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News of: Sunday, 2nd of October, 2011

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EC recast thru' talks

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the Election Commission will be reconstituted and strengthened through discussions with all stakeholders including the main opposition BNP in efforts to ensure free and fair elections.

Call for consensus

Political leaders and members of civil society have observed that the two major political parties---Awami League and BNP---should reach a consensus through dialogue on holding the next general election in a free and fair manner in order to avert a crisis.

1,000 taxis to hit city roads

The communications ministry has given licence to Karnaphuli Works Ltd, owned by Awami League lawmaker Saber Hossain Chowdhury, to operate a thousand new taxicabs in the capital and its adjacent districts.

Crossfire killings necessary

Chowdhury Fazlul Bari, former second-in-command of Rab, during a June 2005 conversation with US embassy officials had described extrajudicial killings in the name of “crossfire” by the force as a necessary, short-term expedient, according to a diplomatic dispatch.

Outcry over demolition

The authorities have been demolishing a 368-year-old mosque to erect a five-storey new one on DC Roy Road in Old Dhaka.

2 Ws tipped to be top bureaucrats

The bureaucracy is going to see a shake-up at its top level within a day or two as the contractual jobs of cabinet secretary and prime minister's principal secretary ended on Thursday.

Rights chief threatens to go to HC

National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman yesterday said if the government took no action against Inspector General of Police (Prisons) who barred him from entering Sylhet jail on Thursday he will move to the High Court.

BJP slams land deal

India's main opposition BJP yesterday expressed unhappiness over India-Bangladesh land boundary agreement signed during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Dhaka last month.

JP to run alone in next polls

Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad yesterday said his party will take part in the next general election independently.

Gas crisis hits part of city

It was a bad start to the day for Naznin Sultana.

BNP's Taimur counts on govt failures

Despite receiving full support from the BNP high command, the party's Narayanganj district president Taimur Alam Khandoker's blemished image continues to leave common people and a section of his party leaders and workers confused as to whether they should or will rally behind him in the upcoming mayoral polls.

Too old yet allowance eludes her

International Day of Older Persons, observed across the world yesterday, holds very little meaning for centenarian Asironnesa of Arpara village in Magura sadar upazila.

Slapped to hospital

A teacher of Government Gono Bhaban High School “slapped” a class-X student so hard yesterday that the boy's head banged against the wall, he fainted and had to be hospitalised.

Talk shows too sour

The apparent dryness of television talk shows caught the humourous attention of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday while she attended a press conference at her official residence Gono Bhaban in the city.

3 Tahrir men held

Rapid Action Battalion on Friday arrested three alleged members of banned militant outfit Hizb ut-Tahrir including two Buet students in front of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque on Friday.

Durga Puja begins

The five-day-long Durga Puja, the biggest annual religious festival of the Hindus, begins today through Sashthi puja.

Blast kills three police in Pakistan

A roadside bomb targeting a police van yesterday killed three newly recruited policemen and wounded 10 others in northwestern Pakistan, officials said.

China marks national day with vows for 'democracy'

China's top leaders marked national day yesterday with an appearance on Tiananmen Square in central Beijing after Prime Minister Wen Jiabao pledged greater "democracy" and rights for the people.

Editorial

Reprehensible and unacceptable

At the outset, we recall the September 19 mayhem Jamaat e Islam unleashed resulting in 19 vehicles and public property having been vandalized that we decry in the strongest of terms. It was terrorization creating public disorder, which made it all the more reprehensible. Indeed we were aghast at the ferocity of the incidents.

Massive question paper fraud

RAB's arrest of twenty people linked to the sale of fake question papers for medical and dental admission tests is a commendable act which allowed for this racket to be stopped. The widespread nexus of this entire racket is astonishing. Involved are bankers, a university professor, a doctor and several students, to name a few. The fact that this academic scandal was so widespread and involved people of so many different professional backgrounds is a tremendous eye opener, along with the fact that some of these people are in highly placed positions.

Sports

Jamal finish registration

Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club, defending champions of the Bangladesh League, completed the formalities of player registration, signing 20 booters with three foreign players, on the opening day of the transfer bourse yesterday. The young contingent, led by their skipper Aminul Haque and club officials, were subject to questions regarding their lack of strength this season after most of their star players left for other tents even before the start of the bourse.

No DRS in WI series

The use of the Decision Review System (DRS) for the Bangladesh-West Indies series has been shelved, according to the Bangladesh Cricket Board.

More matches for Tigers

The Tigers will return to training today split into two groups -- BCB Red and BCB Green -- as they prepare for the two practice Twenty20 games this week.

National athletics starts today

Walton 11th National Summer Athletics Championships start today at the Bangabandhu National Stadium with more than 400 athletes taking part in the event. Athletes from different districts, divisions, education boards universities and services will compete in 54 events during the two-day meet, it was revealed at a press conference yesterday at the Bangladesh Athletics Federation.

BJMC dethrone Ansar

Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) clinched the title of the EXIM Bank 22nd National Women's Handball ousting champions of the last three editions Bangladesh Ansar by 22-19 goals in a hard-fought final at the Handball Stadium yesterday.

Amla to lead SA in Aussie one-dayers

Hashim Amla will lead South Africa during the upcoming Twenty20 and one-day internationals against Australia.

'Akhtar made Tendulkar's legs shake'

Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has supported retired fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar's claims that Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar was scared of his pace, saying that he was a witness of "Tendulkar's legs shivering" in front of the Rawalpindi Express.

Radwanska takes Pan Pacific title

Agnieszka Radwanska kept up her immaculate winning record in finals this season by beating Vera Zvonareva of Russia to take the WTA Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament on Saturday.

Janko-Kei showdown

Janko Tipsarevic saved Serbian pride on Saturday as he beat Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-4, 6-3 to set up a Malaysian Open final against Marcos Baghdatis.

Akram a Bhajji fan

Pakistan pace legend Wasim Akram is surprised that off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has been left out of the Indian team for the ODIs against England as he feels the veteran tweaker does not deserve to be dropped despite being out of form.

Monk lied last week!

Australian swimmer Kenrick Monk on Saturday tearfully admitted to inventing a story about how he suffered an injury which could harm his Olympic chances, revealing that he hurt himself skateboarding.

Reds' derby delight

Liverpool downed 10-man Everton 2-0 to move up to fourth in the Premier League table on Saturday after another stormy edition of the Merseyside derby.

City, Tevez compromise likely: expert

Leading sports lawyer Simon Pentol believes Manchester City will eventually reach a compromise with suspended striker Carlos Tevez to avoid possible litigation.

Bayern fire blank in Neuer's landmark match

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer went over 1,000-minutes without conceding a goal during Saturday's goalless draw at Hoffenheim as the Bavarian's had their 10-match winning streak ended.

'Juve clash a mental battle'

AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri believes Sunday's crunch Serie A clash against Juventus will be more of a mental battle than a physical one.

Lukas German Mike Tyson

German international striker Lukas Podolski was described as "football's little Mike Tyson" on Friday by the player's club coach Stale Solbakken.

Rain spoils Mumbai tie

Heavy and unabated rain washed out an exciting contest between spirited Mumbai Indians and South African Cape Cobras in the Champions League Twenty20 at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on Friday.

Watto mulls shift down the order

Australia all-rounder Shane Watson has said he is prepared to shift down the batting order if his increased bowling demands put a strain on his ability to compile big scores as an opening batsman.

Liu becomes a communist

China's Olympic and world 110m hurdles champion Liu Xiang has taken up a Communist Party Youth League post, as the state seeks to capitalise on the millionaire athlete's star status.

Young reaches maiden final

Donald Young needed nearly three hours to upset second seed Gael Monfils 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/5), reaching his first career final on Saturday with a victory over the Frenchman at the ATP Thailand Open.

Villas-Boas a fan of motorsport

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas wants to translate his lifelong passion for motorsport into taking part in the gruelling Dakar Rally.

Stuttgart slaughter Kaisers

Dutchman Khalid Boulahrouz scored and set up another to help VfB Stuttgart win 2-0 at Kaiserslautern on Friday and lift them up to fourth place in the Bundesliga.

Cesc out for 3 weeks

Barcelona suffered a blow on Saturday with news that summer recruit Cesc Fabregas has suffered a right thigh injury leaving the former Arsenal captain sidelined for the next three weeks.

Ribery's book ban bid fails

French international footballer Franck Ribery on Friday failed in his bid to ban a non-authorised biography "The Hidden Face of Franck Ribery".

Erratum

In our Saturday's story titled "Finally discovered", the stats box wrongly showed Elias Sunny played 55 Twenty20 games. He has in fact played seven games, scored four runs and taken four wickets.

Business

Food stock highest in a decade

The government's food stock rose to 14.3 lakh tonnes, the highest in a decade, raising hopes that prices of rice will remain stable until the end of the year.

Heavy borrowing leaves state banks in cash crunch

Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation's borrowing from four state banks increased by 58 percent in the first eight months of the year, which has pushed the lenders into a capital crunch.

SEC designs guideline for private placement of shares

The stockmarket regulator has introduced a guideline for placement of shares with private investors to bring more transparency into the mechanism of fund-raising, especially by non-listed firms.

Focus on CSR-friendly climate for business

The government's revenue wing can create an enabling environment to entice businesses to be responsible to the society by providing incentives in the form of tax rebate and recognition of good work, discussants said at a dialogue in Chittagong yesterday.

Faruk Khan talks RMG with German business leaders

Commerce Minister Faruk Khan has recently met with some leading German readymade industry representatives at a dinner in Germany.

Fair that raises high hopes for tourism

The first-ever Asian Tourism Fair in the city ended yesterday, with promise to help link up regional stakeholders and help Bangladesh's largely untapped sector flourish.

India's Maruti labour dispute ends

India's leading carmaker Maruti Suzuki ended a bitter month-long labour dispute with workers on Saturday that cost the company nearly $150 million in lost output.

Senior StanChart official due today

Jan Verplancke, group chief information officer of Standard Chartered Bank, is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka today for a two-day official visit, the bank said in a statement yesterday.

Energy forum takes place in London

An international forum took place in London on Wednesday with an aim to provide an exposure to the global oil economy, enabling Bangladeshi businesspeople to gain insights into the global oil and gas market.

The world can follow Bangladesh's growth model: Atiur

Bangladesh's approach to financial development and inclusive growth could be replicated in other countries, the central bank governor said.

Micro-insurance for the poor

The Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) plans to launch micro-insurance, aiming to improve the livelihoods of the poor in Bangladesh.

SME efforts win praise at UN

The SME Foundation has thanked Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for pointing out the contribution of the foundation in her speech at the UN General Assembly.

Metropolitan

Body found in reservoir

Police recovered the body of a young man from a water reservoir in front of an under-construction market in Wapda area of Pahartali in the port city yesterday.

Five killed in road accidents

Five people were killed and four others injured in separate road accidents in Savar, Gaibandha, Benapole, Chapainawabganj and Brahmanbaria on Friday and yesterday.

Unemployment forced graduates into militancy

The outdated madrasa curriculum should be reformed as it forces 75 percent graduates to remain unemployed, providing them the scope to get involved with extremism and militancy, said noted academician Prof Abul Barkat yesterday.

Milk scarcity worries experts

The problem of extreme shortage of milk in the country could have been solved domestically in a couple of years if the government had ensured adequate supplies of cattle feed and developed high yielding dairy breeds, say veterinary experts.

Assist poor litigants

Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday urged judges and lawyers to become sincere in order to ensure legal rights of poor litigants.

Probe in 'attacks' on Adivasis urged

The Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission has urged the government to conduct impartial investigations into the allegations of frequent attacks on indigenous people and attempts to occupy their lands, says a statement.

Cop among 7 arrested

Police arrested seven people, including an industrial police constable, and recovered a stolen motorcycle on charge of stealing the motorcycle in the port city yesterday.

BSMMU starts specialists' consultation

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) launched specialists' consultation services on the hospital premises yesterday.

Decentralise Ctg admin

Speakers at a workshop here yesterday suggested decentralising the administration to convert Chittagong city into a financial hub connected to the South Asian region.

A little money can save buildings from quake

Speakers at a workshop said yesterday it is possible to construct earthquake-resistant buildings by spending only 5-7 percent more money on the original budget.

Four arrested in Rajshahi

Police arrested four people suspecting them to be involved in setting fire on idols of the Hindu Goddess Durga at the Central Durga Temple in Charghat upazila yesterday.

Channel i celebrates 12th anniversary

Channel i, a satellite television channel, celebrated its 12th anniversary yesterday through various programmes .

50pc pictorial warning on tobacco packs urged

Anti-tobacco campaigners yesterday urged the government to amend the tobacco control act by incorporating a provision of 50 percent pictorial warning at all types of tobacco

Rushanara Ali arrives today

A British parliamentarian of Bangladeshi descent, Rushanara Ali, arrives in Dhaka today on a week's visit to talk about climate change impacts on Bangladeshi communities.

Prof Golam Rahman new president of DUMCJAA

The new executive committee of Dhaka University MCJ Alumni Association (DUMCJAA) for the 2011-2013 session was formed on Friday with Prof Dr Golam Rahman as president and Swapan Kumar Das as general secretary.

PM calls on president

President Zillur Rahman has lauded the dynamic leadership and political wisdom of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for unveiling a "peace model" based on the people's empowerment.

War crimes investigation report soon

State Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Quamrul Islam yesterday said war crimes investigation report against former Jamaat-e-Islami ameer Ghulam Azam would be placed before the International Crimes Tribunal within one month.

Couple hurt, ornaments looted in city

Local criminals looted gold ornaments after injuring a couple at their house at Narasinghapur of Ashulia on the outskirts of the city yesterday.

Free Jamaat men

Pro-Jamaat-e-Islami lawyers yesterday demanded immediate release of the party leaders and activists arrested in connection with cases filed on charges of arson, vandalism and chaos in the capital on September 19.

JU students block road to free teacher

Students of Jahangirnagar University demonstrated yesterday demanding immediate release of a teacher who was arrested Friday in connection with selling fake question papers for medical college admission test.

Zohra Tajuddin sick

Veteran Awami League (AL) leader Syeda Zohra Tajuddin has been undergoing treatment at the city's United Hospital for couple of weeks due to old-age complications.

Govt working for update gas reserve data

The government is working on updating the data of gas reserve in Bangladesh to prepare future plan to utilize gas resources effectively.

Call to sign Teesta deal

Members of Nagarik Samaj, a platform for the civil society, yesterday urged the governments of both India and Bangladesh to resolve the important issues pending between the two countries for the betterment of its people.

RU student 'commits suicide'

A female student of Rajshahi University (RU) allegedly committed suicide in her room on Friday night.

Two held with pistol

Members of Border Guard Bangladesh held two smugglers with an Indian pistol at Laderner Char of Udaynagar BOP area in the district yesterday.

38 vie for each RU seat

Around 38 admission seekers are contesting for each of the 3,400 seats in 14 units of nine faculties in the first year admission test under 2011-12 academic session of Rajshahi University (RU).

2-day free heart treatment begins

A two-day free treatment for heart patients, arranged by Metropolitan Medical Centre, begins on its premises at Mahakhali in the city yesterday marking the World Heart Day.

Death Anniversary

Today is the 22nd death anniversary of pilot officer SM Maksud (15th GDP), Bangladesh Air Force.

National

False university branch, fake certificates

A mobile court in Dinajpur has sentenced 10 people to imprisonment and fined them for illegal operation of a university branch falsely using the name of a Dhaka-based private institution and selling fake academic certificates.

Pirates kill fisherman, injure 10 others

A gang of pirates shot dead a fisherman and wounded 10 others at Kutubdia Channel of Bay of Bengal in Anwara upazila and looted valuables worth Tk 5 lakh on Thursday night.

2 held red-handed while kidnapping college girl

Four people, including a director of Jamalpur Chamber of Commerce and Industry, have been sued for their alleged bid to abduct a girl student of Sherpur Polytechnic Institute on Thursday.

Robbers loot expat's house

Robbers looted gold ornaments and other valuables worth Tk 9 lakh from an expatriate's house at Gandharbapur village in Rupganj upazila early Friday.

Dyke collapse in Khulna renders 1,000 families homeless

Collapse of Arhua-Madhabpur dyke of the Atrai River has rendered over a thousand families of five villages homeless in Digholia upazila of the district.

Land ports to remain shut for 4-7 days

Import and export through three major land ports will remain suspended for 4-7 days due to Durga Puja and birth anniversary of Indian Father of the Nation M K Gandhi.

Long march held in Sylhet

A long march to protest alleged move to hand over Bangladesh lands along Sylhet-Meghalaya and Sylhet-Assam borders to the Indians in the name of joint survey was held in the city yesterday.

2 children drown

Two children drowned in separate places in Goalunda upazila of Rajbari district yesterday and on Friday night.

Top outlaw arrested

Detective Branch (DB) of police yesterday noon arrested Jarip Katoli, the 'regional commander' of Biplobi Communist Party (BCP) from the town. Sub-Inspector (SI) Badruzzaman of DB police said Jarip is accused in 12 criminal cases including 11 for murder in Kushtia. Jarip is a 'listed criminal' of the special branch of Magura police, he said. Sources said Jarip is involved in underground politics of BCP for about 26 years. Police arrested him yesterday from Mokhlesur Rahman road in the town while he was in a procession of Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) after formally joining CPB at a meeting organised by its district unit.

Sad death of bank official

A Grameen Bank official in Nalitabari upazila died 'mysteriously' early yesterday. The deceased was identified as Ripon, 30, second manager of Marichpuran branch of the bank at Mathafata Bazar in the upazila. Local sources said Grameen Bank zonal manager Abul Kashem Mohammad Moktadir Rahman visited the Marichpuran branch on Friday morning and made an indecorous behaviour with Ripon over official matter. Later, Ripon fell sick and first he was admitted to upazila health complex and then shifted to Mymensingh Medical College and Hospital where he died at 2:00am. Colleagues alleged that Ripon, who hailed from Dewanganj upazila of Jamalpur, died of heart attack due to misbehaviour with him. But Moktadir, when contacted over cell phone, denied visiting the Marichpuran branch of the bank on the day.

Boy knifed to death

A teenaged boy was knifed to death by a gang at Shimrailkandi in the municipality on Friday night. The deceased was identified as Shaheen Mia, 17, son of Fazlu Mia, a resident of Kazipara area in the town. Police said, a gang of unidentified criminals left his body in an abandoned house in BADC irrigation complex area after stabbing him to death between 12:00 pm and 5:30 am yesterday after calling him out of his residence 8:30 pm on Friday.

Hizbut Tawhid members held

Sudharam Model police yesterday morning arrested 11 alleged members of Islamist outfit Hizbut Tawhid from Sonapur area in the town. They were identified as Md Ayub, 38, Golam Kibria, 26, Shahadat Hossain, 22, Jamal Uddin Rubel, 27, of Feni district, Phool Nahar, 35, Nizam Uddin, 25, Fakhrul Islam, 19, Tipu Sultan, 58, and Abu Taher, 30, of Noakhali, Saiful Islam, 30, of Khagrachhari district and Shafiqul Alam, 40, of Chandpur district. OC of Sudharam PS Mosharraf Hossain said the arrestees were socially outcast from their Chasir Hat village in Sonaimuri upazila in 2009. Later they were residing at rented houses near Sonapur Bazar. Police arrested them when some locals were about to assault them after confining them at a place, he said.

Shops gutted in Chandpur

At least 10 shops were gutted in a fierce fire at Chandra bazaar in Faridganj upazila on early Friday. Local people said the fire originated from an electric short circuit at a shop of the bazaar at about 5 am and soon engulfed the adjacent 9 other shops. Being informed fire fighters rushed in and doused the flame after one hour of hectic efforts with the help of local people. Fire brigade sources said 10 people were injured while extinguishing the blaze. The affected shop owners claimed that the extent of loss from the fire could go up to Tk 1.5 crore.

International

Karzai abandons peace talks with the Taliban

Afghan President Hamid Karzai yesterday said his government will no longer hold peace talks with the Taliban.

Rabbani killing plotted on Pak soil

Afghanistan's intelligence agency said yesterday that it had handed Pakistan evidence that the Taliban's leadership plotted the recent assassination of ex-president and government peace envoy Burhanuddin Rabbani on Pakistani soil.

Senior Haqqani leader held in Afghanistan

A senior commander of the Taliban-allied Haqqani network in Afghanistan who is also the uncle of its leader has been captured, the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force said yesterday.

Snipers halt NTC assault on Sirte

Fighters for Libya's new rulers have been forced to regroup on the edge of Sirte, after pro-Gaddafi snipers halted a two-week old assault on the ousted despot's hometown.

Awlaqi killing reignites US debate on rights

The killing of US-born al-Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaqi has rekindled the debate over how far Washington can go in hunting down and assassinating alleged terror suspects who are American citizens.

Palestinians have to wait for answer

A UN Security Council decision on Palestinian membership of the United Nations will take several weeks, diplomats said Friday after the first meeting of a membership committee on the bid.

Abbas plans visit to Colombia

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas is planning to visit several Latin American countries including UN Security Council member Colombia to discuss his bid for UN member state status, officials said Friday.

Iran rejects Palestinian UN bid

Iran's supreme leader rejected the Palestinians' U.N. statehood bid on Saturday, saying any deal that accepted the existence of Israel would leave a "cancerous tumor" forever threatening the security of the Middle East.

Syria dissidents meet in Turkey amid crackdown

Representatives of Syria's six-month-old protest movement and opposition parties met in Turkey yesterday a united front against Bashar al-Assad's regime after violence claimed at least 21 more lives.

Salman Taseer's assassin gets death sentence

A Pakistani court yesterday convicted a policeman of murder and sentenced him to death for killing one of the country's top liberal politicians who wanted to reform controversial blasphemy laws.

Egypt police clear Tahrir Square

Egyptian riot police yesterday cleared Cairo's Tahrir Square of protesters who had wanted to stage a sit-in following a demonstration demanding an end to emergency laws and a speedy transfer of power to civilians from military rulers.

Plane flies into ferris wheel

An ultralight plane crashed into a ferris wheel at a small town fair in Australia yesterday, narrowly missing two children, and dangled from the structure for hours before its occupants could be rescued.

W Germany wanted to buy reunification

West Germany was prepared to pay the Soviet Union billions of marks in the 1960s to buy reunification, according to the weekly Der Spiegel, which went on sale yesterday.

Doctor lied to paramedics

Michael Jackson may have died up to an hour before emergency paramedics even arrived, and his doctor then lied about the star's condition and the key drug that killed him, a court heard Friday.

Cigarette vending machines banned in England

Cigarette vending machines were banned in England yesterday, a move the government hopes will cut the numbers of children smoking.

Rare flu-like virus on the rise: US

A rare virus has killed three people and sickened nearly 100 in Japan, the Philippines, the United States and the Netherlands over the past two years, US health authorities said Friday.

Dutch city bans 'drug tourists'

A ban on some foreign tourists came into force yesterday in the cannabis-selling coffee shops of the Dutch border city of Maastricht.

Arts & Entertainment

Best of both worlds

The first ever Bangladesh-France joint movie venture, “'Laltip”, sees Swapan Ahmed make his debut as film director. From the Dhaka end, Impress Telefilms will be producing the film. The director hopes to release the film simultaneously in 25 countries and work to meet that goal is on full throttle. Actors from both Bangladesh and France have worked in this much hyped movie which has been shot in Bangladesh, Thailand and France.

A lyrical lifetime

Citibank, N.A., Bangladesh organised its annual musical event titled “Gaane Gaane Gunijon Songbordhona” at Radisson Blue Water Garden Hotel, celebrating the lifetime contribution of renowned artiste Rizwana Chowdhury Bannya on Friday. In celebrating Rabindranath Tagore's 150th birth anniversary, eminent singer Ferdousi Rahman and Citi Country Officer Rashed Maqsood honoured Bannya for her contribution in popularising Tagore's works. Bannya graced the stage with veteran artiste Saadi Mohammad to regale an audience of regulators, ambassadors, artistes and Citi clients with renditions of some timeless classics.

"Reminiscences of Childhood"

Studio 48, a group of visual artists organised a three-day (September 27-29) group art exhibition titled “Reminiscences of Childhood” at Shilpangan Art Gallery. The exhibition was followed by a two day art camp (September 23-24), held at the premises of the Shilpangan Gallery. Fahmida Enam Kakoli is the organiser of Studio 48. About 28 painters took part in the exhibition.

Mystic moments

Bhabnagar Foundation, a newly established cultural organisation, organised a musical evening featuring Baul songs at the Natmandal auditorium of Dhaka University, on September 30. Two noted contemporary Bauls Rawshan Fakir of Bheramara, Kushtia and Latif Shah of Alamdanga, Chuadanga along with their respective family members rendered songs from the repertoires of different Bauls.

Tagore revisited

American singer John Thorpe enthralled a Rajshahi audience with his rendition of Tagore songs both in Bengali and the translated version in English on Thursday night.

The saga of a Tagore romantic tragedy

As part of the ongoing joint celebrations by India and Bangladesh of the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre, High Commission of India, Dhaka, hosted a Tagore dance-drama “Shyama” on September 30. The venue for the performance by the students of Patha Bhavana, Visva Bharati University, Shantiniketan (established by Tagore as Brahmacharja Vidyalaya in 1901) was the National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA).

OP-ED

A chess game in Afghanistan

Look at Afghanistan. What do you see? Other than desolate mountains, grinding poverty and senseless killings, there is not much else.

'The Karachi Affair' and Sarkozy's defeat

Last Sunday's Senatorial elections in France were a gripping and telling sign of the public opinion of President Sarkozy's policies and the definite desire for a change of government. Never before, since the founding of France's Fifth Republic in 1958, has the control of the Senate gone to the Left Wing Socialist Party. Clearly, it is high time for the Sarkozy administration, which leans towards the Center Right, to read between the lines.

Flying blind: Waiting for a real reckoning on 1971

“I remained in the [insane asylum] for six months in 1973. What drove me mad? Well, I felt the collective guilt of the Army action which at worst should have stopped by late April 1971.”

Globalisation and media: Challenges and potential for the Indo-Bangla relations

Global flow of media is concomitant with other globalized flows marked by increased flow of goods, services, capital, humans, and ideas across borders. Hence globalization of media is part of the integration of global experiences, values and practices. Media enables globalization in a number of ways. First of all, it ensures unfettered information flow across borders. Despite all efforts, the Syrian government has failed to suppress leaking of information of how it has been trying to brutally suppress the protesters. Secondly, globalization helps undermine nationally-controlled information regimes. No matter how hard the Mubarak regime tried to stymie the revolution by shutting off mobiles and internet and feeding only government controlled propaganda machines, tech savvy younger generation found ways to connect and spread the messages of defiance to the dictatorial regime. The more repressive the regime tried to be with the social media and cellular networks, the more fuller the Tahrir Square became with protestors.

Disaster resilient habitat - A Concept beyond cyclone shelter

Bangladesh, the largest delta of the world, is a flat deltaic lush green tropical country. The unique geography of the territory has fetched both boon and bane for its human habitations in chorus. Floodplain dominated geomorphology and fresh water subjugated hydrology surprisingly prop up diverse ecosystems and consequently rich biodiversity shaping the livelihood stand of the bulk people. Bitterly, a number of hydro-geo-physical features like tropical geo-location and flat deltaic topography with sea-facing low elevation have pushed the coastal territory to extreme vulnerability of stronger disasters akin to cyclone, tidal surge, tsunami, beach erosion, salinity intrusion and the like. Exclusively, her coastal belt being funnel-shaped, most of the cyclones bred in the Bay rush to the coastal inland in due course. Again, slow but sure increase of sea-surface-temperature resulting from global warming helps spawn cyclones in the Bay with soaring rate of recurrence and intensity every year. Moreover, the prevalent socio-economic limitations like extreme poverty and less infrastructural development help reinforce casualty in any disaster crops up there. Hence, the coastal people very often have to face mayhem -- massive loss of life, untold long-term sufferings, and damage of property and environment.

In the footsteps of Atisha: A journey into modern Tibet

Nearly one thousand years ago the reputed Atisha Dipankara, a Buddhist scholar of royal birth from the town of Bikrampur (now Dhaka district) made the hazardous journey into the Land of Snow at the invitation of the Tibetan king. There, the Bengali achieved tremendous success in revitalising the Buddhist teachings after its decline and suppression in the region -- a task for which he was, and continues to be recognised as a Bodhisattva, an enlightened being.

This Day In History

October 2
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Siege of Jerusalem: Saladin captures Jerusalem after 88 years of Crusader rule.


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