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News of: Friday, 8th of August, 2008

Front Page

EC in dilemma over making elections non-partisan

The Election Commission's (EC) preparations for upazila polls in October continue at full throttle while its move to make the elections non-partisan remains mired in uncertainty due to a recent High Court (HC) ruling.

JS constituency re-demarcation stayed by HC

The High Court (HC) yesterday stayed for three months a gazette notification of the Election Commission (EC) finalising the re-demarcation of parliamentary constituencies.

AL seeks int'l support to put pressure on govt

Sticking to its position of not taking part in the parliamentary elections with the state of emergency enforced, the Awami League (AL) is trying to mount pressure on the caretaker government with the help of international community to have the emergency lifted.

President cannot ignore SJC recommendations

The High Court (HC) yesterday declared void the provision of the Supreme Judicial Commission Ordinance 2008 that empowers the president to disregard recommendations of the Supreme Judicial Commission (SJC) in appointing judges to the higher judiciary.

Pakistani coalition to impeach Musharraf

Pakistan's ruling coalition said yesterday that it would impeach President Pervez Musharraf, posing the biggest threat to the key US ally in the "war on terror" since he seized power in a 1999 coup.

Crime investigation awaits big boost

Crime scene investigation and the trial process of criminal cases are likely to enter a new era at the end of next year when the police department expects to be geared up with state-of-the-art forensic laboratories and a comprehensive national database of criminals.

BB warns against tight monetary policy

A tight monetary policy would cost the country badly in terms of productivity and employment generation, observed Bangladesh Bank in its quarterly released yesterday.

Oil palm plantation plan comes under criticism

The Department of Forest is planning to go for an oil palm plantation once again after a failed project undertaken in the early 80s.

Tarique should be sent abroad for treatment

The High Court (HC) yesterday observed that Tarique Rahman is seriously ill and should be sent abroad for treatment.

Koko indicted for amassing illegal wealth

A special court yesterday framed charges against Arafat Rahman Koko in a corruption case filed for accumulating wealth illegally and hiding information about his property from the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

Zardari, Sharif confident

The Co-Chairperson of Pakistan Peoples Party Asif Ali Zardari and PML-N Chief Nawaz Sharif are sure that the number of anti-Musharraf members of the parliament will reach 350 within one week.

One conjoined twin dies after separation

Barsha, one of the conjoined twins separated at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on Wednesday, died at the hospital about seven and a half hours after the operation.

JS polls to be held under emergency

LGRD and Cooperatives Adviser Anwarul Iqbal yesterday said the parliamentary elections, stalled for about 18 months, would be held under the state of emergency.

JCD president, BCL secy freed

Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) President Azizul Bari Helal and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) General Secretary Mahfuzul Haider Chowdhury Roton were released yesterday following a three-day-long demonstration by the two student organisations.

Tac sets Sept 1 deadline for seeking mercy

Individuals willing to confess to corruption or other crimes will have to apply for hearing to the Truth and Accountability Commission (Tac) by September 1, a government handout said yesterday.

Parties slate RPO

Political parties have largely criticised the Representation of People Ordinance (RPO) 2008 and some even called for scrapping the ordinance saying it was aimed at controlling political parties.

Rajshahi mayor-elect vows to probe Minu's 'graft’

Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) mayor-elect AHM Khairuzzaman Liton said when in office, he would investigate the widespread allegations of corruption by former RCC mayor Mizanur Rahman Minu, now behind the bars, and take action against his predecessor's massive politically-motivated recruitment of RCC employees.

ACC orders reinvestigation into graft case against Khaleda

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday ordered re-investigation of the case involving Barapukuria coal mine operation contract as the investigation report submitted to the commission is not comprehensive.

Jalil's parole extended by a month

The government yesterday extended the parole of ailing Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil by another month, said a home ministry circular.

Beijing showpiece begins today

After seven years of intense preparation, investment and critical assessment since Beijing won the right to stage the Olympics, the athletes are finally set to take centre stage here Saturday.

219 Bangladeshi peacekeepers win UN medal

A total of 219 Bangladeshi peacekeepers have been awarded the United Nations (UN) medals in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Ex-MP Mohiuddin gets 8yrs for tax evasion

A special court yesterday sentenced former Awami League (AL) lawmaker Mohammad Mohiuddin to eight years' imprisonment for evading taxes.

Tuhin asked to appear in court by Aug 13

A Dhaka court yesterday asked detained former premier Khaleda Zia's nephew Shahrin Islam Tuhin and Awami League (AL) presidium member Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury's son Shahdab Akbar to appear before it by August 13 in cases filed for amassing wealth through illegal means.

2 gunned down in city

Two people were gunned down and another was injured in two separate incidents in Dhaka yesterday.

25 killed in fresh Lanka fighting

At least 23 Tamil Tiger rebels and two soldiers have been killed in the latest fighting in Sri Lanka's north, the defence ministry said yesterday.

Editorial

Upholding the rights of indigenous communities

THERE is little question that Bangladesh's indigenous people, like indigenous people elsewhere in the world, must be allowed to enjoy rights enjoyed by other communities across the globe. And that is the idea that has of late been advocated in this country, thanks to the relentless efforts made by conscious sections of the population. We are happy to note that at this point of time, the conditions in which our indigenous communities live and the positive change that ought to come into their lives are a subject that has drawn the attention of broad sections of our society. Evidence of such interest in the well-being of the indigenous communities comes yet once more through the launch of a book on indigenous people on Wednesday. Moreover, the Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission has been at work, with Britain's Lord Avebury being in Bangladesh at present to get his own perspective on the situation. It is such manifestation of interest that can go a long way toward strengthening the social bonds which unite people of various communities in this country.

New early warning approach in the offing

THE colonial, age-old, early warning system, unfortunately still in vogue in our country, has had its focus on safety of ports and river and marine vessels. This is for the first time that the Disaster Management Bureau (DMB), awakened by the huge losses wreaked on human life and property by disasters, is thinking outside the box. It wants to place protection of man, material and means of livelihood at the top of the disaster forecasting and management agenda.

Back on the chain gang

IT started innocuously enough with the first reports trickling in from Kuwait last week. Thousands of Bangladeshi workers had gone on strike and taken to the streets, demonstrating for their rights.

Taking a leaf from Rahul's book

I hope it doesn't run the risk of being misunderstood as an Indian sympathiser to say that Rahul Gandhi's visit to Bangladesh was a breath of fresh air. We saw a 38-year-old dapper young man, scion of the longest ruling family in the largest democracy in the world, whose great-grandfather, grandmother, father and mother, all have been the leading lights of Indian politics. It was impressive to know that he was taking interest in poverty alleviation and rural development. So far, our experience has been to the contrary. Young leaders and their cabals of sidekicks have ruthlessly plundered this country.

China shouldn't be inscrutable

WITH the Beijing Olympics starting at the end of this week, you might think this would be an occasion for serious analysis and reflection about China -- how to understand the country and its changing society, how to handle the regime.

Sports

Mohammedan leave it late

Mohammedan Sporting Club left it very late in a less-than-convincing 1-0 victory over Sunrise Sporting Club in a Citycell Federation Cup match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Messi lights up Day 1

Argentina's Lionel Messi, cleared to play in the Olympics after striking a late deal with his club Barcelona, celebrated by scoring the opener and creating the winner as the South Americans beat Ivory Coast 2-1 on Thursday.

Ashraful to bank on bonding

Captain Mohammad Ashraful hopes to bank on an extended fitness camp when his side take on the mighty Australians at the end of this month.

Crucial Test from today

Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene says his team need to put pressure on a resurgent India in the crucial third and final Test starting here on Friday in a bid to maintain their impressive home record.

England on front foot

Recalled England fast bowler Steve Harmison took two wickets in two balls and James Anderson captured three to reduce South Africa to 158 for seven at tea on the first day of the fourth Test at The Oval on Thursday.

Dinesh lifts chess title

Indian International Master Dinesh Kumar Sharma became unbeaten champions in the eighth United Insurance and United Leasing International Masters Chess tournament at the federation hall-room yesterday.

Local Snippets

Swadheenata take on Rampura in the first semifinal of the Dhaka City Corporation Pioneer Football League today at the Bir Shrestha Sepoy Mohammad Mostafa Stadium in Kamalapur.

Barca, Messi make peace

Argentina forward Lionel Messi played and scored in his country's Olympic opener against Ivory Coast on Thursday after a late deal was struck with his Spanish club Barcelona.

Juventus hold United

Manchester United were held to a 0-0 draw by Juventus here on Wednesday night as Sir Alex Ferguson's injury-hit squad struggled to overcome the Italians.

C'Ron staying for now

Real Madrid coach Bernd Schuster has expressed sadness that Manchester United's Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo is set to remain with the European Champions at least for the coming season - while reports in Spain insisted he would move next year.

Barcelona thrash Red Bulls

Samuel Eto'o scored two goals and Xavi Hernandez added a goal and two assists to lead Barcelona to a 6-2 win over the New York Red Bulls in an international friendly on Wednesday night.

Blatter slates CAS

World soccer's governing body FIFA said on Thursday the decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport to allow the return of a handful of players to their clubs was "dramatic" and could kill off the Games' soccer tournament.

Testing time for Moyes

David Moyes has endured many highs during his six-and-a-half-years in charge of Everton, but he is facing his most difficult campaign yet after a trying close-season at Goodison Park.

Ribery best in Germany

Bayern Munich's French midfielder Franck Ribery has been voted German footballer of the year, according to a poll to be published in sports magazine Kicker on Thursday.

English ref suspended

One of England's most prominent soccer referees, Mark Clattenburg, has been suspended while enquiries are made into his business dealings, the English Football Association announced Thursday.

Newcastle snap up Coloccini

English Premiership outfit Newcastle United have had their bid for Deportivo La Coruna's Argentine defender Fabricio Coloccini accepted, the Spanish club said overnight Wednesday on its website on Thursday.

Hoeness slams Abramovich

Bayern Munich's general manager Uli Hoeness on Thursday launched an amusing tirade against Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich's attempts to use his financial muscle to turn the London club into world beaters.

Johnson seals Fulham move

Striker Andrew Johnson on Thursday finalised his transfer from Everton to Fulham for an undisclosed fee with the 27-year-old signing a four-year contract to seal his Craven Cottage deal.

Hammers release Ljungberg

Sweden midfielder Freddie Ljungberg was released from his contract with West Ham on Wednesday, a statement on the club's website confirmed.

Double boost for Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hopes to have Tomas Rosicky back from injury by September and is confident Eduardo will be available after his horrific broken leg by November.

Villa after Young

Aston Villa indicated Thursday they hope to prise England international defender Luke Young from English Premiership rivals Middlesbrough after agreeing terms for the 29-year-old's services.

We are ready: China

China declared Thursday it was ready to stage one of the greatest Olympics ever, even as pollution concerns and human rights controversies hung over the final day of preparations for the opening ceremony.

Cricket not before 2020

As players from around the world backed former Australia wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist's call for Twenty20 cricket to become an Olympic sport, officials said it would take another 12 years at least for it to get on the Games roster.

Time is now for Yao

Basketball icon Yao Ming says he will have to wear ear plugs to cushion the deafening roar expected from the home crowd as he leads out China's national team at Friday's Olympic opening ceremony.

Cronje movie complete

The filming of Hansie, based on the life of the late South African captain, has been completed by his brother Frans Cronje, who says he went through his "own King Commission" during the "incredibly tough" year of shooting.

Kohli new face on India squad

Uncapped middle-order batsman Virat Kohli was on Thursday included in a 15-member Indian squad for next month's Champions Trophy in Pakistan.

India name side for Lanka ODIs

India's cricket selectors on Thursday decided to rest in-form paceman Ishant Sharma for the five one-day internationals against Sri Lanka beginning later this month.

Mallik's death anniversary today

Today is the seventh death anniversary of Ataul Haq Mallik, renowned sports commentator and a recipient of the National Sports Award.

Steve befriends Aussie athletes

Former Test cricket great Steve Waugh is working with the Australian athletes at the Beijing Olympics offering advice and acting as a sounding board.

Business

16 banks fail to cut interest rates

Sixteen private commercial banks (PCBs), out of 30, have failed to keep their commitment to slash the lending rates by the June deadline, flouting both central bank and bank owners association's advice.

Local firm makes heavy crane

Bengal Electric Ltd (BEL), a local engineering industry, manufactured heavy barge-mounted crane at its own factory, an achievement that will pave the way to end manual lifting of heavy machinery.

Airfreight business booming

Private airfreight business in the country is now booming as domestic and international trade has grown in recent time, according to industry sources.

Essentials prices to remain tolerable in Ramadan

Businesspeople and chamber leaders yesterday committed that they will keep the prices of essentials at tolerable level during the month of Ramadan.

Banks urged to bring the poor under banking system

Commerce and Education Adviser Dr Hossain Zillur Rahman yesterday asked the commercial banks to bring the poor people under the banking services so that the country can join the club of developing countries soon.

Parjatan Corpn trying to revive tourism sector: Chairman

Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC) is trying very hard to find out the problems of the country's tourism sector and solve those within the shortest possible time, said its chairman.

A tale of two trade balances: Germany surges, France plunges

Germany's redoubtable exporters sparked a surge the country's June trade surplus in contrast to a deepening deficit in France, highlighting big industrial differences between two partners joined by the euro and strong bilateral trade.

Sufficient security measures in RMG sector sought

The Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) sought sufficient security measures to keep stability in the garment sector until Eid-ul-Fitr.

Knitwear makers to provide ID cards for workers

The knitwear manufacturers of the country will provide identity cards for workers with a view to preserving personal information of the workers.

FBCCI to talk gas supply issue with govt

FBCCI has assured industry owners that it would negotiate with the government soon to solve the problem regarding persistent lack of gas supply in the industrial units.

Stocks end low as market focuses on Titas

Dhaka stocks finished marginally lower yesterday as shares of most sectors slipped amid investors' concentration on the market heavyweight, Titas Gas.

No hike in powder milk price in Ramadan

A business group yesterday assured that the price of powder milk would not be increased during the forthcoming holy month of Ramadan.

Working group meet of Better Business Forum held

The 10th meeting of the working group-2 on the infrastructure of 'Bangladesh Better Business Forum' (BBBF) was held on Tuesday at the Planning Commission, says a press release.

Negotiation skill to check conflicts at workplaces

Effective negotiation skills among professionals are key to checking conflicts at the workplaces especially in industrial sectors, speakers said at a workshop in Dhaka yesterday.

StanChart gets new head of consumer banking

Standard Chartered Bank appointed Sandeep Bose as its new head of consumer banking recently, says a press release.

Summit Power declares 20pc stock dividend

Summit Power Ltd declared a 20 percent stock dividend for the year ended December 31, 2007 at its 11th annual general meeting (AGM) yesterday, says a press release.

Last obstacles to Asean-India FTA talks go

Difficult negotiations over an Asean-India free trade deal have been concluded and the last obstacles overcome, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) secretary general Surin Pitsuwan said Thursday.

Oil prices rebound above $120

World oil prices rebounded back above 120 dollars on Thursday, after a statement that a pipeline carrying crude from Asia to the West would remain shut for about 15 days after a recent explosion.

Indian inflation crosses 12pc

India's annual inflation accelerated to more than 12 percent for the first time in over 13 years, official data Thursday showed, stoking expectations of further monetary tightening to tame prices.

Chrysler, Nissan in talks on car partnership

US auto group Chrysler LLC is conducting talks with Japan's Nissan about jointly producing midsize cars in a move which could deepen their existing links, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

Metropolitan

Build capacity to adopt climate change adaptation strategy

Speakers at a seminar yesterday underscored the need to build capacity to adopt a sustainable climate change adaptation strategy.

Unite to compel govt to fight corruption

Speakers yesterday called on the countrymen to forge unity to compel the caretaker government to stick to its stance of combating corruption by trying the corrupt people as the government is now retreating from its early stance and trying to implement the 'manage two formula'.

Reform police act to make cops popular

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) Chairman Prof Muzaffer Ahmad yesterday said decentralisation of power in police administration and reform in the existing police act should be considered in reforming Bangladesh police and making them popular.

Elections peaceful, fair

Brotee, an election observer group, yesterday said the city corporation and municipality elections were held in a peaceful and fair manner.

Bangladeshi workers forced to pay health insurance fees

Bangladeshi workers of some cleaning companies in Kuwait have alleged that they are being compelled to pay their health insurance fees, which is a violation of job contract.

Strengthen democracy to face external threats

Speakers at a discussion yesterday underscored the need for strengthening foundation of democracy to face external threats to our country.

'Form special tribunal to try war criminals'

Bangladesh Chhatra League, student front of Awami League, yesterday took out a procession on the Dhaka University campus demanding formation of a special tribunal for the trial of war criminals.

Research book on development launched

The publication ceremony of a research book titled 'Development as Conscientization: The case of Nijera Kori in Bangladesh' was held at the Academy for Planning and Development in the city yesterday.

UK supports plan to hold JS polls in Dec

A visiting British junior minister yesterday said Britain supports the government in their efforts to hold elections in December.

Body of Al Amin arrives in Dhaka

The body of Al Amin, who went to the Maldives in quest of fortune, was sent home on Wednesday, nine days after his death, said sources at Bangladesh High Commission in Male.

Mountaineers leave for India to join expedition

Two Bangladeshi mountaineers left for India yesterday to join a team of Indian mountaineers for an expedition training to scale Mount Makalu, one of the tough and risky mountain peaks in the Himalayan range.

Japanese cooperation in tech development sought

President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday sought Japanese cooperation for technological development in Bangladesh.

Lord Avebury visits Khagrachhari

Chittagong Hill Tract Commission (CHTC) has begun its visit to Khagrachhari to see human rights situation and participatory development in the area.

Final report against Tariqul, 2 others today

Assistant Director of Jessore Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) office Wazed Ali Gazi will submit the final report of a misappropriation case against ex-minister Tariqul Islam and two others any time today to the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Mostafizur Rahman.

5 RCC councillor candidates demand recounting

The five councillor candidates of the ward no 16 under the Rajshahi City Corporation yesterday rejected the result of the election and demanded recounting of the votes.

Condition of Anwar Zahid critical

Veteran journalist Anwar Zahid is lying in critical condition in United Hospital in the city.

HC rule on govt for unified policy

The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule upon the government to explain within one week why it (government) should not be directed to make a unified policy against sexual harassment of women and children at different places.

2 lakh tonnes of urea to be imported

The government will import 200,000 metric tons of urea fertliser ahead of the Aman cultivation season.

2 Gatco directors released on bail

Two directors of Gatco -- Galib Ahmed and Tanvir Ahmed -- were released on bail from Dhaka Central Jail yesterday.

358 bottles of phensidyl seized in Ctg

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized 358 bottles of phensidyl from a train at Chittagong Railway Station yesterday morning.

Ex-Jamaat MP Taher freed on bail

Former Jamaat lawmaker Dr Syed Abdullah Mohammad Taher was freed from the Dhaka Central Jail last night on an ad interim bail granted by the High Court on July 29.

Suspected JMB activists held

Police arrested a suspected activist of banned Islamist outfit Jamaatul-Mujaheedin, Bangladesh (JMB) at Palashbari in the district yesterday.

Farida Hasan passes away

Former BNP lawmaker Begum Farida Hasan passed away due to various complications at Appolo Hospitals in the city yesterday at the age of 78.

Road accident kills three in Habiganj

Three people were killed and three others injured in a road accident at Bangla Bazar in Nabiganj upazila yesterday.

Letters

ZIA...

Apparently, all international standard airports must have two runways. But Zia International, Shah Amanat in Chittagong, and Shahjalal in Sylhet all have one major runway each. Granted that the latter two's international arrival and departures are negligible, but what about Dhaka? We have seen in more than one instance the whole airport becoming dysfunctional when a mishap happens on the runway (Malaysian Airlines some years back, Saudia recently, and our own Biman DC-10 crash landing in Chittagong) for hours a together , creating a ripple effect in the flight traffic in the region.

Commendable UN enterprise…

We came to learn that the United Nations, on the request of the present PM of Pakistan, has agreed to investigate the former PM Benazir Bhutto's assassination. We are indeed cheered at the news because crimes of such magnitude in Pakistan usually go unpunished.

Bloodletting and the US

The bloodletting game is a common spectacle in some Muslim countries. After the US invasion in Afghanistan and Iraq, it has been frequently proved that both the countries are pretty vulnerable to violence. Almost every day we find news of suicidal bombings in Iraq and Afghanistan. And the statistics of slain people depict the spectacle of inhumanity!! Mostly Muslim countries are exposed to violence as some of them have become breeding grounds of terrorists. Needless to mention, people of Iraq and Afghanistan are leading their lives amid great fear. Since the US aggression took place in these countries the hellish days began.

Saarc: A lame duck

Saarc has so far achieved no remarkable success except holding meeting after meeting at different levels. Although, we cannot find any remarkable success of Saarc in terms of expectations of the huge population of the eight member countries, the inherent problems are well identified by now. Ideological conflicts, economic imbalance, big brotherly attitude, external influence and lack of leadership qualities are some of the major hurdles standing on the way of achieving any significant progress. The future is not bright either.

Pain killing drugs

There was never any lack of understanding amongst the physicians regarding the usefulness of this particular drug oral morphine in treating severe pain. This is particularly true and more useful for cancer patients of whom many are at the terminal stage of their life. It is cheap, affordable and essential drug recommended by World Health Organization (WHO) and International Narcotic Control Board (INCB) for cancer pain. Granted that opioids, the substances from Poppy plant which includes morphine also, are looked upon with scorn due to their addictive nature, but as a medication, these may provide a window of respite, a pain free existence and peaceful exit from life.

Our secondary education

So far my memory goes study seemed to be like an agony for me. Instead of pleasure and amusement it turned into pain and burden. If my memory does not betray me, I can recollect the events of my school life. I think most of the students in our country, have such kind of experience as I had in the past. Our education system, particularly at the secondary level is divided into three parts (i.e. English medium, Bengali medium, madrassa). I think it is a sign of discrimination. In the age of capitalism education is no longer a right, rather a privilege. In case of school level students education appears to be a matter of stress and burden. I think our so-called teachers are partially responsible for this stress.

Militancy issue in RCC election

This letter is in response to the news item published in your daily on August 03, 2008 regarding Rajshahi City Corporation election candidates' reluctance to express a firm stance on militancy issue during their campaign.

What I saw in Bangladesh

When I heard my mother was sick, I went to Bangladesh for two weeks but I stayed a little longer than four weeks. My last visit was in 2005 and I noticed after three years that there had been a lot of change. First of all, at the airport everything was good, no hassle, quick service, all in order and everything on schedule. No hartal and no violence and I was able to use and enjoy all my valuable time. The bad politicians were all in jail or outside the country. Most of the people are happy. Factories, industries and ports, all institutions are working in order. The only complaint is that the cost of living has gone higher. Is all this for rule of Emergency? Long live Emergency! People have high expectations of the caretaker government, especially for system development. For example, the police still serve the government instead of serving ordinary citizens. Politics is becoming more open, most of the old political actors and actresses are going back to the stage.

Chaotic politics

Just after skimming through the headlines I tucked the FORUM, a supplementary of The Daily Star, into my office bag while heading towards my office. It was kept on my desk, and suddenly I bumped into the one of the early cover pages of the SWM portrayed on its back cover as an ad for SWM. In fact that cover page with a banner heading “JCD UNLEASHED” compelled/inspired me to write this.

General Mustafiz

It is with great sadness that we took the news of the recent death of former chief of Army Staff General Muhammad Mustafizur Rahman, Bir Bikram(may his soul rest in peace). General Mustafiz was, among other things, a fine gentleman, a knowledgeable person, an expert in his field, a pleasant personality, a good orator, a good host and a good listener. Ms. Sarwar Sultana - a former acting cabinet minister (internal administration) of the United Nations administered East Timor and I have had the opportunity to meet the General and his family on a number of occasions during his life time.

Opening a bank account

Recently, I went through a new hassle in a govt. office. I had to open an account in any branch of Sonali Bank. So I went to branch close to my residence-- Mirpur Industrial Branch, Sonali Bank. To open an account, the bank official asked for my national identity card (NID), commissioner certificate, testimony from my office-boss, my academic papers and attestation from any account holder of Sonali Bank's that branch. I got everything ready spending at least three days. And at the last moment, when all the procedures were going to be complete a bank official ordered me to go to any branch nearer to my office. I informed him that my office was located in Gulshan but I reside in Pallabi, Mirpur. I need an account with this branch. With due respect, I questioned him whether there was any rule, regulation or restriction to let me have an account in that branch. To be noted, I was very polite and sober in my dealing with him. But he was rude from the very beginning. I was astonished. Being disappointed at that I went to another Sonali Bank branch in Mirpur-12 the next day. That branch asked for nothing but NID card and allowed me to have an account number. Completing all the procedures took me near about four hours. I think it was too much and such hassle is very commonplace in almost all government offices. Nowhere we can blame or report against these irregularities and inconveniences. So our suffering has no end.

Fakirhat

Fakirhat is a union of Palasbari in Gaibandha district, which has the proud memories of 10 martyred freedom fighters. Local people are expecting Fakirhat to be a new upazila, which has been their demand to the government from a long time.

Shame!

A few days back one of our freedom fighters was insulted by a war criminal. I think it is our national shame. But our government did not take any action. If our freedom fighters, who sacrificed a lot for the sake of our country, are not safe, how can we live with dignity?

Smoking

We all know that smoking in public places and any kind of publicity of any tobacco products is prohibited in our country. But people are still smoking in public places and some shops have again started using banners of cigarettes. So, the law is not being implemented properly. That is why, people feel emboldened to smoke openly.

CTG's performance

When an incompetent person runs the government and fails, we don't mind. But when Dr. Fakhruddin's administration fails we do mind. People are very much disappointed about the poor performance of the CTG. Although they had all the logistic support and necessary tools to run an administration smoothly and efficiently, they have failed to deliver.

VAT and customs

We, who are in the private sector and working in manufacturing industries, need to interact with VAT & customs offices on a regular basis.

Points to ponder

An ageless saying states "Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely"! Corruption in this case does not refer to financial corruption. Corruption covers a vast range of things; in thoughts, words and deeds. It could well be the power driven blindness, based on the principles of "might is right"; which is getting its day at regular intervals in Bangladesh!

International

Israel mulls military strike to snub Iran's nuke drive

Israel is building up its strike capabilities amid growing anxiety over Iran's nuclear ambitions and appears confident that a military attack would cripple Tehran's atomic programme, even if it can't destroy it.

Pakistan must rein in 'uncontrolled' elements

Afghanistan is keen to work with Pakistan to fight Islamic extremism, but Islamabad must rein in elements in the government that are "out of control," the Afghan foreign minister said Wednesday.

7 cops, 3 dozen Taliban killed in Afghanistan

The Afghan government said yesterday that seven policemen were killed when militants stormed their post in the troubled south, while nearly three dozen militants died in various clashes.

Fierce Pak battle kills 10 troops, 25 militants

Hundreds of Taliban militants attacked a checkpost in a Pakistani tribal area bordering Afghanistan, sparking fierce clashes in which 10 troops and 25 rebels were killed, officials said yesterday.

Key US lawmaker threatens to hold up Indian nuke deal

A key US lawmaker threatened Wednesday to hold up a landmark US-India nuclear agreement unless nuclear supplier states adopt a provision terminating the deal if India conducted a nuclear test explosion.

Musharraf is 'irrelevant' to Pakistan

President Pervez Musharraf is "irrelevant" to Pakistan and its people did not appreciate the US' support for the country's military dictators, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said.

Maldives clears way for multi-party polls

Maldives President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom signed and adopted a new constitution yesterday that allows multiparty elections and a number of other key democratic reforms after decades of authoritarian rule.

Mauritania generals promise fair polls

The military generals who staged a coup in this desert nation announced Thursday they plan to hold free and transparent elections "as soon as possible."

Bush cites oppression, HR abuses in Asia

President Bush praised the spread of freedom in Asia while training a harsh spotlight Thursday on the region's democratic laggards, sharply criticising oppression and human rights abuses in China, Myanmar and North Korea.

Zimbabwe crisis talks 'progressing'

South Africa's government said yesterday power-sharing talks aimed at resolving Zimbabwe's political crisis were "progressing extremely well."

Nepal extends deadline for new govt: Official

Nepal's president has extended a deadline for ex-rebel Maoists to form the new republic's first government, an official said Wednesday.

Iraq postpones provincial polls

Iraq yesterday postponed provincial elections originally set for October after MPs failed to agree the necessary legislation in time, in a blow for US-backed efforts to consolidate national reconciliation.

Hillary backers not giving up as convention looms

Diehard Hillary Clinton backers stepped up a campaign Wednesday to get their heroine onto the nominating ballot alongside White House hopeful Barack Obama at this month's Democratic convention.

Livni boosted in Kadima leadership bid

Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni yesterday strengthened her bid to lead the ruling Kadima party and possibly become premier after a senior minister announced his support.

Joint efforts underway on ISI issue: US

The Pentagon has described Pakistan's problems with its intelligence services as a "historical issue" and said the US and Pakistani governments are working together to overcome these problems.

Anwar pleads innocence to sodomy charge

Malaysia's top opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim pleaded innocent Thursday to a sodomy charge, dismissing it as a "treacherous" accusation as he was freed on bail to campaign for a key by-election to Parliament.

Serious security lapse at Saarc summit: India

India said Wednesday there had been serious security lapses during a visit to Sri Lanka by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh despite the island nation's promise of "ultimate security."

Arts & Entertainment

Tagore's death anniversary observed at Shilpakala

“The only Bengali Nobel laureate in literature, Rabindranath Tagore, does not get his due respect in the government level, though he is the lyricist and composer of our national anthem. Only his death and birth anniversaries are celebrated through 'run of the mill programmes' at the national level. However, so far no institutional initiative has been taken by the government,” complained Dr. Nurul Anwar, one of the discussants at the programme observing Rabindranath Tagore's 67th death anniversary at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA).

Rabindra death anniversary observed in Chittagong

Elaborate programmes were chalked out on the 4th day of the ongoing 5th Rabindra Natya Utshab here on Wednesday (August 6) to mark the 67th death anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore.

Rabindranath: The theologian and philosopher

As the youngest son of Maharshi Debendranath Tagore, Rabindranath delved in theology and metaphysics at an early age, though at that time he was keener on prose and poetry. Rabindranath's elder brother Dwijendranath was more interested in philosophy than him. Despite being reputed as a poet, lyricist, composer, dramatist, artist and novelist, Rabindranath was also a profuse theologian and philosopher.

Rabindra Sangeet Shilpi Sangstha observes Tagore's death anniversary

With a two-day musical programme, Bangladesh Rabindra Sangeet Shilpi Sangstha (BRSSS) observed the 67th death anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore. Veteran artiste Kalim Sharafi, president of BRSSS, inaugurated the event on August 6 at the Shawkat Osman Auditorium, Central Public Library.

Hiroshima day observed at Liberation War Museum

August 6 is observed as "Hiroshima Day" all around the world. On this day in 1945, in a desperate effort for a quick win against Japan, US air force dropped an atomic bomb, "Little Boy", on the city of Hiroshima, followed by the detonation of another nuclear bomb "Fat Man" over Nagasaki on August 9. The death toll from the immediate blast at Hiroshima was roughly estimated at 70,000 and in the decades that followed many more died from illnesses caused by severe radiation. The death toll at Hiroshima and Nagasaki totalled at 3,45,000. They are the only instances of the use of nuclear weapons in warfare.

“Akjon Maa Ebong Poroborti Golpo” on ATN Bangla

A one-hour play, Akjon Maa Ebong Poroborti Golpo, will be aired tonight on ATN Bangla at 8pm. Written and directed by Russell Ashequi, the play follows the plight of a courageous, self-sufficient mother called Jebunessa Hashi who is also a widow of a freedom fighter.

OP-ED

A culture that will never die

INDIGENOUS peoples have contributed the least to world greenhouse gas emissions and have the smallest ecological footprints on earth. Yet they suffer the worst impacts from not only climate change, but also hardship in education, employment, health, human rights, social and economic development, and everyday life.

Lemons and lemonade

GLOBAL warming, climate change and their ilk seem to have become buzzwords for our intelligentsia in recent times. At any given time, we have several conferences, seminars and projects that give us the same bad news in different packages. This is, no doubt, fueled partially by generous funding from donor agencies and developed countries (guilt does loosen up the purse strings!). The upshot of this flurry in scholarly activity has been the clarification of a few facts that I will now proceed to bluntly state:

Every life is sacred

WITH the universal acceptance of the concept of basic human rights, experts and social reformers are getting more and more concerned with the physically and mentally disabled people who are generally considered as burdens on the society. They have all along been neglected because of their inability to participate in normal social and economic activity, and very often fall prey to harassment and disgrace. Disability may be of different types, such as, visual, hearing, speech, physical, intellectual and multiple impairment. In this article, I will dwell upon intellectual disability in the Bangladesh context.

Why use a name when a number will do

I once met a guy called Jim Smith who didn't like his name. What's not to like about Jim Smith?

StarTech

Archaic law bars online shopping

E-commerce has become a second name for the internet. Shopping, for most, has always been characterised by tired feet, crowded markets and desperate searches for a good parking spot. All these factors put together take all the enjoyment out of shopping. But with the advent of online shopping, buying and selling is no more a matter than a click of a button, that too from the comfort of your home.

New look of Facebook

In an attempt to hold on to its popularity, Facebook, the fastest growing Online Social Networking site, has recently introduced a complete 'new look'. Whether the new look is here to stay or not still remains to be answered, but let's have a sneak peek into what the new look is all about and its share of pros and cons.

D.Net and RI to enhance computer learning

D.Net (Development Research Network) and Relief International (RI) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on July 26 to collaborate their activity on 'Enhancing computer learning programme along with Internet connection'.

A glamorous HP launching

Fashion and technology have always inspired each other and are both at the hub of today's pop culture. In a glamorous event with Bangladesh's fashion industry leader Khaled Khan, HP launched three new notebooks on July 31.



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