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News of: Friday, 18th of July, 2008

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Koko freed for 2 months

Arafat Rahman Koko, younger son of detained BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, was released for two months on an executive order from the government yesterday.

HC declares BNP-led govt decision illegal

The High Court (HC) yesterday declared illegal and unconstitutional the BNP-led government's not confirming the services of 10 additional HC judges appointed during the rule of Awami League despite the chief justice's positive recommendations.

Economy regains growth momentum

The economy has regained the momentum for growth, said Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) in its latest analytical publication on the state of the economy in April through June of FY 2007-08.

Burnt in lust of a beast

Posing as a saviour, an alleged member of an intelligence agency attempted to burn a girl to death about six weeks ago. He joined hands with her kidnapper and set her on fire as her family refused their marriage proposals.

Dhaka, Delhi close to investment deal

India and Bangladesh are in the final stages of negotiations for a Bilateral Investment Promotion Agreement (BIPA) which is expected to be clinched soon.

EC won't call in army for city polls

The Election Commission (EC) yesterday decided not to ask the government to deploy the army alongside police forces for duties of the August 4 city corporation and municipality elections.

More lawmen may follow Fida suit

More law officers in the Supreme Court (SC) may resign from office if the government does not remove some discriminatory provisions amending the Government Attorney Service Ordinance, 2008.

Govt makes preparation for Ramadan essentials

The government has taken advance preparation, including keeping enough food stock, to ease prices of essentials during the holy month Ramadan.

Middle income country status 17 years away

Bangladesh will require another 17 years to graduate from Least Developed Country (LDC) to a middle-income one if 6.5 percent growth is sustained.

Horror still haunts them on outlaw trail

Selina Begum from Khoksha upazila in Kushtia still relives the horror that took place two years ago.

Poverty mission attainable

Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday asserted that Bangladesh would be able to achieve its missions of eradicating poverty, making life easier and ensuring socioeconomic progress in all fields.

Lotus Kamal gets bail in graft case

The High Court (HC) yesterday granted ad interim bail for one month to detained former Awami League (AL) lawmaker Abu Hena Mostafa Kamal alias Lotus Kamal in a corruption case.

8 killed, 20 hurt in Ctg road crash

At least eight people died and 20 others were injured in a road accident on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway in Sitakunda upazila of Chittagong yesterday.

Govt appeals against Nizami bail order

The government yesterday filed a petition with the Supreme Court (SC) to vacate the High Court (HC) order granting bail to Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer and former industries minister Motiur Rahman Nizami in the Gatco corruption case.

Former roads officer jailed over graft

A special court yesterday sentenced Abul Kalam Samsuddin, former administrative officer of Roads and Highways Department, to 13 years' imprisonment for amassing wealth illegally and concealing information about his actual wealth to the Anti-corruption Commission (ACC).

Charge sheet against 11 graft suspects okayed

The Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday approved the submission of four charge sheets against 11 people, including detained Beximco Group Vice-chairman Salman F Rahman.

Some foreign nations want unelected govt

BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday said some foreign nations want to keep an unelected government in power in Bangladesh to serve their interest.

21 Indian cops die in Maoist attack

At least 21 Indian commandos were killed Wednesday in a Maoist rebel attack in the mineral-rich but impoverished east of the country, officials said.

Lanka gets tough on UN, aid visas

Sri Lanka's government yesterday unveiled new restrictions on how long United Nations and other foreign aid staff are allowed to work on the war-torn island.

Editorial

New move to debar trial court convicts from polls

THE new move by the caretaker government towards ensuring that individuals convicted of criminal offences by a trial court are barred from taking part in elections sounds reasonable and acceptable. And it is so because it fills a major lacuna in the legal process. The lacuna is that individuals sentenced by a trial court are free to take part in elections as long as their appeals before a higher court go on. We realise, of course, that there is a standard legalistic approach in such situations, where an individual is free to engage in political or other activity as long as all his means of legal appeal are not exhausted. With due respect to such legalities or interpretations of legality, we also notice that the realities in Bangladesh since the restoration of democracy in 1991 have been quite beyond the ordinary. During that period many corrupt individuals got elected because of the lengthy appeals process. Indeed, over the past few weeks, with elections to the city corporations and municipalities approaching, reports have appeared of a number of people charged with corruption filing nomination papers for the polls. The resultant concern among broad sections of people can only be imagined.

Crossfire deaths must stop

AFTER a period of relative lull we notice a recurrence of encounter deaths of alleged criminals in RAB custody. We had condemned such killings before and we are constrained to express our repugnance once again.

Law enforcement imperatives

WELL-meaning Bangladeshi citizens can hope that the elected government of the not-too-distant future will ensure that power and hunger for more resources shall not become ends in themselves. Protecting the status quo from all challenges shall not become the prime activity of the government.

Four hundred years of solitude

OLIVER Wendell Holmes, Sr., one of the best regarded American poets of the 19th century, once observed that the axis of the earth sticks out visibly through the centre of each and every town or city. Dhaka had already seen that axis when the first urban settlements started in the 7th century. For many centuries since then the city remained eclipsed under the Buddhist and Hindu kings until it proved its mettle in 1608. The Mughals arrived and made it the capital of Bengal.

Changing the channel

IT was Lee Hamilton, the Democrats' wise old man of national security, who let slip the real reason for Barack Obama's big foreign policy speech in Washington on Tuesday. Hamilton was introducing the party's presumptive nominee in front of an audience of foreign policy wonks and Obama fans hosted by the Woodrow Wilson International Center.

Sports

Shakib back, Aftab not

Aftab Ahmed will miss Bangladesh's tour of Canada and Australia next month as the national selectors kept the injured batsman out of the preliminary squad.

Bangladesh A 126 for 1

Bangladesh A put on an attacking batting display on the second day to give a solid reply to Leicestershire's strong first-innings total in the three-day match at the Grace Road ground in Leicester.

The No-Fun Games?

Will the Beijing Olympics become known as the "No-Fun Games"?

Second Test starts today

South Africa coach Mickey Arthur says his team will live up to its billing as world No 2 when they face England in the second match of their four-Test series at Headingley on Friday.

Freddie to bat at 7

Andrew Flintoff will play his first Test for 18 months after England captain Michael Vaughan confirmed the all-rounder has been named in the team to play South Africa in the second Test, starting here at Headingley on Friday.

Pakistan feel confident

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is optimistic security measures provided for the Champions Trophy in September will be enough to convince other participating nations that the country is safe enough to host the tournament.

BKSP lift Fed Cup

BKSP bagged the Federation Cup basketball title yesterday with an exciting 73-61 win over Josephites Club at the Dhanmondi basketball Gymnasium.

Bangladesh 6th in Jr Asia Cup

Bangladesh settled for the sixth place in the 6th Asia Cup Junior Hockey Championship when they lost 1-0 to Malaysia in yesterday's classification match in Hyderabad, India.

Pistorius fails in bid

Double amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius said he was happy with his season's achievements on Wednesday despite missing out in his last bid to qualify for the 400 meters at next month's Beijing Olympics.

BCB approves deficit budget

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will have to struggle to run the show in the 2008-09 financial year as it approved a deficit budget of about 40 crore taka.

Hleb seals Barca move

Belarus international midfielder Alexander Hleb signed for Catalan giants Barcelona from English Premiership side Arsenal for 15 million euros on Wednesday on a four year contract which will see him team up again with another former Gunner in Thierry Henry.

Bosque to stick with the old

Vicente del Bosque preached a message of continuity at his presentation as the new coach of European champions Spain on Thursday.

Ronaldinho delighted

New AC Milan signing Ronaldinho on Wednesday said he was delighted to have completed his 18.5 million euros move from Barcelona.

C'Ron advises Bosingwa

Chelsea's new right-back Jose Bosingwa has been getting advice from Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo about how to handle life in the Premier League.

FIFA picks Brazil as backup host for 2010 WC

Football's world governing body FIFA is in talks with authorities in Brazil about staging the 2010 World Cup there should South Africa be unable to host the event, a Spanish sports newspaper claimed on Thursday.

Milan ticket sales soar

Ronaldinho's arrival at AC Milan has led to a huge surge in season ticket sales and hits on the club's official website.

Drogba return appeal hits 2m euros

A Marseille fans' appeal trying to raise enough money to lure back former star Didier Drogba tipped the two million euro mark on Wednesday, according to the website handling donations.

Ronnie will be unveiled

New AC Milan signing Ronaldinho will be formally unveiled by the Serie A club on Thursday evening.

Redknapp after Wright-Phillips

Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp has admitted he would love to sign Chelsea winger Shaun Wright-Phillips.

Benfica snap up Aimar

Argentinian international midfielder Pablo Aimar on Thursday signed for Portuguese giants Benfica from relegated Spanish First Division side Real Zaragoza.

Flintoff ecstatic

Andrew Flintoff said Wednesday he felt "ecstatic" to be back in the England Test set-up after 18 months out of the side with injury and insisted his best years were ahead of him.

Chambers made to wait

British sprinter Dwain Chambers will have to wait to discover if he can compete in next month's Beijing Olympics after being told there would be no High Court ruling on Thursday over his bid to get a temporary injunction against his lifetime Olympic ban.

ECB chalks up its T20 double

English cricket is to feature two Twenty20 competitions as part of a new structure for the domestic game starting in 2010, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Wednesday.

Bradman bats stolen from shop!

Four valuable cricket bats signed by Australian batting legend Sir Donald Bradman have been stolen from a sports shop, police said Thursday.

Beckham beckons 23

The dream will come true for 23 young footballers who get the nod to travel to England and train at the David Beckham Football Academy in London next month.

SA-Eng series get icon status

Future Test series between South Africa and England have been granted 'icon' status by Cricket South Africa and the England and Wales Cricket Board with the support of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Beximco win Ascent Cup

Beximco clinched the Ascent 5-a-side Corporate Soccer Cup after beating HSBC by 6-3 in the final at the STM Hall ground in Uttara on Tuesday.

NZ hunt for coach on

New Zealand started the search for a new national cricket coach on Thursday, saying it was offering an opportunity of a lifetime to a world-class candidate with a proven track record.

New subway, rail lines in service

Beijing's two new subway lines and a new rail line should be running Sunday and serving millions of passengers by the opening of the Olympics in three weeks.

Business

BB to follow expansionary monetary policy

Bangladesh Bank yesterday announced that it would continue to follow the expansionary monetary policy ignoring the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) suggestion to tight it, to tame the surging inflationary pressures.

Bangladesh now to certify exportable leather

Bangladesh is going to launch a global standard testing laboratory by this month to test and certify exportable leather and footwear products to meet the demands of international buyers.

500 illegal ISPs in business

Around 500 unauthorised Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are in business in the city and eating up the market share of the legal service providers, degenerating the quality of internet services for the home users.

Asia ready for WTO deal, but not at any price

Asia's economic giants, under pressure to yield ground in key global free trade talks next week, are ready to open their markets to spur growth, but not at any cost, analysts said.

Nokia market share up in Q2

Nokia, the world's leading mobile phone maker, reported on Thursday an 8.0-percent rise in underlying second-quarter net profit and its shares soared 9.0-percent despite a heavy hit for closing its Bochum plant in Germany.

Concern over Petrobangla's proposal on gas price hike

Businesspeople and other stakeholders expressed their concern at an open discussion in Dhaka yesterday that further gas price hike will seriously hamper investment and industrial growth.

Best Air to fly on Dhaka-Colombo route from July 28

Best Air, the country's third private airline, will start flying on Dhaka-Colombo route ahead of Saarc summit from July 28 to carry passengers from Bangladesh.

Huawei, Buet sign deal to set up wireless communication lab

Huawei Technologies (Bangladesh) Ltd and Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) have signed an agreement to set up a Wireless Communication Laboratory & Training Centre, said a press release.

City Bank launches SME division, loan products

The City Bank launched its small and medium enterprise (SME) division in Dhaka yesterday.

Aktel to offer lower call tariff for pre-paid customers

Aktel, country's third largest mobile phone operator, yesterday announced to launch a reduced call tariff of Tk 1 per minute for its pre-paid customers, an evidence of the company's intention to enter into the price war.

Andulbaria: A seed growers' village

The stars shone brighter on Jashim Uddin's fate as he joined hands with his neighbour Abdul Hashem in his initiative to grow vegetable seeds on their small piece of land. Many frowned upon the then no so common idea, but Jashim stood by his convictions.

China slows but still expands at double-digit pace

China's economic juggernaut slowed but still maintained double-digit growth in the first half of the year as it battled inflation and absorbed global setbacks, official data showed Thursday.

Asian stocks close mostly up

Asian shares made sharp gains Thursday after a steep fall in oil prices and a Wall Street rally sparked bargain hunting, but doubts remained about long-term prospects due to US economic woe.

CoFi 11 moves to Banani from Gulshan

CoFi 11, a trademark venture of Cofi Eleven Limited, has recently moved to Banani from Gulshan-2 in Dhaka, says a press release.

Novartis marks 35 years in Bangladesh

Novartis celebrated its 35 years in Bangladesh yesterday through community activities such as conducting health check for marginalised people and tree plantation, said a press release.

New president of specialised textile mills

Sharif M Afzal Hussain has been elected the new president of the executive committee of Bangladesh Specialised Textile Mills and Powerloom Industries Association for 2008-2009 and 2009-2010, says a press release.

Singapore's key exports down 10.5pc

Singapore's key non-oil domestic exports (NODX) fell an annual 10.5 percent in June, pulled down by weaker shipments to the US market as well as to China and Europe, the government said Thursday.

80pc of Vietnam factories breach pollution rules

Eight out of ten factories and industrial parks in Vietnam breach environmental regulations, state media reported Thursday, citing a government study in the rapidly-industrialising country.

Taiwan raises ceiling on China-bound investment

Taiwan's cabinet on Thursday announced that it will raise the ceiling on corporate investments on the mainland to 60 percent of a company's net worth amid improving ties with China.

Novartis posts higher profits on improved pharmaceutical sales

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis on Thursday posted a better-than-expected net profit for the second quarter due to improving performance from its pharmaceutical division.

Metropolitan

Educate yourselves properly to establish peace, build a poverty-free world

Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee Ole Danbolt Mjøs yesterday called on the students to properly educate themselves to fight global warming, establish peace and build a poverty-free world, which would also be free of nuclear weapons.

Elect competent people

The corrupt politicians snatched the rights of people over the years in the past, now time has come to give them a befitting reply in the coming polls, said Dr Badiul Alam Majumder, general secretary of Shushashoner Janney Nagorik (Shujan), yesterday.

Pry teachers' talks with govt end without decision

Primary school teachers and ministry of primary and mass education did not reach any consensus yesterday on the issue of the government permission to Brac in order to supervise all primary schools in 20 upazilas under a pilot programme.

Anti-corruption campaign to be strengthened

Anti- Corruption Commission (ACC) and Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) are going to hold youth gatherings at district level to engage people in strengthening the ongoing anti-corruption movement in the country.

Road crashes kill 5, injure 7

At least five people were killed and seven others injured in separate road accidents across the country yesterday and on Wednesday.

Promote forest resources to face environmental challenges

Special Assistant to Chief Adviser for Environment, Forest and CHT Affairs Raja Devashish Roy has stressed the need for combined efforts of public and private sectors to promote the country's forest resources through tree plantation.

Ctg RMG workers demand salary arrears

Workers of a ready-made garment (RMG) factory put up a barricade on a road in Chittagong yesterday demanding payment of arrears.

Hold upazila election after JS polls in Oct: AL

Awami League central leaders yesterday asked the caretaker government to arrange upazila elections after holding parliamentary polls in October and lift the state of emergency fully ahead of the elections.

Polls campaign gets momentum in Sylhet

Electoral campaign including rallies, meetings and door-to-door mass contacts by the mayoral candidates in the city got a momentum yesterday after a four-day continuous rainfall.

Road show ends in city tomorrow

The concluding ceremony of the road show 'Esho Bangladesh Gori' will be held at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre tomorrow.

BSF withdraws objection to embankment construction

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday withdrew its objection to construction of an embankment to protect Bholahat from erosion by the river Mahananda.

Singer Farida Parveen wins Fukuoka Prize

Singer Farida Parveen has been awarded the prestigious Fukuoka Asian Cultural Prize 2008.

201 RU teachers protest attack on FF

Some 201 teachers of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday strongly protested the assault on a freedom fighter by Jamaat-Shibir cadres at a programme in Dhaka recently.

HC hearing on Tarique's petition adjourned for one week

The High Court (HC) yesterday adjourned for a week the hearing on a petition filed by Tarique Rahman, elder son of former premier Khaleda Zia, for quashing the proceedings against him in Tk 21 crore bribery case related to the murder of Humayun Kabir Sabbir, a director of Basundhara Group.

10 hurt as JCD, Shibir clash in Rajshahi

At least 10 students, activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Islami Chhatra Shibir, were injured yesterday on the Rajshahi Polytechnic Institute campus in a clash between the two student organisations.

Semifinal of MTB-Daily Star Debate held

The semifinals of Mutual Trust Bank-The Daily Star Debate Contest 2008 was held in the port city yesterday.

Ex-BNP lawmaker Alal's bail prayer turned down

A Dhaka court yesterday rejected the bail petition of detained former BNP lawmaker and General Secretary of Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal in connection with the case filed under the Emergency Power Rules (EPR).

Seminars on Canadian edn in 3 cities from July 21

Several seminars on higher education in Canada will begin in Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet beginning from July 21.

Ex-cop murdered in Mymensingh

An ex-police constable was stabbed to death near Telihati Bazar in Gouripur upazila on Wednesday night.

WFP representative presents credentials

The new representative of the World Food Programme John Aylieff presented his credentials to Foreign Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury at the foreign ministry yesterday.

2 candidates violate electoral code of conduct

Two candidates for councillor posts in Khulna City Corporation (KCC) have been accused of violating electoral code of conduct.

Ikhtiar made envoy to Philippines

The government has appointed Ikhtiar M Chowdhury, currently serving as director general of the South East Asia and Parliamentary Affairs, and the External Publicity Wing of Foreign Ministry, as ambassador to the Philippines.

Young girl found dead in city

Police yesterday recovered the body of an unidentified girl aged about 25 from Tejgaon railway gate in the city.

Quake felt in Rajshahi

An earthquake of moderate intensity was occurred at 4 hours 58 minutes and 17.36 seconds yesterday.

DU LLM Lawyers' Assoc executives

ABM Waliur Rahman Khan and Md Abdun Nur Dulal were elected president and secretary of Dhaka University LLM Lawyers' Association for the term 2008-10, says a press release.

Letters

Our tourist spots

We are aware that a campaign launched by new 7 wonders foundation was going on in order to select 7 new wonders of the world. Can we guess which one came first? Cox's Bazar!!

Withdraw ban on trade unions

A large number of workers working in various industrial mills and factories face different kinds of maltreatment, discrimination and exploitation. For this very reason, the prevalence of trade unions as collective bargaining agents on behalf of labourers and workers to protect their rights, to create pressure through the government on the management of the industries to improve the working condition and to press home their demand for higher wages to cope with the inflation is reasonable, desirable and democratic. To defend the poor people from discrimination and exploitation, the trade unions have no alternative. But, the government's enforced Emergency Power Rule has restricted the political and civil rights of the people, including trade union activities.

Monstrous price hike

The news of price hike of essential commodities is being published almost every day. Prices are soaring up sharply. Needless to say, the bulk of our total population lives below poverty line. For them, survival has been a great challenge since the prices of commodities started soaring up endlessly. Our honourable finance adviser has said that the prices cannot be brought down. If this is the situation, then it's clear that starvation will become unavoidable.

Collaborators of 1971

Who are these collaborators of 1971? What prevented the patriotic politicians who were in power to trace and punish the real culprits?

Regeneration of a degenerated society

The politicians, especially the leaders, are evading comments on how to regenerate a society, degenerated by political corruption. The moral responsibility (for decades) is squarely on the shoulders of the successive political regimes.

Eco-friendly innovations

The press report from Tokyo, where the G-8 recently met, published in a local English daily on July 8 should be an eye-opener for us. It was a showcase of innovations presented by the Japanese; utilising nature to develop eco-friendly facilities for comfortable living. Alongside were highly energy efficient machines to cut down carbon emission to the atmosphere.

Awami League's evolution

The Awami League was born when Shaheed Suhrawardy decided to drop the word Muslim from Awami Muslim League to merge with the secular forces in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). The idea was indeed visionary as it aimed to unite both Muslim-Bengalis and Hindu-Bengalis under a common identity-- Bengali. Moreover, since then the Awami League championed the demand of ordinary people of East Pakistan under the charismatic and uncompromising leadership of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman which ultimately resulted in the independence of our motherland--Bangladesh. A key reason underlying the success of pre-independence Awami League is that it was consistent with its principles and it succeeded in producing dynamic leaders who were able to lead the country even when Sheikh Mujib was imprisoned by the Pakistani forces. However, post-independence Awami League somehow failed to consistently practice the principles which it was formed upon. Some examples of such inconsistencies --its introduction of one-party system by creating BAKSAL; its participation in the election of 1986, which gave a new life to the autocratic regime of HM Ershad; its failure to have any within party democracy which only allowed incompetent people to emerge as leaders in the party apparatus; and lastly its short lived memorandum of understanding (MoU) with fanatic forces which alienated the party from its secular ideals. Today, it is hard to perceive the ideals that the Bangladesh Awami League really stands for, and, more importantly, what they aim to deliver in future. Even a month ago they were active in bringing back democratic forces in power. Now, after the release of their party chairman, they have somehow silenced down and some say a deal had been struck. We want to know what this deal is. And, is it in line with the principles that this party was formed upon?

Dubious candidates and our worries

Your today's( July 9) editorial expressed concern, quite rightly, that the upcoming city, municipal polls are being contested by people of dubious reputation and highlighted the deep worries of the Election Commission. Perhaps if we look at the whole situation in perspective we have to take into account the history of such elections in the past-- nearly two decades since the ouster of the "dictator" where these elections were influenced by the clout of the party in power and accordingly in most situations the candidates were elected with the resultant impact of the ruling party broadening its base to continue its domination, misrule and corruption. In essence, this culture flowed through from the central level of the political parties where the prime target was to somehow come to power and get the licence to rule in their own way for a period of 5 years. Interests of the electorate were subordinated due to the "money and muscle power" of the candidates backed by the central leaders of the parties, who at any cost wanted a "winner"--his credentials were immaterial. Thus the culture prevailed and here we are today to root out this culture in one clean sweep through the aegis of the Election Commission-- this is "wishful thinking".

Two taka note

Shortage of two taka notes causes huge suffering to the people. The notes in circulation are either torn, and therefore taped, or too old to use.

Pleasant surprise at govt office

Recently, I shifted my residence and had to transfer the T&T line to my new address. With fear & anxiety, I went to take NOC from Nilkhet Telephone Exchange. Considering my previous experience with the BTTB, I had made up my mind to face them with a lot of negative answers.

A pertinent point

In general, most of the students of our country who are weak or less strong in mathematics tend to choose the Business Studies group. Because, they believe that they won't have to face mathematics in higher education. The reason behind such kind of belief is the absence of mathematics at the HSC level under the present system. But the situation has changed. In higher education like BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration), BBS (Bachelor of Business Studies), BSS (Bachelor of Social Science) in Economics, the presence of mathematical courses & numerous mathematics based problems is quite evident. So, the students without mathematics background face problems in such cases.

Jamaat's growing clout

The BNP has lost a lot of ground due to its divided leadership. On the other hand, the Jamaat is gaining more and more political strength by virtue of their so-called "less corrupt" image and committed grassroots workers. It seems to me that the Jamaat might assume a leading role in the 4-party alliance, unless Khaleda Zia regains her position fully in the party with a new image and new policy.

ACR of govt officials

From the daily national news, we came to know that the annual confidential report (ACR) of government officials at upazila level will be written by the upazila chairman, after the local government election. No doubt it is a good decision. All govt officials will be liable to public scrutiny. The government is trying to develop our local government institutions, which is a crying need for the development of Bangladesh at the grassroots level. Although some opponents, especially the bureaucrats, will be disheartened but for the country's welfare such moves are necessary.

Errant law enforcer

On 27 June 2008, an ASP of police committed the crime of stealing a mobile phone set belonging to a Thai woman at Zia International Airport. He was caught red-handed and the mobile set was recovered from his possession. At one stage, the lady slapped him. In this connection a general diary was recorded. In the meantime necessary investigations are stated to have been completed by the police and recommendations for suspending the accused police officer have been made.

Padma bridge

After the successful completion of the Jamuna Bridge, the people of southern and western regions have been eagerly looking forward to their dream bridge over the Padma.

Abuse of modern devices

Rousseau said: "Men & nations can be reformed in their youth, they become incorrigible as they grow old" This is of course a statement of the obvious that youths if guided properly become worthy children of the parents and ultimately good citizens of the country.Scientists invent various devices & appliances to meet the requirements of the people. Some of their inventions proved to be tremendously useful. To keep pace with the fast moving world, computers have got into the field. It has changed the old systems of file & record keeping which requires large space for storage.

Corrupt court employees

Separation of the judiciary from the executive is one of the greatest achievements the caretaker government has to its credit. In fact, the caretaker government has highly been appreciated at home and abroad for this noble act. The government has separated the judiciary to make it independent, responsible, speedy and free from all sorts of corruption. Although the court is regarded as a sacred place, no file moves from one room to another without…. A section of dishonest employees is responsible for this. A warrant of arrest passed by the learned court does not reach the police station concerned in time, unless something is offered to please the officials concerned. Only the sufferers know the truth.

Victims of fuel price hike

The world must brace for another recession due to unprecedented oil price. Fuel price has soared to such a level that it has surpassed all previous records.

A peaceful country

The news that Bangladesh is a peaceful country dispelling the notions /opinions of many countries came as a pleasant surprise. Truth has its own way to dispel the wrong notions. Bangladesh ranks first as the most peaceful nation in South Asia in 2008, according to the global peace index survey conducted by an independent think tank. The reports put our country in a respectful position, which it rightfully deserves. Our foreign adviser, expressing his satisfaction, said, “This proves what we have been saying for some time. Today, Bangladesh is the oasis of calm in an otherwise turbulent region.” We are at peace with all our neighbours. Bangladesh's role in the international fields has been appreciated by all nations and the UN.

International

US joins key Iran nuclear talks tomorrow

EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana and Iran's top nuclear negotiator hold a key meeting tomorrow, with the presence of a senior US official for the first time adding a new dimension to the talks.

Sonia says no to nuke deal compromise

The India-US nuclear deal was in the interest of the nation and the government would not compromise on it, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi said in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh on Thursday in her first public remarks after the Left parties withdrew support to the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government.

Nato claims Taliban commander killed

Nato reported yesterday that a senior Taliban commander has been killed and Afghan officials said an airstrike left at least 10 insurgents dead and four civilians wounded.

More US troops may go to Afghanistan this year

Pentagon leaders on Wednesday signalled a surge in US forces in Afghanistan "sooner rather than later," a shift that could send some units there within weeks, as officials prepare to cut troop levels in Iraq.

EU to toughen Zimbabwe sanctions next week

The European Union will toughen sanctions against Zimbabwe next week, hitting businessmen backing President Robert Mugabe's regime for the first time, EU diplomats said yesterday.

Thai Muslim group claims ceasefire

An organisation claiming to represent groups involved in southern Thailand's Muslim insurgency announced Thursday it will end all violence in the region.

Pressure on Obama in Europe-ME tour

Barack Obama will flash Kennedy-style charisma but face a stern test as a novice on the world stage in the Middle East and Europe next week, on a trip rich in both risk and potential rewards.

Anwar released after arrest on sodomy charges

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said yesterday he was the victim of a "vendetta" after spending a night in custody over sodomy allegations that threaten to destroy his ambitions of seizing power.

Cong mobilising convicted MPs to save govt: CPM

As the numbers game is in full swing ahead of the July 22 trust vote, CPM on Thursday stepped up attack on the Congress on the issue of 'taking recourse' to convicted Lok Sabha MPs to save the government.

Most Pakistanis support dialogue with militants

More than 70 percent of Pakistanis support dialogue with pro-Taliban militants in tribal areas bordering Afghanistan over military intervention, according to a survey published yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

The unnoticed in a real world

Some of Jonathan Munshi's photographs are on display in a quiet lounge owned by 'aamra group' on top of Safura Tower, literally, quite above the din of busy Dhaka. As heavy glass partition muffles the noise outside, one tends to forget time looking at the photographs.

Padakkhep National Tabla festival '08 held at Public Library

Non-government organisation 'Padakkhep Bangladesh' arranged a daylong tabla festival at the Shawkat Osman Auditorium, Central Public Library on July 16. The programme titled “Padakkhep National Tabla Festival '08” is the first of its kind in the country, according to the organisers. Tabalchis (tabla artistes) from different parts of Bangladesh took part in the programme.

"Prem Shoinik" on Channel 1

Single-episode play Prem Shoinik will be aired on Channel 1 tonight at 8:15pm. Written by Muntasir Rony and directed by Tareque Khan, the story of the play centres on a short-tempered, mischievous girl named Aanchal and her numberless admirers.

Intellect, beauty and confidence mark the start of Pantene YGTL '08

In its seventh year, the pageant "Pantene You Got the Look (YGTL)" is back for the 2008 edition. Grey Advertising Bangladesh Ltd, on behalf of Procter & Gamble Bangladesh, is back in its familiar role as organiser of this gala event, says a press release.

Chhayanat's musical therapy for the autistic children

Chhayanat has started a new musical programme titled Surer Jadu, for autistic children from July 16. This is a one-year programme aimed at introducing rhythm and music to the children with special needs, says a press release.

"Billie Jean" voted top dance song

Michael Jackson's song Billie Jean has been voted the greatest dance record of all time by BBC Radio 2 listeners.

OP-ED

Quota system for civil service

IN all modern states, civil service has emerged as an important independent variable that greatly influences any kind of transformation in the society -- be it social, political or economic (Joseph La Palombara, Bureaucracy and Political Development). Civil servants are indispensable actors in initiating and making of government policies and programs, and also in implementing those. According to MaxWeber, "It is obvious that the great modern state is absolutely dependent upon a bureaucratic basis."

Is a state worker paid too much?

MANY developing countries are paying higher salaries to their state employees than they can afford, stunting economic growth in the process. The higher the relative government pay rates, the lesser the economic growth attained, according to an Asian Development Bank (ADB) study on 19 Asian, African and Latin American countries.

Manifesto for a world state

THE World House by Dr. Martin Luther King can be called the manifesto of a world state movement, which is now achieving more momentum, and converting more people to the idea, day by day. This gathering pace of the movement is due to the current disorder of the world led by the US hegemony and absence of an alternative solution. The idea of world state of course is not so new. However, now it has become urgent in the surge of globalisation, which is discriminately tilted to one side.

Louise Fraud and the man called Vitamin

THE globalised world is a tough one for people with Asian names. At a dinner party the other night, I heard about a guy called Mule (pronounced Mu-le). After years of being addressed as if he was a donkey by English speakers, he gave up and changed the spelling to Mulay.

StarTech

Streamlining Govt websites

With the whole world bustling towards the information superhighway, Bangladesh is not far behind. And at this point, our government is also making sure that it finds its place in the middle of the gigantic dot com traffic.

Gadget lovers flip for iPhone 3G but glitches mar release

Gadget lovers around the world on last Friday crammed into stores to buy the latest super-fast iPhone G3 only to find activating the coveted devices was hit-or-miss due to Apple computer troubles.

HP expands its leadership in Bangladesh

HP has been present in Bangladesh market for quite some time now and they reaffirmed their ongoing commitment to Bangladesh and plans to continue to drive initiatives in order to leverage on the ever growing consumer markets.

HP unvails Mini Note PC in Bangladesh

HP Mini-Note PC 2133 might be small in size but it is big on usability, durability and attractiveness. Packed with an impressive combination of features, the HP 2133 offers a full-function PC with the extreme mobility.

A-Data Sport Series USB flash drives

Even though you are stuck in traffic, you still cannot stop your desire for speed. By integrating an avant-garde design and special material, A-DATA Sport Series S701 Flash Drive is able to fully demonstrate the kinetic energy and explosive force of a sports car. The motive power continuously generated by the flash drive is an evidence of its endless energy.


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