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News of: Thursday, 12th of June, 2008

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Freed Hasina asks for quick election

Amid a rapturous welcome from thousands of party activists, supporters and leaders, former premier, also Awami League (AL) President, Sheikh Hasina was released yesterday from detention on parole for two months with permission to go abroad 'for better treatment'.

Release viewed as way to dialogue

The release of Awami League (AL) chief Sheikh Hasina is one of the major steps taken by this government to prepare the stage for an election acceptable to the nation, said highly placed sources in the government.

Khaleda happy

Detained BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday expressed satisfaction over the release of her once arch rival Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina, her lawyers say.

July 16 and since then

Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday returned to Sudha Sadan upon her release, where she was arrested 11 months ago in connection with an extortion case.

Ex-BNP MP Salam, Huji leader Hannan charged

Charges were finally pressed yesterday in the sensational August 21 grenade attack case against 22 persons including top Harkat-ul-Jihad (Huji) leader Mufti Abdul Hannan and BNP leader and former deputy minister Abdus Salam Pintu.

Parole might be cancelled any time: govt

The government notification ordering temporary release of detained Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said that the parole granted to the former prime minister might be cancelled any time without showing any reason.

Govt will prioritise decision on Tarique, Koko's release

The government is giving high priority to decisions regarding the possible release of former premier Khaleda Zia's detained sons, Tarique Rahman and Arafat Rahman Koko, on 'humanitarian' grounds.

Sheikh Hasina cold-shoulders some leaders

Awami League (AL) president Sheikh Hasina was yesterday seen to give the cold shoulder to some of her party leaders who had opposed her in different forums inside the party.

EC asks govt to create atmosphere for polls

The Election Commission (EC) yesterday asked the government to create a congenial atmosphere for holding local government elections from July amid the state of emergency.

Govt pledges Khaleda's proper treatment at home or abroad

The government will take appropriate steps for the proper treatment of detained former premier Khaleda Zia “at home or abroad” through a coordinated legal process, a government announcement said yesterday.

Mustafiz gets permanent bail

A special court yesterday granted permanent bail to ailing former army chief Gen (retd) Mustafizur Rahman in the MiG-29 warplane purchase case.

Brac not 'NGO-nising' any primary school

Brac has no intention of privatising or commercialising primary schools in the country and its pilot project, funded solely by Brac, in 20 upazilas is aimed at improving the standard of education at primary schools, said Brac Chairperson Fazle Hasan Abed yesterday.

Militants regrouping for attacks, says study

Right-wing militants have regrouped across the country over the past year, putting together their networks and strengthening training and indoctrination operations despite a lull in terrorist attacks in the same period, according to a study released yesterday.

1,664 more behind bars

The joint forces arrested 1,664 more people including 115 in the capital in the last 24 hours until 8:00am yesterday in special drives across the country, raising the number of arrests to 23,271 in the last 13 days.

HC asks govt why offshore tenders not illegal

The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule asking the government to show cause as to why its action of inviting international tenders to lease out 28 blocks in the Bay of Bengal for exploration of country's offshore oil and gas reserves should not be declared illegal.

Ex-BNP MP Hafiz, Mamun sued for murder, extortion

A case was filed against 32 people, including former BNP lawmaker Hafiz Ibrahim and his brother Gias Uddin Al Mamun with Judicial Magistrate's Court here on Tuesday on charges of murder and extortion.

HC asks for case records on June 15

The High Court (HC) yesterday asked a trial court to submit to it on June 15 records of the barge-mount power plant corruption case against former prime minister Sheikh Hasina for examining those.

Govt signs deal with UNDP for translucent ballot box

The government yesterday signed an agreement for a $6.586 million fund with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on procuring translucent ballot boxes for the next parliamentary elections.

Tigers face India today

Bangladesh are up against a strong Indian outfit in the last league match of the Kitply Cup at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur today.

MK Alamgir's sons sued for not submitting wealth reports

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday filed two cases against two sons of convicted Awami League leader Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir for failing to submit their wealth statements to the commission on time.

Criminal killed in 'encounter'

A criminal was killed yesterday in an encounter between his cohorts and police at Shankhola in Shibpur.

53 Bangladeshis back home from Indian jails

Fifty-three more Bangladeshis, who served two years' imprisonment in Indian jails, were handed over to Bangladesh authorities by BSF at Benapole checkpost Wednesday, raising such returnees to 162 in the last three days.

Ex-Nepal king leaves palace in sad farewell

Nepal's deposed king Gyanendra left his main palace in Kathmandu late yesterday to live as a commoner in a former hunting lodge on the outskirts of the capital.

28 dead in Sudan plane inferno

At least 28 people died when a passenger jet caught fire after landing at Khartoum airport, officials said yesterday, with dozens more still missing as authorities probed the cause of the accident.

US airstrike near Afghan border kills 11 Pakistan troops

Eleven Pakistani troops were killed in a US airstrike near the Afghan border yesterday, in an incident that Islamabad said could jeopardise cooperation in the fight against terrorism.

Obama starts campaign as favorite in Iowa

A political infrastructure that pushed Barack Obama to victory in the Iowa caucuses and an increase in Democratic voter registration make him the favorite in the state in November, but an intense catch-up effort could put Republican John McCain back in the game, veteran political strategists in both parties say.

Editorial

Sheikh Hasina's release

WE at this newspaper welcome the release from incarceration, however tentative, of former prime minister Sheikh Hasina. We hope that she will now be provided with adequate medical treatment abroad for her health-related problems. As we express our satisfaction over her newfound freedom, we recall the manner in which she was arrested last July even before charges were framed against her. We remember too the fact that she was denied bail by the courts and so was compelled to remain a prisoner.

Import duty on schoolbooks

THE finance and planning adviser's proposal to clamp a 25 percent import duty on pictorials and drawing books for English medium schools is not based on sound logic. First, the very thought that such imported books have contents that run counter to our social and cultural values is, we believe, erroneous or at best short-sighted. The standard English books are used worldwide as study material and don't contain anything that might be treated as objectionable. If the decision makers really found something against our mores, or not appropriate in our social context, they should have pinpointed it. Exchanging views with all the stakeholders, that is, the teachers, academicians, parents, importers etc was also necessary before putting an additional financial burden on the students and the parents.

Politics and leadership changes

IN her June 2 court appearance, instead of making statements about her corruption related charges, Khaleda Zia gave a political speech in noticeable violation of court proceedings -- a maneuver that would be tantamount to "contempt of court" in US courts.

Thirty days to save Burma's next rice crop

WHILE Burma counts the cost of the deadly Cyclone Nargis, and international aid agencies struggle to get relief supplies to more than two million victims left homeless, time is running out for the country's rice farmers if they are to plant their new crops before the end if the main growing season. If seeds are not sown within the next thirty days in the Irrawaddy Delta -- Burma's rice bowl -- the country's future rice production will be severely reduced, UN specialists warn.

Children, primary education and teachers

A new cadre of government officials, to be called "Bangladesh Civil Service-Primary Education," is about to be established. This long-awaited measure will allow the sprawling system of primary education to be managed by people who are recruited and trained for this purpose, rather than by college professors and administrative service personnel temporarily placed in primary education management.

Sports

Can Mashrafe do it again?

It is believed that Mashrafe Bin Mortaza brings his best whenever he gets India as the opponent. The stage is all set for the Bangladesh vice-captain to show another lion-hearted performance when Bangladesh take on ultra-confident India in the third match of the Kitply Cup at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur today.

Portugal almost thru'

Portugal's playmaker Cristiano Ronaldo hit a second-half goal to all but book his side's place in the Euro 2008 quarterfinals in a 3-1 win over the Czech Republic here on Wednesday.

Booters' silent return

Only repairing the national football team would not be good enough to revive Bangla-desh's status as one of the strongest nations in South Asia where every single team is making progress.

Bangladesh fly off tonight

Bangladesh national hockey team leave Dhaka tonight for Singapore to take part in the third Men's AHF Cup Hockey tournament.

Sixth SAFF soccer next year in India

India will hosts the sixth edition of the SAFF Championship next year, announced the South Asian Football Federation in Colombo yesterday.

Sweden off to a flier

Sweden beat defending champions Greece 2-0 here on Tuesday in their opening Euro 2008 Group D match here with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Petter Hansson on target with quickfire second half efforts to get the Scandinavians off to a flier.

Looking for improvement

Croatia need to put together a much more convincing performance against Euro 2008 co-favourites Germany here on Thursday if they are to really reflect the confidence their coach Slaven Bilic has that they can win the title.

Time to gamble

Coach Josef Hickersberger has told Austria to throw caution to the wind against Poland in a Group B game on Thursday that will leave the losers perilously close to a Euro 2008 exit.

Sneijder on the threshold

Suddenly Cristiano Ronaldo does not look such a shoo-in for this year's European and world player of the year awards.

Intriguing start to Euro

A superb hat-trick from Spain's David Villa and goals of beauty from Portugal, Germany, Netherlands and Sweden have put an extra sheen on a bright opening round of matches at Euro 2008.

Press fault strategy

The Greek press on Wednesday blamed titleholders Greece's 2-0 defeat by Sweden in their Euro 2008 opening match on "mingy" tactics employed by coach Otto Rehhagel.

Ruud is 'King of Off-side'

Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari described Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy on Tuesday as the "King of Off-side" insisting the Real Madrid forward's controversial goal against Italy was off-side.

Scolari could join Chelsea

Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said Tuesday he would have no problems swapping Lisbon for London if Premier League side Chelsea secure his services after Euro 2008.

Pakistan fined for slow over-rate

Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik was on Wednesday fined 20 per cent of his match fees while his teammates were docked 10 per cent for slow over-rate in their match against India in the Kitply Cup.

Pioneer League

Azizur Rahman struck four times as Golam Mostafa Lane crushed Dhaka Jubo Kishore 12-2 in a West Zone match of the DCC Pioneer Football League at the Outer Stadium yesterday.

Sabrina sails, Asif fails

Sabrina Sultana of Dhaka Rifles Club clinched the top slot in the Women's .22 Rifles Prone on the second day of the 22nd National Shooting Championship at the BKSP in Savar yesterday.

Casson set for debut

Beau Casson will become the 401st player to wear the Baggy Green cap for Australia, when he makes his debut in the third and final Test against West Indies starting on Thursday.

India, Maldives in final

Midfielder Goumangi's stoppage time goal after 120 minutes of battling football fired defending champions India into the final of the fifth SAFF Championship with a 2-1 victory against stubborn Bhutan yesterday.

Foreigners hurt England

Too many foreign players in English clubs have damaged the England national team, said Premier League chairman Sir David Richards on the Guardian newspaper internet site on Tuesday.

Nasser likes T20 League

Former England captain Nasser Hussain believes the fact finalists in this season's Twenty20 Cup will qualify for the lucrative new Champions League will take the tournament to another level.

Flintoff, Jones key: Waugh

Former Australia captain Steve Waugh believes fast bowlers Andrew Flintoff and Simon Jones hold the key to England's hopes of regaining the Ashes on home soil next year.

Nadal, Hewitt advance

Rafael Nadal won his first singles match since destroying Roger Federer in the French Open final as the Spaniard advanced to the third round at Queen's Club on Wednesday.

Div II cricket

New Star Club defeated Dawli Udayan Sangha by six wickets in the Sun Life Insurance Second Division Cricket League at the Shaheed Miraj-Tapan Stadium here yesterday.

Fans welcome home Ivanovic

Thousands of adoring fans lined the streets of Belgrade Tuesday to welcome home Ana Ivanovic after her Roland Garros victory, in a party the new number one will not forget in a long time.

Business

Urea fertiliser price doubles

The price of urea, the main fertiliser used in crop cultivation, will be doubled with immediate effect, as the government attempts to limit ballooning subsidies.

Govt allows more import of hybrid rice seeds

In a move to boost the country's rice production, the government is to allow the import of 11,550 metric tonnes of hybrid rice seeds for the next boro season, a jump of more than 25 percent on last year's allowance.

Don't impose same duty on raw material, finished rods

Steel and re-rolling mill owners in a budget reaction yesterday urged the government not to keep the import duty on steel raw material, billet, and on finished rods at the same level to save the industry.

Used car importers demand duty cut

Reconditioned car importers have demanded reduction in supplementary duty (SD) on vehicles so that the use of vehicles increases to 'help the economy grow'.

Budget to stimulate inflation further

Shamunnay, a think tank, yesterday described the proposed budget as “populist but reckless” and said the budget will stimulate inflation further.

Budget reaction continues

Different organisations continue to come up with their reactions to the proposed budget, placed by the finance adviser on Monday.

Water management seen key to S Asian food security

A regional seminar in Dhaka yesterday emphasised better water management in South Asia to ensure food security in the region.

Biman to construct commercially viable structures

The re-born national airline Biman is going to construct various commercially viable structures on its own lands across the country for enhancing its revenue earning, accommodation of layover passengers and minimising operating cost.

Vietnam economic boom hits high-speed wobbles

Vietnam's economy, until recently a darling of foreign investors, has overheated and may be sliding into a boom-and-bust cycle that could require IMF-style assistance, analysts say.

Budget FY09: Import substitutes win over exports

Riding on the wave of a record revenue performance in FY08 (up nearly 24 percent), but fading business confidence for the most part, Budget FY09 could afford to ease the tax burden on business and industry. So it did. A preliminary assessment of the tax and tariff proposals finds a general scaling back of import taxes on raw materials, machineries, and intermediate inputs, alongside protective increases of tariffs and para-tariffs on finished goods of selected import-substitutes.

Stock market sees highest single day fall in points

Dhaka stock market witnessed a record fall in price indices yesterday after the regulators and exchange authorities simultaneously expressed concerns over the current market.

Bata launches exclusive collections of Nike shoes

Bata launched exclusive collections of Nike shoes, the world famous sportswear brand, in Bangladesh at a simple ceremony in Dhaka yesterday.

Budget business friendly, not pro-poor: BSD

The budget, announced on Monday, is business-friendly, but not pro-poor, said Bangladesh Samajtantrik Dal (BSD) at a press conference in Dhaka yesterday.

British Airways appoints new manager in Bangladesh

British Airways has recently appointed Paul Beech as the manager of its Bangladeshi office, says a press release.

Rice, potato, onion prices continue rising

Prices of rice, potato, onion and edible oil further increased yesterday in Dhaka's markets that have been witnessing price hike for the past three days.

Unilever awards employees

Unilever Bangladesh Limited distributed 'Good and Long Service' awards to members of its staff and officers who are serving the company for a long period of time.

BATB approves dividend

British American Tobacco Bangladesh (BATB) Company Ltd approved a dividend of Tk 7 per share at its 35th annual general meeting (AGM) held in Dhaka on Tuesday.

New DMD of Bank Asia

SM Khorshed Alam took over as deputy managing director (DMD) of Bank Asia Ltd with effect from June 1, says a press release

BTRC chief congratulates Warid

Chairman of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) Manzurul Alam has congratulated Warid Telecom for acquiring three million subscribers within one year of commercial operation, says a press release.He was speaking at a function of the country's fourth largest telecoms operator to celebrate its first anniversary in Dhaka on Monday.

Oracle wins Telecom OSS Vendor award

Oracle has been awarded the 'Telecom OSS Vendor of the Year Award' recently at the 2008 Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific ICT Awards ceremony in Singapore, says a press release.

G8 finance chiefs to tackle soaring oil, food prices

Finance ministers from the Group of Eight rich nations will this weekend discuss ways to limit the economic damage of soaring oil prices that have eclipsed the credit crisis as their biggest worry.

Malaysia says no more fuel price hikes this year

Malaysia's Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said Wednesday there would be no more fuel price hikes for the rest of the year.

US, China to tackle inflation, currency in talks: Paulson

The United States and China will discuss rising inflation and the thorny issue of the Chinese yuan at bilateral economic talks next week, US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said Tuesday.

Malaysia frozen seafood firms urge EU export ban delay

Malaysia's frozen seafood industry Wednesday urged the European Union to delay an imminent ban on its multi-billion-dollar exports, which do not meet European health standards.

Toyota to produce new hybrid battery next year

Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday that it plans to start producing lithium-ion batteries next year as it races against rivals to develop new high-mileage hybrid vehicles.

Metropolitan

Nat'l policy on elimination of child labour within month

The government will finalise the national policy on elimination of child labour within a month, said Labour and Employment Secretary Dr Mahfuzul Haque at a seminar yesterday.

'10pc of population suffer from some forms of disabilities'

Leaders of Jatiya Pratibandhi Unnayan Foundation (JPUF) yesterday welcomed the government for its decision to donate Tk 150 crore to the JPUF in the recent budget allocation and said it would be helpful for the development of the people with disabilities in the country.

Road accidents kill 4

Four people were killed and 32 others injured in separate road accidents in Magura, Rajshahi, Natore and Jhenidah yesterday.

Visa-free movement, food security to dominate People's Saarc

Bangladeshi representatives, now preparing to attend the Peoples' Saarc-2008 starting on July 18 in Sri Lanka, will raise their voices for visa-free movement of people of this region, food security and right to natural resources.

Fertiliser price hike protested

Bangladesh Krishak Samity (BKS), a platform of farmers, yesterday condemned the government for increasing the price of fertiliser.

Trader robbed of Tk 5 lakh

Muggers satched Tk 5 lakh from a trader yesterday at gunpoint at Uttara in the city while he was returning home after drawing the money from a bank.

Better understanding, networking stressed

Better understanding and cross-checking of facts and figures is a must for writing objective reports on migration related issues.

Acid survivors make TV programme

Seven acid survivors have teamed up to make television programme focusing on the sorrow, happiness, success and failures of acid survivors.

Writ petition filed with HC

A writ petition has been filed with the High Court, seeking directions to the government to take necessary steps to ensure the availability of actual share of Ganges water at Farakka point as per the Ganges Water Sharing Treaty between Bangladesh and India.

Call to take effective steps to eliminate child labour

Bangladesh Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Foundation, a specialised labour organisation, yesterday called on the government to take effective steps to eliminate child labour in the country.

Lawyers call for reforms of Supreme Court

Bangladesh Ainjibi Andolon, a forum of lawyers, yesterday called for reforms of the Supreme Court through removal of controversial judges who were appointed on political consideration.

Dhaka urges ILO to promote green jobs, migrant workers

Labour and Employment Adviser Mohammad Anwarul Iqbal has called upon the ILO to promote "green jobs".

Saarc veterinary experts adopt roadmap for early alert system

Veterinary experts from Saarc countries wrapped up their two-day meeting here yesterday adopting a roadmap for regional cooperation with special emphasis on an early alert system on trans-border animal diseases including the deadly bird flu.

UK-Bangladesh joint exercise Shimanto Prohari ends today

The UK-Bangladesh joint exercise styled 'Shimanto Prohari' ends in Chittagong today, says a press release.

Remain always ready to safeguard independence

The Summer Graduation Parade marking the commissioning of No 53 and 57 Flight Cadet Course Short Service Commission Course and No. 6 Special Short Service Commission Course of the Bangladesh Air Force was held at the BAF Academy Parade Square here yesterday.

Recognise Kosovo to foster ties

Leaders of a forum yesterday said the government should immediately recognise Kosovo, a Muslim majority newly independent country, both on humanitarian and economical grounds.

Rail Security Week begins at Rajshahi

A seven-day Railway Security Week began at Rajshahi yesterday.

Punishment to Surma's killers demanded

Bangladesh Adivasi Odhikar Andolon (BAOA), an organisation fighting for the rights of indigenous people, yesterday demanded punishment to the killers of Surma Snal, who was killed at a residence at Baridhara in the city recently.

Alliance Française opens 3rd branch at Uttara

Alliance Française (AF) de Dacca opened its 3rd branch at Uttara in the city yesterday, says a press release.

Prof Rounaq Jahan receives Radcliffe Award

Prof Rounaq Jahan has been honoured with the Graduate Society Award by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA recently, says a press release.

National

12,000 Islamist militants active again in 12 southwestern dists

After a respite for months since promulgation of emergency, activists of banned Islamist militant organisations are regrouping again in 12 southwestern districts.

15 bombs, arms making materials seized in Khulna, Jhenidah

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered 15 bombs, six firearms, arms making materials, Indian sarees and phensidyl in separate drives in Khulna city and Jhenidah on Tuesday night and yesterday.

Argument in ACC case against Ariful, wife ends today

Argument in the graft case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) against Sylhet city BNP chief Ariful Haque Chowdhury and his wife Shama Haque Chowdhury (absconding) will be concluded today.

Verdict by Satkhira court Sunday

The verdict in the case on recovery of 44 grenades will be delivered on Sunday.

Body formed to identify people at risk

A six-member committee was formed at an urgent meeting held at Khagrachhari deputy commissioner's (DC) conference hall here yesterday to conduct a survey to identify people living in slopes of hills.

Newsman gets bail in Kushtia

Journalist Munshi Torikul Islam who was arrested here by joint forcers on June 4, was granted bail yesterday, court sources said.

6 get life for murder in Chuadanga

A Chuadanga court yesterday sentenced six people to life imprisonment for killing a farmer in 2003.

Removal of deputy registrar demanded

Students of Northern University English Department here yesterday staged a demonstration and locked the main gate of the department demanding immediate removal of 'corrupt' deputy registrar Mobinul Islam.

Tigers kill two in Sundarbans

A fisherman and a honey collector were killed by tigers in the Sundarbans yesterday.

Letters

Using technology in cricket

In recent years, umpire's 'wrong' decisions on the field are seen to be determining a game's fate to a certain extent and sometimes creating misunderstanding among the rival countries. Technology has paved the way for watching things much more closely and clearly. Umpire's wrong decision makes them unpopular and controversial. A few years ago, the use of technology in cricket became a controversial issue. But what the cricket world has seen since then is more shocking and embarrassing. Watching your favourite team losing terribly because of umpire's 'wrong decision' is painful. My question to those who are against the use of technology is, if technology can be used in certain cases such as detecting the ball whether it crossed the boundary or not or confirming a doubtful catch or run out etc, why can't it be used for deciding LBW or an edge of the bat or such other questionable/confusing matters?

The unstable subcontinent

Why Pakistan and Bangladesh (former East Pakistan) are unstable politically, even after decades of experimentation? The backgrounds are different.

Eco-management

Eco-management means the development and exploitation of natural resources in a sustainable way which is environment friendly. Change and development are essential to human progress, and exploiting nature in this process is not a new phenomenon. In this march of progress, we have overexploited nature and caused harm to its environmental quality. However, we actually realized the problem only during the last fifty years when it started to be grave and there was a hue and cry throughout the globe. That there is a link between development and environmental issues was first raised in Stockholm Congress in 1972 and then at Rio Conference in 1992 and Rio+10 in 2002 as a global forum and it has been realized that development is also possible by making peace with nature. This has been termed as sustainable development. It needs a point of balance whereby the present need may be met without jeopardizing the environmental quality of nature for future generation.

Stranded Pakistanis

ABMS Zahur is factually behind the times when he writes (5 June, Point Counterpoint) : "However, even now a majority of the stranded Biharis would like to be repatriated to Pakistan because of cultural affinity with Pakistanis, separated families, and lack of educational facilities, employment and civic amenities that are available to regular citizens in Bangladesh."

Judges

It is mentioned in Article 96 of the constitution that a judge cannot be removed by the president without the recommendation of the Supreme Judicial Council. But, by means of interpretation of Article 97, the president has the power to remove the Chief Justice without any recommendation of the council. According to Article 97, if the president is satisfied that the Chief Justice is, on account of absence, illness, or any other cause, unable to perform the functions of his office then the president shall appoint a new Chief Justice. In this provision, by the term “any other cause” there is the reservation of power of the president to remove the Chief Justice.

Accidents

The main cause of the high rates of road accidents leading to huge loss of lives and properties is the violation of traffic rules and lack of enforcement of speed limits. Some of the drivers are crazy about overtaking one another at high speed. Bigger vehicles dominate the roads, while smaller ones are compelled to yield to their whims.

Our rights

In the past, we had to select a candidate whom we didn't want to select. They were nominated by those corrupt political parties . There was no option to refuse those candidates.

Bangladeshis in Bahrain

Refer to the letter “Save Bangladeshis in Bahrain” by Mohd Mafiz dated 4th June. It is heart breaking to hear such news from a Middle Eastern country where most of the hard working expatriate Bangladeshis live. I have seen how Bangladeshis are treated by the Bahrainis-- 95-98% of the Bangladeshi population in Bahrain are labourers. Most of the Bengalis are inhumanly treated by Bahrainis. They treat them like slaves. But we Bangladeshis just keep ourselves quiet thinking about the families.

Traffic congestion-free Dhaka

Just as I was getting ready to rebut your editorial entitled “Regulate the Number of Rickshaws” DS 22/5/08, I was overjoyed to read Prof Nasreen Khundker's excellent letter in DS 30/5/08. Prof Nasreen has totally dismantled the arguments in your editorial with cold logic, practical information, pragmatic points and solutions practiced in other developed countries. All this was written in impeccable English that was a joy to read. Her letter deserves to be weighed in gold and were it up to me, I would make it diamonds. She has said it all and it would be impertinent for me to add anything to it.

Bangladesh Journal of Agriculture

The 17th meeting of the Editorial Board of the Bangladesh Journal of Agriculture (BJA) was held on June 05,2008 at BARC conference room. The meeting was presided over by Dr. M A Razzaque, Executive Chairman, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council(BARC) who is also the Chairman of the Editorial Board and Editor-in-Chief of the BJA. The meeting reviewed the scientific papers to be published in the BJA Volume 33(1)2008.

National unity govt

It was widely reported in the tv news reports and print media on June 3, that Dr. Kamal Hussain, an eminent jurist and chief of the Gono Forum, while participating in the dialogue with the govt. has demanded, among other things, a National Unity Government after the national election. He is a man of international repute, a former minister and a veteran politician.

Oil supplies and payments

A report from Chittagong on Kuwait's oil deal with Bangladesh was published on May 31 in a local English daily. It is an ominous sign, confirming the failure of our price negotiation with them.

Political leadership

It is surprising that your staff writer could make such a blunder by stating that Mujahedul Islam Salim (General Secretary, CPB) was GS of DUCSU; actually he was the VP of DUCSU. In fact, Selim got elected as VP of DUCSU immediately after the liberation taking advantage of the split in the Chhatra League on the issue of Mujibbad Vs Scientific Socialism.

International

Indian PM calls for end to opposition to nuke pact

Indian Premier Manmohan Singh yesterday made a fresh appeal to his government's left-wing allies and the opposition to drop objections to an endangered nuclear energy pact with Washington.

Pollution kills 10,000 a year in southern China: Study

At least 10,000 deaths every year in Hong Kong, Macau and neighbouring southern China are caused by the area's worsening air pollution, a new study released yesterday has found.

Bush warns Iran of 'all options'

US President George W Bush, pushing Germany to cut business ties with Iran, warned yesterday he has not ruled out using force in the dispute over Tehran's suspect nuclear drive.

Sharif to join long march for judges' reinstatement

Former Pakistan premier Nawaz Sharif, a leading member of the ruling coalition, said yesterday he would join a "long march" for the reinstatement of judges sacked by President Pervez Musharraf.

Tamil Tigers attack navy outpost, kill 11 sailors

Tamil Tigers overran a navy outpost in Sri Lanka yesterday, killing at least 10 sailors and losing four of their own fighters.

4 civilians, 17 militants killed in Afghan raid

Three women and a child were killed along with 17 militants in an attack by US-led forces on a rebel compound in eastern Afghanistan, the force and an official said yesterday.

Medvedev for 'friendly' talks with future US president

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev yesterday said he was looking forward to a "constructive and friendly dialogue" with any future US administration.

India to set up special cell to protect its space assets

Against the backdrop of China conducting its first missile strike against its own satellite a year ago, India has announced the setting up an integrated cell to protect its assets in the outer space.

Myanmar junta says Suu Kyi's detention legal

Myanmar's military regime insisted yesterday it had the right to keep opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest, likening its security laws to British and US anti-terror legislation.

Finland okays EU treaty on eve of Ireland referendum

Finland's parliament voted by a large majority yesterday in favour of the European Union's Lisbon Treaty, a day before a referendum in Ireland where the charter risks being rejected.

Four die as gas tanker explodes in Afghan jail

A US national and three Afghans were killed when a gas tanker exploded in a prison in the capital Kabul on Wednesday, the defence ministry said.

Bomb kills 5 in Baghdad

A roadside bomb killed at least five people and wounded 10 others in northern Baghdad's Shiite holy neighbourhood of Kadhimiyah yesterday, security officials said.

125 Tibetan exiles detained in Nepal

Police in Nepal yesterday detained at least 125 Tibetan exiles as they protested outside a Chinese embassy building, officials said.

UN urges better monitoring of chemicals for Afghan heroin

The UN Security Council yesterday unanimously called on countries to improve monitoring of chemical precursors used to make heroin so as to better combat drug trafficking in Afghanistan.

Arts & Entertainment

Consistency in acting and the gradual change in media

TV and theatre actress Shirin Bakul has been a familiar face in our cultural arena for over a decade now. Recently the artiste spoke to The Daily Star about her recent works on the small screen and the gradual transformation the media has undergone over the years. Excerpts from the conversation:

Understanding causes and effects of climate change through photography

On September 16, 2007, the excessive rainfall in Chittagong created a miserable condition for its inhabitants. That day 325 mm rainfall was recorded in Chittagong, which was quite high. An aerial view of the aftermath, shot by Shaiful Chowdhury won the grand prize at the photography exhibition titled “Climate Change” held at Drik Gallery.

“Khudey Gaanbaj 2008”: An effort to promote child singers

With Shera Kontho 2008 in full gear, Channel i has launched another musical talent hunt Khudey Gaanbaj 2008. The latter is specifically for chil singers. Faridur Reza Sagor, managing director, Channel i and Impress Telefilm Ltd, made the announcement at a press conference held at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel yesterday.

'Natya Utsab' in Mymensingh ends

A 10-day-long 'Natya Utsab' at the local Shilpakala Academy auditorium ended on June 9.

BSFF to screen films of master directors

Bangladesh Short Film Forum (BSFF) in association with Centre for Asian Art and Culture (CAAC) has taken an initiative to screen films by some of world's master filmmakers throughout this year. As part of the initiative, screening of eight films by Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922-1975) starts from today, according to a press release. Pasolini's films including Arabian Nights (1974), The Canterbury Tales (1972), Porcile (1969) and Oedipus Rex (1967) will be screened till June 17.

"Chak De India" scoops top IIFA honours

"Chak De India" scooped top honours at the "Bollywood Oscars," winning nods for best film, director and actor for its look at how issues of religion, class and gender play out in national sports.

"Shopnojal" on ntv tonight

TV serial Shopnojal will be aired tonight on ntv at 8:15 pm. The serial is written by Ahmed Shahabuddin and directed by Dipankar Dipon.

OP-ED

The political economy of a caretaker's budget

THIS year's budget, has a special significance. It is has been prepared by a caretaker government (CTG) for a full financial year from July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009 (FY09). But this CTG will be in office for only half the life of the budget it has prepared. The remainder of the FY09 budget will, therefore, have to be implemented by an elected government during January-June 2009. This implies that the financial costs and possible fall-out from this budget will be faced by the next elected government.

Suspended animation

THINGS appear to have started moving in Bangladesh politics since May 22. Indoor politics has been allowed. Dialogue between the CTG and the political parties have begun. Political parties have started taking necessary preparations for the election to be held in December. Apparently, both the major political parties may take part in the dialogue ultimately. Thus, there is a prospect for a reasonably successful dialogue.

What if Hillary had been black?

BASED on the characteristics of the presidential campaign so far, logic suggests that a black Hillary endowed with her distinctive qualities and that of Obama would have won the Democratic nomination convincingly.

The sad song of the single eyelid girl

THE search is over. The world can take a deep breath. Readers have spoken, and the mission to find the most, er, memorable East Asian pop song lyric ever has come up with a winner.

Star Chittagong

CCC moves to remove waterlogging

At least 70 per cent dredging and widening works of 100 canals, out of 144, have been completed this year to rid the city dwellers of serious waterlogging, said the sources at Chittagong City Corporation (CCC).

Dried-up canals bring sorrow to Sitakunda

Most of 13 canals in Sitakunda upazila have been filled with earth or dried up for years, seriously affecting thousands of people living near the canals during every monsoon and summer.

The Week That Was

‘Ensure uninterrupted power supply’
Traders of printing sector urged the Power Development Board (PDB) to ensure uninterrupted power supply to help them run the business.



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