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News of: Monday, 7th of July, 2008

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5 lakh depositors swindled by Jamaat's farmer wing

Bangladesh Chashi Kalyan Samity (BCKS), farmers' wing of Jamaat-e-Islami, but also registered as an NGO, remained the party's financial front through illegal banking in at least 17 districts over a decade, sources say.

6 thrown out of mayor race

On the first day of scrutiny, the Election Commission (EC) yesterday cancelled six nominations for two mayoral posts on different grounds including loan defaulting.

EC finds itself on a sticky wicket

While scrutinising applications for candidacies in the August 4 polls to four city corporations and nine municipalities, the Election Commission (EC) is simultaneously following the 'traditional custom' and the stringent Emergency Power Rules (EPR).

Essential prices go up further

Prices of daily essentials including rice, lentils and edible oil shot up further in the capital in the last two days.

Tarique exempted from court appearance

A special court yesterday exempted detained BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman from appearing in person before the court during the trial proceedings of the Tk 21 crore bribery case.

10,000 trained nurses remain unemployed

Even though approximately 10,000 trained nurses are unemployed at the moment, lack of proper government monitoring enables private clinics and hospitals to use unskilled, untrained and non-registered nurses, deteriorating the service.

Govt targets child labour phase out

The government yesterday finalised the draft of National Child Labour Elimination Policy-2008, seeking to phase out child labour and rehabilitate over 1 million children engaged in risky jobs.

Ordinance okayed with a few changes

The Council of Advisers yesterday approved the Voluntarily Disclosure of Information (Amendment) Ordinance 2008 by bringing a few changes in the provisional law that provides for the formation a Truth and Accountability Commission.

Jamaat leader seeks stay on Aug 4 polls schedule

A Jamaat-e-Islami leader yesterday filed a writ petition with the High Court (HC) seeking a stay on the Election Commission's (EC) August 4 schedule for holding four city corporation and nine municipality polls.

Govt to allow limited scale trade union activities

The government has decided to ease the state of emergency on a limited scale to allow the trade unions carry out their activities for holding the overdue elections to the CBA (collective bargaining agents) bodies.

Angry protests at BSMMU for Tarique's release

Several hundred activists of BNP and its front organisations yesterday staged angry protests demanding Tarique Rahman's release at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).

Tackle rising fuel, food prices

The D8 group of developing nations must tackle the issue of rising fuel and food prices at its summit here this week, Malaysian Foreign Minister Rais Yatim said yesterday.

CA leaves for KL today

Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed today leaves for Kuala Lumpur to attend the Sixth D8 Summit in the Malaysian capital tomorrow.

Culprits behind messy roads to face music

The government yesterday formed a committee to identify and punish the officials responsible for untimely road digging and delay in repair works that caused untold sufferings to city residents this year.

Why contempt of court law not unconstitutional

The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a suo moto rule upon the government, asking it to explain within one week why the Contempt of Court Ordinance 2008 should not be declared unconstitutional.

Khaleda appeals to SC for staying charge framing in Gatco case

Detained former premier Khaleda Zia has filed a petition with the Supreme Court (SC) for staying the hearing on charge framing in the Gatco case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

Mendis spins Lanka to Asia Cup glory

Sensational spinner Ajantha Mendis took six wickets for just thirteen runs to help Sri Lanka beat India by 100 runs in the final here on Sunday to successfully defend the Asia Cup title.

Nadal wins Wimbledon classic

Rafael Nadal beat defending champion Roger Federer in five sets to win the Wimbledon men's singles title on Sunday.

Hasina for tough measures against the corrupt

Terming corruption the enemy of development, Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina urged the caretaker government to take tough measures against the corrupt.

Holding fair polls under emergency difficult

British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Stephan Evans yesterday said it is difficult to hold general elections in Bangladesh in a free and fair manner with the state of emergency in place.

4 of a family killed in road crash

At least five people including four members of a family were killed and another was injured in separate road accidents on Dhaka-Maowa Highway yesterday.

Khoka appeals for quashing case proceedings

Mayor of Dhaka Sadeque Hossain Khoka yesterday filed a petition with the High Court (HC) for quashing proceedings against him in a case filed in connection with accumulating wealth illegally and concealing wealth information to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

Court asks for probe report by Aug 4

A Dhaka court yesterday asked the investigation officer (IO) of a corruption case, filed against detained former premier Khaleda Zia, her eldest son Tarique Rahman and five others, to submit the probe report by August 4.

Govt still working on 'minus-2' formula: Delwar

BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday said the caretaker government is still busy implementing its 'minus-two' formula, meant for banishing the chiefs of the two former ruling parties.

DCC employee shot dead in city

Unidentified assailants shot a Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) electrician dead at Sutrapur in the city last night.

11 Pak cops killed in Red Mosque rally blast

A suspected suicide attack targeting police deployed at a rally to mark the first anniversary of the bloody storming of Pakistan's Red Mosque killed at least 11 policemen yesterday, officials said.

Landslide kills 4 of a family

Landslide caused by torrential rains killed four members of a family at Kalyanpara in Teknaf upazila of Cox's Bazar yesterday, three days after landfall Thursday killed nine people there.

Zardari wants Musharraf's peaceful exit

Amid calls for President Pervez Musharraf to step down, Pakistan Peoples' Party chief (PPP) Asif Ali Zardari insisted that he would have to quit but his party wants a graceful exit for the beleaguered General.

Editorial

The local body polls

The interest of the people at the grassroots in the forthcoming local government polls is clearly discernible. What is very heartening in this dynamics is the predominant voice of the people at the local level that seems to have prevailed over that of the central leadership in so far as participation in the election is concerned. Their enthusiasm and interest, so manifest in the submission of nomination papers for the four city corporations and nine municipalities, is very encouraging indeed.

Nursing sector

Though nursing is considered the integral part of the health care system and given top priority by the authorities in the developed countries, it nonetheless gets a second-class treatment in Bangladesh. The prevailing ills in this sector have come under discussion many a time but nothing tangible has been done so far to improve the situation. Among the nagging problems that need to be addressed immediately by the relevant authorities are: lack of adequate number of nurses, poor quality training, lack of motivation, improper attitude and low salary. With these discouraging factors abounding, one can hardly expect anything better than ordinary ward boys and girls doing the work of a trained nurse, such as, changing bandages off the chest of a burn patient.

New Bangladesh needs new leadership

Even Bill Gates, who built a huge business empire from nothing, Microsoft, retired on June 27. Why can't our older political leaders decide to retire from their political business? People get fed up when they see some of the same old faces, with serious corruption allegations against them, shouting every day before TV cameras on same issues, reiterating their allegiance to their only leader(s) and saying no election without the leader(s).

A black American in the White House?

Even as the people around the world waited with bated breath for the end of the chauvinistic Bush era and even the legacy thereof, the front running democratic hopefuls -- Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama -- remained locked in a highly contentions race which was not only agonisingly far too long but also kept the hopes for such a prospect uncertain and surreal at best.

Congress's suicidal move

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has plunged the United Progressive Alliance into a grave crisis by staking his reputation and "national prestige" on pushing the United States-India nuclear deal just when it's about to miss the international deadline.

Sports

ACC awards Akram

Former national skipper Akram Khan received the Asian Cricket Legend Award-Bangladesh on the inaugural Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Awards night held at Mahata Palace in Karachi on Saturday evening.

Nadal finally floors Federer on grass in an epic final

Rafael Nadal dethroned five-time champion Roger Federer as king of Wimbledon on Sunday with an epic 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 9-7 win in one of the greatest Grand Slam finals of all time.

'Some good, some bad'

Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful said that the Asia Cup performance in Pakistan was a mixed bag.

Zim pullout one-off

Zimbabwe's decision to pull out of the ICC World Twenty20 in England next year is just a one-off decision, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has said. The decision cleared the roadblock for the competition to be staged in England, but Zimbabwe retained its Full Member status in the ICC, a compromise outgoing ICC president Ray Mali termed as a "win-win solution".

Rafael furious over paparazzi 'attack'

Wimbledon finalist Rafael Nadal launched a furious attack on sections of the media on Sunday after claiming he had been ambushed by the paparazzi when he arrived at a London restaurant.

Beijing Olympics stamps released

Bangladesh Postal Department yesterday issued a set of four commemorative stamps and the first day cover marking the 29th Olympic Games to be held in Beijing from August 8 this year.

Aussies post massive total

Australia's batsmen mauled West Indies' bowling to set the home team 342 for victory in the fifth and final one-day international on Sunday.

Four confirm Fed Cup participation

BKSP, Bangladesh Army, Bangladesh Navy and Victoria Sporting Club confirmed their participation in the Federation Cup Football that will begin at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on July 31.

Dilu, Bishu win again

Dilu and Bishu of Gulshan Club won their respective Premier Division matches of the Delta Life Open Squash at the Dhaka Club yesterday.

Venus targets record

Venus Williams admitted she would love to go on and match Martina Navratilova's record of nine Wimbledon titles after overcoming sister Serena to notch up title number five at the All England Club.

Hamilton wins British GP

Lewis Hamilton streaked to British Grand Prix victory on Sunday, delivering a masterful drive in wet conditions to delight a vociferous home crowd and reignite his world title challenge.

Wenger furious at transfer system

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has vented his frustration over the transfer system, saying it encouraged footballers to become financial "mercenaries".

Poland ready to step in

Poland is prepared to provide six of the eight venues needed for Euro 2012 if co-host Ukraine is not ready in time, Polish sports officials told local media on Saturday.

Sisters clinch doubles title

Serena and Venus Williams completed their Wimbledon domination on Saturday by clinching the women's doubles title with a 6-2, 6-2 win over America's Lisa Raymond and Samantha Stosur of Australia.

WTA pleases Navratilova

Nine-time Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova believes that Venus Williams's fifth All England Club title proves that the women's tour is in good health.

Stadium named after Cantona

Former French international footballer Eric Cantona on Saturday inaugurated a football stadium named after him in the French town of Tignes, local authorities said.

Turkish football chief dies of heart attack

The head of the Turkish Football Federation died on Saturday after suffering a heart attack while holidaying in the southwest of Turkey, the federation said.

CA for Test C'ship

Cricket Australia chief executive officer James Sutherland has pushed for the introduction of the Test Championship after the end of the current Future Tours Programme (FTP). In his address to the International Cricket Council (ICC) Members' Forum, he also stressed the need to ensure that the Twenty20 format "complements, and not compromises" international cricket.

NZ's Zim tour on as yet

New Zealand's cricket team will tour Zimbabwe next year unless they are expressly instructed not to do so, New Zealand Cricket's (NZC) chief executive has said.

Gay out of 200m

World champion Tyson Gay fell in the curve of his 200-metre quarterfinal heat Saturday at the US Olympic Track and Field Trials, ending his bid for a 100-200 double at the Beijing Olympics.

A Vaughan vow

England captain Michael Vaughan has insisted his longstanding knee problem won't prevent him from getting through all four Tests of the upcoming series with South Africa after undergoing a fresh course of injections on Saturday.

Strauss relishing Morkel re-match

Andrew Strauss is looking forward to the chance to facing Morne Morkel in what will be his 50th Test at Lord's next week despite coming up short against the South Africa quick at Uxbridge on Saturday.

BSJA honours Usha, players

Bangladesh Sports Journalists Association (BSJA) accorded a reception to the Premier Hockey League champions Usha Krira Chakra and top performers of the meet at the National Sports Council (NSC) conference room yesterday.

Real concede C'Ron defeat

Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo will likely stay at Manchester United next season because the English champions are not willing to let him go, Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon said Sunday.

Essex take on Kent in FP Trophy final

England opener Alastair Cook warmed-up for next week's first Test against South Africa by making 95 for Essex as they beat Yorkshire by 87 runs to reach the Friends Provident (FP) Trophy final.

Nestor, Zimonjic win Wimbledon doubles crown

Canada's Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia won the Wimbledon mens' doubles title on Saturday with a 7-6 (14/12), 6-7 (3/7), 6-3, 6-3 win over Jonas Bjorkman of Sweden and Kevin Ullyett of Zimbabwe.

BCCI brushes aside CA fears

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has reacted strongly to Cricket Australia's criticism of private ownership in twenty20 leagues like the Indian Premier League (IPL), saying the Aussie board's concerns are unfounded as stringent checks and balances are in place to ensure that the game is not harmed by private owners.

Business

Local tea prices shoot up on high demand

Tea prices have marked a sharp rise in local market on its high demand, increased production cost and export and production shortfall in the first quarter of the season, according to industry insiders.

Tripti, Olympic get court clearance for merger

Two listed companies under the same ownership have received approval from the court for merger.

Remittance close to record $8b

Remittance grew 33 per cent last fiscal year taking the total amount to nearly $8 billion, according to Bangladesh Bank sources.

FBCCI price monitoring task force yet to gather pace

The FBCCI Price Monitoring Task Force is yet to gather pace two months after its launch in May.

Benapole customs posts highest ever earning at Tk 1,686cr

The Benapole Customs House earned Tk 1,686 core in revenue in fiscal year (FY) 2007-08, surpassing its revenue-earning target by around 16 percent for the same fiscal, thanks to a strong monitoring system.

City Bank launches new corporate logo

The City Bank Ltd launched its new corporate logo at a function organised in Dhaka on Saturday to mark the bank's 25th founding anniversary, says a press release.

Airlines shed weight as fuel costs soar

Next time you take to the skies you may find there are fewer pages in your in-flight magazine, your fork is slimmer and your plate feels different. Blame it on soaring oil prices.

Creating chief information officers for the future

The job descriptions of an 'Information Officer' or an ' Information Technology (IT) Manager' are no longer limited to IT hardware and software maintenance and MIS operations (Management Information Systems), even in Bangladesh. Multinationals and local conglomerates have realised that IT translates to more than running the day-to-day automated business operations. When used strategically, it can be used to gain competitive advantages or a spirited edge over rival businesses. This is the reason why companies are investing heavily to create IT leaders or Chief Information Officers (CIO) for the future.

Small investors form human chain

A group of small investors formed a human chain in front of the DSE building to protest the market regulator's move to review the mutual fund rules as Dhaka Stock Exchange key index closed slightly higher yesterday, the first trading day of the week.

Asian currencies mostly down against dollar

Major Asian currencies ended the week mainly lower against the dollar as US jobs data was not as bad as feared, although concern persisted over the state of the world's largest economy.

Taiwan tour operators sceptical about China boom

The launch of regular direct flights between China and Taiwan has been hailed as a symbol of progress and a boon to tourism, but industry workers here are not all convinced.

Banglalink launches customer care campaign

Mobile phone operator banglalink has launched a comprehensive campaign on customer care service, says a press release.

Berger seeks paintings for its annual young painters' art competition

Berger Paints Bangladesh Ltd has sought applications along with paintings from young artists of the country for the company's annual young painters' art competition, says a press release.

Citibank holds training on core banking

Citibank, N.A Bangladesh recently organised a five-day comprehensive training programme on “Core Banking” from June 28 to July 2 in Dhaka, according to a press release.

Prime Finance & Investment chairman reelected

Md Aminul Haque has been reelected chairman of Prime Finance & Investment Ltd for the fourth consecutive time, says a press release.

New executive asst manager of Radisson Dhaka

Radisson Water Garden Hotel Dhaka has recently promoted Saeed Ahmed as executive assistant manager and director of Sales & Marketing of the hotel with effect from July 1, 2008.

116 affected with arsenic in Goalanda

Some 116 arsenic-affected people have been detected in the upazila in a recent survey.

Hyundai lowers sales target on weak demand

South Korea's top automaker Hyundai Motor on Sunday lowered its domestic sales target for 2008 due to weakening demand amid rising prices of oil and raw materials, company officials said.

Opec president warns no end to oil price rises

Opec president Chakib Khelil warned Sunday that oil prices will continue to rise because of the falling dollar, in an interview in the Algeria-News.

France takes helm of EU economic policy

France faces the tough task of piloting Europe past financial market turmoil and record oil prices when it takes the helm of European economic policy this week under a cloud of controversy.

Singapore's property boom cooling

Singapore's booming residential property sector is finally showing signs of cooling but projects including two casino developments should underpin long-term prices, analysts say.

German firms pull out as Chinese fluff teddy production

In the end it was a nagging feeling that the eyes had lost their iconic, melancholy look made German manufacturer Steiff realise that if you want top-quality teddy bears, China might not be your best bet.

Metropolitan

Pregnant women most vulnerable during floods

Pregnant women and lactating mothers are the most vulnerable during the emergency situation like floods, a study revealed yesterday.

Call for structural changes to make Saarc effective

Speakers yesterday called on the south Asian countries for some structural changes in South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc).

Land reform a must for poverty cut

Speakers at a seminar yesterday said land reform should be made for ensuring the people's access to land and eradicating poverty from the society.

Adviser's remark protested

Different political parties yesterday protested the remarks of Finance Adviser AB Mirza Azizul Islam that there is no possibility of reducing the prices of the essentials.

Strengthen local govt bodies for disaster risk reduction

Key stakeholders at a workshop yesterday called for developing capacities of the local government bodies in the disaster risk reduction and mitigation efforts.

Manekshaw's contribution to liberation war recalled

Speakers at a memorial for Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw yesterday paid rich tributes to the former chief of Indian army and said his contribution to the liberation war of Bangladesh cannot be forgotten.

Govt plans to give BPC new shape

The two-day first photography exhibition on tourism ended at Jatiya Chitrashala of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in the city on Saturday night.

14000 students to be deprived of admission this year

Around 14,000 students who passed the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination under Chittagong Board this year would not be able to get admitted in the colleges of the port city for lack of sufficient seats.

'Free education from coaching'

Noted educationalist Prof Muniruzzaman Miah yesterday said coaching centres are sliding down the quality of entire education system in many ways.

Chief adviser's interference sought

Speakers at a meeting yesterday sought the interference of the chief adviser (CA) to protect citizens from the harassment by the transport owners by charging excess bus fares.

Building leans as tremor jolts Rajshahi

A five-storied building leaned on another building while cracks developed on a number of houses following an earthquake that hit Rajshahi and its adjoining areas on Saturday night.

Termination of journos protested

Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) yesterday formed a human chain in front of the National Press Club to protest termination of journalists from the ETV, the RTV, the Shamokal, the Janakantha, the Jai Jai Din and the Ittefaq, and demanded implementation of the wage board award.

DMC foundation day celebration on July 10

Dhaka Medical College Alumni Trust will celebrate the 62nd foundation day of Dhaka Medical College (DMC) at Shaheed Dr Milon auditorium on July 10, says a press release.

AL doubts success of dialogue

Expressing doubt over the success of the ongoing formal dialogue between the government and the political parties, acting President of Awami League (AL) Zillur Rahman yesterday said his party would neither take part in the upcoming upazila nor parliamentary polls if the state of emergency is not lifted.

Baroness Tonge's visit postponed

Visit of Baroness Tonge to Bangladesh has been postponed, a British Council release said.

Road show arrives in Ctg

People from all walks of life gave a warm reception to the road show 'Esho Bangladesh Gori' (Let us build a Bangladesh) when it reached the port city yesterday amid heavy downpour.

2 killed in road accident

Two people were killed in a road accident at Sajiara area on Magura-Jhenidah highway in the early hours of yesterday.

Prof Yunus, Ravi Shankar honoured at FOBANA conference

Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus, Oscar award winner Nafiz, Pundit Ravi Shankar, George Harrison and Osman Chowdhury and other eminent Bangladeshis were awarded in the 22nd conference of Federation of Bangladesh Associations in North America (FOBANA) here.

Nasim's condition unstable

The physical condition of ailing Awami League (AL) leader Mohammad Nasim did not improve since the last 15 days, said a physician at LabAid Hospital in the city yesterday.

BCL to begin countrywide tour

Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday decided to begin a countrywide tour to realise their six-point demands including permanent release of AL chief Sheikh Hasina, says a press release.

New fare rate for BRTC buses

The Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) fixed new rate of fare for its buses from yesterday.

Workshop on food policy begins today

A two-day workshop on 'Research in support of the national food policy: Review of preliminary findings' will begin at Biam Foundation in the city today.

New WFP representative takes charge

John Aylieff assumed the responsibility as the World Food Programme (WFP) Representative in Bangladesh, says a press release.

National

Laws still lax to keep corrupt people away from polls

Laws are still inadequate to keep corrupt people away from contesting elections.

Memo to Rangpur DC to close down orphanage in Gangachhara

A memorandum was submitted to Rangpur deputy commissioner yesterday seeking action against some teachers and managing committee members of an orphanage in Gangachhara for allegedly running activities of banned Islamist militant organisation Jamat-ul Mujahedeen, Bangladesh (JMB) in the area.

Areas of Patuakhali town, many shoals inundated

Rains in last five says and tidal water have inundated vast coastal areas including Patuakhali town.

2 cases against 64 RU students dismissed

A Rajshahi court yesterday dismissed two cases filed by Rajshahi University registrar and Motihar police against 64 students in connection with daylong violence on the campus on October 30 in 2004.

Licence of 188 rice mills cancelled in Pabna

Authorities have cancelled licences of 188 rice mills in Pabna district for as they failed to supply rice and paddy to the government godowns at official rate under the ongoing food procurement drive.

Jute workers announce fresh agitation programme

Newly formed "State-owned Jute Mill Workers' Development Committee" has announced a fresh agitation programme for implementation of their eight-point demand.

2 fugitive life-term convicts held in Satkhira, Thakurgaon

Police arrested two fugitive convicts, who earlier got life-term imprisonment under Women and Children Repression Prevention Act, from Rangpur and Satkhira on Saturday.

2 hurt in Dinajpur bomb blast

Two people including a minor boy were injured as a bomb wrapped in a jute bag exploded at Hajapur graveyard in Awaliapur union of Dinajpur Sadar upazila Saturday, police said.

2,000 people most vulnerable in Khagrachhari Sadar

The district administration has made a list of about 2,000 people belonging to 140 families, identifying them as most vulnerable to landslide in Sadar upazila in hill district Khagrachhari.

Defence witnesses' deposition now on Wednesday

A trial court in Sylhet for the second date yesterday deferred recording of deposition of the defence witnesses in the much-talked extortion case against Sylhet city BNP chief Ariful Haque Chowdhury, fixing it for Wednesday.

2 boys missing in Bay

Two boys went missing when a trawler turned aside in the sea near Ghoramara under Sitakunda upazila in the district yesterday afternoon.

Letters

Politics and poverty

Recently, there was a very interesting discussion on Channel-i and GP sponsored "Ajker Sangbad Patra". The experts have said that the poverty has increased in the country during the last 18 months of arbitrary rule of the military backed government. The poverty level is approximately 80%, with more than 60% being steeped in extreme poverty.

An average smile!

Friday dailies welcomed the readers by displaying the jubilant faces of successful SSC students, the future generation to usher in a luminous future. They are smiling, hugging one another, giving pose for the next day's newspaper and doing everything that suits the occasion. The print media and the electronic media rendered highest attention to holding the moments of unfathomable joy of the glorious victors who passed out successfully the first public exam of their life. The readers and viewers came to know the secrets of the triumphant students how many hours they spent for studying, to whom they are indebted most--in every detail. The story of success of some impecunious students-- who refused to bow down to poverty because of their unquenchable thirst for knowledge--attains the fairy tale flavour.

Free and fair election

At the 'National Dialogue on Democratic Transition' held at Kashem Mahbub High School Auditorium recently, the Chief Adviser said his government would extend all cooperation to the Election Commission to ensure that the elections are free from the influence of black money and muscle power. It is a good step by the caretaker government.

Spanish inquisition

The Euro 2008 trophy has gone to the right hands. This particular Spanish team deserved it. They played super football throughout the entire tournament. This feat broke the jinx that they carried for 44 years. The underachiever team of the football's higher echelon has now got something to cheer about.

"Partisan hoopla"

A very interesting piece of news was published in DS on June 30, 2008. The gradual association of the major political parties in the pilot local council elections is making the EC and the government very nervous The nation has watched the extensive ' dour jhap' of the EC and the government to obtain the support and participation of the major political parties in the ensuing polls. Now they are gradually engaging in the right direction, and the EC is very nervous about it. Why? Is it because of the hard conditions given by the major political parties which might destroy their castle of cards built during the last 18 months? The government is perhaps also very nervous at the progress of the event politically.

Dhaka College incident

I refer to the DS editorial on 30-06-08 on the Dhaka college incident and the paper's expected sanity of the students. A few days earlier I wrote another letter under the caption "Accident and vandalism " which was published in the DS. In fact, vandalism on the spot of any sort of accident has become a culture in our society. If following an accident, near a garment factory, or near an educational institution or on the highway, the people nearby start rushing in like bees and vandalise other incoming vehicles, how can we live?

Politics as profession

Earning money and politics are, as the dictionary suggests, two different things. One suggests the money earned for livelihood, and the other the way of ruling a state or the art of governance. But in our country's perspective, they are closely related. In the developed countries, the number of people living on politics is very few. People do politics for the welfare of the country and its people. They don't depend on politics for their livelihood. It is neither their means of living, nor profession. But here many people, directly or indirectly, have adopted politics as the single means of earning. They are running business enterprises and controlling tenders and all such activities in government offices. They are working under the aegis of political leaders. The more these leaders create opportunities for their party's supporters and activists, the greater the number of party men .

Science education

Would you disbelieve me if I don't give any reference and statistics but say that in our colleges there are not enough seats to accommodate all the SSC students who pass from the science group? Would you disbelieve me if I say that there are not enough seats in our universities to accommodate all the HSC students who passed from the science group? There are not enough jobs in our research organisations and industries to provide jobs to a large chunk of science graduates who finish their studies in universities, let alone to all? These jobs are not attractive enough to attract meritorious science graduates.

Facebook

We thank the author of "I don't care, I'm leaving facebook". He has represented an important issue with some good points. We also felt just like the way he felt about facebook. But he raised some questions about privacy and irritation. He is right, but we have our views from a different perspective. If someone is interested about us, it's not tough to collect personal information, and one is not bound to keep them on facebook. So, it's depending upon the individuals to keep their privacy. And it's true that applications, invitations and requests are irritating. But they are easy to avoid! In spite of these problems, facebook is really a great way of our social network. If I find all my old school and college friends on the same platform, why won't I like it? Really, facebook resembles the 'face' of one in the digital world. If we cannot control ourselves, can we save our times from being wasted only leaving facebook? Actually, we care to be with facebook!

Ridiculous decision!

The government has decided to increase the individual level of income tax ceiling from 150,000 to 165,000 to help people, considering the present cost of living. But it looks funny and it seems the government is joking with the countless suffering masses of Bangladesh. Because this insignificant increase does not make any meaningful difference, compared to the present state of country's economy and cost of living. That means a person earning Tk.13,750 and cannot afford to maintain his family with this poor amount of money is bound to pay income tax. What a ridiculous decision! This level of increase is not at all in line with the government increase of prices in other sectors and increase of cost of living. Recently, the government has increased its selling price of CNG from Tk 2.47 to Tk 9.97 per unit, that is more than 4 times higher than the previous price. The price of essential commodities, including rice, has increased nearly 100% during the last one year. But the income of the general people did not increase more than 10%. Under such a dangerous market situation, how far is it justifiable to increase the income tax ceiling by only Tk.15,000?

Corruption in NGOs

I strongly appreciate the words of the TIB Trustee Board Chairman. He pointed at the level of corruption in the NGOs in Bangladesh. It is true and can be found easily among the top ranked NGOs of Bangladesh. Some of them are making the poor community poorer in the name of development of their (beneficiaries) livelihoods by administering a high interest rate on loans/the so called micro-credit. The neo literate and illiterate people, especially the rural women, are being targeted and any inability in paying back the loans results in their assets being seized. There have been many signs of such narrow trades in the NGO sector, but it is impossible to stop or treat the top level NGOs with the same effect of anti-corruption law in Bangladesh. Because holding them under a chart of corruption would create a problem within the investment sector of Bangladesh, since NGOs have a huge presence and range in the development sector.

Why not us?

I noticed the circular for appointment of "Food Inspectors'' from Khaddo Odhidoptor in the daily Ittefaq on June 6.Initially, this gave me a great pleasure because I'm a student of Applied Nutrition & Food Tech & obviously this is absolutely Food & Nutrition based service. Unexpectedly, I was surprised by what was written in the qualification category. The required qualification was that students doing graduation with honours in any subject could apply for this post!

Workers' rights

It is a matter of great regret that about 20% of the owners of garment industries still don't pay the minimum salary to the workers. But the workers are the biggest contributors to this sector. Why should they be victimised? It is now quite impossible for them to cope with the present situation as prices of essentials are well out of their reach. It's their legal right to get this salary, as the owners had assured them earlier.

Medical treatment of politicians

Every day thousands of people are receiving proper and excellent medical treatment in Dhaka. Cardiac interventions and surgeries, knee replacement surgeries, vertebral column surgeries etc are being performed regularly in a very professional manner by expert hands in Dhaka. Unfortunately, some of our expert medical professionals suggest treatment abroad for politicians. Is it not shameful for them? The cases may be considered.

International

Another 21 killed in fresh Lanka fighting

Sri Lankan troops have killed another 19 Tamil Tiger rebels and lost two of their own soldiers in fresh fighting in the island's north, the defence ministry said yesterday.

Left to 'chargesheet' UPA

As their "political marriage" is all set to end, Left parties are out to target the ruling UPA for which they are preparing a "chargesheet" against the government detailing its "unkept promises" and "obsession" with the nuclear deal.

‘Suu Kyi vote win no longer legal’

The victory by democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party in 1990 elections is "no longer legal," Myanmar state media said Sunday, urging her supporters to prepare for new polls.

Thousands marooned by floods in northeast India

Flash floods triggered by heavy monsoon rains have washed away thousands of homes and displaced more than 50,000 people in India's northeastern state of Assam, officials said yesterday.

22 more Afghan civilians killed in US airstrikes

An Afghan district governor said 22 people, most of them women and children, were killed yesterday when US-led coalition airstrikes hit a wedding party in eastern Afghanistan, but the force insisted only militants were killed.

US removes uranium from Iraq

The last major remnant of Saddam Hussein's nuclear programme a huge stockpile of concentrated natural uranium reached a Canadian port Saturday to complete a secret US operation that included a two-week airlift from Baghdad and a ship voyage crossing two oceans.

Bush urges Myanmar to free Suu Kyi

US President George W Bush yesterday renewed his call for Myanmar's military regime to free opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest.

15 killed in Iraq attacks

At least 15 people were killed across Iraq yesterday, including seven by a bomb targeting a local leader of President Jalal Talabani's political party, officials said.

Obama struggling to explain his Iraq plan

After months vowing to get US troops home from Iraq, Barack Obama has succumbed to the war's political entanglements, struggling to explain his plan in the light of recent security gains.

US to consult allies before commenting on Iran nuclear response

The US said Saturday that it would talk with allies before commenting on Tehran's response to a plan from six world powers offering Iran technology and negotiations if it suspends uranium enrichment.

'No need to rush for Indo-US N-deal’

As the Indian government seemed set to move ahead with the stalled nuclear deal with the US, a top American daily has underlined there was no reason for the Bush administration to rush as it had given away "too much and got far too little".

Lanka activists organising media boycott of Saarc summit

Media activists in Sri Lanka are organising a boycott of the upcoming South Asian summit in Colombo in protest at escalating attacks against journalists, a report said Sunday.

Govt challenges Pak HC order on Shahbaz's election

The Pakistan government today challenged in the Supreme Court an order that an election tribunal should decide on PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif's eligibility to contest polls.

Pakistanis mark Red Mosque siege

Thousands of Islamists gathered Sunday in Pakistan's capital to mark the one-year anniversary of a deadly military crackdown on the radical Red Mosque.

Israel successfully tests missile interceptor

Israel has successfully tested a new defence system designed to intercept rockets fired from southern Lebanon and the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, public radio reported yesterday.

One shot dead as Indian diamond workers protest

One man was shot dead by a factory guard Sunday and 14 others were injured as thousands of diamond workers demonstrated for higher wages in a gem processing hub in western India, an official said.

G8 to pledge to take lead in halving gas emissions

The Group of Eight richest nations is likely to pledge at the upcoming summit to take the lead in efforts to halve emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050, a newspaper said yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

“Devi’’ staged

The four-day theatre festival organised by Bahubachan at the National Theatre Stage ended on July 5. The festival was arranged to celebrate a significant moment in the history of neo-theatre movement in Bangladesh: The first stage play for which tickets were sold was Bahubachan's production Projapotir Leelalashya (written by Farhad Mazhar and directed by Motahar Hossain) on June 3, 1972 at the Engineers' Institute Auditorium.

Popularising the mysticism of Hason Raja

Akramul Islam stepped into the spotlight at the young age of 22 with the famous song “Shona bondhey amarey deewana korilo, Na jani ki montro pori jadu korilo,” written by the mystic poet Hason Raja. It was also Islam who had composed the tune for the song and it had stuck to the listener's heart since.

Buddha's Caves

Sand is implacable in far western China. It blows and shifts and eats away at everything, erasing boundaries, scouring graves, leaving farmers in despair.

Film spanning South Asian countries on the cards

When the time comes for an idea, nothing can stop it, so goes the saying.

Rabindra-Nazrul Jayanti observed in Pabna

Lalitokala Kendra, Pabna observed Rabindra-Nazrul Jayatni with much festivity recently. A discussion and cultural programme was held at Pabna Bonomali Auditorium last Friday. Lalitokala Kendra organised the programme marking 147th birth anniversary of the noble laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore and 109th birth anniversary of the National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam.

Muslim Institute celebrates Tagore and Nazrul birth anniversaries

Muslim Institute, Mymensingh observed Rabindra and Nazrul Jayanti recently. Marking the occasion a function was held at the auditorium of the institute. The function included discussion, announcement of stipends and a cultural function.

OP-ED

The education divide

One of my nieces, after getting GPA 5 in the SSC examinations, didn't go for merriment, lamenting that there was nothing special in securing the grade nowadays. It's really puzzling when we see that 52,500 students obtained GPA 5, with all the students of some city schools getting the highest grade. The pleasure of becoming a member of 10 is far better than becoming a member of 100 or 1,000.

Anti-Americanism and the Taliban

The recent killing of eleven Pakistani soldiers at Gora Prai by American and Nato forces across the border in Afghanistan unleashed an amazing storm.

The case against intervention

There are currently four major national disasters that burden human compassion: Darfur in the Sudan, Zimbabwe, Somalia, and Myanmar. All are dreadful examples of man's cruelty. All are difficult for a sane man to understand.

Water wars are about to begin and I'm going to win

Here's a wonderful modern sales technique. You go up to someone and say: "We'd like to sell you something you don't need because you already have it."

Star City

The art of illusion losing way

A pin-drop silence descends in the dark shadowy auditorium. Hundreds of audience are waiting in suspense with pouncing hearts. At the centre of the stage is a young woman trapped in a box waiting to be cut into pieces.

Born to remain under lock and key

All three research laboratories at Bangladesh National Herbarium (BNH) have been under lock and key since their setting up in 1999.

"city express"

The latest crop of quotes from the city's press -- words worth repeating, we feel, for their humour, insight or sheer outrageousness. Star City does not necessarily support the opinions expressed in this column.


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