News of: Friday, 16th of November, 2007
Hurricane Sidr hit the coastal districts, particularly Khulna and Barisal, as it started crossing the country from northern Bay of Bengal last evening with high tidal surge and strong winds of over 200km per hour.
A special anti-graft court yesterday sentenced former state minister for power Iqbal Hassan Mahmood Tuku to seven years' rigorous and two years' simple imprisonment for amassing wealth illegally and concealing information in his wealth statement.
Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday said the government is committed to ensuring a business friendly atmosphere so that businessmen are not unnecessarily harassed.
Effective participation of as many as 50,000 women representatives in various local government units will be ensured once a recommendation made by the committee on local government is implemented.
The Judicial Probe Commission formed to investigate the violent incidents on and around Dhaka University campus in late August in its report said the three-day student protest was initially spontaneous but later “a vested quarter and some politicians” instigated it.
The task force formed to bring back siphoned off money at its first meeting yesterday decided to recommend that the government promulgate the money laundering ordinance, 2007 and the terrorism financing ordinance, 2007 in no time.
Grameenphone Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Anders Jensen said the telephone company might buy other cellphone operators as competition from rivals including Orascom Telecom Holding SAE intensifies.
A Dhaka court yesterday issued arrest warrants against BNP leader and former whip Ashraf Hossain, Orion Group Chairman Obaidul Karim and Harris Chowdhury, political secretary to detained former prime minister Khaleda Zia, in a bribery case relating to Gulistan-Jatrabari flyover contract.
Chronology of major storms that hit Bangladesh in different periods since 1822.
An emergency meeting of the National Disaster Management Council chaired by Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday directed all concerned, particularly the deputy commissioners of 15 districts, to take all-out preparation to face possible disaster as a powerful cyclone started lashing the coastal areas.
A large number of the people living in the coastal belt of the country, around 1.6 core, are not covered by cyclone shelters as only 19.2 lakh people can be housed in the 2,400 shelters now available for them in usable condition.
At least 67 people, including a French tourist, have been stranded in St Martin's Island as strong winds of cyclone Sidr lashed the tiny island all day long yesterday, preventing any rescue mission.
Amid criticism of mismanagement in fertiliser distribution, the government has decided to set up about 14,400 sales centres across the country to ensure proper delivery of it to the farmers.
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday pressed charges against five JMB men including executed militant leaders Shaekh Abdur Rahman and his brother Abdur Rahman Sunny in a case for assaulting late litterateur Prof Humayun Azad.
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) yesterday asked all banks to provide account information of 24 individuals including former finance minister Saifur Rahman's son Shafiur Rahman Babu, former prime minister Khaleda Zia's assistant personal secretary (APS) Mohammad Abdul Matin and former Awami League MP Kazi Zafarullah.
Foreign Adviser Iftekhar A Chowdhury yesterday said Bangladesh would switch from a defensive to an assertive and forward foreign policy by aggressively pursuing its strategic goals.
Sunamganj Municipality Chairman Mominul Moujdin, his wife, a son and driver were killed in a car crash in Brahmanbaria yesterday.
Two private university students were arrested for possession of 1.6 kg heroin by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in a late-night raid on Wednesday at Mohakhali in the capital.
Adcomm Ltd yesterday sent a clarification to The Daily Star about its position regarding the filing of a case against Nazim Kamran Choudhury and eight others by their landlord's wife Farhana Islam, accusing them of land grabbing and assaulting her.
Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee and South Asian People's Union Against Fundamentalism and Communalism yesterday condemned the audacious remarks against the Liberation War, freedom fighters and constitution by some pro-Jamaat-e-Islami intellectuals.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members seized used band rolls worth Tk 12 crore from a cigarette factory at Aziznagar in Lama upazila on Wednesday night.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines yesterday cancelled two hajj flights scheduled for today and tomorrow due to shortage of non-ballottee hajis.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday filed a case against detained former Awami League (AL) lawmaker Rafiqul Anwar for amassing wealth worth Tk 3.55 crore illegally and concealing it in the wealth statement submitted to the commission.
President Gen Pervez Musharraf and his aides were finalising a caretaker government yesterday, while his two opposition rivals forged an alliance against him.
Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown has become an honorary Hindu, taking the name Govardhan Brown, during a ceremony to mark the Diwali festival, an umbrella organisation for British Hindus said Thursday.
The recommendations of the report on strengthening local government are a reflection of the needs of the times. They are so because much debate has gone on around the issue of a devolution of power from the national government to local authorities. There has been an acutely felt need for administration to be decentralised through a necessary and proper empowerment of local government institutions. The suggestions made in the report surely go a long way toward meeting such goals. Indeed, the reality is that democracy does not function very well, or runs into roadblocks, when political power is absent where it matters, in this instance the grassroots. That is one more way of saying that participatory democracy is ultimately dependent on how strong and effective local bodies are in a country.
Although the adviser for industry, Geeteara Safiya Choudhury has changed her tack a few times since she first blamed the fertiliser crisis on media hype and the impatience of farmers in long queues, her original observations do not cease to ring into the ears. She is urging the journalists now to read out to the farmers 'who can't read' the newspaper ad. put up by the government declaring that there is no fertiliser crisis. But if insistence on stock position being satisfactory and admitting to existence of some 'distribution problems' do not constitute a crisis than what does?
The story has it that once a centipede was happy until it met with a frolicking frog. When it saw the frog jumping in the air with only four legs, it thought it should be able to do the same since it had many times more legs. So the centipede wanted to give it a shot and that is when it started to hesitate. It tried to lift one leg, then another, but couldn't figure out which one was to come after which. In the end, the legs got tangled and the centipede couldn't even stand up. The short moral of the long story is that fewer legs can increase speed, but too many legs aren't a good thing.
If there is any serious attempt by caring Bangladeshis to understand the reasons for the malfunctioning of our polity by placing them in the historical, sociological and political context, it may turn out to be an agonising experience. The suspicion could be that our concern for democracy amounted to merely false consciousness or, worse, was it a crude legitimisation of the so-called politically driven conflict? Should we look for the roots of the problem in the phenomena of social exclusion, economic marginalisation, contests for power, and other contingent factors?
The present caretaker government (CTG) is unique in the sense that it was established after proclamation of emergency to save the country from total collapse because of the short-sightedness, arrogance, and greed for power and wealth of some top leaders of some major political parties. In the name of democracy, anarchy was established. Muscle and money ruled the society.
Sachin Tendulkar hit a stunning 97 as India beat Pakistan by six wickets in Gwalior on Thursday to claim a first one-day series win over the archrivals on home soil since 1983.
Abahani return to Bordoloi Trophy after 15 years when the Bangladesh professional league champions take part in the 56th edition of Assam's premier football tournament.
AFC vice-president Monilal Fernando ended speculations that Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) could lose FIFA development funds by promising more help for the country yesterday.
Mahfuzur Rahman of BKSP became the only male swimmer to have broken a new national record in the 22nd National Swimming Championships yesterday.
Before Sri Lanka start their final campaign to win a Test in Australia with their golden generation they must first make a couple of crucial decisions over the make-up of their team. After being thrashed by an innings and 40 runs in the opening match in Brisbane, the tourists face a restructure in an all-or-nothing attempt to beat the hosts.
Former national batsman Mehrab Hossain is set to play his first match after a disturbing family episode, turning up for Team North in the Challengers Cup competition tomorrow, after the match was delayed by a day due to inclement weather.
Bangladesh Under-19 team will leave Dhaka for Karachi on Sunday instead of Saturday, following a change in flight schedule.
Bangladesh Army and Sonali Bank will face off in the final of the Office Hockey League on Sunday, winning respective semifinals at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.
It was supposed to be a reconnaissance mission to one of the joint hosts of Euro 2008.
Steven Gerrard expects to be in anguish when he watches the Croatia and Russia games that could eliminate his country from Euro 2008 but there is an even greater apprehension when he peers into the future. The Liverpool captain does not shy away from a vision of a deeper decline for the England side and adds his name to the list of those alarmed by the number of overseas signings in the Premier League.
It is, almost literally, football heaven. In Argentina soccer fans take their allegiance to the club very seriously. But now the fans of the Boca Juniors club can take their allegiance all the way to the grave - because a part of a peaceful cemetery, about 18 miles south of Buenos Aires, has been opened exclusively for Boca fans.
Spain's Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer romped to straight-sets wins to book their places in the Masters Cup semifinals on Thursday.
Bayern Munich defender Marcell Jansen is the latest injury victim set to miss Saturday's Euro 2008 qualifier with Cyprus after limping out of training on Thursday.
Javier Zanetti will become Argentina's most capped international if he plays in Saturday's World Cup qualifier at home to Bolivia.
Spain's Euro 2008 qualifier against Sweden in Madrid on Saturday has been deemed a "high risk" match due to the expected arrival of some 6,000 Swedish fans and plans for several political protests in the Spanish capital.
Former Germany international Lars Ricken announced on Thursday he will retire next month to take up an administration role with his Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund.
Australia midfielder Tim Cahill has pulled out of Saturday's friendly against Nigeria in London.
The 15-year-old brother of Birmingham's Honduran midfielder Wilson Palacios has been released after being kidnapped in the central American country, the English club revealed on Thursday.
Republic of Ireland defender Stephen Carr on Wednesday announced his retirement from international football.
Primera Liga Real Zaragoza slumped to an embarrassing 1-0 defeat at third division Pontevedra in the first leg of their King's Cup tie on Wednesday.
Dale Steyn propelled South Africa to a big win over a New Zealand team in disarray in the first Test at the Wanderers, and now as the teams rejoin battle at the Centurion today, South Africa have the upper hand. If there was confusion in the New Zealand camp South Africa wore a settled look, and named an unchanged team well in advance of the second Test.
International news agencies are planning to extend their boycott of Australian cricket after attempts to broker a deal over media coverage stalled.
Brian Lara and Inzamamul Haq headlined the list of players as the Indian Cricket League (ICL) announced its teams for the inaugural tournament. Lara has been named in the Mumbai Champs side while Inzamam will play for Hyderabad Heroes.
The Olympic Day Run will now be held here on Saturday instead of Friday due to inclement weather across the country.
Bodyline Cricket Coaching School have been declared champions of the Third Division Qualifying Cricket League on the basis of better net run rate after their final match against Orient Cricket Academy at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium yesterday was washed out due to rain.
The Pubali Bank 32nd National Rowing competition will be held on Saturday on the river Buriganga near China-Bangladesh Friendship Bridge in Postogola.
The Friendship Cup Organising Committee (FCOC) yesterday had a meeting on the tournament's preparation with its head Col (retd) Kazi Shahed Ahmed in chair.
Germany's head coach Joachim Loew is insisting on a top-class performance against minnows Cyprus in Hanover on Saturday to wipe out memories of Germany's Euro 2008 Czech humbling last month.
Urawa Reds are setting their sights on taking AC Milan's scalp after they restored Japanese footballing pride by beating Iran's Sepahan to win their first Asian Champions League title.
Star striker El-Hadji Diouf could end his short-lived retirement from international football on Saturday when Senegal face Mali in Paris.
Star players will quit the Italian league and move to Spain or England if football-related violence continues in Italy, Valencia's international striker Fernando Morientes said Wednesday.
UEFA president Michel Platini lamented Wednesday the growth in violence which he claims is holding football hostage.
The joint bid by Belgium and The Netherlands to host the 2018 World Cup finals was welcomed by FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Wednesday according to the Dutch Football Federation president.
Juande Ramos confirmed today that he wants to bring two of the players who were integral to his Uefa Cup-winning Sevilla side, Frédéric Kanouté and Daniel Alves, to Tottenham. "I would like to take those two players to my new team," said Ramos. "But I doubt that Sevilla would let them go."
Soaring prices of medicine raw materials in the international market now take toll on the local drugs production, according to industry insiders.
It was a drizzling evening with dark clouds over Dhaka's sky, people were rushing homes fearing a possible disaster in the coastal areas due to cyclone danger signal.
The new heads of the IMF and World Bank will face calls to revamp their organisations at talks with finance ministers and bank chiefs of the world's biggest economies in South Africa this weekend.
State-owned Sonali, Janata and Agrani banks formally emerged as public limited companies (PLCs) with the signing of separate 'vendor' agreements to this effect yesterday.
The benchmark index of the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) yesterday crossed 3000 points for the first time, setting another new high at 3013 points.
Nasiruddin Ahmed Chowdhury yesterday was elected president of the Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) for 2008, says a press release.
Opec on Thursday lowered its estimate for world oil demand growth in 2007 arguing that high petrol prices were currently reducing consumption.
Bangladesh should work internationally to link Rohingya refugee problem to ongoing democratic movement in Myanmar, said the speakers at a seminar yesterday.
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday stressed the need for utilising the country's unique atmosphere of communal harmony to accelerate the national development.
Speakers at a workshop yesterday called on the government to take necessary steps, including proper implementation of the Disabled Welfare Act 2001, to ensure equal rights for physically challenged people to health, education, employment and information.
Bangladesh should go for bilateral agreements with its main export partners to enjoy duty-free market facilities as the WTO negotiations are showing slow progress, speakers told a roundtable in Dhaka yesterday.
At least six people were killed in separate road accidents in Dhaka and Chapainawabganj yesterday.
Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed called on President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban yesterday and apprised him of the steps taken by the government to face the cyclone, control the prices of essentials, ensure smooth supply of fertiliser to farmers and to create an environment conducive to free, fair and credible elections.
The Declaration of International Mother Language Day will be celebrated tomorrow, says a press release.
Citycell, the country's pioneer mobile operator, recently joined hands with AIESEC, the prestigious international students' club that shapes the leaders of tomorrow, says a press release.
Police arrested a former CBA leader of Power Development Board (PDB), Sylhet in an extortion case in the city's Bandarbazar area yesterday.
A shop employee was stabbed to death at Kotwali in the city in the early hours of yesterday.
A Sylhet court yesterday sentenced a police officer to seven years' imprisonment for taking bribes.
The second Holcim Awards competition to promote sustainable construction is open for entries until February 29, 2008, says a press release.
A ward commissioner of Khulna City Corporation (KCC) was arrested from his Charerhat residence in the city on Wednesday night in an extortion case.
A Chapainawabganj court yesterday sentenced former chairman of Shibganj Pourasabha and general secretary of Shibganj poura BNP Shamim Kabir Helim to five years' rigorous imprisonment in an extortion case.
Police in separate drives across the country arrested 1,175 people on various charges during the last 12 hours until 6:00am yesterday.
The 9th District Conference of Zonta International District 25 was held in Colombo recently with the theme 'Equal opportunities for every woman -- Let it begin with me', says a press release.
Members of Narcotics Control Department seized 170 yaba tablets and arrested one person in this connection in the port city yesterday.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered two powerful bombs from a heap of sand at Bhatoi Bazar in Jhenidah yesterday.
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday arrested a suspected JMB man with Tk 14 lakh from Amrakhali in Benapole yesterday.
British Council organised UK Qualifications Fair 2007 at Nirvana Inn in Sylhet yesterday.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines yesterday cancelled two hajj flights scheduled for today and tomorrow due to shortage of non-ballottee hajis.
The admission test of Masters Part-1 of 2006-2007 session under the National University scheduled for today have been postponed due to inclement weather, says a press release.
The High Court yesterday directed the government not to evict 153 families from Natun Bhashantek slum in the city's Mirpur area without rehabilitating them in two years.
All examinations of BA/BSS and B Ag Ed schedule to be held today and tomorrow under Bangladesh Open University (BOU) have been postponed due to unavoidable circumstances, says a press release.
A memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on November 11 between George Mason University and Brac University for collaboration in academic, professional and research development, says a press release.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested an officer and four employees of Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training (BMET) in the city yesterday on charges of taking bribes from overseas job seekers and their agents.
A day-long programme will be held on the Dhaka Ramakrishna Mission premises today to pay homage to the Mahasamadhi of Srimat Swami Gahananandaji Maharaj, the 14th president of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, says a press release.
This year also Nur Hussain Day was observed on 10 November as before. Nur Hussain sacrificed his life for democracy. The blood of Nur Hussain helped end autocracy and establish the so-called democracy. Unfortunately, the political parties are not strong believers in democracy, rather they are interested in having the charm of governance and staying in power, showing zero tolerance to the views of the opposition and maintaining no norms of democracy in their official functions.
Bangladesh is a country having great tourism potential. There are many attractive spots like the Sundarbans, the world's largest mangrove forest, Cox's Bazar sea beach, and many historical sites. Many tourists will come to our country and Bangladesh will earn foreign currency if we can manage things well.
ALO is a welfare organisation for creating Drug Awareness and is run by volunteers. It is engaged in various activities focusing on making society, especially the vulnerable youth, aware of the dangers associated with taking drugs and becoming addicts. For the past five years, ALO has been striving with limited resources, to help those in need of assistance against drugs.
One of my closed relatives reached Zia International Airport (ZIA) from Hong Kong on 08/11/2007 at 01.00am. They had to wait with their luggage up to 02.30am because the Belt Operator was not there at that time. There were many foreigners in that flight, besides locals. It was very surprising for the foreigners. Even locals were annoyed though they are accustomed to being harassed in their daily life. After a long journey they wanted to come out from the airport at the earliest. Another point of harassment is customs formalities, though it is a bit better now then before. Customs officials should behave politely, especially with the passengers from the Middle East. They may not be aware of customs rules but customs officials can convince them about the applicable rules in a polite way. If more officials are required for that purpose , the authorities can think about it. But, harassment of common passengers should be avoided. For security reasons and necessary formalities there will be some delay which is acceptable, but harassment due to inefficiency, negligence, corruption and misbehavior is not at all acceptable.
Today the economy of the country is showing an upward swing in general amid growing consumerism. In the early eighties, Dhaka had only a few markets, but today we have many shopping malls, the number may exceed our imagination. Still these shopping malls are buzzing with buyers. With the rise in financial capacity, there will be demand in the following sectors:
The political sky is getting more and more cloudy as anticipated by an election commissioner-cum-political analyst. The country is now watching the “adjustment programme”. The BNP is put to the process of structural changes, and the AL to emotional adjustment. Rest of the political parties will now watch and make necessary adjustments and alignment to remain on course. The Islamic parties as usual are looking for strong support to proceed and to remain on course with a firm footing at the grassroots.
It seems like anything and everything is happening in Bangladesh and elsewhere without any thought or consequence. Although nothing big, but I was dumbfounded to see the interview of the father of the nation's killer in the newspaper. It is very unfortunate to see one of the killers of our father of the nation get the chance to speak his mind and give his opinions on our sacred independence and its leaders. The trouble with publishing his interview is giving him a voice, which he does not deserve.
Kindly note that I regularly read "The Daily Star" and the important part of the news comes under the "Headlines". I do not know why you have to install it so tiny with tiny fonts, so much so that I have to wear my reading glasses for it and then I find it difficult to click on the right spot since the mouse and arrow cannot be exactly lined up.
This is in reference to Prof. Sufi's letter on Flawed Maps (DS 11/9/07) on sale all over Bangladesh. My experience is similar to those of Prof. Sufi. I also started travelling around Bangladesh equipped with maps published by different publishers, My dependence on these maps promptly got me hopelessly lost.
Our heartfelt thanks to the caretaker government headed by Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed, their performance is highly laudable. The country was in a mess, they are trying to bring back a stable condition.
UN's IPCC Indian head, R K Pachauri, gave a rather obsessive lecture this month at an Asia conference in Delhi in which Bangladesh was made out to be a complete joker in the pack. Not considering the fact that hundreds of millions were affected by disastrous floods in India and the rioting, terrible problem of management of the crisis, diseases, food shortages, hunger in the last few months in his own country, Mr. Pachauri gave a glowing picture about India's wonderful ability to cope with these; this was contrasted by the helplessness in a neighbouring country. Mr. Pachauri suggested that India must intervene in future.
I would hardly be classified as a supporter of Musharraf. In fact, I despise his , or any non-autonomous foreign policy, as well as his dismissive attitude towards both local and international law. Yet, the fact remains that the recent crisis and protests against Musharraf are of inherently racist nature - as Pakistani politics largely has been since the dictator Ayub Khan's time.
With the advancement of e-media and e-publications, today's world has reached such a volcanic point where one country may erupt in doing either consciously or sub-consciously or unconsciously any faux-pas with its heinous and sinister lava at any time to subvert another country's economic, national, ideological or religious base. This is happening all over the world. But this shameful and aggressive attitude imposed, especially by the powerful countries on the comparatively weaker ones, in a different way these days is more skilled than before. Not that this trend of vicious circle is newly developed, rather its source originated in the past and is likely to be gargantuan in the days to come. This is not a mere deduction but deeply evaluated calculation done on the insightful observation that the way of attacking one country chooses for another one in a different modus is more psychological and less physical than that of their forefathers. This is because the fusion of strategy with the highly advanced technologies is leading the world to the state of schizophrenia as a whole.
Former Pakistan premiers Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif have agreed to join forces to oust President Pervez Musharraf from office, a top party official said yesterday.
The United States has again asked Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf to end emergency rule and take off his army uniform even as Washington's defiant key ally publicly rejected its demand.
A group of 20 Tamil Tiger suicide bombers have infiltrated Sri Lanka's capital and are planning to murder the president and senior government officials, an MP warned Thursday.
Pakistani troops killed 20 militants yesterday after launching a counter-offensive against pro-Taliban rebels in the northwest, the army said.
US forces said yesterday they had killed 25 suspected al-Qaeda fighters and arrested 21 in a two-day operation in central Iraq.
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas yesterday called for the people of Gaza to oust his Islamist rivals who seized control there five months ago as he seeks a lasting peace with Israel.
House Democrats pushed through a $50 billion bill for the Iraq war Wednesday night that would require President Bush to start bringing troops home in coming weeks with a goal of ending combat by December 2008.
Sen Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday came out against granting driver's licenses to illegal immigrants, after weeks of pressure in the presidential race to take a position on a now-failed ID plan from her home state governor.
India will host a 2-day Regional Conference on Global Literacy in New Delhi on November 29-30 to promote literacy at national and international levels.
The Philippines government and separatist rebels have struck a deal on creating a Muslim homeland in the country's south which is expected to lead to a peace accord next year, officials said yesterday.
Arts & Entertainment
The recent drive against obscenity and piracy, two major issues that Dhaliwood (the Dhaka-based film industry) has been grappling with, has raised hopes in the industry. Task force is striking the possible places in search of 'cut pieces' featuring vulgar and obscene scenes that are added to films, and officials are arresting individuals involved with such activities.
Jatiyo Nabanno Utshob Udjapon Parshad organised a daylong Nabanno utshob yesterday at Bakultala, Institute of Fine Arts, Dhaka University. Slogan of this year's festival Esho Nabanno, shobar jonno/ Khudhar onno dao, resonates the call for ensuring food for all.
The five-day long third Intra University Photography Exhibition at Drik Gallery presented 44 photographs that celebrate contemporary life as experienced by young and enthusiastic photographers of East West University.
Starting from November 12, British Film Festival has been screening award winning and critically acclaimed British films, says a press release.
Like most people of the world, Bangladeshis have joined the world trend of human mobility across continents and countries. Bangladeshi immigrant communities in the UK, the USA, Australia and New Zealand are well-established, and are contributing the lion's share to our revenue earning and the forex reserve. Perhaps accepting this reality, the interim government is seriously considering ensuring their voting right in the new context of our political realm. However, I am not sure that the government as well as the Election Commission have done sufficient homework on the implications of such a crucial decision. This article tries to capture some possible detrimental consequences of providing voting rights to Non-Resident Bangladeshis (NRB).
Iread both the published and the unpublished versions of a recent article by Professor Abdullah A. Dewan (Economic growth and property rights, The Daily Star, November 4) that inspired me to put forward my personal views that I had developed while I was a student of Economics at the University of Lund in Sweden in the seventies, on these issues. The question "Why do some countries prosper while others lag behind?" could be put as "What makes some countries poor while others are rich?"
Traffic jam is not a new problem for residents of Dhaka. Due to urbanisation, the demand for different kinds of urban transport has been increasing in big cities, and so has the number of vehicles. In Dhaka, we have seen that in the last six years the number of rickshaws, three-wheelers, buses, and cars has increased greatly. But we have not seen many bicycles. In Dhaka, the bicycle is not considered as a mode of transport. What is a bicycle like as a mode of transport? Can it change people's habits? In this writing I shall try to answer those questions in the light of my experience in Beijing.