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News of: Wednesday, 12th of September, 2007

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Laptop tendering to be cancelled

A government panel has cancelled the selection of an Indian company ready to sign a contract with the Election Commission (EC) to supply 8,000 laptops for voter listing. It also asked the commission to invite fresh tenders for the job, as the panel found anomalies in the previous bidding process.

Delwar demands lifting of emergency, release of Khaleda

Demanding a total withdrawal of the ban on politics and of the state of emergency, newly appointed BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday said those who want to split the party do not belong in it anyway as they are working at the behest of 'certain other quarters'.

EC talks, Hasina's release on agenda

After a long break, the Awami League Central Working Committee (ALCWC) meets today to discuss among others the Election Commission's (EC) dialogue on electoral reforms and ways to secure release of Sheikh Hasina.

EC talks with parties on reforms from today

The much-talked-about dialogue between the Election Commission (EC) and the political parties kicks off today to finalise the draft of the electoral reform proposals.

Flood situation worsens in four districts, improves in N region

Flood situation in at least four districts further deteriorated yesterday, remained unchanged in Sylhet region and improved slightly in the northern and the hill districts.

Govt mulls relaxing sentence if criminals confess guilt

The government is pondering about enacting a new law that would relax the terms of punishment for any accused who confesses his or her offence before the court voluntarily.

2 RU teachers sent to jail on surrender

A Rajshahi court yesterday sent two Rajshahi University (RU) professors and a driver to jail after they surrendered before the court in a case filed in connection with torching the vehicle of assistant director of Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI) during the late August's violence.

Gibbs steals Gayle thunder in regal T20 opener

Hosts South Africa quashed a tough West Indian challenge by eight wickets as the inaugural Twenty20 world championships rocketed to a brilliant start here on Tuesday.

Economic loss to be assessed

The advisory committee on economic affairs yesterday directed the shipping ministry to assess the financial impact of the government's decision to terminate the techno-feasibility study on the country's first deep-sea port at Sonadia.

Joint forces to monitor kitchen markets from tomorrow

The joint forces will start monitoring the four wholesale kitchen markets in the capital from tomorrow with a view to keep the prices of essentials at a reasonable level ahead of Ramadan.

1,200 shanties removed from city slum

Police removed around 1,200 shanties of Sat Tola Basti (slum) at Mohakhali in the capital yesterday.

Inflation to come down

Inflation might not rise further in the coming months, Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Salehuddin Ahmed said yesterday.

City bogs down in tailbacks

The traffic congestion in Dhaka city has become unbearable in the last couple of days -- even to the ones who had been accustomed to it as an everyday phenomenon.

Gas supply line in Karnaphuli catches fire

A fire broke out in the supply line of Bakharabad Gas Systems Ltd (BGSL) under the river Karnaphuli near Kalurghat Bridge in Chittagong last night.

Landslide kills 2 girls in Ctg

Two girls were killed in a landslide at Nabinagar in Chittagong on Monday night.

Ex-BNP MP Anny sued for extortion

Former BNP lawmaker Shahiduddin Chowdhury Anny was sued on Monday night for extorting money from a dredging firm.

Arrest warrant against ex-MP Salimul Haq, ex-secy Akhter

A Dhaka court yesterday issued arrest warrants against former BNP lawmaker Kazi Salimul Haq and wife of detained former power secretary ANH Akhter Hossain in connection with two graft cases.

Home redefines political party

The explanation of the meaning of a political party given by the home ministry in a gazette notification on Sunday contradicts with the definition in the constitution.

Wheat-laden vessel sinks near Ctg Port

A lighter vessel carrying 1,400 tonnes of wheat sank yesterday as it hit a protection dam at the port channel in Karnaphuli river.

BNP office secy Tripti expelled

BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday expelled party office secretary Mofiqul Hasan Tripti from the party for his alleged involvement with "anti-party activities".

Abdur Rahman's wife, daughter sent to jail

A Sylhet court yesterday sent the wife and the daughter of executed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) chief Shaekh Abdur Rahman to jail custody after cancelling their August 7 ad interim bail in an explosives case.

Kidnapped schoolboys found drugged

Two school-going brothers kidnapped from the city's Pallabi area Sunday were found unconscious near Shah Ali Mazar in Mirpur yesterday.

Laden taunts US on 9/11 anniversary

al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden eulogized one of the September 11 hijackers in a video released yesterday's sixth anniversary of the attacks that still traumatise the United States.

17 killed in Pak suicide blast

A suicide bomber blew himself up inside a minibus as police tried to arrest him in northwest Pakistan yesterday, killing 17 people including a policeman and a soldier, officials said.

Deportation of Sharif challenged in court

President Pervez Musharraf faced a fresh showdown with Pakistan's Supreme Court after the opposition yesterday launched a legal challenge against the deportation of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

Editorial

Rising prices, approaching Ramadan

There is an anxiety among the general public about a further rise in the prices of essential items during Ramadan. Every new season of significance, be it Ramadan or Eid, has seen prices inflate to levels that leave the poor absolutely helpless and the middle classes struggling, often in vain, to maintain a decent living. If some recent statistics from the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics are any guide, the inflation rate on food items for the month of July this year registered a worrying 13 percent. It thus becomes easy to see which way things will likely go in the coming days, unless of course, import is timely, transportation of commodities, now impaired by floods is steadied with special efforts and supply and distribution mechanisms are rendered efficient.

Shadows of 9/11

We shudder to recall the cataclysmic terror attack on US Twin Tower and Pentagon and express our heartfelt sympathies to the thousands of victims of the crime against humanity. Nobody can or will ever condone it.

Is the Rubicon crossed?

There was hardly anything dissimilar in the dramas surrounding the apprehension and incarceration of the two top political leaders of the country, although the hiatus between the two episodes has roughly been one and a half months. The procedure followed and the drill adopted for the task as well as the sensation they created also were the same. But there were subtle differences in the way the two faced the ordeal.

Pakistan, or how a dictator humiliates a country

General Pervez Musharraf has just proved how fragile the state he rules by fiat remains. He has defied the Supreme Court and turned his back on civilised behaviour to demonstrate to the hapless people of his country and to the world at large that when it comes to a question of survival, a dictator will do anything and everything to ensure that he goes on and everyone else goes fleeing for dear life.

View from abroad

The caretaker government (CTG) of Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed is a blessing for Bangladesh. He and his colleagues are showing real statesmanship in governing the country, something which was unknown to the people of Bangladesh and in Bangladeshi history. The people of one of the poorest countries of the world are now breathing a sigh of relief because of the freedom from anarchy and lawlessness.

Sports

Aussies sweep honours

Ricky Ponting's Australia received a boost ahead of the Twenty20 world championships starting later on Tuesday when his team swept four of the five top ICC awards.

Lights come to Lord's

History was made Monday night when, three decades after Kerry Packer launched floodlit cricket in Australia, the lights were turned on at Lord's for a day-night match. The fact that Middlesex beat Derbyshire by three wickets in a Pro40 match was almost incidental to the bigger story.

Dhiman ton uplifts NCA hopes

Dhiman Gosh scored his second hundred in the Australia tour as BCB National Cricket Academy (NCA) tightened their grip on the Crocodile Cup four-day match against Northern Territory Strike on the second day at the University ground yesterday.

Further trouble for Shoaib

Shoaib Akhtar seems to have slipped into further trouble with the Pakistan Cricket Board after Mohammad Asif, who was injured in a dressing-room altercation involving Shoaib, rejected his version of the story about the event being accidental. Shoaib, who was sent back from South Africa following the spat which left Asif with an injured thigh, had accused Shahid Afridi for provoking him.

Local Snippets

A brace by Mafiullah helped Gulistan Club come from a goal down to beat Shantinagar Club 3-1 in yesterday's Third Division Football League at the Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur.

Argentina show true class

Argentina defender Martin Demichelis scored the only goal in an entertaining 1-0 friendly win against Australia here on Tuesday.

Favourites face tough battle

Footballing heavyweights England, France, Spain and Italy are all in Euro 2008 action on Wednesday as qualifying for the finals in Austria and Switzerland moves into the home straight.

Terry wary of Russia threat

John Terry has warned that Russia will provide England with a much tougher test of their Euro 2008 qualifying credentials than Israel did at the weekend.

Captain Schneider back

German head coach Joachim Loew re-called midfielder Bernd Schneider on Tuesday and gave him the captain's armband for Wednesday night's tough friendly against a buoyant Romanian side in Cologne.

North Korea scare US

North Korea gave the United States a wake-up call Tuesday in a 2-2 draw as Japan scored a last gasp equaliser to share the spoils with England in their opening women's World Cup games.

Goal glut dismays Blatter

FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Tuesday admitted the one-sided 11-0 score line in the opening match of the women's World Cup was "not good" for the sport.

Kaka richest in Italy

AC Milan's Brazilian playmaker Kaka is the highest earning footballer in Italy with an annual salary of six million euros, according to a study published in Tuesday's Gazzetta dello Sport.

Toni out with thigh injury

Record German champions Bayern Munich will be without Italian World Cup winner Luca Toni for their Bundesliga home game against Schalke 04 on Saturday, it was revealed on Tuesday.

Finnan to miss out

Republic of Ireland defender Steve Finnan will miss his country's crucial Euro 2008 qualifier against the Czech Republic on Wednesday.

I can run faster: Powell

Jamaican Asafa Powell set a new men's world 100m record of 9.74sec at the IAAF Grand Prix at Rieti, Italy, on Sunday weekend and then stated he can get faster.

Guide to T20 bowling

Twenty20 provides both batsmen and bowlers with a unique challenge in cricket.

Trophies follow Ponting

The last time Ricky Ponting walked off a cricket pitch he was holding the World Cup after Australia's victory-in-the-dark in Barbados. Five months later, having not played a match since, he was back in the familiar position of clutching prizes after winning the ICC Player of the Year for the second year running, and also taking away Captain of the Year, plus spots in both the Test and one-day teams of the year.

Freddie eyes captaincy

Andrew Flintoff says he still hopes to become England captain, despite being stripped of the vice-captaincy in March following the 'Fredalo' incident.

FIFA medicine course ends

The five-day FIFA Football Medicine Course organised by Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) and supported by FIFA concluded on Monday at the BFF Bhaban.

'Dravid should bat at three'

With a batsman of Rahul Dravid's calibre at their disposal, Team India need not explore other options for the crucial number three slot, said chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar.

Mushtaq to stay at Sussex

Pakistan leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed has signed a new two-year deal with Sussex.

Kaif looking at comeback

Sweating it out in practice sessions, seeking tips from seniors, fine-tuning technique -- Mohammad Kaif has tried everything and is now banking on divine intervention for a comeback into the Indian cricket team.

Business

Poor implementation of minimum wage leaves scope for unrest

As many days passed after expiry of the latest deadline August 31, the labour and employment adviser has expressed dissatisfaction over poor implementation of minimum wages in readymade garment (RMG) industries, fearing chances of unrest in the sector again.

Easy access to energy key to achieving MDGs

Although energy is not an explicit target of the millennium development goals (MDGs), it may not be possible to attain all the goals without easy access to energy, speakers at a workshop in Dhaka observed yesterday.

Delhi says no delay for duty-free package for LDCs

India has dismissed reports of delay in announcing its duty-free and quota-free package to Least Developed Countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America and said the matter would soon be considered by the cabinet for clearance.

Int'l wastewater treatment tech show kicks off

A three-day international trade show of water and wastewater treatment technology began in Dhaka yesterday to facilitate the adoption of sustainable effluent treatment plants and environment management by local factories.

Opec splits over output policy: Ministers

Opec countries are divided over whether the oil cartel should increase or freeze its output at a meeting on Tuesday at the group's headquarters in Vienna, ministers said.

China's inflation, trade surplus soar

China's inflation hit its highest rate in almost 11 years in August while the nation's trade surplus soared again, official data showed Tuesday, signalling more interest rate hikes ahead.

Grameenphone gets new CEO

The Board of Directors of leading mobile phone operator Grameenphone Ltd yesterday appointed Anders Jensen as the company's new chief executive officer (CEO). Jensen who succeeds Erik Aas will take over the post on October 1, 2007, says a press release.

Teletalk launches int'l roaming, SMS services

Teletalk Bangladesh Ltd, the state-run mobile phone operator, yesterday launched international roaming and international SMS services for its customers.

Int'l anti-piracy team happy over Ctg port security

The three-member team from RECAAP (Regional Cooperation and Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships in Asia) on a mission to assess the security and safety of ships in and around Chittagong port arrived here yesterday.

Aarong rewards cardlaunched

Country's leading fashion house Aarong has launched 'My Aarong Rewards Card' for the customers in an effort to make shopping more rewarding ahead of the peak Eid season.

Warid starts cricket quiz

Warid Telecom has launched a cricket quiz to mark the ICC Twenty20 World Championships 2007, which will reward winners with Samsung handsets everyday!

New body to resolve Sona Masjid problems

A 10-member committee was formed at a meeting yesterday for speedy resolution of the problems at Sona Masjid land port to make it dynamic in handling cargoes.

Pran signs $2m export deal with Senegal firm

Local company Pran has signed an export agreement worth $2.04 million with Senegal-based Poultrade to export its juice and drink products and confectionery items to the western African country.

Shahjalal Islami Bank extends Tk 45cr to Essential Drugs

Shahjalal Islami Bank Ltd has extended a Tk 45 crore investment facility to Essential Drugs Company Ltd (EDCL).

Jamuna Bank okays 7:1 bonus share

Jamuna Bank Ltd has declared 7:1 bonus share for its shareholders for the year 2006.

US trade deficit dips

The US trade deficit fell marginally in July to 59.2 billion dollars, after a revised 59.4 billion in June, the government reported Tuesday.

Metropolitan

Greater political will needed to achieve regional cooperation

Indian Vice-President Hamid Ansari has called on India and Bangladesh to demonstrate greater political will to help achieve true regional cooperation.

Lift ban on indoor politics outside city

Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) and Gono Forum yesterday demanded the government should lift ban on indoor politics outside the capital.

Stop wars against humanity

Speakers at a memorial discussion yesterday called for stopping wars against humanity across the world.

Govt to intervene if price hike continues

Urging the traders not to raise the prices of essentials, Energy and Food Adviser Tapan Chowdhury yesterday said the caretaker government would be compelled to intervene in the market if they fail to do so.

HC hearing on petitions on Sept 23

A separate division bench of the High Court yesterday fixed September 23 for the hearing of long-pending petitions seeking quashment of three more graft cases, including the frigate-purchase scam, against detained former prime minister Sheikh Hasina and others.

Navy chief distributes relief

Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Sarwar Jahan Nizam yesterday visited Sandwip and Moheshkhali to observe various activities of the naval contingents and distributed relief among the tornado-affected people, says an ISPR press release.

Oil tanker catches fire at Ctg Dry Dock

MT Banglar Sourabh, a state-owned oil tanker, caught fire at the Chittagong Dry Dock yesterday.

NU master's exam results published

National University (NU) published the results of master's final examination-2004 in Arabic, Pali, Sangskrit, library and information science, history, Islamic studies, Islamic history, psychology, soil science, geography, biochemistry, statistics, home economics, marketing and finance on Monday, says a press release.

BSF kills one

Indian Border Security force (BSF) shot dead a Bangladeshi fisherman and injured another near Masudpur frontier under Shibganj upazila of the district on Monday night.

Tarique's aide arrested

A close aide to detained BNP Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman was arrested yesterday at Mathurapur village under Chirir Bandar upazila of the district.

Road accidents kill 4

At least four people were killed in separate road accidents in Rangpur, Comilla, Jhenidah and Rajshahi yesterday and on Monday.

Bidisha can fly abroad as HC removes bar

Bidisha, ex-wife of former military ruler HM Ershad, now can fly abroad as the High Court yesterday set aside a magistrate's court order restricting her from leaving the country until the money laundering case she faces is resolved.

New Sparrso satellite ground station opens

A new satellite ground station of Bangladesh Space Research and Remote Sensing Organisation (Sparrso) was inaugurated on Monday, says an ISPR release.

Domestic help dies after falling from 10th floor in city

A domestic help died after falling down from a high-rise residential building in the city on Monday evening.

'Do not sign anti-people deal with IMF’

Speakers at a press conference urged the government not to sign any agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that goes against the interests of the nation.

Robbery in 5 Uttara houses

Five people were injured as robbers attacked five houses in the city's Uttar Khan area yesterday.

Workshop on domestic violence legislation begins in city today

A two-day national workshop on 'Domestic Violence Legislation' begins in the city today, says a press release.

One held for demanding toll

Police yesterday arrested a man for demanding toll from a garment factory owner.

National

Case against ex-BNP MP being revived after 35 years

The sensitive Dhulia police outpost looting case against former BNP lawmaker Shahidul Alam Talukder is being revived about 35 years after the incident.

Two Hijbut Tawhid suspects held in Sylhet

Tahirpur police in Sunamganj district on Monday arrested two alleged activists of Islamsit militant outfit Hijbut Tawhid from Binnakuli Bazar.

Padma devours 500 acres in 2 weeks

At least 300 families of five villages in two unions of Pabna Sadar upazila have become homeless due to erosion by the Padma in last two weeks.

Gang leader escapes from custody

A gang leader fled with handcuff from police custody in Meherpur early yesterday.

Army joins people to remove silt from Kobadak riverbed

Army personnel joined hands with local people yesterday to remove silt from Kabodak riverbed near Magura Bazar in Tala upazila to remove a persisting water-logging problem in Kabodak basin areas.

Fire service officials held in Nilphamari for bribery

Police yesterday arrested the deputy assistant director and senior station officer of Nilphamari Fire Service Department on charge of taking bribe for issuing a certificate to a businessman.

Army exchanges views with journos in Nilphamari `

Commander of Nilphamari army camp yesterday exchanged views with local journalists of print and electronic media on various steps taken by the government and sought their cooperation.

Letters

Plight of our workers

We are observing the plight of our workers stranded in Malaysian airports. When these people boarded the flight to Malaysia, they dreamt of working hard and sending their hard-earned money home. Mostly, they envisaged a better life. However, upon descending, they were not received by any members of their recruiting agency. Despite having legal documents, they were then taken to a warehouse where the authorities stopped supplying food after two days. These people are now staring at their bleak future.

Drockstars

It seems rock & roll has scaled great heights in Dhaka city in recent years. Popular "modern" bands like Artcell, Black, Cryptic Fate, Arbovirus, Nemesis etc have made their mark in the music industry. But most recently, the final six bands of DRockStars --Bortoman, Dour, Radioactive, Eclipse, Power Surge, Dreek have also gained considerable popularity in the music industry. Four months of intense competition, heartbreak and simply mind-blowing performances have finally paid off but now the competition has ended. Bands like Power Surge, the ultimate winner, who have delivered splendid performances (portraying their metal core and thrash metal influence), Radioactive, who are most popular amongst the judges as they concentrate on their old school rock & roll and hard rock ballad's influence, and the other bands-- Dreek, Dour and Bortoman also gained considerable respect.

Shoaib Akhtar

The cricketer who always seems to unnecessarily get himself into trouble is no one but Shoaib Akhtar. The "Rawalpindi Express", who has a habit of getting himself involved in controversies, recently invited fresh trouble for him by hitting Asif with a bat. This puerile behaviour, has now left him out of the Twenty20 World Cup as the PCB has dropped him from the tournament. It appears that Shoaib is destined to miss all the major tournaments because, if my memory serves me right, he, along with Asif, even missed this year's World Cup although the ban imposed on them had been lifted. More recently, he was also on a six-week probation. So, these sorts of incidents are nothing unusual for the world's fastest bowler.

A fresh beginning

I left Bangladesh with a scholarship in 1974. August 15, 1975 broke our hearts as we lost Bangabandhu. Later, flood, cyclone, hunger, internal disorder, killing of the great freedom fighters like, Taher, Zia, Monzur etc. saddened us all. Then came the years of corruption. We felt very humiliated to have our origin in Bangladesh. Not once, I faced the question, why should Sweden have research and teachers exchange programme with the most corrupt country in the world? Why business in Bangladesh, asked many.

Justice

Our politicians think that we are, well, to put it bluntly, stupid. Just before her remand, Begum Khaleda Zia said that neither she nor her 'sons have any craving for money' because they have 'been bestowed with the love of the people'. Well I say, if it looks like sleaze, if it smells like sleaze, then in all probability, it is sleaze!

University teachers

A university, we all know, is the highest seat of learning and a sanctuary for resolving problems. University teachers' job is to teach students and to help solve crisis with patience and make the country a safer place to live in. However, it is fairly appalling to observe the role of a handful of university teachers in making the country an inferno.

Presidency

The post of President in our Prime minister's( I don't say parliamentary or cabinet) form of government is nothing better than a dignified hibernation. One deposed President once lamented that orders passed in his name were hardly shown to him.

Stranded Pakistanis

The proposed citizenship for the stranded Pakistani refugees is a completely wrong decision by the government. The decision makers either have no understanding of history, or this decision is a part of the systemic effort to delink people (especially the younger generation) from the glorious freedom movement's heritage and history. No doubt an 'Eid news' for Pakistan. Thousands of freedom fighters are still alive and this news will make their hearts bleed.

The two leaders

It appears that Khaleda Zia does not have the intellectual capacity to understand why she is in jail. Autocratic practices and "paribartantra" or "dynastic politics" within our dysfunctional democracy have pushed the nation to where we are today. By unilaterally expelling Mannan Bhuiyan, she has demonstrated her immaturity and total disdain for democracy within her party. I find her "Let them eat cake" mentality comically amusing - God save the Queen! (because no one else will).

Can we afford two airports?

After the commissioning of Zia International Airport by the late President Ziaur Rahman, news surfaced in those days that the old Tejgaon Airport would be demolished and the vast area would be utilised for the purpose of residential and government office buildings.

Smoking

It is clear that smoking amounts to slow poisoning. In our modern society, many people smoke. Our new generation smokes as a fashion or style without knowing its bad effects. It is fatal as well as costly. There is no doubt that smoking is a great health hazard. One puff of cigarette contains nicotine, tar, methyl alcohol, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, arsenic, banzopyrene and several other substances which are injurious to health. It causes cancer, heart disease, bronchitis, asthma, gastric ulcer, TB, loss of appetite, decay of teeth and diseases of lung. Nicotine is so dangerous that if the quantity of nicotine contained in two cigarette sticks is injected into a healthy man, it will cause death. It also harms the nerves. According to the specialists, one burning cigarette gives off more than four thousand harmful elements. Cigarette not only harms the smokers but also pollutes the environment. Nonsmokers inhale the poisonous smoke, One should not smoke before children because the poisonous smoke harms the children a great deal. He who drinks poison suffers himself but smoking is dangerous both for the active smokers and the passive ones. It can be said that smoking is committing suicide.

Our police

It is exciting news that our police can prove that they are not an incapable lot. The police are capable of performing much better. Recently, they arrested seven young criminals who had killed an innocent boy for five thousand taka and a mobile set.

Bridge on the river Panj

On August 26 Afghan and Tajik leaders, mediated by the USA, have inaugurated a new bridge linking their countries across River Panj at Pyandzh. The $37m project, a US gift, replaces an intermittent ferry service across the fast-flowing river. The bridge - nearly 700m (yards) long and 11m across - has replaced an unreliable ferry which was the only way of getting across the River Panj.

Restriction on motorbike import

After being born and brought up in the Middle East, I decided to move back to Bangladesh and live here. What I didn't realise is that import regulations and weird laws are prevailing in our country. I have been trying to import a motorcycle which is a hobby and passion of mine but all efforts have gone in vain. Trying to find answers, I have found that the government has imposed this very "weird" regulation against motorcycles because police & Rab officials have said and I quote, “If high powered motorcycles are allowed, we will not be able to chase them and catch them.” This is just a laughable and ridiculous excuse. And therefore it was decided through a government SRO that the import of any motorcycles above 125cc would be restricted. I would like to bring to the government's notice that neighbouring India does not have this law. Don't you think it is an absurd excuse given here? The general opinion of people in Bangladesh is that motorcycles are driven by hooligans and mastans. What about the rest of us, who are motorcycle enthusiasts and we ride because we enjoy riding and take it as a hobby. As a result of such laws, there is no development of any recreation or motor-sports activities in our country. We should look at countries like India & Malaysia who are hosts to world class events such as the moto-gp and other motor sporting events which bring huge amounts of earnings for their respective governments. If the import of a Hummer or a Porsche Carrera can be allowed, then why can’t I import a 600cc Honda CBR?

Crime must pay

We know that BD is a place for playing musical chairs. We have seen what happened to Ershad or to some BNP leaders in the post Zia era. They all got out of the prison.

International

Lanka navy sinks LTTE's gun-running ships

Sri Lanka's navy yesterday claimed its biggest success against the Tamil Tiger rebels, saying it had virtually wiped out the separatist group's ability to smuggle arms into the country.

'Musharraf on the brink after Sharif deportation'

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has bought time by deporting a key rival, but his options are running out as he battles plummeting popularity, a hostile judiciary and al-Qaeda, analysts say.

Europe on high alert as it marks 9/11

A powerful bomb was found in the Turkish capital yesterday and German police mounted a major security operation at a US military base on the sixth anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

9 GIs killed in Iraq as general testifies

Nine US soldiers were killed in Iraq, the military said on Monday, as their commander General David Petraeus told the US Congress that a premature drawdown of troops from Iraq would be devastating.

US HR group blames Musharraf for flouting int’l law

Human Rights Watch accused Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf on Monday of flouting international law by sending former prime minister Nawaz Sharif back into exile in Saudi Arabia.

Bomb damages Buddhist relic in Pakistan

A bomb detonated by pro-Taliban militants yesterday damaged a rock engraved with images of Buddha in northwest Pakistan that attracts thousands of tourists a year, police said.

Arts & Entertainment

Power Surge wins “DRockstars-2”

The Grand Finale of DRockstars-2, the talent hunt in search of a rock band, was held recently. Six talented rock bands participated in the final. Thrash metal band 'Power Surge' from Dhaka secured the title of the first “DRockstars band” of the country.

Srijon's monthly musical soiree

Cultural organisation Srijon's monthly musical soiree was held at Poet Sufia Kamal Auditorium, National Museum on September 10. The programme titled Phele Asha Diner Bangla Gaan featured songs of different genres by several popular and promising singers of the country.

Tête-à-tête with Arifa Farhat Rumpa

Arifa Farhat Rumpa, a Canada-based Bangladeshi adhunik singer has recently launched her first solo album Ratrir Kinarey Boshey (recorded in Canada) in Dhaka. The promising singer talked about her album, expatriate life and more in a recent interview with The Daily Star.

Anadi Kumar Boiragi's “Journey of Hope”

With legendary artist S.M. Sultan as his mentor, Anadi Kumar Boiragi from Jessore attended Khulna Art College in the late '80s, before enrolling at the Oriental Department at Charukala in Dhaka to further his artistic education. There, Boiragi is grateful to have found another guru, Shawkatuzzaman, who encouraged him in a very special way, spending valuable time helping develop his style.

Britney's comeback at VMA proved “toxic”

Britney Spears was not ready for prime time.

OP-ED

City of Hope

One of the perks of my job is that I get to attend fancy dinner parties in various cities in Asia. At one such recent "who's who" event in Singapore, I ran into a friend who happens to be a prominent corporate lawyer in Asia. Upon seeing me, the first thing my friend said to me was: "I just came back from your city of gloom." The city of gloom he was referring to was none other than my birthplace, Dhaka.

Making democracy work: Defining the parliamentary constituencies

Without going into complicated details of political philosophy it seems obvious to most persons that in a "first past the post" election system such as Bangladesh has, the number of persons in each constituency should be the same. Perhaps it cannot be perfect but it should be close.

The judiciary: Reform from within

Very often we hear the familiar phrase "Justice delayed is justice denied," but seldom can we understand the fact that our judicial system is inherently beset by conceivable and inconceivable wasteful delays. Behind most instances of such delays works an unholy nexus of lawyers and court officials.

Star City

Milk sellers milk consumers as Ramadan comes

Retailers and distribution agents of Milk Vita have started fleecing the consumers with the Ramadan nearing, although the company has decided not to increase the price of its products, the most popular brand of packaged cow milk.

Sanjay and Shohag finally break out of the rut

Days in the cage at Dhaka zoo are over for Sanjay and Shohag as they are moving to their new home at Dulahazra Wildlife Safari Park.

Medians dying for care

Lack of proper maintenance and preservation measures has left city roads and intersections with nothing but a shadow of the beautification done over the last few years.

So-called co-ops fleece members, vanish with their deposits

Thousands of urban poor are in the trap of a section of cooperative societies which collect high amount of service charge for loans and deprive their members of due profits.

Bus bays rarely keep the rowdy drivers at bay

Bus bays or designated lanes for buses to pick up or drop off passengers could help reduce frequent accidents as well as traffic congestion in the capital significantly, said experts.

Star Chittagong

Prices of Iftar items becoming dear

The prices of essentials have begun to shoot up in the port city ahead of the holy month of Ramadan, worrying the low and middle class people.

'91cyclonic storm still haunts coastal people

An inadequate number of cyclone shelters, poor maintenance of the existing ones and lack of plan for setting up new shelters remain a matter of grave concern for the people of the coastal belt in Chittagong.


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