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Khaleda, Koko sued

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) last night filed its first graft case against former prime minister Khaleda Zia, her younger son Arafat Rahman Koko and 11 others.

Tk 3cr graft case against Hasina

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday sued detained former prime minister and Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina and six prominent personalities in a Tk 3 crore graft case.

Ban on indoor politics needs to be specified

In view of the ongoing political activities, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda yesterday said there should be clear guidelines about which activities are within or outside the purview of the ban on indoor politics.

Wife of Mirza Abbas jailed for 16yrs

Afroza Abbas, wife of detained former housing and public works minister Mirza Abbas, was sentenced to 16 years' imprisonment yesterday in two tax evasion cases.

Over 100 flawed PSI certification detected

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has uncovered more than one hundred flawed pre-shipment inspection (PSI) certificates that could have cost the government over Tk 50 crore in lost revenue.

Divided opinions delay coal policy finalisation

The task of the new committee on finalising the coal policy is being delayed due to wide difference of opinions among its members over various issues, including the method of mining.

Barkatullah Bulu, wife sued for Tk 1.15cr extortion

The owner of a construction firm yesterday filed a criminal case against former commerce adviser and Bangladesh Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal president Barkatullah Bulu, his wife Shamima Akhter and two others for extorting Tk 1.15 crore from him in 2005.

Hasina owns Tk 3.1cr assets

Detained Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina turned in her wealth statement to the jail authorities yesterday, showing about Tk 3.10 crore in assets, her lawyer said.

DU teachers were sincere in resolving crisis

Head of the judicial probe commission for investigating the recent violence on Dhaka University (DU) campus Justice Habibur Rahman Khan believes that the university teachers had been sincere in resolving the problem at its outset.

Tk 854cr undeclared money legalised

Some 6,136 people have legalised Tk 854 crore in undeclared legal income paying Tk 145 crore as tax in the first month of the extended period of the amnesty declared by the National Board of Revenue (NBR).

Charges pressed against 20 including teachers

Police pressed charges against 20 people including eight Rajshahi University (RU) teachers, and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) in two cases yesterday.

84 election officers fail competency test

Eighty-four upazila election officers, appointed by the Public Service Commission (PSC) during the tenure of the BNP-led coalition government, will lose their jobs for failing an exam held to prove their quality for the task.

CG successes held back by cropping problems: Mainul

Problems cropping up in different sectors are holding back expected achievements of this caretaker government, Law Adviser Barrister Mainul Hosein said yesterday.

Man dies at DMCH after alleged torture

A 45-year-old fruit vendor succumbed to his injuries at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday morning, due to alleged torture by law enforcers.

BDR opens 100 fair price shops today

As part of BDR's efforts to contain price spike of essentials during Ramadan, about 100 fair-price outlets begin operation in the capital today.

Govt plans VGF programme for 29 dists

The government has planned to extend vulnerable group feeding (VGF) programme to another 29 districts soon in addition to 12 districts already under the scheme.

Polls to be held as per schedule

Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Sarwar Jahan Nizam yesterday said the next national election would be held as per the announced schedule.

200 Bangladeshi workers stranded at KL airport

Around 200 Bangladeshi workers have been stranded, without money or food, in Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) -- some for a week, others for nearly three weeks.

EC to provide €2.5m as flood aid

The European Commission will provide €2.5 million in emergency aid for the flood-affected people in Bangladesh.

BNP won't sit for talks if ban exists

Brig Gen (retd) Hannan Shah, adviser to BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, yesterday reiterated that his party would not participate in dialogue on electoral reforms with the election commission (EC) if the ban on indoor politics is not lifted.

Intel chief due today

Chairman of US-based computer firm Intel Corporation Craig R Barrett will arrive in Dhaka tomorrow in his first visit to Bangladesh.

Wasa demolishes illegal structures on Hazaribagh canal

Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) demolished illegal structures on the Hazaribagh canal yesterday.

Benazir return vow deepens Pak crisis

Pakistan's political crisis deepened yesterday after exiled former prime minister Benazir Bhutto vowed to return home having failed to reach a power-sharing deal with President Pervez Musharraf.

Lebanese army kills 28 militants

Lebanese troops killed 28 al-Qaeda-inspired militants and captured 15 others in a massive gunfight yesterday after they broke out of a northern Palestinian refugee camp devastated by over three months of fighting, a senior security official said.

Iran reaches uranium centrifuge goal

Iran has reached its long-sought goal of running 3,000 centrifuges to enrich uranium for its nuclear programme, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced yesterday, in a report on state media.

Iraq PM hits back at his critics

Iraq's beleaguered prime minister accused his American critics yesterday of underestimating how hard it is to rebuild his country and failing to appreciate his government's achievements "such as stopping the civil and sectarian war."


Campus police

Against the backdrop of the recent violence spurred on by an incident in Dhaka University, the government is reportedly contemplating formation of campus police in the higher educational institutions of the country.

Autonomy for BTV

It is good news that the caretaker government is taking measures to provide autonomy to the only state-run television channel Bangladesh Television (BTV), thereby presaging the end of the government's hold on it. The sea change will come through necessary amendments in line with the recommendations of the commission formed by the Awami League government in 1996. It will also be based on a review of the existing law -- the Bangladesh Television Authority Act (BTA) 2001.

In quest of an enduring civil order

Pakistan's late Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, the whiz kid of Ayub Khan's first Martial Law cabinet was out and out a product of the establishment. He rose to become the country's youngest foreign minister under the direct patronage of his military boss. Even when he floated his Pakistan People's party, and during the crises of 1971, he was known to be hobnobbing with the generals.

Clues in candlelight

The decisive moment in Indian politics comes not when leaders believe that they have convinced the electorate but when they are certain that they have convinced themselves.

Ryuhei Kawada and his lonely crusade

It is indeed very hard to imagine how a ten-year old boy would react if he was told that he has been infected with HIV since his early childhood and his infection might take the form of AIDS, making his already complicated life more difficult to sustain. For a ten-year old boy, we presume there is not much difference between HIV and AIDS, and also between the thin line of separation that childhood understanding puts between life and death. For life, in reality, is yet to take a head start for him, that would eventually take him to the uncharted waters of the real world where many of our childhood dreams get easily shattered.


Stars blitz

If a galaxy comes down to earth, people are bound to be bewildered.

AB Bank feels lucky

It was even hard to believe for the company itself that such a small amount of money enabled them to be a proud sponsor of Bangladesh national cricket team for the coming ICC Twenty20 World Championship to be held in South Africa.

Tigers go down fighting

Nazimuddin toyed with the Pakistani attack but his spectacular 81 could not ensure a win as Bangladesh went down by 30 runs in their second match of the four-nation Twenty20 competition at the Nairobi Gymkhana ground yesterday.

Bangladesh play SL today

Bangladesh will look for revenge when they take on Sri Lanka in the 7th Asia Cup hockey today at the Radhakirshan Stadium in Chennai.

Good start for Academy

Wicketkeeper batsman Dhiman Gosh slammed an unbeaten century as the visiting BCB National Cricket Academy (NCA) made a flying start in the Crocodile Cup three-day match against Tasmania at the University ground yesterday.

India pile up 324

Yuvraj Singh was one of four Indian batsmen who made fifty as India piled up 324 for six against England in the fifth one-day international at Headingley here on Sunday.

Captain Dhoni speaks

Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said he will need to balance caution and aggression when he leads India in the Twenty20 World Championship.

Tendulkar epic soon

Sachin Tendulkar has been appointed ambassador for the Manchester United Opus in India and the publishers are planning a similar epic about the Indian batting great.

Spat doesn't stop Reds

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has admitted that he has fallen out with his assistant Paco Ayestaran but vowed that the boot-room bust-up will not interfere with the club's quest for their first title since 1990.

Liverpool at the summit

Liverpool brandished their credentials as potential Premiership champions with a 6-0 thrashing of Derby that sent them to the top of the league for the first time in five years on Saturday.

Sharapova stunned

Pay no attention to what Maria Sharapova said after her U.S. Open title defense came to an end Saturday.

Zlatan shows his worth

Swedish international striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored both goals as champions Inter Milan beat Empoli 2-0 on Saturday to go top of Serie A.

Arsenal turn on style

Arsenal turned on the style to beat Portsmouth 3-1 on Sunday and underline why Arsene Wenger believes he can succeed without help from any Russian billionaires.

Eto'o out for two months

Barcelona confirmed on Saturday that injury-plagued striker Samuel Eto'o will be out of action for two months following successful surgery on his injured leg.

'MU not for sale'

Manchester United's owners, the Glazer family, on Sunday moved to dispel rumours the club could be sold to overseas investors.

Lagat runs into history

Bernard Lagat Sunday made history by becoming the first man to win both the 5,000m and 1,500m world titles, as Jeremy Wariner and Allyson Felix added more gold to their bulging collections.

Uganda stun Kenya

Uganda stunned hosts Kenya to claim a thrilling two-wicket win in the third match of the Twenty20 Quadrangular tournament at Nairobi.

Hall does the inevitable

Andrew Hall, the leading South African wicket-taker at the World Cup this year, has joined the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL).

Martyn joins rebel league

Damien Martyn, the former Australia batsman, has signed for the breakaway Indian Cricket League, according to Australia's Daily Telegraph newspaper on Sunday.

Ramgarh into semis in style

Four goals from Sujon and Saiful's hattrick was enough to put Ramgarh to the semifinals of the DC Gold Cup Football competition after they thrashed Laxmichhari 8-0 at the Khagrachhari Stadium here yesterday.

Bremen back in business

Finnish defender Petri Pasanen's second-half free-kick sealed a 2-1 win for Werder Bremen over Eintracht Frankfurt to catapault his side up the Bundesliga table on Saturday.

Owen gives double tonic

Michael Owen gave watching England boss Steve McClaren and the Newcastle fans exactly what they wanted with a late winner against Wigan at St James' Park on Saturday.

Becks slams MLS critics

Footballer David Beckham hit out at claims that his Los Angeles Galaxy side was "a pub team" and that the Major League Soccer was "a Mickey Mouse league", in an interview published Sunday.

Lyon fighting back

Champions Lyon's inconsistent start to the season continued Saturday but they showed title-winning fighting spirit to charge back from 2-0 down to beat Le Mans 3-2.

Saha spoils Keane return

Sir Alex Ferguson will look to Louis Saha to kick-start Manchester United's season after the French striker made a goal-scoring return following his long-term injury problems.

Ecclestone takes over QPR

Formula One bosses Flavio Briatore and Bernie Ecclestone have taken over English Championship club QPR.


Banking shares lead DSE General Index to all time high

The benchmark index, DSE General Index, of the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) hit an all time high yesterday powered by a surge of buying in the banking sector.

CAs urged to stop 'assisting' companies evade taxes

National Board Revenue (NBR) Chairman Badiur Rahman yesterday urged chartered accountants (CAs) to stop 'assisting' companies evade taxes.

Tk 3,500cr fetched from frozen food export in FY07

Bangladesh earned Tk 3,500 crore by exporting frozen food last fiscal year (2006-07), breaking all previous records.

China to narrow trade gap with Bangladesh

China would continue to extend cooperation for Bangladesh's economic development and make efforts to narrow the current trade imbalance between the two countries.

Dhaka's exports to Delhi can be raised to $1b in 3 years

Leaders of Indian-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IBCCI) yesterday said it is possible to increase exports from Bangladesh to India to one billion US dollar in three years.

New container yard opens in Ctg port

The Chittagong Port is now able to handle 65,000 more TEU containers annually with the opening of a newly-constructed container yard facility yesterday.

Eskayef focuses on GCC, Middle East drug markets

Eskayef Bangladesh Ltd, a leading pharmaceuticals manufacturer, focuses on the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) and Middle East countries as a part of its massive business expansion in international arena, says a press statement.

Pakistan date show begins

A two-day Pakistani date fair began in Dhaka yesterday.

Bank holiday tomorrow

Bangladesh Bank and all other scheduled banks will remain closed tomorrow on the occasion of Janmasthami, according to a press release.

Hotels in Kolkata on expansion spree

West Bengal seems to be gradually regaining its position as a favourite business destination. This is evident from the fact that of late there has been a significant rise in the number of business meetings, visits of trade delegations and corporate summits in the city. This has resulted in a higher occupancy rate in almost all the city hotels.

Emirates unveils Ramadan offers

Emirates Airline passengers flying to Dubai during the month of Ramadan can take advantage of accommodation-only specials, starting from as little as US$131, says a press release.

Islami Bank chairman reelected

Abu Nasser Muhammad Abduz Zaher has been reelected chairman of Islami Bank Bangladesh Ltd, says a press release.

Meghna Life declares 12pc dividend

Meghna Life Insurance Company Limited has declared a 12 percent dividend for the shareholders for the year 2006.

India to continue textile schemes

The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, on Saturday announced the continuation of two schemes for the textile industry keeping in view the keen competition faced by the sector, as he exhorted the industry to take advantage of the opportunity thrown up with the dismantling of the multi-fibre agreement (MFA) or the quota regime.

Etihad to fly to 8 new Indian destinations

Etihad Airways has set its eyes on eight cities in India for new air services from its base in Abu Dhabi. Etihad is currently constrained by an inter-government bilateral air treaty to operate just 28 flights a week from the UAE to India.

Apec meet begins

Senior officials from Pacific Rim nations began meetings Sunday as to prepare for a summit of regional leaders that will tackle trade and global warming.

Renault-Nissan to invest 1b euros in Morocco

Renault-Nissan head Carlos Ghosn on Saturday signed a deal to build an assembly plant here, with a planned investment of one billion euros (1.36 billion dollars) and final capacity of 400,000 vehicles.

Procedural simplification urged for smooth remittance

Speakers at a training course in Dhaka emphasised the need for procedural simplification to facilitate smooth remittance into the country.

Warid Telecom signs one point payment deal with Desa

Warid Telecom yesterday signed an agreement with Dhaka Electric Supply Authority (Desa) on single point payment of monthly electric bills of Warid's base stations, says a press release.


Carry out duties for a terrorism, corruption-free Bangladesh

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday urged the probationary police officers to carry out their duties as future leaders of the law enforcement agency to fulfil people's aspiration of a prosperous Bangladesh free of terrorism and corruption.

Ensure right to information to combat corruption

A two-day seminar on 'Anti-corruption policies and practices in public administration' ended at Savar on Saturday with a call for ensuring right to information to combat corruption in public administration.

Trade, economic cooperation to figure in Moscow talks

Bilateral cooperation in trade and economic as well as in cultural and educational fields will feature conspicuously during Foreign Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury's official talks with his Russian counterpart in Moscow.

Govt to update land record laws to curb harassment

The government will take an initiative to update laws relating to land records and land survey system in order to curb harassment of the people, Land Adviser Mainul Hosein said yesterday.

Govt to request judicial service to include it in training module

The government is likely to request the judicial service to include corporate governance in their training module to derive optimum result from it.

11 killed in road accidents

At least 11 people were killed and 10 others injured in separate road accidents in Munshiganj, Barisal, Satkhira, Pabna, Chandpur and Kishoreganj yesterday and on Saturday night.

Abul Mansur Ahmad's 109th anniversary of birth today

The 109th birth anniversary of Abul Mansur Ahmad, a renowned litterateur, journalist and statesman of the sub-continent, will be observed today, says a press release.

Call for intensive dialogue on Indo-Bangla water cooperation

Speakers at a dialogue yesterday called for initiating continued intensive inter-active multi-stakeholder dialogues to improve water-related cooperation in the Indo-Bangladesh region to help sustainable development and millennium development goals.

Ex-BNP lawmaker Dr Akbar, his wife sued

A case has been lodged against former BNP lawmaker Dr M Akbar Ali, his wife Momena Ali and eleven other BNP activists for extortion.

Army chief receives donations for flood victims

Army Chief General Moeen U Ahmed yesterday received donations for the flood-affected people from individuals and various organisations at the Banquet Hall of Army Headquarters in Dhaka Cantonment.

Tk 4.96 cr IRW relief for flood victims

Responding to the current floods in Bangladesh, Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW), an international NGO based in the UK, has given immediate aid of Tk 4.96 crore, providing food, agricultural seeds and shelters for more than 23,000 families in worst-affected districts, says a press release.

Police to discuss incidents with teachers of Titumir College

The principal and some senior teachers of Titumir University College have been requested to come to Gulshan Police Station today to discuss the August 22 student violence around the college campus.

Seminar to improve border security, management begins

A four-day seminar on 'Improving Bangladesh's Border Security and Management' began at Radius Conference Centre in the city yesterday, says a press release.

Community policing by '08

Speakers at a consultation programme yesterday stressed on collecting the views of different communities, especially the vulnerable ones, before finalising the draft police reform programme (PRP) to make it successful, sustainable and people-friendly.

Woman held for filing false case

A woman was arrested in Narayanganj yesterday for filing a false case back in January.

Bangabandhu Sainik League president, his 2 sons arrested

Police yesterday arrested SM Kamrul Alam Mintu, president of the city unit of Bangabandhu Sainik League, from his residence at Boyra College Road.

Call to fully ratify Cedaw

Speakers at a discussion yesterday called on the government to fully ratify and implement the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women (Cedaw) with a view to promoting women's rights in the country.

NSU becomes champion in Citi Financial Quiz Competition

North South University (NSU) emerged as champion in the Citi Financial Quiz Competition-2007 yesterday.

More relief for flood victims

Different organisations continue to distribute relief among the flood victims across the country yesterday.

Quran Foundation team meets president

A seven-member delegation of Huffazul Quran Foundation, Bangladesh called on President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban yesterday.

Accused in double murder case arrested

Narayanganj police arrested an accused in robbery and double murder case from a remote area of Madaripur district yesterday.

New passport office opens in Narayanganj

A passport office has been opened in Narayanganj yesterday in order to reduce the plight of the passport applicants in the district.


10 top outlaws still run parties in southwestern region

Law enforcing agencies are yet to arrest any of the 10 'top' listed leaders of outlawed parties and gang groups active in southwestern districts. They are still active in Kushtia, Meherpur, Chuadanga, Pabna, Rajbari and Jhenidah districtscollecting toll and doing other crimes, sources said.

No step yet to re-settle 140 families living on hill slopes

Khagrachhari Hill District Council (KHDC) is yet to take any initiative to re-settle the 140 families identified as vulnerable to landslides. They live on slopes of hills by building houses on grabbed government lands in at least 10 areas in Khagrachhari Sadar upazila.

Two national highways threatened by Karatoa erosion in Gaibandha

Two national highways connecting Rangpur and Dinajpur with the capital are threatened due to massive erosion by Karatoa river about three kilometers off Gobindaganj upazila headquarters. The river has taken a U shape there within a span of three kilometers there.

Youths for patients

An initiative by a youth at a remote village in Jhenidah now saves file. The blood donation club set up by Amirul Islam at Monohorpur village donates over 200 bags of blood to patients in different areas.

Media role vital to check AIDS

Speakers at a workshop here yesterday underscored the role of media in creating mass awareness about the deadly disease of AIDS/ HIV.

Transport leader held in Tangail

Tangail Bus Owners' Association general secretary Abdur Rouf Khan Sondesh has been arrested from his house here on charge of extortion.

Two women rescued from traffickers

Two young women have been rescued from the traffickers while being trafficked to India, police said.

Ruet founding day observed

The fourth founding anniversary of Rajshahi Engineering and Technology University (Ruet) was celebrated in Rajshahi yesterday.

BNP leader held in Kishoreganj

A BNP leader has been arrested from Goital area here on various charges.

7 opera artistes arrested at Bagmara

Bagmara police have arrested seven opera artistes on charge of staging opera without prior permission of police during a period of the state of emergency.

2 drown in Sirajganj

Two people including a child drowned in floodwaters as a boat capsized in Bashkhali area here yesterday.


Eliminate corruption

Bangladesh has, in recent years, been categorised as the most corrupt nation in the world by reports of various donor agencies. While we may disagree with the validity of the assessments and question the methods used for reaching such a conclusion, there is no denying that corruption is a serious problem that needs to be addressed. It is also beyond dispute that corruption is the main reason for which Bangladesh has been unable to achieve its expected level of development. It is of prime importance that the issue of corruption is addressed with an iron hand in order to attain a faster rate of economic development.

Gender based discrimination

Many analysts, researchers, development professionals have stated that levels of economic development, growth are lower in the countries where gender based discrimination, inequalities, violence occur frequently. Such perceptions are inaccurate. Women are also assaulted in developed countries and South Asian states such as India, Pakistan are more stable and prosperous than Bangladesh.

Garments sector

Nothing can be more alarming than this poor state of the garments sector. We lost our historically vibrant jute sector due to the immature political decision of nationalisation and mismanagement and now again we are heading for the similar consequence due to the misdeeds of the visionless politicians, who hardly cared for national interest. The relentless and vigorous hard work of the entrepreneurs took the garments sector to the pinnacle of achievement in the presence of stiff competitors like our immediate neighbour and others in South-East Asia. “Survival for the Fittest” being the order of the day, we have started lagging behind due to self-created conditions and unstable state of our national affairs.

Help the flood victims

It comes as an urgent call when the world must come together as one There are people dying , its time to give a hand by providing food, medication and financial support. Millions of people are affected by the devastating floods.

Rajuk's plan

I am a resident of Road no 30, Gulshan 1. Recently, the caretaker government took a good initiative of protecting the Gulshan Lake by erecting walking pathways on both sides of the lake. Accordingly, the work has started on Gulshan 1 Lake from next to Warid Telecom Office up to the Mohakhali Road on both sides of the lake.

Students in China

Students in China once played an important role. It has gone down in history as the May 4 Movement.

Professional bankruptcy?

Sadia Hassan's essay on the subject (Aug;20) provokes interesting thoughts. Quoting the writer "Our bureaucracy siphons off millions of taka through mismanagement(?) and corruption of "Locally Raised Fund" popularly known as LR funds. These funds have been kept outside the purview of audit to breed corruption". These few lines underline rich layers of gold: through proper bureaucratic channels!

DU violence

I am saddened to find our students in pain and anger. I cannot respect or accept any external forces interfering in any academic environment. I have spent 33 years at different universities in Europe, the US and Japan, and I have never found students being exploited by the politicians, to destroy public properties or to express their anger and dissatisfaction.

Submarine cable

It's quite unfortunate that despite repeated breakdown of submarine link, the BTTB is paying less attention to creating a backup connectivity. After the much awaited launching of the submarine link, most of the ISPs have withdrawn the satellite link. As a result, when the submarine cables goes down, most of the users in Bangladesh are deprived of using the Internet. It not only affects the home users but also affects the businesses as all the business houses rely fully on the Internet to carry on their day to day activities.

Where are those people?

Our CTG is cleaning the atmosphere by punishing and eliminating a few corrupt men.


A "citizen's comment was printed in the letters column of a local English daily on 19 August. His proposal for the Biman Board of Directors was better than the all secretary based board prepared by GoB (possibly engineered by the secretaries' informal back scratching forum serving their interests). Otherwise, with a professional board, every decision will be stuck up in a secretary's desk till the incumbent and his extended family get free return tickets by Biman. Considering this to be the standard operating practice; do the people have a choice?

In response....

I found "Adivasis in trouble" in the letters to the editor page. In this letter it was mentioned that the Forest Department people are destroying the beauty of Madhupur forest by eliminating banana and pineapple orchards. Is it a true statement? Do you think that these banana and pineapple orchards are the beauty of Madhupur forests or are they black spots?

The sleeping Tiger?

Regarding the 'independence' of India and Pakistan, I have to mention that 'undivided' India or Bharat was always independent and had outstanding economic, academic and cultural excellence until the 'British traders' arrived. After the British finished 'trading and ruling', the foundation was laid not for two but three countries: India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Unfortunately, Bangladesh became abandoned at birth although once Bengal was one of the richest regions on earth. Today the European colonialists once racing to grab the Indian resources are united under 'EU'.

Renaming the frigate

We are really shocked that the navy frigate named after Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib was renamed as Khalid bin Walid. The past BNP government, out of their jealousy and malice against Bangabandhu, let the frigate remain as a lame duck for long five years. The BNP withdrew the word Bangabandhu from the name of Bangabandhu Jamuna Bridge and did also remove his picture from the currency. The BNP as we found, instead of showing Bangabandhu the due respect, did relentlessly try to dwarf him or obliterate him from the history of hour liberation from Pakistani occupation. They wanted to install their leader Ziaur Rahman in Bangabanhu Sheikh Mujib's place.

America and oil

We are confused and are not sanguine about the aims, objectives and activities of World Bank and IMF.

CTG's job

The CTG's problems seem to mount every day as the latest issue of concern for the incumbent government was the countrywide student protests. These students, including the professors and lecturers of respective universities, were demanding withdrawal of the state of emergency. In addition, the present caretaker government also has to bear the brunt of floods because as the floods die down, the already high-prices of daily essentials will further skyrocket due to the adverse supply situation which is likely to continue. Hence the public's agitation will further rise as prices of essentials will continue to show an upward trend and eventually criticism of the CTG will also rise. The rehabilitation of these homeless flood-affected people needs proper attention as the govt. has to rebuild their destroyed homes. To make matters worse, uncertainty looms over the future of the elections as ban on indoor politics has not been lifted yet. The closure of jute mills is another negative point of the CTG as the workers of these mills are yet to receive their arrear wages and their future look bleak. Eventually, conditions such as these can provoke social unrest. Also the state of emergency has caused decline in business and FDIs might reduce as political uncertainty can result in MNCs refusing to invest in Bangladesh. So, gradually people's faith in the CTG seems to be fading.

CTG and politicians

I could not convince myself about the government's measures that it adopted after it had taken over power in January. All they have done so far is criticising the politicians in the name of eliminating corruption, although they overlooked the fact that Bangladesh politics has been dominated by the army which ruled the country for decades. The government's journey started with arresting the most corrupt, however, the intensity of their drive slowed down later.


Lanka takes Sea Tiger base after fighting

Sri Lanka said Sunday that troops captured a Tamil Tiger naval base during a weekend advance into rebel-held territory that the guerrillas said killed nine civilians.

Sharif warns West against ‘blind support' for Musharraf

The West should not give "blind support" to Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and must distinguish between democracy and his "misrule", ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif told AFP Saturday.

Troops destroy Taliban compound: 25 killed

Afghan and international soldiers destroyed a Taliban headquarters in an operation just outside Kandahar city Sunday that killed an estimated 25 rebels, the US-led coalition said.

Pro-Taliban militants claim abduction of 150 Pak soldiers

Pro-Taliban militants said yesterday they had abducted scores of Pakistani soldiers, demanding the withdrawal of troops from tribal areas near the Afghan border in exchange for their release.

Manhunt for dissidents in Myanmar

Myanmar's junta has stepped up a manhunt for pro-democracy activists after a rare string of protests, raiding homes and subjecting citizens to arbitrary searches, campaigners and residents say.

S Korea hostage deal a blow to Afghan govt

The South Korean hostage drama in Afghanistan undermined Kabul's fight against the Taliban by creating the impression that the extremists have a degree of political legitimacy, analysts say.

Freed Taliban captives return to S Korea

Nineteen South Koreans freed by Taliban insurgents after six weeks in captivity returned home to tearful embraces from loved ones yesterday, expressing sorrow for two in their group who were killed in Afghanistan and apologising to the nation.

Indian Kashmir minister survives assassination attempt

Indian Kashmir's education minister survived an assassination attempt on Sunday by Islamic militants who riddled his car with bullets outside the state's summer capital Srinagar, police said.

Advani questions PM's nuclear deal remarks

Accusing the Congress-led UPA government of compromising national security through the "flawed" Indo-US nuclear deal, senior BJP leader L K Advani on Sunday asked the Prime Minister to clarify if all the previous governments had "missed the bus" by not signing the NPT.

UK forces may move out of Iraq in Oct

British forces may move out of Iraq's Basra province early next month, handing over its control to the local army, a media report said yesterday.

Hamas barred from polls

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said yesterday that his office has published an amended electoral law that could effectively exclude rival Hamas ruling Gaza from any future polls.

2nd retired British general slams US

A second retired British general slammed the United States over its Iraq policy, saying in a newspaper interview published Sunday that it had been "fatally flawed."

Two killed in Kathmandu bomb blasts

At least two people were killed and many more injured in five bomb blasts around Kathmandu yesterday, a senior police officer said.

Clueless CBI gives up Nobel theft probe after 3 years

After over three years of investigation that drew a blank, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has finally decided to stop the probe into the theft of Rabindranath Tagore's Nobel medallion from Santiniketan, the idyll of peace and learning founded by the poet and philosopher in West Bengal.

Arts & Entertainment

Concert for flood victims

The youth brand of Grameenphone, djuice, in association with BAMBA (Bangladesh Musical Bands Association) organised a concert at Gulshan Youth Club, Dhaka, on September 1.

Theatre festival in aid of flood victims

French dramatist Moliere's play The Bourgeois Gentleman deals with the eternal question: what is more important to a human being -- his ancestry and social status or humane qualities? The Bourgeois Gentleman satires those who after becoming rich desire to be the part of the fashionable elite by resorting to hypocrisy and social pretensions.

Rahat Ara Giti 's passion for Nazrul songs

Born and raised in a culturally oriented family, Rahat Ara Giti's passion for music began at an early age. She used to wake up every morning to her father, Nazrul exponent Sohrab Hossain, doing reyaaz. At the age of 10 she started taking classical music lessons from her father. Later, she trained under late Narayan Chandra Basak and M.A. Mannan. She also completed a five-year course in Nazrul Sangeet from Chhayanat.

Art for flood relief

Few emotions are more satisfying that the feeling of having been part of a worthy cause. For the first time since its inauguration back in October 2004, the Art & Soul gallery launched an exhibition of a special nature. Tucked away in a little corner of Gulshan 2(House 16, Road 36), the gallery dug into its private collection and compiled an exhibition featuring numerous artists; proceeds from the paintings' sale will be donated to those affected by the recent floods.


Urgency of nuclear power in Bangladesh

Following the statement of G-7 countries in April, favouring nuclear power electricity as one of the three options for energy diversification, energy efficiency, and energy security, and to address climate change (nuclear power stations do not emit greenhouse gases, especially C02), there has been a softening of attitude towards nuclear power both in the developed and the developing countries. Recently, a number of articles supporting nuclear power in Bangladesh have appeared in the press.

Policy -- or "foreign" policy?

Within days of celebrating the sixtieth anniversary of Pakistan's emergence as an independent country, Pakistanis have been repeatedly reminded of the limitations of their independence.

On learning lessons

Whether we are students, teachers, or business people, or in charge of government, learning should never end. Learning is for everyone except for those who are fool enough to think that they have no need for learning.

Star City

Mitford Hospital's casualty section limps

The casualty section of Mitford Hospital is plagued with various problems including lack of anaesthesiologists, insufficient OT lights and non-functioning oxygen supply line, which are essential for doing surgery.

Govt to strike two more plots off the list

The government has recently cancelled anomalous allotment of two plots in the city's Begunbari canal, a flood flow zone, while cancellation of plot allotment to two powerful organisations in the same area is under consideration.

Quest for a quick passage thru' BDR HQ

Allowing an easy and quick passage through the restricted area of Bangladesh Rifles headquarters in Pilkhana just before the 8 o'clock curfew deadline on August 22, the BDR authorities saved hundreds university students and residents of the adjoining areas from sufferings.

"city express"

The latest crop of quotes from the city's press -- words worth repeating, we feel, for their humour, insight or sheer outrageousness. Star City does not necessarily support the opinions expressed in this column.

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