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News of: Wednesday, 19th of September, 2007

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US expects extra steps to restore democracy

The US government expects Bangladesh to take additional steps for restoring democracy as soon as possible.

Saifur's son Naser gets 9yrs for extortion

A Sylhet court yesterday sentenced detained former BNP lawmaker M Naser Rahman to nine years in prison in an extortion case.

EC to get 4,000 laptops by Oct 25

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 sent to jail on surrender

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.

Sri Lanka blow Tigers away

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.

Ershad gets acquitted

A Dhaka court yesterday relieved former president and Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad of the gold smuggling case.

Dhaka seeks Afghan help for release of Brac staff

Foreign Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury has sought support of the Afghan authorities in securing the release of abducted Brac employee Nurul Islam.

Prothom Alo takes action against persons responsible

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.

Dulu sued again for abetting militants

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.

Delwar moves to bury differences with Hannan

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'.

IMF agrees it's not right time for govt to sign PSI deal

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.

24 promoted as secretary

The caretaker government yesterday promoted 24 additional secretaries and appointed them as secretaries in various key posts.

Drug Administration in dwindling state

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.

Govt gets 6 more weeks to complete process

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.

2 AL leaders give statement to probe body

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.

Bridge collapses in Chittagong as vessels hit

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.

Ershad trial involved 17 judges

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.

Probe body gets 20 days more

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.

Ex-BNP MP Shafi Chy sent to jail

Former BNP lawmaker Shafi Ahmed Chowdhury was sent to jail yesterday after he surrendered before the Speedy Trial Magistrate's Court.

Ctg Chhatra Union leader held for campus violence

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.

DMP empowered to allow over 50 in indoor party meeting

The home ministry yesterday empowered the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner to allow more than 50 members in an indoor political party meeting.

Musharraf to quit army if re-elected

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.

Maoists quit Nepal government

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.

Editorial

Kidnapped Brac worker

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.

Committees to probe city schools performance

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.

Beaten and brutalised in Malaysia . . . and elsewhere

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.

Searching for leaders in casualty wards

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.

Sports

Pakistan outplay Aussies

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.

Kiwis almost through

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.

Procter hails Tigers

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.

Nayeemuddin denies use of drugs

Bangladesh's Indian coach Syed Nayeemuddin blasted the media for erringly accusing him of using banned drugs on the footballers.

Will NCL get serious?

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.

Dhoni new ODI skipper

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 avoids tricky issue

Sachin Tendulkar on Tuesday skirted the issue of captaincy of the Indian cricket team saying he did not have much to say on it.

Ramos ready for debut

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.

Rooney's timely return

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.

No omelette without eggs!

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.

Easy going for Kirilenko

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.

Jol challenges Defoe

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.

Repka fined for hitting cameraman

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.

Paul's errors surface

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.

Test first for Sachin

Indian batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar said Tuesday he could stop playing taxing one-dayers first before quitting international cricket.

Giles to coach Bears

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.

Asian 14 & U series tennis on

The Amicus Asian 14 and U Series tennis tournament got underway at BKSP yesterday.

Mithu fires Gazirchot

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.

Derby earn first win

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.

Russian control for Arsenal

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.

Hingis wins in China

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.

North Korea scrape into quarterfinals

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.

Heskey undergoes surgery

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.

Fighting Irish pair punished

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.

Business

Banks now need to keep 0.5pc provision this year

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.

BB asks banks not to appoint their ex-top executives as consultants

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.

10pc import tax on rental power plant equipment

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) yesterday fixed 10 percent flat tax on import of machinery and equipment for rental power plants.

WB, UN back nations to recover assets pilfered by corrupt leaders

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 hits record $81

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.

DBH signs deal with BB to offer home loan at 10pc interest

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'.

Fresh sops for Indian exporters

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.

Producers urged to diversify jamdani

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.

India's life insurance market set for boom

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.

StanChart to buy American Express Bank

British bank Standard Chartered said Tuesday it had agreed to acquire American Express Bank for about 860 million dollars (620 million euros) in cash.

Airlines to face credit, oil turbulence in 2008: IATA

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 unemployment rises to 4.2pc

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.

KL pushing for gas price hike

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.

Board to choose new IMF chief next week

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 firms face increased risks

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 to launch iPhone in Europe

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.

New president of chartered secretaries, managers' instt

Itrat Husain has been elected president of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Managers of Bangladesh (ICSMB) for 2007-2008 term.

Metropolitan

Dhaka to seek special financial support from ADB

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.

Call to fully implement Cedaw

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).

Banker’s wife commits suicide over dowry

A housewife committed suicide in the city's Tejgaon area on Monday night allegedly unable to withstand torture by her husband for dowry.

CA invited to C’wealth Summit

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.

‘Allow trade union in RMG sector’

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.

Egypt urged to import Bangladeshi goods

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.

Fund raising dinner generates $1 lakh for flood victims

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.

Journo assaulted in Rangpur

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.

Husband ‘forces’ wife to commit suicide in N'ganj

The police yesterday arrested a Bangladeshi expatriate on charges of forcing his wife to commit suicide at their house at Bandar in Narayanganj.

Katrine Camilleri wins Nansen Refugee Award

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.

Narcotics Control office to be shifted to accommodate ACC staffs

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.

Child drowned by miscreants in N'ganj

Miscreants drowned a child following a row with his elder brother at Kayetpur area of Fatullah on Monday night.

Distribution of forms begins September 25

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.

Prisoner dies in N'ganj

An under-trial prisoner of Narayanganj District Jail died on Monday night.

Boy drowns in city

A minor boy drowned in the city yesterday.

Tremor hits Dhaka, Ctg

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.

Exhibition of artworks by Bangladeshi begins in Tokyo

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.

Keraniganj Jubo Dal leader held

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.

Ctg livestock official caught red-handed while taking bribe

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested the deputy director (DD) of Divisional Livestock Department, Chittagong on charges of taking bribe yesterday.

Five get life for killing businessman

A Khulna court yesterday sentenced five people to life imprisonment for killing a businessman in 1998.

Rajshahi bus plunge hurts 15

At least 15 passengers were injured in a road accident at Kishorhut under Mohanpur Upazila in Rajshahi yesterday.

Diplomats donate Tk 10 lakh for flood victims

Turkish Ambassador Ferit Ergin and Indian High Commissioner Pinak Ranjan Chakravarti yesterday called on Foreign Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury at his office yesterday.

7-day DAM relief distribution programme begins

Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) has started a seven-day long relief distribution programme on Monday, says a press release.

National

BNP divided, voices louder for democracy in party

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.

Untoward incident at Nilphamari court

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.

One gets 14-yr RI for acid violence

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.

Liberation War memorial damaged in Pabna

Criminals damaged a Liberation War memorial on the premises of Dulai Dr Jahurul Kamal Degree College in Sujanager upazila in Pabna yesterday night.

One lynched in Bagerhat

A mob yesterday lynched a suspected thief at Haji Enayetullah Dakhil Madrassa in Rampal upazila in Bagerhat, police said.

Tk 2 cr heroin recovered

Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested an expatriate and recovered heroin worth over Tk 2 crore from his possession.

Letters

Subduing West Indies

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.

Tale of a flood victim

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 .

Reopen the public universities

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.

9/11

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.

Begum Zia and Sheikh Hasina

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.

UK visa

It is a great pleasure that “Working holiday visa facility in UK” has been re-introduced for Bangladeshis.

Exorbitant fees

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.

Wanton violence

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.

Power shortage

An English daily correspondent's optimistic front page news (Sept:8) appears to be appeasing the authorities; rather than being pragmatic facts!

Stranded Pakistanis

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!

Price hike

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.

Unscrupulous traders...

Despite government's sincere efforts, the unscrupulous traders are still resorting to malpractice.

Elevated Expressway

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.

Biman issue

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.

The justice system

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.

Proactive Anti Corruption Policy

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.

Save my sister's life

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.

Don’t punish them

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.

Mobile “re-registration"

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!

Charges against Hasina

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?

Scarcity of medicine

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.

International

China, Russia warn against Iran war

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.

18 Pak soldiers killed in clashes with rebels

Up to 18 Pakistani soldiers and 16 militants were killed in heavy fighting in a restive tribal area bordering Afghanistan, officials said Monday.

Kabul rejects conditions for talks with Taliban

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, Pakistan to resume talks

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.

Shedding military 'skin' no easy call for Musharraf

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.

Thousands of UP cops sacked

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.

7 die as bombers target Baghdad morgue

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.

Israelis back reported air raid on Syria

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.

N Korea denies nuke ties with Syria

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

Banchar Aasha

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.

Durba Chowdhury: An artiste-teacher of Rabindra sangeet and classical music

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.

“Tini” on Ekushey TV tonight

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.

Drama serial “Lukochuri” on Rtv tonight

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

Shurolok's tribute to Abdul Ahad

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”.

"CMC Vatavaran": Film festival on environmental issues creates a buzz

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.

OP-ED

Woes of living in Dhaka

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.

Manpower export

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.

Star City

A glimmer of hope amid doubts and despair

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.

Life stranded in 80 sq ft room for long 36 years

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.

Community comes to the rescue of a park at Baridhara

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.

Another park well maintained for 7 years

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.

A lot more charges against cable TV men

Recent government steps to streamline the cable television business were not enough to check irregularities and anomalies in the whole system.

Star Chittagong

DIT system speeds up Ctg Customs House

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.

CMP action on auto-rickshaws cuts crimes

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.



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