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News of: Wednesday, 31st of October, 2012

Front Page

Khaleda backs India-China consortium

In a shift in her party's stand, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday warmed up to connectivity with India and New Delhi's participation in a consortium with China to build a deep-sea port at Sonadia in Mongla.

Sandy batters US coast

Millions of people were left reeling in the aftermath of monster storm Sandy yesterday as New York City and a wide swathe of the eastern United States struggled with epic flooding and massive power outages.

Eid brings life to grassroots politics

The country's politics took a turn on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha as leaders of both ruling and opposition parties have made the best use of the vacation in favour of their respective agendas.

Jt venture deal with India next month

India and Bangladesh are now ready to sign a joint venture agreement in November to set up a massive 1,320 megawatt coal power plant in Bagerhat near the Sundarbans, almost two years behind schedule.

ACC finds it difficult to launch probe

The Anti-Corruption Commission will not be able to file a first information report (FIR) over graft allegations in Padma bridge project unless Canada provides it with relevant information, a high official of the ACC said yesterday.

Hall-Mark factories shut down

Controversial business group Hall-Mark yesterday shut down its factories at Hemayetpur in Savar sine die, keeping the police and local administration in the dark.

Lone Bengal Tiger at Ctg zoo dies

The only Bengal Tiger at the Chittagong zoo died yesterday, leaving the zoo without tigers.

Limon now advised to apply for clemency

The deputy commissioner (DC) of Jhalakathi has advised Limon Hossain to apply for clemency in the two cases Rab filed against him hours after he had been shot and maimed by some of the elite force members.

One killed, two injured by gang in city

Unidentified assailants killed a teenage boy and injured two others by stabbing in the capital's Mugda last night.

Razakar was launched with 96 Jamaat men

After two prosecution witnesses, an investigator of international crimes tribunal yesterday also said Jamaat-e-Islami leader AKM Yusuf formed the Razakar force, an auxiliary force of the Pakistani army, during the Liberation War.

EC against army's arrest power

The present Election Commission does not want the armed forces to get back their sweeping authority to arrest anyone without warrant on election day for violating electoral laws.

Man survived 'boat capsize'

A man claiming to have survived a boat capsize in the Bay of Bengal on Saturday while going to Malaysia illegally was found by locals of Teknaf yesterday morning.

BNP govt sheltered separatists

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni yesterday lashed out at BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, saying Khaleda had always sheltered terrorists and separatists whenever in power.

Saran meets PM, talks gas,power import

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Pankaj Saran yesterday discussed the possibility of importing gas to Bangladesh from India through Shiliguri-Rangpur route.

MKA sees foreign link

Foreign instigation was to blame for the September 29 attacks on Buddhists in Ramu upazila of Cox's Bazar, said Home Minister MK Alamgir yesterday

Man held for link with Ramu attacks

Police arrested yet another person on Monday night for his alleged involvement with the Ramu mayhem in Cox's Bazar on September 29.

Landslide kills tourist

A tourist was killed and eight others were injured in a landslide at Himchhari waterfall in Cox's Bazar yesterday.

Food, water shortage at victims' camps: UN

Food, water and medical help are in short supply at camps in western Myanmar that are "stretched beyond capacity", a UN agency yesterday said as authorities struggled to stem communal clashes.

Road crash proves life saver!

A road crash may have actually saved the life of a taxi driver in Germany, authorities said Monday.

Editorial

Youths missing from Aminbazar

Aseries of 'disappearances' have occurred in Aminbazar area of Savar. These have caused quite a stir among the local community. What is even more worrisome is that suspicion of such 'disappearances' points to involvement of law enforcement agencies as alleged by affected families. Five young men went missing on October 23 from Bardesi village and families are baffled that although 19 days have elapsed, there is still no trace of them. In another incident on October 10, two individuals belonging to the same village in Aminbazar went missing.

Eight years in Indian jail

We have no words to express our utter shock at the way sculptor Rashid Ahmed and his daughter-in-law Nurun Nahar suffered in an Indian jail without trial for some eight years. Had it not been for the exposé in the media and payment of the fines as part of the court sentence by some kind businessmen their release might well have been further delayed.

Sports

Bangladesh bow out

The Bangladesh women's cricket team lost the all-important semifinal game to Pakistan by six wickets in the Asian Cricket Council's (ACC) Twenty20 cup, in Ghuangzhou, China yesterday. The women in green, who were put in to bat by their Pakistan counterparts on a rainy morning, posted a below-par total of 82 for seven in 20 overs. In reply Pakistan reached their target with 14 balls to spare.

Season starts Nov 13

The Bangladesh Premier League, the top flight of the professional football league will begin on November 13 with nine teams playing in four venues, said the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday. According to the original BFF calendar, the league was supposed to begin on November 10 but the professional league committee of BFF decided to defer it at the request of the participating clubs.

Day-night Tests okayed

Cricket Australia Tuesday said it wanted to start playing day-night Tests as soon as practical after the International Cricket Council gave its seal of approval to the concept.

Tendulkar will get it Wright

John Wright, the former India and New Zealand coach, feels Sachin Tendulkar will iron out his batting flaws and return to form against England.

Cox City banned for 5 years

The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) on Tuesday decided to ban Cox City Football Club from all kinds of BFF approved activities for five years as the club without any notice declined to participate in Bangladesh Premier League and some other national level competitions.

Ticket rates released

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has released the ticket rates for the upcoming home series against West Indies. West Indies will arrive in Dhaka on November 5 to play two Tests, five one-day internationals and one Twenty20

Rajib takes solo lead

Grand Master Enamul Hossain Rajib took the solo lead in the Vizag Grand Masters International Open Chess Tournament at the end of the sixth round games at the Rajib Gandhi Indoor Stadium at Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh in India.

Indian govt clears Pak series

Indian home ministry on Tuesday cleared Pakistan cricket team's tour of India for a limited-overs series beginning December 25 and said that the government will provide foolproof security to the visiting team.

Norwegian FA's radical idea

The Norwegian Football Association (NFF) has a novel idea to even out one-sided matches - if a team go four goals down they can bring on another player, a proposal backed by former international Henning Berg.

New playing conditions

The changes to the playing conditions for different formats of cricket, which include amendments to Powerplays, DRS, no-balls and bouncers among others, took effect from October 30, when Sri Lanka played New Zealand in a Twenty20 international in Pallekele.

'Eng ready to defy odds'

England's new Test captain Alastair Cook said on Monday his team was determined to defy history and win a Test series in India for the first time in 27 years.

England toil on Day 1

Paceman Steven Finn limped off the field with a thigh injury as England's bowlers struggled on the opening day of their Indian tour in Mumbai on Tuesday.

Pak Premier League on course

Pakistan cricket authorities insisted Monday that preparations were well on course for a Twenty20 league with international stars in March next year.

Haddin not surprised

Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin was not surprised by his failure to win back a place in the Australia squad.

Djokovic to end year as number one

Novak Djokovic will move above Roger Federer to number one in the world rankings next week and is guaranteed to retain the top spot until the end of the year, the ATP Tour said.

Messi heads shortlist

Argentina and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is in line to become the first man to win the World Player of the Year award for the fourth time in a row after the shortlist for FIFA's Ballon d'Or was published on Monday.

'I'm no ball hog'

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi says he is not a ball hog in an interview published Tuesday, a day after he picked up a Golden Boot award for scoring 50 goals last season.

Mark in hot water

London's Metropolitan Police have confirmed that they have received a complaint about allegedly racist comments made by a top flight referee during last weekend's match between Chelsea and Manchester United.

Racism has returned

Racism, a problem that English football thought it had solved, has returned to haunt the country that gave birth to the game, with the Premier League's global popularity on the line after a succession of scandals.

Ref sends off 17

A 3-3 draw between Wanderers and Juventud in the Uruguayan first division ended in chaos as the referee, who had already sent off one player, brandished 16 more red cards when fighting broke out after the final whistle.

Kagawa out of qualifier

Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa has been ruled out of Japan's World Cup qualifier in Oman on November 14 due to a knee injury he suffered a week ago, the Japan Football Association said Tuesday.

FA launches probe

The Football Association on Monday launched an investigation into claims referee Mark Clattenburg used "inappropriate language" towards two Chelsea players during their match with Manchester United on Sunday.

Badstuber out for two weeks

Bayern Munich defender Holger Badstuber will be out for at least two weeks after tearing a thigh muscle in Sunday's 2-1 defeat by Bayer Leverkusen, the Bundesliga leaders said on Monday.

Rovers eye Harry or Diego

Blackburn Rovers are eyeing Harry Redknapp and Diego Maradona to take over from Steve Kean in the manager's chair, after he quit his post last month, a number of British newspapers claimed on Tuesday.

Business

GP borrows Tk 846cr from banks

Grameenphone has borrowed Tk 846 crore from 15 banks and financial institutions, the biggest syndicated term loan in Bangladesh.

Businesses, lawyers up against changes to companies law

Businesses and legal experts yesterday once again urged the government not to go ahead with the proposed amendment to the Companies Act that allows the government to appoint administrators to rogue companies bypassing the court system.

IMF asks govt to alter VAT bill

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) last week asked the government to abolish a proposed rule that allows the National Board of Revenue to sanction VAT exemption for different sectors “in the public interest”.

Stocks in the red after vacation

Stock trading resumed with a downtrend yesterday, after a six-day vacation on the occasion of Eid-ul Azha and Durga Puja.

Tax returns remain low despite time extension

Tax return submissions remain low, although the National Board of Revenue extended the deadline that ends today, an NBR official said.

Govt wraps up boro purchase

The government ends boro rice purchase today, with the food ministry remaining indecisive over buying rice from aman harvest.

India leaves repo rate steady

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) left interest rates on hold on Tuesday but cut the cash reserve ratio for banks, defying pressure from the government to lower rates for the first time since April but also indicating it may ease policy in early 2013.

Chocolate conquers new worlds, from Asia to Brazil

History is coming full circle: borrowed from the Aztecs four centuries ago, perfected for the palate by the Europeans, chocolate is conquering new worlds, with sales booming from Asia to Brazil.

Nokia to launch new Lumia model in US

Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia said Monday that it had chosen the second biggest US operator, Verizon Wireless, to exclusively distribute its new Lumia 822 model when it is launched this autumn.

Japan rises from earthquake knockdown

It has been a year since Japan has been hit by the fourth most powerful earthquake in the world since modern record-keeping began in 1900, but the country appears to have come out stronger from it.

World needs healthy capitalism

Last week I gave a speech on “healthy capitalism” at Oxford University. Before doing so, I tried the idea out on an academic friend of mine. He scoffed at it. For him, “healthy capitalism” was an oxymoron. Five years after the start of the world's worst financial crisis in decades, it is easy to mock capitalism. The system ran amok --leading to debt, unemployment and shrinking economies.

Storm brings economy of US East Coast to a halt

Hurricane Sandy froze commerce, shut down stock exchanges for the first time since 9/11 and idled millions of workers on Monday, laying siege to an economy still trying to get out of first gear.

Metropolitan

Lower court judges' salary raise in limbo

The government is yet to decide whether to raise salaries of lower court judges despite being directed by the Supreme Court to do so by November 4.

Woman claiming to be his widow demands security

A woman claiming to be the first wife of murdered Narsingdi municipality mayor Lokman Hossain yesterday demanded security of life and her only son's due rights to her “husband's” property.

Businesses can help protect HR

The burgeoning business sector of Bangladesh can play a significant role in poverty alleviation and protection of human rights, said speakers at a roundtable discussion in the capital on Monday.

HC orders probe into allegations

The High Court yesterday directed the government to conduct an inquiry into corruption allegations in two development projects in Dhaka and Sunamganj.

10 killed in road crashes

At least 10 people were killed while 10 others were injured in separate road accidents at Jhenidah, Chapainawabganj, Dhaka, Pabna and Noakhali in the last two days.

Return Hajj flights start today

The return hajj flights will start from today with an aircraft of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying 582 pilgrims home from Jeddah.

Success contrasts with education scenario

While Bangladeshi students' performance in the International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO) is on the rise, the overall number of the country's students studying math and science unfortunately is declining.

Accused sent on 4-day remand

A Chittagong court yesterday sent Tareque Chowdhury, who is accused of murdering a mother and her children on October 23, on a four-day remand.

Court throws out case against Shajahan

A Dhaka court yesterday dismissed a defamation and attempted murder lawsuit against Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan and Awami League lawmaker Israfil Alam, hours after filing of the case.

Cop held for snatching attempt

A mob beat up a police constable in the capital's Mirpur yesterday while he allegedly tried to snatch Tk 5,500 from a youth.

HC orders govt to probe

The High Court yesterday ordered the government to examine the level of radiation emitting from mobile-phone towers, assess its effect on health and environment, and submit two separate reports to it.

HC asks cops to produce her

The High Court yesterday directed the police officials concerned to produce before it Anjuara Begum, who is allegedly suffering in prison for around three months in place of an accused Laily Begum.

PM orders proper treatment for photojournalist Kazi Biplob

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the authorities concerned to take all necessary measures for proper treatment of Kazi Biplob, photographer of the Daily Banik Barta.

Decomposed body found in Buriganga

Police recovered the body of a man floating in the river Buriganga yesterday.

Woman 'commits suicide'

A female student of a private polytechnic institute in the capital allegedly hanged herself to death at her residence in Matikata on Monday.

Health and Hope Hospital gives free health services

A private healthcare institution, Health and Hope Hospital, provided free medical services to people through a healthcare camp in Magura district on Monday, says a press release.

Bakery burnt in Ctg

A Bakery was burnt in Chakwbazar area of Chittagong early yesterday.

Death anniversary

Today is the third death anniversary of Prof Moksedur Rahman, eminent educationist and former teacher of Teachers' Training College.

MM Rezaul Karim

The seventh death anniversary of MM Rezaul Karim, diplomat, columnist, rotarian and social worker, was observed on October 29.

Obituary

Abdur Rahman Miah alias Rahman Master, former headmaster of Natiabari Dhobkola Korneshan High School of Bera upazila in Pabna, passed away from a cardiac arrest on Monday. He was 86.

Hashim Akhter Md Karim Dad

Hashim Akhter Md Karim Dad, an educationist, litterateur, singer and dramatist of Panchagarh, passed away at Rangpur Medical College Hospital on Monday from old age complications. He was 67.

National

Water worries in Pabna

Water supplied by the Pabna municipality has been found 'highly contaminated by faecal coliform', exposing nearly 1.5 lakh residents to serious health risks.

Rally in Pabna after Shimul gets bail

A Pabna court yesterday granted regular bail to Shamsur Rahman Shimul Biswas, personal assistant to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, in Milon Hossain murder case.

Hanif for fair probe into alleged IU corruption

Mahbubul Alam Hanif, joint general secretary of Bangladesh Awami League, has called for proper investigation into allegations of corruption against the Islamic University (IU) authorities.

'Peaceful co-existence' of two registered schools!

Believe it or not, two government registered primary schools are running in the same name and on adjoining lands at Futani Bazar in Dariapur union of Sakhipur upazila under the district.

'Protect culture of jumma people'

Speakers at a programme marking inauguration of a herbal garden in Rangamati Sadar upazila yesterday emphasised protecting the environment and traditional culture of the jumma people for development of the community as well as overall interest of the whole country and its people.

Houses of indigenous family looted, burnt

Criminals looted and burnt the houses of an indigenous family at Kasimnagar village in Birganj upazila under the district in brought daylight yesterday, triggering panic among the community.

Rivals cut off tendons of BCL activist

A BCL activist was severely injured as his tendons and fingers were cut off by the activists of rival factions during a clash at Betbaria village under Narail municipality on Monday evening.

Fire damages property

Fire incidents in Munshiganj and Chuadanga districts gutted at least four business establishments and four houses on Monday.

Two beaten to death in B'baria

Two people were beaten to death by their opponents in two villages following land disputes in the last two days.

Trade thru' Hili resumes

Trade through Hili land port resumed yesterday morning after 11 days of closure. The export and import activities at the port came to a halt on October 19 due to the Eid-Ul-Azha and Durga Puja in the two countries. However, immigration remained open during the holidays, said Khwza Nazimuddin, an immigration official at the land port.

Abducted girl rescued

A teenage school student, who was allegedly abducted by criminals from Singa village under Shigashobpur union in Sadar upazila on October 25, was rescued from a house at Tarapur village yesterday. Earlier, the father of the victim filed a case accusing five people. The accused are Miskar Sardar Tufan and his four accomplices of the village. Sub-inspector (SI) Mokaddes Hossain of Narail police station said that the family members of Miskar Sardar Tufan handed over the girl to the union parishad chairman in the morning and fled the scene. "We are trying to arrest the criminals," he added.

KCC employee killed

An employee of Khulna City Corporation (KCC) was hacked to death by criminals near Boya Textile Mill under the city's Sonadanga PS on Monday night. The deceased was identified as Guddu, 25, a resident of the area. Police said Guddu was attacked by a gang of criminals. The gang hacked him with sharp weapons, leaving him fatally injured at around 9:30. His body was recovered from Moylapota slum area at 11:00pm, they said.

10 rescued from traffickers

Members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) rescued 10 people from Putkhali border yesterday morning while they were being trafficked to India. The victims, including a woman and a child, hailed from different areas in Faridpur and Narail districts. Acting on a tip-off, a BGB team raided the area and rescued the ten when they were being trafficked to India through the border, said Subedar Ayub Hossain, in-charge of Putkhali BGB Camp. However, no one was arrested as the human traffickers fled the scene sensing the presence of the border guards, he said.

Two die from snakebites

Two housewives died from snakebites at different places in Sadullapur upazila yesterday. Jyotsna Rani, 35, wife of Khoka Chandra Das of village Baro Daudpur in the upazila was bitten by a poisonous snake when she opened an old and long unused leather suitcase. She died on the spot. In second incident, housewife Marzina Begum, 42, of village Joyenpur, while coming from her parents' house at noon, was bitten by a poisonous snake at a paddy field. She fell unconscious and later died while being taken to Rangpur Medical College Hospital.

Boat race in Barisal

A traditional boat race was held at Harta on the Sandhaya River in Wazirpur upazila on Monday. Organised by Harta Bazaar Committee on the occasion of Laxmi Puja, the race was aimed at patronising indigenous sports and rural culture. The race started from Harta old union parishad at 4:00pm and ended at Harta Bazaar Ghat. Thirteen teams, including one women's, from different areas of the region participated in the competition. Monirul Islam, MP, attended the occasion as the chief guest.

Body found in toilet

Body of a man was found in a toilet of a mosque in Companiganj upazila on Monday night. The dead was identified as Abu Naim, 30, son of Md. Zaharul Hoque of Bashirhat municipality in the same upazila. Md. Emran Ali, officer in-charge of Companiganj police station said, a devotee opened the door of the toilet and saw Abu Naim lying on the floor around 11pm. Police recovered the body and sent it to Noakhali Medical College Hospital morgue for autopsy. Police found some marks of injuries in the body, the OC added.

Letters

Return teachers their due social status

Teachers are supposed to give direction to the country but it is others who give direction to the teachers here in Bangladesh. Treated as inferior class in our country, teachers are left out from all kinds of decision-making process.

Passengers at CNG drivers' mercy

One of the major transportation services of Dhaka city is in turmoil as the CNG drivers are still not obeying laws. They don't go by the meter. Although early in this year there had been strong movement against this misconduct of the drivers, the CNG auto rickshaw drivers are back to charging a lump sum from their passengers which is usually way too much than what the normal fare would be if they used the meter.

Why these atrocities against Rakhine Muslims?

I am writing this letter to condemn the recent attacks on the Muslims made by the Buddhists in Myanmar. The recent attacks on the Rohingyas were heinous and the way the government of Myanmar is handling the situation is very appalling.

Make wealth information of candidates public

Thanks to Shakhawat Liton for his report on 22nd October under the heading “People kept in the dark.”

Joint probe into border killings necessary

Day by day the India-Bangladesh border is becoming a death trap for the Bangladeshi people. At present not one day goes by without any Bangladeshi getting killed by BSF on the border. Moreover, India advises us to say the word 'death' instead of 'killing'. Previously, the BSF chief said that the BSF men should not be held guilty for these killings. These extra-judicial killings are a violation of human rights. India is always giving us word that they will take necessary steps to stop border killing. But in reality we see the opposite. They are not sincere in keeping their promises.

A quarter of youths without education

A news item referring to a UNESCO report published in this daily recently says that Bangladesh has over eight million young people aged between 15 and 24 years. They never completed primary school and we are among the top five worst nations in this regard in the world. In addition, the GMR put the figure of illiterate adults in the world at 775 million. Of them, Bangladesh alone has 44 million, the fourth highest in the world. How can we think of our national progress keeping a quarter of the young people almost uneducated? The government should find out ways of solving this problem.

Politics of gobbling up everything

The present government seems determined to create one crisis after another for themselves. On the pretext of taking over a bank-looter company, the authorities now propose to amend the Companies Act. With such amendment the government can take over any business enterprise with impunity. Even courts of law would have little to do against it. As the first reports were published, the business community was shocked. They registered serious protests against the government move.

People have none to turn to

Justice is lost in Bangladesh. We know that if a person rings the police for emergency matter in the US, the police arrives in the scene in less than five minutes. On the other hand, if a person in Bangladesh calls police, police ask the person to come to the police station instead of going there themselves. Witnesses in courts are bribed, counterfeit evidences are produced, lawyers are threatened, and documents are falsified.

Readers Respond

Here are some comments that came in response to Tuesday's The Daily Star news report headlined "8 yrs in Indian jail for no offence"

International

Fear, mistrust grip Myanmar

As security forces police the edgy aftermath of sectarian bloodshed in western Myanmar, fearful Buddhists and Muslims are arming themselves with homemade weapons, testing the government's resolve to prevent a new wave of violence.

Sonia hits out at BJP over corruption

Less than a week after BJP president Nitin Gadkari's name surfaced in an alleged wrongdoing in his business, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi yesterday accused his party of inaction against its corrupt leaders.

Meet Mr Happy

As he grins serenely and his burgundy robes billow in the fresh Himalayan wind, it is not difficult to see why scientists declared Matthieu Ricard the happiest man they had ever tested.

Boys involved in Malala attack: Officials

Pakistani police say they suspect two boys of nearly killing a Pakistani teenage girl internationally famous for campaigning for girls' education.

Pakistan may dissolve parliament by January

Pakistan's Parliament is likely to be dissolved in January next year and a caretaker government installed to oversee elections to be held by April.

Syria pounds rebel hubs

Syrian warplanes bombed rebel targets with renewed intensity after the end of a widely ignored four-day truce between President Bashar al-Assad's forces and insurgents.

Hurricane Sandy complicates race

A tense and unpredictable race for the White House became even more so on Monday, as mammoth storm Sandy created delicate political challenges for President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney and raised the possibility of a chaotic voting process.

Afghanistan set for polls on April 5, 2014

Presidential elections seen as crucial to Afghanistan's stability after the withdrawal of Nato troops at the end of 2014 will be held on April 5 that year, a poll official said yesterday.

'Official suppressed vital piece of evidence'

The chief investigating officer of the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, K Ragothaman, has alleged that the then IB chief, M K Narayanan, had "suppressed a vital piece of evidence": a video tape showing "human bomb" Dhanu at the Sriperumbudur venue prior to the former prime minister's arrival.

Poland denies traces of explosive in wreckage

Polish prosecutors yesterday denied that any traces of explosives had been found on the wreck of a presidential jet which crashed in Russia in 2010, killing then president Lech Kaczynski and 95 other people.

2 Nato troops killed in insider attack

Two soldiers in the Nato-led coalition fighting insurgents in Afghanistan were shot dead yesterday by a man in an Afghan police uniform, the alliance's International Security Assistance Force said.

Libya PM proposes new cabinet

Libya's new Prime Minister Ali Zeidan yesterday presented his 30-member cabinet to the national assembly for approval in the hope of forming a coalition government after his predecessor failed.

Bahrain bans protests

Bahrain yesterday banned all protests and gatherings amid clashes between police and anti-government demonstrators.

Pak road collision kills 24

At least 24 passengers were killed in a collision in central Punjab, a province in Pakistan.

Observers slam Ukraine polls

Ukraine's ruling party was set Monday to beat the allies of jailed ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko in legislative elections that observers condemned as a setback for the ex-Soviet state's nascent democracy.

SA cops clash with miners

Police in South Africa yesterday fired rubber bullets, teargas and stun grenades in clashes with Anglo American Platinum miners, as a deadline passed for 12,000 sacked workers to reclaim their jobs.

Britain gets 4G mobile services

Britain's first super-fast 4G mobile Internet service was launched in 11 cities yesterday, allowing the kingdom to catch up with the global roll-out.

Another blow for Berlusconi

Italian ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom party on Monday lost a key regional election in Sicily seen as a barometer for national polls due in April, handing victory to a centre-left anti-Mafia candidate.

Arts & Entertainment

Simply Kona

Kona is a top name in the music industry. However fame did not come her way overnight. Years of dedication helped her secure a spot at the zenith. The artiste released a video album titled “Simply Kona” recently (around Eid-ul-Azha), and has plans to release another album on Nazrul Sangeet soon.

Skyfall gives James Bond his biggest opening weekend

New James Bond movie “Skyfall” has had the biggest Bond opening weekend of all time, according to figures from film company Sony Pictures.

Celebrating 40 years of Dhaka-Prague relationship

To celebrate 40 years of diplomatic relationship between Bangladesh and the Czech Republic, as well as to observe 37th death anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the Bangladesh Embassy in Germany organised an event at Charles University in Prague on October 16. The programme featured a seminar, musical soiree, dance performance and reception.

Tajuddin Ahmed's solo exhibition at Institute of Art and Culture

After a hiatus, noted Bangladeshi expatriate painter Tajuddin Ahmed is holding a solo painting exhibition. The current exhibition, titled “My Basket Full of Kash Phul and Dandelion”, will open at Institute of Art and Culture in Gulshan, Dhaka today, and will continue till November 10. His last solo art show was held at Tivoli Gallery in Gulshan in 2009.

“Mrityu Parey Bari” creates a stir

“Mrityu Parey Bari”, a feature documentary directed by Razibul Hossain and the students of Media Studies and Journalism of University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB), has been selected for the special environmental day of the South Asian Film Festival in Vancouver, Canada next month.

Swapno Tumi on Banglavision

A musical programme featuring Indian singer Haimanti Shukla will be aired on Banglavision tonight. Titled “Swapno Tumi”, the programme will be aired at 9:40pm.

Dissolving boundaries

The 7th annual South Asian Film Festival (SAFF) was held in Goa, India from October 25 to 28.

Boat race in Magura

A boat race was held on the river Gorai on the occasion of Durga Puja. 'Amra Grambashi', a group of Kalinagar village, under Sreepur upazila arranged the traditional event with the cooperation of the residents of adjoining villages.

Udichi holds 10th conference in Faridpur

Bangladesh Udichi Shilpi Goshthi, Faridpur unit recently held its 10th district conference at Kobi Jasimuddin Hall in the town.

Bengal-BATB Art Camp in Colombo

Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, in association with British American Tobacco Bangladesh (BATB), arranged an art camp at Berjaya Colombo Hotel in Sri Lanka.

Laxmi Puja festivities

The 100-year-old traditional bazaar known as 'Laxmir Haat' -- for sales of idols and varieties of pottery items used in Laxmi Puja -- began at Barisal Hatkhola Hori Mandir premises from last Saturday on the eve of the Puja.

OP-ED

Romney … and White House truths

America can sometimes be an intriguing place when it comes to politics. And you notice that especially in a presidential election year, when candidates sometimes make all those mistakes or come forth with all those bloopers that leave you quite amazed. Last week, it was Mitt Romney's turn to add to election year silliness when he told Americans at his final debate with Barack Obama that Iran was in need of an outlet to the sea through Syria. It did not occur to him that Iran had a huge coastline of its own and hence had absolutely no need of a passage through Syria. Suddenly, to many of us, it was just one more instance of how unprepared some men are when they decide that they must be president of the United States.

A Pakistani story

In a BBC interview about her novel The God of Small Things, Indian author Arundhati Roy was asked a familiar question: "With all your talent and gifts, why do you not choose to tell 'good' stories about our part of the world?"

India reaching out to other parties

On October 28, BNP Chairperson and former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia left for India for a week's visit which is important for both sides. It has provided each others' perspectives on bilateral relations at the highest political level.

Accreditation for quality assurance

So far about 62 private universities have been established in Bangladesh, with enrolment of about 60% of the university students of the country. This means a larger private sector coexists with a smaller but strong public sector. However, it is generally believed that only a small number of the private universities impart quality education. All these universities are teaching universities; they are not capable of undertaking research of international standard. None of them is ranked globally or regionally, although some are good given local standard.

What to do with dead passengers

The plane was about to begin its descent so the flight attendant gently tried to wake up the young guy in front of me. "Excuse me sir," she said.

This Day In History

October 31

1940
World War II: The Battle of Britain ends the United Kingdom prevents a possible German invasion.


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