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News of: Sunday, 27th of July, 2008

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5,500 observers to monitor polls

Over 5,500 local and international election observers will monitor the August 4 polls, the first ones to be held under the state of emergency.

Poor salary makes future uncertain

With a monthly salary of only Tk 1,200, community primary schoolteachers are unable to carry on with their job, leading to gradual closure of the institutions for unprivileged students in remote places.

US for truly elected govt to take over

US Assistant Secretary Richard Boucher told Awami League (AL) chief Sheikh Hasina in Washington that the US would not accept any alternative to a democratically elected government in Bangladesh.

Draft voter list for DCC gets published today

The Election Commission (EC) publishes today the draft voter list for Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) area, providing the last chance for left out eligible residents to register as voters for the upcoming 9th parliamentary and city corporation elections.

29 killed as serial blasts rock Ahmedabad

At least 29 people were killed and more than 100 injured yesterday in a string of coordinated bomb attacks in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad, officials said.

Flood situation worsens as rivers swell

The flood situation in Netrakona, Pabna, Rangpur, Faridpur and Khulna deteriorated as the rise of water level of the Padma, the Jamuna, the Teesta and the Ubdakhali inundated more low-lying areas.

Tremor rocks country

A moderate earthquake shook the capital and parts of the country early today, causing panic among the people.

DMCH doctors refer most patients to pvt diagnostic centres

Elderly Mofizul Islam, a patient at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH), was worried how he would bear the expenses of four pathological tests at a private diagnostic centre as advised by the doctor at the medicine ward of DMCH.

Saarc preparatory meet opens today in Colombo

An eight-member South Asian meeting opening in Sri Lanka today will focus on boosting regional trade and stepping up moves to combat terrorism, Colombo's foreign minister said yesterday.

Toll collected illegally from CNG drivers

The leaseholder of the Bangladesh-China Friendship Bridge-1 (Buriganga bridge) has allegedly been collecting over Tk 1 lakh in tolls illegally a day from CNG-run auto-rickshaws although the lease agreement does not give it that right.

2 die as oxygen cylinders explode in Ctg

Two persons were killed and four others injured yesterday in an oxygen cylinder explosion at Kadam Rasul in Chittagong.

3 students drown in Bay

Three college and university students from Chittagong went missing while swimming in the sea in Cox's Bazar yesterday.

Bank accounts of 22 businesses, families frozen

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) Thursday froze bank accounts of 22 people including a number of businessmen and their family members in connection with suspicious transactions.

Indian army chief arrives today

Indian Army Chief General Deepak Kapoor arrives in Dhaka today on a six-day tour aimed at improving military cooperation between the two countries.

12 complaints lodged about rules violation

Candidates running for councillor posts in Sylhet City Corporation election lodged 12 complaints about violation of election rules by their rivals with the divisional election commissioner as of yesterday.

None utilises latest scope of legalisation

Not a single person holding undisclosed money has come up yet to avail the opportunity of the latest amnesty given to the tax-dodgers as a last chance, prompting the authorities to think about a simultaneous drive.

Power outage worsens

Country's power generation came down to 3,324 MW yesterday, resulting in nagging outage even on the weekend.

Cargo vessel sinks in Chandpur

A cargo vessel yesterday sank at the confluence of the Meghna and Dakatia rivers in Chandpur.

Pakistan PM to defend anti-militant strategy

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani left yesterday on a three-day visit to Washington to defend his government's reluctance to use force against Islamic militants blamed by US officials for soaring violence in neighbouring Afghanistan.

Drunk women force plane to emergency landing

A plane made an emergency landing in Frankfurt after two drunk British passengers tried to open a door to get fresh air, German police said yesterday.

Ratko Mladic's very personal war

Thick-set guards with walkie talkies and body armour blocked the way to the front gate.

Obama says US must work with its allies

Presidential contender Barack Obama yesterday defended his decision to travel to Europe and the Middle East, saying that problems encountered by Americans at home are often best dealt with by working with allies overseas.

China bends 1-child rule in quake area

Parents whose children died or were disabled in China's devastating earthquake will be allowed to have more children after lawmakers in the hardest-hit province waived strict family-planning controls, state media reported yesterday.

US Senate approves sweeping housing bill

The US Senate yesterday approved an elaborate housing rescue plan designed to help thousands of homeowners avert foreclosure and bolster mortgage finance giants that have struggled amid a volatile housing market.

Editorial

Overcrowded jails

WE are quite appalled at the news that the country's prisons are bursting at the seams with 87,000 inmates trying to fit in a space meant for only 27,451. This is a horrendous figure and it speaks loudly of the existing conditions as far as jail administration, maintenance of discipline and order, upkeep of physical environment and constant supply of utilities are concerned. A front page news item in this daily on Saturday says that the number of prisoners nearly doubled in a decade while the authorities failed to grapple with the problem by increasing the physical space to accommodate the growing number of inmates.

Manpower import moves in the Middle East

THERE have been quite a few encouraging moves for Bangladesh's manpower export sector in the last couple of weeks. The Saudi ambassador has been speaking of making matters easier for Bangladeshi migrant workers in his country; and Bahrain, where Bangladeshi workers came under a cloud because of a recent crime incident, with a consequent ban imposed on fresh manpower recruitment from Bangladesh, is taking new steps to ensure that our workers can continue to go and work there. We are happy that the Bangladesh authorities, so rudely awakened to the sad realities around them regarding the manpower sector, have been taking the necessary measures to keep the things going.

Escaping poverty traps

POVERTY estimates, whether levels or trends, have a tendency to be deceptive. When a country witnesses a reduction in overall poverty levels between two periods, it is considered a win; but when pitted against a figure of 25% of the population continuously below the poverty line, the same statistic loses its meaning.

Expectations from post-election government

THE objection raised by most of the mainstream political parties to the holding of local body elections before parliamentary elections is embedded in their eyes to the constitutional provision that the caretaker government's sole responsibility is to hold parliamentary elections only and that local body elections should be held thereafter.

Oil price and dollar reserves

SPEAKING at the 29th ministerial meeting of the Opec Fund for International Development in Isfahan on June 17, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dropped a bombshell -- no, not a nuclear one -- although many wished it might as well have been.

Sports

Football takes its bow

After an elongated year-long absence, top-flight football rolled back to the ground on Saturday with Jatrabarai Krira Chakra winning the opening game against Rajshahai's Diganta Prasari 2-0 in the Citycell Federation Cup qualifying rounds.

Pressing for semis

Like the other title contenders, Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra will also rely on foreign collection to buy a ticket to the semifinals of the Federation Cup, which got underway in the city yesterday with the qualifiers.

'The perfect game'

Muttiah Muralidaran and Ajantha Mendis made a mockery of India's strong batting reputation as Sri Lanka won the opening Test by a record innings and 239 runs here on Saturday.

Proteas doubt safety

South African captain Graeme Smith says his players have expressed major reservations about playing the Champions Trophy in Pakistan this September. His comments are the latest voicing player concern over security in Pakistan after the ICC confirmed on Thursday that the tournament would remain in that country.

A team in trouble

Speedster Makhaya Ntini tore down Bangladesh A's batting line-up on the second day of their three-day match at the New Road ground in Worcester yesterday.

Pioneer League

Rampura Krira Chakra registered their second consecutive victory in the Dhaka City Corporation Pioneer Football League beating Mugdapara Samaj Kalyan Sangsad 3-0 in a Group C match at the Kamalapur Stadium yesterday.

Rajshahi take kabaddi title

Rajshahi emerged champions and reached the final round of the Spectra Group National Women's Kabaddi Championship after their 59-17 win over Gaibandha in the zonal final at the Dhanmondi Women's Sports Complex gymnasium yesterday.

Ballack laughs off age jibes

It is an indication of the high esteem in which Michael Ballack is held by his Chelsea team-mates that the Germany midfield player was applauded on to the pitch before training at the Macau Stadium last night, although the fact that he had just returned from his honeymoon may also have had something to do with it.

Inter still eyeing Lamps

Despite rumours of a pending contract extension that will keep Frank Lampard at Chelsea for another four or five years, Inter Milan have not given up hope of signing the midfielder this summer, according to the Serie A club's chief executive.

Rummenigge concerned

After the Federal Cartel Office's insistence the German Football League (DFL) must re-negotiate their contract to screen live Bundesliga matches, Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has painted a bleak picture of the consequences for football in Germany.

Becks-mania on wane

David Beckham, who sparked a wave of "Beckhamania" one year ago when he joined the Los Angeles Galaxy, has seen the fascination slow and Major League Soccer grow due in part to his arrival.

Roma give up Mutu chase

AS Roma coach Luciano Spalletti admitted on Friday that he has all but given up on his bid to sign Romania forward Adrian Mutu.

Yorke breaks cheekbone

Sunderland midfielder Dwight Yorke is likely to miss the rest of the Premier League club's pre-season programme after suffering a suspected fractured cheekbone.

Capello denies retirement talk

England coach Fabio Capello moved quickly to deny reports on Friday that he was set to retire after the 2010 World Cup.

'Hulk' moves to Porto

Portuguese champions FC Porto on Friday signed Brazilian striker Givanildo Vieira de Souza, nicknamed "Hulk" for his muscular physique, for 5.5 million euros from Tokyo Verdy in Japan.

Mikel-ele to fill Makelele boots

Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi said he was hoping to step into Claude Makelele's shoes by making the holding role his own next season.

Maradona angry at Barcelona

Diego Maradona attacked Barcelona on Friday for their refusal to allow Argentinian superstar Lionel Messi to play in the Olympic Games.

Bosingwa out for 3 weeks

New Chelsea signing Jose Bosingwa faces at least three weeks on the sidelines with a torn thigh muscle, the club said on Saturday.

Rovers sign Robinson

Blackburn Rovers on Friday signed Tottenham's England goalkeeper Paul Robinson for 3.5 million pounds (4.44 million euros), the Lancashire club announced.

Partners in guile

Not since Michael Clarke's first match has a Test debut been so anticipated or successful. Like Clarke against India in Bangalore in 2004, Ajantha Mendis has burst onto the five-day scene in style, becoming the first Sri Lankan to take eight wickets on Test debut. Muttiah Muralidaran, who took 11 wickets at the SSC, pointed out two things after Sri Lanka handed India their third largest defeat; one, that Mendis is far more talented than he was when he debuted and two, that Mendis will take the pressure off him and perhaps extend Murali's Test career.

Seven-star Chelsea

Joe Cole struck twice as Chelsea hammered Chengdu Blades 7-0 on Saturday in a stylish rout which indicated new coach Luiz Felipe Scolari may be about to throw off the team's "boring" tag.

Nadal survives, Djokovic out

Rafael Nadal recovered after a marathon tiebreak setback to book a semifinal face-off against Andy Murray with a high-tension triumph over France's Richard Gasquet on Friday.

Recall for Harmison

England have recalled Stephen Harmison to their 13-man squad announced Saturday for the third Test against South Africa starting at Edgbaston on Wednesday.

Lot on Kumble's mind

While Mahela Jayawardene described Sri Lanka's massive win at the SSC a "perfect performance", his counterpart Anil Kumble was left to rummage through the ashes of India's third-heaviest defeat and concede that they played miserably. First and foremost on Kumble's agenda was how India would sort out Muttiah Muralidaran and Ajantha Mendis, who shared 19 of the 20 wickets to fall in Sri Lanka's biggest win on home soil.

Rating chess

The Eighth United Insurance and United Leasing International Masters Chess tournament will begin on July 30.

Sachin played with rebel Dinesh

Raising a piquant situation for BCCI, it has come to light that master batsman Sachin Tendulkar has played alongside 'rebel' player Dinesh Mongia for Lashings World XI in two matches in England last month.

ICC helpless of pullouts

International cricket chiefs admitted on Friday that they would be powerless to prevent any mass pullout from September's Champions Trophy in Pakistan.

Business

Telephone Shilpa Sangstha revival plan in trouble

The government's plan to breathe a new life into the Telephone Shilpa Sangstha Limited (TSS) has jolted, as a single company has so far showed interest to become a strategic partner of the lone state-run telephone equipment manufacturer.

IDLC offers services to firms to improve managerial capacity

A leading non-banking financial institution is offering services to companies to improve their managerial capacity for international markets.

WTO looks to capitalise on new optimism

Optimism surrounded WTO negotiations on a new global free trade pact Saturday, but opposition from India and a handful of others could dash hopes of a breakthrough, insiders said.

International trade facing financial fraud

The expanding international trade is facing financial fraud, the president of International Chamber of Commerce-Bangladesh (ICC-B) said yesterday.

Tourism fair ends on high note

A three-day tourism fair ended on a positive note in Dhaka yesterday.

Wall Street hesitates, awaits clearer economic picture

With Wall Street investors hesitant, fresh data in the coming week could help provide a clearer picture of whether the US economy is in recovery mode or an extended downward spiral.

Once upon a time…

I am sure you are familiar with how stories begin. Didn't we enjoy stories when we had the leisure to hear or read them at times gone by? Our evolution tells us that we learnt to talk first rather than to write. The use of a pen is more of a recent invention compared to oral communication. As such, story telling is the most ancient form of entertainment, telling and remembering history, and was the means of passing the tribe's historical baton from one generation to the next. Stories help us to connect with our history.

India's inflation eases to 11.89pc

In what is seen as adding cheer to the Indian government's confidence motion victory in parliament, inflation has finally stabilised to move down marginally to 11.89 percent for the week ended July 12 from 11.91 percent the previous week.

State-run Nepal Airlines plans to sell shares

The Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) Tuesday proposed to sell its shares to private parties under a public-private partnership (PPP) system in a bid to avoid further distress to the national flag carrier.

General Index down 11.27 points

Last week was no different as bearish trend continued for the sixth consecutive week on the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) with the exception of a sudden rise in share prices on Thursday, the last trading day.

Ford posts worst loss

Ford Motor Co. announced plans to accelerate its vast restructuring plan Thursday after the sputtering auto giant posted its worst quarterly loss in history.

China unmoved by slow exports

China's commerce ministry remains optimistic about trade for the rest of the year and will maintain the policies adopted in the beginning of the year despite widespread concerns over the export slowdown, according to the vice-minister of commerce.

Aircraft builder to open two plants in Portugal

Brazilian aircraft builder Embraer is to open two plants at Evora in southern Portugal, the firm's head announced Saturday at a ceremony attended by the leaders of both countries.

Samsung says Q2 profit up 108pc

South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. said Friday that second-quarter profit jumped 108 percent year-on-year, what it called a "relatively solid" performance despite missing market forecasts.

Famine, soaring food prices threaten millions in east Africa

More than 14 million people across east Africa are facing a humanitarian disaster because of a "lethal mix" of soaring food prices, drought and conflict, aid agencies say.

Wal-Mart signs pay deals with official Chinese unions

US retail giant Wal-Mart, criticised for its attitude to organised labour at home, said Friday it had reached collective bargaining agreements with China's official union in several cities.

GM to build Saab cars in US, retain nameplate

General Motors will begin building Saab vehicles in the United States rather than put its Swedish subsidiary up for sale, GM chairman and chief executive Rick Wagoner said Friday.

GE announces new structure with 4 divisions

US conglomerate General Electric announced Friday a new "simplified" organizational structure around four core segments as it set the stage for a spinoff of its consumer and appliance businesses.

Weekly Currency Roundup

July 20-July 24, 2008
Local FX Market
This week, there was ample liquidity in the local market, and US dollar felt slightly against the Bangladesh Taka. The demand for dollar was steady.

Metropolitan

Ensure access to morphine to give relief to patients: Experts

Parveen, a 42-year-old woman of Lalbagh in the city, cannot sleep at night because of severe pain.

Try war criminals to build better society

Speakers, including leaders of different religions, at a discussion yesterday said trial of war criminals is imperative to build a better society and also to ensure justice.

Reach agreement to fight climate change, food insecurity

Experts, NGO workers and politicians at a roundtable yesterday said South Asian leaders need to reach a unanimous agreement to combat the devastating effect of climate change and food insecurity in the region in the upcoming Saarc summit in Colombo.

Amend Vested Properties Return Act 2001

Bangladesh Minority Sangram Parishad yesterday demanded of the government to amend the Vested Properties Return Act 2001 to ensure the rights of the religious minority group.

No UZ elections before JS polls: AL

Bangladesh Awami Ainjibi Parishad, a platform of pro-Awami League (AL) lawyers, will form human chains on all bar premises across the country on August 7 demanding announcement of August 15 as the national mourning day and a public holiday.

RCC mayor aspirants vow to work neutrally for dev

The mayoral aspirants of the Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) yesterday pledged to work neutrally for the development of the city if elected in the August 4 polls.

Five-yr plan underway to develop skilled workforce

The Ministry of Education has undertaken a plan to boost professional skills of technical workers through new policies, in the wake of growing competitiveness for skilled labour at home and abroad.

Free Turag from encroachment

Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon (Bapa) yesterday called on the government to take immediate steps to make the river Turag and Tongi canal free from encroachers and pollution.

Transit can be allowed under multilateral framework

Former vice chancellor of Dhaka University Prof Emajuddin Ahmed yesterday said there is no reason to oppose the issue of giving transit to India, but it can be allowed under a multilateral framework instead of bilateral framework.

Govt clarification demanded

Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) yesterday demanded clarification by the government about reported allegations against President Iajuddin Ahmed.

Shoe factory owner murdered in city

Owner of a shoe factory in the city was killed following an attack by the local culprits over payment of money yesterday, police and locals said.

Four killed in road accidents

At least four people were killed and 16 others injured in separate road accidents in Cox's Bazar, Comilla and Dinajpur in last two days.

Pakistan wants broad-based ties with Bangladesh HC inaugurates Ctg Press Club Institute of Technology

Pakistan High Commissioner to Bangladesh Alamgir Babar yesterday said his country wants a broad-based relationship with Bangladesh for the welfare of people between the two countries.

Low pressure forms over north west Bay of Bengal

A low pressure was formed in the north-west Bay of Bengal and its adjacent areas yesterday morning, met office sources said.

Forum launched to fight anti-liberation war elements

Bangladesh Muktisena Uttorsuri Forum, an organisation of the retired members of the armed forces, was launched yesterday with a vow to resist the anti-liberation war elements.

Gono Forum's 'Demand Day' July 31

Gono Forum will observe 'Demand Day' on July 31 across the country through holding rallies and meetings.

Free medical camp at Keraniganj

ZH Sikder Women's Medical College and Hospital yesterday offered free medical services and distributed medicines among the poor and destitute through its medical camp at Joynagar at Keraniganj.

HC verdict on writ petition on nat'l mourning day today

The High Court is likely to deliver its judgement today on a writ petition challenging the legality of a government order cancelling the national mourning day and public holiday on August 15, the day Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman along with most of his family members was assassinated.

Novera Deepita's death anniversary today

Today is the second death anniversary of Novera Deepita, a brilliant journalist of The Daily Star, says a press release.

Remove electronic billboard from Shahbagh intersection

Samajtantrik Chhatra Front (SCF) formed a human chain in front of the National Museum in the city yesterday demanding removal of electronic billboard from Shahbagh intersection.

Village doctor found murdered in Natore

A village doctor was found murdered in his house at Laxmipur village in Boraigram upazila yesterday.

LDP stages huger strike for Redwan's release

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) yesterday staged a dawn-to-dusk hunger strike at its central office in the city demanding release of Redwan Ahmed, a presidium member of the party.

VoIP equipment worth Tk 1crore seized in city

Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) equipment worth around Tk 1 crore was seized from a house at Dakkhin Khan in the city yesterday.

DU admin, cop blamed for interruption

A group of Dhaka University (DU) students, who had been staging different programmes on the campus for last one week demanding the trial of war criminals, have alleged that they could not hold their yesterday's programme properly due to police harassment and non-cooperation of the university administration.

NGO men flee with deposits in Nilphamari

The officials and employees of 'Manab Kallyan Samity', a local NGO, fled away with a large amount of money collected from people of the district.

Phensidyl seized

Police recovered 500 bottles of Indian phensidyl syrup from a private car in Khetabmore area of Ghoraghat upazila on Friday.

Appeal for help

Mujahid-Al-Rafi, a four-year-old boy, has been suffering from Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a rare blood disease that affects the immune system, for the last two years.

National

Join movement for trial of war criminals

Speakers including political party leaders and freedom fighters here yesterday called for joining the on-going movement for trial of war criminals to uphold the spirit of Liberation war.

Lift emergency, hold national polls first

Grass-roots level leaders of Magura district BNP yesterday urged the government to announce schedule for national election and withdraw the state of emergency without further delay.

Pabna farmers now to pay in cash not in paddy

Pabna District Irrigation Committee at a meeting held here on Thursday changed the old system of payment of irrigation cost by giving paddy to deep tube-well owners, official sources here informed.

Attack on freedom fighter is attack on the nation

Satkhira district Awami League (AL) and central leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) at a meeting of district BCL unit yesterday demanded arrest and punishment of the Jamaat- Shibir cadres who attacked freedom fighter Sheikh Mohammad Ali Aman and ban the fake freedom fighters body floated by Jamaat.

Wife of Satkhira Aug 17 blast witness commits suicide

Hajra Bibi, 35, wife of Rawshan Ali, the lone eyewitness to the five serial bomb blasts on August 17, 2005 in the town, committed suicide by hanging herself, doctors who did the autopsy told this correspondent yesterday.

Yaba, phensidyl recovered: 4 held in Barisal

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), in three separate raids conducted here yesterday, recovered 1,009 bottles of phensidyl, 35 pieces of Yaba, three vehicles, gold ornaments, one pistol and eight bullets.

3 candidates hold secret meets with Jamaat leader Parwar

Three mayoral candidates had six closed-door meetings in last one week with city Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami Mian Golam Parwar.

Letters

River erosion victims

As the monsoon sets in, the problem of river erosion takes a turn for the worse. The mighty rivers-- the Padma, the Jamuna and the Meghna --devour huge chunks of land as they meander through the alluvial plain. On an average, every year 2400 km of riverbanks experience major erosion. Needless to say, millions of people of are affected by erosion. Many people lose their homesteads, farmland and other valuable property because of erosion.

Burning issues

At present the world's leading industrialised countries are reeling under three serious economic problems namely food, fuel and USA's financial turmoil. The chain-effects of these happenings have encompassed the entire world. Unprecedented inflationary pressure on all consumer commodities has made common peoples' lives miserable. The very edifice of global economy nay human civilisation so painstakingly built through ages has come near collapse. This world wide catastrophe is chiefly for the following reasons:

Save cultivable land

It is high time to strongly enforce a law to protect our cultivable land. Our existing cultivable land should not be used for housing business; this has become a resourceful commodity in the quick money making business. Only the government can arrange land for housing and industrial purposes as deemed justified by top level decision makers. Again we need to give importance to acquiring of land for making industries like power generation plants, fertiliser factories etc. At the same time, opportunities need to be created and business people must be encouraged to construct high rise buildings to combat the rising demand for housing. The cost of an apartment will be proportionately less in a high-rise building. Such practices are well established in many developed countries.

Primary education in poor shape

I have done a survey on both govt. and private primary schools on the basis of total quality and performance of the schools. My survey has the synopsis on the findings derived from schools. Private primary schools are going ahead, whereas govt. primary schools are lagging behind silently. While talking to the govt. schools' senior teachers, I came to learn that the huge number of students was a problem that they could not manage. Most of the govt. schools have an unmanageable ratio of teacher-student. For instance- in Kurmitola govt. primary school located at Khilkhet, the teacher-student ratio is 1:86. So, here this ratio depicts the real picture. As a result, students' overall quality as well as performance goes down. Apart from these reasons, there are other problems like late allocation of textbooks, mistakes in textbooks, poor educational background of teachers, reluctance of teachers to motivate students, and last of all guardians' indifferent supervision over their children etc. On the other hand, private primary schools' senior teachers mentioned that their students were doing very well.

Iran's stand

Re article: "The Iranian missile test," by Prof. Abdullah A. Dewan, professor of economics at Michigan Eastern University (July 17).

BSF atrocities

In light of recent BSF intrusion into Bangladesh and killing of BDR personnel, I have to draw a parallel to what China is accused of doing in Tibet. It seems like the bigger powers in our region have no shame and no regard for international laws. I would suggest that the CTG take this case along with numerous other such cases to International Court of Justice and pursue this case until it brings some justice. We should not take the injustice sitting down in our chairs doing nothing.

Morning walkers in trouble

Thousands of people visit Dhanmondi Lake every morning. Among them some take exercise in groups or individually, some play different games but most of them walk along the lakeside path. But it is a matter of regret that when the people do their walking, the sweepers start cleaning the place. Many people tried in the past to draw the attention of the authorities concerned to the matter but nothing has been done so far.

Corruption in medical sector

Unbridled corruption, shameless nepotism and rampant politicisation of administration totally destroyed the medical system in the country during the previous “golden era” of the infamous jote regime. Professionals with blessings from the DAB and/or BMA were unduly awarded 'abnormal' promotions. Medical officers became 'Professors' and 'Directors' overnight flouting all norms and regulations. Surprisingly, most of them have managed to 'manage' so far. It is a known fact that BMA leaders minted crores through appointments and transfers. Doctors of the ruling party manipulated admission in the medical colleges, post graduate institutes, subsequent graduation and post graduation, appointments and transfers, study tours, Hajj and employment in the govt. /private institutes.

Report on dialogue

If I remember correctly, the team of Election Commissioners met the President and handed over a well bounded red cover report to him. They said this was the report based on the EC's discussions with the political parties. We have not seen the contents of this report in the media. My question is: whether all political parties have been supplied with a draft copy report for their verification, as to what they have discussed, and what has been printed in the report. If not, why? They are supposed to get a draft and respond with their comments.

Failing states?

The US Congressional committee has published a list of failing states. Bangladesh has been put in the tail of a dirty dozen. In the inglorious list of 12, eight countries are from Africa and the rest four from Asia. Seven of such countries have a Muslim majority and three are from Saarc region.

Mockery of humanity?

I am replying to a letter that was published in The Daily Star on July 21, entitled "Mockery of Humanity!", written by Rafiqul Islam of Chittagong. In the letter, Mr. Islam talks about CNN's coverage of the recovery of an Iraqi boy, named Youssif, from burns he acquired in January of 2007 when masked men doused him in gasoline. Mr. Islam contends that CNN's coverage of a single act of kindness by the "American authorities" is an "imperialistic hoax". He goes on to say that CNN's recurrent coverage of isolated acts of humanity raise questions as to whether American "media are the mere tools of the ever burgeoning imperialism".

Overcoming disability

Disability is not a burden in the modern age of technology and science, because if physically challenged people get ICT training, they will move ahead. The purpose of ICT is accessibility to information technologies for persons with disabilities and to face the challenge of the modern world as participants to all activities.

Erratic power supply

A couple of days ago, I was having online conversation with one of my friends in Sweden and he told me, “Does it really take 37 years to solve the problem of power crisis?” All I could tell him is that due to inefficient governance we always lag behind. We never had someone who could aggressively work for the betterment of the country. Today, even after 37 years of independence, when we look at our nation all we can see is that all kinds of infrastructures are falling apart.

Stop population boom

It is time for Bangladesh to take a strong decision to stop the population growth. The government and citizens should come forward and take this decision to stop population growth for at least the next five years. A law should be enacted to ensure no more new births in the next five years. What is our present population? 140/150 million? Our space is very limited. The land is not growing, resources are not growing but hungry mouths are growing geometrically, not adding anything to our GDP.

Endangered “Tigers”

Both the Team Bangladesh and the Royal Bengal Tigers are endangered.

International

India hopeful of wrapping up N-deal by Sept: Sibal

India is "hopeful" of getting the support of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and wrapping up its nuclear accord with the US by September, Science and Technology Minister Kabil Sibal said before leaving for Finland and Sweden.

Maoists set conditions for leading Nepal govt

In a new political development, the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist has put forth three conditions for taking the initiative to form the next government.

4 civilians killed in Nato airstrikes in Afghanistan

Nato forces on Saturday fired on a vehicle that wouldn't stop at a checkpoint in Afghanistan's volatile south, killing four civilians and wounding three others, the alliance said.

Iran has 6,000 centrifuges

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said yesterday that Iran now possesses 6,000 centrifuges, machines used to enrich uranium, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

Hamas hunts down Fatah rivals after Gaza bombing

Hamas-run security forces fanned out across Gaza City yesterday, clashing with rival gunmen and arresting dozens of people after a bomb blast killed five senior Palestinian militants and a girl of five.

Serb hardliners use Karadzic to turn up heat on pro-EU govt

Serbia's hardliners, marginalised after May elections, are trying to stir pent up nationalism against a West-leaning government after Radovan Karadzic's arrest, analysts said yesterday.

Brown faces mounting calls to quit

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, hit by a third crushing by-election defeat in as many months, could be forced to quit unless he reverses his government's flagging fortunes, media said yesterday.

CPM denies linking Speaker's office to cash-for-vote scam

Senior CPM leader Sitaram Yechury yesterday strongly rebutted a report quoting him as saying that the Speaker's office was involved in the alleged cash-for-vote scam.

Hyderabad police to check for link with Bangalore blasts

Investigations into eight terror blasts in Bangalore on Friday, which killed a woman and injured seven people, could be crucial for the ongoing probe in Hyderabad as the same terrorist groups are believed to be involved in recent attacks in both cities.

Close shave for Pawar as plane crew forgets to shut door

A major air accident was averted when a Jet Airways flight with Union Minister Sharad Pawar on board returned to Delhi airport safely after it was found that a rear door was not locked properly.

9 killed in sectarian fighting in Lebanon

Lebanese tanks were out on the streets of Tripoli on Saturday after nine people including a boy were killed in sectarian fighting which raged through the night in the northern port city.

Rice in diplomatic race against time

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is running a worldwide race against time, trying for diplomatic victories before the Bush administration ends in January.

Australia probes hole in plane

Australian investigators on Saturday began examining a Qantas jumbo jet which had to make an emergency landing after a large hole opened on its fuselage, a Philippine aviation official said.

Foreign tour could hit me in polls: Obama

Democratic US presidential hopeful Barack Obama admitted Saturday that despite the adulation overseas, his foreign campaign swing could hurt him in the polls back home.

Lawyers post off appeal to keep Karadzic from trial

Radovan Karadzic's bid to dodge trial for war crimes was literally in the mail Saturday after his lawyers sent off an appeal at the last possible minute against his transfer to a UN tribunal.

Intimidation mars Cambodia elections

The ruling party's near monopoly on broadcast media and threats against opposition members have marred campaigning for Cambodian elections this weekend, a rights group said yesterday.

McCain favours Nuremburg-type trial for Laden

US presidential candidate John McCain said Friday he favours a trial for al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in the fashion of the Nuremburg trials for Nazi leaders held after World War II.

From guerilla to statesman, Hun Sen towers above rivals

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has run the nation with an iron grip for over two decades, ruthlessly undercutting all his rivals since his days in the feared Khmer Rouge.

7 dead after heavy rains hit S Korea

Mudslides and flash floods unleashed by days of heavy rain have left seven people dead and six missing in South Korea, officials said yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

BFFS Film Award '06

The 33-year-old Bangladesh Federation of Film Societies (BFFS) arranged its first award giving ceremony. The programme titled BFFS Film Award '06 was held at the Shaheed Zia Auditorium of National Museum on July 25.

Sanskriti Sangsad reunion rekindles the past

At a jovial reunion programme, former members of Dhaka University's years-old cultural organisation Sanskriti Sangsad gathered at the TSC auditorium of the university on July 25. The gathering included a number of eminent personalities, who have been members of the organisation at different times.

Official apathy holds up renovation of 390-year-old Shiv Mandir

A 390-year-old Shiv temple in Jessore is on the point of extinction due to haphazard renovation and lack of proper care. This two-storied temple goes back to 1618 and was commissioned in the reign of Raja Manohar.

Birth anniversary of Abdul Alim celebrated

Abdul Alim, a brilliant folk singer, played an important role in popularising folk music. He possessed a gifted voice, which mesmerized listeners across the country. His songs epitomized the very essence of folk culture. Despite his contributions to the genre he is remembered very little, and only a handful of organisations hold regular programmes in his memory.

Osian's -Cine Fan Festival of Asian and Arab cinema

Cine buffs turned out in full strength at the recently concluded Osian-Cinefan Festival of Asian and Arab cinema in New Delhi. The largest festival of its kind in the world, viewers got to catch up with over 200 feature and short fiction films from around 40 countries.

Homage to Samudra Gupta and Mahamudul Haque

'Folder', a monthly literary publication in Pabna has issued a special supplement on July 24, in honour of poet Samudra Gupto, and author Mahamudul Haque. They both died last week. Six poems and articles published in the periodicals remember the poet and author.

350th episode of "Ekusher Raat" tonight

Ekushey TV will telecast the 350th episode of late night talk show Ekusher Raat tonight at 12:02 am. Each episode of the programme features three guests engaged in a discussion on contemporary issues. Each episode focuses on a particular topic -- analysis of the problem, pointing out the causes and finding possible solutions.

OP-ED

Making Saarc real

WE have been talking regional cooperation for a long time; Saarc itself is over 20 years old. There must be some real results now; something that citizens can feel. This article makes a proposal that is easy to implement, and which helps in providing the lowest-cost mobile services in the world.

Whose friend?

THE World Bank claims that its goal is to help low-income countries by lending money for development works that will help reduce poverty and spur development, but it is, in fact, meant to increase the profits of multi-national corporations and to ensure that trade imbalances favour the wealthy countries over the poor ones.

Sorry, it's about cricket

I don't exactly remember the occasion when I saw SachinTendulkar in an after-match TV interview to remind us that "it is only a game, and has to be taken in that spirit." There is nothing to disagree with Sachin. Cricket is a game, and for that matter any other game is a game, and is to be played in that spirit. However, many other factors creep in.

Superstar Obama in Berlin

"The greatest danger of all is to allow new walls to divide us from one another. The walls between old allies on either side of the Atlantic cannot stand. The walls between the countries with the most and those with the least cannot stand. The walls between races and tribes; natives and immigrants; Christian and Muslim and Jew cannot stand. These now are the walls we must tear down."

Star City

Binat Bibi cries for rescue

Six hundred-year-old Binat Bibi Mosque, the oldest structure in the city, is counting days amid a dilapidated state when Dhaka prepares to celebrate its 400 years.

Playing a prank for free balance

Just after midnight, Uttara resident Iftekhar Haque was jolted out of his peaceful sleep as his cellphone rang. Groggy eyed and irritated, Iftekhar fuzzily answered the phone.

Only 69 for over 1 crore, many shut or unusable

Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has set up only 69 public toilets for more than One crore people of the city but about half of the toilets are either closed or unusable at present, resulting in immense sufferings of the city dwellers when outside home.


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