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Wiping out the future

In the first light of day, they stream out of the forest, one by one. They push their bicycles hard over muddy tracks, the tyres flatten under illegal loads. Each bicycle carries firewood tied to the handlebar and on the carrier at the back. Slowly the men walk towards Chunarughat.

Nine killed in bus collision

A head-on collision between two buses on Dhaka-Tangail Highway at Kabirpur in Ashulia left nine passengers dead and 35 others injured yesterday evening.

BNP expels Huda

The national standing committee of main opposition BNP yesterday expelled Vice-chairman Barrister Nazmul Huda from the party for breaking organisational discipline.

KL to regularise 3 lakh workers

Malaysia has started regularising three lakh undocumented Bangladeshi workers and will hire more on completion of their regularisation, Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain has said.

Unskilled drivers, faulty road design major reasons

Human errors mostly by unskilled drivers and faulty designs of roads are the two big reasons for growing number of road accidents, transport and communications experts say.

CID seeks 90 more days for probe

The Criminal Investigation Department here yesterday sought 90 more days for further investigation into the sensational Chittagong arms haul case.

Cop, mugger bullet-hit

A police officer and a mugger sustained bullet injuries during a gunfight between law enforcers and muggers in the capital's Dhanmondi yesterday.

Khaleda skips Senakunja function

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia did not go to the reception party organised by the Armed Forces Division to mark the Armed Forces Day-2010.

40 trees razed on JU campus

When the government is pursuing a tougher forest law to punish the tree plunderers, the Jahangirnagar University authorities have felled some 40 trees during the Eid vacation.

158 officials made joint secretaries

In a major reshuffle in the civil administration, the government yesterday promoted 158 deputy secretaries or in equivalent posts to the rank of joint secretaries.

PM off to Russia

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina last night flew to Dubai en route to Moscow on a 12-day visit to Russia, Belgium and Japan.

PM pledges welfare of war heroes' families

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the government will do whatever necessary for the welfare of the families of the freedom fighters who fought for establishing independent Bangladesh.

25 lakh to take primary final exams

Primary Education Terminal Examination, 2010 of both general and madrasa students will begin tomorrow with around 25 lakh participants.

50 hurt as train derails in Katiadi

At least 50 passengers sustained minor injuries after eight compartments of Mymensingh-bound Nasirabad Express from Chittagong derailed at Gochihata in Katiadi upazila of Kishoreganj early yesterday.

Delwar blames it on govt

BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain said yesterday cracker blasts at the chief justice's residence were a "stage-managed drama" as part of the government bid to bring the Supreme Court verdict regarding their (BNP) chairperson's cantonment house in its favour.

Two kids burnt alive in Pabna

At least two kids were burnt alive while two others were injured in a devastating fire at a house of Charpara village in Laksmipur union under Ataikula upazila yesterday.

8 stalkers jailed

At least eight stalkers were sentenced to different terms in prison yesterday in separate incidents of stalking in Dinajpur, Pabna, Kurigram and Noakhali districts.

Target to double number in 12yrs

World leaders sought yesterday to come up with the hundreds of millions of dollars they say are needed to save the tiger from extinction and double the big cat's number by the next Year of the Tiger in 2022.


Unsafe highways unsafe travel

Our highways are veritable death traps that have over the years on the average taken more lives per year than in any other country. And we seem to be in a state of torpor when it comes to addressing this danger. Statistics of the Highway Police indicate a figure of 510 deaths on the highways only in the first half of 2010. The figure is perhaps much higher considering the fact that many accidents do not get reported at all or are taken cognizance of by the police.

Suu Kyi moves cautiously

The newly freed Aung San Suu Kyi has been giving out cautious signals of what she plans to do now that she is back in sunlight. While her release from long detention was surely a seminal event not only for the people of her country but also for the rest of the world, it was how she intended to make use of her freedom that became an important question for many. Perhaps there was reason enough here for such a question. In her previous stints of fitful freedom, Ms. Suu Kyi's refusal to go soft on the military junta ruling her country swiftly saw her back in lonely imprisonment. That as well as the feeling in a good many quarters that her idealism had all along been getting the better of her judgement may well have played a role in her present change of attitude. Where earlier she was vociferously in favour of outside nations clamping sanctions on her country unless the regime relented, now she appears to have shifted ground just a little.


Tamim certain, but is Mashrafe?

It is quite rare for the Tigers' think-tank to endure a "pleasant headache" but that is exactly what they would be facing when later this month, they sit to select the team for the five-match one-day series against Zimbabwe.

More bad than good

Bangladesh had a mixed day at the Asian Games in Guangzhou yesterday with some heartening results chipping in amid disappointing ones.

ICC Cricket World Cup History

It may have been held more than thirty-one years ago, but the 1979 World Cup was played under conditions quite similar to what the cricket world is faced with today. Two years ago, in 1977, a revolution took place in Australia, the effects of which can be felt even today. Just as the rebel Indian Cricket League in 2007 had drawn players away from national duty, incurring the wrath of national boards around the world, Kerry Packer's World Series Cricket divided the cricket world in two in the late 1970s.

Rubcic looking to reassess

Having observed the booters during his first assignment at the Asian Games football, Bangladesh's Croat coach Robert Rubcic is likely to assess both personality and performance before selecting his next squad for the Olympic pre-qualifiers against Kuwait early next year.

Siddikur placed 26th

Siddikur Rahman made a steady finish in the UBS Hong Kong Open yesterday where he secured the 26th position with a fourth-round score of 3-under par. The overall score for the four rounds stood at 9-under par 271.

Magical Messi, ravenous Ronaldo

Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid will have the upper hand for the Clasico showdown at Barcelona's Camp Nou in nine days time after Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hattrick in a 5-1 home win over Athletic Bilbao on Saturday moving them back to the Spanish first division summit a point above their bitter rivals.

Chelsea have the blues

Manchester United piled the pressure on Chelsea with a 2-0 win over nine-man Wigan, while the Premier League leaders crashed to a 1-0 defeat at Birmingham on Saturday.

Shearer unsure of Capello

Former England striker Alan Shearer believes England are not progressing under Italian coach Fabio Capello, bemoaning a lack of clear strategy and consistency in team selection.

Zlatan sets Milan apart

A touch of brilliance from Zlatan Ibrahimovic earned AC Milan a 1-0 win over Fiorentina on Saturday to lift them four points clear at the top of Serie A.

Bayern lose more ground

Defending champions Bayern Munich were held to a 1-1 draw at Leverkusen on Saturday evening to find themselves lagging 14 points behind leaders Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund.

Kaiser throws in the towel

Bayern Munich's honorary president Franz Beckenbauer insists the record German champions are simply not good enough to win the Bundesliga this season on Saturday's evidence.

Sania bites the dust

China's Peng Shuai shattered 40-year-old Kimiko Date Krumm's dream of a second Asian Games title on Sunday to keep her triple gold bid on course.

India strongly placed

Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar led India's strong reply with unbeaten half-centuries in the series-deciding third and final Test against New Zealand on Sunday.

India dominate track

India dominated the Asian Games track Sunday with gold in the women's 10,000m and 3,000m steeplechase as China made a losing start on its international cricket debut.

De Villiers drives SA

AB de Villiers hit the highest Test score of 278 not out for South Africa to put his team in a dominant position against Pakistan on the second day of the second Test at Abu Dhabi Stadium on Sunday.

Cricket off to a flier

Malaysia crushed China by 89 runs with a blistering display of power hitting in the first ever men's cricket match played on Chinese soil at the Asian Games on Sunday.

ROK, Pakistan in semis

Defending champions South Korea and Pakistan cruised into the semifinals of the Asian Games men's field hockey with emphatic wins on Sunday.

SL call back Kulasekara

Sri Lanka's cricket selectors have recalled paceman Nuwan Kulasekara for the second Test against the West Indies starting in Colombo on Tuesday.

Gambhir to captain in NZ ODIs

Mahendra Singh Dhoni's request for time out was fulfilled after the selectors rested the wicketkeeper batsman and named Gautam Gambhir as skipper when the team was announced for the first two ODIs against New Zealand.

Mourinho bows to Maradona

Jose Mourinho appears to have a modest side after all as the Real Madrid coach has reportedly displayed an unusual deference when in the presence of footballing legend Diego Maradona.


More buyers shift to Bangladesh

Opportunities are widening as globally renowned apparel brands look to source more garments from Bangladesh amid the widening recovery from financial crisis.

Non-bank loan levels bounce back

Strong demand for lease financing among investors banished last year's sluggish loan-disbursement levels at non-bank financial institutions (NBFIs), according to the central bank.

Ireland to ask for bailout

Ireland will seek a bailout from international lenders, the Irish finance minister said yesterday, ending weeks of speculation that the country needs aid.

Regulator tightens share credit again

The stockmarket regulator yesterday halved the ratio of share credit in an effort to tame a heated market.

Telenor CEO due today

Telenor Group President and Chief Executive Officer Jon Fredrik Baksaas will arrive in Dhaka today on a three-day visit.

Asia advertising spending to surge

Advertising spending in Asian economic powerhouses such as China will see double-digit growth in the next few years, buoyed by firm consumer confidence and a growing middle class, a top advertising executive said on Friday.

Nordic chamber up for launch

Nordic companies in Bangladesh will launch the Nordic Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) tomorrow to form a platform in an effort to promote business between the Nordic countries and Bangladesh.

Central bank cell finances 7 private power projects

The Investment Promotion and Financing Facility (IPFF) cell of Bangladesh Bank has so far financed Tk 422.30 crore in seven private power plants through its nominated banks and financial institutions since the cell's inception 4 years back, said the central bank governor.

Irish-eurozone crisis: the fires behind smoke and mirrors

EU-eurozone institutions are fighting the second debt crisis in six months and analysts now ponder openly how they would cope with a third and discuss how the single currency can be given a new lease on life.

Colombo budget eyes foreign cash

Sri Lanka will relax foreign exchange and investment rules in a budget to be presented Monday as it seeks to spur investment in the island recovering from a bloody civil war, analysts say.

Fuelling inflation

The time for fixed-income people is getting tougher as the country is gradually moving towards higher level of inflation. Official statistics shows that the annual average inflation has already crossed the 8 percent mark (8.12 percent) in September this year. The figure was below 6 percent in December last year.

BB backs innovative banking

The column is the last part of a lecture presented by Dr Atiur Rahman at the Legatum Centre for Development and Entrepreneurship, Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, USA, on October 12.

Benapole trade resumes

Export-import activities between Bangladesh and India through Benapole land port resumed Saturday after four-day suspension on the occasion of holy Eid-ul-Azha.

Fed awaits tough time

The Federal Reserve is printing billions of dollars to aid the US recovery, but acting when politicians could not or would not has sparked the fiercest challenge to its authority in decades.

New CEO for Dun & Bradstreet

Tarique Afzal has recently joined Dun & Bradstreet Rating Agency, Bangladesh as chief executive officer.

Social media 'one part' of Google strategy: CFO

Internet giant Google on Sunday said social media was "absolutely" part of its strategy and would be embedded in "many of our products" but played down its rivalry with networking icon Facebook.

News Corp set to unveil iPad newspaper

After months of top secret development, Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. appears poised to take the wraps off a digital newspaper for the iPad called "The Daily."

Philippine Airlines warns of bird flu, fuel prices

Philippine Airlines (PAL) has warned that a possible resurgence of bird flu and a rise in fuel prices could hurt its fledgling recovery from economic woes.

Big Three ratings agencies face competition

The Big Three credit rating agencies, under fire for failing to anticipate the global financial crisis, have spurred new players to offer alternatives but the trio's dominance of the sector seems secure for the moment, analysts said.

Corporate Briefs

The fund reported net asset value of Tk 2,304.21 per unit on current market price and Tk 241.45 per unit on cost price against face value of Tk 100 on the close of operation on November 15. Net assets stood at Tk 120,725,728.78 after considering all assets and liabilities.


City is still in Eid mood

The huge clock of Dhaka City Corporation struck 12:00 noon. The usually busy corridors of the corporation looked deserted yesterday -- the first working day after a five-day Eid vacation.

State burial for Mir Shawkat today

Lt Gen (retd) Mir Shawkat Ali, a veteran war hero and one of 11 sector commanders of country's Liberation War, will be laid to eternal rest with state honour today after Johr prayers at the army graveyard in the city.

New law on cards to bring back laundered money

The government is going to enact another law styled Mutual Assistance Act to bring back the money laundered abroad and prevent terrorist financing.

Mathematics textbooks worst in world, say speakers

Speakers at a programme yesterday said the quality of the country's mathematics textbooks is the worst in the world.

Death anniversary of Jebunnessa today

Today is the 12th death anniversary of Jebunnessa Jahangir, wife of Shaheed Lt Col NAM Janangir.

Arif held at jail gate

Detective Branch once again arrested Dhaka City Corporation ward councillor Ariful Islam from jail gate while he was freed on bail yesterday.

Launch social movement against stalking

Prime Minister's Adviser HT Imam yesterday called upon all to launch a strong social movement for checking the stalking against women in the society.

'Pollution causing death of city trees'

Industrial pollutants, including sulphur dioxide and other poisonous gases emitted especially from brick kilns around the cities, are polluting the air, causing death of trees and serious diseases among city dwellers.

China keen to increase trade

China is keen to increase its cooperation in different sectors including agriculture technology, trade and commerce, ICT and communications to help boost the development of Bangladesh.

Killing of two protested

Several hundred people staged a demonstration at Kanchpura Bazar of Uttar Khan in the city on Saturday night protesting the killing of two people and injuring of six others, suspected to be robbers, in a mob beating on Thursday night.

Police service under judiciary demanded

The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) yesterday demanded the government set up a separate police service and investigation cell under the judiciary for quick and fair investigation into the pending criminal cases.

Five on 4-day remand

A Dhaka court yesterday granted a four-day remand against each of five arrestees in connection with the killing of a retired bank official on November 17 in the city's North Basabo.

Norwegian environment minister due in city today

Norwegian Minister for Environment and International Development Erik Solheim will arrive in Dhaka on a two-day visit to Bangladesh today.

President lauds army

Chief of Army Staff General M Abdul Mubeen, Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Z U Ahmed and on behalf of Chief of Air Staff, Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Admin) Air Vice Marshal Muhammad Enamul Bari, called on President Zillur Rahman at Bangabhaban yesterday on the occasion of Armed Forces Day.

Worker dies as ceiling fan falls on him

One worker was killed in a scrap selling shop as a ceiling fan fell on him at Madambibir Hat of Shitakundo upazila in Chittagong yesterday.

Japanese funding for Padma bridge discussed

Ahead of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's four-day visit to Japan from November 28, four important members of the House of Representatives of Japan yesterday met with foreign minister and discussed Japanese funding for the Padma Bridge.

12 killed in road accidents

At least 12 people were killed and 18 others injured in separate road accidents in Gazipur, Bogra, Chittagong and Munshiganj on Saturday night and yesterday.

US lauds Bangladesh for religious freedom

The US Department of State has appreciated recent success of Bangladesh in religious freedom that includes ensuring constitutional rights for publicity of religions.

3 win Asia Journalism Awards

Three Bangladeshi journalists have won Tokyo-based Developing Asia Journalism Awards (DAJA) 2010 on Friday, says a press release.

JU admission process starts today

Jahangirnagar University (JU) authorities will start admission process of honours courses for academic session 2010-11 under Ka, Gha, Uma, Cha and Chha units today.

Take action against Nasimon-Karimon

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Home Ministry yesterday asked the ministry to be tough against the plying of shallow engine run vehicles known as Nasimon-Karimon.

29 houses gutted as fire breaks out at two city slums

At least 29 houses, a rickshaw garage and a furniture shop were gutted in separate incidents of fire at Mohammadpur and Khilgoan slums in the city last night.


Venison sells cheaper than beef, mutton!

Security guards of Patkashta forest outpost under the West Wing of Sundarbans Forest Division arrested 22 poachers and seized from them an engine boat and equipment used for entrapping the deer on Saturday afternoon.

Woes of people returning to workplaces after Eid

Passengers returning to their workplaces after the Eid holidays are undergoing immense sufferings as no ticket is available at the booking offices in Barisal launch terminal.

B'baria likely to miss aman target for late rains this yr

Aman cultivation may not achieve the production target in the district this year as farmers could not cultivate around 3,200 hectares of chosen land mainly due to late rainy season.

16 'Kalemar Dal' men held at Tungipara

Fifteen members of Islamist outfit 'Kalemar Dal' out of 16 arrested on Saturday from Bangabandhu Mausoleum Mosque premises at Tungipara were taken on three days' remand yesterday.

Ras Mela festival in Kuakata concludes

Ras Mela, the biggest festival of the Hindu community in the south concluded yesterday.

One killed, over 100 hurt in 4 dists

At least one person was killed and over 100 others were injured as rival villagers clashed in Netrakona, Sirajganj and Brahmanbaria yesterday.

4 UP chairmen killed in SW region since Jan

Four union parishad (UP) chairmen were murdered in the south-western region of the country from January to November 16 this year.

Five outlaws arrested in Pabna

Police arrested five underground operatives in Ataikula upazila of the district early yesterday.

Man stabbed to death in Comilla

A man was stabbed to death by criminals at Gouripur Bazaar in Daudkandi upazila on Saturday evening.


Bailey bridge blunders!

Your Netrokona correspondent's report and the picture alongside, published on 10 November, about the collapse of the second bailey bridge within the last few days, should wake up the Roads and Highways Department to take some simple commonsense preventive measures.

Electricity price hike, again?

Only a few months ago the Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) increased the electricity charges causing untold sufferings to the people when there are frequent electricity failure and load shedding all over the country. It is now learnt that BPDB has proposed Bangladesh Energy Regularity Commission to raise the multipurpose electricity tariff by 12 per cent.

Updated information

The wonders of information and communication technology and advancement in other fields of science and technology have enhanced the ability of human beings.

What is logical is not legal What is legal is not logical!

Having witnessed a full-day drama on the eviction of the Cantonment house by the Leader of the Opposition Begum Khaleda Zia, I realised the practical meaning of the saying, 'What is logical is not legal, what is legal is not logical”. Perhaps the Leader of the House could have intervened as a gesture of goodwill to assist her professional colleague, the Leader of the Opposition, bridging the gap between the legal and the logical requirements.

Tourism planning

The current tourism planning in Bangladesh, despite the potentiality, is yet to achieve satisfactory standards. If there were proper planning, reasonable level of development could have been achieve over the past years even with the government's meagre budgetary allocation.

Population growth in Bangladesh

At present there is no extensive programme before us for population control. About one and a half decade ago the government and many NGOs used to work extensively all over Bangladesh on family planning programmes. This was a spontaneous movement. But now-a-days we do not get to see this programme anywhere in Bangladesh like in the past, though the government has been working on it through the ministry of family planning since 1965.

Victim of PM's insensitivity

At last Sheikh Hasina has completed her mission successfully by removing Khaleda Zia from her house. I think it was the most important mission of her political life. She is a prime minister, but after all she is a woman. She cannot work for a country without listening to her heart, and if she has a heart, then how has she removed Khaleda from her home?

Day care centre

If we look back a few years, most women were busy in household affairs and caring for the children. Now women are participating in every sector and working side by side with the men. They manage both their family and work. However, they can't work with a tension free mind because they are not able to look after their children properly. Sometimes they are compelled to give up work for the sake of their kids.

Khaleda's eviction!

Reading Khaleda's eviction story, I feel ashamed of the political game being played in the country. Just imagine, you have got rid of a widow from her house where she spent the best days of her life. Her husband may have died long ago, but I am sure she used to cherish his memories in that house every day.

Increase police patrolling

Dhaka City has become a very unsafe place especially before and at day break or from dusk because of the thugs and ruffians who seem to have got a free-rein. Last Friday (29/10/2010) while we -- a girl child, a boy, two women and I, were coming out of a Chinese Restaurant on Banani Road number 11 and walking up to reach the main road (Airport Road) at 10 pm, were stopped by two private cars, one in front and the other at the rear. There were five young men, all looked to be between 18 and 25 years. In the twinkle of the eyes they got out of the cars and pointed a pistol at the chest of the child and dagger at the boy, and in a matter of few minutes robbed us of our all. The car number plates were hung reverse.

War crimes trial

The present government has committed to the people to complete the war crimes trial, but at present we see that the process is going on very slowly. This is likely to create doubts in people's mind whether the trial would be completed at all. We are waiting for the completion of trial of war criminals. And if that does not happen there will certainly be a disconnect between the present government and the general people of Bangladesh. This may cost AL dearly in the next election. So we hope that the AL government will take adequate steps to compete the trial as early as possible.

We need true leaders

Poverty and population boom are the roots of all other problems that threaten our national existence. The government has to play the key role in alleviate these problems. The aid agencies can only accelerate the work.

Negligent officials

I have just received the Dhaka City Corporation holding Tax bill book of 2010-2011 after the expiry of rebate date of 30th September 2010, due to negligence of somebody in the DCC, I believe. Again, the bill book indicated total arrear of 2009-2010 though I have paid the tax at Janata Bank, Mogbazar in August 2009. Thus who is at fault - the bank officials or DCC authorities?

Why the hesitation, PM?

It is unbelievable that the government is dragging its feet in according Musa Ibrahim the due honour, respect and gratitude he rightly and richly deserves. Does it have such a myopic view and is so distant from the people that they don't recognize the will of the people?

Hartal card!

After the shameful drubbing the BNP received at the last elections, it was just a question of time when they would bring out the dreaded "hartal" card, in order to create chaos in the country and somehow dislodge the government in power. Never mind that they had promised not to use that card, and to perform their duties as the Loyal Opposition.

An appeal to the Prime Minister

One kilometre Mehdipur-Abdul Nabi Road, under Dagunbhuiyan, Upazila of Feni runs from Mehdipur Al-Amin Yatimkhana Complex to Mannan Sowdagar Bari Culvert on the Koraish Munshi-Senbag Road. Two hundred fifty metres of the road from Yatimkhana Complex to Mehdipur “Gazipukur Par” goes under knee-deep water during incessant rainfall and movement of traffic of all types remains totally suspended causing untold suffering of the people.


Bihar hit by deadly Maoist blast, 7 killed

Five children and two adults were killed in India when a bomb planted by Maoist rebels exploded in the eastern state of Bihar as polling booths closed after local elections, police said yesterday.

N Korea showed US scientist new nuclear plant

North Korea last week showed an American scientist a vast, new plant for enriching uranium with hundreds of centrifuges already installed and running, the New York Times reported.

Nato 'headed for defeat' after withdrawal plan: Taliban

The Taliban on Saturday said Nato was heading for defeat in Afghanistan after the alliance announced plans to begin withdrawing troops from the country from next year.

Britons want William, not Charles as next king: Poll

Prince William and his fiancée Kate Middleton should be Britain's next king and queen, not the heir to the throne Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, two polls showed on Saturday.

No letup in carbon emissions, scientists warn

Emissions of fossil-fuel gases that stoke climate change edged back less than hoped in 2009 as falls in advanced economies were largely outweighed by rises in China and India, scientists said yesterday.

Yemen cargo bomb plot cost only $4200: al-Qaeda

In a detailed account of its failed parcel bomb plot last month, al-Qaeda's branch in Yemen said late on Saturday that the operation cost only $4,200 to mount, was intended to disrupt global air cargo systems and reflected a new strategy of low-cost attacks designed to inflict broad economic damage.

Rescue efforts in NZ mine face further delay

Efforts to rescue 29 men trapped in a New Zealand coal mine faced more agonising delays yesterday when authorities said they needed to drill a new shaft to test air quality because toxic gases made it too dangerous for rescue teams go in.

Afghan fraud watchdog disqualifies 19 candidates

The watchdog panel charged with rooting out fraud in Afghanistan's recent parliamentary election says it has disqualified 19 candidates yesterday who had been announced as winners in preliminary results.

Germany steps up parliament security

Germany has stepped up security of its parliament following fresh warnings that a group of Pakistan-trained militants are planning to orchestrate a Mumbai-style attack by storming the building to carry out a bloodbath and take a number of hostages.

BJP to decide on Karnataka CM soon

Hit by corruption charges at high places, both the government and the Opposition are preparing to face Parliament.

Lanka orders Red Cross to quit former war zone

Sri Lanka's government has ordered the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to close its offices in the island's former war zone, the Geneva-based humanitarian agency said yesterday.

Pope says condoms acceptable

The Vatican emphasised that the use of condoms was acceptable only in 'exceptional' cases, after an apparent U-turn by Pope Benedict XVI on a blanket ban on their use.

Ahmadinejad urges girls to marry at 16

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad urged young girls to marry at age of 16 in his latest rejection of the country's once effective family planning program, local newspapers reported yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Remembering a martyr

The 114th birth anniversary of Danbir Ranada Prosad Saha (RP Saha) was observed here on November 17.

Garos dance to harvest tune

Through dance sequences on agricultural activities round the year, Garo people celebrated Wanna festival (harvest festival), one of the greatest festivals marking the beginning of harvesting at Askipara in Haluaghat upazila here on November 19. It was the eighth such celebration at Askipara which was attended by hundreds of Garos.

Pilgrims throng the venue

The historic Rash Festival, a 500- year-old traditional religious festival of the Hindu community, kicked off on Saturday here at Kantanagar Temple premises in Kaharol upazila of Dinajpur with much enthusiasm.

“Moner Manush” on Lalon to figure at Panaji

The Goutam Ghose-directed "Moner Manush" on Lalon Fakir is among three Indian feature films and among the 18 entries in the international competition section at this year's International Film Festival of India beginning in Panaji tomorrow.

Taiwan is big winner at Golden Horse Film Festival

The Taiwanese family drama "When Love Comes" won the best film award Saturday at the Chinese-language Golden Horse Film Festival.

Anne Hathaway to co-host Nobel peace prize concert

Hollywood actress Anne Hathaway will co-host this year's Nobel peace prize concert in Norway with Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington.

‘Atandra Padak’ comes to Diamond

The prestigious Atondra Padak was conferred on film director and playwright Syed Ohiduzzaman Diamond on November 14, says a press release. Atondra Sangskritik Sangsad conferred the award at Taligang in Kolkata. A crest and medal were formally handed to the director at the programme. Noted filmmaker Gonga Nandini, editor and journalist Borun Chakraborty, poet Ritu Basu, Tarok Saha, Dilip Mukhopathyay, Jilik Chakraborty, among others, spoke on the occasion.

Rtv’s sixth-day Eid treats

Rtv will air daylong Eid special programmes today [on the sixth day of Eid-ul-Azha]. The highlights are a telefilm, a single episode play and a live concert by popular band LRB.

Band music festival with a message

At a music festival held at Pabna Town Hall premises on Friday night, young artistes vowed to fight against drug and acid violence. The young artiste's band music organisation Bihongo was the organiser of the Eid reunion festival.


Why this recurrent impasse in rawhide market ?

The hopes of the seasonal rawhide traders, middlemen, the wholesalers as well as the tanners have been shattered this year. The anthrax scare that started in the third week of August caused an acute shortage of meat as well as leather in the country. The anthrax attack that was first detected in a village in Sirajganj, which soon spread to Pabna, Tangail, Kushtia and other places, prompting the government to issue a month-long red alert in early September across the nation.

The Security Council seat mirage

President Barack Obama visited India at a time when US hegemony is in decline and India is in the ascendant. The visit offered India an opportunity to tell him what kind of world order it would like to see.

Women in politics: What should be the focus?

Bangladesh is historically and traditionally a highly patriarchal society. All the processes, values and institutions that are associated with the construction of the country are gendered. The institutions and values of this gendered state always privilege masculinity. Women in Bangladesh have to fight with gender boundaries that assign them a subordinate position within patriarchal ideology, the essential feature of which is domination and supremacy of men and powerlessness and invisibility of women in almost all spheres of their lives.

Overcoming zinc malnutrition

Zinc is an important nutrient for humans. Everybody needs zinc, irrespective of age and sex. An adult male needs to consume 4 mg, adult female needs 3 mg, an infant needs 1-3 mg and a child needs 3-5 mg of zinc daily. Pregnant women need 3-6 mg and lactating women need 6 mg daily. If the diet is devoid of animal products and high in phytate, daily zinc intake requirements will increase about threefold. The human body is unable to store zinc in large, readily accessible amounts, so it needs to be consumed daily in relatively small quantities.

JFK . . . in and before November 1963

When John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas on November 22, 1963, a whole world went spinning into shock. The reasons were two. The first, which was the more obvious, was that the young, handsome politician before whom lay the future and most likely a second term in the White House, had had his life cut short by an assassin's bullet. The second was that it was none other than the president of the United States, its thirty fifth as a matter of fact, who had been murdered.

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