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News of: Monday, 24th of September, 2012

Front Page

Govt hails WB

The government yesterday welcomed the World Bank decision to re-engage in the Padma bridge financing along with ADB, Jica and IDB.

No polls without caretaker govt

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday said the next general election must be held under a non-party government and no other formula would work.

Wait is over for Snow White fibre

Bangladeshi jute researchers are now upbeat at the prospect of commercial release of a new variety of jute -- Snow White Fibre -- following decoding of the genome of deadly fungus macrophomina phaseolina by a team of local scientists.

Unelected people still part of govt

The constitution still has provisions that allow a large number of unelected people to govern the country, even though the caretaker government system has been scrapped over its composition of unelected persons.

Abul, Mashiur dropped

Prime Minister's Economic Affairs Adviser Mashiur Rahman and former communications minister Syed Abul Hossain were removed from the cabinet committee on purchase yesterday.

SC against technocrat ministers

The present constitutional provision for technocrat ministers is undemocratic and contrary to the fundamental principles of the original constitution of 1972, observed the Supreme Court in its full verdict on the 13th amendment.

Keep Subhan in jail

International Crimes Tribunal-1 yesterday asked the prison authorities concerned to keep recently arrested Jamaat leader Maulana Abdus Subhan detained and produce him before the tribunal on September 30.

A battle between uncle and niece

Though it is true that three candidates are vying for the Gazipur-4 parliamentary seat at the by-polls due on September 30, the real battle will be fought between an uncle and a niece -- both from the ruling Awami League.

Strike adds to passengers' sufferings

Biman Bangladesh Airlines has already rescheduled the flight of Ismail Hossain, a migrant worker, due to the ongoing flight disorder. Yesterday's hartal just aggravated his sufferings.

PM reaches New York to attend UNGA

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived in New York yesterday morning on a nine-day official visit to the USA to attend the 67th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

Relaxed hartal

The countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal enforced by 12 Islamist parties yesterday passed almost peacefully amid arrest of at least 53 people, including 45 in Dhaka, and torching of a BRTC bus in Chittagong.

Polls as per law, not on govt's order

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad yesterday said the parliamentary election would be held according to law, not on the government's instructions.

India destroy England

Harbhajan Singh grabbed 4-12 on his return after a year in the wilderness as India demolished defending champions England by 90 runs in the World Twenty20 on Sunday.

Minister Raju denies his family's link

Ten months into the killing of popular Narsingdi municipal mayor Lokman Hossain, Employment Minister Rajiuddin Ahmed Raju yesterday visited his constituency for the first time amid heavy police security and protests from locals.

2 probe bodies formed, docs go on strike

Two probe committees were formed yesterday to investigate Saturday's clashes between indigenous people and Bangalee settlers in Rangamati town that left at least 20 people injured.

Worry over polls security

With only six days left for the Gazipur-4 by-polls, the election commission is yet to issue directives to local law enforcement agencies on launching drives against listed criminals in a bid to ensure a level playing field for the candidates.

186 people sued over violence

Shahbagh police yesterday filed two cases against 186 people in connection with Saturday's clashes near the Jatiya Press Club over an anti-Islam film and a cartoon.

6-month maternity leave for non-govt school teachers

The government has decided to allow six-month maternity leave for teachers and employees of the non-government educational institutions enjoying monthly payment order (MPO) facilities.

Gunmen shoot PCJSS activist

Gunmen shot and injured one activist of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) in Laxmichhari of Khagrachhari yesterday.

Ex-MP Sayeed Iskander passes away

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's younger brother Maj (retd) Sayeed Iskander passed away at a New York hospital yesterday.

Artificial heart now in India

A tiny mechanised device weighing 400 grams may soon give a new lease of life to more than 4 million people in the country who die of heart failure every year. A Mumbai hospital has brought in the technology to implant an artificial heart that takes over the functioning of the original heart and promises to double the patient's life expectancy.

Rebels claim control over most of Syria

Regime aircraft hammered insurgent bastions nationwide yesterday as rebels said they now control most of the country and have moved their command centre from Turkey to "liberated areas" inside Syria.

UPA 'cheating' youths: Modi

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi yesterday accused the Congress-led UPA government of making false promises of providing jobs to unemployed youths.

Editorial

Face Rohingya issue upfront

With 30,000 registered Rohingya refugees and anything between two and five lac unregistered ones in Bangladesh, the country has long been at the receiving end of all the fallout of a problem created in Myanmar. As if that was not enough, the latest wave of persecution of Rohingyas from the Rakhine state put additional strain on Bangladesh's nerves. The country finds itself between the rock and the hard place. On the one hand, we share humanitarian concern with the rest of the world, but on the other, we are resource-constrained to host any more refugees on a durable basis.

Science education in decline

The falling trend of students' enrolment in science at secondary level of education, as found in a study, has an alarming signal for the country. That is because, the preparatory phase for higher education in science begins from the secondary level.

Sports

NZ through despite defeat

Pakistan provided strong evidence on Sunday during their first group match against New Zealand why they were considered top favourites in the ICC World Twenty20. First, Pakistan's top order dominated New Zealand's bowling under sunny skies in Pallekele and then their variety of bowling led by leading T20I wicket-taker Saeed Ajmal, who claimed four wickets yesterday, ensured a 13-run victory. The result made things all but clear for Bangladesh -- who now not only need to win against a formidable Pakistan on Tuesday but do so by a comfortable margin to reach the Super Eights.

Saqlain bullish about Tigers' chances

The spin bowlers are the main strength in Bangladesh's bowling department, which is why their failure leaves the Tigers with little chance of making an impact on the field. Their 59-run defeat against New Zealand in their first match of the ongoing ICC World Twenty20 at the Pallekele International Stadium last Friday was no exception to that generally accepted truth. Questions had already been raised about the Bangladesh spinners' actual potency on pitches other than the slow and low variety. Bangladesh's new spin bowling coach Saqlain Mushtaq however has full faith in his charges, although he was not completely happy with the performance in the first group match. He however held the conditions responsible for the poor showing.

Lack of grounds worry BFF

The Bangladesh Football Federation's initiative to increase the number of grounds inside the capital in a bid to meeting the demand of various leagues is likely to stumble due to 'financial constraint.'

ICC defends monsoon dates

The International Cricket Council on Sunday defended the scheduling of the World Twenty20 as monsoon rains threatened to ruin the tournament in Sri Lanka.

SL steps up security

World Twenty20 hosts Sri Lanka are to beef up security after angry fans clashed with baton wielding police in Hambantota where the home side lost a match to South Africa, officials said Sunday.

Amateur golfers' success

Bangladesh team emerged champion in the Bhutan Amateur Golf Champion-ship which concluded at the Royal Thimpu Golf Club in Bhutan yesterday. The Bangladesh team, comprising Mohammad Dulal Hossain and Mohammad Sagar became champions while Dulal also became individual champion. Two teams from hosts Bhutan and one each from Bangladesh, India and Nepal participated in the event.

Hard task for Tigers

Despite their loss against Pakistan in their World T20 group match yesterday, some late hitting by New Zealand ensured their entry to the Super Eights. However, the loss makes things a lot more difficult for Bangladesh. The Tigers will have to beat an in-form Pakistani by more than 36 runs in their last group game on September 25 if they are to progress to the Super Eights.

Must-win tie for WI

Having lost to Australia in their World Twenty20 opener, West Indies would not have the luxury of experimenting against Ireland here on Monday, as they need a win at any cost to book a berth in the Super Eight stage.

Lara at Sachin's home

Sachin Tendulkar was in for a pleasant surprise as West Indies legend Brian Lara paid a visit to the former's residence, in what seemed to be an impromptu meeting between two of modern day's greatest batsmen.

Radwanska eyes title defence

The world number-three Agnieszka Radwanska prepared to start her campaign to defend the Pan Pacific Open Sunday, as 19 of the top 20 players gathered in Tokyo for the 2.17 million dollar tournament.

Tsonga retains Metz title

Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga overpowered Italy's Andreas Seppi on Sunday to retain his title at the Metz Open and score crucial points in the race to the World Tour Finals.

Korea Open Caroline's

Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki dropped just one game against Kaia Kanepi in the lop-sided final of the Korea Open on Sunday for her first WTA title of the year.

Gunners hold City

Laurent Koscielny's equaliser ensured Arsenal left Eastlands with a deserved point as the Gunners held Premier League champions Manchester City to a 1-1 draw on Sunday.

Dramatic win for Vettel

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel survived an incident-packed Singapore Grand Prix to reignite his world title defence with a thrilling victory on Sunday.

Local snippets

Uttara Hockey Club recorded a 4-2 win over Farashganj SC in the Green Delta Insurance First Division Hockey League at the Maulna Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Lucky United down L'pool

Ten-man Liverpool were left searching for their first Premier League win under new manager Brendan Rodgers as arch-rivals Manchester United came from behind to win 2-1 at an emotional Anfield on Sunday.

HAMBURG end Dortmund streak

Toni Kroos and Thomas Mueller fired Bayern Munich back to the top of the Bundelsiga on Saturday with a 2-0 win at Schalke while champions Borussia Dortmund saw their 31-match unbeaten run ended by Hamburg.

Xavi at the death

Substitute Xavi Hernandez scored a late goal to set Barcelona on their way to a 2-0 win over Granada on Saturday which maintained their perfect start and sent them 11 points clear of bitter rivals Real Madrid.

Quagliarella keeps up form

Champions Juventus underlined their Serie A title credentials with a fourth straight win thanks to Champions League hero Fabio Quagliarella's brace in a 2-0 win over Chievo on Saturday.

No bust up with Villa, says Messi

Argentine superstar Lionel Messi has insisted he is on good terms with Barcelona teammate David Villa after the two players had a heated exchange of words during their 2-0 victory over Grenada on Saturday.

Shaking on it

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez and Manchester United defender Patrice Evra shook hands ahead of an especially charged match between the Premier League rivals at Anfield on Sunday.

Roma want win awarded

Serie A club Roma have lodged an appeal to be awarded victory from their away match Sunday against Cagliari following its controversial postponement hours before kick-off.

Zenit in open revolt

Russian champions Zenit Saint Peterbsurg were in danger of descending into civil war on Sunday after senior players protested at the signing of Brazilian superstar striker Hulk.

Yuvi to write book on father

India's World Cup hero and cancer-survivor cricketer Yuvraj Singh will pen a book on his player-turned-actor father Yograj Singh.

Business

BB relaxes loan rules

The central bank yesterday relaxed some rules of loan classification and provisioning to address the concerns of banks and the business community.

Financial regulators move to beef up their efficiency

The central bank has taken a newer approach to financial regulations in the wake of rising complexities and irregularities in the sector.

SEC names investors for compensation

The Securities and Exchange Commission has recently put up the names of retail investors who lost money in last year's stockmarket crash on its website.

Dhaka bourse best Asian performer in August

The Dhaka Stock Exchange became the best performer in Asia in August, surging 6.90 percent in the month, according to Bloomberg data.

Runner plans to export motorcycles next year

Runner Automobiles Ltd, a concern of the local Runner Group, intends to export motorcycles from the middle of next year.

BTRC gets new chief

The government yesterday appointed former post and telecom secretary Sunil Kanti Bose as the chairman of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC).

Govt lifts ban on fish exports

The commerce ministry yesterday lifted a ban on exports of all kinds of fish, except hilsa.

Ctg women entrepreneurs keen to make a mark

Women entrepreneurs in the country have been on the rise over the last few years, thanks to women becoming more confident of their potential to contribute to the economy.

Stage set for World Tourism Day

Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB) will celebrate World Tourism Day on Thursday to create awareness about tourism in Bangladesh.

How financial lawsuits muzzle free speech

Imagine some political group runs an advertisement accusing a politician of misleading statements and covering up his true voting record. Instead of denouncing the attack or countering with a favorable ad, however, the candidate sues the political group for billions of dollars, launching a six-year, scorched-earth legal and public relations campaign.

Outlook for exports brightens

Bangladesh is taking a growing share of the global export market of textiles, footwear and many hard goods, said a senior official of a globally-reputed professional services firm.

Spain to overshoot crucial deficit goal

Spain has staked its financial survival on cutting its bulging deficit, but analysts warn it will miss its key 2012 target, undermined by the very measures taken to try and meet it.

Young jobless on the rise in Europe's rich north

At 29, Samira Ahidar just got a permanent job, her first.

New top brass for Janata Insurance

Begum Sultana Hashem has recently been elected as the chairman of Janata Insurance Co Ltd, the company said in a statement yesterday.

'Made in America' more attractive to manufacturers

Watch out China and Canada, "Made in America" has an attractive ring to it these days.

Mining crisis rattles South African labour movement

The violent crisis that has shaken South Africa's mines shows workers' distrust for traditional trade unions, up to now the guardians of social peace despite the country's deep inequality.

Metropolitan

Hatirjheel road opens Dec 15

With only 10 percent work remaining, the peripheral road along the capital's Hatirjheel-Begunbari canals will likely be opened to the public on December 15, said State Minister for Housing and Public Works Abdul Mannan Khan yesterday.

13 killed, 38 hurt in road crashes

Thirteen people were killed and 38 others injured in separate road accidents in Madaripur, Dhaka, Gazipur, Barisal, Netrakona, Jessore and Kishoreganj on Saturday and yesterday.

Fund constraint stalls road development projects in Ctg

Fund constraint has stalled several road development projects being implemented by the Roads and Highways Department (RHD) in Chittagong.

Rajshahi MP beats up ward councillor

Lawmaker of Rajshahi 6 constituency (Bagha-Charghat upazilas) allegedly beat up the ward councillor of Arani municipality in Bagha upazila yesterday for hurling abuses at a madrasa teacher.

Agartala-Dhaka Maitree service suspended

Maitree bus service on Agartala-Dhaka route has been suspended following torching of the Indian bus by a mob in Narsingdi on Friday, reports Press Trust of India (PTI) yesterday.

RTI Forum demands neutral CIC

Right to Information (RTI) Forum yesterday demanded that the government nominates a strong, credible and neutral person as Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) to replace the recently retired CIC, said a press release.

Nahid for use of nanotech

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday urged the country's technologists to use the knowledge of nanotechnology in the industrial sector to develop the nation.

Persons qualified in tests demand appointment

A group of job seekers who had qualified in the recruitment test for posts of assistant stationmaster and guards at Bangladesh Railway demanded immediate employment yesterday.

Fire breaks out in Uttara building

Fire fighters rescued around 50 residents trapped in their 16 storey shopping-cum-apartment complex in the capital's Uttara Sector-3 after a generator in its basement caught fire yesterday.

NGO federation executive board elected

A 22-member National Executive Board for Federation of NGOs in Bangladesh (FNB) was elected in which Dr Muhammad Ibrahim, head of Center for Mass Education in Science, was made chair.

Court rejects family's plea against charge sheet

A Sylhet court yesterday rejected the “Naraji” (no confidence) petition of the victim's family against the charge sheet in college teacher Harun ur Rashid murder case.

Cuet to construct environment friendly library

Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (Cuet) will establish an environment friendly library on the campus at a cost around Tk 5 crore.

Court sends KCC ward councillor to jail in murder case

A Khulna court yesterday rejected the bail prayer of Golam Mowla Shanu, a councillor of Khulna City Corporation, in a murder case.

DoE fined 19 companies in August

The Department of Environment (DoE) fined 19 factories and commercial organisations for polluting the environment and realised Tk 2.40 crore from them during anti-pollution drives last month.

22 Bangladeshis sent to jail in India

The court of the chief judicial magistrate of Imphal East in India sentenced 22 Bangladeshi nationals to two-year prison terms on Thursday, reports The Hindu.

Medical college admission aspirant stabbed in capital

A medical college admission aspirant was stabbed by his friend following a feud over keeping friendship with a female admission aspirant in the capital's Kathalbagan area on September 17.

Obituary

Mustafa Adil, an advocate of the Supreme Court, died at 3:45pm on Saturday.

National

Hilsa prices remain high as smuggling goes on

Smuggling of hilsa to India has continued, both through land and waterways, amid ban on export of the popular fish.

Bridge incomplete for years, thousands suffer

People of ten villages in Mogholhat and Kulaghat unions under Lalmonirhat Sadar upazila are suffering as a bridge over the Rotnai River at Saprikhana village under the upazila has remained incomplete for years.

Gaibandha Krishak League leader held for illegal tree felling

Police on Friday night arrested district Krishak League leader Abdul Hannan from his home at Ujir Dharani village in Gaibandha Sadar upazila on charge of felling roadside trees.

Jute, textile mill workers agitate in Khulna

Privately owned jute, cotton, and textile mills workers yesterday observed rail-road blockade programme in Khulna to press their 10-point demand, including implementation of minimum wages.

Building construction on at occupied khas land

A ruling party man is constructing a multi-storied building at Kalaiya Bazar in Baufal upazila under the district after occupying a piece of khas land only about 200 metres from the union land office.

2 probe bodies formed, docs go on strike

Two committees were formed yesterday to investigate Saturday's clash between indigenous people and Bangalee settlers over a trivial matter in Rangamati town, which left at least 20 people injured.

Bees leave Sundarbans as mangrove forest turns inhospitable

Swarms of bees are leaving many areas of the Sundarbans in quest of a safer home as they now find it difficult to get a suitable place for building colonies in the mangrove forest.

15 hurt as BNP men clash with cops in Gaibandha

At least 15 people, including three cops, were injured during a clash between police and BNP activists at Palashbari upazila headquarters on Saturday night.

Criminals set UP office afire in Meherpur

Unidentified criminals torched a Union Parishad (UP) office in Mujibnagar upazila of Meherpur district last night.

Stalker jailed

A mobile yesterday sentenced a man to six months' imprisonment on charge of stalking a madrasa student in Baniachang upazila of Habiganj district. Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) of Baniachang Debjit Sinha, also the executive magistrate, passed the order in the afternoon. The arrestee is Afzal Hossain of Bonder Bari area. Police arrested Afzal yesterday and produced him before the magistrate. After a hearing, the magistrate penalised the man.

Three alleged muggers held

Police arrested three alleged muggers in Chitra Bridge area of Narail on Saturday night.The arrestees are Mohiuddin, 19, son of Shahjahan of Kotakol village under Lohagara upazila, Md Habibur Rahman, 17, son of Obaidur Rahman of Bongram village under Kalia upazila of Narail, and Arif Mollik, 19, son of Md Hemayet Mollik of North Gangarampur village under Moksedpur upazila of Gopalgonj district. Sub-Inspector Manik Saha said police arrested the three while they were trying to mug a man in the area at around 8:30pm. Police also seized a knife from them, he added.

Gun, bullets seized

Members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) recovered one shutter gun and two bullets from a mango orchard at Shaympur village under Shibganj upazila on Saturday night. Acting on a tip-off, a BGB team of Masudpur border outpost (BOP) went to the village at around 8:00pm and found the gun and bullets at the orchard. Later, BGB men handed over the gun and bullets to Shibganj Police Station and filed a general diary in this regard. On Monday last, the BGB men seized two foreign made pistols, nine bullets, three magazines from Parchouka village in the upazila and arrested an arms peddler named Shah Alam.

Cop 'commits' suicide

A police constable committed 'suicide' by shooting himself with his own pistol in Rangpur on Saturday evening. The dead, Ayub Ali, 35, was a bodyguard of SM Rashidul Haque, additional superintended of police in Rangpur. Hearing the sound of a gunshot at around 7:00pm, one of his colleagues rushed to the guards' room and found Ayub Ali lying in a pool of blood on the floor. Police recovered the body and sent it to Rangpur Medical College hospital for autopsy. A four-member committee, led by Senior ASP Abul Bashar Mohammad Zakir Hossain, was formed to investigate the incident. The other members of the committee are Taharul Islam, ASP of Rangpur, Altaf Hossain, officer-in-charge of Rangpur Kotwali Police Station and Golam Mahfizur Rahman, officer-in-charge of the Detective Branch in Rangpur.

Boy drowns

An 11-year-old boy drowned in a pond at Mollabari village in Sarishabari upazila of the district on Saturday morning. The boy was identified as Forhad Hassain, son of Jalal Hossain of the village. He was a class IV student at a kindergarten at Boyra Bazar in the area. Locals and family sources said Farhad went to a pond near their house to take a bath at around 10:00am and drowned. Family members recovered the body from the pond at around 12:30 pm.

Farmer electrocuted

A betel leaf cultivator was electrocuted at his house at Siddipasha village in Abhoynagar upazila of Jessore district on Saturday night. The deceased was identified as Abdul Malek, 35. Family sources said Malek came in contact with a live electric wire while he was working at his house.

Gold smuggler arrested

An alleged gold smuggler was arrested here yesterday morning. Acting on a tip-off, members of Rab-12 in Sirajganj arrested Abu Sufian, son of Ataur Rahman of Rambhadrapur village under Panchbibi upazila of Jaypurhat district with gold weighing 1,160 grams on Hatikumrul highway in Sirajganj. district. Rab sources said Sufian came from Dhaka in a bus. They later handed him over to Salanga Police Station.

Schoolgirl commits suicide

A schoolgirl committed suicide by taking poison at Kaminidanga village under Manirampur upazila of Jessore district yesterday morning. Police said Mita Biswas, 15, a student of class IX of a local high school, took poison as her mother scolded her in the morning for not going to the school. She was rushed to the upazila health complex where the doctor declared her dead.

Lightning kills one

A man was killed by lightning at Ranibari village under Shibganj upazila of the district on Saturday evening. The deceased was identified as Kariful Islam, 40, son of Nawashad Ali of the village. Locals said Kariful was struck by lightning in front of his house at around 7:00pm. He died on the way to a clinic at Kansat.

Letters

BCL's atrocities

Two photographs published side by side on the back page of the DS dated Sept 13, unmistakably provide pictorial description of how ferocious are the rowdy the BCL cadres committing atrocities on DU and RU campuses recently. It is reported that the BCL men swooped on the JCD activists who were waiting to join party programmes and assaulted them in the most barbaric fashion! They mercilessly beat them up, kicked them as if the victims were some wretched animals and even stomped on their bodies! What an ugly demonstration of hatred and intolerance!

Political instability linked to temperature rise!

A recent article, referring to a study by US economists, published in the “Science and Life” page of this daily, says that higher temperatures may also have contributed to political instability in the poor countries defined as those with below-median per capita income, adjusted for the purchasing power of the country's currency. It has also added that small increase in temperature may have reduced the industrial and agricultural production of poor countries. It is also shown that temperature fluctuations can have large negative impacts on poor countries; on the other hand, rich countries have so far shown no measurable economic or political consequences resulting from it.

Risks of nuclear option for power

Electricity is one of the main factors of development. Without it no country can move forward in present time. Generating electricity by coal, gas or oil is a costly process and it has many anti-environmental components. So, many countries are producing electricity by establishing nuclear power stations. Our neighbour India has some such stations too.

Minister with no work

At a time when a minister without portfolio is sitting idle without any work, duty and responsibility but drawing huge pay and allowances, enjoying all facilities and amenities from public exchequer, there are allegations of lapses, omissions and irregularities committed by several ministers. We do not have enough fund to build Padma bridge, repair our deplorable roads and highways and operate railways. There are reports of electricity crisis and load shedding, Sonali Bank and Destiny Group scams, lack of accountability and transparency in our finance and accounts sector. We fail to understand the justification of increasing the number of ministers and state ministers from forty-five to fifty-one at the cost of sufferings of our people.

Protesting the wrong

Through this letter I condemn the attacks on US ambassador and diplomats on 11th September 2012. I also protest against the film which triggered this violence and resulted in the death of 4 US diplomats. The film insulted our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). My question is, when the filmmaker was aware of the fact that such a movie could spread violence, then why did he make it in the first place? And why is it that when the Westerners hurt the beliefs of the Muslims, it becomes their freedom of expression but when the Muslims speak against the wrongs they do against other people, they (Muslims) become terrorists?

House of autocracy!

Adnan's letter on the matter published in this page on 12th. September on throttled freedom of our Members of the Parliament does not at all reconcile with the image of democracy that we bandy around as our state principle! Our elected members of the parliament can not vote with clear conscience on issues being put to vote in the House. They have no freedom of choice and belief but must toe the party line!

Please reach a consensus

Our two major political parties Awami League and BNP could not come to a consensus regarding the election system yet. Our opposition is demanding election under caretaker government but our government wants to hold it under party government. Our Supreme Court has already scrapped the caretaker government provision from the constitution and declared it illegal.

10 second pulse!

After a directive of Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission the cell phone operator Airtel recently set its rate at Tk 0.06 per pulse. It implies that the subscribers have to pay Tk 0.36 per minute where their previous rate was Tk. 0.29 per minute. In calculation, it is a 24.14% hike from the previous rate.

Take stern action against food adulterators

Adulteration of foods has become the most dreadful problem in recent times. Some heinous businessmen in order to make huge profits adulterate various food items. The trend to adulterate food is increasing day by day among traders. The mere drives of the Mobile Courts to catch and fine the unscrupulous traders are not enough. The government should follow the directives of the High Court and take actions against those people under the Special Powers Act, 1974 which gives death penalty or imprisonment for life for food adulteration.

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International

9 climbers killed in Nepal avalanche

At least nine climbers including a German and a local guide have been killed in Nepal after they were buried by an avalanche on one of the world's most deadly mountains, officials said yesterday.

I have personal regrets: Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese dissident and Nobel Peace Prize winner, spent most of the past two decades under house arrest in Rangoon, thousands of miles from her husband and children in the UK. She has rarely talked about the pain of this separation.

Israeli strike would trigger WWIII: Iran

Iran could launch a pre-emptive strike if Israel prepares to attack it, a senior Revolutionary Guards commander told the broadcaster Al-Alam on Sunday, a day after his boss warned conflict was inevitable.

Libya militia crackdown spreads to Tripoli

A Libyan crackdown on lawless militias spread to the capital yesterday after armed groups that have not been integrated into state institutions were ordered to disband and evacuate their bases.

Israel will not accept Egypt treaty changes

Israel will not accept alterations to its 1979 peace treaty with Egypt, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said yesterday, as ties between the two countries continue to fray.

Morsi urges US to change policy toward Arabs

Egypt's new Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi, urged the United States late Saturday to change its approach to the Arab world to be able to repair relations and revitalize an alliance with Egypt.

Libya militia crackdown spreads to Tripoli

A Libyan crackdown on lawless militias spread to the capital yesterday after armed groups that have not been integrated into state institutions were ordered to disband and evacuate their bases.

French priest beatified for miracle healing

A French priest moved a step closer to sainthood Saturday when the Vatican acknowledged that the healing of an Ecuadoran boy amounted to a miracle.

China puts off Japan ties event

China yesterday postponed a ceremony marking the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties with Japan, due to an ongoing territorial dispute, Xinhua news agency said.

UPA has support of over 300 MPs

Slamming Trinamool Congress, Union Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad yesterday said steps such as allowing FDI in retail sector, hiking diesel prices and limiting cap on domestic LPG could have been taken earlier if there was no pressure from parties like the one headed by Mamata Banerjee.

Hope mounts for deal in Sudan summit

Sudan and South Sudan's leaders yesterday negotiated positions as international pressure mounts to end long-running disputes that have brought the former civil war foes to the brink of renewed conflict.

Nigeria church blast kills two

A suicide bomber who tried to ram an explosives-packed car into a church in Nigeria yesterday killed a woman and a child while badly wounding dozens more, the Red Cross said.

Pakistan govt rejects film maker bounty

The Pakistan government yesterday distanced itself from a $100,000 bounty offered by a cabinet minister for the death of the maker of an anti-Islam film that has sparked protests across the Muslim world.

Advani slams UPA for FDI decision

Attacking the Congress-led UPA government on the issue of allowing FDI in multi-brand retail, BJP yesterday said the party had opposed the measure when NDA was in power.

US denies visa to Iranian officials

The United States has denied visas to about 20 Iranian government officials hoping to attend next week's United Nations General Assembly, including two ministers, Iran's Fars news agency reported on Saturday.

Swiss vote on full smoking ban

Swiss citizens are going to the polls to vote on a proposal to ban smoking completely in enclosed public places.

Rafsanjani daughter held in Iran

The daughter of Iran's former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has been arrested and jailed under a six-month sentence for "propaganda against the regime," the Tehran prosecutor's office said in a statement carried by official media yesterday.

US approves envoys to Iraq, Pak

The US Senate on Saturday approved new American ambassadors to Iraq and Pakistan, both veteran diplomats who will take over as anti-Western protests sweep through Muslim countries.

16 Taliban killed in Afghanistan

A total of 16 Taliban militants have been killed and 24 other suspects detained in security operations in Afghanistan since Saturday, the interior ministry yesterday said.

21 killed in Sikkim flash floods

At least twenty one bodies have so far been found while eight persons are missing due to flash flood and landslides in remote areas of North Sikkim, official sources said yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Moushumi: Committed to her craft

With several upcoming TV plays, National Film Award winner Moushumi hardly has any time to unwind. She has performed in Partho Sarker's Eid ul Azha special one-hour play “Otopor Ek Cup Cha”, acting opposite Sajal. In the drama, Moushumi plays the role of a confident urban woman. The actress informs that she appeared in every single scene of the play -- the shooting for which was held at Uttara. Moushumi adds that she also worked with Partho Sarker during last Eid ul Fitr, in the drama “To be or not to be”.

Indian troupe Anik stages two plays

Kolkata based Indian theatre troupe Anik Natydal staged two plays -- Rabindranath Tagore's “Tapoti” and Mikhail Shatrov's “Laal Ghashey Neel Ghora” -- on the seventh day of the Ganga-Jamuna Theatre Festival. The plays were staged at the Experimental Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, on September 21.

Humayun Ahmed Film Festival at TSC starts today

Dhaka University Film Society is organising a three-day film festival, titled “Chalacchitre Humayun Ahmed” (Humayun Ahmed in Films), at TSC auditorium (Teachers' and Students' Centre), University of Dhaka, in memory of the recently deceased writer and filmmaker. Seven films (except the recently released “Ghetu Putra Komola”) directed by Ahmed will be screened at the festival.

Udichi's biennial convention ends

With the theme “Ushar Duarey Haani Aghat, Amra Anibo Ranga Probhat”, the Dhaka unit of Udichi Shilpi Goshthi held its biennial convention at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA), Segunbagicha, in Dhaka.

Will this be the final season of “How I Met Your Mother”?

Everyone is waiting today with baited breath for the Season 8 premiere of “How I Met Your Mother”, currently one of the most popular television sitcoms.

Shadhona's new dance-drama “Aye Amader Ongone”

Shadhona's new dance-drama, “Aye Amader Ongone”, based on Tagore's “Brikkhoropon”, is being staged today at 7:30 pm at Chhayanaut Cultural Centre in Dhaka, according to a press release. The dance direction for the production is by Amit Chowdhury and Shabbir Ahmed Khan; music direction by Nirjher Chowdhury and Rokon Emon and overall artistic direction by Lubna Marium.

Bangladesh and Norway team up

Nritya Nandan, one of the leading dance Institutions of Bangladesh, along with Live Square Music Bangladesh is arranging a dance workshop on Norwegian Folk Dance, says a press release. A collaboration between Riksconcertene (Concerts Norway) and Bangladesh to come up with new ideas and thoughts in dance, the project is named "Finding new ways in dance expressions- Bangladesh and Norway". The workshop will be conducted by Ulf Arne Johannessen and Margit Myhr both very talented and accomplished dancers and musicians from Norway. The workshop will be held in Shilpakala Academy from the September 25 to September 29 from 3pm till 6pm. The workshop will end with a presentation of the outcome of the workshop on September 30 at the Public Library Shoukat Osman Memorial Auditorium at 7pm. Dancers from different dance groups are joining the workshop.

“Barfi” set to go to the Oscars

Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra-starrer Bollywood film “Barfi”, the love story of a deaf and mute boy set in the fairy-tale world of the 1970s Darjeeling Hills in West Bengal, has been chosen as India's entry to the Oscars next year in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

OP-ED

Padma Bridge: No more brinkmanship

In the wake of World Bank's (WB) cancellation of its contract with the Government of Bangladesh on June 29, 2012 for $1.2 billion credit for the Padma Bridge, I wrote in these columns on July 2 that the government faced an acid-test which like any other challenge in life could be converted into a new opportunity. This in our view then and now could, however, happen only if the government shunned its typical denial syndrome and generated the courage and commitment to ensure a fully independent, credible investigation into allegations of corruption and deliver exemplary punishment, if found guilty.

Waking up from the inertia

Widely criticised for the government's policy paralysis, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh decided a week ago to kick-start the stagnating Indian economy by implementing a slew of long-pending economic reforms.

This Day In History

September 24

622
Prophet Muhammad completes his hijra from Mecca to Medina.



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