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News of: Wednesday, 21st of September, 2011

Front Page

Biodiversity issue glossed over

None of the two agreements signed between Bangladesh and India on conservation of the Sundarbans and Royal Bengal Tigers addresses the issue of increasing salinity that continues to affect the biodiversity of the mangrove forest on Bangladesh side.

New fares not fully enforced

Commuters in the capital yesterday expressed frustration over the transport fare hike for the second time in four months.

Save planet from climate change fallout

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the global community to exert all efforts accepting their own shares of responsibility to save the planet from the wraths of climate change.

PM pushes for duty-free access to US market

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday sought cooperation of “friends” in the US Congress to play positive role in granting duty-free access of Bangladesh products to the US market.

Offensive with purposes

Jamaat-e-Islami's violent showdown in the capital and elsewhere in the country on Monday reflected the party's newly adopted policy of boosting the morale of its activists demoralised due to the arrest of top leaders of the party on war crimes charges.

BNP taken by surprise

BNP high command was surprised to witness Monday's violent protest by its key ally Jamaat-e-Islami ahead of its September 27 rally from where the party chairperson is expected to announce agitation programmes.

Hartal called for tomorrow

BNP and its allies called for a countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal tomorrow to protest price hike of fuel, the share market scam and repression on opposition leaders and activists.

Mushfiqur new captain of Tigers

Mushfiqur Rahim was named captain of the Bangladesh cricket team for the rest of the year. Bangladesh Cricket Board made the announcement yesterday after the directors discussed the issue of the captaincy in their adjourned meeting.

Toxic ship told to stay afar

Chinese toxic ship MV Asia Union arrived in Chittagong early Monday for dismantling and has been asked to stay off the port as it is imported illegally.

Inflation to soar on fuel price hike

Local economists and analysts say that the government's untimely decision to increase fuel prices would accelerate the already high inflation and hurt the poor even more.

Electrocution kills two

Two factory workers were electrocuted to death and five others injured in the capital's Kadamtoli last night.

Suicide attack kills ex-Afghan president

Burhanuddin Rabbani, Afghanistan's former president tasked with finding a peace deal with the Taliban was assassinated yesterday in a suicide attack at his Kabul home, according to police.

BNP overplayed JMB arrest

In the run up to the last parliamentary elections, BNP attempted to divert attention away from a corruption scandal involving Khaleda Zia's younger son by decrying an alleged plot against the party chief, said a recently leaked US diplomatic cable.

Sangram editor held

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested Dainik Sangram Editor Abul Asad for his alleged connection with Monday's clash between law enforcers and Jamaat-e-Islami men in Dhaka and elsewhere.

BCL threatens to foil function on Tareque Masud at JU

Bangladesh Chhatra League activists at Jahangirnagar University yesterday allegedly threatened to foil a commemorative programme slated for today on Tareque Masud and Mishuk Munier.

Ershad worried over oil, CNG price hike

Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad yesterday expressed deep concern over the sudden hike in fuel prices, says a press release.

EU grants 5m euros as flood aid

The European Commission (EC) has allocated 5 million euros in response to the urgent humanitarian needs of Bangladeshis recently affected by severe monsoon floods.

Japan warns one million to evacuate as typhoon nears

More than a million people in Japan were warned to leave their homes yesterday as an approaching typhoon brought heavy rain and fears of landslides and flash flooding.

Editorial

The violence on Monday

The clashes between the police and workers of the Jamaat-e-Islami in the city on Monday were a clear pointer to the increasing volatility coming into national politics. What is indeed surprising is that the Jamaat was able to send its young members and followers into the streets in such ferociously organized form, enough to leave as many as 28 vehicles torched and hundreds of others damaged in various degrees. Much more difficult to fathom is why the police found themselves in a position where they were overwhelmed by the protestors, who were demanding the release of their leaders now in prison. The Jamaat had spelt out its programme days earlier and so the police ought to have had strategic measures in place to tackle the situation.

Palestinian bid for statehood

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has gone to New York to speak at the United Nations with great hopes and anticipation, in making his bid for membership in the UN as an independent sate. However, this hope is not without forebodings. It does not come without its share of opposition.

Sports

Little Mushfiq relishes big challenge

“The whispers turned into reality today,” was the instant reaction from wicketkeeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim as he talked to the Daily Star Sport immediately after the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) declared the little man the Tigers' new captain and all-rounder Mahmudullah Riyad as his deputy on Tuesday.

Tommy's 'dream' dish in the making

The man is known worldwide for his culinary magic, delighting millions and making fans out of the high and mighty through his handiwork in his restaurants. Now Tommy Miah, the Bangladesh-born British celebrity chef, is about to venture into his childhood passion: cricket.

Early test for new leader

Less than 24 hours after being named the Bangladesh captain, Mushfiqur Rahim will lead out the Tigers against Bangladesh A in the BCB Cup final at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur today.

Preliminary squad for WI named

A predictable 23-member preliminary squad was named yesterday for the upcoming West Indies series to be held next month.

Let's see him first: Faruque

While an old teammate welcomed Mushfiqur Rahim as the leader, the man who gave him his biggest break was cautious about praising the new captain.

MSC's AGM today

Directors-elect of the Mohammedan SC Ltd are all set to take over their charges through the annual general meeting today at the Ruposhi Bangla Hotel.

Zahid team operations manager

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has named former selector Zahid Razzak Masum as the new team operations manager of the national cricket team.

Clarke shines in draw

Australia clinched the Test series against Sri Lanka 1-0 Tuesday after resurgent skipper Michael Clarke led from the front to snatch a draw for the tourists in the finely poised third and final game.

Sachin makes ODI concerns official

The ODIs are perceived to be on the decline and it's none other than Sachin Tendulkar who has now come out publicly in support of revamping the current 50-over format having written a letter to ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat.

Nielsen quits as Aus coach

Australia national coach Tim Nielsen has decided to step down rather than reapply for his job, he said Tuesday, soon after the team posted a 1-0 Test series win over Sri Lanka in Colombo.

No review of India's English disaster

The new Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president N Srinivasan on Monday ruled out any formal inquiry into the team's abysmal performance on their tour of England.

Tangail, BKSP in semis

Tangail and Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP) all but confirmed their semifinal berths of the JFA Cup U-15 Football Tournament after registering second successive victories at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Tuesday.

Navy, Jail, Fire Service win

Bangladesh Navy, Fire Service and Bangladesh Jail won their respective matches of the Runner 13th Premier Division Kabaddi League at the Kabaddi Stadium yesterday. Navy defeated Dhaka Wanderers Club by 38-15 points with two creditable lona. Fire Service outplayed Maniknagar Kabaddi Club by 24-11 points with 1 lone while Jail annihilated Jatrabari Faruk Smrity Sangsad by 88-13 points.

School h'ball from today

Fruitfill School Handball Tournament (U-12) starts today at the Handball Stadium. A total of 16 teams from the Dhaka Metropolis will take part in the event. The 16 teams will be competing in four groups, said organisers at a press conference at the Bangladesh Handball Federation (BHF) yesterday.

Southee out of CLT20

New Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee pulled out of the Champions League Twenty20 cricket series on Tuesday after suffering a knee injury.

Booters end with defeat

Bangladesh completed their miserable AFC U-16 Qualifiers campaign with fourth consecutive defeat when they went down 4-0 against Qatar at Duhok Stadium in Iraq yesterday.

Neymar staying put

Brazil striker Neymar has again dismissed reports he has reached a deal with Barcelona or Real Madrid, saying Monday he will stay with Santos at least until next year's Olympics in London.

Real duo sidelined

Real Madrid's Portuguese internationals Pepe and Fabio Coentrao picked up leg muscle injuries in Sunday's shock 1-0 defeat at Levante, the club said.

Gerrard set to return

Steven Gerrard is poised to make his long-awaited comeback as Liverpool look to forget their Premier League problems by beating Brighton in their third round League Cup clash on Wednesday.

Wenger's job safe

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis rubbished criticism of under fire manager Arsene Wenger on Tuesday and ruled out any moves to replace the Gunners boss.

Mandanda berates Marseille

Marseille captain Steve Mandanda pulled no punches here Monday, berating his teammates for not trying hard enough to reverse the club's freefall to the foot of the French league.

Hernandez to resume training

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez is set to resume training this week after avoiding serious injury in a late tackle by Ashley Cole in Sunday's defeat of Chelsea, the player's agent has confirmed.

Generous Jose

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has donated a coaching trophy awarded for his treble-winning season with Inter Milan for auction in memory of mentor Bobby Robson.

Business

Dollar gets costlier

The price of the US dollar has gone up both in formal and informal (kerb) markets, riding on a jump in demand from Hajj pilgrims and a slowdown in inflow of remittance.

SEC mulls extension of ICB funds' tenure

The stockmarket regulator plans to extend the tenure of unit funds of the state-run Investment Corporation of Bangladesh in a move to boost the markets.

Bandwidth use triples in 3 years

The use of internet bandwidth tripled in the last three years as international voice and data traffic has increased manifold during the period, said officials of the country's lone bandwidth providing company.

Stocks back in red as spirits ebb

Stocks declined again yesterday, as the central bank's positive step on single borrower's exposure failed to create enthusiasm among the investors whose confidence is eroding by the day.

ADB stresses better coordination in project implementation

Better coordination between donors and executing agencies are needed for successful implementation of projects, analysts said yesterday.

India lifts ban on onion export

Faced with protests from farmers, the Indian government yesterday decided to lift a ban on onion exports.

Eurozone crisis a menace to global financial stability: IMF

The eurozone's debt mountain poses a threat to global financial stability, the IMF warned on Tuesday, putting pressure on European banks to boost their capital to survive the crisis.

Experts suggest easy arbitration laws

Arbitration laws must be simplified and the process should be speeded up without the involvement of courts particularly for trade disputes to bring confidence among foreign investors, said former justice Awlad Ali.

Skills a must for stockmarket growth

Bangladesh should opt to build capacity and develop talent to give its stockmarket a strong foothold, a financial analyst says.

Focus on manufacturing to create jobs

Bangladesh should focus more on development of the manufacturing sector as it will ensure the highest number of employments, says a noted Indian economist.

Pran launches milk product

Pran, a leading food processor, has launched instant full-cream milk powder 'Milk Man' in the local market, the company said in a statement yesterday.

Lufthansa will miss 2011 profit target

German flag carrier Lufthansa said on Tuesday its profit targets for the current year were no longer achievable, following weaker-than-expected results in August and given ongoing economic uncertainty.

Global accolade for Axiata

Axiata Group has recently been named one of Asia's Best 50 Publicly-Traded Companies for 2011 by Forbes Asia magazine, the company said in a statement yesterday.

Huawei to serve Telenor Global Services

Global ICT solutions provider Huawei has recently announced that it has been selected by Telenor Global Services (TGS), a leading provider of quality global interconnection services, as the sole partner for the latter's voice and internet protocol (IP) network renovation in 10 countries.

Nokia Siemens Networks brings Liquid Net

Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) yesterday launched Liquid Net, a new way to deliver broadband that allows an operator to set up its network to self-adapt to meet capacity and coverage requirements based on demand.

Metropolitan

PM seeks Kuwait's help to procure dredger

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has sought Kuwait's cooperation to Bangladesh for procuring high profile dredger for its ongoing capital dredging in different rivers across the country.

Musa Ibrahim tourism envoy of Tanzania

The country's first conqueror of Mount Everest, Musa Ibrahim was yesterday honoured as the Tourism Ambassador of Tanzania in Bangladesh.

4 killed in N'ganj road crash

Four people, including a father and his son, were killed and seven others injured when a bus collided head-on with a CNG-run auto-rickshaw in Siddhirganj of Narayanganj yesterday morning.

Regional collaborative mechanisms stressed

Indian Vice-president Md Hamid Ansari has stressed the need for regional collaborative mechanisms and preventive diplomacy to resolve water disputes.

BCL factions clash in Sylhet

Five activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League were injured in a factional clash in Sylhet city yesterday.

Jordan urged to hire more Bangladeshis

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni has urged the Jordan government to hire more workers from Bangladesh, who can effectively contribute to the economic development of Jordan.

Immoral people are harmful for nation

Speakers at a workshop titled “Ethics, Morality and Youth Leadership Development” on the occasion of celebrating 40th anniversary of Jahangirnagar University (JU), said immoral people are harmful for a nation.

Monday violence was to save war criminals

Different organisations yesterday said Jamaat-e-Islami men "staged the Monday's violence" in the capital and elsewhere in the country to protect its top leaders from war crimes trial.

PM's call to uproot causes of conflicts

Bangladesh has reiterated its unwavering commitment to the principles of peace, tolerance and harmony and its pledge to work for the promotion of peace and development around the world.

Pry terminal exams from Nov 23

Terminal examinations, 2011 of the primary level students under general and madrasa education would begin November 23 instead of the earlier fixed November 16.

Six buses ransacked

Locals ransacked at least six buses after a schoolboy suffered injuries being hit by a bus in front of his school in the city's Pallabi area yesterday.

Global health award for PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday received the Global Health and Children's Award for her contribution to develop Bangladesh's health sector by using the Information Communication Technology (ICT).

115 makeshift structures demolished

A team of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) yesterday demolished 115 makeshift structures erected on the Gulshan-Banani Lake in the city to reclaim the land surrounding the lake.

Denmark assures support in climate adaptation

Considering Bangladesh's vulnerability to global warming, Denmark has assured to continue its support to cope with the adverse impacts of climate change.

20 hurt in workers-police clash

At least 20 people including five policemen were injured during an hour-long clash between police and garments workers at South Shalna in Gazipur yesterday.

BALID's silver jubilee celebration begins

A three-month celebration for the silver jubilee of Bangladesh Association of Librarians, Information Scientists, and Documentalists (BALID) began in the city on September 17, says a press release.

Two commit suicide

A housewife and a teenage female domestic help committed suicide at Pallabi and Rampura in the city yesterday.

8 CU Shibir men held

The eight activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir of Chittagong University (CU) unit, who were picked up from a dormitory on Monday night, were shown arrested and produced them yesterday before a Judicial Magistrate Court seeking a five-day remand.

BCL clash victim dies

A student of Dhaka Polytechnic Institute died in a city hospital yesterday, six days after he was injured in a factional clash of Bangladesh Chhatra League.

IUB holds seminar

Independent University, Bangladesh held a seminar titled “Career in financial institutions” at its permanent campus yesterday, says a press release.

Four judges transferred

Four additional district judges have been transferred and given new posting in latest reshuffle in lower judiciary.

Tribunal postpones hearing till Sept 21

The International Crimes Tribunal yesterday postponed the hearing on charge framing against Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee as he was reportedly 'unfit to travel' to the court from jail.

RU students boycott classes

Students of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday boycotted classes for three hours protesting price rise of first year honours programme admission forms.

British MPs visit eye hospital

Four British lawmakers visited VARD eye hospital in Balaganj upazila and met the beneficiaries of "Vision Bangladesh" programme in different upazilas of Sylhet yesterday.

Road crashes kill 1, injure 30

A rickshaw-puller was killed and 30 others were injured in separate road accidents in Manikganj and Chittagong on Monday night and yesterday.

Jubo League men stabbed

An armed Jubo League activist stabbed a fellow member in front of Awami League (AL) city office in Rajshahi yesterday.

BTRC viva postponed to Sep 26

The viva voce for the positions of first and second class assistant director (general) and administrative officer of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has been pushed forward to September 26 due to unavoidable reasons, a press release said yesterday.

Death anniversary

Today is the 30th death anniversary of Gauhar Jamil, founder of Jago Art Centre, says a press release.

Urs

Annual Urs of Hazrat Shah Abdur Rahim (RH) Shah Saheb of Paribag will be held on September 23 (Friday) on the Paribag Mazar premises at Shahabag in the city, says a press release.

Obituary

Dr Kutubuddin Ahmed, a social worker and former municipality commissioner of Thakurgaon Municipality, passed away at his Asrampara residence in the town yesterday due to old age complications at the age of 97.

National

Teesta dyke collapses flooding seven villages in Rangpur

A Teesta river embankment in Gannarpar area under Gangachara upazila of Rangpur district collapsed yesterday morning, flooding seven villages and aman paddy fields.

PSTU seismograph fails to read Sunday's earthquake

The lone seismograph in the country's southern region, set up at Patuakhali Science and Technology University (PSTU) campus, failed to provide information about the earthquake that rocked the country on Sunday evening, due to 'system complexity' in the computer connected to it.

Complaint stalls appointments of staffs as per FFs' quota

A Nilphamari court has issued an interim injunction upon the civil surgeon of Nilphamari, assistant director (Health) in Rangpur Division, additional district magistrate of Nilphamari and the representative of Public Service Commission in Rajshahi to refrain from appointing to some posts of office assistant cum computer typist according to a list supplied by the district command of Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad.

Rival transport bodies start indefinite strike in 16 dists today

A joint body of transport owners and workers announced an indefinite strike from today in 10 districts of Khulna division and five districts of Greater Faridpur to press home their two-point demand.

Transport workers beat up students triggering protest

Students of Pabna Edward College vandalised five vehicles and blocked Dhaka-Pabna highway after transport workers beat up students of the college at Chatmohar bus stand in the district yesterday morning.

Human chains demanding steps to stop river erosion

Two human chains were formed separately in Noarpara union under Islampur upazila of the district yesterday demanding steps to stop erosion by Jamuna river.

Human chains demanding steps to stop river erosion

Two human chains were formed separately in Noarpara union under Islampur upazila of the district yesterday demanding steps to stop erosion by Jamuna river.

Two schoolboys drown

Two schoolboys drowned in a pond in Jorpukur area under Sadar upazila of the district yesterday. The deceased were identified as Shibli Khan, 12, son of Mohsin Khan and Labib, 13, son of Abdul Halim of the same area and students of Udayan School in the town. Locals said the incident occurred when three students of the school went to take bath in the pond after school hours. At a stage, two of them drowned and the other managed to swim ashore. Later, fire brigade divers took the two rescued boys to Chandpur General Hospital where the on-duty doctors declared them dead.

Bombs, arms recovered

Detective Branch (DB) police recovered five bombs and two pipe guns in Kubir Bottola area in the town on Monday night. Police said, acting on secret information, a team of Daulatpur DB police raided the area and recovered the explosives and arms. None was arrested in this connection.

Outlaw killed in Pabna

An operative of Janajudhha faction of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party was hacked to death at Kathgora in Chatmohar upazila yesterday. Police recovered the body of Sajedul Islam, 35, of Alokdiar village in Santhia upazila from Kathgora bridge area at about 9:00 am. Officer in-charge of Chatmohar police station Md Habibul Islam said that rivals hacked Sajedul mercilessly to death and dumped the body near the bridge. On information, police recovered the body and sent it to Pabna Medical College and Hospital morgue for autopsy.

Fake phensidyl factory

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab-12) on Monday unearthed a fake phensidyl factory at Atua near the district town. The elite force raided the residence of Riazul Haque Shimul of the area where he set up the spurious phensidyl factory. Mehedi Hassan Shourav, 25, son of Riazul was repacking the drug made of water and other chemicals when Rab raided the place. Shourav fled the scene but the elite force arrested his wife Ritu from the spot.

Letters

Indo-Bangla agreements

It is really a matter of great regret that the most expected 'Transit Facility' and 'Teesta Water Sharing” agreements between Bangladesh and India could not be signed during Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh's historical visit to Bangladesh recently. These agreements could significantly improve and strengthen zzIndo-Bangla friendship and cooperation. It is sincerely hoped that the gaps would soon be bridged and both the neighbours would reach to an agreement.

Noise pollution

We are quite unaware of noise pollution although it causes physiological and psychological problems like annoyance, aggression, hypertension, high stress level, obsession, headaches, hearing loss, sleep disturbance, heart disease, and many other problems in the nervous system.

High price of food

“More poor people are suffering and more people could become poor because of volatility in the market and high food prices”, said World Bank president Robert B. Zoellick. Food price is increasing day by day. If this situation continues, then most of the people will not get sufficient food. As a result, people will suffer from malnutrition. And we will not be able to make an intelligent generation. They will not be qualified to lead a country. On the other hand, we are buying adulterated foods at high prices. As a result, we are having health problems. It is high time the government took steps to arrest price hike of all food items as well as stop food adulteration.

Pharmacy business

People say pharmacy business is now a lucrative business. As a sincere citizen and an honest professional, I hereby take this opportunity to inform you that medicine-sellers should dispense medicines in the quantity as prescribed by the doctor or on the basis of the daily dose regimen. However, many pharmacies across Dhaka have adopted the practice of selling medicines as per the bulk pack whether or not required by the patient.

A bewildered nation

We are bewildered by the actions and comments of our minister. It is very upsetting. We have learned that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has instructed the intelligence agencies to collect information about the leaders of the organisation who staged a rally at Shaheed Minar on Eid day demanding safety on the road. It is a non-political organisation acting with the sole purpose of the welfare of the people but they are being treated like suspected criminals. How unfortunate it is!

9/11 tragedy

Being a Muslim, I condemn the attacks on 9/11 for many reasons. 9/11 marked the destruction of property, loss of lives, onslaught of Islamophobia and intolerance, beginning of two costly wars, and gross violation of human rights in Guantanamo Bay. I was shocked when a few youths of Bangladesh called 9/11 a “justice” on Facebook. This is alarming because such minds are the breeding grounds for other destructive activities by terrorist organisations. This will also scare away non-Muslim tourists and citizens from Bangladesh. I would request the media to play an active role in promoting inter-faith dialogue. Running away from religion-based discussion would only give rise to graver consequences. Some universities offer a course on world religions, but do not actually conduct it. Such a course is needed to teach the commonness among different faiths.

The child bride

For the last two weeks, I have been working as a kiosk associate at a shopping mall in one of the most posh areas of Houston, Texas. I must say, I am indeed very fortunate to have got this job at this time of high unemployment all over America. The West and its allies are against child marriage in the third world countries and more so in Bangladesh, which is indeed praiseworthy.

India's suffering Muslims

In recent times several militant attacks worried India. But innocent Muslims are the victims of these cases. After the Mumbai attack, a Muslim boy named Foyaj Hossain was arrested, who was totally unaware about the blast, and killed in the custody after being tortured brutally. In 2007 during Hyderabad Mecca Mosque attack, an innocent medical student was arrested, who endured inhuman tortures by the Indian police. The police alleged that he was a militant without having any proof. There were also 60 innocent youths who were arrested around that time and 28 among them were sent to jail. But later it was found that the allegations made against them were totally false. In 2008, during Gujarat Ahmedabad bomb attack, 62 Muslim youths were arrested. Human rights organisations are silent and inactive in these cases. India is a democratic country but they are violating human rights in such a way!

Earthquake

I did not feel the earthquake at all! I live in Niketon and work in Banani. So every day, I have to traverse, by rickshaw along one of the three 'roads' that exit from Gulshan-1 to Mohakhali Road.

Let us be good

While travelling on buses and trains, I see the tattered poverty-ridden faces, naughty visages of the smugglers with bags of smuggled Indian sarees aggravating the already trade imbalance with India. The rich, busy enjoying their easygoing lives in comfy cars and dwellings suffering no load-shedding, hardly understand the pains of the teeming millions. The 'proven honest' ministers are there but still the impassable roads continue to send vehicles on collision courses and kill us every day. And still, money meant for the poor fill the miscreants' pockets, still criminals are given a wide berth while the innocent get the heavy battering at the law-enforcers' hand. Pervasive corruption is widening the chasm at the bottom and helping economic disparity to grow. Cannot we leave our children a corruption-free Bangladesh? Is it too difficult for this proud nation to achieve? It is high time we set out to realise our dreams. From now on, let us be good, selfless, helping and noble, aiming a long-term benefit in the life here and hereafter.

Readers Respond

Here are some comments that came in response to Tuesday's The Daily Star news article headlined “Jamaat men run riot”

International

Nato-backed 'charade' won't last: Gaddafi

Fugitive strongman Muammar Gaddafi denounced Libya's new leadership as a "charade" backed by Nato air strikes which will not last forever, in an audio message aired on television yesterday.

Search on for trapped victims

Rescue teams blasted their way through rockfalls yesterday as they closed in on the remote epicentre of a Himalayan earthquake that killed 83 people in India, Nepal and Tibet.

Palestinian Statehood Bid At The Un

Palestinian officials are planning to submit their statehood bid at UN on September 23 to join the United Nations as a full member state. They will ask for international recognition on 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as a capital.

Violence escalates in Yemeni capital

Gunfire and shelling rocked Sanaa for the third straight day yesterday as the toll from the worst outbreak of violence in Yemen's capital in months spiralled to 60 dead with hundreds wounded.

Mass evacuations as deaths rise to 70

Nearly 1.7 million people have been forced to abandon their homes and dozens more have died in heavy flooding across large parts of China, the government said yesterday.

Abbas to seek UNSC vote first

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas wants to press ahead with a vote on full UN membership of a Palestinian state at the Security Council before exploring other options, a top official said Monday.

US preparing for post-Assad Syria: Report

The United States is increasingly convinced Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will be overthrown and is preparing for a possibly violent aftermath, the New York Times reported yesterday.

Japan warns one million to evacuate as typhoon nears

More than a million people in Japan were warned to leave their homes yesterday as an approaching typhoon brought heavy rain and fears of landslides and flash flooding.

Suicide attack, bomb kill 13 in Pakistan

A Taliban suicide bomber flattened the home of a senior counter-terrorism officer in Karachi Monday, killing eight people, as an attack on a market in Pakistan's northwest claimed five more victims.

Pakistani gunmen kill 29 Shias

Gunmen shot dead 26 Pakistani Shia Muslim pilgrims travelling to Iran yesterday, the deadliest attack on the minority community in Pakistan for more than a year, officials said.

Japan defence hit by cyber attack

Japan's top weapons maker confirmed yesterday that it was the victim of a cyber attack reportedly targeting data on missiles, submarines and nuclear power plants.

Turkish capital rocked by blast, 3 killed

A powerful bomb attack killed three people and injured at least 15 in the centre of the Turkish capital Ankara yesterday, interior minister said.

Arts & Entertainment

S.M. Solaiman memorial programme on Sept 22-23

Theatre Art Unit will arrange a two-day programme on September 22 and 23 to observe the 58th birth anniversary and 10th death anniversary of the late theatre personality S.M. Solaiman. The programme will feature staging of plays, a memorial lecture and conferring the S.M. Solaiman Motivation Award.

New serial directed by actor Azizul Hakim

Popular Actor Azizul Hakim is directing a 52-episode TV serial, titled “Shokal Shondhya Raat”. Initial shooting of the serial, written by Zeenat Hakim, has started at Laboni Shooting House in Uttara, Dhaka.

Bimanesh Chandra's watercolour exhibition at Bengal Gallery

Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts in Dhanmondi has organised a solo watercolour exhibition titled “Rural Nature” featuring the works of Bimanesh Chandra Biswas.

Mehreen on “Ludoscope”

“Ludoscope” was an original idea of Onindo Chatterjee of Kolkata that was realised by ETV Bangla last July. It's a superb combination of the age-old board game, ludo, with music. Excitement and laughter rules supreme as four teams play and the die is cast according to the scores given by the judges after musical performance by each team.

Vibrant cultural programme in Rajshahi

A three-day cultural programme began at the Green Plaza of Rajshahi Nagar Bhaban on Monday evening, drawing a huge audience.

Aupi Karim ties the knot

Popular TV and theatre actress Aupi Karim returned to the country on August 24 this year. Recently, with the blessings of her family, Aupi has tied the knot with Masud Hasan Ujjal, a TV play director and ad-maker.

Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Bruno Mars lead MTV EMA nods

Lady Gaga leads the way in the nominations for this year's MTV Europe Music Awards.

Homeland beckons

Bollywood diva Madhuri Dixit has decided to return to India along with her doctor-husband and two sons. Much to the disappointment of her eager fans, she had given up her acting career and spent the last 15 years in the United States following her marriage.

OP-ED

Gaddafi and the assassins

It was quite in order for Sheikh Hasina to remind us of a rather forgotten bit of our history some weeks ago. As she would have us know, when she first took office as Bangladesh's prime minister in June 1996, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi wrote to her to seek pardon for the assassins of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Remember that at that point their trials had not got underway, though it was fairly obvious that the law would soon be applied in bringing them into the net. Quite a few of them happened to be in the country, one of them being Farook Rahman. Those who knew this arch conspirator in those days will testify to the arrogance he went on demonstrating even after the Awami League had come back to power. He was convinced that Sheikh Hasina would not have the courage to touch him.

Missing a historic chance in Bangladesh

Did India snatch defeat from the jaws of victory during its prime minister's first visit to Bangladesh in 12 years?

Turkey spreads its wings in Arab World

The much expected visit from the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the rebuilding nations of the Arab Spring -- Egypt, Libya and Tunisia -- commenced on September 12, a time that was particularly significant after the recent crisis between Israel and its last remaining friends in the region, Turkey and Egypt.

Regional connectivity: Problems and prospects

An integrated transport system at the regional level is essential to facilitate and sustain the economic integration process in today's interdependent world economy. The absence of an integrated transport system adversely impacts on economic competitiveness and impedes intra-regional trade. The transport systems in South Asia, particularly in this subcontinent, have developed only in a national context, with little consideration given to cross-border issues of compatibility, uniformity of standards in infrastructure and equipment design.

Monitoring foreign workers

People are moving around the world in search of jobs. This has been going on from ancient time, but the current movement of people is somewhat different from the past. These days, people even take risk with their lives to move from less developed countries to relatively developed countries. In fact, the growing demand for skilled manpower in developed countries prompts people (particularly skilled) to take risks.

This Day In History

September 21

1792
The National Convention declares France a republic and abolishes the monarchy.


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