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News of: Friday, 20th of June, 2008

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Violent politics risks huge growth potential

Junior British minister for international development Shahid Malik yesterday said Bangladesh will risk its "huge potential" for development and the country's future if it returns to confrontational and violent politics.

Ctg airport faces risk as fire tenders out of order

Aircraft are facing serious risks while landing at or taking off from Shah Amanat International Airport (SAIA) in Chittagong since all the airport's three fire-fighting vehicles have been unserviceable for about two months.

Hasina vows to continue anti-graft drive if voted to power

Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said if her party is voted to power through a fair and credible election they would continue anti-corruption drives.

40 top outlaws still at large despite hunt for their heads

Around 40 top tier leaders of different outlawed outfits from 10 southwestern districts are still at large despite all-out efforts to trap them in last several years.

Aziz claims graft reduced at top level

In an apparent attempt to downplay the recent findings of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) about corruption, Finance Adviser Mirza Azizul Islam yesterday claimed that the government has succeeded in reducing corruption at top levels while cutting down the menace at lower levels remains a time-consuming work.

Schedule for municipal, city elections today

After a break of over a year and a half, the Election Commission (EC) resumes a formal electoral process today by announcing schedules for polls in four city corporations and nine municipalities.

Ex-BNP MP Hafiz jailed for 13 yrs

A special court yesterday sentenced detained former BNP lawmaker Hafiz Ibrahim to 13 years' rigorous imprisonment (RI) for amassing wealth illegally and concealing information on assets in the wealth statement submitted to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

AL to sit with govt on July 3

Awami League (AL) will sit for dialogue with the caretaker government on July3.

CA hopes good governance will prevail after polls

Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday said his caretaker government is working so that good governance prevails after next general election with a smooth transition of power.

HC asks for Niko graft case documents

The High Court yesterday asked the trial court of Niko corruption case to send the case records to it by June 30 for scrutiny as the main accused, Awami League President Sheikh Hasina, petitioned for quashment of the case.

OMS of rice may resume in August

The government is considering resuming its open market sale (OMS) of rice after mid-August when the Boro procurement drive of the government would be over, Finance Adviser Mirza Azizul Islam said yesterday.

Hearing deferred over Tarique plea for poor health

A special court yesterday again deferred the hearing on charge framing in the Tk 21 crore bribery case against detained BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman, former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar and six others to June 25.

140 ex-BNP MPs demand release of Khaleda

Some 140 former lawmakers of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) yesterday demanded unconditional release of party's Chairperson Khaleda Zia.

Delwar asks EC not to announce polls schedule

BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday asked the Election Commission (EC) not to announce schedules for election to local government bodies.

20 Ruet students hurt in JCD attack on BCL

Armed cadres of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) attacked Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists in three dormitories of Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (Ruet) yesterday leaving 20 students injured.

6 JMB militants get life for serial blasts

A Rajshahi court yesterday sentenced six militants of Jama'atul Mujahideen, Bangladesh (JMB) to life terms in jail for the murder of a rickshaw-puller during the serial blasts of August 17, 2005 in Chapainawabganj district.

Hossain Zillur upbeat about talks progress

Education Adviser Hossain Zillur Rahman yesterday said the ongoing dialogues between the caretaker government and political parties and other stakeholders have already yielded consensus on four factors fundamental to transition into a stable democratic order from the present interim regime.

Yearly taxes on motor vehicles up by 20pc

The government has increased annual tax on all kinds of motor vehicles by 20 per cent in a bid to increase the earnings of the National Board of Revenue (NBR).

SC upholds HC bail orders

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday upheld the High Court (HC) orders granting ad interim bail to Sigma Huda, wife of former communications minister Nazmul Huda, and Mir Helaluddin, son of ex-state minister for civil aviation Mir Mohammad Nasiruddin, in two separate corruption cases.

Outlaw killed in 'shootout'

An underground operative was killed during a “shootout” between his cohorts and the law enforcers at Alampur village under Sadar upazila of the district early yesterday.

Joj Mian still in jail for conviction in another case

Joj Mian, held in connection with the August 21 grenade attacks, was not yet released from jail despite a Dhaka court's order relieving him of the charges as he was already sentenced to seven years' imprisonment in another case.

Boy's body recovered from ex-president Biswas' house

Police yesterday afternoon recovered the body of a 13-year-old house help at the Banani home of former president Abdur Rahman Biswas.

Taliban routed by Afghan, Nato forces in Kandahar

Afghan and Nato forces using air power cleared Taliban militants from villages near the strategic city of Kandahar yesterday, killing at least 56 Islamist insurgents, officials said.

Gaza truce takes hold

Guns went quiet as a six-month truce between Israel and Gaza Strip militants took effect early Thursday, but there was widespread scepticism about its ability to hold.

Editorial

TIB on the state of corruption

The Transparency International Bangladesh's survey report on the extent and severity of corruption during July 2006 to June 2007 portrays a more dismal picture than we had expected. The expectations, however, wouldn't seem to be that much belied if we were to take into account that only six months of the caretaker government has been covered in the report. It is the first half year of the government that saw a massive anti-corruption drive against financial misdeeds and abuse of power in high places including wealth statements procured from people thought to have been above reproach.

Zero tolerance on human trafficking

The report that 50 Bangladeshi women are trafficked to India every day, to say nothing of those who are trafficked even further afield, should send a chill down the spine of any sentient human being, and there is no question the serious measures against trafficking should be at the top of any Bangladeshi government's agenda.

In defence of civil society

This is a tough brief. Perhaps I would have better luck writing in defence of serial killers or kidnappers or puppy-punters. Even writing in defence of lawyers, it seems to me, would be a safer undertaking that would garner me fewer brickbats. But if a columnist cannot take an unpopular position every now and again, then what use are we (don't answer that question).

No place for innocence

English jurist William Blackstone has famously said that it's better to let ten guilty persons go, than have one innocent suffer. Known as the ratio 10:1 or the "Blackstone ratio," it now appears that the investigation of the bomb attack on a political rally on August 21, 2004, stood that maxim on its ears. For over two and a half years, an innocent man rotted in jail, while 22 offenders walked free like birds.

The secret conversation

What did Hillary and Barack say to each other? And how will the veepstakes game play out?

Sports

Ash to play to need

Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful hinted that he could go back to his hard-hitting ways in the forthcoming Asia Cup.

Spotlight on Russel

With just one day to go, the domestic football transfer market came alive after a month-long silence as four teams completed formalities yesterday.

Germany in semis

Germany marched into the last four of Euro 2008 after Portugal pressed the self-destruct button in a five-goal thriller of a quarterfinal here on Thursday.

Survivors battle for semis

Europe's footballing wheat has been sorted from the chaff and the current eight best teams on the Old Continent will do battle from Thursday for the right to claim semifinal berths at Euro 2008.

Bangladesh group champs

Midfielder Zahidul Islam Rajan fired a hattrick as Bangladesh emerged Pool B champions in the 3rd Men's AHF Cup hockey tournament in Singapore with a massive 8-3 defeat of Uzbekistan in the last match of the group stage yesterday.

Latif resigns from BCB

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday confirmed that ad hoc executive committee member Lt Col (retd) MA Latif has tendered his resignation.

ICC keen to save Tests

Cricket's governing body said Thursday it will be exploring options to preserve interest in five-day Tests in the face of the growing popularity of Twenty20 matches.

Pakistan axe Akmal from Asia Cup

Pakistan Thursday axed fumbling wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal from a list of 20 probables for the Asia Cup, selectors said.

Clash of lightweights

Croatia may go into Friday's Euro 2008 quarterfinal as favourites but Slaven Bilic's men are wary of being caught out by Turkey's reputation as the comeback kings.

Spain look for revenge

The Spanish press on Thursday stepped up the pressure on Italy ahead of their Euro 2008 quarterfinal, talking of a sporting "vendetta" in which Spain would take revenge for its 1994 World Cup exit.

Guus's Russian revolution

Russia's Euro 2008 quarterfinal with Holland will be a very special moment, said the Russians' Dutch coach Guus Hiddink on Wednesday.

Press pretty pleased

Russian newspapers voiced their delight Thursday with their national team winning a Euro 2008 quarterfinal berth for the first time in over 20 years.

Media slams Lagerbaeck

Sweden coach Lars Lagerbaeck became the country's public enemy number one on Thursday following his ageing side's unceremonious exit from Euro 2008 at the hands of an impressive Russia.

Croats plan to invade Vienna

At least 100,000 Croatian supporters are expected to descend on Vienna for Friday's Euro 2008 quarterfinal with Turkey with only 5,400 tickets for the match having been sold in the country, according to the local press.

Expansion on UEFA's agenda

European football's governing body UEFA will make a decision on whether to enlarge their flagship tournament the European championships by the end of the year announced their general secretary David Taylor on Thursday.

Medvedev salutes the heroes

Russian president Dmitry Medvedev joined in the country's Euro 2008 celebrations Thursday by saluting the team's entry to the quarterfinals of the tournament for the first time.

Ribery out for two months

French midfielder Franck Ribery will be out of action for up to two months after he had to go off injured in his country's Euro 20008 loss to Italy on Tuesday, his club doctor said Wednesday.

Archrivals fire blank

Arch-rivals Brazil and Argentina drew 0-0 in a World Cup qualifier on Wednesday but moved closer to leaders Paraguay who lost 4-2 in Bolivia.

Surprised was Sharapova

When 17-year-old Maria Sharapova became the third youngest Wimbledon women's champion in 2004, she famously tried -- and failed -- to call her mother from Centre Court.

Umpires vex Vettori

New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori turned his fire on the umpires after his team were denied the chance of a victory following a farcical finish to the second one-day international against England.

Pakistan gets Champs Trophy green signal

Pakistan will host the Champions Trophy in September provided there are no safety and security fears, a top official of the International Cricket Council said on Wednesday.

Local Snippets

Maghbazar Krira Chakra emerged north zone champions in the Dhaka City Corporation Pioneer Football League after a goalless draw with Siraj Smriti Sangsad at the Mohakhali T&T ground yesterday.

Dubai drops Asif case?

The case against Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Asif, who was detained in Dubai on June 1 for suspected possession of an illegal substance, has been dropped by the Dubai Public Prosecution and the fast bowler will be deported soon, according to a report in the Gulf News.

Abahani's flight delayed twice

Abahani were stranded at the Zia International Airport yesterday for over seven hours to board a Bangladesh Biman flight for Kuala Lumpur, where the B. League champions will take part in the June 22-26 AFC President's Cup.

Probe committee wants more time

The committee to probe the national football team's failure in the recently concluded SAFF Championship will need about a month to complete its investigation.

Business

Local firm to build 10 ships for Japan

Highspeed Shipbuilding & Engineering Co, a local shipbuilder, has won a US$50 million order from Japan to build ten small ships, further evidence of the country's booming shipbuilding industry.

Bagerhat-based firm starts exporting coconut yarn

A Bagerhat-based firm has started exporting coconut yarn on limited scales to South Korea and Nepal, a non-traditional item in the country's 'not-so-rich' export basket.

Trendy clothing logo profiles Bangladesh

G-STAR, a Dutch-based global clothing brand, has introduced a Bangladeshi logo in its trend setting products, in order to make it even clearer to customers where their garments are produced.

India inflation could hit double digits

India's inflation could hit double-digits percent in coming weeks if global oil prices rise further, the head of the prime minister's economic advisory council warned on Thursday.

Telenor says it is 'actively' seeking acquisition targets

Norwegian telecom operator Telenor said on Thursday it was "actively" seeking merger and acquisition targets, but made no specific mention of TeliaSonera, which is for sale and being courted by France Telecom.

Used car import up 18.3pc in 11 months

Import of reconditioned vehicles increased by 18.3 percent in the past 11 months of the current fiscal year (FY) 2007-08, compared to the same period of the previous year what importers said due to increased remittance inflow in the country.

Hurdles seen blocking potential of mobile phone TV

Television viewed on mobile phone handsets could be a huge revenue generator for the telecoms sector but significant hurdles stand in the way, industry players and analysts said Thursday.

Positive outlook for Asian property market

The flow of capital into the Asia-Pacific's real estate market from outside the region is accelerating, a new report on property investment has found.

The business of beauty

With her face, arms and legs covered in a heavy layer of mud, Nablia lies back on a couch like an Egyptian mummy waiting to be entombed. Not far away women are steaming their faces and hair while others are having their heads covered with henna paste.

China's cheap fuel underpins global oil price spike

To find out why global crude prices are at historic highs, look no further than Christina Lu and her silver Honda Odyssey.

Dhaka stocks end lower

At the end of the week, Dhaka stocks yesterday closed even lower than the previous day, with the price indices falling, owing mainly to the banking, investment, pharmaceutical and power sector shares.

China, US to talk for investment accord

China and United States will hold talks on an investment treaty that could greatly widen opportunities for American companies in China.

ICMAB signs partnership deal with job portal

JobStreet.com, a leading job portal in Bangladesh, will provide placement services at home and abroad to the members and students of the Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Bangladesh (ICMAB).

Philippine food authority to borrow $180m for rice imports

The National Food Authority (NFA) of the Philippines will borrow another 8 billion pesos (US$180.07 million) to meet its expenditure requirements this year, particularly for more rice importation and payment of maturing obligations, Finance Undersecretary Jeremias Paul Jr said.

Islamic Finance and Investment approves 15pc cash dividend

Islamic Finance and Investment Ltd (IFIL) has approved a 15 percent cash dividend for its shareholders for the year 2007.

China watchdog denies monopoly probe of Microsoft

China's intellectual property office on Thursday denied a local newspaper report that it had launched a monopoly probe of US software giant Microsoft.

Indonesia hopes for $1.6b from sharia bonds

Indonesia hopes to raise 15 trillion rupiah (1.62 billion dollars) in its first sale of Islamic sharia bonds, a senior finance ministry official said Thursday.

Shell halts production at Nigerian oil field

Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell halted production Thursday at Bonga, a major deep offshore oil facility in southern Nigeria because of a militant attack, a spokesman told AFP.

Merkel warns EU against financial action on oil price

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned EU states on Thursday against taking financial action to absorb the impact of record oil prices, amid French calls to cap value-added tax on oil.

Billion-dollar microchip plant opens in Singapore

South Korea's Samsung Electronics and Siltronic AG of Germany said they had opened Thursday their one-billion-US-dollar joint venture microchip plant in Singapore.

Toyota to cut US production as sales slow

Japan's Toyota Motor Corp. will cut production at three US plants in response to slowing sales, a spokeswoman said Thursday, hitting a bump on the road to becoming the world's top automaker.

BHP Billiton, Indonesian miner agree major nickel venture

Anglo-Australian giant BHP Billiton has agreed with an Indonesian firm a joint venture related to rich nickel deposits in eastern Indonesia, the companies said Thursday.

Metropolitan

Proposal to start projects to meet city housing needs

Nagar Unnayan Committee (NUC) of the housing and public works ministry at a seminar yesterday proposed to start housing projects in the city to meet the housing needs especially for the poor, low income and middle income groups in a planned manner.

Develop quality of professional learning

Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Sarwar Jahan Nizam yesterday said there is no alternative to developing the quality of professional learning especially at the backdrop of the unique progress of science and technology across the globe now.

Take necessary steps for women's empowerment

Speakers at a seminar yesterday called on the government to include necessary measures in the upcoming Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) to ensure empowerment of women in every sphere of society.

Religious ministry's advice to haj pilgrims

The government asked the haj pilgrims not to deal any financial transaction with any agencies outside the published list of haj agencies.

SC stays HC verdict

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday stayed the High Court (HC) verdict directing the police to handover the possession of about three acres of land at Osmani Udyan to one Monwara Begum claiming herself as owner of the land.

Road crashes kill 3

Three people were killed and 28 others were injured in separate road accidents in Sylhet, Faridpur and Thakurgaon in the last two days.

HC issues rule on govt

The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule upon the government to explain within four weeks as to why it should not be directed to take necessary steps to ensure the availability of actual share of the Ganges water at Farakka point as per the Ganges Water Sharing Treaty between Bangladesh and India.

DU to be made tobacco-free gradually: VC

Vice Chancellor (VC) of Dhaka University (DU) Prof SMA Faiz yesterday said the university authorities would gradually prohibit advertising and marketing of tobacco on the campus.

Non-govt teachers vow to continue agitation

Different teachers' organisations of non-government high schools, colleges and madrasas yesterday vowed to continue their series of programmes until their demand for 20 percent dearness allowance is met.

Hold JS polls before local govt elections

Workers' Party President Rashed Khan Menon yesterday said that steps to hold local government election before the national polls will lead the country towards uncertainty and instability.

Call to ensure rights of indigenous people

Leaders of Bangladesh Adivasi Odhikar Andolon (BAOA), an organisation working for ethnic rights, will observe a three-day programme to mark the 153rd anniversary of Santal revolution with a fresh call for a new revolution to ensure rights of the indigenous people.

CPJ lauds role of Bangladeshi journalists

Asia Programme Coordinator of Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Bob Dietz has praised Bangladeshi journalists for their courage to stick to objective journalism despite all odds.

Book on criminology launched

The launching ceremony of a book titled 'Theoretical and Applied Criminology' by Sheikh Hafizur Rahman Karzon, assistant prof of Dhaka University, was held in the city yesterday.

Kidnapped minor boy rescued in Chittagong, four arrested

Police yesterday rescued a minor boy who was kidnapped on Wednesday and arrested alleged four kidnappers in Chittagong.

BSF returns 11 Bangladeshis to BDR at Benapole

Members of Indian Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday handed over 11 Bangladeshi citizens, including seven women, to Bangladesh Rifles and police personnel at Benapole check post.

Verdict now on June 22

A Sylhet court has deferred the date for pronouncing the judgment in a graft case against Sylhet city BNP chief Ariful Haque Chowdhury and his wife Shama Haque Chowdhury to June 22.

Two pirates held, arms seized in Khulna

Police yesterday arrested two notorious pirates of the Sundarbans from Patabunia under Paikgachha upazila in Khulna.

Doctor sent to jail for torturing wife for dowry

A Dhaka court yesterday sent a doctor of Samarita Hospital to jail rejecting his bail petition in connection with a case filed for torturing his wife for dowry.

Indian ship with 2,237 MTs of rice arrives in Chittagong

An Indian commercial vessel carrying about 2,237 metric tons (MTs) of rice arrived at Chittagong Port on June 18, says a press release of Indian High Commission.

Proceedings against Mahmudur stayed

The High Court yesterday stayed for three months the proceedings against former managing director of Shine Pukur Holdings Ltd Mahmudur Rahman in a Tk 118 crore embezzlement case.

Dhaka signs revised OIC charter

Bangladesh along with Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Malaysia, Indonesia and four more member states Wednesday signed the revised OIC charter that was adopted at the 11th Islamic Summit Conference in Dakar, Senegal in March this year.

1,584 cans of beer, foreign liquor, siezed,7 held

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) during separate drives at different parts of the city yesterday recovered 1,584 cans of beer, six bottles of foreign liquor and 17 kilograms of cannabis and arrested seven people in these connections.

NSU workshop on online resources of its library held

A workshop on how to access and use online resources of the library of North South University (NSU) for its faculty members was held yesterday, says a press release.

Proceedings against Khoka's wife stayed

The High Court (HC) yesterday stayed the proceedings against Ismat Ara, wife of Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka, in a corruption case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

Chevron launches tree plantation campaign

Steve Wilson, president of Chevron Bangladesh, inaugurated its tree plantation campaign 2008 at the Jalalabad field in Sylhet recently, says a press release.

Workshop on basic life support held at SBMC

A two-day workshop on "Basic Life Support" was held at Sher-E-Bangla Medical College, Barisal on June 15-16 at the college auditorium organised by Medicine Club, SBMC unit.

Mother kills daughter in city

A mother yesterday killed her two-and-a-half-year-old daughter at Adabar in the city over a trifling matter.

Art competition for underprivileged children held

Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum (BSAF) yesterday organised an art competition and a cultural programme for underprivileged children at LGED Auditorium in the city as a follow-up programme of the World Day Against Child Labour.

New chairman of Lions PDG Forum

Benajir Ahmed has been elected chairman of Lions Past District Governors Forum (PDG Forum) of Lions Clubs International (LCI) Multiple Dist-315 Bangladesh at the forum's annual general meeting at Gulshan Club in the city on Monday, says a press release.

Letters

Political reforms

The two major political parties, accustomed to autocratic one-person rule, are in no mood to cooperate with the EC and the CTG before the coming general elections. Who would be the losers?

Tree plantation

The rainy season is most suitable for tree plantation. Our country doesn't have the required land areas covered with forests and trees. We need more trees.

US aid to Myanmar

A front-page news report on the subject was published in a local English daily. It rightly reflected the mistrust of Myanmar authorities on the US proposal to use Navy and Air Force for relief operation. To some extent it is justified, given the US tendency to get control of energy resources overseas by means fair or foul.

The King

A few days back, he was in a majestic palace. Army personnel were deployed for his security. Being a monarch, only commands from the throne suited him well. Now all that is past. Former King Gyanendra, now a subject, has begun life as a commoner. To be just an ordinary man like others, he has to adjust to the living out of Narayanhiti, the royal households. History repeats itself!

Medicine price hike

Price hike in medicine market adds to people's sufferings when they fail to buy even necessary commodities according to their budget due to sky rocketing of prices.

Changing world

Fixated on the issue of Palestine/Israel, often we lose sight of other important dynamics that are getting significant momentum. And the prime mover on that front is none other than a Muslim Nation that recently elected a known Islamist (using this term for lack of a better one) Tayyip Erdogan as its Prime Minister. I am talking about Turkey. "Because of our good relationship with both Syria and Israel, we are asked by both of them to effect better communications. We've been speaking to leaders of both countries," thus spoke the Turkish PM recently while talking to Newsweek.

President Bush

Last week Mr. Bush arrived in Slovenia at the start of a European tour which would take him to Berlin, Rome, Paris, London and Belfast, Northern Ireland.

English language

As English is an international language we must learn it. But in the name of learning English, our children are compelled to read foreign books right from the beginning.

Game of politics

Nothing is impossible in politics this proverb came true once more. I was astonished to learn that Khaleda Zia was happy after Hasina's release. But some months back they were so hostile that they did not even talk to each other.

Dr. Kamal Hossain

I wonder how many people watched the Channel i "Sangbadpatrey Bangladesh" on 13 June. The conductor of the programme, a very seasoned editor, apparently put the famous politician cum legal expert in a most uncomfortable position. When asked about his role as the LA of many multinational energy conglomerates in the light of so many serious allegations/court cases on the subject now in progress against the greedy/corrupt politicians/leaders, he was very evasive.

Tax on teaching

Recently, I came to know that in the National Budget 2008 the government has planned to increase the tax on private teachers. Owing to the increased benefits obtained from receiving education, people, even the villagers who cannot afford a day's meal, wish to educate their children. These days, as you might know, the English medium students are greatly encouraged to move to private coaching centres. This is partly because the skilled teachers no longer prefer to teach in schools. Instead, they open their own private coaching centres where there is a higher profit. So to obtain a better grade we are compelled to take private coaching. However, there is an increasing number of coaching centres providing educational facilities for the HSC and the SSC examinees. The government has already imposed a tax on them for which most of the private teachers have increased their fees. Now with an increase in taxes they might increase their fees. In fact, many of them have already done so. We, who belong to the middle-class families, suffer the most. The rich can easily afford this whilst the extremely poor cannot even dream of it. With the rising prices of the basic necessities, we find it extremely difficult to pay these extra fees. Most of us are working to help our parents financially but the income earned is still insufficient to meet the household expenditure. I ask, with all due respect, how is the government compensating for this? If we do not go to the coaching centres we fail to obtain a better grade. This might force many of the guardians, though unwillingly, to abandon the education of their children. In the context of receiving higher tax revenues claimed to be spent for the welfare of the economy, is the government ignoring the fact that Bangladesh is indeed a country where a citizen after twenty-four hours of hard work still fails to afford a wholesome meal for his entire family? What is the use of such revenues if they cannot be spent on the purpose for which they had been initially imposed?

Corruption at BSMMU

BSMMU is the most respected and the highest post graduate medical education provider to the doctors. There is no place here for the corrupt elements to carry on their academic duties. They have defamed not only themselves but also our nation both at home and abroad.

Politicians

Even after the long-awaited therapy (?) of 1/11, our politicians are not admitting that they made intentional mistakes in the last fifteen years. Whenever they come out from a prison van they wave their hands to the people, as if people are not aware of their misdeeds!

Diplomatic norms

Perhaps, Bangladesh is the worst example in the world where diplomats of different countries can intervene most easily into any domestic issue and can talk on that even if it is apparently uncalled for, keeping sense of diplomatic decency far from their minds and thoughts. There are several instances in recent past, how the diplomats and ambassadors of some countries passed their unwelcome comments on our internal affairs. This kind of subversion of diplomatic decency is tantamount to showing thumb to our freedom and dignity as a sovereign nation. It is clear to the intelligentsia that our own leaders and top officials of government were acting as catalysts in this ill practice of foreign diplomats which, in effect, instigates those diplomats to easily intrude into our matters. Dignity is something which cannot be compromised at any level. But the irony is that our beloved Bangladesh has become a place of cakewalk for diplomats of European Union, USA, and other influential countries. They often dictate openly on how we should adorn ourselves as a nation to look soothing to them. It has an interesting and tragic similarity to doll dance and to its director. Here they are acting as a director and taking us for a ride and abusing us as doll to be dressed and dance for them the way they feel good. Maybe, we are already late to take a position against this exploitation by foreign diplomats.

Our leadership

"Here goes my people and I follow them" of leadership, thus spoke M. K. Gandhi a leader of leaders of the finest calibre. He was the undisputed leader of British India and yet he was not in the conventional league of leadership. Leaders of extra-ordinary intellect and greatness like the likes of Jawaharlal Nehru and Moulana Azad, instead of being stifled, flourished under his rather expansive shade! "A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves" - thus goes Lao Tzu (Taoist philosopher).

Be tough

Dr. Kamal Hossain has reportedly advised the present CTG "not to go soft on corruptionists". I strongly support him because corrupt elements, whoever they may be, should not go unpunished. We believe "none is above law" and the rule of law should prevail above everything else.

Recycling kitchen garbage

Dhaka city households produce tons of garbage every day from the kitchen. This kitchen garbage could be turned into precious compost to raise flowers, fruits and vegetables in the home yard and on the rooftop. The city corporation could supply each family with two plastic bins to put their fish and meat trimmings, fruits & vegetable wastes in one plastic bin and other wastes in the second bin. Compost is made by digging a big pit in a waste land and layering the kitchen wastes in one layer and covering that with a thin layer of dirt. Continue layering kitchen waste followed by a thin layer of soil until the dug pit is completely filled with several layers of alternate layers of kitchen waste. Finally, cover the pit with straw so that it is not dried up by the hot sun. Periodically the compost pit should be watered to keep it moist. Millions of waste decomposing bacteria will turn the compost pit into a precious composted soil which could be sold to the interested public with a minimal price. This simple inexpensive compost making technology will solve a major garbage problem of the city and initiate a household green revolution. I have not seen anywhere in the country any good quality composted soil for home gardening. This simple agricultural technology would be a revolutionary step in home gardening.

Power grabbing

Look at the obstinate Gen. Musharraf of Pakistan who has become totally irrelevant in the political arena of Pakistan but is still defiant to quit. We remember how Gen. Ershad was causing agony to the nation before being forced to quit.

Pakistan and Bangladesh

Mawaz, in his letter of June 12, points to difference in background; whereas in my opinion there are some basic similarities for the political instability of both the countries, which came into being as Pakistan to start with.

EPR

The govt. led by Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed is doing the right things. We, the conscious citizens, support the government and will continue to do so. All the identified criminals have to be arrested and brought to justice. And there is no way to withdraw the EPR.

International

Split over US N-deal may trigger early Indian polls

India looks headed for early elections due to a worsening split between the ruling Congress party and its left-wing allies over a nuclear deal with Washington, reports and officials said yesterday.

Lanka ready to revive talks with LTTE

In an apparent softening of its stand, Sri Lanka has offered to hold talks with the LTTE after a two-year gap, saying the outfit does represent a "fair amount" of Tamils but ruled out immediate revival of the ceasefire scrapped in January.

Sharif, Zardari fail to strike consensus on judges' issue, impeachment

Pakistan People's Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif failed to strike consensus on several issues including the reinstatement of the sacked judges and a move to impeach President Pervez Musharraf during a meeting held at Nawaz's Raiwind residence on Wednesday

No direct talks with Israeli PM: Syria

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad yesterday ruled out direct talks with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on the sidelines of an international summit in Paris next month.

APDM warns Zardari of exposing his 'corruption’

The All Parties Democratic Movement has warned PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari of exposing what it called his corruption of billions of rupees if he failed to restore judiciary to its pre-emergency status.

West failed in Iran nuclear crisis, says Ahmadinejad

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said yesterday the West has failed to break Iran's will in the nuclear standoff, days after world powers presented Tehran with a new offer aimed at ending the crisis.

Laden must not be a martyr: Obama

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Wednesday he would bring Osama bin Laden to justice in a way that wouldn't allow the terrorist mastermind to become a martyr, but he may be killed if the US government finds him.

Arts & Entertainment

New faces lighting up the small screen

A group of vivacious, talented young actors have emerged in the TV play scene. Among them, Munmun and Prova are generating interest among the TV viewers. The Daily Star recently caught up with the young actors.

AFI names top 100 genre flicks

Snow White, Dorothy Gale, the HAL 9000 computer, Charles Chaplin's Little Tramp and Marlon Brando's Godfather share top billing among the American Film Institute's best genre movies.

Remembering Dr. Neelima Ibrahim

On the occasion of 6th death anniversary of renowned academic, Professor Neelima Ibrahim, Bangladesh Mahila Samity organised a discussion, says a press release. A solo performance by Falguni Hamid, of theatre group Natyachakra, followed the discussion. Hamid performed excerpts from Neelima Ibrahim's most celebrated publication “Ami Birangana Bolchhi”.

Concert for an ailing teacher

The contestants of close up 1 performed at a concert held at Pabna Stadium recently. The concert was jointly organised by the district administration, police department, Pabna Chamber of Commerce and Industries and Pabna Press Club.

Kajol and Ajay Devgan: The perfect chemistry

The chemistry between Ajay Devgan and Kajol was apparent even in their early films together. Consider Pyaar to Hona Hi Tha, one of the biggest hits of 1998. An unofficial remake of the film French Kiss (with Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline), the film sizzled as the duo realised their true feelings for each other.

Indigenous song from Citycell commercial becomes popular

Sugoto Chakma (right) was recently visited by Mohammad Monir Hossein Sikder, Citycell's Manager for Brand and Communication Strategy at the Upojatiya Sanskritik Institute in Rangamati, says a press release.

TV play “Maa” on ATN Bangla tonight

ATN Bangla will air this week's special play "Maa", tonight at 8:00 pm. The cast includes Tazin Ahmed, Apurbo, Sohel Khan, Mamun and Rasheda.

“Aaina Ghar” on Ekushey TV

Ekushey Television will telecast the 14th episode of talk show Aaina Ghar tonight at 8:15pm. The programme offers an insight in lives of successful individuals. In each episode three celebrities are invited as guests. They take part in interactive sessions sharing their personal life and more. Among them two takes part in the conversation and one evaluates them. Tonight's episode of the programme will feature singer S I Tutul with his wife Tania Ahmed and Shaon.

OP-ED

Under one banner

AS the country moves towards another transition, the need for a national consensus government has become all the more important. The idea of a national government has been there in the political domain since the country's liberation.

Rice farmers battle for their rights

RICE farmers of Koira upazila in Khulna district are now engaged in a battle for establishing their rights.

The other threat to Pakistan

FOR much of his tenure, Pakistan's president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, had two claims to fame: that he'd put the country on the path to moderation by marginalising its Islamic radicals, and that his economic policies had helped spark dramatic economic growth (about 7% a year).

Jogging through the valley of the shadow of death

THE world's most invigorating exercise is jogging, but only in Asia. Going for a run anywhere else is pathetically dull: you pad along purpose-built waterside tracks with other yuppies like a herd of iPod-wearing sheep. I recently went jogging in Perth, Australia, and learned I could sleep at 10 kilometres an hour.

StarTech

Software project management in country faces crisis

A few months ago, renowned computer scientist of the country Prof Zafar Iqbal in one of his articles published in the Prothom Alo had predicted that local software industry would face crisis in human resources within a short span of time. He said Bangladesh would have to invite Indian computer programmers to resolve the looming crisis.

Firefox 3 debut makes record

The new version of the Firefox Web browser was downloaded more than 8 million times in the first 24 hours it was available, the software's developers said Wednesday.

Toshiba lunches new notebooks

Toshiba unveiled 5 new models of its Satellite and Portégé notebooks in the local market at a grand event at a city hotel on June 12. The technology product leader also announced that Indian film actress Vidya Balan would act as its Brand Ambassador for South Asia.

BASIS roundtable on govt procurement held

Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) organised a roundtable on Domestic Preference in Government Procurements on June 17 at the Conference Hall of BASIS, says a press release.

Great deal on LifeBook V1020

If you are planning on taking control over your life and give your desk an instant makeover, the Life Book V1020 may do that for you.



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