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News of: Sunday, 31st of August, 2008

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Poor get the least of safety-net funds

Barisal, Rajshahi and Khulna divisions where poor people live most receive the least safety-net funds whereas Sylhet, Dhaka and Chittagong, which are comparatively good in terms of poverty, receive the lion's share of the funds.

S Asian climate change network a must to combat challenges

The International Symposium on Climate Change and Food Security in South Asia in its Dhaka Declaration has recommended creating South Asian Network on Climate Change and Food Security and establishing South Asia Climate Outlook Forum to combat challenges of climatic changes in the region collectively.

Parties must disclose sources of funds

For the first time in the country's history, political parties willing to contest in parliamentary polls must disclose sources of their funds at the time of newly mandated registration with the Election Commission (EC).

Govt has no morals if graft gurus released

Awami League (AL) yesterday said if “champions of corruption” are released, the government has no moral or legal right to keep detained the leaders and workers of other parties arrested on “so-called” corruption charges.

Call for saving hills

Hillside settlements in Chittagong have to be protected from recurrent landslides through immediate implementation of the protective measures recommended by experts at different times, speakers at a roundtable in the port city yesterday said.

RMG workers clash with cops: 60 hurt

Another round of violent clashes between garment workers and law enforcers in Gazipur and Savar left 60 more workers and 10 police injured yesterday.

CA calls for urgent steps at all levels

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday called for immediate actions at national, regional and global levels to face the impacts of climate change that poses threats to food security and livelihoods of millions.

Iceland president for Himalayan council to fight climate change

Visiting Iceland President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson yesterday suggested the creation of a Himalayan council for countries surrounding the Himalayas, including Bangladesh, India and China, to research and cooperate on combating the accelerating effects of climate change in the region.

Police to quiz Justice Fazlul, son over Tk 24 lakh bribery

Police will interrogate former adviser Justice Fazlul Haque, his son Dr Afzal Hossain Raj and several others regarding their alleged payment of Tk 24 lakh to three arrested frauds for relieving the former adviser of corruption charges.

Thousands marooned as flood grips North

The flood situation in the northern region worsened yesterday with rising waters of the Teesta, the Brahmaputra and the Dharla rivers marooning several thousand people.

Biman passengers stage angry protest

Some 250 Dubai-bound passengers of Biman yesterday staged demonstrations at Zia International Airport (ZIA), protesting at a week's delay in their flight.

2 hurt as gas cylinder of taxi explodes

At least two people, including a firefighter, were injured in an explosion of a taxicab's CNG cylinder at Airport Road in the capital yesterday.

Delwar denies underhand deal with govt

BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday said they did not make any underhand deal with the caretaker government and the recent meeting with party chief at the makeshift jail was not wrong.

Coordination body formed for better service at ZIA

The government has formed a coordination committee comprising officials from civil aviation ministry, Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) and other agencies to ensure better service at the Zia International Airport (ZIA).

10 injured as police, students clash in Mirpur

Clashes between law enforcers and students of Mirpur Bangla College in the city's Mirpur area last night left at least 10 students injured.

Delwar's son re-arrested

Khandaker Akhter Hamid Paban, younger son of BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain, was re-arrested soon after his release from Dhaka Central Jail yesterday morning.

4 killed in bus crash

At least four people were killed and 15 others injured yesterday as a bus plunged into a roadside ditch at Shripur village in Pabna.

Tigers crash to 180-run defeat

An under-strength Australia crushed Bangladesh by 180 runs in their one-day international at the TIO Stadium here on Saturday.

Bogra Medical College closed sine die after BCL-Shibir clash

Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College in Bogra was closed sine die yesterday following a clash between Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Islami Chhatra Shibir on Friday night.

Robber killed in 'shootout'

A robber was killed during a “shootout” between his cohorts and police at Narendrapur village under Monohordi upazila early yesterday.

China earthquake kills 22

Twenty-two people were killed and more than a hundred were injured after an earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale struck southwest China yesterday, state media reported.

Zardari faces triangular battle for Pak presidency

Pakistan's presidential election next week to choose a successor to Pervez Musharraf will be a triangular fight after the Election Commission announced its final list of candidates yesterday.

Hurricane Gustav gathering strength

Gustav swelled to a fearsome Category 3 hurricane early yesterday with winds of 115 mph as it approached western Cuba on a track to hit the US Gulf Coast three years after Hurricane Katrina.

Editorial

Prospective dialogue between EC and political parties

The Election Commission has invited 16 political parties to talks between September 6 and 9 on the agenda of party registration with EC. We call upon the political parties to respond to the invitation positively.

Price rise during Ramadan

With the Ramadan only a couple of days away, prices of essential commodities have begun to go up. There is too the fear that they will further go up in the course of the month. In other words, citizens now find themselves in a situation where their backs are pressed hard against the wall.

Big fish vs. small fish

COMPARE two former prime ministers of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina (1996-2001) and Begum Khaleda Zia (2001-2006). Hasina is the daughter of the father of the nation while Khaleda is the wife of a former president and famous freedom fighter. Khaleda Zia owns two palacious houses (gift from government) in the posh areas of Dhaka city. Hasina lives in her husband's house. The nation is so "grateful" to the father of the nation that his two surviving daughters remain homeless! I expected that the current CTG would provide a level playing field by providing Hasina and Rehana with two houses in Dhaka as a token of respect to the late father of the nation. Till now that did not happen.

Presidential election in Pakistan

THE presidential election in Pakistan scheduled for September 6 should be of great interest to all South Asian nations because political stability in Pakistan is vital for the politico-economic development of this region.

Obama's soaring speech and McCain's surprise pick

HOW many superlative speeches does an orator have in him? If you are Brutus, Antony or Barack Obama, too many to count! Forty-five years to the day the slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his magnificent "I have a Dream Speech" in front of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963, in what experts dubbed the greatest acceptance speech in the history of American political conventions, on August 28, Barack Obama matched King and wowed America once again!

Sports

Tigers reach the nadir

Bangladesh's crushing loss by 180 runs to Australia in the first match of the three-match series on Saturday has been one of the most below par efforts in the team's history. The abject innings of 74 in 27.4 overs also meant that the Tigers have recorded their lowest total ever in a one-day international, as this was two runs short of the score against India in Dhaka in 2003.

Mohammedan keep it traditional

Dhaka Mohammedan made sure that it would be the clash of the traditional rivals in the final of the season's curtain-raising tournament when they handed a 3-1 defeat to their Chittagong namesakes in the second semifinal of the Citycell Federation Cup football tournament at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

The end for Davenport?

Three-time Grand Slam champion Lindsay Davenport struggled through one of the worst games of her career Friday in a frustrating third-round US Open loss that could mark the end of her career.

Symonds does it again

Volatile Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds has been warned he is on his last chance as an international cricketer after his latest disciplinary breach.

Unstoppable Bolt

Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt continued his unstoppable streak of form with a comprehensive win in the 100 metres at the Zurich Golden League meeting here on Friday.

Local Snippets

Bangladesh Biman's Asif became the boys' singles winner in the Federation Cup Invitational table tennis competition at the Wooden Floor Gymnasium.

Towhid brace sinks BCIC

Towhid's Brace Propelled Customs Club to a 2-0 win over BCIC Krira Sangsad in an ANZ Properties Premier Football League match at the MA Aziz Stadium yesterday.

Div II football

Two goals from Tara gave Karwan Bazar Pragati Sangha a 2-1 win over Bashabo Tarun Sangha in the Second Division Football League at the Kamalapur Stadium yesterday.

Dhoni happy sans biggies

More than breaking a long-standing jinx, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is happy with the fact that he led the side to a historic ODI series win in Sri Lanka in the absence of star players Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag.

Blues driven by revenge

Luiz Felipe Scolari has warned Tottenham that his Chelsea stars will be motivated by revenge in Sunday's London derby at Stamford Bridge.

Fed Express gains steam

Roger Federer rolled to his 29th straight US Open match victory and the women shuffled the chairs in the race to knock Ana Ivanovic off her No. 1 perch Friday on a marathon day five of the US Open.

Calderon's no to Robinho

Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon insisted Saturday that Brazilian winger Robinho would be staying with the Spanish side, despite the player saying he is still in talks with English club Chelsea.

Scholes to miss UCL opener

Paul Scholes is suspended for Manchester United's opening Champions League match next month after being sent off in their 2-1 European Super Cup defeat to Zenit St Petersburg here on Friday.

Match-fixing on Brazil WC match?

The German weekly magazine Der Spiegel reports in Monday's edition that the 2006 World Cup knock-out stage match between Brazil and Ghana was influenced by an Asian betting syndicate.

Juve to miss Treze-gol

French forward David Trezeguet will miss Juventus's Serie A season opener against Fiorentina on Sunday due to a knee injury, the club said on Saturday.

No love for Novak-Leryn

Serbian third seed Novak Djokovic breezed into the third round of the US Open with a straight-set triumph Friday then brushed aside rumours of romance with Paraguayan Olympic beauty Leryn Franco.

Fulham sign Etuhu

Fulham said late Friday they had signed Nigerian international midfielder Dickson Etuhu from fellow English Premier League club Sunderland for an undisclosed fee.

Menez to be benched

AS Roma's new French signing Jeremy Menez will start Sunday's Serie A opener against Napoli on the bench, coach Luciano Spalletti said on Saturday.

Clean bill of health for Ozat

Cologne's Turkish defender Umit Ozat was given a clean bill of health by doctors and released from hospital on Saturday after collapsing during a league game at Karlsruhe the previous night.

KP wants 5-0

England captain Kevin Pietersen said he would go for the jugular after seeing his side take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the one-day series against South Africa at The Oval on Friday.

Dhoni hails team spirit

At the end of a series few expected India to win, their captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni readily paid tribute to his young bunch of hopefuls, who came to Sri Lanka under criticism for their defeat in the Asia Cup final. Stressing a collective effort rather than the need to rely on experienced or individual players, Dhoni credited a group that, while not always in form, stuck together to give India their first bilateral series win on Sri Lankan soil in 23 years of trying.

Yousuf laments fewer games

Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf has expressed disappointment at the lack of international cricket opportunities available to the national team.

Places at risk, warns Arthur

South African coach Mickey Arthur has warned his players they are fighting for their places following their one-day series loss to England.

PCB to go on with lawsuit

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) legal counsel on Saturday said that even though the Champions Trophy has been postponed, it had not affected the status of the legal notice sent to fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, which had asked him to pay a fine of seven million rupees.

Spurs start against Magpies

English League Cup holders Tottenham will start their defence of the trophy in the third round against Newcastle.

Ballack doubtful for friendlies

Germany captain Michael Ballack is doubtful for next month's 2010 World Cup qualifiers against Liechtenstein and Finland because of a niggling foot injury, the German Football Federation (DFB) said on Saturday.

Business

Govt eyes stock market for Padma bridge fund

The government plans to raise part of a fund from the stock market to construct the country's largest civil engineering project Padma Multipurpose Bridge, the finance adviser said yesterday.

Online supermarket makes debut

Chorka.com, the country's first online supermarket, started its journey yesterday.

Broiler chick soars to record high

The price of a day-old broiler chick has soared to a record high of up to Tk 48 as poultry farmers have rushed to profit from prior-Eid demand, industry operators said yesterday.

SEC move spurs stocks

Dhaka stocks returned last week from a nine-week slump on hopes a positive outcome will come from a series of meetings between the capital market regulator and leading merchant banks and brokerage houses.

Wall Street enters month of peril

Wall Street returns from vacation season to enter what is historically the most perilous period of the year amid conflicting signals about the US economic outlook.

NBR marks 320 top taxpayers from districts for awards

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has identified 320 top taxpayers from 64 districts to give them special status, with every taxpayer to be recognised with a tax payment certificate from this year.

BB governor calls for export market diversification

Bangladesh Bank (BB) Governor Dr Salehuddin Ahmed yesterday called for diversifying the country's export markets to attain a sustainable economic growth.

Aziz rules out poverty rise on price hike

Finance and Planning Adviser AB Mirza Azizul Islam ruled out yesterday that the food price hike contributed to a rise in poverty, and blamed the media for misinterpreting a World Bank study.

US consumer spending cools as incomes fall

US consumer spending cooled sharply and personal incomes fell in July as the stimulus of tax rebates wore off and inflation mounted, the Commerce Department said Friday.

Otobi extends product line to wooden furniture

Otobi Limited inaugurated a wooden furniture production plant recently.

Shrimp industry more compliant than before

The shrimp industry and export processing zones in Bangladesh have made "remarkable progress" in complying with labour standards over the last one year, said David John Welsh, the country programme director of Solidarity Centre, a wing of AFL-CIO.

Boom and gloom: Egypt's new traffic law brings business and fear

A new traffic law aimed at easing chronic congestion in Egypt has scared off some drivers who fear heavy fines, driven others to expect to pay higher bribes, and even sparked a business boom.

Indian economy weakest in over 3 years

India's economic growth slowed to 7.9 percent in the first quarter (April-June), the weakest in three and a half years, amid a decline in manufacturing and services sectors and hardening of interest rates that hit consumer demand.

Tata's cheap car plant remains shut

Protests against a factory being built in eastern India to make the world's cheapest car forced a halt to work for a second day Saturday as vehicle giant Tata Motors mulled the plant's future.

Sri Lanka inflation eases

Sri Lanka's year-on-year inflation eased marginally to just under 25 percent in August, according to official data Friday.

Bush pushes Congress on economic issues

US President George W. Bush on Saturday assured the US public that he shared their economic worries and urged lawmakers to respond by approving his trade, energy, and tax-cut agenda.

Corporate Briefs

Sonali Bank
The first annual general meeting (AGM) of Sonali Bank Ltd was held in Dhaka yesterday, according to a statement. Ali Imam Majumder, chairman of the bank and cabinet secretary, chaired the AGM. Previously a nationalised commercial bank, Sonali Bank turned into a public limited company on November 17, 2007.

Weekly Currency Roundup

August 25-August 28, 2008
Local FX Market

Metropolitan

Improve quality of care for abandoned children

Speakers at a seminar yesterday called on the government to ensure safety of the abandoned and victimised children through improving the quality of care for them.

Agree on peaceful co-existence

Border security forces of Bangladesh and India at a meeting yesterday entered into an agreement on joint patrolling to curb transborder terrorism, drug smuggling, trafficking in women and children and intrusion.

Pakistan suspends military operations for Ramadan

Pakistan's government has announced it will suspend all military operations in the country's northwest from today in deference to the holy month of Ramadan, which starts next week.

Students should not serve interest of political parties

Students should be allowed to do politics to achieve their own rights and solve their own problems, but not to serve the interest of political parties, said the speakers at a roundtable yesterday.

Special Rab drives in city ahead of Ramadan

The members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) have launched separate drives in the city as part of its special security plan ahead of the holy month of Ramadan.

Tac hearing begins tomorrow

The Truth and Accountability Commission (Tac) gets down to hearing pleas of the corrupt persons seeking clemency in return for their ill-gotten wealth tomorrow.

Create awareness to check TB menace

Speakers at a workshop yesterday said media should play more active role to create awareness about diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis that involves physical, social and economic factors.

'Multi-modal cancer treatment possible'

Experts at a seminar yesterday said multi-modal cancer treatment consisting of surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy is now possible for cancer patients.

White, Yellow panels share posts

Four-party alliance-backed 'White Panel' bagged six posts while Awami League-backed 'Yellow Panel' five posts in the Chittagong University Teachers' Association (Cuta) election yesterday.

'Execute court verdict'

Pochattorer Ghatok Nirmul Committee yesterday formed a human chain on the Dhaka University campus, demanding execution of the verdict of Bangabandhu murder case and punishment to the real killers of four national leaders.

Raw materials, property gutted in coil factory fire in Ctg

Huge quantity of raw materials and properties were gutted in a fire at a mosquito coil factory in Chittagong yesterday.

'Work together to restore democratic rights'

The extended meeting of the central committee of Chhatra Oikya Forum was held at its' central office in the city on Friday.

Delwar protests police action during human chain in Khulna

BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain protested the police action during the human chain programme by the four-party alliance on August 27 in Khulna, says a press release yesterday.

Businessman stabbed to death in Jessore

A businessman was stabbed to death in Jessore town yesterday.

One fake army man arrested on charge of abduction

Police arrested a fake army man yesterday while he and his four accomplices were kidnapping an employee of a hotel at Gulistan introducing them as army men.

Newly wed woman falls prey to rapist in Bogra

A newly married woman has fallen victim to rape at Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College Hospital as she went there for an x-ray test following a court order to assess her age.

PR course ends

The certificate awarding ceremony of a two-week training course on 'Modern technique of public relations (PR)' was held in the city on August 28.

Attack on AL leader

M Idris Ali, an Awami League (AL) leader and former defence secretary, was attacked by miscreants at Gazaria upazila in Munshiganj yesterday.

Supreme Court annual vacation begins today

The Supreme Court goes for one and half month long annual vacation from today.

Khagrachhari Red Crescent executives

Awami Legue (AL) district committee advisoer Nurunnabi Chowdhury and civil society leader Mohammad Shaney Alam were elected vice- president and secretary of Khagrachhari Red Crescent Society in an election held yesterday.

Youth found dead in Intellectual Graveyard

Police recovered the body of an unidentified youth from the Martyred Intellectual Graveyard at Mirpur in the city yesterday.

Razzak undergoes operation

Awami League Presidium Member Abdur Razzak underwent on a renal stone operation at Saint Luis Hospital in Bangkok on Friday, says a press release.

SOS Hermann Gmeiner School becomes champion

SOS Hermann Gmeiner School emerged as the champion and the BCIC School became the runner-up in the Prothom Alo Mirpur School 1st Debate Workshop and Competition.

Harmony among different faiths stressed

Dhaka University Akhandamandali, a religious organisation of the students, celebrated its fifth founding anniversary with two-day programmes on the campus.

Daily Star Employees' Union executives

Abdus Sattar Pramanik and Ayub Khan were elected uncontested president and general secretary of The Daily Star Employees' Union yesterday for the year 2008-10, said press releaser.

Shankar, Nayan BUJ president, gen secy

Pradip Bhattacharya Shankar of the daily Bhorer Kagoj and Mahmudul Alam Nayan of the daily Janakantha were elected president and general secretary of Bogra Union of Journalists (BUJ).

Training on child-focused disaster risk cut begins tomorrow

A four-day international training of trainers on 'community-based, child-focused disaster risk reduction' will begin at Brac Centre for Development Management at Rajendrapur in Gazipur tomorrow.

National

Anti-liberation forces behind rise of Islamist militants

Sector Commanders Forum leaders said here yesterday war criminals and anti-liberation forces are directly involved in the recent rise of Ismalist militants and fundamentalist forces in the country.

Ex-PSC member Prof Mahfuzur Rahman loses BAU job

The Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) Syndicate at a meeting yesterday dismissed Prof Dr. Mahfuzur Rahman from service for long absence from work and took action against two students for attack on a teacher.

Khulna jute workers resume agitation tomorrow

Workers of seven state-owned jute mills of Khulna-Jessore industrial belt will go on movement from tomorrow to realise their eight-point demand including payment of arrear dues.

Withdraw cases against leaders

Four-party alliance leaders in Khulna have demanded withdrawal of a case filed against 15 of their colleagues with Khulna Sadar Police Station on August 17.

Savagery for service

Torture of a three-year-old elephant to tame and make it work in Moulvibazar forests has drawn attention of many people in the area.

Bid to evict 37 Santal families alleged

Thirty-seven Santal families at a press conference held at Rajshahi Press Club yesterday demanded arrest and punishment of some influentials for trying to evict them from their lands by making fake documents at Pakri union in Godagari upazila in Rajshahi.

Ratify CEDAW charter

Speakers at a discussion held in Rajshahi yesterday urged the government to fully ratify and implement the Convention on Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

Rajshahi govt college campus off limits to females after 4pm

Rajshahi Government College authorities have prohibited entry of female students and women on the campus after college hours ends at 4:00pm.

'Implement Rangpur University project'

Leaders of different professional groups and civil society members at a view exchange meeting at Rangpur Lawyers Association office yesterday demanded implementation of Rangpur University project immediately.

50 hurt in clash over high price of vegetable

At least 50 people were injured and 30 shops damaged in a clash over high price of red amaranth at Anandabazar in the district town yesterday.

Pirates abduct 4 fishermen in Sundarbans

Privates yesterday abducted four fishermen from Jhhikebaria and Khasitana areas in the Sundarbans and demanded a ransom of Tk two lakh for their release.

University student's body recovered

Divers of Fire Brigade yesterday recovered the body of missing university student Al Fateh Md Shahi from the ditch of Madhabkunda waterfall in Baralekha upazila of Moulvibazar district.

Letters

A whimper in Pakistan

General "Busharraf" finally went down with a "whimper" in the wake of what may be termed as a sequence of inconsequential "bangs" to prop his "Kubla Khan" image. History would testify that this dictator, analogous to others before him, was also predestined not to build the "stately pleasure-dome" he decreed. His prowl as the most powerful Sultan that ever reigned in Pakistan, effectively silencing the voices of democracy, by rewriting the constitution, dismantling the Supreme Court, and using the military against his own people has ended up in the "caverns measureless to man/down to sunless sea: " So much for the denouement.

Let there be an end...

Outrageous. What happened on the streets as Tarique fell in the bathroom cannot be condoned in any way. I wonder what will these goons called 'chhatra' do if Tarique is convicted and imprisoned or dies a natural death!! Are they going to kill everyone in sight and burn everything they can? I wish I could express my anger without any restriction at the way public properties and killing of people took place in the name of so called 'gonotantrik andolon'. May I ask, is Tarique Rahman's life more precious than the life of the person killed--don't call it an accident-- by the goons of the JCD? What is Tarique's contribution--as prime minister's son-- to our society, economy or country? What has Tarique done to bring change to our impoverished society? What has Tarique done to uplift the image of the country? The man who died for nothing at least contributed to the economy as a businessperson by earning his livelihood through hard work. But allegations are that Tarique only nurtured a group of cadres. If these and other allegations against Tarique are true, then I would not feel a fig of sympathy for him even if he is convicted and imprisoned. Tarique is not even a politician but a so called 'businessman' in his own words. It's time to call a spade a spade. Let there be no place for corrupt people--- whoever they are-- in society. We must introduce the capital punishment for corruption beyond a certain limit and for certain level of people. Those who proclaim to be our leaders should also be ready to face the consequences if they fail. We want a clean society for our future generation. Will our intelligentsia dare show us the way?

Parks in the city

Like everything else in Dhaka, the quality of life in the city has deteriorated fast due to many reasons. Looking around us, one will notice that Dhaka doesn't have sufficient number of parks where the next generation and the elderly people can go and have some fun and fresh air. I also think there is no data available in Bangladesh about the ratio of parks to population in the cities. But any sensible person can guess that we certainly do not have sufficient open spaces for the residents. Though the parks are considered the lungs of a city. This is especially true about a city like Dhaka which nests over 15 million inhabitants.

Dhaka's decay

Shahnoor Wahid's factual lament (August:19) on the brutal defilement of Dhaka city's scenic greenery is a sad document on where Dhaka has gone today. A nostalgic garden city, has been transformed into an overcrowded and polluted concrete jungle; all in the name of mindless development! Stately old trees have been murdered in cold blood; replaced by ugly high rises; coming up practically shoulder to shoulder. Even pristine areas like Ramna Green, and the model town; that was Gulshan (meaning flower garden in Persian) in the mid 1960's has now become a claustrophobic hotchpotch of trading, commercial and industrial (garments) high-rises, overshadowing and outnumbering the few residences that still linger on!

Report on Film Archive

A detailed report on the Bangladesh Film Archive was published in your daily on 22-8-2008 & 24-8-2008 entitled "Archives of Neglect".

Deportation of Bangladeshi workers

We read national dailies, watched TV, the people of the world also learned and saw with surprise and shock the tragic deportation of many expatriate workers from a poor country by a rich country like Kuwait.

Role of the media

I would like to thank the media for providing us important news as well as creating contemporary, worthy features. Sometimes the media bring to light hypersensitive news. But the sad thing is that the media focuses on the incidents or accidents only after they take place. It is not playing any role in eliminating certain social evils like acid throwing or child labour.

Cricketers' poor performance

Almost all of us like to watch cricket. We have an international cricket team also. But we are ashamed of our cricketers. They are being defeated in almost all the matches. They go abroad and bring bad news for us. Some days ago they went to Australia. Why do they go abroad to bring disgrace for the country?

Traffic jam and rickshaws

To introduce myself, I am 75 years old, partially disabled and the senior-most member of Action on Disability and Development (ADD), a UK based international organisation promoting the rights of disabled people in 28 districts of Bangladesh. I still put in a full day's work and although I do have access to office transport, I prefer to walk or use a rickshaw that is easier to find, cheap, faster (yes, faster) and pollution free.

Harassed landowners

The landowners who are engaged in construction of buildings on their own lands at Uttara, Sector 12, are being tormented every day and night by the Uttara Sector 12 Kalyan Samiti. Instead of doing Kalyan (welfare), they are deeply involved in harassing the landowners by debarring trucks with building materials to get access to this sector.

Housing issue

Most people have no home of their own. The problem of housing is very acute these days. Some factors are responsible for this problem, such as: overpopulation, amalgamation of lands, accumulation of lands, poor distribution of lands and illegal occupation by the so called powerful people. The middle class people in the cities suffer from this problem tremendously. The problem has dehumanised the city people, especially the students of colleges and universities.

Dowry

Since the early age of Indian sub-continental history, the Hindus and the Muslims have been living in accordance with some norms and customs. As a result, some customs have been interchanged between them. Dowry is a custom of Hindus. On the other hand, in Islam a woman can inherit her father's property.

The next drama?

What is really happening in Bangladesh? The heroes emerged in January 2007 and took the power over as, to them, the country had been destroyed by the corrupt politicians. Absolutely right! So they need to be punished. Yes, the money they have looted and sent abroad should be brought back and used for the development of the country. So, what was the process involved? The same old process...using power to arrest politicians, even some innocent leaders, which many people have termed as the balance of arrest drama. Arresting only politicians and sending them to jail, with no power given to judiciary. The same old story... mass arrest of opposition workers. So after a year what is the outcome? Release those who have looted money and sent it abroad? Release those who grabbed land, made the syndicate to control the market, ran a parallel administration which was more powerful than even the PM office? Release the men who had killed the opposition MPs including the most talented former finance minister? Release the elements who were actively involved in bomb blasts and even tried to kill the former PM? Release them because they are people like us, they cannot be criminals…disgusting!

International

40 militants killed in Pakistan airstrike

Pakistan's army killed 40 militants in an airstrike that targeted a rebel stronghold in the country's troubled northwestern Swat region, a military spokesman said yesterday.

Iran warns any attack would start 'world war'

A senior military commander warned yesterday that any attack on Iran would start a new world war, as Tehran pressed on with its controversial nuclear drive despite the risk of further UN sanctions.

CA orders broadband policy

Chief Adviser Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday directed related agencies to make a national broadband policy which can ensure internet facilities quickly and cheaply to the people, as the country lags in the journey on the global information superhighway.

Pressure grows on Thai PM to resign

Pressure mounted on Thailand's prime minister to resign as anti-government protesters occupied his headquarters for a fifth day Saturday and disrupted rail and air service in some of the country's popular tourist destinations.

Chomsky calls for closure of Guantanamo prison

Britain has failed in its duty to stop the US from committing "shameful acts" in the treatment of suspects detained during the war on terror, one of America's most respected intellectuals warns yesterday.

Massive evacuation in Bihar as millions hit by floods

More than 300,000 people trapped in India's worst floods in 50 years have been rescued but nearly double that number remain stranded without food or water, officials said yesterday.

Clashes kill a dozen Taliban

A suicide car bomb exploded near international troops in the Afghan capital yesterday, leaving one wounded, while soldiers killed more than a dozen militants in clashes elsewhere, authorities said.

Five million Afghans need food aid

Five million Afghans face serious food shortages with winter drawing near, but donors have put forward less than a fifth of the money needed to cope, development charity Oxfam warned yesterday.

Musharraf eyes comfy retirement home

Predictions that Pervez Musharraf will have to flee Pakistan to escape treason charges have died along with the coalition that drove him from the presidency.

Georgia wants EU sanctions against Russian leaders

Georgia wants the European Union to impose targeted sanctions against Russia's leaders, a top official said on Saturday, ahead of an EU summit on the crisis between Moscow and Tbilisi.

Battle of VPs begins in White House race

Barack Obama and John McCain were to hold rival rallies in the key battleground state of Pennsylvania Saturday as the race for the White House intensified with McCain's surprise pick of Alaska's little-known governor, Sarah Palin, as his running mate.

Hurricane Gustav bears down on Cuba after killing 85

Hurricane Gustav swelled into a "dangerous" category three hurricane yesterday as it bore down on Cuba after ripping through the Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Jamaica, killing 85 people.

PM, Sonia had knowledge about cash-for-votes scam: Advani

Terming the "cash-for-votes" scam as "incomparable and more obnoxious than Bofors", senior BJP leader L K Advani yesterday alleged it could not have happened without the knowledge and consent of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

Land mine blast kills 12 officers in India

Police say a land mine blast has killed at least 12 police officers in an eastern Indian Maoist rebel stronghold.

Congress leaders discuss revised NSG draft

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday held deliberations with Congress president Sonia Gandhi and some other senior colleagues over the nuclear issue ahead of the NSG meeting in Vienna.

Indian tycoon KK Birla dies at the age of 90

Indian tycoon Krishna Kumar Birla, whose family empire spanned industries from sugar to newspapers, died Saturday at the age of 90, an aide said.

WMO expects 'normal' ozone hole over Antarctica in 2008

The World Meteorological Organisation said on Friday it expects the ozone hole over Antarctica to be "normal" this year, two years after it reached record size.

Taiwan to cut military spending amid warming China ties

Taiwan plans to scale back its military spending in 2009 amid warming ties with rival China, it was reported yesterday.

Russia for more observers to Georgia

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev called on European governments yesterday to send more observers to Georgia, where fighting broke out this month, a Kremlin statement said.

Thai PM cancels Japan visit

Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej has cancelled a planned visit to Japan next week due to the country's political unrest, according to the Japanese foreign ministry.

Arts & Entertainment

Limning aesthetic images

Bold colours, novel technique, meticulous adherence to brush stroke, subtle expression of spirit and clear perception are the main aspects of Babul Mahmood's paintings. He is one of the budding painters and has identified himself inextricably with the cultural heritage of Bangladesh. Babul's experimentation with technique marks the beginning of a timeless voyage of an innovative exploration.

Songs of Radha Raman

Cultural organisation Nibedan arranged a CD launch and musical programme at the Main Auditorium of the National Museum on August 29.

“Gazir Gaan” still finds a keen audience in Faridpur

Gazir Gaan (Gazi's song) -- a traditional folk song genre -- still charms and stirs the rural heart in Faridpur.

Solo Sarod recital by Rajrupa Chowdhury

A solo performance by promising sarod artiste Rajrupa Chowdhury was held at Bengal Shilpalaya in Dhanmondi on August 29. Rajrupa is a vibrant young musician who completed her M.A. in Music from Rabindra Bharati University in India with an outstanding result -- obtaining the first class first position. Born in Kolkata, the artiste is currently living in Dhaka. Another talented musician, Swarup Hossain, provided sangat (accompaniment) with tabla to Rajrupa's performance.

“Doll’s House” celebrates 200 episodes

The 200th episode of the soap Doll's House will be aired tonight at 11:30 pm. Written by Azad Abul Kalam and Chanchal M Rahman, Doll's House is aired on Thursday through Sunday. The serial is directed jointly by Badrul Anam Saud and Afsana Mimi.

An evening of poetry and music by Swabhumi

‘Swabhumi', an organisation of writers and artistes, arranged a cultural programme titled, "Pran-er Shurey Gaan-er Shondhya" on August 27 at the Poet Sufia Kamal Auditorium, National Museum. This was the second instalment of the programme, says a press release.

Michael Phelps to present at Video Music Awards

He does comedy, writes books, mixes it up with the hottest stars in music and Hollywood. With all this, who needs swimming?

Michael Jackson turns 50

Singer Michael Jackson turned 50 last Friday, a shadow of the superstar once known as the "King of Pop" whose records thrilled millions before his bizarre personal life eclipsed his musical brilliance.

OP-ED

No country for gentlemen and gentlewomen

PLEASE do not get me wrong for the use of the phrase "gentlewomen." I am just old-fashioned and once upon a time the phrase gentlewomen was quite acceptable. For example, Richard Brathwaite, the English poet, wrote a book titled The English Gentlewomen in 1631 on social conduct. I am also old-fashioned insofar as I hold on to certain social values such as truth and justice. The country I am referring to is, of course, Bangladesh.

Breaking the barriers

I recently wrote a short piece on the economic impact of discrimination against women in Star Business. Though my esteemed readers usually don't expect me to write on non-business related issues, somehow this piece arrested the attention of quite a few concerned.

Kuwait revisited

A 2,300-member contingent of the Bangladesh army served with coalition forces during the 1991 Gulf war in order to return Kuwait to the control of the Emir of Kuwait. During the demolitions of mines from many parts of Kuwait after the war, Bangladesh lost 59 soldiers and many others were injured.

What people are saying

DESPITE repeated assurances from the CA, the army chief, and the CEC, people are becoming increasingly disillusioned about holding of the national election by December 2008. Speculation is rife is that the election may be deferred till March 2009. However, this writer still believes in the CA, army chief, and CEC.

Star City

Five years over, have you retested CNG cylinder?

Thousands of CNG-powered vehicles operating with run-down cylinders pose serious threat of fatal accidents in the streets of Dhaka as the cylinders have not been retested even after expiry of the five-year average lifespan recommended by the experts.

Cutting-pasting masters are today’s stamp designers

Potage stamp designing is losing its appeal in recent times as many stamps are being designed by people with no academic background in fine arts or having no idea of creative design.

Second modern sanitary landfill at Amin Bazar awaits green signal

Innovative and environment-friendly techniques will be available at the country's second modern sanitary landfill at Amin Bazar for the proper disposal of half of the capital's solid wastes.


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