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Shinepukur top shots sued for Tk 108cr graft

The Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday filed corruption cases against ex-managing director of Shinepukur Holdings Ltd Mahmudur Rahman, its chairman Sohel F Rahman, vice-chairman Salman F Rahman and four others including two former top Sonali Bank officials for embezzling over Tk 108 crore from the bank.

Akbar, sons, wife get 8 years for tax evasion

An anti-graft tribunal yesterday handed down eight-year imprisonment on five high-ups of Bashundhara Industrial Complex Ltd, including Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan, in a tax evasion case.

Khaleda granted bail, proceedings stayed

The High Court (HC) yesterday granted bail to detained BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in a graft case and ordered the government to explain within six weeks why its bringing the charges under the emergency power rules shall not be declared illegal.

EC denies allegation of controlling politics

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda yesterday dismissed the allegation against the commission of trying to control political parties through the proposed provision of mandatory registration for them.

Deal finally scrapped

Upon completion of all legal formalities, the power ministry on September 25 asked Power Development Board (PDB) to cancel the contract for Meghnaghat phase-2 450 megawatt (MW) power project signed with scamster Obaidul Karim's shell company BON consortium.

UK envoy for national reconciliation between govt, political parties

British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury yesterday called for a national reconciliation between the government and political parties to implement the roadmap to hold credible elections and ensure sustainable democracy in Bangladesh.

Rich less keen as tax amnesty time ends

People mostly from middle and lower-middle income groups came up with information of their undisclosed income under the special opportunity given by the National Board of Revenue (NBR), which ended yesterday.

List of 80 to be released on approval by CA

Law and Information Adviser Mainul Hosein yesterday said no one on the latest list of 80 corruption suspects will be arrested now.

HC stalls FBCCI polls for 3 weeks

The High Court (HC) yesterday halted election process of the country's apex trade body, Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI), for three weeks.

ACC quizzes 4 high officials

The Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday questioned Public Service Commission (PSC) Chairman Sadat Hossain, Additional Secretary to the Communication Ministry ATKM Ismail, former shipping secretary Zulfikar Haider Chowdhury in connection with a graft case filed against former premier Khaleda Zia.

CA returns

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed returned home last night from New York after attending the 62nd session of the UN General Assembly.

2 detained DU professors give statements to probe body

Detained Dhaka University (DU) professors Sadrul Amin and Anwar Hossain yesterday gave their statements before the judicial probe commission of Justice Habibur Rahman Khan.

LDP, Gono Forum plan to submit common reform proposal to EC

The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) led by Badruddoza and the Gono Forum yesterday said both the parties will place a common electoral reform proposal to the Election Commission (EC).

CPB demands withdrawal of all restrictions on politics

Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday demanded withdrawal of all kinds of restrictions on politics in order to establish democracy in the country.

Charge sheet against Harris Chy submitted

A Dhaka court yesterday fixed October 30 for hearing on charge framing against Akhter Hamid Paban, son of BNP Secretary General Khondaker Delwar Hossain, and three others in connection with a carjacking case.

Tk 19 lakh mugged from Ctg petrol pump staff

Muggers took away Tk 18.95 lakh from the staff of a filling station near Kadam Rasul area of Sitakunda upazila yesterday.

8 JMB men get 4 yrs in jail

A Mymensingh court yesterday sentenced eight Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) members to four years of imprisonment.

4 electrocuted in Savar

Four day labourers were electrocuted at Baipail under Ashulia thana yesterday.

Outlaw killed in 'shootout' with cops

A member of outlawed Gono Mukti Fouz (GMF) was killed yesterday in “shootout” between police and his accomplices at Chadagara in Kushtia.

UN envoy meets Suu Kyi, junta leaders

A UN envoy met yesterday with detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi after meeting with Myanmar's military rulers as he sought a peaceful solution to the government's crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators.

Opposition vows fresh challenge to Musharraf

Pakistan's key opposition parties yesterday vowed to lodge a last-ditch Supreme Court challenge aimed at stopping President Pervez Musharraf standing for re-election on October 6.

US Embassy in Baghdad rips Iraq partition plan

The US Embassy yesterday criticized a Senate resolution that could lead to a division of the country into sectarian or ethnic territories, agreeing with a swath of Iraqi leaders in saying the proposal "would produce extraordinary suffering and bloodshed."


RMG sector must realise its full potential

The factors behind the rather sluggish trend in our RMG sector have been identified by experts but the real challenge before them is to suggest how we go about redressing them for the sake of utilising the sector's full potential. The US' cap on China's export growth at 7.5 percent till January 2008 is nearing its end with countries like Bangladesh facing the prospect of increased competition from China. But we should be able to weather that storm like we did in the first phase of the post MFA era in 2005 provided we can utilise our strengths and overcome our weaknesses with some special efforts.

Girl Child Day

National Girl Child Day was observed on Sunday with the slogan to promote and protect the rights of girl children in the country. In a message to mark the occasion, chief adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed hoped that observance of the day would help remove negative attitude towards girl children and help increase awareness in society about them. We believe the issue is important for a number of reasons, the most important one being that a girl of today is a mother tomorrow; hence she needs to be given full attention and care. But when we look around the country the prevailing scenario does not make us too happy. Negative attributes like wide-scale illiteracy, poverty, malnutrition, child abuse, gender discrimination, child labour and child marriage are contributing to the woes of young girls in society. We feel, therefore, a lot has to be done to ensure their fundamental rights to education, health, shelter, security and work.

The crumbling of a monolith

Only months ago it was inconceivable that a monolith like Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) would be crumbling the way it is now doing. With most of its leaders either incarcerated or on the run, the party -- like a rudderless ship -- has gone adrift. There is nothing to which it could be anchored, as the party was seldom endowed with even a rudiment of idealism.

Twenty20 politics

Those who celebrate India's victory over Pakistan in the final of the Twenty 20 tournament celebrate the least of the team's achievements. The game was superb precisely because it was so evenly matched, the teams separated, in the end, by the strength of a single flick of the wrist.

A business ethic to change the society

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) can be defined as social the responsibility of the corporate sector in making changes in socio-economic aspects.


BCB sets coach deadline

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has set a deadline to find new national coach by October in its executive committee meeting yesterday.

Germans lift World Cup

A ruthlessly efficient Germany tamed Brazil Sunday to win the World Cup final 2-0 with goals from Birgit Prinz and Simone Laudehr making them the first nation to successfully defend their title.

Change in the air

Unmistakably, change is in the air. Pakistan and South Africa meet at the National Stadium in Karachi today for the first Test, one eye on the now, one on the future.

Rajib qualifies for World Cup

International Master Enamul Hossain Rajib has qualified to play in the World Cup Chess Championship to be held in Russia from November 23.

Yuvraj urges for coach

Although the BCCI says that appointing a coach for the Indian cricket team is not necessary at the moment, vice-captain Yuvraj Singh feels the post should not be left vacant for long.

Three share top place

FIDE Master Abu Sufian, FM Mehdi Hasan and Minhazuddin Ahmed are in joint lead in the Pragati Insurance International Rating Chess tournament after four rounds at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hallroom yesterday.

Arsenal retain lead

Robin van Persie consolidated Arsenal's lead at the top of the Premier League as the Dutch striker's goal clinched a 1-0 win at West Ham on Saturday.

Inter thrash Roma

Inter Milan won 4-1 at 10-man AS Roma on Saturday for a convincing victory in this top-of-the-table clash to surge two points clear of the Italian championship.

Henry hits hattrick

Thierry Henry scored a sensational hat-trick, his first league goals for Barcelona, as they nudged rivals Real Madrid off the summit with a crushing 4-1 win over Levante on Saturday.

Redknapp hails Pompey

Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp saluted his magnificent seven after watching his side rout Reading 7-4 in the highest scoring game in Premier League history.

Hamilton closer to dream

Britain's Lewis Hamilton took a massive step towards winning the world championship with victory on Sunday in a rain-lashed Japanese Grand Prix as title rival Fernando Alonso crashed out.

Terry fractures cheekbone

England captain John Terry will have surgery on Sunday after suffering a depressed fracture of the cheekbone in Chelsea's goalless draw against Fulham.

Kumble for Test job

Anil Kumble is the best man to lead the Indian Test team on its forthcoming expedition to Australia. He could forge a strong alliance with Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the obvious man for the T20 and ODI teams down under.

No Freddie amuses Mahela

Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jaywardene has said that his side will look to capitalise on Andrew Flintoff's absence when they take on England in the five-match one-day series starting at the Rangiri Dambulla Stadium on October 1.

Clarke feels 'at home'

Two familiar trends gained momentum at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on Saturday as Michael Clarke's second hundred here bailed Australia out of danger and India failed to kill off a faltering opposition. In the absence of Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey, and with the dangerous opening pair not quite coming off, Clarke played a classy innings that showed off the depth in Australian cricket.

Sree lands film offer

His on-field antics have made Sreesanth a hit with the fans and in an attempt to cash in on his massive popularity, a filmmaker down south has offered the flamboyant Indian pacer a movie alongside Malayalam megastar Mamooty.

Anand clinches world chess title

India's Vishwanathan Anand was crowned world champion of chess Saturday as he won the marathon tournament in Mexico City that brought together eight of the game's best players.

Rajshahi last to reach Super Six

Rajshahi DSA became the last team to reach the Super Six stage of the Araf Apparels 21st National Youth Hockey competition after they crushed neighbours Dinajpur 5-0 at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Matuail notches easy win

Bokul slammed a hattrick as Matuail notched up a 3-0 victory over Spandan in the Third Division Football Super League at the Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Sepoy Mohammad Mostafa Stadium at Kamalapur yesterday..

Gebrselassie sets new world marathon mark

Double Olympic champion Haile Gebrselassie broke the world marathon record with an official time of 2hr 4min 26sec to win the 34th Berlin Marathon on Sunday.

Toni keeps Bayern atop

Bayern Munich are now four points clear at the top of the Bundesliga as the Miroslav Klose-Luca Toni doubleact struck again to seal a 1-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.

Rafa will keep rotating

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez saw Yossi Benayoun clinch a 1-0 win at Wigan and then defended his controversial policy of rotating his Anfield squad.

Grant defends Chelsea flops

Chelsea manager Avram Grant refused to criticise his players after they failed to overcome Fulham at Stamford Bridge.

Hleb seriously injured

Arsene Wenger admitted a serious injury to Alexander Hleb had stripped the gloss from Arsenal's 1-0 victory at West Ham.

Owen unsure about return

Michael Owen admits he may have to miss England's crucial Euro 2008 qualifiers if his recovery from two operations takes longer than expected.

Van der Saar to have tests on foot injury

Edwin van der Saar will have precautionary scans on the foot injury he suffered in Manchester United's 1-0 victory over Birmingham City this weekend which kept the Premiership Champions within two points of leaders Arsenal.

Lyon in familiar ground

Champions Lyon resumed their traditional place atop the French league with a 3-0 victory over Lens at their Gerland Stadium on Saturday.


BoI to embark on mission to woo more investment

The Board of Investment (BoI) will request big foreign investors already present in the country to try and persuade others to follow their example and seek business opportunities in Bangladesh.

Use excess liquidity for more lending to productive sector

The central bank yesterday officially asked commercial banks to use their excess liquidity to increase lending to the productive sector, especially small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

Aureos Capital invests $5m in Apollo Hospitals

Aureos South Asia Fund (ASAF), an investment fund focused on the South Asian region, has invested US$ 5 million as equity in STS Holdings Ltd, the owning company of Apollo Hospitals Dhaka, says a press release.

Ex-communist EU states feel pinch of labour shortage: WB

The European Union's 10 ex-communist states, which were hit by massive unemployment after they shifted to a market economy almost two decades ago, are now facing a labour shortage, according to the World Bank.

Gulf salaries rise amid competition for talent

Private sector salaries in the booming oil-producing Gulf countries have risen by an average of nine percent in 2007 amid an increasing cost of living and shortage of talent, a study said Sunday.

Govt to set up SME exhibition centre in Dhaka

The government will set up a modern exhibition centre in the city to sell the products of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to help the sector further expand with increased trade and business.

Beximco Pharma starts export to Jordan

Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd has started supplying its medicines to Jordan.

S'pore among top 3 cities in world for meetings

Singapore is now ranked among the world's top three cities for meetings, based on the Union of International Associations' (UIA) latest rankings, says a press release.

Rangs launches Mitsubishi EX car

Rangs Limited, the sole distributor of Japan's Mitsubishi Motors, yesterday formally launched a new model Mitsubishi car in local market.

India remains outsourcing favourite

India remains the favoured technology outsourcing destination, an industry report said Sunday, amid concerns a rising rupee and soaring wages would blunt the country's competitive edge.

Warid Telecom reaches 56 districts

Warid Telecom has expanded its network to five more districts raising total number of districts under Warid coverage to 56, says a press release.

Citibank bids farewell to outgoing GP CEO

Citibank, N.A. Bangladesh recently bade farewell to Erik Aas, outgoing chief executive officer of Grameeenphone, at a function in Dhaka, says a press release.

BA unveils new uniform for Bangladesh, India soon

Indian fashion designer Rohit Bal has designed a new uniform for British Airways cabin crew in India and Bangladesh, says a press release.

Meghna Cement approves 25pc cash dividend

Meghna Cement Mills Ltd has approved a 25 percent cash dividend for its shareholders for the year that ended on December 31, 2005.

SKorea forcasts FTA with EU by year's end

South Korea's trade minister forecast Sunday that Seoul could agree a free trade pact with the European Union by the end of the year despite a dispute over tariff concessions in the auto trade.


In a news item headlined 'Summit Power goes for rights offer to build new plants' published on this page Sunday, it was said that Syed Fazlul Haque was the chairman of Summit Power Ltd, as was stated in a press release issued on behalf of the company. Summit Power wish to make it clear that in fact Haque is not the company chairman, but a director who chaired the 9th extra-ordinary general meeting of the company.


Involve marginal people in formulating law

Academics and civil society members at a discussion yesterday called for creating mass awareness and involving marginal people in formulating the right to information act.

'80pc people deprived of social protection in old age’

The International Day of Older Persons 2007 will be observed in the country today, as elsewhere around the globe with the slogan 'Addressing the challenges and opportunities of ageing'.

Discrimination against girl child an impediment to dev

The 8th National Girl Child Day was observed with due festivity across the country to promote the rights and opportunities of girl child.

AL, JSD discuss common stance today

Awami League (AL) today meets with the Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) to take a common stance at the Election Commission (EC) dialogue.

1542 killed in social violence in last 9 months: BHRC

A total of 1971 people were killed in the last nine months across the country due to various reasons, says a report of Bangladesh Human Rights Commission (BHRC).

Focus more on child issues

A number of underprivileged children in a view exchange meeting in Rajshahi yesterday urged the journalists to focus more on child issues.

Call to make cities make safer, greener

With the slogan 'A safe city is a just city', the World Habitat Day 2007 will be observed in Bangladesh today as elsewhere in the world.

6 get life in JCD leader Helal murder

A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced six people to life in jail for killing Khondaker Wares Ahmed Helal, a former Jatiyabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader of Dhanmondi unit in October in 1988.

Ex-PM Hasina's APS Alauddin Nasim resigns

Alauddin Ahmed Choudhury (Nasim), Deputy Secretary (OSD) of Establishment Ministry and former prime minister Sheikh Hasina's APS, has resigned from his post following publication of a new list of suspected corrupts by the Anti-Corruption Commission.

Arrange polls as soon as possible

BNP Chairperson's adviser Brig Gen (Retd) ASM Hannan Shah yesterday said the caretaker government should hand over power after arranging an election as soon as possible.

Five to die for killing girl after gangrape

A special tribunal here yesterday sentenced five youths to death for killing an adolescent girl after gangrape.

Order to freeze accounts of former Ctg DC, port project director, wives

Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court yesterday ordered to freeze the bank accounts of former deputy commissioner of Chittagong M Hasan, former project director of Chittagong Port Khairul Mostafa and their wives.

October to be observed as Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Bangladesh will observe the month of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month as elsewhere in the world.

Transport businessman murdered

Police recovered a partially decomposed body of a transport businessman that was floating in the river Buriganga on Saturday night.

Thai donations for flood victims

The Thai embassy in Bangladesh and Thai nationals living here donated around Tk five lakh to the Relief and Welfare Fund of the Chief Adviser and Tk 11,42,600 to three non-governmental organisations (NGO).

ACI director Rafiqul Islam passes away

Rafiqul Islam Khan, director of ACI Limited and former managing director of National Bank Ltd, passed away in India yesterday, says a press release.

Remove CSB stalemate

Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) and Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) expressed deep concern over the indifferent attitude of the managing authorities of Focus Multimedia Limited regarding removing the stalemate of CSB News, says a press release.

World Congress of news agencies in Spain from Oct 24

The 2nd World Congress of News Agencies (WCNA) will be held in Estepona, Spain on October 24-27.

World Hepatitis Awareness Day today

With the slogan 'Be tested', Bangladesh will observe the World Hepatitis Awareness Day for the first time today to prevent the disease through early diagnosis.

Four Japanese volunteers arrive

Four new Japanese Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV) arrived in Bangladesh on September 28 in order to extend cooperation in different sectors that includes health and IT sector, says a press release.


Hunt on for new JMB 'chief' Saidur Rahman

Law enforcers have launched a manhunt for former Jamaat-e-Islami leader Moulana Saidur Rahman, who has reportedly taken over as chief of outlawed Jamaatul Mujahideen, Bangladesh (JMB).

Fund crisis keeps handlooms silent ahead of Eid

Most handlooms in Pabna, affected by consecutive floods, are silent though water has receded.

35,000 marooned as 2 rivers burst dams in Asasassuni

Over 35,000 people are marooned as the flood situation in Assassuni upazila in the district further deteriorated yesterday as waters continued to gush out through the three breaches in Kobadak and Kholpetua rivers.

'Develop Gobrakura land port'

Leaders of Gobrakura Land Port Importers and Exporters Association (GLPEIA) in Haluaghat yesterday demanded development of Gobrakura land port instead of Koroitali land port.

Doctor held, illegal clinic closed in C'nawabganj

Joint forces yesterday arrested a medical officer of Chapainawabgonj Sadar Hospital for running a private clinic illegally.

9 robbers held in Satkhira

The police have found clues to all the robbery incidents committed in the district during the last two months and arrested nine robbers from different areas in Khulna and Satkhira districts, Satkhira Superintendent of Police (SP) Mirza Abdullahel Baki said yesterday.

Workers' leaders warn against leasing jute mills

Khulna regional unit of Patkal Sangram Parishad (PSP) has urged the government to cancel the decision to lease out state-owned Peoples Jute Mills (PJM) and Alim Jute Mills (AJM) to avert unwanted situation in the industrial belt.

Tk 7 lakh snatched in Sylhet

Cash and gold ornament worth about Tk 6.85 lakh were looted from two employees of a jewellery shop at Uttarbazar Chhita Fulbari in Golapganj upazila.


Political situation in Myanmar

Listening to the media news one gets the impression that the political situation is getting worse in Myanmar. Popular agitation is getting intensified and the military junta is taking the hard line to crash the pro-democracy movement. We hope and pray that good sense will prevail and the military rulers will accept the verdict of the people and the international community and open the path to democracy by peaceful means.

Month of Ramadan

Ramadan is the month of self restraint and perseverance and these words have become clichés due to the improper use of this month by us.

Rivers drying up

About thirty or forty years ago most of the rivers of Bangladesh or Bengal basin were in full stream and they never dried up even in the dry season. But what is happening now? Except the rainy season, most of the rivers become dry or almost dry; some are spotted with many 'chars'. Once upon a time the rivers which now are almost dry were flowing with big vessels, cargoes and even ships. Will those days come again? We should reveal the causes behind this. When discussion takes place about this issue, most of our politicians blame the Farakka Barrage and lack of dredging activities. But the causes need further elaboration. Yes, Farakka is one of the main causes but it is not the whole truth. And another thing is lack of dredging. But dredging technology came to us not long ago. Then how hundreds and thousand of rivers of our country flowed smoothly without dredging in the past? So it is totally foolish to identify lack of dredging as the main reason behind the rivers getting dried up.

Twenty20 World Cup

The study reveals that the whites, apart from the ones who have been in the action ever since cricket has been introduced, are obviously less interested in cricket as they think it consumes much time in comparison to other most fabulous and popular games, football for example. However, having said that, cricket has been phenomenal, sensational and most importantly a stylish form of sport to those who love and play cricket. The emergence of cricket within Asia has been overwhelming over the few decades. There was a time when only Test cricket was in practice. The ICC introduced ODI and this format of cricket became very popular.

Freedom of expression

Freedom of expression is a fundamental right in a free and democratic society. But where do we draw the line? Suppose I am traveling in a plane and the person sitting next to me has been behaving in a strange way and honestly I hate this kind of awkward behaviour. Do I bluntly tell him I hate him for his way of behaving? Or very politely request him to consider my presence next to him? We are all humans and sometimes we do not like a certain person or a group of persons, do we approach them and tell them that we hate them? A racist or an ethnic remark or joke is considered a criminal act in all civilised societies.

English as 2nd state language

In our country, even educated people face difficulty with English. Whereas, neighbouring countries like India and Sri Lanka are doing better in this area.

Unsolicited 'advice'

As usual the visiting dignitary from a western country finding no other issues “advised' the government to open outdoor politics without realising the significance and effect of any such move. While making the 'advice' he appears to have totally ignored the historical steps taken by the administration towards holding of a meaningful election for peaceful transfer of power to an elected government. He seems to be totally oblivious of the fact that the present administration is at the helm of affairs for a mission with popular support to get rid of a situation created by the corrupt and power hungry politicians who made a mess of the country in every aspect. I do not understand what amusement these western countries (particularly two) including a few of their paper organisations called 'European Union' get by showering unnecessary and unsolicited advice on us as to how to run the government, how to do politics, how to behave with the corrupt and the criminals etc. We are no longer in a position to listen to the so 'called 'advice from the West and it is, therefore, high time for them to stop this evil practice.

Why this anomaly?

We the students of the medicine faculty of Dhaka University are in trouble. DU is closed till 28th Oct.07. But the faculty of medicine is holding examinations in different medical colleges such as, Dhaka Medical College, Mymensingh Medical College on behalf of the University of Dhaka. Due to this lack of coordination we are suffering a lot.

Patience needed

Nowadays we are almost forgetting the meaning of the holy month of Ramadan and paying least attention to its significance. A few days ago, I was out in the Paribag road, a terrific traffic jam was there. Suddenly, I heard some disgusting slang in Bengali and looked around. Two rickshaw pullers and their passengers, who seemed to be educated , were exchanging words. People around them were just enjoying the matter, and no one bothered to stop them.

Circuit house

During the British rule circuit houses were established as temporary abode of visiting government officials. Private visitors were also allowed to stay paying rent when the rooms were available. Executive engineers or his nominated officer maintained the house and administered the same as per rules. This practices are still there in India perhaps also in Pakistan. As a foreigner I had the opportunity to use circuit house facility in India.

Garments industry

Yet another violent incident rocked the Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DPEZ) at Savar , leading to suspension of operations in all units there for a couple of hours.

Rejoinder by Reaz Rahman

This has reference to the letter of Mr. Reaz Rahman published in your daily of 24 Sept'07. Mr. Rahman's rejoinder to the observations made by Mr. K.M. Shehabuddin in his book " There and back again " and contained in the review by Syed Badrul Ahsan is not at all convincing. Many Bengali diplomats imbued with the spirit of liberation declared their allegiance to the Bangladesh government in exile even in much more hostile circumstances. Being stationed in a country sympathetic to the liberation war, he could have easily flown to any place in the world, rather than joining the bandwagon for Pakistan on the closure of the office of the High Commissioner for Pakistan in Delhi.

An appeal

We are living at Darus Salam area which is located on the southern side of Mirpur Road in between Kallyanpur and Gabtali. We have only one 15 feet wide road in a place where at least twenty thousand people live. In 2002 i.e. after takeover by this present city corporation management, some house owners started to occupy this road by illegal construction, setting up vegetable shops, fish shops, fruit shops etc. Lots of correspondences were made toward the PM Office, DCC office, RAJUK office, but things did not change.

Airport issue

We are all concerned about the high-rise buildings built with lot of money. I wonder why we do not think of the present location of the airport itself and how long it will serve the national interest. Small countries around are building more international airports to serve the national interests and we are doing all sorts of research with one airport. I understand there is plenty of low land on the northern side of the present airport.

Pakistan scene

Lawyers are confronting the powers to be? While hailing the decision of the legal fraternity to field Justice (Retd.) Wajihuddin Ahmad as presidential candidate, a judge of an impeccable character, the Empower Pakistan Forum has termed it as a good omen for the country. Today's decision to field Justice (Retd.) Wajihuddin Ahmad as presidential candidate is a very laudable one keeping in view that the forthcoming presidential election is going to be controversial, and with this move the civil society of Pakistan headed by lawyers is taking responsible actions in order to counter a further deterioration in the law and order situation with threats to the very unity of the federation of Pakistan. With this timely and bold decision the lawyers have added a new chapter in the history of lawyers' movement, which was started many years ago by Malik Mohammad Qasim, a seasoned politician of his time. He was also a lawyer by profession. After the 1977 coup, General Ziaul Haq announced that he had put the 1973 constitution in abeyance by his extra constitutional act, while the Senate was also dissolved with National Assembly & Provincial Assemblies. This was enough for Malik Qasim to understand the Zia game plan.

Fire hazard in CNG vehicles

The CNG bus fire at Mohakhali and the vivid picture (Sept;26) says it all. Naturally, the quality of CNG conversion kit and the retrofit workmanship is suspect as the prime reason for the dangerous fire. Such incidents will greatly lower confidence in CNG public vehicles (buses & taxis) to a great extent.


Taliban trash Karzai's talks offer

Afghanistan's Taliban militia yesterday rejected peace overtures by President Hamid Karzai, insisting they would never negotiate as long as international soldiers were in the country.

China presses Myanmar junta as global outrage grows

The Myanmar junta's closest ally China made Saturday its most strident call yet for an end to the violent crackdown on protestors in Yangon as pressure on the regime continued to grow worldwide.

Parties slam US plan to split Iraq

Representatives of Iraq's major political parties on Sunday strongly denounced a US Senate proposal calling for a limited centralized Iraqi government with the bulk of the power given to the country's ethnically divided regions.

'Comprehensive' Korean N-accord reached

Envoys from six nations struck an agreement yesterday on the next phase of disabling North Korea's nuclear weapons programme, which the United States hailed as comprehensive and detailed.

13 killed in Turkey's bloodiest rebel attack in years

Thirteen people died in Turkey's volatile southeast when gunmen, apparently Kurdish rebels, sprayed a bus with machine gun fire, prompting Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan Sunday to vow to punish the attackers.

Arts & Entertainment

Presenting the Sri Lankan scene

Sri Lanka Women's Association (Seva Vanitha), held an art exhibition titled Prathiba (talents) at the Sri Lankan High Commission in Gulshan. The exhibition ended on September 30.

Feature film “Aha” to be released soon

Architect turned filmmaker Enamul Karim Nirjhar's much-waited movie Aha will be released on October 6 at the Star Cineplex, Bashundhara City.

Dev Anand's unrequited love

Bollywood's evergreen hero Dev Anand was desperately in love with actress Zeenat Aman but was heartbroken before a 'date' with her when he found legendary actor Raj Kapoor throwing his arms around her at a party.

Tele-film “Opoya” on Ekushey Television on Eid

Tele-film Opoya will be aired at 3:30 pm on Ekushey Television on fifth day of Eid. Written by Shahriar Khan, the tele-film has been directed by Kaushik Sankar Das.

Selecting “Eklavya” for Oscar looks biased: Bombay High Court

Hindi feature film Eklavya, India's official entry to the Oscars, last Saturday got into a legal tangle with the Bombay High Court observing that prima facie the selection of the movie appeared biased.


Combating misgovernance: Lessons from the caretaker's intervention

The present caretaker government is a real caretaker in the truest sense of the term. It is taking care of the nation, appearing on the scenario at the moment when the whole nation was hard hit by a vicious circle of corruption coupled the increase in criminalisation and syndication.

Crying wolf the third time

During each of the last two years, 2005 and 2006, the IMF raised the alarm of rising inflation. It advised the Bangladesh Bank (BB) to tighten monetary policy to ward off this menace. BB complied without much thought if what was being said was actually true. There were gaping holes in their arguments that BB not only missed, but also ignored even when pointed out.

Enrolling stranded Pakistanis

In the then East Pakistan all its Urdu-speaking residents were commonly known as Biharis. Among such people were Punjabis, Pathans and non-Bangalee Indian emigrants. The unfortunate shooting in 1952 was the first shock to the foundation of Pakistan. In the quest for making Bangla as one of the two state languages of Pakistan, the Bangla-speaking and non-Bangla speaking people started moving apart.

Enhance amenities for police reform

The caretaker government has already allocated Taka 360 lac for the police service, and this is enormously an appreciable idea. It is a matter of satisfaction for us that the government has been earnestly working for reform in the police service, which will lastingly help to improve the overall law and order situation in the country.

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Lone forensic lab limps for acute manpower crisis

Country's lone forensic laboratory, already burdened with huge workload, is facing severe manpower shortage as two of its three chemical examiners are going to retire within the next few months.

Worn out Zia Shishu Park cries for care

The Shaheed Zia Shishu Park is unlikely to get the long-awaited facelift soon despite years of ambitious planning to renovate it as the project proposal has been put on ice by the authorities, said a source at engineering department of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC).

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