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News of: Wednesday, 28th of September, 2011

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No polls without caretaker system

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday warned the government that her party and allies will allow no general election without the caretaker government system reinstated.

Rally causes traffic woes

Thousands of city commuters suffered long delays to reach their destinations yesterday as the main opposition BNP staged a mammoth public meeting blocking traffic in front of its central office at Naya Paltan.

Same old Shamim Osman

Shamim Osman, a ruling Awami League stalwart in Narayanganj city also a mayoral candidate in the maiden city corporation election there, is so feared by the local people that none dares to publicly speak against him.

Victim of cheap politics

The Supreme Court does not have any funds to meet treatment costs of its judges, who receive money for treatment from different government funds including the prime minister's relief and welfare fund.

Medicare goes haywire

A six-hour blackout paralysed the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) yesterday, causing immense suffering to patients and doctors.

'Khaleda alone' would steer BNP into future

About a month after her release from prison on bail in several graft cases in 2008, BNP chief Khaleda Zia had assured the then US ambassador that “she and she alone would steer the party into the future", said a diplomatic dispatch posted on WikiLeaks.

11 robbers held after gunfight

Police arrested 11 robbers and recovered four firearms after a gunfight with the gang in Hathazari upazila of Chittagong before dawn yesterday.

Charge hearing deferred again

A Dhaka court yesterday again adjourned until October 2 the hearing on charge framing against BNP Senior Vice-chairman Tarique Rahman and 29 others accused in the supplementary charge sheets in the August 21 grenade attack cases.

Wasa warned

The Department of Environment (DoE) warned yesterday the managing director of Dhaka Wasa for causing severe noise pollution with a powerful electric generator in the capital's Lalmatia.

Militant attack in Philippines kills six

Muslim militants attacked a remote village on a strife-torn island in the southern Philippines yesterday and killed six people, the army said.

S Korea party chief to visit North

South Korea's ruling party chief said yesterday he would visit North Korea this week to try to ease 18 months of high cross-border tensions.

Car blast kills 5 near Afghan police HQ

A suicide car bombing killed five people and wounded two dozen others near a police headquarters in southern Afghanistan yesterday, officials said.

Editorial

The Narayanganj polls

The tension in the run-up to the mayoral elections in Narayanganj is palpable. With two of the three candidates for the office asking for a deployment of the army before the polls scheduled for October, it is clear that the administration has a tough job on its hands. There is too the rather negative legacy associated with politics in the port city. Over the last few years, with local politicians vying for supremacy in the city, often driven by a propensity to violence, conditions have clearly worsened. Obviously, there must be measures in place in order to reassure people that the elections will be conducted in a free, impartial and uninterrupted manner and that the results will be honoured by all candidates.

Saudi women's new rights

King Abdullah decided on September 25, 2011 to grant women the right to vote and run in municipal elections from 2015 and to be a member of the Consultative Assembly, known also as the Shura Council. This Council advises the king and debates on current affairs but cannot pass or enforce laws.

Sports

Dhaka Metro School XI champions

Dhaka Metropolis School XI emerged champions in the JFA Cup U-15 football tournament with a 4-2 win over Tangail in the tiebreaker after regulation time ended 1-1 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Imrul finally scores

Only a determined Imrul Kayes batted wholeheartedly on the second day of the four-day practice match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday.

Delay vexes Danish

Former Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria hit out Tuesday against another court-room delay putting back his bid to revive an international career embroiled in a spot-fixing scandal.

Broad hopes to be fit for India series

England's Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad said on Monday he was determined to be fit enough to make his international return against India in a Twenty20 game in Kolkata on October 29.

Early exit for Stosur

World number one Caroline Wozniacki launched her defence of her Pan Pacific title with a win over three sets as US Open champion Samantha Stosur crashed out of the event on Tuesday.

KP back for India tour

Uncapped Surrey fast bowler, Stuart Meaker, has been called into England's one-day squad for their tour of India next week, after the selectors chose to rest their senior paceman, James Anderson, for the five-match ODI series. Kevin Pietersen, who was rested for the home ODI series against India, as well as the two Twenty20s against West Indies at The Oval, has been recalled.

Troy interim Aussie coach

Troy Cooley was Tuesday appointed interim coach for Australia's upcoming tour of South Africa following Tim Nielsen's resignation, but said he was not interested in the position full-time.

Platini's Kiev visit protested

Police arrested several Ukrainian feminist activists for staging a topless protest as UEFA chief Michel Platini visited Kiev to check on preparations for the Euro 2012 football championships.

'No extra pressure on CSK'

Despite their hopes of advancing to the semifinals hanging in balance after the loss to Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming said his team will not face any extra pressure when they take on Cape Cobras in a Champions League T20 here today.

Still Mumbai beat T&T

Mumbai Indians survived a near collapse to beat underdogs Trinidad and Tobago by one wicket in an exciting Champions League Twenty20 tie at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on Monday.

Cavendish to race Paris-Tours

Paris-Tours organisers ASO (Amaury Sports Organisation) have invited Mark Cavendish to become the first world road race champion to compete in the French sprinters' classic next month.

Trio bids to ignite flame

Champions Barcelona will be bidding to get their Champions League title defence back on track Wednesday as Arsenal and AC Milan also look to keep the dream alive in the second round of elite European matches.

Injuries hit Arsenal

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been hit by a triple injury blow ahead of Wednesday's clash against Olympiakos after Theo Walcott, Gervinho and Laurent Koscielny were all ruled out of the Champions League tie.

Breno unlikely to flee

Bayern Munich's Brazilian defender Breno, arrested and taken into custody Saturday on suspicion of causing a fire that destroyed his house, is unlikely to flee the country, his psychiatrist insisted Monday.

'TV controls EPL'

Television, and not the clubs, controls English football, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson told the BBC on Monday.

Milan get Ibra boost

AC Milan have received a boost ahead of their Champions League clash against Czechs Viktoria Plzen as star forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic returned to full training on Monday.

Wilshere out for 5 months

England and Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has undergone a successful operation on his right ankle but could be out for up to five months, the Premier League giants announced on Monday.

Juve-Milan sold out

This weekend's super-clash between Juventus and Milan in Turin has been declared a sell-out at the 41,000 Juventus Stadium.

Chakvetadze seeks seat in State Duma

Russia's 2007 US Open semifinalist Anna Chakvetadze is to try her hand at politics as she is to stand for the Right Cause Party in the upcoming elections for the country's lower house of parliament, the State Duma.

Business

GMG's public offer far off

The initial public offering (IPO) of GMG Airlines is likely to be delayed as the airline looks to find a 'good time' to go public after having a revised business strategy.

Stocks slip back into the red

Stocks plunged 1.87 percent as a price correction pushed down market indices yesterday.

Regulator alters share pricing system

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday modified the book building method, removing the much-talked-about clause on stock valuation.

Sleeping bags retain duty-free access to US

Finally, Bangladesh-made sleeping bags retain the duty-free export facility in the US market till July 31 2013.

BB seeks applications for new banks

Bangladesh Bank (BB) has invited applications from interested sponsors to set up new banks in the private sector with stringent conditions.

Call for separate trading floor for low-profile firms

The listed companies' association yesterday proposed a separate trading floor for low-profile companies to help ease the current volatility in the stockmarket.

Be aggressive to enter Chinese market

Chinese Ambassador in Bangladesh Zhang Xianyi yesterday asked local businessmen to be more aggressive to promote Bangladeshi products in Chinese market.

India's Reliance Capital mulls bank move

India's Reliance Capital is looking to the rapidly expanding banking sector, its chairman said on Tuesday, amid calls for more private players in the state-dominated arena.

Oil prices surge in line with global stock markets

World oil prices soared on Tuesday, mirroring the performance of world equity markets, as traders followed eurozone debt developments closely.

'Goldman Sachs runs the world': trader sparks outrage

A financial trader in London caused a storm of outrage by suggesting that world leaders cannot do anything to prevent a global market collapse, saying that investment bank Goldman Sachs ruled the world.

Putin seeks to calm nerves after finance minister's ousting

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Tuesday moved to calm fears the Russian economy faced trouble after the ousting of finance minister Alexei Kudrin by splitting his duties between two top officials.

More stimulus wrong answer to crisis: Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel hit back Tuesday at those, including the United States, urging Europe to introduce new economic stimulus packages to boost demand and spend its way out of the crisis.

Puja logs brisk business for them

A good number of people of Hindu Mali community are now busy producing flowers and other items from shola (sponge-wood) ahead of puja festival in Jhenidah to make a brisk business.

Shopping bags that give jobs to women

Plastic shopping bags have brought some luck for women in Jhenidah. Around 400 women at Helai village under Kaliganj upazila in Jhenidah are involved in making the bags from used plastic bags that were used to carry fertiliser.

Metropolitan

Bangladesh seeks US cooperation

Bangladesh has sought US assistance in repatriation of the killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to bring them to justice, a foreign ministry press release said yesterday.

Gender-based disparity exists in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is among 26 countries that differentiate between women and men when it comes to inheritance rights of property, according to a joint study of the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation.

Korea to increase dev aid

Korean Ambassador in Dhaka Taiyoung Cho said Bangladesh could get an increased volume of official development assistance (ODA) from Korea as it will increase its assistance significantly by 2015.

JnU students continue protest

Jagannath University (JnU) students yesterday staged angry demonstrations on the campus to press their demands including continuation of government funding for the university and release of 14 arrested fellow students.

Durga Puja begins October 2

Leaders of the country's Hindu community yesterday demanded postponement of the written tests for Bangladesh Cadre Service (BCS), which fall on the days when their largest religious festival Durga Puja will be in progress on October 2-6.

Libya returnees keen to migrate abroad: IOM

Left without available livelihood options at home, majority of the Bangladeshis who escaped the Libyan conflict since February this year want to go abroad again but seek government's assistance for low cost migration.

Decision on charge framing against Sayedee on Oct 3

The International Crimes Tribunal will decide on October 3 whether it will frame war crime charges against Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee.

Sand lifting leaves Parky Beach at risk

Department of Environment (DoE) sent a letter to Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) yesterday to take necessary steps to stop lifting of sand from the Parky Beach area of Anwara upazla in Chittagong.

Sheikh Hasina's 65th birthday today

Today is the 65th birthday of Prime Minister and ruling Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina.

Woman worker killed as factory collapses

One female factory worker was killed and three others were injured when the wooden floor of an aluminium factory collapsed at Uttar Jatrabari in the capital yesterday.

CRP's activities unique, imitable

The members of Parliamentarians' Caucus on Disability headed by Awami League lawmaker Advocate Abdul Matin Khasru visited the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) yesterday to gain practical knowledge about the services of the centre.

Elderly woman killed by domestic help

An elderly woman who was hacked allegedly by a female domestic help at her Shyampur residence on Saturday night succumbed to her injuries at a private hospital in the city's Ramna area yesterday.

Call to approve Patenga sea beach project

Speakers in observance of the World Tourism Day here yesterday said Chittgaong has the potentiality for developing tourism as an industry but it is yet to be achieved due to lack of government's initiative.

Five arrested with 208 fake notes in Ctg

A house where fake currency notes were being issued was confiscated in the port city's Firingi Bazar area on Monday.

CU physics students end fast-unto-death

Twenty students of Physics department of 2006-2007 academic session of Chittagong University (CU) withdrew their fast-unto-death programme after six-and-a-half-hour as teachers assured the students to sit with them today.

Ruet admission process begins today

Registration for the admission test of Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (Ruet) for the academic sessions 2011-2012 starts today and will continue until 5:00pm on October 12.

IIUC pro-VC sent to jail

International Islamic University, Chittagong (IIUC) Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Abu Bakar Rafeeq was sent to jail yesterday.

Marine Fisheries Academy reopens

Marine Fisheries Academy (MFA) resumed its academic activities yesterday after a closure of three-and-a-half months.

Court asks Nayeemul to appear Nov 17

A Dhaka court yesterday asked Nayeemul Islam Khan, editor of the daily Amader Shomoy, to appear before it on November 17 to contest the cheating charge brought against him by a businessman.

Youth missing since Sunday

A youth has remained missing since he went out of his home in Keraniganj, outskirts of the city, Sunday evening.

40 more illegal structures demolished

Another 40 semi-concrete and makeshift structures encroaching the Ramchandrapur Canal in the city's Mohammadpur was demolished yesterday as Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) continued its drive to save the canal.

Six arrested in Gazipur with pistols

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) early yesterday arrested six members of a criminal gang with firearms and lethal weapons from Gazipur.

Construction worker dies in fall

A construction worker died after falling from an under-construction building in the Dhaka Central Jail compound in the old part of the city last night.

BCL drives two students out of DU hall

Bangladesh Chhatra League at Dhaka University beat up two alleged Shibir activists and forced them out of Sergeant Zahurul Haque Hall in the wee hours of Monday.

National

Two tireless retirees brave it

Study of over 200 students is badly hampered as Dadrokhi Non-government Primary School in Balla union under Harirampur upazila of Manikganj district has been running without any regular teacher or staff for three years.

Students in Dinajpur block highway

Students and people of adjacent villages of Dinajpur Government College blocked Dinajpur-Dhaka highway in front of the college yesterday protesting assault on a student allegedly by transport workers.

Hearing on naraji petition to take place on Oct 25

Sylhet Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal yesterday fixed October 25 for hearing on the naraji (objection) petition filed against the supplementary charge sheet in former finance minister SAMS Kibria killing case.

Youths bar contractors from dropping tender

A group of young men allegedly belonging to ruling party on Monday barred the general contractors from dropping their papers in the tender box placed at the Khulna branch of Bangladesh Bank.

Enclave people refrain from lighting stoves

People of Indian enclaves inside Panchagarh district yesterday observed 'No Stove Lighting' programme on the fifth day of their 10-day agitation demanding early implementation of the enclave exchange deal between Bangladesh and India.

Ishwardi headmaster acquitted as witnesses finally retract

A Pabna court on Monday acquitted the headmaster of Basherbanda Bohumukhi High School in Ishwardi upazila of charge of sexual harassment to a girl student of the school.

Pirates kidnap 100 fishermen, loot 95 trawlers in 2 weeks

Pirates kidnapped around 100 fishermen along with 11 fishing trawlers, plundered cash, fishes, fishing nets and other valuable items following attack on 95 fishing trawlers in the waters off Bagerhat coasts in the last couple of weeks.

Man, son jailed for murder

A court here Monday sentenced a man to life term imprisonment and his father to jail for five years for killing a man in 2002 while committing robbery.

Man kills his brother, woman her mother

A man killed his younger brother on Sunday while a woman hacked her mother to death on Saturday.

Lightning kills three

Lightning killed two children and a young man in Narsingdi and Madaripur districts yesterday. At least two children were killed and another injured by lightning at Kukurmara village under Raipura upazila of Narsingdi in the afternoon, reports our correspondent. The deceased were identified as Dipali Begum, 10, and Ameer Khan, 11. Injured Rujel, 12, was rushed to Bhairab hospital in critical condition. Meanwhile, a farmer was killed by lightning at Mohisherchar in Sadar upazila of Madaripur yesterday, reports our correspondent. Victim Ali Akbar Baperi, 35, was son of late Khabir Uddin Baperi of the same area.

Bombs recovered

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday recovered 24 bombs from Bakher Ali village of Sadar upazila. Acting on a tip-off, a Rab team from Rajshahi went to Bakher Ali village of Charbagdanga union at about 11:30 am and recovered the bombs from a graveyard in an abandoned condition. Later, the bombs were handed over to Sadar police.

50 hurt in police action

At least 50 people were injured when police charged baton on them on Baliati Zamindar Bari premises under Saturia upazila on Monday night. The incident happened when people including college students went there at around 8:00 pm to see film actor Shakib Khan and shooting of the Liberation War based film 'Eito Prem'. Police charged baton when angry people threw brick bats on the premises failing to see the actor after a long wait.

Stepmother 'kills' baby

A baby boy has been killed allegedly by stepmother at Mondolpara in the town. The victim was identified as Shaon, a month-old son of Salma, the second wife of vendor Azhar Ali. Police said Nurun Nahar, the first wife of Azhar, poured salt into the mouth of Shaon on Monday night in a bid to kill him. The baby was later taken to a local hospital where he died early yesterday. Police arrested Nurun Nahar.

Nine shops gutted

At least nine shops were gutted in a devastating fire at Karial Natun Bazaar in Sadar upazila on Monday night. Locals said the fire originated at a pharmacy following an electric short circuit at around 3:00am and soon engulfed nine adjacent diesel, kerosene, stationary and book shops. The owners of the shops estimated the loss at Tk 50 lakh.

Letters

A tale of two kind of doctors

I sincerely thank The DS for publishing the story of Daktar Bhai, Dr. Edric Baker, the New Zealand born doctor who dedicated his life serving the poorest of the poor in Bangladesh. His lone effort established the Kailakuri Health Care Centre through which he is providing healthcare to poor people of a remote area of Bangladesh. He travels to his own country once a year for visa extension and to collect donations from his friends and well-wishers in New Zealand, the US and the UK so that the poor of Bangladesh do not die without treatment. Daktar Bhai himself is now under treatment, who treated our people for 50 years. A New Zealand born doctor, sitting in a mud-built house in a remote village in Bangladesh waits for a competent person to carry his torch. He said, “Many students get the MBBS degree in the country every year. I'm waiting for one of them to come and take the responsibility to provide treatment to the poor in the area.”

Good wishes to Mushfiqur Rahim & Co.!

We have a great expectation from Mushfiqur Rahim as the new captain of Bangladesh cricket team and from Mahmudullah Riyad as his deputy as well.

World Tourism Day 2011

This year the World Tourism Day (WTD) was observed in Bangladesh on 27 September as elsewhere of the world. The theme of the WTD is 'Tourism Linking Cultures.' It means linking together the cultures of the world through travel. Millions of people visit many places and experience other cultures each year. This interaction between individuals and communities, and their diverse cultures, lead to tolerance, respect and mutual understanding. As per the UNWTO statistics, 940 million tourists crossed international borders in 2010. Through tourism, millions of people are brought closer every day. On this occasion, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) said, “World Tourism Day is an opportunity to reflect on the importance of tourism to global well-being.

Teaching of the holy Prophet

The holy Prophet (peace be upon him) of Islam always preferred to give a direct and brief statement so that it could be learnt quickly. He was blessed with an extra-ordinary ability of expressing broad messages in a short form so that one can easily understand and memorize his teachings relating to Islam and human values.

Rights of construction workers

Recently, the construction workers and human rights bodies urged the government to formulate effective laws immediately for the safety of the labourers who work in high-rise buildings. Our labourers are precious assets who contribute a lot to the development of the country. It is their right to work in a safe environment because security is a must for all who work in dangerous conditions. It is high time the authorities concerned took steps to make effective laws and implement them for ensuring safety of the construction workers.

Stop the blame game

We are distraught that the government is increasing the price of all essentials without even having sympathy for the common people. Look at the bigwigs of the government as well as the opposition and other political parties. They are all rich. How do we expect them to understand common people's problems? Have they ever thought how will these people cope with the sudden increase in fuel and gas price?

Learn to take criticism

Ziauddin Choudhury's excellent article (20th Sep) points out that the greatest threat to democracy is the absence of criticism.

This is not cricket

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has sacked Shakib Al Hasan as the captain of the national team. The manner in which he was sacked is perhaps more surprising than his sacking . Someone had to be made the sacrificial lamb for the team's failure in Zimbabwe; so the captain and the vice captain were chosen as the lambs. But there is something more than this, they were also accused of not showing "proper respect" to the BCB officials. I say to BCB, respect has to be earned, and you guys need to show the way.

Readers Respond

Here are some comments that came in response to Tuesday's The Daily Star report headlined “PM under fire for 'no talks' remarks”.

International

Anti-Gaddafi fighters capture Sirte's port

Anti-Gaddafi fighters overran Sirte's port yesterday, scoring a strategic victory in their battle for control of the defeated Libyan leader's birthplace, his loyalists' most important bastion.

Palestinians, US battle for UN Council votes

Palestinian envoys are battling for UN Security Council votes to back their effort to win full UN membership, while the United States is using its diplomatic big guns to make the bid fail.

Syria accuses West for 'total chaos'

Syria accused the West of trying to unleash "total chaos" that would lead to the break-up of the country, as rights groups said Syrian forces strafed political dissidents with machineguns yesterday.

Yemen minister escapes assassination bid

Yemeni Defence Minister Mohammad Nasser Ahmad Ali escaped an assassination bid by a suicide bomber yesterday in the southern port city of Aden but 10 of his party were wounded, a security official said.

Finance minister's ousting shocks Russia

The Kremlin yesterday faced warnings of looming trouble for the Russian economy after President Dmitry Medvedev ousted his finance minister in the most bitter clash inside the elite for years.

Forces trying to 'destabilise polity'

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday said attempts were being made to "destabilise polity" and accused the opposition of getting "prematurely restless" to "force" early parliamentary elections.

US House mulls bill to freeze aid to Pakistan

Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani yesterday extended Pakistan's full support to China in fighting Muslim separatists following claims the fighters were trained on its soil.

Signing and hip-hop Shakespeare

Actors from around the world will converge on London next year to stage all of Shakespeare's plays in 37 different dialects and styles, from a hip-hop "Othello" to "The Comedy of Errors" in Farsi.

Hunger worsening in N Korea

Relief groups on Monday made a new plea to the United States to offer food assistance to North Korea, warning that hunger was worsening and could develop into a major crisis next year.

Bus crash kills 31 children in Pakistan

At least 31 children and four adults were killed when a bus crashed on the motorway southeast of Pakistan's capital Islamabad, officials said yesterday.

Advani's former aide denied bail

A former aide of India's top opposition leader L K Advani of BJP was arrested yesterday after a court here rejected his plea for interim bail in connection with a cash-for-vote scam during a parliamentary trial of strength sought by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in July 2008.

China tells police to use social media

China has ordered police nationwide to make more use of social networking sites to ensure greater openness and "dispel misunderstandings", the state Xinhua news agency said yesterday.

Typhoon kills 16 in Philippines

Typhoon Nesat smashed into the Philippines yesterday, leaving at least 16 people dead, with the capital Manila enduring waist-deep floods, blackouts and dramatic storm surges.

Obama's UN address 'gibberish'

Cuba's Fidel Castro blasted Barack Obama's speech to the United Nations as "gibberish" on Monday, saying the US president used a rambling address to justify the "unjustifiable."

Egypt polls to start on November 28

Egypt's parliamentary election, the first since a revolt ousted president Hosni Mubarak in February, will start on November 28, the official MENA news agency reported yesterday.

Telangana temples shut for statehood

It is not just the ordinary people in Telangana who are affected by the ongoing general strike. Even the temples have been shut by priests -- all for the cause of a separate state.

Coffee may prevent depression

Women who drink two or more cups of coffee a day are less likely to get depressed, research suggests.

Beijing to tighten grip on media, web

China's top leaders are considering "cultural reforms", state media reported, which analysts said would be aimed at tightening control over the media and Internet to shape public opinion.

Advani's former aide denied bail

A former aide of India's top opposition leader L K Advani of BJP was arrested yesterday after a court here rejected his plea for interim bail in connection with a cash-for-vote scam during a parliamentary trial of strength sought by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in July 2008.

Scores injured in China metro crash

Two metro trains collided in Shanghai yesterday, injuring more than 240 people, the system operator said, just months after a deadly high-speed rail crash that shocked China.

Strauss-Kahn claims immunity in US civil case

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn sought dismissal of a US civil case on Monday, claiming immunity from prosecution and saying the hotel maid's "false" sexual assault claims had hampered his efforts to right the global economy.

Fresh allegations in Berlusconi sex scandal

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi may have told a businessman to lie to investigators about paying callgirls to attend parties he hosted, the Ansa news agency said yesterday.

Trial to begin for doctor charged in Jackson death

Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray finally goes on trial yesterday over the self-styled King of Pop's death two years ago from an overdose of a powerful drug.

Arts & Entertainment

Horse power

“I believe that an artist is usually emotional, insightful and kind hearted. Without these traits, one cannot be an artist. An artist is usually more affected by social, political and economic difficulties than others.

A familiar face

Lux Anandadhara Photogenic 2004 Jyotika Jyoti has become a familiar face thanks to TV plays, commercials and feature films. Currently she is busy shooting for a feature film and several TV plays.

Bishwa Shahityo Kendra encourages avid readers with prizes

Thakurgaon district unit of Bishwa Shahityo Kendra gave away prizes among the readers of its books at a function held on Saturday afternoon in the multipurpose hall of Thakurgaon Government Girls' High School.

Awe-inspiring acts

A recent performance by a 30-member acrobatic troupe from Yunnan province, China gave the audience a taste of acrobatics as rarely seen before. A colourful combination of dance, mind-boggling feats, gymnastics and magic -- the acrobats never ceased to delight.

Signing and hip-hop Shakespeare at 2012 Globe festival

Sign language, hip-hop and Maori are just some of the diverse ways in which all of Shakespeare's plays will be performed at London's Globe Theatre as part of 2012's Cultural Olympiad.

Traditional boat race on Ichhamoti river

A traditional 'nouka baich' (boat race) on the Ichamati river was held last Friday afternoon in Santhia upazila, under Pabna district. Over 50 boats of Santhia and adjoining areas of the upazila participated in the competition that began from Ishwardi Upazila headquarter premises.

OP-ED

The withering of politics

In a long ago era, much of Field Marshal Mohammad Ayub Khan's reputation as Pakistan's president was tarnished by the doings of his sons. A fairly good number of questions were raised about some industrial undertaking in Gandhara and how his children were increasingly bringing their influence to bear on the government.

Tiger, Tiger burning bright

In the loneliness of the small town where I was born, and the shuttered years of boarding school, dream was a five-letter word called Tiger. Mansur Ali Khan's magic transcended the supreme piffle that passed for cricket commentary when radio, with a glowing green eye in the right hand corner, was our primary passport to Test cricket. Secondary knowledge came from the grey photographs in black-and-white newspapers; but the red cherry seemed to blossom when it was smacked imperiously in an arc that began with the single eye of the master and traversed along the hooded nose that had been designed by God for aristocracy. The radio went into memory. The photograph was lovingly preserved in a scrapbook along with peers like Neil Harvey, Richie Benaud, Wes Hall, Garfield Sobers and Frank Worrell. I kept the unassuming Worrell in that illustrious company not because he could bat, but because he could lead.

Palestinian bid for UN membership

On the issue of Palestinian bid for full membership to the UN, three leaders have very little room to play in. The only game they can play is to delay the consideration of the application of membership at the Security Council which may take weeks or months. All of them have great political stakes on the issue and delay suits them.

Indo-Bangla water conflict/cooperation

There were a lot of expectations from the Hasina-Manmohan summit, particularly Teesta water sharing treaty. But, they were in vain. Bangladesh has been negotiating for a long time with India for harnessing, developing, and equitably sharing trans-boundary river water, which has been a major cause of dispute between them.

Trade in fake medicines

The health sector is regarded as a fundamental subject in national and international documents. The government of Bangladesh has also signed many international documents on this subject. In reality, we see that the number of private hospitals is increasing much faster than that of public hospitals. This has resulted in roaring business for the private hospitals because of inadequate number of government hospitals, and is due to gradual transfer of health service from the public to the private sector. This trend is seen in developing countries like India, Kenya, Cambodia, Vietnam and Pakistan. Simultaneously, allocation of resources to the health sector is also decreasing proportionately.

This Day In History

September 28
1238
Muslim Valencia surrenders to the besieging King James I of Aragon the Conqueror.



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