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News of: Wednesday, 15th of August, 2007

Front Page

No room for confusion over polls by Dec 2008

Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhrudding Ahmed yesterday said there is no room for confusion over holding the parliamentary elections by December 2008.

Banks asked to cut interest on essential import loans

The central bank yesterday directed all the banks to slash interest rates temporarily to 12 percent on loans for importing essential food items to rein in spiralling inflation and prices of essentials.

Voter list, NID scheme to cost Tk 580cr

The Election Commission (EC) has readied a Tk 580 crore project for preparing the electoral roll with photographs along with national identity (NID) cards.

SC rejects govt plea for stay on Hasina's bail

The Supreme Court yesterday rejected government prayers for staying the High Court's (HC) August 7 interim orders granting bail to Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina in an extortion case filed by businessman Noor Ali, and staying operation of the Anti-Corruption Commission's (ACC) order to Hasina for submitting her wealth statement.

Nation today mourns for Bangabandhu

With a call for officially recognising Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as the father of the nation, Bangladesh will observe today the 32nd death anniversary of the supreme leader of the country's struggle for independence.

ACC probing Khaleda's wealth statement

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has started investigating the wealth statement of former prime minister Khaleda Zia and completed inquiry into the wealth of her son Tarique Rahman.

Nadim Mostafa gets 10-yr in jail for felony

A Rajshahi court yesterday sentenced former BNP lawmaker Nadim Mostafa and 14 others to 10 years rigorous imprisonment in two separate cases of extortion and criminal activities during union parishad (UP) election, 2003 in Durgapur upazila.

Move to shift patients to govt hospitals fails

A handful of diarrhoea patients were transferred to public hospitals from International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) yesterday after the government decided to transfer patients from ICDDR,B to other hospitals as it is overwhelmed with patients.

Entire Dhaka to come under surveillance

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) are expected to enter the digital era of traffic management and crime control within a year by setting up a unified control room that will bring the whole city under surveillance.

Indigenous people want their rights recognised

Indigenous people in Rajshahi yesterday demanded constitutional recognition of their rights and introduction of their mother languages in primary education to increase literacy rate.

Verdict in gold smuggling case against Ershad on Sept 6

The verdict of a case filed about 16 years back against former president and Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad on charge of gold smuggling will be delivered on September 6.

First polls with new voter list in RCC: CEC

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda yesterday said the first poll with the new voter list would be held in Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) in January.

Khaleda drops birthday plan

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has decided not to observe her 63rd birthday today because of the flood situation in the country, according to a party press release.

Trim long-term state welfare programmes to help the poor

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dr Muhammad Yunus yesterday urged governments to provide greater loan access for the poor instead of state welfare programmes that do little to solve their predicament.

Mintoo sued for extortion

A case was filed against former president of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry Abdul Awal Mintoo late on Monday night accusing him of extorting money despite the current state of emergency.

Creek barrage brings new hope to farmers in Khagrachhari

Barrages built on the creeks running down the hills of Khagrachhari brought welcome relief to the usual hard living of the population there by providing them with a chance to bring previously fallow lands under cultivation, raise ducks and cultivate fishes.

Emergency Power Rules challenged in court

A BNP activist from Natore yesterday filed a writ petition with the High Court (HC) challenging some sections of the Emergency Power Rules (EPR).

BNP always will stand beside people in distress

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday said her party will always stand beside the people of the country in their distress as it did before.

Ten staffs of Ghorashal urea factory suspended

Ten officials and employees of Ghorashal Fertiliser Factory were suspended yesterday for their negligence of duties during a fire broke out in the factory on August 12.

800 workers apply for voluntary retirement

State-owned Aleem Jute Mills Ltd in Atra industrial belt of Khulna is on the verge of closure as almost all of its workers applied for voluntary retirement with immediate effect.

Govt moves for permanent solution

The Council of Advisers at a meeting yesterday assigned LGED and Water Development Board to the task of formulating a coordinated policy for permanently solving the waterlogging problem in the DND (Dhaka-Narayanganj-Demra) embankment area.

Ex-MP Abu Hena sued for extortion

A fresh lawsuit was filed against former BNP lawmaker Abu Hena yesterday on charge of extortion.

ACC files 4 cases against Taimur

The Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday filed four cases against detained former BRTC chairman and BNP leader Advocate Taimur Alam Khandaker on graft charges.

Detained forest conservator Ali Kabir has nine plots in capital

Apart from his other assets, forest conservator Ali Kabir Haider, already in jail, has nine plots in the capital, according to his wealth statement submitted to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

Two advisers give different death figures

Food and Disaster Management Adviser Tapan Chowdhury and Health and Family Welfare Adviser Maj Gen (retd) ASM Matiur Rahman yesterday gave two different figures of flood-related casualties during a joint press conference at the Bangladesh Secretariat.

Shab-e-Barat on Aug 29

The holy Lailatul Barat will be observed on August 29, as the moon of Shaban month was not sighted anywhere in the country yesterday.

Biman downs 3 flights

Biman last night cancelled flights on three routes to Jeddah, Karachi and London following an incredible delay, causing immense sufferings to passengers.

Babar's trial in arms case begins

The trial of an arms case against detained former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar began with deposition of the complainant at a Dhaka court yesterday.

Cost of S Asia floods nears $1 billion

The cost of South Asia's worst flooding in decades has reached nearly one billion dollars, officials said Tuesday, as Bangladesh struggled to cope with a major outbreak of water-borne disease.

Crackdown on Iraqi Shia militants

US and Iraqi troops launched massive raids across Iraq yesterday as part of a sweeping operation to rein in militants ahead of the start of the holy month of Ramadan, the US military said.

al-Qaeda alert for India

India deployed tens of thousands of security forces on the eve of the 60th anniversary of independence after new threats by al-Qaeda and separatist rebels, officials said yesterday.

Editorial

Bangabandhu's assassination

The nation observes with appropriate solemnity the thirty-second anniversary of the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the members of his family today. The day should serve as a moment for the nation to go into serious soul-searching about the tragedy and the terrible ramifications it has had on national politics since August 15, 1975. The time has surely arrived when as a society we need to have our perspective on the tragedy set in clear outline as a way of moving on. And that is a job that can be done through taking steps toward officially declaring August 15 as National Mourning Day. We would like to take this opportunity to point out here that The Daily Star has since 1993 editorially been demanding that August 15 be declared as National Mourning Day.

Give police the wherewithal

Conditions under which our crime investigators perform their duties are appalling and deplorable, to say the least. An investigative report in this paper reveals that an investigation officer (IO), usually of the rank of sub-inspector of police, gets a ridiculous sum of Tk. 3 as daily conveyance, in addition to Tk 10 for three meals a day for an accused in custody sticking to the archaic rate of a hoary past. Besides, an IO riding a government allotted motorcycle gets a daily quota of 1.7 litres of gasoline. Those having their own motorbikes are given a meagre monthly allowance of Tk. 100 only.

The tale of a troubadour

It is the courage of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman you miss as you go through life. And yet it is something more, something of values that you associate with any remembrance of him.

Our divided nation

The current sorry state of the country after 36 years of independence is not desirable but definitely unavoidable. Perhaps, this is the ultimate destination of a country whose people fail to agree on some fundamental ingredients essential for nation building. The ingredients are nationhood, national hero, and patriotism. A nation can't march forward on a democratic path without these ideological subjects.

Mujib and the Declaration of Independence

The vow to reveal the rights and wrongs of the history of our Liberation War, and to give individuals the credit they deserve, is a welcome gesture on the part of the caretaker government. The chief of the army General Moeen U. Ahmed has made an overt declaration that they will settle the long-standing disputes about the history of our independence, and deal with them fairly and squarely on the basis of fact.

Sports

After 21 years...

India claimed a Test series in England for only the third time when they completed a 1-0 victory after the third and final Test at The Oval was drawn here on Monday.

Killing time not good

Former Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar is going through a long lay-off with no cricket for him in the near future as there is no domestic competition at the moment and the next international schedule is in New Zealand in December.

Big guns get ready

The best cricketers in the world are gearing up for the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 with all 12 squads now having been confirmed.

Mashrafe joins boot camp

Vice captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza joined the commando training at the warfare wing of the Bangladesh Army's School of Infantry and Tactics (SI&T) in Sylhet on Tuesday after returning from India where he was on a personal visit.

Uganda enter Kenyan T20 meet

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Tuesday released the official schedule for the national team's tour of Kenya in the first week of September prior to ICC Twnety20 World Championship.

NSC appoints ad-hoc bodies in three feds

The National Sports Association (NSC) yesterday dissolved elected executive committees of Bangladesh Amateur Athletics Federation (BAAF) and Bangladesh Swimming Federation (BSF) and replaced the ad-hoc body of the Bangladesh Basketball Federation (BBF).

Rajib shares lead in Abu Dhabi chess

Bangladeshi International Master Enamul Hossain Rajib shared lead with seven other players after the second round of the 17th Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival in Abu Dhabi, UAE on Monday.

Kallis quits as deputy

South African cricket authorities on Tuesday said it hoped star all-rounder Jacques Kallis would withdraw his resignation as vice-captain of the national team.

India take 3rd place

India's 1-0 series win over England saw them move up two places into third spot in the latest edition Tuesday of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test Championship table.

Sarwan returns to lead WI

The West Indies selectors have recalled left-arm fast bowler Pedro Collins for their Twenty20 World Cup squad.

MU seek first win

Manchester United are looking to Carlos Tevez to kick-start their English Premier League title defence as Chelsea seek to keep their winning ways in Wednesday's second round of matches.

No regrets for Hunt

Stephen Hunt will not be speaking to Petr Cech when Chelsea visit the Madejski Stadium tonight. The Reading winger earned notoriety when he left Chelsea's goalkeeper with a fractured skull during the match there last October.

Tricky ties for giants

English giants Arsenal and Liverpool face tricky away ties on Wednesday as they bid to join Europe's top 16 clubs in the group phase of the Champions League.

Owen targets Villa game

Injury-plagued striker Michael Owen has targeted a return to Premier League action this weekend after coming through a tough training workout on Monday.

Rooney joins England wounded

Wayne Rooney's left foot fracture adds to England boss Steve McClaren's woes ahead of key qualifying games for the 2008 European Championships.

Vaughan stays cool

Michael Vaughan may have lost his first home Test series as England captain but the performance of a makeshift attack against India left him in optimistic mood.

Dravid's proud moment

India captain Rahul Dravid said winning a Test series in England ranked as one of his career highlights after his side completed a 1-0 success with a draw in the third and final Test at The Oval here on Monday.

India richer by $250K

Rahul Dravid's triumphant Indians were on Tuesday rewarded with a 250,000-dollar bonus by the country's cricket chiefs for a rare Test series win in England.

Bangla Vision, Ajker Kagoj in final

Bangla Vision put an end to UNB's chase for glory in the seven-a-side football tournament for media people when the private television channel ousted the Meril Media Cup hot favourites from the semifinals yesterday.

Gooch slams Strauss

Graham Gooch says the position of Andrew Strauss in England's Test line-up is under the microscope following the series loss to India.

India A ease to win

A tight bowling performance and some entertaining batting from the openers took India A to an easy win in their first one-dayer against Kenya at the Gymkhana Ground in Nairobi.

Taibu back to Zim fold

As expected, Tatenda Taibu has been recalled to the Zimbabwe squad for next month's Twenty20 World Championship almost two years after he quit international cricket following threats against his family.

Tevez unfazed by MU task

Three days into his Manchester United career, Carlos Tevez said yesterday that he would happily lay down roots at Old Trafford and while the club's hierarchy may prefer breathing space after the saga of his transfer from West Ham United, there can be little doubt that the Argentina forward has an opportunity to establish himself immediately after the loss of Wayne Rooney to injury.

Redknapp unsure of repeat

Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp fears the timing of Manchester United's trip to Fratton Park on Wednesday diminishes his side's hopes of a second successive home win over the champions.

New forwards for Japan

Japan coach Ivica Osim said Tuesday he may inject some new attacking players into his squad for next week's home friendly against Cameroon following their failure to defend the Asian Cup.

Warrant out for Thaksin

Thailand's supreme court has approved a prosecution request to issue arrest warrants for the Manchester City owner Thaksin Shinawatra and his wife on corruption charges. The former Thai prime minister, who has been living in self-imposed exile in England, took over City in the summer and installed Sven-Goran Eriksson as manager.

Mido Boro bound

Egyptian striker Mido on Tuesday appeared to be about to move again with Middlesbrough set to seal his transfer from Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

VDV pleads for Valencia move

Dutch midfielder Rafael van der Vaart pleaded with his German club Hamburg on Monday to let him leave for a 'dream' move to Valencia.

Business

Only 31pc listed firms comply with corporate governance guidelines

Only 31.18 percent companies listed on the bourses fully comply with corporate governance guidelines of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Oil prices climb as Opec hikes 2007 demand forecast

Global oil prices rose on Tuesday after crude producers' cartel Opec upgraded its estimate for 2007 world oil demand growth, despite the current turmoil gripping world financial markets.

Govt still hopeful of response from Saudi prince

The government is still hopeful of a positive response from Saudi prince Bandar Bin Mohammad Bin Abdul Rahman Al-Saud to take over Rupali Bank.

India's rupee to move towards fuller convertibility

The Indian rupee, which is partially convertible, will move toward fuller convertibility in a gradual and "calibrated" manner, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said on Tuesday.

Nokia warns its 46m mobile phone batteries faulty

Nokia warned Tuesday that up to 46 million batteries used in some of the company's cell phones could be faulty and pose a risk of overheating.

China inflation surges to 10-year high

Surging food prices drove the consumer price index (CPI) to 5.6 per cent in July - the highest in a decade - the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said on Monday.

KL eases Islamic finance rules

Malaysia will ease its rules to allow all banks to do Islamic banking business in foreign currencies, the central bank said Tuesday, further cementing the country's role in Sharia financing.

DSE index posts record single day gain

The main price index on the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) yesterday gained 71 points or over 3 percent, recording the highest single day rise this year.

Niloy Cement to buy clinker from Niloy Clinkerisation

Niloy Cement Industries Ltd yesterday signed an agreement with Niloy Cement Clinkerisation Industries Ltd to purchase all its clinker, the basic raw material for producing cement.

Air Arabia to up frequency on Ctg-Sharjah

Air Arabia, a low-cost carrier in the Middle East and North Africa, will shortly begin operating three additional flights per week on the Sharjah-Chittagong route, says a press release.

Agrani Bank to arrange Tk 42cr loan for Green Life Hospital

Agrani Bank with the help of four other banks will provide a syndicated financing of Tk 42 crore for Green Life Hospital Ltd.

Automation at Ctg Customs in 6 months

A joint meeting yesterday discussed on progress of introducing automation system at Chittagong Customs House, the country's largest revenue collecting source.

Gemcon Group selects SAP software

Gemcon Group, a leading player in retail, exports, engineering, and media business, has announced it has chosen SAP IS-Retail solution for its retail chain 'Meena Bazaar' to achieve efficiency, says a press release.

Survey on global communications channel costs

A survey conducted by global media agency MindShare enables marketers to compare communications channel costs in 14 markets, 12 in Asia and 2 in US and UK, says a press release.

SingTel Q1 net profit up 10.4pc

Singapore Telecommunications said Tuesday that net profit in the first quarter to June rose an annual 10.4 percent to 927 million Singapore dollars (609 million US), boosted by strong showings in its home turf and regional markets.

Myanmar plans six special economic zones

Myanmar is planning to establish six special economic zones (SEZ) to attract direct foreign investment into the country in a bid to promote its economic development, local Weekly Eleven News reported Tuesday.

US trade deficit falls to 4-month low

The U.S. trade deficit dropped to a four-month low in June as record exports of farm goods and autos offset a jump in crude oil prices. Imports from China hit an all-time high despite recalls of tainted Chinese products.

Malaysia to buy more textiles from India

Malaysia is set to buy more textiles from India next year as the first leg of the ASEAN-India free trade agreement to reduce and eliminate tariffs will be concluded by the end of the year, local media reported Tuesday.

Prime Bank off-shore banking service in Adamjee EPZ

Prime Bank Limited will provide its off-shore banking services in Adamjee Export Processing Zone to facilitate investors and adjacent people of Siddhirganj.

Metropolitan

'Form high-powered body to protect rights of indigenous people'

Civil society members yesterday called on the government to form a high-powered commission to recommend policies and action plans for the welfare of indigenous people.

Resettlement policy fails to rehabilitate affected people

The caretaker government is going to adopt the Draft National Resettlement and Rehabilitation Policy (NRRP) 2007 as the existing NRRP has failed to rehabilitate the affected people properly, said Law Adviser Barrister Mainul Hosein yesterday.

Strong mechanism needed to enforce Right to Info Act

The proposed Right to Information Act, once enacted, could be ineffective if it is not interpreted correctly and a strong mechanism is not created to implement it, speakers at a roundtable said yesterday.

Access to ICT a must to turn them into human resources

Experts at a conference yesterday underscored the need for disabled persons' access to information and communication technology (ICT) in order to turn them into human resources.

Brac comes to aid of retrenched Adamjee Jute Mills workers

The retrenched workers of Adamjee Jute Mills Ltd, who have been jobless since the closure of the state-owned mill in 2002, are now thronging the offices of different non-government organisations (NGOs) in Narayanganj to get some financial assistance or find out new means of livelihood.

East India refugee camp testifies to partition's legacy

Thousands of refugees still occupy this forgotten and forlorn camp close to the Bangladesh border in a terrible testimony to the bitter legacy of the partition of India.

More aid for flood victims: Relief distribution continues

Different government and non-government bodies, political parties and social organisations continue to distribute relief materials among the flood victims yesterday.

Interest-free ASA loan for flood victims

ASA, an NGO, launched a programme on Monday to distribute interest-free loan among the worst flood-hit people of Chilmari, Roumari and Rajibpur upazilas on the bank of the river Brahmaputra in Kurigram.

Pakistan facing huge challenges at 60

Facing a stark choice between military dictatorship and democracy, Pakistan marked its 60th anniversary weighed down by challenges which threaten the very existence of the nation, analysts said.

Dr Kamal leaves for Colombo

Eminent jurist Dr Kamal Hossain left for Colombo yesterday to attend the third plenary session of the International Independent Group of Eminent Persons (IIGEP), says a press release.

Warrant for arrest against Bahauddin Nasim

A Dhaka court yesterday cancelled the bail of Awami Swechchhasebok League President AFM Bahauddin Nasim and issued a warrant for arrest against him in connection with a sedition case filed five years ago.

Urs at Azimpur Dayera Sharif

The 214th Urs Mubarak of Hazrat Shah Sufi Syed Mohammad Dayem (R), the founder of Azimpur Dayera Sharif Khankah, was held at Dayera Sharif in the city yesterday, says a press release.

Russia can be important source of foodgrains, energy: Iftekhar

Foreign Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury yesterday said Russia could be an important source of foodgrains and energy.

BCL worker assaulted by Shibir at RU

Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) activists beat up a Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) worker at Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology on Monday night.

Quarishi refutes reports of motorcycle procession

Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) coordinator Ferdous Ahmad Quarishi yesterday refuted newspaper reports that he took out motorcycle procession during his party's relief distribution programme at Manikganj on Sunday in violation of the emergency rules.

Absconding JMB militant held in Satkhira

Police arrested an absconding Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) militant at Baliadanga Bazar in Kalaroa upazila yesterday.

Khulna BNP factions form separate bodies

Two factions of Khulna BNP have formed separate committees to distribute reliefs among flood victims of Gopalganj, Faridpur and Shariatpur districts.

Alico field worker held

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested a person on charges of killing a housewife.

Programmes to observe death anniversary of Shamsur Rahman

Members of the Nagorik Committee have taken up various programmes to mark the first death anniversary of poet Shamsur Rahman on August 17.

Female worker dies in wall collapse

A female construction worker was killed as a boundary wall of an under-construction building collapsed on her at Kafrul in the city yesterday.

Diarrhoea Medical centre opens at Hajj camp

Bangladesh Army has opened a temporary medical centre at Hajj camp in the city's Uttara for the treatment of diarrhoea patients.

514 more workers get arrear wages of 15 weeks

A total of 514 more retrenched workers of the laid-off Peoples Jute Mills yesterday received arrear wages of 15 weeks.

20 Ctg structures demolished

A mobile court in the port city yesterday demolished 20 illegal structures to recover a canal.

Road crashes kill 3

At least three people were killed in separate road accidents in Satkhira and Benapole yesterday.

2 children drown

Two children have drowned in the district bringing a pale of gloom in the area.

National

Make master plan to protect bio-diversity in coastal areas

Speakers at a workshop yesterday urged the government to prepare a master plan to protect the bio-diversity in 39 coastal upazilas in south-western region and the Sundarabans from natural disasters caused by climate change due to global warming.

Villagers join hands as appeals to govt ignored

People of Dabirbhita village in Kushtia Sadar upazila have set up a good example by repairing a four kilometer road voluntarily.

Govt relief too meagre to needs: Motia

Awami League Presidium member Motia Chowdhury yesterday said the relief given to flood affected by the government is too inadequate to their needs.

Family of 5 accused allege police harassment, demand speedy trial

Family members of five accused of 12 cases of the August 17 serial blasts here two years ago alleged police harassment and demanded judicial probe, speedy trial and punishment to real culprits.

Declaration of 19 Kushtia newspapers, periodicals cancelled

The district administration has cancelled declaration of 19 newspapers in the district allegedly because those were not published regularly.

Visera report reaches police 17 yrs after murder

Police yesterday recorded an unnatural death case as a regular case 17 years after the incident.

Former Jhenidah BNP MP faces another extortion case

Former BNP lawmaker Alhaj Shahidul Islam Master has been facing another extortion case.

Another case against former Kushtia BNP MP

Daulatpur police have recorded a case against former BNP lawmaker Reza Ahmed Bachchu alias Bachchu Mollah after investigation.

Extortion case against poura administrator

An extortion case was filed yesterday with a magistrate court in Chapainawabgonj against Nachole Pourashabha administrator Kamruzzaman, convener of upazila BNP.

Brac trains 65 sacked jute workers

Brac, a major NGO, has undertaken a programme to conduct training to retrenched jute mill workers, their dependents to create job opportunities for them.

Fertiliser seized, 3 held in Pabna

Police yesterday seized 26 bags of fertiliser and arrested three persons for carrying the bags from Charshadirajpur village to Banglabazar here, police said.

3 get life for murder

A court here in Chittagong yesterday awarded life term to three persons in a murder case.

Letters

Help the flood victims

This year 36 districts, 159 upazilas and 1 crore people, out of around 15 crore, have been affected by floods. Now the situation is almost under control.

Reform

It is of course time for the political parties to go for reform as their acceptability to mass people has dramatically diminished over the past few years due to the politicians' involvement in corruption and embezzlement. Some so called parties are contemplating reform and curbing the party chief's absolute power, as they think it is the major hurdle that hindered democratisation of the political parties. Recently, BNP Secretary General Mannan Bhuiyan placed a set of reform proposal before the media. The proposals stipulate that the chairperson of the party shall not be the prime minister and leader of the party at the same time. The chairperson who was prime minister twice cannot be the party leader. Some other points incorporated in their agenda are interesting and baffling too.

Acid violence

The issue of acid violence in Bangladesh is a recurring one, which needs to be dealt with strictly by the government. The caretaker government ought to enact stringent laws on acid sale and distribution. Consumers should be fingerprinted and photographed and to meet the cost of this expensive procedure, VAT, taxes, levies on acid should be imposed. In fact, a sky-high price of acid might prevent laymen and potential culprits from getting access to acid. Consumers who really need acids may be granted a small quantity at reduced price, but only after having registered themselves.

Junk foods

Nowadays it's very common to see street vendors selling lemon juice, guava, black berry, hog-plum, etc. covered with hot chilly spice in busy areas, especially outside schools and colleges. They utter mouth-watering words about these things, that they are very good on a hot sultry day and provide us with lots of essential vitamins and minerals. They can easily convince the school-going kids who are very delighted to have a taste of such foods. But nobody even wonders how they prepare their foods. Sometimes there are flies squirming in the foods and sometimes we can find dust particles in those popular junk foods. We, the students, have read a lot about balanced diet but this food-list does not mean eating contaminated things.

Reforms in land administration

This news of great relief for the nation was published in some Bangla dailies on 28 July'07. The news said that the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), after a case study in Narsinghdi, is setting its hands on yet another most burning issue that is causing unimaginable sufferings to our people for generations. I believe there is no such individual rich or poor, literate or illiterate, in cities or in villages, powerful or weak, who did not suffer in the hands of tahsilders, sub-registrars , district registrars and other land record officials.

Hasina's arrest

I am a 26 years old non-resident Bangladeshi living in a western country. I grew up in the Middle-East from the time I was three. I came to a western country when I was 17 and during my formative college years, I developed a keen interest in reconnecting with my Bangladeshi roots. I found the Internet an amazing tool to do so and have almost religiously read the daily newspapers that are published online to understand the lives of people in Bangladesh. It goes without saying that one cannot read about life in Bangladesh without following the politics surrounding it.

Strategic issues

Although the caretaker government has its hands full, it must also resolve some outstanding issues with our neighbours-- India and Myanmar-- like the dispute over South Talpatti Island, delimitation and demarcation of maritime borders, and the remaining demarcation of land borders with India.

Rental power plants

The basic principle of installing rental power plants as reported in a local English daily on 28 July appears lopsided, short sighted and does not make financial sense, as costs per kwh for rental plants will be higher.

Compromise in politics

The nation suffered as the preceding BNP alliance compromised and indirectly overlooked the activates of JMB (Bangla Bhai and others). A recent court verdict has found 24 people guilty (DS editorial July 28). This constant tug of war between the BNP and the AL has polarised our politics since the birth of the nation.

Chief Justice's comments

I find the comments of the Chief Justice of Bangladesh most appropriate. To prevent corruption it is absolutely essential that the citizens are made more conscious about the evil of corruption.

Civil society

I am surprised to see that everybody, whether a political activist or a cultural activist or a poet, is in general mentioned as member of civil society (The Daily Star, Aug 2 ).

Telephone bill

My residential telephone 8919817 has not been billed in the last two months of June and July 2007. In spite of my reminder last month, the telephone revenue department did not send any bill, though they had promised to send the June 2007 bill by July 25, 2007. The previous experience that I had was a disconnection of the line for non-receipt of three months' bills which were for February, March and April 2007. A computerised bill was received for May 2007 and promptly paid. In spite of payment for May 2007, the line suffered discontinuity for non-payment of earlier three months for which no bills were issued. A good deal of effort had to be undertaken by the undersigned to obtain the pending bills from the Sector 9 office of the divisional engineer of the telephone revenue. When the bill was issued for the arrear months, payment was instantly made by me, and connection was restored after a good deal of effort.

New BCB chief

The government has appointed a new BCB president as part of the crusade against deeply rooted and wide-spread corruption in the country's sports world. I believe that people of Bangladesh and cricket fans world-wide are eagerly waiting to see how he overcomes or at least makes a sincere effort to address the challenges lying ahead of him, after the disastrous tour of Sri Lanka.

Comments

The government's trade liberalisation policy intentions are, indeed, consistent with a strategy to sustain high growth, reduce poverty substantially, and benefit from increasing global and regional economic integration. Contrary to what was reported, import tariffs and related charges in Bangladesh are still among the world's highest, and they impose considerable costs on domestic industries and consumers. With respect to monetary policy, central banks in the region and around the world are battling increasing price pressures and taking steps to tighten monetary policy. Bangladesh also faces these global realities. It is important to have an efficient and commercially-oriented banking system that can reduce lending rates from their current high levelsa point the IMF has emphasized repeatedly.

Rangs Bhaban

Was it not necessary to give the tenants of the upper sixteen floors more time to move smoothly to a new location? I am astonished that the companies were only given a day to comply with the law that was handed down a day earlier! I don't know about the tenant laws in Bangladesh but in most countries tenants are given 30 days, if not more, to relocate if a property needs to be vacated. It seems that in their eagerness to enforce laws that have not been enforced for so long, the law enforcers are overlooking the basic rights of citizens.

Bangladesh & its administration

Whether a politically appointed party or a caretaker government like the existing one is appropriate for Bangladesh is an issue of pivotal importance. On the substance over form, I would like to comment on the current administration. Many years have gone by, since I settled overseas but one issue always bothered & confused me: what should be the correct form of administrative mechanism that is suitable for our country and who will formulate codes of best practices. Since I was born I have never experienced or seen a code of best practices applied to our country.

Coal mining, German example

The news articles "Mining with a vision ?" and "Germany shows the way" by Sharier Khan published respectively on August 4, and August 5, 2007 are well written to convince the general reader in accepting a highly controversial geo-scientific issue like open-pit mining for its implementation in Bangladesh without going into more critical explanations.

International

Anti-terror battle for country's sake

President Pervez Musharraf marked Pakistan's 60th anniversary yesterday saying the battle against terrorism is being waged for his own country's sake and not America's.

Manmohan meets Karat to to bridge differences

Setting aside the chill in their relations in the past few days, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday had a breakfast meeting with CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat after which both sides said that efforts would be made to "sort out" issues over the Indo-US nuclear deal.

Hundreds of N Koreans dead, missing in floods

Heavy rains spawned flooding that left "hundreds" dead or missing in North Korea and destroyed more than 30,000 homes, the country's state media reported yesterday.

28 killed in China bridge collapse

A bridge under construction in an ancient Chinese city collapsed as workers removed scaffolding from its facade, killing at least 28 people, the government said yesterday.

Iran not supplying arms to Taliban

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad yesterday rejected US and British claims that Iranian weapons are being supplied to Taliban insurgents fighting the Afghan government and international troops.

Hostage release raises hopes

Friends and family of two South Korean women freed by Afghanistan's Taliban spoke Tuesday of their relief, but vowed not to rest until 19 other Koreans are also released.

Assam cracks down on rebels after attacks

Security forces in the restive northeast Indian state of Assam Monday launched an anti-rebel offensive after insurgents killed 36 people in the past week, officials said.

4 Palestinians killed in Israeli Gaza incursion

Four Palestinians, including two civilians, were killed and 13 wounded in an Israeli incursion in the Gaza Strip early Tuesday, medics and the army said.

UN resumes Nepali Maoist army checks

The United Nations resumed checks yesterday to determine if thousands of Maoists confined to camps are genuine fighters, a spokesman said, six weeks after a row about status halted the process.

Global warming boosts crop disease

Global warming will fuel a disease that annually causes hundreds of million dollars in damage to rapeseed plants, used to make canola oil, according to a study released yesterday.

7 N Koreans arrested in Thailand

Thai police have arrested seven North Koreans, including two children, who slipped into Thailand after a long journey from their impoverished homeland, local police said yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

A once celebrated artiste in need of compassion

Abdul Ali Lalu, once a hugely popular actor better known to a generation of TV and film audience as 'Lalu Bhai', now lives his life in obscurity.

Shumon Chowdhury honoured

Enthusiastic students and friends gathered to celebrate the 53rd birthday of singer Shumon Chowdhury on August 13 at the WVA Auditorium.

The Indian nightingale

Music can be a great healer for the dispirited or grieving. Almost five years since she lost her well loved daughter Saumya in a senseless accident, Indian classical singer Shanti Sharma has discovered the therapeutic qualities of her medium. "I see my daughter everywhere. My art has pulled me out of the morass of despair and given me solace. I have also learnt that though women are outwardly fragile, they possess great inner strength."

Car rally on "Banglalink Desh Music Fest 2007"

Carnival Event Management organised a car rally consisting of the leading and popular solo singers and musical bands of our country on August 13 as part of the Banglalink Desh Music Fest 2007, says a press release. The rally marched through the busy streets and gathered at different universities, to ensure the mass participation in the music fest to raise funds for flood-victims and create awareness through music. All major bands, music icons and label companies of Bangladesh have come forward to participate in this two day long event, which will be held at Fantasy Kingdom on August 17 and 18.

Cultural show: Towards peace and harmony

Dance, drama, song and the other arts are an integral part of our cultural life. In many societies, cultural programmes serve as the platform for creative exchange and the development of artistic potential. Besides these, the programmes can promote peace and harmony amidst nations. Exchange of views enhances inter cultural dialogue.

OP-ED

The plot behind the tragedy

The people of Bangladesh, universally acclaimed for their extra-sensory vision and congenital wisdom, had no difficulty in reckoning well before the Bangabandhu murder trial commenced that Khandkar Mostaque was indeed the pivotal factor in plotting the gruesome killing of the nation's founding father, which marked one of the saddest episodes in the history of mankind.

Debt of honour

When individuals lie, as they often do, we as members of the civil society cry shame on them and condemn them as liars because as a nation we would like to see truth prevail over untruth and justice over injustice. But when the state lies, it hurts the nation most grievously. It makes a whole rends the fabric of the very soul of the statethe ethos and the lofty ideals on which rests our claim on statehood and nationhood.

History books and the lost generation

Those who were mere children during our Liberation War and who finished their schooling in the post-1975 era, and the later generations, are not aware of the true history of our Liberation War. As a member of one such generation, I consciously feel that the distorted history has divided the nation into pro and anti liberation shibirs. This, in turn, brought about the political turmoil and volatile situation that we see now.

Our greatest hero

After the birth of Bangladesh, in the early seventies, a tall and bespectacled gentleman stood up to address the General Assembly of the United Nations. Leaders of more than a hundred countries stood up and clapped for full five minutes!

Star City

Ashulia humming with life

Over the past decade, the serene beauty of the Ashulia embankment has been attracting an increasing number of city dwellers seeking a break from Dhaka's smog, din, and traffic. Tired of the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle, they take trips to Ashulia on the weekends, to relax and hang out by the river. During monsoon ripples of the swelling water and clouds in the sky attracts more crowd to the embankment.

Ladies Club gives priority to its role in wider society

Fawzia Samad, President of the Ladies Club, Dhaka spoke to Fida-e-Tashfia of the Star City on the club's past, present and future.

DCC's 'tree-free' beautification on

Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) continues its scheme to 'beautify' a parkland in the heart city's Motijheel commercial area, felling down all the existing trees.

250 'aggyan parties' active!

Beware! the small mistake of drinking or eating anything offered to you by an unknown person could make you a prey of the "aggyan party", cautioned Masudur Rahman, additional deputy commissioner of detective branch of police.

Commuters suffer as link road plan gathers dust

Thousands of commuters travelling along the old Airport Road via the Chief Adviser's Office are unlikely to see an early end to their sufferings as the proposal for a link road is gathering dust.

Star Chittagong

Reshuffle in revenue sector may hamper reforms in Ctg Customs

The major reshuffle in the revenue sector is likely to hamper the reforms, including introduction of an easy and transparent taxation system and realisation of outstanding revenues at Chittagong Customs House.

Workers for probe into corruption, not closure

Amin Jute Mills Limited, the largest jute mill in the country after closure of the Adamjee Jute Mills, will meet the same fate of other closed jute mills unless proper measures are taken immediately.



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