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News of: Friday, 25th of July, 2008

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HC declares new ordinance invalid

The High Court (HC) yesterday declared the new contempt of court ordinance invalid, and observed that it undermines the spirit of the constitution and independence of the judiciary.

4-lane Dhaka-Chittagong highway plan in limbo

Upgrading the Dhaka-Chittagong Highway into a four-lane road is in fresh limbo due to negligence and lack of coordination between the Ministry of Communications and Roads and Highway Department (RHD) in preparing tender documents.

AL, JP to jointly face BNP-Jamaat alliance

Awami League (AL) and Jatiya Party (JP) in a latest political development decided to join hands with an eye to securing victory over the BNP-Jamaat alliance in the upcoming national elections.

Graft in two RHD roads costs Tk 29cr

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in its primary report on corruption in the Roads and Highways (R&H) Department revealed that irregularities in constructing two roads resulted in the loss of Tk 29 crore to the state exchequer, not to mention the roads are unusable now.

Indigenous people should get to manage forest

Over the years, flawed policies have destroyed a large part of the Modhupur forest instead of preserving it, speakers at a seminar said yesterday.

RPO won't be repealed, but amended

The government has shifted from its stance to repeal the Representation of the People's Order (RPO) 1972 and wants to amend it, incorporating the Election Commission's electoral reform proposals for conducting the parliamentary polls.

Ministry can skirt purchase rules for urgent food import

The food ministry can import food grains on an emergency basis without amending the Public Procurement Regulations (PPR) 2008 to tackle the upswing in food prices.

Zafarullah gets 2yrs for not submitting wealth report

A special court yesterday sentenced Awami League (AL) Presidium Member Kazi Zafarullah to two years' simple imprisonment for not submitting wealth statement to the Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) in due time.

Hill people still suffer from food shortage

Indigenous people in many remote villages in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) will have to suffer from lack of food grains for at least two more months until the next harvest if the government does not provide them with food.

DCC stops felling trees in Gulshan

The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) yesterday backtracked on its plan to cut down trees to improve drainage system in Gulshan, Banani and Baridhara neighbourhoods, amid strong protests from locals and environmentalists.

Wholesale price fall yet to pass on to retail market

Falling prices of different varieties of edible oil on wholesale markets are yet to have any impact on retail prices of the commodity in the port city.

City, municipal polls to have foolproof security: IGP

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Nur Mohammad yesterday said his department will deploy more police forces than the Election Commission (EC) expects to ensure foolproof security during the upcoming city corporation and municipality elections.

Court raps cops for failure to arrest Huji men

A Dhaka court yesterday expressed dissatisfaction over negligence in duties by police personnel in executing arrest warrants against seven absconding Harkatul Jihad (Huji) members accused in the August 21 grenade attack case.

12,000 additional police deployed for Saarc Summit

At least 25 Tamil Tiger rebels and four soldiers have been killed in fighting across Sri Lanka's northern region, the defence ministry said yesterday.

BDR, BSF exchange lists of criminals

The Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and the Border Security Force (BSF) of India exchanged lists of criminals of the two countries operating from across the border in a four-day biannual meeting ending in Kolkata yesterday.

Accused in fake Zia Orphanage case held

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) personnel yesterday arrested an accused in the Tk 2.10 crore Zia Orphanage Trust fund embezzlement case and handed him over to Ramna Police Station after preliminary interrogation.

Tk 1cr VoIP equipment seized in city

Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) equipment worth around Tk 1 crore were seized from two places in the city early yesterday.

Tension still runs high in frontier village

Tension still runs high at Pirojpur village in Chapainawabganj after Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) exchanged gunfire on Wednesday morning.

Outlaw killed in 'shootout'

An underground operative was killed during a “shootout” between his cohorts and police at Malsan village under Raninagar upazila of the district early yesterday.

Powertek lone bidder for Bibiyana

The government yesterday received only one bid for the 450-megawatt Bibiyana power plant project.

57 Taliban killed in Afghan clashes

Afghan troops killed at least 34 Taliban in battle after militants ambushed an army convoy in the country's south yesterday, while 15 Taliban and seven police were killed elsewhere, officials said.

Saarc accord likely in Aug for dealing criminal issues

India and other Saarc countries are likely to firm up an accord next month in Colombo for mutual cooperation to deal with criminal matters.

Editorial

BB's pro-active monetary policy

Bangladesh Bank governor Dr Salehuddin Ahmed's announcement of an expansionary half-yearly monetary policy last week, setting aside IMF's advice for a tighter policy has generated favourable reactions from economists and trade and industrial circles. What it means is the BB has gone for expansionary credit growth with the objective of ensuring reasonable price stability and providing support to a sustainable and high growth paradigm.

Death by water in Pallabi

The death by drowning of five young people in a lake in Pallabi on Wednesday is a good deal more than merely being tragic. Indeed, the incident raises a few questions not only about the nature of the deaths themselves but also about human nature. The first of these questions relates to the matter of why these young people, ten in all, suddenly decided to pile themselves on a boat that bore the risks of an accident. The lake (or jheel in common parlance) is these days brimming with rainwater on account of the on-going monsoon, which should have been reason enough for these young people to stay away from that fateful boat ride. It is understood that the boatman had earlier warned these young people about the risks involved. Unfortunately, no heed was paid to him.

Deep in the heart of nowhere

It's a spectacular sight. Bangladesh from the vantage point of a small, low-flying sea-plane is by any measure breath-taking. The silvery net of the innumerable criss-crossing rivers, the green on green patchwork quilts of the fields in planting season, the precise little boxes of the homesteads dotting the landscape, neat postage-stamp sized tin structures surrounded by shade trees, the occasional pond.

Deadlier than the sword

A popular writer has been recently clobbered because he claimed that writers enjoyed freedom in this country. Other things he said were incidental to the same line of logic. He slighted a writer who was brutally hacked for his writing. He claimed that the sedition charge brought against a prominent activist was stage-managed. Then he made insensitive comments on the food prices and showed his weakness for the current "army-backed" caretaker government. On all those counts, the critics argued, the writer who made those remarks during an interview with a Bengali newspaper put his foot in his mouth.

Cambodia's one-horse election race

Phnom Penh: Cambodia’s political parties are in their last day of campaigning before the electors go to the polls on Sunday to elect a new government. Although eleven parties have fielded candidates, the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) led by the longest-serving leader in Asia, Hun Sen, is expected to win a landslide victory. This has also further fuelled fears that Cambodia is effectively becoming a one-party state.

Sports

A team snatch thriller

Bangladesh A survived a fine comeback by Derbyshire's bowlers to record a thrilling one-wicket win on the final day of their three-day match at the County ground in Derby on Wednesday.

The deal comes official

Citycell has asked the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) told hold at least 16 tournaments each year during their three-year contract, which was finalised yesterday.

Looking for more

Abahani will look beyond their last year's success in the coming season as they feel they are better tuned for competitions than their rivals.

Mahela touches The Don

Mahela Jayawardene equalled former Australian legend Don Bradman's record of nine centuries at one venue to put Sri Lanka in a commanding position in the opening Test against India here on Thursday.

Pakistan it is

The International Cricket Council (ICC) decided Thurs-day to keep September's Champions Trophy in troubled Pakistan but it will appoint a commission to ensure security, officials said.

BHF draft voter list published

The election commission of Bangladesh Hockey Federation published a 73-member draft voter list yesterday for the executive committee polls.

BDR win opener

Sudhan scored nine goals and Khairuzzaman seven to steer Bangladesh Rifles to a comfortable 36-24 victory over Bangladesh Police in the opening match of the Design Zone 2nd Office handball League yesterday.

Pioneer League

A brace from Azizur Rahman Babu helped Golam Mostafa Lane Kishore Sangha come from behind to edge Jatrabari JS 3-2 in an exciting second phase match of the Dhaka City Corporation Pioneer Football League yesterday.

IOC confirms Iraq ban

The International Olympic Committee has confirmed a ban on Iraq from competing in the Beijing Games in a major blow to seven Iraqi athletes who had hoped to travel to China this August, an IOC letter said.

Ronaldinho smiling again

A smile has returned to the face of superstar Ronaldinho following his transfer to AC Milan, Brazilian coach Dunga said Thursday as he prepares his young team for the Olympics.

Barca won't release Messi

Barcelona on Wednesday dismissed a FIFA statement calling on clubs to release players under 23 for the Olympics, saying it will not reverse its decision to prevent Argentine striker Lionel Messi from competing in the Games.

Federer crashes at Toronto

Roger Federer's number one ranking slid into the danger zone as the Swiss suffered an opening-match loss to Gilles Simon 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 in the second round of the ATP Masters Series event on Wednesday.

Klinsi shrugs off defeat

Bayern Munich coach Jurgen Klinsmann shrugged off his first defeat in charge of the German giants when his team were beaten 2-1 in a pre-season game by Borussia Dortmund.

Shilton doesn't fancy Becks

Peter Shilton has told David Beckham he will never beat his England appearance record and believes Fabio Capello's side are doomed to failure in their bid to win the 2010 World Cup if the midfielder is in the side.

O'Neill won't shield Barry

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill has warned Gareth Barry that he won't protect the unsettled England midfielder from the hate-mob in Saturday's Intertoto Cup clash with Odense.

Inter fans jeer Mourinho

New Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho has already started hearing whistles from the crowd and the season is more than a month away from even starting.

Japan edge Australia

Substitute forward Shinji Okazaki fired home a last-minute decider to give Japan a 2-1 win over Australia on Thursday in a tune-up game for the Beijing Olympics.

Mutu not leaving

Fiorentina president Andrea Della Valle insisted on Wednesday that star Romania forward Adrian Mutu will be staying at the club despite interest from AS Roma.

'Lampard is staying'

Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari insisted Frank Lampard was staying with Chelsea as reports broke that the club was set to make the midfielder Britain's highest paid footballer.

Liverpool sign Ngog

Liverpool signed highly-rated French striker David Ngog from Paris St Germain for an undisclosed fee on Thursday.

Miller, Vaughan patch up

Geoff Miller, England's chairman of selectors, has had a meeting with Michael Vaughan to dispel differences over the selection of the team for the second Test against South Africa. Vaughan, England's captain, had earlier said that the inclusion of Darren Pattinson had unsettled the team.

A digital revolution

For the Olympic movement, the digital revolution is armed with a double-edged swordit has lured the younger generation away from sport but could open up the Olympic experience to a far wider audience.

It's same as before: Modi

Finals day of England's Twenty20 Cup is to be held at the Rose Bowl this Saturday but only two of the four teams in the fray -- Essex and Middlesex -- have chances of qualifying for the Champions League because they have no Indian Cricket League (ICL) links, Indian Premier League (IPL) commissioner Lalit Modi has said.

Asif readying for appeal

Mohammad Asif, the Pakistan fast bowler, is trying to hire the services of Dr Graham Durgan, a sports medicine expert from England, to plead his case against the dope charges after he tested positive for a banned substance during the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Dilshan makes referral history

Sri Lanka batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan created history on Thursday when he became the first player to successfully appeal against an umpiring decision.

Chetan bats for Yuvraj

Middle-order batsman Yuvraj Singh's confession that he likes partying does not make him an irresponsible cricketer but current lack of form makes him susceptible to criticism, feels former opener Chetan Chauhan.

Smiley fireworks

Smiley-face fireworks will burst in the skies above Beijing for the opening ceremony at the Olympics.

Sania crashes out of East West Bank

Sania Mirza once again fell at the second round stage when she lost in straight sets to Meng Yuan at the 600,000-dollar East West Bank Classic tournament on Wednesday.

Last minute rush for tickets

Xu Yonghe wants tickets to the Olympics, and he is willing to camp out in sweltering heat on a dusty path for 45 hours to get them.

ICC's IPL concern

The International Cricket Council has concerns over the threat of match-fixing in the Indian Premier League (IPL), ICC general manager Dave Richardson has said.

Business

Visa card costly for off-network ATMs

A Visa debit cardholder has to pay as high as Tk 143.75 per transaction if he or she uses an ATM that is not owned or shared by the card-issuing bank.

DSE key index jumps 105 pts

The benchmark index of the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) yesterday jumped by more than 105 points, or 3.8 percent, the largest single day gain since November 26 last year.

Limited trade unionism soon

Jute and Textiles Adviser Anwarul Iqbal has said government will allow limited trade unionism at factories soon in order to protect workers' rights.

Developer looks to high-rise buildings to reduce costs

A leading developer aims to reduce apartment prices by constructing high-rise buildings with at least 100 apartments in each, which the developer believes would decrease production cost.

Nordic Investment Bank awaits govt nod to start operation in Bangladesh

Nordic Investment Bank (NIB), an international financial institution, is intended to launch its operation in Bangladesh.

EU adopts new regulation for GSP

The European Commission yesterday adopted a new regulation on Generalised System of Preferences (GSP), which will come into effect from 1st January 2009 until the end of 2011.

Entrepreneurs urged to take initiative to develop tourism sector

Individual entrepreneurs should take more responsibility and initiatives to develop tourism sector further in the country, said Mahbub Jamil, special assistant to the chief adviser, yesterday.

25-30m Bangladeshis live in chronic poverty, observe economists

About 25 million to 30 million people in Bangladesh live in chronic poverty and have not been benefited by economic growth due to biased poverty mapping and inequality in resource allocation, economists said yesterday.

AKTEL to reduce postpaid call tariff to Tk1

With the aim to meet expectations of its postpaid customers, AKTEL will reduce postpaid call tariff to Tk1 per minute round the clock, 37 percent lower than the exiting tariff of Tk1.60 per minute.

TV warranty or exploitation?

You don't know how long you can use the television you bought today although its warranty period is 10 years. Heck, it may not even run for 10 days. But if you are lucky, it may function well beyond the time you bargained for.

US housing bill may stem downward spiral

A wide-ranging housing rescue plan passed by the US House of Representatives on Wednesday could help ease the downward spiral in the property market that is weighing on the US economy, analysts say.

Eurozone business activity close to seven-year low

Eurozone business activity contracted more sharply than expected in July, hitting the lowest level since just after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, a key survey showed on Thursday.

WTO talks plagued by new strains

Strains between big and small countries worsened tension between rich and poor at WTO trade talks here on Thursday as countries struggled to thrash out a new global free-trade pact.

Textile, cottage industry fair begins in Sylhet

A month long textile and cottage industry fair began at Goalabazar in Balaganj upazila yesterday.

China's mobile users top 600m

The number of mobile users in China, the world's biggest cellphone market, now tops 600 million, the government said, as subscribers increasingly abandon fixed lines.

Warid launches new prepaid package

Warid Telecom yesterday launched another prepaid package with a Zem prepaid connection, Nokia 1208 handset and free talk-time worth Tk 3,500, according to a press release.

Japanese exports drop

Japan said Thursday its exports fell for the first time in more than four years in June as the US financial crisis and soaring oil prices sapped the strength of Asia's largest economy.

Japanese exports drop for first time in four years

Japan said Thursday its exports fell for the first time in more than four years in June as the US financial crisis and soaring oil prices sapped the strength of Asia's largest economy.

IIDFC's new MD

Asaduzzaman Khan has joined the Industrial and Infrastructure Development Finance Company Ltd (IIDFC) as managing director, says a press release.

Best Air flies to Colombo, Male from Monday

Best Air, a private airline, flies two new international routes -- Colombo and Male -- from Monday, officials announced yesterday.

China's new investment rules seen good for foreign firms

China on Thursday defended its foreign investment rules, with a senior government official saying companies may think Beijing is being too stringent but they would benefit in the long term.

EU scraps preferential tariffs for Vietnamese footwear

The European Union has decided to end preferential tariffs for Vietnamese-made footwear and some other goods, the European Commission said Wednesday.

Rolls-Royce says net profit dips on weak dollar, higher costs

Rolls-Royce, the maker of plane engines, said on Thursday that first-half net profit fell 3.9 percent to 294 million pounds (374 million euros, 587 million dollars) owing to a weak dollar and higher costs.

US airlines battling stiff headwinds from high fuel prices

The top US airlines have posted heavy losses in the current earnings season as spiraling fuel prices have forced them to cut flights, fleets and staff, as well as raise fares and add fees.

India mobile phone giant Bharti Q1 profit up 34pc

India's top mobile phone company, Bharti Airtel, said its first-quarter net profit increased by a better-than-expected 34 percent, as subscriptions rose in the world's fastest-growing wireless market.

Metropolitan

Change negative attitude towards women edn: CA

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday called upon all for taking necessary initiatives to eliminate prevailing negative attitude towards women education in some parts of the society.

'Review draft RTI Ordn'

The newly launched Right to Information Forum has expressed concern over some significant weaknesses in the Right to Information (RTI) Ordinance 2008 presently being considered by the government for enactment, says a press release.

Stand against corruption

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chairman Lt Gen (retd) Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury yesterday called upon the student community to play more active role in the anti-corruption movement.

'Dark Star' to provide round-the-clock legal aid to victims

The Bangladesh Society for the Enforcement of Human Rights (BSEHR) has formed a team called 'Dark Star' who will provide round-the-clock legal aid to the victims of violations of human rights.

Solve transboundary river problems

Water Resources Adviser CS Karim yesterday called on the neighbouring countries to come forward with a helping attitude to solve the problems of transboundary rivers.

Bangladeshi workers in Kuwait call off strike after salary hike

The labour department of Kuwait declared increasing monthly salary to 40 Kuwaiti Dinners (KD) for around 8,000 Bangladeshi workers leading to withdrawal of their indefinite strike they began last Sunday in protest of labour exploitation.

Community pry teachers' ultimatum to govt

Community primary teachers will go for a hunger strike unto death from August 3 if their five-point demand, including nationalisation of their job, is not met by July 31.

'Elect honest, qualified candidates for country's welfare'

Shabek Sangsad Sadashya Forum, a forum of the former lawmakers, yesterday called on the people to elect honest and eligible candidates as their representatives at any level of the upcoming election so that they can contribute to the country's welfare.

DU students demand trial of war criminals

Dhaka University students yesterday demanded immediate steps to bring the war criminals to book and staged symbolic hanging of Jamaat-e-Islami leaders Golam Azam, Matiur Rahman Nizami and Ali Ahsan Mujahid, terming them war criminals.

Criminals loot rifle, wireless set from police in Bogra

A gang of criminals yesterday snatched away a Chinese rifle with five bullets and a wireless set from the policemen injuring at least four at Fakirpara under Shariakandi Police Station.

Unite for democracy

Politicians and former student leaders yesterday called on the student organisations to launch a united movement to overcome the present crisis facing the nation.

Locals attack school over death of five students

Guardians and local people vandalised the administrative building of MDC Model Institute at Pallabi in the city yesterday holding the school authorities responsible for the death of five students in a boat capsize in a lake in the area on Wednesday.

Lift ban on trade unions

Women members of National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF) yesterday observed a token hunger strike demanding immediate lifting of restrictions imposed by the caretaker government on the activities of trade unions across the country.

Next hearing Sept 8

The special court, dealing with the Niko graft case against former prime minister Sheikh Hasina and eight others, yesterday set September 8 for next hearing upon receiving the copy of the stay order of the High Court (HC).

Boy found dead in water tank

A three-year-old boy died after falling into an underground water tank at Shyampur in the city yesterday.

Three houses gutted in Ctg

Three semi-pucca houses and valuable properties worth around Tk 10 lakh were gutted in a fire in the port city's Alkaran area yesterday afternoon.

Deposition resumes Aug 5

A special court yesterday set August 5 for resuming the deposition of the witnesses in Tk 21 crore bribery case against detained BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman, former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar and six others.

Daylong book exhibition on Dhaka

As the part of celebrating 400th anniversary of Dhaka city, Dhakabashi and Central Public Library yesterday organised a daylong book exhibition on several topics of Dhaka at the library's seminar room.

Govt files leave to appeal

The government yesterday filed an application with the Supreme Court (SC) to vacate the recent High Court (HC) judgment directing the government to reappoint 10 additional judges who were not confirmed during the BNP-Jamaat-led government.

Tagore exponent Glatuk Danielchuk passes away

Noted Tagore exponent and Chief Adviser of Ghatok Dalal Nirmul Committee, Russia unit Prof Alexander Glatuk Danielchuk passed away in Moscow on Tuesday at the age of 85.

Alleged robber killed in mob beating in Ctg

An alleged robber was beaten to death by the mob at Jelepara under Hathazari upazila in the district early yesterday.

Coordinator killed in road accident

A man was killed and twelve others were injured in a road accident at Amdapa beside Khulna-Jessore highway under Abhoynagar upazila in Jessore yesterday.

6 mobile phone thieves arrested

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested six members of a gang of mobile phone thieves in the port city on Wednesday night and yesterday.

2 cops handed over to police after good beating in Ctg

Mob caught two police constables while trying to pick up a man in front of Shaheed Minar in the port city yesterday.

Assault on FF condemned

Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) of Rajshahi University unit yesterday staged a demonstration on the campus demanding exemplary punishment to Shibir cadres who assaulted freedom fighter Sheikh Muhammad Aman Ali at the capital on July 11.

Jute mill workers vow to boycott KCC polls

Workers of Khalishpur industrial belt have decided to boycott the upcoming KCC elections although the six mayoral candidates have expressed solidarity with their ongoing movement.

Letters

Poverty and climate change

Poverty and climate change are the most critical challenge for the present world. Poverty is widespread in the rural areas. Because of this situation most of the poor people face many social problems. As a result, the target groups (poor, rural women, young generation and the unemployed) are also not conscious about environmental problems like global warming and climate change in Bangladesh. They cannot contribute to the campaign against environmental degradation.

GPA based admission

Form newspaper, I got to know that the education ministry is planning to introduce GPA based admission system in the Intermediate level. They found that it would stop the unholy business of the coaching centres.

Needed: good management

What is common in the behaviour patterns of our Stock Exchange and the RMG industry? Lack of regulation or lax implementation? One outside example: bridges are constructed under government projects without approach roads; lying unused for years. It reminds us of the popular slogan "roads, bridges and culverts" used by the political masters. The attitude is a disease of society.

Voter list and elections

A few days back the CTG successfully completed the preparation of national Voter ID. The people are grateful to the EC for giving a genuine voter list, for the first time in the history of Bangladesh, with pictures within the EC's own declared time schedule. This genuine ID with the voter's photo will go a long way to streamlining the electoral process.

Prime minister, just a shopper!

It was around eight o'clock in the evening at supermarket Food Town Mount Eden in Auckland on July 19. I was on the queue towards a checkout to pay for my groceries I had in a trolley. When the lady just in front of me reached the checkout after staying on the queue for at least 10 minutes, the checkout operator surprisingly looked at her face for a few seconds and then said to her, “You look like Helen Clark”. Guessing his implied question that if she was Helen Clark, she simply replied to him, “That's right”. Yes, I then noticed that she was New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark.

Amending EPR

We could learn from the media news that the govt. is contemplating amendment to the existing EPR, particularly some clauses to enable the convicts to seek election. In the past the convicted persons who suffered three-year term of imprisonment were barred from seeking election.

Eve-teasing on campus

Eve-teasing is a rampant social evil. This has become a common phenomenon on Bangladesh Agricultural University campus. The issue always surfaces when something ugly happens. Knee-jerk reactions such as police patrol, `white' brigade actions, etc., continue for a short time. Public memory happens to be short and soon things return to the usual anarchy and we accept the fact that `nothing much can be done.'

Liberalised economy

When it comes to the economy, the of-repeated drumbeat is monotonous: the demand from the third world to liberalise its economies as a 'requirement' for development. Looking at the international development, that has taken place in the last three decades, we see the domination of capitalism. It has completely monopolised economic development and enforced its formula upon the world.

SAU

This is high time to check what's happening in SAU. Our university was opened on 14 July after 39 days, but nobody can say when the classes will start.

Punish the war criminals

Recently, a freedom fighter was assaulted in a Jamaat-backed so-called freedom fighters' meeting. We would urge this silent government to wake up and try the razakars and war criminals without further delay. They were identified in 71, there is a list of collaborators, and everybody knows it. There is no need to find out a new process or way to detect them in order to prove their crimes. This essential task has to be accomplished before the national election and all religion based political parties should be banned in order to bring about the change that we need.

Inflation

A couple of days ago a policy suggestion made by IMF caught my attention and forced me to write something. They suggested that the central bank go for a contractionary monetary policy (less expansionary according to them) to stabilize the price level. I, with many of the general people, failed to understand how an organisation like IMF could suggest such a preposterous policy. The uncontrollable inflation in Bangladesh is not caused by excessive money supply. Had that been the case, then the banks would not have raised their interest rate on deposit to solve their acute liquidity crisis and the business people would not have claimed that they are facing shortage of credit supply. That clearly suggests that there is not enough money in the money market that could create inflation. From our experience, we have been watching that inflation in our country stems from the ever-rising fuel price, shortage of supply, artificial supply crisis created by our suppliers, increased labour and import costs and above all the huge population that is creating tremendous pressure on the limited supplies of economic goods and services. Rather than solving these problems, if we go for reducing money supply, it is certainly not going to do any better. Instead, such a contractionary policy would be detrimental for our economy by slowing down the economic growth through reduced investment and consumption expenditure.

Poverty free world

As mentioned by the Nobel Committee chief during his visit to Bangladesh, proper education is the only instrument to overcome global crisis of terrorism, social unrest, food shortage and corruption.

Blood donation

"One's blood, another's life" the slogan of a voluntary blood collecting organisation has to be appreciated fully. Last Friday I donated blood for a teenager at the Orthopaedic Hospital in Dhaka for the first time in my life. I felt so good after donating blood. I thought, how close one can become to another human through blood transfusion! My blood is flowing in somebody's vein and working for her betterment --what an incredible feeling!

Killing of BDR men

On July 18, 2008, we lost two BDR soldiers in a shooting by Indian BSF. BSF killed so many people of Bangladesh near the border areas over the years, but when they killed BDR members it was a different story. Any country's border security force is a symbol of that country's sovereignty. Therefore strong protests should come from the political parties as well as the government. But we are unlucky. We don't find any voice being raised from our political parties, especially the big ones!

Voter list

Can the EC explain to the nation how they have maintained the required transparency or public information to prepare correct and complete voter lists? We are aware that the contracts were awarded to the NGOs for public information and mobilisation purpose, since they have not visited homes for voter listing as done before. At least, I apprehend some gaps in the entire efforts and that many voters have been left unregistered. Yes, we know they can register now, but why it has not been possible to register them during regular listing?

Earthquake preparedness

An earthquake is the shaking of the ground caused by a shift of rock along a fracture in the Earth known as a fault. It results in the abrupt release of energy in the surroundings from the Earth's surface. Myths and religions Scientists believe that most earthquakes are the result of the motion of the plates that exist inside the earth surface. Our Earth's inner mantle is a thick layer of solid, dense rock consisting mainly of magnesium and silicon. The outer crust is made up of a number of plates that float on the molten rock of the mantle. These plates are forced to move across the convection currents caused by the heat rising from the centre of the earth. The rate of plate movement can be measured by accurate techniques.

Dealing with the corrupt

It won't be an easy task to bring back all the high profile people who were involved in corruption and fled the country. But at least the ACC or the government can set up a special unit to find out where these people are currently living and can request the governments of those countries to extradite these corrupt people.

Floods

It seems another flood is at our doorstep as many places in Eastern India have already been flooded. It doesn't need to be a rocket scientist to predict that if Eastern India is hit by floods now, we are also going to be affected by it pretty soon.

Tax payer's appeal

I am a retired government servant. During my long service-tenure of three decades no itching palm disturbed me. I submitted my tax-returns regularly for a good number of years. When no tax was imposed on my income for five successive years, my tax adviser instructed me not to submit returns any more. After retirement I started living on my tax-free pension and the profit of a few Bonus Sanchaypatra (10% of the profit earned was regularly deducted). For the last three years, I have been earning a small amount every month for my participation in television programmes on a private channel. The channel authorities regularly deduct tax on that earning of mine.

International

Pakistan rules out foreign 'invasion' against militants

Pakistan will not allow foreign troops into its tribal areas to root out extremists threatening coalition forces in neighbouring Afghanistan, its foreign minister said here yesterday.

Pakistan warns of new N-arms race with India

Pakistan has warned a deal leading to increased Indian access to nuclear fuel could accelerate the atomic arms race between the rivals, according to a letter obtained on Wednesday by The Associated Press.

India in diplomatic overdrive to seal US nuclear pact

India said yesterday it was sending out envoys to lobby for the final international clearances needed to finalise a controversial nuclear energy deal with the United States.

All options against Iran must be prepared: Israel

The Israeli army chief of staff has said in Washington that all options must be prepared to counter Iran's controversial nuclear programme, in remarks relayed on Thursday.

Asia forges accord on joint disaster taskforce

Asia's top security forum agreed yesterday on military exercises aimed at forging a regional taskforce to deal with calamities like those that struck Myanmar and China this year.

Top Pak leaders on Taliban hit-list

Pakistan's security and intelligence agencies have been put on high alert following reports that local Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud has prepared a hit list of 300 high-profile figures, including top political leaders.

Mayawati returns with larger profile

The loss in the parliament trust vote may have dashed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati's immediate dream of power in New Delhi, but she is returning to Lucknow with a larger national profile, including new allies who are more than ready to accept her as prime ministerial candidate.

Nine killed in fresh Kashmir violence

At least nine people including women and young children were killed in fresh outbreaks of violence in Indian Kashmir yesterday, officials said.

UPA rallies behind Speaker Somnath

The UPA today rallied behind Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, a day after the veteran Marxist was expelled from the CPI-M, with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh meeting him, a move aimed at assuring him of the coalition's backing.

Attention now turns to fugitive Mladic

With war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic finally in custody, Serbia came under increased pressure yesterday to capture his fugitive wartime military chief Ratko Mladic, also wanted for genocide.

Complete dinosaur fossil found

Japanese and Mongolian scientists have successfully recovered the complete skeleton of a 70-million-year-old young dinosaur, a nature museum announced Thursday.

Massive hunt to nab top criminal Anar

A massive hunt is on to nab Anwarul Azim Anar, a top listed international gold, drug and arms smuggler, who was snatched by his cohorts from police custody following his arrest at Kaliganj on July 23.

Arts & Entertainment

Asaduzzaman Noor and the leading ladies

It was a classic case of life imitating art. In the '90s, people brought out processions in many places of the country protesting the death sentence of a rogue with a heart of gold called Baqer. Baqer was merely a fictional character in the mega-popular TV series Kothao Keu Nei. And Baqer is just one of several powerful characters that Asaduzzaman Noor breathed life into.

“Uttam Kumar Memorabilia” at Nakshi Kantha Film Festival

To observe the death anniversary (July 24, 1980) of legendary Bengali film icon Uttam Kumar, a display of lobby cards, booklets and posters featuring the actor's famous films, is on at the Gorky Sadan, Russian Centre for Science and Culture in Kolkata.

Tapan Sinha to receive Dadasaheb Phalke Award

Veteran Bengali filmmaker Tapan Sinha has been chosen for India's top national film award -- the Dadasaheb Phalke Award -- for the year 2006 for his outstanding contribution to cinema.

Have You Got the Look?

Aspiring for the heady fame of previous winners and current actor-models Apurbo, Azra, and Lisa, the 24 finalists in the seventh annual Pantene-sponsored, “You Got the Look” (YGTL) competition are working night and day -- literally. The finalists in the competition, organised by Grey Advertising Bangladesh Ltd, were selected first from a pool of about 2000 and then from an interview round where 120 contestants took part.

“Amader Nurul Huda” on ATN Bangla tonight

Drama serial Amader Nurul Huda will be aired tonight at 9:20pm on ATN Bangla. Written by Aranyo Anwar and jointly directed by him and Mahfuz Ahmed, the serial is aired every Thursday and Friday.

“Aaina Ghar” on Ekushey TV

Ekushey Television will air the talk show Aaina Ghar tonight at 8:15pm. The programme offers an insight in the lives of successful individuals. In each episode three celebrities are invited as guests. They take part in an interactive session, sharing their personal lives and more. Among them two take part in the conversation and one evaluates them. Tonight's episode of the programme will feature singers Abida Sultana, Shakila Zafar and Subir Nandi.

Ozzy to be crowned living legend

Rockstar Ozzy Osbourne is to be given the living legend award in the Classic Rock Roll of Honour this year.

OP-ED

Fine-tuning Doha Development Agenda

IN 2001, WTO members started negotiations on the Doha Development Agenda (DDA). And while international negotiations tend to give rise to disagreements between developed and developing countries, negotiations over the DDA have launched several different conflicts, which continue to be problematic for the WTO today.

What to do about climate change

CALAMITIES such as Cyclone Sidr, endemic sea level rise and recurrent floods serve as testimony to the realities of climate change. These events call for Bangladesh to brace for a future in which it must live with environmental disasters on a daily basis.

Backing for Barack

SEN. Barack Obama got a red-carpet greeting in the Green Zone. The Democratic presidential contender, who was in Baghdad Monday, was seated one-on-one with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki at the end of his marble-lined salon, while Obama's senate colleagues sat at the side with the aides. But the greatest gesture of Iraqi hospitality came just after Obama and the Americans had zipped off in their convoy of armored SUVs.

Okay, sometimes business folk can be funny and charming

PEOPLE often complain that I am always rude about business people. This is not true! I am negative about business people only about 99% of the time. (Today's column is the other 1%.)



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