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News of: Tuesday, 9th of October, 2012

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Sonali Bank mulls differently

The Sonali Bank is looking for ways to get back around Tk 3,600 crore it lent to Hall-Mark and five other companies on false documents as the repayment has become uncertain.

Tanvir on 29-day remand

Tanvir Mahmud, managing director of Hall-Mark Group of Industries, and Tushar Ahmed, general manager of the company, were each placed on a 24-day remand in three cases over the Sonali Bank loan scam yesterday.

PM blames it on local BNP MP

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday blamed the local BNP lawmaker for the September 29 attacks on the Buddhist temples and houses at Ramu in Cox's Bazar.

Others too want it

The government upgraded the posts of inspectors and sub-inspectors of police and now other employees of the civil service want similar upgrades, which could cost the government a fortune over the next nine years.

Metro rail project to get underway

The metro rail project has finally gathered momentum after nearly three-year delay over change of route with the government deciding to appoint a consultant to prepare a detailed design of the metro rail from Uttara third phase to Motijheel.

Tiny, new dinosaur species unveiled

A new dinosaur the size of a house cat and described as a cross between "a bird, a vampire and a porcupine" has been identified in a piece of rock from South Africa.

BNP for arrest of Suranjit

The main opposition BNP yesterday demanded arrest of former railway minister Suranjit Sengupta in connection with the railwaygate scandal and asked the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to take stern action against him.

High Court for alternative to nat'l ID card

The High Court yesterday directed the government to allow mobile-phone operators to sell SIM and RUIM cards against alternative identification documents in case subscribers do not have national identity (NID) cards.

No trace of Tk 3,800cr

A probe committee yesterday suggested the government take over control of the assets of controversial multilevel marketing company Destiny Group, said a member of the investigation body.

Opposition blamed to cover govt failure: BNP

The government was blaming the opposition party to cover its failure to resist the recent violent attacks on religious minorities, BNP leader Moudud Ahmed said yesterday in reply to the prime minister's remarks in Ramu of Cox's Bazar.

BSF kills Bangladeshi teenager

A teenage Bangladeshi boy was shot dead by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) at Char Majhardiar border in

Resign again

Following the recent television interview of Azam Khan, driver of Suranjit Sengupta's ex-assistant personal secretary Omar Faruq Talukder, Transparency International Bangladesh yesterday called on the minister to resign for the second time.

Alim ordered killing of Hindus in Joypurhat

A prosecution witness yesterday told the International Crimes Tribunal-2 that war crimes accused BNP leader Abdul Alim had ordered execution of a number of Hindus of Khetlal upazila in Joypurhat during the Liberation War.

DCC polls face further delay

The High Court yesterday once again extended its previous stay order on holding the Dhaka city corporation polls by three months, as the authorities neither implemented nor replied to its directives.

Opposition men clash with cops

At least 32 people, including nine law enforcers, were injured yesterday in Gaibandha when police intercepted a procession brought out by activists of BNP-led 18-party alliance from the district's Shaheed Minar premises.

Quizzing for one more day permitted

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 yesterday allowed the investigation officer of war crimes case against Jamaat leader Mir Quashem Ali to interrogate him one more day at a “safe house” in Dhanmondi.

Tangail-3 by-polls on Nov 18

The chief election commissioner (CEC) yesterday urged the political parties to participate in the by-polls of Tangail-3 parliamentary constituency to be held on November 18.

Japanese, British duo wins Nobel

Shinya Yamanaka of Japan and John Gurdon of Britain won the Nobel Prize yesterday for work in cell programming, a frontier that has raised dreams of growing replacement tissue for people crippled by disease.

Nasheed arrested

Armed Maldivian police arrested the country's first democratically elected president yesterday after he ignored court orders to stand trial for abusing his power while in office, his party said.

Suu Kyi wants to be president

Myanmar Opposition Leader Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday declared her willingness to serve as president, and her party's intention to amend the constitution to allow her to do so.

UN biodiversity meeting begins in India

A major UN meeting designed to safeguard the world's natural resources began yesterday with appeals to ensure that biodiversity does not become a victim of the global financial crisis.

Retail FDI will benefit Indian economy, says Chidambaram

Cautioning that absence of economic reforms will slow down growth, Finance Minister P Chidambaram yesterday said political parties may oppose but should not obstruct.

Editorial

Postponement of BCS exams

After days of rumours flying around regarding the leak of the 33rd Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) exams, the exams have been postponed. The Public Service Commission (PSC) claims it is not due to the leak -- which is yet to be confirmed -- but to relieve the candidates of confusion that the exams have been put off. The position of the PSC on the subject is puzzling, to say the least. If, as has been alleged, the leaked question papers were in fact being sold in the last few weeks, and if in fact the PSC slept over it, then the PSC's position is indefensible. If the leaked papers are fake, as the PSC has also claimed as a possibility, then again, why is the PSC signalling a denial mode and a reluctance to plug the holes in the system? Either way, days into such allegations being made, why has no action been taken?

Offhand dismissal of a potential witness

It is perplexing that the ACC Chairman would choose to dismiss rather brusquely and out offhand the idea of driver Azam's becoming a witness in the railway ministry scam allegedly linked to the former minister for railways and his PS.

Sports

Muktis maul Noakhali in rematch

A depleted Muktijoddha Sangsad all but confirmed their quarterfinal berth in the Grameenphone Federation Cup when they handed an emphatic 7-1 defeat to Noakhali Football Academy in the rematch at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Nadir Shah in fixing scandal

Well-known Bangladesh ICC panel umpire Nadir Shah has been plunged into controversy after Indian television channel India TV conducted a sting operation that has revealed that six umpires from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, Shah among them, were willing to give wrong decisions during a game in lieu of money.

Players train in coach's absence

The Bangladesh national cricket team players took part in an unofficial practice session organised by captain Mushfiqur Rahim at the Bangladesh Cricket Board's (BCB) National Cricket Academy (NCA) ground yesterday.

WI party hard

West Indies cricketers partied through the night on Monday after their triumph in the World Twenty20, as defeated hosts Sri Lanka cursed yet another "choke" in a final.

Marlon's peak

Marlon Samuels will leave Sri Lanka on Monday having finally emerged from the shadows of a controversial career to revive West Indian cricket with a splendid all-round display.

'Not ruthless enough'

Sri Lanka's captain Mahela Jayawardene admitted his team choked in the World Twenty20 final against the West Indies, denying themselves a long-awaited title.

'Australia need new spinners'

George Bailey believes Australia's spin bowlers must find a way to be more effective on the subcontinent if the team is to have any chance of winning the next World Twenty20, to be held in Bangladesh in 2014. After returning home Monday Bailey also defended the form of the middle-order batsmen, who besides his own 63 in the semifinal loss to West Indies had little impact in the tournament as the top three carried the bulk of the workload.

Kohli the only Indian in T20 World XI

Virat Kohli was the lone Indian cricketer to find a place in the ICC World Twenty20 men's XI of the tournament, which was dominated by champions West Indies and runners-up Sri Lanka.

Press term SL chokers

Sri Lanka's press was distraught on Monday after the host nation lost the World Twenty20 final against the West Indies, with criticism focused on the team's record of crumbling under pressure.

2 SL cricket fans commit suicide

Two Sri Lankan youth unable to put up with the national team's defeat in the ICC World Twenty20 cricket final against the West Indies have committed suicide, police said on Monday.

Cricket Bolt's 'first love'

Jamaica's Usain Bolt vowed Monday to defend his Olympic sprint titles in Rio but, buoyed by the West Indies' World Twenty20 triumph, declared that cricket was his "first love".

'Football unifies Ivory Coast'

Ivory Coast star Didier Drogba said Monday that he believes that football is the only unifying force in his war-torn country.

Local Snippets

Eden Women's College retained the title of the Delta Life Women's College/University Handball Tournament with a 5-3 win over Siddheswari Girl's College in the final at the Shaheed M Mansur Ali National Handball Stadium yesterday.

Gasquet sails into 2nd round

France's Richard Gasquet rediscovered the winning formula Monday after last week's shock defeat to a Chinese wildcard, cruising into the second round of the Shanghai Masters alongside Croatia's Marin Cilic.

Razzaq in hot water

Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq is likely to face disciplinary action from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) due to his outburst against captain Mohammad Hafeez after being dropped from the World Twenty20 semifinal against Sri Lanka.

Samuel the difference

Inter stuck in the third minute with a Walter Samuel header and hung on despite playing nearly all the second half with 10 men to beat AC Milan 1-0 in a bad-tempered, scrappy but absorbing Serie A derby on Sunday.

Marseille hold PSG

Andre-Pierre Gignac matched Zlatan Ibrahimovic goal for goal to earn Marseille a 2-2 draw at home to Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday and keep OM three points clear of their arch rivals at the top of Ligue 1.

Debate over world's best

Billed in Spain as the decisive showdown between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the 2012 FIFA Ballon d'Or award, Sunday's La Liga 'Clasico' gave plenty of ammunition to both camps as each player netted twice in a thrilling 2-2 draw.

Italy recall Balotelli

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has named Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli in a reinvigorated 27-man squad unveiled on Sunday for upcoming Word Cup qualifiers against Armenia and Denmark.

'Theo wants to stay'

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists Theo Walcott remains keen to extend his stay with the north London club even though he is yet to sign a new contract.

C'Ron joins up with Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo will join up with the Portugal World Cup squad despite suffering a suspected sprained left shoulder during Real Madrid's 2-2 draw with Barcelona at the weekend, the Spanish club said on Monday.

Alan accuses Van Persie

Robin van Persie was accused of elbowing Yohan Cabaye as Manchester United climbed to second place in the Premier League after a bad-tempered 3-0 victory at Newcastle.

Chantome replaces Diarra

Clement Chantome has replaced the injured Lassana Diarra in France's squad for the friendly with Japan and the World Cup qualifier against Spain, the French Football Federation announced on Sunday night.

Business

BBS plans to release quarterly figures on economic growth

The Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics plans to provide data on GDP and labour force on a quarterly basis.

Business leaders seek greater benefits from D-8 alliance

Bangladeshi business leaders yesterday called for duty-free access to the member countries of Developing 8 (D-8) to boost the alliance's dismal intra-country trade.

Experts seek derivatives market for risk management

The high risks associated with investments in the country's stockmarket can be curtailed by introducing a derivatives market, experts said.

Robi opens new unit to run towers efficiently

Mobile operator Robi Axiata has set up a new concern to provide support to its back-up equipment as part of its efforts to improve the overall quality of its service, an official said yesterday.

Biman offers 25pc discount on six international routes

Biman Bangladesh Airlines is offering 25 percent discounts on six international routes.

India to cut petrol prices

Indian state-fuel retailers will marginally cut petrol prices from Tuesday, reflecting a strengthening rupee, the country's largest fuel retailer Indian Oil Corp said on Monday.

Anomalies in trade data point to capital flight: Wahiduddin

Anomalies in trade statistics result in unexplained errors in balance of payments (BoP), indicating capital flight out of the country, Prof Wahiduddin Mahmud said yesterday.

Call for more cooperation among D-8 nations

The lack of cooperation among the Developing 8 (D-8) nations is holding the alliance back from contributing to the textile and readymade garment sector, a leading exporter said yesterday.

Stocks continue downward spiral

Stocks fell for the fourth straight day, as investors sold their shares and mutual fund units anticipating a bear-run in the market.

Crisis, what crisis?

The credit crisis burst into the open five years ago. The euro crisis has been rumbling for over two years. The term “crisis” isn't just on everybody's lips in finance. Wherever one turns -- politics, business, medicine, ecology, psychology, in fact virtually every field of human activity -- people talk about crises. But what are they, how do they develop and what can people do to change their course?

British finance minister outlines big new welfare cuts

British finance minister George Osborne said on Monday that the government will slash the welfare bill by £10 billion as it seeks to tame a massive deficit.

Tourism fair begins Thursday

The government needs to act fast to ensure rapid growth in domestic tourism with better services and road communication, said an association of the tour operators yesterday.

Eurozone launches rescue fund as Greece, Spain struggle

The eurozone launches its much-awaited 500-billion-euro rescue fund on Monday, a positive backdrop for finance ministers trying to settle Greece's tortuous debt bailout and as Spain agonises over seeking a rescue.

British finance minister outlines big new welfare cuts

British finance minister George Osborne said on Monday that the government will slash the welfare bill by £10 billion as it seeks to tame a massive deficit.

IKEA moves closer to India entry, files final paperwork

Swedish furniture and home furnishings giant IKEA moved a step closer to setting up stores in India, saying on Monday it had filed the final paperwork with the Indian government for its entry.

Sonali Bank gets new DMD

Md Siddiqur Rahman has recently been appointed as deputy managing director of Sonali Bank Ltd, the bank said in a statement yesterday.

China warns of 'prejudice' in US telecom report

Beijing on Monday urged Washington to "set aside prejudices" after a draft Congressional report said Chinese telecom firms Huawei and ZTE were security threats that should be banned from business in the US.

Metropolitan

Poor bargaining troubles migrant workers

Bangladeshi workers face many difficulties abroad due to poor bargaining capacity of both the government and private organisations of the country, said noted rights activist Sultana Kamal yesterday.

List heritage sites in Dhaka: HC

A High Court bench yesterday directed the government to prepare a complete list of all heritage structures in Dhaka city and file a report with the court within three months.

76pc female students face sexual harassment: Study

Around 76 percent of female students of higher education institutions face sexual harassment within or outside campus by campus-related people, a study has revealed.

3-day talks begin Oct 15

A three-day long home secretary-level talks between Bangladesh and India will begin in Dhaka on October 15, where issues like security, land boundary agreement and killing along the border would figure prominently.

Remove Suranjit

Supreme Court Bar Association President Zainul Abedin yesterday demanded the government arrests Suranjit Sengupta, minister without portfolio, after removing him from ministerial charge within 24 hours.

Punishment for attackers of Buddhists must

Terming the recent attacks on Buddhist temples and homes in Ramu pathetic and inhuman, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday renewed her assurance to hunt down the perpetrators and hand down exemplary punishment.

First Bangladesh made warship launched

The first-ever warship built by Bangladesh was launched by Foreign Minister Dipu Moni through a ceremony at Khulna Shipyard yesterday.

Ramu violence linked to Rakhine's: CPB, BSD

The Ramu violence has a link to the sectarian clashes between Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state of Myanmar, leaders of two left-leaning parties said yesterday.

ASK concerned over border killings

Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), a rights body, yesterday expressed concern over the recurrence of the killing of Bangladeshis on the border despite repeated assurances from Border Security Force's (BSF) chief to halt such incidents.

Korean language contest held in Dhaka

The Korean Language Speech Contest and Festival, 2012 was held at National Museum in the capital on Sunday.

Ex-magistrate faces court Oct 14

A Dhaka court yesterday summoned a former metropolitan magistrate to appear before it on October 14 to give his statement as the 64th witness in August 21 grenade attack cases.

Undertake more projects for FFs

Central Command Council of Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad (BMS) yesterday expressed its gratitude to the incumbent government for taking 26 welfare projects to support freedom fighters financially and socially.

Road crashes kill 7

Seven people were killed and five others injured in separate road accidents in Sirajganj, Chittagong, Chapainawabganj, Tangail, Brahmanbaria and Jessore on Sunday and yesterday.

Families seek govt steps for release

Families of seven Bangladeshi sailors held hostage for nearly two years by Somali pirates formed a human chain before Chittagong Press Club yesterday demanding immediate government measures for their release.

Minor girl raped, two arrested in capital

Two teenage boys were detained yesterday for allegedly raping a nine-year-old girl at South Badda in the capital.

Dhaka, Delhi to review $1b credit tomorrow

Dhaka and New Delhi will tomorrow review the progress of implementation and the current state of the $1 billion Line of Credit extended by India to Bangladesh.

DoE fines factory, hotel Tk 36 lakh

The Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday penalised a textile dyeing factory and a residential hotel with a fine of Tk 36.62 lakh in total for environmental pollution, said a DoE press release.

SC to hear Khaleda's plea Jan 10

The Supreme Court yesterday fixed January 10 next year for hearing an appeal filed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia against a High Court verdict in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case.

Left parties want security during Puja

Some left-leaning parties of Bangladesh yesterday urged the government to take necessary steps to ensure security at the upcoming Durga Puja, the greatest religious festival of the Hindu community.

Woman dies as train hits her

An unidentified woman was crushed under a train near Khilgaon rail gate in the capital yesterday.

Defamation suit filed against lawmaker Reza

A defamation case was filed yesterday against HM Golam Reza, a Jatiya Party lawmaker who was recently expelled from the party, for his derogatory speech against Jatiya Party president HM Ershad that was published in a national Bangla daily on October 3.

CPB 10th congress begins Oct 11

The 10th congress of Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) will begin on October 11 at the capital's Mohanagar Natya Mancha to constitute a new executive body of the left-leaning political party.

Ctg hawkers' poll held

The triennial election of Chattagram Bahumukhi Hawkers Samity (CBHS), an association of the newspaper hawkers of Chittagong, was held in the port city on Sunday.

Microbus hijacked in capital

An armed gang hijacked a recently purchased microbus at the capital's Kafrul on Saturday night.

Japan photo contest invites entries

All Japan Association of Photographic Societies and Asahi Shimbun will jointly hold the 73rd International Photographic Salon of Japan to be held in Tokyo, Naggya, Osaka, Fukuoka and other major cities in Japan this year.

2 muggers held after 'gunfight' with police

Two alleged muggers were arrested with a car after a "gunfight" with police in the capital's Kalyanpur yesterday evening.

Folk singer Bidit Lal Das passes away

Bidit Lal Das, a veteran folk artiste and singer of now defunct Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra, passed away at a hospital in the capital yesteraday. He was 74.

Towhid Ullah Bir Bikram

Sergeant Towhid Ullah Bir Bikram (retd), a war wounded and gallantry award holder freedom fighter, passed away on Sunday at Ibne Sina Hospital in the capital due to cardiac arrest. He was 65.

Death anniversary

Today is the 27th death anniversary of Amin Ahmed Chowdhury, assistant editor of now defunct the Bangladesh Times and former Dhaka correspondent of Voice of America World Service.

National

Sludge, stink all over due to cracks in sanitation pipes

Sanitation system in the 250-bed Patuakhali General Hospital has virtually collapsed as most of the sanitation pipes developed cracks during the last one year.

Puja flavour in the air

Preparations for a five-day celebration of Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of Bangalee Hindus, are going on in full swing in five upazilas of the district.

8 ruling party men sued

Family of slain Jubo League leader Mahfuzur Rahman Mafu filed a murder case against eight ruling party activists including a municipality councillor on Sunday night.

Indigenous fishes disappearing fast from Old Brahmaputra

The indigenous fish species have rapidly been disappearing in the downstream of the Old Brahmaputra River due to poor water flow and over exploitation of fishes.

Fresh erosion by Madhumati in Faridpur

With the recession of water from rain-fed Madhumati river, erosion has started again forcing more villagers to shift their houses to safer places at Gayeshpur village under Kamarkhali union in Madhukhali upazila of Faridpur district.

Jail warden stabbed

Acting chief warden of Kishoreganj District Jail Mahtab Uddin was stabbed and beaten up by the son of a female prison guard on Sunday.

20 hurt as police club BNP procession

At least 20 activists of BNP and its front organisations were injured as police charged baton on their procession in the district town yesterday.

Robbers loot night coaches in Bogra

Armed robbers looted cash and valuables from the passengers of two night coaches on Sunday night.

Man killed by thieves

An employee of Mymensingh municipality was killed by thieves at municipal staff quarter in the town early yesterday.

12 injured in Khulna clash

At least 12 people were injured in a clash between two groups of people over constructing a sluice gate across a canal at Chandanmohan village in Dighalia upazila on Sunday evening.

4 arrested with bombs

Police arrested four people along with bombs from separate places in the town on Sunday night. The arrestees were Russel, of Jessore Govt City College area, Liton, of Bahadurpur area in Sadar upazila, Mizan, and Ashraful Islam Rana, of Sasthitola area in the town. Police said a gang mugged a bag of Swapan Mallik, an official of the department of agriculture expansion of Chowgachha upazila in Bijoynagar area in the town on Sunday evening. When he complained to police, a team from Kotwali PS launched separate drives in City College area and Sasthitola area and arrested the four alleged muggers at around 11:30pm along with four bombs.

Fisherman's body recovered

Body of a fisherman was recovered in Gongamoti area of Kuakata beach on Saturday evening. The dead was identified as Shahjahan Gharami, 48, of Mohipur area under Kalapara upazila. Locals said the body was brought to shore by the tidal surge. They found it on the beach and informed the family members. Family and local sources said, Shahjahan went to the sea on October 4 to supply ice to another trawler that was fishing in the Bay. But the trawler capsized when it was returning to shore. Shahjahan went missing while other three fishermen were rescued by another trawler.

Man held with heroin

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a drug peddler along with 176 sachets of heroin from the old Railway Station area in the city on Sunday morning. The arrestee was identified as Ranjan Das, 42, son of late Harekrishna Das of Sadarpur village in Sadar South upazila of Sunamganj district. Acting on a tip-off, a team of Rab-9 conducted a drive in the area at about 7:30am and arrested Ranjan along with the contraband drugs. Later, he was handed over to police.

Boy killed in Feni

Porshuram police yesterday morning recovered the body of an unidentified boy, aged about 6, from Shalia Eidgah field in the upazila. The body of the boy bore several injury marks. Police said, locals found the body at Eidgah field and informed the police. Himangshu Kumar Das, officer in-charge at Parshuram police station, said criminals might have killed the child somewhere else and dump the body at the Eidgah field.

International

UN chief warns of Syria-Turkey escalation

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned yesterday of a "dangerous' fallout from spiralling violence along the Syrian-Turkish border, as regime troops shelled rebel bastions across Syria leaving dozens dead.

Mitt Romney contrasts with Obama on foreign policy

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will vow to pursue a more aggressive policy toward the Middle East yesterday if elected in an attempt to draw a sharp distinction with how President Barack Obama has handled Libya, Iran, Syria and the Arab-Israeli dispute.

Chavez wins Venezuela vote

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez shrugged off cancer and a unified opposition to triumph yet again at the ballot box and claim another six-year mandate to pursue his oil-funded socialist revolution.

Afghan govt could collapse after Nato troops pull out

The Afghan government could implode after Nato troops pull out in 2014, particularly if presidential elections are fraudulent, a report by the International Crisis Group (ICG) yesterday said.

Drone flight shows Israel is vulnerable: Iran

The incursion by an unmanned aircraft into Israeli airspace at the weekend exposed the weakness of Israeli air defences, an Iranian military official was quoted as saying yesterday.

Vadra calls mango people in banana republic

Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra and India Against Corruption members yesterday sparred on online social media after Vadra posted a contemptuous message about the anti-corruption activism in the country.

Libyan assembly dismisses PM

Libyan premier Mustafa Abu Shagur was dismissed on Sunday after the General National Congress rejected his proposed "crisis" cabinet of just 10 ministers, days after his first line-up was also turned down.

US issues Chinese firms warning

Chinese telecom firms Huawei and ZTE pose a security threat to the US, a congressional panel yesterday warned after an investigation into the two companies.

Israel strikes on Gaza

The Israeli military yesterday carried out strikes on the Gaza Strip after Palestinian militants fired about 50 mortar rounds and rockets into Israel.

Assange threatens to sue Gillard

There's nothing new about asylum seekers dominating Australian media; those attempting to reach Australian shores by boat regularly make headlines.

Cameron to veto EU budgets

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron sent a warning to EU leaders on Sunday, threatening to veto any deal on the EU budget in the coming months unless it guaranteed "proper control" over spending.

Asha's daughter commits suicide

Varsha Bhosle, daughter of veteran Bollywood singer Asha Bhosle, yesterday committed suicide by shooting herself with a revolver at her home in south Mumbai, police said.

Arts & Entertainment

Selected engravings by Goya at Bengal Gallery

Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, the Spanish Embassy in Bangladesh and the Inditex Chair of Spanish Language and Culture, University of Dhaka, have jointly organised an exhibition of selected engravings by master Spanish painter and printmaker Francisco Goya [from the collection of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes of San Fernando].

Recalling Bidit Lal Das

Renowned folk artiste-composer Bidit Lal Das passed away yesterday at Square Hospital in Dhaka. He was ailing from liver related complexities. Two accomplished singers, who knew the artiste closely, shared their memories:

Mehdi Hassan: Heavenly gift to listeners

A few decades back, it was in print that Talat Mahmood could not stand Mehdi Hassan's 'talaffuz'. Whether it stemmed out of 'filmi gossip' or fact will remain a mystery as both Talat Mahmood and Mehdi Hassan are now gone for good.

Psaltery and piano go hand in hand

Mexican instrumentalist Alejandra Barrientos began to play the psaltery when she was just five. At the time she lived with her family in Mexico city where she attended a special school with an all girls' orchestra. Her music teachers asked her if she would like to play the psaltery (also known as salterio, an ancient instrument). The excited little girl agreed. Two months into learning the musical instrument, she threw her hands up and said she would like to change over to something simpler. However, her teachers managed to persuade her to complete her initial course and then switch. “I never finished learning and didn't change instruments,” says the charming Alejandra.

“Bhalobashar Rong” goes digital

Digital film “Bhalobashar Rong” was released across the country on October 5, with over 50 cinema halls holding shows at Dhaka and other places, says a press release. The much-hyped movie has been jointly directed by Shahin-Sumon. At a press conference last Saturday, in a Dhaka restaurant, CEO of the production house Jazz Multimedia, Monwar Ehtesham, informed that preparations have been made to release the movie at 50 cinema halls initially. Many of the movie theatres are setting up the necessary equipment for the screening of the digital film. Fifty halls will be able to show digital films from now on, along with the traditional 35mm format.

The name's Bond, James Bond: 007 marks 50 years

"The name's Bond... James Bond". Fans of 007 on Friday celebrated 50 years of the suave British spy's adventures on the silver screen with a day of themed events around the world.

DS Café

Popular actor Ferdous is busy shooting for both Dhaliwood and Tollywood films, but will make time for his fans and is the featured celebrity of this month at DS Café. He will be on the hot seat and take your calls at The Daily Star Centre on October 11, between 5: 30 and 6:30pm. Readers, fire away all your questions at him! The best question will be highlighted in the transcription. Call 8126155, 01711623915 and 01711623917 to speak to Ferdous.

OP-ED

Catering to own and regional business

The government's "go slow" approach in taking the initiative to develop a deep-sea port off Sonadia is going to cause the country serious problems after 2015. If we are to go by the Japanese Pacific Consultant International firm's Techno-Economic Feasibility study conducted for the Department of Shipping in 2009 that outlined a three-phase construction plan, the potential for GDP growth by 2% brought about by substantial employment generation and increase in bulk handling capacity should have been impetus enough for the government to have taken a decision by now.

Romney's missing foreign policy

If it hadn't been for the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the United States Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, Mitt Romney probably wouldn't be giving a speech on foreign policy in the waning weeks of this election season. But Romney sensed an opening in President Obama's missteps in Libya, and he plans to lay out his case that he will be a better steward of America's national security.

A freedom fighter, Francis de Goya: Shared character of Bangladesh and Spain

During this month of October, the Bengal Art Gallery will display the prints of the very renowned Spanish painter Francisco de Goya (1746-1828). The exhibition has been organised by the Embassy of Spain with the co-financing of the Inditex Chair of Spanish, an undertaking established in Dhaka University by our very well known textile multinational, owner of Zara shops. The prints belong to the Spanish National Museum of Engravings.

What can governments do?

With recent UN figures showing food prices still near historic highs, how can governments help ensure that poor people have enough to eat? In a new paper for the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, we reviewed the type of policies and mechanisms that poor, net-food-importing countries might use to overcome food security challenges during such price hikes. We argued that governments should heed the lessons of the 2007-08 price spikes, if -- as predicted -- prices remain high and volatile in the years ahead.

Reminiscence

I had worked with Ambassador Ataur Rahman Khan Kaiser as his deputy in Bangladesh Embassy in Seoul during the late '90s. As a bureaucrat, a diplomat and his deputy, I looked upon Ambassador Kaiser as an icon of leadership and dynamism, intellect and wisdom, flair and flamboyance, charisma and grandeur, empathy and kindness, honesty and integrity, finesse and niceties, professionalism and patriotism and above all a guardian and a good soul, a father figure and an angelic entity in human form. May Allah keep this great soul in peace.

Addressing community clinics

Health service delivery is an intimidating challenge for Bangladesh's health service systems. Many rural people face hazardous health conditions because of poverty and backwardness.

This Day In History

October 9

1264
The Kingdom of Castile conquers the city of Jerez that was under Muslim occupation since 711.

Science & Life

Human brain's vision map

Nearly 100 years after a British neurologist first mapped the blind spots caused by missile wounds to the brains of soldiers, Perelman School of Medicine researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have perfected his map using modern-day technology. Their results create a map of vision in the brain based upon an individual's brain structure, even for people who cannot see. Their result can, among other things, guide efforts to restore vision using a neural prosthesis that stimulates the surface of the brain.

Gender bias in Science

Recent advances in science and technology and a large number of scientists with a wide spectrum of skills, dedicated to new and innovative developments, have given a great hope for alleviation of hunger, poverty, malnutrition, unemployment and unhealthy living conditions of the teeming millions of the developing world. A productive life and a quality life for all irrespective of developed or developing country is a rightful demand of this science and ICT century. For this purpose, womenalong with men should be given ample opportunities to enter and excel in science, technology, and related professions. While women constitute half of humanity, even in countries where they have ready access to higher education, the number of women studying mathematics, physical science, and engineering remains disproportionately below parity with that of men. Talented and capable women are practically turned away from these and other fields, and the few who persist typically find themselves isolated and marginalized. As a result, the overall participation of women scientists and engineers in the workforce continues to be very limited, and these professional women seldom reach the top of the hierarchyat universities, research organizations or policy making institutions in the government and the private sectors. Bangladesh is no exception in this regard.

Frost-trapped mammoth

A well-preserved mammoth carcass has been found by an 11-year-old boy in the permafrost of northern Siberia. The remains were discovered at the end of August in Sopochnaya Karga, 3,500km (2,200 miles) northeast of Moscow.

Food from insect

Common house flies (Musca domestica) may be a cheap and sustainable source of feed for farm animals, according to a scientist and an entrepreneur.

Order out of chaos

One of the unsolved mysteries of contemporary science is how highly organized structures can emerge from the random motion of particles. This applies to many situations ranging from astrophysical objects that extend over millions of light years to the birth of life on Earth.

Star in death throes

A pair of NASA space telescopes have captured a spectacular new photo of the Helix Nebula, a glowing celestial vision that resembles a giant cosmic eye.

Is silicon-based life possible?

Conceivably, some strange life-forms might be built from silicone-like substances were it not for an apparently fatal flaw in silicon's biological credentials. This is its powerful affinity for oxygen.



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