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News of: Wednesday, 13th of August, 2008

Front Page

Tax, wealth, police records of winners to be checked

For the first time in the country's history, tax and wealth statements, and police records of people's representatives elected to city corporations and municipalities will be checked by the National Board of Revenue (NBR) and the police department.

Only civil servants, their wives approaching Tac

Only incumbent and former government officials and wives of three of them have so far applied to face the Truth and Accountability Commission (Tac) in the 10 days since its inception for making voluntary disclosure of corruption.

Draft coal policy for Mine Bangla

The eighth draft coal policy that emphasises immediate government-led action in coal sector to meet the country's surging energy demand is likely to be placed before the caretaker government's cabinet today.

Ex-DIG's claimed 7 kids are not siblings

Former deputy inspector general (DIG) of police Anisur Rahman and his wife are not the biological parents of the "septuplets" rescued from their house and the children are not siblings either, revealed DNA test results.

Scamster Obaidul Karim gets 5 years

A special court sentenced Orion Group Chairman Obaidul Karim to five years' rigorous imprisonment in a Tk 2 crore money-laundering case yesterday.

Phelps joins select band

US swimmer Michael Phelps joined an elite list of Olympic greats Tuesday by becoming only the fifth competitor in history to win nine gold medals.

Hasina asked to appear in court Aug 20

A Dhaka court yesterday ordered former prime minister Sheikh Hasina and the five other accused in the MiG-29 warplane purchase graft case to appear before it on August 20.

HC stayed tax evasion case proceedings against Tarique

The High Court (HC) yesterday stayed for three months the proceedings of a tax evasion case filed by the National Board of Revenue (NBR) against detained BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman.

National flag to be at half-mast on Aug 15

The government has decided to observe August 15 as National Mourning Day, rescinding a previous notification that had stopped the state commemoration of the death anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Khaleda won't apply for release

Detained former prime minister Khaleda Zia has taken a firm stand that she will neither apply to the caretaker government seeking release nor accept parole.

Kh Mosharraf, Kamal Majumder, Pintu get bail

The High Court (HC) yesterday granted ad interim bail to seven people including former health minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain and former lawmakers Kamal Ahmed Majumder and Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu.

HR body asks govts not to provide any support to Rab

The US-based human rights watchdog Human Rights Watch yesterday urged governments not to work with or provide any support to Bangladesh's elite crime-fighting force Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) until it ends its "wave of unlawful killings" and holds responsible officials accountable.

Pak provinces, ally pile up pressure on Musharraf

Pervez Musharraf faced renewed pressure yesterday as a second Pakistani provincial assembly passed a resolution against him and a key ally said he would vote to impeach the president.

Obaidul Quader taken to court on stretcher

The trial of a bribery case against detained Awami League leader Obaidul Quader continued at the Special Court-10 yesterday with the ailing leader lying down on the stretcher he was brought in, throughout the proceedings.

Engr Mosharraf, two others freed

Former Awami League (AL) minister Engineer Mosharraf Hossain was released from Kashimpur jail in Gazipur last night on bail from the High Court (HC).

Hossain Zillur blames media for ‘smokescreen’

Education Adviser Hossain Zillur Rahman yesterday blamed the media for "putting up smokescreen" over the release of detained BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.

Rajshahi mayor-elect visits den of militant kingpin

Even before taking oath, Rajshahi mayor-elect and Awami League leader AHM Khairuzzaman Liton has drawn considerable controversy for his activities like visiting the den of militant-kingpin Asadullah Al Galib.

Untreated industrial wastes pollute cropland, river

A garment factory in Gorai industrial area of Mirzapur upazila in Tangail is reportedly releasing untreated liquid waste into nearby water bodies and thus polluting croplands and the Bangshai river.

Double blow for teenage wife

Extramarital relations made the husband so irate that he did not think about the consequences before making an attempt to force his wife to swallow acid.

Dipjol, ex-NBR director charged with amassing wealth illegally

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday pressed charges against Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) councillor Monwar Hossain Dipjol, his wife, and former National Board of Revenue (NBR) director Jahurul Haq and his wife in cases filed for amassing wealth through illegal means.

UK envoy for talks on lifting emergency

British High Commissioner in Dhaka Stephen Evans yesterday stressed the need for holding a dialogue between the caretaker government and political parties to reach a consensus on the issue of lifting the state of emergency.

Nazmul Huda denied bail in bribery case

A Dhaka court yesterday rejected the bail petition of detained former communications minister barrister Nazmul Huda in a case filed in connection with taking Tk 6 lakh bribe from a construction firm.

Adviser Quader orders quick demolition of Rangs Bhaban

Communications Adviser Maj Gen (retd) Ghulam Quader yesterday visited the under-construction Bijoy Sarani-Tejgaon road and asked the authorities concerned to expedite the Rangs building demolition drive to clear the way.

Murad Siddiqui held again at jail gate

Police yesterday arrested Murad Siddiqui, younger brother of Abdul Kader Siddiqui Bir Uttam, after he was released from Dhaka Central Jail on bail.

Three Shibir men beaten up at DU

Activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) last night beat up three leaders of Islami Chhatra Shibir at Zahurul Haq Hall of Dhaka University (DU).

Surviving one improving

Life support devices are being gradually removed from the surviving one of the conjoined twins, separated through an operation a week ago, although the baby is still 'not out of danger'.

Russia halts Georgia offensive after 5 days

Russia ordered a halt to military action in Georgia yesterday, after five days of air and land attacks sent Georgia's army into headlong retreat and left towns and military bases destroyed.

Lanka might not win war with Tigers: India

India has warned neighbouring Sri Lanka that it may not be able to win an ongoing war against separatist Tamil Tiger rebels despite recent military gains, a report said yesterday.

Editorial

Price monitoring by business community

In a meeting organised by FBCCI with representatives from wholesale and retail trading communities and BDR taking part, a consensus was reached to the effect that the importers, wholesalers and retailers will constitute a market monitoring mechanism of their own to keep the prices at reasonable level during Ramadan. Should they fail in their mission, however, the joint forces will come in to monitor.

The conflict between Russia and Georgia

The American demand for a withdrawal of Russian troops from Georgia is but the latest in a conflict that threatens to destabilise the region. The determined manner in which Russian forces have pounded away at Georgian positions in and around the breakaway republic of Ossetia have resulted not only in a serious loss of innocent lives but also in huge damage to Georgian infrastructure. Not even the capital Tbilisi has been spared; and despite the brave claims by the Georgian authorities that they have been inflicting blows on the Russians, the bigger truth is that Moscow's superior firepower may now have caused a situation where Georgia could collapse unless a cessation of hostilities comes about soon.

Politics cannot but be local

THESE days you will hear much talk going around of why politics must not come into things local. The elections to the city corporations and municipalities were, we were duly informed, of the non-partisan and, therefore, non-political kind. That was because those who took part in them chose, or were compelled, to abjure their party loyalties as they sought office.

The state emblem

FOR sometime now, an enlightened debate in the country has been revolving around whether the head of the government under the parliamentary system (the prime minister/chief adviser) in Bangladesh can use the national/state emblem on his/her letterhead, since the state emblem is only meant for the use of the head of the state/president.

Time to strengthen the IAEA

G8 leaders meeting in Japan noted that a growing number of countries look to launch peaceful nuclear power programs. The leaders stressed the importance, as the nuclear club expands, of ensuring the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and the safety and security of nuclear facilities.

Sports

China continue to shine

Wang Xin gave herself a sixteenth birthday present to remember with an Olympic gold medal in the women's synchronised 10-metre platform competition on Tuesday as China claimed their third straight win in the diving pool.

Perfect gold for hosts

China's men's gymnastics team won Olympic gold here Tuesday with a barnstorming performance that sparked wild celebrations from an adoring home crowd and was rated "perfect" by their notoriously demanding coach.

Nafees out, Nazim in

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) was forced to make an eleventh hour change in the 15-member squad for the Australia tour as Shahriar Nafees opted out of the trip to focus on his studies.

One Mendis fells India

India, reflecting on their Test series loss to Sri Lanka, have reason to believe they were beaten not so much by their hosts as by unorthodox spinner Ajantha Mendis, who remained an unfathomable mystery.

KP sets sights on Ashes

New England captain Kevin Pietersen looked ahead to next year's Ashes series against Australia after his team beat South Africa by six wickets on the fifth day of the fourth and final Test at The Oval Monday.

Leisel buries ghosts

Michael Phelps joined Olympic icons Paavo Nurmi, Carl Lewis, Mark Spitz and Larysa Latynina as the only athletes to win nine summer Games gold medals with a dominant 200m freestyle triumph Tuesday.

Games transcend Beijing

The Beijing Games are not only about Beijing.

Nadal thrashes Hewitt

Rafael Nadal sent out a stark message of intent to contenders for the Olympic singles crown with a crushing 6-1, 6-2 defeat of Australian Lleyton Hewitt here on Tuesday.

Noguchi pulls out

Reigning Olympic champion Mizuki Noguchi has pulled out of Sunday's Olympic marathon because of a lingering left thigh injury.

Dream comes true for Khade

India's Virdhawal Khade lived the Olympic dream at the Beijing Games on Tuesday when he competed in the 100 metres freestyle event and won his heat.

Hui comes up trumps

China added to its weightlifting gold rush Tuesday with Liao Hui winning the men's 69-kilogram category.

Germany win a thriller

Germany has won the gold medal in equestrian team eventing in an exciting showdown with Australia that went down to the final two riders.

Juve target return

Juventus are looking to take a big step towards regaining their place among Europe's football elite when they entertain Artmedia Bratislava in their Champions League final qualifying round, first leg tie on Wednesday.The Serie A giants have not played in Europe since drawing 0-0 to Arsenal in Turin in April 2006 to crash out of the tournament 2-0 on aggregate at the quarterfinal stage shortly before the explosion of the match-fixing scandal that led to their relegation to the second tier.

Gunners rely on Cesc

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expects Cesc Fabregas to ruin Steve McClaren's Champions League debut with FC Twente in the third qualifying round on Wednesday.

Cristiane leads Brazil

A brilliant first-half hattrick by Cristiane saw 2004 silver medallists Brazil book their place in the quarterfinals with a 3-1 win over Nigeria here on Tuesday.

In love, and in sync

They began their matches at the same time, had similar scorelines and finished their matches just two seconds apart.

Remaining matches at BNS, Gazipur

The Citycell Federation Cup will resume next Sunday at two venues, Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) announced yesterday.

Rawalpindi excluded

Rawalpindi has been dropped as the third city for next month's Champions Trophy, according to a provisional International Cricket Council (ICC) schedule sent to member boards.

Robinho wants 5m euros

Chelsea target Robinho says he'll stay put at Real Madrid if they agree to double his salary to five million euros a year, local media suggested here Tuesday.

Domenech opts for youth

France coach Raymond Domenech on Tuesday opted for youth over experience with veteran goalkeeper Gregory Coupet overlooked in the 20-man squad for a friendly against Sweden in Gothenburg on August 20.

Dhoni bats for India veterans

As India's experienced players drew flak for their lacklustre show in the just lost Test series against Sri Lanka, ODI captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni yesterday came in their defence, saying they did not need to prove themselves.

Akhtar back in Pakistan fold

Controversial fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, who has not played for Pakistan since December, has been named in a 15-man squad for next month's Champions Trophy.

Capello vows qualification

Fabio Capello has guaranteed England will qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Geoff ICC's mediator

Pakistan's Australian coach Geoff Lawson was asked to return home by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to allay player safety fears over travelling to Pakistan for next month's Champions Trophy.

Business

Eight products face dumping

Bangladesh Tariff Commission (BTC) has identified eight local products that face dumping by competing countries, and initiated a move to get prepared for filing complaints at World Trade Organisation (WTO) in this regard.

BB rule on cards to check frauds in e-banking

In the wake of growing demands for electronic banking products, Bangladesh Bank (BB) is going to formulate a new payment and settlement systems regulation to check frauds in the electronic banking system.

Three WiMax licences by end-Sept

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) said it will award three WiMax licences by the end of next month in a bid to revive the country's internet broadband market.

NBR plans merger of VAT and Income Tax units

National Board of Revenue (NBR) is planning to merge the VAT (Value Added Tax) unit and Income Tax unit of NBR to ease revenue collection procedures, said its chairman Mohammad Abdul Majid yesterday .

Essentials' fair price shop in Ctg from today

Importers and wholesalers launch fair price shops in Chittagong from today to sell essential commodities at lower prices to consumers until the end of Ramadan.

UAE firm to build exclusive tourist zone at Sonadia

A United Arab Emirates (UAE) investment group has expressed interest in building an exclusive tourist zone only for foreigners at Sonadia Island in Cox's Bazar, as world's longest unbroken sea beach in the district holds huge untapped tourism prospects.

Bangladeshis get jobs in US shipyard

Some 200 Bangladeshis are set to join a leading shipyard in the United States as he Expatriate Ministry said their 9-point programme opened up a new horizon for Bangladeshi manpower in western countries.

Govt to relax debt, taxes of 270 sick RMG units

Government yesterday decided to relax due debts and income taxes of 270 sick or closed readymade garments factories to help them resume operations.

Warid offers bonus talktime on recharging

Warid Telecom has launched special bonus talk-time for its Zem prepaid users from yesterday on recharging their accounts with scratch cards.

Bumpy road for world's cheapest car

His voice shaking, security guard Sanjib Chowdhury says he fears opening the gate of the eastern Indian factory that is assembling what will be the world's cheapest car.

The 15th Saarc Declaration: A political economy perspective

The 15th Saarc Summit concluded on 3rd August, 2008 in Colombo with the adoption of a 41-point Declaration. Inaugurated nearly twenty-five years ago by Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and acceded by Afghanistan in 2007, the Saarc should have by now become an irresistible entity among the global trading blocs. With the proliferation of regional free trade agreements (RTAs) worldwide, the Saarc embodies an optimistic prospective for its members in realising their trade-related and other politico-economic potentials.

Stocks continue to rise

Price indices on the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) continued to rise yesterday for the second consecutive day.

50pc depreciation likely on 6yr-old reconditioned vehicles

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) is likely to fix the rate of depreciation at 50 percent on import of six years' old reconditioned vehicles.

ROK shipbuilders turn high tech

Shipyards are investing heavily in digital technologies as they, now in their heyday of a decade-long shipbuilding boom, set their sights on the future.

NY securities probe widens to JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley

New York state attorney general Andrew Cuomo said Monday that he was expanding an ongoing securities investigation to include JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley and Wachovia.

Euro plumbs six-month low against dollar

The euro dived to a fresh six-month low point against the dollar on Tuesday as traders focused on the deteriorating economic health of the eurozone, dealers said.

Boeing sees cancellation of 787 Dreamliner order

US aerospace giant Boeing is "strongly considering" not entering a bid in the next round of competition for the US Air Force refueling tanker contract, Aviation Week said Monday.

Biz Letters

Potentials of the shrimp industry
Among all the foreign exchange earners, the shrimp and fishery exports are the second largest in Bangladesh. The US and EU are two major marketplaces for this sector, but the sector is facing some international business hurdles; these are child labour and the impoverished food preservation system.

Metropolitan

Reach nat'l consensus on foreign policy

Foreign Adviser Iftekhar A Chowdhury at a roundtable yesterday said political stakeholders need to reach a national consensus on foreign policy to improve relations with the outside world.

Take steps to protect livelihoods in Tahirpur

People of Tahirpur upazila, a bordering area in Sunamganj, yesterday urged the government to save their houses and farmlands which have now gone under water, sand and stones due to onrush of water from hills in Meghalaya.

'Enforce regulatory measures to protect environment '

Experts at a seminar yesterday underscored the need for education for sustainability with a view to protecting the environment and combating climate change.

Hand over allotted land to BFA

Bangladesh Film Archive Alumni Association (BFAAA) at a press conference yesterday urged the caretaker government to hand over the government allotted land to Bangladesh Film Archive (BFA) without any delay.

Children need extra care from mother's womb to 5 yrs for sound growth

A network on child survival on Monday called on the parents as well as the government for intervening in the proper physical and mental growth of children, who need extra care from mothers' womb up to five years for their sound development.

Don't compromise with corrupt suspects: B Chy

Former president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday called on the government not to compromise with the corrupt individuals.

CG formed not to seek help from corrupt suspects

Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad yesterday said the caretaker government was not formed to seek assistance from the corrupt individuals, says a press release.

RMG workers demand 50pc wage hike

National Garment Workers Federation at a press conference yesterday demanded 50 percent increase in the wage for the interests of the workers of the garment industry, a vital source of foreign currency of the country.

Vote for Cox's Bazar, Sundarbans

A group of Rajshahi University (RU) students yesterday launched a campaign to encourage people to vote for Cox's Bazar and Sundarbans to be named one of the 'New 7 Wonders of Nature'.

Elderly domestic help tortured in Chittagong

Local people rescued an elderly domestic help on Monday night who was tortured and kept confined to a room of the house where she worked.

Road accidents kill 3

Three people were killed in separate road accidents in Satkhira and Barisal yesterday.

DCC Waste Management Deptt opens tomorrow

The newly formed Waste Management Department of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) will be inaugurated tomorrow.

2 staff withdrawn for negligence

Customs authorities in Chittagong yesterday issued show cause notice on two employees of netting section and withdrew them on charges of negligence in duty in connection with Saturday's incident when the connectivity between automation server and IGM/EGM module was snapped.

Call to scrap amendments to RPO

The amendments brought to the Representation of the People's Order (RPO) 1972 are not consistent with the constitution, political leaders said at a view exchange meeting yesterday.

18 former student leaders acquitted

A Chittagong court yesterday acquitted all the 18 former student leaders of the murder of an Islami Chhatra Shibir activist that took place at Chittagong University (CU) Railway Station 20 years ago.

Seminar on campaign against AIDS in Malaysia today

A seminar styled “Leadership in a time to crisis: A personal journey in campaign against HIV/AIDS in Malaysia” will be held at Hotel Peninsula in the port city today.

'Dev plans should be designed considering climate change'

Our national development plans should be designed considering the climate change, speakers said at a seminar at Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday.

Skop demands 50pc dearness allowance

The Sramik Karmachari Oikya Parishad (Skop) yesterday demanded concerned authorities to implement their eight-point demands including price control of essentials, declaring Tk 4500 as minimum wage and 50 percent dearness allowance, says a press release.

AIT president visits MIST

Prof Said Irandoust, president of Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand, visited Military Institute of Science and Technology (MIST) at Mirpur in the city yesterday.

Met office advises local cautionary signal-3 for sea ports

The Met office advised the maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox's Bazar and Mongla to hoist local cautionary signal number three as the low pressure over north west Bay of Bengal intensified into a well marked low yesterday, whipping up squally winds turning the sea rough.

'Punish husband for injuring wife for dowry in Baufal'

Bangladesh Mahila Parishad demanded exemplary punishment of the criminal who seriously injured his wife for dowry at Baufal in Patuakhali.

Newspaper holiday on Aug 16

In accordance with the decision of Newspapers Owners' Association of Bangladesh (Noab), its members will observe holiday on August 16 on account of Shab-e-Barat.

Man to die for killing wife in Gazipur

A court here yesterday sentenced a man to death for killing his wife six years ago.

NUS distributes free mosquito nets in Ctg

Nari Unnayan Shakti (NUS) has distributed insecticide-treated mosquito nets among the poor people at Hathazari in Chitagong under Malaria Control Programme, says a press release.

Silver ornaments worth Tk10 lakh seized in Benapole

Members of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday seized silver ornaments worth around Tk 10 lakh from Benapole Bazar.

Appeal for help

Md Sohag, a second year student of BSS, has been suffering from Hodgkin's disease, a type of cancer which affects the lymphatic system, for the last four years, says a press release.

National

AL grassroots in N dists oppose electoral alliance with JP

Most district-level and grassroots leaders of Awami League in greater Rangpur and Dinajpur oppose any possible electoral alliance of the party with Ershad's Jatiya Party as they think this will block their nomination in the next parliamentary election.

Grand Satkhira rally vows to fight graft

Speakers at a huge youth gathering yesterday called upon the young generation to play active role in eliminating corruption from the society by creating awareness among the people.

25 hurt as outsider Shibir men attack students of medical training school

At least 25 students were injured yesterday in a clash between outsiders of Islami Chhatra Shibir and students of Medical Assistant Training School (MATS) following the latter's protest against the Shibir intruders' selling of admission guides and other publications on the campus.

Violated minor girl rescued after 9 days

Police yesterday rescued a minor girl, who was abducted nine days ago from her house at Ratonkandi village in Raiganj upazila of Sirajganj district.

Pay dues to jobless Mongla dock workers

Mayor-elect of Khulna City Corporation Talukder Abdul Khaleque has urged the government to take a lenient view to the current crisis prevailing at Mongla Port following abolition of the Dock Workers Management Board (DWMB) that threw over 3000 workers out of jobs.

Tangail PDB axing old trees illegally

The Tangail Power Development Board yesterday started felling 13 old trees on its office without permission from authorities.

Gaibandha govt college closed

Gaibandha Government College was declared closed till Thursday as hundreds of students brought out a procession yesterday demanding arrested of outsider toll collectors who attacked students at a hostel Monday evening.

Coastguard rescues 10 fishermen from pirates

Coastguards rescued 10 fishermen from pirates in Dudhmukhi canal under Sharankhola range of the Sundarbans Forest Division on Monday.

4 auto-rickshaw lifters arrested in Ctg

Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP), in separate drives conducted here in last two days, arrested four alleged members of a gang of auto-rickshaw lifters.

Letters

Oppressed workers in Kuwait

In a rare development in the Middle East, thousands of Bangladeshi workers went to strike protesting poor living conditions and human rights violation.

Ramadan price hike

No doubt, Ramadan is the month of abstinence and self-purification. But we often fail to uphold its solemnity. I agree with the people who apprehend that the prices of commodities will be increasing during this month. If I go by my previous experiences, I am not that much optimistic that the present caretaker govt. would able to control the prices during the time of Ramadan.

Education in rural areas

Bangladesh is a small, over-populated country in this global village. Only to survive as a nation, we have to fight a lot. There are many challenges before us. Such as, new economic and cultural colonialism, natural calamities, environmental changes and so on. We have to turn our huge population into an asset to survive.

“What I saw in Bangladesh”

Re: "What I saw in Bangladesh," Nokib-E-Kibria (Aug. 8).

Crimes against women

The news entitled "10 months' nightmare", which was published in the last page of The Daily Star on 6 August 2008, indicates the barbarian attitude towards women in our contemporary society. A woman was allegedly burnt by her (educated!) husband.

Barisal election mystery

Barisal, the Venice of Bengal , had some mysterious anecdotes since long. But now the city mayor's election under strict emergency rule made Barisal even more vulnerable to mysterious happenings. When we were getting bored watching the one sided election results on the night following 4 August, Barisal came with the unusual jerk, so desperately needed to break the boredom. Brushing aside all the predictions, a candidate supported by a newly formed and recently divided King's party came to limelight marginally following the main candidate. Fortunately, I am married to a not-so-mysterious Barisal woman, who has a lot of politically informed relatives. I used my mobile phone to know about the whole drama. The end of the drama became tragic for the surprise candidate. We could see on television the helpless face of the returning officer declaring the number of votes polled by different candidates but he refrained from declaring the highest vote gatherer as winner.

Upgrading ZIA

Yes, I agree that ZIA airport is not up to the standards of any modern airport in our neighbouring areas like Bangkok, Singapore or the Middle Eastern countries. We do need an upgrade to improve the image and make it a more attractive place for all tourists and foreigners who come to Bangladesh for whatever purpose. But, being a less endowed nation than those other countries, Bangladesh is still cash strapped to be able to compete. Perhaps it will happen but may be not when we all want. I do agree that building another airport from scratch may not be a good idea since that will be so much more expensive. I don't see that sort of a quantum leap in people coming in/leaving that necessitates such a radical plan at this point of time. Again, may be in the future.

Wonders of Olympics

It was a real wonder to watch the gala opening of the 29th Olympic Games in Beijing. The theme and the performances are so real that one could get lost easily in the rich history of China. The National Geographic Channel has shown a documentary on the fantastic efforts of the people of China and the technological support of the engineering genius of the western world in completing the main Olympic Stadium and other complexes well in time to stage such an unforgettable opening show. This is a perfect mixture of human ingenuity, science and technology and above all the will and effort of the Chinese people and the government to show what they can achieve.

Dhaka marathon

"…Bangladesh is a nation of 150m people; the biggest nation never to have won an Olympic medal”. (BBC commentary on Beijing Olympics opening ceremony team parade, Fri. 08.08.08). Why? This year we have just six participants. It is good to be represented in Beijing and heartening to see our distinguished flag flying - but we need to win.

Election and quality of candidates…

In the recent local election the caretaker govt. tried their best to attract as many educated candidates as they could but admitted their inability to do more than what they did since at the end of the day it is the educated person's decision whether he would run the election or not. We saw so many candidates who didn't even finish high school but ran for Mayoral Election. Now the question arises whether the govt. has failed to attract the educated class into politics or the educated class failed the country to lead? My answer to this query is somewhat in the middle.

River pollution

The rivers around Dhaka are getting dangerously polluted day by day. Pollution creates pungent odour and turbidity increase.

27th BCS

The viva voce of the 27th BCS exams has recently been completed and the result will be published soon. A few days back a report carrying the news of vacant posts of the cadre service was published in DS. There has not been any recruitment in the cadre service, though almost three (03) years have passed after the circular of the 27th BCS was issued. On the other hand, there is shortage of manpower in the administration that creates problems in many sectors of the administration. Many can argue that if large scale recruitment is completed the quality will go down, but I don't believe that. All the candidates are from different universities. I'd like to give an example. In the 27th BCS a total 16,000 candidates participated and if 750 of them are declared qualified in the general cadre the quality will not go down. Recently, the Judicial Service Commission appointed 394 Assistant Judges.

Tata's withdrawal & FBCCI

Tata recently withdrew its $3b investment proposal after the Bangladesh government failed to give any commitment on gas supply. The FBCCI and some economists commented that it would have a negative impact on foreign investment in the country in future.

Clean up Gulshan Lake

The Gulshan Lake has a nice walkway on its western bank, and every morning a lot of residents including many women from Gulshan, Badda and nearby areas take their morning walk. Unfortunately, the bank of the lake is sullied by refuse and garbage being dumped there; mostly by the residents of the flats and houses bordering the western lakeside. Possibly the same thing happens in the eastern side of the lake too, but there is no walkway. I have seen garbage being brought from Badda and dumped on the north-west corner of the walkway into the lake. I have pointed it to the police in their camp right opposite this corner; but they couldn't care less. Possibly they too dump the refuse from their camp, into the lake! Despite many complaints to the Gulshan municipality, they do nothing about it. Is it not a part of their conservancy function?

International

Bomb hits Pak air force truck: 14 killed

A roadside bomb hit a Pakistan air force truck in a northwestern city yesterday, killing as many as 14 people including a 5-year-old girl, as the military pounded insurgent positions in a nearby tribal region.

Indian forces gun down 11 protesters in Kashmir

Indian security forces shot dead at least 11 Muslim demonstrators in Kashmir yesterday amid a wave of anger against New Delhi's control over the disputed region, officials said.

Afghan senators call for govt control over foreign troops

Afghan senators demanded yesterday that international troops operating in Afghanistan be brought under the country's law to make them accountable for mounting civilian casualties.

India abhors 'political vacuum' in Pakistan

India abhors the "political vacuum" in Pakistan created by the tussle between President Pervez Musharraf and the Pakistan People's Party-led ruling coalition, says National Security Adviser MK Narayanan.

Agencies mobilise for Georgia relief

Aid agencies mobilised yesterday to help an estimated 100,000 Georgians displaced by the fighting, as foreigners evacuated from the country flew into Paris with tales of the devastation.

Thaksin's political career in peril as exile beckons

Ousted Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra's retreat into exile marks a dark day in his turbulent political career, analysts say, but could be a chance for his allies and enemies to heal rifts in society.

Humanitarian crisis looms in Philippines as fighting continues

The United Nations has begun airlifting food to the southern Philippines to try to avert a major humanitarian crisis as thousands flee fighting between Muslim rebels and troops, officials said yesterday.

Olmert offers Palestinians 93 pct of West Bank q

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has offered a peace plan giving the Palestinians 93 percent of the occupied West Bank, an Israeli newspaper said on Tuesday.

NSG may meet again to finalise waiver for India

A senior American official lobbying for an expeditious approval of the Indo-US civil nuclear deal has held out the prospect of finding an "easy agreement" with the 45-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), but said it could take "another" meeting after August to finalise the waiver for India.

Pakistan airstrike kills al-Qaeda militant

Pakistani forces killed an Arab al-Qaeda militant in an air strike on a hideout in a tribal region bordering Afghanistan and are working to identify him, officials said yesterday.

Mladic sheltered by Serbian military

Ratko Mladic, the former Yugoslavia's most wanted war crimes fugitive, sheltered between 2002-5 at properties owned by the Serbian military and in Belgrade apartments, a Serbian minister told a German magazine.

Resistance pays off, says Khamenei

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said yesterday that resistance by nations against major world powers pays off, state television reported.

Prachanda receives setback as CPN-UML rejects isolating Nepali Congress

Ahead of the crucial Friday vote, Maoist chief Prachanda's hopes to become the next prime minister received a fresh setback today with CPN-UML refusing to back his government if it did not include the Nepali Congress of his arch-rival G P Koirala.

Three dead as unrest flares in China's restive Xinjiang

Three security officers were killed in China's remote northwest yesterday, state media reported, raising the death toll from over a week of unrest there that has flared during the Olympics to 31.

Running slows aging process

Running can slow the aging process, according to a study conducted over two decades by American researchers and published on Monday.

Lebanon president in historic trip to Syria

Lebanese President Michel Sleiman heads on Wednesday for a groundbreaking visit to Damascus carrying an agenda loaded with thorny issues, including the establishment of diplomatic ties.

Koda should quit as Jharkhand CM, says Soren

JMM chief Shibu Soren yesterday staked claim for Chief Ministership of Jharkhand, demanding that the incumbent Madhu Koda should quit soon, failing which support to the state government will be withdrawn.

Arts & Entertainment

Priyabhashini -- you've come a long way!

Ferdousy Priyabhashini has captured the imagination of the art lovers in Bangladesh. It was not easy for her to capture the attention of the connoisseurs, critiques and art lovers in Dhaka and elsewhere in Bangladesh. She persevered with driftwood pieces with dexterity and imagination. For a self-taught artist and basically a homemaker, she has come a long way.

Sultan's birth anniversary observed

The 85th birth anniversary of master artist S.M. Sultan was observed here with much enthusiasm. 'Sultan Janmo Joyanti Udjapon Parshad', under the supervision of Sultan Foundation, organised a daylong programme to mark the occasion. The programmes included a procession, art competition, boat race, discussion and prize distribution ceremony. Apart from these, Banglalink has organised a five-day-long programme from August 9 to 13 to observe the occasion.

An evening of classical music at Bengal Shilpalaya

A solo musical soiree featuring performances by Samina De Urmi, an expatriate classical artiste, was held on August 11 at Bengal Shilpalaya. The performances included thumri, ghazal and more by the artiste.

“Megher Koley Rode” Generating awareness on HIV/AIDS

In her latest film, Megher Koley Rode, director Nargis Akter has followed the "formula" of "mainstream cinema" and has dealt with a contemporary global issue. Done in conventional "Dhaliwood style", the film features dances, playbacks and fights in a decent manner, and addresses the wrong perceptions of HIV/AIDS. For the most part, the cast and crew of the film includes are also from the mainstream movie industry.

Swapnodal's anniversary celebration

To celebrate its seventh anniversary, theatre troupe Swapnodal arranged a two-day programme titled "Swapnodal-Natyalok Natyo Ayojon '08". The programme was held at the National Theatre Stage, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on August 10 and 11, says a press release. Eminent theatre personality Ramendu Majumder, president of International Theatre Institute, inaugurated the programme.

Int'l Day of the World's Indigenous People observed across the country

Mymensingh
Aminul Islam, Mymensingh
A cultural programme was held at the local gymnasium recently. The programme marked the International Day of the World's Indigenous People.

OP-ED

Foreboding of an environmental disaster

HUMAN population growth is the primary threat to the world's environment. Each person requires energy, space and resources to survive, resulting in environmental losses. Our population is rapidly rising beyond the earth's ability to regenerate and sustain us with a reasonable quality of life. We are exceeding the carrying capacity of our planet, challenging the existence of several species, including our own.

Serbia joining European Union?

WHILE no government in Bangladesh tried the war criminals after the country became independent, the government of Serbia has arrested Radovan Karadzic, 13 years after he ordered the worst acts of brutality Europe has endured since the Nazi campaign -- including the siege of Sarajevo and the slaughter of 8000 Muslims men and women in Srebenica -- as head of the breakaway Bosnian Serb Republic during 1992-1995.

The 'process' president

BARACK Obama is a process guy. That doesn't sound like much of a compliment, but changing the way Washington works is at the heart of his message. The election will not be won on his energy policy or health-care policy. If he wins, it will be because voters want to fix the way we make decisions -- and they think Obama will drive the modern-day equivalent of the biblical moneychangers from the temple and set the country back on course.

Sports stars should prove they are not airheads

BOO hiss. My plea to return the Olympics to their original state of glorious, proud, ratings-boosting nudity has fallen on deaf ears. But there is another aspect of the ancient games worth reviving: the competition for the position "champion of rhetoric" -- which is Greek for "smartypants."

Star City

House rent a big burden for fixed income group

City dwellers, specially the fixed-income people, find it difficult to cope with the rising house rent and utility bills coupled with the price spiral of essential commodities.

Hawkers return to footpaths

Despite eviction drive hawkers continue to occupy a major part of the city's footpaths while contractors and traders keep construction materials on footpaths and roads, thanks to a lack of regular monitoring by the authorities concerned.

Fitness certificates for cars rarely issued befittingly

While returning home from office last Wednesday night, Uttara resident Sultan Ahmed stopped at the red light at Kuril Biswa road intersection.


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