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News of: Friday, 19th of October, 2012

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Chairperson arrested

Rapid Action Battalion yesterday arrested Hall-Mark Managing Director Tanvir Mahmud's wife and group Chairperson Jesmine Islam in connection with the Sonali Bank loan scam.

Gen Harun gets conditional bail from HC

The High Court yesterday granted bail to Destiny Group President Lt Gen (retd) M Harun-Ar-Rashid for two months in two money laundering cases, on condition that he will no longer be involved with the group.

Muhith shocked banking sector

The finance minister's scathing criticism of the central bank on Wednesday about its role and capacity to detect the Hall-Mark scam has come as a shock to the banking world.

Run-down launches refurbished for eid trips

With the Eid-ul-Azha only a week away, private launch operators are busy with refurbishment and repair of their vessels to attract more passengers during the eid holidays -- the peak season for the business.

Nafis' family stunned

Just a few hours before he was arrested in an FBI sting operation, a Bangladeshi man accused of trying to blow up New York's Federal Reserve building calmly spoke via Skype with his parents back home and updated them on his studies, his family told The Associated Press.

A shame for all teachers

Terming it a barbaric and uncivilised act, academics said yesterday that the proctor of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) had put the entire teaching community into shame by assaulting a female student of his university.

Newsweek to cease print edition in Dec

Newsweek announced yesterday it would end an 80-year run as a print magazine at the end of the year, taking the venerable publication all-digital to cope with a harsh media environment.

Govt mulls takeover

The government would take over the ownership of controversial Destiny Group so that no one could sell its assets, a senior official of commerce ministry said yesterday.

Uttam's mother, aunt freed

A Cox's Bazar court last night released Uttam Barua's mother, aunt and baby cousin from jail hours after the High Court had directed the government to free them immediately.

Private TV, newspapers not allowed

Journalists of all private television channels and newspapers were yesterday barred from covering the cabinet briefing at the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) for the first time since the Awami League-led government took office in January 2009.

Tribunal's no to 2 foreign nationals

International Crimes Tribunal-1 yesterday rejected a plea of the defence of war crimes accused Ghulam Azam to get two foreign nationals as witnesses.

Director Tahsina pulls out of selection body

Tahsina Khatun, a director of Grameen Bank, yesterday withdrew her name from the selection committee to pick the managing director of the microcredit organisation.

Information ministry seeks copy of TIB report

The information ministry has sent a letter to Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) seeking a copy of its recent report on MPs in a bid to scrutinise the allegations of irregularities brought against lawmakers.

Prof Murshid critically ill

Eminent educationist Prof Khan Sarwar Murshid was admitted to Apollo Hospitals yesterday in a critical condition after he suffered a brain stroke, the second in less than a month.

Attacker of Malala was held, freed in 2009

The alleged organiser of the Taliban shooting of a Pakistani schoolgirl was captured during a 2009 military offensive against the hard line Islamist group but released after three months, two senior officials told Reuters.

Young blood can hold back ageing

It is rumoured that the late Kim Jong-il would inject himself with blood from healthy young virgins in a bid to slow the ageing process. Remarkably, the North Korean dictator might have been onto something. Experiments on mice have shown that it is possible to rejuvenate the brains of old animals by injecting them with blood from the young.

There was never a threat

Nafis, a 21-year-old Bangladeshi arrested after he allegedly attempted to detonate what he thought was a bomb, had in fact been under FBI surveillance.

Dinosaur 'thief' arrested in Florida

A US man accused of smuggling 70 million year old dinosaur skeletons into the United States, including a toothy relative of the bigger Tyrannosaurus rex, was arrested on Wednesday in Florida, officials said.

Editorial

Handling of Hall-Mark scam

We are perplexed by the finance minister's observation that Bangladesh Bank's (BB) is yet to mature to be able to detect and contain a scam like Hall-Mark. Contrary to popular notion, it is not the sole responsibility of BB to handle such situations. There is a dual responsibility. BB has a monitoring role to play based on certain criteria that include capital adequacy ratio, loan loss provision, etc. As per the present system BB can at best recommend a course of action to the ministry of finance. But it cannot unilaterally take any action. Hence the onus is on the finance ministry and not BB.

Irregularities at Jagannath University

Two news items, recently carried in a leading Bangla daily, have brought to light massive financial, academic and administrative irregularities at Jagannath University. The vice chancellor himself, along with others, has allegedly been involved with some financial irregularities, including buying two expensive cars and misusing a large amount of money from the university funds. The government allocation of Taka 100 crore for the construction of a female dormitory and an academic building is being spent on teachers' quarters. Although the VC denied the allegations, the reports demonstrated how University Grants Commission (UGC)'s rules have been violated.

Sports

Russel aim to break final jinx

Star-studded Sheikh Russel KC are looking forward to making their maiden final of the Federation Cup when they square off against traditional powerhouses Mohammedan SC in the first semifinal at the Bangabandhu National Stadium today. The game gets underway at 5:00pm.

'Challenge not insurmountable'

In his first public utterance as Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president, Nazmul Hassan Papon told the media yesterday that he was well aware of the magnitude of the challenges facing him as the head of the country's richest sports body.

Unemployment hits Guinness record-holder Halim hard

It was only in January this year when Abdul Halim made the country, as well as the nation, proud by engraving his name in the Guinness World Records by balancing a football on his head for the farthest distance, 15.2 kilometres.

Joy pleads for lenience

Arif Khan Joy, vice president of the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) and director of Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC), yesterday belatedly apologised for his 'mistakable activities'. The BFF though, have still referred the matter to the disciplinary committee. A decision is expected in 72 hours.

NCL from tomorrow

All eight divisions finally submitted their squads for the National Cricket League (NCL), which will kick off tomorrow across the country.

Touring Crowe's carcinogen

Former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe on Thursday blamed illnesses picked up touring during a 13-year international cricket career for his diagnosis with the cancer lymphoma.

Kevin back in Eng fold

Kevin Pietersen will return to the England fold for the upcoming tour of India, the ECB announced Thursday, following his exile from the squad for sending provocative texts to opposition players.

Sakhawat & Jamal flop

Bangladesh golfers Sakhawat Sohel and Jamal Hossain put in dispiriting performances in the

Zia joint leader

Bangladeshi Grand Master Ziaur Rahman and Indian International Master IM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi shared the lead in the NIT Nagpur Grandmasters Chess Tournament at the end of the fourth round in Nagpur, India yesterday.

'Pakistan now safe'

Former Sri Lanka skipper Sanath Jayasuriya said Thursday that Pakistan was safe to host foreign cricket teams, as he arrived to lead an international all-star XI in two Twenty20 matches.

Ballack charged with speeding

Spanish police said Thursday they caught former Germany captain and Chelsea star Michael Ballack speeding on a highway in Spain -- reportedly at 211 kilometres (131 miles) per hour.

Sydney Sixers thru'

The Champions League T20 Group B match between Mumbai Indians and Yorkshire was called off after persistent rain prevented play after 17.5 overs at Newlands in Cape Town last night.

Local Snippets

Shantinagar SC and PWD won their respective matches in the Super Four of the Green Delta Insurance Second Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Majola found guilty of graft

South Africa's suspended cricket boss Gerald Majola was on Thursday found guilty of wrongfully

Rooney stays upbeat

Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney believe England will still qualify for the World Cup despite Wednesday's 1-1 draw in Poland but admit the performance in Warsaw was far from perfect.

City apologise to Balotelli's agent

Mario Balotelli's agent says Manchester City contacted him to apologise for their perceived criticism of the controversial striker.

Terry won't appeal ban

Chelsea's John Terry will not appeal against his four-match ban and 220,000-pound ($355,700) fine for racially insulting Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand, the player said in a statement on Thursday.

Drogba set to return

Former Chelsea star Didier Drogba was set to return from international duty Thursday and into a row at his Shanghai Shenhua squad that has seen teammates reportedly refuse to practise over unpaid wages.

FA fines Cole

The Football Association on Thursday fined Ashley Cole and warned him to behave in future after he wrote a critical tweet about the governing body related to the John Terry-Anton Ferdinand racism hearing.

Polish fans in hot water

Two Poland fans who became overnight Internet stars after invading their national stadium's waterlogged pitch ahead of a cancelled World Cup qualifier against England will on Thursday learn whether they face time behind bars for their antics.

Borini set for foot surgery

Liverpool's Italian striker Fabio Borini is to undergo surgery on a fractured bone in his foot and could face three months out of action, the club confirmed Wednesday.

Business

Sabinco to shake off its losing concerns

The Saudi-Bangladesh joint venture finance company, Sabinco, has decided to sell four of its industrial units to stem further losses, officials said.

Mobile users suffer as top-up vendors go on strike

The four-day strike by mobile top-up vendors which started yesterday has put subscribers in great inconvenience.

Sustainable banking boosts sales of small businesses: study

Finances from sustainable banks lead to 76 percent increase in sales and 62 percent in assets in small businesses, according to a study commissioned by a global alliance of value-based banks.

GP net profit slumps

Net profit of Grameenphone went down by around 43 percent in the third quarter, compared to the same period a year ago, as the operator had to pay 2G renewal and spectrum assignment fees.

Govt bans shrimp import

The government yesterday banned shrimp imports indefinitely to check the possibility of exporting the imported shrimp to European Union (EU) where Bangladesh gets duty-free entry.

EU to give 19m euros for poverty reduction: Barua

The European Union will give 19 million euros (around Tk 202 crore) in the next three years to reduce poverty and inequality in Bangladesh by supporting the development of the SME sector, Industries Minister Dilip Barua said yesterday.

Alcatel confirms big job cuts

Telecoms equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent has informed unions that it plans to cut a total of 5,490 jobs worldwide as part of a cost-cutting drive unveiled in response to sliding profits.

Draft demutualisation bill gets a go-ahead

The cabinet yesterday gave a final approval to the draft of the Exchanges (Demutualisation) Bill, 2012 that seeks to ensure transparency, efficiency and accountability in the capital market through separating the ownership of stock exchanges from the management.

Stocks end flat on cautious investment

Stocks ended flat yesterday, as institutional investors preferred monitoring the market while small investors sold shares for cash ahead of the Eid festival.

Emirates increases flights to South East Asian destinations

Emirates Airline is increasing its services to three of its destinations in South East Asia: the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia, according to a statement of the airliner yesterday.

China eyes tepid rebound

China likely hit the bottom of a seven-quarter long economic downturn between July and September, but the slowest three months of growth since the depths of the financial crisis and a cloudy housing market outlook make recovery prospects tepid.

Nestle's sales jump 11pc

The world's biggest food company Nestle reported on Thursday an 11-percent rise in sales during the first nine months of the year to 67.6 billion Swiss francs (55.9 billion euros, $73.1 billion), and confirmed its full-year guidance.

Metropolitan

VNS students express outrage

Some 800 Viqarunnisa Noon School and College students yesterday creatively expressed their outrage at the recent attack on the Buddhist community in Cox' Bazar and Chittagong through a poster exhibition.

JU students to donate money for victims in Ramu, Ukhia

Students of Jahangirnagar University (JU) have been collecting money to help the Buddhists people who were affected by the recent communal violence at Ramu and Ukhia.

Ramu attack preceded by ominous meeting

Around 24 hours before the September 29 attack on Buddhists, a meeting participated by locals and outsiders from Cox's Bazar took place in Ramu and guest speakers at the meeting made offensive remarks against minorities, a team of lawyers has found in its investigation.

JBFH opens free medical camp for victims

Japan Bangladesh Friendship Hospital (JBFH) yesterday started a two-day long medical camp to provide free medical services and medicines to Buddhist people affected in the recent violence at Ramu in Cox's Bazar on September 29.

DMP to bar hide-laden trucks' exit from capital

Police will not let trucks carrying hides of sacrificial animals go outside Dhaka from October 27, Eid day, to October 31 to prevent smuggling of the animal skins, said Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Benazir Ahmed yesterday.

61 to be honoured tomorrow

Bangladesh will confer awards on 61 more foreign friends tomorrow for their outstanding contributions to the country's Liberation War 41 years ago.

EC to talk to political parties after eid

The Election Commission (EC) will hold talks with political parties after the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha to seek their opinions on redrawing the boundaries of parliamentary constituencies, said Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad yesterday.

50 percent dearness allowance declared

The government yesterday announced monthly 50 percent dearness allowance (DA) of the basic salary fixed under the 7th wage board for the journalists, employees and other staff of newspapers and news agencies.

11 million people under arsenic threat

Eleven million people, around 12.6 percent of Bangladesh's population, are under threat of arsenic contamination as they live in 466 unions prone to arsenic.

Robbers loot BNP leader's house

A gang of armed robbers yesterday looted gold ornaments and valuables worth about Tk 23 lakh from the house of a local BNP leader and injured two persons in the process.

Women MPs' increased role stressed

If more women MPs are included in the standing committees and are oriented in detail on parliamentary procedures, they could effectively take part in parliamentary decision making, researchers said at a discussion yesterday.

HC orders release of held doctor

Declaring the detention of Ehsanuzzaman Khan for allegedly posting defamatory comments about Meher Afroz Shaon on Facebook illegal, the High Court yesterday directed the government to immediately release him from custody.

Security tightened in Ctg ahead of puja, eid

Law enforcement agencies have beefed up security in Chittagong city on the occasion of three big religious festivals of Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists.

Beijing ready for Ctg-Kunming link

Chinese Vice President Xi Jingpin has told BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia that China is ready to work with Bangladesh for establishing road and rail communications between Chittagong and Kunming as part of growing connectivity in the region.

Ministers apprehend unrest

There might be workers' unrest over payment of salaries and bonuses ahead of Eid-ul Azha, apprehended some ministers at an urgent cabinet meeting yesterday.

Young man beaten dead by uncle

A young man was killed allegedly by his uncle in the capital's Savar area yesterday.

SC again stays trial proceedings

The Supreme Court yesterday again extended till November 11 its earlier order that stayed the proceedings of a corruption case against BNP leader Moudud Ahmed.

Snapped rail link restored

Rail communications between Dhaka and Chittagong, Sylhet, and Noakhali, which were suspended following derailment of a freight train, resumed after nine hours yesterday.

Family demands punishment to people involved

Family members, relatives and friends of a college student who was allegedly shot dead by Detective Branch (DB) of police in Ashulia on October 13, have termed his death "a pre-planned killing over land-related dispute" and demanded punishment to the DB men "involved in the incident".

4 killed, 16 hurt in road crashes

Four people were killed and 16 others injured in separate road accidents in Bagerhat, Kishoreganj and Bhola on Wednesday and yesterday.

SC verdict to create political unrest: Moudud

The Supreme Court (SC) verdict on the constitution's thirteenth amendment will create serious political unrest and confrontation in the society, observed BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed yesterday.

Missing father of fugitive accused returns

After being untraced for about 20 days, father of the lone fugitive accused in journalist couple Sagar-Runi murder case returned to his village home in Moulvibazar yesterday morning,.

Security for Ahmadiyyas demanded

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat has urged the government to ensure security of the community's people following the recent communal violence in Cox's Bazar and Chittagong.

Man held with counterfeit notes worth Tk 93,000 in Ctg

A man was held with counterfeit notes worth Tk 93,000 from Kadamtali area in Chittagong Wednesday night.

Bangladesh Betar wins prize for documentary

Bangladesh Betar won the Radio Special Jury Prize 2012 of Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) on October 16 for its documentary “Thorns on the Way”.

Jatiya Press Club's founding anniversary events end today

The month-long programmes arranged by Jatiya Press Club to mark its 58th founding anniversary will conclude today through a cultural function.

NU honours exams start on Nov 12

The 4th year honours examinations of 2010 under National University (NU) will now begin on November 12.

Int'l confce on English through technology at DU on Oct 20

An international conference titled "Teaching and Learning English through Technology" will be held at Dhaka University on October 20.

2 workers die from electrocution

Two welders died from electrocution at a workshop in the capital's Kadamtali yesterday.

Illegal water plants unearthed

A surveillance team of Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) yesterday discovered eleven illegal factories, which were supplying water in the capital, and destroyed 218 jars of water.

National

Bid to build brick kiln on agri land sparks protest

Indigenous people in Madhupur upazila formed a human chain and launched a signature campaign yesterday, demanding removal of an illegal under construction brick kiln from an agricultural land at Idilpur village in the upazila.

Two held for rape, spreading video

Police on Monday night and Wednesday arrested two people on charge of raping a college girl and spreading video clips of the incident through mobile phones.

100 Jamaat-Shibir men sued for snatching arrestee

Over 100 Jamaat-Shibir men have been sued on charge of snatching an arrested Jamaat leader from police custody in Sundarganj upazila of Gaibandha district on Wednesday.

Guard arrested in bank robbery case

Police yesterday arrested a guard of Islami Bank Jhalakathi branch in connection with the looting of Tk 77 lakh from the branch early Wednesday.

2 killed, 11 hurt by BSF since Sept 10

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) killed two Bangladeshi nationals and injured at least eleven others when they were trying to cross the border through different points of Shibganj upazila in Chapainawabganj district since September 10.

Absconding accused Mir Alam held in Faridpur

Police arrested one of the accused in Rajbari BNP leader SM Shamsul Alam Bablu murder case from Faridpur district on Wednesday night.

Bogra doctors ease work abstention programme

Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) Bogra unit yesterday relaxed their four-day long work abstention programme.

One killed, 7 hurt as robbers throw them off running train

A passenger was killed and seven others were injured as robbers threw them off a running train in Sarishabari upazila town on Wednesday night.

BCL men vandalise buses 'for nothing'

A group of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists vandalised two buses in Panchagarh district town on Wednesday evening.

Young man murdered in Khulna

Criminals murdered a young man was in Batiaghata upazila yesterday morning.

Letters

Horrific acts traumatize Syrian kids!

It gives us pain that horrific acts of violence are being committed against children in Syria. Children have been the targets of brutal attacks. Deaths of their parents, siblings and other children are taking place in front of them.

Build some small flyovers

If we can build several giant flyovers in Dhaka, why can't we build a few small two-storied and three-storied flyovers to ease and tame Dhaka's terrible traffic jam?

Save our future generation

How can I ensure that my kids are getting proper nutrition from food especially fruits, vegetables and fish available in our markets? Instead of healthy food, we are always giving them contaminated food which is very harmful to their health. I think this problem is not less important than Padma bridge. The government should stop the sale of formalin and other poisonous chemicals to laymen. If our industries need to use formalin, they should buy it from the government. And the government should sell these chemicals only to the designated persons of the industries. The government should also check that no harmful chemical is smuggled to Bangladesh from India. As a parent and citizen of Bangladesh, I earnestly request our government, especially the prime minister to take quick and effective steps in this regard to save the future of the nation.

Ensure reasonable sugar price

We have observed that when a commodity price increases in the international market, instantly the price increases in the local market. But the same does not happen in case of price decrease in the international market. A few months back, the price of raw sugar in the international market was more or less USD 830 for each metric ton. The price has come down to less than USD 540 in the month of August. The sugar refineries in Bangladesh got the raw sugar at a lower price in September. But the consumers are not getting the benefit of lower price in the international market as yet. Is it not a sign of informal syndication of sugar refiners? The consumers have to buy sugar at the price level of July '12. The retail price should have been Tk 41 or Tk 42 for each kg.

Don't occupy the playgrounds

Just like other places in the city there is lack of playgrounds in Uttara. However, the youth in the area still manage to spend some time playing outdoor sports at places like Uttara Friend's Club. It is extremely disappointing to note that the open space in Uttara Friend's Club and also in Uttara Sector-11 park has been taken over to build stages for Durga Puja. This is unacceptable because the place is not reserved for political or religious programmes. Bangladesh is a country of religious harmony, and we would like to see a peaceful celebration of Durga Puja. But does that mean the youth will have to suffer? There should be some designated places to build stages for Durga Puja. This way the children will have to suffer no more.

Govt should take UAE visa issue seriously

We were greatly dismayed to hear the news that the United Arab Emirates has temporarily stopped issuing any kind of visa to Bangladeshis. Bangladesh received remittance worth around $ 12.84 billion in last fiscal year. According to the Bangladesh Ambassador to UAE, “Thrust areas of growing Bangladesh-UAE relations are the presence of over 7,00,000 Bangladeshis as the 3rd largest expatriate community in the UAE, which is also the 2nd largest Bangladeshi diaspora after Saudi Arabia, a source of remittance of about 1.5 billion US dollar from the UAE to Bangladesh each year.” So the UAE government's step is very harmful for Bangladesh. The prime minister should immediately visit the United Arab Emirates and discuss the matter of national importance with the UAE authorities. We humbly request the government to take urgent steps on the matter.

Condition of "Digital Bangladesh"

On October 14, 2012 Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina unveiled the 3G service of Teletalk at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre saying that the government has made much progress in implementing its vision of "digital Bangladesh." Her son Sajib Wazed Joy said if Awami League is voted to power again, 4G service would be introduced.

Stop this blood sport!

Bullfighting also called "tauromachy" or "tauromaquia, aditional sport in Spain, Portugal, southern France, Mexico, Colombia, and some other Hispanic American countries. In Algemesi, Spain, young bulls are routinely tortured and beaten to death in front of a cheering crowd. In this blood sport, gangs of armed men savagely bully a single defencless calf, stabbing it until the grand finale of its death. Even the horses used to entrap the bull are terrified and often injured as a result.

Ensure safety and security of all communities

I am writing to express my deep shock at the recent events in Ramu.

Online Voices

Commentary

International

44 killed as Syria jets blast rebel town

Syrian fighter jets blasted the rebel-held town of Maaret al-Numan yesterday, killing at least 44 people, rescuers said, adding urgency to truce calls by peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi.

Romney's view on women is of 1950s: Obama

Barack Obama stepped up his attacks on Mitt Romney in the battle to appeal to female voters as he sought to exploit the Republican's clumsy and odd responses during their second presidential debate.

Afghans ready if Nato pull-out early: Karzai

Afghanistan is ready to take responsibility for its own security even if Nato forces leave the country earlier than planned, President Hamid Karzai said yesterday.

IAEA chief rejects Iran's 'terrorism' charges

The head of the UN atomic agency has rejected as "baseless" Iranian accusations that the watchdog has been infiltrated by "saboteurs and terrorists."

Faster than a bullet!

An Australian race crew hoping to beat their British rivals to a new supersonic land-speed record of over 1,000mph launched their bid yesterday, unveiling the first parts of their rocket-powered car.

Clashes kill 11 at Gaddafi bastion

Ex-rebels allied to Libya's army attacked a bastion of diehards linked to slain dictator Muammar Gaddafi in clashes that left at least 11 dead, underlining the challenges facing the government.

EU meets to tackle financial crisis

European Union leaders yesterday went into their first summit since the summer amid divisions between France and Germany on how to shore up economic and monetary union in the face of the eurozone crisis.

Maoist blast kills 5 cops in India

A landmine attack by Maoist rebels in eastern India killed five policemen yesterday in a strike that targeted a convoy heading out on patrol before dawn.

Adultery is not a crime: UN

Adultery should not be punished as a crime, the UN's human rights body said yesterday, insisting that women's rights especially are violated when countries allow punishments ranging from fines to death for infidelity.

Colombian peace talks on Nov 15

Peace talks between the Colombian government and leftist FARC rebels, which were formally launched in Norway yesterday, will resume in earnest on November 15 in Cuba, the two parties said.

France rules out Greece's euro exit

French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault yesterday sought to assure Asian countries of the stability of the eurozone and warned of the risk if Greece or other debt-hit nations exited the bloc.

Rahul rape charges dismissed

Dismissing petitions against Rahul Gandhi over alleged rape and kidnapping charges, the Supreme Court directed the CBI yesterday to probe the petitioner's claim that he was instigated by the top Samajwadi Party leaders into filing the charge.

Drone strike kills 7 in Yemen

A drone strike near the southern Yemeni city of Jaar killed at least seven al-Qaeda suspects, including a local leader, at dawn yesterday, an official in the restive region told AFP.

Russia may quit Kyoto Protocol

Russia yesterday hinted that it may refuse to sign up to a new round of targeted carbon cuts that could see the Kyoto environmental protection treaty extended beyond its end of 2012 expiry date.

Five countries join UNSC

Rwanda, Argentina, Australia, South Korea and Luxembourg won non-permanent seats on the UN Security Council yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

“Keep an eye on emerging Bangladeshi talents”

For Mostofa Sarwar Farooki, the partying over the huge response to his film “Television”, watched by a packed audience of 6,000 people on the closing night at Busan International Film Festival, South Korea, continued till the early hours of last Sunday, as he and his actress-wife Nusrat Imrose Tisha walked along the sea beach and were chased by young girls seeking autographs and photographs.

Ferdous @DS Café

Film star Ferdous rode his way into popularity with a bang -- with the film “Hothat Brishti”. Over the years, Ferdous has cemented his position in the film industry, both in Dhaka and Kolkata. A journalism graduate from Dhaka University, Ferdous went on to work with Bibi Russell on the ramp, which eventually led him to the world of movies. The actor is also a producer now -- with his film “Ek Cup Cha” awaiting release. Ferdous recently cleared out his schedule for his fans and admirers and came to DS Café to take calls from across the country.

The Stilled Journey of Life

The universal appeal of art and its ability to reach out to people -- transcending boundaries of gender, age and social class -- can be a powerful medium in raising awareness about seemingly ineradicable issues that plague our everyday lives. This is precisely what a recent art exhibition in the metropolitan's Gulshan area has endeavored to accomplish. The group art exhibition titled “The Stilled Journey of Life” was inaugurated on October 12 at the Institute of Art and Culture (IAC), a social advocacy institution that aims to use visual art as a tool of communication. The general theme of this art exhibition is to address and successfully depict the stillness of our lives caused by one of the inescapable issues afflicting our metropolis -- the debilitating traffic situation.

The Amazing Spider-Man in 3D, at Cineplex

Star Cineplex offers film lovers with the latest blockbuster from the “Spider-Man” franchise, “The Amazing Spider-Man”. The 3D movie that features Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man releases from today.

Did You Know?

Rashid Talukder, photographer

OP-ED

Vice-chancellor's crazy car fetish

What is the difference between a shopping trolley and a vice-chancellor? The original joke in Robert Wiseman collection says the shopping trolley has a mind of its own. If you ask that question to any student of Jagannath University today, he or she will readily disagree. Their vice-chancellor has bought two expensive cars when the university doesn't have money for dormitory, medical services, transport facilities and cafeteria for students. This is an example of a mindless act done mindfully.

The roots of insanity

While the dastardly attempt to kill young peace activist Malala Yousufzai has pricked the conscience of humankind it has also revealed the nature and extent of the cankerous growth within Pakistan's body politic that is smothering reason.

The golden rule for leadership

We live with the consequences of our action. Every five years we choose the leader of the government and that of the opposition. The chariot or the 'can' is rolled on the highway till it stops. Theoretically, we are supposed to be either the beneficiary or the sufferer of their performances. Practically, we have suffered more than we have gained from their leaderships. This is a reflection on us as voters for the choice we made and the consequences we face of their deeds on which we exercise little or no control whatsoever till the very end of the term.

Glimpses of an extraordinary gentleman

I remember that day so well. It was a hot and humid Thursday. To be exact, it was July 20, 2000. I was with Mr. Hul Pany, the Chief of Protocol, a rotund happy diplomat. We drove into the palace grounds less than a minute before 11 am with the driver of the state limousine effortlessly easing to a halt at right angles to a ceremonial guard of honour. He must have done this a thousand times, I thought!

This Day In History

1912
Italy takes possession of Tripoli, Libya from the Ottoman Empire.

StarTech

It's just a start of Payza's involvement in Bangladesh: CEO

Last week, Alertpay was re-launched as Payza in Bangladesh.

Apple sets Oct 23 event for expected iPad Mini launch

Apple sent out invitations Tuesday for an event in exactly one week's time where the company is widely expected to unveil a new "iPad Mini," a smaller version of its market-leading tablet computer.

MCC releases Bangla SMS app for Android

If you are looking for a way to write your SMS in Bangla on your Android phone, your quest has come to an end.

Apple loses tablet copyright appeal against Samsung

Apple has lost its appeal against a ruling that cleared rival Samsung of copying its registered designs for tablet computers, in a decision which could end the two firms' legal dispute on the subject across Europe.

CSL launches story writing contest

Computer Source Ltd (CSL) has launched a story writing contest styled “my first PC buying experience'.

Symphony and MoMagic Technologies join hands

Symphony Mobile, one of most popular mobile brands in Bangladesh, with MoMagic Technologies, a leading VAS (value-added service) company in South Asia, has entered into a joint venture.

Nokia posts losses in Q3

Nokia reported smaller-than-expected losses for the third quarter on Thursday but warned that there were tricky times ahead as it prepares to launch two new smartphones it hopes can claw back market share from Apple and Samsung.

Qubee's 3 years celebration

Qubee, a leading WiMax service provider in country, on October 14 celebrated its 3rd anniversary in a unique way.


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