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News of: Wednesday, 26th of September, 2007

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8 rental power plants given go-ahead

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed has approved the installation of eight rental power plants, with a total capacity of 300 MW, with the government subsidising the Power Development Board (PDB) to purchase power from the plants during the three years of the costly scheme.

EC plans DCC polls in March-April

The Election Commission (EC) plans to hold the long overdue poll to Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) between March and April next year, after having the voter list for the area ready in January.

5 ex-ministers testify in case against Khaleda

Five former ministers of Khaleda Zia's cabinet yesterday testified before the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in a graft case filed against the former premier, her younger son Arafat Rahman Koko and 11 others.

Court issues arrest warrant against 23

A Dhaka court yesterday issued arrest warrants against former commerce minister Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury, former prime minister Khaleda Zia's political secretary Harris Chowdhury, Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan Shah Alam and 20 others in a graft case.

Brac set to launch Tk 700cr farm bond

Brac, one of the country's leading micro-finance institutions, is planning to launch a Tk 700 crore agricultural bond in an effort to increase much needed financing to the agricultural sector.

Banks asked to keep greater vigil over maintaining accounts

The central bank yesterday asked all banks and financial institutions to keep greater vigil over politically exposed persons (PEP), including taking steps to establish their sources of wealth while opening and maintaining bank accounts.

Karzai praises Bangladesh's Afghanistan rebuilding role

Bangladesh and Afghanistan have decided to set up a bilateral mechanism between the foreign ministers of the two countries to follow up the progress of cooperation with a view to expanding and deepening it.

Wife of Obaidul Quader jailed for 8yrs

An anti-graft court yesterday sentenced Isratunnesa, wife of detained Awami League (AL) Joint General Secretary Obaidul Quader, to eight years' jail in a tax evasion case.

5 from BGMEA dropped from voter list

The Electoral Arbitration Council of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) yesterday dropped five voters of BGMEA from the final voter list of the upcoming FBCCI election, bringing uncertainty for Annisul Huq, one of the prospective president candidates of FBCCI, participating in the election.

Fitra in Dhaka fixed at Tk 55

This year's fitra has been fixed at Tk 55 per head in the Dhaka city and its adjoining areas.

Afghan TV shows video of purported Bangladeshi hostage

Afghan television aired yesterday a clip of a blindfolded man said to be a kidnapped Bangladeshi national and said his abductors threatened to cut off some of his limbs unless a ransom was paid.

India firm asks EC to award it laptop contract

A state owned Indian company urged the Election Commission (EC) Secretariat to award it a contract for supplying 8,000 laptops to the commission, questioning a decision of a review panel of the Bangladesh government to invite fresh tenders for the job.

Delwar says Khaleda, Hasina should be freed

BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain has said BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina should be released to pave the way for democracy.

Rakib becomes country's 4th Grandmaster

Abdullah Al Rakib joined the Grandmaster-club in Bangladesh when the national chess champion was crowned the game's top title by the World Chess Federation (FIDE) at its Third quarter presidential board meeting in Mexico City held on September 13 and 14.

Cop asked for probe report on Hasina by Oct 23

A Dhaka court yesterday directed the officer-in-charge (OC) of Tejgaon Police Station to submit the probe report of a Tk 5 crore extortion case against Awami League (AL) Chief Sheikh Hasina, her cousin Sheikh Helal and his wife Rupa Chowdhury by October 23.

215 workers of Platinum Jute Mills laid off for a month

A total of 215 permanent workers of Platinum Jubilee Jute Mills at Khalishpur industrial belt in Khulna were laid off for one month yesterday.

RMG workers block highway after fellow killed in road accident

Garments workers blockaded Dhaka-Sylhet highway for two and a half hours yesterday after a garment worker was killed and two others were injured in a road accident at Sonargaon upazila in Narayanganj. At least 20 others including a number of ansar personnel were injured in the violence that the accident sparked.

CNG-run bus catches fire

A CNG-run bus caught fire after its gas cylinder exploded near the capital's Mohakhali Police Box yesterday, police said.

EU keeping watch on HR situation in Bangladesh

In line with the European Union's guidelines on human rights, Dutch Ambassador in Dhaka Bea Ten Tusscher yesterday said the EU is keeping watch on the present human rights situation in Bangladesh.

HC asks NBR to accept Koko's revised tax return

The High Court (HC) yesterday asked the National Board of Revenue (NBR) to accept the revised income tax return of detained Arafat Rahman Koko, the younger son of former prime minister Khaleda Zia.

JSD, Workers Party urge EC to disqualify war criminals

Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) and Workers Party of Bangladesh yesterday jointly urged the Election Commission (EC) to disqualify identified war criminals and anti-Liberation War forces from participating in the election.

KL introduces new rule for Bangladeshi workers

The Malaysian government has introduced a new rule for receiving Bangladeshi workers by their recruiters at Kuala Lumpur airport.

Musharraf to stay on as army chief if not elected

President Gen Pervez Musharraf will stay on as army chief if he is not re-elected president, the attorney general said Tuesday, as the Supreme Court prepared for a ruling that could decide the fate of his bid for another five-year term.

Myanmar protesters defy junta warnings

Myanmar's junta deployed hundreds of soldiers and riot police in its biggest city yesterday, after Buddhist monks defied warnings of a crackdown and led 100,000 people in another day of mass protests.

Editorial

Bangladesh Bank's timely directive

The directive issued by the Bangladesh Bank to all commercial banks regarding transactions by business concerns even as criminal cases are pursued against their owners is a welcome move. And the first point that needs to be made here is that it should go a long way towards reviving confidence in the economic sector. While it is true that there are criminal charges against a section of businessmen, with many of them abandoning their firms, it is equally true that for the economy to move along smoothly it is essential that business activities continue unimpeded.

Sessions jam at public universities

Three major universities of the country, namely Dhaka University (DU), Chittagong University (CU) and Rajshahi University (RU) are destined to face additional sessions jam following their closure in the wake of the recent violence at the DU campus. These three universities having been closed since August 22 are now scheduled to open between October 20 and 28 after the Ramadan, Eidul Fitr and Durga Puja holidays.

Why politics matters, and always . . .

Being a politician and being in politics are not quite the same. The first refers to one who has made a vocation of politics. The second draws attention to one who has found his way into the political field without first having been baptised in it. A politician is an individual who has walked all across the country, known the pulse of the nation, and, having known it, spoken up in defence of all its aspirations. And one who strays into politics, or decides that he should be in it, is a person who may have pursued a profession all his adult life, and then, having gone into superannuation, decided that a foray into politics was not quite a bad idea.

The future of American exit from Iraq

Known for its stance in favour of the Bush administration's Iraq policy, the New York Times editorial, as far back as in July last, caused a measure of stir in the United States. It wrote that: "It is time for the United States to leave Iraq without any more delay than Pentagon needs to organise an orderly exit." But according to most observers, "an orderly exit" is not a real option any more and, in any case, that is not where the logic of American politics leads to in the short run.

There are more things between AL and BNP

Paraphrasing the Bard of Avon let us begin with the words: There are more things between Awami League and BNP that are not given as much importance by us as they deserve for all the good reasons. And there is strong logic behind the argument that for this serious lacking we failed to build a cohesive society that should have been built thirty years ago. Too much of politics and little importance to social development are the main reasons for this state of things as they stand today.

Sports

A success story

Cricket has shed its image as a dull, unattractive and lengthy sport after the spectacular success of the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 Championship.

Media go mad

An ecstatic media revelled Tuesday in India's surprise triumph in the first ICC World Twenty20 Championship, predicting the start of a golden era for the cricket-crazed nation.

'People love sixes'

Indian skipper Mahen-dra Singh Dhoni predicted that Twenty20 will catch fire with a vengeance back home following his team's unexpected victory in the first-ever world championships on Monday.

Pak greats lament

Former Pakistan cricket greats on Tuesday bemoaned their national side's inability to overcome India after losing to their arch-rivals in the ICC World Twenty20 Championship final in South Africa.

A pleasant problem

International cricket chiefs declared the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 Championship an outstanding success on Monday but said they now had to work out how to fit the game into a crowded calendar.

Cry for a full-time coach

The Twenty20 excitement over, its time for Bangladesh to shift their focus immediately to their next assignment: a demanding tour to New Zealand in December-January.

Clubs say no again

Indira Road, City Club and Brothers Union have again refused to play the Premier League's relegation play-off.

Mumbai to host winners' parade

The triumphant ICC World Twenty20 Championship winning Indian team will be given a rousing open top motorcade reception by citizens after it arrives in Mumbai from South Africa Wednesday morning.

Booters' Cox's Bazar story concludes

Bangladesh football team's special physical training ended yesterday in Cox's Bazar with a warm-up match that they won 1-0 against a local selection.

Rajib remains at 2nd place

International Master Enamul Hossain Rajib shared the second slot in the VI Asian Individual Chess Championship with four other players securing five points after the 7th round matches held in Cebu City of the Philippines yesterday.

Fiery semi on the cards

Germany's World Cup machine is getting into high gear as the defending champions prepare for their crunch semi-final against arch-rivals Norway on Wednesday.

Real look to keep lead

Real Madrid, who conceded a draw against Valladolid at the weekend, play Real Betis this week with the task of increasing their one point lead in the Spanish football league.

Ronaldinho on way out?

Talk of divorce hung heavy in the Spanish air Tuesday with Ronaldinho's forecast split from Barcelona filling the back pages.

Striker crisis for England

England coach Steve McClaren was Tuesday facing up to the likelihood that he will have to do without Michael Owen for next month's crucial Euro 2008 qualifiers against Estonia and Russia.

MU face Coventry challenge

Owen Hargreaves is set to kick-start his Manchester United career in Wednesday's League Cup third round tie with Championship outfit Coventry City.

Calderon in the dock!

Real Madrid chairman Ramon Calderon was briefly held by security personnel as he passed through a New York airport in an apparent case of mistaken identity, the club said Tuesday.

Carew out for six weeks

Aston Villa and Norway striker John Carew will miss his country's crucial Euro 2008 qualifier in Bosnia next month after being ruled out of action for up to six weeks with knee ligament damage.

Loew backs Sander

Patrik Sander has received strong support since his sacking as manager of Energie Cottbus on Sunday, the latest expression of concern coming from national coach Joachim Loew.

Andrade out for the year

Juventus's Portugal defender Jorge Andrade, who injured his left knee in the 2-2 draw against AS Roma at the weekend, has seriously torn ligaments in his left knee which has ruled him out for the year.

Nakamura doubt for Milan

Celtic's Japanese playmaker Shunsuke Nakamura is facing a race against time to be fit for next week's Champions League clash against AC Milan at Parkhead.

Nasri to miss L'pool match

Young sensation Samir Nasri will miss Marseille's Champions League match at Liverpool next month because of illness, the French first division club said on Monday.

India celebrates in style

Cricket-crazy India erupted with joy Monday as Mahendra Singh Dhoni's young team snatched the inaugural Twenty20 world title, defeating arch-rivals Pakistan by five runs in a nail-biting final.

Henry defends Misbah

Pakistan coach Geoff Lawson defended batsman Misbahul Haq after they lost the ICC World Twenty20 Championship final to India on Monday.

'I won't stop bowling'

Australian all-rounder Shane Watson said Tuesday a horror injury run would not force him to give up bowling and become a specialist batsman.

Violence mars celebrations

Police fired teargas Tuesday to break up clashes between Hindus and Muslims as celebrations over India's nail-biting Twenty20 cricket win over Pakistan exploded into violence, officials said.

Speed allays 50-over fear

The International Cricket Council has insisted Twenty20 will not replace the 50-over format despite a hugely successful ICC World Twenty20 Championship. Malcolm Speed, the ICC chief executive, has also confirmed that a limit of seven Twenty20 matches per Test-playing nation each year will still carry on despite its popularity.

Ctg, Joypurhat post big wins

Azimuddin and Nizamuddin slammed four goals each as Chittagong Division rattled to a 14-0 victory over Jhenidah in the Araf Apparels 21st National Youth Hockey competition at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Faruque to act as AFC MO

Dr. Omar Faruque has been appointed AFC Medical Officer (MO) for the AFC Youth Championship (Under-16) qualifiers.

Notre Dame earn rugby title

Notre Dame College emerged champion in the Foamex Foam 1st College Rugby tournament, beating Imperial College 18-3 in their last super league match at the Outer Stadium ground yesterday.

Business

Do business without any fear

A top government official yesterday urged the business community here to carry out business without any fear, as the government does not want to harass businesspeople unnecessarily.

BB raises ceiling to Tk 7 lakh for cash transaction report

Bangladesh Bank (BB) has raised the ceiling of the amount the commercial banks are to mention in the cash transaction report (CTR), monthly submission of which to the central bank is mandatory.

CAs, lawyers demand time extension for declaring untaxed income

Different professionals, especially chartered accountants (CAs) and income tax lawyers, demanded of the government to further extend the time for declaring untaxed income under the Statutory Regulatory Order (SRO) 98, 2007 as it has some ambiguities.

SEC okays rules for merchant banks' margin loan

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday approved the margin rules to check any market manipulation through providing excess loans to investors by the merchant banking wings of banking and non-banking financial institutions.

Tesco to discuss Bangladesh textile protest with suppliers

British supermarket giant Tesco will discuss the causes of protests by 25,000 textile workers in Bangladesh over the weekend with its suppliers, The Independent reported on Monday.

Manufacturers demand price review of govt controlled drugs

Bangladesh Association of Pharmaceutical Industries (Bapi) has demanded price review of government-controlled drugs, which has been stalled since 1994, says a press release.

Citi's Asia Pacific head of Investment Banking due today

Mark Renton, Asia Pacific head of Investment Banking for Citigroup, arrives in Dhaka today on a daylong visit.

WB eyes rate reduction for developing nations

For the first time in almost a decade the World Bank is set to make meaningful cuts in the interest rates it charges China, Brazil, Mexico and other big developing countries, The Wall Street Journal Europe reports Tuesday.

Study says Asia complacent on governance

Asian governments, regulators and companies have "taken their eye off the ball" over corporate governance during the current economic boom, a study released Tuesday said.

Ericsson to upgrade AKTEL's GSM/EDGE network

Telecoms equipment vendor Ericsson has signed a new agreement with a leading Bangladeshi mobile phone operator, TMIB (AKTEL), to upgrade and expand its EDGE-enabled GPRS/GSM network and offer mobile broadband services, says a press release.

IMF, WB to unveil joint strategy for poor countries

The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank are developing a joint strategy to aid low-income countries that will define their separate roles, a top IMF official said Monday.

GP launches Nokia handset campaign

Grameenphone has launched a new offer with an attractive Nokia handset and a Smile BTTB connection at a low price to mark Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr, says a press release.

India committed to Iran pipeline despite missing Tehran talks

India remains committed to a multi-billion dollar gas pipeline through Pakistan from Iran despite failing to attend a new round of talks underway in Tehran, officials said Tuesday.

New Addl MD of Mercantile Bank

AKM Shahidul Haque of Mercantile Bank Ltd has recently been promoted to additional managing director of the bank.

GM signs $800m China export deal

US auto giant General Motors (GM) said Tuesday it will boost its exports of US-made vehicles and auto parts to China by more than 800 million dollars from 2008.

Vietnamese consumer prices rise

Vietnamese consumer prices rose 8.8 percent year-on-year in September, within market expectations, amid gains in food and construction materials, officials said Tuesday.

Metropolitan

$25m WB project for persons with disabilities

The World Bank will provide $25 million in assistance for government-run Disability and Children-at-Risk Project (DCRP), to be launched next year for better care and rehabilitation of the persons with disabilities.

DPDC likely to take over Desa operation in Jan

The caretaker government is likely to dissolve the Dhaka Electric Supply Authority (Desa) in January next to hand over its operation to the newly formed Dhaka Power Distribution Company (DPDC).

Bangladeshi trawler capsizes in Indian water territory

Eleven Bangladeshi fishermen reportedly drowned as a trawler capsized in Indian water territory during a violent storm in the Bay.

Exhibition of Bangladeshi artefacts to boost image

An international exhibition of Bangladeshi archaeological masterpieces scheduled to begin at Guimet Museum in Paris on October 24 would be a tremendous image booster for the country, French Ambassador Jacques Andre Costilhes said yesterday.

DU authorities to urge govt to find out Prof Aftab's killers

The authorities of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday decided to send a letter to the home ministry with a request to find out the killers of a senior teacher of the university.

Fair of products of women entrepreneurs begins in city

With a view to creating market for the products of women entrepreneurs in the country, a five-day-long fair began on the premises of Jatiya Mahila Sangstha (JMS) in the city yesterday.

2 robbers killed in gunfight with cops in Kishoreganj

Two robbers were killed and three policemen injured yesterday in a gun battle between law enforcers and criminals at Pitolganj village in Kishoreganj.

'Electoral reforms without discussion with active parties won't be successful'

Electoral reforms without discussion with the active political parties would not be successful, said the leaders of Gonotantrik Baam Morcha (Democratic Left Alliance) yesterday.

Case filed against Shaptahik 2000 editor, publisher, writer in Ctg

The authority of Al Jamea'atul Islamia (Jiri) in Patiya yesterday filed a case against the 'Shaptahik 2000' acting Editor Golam Mortuza, Publisher Mahfuz Anam and writer Daud Haider.

Voter registration in Gazipur, Tongi from Oct 20, 26

Work on preparing fresh voter list with photographs and national identity (ID) cards will begin in Gazipur Pourosava on October 20 and in Tongi Pourosava on October 26.

Betar to broadcast CA's speech live tomorrow

Bangladesh Betar will broadcast live the speech of Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed at 62nd United Nations General Assembly tomorrow.

2 mild tremors jolt country

The Dhaka Seismic Centre at Meteorological office at Agargaon yesterday recorded two earthquakes having mild and very mild intensities.

Sirajganj road crash kills one

A man was killed and two others were injured in a road accident on Bogra-Nagorbari highway in Kawak area at Ullapara upazila of Sirajganj yesterday.

127 cellphone sets seized

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members yesterday seized 127 cellphone sets worth Tk 5.6 lakh and arrested four people in two separate drives in Gazipur and Dhaka in this connection.

Bangabandhu Sangskritik Jote anniversary

Bangabandhu Sangskritik Jote, a cultural organisation, will observe its 27th founding anniversary today.

Jeweller murdered

A gang of miscreants allegedly killed a jeweller and took away his ornaments in the old part of the city on Monday.

10 RMG workers fall sick after inhalation of toxic gas

Ten female workers of a mosquito coil factory of Reckitt Benckiser reportedly fainted and fell sick after inhalation of a gas that is used to dry mosquito coils at Nasirabad in the port city yesterday afternoon.

National

10 killed in Moulvibazar, 642 attacked in B'baria

Diarrhoea is spreading Moulvibazar and Brahmanbaria districts. Eleven people were killed in Komolganj upazila in Moulvibazar till Monday while at least 118 were attacked in two upazilas in Brahmanbaria in the last two days.

Withdraw 'false' case by JMB cadre

A Jubo League leader of Bangmara yesterday demanded immediate withdrawal of a 'false' case filed by a top cadre of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) against him and his family members.

Teesta dams vulnerable as 10 spars damaged by flood

Devastating floods this year that crossed all previous records washed away or badly damaged 10 embankment protection dams (spars) of Teesta river.

Five cops suspended as accused escapes

Five policemen including Sub Inspector Abul Kalam of Terokheda police station in Khulna were suspended yesterday for alleged negligence of duty.

Allahar Dal activist held in Sirajganj

Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested an activist of Allahar Dal at Goshala here, police said.

Kailashtila LPG plant resumes production

After a shut down for 10 days, the NGL Fractionation Plant at Kailashtila in Sylhet was put on operation Monday afternoon.

2 killed as villagers clash in Netrakona

Two people were killed and 30 others injured in two separate clashes among villagers in Kendua and Madan upazilas yesterday, police said.

15 hurt in Jessore storm

A tornado lashed four villages of Sharsha upazila in Jessore yesterday evening.

Letters

Hospital security

In our national dailies news items were published-- 'Nurse complains of abuse'. Apart from this, many other types of crimes are committed in hospitals, like kidnapping of newborn babies, thefts and robberies. Such a state of affairs in both government and private hospitals in the country clearly shows that security in hospitals is neglected. Similarly, the administration of a hospital, as well as its authority, lacks concern and knowledge regarding security requirements.

Price hike and Ramadan

Heaps of apples, grapes and pomegranates--the sight is tantalising to the pedestrian who happens to walk beside the fruit shop. So, Ramadan, the month of austerity, is in and the prices of the essentials are skyrocketing.

Unbearable traffic congestion

In recent days, traffic congestion of Dhaka city seems to have reached its worst. The whole traffic system is falling apart! A ten-minute path has become an unending ordeal. Hundreds and thousands of working hours are being wasted on the roads. The most valuable fuel is being burnt. The traffic authorities look helpless.

Huge sixers!

God at last answered Yuvraj's prayers. Yuvraj Singh of India on Sep 19 entered history of Twenty-20 cricket as the first player to hit six sixes in one over, a feat he achieved in the penultimate over scoring 58 off 16 balls against England, the fastest half century in international history---off only 12 balls. Six balls delivered by England's Stuart Broad had a return journey from Singh's bat dancing first over long on, second a flick to square leg, third over long-off, the fourth over point, fifth a miss-hit over mid-wicket and the sixth was again over long on. Stuart Broad with an apologetic face has to spend the rest of his life remembering his place in the grey page of history as the first bowler to be hit for six sixes in Twenty20.

28th BCS and age limit

It is now a buzzword that the advertisement of the 28th BCS examination will be made within a very short time. But we are much worried over the matter of fixing the age limit. We have not had any advertisement since 2005 and a good number of students have crossed the age limit to appear at the BCS exams.

Hasina and Khaleda

I completely agree with Mr. Azad Miah from U.K. that Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia have caused irreparable damage to our country. The Pakistani Army destroyed physical elements of our country, caused genocide, raped our sisters and mothers but they were not successful in destroying our souls.

Bangladesh business leadership

I am a regular reader of Mr. Mamun's write up on banking and economics often published in your newspaper. His latest analysis on the above subject highlighted the reality confronted by the economy due to the intemperance doctrine a few distinguished members of intelligentsia or civil society have been continuously propagating in order to confuse the policy planners.

Coin and note

You are very well aware that there is an acute shortage of Tk 1 coins and notes and also Tk 2 notes.

British HC medical centre

Medical clearance with TB test is mandatory for immigration visa of almost all countries. America, Canada and other countries along with Britain have medical centres in Dhaka. That's why no visa applicant has to face any problem for getting their medical test. The only exception is the British High Commission's authorised medical centre. The Holiday Makers programme drew a huge response from the youths of Bangladesh after its launching on 1 August 07. For going to this programme, TB test is an important condition that has to be done in Dhaka. Chittagong & Sylhet.

Hawkers back to business!

A few weeks ago Dhaka city roads, streets and footpaths were free from hawkers, looked clean and vacant. At the same time many roadside tin-shed shops and stalls had disappeared.

Population boom

Population is growing so alarmingly that it has become a serious concern for all. In order to make the people conscious about the consequences of population growth, the world leaders have termed this problem as population explosion. For Bangladesh, this problem is even more serious. Ours is one of the smallest countries, but it has the highest density of population. The government cannot ensure food, education, medicare and accommodation for the majority of the people.

Pedestrians' ordeal

Have you ever passed through Dewanhat in Chittagong? May be you are driving your car or sitting behind in your luxurious auto. Have you ever seen the pedestrians crossing the Dewanhat bridge entrance from Agrabad side? I cannot but blame the city fathers for overlooking the pedestrians' difficulties in crossing this very dangerous and busy place in the city.

Cheating by shopkeepers

As a housewife I have to go to Karwan Bazar at least once every week to buy essential food items like rice/dal, fish/meat, vegetables, spices, fruits, oils etc. But I am sorry to say that for every kg of each item I always get at least 100 to 200 grams less. This is a great "loss" to every purchaser. There is no one in this big market to check this "pilferage" of public money and save the helpless consumers. I am sure this malpractice is going on in all the markets.

Doctors' negligence

On August 30, my father was admitted to a city hospital.

Famine in Sudan

During the 1990's, a combination of drought, civil war, and general poverty made the famine in Sudan a systematic killer. Carter, a South African photojournalist, had traveled to Sudan with the intent of journaling the rebel movement, but was instead struck by the devastation of the famine and began to photograph the victims of starvation. While traveling near a village in Southern Sudan, the sounds of whimpering brought him to face an emaciated toddler trying to crawl to a feeding centre. Her path was being calculatingly followed by a vulture, which was strikingly well-nourished in contrast to the hunched figure in the foreground. The picture is haunting, almost surreal in its barren landscape.

White House vision

To have the same rights as other nations such as being able to learn their own language and determine their own destiny, the people of my origin have been fighting four undemocratic regimes. These regimes have called them tribal, radical, separatist, and even racist. Surprisingly, the White House at times also uses not all but some of those words pejoratively to describe the assertive faction of our people who seek independence.

International

Tigers call for int'l pressure on Lanka

Tamil Tiger guerrillas called yesterday for international pressure to be cranked up to force the Sri Lankan government to halt military operations and return to peace negotiations.

World leaders face 'daunting challenges'

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said leaders attending this year's annual ministerial meeting of the General Assembly opening Tuesday face more "daunting challenges" than ever before from global warming to ending the war in Darfur and promoting Middle East peace.

Afghan violence kills 32

At least 32 people including a police commander and several Taliban militants were killed in a wave of violence across insurgency-plagued Afghanistan, officials said yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Subal Dutta on the deplorable state of radio artistes

Everyday as Bangladeshis wake up to the familiar “signature tune” of Radio Bangladesh, Subal Dutta feels as if he has been gifted a new lease of life. “The tune captures the spirit of a free nation and I feel honoured to have been able to compose it after our Liberation war,” says the veteran violinist.

Fun unlimited on airwaves

Radio Foorti celebrated its first anniversary recently. The popular FM radio station started its journey on August 17, 2006 with experimental transmission. But from September 21 last year, it officially started its 24-hour programme.

Idol-makers in Dinajpur strive to sustain their ancestral profession

Disheartened by bleak conditions, at least 7,000 idol-makers of greater Dinajpur region are contemplating moving away from their ancestral profession. The tradition of idol-making is deeply rooted in the biggest Hindu festivals. But due to the rise in prices of raw materials, menacing middlemen and virtually no job prospect for over eight months every year, they are being forced to give up the profession.

Drama serial "Jege Theko" on ATN Bangla

Drama serial Jege Theko will be aired tonight at 8pm on ATN Bangla. Directed and written by Mohon Khan the serial features Litu Anam, Mir Sabbir, Joy, Hillol, Tinni, Sumaiya Shimu, Tonima Hamid and Toru Mustafa.

OP-ED

Burmese monks' protest marches now openly challenge rulers

Nearly twenty years after mass pro-democracy demonstrations forced the former dictator General Ne Win to resign, thousands of people have been taking to the streets again to protest against the country's military rulers. In the past two days more than 10,000 people have joined the biggest protest marches in the former capital Rangoon since 1988.

Urban poor

With its runaway growth over the past few decades, Dhaka has become a 12 million citizen strong mega-city and the center of Bangladesh's political and economic life. Unfortunately, the city's leadership has failed to establish a comprehensive strategy for dealing with this rapid urbanisation and urban poverty. Its failure in the former has continued to systematically exacerbate the latter, to what may soon become a breaking point.

Preparing for natural disasters

The night of September 12 was a night to remember for many living in the coastal regions of Bangladesh. Panic, chaos, and grief gripped the locals and tourists in Cox's Bazaar. It was the night when the government issued a tsunami warning along the coastal lines in the wee hours of midnight. It was indeed a night to remember as people were wide awake till two in the morning, hoping that their lives would not be shattered by the devastating tsunami.

Human rights at Commonwealth summits

Commonwealth presidents and prime ministers, who meet every two years in a CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting), almost always say something about human rights. But there are huge differences between comments which are banal, and commitments which lead to specific action by the Commonwealth Secretariat and member governments.

Star City

Glue-sniffing kids tell their harrowing tales

With the aim of saving street children from drug addiction, Dhaka Ahsania Mission has recently detoxified nine children in a 14-day detox camp.

A monster in the making

Sociologist Gigi Asem said street children are part of an urbanised society and in a horribly bifurcated society like ours drug addiction of street children can be a very serious social problem.

Living with dirty, stinky Wasa water

Many inhabitants of the eastern part of Dhaka are getting contaminated water from the Wasa supply line that poses a threat of serious health hazards for lakhs of people.

CNG autorickshaw drivers fleece commuters ahead of Eid

The CNG autorickshaw drivers are fleecing the commuters as lawlessness has gripped the service sector ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr.

Star Chittagong

Port city gets stuck in gridlock

People get stuck in intolerable gridlock from the very beginning of the Ramadan in different areas of the port city due to dilapidated condition of almost all the busy roads.

Teachers, peons occupy lone students' dormitory for over decades

The lone dormitory for the students of Chittagong Government Commerce College is being used as quarters for teachers and peons, forcing the students to stay outside for over one and a half decades.


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