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News of: Sunday, 6th of July, 2008

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High profile graft accused may get bail

The amendment to the Emergency Power Rules (EPR) planned by the government will create scopes of getting bail for many high profile corruption suspects and convicts who are not prime accused in any graft case.

Pricey essentials make safety net inadequate

While the coverage of government safety net programmes has been inadequate to meet the needs of the poor, the net benefits of the programmes are also shrinking day by day due to price spiral of essentials, says a draft survey report of the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS).

Nurses missing in nursing

Firoza, a 22-year-old burn patient, was screaming in pain when the ward assistant (Aya) was changing her bandages. The aya was removing the gauze mercilessly from the wounds on her chest, hands and abdomen; she was never trained for this and had many other things left to do.

BNP may go soft on poll-runners

BNP might not take disciplinary action against those who will participate in the August 4 polls though it appears unlikely to change its stance against the local elections.

Malaysia door opens again for workers

Malaysia recently resumed issuing job approvals to Bangladeshi jobseekers -- bringing an end to a temporary ban the South-East Asian country had imposed in October last year on the hiring of workers from Bangladesh.

Namnam to be asked to extend bank guarantee period until May '09

Petrobangla has directed Maddhapara Granite Mining Company Ltd (MGMCL) to ask the unfinished hard rock mine's North Korean developer Namnam to extend the term of $4.2 million bank guarantee till May 2009, sources say.

Grabbed water bodies must be restored

Illegally occupied lands in canals and rivers in and around Dhaka City should be returned to the water bodies immediately, failing which would threaten the very existence of the 400-year-old city, environmentalists warned yesterday.

Contestants to lose candidature if they use political face

Candidates in the local elections who use their political identity during campaign would lose their candidacies, Election Commissioner Brig Gen (retd) M Sakhawat Hossain yesterday said.

Human chain before sub-jail tomorrow

Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal will form a human chain in front of the makeshift jail in Sangsad Bhaban complex tomorrow demanding unconditional release of former premier and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, her two sons and Jamaat Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami.

It's unrealistic to expect food prices to come down

Finance Adviser Mirza Azizul Islam yesterday said it would be unrealistic to expect that the prices of food items, particularly that of rice, would come down, as less than half of the post-harvest crops have arrived at the market this year.

More trees felled for construction of new building

The authorities of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday felled two more full-grown trees to make room for a new dormitory building for Jagannath Hall.

JP to contest all polls before JS election

Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad yesterday said his party would contest the upazila and parliamentary elections for establishing democracy in the country.

HC hearing today on legality of Supreme Judicial Commission law

The hearing on a writ petition challenging the legality of the Supreme Judicial Commission Ordinance 2008, which provides for constitution of the recruitment body for the higher judiciary, takes place at a three-member bench of the High Court today.

Venus retains Wimbledon crown

Venus Williams captured her fifth Wimbledon title by beating her sister Serena 7-5, 6-4 in a high-quality final at the All England Club here on Saturday.

Asia Cup final today

After a frenetic 11-day period which saw 12 matches, Sri Lanka and India have survived the crammed schedule, the heat, and a few wobbles to make their way to yet another Asia Cup final.

Nasim suffers second brain haemorrhage

Doctors at LabAid Hospital yesterday said the ailing Awami League (AL) leader Mohammad Nasim suffered brain haemorrhage for the second time on Friday.

Actress, model held with Yaba

The Department of Narcotics Control (DNC) on Friday night arrested three people including a film actress and a model with 12 pieces of Yaba tablet in the capital's Pallabi.

Man gunned down in city

Criminals shot dead a man in the capital's Kachukhet yesterday.

Quake in Assam jolts north-western districts

An earthquake with its epicentre in the Indian state of Assam and measuring 5.1 in the Richter scale jolted north-western Bangladesh last night sending a wave of panic among people of that region.

Afghan MP shot dead, 10 militants killed while planting bombs

Gunmen in a dangerous part of southern Afghanistan assassinated an Afghan lawmaker, while a roadside bomb militants were planting detonated prematurely, killing 10 Taliban, officials said Saturday.

48 rebels killed in Lanka fighting

At least 48 Tamil Tiger rebels and a soldier were killed in a series of gunbattles in Sri Lanka's strife-torn north with the army yesterday claiming to have a captured a major LTTE base after three days of fierce fighting.

Musharraf's army helped spread nuclear tech

Pakistan's Foreign Ministry insisted yesterday that its nuclear proliferation case was closed, a day after the disgraced architect of its atomic programme claimed the army under President Pervez Musharraf helped spread the technology.

Wildfires still raging along US coast

Weary firefighters got no rest during the holiday weekend as a pair of out-of-control wildfires roared across the landscape along California's central coast at opposite ends of the arid Los Padres National Forest.

Editorial

The new rise in food prices

PRICES of essential commodities, much to our discomfort, are on the rise again. A rather convenient and plausible explanation is being offered now for such a development. The recent rise in the prices of fuel, say traders, have led to this new enhancement in prices. One cannot quite dismiss such explanations, for these price rises are inextricably linked with the costs involved in transportation of food items among the different regions of the country. At the same time, though, there is the good question of how a section of traders may actually be taking advantage of the fuel price rises to augment their income by sinking their hands deep into consumers' pockets.

Erosion of land by rivers

WE notice with a great deal of concern that erosion of rivers has become a regular phenomenon in the country with all its devastating consequences. On a regular basis rivers are devouring huge chunks of cultivable land, forests and homesteads, thereby pushing a large number of people into poverty. At the same time, erosion of rivers is contributing to drastic changes in topography in the border areas much to our disadvantage.

Answer to the arithmetic of an adviser

THERE is a gulf of difference between the two sciences, physics and economics. The former is called pure science and deemed to be deterministic, while the latter is considered as probabilistic to be true under an umbrella of assumptions.

The drug menace

THE spending of Tk 170,000,000,000 is surely an amount astounding enough to create a sense of serenity in one's mind when it is spent for national development. But this spending has come as a shocking revelation for the nation, as a government body informed us that the drug addicts in the country spend Tk 17,000 crore annually on drugs.

Have you ever heard a cake crumble?

DR. Singh has worn a brilliant camouflage. He has smiled his way through four years. He positioned himself above politics, which won him much empathy among the middle class. But politics was always lurking below him. Perhaps he started to believe that Karat too was purchasable

Sports

Meek Tigers return today

When India and Sri Lanka take to field for the Asia Cup glory at the Karachi National Stadium today keeping in mind that a score of 300-plus could guarantee nothing, the battered and bruised Bangladesh cricket team will take a flight back home contemplating how they were bowled out cheaply in the inconsequential last Super League game against Pakistan on this batting paradise.

Five-star Venus

Venus Wi-lliams outhit younger sister Serena to claim her fifth Wimbledon crown in exhilarating fashion here on Saturday.

Grand finale today

Sri Lanka will look to their new spinning sensation Ajantha Mendis to defend their Asia Cup title against batting juggernauts India when the two teams meet in the final here on Sunday.

Bangladesh A begin Eng tour

After a disappointing tour of Ireland, Bangladesh A team begin their England leg with a three-day match against England Under-19 team at the Hazelgrave Ground in Loughborough today.

Still Australia win

Shane Watson kept his nerve, and the seventh-wicket pair of Denesh Ramdin and Darren Sammy failed to carry West Indies over the threshold, as Australia completed a thrilling one-run victory in the fourth One-day International on Friday.

Sangkkara bats for Asia

Sri Lanka's wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara Saturday said Asia leads international cricket as the financial hub and custodian of the game which has pioneered unprecedented globalisation.

World Sports Journalist Day rally held

Bangladesh Sports Writers Association (BSWA) organised a rally in the capital on Saturday to mark World Sports Journalists Day yesterday.

Pawar allowed to hold 2 posts

Sharad Pawar, the International Cricket Council (ICC) vice-president, will continue as president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) till the end of his term in September. The ICC has amended its constitution during its annual conference to clarify that its vice-president, like the president, cannot hold dual posts. However, Pawar has been allowed a "grace period" to hold both posts since his term as BCCI president ends in another three months.

Federer-Nadal rivalry greatest ever: Safin

Marat Safin, one of the few current players to have tasted Grand Slam success, believes the rivalry between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will go down as the greatest in the history of tennis.

Roger unfazed by Rafa

Roger Federer won't be knocked out of his confident stride by Rafael Nadal in Sunday's Wimbledon final even if the Span-iard embarks on a Centre Court go-slow.

Showstopper Messi

The football world is in raptures over diminutive Argentine Lionel Messi as he prepares to become one of the showstoppers at the Beijing Olympics.

Torres praises Benitez

Fernando Torres on Saturday said that Liverpool coach Rafael Benitez was the inspiration behind his goal-scoring exploits which helped Spain to Euro 2008 glory.

Kewell joins Galatasaray

Former Liverpool star Harry Kewell on Saturday signed a two-year contract with Turkish champions Galatasaray, describing his move as a "new chapter" after five injury-stricken years at Anfield.

Real, MU to meet over C'Ron saga

Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon and Manchester United chief executive David Gill will hold talks in Switzerland next week over Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo, the Spanish sports daily AS reported Saturday.

Barca won't sell Ronaldinho at a discount

Barcelona warned Friday that it would not sell its Brazilian striker Ronaldinho, who has been deemed surplus by the Spanish side's new coach Pep Guardiola, at a discount.

Peru reduce bans on stars

Peru have slashed 18-month international bans on forwards Claudio Pizarro and Jefferson Farfan and defender Santiago Acasiete, freeing the trio to play for their country almost immediately.

Aragones signs for Fenerbahce

Spanish coach Luis Aragones on Saturday signed a two-year contract with Turkish club Fenerbahce.

Liverpool snap up Dossena

Liverpool announced Friday they'd signed Italian defender Andrea Dossena from Udinese.

Del Bosque in line for Spain

Spain's football federation (RFEF) have had talks with former Real Madrid coach Vicente del Bosque in their search for a successor to Luis Aragones as national coach of the European champions.

Rivals make fun of Fluminense

Libertadores Cup runners-up Fluminense failed to see the funny side on Friday after their final defeat to LDU was publicly celebrated by local rivals Flamengo.

Coupet moves to Atletico

Spain's Atletico Madrid on Friday signed French international goalkeeper Gregory Coupet from champions Lyon for 1.5 million euros, Lyon announced.

Holding quits in protest

Cricket officials who hoped this week might end with one sort of resignation from the International Cricket Council (ICC) had to cope with another as Michael Holding quit its cricket committee.

'Don't worry about Smith'

Ashwell Prince told South Africa cricket fans not to worry about the form of Graeme Smith after the Proteas captain's first, and possibly only, innings before next week's first Test against England saw him make just 35 against Middlesex here Friday.

Phelps betters own mark

Michael Phelps lowered his own 200m medley world record Friday at the US Olympic swimming trials as he lined up a fourth individual event at the Beijing Games.

NZ PM opposes Zimbabwe tour

New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, who earlier in the week called for Zimbabwe to be expelled from the International Cricket Council (ICC), has said that she does not want a side from her country touring there next year.

Aussies fined

Australia have been fined for a slow over-rate during their one-run win over West Indies in the fourth one-day international in Basseterre, St Kitts, on Friday.

Kolkata mum at the moment

It's too early to speak about the new faces for the next season till the board finalises the 5-million-dollar cap for buying players, according to the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) team management.

Captain & coach to stay put: PCB

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Nasim Ashraf has said that both captain Shoaib Malik and coach Geoff Lawson will retain their jobs despite the team failing to reach the final of the Asia Cup.

Business

Otobi wood furniture hit market by Sept

The country's leading furniture maker Otobi is set to introduce solid wooden household furniture by September this year to capture a major part of the consumers who remain out of its reach for not offering them the wooden ones.

G8 nations to tackle global food crisis, says Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the G8 group of top industrialised nations at next week's summit will take measures to fight the soaring price of food, in an interview with a German newspaper.

It's unrealistic to expect food prices to come down: Aziz

It is unrealistic to expect that food prices will come down, as the arrival of post-harvest crops in the market has shrunk by half this season compared to previous years, finance and planning adviser said yesterday.

India bans maize export

India has banned the export of maize till October 15 to help boost its availability in domestic market in order to check prices of corn, poultry and other products as the country battles a 13-year high inflation.

Stakeholders' ownership in companies seen key to ensuring CSR

Stakeholders' ownership in companies can ensure better practice of corporate social responsibility; economists, entrepreneurs and professionals told a discussion in Dhaka yesterday.

Aarong launches 30th anniversary celebration

Aarong, one of the country's leading fashion and lifestyle retailer inaugurated its 30th founding anniversary celebration by holding a press conference yesterday in Dhaka, said a press release.

EBL offers home loan

Eastern Bank Limited (EBL) has officially launched a loan facility titled “EBL Home Loan” under its consumer banking to help meet the increasing need for finance in construction and purchase of residential units, according to a press release.

Weekly stock indices down slightly

Bearish trend continued on the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) last week, despite the total turnover rose by 5.73 percent over the previous week.

No paper share…No pain

If only I had known that the share I was investing in was a paper share, I would have never spent good money on it ! The paper share was such a hassle that I was ultimately compelled to sell it at a loss. I vowed not to invest in this kind of shares any more.

Bangabhaban on sale! Do you wanna buy?

There is an old joke that anyone can sell you the Bangabhaban! How come? Well, in the old days (read just 5 years ago or earlier) the seller of a property did not quite need to prove ownership, to be able to sell! No matter how stupendous that sounds, the government blissfully allowed the imperfect system to continue for more than 50 years, since the colonial rulers left in 1947.

Oil prices surge to records highs

The price of oil set a record high above 146 dollars a barrel this week owing to falling reserves of US crude, simmering tensions over Iran and a weak dollar, traders said.

European bourses post sharp falls

European stock exchanges suffered sharp falls Friday on fresh fears for the health of the banking sector sparked by a report from Goldman Sachs.

EU airline pollution plan could spark trade wars

A plan by the European Union to impose a carbon dioxide emissions quota for all airlines flying into and out of the bloc could spark trade wars, aviation industry officials warned.

Asian stocks close mostly up

Asian stocks closed mostly up Friday but that failed to dispel much gloom after this year's share price plunge, with the key Japanese market continuing its longest losing streak in decades.

Central bank intervenes as Philippines peso falls to new low

Currency dealers said the market sold down the peso on reports that year-on-year inflation surged to a 14-year high of 11.4 percent in June.

Mittal tops UK's richest power list

Money and power being "natural bedfellows" is not necessarily true in the British business world except for steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal who figures right on the top of a new 'Richest Power List', compiled after combining two separate rankings of the most powerful and the most richest in the UK.

Iran inflation tops 26pc

Iran's inflation rate, which has provoked intense criticism of the government, topped 26 percent in June, according to a central bank statement published in the press on Saturday.

EU ministers look to building sector to push energy efficiency

European Union energy ministers on Friday vowed to place energy efficiency at the heart of plans to ease the soaring cost of fossil fuels and help meet the EU's goals on climate change.

Vodafone to buy majority share in Ghana Telecom

British mobile phone giant Vodafone said on Thursday it had agreed to buy a 70-percent stake in Ghana Telecommunications for 452 million pounds (566 million euros, 900 million dollars).

Credit Mutuel makes firm offer for Citibank in Germany

Credit Mutuel of France has made a firm bid for the German retail banking activities of US giant Citigroup, which operates in Germany under the name Citibank, sources close to the matter said Friday.

IMF sees loss rising to $242m

The International Monetary Fund on Thursday projected its budget deficit would rise to 242 million dollars in the 2009 fiscal year, after a loss that was not as bad as expected in the past year.

Metropolitan

Remain alert to ensure VVIPs' security

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday asked the members of the President Guard Regiment (PGR) to remain alert during VVIPs' mass contact and their public involvement to ensure their highest security.

Free, fair election only way out of present crisis

Holding a free, fair and credible election is the only way out of the present crisis facing the country, speakers at a discussion said yesterday.

Waterlogging causes untold suffering to Sylhet city dwellers

As monsoon sets in, waterlogging in many areas of Sylhet city and its suburbs is causing immense sufferings to the dwellers.

Don't get frustrated facing failure in life

Acting Vice-chancellor of Dhaka University (DU) Prof AFM Yusuf Haider yesterday called on the students not to be frustrated when they face failure in their life.

Call to formulate policy to ensure ship-breaking workers' interest

Speakers at a seminar in Chittagong yesterday said at least six workers were killed last month in separate accidents in the ship-breaking yards in Sitakunda.

D-8 Summit on July 8

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed leaves for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia tomorrow to attend the 6th D-8 Summit to be held on July 8.

Two killed in road accidents

Two people were killed in separate road accidents in Rajshahi and Kurigram yesterday.

2 murdered in city

Two people, including an accused in a murder case, were killed in separate incidents in the city yesterday.

MTB-Daily Star debate contest begins July 10

The 'Mutual Trust Bank-The Daily Star Debate Competition 2008' will begin in the port city on July 10.

Pry edn unsatisfactory, rural-urban students' gap has widened

Experts at a discussion on 'Education scenario in Bangladesh' yesterday highlighted the problems of primary, secondary, college and tertiary level education in the country and placed some recommendations.

Judges should have higher mediation skills

Former chief justices Mustafa Kamal and KM Hasan have stressed the need for enhancing mediation skill and technique of judges and lawyers to resolve cases, especially family disputes, out of the courts.

'Hold JS polls before UZ election'

Awami Jubo League acting President Dr Mizanur Rahman yesterday demanded holding of national election before upazila elections and immediate withdrawal of the state of emergency.

Lighterage vessel workers' sit-in for pay hike

Lighterage vessel workers yesterday staged a sit-in programme in the jetty area in Patenga, demanding an increase in their wages.

Silver jubilee celebrations begin

The six-month long silver jubilee celebration of the Philosophy department of Jahangirnagar University (JU) began on Thursday, says a press release.

Installation of Rotary Club of Greater Dhaka held

Speakers at the 22nd installation ceremony of Rotary Club of Greater Dhaka have expressed their commitment to render services with ethics in all professional activities and strengthen international understanding for establishing peace, progress and tranquility.

Appeal for help

Zafreen, a seven-year-old girl, has been suffering from blood cancer (Burkitt's leukaemia), says a press release.

SCF demands cancellation of fuel price hike

Samajtantrik Chhatra Front (SCF), a left-leaning student organisation, yesterday staged demonstration on Dhaka University (DU) campus demanding cancellation of fuel price hike.

Book on water resources management launched

The publication ceremony of a book titled 'Water Resources Management in Bangladesh' by engineer M Inamul Haque was held at the National Museum auditorium in the city yesterday.

Permanent release of Hasina demanded

Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of Awami League (AL), yesterday staged a demonstration on the Dhaka University (DU) campus, demanding permanent release of AL President Sheikh Hasina.

Training for news presenters emphasised

Former ambassador SM Rashed Ahmed Chowdhury at the certificate awarding ceremony of a training course on 'TV news presentation' on Friday said news presentation is now a subject of art and creativity, says a press release.

'Stop promulgating proposed vested property scrutiny, disposal ordinance'

Leaders of Bangladesh Hindu Bouddha Christian Oikya Parishad yesterday urged the government to stop the process of promulgating the proposed vested property scrutiny and disposal ordinance.

Mahila League's founding anniversary today

Bangladesh Jubo Mahila League, women's wing of Awami League (AL), will observe its sixth founding anniversary today, says a press release.

Extortionist arrested in Benapole

Police yesterday arrested a extortionist with home-made bombs from Benapole Port area.

FM Method's pre-seminars begin today

The pre-seminars of FM Method, a popular model for easy learning of English in the country, begin in Sylhet division today, says a press release.

National

Rangpur University begins academic session this year

Rangpur University will begin academic activities from this year at rented establishments, Education and Commerce Advisor Hossain Zillur Rahman said here yesterday.

Hold national, local body polls on same day

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) president Col. (rtd.) Oli Ahmed yesterday urged the caretaker government to hold national and local body elections on the same day.

RU observes 55th founding day today

Rajshahi University (RU) celebrates its 55th founding anniversary today though day-long colourful programmes.

Make UPs self-reliant for service to people

Speakers at a day-long workshop here yesterday underscored need for further strengthening Union Parishads to make them full fledged service-oriented and self-reliant development institutions.

Faridpur BNP leader held in party man murder case

Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday arrested Faridpur BNP leader Zillur Rahman Zahid alias Dada Bhai for his alleged link in the murder of Faidpur town BNP president and district unit vice-president Liakat Ali Khan.

Extortion case against Satkhira Krishak Dal leader, 5 others

An extortion case was filed yesterday with Shyamnagar police station against upazila Krishak Dal president Ashek Elahi Munna and five others for allegedly demanding Tk 5 lakh from a man.

Send Nasim abroad for treatment

Pabna Awami League observed a symbolic hunger strike at its district office yesterday to press for sending detained party leader and former minister Mohammed Nasim abroad for treatment.

'Allocate more funds for technical edn'

Speakers at a seminar held here yesterday stressed on the importance of technical education to make Bangladesh a middle-income country by 2020.

Tk 78,000 for 11 fake religious instts

The Ministry of Religious Affairs allocated Tk 78,000 as grant for development of 11 fake religious institutes in Sadullapur upazila.

8 bombs found in Barisal

Police recovered eight live bombs and four bullets at Mihipassa village of Gaila union in Agailjhara upazila Friday night.

Letters

Traffic rules

There has been much reporting in the media to educate us about traffic regulations. In my personal opinion, as citizens we are not ignorant about rules but we have a tendency to violate them. This is a typical Bangladeshi behavioural pattern. If you are out in the road, overtaking is the most common thing and perhaps it has become a norm. I have noticed that educated people break the rules. I have frequently seen a whole family riding in a motorbike driven by the father, with mother behind and two little children riders. This is really hazardous.

Women in our society

Ours is a male dominated society. Here women are suppressed and oppressed in various ways and forms both at home and at the office. At the office, the male officers always think the women officers are lazy, idle and worthless. They always show such an attitude that women should remain at home and they are quite incapable of performing the official duties. But all these self-declared heroes never remember for a moment that the head of the state was a woman and the opposition leader was also a woman. When the developed countries are sending their female counterparts to the moon, our male counterparts are getting thanks for exposing such ill feelings against their female counterparts.

Control population boom

Not only in Bangladesh but also in other countries, hike of food price is a very burning issue. But we hardly realize that the price hike is a man made problem. It is the huge population which has created al the problems. Now it is difficult to supply additional food for the additional people.

So-called globalisation?

Globalisation is a concept of the developed countries. They are trying to impose it on us for their own sake. On the other hand, countries like Bangladesh are struggling in an open market system to survive. So the impact of globalisation on the developing countries is beyond our imagination. The developed countries are always trying to exterminate the existence of developing and poor nations. In the name of globalisation a new form of imperialism and polarization is emerging. The first provision of globalisation is to ensure equal rights and participation in case of economic and political affairs. But this has not worked. The developed countries are exploiting the poor countries in so many ways.

Other side of the coin

Reading the post-budget lively analyses in the newspapers, we are flooded with the same old comments--the interested parties do not reveal the other side of the coin, especially the businessmen and the politicians.

Crossfire

How long shall we have to observe the practice of "crossfire" and read the same story again and again? Is it possible to establish law and order by violating the very fundamentals of it?

Austerity in national life

Observance of austerity in our national life is a crying need of the hour. But we find inconsiderate extravagance of many different kinds all around us. Unscrupulous use of gas, electricity, telephone, office stationery, official transport and tours both inside and outside the country, to please only a few, tell very heavily on our national economy.

A stray dog

Recently a sick dog is visible in Dhanmondi and I started to feed it whenever possible, especially at night. After weeks of regular feeding its health improved a lot. But the problem arises whenever you feed the dog in front of people, they come up with different opinions and advises you what to feed, which is extremely irritating. When the dog was sick and was about to die, there was none to feed it but once it comes to advising, we people are extremely good. Whenever you want to do something good, people try to discourage you.

Change in AL stand

On June 20, amid objections from the AL and the BNP, the Election Commission announced that local body polls would be held on Aug 4. But the AL working committee took the decision to participate in the local polls "based on the situation" in an adjourned meeting on June 27.

A query

Many suspects ranging from govt. officials to the leaders of the political parties have been detained depending on the various charges placed against them in the court.

Sports and religion

In the last tri-nation cricket matches in Dhaka, it was a painful experience for me to watch how religion reflected the attitude of Dhaka's sports loving people watching the game between India and Pakistan. The frenzy of emotional outburst in support of Pakistan was something I found difficult to believe in the year 2008. Today, when I watch Bangladesh playing in Pakistani empty cricket fields, no fellow Muslim brothers are there to cheer up the Bangladeshi team playing against India.

Using seat belt

Our Law Adviser and his co-passengers were lucky to escape serious injury, when the vehicle they were riding in CHT on 27 June 2008, met with an accident. I hope he and his fellow passengers were wearing seat belts properly. This practice is compulsory in most countries of the world. Failing to do so is subject to heavy fine. There is no shadow of doubt that the practice saves lives. Next time our Law Adviser or any car/SUV riders ride a vehicle, he/she must wear the assigned belt properly.

Why this business?

The results of SSC of 2008 were to be obtained via SMS from various mobile operators. Almost all of them launched the ads that anyone could get the results by dialling some 4 digit numbers. For obvious reasons, in my assumption, around 6 to 10 Million SMS were sent from morning till 5:00pm of June 26 to all the mobile operators. Thus the operators earned millions whereas the actual results were supposed to be available not before 5:00pm on that day, and the mobile operators very intelligently kept that information secret. General people have lost a considerable amount of money by sending SMS unnecessarily, and getting the reply 'The result is not yet published, please type......'.

Who will take the responsibility?

Dhaka College students yesterday went on the rampage and set fire to a microbus following a road accident that left one of their fellow students injured. A speeding microbus had hit Saiful Islam, a first year student of biology department, in front of the college while he was crossing the road at around 12:00noon. Saiful's legs have been fractured but he was out of danger. Police had also done their job and seized the microbus and detained its driver Idris Miah.

Tarique's treatment

A lot is being written about Mr. Tarique Rahman, both in the media and on the Internet. There is no point in speculating upon how he received the injuries which are obvious from his appearances in court and through the remarks of his doctors. The fact seems to be that he is suffering.

Where are those billboards?

I strongly and whole-heartedly support the call of Mr, Zakaria for reinstalling those billboards printed with significant verses from the Holy Quran. It is a long time that those billboards containing very useful advices have been removed and Mr. Zakaria also cited the possible reasons. Nowadays, the capital city Dhaka and all other major cities and towns are crowded with billboards of giant sizes to arouse the interest of the people of all walks of life to buy mobile phones that drain the hard-earned currency, but nothing ethical is found.

1971 : Indo-Pak war?

Going through a news item on Field Marshal Manekshaw's death on June 28 in a leading English daily of Bangladesh, courtesy to Press Trust of India, New Delhi, I was startled observing how the Indian press thinks of our nine-month long struggle for independence in 1971. The news started like this:

Errant police officer

The abominable act of a police officer at the airport has tarnished the image of Bangladesh in front of the foreigners and the rest of the world. But more astonishingly, we observe that the sleazy work is being treated in a different way.

Teachers of English

I wholeheartedly echo all those expressing the urgent need for extra training for the teachers of English. But no one seems to be talking about some of the practical obstacles:

International

Musharraf says army still backs him

President Pervez Musharraf insisted on Friday that Pakistan's powerful army still supports him, but he said he would step down if he thought it would solve all of the country's problems.

BJP urges Manmohan to seek vote of confidence

Accusing the Congress of indulging in "trade-off" with Samajwadi Party for government's survival, BJP yesterday asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to immediately seek a vote of confidence in Parliament.

Pakistan eases assault on militants in tribal area

Pakistani security forces have eased an operation against insurgents in a tribal region near the border with Afghanistan as local elders try to negotiate peace with a militant leader, a government official said yesterday.

'Pak govt's first 100 days a total flop'

The Parliamentary Leader of Pakistan Muslim League (PML-Q) in the National Assembly, Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat, Thursday said that 100-day confused management of the government had caused 22 per cent overall inflation in the country with 30 per cent increase in food and 45 per cent in oil prices.

Pranab lauds US envoy for better Indo-US ties

In a sign that the India-US nuclear deal was set to sail through domestic obstacles, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee Friday lauded American ambassador David Mulford for taking relations between the two countries to “new heights” and assured him of "full satisfaction" at the end of his tenure.

Baghdad saved from 'terrorist siege'

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Saturday that the country's security forces have managed to save Baghdad from a "siege by terrorists" backed by foreign nations.

Iran offers talks without nuclear freeze

Iran yesterday offered to negotiate on its nuclear drive but without a freeze on uranium enrichment, in its first comments since responding to an international package aimed at ending the standoff.

Hidden camera footage exposes Mugabe 'vote-rigging'

Secret footage filmed by a Zimbabwean prison guard shows how a supporter of President Robert Mugabe rigged votes in his favour, British newspaper The Guardian said.

Rice 'proud' of Iraq invasion

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Friday that she was "proud" of the US decision to invade Iraq and said the Middle East had improved since President George W Bush took office.

25 killed in Syrian prison riot

At least 25 inmates were shot dead by Syrian security forces during a riot by political detainees at a prison in mountains outside Damascus yesterday, a human rights group said.

Georgia could spark war in Abkhazia

Russia's defence ministry on Saturday accused Georgia of harbouring plans to take back the separatist province of Abkhazia by force that could trigger a war, Interfax news agency reported.

Myanmar charges 14 Suu Kyi supporters

Myanmar authorities have charged 14 supporters of detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi for protesting against the extension of her house arrest, police said yesterday.

Phoenix scientists soon will analyse Martian ice

Scientists with the US Phoenix lander will make their first analysis of Martian ice fragments in coming days but it could be the last done in one of the probe's small ovens, Nasa said on its website Friday.

Shootings kill 7 in restive Thai south

Seven people have been killed in four separate shooting incidents in Thailand's troubled southern states, police said Saturday.

Twin fires raging along California central coast

Weary firefighters got no Independence Day reprieve from a pair of out-of-control wildfires that roared along California's central coast, chewing through opposite ends of an arid forest in the Los Padres National Forest.

Five killed in Yemen blast

At least five people were killed yesterday in an explosion in central Saada, a town in northwest Yemen at the heart of a Shia revolt, a witness said.

Arts & Entertainment

Abstraction in black and gold

Nazia Andaleeb Prema's current exhibition at Alliance Francaise gallery contains a mass of gold and black. Andaleeb explains, “I want to give a new dimension to my work. Gold and black are colours which artists often wish to avoid. I want to take my work into a different direction. Black actually has many hues in it if you look closely. Earlier I used black with other colours. Now I combine other colours on my basic of black. The gold is there to diversify one's attention span and make the painting more vibrant. I'm veering into something new, subject wise, and as regards colour composition, I'm now doing paintings which are a far cry from my work which has gone earlier.”

“Phire Esho Prem”: Solitude of elderly

Phire Esho Prem, written and directed by Chandan Sen, is not like the typical plays that portray the sufferings of the elderly who do not get proper care in the family. Rather, it features the solitude of aristocrats whose offsprings for career building live abroad.

A prolific character-actor

Mosharraf Karim is one of the most talented actors of his generation. His ability to internalise a character and histrionic ease in various roles have create a niche for him on the small screen. Recently the prolific character-actor talked to The Daily Star about the saga of his success.

Paving the way for differently-abled

There was a time when Differently-abled Sirajul Islam went from door to door, looking for work. But no one gave him any work as he was considered "handicapped" by many.

Fundraiser for poet Samudra Gupta

Cultural organisation Sangbrita Abritti Charcha O Bikash Kendra in association with Scholar's Publishers arranged a fundraising programme for the ailing poet Samudra Gupta at Shawkat Osman Auditorium, Central Public Library on July 4. The programme titled Krishnopokkhe Adhkhana Chand featured solo recitation by Mahidul Islam and rendition of songs by Dilara Khan Rupa.

Funds generated for concert goes to ailing teacher

Taka 2.35 lakh generated from a fundraiser concert arranged in the district recently, was handed over to the family of Hassina Akhter, the headmaster of Pabna Salim Nazir High School. Hassina Akhter has been battling cancer.

Star City

An oasis of calm in old city

It was six in the morning. The city was slowly waking up from deep slumber. But the Bahadur Shah Park was already buzzing with morning walkers, joggers and body builders of different ages and sections of the area.

Herbarium’s poor show in 37 years

Bangladesh National Herbarium (BNH) has turned into a wasteful and unproductive organisation due to its poor contributions to plant research.

Electric bikes pouring in

Electric bicycles and three-wheelers have hit the city streets very recently and they are plying without permission from the authorities concerned.


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