Citi for South Asia, is due in Dhaka today on a two-day visit.

Nissan launches hybrid under shadow of strong yen

Japan's third-largest automaker Nissan on Tuesday unveiled its first full step into the hybrid market with its Fuga luxury sedan, as it warned of "crisis" in a market battered by a strong yen.

ArcelorMittal issues profit warning

ArcelorMittal, the world's biggest steelmaker, warned on Tuesday that lower prices and weak demand in the fourth quarter would weigh on operating profits, sending its share price sharply lower.

GE in $750m turbine deal with India's Reliance

US conglomerate General Electric has landed India's largest single order for gas and steam turbines in a 750-million-dollar deal with utility giant Reliance Power.

Intel opens first chip plant in China

Chip heavyweight Intel Corp opened its first chip plant in China on Tuesday in a move that said could help boost China's economy, several years after the U.S. firm first announced the $2.5 billion project.

Corporate Briefs

RENATA
In line with unaudited quarterly accounts for the third quarter to September 30, the company reported consolidated net profit of Tk 338.36 million with consolidated earnings per share (EPS) of Tk 187.20 against Tk 194.24 million and Tk 107.46 (restated) respectively for the same period of the previous year. Consolidated net profit was Tk 730.51 million with consolidated EPS of Tk 404.16 for the period of nine months to September 30 against Tk 522.56 million and Tk 289.11 (restated) respectively for the same a-year-ago period. Unaudited quarterly accounts for the third quarter to September 30 show the company also reported net profit of Tk 238.26 million with EPS of Tk 131.82 against Tk 172.58 million and Tk 95.48 (restated) respectively for the same period of the previous year. Net profit of the company was Tk 630.40 million with EPS of Tk 348.77 for the period of nine months to September 30 against Tk 471.30 million and Tk 260.75 (restated) respectively for the same period of last year.

New MD for Islami Bank Securities

Md Ahsan Ullah joined Islami Bank Securities as managing director on September 27, says a statement.

Metropolitan

PM for global efforts to fight money laundering, terrorism, militancy

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday called for united global efforts to combat menaces like money laundering, terrorism and militancy.

PM attends office at AFD

Prime Minister and Defence Minister Sheikh Hasina attended her office at Armed Forces Division (AFD), Dhaka Cantonment yesterday.

Six killed, 6 injured in road accidents

At least six people were killed and six others injured in separate road accidents in Kishoreganj, Faridpur, Chapainawabganj, Thakurgaon, and Natore yesterday and on Monday.

Call to ensure food security in S Asia

Food Minister Abdur Razzaque yesterday underscored the need for toning up regional cooperation to enhance food production and ensure food security in South Asia.

SC upholds HC bail to Mahmudur

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday upheld a High Court (HC) order that granted bail to Mahmudur Rahman, acting editor of the Bangla daily Amar Desh, in a case filed for obstructing police in discharging their duties.

Four killed in city incidents

Four people, including two women, were killed in separate incidents in the city's Sutrapur, Kadamtoli, Uttara and Turag early yesterday.

Stop remarks about BNP

A leader of Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum (JAF) of Dhaka Unit yesterday warned Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif of refraining from making any indecent remark about BNP and its leaders.

Court orders against Islam to be defied

Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ) Chairman Mufti Fazlul Haq Amini yesterday said they would not abide by the High Court or Supreme Court if they deliver any ruling or orders against Islam, the Quran or Hadith.

CCC to build underpasses for traffic control

Chittagong City Corpor-ation (CCC) will build underpasses at busy intersections of the city including GEC circle and Agrabad commercial area to control traffic jam.

Plan to retrofit main public bldgs to cut quake damages

Government will retrofit all the important public buildings gradually to protect them from the damage and casualty during an earthquake, said Food and Disaster Management Minister Abdur Razzaque yesterday.

Drive against crimes from Nov 1

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) is going to launch a special drive from November 1 to recover illegal arms and arrest criminals to ensure trouble-free business ahead of Eid-ul-Azha.

Appoint more judges in Appellate Divn

The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) yesterday demanded of the president to appoint judges in the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court from the judges of High Court Division on the basis of seniority.

Sweepers protest arrest of fellows

A group of sweepers early yesterday laid nearly a four-hour long siege to Jatrabari Police Station demanding release of their fellows arrested during an anti-drug drive.

Act tough against killers of Mizanur

Failure of the authorities concerned to control stalking of women could cause social disorder, said GAD Alliance, a national platform of 120 NGOs, yesterday, demanding steps to take tough actions against the killers of Natore college teacher Mizanur Rashid.

Effective public transport systems demanded

Speakers at a press conference yesterday demanded government initiatives to make the public transportation system more effective and passengers-friendly to reduce the city's traffic congestion.

Shah Alam acting law commission chairman

Prof Shah Alam, member of Bangladesh Law Commis-sion, has been given charges of chairman of the commission, as Justice MA Rashid resigned from the office on October 19.

Sweden sees scopes to raise import

The newly appointed Swedish ambassador in Dhaka yesterday said there exist huge potentials to increase import from Bangladesh and investment here by her country.

LeT militant Malek on 4-day remand

A Dhaka court yesterday granted a four-day remand against Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant Abdul Malek alias Golam Mohammad in connection with the August 21 grenade attack case on an Awami League rally.

Bail petition of Kamaruzzaman, Quader Molla rejected

A Dhaka court yesterday rejected a bail petition of two assistant secretaries general of Jamaat-e-Islami in connection with a case filed with Paltan Police Station for preventing police from discharging their duties on June 20 this year.

AL wing leader shot in city

A Swechchhasebok League leader was shot by a gang of unidentified criminals in front of his business centre at Pallabi in the city yesterday.

Permanent solution to Rohingya crisis emphasised

Emphasising permanent solution of the Rohingya problems, Food and Disaster Management Minister Abdur Razzaque yesterday said Bangladesh, despite being a poor country, continues giving shelter and assistance to the Rohingyas on humanitarian consideration.

Students get free eye tests at Adamjee School

About hundreds of students received free eye screening and eye check-up yesterday at an Eye Camp on the Adamjee School premises.

National

Hilsa catching resumes as 10-day ban ends

Hilsa fishing in the southern region has resumed after the end of October 15-24 ban period.

Two women, 2 kids rescued from Jhenidah border, traffickers held

Villagers rescued from traffickers two women and two children on Baghadanga border in Moheshpur upazila of Jhenidah district while BDR detained six people when they were going to India with forged travel documents through Benapole check post yesterday.

British Council CEO joins anti-stalking human chain in Mongla

British Council Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Martin Davidson CMG yesterday participated in an anti-stalking human chain programme at a village in Mongla under Bagerhat district.

Villagers beat python dead in Pabna

Villagers beat dead a medium sized python at Goashpur Modhhapara village of Pabna Sadar upazila early yesterday.

Hearing on charge framing against 59 on Feb 22

The Special Court-12 yesterday fixed February 22, 2011 for hearing on charge framing against 59 of the 86 BDR mutineers of 23rd Rifles Battalion, Khulna.

Bid to abduct software engr foiled, 5 arrested

Police with help of some pedestrians foiled an attempt to kidnap a software engineer for ransom from Nirala residential area under Khulna Sadar Police station on Monday.

Charges pressed against 4

Police yesterday pressed charges against four people in housewife Supriya Ghosh murder case.

Cuet admission test Nov 4

Admission test for graduation courses under 2010-11 sessions at Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology ()) will be held on November 4. A total of 4349 applicants have been selected for participation in the admission test against 600 seats of three units. The final list of the applicants was published on October 25. The written test of Ka and Kha groups will be held from 10am to 12.30pm. The results of the admission test will be published on November 11. Of the 11 reserved seats, 10 are for tribal and one for Rakhain students. Admission seekers can download admission related information from cuet web address (www.cuet.ac.bd).

Elderly woman murdered

A 70-year-old woman was killed by unidentified assailants at Kazirkhola village in South Surma upazila early Monday. The victim was identified as Anwara Begum, wife of late Mostan Miah of the village. Police said family members entered Anwara's room at around 10:30am as she did not come out as usual in the morning. They found her body lying on the floor and informed the police who recovered the body at around 11:00am and sent it to Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College for post-mortem examination. Police said the body bore injury marks. They (police) are trying to unearth the clues to the killing.

Polythene seized, one held

Members of the Rapid Action Battalion arrested one person with four mounds of polythene in Patuakhali launch terminal area at around 9:00am yesterday.The arrestee was identified as Taiyab Ali, 40 of Badorgachhi village under Taltali upazila of Barguna district. A team of Rab-8 arrested the man while he was selling polythene at the launch terminal at around 9:00am and sent him to Nirbahi Magistrate for Patuakhali Ebadat Hossain who sent him to jail hajat.

Ten shops gutted

Ten shops and seed godowns were gutted in a fire at Gazir Khamar Bazar in Sherpur Sadar upazila on Monday night. Fire service sources said the fire originated from an electric short circuit at a shop at around 11:45 pm and soon engulfed the nearby shops and seed godowns. On information, fire fighters from Sherpur rushed to the spot and extinguished the blaze with the help of local people.

Yaba seized, 3 arrested

Police yesterday arrested three people and seized 60 yaba tablets from their possession in Jaduarchar area under Shibchar upazila of the district on Monday night. The arrestees are Milon Bepari, 26, Shohag, 24, and Prince Mia, 25. Acting on a tip-off, police raided an area near Palli Bidyut office at around 10:00pm and arrested the three with yaba tablets. A case was lodged with Shibchar Police Station.

Letters

Bangladesh cricket

We congratulate the Bangladesh national cricket team on their victory over a stronger opponent, New Zealand. It has been a consistent display by the Tigers. Captain Shakib-Al-Hasan has shown how to lead from the front. The entire series has been a glaring example of good leadership and team dedication.

Joining parliament

If I remember rightly, BNP is not joining the parliament because it wants more seats in the front bench and more time to talk in the house. I feel that the best way to sort it out is to go by it mathematically, based on the number of seats won (not nominated women's seat). The calculation could be as follows, based on a hypothetical election result.

Mario Vargas Llosa

74-year old Vargas Llosa is the first Latin American to receive the Nobel Prize for literature since 1990, when it was bestowed on Octavio Paz of Mexico. The prize is given “for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual's resistance, revolt, and defeat.”

Peace talks

With settlement activities back in full swing and Israel showing no interest at all in a peaceful and just solution to the Middle East conflict, one can say that Palestine, as we know it, is lost.

Babri Masjid verdict

There is no denying the fact that the verdict on Babri Masjid has left a vast majority of Muslims feeling cheated by the judiciary. They had hoped for a judgement based on impartiality but it seems that the judges were influenced by the propaganda war unleashed by the anti-Muslim groups. Unfortunately, they are more vocal, more visible and able to influence many sane persons including Muslims. But they forget the safety and security enjoyed by the vast majority of non-Muslims in the Muslim areas/countries. In the recent past Muslims were brutally killed in Gujarat, Mumbai, Nelie, Bhagalpur and a number of other places. The denial of job opportunities and discrimination of Muslims in India is a well-documented fact.

Our defence expenditure

Once a mighty military power, Britain is now talking of major defence cuts to contain the budget deficit. The 5-month-old govt. under David Cameron made no bones about the unpleasant decision his govt. is about to take in view of the hard facts and ground realities.

Health tips

I would like to give the people of my beloved country some health tips. These are:

Late SM Ali

Late SM Ali was an icon of journalism in Bangladesh. He set an example of objective journalism in the country for others to follow.

Road conditions

I had the misfortune of travelling by road from Dhaka to Chittagong recently. It took us over ten hours. It was not because of heavy traffic but because of the slow pace and congestion resulting from the abysmal condition of the road. The stretch from Baroiahat to Chittagong, perhaps some 70 kilometres, is in particularly bad shape. It is virtually without any surface and has innumerable potholes. It is difficult to imagine how the authorities could allow the condition of the most important highway of the country to deteriorate to this level when the concerned ministry is waxing eloquent about subways, magnetic trains, bridges and elevated expressways.

Halloween

As Halloween approaches I feel it important to remind parents and children that the feast of Halloween was once the vigil feast of All Saints' Day, which is celebrated on November 1. It was the beginning of a day in which we rejoice in the work of God seen in his saints.

Khaleda Zia's cantonment house

The government should allow Khaleda Zia to remain in her cantonment house. People are passing their days in great misery. Power, water and gas shortage has become acute. In addition, prices of essential commodities have gone out of reach of common people and crimes of all sorts have increased manifold. Instead of tackling all these serious problems, it seems that the government is bent upon creating further distress for the people by asking Begum Khaleda Zia to vacate the cantonment house. It will definitely create an upheaval in the political field and the common people will sufferer. We do not want fresh unrest; it is the government's duty to see that people live in peace, not to shatter it.

US election and Bin Laden

When the midterm US election is just around the corner, all of a sudden Osama Bin Laden, who is believed to be dead, has appeared in the media from nowhere. The United States is capable of taking to task almost anybody as it did Saddam Hussein. Osama Bin Laden is no head of a state or government. He is a mastermind terrorist and is the brainchild of none other than the United States.

Oil/gas exploration

I am very glad to have read the news item in the 6th October 2010 issue of The Daily Star that our govt. has approved exploration of oil /gas at Salda along Bangladesh border with eastern India. The nation's first oil / gas exploration was successful at Haripur long ago, few miles east of Sylhet town, and expectation is high that more success would come up at Salda, and may be in other parts of Sylhet.

Disparity in education

We have seen two reports in the national dailies that there are no primary schools in 131 villages of Kurigram district and 67 villages of Tangail district.

Save our village

Charkumaria is an old village of greater Daudkandi in Comilla district which is about 400 years old. During the British period it was a centre of attraction for travellers. But this beautiful village, habited by around 5000 people, is being ruined by river erosion. During 1964-1971 Kathalia river was about 1 km away from the village. But now our village is standing on the bank of the river.

International

UK military's grilling manual leaked

The British military has been training interrogators in techniques that include threats, sensory deprivation and enforced nakedness in an apparent breach of the Geneva conventions, the Guardian has discovered.

Iraqi court sentences Tareq Aziz to death

Iraq's supreme criminal court sentenced former deputy prime minister Tareq Aziz to death on Tuesday, the first death sentence handed down against the long-time international face of the Saddam Hussein regime.

US defends Iraq record after WikiLeaks furore

US officials defended the US military's record probing civilian deaths and abuse in Iraq after graphic revelations in leaked secret documents triggered worldwide concern and condemnation.

Iran acknowledges assistance for Afghans

Iran acknowledged yesterday giving "assistance" to Afghanistan after President Hamid Karzai admitted receiving bags of cash from Tehran, sparking US concerns about its arch-foe's expanding influence.

US slips to historic low

The United States has dropped out of the "top 20" in a global league table of least corrupt nations, tarnished by financial scandals and the influence of money in politics, Transparency International said yesterday.

Nobel laureate's brothers offer to accept Peace Prize

The brothers of jailed Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo are willing to accept the prize on his behalf in Norway later this year if his wife is unable to attend, a rights group said yesterday.

Arundhati Roy faces arrest over Kashmir remark

The Booker prize-winning novelist and human rights campaigner Arundhati Roy is facing the threat of arrest after claiming that the disputed territory of Kashmir is not an integral part of India.

Suu Kyi sidelined for polls

On the morning of Myanmar's first election in 20 years, the woman who has come to symbolize the struggle for democracy in her country will rise at 4 am to meditate.

India to supply rare earths to Japan

Tokyo said yesterday that India has agreed to provide a stable supply of rare earth minerals to Japan as the high-tech economy looks to diversify sources after a spat with key provider China.

Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano erupts

Indonesia's Mount Merapi erupted three times yesterday, causing thousands to flee and claiming the life of a three-month-old baby girl as it emitted searing clouds and volcanic ash.

Lanka appeals over death-row maid in KSA

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse has appealed for the king of Saudi Arabia to spare the life of a Sri Lankan housemaid convicted of killing an infant, his office said yesterday.

Nepal's 13th bid fails to elect PM

Nepal's parliament failed Tuesday in its 13th bid to elect a new prime minister, meaning the impoverished Himalayan nation has been without a functioning government for almost four months.

Chinese boy survives 20-storey fall from window

A 10-year-old Chinese boy has survived falling 20 stories from an apartment window and landing on a parked car.

French strikes lose steam

France's finance minister declared that anti-austerity protests had reached "a turning point" yesterday as garbage collectors began tackling Marseille's reeking mounds of trash and a few French oil workers halted their strike.

450 skeletons found in Bosnia

Bosnian and Serbian authorities say they've recovered 450 pieces of human skeletons from the banks of a lake partially drained this summer for maintenance.

Iran fuels first nuke reactor

Iran has begun loading fuel into the core of its first nuclear power plant, state television has reported.

Arts & Entertainment

My Beloved Motherland

Addressing issues that are holding Bangladesh back, an exhibition featuring cartoons by Mohammad Abu Salim, titled, “My Beloved Motherland”, began on October 16 at Galarie Zoom at Alliance Francaise de Dhaka.

Abbasuddin Ahmed: Voice of the delta

Today marks the 109th birth anniversary of legendary folk singer Abbasuddin Ahmed (October 27, 1901-December 30, 1959). He was born at Balarampur under Tufanganj subdivision in the district of Cooch Behar, now in West Bengal. His father, Zafar Ali Ahmed, was a lawyer at the Tufanganj Subdivisional Court.

Theatre (Arambagh) arranges weeklong festival

A weeklong festival by Theatre (Arambagh) is now on at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA), Dhaka. The festival began on October 23. Six plays by four troupes, including one from India, are being staged at the festival.

A return to the silver screen

Apart from her successful innings in “Notun Kuri”, Tomalika Kormokar has proved her versatility by winning the National Film Award for her performance in “Kitton Khola”. And there's more. After a long hiatus the brilliant artiste is all set to hit the silver screen again, appearing in Humayun Ahmed's latest directorial venture “Ghetu Putro Komola”.

Movies on the radio

“Watching movies on Radio” -- the phrase strikes one as absurd. But absurdity takes the form of reality on “Double Exposure” -- ABC Radio's (FM 89.2) special weekly programme.

Tenth anniversary of Badhan

To mark the 10th anniversary of Badhan, a blood donation organisation at Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU), a day long programme was chalked out at the university campus on October 23. The programme included a colourful procession, a discussion, boating, a feast and a cultural programme.

Trick or treat

Illusionist Wasel amused a huge audience at Aloka Nodi Bangla Complex auditorium with his repertoire of magical acts on October 22.

OP-ED

Slices of October history

October has been a fascinating month in history. And history, if you must know, is something you cannot live without. Anyone who tells you history does not matter is someone who is only exposing the brilliant ignorance he suffers from. Ignore his philistine behaviour and move on. For those of us who have lived through some of the most stirring of times, October is a journey back to some old tragedies, some near forgotten tales of heroism and some defining moments in the lives of people across the world.

Successes, surprises and challenges

On October 24, 2010, the United Nations turned 65. While speaking at a function to observe the day, it occurred to me that I was only a couple of years younger. Happily, Foreign Minister Dr. Dipu Moni was there as the chief guest to present the vision of a much younger generation. She spoke persuasively about a reformed UN of the future that will better reflect the aspirations of all nations -- big or small.

Corruption Perceptions Index 2010: Why have we failed to improve?

The CPI - Corruption Perceptions Index-2010 was released by Transparency International (TI) on October 26. Bangladesh has failed to achieve improvement over last year. In a scale of 0-10, we have scored 2.4, the same as in 2009, and occupied 134th place among 178 countries featured in this year's index.

Prioritising smooth functioning at Chittagong Port

Chittagong is the major port of Bangladesh, handling around 85-90% of the nation's trade. Its importance to the country cannot, thus, be over-emphasised. From a throughput of around 1m TEUs containers in 2007, Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) expects to be handling 2-2.5m TEUs in 2016. The Government of Bangladesh (GOB) earns around 30% of its revenue from Custom House Chittagong (CHC) and Chittagong Port.


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