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News of: Monday, 22nd of September, 2008

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Time running out for 2 vital poll tasks

The Election Commission (EC) finds itself in a tight corner in gearing up for the December 18 poll as two of its vital tasks -- preparing the constituency wise electoral rolls and finalising the list of polling stations -- remain suspended because of a High Court (HC) stay on recent re-demarcation of the constituencies.

RPO of contention

The Representation of the People Ordinance promulgated on August 19 has already become the centrepoint of a debate about how the parties should behave themselves in elections and how they should reform themselves for fair polls. As the political parties are widely divided on changes to the RPO, it is worthwhile to take a look at the basic changes the new rules. Following are the highlights of the amendments for the readers to understand how relevant the rules are and what their aim is:

'Tk 1cr man' becomes broke in front of Tac

Younus Ali, a junior-level officer of Titas Gas, is one of 135 employees of the state-owned company found by National Coordination Committee (NCC) on corruption and serious crime to have amassed ill-gotten wealth worth at least Tk 1 crore each.

al-Qaeda blamed for Pak hotel carnage

Rescue teams hunted for survivors yesterday in the ruins of Islamabad's Marriott Hotel, where a massive truck bomb killed at least 53 people in what officials said looked like the work of al-Qaeda.

Businesses ask parties to shun vindictive politics to end crisis

The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI) urged Awami League (AL) and BNP to give up vindictive politics and to resolve the country's prevailing crises through discussions, at an iftar party where senior leaders of both political parties were present.

Govt asks 8,000 to chip in for Zakat

The government has sent letters to 8,000 affluent individuals including businessmen - the first ever instance in the country - requesting them to contribute to the government Zakat Board as the holy Eid-ul-Fitre approaches.

2 companies to lose licence

The Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) will cancel licences of All Way Trading Company and Mou Enterprise for marketing Chinese baby milk formulas before getting clearance they applied for.

AL’s yes to nearly all

The Awami League (AL) yesterday categorically demanded that the government and the Election Commission (EC) implement the Representation of the People Order (RPO) except some of the provisions it had opposed.

BNP says no to all

BNP and its allies might not even apply for registration with the Election Commission (EC) since they do not accept the new provisions in the Representation of the People Order (RPO).

Poverty ups despite bumper Boro output

Bangladesh's undernourished population has increased by 7.3 million -- from 39.6 million to 46.9 million -- largely because of the impact of higher food prices and the damage of Aman rice last year, says a report of FAO and WFP.

Abandoned flyover project structures add to Gulistan woe

Heaped in the middle on a busy Gulistan road, the dismantled structures of the ditched Gulistan-Jatrabari flyover project only add to the everyday traffic woes in the bustling Gulistan-Fulbaria area.

DCC stops ward-based fund to curb graft

Most of the roads under the Dhaka City Corporation tell a sorry tale, as no repair on the roads, especially the lanes and bi-lanes, was carried out in the last two years.

AL kicks off preparation for JS polls

A day after the chief adviser announced the date for the ninth parliamentary election, Awami League (AL) formally began preparing for the election following directives of its chief Sheikh Hasina.

Sajeda's son, ex-Sonali Bank MD jailed

A special court yesterday sentenced Awami League (AL) presidium member Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury's son Shahdab Akbar to 12 years' imprisonment for amassing wealth illegally and concealing information in his wealth statement submitted to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

6 govt officials claim to have only Tk 3 lakh

Six more government officials accused in graft cases confessed to having ill-gotten wealth worth only Tk 3 lakh to the Truth and Accountability Commission (Tac) yesterday.

Rajshahi Hizb ut-Tahrir men denied bail

A Rajshahi court yesterday rejected bail prayers of the 10 Hizb ut-Tahrir leaders and activists who were arrested September 18 on suspicion of their involvement in militancy and anti-state activities.

MK Alamgir sued, ex-MP Saidul, Obaidul Karim charged

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) yesterday sued detained former state minister for planning Dr Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir for evading Tk 53.44 lakh in income tax from 2002 to 2007.

Case shifted to tribunal for quick disposal

The case filed for blasting grenades at an Awami League (AL) rally on August 21, 2004 was transferred yesterday to the Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 for quick disposal.

All 13 acquitted in Barisal serial blasts case

A Barisal court yesterday acquitted all the 13 accused in a case filed in connection with the August 17 serial bomb blasts in Barisal city.

4yr old boy dies while mom's suicide attempt fails in city

A four-year-old boy died while his mother was in critical condition yesterday evening, as the mother had tried to commit suicide by taking sedatives after allegedly killing her child in the posh Gulshan area of the capital.

Democracy weakens as local govt ignored

Democracy could not be strengthened in the country because of successive governments' negligence towards strengthening the local government system, especially the union parishads (UP), local government experts said yesterday.

US hopes for full lifting of emergency

The United States (US) yesterday said it hopes that the conditions in Bangladesh will allow total withdrawal of the state of emergency at some point prior to the elections.

Drive against unfit buses suspended

The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) halted the drive against unfit buses and minibuses on Saturday, only two days after its launching, saying that the drive has led to public suffering as the owners stopped running the buses without replacing them.

Hasina's trial in MiG-29 case adjourned until Oct 21

A Dhaka Court yesterday adjourned the trial proceedings of the MiG-29 warplane purchase scam case against former premier Sheikh Hasina and five others till October 21.

Hasina files bail petition in extortion case

A bail petition for Awami League President Sheikh Hasina in an extortion case was filed with the High Court (HC) yesterday.

Saudi envoy meets Khaleda

Saudi Ambassador to Dhaka Dr Abdullah NA Al Bussairy yesterday met BNP Chairperson and former premier Khaleda Zia at her cantonment residence.

Olmert resigns amid lingering turmoil

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced his resignation yesterday, but the political uncertainty gripping Israel and casting a shadow over US-backed Middle East peace talks is far from over.

Week that changed Wall Street forever

Wall Street will never be the same after a week that saw the White House, abandoning its laissez-faire attitude toward markets, organize an unprecedented bailout of private companies.

Stampede kills 43 in China nightclub fire

A fire and subsequent stampede at a club in southern China killed 43 people and left 88 injured, state media said yesterday, in the latest incident highlighting China's abysmal fire safety record.

Editorial

Firm dates announced for elections

WITH the chief adviser to caretaker government announcing the timetable for the national election and upazila polls, the clock has been set ticking for a countdown to these much-awaited elections. After more than one and a half years of animated suspense, often clouded with suspicion and uncertainty, we are now in a position to exactly count in weeks and days the waiting time before the polls are held. The caretaker government and the Election Commission have deservedly earned plaudits as the political parties prepare themselves briskly for testing their strength among the electorate. All concerned have their job cut out.

Carnage in Pakistan

WE express our profound shock at the horror unleashed by a major explosion in the Marriott Hotel in Pakistan's capital Islamabad on Saturday. The carnage, apparently caused by a suicide bomber, has so far left over 40 people killed and scores injured and the hotel in ruins.

The second coming of Khaleda Zia

ON January 11, 2007, Mrs. Khaleda Zia, the former prime minister ceased to be a credible name in Bangladesh politics, and the BNP-Jamaat alliance, the bastion of her power, also crumbled. She was universally condemned and booed all over the country as Bangladesh was virtually in ruins as a result of her alliance government's predatory rule.

Plants and implants

YOU never know what you can pick up from the shambles of a large edifice, and little could be larger than the financial architecture of American capitalism. Here is a nugget from Tom Friedman's column as he talks about America's energy planning and the economy.

Someone tell the Obama campaign that Barack is black

UP until this week, the Republican Party had been successful in defining the 2008 presidential election as a contest not of the past versus the future, the Democrats versus the Republicans, but between Barack Obama and John McCain.

Sports

Selectors bring back trio

As expected new faces have crowded when the national selectors announced a 24-member preliminary squad on Sunday for the upcoming home series against New Zealand and the tour of South Africa.

Ctg MSC stop Russel

Sheikh Russel's bid to remain on top of the City-cell B. League table after two rounds came to a pause when they drew 1-1 away at Chittagong against the local Mohammedan.

Match fees for footballers

The National Team Management Committee (NTMC) is looking forward to introduce match fees for national footballers in near future.

Ziaur saves Academy

GP-BCB National Cricket Academy must thank Ziaur Rahman after his allround show helped them manage an exciting one-wicket victory against Sri Lanka Academy in the first one-dayer of the three-match series at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo yesterday.

Pan Pacific Open Safina's

Olympic silver medalist Dinara Safina powered past Svetlana Kuznetsova in an all-Russian final on Sunday to win the Pan Pacific Open, her fourth title of the year.

'Play in right spirit'

Australian captain Ricky Ponting said Sunday he was hopeful next month's four-Test cricket series with India will be played in the right spirit.

Hayden knows he's the target

Australia fly out to India for a four-Test series on Sunday, and opening batsman Matthew Hayden is geared up for the challenge of tackling the hosts, and especially the threat posed by Harbhajan Singh.

Div II football

Diamond Friends Club blanked Borongakhola Sobuj Sangha 2-0 to reach the semifinal of the Manikganj Second Division Football League at the Shahid Miraj-Tapan Stadium here yesterday.

The worst decision ever?

Aidy Boothroyd, the Watford manager, admitted that he had 'never seen anything like it' after seeing his side go behind to an incredibly controversial goal in the 2-2 draw with Reading.

Atletico on fire

Atletico Madrid capped a fantastic week with a 4-0 home victory over Recreativo Huelva on Saturday to go second in the Spanish first division.

Bremen rout Bayern

Bayern Munich coach Jurgen Klinsmann could only rue his side's 'black' Saturday as Werder Bremen routed the defending Bundesliga champions 5-2 in Munich.

Win lifts Roma's gloom

AS Roma lifted the gloom surrounding the Stadio Olimpico by claiming their first win of the season at the fourth attempt in a 3-0 home success over Reggina on Saturday.

Ederson puts Lyon clear

Brazilian Ederson scored a penalty for Lyon in their 1-0 home win over Le Havre, putting them five points clear at the top of the French championship on Saturday, while nine-man Bordeaux also won.

Angry boxer confronts Guti

Real Madrid midfielder Guti's feinting techniques were put to the test Saturday when he was faced with a deaf but angry boxer who came to settle a score.

Sunday Scores

English Premier League
Chelsea 1 (Kalou 80) Manchester United 1 (Park 18)

Yelena fails to better mark

Russian pole vault queen Yelena Isinbayeva thrilled an adoring crowd with her winning jump at Saturday's Shanghai Golden Grand Prix despite failing in her bid to beat her own world record.

Gunners surge ahead

Arsenal surged to the top of the English Premier League for the first time this season after coming from behind to beat Bolton 3-1 on Saturday.

'A great chance'

Drafted into the Rest of India side for the Irani Trophy match in place of injured Sachin Tendulkar, hardworking middle order batsman Subramaniam Badrinath terms it a great opportunity coming his way to make it to the Test squad with a good knock against Ranji champions Delhi.

Yusuf floors Kiwis

Barely 12 overs into the game, India A had lost half their side and hopes of a place in the final seemed a distant dream. New Zealand A may have even entertained thoughts of an early finish but, as it turned out, the entertainment was at their expense. Yusuf Pathan, walking in at No.7, repaired a broken innings with an assault that included nine sixes and propelled the Indians to 305 for 8. New Zealand fell short by 81 runs and conceded a bonus point which means they need a sizable victory against Australia on Monday.

Reefat win in style

Grandmaster Reefat Bin Sattar emerged unbeaten champion in the Destiny 2000 3rd Open FIDE Rating Chess tournament at the Chess Federation hall yesterday.

It may be over for Gough

Former England paceman Darren Gough hinted on Saturday that he may have played the last match of his career.

Lanka face selection row

A selection dispute has hit the announcement of the Sri Lankan national team for the 20Twenty competition in Canada, officials said Sunday.

Business

BB pulls out of risky foreign ventures

Bangladesh Bank (BB) has pulled its foreign currency investment out of different risky ventures in the face of a financial crisis in the US and some other parts of the world.

Easy loans drive car imports

Easy car loans for officers and employees in the private sector corporate world, including banks, have considerably helped recent car imports surge, according to a central bank report.

Cotecna serves notice on NBR

Cotecna yesterday served a legal notice on the government, seeking cancellation in seven days of an NBR letter that denied the pre-shipment inspection company a new deal.

Global food situation at a crossroads: IRRI

Sagging farm productivity and increasing demand have brought the world to a crossroads in terms of food security, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) said Sunday.

US crisis may delay capital market reforms in Asia

The American financial crisis is expected to delay capital market reforms in China and other developing Asian economies stunned by the colossal damage unleashed by complex financial contracts on the United States, experts say.

Culture of gratefulness in corporate world

When was the last time you gazed up to exclaim, “What a beautiful blue sky!” And as you gaze, you notice the hue of blue changing from deep to light as your eyes rest on the horizon. The vastness of the sky gives you a sense of peace, a sense of being part of a greater canvas of life. As we pass through life, we seldom find time to appreciate the beauty around us. The stress of our job does not give us the option to look around and value those simple things in life, which surprisingly can impact us so much.

DSE turnover rises to record high

Turnover on Dhaka Stock Exchange crossed Tk 400 crore level yesterday in two months on investors' growing confidence following the announcement of national election date.

Food price hike forces dropouts to work

The food price hike has led to an increase in school dropouts and in many cases forced these dropouts to earn money, revealed a research yesterday.

Warid offers Zem prepaid connection at Tk99

Mobile phone operator Warid Telecom is offering its 'Zem' prepaid connection at Tk 99 with Tk 50 welcome talk-time, said a statement.

BMET to train 15,000 unskilled RMG workers

BGMEA yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Bangladesh Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET) Bureau, to train up unskilled people for the garment sector.

Russia to halve food imports

Russia plans to slash food imports by half in up to three years, Russia's Agriculture Minister Alexei Gordeyev said Saturday, according to a report by the RIA Novosti news agency.

Asian currencies up against dollar

Asian currencies ended the week mostly up against the dollar, weakened by the ongoing financial crisis in the United States, but dealers said markets would likely remain volatile.

Citi attracts warm response to awards

The Citi Microentrepr-eneurship Awards 2008 programme attracted huge response and a large number of applications were received from all over Bangladesh, according to a press statement released yesterday.

Germany expected to cut 2009 growth forecast

The German government Saturday downplayed as only "speculation" a report in a German weekly that Europe's biggest economy would slash its 2009 growth forecast to 0.5 percent from the previous 1.2 percent estimate.

Malaysia to discuss re-pegging of ringgit

Malaysia's finance minister will decide after a briefing on Monday if the ringgit will be re-pegged, to reduce the impact of the weakening US dollar on the currency, a top minister said Sunday.

India's Reliance vows to boost national energy security

Indian fuel giant Reliance said on Sunday it would boost domestic oil and gas output by 40 percent over the next 18 months, calling the move a "quantum leap" toward national energy self-sufficiency.

Australia's Qantas says A380 arrival heralds new era

Qantas landed its first A380 superjumbo here on Sunday, hopeful that its arrival will boost the Australian carrier, which has recently faced a series of mechanical problems including a mid-air blast.

Japanese firm pulls five products made in China

Marudai Food Co announced Saturday a voluntary recall of five Chinese-made products marketed in this country, saying they may contain the toxin melamine.

US to 'press' countries to forge financial bailouts: Paulson

The United States will press other countries to forge bailout plans for financial institutions where needed, US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said Sunday.

Metropolitan

Formulate policy to stop student harassment

Speakers at a discussion yesterday called for formulating policy to stop harassment of students in educational institutions.

Ctg losing its importance to local, foreign investors

Port City of Chittagong and economic hub of the country is not getting proper attention in terms of development and gradually losing its importance to local and foreign investors,

Pay salary arrears, bonus before Eid

Labour leaders of Bangladesh Garment Workers Unity Council (BGWUC) yesterday submitted memoranda to the concerned authorities demanding payment of current month's salary, Eid bonus, arrears and lifting of restriction on trade unionism, says a press release.

Political parties demand lifting of emergency

Different political parties yesterday hailed the chief adviser's (CA) address to the nation for declaring specific dates for Jatiya Sangsad as well as upazila polls, say press releases.

Police yet to find clue

Police could not unearth any clue in the sensational murder of an aged housewife at Pallabi in the city as of yesterday evening.

Special camps at terminals for home-bound passengers' safety

Commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) yesterday said as part of the preventive measures, they have set up some special camps at the transport terminals to ensure safety and security of homebound passengers and transport owners.

Case against 700 RMG workers

Police yesterday filed a case against around 500 to 700 unknown garment workers of Islam Dresses Ltd in connection with Saturday's violence, accusing them of being involved in vandalism and assault on policemen.

Rainwater harvesting, drinking water project launched

Coca-Cola Far East Ltd in partnership with Plan Bangladesh yesterday launched an innovative rainwater harvesting and drinking water project to ensure water sustainability and to provide safe drinking water at the schools.

'Establish non-violent society for peace'

With a call to establish a non-violent society across the world, Peace and Conflict department at Dhaka University (DU) yesterday observed the International Peace Day.

Driver, helper burnt alive as covered van catches fire

Both the driver and the helper of a covered van were burnt alive after the vehicle caught fire following a collision with a sand-laden truck at Shilmondi on Dhaka-Sylhet highway in Narsingdi in the early hours of yesterday.

President receives nat'l ID card

President Iajuddin Ahmed received his national identity (ID) card at Bangabhaban yesterday.

Selected names of NHRC chair, members await president's nod

The second meeting of the committee to recommend the names of the chairman and members of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) was held at the judges' lounge of the Supreme Court yesterday.

Jamaat against UZ polls within less than one week of JS election

Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh yesterday said the government's notion to hold upazila elections within less than a week of national polls was “unrealistic”.

Borhanuddin UZ BNP leader sent to jail

Borhanuddin upazila BNP President Anwar Bhuiyan was sent to jail when he appeared before the district judge's court yesterday in connection with mugging and extortion case.

One killed in Manikganj road accident

One person was killed in a road accident on Dhaka-Aricha road at Uchutia under Sadar upazila in Manikganj yesterday.

Tk 30 lakh grant for Durga Puja

The government granted Tk 30 lakh from the Chief Adviser's Relief and Welfare Fund to celebrate this year's Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of the Hindu community, beginning from October 5.

Listed criminal arrested in city

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a listed criminal from Sayedabad bus terminal on Saturday night.

New Saudi rules during Hajj

Saudi Arabian government has asked Hajj pilgrims not to produce any type of electronic item or publish anything or distribute those materials in the country during Hajj season without approval from the committee concerned of Saudi Culture and Information Ministry.

CAB gives away carts to roadside food sellers

Consumers Association of Bangladesh (CAB) has started a research programme on the roadside food sellers as part of introducing a national policy and preparing and selling quality food, says a press release.

Army chief hosts Iftar for war-maimed FFs

Liberation War Affairs Adviser Major General (retd) MA Matin and Chief of Army Staff General Moeen U Ahmed yesterday exchanged greetings with the war-maimed freedom fighters at an Iftar party at Senakunja in Dhaka Cantonment.

Body to amend Hindu law of inheritance

A review committee was formed yesterday with an aim to prepare a proposal to amend Hindu Law of Inheritance so that women of the community have rights to enjoy the inheritance property of their parents and others.

'Ensure free flow of info for sustainable democracy'

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday said development, establishing rule of law, sustainable democracy cannot be achieved unless free flow of information is ensured.

Tk 109cr RCC uplift project

The Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) has been implementing a Tk 109 crore uplift project to attain economic prosperity side by side with alleviating poverty in the metropolis.

CU admission test form distribution begins Oct 12

The admission process of Chittagong University (CU) will start from October 12 through selling the admission test forms for the 1st year honours courses under the academic session 2008-09.

Two held with firearms, 237 bullets in city

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab-2) yesterday arrested two criminals from Hazaribagh in the city and recovered two firearms and 237 bullets from their possession.

JU admission tests begin Dec 27

The admission tests for undergraduate courses under the session 2008-09 of Jahangirnagar University (JU) will begin on December 27 and will continue until January 15, 2009, says a press release.

Seminar on 'Career Counseling'

The Electronics and Communication Club (ECC) of Applied Physics, Electronics and Communication Engineering department, Dhaka University (DU) organised a seminar on 'Career Counseling' for its students on Saturday.

National

Mufti Hannan among 6 Huji men charge-sheeted

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday filed charge sheet against outlawed Harkat-ul-Jihad (Huji) chief Mufti Abdul Hannan and five other Huji men in the case for much-talked grenade attack in front of Gulshan Centre in Sylhet city four years ago.

Pirates rule coasts as shoals of hilsha in water

Hilsa fishes are being netted in plenty in Patuakhali and Barguna coasts for last four days but fishermen are afraid of going to the sea due to rampant piracy.

Party men boycott 'reformist' ex-BNP MP Anwar in Pabna

Majority of BNP leaders boycotted a party meeting of Chatmohor unit of the party called by 'reformist' leader and former lawmaker Anwarul Islam on Saturday, party sources said.

BNP-Jamaat try to dominate Satkhira Red Crescent

The life members of Satkhira Red Crescent Society at a meeting yesterday protested convening the general meeting of local Red Crescent Society by its local officials violating the constitution.

Record coal extracted at Barapukuria

Barapukuria Coal Mining Company Ltd (BCMCL) on Saturday made a new record by extracting the highest quantity coal in a day since it started operation in 2005.

Khagrachhari dist BNP convening body dissolved

Khagrachhari District BNP convening committee which was formed by some BNP leaders on September 9 was dissolved yesterday following protests from Wadud Bhuiyan's group, party sources said.

First Jatiya Mahle Festival in Rajshahi today

Leaders of indigenous Mahle community in Rajshahi have demanded constitutional recognition of their rights and protection of their lands from grabbers.

Vast lands fallow for want of a culvert

In absence of a culvert on a road of the Roads and Highways Department (RHD), serious waterlogging has affected Sanjabpur village in Kamalganj upazila under the district.

Letters

Chaotic traffic

Who would want to sit inside a vehicle stuck in the middle of the road for 2-3 hours in the burning hot sun with the noise and pollution everywhere?

Food and water

Irrigation, which consumes far more water than any other activity, has generated enormous benefits. By helping to raise farmers' yields and stabilising food production and prices, irrigation has been key to achieving food security in many parts of the world. About 250 million hectares are irrigated worldwide today. Yet, inappropriate water and agricultural policies and poor irrigation management have lowered groundwater tables, damaged soils, and reduced water quality. Moreover, growing populations with rising incomes will further increase the demand for irrigation water to meet food needs. Although the domestic and industrial sectors use far less water than agriculture, water consumption in these sectors is also growing rapidly. And the importance of reserving water for environmental purposes has only recently been recognised: during the 20th century, more than half the world's wetlands were lost. Even as demand for water by all users grows, groundwater is being depleted, other water ecosystems are becoming polluted and degraded, and developing new sources of water is getting more costly. Many people are concerned that water will be the main obstacle to growing enough food in the coming decades. The strategies for national governments, international donors, and water users for the ensuring food production through proper use of water are-

The ICL controversy

On September 14, 2008, the report showing the controversy regarding some of the players from the Bangladesh cricket team and the ICL caught my attention. “Selfish, and ungrateful…”- these were the only words that came to my mind when I first heard the news of the so-called talented and promising Bangladeshi cricketers joining the ICL.

Population boom

I refer to the excellent PCP article by Gen Moeen U Ahmed on food security in the country where he touched on the issue of population boom and consequent problems. He has also emphasised that this is really the key issue because if the population cannot be held in check, no attempt to improve the lot of the nation will produce any results, rather the situation will get worse and worse. He mentioned that population of 70 million in 1971 has now increased to 150 million and is likely to reach 210 million in a few years with consequent loss of cultivable land for food.

Formalin in milk

We came to know that formalin is being used in milk. Milk is supposed to be the purest and safest food for children. How come formalin became so easily available? There should be a strict law guiding sale of such chemicals.

Vote for Bangladesh!

One of my letters was published in The Daily Star on January 16, 2008 regarding voting for Cox's Bazaar and the Sundarbans as these two beautiful tourist spots are at the top of the list of Seven Wonders of Nature.

General election

A national election would lead our country back to the dark era for three major reasons:

Rights of women

Over a single incident at Baufal, reported in The Daily Star of 13th August, 2008, Bangladesh Mahila Parishad has demanded of the government to introduce another new law to punish the husbands, though such laws have already been enacted for our justice dispensation system. Even then we welcome their proposals, but should it be again another one-sided law like that of the law for prevention of repression against women and children? A law has to be just, equitable and must be applicable to both sexes in equal terms. Are all the women angels and do they not commit crimes against men, other women and in particular their husbands?

Errors in HSC English textbook

There are many questions about the appropriateness of the methodology used in writing the textbook prescribed by the National Curriculum & Textbook Board (NCTB) for class-11. It's not been possible to carry out the objectives of the book due to the lack of an empirical approach to the problem of language teaching and learning in the perspective of our country. The textbook intended for the intermediate first year students contains some inadvertent irregularities, which need to be corrected immediately:

Poisoned milk

The current milk scandal in China is not only a dangerous problem for that country, as thousands of children are suffering and three of them have already died, this is a problem for us also in Bangladesh. The trouble started when the manufacturers began to use the banned chemical, normally used in plastics, to water down milk to make it appear richer in protein.

Army chief's article

It is interesting to read the article on comprehensive plan for food security by a man who is definitely busy with many other preoccupations. In the recent past we have seen him participating in some agri-related programmes where with the assistance of army units farmers have done commendable jobs. This shows his interest in this sector. Gen. Moin U Ahmed's article dealt in detail with the problems and prospects of food security in the country.

BNP's structure

The decision by BNP standing committee to make Khaleda President for life was a blow to democracy. It also undermined the efforts of the current government to end the dictatorial culture within the political parties in Bangladesh.

Parochial politics

I had been following the political developments in Bangladesh in the last couple of months. I am extremely frustrated seeing the quiet stand of the intellectual community and particularly the media ( third eye for democracy).

Distributing zakat

The purpose behind introducing this system was to diminish the economic inequality of society. Regrettably, we notice that it's not being practised accurately in our country.

School vacation in Ramadan

In the Holy month of Ramadan Dhaka city traffic comes to a complete standstill, especially when the city dwellers are in a festive mood. All the streets are clogged with cars, buses, CNG scooters, rickshaws etc.

International

Cancer of terrorism will be eliminated: Zardari

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari on Sunday called terrorism a cancer that the government is determined to eliminate after a suicide attack on the Marriott Hotel killed at least 53 people.

Pakistan's Sept 11

It was the most horrible bombing in the history of Pakistan. Many people said that it was a 9/11 for Pakistan. The whole country watched the destruction of a five star hotel live on their TV screens.

'Iran will break the hands of invaders if attacked'

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Sunday the country's military will "break the hands" of invaders if attacked, amid its continuing nuclear standoff with the West.

Bomber had 2 targets: 'Direct and optional'

The suicide bomber, who struck at the luxury Marriott hotel here killing 53 people, had probably intended to attack Pakistan's Parliament during President Asif Ali Zardari's maiden address there but switched to the 'optional' target after failing to enter the high-security area, officials said.

Hotel attack warning to Pakistan, US

The bombing of the Islamabad Marriott is a warning by al-Qaeda and the Taliban that Pakistani and US attempts to eradicate militant hideouts will be met with unprecedented bloodshed, analysts say.

World deplores 'disgraceful' blast

Western powers condemned the "disgraceful" attack Saturday on an Islamabad hotel that killed at least 53 people, voicing their resolve to support Pakistan in the fight against violent extremism.

World leaders gather for annual UNGA meeting

World leaders converge here Tuesday for their annual UN summit in an atmosphere clouded by lingering US-Russian tensions over Georgia and global economic woes that threaten to further set back the fight against poverty.

Pak govt offers Rs 1cr for hotel blast info

Pakistan government has announced it would reward Rs 1 crore to whoever provides information about a powerful blast outside a five-star hotel in the heart of Islamabad, which killed at least 53 and injured hundreds on Saturday.

Churches attacked in India amid mounting religious tension

Suspected Hindu radicals in India ransacked three churches near the city of Bangalore on Sunday despite a crackdown after anti-Christian attacks in the region, reports said.

Churches attacked in India amid mounting religious tension

Suspected Hindu radicals in India ransacked three churches near the city of Bangalore on Sunday despite a crackdown after anti-Christian attacks in the region, reports said.

UN offices looted in Lanka

The United Nations said Sunday its offices in the rebel-controlled north of Sri Lanka had been looted after aid workers were evacuated last week while at least 23 Tamil Tiger rebels and four soldiers were killed in fresh fighting in north.

'I want to do better'

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown admitted yesterday he could do better as he bids to fend off rebels opposed to his leadership at his ruling Labour Party's annual conference.

Suu Kyi faces junta alone a yr after protests

One year after Myanmar's brutal crackdown on protests led by Buddhist monks, the world remains divided on how to handle the regime, leaving democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi alone against the generals.

Aso takes lead in race for Japan PM

Outspoken conservative Taro Aso took an early lead yesterday in the race to be Japan's prime minister but the opposition vowed to wrest power, saying it was the country's "last chance" for change.

Islamabad Marriott: A luxury oasis in a troubled city

The Marriott Hotel was an oasis of calm for diplomats and politicians in Pakistan's capital, but its status as a symbol of Western capitalism made it a repeated target for Islamic militants.

37 China miners die from gas inhalation

Thirty-seven miners died from gas inhalation in a coalmine in central China early yesterday, state media said, in the latest disaster to hit the country's notoriously deadly mining industry.

Protect kids from extremism, British MP asks Muslims

A British parliamentarian has asked Muslim parents in the UK to take necessary steps to prevent their children from falling prey to extremism after a teenager was sentenced to two years' detention as Britain's "youngest terrorist."

Cervical cancer test poised to be a boon in developing world

A simple test for cervical cancer, designed to be used in developing countries, could strike a massive blow against the disease notorious as a "silent killer" of women, doctors said yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Bangladeshi and Thai landscapes on canvas

To celebrate the 36th anniversary of Bangladesh-Thailand diplomatic relations, the Royal Thai Embassy has organised a joint watercolour exhibition at the Drik Gallery in Dhanmondi to highlight Thailand as seen by budding Bangladeshi artists, as well as Bangladesh seen by a prominent Thai watercolourist Dr. Suchart Vongthong. This veteran painter has also organised a workshop, which aims at sharing his experiences and skills with the promising painters of Bangladesh.

A group of adibashi performers in Netrakona

‘Ramola Dancing Group' at Gopalpur, under Durgapur upazila in Netrakona district, is fast gaining recognition in the area.

Drama serial “Baishakh Thekey Srabon” on ntv

Drama serial Baishakh Thekey Srabon will be aired tonight on ntv at 9:45 pm. The cast of the serial includes Tarin, Apurbo, Nova, Nirob, Neerob (RJ of Radio Today), Hillol, Sharmili Ahmed, Masud Ali Khan and Keya Chowdhury.

OP-ED

Capitulation to corruption?

ONLY the Almighty knows how many more dramas remain to be unfolded in this land of "nothing is impossible." In fact, more are in the pipeline if the recent happenings in our political scenario are any guide. It is now quite clear that the people who hold the reins of the country seem to take it lightly.

A centuries old friendship

CHIEF Adviser Dr. Fakruddin Ahmed paid a four day official visit to China with a view to further strengthening the existing friendly relations between these two countries and to find new ways and means for cooperation in the fields of politics, trade, economic cooperation, investment, agricultural and education. He held talks with President Hu Junatao, Vice-President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Wen Jiabao.

Islamabad in flames

A huge explosion rocked the capital on Saturday evening at around 8 pm when an explosive-laden vehicle rammed into a five-star hotel building killing at least 60, including foreigners, and leaving 260 injured with mounted panic and fear gripping the whole city.

Better health for all

HEALTH is wealth is an old adage with eternal implication. The maxim of good health is realised more ardently at the time of serious sickness.

Star City

Car owners cry for parking lots

The existing parking crisis of the city takes a seriously turn in Ramadan with Eid shopping getting momentum and shopping zones becoming crammed with vehicles.

Hossaini Dalan still dazzles

Walking along the Hossaini Dalan Road in old Dhaka one will not be able to imagine that such a magnificent edifice is ensconced in an alley of the road.

Most hoteliers ignore police advice

Criminals continue to use city's residential hotels as a base to plan criminal activities and a hideout after committing crimes, but the hoteliers tend to ignore the police advice to collect information about their boarders.

"city express"

The latest crop of quotes from the city's press -- words worth repeating, we feel, for their humour, insight or sheer outrageousness. Star City does not necessarily support the opinions expressed in this column.


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