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News of: Wednesday, 14th of November, 2007

Front Page

Submarine cable link 'sabotaged' again

The country's Internet and overseas telecom services were once again disrupted for around 15 hours from early Tuesday night as criminals snapped optical fibre line near Cox's Bazar and Feni.

More power, resources sought for local govt

The high-powered committee on local government yesterday submitted its report to the chief adviser with suggestions that the government give local government institutions more authority and resources for effective decentralisation of power.

Benazir under house arrest again

Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was under house arrest yesterday, her residence surrounded by barbed wire and barricades in a tense new showdown with President Pervez Musharraf.

Khaleda serves legal notice on EC

Detained former prime minister Khaleda Zia yesterday served a legal notice on the Election Commission (EC) asking it to withdraw, rescind or cancel within 48 hours its letter inviting Maj (retd) Hafizuddin Ahmed of BNP for electoral reform talks.

Massive hunt on for heroin smuggler

Law enforcers launched a massive manhunt for Abbas who allegedly gave 23.5kg heroin, seized at Zia International Airport on Monday, to Ariful Islam Bhuiyan and Mahmud Ali, the apparent conduits.

Asian rly routes inspire Dhaka's plan for highway

Bangladesh holds up signing the Asian Highway Network (AHN) Agreement out of long-held concerns that the super-highway would act as an Indian transit corridor since both entry and exit points fall in the neighbouring country.

Biman faces huge loss on erratic hajj flights

Biman Bangladesh Airlines incurred heavy revenue loss and fines since the launch of this year's hajj flights on Monday as six of its flights had to be cancelled due to a shortfall of at least 628 passengers, said a source at Biman.

DU moves to get back money from teachers

The Dhaka University (DU) is going to take initiatives to have its Tk 1.80 crore returned, which a number of teachers owe the university authorities. The teachers took loans from the university for education abroad but did not return the money or join their jobs afterwards.

ACC asked to reinvestigate Falu's case

A Dhaka court yesterday ordered the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to reinvestigate the case against detained former BNP lawmaker Mosaddak Ali Falu, four ward commissioners of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) and 11 others for misuse of government relief materials.

Storm turns into hurricane

The severe cyclonic storm, codenamed SIDR, over the Bay of Bengal turned into a hurricane yesterday, prompting the meteorological department to raise its cautionary signal from number two to number four in the coastal belt.

CID permitted to take Hasina's statement

A Dhaka court yesterday gave permission for the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to record Sheikh Hasina's version about the grenade attacks on an Awami League (AL) rally in 2004.

UK asked to deport visiting Nizami

A group of British lawyers and community activists yesterday asked the British government to deport visiting Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh Ameer Matiur Rahman Nizami from Britain.

Geeteara blames it on media

Industries Adviser Geeteara Safiya Choudhury has denied any crisis of fertiliser in the country and blamed propaganda and "some problems" in distribution of the agri input for making the farmers panicky.

Malaysia drafting law to control hiring, salary

Malaysia is drafting a stringent law to control hiring of foreign workers and their salary in an effort to calm labour unrest and reduce the country's dependency on immigrant workers.

Cultural affairs ministry not cooperating

The committee to assess the procedure for sending artefacts to the Guimet Museum in Paris for exhibition has alleged that the officials at cultural affairs ministry are unwilling to cooperate with it and provide necessary documents.

Shortage of judges hampered judicial process

Chief Justice Md Ruhul Amin said yesterday separation of the judiciary from the executive is the result of concerted efforts and close cooperation between judges and lawyers, and goodwill of the people.

CID to press charges against Rahman, Sunny

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is likely to submit charge sheet in the case for assault on late litterateur Prof Humayun Azad by this week.

Ex-BNP MP Khaiyam held for 'extortion'

Former BNP lawmaker Ali Newaz Mahmud Khaiyam was arrested in an extortion case in the city's Kakrail area yesterday evening, police said.

Proposals to be made for fair polls

BNP Standing Committee member Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said they will submit some proposals to the Election Commission (EC) to ensure parliamentary polls free from black money, muscle power and corruption.

Iftekhar seeks Yangon move to solve bilateral problems

Foreign Adviser Iftekhar A Chowdhury yesterday asked a visiting Myanmar trade delegation to expedite the ongoing bilateral projects and move to resolve the long-standing problems between the two countries.

Govt urged not to hand park to Dhaka Club

Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon (Bapa) again urged the government to cancel the transfer of part of the Suhrawardy Udyan to Dhaka Club for golfing and said they would continue their movement against the handover decision until the administration relents.

Huji man on fresh remand in Ramna Batamul blast case

A Dhaka court yesterday placed Harkatul Jihad (Huji) activist Maulana Abdul Latif, a close aide to Huji operations commander Mufti Abdul Hannan, on a two-day fresh remand in connection with the Ramna Batamul blast in 2001.

EU MPs due on Nov 17 to observe situation

A three-member team of EU parliamentarians arrives in Dhaka on November 17 to see the developments in Bangladesh, which was reflected in the recent resolution adopted by the European Parliament.

Lawmaker dies in bomb blast at Philippine Congress

Philippine legislator Wahab Akbar was killed in a bomb attack at the House of Representatives Tuesday, raising the death toll to two with at least 10 injured, hospital staff and radio reports said.

Turkish warplanes bomb Iraqi villages

Turkish warplanes bombed three Iraqi villages near the border town of Zakho in northern Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region on Tuesday but caused no casualties, a security official said.

ACC sues Khaleda's assignment officer

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday filed a case against Dr Firoz Mahmud Iqbal, assignment officer of detained former prime minister Khaleda Zia, accusing him of wasting government money through abuse of power.

Iraq, Afghan war costs $1.6 trillion

The economic costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are estimated to total $1.6 trillion roughly double the amount the White House has requested thus far, according to a new report by Democrats on Congress' Joint Economic Committee.

Editorial

Issue of 1971 war crimes

A few rightwing academics have just told us that in 1971 it was a war between India and Pakistan, that Bangladesh was not part of that war and hence there are no war criminals in Bangladesh. It is time to speak plainly, clearly and bluntly about such men who have of late tried to denigrate the War of Liberation. We believe the time has come to deal decisively with people whose assessment of the war is deliberately denigrating. Already a leading figure of the Jamaat-e-Islami, a minister in the BNP-led government of Begum Khaleda Zia, has ruffled the patriotic sentiments of Bangladesh's people by suggesting that there was no genocide in 1971 and that there were no war criminals here. Matters were then carried to ludicrous heights by a retired civil servant, an unabashed Jamaat follower, when he stated that in 1971 it was a civil war and not a War of Liberation which took place in Bangladesh.

Schooling in noxious gases

A front page report in The Daily Star appears with a vivid photographic illustration of school children sitting in a classroom wearing masks in order to save them from choking industrial smog billowing from the nearby factories. In Shaympur area, thick black smoke emitting from nearby steel re-rolling mills are forcing people and children of the locality to inhale polluted air. So acute is the state of pollution that a teacher of the government primary school at Kadamtali near Narayanganj said that she could hardly see the black board because of the thick black smoke entering through the ventilators and could not even see clearly the faces of her pupils. It is alleged that owners of the factories -- four steel mills and a textile mill -- despite complains from the local people continued to operate undaunted on the strength of a local lawmaker.

Of Suhrawardy Udyan, of history and golf

The Dhaka Club authorities have come forth with their own version of what they have been trying to do about Suhrawardy Udyan, and to it. They surely have all the right in the world to respond to the criticism that has lately been leveled at them over a golf course in the park.

Musharraf fears democracy, not extremism

On November 3, President General Musharraf declared virtual "martial law" under the guise of emergency rule, despite the fact that the attorney general had earlier stated that he (Musharraf) would not.

Sports

Khulna move atop

Khulna moved to the top of the points table with a superbly crafted victory over Rajshahi by two wickets on the final day of their fourth round National Cricket League tie at the Shaheed Birshreshtha Flight Lieutenant Matiur Rahman Stadium yesterday.

Dhaka scrape through

Dhaka snatch-ed an outright win over Chittagong on the final day of the four-day match of the 9th National Cricket League despite reckless batting from their top order yesterday.

22nd nat'l swimming begins today

The 22nd National Swimming Championships will begin today at the National Swimming Complex in Mirpur.

710 blackout feared

Sri Lanka fears missing out on hero Muttiah Muralidaran's feat of becoming the greatest ever wicket taker in Test cricket because of an ongoing dispute over media access.

Ball's future is pink?

The white ball used in one-day cricket could be replaced by a pink one if tests prove it is more durable.

Final report to be further delayed

The probe committee of the National Sports Council (NSC) will submit its findings on the crashed press box at the Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS) to NSC chairman General Moeen U Ahmed within a few days, NSC director (development and planning) Abdur Rahman told yesterday.

FCOC forms 18 sub-committees

The Friendship Cup Organising Committee (FCOC) yesterday finalised its 18 sub-committees for the five-team invitational football tournament to begin in Dhaka this month.

Women's int'l kabaddi soon in Dhaka

Bangladesh Kabaddi Federation (BKF) will soon organise an international women's kabaddi tournament in the city.

Gwalior track could be for batsmen

Fans can look forward to a run feast when India take on Pakistan in the fourth one-day international here on Thursday with the pitch curator promising a high-scoring game.

Arsenal move back to summit

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger saw his side reclaim their place at the top of the Premier League by extending their unbeaten run to 27 games, and then challenged the Gunners' title rivals: Catch us if you can.

Top names will shun Italy, fears Kaka

Top players will shun Italian soccer if fan violence and other scandals continue to dog the game there, AC Milan playmaker Kaka said on Tuesday.

Police arrest 25 fans

Italian police have arrested 25 people suspected of involvement in the riots sparked by the police shooting death of a football fan since the incident Sunday, the ANSA news agency reported.

Scots plot Italy upset

There is no team in world football as accomplished as Italy when it comes to handling big-pressure situations.

Ferrer sends Nadal packing

World number two Rafael Nadal was shocked in three marathon sets by fellow Spaniard David Ferrer on Tuesday in the second surprise result at the Masters Cup in as many days.

Karl-Heinz supports Ottmar

Bayern Munich boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has come out in support of coach Ottmar Hitzfeld after publicly criticising him following the league leaders recent poor results.

Gerrard backs McClaren

Midfielder Steven Gerrard came to the defence of Steve McClaren on Monday, saying he should remain manager even if England fail to qualify for Euro 2008.

Kanoute sidelined

Mali international and Seville striker Frederic Kanoute has been ruled out of action for two weeks with a right calf strain, the Spanish club said Tuesday.

Federer's fourth in a row

Switzerland's Roger Federer was crowned the year's top player for the fourth consecutive time at a glittering ceremony here on Tuesday.

Ferdinand in court

Footballer Anton Ferdinand, who plays for English Premier League side West Ham, faced the first day of a trial accused of hitting a man in a brawl outside a nightclub in London Monday.

Platini's plan rejected

A controversial proposal by UEFA chief Michel Platini that would have seen domestic cup winners qualify for the prestigious Champions League has been rejected, a BBC report said Monday.

Jewell refuses Wigan

Paul Jewell, the manager who took Wigan into the Premiership and kept them there, has ruled out a return to the Premier League club as they battle for survival in the top flight.

Kapil looks forward

Kapil Dev, the former Indian captain who is heading the unofficial Indian Cricket League, has said the tournament will go ahead despite pressures from various boards around the world.

Johnson seeks local help

The local knowledge of the Australia squad's two Tasmanians will be tapped by Mitchell Johnson as he looks to build on his impressive debut. Johnson has risen swiftly to international honours -- the Brisbane Test was his 23rd first-class game -- and his experience at Bellerive Oval is limited to a handful of domestic contests for Queensland.

Barton says sorry

Controversy-prone Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton has apologised to Dickson Etuhu after escaping punishment for planting his studs in the Sunderland star's groin.

Premiership website for China

A Chinese-language website offering exclusive stories and video from England's top football league was launched here Tuesday to tap into the soccer-mad fan base of the world's largest nation.

Warne doubts Murali action

Shane Warne believes Muttiah Muralidaran's action should be assessed in a Test match to end any lingering speculation over its legality. Warne is set to be overtaken as the world's leading Test wicket-taker by Muralidaran's, who needs seven more victims to pass Warne's mark of 708.

Sonali Bank group champs

Sonali Bank reached the last four of the Office Hockey League with an all-win record when they defeated fellow semifinalists Araf Apparels 4-2 in a Group A match at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

BCCI backs CA on media snub

The Indian board may go the same way as Cricket Australia with regard to match pictures taken by agency photographers. The Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) stance comes in the wake of global agencies boycotting the recent Brisbane Test between Australia and Sri Lanka.

Afridi says sorry to Gambhir

Pakistan's flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi has admitted that it was his mistake that resulted in his unpleasant verbal duel with Gautam Gambhir during the third one-dayer in Kanpur on Sunday and even apologised to the Indian batsman.

Business

Internet breakdown takes heavy toll on businesses

From garments to telecoms, Bangladesh business was yesterday counting the cost of the 15-hour breakdown in internet services following the snapping of the country's lone submarine cable link.

Stringent Malaysian law on foreign workers likely

Malaysia is drafting a stringent law on foreign workers to control their hiring and salaries in an effort to calm labour unrest and reduce the country's dependency on immigrant workers.

Customs officials say no to PSI firms

Top customs officials have advocated discontinuation of the services PSI companies now offer.

World Travel Market predicts global trends in travel industry

World Travel Market (WTM) unveiled here on Monday a report predicting global trends in the travel industry over the next five years.

Merchant banks need to raise paid up capital to Tk 10cr

Full-fledged merchant banks now need to increase their paid up capital to Tk 10 crore from existing Tk 2 crore, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) decided yesterday.

Non-tariff barriers should come up in WTO talks: MCCI

Least Developed Countries (LDCs) including Bangladesh have been facing serious constraints in exporting their products to the global market as non-tariff barriers (NTBs) issue in the WTO talks still remained unresolved, said the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI).

Revenue up 22pc in 4 months

Revenue collection in the country has soared during the first four months of the current financial year, up 22 percent from the same period a year earlier.

RMG makers hope to recover loss as Batexpo kicks off tomorrow

With the country's biggest apparel and textile exposition kicking off tomorrow in Dhaka, garment makers hope to recover losses they incurred due to prolonged labour unrest and volatile politics last year.

Trade thru' Benapole, Hili land ports resumes

The export-import operations through Benapole land port in Jessore and Hili land port in Dinajpur resumed yesterday after a suspension due to a general strike in the Indian side.

Thai energy giant to invest billion dollars in Myanmar gas project

Thailand's largest oil exploration firm, PTT Exploration and Production, said Tuesday it would invest at least one billion dollars over the next five years to develop its offshore gas project in Myanmar.

StanChart ups daily ATM cash withdrawal limit of Debit cards to Tk 50,000

Standard Chartered Bank has recently increased the daily ATM cash withdrawal limit of all Debit cards to Tk 50,000, says a press release.

Saudi rules out oil output hike

Saudi Arabia's oil minister ruled out a hike in oil production in response to soaring prices at an OPEC meeting this weekend in an interview published Tuesday.

Eurozone trains sights on China

Eurozone finance ministers urged China on Monday to bear more "responsibility" for global financial stability as they prepared a top-level mission to lobby Beijing about its runaway trade surplus with Europe.

Microsoft unveils new business software in local market

Microsoft Bangladesh on Monday launched a range of its latest business communications software in the local market, says a press release.

People's Commission for Jute due in Ctg today

The People's Commission for Jute and Jute industry will start collecting information and opinion from the cross section of the people through a visit to Chittagong today.

Metropolitan

Nat'l consensus a must to fight challenges facing nation

Speakers at a discussion yesterday laid emphasis on creating consensus on different issues for the greater economic and social development of the country.

'50 pc patients suffering from diabetes without knowing it'

Medical experts yesterday called for a campaign to raise awareness about diabetes, saying that around 50 percent of people suffering from diabetes in the country are not aware of their illness.

Canadian envoy launches vote promotion campaign

Canadian High Commissioner Barbara Richardson yesterday said next year's election represents a critical moment in Bangladesh's history and an opportunity for a return to sustainable democracy.

C’wealth ultimatum to Pakistan to restore constitution

The Extraordinary Meeting of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) gave Pakistan until November 22 to restore its constitution and lift other emergency measures or face suspension from the 53-nation Commonwealth of Nations.

Road accidents kill 6, injure 51

At least six people were killed and 51 others injured in separate road accidents in Savar, Pabna and Jhenidah yesterday.

‘Cop-community partnership a must for successful community policing’

A partnership between police and the community is the basis of successful community policing, said National Project Director of Police Reform Programme (PRP) and Additional Inspector General of Bangladesh Police NBK Tripura yesterday.

Remarks of law adviser protested

Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK) yesterday protested the comment of law adviser on the trial of war criminals, says a press release.

'Demanding ban on religion-based politics unconstitutional’

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday said it is 'unconstitutional and undemocratic' to demand a ban on religion-based politics as Islam is the state religion.

IOs to face punishment for flawed probe reports

The government has decided to take punitive actions against the investigation officers (IOs) of acid crime cases and their supervisors if their final probe reports are found faulty.

'Ensure effective implementation of Tobacco Control Act'

Anti-tobacco activists yesterday called on the government, NGOs and the media to work together to ensure effective implementation of the Tobacco Control Act.

JP to take part in local body polls

Ershad-led Jatiya Party (JP) will take part in the local government election and contest all the city corporation elections.

Boy burnt alive in Ctg

One minor boy was burnt to death and properties worth around Tk 11 lakh were gutted in two separate fires in the port city in the early hours of yesterday.

Two shot in city

Unknown extortionists shot two persons in two separate incidents in the city yesterday.

Canada BNP to hold int'l confce demanding release of Khaleda

Canada chapter of BNP will hold an international conference in Montreal on November 17 and 18 to mobilise world public opinion in favour of the release of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, her sons Tarique Rahman and Arafat Rahman Koko and all arrested party leaders, according to a report of news agency ENA.

One held for selling DU admission forms at higher rate

Some students of Dhaka University yesterday handed over a fellow student to the authorities after the latter was caught red handed while selling admission forms at higher prices in Teachers Students Centre (TSC) area.

President of Int'l Assoc of Lions Clubs arrives today

Mahendra Amarasuriya, president of The International Association of Lions Clubs, arrives in the city today on a four-day official visit at the invitation of the Lions Multiple District 315 Bangladesh, says a press release.

One gets life in drug case

A Rajshahi court sentenced a person to life imprisonment for possessing 130 grams of heroin.

Pepsi concert on Nov 16

Pepsi live concert will be held at Fantasy Kingdom complex on November 16, says a press release.

Draft of nat'l policy in one year

The caretaker government (CG) has taken an initiative to formulate a national policy and action plan with a view to reducing the risks and sufferings due to global climate change.

Reshuffle in admin

A number of additional and joint secretary-level officials have been transferred and given new postings in the latest reshuffle in the administration.

One robbed of savings certificates worth Tk 20 lakh

A person was robbed of Tk 70,000 and savings certificates worth Tk 20 lakh at Uttara in the city yesterday afternoon.

3.5 kg tumour removed from patient’s throat

A huge malignant tumour weighing around three and a half kilograms was removed from a patient's throat at Mitford Hospital on Sunday.

Release of detained DU teachers, students demanded

A number of Dhaka University teachers belonging to pro-Awami League (AL) Blue Panel yesterday reiterated their demand for the release of detained teachers and students of the university.

World must help protect vital Mekong river: Activists

International donors must use their influence and push Southeast Asia's Mekong River Commission to speak out against six potentially devastating dams on the vital waterway, environmental groups said yesterday.

National

Ex-Jamaat MP in Satkhira sued for forging signature

A case was filed against former Jamaat-e-Islami lawmaker Maulana Abdul Khaleque and another person here yesterday for allegedly forging signature of a governing body member of Shaheed Smriti College to adopt a regulation in their favour.

Bury Birshrestha Hamidur Rahman's remains in Moulvibazar

Freedom fighters and cross sections of people in Moulvibazar have demanded burial of remains of Birshrestha Sipahi Hamidur Rahman in the district, where he sacrificed his life during the Liberation War.

Kushtia FFs demand trial of war criminals

Freedom fighters of Kushtia in a meeting yesterday urged the government to take steps against war criminals.

2 BNP men held for snatching

A case was filed with Kalaroa police station yesterday against three BNP leaders including Kalaroa Pourasava commissioner for snatching Tk 1,32,000 from a young man at a college hostel at the upazila headquarters.

Random jatka netting in southern rivers

Some 10,000 fishermen are using banned 'current net' for fishing in southern districts of Barisal, Jhalakathi, Pirojpur, Chandpur and Bagerhat as river erosion, decrease in crop production and lack of employment, force the ultra-poor people to take fishing for survival.

Viral encephalitis suspect dies in Fenchuganj

A 5-year-old girl from Fenchuganj upazila died at Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital from suspected viral encephalitis Monday night.

BSF returns body of Bangladeshi

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday returned the body of a Bangladeshi national who was killed by them on Friday.

11 bombs recovered in Pabna

Rapid Action Batalion (Rab) recovered 11 bombs from near a pond in Madhpur village in Pabna Sadar upazila yesterday.

SI held for bribery in B'baria

The joint forces yesterday arrested a sub-inspector (SI) of Nabinagar Police Station when he was taking bribe from a farmer to solve a land dispute in Noorjahanpur village under Nabinagar upazila of the district.

'Ensure security of indigenous people'

Shampur Lahanti Akrah, an organisation of indigenous people, yesterday urged the caretaker government to ensure exemplary punishment to the attackers who torched and looted indigenous people's houses at Kazipara on October 5.

Nasaka abducts 5 in Bandarban

Nasaka (Myanmar border force) members abducted five Bangladeshi citizens from a bordering area in Naikkhonchhari upazila under Bandarban hill district on Monday evening.

Letters

Gen. Musharraf's blunders

I was shocked to see the oppressed humanity and trampling of the highest chamber of judicial hierarchy in Pakistan by President Gen. Pervez Musharraf. Although I was born decades after the bloody struggle of independence, but my parents told me that the crackdown scene on the streets of Pakistan, telecast by satellite channels, showed profound resemblance to the crackdown on the protesters by the Pak Junta in the former East Pakistan during early 1971. In fact, Gen. Pervez Musharraf through his preemption on the Supreme Court has shown the same level of highhandedness demonstrated by his predecessors-- Gen. Yahya Khan and Gen. Zia-ul Haq. And, we do know what fate the autocrats have to face in the end, one is termed as the most despicable General and the other perishing out in a mysterious flight crash. I must not judge the whole Pak army by a few power-greedy Generals but it seems to me that the mindset of the Generals has not changed much. Alas! Gen. Musharraf has not learnt from history either.

Dalai Lama's observation

French philosopher Gabriel Marcel once distinguished between "problems" and "mysteries". A problem is something that confronts us from the outside and challenges us to master its complexity. Eventually every problem, such as a broken computer, can be solved with unemotional detachment, objective analysis, sufficient time, and good technology because all such problems are commensurate with the human mind that posed them. Mysteries, on the other hand, are questions of human existence that are so complex and deep that they can never be answered fully and satisfactorily by any one amongst us. Contrary to The Dalai Lama, evil and suffering fall into this latter category.

Price hike

The prices of essentials are going up every day. And the level of prices of the essential commodities is so high that it has already crossed the limits of tolerance. As a result, most of the people of Bangladesh, who are really poor, landless, helpless and even the service holders, both govt. and non-govt., whose salary is not increasing in keeping with the prices of commodities, are now passing their days amid hardship. But the govt. has no time to address the acute problem, as it is busy removing corruption to present a free, fair and impartial parliamentary election to the nation. But what will be the condition of the people ? How will they survive? There are so many areas in this country where people cannot manage two square meals a day.

Fertiliser crisis

Most people in Bangladesh are employed or engaged in the agricultural sector. But every year we see a fertiliser crisis. The government claims that a sufficient quantity of fertilisers is there, but the field level scene is different. Farmers block government offices and assault government officers for fertilisers.

A military-backed government

The above phrase was probably first used by The Economist to describe the present system of government in Bangladesh.

“No” to golf course!

It was reported in the electronic news media on November 5 (Prothom Alo) that 25 out of 64 acres of the Suhrawardy Uddyan would be allocated to Dhaka Club to build a golf course. I am outraged by this decision.

Burden of proof

The nation is already struggling hard to find its political destiny. Now the very foundation of our state and nation has been shaken by reckless and unpatriotic comments of some Jamaat leaders and their sympathisers and patrons. The government response to this is not fully positive. This might encourage the Jamaat leaders and their patrons to continue to defy the truths. We think that all shades of opinion, except the Jamaat and its patrons, will agree in one voice that it is the prime obligation and responsibility of the government to initiate the legal process of identifying the war criminals or " Rastrodrohi", whatever we call them, and to bring them to justice for their heinous crimes like murder, rape, arson looting etc, committed during the war of liberation in 1971. We fail to understand how the Jamaat can deny and defy their own acts already well documented in our history and in our memory. This act of denial itself is a crime.

Diplomatic service rules

According to existing diplomatic service rules of Bangladesh, a diplomat can never tie the knot with a foreign national, and even cannot give an oral or written promise to marry a foreigner. As the law should treat everyone equally, so it's expected that Dr. Debapriya's case would not be an exception.

Army's good work

It was very good work undertaken by the army personnel for the flood victims during the recent devastating floods caused by the unprecedented rainfall and also by water entering Bangladesh from neighbouring India.

Magistracy

The judiciary in Bangladesh has started a new era and a journey to establish justice which was so long considered almost a far cry. November 1, 2007 shall remain as a milestone in the history of establishing the rule of law.

Resistance is futile

From the newspapers we learned that a singer, named Nasir Gazi, was murdered by the muggers when he resisted them and it is alleged that the killers fled away with Tk 60,000 which they took from him. We are shocked.

Fertiliser shortage

It is not only unfortunate but disgusting that every year we are facing a fertiliser crisis in Bangladesh. It seems that all the experts in this sector are only trying to solve the problem by importing various types of fertilisers. It may be noted that when someone uses chemical fertilisers on a regular basis, then the requirement of the same increases each time it is applied in the land. The organic matter of the soil is also affected.

Political history

The 'Golden Bengal' was the richest region in India. The 'British traders' successfully implanted the seeds of partition among us. The only way the highly cultured and treasured India could be divided was through religion, nothing else. Why do the Muslims need a separate country as masterminded by the British and engineered by Jinnah? Was Jinnah a true Muslim himself? In fact, the current Muslim population of India is bigger than Pakistan's. The only reason India is emerging as a superpower is because of its diverse and united workforce. Can West Bengal alone be a major global power? Definitely not.

Raid on club

I was watching the ntv morning news of Nov.2, 2007. A video news was aired concerning the raid on a club in Gulshan area by the police to take legal action against those involved in drinking, dancing etc. There is no doubt that this was a lawful act on the part of the police. But one thing strikes my mind: was it necessary to take a television camera to take pictures and expose the suspected offenders to public view?

Civil service

Apropos Mr. Ziauddin Choudhury's letter "Professional conduct" published in DS on October 28. He wrote, "We cannot expect professional conduct from officials who have no tradition to follow, no training in what professionalism entails, and who have been reared in an environment of self promotion".

Political leaders

The country witnessed how the entire nation suffered in the hands of corrupt politicians. Stalwarts of both major parties are now behind bars, some even landed their with their children! Presently, it is really shocking to learn about the illegal and anti-social activities of some politicians who have brought disgrace to the nation as a whole.

International

Bush wants emergency lifted ahead of Pak polls

US President George W Bush wants emergency rule lifted in Pakistan ahead of parliamentary elections, as officials yesterday said a senior State Department official was preparing to visit Islamabad.

Indian communists ease opposition to Indo-US nuke deal

Communists allied with the Indian government said Tuesday they would let the administration talk to the UN's atomic watchdog about a stalled nuclear deal with the US -- if a key condition is met.

Britain to push for tough sanctions on Iran if talks fail

Britain will seek a global ban on investment in Iran's oil, gas and financial sectors unless Tehran agrees to abandon its uranium enrichment activities, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Monday.

Israel will have peace if it ends Arab occupation

Israel will live in peace if it ends its occupation of Arab lands, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said yesterday ahead of a US-sponsored peace conference to revive the Middle East peace process.

60,000 detained in Iraq: ICRC

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said yesterday that around 60,000 people are currently detained in Iraq.

Japan threatens to slash Pak aid

Major donor Japan warned yesterday it may cut aid to Pakistan after the military regime declared emergency rule and placed a key opposition leader under house arrest.

Pak gunships kill four militants

Pakistani helicopter gunships destroyed several militant positions in a troubled northwestern valley yesterday, killing four followers of a pro-Taliban cleric, the army said.

UFOs are no joke, says group

UFOs may be fodder for comedians but there was no joking Monday when a group of former pilots recounted seeing strange phenomena in the sky and demanded the US government reopen an investigation into unidentified flying objects.

Rare butterfly species named after Indonesian first lady

Indonesia's First Lady Kristiani Herawati received a rare honour Tuesday when she was presented with a specimen of a rare Papuan butterfly species named after her.

India issues alert over severe cyclone in Bay of Bengal

A severe cyclone over the Bay of Bengal has prompted an alert in India's southeastern coastal state of Orissa, where it is forecast to make landfall, weather officials said yesterday.

Low-lying states open meet to battle rising seas

Dozens of small island nations opened talks in the Maldives yesterday to draft a strategy to combat rising water levels in the world's oceans, which are threatening their very existence.

Asean to promote nuclear energy, solar power

Southeast Asian leaders will promote the use of civilian nuclear power, along with other alternative energy sources, when they meet in Singapore next week, a draft statement obtained yesterday said.

Nepal to work on suspended int'l adoptions

Nepal will resume work on 442 child adoption applications made by foreigners that had been delayed over concerns large amounts of money were involved in the process, an official said yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Haute couture, powder and patch

Khademul Insan's “Working with limitations”, a solo exhibition on fashion photography opened at the Goethe-Institut on November 12. Inaugurating the chic and belle display were Torsten Oertel, director, Goethe-Institut and noted photographer Hasan Saifuddin Chandan.

A promising actor on his career

Ahsan Habib Nasim is one of the promising actors of the small screen. He plays major roles in two mega serials -- Bachelor Dampoti directed by Murad Parvez and Neer directed by Ejaz Munna, being aired on Banglavision and ntv respectively. Nasim has acted in five single episode TV plays including Nostalgia, Shapmochon, Gopal Bhar and Otohpor Tahara, telecast during the last Eid. He played central roles in most of these plays.

“Aswamedh Jagna” to be staged soon

The premiere show of Aswamedh Jagna, Natyadhara's latest production, will be staged on November 19 at the Experimental Theatre Stage, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

Flute evening at National Museum

Flutist Ustad Captain (Retd) Azizul Islam performed at the main auditorium, National Museum, recently, says a press release. The programme was organised by the Rotary Club Of Dhaka Downtown.

OP-ED

'Reform' and our capital market

Istarted my professional career, back in 1995, as a stockbroker in the US. I spent a year prior to that as a sales executive for Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (Metlife), upon completion of my Masters in early 1994. I had to pass two exams in order to acquire the licenses, as required by the industry, to join the sales force at Metlife.

A 'princeling' of the people

Not long ago, China's Communist party would never have picked Xi Jinping as its next boss. For one thing, he's a "princeling" -- a derogatory term for the offspring of party leaders, who are resented by many Chinese because they're thought to benefit from guanxi (personal connections) and to put on airs.

Star City

Erratic growth, no master plan

Authorities of Dhaka University (DU), country's oldest university, has not yet been able to prepare a master plan for an architecturally planned growth of the campus.

No step yet to end commuters' hassles

Ashraf Ali along with his wife was waiting for a transport to attend his nephew's wedding ceremony. He stopped several CNG-run autorickshaws and taxicabs but the drivers refused to take them on the plea that it was a short distance trip.

Madartek residents no longer to spend sleepless nights

At last Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) is installing a deep well pump at Madartek Bazar to cope with water crisis in the area in the upcoming dry season.

Star Chittagong

New organogram to restructure CDA soon

New organogram for Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) is under consideration of the Ministry of Finance to restructure the organisation, sources said.

BGMEA healthcare centres need expansion

Seventeen-year-old Archana, a garment worker, has been suffering from severe fever for the last two months and has not gone to doctor because she does not have enough money for treatment.

‘Try war criminals in special tribunal’

Speakers at a mourning rally on Saturday demanded trial of war criminals in a special tribunal.


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