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News of: Monday, 26th of November, 2007

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Govt needs 2 lakh MT foodgrain assistance

The government has told donors that it needs at least two lakh metric tons of foodgrains in assistance since the cyclone and floods have caused extensive damage to crops leading to a shortfall of 10 lakh metric tons.

Most parties against joining talks with Jamaat

Most of the political parties expressed their unwillingness to join the Election Commission's (EC) planned conference on electoral reforms -- scheduled for next month, if Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh, the anti-liberation force that had committed war crimes, is invited to it.

Fishermen, small traders to get Tk 130cr soft loans

The government has decided to lend Tk 130 crore from the fund of the finance ministry in soft credit to cyclone-stricken small traders and fishermen as well as for livestock and poultry for the revival of shattered livelihoods.

HC stays operation of ACC notice

The High Court (HC) yesterday stayed functioning of the notice issued by Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to former prime minister and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia asking her to submit wealth statement.

Rice price jumps up in Rangpur

Wholesale price of Aman rice at Rangpur rice markets during this harvest season has shot up unusually and traders are blaming it on Cyclone Sidr.

Businesses pledge relief worth Tk 20-25cr

The business community yesterday pledged relief in cash, food and clothing, which the government estimates to be worth about Tk 20-25 crore, for distribution among Sidr-affected people in 12 southern districts.

Lack of coordination in relief distribution

In a clear show of lack of coordination in relief distribution, many cyclone-affected people living in upazila headquarters are receiving more food than they need while many on the outlying areas are starving.

1 dies, many missing as trawler carrying illegal migrants sinks in Bay

One person died and several others suspected missing after an overcrowded trawler and two engine boats sank in the Bay of Bengal off Shah Parir Dwip in Teknaf in the early hours yesterday.

Sharif returns home from exile

Nawaz Sharif, the Pakistani prime minister ousted in a coup eight years ago, returned from exile yesterday to a nation under emergency rule and a raucous welcome from supporters.

26 lakh VGF cards planned for 4 months

The government is issuing 25.9 lakh Vulnerable Group Feeding (VGF) cards in the coastal districts to feed the cyclone victims for the next four months from December.

Gen Moeen urges developers to help rebuilding in coastal areas

Army Chief Gen Moeen U Ahmed yesterday called on property developers to help build cyclone shelters and social housing for the disenfranchised.

Mayor Khoka owns Tk 7.5cr property

The Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) in its preliminary inquiry found that Dhaka City Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka owns wealth and properties worth Tk 7.50 crore.

Stick to facts, law adviser tells media

Law adviser Mainul Hosein yesterday asked the media to verify their sources while reporting on allegations of irregularities in relief distribution or regarding damage in Cyclone-hit areas.

First tiger 'killed in Sidr' found

The first carcass of a tiger since Sidr had ripped the Sundarbans asunder, was found floating in a canal there yesterday morning, believed to have been killed in the cyclone.

Robbers kill 2, loot Tk 15 lakh goods

Robbers shot dead two men at Mirpur in the city yesterday morning, after looting valuables worth over Tk 15 lakh from a local businessman's house.

Delwar doubts fair polls

Criticising Election Commission (EC) for breaching the constitution, Secretary General of Khaleda Zia-backed BNP Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday said people are in doubt whether it can hold a free and fair election.

HC stays trial of graft case against SQ Chy

The High Court yesterday stayed midway trial proceedings of the graft case facing detained former BNP lawmaker Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury.

Eminent citizens protest French explanation

Eminent citizens yesterday protested an explanation of the French Embassy in Dhaka regarding the lending of Bangladeshi artefacts to France saying previous instances show that France hardly returns them to their country of origin.

2 more bodies found

Two more dead bodies were recovered yesterday from the river at Kalapara where a bridge collapsed with cyclone victims on it seeking relief on Saturday.

2 Huji men remanded

A Dhaka court yesterday placed two Harkat-ul-Jihad (Huji) members on a seven-day remand in a case that was filed for bomb attacks on a Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) rally at Paltan Maidan on January 21, 2001.

5 JMB men's jailbreak attempt foiled

Five activists of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), including the detained son of its executed chief Shaikh Abdur Rahman, made an unsuccessful attempt to escape from Comilla District Jail last night.

BSF kills 2

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot two Bangladeshi cattle traders to death on Sadipur frontier here early yesterday increasing the number of killed Bangladeshi to five since Friday.

80 Taliban killed in Afghan air strikes

Nearly 80 Taliban rebels were killed in a series of air raids by international military forces near eastern Afghanistan's border with Pakistan, a provincial government spokesman said yesterday.

Syria to attend Mideast peace conference

Syria will send its deputy foreign minister to the US-sponsored Mideast peace conference in Annapolis because the issue of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights has been added to the agenda, the state-run news agency said Sunday.

Asia, Europe line-up drawn

England were drawn against Croatia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Andorra following the European zone draw for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa made here on Sunday.

Editorial

Public accounts lacking oversight

There has not been a public accounts oversight body since the expiry of the eighth parliament's tenure on October 27 last year. As a natural consequence, the public accounts committee (PAC) of the parliament had then ceased to exist. So, there has been a void in an important area having to do with good governance based on financial discipline.

Bonded labour in modern era?

The story of the Bangladesh Navy rescuing 13 boys from bonded labour in Dublarchar has actually brought to the fore glimpse of an organised crime much bigger than we may want to believe. These unfortunate boys, malnourished and in frail health had to work 16 hours a day, often under extreme weather conditions. By all means, it was a fortuitous rescue attempt that ended well but from what appeared in the media report, it is but a tip of the iceberg that demands a full-scale investigation.

Facing the inevitable

The nightmare, even if forewarned, could not be avoided. Sidr, like its earlier versions, chose its favourite killing grounds in our southern coastal areas early last week. When it struck, the cyclone wreaked havoc with the lives and properties of some of the poorest lot of the country.

Calcutta volcano

A democracy does not eliminate alibis, but it certainly reduces them. There is a thin line between anger and violence, but that line is drawn very clearly in a free nation. Because democracy provides so much unique space for anger, it demands that its citizens do not cross that line.

The dispossessed and the dying

On a September 1, 2005 broadcast of "Good Morning America," President George W. Bush somberly declared that the country was prepared to handle all Hurricane Katrina aid internally. "I do expect a lot of sympathy and perhaps some will send cash dollars," the President said of foreign governments, "But this country's going to rise up and take care of it."

Sports

Siddons in city

Australian coach Jamie Siddons arrived in Dhaka yesterday to take helm of the Bangladesh cricket team for the next two years.

India 32 runs away

India closed in on victory in the first Test against Pakistan after a determined batting performance in the second innings at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground here on Sunday.

How lifts New Zealand

Jamie How made a career-best 90 as New Zealand's batsmen came close to taming South Africa's bowlers for the first time on their tour in the first one-day international at Kingsmead Sunday.

Lara calls to accept ICL

West Indies batting legend Brian Lara on Sunday urged state and national cricket boards to officially recognise a rebel Twenty20 league slated to begin next week in northern India.

Farewell to Nayeem

For the first time in history of Bangladesh football, an outgoing foreign coach received a farewell party when footballers bade Syed Nayeemuddin goodbye yesterday.

Rajib moves to 2nd round in World Chess

Enamul Hossain Rajib moved into the second round of the World Chess Cup against all odds when the Bangladesh International Master upset Ukraine's Grand Master Pavel Eljanov in west Siberian city Khanty-Mansiysk in Russia yesterday.

Sachin behind Brian only

India's Sachin Tendulkar became the second highest Test run-scorer during the first Test against Pakistan on Sunday.

HC stays Premier Cricket

The High Court yesterday ordered a two-month stay on any further activities over the upcoming Premier Division Cricket League 2007-08 that was scheduled to begin in January next.

U-19s' one-day match today

Bangladesh Under-19 cricket team will play the first one-day match one-day match of a five-match series against their Pakistan counterparts today at the Niaz Stadium in Hyderabad.

Inter stretch lead

Back-up strikers Julio Cruz and David Suazo tore Atalanta apart as champions Inter Milan stretched their lead at the top of the Serie A table to three points with a narrow 2-1 victory on Saturday.

Arsenal snatch dramatic win

Arsenal extended their lead at the top of the Premier League with a dramatic 2-0 win over Wigan, while Manchester United slumped to a shock 1-0 defeat at Bolton on Saturday.

Barca close Real gap

Ten-man Real Madrid allowed Barcelona to make up ground in the title race after stumbling to a 1-1 draw at Real Murcia on Saturday.

Fergie faces FA enquiry

Sir Alex Ferguson faces an appointment with the English Football Association after being sent to the stands during his team's fiery 1-0 defeat to Bolton at the Reebok Stadium.

James slams McClaren

David James has slammed sacked England coach Steve McClaren for his disastrous handling of the team's goalkeepers.

Shearer surprised

Alan Shearer admitted he was staggered to be linked with the England coach's job but refused to rule out a move into management in the future.

Totti to miss Kiev trip

AS Roma striker Francesco Totti has been ruled out of Tuesday's Champions League trip to Dynamo Kiev because of a nagging foot problem.

Heroes to receive WC medals

Pele will be one of more than 120 former players who will be presented with a World Cup winning medal after missing out on playing in the final.

Ferguson confirms Tevez stay

Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez will stay with the Premier League champions beyond his current loan deal, according to Sir Alex Ferguson.

Tharanga reminds again

Sri Lanka's young batsman Upul Tharanga staked a strong claim for the first Test against England with another powerful display against the tourists here on Sunday.

Another Atapattu shot

Marvan Atapattu made his final goodbye to Sri Lankan cricket on Sunday with another scathing attack on the selectors he had earlier described as "muppets headed by a joker".

Uphill task for Gayle & co

The West Indies set out on Sunday on their latest overseas tour, to Zimbabwe and South Africa, under a new captain and coach and a reinstated manager. The captain is Chris Gayle, the ninth in the dozen years since the start of the sickening slide from their extended domination of world cricket, the coach is the Australian John Dyson, also the ninth in that time even though he will make a belated entrance, and the manager is Clive Lloyd, the iconic captain during the most glorious period of West Indies cricket history.

Bordoloi Trophy Port Authority's

Bangkok Port Authority of Thailand maintained their hundred percent record when they clinched the 56th Bharat Ratna Lokapriya Bordoloi Trophy in Assam on Saturday when they blanked ONGC (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation) 3-0 in the final at the Nehru Stadium in Guwahati.

Robin keeps North alive

Robin slammed an unbeaten hundred yesterday as table toppers Team North fought back brilliantly to brighten their chances to lift the Challengers Cup title.

Committee named for friendlies

Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday named a 21-member organising committee headed its president SA Sultan for next month's three exhibition matches between Abahani and Mohammedan and a concert to raise fund for the cyclone-affected people of the country.

Rating chess title goes to Shakil

Abu Sufian Shakil clinched the title of the Prime Bank 10th International Rating chess tournament as he won the battle against Mohammad Ali in the tiebreakers at the federation hall-room yesterday.

Bollywood shoot not far away from Lee

Australian pacer Brett Lee's much-talked about Bollywood career is all set to take off next year when he lands in India to shoot for a cameo in a film titled 'Victory'.

NU's double delight

National University clinched double crown in the Inter-university handball competition winning the men's and women's events at the Shahjalal University of Science and Technology yesterday.

Ribery inspires Bayern

France midfielder Franck Ribery provided the inspiration as Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich returned to winning ways with a 2-1 home win over VfL Wolfsburg.

Lyon bounce back

French champions Lyon bounced back from their humbling defeat to Marseille last time out with a commanding 2-0 win away to Rennes on Saturday.

Rafa wants new players

Liverpool's comfortable 3-0 victory at Newcastle has done nothing to alter manager Rafa Benitez's desire to bring in new players during the Premier League's transfer window in January.

'New coach will be better off'

Sacked England coach Steve McClaren said his successor will benefit from his failure in the high-profile job.

Mancini blasts doctors

Despite watching his side stretch their lead at the top of the Serie A table to three points and having extended their unbeaten start to the season to 12 matches, Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini was far from happy.

Kahn slams UEFA, FIFA

Bayern Munich captain Oliver Kahn has slammed football's govering bodies UEFA and FIFA for the extra workload handed to players involved in the recent qualifiers.

Business

SEC lifts ban on merchant bank lending

The stock market regulator yesterday lifted the ban on merchant banks lending to finance share purchases, but cut the amount they are allowed to lend by half.

BGMEA awaits govt nod for code of conduct on compliance issues

BGMEA (Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association) now awaits government's nod for a common code of conduct on compliance issues it has finalised for the code's execution at factory level.

Retail outlets must use electronic cash registers from July

Electronic cash registers will become compulsory for large and medium sized retailers from July next year, with the National Board of Revenue claiming the move could increase Value Added Tax collection by TK150 crore a year.

Saarc LDC goods may get free access to India by year-end

India is likely to announce duty-free access of some products from Bangladesh and other LDC members of Saarc by the year-end, as the 13th meeting of the Saarc Committee on Economic Cooperation (Saarc CEC) ended in Dhaka yesterday.

Lafarge cleared to collect limestone from Meghalaya

India's Supreme Court has allowed French company Lafarge to carry on mining operations in the northeastern Indian state of Meghalaya for extraction of limestone for manufacturing cement at its plant in Bangladesh.

Pak crisis worries investors

With names like Next, McDonald's and Rolls Royce appearing in Pakistan's cities, evidence of growing foreign investment is easy to see -- but analysts warn that emergency rule could put it all at risk.

Iranians offer to set up small oil refinery

Iranian business delegation now in Dhaka yesterday showed keen interest in jointly setting up agro-based industries, small-scale oil refinery, production of lubricant and industrial machinery. Iranian entrepreneurs have vast experience in setting up industrial ventures in those areas, which now make world class products at competitive price.

Symposium on latest German textile tech begins today

A two-day symposium on latest German textile technology begins today in Dhaka in a bid to introduce modern German machinery to the local apparel manufacturers.

Japan trade fair from Nov 29

The third 'Japan Trade Fair 2007' will begin in Dhaka on November 29 aiming at promoting new products of Japan.

Shilpa Bank earns Tk12.87cr pre-tax profit

Bangladesh Shilpa Bank (BSB) earned a pre-tax profit of Tk 12.87 crore during the last fiscal year. This was disclosed yesterday at the bank's annual general meeting (AGM).

Bangladeshi trade fair in Bahrain from January 22

In a bid to tap the export potential of Bangladeshi goods, an 8-day trade fair of Bangladeshi products will begin in Bahrain from January 22, says a press release.

ROK, Canada to resume FTA talks

South Korea and Canada will resume free trade talks here this week with the opening of automobile markets high on the agenda, officials said Sunday.

ADB-Citi workshop on capital markets Wednesday

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Citigroup Global Markets Bangladesh Private Limited are jointly organising a workshop on capital markets on Wednesday, says a press release.

Japan sees rapid growth in capital investment

Capital investment planned by Japanese firms for the year to March 2008 will rise an average of 11.0 percent from a year earlier, the fourth straight year of double-digit growth, reports said Sunday.

Metropolitan

15pc coastal land to be inundated if temperature rises by 1° Celsius

Around 13 to 15 percent of land in the coastal belt of the country is likely to be inundated permanently if the temperature rises only by 1 degree Celsius, and this will lead to serious food insecurity by the middle of this century, said an expert yesterday.

'Lack of political commitment responsible for urban poverty'

Urban slum dwellers are deprived of many rights of a citizen despite their significant contribution to national economy, said the speakers at a dialogue yesterday.

Take up long-term rehabilitation programme for cyclone victims

BNP standing committee member Lt Gen (retd) Mahbubur Rahman yesterday called for taking up a long-term rehabilitation programme for the people affected by the cyclone Sidr.

Help keep country's accountancy, auditing on right track

President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday called upon the accountancy professionals to uphold the actual balance sheet of country's larger financial and business establishments in order to increase government income.

Project to improve quality begins in July

The Secondary Education Access and Quality Enhancement Project (SEAQEP), which will provide stipends to both poorer boys and girls in secondary education, is now being prepared and it will be implemented from July 2008, says a press release.

Hearing in Tarique's case today, Koko's on Nov 28

A Dhaka court will hear today the seven-day remand prayer to interrogate BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman in connection with a Tk 4.89crore extortion case while the same court re-fixed November 28 for hearing on the seven-day remand prayer to interrogate detained Arafat Rahman Koko in a Tk 1.20crore extortion case.

CA's relief fund receives over Tk 2cr donations

Many organisations, business houses and individuals donated over Tk 2 crore, and other relief materials to the Chief Adviser's Relief and Welfare Fund for the cyclone-hit people till 12 noon yesterday.

Zillur asks CID to find out masterminds

Acting Awami League (AL) president Zillur Rahman asked a Criminal Investigation Department (CID) team visiting him yesterday to find out who had ordered the August 21 grenade attack on an AL rally in 2004.

Develop strategy to tackle natural disasters

Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday called on the government to develop a comprehensive strategy to tackle natural disasters such as cyclone and tidal surge.

'Unite to resist violence against women'

Leaders of different organisations yesterday called for united efforts to resist violence against women.

Allegations against BAFA secy

Some executive members of Bulbul Academy of Fine Arts (BAFA), also known as Bulbul Lalitakala Academy, yesterday alleged that its general secretary has misappropriated a huge amount of money from the institution funds.

'Stop violence against women'

The Department of Women and Gender Studies, Dhaka University, yesterday observed the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women with a call to stop all forms of violence and resist repression.

Take steps so that Hasina can join relief operation

Awami League (AL) yesterday demanded the government to take immediate measurers so that the detained AL president Sheikh Hasina, who has been detained since July 16 on extortion charges, could take part in the relief operations.

RCC officer gets 10 yrs, his wife 3 yrs

A Rajshahi court yesterday sentenced Lutfar Rahman, an accounts officer of Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC), to 10 years' imprisonment and his wife Nazma Rahman to three years' imprisonment in a corruption case.

Hajj flight delayed for 23 hours

A Boeing-747, which the Biman took lease for carrying Hajj pilgrims, could not fly yesterday due to technical glitches, delaying the flight for 23 hours.

Fakhruddin greets Rudd

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed has greeted Australian Prime Minister-elect Kevin Rudd in the election held on Saturday.

Appeal to help cyclone-hit children

Save the Children Sweden-Denmark is going to set up 200 protection centres in Pirojpur, Borguna, Patharghata, Dublarchar and other areas to provide support for the children affected by the cyclone Sidr, says a press release.

Youngone comes to the aid of cyclone victims

Youngone Corporation, Korea, has contributed US $ 100,000 to the Chief Adviser's Relief and Welfare Fund for relief operations for the cyclone victims, says a press release.

DU urged to take steps for release of students

Gardians of the detained students of Dhaka University yesterday at a meeting with proctor requested the university authorities to take measures for the release of the students.

Road crashes kill two

At least two people were killed in separate road accidents in Dinajpur and Thakurgaon yesterday and on Saturday night.

US university to introduce course on genocide in Bangladesh

Kean University at New Jersey in the United States will offer master's course on 'Genocide in Bangladesh' from 2008, news agency Ena reports from New York.

Holy Cross school and college reunion

Ex-students of Holy Cross school and college have arranged a reunion. Registration for the event scheduled to take place at Atrium (restaurant) on the 3rd day of Eid-ul-Azha should be done by December 3. There will be no provision for spot entry. For further information, please call Selina P Rahman of Holy Cross College at 01711 539995.

National

1,400 sacks of fake fertiliser seized from underground factory

Joint forces busted an underground factory and seized about 1,400 sacks of spurious fertiliser from Ataikula market during drives yesterday and the night before.

Hill cutting continues in Khagrachhari

Illegal hill cutting to make brickfield is threatening environment and biodiversity in remote Belchhari and Betchharai villages in Dighinala upazila in Khagrachhari hill district while hill cutting continues in other areas of the district.

20,000 hectares to remain fallow in Sirajganj

At least 20,000 hectares of land in Jamuna basin areas in nine upazilas of Siranganj may remain fallow as massive sand deposit from successive floods this year have made them unfit for crops.

'ISA visa service more useful after 9/11'

Speakers at a seminar here said there has been a major change in immigration worldwide after the 9/11. Immigration laws are diverse and confusing and vulnerable people need help in this regard.

Vow to end violence against women

The International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women was observed yesterday in Sirajganj, Rangamati, Khagrachhari and Pabna with a vow to end the menace once for all from the society.

'Kamanna shaheed day' today

Today is November 26, reminder of heroic freedom fighters' martyrdom at Kamanna village in Shailkupa in Jhenidah.

Verdict now on Dec 4

The verdict in the case against six Rajshahi University teachers for allegedly violating emergency power rules will now be delivered on December 4.

Indian HC visits Tangail to see voter listing

Indian High Commissioner (HC) in Bangladesh Pinak Ranjan Chakroborty yesterday visited Pathrail Bahumukhi High School in Delduar upazila to see the progress of work on voter listing and National Identity (ID) Card with photograph.

2 BNP leaders arrested for 'extortion'

Two leaders of Kendua upazila BNP have been arrested on charge of extortion, police sources said.

UP chairman held for VGF rice misuse

Joint forces of yesterday arrested Pirgachha Sadar union parishad chairman Afsar Ali on charge of misappropriating rice under Vulnerable Group Feeding (VGF) programme.

'Prevent Rohingyas' entry as voters'

A high-level review meeting held at Bandarban deputy commissioner's conference hall on Saturday asked the officials concerned to take measures to prevent entry of Rohingya citizens in the ongoing voter list.

Moha Rash Lila observed

Moha Rash Lila, the main religious festival of the indigenous Monipuri community, ended yesterday morning.

Workshop on Harijan rights held

A workshop was held yesterday in Tala upazila where over 400 people took a vow to help establish constitutional rights of the backward Harijan community.

BDR rescues child from traffickers

Members of the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) have rescued a child from traffickers at a border village in Motiher police station in Rajshahi.

Letters

A terrible cyclone

There is hardly any country in the world where natural calamities like storm, cyclone, floods, earth-quack etc. do not occur. But Bangladesh is such a country which falls victims to such calamities almost every year, even twice a year. A few months back floods hit the northwest areas of this country and, as a result, a lot of people became homeless, shelter-less and had to starve. A few days ago cyclone Sidr hit the southwest areas of Bangladesh. Through different TV channels and daily newspapers it has come to our notice that thousands of people died, a good number of them became homeless because of the cyclone. Many of them were admitted to different hospitals for treatment. Actually, the exact loss of human lives and properties is yet to be known to us.

Trial of war criminals

The present CTG came into power with overwhelming support from all segments of people. Some of their activities are being highly appreciated by the common people. It is the perception of the common people that the present government will complete all those works which were not done by the political governments over the last 36 years. For example, separation of the judiciary from the executive was one of the main commitments of all the previous governments, but they did not do that. Similarly, justice for the war criminals is one of the long outstanding demands of the people. People believe that justice will never be done by any political government in future. So, like war against corruption, they should take the initiative to bring the war criminals under the purview of law. Definitely, it is a gigantic task but the CTG cannot bypass their responsibility in this matter. If they avoid it by saying that their work volume will increase or their main task is holding the election, then their other works that are related to policy matters will be questioned.

Destructive campus politics

Quality of education at public universities compared to the international educational standard has fallen alarmingly. We are way behind in all fields of education compared to our next-door neighbour India. We do not have enough natural resources to sustain a growing population. Our only hope for the future is our bright, innovative and intelligent population resource.

Appeal to CTG

The prices of the daily commodities are increasing day by day. I am a general citizen. After obtaining the Masters' degree, I am working as an accountant in a company. My salary is very poor. How shall I pass my days with this limited income? When we go to market to buy the necessary things then we realise the price level. In Bangladesh, we the general citizens are helpless.

Bank needed

Koraish Munshi Bazar under P.S Dagunbhuyan, Dist. Feni is in dire need of a bank for obvious reasons. The locality surrounding the markets has the following favourable points for opening a bank.

Monitoring coal mining

A front page news item in an English daily (Nov: 10) reported on a heated debate on the sixth (?) draft coal policy at its (6X2) 12th meeting! Mathematically, we need (6X3) 18 meetings for the coal policy to be finally approved! The debate agreed that more experts were needed to monitor coal mining (open-cast?) and the environmental issues related to it! It also further recommended the forming of a high-powered committee for deciding on compensation payments and the rehabilitation of

Public land grabbed

It's totally unethical that government officers have grabbed public land for their own benefits. Bangladesh is a country where the land-man ratio is the lowest in the world. So, every inch of land should be used here ensuring maximum benefit to the general public. Recently, a news report was published in a daily that government officers took permanent lease of public land in Cox's Bazar. We as ordinary citizens demand full investigation into the matter-- whether the land was given following the rules and regulations. If not, then the lease should be cancelled and the officers who worked illegally brought to book.

Golf course

Since the Dhaka Club requested 25 acres of land in the Suhrawardy Udyan for a golf course I have not seen anyone ask the common sense question: "How many acres as a minimum does it take to make a golf course?" I asked the Internet and got this answer: "If it's a par 36, nine hole course, you are going to be looking at at least 75 acres. If it's an "executive " par 3 course, you will be looking at at least 40-50 acres, depending on hole length." So the only kind of course that 25 acres would accommodate would be a "Pee-wee golf course," a common entertainment in the USA even for people who have never golfed before.

Submarine cable sabotage

Perpetual sabotage to disrupt marine cable connectivity leaves the country without any communication, resulting in loss of hundreds of millions an hour. Apparently, sabotaging the cable is a novel phenomenon and it poses a grave challenge to business and national security. One cannot expect business growth with such things going on. Further, it can serve as an impediment against attracting foreign direct investment. In addition to erratic power supply and labour unrest, should disruption of connectivity become a regular incident, then, Bangladesh can forget about receiving foreign investment.

Beauty pageants

Following India in particular, Our electronic media has been arranging beauty parade every year. These contests are basically money-making mechanisms that are occasions for exposure of young girls that nourish upon the instincts of sex-hungry souls of the spectators. No coherent criteria are presented for judgment of the brains and beauty of the contestants. Young girls express themselves with different postures by walking on the stage putting on fashion clothes for public entertainment. The question and answer episodes are so hypocritical that do not get along with the spirit of these beauty shows. Fake events and coating of formality are presented in these contests.

Trial of anti-liberation forces

The trial of war criminals has come under spotlight once again. I am quite surprised to see the newspapers coming forward with great enthusiasm. What were they doing in the last 36 years? Why did Mir Showkat Ali join the cabinet of Khaleda Zia's government which was formed with the support of the Jamaat? To me, the whole issue has been used as a political weapon. When the caretaker government talks about any radical changes either of judiciary or of legislative, everyone stands up and voices their opposition saying that the purpose of the interim government should only be limited to the holding of a free and fair election. Now, it's absolutely ridiculous to see everyone asking the caretaker government to try the war criminals, an issue no previous governments could solve. That's one of the signs of decaying political norm in Bangladesh. The corruption issue has taken the centre-stage. We, the common people of Bangladesh, want that to be done and dusted first. The whole world has seen how the leading political figures of Bangladesh made enormous wealth out of people's misery. The general public no longer care what those politicians say. They have lost their credibility substantially.

Gulshan-1 Park

I would like to request you to publish a report on the Park at Gulshan-1 (opposite National Shooting Complex) inaugurated by Mayor Sadek Hossain Khoka in October 2006. Every morning hundreds of people come for a walk and face great difficulty due to the broken walkway. There is none for its maintenance and gradually vagabonds are occupying the park by constructing sheds. The quality of construction was quite bad as within one year's time, the newly constructed walkway is falling apart. A few months back, the bulldozer of the City Corporation suddenly demolished a portion of the walkway for earth filling and then they left! We don't know why they came and why they left.

Coverage of Pakistan

When will our media get over the fascination for all things Pakistani? Can't we realise that Pakistan is an unrealistic country whose philosophy is based on hatred. Pakistan will never become a country having any significance because of its attitude, system of government and philosophy.

“Issue of 1971 war crimes”

The DS editorial on Wednesday, November 14, 2007 entitled "Issue of 1971 war crimes: Time has come to deal with anti-liberation elements" includes "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."

Library

Library is the core point of any institution/organisation for better study and research and a librarian is called the master of a master. A library can play a pivotal role, for the development of the nation in the context of education as well as better citizenship, by providing the state-of-the-art information. But in our country that is not happening.

Public nuisance

I am a resident of Iqbal Road, Mohammadpur. Many educational institutions have been set up in the locality over the years, from schools to universities. Since these are housed in residences meant for families, these institutions cannot provide all amenities necessary to organise various programmes and functions, not even a decent auditorium to host programmes and functions with a proper sound control system. On the 1st of November the residents of Iqbal Road witnessed one such celebration, hosted by a private university in the locality, celebrating its 5th founding anniversary. The local field was used to host this day-long programme.

Judiciary and Pakistan politics

The role of judiciary in Pakistan politics is getting vital by every passing day. The Supreme Court has become a symbol for the larger struggle against General Pervez Musharraf's military rule.

International

Pak troops pound militants: 30 killed

Pakistani forces pounded militant hideouts and squeezed arms and food supply routes in the troubled northwestern Swat valley, killing more than 30 insurgents, officials said yesterday.

Arab states must not meddle in talks with Palestinians: Israel

Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni yesterday welcomed Arab states attending a peace meeting in the US but said they should not be involved in bilateral talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

'Sharif return reshapes politics'

Former premier Nawaz Sharif's return from exile is set to reshape Pakistan's political landscape, analysts say, further weakening President Pervez Musharraf in the crisis over emergency rule.

Commonwealth calls on Pakistan to remain engaged

Commonwealth leaders called on Pakistan yesterday to remain engaged with the group as they wrapped up a summit here that saw the suspension of President Pervez Musharraf's country.

12 killed in Baghdad bombings

Insurgents killed at least 12 people and wounded 44 in a series of bomb attacks across the Iraqi capital yesterday, security officials said.

Russian police arrest 200 in new anti-Putin demo

Russian riot police yesterday detained opposition leader Boris Nemtsov and some 200 other protestors in Saint Petersburg as they broke up the second demonstration against President Vladimir Putin in two days.

Celebrities flee, homes gutted as wildfire ravages Malibu

Hollywood stars were among thousands of people who found themselves homeless yesterday after wind-driven wildfires gutted nearly 50 multi-million dollar homes in the celebrity enclave of Malibu and forced scores of local residents to flee.

Rudd makes global warming a priority

Newly elected leader Kevin Rudd moved quickly Sunday to bring Australia into international talks on fighting global warming, and to head off potentially thorny relations with the United States and key Asian neighbours.

Lankan jets bomb Tiger-held north

Sri Lankan warplanes bombed the Tamil Tiger-held north Sunday, with the government claiming it destroyed a satellite communications centre but the rebels saying only civilians were killed. The air strike hit an area just outside the rebels' political capital of Kilinochchi that was "also a clandestine meeting place for LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) leaders," the defence ministry said in a statement.

7 Myanmar migrants killed after Thai police chase

Seven migrants from Myanmar and a Thai driver were killed yesterday after their pick-up truck plunged into a canal in central Thailand as the vehicle tried to evade police, local authorities said.

Croatians vote with eye on EU, Nato

Croatia voted Sunday to decide who will lead the former Yugoslav republic into the EU and Nato, in a tight race pitting Prime Minister Ivo Sanader's conservatives against resurgent leftists. In the fifth legislative polls since independence in 1991, voters were asked to choose between the ruling Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and the main opposition Social Democratic Party (SDP).

Saudi frees 1,500 extremists who changed course

Saudi Arabia, waging a crackdown on Islamist militants, has released 1,500 extremists after they repented, a newspaper said on Sunday.

Malaysian police tear gas ethnic Indian rally

Malaysian police fired tear gas at ethnic Indian protestors rallying here yesterday in support of a multi-trillion dollar lawsuit that blames Britain for their economic problems, witnesses said.

Nepal's ex-rebel leader warns of armed revolt

Nepal's former rebel leader Prachanda has threatened to take up arms again if his demand for immediate abolition of the monarchy is not met, state media reported Sunday.

Georgian president resigns

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili resigned yesterday to launch his campaign in snap presidential elections, as tens of thousands of opponents gathered outside parliament for the first demonstration since emergency rule was lifted this month.

Arts & Entertainment

'Rash Mela' at Kantanagar Temple

The historic 'Rash Mela' (Rash Festival), a traditional religious festival of the Hindu community, began on Friday at midnight amid a euphoric mood at the Kantanagar (also known as 'Kantaji') Temple premises. The temple is in Kaharol Upazila of Dinajpur, and the inaugural ceremonies were held under tight security.

A laudable move to promote traditional Bangla songs

Bengal Foundation and Radio Foorti have reached an agreement. From now on, Radio Foorti will regularly broadcast songs from albums released by Bengal Foundation. On the occasion, Bengal Foundation arranged a musical soiree titled Ganer Bhetor Diye at the Bengal Shilpalaya on November 24.

Shaheen Rashid's observations of the “Roaring Twenties”

Shaheen Rashid's lecture on “The Roaring Twenties” at the Goethe-Institut recently, was fascinating. Accompanying slides featured the paintings of the period, after the World War 1 in Germany. Rashid, who is back from the US, after being a curator of two art museums, has also made art films there, which are autobiographical in nature. At present, apart from being the programme officer of the Goethe-Institut, she gives lectures on art appreciation at a private university in Dhaka.

Centenary of “The Wonderful Adventures of Nils” celebrated

“Those, who commissioned Selma Lagerlof to write The Wonderful Adventures of Nils, might not have been pleased but millions of children across the globe became fascinated with Nils' journey and our children will not be any different, as the book is translated into Bangla,” said former chief adviser of caretaker government, Justice Muhammad Habibur Rahman on the launching ceremony of the first Nobel Prize-winning book by a female writer, says a press release.

OP-ED

Opportunity of a lifetime

I am deeply touched by the thought-provoking article titled "Starfish nation" by Mr. Zafar Sobhan, where he made an effort to show a hope of light in the darkest post Sidr reality. Yes, as individuals we can make a dramatic change in our fortunes and the nation's as a whole. I can remember a saying: "If you win a heart, you win the world, because your love means the world to him." It is really shameful of our wealthy citizens not to have the minimum sense of responsibility to the nation they belong to, and which had nurtured them to be there at their zenith.

Australian election: Kevin Rudd's triumph and Bangladesh context

The Labour Party has won an historic landslide in Australia's general election on Saturday, defeating incumbent Prime Minister John Howard's Liberal Party. Labour Party Leader Kevin Rudd is set to become Australia's 26th prime minister, succeeding Howard who led the country for almost eleven and half years since 1996. Howard was re-elected in 1998, 2001 and 2004 to become Australia's second-longest serving prime minister. This defeat marks the end of the Howard era.

Mohan Mia: A pioneer among politicians

If any politician of this country is to be remembered for uncommon qualities of head and heart for nearly half a century of dedicated and selfless public service, the name of Yusuf Ali Chowdhury, known to most people as Mohan Mia, comes to the fore. He died on November 26, 1971, at the age of only 66, with his dream of making a significant contribution to building the new country of Bangladesh remaining unfulfilled.

Star City

Slipping thru' the voter net

Aleya Begum was sitting with her child on the footpath of Kathalbagan Dhal with a small gunny bag containing all her belongings.

'Since independence or before none came to make us voters'

Rashida lives in a shanty at Gudaraghat near Lalbagh embankment. She was born at this place some 37 years ago and has been living here since her birth. But till now no one has approached her or her neighbours to get enlisted as voters.

When food comes first

This correspondent talked to Hameda Begum, a septuagenarian woman, in front a roadside shanty at Karwan Bazar. The wrinkles of her wizened skin were divulged by the slanting rays of the setting sun.

Honking from behind on the footpath!

Picture this: You are strolling down the sidewalk. The office hour rush is on. The street next to you is packed with bumper-to-bumper traffic and there is not an inch of room left for a vehicle to squeeze through.

"city express"

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