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News of: Sunday, 10th of August, 2008

Front Page

Parties must bid bye to front organisations

Three major political parties --- Awami League (AL), BNP and Jatiya Party --- must amend their constitutions severing ties with at least 17 of their auxiliary organisations in order to be registered with the Election Commission (EC), according to the planned new electoral law.

2,000 killed as Russia bombs Georgian towns

Russia sent hundreds of tanks and troops into the separatist province of South Ossetia and bombed Georgian towns yesterday in a major escalation of the conflict that has left scores of civilians dead and wounded.

Automation link 'sabotaged’

Criminals Friday night disconnected the link between the automation server and the Import General Manifest (IGM) and Export General Manifest (EGM) module in Chittagong Customs House halting the automation system introduced there less than 24 hours before.

Deal with KL soon on info sharing

Bangladesh is going to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Malaysia for the first time for exchange of information about money smuggled into that country.

Garment workers clash with Ansars

Clashes between garment workers and Ansars at Nayarhat in Ashulia yesterday left four people injured, two of them with gunshots.

Hosts off to a gold start

China made a winning start to their Olympics on Saturday but the murder of a relative of a US volleyball coach in Beijing dashed hopes for a peaceful Games.

Aman farming to cost Tk 965cr more in North

Farmers in the 16 northern districts have to bear additional cost of around Tk 965 crore for cultivating Aman rice this season compared to last season due to increased prices of diesel and fertilisers, according to Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) officials.

Release of Khaleda at final stage

Education and Commerce Adviser Dr Hossain Zillur Rahman said yesterday that the procedures for the release of former prime minister and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia are at their final stages.

New militant group on the block?

The ameer of Islami Samaj and six out of the eight of its members arrested in Bandarban on August 7 for propagating Islamist militancy said they have past history with Islami Chhatra Shibir.

3 'robbers' beaten to death

Three alleged robbers were beaten to death and two others injured in Monirampur upazila of the district on Friday night.

AL warns again against holding upazila elections before JS polls

Awami League central leaders yesterday questioned the caretaker government's mandate for holding upazila elections before the parliamentary polls, sounding a note of warning against such a plan.

Who's Mannan Bhuiyan?

BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday said a vested quarter that "created a BNP in its factory" is now persuading leaders like Mannan Bhuiyan to make remarks against the party's decision to boycott the August 4 polls.

Army may ask Musharraf to resign in a week

The stage was set for the launch of impeachment proceedings against President Pervez Musharraf with the summoning of the National Assembly tomorrow even as he ruled out dissolving the House to overcome the crisis facing him.

450 tonnes ‘date-expired’ powdered milk seized

Customs authorities seized 450 tonnes of suspected date-expired powdered milk at Chittagong Port on Thursday.

No backtracking on indigenous peoples' rights

The caretaker government is trying to ensure that future political governments do not backtrack on establishing the rights of the country's indigenous peoples, Law Adviser AF Hassan Ariff yesterday said.

Use firearms to tackle mugging

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) armed its cops with strict orders to use their firearms to forestall mugging in the capital.

Islami Samaj claims it is not into militancy

The leaders of Islami Samaj in a press conference yesterday protested the arrest of its 15 leaders and members and the media reports about their involvement with militancy.

Tac hopes to start getting mercy pleas from today

Although the Truth and Accountability Commission (Tac) passed a week after its birth without dealing with a single case of clemency, its chairman Justice Habibur Rahman Khan hoped the corrupt people would start coming to the newly formed commission from this week beginning today.

21 trawlers looted, 20 fishermen abducted

Pirates looted fish and fishing nets worth Tk 10 lakh from 21 trawlers in the Bay on Thursday and Friday nights, injuring 15 fishermen.

3 children hurt in bomb blast

Three children were injured in a bomb explosion in the city's Sutrapur area yesterday afternoon.

48 rebels killed in Lankan air strike

Sri Lanka's air force bombed and destroyed a Tamil Tiger rebel base in the country's embattled north yesterday, while infantry clashes in the same region killed 48 rebels and seven soldiers, the military said.

Syria turned away IAEA: Diplomats

Syria has blocked a new visit by International Atomic Energy Agency experts seeking to follow up on intelligence that Damascus built a secret nuclear program built with the help of North Korea, diplomats told The Associated Press yesterday.

Heavy monsoon rains kill 18 in India

Monsoon rains crumpled homes and triggered flash floods in southern India, killing 18 people, an official said yesterday.

Editorial

Participation in upazila polls

IT is interesting to note that the supporters at the grassroots level of major political parties, like the Awami League (AL) and the Jatiya Party (JP), are expressing their desire to take part in upazila election scheduled for October. They are doing so in spite of the fact that their top leaders still remain opposed to polls of any kind before the national election. Media reports further reveal that sections of supporters of BNP at grassroots are also awaiting go ahead signal from the party bosses for taking part in the upcoming polls.

Impeachment moves in Pakistan

PAKISTAN'S President Pervez Musharraf is certainly feeling the heat. With the partners in the ruling coalition finally agreeing put him through impeachment, Pakistan's politics is now in a new critical stage. When a new, elected government took over earlier this year, it was expected that a fresh new dawn had arrived for the country. Regrettably, though, the present crisis appears to be belying that hope. However, there can be no denying that much of the responsibility for how conditions have been turning out in the country must be borne by General Musharraf himself. His seizure of power in a coup nine years ago was a blow against Pakistan's fragile democracy. But what has made matters worse for his country are the steps he has taken in recent times to consolidate his hold on authority. His long reluctance to give up his position as army chief of staff and the brazen manner in which he went about dismissing the chief justice of the Supreme Court as well as nearly sixty other judges were moves that added to Pakistan's political instability.

When poverty is propelled by high prices

THERE is a significant saying in economics that the answer to high prices is high prices. It means, only higher prices could contain demand and augment supply. In consequence, the prices could go down.

Identity wars

IDENTITY wars are raging both on and just below the surface of India. A few acres of land for pilgrims to Amarnath is not the real issue. The hyperventilation of Kashmir's valley politicians is even less so. These politicians, whose concern for Jammu is, to put it politely, less than emotional, are merely seeking to fertilise the shrunk seeds of a now arid insurrection. What we are seeing is street wars over rights and possession in a multi-ethnic, multi-polar state that has gone flabby with complacency at the top and corruption from top to bottom. Competing identities, released from any discipline by a democracy where appeasement has become the key to electoral success, are constantly trying to encroach across political and psychological boundaries.

Rising from the ashes

THE recently held elections to the posts of mayors and councilors have been peaceful, shorn of the irregularities that have been the hallmark of the many elections held in the past. The interim caretaker administration and the Election Commission feel that as the elections were held under the state of emergency, the mischief mongers aided by money and muscle could not interfere with the fair and impartial manner of the elections. The political parties and the Western powers, however, continue to insist on the withdrawal of the state of emergency for the next polls being held leading to the final transition to participatory democracy.

Sports

Sanchez rides to glory

Spanish climber Samuel Sanchez claimed his biggest ever career win when he claimed gold in the men's gruelling Olympic road race, held over 245km here on Saturday.

BKSP shock Russel

BKSP pulled off the season's first upset when they handed a 1-0 defeat to big-spending Sheikh Russel in the Citycell Federation Cup at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Kumar keeps SL afloat

Kumar Sangakkara cracked a solid 107 not out to help Sri Lanka gain a slender advantage over injury-hit India in the crucial third and final Test here on Saturday.

Amla shines before rain

Hashim Amla stroked his ninth Test fifty as England were made to work hard on the third morning at The Oval. James Anderson and Steve Harmison were both guilty of bowling a little too wide, and runs flowed accordingly to leave the match fascinatingly poised as South Africa wittled away at the deficit.

Academy up against it

The GP-BCB National Academy found the hard road on the second day of their four-day game against their South African counterparts at Tukkies in Pretoria yesterday.

Women kabaddi camp begins

A training camp for the women's kabaddi team began at the Dhanmondi Women's Sports Complex Gymnasium yesterday, ahead of the upcoming 3rd Asian Women's Kabaddi Championship in India.

A wedding record

Here's one Olympics competition where China definitely set a record: at least 314,224 couples tied the knot across the nation on Friday, or 08/08/08, the opening day of the 29th Olympic Games, official statistics showed.

Sachin, VVS set to bat

VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar, who suffered injury scares on the second day of the third Test in Colombo, are expected to be able to bat in India's second innings.

Rain threatens Challenge Cup final

With heavy rain lashing the city for the past eighth days, Sunday's AFC Challenge Cup final football match between India and Tajikistan may be postponed and shifted to another city.

Phelps roars in heat

Michael Phelps made an impressive start to his bid for Olympic immortality Saturday, posting a Games record in the heats of the men's 400 meters individual medley to kick off nine days of swimming competition.

Joy, tears in shooting

Rising star Pang Wei added his name to the rich heritage of Chinese pistol shooters by cruising to the Olympic 10m title on Saturday after the hosts suffered an embarrassing start.

Good start for China

China took an early lead in the Olympic march to sports supremacy, winning two of the first seven golds when the Beijing Games began in earnest Saturday.

Brazil, Germany win

Favourites Brazil and Germany got their Olympic women's football campaigns back on track with second round wins here Saturday while Norway ensured themselves a place in the quarterfinals.

Five defining moments

The sky was on fire, and the security guard standing next to me inside the bowels of Beijing's majestic “Birds Nest” wouldn't stop elbowing me.

Champion Atoev KO'd

Uzbek world champion Abbos Atoev was spectacularly cut down at the Beijing Olympics boxing tournament on Saturday, falling to little-known Dzakhon Kurbanov of Tajikistan.

Yesterday's Winners

Following are the complete medal winners at the Beijing Olympic Games here on Saturday:

Torres ready to end drought

Fernando Torres had only been a European champion for a matter of hours when the Liverpool star consigned Spain's triumph to the history books and turned his attention to Anfield's own trophy drought.

Fergie expects MU to fire

In the final moments before Sunday's Community Shield clash against Portsmouth, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will look into his players' eyes and feel reassured that the club's future is in good hands.

One for the team

It bears repetition. Life will not always be this easy for Kevin Pietersen. But what a start the man is enjoying. His players have been released from their fears, he has yet to succumb to any of his own, and by the close of his second day in charge, a South African side that has run amok during the game-breaking moments of this series was being ushered ever closer to a gloss-removing defeat.

BKSP join Rampur in 3rd div

BKSP qualified for next season's Third Division Football League after a convincing 3-0 win in the Dhaka City Corporation Pioneer League semifinal against Tangail Football Cub at the Bir Shreshtha Sepoy Mohammad Mostafa Stadium yesterday.

Hills made England's coach

England have appointed Australian Dene Hills as their new lead batting coach.

Women spikers camp ends

Bangladesh Volleyball Federation yesterday distributed certificates to sixteen women on completion of a three-week residential training at the Dhanmondi Women's Sports Complex.

Real turn down Robinho bid

Real Madrid have turned down a bid for their Brazilian striker Robinho from English Premier League side Chelsea, the Spanish press reported on Saturday.

Liverpool edge Lazio

Liverpool, without injured captain Steven Gerrard, beat Lazio 1-0 at Anfield on Friday in a friendly warm-up for next week's Champions League match with Xabi Alonso in fine form.

Cunis no more

Former New Zealand medium-pacer Bob Cunis has died aged 67 at his house in Northland. Cunis played 20 Tests between 1964 and 1972, taking 51 wickets at the average of 37, including one five-wicket haul, and was also a useful lower-order batsman. He went on to coach New Zealand between 1987 and 1990.

Business

ME firm to build 2 townships in Dhaka

The country's real estate companies are opposing foreign direct investment in housing sector, as a leading Middle East-based developer is working to establish two modern townships in Dhaka.

India's TVS eyes 4pc market share rise

TVS Auto Bangladesh, the local distributor of India's TVS motorcycle, has planned to raise its market share in Bangladesh to 12 percent from the existing 8 percent within the next eight months The company expects Bangladesh's two-wheeler market to boom in coming years.

Mend strategic plan to lure investment

Chief Adviser Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday directed the Board of Investment (BoI) to redesign its strategic plan incorporating new ideas, practical suggestions and forward-looking proposals to enhance investment.

Fair price shops for RMG workers before Ramadan

Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) will open five fair priced shops and provide special allowance for the garment workers before the month of Ramadan, said the association's president yesterday.

Govt urged to set up land port in Chilahati

Speakers at a seminar yesterday urged the government to immediately establish a land port in bordering Chilahati town in Nilphamari district by utilising its suitable geographical location to increase trade of the country with other neighbouring nations.

OECD sees growth easing in top economies

Growth of the seven biggest economies in the world is set to weaken further, the OECD signalled on Friday, pointing also to a mixed outlook for big emerging economies.

Commodity prices drop as demand concerns weigh

World oil prices tumbled this week, in line with almost all commodities, on mounting concern that slower economic growth in the United States will translate into lower global demand for raw materials.

Three unions protest Milk Vita move to hire distributors

Three cooperative unions yesterday demanded cancellation of the move of Bangladesh Milk Producers Co-operative Union Ltd (BMPCUL) popularly known as Milk Vita to recruit new distributors.

Little light at end of tunnel a year after credit crunch

A year has passed since the credit crunch first jolted financial markets, but there still appears to be little light at the end of the tunnel despite emergency measures taken by the US authorities.

Take home

Akbar Hassan invited us over for a cup of tea on Friday afternoon. It was a small get-together of students of Dr Saad Andaleeb who was our teacher at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), before he moved to the US where he teaches now.

Singapore cuts growth forecast for 2008 to 4-5pc

Singapore on Friday cut its economic growth forecast this year to 4-5 percent from 4-6 percent as Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong warned Singaporeans to brace themselves for a "bumpy year ahead."

Eurozone credit squeeze shows slight sign of easing: ECB

A squeeze on lending to home buyers and businesses that followed the US subprime crisis has shown slight signs of easing in the last three months, the European Central Bank said on Friday.

Taiwan posts first monthly trade deficit in July

Taiwan said Thursday it suffered a trade deficit in July, its first monthly trade deficit in over two years on rising crude oil, steel and steel product imports, coupled with lower export growth.

Australia to work with China to revive world trade talks

The Australian and Chinese trade ministers will work together to attempt to revive the global trade talks which collapsed last month, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said Friday.

China expects stable growth in Q3

China's economy is expected to grow at roughly the same rate in the third quarter as in the second, state media said Friday, citing a government think tank.

GM to export hybrid SUV to Europe, China, Middle East

General Motors Corp. said Friday it plans to export its newest hybrid, a version of the Cadillac Escalade sport utility vehicle, to Europe, China and the Middle East.

Canada job losses hit 55,200 in July

Canada's economy lost 55,200 jobs in July, the highest monthly figure in 17 years, the government said Friday.

Weekly Currency Roundup

August 03 August 07, 2008
Local FX Market

This week, there was ample liquidity in the local market, and US dollar remained almost unchanged against the Bangladesh Taka. The demand for dollar was steady.

Metropolitan

Physical healthcare costs 4.1pc of GDP

The cost of physical healthcare related to spousal violence against women alone amounts to 4.1 percent of the country's GDP (gross domestic product), according to a study report of the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD).

12pt package programme taken for Sylhet dev

Foreign Affairs Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury yesterday said the government has announced a 12-point package programme for the overall development of the greater Sylhet.

135 TTC staffs not paid for over 5 yrs

A total of 135 trainers and employees of nine old Technical Training Centres (TTCs) have been unpaid for over five years leaving them with their dependents in great hardships amid ongoing price hike of essentials.

Recover 45,000 acres of khas land, punish grabbers

Speakers at a seminar yesterday urged the government to recover khas (fellow) land from the grabbers, who occupied 45,000 acres of land either forcibly or by making forged deeds in the district, and distribute the land among the landless people as it is their constitutional right.

Shibir attack on RU VC protested

The JSD-backed Chhatra League staged a demonstration on the Dhaka University (DU) campus yesterday protesting the attack on acting vice chancellor of Rajshahi University by Shibir cadres on Friday.

Tk 1200cr project launched to improve quality of education

Education Adviser Dr Hossain Zillur Rahman yesterday said the boys will be given stipends from now on alongside the girls so that they do not lag behind in the education sector.

NGO leaders meet CA to discuss problems

A delegation of NGO leaders met Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed at his office yesterday to discuss some problems with a new law being formulated to streamline microcredit operations in the country.

1m solar household systems by 2012 to achieve target

Over 2.30 lakh rural households were brought under the solar power system in last five years by Infrastructure Development Company Ltd (IDCOL) as alternative source of energy.

Mamun still remains missing after two years

Two years have elapsed since Enamul Haque Md Al Mamun, 52, a government official, went missing, but his family members could not find out his whereabouts until yesterday.

JCD-Shibir clash at Ctg Polytech Instt

At least five students were injured at Chittagong Polytechnic Institute yesterday in a clash between the activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Islami Chhatra Shibir.

Fire in city flour mills

Flour, wheat, rice and other valuables worth about Tk 10 lakh were gutted in a fire in a flour mills at Rampura under Khilgaon police station in the city last night.

Mahathir's daughter due in city tomorrow

Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir, daughter of former prime minister of Malaysia Dr Mahathir Mohammad, is due to arrive in the city tomorrow on a six-day visit to Bangladesh.

JP demands safe return of Monju from abroad

Jatiya Party (Manju) yesterday demanded the government to clear ways for return from abroad of its chairman Anwar Hossain Monju.

Vishnu statue seized in Dinajpur

Police yesterday seized a statue of touchstone from Sonapara village of Ghoraghat upazila, about 20km from the border, before it was smuggled out to India.

Cartoon exhibition to create awareness against graft

A two-day cartoon exhibition began at Satkhira Press Club auditorium yesterday.

Arrested outlaw sent to jail

An arrested cadre of Lal Pataka faction of the outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (ML) was sent to jail by a judicial magistrate's court in Meherpur yesterday, court sources said.

Reception to GPA-5 achievers

Prothom Alo, a major Bengali daily, yesterday accorded a reception to GPA-5 achievers here.

Teenage boy dies in mud house collapse

A teenage boy was killed when their mud house collapsed on him during a heavy rainfall at Guti Mohishmari village in Singra upazila yesterday.

OCAS executives

Ex-cadet Kaizer Sohel Ahmed was elected president and ex-cadet Aminul Quader Khalili general secretary of the executive committee of Old Cadets Association of Sylhet (OCAS) says a press release.

Selim Al Deen's birth anniversary festival begins August 18

Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and Dhaka Theatre jointly have taken a six-day programme to celebrate the 59th birth anniversary of late playwright Selim Al Deen.

VoIP equipment, heroin seized

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized a huge amount of voice over internet protocol (VoIP) equipment worth around Tk 15 lakh and 175 grams of heroin from a house in Nasirabad area in Chittagong early yesterday.

One crushed under wheels of train

A young man identified as Apple was crushed under the wheels of a local train at Belgharia in the town on Friday night.

Iftekhar greets police peacekeepers

Foreign Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury yesterday congratulated 193 Bangladeshi police peacekeepers who had received peace awards for their services in East Timor.

More donation for AMCH

Dr Suraya Khanam donated Tk five lakh for the construction of Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital (AMCH).

National

RU teachers, student bodies condemn Shibir attack on VC

Teachers and different student organisations of Rajshahi University yesterday condemned the assault on RU acting Vice Chancellor Prof Mamnunul Keramat by activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir on the campus on Friday.

'Ensure indigenous people's social, constitutional rights'

Speakers at discussions on International Day of the World's Indigenous People yesterday demanded constitutional recognition of the indigenous people and ensuring their rights as citizens of the country.

Land issue main problem in hills

The Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission (CHTC), now on a five-day visit to the hill districts, held discussions with leaders of indigenous and Bangalee communities in Rangaamti on their problems yesterday and the night before.

Sultan Museum still locked

Four years after formal inauguration, Sultan Smriti Sangrahshala (memorial museum) at the famous artist's birthplace Masimdia on the outskirts of Narail town is yet to be ready for display for public as the authorities have failed to employ sufficient manpower.

ACC sues KCC chief engineer

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) office here has filed a case with Sadar Police Station accusing Khulna City Corporation (KCC) suspended chief engineer Liakat Ali Sharif and Municipal Services Project procurement officer SM Hafizur Rahman for allegedly misappropriating Tk 44 lakh 56,000 through forgery.

'Set up CNG station in Pabna'

Pabna Chamber of Commerce and Industries leaders, at a press conference held at the Press Club auditorium here Friday night, demanded of the Western Gas Company authorities to give permission for establishing CNG stations in the district town.

Marmas allege discrimination

Bangladesh Marma Oikkya Parishad, a body of indigenous Marma community, yesterday alleged that they are facing discrimination due to a particular ethnic community.

Sultan Ustab begins in Narail town

A six-day Sultan Utsab started at Narail Victoria Government College ground yesterday marking 85th birth anniversary of famous artist SM Sultan.

Letters

Olympic Games 2008

The world's biggest sporting extravaganza, the Olympics, have begun in Beijing. The participating countries have sent their trained-up teams to the venue with a firm conviction to excel in different disciplines of sports. The big names are: The USA, Russia, Germany and the host China.

Futile foreign aid

At first I would like to oppose the term "Foreign Aid". I think it's not aid at all, rather a way of oppression. Moreover, before giving money (i.e. so-called aid) they impose a lot of conditions which are nothing but a kind of conspiracy against the poor nations. If we observe the condition of the poor countries like African Sub-Saharan nations as well as South Asian nations, we can get a clear picture of the situation.

Public universities

There is a stalemate prevailing in public universities. During the BNP-Jamaat alliance rule these universities were made subservient to the parties. In almost all the universities, party activists were made VCs. So, there were irregularities and corruption. But no measures have been taken to address those anomalies.

Vanishing forests

Woods are vanishing from the country at a great pace. The recent reports on the mindless felling of trees in the CHT highlight the fact that the forests of the said region now only exist in the textbooks. No longer is the region dotted with tall trees that once drew the lovers of nature to that area. No more do the birds sing that used to build their nests in those trees. No more do the wild animals roam around.

Fire at Aga Sadek Road

Unplanned urbanisation is the main reason for the loss of lives. The fire of Sunday midnight at Aga Sadek Road should help the authorities concerned to wake up before the city growth gets out of control.

Tata quits

Your business report (August:01) highlighted the QED of Tata's on and off and on again heavy industries investment proposal. Simply stated, Tata possibly did not budge from its "no cheap gas; no investment" stand.

Uncovered dustbins

In Dhaka city, uncovered dustbins are creating a big problem for the residents. Uncovered dustbins are found near the bus stands.

Price hike

It is a common scene that during the holy Ramadan some dishonest businessmen and middlemen try to raise the prices of the necessary food items as well as other products. Though the holy Ramadan is the month of abstinence and self-evaluation, but forgetting the moral or ethical ideals price is increased and an artificial crisis is created.

REHAB and the govt ordinance

I had bought a small apartment in Gulshan and have been residing here for over ten years now. The builders who are very well known were supposed to form an apartment owners' cooperative society after handing over the apartments to the owners of my apartment complex. It is now over ten years that the builders have done nothing about it and have been collecting service charges to maintain our apartment complex. The builder gives a damn to any complaint you make to them. As proof of ownership of my flat the builder has given me a share certificate of the limited company in whose name the apartment complex is registered. The builder is enjoying a hefty income as service charges from the 27 apartments of our complex. The builder has also leased out a part of the roof to a mobile telecom operator. Now I feel my ownership of the apartment is at risk and wonder whom should I complain to. I am a retired person and I do not have so much money to go to the court.

Corruption

Corruption must be criticised vehemently, and there should be no compromise on it. Otherwise, we will not be able to wipe out corruption from society.

Quota system in civil service

I have gone through the article written by Mr. Nurul Huda-- “Quota System in Civil Service” published in The Daily Star on 22 July. He tried to depict the features of the quota system in civil service under the PSC. He explained the pros and cons of the quota system, especially the effect of this system on recruitment.

Extra judicial killing

The series of extra-judicial killing in Bangladesh in recent times by law enforcers has again raised serious concern about the state of human rights. Even though the process, which was started by the BNP-Jamaat alliance government, was believed to be stalled when the present government took over, the reality however is that the process has not only continued, but has also been intensified in some cases. This is quite disturbing to people who love to see their motherland advancing towards the rule of law. We do not want to see that like its predecessor, the present government also wants to abuse power and show no respect for the rule of law. We do not want to see that the present government is merely a mirror image of its predecessors, like the popular saying “Old wine in new bottle”.

Introduce subway

Dhaka is the most densely populated mega-city in the world, no doubt about that and at present it is one of the dirtiest cities as well. Rate of pollution has also got a significant dimension. But no remedial measure has been taken so far.

Rickshaw crisis

If you go through the Rikabibazar road from Subidbazar in Sylhet city, certainly you will watch something. About one thousand rickshaws are locked up on the field of Sylhet Police Lines. I noticed it first about four years ago. And the number is increasing gradually. Perhaps those are apprehended as illegal rickshaws and the owners can't get them back owing to legal complexities. The parts of those vehicles are getting rusted and losing their worth.

Deportation of Bangladeshi workers

It's a pity to see that the our countrymen are being deported from not only Kuwait but also a few other Middle Eastern countries and it is not the employers who should be condemned for this. We must remember that in business the customer is always right if we are to sell. It is very much our own men who must be condemned. In a country like ours, we ourselves are the real enemies. For the little extra benefit of ourselves, we sacrifice our national interests. When the neighbouring countries have their minimum wage scale, we could not provide our workers the same. It is only due to the corrupt practices of the agencies involved in the business and it is surprising that our government has never taken steps against these corrupt agencies, neither has it provided any security to the workers.

Why don't they feel ashamed?

While reading Shahnoor Wahid's column today (Aug.05), one thing popped up in my mind. That these "VIP jail returnees" would never ever feel slightest of shame for the reasons they were sent to jail. I asked myself "Why?" Why don't they feel ashamed ? Are they better humans than we are? Have they reached the stage of "Nirban" like other Mohamanobs? What sort of characteristics make them so shameless? If I were sent to jail( God forbid !) for even an hour, my family would never let me enter my house again. Not any one in my neighbourhood would garland me for spending a night in jail. But as Shahnoor Wahid has pointed out the "amjanata" will stand by the side of the road to garland these thieves. People will dance at their return, even knowing very well that these thieves and crooks have drained out the very lifeblood of the "amjanata". I do not think I would be wrong if I say that the problem lies with us. We should have been throwing stones and showering garbage and old shoes on the "returnees". But what do we do?

Election under emergency

The British Minister Mrs. Blears told the press in Sylhet that "election under emergency is difficult but not impossible".

International

Nepalese parties miss deadline to form govt

Nepal's former Maoist rebels and mainstream parties failed to meet a deadline to form a new government, leaving the Himalayan nation in political limbo, an official said yesterday.

20 militants killed in west Afghanistan

About 20 Taliban fighters were killed in a battle with Afghan and US-led forces near a key military supply route in western Afghanistan, a provincial official said yesterday.

US, Europeans scramble to prevent Georgia-Russia war

The United States and European Union are leading a diplomatic push to prevent all-out war between Georgia and Russia, calling for a ceasefire as Russian tanks rolled into a rebel Georgian province.

History behind South Ossetia's push for independence

Why has fighting broken out in South Ossetia?
The South Ossetians and Georgians have been sniping at each other, both with words and guns, for several weeks now, and patience on both sides has finally snapped. South Ossetia and Georgia's other breakaway region, Abkhazia, have had de facto independence since the early 1990s, but Tbilisi has never recognised the loss of its territory. The dispute between Georgia and the two regions was called "the frozen conflict" because the issues remained unresolved but there was no fighting. The ice began to melt, and the heat to rise, earlier this year when the west recognised Kosovo, against Russia's advice. The South Ossetians and Abkhazians argued that if Kosovo could be independent, then so could they, and renewed their struggle for freedom.

The tussle for South Ossetia

South Ossetia, about 60 miles (100 km) north of the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, broke away from Georgia in a 1991-92 war that left several thousand people dead. It has close ties with the neighbouring Russian region of North Ossetia.

Timeline

1237-40 - Mongols invade Russia, forcing Ossetians to migrate south over the Caucasus mountains to present-day Georgia.

Iran in new oil money move to dodge sanctions

Iran's government has ordered the state oil company to deposit oil revenues only in selected banks in a bid to dodge toughening sanctions over its nuclear drive, local media reported on Saturday.

Nobody can stop me from becoming PM: Mayawati

Unfazed by the failure of efforts to pull down the UPA government that may have pitchforked her into national centre stage, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati today said that "nobody can stop her from becoming Prime Minister".

US worried over impact of Pak impeachment move

The United States fears that the move to impeach President Pervez Musharraf may harm the global war on terror in which Pakistan plays a pivotal role, says a report quoting US State Department officials.

Shrine clash threatens to tear Kashmir from India

It started as a small demonstration against a plan to build bathrooms and shelters for Hindu pilgrims visiting a shrine in Kashmir.

Militants kill 8 police in northwest Pakistan

Pakistani Taliban militants shot dead eight police in a northwestern Pakistani town close to restive Swat valley, officials said yesterday.

Georgia to pull out all troops from Iraq

Georgia will withdraw its entire 2,000-strong military contingent from Iraq within three days to help battle South Ossetian separatist rebels, a senior Georgian military official said yesterday.

Ex-US candidate Edwards admits adulterous affair

Two-time Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, whose wife is ill with incurable cancer, admitted Friday he had had an extramarital affair but denied fathering the woman's baby.

Storm Kammuri leaves 100 dead, missing in Vietnam

More than 100 people were dead or missing in flash floods and landslides as heavy rains brought by tropical storm Kammuri pounded mountainous northern Vietnam, officials said yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Five famous Bangladeshi artists fly to Beijing

Farida Zaman, one of the five artists from Bangladesh, who have flown down to Beijing recently, analyses her trip to China with The Daily Star.

Sonu Niigaam — A Date in Dhaka

Profile:
Sonu Niigaam needs no introduction. The heartthrob of millions and a music icon of India, he has quite a few shades in his character. A host, an anchor and a judge on the popular show Indian Idol, he won the heart of his fans with Accha sila diya during the early years of his career. Born on July 30, this “superstar” singer later went on to make songs such as You are my Sonia and Kal ho na ho superhits. With 30 awards to his credit and having playbacked in over 200 movies, Sonu Niigaam is undoubtedly the most versatile and talented Indian singer of current times.

S.M. Sultan: The golden man of fine arts

Today is the 88th birth anniversary of legendary artist Sheikh Mohammad Sultan popularly known as S.M. Sultan (1923-1994) alias Lal Mia. Born on 10 August 1923 at Masimdia, a village in Narail district, S.M. Sultan is considered one of the greatest painters in the sub-continent.

Bangalee Samagra observes Tagore's death anniversary

To observe the 67th death anniversary of Nobel Laureate litterateur Rabindranath Tagore, Bangalee Samagra organised a programme at its office on August 8.

Rabindra Parishad observes death anniversary of Tagore

To commemorate the 67th death anniversary (Sraban 22) of Nobel Laureate, poet Rabindranath Tagore, the local unit of Rabindra Parishad organised a day-long programme on August 6. The programme included discussion on the life and works of Tagore, and a cultural function. Alokmoya Naha Sangeetbidhaytan, Alokdhara and Udhichi Shilpi Goshthi presented dance sequences and songs of the legendary poet.

Hope lights up Khagrachhari children's life

Duranta, a school at Khagrachhari district police lines, has begun to provide education to the poor, helpless and distressed street children. The organisation seeks to build up their confidence in the coming years.

TV serial "Ghar Jamai" on ATN Bangla tonight

New TV serial Ghar Jamai will be aired on ATN Bangla tonight at 8:40 pm. Written by Mahfuzur Rahman, the serial is directed by Chhonda Mahjabeen.

Pitt 'signs for Tarantino film’

Actor Brad Pitt has joined the cast of Quentin Tarantino's next film Inglorious Bastards, reports say.

OP-ED

ACC meeting expectations?

ONE of the most commendable acts of the current CTG is the reformation of the ACC with its new leadership. Since its reconstitution, people had a lot of expectations that it would work independently and impartially with its reinvigorated mandate to bring to justice those who have betrayed the people's trust by plundering state money and have abused the state authority for their personal gain. After eighteen months or so, it is high time to evaluate how far the ACC has succeeded in meeting people's expectation.

Take two

NORTH Korea's nuclear-development efforts have bedeviled US policymakers for more than two decades, resulting in international crises during both the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations. With the end of the second Bush administration, it's now possible to grade the handling of the current crisis in light of past efforts and understand the scope of the challenge confronting the next administration.

Inside Barack Obama's southern strategy

AS a well-traveled field organizer for Senator Barack Obama, Jason Berry lives on Facebook. But it wasn't of much use when the campaign sent him to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. An agricultural region that lies just beyond the gravitational pull of Washington, DC, the valley is populated by rural Southerners who network the old-fashioned way -- face to face. So Berry's first move was to dispatch volunteers with sign-up sheets to the July Fourth fireworks celebration in Winchester, the largest town in the valley. Now he's concentrating on bake sales, barbecues, ag fairs and other get-togethers that remain central to country life. Berry's -- and Obama's -- goals are two-fold: to register and turn out supportive voters, of course, but also to create a web of locals who will testify to their personal belief in the candidate. "They're character witnesses," says Berry.

Where have you gone, John?

HIS zesty attacks on corporate greed and inspiring plans national service are no more.

Star City

History of Golap Shah's shrine still a mystery

In the midst of the hustle and bustle of Gulistan, one of the busiest intersections of the city, a small, beautifully decorated shrine known as 'Golap Shah Mazar' catches the eyes of pedestrians and commuters passing the area.

Hawkers' markets dying out

For lack of proper planning and monitoring, the holiday markets and hawkers' markets in the city have become ineffective and failed to ease public sufferings.

Of unfair fares, worn-out buses

On a soggy, pouring Monday morning, around 40 commuters were sitting breathless on the cramped interior of a city bus.



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