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News of: Thursday, 25th of October, 2012

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Home-goers stuck for hrs on highways

The onrush of eid holidaymakers has pushed the country's narrow highway network to the brink of collapse and made people suffer even before they hit the road to go home to their families.

Doing business gets harder

Bangladesh has slipped five notches down in the global Doing Business survey ranking thanks to the difficulties in starting business and poor availability of funds and electricity, among other things.

Govt now mulls alternative

The government may halt the move to amend the Bangladesh Companies Act, 1994 subject to the existing law allowing it to appoint administrators to troubled companies, said Commerce Secretary Ghulam Hussain yesterday.

Hajj today

More than two million Muslims began yesterday the rituals of the hajj pilgrimage, the world's largest annual assembly, leaving Saudi authorities with a daunting security and safety challenge.

Pybus quits as Tigers' coach

Bangladesh cricket coach Richard Pybus quit his post after less than five months in the job, saying that disagreement and discord with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) had made his position 'completely untenable'.

Durga Puja ends with immersion of images

Hindu devotees bade an emotional farewell to the Goddess Durga and her pantheon as the five-day celebrations came to an end yesterday. Bijaya Dashami marks the end of Durga Puja, the biggest Hindu festival in the region, through the immersion of idols in the river and other water bodies.

EC seeks more clout

The Election Commission wants that the government consult it about postings and transfers of any civil servants during the parliamentary elections to keep the polls free from influence.

Cop closed for meeting Tuhin at police station

A probationary sub-inspector of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police (RMP) has been closed to the police lines for meeting a gun-toting leader of the pro-Awami League Bangladesh Chhatra League to a police station.

Gang held for cheating

Detectives yesterday arrested three Libyans and a Bangladeshi woman from a city hotel for their alleged cheating in manpower recruitment.

Jamaat gears up veiled campaign

Jamaat-e-Islami men are waiting for a ''proper time'' to fight back the government with their strong presence in the streets when the opposition intensifies its anti-government movement after the Eid-ul-Azha.

Criminal killed in 'shootout'

An alleged criminal was killed in a "shootout" between his accomplices and Rab members in Kachua upazila of Chandpur early yesterday.

ACC quizzes 3 Destiny officials

The Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday grilled three top officials of the controversial Destiny Group in two money laundering cases.

HRW asks govt to stop mass trial

The Human Rights Watch yesterday said the government should halt the ongoing mass trials of Bangladesh Rifles members in connection with the 2009 mutiny as those “violate basic fair trial standards”.

Prothom Alo reports irk Faridpur AL

The Faridpur district Awami League yesterday condemned Bangla daily Prothom Alo for running a series of reports on the district, and termed the news items baseless and fabricated.

Assad, most rebels agree on Eid truce

Peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said yesterday that Syria and "most" rebel chiefs have agreed to a truce during this week's Muslim holiday, boosting hopes of a significant breakthrough in the 19-month conflict.

Japan names new justice minister

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda yesterday named a new justice minister after the last one resigned in the wake of an uproar over past links to organised crime.

Lebanon seeks all-party talks on govt future

Lebanese President Michel Sleiman has launched a drive for all-party talks to assess his chances of forming a new government after calls for the premier to quit over a deadly bombing, his office said

UK support may be war crime: Court

The British government's support for US drone operations over Pakistan may involve acts of assisting murder or even war crimes, the British high court heard on Tuesday.

Former BBC head denies burying Savile probe

The former head of the BBC yesterday denied any role in shelving an investigation into allegations of widespread abuse of underage girls by the late British TV star Jimmy Savile.

Philippines lifts ban on workers to Jordan

The Philippines yesterday announced it had lifted a five-year-old ban on its nationals working in Jordan that was imposed amid concerns over poor labour conditions.

Gunmen kill Somali journalist

Gunmen shot dead a Somali journalist in the northern town of Lasanod, the latest of a string of murders targeting reporters and taking the toll of those killed this year to 16, colleagues said yesterday.

Editorial

The difficulties of doing business

Bangladesh has ranked 129th among 185 countries in the International Finance Corporation's (IFC) “Doing Business 2013” report, down from the 124th position in 2012. In addition, it has ranked last in terms of being the country in which it is most difficult to get an electricity connection. According to the report, it takes well over a year -- 404 days to be exact -- and nine procedures, to get an electricity connection in the country. In the case of enforcing contracts, it takes 1,442 days and 41 procedures. One of the few positive aspects of the report in the context of Bangladesh, even with the country falling three notches in that respect, is its sharing of credit information, through providing online access to data at credit registry or bureau.

Rights of domestic workers

Domestic workers, under the banner of Domestic Workers' Rights Network, staged a demonstration in the Capital on Tuesday. They called for framing a law to protect their rights with provisions to punish employers who would break that law.

Sports

Papon sets deadline for BPL resolution

Nazmul Hassan Papon, the new president of the Bangladeshi Cricket Board (BCB) has said that he aims to solve the problems regarding the Bangladesh Premier League by 1st November. The president stated that he would be meeting the owners of the franchises next week in order to discuss the issues in detail.

BCB refutes

Richard Pybus, who was hired as the head coach of the Bangladesh team in May this year, has officially quit the job. According to officials of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), Pybus' agent conveyed the message to the board on Tuesday night. The board has named Shane Jurgensen, the team's bowling coach, as the interim head coach of the national team for the upcoming series against the West Indies in November.

Pybus blames BCB

Richard Pybus is not returning to Bangladesh. In an interview with CricInfo, the English-born coach told that issues with his contract and interference from administration were among his reasons for the decision. The Daily Star is publishing the whole of the interview below:


Siddikur plans 'dream round' with Tiger

Siddikur Rahman, nicknamed the 'Tiger Woods of Bangladesh', will finally get his chance to face-off with the man himself at the CIMB Classic which starts on Thursday.

Women start with a win

The Bangladesh National Women's Cricket Team started their campaign in the ACC Women's Twenty20 Asia Cup on a winning note as they handed a six-wicket defeat to hosts China in Guangzhou yesterday.

NZ to seek Murali's help

Test cricket's leading wicket-taker Muttiah Muralidaran will be asked to pass on his expertise to New Zealand's bowlers and batsmen on their tour of Sri Lanka, the country's head coach has said.

Scheduling dilemma sees BD pull out

Bangladesh have pulled out of the Beighton Cup hockey tournament after being placed directly in the knock-out phase. But they will now take part in Lal Bahadur Shastri Hockey tournament following the Nehru Cup in New Delhi, India.

Nick happy to see KP return

Opening batsman Nick Compton has said he is happy with the return of Kevin Pietersen in the England squad for the India tour, even though it could wreck his own Test dream.

PCB to buy bulletproof buses

Pakistan cricket chiefs on Wednesday approved the purchase of bulletproof buses as part of efforts to persuade foreign teams to return after a long suspension over security fears.

Port Div I champions

Chittagong Port Sports Association clinched the First Division Football League title for the first time defeating Rising Star Club 2-0 at the MA Aziz Stadium yesterday.

Shakhtar strike for underdogs

Shakhtar Donetsk led the way for the Champions League underdogs as they beat holders Chelsea 2-1 while former European champions Barcelona and Manchester United came from behind to maintain perfect starts on Tuesday.

Unwanted record beckons L'pool

Liverpool host big-spending Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala at Anfield in their Europa League Group A clash on Thursday with the English Premier league side seeking to avoid making unwanted history.

Barca the new comeback kings

When Tito Vilanova stepped up from assistant coach to replace Pep Guardiola at Barcelona at the end of last season there were mutterings that he might not be as effective a motivator as his charismatic close friend.

PFA's anti-racism plans

The English Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) issued a six-point action plan to help deal with racism on Wednesday following a series of high profile developments in the fallout from the John Terry-Anton Ferdinand case.

Kagawa faces anxious wait

Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa faces an anxious wait to discover the extent of the knee injury he suffered in Manchester United's 3-2 Champions League win over Braga on Tuesday.

Robben's swift U-turn

Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben has quickly dispelled any notion he is considering retiring due to constant injuries despite admitting he has thought about quitting in an interview with Dutch television.

Lyon have to sell to survive

French club Lyon will be forced to sell two or three players just to balance the books, according to chairman Jean-Michel Aulas.

Maradona clowns around in India

Football crazy Kerala went into raptures as Diego Maradona, the Argentine soccer legend cut his 52nd birthday cake, shaped like a football and weighing 25 kilograms, in front of a mammoth crowd assembled at the Municipal stadium in Kannur.

Rami signs for Stuttgart

With Germany star Sami Khedira set to play for Real Madrid at Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday in the Champions League, his younger brother Rani has signed for Bundesliga side VfB Stuttgart.

Football after Rio, says Bolt

Sprint superstar Usain Bolt said Tuesday he likes his chances at starting up a football career after he retires from athletics after the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Business

Still smart, at making money

Hall-Mark, a controversial textile company, seems smart at making money, even in troubled times, when its owner is in police remand on charges of a loan scam.

Proposed changes to Companies Act draw more flak

The proposed amendment to Companies Act 1994 that allows the government to appoint administrators to troubled companies drew further protests from different quarters yesterday.

Eid: a boon for blacksmiths

Sirajul Islam, a blacksmith at Karwan Bazar, is relentlessly pumping air into the charcoal to heat up the soldering iron fast enough to shape cleavers and machetes -- to meet the overwhelming demand ahead of Eid-ul-Azha.

Bangladesh fares poorly in resolving business disputes

Bangladesh could not improve its conditions in the last one decade when it comes to resolving a commercial dispute through courts.

Teletalk replacing 10,000 connections

Due to technical difficulties while swapping the equipment with new 3G network, 10,000 Teletalk users have lost their connectivity.

Stocks: a week in the black

Stocks returned to the black in the last week thanks to the investors getting into a buying spree anticipating a bull-run after the Eid vacation.

Gloom deepens over Germany as business confidence falls

The economic skies above Germany darkened Wednesday when business confidence slumped to a two-and-a-half-year low.

Chinese variety eats into local garlic market

Of the two types of garlic available in the market, Shahanara Yasmin Lily prefers the fuller-sized Chinese variety.

BGMEA working to ensure pay for all workers before Eid

The majority of the financially troubled garment factories have paid off their workers ahead of Eid-ul-Azha, said the chief of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association.

Bahrain Air reconnects Dhaka

Bahrain Air, private national carrier of Bahrain, resumed its flights to Dhaka yesterday. The inaugural flight BN 545 from Bahrain landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 06:05 in the morning while the return flight BN 546 took off for Bahrain at 06:45am, the airline said in a statement.

Thai rice mountain casts shadow over world market

Thailand's status as the world's top rice exporter is under threat from a controversial scheme to boost farmer incomes that has resulted in a growing mountain of unsold stocks, experts warn.

India tries handing out cash to help teeming poor

Uddal Singh, a retired army sergeant, is part of an experiment trying out radical changes to the Indian welfare system that the government plans to adopt nation-wide. And he's furious.

Metropolitan

Sales rise, prices drop

With two days to go before Eid-ul Azha, the sale of sacrificial animals soared in all 20 cattle markets across the capital, including the permanent one at Gabtoli, yesterday.

Police yet to identify killer

Law enforcers are yet to identify the motive and persons responsible for murdering a mother and her two children who were found hacked to death in their fifth-floor residence in Khotiber Haat area in Chittagong on Tuesday night.

Fanus to be released as security assured

Buddhist leaders have called off their decision of not flying fanus (paper lanterns) in their upcoming religious festival Probarana Purnima as a protest against the recent attack on the community in Cox's Bazar and Chittagong.

Man shot by extortionists

Extortionists shot and injured an elderly man in the capital's Jurain area early yesterday as he refused to pay them over a piece of land.

Sunil Gangopadhyay to be cremated today

The body of eminent Bengali litterateur Sunil Gangopadhyay will be cremated in Kolkata today.

Durga Puja ends with idol immersion in Ctg

Durga Puja, the largest festival of the Hindu community, culminated in Bijoya Dashami yesterday with the immersion of idols of the goddess Durga.

India reaches out to Khaleda Zia

With Bangladesh set to go to polls next year, India has reached out to the opposition leader and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia by inviting her to visit New Delhi next week, reported The Times of India yesterday.

Ctg city looks desolate as vacationers leave

The port city of Chittagong looked deserted yesterday as many of its residents left early to celebrate Durga Puja, Eid-ul Azha and Shubho Probarona Purnima, the dates of which fell in succession this year.

Three arrested with Tk 15 lakh in fake bills

Nine days after busting two factories making fake bank notes, Detective Branch (DB) of Police arrested three members of a gang, involved in making and spreading counterfeit money, from the capital's Paltan on Tuesday.

Shajahan, Rafiqul slammed for talk show quarrel

A number of Awami League and BNP leaders and distinguished personalities yesterday sharply criticised Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan and BNP leader Rafiqul Islam Miah for their exchange of indecent words on a live television talk show Monday night.

Swami Swahananda passes away

Swami Swahananda, a Bangladeshi-born highly revered spiritual leader in the United States, died from a stroke at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center on October 19, Los Angeles Times reported yesterday. He was 91.

Six killed, four injured in road accidents

Six people were killed and four others injured in road accidents in Netrakona, Gaibandha, Thakurgaon and Bogra on Tuesday and yesterday.

Have dialogue to solve problems

Noted jurist Rafique-ul Huq yesterday urged the two top political party chiefs to be respectful to each other and sit for dialogue to resolve the country's ongoing problems.

Another RU BCL activist stabbed

An activist of pro-Awami League Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) of Rajshahi University (RU) unit was stabbed by some unidentified miscreants in Rajshahi city yesterday, four days after another BCL activist had been stabbed.

40 houses burnt in Ctg

An hour-long fire yesterday burnt down 40 bamboo-made houses in Dewanbazar area of Chittagong city.

2 die from electrocution

Two people died from electrocution in separate incidents in Chittagong on Tuesday night.

AL lawmaker mugged in Sylhet

A ruling party lawmaker was mugged on Tuesday night in Zindabazar area of Sylhet.

AL presidium meet today

Awami League (AL) presidium, the highest policymaking body of the ruling party, sits today at 6:00pm to discuss the country's latest socio-political situations and the party's organisational matters.

New German ambassador submits credentials

Newly appointed German Ambassador to Bangladesh Dr Albrecht Conze presented his credentials to President Zillur Rahman on Tuesday.

Obituary

Abu Zafar Mohammad Abdul Mukit, a retired rear admiral of Bangladesh Navy, passed away at Apollo Hospitals in the capital on Tuesday. He was 60.

National

Trains are the main culprit

Vehicular movement on busy Dhaka-Tangail highway remains suspended about four hours daily at Dherua level crossing in Mirzapur upazila of Tangail as 12 trains cross the point at least 22 times during up and down trips daily.

Hartal called off, dist AL suspends all 22 accused party men

Slain Awami League (AL) leader Iqbal Azad's supporters who called a half-day hartal in Sarail upazila yesterday, withdrew it on Tuesday night.

Waterlogging makes life of hundreds miserable

Hundreds of people of Kalibaripara in ward No 7 under Gaibandha municipality are passing miserable days due to persistent waterlogging for the last four months.

Uttara Gonobhaban opens to public today

Uttara Gonobhaban at Dighapatia in Natore district is opened for the public from today.

Punish killers of Kabid, demand journalists

Local newsmen formed a human chain on the premises of Narsingdi Press Club yesterday morning protesting the killing of journalist Talhad Ahmed Kabid on Tuesday night and demanding immediate arrest of the killers.

8 killed in 2 days in 4 districts

Eight people were killed in Kushtia, Thakurgaon, Narail and Jessore districts yesterday and the day before.

Teacher murdered in Moulvibazar

Manipuri community leader and primary school teacher Rabindra Kumar Sinha, 40, of Komolganj upazila in Moulvibazar district was shot dead at about 10:00pm Tuesday.

Minor girl killed in fire incident

A six-year-old girl was killed and her elder sister injured as a fire broke out at their house at Chakmathurabad in Dumuria upazila on Tuesday night.

4 firearms, bullets recovered in Comilla

Four foreign made pistols, 40 bullets and six magazines were recovered from Rajapur railway station in Burichang upazila early yesterday.

College student murdered

Police recovered the beheaded body of a college student from Shibpur area in Dumuria upazila yesterday.

Three fishermen kidnapped

Robbers kidnapped three fishermen along with a trawler for ransom from Meghna River in Gabtali area of Ramgati upazila on Tuesday afternoon. The victims were identified as Sayez Uddin, Abul Khayer and Sattar Kazi of Saheb Char village in Sadar upazila. Local fish traders said, a gang of armed robbers led by Noman and Wahed Nayan swooped on the trawler and abducted the fishermen in the afternoon while they were catching fish in the river. Later, the bandits took the fishermen along with the trawler to an unknown place.

Murder accused held

Police on Tuesday arrested an accused in the city in connection with the killing of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader Shawkat. The arrestee was identified as Atikur Rahman Chowdhury Lavlu, 26, son of Mujibur Rahman of Gorai village in Kanaighat upazila. He used to reside at No. 27 road of Upashahar. Police raided the area and arrested him from his residence in the early hours.

Smuggled clothes seized

Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) members seized a huge quantity of Indian sari, three-piece dress materials and cosmetics worth Tk 2 crore from Gorpara border in Sharsha upazila on Tuesday night. Operation officer of BGB-26 Major Firoz Wahid said, on secret information, a team of BGB conducted a drive in the area and intercepted a truck at night. Later, they recovered the Indian contraband goods from the vehicle. None was arrested in this connection as the driver and smugglers managed to flee the scene.

Training course for journos

A three-day basic training workshop for journalists, organized by Press Institute of Bangladesh (PIB), concluded at local press club on Tuesday. The participants were imparted practical training on different matters such as gathering information for writing news report, reporting process, technique of feature writing, press conference, online journalism and code of conduct of journalism. Dr Dulal Chandra Biswas, director general of PIB, attended the concluding ceremony as chief guest and distributed certificates among the participants.

Injured woman dies

A woman who was injured in a clash between the residents of two villages in Chhatak upazila of Sunamganj district on Monday died at a hospital in Sylhet city early yesterday. The deceased was identified as Sadeka Begum, 30, wife of Ali Hossain of Shewtarchar village in the upazila. Locals said at least 30 people, including Sadeka, were injured in the clash that broke out between the residents of Shewtarchar and Tetiarchar villages over catching fish on Monday morning. Sadeka succumbed to her injuries yesterday.

International

US drone kills 3 in Pakistan

A US drone fired two missiles at a suspected militant compound in northwest Pakistan yesterday, killing three people, security officials said.

Libya fighters seize ex-Gaddafi bastion

Libyan pro-government forces yesterday seized control of Bani Walid, one of the last bastions of Muammar Gaddafi's ousted regime, an AFP correspondent in the town said.

Explosions hits Sudan military factory

Sudan yesterday accused Israel of carrying out air strikes against a military factory that killed two people in south Khartoum overnight, and threatened to retaliate.

China blames Dalai Lama for self-immolations

Beijing blamed exiled Tibetan Buddhist leader the Dalai Lama yesterday for inciting a spate of self-immolations in China's Tibetan-inhabited regions.

Love bridges Myanmar religious rift

Praying with a Quran on his knees in a mud-strewn camp, Rohin Mullah is one of thousands of Muslims uprooted by sectarian bloodshed in Myanmar. But the former monk's story is far from normal.

Obama in 8 state campaign blitz

President Barack Obama set off Wednesday on an eight state, 7,660 mile, 40-hour tour, in a show of confidence and commitment in battlegrounds that will decide the election.

White House knew of Benghazi attack

Two hours after the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, the White House, the State Department and the FBI were told that an Islamist group had claimed credit, government e-mails obtained by CNN show.

'Gangnam-style' rapper makes UN chief jealous

UN leader Ban Ki-moon had to admit Tuesday that he is no longer the world's most famous South Korean as he came face-to-face with "Gangnam Style" rap phenomenon Psy.

Assange health issue worries Ecuador

Ecuador is worried about the health of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and has asked Britain to guarantee him safe passage from its London embassy to a hospital if he needs medical treatment, a senior Ecuadorean diplomat said in Moscow.

Curfew imposed as tension flares

Authorities in Myanmar imposed a night-time curfew in at least two towns in northwestern Rakhine state after renewed deadly unrest between Buddhists and Muslim Rohingyas in an area where more than 80 people were killed in June.

Greece wins bailout extension

Greece has been granted its long-standing plea for additional time to push through austerity cuts that have been finalised after months of negotiations, the finance minister said yesterday.

World favours Obama over Romney: Poll

People around the world overwhelmingly favour US President Barack Obama over his Republican challenger Mitt Romney, a poll carried out for the BBC World Service has found.

Violence surge on Israel-Gaza frontier

Tensions soared around Gaza yesterday after Israeli air raids killed four militants and Palestinian armed groups fired more than 70 rockets at southern Israel, seriously wounding two people.

China, India are partners: Beijing

Beijing stressed yesterday that India and China were "partners instead of rivals" with common interests in development, striking a conciliatory note on the 50th anniversary of a war between the neighbours.

India cabinet reshuffle likely on Sunday

The Union Cabinet is likely to be reshuffled this Sunday (October 28).

Arts & Entertainment

Shopping for cattle

Shakib Khan
The arrival of Eid always takes the 'Number One' hero back to his carefree days of childhood. The memory of running around with a new set of clothes is a memory to cherish for the superstar.

A very busy Bindu

Over 30 TV plays featuring Bindu were aired last Eid, and the number is likely to stay the same during Eid-ul-Azha. The actress said, “Around 25 to 30 plays and telefilms that I have done will be aired this Eid. But I never focus on the quantity of my work, instead give my attention to the scripts and the characters.”

Syed Jahangir's solo exhibition at Bengal Gallery

Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts is going to celebrate the 80th birthday of veteran artist Syed Jahangir on November 2. On the occasion, the gallery is holding a solo painting exhibition titled, “Of Man and Earth”. The exhibition will open at Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts in Dhanmondi, Dhaka on November 2, and will continue till November 13. In Bangladesh, his last solo art exhibition was held at the same gallery in 2007. In 2010, his two solo art exhibitions were held in Washington DC and New York.

TV plays… in continuity, this Eid

While different TV channels are busy airing special programmes on the occasion of upcoming Eid-ul-Azha, one of the leading mobile phone operators, Grameenphone, wants to share the joys of the celebration with the viewers, and has produced several single-episode TV plays that will be aired without commercial breaks.

Homage to Jibanananda Das

A two-day festival in memory of the iconic Bengali poet Jibanananda Das concluded in Rajshahi on Monday night, generating a huge gathering of a number of poets and litterateurs from across the country.

Memorable silhouettes

“Studio Art” is the title of a weeklong exhibition featuring works of talented and dedicated photographer MM Zahidur Rahman Biplob. The exhibition recently (October 20) ended at Drik Gallery in Dhanmondi, Dhaka.

Eid festival at Fantasy Kingdom and Foy's Lake

Concord Entertainment's Fantasy Kingdom complex in Ashulia, near Dhaka, includes Fantasy Kingdom, Water Kingdom, Heritage Park, X-treme Racing Go-kart and Motel Atlantis, and is a delight for children and adults alike.

OP-ED

Begum Zia's diplomatic forays

It is not very often that one sees the leader of the opposition in Bangladesh making visits to two countries, one after the other in quick succession, that are very important factors in Bangladesh's foreign and internal policy dynamics.

US: Why did they debate?

Do they really understand the shape of the earth? Do they think the earth has a pyramidal shape where the big man is sitting on the top while all the other countries are lying on the floor to lick the big man's feet? After watching the three debates between Governor Romney, the Republican presidential candidate, and President Obama, the Democratic presidential candidate, it is unclear as to what is really going to change.

The Holy Hajj

Hajj is the fifth of the five Akran or "pillars" of Islam. Hajj means "setting out," "tending towards," "to go round." The pilgrimage to Makkah on the appointed days in the month of Zilhaj, the twelfth month in the Islamic calendar, is known as Hajj. According to Islamic law, it comprises acts like compassing the sacred territory, or going round the Ka'ba (Tawaf) in a particular period, staying or halting (Wukuf) in the plain of Arafat, running between as-Safa and al-Marwah hills, casting pebbles at Mina, etc.

Arrest of Nafis: the Orwellian socialist syndrome in "Capitalist" America

The arrest of Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, a 21-year-old Bangladeshi student, in an FBI sting operation for his alleged attempt to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank in New York has some disturbing resemblances with the typical syndromes of a socialist totalitarian government that George Orwell had shown in his anti-totalitarian novel Nineteen-Eighty-Four. These Orwellian socialist syndromes in modern "liberal democratic and capitalist" United States of America raise more questions than answers in the war by the US against terrorism.

This Day In History

October 25

1945
The Republic of China takes over administration of Taiwan following Japan's surrender to the Allies.


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