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News of: Wednesday, 10th of September, 2008

Front Page

Hold JS polls first

Awami League (AL) yesterday strongly opposed the Election Commission's (EC) plan for holding upazila polls before the parliamentary election, and demanded that the commission announces the detailed schedule for the long stalled ninth parliamentary ballot without any delay.

Khaleda granted bail in last two cases

The High Court (HC) yesterday granted three months' ad interim bail to detained BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in Gatco and Niko graft cases.

Focus on Bangladesh

A high-profile conference on climate change begins in London today to focus on the need for an agreement on reduction of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide and enhance Bangladesh's capability to adapt to perilous impacts of climate change.

Future of integrity strategy hangs in political balance

The interim government is going to set a standard of integrity through a 'national integrity strategy' (NIS) to be maintained at different institutions of state organs, but its effective implementation depends entirely on the political will of the future governments.

Tarique, family ready to leave country

BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman may leave for treatment abroad anytime. Sources, however, said there are still some official procedures to be completed before his departure.

BNP, allies to press hard for JS polls schedule

The BNP-led alliance last night announced a fresh programme to press home its demands for withdrawal of the state of emergency and announcement of schedule for the parliamentary polls soon.

Waterborne diseases spread as floodwater starts receding

Waterborne diseases are spreading in the capital and in the northern region as floodwater is receding.

4 city mayors sworn in

Mayors elect of Rajshahi, Khulna, Barisal and Sylhet city corporations took oath of office in a ceremony held at the LGED Auditorium of the Local Government Division yesterday.

Patients pay for free tests

Barring a few, public hospitals in Dhaka are charging patients at general beds for pathological and imaging tests meant to be free of costs.

AL welcomes Khaleda's bail

In a rare political gesture, Awami League (AL) acting president Zillur Rahman yesterday expressed satisfaction over the bail of political archrival BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.

Battered Mirpur roads not repaired for years

Decay has got the better of the roads at Section 11 in Mirpur neighbourhood through lack of repair work over the years, causing daily sufferings to the residents.

Amar Desh served with legal notice

A legal notice has been sent to the editor, publisher and a reporter of the daily Amar Desh for publishing a false, malicious and defamatory report about The Daily Star, Prothom Alo and Transcom Group.

Ctg JMB chief jailed for 10yrs

A court here yesterday awarded 10 years' imprisonment to Javed Iqbal alias Mohammad, 28, Chittagong divisional chief of outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), in a case filed in connection with countrywide serial blasts on August 17, 2005.

Jordan may go tough on agitating workers

Jordanian authorities may take stern actions against around 300 Bangladeshi workers who have been on strike since August 31 protesting cutbacks in wages and irregular payments by a garment factory in that country.

HSC results today

The results of the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations 2008 held under the seven education boards, the Alim exams under the Madrasa Education Board and Business Management exams under the Technical Education Board will be published simultaneously today.

Vehicle-laden ship finally gets nod to berth

The reconditioned vehicle-laden ship MV Morning Bridge has finally received berthing permission at Chittagong Port after waiting at the outer anchorage since September 3 with 1,399 imported vehicles.

Steps taken to avert launch accidents

Stern measures are to be taken against launches carrying passengers beyond their capacity during the Eid-ul-Fitr holidays.

Justice Fazlul submits bail bond to court

Former caretaker-government adviser Justice Fazlul Huq, accused of accumulating Tk 89.81 lakh in illegal wealth and hiding information from the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), submitted bail bond to the trial court yesterday.

Court orders Thai PM to quit for violating constitution

A Thai court yesterday ordered Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej to resign for accepting payments for hosting TV cooking shows, but the governing coalition said it was ready to vote him back into office.

UN pulls out of Lankan war zone

The United Nations said yesterday it was withdrawing all its aid agency personnel from Sri Lanka's embattled north, following a government order to quit ahead of a major military offensive.

Zardari sworn in, pledges to fight terror

Asif Ali Zardari took office as Pakistan's new president Tuesday, and immediately pledged to work with Afghanistan to put an end to the terrorist threat plaguing both countries.

Stop bickering to avert another 1/11

Barrister Rafique-ul Huq, counsel for both Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia, yesterday said he is afraid the country will continue to have 1/11 if the political leaders do not end bickering even after what they have been through in the last one and a half years.

Federer's fifth US Open title

Roger Federer won his 13th Grand Slam crown and fifth consecutive US Open title on Monday, defeating British sixth seed Andy Murray 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 to move one Slam title shy of the all-time record.

6 killed in Rajshahi road crash

At least six people were killed and 15 others were injured when a bus collided head-on with a human haulier at Kapashia of Puthia upazila on Natore-Rajshahi highway yesterday.

US diplomat talks with Mojahid

Jon Danilowicz, political and economic affairs counsellor of the US embassy in Dhaka, met Jamaat Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojahid at the party headquarters here yesterday.

3 more Titas staff confess ill-wealth to Tac

Three more officials of Titas Gas yesterday made voluntary disclosures before the Truth and Accountability Commission (Tac) about their ill-gotten wealth worth Tk 5 lakh only.

UN award winner fights for life

Shamima Khatun, a UN award winner, has been fighting for life in a local hospital after being injured by her husband three days back for protesting extramarital affair, said family sources.

Baby girl succumbs to acid burns

A five-month-old baby girl who suffered severe acid burns with four members of her family in Bhola succumbed to her injuries at a city hospital after fighting more than a month for life.

Editorial

Coping with flood conditions

THE flood situation appears to have taken a bad turn in the central regions of the country, even though some improvement is noticeable in the north. Overall, there is a feeling, based on Met office reading of the situation, that the worst may well be behind us. But this is the time that flood water is flowing down deltaic Bangladesh bringing in its wake all kinds of problems. Indeed, reports coming in from the affected areas speak of submerged localities, marooned people and an outbreak of such diseases as dysentery and diarrhoea with waters receding. Obviously, there is now a need for relief operations to be in place and in full gear.

Literacy's snail's pace worrying

THAT literacy is the prime vehicle for national development in a quintessentially globalised environment is a universally acknowledged fact. Yet, the rate at which literacy has increased in the country since independence when we became the master of our own destiny with the added advantage of pressing the mother tongue into service, leaves a good deal of disappointment to contend with.

A brief history of handshakes in our times

ZILLUR Rahman, the veteran Awami League politician, was spotted shaking hands with the Jamaat-e-Islami's Motiur Rahman Nizami at a Saudi embassy iftar a few days ago. Nothing wrong with that, you just might argue. Shaking hands, after all, is a social thing. If you do not proffer your hands to the individual standing across from you, or before you, you might end up being accused of rudeness or arrogance. That is a point we do not overlook, except that in this instance it was a man whose party has regularly accused that of the other of criminality of the most vicious kind being seen in the company of a man routinely charged with culpability in the genocide perpetrated in 1971. So what do you do now?

Obama's fight for presidency now begins

AFTER having convincingly won the primaries for the party nomination, the recently held Democratic National Convention at Denver was little more than a formality for Senator Obama to be officially endorsed as nominee and his acceptance, yet its significance didn't end there.

Pakistan's new politics?

PAKISTAN has a new president because of the resignation of General Pervez Musharraf on August 18, but the state of the country is a sad one. The economy has been sinking and causing concern all round.

Sports

Super Cup next year

Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) is contemplating to introduce a Tk 2-crore tournament to the domestic calendar next year with the top eight clubs of the B. League, which starts this weekend.

Federer's fabulous fifth

Roger Fede-rer owns a dazzling array of shots, a keen court sense and a winning disposition.

Sourav to quit soon?

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly may quit international cricket "sooner rather than later" with him facing the axe for the upcoming home series against Australia, a report said Tuesday.

Up-and-coming Murray

Andy Murray's runner-up finish at the US Open served as a fitting exclamation point to a superb season that saw him win three of his six career titles and climb to a career-best fourth in the ATP rankings.

Awards don't mean much to Gautam

Even after emerging as the second highest ODI run getter in 2008, left-handed batsman Gautam Gambhir is not disappointed at not being nominated for the annual ICC Awards as he says the pride of representing the nation is ultimate to him.

Britain hails its hero

British newspapers and former players insisted Tuesday that Andy Murray was destined for Grand Slam success despite losing in straight sets to Roger Federer in the US Open final.

Much to do for France, England

The ghosts of recent past will haunt France and England as the former world champions embark on crucial midweek 2010 World Cup qualifiers.

Brazil on the rise

Olympic glory may have gone to Argentina but it is Brazil's star which is currently rising in the Latin American World Cup qualifiers.

Socceroos enter on a high

Australia enter the World Cup fray Wednesday on a high after beating the Netherlands over the weekend, as Qatar and North Korea look to continue their winning ways.

Podolski confident

Hot-shot striker Lukas Podolski aims to continue his purple patch against Finland on Wednesday as Germany look to win their second straight World Cup 2010 qualifier.

Lippi to stick to Toni

Italy coach Marcelo Lippi admitted he would ring the changes for Wednesday's World Cup qualifier against Georgia in Udine but said he would likely stick by under-fire forward Luca Toni.

Axing Park was tough

Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that axing Park Ji-Sung from his squad for last season's Champions League final against Chelsea was the "hardest decision I have ever had to make."

Long layoff for Essien

Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has been ruled out of action for "several months" after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament, the club said Tuesday.

Serena's double delight

American tennis star Serena Williams completed her climb back to the top of the tennis world at the US Open, ending a five-year hiatus between stints as the world's No. 1 player.

Abahani play Rahmatganj in opener

Defending champions Abahani will host Rahmatganj in the opening match of the Citycell B. League -- the second edition of the professional football league -- on September 13.

NCA's first four-dayer from today

The GP-BCB National Cricket Academy (NCA) take on Sri Lanka Cricket Development XI in the first four-dayer at Dambulla today.

Matuail win

Matuail Udayan Sangsad managed a solitary goal victory over Friends Social Welfare Organisation in the Second Division Football League at the Birshreshtha Mohammad Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.

Lifson leaving

National team physio Darryn Lifson will not continue his job with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) after the home series against New Zealand in October.

Ribery set for UCL

Bayern Munich midfielder Franck Ribery is on course to play in the Champions League later this month and has impressed coach Jurgen Klinsmann with his "brutal" rehab work following ankle surgery.

Italy call up Nocerino

Italy coach Marcello Lippi on Monday called up midfielder Antonio Nocerino in place of injured Gennaro Gattuso for the 2010 World Cup qualifier against Georgia midweek.

Bouma extends with Villa

Dutch defender Wilfred Bouma is to remain with Aston Villa after signing a new two-year contract extension with the Premier League club.

Pistorius's thrilling win

The Paralympics was rocked by its first drugs scandal on Tuesday but "Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius quickly created headlines for the right reasons with a thrilling 100m victory on the track.

City after Podolski

Manchester City have re-affirmed their interest in Germany striker Lukas Podolski whose club Bayern Munich are keen to sign Russian midfield ace Andrei Arshavin, according to reports here.

ICC has a lot on its plate

The fate of the Champions Trophy, the Future Tours Programme post -- 2012 as well as the umpires referral system would top the agenda at a two-day meeting of ICC Chief Executives' Committee and Board members starting here from Wednesday.

Business

Interest rate spread narrowed in June

The average lending rate decreased 0.36 percentage points and deposit rates increased 0.4 percentage points in June, compared to March.

GP shareholders promise to put IPO beyond dispute

Grameenphone shareholders have committed to keeping the share-offloading issue beyond internal disputes, indicating that the process of largest-ever initial public offering (IPO) will get through.

Automation of Dhaka Customs House soon

The government will automate the Dhaka Customs House and Kamalapur Inland Container Depot (ICD) soon to speed up customs procedures.

Lone liquid rubber firm aims to cut import bills

Bangladesh has started producing liquid rubber, enabling the country to save around Tk 170 crore in annual import bills in the next few years, said industry people.

Saudi Arabia to face acute labour dearth

Saudi Arabia is set to face an acute shortage of foreign workers, particularly housemaids and skilled workers, says National Recruitment Committee of the Saudi Council of Chambers of Commerce.

Non-farm economy in rural areas to help cut poverty

Marginal farmers will not be able to come out of poverty cycle unless non-farm economic opportunities expand to the country's rural areas, economists said at a workshop yesterday.

Biman to choose new MD in ten days

The board of Biman Bangladesh Airlines will choose a new managing director within the next 10 days, its chairman Mahbub Jamil said yesterday.

Prepaid meters electrify path to foreign market

It was 2001. Three brilliant students of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) flew to the US to receive the first prize for discovering the use of the electric prepaid meter, a device that measures the amount of energy supplied.

Tower aims to take Shanghai higher

The dizziness strikes within the first steps onto the world's highest public walkway as the view of fast-changing Shanghai unfolds from more than 100 storeys up.

Dhaka stocks end mixed

Dhaka stocks closed mixed yesterday with a slight rise in the benchmark index.

World growth to slow before recovery: IMF

World economic growth is set to continue to slow in the second half of 2008 before a gradual recovery in 2009, the number two official at the International Monetary Fund, John Lipsky, said Tuesday.

Vietnam limits golf courses to save land for rice

Vietnam has suspended giving out licences for new golf courses in an effort to maintain soil for rice cultivation and protect poor farmers, reports said Tuesday.

Seminar on branding held

Unitrend Limited, an advertising agency, yesterday held a seminar at a city hotel where different aspects of understanding consumers were focused.

GP offers benefits to postpaid subscribers

Mobile phone operator Grameenphone (GP) Ltd on Sunday introduced a whole new range of features for its postpaid subscribers.

Dollar lower on profit-taking

The dollar fell versus the euro and yen Tuesday on profit-taking following strong gains on the back of a US government takeover of two beleaguered mortgage groups, dealers said.

S Korea wins half of world's shipbuilding orders

South Korean yards won half of the world's shipbuilding orders in the first half of this year, strengthening the country's dominance in the industry, the government said Tuesday.

Vietnam allows HSBC, StanChart to set up local banks

Vietnam has given European banking giants HSBC and Standard Chartered the green light to set up wholly-owned subsidiaries in the country, an official statement said.

Work on Tata's Nano plant still not restarted despite deal

Construction of a factory to build the world's cheapest car hung in the balance Tuesday, as India's Tata Motors demanded stronger guarantees from a deal to end violent protests at the plant.

Oil prices slide to 5-month lows

Oil prices slumped close to 101 dollars a barrel on Tuesday, the lowest level since the start of April, as the market waited to see whether Opec would announce a change to its crude output levels.

Biz Letters

Mobile banking misappropriated
In response to a letter printed on the Biz Letters section on September 3 on 'Emphasis on mobile banking', I would like to offer some thought on the author's views.

Metropolitan

Govt urged not to receive any fund except compensation

Speakers at a press conference yesterday called on the government not to receive any funds except compensation to tackle climate change at the London Conference on Multi Donor Trust Fund and Climate Change today.

4 suspected hackers are brilliant students

The SAIC Institute of Management and Technology (SIMT) authorities will provide legal and financial assistance to its four IT students who were arrested on charges of hacking the website of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab).

Netherlands dependable dev partner

Foreign Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury held separate meetings with Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen and Development Cooperation Minister Bert Koenders of the Netherlands in the Dutch capital yesterday.

Road accidents kill two, injure 27

At least two people were killed and 27 injured in separate road accidents in Rangpur and Dinajpur yesterday.

India to extend telemedicine system to all Saarc states

After introducing telemedicine system in Sri Lanka and Bhutan, India will extend this facility to other Saarc countries soon.

Youth held for distributing illegal leaflets

Police arrested a youth on Monday night while he was distributing leaflets against a powder milk importer of Chawk Bazar area in the city.

13 snatchers held in Chittagong

Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) in last 24-hour that ended yesterday afternoon arrested thirteen snatchers, seized looted valuables and two CNG-run auto-rickshaws from different areas of the port city.

Two to die in Feni

A court here yesterday sentenced two people to death while another to three years rigorous imprisonment for killing a young woman after rape in 1998.

Humayun Ahmed, Mainul receive Sheltech awards

Renowned litterateur and filmmaker Humayun Ahmed and eminent architect Mainul Hossain received Sheltech Award 2007 at a ceremony at the National Press Club yesterday.

Under-trial prisoner commits suicide in Ctg jail

An under-trial prisoner allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling of a bathroom at the district jail early yesterday.

3 shops fined in city

Two mobile courts of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in different raids in business establishments in the city yesterday realised Tk 3.3 lakh for unauthorised production of goods.

BCS senior scale promotion test schedule announced

The schedule for senior scale promotion test for the BCS cadre officers was announced yesterday.

Automation of Ctg port tariff valuation

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed is expected to press into service online, from his office in Dhaka on Sunday, the full automation of tariff valuation of imports and exports at the Chittagong Port House.

Some articles of labour law postponed

The government yesterday conditionally postponed some articles of the clauses 100, 101, 102, and 103 of the Bangladesh Labour Law-2006 effective from Ramadan 10 till the night before the Eid-ul-Fitr considering convenience of the people for shopping at different shops, markets, shopping malls and other commercial complexes across the country.

'Allow trade unionism'

Bangladesh Trade Union Sangha (BTUS) said the government initiative to allow trade unionism in a limited scale under the state of emergency is contradictory to the ILO convention-87.

Oxford Int'l School delegates attend IAEA confce

A delegation from Oxford International School (OIS) is participating in the 34th annual conference of International Association for Educational Assessment (IAEA), says a press release.

FEMA hails political parties

FEMA hails the political parties for sitting with the Election Commission (EC) to discuss the issues relating to the recent changes in the Representations of the Peoples Order, says a press release.

Millat, Noman RUJ president, gen secy

Akbarul Hassan Millat of the daily Sonali Sangbad and Shibly Noman of the daily Shamokal were elected president and general secretary of Rajshahi Union of Journalists (RUJ).

Modi gets bail for 3 months

The High Court yesterday granted ad interim bail for three months to a suspected top hundi trader Giri Dhari Lal Modi in a money laundering case.

Large number of adult patients suffering from severe diarrhoea

The International Centre for Diarrhoeal Diseases and Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) has been treating a huge number of adult people suffering from severe diarrhoea in this period of the year.

Rajuk public hearing on DAP from Oct 1

Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) is going to arrange a public hearing on detailed area plan (DAP) before finalising it from October 1, which will continue until November 30.

Group-based admission test system soon

The government yesterday decided to introduce group-based admission test to reduce sufferings of the students seeking admission to the country's public universities.

National

Vast border areas in CHT outside security watch

People in some 1,600 square kilometre bordering area in Chittagong Hill Tracts feel unsafe in absence of adequate security forces while more than 75 border villages have become almost a safe den for local and regional rebels, armed cadres and criminals.

UN award winner fighting for life

Shamima Khatun, a UN award winner, has been fighting for life in hospital after being inflicted grievous injuries by her husband on September 6, for protesting his extramarital affairs with another woman.

'Appoint competent vice chancellor, remove corrupt persons from RU'

Teachers of Rajshahi University (RU) under the banner of Progressive Teachers Society (PTS) yesterday demanded immediate removal of RU acting Vice Chancellor Prof Mamnunul Keramat and appointment of a 'neutral, highly skilled and experienced' person to the post for smooth operation of the university.

Create mass awareness to combat malaria

Speakers at a discussion held here yesterday said every year malaria takes heavy toll in eight upazilas of the hill district due to lack of people's awareness, poverty, unhygienic environment, their unwillingness to use mosquito nets and other reasons.

Bank official held in rape case

Police arrested Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank (RAKUB) DGM Abdul Motaleb from his Baharampur residence on Monday night following a case for raping his child domestic help.

Kamran assumes Sylhet mayoral office tomorrow

Re-elected Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) Mayor Badar uddin Ahmed Kamran, who took his oath in the capital yesterday, is scheduled to resume his office tomorrow.

3 clinic owners fined at Thakurgaon

A mobile court in collaboration with joint forces, in separate raids conducted at three clinics here yesterday, realised Tk.70,000 as fine from owners of the clinics on charge of various allegations including unhygienic condition and excess patients..

Shaikh Rahman's wife, daughter freed on bail

Hanged outlawed JMB kingpin Shaikh Abdur Rahman's wife Nurjahan Begum alias Rupa and their daughter Afifa Rahman were freed on bail from Sylhet Central Jail yesterday afternoon. Earlier in last week they obtained bail in both the cases from the High Court, official sources said.

Tk 19 lakh snatched in Sylhet

Snatchers took away Tk 19 lakh from a person in Golapganj upazila yesterday afternoon.

Letters

Agricultural research

A very significant report was published in the pages of a daily on September 1. It was about the scientists at Bangladesh Institute of Nuclear Agriculture, who plan to develop high yield variety of oil seeds, pulses and tomatoes as well as identify drought and saline resistant high yield variety seeds. It will be a tremendous boon for our country!

University and politics

I read with interest the letter captioned, “University and Politics” by Professor Zahidul Haque published recently in your “Letters to the Editor” page. Before partition of India, Dhaka University did mean, “community of teachers and scholars”. We had celebrities like the outstanding physicist, Prof. SN Bose; a world class historian, Prof. RC Majumdar; an FRS Botany Professor P. Maheshwari, a Literary Stalwart, Dr. Shahidullah; an erudite Statistician, Professor QM Hossain and so on.

Hills disappear!

They destroy hills for making houses and supplying mud to the brickfields. As a result, the number of hills is decreasing day by day. It causes great harm to our eco-system . Many wild animals and birds are losing their abodes. Hill cutting causes horrible calamities like landslide. Many people died in Chittagong due to landslides in the last one decade. So, proper steps should be taken to stop hill razing. Legal action must be taken against those who are responsible for such activities.

Climate change

Planet earth is our home. But now it is facing a big threat-climate change. Our planet is vulnerable to global warming, the climate we live in is fragile and because of greenhouse gasses and other pollution it is crumbling.

Traffic jam: finding a way out

Cars crawling in the congested roads in Dhaka are nothing new to our eyes; we all are accustomed to these sights. But now it is unbearable, it is time to say that Dhaka is a standstill city. Everybody is a sufferer whether he is driving a private car, riding on buses or taking rickshaws, and undoubtedly we can say that there is nobody living in this planet who can come up with a solution in the next five years (such a mess we have created!). Flyovers, underpasses, ring roads whatever you say will need at least five years to build. Then what will we do in the next five years? We have to think out of the box, something very different as nobody did. I have something to share with you not as an expert but simply as a victim of severe traffic jam.

Akbar's article on Zakir Naik

Abu Imran (August 3, 2008) complained about MJ Akbar's use of the word "evangelist" to describe Zakir Naik. Mr. Imran's objection is that Zakir Naik is not an evangelist in the dictionary definition of the word as it applies strictly to preachers of gospel. While Mr. Imran is not wrong, he's a little misguided about MJ Akbar's use of the term. You see, language is fluid, and words are used in various ways. MJ Akbar knows full well what the dictionary-definition of 'evangelist' is, but chose to use it loosely. One could for example, construct sentences like "Barack Obama is a prophet for change." Does that literally mean Obama is a 'prophet'? Of course not. Meanings of words flow freely, add to that often usage is ironic, derisive, purposefully exaggerated and so on.

BNP government in disguise?

What a drama!! Bangladeshis are all amazed to experience the process that the present caretaker government has followed to overturn the poor image of the past BNP government, characterised by highest level of corruption, worst law and order and human right records, politicisation of all institutions including the judiciary and what not….

Poor choice

I was astonished by the Republican presidential candidate John McCain's VP pick. He chose Sarah Palin, the governor of Alaska, quite an unknown figure.

Too much for democracy!

The party supporters thronged the hospital pavement to welcome their leader. They were dancing, singing, and chanting slogans. Of course, there is nothing wrong with people cheering on the release of their leaders.

Who is the culprit?

A few days ago I bought mobile phone set from a renowned market, New Market, in Chittagong. One of the shopkeepers allured me enough by showing some video clips of various songs--Mp3 songs, snapping etc. on that handset. Indeed, I was satisfied by the advertisement and bought it. When I had returned home, I, enthusiastically, showed the handset to my only elder brother who supported me. And it was a very embarrassing moment for me because he discovered some obscene video clips of pornography on the brand new handset. I was insulted and punished. He seized the mobile phone set. I became a culprit in my parents' eyes. Moreover, I faced a lot of difficulties in the family.

A prayer

In the year 1999, the government recruited 4,000 senior staff nurses under the development budget. It is the government rule to transfer them from the development sector to the revenue sector automatically after three years of service. But unfortunately even after 10-11 years they are still serving in the development sector. They are not getting their salariess for the last three months.

Acid violence

In our country acid violence is a regular phenomenon. Many people, especially women, are suffering due to the menace.

Jail killing

We were told that we had been given a long awaited "independence of judiciary"-- a constitutional right which all successive governments had denied. We really could not understand the real meaning of this right. We thought, from now on, the justice seekers, especially the poor victims, would get honest judgement and the perpetrators would be punished after a fair trial within the shortest possible time.

Death of a dedicated man

I took the news of the recent death of Quamrul Islam Siddiqui with certain sadness and with a sense of loss. Engineer Siddiqui was a fine gentleman, a solid expert in his field of engineering, a good communicator, and an effective result-seeker and maker in pertinent areas of his life long activities. He had, during his life time, held a number of responsible governmental and non-governmental positions - for example a secretary to government of Bangladesh and a president of the institution of engineers, Bangladesh. In addition, he was associated with certain international organisations. His contribution to development of Bangladesh, particularly in areas of rural advancement, are commendable and lesson bearing. He was a recipient of national and international awards for his good work.

American life

The words “immorality and sin” no longer appear to be a matter of concern to the Americans! They seem to feel honoured and elated in revealing the immoral activities of their sons and daughters! What a shame ! Adultery is the order of the day in America now.

International

Pakistan has 'responsibility' to battle extremists: Bush

US President George W Bush describe Pakistan yesterday as a major war on terrorism battleground, like Afghanistan or Iraq, and urged Islamabad to shoulder its "responsibility" to fight extremists.

'Pakistan, Afghanistan united in terror fight'

Pakistan's new President Asif Ali Zardari and his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai said here yesterday they would stand together in the fight against terrorism.

US-India nuclear deal faces final hurdle

The United States faces a final hurdle in the implementation of a landmark civilian nuclear pact with India -- convincing lawmakers that the deal has adequate safeguards as prescribed by US law.

Bush to pull 8,000 troops out of Iraq by Feb

President Bush plans to pull 8,000 more combat and support troops out of Iraq by February, a measured drawdown that will leave nearly the same level of US forces in the war zone for the rest of the year.

3 Nato soldiers, 28 rebels killed in Afghanistan

Three US-led Nato soldiers and an Afghan working with them were killed in a bomb blast in Afghanistan yesterday as government officials said that 28 rebels, some of them foreigners, died in air strikes.

Ike batters Cuba, eyes US coast

Hurricane Ike plowed across Cuba Tuesday, killing four people with tearing winds and lashing rains as it headed toward the Gulf of Mexico and the United States.

Russia agrees to pull out of key areas of Georgia

Russia's president pledged to withdraw his troops to areas where they had been before fighting erupted in Georgia last month but only after 200 European Union monitors deploy later this month as part of a revised cease-fire agreement.

Nepali Maoists urged to prosecute soldiers for civil war abuses

Nepal's ruling Maoists must prosecute soldiers and their own fighters who committed rights abuses during the country's recent bloody civil war, Human Rights Watch said yesterday.

India rescuers focus on finding lost flood victims

Rescuers began searching for missing people in flood-devastated northern India after evacuating more than 1 million people whose homes and villages were under water, officials said yesterday.

Hawking bets mega-machine won't find 'God's Particle'

Renowned British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking has bet 100 dollars (70 euros) that a mega-experiment this week will not find an elusive particle seen as a holy grail of cosmic science, he said yesterday.

'Big Bang' test sparks fear for world

If critics are to be believed, the end of the universe will begin today when a Welsh miner's son launches the world's biggest scientific experiment to know how the universe was born.

Shiv Sena targets King Khan

After MNS Chief Raj Thackeray's attack on Jaya Bachchan over her alleged anti-Marathi remarks, Shiv Sena has now targeted Bollywood 'badshah' Shah Rukh Khan for his Delhi origin.

BJP to look for winning polls strategy at leadership meet

The Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) national executive meets in Bangalore on Friday to discuss a winning strategy for the next Lok Sabha polls as it looks for issues that would find resonance with voters in the face of a triumphal Congress that is seeking to highlight its policy successes over the India-US nuclear deal.

McCain uses Palin as fundraising tool

Republican John McCain seized on running mate Sarah Palin's popularity to raise money for the party, telling donors at a $4 million fundraiser Monday that he's overwhelmed by the buzz she's generating for his White House bid.

It's okay to kidnap Iranian president

An Israeli Cabinet minister and onetime spy who helped kidnap Nazi mastermind Adolf Eichmann and bring him to trial thinks the same tactic could be used on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Arts & Entertainment

A platform for photographers

Alokchitra Shilpi Sangsad (Ashis) has produced many talented photographers over the last three decades.

Inseparable from the silver screen

The heartthrob of the '60s, Kabori Sarwar needs no introduction. With her girl-next-door looks and superb histrionics, Kabori made her way to the hearts of people in the country. Starting with the film Shutorang in 1964 when she was only 13, she took on roles in films that were both critically acclaimed and commercially successful. Her onscreen pairing with Razzaque lingers on in pubic memory.

Bhutan’s art and the monks who protect it

Lama Karma Tenzin and Lopen Sonam Wangchuk, monks from the remote Himalayan Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan, arrived in New York on a weighty mission: to appease and console, through daily prayer and meditation, a fleet of protective deities.

“Gulshan Avenue” on Banglavision tonight

Drama serial Gulshan Avenue will be aired tonight on Banglavision at 9:45 pm. Written by Nima Rahman and directed by Syed Awlad, the plot of the serial centres on an affluent family living in a posh neighbourhood.

“B Rock”: Album featuring Bangladeshi and Indian bands

B Rock, an album jointly produced by a Bangladeshi and an Indian Music company is going to hit the markets this Eid-ul-Fitr, says a press release. The album is produced and marketed by G-Link Music Company of Bangladesh and Asha Audio Company of India.

OP-ED

Career voyage

JOB satisfaction is the key to job performance. A cause and effect relationship does not always exist between job satisfaction and performance, though the two are closely related. Just because two things are related doesn't mean that one causes the other.

Lessons from the Thai camp-in

THE scenarios are uncannily similar. On one hand, a section of the populace desires radical, immediate political change, and on the other, there are those desperately seeking to maintain the status quo.

New world order?

WORRIES have been growing for some time, but the guns of August dramatically exposed the European Union's dilemma in dealing with an assertive and energy-rich Russia, especially its foreign and security presence in its eastern neighbourhood.

Why superstitious Asians need a good kicking

THERE'S a rumour bouncing around the Internet in Asia that there will be a total of five disasters related to the five cartoon mascots of the Olympics (the Sichuan earthquake was one of the disasters).

Star City

Catch a rundown bus, earn special cash incentive

The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has announced special incentive for its traffic personnel if they manage to seize old buses that are banned from the city streets.

Brisk trade in a danger zone

As a cargo train announced its arrival at the Jurain rail crossing with its ear-piercing horn, it sparked a wave of activities across one and a half kilometres of rail tracks ahead of it.

Living a life of Sisiphus

Rubel was pushing a rickshaw full of sacks and a man was sitting on the sacks. Though 12 years old the malnourished boy looked not more than 10 years of age.


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