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Extremists 'linked'

Islam-insulting Facebook photo led to outburst, unidentified person tagged Buddhist man in the pic, locals say some Rohingya, militant groups incited mayhem since Saturday midnight


Ramu attack premeditated

Home Minister Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir yesterday said the violence in Ramu in Cox's Bazar centring an anti-Islam photo on Facebook is a “premeditated and deliberate act of communal violence against the minority”.

A night of joy turns to nightmare

It was a day meant to be full of joy and charity. But it plunged into sadness and bitterness. A pall of gloom spread over the neighbourhood.

Rimi wins

Ruling Awami League candidate Simeen Hussain Rimi yesterday won the Gazipur-4 by-polls by a huge margin amid a very low voter turnout and peaceful polls atmosphere.

Tight security, peaceful voting

Law enforcers and poll officials were extra vigilant during yesterday's Gazipur by-polls, as it was the maiden election under the present Election Commission constituted in February this year.

Designed to foil war crimes trial

The ruling Awami League and other political parties yesterday said the attacks on temples and houses of religious minorities by fundamental forces in different parts of the country were aimed at protecting the war criminals now facing trial.

WB postpones team's visit

The World Bank has postponed sending a team to Dhaka to formulate a framework of new arrangements to implement the Padma bridge project.

Khaleda for neutral probe, tough action

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday condemned and protested the attack, vandalism, and torching of Buddhist and Hindu temples and houses at Ramu in Cox's Bazar and nearby areas Saturday night.

Biman to be shut if run inefficiently

Biman Bangladesh Airlines would certainly be dissolved if it failed to be an efficient organisation, said Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday.

India thrash Pakistan

Cancer survivor Yuvraj Singh claimed two wickets and threw down a run-out as India shot Pakistan out for 128 in a crucial World Twenty20 match in Colombo on Sunday.

Protesters clash with cops, 23 hurt

At least 23 people including eight policemen were injured in a clash between cops and BNP-Jamaat activists over bringing out a procession in protest against an anti-Islami film at Sunderganj upazila in Gaibandha yesterday.

BCL men go on the rampage

Bangladesh Chhatra League activists at Islamic University (IU) yesterday vandalised three university buses and confined the vice-chancellor to his office for three hours, demanding his removal immediately.

Car that comes with cinema projector

If you've ever been driving around town and been hit with an overwhelming urge to watch a film -- good news.

ACC to launch investigation

The Anti-Corruption Commission would interrogate a dozen of people with high profile and their families for their alleged involvement in the capital market scandal, said ACC Chairman Ghulam Rahamn yesterday.

Tribunal asks for report on Subhan's war crimes

The International Crimes Triubnal-1 yesterday ordered its investigation agency to submit a progress report on the probe against war crimes suspect Maulana Abdus Subhan on November 4.

Living in a space station

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is certain he will one day go to Ecuador, he said in an interview published Sunday, describing his life in the Ecuadorian embassy in London as "like being in a space station".

Tax return deadline now Oct 31

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) yesterday extended the deadline for submission of income tax returns by one month.

Bangladeshi dies of BSF torture

A Bangladeshi cattle trader died after being beaten by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) near the Shingnagar border in Chapainawabganj yesterday.

Australian aid worker 'free to leave Libya'

Australia yesterday said it had secured free passage from Libya for an aid worker stopped from leaving the country reportedly over a sexual assault probe involving a Libyan official.

Editorial

Zero killing along the border

We welcome the assurance by the DG of the Indian Border Security Force that killings of Bangladeshi nationals along the border would be brought down to zero. Although the figures of those killed by BSF firing have come down it would be a very good confidence building measure if the killings were brought down to zero immediately because even one death of an innocent civilian is one too many.

Formalin-free Malibagh kitchen market hullabaloo

Much is being made about the lone Malibagh market having become formalin free! As though a rare scientific feat has been accomplished. The sense of achievement is however, quite justified when you think of the obvious, pervasive and lethal health hazard in our daily food intake that seems to have become the norm.

Sports

Watto alone suffices

Shane Watson continued his impressive form with both bat and ball as Australia cruised to a comprehensive eight-wicket victory against South Africa in their Super Eights match in the World Twenty20 on Sunday.

Indo-Pak clash stirs Lankan passion

At noon when the media bus started its trip from the Singhalese Sports Club, the headquarters of Sri Lanka Cricket, towards R Premadasa International Cricket Stadium, the city streets were almost deserted as Sunday is the weekly holiday in the country. And that was why it took only ten minutes to reach the destination, which is not the case on regular office days.

Easy passage for big guns

Big-spenders Sheikh Russel KC have been placed in Group A along with ten-time champions Mohammedan SC as the draw of the 24th Federation Cup was held yesterday at the Bangladesh Football Federation.

BD A suffer 53-run loss

It was a combination of some good left-arm bowling that demolished the Bangladeshi A batting line-up and helped the visiting West Indies High Performance team take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match one-day series. Promising young pacer Sheldon Cotterrell and slow-left arm bowler Verasammy Permaul shared 8 wickets as the visitors bowled the hosts out for a mere 181 runs at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday and romped to a 53-run victory.

Siddikur finishes 18th

Siddikur Rahman finished joint 18th in the Mercuries Taiwan Masters with an aggregate score of 7-over-par (295) at the end of the fourth round yesterday. The 27-year old slipped from his overnight fifth position, thanks to a horrendous fourth round score of 6-over-par (78) at the Taiwan Golf and Country Club on Sunday.

NZ need to win big

Aware that one more defeat will ensure their exit from the tournament, New Zealand need nothing less than a big win against the West Indies in their make-or-break Super Eights match of the ICC World Twenty20 here on Monday.

Do-or-die for champs

Their semifinal chances hanging by the thread, defending champions England are faced with a must-win situation as they take on unbeaten hosts Sri Lanka in a crucial Super Eights match of the ICC World Twenty20 here on Monday.

PCB spies in Colombo?

The Pakistan team here is under surveillance all the time. Every evening a report on their daily activities is sent to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

BCB looking for women cricketers

The Women's Wing of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will carry out a registration programme for talented women cricketers. The registration is open to all and will take place on October 2 at the SAHARA-BCB National Cricket Academy Ground in Mirpur from 11am to 3pm. There is no age restriction.

Netrokona champions

Netrokona emerged champions in the Walton Dhaka Divisional Commissioner Gold Cup Football Tournament beating Gopalganj 4-0 in the final at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday. Toklis scored a hattrick while Ronny netted the other goal for the winning side.

Wanderers beat Jurain Janata

Dhaka Wanderers Club earned a 47-18 point win over Jurain Janata Club with three lonas in their super four match of the Walton Refrigerator Women's Kabaddi League at the Kabaddi Stadium yesterday.

'Spinners will decide T20 champions'

Former Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralidaran has said that spinners will decide which teams will eventually come through the Super Eights stage of the Twenty20 World Cup.

Controversial Cesc leads comeback

Barcelona struck twice in the final minutes to complete a controversial fightback as they beat 10-man Sevilla 3-2 to go eleven points clear of bitter rivals Real Madrid on Saturday.

Robbery?

There were only three minutes left on the clock for the best football team on the planet to salvage their pride and they did it in style with goals from Cesc Fabregas and David Villa. Barcelona completed a great Houdini act against Sevilla on Saturday night at the Sánchez Pizjuán with a 3-2 win. Barca maintain their 100 percent record in the La Liga this season thanks to two fantastic goals from Fabregas and an added-time winner from Villa in a match where the Catalan giants were 2-0 down till the 55th minute.

Spurs hang on for history

Premier League leaders Chelsea beat London rivals Arsenal 2-1 while Tottenham Hotspur ended their Old Trafford hoodoo and beat Manchester United 3-2 there for the first time since 1989 to leave Chelsea three points clear on Saturday.

Juventus rout Roma

Juventus scored three goals in the opening 19 minutes to destroy AS Roma 4-1 and move three points clear in Serie A on Saturday.

Bayern still perfect

Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich left it late to beat Werder Bremen 2-0 on Saturday with goals from Luiz Gustavo and Mario Mandzukic as they extended their perfect start to the season to six wins in six matches.

Villa's skill undimmed

Barcelona striker David Villa, gradually coming back to full fitness after eight months out with a broken leg, showed he has retained his keen eye for goal when he came off the bench to snatch the winner in Saturday's 3-2 comeback victory at Sevilla.

Rodgers hails Suarez class

Brendan Rodgers hailed Luis Suarez for the hattrick that helped Liverpool taste Premier League victory for the first time this season with a 5-2 win away to Norwich.

Benzema edging towards best

Real Madrid and France striker Karim Benzema, who has struggled to hit the net in the opening weeks of the 2012-13 season, says he is starting to hit top form again.

'I'd never drop Sehwag'

Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja, in an interview on Saturday, weighed in on India's Virender Sehwag issue. The explosive right-hander was dropped from the team for India's first ICC World Twenty20 Super Eights match, which they lost by nine wickets.

Business

SEC unveils roadmap for stockmarket

The Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday announced a 10-year master plan for the capital market.

Telcos' claims for VAT rebate stuck in a rut

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has rejected three mobile operators' claims for a Tk 308 crore VAT rebate.

Ministry to decide on New Mooring terminal's bidding

The shipping ministry will now take a decision on the bidding to appoint an operator for New Mooring Container Terminal of Chittagong Port.

Etihad projects $5b revenues in 2012

Abu Dhabi's carrier Etihad Airways is projecting $5 billion in revenues in 2012, up from $4.1 billion last year, and hopes to sustain profitability, its chief executive said Sunday.

Shipbuilders seek 10pc cash incentive

Shipbuilders yesterday demanded 10 percent cash incentives against ex-port performance, up from 5 percent now, to help the sector grow further.

Panic sales send stocks tumbling

Stocks yesterday dropped 2.94 percent, the highest price correction in the last two months and five days, as investors sold shares to reallocate their portfolios.

Japan merger forms world's 2nd largest steel firm

Two of Japan's biggest steelmakers will formally merge on Monday, creating the world's second largest firm in the sector as they look to outpace their Chinese and South Korean rivals.

Pubali Bank MD reappointed

The tenure of Pubali Bank's Managing Director Helal Ahmed Chowdhury has recently been extended for another term.

Global acclaim for IBBL

UK-based financial magazine The Banker has recently enlisted Islami Bank Bangladesh as top 1,000 banks in the world in its latest evaluation report.

Citi launches twin projects to help underprivileged children

Citibank NA yesterday launched two community projects in the capital, aiming to improve the lives of about 800 underprivileged children.

Sheltech organises a 15-day fair to sell flats

Sheltech (Pvt) Ltd, a real estate company, begins a 15-day promotional housing fair at its office in Dhaka today, eyeing higher apartment sales.

India car sales soar but where are the roads?

Even with its economy cooling, India's car sales are forecast to go into overdrive, creating a huge challenge for the government to modernise the country's antiquated road network.

Green supercars lure crisis-hit consumers

European consumers have been buying far fewer cars in recent years; Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne says the auto companies "have lost three million (sales) in five years."

Metropolitan

Water crisis plagues Shahjadpur, Bhatara

Acute water crisis has gripped several thousand residents of the capital's Shahjadpur and Bhatara as Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) supply pipes have been running dry for the last one month.

Police disperse protesters

Around 20 activists of the National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports were injured as police charged batons and lobbed teargas shells on their procession, protesting power tariff hike, in the capital yesterday.

Dipu Moni elected chairperson

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni has been elected chairperson unanimously to the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) at its 38th Session held in New York.

Progressive political forces' role stressed

Role of emerging progressive political forces and huge social protests are prerequisites to uprooting corruption from the society, said Dr Swapan Adnan, former Dhaka University (DU) teacher, yesterday.

Probe body formed

The Chittagong University (CU) authority yesterday formed a four-member probe body to investigate into Saturday's clash between two shuttle train compartment-based groups, comprising the ruling pro-Awami League Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists.

Majority rejected Gazipur polls

The majority of voters in Kapasia rejected the "farcical" by-election of Gazipur-4 constituency by not casting their votes, the main opposition BNP said yesterday.

5 cops among 7 sued

A case was filed yesterday against seven people including five policemen in connection with rape of a class IX student and her subsequent suicide on September 14 in Habiganj upazila of Sylhet.

Four killed in road crashes

Four people were killed and five others injured in road accidents in Natore and Mymensingh yesterday.

SC appeal hearing today

The Supreme Court yesterday deferred till today the hearing of an appeal against a July 24 High Court verdict stating that the Speaker's June 18 ruling about a HC judge had no legal effect and was baseless in the eye of law.

World Rivers Day observed

General people, alongside lawyers and environmentalists, are responsible for protecting the country's rivers while the government must enact and implement proper river protection laws, said Syeda Rizwana Hasan yesterday.

Govt, NGO partnership must to achieve MDGs

Along with government's initiatives, a partnership between government and non-government organisations is necessary to achieve millennium development goals (MDG) regarding maternal and child health issues within 2015, said speakers at a launching ceremony yesterday.

Indian army chief to visit Bangladesh

Indian Chief of Army Staff General Bikram Singh will pay a four-day goodwill visit to Bangladesh beginning from October 2 at the invitation of his Bangladesh counterpart General Iqbal Karim Bhuiyan.

S Asian women condemn anti-Islam film

Sangat, an association of South Asian Women's network, has strongly condemned the recent provocative anti-Islam film made in the United States and the spiralling violence that followed in its wake.

Youth found killed in Keraniganj

The body of a youth was recovered in Keraniganj area on the outskirts of the capital yesterday.

Charge framing against Mamun Oct 17

A Dhaka court will frame charge on October 17 against businessman Giasuddin Al Mamun in a case filed for siphoning off 4,18,853 British pounds to the UK.

BSMMU starts online admission process

The Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) authority yesterday launched its online admission process for MS, MD, MPhil and other courses under residency programme.

Non-govt school, college teachers get 6-month maternity leave

The education ministry yesterday issued a circular granting six-month maternity leave for teachers and employees of non-government secondary and higher secondary level educational institutions.

Protection of women's rights urged

Speakers at a meeting in Chittagong city yesterday said the government and NGOs should work together to protect the rights of women and to end discriminatory attitudes to them.

23 tonnes hilsha, 30 lakh metre nets seized countrywide

The Department of Fisheries (DoF) seized around 23 tonnes hilsha fish and 30 lakh metres of fishing nets from different parts of the country in the last five days.

Boy's body recovered in Ctg

The body of a 12-year-old boy was recovered from Chittagong University campus yesterday afternoon.

Mozena praises Bangladeshi youths

United States Ambassador to Bangladesh Dan W Mozena yesterday praised Bangladeshi young people for their growing participation in entrepreneurship and humanitarian activities.

Obituary

Nazrul Islam Dulal, former vice president of Salanga Press Club and Salanga area correspondent of the daily Bhorer Kagoj, died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday. He was 40.

Jinnah Begum

Jinnah Begum, wife of Akbar Ali, died of cardiac arrest at her residence at Chandrakala village of Natore sadar upazila yesterday. She was 48.

National

25 Pabna schools shut as flood water yet to recede

Academic activities at 25 primary schools in three upazilas of Pabna have remained suspended for the last one week as the institutions are still under flood water.

Once bread-earner and dear, they are now unwanted to children

Driven out by the only son and daughter-in-law, Abdul Hamid Mridha, 75, a former official of Sonali Bank, is now a resident of an old home in Patuakhali town.

When will Koitori qualify for old age allowance?

International Day of Older Persons remained meaningless for octogenarian Koitori Begum as luck was never on her side.

100 houses devoured in a week

Erosion by River Ghaghot has taken a serious turn in Mithapukur upazila devouring over 100 houses in Imadpur, Bhangni, Balarhat and Pairabandh unions in the last one week.

Teacher murdered on school premises

A schoolteacher was hacked to death on the premises of Habibur Registered Primary School in Shyamnagar upazila yesterday morning.

110 trees of Dinajpur forest illegally felled

Criminals felled at least 110 acacia trees of a forest beat at Dharmajan under Biral upazila of Dinajpur on Friday night.

2 schoolgirls commit 'suicide'

Two schoolgirls allegedly committed suicide in Atpara upazila on Friday midnight. The deceased are Lipi Akter, 14, daughter of Abdul Majid of Khila village and Beauty Aktar, 13, daughter of Ektu Mia of Narachatal village. Lipi was a class eight student at Khila High School while Beauty at class seven at the institution, said police. Of them, Lipi hanged herself with a rope from the ceiling of her house and Beauty took her live by hanging herself from a mango tree near their home. On information, police recovered the bodies and sent them to Netrakona Sadar Hospital morgue for autopsy. The reason behind the suicides could not be known immediately, said Salemuzzaman, officer in-charge at Atpara police station.

15 fall sick for lightning

At least 15 students fell sick, 10 seriously, after a lightning struck a spot close to Beruan Girls' High School in Atghoria upazila yesterday afternoon. Among the injured, Shikha, 14, Alpona, 14, Hira, 15, Rupali, 14, Jinia, 14, Sharmin Khatun, 15, Boishakhi, 14, Sohagi, 15, Kakoli, 15 are undergoing treatment at Pabna Medical College and Hospital. Md. Jalal Uddin, headmaster of the school, said the students belonging to classes vi to x were hurt when a lightning struck a spot near the school. Dr. Md. Rezaul Karim, medical officer of Pabna Medical College and Hospital told this correspondent that the girls fell sick due to huge sound and light.

Accused flees police custody

An accused, who was arrested for injuring a college boy, managed to flee police custody in the town on Saturday night. Police said Rahat, 24, son of Jashimuddin of Dattapara in the town, hit Khokon Khandaker, a BBA first student of Narsingdi Government College, with sharp weapon near the college, leaving him injured at about 9pm. The injured was rushed to local National Hospital. Rahat later went to the hospital just to know the condition of Khokon. At that time, the victim's friends caught Rahat and handed him over to Detective Branch (DB) of police. Mostaque, assistant sub-inspector of DB police, said a team of DB police along with Rahat went out to nab other criminals in the town when Rahat managed to flee in handcuffs.

Muggers shoot dead man

A man was shot dead by muggers in the capital's Shyampur area yesterday.

Letters

Manpower agents must clean up their act

I am shocked to read that Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (BAIRA) is threatening to stop manpower export because the government has decided to arrange manpower export to Malaysia. Ali Haider Chowdhury, general secretary of the Association, has claimed that government officers are too inexperienced to pick workers or arrange proper training for them. Is he suggesting that officials who have passed stringent civil service examinations and qualified to hold jobs in the government do not compare with some of the so-called recruiting agents that treat people seeking job abroad as migrant workers heartlessly? They even lure them into selling what little property they own to pay hefty fees to obtain poor-paying jobs under disgraceful conditions.

India's dealings with Bangladesh

Interactions over time in myriad sectors show clearly how a mighty neighbour like India treats a smaller country like Bangladesh. Whatever little we export to India is always impeded by visible or hidden tariffs. On the other hand, India's huge export to Bangladesh ranging from pin to piano, so to speak, gobbles up our hard earned foreign exchange.

Show Meena on every TV channel

Meena Day has been observed on last Monday of September with the slogan that autism is not a problem in education if classmates are good friends. All the children in the class should extend a helping hand to the autistic child so that the child finds the environment congenial. Children can learn this good quality of cooperation from Meena.

Are we advancing or regressing?

We are advancing fast on the crime curve! There are many new criminal activities that we come across, as we scan the dailies. This is a profession that is getting more expertise and specialisation! Today criminal activities have a large number of fields, and more are being added.

Quader the right man for railway

I feel sad that Mr Obaidul Quader is no more the railways minister. I think Mr Quader is the fittest person to modernise Bangladesh Railway. There are many obstacles to modernising the railway. Inter-district bus owners often create pressure on the railway authorities not to add new trains in order to get enough passengers for their buses. Sometimes they offer bribes to the BR high officials for this purpose. To take hard decisions against these bus owners, Mr Quader was the right person. I request our Prime Minister to rethink this decision and reappoint Obaidul Quader as the railways minister again.

Unfortunate!

Once I got a chance to visit a hydro-electricity project. There were two turbines to generate electricity. However, only one was functioning. I asked the engineer, "Why is it not working? Is the water insufficient or is it a technical problem?" He replied, "It is an order from the higher authorities not to run the turbine." I was utterly shocked to learn this when people are forced to live in the dark due to load shedding.

Theft inside govt. hospital

About a month ago, I was staying at a male ward in Mymensingh Medical College Hospital to look after my sick father. It was nearly 4 in the morning and almost all patients and their relatives were sleeping. Suddenly, I woke up hearing the scream of a woman. We thought she probably found her son dead. Her son was suffering from serious lung cancer. But to my utter surprise, I came to know that all her money went missing, which was her last savings for her son's treatment. I learned that this happens quite often here. Majority of the people who come to public hospitals for treatment are poor people. But the thieves do not spare them. Some hospital staff are allegedly involved in this. The hospital authorities should identify those people and punish them. They should take proper steps so that this type of theft never occurs in the hospital.

The real fighters

There are people around us who struggle through all difficulties in their life. We hardly know about them. They are the real fighters. Their limitations can not stop them from going ahead. They do not give in. Seeing the way they struggle, one finds the strength and motivation not to give in. They are very ordinary people, yet they rise above all!

A pleasant reminder

The power supply situation is said to have greatly improved over the year in Dhaka but at a great cost, making the lives of consumers more miserable. The prime minister has publicly mentioned that there would still be two hours of mandatory load shedding as a pleasant reminder of the suffering that people had go through during the time of the past regime.

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International

Beijing calls for Dhaka's support on islands

Amid tension over maritime territorial disputes and sovereignty issues among East Asian countries, Beijing has sought Dhaka's support in favour of its claim on Diaoyu Islands located to the northeast of China's Taiwan Islands.

Obama, Romney prepare for debates

US President Barack Obama and rival Mitt Romney prepared for Wednesday's debate this weekend, leaving their running mates to spar over policy and seek votes in key swing states.

Fierce clashes in Aleppo

Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad shelled rebel-held areas across Syria yesterday as fierce clashes were reported in second city Aleppo where a fire tore through a medieval souk.

Philippines sends more troops to guard islands

The Philippines has deployed 800 more Marines and opened a new headquarters to guard its interests in the disputed Spratlys islands, which China also claims, a senior military official yesterday said.

Thein Sein would 'accept' Suu Kyi as president

Myanmar leader Thein Sein said in an interview he would accept democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi as president if elected, but added he could not alone amend rules that bar her from power.

Hazare didn't want political alternative

Maintaining strong opposition to entering politics as it is “full of dirt”, Anna Hazare yesterday claimed that he did not get answers from the Arvind Kejriwal-led group on questions raised by him on how to organise a political alternative.

Iraq to stop Iran flights over Syria arms

Iraq is determined to stop and search flights from Iran over its territory, which are suspected of carrying weapons to Syria, Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said in comments, reported yesterday.

March begins amid clashes

Tension gripped Hyderabad yesterday as pro-Telangana activists clashed with Andhra Pradesh Police while hundreds of people were reaching the venue of the rally Necklace Road on the banks of Hussain Sagar lake to participate in the march for a separate state.

US military death toll in Afghanistan reaches 2,000

The US military suffered its 2,000th death in the Afghan war - with a suspected "insider" attack at a checkpoint in the east of the country, BBC reported yesterday.

Son defends father

The son of fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai defended his father as "upright in his beliefs and devoted to duty", in his first comments on a scandal that has shaken the Communist Party.

Blasphemy case filed

Pakistani police yesterday said that they had opened a rare blasphemy case against nine people who attacked and looted a Hindu temple in Karachi during recent anti-US protests.

Wave of Iraq attacks kills 32

Militants struck nine cities and towns in Iraq with bombings and shootings yesterday, killing at least 32 people and wounding 104, in the latest wave of deadly attacks to hit the country.

2 Venezuelan activists shot dead

Gunmen shot and killed two local leaders of parties backing presidential challenger Henrique Capriles on Saturday in the worst violence of a volatile campaign before Venezuela's election next weekend.

Mock film protest in Indonesia

Thousands of Indonesians yesterday chanted anti-American slogans outside the US embassy in Jakarta, in the latest protest against a film that sparked demonstrations in at least 20 countries.

Nasheed faces trial in Maldives

The first democratically elected president in the Maldives goes on trial today on abuse of power charges, seven months after being toppled in what he calls a "coup d'etat" in the tourist paradise.

Obama stops Chinese firm

Citing national security risks, US President Barack Obama has blocked a Chinese company from owning four wind farm projects near a navy base where the US military tests unmanned drones and electronic-warfare planes.

Nairobi church blast kills child

A suspected grenade attack killed one child and wounded nine others in a Nairobi church yesterday, a day after Islamist fighters abandoned their last bastion in neighbouring Somalia in the face of an assault by Kenyan and other troops.

Arts & Entertainment

Mughal history through contemporary eyes

Does history repeat itself or is it all about individual fate? Whatever it is, the confession or self-realisation that the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb made in his last days forms the core of a new play, “Aurangzeb”. The play sees Aurangzeb facing the similar fate that his father, Shah Jahan, endured because of his desire for power. The play tries to establish that the policy taken by Aurangzeb during his reign went wrong. Ignoring his predecessors' strategy, he tried to initiate a new way that finally fell through.

A Rainbow of refined melodies at Nazrul Utshab

In recognition to his lifelong contribution to classical music, Nazrul Academy posthumously honoured Shafiur Rahman [of Suddha Sangeet Proshar Goshthi] with the 'Sur-Saaki' award at this month's Nazrul Utshab [festival]. Usha Rahman, widow of Shafiur Rahman, received the award at the programme held on September 28 at the Academy.

Tanvir Tareque: Steeped in music

Tanvir Tareq is one of the busiest music directors of this time, whose talents also expand into the realms of composing and penning lyrics. He won a Citycell Channel i Music Award (Best Music Director) last year, under the popular category. Tanvir is currently busy working on his 23rd mixed album, titled “Hridoy Ghotito”. The album features recognised singers like Tapan Chowdhury, Fahmida Nabi, SI Tutul, Nirjhor, Lutfor Hasan, Dinat Jahan Munni, Nijhu and Tanvir Tareq himself. The virtuoso Tareq also has a skilled singing voice, the examples of which can be found in four mixed albums.

Padatik and Mitali hold talent hunt for Rabindra Sangeet singers

Marking 88th birth anniversary of legendary singer Kanika Bandyopadhyay, Mitali, India-Bangladesh Shangskriti Sangsad and Padatik Sangeet Sangsad, Bangladesh joined hands to discover talented young Rabindra Sangeet singers through competitions.

OP-ED

Ageing in the 21st century: A celebration and a challenge

Today, October 1, 2012, is the "International Day of Older Persons." And on this day, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and HelpAge International will launch a publication entitled "Ageing in the 21st Century: a Celebration and a Challenge." Such a publication could not come at a more opportune time, as population ageing is one of the most significant trends of the 21st century! Around the world, two persons celebrate their sixtieth birthday every second! With one in nine persons in the world aged 60 years or over, projected to increase to one in five by 2050, population ageing is a phenomenon that can no longer be ignored.

The Arab spring still blooms

The violent demonstrations that have spread across the Muslim world in recent weeks have convinced many in the United States and Europe that the Arab revolutions that began in late 2010 are now officially over and that the democratic project has failed. Bitterness and a sense of impending catastrophe are replacing the enthusiasm that followed the toppling of dictators in Tunisia and Egypt last year.

This Day In History

October 1

1880
First electric lamp factory is opened by Thomas Edison.



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