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News of: Wednesday, 22nd of October, 2008

Front Page

Jamaat charter still anti-constitutional

Some provisions in the revised constitution of Jamaat-e-Islami still run counter to those in the republic's, finds the expert committee assigned by the Election Commission (EC) to examine the applications for registration.

Only 3 in BNP saw revised charter

The new provisional constitution of BNP has been virtually a secret document as only the party 'high command' and the Election Commission (EC) officials so far had the seemingly coveted privilege of having copies of it.

Samples of 8 brands sent to FAO for further test

Samples of powdered milk of eight brands that had tested positive for melamine contamination were handed over to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) yesterday for further testing.

Anti-graft drive slowing down

Eminent jurist Dr Kamal Hossain has said 206 bails in just 100 minutes and the commerce adviser's meeting with corrupt politicians are signs of a weakening in the caretaker government's fight against corruption.

Govt to cut fuel prices by 8-10pc

The government has decided to cut prices of fuel oil by eight to ten percent, which is likely to come into effect sometime next week, according to energy ministry officials.

Citizens to unite against sculpture removal

Eminent citizens of the country yesterday decided to bring all the organisations protesting the removal of Baul statues from the airport roundabout under one platform in a day or two to forge a people's movement against fundamentalist forces.

Dhaka welcomes artists from Asia, beyond

Artists from 27 countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America gathered in Dhaka as the month-long 13th Asian Art Biennale 2008 began at the Osmani Memorial Hall in the city yesterday.

Daring robbery at city jewellery shop

Robbers posing as customers robbed a jeweller's, stealing at least 700 tolas of gold at Sobhanbagh in the capital yesterday.

Vettori denies Tigers

Daniel Vettori, evoking memories of Inzamamul Haq in Multan and Ricky Ponting in Fatullah, played out of his skin to hand Bangladesh a close three-wicket defeat in the Brac Bank first Test at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium yesterday.

Thaksin jailed for 2 years over graft

A Thai court found former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra guilty of corruption yesterday and sentenced him to two years in prison, deepening the country's paralysing political crisis.

50 RMG workers hurt in clash with cops

Some 50 workers of a garments factory at Fatulla in Narayanganj were injured in a clash with police yesterday.

AL asks EC to resolve legal matters soon

Awami League (AL) yesterday demanded that the Election Commission (EC) hold the upcoming national elections with the previous constituencies if the commission failed to resolve within a week all complexities centring re-demarcation of constituencies.

EU to assess pre-poll situation

The European Commission (EC) expects an announcement from the caretaker government soon about lifting or relaxing the state of emergency as a 10-member core team from Brussels comes here on November 6 to assess the pre-poll situation.

Bail orders for three bigwigs upheld by SC

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday upheld the High Court (HC) orders which granted bail to former minister Mirza Abbas, ex-state ministers AKM Mosharraf Hossain and Dr Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir and former lawmaker Kamal Ahmed Majumder in separate corruption cases.

India shoots for the moon in Asian space race

India takes a giant leap today with the launch of a lunar mission that will boost its space programme into the same league as regional powerhouses Japan and China.

Rejoinder, our reply

In a rejoinder to our reports headlined "IGP show-caused: asked to explain his frustration over Police Ordinance" and "IGP notice portraits police as weak force: feel reform aspiring cops: IGP replies to Home", the home ministry said no show-cause notice was served on IGP.

13 madrasa students held for breaking EPR

Police yesterday arrested 13 madrasa students on charge of violating Emergency Power Rules (EPR) by trying to form a human chain in front of the National Press Club in the city.

Teacher cleared of sexual abuse charge assaulted

Students of Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday assaulted drama and dramatics (D&D) department head Sanowar Hossain Sunny, who had been cleared of sexual harassment charges by the syndicate .

Ex-lawmaker Abul Hossain acquitted in arms case

The High Court (HC) yesterday acquitted former BNP lawmaker Abul Hossain Khan who was earlier sentenced to seven years' imprisonment in a case filed against him on charges of possessing illegal arms.

HC to hear 3 pending writ petitions today

The High Court (HC) has fixed today for hearing three pending writ petitions regarding the Election Commission's (EC's) re-demarcation of parliamentary constituencies.

3 suspected killers of Khulna AL leader held

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) has arrested three people in Munsiganj, Khulna and Jessore on charge of their involvement in the killing of Khan Ibne Zaman, senior joint secretary of Khulna city Awami League.

Pakistani airstrikes kill 11 militants near Afghan border

Pakistani helicopter gunships and fighter jets yesterday pounded militant hideouts in a tribal region near the Afghan border, killing 11 rebels, a security official said.

Pakistan holds key talks with IMF

Talks were being held in Dubai last night between the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Pakistan, which faces the threat of defaulting on its foreign debt.

Bomb blast kills 11 in Manipur

At least 11 people were killed and 15 others were injured when a powerful bomb exploded yesterday in Imphal city in northeastern India, police said.

Obama to break campaign for sick grandma

Democrat Barack Obama will leave the White House trail later this week to head to the side of his gravely ill 85-year-old grandmother in Hawaii, just 11 days before the election.

Editorial

Spurt in student violence

A sudden surge in student violence in the nation's capital leaves us all worried. The other day, factions of the Chhatra League went into battle against each other over the formation of new university hall committees of the student organisation. Alongside that came news of the violence which erupted at the Teacher-Student Centre centering around the selling of admission forms for prospective students of the university. And as if that were not enough, students of Dhaka College and City College went into pitched battles on Monday over the harassment of a female student of the latter institution by one of the former. Indeed, the clashes between the students of the two colleges resulted in a long and asphyxiating traffic snarl which affected not only the area around New Market and Science Laboratory but also other neighbourhoods.

Ingenuity of the corrupt

THE reported cases of corruption in the Khulna offices of Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited (BTCL), formerly BTTB, illustrate the utter disregard for accountability and a minimum standard of honesty of all those involved. This one instance has robbed the government exchequer, and consequently the tax-payers, of more than Taka 30 crore over a period of seven years. It is not only the amount involved, but also the manner in which public money was embezzled, that leaves us dumbfounded.

Of school timings, guillotined trees and overall drift

A government ought to have better priorities than decreeing the time when children must go to school. For governance is something rather serious. Of course, part of that seriousness comes with being able to determine the nature of traffic on the roads and the way in which it will flow.

How does the global financial crisis affect Bangladesh?

THERE is a saying that when America sneezes, the world gets flu. This is evident, as the American financial crisis has spread throughout the world. America can come out of this crisis, but countries with weaker economies will suffer heavily.

Compulsion or choice?

IT is a moment of danger. The Pakistan economy is faced with a default on its external liabilities, both in the short run and until the first quarter of the next calendar year.

Sports

'Skipper has to set standards'

Captain Daniel Vettori hoped that his side could carry on from their performance in the first Test at the Chittagong Divisional Sta-dium yesterday.

Curse of captaincy

His actions usually speak louder than words but during yesterday's press conference, Mohammad Ashraful looked exasperated for a moment.

Heads high in defeat

Defeat at times is graceful. And wasn't that wonderful to watch the young brigade of Mohammad Ashraful pushing the mighty New Zealand on the fifth day of a Test match till conceding a defeat in the final session and then, for a change, leave the field with their heads held high.

India record record win

A sizzling performance by Zaheer Khan in the second Test here on Tuesday helped India to a crushing 320-run win against Australia and go 1-0 up in the four-Test series.

Man City steal a draw

Referee Rob Styles found himself embroiled in another controversial penalty decision as 10-man Newcastle drew 2-2 with Manchester City at St James Park on Monday night.

Compelling ties for English

Premier League leaders Chelsea and Liverpool face compelling ties as they reach the midway point of the Champions League group stage on Wednesday.

'Egypt fear no one'

The 2010 World Cup-African Nations Cup final round qualifying draw in Zurich Wednesday holds no fears for leading 2008/09 English Premiership scorer Egyptian Amr Zaki.

Rivaldo vows to help Uzbeks

World Cup winner Rivaldo has committed to fulfilling his contract at Uzbekistan club Bunyodkor regardless of the outcome of today's Asian Champions League semifinal against Australia's Adelaide United in Tashkent.

Dhaka, Rajshahi winners

As expected Dhaka and Rajshahi secured outright wins on the final day of the four-day matches in the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea 10th National Cricket League yesterday.

Australia stun Dhoni

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday said he had never seen Australia struggle so badly after their thumping 320-run defeat in the second Test here.

Tamim, Mashrafe in same boat

Tamim Iqbal and Mashrafe Bin Mortaza yesterday confirmed that they had refused an offer from an agent associated with the rebel Indian Cricket League.

The straw that stirs the drink

New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori proved to be the kingpin as his side won the first Brac Bank Test against Bangladesh at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium yesterday.

Scrambled eggs behind Sol's success

Scrambled eggs and a massage are behind veteran centre-back Sol Campbell's return to form, according to Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp.

Bremen suffer injury woes

Werder Bremen will be without goalkeeper Tim Wiese, striker Daniel Jansen and midfielder Aaron Hunt for Wednesday night's Champions League game against Panathinaikos.

Split listed on stock exchange

Croatian first division outfit Hajduk Split has become the first in the Balkans country to be listed on the stock exchange to resolve a financial crisis, a club statement revealed Tuesday.

Russel meet Reds today

The Citycell B. League resumes today after a two-day break with the seventh round match between Sheikh Russel and Muktijoddha at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.

Big win for Northern

Northern University bounced back in the Mentors' Inter-private university football tournament yesterday with a huge 6-1 win against Independent University of Bangladesh but contenders North South University (NSU) were held to a draw in their second match.

Under-14 cricket

Mymensingh Zila Dal defeated Gazipur Zila Dal by seven wickets on the opening day of the Dhaka divisional under-14 cricket tournament at the local stadium on Monday.

Bangladesh win bronze in beach kabaddi

Bangladesh men's kabaddi team bagged bronze medal in the 1st Asian Beach Games when they defeated hosts Indonesia 57-34 in their last match at Bali yesterday.

Hefty fine on Zaheer

India's Zaheer Khan was Tuesday fined 80 per cent of his match fees following a heated on-field clash with Australia's Matthew Hayden during the second Test here.

Div II matches drawn

Bangladesh Boys Club were held to a 1-1 draw by T&T Club Motijheel in the Second Division Football League at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.

Business

Toxic milk scare hurts sales

Sales of powdered milk suffered a massive slump in the last couple of days as consumers refrained from buying amid scare over the presence of melamine in the product, manufacturers and retailers said yesterday.

Golden Son expands with garment accessories

Golden Son, a listed engineering company, has set up a garment accessories manufacturing unit as part of a plan to expand business into the import-dominated market.

Aziz discounts fallout from financial turmoil

Finance Adviser AB Mirza Azizul Islam said Monday the Bangladesh economy would not be adversely affected by the global financial recession as the country's financial sector is "well-managed".

OECD countries take aim on tax havens

Representatives of 20 of the world's leading economies meet Tuesday to discuss how to crack down on so-called tax havens, with the global financial crisis boosting calls to tighten the screws.

Increased output seen key to RMG market edge

Raising productivity and aggressive drive for both product and market diversification are keys to being competitive in the global RMG market in case of economic recession, observed noted economist Wahiduddin Mahmud.

Stocks boosted as US unveils new stimulus plan

World markets showed further signs of recovery Tuesday, with most Asian and European stocks rising on hopes of another US economic stimulus package and a thaw in frozen credit markets.

Ericsson to help Bangla Trac in int'l call termination

Bangla Trac Communications, one of the private international gateway operators in Bangladesh, has selected Ericsson to manage operations of its new switching infrastructure for international call termination.

Tk 1,000 note to hit market soon: BB

Bangladesh Bank will soon circulate Taka 1,000 notes, Governor Dr Salehuddin Ahmed said last evening.

Customer comes first

As soon as the new real estate ordinance was approved in principle by the cabinet in late July, industry leaders began to oppose the law, saying it would destroy the sector that contributes around eight percent to the GDP.

Hopes grow that worst is over

Optimism grew Tuesday that the global financial crisis was being brought under control as stock markets surged in expectation of another government spending package to kick-start the US economy.

Dhaka stocks down

Too much concentration on too few securities pulled down Dhaka stocks for a fifth day.

IT show from Oct 30

A nine-day information technology (IT) show styled 'Elephant Road Computer Samity (ECS) IT Fair 2008' will begin in Dhaka on October 30.

Singapore Airlines wins 'best airline' rank

Readers of a leading travel magazine, Business Traveller Asia-Pacific, have voted Singapore Airlines as “Best Airline” for the 17th time, according to a recent poll.

Oil falls

World oil prices dipped on Tuesday on profit-taking, after recent gains made in the expectation that the OPEC crude producers' cartel will unveil plans to cut output later this week.

Asia to beef up crisis fund

With or without funding from the World Bank, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) plus China, Japan and South Korea (Asean+3) will pursue new initiatives to reinforce the region's defences against the worst global financial meltdown in 80 years.

Euro falls to 19-month low against dollar

The euro hit a 19-month low on Tuesday against the dollar on news of another plan to stimulate the US economy as evidence mounted of a European slowdown, traders said.

India, Pakistan resume Kashmir trade after 60-year freeze

India and Pakistan began trading between their respective parts of Kashmir for the first time in six decades on Tuesday, raising hopes of a drop in tension in the disputed Himalayan region.

Gap between rich, poor growing, OECD finds

The gap between rich and poor has grown in most developed countries over the past 20 years, leading to an increase in child poverty, an organisation of 30 leading economies said in a report Tuesday.

Japan ready to inject funds into major banks

Japan is ready to inject public funds into big or small banks if they fall victim to the credit crunch, the country's economic and fiscal policy minister said Tuesday.

Skilled labour shortages could hurt Asean economies: ILO

Southeast Asia's economies will suffer if a growing shortage of managers and skilled professionals is not addressed, the International Labour Organisation warned Tuesday.

Biz Letters

Mobile abuse among youngsters
Nowadays people cannot think without mobile communications even a moment. Mobile companies (multinational) are booming their business in Bangladesh.

Metropolitan

Extend all-out cooperation in holding free, fair election

President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday called upon all concerned to extend wholehearted cooperation towards holding a free, fair and credible election in December.

6 Bangladeshi organisations bag Manthan Awards

Bangladesh has won six prizes in the prestigious Manthan Award for best ICT and digital content development in South Asia.

$165m ADB loan to support pvt investment in energy sector

Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide a loan of $165 million to help Bangladesh boost private investment in infrastructure, mainly in the energy sector.

Unite to realise constitutional rights of indigenous people

It is the time for the students of indigenous community to get united to realise their constitutional and basic rights, said Jyotirindra Bodhipriyo Larma alias Shantu Larma, chairman of Chittagong Hill Tracts Regional Council, yesterday.

10 get life for killing 4 villagers in Savar

A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced ten people to life imprisonment for killing four villagers in Savar in February 1997 in a bid to grab lands on behalf of the Partex Real Estate Ltd.

Five killed, 70 injured in road accidents

Five people were killed and 70 people injured in separate road accidents in Patuakhali and Netrakona yesterday.

10 restaurants win British Curry Awards '08

The British Curry Awards 2008 reached the dizzy new heights in the UK as the annual competition awarded 10 restaurants as winners -- one for each of its 10 regions.

Fruit, leafy greens cut heart attack risk

Diets worldwide that are rich in fried and salty foods increase heart attack risk, while eating lots of fruit, leafy greens and other vegetables reduces that risk, a groundbreaking study showed.

Japan lower house votes to extend Afghan mission

Japan's lower house of parliament voted yesterday to extend a controversial naval mission backing US-led operations in Afghanistan.

Suspected criminal beaten to death

A mob beat a suspected criminal to death and injured another critically at Begunbari Balurmat in Amin Bazar area in Savar yesterday.

Newly married woman found dead

The police recovered the body of a newly married woman hanging from the ceiling of her bedroom at Dakkhin Dharmasur in Keraniganj yesterday.

Local Govt Commission to start functioning November 1

The Local Government Commission (LGC) will start functioning from November 1 after completion of its formation this month.

BCB denies Pak claims

A top Bangladesh cricket official Tuesday rejected accusations from Pakistan that it failed to offer its support in the row over the rescheduled Champions Trophy.

Date for ETP installation extended

The Ministry of Environment and Forest has extended the date for setting up of effluent treatment plant (ETP) on different mill and factory premises until November 15, considering the country's socio-economic condition.

Two fugitives arrested in Ctg

District police in separate drives arrested two absconding convicts from Anowara and Mirsharai upazilas in the district at last night.

Philippines assures support to govt in nat'l polls

The Philippines has assured the caretaker government of support in its efforts to hold the national elections slated for December 18.

Ctg DFO sued for ill-gotten money

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chittagong here filed a case against Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) yesterday for amassing wealth from unknown sources of income.

MK Alamgir freed on bail

Former state minister and Awami League (AL) presidium member Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir was released on bail from the prisons cell of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Hospital yesterday.

Amu terms bar on elected mayor undemocratic

Awami League Presidium Member Amir Hossain Amu yesterday said several issues need to be solved for holding a credible parliament election scheduled for December 18.

SAC governing board meet begins today

The 2nd governing board meeting of the Saarc Agriculture Centre begins today at the Bangladesh Agriculture Research Council (BARC) at Farmgate in the city.

Manarat School to participate in Saarc school debate

Manarat Dhaka International School and College will compete for the national championship of seven other member countries of Saarc at the regional-level round to be held from October 24 in New Delhi.

Drivers to lose points on licence for offence

From now on drivers of vehicles would lose points on their licence for offence on roads as part of a decision to cut traffic jam in the city following directive by the chief adviser, home ministry sources said.

Man gets death for killing neighbour

A Barisal court yesterday sentenced a man to death for killing his neighbour at Barajalia village in Hizla upazila one year ago.

VoIP equipment worth Tk 60 lakh seized in Chittagong

Police seized huge Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) equipment worth Tk 60 lakh in the port city on Monday night.

Medical services for diabetics at Rupnagar

Diabetic Association of Bangladesh (DAB) yesterday extended its medical services at Rupnagar residential area at Pallabi, says a press release.

Bangladeshi wins IBM Award

Associate Professor Apon Kashem of Texas State University in America has won the IBM Award this year.

Politics should be centred on parliament

Secretary General of Jamaat-e-Islami Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojahid yesterday said the politics should be parliament-centred.

Relatives vandalise hospital after death of baby

Relatives of a newborn baby vandalised Ad-Din Hospital at Moghbazar in the city yesterday and attacked its employees just after the death of the baby, alleging that negligence of the hospital authorities led to his death.

Manarat School to participate in Saarc school debate

Manarat Dhaka International School and College will compete for the national championship of seven other member countries of Saarc at the regional-level round to be held from October 24 in New Delhi.

National

Rangpur University starts academic activities today

Academic activities of much awaited Rangpur University will begin today, fulfilling a long cjherished dream of the people of northern districts.

Dinajpur BNP demands party men in all 6 constituencies

Grassroots BNP leaders and activists of Dinajpur have demanded nomination of party candidates in all six constituencies in the district for the upcoming parliamentary election.

4-party opposes ex-BNP MP Mehedi in Kushtia-4

Leaders of BNP-led four-party alliance at a meeting in Kumarkhali upazila yesterday demanded nomination of a person other than former BNP lawmaker Syed Mehedi Ahmed Rumi for the upcoming parliamentary election.

Demolition of Lalon's sculpture protested in B'baria, Tangail

Brahmanbaria unit of Sammilita Sangskritik Jote, joined by at least 25 other socio-cultural organizations and freedom fighters, formed a human chain and brought out a silent procession in the town yesterday protesting demolition of Lalon's sculpture near Zia International Airport in Dhaka.

4 to die, 2 get life for murder

Jhenidah Additional District Sessions Judge Court, in a verdict pronounced here yesterday, sentenced four people to death and two others to life term rigorous imprisonment for killing a man at Sabdalpur bazaar in Kotchandpur upazila, court sources said.

Six bombs recovered from school compound

Police recovered six hand-made bombs from Madhavpasha High School compound in Babuganj upazila yesterday.

1 killed, 40 hurt in B'baria clashes

A villager was killed and 40 others were injured in two separate clashes at Bhulak village of Nasirnagar upazila and Joydarkandi village of Sarail upazila yesterday and Monday night.

Mob catches carjacker in Manikganj

Mob caught a car hijacker, recovered the vehicle and rescued its injured driver at Shatghar village in Shivalaya Police Station Monday night.

Letters

US presidential polls

Senator Obama is leading by more than 8 points. The battleground states like Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida are still in favour of Obama. Nevertheless, the margin in Pennsylvania is more comfortable than Ohio and Florida, where there is close to a tie, considering the independent and undecided voters. If the election were held today, Senator Obama would win the Presidency, one can predict safely.

Poverty and global water crisis

Throughout history water has confronted humanity with some of its greatest challenges. Water is a source of life and a natural resource that sustains our environment and supports livelihoods but it is also a source of risk and vulnerability. In the early 21st century, prospects of human development are threatened by a deepening global water crisis. Debunking the myth that the crisis is the result of scarcity, this report argues that poverty, power and inequality are at the heart of the problem.

Cars, the real culprits!

Cars pollute as soon as they are turned on, whether they are moving or sitting still in traffic. To blame air pollution on rickshaws because they slow down cars is outrageous. Even when moving smoothly and well-maintained, cars pollute. Cars are the major polluters of our air and the major contributors to climate change. Worldwide, the most serious air pollution is caused by the United States, not because their cars are slowed by rickshaws, or because their cars are poorly maintained, but because Americans drive so much.

A good comeback!

National skipper Mohammad Ashraful was under tremendous pressure in recent times. A lot of criticisms were coming from even those people who don't know anything of cricket. Lack of form, rumours of joining in ICL, ineffective captaincy and many other things made his life complicated. But he has done the right thing in the nick of time. He scored a well-deserved half century in the first ODI against New Zealand.

Attention: NBR

I am a law-abiding citizen and I want to pay tax (with 7% additional penalty) on my undisclosed LEGAL INCOME during the last three years.

Sexual harassment by teacher

On September 25, I wrote in these columns about a friend who was lured into an affair by a male teacher, who persisted on her to continue the relationship, in secret, when she got out of it and married elsewhere. I wrote the letter at the time when JN University students were holding daily public protest against systematic sexual harassment by a male teacher, and were featuring in news headlines.

World Chess Championship

It is difficult to understand why you don't publish anything on the World Chess Championship which is going on in Bonn, Germany, between Anand and Kramnik. All the best newspapers in the world are actually dedicating full columns and supplementary pages to this occasion.

Pakistan, a fair weather friend

"Pakistan betrayed?" by Shamol Saha (Oct 14).

Global financial crisis

It all started with the oil prices going through the roof having a massive impact on economies around the world. Countries found themselves grappling with it. Then came the inevitable- global warming, affecting every aspect of life and becoming more and more menacing. Erratic and fierce storms and hurricanes wrecking towns and cities struck with unbelievable ferocity, never seen before. Forest fires ravaged and destroyed wide swathe of forests and natural habitats. As we were taking stock of the situation came the breaking news of global food crisis, the price hike, food shortage world over, not even the USA was spared, empty godowns, food riots, famine, starvation and malnutrition. We also learned about crops cultivated for bio-fuel as an alternative to oil and used to run cars and machines aggravating the food crisis. Global warming caused unprecedented floods, storms and natural disasters. The frightening situation was absorbed slowly as we came across more earth shaking news.

Surprising!

Ali Ahsan Mojahid is an arrest-warrant-issued person. But he recently joined a dialogue with the government when police was looking for him. Our Chief Adviser was also present there.

Vaccination ordeal

I am blessed with a six-year old child. She was born in a hospital in Uttara. After her birth, we started vaccination as the doctors suggested and made a vaccination card. I am giving different vaccinations to my kid. HBS Vaccine is one of them. After completion of HBS Vaccination, the duty doctor inscribed a date for booster dose in her card. After one year on the scheduled date my wife went to the hospital for the booster dose. That day the duty doctor suggested my wife that the booster dose was not mandatory as she had already taken HBS Vaccine three times. Without checking her, the doctor did it.

VC search committee

The caretaker government has set up a search committee for appointing vice chancellors in public universities with the ultimate aim of choosing the very best for the top administration in the universities in a clear and transparent manner. Applications were sought to fill in the vacancies. Recently, a few appointments and selections were made which raised questions in the public mind. For a newly established general public university, two candidates were nominated with the background of purely technical education like agriculture. Why such experts should be appointed as VC of a general university while there were qualified candidates with general education background?

Save our natural gas

Once upon a time it was heard that Bangladesh was floating on natural gas. If we didn't sell our gas to other countries, our country might have exploded! But it is a matter of great regret that our natural gas will be finished by 2011. I think there are many reasons behind this. The most important reason is the pipeline gas. Because of pipeline system people keep wasting the valuable natural gas.

Telephone and visa

Telephone: We can talk to 35 or more countries at a reasonably economical rate i.e. @ Tk 7.50 per minute--- to the USA, Canada and so on. But we can't talk to our neighbouring country India, which is also a member of Saarc. We have more friends, relatives and business partners in India than New Zealand, Canada or Finland. Even we have thousands of Bangladeshis in Middle Eastern countries who are the largest foreign exchange remitting people but they do not fall in the category of EISD. Nearly 10% of the population of Bangladesh has somebody in India whom they need to talk to very often for various purposes. But the economy rate of telephone conversation is not applicable for India. Will the respected special adviser to the CA kindly look into the matter?

Traffic issue

Recently, the govt. instructed all Dhaka based schools to start at 7:30am for better traffic management. In fact, our experience on the first day says it was a complete mess (it seemed like going from bad to worse!) from the early morning till late evening. In this situation, I am curious to know why the authorities took this decision. They had to revert to the original timing.

International

US military chief warns Iraq on security deal

Iraq's cabinet was discussing a contentious security pact with Washington yesterday as the top US military chief warned that time was running out for Baghdad to back the deal.

Top US official praises Pakistani army for combating militants

Top US diplomat Richard Boucher has lauded the efforts of the Pakistan armed forces to clear the restive areas in the NWFP and the tribal belt along the border with Afghanistan of Taliban and al-Qaeda militants.

Palin breaks with McCain on gay marriage

Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin says she supports a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, a break with John McCain who has said he believes states should be left to define what marriage is.

'Nuclear incident would make 9/11 insignificant'

The world is on the brink of an avalanche in the spread of devastating weaponry, a new global non-proliferation group warned yesterday, saying that a nuclear incident would dwarf the September 11 attacks.

Long lines form as early voting begins in Florida

Florida kicked off early voting on Monday, with record crowds heading to the polls and voters waiting hours to cast their ballots. Elections officials said the few reported problems were minor.

Political will for Afghan war 'wavering': US general

The failure of Nato member countries to send the troops they promised to Afghanistan shows a "wavering" political will that is hindering the mission's progress, a top US general warned here Monday.

Lankan battle against Tigers delayed for civilians

A massive offensive against Tamil rebels is taking longer than expected because of concerns for civilians trapped in the battle zone, Sri Lanka's president said yesterday.

15 killed as insurgents clash with Iraqi Sunni tribes

At least 15 men were killed and 14 more wounded on Tuesday in fierce early morning clashes between insurgents and Sunni tribes in the central Iraq Shia province of Babil, police and a medic said.

Raj's arrest sparks protests in Pune

Sporadic incidents of stone pelting at municipal and private buses were reported here this morning following the arrest of MNS chief Raj Thackeray in Ratnagiri.

China releases list of wanted terror group leaders

Chinese police on Tuesday called on foreign nations to arrest and extradite eight alleged Islamic terror group leaders accused plotting attacks during the Beijing Olympics.

Taliban 'order' mobile signals off in Ghazni

Afghanistan's insurgent Taliban told mobile telephone companies in the central province of Ghazni on Tuesday to turn off their signal towers for 10 days or face a "reaction."

Geologists discover 'dinosaur dance floor'

Geologists say they have discovered prehistoric animal tracks so densely packed on a 3/4-acre site that they're calling it a "dinosaur dance floor."

Arts & Entertainment

Rare photographs of Tagore in jeopardy at Rabindra Memorial Museum

The Rabindra Memorial Museum at Shahjadpur in Sirajganj district houses some rare photographs of Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore and his family. Unfortunately these priceless items are wasting away because of poor maintenance and neglect.

180th anniversary of Pabna district celebrated with gusto

The 180th anniversary of Pabna district was recently observed with colourful programmes. A discussion and a cultural programme were the highlights of the occasion. The venue was the Pabna Town Hall premises, where educationists, cultural activists, journalists and more from the district took part. The programme was organised by Heyday Creative Group, Pabna.

Novel featuring the division of Sylhet region

Veteran educationist and former Vice-chancellor of Assam University and North-Eastern Hill University of Shillong, Dr. Jayanto Bhattacharya has said that the historic division of Sylhet region (as part of the greater "Division of Bengal") remains mostly ignored. The novel “Pardeshi” delved into the historic incident and its impact on people. Social and personal issues in the lives of people have been illustrated in the novel, he added. Another aspect of the literary work is the portrayal of relation between the Bengalis and indigenous people of Shillong.

Million dollar mistakes by movie stars

Sean Connery wasn't supposed to be James Bond. Keanu Reeves wasn't supposed to be "The One." So, who were the original choices?

“I’m helping Madonna over split”

Gwyneth Paltrow is helping her friend Madonna through the break-up of her marriage.

‘‘Talking Point” On ATN Bangla tonight

Talking Point, a late night talk show on contemporary issues, will be aired at 11: 30 pm on ATN Bangla tonight. Directed and hosted by journalist Munni Saha, the programme is produced by Tarek Ripon.

Drama serial “Adda” on Rtv

Drama serial “Adda” will be aired tonight on Rtv at 9:50pm. The screenplay of the serial has been done by Alvi Ahmed. Ahmed is the director of the serial as well.

OP-ED

'God knows what we will get through the election if a bad election is held...'

A senior advocate of the Supreme Court, Dr Kamal Hossain received Barrister at Law degree from Lincoln's Inn, London in 1959. He obtained his BA Honours in Jurisprudence in 1957, Bachelor of Civil Law in 1958 and Doctor of Philosophy in 1964 from University of Oxford, England. Member of the parliament from 1972 to 1975, he was the chairman of the constitution drafting committee. He served as law minister in 1972, foreign minister (1973-1975) and minister of petroleum and minerals (1974-75). Dr Kamal also served as vice-chairman of Bangladesh Bar Council, president of Supreme Court Bar Association, chairman of the advisory council of Transparency International, chairperson of Commonwealth Human Rights Advisory Commission and UN special rapporteur on Afghanistan. He is the vice-chairman of International Law Association and has been serving as the chairman of Bangladesh Legal Aid and Service Trust since 1993. He formed Gono Forum in 1993. Shamim Ashraf and Hasan Jahid Tusher took the Interview.

Reason to worry, none to panic

THE world is in trouble, from Wall Street to Dalal Street, from Karachi, Tokyo and Singapore to Sao Paolo and Caracas. When the malaise is so widespread, it is unlikely that anyone will go unscathed, whether you are in Timbuktoo or in Dhaka.

Islamic challenge to Indonesia's democracy

AGAINST the backdrop of carnage at Islamabad's Marriott hotel, terrorist attacks on the US embassy in San'a and the Indian embassy in Kabul, and the resurgence of Al Qaeda in Algeria, few places in the Muslim world appear as placid as Indonesia. It's been three years since the country's last major terrorist bombing; Al Qaeda's local affiliate, Jemaah Islamiyah, is on the run. Democracy has blossomed: Parliamentary and presidential elections scheduled for 2009 will be the third consecutive free ballot since the end of General Suharto's 32-year reign in 1998.

Star City

Taxicab service in city on the verge of collapse

Dhaka's taxicab service is on the verge of breakdown as more than 70 percent of the cabs have been taken out of service.

Kitchen shopping gets unpleasant at dingy, crammed markets

An hour inside Karwan Bazar kitchen market, the largest one in the city, could make anyone find Dhaka's notoriously hot, humid summer air heavenly, thanks to the city fathers' reluctance to the convenience of tax-payers.

Residential zone plagued by business establishments

Gulshan Model Town, which was originally a residential area, is turning into a commercial zone with uncontrolled growth of business establishments.



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