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News of: Monday, 24th of September, 2007

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Saifur, Bhuiyan, six other ex-ministers to be quizzed

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) will question eight former ministers, including M Saifur Rahman, Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan and Matiur Rahman Nizami tomorrow in connection with a graft case filed against detained former prime minister and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.

Emergency has to be relaxed in areas of local polls by December: CEC

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda yesterday said the ongoing state of emergency must be relaxed by the end of this year in areas where local government elections are planned from January.

Constitution council to be set up to ensure fair selection

The caretaker government is looking to form a national constitutional council to ensure appointments to constitutional posts are made in a transparent manner.

200 fishermen still missing

Around 200 fishermen of 15 fishing boats that went down in the turbulent Bay of Bengal Thursday are still missing while loading and unloading of goods at Mongla Port remain suspended for two days due to bad weather.

SC lets death row prisoners appeal

The Supreme Court yesterday granted the applications by the condemned prisoners in the Bangabandhu murder case seeking leave-to-appeal against their death sentences.

Dhaka may go for 30pc bilateral tariff-cut

Dhaka is looking to cut bilateral telecom tariffs by 25 to 30 percent with Saarc countries, despite existing mechanisms allowing for tariffs to be cut as high as 50 percent.

Held magnates may be freed if they hand over ill-gotten wealth

The government may consider releasing arrested businessmen if they disclose their ill-gotten wealth and agree to hand those over to government.

6 companies vie for Oriental purchase

Six financial institutions including three foreign ones have submitted expression of interest (EoI) for purchasing majority shares of Oriental Bank Ltd (OBL).

Trial of 6 RU teachers begins

Trial of six detained Rajshahi University (RU) teachers for violating emergency power rules began at the Metropolitan Magistrate's Court for Speedy Trial in Rajshahi yesterday.

Bhuiyan, Delwar claim BNP united

Both groups of BNP leaders led by Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan and Khandaker Delwar Hossain have claimed the party's unity under their leadership and accused each other of creating confusion among the party men and people.

Dhaka Phone launches land phone in Dhaka

Dhaka Phone, a privately owned public switched telephone network (land phone), launched its services in Dhaka yesterday, with an eye to adding 25,000 subscribers in the capital in next three months.

Nassa garment workers agree to resume work

The demonstrating workers of Nassa Mainland, a factory owned by Nassa Group, have agreed to return to their work from today after the factory authorities agreed yesterday to fulfil some of the workers' demands.

Dream Indo-Pak T20 final today

India and Pakistan aim to provide the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 Championship with an exciting climax when they meet in the final in Johannesburg today.

Essentials prices swing on kitchen markets

Amid strict monitoring of the capital's kitchen markets by law enforcing agencies, prices of essentials still fluctuated in rapid successions on both wholesale and retail markets in the last few days.

Fakhruddin reaches NY

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed arrived in New York yesterday on an official visit to attend the 62nd session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

Ziaul Haq Zia sued for tax-dodging

National Board of Revenue (NBR) yesterday filed separate cases against former state minister for LGRD and cooperatives Ziaul Haq Zia and his wife for concealing wealth information and dodging tax.

9 Allahr Dal activists get 5yrs in jail

A Kushtia court yesterday sentenced nine activists of "Allahr Dal" to five years' rigorous imprisonment in a case filed in connection with carrying out militant activities.

Alim Jute Mills workers enforce sit-in to protest layoff

Over 300 workers of Alim Jute Mills yesterday held a sit-in to protest the authorities' decision to suspend operations of the factory.

Charge framing against Mir Nasir now Oct 17

A Chittagong court yesterday re-fixed October 17 for framing charge against former BNP state minister Mir Mohammad Nasir Uddin and his son barrister Mir Mohammad Helal Uddin in two separate tax evasion cases.

Ex-BNP MP Sohrab sued for extortion

Former BNP lawmaker Sohrab Uddin and four others were sued yesterday for extortion.

Monks, nuns challenge Myanmar junta rule

Emboldened after a march to see Myanmar's democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, 20,000 people led by Buddhist monks yesterday launched the biggest challenge against military rule in nearly two decades.

Defiant Iran warns West against attack

Iran bluntly warned the West yesterday against launching an attack after a defiant display of its military prowess, including a new longer-range missile that could reach Israel.

Editorial

Vandalism is reprehensible

Workers taking to the streets on Saturday at Tejgaon industrial area, going on a rampage, damaging 20 factories and torching a bus were no doubt highly reprehensible but given its origins in demands for an increase in Iftar allowance and Eid bonus the matter sounded avoidable through timely dialogue and negotiations.

Bangladesh cricket saga

Bangladesh cricket team has come back from the much-hyped ICC World Twenty20 Championship in South Africa with no feather added to its cap. Except for a few flashes of individual brilliance, the performance as a team was anything but lacklustre, especially when a tournament like Twenty20 demands the very best in all the departments. By ensuring a well-fought six-wicket victory over West Indies, Bangladesh reached the second round in style, thus raising hope in the minds of the countrymen. And this needs to be mentioned that the Bangladesh team captain Ashraful had even etched his name in the history book by scoring the fastest fifty in that match (which was however broken later by Yuvraj Singh of India). Nevertheless, the general feeling among the cricket pundits was that the young side would add the expected spice to the tournament. Unfortunately, it was not to come.

Plea bargain and corrupt politicians

On September 11, Law Adviser Mainul Hosein told reporters that the government was considering enacting a new law -- a "plea bargain" for an accused criminal in exchange for a reduced penalty. Such a practice existed as early as 1633, when Galileo was given house arrest by the Inquisition in exchange for reciting penitential psalms weekly and recanting Copernican heresies.

Amoral code

When a coalition begins to melt, its partners subtly, if not silently, begin to shift their public agenda from common concern to individual need. The debate over the bridge built by Lord Ram between the Tamil coast and Sri Lanka is hardly new. A year ago, the supreme leader of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, Mr. M.K. Karunanidhi, would not have fractured sensibilities nationwide with intemperate, unacceptable remarks about Lord Ram, revered and worshipped by Hindus as the paradigm of virtue.

Sports

It doesn't get any bigger

The young guns of India and Pakistan will square off in a dream final of the ICC World Twenty20 Championship Monday at the culmination of the exciting tournament.

Dose of own medicine

India's fairy-tale continues. In a tournament in which few gave them a chance, they have now played three successive high-quality games, each performance a little better than the previous one. The latest one on Saturday means we are in for a mouth-watering Monday-afternoon finale, with India taking on Pakistan to decide who will be called the World Twenty20 champions.

It'll be explosive: Akram

Pakistan cricket great Wasim Akram is expecting an "explosive" World Twenty20 Championship final on Monday between traditional South Asian rivals India and Pakistan.

Tigers return

Bangladesh cricket team returned home last night after a 26-day tour of Africa.

Angry sea keeps booters inside

The national football squad will play their first warm-up match tomorrow after a three-week physical training programme in Cox's Bazar when they take on a local eleven.

Adebayor on fire

Emmanuel Adebayor scored a hat-trick as Arse-nal turned up the heat on their Premier League title rivals with a 5-0 thrashing of Derby at The Emirates stadium on Saturday.

Turncoat Terry

Jose Mourinho's relationship with John Terry has broken down completely over the Chelsea and England captain's central role in his departure from Stamford Bridge last week.

Messi sinks Sevilla

Barcelona celebrated the 50th anniversary of their Camp Nou Stadium on Saturday and Argentine sensation Lionel Messi ensured the party continued all night scoring twice to sink title rivals Sevilla 2-1.

Milan slip up again

AC Milan continued their early season stumble through Serie A with a disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Parma on Saturday.

Viduka double guides Magpies

Mark Viduka scored twice on his return from injury as Newcastle turned on the style to beat West Ham 3-1 at St James' Park on Sunday.

Ronaldinho criticised

Ronaldinho's love of the good life was the target of criticism by the media here Sunday after he missed Saturday's win over Sevilla.

Nou Camp to be remodelled

British architect Norman Foster on Saturday unveiled his proposal to remodel Barcelona's famed Camp Nou stadium inspired on the colourful works by the late Catalan architect Antonio Gaudi.

Schmeichel signs new deal

Manchester City's Danish Under 21 international goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has been rewarded for his impressive form with the Premiership high flyers in the shape of a new four year deal.

Dhoni praises bowlers

A confident Mahendra Singh Dhoni praised his bowlers for the fantastic win against Australia which has put India in the final of the ICC World Twenty20. Dhoni also lauded the team spirit in the camp, saying the entire squad was enjoying themselves in the field, and playing hard, but with little pressure of expectation.

Aussies' soft belly?

India's achievement in winning the cracker of a semifinal -- and ensuring that there will be one world trophy without Australia's name on it -- can hardly be overstated. Or can it? Were there signs of weakness in the Australian team from the start?

Rajib draws in Asian chess

Enamul Hossain Rajib held on to the third place in the VI Asian Individual Chess Championships when the Bangladeshi International Master drew with local Grandmaster Antonio Rogelio Junior in Cebu City, Philippines yesterday.

Sree slapped with fine

Indian fast bowler Sreesanth has been fined 25 per cent of his match fee for excessive appealing during India's semi-final victory against Australia in Durban. In addition, the Indian team has been fined for it's slow over rate, having being found one over short in the allocated time.

Youth hockey resumes today

After a two-year gap, the Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) revives the National Youth Hockey Championship, which begins today in Dhaka.

Kirilenko lifts Sunfeast crown

Russian Maria Kirilenko won her second WTA singles title with a 6-0, 6-2 hammering of Mariya Koryttseva at the 175,000-dollar Sunfeast Open here Sunday.

Nancy retain lead

Youssouf Hadji took another step away from the limelight of his older brother Mustapha with two late headers to keep Nancy top of the French first division on Saturday.

Bremen drown Stuttgart

Striker Hugo Almeida hit two goals in 54 seconds on Saturday as Werder Bremen beat Bundesliga champions VfB Stuttgart 4-1, while Hertha Berlin took a temporary lead at the top of the table.

No Hong Kong bid for Inter

Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing denied a report from an Italian sports website that said he would make an offer to buy Inter Milan, a spokeswoman for the tycoon said Sunday.

Hertha hit purple patch

Hertha Berlin coach Lucien Favre was a happy man on Sunday after his side picked up their third-straight win by beating Borussia Dortmund and get amongst the Bundesliga's title contenders.

Norway send hosts packing

Norway sent hosts China packing and Brazil did the same to Australia as they clinched their places in the women's World Cup semifinals on Sunday.

Cottbus sack coach

Energie Cottbus, winless this season after six matches and lying bottom of the Bundesliga, have sacked their manager Petrik Sander.

Business

Dhaka wants to shorten 'sensitive list' for Bimstec free trade deal

Bangladesh will offer to cut the number of items it wants to protect from tariff reductions at trade negotiations with Bimstec countries to be held in Dhaka today.

Floods cut handloom output in run-up to Eid sales

Handloom weavers are facing huge losses in the crucial Eid-ul-Fitr sales period as production has been shutdown for over a month due to the devastating floods.

Govt slashes borrowing from commercial banks

The government's net borrowing from banking sector reduced to Tk 326 crore from July to the first week of September this fiscal.

Bangladesh jute industry: Time to rise to the occasion

When synthetics crowded out the demand for jute in international markets in the 70s, Bangladesh's 'golden fibre' jute was believed to have been extinct. It was for a while until recently when demand for jute resurfaced in the global market, particularly in light of the environment-friendly and renewable nature of the product. A surge in global demand resuscitated exports of jute, both raw and products, from Bangladesh. Export of these two items increased by 120 percent and 40 percent respectively over the last six years. Availability of superior grades of jute makes Bangladesh well placed to enter and compete in export markets for high value-added and price-competitive jute products.

IMF asks Lanka to cut spending

Sri Lanka needs to slash state spending and contain the budget deficit, the International Monetary Fund said Sunday, warning that the island's debt exceeds gross national production.

South Korean motor makers fined for price fixing

After having earned an estimated 90 billion won from an illegal price colluding scheme, South Korea's industrial motor makers Hyosung Power & Industrial Systems PG and Hyundai Heavy Industries Co were fined a combined 4.9 billion won ($5.3 million) the Fair Trade Commission has said.

Popular Pharma to market German brand medicines

Popular Pharmaceuticals Limited (PPL) has recently signed a contract for exclusive marketing and distribution of world renowned brands of Merck KGaA, Germany in the field of advanced cardiology and anticancer therapy, says a press release.

Scotia Branch of Bank Asia relocated

Bank Asia Limited yesterday relocated its Scotia Branch from its old location at Rangs Bhaban on Bijoy Sarani to 32 Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue in Dhaka, according to a press release.

Iftar box at Tk195 in KFC Gulshan

KFC Gulshan has announced a meal in a box for Iftar during the Ramadan at Tk195 (inclusive of VAT), says a press release.

Thai exports firmly back on track

Thailand's both exports and imports hit historic highs last month, with exports growing 17.9 percent year on year to US$13.91 billion (Bt464 billion) and imports up 14 per cent to $13.14 billion. The official figures were provided on Friday by the commerce ministry.

India eyes Gulf food market

India has launched a major drive to step up exports of agricultural and processed food products to the Gulf countries and attract investment in the sector.

Weakening dollar creates dilemma on both sides of the Atlantic

The fall in the value of the dollar against the euro is gathering pace, creating some advantages but also serious difficulties on both sides of the Atlantic, analysts say.

US cities' Wi-Fi dreams fading fast

Ambitious plans for big Wi-Fi networks to provide free or low-cost wireless Internet access are being abandoned or scaled back by US cities as the economics of the deals turn out to be more challenging than expected.

Metropolitan

Authorise local govt bodies to realise taxes

Local government experts and leaders at a workshop yesterday urged the government to authorise the local government institutions to realise taxes and prepare village-based development planning.

Solve traffic jam thru' integrated way

Inefficient traffic administration in the city causes severe traffic congestion which must be solved in an integrated way, said the speakers at a roundtable yesterday.

Court order ends 4 months' virtual jail life of Jharna

At long last, a court allowed private custodian for Jharna, a poor child, recently ending her four months' virtual jail life in the name of safe custody.

Road accidents kill 6

At least six people were killed and 50 others injured in separate road accidents in Gaibandha and Comilla yesterday.

Concern over vandalism by RMG workers

Different trade and rights organisations yesterday expressed grave concern over the tension that shrouded the garment sector after Saturday's vandalism by RMG workers and demanded the owners pay the bonus and arrears of the workers immediately.

Meena Day today

With a view to highlighting child issues and recognising the importance of children, Meena Day will be celebrated across the country today, says a press release.

Three diplomats visit Bogra today

Swedish, Danish and Norwegian Ambassadors will visit Bogra today to observe the voter registration activities, according to the District Election Office (DEO).

Fresh remand of BCU leader Manabendra condemned

Bangladesh Chhatra Union (BCU) and its different wings yesterday condemned the fresh remand of its leader Manabendra Dev and demanded his immediate release, says a press release.

AL, BNP to stage demonstration during CA’s address at UNGA

US chapters of BNP and Awami League (AL) will stage demonstrations in front of the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York on September 27 when Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed will address the 62nd session of the UN General Assembly.

Globeleq-Ibrahim General Hospital plaque unveiled

The plaque of Globeleq-Ibrahim General Hospital was unveiled at Kaliganj under Sonargaon upazila in Narayanganj yesterday.

3,697 more arrested

Police in separate drives arrested 3,697 people on various charges across the country in last 72 hours ending at 6:00am yesterday.

Youth strangled in city

Police recovered the body of an unidentified youth from the National Botanical Garden in the city yesterday.

Child rights week programmes begin today

Nari O Manabadhikar Foundation (NAMAF), an alliance of women rights organisations, will organise different programmes in different districts to mark the 'Child Rights Week 2007' that begins today.

Concern over Ittefaq situation

Sangbadik-Sramik-Karmochari Oikya Parishad (SSKOP) has expressed deep concern over the situation prevailing in The Daily Ittefaq, says a press release.

Housewife killed after gangrape in city

A housewife was slaughtered in front of her two minor children in Keraniganj on the outskirts of the capital yesterday.

Fazal M Kamal joins bdnews

Fazal M Kamal, a former editor of the Holiday and the Bangladesh Times, yesterday joined bdnews24.com as executive director for News and Public Affairs, says a press release.

Vandalism by RMG workers condemned

Bangladesh Trade Union Centre (BTUC) yesterday condemned the vandalism unleashed by the workers at different garment factories at Tejgaon in the city on Saturday, says a press release.

2 Dhaka-bound trains start operating up to Cantt Station

Dhaka-bound trains Padma Express from Rajshahi and Sundarban Express from Khulna started operating up to Dhaka Cantonment Railway Station since Saturday as the setting up of dual-gauge rail-line up to the station had been completed, says a press release.

English language lab opens at DIU

The inaugural ceremony of the English Language Laboratory of Daffodil International University (DIU) was held on September 22, says a press release.

Release of Khaleda demanded

More than 500 agriculturists of Agriculturists' Association of Bangladesh (AAB) yesterday demanded immediate release of Khaleda Zia, says a press release.

Dr Mohabbat passes away

Dr Mohabbat Ali, former professor of Chemistry department at Dhaka University (DU), passed away due to old age complications at his son's residence at BCSIR Officers' Quarter in the city on Saturday at the age of 88, says a press release.

EWU donations for fire victims

East West University (EWU) yesterday handed over Tk 25000 to each of the families of six victims who were burnt alive in a fire on the university campus on February 21, 2006, says a press release.

National

11 Jubo League, BCL men chargesheeted

Eleven Jubo League and Chhatra League leaders and activists have been chargesheeted in BNP leader Habibullah murder case.

Sweet water prawn brings farmers back to business

Cultivation of prawn in sweet water is expanding in different areas of Satkhira district as it is environment friendly and also more profitable than shrimp cultivation in saline water.

Pension not received in 12 yrs

The family of a forest officer did not get the pension money 12 years after his death.

Cops count coins on drug peddling

People of Arpara and adjoining areas in Kaliganj upazila in Jhenidah district are paying through the nose as drug traders have ganged up in the village allegedly under police protection and are running their profitable illegal business.

No clue to 'abduction' of Ctg businessman Mozaffar

Police are yet to trace out businessman Mozaffar Ahmed, who was allegedly abducted on September 9 from Agrabad CDA residential area.

Father, son killed in road accident

A father and his son were killed and his wife was injured in a road accident yesterday at Baro Bazar on Jhenidah-Jessore highway in Kaligong upazila in Jhenidah district.

3 PWs examined in case against ex-BNP MP Shafi

Three prosecution witnesses were cross-examined yesterday in the relief goods misappropriation case against former BNP lawmaker Shafi Ahmed Chowdhury.

Deposition of PWs resumes tomorrow

Deposition of prosecution witnesses (PWs) in one of the two cases filed in connection with grenade attack on British High Commissioner Anwar Chowdhury will resume at the Sylhet Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal tomorrow, court sources said.

2 toll collectors arrested

Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested two persons while extorting illegal toll from fruit traders at a market in Palashbari here, police said.

RU admission form to be available from today

The Rajshahi University (RU) authorities will begin distribution of forms for admission into first year honours classes for the 2007-08 academic session today, campus sources said.

Letters

Floodwater and tubewells

It is reported that most of our tubewells in the flood affected areas have gone under water and there is an acute shortage of drinking water.

Restoration of jute sector

It is a fact that once the strongest pillar of the Bangladesh economy is now sinking fast and will soon become a part of history. There is a big conspiracy behind this sector's total destruction in Bangladesh whereas its neighbour i.e. India and even Napal are constructing new jute factories. In India old and closed factories are revived with raw jute being supplied from Bangladesh. The closure of the biggest factory in Asia i.e. Adamjee and then subsequent closure of factories in Khulna and other places is bringing unemployment and poverty to thousands of families.

Modern day slavery!

It was quite astonishing for me to read in the magazine “Bloomberg Markets” about the existence of inhuman slavery still today in this modern civilised world. It was an investigative story in Latin American countries like Brazil and Peru where people worked in timber, charcoal or gold mines without any wage and just for food. They work so hard and suffer from diseases like TB, malaria in Amazonian forests and in unhygienic gold mines in Peru that many of them embraced death at their early age. There is no authority to look into this matter. Even the countries which boast of humanity and are beneficiaries of these mines, especially the USA, are not aware of the situation.

Pakistan sceme

It is unfortunate that the Pakistani politicians are consistently reducing the options before President Gen. Pervez Musharraf. Once the political crisis almost forced Musharraf to declare emergency but he retraced his decision to clamp emergency so as to offer as much freedom as it is desirable for Pakistan, though the opposition leaders, cutting across the political divide, are out to destabilise the already fragile state.

“Foot overbridge”

I was surprised by your use of the word "foot overbridge". I wonder if this is the proper terminology.

Good move, but…

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

Robbery

The frequency of robberies in the country is rising at an alarming rate. The police resources are not enough (plus poor service conditions).

Politics, democracy and consumerism

Politics has gone for a walk in the woods. Where? In Bangladesh? Yes, and in other places too. The 21st century is slowly, but firmly, keeping its promise to change the shape of things that we were used to in the previous centuries. Politicians all over the world either cautioned their citizens about the ferocity of changes that this century would bring or promised a "Brave New World".

Reaz Rahman on Shehabuddin book

Please refer to Syed Badrul Ahsan's review published in The Daily Star of 8 September 2007 of K.M. Shehabuddin's book “There and Back Again. A Diplomat's Tale”. It has only recently been brought to my notice and therefore, this rejoinder.

Terrorism and education

One of the most shocking terrorist attacks was launched on 9/11. This attack, by the Islamic militants, not only took many innocent lives but also created a huge barrier for Muslim students to getting access to higher education in the US. That is, they are deprived of higher education in the US and also in many other parts of the world.

Working hours

At present, our National Working Hours (NWH) is 8 x 5= 40 hours per week. To speed up our development, we should increase the NWH and ensure complete utilistion of manpower. By increasing working hours, we can ensure massive participation in developmental works that will simultaneously remove unemployment problem and develop the country. The NWH could be increased to 12 hours per day (i.e. 12 x 5= 60 hours per week) where the workers and employees will work in two shifts. Each of the shifts will be of 6 hours (8:00am to 2:00pm and 2:00pm to 8:00pm). Such schedule may offer many advantages like-

Biman issue

Many readers write in your daily expressing their concern about the ailing national career, Biman Bangladesh Airlines. The common feeling is that Biman should be turned into a profit-making airline. But how? One point that has never come up for discussion is that Biman has lost its goodwill in aviation market. In business if your goodwill and prestige is destroyed you stand nowhere. Biman's reputation in business deals with aircraft suppliers has eroded so badly that no one is willing to come forward and help. In the last decade or so, Biman has floated on several occasions tenders for strategic partners and aircraft lease/charter but the response has been very poor. This is ample proof that Biman has lost its creditability in the aviation industry. This is not the end. The story goes that on many occasions Biman even failed to pay on time handling charges at overseas airports and its flights were barred from taking off till the dues were cleared.

Textile engineering institute

The low investment, low technology and labour intensive garments industry has developed tremendously well in the last two decades in Bangladesh. Huge demand of production ingredients like, knit & woven fabric, button, jeepers, level and packing materials, created scope for backward linkage industrial units. A good number of industrial units have been set up by the sponsors in the last couple of years to cater to the demand of the garments industry, especially yarn producing spinning factories, fabric producing factories, processing, dying and washing plants have come up and created jobs for the people. But these backward linkage industrial units are confronting shortage of technical experts in textile technology.

Caretaker government

It is true that most of the people are happy with the present caretaker government's anti-corruption drive and various measures taken to curb crime. Nevertheless, it is also true that an interim government like the present one cannot be a total & complete solution of the problem Bangladesh is riddled with.

Special economic zone

Bangladesh has had a good record in a number of macroeconomic indicators, but alas, when it comes to attracting large-scale investment, its record is wretched. So far, Bangladesh has been experimenting with Export Processing Zones for quite some time to attract investment. The county has had some success in attracting small-scale investments, mainly in the textile sector. The largest investment has been the construction of the fertiliser factory on the banks of the river Karnaphuli. Other than that, no other company made any significant investment. Recently, some large international companies have shown keen interest to invest in Bangladesh, but an apathetic attitude by the government has discouraged a number of those investors. Something needs to be done to encourage large-scale investment in Bangladesh, and the only way to do so seems to be the establishment of a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Bangladesh. Large-scale investment can help in employing a large number of people, establish ancillary industries, increase economic growth and provide new technology to Bangladesh.

Coaching centres

The students of many schools and colleges are totally dependent on coaching centres. This is a bad sign for our future education. The guardians of the students are seen to admit their children in the coaching centres. The guardians should realise what the real purpose of education is.

Market economy

Today's fascination with market economy has created dominating and dominated economies and weak economies are being trapped in the process of marginalisation. No country is economically safe in the face of stiff competition. So it is imperative to become proactive or reactive or at least protective, but protective strategy will no longer be effective. Protective economies that are lagging behind the race of economic integration are becoming more vulnerable to dominating economies. In this scenario of world economy, a country like Bangladesh should be strategically solvent and it's a ray of hope that the New York based Investment Banking Organisation Goldman Sachs has rated Bangladesh as one of the Next Eleven potential countries after Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) which will influence the world economy.

International

Pak police round up Musharraf opponents

A Pakistani opposition leader yesterday accused President Pervez Musharraf of trying to crush dissent after police held dozens of people who vowed to protest against the military ruler's re-election.

Under fire Lanka offers olive branch to Tigers

Sri Lanka offered yesterday to halt major military operations against Tamil separatists in exchange for peace talks following intense international censure.

Myanmar's junta faces rebuke at UN General Assembly

As protests intensify against the military generals in Myanmar, world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly are expected to push the ruling junta to adopt democratic reforms.

‘Video shows Blackwater guards fired on Iraqis unprovoked’

Iraqi investigators have a videotape that shows Blackwater USA guards opened fire against civilians without provocation in a shooting last week that left 11 people dead, a senior Iraqi official said Saturday. He said the case was referred to the Iraqi judiciary.

Nato sees hope for Afghan peace talks

Six years after the fall of the Taliban, the fighting in Afghanistan is growing more intense but so is talk of peace.

Current tensions won't lead to Iran war

The commander of US military forces in the Middle East does not believe current tensions with Iran will lead to war and urges for greater emphasis on dialogue and diplomacy.

'Terrorist threat high for France'

The terrorist risk for France is at a new high following threats last week from al-Qaeda and a failed suicide attack on French nationals in Algeria, the country's senior police officer said yesterday.

UN meet for greater role in Iraq

A high-level meeting on Iraq ended here Saturday with support for a bigger UN role in the war-scarred country but acknowledgment that this would require greater improvement in the security situation.

Israelis approve prisoner release

The Israeli Cabinet voted overwhelmingly on Sunday to release 90 Palestinian prisoners in an effort to shore up the moderate Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, in his power struggle with Islamic Hamas militants.

Fujimori returns to Peru to face trial

Former President Alberto Fujimori returned to Peru on Saturday to face charges of corruption and sanctioning death-squad killings, a grim homecoming for the strongman who fled the country seven years ago as his government collapsed in scandal.

Bush seeks $195b for Iraq, Afghan wars

The White House will ask Congress next week to approve another massive spending measure for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan totalling nearly 200 billion dollars, The Los Angeles Times reported on its website late Saturday.

Fukuda wins poll, likely to become next PM

The veteran moderate Yasuo Fukuda easily won election as Japan's ruling party president Sunday, pledging to keep a pro-US foreign policy and improve ties with Asia after he almost certainly becomes prime minister later this week.

Serbia to offer full autonomy to Kosovo

Serbia will offer full autonomy, or "independence within Serbia," to the breakaway southern province of Kosovo during face-to-face talks this week in New York, a report said yesterday.

UN to discuss protection force for Darfur spillover

France will chair a UN Security Council meeting tomorrow aiming to hasten the deployment of a UN-European Union force to the Central African Republic and Chad that would protect civilian victims of the conflict in neighbouring Darfur.

Progress on ME talks, Iran vital: British FM

The world must act now to keep alive the prospects of a two-state solution in the Middle East or see the opportunity disappear, Britain's Foreign Secretary David Miliband said yesterday.

9 killed in Pak tribal fighting

Fighting between two rival groups over a business dispute yesterday left at least nine people dead and 12 others injured in a Pakistani tribal area bordering Afghanistan, officials said.

Pak opposition leader to challenge detention

A Pakistani opposition leader held after vowing to lead protests against President Pervez Musharraf's re-election said yesterday that he would challenge his "illegal" detention in court.

Israel PM to visit London, Paris

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will fly to France and Britain in late October for meetings with the countries' leaders ahead of a Middle East peace conference, a senior Israeli official said yesterday.

US watching closely Myanmar protests

The United States is "watching very carefully" the rising protests for democracy in Myanmar, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said yesterday, calling the Southeast Asian state's ruling military junta "brutal."

Asian 'child slaves' at British cannabis farms

Criminal gangs are trafficking hundreds of children into Britain and forcing them to work in cannabis factories, with at least one child per week being found by police, a report said yesterday.

Spain, US sign 'permanent' anti-terrorism agreement

Spain said yesterday it had signed a "permanent cooperation agreement" with the United States to boost the fight against terrorism and prevent attacks.

Arts & Entertainment

Resistance and war atrocities

Middle East, the cradle of civilisation, is also the origin of three major religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Middle East has been over the ages, a melting pot of different cultures, witnessing the peaceful co-existence of multiple nations.

“Swapnodanay” to be screened in Chicago

Golam Ranni Biplob's award-wining film Swapnodanay (On the Wings of Dreams) is going to be screening at 43rd Chicago International Film Festival 2007, to be held from October 4 to 17, says a press release.

Traditional 'Gur Pukur Mela' in Satkhira

The 300 year-old Gur Pukur Mela started recently with devotees paying homage to the goddess Manasa at Palashpole in Satkhira town. However, many believe that the mela has lost some of its appeal.

Drama Serial “Hitlu” on Ekushey TV

Drama serial Hitlu will be aired tonight at 8:30pm on Ekushey TV. Written by Iraj Ahmed, the serial is jointly directed by Abida Nasreen and Russell O'Neil and Ashraful Alam Ripon.

Dev Anand to launch his autobiography

There is no stopping the 84-year-old “evergreen” hero of Bollywood -- Dev Anand. After being an actor for decades and then turning to direction, Dev Anand has now focused to writing a book: his autobiography.

OP-ED

In search of true reform

The ongoing debate on the corruption and political mismanagement in Bangladesh seems to have generated a consensus on the need for reforms. Various ideas have cropped up in different discussions. Like in the past, the politicians have managed to be at the forefront of all reform issues. After months of private discourses, they came up with a theory which became known to the public as "Minus Two Formula," meaning to deprive the two leaders of the two leading political parties of their leadership, as if they were the only two persons responsible for all the chaos.

Making pregnancy safer in Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, 12,000 women die needlessly every year as a result of the complications of pregnancy and childbirth. We have the knowledge and technology to prevent most of these deaths. Progress has been made in reducing maternal deaths in Bangladesh, but it needs to be faster and it needs to benefit more poor people.

Tax deadline

Individual assessees are required to pay income tax on their total income and submit their tax return within September 30 each year. Every year, the government brings changes in tax laws and promulgates those changes through finance bill/finance ordinance. The changes made in tax laws this year were also published through the finance ordinance-2007.

Star City

Dying for water in Ramadan

Acute water crisis gripped old part of Dhaka with the advent of Ramadan making life of people miserable.

Gridlock continues to choke Karwan Bazar

The main thoroughfare and surrounding areas of Karwan Bazar, one of the busiest commercial hubs in the city, remain unnecessarily congested with hundreds of vehicles parked there haphazardly while the designated car parking for the area is left unutilised.

"city express"

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


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