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PM blames it on BNP govt's graft

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday pointed to corruption by the last BNP-led government as the reason behind the recent suspension of World Bank funds for the Padma Bridge project.

2 enclaves float in joy

Her father had signed an agreement with India providing for freedom of movement for the people living in Dahagram-Angorpota enclaves in Lalmonirhat. But the Father of the Nation's move did not secure a positive response from India at the time.

So far so good

Electioneering for the Narayanganj City Corporation (NCC) polls has seen some significant changes in campaign patterns.

Abul may go

In a bid to save the troubled Padma Bridge project the government is weighing two options: either to remove Communications Minister Syed Abul Hossain from the ministry or to create a separate authority to oversee the construction of the country's longest bridge, finance ministry officials said yesterday.

History beckons Ivy

Thirty-seven years ago, Selina Hayat Ivy's father Ali Ahmed Chunka won the Narayanganj municipal election and became the first chairman there without the then ruling Awami League's support.

ACC boss sees power abuse

ACC Chairman Ghulam Rahman yesterday said he believes there might be an attempt of corruption or misuse of power in the Padma Bridge project.

Stock missing trust factor

It was a spectacular crash. In 10 minutes since start of trading yesterday, the Dhaka stocks lost 137 points. The slide enlarged to 189 points in 55 minutes. But when the day closed, the index covered the slip quite a bit and ended with a 48-point loss on another day of thin trading. This happened despite the government's new incentives to perk up the market.

Inclusion of army official draws flak

The inclusion of an army man in an advisory council to the stockmarket arises as a controversy among market experts.

JS goes into session today

Parliament goes into 11th session today amid main opposition BNP continuing to boycott the sittings.

Dhaka turns moon-like

Zamir Ali wades through ankle-deep sewage water that has submerged the street in front of his house at Shahid Nagar. The 45-year-old government employee pulls his trousers up to his knees as he tries to keep his balance with each careful step he takes.

AL anti-liberation

Urging all to be prepared for a bigger anti-government movement, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday demanded the next parliamentary elections on time under an impartial caretaker government.

Tk 4,000 made in 5mins

Police yesterday arranged a demonstration of fake note making at the DMP media centre where Humayun Kabir, 35, a ring leader, showed his expertise by making four fake Tk 1,000 notes in five minutes.

Dipu off to 5 countries for a month

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni yesterday left Dhaka for a five-nation tour of the UK, Germany, Australia, Saudi Arabia and the Maldives for nearly a month to attend various programmes.

Goods transited to Agartala

Nine Bangladeshi trucks with 157.5 tonnes of Indian goods reached Agartala through Akhaura Land Port yesterday amid confusion over the type of transit.

Reporters offered money for coverage!

Reporters were offered money -- in the name of 'conveyance' -- to cover an event on food security for ultra poor, organised by The Daily Jugantor and NGO Brac yesterday.

KL unveils mega building plan for Bangladesh

The Malaysian government intends to invest Tk 27,450 crore in building flats, flyover and satellite towns in Bangladesh, said ministers of both the countries at a joint press conference in Dhaka yesterday.

Facebook works on brains!

Scientists have found a direct link between the number of "friends" a person has on Facebook and the size of certain brain regions, raising the possibility that using online social networks might change our brains.

Thai PM appeals for unity amid flood crisis

Thailand's premier urged the kingdom's rival political factions yesterday to work together to tackle the worst floods in decades, as the opposition called on her to declare a state of emergency.

US warns of potential India terror attacks

The United States warned Americans on Tuesday of the potential for terror strikes in India during the holiday season after a series of recent bomb attacks.

Editorial

Narayanganj mayoral polls

The Awami League (AL)'s acting general secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif on October 18 openly said his party is supporting a mayoral candidate in the Narayanganj city corporation election. He tried to assure his audience that the support would be given 'within rules' stopping short of naming the candidate AL was backing. But as we see it, what is supposed to be a party-less poll is being made a farce of.

Vanishing documents

All the documents related to a case of adulteration in paracetamol syrup dating back to 1992 have gone missing from the office of the Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA), the organization responsible for checking drug adulterations.

Sports

Ash's storm in a cup

Stuart Law has backed two players who are at two ends of the spectrum going into the first Test against the West Indies.

Ctg brush aside Barisal

Spinner Nur Hossain along with Yasin Arafat ripped through the Barisal second innings as Chittagong posted a massive 105-run victory over Barisal on the third day of their four-day match of the 13th National Cricket League at the BKSP yesterday.

Dhaka, Chittagong & nothing beyond

The status of the first Test between Bangladesh and West Indies at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium is now entirely up to the weather.

Pistol has seen it all

Among the current crop of international umpires, only a few can walk out into the centre without feeling a tinge of nerve. They've seen it all.

Gibson remains positive

West Indies coach Ottis Gibson believed that his team hasn't lost momentum despite the crushing defeat in the third and final ODI on Tuesday.

Sk Jamal to pay fine

Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club have apparently accepted the punishment the Bangladesh League Committee handed on them for playing a fixed-match against Rahmatganj MFS in the 4th edition of the Bangladesh League.

Umar brings Pak control

Taufiq Umar hit his sixth Test century and fellow opener Mohammad Hafeez scored 75 as Pakistan took a firm grip on the first Test against Sri Lanka at Abu Dhabi Stadium here on Wednesday.

India want series now

Riding high on confidence gained from back-to back victories, a rejuvenated India will be eyeing to clinch the five-match ODI series against a demoralised England in the third one-dayer here on Thursday.

Sk Jamal celebrate treble

Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club celebrated their treble winning maiden appearance in the country's sporting arena yesterday with a delightful presence of club officials and players from football and cricket teams at a city hotel.

Rajshahi drub Ctg

Rajshahi emerged group B champions to set their semifinal clash against Joypurhat after handing Chittagong a 5-0 defeat in their last group match of the Southeast Bank 22nd National Youth Hockey Championship yesterday.

Emon wins rating chess

FIDE master Syed Mahfuzur Rahman Emon emerged champion in the Prime Bank 14th International Open Rating Chess Competition in tiebreaking as three players shared top position after the final and ninth round games at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall room yesterday.

CHT Div I Football League

Shahid Shukkur Athletic Club beat Abahani Krirachakra by 1-0 in the Chittagong Hill Tracts Development Board 1st Division Football League tournament at Rajbari Stadium in the hill town of Rangamati yesterday.

Woakes blow to England

England's struggling one-day squad in India suffered a blow Wednesday when seamer Chris Woakes was ruled out of the rest of the tour with a thigh injury.

Mourinho magic kicking in

Jose Mourinho has often said his teams do better in his second season in charge and Real Madrid's thrashing of Olympique Lyon in the Champions League provided further evidence to back his claim.

'City can still top group'

Roberto Mancini, the Manchester City manager, believes his team can still win their Champions League group after a dramatic 2-1 victory over Villarreal at the Etihad Stadium saw the Premier League leaders record their first ever win in the competition.

Mancunians win

Both the Manchester clubs finally got their first wins of the Champions League campaign on Tuesday with United beating Romania minnows Otelul Galati 2-0 and City edging Villarreal 2-1.

Berbatov snubs Bulgaria

Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has refused to come out of international retirement after several hundred Bulgarian fans made the trip to Romania to urge him to change his mind.

Brazil stop the rot

Brazil rose two places to fifth in this month's FIFA rankings, ending a downward trend after hitting an 18-year low in September.

Business

Protesters return as stocks continue bleeding

Retail investors yesterday took to the streets again to protest the continuous slide in share prices just a day after they postponed their fast-unto-death programme for a week.

Banks' exposure to stocks much lower than limit

The country's banking system has much lower than the legally permissible involvement in the stockmarket.

Govt worried over dip in foreign aid use

The government yesterday expressed concern over the drop in the use of foreign aid by 30 percent in the first quarter of the current fiscal year due to a delay caused by both donors and the implementing agencies.

No bar waiving margin loan interest BB

The central bank will not bar banks or their subsidiaries from waiving interests on margin loans for stock investment, it said in a statement yesterday.

Muhith: economy is in good shape

In the face of acute criticism from the civil society and the media, Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday claimed the economy is in good shape but there are some risks which he had predicted in his budget speech.

Analysts offer recipe to boost crop yield

Bangladesh has boosted its rice production since independence to meet the bulk of its demand for food. But the job of ensuring food for all becomes challenging in the face of ever-growing population and falling farmland, said policymakers and analysts yesterday.

Focus on efficient use of land to ensure food security

Land Minister Rezaul Karim Hira yesterday stressed the need for efficient use of land to ensure food security for the country.

New general managers for BB

Bangladesh Bank yesterday promoted AFM Asaduzzaman and SM Rabiul Hassan as its general manager.

Huawei sets up computer laboratory for CRP

Huawei Technologies (Bangladesh) Ltd has built a computer lab for CRP (Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed) as part of its corporate social responsibility.

China ready to take more Bangladeshi products

China is prepared to facilitate access of more Bangladeshi products to its market to narrow the existing trade gap between the two countries, said a senior Chinese official.

Reform: An everyday struggle

Some successes of BICF

BUILD for public-private dialogues

Bangladesh has finally adopted a public-private platform to assist the country's private sector to grow in a conducive and improved business environment.

Metropolitan

Call to introduce sexuality edn in school curriculum

Countries of the Asia-Pacific region, including Bangladesh, have been urged to introduce comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) in school curriculum for ensuring sexual and reproductive health (SRH) of youth.

I had no info

Col Shamsul Alam Chowdhury, who was appointed chief security officer responsible for the prime minister's security on her arrival at Pilkhana to attend the BDR Darbar in February 2009, yesterday told a court that he had had no information about the mutiny.

'10pc villagers defecate in the open'

About 23 percent rural people use unhygienic toilets while 10 percent villagers defecate in the open in Bangladesh, reveals a survey.

India retains Tin Bigha

Tin Bigha Area, the corridor connecting Dahagram and Angarpota enclaves with mainland Bangladesh, will continue to be part of India and manned by Indian Border Security Force (BSF).

91pc school children face torture, say psychologists

Around 91 percent school going children in Bangladesh are tortured both mentally and physically at their homes and at schools, hampering their mental growth, said psychologists.

Mega transport projects to increase costs, not solve crisis

The government's different mega projects like elevated expressway and metro rail will worsen the crisis in the city's transportation system, as the projects are not viable to the city's infrastructure and the country's economy, said speakers at a discussion yesterday.

Shamim Osman intimidates me and Ivy: Kobori

Sarah Begum Kobori, Awami League lawmaker from Narayanganj-4 constituency, yesterday said that Shamim Osman, one of the front-runners of the Narayanganj City Corporation mayoral race, had been intimidating her and Ivy.

HC questions executive magistrates' empowerment

The High Court yesterday questioned the legality of operation of mobile courts comprising executive magistrates for trial of petty crimes on the spot.

'Constitute two separate benches for Appellate divn'

Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Khandker Mahbub Hossain urged the chief justice to constitute two separate benches for the Appellate Division of Supreme Court to dispose of more cases quickly.

Mamun's counsel to scrutinise documents

A Dhaka court yesterday fixed October 25 to allow the counsel of Giausuddin Al Mamun to scrutinise the documents seized by the investigation officer in connection to a money laundering case.

Build Bir Shreshtha square soon

Freedom fighters and families yesterday urged the government to build the "Bir Sreshtha Chattar" (square) within shortest possible time in the memories of the country's seven bravest sons who laid down their lives in the liberation war of 1971.

10 made addl secys

In its latest move, the government yesterday ordered appointment of 10 civil servants who were attached with the public administration ministry as officers on special duty (OSD).

Protect Muktijoddha Bhaban in Ctg

Leaders of Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad in Chittagong alleged that some influential businessmen and anti-liberation force are plotting to grab the Muktijoddha Bhaban (former Darul Fazal Market) in the port city.

6 killed,14 hurt in Tangail road crash

Six people were killed and 14 others injured when a bus lost control and ploughed into a crowd of people on the Bangabandhu Bridge approach road in Kalihati upazila of Tangail yesterday.

President keen on trade expansion with Pakistan

President Zillur Rahman on Tuesday emphasised expanding mutual cooperation, trade and commerce and communications with Pakistan.

Teenager, his friend arrested

Police arrested a teenaged boy and his friend at Shewrapara in the city's Mirpur yesterday for trying to realise ransom from his father by pretending to be kidnapped.

RU vet students threaten fast-unto-death

Students of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science department of Rajshahi University (RU) formed a human chain wearing burial clothes on the campus yesterday protesting the opening of Animal Husbandry Science faculty at Patuakhali Science and Technology University (PSTU).

Nursing college students boycott classes

Students of Chittagong Nursing College boycotted classes and examinations indefinitely from yesterday demanding that exam results be published within three months and permanent teachers be appointed for specific subjects.

Pedestrian dies after hit by pick up van in city

A pedestrian died as a pick up van hit him while he was crossing the road near Kajla petrol pump in the city's Jatrabari yesterday.

4 more addl HC judges appointed

Four more additional judges were appointed to the High Court Division of Supreme Court yesterday, raising the number of HC judges to 98.

Two judges to hold vacation bench

Justice M Iman Ali and Justice Mohammad Mamtaj Uddin Ahmed will hold the vacation bench in Appellate Division of the Supreme Court to deal with emergency cases.

Death anniversary

Today is the seventh death anniversary of Abdul Hamid, former senior assistant secretary of Ministry of Industry, says a press release.

Road crashes kill 3

Three people, including a child, were killed in separate road accidents in Rangpur, Satkhira and Dinajpur yesterday.

New charge for JU TSC protested

Shangskritik Jot activists at Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday staged sit-in in front of TSC (Teacher-Student Center) and proctor office from 7:30am to 9:30am protesting JU authorities' new service charges against the use of its Zahir Raihan Auditorium and Selim Al Deen Muktamanch.

CCC urged to remove billboards

Bangladesh Railway (Eastern Zone) yesterday proposed Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) to lead a joint drive against illegal billboards at different lands of Railway in the port city.

NU degree exams begin today

The degree (pass and certificate course) examinations of 2010 under the National University (NU) begin today, says a press release.

Minu hurts himslef in road march

BNP's Joint Secretary General Mizanur Rahman Minu accidentally hurt his foot under the party chief's vehicle when it was passing through Rajshahi city during the road march yesterday.

4 hurt over Samorita Hospital bill

Four people including the general manager of Samorita Hospital in the city's Panthapath were injured in a clash between relatives of a patient and the hospital staff last night over reducing the bill.

Fees for sending workers abroad re-fixed

The government has re-fixed fees for manpower agents to send workers abroad.

New charge for JU TSC protested

Shangskritik Jot activists at Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday staged sit-in before TSC (Teacher-Student Center) and proctor office from 7:30am to 9:30am protesting JU authorities' new service charges against the use of its Zahir Raihan Auditorium and Selim Al Deen Muktamanch.

National

Farmers in north pin hopes on drought tolerant rice

Farmers in the north can now pin their hopes on the drought tolerant variety of rice.

'Preserve PC Sorcar's house, free it from grabbers'

Magicians in the country yesterday demanded restoration of the ancestral house of Jadu Samrat (magic icon) PC Sorcar at Ashekpur, recovering it from the grabbers.

Classes under the open sky

Students and teachers of Chachra Government Primary School in Tularampur union under Narail Sadar upazila attend classes amid risk of accident as several cracks have developed on the roof of the worn-out building.

Cheated, devastated

As many as 37 degree examinees of Gaibandha Government College will not be able to appear in the examinations, beginning today as they did not get admit cards as of 5:00pm yesterday.

FFs boycott DC, accusing him of siding with CS in Nilphamari

Freedom fighters here continued boycott of all functions arranged by the district administration for the second day yesterday protesting what they said the deputy commissioner's alleged misbehaviour with them on Monday.

Vet students lock administrative, academic bldgs, block rail, road

Veterinary students in Mymensingh and Dinajpur yesterday protested the opening of animal husbandry department at Patuakhali Science and Technology University (PSTU).

BSF hands over Bangladeshi

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) handed over a Bangladeshi youth to Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) personnel after a flag meeting on Tentulia border on Tuesday. BGB and police sources said a BSF patrol team caught the youth, Yusuf, 30, son of Ershad Ali of Pallabi, Dhaka, while he was illegally entering India through Kazipara border on Tuesday morning. Company Commander of Tentulia BGB outpost Subeder Moshiuzzaman and Inspector of Haftiagoch BSF camp DR Karanath led their respective sides at the flag meeting. Later, BGB members handed over Yusuf to Tentulia police.

Man hacked to death

A man was hacked to death allegedly by his neighbors at Borkapon village in Dirai upazila yesterday. The victim was identified as Rajab Ali, 45, of the village. Locals said Harun and Faruk, two sons of Azid Ullah had a long-standing dispute with Rajab over the ownership of a land. Following an altercation between Rajab and Harun, the supporters of the two equipped with sharp weapons attacked each other at around 8:00am. At one stage, Faruk hit Rajab with a sharp weapon, leaving him dead on the spot.

Help for physically challenged

Mutual Trust Bank gave Tk 25,000 to each of the 25 physically challenged in Manikganj yesterday. Additional Deputy Commissioner Md Nizam Uddin distributed the money to the physically challenged people on Manikganj Disabled People's Organisation to Development (MDPOD) office premises at Rauhadaha village under Manikganj Sadar upazila. Mutual Trust Bank's Senior Executive Vice-President AKM Shamim, Senior Assistant Vice-President Sami-Al-Hafiz, MDPOD President Haji Abdul Aziz, its director Entaz Ali, local union parishad chairman Akter Uddin Ahmed Raza were present.

Interns continue strike

Interns at Rangpur Medical College and Hospital (RMCH) continued their work abstention for the second day yesterday demanding punishment to those involved in assaulting one of their fellows at the hospital on Saturday night. They went on an indefinite strike on Tuesday, causing untold sufferings to the patients. Sanjoy Kumar, secretary of the intern Doctors' Association, said they will continue their work abstention programme until the demand is met.

Human chain by pilgrims

Hajj pilgrims who paid the money to their agent Abdul Mazid Salim formed a human chain in front of Pabna deputy commissioner's office at about 4:00 pm yesterday demanding steps to ensure their pilgrimage. Salim was murdered allegedly by his business partners on Tuesday. “We want to visit the holy place in Saudi Arabia this year. We don't know whether we shall be alive next year. We have paid our entire savings to Salim for the Hajj. But the killing of our agent has made our Hajj plan uncertain," said a victim. Please take urgent steps so that we can go to Hajj, said another pilgrim. They also submitted a memorandum to the deputy commissioner (DC) of Pabna. Contacted, DC Md Mostafizur Rahman said that the memorandum was faxed to the ministry of religious affairs.

International

Pak army chief warns US

Pakistan's army chief Ashfaq Kayani yesterday warned the US that it will have to think "10 times" before taking any unilateral action in North Waziristan.

British author wins Booker Prize

British author Julian Barnes on Tuesday won the Man Booker Prize, one of the highest-profile awards in English-language literature, at the fourth attempt for his novel "The Sense of an Ending".

Rushanara Ali MP receives 'Devex 40 under 40 Award'

Bangladeshi born British MP Rushanara Ali on Monday received prestigious 'Devex 40 under 40 Award' for her contributions in the realm of international policy development.

26 Turkish soldiers killed in Kurdish attacks

Kurdish rebels killed 26 soldiers yesterday in simultaneous attacks in southeast Turkey, marking one of the deadliest days for the army in the 27-year battle against the separatists.

Strike, clashes grip Greece

Greek riot police yesterday fired tear gas and fought running battles with protesters, amid a 48-hour general strike that has paralysed the country.

First malaria vaccine reduces risk by half

The search for the world's first malaria vaccine received a boost Tuesday with the release of early results from a major clinical trial showing it cut risk by about half in African children.

Arts & Entertainment

Quiet steps with steely resolve

In 1961, under the despotic Pakistani regime that was not a fan of anything Bengali, a group of cultural activists decided to be brave and celebrate the birth centennial of Rabindranath Tagore [Rabindra Sangeet was banned during this period]. The group that included Begum Sufia Kamal, Mokhlesur Rahman Sidhu, Shamsunnahar Rahman, Ahmedur Rahman, Mizanur Rahman, Saifuddin Ahmed, Saidul Hasan, Waheedul Haq and Sanjida Khatun, felt the urgency of a progressive cultural movement. After the successful celebration of Tagore's 100th birth anniversary [May, 1961], the group reunited at a picnic in Gazipur and contemplated continuing the movement they had initiated. Thus Chhayanat was born. Poet Sufia Kamal was the founder president of the organisation.

Tareque Masud films screened in Manikganj

Films by Tareque Masud -- “Norsundor' and “Runway” -- were screened at the Central Shahid Minar premises in Manikganj last Tuesday night.

Painting exhibition at RU

A daylong painting exhibition titled 'Esho Ankan Dekhi' ended at Rajshahi University (RU) on October 18.

Najma's solo exhibition at Zainul Gallery

Noted painter Najma Akhter's sixth solo painting exhibition titled “Escaping Shadows” began yesterday at Zainul Gallery, the Faculty of Fine Arts (FFA), University of Dhaka, Shahbagh in the city.

Remembering Hena Kabir

Hena Kabir Smriti Shangshad organised a discussion and cultural programme in memory of the late pioneering medial personality Hena Kabir. The programme was held on October 18 at Sufia Kamal Auditorium, National Museum, Shahbagh in Dhaka.

Anne Hathaway cast in “Les Miserables” film

US actress Anne Hathaway has been cast in the big-screen adaptation of the hit stage musical “Les Miserables”.

OP-ED

Passing the baton?

Leadership change is the normal dynamics of politics in any country, but not in Bangladesh. Here our leaders grow roots under their feet, develop mental ossification if not physical, without being aware of it of course, and, like the stream in the Solitary Reaper, want to go on for ever, at least they like to feel that they can.

Big boys call the shots in EU financial crisis

Small countries are supposed to know when to shut up and simply do as they are told.

Bangladesh: State and human rights

State," declared Harold Laski, a prominent British political scientist and philosopher, "is known by the rights that it maintains and protects." A clear comprehension about the notion of rights is needed, especially of human rights of the citizens and role of the state, to understand its underlying meaning.

The Keystone XL pipeline: Will humanity's survival interests prevail?

The stakes for oil corporations involved in the project are large, very large. But so are the stakes for environmental activists fighting the threat of climate change. In August last, well over a thousand people courted arrest in front of the White House in Washington D.C. The target of their anger was a huge project for construction of an oil pipeline called Keystone XL.

Exam results: how to cope

It's exam result week. Grades are being announced. If you're a straight A student, you're fine. For the rest of us, let me tell you a true story.

Star Chittagong

Work on four-lane port city road halts midway

The Roads and Highways Department (RHD), Chittagong took two and half years to partially complete construction of 3.9km out of 12.5km of the Oxygen-Hathazari four-lane road. The RHD constructed only one culvert and dug the roadside soil to expand the Oxygen-Hathazari section of Chittagong-Rangamati Highway.

Five CU students kill themselves in five months

Suicide count among the students of Chittagong University, one of the highest seats of learning in the country, has increased during the last five months from June this year.

The week that was

'Maintain quality of product'
Speakers at a seminar here on Sunday stressed the need for maintaining standard of commodities and services to ensure better services for the people from all walks of life.



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