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News of: Monday, 1st of November, 2010

Front Page

Court orders Koko's arrest

A Dhaka court yesterday issued a warrant for arrest of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's younger son Arafat Rahman Koko in a money-laundering case.

It's murder

The autopsy report confirmed that Mizanur Rashid, a Natore college teacher, was murdered.

Drive abandoned as MP weighs in

A joint team of Dhaka Wasa and district administration had to abandon a scheduled eviction drive to recover the Kalyanpur canal from encroachers yesterday in the face of opposition from the local lawmaker.

Gharial found in Padma

A group of fishermen found a 2.5 feet gharial in the river Padma at Kabirpur Char of Harirampur upazila in Manikganj early yesterday.

Fasten seatbelt, stop jaywalking

Make sure you fasten your seatbelt in your car from today. Or else you might be fined up to Tk 500.

Cops guilty, but no custodial deaths

A home ministry probe report claims two persons who died mysteriously on July 1 in the capital were not killed in custody but holds police responsible for one's death.

Lottery for admission

The government has taken an initiative for introducing lottery system for admission into class I at the 24 state-owned high schools in the capital next year.

Tortured domestic help rescued

Rab members yesterday rescued a minor domestic help, tortured severely by her employers, from a house on Dilu Road in the capital's Ramna area.

4 suspended Biman pilots back on duty

Biman yesterday put back on duty the four pilots, suspended on October 26 on grounds of flight safety, two days after the pilots of the national carrier called off a strike on Friday.

Trader, son stabbed for protesting stalking

A trader, his son and one of his relatives received stab injuries from a stalker for protesting harassment of his wife at Khash-Naogaon in Sadar Upazila of Naogaon Saturday night.

Pilot's body found, plane untraced yet

Rescue divers yesterday morning recovered the body of missing pilot of the training aircraft that crashed into the river Jamuna near Omarpur in Chowhali upazila of Sirajganj on Saturday.

Stalker Rony held

Devashish Saha Rony, the prime accused in Chanpa Rani Bhowmik murder case at Madhukhali in Faridpur, was arrested at Jhenidah, yesterday morning.

LeT member confesses involvement

Abdul Malek alias Golam Mohammad, an operative of the Pakistan-based militant outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), yesterday confessed his involvement with the grenade attacks on an Awami League (AL) rally on Bangabandhu Avenue on August 21, 2004.

Govt mulls specialised police for campus: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday underscored the need for creating separate specialised police forces to reduce load on general police personnel and improve law and order situation.

Step down

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday asked the Awami League government to step down immediately instead of piling up misdeeds and failure.

Muhith terms graft a nat'l shame

The finance minister yesterday said 'mass resistance' is a must to eliminate corruption from the country.

2 textile mills fined for river pollution

The Department of Environment (DoE) in a drive fined two textile mills Tk 36 lakh yesterday for discharging untreated liquid waste into the Buriganga River.

French airline makes landmark flight to Baghdad

A French airliner landed at Baghdad International Airport yesterday, becoming one of the first passenger planes to fly into the Iraqi capital direct from western Europe since the Gulf War and opening a potential new route to stronger international business ties.

Over 11 lakh urban poor to get 'cheap' rice till Dec

The government will distribute rice to more than 11 lakh urban poor, who were issued fair price cards, at a subsidised rate of Tk 24 per kilogram from today.

US faces first scrutiny by UN rights council

The United States will come under the spotlight at the UN's top human rights assembly's for the first time over the coming week along with other countries that face scrutiny by the Human Rights Council.

Jubo league man hacked to death

A Jubo League activist was hacked to death by a group of unidentified miscreants at West Duttpara of the town last night.

6 Shibir men held

Police yesterday arrested six leaders and activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir, student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami, from city's Kamrangirchar area for their alleged involvement in “anti-government activities”.

Editorial

BNP's mid-term election ruse

The opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party is talking of mid-term elections in the country. As a political party and especially if it is convinced that the ruling party has failed to meet the expectations of the people, the onus is on it to substantiate such a claim and try to carry the people with them. The bigger and more potent reality, though, is the question of what the BNP itself has done in these nearly two years since the last election to inform people that it has played its due role as a parliamentary opposition. There might be reasons to think that the Awami League-led government has not performed well in some sectors, indeed may have actually failed to demonstrate the competence expected of it in certain areas. That is no indication, however, that the BNP is the alternative the nation can fall back on, at least at this stage judging from its performance in the opposition.

Open market to black market

It is disturbing to find that dealers appointed by the government to sell rice under the OMS scheme, selling a part of the food grains lifted from government godowns in the black market. This has been revealed in an on-the-spot investigation by our reporter in Rajshahi town. To say that it is a daylight robbery is perhaps an understatement, given that the purpose of the operation, among other things, is to allow the lower income groups to buy rice at an affordable rate which they otherwise find beyond their purchasing capacity in the market.

Sports

No stopping Siddikur

Terming the last few days a "grand week", Siddikur Rahman was delighted that he turned a learning experience into his first major career highlight.

DCC sponsoring Pioneer League

The Pioneer Football League, the breeding ground for Dhaka city's future of football, is all set to make a big vibe this year with a 10-year deal with Dhaka City Corporation (DCC).

Ansar dominate pool

Bangladesh Ansar ruled the pool as the Walton 24th National Swimming Championships concluded yesterday at the National Swimming Complex in Mirpur with a total of 23 new national records set over four days.

ICC rejects Pak duo's appeal

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Sunday rejected the appeals of Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Aamer against suspensions for spot-fixing.

Top sporting money-maker

With every drive into the green of the Mines Resort and Golf Club in Kuala Lumpur, Siddikur Rahman has advanced his profile as a sensation in two spheres: the world of golf and the country's sporting consciousness.

NZ in India

New Zealand cricket team, on a tour of India to play three Test matches and five ODIs, arrived at the Sardar Patel International Airport here on Saturday.

Tendulkar India's best

Capping a splendid season in which he scored the first-ever double century in ODIs and crossed 14,000 runs in Test cricket, iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar was on Saturday named the Indian Cricketer of the Year at the second Sahara India Sports Awards function here.

SA 286/8

Fast-rising Colin Ingram hit a sparkling century and Hashim Amla an aggressive 65 to lead South Africa to a formidable 286-8 in the second day-night international here on Sunday.

Ribery 'almost German'

Bayern Munich's France midfielder Franck Ribery admitted Sunday he feels 'almost German' and is glad he has extended his contract with the Bavarian giants until 2015.

Lanka crush Australia

Australia captain Michael Clarke again failed with the bat as his side lost their first Twenty20 game at home in their one-off international against Sri Lanka at the WACA Ground in Perth on Sunday.

Meat executive Afridi!

Pakistan's troubled captain Shahid Afridi, who is already under pressure because of his team's continuous dismal performance against South Africa, has now found himself dragged into another unnecessary controversy.

It's no problem for Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar has said his decision to skip India's last three one-day assignments was not predetermined, and that he had no difficulty in switching across the three versions of the game. It has been eight months since Tendulkar's last ODI, in which he scored the format's first double-century.

'T20 easiest to corrupt'

Cricket Australia should be mindful that Twenty20 is the "easiest form of the game to corrupt" when it accepts private investment, including from India, in the country's domestic Twenty20 league from next year, feels former captain Ian Chappell.

Inter-private university football

The fifth Inter-Private Univer-sity Football Tournament, sponsored by Mentors and organised by Auritro, starts at the Birshreshtha Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur tomorrow.

Sehwag in favour of UDRS

The BCCI is opposed to it but Indian opener Virender Sehwag on Sunday gave a big thumbs up to the controversial Umpires Decision Review System (UDRS) which has not been favoured even by his idol Sachin Tendulkar.

Kim cruises to final

US Open champion Kim Clijsters reached the final of the WTA Championships despite being involved in a "scary" car crash on the way to the venue on Saturday.

Schalke in despair

Werder Bremen and Schalke both warmed-up in poor fashion for crunch Champions League clashes on Tuesday as they were both beaten at home in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

Nani helps MU keep chase

Chelsea maintained their five-point gap at the top of the English Premier League on Saturday after coming from behind to defeat Blackburn, as Arsenal and Manchester United both won to keep pace with the reigning champions.

Barca, Real hit their stride

Champions Barcelona moved back to within a point of leaders Real Madrid at the league summit with Lionel Messi and David Villa both scoring braces in a 5-0 home romp over 10-man Sevilla at Camp Nou on Saturday.

Milan fall to Del Piero

Injury hit Juventus stunned AC Milan 2-1 at the San Siro on Saturday to finally ignite their scudetto hopes.

'Schweinsteiger is staying'

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness said Sunday he expects Germany star Bastian Schweinsteiger to sign a contract extension with the Bavarian giants, rather than look for a big-money transfer in 2011.

Del Piero eyes double century

Juventus striker Alessandro Del Piero has set his sights on scoring 200 league goals for Juventus after becoming their outright top marksman of all time.

Ranieri again defends Totti

Roma coach Claudio Ranieri once again sprang to the defence of his captain Francesco Totti who could have landed himself in hot water for a furious reaction to being sent-off.

14 massacred on football pitch

Hooded gunmen on Saturday massacred 14 people at an amateur football match in Honduras's second city, San Pedro Sula, authorities said.

Business

Listed state companies to offload more for investors

The government will offload its holdings in eight listed state companies within 20 days, in a move that promises to stabilise the often-volatile stockmarket.

Pubali goes online today, with a bang

Pubali Bank has forayed into online banking by automating 100 branches all at once, a move of massive proportions in Bangladesh.

New RMG pay: Minister warns against lapses

The government will go tough on any laps in execution of new pay structure for readymade garment workers by the owners.

Regulator suspends Pharma Aids trade

The stockmarket regulator suspended trading of Pharma Aids shares from today, as the stock price of the company skyrocketed by almost 164 percent yesterday after a suspicious dividend declaration.

Bangladeshis bear brunt of recession in Italy

The global economic crisis has affected Bangladeshi migrants in Italy deeply, forcing them to ask for money from home to make ends meet, said a research released in Dhaka yesterday.

Govt to go tough on unruly trade unions in banks: Muhith

Finance minister AMA Muhith has warned against any indiscipline in the name of trade unionism in the banking sector.

Telecom caregivers

Eighteen-year-old Shohan has a habit of changing his caller tune more than often. It may be a current chart-topper one day and an old classical composition the next.

Gold prices hike in India as Diwali appears

Soaring prices are making Indians hesitant about buying gold as the Hindu festival of Diwali approaches, despite it being seen as an auspicious time to purchase the precious metal.

Malaysians win global internet popularity contest

Malaysians are the most popular people on the internet, while Japanese are the least, according to a global survey which shows how national cultures are reflected in online behaviour.

Korea keen to recruit more Bangladeshis

South Korea will recruit more Bangladeshi workers if the Bangladesh government ensures the hired workers do not switch jobs frequently, Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain said yesterday.

BERC stresses utilisation of gas development fund

Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) has suggested that the gas development fund should be treated like national investment from consumers for the sake of its proper utilisation in gas exploration to raise production.

Power crisis main setback to FDI: Italian envoy

Outgoing Italian Ambassador Itala Maria Marta Occhi has observed that Bangladesh's power and energy sector requires improvements to attract more foreign direct investment (FDI).

Historic Egypt retail chain bought for $55m

Egypt's Arabiyya Lel Estithmaraat investment firm said on Sunday it agreed to pay 320 million Egyptian pounds ($55.4 million) for a majority stake in the historic Omar Effendi department store chain.

Japan firms profit from emerging economy demand

Major Japanese companies boosted their profits in the July-September quarter, led by auto and consumer electronics makers exploiting growing demand in emerging market economies, a report said Sunday.

Airlines relish rebound after two lean years

Commercial airlines in the United States, Europe and Asia are at last relishing a rebound in their financial fortunes, announcing profit spurts after two very lean years.

BG Group commits $15b to Australian LNG project

British gas firm BG Group Sunday announced it will spend 15 billion US dollars on a liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Australia, an investment Canberra hailed as a boost for the national economy.

New MD for SIBL

Muhammad Ali joined Social Islami Bank Ltd (SIBL) as managing director on Thursday.

Top StanChart official in Dhaka

Jungkiu Choi, group head of consumer banking strategy for Standard Chartered Bank, is now in Dhaka for a visit.

Reckitt Benckiser gets new MD

Reazul Chowdhury joined Reckitt Benckiser Bangladesh as managing director, effective from today.

Insurance regulator on cards

The government will soon form an insurance regulatory authority to ensure discipline in the sector.

Corporate Briefs

LIBRA INFUSIONS
The company has recommended 20 percent cash dividend, as of June 30. The AGM will be held on December 26 (at 11am) at its conference room at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in Dhaka. The record date is November 9. The company has also reported net asset value of Tk 1,960.89 million, net profit of Tk 7.71 million, earnings per share of Tk 61.61 and net operating cash flow per share of Tk 60.77, as of June 30. There was no price limit on the trading of shares yesterday following its corporate declaration.

France's Aigle Azur Airlines launch operation in Iraq

French Ambassador to Iraq Boris Boillon (L) greets France's Trade Minister Anne-Marie Idrac as she disembarks from an Airbus A319 plane operated by France's Aigle Azur at Baghdad's International Airport yesterday, the first flight from a European airline to arrive in the city since a 1990 international embargo on Iraq.

Metropolitan

Help ministries instead of bossing, PM asks advisers

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday ordered the advisers to assist their respective ministries instead of bossing.

Protest against stalking

Teachers, students, guardians of several schools and locals formed a human chain in front of Rayerbazar High School and College in the city yesterday protesting an attack on the managing committee chariman of the institution by some stalkers on Saturday.

'Early diagnosis can cut congenital birth defects'

Early diagnosis can cut congenital birth defects for which 4.40 lakh children die each year in the low and middle-income generating countries, including Bangladesh, said speakers at a seminar yesterday.

Talks with Pakistan begin today

The fifth round of Bangladesh-Pakistan foreign secretary-level annual bilateral consultations will begin in Islamabad today.

Correct me if I am wrong: Sohel Taj

Setting an example, Awami League (AL) lawmaker Tanjim Ahmad Sohel Taj placed a citizen charter at his Kapasia constituency urging the people to correct him if he commits any wrong.

Sust admission tests on Nov 6

Admission tests for first year honours courses of 2010-11 session at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) will be held on November 6.

7 killed, 36 injured in road crashes

At least seven people were killed and 36 injured in separate road accidents in Dinajpur, Netrakona, Benapole and Sylhet on Saturday and yesterday.

Bangla-Myanmar maritime boundary case milestone

President of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) Judge José Luis Jesus has termed the case over the dispute concerning delimitation of the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Myanmar in the Bay a milestone for the tribunal.

Ramna Kali Mandir idols ransacked

Some Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) men from Dhaka University (DU) Jagannath Hall vandalised two idols and shops at Ramna Kali Mandir in the city early yesterday over taking control of the shops.

Hearing against Sayedee Nov 10

A Dhaka court yesterday fixed November 10 for hearing on charge framing against detained Jamaat-e-Islami Nayeb-e-Ameer Delwar Hossain Sayedee in connection with a tax evasion case.

Court decision on Jan 5

A Dhaka court yesterday fixed January 5 for giving its decision whether the charges of Pilkhana carnage cases against 824 Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) jawans and civilians would be taken into cognizance or not.

Suspected killer arrested at Sabujbagh

Police yesterday arrested a suspected killer who had allegedly hacked his brother and his sister-in-law to death on October 12 at their residence in city's Sabujbagh.

Woman, son killed under train's wheels

A woman and her five-year-old son were crushed under the wheels of a train in Sadar upazila yesterday morning.

ISPs, cable operators get one month

The deadline given to internet service providers (ISP) and cable operators to reroute their overhead cables to underground has been extended by one month.

DCC staff hurt in blast while picking up garbage

A Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) staff was injured in a bomb explosion while picking up garbage at Jatrabari in the city early yesterday.

5 NCTB officials suspended

The government yesterday suspended five officials of National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB) for printing and other errors in Islamic history (Dakhil) book of class IX and X of the next academic year.

National

'Bring killers of Mizan, Chanpa Rani to book'

Wave of protest against the killings of college teacher Mizanur Rashid and housewife Chanpa Rani Bhowmik continues in different districts across the country.

Hearing on charge framing against 21 on Mar 15

The special court-12, set up at 39 Rifles Battalion Headquarters in Chapainawabagnj, yesterday fixed March 15 next for hearing on charge framing against 21 mutineers of the battalion.

Youth assaults girl as she protests teasing

A college girl was physically assaulted by a stalker in Thakurgaon Sadar upazila on Saturday while three youths were yesterday arrested on charge of teasing a schoolgirl in Kachua upazila of Chandpur district.

Hill people still victim of land grabbing: Larma

Chief of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) Jyotirindra Bodhipriya Larma yesterday said Bangla speaking people from the plain land are still grabbing the lands of jummo (indigenous) people in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) under the shelter of a vested interest group.

Stop harassment of innocent Rupganj villagers

Members of district law and order committee yesterday demanded not to harass any innocent Rupganj villager in the cases filed in connection with the recent clashes between law enforcers and villagers.

7-month ban on jatka catching starts today

A seven-month ban on catching 'jatka' (hilsa fish less than 23 centimetres in length) from November to May will start in all the hilsa-rich areas of the country including Barisal from today.

Jhenidah grocer, decorator murdered

Criminals killed a decorator in the district on Saturday while body of a grocer, kidnapped a few days ago, was found in Jessore yesterday.

Barapukuria mining comes to a halt due to fire incident

Coal extraction from Brapukuria mine came to a halt following a fire incident at the elevator of the mine on

Sec 144 in Dumuria

Section 144 was imposed in Dumuria upazila from 6:00am to 10:00pm yesterday as the two factions of thana BNP called separate meetings at the same time and same venue. President group of Dumuria upazila unit BNP called a meeting at 3:00pm in bus stand area as part of its month long programme. Meanwhile, secretary group called another meeting at the same place and same time. Apprehending possible clash between the two factions of BNP, local administration imposed Section 144 in the area.

Absconding accused held

Police arrested an absconding accused in connection with shrimp cultivator Mahadev Sarkar murder case on Saturday night. Arrestee Shib Pada Sarkar is son of Shukdev Sarkar of village Gachha in Tala upazila. He is an activist of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-Jana Juddha faction) and a charge sheeted accused in Tala Upazila BNP president murder case. Acting on a secret information, police arrested Shib Pada from Gachha area on Saturday night, police said. Criminals hurled bombs on Mahadev Sarkar of village Gachha while he was coming from his shrimp enclosure in the same area leaving him dead on the spot at about 9:00 pm on April 15, 2008. Since then he was absconding, Patkelghata officer-in-charge (OC) Helal Uddin said.

MBA admission test

Admission test of MBA (evening) programme under Accounting and Information System Department of Rajshahi University (RU) will be held on December 17. Application forms will be available from November 01 and last date of submission is December 13. At a press conference yesterday at Rajshahi University Journalists' Association (RUJA) office, departmental authorities said admission seekers will have to submit applications along with attested academic certificates and two copies of passport size photographs to submit to the departmental office within last date during office hours from 8:30am to 2:00pm. For further information, admission seeker can contact departmental office or call 0721-750041-9, 01916-511700.

Outlaw arrested

Police arrested a regional leader of outlawed Biplobi Communist Party (BCP) of Khulna division at dead of night on Saturday. The arrestee is Bipul Boiragi,48, of Agdiachar village. Acting on a secret information, Narail police raided a house owned by Bikash Biswas of village Ramnagarchar under Korola union in Narail Sadar upazila and arrested Bipul, known as regional military commander of outlawed BCP. He is an accused in seven cases of murder and bomb attacks in different areas of Khulna division. Bipul was being interrogated till filing of this report yesterday afternoon.

Letters

Collapsed buildings

In our capital city there were many incidents of building collapse, killing and injuring people and property loss. The last one and the most ridiculous is a just finished three-storied building in a jheel at Norda in the capital's Dakkhinkhan area. It was a miracle that the collapsed building toppled on a tin-shed house but none was injured or missing. But what is seen from the photograph of the collapsed building is really unbelievable and tells the sadly poor management of the concerned authority.

Adulterated food

I cannot purchase any kind of fruit for my loving kids! As a father, this is so painful for me. The unscrupulous traders use poisonous chemicals in fruits and other food items. They use calcium carbide to ripen bananas, heat the papayas to make those look red. Fish and vegetable traders use formalin in their products to keep those fresh. Milk is also not pure. These adulterated food items pose serious threat to public health. People are suffering from various diseases like cancer, heart disease and kidney failure. The number of cancer patients has increased alarmingly.

Misuse of mobile phones

It is true that parents let their children use mobile phones at an early age. But it is just to ensure their safety as we live in an unsecured society.

Goodbye childhood!

After finishing class five an ordinary kid has to say goodbye to childhood. Thanks to the pressure of studying that now we do not have any time to play! When a child reaches class six, his nightmare begins! He totally forgets the word 'play'.

Gas supply to steel factories

An absurd front-page report on the subject was published in an English daily on 26th October, which was illogical and shortsighted. It seems that there is no technically qualified person in the Natural Gas sector management who has even some basic knowledge of Physics and the heating and rolling of steel materials! I am surprised by their idea; since for steel rolling mills this will only increase rolling costs and wastage of natural gas! Rolling temperature of steel sections varies from about 900deg.C to say 1100deg.C, depending on the chemical composition of the steel, and the stage of reduction and the section to be rolled.

Dream and nightmare

I always dream of a land where rules and justice rules supreme, the meritorious are given the proper position, the good are amply rewarded to curb the bad. People here get the proper education in the hazardless institutions and after finishing the education get work and enjoy every kind of amenities of life in a clean environment. Our commodities that we manufacture and harness from land and delimited sea areas go to every port of the world. Our golden people spread all over the world are the torch bearer of civilisation marked by justice, science and literature. Every citizen of my land is a powerhouse powered by honesty, truth, knowledge and spirituality.

Hallowe'en

I am glad that Vic Veritas has drawn our attention to the quite extraordinary way so many people have got some half-baked ideas about Hallowe'en and have ended up doing things that make some of us feel very uncomfortable indeed about the message that is being sent out to young people about good and evil. Of course, the moment we criticise what goes on, we risk being called kill-joys. How dare we stop letting the kids have fun - even if it does look like celebrating the powers of evil!

A great teacher

Recently two so-called students attacked Mizanur Rashid, a lecturer of Natore College. They ran a motorcycle into him for protesting stalking of college girls.

Clean Dhaka

I thank our government for taking an initiative to evict the hawkers from the footpaths of Dhaka. They should also take steps to make a clean Dhaka, because Cricket World Cup, 2011 would be held in Dhaka.

Women's rights

Some people do not want the women to enjoy their freedom.

Cars for cricketers!

I saw a picture published in The Daily Star on 21st October 2010 in which our PM was on stage with the acting captain of our cricket team who was holding a car key. Then I read the news that PM has promised to give 20 cars and lands for all the 20 players!

Choosing a brand

All the companies are trying to convince the consumers for buying their products. The companies are doing it in a competitive manner. So, all companies are carrying out promotional activities for selling their products.

Seat belts

This refers to the letter of Mr. Saleh Ayub about seat belt (24-10-10). He tried to establish that seat belt has no use in Bangladesh and using it is also dangerous. He said using seat belt was the cause of death of Former Finance Minister Saifur Rahman. But he forgot to mention that Saifur Rahman was an old man and may be he had a heart attack.

Death of a dream

Billal Hossain, a student of Dhaka University, has died in a road accident on 26th October near the Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka while crossing the road. He was a fourth-year student of Sociology department.

Deceived and deprived

The per capita income of Bangladesh, I think is between US$ 600 and 700, yet in many ways the people have to pay more for goods and services than a country whose per capita income is above US$ 40,000. I really fail to understand why this is so. Is the government responsible for this? To some extent yes.

Learning English

Today the world has become a global village. Thanks to the advancement of communication system and technology. Every country is dependent on others for trade and commerce, education, etc. Third world countries like Bangladesh have to depend on foreign aid because they are not self-sufficient. In this situation, we have to learn other languages, especially English, to communicate with foreigners.

International

Manmohan backs 'practical' solution to end dispute

India and China would look for "practical, pragmatic" measures to end border disputes, which took the two countries to war in 1962, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said.

Yemen arrests woman over US bomb plot

Yemeni authorities on Saturday arrested a woman suspected of sending two mail bombs found on cargo planes and are searching for more suspects believed linked to al-Qaeda, Yemeni security officials said.

Tea Party faces crucial test

The arch-conservative US Tea Party movement, fuelled by anger at President Barack Obama and the sour economy, now faces a defining test of its strength and future in Tuesday's elections.

Myanmar to watch media closely before election

Myanmar's military government has ordered local journalists representing foreign news organisations to attend mandatory field trips ahead of its Nov 7 election in an apparent move to restrict reporting of the controversial poll.

Karzai criticises US-Russia raid

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has criticised the first joint operation by Russian and US agents to destroy drug laboratories in his country.

Obama gets 90pc approval rating

With three days to go to the US midterm elections, President Barack Obama's approval rating soared to 90 percent on Saturday -- but only among the tens of thousands who gathered in Washington for a rally hosted by two liberal comics.

Israeli PM to visit US next week

Israel's prime minister says he is heading to the US next week to discuss Mideast peace efforts with Vice President Joe Biden.

Man pulls shark's tail to save woman

Officials say a female diving guide was bitten on the thigh and buttocks by a shark but was saved when another swimmer pulled the shark's tail.

Arts & Entertainment

Giving formto the formless

“Shining in his own glory, without physical qualities, formless, desireless, all pervading sky of consciousness, wearing the sky itself as His garment” was the theme of Amit Chowdhury's bharatanatyam recital 'Nataraja' .

Not just a photogenic face

Ever since she won one of the top spots at the “Lux Anondodhara Photoshundori” contest, model-actress Tinni has cemented her position in the media. However, even though she was at the peak of her career, she took a break when she had her daughter, Warisha, who is now the fountain of joy for Tinni. The actress does not regret her hiatus; rather she rejoices in her role as mother.

Poet Khan Muhammad Moinuddin's birth anniversary observed

Kobi Moinuddin Academy and Manikganj Shahitya O Shangskritik Shangshad jointly organised a discussion and cultural programme at Captain Abdul Halim Chowdhury auditorium in Manikganj recently. The occasion was 109th birth anniversary of poet Khan Muhammad Moinuddin.

Recreating the times of Master-da

“Masterda” Abhishek Bachchan came in a dhuti and shirt and keeping him company was his wife Aishwariya looking graceful in a Bengali sari as Bollywood veteran Amitabh Bachchan unveiled the music album of Ashutosh Gowariker's latest film “Khelein Hain Hum Jee Jaan Se” based on the Chittagong uprising of the early 1930s.

“Pop music is a dead culture in India”

The name Raghav may not ring bells instantly, but chances are you may have grooved to his popular track “Angel Eyes” couple of years back.

The flavour of melody

Last Saturday, the Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre of Indian High Commission, Dhaka arranged a musical programme featuring Tagore singers Lily Islam and Chanchal Khan.

Actor Mir Sabbir makes his debut as a director “Moqbul” on ATN Bangla today

“Moqbul”, the directorial debut of popular actor Mir Sabbir, will go on air on ATN Bangla tonight. The serial, written by Qamrul Hasan, will be aired every Monday at 9pm.

Youth Film Festival to be held at Goethe-Institut

Goethe- Institut Bangladesh is all set to hold a two- day Youth Film Festival from November 5 to 6 at its auditorium, says a press release. The festival will feature four German movies: “The Crocodiles” by Christian Ditter, “The Blind Flyers” by Bernd Sahling, “Hen in a Boat” by Arend Aghte and “Lippel's Dream” by Lars Buchel. The films will be aired at 3pm and 4:45pm.

OP-ED

Novel ways to cheat in exams

Cheating in exams is an age-old practice. In earlier times, it was just copying from answer sheet or even book that the examinee would hide in his/her pocket or under the shirt. We hear of some cribbers of olden days who took their art of cribbing to new heights, so much so that people would hold them in awe as if they were magicians. Some of the cribbers could copy even from a distance what another examinee was writing by just looking at the tail of the pen the latter was using.

No right to food yet!

India has missed a historic opportunity to abolish hunger through a universal public distribution system (PDS), which entitles all citizens to affordable food. The National Advisory Council (NAC), a progressive body established by the United Progressive Alliance, was to draft such a law, but has recommended a Bill which greatly reduces the public's entitlements.


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