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News of: Monday, 31st of October, 2011

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V for Ivy

History has repeated itself in Narayanganj city. Selina Hayat Ivy won the peaceful mayoral polls yesterday, defeating the ruling Awami League-backed candidate Shamim Osman by over one lakh votes.

A response by the people

Intimidation tactics did not work in Narayanganj.

Mayor for all

Clinching the first-ever Narayanganj City Corporation mayoral poll, Selina Hayat Ivy said she as always will serve the people regardless of their party affiliations and differences of opinions to build a beautiful and peaceful Narayanganj.

Cheers for two

The win for Ivy is a win for the people and the media.

EVM passes with flying colours

Dispelling fears and doubts, the electronic voting machines have proved reliable.

Politics of EVM costs Taimur

BNP-backed mayoral candidate Taimur Alam Khandaker had to quit the Narayanganj City Corporation (NCC) polls due to pressure from his party high command.

CEC salutes people

The people of Narayanganj have shown that a fair and peaceful election can be held if they want, Chief Election Commissioner ATM Shamsul Huda has said.

Free, fair, quiet

Leaders of political parties yesterday said the maiden election to Narayanganj City Corporation was largely peaceful, fair and free.

Go for transhipment, no transit for now

Experts and businesses yesterday opposed transit to India for now and advised the government to allow transhipment instead -- for mutual benefits.

Child killed by teenage cousin

A girl child was killed while her mother and a sister sustained injuries when her teenage cousin attacked them to loot their house in the city's Badda in broad daylight yesterday.

Polls pivot on women power

A huge turnout of female voters seems to have played a significant role in Selina Hayat Ivy's landslide victory in the Narayanganj City Corporation polls.

PM returns home

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina returned home early today after a 3-day Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) meeting in Perth, says UNB.

Elections rigged

Terming the Narayanganj City Corporation election stage-managed, mayor aspirant Shamim Osman yesterday said he would not have contested the polls if he had realised it earlier.

Crimes, tailbacks hamper business

Business leaders yesterday blamed deterioration in law and order and tedious tailbacks on urban roads for severely hindering the country's trade and commerce.

Dark spot in fair voting

Narayanganj Girls High School at Amlapara, one of the 163 voting centres in yesterday's NCC polls, was an exception in a negative way. A loyalist of Shamim Osman here tried to slip a few five hundred taka notes into the hand of this correspondent who overheard a "secret conversation" between Shamim and his men.

Zero tolerance to graft in EU-funded projects

European Union ambassadors in Dhaka yesterday said they will show zero tolerance for corruption in implementing their development projects in Bangladesh.

Oishee, the 7 billionth baby

It was 12:01am today when the newborn cried out making her presence known to the world.

Bomb hits ex-Taliban Afghan government official

An Afghan provincial government official and former Taliban shadow governor from southern Kandahar was hit in a roadside bombing yesterday, escaping with minor injuries, officials said.

Israeli gets 4.5 years for leaking army secrets

A Tel Aviv court yesterday jailed a young Israeli woman for four-and-a-half years for spying and leaking classified military documents to Israel's Haaretz newspaper, officials said.

Notice

Today's issue of The Daily Star contains a two-page supplement on “Bangladesh in world of 7 billion” organised by the UNFPA and The Daily Star on October 20, 2011.

Editorial

Voters spoke eloquently for the best

Congratulations to Selina Hayat Ivy on her magnificent victory. The highly charged Narayanganj City Corporation polls, stalked by intense rivalry between candidates and controversy over political party backing ended with the nation heaving a sigh of relief. As the stakes went high for all concerned and all kinds of foreboding rent the air, the dramatic note of success it has concluded on fills the nation with a sense of collective triumph.

Reluctant registration of complaints

It is unbelievable but true that the police in the various police stations of the metropolis are being very selective in registering complaints and instituting cases on those. As reported in a national Bangla daily, it has received complaints from as many as hundred people in the last three months to the effect that the police have refused to record their complaints which included alleged rape, abduction, attempted murder, extortion, wrongful confinement and various other grave felony. In certain instances people had to pay under the table to have their complaint filed. And some of the aggrieved had to record the case directly in the lower court. We wonder what has happened to the much vaunted help desk in the police stations.

Sports

Tourists on top

Shakib Al Hasan was the lone man to battle on behalf of Bangladesh in between the two Edwards, Kirk and Fidel, placing West Indies in a pole position on the second day of the second and final Test yesterday.

Win some, lose many

It could have been a memorable day for Shakib Al Hasan in terms of achieving rare feat but only to be denied by a vicious turner from West Indies leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo on an eventful second day of the second and final Test in Mirpur yesterday.

Edwards elated

West Indies fast bowler Fidel Edwards was happy to see the Tigers play an attacking game on the second day of the second and final Test at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday.

Three tons on Day 1

Centuries by Arman Hossain and Nazimuddin put Dhaka Metropolis and Chittagong respectively in control on the first day of the third round National Cricket League matches yesterday, while Tushar Imran's effort was a lone hand in Khulna's modest effort against Dhaka.

Bangladesh take on Pakistan in opener

Hosts Bangladesh will take on Pakistan in one of the four opening day matches of the ICC Women's World Cup qualifiers which begins on November 14 in the capital.

Tamim gets a warning

Tamim Iqbal has been officially reprimanded after being found guilty of breaching the ICC's Code of Conduct during the opening day's play in the second and final Test against West Indies in Mirpur Saturday.

Sweeping changes on the cards?

Macedonian coach Nikola Ilievski is all set to bring a sweeping change to the national squad for the upcoming SAFF Championship, scheduled for December 1 to 14 in Delhi.

Misbah, Dilshan for DRS

Rival captains Tillakaratne Dilshan and Misbah-ul Haq have called for the use of the Decision Review System (DRS) in all international cricket.

Dhoni blames batsmen

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni blamed an ordinary display by his batsmen for the hosts' six-wicket defeat at the hands of England in the lone Twenty20 International.

Vettel wins India's coming out party

Red Bull's double world champion Sebastian Vettel ran away with the inaugural Indian Formula One Grand Prix on Sunday for his 11th victory in 17 races this season.

Messi treble; Real top

Lionel Messi rattled in a 17-minute hat-trick as Barcelona swept aside Real Mallorca 5-0 on Saturday while Real Madrid went top of La Liga with a 1-0 win at Real Sociedad.

Juve triumph in derby of Italy

Leaders Juventus piled more misery on Serie A rivals Inter Milan after winning a frantic "Derby of Italy" 2-1 on Saturday.

Classy Bayern

Bayern Munich warmed up for Wednesday's visit of Napoli in the Champions League with a 4-0 hammering of Bavarian neighbours Nuremberg on Saturday in the German league.

Oman's battle for survival

Oman will be up against group leaders Iraq in their bid for the qualification for the AFC U-19 Championship while minnows Maldives will face favourites Saudi Arabia in the two matches of the Group A Qualifiers at the Bangabandhu National Stadium today.

Siddikur 37th

Siddikur Rahman finished at joint 37th position in the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic where

Ding clinches TT World Cup

Reigning world champion Ding Ning of China on Sunday clinched the Women's Table Tennis World Cup title in Singapore with a 4-1 victory over compatriot and world number one Li Xiaoxia.

Sk Russel retain men's title

Holders Sheikh Russel KC retained the title of the Dhaka Metropolis Premier Table Tennis League with a 3-1 win over Ciciron Club in the penultimate round of the Super League at the Wooden-Floor Gymnasium.

Pietersen warned

England's Kevin Pietersen has been reprimanded for showing dissent at the umpire after being given out lbw during his side's six-wicket win over India in Saturday's Twenty20 international in Kolkata.

Neymar hits six, referee allows four

Santos striker Neymar scored four goals and had two more disallowed in a 4-1 Brazilian championship win Atletico Paranaense.

Business

Infrastructure not ready for transit

Recommendations
* Make a comprehensive strategy on transit

Govt steps not transparent

A noted economist yesterday said the issue of providing transit to neighbouring countries such as India should be seen from the national perspective by bringing all the stakeholders on board.

Stocks slide amid protests

Stocks opened the week with a big jolt, and the key index of the premier bourse slumped more than 4 percent amid street protests yesterday.

Call to make transit report public

Analysts yesterday urged the government to make public the government sponsored report on transit and transhipment to ensure transparency and dissemination of information on such a sensitive issue.

Airtel brings weather alert to fishermen

Airtel yesterday launched a telecommunication system to deliver vessel weather alerts and vessel tracking capabilities for the fishermen who are residing in Bangladesh's coastal areas.

Kids to fly free with GMG

Private airline GMG yesterday offered free flights for kids on its domestic and international routes for a limited time, the carrier said in a statement.

Garment owners pledge pay before Eid

Garment owners yesterday assured that they would pay workers' salary and bonus in time to avert any untoward incident before the Eid-ul-Azha.

Coal-fired power will be a bit pricey: Muhith

Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday said electricity produced by a coal-fired plant to be set up in collaboration with India will be a little pricier than power from a gas-based plant.

Emirates marks 25 years in Bangladesh

Dubai-based airline Emirates yesterday celebrated its 25 years of operations in Bangladesh.

Gas suspension in steel re-rolling mills sparks protest

Steel re-rolling mill owners in Chittagong will form a human chain today in front of their respective factories protesting a decision of Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Company Ltd (KGDCL) to suspend gas supply to those mills for three days a week.

Sony seeks to quit Samsung LCD venture

Sony has entered talks to sell its stake in a joint liquid crystal display panel venture in South Korea to its partner Samsung Electronics, the business daily Nikkei reported Sunday.

A dressmaker from backwaters

His first venture as a small businessman did not see success, but Mizanur Rahman did not lose hope. He continued his struggles to become a successful entrepreneur in the country.

Lending cap depresses microcredit loans

The new cap on the microfinance lending rate introduced in July is discouraging to the microfinance institutions in the country in giving out small loans to the ultra-poor.

Metropolitan

CW will not accept unconstitutional acts

Bangladesh has been made a member of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) for the next biennium along with Australia, Canada, Jamaica, Maldives, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago and Vanuatu.

Vulnerable women, children need special attention

Women and children living in regions affected by climate change deserve special attention as they are the population bearing the brunt of the change, said speakers at a programme yesterday.

Charge framing hearing Nov 15

A Dhaka court yesterday fixed November 15 for the hearing on charge framing against 161 leaders and activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir in connection with a case filed with Paltan police over the recent violence in the city's Kakrail area.

Buses run over, kill 3

Three people were killed after being run over by passenger buses in separate incidents at Mirpur, Gabtoli and Jurain in the city yesterday.

People's Victory

1. Jubilant supporters of Selina Hayat Ivy burst into celebrations in front of Zia Hall, the control room of the Narayanganj City Corporation election, as they sense victory.

4 more accused appeal for discharge

Four more accused, including Islamic Democratic Party Ameer Maulana Sheikh Abdus Salam, on the fifth day of charge framing hearing yesterday, appealed to a Dhaka court to be discharged of the August 21 grenade attack cases.

NCC polls fair, peaceful

Apart from some scattered incidents, the Narayanganj City Corporation (NCC) polls were held in a fair and peaceful manner, noted different election observers and social organisations in separate statements yesterday.

HC directive sought on govt cooperation with EC

Three people yesterday filed a writ petition with the High Court seeking direction on the government to cooperate with the Election Commission (EC) in future polls.

Speedy war crimes trial demanded

Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad yesterday formed country-wide human chain protesting what they said BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's conspiracy to protect the war criminals.

50 barred from using calculators

Around 50 admission seekers were deprived of using scientific calculators by an invigilator in the first year admission tests of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (Sust) in Sylhet on Saturday though the admission test committee has approved use of such tool.

Crimes on rise at RU

Petty crimes--mugging and stealing--have increased significantly on the Rajshahi University (RU) campus recently as BCL men are allegedly involved in the criminal activities.

One returns from Israeli custody

After serving over a year of detention in Israel, a Bangladesh citizen, Sagar Ahmed returned home yesterday morning.

Awareness on population

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) yesterday inaugurated 30 public buses with paintings on population growth as part of its awareness campaign on population as the global population reaches seven billions today.

Vote for the Sundarbans

Bangladesh Bank called upon the managing directors and chief executive officers of all scheduled banks to take necessary steps in motivating their staff to vote for the Sundarbans at least five times a day.

Water bodies being grabbed

Water bodies are being filled up or occupied in Chittagong city in violation of environmental laws due to inaction from Department of Environment and Chittagong Development Authority (CDA), said environmentalists at a rally here yesterday.

Road crashes kill 2

Two people were killed and another was injured in separate road accidents in Satkhira and Narail on Saturday and yesterday.

Support for 6 disaster-hit states

Indonesia, the current chair of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), has provided financial assistance to the six Asean countries currently affected by natural disasters.

Indian military team passes busy day

The visiting14-member military delegation of Indian Higher Command Course passed a busy day in the city yesterday.

JSD founding anniversary today

Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) will observe its 39th founding anniversary today.

Old man crushed under train

An old man was killed as a train run over him in Rangpur town on Saturday.

Death anniversary

Today is the second death anniversary of Prof Moksedur Rahman, eminent educationist and former teacher of Teachers' Training College.

National

7 BGB battalion HQ, other offices threatened

Erosion by river Kholpetua has devoured a ferry terminal and at least 20 shops in Shyamnagar upazila in a day and now threatening a number of other important places in the area.

Four kidnapped students rescued in two districts

Law enforcers rescued four kidnapped students, including two females, from Jhenidah and Satkhira in the last three days.

40 MT rice looted from Dinajpur mill

Robbers looted a huge quantity of rice and cash taka from a rice mill in Joypurhat district on Friday midnight.

Fake hybrid seeds seized, one held

Sadullapur police on Saturday recovered 300 sacks of 'fake' hybrid boro seeds from a godown and arrested one person in this connection.

Three Shibir men held

Three activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) Shibir were arrested on charge of distributing leaflets in the city on Saturday. The arrestees are Nuruzzaman Russel, a third year student of Bangla department at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (Sust), Abdur Rahman, son of Abu Bakar Siddique of Noagaon village in Dakkhin Surma upazilla, and Mustafizur Rahman, son of Mahtabuddin of Dobag village in Bianibazar upazilla of Sylhet. Students of Madan Mohan College caught the Shibir activists while they were distributing leaflets among the admission seekers to first year honours classes at Sust after written test on the day. Police later arrested the Shibir men and produced them in the Chief Judicial Magistrate's Court that sent them to jail.

Criminals kill youth

A youth was shot dead by a gang of criminals at Banshgram village in Narail Sadar upazila on Saturday night. The victim is Obaidur Rahman, 32, son of Isarat Hossain of Gopalpur village. Family members said a gang of six riding two motorbikes arrived at their house at around 9:00pm. They called Obaidur out of the house, took him to Matha Banga Bridge and shot him. Hearing gunshots, locals rushed to the spot and took Obaidur to Narail Sadar Hospital. He was then referred to Jessore Sadar Hospital where the doctors declared him dead. Police could not unearth clues to the murder as of filing of this report at 5:00pm yesterday

3 boys jailed for stalking

Three schoolboys were jailed on Saturday on charge of stalking a schoolgirl in Dumki upazila. The convicts are Ashikur Rahman, 15, Farhad Alam, 15, and Shahab Uddin, 15. They all are class eight students of Lebukhali Habib Ullah High School in the upazila. Of them, Ashikur Rahman was sentenced to two months' imprisonment while Farhad and Shahab were jailed for a month. After a brief hearing, the court led by Executive Magistrate Tarafder Sohel Rahman found them guilty of the crime and punished them.

Principal besieged

Local leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday confined the principal of Satkhira Government College to his office room for an hour as he refused to give them Tk 2 lakh as toll. Police quoted college sources as saying that a group of BCL men led by its district unit President Sheikh Jewel Hasan and General Secretary Nazul Huda Palash demanded Tk 2 lakh from Principal AKM Abdul Wahed on October 29. As he refused to give them the amount, they confined the principal to his office room at around 10:00am. Being informed, police rushed to the college and rescued the principal. BCL district unit President Sheikh Jewel Hasan and General Secretary Nazul Huda Palash could not be contacted over cellphone for their comments.

Principal besieged

Local leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday confined the principal of Satkhira Government College to his office room for an hour as he refused to give them Tk 2 lakh as toll. Police quoted college sources as saying that a group of BCL men led by its district unit President Sheikh Jewel Hasan and General Secretary Nazul Huda Palash demanded Tk 2 lakh from Principal AKM Abdul Wahed on October 29. As he refused to give them the amount, they confined the principal to his office room at around 10:00am. Being informed, police rushed to the college and rescued the principal. BCL district unit President Sheikh Jewel Hasan and General Secretary Nazul Huda Palash could not be contacted over cellphone for their comments.

Letters

Fight the final battle

Though food production in our country has tripled since independence, still four crore people are living below the poverty line. Wherever we go we see poverty writ large on the faces of the poor tattered clothes, their bodies emaciated from malnutrition. Who are to blame for this situation?

Khilgaon flyover

Khilgaon flyover has been kept off limit for heavy vehicles causing severe traffic congestion under the flyover at Khilgaon rail crossing. This situation has been continuing since the publication of some reports in the daily newspapers that the Khilgaon flyover has developed cracks. Thereafter, several teams from BUET, Dhaka City Corporation and LGED inspected the flyover and reported that these faults which appeared to be cracks were neither due to faulty design nor they were posing any serious threat to the flyover.

Tale of a slum kid

The other day at Farmgate I came across a boy selling newspaper to a man who was sitting in his car. The man handed him a ten taka note and the boy did not have change. So, the man started to scold the boy and at one point he got out of the car and beat up the poor boy. Nobody said anything or came forward to save the boy. As I was shocked at how cruel people have become to the underprivileged children, I stood beside him and asked him his whereabouts. He was an eight-year-old boy named Shujon. I also enquired about his parents and he said, “My father had left us and married another woman. My mother is sick and doesn't do anything.” Shujon is second among his five siblings; he lives in a slum at Mohammadpur. Whatever insignificant profits he makes out of selling newspapers, he gives it to his mother so that she can run the family. Although he had always wanted to go to school, he never had the chance to attend one. Shujon and children like him struggle for survival every single day. Theirs is an insurmountable battle, beginning from the very day they are born. If we are really unable to help them, we can still love them and show them sympathy.

Hero now being upon as a villain!

Nowadays road accidents have become a very common issue in our country. We all know that most of the accidents occur due to the competitive attitude of the drivers. In Bangladesh, there are lots of drivers who do not know the traffic rules but have driving licenses. The helpers always embarrass the passengers. We have lost some renowned personalities in road accidents. Even Ilias Kanchan, who has been fighting for road safety since his wife's tragic death in a road crash, has become a villain to the drivers. Now the drivers are trying to prove that they are innocent. I think if the BRTA does not take necessary steps, then the BRTA officials may also lose their relatives soon due to road accident.

The killing roads

Syed Badrul Ahsan's analysis of Shaheed Minar Tamasha (DS 26 Oct) was diplomatic and perhaps beyond the intelligence level of the participants, who can only differentiate between a Cow and Goat! Who are then the killers? Are they not: :

Two city corporations in Dhaka!

Dhaka City Corporation has been split into two - South City Corporation and North City Corporation for two mayoral posts, but for whose benefit?

Use of EVM

Use of Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) is a widely discussed issue in Narayanganj City Corporation election. The EVM is going to be used for the first time in Narayanganj City Corporation election 2011 for 145000 voters. The EC is trying to digitalise the voting system by using EVM denying the public opinion against it. The electronic voting system was recently rejected in India and not highly accepted even in the first world countries. All the mayoral candidates of Narayanganj including the ruling party supported candidate Shamim Osman have opposed the use of EVM. But EC is trying to use this system forcefully. Many illiterate voters still do not understand the analogue system of voting, but they will have to use digital voting machine. Moreover, the main allegation against the EVM is that it does not provide recount facility in case any doubt arises. So, I think the EC should turn back to analogue voting system respecting people's opinion.

Discourage teenage smokers

It hurts when we see many teenagers in Dhaka have become smokers and they do not bother to smoke in public places. Everybody knows the bad effects of smoking. Most of the cigarette sellers in Bangladesh are teenagers who usually get addicted to smoking. That day while I was having my evening walk, I found a young boy, aged around 11 or 12, smoking at the corner of a lake. I could not bear the sight as he was too young to smoke, and asked him to throw away the cigarette at once. The next day when I was walking, he came forward and greeted me and proudly said that he gave up smoking. I don't know whether it was true, but we should strictly speak to the teen smokers whenever we see them smoking. Ban on smoking in public places may play a big role in persuading the teens not to become smokers.

Teachers' status

As per the government decision the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education has recently appointed as many as 1377 assistant teachers in the secondary level for the double-shift schools. Regrettably, a number of them have not joined their jobs. Perhaps they have got better jobs elsewhere. It is clear that talented and capable young people are not at all interested in this profession due to lack of both respect and good pay. That's why the teachers of government. high schools have been demanding first class status for a long time. Teaching is an honourable profession. Teachers are the torchbearers, mentors and leaders of a nation. But honestly speaking, teachers are not well-treated in our country. I would like to request our present government and the authorities concerned to address the issue.

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International

Playing with Syria will be disastrous for West

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has warned that any Western intervention would cause an "earthquake" inflaming the region, after almost 100 people died in the bloodiest two days of the uprising against his rule.

Gaza-Israel ceasefire hopes after 10 killed

Sources close to Gaza militant groups said early yesterday that they were trying to call a halt to rocket fire that brought deadly retaliatory Israeli air strikes.

Dozens arrested as protesters defy winter

Dozens of Occupy Austin members were arrested early yesterday, police in the Texas capital said as protesters face a rough chilly winter ahead.

Look East for success, not West: Mahathir

Malaysia's former Prime minister Mahathir Mohamad yesterday said that Muslim-majority countries should look east for development models and not at Western nations, which he described as "failures".

Thai floods 'still serious'

Residents living along canals in parts of northern Bangkok were warned yesterday to be ready to evacuate if needed because of the spread of floods that have so far spared most of the Thai capital.

World population hits 7b today

The world's seven billionth person will be born Monday into what UN leader Ban Ki-moon calls a "world of contradiction" -- and facing an uphill battle if it is on the wrong side of the poverty line.

Canadian guard defends Gaddafis

A former soldier from Canada working as a private security contractor has admitted he helped late Gaddafi's son Saadi flee Libya adding he found no wrong with the Gaddafi family.

Latest China mine disaster kills 29

A blast at a coal mine in southern China has killed 29 people, state news agency Xinhua said yesterday, in the latest disaster to hit the accident-prone industry.

Turkey quake toll nears 600

The death toll from eastern Turkey's devastating earthquake rose to 596 yesterday while bulldozers were replacing sniffer dogs as search efforts wound down.

Snowstorms ravage US

Freezing conditions prevailed on the US East Coast yesterday after a rare October snowstorm and icy rain reportedly killed at least three people, sparked long airport delays and caused massive power outages.

Mubarak trial postponed

The trial of ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak which was due to resume yesterday has been postponed following demands for the appointment of a new judge, state-run news agency MENA reported.

'One child' policy to stay in China

China, the world's most populous country with more than 1.3 billion people, will maintain its strict "one-child" policy, state media said yesterday, despite calls for the rules to be relaxed.

Polls opens in Kyrgyzstan

Voting got underway yesterday in Kyrgyzstan in the country's presidential election following last year's bloody revolution and deadly ethnic violence.

Arts & Entertainment

Padatik's musical offering to Tagore

Marking 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore and 100th anniversary of the publishing of his Nobel Prize-winning book “Geetanjali”, Padatik Natya Sangsad-Bangladesh arranged a special programme on October 29. Titled “Rabishondhya”, the programme featured the bard's timeless songs and recitation from “Geetanjali”, along with staging part of a Tagore play “Shey”, at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

Cultural connect

Cultural organisation Bangladesh Udichi Shilpi Goshthi celebrated its 43rd anniversary on October 29. On the occasion, the organisation arranged a programme at the premises of the Liberation War Museum, Segunbagicha in Dhaka. Members of the organisation as well as artistes, poets, cultural activists attended the festival. The programme featured a discussion, rendition of songs and poetry recitation.

Bhawaiya Music Festival

Rangpur Bhawaiya Academy held a two-day Bhawaiya Music Festival at the local town hall to observe the 110th birth anniversary of folk legend Abbasuddin Ahmed. The event began last Saturday.

Banglalink Music Fest rocks Rangpur

On October 28, Banglalink organised a concert in Rangpur as part of its latest bid to make a change with music and connect with the country's youth.

OP-ED

The gimmick's not going to pay

When this paper carrying the article on Narayangaj City Corporation (NCC) polls reaches the readers, the result of the polls will be out. Whatever the outcome, the fact will not change that the government failed to honour the constitution in the case of NCC polls. Because, being the executive branch of the state, it has fallen short of complying with the Election Commission's requisition asking for deployment of army in the NCC elections.

The 7 billionth baby is born

A first cry heralding the arrival of a new baby today (October 31) brings the global population to seven billion. The birth of this so-called "7 Billionth Baby" is significant in many aspects. For an average man it may sound like just another birth, but for those who care about our resource-strapped planet it's a matter of grave concern.

This Day In History

October 31

1940
World War II: The Battle of Britain ends the United Kingdom prevents a possible German invasion.



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