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News of: Monday, 14th of July, 2008

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Option for 'no' vote made, party registration must

The council of advisers yesterday approved in principle the Representation of the People's Order (RPO) Ordinance 2008, okaying much sought electoral reforms including mandatory registration of political parties and an option for casting 'no' votes.

Badsha quits Rajshahi mayoral race

Workers Party Politburo Member Fazle Hossain Badsha dropped out of the mayoral race in Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) yesterday clearing the way for Awami League (AL) leader AHM Khairuzzaman Liton for running in the August 4 poll there with an undisputed nomination from 14-party coalition.

EC for admin reshuffle before upazila, JS polls

The Election Commission (EC) asked the caretaker government to reshuffle the field level public administration to facilitate holding of the long overdue upazila parishad elections and the stalled ninth parliamentary poll respectively in October and December this year.

Increased salinity changes vegetation pattern

Geowa plants are abundant on the banks of Khalsi canal. Most of these species are less than a decade old; many others are growing for only couple of years. Not only geowa, some golpata (nypah) and other saline-tolerant plants are visible here and there along the canal.

Watch on investigators

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has launched the Crime Intelligence and Research Unit formed with the help of the Detective Branch of police last month to monitor the performance of case investigators under DMP.

Cargo vessel strike finally ends

Goods-carrying vessels resumed operations last night after 69 hours of workers' strike demanding pay hike.

Bank borrowing lower than target in FY08

Increased revenue earnings and low implementation of Annual Development Programme (ADP) in the last fiscal year has resulted in low government borrowings from the banking system -- Tk 6,308 crore lower than the targeted borrowing.

Hasina exempted from court appearance

A special court yesterday exempted Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina from appearing in person during the trial of Tk 2.99 crore extortion case filed by businessman Azam J Chowdhury.

Freedom fighter assaulted by Jamaat men files GD

The freedom fighter who was assaulted Friday by Shibir cadres for demanding the trial of Jamaat leaders responsible for war crimes during the liberation war filed a general diary (GD) yesterday.

Hafiz for end to internal dispute of BNP

The dissident faction of BNP yesterday urged Khandaker Delwar Hossain, the party's chairperson-endorsed secretary general, to call a meeting of the standing committee for resolving internal disputes.

Charge framing not held as 6 accused not taken to court

The trial court of the August 21 grenade attack case could not frame charges against the accused, including former deputy minister Abdus Salam Pintu and Harkatul Jihad (Huji) chief Mufti Abdul Hannan, as six of the arrested accused were not brought to court yesterday.

Jamaat rejoinder

Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh yesterday protested a news report published in yesterday's issue of The Daily Star headlined "Jamaat activists' attack on freedom fighter sparks protest" saying the report was published with a view to tarnish the image of Jamaat.

HC hearing of appeals against verdict starts after 4yrs

Four years after the trial court's delivery of judgment, hearing of appeals and death references against the verdict in the 1975 Jail Killing Case began in the High Court (HC) yesterday.

President can promulgate poll related laws only during CG period

The president of the country cannot promulgate ordinances on issues other than those related to polls during the caretaker government rule, observes the High Court.

AK Azad sued for Tk 20cr ill-gotten wealth

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed a case against Hamim Group Managing Director AK Azad yesterday, accusing him of illegally accumulating wealth worth Tk 20.36 crore.

ACC appeals against HC stay, bail orders

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed an appeal with the Supreme Court (SC) yesterday against the High Court (HC) order granting bail to Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka in a corruption case and staying trial proceedings against him.

HC asks for Gatco case documents

The High Court (HC) yesterday asked the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to submit the Gatco corruption case docket (records) before it by tomorrow for examination.

Cable operator shot dead in city suburb

Armed criminals yesterday morning shot dead a cable operator in the city's Ashkona area under Dakkhin Khan police station.

4 JMB men get life

A Panchagarh court yesterday sentenced four activists of banned Islamist militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) to life imprisonment in a case filed in connection with the August 17, 2005 serial bomb blasts in Panchagarh.

Robber killed in gun battle with police

A suspected robber was killed in a gun battle between police and his henchmen at Kundarpara village in Narsingdi's Shibpur upazila early yesterday.

Kader Siddiqui slates govt for advisers' meeting with Hasina

Kader Siddiqui, president of Bangladesh Krishak Sramik Janata League (BKSJL), yesterday strongly criticised the government for allowing four of its advisers to visit Awami League (AL) chief Sheikh Hasina at her residence shortly after her release from special jail for treatment abroad.

24 killed in Afghan suicide blast

A suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowded bazaar in southern Afghanistan yesterday killing 24 people while 40 militants were killed in US-led airstrikes in the south in latest surge of violence.

33 killed in fresh Lankan fighting

New fighting in Sri Lanka's civil war killed 31 Tamil Tiger rebels and two government soldiers, the military said yesterday.

Bush asks Israel to prepare for possible strike on Iran

US President George W Bush has given Israel a go-ahead to begin preparations for a military attack on Iran, in case talks over the country's controversial nuclear programme fail to yield results, a media report has said.

Editorial

Science education in dire straits

The state of science education in Bangladesh is not at all satisfactory and it needs a major overhauling to help us become competent enough to face the future world, which will have to depend on science to solve most of its problems. This is the overpowering concern that was expressed by eminent scientists and academics of the country at a roundtable conference on the subject held on Saturday. The experts were unanimous in their opinion that be it agriculture, climate change, health or education, a nation will have to have a good grasp of scientific knowledge to progress and prosper.

Leasing out of closed jute mills

We feel that the government's plan to resuscitate five of the eight jute mills closed down during its watch is a worthwhile move. It makes good economic sense to reopen the closed state-owned jute mills - by leasing these out and giving their operating responsibility to private entrepreneurs.

The histrionics of an 'uncompromising leader'

The BNP chairperson has been, through occasional pronouncements during her court appearances, understandably trying to capture the moral high ground by championing some of the burning issues of the day, although an issue such as price hike is the legacy of the last BNP rule, when, to benefit the party minions, a syndicated price rise was first experienced.

Rivers' ravage

When a cyclone hits human habitats, some belongings remain on the homestead, ashes remain when a house is gutted by fire, but nothing is left over when river erosion occurs," the great political leader Maulana Bhasani once said while describing the woes of the river erosion victims of the country.

How public is public opinion?

All opinion is not public. This is one reason why public opinion polls so often get it wrong. Some sections of the Indian public -- generally, the less confident -- prefer to keep their views to themselves, partly out of a nagging fear that the establishment might react adversely to a hostile opinion. And partly out of a sense of property rights in a democracy: why should anyone else know what I think? Let them find out when they check the ballot box. Instead of leading the opinion pollster towards the broad truth, the voter might even deliberately mislead.

Sports

BCB okays Nimbus deal

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) finally struck the much-talked-about Long Form Agreement (LFA) with Nimbus Sports International Ltd for its Worldwide Marketing Agency Rights for a period of six years.

BFF connects Citycell with landmark deal

Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has struck a landmark sponsorship deal with Citycell worth Tk 16.5 crore for three years, the biggest ever trade in the country's football history.

SA solid in 2nd innings

Graeme Smith and Neil McKenzie continued to frustrate England in the first Test at Lord's as South Africa got through their second session here on Sunday without losing a wicket.

Prince rues follow-on

South Africa vice-captain Ashwell Prince apologised to his teammates despite a gutsy century in his maiden Test innings against England and on his first visit to Lord's here Saturday.

Lots of rooms available

Rooms are going begging one month out from the Beijing Olympics with hotels reporting lower-than-expected advance bookings and crossing their fingers for a late influx of tourists.

China on security alert

China vowed Sunday to step up security for the Beijing Olympics, warning of an unprecedented terrorist threat with up to 80 heads of state expected to attend the opening ceremony.

Nazmul can't stop surge

Despite Nazmul Hossain's five-wicket haul, Bangladesh A struggled to contain the Warwickshire batsmen as their three-day game headed for a draw on the final day at Edgbaston in Birmingham yesterday.

Bangladesh crush Oman

Bangladesh earned an empathic 7-1 goals victory against Oman in their second Group B match of the 6th Men's Junior Asia Cup Hockey in Hyderabad yesterday.

France recall WC triumph

France, reeling from the shock of an early Euro 2008 exit, celebrated the 10th anniversary of their World Cup triumph with a commemorative game on Saturday between their former heroes and an international selection.

No rush to replace Queiroz

Sir Alex Ferguson said he will take his time to appoint a new assistant after seeing Wayne Rooney inspire Manchester United to a 2-0 friendly win at Aberdeen on Saturday.

Muted response to Ronnie arrival

There has been a muted response to the impending transfer of Ronaldinho to AC Milan by a number of the club's past players, according to La Gazzetta Sportiva.

Zola backs Lamps

Italy under-21 coach Gianfranco Zola has said that Frank Lampard would be an excellent signing for league champions Inter Milan.

Rooney inspires United

Wayne Rooney kicked off Manchester United's Premier League preparations by inspiring the newly crowned European champions to a 2-0 victory against Aberdeen at Pittodrie on Saturday.

Sissoko close to return

Juventus midfielder Mohamed Sissoko said on Sunday that he hasn't long left to go before returning from injury and should be available for the Champions League preliminary matches.

Zidane is best ever: Beckham

Former England captain David Beckham claimed on Sunday that his ex-Real Madrid team-mate Zinedine Zidane was the best player of all time.

Asteroid named after Nadal

Spanish tennis superstar Rafael Nadal has been honoured a week after his epic Wimbledon victory over Roger Federer by having an asteroid named after him.

MU interested in Berbatov

Manchester United are interested in signing Tottenham Hotspur striker Dimitar Berbatov, the Bulgaria captain's agent said on Saturday.

Kaka's choice is C'Ron

Brazilian superstar Kaka believes controversial Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo will succeed him as the world's best player.

Pele ridicules slave remark

Football legends Pele and Gordon Banks both warned Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo against walking out on Champions League winners Manchester United and moving to Spanish giants Real Madrid on Saturday.

Robinho wants to stay at Real

Brazilian international striker Robinho said on Sunday he didn't want to be sold so Real Madrid could afford to bring Cristiano Ronaldo to Spanish champions Real Madrid from English Premiership titleholders Manchester United.

Freddie fails with bat

Andrew Flintoff's batting woes continued as he lasted just three balls and made two runs on a frustrating day for Lancashire against Hampshire.

CA in a limbo

Cricket Australia (CA) is yet to consider the position of players who refuse to tour Pakistan for the Champions Trophy. James Sutherland, the CA chief executive, said the board was currently interested in understanding the security issues and concerns and about whether the tournament will go ahead.

Patience comes in handy

At least Graeme Smith has managed to retain his newfound sense of humour. As he and Neil McKenzie walked off at the end of a torrid day's play, the pair could only grin at the indignity to which they had been subjected.

Local Snippets

The semifinals line up of the seven weight categories were set yesterday in the Southeast Bank 20th National Junior Boxing competition at the Mohammad Ali Boxing Stadium.

Soccer career for Sourav?

Former India cricket captain Sourav Ganguly will try his legs on football and will turn out for Chirag United in the I-League starting in September.

Rumi, Russell fly off to SL

Two Bangladeshi tennis coaches Rashedul Islam Rumi and Mustafizur Rahman Russell left yesterday for Sri Lanka to participate in the new Level 1 coaches course for beginner and intermediate players to be held from July 14.

Brazil's record seventh title

Brazil powered past Japan in straight sets on Sunday to win the World Grand Prix women's volleyball tournament for a record seventh time.

MCC criticises Oval reversal

The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has heavily criticised the ICC's decision to alter England's win in the forfeited Test against Pakistan at The Oval in 2006 into a draw, and will lobby for another reversal.

School Chess

Abhropratim Manna took solo lead in the 10th Standard Chartered School Chess tournament yesterday.

Business

AB Bank Foundation's shares in IFIC Bank confiscated

The Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday confiscated 6.12 percent shares of IFIC Bank held by AB Bank Foundation, an arm of AB Bank Ltd.

Foreign investment in stock market dips 99pc in six months

Net foreign or portfolio investment in stock market dropped by more than 99 percent in the first six months of this year because of profit taking by global funds.

Govt slaps ban on meat import

The government has imposed a ban on import of any kind of meat in a move to keep local export-oriented meat industry free from mad cow diseases.

Economy performing reasonably well: Aziz

Bangladesh economy is performing reasonably well compared to its neighbouring economies, despite facing several internal and external challenges over the last few months, observed the finance adviser, at the monthly luncheon meeting of Foreign Investors' Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in Dhaka.

Farming activities seem rewarding to rural population: Brac study

A section of farmers, who rent out their lands a few years back and switched to non-farming activities, are switching back to non-farming activities, following the surge in profits in the sector in recent years, a Brac study on rural economy says.

ADB urges govt to formulate food policy

The government needs to formulate a national food policy to ensure food security, said outgoing country director of the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Post Office launches money transfer service of Western Union

The Bangladesh Post Office (BPO) yesterday formally launched the money transfer service of Western Union (WU), a USA based money transferring company, by using its infrastructure and manpower.

Cambodian garment workers worry about future prospects

Sath Vanny sits anxiously at the door to her tiny one-room hut in the factory district of Cambodia's capital.

Marketing for brands

An American essayist, philosopher and poet, Ralph Waldo Emerson, once said “What you are shouts so loudly in my ears I cannot hear what you say.” I feel that this famous quote aptly describes the current branding and marketing scenario in Bangladesh.

DSE indices rise

Price indices on the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) rose yesterday led by power and banking shares.

Air India Express to launch Dhaka-Kolkata flights on July 20

Indian government owned Air India's economy carrier Air India Express will launch six flights a week from Dhaka to Kolkata with effect from 20th July 2008, according to a release.

IndyMac bank seized by US amid mortgage crisis

Federally-seized IndyMac Bank was due to reopen Monday after suffering one of the biggest bank closures in US history, as the troubled US mortgage industry struggles to stem further meltdown.

Biofuel use to become mandatory in Indonesia

The Indonesian government will impose a new regulation in October demanding manufacturing companies use at least 2.5 per cent biofuel in their fuel consumption to reduce their dependency on fossil fuel.

ROK experts warn housing market crash

Amid rising concerns that South Korea is entering a period of stagflation, real estate experts are warning that the housing market may be heading for a crash.

Yahoo rejects new Microsoft deal

Yahoo said Saturday it had rejected a "ludicrous" deal with Microsoft orchestrated by corporate raider Carl Icahn, who is bent on overthrowing the struggling Internet search pioneer's board.

China trade deficit in food up 14-fold

China registered a 7.57 billion dollar trade deficit in agricultural products during the first five months of 2008, up by more than 14-fold over the same period last year, state press said Sunday.

Consumers put the brakes on Malaysia's Proton

Malaysian Proton's highly publicised campaign to hike sales appears to have hit a road block, with drivers saying they will snub the national carmaker in favour of foreign models.

Bombardier may unveil 'greener' aircraft

Canada's aviation giant Bombardier could unveil its CSeries, a fuel-sipping "greener" rival to smaller aircraft made by industry leaders Airbus and Boeing, on Sunday in Britain, local media said Saturday.

Horlicks re-launched

Horlicks, a nourishing malted food drink, was re-launched in Dhaka yesterday with new formulation.

Citi appoints new GTS head in Bangladesh

Citibank, NA Bangladesh has recently appointed Parvez Murshed to head its Global Transaction Services (GTS) business in Bangladesh, says a press release.

Iran discovers billion barrel oil field

Iran on Sunday said it has discovered a new oil field in the hydrocarbon-rich province of Khuzestan with more than one billion barrels of crude in place.

Metropolitan

DMP move to avert road crash, prevent gridlock

The traffic department of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has taken a number of massive and multi-purpose programmes to make people from all walks of life aware of traffic rules in order to avert increasing road mishaps and also to curb intolerable gridlock in the city.

'Govt-NGO effort a must to make healthy Bangladesh'

Reproductive Health Services Training and Education Programme (RHSTEP) recently launched a clinic at Bandarban Sadar Hospital to provide the people of Bandarban district with free medicine and treatment facilities, says a press release.

Don't bow down to corrupt politicians

Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday said they will not bow down to the 'corrupt politicians' who are threatening that election will not be held without their release.

Curb extortion to fight graft

Authorities in the developing countries having resource constraints should give more emphasis on curbing extortion than bribery to combat corruption effectively, said Prof Fahad Khalil, a visiting fellow of BIDS, yesterday.

Draft coal policy to be placed in cabinet soon

The draft coal policy with options for open pit and underground mining is being sent this week to the cabinet division for the government approval.

WFP food for rodent-hit people in CHT

The head of European Commission for Humanitarian Aid (ECHO) Bangladesh mission on Friday visited the United Nations World Food Programme's (WFP) distribution programme of relief food assistance among the rodent-affected poor people in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), says a press release.

'Free Hasina, Khaleda'

Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of Awami League (AL), and Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), student wing of BNP), yesterday reiterated their demands for the permanent release of Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia.

Programmes to mark conclusion begin today

A six-day programme, including concert, fair and rally, will begin in the city today to mark the successful conclusion of two massive campaigns 'Esho Bangladesh Gori' and 'Freshgel Mukh Safai, Desh Safai'.

Rice price increases, oil falls

Prices of different varieties of rice increased once again, while those of edible oil registered slight fall in the wholesale market in the city yesterday with no impact on retail markets.

Khelafat remarks protested

Karmojibi Nari (KN), in a statement yesterday, resented the demand of Khelafat Andolon in a dialogue with the chief adviser on Saturday that no woman can become the head of the state.

Sexagenarian killed by muggers

A sexagenarian retired person was stabbed to death by muggers at Malibagh under Khilgaon police station in the city last night.

Nurse commits suicide at BSMMU

A nurse of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) committed suicide yesterday evening by pushing a poisonous injection.

Slash bus fare

Despite police interception, Paribesh Bachao Andolon (PBA), an environmental organisation, yesterday formed a human chain at Shahbagh intersection in the city demanding urgent steps to slash bus fare, says a press release.

Photography exhibition on Dhaka's heritage begins

The 400-year old Dhaka city wants to get its greenery and space for breathing back, the photographs put on display at an exhibition at the Drik Gallery in the city seemed to be telling this yesterday.

Man killed at Benapole

A man was killed by miscreants at Benapole in Jessore yesterday.

Shishu Medha Bikash Kendra launched in city

UCMAS Bangladesh, an institute for development of children's brainpower through the learning of mental arithmetic, recently launched Shishu Medha Bikash Kendra at Lalmatia in the city, says a press release.

SCF DU unit executives

Maloy Sarker and Biplob Mandal were elected president and general secretary of Samajtantrik Chhatra Front (SCF) of Dhaka University (DU) unit.

Unilever stands by Sidr-hit people

Unilever Bangladesh Limited has stood by the Sidr-affected people of Char Nazir area in Patuakhali.

Left parties observe 'protest day'

Different left leaning political parties yesterday observed their district level protest day programmes with the demands of cancellation of price hike of fuel, stopping the price hike of essentials and lifting emergency.

2 schoolboys missing in Ctg

Two school students went missing in the port city on Saturday.

Mobile phone officials robbed of Tk 18 lakh

Muggers riding on motorbikes snatched away over Tk 18 lakh from the officials of mobile phone operator Banglalink from the city's Uttara area on Saturday night.

Former BNP lawmaker Alal rearrested

Police yesterday rearrested former BNP lawmaker and General Secretary of Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal for the third time soon after he came out of Dhaka Central Jail.

World Scout confce begins today

A delegation of Bangladesh Scouts will attend the five-day 38th World Scout Conference beginning today in Korea, says a press release.

Night guard murdered

An elderly night guard was chopped to death at a market in Bogra town on Saturday night.

IUBAT signs MoU with US varsity

International University of Business Agriculture and Technology (IUBAT) has signed a MoU with University of Michigan Flint (UMF), USA, says a press release.

Thai Embassy invites entries for painting, photo article contest

To celebrate 36 years of Bangladesh-Thailand diplomatic relations, the Royal Thai Embassy has organised a "painting and photo article contest" for the students up to 25 years old currently enrolled in universities or schools in Bangladesh, says a press release.

BPATC advanced course on admin, dev begins

The 61st Advanced Course on Administration and Development (ACAD) began at Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre (BPATC) yesterday, says a press release.

Manipuri dance course in Indian HC from July 22

The High Commission of India in Bangladesh in association with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations will organise the first session of a month-long Manipuri dance from July 22.

National

Assault of freedom fighter by Jamaat-Shibir triggers protests

Assault of freedom fighter Sheikh Mohammad Ali by Jamaat-Shibir activists at a gathering of a Jamaat-backed so-called freedom fighter's organisation in Dhaka on Friday triggered protests by freedom fighters, professionals and students in different districts yesterday.

Provide candidates' info to elect honest persons

Speakers at a view exchange meeting yesterday said emergency power rules are not the final solution for all the problems including crime in the society.

Khulna jute workers stage hunger procession

Production in three state-owned Crescent Jute Mills, Platinum Jubilee Jute Mills and Star Jute Mills in Khulna remained suspended from 9:00am to 12:00 noon yesterday as over two thousand workers staged sit-in on Khalishpur BIDC Road to press home their eight-point demands.

Skeleton exhumed after 2 years for DNA test

Skeleton of a man killed two years ago was exhumed yesterday for DNA test and probe into the alleged murder.

Reforms to police ordn a demand of time, says IGP

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Noor Mohammad yesterday said reforms to police ordinance is a demand of time.

Patient's body found in hospital with injury mark

Kowotali police recovered body of a patient from near his bed at Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital with stab injuries on neck Saturday night, hospital sources said. The victim was identified as Moslem Ali, 70, of Kadamtali village in Itbharia union in Barguna. He was admitted to Barguna Sader Hospital following a road accident on June 12. He was shifted to Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital, hospital sources said. The victim's sister-in-law was attending the patient, they said.

66 in race in Phulbari municipal polls

Sixty-six candidates including 10 persons for the mayoral post are finally running in the election race at Phulbari municipality, Phulbari Upazila Election Office sources said.

One gets life, another 2 yrs RI in Patuakhali

A court in Patuakhali gave life term to one rapist and 12 years' imprisonment to another in two cases.

Outlaw arrested in Jhenidah

An outlaw was arrested at Borobari village in Shailkupa upazila on Saturday.

Letters

River erosion and water logging

Firstly, I would express my solidarity with the writers and thank them for their concern about such issues. Unlike the developed countries, these are the havocs intensifying day by day in the developing countries like

Mangoes or poison?

We are horrified to see the detection of tones of mangoes ripened with extremely harmful chemicals such as carbide. What are we taking in the name of mangoes? Are we poisoning us and our future generations to gradual painful death? This is a clear case of poisoning the entire population which warrants capital punishment for the offenders. But what a mockery of justice, the offenders were only served with three months' simple imprisonment! Is it the right kind of punishment for a crime of such magnitude? Anywhere in the world the perpetrators of such a horrible crime would get death sentence without any question. We have seen pouring of chemicals (poison) on fish, bananas, grapes and pineapples indiscriminately by the criminal traders, but only this time we have seen that even mango and jackfruits were not spared. This malpractice is going on unabated due to the weakness and time consuming procedures of our legal system. Imagine, only three months' simple imprisonment for poisoning the entire population! We demand immediate amendment of the law and severe punishment to the criminals. Otherwise, those greedy criminals in the guise of traders will never stop such dreadful activities.

Good results, but…

Beaming faces of the students on the front page of the newspaper : this image shows that the students are over the moon as they have achieved a good result. To be more precise, this year 52,500 students have got GPA 5 in the said exams. And the pass rate is also very healthy : 71.81%,which is more than the pass rate of the previous year.

Maturity is not their hallmark

I am a cricket lover and I do not miss any game featuring my country. I get inspired when I see our boys playing a competitive game. There is loss and win in every game, so losing a match does not disappoint me so badly if it is a well contested one. I have been watching our cricket from the beginning of its attaining Test status, but I do not find any marked change or improvement in its quality. I am pretty sure that our boys are still in the same place where they started from.

Admission in college

The results of the SSC exams were published recently. The students and their guardians were very happy. But now parents as well as students are worried about admission in college.

“Can Bangladesh make it alone?”

I take this opportunity to thank you very much for publishing my write-up on assessing the realities of our country's maiden journey into the world of international shipbuilding & heavy engineering under the aforementioned title (Forum).

Realise the truth

Before 1/11, the four-party alliance was all set to participate in the 22/1 election. The AL led 14-party coalition was forced to remain away from it. But the BNP led alliance was ready to take over as a one-sided election was going to be held where they couldn't lose! But things are different now.

Measuring credit worthiness

Credit is a necessary component in all sectors of commerce and industry. Inefficient use of credit is one of the main causes of poor credit management. In these continuously changing sectors of trade, commerce & industry, it is very much important to ensure availability of credit. In a country like Bangladesh it is more important to increase credit availability to build SMEs, which play a vital role in economic development.

Problems of SAU

The Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University (SAU) is located in the heart of the capital city. It started officially in 2001. In fact, the SAU has come into being through the upgrading of Bangladesh Agricultural Institute (BAI) which was established on December 11, 1938 as “The Bengal Agricultural Institute” by Sher-e-Bangla A. K. Fazlul Huq, the then chief minister of undivided Bengal, which later became “East Pakistan Agricultural Institute”. Regrettably, the teachers and the students of SAU are facing many problems due to lack of some required facilities.

Sense of humour

The Bengalee sense of humour is much older than that of the now materialistically-developed Western civilization (classical knowledge and wisdom travelled from the East to the West; now in the 21st century there is reversal of the sine wave: relocation from the West back to the East). Now both the West and the East have to meet and live together, in this squeezed global village. In the hot tropics, BO [body odour] is present in epidemic form; hence the daily bath--we have to patronise our 300-plus rivers! A land overflowing with the bounties of Nature--don't blame the Begums.

Biman's irresponsible act

I was one of the passengers of Biman's DC10, Flight No. BG 022 which was coming from Muscat via Chittagong on July 3, 2008.

CTG's U-turn?

Though this caretaker govt. is not an elected one but it got the silent support of the majority. The start was very good. It began to materialise the dreams of people by revealing the corruption of our patriotic (?) elected leaders. Not only that, it compelled those golden sons & daughters to confess to their guilt and go to jail thereafter. The common people didn't say anything against it, rather they appreciated it. It made us believe that no criminal would go unpunished.

Why bring in the Mughal ruler?

Shaista Khan was a general cum governor of Bengal during the Mughal period. We know about his military adventures and good governance. It is said that the price of 8 maunds of rice was only Tk 1 during his rule! Perhaps, it was not that good news for rice growers. But people in general were happy. But there is no mention in the history that he had any liking for lighter side of life, like jokes etc.

Accidents

It is now common news for all of us. Road accidents are taking place every day. But nothing is being done to reduce the number of such accidents.

Communicative English

What is the purpose of introducing 'Communicative English' in the educational institutions? The learners can learn the English language easily using dialogue. In the light of it, it can be said that the English books of different classes, especially for the classes at secondary level, prescribed by the National Curriculum & Textbook Board should be written in a simple language as well as simple sentences. I would like to highlight the book of classes 9 -10 (English First Paper) only. There are many long sentences in this book, which are really very difficult for the students to learn. Some topics of the book where these sentences are found are mentioned here. Such as The Voice of Women (Unit-18, Lesson-2), A Letter From Nottingham (Unit-9, Lesson-3), The International Mother Language Day (Unit-18, Lesson-3) etc. On the other hand, there are also many mistakes in this book. Correction of the mistakes is a must and the sentences should be shorter. Moreover, there are 100 marks for English first paper in the SSC exams every year and the students are to answer the questions on the basis of that marks. But it is a matter of regret that all the questions are not set up on the basis of that subject only. Some questions like rearranging of sentences, Substitution Table, Vocabulary Test etc. are taken in the question paper from other books, though the first one is taken from the textbook at times.

SAU's location

This refers to the letter(11/7/08) written by Prof. Zahidul Haque dismissing my proposal to shift SAU (Sher-e- Bangla Agricultural University) from its present location to a new countryside location. Shifting/ merging an organisation to a better place or with a same type of institution (say, with Bangabandhu Agricultural University which has only Master's, Ph. D. level programmes)could be quite desirable if it is for serving the greater interest of society or nation, saving public money.

Fuel and food prices

In your article on the World Bank analysis that bio fuels have pushed up the prices of food, you observed that high food prices have caused riots in Bangladesh.

Iodized salt?

How much iodine does the iodized salt contain? Last week, I had been to Rajshahi with some sea fish for my grand daughters because my son was complaining for long that they were running short of iodine there. When I asked him why didn't they take iodized salt? He counter questioned me, "Do you take that awful stuff?" Yes, I said. Then he got four packets of prominent brands of iodized salt and put lemon juice in the salt. As we knew the colour of the salt should turn pink, it did not turn so. I said that all these packets might not be of original brand or company.

Inter-faith conference

It is learnt from an AFP dispatch from Riyadh that the Custodian of two Holiest Mosques of Islam and the King of Saudi Arabia will launch an inter-faith conference in Spain later this month from 16 July to 18 July 2008, to be specific. The conference will be attended by representatives from People of Book of Almighty God -- Jews, Christians and Muslims.

International

US not hunting Laden on its turf, says Pakistan

Pakistan's top diplomat said Saturday there are no US or other foreign military personnel on the hunt for Osama bin Laden in his nation, and none will be allowed in to search for the al-Qaeda leader.

ME peace deal closer than ever: Olmert

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Sunday that Israel and the Palestinians have never been closer to a peace deal than now.

US, Iraq abandon efforts to reach long-term troop accord

The United States and Iraq have abandoned efforts to conclude a deal governing the long-term status of US troops in Iraq before the end of the presidency of George W Bush, The Washington Post reported yesterday.

Left launches campaign to vote out UPA

Determined to see the ruling UPA coalition crumbles after pulling the rug, Left parties will launch a "vigorous" nationwide campaign here from today against the government detailing its "unkept promises" and "obsession" with the nuclear deal.

Lebanon, Syria to set up diplomatic ties

Lebanon and Syria said on Saturday that they had agreed to establish diplomatic relations, opening embassies in each others' capitals for the first time since their independence from colonial rule.

India defends safeguards accord with IAEA

India defended Saturday a safeguards agreement with the UN atomic energy agency for a sensitive deal on its nuclear reactors, saying it guaranteed uninterrupted fuel supplies for its plants.

Sharif's party sounds veiled ultimatum to PPP over judges

Talking tough, former Pakistani premier Nawaz Sharif's PML-N party has warned that it will have to rethink its support to the ruling PPP if the judges sacked by President Pervez Musharraf last year are not reinstated by the end of next month.

Iran missile path uncertain despite tests

The United States used Iran's display of missile power this week as a dramatic illustration of the need for a proposed extension of the US missile defence system into Europe.

Nepal riot police revolt over bad food

About 500 riot policemen took senior officers hostage in a revolt in western Nepal over ill treatment and poor food, officials said yesterday.

Militants hand over bodies of 17 Pak troops

Suspected Taliban militants on Sunday handed over the bodies of 17 paramilitary troops killed in an ambush in Pakistan's restive northwest, highlighting a surge in insurgent activity there.

Over 200 unmarked graves in Kashmir

Police in Indian Kashmir yesterday admitted there are more than 200 unmarked graves in the revolt-hit Muslim region but insisted the tombs contain dead rebels and not civilians.

Merkel for slower nuclear phase-out in Germany

Chancellor Angela Merkel issued a contentious call Sunday to slow Germany's planned phase-out of nuclear energy, amid growing fears it will be impossible to slash greenhouse gas emissions without it.

Arts & Entertainment

Album of Nazrul Sangeet, arranged by Arnob, in the offing

Luva Nahid Chowdhury, managing director of Bengal Foundation, termed the evening "an informal ashor". There was however, a raison d'ętre. Going over a proposed album of Nazrul Sangeet. The fresh approach would be a collection of Nazrul songs by artistes who have attained popularity in other genres with music arrangement by Arnob. Bengal Music will produce the album.

Grand finale

Curtains came down at the Aromatic Gold Dhaka Fashion Week 2008 with glamorous splendour on July 12 at Dhaka Club.

'Stories of Change': Women as agents of social transformation

The finale of Stories of Change, a documentary film by Kamar Ahmad Simon and Sara Afreen, was greeted with warm applause on July 11, at the British Council.

Graduation ceremony of Prachyanat School's 14th batch

The graduation ceremony of the fourteenth batch of Prachyanat School of Acting and Design (PSAD) was held recently. On the occasion, students of Prachyanat staged the play Narak Gulzar at Dr. Neelima Ibrahim Auditorium, Mahila Samity. Founded by Prachyanat on June 8, 2001, the theatre school offers a six-month long certificate course in acting and design. The school has emerged as one of the very few institutions providing theatre education in the country.

Cultural organiser Milon Sarkar passes away

Local cultural organiser and Freedom Fighter Milon Sarkar is no more. Sarkar was battling blood cancer. He passed away at the Tata Hospital in Mumbai, India on July 6.

Ken Loach retrospective at Bangladesh Film Centre

Bangladesh Short Film Forum (BSFF) and Centre for Asian Art and Culture (CAAC) have been jointly organising retrospective film screenings, highlighting works of the master filmmakers since June this year. As part of the initiative, a five-day retrospective on British filmmaker Kenneth Loach (1936-present), widely known as Ken Loach, began at the Bangladesh Film Centre (auditorium of BSFF), Aziz Cooperative Super Market from July 12. Nine films directed by Loach will be screened till July 16.

Child artiste from Mymensingh shows great potential

Child artiste Afsana Roquiya Lima has flown to Japan to attend the 20th Children's Meeting of Asia Pacific Region that started on July 10. The event will continue till July 24.

Rural Micro Entrepreneur Fair held in Pabna

A two-day 'Rural Micro Entrepreneur Fair' concluded in Pabna recently. Pabna District administration and the local non government organisations (NGO) jointly organised the fair at Bondhon Community Center, Pabna. Different NGO's and micro entrepreneurs took part in the fair with their own products. Discussion meeting and cultural programmes were held to mark the event.

OP-ED

'There isn't and shouldn't be any divide'

Bangladesh Development Initiative (BDI), a US-based non-profit collaborated with Democracy and Development in Bangladesh Forum (DDBF) and the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University to hold the recently concluded "Bangladesh in the 21st Century" conference at Harvard. Shayera Moula caught up with Dr. Syed Saad Andaleeb, BDI president and professor of marketing, Pennsylvania State University, to discuss the goals of the conference and what comes next.

Exporting our way out

IN the 2006-07 fiscal year total export earning was more than $12 billion, which increased by 16%. in the fiscal year 2007-08. In only the last month of the previous fiscal year the growth rate was almost 10%, i.e. export earning was $1.2 billion.

Food security of marginal farmers

YEARS of hardship and labour in agricultural fields of Baro Kashipur Moddhya Para village of Sarulia union under Tala upazila in Satkhira have worn 40- year-old Hajera Begum to the bone. A single woman by choice, she walked out on her husband 10 years ago and survived.

Let's all try and be a bit nastier to each other

SIBLING rivalry is breaking out all over. But not between kids; between countries behaving like kids.

Star City

Born to limp for over a decade

Most of the city dwellers have no idea that there is a museum exclusively on the history of Dhaka. Even after two decades of its founding, the historical documents and artefacts preserved in the museum have failed to attract visitors.

Trucks play hell with old town traffic

A citywide ban on the daytime movement of heavy transportation vehicles goes unheeded as old town streets adjacent to some of the busiest exit points of the city still experience their cursed presence.

Habiba's last visit to gym

Habiba Mohammad Abir used to love swimming very much.



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