News of: Wednesday, 19th of September, 2007
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The US government expects Bangladesh to take additional steps for restoring democracy as soon as possible.
A Sylhet court yesterday sentenced detained former BNP lawmaker M Naser Rahman to nine years in prison in an extortion case.
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda yesterday said the Election Commission (EC) will get 4,000 laptops in the next month for expediting the ongoing task of preparing a voter list with photographs.
Prof Neem Chandra Bhowmik, chairman of Applied Physics Department of Dhaka University (DU) and an accused in two cases filed in connection with the August violence on Dhaka University (DU) campus, was sent to jail yesterday after he surrendered before a Dhaka court.
Bangladesh crashed to a 64-run defeat against Sri Lanka in their second Super Eights match of the ICC World Twenty20 Championship at the Wanderers in Johannesburg yesterday.
A Dhaka court yesterday relieved former president and Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad of the gold smuggling case.
Foreign Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury has sought support of the Afghan authorities in securing the release of abducted Brac employee Nurul Islam.
Law enforcement agencies yesterday arrested daily Prothom Alo cartoonist Arifur Rahman for a cartoon "hurting religious sentiments" published in the daily's satire magazine "Aalpin" on Monday.
A fresh case was filed yesterday against former BNP deputy minister Ruhul Kuddus Talukhdar Dulu and 12 others for abetting militancy and extorting Tk 30,000.
BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain last night met Brig Gen (retd) Hannan Shah, an adviser to the chairperson, apparently to patch up their 'differences'.
The visiting mission of International Monetary Fund (IMF) yesterday agreed with the government stance of not signing the Policy Support Instrument (PSI) and said it is not the right time for Bangladesh to sign the deal.
The caretaker government yesterday promoted 24 additional secretaries and appointed them as secretaries in various key posts.
The government's indifference and lack of initiative to improve the Drug Administration (DA) has pushed the country's flourishing drug industry into a gloomy state while giving scopes to unscrupulous manufacturers to produce and market substandard and counterfeit drugs.
The Supreme Court yesterday gave government another six weeks' time for making appointments to the newly created posts of judicial magistrate and their support staff with office accommodation in subordinate courts to complete the process of judiciary separation.
Two Awami League (AL) leaders yesterday submitted written statements to the party probe body as witnesses to the incident of abuse of four senior party leaders.
A large section of a bridge constructed during the British era over the Shikalbaha canal at Patiya upazila in Chittagong collapsed yesterday after two vessels bumped into the columns of the bridge.
It took 17 judges to conduct the trial of the gold smuggling case filed 16 years ago against former president and Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad.
The government yesterday extended tenure of one-member probe commission of Justice Habibur Rahman Khan, formed to investigate the recent violence in Dhaka University (DU), by 20 days.
Former BNP lawmaker Shafi Ahmed Chowdhury was sent to jail yesterday after he surrendered before the Speedy Trial Magistrate's Court.
Police yesterday arrested the president of Bangladesh Chhatra Union, Chittagong University unit, on charge of her involvement in the August 22 vandalism on the campus.
The home ministry yesterday empowered the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner to allow more than 50 members in an indoor political party meeting.
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf will step down as army chief if he wins re-election, his lawyer said yesterday, paving the way for civilian rule in the country after eight turbulent years.
Nepal's former rebels quit the government yesterday and threatened widespread protests, sparking a political crisis that threatened to undermine this Himalayan nation's peace process.
We share the concern of our compatriots over the unfortunate incident of abduction in Afghanistan of a Bangladeshi development worker named Nurul Islam from his Brac office premises. Brac has been working in Afghanistan on micro-financing projects since 2002, so that its efficacy and credibility as an institution are well established facts in that country. Earlier, a Brac employee was shot dead while riding a motor bike.
The ministry of education has decided to form three committees to probe the decline in the performance of some schools vis-à-vis the better performing ones in the nation's capital. The objective is a study of the reasons behind the decline of a number of institutions which earlier were well-known for their good academic performance. The authorities have noted that although the standard of teaching in some of these schools remains appreciable, it is the poor results of students that are of concern. Two of the committees will inquire into the question of how some schools have been faring between badly and average, while another will study the ways in which schools doing better have been able to maintain their academic reputation.
It is a most healthy condition when the government of a country chooses to be firm with that of another. When the Bangladesh authorities lodged a complaint with the Malaysian government sometime ago against the Kuala Lumpur firm responsible for the plight of about a hundred Bengali workers in the country, it did what was expected of it.
The party that inexorably, remorselessly, and mercilessly talked of "unnayaner joar" (flood of development) for the last five years is now looking in the casualty wards for leaders to prop it up. This amply shows how serious leadership crisis exists in BNP at the moment. Delwar shaheb has wiped off the boyish smile from Hannan Shah's face by saying that there is no post of coordinator in BNP.
Captain Shoaib Malik and Misbahul Haq put on a century partnership as Pakistan stunned Australia by six wickets in the ICC World Twenty20 Championship here on Tuesday.
England lost three wickets in the space of five balls as New Zealand won a tense World Twenty20 Super Eights match by five runs at Kingsmead on Tuesday.
International Cricket Council (ICC) match referee Mike Procter has praised the Bangladesh cricket team for donating 5,500 to Ugandan cricket during their recent quadrangular series in Nairobi.
Bangladesh's Indian coach Syed Nayeemuddin blasted the media for erringly accusing him of using banned drugs on the footballers.
After each and every debacle in Test cricket, the common suggestion that comes from all quarters is Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) must improve its first-class standard in a bid to silence the critics about the cricketers' ability in the longer-version game at the highest level.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday was named India's new cricket captain for upcoming one-day home series against formidable sides Australia and Pakistan as the selectors looked to the future.
Sachin Tendulkar on Tuesday skirted the issue of captaincy of the Indian cricket team saying he did not have much to say on it.
Arsenal and Sevilla will be hoping to continue their sparkling early season form when they kick-off their Champions League group stage campaigns at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.
Sir Alex Fergu-son will let Wayne Rooney off the leash as Manchester United start their Cham-pions League challenge at Sporting Lisbon on Wednesday.
Jose Mourinho gave an insight into how he tends an injury-hit squad after revealing both Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard would not play in Tuesday's Champions League match against Rosenborg.
Russian fourth seed Maria Kirilenko breezed through to the second round with a 6-2, 6-2 win over India's Neha Uberoi at the WTA Sunfeast Open here on Monday.
Martin Jol, the Tottenham Hotspur manager, has urged Jermain Defoe to seize his chance to impress if he is given an opportunity against Anorthosis Famagusta in the Uefa Cup.
Former West Ham defender Tomas Repka has been fined 150,000 koruna (7,580 dollars) by his club Sparta Prague for lashing out at a cameraman after being sent off during a league game.
This was a day when Paul Collingwood's mistakes caught up with him. Despite the brave face he put on the situation at the post-match press conference, there will be many questions asked about his judgment since England arrived in South Africa for this tournament.
Indian batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar said Tuesday he could stop playing taxing one-dayers first before quitting international cricket.
Ashley Giles is expected to be unveiled as Warwickshire's new director of cricket, only one month after retiring from first-class cricket because of a long-term hip injury.
The Amicus Asian 14 and U Series tennis tournament got underway at BKSP yesterday.
A brace by Mithu gave Gazirchot SC a 3-0 win over Rahmatganj SC in yesterday's Third Division Football League at the Bir Shreshtha Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur.
Kenny Miller scored the only goal of the game to earn Derby their first Premiership win of the season on Monday to put Newcastle's Euro 2008 qualifying star Michael Owen out of the spotlight.
An investment company controlled by Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov has become the second-largest shareholder in English Premiership football team Arsenal, it was announced Tuesday.
Martina Hingis needed less than an hour to secure her first-ever win in China on Tuesday, dispatching local favourite Sun Tiantian 6-2, 6-3 to move into the second round of the China Open.
The United States rolled into the World Cup quarterfinals on Tuesday to remain on track for a third title as Asia's top team North Korea lost but still scraped through for the first time ever.
Emile Heskey underwent surgery Monday on the fractured metatarsal which could keep him out of England's vital Euro 2008 qualifiers against Estonia and Russia.
Northern Ireland duo Keith Gillespie and George McCartney have been fined by the Irish Football Association (IFA) following an in-flight fist fight on last week's return flight from Iceland.
The central bank yesterday relaxed the provision of keeping 1 percent provision against non-funded facilities such as letter of credit (L/C) and bank guarantee for the commercial banks.
Any private commercial bank (PCB) is not entitled to appointing any of its former managing director or chairman or director or adviser as a consultant in the bank, according to a central bank directive.
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) yesterday fixed 10 percent flat tax on import of machinery and equipment for rental power plants.
The World Bank and United Nations on Monday threw their backing behind developing nations seeking to recover assets pilfered by corrupt leaders, unveiling a scheme to lend muscle to their claims.
Oil prices topped 81 dollars a barrel for the first time on Tuesday, setting another record high amid fears of critically tight supplies for the winter season in the United States.
Delta Brac Housing (DBH) Finance Corporation Ltd has recently signed a participation agreement with the central bank to provide home loans under the newly introduced 'Bangladesh Bank Refinance Scheme for Housing Sector'.
In a fresh package of sops for the exporters hit by hardening of the national currency Rupee, India decided to refund service tax on a list of services including those rendered by ports, road transport and railways.
Textiles and jute ministry adviser yesterday called upon the jamdani saree manufacturers to diversify and modernise their products and products' designs to attract more attention of the local and international markets.
Wealthier, aging Indians will help transform the country's largely untapped life insurance market into one of the world's fastest growing over the next five years, a global consultancy says.
British bank Standard Chartered said Tuesday it had agreed to acquire American Express Bank for about 860 million dollars (620 million euros) in cash.
The world's airlines are poised to make higher-than-expected profits this year, but credit market turmoil and high oil prices may clip them in 2008, an industry association predicted Monday.
Hong Kong's unemployment rate has risen slightly to 4.2 percent in the three months to August, although there are still a record number of workers in the territory, official figures showed Tuesday.
Malaysia's state energy firm Petronas is pushing for gas prices to be hiked, after paying out subsidies worth 50 billion ringgit (14.3 billion dollars) over the past decade, a report said Tuesday.
The International Monetary Fund's executive board will choose a new managing director next week to succeed Rodrigo Rato, according to people close to the situation.
China's top companies will likely see a slowdown in breakneck growth over the next 18 months, under pressure from the US economy and concerns over the "Made in China" tag, Standard Poor's said Tuesday.
Apple announced here Tuesday that Britain would be the first European country to get its much-vaunted iPhone, when mobile phone operator O2 launches the gadget on November 9.
Itrat Husain has been elected president of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Managers of Bangladesh (ICSMB) for 2007-2008 term.
Bangladesh is likely to urge Asian Development Bank (ADB) for special financial support to help recover huge losses and damages caused by recent floods in the country, said official sources.
As the government is preparing to submit its combined 6th and 7th periodic report on Cedaw implementation status in Bangladesh, speakers at a dialogue yesterday urged the government to fully implement the Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (Cedaw).
A housewife committed suicide in the city's Tejgaon area on Monday night allegedly unable to withstand torture by her husband for dowry.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has formally invited Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed to attend the next Commonwealth Summit to be held in Kampala on November 23-25.
Bangladesh Sangjukta Garments Sramik Federation (an alliance of garment workers) yesterday urged the government to conduct neutral investigation of all unwanted incidents in garment sector and allow trade union activities.
President Iajuddin yesterday told the Egyptian envoy in Dhaka that the government of Egypt could import high-class pharmaceuticals, melamine, garments and jute goods from Bangladesh at competitive prices.
Muslim community in Canada and the Canadian elite together contributed 100,000 Canadian dollars at a fund raising dinner held at Nugget Mosque in Toronto recently for helping the flood victims of Bangladesh.
Merina Lovely, Rangpur correspondent of Channel i, was allegedly assaulted while she was taking video footage for a report on anomalies and irregularities at Northern Private Medical College and Hospital at Dhap area yesterday.
The police yesterday arrested a Bangladeshi expatriate on charges of forcing his wife to commit suicide at their house at Bandar in Narayanganj.
Dr Katrine Camilleri, a 37-year old lawyer with the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in Malta, who works to defend the rights of refugees and migrants, has won this year's Nansen Refugee Award, The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees announced yesterday, says a press release.
The office of the Narcotics Control Department housed on the third floor of Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is being shifted to accommodate the ACC employees to be recruited under ACC organogram.
Miscreants drowned a child following a row with his elder brother at Kayetpur area of Fatullah on Monday night.
Bangladesh University of Science and Technology (Buet) authorities will start distributing forms for first year admission test under the academic session 2007-08 from September 25, says a press release.
An under-trial prisoner of Narayanganj District Jail died on Monday night.
A minor boy drowned in the city yesterday.
Seismic observatories at Dhaka and Chittagong recorded a mild tremor with a magnitude of 4.1 on the Richter Scale at 3:01:53 yesterday, met office sources said.
An exhibition of artworks titled 'rhythm of nature' by Syed Jahid Iqbal began at Chua Gallery of Fine Arts in Tokyo yesterday, says a press release.
A team of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) from Munshiganj arrested Jubo Dal leader Ziaul Haq Pintu, a close aide to former BNP lawmaker Amanullah Aman, from Victoria Park area in Dhaka on Monday night.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested the deputy director (DD) of Divisional Livestock Department, Chittagong on charges of taking bribe yesterday.
A Khulna court yesterday sentenced five people to life imprisonment for killing a businessman in 1998.
At least 15 passengers were injured in a road accident at Kishorhut under Mohanpur Upazila in Rajshahi yesterday.
Turkish Ambassador Ferit Ergin and Indian High Commissioner Pinak Ranjan Chakravarti yesterday called on Foreign Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury at his office yesterday.
Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) has started a seven-day long relief distribution programme on Monday, says a press release.
BNP rank and file in Rangpur, Kurigram and Lalmonirhat districts are in a disarray due to lack of leadership in districts and division of the party at the top.
An untoward incident was created at the Women and Children Repression Prevention Special Court here when lawyers threw files at each other as the court refused to extend interim bail of an accused yesterday.
A Satkhira court yesterday sentenced one person to 14 years' rigorous imprisonment (RI) and three others to 10 years' RI for throwing acid on a housewife and her child in 2005.
Criminals damaged a Liberation War memorial on the premises of Dulai Dr Jahurul Kamal Degree College in Sujanager upazila in Pabna yesterday night.
A mob yesterday lynched a suspected thief at Haji Enayetullah Dakhil Madrassa in Rampal upazila in Bagerhat, police said.
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested an expatriate and recovered heroin worth over Tk 2 crore from his possession.
Congratulations, Tigers! We knew you could do it and win big time. And you could have done it years ago, if only you had listened to us and dumped the useless players.
Bablu Miah has again been affected by floods. He is a retrenched jute mill worker. He has lost his job. His tin-shed house, furniture, home appliances, cattle, toilet, livestock-- all have been washed away by the floods. His 12-year old son has been drowned in the heavy current of the floodwater. His wife has been suffering from fatal skin diseases. He has no work now. Unemployment has made him mad. He is under extreme marginal conditions. Now he is passing his days un-fed , half-fed and under-fed. His physical condition is worsening .
Our university is closed indefinitely. Everything was running very well and smoothly without any problem. Even we had started thinking of our current semester to be finished within next December. But suddenly an unexpected incident took place and changed the whole situation. It was nothing but a silly, trifling incident that occurred on the Dhaka University campus on 20 August last, and the agitation took little time to spread out among the general students all over the country. Later, the general students came out and resorted to violence.
We shall never forget 9/11, for the tragic incident not only changed the world political matrix but also affected the lives of millions even in a country like Bangladesh.
We were flabbergasted at the statement made by Begum Zia to release Sk Hasina and dismiss false charges against her. An amusing episode is being played in the political arena of Bangladesh. Only a few months ago the two leaders could not tolerate each other. Their obstinate attitude made the country a veritable hell. Instead of solving national problems for the well being of the people, they had brought the country to the brink of disaster.
It is a great pleasure that “Working holiday visa facility in UK” has been re-introduced for Bangladeshis.
The govt. of Bangladesh has increased the registration fees of the companies and others fees like searching fees, return submission fees, name clearance fees etc abnormally, which is likely to hinder corporate development in the country.
Excess of anything is always bad. When we do something we need to consider whether we are crossing the limits. When we cross the limits, certainly there will be bad consequences. I support the students' protest on DU campus, but not the incidents that happened afterwards.
An English daily correspondent's optimistic front page news (Sept:8) appears to be appeasing the authorities; rather than being pragmatic facts!
I must strongly defer with the idea of granting citizenship to the stranded Pakistanis and making them voters. This looks like another process of adding burden to already overpopulated Bangladesh. And, if Pakistan cannot take them, why must Bangladesh on the so-called humanitarian ground? Most of the senior and young sections of these people are not loyal to Bangladesh and they actively participated with the Pakistan army in the atrocities committed against us in 1971. They never asked for any forgiveness. If they are made voters, it is not difficult to realise that this will help the anti-liberation forces and the fanatic parties. As they are Pakistani citizens, Pakistan should take them back. We were generous enough to let them live here, that's enough!
It is unfortunate that the government could not stop the price hike of essentials. Prices are going up and up. The government took a lot of steps to control this unending price hike but all the attempts have failed.
Despite government's sincere efforts, the unscrupulous traders are still resorting to malpractice.
A news item published in a Bengali daily on 10 September 2007 stated that the government is going to build an Elevated Expressway in the capital to ease the traffic jam which will cost $1,100 million. One thing I do not understand why a country like Bangladesh goes for such an extravagant project which will cost a huge amount of money.
The Adviser in charge of Bangladesh Biman was expected to clean the Aegean Stable in Balaka Bhaban (housing the HQ of the national flag carrier). But we are utterly disappointed. The situation is progressively going from bad to worse day by day. If this is by design, then we have nothing to say.
I would like to congratulate Mr. A K M Shamsuddin for writing a wonderful article in your newspaper on 12 Sep 2007 under the title 'The Judiciary Reform from within' about what is really happening with our judicial system, 60 years after the British left us. The courts of Bangladesh have become a haven for evil men who take advantage of the weaknesses in the legal system.
At present the crack-down against corruption is just reactive, i.e. people have indulged in corruption and that is why they are being put behind the bars. But my understanding is that PACP is essential to reduce corruption.
My sister got 43% burn injuries and is being treated at City Hospital, Dhaka for the last two months and a half. Her healing process has stopped. Now the doctors say that she needs to have skin grafting from a living donor--some skin (only surface of the skin which will be cured within 5/6 days, as doctors said) is required from a living donor for her grafting. Any person irrespective of sex, age, blood group can come forward to donate skin which may save my sister's life.
I read the letter of Mr. M. Emad, Oxford, UK, entitled "Stranded Pakistanis" published on 13 September 2007 in your newspaper. According to him the decision-makers, who have decided to recognise these people as citizens of Bangladesh have no understanding of history. I think the writer has not read the Constitution of Bangladesh which was not framed by the present caretaker government but by those freedom fighters who fought and created a new nation to establish justice, rights of the people and democracy. These people were given citizenship because they were born in this country and according to the Constitution of Bangladesh they are very much Bangladeshis, like those who were born in this country before the emergence of Bangladesh. The new generation of the Urdu speaking community has not seen the war of liberation, as they were not born at that time or were too young.
In this land of confusion, we now see the mobile service providers putting up ads requiring "re-registration" of connections in such a manner that it would seem the people who became subscribers before 28-Feb-06 are the only ones left out with possible faulty documentation/ identification!
Is it not prudent for Sheikh Hasina and her supporters to demand that she be tried in an open Court of Law (televised, if possible) to clear her name from all the corruption charges brought against her? The alleged lingering scandals, such as the MIG-purchase-affairs, have been haunting her for a long time. Instead of trying to clear her name through a court verdict, she has been trying hard to squash the corruption cases against her from being tried in the court. If she is innocent, what is she afraid of?
The scarcity of medicine in the country, as observed in the last few days, appears to be very artificial and the result of the manipulation of pharmaceutical companies. Bangladesh has earned its reputation for production of quality medicines and the pharmaceutical companies have demonstrated their excellence at home and abroad.
Russia and China expressed worry yesterday over the possibility of war with Iran as French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner pressed for tougher sanctions against the Islamic Republic's nuclear programme.
Up to 18 Pakistani soldiers and 16 militants were killed in heavy fighting in a restive tribal area bordering Afghanistan, officials said Monday.
The Afghan government strongly rejected yesterday any conditions for peace talks with the Taliban after the Islamic militants demanded the withdrawal of Western troops as a prerequisite for dialogue.
India and Pakistan will hold new peace talks next month to boost efforts to cooperate against terrorism and reduce the risk of a nuclear war beginning by accident, the Indian foreign ministry said.
For a man who claims his khakis are "part of my skin," embattled Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf will find it tough to hang up his military uniform as promised.
Authorities in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh yesterday said they have sacked thousands of policemen accused of paying bribes to get into the force.
Seven people were killed yesterday when a car bomb and a mortar shell blasted Baghdad's main morgue as families were engaged in the grim search for the bodies of missing relatives.
The vast majority of Israelis support the apparent air strike on Syria, a poll showed on Tuesday, as North Korea denied helping Damascus to build a nuclear facility alleged to have been the target.
North Korea strongly denied yesterday that it has provided Syria with secret nuclear cooperation, claiming the charge was fabricated to block progress in the North's relations with the United States.
Arts & Entertainment
ATN Bangla's docu-drama Banchar Aasha has been nominated for the 35th Emmy Awards, hosted by the US Academy of Television Arts and Science, and considered equivalent to the Oscars.
Though at present classical music may not have a sizeable audience, few artistes continue to devote their skills to this genre. Durba Chowdhury is one of them, who has spent years training in classical music and currently she is a music teacher.
The first episode of the talk show Tini will be aired tonight on Ekushey TV at 7:30pm. The show focuses on the ideals as well as personal and professional lives of eminent personalities. The show will be aired every Wednesday.
Lukochuri, a psychological thriller directed by Dipankar Dipon will be aired tonight on Rtv at 9:20pm.
Shurolok Music Appreciation and Performance Group of Melbourne recently organised an evening of Rabindra Sangeet. Although the Bangla months of rainy season -- Ashar, Srabon -- had long gone in Bangladesh, the emotions evoked by rain were resonated through songs at the programme, titled “Ashar Sraboner Gaan”.
It is far removed from the glitz and glamour of film stars but closer to the survival of human race: the environment and wildlife film festival, "CMS Vatavaran" began here recently.
Living in this city is a continuous struggle for everyone, from the affluent, to the not so affluent, down to those poor and disadvantaged. My problems are twice magnified, so is the struggle. I am a citizen of this country by birth and have been living here for over 50 years.
The manpower export sector is at a crossroads of immense opportunities and challenges that it has never experienced before. New markets have already opened up, or are opening up, or waiting due approach from us to open up. The resistance of the developed countries to cross-border mobility of labour is not paying off for them.
Urdu-speaking Bihari community has welcomed the caretaker government's recent move to enrol them as voters. The community, especially the younger generation, sees new hopes in the move, yet doubts remain about the future.
Mohammad Raju first arrived at the Geneva Camp in Mohammadpur 36 years ago when his family took shelter in the camp along with many other Bihari families after the liberation war ended.
Amid the growing concrete jungle a park in the city stands out to offer the locals a breath of fresh air and the opportunity to walk in the serene ambience of the Gulshan-Baridhara lakeside.
Baridhara Society has been also maintaining the Baridhara Park from its own funding. DCC handed the park over to the Society around seven years ago. After that they had done the design of the park. Various types of flowerbeds and trees were planted according to the design.
Recent government steps to streamline the cable television business were not enough to check irregularities and anomalies in the whole system.
With a view to bringing Chittagong Customs House under automation process, the authorities introduced Direct Traders' Input (DIT) system for import of cargoes on Monday.
A syndicate of criminals based on CNG-run auto-rickshaws created a reign of terror to such an extent few weeks ago that the commuters feared to travel on board the auto-rickshaws as it turned into a 'vehicle of panic' in the port city.