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News of: Wednesday, 22nd of August, 2007

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Day of fury, pitched battle

Much of Dhaka city turned into a battleground yesterday as students continued clashing with police for the second day in the fallout from the beating of three Dhaka University (DU) students by army personnel Monday evening.

Withdrawal of army camp at DU begins

The caretaker government yesterday ordered withdrawal of the army camp from Dhaka University (DU) campus by today, and a judicial enquiry into the violent incidents that left over 250 people, mostly students, injured in the last two days.

Protest spreads to other institutions

Following the brutalities on DU students on Monday night students of different universities across the country including Jahangirnagar University (JU), Chittagong University (CU), and Rajshahi University (RU) burst into protest yesterday, bringing academic activities to an abrupt halt.

Moeen blames bankers for creating panic

Chief of Army Staff Gen Moeen U Ahmed yesterday blamed bankers for creating panic among businessmen, and termed the bankers' style of dealing with their clients since the declaration of the state of emergency as 'nothing else but blackmailing'.

Why restricting bail, seizing property not unconstitutional

The High Court (HC) yesterday ordered the government to explain within eight weeks why some sections of the emergency power rules shall not be declared unconstitutional.

AL mourns grenade horror

Awami League (AL) and its allies in the 14-party combine, and several other organisations yesterday observed the third anniversary of the gruesome grenade attack on an AL rally in the capital with a call to ensure prompt punishment of the real culprits.

Incidents regretted

Civil society members, academics and human rights activists yesterday termed the clashes between the army and Dhaka University (DU) students regrettable, undesirable, anti-academic and a consequence of the army's lack of respect for the university students.

Food crisis, price hike may become regular event

The country is under imminent threat of a serious food crisis and price hike might turn into a regular phenomenon, say experts.

Charges framed against Abbas' wife for tax evasion

An anti-graft court yesterday framed charge against Afroza Abbas, wife of former BNP minister Mirza Abbas, for evading income tax.

Duta for lifting state of emergency

The Dhaka University Teachers' Association (Duta) in an emergency general meeting yesterday demanded lifting of the state of emergency to pave the way for establishing democratic environment.

President assures EC all-out help to implement poll roadmap

President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday assured the Election Commission (EC) of all-out cooperation in implementing its electoral roadmap for holding the stalled ninth parliamentary election by 2008.

ROK firms desperate to partner Petrobangla

A consortium of obscure South Korean companies has mounted pressure on the government to become Petrobangla's "strategic partner" in the proposed exploration and development of Dighipara coal zone in northern part of the country.

Judge refuses to try Prof Taher killing case

The judge of a public safety tribunal in Rajshahi refused to conduct the proceedings of Rajshahi University (RU) Prof S Taher Ahmed murder case filed against six people, including Islami Chhatra Shibir leader Salehi, due to "unavoidable circumstances".

Major concern now post-flood reconstruction

Restoring the livelihoods of the flood victims has become the major issue as the floodwaters start to recede from affected districts.

11 injured as students clash with cops over fee

Six policemen and five students were injured in sporadic clashes between Jagannath University students and police on the university campus yesterday.

Cheated workers struggle to survive

At least 58 Bangladeshi workers have been living an inhuman life unfed or half-fed in Malaysia for the last one and a half months, as the Malaysian employer refused to employ them.

Moeen apprises president of army's role in flood relief

Army Chief General Moeen U Ahmed yesterday paid a courtesy call on President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban.

Iraq starts trial of 'Chemical Ali'

The trial of 15 former aides of executed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein for crimes against humanity over their alleged role in the crushing of a 1991 Shia rebellion opened in Baghdad on Tuesday.

Jhenidah farmers demonstrate for fertiliser

More than 300 farmers yesterday stage a demonstration in front of the Sadar upazila nirbahi officer's (UNO) office demanding supply of fertiliser.

Iran, IAEA seek accord in nuclear talks

Iran and the UN atomic energy agency were holding a second day of talks on Tuesday aimed at easing concerns over the Iranian nuclear drive, following a renewed warning over Tehran's future cooperation.

Iran frees US-Iranian scholar

Iran yesterday released on bail US-Iranian academic Haleh Esfandiari, whose detention for the past three months on security charges further inflamed tensions with arch enemy the United States.

Editorial

Outburst at Dhaka University

We welcome the steps taken by the government to defuse the tension at Dhaka University. The decision to remove the army camp on the campus together with the initiation of a judicial inquiry, in addition to the army's investigation, into the worrying incidents of Monday and Tuesday will go a long way toward restoring normalcy in the university. It is also a sign that the military has opted for reconciliation rather than confrontation with the students. Through this mature decision it has upheld the greater interest of the country and has demonstrated its respect for broad public opinion.

August 21 grenade attack

Three years into the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League public meeting, progress in the investigation is still unclear while the families of the dead and the victims of the mayhem who were maimed and disabled continue to live their lives in agony and dire distress. It is shocking as to how vested quarters in the previous government had manipulated and derailed the investigation process, thereby blocking the path of justice. The so-called one-man commission report into the heinous attack that killed as many as 22 and injured 200 failed to point fingers at the possible culprits and perpetrators. It was content with merely making vague allegation of a 'foreign link'. No less than the top investigator of the case, a senior CID official, now says, “We never saw the report and the government never informed us about it”. As a matter of fact, all that the officials concerned and high profile spokesmen of the past regime did was to make all kinds of statements that were simply confusing and made matters even murkier

Why blame others if you lose the way?

Law and Information Adviser Mainul Hosein is unhappy with the way things have been going for the government he is part of. Not long ago, he told us in no uncertain terms that it was the responsibility of the people of Bangladesh to ensure that the government did not fail in doing its job. And now he thinks that a deep conspiracy is abroad in the land to undermine the government. The conspirators, he would like us to know, are the politicians against whom charges of corruption have been filed. Now that is quite a revealing nugget of information.

Difference of opinion

The recent overnight meeting between Prime Minister Gordon Brown and President Bush at Camp David has demonstrated that they speak different languages on the issues confronting the world. Although the goals are the same, they look at the issues from different perspectives.

Pakistan at democracy's crossroads

All those who value freedom must feel relieved that Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has dropped the disastrous idea of declaring a state of emergency, which would have allowed him to postpone assembly and presidential elections, due soon.

Sports

Tigers' winning warm-up

The national cricket team comfortably won both of their Twenty20 practice matches against the BCB National Cricket Academy (NCA) team at the Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday.

Football for aid

Jewel Rana will wear the Abahani shirt for the first time in his long career when the veteran centre-back will be the part of an exhibition football match tomorrow against his old club Mohammedan.

Faruque unhappy

Chief national cricket selector Faruque Ahmed criticised the delay about announcement of the new national selection panel.

Bangladesh look to first win in Nehru Cup

Down and out of the Nehru Cup, Bangladesh will take on Cambodia in their third match of the competition today.

Lawson meets team

Pakistan's new cricket coach Geoff Lawson met his new charges here on Tuesday to start final preparations for next month's inaugural Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa.

BCCI removes Kapil

India's cricket chiefs intensified the battle against an unofficial multi-million dollar league on Tuesday by removing the legendary Kapil Dev as head of the country's junior academy.

Cook steadies England

Opener Alastair Cook struck his first limited overs fifty as England steadily went to 113 for one after 25 overs in the first one-day international against India at The Rose Bowl in Southampton yesterday.

Indonesia beat Bangladesh 1-0

Bangladesh's second-string national football team lost 1-0 to Indonesia in their opening match of the Merdeka Cup in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

NSC chief meets Dhaka clubs

Chairman of the National Sports Council (NSC) and Army Chief General Moeen U Ahmed yesterday made a courtesy call on the officials of the inaugural professional football league clubs from Dhaka.

First friendly today

Bangladesh's women footballers face a tough task when they host the visiting Orissa State football team today at Shafipur.

A shadow contest

One of the most keenly contested rivalries in international football kicks off again Wednesday as England take on Germany at Wembley.

Styles apologises for blunder

Rob Styles has apologised to Liverpool after admitting Monday that he made a mistake in awarding a penalty to Chelsea during their 1-1 draw at Anfield at the weekend.

Geovanni comes full-circle

If Sven-Goran Eriksson's eight-day transformation from laughing stock to leader seems remarkable, it pales in comparison with the story of the man whose goal won the Manchester derby.

Jol under pressure

Speculation mounted Tuesday that Tottenham boss Martin Jol would be the first English Premier League manager to get the sack amid reports Spurs have sounded out Sevilla boss Juande Ramos.

Qualifiers resume

Serbia, Portugal and Northern Ireland will be hoping to close the gap on their respective group rivals when qualifying for the 2008 European Championships resumes this Wednesday.

Schuster wants a striker

Real Madrid's new coach Bernd Schuster has demanded that the club splashes out on another striker to back up prolific Dutch goal scorer Ruud van Nistelrooy, Spanish media reported Tuesday.

'Quartet can play together'

Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard believes the club's four-star strikers - Samuel Eto'o, Lionel Messi, Ronaldinho and new signing Thierry Henry - can play together in the Spanish side's line-up.

Teenager dies in training

Walsall's apprentice Anton Reid, 16, collapsed and died Monday during a training session, the third-tier English club said.

Cech named Czech's best

Chelsea goalkeeper Peter Cech was named Czech footballer of the year here on Monday for the third successive year.

PCB takes hardline

Pakistan reacted sharply on Monday to four of its players joining the breakaway Indian cricket league, saying they will not be considered for future selection in the national team.

ICL makes a point

After more than four months of acting coy, the Indian Cricket League (ICL) has made as bold a statement as possible, parading the 48 Indian cricketers and naming the six overseas players who will form the backbone of its inaugural season. It is as much a statement of intent as a challenge to the Indian board, with which it has been shadow-boxing since the gauntlet was first thrown in April.

Aanensen quits WICB

Bruce Aanensen has handed in his resignation as West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) chief executive. The board will now meet to discuss whether or not to accept the decision, potentially bringing to a close a turbulent six months in the Caribbean.

Gibson's golden summer

Not many players come back from three years out of the game to win the man of the match award in a Lord's final.

Heavy rain ruins final

Torrential rain forced the abandonment of the decisive match in the one-day triangular series tournament between Kenya and Sri Lanka A at the Nairobi Gymkhana club on Monday.

Lauwai win 2-0

Lauwai Sporting Club beat Sylhet Sporting Club 2-0 in the First Division Football League match at the Sylhet Stadium yesterday.

NSW to host eves' WC in 2009

The Australian state of New South Wales will host the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup in 2009, Cricket Australia said Tuesday.

Army clinch kabaddi title

Bangladesh Army emerged champions in the Services Kabaddi League beating Bangladesh Rifles 26-24 in a nail biting final at the Mirpur Shaheed Suhrawardy Indoor Stadium yesterday.

Akhtar fine shelved

The Pakistan Cricket Board set aside a 5,000-dollar fine on controversial paceman Shoaib Akhtar on Monday and ordered a fresh inquiry into alleged breach of discipline by the bowler.

Div 3 soccer

Spandan KC registered a 2-0 victory over Jurain Janata in the Metropolis Third Division Football League at the Outer Stadium yesterday.

Business

WTO negotiations on market access Sept 17

The government has decided to prepare three separate papers on duty- and quota-free market access, rules of origin and binding coverage (tariff ceiling) to devise Bangladesh position on these issues at an upcoming meeting at the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

FBCCI polls now Nov 20

The election to the executive committee of the country's apex trade body, FBCCI, will now be held on November 20 and there will be no place for loan defaulters, tax dodgers and criminals in the executive body for a two-year term (2007-09).

Dhaka keen to diversify cooperation in trade, investment with Cairo

Chief Adviser Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday said Bangladesh is keen to diversify cooperation with Egypt especially in the fields of agriculture, pharmaceutical, jute, and trade and investment for the benefit of the two peoples.

Budget making should not be at NBR's hands

The primary task of the National Board of Revenue (NBR) is to collect taxes for running the expenses of the country. On the other hand, the main purpose of the national budget is to promote a balanced economic development in all sectors, which involves taking calculated risks as well. Now it does not need a lot of imagination to appreciate that it is impossible for the same organisation to play these two roles simultaneously which need entirely different logistics and psychological make up.

Japan eyes ending most duties on Asean imports

Japan will propose scrapping duties immediately on 90 percent of imports from Asean when it holds free trade talks with the regional bloc this week, a report said Tuesday.

Intensify drive to realise default loans

Adviser for Law and Information Barrister Mainul Hosein yesterday described bank's money as public money and called for launching drives to realise the default loans from the borrowers.

India's largest RMG maker sells majority stake to US firm

In one of the biggest deals in Indian garment sector, the US-based private equity firm Blackstone Group has picked up 50.1 percent stake in India's largest biggest garment exporter Gokaldas Exports.

China raises interest rates again to curb inflation

China's central bank raised the benchmark interest rates on Tuesday for the fourth time this year in an effort to prevent the economy from overheating and curb accelerating inflation.

Stocks plunge on students violence

Price indices on Dhaka and Chittagong stock exchanges declined yesterday amid a fresh wave of violence at Dhaka University and other educational institutions across the country that rattled the investors' confidence.

Bank Asia arranges Tk 84cr for GBB Power

Bank Asia Ltd with the help of nine other banks has arranged a Tk 84 crore syndicated term loan facility for GBB Power Ltd, says a press release.

Local firms to take part in pharma fair in Vietnam

In a bid to expand market and boost exports, nine local pharmaceutical companies are going to take part in a four-day international pharmaceutical fair styled 'Saigon Medipharm Expo 2007' beginning tomorrow in Vietnam.

Oil prices lower

Oil prices were lower in Asian trade Tuesday as US energy facilities looked set to escape the fury of Hurricane Dean, dealers said.

Siemens India to double operations

Siemens India, a unit of German-based Siemens AG, said Tuesday it will double the size of its operations in the next three years.

Global stocks mixed

Global stock markets were mixed on Tuesday, with European indices falling despite earlier gains in Asia, as traders warned of more volatile swings sparked by ongoing credit crunch concerns.

Bdjobs.com celebrates 7th founding anniversary

To mark its seventh founding anniversary, Bdjobs.com, a job portal in the country, organised a press conference in Dhaka yesterday, says a press release.

Rupali Ins chairman reelected

Mostafa Golam Quddus has been reelected chairman of Rupali Insurance Company Ltd, says a press release.

Metropolitan

Police atrocities on students condemned

Different student bodies, political parties and rights organisations yesterday expressed grave concern over the attack on the students and demanded punishment to those involved in police atrocities on the campus of Dhaka University (DU).

Local govt reforms a must to bring dynamism

Local government reform is a must to bring dynamism into its overall activities, said the speakers at a conference in the city yesterday.

Experts worried at increasing HIV cases among IDUs

Expensive treatment, increasing inequality, social stigma and a weak human rights regime were identified as challenges to combating HIV/AIDS on the third day of a mega conference in Colombo yesterday.

Tobacco kills 57,000 people a year

Every year tobacco causes death to 57,000 people and disables further 3.82 lakh in the country, speakers at the inaugural session of a three-day inter regional meeting said yesterday.

Housewife arrested for torturing two domestic helps

A housewife was arrested for allegedly torturing her two minor domestic helps at Pallabi in the city on Monday night.

More relief, donations for flood victims

Relief distribution programme continues in different flood-hit areas while different non-government and socio-political organisations have come forward to help the flood victims.

4 killed in road accidents

Four people, including a schoolboy, were killed and two others injured in different road accidents in Satkhira, Gaibandha, Dinajpur and Chandpur yesterday.

KCC executive engr suspended

Khulna City Corporation (KCC) Mayor Sheikh Tayebur Rahman has suspended Executive Engineer (Mechanical Section) Md Abdul Aziz for alleged misappropriation of KCC funds.

Stop filing conspiratorial cases: Sardar Amjad

Awami League (AL) leader and former minister Sardar Amjad Hossain yesterday called for stopping filing of 'false' and 'conspiratorial' cases against him and other party leaders.

Verdict in extortion case against Minu Sunday

The verdict in the extortion case filed against Rajshahi City Corporation Mayor Mizanur Rahman Minu and 10 others will be delivered on Sunday.

VoIP equipment worth Tk 5 lakh seized in Narayanganj

A team of Detective Branch (DB) of police seized Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) devices worth around Tk 5 lakh from a flat at Balurhat in Narayanganj yesterday.

HC resumes hearing on Hasina's petition

The rule hearing on the petition filed by Awami League President Sheikh Hasina seeking quashment of the charges of misappropriating public money through purchasing MiG fighter jet resumed at the High Court yesterday.

16 shops burn down in Bogra

At least 16 shops were gutted in a fire that broke out at Dr Habibur Rahman market at Sariakandi in Bogra yesterday.

National

Patuakhali town protection project approved finally

The Planning Commission has finally approved the Patuakhali town protection project, 12 years after it was submitted.

Villagers join hands as appeals to govt ignored

Villagers from 12 unions in Tala upazila are doing a great job voluntarily. They are removing silt from Kobadak riverbed to free the area from persistent water-logging as repeated appeals to dredge the river to remove the problem were ignored by authorities.

ACC detects anomaly in wealth statement of ex-AL MP Rafiqul

An Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) task force yesterday detected anomaly in wealth statement of detained former Awami League (AL) lawmaker Rafiqul Anwar.

Jessore Jute Industries awaits the final whistle

The state-owned Jessore Jute Industries (JJI) is also on verge of closure as authorities have started issuing termination notices.

'No alternative to Hasina's leadership for AL',

There is no alternative to Sheikh Hasina's leadership to materialise the dream of Bangabadhu Shiekh Mujibar Rahman and Awami League leaders and workers will have to work together for that, said former lawmaker Ashiqur Rahman.

Relief CI sheets recovered in Chandpur

Police yesterday recovered a bundle of government CI sheets meant for relief and arrested a young man named Mohammad Selim from Bodarpur village in Faridganj upazila, police said.

5 sued in Pabna for blocking highway

Pabna Sadar Police yesterday filed a case against five farmers here for barricading the Pabna-Rajshahi highway on Monday demanding fertiliser.

ACC to probe case against Sarail cops

The police authorities yesterday shifted the pistol missing case of Sarail Police Station to the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) here.

Letters

Our cricket

While the cricket authorities search for a coach, the turbulent phase of the national cricket team continues. Being an ardent fan of cricket since Akram Khan's men trounced Kenya in the ICC trophy final, I want to express my opinions.

Language of indigenous people

I would request the CTG to give these indigenous people the right to learn their own mother language. We experienced the same suppression in Pakistan. And most important is to give the civil rights to all second and third generation people living in Bangladesh as refugees. It is inhuman and a violation of international law to deny it. Bangladesh is a country where we should live together side by side in peace, it does not matter which religion-Islam/Hinduism/Buddhism/Christianity--or which colour or which race we belong to. We are human beings! We have to have patience and tolerance.

Demolishing tall buildings

I have recently read some news regarding Rajuk and the Civil Aviation Authority's plans of demolishing the top floors of 28 high rise buildings in Karwanbazar and Panthapath. Some of the buildings even house offices of important companies like WASA and Petrobangla. I believe that destroying Bangladeshi assets worth hundreds of crores just to clear way for the Not-So -Busy old airport will be totally irresponsible on the government's part. The old airport which should be abandoned sooner or later must not be given such priority, instead, it would be wiser to focus on building an alternative landing zone outside the city.

Disaster preparedness

Bangladesh is in the grip of unprecedented floods, perhaps the worst in recorded history. We usually have high floods in mid August and the government was caught unawares when the floods came in early. Two of the advisers admitted that they were not sufficiently prepared for the floods. Things would not be different even if the floods came in September. My question is, a huge amount of money was spent in the name of disaster preparedness. Hundreds of bureaucrats and a huge number of medical personnel under the supervision of the health ministry/BMA underwent training and workshops to tackle such adverse circumstances. Many of them were sent abroad on this pretext. Millions of taka was spent so that they could come of some use under such circumstances.

Registration of mobile phone

Recently the govt. introduced the policy of registering the mobile phone users. It is always better late than never. But it seems to be a huge task on the part of the cell phone operators to complete the work correctly. By now the number of cell phone users has reached more that twenty millions. The illiterate public will definitely find it difficult to collect all the information required and the arduous task to fill in the registration form. Registration will for sure help identify the criminal and fraudulent activities. But the mobile phone operators can get the information in the same way they collect bills from the users. More so, the new rules can be introduced in case of new purchasers, while the information of the old users who already purchased the mobile sets may be collected by mobile phone operators using the simplest procedure. In the mean time, the govt. should keep an eye so that a group does not come out with the ulterior motive of making money, exploiting the illiterate people.

Library

Education is the process by which our mind develops through formal learning at an institution like school, college or university. Education is the harmonious development of the body, mind and soul. It helps us to know about freedom of learning, thinking and speaking.

Political leaders

It's amazing how top political leaders in Bangladesh can get away with anything and everything.

Surprise!

Surprise, surprise! He is the man who would decry the culture of not paying tax. And she is the woman who would sit at the helm of the government and run the country with taxpayers' money.

Share market

People are using small volumes to promote and advance the share prices of their choice. The SEC has initiated new rules and that has cut down the volume of all shares. Only large investors supported by the SEC can advance the prices of their preferred shares.

Why cry for them?

Reading the article entitled "If this government fails" by Mozammel H. Khan, one would wonders whether Mr. Khan's organisation is actually meant for human rights and democracy in Bangladesh or for upholding the interest of Sheikh Hasina. If human rights are the central issue, then the protest should have come over the first arrest made by this government without a court order. If we applaud the other arrests on similar charges, then on what ground we ask for different treatment to Sheikh Hasina (or for that matter Khaleda Zia)?

CU ambulance

Chittagong University is one of the biggest universities in the country. But it is beset with so many problems. We are astonished to see that the university ambulance is used for different purposes.

A foreigner's experience

I write as a foreigner in Bangladesh who is treated as a complete fool. Both in Dhaka and the districts. I stay in three-star hotels that have sophisticated IT systems yet cannot manage hot water! The lies I am told are unbelievable.

CTG and fading hopes

We appreciate the caretaker government's activities. But how long will we support them? They sent many corrupt people to jail; they are processing the separation of judiciary, reforming the EC, reforming the PSC and trying to force reform in our political parties.

Biman grounded

I am a Bangladeshi Canadian and has been living in Toronto since 2002 with my family. I sponsored my father and brother and eventually they got immigration after three years. On 13 August, they were scheduled to come to Toronto by Biman but it is very regrettable that Biman changed their schedule 3/4 times and my 73 years old father has been suffering physically & mentally. They have been waiting in a hotel in Uttara to get a chance to come to Toronto via London.

An appeal

It is pointless, perhaps, to talk about the issue of a fertilizer factory when the whole country is inundated due to severe floods. However, on 11 August, the Ghorashal Fertilizer Factory caught fire at around 3:45 at night. The factory which has a capacity of producing 1000 metric ton urea daily is now unproductive for an indefinite period due to that fire. The rumour is now in the air that it will be laid off.

Telephone user's woes

My telephone no-9000828 is out of order since July 22, 2007 due to theft of cables. I have repeatedly asked the camp office, Kallyanpur & DE office, Mirpur about this problem. But the telephone connection is yet to be restored.

Postal savings

Relentless whipping of hapless postal savers by slapping extra levies and cuts by all governments only bespeak of their flagrant violation of promises given earlier (not to be aggressive on cuts) while alluring middle class savers. We know the government draws heavily from our postal savings on a regular basis. These postal savers are mostly govt. pensioners and retired private employees who, at the fag end of their lives, scrape modest payoffs from their employment and other flimsy sources and deposit them to a safer place to run their families in this rip-off city. This is such a heart-breaking experience to see their interest money wither in excessive 'taxes' currently (10% extra levy), while the mighty and the rich get away unscathed in many other places!

Who will take care of them?

On the way to my office I saw thousands of people in the queue outside Sonargaon Hotel. They have to stand on the footpath throughout the day under direct sunlight or rain. Sometimes they get their tickets okayed and sometimes they have to come on the following day. They are working in Saudi Arabia, they are not very literate but they might be skilled workers. They are earning foreign currency for our country. They have to sacrifice their family life year after year for the same.

Rangs Bhaban

We were waiting anxiously holding our breath to see the fate of the Rangs Bhaban.

Payment of gratuity

The hon'ble chief adviser's initiative in delivering the pension to a widow 30 yrs after her husband's death is most admirable and praiseworthy. If the hon'ble CA had not taken this benevolent step, neither the widow nor her dependents would have ever received the money.

Stop smoking

Every year more than one crore taka is burnt through smoking!

Power project priorities

Sharier Khan's write-up on the issue (August 13) discusses the order in which the Meghnaghat-3 and Sirajganj 450MW power plant proposals as well as the new Bibiyana 450MW proposal is being handled by the IFC and ADB for approval. It seems that the lenders are more in favour of processing the Bibiyana proposal first, as gas is readily available for it.

Jamaat's views

I am saddened by a recent report published in newspapers where a Jamaat leader approved declaring Bangabandhu as the architect of Bangladesh but not the father of the nation. Well, this is the same Jamaat, which opposed the independence of Bangladesh and supported the killing of so many Bengalis and raping of so many of our mothers and sisters. Now they are trying to decide (at least partially) who will be the father of the nation and how we treat our father of the nation.

International

Wave of violence kills 24 in Afghanistan

At least 24 people including two police officers were killed in clashes as fresh violence swept through insurgency-hit Afghanistan, officials said yesterday.

Delhi grapples with US nuclear deal gridlock

A nuclear cooperation accord between India and the United States was billed as historic for bringing New Delhi into the nuclear fold and delivering energy security, but it may now threaten the Indian government.

Nepal govt moves to seize king's assets

Nepal's government Monday took a key step towards nationalising property belonging to the embattled royal family by creating a panel that will study how to seize the assets, a minister said.

Pakistan uncovers terror cell plotting Islamabad attack

Pakistan said yesterday it had uncovered a network of extremists involved in planning and carrying out suicide attacks in the capital Islamabad.

Hurricane Dean slams into Mexico

Hurricane Dean slammed into the Caribbean coast of Mexico yesterday as a roaring Category 5 hurricane, the most intense Atlantic storm to make landfall in two decades. It lashed ancient Mayan ruins and headed for the modern oil installations of the Yucatan Peninsula.

Syria presses Iraq on US pullout

Iraq should set a timetable for the withdrawal of foreign troops, Syria said Monday at the start of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's first official visit to Damascus.

Indian 'terror' doctor wins Australian visa case

An Australian court ruled yesterday that authorities were wrong to revoke the visa of an Indian doctor linked to failed British terror attacks, but the government said it was still suspicious of him.

Bus crash kills 29 in Pakistan

A passenger bus plunged off a mountain road into a river bank in northern Pakistan on Monday, killing 29 people and injuring 10 others, the military said.

US military looks to reduce role in Iraq

US military officials are narrowing the range of Iraq strategy options and appear to be focusing on reducing the US combat role in 2008 while increasing training of Iraqi forces, a senior military official told The Associated Press on Monday.

Arts & Entertainment

Curiosities in metal and fibre glass

Twenty-five year old Tejosh Halder Josh is having an exhibition of his sculptures, titled “Dual Contraction”, at Bengal Gallery.

Anti-corruption awareness programme at Shilpakala

As part of its motivational programmes against corruption and social injustice titled Samayer Proyojoney, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) arranged an event at National Theatre Stage on August 21. This was the fourth session of the Samayer Proyojoney series. The programme featured discussion and puppet theatre.

Bangladesh Performing Media Centre honours six prominent artistes

Six prominent cultural personalities were honoured by Bangladesh Performing Media Centre at their 60th monthly musical soiree held on August 20 at National Museum Auditorium.

“Toraye Bandha Ghorar Dim”: Special show for flood victims

Cultural organisation Tonatuni and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy will jointly stage Tonatuni's much popular production, Toraye Bandha Ghorar Dim (based on Satyajit Ray's work) at National Theatre Stage, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy at 7:15pm on August 24, says a press release.

Drama serial "Lukochuri" on Rtv tonight

Lukochuri, a psychological thriller series directed by Dipankar Dipon will be aired on Rtv on August 22 at 9:20 pm.

Concert to raise funds for immunisation

Dhaka Sheraton Hotel, in association with ntv, will organise a fundraising event for the benefit of children on August 23 at the Winter Garden, says a press release.

Concert featuring Bombay Vikings and Artcell for flood victims

Indian band Bombay Vikings and Bangladeshi band Artcell will be performing live at the Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre tomorrow at 7:00pm, says a press release.

OP-ED

My Lord, we beg you to act

In his recent commentary (“My Lord, We Beg to Differ,” Aug 13), Mr. Mahfuz Azam respectfully disagreed with the honourable chief justice that the Supreme Court in the past had always served the nation in times of crisis. He cited a few examples, and there are also other such examples. For instance, when Justice MA Aziz was appointed the chief election commissioner in 2005, the appointment was challenged on constitutional grounds. After it issued a rule, the relevant High Court bench's authority to hear writs was revoked, as a result of which the case was never heard.

Planned dependency

Once two traveler friends reached a country full of peace and tranquility. They decided to settle there. But the wise one opposed the idea when they found price of oil and ghee to be the same. He warned his friend that it was not prudent to live in a country where price of oil and ghee was equal. He insisted on leaving the country immediately, but his friend stayed back there to eat ghee at cheaper price. As the price of ghee and oil was same, he started to take ghee instead of oil and shortly he became a fat man.

Star City

Safety measures ignored in high-rise demolition

The authorities have ignored fundamental safety precautions in demolishing the 22-storey Rangs Bhaban in the city, said top engineers and experts.

Zoo badly needs more animal caretakers, other staff

Dhaka zoo, one of the most favourite recreational spots of the city's middle-income group is facing acute manpower shortage seriously hindering activities at the facility, said zoo officials.

Gulshan South Park finally to become a public park

Gulshan South Park, at long last, is going to be turned into a public park by Dhaka City Corporation (DCC).

Wasa drive fails to widen mouth of Ibrahimpur canal

Widening the Ibrahimpur canal has failed to check waterlogging in the area as the canal's north end remains too narrow to discharge added rainwater.

Steps to arrest price hike ahead of Ramadan

City dwellers may find some respite from the wild price spiral of essentials in the holy month of Ramadan as the authorities have decided to set up more “fair price” outlets throughout the city.

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Excessive rains bring worry for tea producers

Although production of tea is likely to fall short of the target this season, gardeners and traders may feel encouraged by the continued rise of tea consumption, demand and sale in the market.

Ananya, new project of CDA, to tackle housing needs

To cater for the need for housing, the Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) has started implementing a new project, Ananya Residential Area, in the city's Kulgaon area at a cost of around Tk 300 crore.



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