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News of: Sunday, 8th of June, 2008

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Revenue spending to up 40pc, ADP cut 3.39pc

In a rare budgetary move, the government yesterday approved a reduced Annual Development Programme (ADP) of Tk 25,600 crore for the next fiscal year (FY09), which is 3.39 percent less than the original ADP of the current fiscal year.

Hasina, Khaleda may be allowed to have treatment abroad by end-June

The detained chiefs of Awami League and BNP may be allowed to go abroad for medical treatment by the end of this month if they sit for the pre-polls dialogue with the government, said sources.

New cadre service for primary education on cards

The government is going to create a separate cadre service for primary education in a bid to improve educational standard by recruiting more meritorious individuals as officials and teachers.

1,631 more held in 24 hrs

The joint forces arrested 1,631 people, including 96 in the capital, in the 24 hours until 8:00am yesterday in the ongoing anti-crime drives across the country.

Free Hasina unconditionally

Renewing their demand for the unconditional release of Sheikh Hasina, Awami League central leaders yesterday threatened to wage a nonstop agitation programme if their demand is not met.

Tigers face Pakistan in opener today

The country is set for an emotional ride when the Kitply Cup tri-nation one-day cricket series kicks off at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur today with Bangladesh taking on Pakistan in the opening match.

Govt sees 6.21pc GDP growth, lower inflation

The government estimates that the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) will grow by 6.21 percent in the current fiscal year (FY2007-08), despite fears that economic growth might dip as much as one percentage point.

No one is held without specific charges: IGP

Police are not arresting anyone without specific allegation during the ongoing special drive across the country, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Nur Mohammad said yesterday.

Charge sheet against Khoka, family next week

The investigation report of the graft case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) against Dhaka City Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka and his family will be submitted early next week.

New rice variety to fight Monga this season

The government plans cultivation of newly invented rice variety-- BRRI Dhan-33 -- on 40,000 hectares of land in five northern districts in the coming Aman season to fight Monga (near-famine situation).

5 killed in Sirajganj road crash

At least five people were killed and 32 others injured yesterday as a bus collided with a truck on the Dhaka-Bogra highway at Raiganj in Sirajganj.

Mobile court fines 6 shops, restaurant

A mobile court accompanied by Rab personnel yesterday fined six food shops, a restaurant and a mineral water company Tk 3.9 lakh in an anti-adulteration drive in the capital's Uttara.

One murdered in city over trifle matter

The caretaker of a graveyard in the city's South Jatrabari area was killed by a local youth at the graveyard on Friday night.

86 ex-BNP MPs back Delwar

Eighty-six former MPs of BNP yesterday extended their full support to party Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain and expressed indignation at remarks by certain senior leaders against him.

Extortionists blast crackers, 2 injured

Two employees of an electronics shop at Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium in the city were injured in homemade bomb attacks by extortionists yesterday.

Hillary suspends historic campaign, endorses Obama

Hillary Rodham Clinton ended her historic campaign for the presidency yesterday and told supporters to unite behind rival Barack Obama, closing out a race that was as gruelling as it was groundbreaking.

Asian powers, US voice concern over oil spike

The United States and Asia's four largest powers voiced "serious concern" Saturday about a record spike in oil prices but vowed to keep scaling back politically sensitive fuel subsidies.

Ivanovic French Open champ

This time Ana Ivanovic was ready for the French Open final.

Pakistan asks UN to probe Benazir killing

Pakistan's new government has officially asked the United Nations to investigate the assassination of Benazir Bhutto last December, UN spokeswoman Michele Montas said Friday.

Musharraf resists pressure to quit

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf vowed yesterday to resist pressure for him to resign but suggested he might quit if Parliament reduces him to a toothless figurehead.

Hunt for running mate tops summer to-do list for Obama, McCain

Finding a running mate tops the summer to-do lists of John McCain and Barack Obama, and each needs to decide what he wants as much as who he wants.

Sarkozy pledges support for new Lebanese president

French President Nicolas Sarkozy stressed his country's support for newly elected Lebanese President Michel Sleiman and for reconciliation through dialogue, during a brief visit to Beirut yesterday.

Editorial

Predictions of fall in remittances

Remittances from Bangladeshis working overseas might fall over the next two years. And it could happen because of some recent actions taken by countries where we have traditionally exported our manpower. One does not need much wisdom to know how badly off we will all be if such conditions come to pass. Of late our manpower industry has been hit badly by government actions in Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and other places. While we realise that the governments of those countries have the right to formulate their own policies regarding migrant workers from abroad, we also feel that the Bangladesh government should by now have adopted a strong and constructive position regarding our people working there. It is also important that the host countries go through rethinking vis-à-vis their own migrant worker-related policies. It is equally important that any misgivings here be removed at the earliest.

Regulating speed of vehicles

Against the backdrop of reckless driving and tragic deaths under the wheels of vehicles at regular interval, the High Court (HC) had given a ruling on March 10, 2008 making installation of speed governor seals in all modes of motorised vehicles mandatory by March 10, 2009. The HC had also instructed the relevant authorities to publish notices in various newspapers to make the owners of vehicles aware of the ruling, particularly mentioning the provisions therein for punishment for noncompliance. It was expected that relevant authorities would take the HC ruling with due seriousness and start the implementation process without further ado. But, to our knowledge, motor vehicle owners have not yet been notified in any manner about the deadline and the details of the instruction.

Time to play the historic role

The Awami League after an extended meeting of the party on May 26 attended by more than 850 delegates representing almost every tier of their organisation from grass-roots level to the highest echelon, followed by a meeting the next day of the central working committee, the highest decision making body of the party, has decided not to join the ongoing dialogue with out Sheikh Hasina. The decision was unanimous and true reflection of the wishes and sentiments of the party workers and activists. One must admit that the decision, right or wrong, has been taken by the party in a most democratic manner, a practice not so common in the body politic of this country.

The secret diaries of Manmohan, Advani

How could my fellow-traveller Buddhadeb Bhattacharya call me the worst prime minister India has had? That stung. I rather like Buddha. I know his typea sheep dressed in wolf's clothing. I've done my bit of lip-service to socialism. What option did one have if you wanted some trajectory up the old Congress bureaucracy greasy pole? Indira Gandhi would spread nonalignment at breakfast and turn pink with the salad over lunch: poor dear, no one told her that nationalisation and nationalism are not quite the same thing.

Pride and prejudice destroyed Hillary Clinton

Candidates are often guilty of acting the part the press assigns them. This time last year, the press anointed Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Rudy Giuliani as the two "inevitable nominees." Even after Giuliani flamed out fairly quickly, Hillary continued to wear the label as a badge of honour. Of course, the press did not consult the voters.

Sports

'Tigers need help'

It would not be wise to ask the Tigers whether they want to put end to Pakistan's eleven-match winning streak when they play the Kitply Cup opener against Shoaib Malik's side at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur today.

Rain can't stop it

Say, it buckets down for almost an hour. Play during the Kitply Cup will still be possible at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

Crunch game for Bangladesh

Bangladesh need to win their last group match today against hosts Sri Lanka to confirm a semifinal berth in the SAFF Football Championship.

Gony in for Sreesanth

India paceman Shanthakumaran Sreesanth has been ruled out of the upcoming tri-series in Bangladesh due to a side strain, a cricket board official said on Saturday.

Ballack condemns stunt

Michael Ballack has joined in the condemnation of a Polish newspaper whose inflammatory front page, with a mocked-up image of the Chelsea midfielder's severed head, has led to complaints in the German parliament before a game which is threatening to bring discord to Euro 2008.

Czechs steal Swiss party

Substitute Vaclav Sverkos gave the Czech Republic a winning start to Euro 2008 with a second-half strike that broke Switzerland's resistance at St. Jakob Park in Basel yesterday.

Ana's maiden Slam

Serbia's Ana Ivanovic won the French Open on Saturday, her first Grand Slam title, by ending Dinara Safina's heroic run to the final and crowning her elevation to the world number one spot in style.

SCB lift bank cricket title

Standard Chartered Bank emerged champions of the first-ever Banker's Cricket League after they beat Eastern Bank Limited by three wickets in the final at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium yesterday.

Local Snippets

Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) yesterday announced a 16-member final squad for the 3rd AHF Cup Hockey that will begin on June 14 in Singapore.

PCB wants unique PPL

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is keen that the proposed Pakistan Premier League (PPL) has an identity of its own, considering that it will held in the aftermath of the Indian Premier League, and will soon reveal details of the Twenty20 tournament.

Nadal-Federer final again

Rafael Nadal, who has survived torrential rain as well as a Roland Garros centre court dustbowl, now plans to unleash a hurricane which will deliver him an historic fourth successive French Open.

Mourinho vows titles

Newly-signed Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho vowed Saturday to bring more titles to the Serie A champions, saying it was his duty as a big-name manager.

Ballack to lead revival

Nervous Germany need a captain's performance from Michael Ballack against Poland on Sunday to revive the spirit of the 2006 World Cup and end a bleak run at the European Championship finals.

Strikers must deliver

The time has come for Croatia's strikers to end their goal drought, Ivica Olic said on Friday.

'I can play anywhere'

Italy star Alessandro Del Piero said he could play in just about any attacking position regardless of formation if that meant securing a starting berth for the world champions' Euro 2008 opener against the Netherlands.

Frings predicting spectacular goals

Goalkeepers have been complaining about the unpredictable flight of the Euro 2008 ball but outfield players could not be happier with it, Germany midfielder Torsten Frings said on Saturday.

Venezuela stun Brazil

Venezuela claimed their first ever victory over Brazil Friday when they shocked the South American football power 2-0 in a friendly international match.

Wenger tips Fabregas

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has tipped Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas to impress as much in this month's European Championships as he has in the Premier League over the last few seasons.

Maldini will play on

AC Milan captain Paolo Maldini said on Friday he had decided to delay his retirement by a season.

Ferdinand urges C'Ron to stay

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand on Saturday urged teammate Cristiano Ronaldo to stay at the club amid increased speculation linking the Portugal winger with a move to Real Madrid.

Pogrebnyak can be replaced

UEFA has given Russia permission to substitute injured striker Pavel Pogrebnyak, Russian media reports said Saturday, indicating a doctor accredited with European football's governing body had signed a statement saying he ought not to play at Euro-2008.

Alves set for Barca move

Brazil international defender Daniel Alves of Sevilla is set to move to fellow top Spanish club Barcelona for around 30 million euros, the country's media said on Friday.

Kiwis in tatters

New Zealand stumbled to 45 for 2 at tea as they followed-on at Trent Bridge after folding for 123 in their first innings on the third Test against England at Nottingham yesterday.

James savours good day

Two years ago James Anderson faced an uncertain future after being ruled out of the English season with a stress fracture of the lower back.

Qatar down China

China crashed 1-0 to Qatar Saturday, leaving their bid to qualify for the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa in tatters.

Stuey keen to play

Stuart MacGill said Saturday he was prepared to play on for New South Wales depending on fitness reports after retiring from international cricket.

Euro 2008 kicks off in Dhaka

Euro 2008 not only kicks off in co-hosts Switzerland and Austria, it had an official launch here in Dhaka as well.

Rising SA spinners in India

A group of promising South African spinners are presently busy learning the tricks of the trade at a camp here under the guidance of Harbhajan Singh's former coach.

No tests during Eng-SA Tests

The proposed trial of umpire referrals won't take place during England's Test series against South Africa in July after the boards failed to agree on the finer details.

Alonso eyes Italian job

Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso is keen on a move to Italy after four years in England, he told reporters at Spain's Euro 2008 training camp in Neustift, Austria, on Saturday.

Business

Falling prices, higher costs hit RMG sector

The continuing downward pressure by international buyers on clothing prices is hitting profitability in the Ready Made Garment sector and undermining efforts to improve working conditions, industry leaders have warned.

Merger of two state-run lenders gets delayed

The merger of two ailing state-run industrial credit providers is being delayed by the two concerns who have failed to carry out government directives, sources said.

Jobs, training opportunities in Australia remain untapped

Employment and training opportunities in Australia remain untapped due to the government's go-slow nature of work.

Fuel price hike hits local airlines hard

Local airlines yesterday expressed worries over their survival saying that they might lose passengers due to continuous fuel price hike.

Air Arabia to fly from ZIA today

Ending the monopoly business of legacy airlines, the UAE based low cost airliner Air Arabia is to start flights from Zia International Airport (ZIA) in Dhaka today, a move seen as helping Middle East bound workers to travel at a lower price.

Experts suggest extensive research on agriculture to ensure food security

Agri experts yesterday urged the government to set up a biotechnology division to boost agri research with a view to enhancing food security in both quantity and quality.

Bangladesh wants tariff barriers from developed countries to go

Foreign Adviser Iftekhar A Chowdhury said Bangladesh wants the tariff barriers to go for a level playing field in the global economy.

DSE witnesses downtrend last week

Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) witnessed a downtrend last week as the turnover slightly declined by 0.84 percent.

Budgetary allocations to overcome impact of climate change sought

A round table yesterday demanded more budgetary allocations to overcome the impact of climate change on food production and livelihood and for the protection of environment.

Medvedev blames West for global economic woes

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Saturday blamed Western countries for the world's current economic woes and said Russia's vast energy reserves could be part of the solution.

ROK president to ask for Bush's help on beef

South Korea's president will ask US President George W. Bush Saturday to help ensure no beef from older cattle is shipped here when imports resume, his office said, amid calls for fresh protests.

Gasoline guzzlers near extinction in US?

America's decades-long love affair with monstrously large vehicles may finally be coming to an end, US automakers predicted Tuesday in the wake of a sharp drop off in sales amid high fuel costs.

Chief adviser's meeting with business leaders: An open letter

I thank you for meeting with the representatives of the trade & industry of the country organized by the FBCCI on 3rd June. The two hours you spent with the several hundred business delegates, I am sure, were very enlightening and refreshing, though the time was nowhere near enough to hear out all the perspectives and ideas of the business community in relation to the political imperatives ahead. Due to the less than 2-day notice, the business leaders could not present a more coherent and structured deliberation for your consideration. However, as the leader of the nation's software and information technology services industry an industry on which the future growth of the nation's economy is inexorably intertwined I feel the measures described below are the crying needs of the hour.

Reliance Insurance okays 20pc stock dividend

The Reliance Insurance Limited declared 20 percent stock dividend for its shareholders at its 20th annual general meeting (AGM), held in Dhaka yesterday.

US energy chief says no need to tighten oil regulations

US Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman said Saturday there was no oil crisis despite a sharp rise in crude prices overnight and said he did not see a need to tighten regulation of the market.

World's farmers by-passed at UN food crisis summit: IFAP

The world's farmers were bypassed at this week's Rome UN food summit, reflecting a crucial gap in addressing the crisis at its most basic level, the leader of a global farmers' group said Friday.

IMF suggests steps to fix Vietnam's 'overheating' economy

The IMF said Friday Vietnam should tighten monetary and fiscal policy to fix its "overheating" economy, which has been battered by double-digit inflation and a widening trade deficit.

Tata plans to drive Jaguar, Land Rover into India

After completing the acquisition of Jaguar and Land Rover from Ford for USD 2.3 billion, Tata Motors Saturday said it is exploring the possibility of bringing the two British marquees to India.

China beefs up money inflow monitoring amid trade surplus

China will increase monitoring of money inflows and banks' foreign currency holdings following a surge in the current account surplus in 2007.

Weekly Currency Roundup

June 1-June 5, 2008
Local FX Market

Local inter-bank FX market tightened during the week as the demand for dollar rose. The BDT remained almost unchanged against the US dollar.

Metropolitan

Form body to check illegal arms, counter terrorism

Speakers at a rally here yesterday urged the government to form an independent national peace and security commission for checking use of illegal arms and counter terrorism in the country.

Tagore's Kacharibari at Patisar losing its shine

Non-coordinated development work for poet Rabindranath Tagore's Kacharibari at Patisar in Naogaon has done some damage to this protected site, a part of national heritage.

Encourage farmers to use organic fertilisers

Speakers at a seminar yesterday urged the government to encourage farmers to use bio-fertilisers and bio-pesticides for producing poison-free crops.

SC law officers demand its amendment

Though the legal experts have hailed the Government Attorney Service Ordinance 2008, the state law officers of the Supreme Court (SC) have strongly protested the promulgation of the Ordinance under which the Government Attorney Department has been set up for dealing with cases in courts and performing other duties on behalf of the state.

Take lessons from Japan to ensure food security

Former chief adviser Justice Muhammad Habibur Rahman at a publication ceremony of a book yesterday said Bangladesh should take lessons from Japan's policies regarding agriculture to achieve food security in the country.

Call to release Hasina, restore democracy

Awami League central leaders yesterday placed wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum and stood in silence for a minute in observance of the historic 7th June commemorating the six-point movement seeking full autonomy of erstwhile East Pakistan.

Evaluation of bids under 3rd round by June 15

Petrobangla is likely to complete evaluation of the bids received under the 3rd-round international bidding for much-awaited exploration of oil and gas by June 15, official sources said.

Form DND Unnayan Kartripakkha to end public suffering

Residents of Dhaka-Narayanganj-Demra (DND) area at a press conference yesterday demanded the government to form an autonomous 'DND Unnayan Kartripakkha (DUK)' to end the suffering of the people.

RMG worker's death sparks violence in Savar

The death of a female garment worker in a road accident at Ashulia yesterday triggered violent protests by her colleagues who barricaded the EPZ-Abdullahpur road and damaged a number of vehicles.

Poland will quit Iraq by mid-October

Polish forces will be out of Iraq by the middle of October, Defence Minister Bogdan Klich confirmed in a radio interview yesterday.

BRDB awards for 56 best village organisers

Bangladesh Rural Development Board (BRDB) has awarded 56 best village organisers under its ongoing Palli Paragati project.

BDR man killed in attack by mentally disordered man

A BDR member was killed and two other people were injured in an attack by a mentally disordered man at Timirkati bus stand in Nolchhiti upazila on Friday night.

Arrest of killers of Ashru demanded

Bangladesh Christian Association yesterday demanded arrest of and exemplary punishment to the killers of Bitni Ashru D'Silva, a student of Tumilia Saint Mary's School in Gazipur, says a press release.

Chevron hands over houses to two flood-hit families

Chevron Bangladesh has handed over the newly built houses to the two families at Karimpur village near Bibiyana gas field in Habiganj, which were destroyed in the devastating flood last year.

National

Alarming rise in trafficking thru' Rajshahi border

Law enforcement agencies rescued 71 people from traffickers on Rajshahi borders only in four drives in three weeks, sending a warning that trafficking has increased alarmingly in north-western frontiers.

Over 5,000 illegal CNG autorickshaws in Bogra

More than 5,000 CNG-run autorickshaws run in Bogra municipal area and on the highways in the district without valid documents, according to a preliminary survey report of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) here.

'Gains of 1/11 should not be lost for mistakes by parties'

Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) chief Dr. Ferodus Ahmed Qureshi has said achievements during the post 1/11 period should not be lost due to 'mistakes' by political parties.

'Resume Nagarbari-Paturia ferry service'

Transport owners and truckers in northern districts have demanded resumption of ferry service on Nagarbari-Paturia route on the Jamuna, closed for over 10 months due to shortage of ferry boats.

2,532 extremists, criminals on fresh lists in 10 SW districts

Khulna Metropolitan police (KMP) has made a new list of 222 extremists and other hardened criminals.

Allya's bail extended by 6 months

Bail of Ali Hussain Allya has been extended for six months more. The High Court extender his bail period on Thursday following a prayer.

HSC examinee burned by miscreants

HSC examinee Noore Zannan Rumi sustained severe burn injuries as some miscreants attempted to kill her by spraying petrol in her room and torching it Friday night.

Motivate poor people to seek justice

Speakers at a meeting held here yesterday urged members of district legal aid committee, journalists, representatives of NGOs and local government bodies to come forward to motivate poor people so that they can seek justice for which government enacted law and sanctioned money.

20 hurt in Kushtia bus dacoity

Highway robbers attacked passengers and looted a night coach on Kushtia-Meherpur highway at Katlamari in Mirpur upazila Friday night, leaving 20 people injured.

Letters

Spiralling food prices

It is a common practice in Bangladesh to censure the authorities for everything and demand that the government quit. Now the most talked about issue is the price hike. The prices of the essentials are rising almost every day. The prices of most of the food products have doubled in less than a year. But to overcome this crisis as a nation, we have to think deeply about this matter and analyse the reasons behind the price hike. If we take a look at the international arena we will see that the food prices have ascended globally in a brief period of time. Japan is looking for alternate flour because of the rising wheat price. India, Vietnam and Egypt have put constraints on exporting rice to meet the local demand. The Philippines has announced a ban on converting farmland to other uses in order to cut import of rice. It has to be realised that the food price predicament is global. Cheap local political solutions do not really exist.

CU incident

The recent incident at CU is very shocking, where a student jumped from an over-bridge onto a train, failed to reach the train, fell on the rail lines and eventually died. What the students did in response to this incident is also very shameful. May be, at first they could not know the reason behind his death. Here, in Bangladesh, if anything happens against the rights of the university students or anything they don't seem to like, they vandalise vehicles, harass commuters etc. They never seem to understand that they are destroying our national property.

Congratulations, Barack Obama

We heartily congratulate Barack Obama for clinching the Democratic Presidential nomination. History has been made and we hope that he will reach another milestone by becoming president of the United States. We also congratulate the people of America for choosing Barack Obama, they have shown great wisdom.

Sustainable development

Sustainable development is possible only when the development workers have two attributes.
1. Skill
2. Honesty
Our country is developing with highways, multi-storied buildings, mills, factories. But the development will not be sustainable without skill and honesty.

Our future

Too often we say, “Past is past” while referring to some unpleasant memory, meaning that it is better to think about the present & the future. If we scale down a little more we can even feel comfortable to keep aside the present and seriously think about the future. As a nation what is there in the future for us? Our motherland is the most densely populated country in the world and one of the poorest too. After the agricultural products, we are surviving on garments and manpower export. The first one is unpredictable as weather & other natural calamities are major factors that determine the output and the second one is already suffering due to destructive activities. The third sector i.e. manpower export is also experiencing setbacks, the most recent one being in Bahrain that halted employment of Bangladeshi workers following a crime, a solitary case that has now affected all Bangladeshis working in that country. The government of Saudi Arabia where about 15 lakh Bangladeshis are currently living, has also stopped issuing residential permits creating deportation fear in thousands of Bangladeshi workers there. Our import dependent economy is facing daily challenges from rising oil prices which may hit 200 dollars a barrel at the year end. Above all, if the present pace of global warming continues unchecked, one fifth of Bangladesh will go under the sea by 2050, making 20 million people landless & homeless.

Leaders

We heartily appreciate the most practical and appropriate speech by Dr. Kamal Hossain that was published in The Daily Star of May 31. We observe that some political leaders are regarded as “Goddess” by some political parties. They think the law of the country cannot be imposed on them, they are above trial and enjoy immunity.

Blind followers

It seems our politicians are not interested in any smooth transition to democracy. They have put their carts before the horses. They want their leaders out of jail before anything else, no matter what happens to the nation. They do not like dialogue, they have now patched up their differences with their rival parties, they are becoming united for a “sangram”. We are surprised to note that even yesterday's arch enemies are demanding release of their rival leaders. The friends and foes are uniting themselves to take us, probably, to the era of pre-one-eleven.

Saint Martin's

I have read with great interest the article on "Saving the coral biodiversity of St. Martin's Island." Congratulations to the author, Dr. Md. M. Maruf Hossain. I should like to make my own contribution to our knowledge of the fauna of the island, collected on a one-week scientific expedition to the island led by the late Professor M.I. Choudhury of Dhaka College in 1957. I made a collection of marine nematodes, two of which were new to science: Theristus sanctimarteni Timm 1958 and Monhystrella marina Timm 1964 (the only marine species of the genus).

Doctors' attitude

I was quite surprised to learn about the death of Jahid Kamal (UNO of Babuganj). He was kept without treatment for two hours when he had suffered a heart attack.

Islamic University

We are students of Islamic University, Kushtia. It was established on November 22, 1979 at Kushtia for the combination and co-ordination of different branches of education of humanities and modern science with the Islamic education and promote research on modern branches of education and to develop a new curriculum of modem education based on ethical and moral values of Islam. There are twenty departments with an institute and near about ten thousand students (Muslims, Hindus, Christians, Buddhists etc ) in this University.

An appeal

Niketon under Gulshan 1 has emerged with a habitation of 3,500 families approximately. The apartments are posh with the habitation of mostly service holders at the offices located at Gulshan, Baridhara, and DOHS.

Anwar Chowdhury

One would hardly find a diplomat other than the immediate past British High Commissioner Anwar Chowdhury receiving so much coverage in both print and electronic media in Bangladesh. Still articles and videos highlighting his social activities are coming out in different media. Mr. Chowdhury recently left Dhaka ending his four-year diplomatic assignment in Bangladesh.

Prospects of English

I am an undergraduate student at the department of English in a private university. As a student, I have always noticed a kind of inferiority complex among the students of my department and that is, they have a feeling that with a graduation degree in English there is hardly any possibility of getting a good job in the present job market, since all the employers are looking for MBA holders, not English “literature” people. However, to my opinion this is one of the wrong ideas that people have about the students of English language and literature. Why? Let's have a look at the following points:

Armed forces

The Chief Adviser and the army chief duly praised the good work done by the country's peace corps which took part in missions abroad. The CA also took the opportunity of mentioning the armed forces' contribution to the nation from time to time.

Tofail's reaction

People of Bangladesh are not at all surprised to see Mr. Tofail Ahmed's reaction, as expressed in the print and electronic media, to the recent filing of a corruption case by the ACC against him. The typical way he has reacted is well known to our people. All charges of corruption against our politicians are always 'false and fabricated'. He also hinted that it was a politically motivated case. His political colleagues spared no time to give him a clean chit and urged upon the government to withdraw the case unconditionally. That's what they all had been doing for the last sixteen years. Politicians in our country fail to arrive at agreements on issues related to the welfare of the people. But they take no time to come out in a body, like the members of a trade union, with full force to save their colleagues whenever anyone of them is charged with a corruption case. Can we ask them a simple question: If all of them are innocent as flowers, as it is commonly uttered in political slogans, then who did the corruption in the last sixteen years ? Who were responsible to place Bangladesh on the top of the TI's list of corrupt states for years together ? And, finally, why should the ACC, a non-political independent organisation, file 'false and fabricated' corruption cases against Mr. Tofail and other politicians ? Will any politician be kind enough to answer these questions ?

International

US, Europe get frustrated with Karzai

US officials are growing increasingly frustrated with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, arguing that he is not up to addressing Afghanistan's many troubles, The New York Times reported yesterday.

Israelis, Palestinians to start writing peace pact

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have agreed to start drafting elements of a proposed peace accord, the chief Palestinian negotiator said Friday.

LTTE wants India's help to stop military drive

Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka, engaged in fierce gun-battles with security forces in the island nation's embattled north, want India to intervene to halt the clashes between the warring sides, a leading daily here has claimed.

Europeans already looking past Bush

President Bush's motorcade will speed through European capitals next week, but for many Europeans, the Bush presidency is already in their rearview mirrors.

'Pak-US military relations at worst since 9/11'

Relations between the United States military and the Pakistan Army are at their worst point since September 11, 2001, senior Western military officers and diplomats have said, as Pakistani troops withdraw from Tribal Areas bordering Afghanistan.

Obama, McCain in neck-and-neck race

With five months to go for the US Presidential election, presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama and Republican John McCain are locked in a statistical dead heat with more than one in five voters acknowledging that they might change their mind between now and November, an opinion poll showed.

Water drains from quake-formed lake

Water flowed slowly into a manmade spillway yesterday from a swollen lake formed by a landslide in China's devastating earthquake, easing the immediate threat of a flood that had led to the evacuation of more than 250,000 people.

Bicycle blast kills 5 in northwest Pakistan

Five people including three police officers were killed when a bomb apparently targeting police exploded in northwestern Pakistan overnight, police said yesterday.

1.5 million cyclone survivors without shelter in Myanmar

A severe shortage of housing has left hundreds of thousands of cyclone survivors in Myanmar exposed to heavy rain as the monsoon season begins, aid agencies said Saturday.

450 Tibetans detained in Kathmandu

Tibetan exiles marched in protest against Chinese rule over their homeland in Nepal's capital Sunday before police stopped them and detained hundreds of demonstrators, authorities said.

Mars probe digs up first sample of Martian soil

Nearly two weeks after its historic landing, the US Mars probe Phoenix has scooped up its first sample of Martian soil and begun analysing it for water and organic compounds, a Nasa official said Friday.

Brown begs for backing on terror plans

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Saturday begged his own party's lawmakers to back plans for tackling terror suspects, in a last-ditch bid to avoid a damaging defeat.

Larijani warns IAEA against playing for time

Iran's powerful parliament speaker Ali Larijani warned the UN nuclear watchdog on Saturday against playing for time in a dispute over Iran's controversial atomic programme.

Zimbabwe opposition rallies banned

Just three weeks before Zimbabwe's presidential runoff, Robert Mugabe is giving the opposition little room to campaign detaining its candidate, banning rallies and attacking diplomats who try to investigate political violence.

Japan, US say joining hands in N-plants

As oil prices surge to record levels, Japan said yesterday it would help build nuclear power plants in the United States, sensing opportunities for Japanese companies.

Over 50 held in Lanka a day after twin bus bombs

Sri Lankan police detained more than 50 people for questioning following twin bomb attacks blamed on Tamil Tiger rebels that killed 23 civilians, the defence ministry said yesterday.

South Africa's Zuma heads to India, China

Jacob Zuma, leader of South Africa's ruling African National Congress party, is to embark on a trip to India and China this weekend, the party said on Friday.

Arts & Entertainment

Lines and Lyrics

As a cartoonist artist Shishir Bhattacharjee has attained popularity for his sharp satire on contemporary social milieu, especially the political turmoil. In his drawings and paintings also Shishir has pointed out the disorders of the society.

Sangeet Bhaban celebrates 85th birth anniversary of Kalim Sharafi

Veteran Tagore artiste Kalim Sharafi turned 85 on May 8. To celebrate his birth anniversary, music school Sangeet Bhaban organised a cultural programme titled "Anondo omritey tobo chirodin dhonyo hobo" at Natmandal on June 6. Kalim Sharafi, who founded Sangeet Bhaban in 1983, is also the principal of the school. The programme featured Tagore songs and dance performance by the students of the organisation.

Children's Theatre Festival inaugurated

A fortnight-long theatre festival, organised by People's Theatre Association (PTA), was inaugurated by Cultural Affairs Adviser Rasheda K. Chowdhury on June 6. The venue: the Shawkat Osman Auditorium, Central Public Library.

Jamdani Mela: A blend of the contemporary and classic

A jamdani mela was held at the Wahid Academy, Dhanmondi from June 5-7. The exhibition was arranged by four women entrepreneurs- Hasina Ahmed, Sufia Sattar, Sharmin Shabnam Rahman and Nazneen Ahmed.

Cultural programmes for the rights of the underprivileged

Paritran, an NGO based at Laxmanpur village in Tala upazila, has dedicated itself to fighting for the rights of the Dalits and other disadvantaged people. Several months ago, the organisation embarked on an innovative cultural programme to generate awareness among the ultra poor Dalits and uneducated so that they can participate in the ongoing national identity card and voter listing (with photographs) drive.

Padatik Natya Sangsad to recruit new members

Theatre troupe Padatik Natya Sangsad Bangladesh announces recruitment of new members through a workshop, says a press release. Those interested can collect forms from various outlets: TSC Food Corner, DU; Shondesh, Aziz Super Market, Shahbag; Coffee House, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Shegunbagicha and Victoria Confectionary, 54/3, Johnson Road.

OP-ED

Of gangs and Bangladesh

ALEXANDER the Great: "Pirate, what is your idea in infesting the sea?" The Pirate: "The same as yours in infesting the earth! But because I do it with a small craft, I'm called a pirate; because you have a mighty navy, you're called an emperor."

Low carbon, better world

THERE is every reason to believe that increased concentration of atmospheric carbon emissions has already contributed a major role to the global climate changes.

A sight of relief

FOR Barack Obama's team, Tuesday was a day unlike any other primary day. Gone were the normal nerves about the final results, the shared leaks of exit polls and the memories of dashed expectations in previous contests.

Star City

DAP final report delayed for another 6 months

The detailed area plan (DAP) for Dhaka metropolitan city is likely to serve certain coterie interests and go in favour of the influential housing developers because of delay in finalising the plan, said noted urban experts and environmentalists.

Work to relocate Karwan Bazar markets finally kicks off

After a long wait, the work to relocate wholesalers and retailers from the city's Karwan Bazar kitchen market has finally started.

Khilgaon Lake becoming a sorrow for locals

The occasional drizzles in the city should be a cause for celebration, but for the residents of Malibagh Chowdhurypara the recent rains have come as a mixed blessing.


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