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Amusement park eyed at nat'l zoo

The national zoo in the capital's Mirpur may fall victim to commercialisation, as the government is considering a private company's proposal to set up an amusement park on one-third of the zoo's land.

$2.3b net profit in 30 years projected

Bangladesh could reap a net profit of $2.3 billion in 30 years by giving transit facilities to India, Nepal and Bhutan, shows a study of the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD).

Cessna crashes into Jamuna

A training aircraft of Bangladesh Flying Club, with two pilots on board, crashed into the river Jamuna at Omarpur of Chowhali upazila in Sirajganj yesterday morning.

Biman spreads wings again

Flights of Biman Bangladesh Airlines have started taking off as per schedule yesterday after the pilots rejoined work calling off their strike.

Graft gobbles up OMS rice

The government-appointed dealers for the ongoing open market sales (OMS) are selling rice on black market upsetting the effort to contain prices of the staple food.

Target genocide apology

After a break of three years, the Bangladeshi and Pakistani foreign secretaries will hold talks on bilateral relations at a two-day annual consultation to be held in Islamabad on November 1-2.

Muhith spurs digital land recording

Rapid digitisation of land recording system is a priority for the government to curb widespread corruption in land management in the country, Finance Minister AMA Muhith said yesterday.

Border talks in Kolkata today

A five-day deputy director general (DDG) level BDR-BSF border meeting begins in Kolkata from today.

Faridpur stalker still at large

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid has assured the bereaved family members of Chanpa Rani Bhowmik of bringing her accused killer Devashish Saha Rony to justice.

Physician 'self-injected' to death

A female physician allegedly committed suicide by injecting herself with poison at her family residence at East Senpara in Kafrul in the city yesterday.

Pushed off running bus, man dies in city

A man died at a city hospital yesterday, hours after the conductor of a bus allegedly pushed him onto the street following a squabble over fare at Kakrail intersection.

War criminals must not have the last laugh

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) will support the movement to bring war criminals of the Liberation War to justice, said Chairman of the commission Prof Mizanur Rahman yesterday.

Abahani beat Sheikh Jamal to lift title

Abahani emerged champions of the season's curtain-raising Grameenphone Federation Cup when they beat Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club 5-3 after extra-time in a thrilling encounter at the Birshreshtha Mostafa Kamal Stadium yesterday.

World pledges for ecosystem

A historic global treaty to protect the world's forests, coral reefs and other threatened ecosystems within 10 years was sealed at a UN summit.

'Criminal' killed in 'shootout'

An alleged criminal was killed in a 'shootout' between Rapid Action Battalion and an armed gang at Piarpur in Sadar upazila of Faridpur early yesterday.

DU hi-tech fraud gang faces case

Dhaka University authorities yesterday filed a case against eight persons arrested for sending answers to multiple-choice questions via SMS to some of those taking the university admission test on Friday.

Rab nab 3 extortionists

Three extortionists were arrested after a gunfight with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members at Shahjahanpur in Motijheel early yesterday.

11 sued for teasing school girls in city

Eleven youths were sued yesterday for harassing girl students of Rayerbazar High School in the capital and attacking the school's managing committee chief.


A question of governance

Again, a fire broke out in a chemical warehouse on Thursday in Armanitola, this time with the difference that there were no casualties and it was put out by local people without fire brigade's help.

Tsunamis and early warning systems

Nature has always exercised an overwhelming presence in our lives. And for all our efforts to tame it to our will, it has often--or almost always--demonstrated the sheer power with which it can leave lives destroyed or scattered into pieces. One would have thought the warning systems and the safety measures put in place after the Asian tsunami in 2004 would place victims of future tsunamis in less peril and would indeed help them stay many steps ahead of an approaching natural disaster. Well, if it is a question of serving warning of an impending tsunami or tidal wave hours before it strikes a coast, there is not much to worry about because enough time is there for people to move to safer locations. The risks to life arise when people have only minutes to evacuate their homes. It is then too late for them, for the waves outstrip them and end up taking their lives and destroying their homesteads.


Fed Cup Abahani's

Abahani lifted the trophy of the season's curtain-raising tournament Grameen-phone Federation Cup for the eighth time as they beat a star-studded Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club 5-3 in the final at the Birshreshtha Mostafa Kamal Stadium yesterday.

Siddikur keeps soaring

Siddikur Rahman's fantastic form continued in the six million dollar CIMB Asia Pacific Classic in Malaysia, hitting a sizzling six birdies yesterday.

Awudu's dream

“It was my dream to see Abahani become champions in the Federation Cup and my dream came true today in my sixth season. I am very excited,” was the reaction of an ecstatic Awudu Ibrahim after the final between Abahani and Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club yesterday.

Butt, Aamer at hearing

Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Aamer arrived at the Dubai headquarters of the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Saturday for a hearing into their suspension on charges of spot-fixing, an AFP reporter witnessed.

Ahad urges for best showing

State Minister for Youth and Sports Ahad Ali Sarker urged the athletes to put their best to bring laurels to the country in the upcoming 16th Asian Games to be held in Guangzhou in China from November 12 to 27.

Ansar leading the way

Three more national records were set on the third day of the Walton National Swimming championships at the National Swimming Complex at Mirpur yesterday.

Sampdoria to sack Cassano

Sampdoria have asked Italian League authorities for permission to terminate the contract of Italy striker Antonio Cassano with immediate effect, local press reports.

Proteas take lead

Paceman Lonwabo Tsotsobe took four wickets and Jacques Kallis hit an unbeaten fifty to help a disciplined South Africa down Pakistan by eight wickets in the first one-day match here on Friday.

Elena calls it quits

Elena Dementieva, who won gold at the 2008 Olympic Games, called time on her 12-year tennis career on Friday and said it felt like the "end of the world."

United England down under

England flew into Australia ahead of the upcoming Ashes series on Saturday, arriving quietly confident about ending a 24-year English drought on Australian soil, but expecting a tough battle.

SA in Smith, Kallis scare

South African one-day and Test captain Graeme Smith is undergoing treatment after injuring his left hand, but escaped without a fracture, an official said Saturday.

Kenya hire Rhodes

South African great Jonty Rhodes has accepted to work as a specialist consultant for the Kenya national team in their preparations for the World Cup, Kenyan cricket officials said on Friday.

Davydenko bites dust

Top seed Nikolay Davydenko slumped to a 3-6, 7-6, 7-6 defeat by Spain's Albert Montanes in the quarterfinals of the Open Sud de France on Friday.

Bayern bounce back

Coach Louis van Gaal was delighted with his Bayern Munich side's second-half display as the defending champions moved up the Bundesliga table with a morale-boosting 4-2 win over Freiburg.

Inter edge Genoa

An embarrassing mistake from Portuguese goalkeeper Eduardo handed champions Inter Milan a 1-0 victory away to Genoa at the Marrassi stadium on Friday.

Micho hints at exit

Argentina defender Martin Demichelis has hinted he may leave Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich during January's winter break despite scoring on his first start for the German giants this season.

'Difficult to drop Hernandez'

Sir Alex Ferguson admits Wayne Rooney could struggle to win back his Manchester United place when he returns to fitness.

Roy wants to bring biggest stars

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson will take his struggling squad to play Bolton on Sunday convinced the Reds are still a top option for the world's greatest players.

Mancini lashes out at drink culture

Manchester City coach Roberto Mancini has lashed out at the "drinking culture" of British football after a video of a boozy night out involving members of his squad appeared on the Internet.

UEFA punishes Chelsea

UEFA have fined Chelsea 10,000 euros after Marseille security officials were not allowed into the Blues' stadium at a Champions League game between the clubs, the French club said on Friday.

C'Ron backs Rooney

Wayne Rooney is right to have elected to stay put at Manchester United, former clubmate Cristiano Ronaldo indicated Friday.

Maradona's saddest b'day

Diego Maradona turned 50 Saturday with little fanfare, calling it the "saddest birthday" because of Argentina's loss in the World Cup.

MU, Gunners kept apart

Manchester United and Arsenal were kept apart as the League Cup quarterfinal draw was made here Saturday with Aston Villa pitted against bitter rivals Birmingham in the tie of the round.


Banks look abroad as dollar demand peaks

The rise in overseas spending by the middle class and cash transfer to foreign countries have pushed the supply-demand gap in the greenback to an all-time high.

Listed energy companies can raise Tk 4,500cr

The government can raise around Tk 4,500 crore from the stockmarket if it offloads its stakes in five state-run energy entities that are already listed on the exchanges.

Stocks swell on 3rd quarter gains

Listed companies with an eye on the yearend started announcing their third quarter earnings last week. The financial results of the institutions, especially banks and non-bank financial institutions (NBFIs), showed huge profit growth. Much of the growth came from stock investment.

Merkel calls for more immigrants in public service

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Saturday for more immigrants in the country's civil service and deplored discrimination in employment, two weeks after saying attempts at a multi-cultural society had failed.

CPA buys more equipment

The Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) has collected 16 new equipment to speed container handling.

Maruti profit up

Maruti Suzuki met forecasts with a 5 percent rise in quarterly net profit as strong demand for cars in a surging economy helped offset a rise in input costs.

Calls for exchange rules upgrade

The Bangladesh Bank should rationalise the age-old foreign exchange rules and regulations to make the regime updated and cohesive, said former governor of Bangladesh Bank (BB) Dr Salehuddin Ahmed yesterday.

KL keen on more imports, investment in shipbuilding

Malaysia, one of the most dynamic economies of Southeast Asia, is

Bumper aromatic rice harvest in Rangpur expected

Farmers are expecting a bumper harvest of aromatic rice as the crop is now growing excellent at its flowering stages everywhere in all eight districts under Rangpur Agriculture Zone (RAZ) this season.

First Baghdad flight for European airline

An Airbus operated by France's Aigle Azur is on Saturday to make the first scheduled flight by a European airline to Baghdad in 20 years amid hopes of boosting historically close Franco-Iraqi business links.

Toyota secretly bought back faulty vehicles

Japan's top world automaker Toyota secretly bought back some of the faulty vehicles it sold on the market in a bid to hide their defects from the public, the lawyers of clients suing the automaker said Friday.

Otto to go big in textile

The social business model of Nobel laureate Dr Muhammad Yunus has entered a new sphere now. Germany's one of the largest retail chains Otto Gmbh and Co KG is going to set up a textile factory in Bangladesh under such a model.

Futility of currency war

There are growing concerns that the world is about to embark upon a global “currency war”, as countries try to simultaneously devalue their way to export-led recovery.

Cellphone market slowing, smartphones still boom

Cellphone market growth slowed slightly in the September quarter due to worries over economic growth and component shortages, and the market growth would slow further in the current quarter, researchers said on Friday.

Rahimafrooz plans 5MW solar power plant

Rahimafrooz Renewable Energy (RRE) has signed a memorandum of understanding with TATA BP Solar to set up a solar power plant in Bangladesh.

Body to maintain RMG peace before Eid

Leaders of labour organisations and Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) yesterday decided to form a tripartite committee to maintain peace in the garment industry ahead of Eid.

Samsung to sell tablet PC in India

Samsung Electronics will start selling its Galaxy Tab tablet computer in India from Nov. 10 and expects to capture about half of the market which it sees at up to 1 million units in the next 12 months, a company official said on Friday.

Reliance profit tops forecast

Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries Ltd posted its highest quarterly profit in nearly three years, and increasing output at its main gas field is seen as key to earnings growth for India's most valuable company even as it diversifies into other sectors.

World's costliest car goes on sale in India

The world's most expensive and fastest production car has gone on sale in India, with luxury manufacturer Bugatti making its debut in the land of rickshaws.

Australia offers $132m for SE Asia transport

Australia on Saturday pledged more than 132 million dollars (129 million US) to improve infrastructure in Southeast Asia's poorest countries.

India's Jet Airways swings to a quarterly profit

India's biggest private airline Jet Airways on Friday swung to a quarterly profit from a loss a year earlier, helped by rising demand for air travel, healthy international earnings and a buoyant economy.

Sony returns to black

Japanese electronics giant Sony said Friday it had swung back to a second quarter profit and raised its full year forecast 17 percent, citing strong earnings for its Playstation and computer units.

Wall St week ahead

The wait is almost over.

Oil falls

Crude prices slid below $82 in Asian trade Friday as the greenback staged a slight comeback against the euro, analysts said.

Enel Green shares all sold after price cut

Italian energy group Enel has sold all the shares it offered in the Initial Public Offering of its renewables unit Enel Green Power after cutting the price, a source said on Thursday.

Weekly Currency Roundup

October 23-28, 2010

Association of Southeast Asian Nations

Dancers perform at the closing ceremony of the 17th summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and its related meetings in Hanoi yesterday.


Protect Lalbagh Fort

Archaeologists at a roundtable yesterday said Lalbagh Fort is under threat of encroachers and urged the government to protect the heritage site.

Call for policies to establish self-governed local govt

Speakers at a national convention yesterday called for decentralisation of power at every tier of administration to strengthen local government institutions and make them more functional.

BNP demand for midterm polls ridiculous: Sajeda

Awami League Presidium Member Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury termed BNP's demand for midterm elections ridiculous.

Undemocratic behaviour of AL to be resisted: Delwar

BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday said they along with people will resist the ruling party's 'unjust and undemocratic' behaviour.

'Remove billboards from city foot overbridges'

Leaders of Dhakabashi, a socio-cultural voluntary organisation, yesterday demanded of the authorities concerned to remove billboards from foot overbridges in the city so that pedestrians can see and use those bridges, preventing road accidents.

Pro-govt docs' panel sweeps BSMMU deans' polls

Pro-Awami League Swadhinata Chikitshak Parishad (SCP) sweeps the deans' election of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) yesterday.

AL govt innovated stalking: Mosharraf

BNP Standing Committee Member Khandoker Mosharraf Hossain yesterday said stalking is an innovation of the Awami League government.

Road crashes kill 3

Four persons were killed and 10 others injured in road accidents in Chittagong, Gaibandha, and Satkhira yesterday.

Punishment to killer stalkers demanded

Speakers here yesterday demanded the government's immediate move to give exemplary punishment to the stalkers who killed Mizanur Rashid, a teacher from Natore, and Chanpa Rani Bhowmik from Faridpur.

Woman crushed under train's wheels

An elderly woman was crushed to death under the wheels of locomotive at Mohanganj Railway Station in Netrakona on Friday night.

BSMMU docs to study at Indian medical institute

Doctors of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) will get the opportunity to study at the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIMS) for higher education as per a joint communiqué signed between the institutions.

Journo Rezaul Haque passes away

Veteran journalist Rezaul Haque Bachchu, son of former member of Legislative Assembly AT Mazharul Haque, passed away due to old-age complications at Shamorita Hospital in the city on Friday at the age of 74.

Quickly clear pre-05 cases: Chief justice

Chief Justice ABM Khairul Haque yesterday instructed the judicial magistrates to dispose of all the cases filed before 2005 through holding quick hearings on priority basis.

Train women to build developed society

Speakers at a workshop yesterday stressed the need for training women at grassroots and middle-income to create awareness on their potentiality to build a developed society.

BSS chief editor hospitalised

Chief Editor and Managing Director of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) Ihsanul Karim Helal was admitted to Birdem Hospital after he felt breathing difficulties during the weekly reporters' meeting at the national news agency's Purana Paltan office yesterday.


41 BNP men sued on AL activist murder charge

Forty-one BNP men have been sued on charge of killing Awami League activist Shahadat Hossain during a clash between the two rival political parties in Raipura upazila on Thursday.

Solar power changing rural lifestyle, mostly in chars

Remote char areas of Gaibandha and Lalmonirhat districts now see rapid change in lifestyle, thanks to the introduction of solar power by a few non-governmental organisations.

BCL defies ban, creates panic on RU campus

Leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) Rajshahi University (RU) unit brought out a procession and held a rally on the campus in presence of law enforcers yesterday defying authorities' restrictions on such programmes during honours first year admission test under 2010-2011 session.

ACC files case against UPEO Kamaruzzaman

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has filed a case against an education officer with Gouranadi police station in Barisal district for misappropriating Tk 96.90 thousand that was realised in addition to the officially fixed fees from the primary terminal examination candidates.

21 more students of 3 Gaibandha schools fall sick

At least 21 more students of three government primary schools fell sick after taking biscuits distributed under school feeding programme of the government in Saghata upazila yesterday.

'Long march' concludes

The seven-day 'long march' of National Committee for Protection of Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Port and Power ended with a public meeting in Phulbari of Dinajpur district yesterday.

4 Jamaat men held in Laxmipur

Police yesterday arrested four Jamaat activists from Alekjander Bazar under Ramgoti upazila of the district.

Bomb blasts at Rangpur Zoo

An unidentified gang blasted chocolate bombs at Rangpur Zoo yesterday afternoon, creating panic among the visitors.

Charges against 21 read out at special court

Trial proceedings against 21 mutineers of 39 Rifles Battalion began at special court-12, set up at the battalion headquarters in Chapainawabagnj, yesterday.

Punish killers of Mizan, Chanpa Rani

Human chains were formed in Pabna town and Natore yesterday demanding punishment to the killers of college teacher Mizanur Rashid and Chanpa Rani Bhowmik.

50 hurt as AL, BNP clash

At least 50 people, including 5 journalists, were injured in a clash between ruling Awami League and opposition BNP in front of fire service office at Borhanuddin upazila yesterday morning.

Boat race in Khulna

The fifth annual boat race was held yesterday in the Rupsha River.

Bombs recovered

Crime Prevention Company-2 of Rab- 11 in a drive recovered 10 hand bombs and one pistol from Aronnyapur village in Sadar upazila on Friday night. Acting on a tip-off, a team led by company commander Major Abdur Rahman conducted the drive at the graveyard near Khanbari of the village at midnight and recovered the bombs and firearm in abandoned condition. In another drive the same team seized 50 kg of hemp packed in a sack from Miabari area of Shaldhor village in the same upazila at about 11:00 pm in abandoned condition.

Woman commits 'suicide'

A housewife allegedly committed suicide by taking poison over family feud at Nababpur village in Kaharol upazila on Friday. The deceased was identified as Maria Begum, 26, wife of Mannan Ali of the village. Family sources said Maria took poison in the morning following a quarrel with her in-laws. Later, she was admitted to Dinajpur Medical College and Hospital where she died at about 11:00am.

Section 144 at Koira

Section 144 was imposed in Koira upazila Sadar from 8:00am to 8:00pm yesterday as opposition BNP and ruling Awami League (AL) called separate meetings at the same time and same venue. Upazila unit BNP called a meeting at 3:00pm in front of Palli Unnayan Samity premises as part of its central programme. Meanwhile, upazila unit AL and Muktijoddha Sangsad jointly called a meeting at the same place and same time to press home their various demands. Apprehending possible clash between the two rival parties, local administration imposed Section 144 in the area.

Man stabbed to death

A man was stabbed to death by his rivals over land dispute at Burhanpur village in Nabiganj upazila on Friday. The deceased was identified as Mufti Miah, 45, of the same village. Suraha Begum, wife of Mufti Miah, was also seriously injured when she tried to save her husband. Police quoting locals said there was a long-standing dispute over the ownership of a plot of land between Mufti Mia and Saju Mia of the village. As a sequel to the dispute a quarrel ensued between them in the morning and at one stage Saju Miah and his men stabbed Mufti Mia indiscriminately leaving him dead on the spot. On information, police rushed to the spot and arrested one Tanvir, 25, of the village in connection with the murder. Injured Suraha Begum was rushed to Sylhet Medical College and Hospital where her condition was stated to be critical.

Women, child rescued

BDR members, in a drive, rescued two young women and a child from Laxmidari border in Sadar upazila on Friday evening while being trafficked to India. The rescued were identified as Sumi Begum, 25, and Ratna Begum, 23, daughters of Yusuf Ali of village Madanmia Chandpur in Faridpur district and Ratna's daughter Liza aged about 18 months. BDR 41 Rifle Battalion Bhomra camp sources said on secret information they launched a drive at the border and rescued the victims while they were being trafficked to India in the name of giving good jobs there. The border guards said sensing their presence the human traffickers managed to flee the scene. The rescued victims were handed over to Sadar police station.


High risks on highways

Mr. Rahman's important lead front-page article on the subject, published in your October 19th issue, should be compulsory reading for all top officials including the Hon. Ministers concerned for Communication and Finance; who have a very important and necessary role in eliminating this un-called for hazard, which can be very easily resolved, if they act on it!

Performance of our cricketers

To be honest, we are stunned by the performance of our national cricket team. What makes it more significant is that they have clinched the series without having two key players. It is Sakib who has made the difference by leading from the front as a captain. Credit goes to the whole team. This victory will raise the confidence level of our players ahead of the world cup, which is just three months away.

Woes of common people

I fully agree with Mr. Minhaj Ahmed's view, expressed in his letter, published in The Daily Star on October 25, 2010, under the caption, 'Unbearable'. In addition to the load shedding, traffic jam, and high prices of essentials, the scarcity of water and gas is affecting people. Many are becoming sick by drinking unsafe water. Crimes of all sorts have gone up alarmingly, ruling party men are engaged in deplorable activities and police are sheltering them. Now conflict has arisen between local people and law enforcers in Rupganj of Narayanganj over forced land purchase for housing project of the army. The locals have said that the army is forcing them to sell land for only Tk. 15 lakh per bigha when the current market price is Tk. 40 lakh. We don't know what to say, this sort of news is very disturbing. Conflict arising between army and common people portrays a very grim picture; we shudder to think the consequences of it.

Modern warfare

Civilians have borne the brunt of modern warfare, with 10 civilians dying for every soldier in wars fought since the mid-20th century, compared with 9 soldiers killed for every civilian in World War I, according to a 2001 study by the International Committee of the Red Cross.


This time it is Mizanur Rashid, a chemistry teacher of Lokmanpur College of Bagatipara upazila in Natore , who has fallen victim to the sub human treatment of the ruling party's golden boys, who have removed from their way another stumbling block in the shape of a bold teacher, who protested the stalking of the college girls.

A stigma on AL's face

Inter and Intra-party clashes and political killings are so rampant and common in our country that we are fairly accustomed to hearing such news off and on with incurious nonchalance. But the fashion in which the Upazila Chairman of Boraigram in Natore was beaten to death in broad daylight on the national highway is simply awful and stunning. It is alleged that a group of Awami League (AL) activists equipped with firearms and other lethal weapons swooped on the peaceful BNP procession led by Upazila Chairman Sanaullah Noor Babu, also the president of the local BNP unit, and beat him indiscriminately without any provocation. Babu was profusely bleeding and lying unconscious on the road for almost an hour, while the hooligans and the police were watching, possibly enjoying the whole situation. Thus the rowdy ruling party activists murdered an elected representative of the people in the most ignominious and barbarous way.

A nightmare

A news entitled “Nightmare for a 12-yr-old” published in The Daily Star on 25th October drew my attention. The event that occurred in Rupganj was merely a sign of barbarism and cruelty of Bangladesh Army. A Rab official forced a twelve-year-old boy at gunpoint to wash the blood of bullet-hit persons from a bridge. Will the teenage boy ever be able to forget the nightmare? We saw a photo of a little girl in the newspaper weeping to see her father. Will our state ensure a normal life for her?

Health and poverty

The Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has established the most widely recognised targets. These aim to halve the proportion of the world's population living in extreme poverty between 1990 and 2015, with extreme poverty defined as living on less than US$1 per day.

Thackeray's call

The Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray's call for a ban on the use of hijab by Muslim women just because a burqa-clad woman stole an infant from a hospital in Mumbai is ridiculous.

Don't frustrate us

In a country where underhand dealing, favouritism, corruption and perennial quota system dominate the recruitment process, it is a herculean task to get a job. A few hundred candidates came out successful in the 28th BCS exams. Hardly does anybody feel the pain of a candidate like me who has lost his mother last month. Maybe a good treatment could prolong her life on earth. But I could not save her life for financial crisis.

MLM and our youth

Multi-level Marketing (MLM) is a well-known term in our country. This specific kind of business is increasing rapidly. Youths are engaged in this business in general and students in particular. Students are wasting their valuable time in quest of money. If they utilise their time properly, it wont be tough for them to get money in future. They should, therefore, engage themselves in extra curricular activities such as debates, social welfare, etc., beside their education, which will help them to be good citizens. It is a matter of sorrow that we always want to get everything easily in the shortest possible time.

A tribute

After fighting for life for 12 days, Natore college teacher Mizanur Rashid died at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Hospital on October 24. On October 12, two local youths attacked Mizanur, a chemistry teacher of Lokmanpur College in Bagatipara upazila, for protesting stalking of college girls. They ran a motorcycle into him, leaving him critically injured. It is a pity that we could not save such a brave heart. At least, let's not forget him. This is one of many such examples of sacrifice people made to uphold humanity from time to time. It epitomizes the kind of protests people have in their heart sometimes exposed and sometimes suppressed.

The cabinet reshuffle

The govt. of Sheikh Hasina came to power about 2 years back with a massive mandate from the people. The grand alliance in its election manifesto pledged a lot of things. The progress so far has been very dismal. In my view the main reason behind poor performance is inefficiency of the ministers. Although there has not been much allegation of corruption against most ministers, they are basically incompetent.

Reporting the crimes

A story in an English newspaper has highlighted a serious anomaly that needs immediate address by the Home Minister.

Information technology

The Prime Minister has pledged to take information technology to the doorstep of the general people. Taking information technology to the doorstep of the people, when majority of them live below the poverty line! To many, a square meal a day is the prime concern of life.

Traffic jam and CNG

The govt. has taken many long-term and short-term plans such as building of flyovers, over bridges and two-storied roads, etc. to reduce Dhaka's traffic jams. I have two suggestions for immediate partial solution of the unbearable traffic jam:


Scores found alive in Indonesia tsunami zone

Scores of people feared dead in Indonesia's tsunami disaster zone were found alive as rescue workers spread out to remote island communities five days after the killer wave.

Taliban attack on Afghan post repelled, 80 dead

An Afghan official said yesterday that 80 Taliban insurgents were killed during a failed attack on a Nato combat outpost near the border with Pakistan.

US terms India one of its best counter terrorism partners

Ahead of the visit of US President Barack Obama to India next week, the White House has identified New Delhi as one of its best counterterrorism partners.

Geelani to intensify stir ahead of Obama's India visit

No curfew was imposed in Srinagar even though the separatists called for a shutdown and hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani asked people to intensify protests ahead of US President Barack Obama's India visit.

Manmohan announces visa on arrival for 4 Asean countries

Nationals from Cambodia, Vietnam, the Philippines and Laos would be given visa on arrival from Jan 1, 2011, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced here yesterday.

US hunts for more explosive packages

Two packages containing explosives, shipped from Yemen and addressed to synagogues in Chicago, were intercepted in Britain and Dubai, setting off a broad terrorism scare on Friday that included the scrambling of fighter jets to accompany a passenger flight as it landed safely in New York.

Hillary faces Japan-China wrangle

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has joined the Asean regional summit, amid a continuing war of words between China and Japan over disputed islands.

Palin, US State dept in Twitter duel

A tongue-in-cheek US birthday message to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over Twitter may not have reached the intended recipient, but triggered a rebuke from someone else -- Sarah Palin.

Iran ready for N-talks after Nov 10

Iran is ready to hold its first talks with world powers in more than a year about its disputed nuclear program any time after November 10, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Friday.

White House misspells Michelle Obama's name

In an embarrassment to the US presidency, the White House press office has reportedly spelt First Lady Michelle Obama's name wrong.

Iraqi coffee shop suicide blast kills 30

The death toll from a suicide bombing at a coffee house in central Iraq's restive Diyala province has risen to 30, a medical official said yesterday, making the deadliest attack in October.

New US threat unlikely to help Democrats in polls

The rapid response by US President Barack Obama to explosive materials being sent from Yemen to the United States probably will not help his fellow Democrats in the upcoming congressional elections.

Berlusconi amid scandal: 'I love women'

Premier Silvio Berlusconi issued an unapologetic defense of his lifestyle Friday amid the latest scandal involving his personal life, admitting that he intervened to secure the release from police custody of a 17-year-old Moroccan girl who had previously been at his villa.

Karzai warned about private security firms

A top-ranking American diplomat said Friday that the international community, including the United States, did not pay enough attention to the Afghan government's repeated statements that it was serious about cracking down on private security contractors on Afghan soil.

Arts & Entertainment

A musical storyteller

What separates average singers from true artistes is the latter's willingness to offer themselves completely to the song they are rendering; if it makes them laugh, they do so unabashedly, and if it induces blues, eyes well up, and voices get choked. That honest passion is highly potent; when it hits the audience, they too demonstrate the same reaction.

Of men, music and movies: Pictures that don't fade

“Tasveer” means “photo”, “picture” or “chhobi” in Bangla. This Farsi word is much loved in Urdu literature and is often used by poets to connect love.

The many faces of motherland

The US embassy in Dhaka has organised a four-day art exhibition at Dhaka Art Centre in Dhanmondi. The exhibition opened on October 28 and ends today.

Udichi celebrates 42nd anniversary

Cultural organisation Bangladesh Udichi Shilpi Goshthi celebrated its 42nd anniversary on October 29. On the occasion, the organisation arranged a cultural programme at TSC Auditorium, Dhaka University on the day. Members of the organisation as well as guest artistes rendered songs, recited poems and staged short plays and dances.

Speaking out against acid violence

Rangpur-Dinajpur Rural Services (RDRS), a non-government organisation, arranged a cultural event, procession and discussion to speak out against acid violence.


Rule of law and democratic right

All of us know that rule of law means supremacy of law. After the formation of a government the principle behind state polices shall have to be the supremacy of law in all matters. Simultaneously, all the citizens of the state shall be considered equally in the eyes of law. Democracy is closely related to the application of the rule of law.

Making Saarc Food Bank operational

The 4th Board Meeting of the SaarcFood Bank (SFB) was held in Dhaka on October 27-28. This was a follow-up of the earlier three meetings, the first and the second of which were held in Colombo in October, 2008 and February, 2009 respectively, and the third one in Kabul in November, 2009. These meetings are taking place keeping the launching of the activities of the SFB in abeyance.

Bangladeshi constitution: a good governance paradigm

Modern day constitutions or codes of written laws have antecedents which can be traced back thousands of years. Such historic documents have generally enshrined the legal rights of citizens ranging from issues, such as, the protection of the poor from the usury of the rich to that of non-payment of taxes by widows and orphans. In modern times, states have adopted constitutions which are either written or based on 'usage and conventions' catering for either unitary states or federal or supranational entities. But essentially the constitution of a state guarantees its citizens certain clearly laid down rights and entitlements and that state of affair has to be achieved by the creation of institutions, on the one hand, and the establishment of accountability relationship between institutions of state

The courts to the rescue

Something was wrong. A college student at the time, MA Salam had gone from Jhalakathi to the racecourse maidan in Dhaka in order to witness the historic speech of March 7. He had attended the meetings and processions. After the Pakistani crackdown on the night of March 25, at first it had seemed like trouble, but later he knew that it was war. Independence had been declared and soon he, too, joined the freedom struggle.

Multicultarising secularism through constitutional recognition of Adibashis

The idyllic non-communalism
Thanks to the Supreme Court's judgment in the fifth amendment case, we are on board the ship of state, about to journey back to a secular Bangladesh. Anyone who believes in non-discrimination -- which is a peremptory norm of international human rights law -- cannot but be happy with this. We would, however, be living in a fool's paradise if we thought that we could return to that idyllic land that the framers of our Constitution dreamed of in 1972: a society free of "communalism (o-shamprodayikota) in all its forms" and one in which there is no "abuse of religion for political purposes" (original Article 12, Constitution of Bangladesh). Freedom from the various forms of 'communalism' (read racism) can only come if our Constitution not only gets back its stolen pillar of secularism, but is also supplemented with provisions that expressly, accurately and respectfully acknowledge the identities of the different peoples that have lived in Bangladesh since time immemorial.

On realising our constitutional dreams

FORUM: How do you view the recent developments regarding the courts' ruling of the fifth and seventh amendments to the Constitution illegal and void?

Of chaos, confusion and our Constitution

JUSTICE ABM Khairul Haque, in the landmark verdict on the Constitution's Fifth Amendment case, said the modern republican form of democratic government is based on the concept of the right of the people to govern themselves through their own elected representatives.

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