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News of: Wednesday, 30th of July, 2008

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Bar candidates providing false or incomplete info

The High Court (HC) yesterday directed the Election Commission (EC) to bar the candidates, who have given false or incomplete personal information in affidavits, from the August 4 polls.

Law Commission wobbles with no chief for 7 months

The Law Commission can hardly function properly as most of the positions including that of the chairman and a member have been left unfilled for more than seven months.

Graft suspects still reign supreme

An ironic situation prevails at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) as graft suspects identified by several probe bodies survive despite efforts even from the government's top level to rid the institution of corruption.

15 hurt, 60 arrested in Kuwaiti police action

At least 15 Bangladeshi workers were injured while 60 others were arrested as Kuwait police dispersed the workers protesting against low wages, bad working conditions and other exploitations by cleaning companies in Kuwait on Monday.

Food procurement drive almost halted

With the caretaker government's food procurement drive almost halted, it has started negotiating with the country's rice millers to achieve its target, changing its previous tough stance of not listening to the millers' demands.

Saarc Food Bank starts functioning soon

Foreign secretaries of South Asian countries yesterday focused on the question of food security and reached a consensus on making Saarc Food Bank operational immediately to help any member state in case of exigencies.

City hospitals struggle with rise in viral fever patients

Sitting on a bench at the outpatient department of Dhaka Shishu Hospital, two-year-old Shourav wailed in pain and discomfort as his mother tried to clam him down.

Thrice mugged in 40 minutes

A rickshaw ride from Gabtali to Shahbagh gave a private-university teacher the taste of life in Dhaka out at night. He ran into three marauding gangs of muggers in all of 40 minutes from 4:00am Monday.

Most AL central leaders for JS polls first

Most of the central leaders of Awami League (AL) yesterday took a tough stance against upazila parishad election saying it must not be held ahead of parliamentary polls.

Reappointment of 10 judges stayed by SC

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday stayed for three weeks the High Court (HC) judgment that directed the government to reappoint with seniority 10 additional judges not confirmed during the BNP-Jamaat coalition government's rule.

CEC warns of 'invisible malpractices' in campaign

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda yesterday urged voters to be aware of "invisible malpractices" during election campaigns, saying the Election Commission (EC) can only prevent the visible ill practices.

Ziaul Haq Zia gets 13yrs for graft

A special court yesterday sentenced former state minister for LGRD and cooperatives Ziaul Haq Zia to 13 years' rigorous imprisonment (RI) for amassing wealth illegally and hiding information in his wealth statement.

Recruitment process stayed for 3 months

The High Court (HC) yesterday stayed for three months the process of recruiting law officers under the Government Attorney Service Ordinance, 2008.

36 RHD staff sued for toll embezzlement

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday filed two cases against 36 officials and staffs of Roads and Highways Department (RHD) in connection with embezzling Tk 185.91 crore collected as toll on Tongi-Ashulia highway and Meghna and Meghna-Gumti bridges.

Govt walking on tight rope

A key adviser to the military backed caretaker government said yesterday that the ongoing process for 'qualitative transition' through political reforms and meaningful elections has been a 'walk on a tightrope'.

Arrest warrant issued against Sohel Rahman

A Dhaka court yesterday issued arrest warrants against Beximco Holdings Ltd Chairman Sohel F Rahman, its two directors and two former high-ups of IFIC Bank in a Tk 158.67 crore embezzlement case.

CA for quick steps to ease city traffic jam

Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday directed the authorities concerned to take immediate measures to reduce the nagging traffic congestion in the capital.

Best Air's first return flight from Colombo 16hrs late

Passengers of the first return flight of private airlines Best Air faced untold sufferings as the plane was stuck at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Colombo for 16 hours due to technical glitches and problems in embarking passengers.

Police rescue 16-year-old forced into sex trade for 2yrs

A letter from an unknown man to BNWLA yesterday led to the rescue of a 16-year old girl who was being held in an apartment in city's Segunbagicha area for the past two years and forced into a life of sex trade.

2 ex-lawmakers among 6 granted HC bail

The High Court (HC) yesterday granted interim bail to six people, including two former lawmakers.

Govt okays new realty law

The government yesterday approved in principle a new ordinance to regulate the booming real estate sector.

Hearing on charge framing on August 6

A Dhaka court yesterday fixed August 6 for hearing on charge framing against five people, including Shafiat Sobhan Sanvir, son of Basundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan Shah Alam, and four others in Humayun Kabir Sabbir murder case.

August 21 blasts failure of four-party govt

Detained BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury yesterday said the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League (AL) rally was a failure of the BNP-led four-party alliance government.

Bus catches fire as gas cylinder explodes

Ten passengers were injured when getting down hurriedly from their bus that caught fire after its gas cylinder exploded at Farmgate in the city yesterday.

Indian police defuse more bombs after blasts

Indian police yesterday defused at least two live bombs and were searching for more in a city in western Gujarat state, where a weekend series of bombings killed 49 people, local media reported.

Businessman arrested for torturing maid

A businessman was arrested yesterday on charge of brutally torturing a female domestic help at his house in the city's Kalabagan area.

Pakistan warns US against 'unilateral' action

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani held talks with US President George W. Bush here Monday and called on the United States not to act "unilaterally" against Islamic militants in Pakistan.

US Iraqi forces launch new operation in Diyala

US and Iraqi forces launched a new operation yesterday aimed at clearing al-Qaida in Iraq from the volatile Diyala province, considered the last major insurgent safe haven near the capital.

Editorial

Agitating Bangladeshi workers in Kuwait

Bangladeshi workers, about 2,000 in all, have lately been agitating in Kuwait over demands for pay and a proper working and living environment. It now appears that the matter has taken a serious turn, with these workers, employed by a Kuwaiti firm, taking to the streets and getting into a situation where they have had to be brought under control by Kuwaiti police. Quite a good number of these workers have already been taken into custody. That is rather unfortunate, for a couple of reasons. The first is that the desperation of these Bangladeshis has become serious enough to compel them to agitate in public in foreign land. And the second is that the problem turned so serious as to force Kuwaiti police to club them back into order.

Toll collection larceny

The Anti-Corruption Commission's probes into institutional corruption have hit the road -- for a change. How strange are the ways of corruption and how pervasively addictive it became that a habitually corrupt minion when moved away from his coin-jingling job to sit by the river side to count waves improvised a way out to fleece money anyway! He asked fees from passing boatmen for breaking waves, as the proverbial story goes.

August 15, the High Court verdict and our darkness . . .

THE High Court move to strike down the ill-advised decision by the BNP-led alliance government in 2002 to cancel August 15 as National Mourning Day will cheer all Bengalis. And it will because of quite a few reasons. In the first place, it is a step toward reminding the nation as well as the world outside of the collective shame we went through when Bangabandhu, along with his family, was murdered in a coup that would leave us deeply scarred as a nation. In the second, it is a clear sign that for all the darkness we have traversed in the years since the assassination, we yet have it in us to reassert the values that have consistently underscored Bengali culture and heritage. Finally, it is a pointer to the presence even now in this country of elements reluctant to accord the esteem which naturally is Bangabandhu's. Worse, these elements happen to be the remnants of a class which, for years on end, have thrived in Bangladesh through a distortion of established political realities.

Joint development in disputed off-shore areas

COASTAL states have to delimit their sea boundaries with neighbouring states. Maritime delimitation law is complex and evolving. The law is largely composed of the relevant provisions of the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), and jurisprudence as gleaned from judgments of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and other international tribunals.

Obama the conqueror

BE careful what you wish for. Accusing Obama of lacking security and foreign affairs credentials, Senator John McCain had goaded Obama into making the recently concluded 8-day trip to Kuwait, Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, Germany, France and the UK. As the world was treated to what looked like an Obama victory tour, McCain was reduced to a whining bystander taking potshots at him.

Sports

Knee troubles him again

Mashrafe Bin Mortaza stayed in the dressing room while his teammates were involved in a practice match yesterday at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur as part of their preparation for the three-match one-day series in Australia.

The Chinese philosophy

China's former Olympic shooting gold medallist Zhang Shan struggled to explain why she sacrificed large chunks of her life in brutal training regimes in a bid for sporting glory.

Lanka's luck extended

India's batting reputation will be at stake when they attempt to solve Sri Lanka's spin puzzle in the second Test starting here on Thursday.

Harmison dropped

Fast bowler Steve Harmison's return to the England team was put on hold Tuesday when he was left out of the starting eleven for the third Test against South Africa starting at Edgbaston Wednesday.

A changed order on cards

Australia will be one of the last countries to enter the Olympic stadium at the opening ceremony because the use of Chinese characters has scrambled the traditional order, the team's chief said Tuesday.

Messi threat for C'Ron

No wonder Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson insists Cristiano Ronaldo would be wrong to play for Real Madrid. The Portuguese star probably would be overshadowed by Lionel Messi.

Keane seals Reds move

Robbie Keane hailed his arrival at Anfield as the start of a "new chapter in my life" as he was unveiled as a Liverpool player on Tuesday.

India, Eng on warpath

India and England were Tuesday embroiled in an acrimonious tug-of-war over the inaugural Twenty20 Champions League, with both wanting to host it with or without each other.

Chelsea rule out 'gimmicks'

Manchester United and other English clubs might have Asians in their squads but you won't find one at Chelsea, with chief executive Peter Kenyon ruling out any "gimmick" players.

Holders Hamm pulls out

Paul Hamm won't defend his Olympic all-around gymnastics title in Beijing after all as the American said Monday he had lost his bid to come back in time from a broken hand.

No League Cup for PSG

League Cup winners Paris Saint Germain's bid to overturn a ban on them competing in the 2008-2009 competition was on Tuesday turned down by the French football federation (FFF).

Victoria sail on Ripon's brace

Ripon's double strike gave Victoria Sporting Club the perfect start of having a comprehensive 4-1 win over Bangladesh Air Force in their Citycell Federation Cup qualifiers campaign at the Army Stadium yesterday.

Argentina see off Japan

Athens gold medallists Argentina posted a 1-0 win over Japan on Tuesday in the last tune-up match for the Beijing Olympics, a contest that was called off in the second half due to heavy rain and lightning.

A team face Lancs today

Bangladesh A start their one-day campaign in England when they take on Lancashire today in the first one-day match at the picturesque Alderley Edge ground.

BFF forms 2 committees

Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday formed two more standing committees with its vice-president Kazi Nabil Ahmed heading the development committee and Sirajul Islam Bachchu remaining as chairman of the women's committee.

Barca may keep Eto'o

Barcelona could reverse their decision to sell striker Samuel Eto'o due to the positive attitude shown by the Cameroon international in pre-season training, club president Joan Laporta said on Monday.

Fed Cup final round from August 6

Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has decided to start the final round of the CityCell Federation Cup from August 6 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.

Gallas sorry for captaincy errors

William Gallas has apologised for the mistakes he made last season as Arsenal captain and promised to learn from his errors should Arsene Wenger entrust him with the on-field leadership of the side in the upcoming campaign.

Inzy may persuade 'em

Former Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq on Tuesday offered to talk to players considering a boycott of September's Champions Trophy, saying he would help to allay their security concerns.

Cesc pledges Gunners' loyalty

Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas has slammed a report suggesting he is considering a move to Real Madrid.

AFC Challenge Cup from today

The second edition of the AFC Challenge Cup kicks off on Wednesday with the participating teams given the added incentive of knowing that the winners will also earn place in the AFC Asian Cup in 2011.

Euro generates record profits

The Euro 2008 football championship generated record profits of 250 million euros (392 million dollars), European football's governing body UEFA announced on Tuesday.

Win gold, win jackpot

Cash incentives worth up to 237,000 US dollars await the first athlete to win an Olympic gold medal for the Philippines, sports authorities said Tuesday.

Local Snippets

Bangladesh Police moved into the final of the Design Zone 2nd Office Handball League crushing Prisons Directorate 44-13 in their last league match at the Outer Stadium Handball ground yesterday.

UN calls for Olympic truce

The UN General Assembly and UN chief BanKi-Moon on Monday called for a truce in hostilities around the world during the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Maniche staying with Atletico

Atletico Madrid's Portugal international midfielder Maniche, loaned out to Inter Milan last season after a falling out with manager Javier Aguirre, is sticking with the Spanish club next season.

Business

Biman expects major drop in loss in FY08

Biman Bangladesh Airlines' loss is likely to be over six times lower than provisional estimates of about Tk 549 crore in 2007-08, officials familiar with the matter said.

GP submits IPO prospectus to SEC

Grameenphone, the country's number one mobile phone operator, yesterday submitted a draft prospectus of the largest-ever initial public offering (IPO) to the stock market regulator for raising $ 150 million (around Tk 1000 crore) from the public.

High tension at WTO as trade talks face 'appalling' collapse

Tension rose sharply as gruelling WTO talks to hammer out a global trade pact ran into a ninth day on Tuesday, with leading nations urging flexibility to avert an "appalling" collapse.

US economy falls into recession, finds survey

A majority of American investors believe the troubled US economy has fallen into a recession, according to a survey released Tuesday by asset management giant Schroders.

Japan's tech giants struggle with economic slowdown

Sony issued a profit warning Tuesday after its earnings almost halved while Toshiba plunged into the red as Japan's technology giants felt the pain from a price war, a stronger yen and an economic slowdown.

Vietnam draws record $45.3b foreign investment

Vietnam received a record 45.3 billion dollars in foreign direct investment (FDI) pledges in the first seven months -- more than double the total of last year, the government said Tuesday.

Workshop on role of commodity derivatives

Bangladesh Foreign Exchange Dealers' Association (BAFEDA) recently organised a workshop on “Role of Commodity Derivatives in Financial Risk Management” for the member banks in Dhaka, said a press release.

Citi sweeps Asiamoney's 2008 cash management poll

Citi has been named the region's best cash management bank in the Asiamoney 2008 cash management poll, said a press release.

Warid selects beauty expert as its brand ambassador

Warid Telecom has selected the country's top beauty expert Kaniz Almas Khan as the brand ambassador of its Zahi postpaid brand, according to a press release.

Insurance industry hails new law

The insurance industry is now upbeat on a replacement of 70-year-old insurance laws with two ordinances aiming to modernise the sector.

Former Qaeda bastion awaits flow of Iraqi petrodollars

Al-Qaeda militants have vanished from the streets of Fallujah -- their former bastion in west Iraq -- but economic growth that could protect the city from their return has yet to materialise.

DSE indices continue falling

Price indices on the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) fell yesterday for a second day with majority of the share prices dropping.

Asian stocks down on credit crisis

Asian shares closed down yesterday after a Wall Street slide on renewed fears about the US credit crisis, with investors also digesting falling profits as a global economic slowdown bites.

Sony issues profit warning after weak first quarter

Japan's Sony Corp. issued a profit warning Tuesday after its first-quarter net earnings slumped by almost half from a year earlier amid tough business conditions.

Japan's jobless rate hits near two-year high

Japan said Tuesday its unemployment rate hit a near two-year high in June while consumer spending declined, raising concerns that the worsening business climate is hurting the overall economy.

Poor banana exporters eye EU pay-off to end tariff row

Poor banana-exporting countries may accept a pay-off from the EU to end a row over tariffs on imports to Europe that threatened to scupper the quest for a global trade pact, diplomats said Monday.

Software giant SAP upbeat for 2008

SAP, the world's biggest business software maker, posted Tuesday a second quarter net profit that fell by nine percent but nonetheless exceeded analysts expectations.

BA, Iberia eye tie-up as airlines battle soaring fuel costs

British Airways and Spanish national carrier Iberia are holding friendly talks about a possible tie-up as the aviation sector battles soaring fuel prices, the two companies announced on Tuesday.

BP profits up

British energy giant BP said on Tuesday that its net profit rallied by 28 percent to 9.47 billion dollars (6.02 billion euros) in the second quarter as oil prices surged to record highs.

Biz Letters

Depositor directors for all banks: A different solution and outlook

Metropolitan

Mistrusts, doubts slow down progress of Saarc

Foreign Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury yesterday said if the South Asian leadership has political will, Saarc could be immensely beneficial for the people of the region.

JP number one factor in next polls: Ershad

Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad at a party meeting yesterday said better days await for his party, as JP will be the number one factor in the next election to form government.

Indigenous people deprived of right to land in name of projects

The indigenous people in Mymensingh are being deprived of the right to their lands since those are being occupied in the name of different government projects like eco-park, social aforrestation, recreation centre and training centre for air forces, speakers at a seminar said yesterday.

'Democrat or Republican victory won't shift policy towards S Asia'

A Democrat or Republican victory in the upcoming US presidential election would not significantly shift US policy towards South Asia, said a visiting US political scientist yesterday.

Flood situation deteriorates further

As the water of the Padma is swelling continuously, the flood situation of different areas, including Faridpur, Munshiganj, Manikganj, Madaripur, Shariatpur and Dohar and Nawabganj of Dhaka, deteriorated further yesterday.

6 killed in road accidents

Six people were killed in separate road accidents in Chapainawabganj, Satkhira, Bagerhat and Magura yesterday.

Strengthen local govt bodies for development

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday said the country can achieve sustainable development by strengthening local government bodies and holding of the local body elections successfully is likely to effect future elections in the country.

7 police, 18 RMG workers injured in Gazipur clash

Al least 25 people, including seven policemen, were injured in a clash between garment workers and police in Jarun area of Sadar upazila yesterday.

Hearing adjourned until July 31

The hearing on charge framing in the MiG-29 warplane purchase case against former prime minister Sheikh Hasina and six others has been adjourned until July 31.

CA leaves for Colombo tomorrow to attend Saarc summit

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed leaves for Colombo tomorrow to attend the 15th Saarc Summit in the Sri Lankan capital on August 2-3 where some major deals are going to be signed, including the charter of Saarc Development Fund (SDF).

RHD files GD against leaseholder

The Roads and Highways Department (RHD) filed a general diary with Shyampur Police Station on Monday seeking legal action against the leaseholder of Bangladesh-China Friendship Bridge-1 (Buriganga bridge) for collecting tolls illegally from CNG-run auto-rickshaws.

Trader shot dead in city

A trader succumbed to his bullet injuries yesterday after fighting for life for two days at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).

Cultivate sweet potato to ensure food security

Cultivation of sweet potato in the coastal char lands could help ensure food security, said the experts at a seminar on Monday.

‘Make local govt bodies accountable to people’

Democracywatch, a human rights organisation working to promote transparency and accountability in local government in association with the Human Rights and Good Governance programme of DANIDA, organised a two-day experience sharing meeting with local government activists in the city recently, says a press release.

BSF kills 1

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead a man on Boshalgaon border under Haripur upazila of the district early yesterday.

Robber beaten to death in Madaripur

A notorious robber was beaten to death by a mob at Rajoir in Madaripur yesterday.

5 construction firms served notices

A special team of the government, which was formed to oversee the risky workplaces of the construction workers, yesterday issued notices to five construction firms as their workers were doing risky jobs.

Anti-corruption campaign begins at RU today

A two-day anti-corruption campaign will begin on the Rajshahi University (RU) campus today.

BCL lays siege to DU VC's office

Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday laid siege to the Dhaka University (DU) Vice Chancellor (VC) office for an hour demanding release of detained BCL General Secretary Mahfujul Haider Chowdhury Rotan.

Refrain from extrajudicial killings

Workers Party of Bangladesh (BWP) yesterday urged the government to refrain from extrajudicial killings in the form of 'crossfire' and demanded investigation into newspaper reports on misuse of 'crossfire'.

Jiban Chy held

Rapid Action Battalion members on Monday arrested film producer Anwar Chowdhury Jiban alias Jiban Chowdhury, 36, and three others on charges of cheating people in the guise of 'pirs'.

Traders won't supply jute to BJMC if dues not paid

Bangladesh Small Jute Traders and Farmers Association (BSJTFA) at an emergency meeting yesterday decided not to supply jute to the government-owned jute mills if they are not paid their dues of Tk 140 crore.

Keep away from restlessness DU VC tells students

Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University SMA Faiz yesterday urged the students to keep themselves away from all sorts of restlessness to face the challenges of globalisation.

VoIP equipment seized

Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized huge quantity of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) equipment in the port city yesterday.

Shotgun, bullets looted from police in Mymensingh

A gang of miscreants snatched away a short gun and ten bullets from a police team in Khorshid Mohal Bridge area in Gafargoan Upazila on Monday night.

Body to make rules to stop repression on female students

An 11-member national committee was formed to formulate rules and regulations to stop or control sexual harassment and repression on the female students in all higher educational institutions in the country.

Parul wins Chand Sultana Literacy Prize

Parul Begum, a housewife of Taraganj in Rangpur, has been awarded the "Chand Sultana Literacy Prize 2007" for her endeavor to bring children at school who were not admitted at schools earlier, says a press release.

British HC launches new website

A new British High Commission website will display essential information for those applying for or sponsoring visas for the UK, seeking consular assistance in Bangladesh and looking for advice about British or Bangladesh trade and investment opportunities.

NU first yr final exams begin

The honours final examination for the first year under National University will begin today, says a press release.

National

Widespread use of chemicals in Modhupur orchards

Widespread use of harmful hormones in orchards, especially those for pineapple and banana in hilly Modhupur and Ghatail upazilas in Tangail district, is posing serious health hazards for human.

Food procurement drive faces setback in 8 N dists

The official food procurement drive has been facing a setback although 2.61 lakh tonnes of foodgrains were procured in eight northern districts till July 20 this year, official sources said.

Stringent security measure for Barisal city polls

A three-tier security measure has been planned for Barisal City Corporation election to be held on August 4.

2nd round of fisheries project in Teesta canals begins

The second round of a fisheries project initiated by Army chief General Moeen U Ahmed in the Teesta main canal and its two branches began here Monday on successful completion of the first round of the project in July.

Chief adviser attends dialogue on democracy at Rajshahi today

The regional level national dialogue on turning to the democracy (Gonotantrik uttorone ancholik porjaye jatiya sanglap) will be held in Rajshahi Medical College Auditorium today.

No classes at Sust as BCL enforces transport strike

No class or examination was held at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (Sust) yesterday following a transport strike enforced by the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) on the campus.

Acid attack on couple in Magura

A couple sustained serious burn injuries as a neighbour allegedly threw acid on them while they were sleeping at their house at Bhatra village in Mohammadpur upazila in the early hours of yesterday, police said.

Rejoinder, our reply

Khulna City Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami Prof Mian Golam Parwar has issued rejoinder to a news item headlined 'Three candidates hold secret meets with Jamaat leader Parwar' that was published in The Daily Star on July 27.

OC among 4 sued for bribery, false case

A woman yesterday filed a case accusing three police officials including Debhata Police Station Officer-in-Charge (OC) and a UP chairman of demanding Tk 50,000 as bribe and implicating her son in a false case for failure to meet the demand.

BSF returns bodies of 2 Bangladeshis

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) returned bodies of two Bangladeshi nationals yesterday morning, eleven days after the incident.

Letters

Trial of war criminals

Nowadays the demand for punishing war the criminals of 1971 is a burning issue. It has always been the demand of the people of this country. Though 37 years have been passed, these collaborators are yet to be tried. And so these culprits are now showing the courage to kick the freedom fighters! Not only that, these war criminals, the old Razakars, Al Badrs and Al Shams, told journalists a few months ago that there were no war criminals in the country and also called Bangladesh's war of independence a mere civil war.

Food production

Over two days, news about the subject mentioned above (21 & 22 July in The Daily Star) has created an idea in my mind. Let me state my feelings here. Our interim government is struggling with the issue heart and soul. But what may happen after election of a new government, I am not sure. Our requirement is somehow getting to prevent any crisis.

Of beauty within

If you could manage some time from your busy hectic city life to go on a vacation, you should go to the Hill Tracts of Chittagong, where in the serenity of nature you will be able to wipe out all the troubles and tiredness from your agitating mind.

SAU's location

This refers to M. Zahidul's comments (DS, dt.21 July, 2008) on the above topic opposing the issue of shifting Sher-e- Bangla Agricultural University (SAU) to a countryside or to be merged with the Bangabandhu Agricultural University from this densely located central area of the capital city as proposed by me in an earlier letter to this column. The SAU has been emerging as a new Agricultural University established during 2001 from a previous agricultural college (institute) under academic management of the Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh having only a land area of 85 acres which is certainly very inadequate for such an university. Having a sprawling campus as noted by Prof. Zahidul would be a prohibitively expensive proposition and as the university is in its formative stage, it is the appropriate time to consider its shifting to a new agro-ecological zone in a countryside befitting its nature and type of education. Alternatively, as I proposed, it could also be merged with Bangabandhu Agricultural University which has also been on the way to instituting undergraduate Faculties (formerly IPSA, started with post graduate studies in agriculture) could be better fitted at this stage of opening to integrate the lone Agriculture Faculty of SAU (it is trying to open new Faculties also to justify as its University existence). May I urge, Prof. Zahidul not to direct any personal question at me like my college or university where I serve, I would agree its merging or dismantling. Its not a sort debate of You versus Me. My Institution is not at all comparable to yours! It was established long before and established in a location that perfectly suits the nature and purpose of education it imparts. What my colleagues/ students think 'if at all' about merger or dismantling of their alma-mater, how can I answer to that, that you asked me? What I feel for the interest of SAU, for better agricultural education, and the nation, this should be shifted to a new site.

Inclusive education: a micro analysis

Education is a multidimensional process by which our mind, soul and latent talent develop through formal, and even informal learning. It is indeed a life-long process. It is mental, psychological, intellectual and social training which provides opportunities to overcome all kinds of difficulties and obstacles to national development and overall progress.

Post-partition effect

About one and a half billion people in South Asia (former British India subcontinent) are still suffering from the after-effects of partition in 1947. Friendly relations amongst the neighbours have disappeared. The Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan still lingers, and Indo-Bangladesh relations are not as cordial as expected.

Not a good practice

The incident of blockade by university teachers for promotion at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) has surprised me. Such practices are common nowadays by both teachers and students. Surprisingly, the authority also calls emergency meeting to justify such activities. We don't expect this type of raw protest from teachers. Their activities should be moral and ethical, so that everybody can follow that as examples.

Bus fare hike

Not taking into consideration the commuters' plight, the govt surrendered to owners' pressure and increased bus fares. Many bus owners did not even think of consulting with the government in this regard. Bus fare hike has provoked huge altercation between bus staff and commuters. Earlier, a passenger was run over due to scuffle over bus fare.

Traffic jam

Very often there are tumultuous road traffic jams at different places in new and old parts of Dhaka --- Sadarghat, Chawkbazar, Nawabpur-English road square, Farmgate, GPO, Hotel Sonargaon-Karwanbazar square and so on and so forth. As a result, waste of time and energy and the sufferings of the people know no bounds.

Private universities

We have to hear many undesirable comments for being students of private universities. Wherever I go and people hear that I am a student of a private university, their attitude changes instantly. They think there is no syllabus in a private university and students got themselves admitted there to pass their time lazily. But the question is why we have to hear such comments? May be we do not have a large campus like the public universities do; we have no playgrounds; we didn't have to face a hard competition that the public varsity students faced to get admitted, but the teachers who are teaching us, needless to say, they all are highly qualified, experienced, competent and sincere. They are trying their best to teach us according to the UGC approved curriculum and syllabus. The UGC as well as the conscious and educated people should come forward to save the image of the private universities.

Two sets of voters' list?

I am fully aware that the issue of the voter list is officially considered closed except for some formalities of corrections and new additions. Thanks to the election commission for such a successful public relation arrangement in Hotel Radisson recently commemorating the theoretical success of registering more than 8 crores voters with photo. Indeed a commendable work by those who are involved in the process.

Remembering Uttam Kumar

Thanks very much for the topic on Uttam Kumar on his death anniversary. Uttam Kumar's acting has great impact on my life. I remember that I first saw his movie Harano Sur when I was thirteen years of age and from that day at the age of forty I still love this person in the same way. Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen, both of them made a history and it is not possible to get out of their spell. Thanks to Shahnoor Wahid for remembering him in such a beautiful way. Just want to add that not only my parents or uncle, aunt were amazed by Uttam Suchitra, me and some of my friends and also younger friends and colleagues of mine also love to see their movies as our parents and uncles do.

No medical aid for the poor?

I was stunned to learn that a poor farmer died at the emergency unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital without getting any treatment. The news was published on 10th July. I don't understand what kind of a public hospital is this. They are actually doing nothing but spreading the message that poor people cannot have proper treatment in Bangladesh. Where would these poor people go if they don't get treatment in these public hospitals? I firmly believe a lot has been written about the irregularities of DMCH. Now the time has come to change its terrible condition.

Our education system

Recently the SSC results have been published in the media. It has made a new record in our educational history. This year 52, 500 students got GPA 5. It is a great news for this nation. Education is very important to take the country forward. But it is a matter of regret that most of the students give importance to book-based education and they always depend on memorizing. I think students are not solely responsible for this phenomenon. It is the outcome of our educational system. Top ranking schools, colleges and universities of our country give importance only on good results during admission. So, with the dream of getting GPA 5 our guardians are sending their sons/daughters to coaching centres and having private tutor at home. Most coaching centres provide them with notes, which student memorise without understanding and finally they write it on examination papers. They do good results but cannot go deep into the subject. We see the same situation at university level education. I think all university libraries are full of books, national and international journals, newspapers etc. But students don't prefer library work. They collect notes from the seniors students and memorise the content. As a result, they cannot acquire actual knowledge and accordingly the purpose of education gets lost. So we have to be aware of it. Our guardians should also be aware. We should not depend only on private tutors, coaching centres or notes. We should increase our book reading habit. In this way we will acquire actual knowledge.

Harmony among politicians!

If AL says, "This is day" the BNP will certainly say, "It is dark and so it is night". The case may be vice versa. But the politicians are unanimous on some points:

International

India, Pakistan trade blame on Kashmir clash

India and Pakistan traded blame yesterday for a ceasefire violation along the Line of Control in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir that left an Indian soldier dead.

Indo-Pak leaders to meet at Saarc sidelines

The leaders of South Asian rivals India and Pakistan are to meet in Sri Lanka this week for their highest-level talks in 15 months and to see if they can hold together their embattled peace process.

Taliban abduct 30 Pak troops

Suspected Islamic militants abducted 30 police and paramilitary troops in northwestern Pakistan yesterday, a day after three intelligence agents were killed there in an ambush, officials said.

Indian police hunt for bombers in suburb

Police investigating deadly bombings last weekend in western India focused Tuesday on a suburb of India's financial capital where four cars used in the blasts were stolen and an e-mail claiming responsibility originated.

Australia scraps tough asylum law

Australia will scrap most of the country's tough rules on locking up asylum seekers, but retain the practice for potential refugees who may be a security threat, the government announced yesterday.

'Big powers' going down

Iran's president yesterday blamed the US and other "big powers" for global ills such as nuclear proliferation and AIDS, and accused them of exploiting the UN for their own gain and the developing world's loss.

al-Qaeda calls for killing of Saudi king

An al-Qaeda commander who escaped from a US prison in Afghanistan has posted a Web video urging Muslims to kill the Saudi king for leading an interfaith conference.

ANN, DPA sign agreement on news distribution

Asia News Network (ANN), the largest alliance of newspapers in Asia, and Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA) GmbH, a German-based international news wire agency, have signed an agreement under which DPA will distribute news and articles published in member newspapers of ANN throughout the world.

New anti-Qaeda offensive underway in Iraq's Diyala

US and Iraqi forces fanned out in the volatile Diyala province Tuesday in a new operation aimed at clearing al-Qaeda in Iraq from safe havens in an area considered the last major insurgent belt around the capital.

Militants killed in Afghan clashes

US-led coalition troops killed several militants during a raid in central Afghanistan, while a suspected bomb maker and his family died in an accidental blast in the east, officials said yesterday.

'Cholera' claims 75 in Indonesian Papua

At least 75 villagers have died in a suspected cholera outbreak in Indonesia's remote eastern Papua province, church authorities said yesterday.

Israeli FM admits she was Mossad agent

Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, a contender to replace Ehud Olmert as prime minister, publicly acknowledged on Tuesday she had been an agent for the Mossad spy agency.

Zimbabwe power-sharing talks break off

Power-sharing talks between Zimbabwe's opposition and negotiators for President Robert Mugabe have broken off, officials said Monday. One said the talks stalled over Mugabe's insistence that he remain president.

Obama seeks to overcome doubts among women

After Hillary Rodham Clinton lost the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, one of her delegates wanted to send a message. So Mary Beth Pyle wore a Clinton T-shirt to a unity dinner meant to build support for Barack Obama.

Israeli-Syrian peace talks to resume under Turkish mediation

Israel and Syria will begin another round of indirect Turkish-mediated peace talks yesterday amid hints of progress but also complaints that Damascus is still arming Israeli arch-enemy Hezbollah.

Serbian court still waits for Karadzic appeal

Genocide suspect Radovan Karadzic's appeal against his extradition to the UN tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, has not arrived at Serbia's war crimes court, its spokeswoman said yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Spirit of Iranian Film

At present Iranian film movement is considered one of the most nationalistic and artistic in the world cinema. Filmmakers like Abbas Kiarostami, Jafar Panahi, Mohsen Makhmalbaf and Majid Majidi have taken Iranian cinema to the world. Contemporary Iranian cinema has been known for its traits -- minimalism, nationalism, humanism and metaphors.

“More joint ventures could boost Bangla cinema”--- Goutam Ghose

Undoubtedly Goutam Ghose is one of the most acclaimed contemporary filmmakers of India. Not only as a director, a versatile talent, Ghose has achieved popularity as a cinematographer, storywriter, screen playwright, lyricist and music composer in Bollywood and Tollywood. He is also a professional photojournalist.

Nova: An emerging actress

Farzeen Firoze aka Nova is an emerging TV actress. She embarked on the small screen in 2006 through Animesh Aich's Eid special play Prem O Ghamer Golpo. The play was aired on Banglavision.

Cultural programme by Dipalok Academy

Dipalok Academy, a local cultural organisation, arranged a gathering of guardians and learners along with a cultural programme recently at Satkhira Sadar upazila Parishad auditorium. Dipalok Academy President Barun Bannerjee presided over the meeting while Satkhira Zilla Parishad Chief Executive Officer Mohammad Gaus was the chief guest.

Sonu Nigam to perform in Bangladesh

Popular Indian pop singer Sonu Nigam is going to perform in Bangladesh for the first time. Sonu will be performing live at the Bangladesh China Friendship Conference Centre on August 7, says a press release. The event is being organised by Fire Works Events and Interspeed Activation. Sonu Nigam is equally popular among the elderly, middle aged and young music enthusiasts in the sub-continent. Tickets will be available at all Etcetera outlets from August 1.

OP-ED

Undoing the wrongdoings

IT would possibly take years for any future government with noble intention to undo the wrongdoings committed by the past BNP-Jamat government during its tenure from 2001 to 2006. Its design was aimed primarily to keep the alliance's firm grip on all organs of the state in order to perpetuate its rule and to shield allied wrong-doers from any potential prosecution and subsequent conviction. Two of the casualties of their arrogance of state power were the history of our liberation war, which otherwise could have been the rallying milestone of our nation, and the higher judiciary, the last refuge for citizens to seek justice.

Lailat-ul-Mi'raj

IT was on a Monday on the 27th of Rajab (though other dates are also given), one year and five months before the emigration to the holy Madinah that the holy Prophet (pbuh) was first transported through a unique night journey from the Holy Makkah to the seat of the earliest revelations in Jerusalem, and then taken through the Seven Heavens, even to the Sublime Throne, and blessed with the unique opportunity to meet the Most Gracious and the Most Merciful Rabbul Alameen.

The American people know me

While riding in a black SUV through a crowd of protesters on his way to deliver a speech at the 2008 American GI Forum in Denver, Sen. John McCain spoke with Newsweek's Suzanne Smalley.

A sentimental journey to a tranquil land called BF

YOU know the terms BC and AD? Well, I would like to propose that new terms are introduced for a similarly dramatic historical event -- but which only applies to people who have had children: B.F. and A.F.: Before Family and After Family.

Star City

Jagannath on road to oblivion

Demolition of the frontal façade of Jagannath Mandir at city's Tantibazar is going on while the authorities concerned are still unsure about who has the responsibility to save the 100-year-old temple.

Women remain forgotten

The number of working and floating women is increasing in the city but none of the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) public toilets is suitable for them.

People still debarred from Kahn

Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban (parliament building) has been kept almost inaccessible to visitors on “security grounds”, depriving the general public of the opportunity to see the splendid work by Louis I Kahn, a world-famous architect.


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