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Saturday, August 23, 2014


News of: Friday, 15th of August, 2008

Front Page

Harris the fortune-maker

Former premier Khaleda Zia's political secretary Harris Chowdhury can be a role model for anyone wishing to be a multimillionaire in five years without much official sources of income.

Justice not meted out 33 years into murder

The nation today observes the 33rd death anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the architect of its independence, as uncertainty still hangs over the trial of his killers.

Forest graft revolves round job, promotion, transfer

The most serious irregularities in the Department of Forest (DoF) take place surrounding recruitments, promotions and transfers of officials and these spawn all other anomalies in the department, revealed a TIB study.

Waiting at 'death row’

Atiqur Rahman waited for days at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) to get a date for a life-saving operation. He finally got an assurance that the surgery would be performed soon after a specialist returns from abroad.

US, UK seek graceful exit for Musharraf

Last ditch efforts are on to secure a "safe passage" and indemnity for Pervez Musharraf with US and British diplomats pressing the government not to impeach the President as it will further harm crisis-racked Pakistan.

Ex-DIG, wife not parents of 7 kids

The High Court (HC) yesterday ruled that former deputy inspector general (DIG) of police Anisur Rahman and his wife Anwara Rahman are not the biological parents of the "septuplets" rescued from their house.

Rice, edible oil prices fall in retail markets

The last two weeks' trend of falling prices of commodities in wholesale markets in the capital is finally beginning to reflect on their retail prices.

Pay commission for govt staff this month

The new pay commission for the government employees will be constituted by this month.

Liu surprise for China

France's Alain Bernard made up for a week of heartache when he won swimming's blue riband 100m freestyle gold Thursday, and China produced a new sensation as the Olympic spotlight briefly switched off Michael Phelps.

ACC okays charge sheet against Harris

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday approved a charge sheet against Harris Chowdhury, political secretary to former premier Khaleda Zia, and ten others including his family members for amassing wealth worth over Tk 85.88 crore illegally.

4-party to march to CA's office on Aug 21

The BNP-led four-party alliance yesterday announced fresh programmes to press home their demands for the release of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, lifting the state of emergency and holding parliamentary elections before upazila polls.

Nasim might be freed today

Awami League Presidium member and former home minister Mohammad Nasim might be freed today as the Dhaka Central Jail authorities received all necessary papers in this regard last evening.

ACC reveals more graft in BSMMU purchase

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday revealed more information regarding graft in purchase of medical equipment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) that causes a loss of Tk 43.27 lakh to state coffers.

Rejoinder, our reply

In a rejoinder to our report headlined "Of forests and kochu plantation" published on August 1, 2008, the Department of Forest has said the department is not responsible for the denudation of the hills, jhum and crop cultivation like arum in the hills which are neither the reserve forests nor belong to the forest department.

Govt to allow TU activities on limited scale

The government is going to allow trade union activities, which have remained suspended for more than one and a half years, on a limited scale and an announcement in this regard will come in a week, said LGRD Adviser Anwarul Iqbal yesterday.

5 more top politicians get HC bail

The High Court (HC) yesterday granted ad-interim bail to three former ministers, Chittagong mayor and a former lawmaker arrested in the caretaker government's anti-graft drive.

Tarique denied bail in fake orphanage case

A Dhaka court yesterday rejected the bail petition of detained BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman in a case filed for embezzlement of over Tk 2.10 crore by forming a fake establishment named Zia Orphanage Trust.

Saifur appears in court, gives bail bond

Former finance minister M Saifur Rahman, who returned home recently after a three-month stay abroad, yesterday furnished a Dhaka court with a bond for bail in the Gatco graft case.

Georgia, Russia take conflict to UN forum

Georgia and Russia yesterday took their conflict over South Ossetia to a UN forum on disarmament, accusing each other of flouting international law and humanitarian regulations.

9 killed in road crashes

Six people died and 40 others were injured in a road accident on the Dhaka-Sylhet highway near Unishmile Bazar under Osmaninagar Police Station of Sylhet district yesterday.

Govt asked to speed up peace accord execution

The Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission (CHTC) yesterday called on the government to speed up the implementation of the 1997 peace treaty for the three hill districts.

All measures taken to keep prices stable in Ramadan

Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday apprised President Iajuddin Ahmed of all measures taken by the government to keep the prices of essential commodities stable during Ramadan.

$130m IDA credit for education

Bangladesh will receive $130.7 million from the International Development Association (IDA) to improve the quality and performance of secondary education and ensure greater accountability at school level.

Shah Alam, family asked to appear before court by Aug 21

A Dhaka court yesterday asked Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan alias Shah Alam, his wife and their four sons to appear before it by August 21 in connection with a case filed for amassing wealth worth Tk 107.89 crore illegally.

Proceedings against Tarique, Babar deferred

A special court yesterday deferred until August 26 deposition of witnesses in the Tk 21 crore bribery case against detained BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman, former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar and six others.

Mosharraf sued for amassing wealth illegally

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday filed a case against former state minister for energy and mineral resources AKM Mosharraf Hossain for amassing wealth illegally and concealing information of his assets.

ACC presses charges against Mirza Khokon

The Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday pressed charges against Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) councillor Mirza Khokon and his wife in a case for amassing wealth worth Tk 1.54 crore illegally and concealing wealth information from the commission.

Trader brings allegation of graft against Khulna cop

A trader brought allegation of corruption against a police officer who is now serving as an officer-in-charge of Dumuria Police Station in Khulna.

Thousands flee home as Lanka battle flares

Tens of thousands of people are on the run in northern Sri Lanka where fighting between government troops and Tamil rebels has intensified in recent weeks, the Red Cross said yesterday.

Editorial

Murder most foul . . .

WE observe today, as we have for the last so many years, the anniversary of the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family members with due solemnity. It remains our belief, as well as that of everyone else who believes in decency and a sense of morality, that the murder of the nation's founding father was a terrible blow to our self-esteem as a nation and to the fabric of our national politics. The question of politics apart, the fact is that throughout his life Bangabandhu symbolised for us the struggle that needed to go, and indeed did go, into the emergence of a people ready and willing to make supreme sacrifices in defence of collective national dignity. When he was cut down on August 15, 1975, it was not merely the fall of an individual but the collapse, however temporarily, of a symbol as well.

EC should pursue the matter till the end

THE EC's move to have tax, wealth and police records of the winners at the city corporation and municipality polls probed by the NBR and the police department for their veracity is a move we support. Set against the backdrop of a universal public demand for a break with the past in terms of having public representatives with clean records and reported apprehensions that persons with dubious distinctions might have crept back into reckoning, this measure by the EC should be helpful in clearing the air of any misgiving. In fact, this step will strengthen newly elected leaders to carry out their task, assuming that they come clean.

August 15, 1975 -- and the long darkness after

BANGABANDHU Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, with most members of his family, was gunned down in the pre-dawn hours of August 15, 1975. When daylight broke, it was an eerie scene at 32 Dhanmondi, the spot that had been witness to so much of history in the lives of the people of Bangladesh. Bangabandhu's body, as also those of everyone else, lay where they had fallen the whole day and the night that followed. Soldiers swarmed everywhere. Cameramen, all serving the government at different points, were brought in to record what remains the most gruesome episode in the history of Bangladesh. It was not until the next day that most of the dead were buried in Banani.

The day they killed Bangabandhu

IT was Friday, August 15, 1975. It was one of the most tragic days of our history. It reminded us of the dark night of March 25, 1971. The Father of the Nation, loved and respected in Bangladesh and the world over as a great hero, lay dead on the stairs of his famous residence at Road Number 32, Dhanmandi Residential Area. He was only fifty-five. We were twenty-year-old sophomores of Dhaka University.

The remorseful day

"After the torchlight red on sweaty faces
After the frosty silence in the gardens
After the agony in stone places
The shouting and the crying
Prison and palace and reverberations
Of thunder of spring over distant mountains
He who was living is now dead ..."
What the Thunder said -- T.S. Eliot

Sports

Dolly, Abdullah eye better performance

Bangladeshi athletes will resume competition at the Beijing Olympics 2008 today after two days' break with a view to come out with better performances than their predecessors.

The breaststroke king

Stories of pool successes are always about strength and stamina, but with Kosuke Kitajima, it is only more true.

Hosts off to solid start

Hosts South Africa Academy team made a solid start to the second four-day match against GP-BCB National Cricket Academy on the first day at the Laudiam Oval in Pretoria yesterday.

May wants more action

Tim May, the chief executive of the global cricket players' union, believes Pakistan must do more to ensure the safety of players at next month's Champions Trophy. May will form part of an International Cricket Council (ICC) task force that will attempt to allay the touring fears of New Zealand in meetings on Thursday before travelling to Australia on Friday.

Pioneer League BKSP's

Masud Rana's double strike ensured sports school BKSP became champions of the Dhaka City Corporation Pioneer Football League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Champs League from Dec 3

The inaugural Champions League Twenty20 will be played between December 3 and 10, instead of October, the organisers -- the cricket boards of India, Australia and South Africa -- have announced.

Local Snippets

Bangladesh Police team crushed Bangladesh Prisons Directorate 41-15 in the National Kabaddi Competition of the Services Zone at the Kabaddi Stadium yesterday.

Williams sisters, Federer crash out

Top seed Roger Federer and Venus and Serena Williams all went crashing out of the Olympic Games quarterfinals on Thursday as the tournament was rocked by major upsets.

Stage set for Jamil to be GS of BHF

Khondokar Jamiluddin was the lone candidate to submit nomination for the post of general secretary of Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) yesterday.

Bernard rests ghosts

The blue ribband event of swimming, the 100 metres freestyle, has gone to France for the first time with Alain Bernard winning the battle of the record breakers with a time of 47.12.0.11 seconds to defeat Australia's Eamon Sullivan.

Zhang downs a dynasty

When China's Zhang Juan Juan beat one of South Korea's best in the women's individual archery quarterfinals, it could easily have been dismissed as luck.

Wei realises dream

Deep inside, beyond the muscles and mind-set it takes to be an Olympic champion, Yang Wei felt an obligation to do more for his people. He needed to bring relief from the tragedies that have recently struck China.

Love, Italian style

Winning a gold medal is a happy event for anyone and a moment to be shared with those you love. But when Italian policeman Andrea Minguzzi became the unlikely wrestling gold medal-winner Thursday, he wanted to share his joy with strangers, too.

CCTV seeks damages

China's state broadcaster has filed a lawsuit in Shanghai against a website for broadcasting part of the Olympic torch relay without permission, official media reported Thursday.

No husband in sight

Runner Sanya Richards, America's 400-meter gold medal contender, has 21 family members cheering her on in Beijing. Sadly for her, fiance Aaron Ross isn't among them.

Tears of joy for Du

China's Du Li left her previous shooting event weeping and so distraught she considering dropping out of the Olympics.

Big guns cruise

Europe's big guns Barcelona, Juventus and Arsenal are in pole position to shoot into the group stages though Liverpool have work to do as the 2008/09 Champions League began in earnest on Wednesday.

Lampard signs new deal

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard ended speculation about his future by signing a new five-year contract with the Premier League club on Wednesday.

The coming of Klinsmann

Lounges lined with rattan furniture, statues of Buddha that release 'positive energy', training made more exciting by carrying them out on nude beaches.

Tickets to be cheaper

Pakistan are planning to slash the prices of tickets for next month's Champions Trophy after experiencing near empty stands for the Asia Cup Games earlier this summer when the ticket rates were very high.

Business

ATM body frames to be manufactured locally

A local manufacturer is set to produce automated teller machine's (ATM) body frame, which would help develop the electronic banking sector even further.

BB asks banks to raise capital to Tk 400 cr

Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday asked commercial banks to double its present capital base to Tk 400 crore and said them not to provide any cash dividends to their shareholders until the enforcement of the new instruction.

GP agrees to pay Tk250cr fine for illegal VoIP business

Grameenphone, the country's largest mobile phone operator, agreed to pay Tk250crore (around $36.5million) to the telecom watchdog yesterday for its involvement in illegal call termination through VoIP.

RMG makers threaten to go on token strike

Garment factory owners yesterday threatened to go on a token strike unless the government ensures security for the ready-made garment (RMG) sector within the next one week.

AKTEL fined Tk 5crore for unethical subscriber re-registration

The country's telecom watchdog yesterday realised Tk5 crore from AKTEL for its involvement in unethical subscriber re-registration.

Real estate ordinance to protect property owners’ rights

The proposed 'Real Estate Management Ordinance 2008' will fill up the vacuum for a law to protect the rights of plot and apartment buyers, speakers said at a roundtable in Dhaka yesterday.

Employment of Bangladeshi workers abroad to exceed 900,000 this year: Iftekhar

Foreign Adviser Dr. Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury yesterday said if the present trend continues, employment of Bangladeshi workers abroad will exceed 900,000 this year.

German economy contracts for first time for four years

Germany's economy contracted for the first time for nearly four years in the second quarter, data showed on Thursday, raising fears that Europe's powerhouse might be headed for recession.

Chrysler seeks new alliances in China, India, Russia

A year after divorcing from Mercedes Benz, Chrysler LLC is actively seeking new - but more limited - alliances with a number of other automakers, a senior executive said Wednesday.

US retail sales weighed down by falling auto demand

US retail sales declined a negative 0.1 percent in July in the face of slumping car and truck sales as Americans cut back on large purchases, a government report showed Wednesday.

Economists warn of potential post-Olympic China downturn

Morgan Stanley's prominent economist Stephen Roach once said that when today's Chinese economy sneezes, Asia and possibly even the rest of the world could catch a cold.

Stocks return from losses

Stocks returned from loss yesterday amid institutional investors' relatively lower participation in the sell-offs.

Ample scope for boosting trade ties with Pyongyong: CA

Chief Adviser Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday said there are scopes to further enhance relations in the field of trade and economy between Bangladesh and North Korea.

Prime Bank launches Hasanah

Prime Bank Limited yesterday launched 'Hasanah', an Islamic Banking product and services at a city hotel.

Training on public procurement act concludes

A three day specialised procurement training review on the public procurement act and rules ended in Dhaka yesterday, says a press release.

Indonesia's Pertamina to raise oil imports

Indonesia's state-owned oil and gas company PT Pertamina plans to import up to 1.5 million barrels of crude oil a month to feed refineries, its president said Thursday.

SAS posts loss in Q2

Scandinavian airline SAS said on Thursday it had flown into loss during the second quarter owing to the economic slowdown and high fuel prices, and would slash another 500 jobs and seven planes from its fleet.

Recession stalks shrinking eurozone economy

The eurozone economy contracted for the first time ever, with output falling 0.2 percent in the second quarter increasing the threat of recession driven by a sharp global downturn.

China to take further measures to back export-oriented textile mills

China will take measures to help export-oriented textile enterprises tide over the current plight, according to Zhu Hongren, an official with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

Vietnamese, Indian firms to invest $5b in steel

India's Tata Steel, the world's sixth biggest steel maker and two Vietnamese state corporations will pour 5 billion US dollars into developing a steel complex in Vietnam's central Ha Tinh province, local newspaper Vietnam Economic Times reported yesterday.

Honda has high hopes for new lower-cost hybrid

Honda Motor expects a strong response to a lower-cost, five-door hybrid vehicle it will launch globally in April, a senior executive said Wednesday.

Cambodia 6th leading destination for Korean overseas investment

Cambodia has become the sixth leading destination for South Korean overseas investment, English daily newspaper the Phnom Penh Post today quoted South Korean Ambassador Shin Hyun-suk as saying.

Metropolitan

Excavate canals, remove blockages in drains to save Ctg from waterlogging

Excavation of few canals and removal of already identified blockages in the drainage system can save the port city from waterlogging and inundation, said the speakers at a roundtable yesterday.

Protect rights of ethnic people

Indigenous community leaders, social activists, government officials and journalists yesterday stressed the need for proactive role of the media to protect the rights of ethnic communities through projecting their sufferings.

Shibir uses JCD image to establish dominance on DU campus

Leaders of Islami Chhatra Shibir, student front of Jamaat-e-Islami, are trying to establish their dominance on the Dhaka University (DU) campus using the image of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), student wing of BNP.

Create professionals in disaster management

Former adviser to a caretaker government Prof Jamilur Reza Chowdhury yesterday called for starting formal education on disaster management in the universities of the country.

Land developers not applying quake resisting measures

Land developers are filling low-lying lands around Dhaka city for the construction of buildings without applying earthquake resisting measures, speakers at a seminar said yesterday.

Probe body quizzes 7 polling agents

Members of the probe committee formed by KMP Commissioner Helaluddin Badri on August 11 quizzed seven polling agents yesterday in connection with recovery of counterfoils of ballots and unused ballot papers.

Efforts on to nab extremists in Khulna

Members of different law enforcement agencies have intensified their activities to arrest listed criminals and extremists numbering over 800 at nine upazilas here.

BNP celebrates Khaleda's birthday today

BNP Chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia turns 64 today.

Attempt to murder case filed

An 'attempt to murder' case was filed with Puthia Police Station yesterday in connection with a head-on collision between a truck and a car that left five people, including Rajshahi Mayor-elect AHM Khairuzzaman Liton, injured on Wednesday.

Sweater factory gutted in Joydevpur

Valuables of a sweater factory at Joydevpur in Gazipur were gutted on Wednesday night.

Bangabandhu architect of independent Bangladesh

President Iajuddin Ahmed and Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday paid glowing tributes to the memory of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the occasion of his 33rd death anniversary, recalling his heroic leadership and greatest contribution to the country's independence.

Nat'l Mourning Day programmes

The grateful national today observes the 33rd death anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as the National Mourning Day, father of the nation, who along with most of his family members were brutally killed by a splinter group of the army on the day in 1975.

Mugger suspect beaten to death

A youth was beaten to death suspecting him to be a mugger at Jurain under Shyampur police station in the city yesterday.

DCC waste management work brought under one unit

Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has formally changed the name of its conservancy unit to waste management department, bringing all waste management work of Dhaka city under its fold.

Bangladesh-Malaysia experience sharing to prevent AIDS stressed

Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir yesterday called on President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban in the city yesterday.

Efforts on to foster ties in health, education, trade sectors

A flag hoisting ceremony was held yesterday at the chancery of Pakistan High Commission in Dhaka on the occasion of the 62nd Independence Day of Pakistan, says a press release.

Symbolic hanging of war criminals, Bangabandhu killers staged at RU

Rajshahi University (RU) students yesterday demanded immediate steps to bring the war criminals to book and staged a symbolic hanging of the killers of Bangabandhu and war killers, terming them mass enemies of the nation.

RMG worker dies after head trapped between lift doors

A garment worker died after his head was trapped between the doors of a lift at a garment factory at Badda in the city yesterday.

Death anniversary of Aug 15 victim Rinto observed

The death anniversary of Abdur Nayeem Khan Rinto, a victim of August 15 killings in 1975, was observed with due solemnity yesterday.

Anwar Zahid laid to rest

Veteran journalist and former information minister Anwar Zahid was laid to rest at Buddhijibi graveyard in Mirpur yesterday after the last janaza at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque after Asr prayers.

Sultan Festival ends in Narail

The five-day Sultan Festival ended at the artist's hometown Masimdia in Narail on Wednesday, says a press release.

Bomb hurled at Narail ASA office

A gang of unidentified miscreants hurled bomb at the Narail office of non-government organisation ASA on Wednesday night, police said.

Letters

Child labour

It is universally acknowledged that today's children are the future leaders of any nation. But in our country we see that a lot of children are working in various fields. We often find them as a rickshaw-puller, table boy at restaurant, labourer in construction sites, worker in factories, hawker, etc. To eliminate this inhuman phenomenon, many NGOs are working hard, but they have not achieved much so far. The number of working children is increasing day by day.

City bus service

I am a regular commuter of the city bus service, both public and private. For a number of reasons, the authorities concerned should pay more attention to make it user friendly. The city buses simply do not park in the bus terminal or the space designated. Most of them tend to park in the middle of the road and create severe traffic congestion.

Environmental degradation

The major environmental concerns for Bangladesh are deforestation, deterioration of water quality, natural disasters, land degradation, salinity, unplanned urbanisation, discharge of untreated sewage, industrial sewage and so on.

Russia-Georgia conflict

Russia is trying to regain its lost position. The war against Georgia is based purely on strategic considerations, as Georgia is a staunch US ally which will soon become a NATO member.

Innocent citizens and organised criminals

On the 15th of this month, when my daughter-in-law and her son came back from abroad, a heartrending incident occurred. Their arrival at Zia International Airport was after midnight. My son went to receive them, and the driver was on the wheel. Since the driver lives in Gazipur and we live in Gulshan, my son decided to drop him near the bus stop a little distance away from the airport, thinking he would reach home quicker. There the driver got into a baby-taxi ready to leave with three other passengers for Gazipur. Hardly the taxi was in motion when our driver lost consciousness, only to discover himself the next day lying in a field and so were the other two passengers, with their money and belongings gone.

Civil society and honest candidates

Professor Mozaffar Ahmed, a distinguished personality, while commenting on the just concluded mayoral and pourashava elections, has reportedly opined that even though the election was peaceful and fair, the expectation of bringing in honest and competent people could not be fulfilled. Yes, we believe, we need honest and competent leaders, but how could we bring them in and elect them if they do not surface and contest in the election and reveal their honesty and clean past? People will not go to search for them, they will have to come and tell the people that they are honest and competent.

English language skills

In the mid-sixties, during my short stint as a lecturer in one of the premier colleges of our country, what I experienced is worth remembering in retrospect even after a lapse of about half a century, particularly in the present social context. In those days, except the vernacular subject, teachers used to deliver class lectures in English. Students generally were comfortable with the language. Their verbal presentation of the subject matter in English was quite satisfactory. In the educated segment of society a good number of people used to read, write and often speak English. Civil servants, especially those at the helm, were at ease with the English language. Their conference speech, press briefing etc were a matter of treat, often punctuated with wit and humour.

Beijing Olympics

It is great news for Asians that the Olympic Games are being held in Asia. We should feel proud of China.

Abbreviations

If Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University is SAU, then what will be the abbreviation of Sylhet Agricultural University? Both the abbreviations seem to be the same to us. The same is true about Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) and Bangabandhu Agricultural University.

Traffic jam at Mirpur

This is to draw the kind attention of the authorities that we are suffering from heavy traffic jam in our area Monipur, Mirpur-2, Dhaka. There are so many schools and coaching centres in the locality. The renowned school Monipur High School is also situated here.

Wake up!

Thank you very much for your excellent write-up "Migrants' rights bodies weigh in on Kuwait imbroglio". But it would have been nicer if you mentioned that the unscrupulous manpower recruiting agencies need to be brought to justice. They are really the enemies of our motherland.

CA programme

A few weeks back, I was watching a television programme on carrier building. An FCA mentioned that there were around 12,000 posts of qualified Chartered Accountants available in different industrial, commercial, trade and other organisations in Bangladesh. On the other hand, less than 1,100 qualified Chartered Accountants were available in the country. It is known to people concerned that thousands of educated youths are suffering due to unemployment or underemployment. Moreover, the requirement of qualified Chartered Accountants will increase with the expansion of business ventures in the years to come. The service of a professional Chartered Accountant is very much essential to management people who make decisions and to maintain financial discipline in any organisation.

Bring them to justice

It is highly regrettable that the teachers of Rajshahi University were assaulted by Shibir men. Last month, a freedom fighter was assaulted by Shibir activists.

Integrated solution for water and sanitation

This refers to the UNB report on experts' views on solving city water and sanitation problems in an integrated manner, published in a local daily on 7 August. The basic idea is to recycle the sanitation waste into potable water as practised in Singapore which has a totalitarian type of administration with strict control on everything. Further, Singapore has the reputation of having one of the highest quality standards in the world based on strict and uncompromising technical discipline.

Truth Commission and ACC

Recently two autonomous bodies have been established with a view to dealing with corruption and malpractice of the people, politicians, and govt. officials involved in accumulation of wealth illegally. Hence, these two statutory bodies, Truth Commission and the ACC, have been formed to address these issues efficiently.

Higher education in Barisal

I would request you to run a feature on the government's negligence on infrastructure development of higher education institutions in Barisal division. There is only one medical college for six districts, no dental college, no public university and so on.

Adulteration or mass murder?

I congratulate Mohammad Atatul Hoque for his letter entitled "Mangoes or poison?" published in The Daily Star. Adulteration of food is a very old practice of the dishonest traders. They were more or less mixing water with milk, adding lower grade oil with mustard oil etc. in the past. These were not that much harmful to health. But now very harmful chemicals are mixed with foodstuff by the sellers for various reasons. These chemicals cause different diseases and may lead to death.

Earthquake and architecture

I'm writing on behalf of a team of 3 BUET Architecture Department graduates. We recently took part in an International Design Competition to design a Memorial for the victims of the May 12th Sichuan earthquake in China and we won the second prize, beating teams from many countries of the world.

Advisers on SUST campus

Three honourable advisers visited Shah Jalal University campus recently. One of them came to inaugurate a block of SUST academic building, another adviser was here for handing over the papers of hiring old buses from BRTC.

More jobs needed

Some months ago 394 judicial officers were recruited and this month 207 judicial officers will be recruited. Only law graduates were benefited.

SAU's location

This refers to a letter of Prof. SAM on the subject in a national daily on 11 August 2008.

“Ghosts” of executive power

The Supreme Court Bar Association has complained that the judicial magistrates are 'still acting under the directives of the executive' (The Daily Star, 7 January, 2008): a serious allegation indeed! It was hoped that after the separation of judicial magistracy from the executive, the 'impartial justice' would be established and people would get direct relief, as the luminous beginning impressed us in November, 2007. From the above report of the DS, it seems that in Bangladesh 'separation' could not ensure the 'independence' of the judiciary. Where is the problem?

International

Russia must keep word to leave Georgia: US

The United States challenged Russia to keep its word to end a crushing invasion of US-backed Georgia, siding decisively with the former Soviet republic and rejecting Russian justifications.

Aid group suspends Afghan relief work

An international aid group which has worked in Afghanistan for 25 years said it was suspending relief work after three of its female aid workers and their Afghan driver were shot dead.

Musharraf rakes up Kashmir, keeps mum on impeachment

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf on Wednesday night condemned "human rights violations" in Jammu and Kashmir but in a speech to his nation didn't speak about the Government's plan to impeach him.

Defeating terror key to Pakistan's survival

Hours after a suicide attack killed eight people, Pakistan's prime minister said in an Independence Day speech yesterday that the country must defeat extremism to survive.

US and Libya sign compensation deal

Libya and the United States yesterday signed a compensation deal for American victims of Libyan attacks and US reprisals, paving the way for full normalisation of ties between the two countries.

20 Afghan cops killed

Police have been fighting fierce battles with insurgents in two areas of southern Afghanistan for the past fortnight, which have left more than 20 cops dead, the interior ministry said yesterday.

Suicide blast kills 8 in Pakistan

An eighth victim of a suicide bombing targeting police in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore died in hospital early yesterday, as police investigated the deadly blast.

Maoist leader to stand in Nepal PM election

The leader of Nepal's former rebel Maoists announced yesterday he would stand in elections to become the Himalayan country's first post-royal prime minister.

Thousands of Kashmiris demand independence

Thousands of Muslims poured into the streets of Kashmir on Thursday, demanding independence from India hours after archival Pakistan called on the United Nations to stop what it characterised as gross human rights violations in the divided Himalayan region.

Dozens on run after Nepal jailbreak

More than 50 prisoners, including dozens linked to armed political groups and criminal gangs, overpowered their guards and escaped from a jail in southern Nepal, police said yesterday.

US now opposing strike on Iran

The United States is at present opposed to any military strike against Iranian nuclear facilities, Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak said on Wednesday.

Syria, Lebanon agree to resume border demarcation

Syria and Lebanon have agreed to resume work of a committee to demarcate their common border, a joint statement yesterday by the two countries said.

Correction

In a news article headline yesterday it was inadvertently written that “Indonesia will revoke Thaksin's passport”. It should have been “Thailand will revoke Thaksin's passport”. We regret the oversight.

Arts & Entertainment

Special programmes on National Mourning Day

August 15, the day Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was assassinated, will be observed as National Mourning Day. To mark the occasion satellite TV channel Ekushey TV will air special programmes.

Attack on our senses!

We've developed a strange relationship with “cereals” and “serials” both rooted in the west and both marching towards us at a rapid pace on the streetways and airwaves. But which one is the more likely to leave its mark?

“Monpura”: Rustic soul wrapped in urban sensitivity

As a singer/musician/composer, Arnob has made a name for himself in the contemporary music scene. With Monpura (directed by Giasuddin Selim), Arnob has made his debut in film music direction.

“Channel i Shera Kontho”

Md. Mahmudul Haque Imran, Champa Banik, Md. Yousuf Ahmed Khan, Zanita Ahmed Zhilik, Md. Animul Islam Romel and Sharmin Siddiqui are the Shera Chhoy -- the six finalists of Channel i Shera Kontho 2008. This popular talent hunt features two living legends of the country, Sabina Yasmin and Runa Laila together for the first time as judges.

Theatre festival at Dhaka University

Chakkhudan and Shabal Meye were staged on the second day (August 13) of the nine-day theatre festival organised by the Department of Theatre and Music, DU, at Natmanadal. The plays are staged as part of the Honours final examination of the department.

“Close-up 1”: In full swing

Fourth episode of the track round of the talent hunt Close up 1: Tomakei Khujchhe Bangladesh will be aired tonight at 9:30pm. Today's competitors are Arman, Atik, Eva Gupta, Lizauk, Parul, Putul, Sharif and Shoshi. Audiences can vote for their favourite contestant till 2pm, Saturday. The result of this round will be aired on Sunday at 9:30pm.

“Kung Fu Panda” sequel in pipeline

Dreamworks is in talks to make a sequel to animated film Kung Fu Panda, the movie studio has confirmed.

OP-ED

The sinister darkness in which Sheikh Mujib died

AUGUST 1975 was a transitional time in Bangladesh. Mujib was making radical administrative changes and adopting measures that would have a tremendous social impact. There was only one political party in the country now -- the Bangladesh Krishak Sramik Awami League (BAKSAL). BAKSAL on which all sections of the people, including the armed forces and the police, were represented, would be an integral part of the administration. The importance of bureaucrats would diminish, when the governors-designate of the districts took up their new offices on 1 September 1975. The army was to be split and made to join in productive work at the district level. It was a revolutionary step.

Memories of Bangabandhu

WHAT was he then? An angel? A superman? Or what? He was none of the kind. He was rather something which very few of us in the country could ever be. He was a total human being with all the qualities of head and heart. A tremendously amiable disposition with his whole existence deeply planted into the alluvial soil of Bangladesh. That was precisely why he couldn't don the personality of a so-called 'gentleman' with double standards. Very truly he was an integral part of the land, its hopes and aspirations.

The leader and the young

A few days ago, in a general knowledge competition, a secondary school student was asked who had made the statement: "Urdu and only Urdu shall be the state language of Pakistan." He thought a little and knitting his brows answered confidently: "Moulana Bhasani." Somewhat taken aback, the questioner gave him another chance, which one of his teammates grabbed and replied rather more assuredly: "It's Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman." The shrewd questioner did not go any further. There was no reaction among the students.

StarTech

Going the green way

Energy is the ultimate essence of life itself. Unfortunately, due to increased demand, it is slowly becoming very limited in supply, which is probably one of the evils of modern technology. This, combined with the impact of global warming has necessitated the need for energy conservation and use of renewable energy sources.

Tech marvels@Beijing 2008

The 2008 Summer Olympics is on full throttle in Beijing and the Chinese government has vowed to make it the most perfect and secure game ever. From making exceptional moves like taking technological help from different non-Chinese companies to the attempt of ensuring a no-rain weather in Beijing, this Olympics is much more than sports alone.

Samsung presents it with style

Samsung Electronics in a glamorous event on August 9 at the Celebrity Hall of Bangladesh China Friendship Conference Center launched three new advanced LCD monitors T Monitor, Myst Plus and Lime and two new products Projectors and Thin Client.

New version of Bangladeshdir.com

The new version of Bangladeshdir.com, a website founded by a group of Bangladeshi students in 2005, has been launched with more improved structure and new features.

Intel PCs to wake up for phone calls

INTEL Corp. is unveiling new technology that will let computers wake up from their power-saving sleep state when they receive a phone call over the Internet.


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