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News of: Wednesday, 4th of June, 2008

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RMG workers go berserk in Savar

Garment workers vandalised over 30 factories, two banks and three markets and set fire to a lorry and damaged over 40 vehicles in Savar yesterday following the rumour of a fellow worker's death in a road accident.

Business leaders fear political instability

Business leaders yesterday told the government that they fear the current political crisis will give rise to political instability jeopardising the possibility of holding a credible general election.

Govt working on ways to 'release' 2 ex-PMs

The authorities have taken an initiative to find out how to release the two detained former prime ministers either conditionally or unconditionally to ensure their participation in the ongoing dialogue with political parties, but both want unconditional release.

Govt set to propose Tk 25,600cr ADP

The government is going to propose Tk 25,600 crore outlay for the next fiscal year's Annual Development Programme (ADP), 57 percent of which will come from foreign funding, planning ministry sources said.

Ex-MP Salahuddin, MAH Salim jailed

Former state minister for communications Salahuddin Ahmed was sentenced to 13 years' rigorous imprisonment (RI) on two counts in a corruption case yesterday.

Parties have key role to make talks a success

Political parties have a greater role to play in making the ongoing dialogue a success since it was actually their proposal, two advisers of the caretaker government said yesterday.

UN for urgent steps to tackle food crisis

UN chief Ban Ki-moon called for a huge rise in food production Tuesday as world leaders started a summit on the food price crisis that threatens to plunge millions more people into poverty.

67.5pc land can be used for building now

The government yesterday published Building Construction Rules-2008 allowing highest 67.5 percent of a plot of land for constructing buildings.

Old gas pipelines pose risk of fatal accidents

Incidence of gas pipe leakage that can lead to fatal accidents is becoming frequent as a good part of the city's gas distribution pipelines has become old through the decades and subject to careless handling by various construction works.

Delwar calls for unity to free all political detainees

BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain called upon people and party leaders to be united and launch a movement to free all political detainees following the direction of party Chairperson Khaleda Zia.

Sher-e-Bangla agri university closed sine die

Sher-e-Bangla Agriculture University (SAU) was closed yesterday for an indefinite period following violent student demonstrations over their 7-point demands.

Arrest figure crosses 10,000

The joint forces arrested 1,729 persons including 97 in the capital in the 24 hours preceding 8:00am yesterday, in the ongoing nationwide special anti-crime drive that had begun on May 28.

No wholesale arrest being made

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Nur Mohammad yesterday denied any slide in the law and order and claimed that no 'wholesale arrest' is being made.

BDR rescues 21 people on Rajshahi border

Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) personnel rescued 21 people while they were being trafficked to India through Godagari border in Rajshahi Monday evening.

HC rejects Mojahid's bail petition

The High Court (HC) yesterday rejected a petition for anticipatory bail filed by Jamaat-e-Islami Secretary General and former minister Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojahid in Barapukuria coalmine graft case.

AL, BNP leaders oppose move to frame nat'l charter

Awami League and BNP leaders yesterday opposed any government move to formulate a national charter, saying they would not sign such a charter.

Attorney dept formed to move cases for state

The caretaker government has set up a new institution named Government Attorney Department for dealing with cases in courts and performing other duties on behalf of the state.

Body formed to protect interest, freedom of media

A committee comprising the editors and journalist leaders has been formed to protect the interest and freedom of the print and electronic media in the present context of the country.

Lightning kills 4 of a family

Four members of a family were killed and three others injured when lightning struck their home in Chittagong's Fatikchhari upazila yesterday.

Tangail jailer cooks up new story

Tangail District Jail Superintendent Sagir Miah has come up with new stories about the assault on the district correspondent of The Daily Star, Mirza Shakil, even before the completion of investigation into the incident.

Hearing on charge framing deferred until June 9

A special court yesterday deferred till June 9 the hearing on charge framing in the Tk 21 crore bribery case filed against BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman, former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar and six others.

Diplomats have respect for Bangladesh's internal matters

Dutch Ambassador Bea Ten Tusscher has said they have every respect for Bangladesh's internal political matters and that they are not to judge any political development in the country.

US team to scrutinise port operations

A US team would arrive on June 16 to observe security and management status of the country's main seaport and two major land ports.

Clinton hits out at media, campaign against Hillary

Bill Clinton hit out at the media and Barack Obama's campaign for their attacks on his wife Hillary, as she faced up yesterday to the likely end of her bid for the Democratic White House nomination.

Obama effectively clinches nomination

Barack Obama effectively clinched the Democratic presidential nomination yesterday, based on an Associated Press (AP) tally of convention delegates, becoming the first black candidate ever to lead his party into a fall campaign for the White House.

Editorial

The missing stipend money

IT is a sad commentary on our socio-economic realities that even stipends meant for school students is pilfered by individuals who should have known better. News reports from Rangpur reveal that as much as Tk. 346 crore, meant to be stipends for girl students under the first phase of the Female Secondary Education Stipend Project (FESP), was embezzled allegedly by officials of the education department as well as a group of unscrupulous teachers. Indeed, there seems to have been a clear nexus of officials and teachers in the whole ignoble exercise. A total of Tk. 1800 crore was sanctioned for the period 1994-2004 and of that amount Tk. 1400 crore was shown to have been used up as stipend money. The rest of the amount, of course, was spent on other aspects of the project.

Lowering internet tariff

IT is good news that the government is contemplating slashing of internet tariff even further to facilitate all round growth of the IT dependent business sector in the country. In a long overdue move, the government had cut back on the tariff by 20 to 40 percent from the rate prevalent till last February. But the sector needs extra support as it is being evaluated that further slashing of tariff would largely benefit the software developers and particularly the emerging call centre and outsourcing sector. We are heartened to learn that this sector is poised to take a leading position in Bangladesh business world that depends on the proficient use of the internet.

AQ Khan, pilfering and the honour of Pathans

ABDUL Qadeer Khan did not provide Iran and Libya with nuclear technology out of any financial greed. That is the result of a Pakistan government investigation into the activities of the man who has been in internment for the last four years.

Don't bet on the president

IT'S that time of the leap year. Personal-finance magazines and investment analysts are constructing political portfolios: market sectors or stocks that will thrive, or dive, should a particular candidate take the White House.

Intifadas through art

WRITING recently in the Daily Star, on the Spanish Intifada of May 2, 1802 against the French occupying forces, I commented that its history could of interest to the Bangladeshis because, in spite of the huge difference in time and geography, some may find certain similarities between our own struggle for independence in the late twentieth century and the Spanish war of independence of the early nineteenth century.

Sports

Abahani stay alive

Even four second-half goals including a couple in the last 60 seconds were not enough for Mohammedan Sporting Club from losing an 11-goal thriller to their archrivals Abahani, who stayed alive in the Green Delta Premier Hockey League championship race with yesterday's three vital points.

Asif arrested

Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Asif has been arrested at Dubai airport on charges of possessing illegal drugs, cricket officials said Tuesday.

Bangladesh face Bhutan today

Bhutan will give Bangladesh another opportunity to win their first international match in over two years when the two sides meet in the Group B opener of the fifth SAFF Football Championship in Colombo today.

Ana storms into semis

Ana Ivanovic of Serbia moved within one match of her third Grand Slam final by defeating Swiss veteran Patty Schnyder 6-3, 6-2 in the French Open quarterfinals on Tuesday.

Batsmen still lacklustre

The first practice match between Bangladesh national team and the second string team was completed under floodlights without any interruption despite scattered rains on the day before start of action yesterday.

Lee blitzes WI

Australia extended their lead to 371, after Brett Lee bowled with vigour to hand them a healthy first innings lead in the second Test against West Indies on Monday.

'My best old ball spell'

Brett Lee ended the day with a sore head and an incorrect dismissal, but the incidents could not stop him glowing about the destructive spell that earned a five-wicket haul and kept Australia in the hunt for victory. Lee finished West Indies off for 352 in an incredible contribution that was helped by the umpire Russell Tiffen, who made three incorrect calls.

Brawl led to arrest: Asif

The Mohammad Asif detention case took a new turn Tuesday with the pacer accused of and detained for drug possession, claiming he had been implicated following his brawl with some officials at the Dubai airport.

Warne rules out dramatic return

The manager of Australian bowling great Shane Warne Tuesday ruled out a dramatic return to action for the player in next year's Ashes clash against England.

Lancs cannot keep Yousuf

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has rejected a request from English county team Lancashire to allow Mohammed Yousuf to miss this month's tri-series against India and hosts Bangladesh, a Lancashire spokeswoman confirmed on Monday.

Cannavaro ruled out

Injury-hit Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro said Tuesday that he intends to stay with the national side for the duration of Euro 2008 despite being ruled out of the competition with an ankle injury.

Vieira's place in doubt

France coach Raymond Domenech said on Monday that he would make a decision about whether to retain injured captain Patrick Vieira in the squad till the eve of their first match against Romania next Monday.

Inter are 'special'

Inter Milan's newly-installed coach Jose Mourinho, who infamously described himself as "the special one" when unveiled at Chelsea in 2004, refused to repeat the claim on Tuesday, saying instead that the Italian club was special.

Football fever grips Austria

It took time, but with less than a week to go before the start of Euro 2008 and with sunny weather bringing people out in droves, Vienna is starting to show some football fever.

Safina stuns Sharapova

Dinara Safina sent top seed Maria Sharapova crashing out of the French Open on Monday to throw the Roland Garros title chase wide open.

Wenger to wait for Nasri

Arsene Wenger admits he will have to wait until after Euro 2008 before completing a deal for France midfielder Samir Nasri.

Pre-Euro doping tests all negative

There were no positive results in pre-Euro 2008 doping tests carried out on players from all 16 teams taking part in the June 7-29 European championships, UEFA announced on Tuesday.

Kuhn's wife hospitalised

Swiss football coach Kobi Kuhn's wife was taken to hospital on Monday less than a week away from her husband's side's first match at Euro 2008.

Moyes accepts libel damages

Everton manager David Moyes accepted substantial libel damages at the High Court on Tuesday over an allegation in Wayne Rooney's autobiography which accused him of a "serious breach of trust".

Torres suffers ankle injury

Spain striker Fernando Torres sat out training with the Spanish Euro 2008 squad on Monday because of a twisted right ankle.

Fans pay to see Portugal

The Portuguese football team rang up over 120,000 euros (187,000 dollars) on Tuesday alone by charging fans to attend their pre-Euro 2008 training sessions.

Sven arrives in Mexico

Swedish coach Sven Goran Eriksson, whose year-long reign as Manchester City manager ended on Monday, has arrived in Mexico to tie up a deal to coach the national side, local media reported.

Jimmy takes guard

England seamer James Anderson expects to face an onslaught from the New Zealand pace attack when the Third Test begins at Trent Bridge on Thursday.

Kiwis to go for changes

New Zealand's line-up for the third Test against England at Trent Bridge on Thursday could feature as many as three changes from the side that lost at Old Trafford last week as the Kiwis attempt to battle back into a series that they looked to have in their control at the midway point of the second Test.

Glitz and glamour

A stunning last-ball finish delivered to the inaugural Indian Premier League a finale it deserved, with Shane Warne at the crease when Rajasthan Royals, the least fancied, least expensive franchise, chased down 163 to take the trophy.

Paes, Bhupathi reunite for Olympics

India's estranged doubles pairing of Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes on Tuesday decided to put aside their differences and play together in the Beijing Olympics.

Afghans greet their heroes

President Hamid Karzai added his voice to those of exuberant cricket fans welcoming Afghanistan's young team home Monday after they stayed on course for possible qualification for the 2011 World Cup.

'Smith will be ready'

South African skipper Graeme Smith should have recovered in time from a hamstring injury to play in the first Test against England next month, Proteas coach Mickey Arthur said on Monday.

Johnson to return Sydney relay gold

Five-time Olympic champion Michael Johnson is to return the 4x400m relay gold he won at the Sydney Games in 2000 in the wake of former teammate Antonio Pettigrew's admission he had been taking drugs.

Business

Banks raise rates in battle to attract deposits

A battle for deposits has erupted as private banks have embarked on aggressive campaigns to offer higher interest rates on deposits to gather more resources.

Renata set to export medicine to Europe

Renata Limited, the second pharmaceutical company in Bangladesh to win approval to manufacture drugs for the European market, is poised to send its first consignment to the UK.

Car hire companies boom

The number of car hire companies has rocketed in the last decade, as more and more business groups rent rather than own their own vehicles.

Exporters concerned at investment future

Concerns over the future of investment were expressed in a meeting of exporters in Dhaka yesterday. The exporters said due to the lack of government's cooperation they now face tremendous difficulties to run business.

First Security Bank gets nod to raise Tk 115cr

The stock market regulator yesterday approved prospectus of the First Security Bank, prepared for initial public offering (IPO) to raise Tk 115 crore.

BB issues notice to One Bank chairman

Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday served a show cause notice to One Bank Chairman Sayeed Hossain Chowdhury, asking him to explain why his shares in the bank bought in fictitious names should not be confiscated.

Enhance ADP size in next budget

The Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) has suggested the government enhance the size of its annual development programmes (ADP) in the national budget for the 2008-09 fiscal.

Steel makers hail decision to open up scrap imports

The steel manufacturers of the country welcomed the government's decision to open imports of breakable ships and iron scraps saying it would make steel raw materials available in the local markets, stopping the syndication by the major raw material providers.

Renata okays 50pc cash, 20pc stock dividends

Renata Ltd has declared 50 percent cash dividend and 20 percent stock dividend (bonus share 1:5) for 2007, says a press release.

Nokia wants tax reduction on mobile handsets

Nokia, the world's largest mobile phone maker, wants a reduction in the tax on mobile handesets.

AKTEL launches instant news service

Mobile phone operator AKTEL has recently launched an 'Instant News Service' for its customers, says a press release.

Ensure security at garment plants in Chittagong

BGMEA leaders have called upon the government to ensure security in garment plants, and blamed a vested quarter for the recent unrests at some sweater factories in Chittagong.

Media's role in private sector uplift stressed

A roundtable was organised by Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI) on "The Role of Media in Private Sector Development", in association with the Center for International Private Enterprises (CIPE), in Dhaka yesterday, says a press release.

Private firms grab growing slice of security market

Sohel Rana, 22, has been working as a security guard for the last two years at an ATM cash booth of Dutch Bangla Bank Limited in Karwan Bazar.“ My task here is to sit and offer salutes and welcome the customers who come here to make cash withdrawals,” said Rana who hails from Jalakathi.

Just the facts

I was extremely intrigued by the results published yesterday about the survey conducted by the Institute of Governance on the levels of confidence enjoyed by various professions in Bangladesh. The lack of trust in politicians and police are not much of a surprise for any of us but the similar low levels of trust in lawyers and 'top businessmen' is of interest. Lawyers and business leaders are supposed to be driven by laws and market forces. One would think that these would be less subjective and susceptible to manipulation!

Stocks bounce back

Dhaka stocks bounced back yesterday with the price indices gaining slightly from the previous day's tumble due to price adjustment of a banking issue.

ADB to invest $1b a year for 'clean energy' in Asia

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is to invest one billion dollars annually in "clean energy" projects as part of an effort to encourage their use, the Manila-based bank said Tuesday.

Citi on the list of 100 best firms for multicultural women

Citi has been named to the "100 Best Companies for Multicultural Women" list by Working Mother magazine, says a press release.

New chairman, vice chairmen of Bank Asia

Anisur Rahman Sinha has been elected chairman of Bank Asia Ltd, while M Shamsul Alam and Anwarul Amin have been elected vice chairmen.

Trust Bank okays 10pc bonus share

Trust Bank Limited's 9th annual general meeting and 'Shareholders Day' were held yesterday where the board of directors declared 10 percent bonus share and issued 20 percent rights share for the year 2007, says a press release.

New MD of IFIC Bank

Mosharraf Hossain has recently joined IFIC Bank Ltd as its managing director, says a press release.

WTO rejects US appeal over cotton subsidies

The World Trade Organisation on Monday rejected an appeal by the United States over its cotton subsidies, paving the way for Brazil, which lodged the original complaint, to demand sanctions.

Jaguar-Land Rover acquisition complete: Tata Motors

India's truck and car-maker Tata Motors announced Monday it had completed its acquisition of Jaguar and Land Rover from ailing US carmaker Ford for 2.3 billion dollars in an all-cash transaction.

Philippines launches subsidy for the poor

With oil and food prices at record levels Philippine President Gloria Arroyo launched a programme Tuesday to help the country's poor pay their electricity bills, aides said.

Vietnam legalises use of civilian nuclear energy

Lawmakers in communist Vietnam approved a law Tuesday allowing it to use atomic energy for civilian purposes and paving the way for its first ever nuclear power plant, an official said.

Prices fall in 84pc of US housing market

Home prices fell in 84 percent of the US housing market in the first quarter, with the once-hottest markets now suffering the steepest losses, a private survey said Monday.

Metropolitan

Arrest of ward commissioners, UP chairmen to hamper dev

Local government representatives yesterday urged the government not to arrest union parishad (UP) chairmen and ward commissioners of city corporations without specific allegations or cases, saying such arrests will hamper development activities.

Three die after eating puffer fish in city

Two sisters and a man died and five other members of their families fell sick several hours after taking poisonous puffer fish at a slum at Tejkunipara in the city on Monday night.

Intelligence agencies launch investigation

Apart from the probe committee formed by the Police Headquarters, members of intelligence agencies are also separately carrying out investigations into the mysterious blasts that took place at Hotel Orchard Plaza in the city's Naya Paltan area on Sunday night.

Heated arguments between judge, defence counsel

The trial of Barge-mounted power plant graft case against former prime minister Sheikh Hasina and seven others was disrupted for some time due to heated arguments between the judge and a defence counsel over his (counsel) comments at the Special Court-1 yesterday.

5 lakh children suffer from rickets

The number of children suffering from rickets has been increasing day by day since the last three decades, which is estimated over 5 lakh in different upazilas across the country.

'Lack of bonding between parents, children leads to violations of child rights'

Poverty prevents children from enjoying their rights, but their rights are violated most when there is lack of bonding between parents and children, Prof Muzaffer Ahmed said at a view exchange meeting yesterday.

Solve Rohingya problem for sake of region's security

Speakers at a seminar on ethnic conflict in Myanmar and Rohingya issue said the Rohingya problem should be addressed immediately for the sake of the security of this region.

'People doubtful about elections'

Workers' Party of Bangladesh (WPB) President Rashed Khan Menon yesterday said the countrymen are doubtful whether the present government will hold the election.

Road accidents kill 6

Six people were killed and 23 others injured in separate road accidents in Tangail, Chapai-nawabganj and Chittago-ng yesterday.

Uphold interest of country

President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday called upon journalists to uphold the interest of the country above all by remaining accountable to their noble profession.

Mugger beaten to death in Ctg

A mugger was beaten to death and two of his cohorts were seriously injured by a mob while fleeing after snatching at Love Lane under Kotwali Police Station in the port city on Monday night.

CU transport crisis to be solved

Communication Adviser Maj Gen (retd) Ghulam Quader assured the Chittagong University (CU) authorities of increasing compartments of shuttle trains to address the acute transport crisis of the university.

Vehicles stranded for 3 hours as students blockade road

Angry students of a private university in the port city yesterday blockaded a road for three hours following injury of a fellow student in a bus accident.

Two R&H officials held on charges of taking bribes

Members of the joint forces here yesterday arrested two officials of the Roads and Highways Department on charges of taking bribes worth Tk 1 lakh from a contractor to help getting a work order.

NUS training for adolescents concludes

A three-day training workshop titled 'Development of activists for social change' for adolescent boys and girls from different slums concluded in the city on Monday, says a press release.

Tk 30 lakh RMG goods gutted in Chittagong

Garment properties worth around Tk 30 lakh were gutted in a fire at a warehouse at Bayezid Boastami area in the port city on Monday night.

Siblings burnt to death in Shariatpur

Two minor siblings were burnt to death at Narasinghapur Khalasi Kandi village in Bhedarganj upazila on Monday night.

Concern over mass arrest

Leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra Moitri (BCM), a left-leaning student organisation, yesterday expressed their concern over the countrywide mass arrest drive and harassment to the leaders and activists of different political parties including BCM, says a press release.

Disaster preparedness equipment for CDMP

As part of strengthening disaster preparedness and emergency response in the disaster-prone areas of the country, Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme (CDMP) under the Ministry of Food and Disaster Management presented 500 radio sets and 500 torch lights to the Cyclone Preparedness Programme (CPP) being executed by Bangladesh Red Crescent Society at a ceremony at Dhaka Reporters Unity in the city yesterday, says a press release.

Be objective

A nine-day workshop for the Chittagong-based journalists ended here yesterday.

Police yet to find out clue to Ziad's murder

Police could not find out any clue to the murder of Bangladesh Medical College student Ehtesham Al Ziad until yesterday, four days after the murder took place.

Bangladeshi dies in fall from scaffold in New York

A Bangladeshi worker died as he fell from a scaffold in an under-construction building site at Brooklyn in New York on Monday.

Mild earthquake felt

An earthquake was felt at 09 hours 10 minutes 02.65 seconds (BST) yesterday.

Concern Worldwide chief to visit Dhaka from June 6

Tom Arnold, chief executive of Concern Worldwide, the largest humanitarian organisation in Ireland, will visit Bangladesh from June 6 to 12, says a press release.

One dies of heart attack after seeing brother's body

A middle-aged man at Savar was electrocuted yesterday and his brother died of heart attack after he saw the body of his elder brother.

Varsity teachers demand DA, separate pay scale

The Federation of Bangladesh University Teachers' Association (FBUTA) yesterday urged the government to announce 50 percent dearness allowance and a separate pay scale for the teachers of public universities.

Hearing on return of Hasina's passports June 8

A Dhaka court yesterday fixed June 8 for hearing on the return of detained former premier Sheikh Hasina's passports seized after her arrest on July 16 last year in connection with an extortion case filed by Azam J Chowdhury.

Punishment to killers of Beauty demanded

Karmojibi Nari (KN) in a statement yesterday demanded proper investigation into the killing of Ismat Ara Beauty and exemplary punishment to her killers, says a press release.

Current nets, jatka worth Tk 150cr seized

Bangladesh Navy, in their 70 drives under the 'Operation Jatka', seized approximately 3.72 lakh metres of current net and 2,000kgs of Jatka worth about Tk 150 crore from different parts of the country.

National

City fathers sit on Tk 1cr fund as environmental disaster looms

The Sylhet city Corporation (SCC) could not make any progress in recovering the grabbed natural streams in the city though six months have already passed after allocation of Tk one crore by the LGRD ministry for the purpose.

Deposit illegal arms, save me

The people were awed hearing an 'urgent announcement' over loudspeaker by their Union Parishad chairman who was detained on Monday night.

Criminal snatched from police in Barisal

An arrested criminal was snatched from policemen when they were taking him to the model police station here yesterday.

Ariful claims innocence in ACC case

Sylhet city BNP chief Ariful Haque Chowdhury during his examination in the graft case yesterday claimed himself innocent and said some vested quarters and his political opponents had influenced filing the 'baseless and motivated' case by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

Outlaw killed in 'crossfire' in Jhenidah

Regional leader of the outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-Janajuddho) Abdus Sattar Malita, 45, was killed in 'crossfire' with police at Dhopabila village under Sadar upazila early yesterday.

Forces deployed at Khalishpur

Amid tension in Khalishpur industrial belt following filing of a case against 300 workers of Platinum Jubilee Jute Mills for vandalising the compound on Monday, a large number of law enforcers including BDR, police and Rapid Action Battalion were deployed in the area yesterday.

Gang of 7 held in Satkhira

Seven members of a gang of inter-district motorcycle thieves including a college student were arrested Monday night from different areas of Satkhira and Khulna districts.

4 get 14yrs for abduction

Brahmanbaria Women and Children Repression Prevention Court yesterday sentenced four people to 14-year rigorous imprisonment (RI) for abducting a girl.

Sylhet BB probes alleged scam in Bank of Ceylon

A team from Bangladesh Bank, Sylhet has started investigation into the alleged misappropriation of depositors' money by Sylhet branch manager of Commercial Bank of Ceylon. The manager could not be traced in last four days.

Letters

Save Bangladeshis in Bahrain

On 23 May 2008, one Bangladeshi worker had a brawl with a Bahraini and unfortunately the Bahraini was killed. In connection with the same, the Bahrain government banned issuing Work Permits for the Bangladeshis and stopped the renewal of Work Permits. If the residence permit expires, it cannot be renewed and the worker concerned will have to leave the country. Nearly 100,000 workers are engaged here in various fields and many of them have been staying for 15-20 years. They are employed in construction, hotels, tailoring, teaching, hospitals, accounting, administration and so on. Many of them are settled here with business, self employment etc. Many people have been staying with families; their children are being born, educated and brought up here. Many children are going to attend the O Level, A Level and even university exams. But as their parents' residence permits are not going to be renewed, they will have to leave the country. Many people have invested here in the hope of better economic freedom but everything is going to be wasted. Now everybody here in Bahrain is upset and hopeless.

School attendance

We must all be concerned about the recently published figures showing that Bangladesh has one of the poorest levels of school attendance of any country. Among the suggestions was to extend the school day, week and year and change the school year to one that goes from August-July.

End of monarchy in Nepal

This is undoubtedly a historic event which all of us should recognize and support wholeheartedly. In the TV news we have heard that the democratic government of Nepal is receiving recognition and appreciation from abroad. Unfortunately, I have not heard anything about Bangladesh's position. Is our government waiting for green signal since “Maobad” doesn't quite appeal to them?

No vote

A true free, fair and impartial election requires that the voters are able to exercise their voting right without any constraints. But unfortunately in our country the voters are not able to do so because the political parties are divided into two groups and field candidates just to win the election. In order to secure victory in election, the jotes (alliances) primarily consider not the merit of the candidates but their matching capacity, that is, if one jote fields a strong candidate in a particular constituency the other jote must field a candidate who would match his rival in terms of money and muscle. In such a situation, the voters become helpless. They have no option but to vote for one of the two. Hence the fundamental objective of an election as well as democracy is frustrated.

Medical ethics and business

Many patients are aware of the rapid cutthroat commercialisation and its presence in the medical profession. Now medical ethics has been trampled down by commercialisation and corruption which has the doctors as its silent beneficiary! It all started rather innocently; with drug houses giving all expenses paid trips to influential doctors for trips overseas (or shopping holidays?) presumably to attend conferences and seminars. The idea behind or the smokescreen was to gather knowledge! The trend has now gone much further!

Utopian vision

The changes have given rise to a lot of visionaries keen to express their love for the country. Many of these visions are of course the result of a genuine desire to see a better Bangladesh making its mark on the world stage. Many of these visionaries are people fed up with their identity of being citizens of an impoverished state and are now seeking to cease the moment to dictate a way out of it. This, of all things, must be accepted with much appreciation, our people have begun to dream the unthinkable!

Forensic voice identification

Once again, Pakistanis are left confused about the authenticity of PML-N's claim. The PML-N produced an audiotape that allegedly contains a conversation between PML-Q leader Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi and an unidentified person about a plan to sabotage the nomination process of Mian Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif.

Beggars carrying infants

Begging with infants is increasing in Gulshan area. As a mother of a child, it is so painful to see that female as well as male beggars are begging with infants.

Dialogue between AL and BNP

The dialogue between political parties and the caretaker government sounds more like a job interview. The parties may place their demands but the CTG will ultimately define the terms. Both the Awami League and the BNP have already declared that they would boycott the dialogue. The smaller parties may make themselves look important by their participation in the dialogue but the ground reality is that none of them can get elected without “Nouka” or “Dhanershish” as their election symbol (with a few exceptions). As a result, I doubt whether the dialogue will bear any fruit. Even the dialogue with the AL and the BNP will produce nothing.

You will be watched!

This refers to Mr. Shawkat Anwar's article in your May 27 issue regarding DMP's plan to install 176 CCTV in Dhaka city costing Taka 610 million.

CTG's priorities

The way it looked initially this government came to the power with a specific commitment to fighting corruption and reforming the political culture of Bangladesh. After all these efforts it seems now they are still hesitant to do the right things for the sake of the country. They have handled disasters successfully, they could put all nasty corrupts in jail.

Free online map of Dhaka

Until recently Bangladesh has been lagging behind in the technological craze of digital and online mapping. Unlike in other parts of the world, on-line maps, that are printable, are not available here to orientate people. Luxury cars equipped with GPS do not have proper routing maps and Internet users have access only to Google's satellite image of Bangladesh.

The two worlds

Manual labour work shifted to the developing countries in the last five to ten years. The main idea behind this is to exploit the availability of the cheap labour force of the developing countries to produce at lower costs and keep the knowledge based work for the developed countries in order to facilitate better management services. This situation will have a big impact on the economy, education and health.

A fresh start

We all must admit that our political leaders and their parties utterly failed to offer a true, meaningful democratic system. Non-cooperation, mutual hatred and corruption at all levels, caused misery to the country and its people. One Eleven created the opportunities for a fresh start. But, as we see, even now, our political leaders cannot come out of their traditional limitations to serve the greater interest of the country. For them, their top symbolic leaders are more important than working to build a prosperous and peaceful nation for our next generation.

International

Pakistani Taliban likely behind embassy blast

Pakistani Taliban militants likely carried out a suicide attack on the Danish embassy in Islamabad in revenge for controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed (SM), officials said yesterday.

Indonesia under pressure to act against extremists

The Indonesian government was under strong pressure to act against Islamist extremists yesterday after fanatics threatened war against a minority sect and attacked a rally for religious tolerance.

UN aid copters to enter Myanmar this week

Nine UN helicopters able to ferry aid to remote cyclone victims should enter Myanmar this week, officials said yesterday, but it was unclear when they will be allowed to fly to the worst-hit areas.

Obama eyes history as final primaries loom

Democrat Barack Obama stood on the brink of history yesterday, within reach of becoming America's first black presidential nominee after a twisting, emotional and divisive battle with Hillary Clinton.

Iran blames west for surge in food prices

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused western countries yesterday of acting to devalue the dollar, fueling a surge in oil and food prices.

Khamenei warns of 'Western plot'

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei yesterday warned Iranian youths that the nation's Western enemies were seeking to weaken them with plots aimed at spreading sexual depravity and drug addiction.

Syria blasts Israel,US over nuclear claims

Syria's official press lashed out at the United States and Israel yetserday over claims it was building a secret nuclear reactor, and said the Jewish state's own atomic facilities should be subject to international inspection.

Three Indians die in UAE roof collapse

Three Indian labourers have been killed and three are missing and feared dead after the collapse of a hotel ceiling being constructed in the United Arab Emirates, the local press reported yesterday.

Terrorism still a threat in Pakistan: US

The White House urged Pakistan on Monday not to allow terrorists to maintain 'safe havens' on its soil as a car bombing outside the Danish embassy in Islamabad killed eight people and wounded many others.

Mt Everest sees record number of summits

The short spring season for climbing Mount Everest has produced a record number of successful summits from the southern approach through Nepal, officials said yesterday.

Quake rocks Indonesia's Sumatra

A moderate 5.2-magnitude earthquake struck off Indonesia's Sumatra island yesterday, the US Geological Survey said.

Mystery disease hits N Korea

A mystery epidemic spreading along some North Korean border towns with China has claimed the lives of dozens of children, a Seoul-based humanitarian group said yesterday.

13 killed in Mosul bomb attack

The death toll from a suicide car bomb attack against the main police headquarters in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul rose to 13 on yesterday, police said.

S Korea won't import old beef from US

President Lee Myung-Bak announced yesterday that South Korea will not accept imports of US beef from cattle more than 30 months old as he negotiates his biggest test yet since taking office 100 days ago.

Tokyo to go it alone on greenhouse gas cuts

Japan's capital Tokyo is preparing to force industry to make big cuts in greenhouse gases, an official said yesterday, taking the lead in a country struggling to meet its Kyoto Protocol obligations.

New chief for Nato's Afghan force

A new US general took command of Nato forces in Afghanistan yesterday, vowing to deal with insurgents who stood in the way of stability, as authorities reported a dozen killings in new unrest.

Japan urges release of food stockpiles, offers rice

Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda called on world leaders yesterday to release excess stockpiles of food to ease shortages in poorer countries, offering over 300,000 tonnes of imported rice held by Japan.

Asia tops corporate HR abuse allegations: UN

Most human rights abuses by corporations occur in Asia, closely followed by Africa, then Latin America, according to a new United Nations report.

Road crash kills 22 in China

Twenty-two people were killed when a bus and a truck collided in northern China, state media reported yesterday.

Nato chief warns of security threat posed by climate change

Nato Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer warned yesterday of the security threat posed by climate change, as the military alliance ponders its future role ahead of its 60th anniversary next year.

Arts & Entertainment

Nazrul Award '07

One of the main tasks of Nazrul Institute is to honour those, who have dedicated themselves towards researching, preserving or promoting the works of Kazi Nazrul Islam. Since 1985, Nazrul Institute has been honouring dedicated Nazrul artistes and researchers. In this regard, the award giving ceremony for the year 2007 took place at the Main Auditorium, National Museum on June 2. Nazrul researcher Professor Mohammad Abdul Quayum and veteran Nazrul singer Ismat Ara were awarded for their immense contribution.

Romance of doors and windows

Explaining Torsten Oertel's recent exhibition at the Goethe-Insitut, Shaheen Rashid, the Programme Officer says, "The display is like entering a photo album, or like going to many places all at once! Each door or window has its counterpart or total opposite. From Germany to Ukraine, Nepal to Bangladesh to China, Corsica to Mozambique. Each country has its distinct style but there are a lot of similarities across the borders as well."

M. Hasan Morshed: Generating awareness through art

Though M. Hasan Morshed's background is on Oriental Art, for his first installation work titled "Jadu Ghar fake behind the trust", Morshed has won 'Honourable Mention' at the 16th Young Artists' Art Exhibition. The exhibition, organised by the Department of Fine Arts of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, is currently on at the National Art Gallery.

"Rupar Mudra" on Rtv tonight

TV serial Rupar Mudra will be aired tonight on RTV at 9:20 pm. Chanchal Chowdhury and Tisha play the major roles in the serial.

Kaniz Almas in a TV commercial

Renowned beautician Kaniz Almas, is soon to appear in a TV commercial (TVC) for a telecom company. The TVC highlights the link that is formed between Almas, who plays herself, and her clients with the help of the company's network. Almas has previously made appearances in TVCs for Sunsilk in 1995. The ad is directed by Tareq and Neel.

Rabindranath Tagore Centre in Kolkata opens

India is all set to extend its cultural diplomacy to promote people-to-people contacts with Bangladesh and other neighbours like Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal.

ATN Bangla to air the SAFF Championship'08 live

The South Asian Football Federation Championship Tournament 2008 commenced in Sri Lanka and Maldives on June 03 says a press release. Bangladesh, along with seven other countries will participate in this tournament. The countries have been divided into group- A (Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Bhutan) and group-B (India, Maldives, Pakistan, Nepal). ATN Bangla will broadcast live the matches between Bangladesh and Bhutan on June 04, Bangladesh and Afghanistan on June 06, and Bangladesh and Sri Lanka on June 08.

Errata

In the news "Ferdausi Rahman takes a noble step" published on the June 2 issue of the Arts and Entertainment section, it was mentioned that Ferdausi Rahman has donated her award money to an organisation called 'Inner Wheel'. The singer has actually contributed the money to Prothom Alo's fund for acid victims. We regret the error.

OP-ED

The importance of agriculture census

THIS year's agriculture census 2008-09 is in progress in the country, and the time fixed for sample surveys at field level was May 11-29. The survey report will be released in June 2009. It will be good if the report can be publicly available in time.

Inclusionary policy towards the adivasis

EVERY year when the national budget preparation time comes, various professional groups, political parties, civil society members, labour parties, sympathisers of the disabled, and women's groups present demands to the sitting government for inclusion in the national budget. During the period, daily papers are full of news of roundtable conferences making demands and recommendations.

Great leap forward

THE massive earthquake struck China's Southwest Sichuan province while Beijing was fending off criticism over its hard-line handling of the unrest in Tibet, backtracking on promised free access for journalists throughout China leading up to the summer Olympics, and mounting its own hostile attack on the Western media.

It's curtains for men, as scientists map the female DNA

SCIENTISTS in Holland last week announced that they had for the first time mapped the complete DNA of a woman. The DNA of the human male was mapped in 2001, and boffins have also done a number of lesser beasts, such as the dog, the bear, the E. Coli bacterium, the fruit fly, the mouse, and finally, last and definitely least, the human female.

Star City

Youths bring puthipath to life again at DU

There was a time when listening to puthi sitting under a banyan tree or at someone's yard after dusk was a prime mode of entertainment for the people living in villages and suburbs. But now even in the villages it is hard to find a gathering in the evening to listen to puthipath.

Mindless repair damages forms and features of historic buildings at DU

Authorities of Dhaka University (DU) have allegedly damaged the architectural features of historic buildings like Curzon Hall while repairing and renovating them.

Unfair fares rein in as meters of most three-wheelers yet to be adjusted

As Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) failed to ensure adjustment of fare in all the CNG-run autorickshaw meters in the city even after about two months of the price hike of gas, most of the autorickshaw drivers are charging unjust fare.



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