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News of: Monday, 15th of September, 2008

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Sea border talks start today after 28 years

In a context of higher prospect of finding oil and gas in the Bay of Bengal, expert delegations of Bangladesh and India begin a three-day meeting in the city today to settle unresolved maritime boundary issues.

'Grateful' Khaleda says no to lifelong leadership

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday humbly refused the party's standing committee offer for leading the party for life.

BNP constitution ignored

BNP national standing committee (NSC) clearly ignored the party's constitution when on Saturday through an unprecedented resolution it empowered Khaleda Zia to lead the organisation for life.

Rebellion in Tiger camp

Bangladesh cricket's struggle is all set to mount after 11 national players including former captain Habibul Bashar have retired from all forms of cricket to, what is believed, participate in the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL).

Schedule not before September 19

The Election Commission (EC) is unlikely to announce its decisions on upazila and parliamentary polls before Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed, now on a state visit to China, returns on September 19.

Delays, graft in every step of power projects

The Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED) found unnecessary delays made in every stage of approval of power projects, purchase of equipment and wholesale irregularities in meter installations and extension of electric lines based on political influence.

Hasina seeks HC stay on 2 cases

Awami League President and former prime minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday filed petitions with the High Court (HC) for staying proceedings against her in the Tk 3 crore extortion case and the MiG-29 war planes purchase corruption case.

Hasina has to go through legal process to get freed

Commerce Adviser Hossain Zillur Rahman yesterday said Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina, now free on executive orders, needs to go through legal process to earn her release.

Justice Fazlul's son, son-in-law apply for graft clemency

Former adviser Justice Fazlul Huq's son Dr Afzal Hossain, son-in-law Tariqul Rahman Prince and one of his employees applied to the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday to face the Truth and Accountability Commission (Tac) for making voluntary disclosure about their ill-gotten wealth.

Khaleda, Hasina should work together for democracy

US Ambassador to Dhaka James Moriarty yesterday said the US hopes a free, fair and credible election is held by December with participation of all major political parties according to the EC's roadmap.

Don't you dare travelling Islambagh main road

Rokeya, a 35-year-old rickshaw-van-puller, stood helplessly staring at a repairing shop only 10 yards away as she had no money to fix the damaged van. Poverty and husband's sickness forced her into rickshaw pulling, but she didn't know the art to pull the three-wheeler on the uneven Islambagh main road.

US hurricane leaves 5,000 Bangladeshis homeless

At least 5,000 Bangladeshi expatriates have become homeless in the Hurricane Ike-hit areas in Texas of the United States, reported News World, a US based news agency.

Muggers shoot ACI staff, snatch Tk 46 lakh

Armed muggers took around Tk 46 lakh in cash and pay orders and cheques worth about Tk 50 lakh at the city's Gulshan Link Road. They also shot an assistant manager of ACI Group during the mugging and escaped from locals chasing them by spreading money on the street.

Asian workers cease strike after deal

The Asian workers, including 300 Bangladeshis, who had been on strike for 10 days protesting irregular payments and cutbacks in wages at a Jordanian garment factory, have gone back to work after signing of a tripartite agreement.

Police raid 3 DU dorms

Police late last night raided three dormitories of Dhaka University (DU) to drive away outsiders and criminals from campus.

Amir Khasru gets bail

The High Court (HC) granted three months' anticipatory bail to former commerce minister Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury in two corruption cases filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday.

US raids draw Pak govt flak

Pakistan vowed yesterday to defend itself against violations of its air space and incursions by US forces in Afghanistan.

Several suspects caught after Delhi blasts

Police commandos carried out raids across New Delhi, detaining several people believed to be connected to a series of blasts that ripped through the Indian capital, killing at least 20 people and wounding about 100 others, police said yesterday. A coordinated series of at least five explosions struck a park and crowded shopping areas in New Delhi just after sundown Saturday, a prime time for weekend shoppers in this crowded, chaotic city.

Russian jet crash kills 88 on board

An Aeroflot Boeing-737 jet crashed near a Ural mountains city yesterday killing all 88 passengers and crew on board, after reportedly catching fire in the sky, the airline said.

Thailand lifts state of emergency

Thailand's acting prime minister lifted the state of emergency in Bangkok Sunday as the ruling party met to choose a new candidate for premier, but the nation's political crisis looked set to drag on.

WB to provide $130m to tackle high food prices

The World Bank will provide $130 million to Bangladesh to help the government implement its ongoing policies and pro-poor programmes designed to cope with high food prices.

Engineer blamed for LA rail crash

In a surprisingly swift assessment, the operators of the commuter train involved in the head-on crash that killed at least 25 people blamed its engineer for the horrific accident.

Editorial

Khaleda as party president for life

THE BNP standing committee's decision to make Khaleda Zia the party president for life is unprecedented in our political history. This is an unmitigated disaster for inner party democracy and a slap in the face of demands for reforms. This is in blatant contradiction to, and fundamentally out of sync, with the aspiration of the people. All democratic persons are outraged and must condemn this move in the strongest possible terms.

Horrendous traffic jams

IT is stating the obvious that Dhaka's traffic system is on the verge of collapse because of inept handling of vehicle flow by the authorities, especially during peak hours. On a daily basis, thousands of vehicles of every description are seen stranded on the roads thus creating a snare of horrendous proportion. The tailback jam not only causes valuable fuel to burn uselessly, it robs people of their precious man-hour, and often claims lives of seriously ill patients.

Terra Incognita

BEFORE the world was fully mapped there were large parts of the globe that were known as "Terra Incognita" -- Latin for "unknown lands." Within the last few days, the politics of Bangladesh has moved into such places.

Fluff-and-bluff can't change harsh truths

WE may have all missed the most interesting point in the kerfuffle over the Indo-US nuclear deal. Dr. Manmohan Singh and Ms. Sonia Gandhi have emerged as the greatest advertising team since World War II. They have sold a personal obsession as a nation's lifeline. The strategy is not dissimilar to that employed by Germany and Italy in the war: Repeat a lie often enough and it will be perceived as the truth.

The world isn't so dark

ON the campaign trail, the debate over foreign policy has been muted of late. That might be because more-important topics like lipstick and hockey moms have taken center stage. But the contrasts between the presidential candidates also seem to have softened. Their differences over Iraq policy have shrunk as the place has stabilised somewhat and the Iraqi government looks for a timetable for a US withdrawal. Both candidates oppose Iran's nuclear ambitions and Russia's incursion into Georgia. Both support a vigorous fight against the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Sports

ICL hits Bangladesh hard

Bangladesh cricket was rocked by seismic jolts yesterday with the news that six contracted player's had announced their retirement from the game. This latest shocking episode only served to deepen the fissures within the country's game after the national team's continued failures at the international stage.

They couldn't care less

"They don't think of us, so why should we think of them?"

Stoppage time penalty rescues Mohammedan

Federation Cup champions Mohammedan came close to tone with their city rivals Abahani's sufferings but a stoppage time penalty salvaged the Dhaka giants with a 1-1 draw against Chittagong Abahani in yesterday's Citycell B. League match.

Chelsea outclass City

Luiz Felipe Scolari has warned Chelsea's title rivals that his side are not at full power yet despite their convincing 3-1 win at Manchester City.

Some cricket for Pakistan at long last

Pakistan's cricket-starved side finally got some good news on Saturday when organisers confirmed a four-nation Twenty20 tournament to be played in Canada next month.

Al Amin styles Police win

A 73rd minute strike by Al Amin gave Police AC a solitary goal win over Karwan Bazar Progoti Sangha in yesterday's Second Division Football League at the Shaheed Birshreshtha Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur.

Veeru happy that Roy is not coming

Virender Sehwag says India are relieved Andrew Symonds will not be involved in next month's Test series due to his explosive batting power. Symonds was not included in the squad after being sent home before the one-day series against Bangladesh, and his absence has been welcomed by Sehwag.

Manikganj in police soccer final

Manikganj reached final of the Dhaka Range police football league when they ousted defending champions Tangail from the tournament with an 8-2 win at the Manikganj police lines ground yesterday.

Share Your Views

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Blues for Barcelona

Barcelona threw away two vital points in a 1-1 home draw with Racing Santander on Saturday as the Spanish giants slumped to their worst league start in 35 years.

Inter scrape to win

Defending champions Inter Milan clinched their first victory of the Serie A season on Saturday with a controversial 2-1 win at the San Siro over Catania despite being reduced to 10 men.

Juninho fires Lyon

Two-goal Juninho hailed Lyon's "test of character" as they came back from two goals to win 3-2 against Nice to take top spot in the French league on Saturday.

Luca relieves Bayern

Bayern Munich coach Jurgen Klinsmann said his side's 3-0 win at Cologne this weekend was just as important for their opening Champions League match on Wednesday as their elevated place in the Bundesliga.

Happy return for Cahill

Australia international Tim Cahill marked his return to the Everton side with the winning goal in their 3-2 Premier League victory away to top-flight newboys Stoke City here Sunday.

Sammer advices Podolski to quit Bayern

Former Germany defender Matthias Sammer admits he would quit Bayern Munich if he was subject to the same treatment handed to Lukas Podolski by the German giants.

Schnyder ends drought in Bali

Switzerland's Patty Schnyder claimed her first WTA title in three years as she thrashed Austrian teenager Tamira Paszek 6-3, 6-0 to win the Bali Open on Sunday.

Sunday Scores

English Premier League
Stoke 2 (Olofinjana 55, Jagielka 63-og) Everton 3 (Yakubu 41, Anichebe 51, Cahill 77)

Vettel makes history

German Sebastian Vettel on Sunday won the Italian Grand Prix in treacherous wet conditions to become the youngest race winner in Formula One history.

Delhi blasts shadow Aussies' Indian tour

India's cricket chiefs were Sunday hoping Australia's Test tour would begin as scheduled next week despite security concerns following a series of deadly bomb attacks in New Delhi.

Ray of hope for Trophy

Chances of the Champions Trophy being held in 2009 appear to be brightening with intense discussions on the issue between International Cricket Council (ICC) officials and those of its member boards over the last few days opening up "2-3 options".

Vaughan feels lucky

Former England captain Michael Vaughan has admitted he has been lucky to be awarded a new central contract and hopes it will be springboard for him to have "one last crack" at Test cricket.

Du Toit wins fifth gold

South African Olympic swimmer Natalie du Toit won her fifth gold of the Beijing Paralympics Sunday as China established what looks likely to be a decisive lead at the top of the medals table.

Australia rely on pace

In the absence of quality spin option, the Australian selectors have chosen a five-man pace battery, two of them raw hands, for the all-important tour of India.

'Cameron a big miss'

Victoria's coach Greg Shipperd believes Cameron White, the state's captain, would have been a better replacement for Andrew Symonds on Australia's tour of India next month. Instead Shane Watson was picked in the squad for the four-Test series, which also includes two promoted Bushrangers in the legspinner Bryce McGain and the fast bowler Peter Siddle.

Business

Slow reform pace irks top brass

The Chief Adviser's Office (CAO) said it was unhappy over poor progress in implementing the recommendations made by the Regulatory Reforms Commission and Bangladesh Better Business Forum.

CA asks businesses to solve problems with govt backup

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday asked the business community to take the lead to overcome the problems of high demands on limited resources.

RMG workers pile pressure for pay, bonus

Some garment factory owners are yet to decide on the payment of salary and bonus for their workers within the 20th of Ramadan, while the workers and trade union leaders in the sector continue to press home their demands.

NBR to get full-fledged legal wing soon

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) is set to create a separate full-fledged legal wing to deal with its thousands of pending cases with superior courts.

Busy hours for traders

Clothes retailer Nur Hossain had little time to spare. He rushed to the counter, cleared the payment and moved to another shop to complete his planned purchases yesterday, around 15 days to the Eid.

Inflation bites into Ramadan across Asia

In Muslim households across Asia, the inflation crisis is casting a shadow over the holy month of Ramadan, and making the nightly ritual of breaking the fast a more meagre affair.

20pc subsidy for export products

The government has offered subsidy and cash incentives ranging from five percent to 20 percent to some exportable products for shipments during July this year to June next year.

Fund constraint hinders rural small businesses: WB

The rural small businesses and farmers are severely constrained by lack of access to finances, says a World Bank study.

Book-building for IPO within 3 months

Book-building, a modern and widely practised price fixing mechanism for IPO, will be introduced within three months in a bid to encourage the private sector entrepreneurs to list their companies on the stock exchanges, the Securities and Exchange Commission chairman said yesterday.

Stocks end almost flat

Dhaka stocks closed nearly flat yesterday on profit-taking.

Income Tax Day today

For the first time, the National Income Tax Day is to be observed in the country today in a bid to encourage people to pay tax.

Bangla-Japan firm in Karnaphuli EPZ soon

A Bangladesh-Japan company will set up a Eco Parking Machine Manufacturing Industry in the CSD area of Karnaphuli Export Processing Zone with an investment of US$ 3.72 million.

Growth in China's textile exports continues to slow down

China continued to see a slowdown in export of textiles and garments in the first eight months of this year, due largely to weak demand resulting from economic downturn in the euro zone and the United States, the General Administration of Customs said yesterday

IMF downgrades S Korea's growth

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) changed it projection of the South Korea's economic growth for this year to 4.1 percent, down 0.1 percentage from its prediction five months ago, the South Korea's Yonhap new agency reported yesterday.

US, China to hold top-level trade talks

The United States and China hold cabinet-level trade talks in California this week amid tensions over China's massive export surplus and worries about the slowing global economy.

EU finance chiefs still see no end in sight to crisis

The crisis roiling the financial sector will probably grind on for some time, but European banks should be able to avert serious trouble, EU finance chiefs said.

Fed likely to hold fire amid market, economic turmoil

The Federal Reserve is likely to maintain its stimulative interest rate policy on Tuesday in the face of renewed market turmoil and signs that the US economy remains in a funk, analysts say.

China vows better food safety after baby milk scandal

China vowed Sunday to improve its food safety supervision after confirming 432 babies suffered kidney stones and at least one died after drinking contaminated milk powder.

China eases norms for foreign telecom investors

China has revised its rules to ease foreign-funded telecom companies investment in the country's booming telecommunication industry.

Eurozone industrial output slumps

Eurozone industrial production fell 0.3 percent in July, official Eurostat figures showed Friday, providing more evidence that the bloc is teetering on the edge of a recession.

EU won’t impose provisional duties on Chinese steel products

The European Union (EU) has decided not to impose provisional anti-dumping duties on Chinese steel products, the European Commission said yesterday.

Lehman in eye of storm as turmoil extends

The turmoil surrounding embattled Wall Street giant Lehman Brothers extended Friday as its share meltdown continued and the company and US government scrambled to find a buyer.

Metropolitan

Implement policy to resist sexual harassment in universities

Students and women's rights activists yesterday demanded implementation of a policy to resist sexual harassment of female students in the universities urging all to come forward to help stop recurrence of such incidents in future.

'BNP has surrendered to govt'

Awami League (AL) presidium member Amir Hossain Amu said BNP not only negotiated with the government but also surrendered to the government.

Awareness campaign begins

The department of environment (DoE) yesterday filed cases against 10 vehicles, including bus, car, pick-up and auto-rickshaw, for violating the rules on the first day of its four-day awareness campaign against noise pollution.

Two burnt alive in Ctg slum fire

An elderly woman and her grandson were burnt alive and 37 thatched houses were gutted in a fire at a slum of city's Mansurabad area Saturday night.

Consumers being deceived everyday

Speakers at a seminar yesterday said adulterated food items have reached every corner of the society and are causing a great deal of damage to our health and environment, says a press release.

HC refuses to hear Ctg mayor's bail petition

A HC bench yesterday refused to hear a bail petition filed by detained mayor of Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury in the Bijoy TV graft case due to its overburden with other cases.

Check necessary documents

Robert Wells Dreesen, consul, Embassy of the United States of America, yesterday called upon the interested students planning to study in the United States to carefully check all basic admission papers and relevant documents for avoiding running the risk of being refused by the authorities concerned.

Saudi road crash kills four Bangladeshis

Four Bangladeshi expatriates, including two siblings, were killed in a road accident in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.

100-day programme begins today

The 100-day employment- generation programme for the hardcore poor, seasonal unemployed people and marginalised farmers gets off across the country today to help them out of lean-time penury.

Govt programmes to celebrate Eid

An inter-ministerial meeting yesterday chalked out elaborate programmes for celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr, one of the biggest religious festivals of the Muslims, in a befitting manner.

JU students declare teacher unwanted

The agitating students of Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday declared Associate Professor Sanowar Hossain Sunny persona non grata on the campus following syndicate decision clearing the teacher of sexual harassment charge.

'Recover khas land, distribute among landless'

Leaders of the Democratic Left Alliance yesterday expressed concern over the attack on the leaders of Krishak Federation and Krishani Shova by the alleged land grabbers in Barisal.

HC challenges BCC mayor's legality

The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule upon the newly elected Barisal City Corporation (BCC) Mayor Shawkat Hossain Hiron and authorities concerned to explain within four weeks under what authority he (Hiron) is holding the office of BCC mayor.

Abducted boy rescued, abductor held

Police rescued an abducted boy of Comilla district and arrested the abductor from Haji Eidgah Math area at Dimla upazila in Nilphamari on Saturday, police sources said.

Minor boy killed in Chandpur road accident

A minor boy was killed in a road accident on Chandpur-Comilla highway at Kaliapara under Shahrasti upazila in the district yesterday.

KFC's secret menu still on safe custody

Decades old KFC secret menu is still in safe custody.

Exemplary punishment to rapists demanded

Expressing grave concern over the gang rape of a female garment worker at Board Bazar in Gazipur, different rights organisations demanded exemplary punishment to the violators.

BCL cadres beat up student at JU

Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) cadres yesterday beat up a student at Jahangirnagar University (JU) for organising movement against Sanowar Hossain Sunny.

Fertiliser-laden barge sinks in Bhairab

A barge laden with 360 tonnes of TSP fertiliser worth Tk 2.5 crore capsized in the Bhairab near Roosevelt Jetty in the early hours of yesterday.

Bangladeshi students to get waiver in Kolkata college

Authorities of NPC College, an educational institution in India, have decided to waive $500 of tuition fee for Bangladeshi students who want to pursue their higher education at the institution.

Bangladeshi killed in US road crash

A Bangladeshi teenager was killed in a road accident in Los Angeles, USA on Saturday, reports US-based news agency ANA.

Nat'l round of Saarc school debate begins

Bangladesh national round of the first Saarc School Debate Championship 2008 began at Dhaka University yesterday.

Low over Bay intensifies

The low over the Northwest Bay and adjoining area intensified into a well-marked low over the same area yesterday noon.

Bank Asia MD gets Mahatma Gandhi Peace Award

Syed Anisul Huq, president and managing director (MD) of Bank Asia Ltd, has received Mahatma Gandhi Peace Award-2008 for his outstanding contribution to the banking sector and promoting peace and harmony in the society, says a press release.

Indian sarees seized, 2 held

Traffic police seized Indian smuggled sarees worth about Tk 4 lakh and arrested two people at Ashuganj Toll Plaza in Brahman- baria yesterday.

Vermicelli destroyed

A mobile team here yesterday destroyed 25 maunds of vermicelli and sealed a bakery after realising penalty money of Tk 30000 from its owner.

Appeal for help

Aliff Ahmed Zubair


Aliff Ahmed Zubair, a six-year-old boy, has been suffering from blood cancer, says a press release.

DU vacation from Sept 25

Dhaka University (DU) will remain closed from September 25 on the occasions of Eid-ul-Fitr and Durga Puja.

'Withdraw restriction on trade unionism'

Leaders of the Sramik Karmachari Sangram Parishad at a press conference yesterday demanded withdrawal of restriction on trade unionism, says a press release.

National

Rivalry between Sylhet BNP factions intensifies

With Saifur Rahman back to the BNP mainstream following a meeting with Khaleda Zia, pro-Saifur leaders in Sylhet got a wake up message after a long period of inaction when pro-Delwar party men kept the field captured here for months.

Accord to resolve major disputes thru' discussion

A two-day Indo-Bangla joint border conference ended here yesterday with an accord to resolve major disputes through discussion and by taking timely steps, officials said.

Job scheme for 3 lakh poor begins in 8 N dists today

The government's Tk 302.04crore employment programme for over three lakh jobless people will start in eight northern districts from today.

Pledge to make RCC , KCC graft-free

After taking office yesterday afternoon, newly elected Rajshahi Mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton vowed to investigate corruptions by his predecessor Mizanur Rahman Minu and said he has plans to save the city people from high prices of essentials.

Madhyapara coal lifting resumes after 5 days

Agitating Bangladeshi miners of Madhyapara Granite Mining Company Ltd (MGMCL) yesterday resumed their work after five days following several negotiation meetings between with MGMCL authorities.

18 Indians freed at last

The 18 Indian nationals, who spent four years in jail, were handed over to the Indian Border Security Force on Saturday evening.

Ministry team to select site next week

A high-powered team of the education ministry will come to Rangpur next week to take necessary steps to start academic activities of Rangpur University this year.

Storm lashes 10 villages in Thakurgaon

Storm lashed 10 villages in Salondar and Auliapur unions in Thakurgaon Sadar upazila yesterday, damaging about 200 houses and uprooting many trees.

Agitation for power in Sirajganj

People in Sirajganj town yesterday staged demonstration on the premises of the Deputy Commissioner's Office protesting frequent power cut and demanding smooth supply of power.

Land official held while taking bribe

The assistant land officer of Kaikhali Union Land Office in Shyamnagar upazila, Monzurul Kader was caught red-handed while taking Tk 31,000 bribe from a man promising leasing of government khas land yesterday, police said.

Bangladesh Minority Democratic Party launched

A new Political Party named Bangladesh Minority Democratic Party (BMDP) was floated yesterday with its head office in Khulna.

RMC BCL demands removal of principal

Rajshahi Medical College (RMC) unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday demanded immediate removal of its 'politically appointed' Principal Prof Dr Fazlur Rahman.

Letters

Cox's Bazar and Sundarbans

It was learnt that New Seven Wonders Authority (N7WA) dropped two natural sites of Bangladesh -- Cox's Bazar & the Sundarbans-- from the list of natural wonders of the world on account of certain irregularity. The said irregularity, as reported by the media, was casting of more than one vote from one e-mail ID from certain websites.

HSC results

This year's HSC results have broken all previous records with ease both in terms of pass rate and A+ count. On the face of it, it is a very auspicious sign. But if we dig deep into what has happened, we have good reason to be worried. I think the standard of script evaluation has fallen to an all time low. Never before did so many students get A+ in English. So a proliferation of A+ in English might lead us to believe that the generation next has got over the perennial vulnerability in English. I tell you the situation is far from being like that. The way they have been handed a good grade (in most cases undeserving) would do much harm to them in the long run. If a student who has got A+ in English fails to speak and write the language with minimum of precision, the system that gave him the highest grade will be devalued. It is not to say all students getting A+ are undeserving. Of course, there are some highly deserving candidates. But, I don't think the same thing can be said about the majority of A+ achievers. It is not their fault that they got an A+ gift. Perhaps, some powerful short-sighted high-ups are at fault who like to take credit for virtually everything.

War on terror redefined

The ghastly 9/11 is a dark day in history, that witnessed the most inhuman attacks on the humanity at large that led to the destruction of the American Twin-Tower, and a same kind of attack on the Pentagon in 2001.

Dynastic image

Every year 6th September is observed as Defense Day in Pakistan. This year it brought double rejoicing among the supporters of the ruling People's Party as its Chairman Asif Ali Zardari has been elected President of the country.

Drowning incidents

Despite an abundance of coverage in our newspapers on the number of drowning incidents, including the rising number of students drowning in Cox's Bazar, drowning is still an under-recognised problem in Bangladesh.

Obama and the future of US

Two of my most favourite Canadian columnists are Dan Gardner of the Ottawa Citizen and Margaret Wente of the Globe and Mail. They are among the most analytical minds who should be read in all journalism schools. Their comments about U.S. presidential race are extremely interesting.

Traffic jam

These types of writings are very much common in the dailies ( just like the traffic jams on the ways and roads!). On 11 September Shamim Murad suggested timings for the educational institutions and others. I agree with him. However, I want to say something more about the permanent removal of traffic jam from the capital city. For this, the first thing to do is that all the garments factories and other such types of industries should be shifted from Dhaka. But will the owners of these industries allow this to happen? Yes, they will, if they are assured of the smooth transportation system from their industries to Dhaka. I think it is not very easy to launch metro rail service in this unplanned city. Again fly-overs are also very much costly and it will not provide a permanent solution. So if transportation system is developed outside Dhaka, industrialists will find comparatively cheap labour and will establish new firms outside Dhaka. And this disintegration will obviously help the city to remove the overflow of working class. We all have to think about the average speed of Dhaka city at present and what it will be in near future. So the authorities should take necessary steps to construct roads and highways connecting the districts with Dhaka and ensuring smooth and speedy transportation. Is it very much costly?

Benevolent leaders

After the French Revolution, the concept of benevolent leadership emerged! Some of the members of the royal family of France took refuge in the far-away princely states of India for escaping the wrath of the then revolutionary French people.

Disgraceful!

The incident that took place on 4 September in Natore was really barbaric. The lives of Sumaiya, Nupur, Runa, Arpita Barua are now almost ruined. What is their fault? The attack that has been launched upon them is sufficient to destroy the country's image. While they were busy in their peaceful meeting for establishing “Bangladesh College of Physiotherapy”, they were brutally attacked. How could it happen in a civilised country?

My dream government

While the national election is looming with uncertainties, I figured why not just fantasise about a government that I think will win it all. I hope all the readers will join in and share their dream.

Same politics, same people

In the western world when there is election defeat, the head of the party resigns & the new leader comes with fresh ideas. In our country, we want some change but it's not coming. Still the people are running behind the motorcade of the politicians who betrayed them for so long. Most of the time the “chamchas' are running their motorcade. We never think how much money, power & wealth these “chamchas' have.

Battle of minds

The mega venture titled 'Battles of Minds' of 2008 is going to start soon. Recently, the British American Tobacco Bangladesh (BAT) & the Department of Business Administration jointly organised a workshop to prepare the contestants of Shahjalal University at the 'Seminar Room' of the department. It was an excellent arrangement.

In response...

The government's initiative to start all the schools at 7.30am is indeed commendable. As a resident of Dhanmondi, where most schools (English Medium) are located, I would definitely stand up for this new rule. This redirection will certainly help to curtail the horror morning traffic scene in Dhanmondi, where the roads are populated mostly with the vehicles of school goers. It is ridiculous that a lot of time and effort are wasted being stuck in traffic early in the morning every weekday.

Ropeway to solve traffic jam

Ropeway can be designed and established using the high storied buildings in Dhaka city. In this process in each area of the city certain multi-storied buildings will be selected and the ropeway will be established in between them. Thus the whole city will be covered. This can be very effective to solve the existing traffic jam and transportation problem in the city.

Police enquiry

The caretaker government has done an excellent job by separating the judiciary from the executive immediately on assumption of power, which the political governments failed to do even after decades of promises. This is yielding good result.

Harassment of female students

The issue is intimidation and teasing of the female students by teaching staff. It is an offence allegedly committed against the innocent girls students who are captivated under the cover of education. If allowed to go unpunished, this might lead to criminal offences in future.

International

India faces threat from home-grown militants

Traditionally focused on the threat from rival Pakistan, India must now deal with an apparently home-grown Islamist group, experts said yesterday after deadly bombs hit New Delhi.

Clashes kill 16 militants in Pak tribal belt

Pakistani security forces killed 16 suspected militants and wounded 25 others yesterday in a besieged tribal region - the latest round of a military offensive with no end in sight, officials said.

Rescuing Ike stalwarts a race against the clock

Rescue crews canvassed neighbourhoods inundated by Ike's storm surge early yesterday, racing against time to rescue those who faced a second harrowing night trapped amid flattened houses, strewn debris and downed power lines.

Nepali PM in India to talk review of friendship treaty

Nepalese Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal arrived here yesterday to hold talks with Indian leaders on the 58-year-old friendship treaty that Kathmandu says is tilted heavily in favour of New Delhi.

India wary of being US card in China play

The US push to end India's status as a nuclear pariah was partly motivated by a desire to counter China's rise, but New Delhi does not want to get sucked into a US-Sino power play, analysts say.

UN unable to leave Lanka's war-torn north

The United Nations said Sunday its aid staff were unable to comply with a Sri Lankan government order to quit the war-torn north of the island because of protests by local civilians.

Zimbabwe opposition to get majority in Cabinet

Zimbabwe's opposition will get more Cabinet posts than President Robert Mugabe's party in the long-sought unity government, state radio reported Sunday.

Mumbai vigilant after Delhi blasts

Police and security forces in Mumbai were on high alert Sunday after deadly bomb blasts in the Indian capital New Delhi, as huge crowds were expected for the final day of an annual Hindu festival.

Blast kills 6 children in Afghanistan

A bomb blast yesterday in central Afghanistan killed six children and wounded 12, some of them critically, a local official said.

Thailand's PPP backs Somchai as PM candidate

Key figures in Thailand's ruling People Power Party (PPP) agreed Saturday to support deputy leader Somchai Wongsawat as its candidate for prime minister, a high-ranking party source said.

20 police killed in Turkmenistan

Assailants killed 20 police in a clash in Turkmenistan's capital, the country's opposition in exile and other sources said Saturday.

'Iraq close to security agreement with US'

The United States and Iraq are nearing an accord which could pave the way for large-scale US troop withdrawals by 2011, Iraq's foreign minister said Saturday.

Arts & Entertainment

James’ latest album “Kaljamuna” to be released before Eid

After two years popular rock n roller of the country Faruk Mahfuz Anam, popularly known as James, is going to release his latest album titled Kaljamuna just before the upcoming Eid Ul Fitr. In 2006 James released his last solo project Tufan.

Afghan women artists show their spunk

Just recently this correspondent had the rare opportunity to view an exhibition displaying the works of Afghan women artists. This first of its kind function was named “A new start.” Instead of the usual Page 3 crowd milling around at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts in Delhi, there were a number of genuine art lovers with a passion for the medium. Among the gathering at the opening were important personages such as Gursharan Kaur, wife of the Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh, Dr Karan Singh, president of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and Pavan K Varma, director general of ICCR.

Working behind the scenes

Today, TV viewers can have their pick of entertainment from a host of satellite channels. A group of talented people are behind such programmes. In their ranks is Jahangir Chowdhury, who works for ntv as a programme producer. At present he is producing ntv's daily programme Aajker Shokal and the fortnightly talk show Shamparko.

“Aamar Achhey Jol” to be released in Eid

Litterateur-filmmaker Humayun Ahmed's new film Aamar Achhey Jol is set to be released on Eid-ul-Fitr. The film will be released simultaneously in several theatres in Dhaka. However, the premiere show of the film will be aired on Channel i at 2:35 pm on Eid day. Apart from direction, Humayun Ahmed has written the story and songs and developed the screenplay of the film. Impress Telefilm Ltd. is the producer of the film.

Musical Drama featuring nine celebrities in Eid special “Ityadi”

In the last twenty years, the television magazine programme Ityadi has been providing the audience with innovative, creative and educative entertainment. Equally popular to young and old, Ityadi features segments that contain the spirit of our rural and folk heritage, contemporary issues, satires on various social inconsistencies and many more.

Drama serial “Priyodorshini” on Rtv tonight

Based on a story by late Pranab Bhatta, drama serial Priyodorshini will be aired tonight on Rtv at 9:10 pm. The 52-episode serial is scripted and directed by Arun Chowdhury.

Sir Paul defiant on Israel show

Sir Paul McCartney has insisted his first show in Israel will go ahead, despite pressure from campaigners who want him to cancel it.

Despite De Niro and Pacino, not much thrill in “Righteous Kill”

If only Robert Aldrich were alive! The pulpmeister of the horror lollapalooza “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” certainly knew how to build a grand showcase for his corrugated divas (Bette Davis and Joan Crawford), while the hapless Jon Avnet hasn't a clue what to do with his (Al Pacino and Robert De Niro). In “Righteous Kill” these two godheads of 1970s cinema go macho-a-macho with each other -- furrowing brows, bellowing lines, looking alternately grimly serious and somewhat bemused -- in a B-movie (more like C-minus) duet that probably sounded like a grand idea when their handlers whispered it in their ears.

New York Film Festival plans a China focus

The New York Film Festival has announced plans for its 2009 programme just two weeks before its 2008 edition starts, Reuters reported.

Erratum

In yesterday's issue of the Arts & Entertainment page, in the news titled 'Sara Zaker directs "Eid Vacation"', it should have read that Eid Vacation will be aired on the first day of Eid-ul-Fitr at 8:15 pm on ntv.

OP-ED

End the grand experiment

SITTING in traffic and calculating how long it would take my 10 minute ride to mutate into 2 hours, I thought about traffic as a metaphor for the country. Then I cracked open the newspaper and found I was not the only one. H. Khondker calls it "Spaces of Despair" in The Daily Star, although his recommendations (headlights on rickshaws, teach rickshaw pullers the rules, etc) smell like the same philosophy (blame the subaltern) that landed us in this national mess.

Bridging the gap

This piece is from the series of summaries of papers presented at the "Bangladesh in the 21st Century" conference held at Harvard University (June 13-14). The views expressed in the articles are expressly those of the authors.

Two ladies: Seeds of their discord?

IT is a very common utterance, especially by the so-called neutral citizens of our republic, that the two ladies are the root of all our evils. It is true that their animosity against each other has reached such a level that they are not even on talking term to each other. In the process our "neutral citizens" are in the mind-set of making the two ladies equally responsible for the animosities developed between them over the years.

Asian fathers and the mystery of nappies

DID you see that article in the newspaper, which said that the average Asian man spends one minute a day with his children?

Star City

The fading trade and the fading away shankharis

Uttam Naag, one of the oldest and most gifted shankharis (shankha craftsman) in the city's Shankharibazar area, showed the door to this reporter when approached for an interview.

How much greenery the city needs to have?

The city is gradually losing its greenery due to the lack of trees that caste an adverse impact on the environment but the authorities concerned have no data on existing trees and plants in the city and no concrete plan to increase the greenery.



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