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News of: Saturday, 6th of October, 2007

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REB under-billing puts PDB on recovery chase

Defying the government's new power tariff structure, the Rural Electrification Board (REB) paid the Power Development Board (PDB) at a lower rate for power purchase, depriving it of at least Tk 8 crore revenue per month since March.

Green chilli and onion prices skyrocket

Prices of green chilli and onion skyrocketed all on a sudden while prices of powder milk, vermicelli, flour, butter oil, chicken and soybean oil rose significantly at all kitchen markets in the capital and elsewhere in the country as the Eid approaches.

Fleecing of workers rampant in both countries

Unauthorized sub-agents in Bangladesh and outsourcing companies and their sub-agents in Malaysia have gobbled up an estimated amount of more than Tk 2,000 crore from about two lakh Bangladeshi workers in Malaysia, suggested a survey and statements of workers, sub-agents and businesses gathered by a Malaysian human rights organisation.

Dhaka presents firm position on labour rights

Dhaka presented its firm position at the first hearing on Generalised System of Preference (GSP) facilities for Bangladeshi products at the US Trade Representative's (USTR) office in Washington saying that it provides and protects maximum labour rights in all the industries.

Agri ministry seeks Tk 100cr for seeds

The agriculture ministry sought Tk 100 crore from the finance ministry so that it can distribute seeds of different crops and paddy seedlings to flood-hit farmers across the country.

Bhuiyan for fair trial of Khaleda

Expelled BNP secretary general Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said he expects a fair trial for detained party chief Khaleda Zia.

Tofail cautions EC against 'wrong' steps

Awami League (AL) Presidium Member Tofail Ahmed yesterday urged the caretaker government and the Election Commission (EC) not to take any decision that will run the risk of putting the next election in uncertainty.

$60,000 seized near Ctg airport

Coastguard (East Zone) members seized foreign currency worth Tk 42 lakh reportedly brought without declaration by a Bangladeshi expatriate from Dubai near Shah Amanat International Airport yesterday afternoon.

Cold weather after Eid

The monsoon will be over and a northerly wind will start to blow, ushering in the cold weather, just after the Eid-ul-Fitr in the middle of this month while the present spell of sultry weather will continue for another three-four days.

Envoy in KL pledges better handling of issues

Bangladesh High Commissioner in Kuala Lumpur M Khairuzzaman pledged better handling of Bangladeshi workers' issues in Malaysia and said the procedures have been revamped.

Tale of an unsung tree lover in Bogra

Brick kiln labourer Alimuddin Pramanik of Dupchachia upazila set an imitable example by planting 15,000 trees, mostly palm and date, on government land out of his caring thoughts for the environment.

FNB terms TIB remarks 'sweeping'

In reaction to Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) report on the problems of good governance in NGOs, the Federation of NGOs in Bangladesh (FNB) yesterday vented its disapproval of the "sweeping comments" made in the report.

Two murdered, businessman's body recovered

A teenager was gunned down in Mohammadpur, a hotelier was stabbed to death in Gazipur and police recovered the decomposed body of a businessman in Moghbazar during the last couple of days.

Complainant of extortion case against former MP shot dead

Underground operatives gunned down the complainant of an extortion case filed against former BNP lawmaker Moshiur Rahman in the district town on Thursday night.

RMG workers demonstrate for arrears, Eid bonus

Workers of three garment factories here yesterday staged demonstrations demanding their arrears and Eid bonus.

Fresh extortion case against former MP Giasuddin

Another extortion case was filed against former BNP lawmaker Mohammad Giasuddin on Thursday.

Verdict in two cases tomorrow

Judgment in two of the six cases filed in connection with the bomb blasts at Sunamganj district headquarters on August 17, 2005, will be pronounced tomorrow.

Two injured in factory fire die at DMCH

Two workers of Mim Sandal Factory, who suffered burn injuries in the factory fire on September 29, died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday morning, raising the death toll in the incident to three.

13 AL leaders freed on bail in Sylhet

Thirteen leaders of Awami League (AL) and its front organisations, granted bail by a High Court division on Monday, were released from Sylhet Central Jail on Thursday evening.

Musharraf, Benazir strike power sharing deal

Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf struck a last-minute deal yesterday with former premier Benazir Bhutto that paves the way for power-sharing and clears a key hurdle to his smooth re-election.

Suu Kyi to consider junta's talks offer

Myanmar's democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi will consider positively a heavily conditioned offer to meet the junta leader, her party said yesterday, as a US envoy headed to meet leaders of the isolated regime.

Nepal polls called off over Maoist demand

Elections to decide Nepal's future were postponed indefinitely yesterday, ministers said, as government and Maoists squabbled over the fate of the monarchy and election systems.

Editorial

UN peacekeeping force

Bangladesh Foreign Affairs Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury has requested Jean Marie Guehenno, UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, for selecting Bangladeshis for senior positions at the headquarters and field level. We think it was a timely and justified request since Bangladesh has been one of the top contributing countries in the world to UN Peacekeeping Missions and earning good name for itself wherever our troops have been deployed.

Children in hazardous work

While launching a two-year-long study on “ Code of conduct towards children in the informal sector”, organised by Children Sweden-Denmark along with Together with Working Children (TWE), it was revealed that as high as nearly one crore children in Bangladesh are engaged in hazardous work of some kind or the other. Dr. Abul Barakat, a well known economist of the country who conducted the two-year-long study blamed the earlier governments for sheer lack of commitment and foresight in tackling this vital problem well ahead of its snowballing. According to ILO estimates, children in Bangladesh are engaged in 54 different categories of hazardous work.

Re-calibrating democracy in Bangladesh

The word democracy seems to mean different things to different people. For some it probably connotes the right to exercise one's choice with freedom, albeit responsibly. For others, it appears to suggest the freedom to use acquired power without any restraint or accountability or without the need to function within the due process of law. This difference in interpretation has become for all of us the central point in the re-organisation of politics and political behaviour that is normally associated with the dynamics of democracy. We stand today at an important crossroads in our national existence. We are faced with challenges that have to be met and overcome. I am tempted here to refer to and compare our current situation with that of Charles Dickens' observation in his incomparable 'Tale of Two Cities' - "It was the best of times. It was the worst of times". He was referring to Paris during the French Revolution.

Mid-term poll probable, not inevitable

What one imagined was a storm in the tea cup has not subsided. The Communist Party of India (Marxist), the main Left group, has prepared itself to part company with the Congress-headed coalition at the Centre. The rest of the Left would follow suit. This may make the mid-term poll probable, if not inevitable.

'Quality teachers for quality education...'

Yesterday, October 5 was World Teachers' Day and a day of celebration for the teaching community throughout the globe, in view of the adoption by the ILO and UNESCO, 'Recommendations' concerning the status of teachers on that date in 1966 in Paris at a special intergovernmental conference. The 'Recommendations' are immensely important due to their wide ranging significance and implications in regard to educators in particular and education in general.

Sports

Barisal to rely on youth

Barisal failed to take advantage of the warm-up game ahead of their National Cricket League campaign as they suffered a 27-run defeat to Bangladesh Under-19 at the Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday.

Dhaka hold nat'l team

Although the national football team failed to put on an impressive display during their 1-1 draw in yesterday's warm-up match against Dhaka XI, Syed Nayeemuddin's boys proved they have become harder on fitness ground.

Dipu bags gold for Bangladesh

Swimmer Al Mahmud Bin Dipu won Bangladesh's first gold medal at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Shanghai yesterday, according to a message received from China.

Steyn seals SA win

Paceman Dale Steyn took five wickets to inspire South Africa to a hard-fought 160-run win over Pakistan in the first Test here on Friday, giving the tourists a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.

Yuvraj ton in vain

Yuvraj Singh hammered a superb century but failed to stop Australia from posting a 47-run win over India in the third one-day international here on Friday.

Inzamam's last hurrah

Former Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq Friday officially announced his retirement from Test cricket, saying next week's Lahore Test against South Africa will be his last.

Marion admits doping

Sprint superstar Marion Jones, who has dodged doping allegations for years, has admitted using steroids before her triumphant 2000 Olympics campaign, the Washington Post reported on Thursday.

Tajikistan due today

Tajikistan will arrive in Dhaka this morning to play the first leg of the 2010 World Cup pre-qualifier against Bangladesh.

Mahela rues poor start

Captain Mahela Jayawardene said Sri Lanka's poor start batting under lights cost them in their defeat by England in the second one-day match in Dambulla.

Geoff faces angry press

Pakistan does not often lose in Karachi. This was only their second loss in 40 Test matches and if Geoff Lawson wanted to know what sort of reaction a Karachi loss generates, he got a taster at a tense, fractious post-match press conference.

Kartik shocked at recall

He's not sure whether this his 12th or 13th comeback to the Indian team, but for the moment Murali Kartik does not really care. He's more than happy to be giving up the dark blue blazer and microphone, accessories he's needed as a television analyst commentating on the India-Australia series. There's sure to be more chat, but Kartik can now tell the Australians all he wants at their faces when he reaches Chandigarh for the fourth ODI.

Paul's eyes on series

Skipper Paul Collingwood was thrilled by England's first one-day win in Sri Lanka since 1982 but said it will count for little if they do not build on it.

Dilshan dropped from Tests

Sri Lankan selectors Friday dropped seasoned middle-order batsman Tillekeratne Dilshan from their 16-man squad for the two-Test tour of Australia starting later this month.

FIA clears Hamilton

World Championship leader Lewis Hamilton will not be punished for erratic driving behind the safety car in the Japanese Grand Prix last week, the FIA confirmed on Friday.

Div 3 football

Gazirchot beat PWD 3-0 in a super league match of the Third Division Football League at the Bir Shreshtha Sepoy Mohammad Mostafa Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.

L'pool look to bounce back

Rafael Benitez has challenged his misfiring Liverpool stars to prove they are genuine title contenders with a display of character against Tottenham on Sunday.

Battle of the Argentines

Argentinian wunderkinds Lionel Messi and Kun Aguero, the leading scorers in the Spanish championship, go head-to-head on Sunday when Barcelona host a resurgent Atletico Madrid in the game of the weekend.

Bayern safely through

Second half goals from Luca Toni and Hamit Altintop lifted UEFA Cup favourites Bayern Munich through to the group stages with a 2-0 win over Portu-guese side Belenenses on Thursday.

Desperate times for Milan

Carlo Ancelotti's job may be safe having won the Champions League last May but that situation could quickly change if he doesn't soon turn around AC Milan's poor start to the season.

McClaren won't risk Owen

Steve McClaren insists he will not jeopardise Michael Owen's fitness after including the Newcastle striker in his squad for the crucial Euro 2008 qualifiers against Estonia and Russia.

Injury relief for Loew

Germany's head coach Joachim Loew on Friday recalled midfielders Torsten Frings and Tim Borowski for key Euro 2008 qualifiers against the Republic of Ireland and the Czech Republic.

Nistelrooy to extend deal

Dutch international forward Ruud van Nistelrooy is to prolong his Real Madrid contract until 2010, Spanish sports daily AS said on Friday.

Oleguer out of line

Barcelona defender Oleguer Presas is in hot water with the Spanish side after taking part in the shakedown for the Rally of Catalonia as co-pilot to Xevi Pons despite it being against club rules to participate in dangerous activities, sports daily Marca reported on Friday.

Blatter calls for labour laws change

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has called on the European Union (EU) to recognise the autonomy of sport when it comes to matters regarding labour laws.

Spain name squad

Spanish coach Luis Aragones on Friday named the following 20-man squad for their Euro 2008 Group F qualifiers against Denmark on October 13 at Aarhus and Finland four days later in Helsinki.

Business

Advisers' council may consider plan today to make BTTB PLC

A final proposal to turn state-owned Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) into a public limited company is likely to be placed today at the meeting of the council of advisers.

Delhi to examine non-tariff barriers on import from Saarc countries

India will examine all charges of non-tariff barriers (NTBs) on import of goods from its Saarc neighbours, a commerce ministry official said on Thursday.

Analysts see some stability in distressed global credit markets

Standard Poor's analysts see signs of stability returning to distressed global credit markets which were jolted in August by fears over the US mortgage market, a report showed Thursday.

Indian rupee near 10-yr high against US dollar

The Indian rupee ended at a new nine-and-a-half year high of 39.49/50 versus the greenback, stronger by 8.50 paise from the previous close of 39.5750/5850 on the back of consistent portfolio inflows and in the absence of any major dollar demand as well as weak Asian stocks.

US reveals $16b a year in farm subsidies

The United States revealed Thursday that it had paid out an average of 16 billion dollars a year (11.3 billion euros) in subsidies to its farmers between 2002 and 2005.

OECD sees weaker growth ahead in industrialised world

Economic growth in the most of the world's principal industrialsed nations is likely to weaken in the months ahead but is expected to pick up in Russia, the OECD predicted Friday.

ROK firms wary on North Korean mega projects

South Korean businessmen Friday eyed potential profits from huge joint economic projects planned in North Korea, while weighing up the hazards of investing in the hardline communist state.

Dove hair care products at Agora

Hair care products of Dove, one of the leading cosmetics brands of Unilever, were launched at the Gulshan outlet of Agora, a chain supermarket, in Dhaka.

Nokia, Microsoft to offer Windows Live services to cellphone users in Asia Pacific

Nokia, the world leader in cellphone communications, and Microsoft, the global software giant, have announced they will provide mobile phone users in Asia Pacific with a new suite of Windows Live services, specifically designed for Nokia devices.

Warid offers Eid bonus talktime for prepaid subscribers

Warid Telecom has introduced an exciting bonus talktime offer styled 'Eidi' for prepaid subscribers ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr, says a press release.

Japan's forex reserves hit record high

Japan's foreign exchange reserves hit an all-time high of 945.60 billion dollars at the end of September, buoyed by rises in prices of US government bonds and a stronger euro, the government said Friday.

Siemens pays 201m-euro fine to end graft probe

German engineering giant Siemens said on Thursday it had agreed to pay a fine of 201 million euros (284 million dollars) to end an investigation into corruption in its telecommunications division.

Oil prices lower in Asia

Oil prices were lower in Asian trade Friday following a rally overnight in the United States, but should remain high amid tight supplies of heating fuel ahead of the winter season, dealers said.

US adds 110,000 jobs in September

The US economy generated 110,00 jobs in September, the government said Friday in a sign that the world's biggest economy is holding firm in the face of credit and housing woes.

Weekly Currency Roundup

September 30-October 04, 2007
Local FX Market
The US dollar/BDT market was active. USD remained weak against the BDT throughout the week. Demand for dollar was stable in the local market and USD showed downward movement.

Metropolitan

Dispel misunderstandings among different faiths

Foreign Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury called upon the UN members to dispel “misunderstandings among different faiths”.

Poor salary puts bright students off teaching profession: Experts

Most meritorious students are keeping away from a career in teaching mainly because of poor salaries, resulting in a decline in the quality of education from primary to university level, experts said yesterday.

About 4,000 workers to go to S Korea at year-end

The first batch of about 3,000 to 4,000 Bangladeshi workers is likely to leave for South Korea under the Employment Permit System (EPS) at the year-end.

Road crashes kill 3, injure 73

At least three people were killed and 73 others injured in separate road accidents in Chittagong, Bagerhat, Brahmanbaria and Satkhira yesterday.

'Stop grabbing of land of hills people in CHT'

Indigenous students studying in different institutions in Dhaka have deman-ded that the caretaker government take immediate steps to put an end to the grabbing of land of hills people in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT).

Land fraud syndicate takes Tk 12 lakh loan from bank

A land fraud syndicate allegedly took a loan of Tk 12 lakh from a commercial bank after submitting fake documents against 8.75 decimals of land at Paikpara in the city's Mirpur area.

'Pay RMG workers their arrears, bonus before Eid’

Textile Garment Sramik Federation yesterday urged the garment owners to pay the arrears and bonus of garment workers before the Eid-ul-Fitr, says a press release.

70 passports, Tk 70 lakh looted from 2 travel agencies

Unidentified miscreants looted 70 passports and cash worth about Tk 1.26 crore after breaking into the offices of two travel agencies at Sabbir Tower at Motijheel in the city in the early hours of Thursday.

10 robbers held in Ctg

Police arrested ten robbers in a nightlong raid in different areas of Banskhali upazila yesterday.

Hindus demand security during Durga Puja

Leaders of Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad yesterday urged the caretaker government to provide sufficient security for celebrating the upcoming five-day Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of Hindus, beginning October 17.

Cop arrested on charges of extortion

A sub-inspector (SI) of Motijheel Police Station in the city was arrested on charges of extortion after an insurance company official filed a case against him on Thursday night.

'Release FF Nim Chandra, other teachers and students'

Bangladesh Muktijoddha Foundation, an organisation of freedom fighters, at a meeting on Thursday demanded immediate release of freedom fighter Professor Dr Nim Chandra Bhoumik of Dhaka University and other teachers and students who were arrested in connection with recent agitation at educational institutions.

Save life of acid victim Shamsul Huq

Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF) has appealed for help to save the life of an acid survivor, says a press release.

Two cattle thieves die in mob beating

Two cattle thieves were lynched by angry mob at Madhupur in Tangail in the early hours of yesterday.

3 sustain acid injuries in Bogra

Three people, including a minor girl, sustained acid burns in a dispute over divorce in Saradigor in Nandigram in Bogra on Thursday night.

Boy missing

Amrul Hasan Chanchal, a 14-year-old boy of Netrakona, has been missing since September 25, says a press release.

BBC Bangladesh Sanglap today

The 11th edition of BBC Bangladesh Sanglap will be held at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in the city at 1:45pm today.

New train on Khulna-Dhaka route tomorrow

A new train will be introduced on Khulna-Dhaka route from tomorrow. The train, imported from Indonesia, was brought to Khulna rail station on Thursday.

National

Police find allegation correct, to submit report tomorrow

Police during investigation found the Tk 13.55 core graft charge against former Jatiya Party (Ershad) lawmaker Moshiur Rahman Ranga and Rangpur Zaker Party president Ali Azgor Pintu correct.

Transport owners fleece passengers ahead of Eid

Amid crisis of tickets for water vessels and buses on Barisal-Dhaka-Barisal route, passengers have to pay 40 to 60 per cent extra amount for tickets from the counters while the prices are almost double in black markets.

Vow to protect rights of girl children

It was a unique event for the people of Ellarchar, a remote village in Sadar upazila, where over 500 people of all walks of life vowed to protect rights of girl children yesterday.

'HYV BRRI Dhan-33 to rid N dists of monga'

At least 30,000 agricultural day labourers of five districts in Rangpur region can be employed in the current monga season as harvest of high yielding rice BRRI-Dhan 33 on 5,000 acres of land has already started.

Mongla port official suspended for graft

The Harbour Master of Mongla Port Authority (MPA) has been asked not to leave Khulna without prior permission as he was placed under suspension on charge of corruption.

Illegal vermicelli factory found at BNP leader's house in Sylhet

A mobile court here has unearthed an unauthorised vermicelli factory at a BNP leader's house.

Ex-BNP MP in Bagerhat chargesheeted

Bagerhat detective branch (DB) Police have pressed another charge-sheet accusing detained former BNP lawmaker MAH Selim alias Silver Selim and his private secretary Hasibur Rahman of extortion. They have been shown arrested in this case under Emergency Power Rules (EPR).

2 hurt in bomb attack by outlaws

Two persons including a local Awami League (AL) leader was injured as outlaws blasted four bombs at Gangni Bazar in Meherpur district last night.

Outlaws kill tea vendor in Pabna

Outlaws have allegedly killed a tea vendor at Kadambagdi village of Ekdanta union in Atghoria upazila.

BDR foils push-in bid by BSF

Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) foiled a push-in attempt by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) at Hijaldi, a border village in Kalaroa upazila Thursday morning.

2 fugitive convicts held

Two fugitives, convicted in an abduction case, were sent to jail yesterday following their arrest from Ghoshbari in Muktagachha upazila on Wednesday night.

International

Pakistani court leaves election in limbo

Pakistan's top court ruled President Pervez Musharraf's re-election bid can go ahead on Saturday, but kept his fate in limbo by saying it must resolve legal challenges before the winner is declared.

N Korea committed to peace, says South

South Korea said Friday the communist North was committed to peace and promised that the private sector will largely pay for an estimated 11 billion dollars in new projects agreed at a landmark summit.

Blackwater to blame for Iraq shooting

Blackwater security guards involved in a Baghdad shootout last month that left up to 17 Iraqi civilians dead were "obviously wrong," a senior US military official told Friday's edition of the Washington Post newspaper.

20 more Taliban killed

Afghan troops backed by Nato-led forces clashed with suspected Taliban fighters in southern Afghanistan, leaving 20 militants dead, a provincial police chief said Thursday.

Ahmadinejad in new tirade against Israel

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad yesterday launched a new tirade against Israel amid growing tensions with the West, vowing to work to abolish the Jewish state and questioning the scale of the Holocaust.

20 former world leaders urge China to press Myanmar

Twenty former world leaders, including Lionel Jospin of France and Mary Robinson of Ireland, on Friday urged China to use its influence to press Myanmar's junta to hold talks with the opposition.

India successfully tests N-capable missile

India Friday successfully test fired the short-range variant of its nuclear-capable Agni-1 ballistic missile, which can strike most targets in rival Pakistan, a defence official said.

Food stocks in Myanmar running out: UN agency

Food stocks for 200,000 people in an aid dependent region of western Myanmar are running out after deliveries were blocked, the UN food agency said yesterday.

$1.4 billion in possible US arms sales to ME announced

The Pentagon notified Congress Thursday of possible sales of missiles, armoured vehicles and cargo aircraft upgrades worth nearly 1.4 billion dollars to four Mideast states.

Kashmir rebel leader killed

Security forces have shot dead an Islamic militant leader and his aide, police said yesterday, claiming a "major success" in the fight against insurgency in Indian Kashmir.

Ferry collision kills 33 in Nigeria

At least 38 people have been killed and 48 reported missing after two ferries collided on a river in northern Nigeria's Kebbi State, state media reported Friday.

BBC executive resigns over queen's crown affair

A BBC television executive resigned yesterday over a documentary which wrongly implied Queen Elizabeth II stormed out of a photo shoot with celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz after a row over her crown.

British teenager accused of bomb plot on far-right party

A British teenager appeared in court yesterday charged with plotting to blow up members of the far-right British National Party.

India keeps close eye on Pak poll

India is closely monitoring the situation in Pakistan as President Pervez Musharraf looks set to win five more years in office from weekend elections, a senior official said Friday.

US forces kill 25 women, children in Iraqi air raid

US operations near the Iraqi city of Baquba yesterday killed at least 25 people the American military said were "criminals", but Iraqi officials said women and children were among the dead.

Child killed, 26 hurt in Philippines bombings

A child was killed and 26 people injured yesterday in two bomb blasts in the southern Philippines, the military said.

Arts & Entertainment

Portrait of a prolific actor

For his notable performances in diverse characters in films, Amol Bose has attained mass popularity. A busy film actor, Bose is equally familiar to small screen viewers. Initiating his career as a jatra artiste, the seasoned actor has contributed to jatra, theatre, cinema and TV plays.

Tele-film “Shamparko” on Ekushey Television

Eid special tele-film Shamparko will be aired on Ekushey Television at 3:30 pm on October 13. Noted actor-director Abul Hayat has directed the tele-film and Brindabon Das has penned the story.

Generating awareness on education thorough drama

Khagrachhari Theater, a local cultural organisation, staged a play recently at the District Shishu Academy as part of their awareness-generating programme held each month.

Child Rights Week observed in Rangamati

Speakers at a discussion underlined the need for ensuring children's rights, as they are the future of the nation. Today's children will take the responsibility to lead the nation forward.

Despite it all, Britney single climbs the charts

Britney Spears is finally catching a break.

OP-ED

Fear delivers but...

If our concerned citizens speak to anyone over the age of fifty, particularly those belonging to the public service, about the deterioration in administrative firmness and the consequent adverse impact on the body-politic then they will most likely come across characters who would speak volumes on the pathetic withering of the element of fear in socio-economic relations and how that has been responsible for our present predicament. Such characters would confidently pronounce on the preeminence of fear as an effective tool in ensuring administrative and by extension societal propriety.

Is eco-tourism a green-wash?

The travel industry, though travel journalists have no recognised union to publicise their interests and fight on their behalf, is defended and supported by a variety of organisations, including ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents), WTO (World Tourism Organisation) and WTTC (World Travel and Tourism Council). Noticeably, the travel industry intends to protect the world's natural and cultural resources, which are at the heart of its business activities. But it has other concerns as well, some of which run counter to the tenets of sound ecotourism. These travel associations sponsor, for instance, self regulation, expanded tourism markets and a lowering of trade barriers. Almost for two decades, industry associations responded to the development of environmental concerns and the rise of ecotourism by instituting certain transformations that, when inspected directly, often amount to promoting minor, cost saving environmental reforms -- ecotourism rather than critically fighting the codes and practices of ecotourism.

Providing comfort to sufferer

We all must die but that I can save a man from days of torture that is what I feel is my great and ever new privilege. Pain is an even more terrible lord of mankind than death itself -- Albert Schweitzer

StarTech

Not really Virtual

E-commerce could well change your lot, provided you have some technical know-how and a desire for exploration. As the name implies, electronic commerce or e-commerce is an internet-based business scheme that does not require any particular location, space and other stuff to conduct the operation. That is why it is considered as a virtual platform that dramatically downsizes operation costs and eliminates common hassles.

50 years ago Sputnik changed technology

With a series of small beeps from a spiky globe 50 years ago Thursday, the world shrank and humanity's view of Earth and the cosmos expanded.

SECL out against fraud

Spectrum Engineering Consortium Ltd (SECL) held a press conference on September 30 which aimed at creating awareness of fake D-link products. The firm said the counterfeits adversely affect the local IT market and at the same time erodes the clients' confidence in D-Link products.

Basis seminar on outsourcing opportunities in Finland

Bangladesh Association of Software & Information Services (Basis) organised a seminar, titled "Outsourcing opportunity in Finland: A case of Scandinavian countries", at Bangladesh China Friendship Conference Centre on October 1.

bdchannel.com kicks off

The newly launched bdchannel.com is a unique addition to the online trend of Bangladesh. It is not only a website but also a gateway to access vital information closely related to our daily-life hurly-burly. If you, for example, need to learn about the immigration policies of countries like Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United States and the UK, this portal will provide you with all the relevant details, says a press release.

Literature

Of Love and Insanity

It took me 17 years, give or take a few months, to arrive at the first indubitable truth of my life, that I am a born loser, of which lunatic possessed by genie, misfit, eccentric, freak, artistic, queer, loner, genius, nuts, philosopher, outsider, and existentialist are some of the synonyms my family, relatives, friends, and acquaintances used to describe or label me with. Even sharing this conviction with the young lady I was then neck-deep in an, the only, obsessive and one-sided calf love proved yet another losing experience as I slipped a number of notches down her measure of respect. “Don't you indulge in self-pity,” she said in a tone of admonition with an undercurrent of mild disgust, which she could as I was 17 and she 24.

A Life, A Journey

He was buried with his
Bag slung from his shoulder.
To the hills he went from the plains, from the sea
He tracked back to the river's source, scouring
The earth.

Missing Dhaka

slant shadows stroking rugged open bricks
a pool of golden veil soft and gentle
falling across cushions red and yellow
cigarette puffed and ashes dropped

Strategic Issues

Joint naval exercise: SEATO in new format?

Australia, India, Japan, Singapore and the USA held a joint Naval Exercise in the Bay of Bengal in the first week of September2007. Naval exercises are held around the world all around the year as part of normal defense activities by nations to train their armed forces. But this particular naval exercise has a different significance. This is probably the turning point in India's foreign and defense policies that may have very far-reaching effect on the overall global power equation. This naval exercise undoubtedly represents a major shift in India's strategic security perceptions. Actually, it signals India's entry into the "Quadrilateral initiative," a new strategic security combine in which it joins as a key member in the security triad of Australia, Japan and the US. Presumably, Singapore's participation as an add-on in the exercise signifies the finer dimensions of this initiative.

China quiet on Myanmar turmoil

As many as 100,000 anti-government protesters led by a phalanx of Buddhist monks marched on 24th September through Yangon, the largest crowd to demonstrate in Myanmar's biggest city since the 1988 pro-democracy uprising was brutally crushed by the military.

Hope for democracy fading in Myanmar

UN Envoy Ibrahim Gambari, who arrived in Myanmar on September 30, has met the rulers and the democratic icon Aung San Suu Kyi, the daughter of the founding father Bojo Aung San. Gambari is not really in a strong bargaining position now, for the indications are that the democratic forces are losing the battle on the streets under extreme pressure applied by the government. The NLD, a democratic platform of over thirty splinter groups headed by Noble Laureate Suu Kyi was not a very well organized political platform but people hang on to the straws for freedom and democracy.

Star Books Review

The life of a man of commitment

Sardar Fazlul Karim is one of our most revered icons. He has been one of Dhaka University's finest products but a product with a difference. Born in 1925 in Barisal of lower middle class parents, this outstanding student and teacher has been a simple, humble and wise person all his life, dreaming of a state for the people and by the people and facing great suffering with ease and no complaint. Can we imagine that he spent almost the full Pakistan period in jail, this soft-spoken, frail, little man of high ideals? No wonder a library assistant of the Dhaka University had remarked that he was a 'dangerous' man, leaving his lecturer's job at twenty four and returning to the university in 1972, only after Pakistan broke up. It may be remembered that Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and national professor Abdur Razzak brought him back to Dhaka University immediately after independence while Ayub Khan and Monem Khan had ensured that he could never return to his teaching job during the Pakistan period.

The making of a thespian

Back in the mid-1990s, here in Dhaka, a group of Indian diplomatic wives waited on the lawn of the Indian high commissioner's residence to receive Dilip Kumar. They had set up food stalls on the occasion of their country's Republic Day, and incidentally the thespian happened to be in town. The women were thrilled that the actor would be before them and were quite taken up by the thought of the good conversation they would have with a man who had already morphed into a legend. Moments later, when Dilip Kumar appeared before them, the women lost, or so it appeared, their power of speech. Having done the usual namaste bit, they stared at him. It was the actor who broke the silence, in chaste Urdu, 'Aap log kiya mujhe dekhte-hi rahenge ya kuch khaane ko bhi denge (will you go on looking at me or will you give me something to eat)?' A burst of laughter greeted his words. Conversation, and not just from the women (wo)manning the food stalls, flowed.

The dilemma of secular man

The Reluctant Fundamentalist is what meets the eyes of a young native Pakistani when he intently looks at contemporary America. Similarly, in a juxtaposition of the situation, present day Pakistan appears like Moth Smoke to the same native who has lived in and loved America for so many years and in so many ways. There is a divide, and a difference and writing are the only bridge of explanation.

Loneliness on e-mail

Lost In Void is the first work of fiction from Nazmun Nahar Dipty, a young writer. The book accommodates altogether five short stories. Being a teacher in an English medium school, Dipty has written the stories in English. She has depicted various aspects of life in the stories.

At a glance

Emergence of a New Nation in a Multi-Polar World: Bangladesh
Mizanur Rahman Shelley
Academic Press and Publishers Library

The book is the fourth expanded edition of Mizanur Rahman Shelley's earlier work. It explores the particular niche Bangladesh occupies in relation to the rest of the world and provides an insight into the difficulties a small country is confronted with in international relations. There is a fundamental scholarly approach the writer takes here.



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