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News of: Wednesday, 26th of September, 2012

Front Page

WB wants to witness ACC quizzing

As part of its condition for the revival of the Padma bridge loan deal, the World Bank wants its expert panel to be present when the Anti-Corruption Commission interrogates the persons allegedly involved in corruption in the project.

'Real culprits' to be found out

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said her government will not stop its inquiry aimed at finding out the real culprits responsible for the cancellation of World Bank funding for the Padma bridge project.

Sonali Bank won't file criminal case

Sonali Bank has decided not to file any criminal case against the controversial Hall-Mark Group, which swindled Tk 2,686 crore out of the bank's Ruposhi Bangla Hotel branch using forged documents.

Plea to remove Justice Manik

The acting editor of daily Amar Desh yesterday brought allegations against Justice AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury Manik of “violating laws and committing misconduct”.

Respect int'l laws for flawless world order

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called upon the powerful nations to respect international legal systems and treaties, and support fair application of the laws to have a flawless world order.

Mystery might be solved by Oct 10

Home Minister Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir yesterday expressed optimism that the killers of journalist couple Sagar and Runi would be identified by October 10.

Shakib show in vain

It was an outstanding knock from an outstanding player. But Shakib Al Hasan's masterful 84-run innings was still not good enough for Bangladesh as they crashed out of the ICC World Twenty20 after defeat to Pakistan at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium last night.

Jobs at stake, for Biman

Ekhlasur Rahman and Nasir Hossain, two young migrant workers, yesterday left Dhaka with job worries as their departure was delayed by a week due to the flight disorder of Biman Bangladesh Airlines.

Temporary repair makes little impact

The temporary expansion joints fixed to the Meghna and Meghna-Gumti bridges earlier this month have made little impact to keep the bridges fit for traffic as the nuts and bolts at the joints are falling off frequently.

Govt alerts job seekers

The government has warned job seekers willing to work overseas about frauds who try to wangle money and passports by promising jobs in Malaysia.

Most Razakar, Al-Badr men were from Jamaat

Most members of the Shanti Committee, the Razakars, Al-Badr and Al-Shams were from the Jamaat-e-Islami, said eminent historian Prof Muntassir Mamoon at International Crimes Tribunal-1 yesterday.

Candidates happy with CEC warning

The election atmosphere in Kapasia has changed rapidly after the chief election commissioner threatened to take a tough stance against the violation of the electoral code of conduct during period of the by-polls at Gazipur-4.

Rejoinder

Prof Md Golam Mostafa, head of Histopathology department at the National Institute of Cancer Research and Hospital, has sent a rejoinder to The Daily Star report headlined “Wrong Diagnosis led to horror” published on September 18.

Bilawal Bhutto loves Hina!

Pakistan is abuzz with reports of a steamy love affair between Bilawal Bhutto and foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar, a Bangladeshi tabloid claimed.

Everybody wants peace

The pall of gloom over the hill district of Rangamati has begun to fade away following a peace procession of hundreds of Bangalee settlers and indigenous people yesterday.

Many Google services disrupted in Bangladesh

The government's blocking of video streaming website YouTube is disrupting many popular Google services in Bangladesh.

Ex-MP Jalal shot dead in Netrakona

Unidentified gunmen shot dead former Awami League lawmaker Jalaluddin Talukder at his Durgapur residence here early yesterday.

Blasts hit oil, gas pipelines in Yemen

Two bomb blasts struck Yemen's gas and oil pipelines that link central fields with maritime terminals on the Gulf of Aden, officials and a company statement yesterday said.

Earthquake shakes Afghanistan

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.1 struck in the northern Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan yesterday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

Editorial

It should be a wake-up call

Local inhabitants, the administration and the police have been taken by surprise at the scale of Saturday's violence at Rangamati town over a trifling incident of fisticuff between a tribal and a Bengali student of the local government college.

Street violence with a reckless abandon

Tempers are always high-strung in the capital city when it comes to road accidents. Two accidents in Dhanmondi and Moghbazar area on September 24, leading to fatality in one, sparked widespread

Sports

'We failed to back up Shakib'

Praising Shakib Al Hasan's innings highly, Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim held the conditions responsible for their failure in the ICC World Twenty20 yesterday. The wicketkeeper-batsman in the post-match briefing said that his team lost the game, against Pakistan by eight wickets, despite putting up a challenging total on the board mainly because of their weakness in their bowling on this kind of pitch.

Backfiring bouncers

There has been much talk of executing plans in the lead-up to Bangladesh's ICC World Twenty20 encounter with Pakistan and if those plans were being executed when the Tigers took the field to defend an admirable total of 175 after a Shakib Al Hasan special, then there is cause for concern.

Disappointed, but hopeful

Over the past few weeks in Bangladesh, a lot of hype has surrounded the Tigers' participation in the ongoing ICC World Twenty20. Expectations were really high this time as the team management and players had talked up their chances of reaching the Super Eights stage as well as putting in a good show in the T20 mega event well before other participating teams. Bangladesh had devoted themselves to the newest version of the game over the last few months, playing a number of matches as build-up to the tournament against different opponents in different conditions.

Veeru gives a headache

Senior opener Virender Sehwag's finger injury along with a suitable bowling combination are two major concerns for India ahead of their opening Super Eight Game against Australia in the ongoing World Twenty20.

Spinners give BD A the edge

A late batting collapse by the West Indies High Performance Team , courtesy of some good spin bowling, gave Bangladesh A an upper hand on the third day of the four-day game at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday. The visitors, who were set a target of 239 after they bowled out the hosts for 186, stumbled to 120 for 6 at the end of the day's play, losing their last 4 wickets in 13 overs. The visitors now face a stiff task of scoring 119 more runs on the final day with only four wickets in hand.

Abahani likely to recruit Colman

Bangladesh Premier League champions Abahani is likely to sign up Argentinean trainer Ariel Colman for the upcoming season as the club managements thinks of appointing the South American along with either Iranian coach Ali Akbar or a local coach.

WI warn England

West Indies captain Darren Sammy has warned England that his team can play "unbeatable" World Twenty20 cricket.

Ladi Babalola is back

Former Nigerian footballer Ladi Babalola has been appointed the head coach of Brothers Union for the upcoming Bangladesh Premier League. The Mohammedan striker of late 90s had his first session with the Boys in Orange on Monday at the Brothers Union ground.

Vaughan wants KP back

Former England captain Michael Vaughan wants Kevin Pietersen reinstated in the Test side to tour India, if his issues with the squad have been resolved.

Sharapova in Round 3

French Open champion Maria Sharapova needed more than three hours to beat Heather Watson of Britain on Tuesday for a place in the third round at the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament.

Only a fit Rafa will return

Rafael Nadal said in an interview published on Tuesday that he has not picked up a racket since limping out of Wimbledon nearly three months ago and will only return to competition once he is fully fit.

'Our water is clean'

A local drinking water supplier strongly defended its product Tuesday even as World Twenty20 organisers jettisoned their bottled water after several players went down with stomach flu.

Aus to rotate fast bowlers

Australia's young fast bowlers Pat Cummins, James Pattinson and Mitchell Starc are set to rotate through the Test side this season in an effort to manage their workloads and prevent injuries. Australia's coach Mickey Arthur said team selections would need to be made with sports science in mind after the selectors last summer ignored the advice of sports scientists, who told them Pattinson was likely to break down during the Sydney Test against India.

Sammy bucks up bowlers

West Indies skipper Darren Sammy was all praise for his bowlers, especially Sunil Narine, saying the mystery off-spinner brings "quality to the side".

Real bounce back

Real Madrid kept Barcelona in their sights as an early goal from Karim Benzema put them on their way to a 2-0 win over Rayo Vallecano - but they remain eight points behind the Catalan side, who are yet to drop a point this season.

Fletcher set to start

Darren Fletcher is set to continue his return to full fitness with his first competitive start for Manchester United in 10 months when Newcastle visit Old Trafford on Wednesday night for their League Cup third round clash.

Money not an issue: Walcott

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott insisted on Tuesday that his delay in signing a new contract has anything to do with money.

Terry attends FA hearing

John Terry and Anton Ferdinand met at Wembley as the Chelsea captain's Football Association disciplinary hearing over allegations he racially abused the QPR defender started on Monday.

3-0 walkover awarded to Roma

AS Roma have been awarded a 3-0 walkover win for Sunday's match at Cagliari after the game was called off for security reasons, Serie A said in a statement on Monday.

'Terry not a racist'

Former Chelsea manager Avram Grant on Tuesday slammed the Football Association (FA) for taking action against John Terry, but admitted he was surprised by the player's decision to end his England career.

Ref complains over abuse

English Premier League referee Mark Halsey has informed Greater Manchester Police of two abusive tweets following his handling of Sunday's match between Liverpool and Manchester United.

Rooney set for return

England striker Wayne Rooney, who has not played for a month after suffering a severely gashed thigh against Fulham, is likely to return for Manchester United this week.

Local Snippets

Gopalganj set up a final clash against Netrokona in the Walton Dhaka Divisional Commissioner Gold Cup Football Tournament, thanks to a 3-1 win over Narayanganj in the second semifinal at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Business

Robi's net profits double

Net profits of mobile operator Robi more than doubled to Tk 25.9 crore in the second quarter this year compared to the first quarter.

Deal to cut costs of labour migration to Malaysia

Bangladeshi jobseekers are most likely to be able to go to Malaysia at much lower costs, thanks to a bilateral agreement that both nations are set to sign.

Aid utilisation goes up

The implementation of foreign-aided projects increased by 5 percentage points in July-August compared to the same period a year ago, due to a joint effort by the Economic Relations Division and donors.

HC stays review panel's decision on bidding for New Mooring terminal

The High Court yesterday slapped a three-month stay on the decision of a review panel that cancelled the bidding process to appoint a private operator for New Mooring Container Terminal of Chittagong Port.

Talk to newsmen with caution: BB asks officials

In a rare move, the central bank has restricted its officials from providing information to journalists.

Investor optimism boosts stocks

Stocks returned to the black yesterday, as optimistic investors took fresh positions in the market.

Novo Nordisk ranks fourth among world's top 20 science employers

Novo Nordisk ranked fourth on the Science 2012 Top Employer list, up from the ninth place last year, the company said in a statement yesterday.

As worst euro fears fade, US fiscal cliff looms

The euro zone has stepped back from the brink of disaster for now, but the global economy could soon be staring into another abyss if US politicians fail to head off $600 billion in automatic austerity that all but guarantees a new recession.

REVE Systems wins Red Herring's award

Reve Systems won the prestigious 2012 Red Herring's Top 100 Asia award in Hong Kong recently, the VoIP (voice over internet protocol) solution provider said in a statement yesterday.

Electronics sales boom in Chittagong

Business of electronic goods is booming in the port city, as retailers have set up hundreds of showrooms here.

BAFEDA asks Sonali Bank to pay overdue bills

Sonali Bank has to pay other banks the undisputed overdue bills it has given acceptance to. The decision was taken at a meeting on Sunday by the Bangladesh Foreign Exchange Dealers' Association (BAFEDA) which has some quasi-legal power in the inter-bank foreign exchange market.

Asian miracle workers head for poor old age

Hundreds of millions of workers behind Asia's economic miracle are heading into uncertain old age after governments failed to set aside enough funds for their pensions, said a book released Tuesday.

Italy's crisis-hit weavers look to foreign buyers

As a glitzy Milan fashion week wrapped up on Tuesday, Italy's hard-hit textile artisans said they were looking to foreign buyers to kickstart growth in a domestic sector gripped by the economic crisis.

Metropolitan

Natural calamities big threat to development

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh as a disaster-prone country considers natural calamities as a severe threat to its sustainable development.

Housewife found killed in flat

A housewife was found dead with stab wounds at a rented house in the capital's Dakkhinkhan early yesterday.

Killers followed her routine

Family members of a schoolgirl, who was murdered at her house in the capital Monday, have said the killers, thought to be some acquaintances of the family, might have learned from her written daily routine when she stayed home alone.

Rangamati violence aimed at destabilising CHT

The recent violence in Rangamati, in which about 20 people were injured following clashes between Bangalee settlers and Adivasi people, was pre-planned and part of a conspiracy to make the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) unstable, speakers said at a protest rally yesterday.

5 to die for Keraniganj cloth trader murder

A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced five people, including three siblings to death for killing a cloth trader at Keraniganj of Dhaka in October, 2011.

Marital rape should be criminalised

Marital rape should be recognised as an offence under The Domestic Violence Act, 2010, said speakers at a seminar yesterday.

Defamation case filed against CCCI president

A defamation case was filed against Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industries (CCCI) President Murshed Murad Ibrahim accusing him of making defamatory remarks about AL Chittagong city unit President ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury.

Hizb ut-Tahrir leader Golam Maola on five-day remand

A Dhaka court yesterday placed an adviser to Hizb ut-Tahrir Prof Syed Golam Maola and one of his accomplices on a five-day remand for their alleged involvement in an attempt to destroy several diplomatic establishments in the capital.

Minimum educational qualification sought

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday called for fixing a minimum education qualification for the members and chairmen of the governing bodies of non-government schools and colleges.

New plant in Munshiganj to treat Padma water

Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) is going to set up a water treatment plant at Jasholdia point of Munshiganj, with a capacity of supplying 45 crore litres of water per day.

BGB to raise border killing, drug issues

Bangladesh will demand that Indian Border Security Force use non-lethal weapons and dismantle illegal factories of Phensedyl, a cough syrup banned in Bangladesh, along the Indian border.

Law minister for ban on sale to outsiders

Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday said there should be a law that prevents the indigenous community from selling their lands to people outside their community.

TV talk shows platforms for raising people's voice

Discussants at a seminar yesterday said accountability of the country's politicians can be enhanced and democracy can be strengthen through the discussions of representatives from all walks of life in TV talk shows.

Two killed in road crashes

Two people were killed and two others injured in separate road accidents in Sirajganj and Natore on Monday and yesterday.

Man killed, girl found dead in capital

A man was killed and a girl was found dead in the capital's Lalbagh and East Shewrapara areas yesterday.

Mob beats up two women mistaken as child traffickers

A mob beat up two women mistaking them as child traffickers in the capital's Dania yesterday.

SC verdict reflects govt's will

Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum (JAF) President Rafiqul Islam Mia yesterday said the Supreme Court verdict "given by former chief justice ABM Khairul Haque declaring the caretaker government system illegal is a reflection of the present government's will".

Police charge baton on protesters

Police yesterday dispersed a procession of Ganatantrik Bam Morcha in the capital when the left leaning political alliance was on its way to lay siege to Power Development Board (PDB) office in protest of recent power price hikes.

DoE fines textile factory Tk 29 lakh in Dhamrai

The Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday fined a textile mill Tk 29 lakhs in Dhamrai on the outskirts of the capital for polluting river Bangshai with untreated chemical effluent.

Two JMB men arrested

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested two militants of banned Jama'atul Mujahedeen Bangladesh (JMB) in Bagmara upazila of Rajshahi yesterday.

HC throws out charge against Orion Group chairman

The High Court yesterday quashed the proceedings against Orion Group Chairman Obaidul Karim in a bribery case.

HC stays effectuation of NU recruitment circular

The High Court yesterday stayed for one month the effectuation of a National University (NU) circular for recruiting officials and staff to the university.

DU gives Tk 2 lakh to road crash victim's family

Dhaka University (DU) authorities yesterday donated Tk 2 lakh to the family members of Towhid Zaman who was killed in a road accident in the capital's Shahbagh intersection on August 28.

Workshop on Bioinformatics begins in Ctg

A two-day long international training workshop on bioinformatics and computational biology has begun in Chittagong yesterday.

Ten 'robbers' arrested in Comilla

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested ten youths allegedly involved in an inter-district robber gang and recovered firearms from Bishwa Road rail gate area on Dhaka-Chittagong highway in Comilla early yesterday.

2 train ticket scalpers held in Ctg

Detective Branch (DB) of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) arrested two alleged scalpers including a railway staff in Chittagong Railway Station and recovered 64 tickets from their possession on Monday night.

Death anniversary

Today is the 28th death anniversary of Shaheed Maizuddin, an organiser of the War of Liberation and close associate of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

National

Two top leaders of Pabna BNP held

Police arrested two top leaders of local BNP from their residences in the town early yesterday.

Huge current nets, mother fish seized in Barisal zone

Authorities seized at leaset 71,000 metres of current net and 2265 kg of mother hilsa in different coastal districts as the 11-day ban on hilsa netting, meant for ensuring safe spawning of the popular fish during the peak breeding period, started yesterday.

Bomb blast in state-run jute purchase complex

A bomb exploded with a big sound inside a state-run jute purchase complex on School Road in Bochaganj upazila headquarters under the district at around 8:40pm on Monday, triggering panic among the locals.

23 food-poisoned at Aricha Ghat

At least 23 people fell sick after having meal at a hotel at Aricha Ghat in Shivalaya upazila yesterday morning.

Three remanded in Sherpur schoolgirl killing case

Three people, accused in a case filed for killing a schoolgirl, were taken on a three-day police remand on Monday.

C'nawabganj mayor, 44 others sued

A case was filed against 45 men including Mayor Abdul Matin of Chapainawabganj municipality on Monday night on several charges including demolition of boundary wall of proposed Muktijodhha Complex and extortion.

Housewife killed in Chuadanga

A young housewife was killed allegedly by in-laws for dowry at Pragpur village in Alamdanga upazila on Monday.

Joint team's drive in Bagerhat

Five fishermen were detained and 43,000-meter-long current nets seized in Sharankhola upazila on the first day of the 11-day ban on Hilsa fishing on Tuesday.

30 injured as students, police clash in Noakhali

At least 30 people including five policemen were injured as police and students locked in a clash in Begumganj upazila yesterday.

7 Jamaat men arrested

Police arrested seven leaders and activists of Jamaat-e-Islami in Rangpur city yesterday evening when they brought out a procession protesting the arrest of their nayebe ameer Maolana Abdus Subhan.

2 Bangladeshis injured in Khasia firing

Two youths were injured as Indian Khasias shot them along Kanaighat border yesterday morning.

2 murdered in Jessore

Two people were murdered in separate incidents in the district on Monday.

Man held with morphine

A hotel manager was arrested on charge of drug peddling at Katpaty road in the city yesterday. Sumon Chandra Gharami, 26, manager of Multiplaza Residential Hotel was held with 60 vials of morphine injection. A team of officials of local Narcotics Control Department raided the hotel in the afternoon and seized the injections from Sumon.

'Criminal' beaten to death

A top criminal was killed in mob beating in Kamarkhanda upazila on Monday night. He was identified as Abdul Khaleque, 38, son of Ashraf Ali of Khidrabhadraghat village under Kamarkhand upazila. He had been absconding for long to escape from 18 years' imprisonment in two cases. Khaleque was a most wanted accused in several cases including for murder, robbery and extortion, police said. Abul Kalam Azad, OC of Kamarkhand PS said Khaleque returned to his village on Monday night and started extort people. When the news was spread, local people encircled him and beat him up severely. Later he succumbed to injuries at a hospital at night.

Three held with arms

Police in separate drives arrested three criminals along with arms in Jessore town on Monday night. The arrestees are Biplob, son of Hamidur Rahman, Rajib, son of Mohor of Kholadanga and Korban Ali, son of Mohammad Ali of Old Kasba Kazipara in the town. Police said they raided Bablatala and arrested Korban Ali along with a foreign pistol and one bullet. In another drive, police arrested Biplob and Rajib from Kholadanga and recovered one revolver, five hand bombs and two KGs of gunpowder from their possessions.

Fake oil factory fined

A mobile court yesterday fined a fake oil factory Tk 50 thousand and seized and destroyed 1025 litres of spurious mustard oil. The court, led by executive magistrate Hasan Abdullah Tauhid, raided the factory of Doel Marka Tel company in Bonelghoria bypass area of the town and found that the oil was being manufacturing and packed in an unhygienic way. The factory was also using fake trademark of Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institute (BSTI) and there was no price tag on the products.

4 held, cocktails seized

Police arrested four people along with cocktails, cars, knives and machetes at Kazipara in the district town on Monday night. The arrestees are Ubaidur Rahman Linkon, 32, of Dakkhin Poirtala, Alamgir, 38, of Uttarmourail, Tushar, 32, of Kazipara, and Kalam Mia, 35, of Moulovihatir in the town. Md. Abdur Rab, officer in-charge at Sadar Model police station, said on secret information, they raided the area and arrested the four. The law enforcers also recovered seven cocktails, two private cars, a jeep, 12 knives and two machetes from their possession.

Letters

Myanmar should take back Rohingyas

The Rohingyas of Myanmar have been living in different parts of Bangladesh including Chittagong, Cox's Bazar, and Bandarban for long. The government of Myanmar didn't take any step till now to take their citizens back to their country and also Bangladesh is not active regarding this matter. Day by day their(Rohingya's) number is increasing. The Rohingya militants are also gathering on the borders of Bangladesh which is very alarming. Very recently 13 Rohingyas have been arrested from the hills. The government should remain alert and create pressure on Myanmar to take the Rohingyas back in their country.

Zak and Mika saved

Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) gave the Aquarium des Iles permission to release the two six-month-old harp seal pups who were to be put down on September 15. The decision was taken on 21st September 2012 following appeal from the Care2 members and other animal lover groups plus press coverage.

Uncalled-for violence

I was extremely disappointed that hartal was called on 23 rd September. This is like punishing Bangladeshis for something they had nothing to do with. Police vehicles were damaged and set on fire. These vehicles have been bought with the taxpayers' money. I see no justification for this. All this has nothing to do with Islam. By displaying violence Muslims are falling into the trap that has been set by the very people who show disrespect to our religion. Please realise that this is exactly what they want us to do. All the violence is being shown on CNN, BBC, Al-Jazeera and so on. Action like this is what prompts the UN to blacklist us as a violent and extremist nation.

Punish those poisoning food

It is sad that milk and meat are contaminated nowadays. We consume these two items daily. So if these products are contaminated, then it is sure to affect negatively on our health. The antibiotics found in great amount in milk and meat are hazardous for humans as they can lead to inflammation of the urinary system, skin, eye and lead to bone diseases. Not only this, such contaminated items if consumed can damage our brain cells and also cause problem in the respiratory system.

'Human hauler' a disgraceful term

I have noticed that some newspapers when referring to vehicles which carry people from one place to another call them 'human haulers'. It seems very odd and disrespectful.

Commendable job by RAB

While in a bus crossing the Malibagh rail gate near Malibagh DIT road, I noticed a RAB vehicle standing at a corner of that busy road. At first I thought it's negligence on part of the RAB personnel. They parked their vehicle almost in the middle of the road where there is always a tailback. When the bus I was travelling by was passing them, one of the RAB officials from the car signalled our bus driver to stop. I as well as all other passengers of the bus got annoyed as the driver had to park the bus behind their car. The man in black came to the gate of the bus and asked one of the staff of the bus to bring the papers needed for the enquiry. Not to waste the time of the passengers, he directed the driver to go forward and took with him only one staff of the bus.

Tyranny in treatment's name

Your front page report of 18th. September, along with the photograph of the victim, recounts the horrifying and criminal negligence of Golam Mostafa, the owner of 'Anwara Diagnostic Center.' In the interest of public safety, government should carry out an immediate inquiry into this cruel and inhuman behaviour of the diagnostic centre's owner.

A commendable decision

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has recently asked all the mobile phone operators to switch to a 10-second pulse call rate. I highly appreciate this decision. 10-second pulse means if one talks for 16 seconds, the operator will charge him for 20 seconds and not for the whole 1 minute. This has made call costs significantly low. It was quite necessary because to make telecommunication accessible to all, the call cost must be low. Likewise, a reduction in the cost of mobile internet connections would be very commendable. With lower costs and increased usage of such technologies, Bangladesh can improve its ranking in the ICT Development Index.

Cruel game bull fighting

Games and sports are for amusement and development of the body and mind. From time immemorial a large number of people have engaged themselves in many games and people heartily love and adore the players more than the film stars.

Readers Respond

Here are some comments that came in response to Tuesday's The Daily Star news report headlined “Rivers officially made thinner”

International

No nuclear bomb for Iran

President Barack Obama yesterday vowed the United States would not permit Iran to arm itself with nuclear weapons, as the UN General Assembly heard appeals for an end to Syria's civil war.

Aishwarya named UN ambassador

Indian Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has been named as an ambassador by the United Nations AIDS agency and will be tasked with raising awareness to prevent HIV among children.

Israel has no root, will be 'eliminated'

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Monday Israel has no roots in the Middle East and would be "eliminated," ignoring a UN warning to avoid incendiary rhetoric ahead of the annual General Assembly session.

Congress endorses reforms, backs PM

India's ruling Congress party yesterday fully endorsed the government's new economic reform measures, including FDI in multi-brand retail, as party president Sonia Gandhi ruled out any threat to the government.

Hillary, Zardari discuss Indo-Pak ties

The improving trade ties between Pakistan and India, terrorism and violent anti-US protests were among a host of issues that Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari discussed with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when they met here on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session.

Syrian kids 'badly traumatised'

A global children's aid agency yesterday warned that Syrian children are being "badly traumatised" after witnessing killings, torture and other atrocities in their country's brutal conflict.

S Lanka shuts war-time refugee camps

Camps which housed 300,000 displaced people by the end of Sri Lanka's ethnic conflict have now all closed, three years after the war ended, the military yesterday said.

China coalmine accident kills 20

A coal mining accident in northern China yesterday left 20 miners dead and 14 injured, state media said, in the latest incident to hit the industry.

India PM turns 80 today

India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh marks his 80th birthday today in fighting fashion with signs he has rediscovered his "mojo" as a reformer after being written off as a dithering under-achiever.

Asia super-rich to reach 2.67m

The number of super-rich in Asia is set to reach 2.67 million people by 2015 with a net worth of an estimated $16.7 trillion, Swiss private bank Julius Baer yesterday said.

Hamza set to handover to US

Britain yesterday prepared to hand over radical Muslim preacher Abu Hamza to the United States on terrorism charges after the European Court of Human Rights rejected his final appeal.

Iran test-fires 4 missiles

A semi-official Iranian news agency says the military has test-fired four missiles during a military drill in the strategic Strait of Hormuz.

Arts & Entertainment

A beacon of light for women

The 80th martyrdom anniversary of the revolutionary during the British colonial times, Pritilata Waddedar, an associate of Master-da Surja Sen and the first Bengali woman to embrace martyrdom, was observed in Barisal on Monday.

Baul Kofil Sarker passes away

Baul Kofil Uddin Sarker, a mystic poet of the region, died at a private hospital in Sylhet city Sunday night. He was 82. Along with age-related complications, Sarker had been ailing from liver cancer.

The oldest love letter in the Islamic world now at Louvre

Paris' famed Louvre museum last Saturday opened to the public a new wing of Islamic art in a bid to improve knowledge of a religion often viewed with suspicion in the West.

Lalon on canvas

Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy recently organised a three-day art camp, marking the death anniversary of Lalon. The art camp was held at Lalon Academy and Shelaidah Kuthibari in Kushtia.

Shahnaz Rahmatullah's swan song

Illustrious singer Shahnaz Rahmatullah recently wrapped up her career as a singer on personal grounds. The announcement to quit singing came as a shock to many of her fans. The crooner recently recorded three songs for an album, “Badal Diner Pakhi” (under the banner of Shandhya Brishti Production), which marks the end of her memorable career.

Cultural competition for BRAC school students

The divisional level 'Deepshikha', a cultural competition for BRAC primary and pre-primary school students, ended at Begum Sufia Kamal Learning Centre in BRAC's Barisal regional office on September 24.

Laila Sharmeen attends WAG conference, Argentine Art Biennial

Bangladeshi artist Laila Sharmeen has taken part in the four-day World Art Games (WAG) conference and exhibition, which started on September 21 in Izmir, Turkey. The event was hosted by Culture and Tourism Ministry of Turkey.

OP-ED

Story of a lost king

Raja Tridiv Roy's death in Pakistan takes us back, yet once more, to the question of what men like him ought to have done for Bangladesh back in the year when we were battling the state of Pakistan for freedom.

Retail FDI, wholesale disaster

Imagine a society where 80% of all grocery sales are monopolised by just five giant retailers like Walmart, Tesco and Carrefour, locally grown fresh food is replaced by processed, low-nutrition items, and people's attire based on traditional fabrics is destroyed by synthetic clothing.

The Bridge saga

On September 21 the World Bank (WB), through a press release, revived the $1.2 billion loan for the Padma Bridge project after the Bangladesh government fulfilled all the conditions. Revival of a loan after cancellation is a rarity in WB's history. It was revived because both sides were able to grasp realities on the ground to come to an understanding to facilitate the bridge project.

Regulatory framework: Macro-economic effect on financial market

The recent capital market debacle, which is not over yet, has shown that finance matters a lot and exerts a powerful influence on the world economy. The increasing importance of finance, both private and public, is being particularly felt in Bangladesh. Finance plays an essential role in the allocation of capital among sectors and countries. It is also a major factor of instability, both for the financial and the real sectors of the economy, at all levels -- national, regional and international.

Changing militant strategies

While militant organisations, especially those associated with the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), might have suffered some pounding at the hands of the military in the Bajaur, Kurram, Khyber and Mohmand Agencies, it is far from the truth to even conjecture that active militancy has been defeated in Fata and other parts of Pakistan.

This Day In History

September 26

1371
SerbianTurkish wars: The forces of the Ottoman sultan Murad I's lieutenant Lala Şâhin Paşa and the Serbian army under the command of Vukašin Mrnjavčević and Jovan Uglješa clash at the Battle of Maritsa.



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