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News of: Friday, 29th of May, 2009

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Bureaucrats go to Turag

A group of serving Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) officials from the administration cadre are launching a professional housing project on the bank of the Turag filling up a portion of the riverbed.

Diarrhoea breaks out in coast

Diarrhoea has broken out in Cyclone Aila-hit coastal areas of Khulna and Satkhira as an acute scarcity of drinking water and food worsened sufferings of thousands.

Whips gobbled up MP club fund

Former chief whip Khandaker Delwar Hossain and his successor Abdus Shahid, former whip Syed Wahidul Alam and incumbent Opposition Chief Whip Zainul Abdin Farroque took Tk 26 lakh from the Parliament Members' Club fund during the last parliament for treatment.

Tk 10cr sought for war trial

The law ministry yesterday asked the finance ministry to allocate Tk 10 crore in the next budget for holding trials of those who committed crimes during the Liberation War.

Down in dumps

Moshiur Rahman was staring at the Kobodak, once his only means of earning a living and now the reason he is homeless.

A summary of the national probe report on the BDR mutiny

Formation of the enquiry committee and its scope
1. The enquiry committee formed with former secretary Anis-uz-Zaman as its chairman and comprising of 12 members started its work with the responsibility of unearthing the background and cause of the BDR mutiny at Pilkhana on February 25 and 26, other related matters and make recommendations.

Formulate defence policy urgently

The army wants the government to mobilise more resources for its modernisation, formulate a defence policy without delay, and replace the decades-old weaponry with new ones over the next 10 years.

16 killed in road crash

A head-on smash between a passenger bus and a truck killed 16 people and wounded 20 others on Dhaka-Bogra highway at Panchilia Bazar in the district yesterday.

Two top Indian criminals held

Police arrested two Indian criminals including a suspected associate of underworld don Daud Ibrahim in Brahammanbaria where he had been hiding in guise of a Bangladeshi citizen for the last one month.

More assistance for farmers

The National Food Policy Plan of Action 2008-2015 was launched yesterday with the objective of ensuring food for all by 2015, specially focussing on food security of the poor and nutrition of women and children.

Rally for rivers

One does not have to be an expert to identify river encroachments. It's just too obvious. But it's all the more difficult to prove as all the river-gobblers have ownership papers, thanks to our corrupt land administration and lax monitoring by river regulatory body. Powerful, rich and ruthless, these river-gobblers find no difficulty in maneuvering legal system and managing law enforcement. They have become seemingly invincible.

Clarification, our reply

Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Ltd (BTCL) in two separate statements contradicted with two reports published in The Daily Star on May 22 and May 24 with headlines "Internet Backbone: Hasty BTCL deal raises questions" and "Defaulting Huawei forgiven: New BTCL authorities waive penalty, questions arise".

Send expert team, not JS one

BNP yesterday asked the government to send a technical expert team instead of an all-party parliamentary group to visit the Tipaimukh project to assess its effect on Bangladesh.

MP privilege may lead to graft

Deputy Speaker Shawkat Ali yesterday said there is no need to have special parliamentary privileges and immunities for lawmakers since these privileges provide them with opportunities to get involved in corruption.

Dhaka renews pledge for world peace

The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers will be observed across the world today.

Indigenous rights suffer for policies

Indigenous people in Bangladesh suffered due to government policies while Bangla-speaking settlers continued to capture their land with the behind-the-scene support of the government, reads Amnesty International's (AI) annual report.

Global crisis hits rights

The global financial crisis is leading cash-strapped governments around the world to crack down on people protesting against rising poverty and unemployment, Amnesty International said yesterday.

Lanka ducks war crimes probe

Sri Lanka celebrated a major diplomatic victory yesterday after managing to torpedo Western demands for a probe into alleged war crimes committed during the offensive against Tamil Tiger rebels.

Israel rebuffs US call for total settlement freeze

Israel said yesterday it will press ahead with housing construction in West Bank settlements despite a surprisingly blunt US demand that it stop all the building.

Dhaka elected chairman of the 98th ILC conference

Bangladesh for the first time has been elected chairman of the 98th International Labour Conference (ILC).

War Crime Maulana Yusuf, 8 others get bail

The High Court (HC) yesterday granted anticipatory bail for six months to Jamaat-e Islami leader Maulana Abul Kalam Mohammad Yusuf and eight others in a war crime related case.

Editorial

Submission of government committee report on BDR tragedy

THE inquiry committee set up by the government to probe the tragic happenings at BDR headquarters in February this year has finally submitted a 309-page report to the authorities. The seven-page summary of the report handed out to journalists unfortunately does not present a clear picture of the entire nature of the carnage perpetrated on February 25 and 26. What is surprising is that the committee itself acknowledges its inability to identify the powerful forces behind the elements who perpetrated the tragedy at Pilkhana. Although there is some fingerpointing in the report, the overall position is that the report is rather inconclusive. However, we thank the government for sharing the report, howsoever partially, with the public. No other government has done so before, especially on such a sensitive matter.

Tipaimukh dam issue

WE welcome Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's announcement, after a meeting with the Indian High Commissioner, that an all-party parliamentary committee will be formed to make a visit to the Tipaimukh dam site, to gather first hand information about the design and technical details of the project and report back to the parliament their findings with comments and suggestions. It is following such a fact-finding visit, that the government will determine its policy. This, if followed correctly, will set a good example of how the legislative and executive branches of the state should work together.

Time for the private sector to step up

I'LL admit that I was less than enthused to learn that an integral part of a recent conference that I was attending in Jordan was a field trip to learn something about the activities of one of the country's most prominent NGOs.

No height left to fall

NO fall is more precipitous than the fall of a man in his own eyes. Former South Korean president Roh Moo-Hyun took that fall when he hurled himself from a hill that ended his life. He was under investigation for corruption at the time of his death, and didn't wish to wait for a verdict on him. In one final fall, Roh put an end to the misery of falling everyday into the perilous gorges of moral compunctions. He may have jumped from a height, but the fall was entirely worked out inside his mind.

Nothing personal, this is business

FISH, said Mao Zedong, do not swim in pure water. Dr. Manmohan Singh is no Maoist but he should, by now, know a thing or two about swimming upstream. He could, of course, point out that pollution is not very good for the health of fish either.

Sports

Ashraful smashes 69

Captain Mohammad Ashraful and Mahmudullah Riyad smashed half-centuries as Bangladesh amassed an impressive 206-6 in their Twenty20 warm-up match against the Netherlands at St Lawrence Ground in Canterbury yesterday.

Best season in history

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola hailed his team's achievement this season in winning the treble as the greatest of all but he stopped short of calling his team themselves the best after their 2-0 Champions League final victory over holders Manchester United here on Wednesday.

Big names survive

Roger Federer and Venus William made great French Open escapes on Thursday while 13th-seeded Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli merely made an exhausting list of excuses for her second round defeat.

Zia shares 2nd place

Grand Master Ziaur Rahman beat International Master Yang Kaiqi of China to share the second position along with six other players yesterday in the second Subic Open International Chess tournament at the Subic Freeport, Olongapo City, Philippines.

Korean coach for swimmers

Korean coach Park T Paigun arrived in the city yesterday to train the Bangladeshi swimmers ahead of next year's South Asian Games to be held in Dhaka.

'India hot favourites'

Talismanic England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has tipped India to retain the ICC World Twenty20 Championship next month, saying that the Indian Premier League experience will come in handy for Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men in their title defence.

4-star Romno floors Dutta

Four goals by Romnobel helped Govindaganj Bahumukhi High School to crush Netrokona Dutta High School 8-0 in the Citycell National School Football Championship at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Danone Nations Cup from June

The preliminary stage of Danone Nations Cup Bangladesh will kick off from the last week of June in four separate venues of the country.

Bangladesh A pile 336-9

Bangladesh A were given a superb first day by their batsmen in their four-day encounter against Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra yesterday.

Nasir's four lifts Feni

Three teams won by big margins in the Basundhara Champions Club Cup held across the country yesterday.

2011 WC to cost $50m

The 2011 World Cup, to be held in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, is expected to cost the ICC between US$40 million to $50 million according to reports.

Sachin praises photographers

Having been chased endlessly by them all his life, batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar acknowledged the importance of photographer in a cricketer's life in his own modest way.

'Champs League out of ICC FTP'

The ICC has contradicted claims made by Lalit Modi on the IPL's official website by insisting the Champions Twenty20 League has not been incorporated into the Future Tours Programme. Modi, the IPL chairman, told the tournament's site the "Champions League has already been slotted in as part of the FTP", but Haroon Lorgat, the ICC chief executive, has denied the claim.

Fergie blasts defending

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson blasted his own team's dire defending for their convincing 2-0 defeat at the hands of Barcelona in Wednesday's Champions League final in Rome's Stadio Olimpico.

Italy hails the new king

Italian press on Thurs-day crow-ned Lionel Messi the new king of world football following Barcelona's comprehensive 2-0 victory over Manchester United in the Champions League final here.

England roasts MU

Manchester United were ripped to shreds by a superior Barcelona in the Champions League final, taking Alex Ferguson's hopes for a place in history down with them, British newspapers said Thursday.

Ronaldo blames tactics

Cristiano Ronaldo has said ''everything went wrong'' in Manchester United's 2-0 defeat by Barcelona in the final of the UEFA Champions League and said their tactics were ''not good''.

'Immortal' Barcelona

The Spanish press Thursday hailed Barcelona as a "legend" and "immortal" after it won the Champions League and completed a unique treble for the season.

'Ribery going nowhere'

Bayern Munich have moved to dismiss reports that Chelsea are locked in negotiations to sign midfielder Franck Ribery, claiming that the Frenchman is ''not for sale''.

Spanish PM acclaims 'dream team'

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero hailed Barcelona as the "dream team" and predicted the country would now do the treble and win the World Cup, after taking Euro 2008 and on Wednesday the Champions League."Spanish football is very strong," a beaming Zapatero, who attended the Champions League final match in Rome with King Juan Carlos, told Spanish television.

Argentine press praise Messi

Barcelona striker Lionel Messi was hailed by the Argentine press as the "king of Europe" after spurring his club to Champions League glory over Manchester United in Rome.

Hoeness hits out at Schweisteiger

Bayern Munich general manager Uli Hoeness has warned midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger he will need to improve his performances next season.

Henry's sweet memories

Barcelona striker Thierry Henry said his side's 2-0 Champions League final triumph over Manchester United will stay long in the memory, while beaten goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar was at a loss to explain why his side failed to reproduce their top form.

'Less pressure on us'

Kumar Sangakkara said his team would make a "very strong impact" on the World Twenty20 with less pressure on it to perform in this format. The tournament, which begins next week in England, marks Sangakkara's maiden tour as captain since taking over from Mahela Jayawardene, and the team's return to cricket following the Lahore attack in March.

Arrests mar celebrations

Police in Barcelona made more than 100 arrests as victory celebrations after the Champions League final degenerated into riots early Thursday, with dozens needing hospital treatment.

Ricky stays as top earner

Test cricket captain Ricky Ponting remains Australia's most marketable sports star but teammate Andrew Symonds has lost his lustre with sponsors, a survey has found.

Fine start by Rifles

Bangladesh Rifles made a flying start in the final round of the Exim Bank 19th National Men's Handball competition when they beat Bogra 41-6 in the opening match at the outer stadium handball ground yesterday.

Heritage win T20 opener

Heritage Cricketers crushed EEE Chargers in the opening match of the Igloo Summer Twenty20 Cricket Challenge at the Dhanmondi Club ground in the city yesterday.

Rousing return for Chargers

Deccan Chargers, the winners of the second edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in South Africa, arrived here on Wednesday night to a rousing welcome from fans.

'Best pace attack'

Sachin Tendulkar has said he is confident about India defending its World Twenty20 title and expects the pace attack to come good in English conditions. "It is on par with the best," he told Daily News and Analysis. "Zaheer [Khan], Ishant [Sharma] and RP Singh form a lethal combination, particularly in English conditions. Our seam attack has a lot of variety and would come handy in such conditions. On our day, we can demolish any batting side."

Business

ICT seeks to be on the front burner

Information and communication technology (ICT) stakeholders have demanded a 5 percent share of the Tk 30,500 crore annual development programme in the upcoming 2009-10 budget, arguing that such an initial allotment is a must to implement the government's pledge to create a Digital Bangladesh.

Money couriers eye strong foothold

International money transfer companies have set sights on Bangladesh to tap the growing business potential of remittance.

Barisal Boro farmers counting losses

Farmers in different districts of Barisal division are counting losses in selling their paddy as their production costs do not match the government-fixed price.

NBR probe digs out rod import scam

An inquiry committee formed to probe the allegation of assessment of imported rods before a ship's berthing in the country's territorial waters blamed the automated assessor for the tax fraud.

Desco asked to generate power, too

State Minister for Power and Energy Shamsul Haque Tuku yesterday asked the Dhaka Electric Supply Company Ltd (Desco) to move for power generation alongside its distribution business.

Dhaka to ink two deals with Riyadh

Bangladesh will soon sign two agreements with Saudi Arabia on 'Reciprocal Promotion and Protection of Investment' and 'Abolishing Double Taxation' for enhancing bilateral trade and business.

SEC urges AG's move on mutual fund case

The stock market regulator yesterday urged Attorney General Mahbubey Alam to take steps to resolve a case on mutual funds.

AKTEL receives award

AKTEL was recently awarded for its special contribution in customer service, says a press statement.

An instrument to raise PPP funds

The utilisation of capital market, through government's budgetary measures, can mobilise funds to execute Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects, experts have recommended.

South Asia shows glimmer of hope

Many believe that economic integration in South Asia is a myth. How can we expect greater regional integration when we are yet to increase the intra-regional trade, which is less than 5 percent, compared to 24 percent in ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nation) or 48 percent in NAFTA (North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement), let alone 66 percent in European Union? This is a strong argument generally forwarded by many experts as well as other people discussing the future of South Asian trade flow.

Asian markets end mixed

Asian markets were mixed Thursday as overnight falls on Wall Street weighed down sentiment on several markets, but Tokyo ended up slightly thanks to a weaker yen.

Opec keeps output steady

Opec has decided to keep its production targets unchanged, oil ministers said Thursday at a meeting in Vienna.

GM talks with Europe break down in anger

Talks over the sale of General Motors' European operations acrimoniously collapsed Thursday throwing up a new obstacle to the US auto giant's efforts to avoid bankruptcy.

Surprise drop in German unemployment an anomaly

Germany's unemployment rate declined to 8.2 percent of the work force in May, owing to a change in accounting methods, but analysts warned that an increase in joblessness lies ahead in Europe's biggest economy.

Costco Q3 profit drops on charge, stronger dollar

Costco Wholesale Corp. said Thursday that its fiscal third-quarter profit fell 29 percent, partly because of a charge, as sales of bigger-ticket discretionary items continued to soften.

Japan's Sumitomo Mitsui to raise up to $8.3b

Japan's number three banking group Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group said Thursday that it plans to raise up to 8.3 billion dollars from investors to shore up its finances amid the economic crisis.

Currency

Local Market FX
Local inter-bank FX market was active on Thursday as the banks prepared to close for the weekend break. The market was liquid and USD/BDT rate was similar the previous working day.

Metropolitan

Move to revive Muktijoddha Kalyan Trust industrial units

The parliamentary standing committee on the liberation war affairs ministry yesterday formed a sub-committee to find out ways to revive all the industrial units belonging to Muktijoddha Kalyan Trust.

Use environment-friendly technology to extract coal: Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday underscored the need for using environment-friendly state-of-the-art technology in extracting coal from Barapukuria coalmine so that local villagers do not suffer any kind of loss from soil subsidence.

'60,000 women suffer from maternal complications a yr'

With the theme of 'Ensure safe motherhood, build healthy nation' the Safe Motherhood Day 2009 was observed across the country yesterday to create awareness about maternal and child healthcare issues.

Govt to oppose construction if proved detrimental

Abdur Razzak MP, chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on water resources ministry, yesterday said it would not be accepted if the construction of Tipaimukh Dam proved detrimental to Bangladesh's interest.

2 identified as students

The two youths, who were killed in a "shootout between them and Rab" near Manik Mia Avenue in the capital early yesterday, were students of Dhaka Polytechnic Institute.

Modern treatment facility for the poor to be available: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said her government is taking initiatives to make modern treatment facilities easy available to the poor sections of society.

Repair of Aila-hit cross dams soon

Water Resources Minister Ramesh Chandra Sen said that repair on cross dams, affected by cyclone Aila in the southern region, would begin soon.

Swiss envoy meets FM

The outgoing Swiss Ambassador Dr Dora Rapold paid a farewell call on Foreign Minister Dipu Moni yesterday.

3 accused flee from court

A Dhaka court Tuesday asked a lawyer to explain within 15 days why a recommendation to cancel his certificate would not be sent to the Bangladesh Bar Council for helping three accused flee from the courtroom.

UN provides technical support to assess damage

The United Nations agencies are providing technical support to assess the damage in southern districts of the country in the wake of Cyclone Aila, which killed over 150 and also hit parts of neighbouring India earlier this week.

Khaleda rejects probe report out of 'jealousy'

Commerce Minister Faruk Khan yesterday said BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia rejected the national probe committee's report on the BDR mutiny out of 'sheer jealousy.'

Blake made Asst Secy of State for South Asian Affairs

Veteran diplomat Robert O Blake has been appointed as Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, according to an announcement of the US government.

Loknath festival on June 3

The 119th 'Tirodhan Dibas' or death anniversary of Loknath Brahmachari, a great saint who preached the universal message of humanism, will be observed in a befitting manner across the country on June 3.

Bodies of 4 missing minors recovered

Police recovered the bodies of four minor boys who went missing on May 26, from the bank of Mohananda river in Chapainawabganj yesterday.

White Panel bags 18 posts, Blue & Pink Panels 17

BNP-Jamaat-backed 'White Panel' teachers won 18 seats while pro-Awami League and left-leaning teachers of 'Blue and Pink Panels' bagged 17 seats in the election to the 35 posts of teachers' representatives in the Dhaka University (DU) senate yesterday.

CMP arrests 11 thieves in Ctg

Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) in separate raids arrested 11 members of an inter-district gang of thieves from different areas of the city and Lohagara upazila yesterday afternoon.

Solve energy crisis for foreign investment

Bangladesh needs to address the energy crisis immediately to attract foreign investment, said the members of the visiting British-Bangladeshi delegation at a press conference at Bay's Galleria in the city yesterday.

Govt mulls lasting solution: Ashraful

LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Syed Ashraful Islam yesterday said the government would solve the land-related problems of the indigenous people by implementing the land commission in the hill tracts region.

'Readers soul of any publication'

The Shaptahik 2000, a weekly, celebrated its 11th founding anniversary amid a colourful programme on its office premises in the city yesterday.

Manju gets bail in bribery case

The High Court (HC) yesterday granted bail to Jatiya Party (JP-Manju) Chairman Anwar Hossain Manju in a bribery case, in which he was convicted and sentenced to seven years' imprisonment.

EU team meets WCFFC

European Union (EU) delegation at a recent meeting with the War Crimes Fact-Finding Committee (WCFFC) has suggested adjusting the International Crimes (Tribunals) Act 1973 in line with other international criminal or human rights laws.

ASK concerned over probe body report

Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK) yesterday expressed concern over the government-formed probe body's recommendation in its report of trying the BDR mutineers under the Army Act in connection with the Pilkhana carnage.

EC firm to hold free, fair election: Sohul

Election Commissioner M Sohul Hossain yesterday said the Election Commission (EC) is prepared to hold the Sunamganj-4 by-election on June 15 peacefully with the assistance of the district administration.

PM opens new Red Telephone Exchange

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday inaugurated new Red Telephone Exchange through conversation with President Zillur Rahman, facilitating smoother communications at high levels.

Dairy value chain dev workshop in Bogra

A workshop on 'Building synergy for the development of dairy value chain in Bangladesh' was held on Wednesday at a hotel in Bogra, says a press release.

Dhaka condemns Lahore bomb attack

A foreign ministry spokesperson yesterday condemned the Wednesday's car bomb attack on a building in Lahore, Pakistan, which has claimed the lives of a large number of people and injured hundreds of civilians, said a press statement.

Dano Kidz Day Camp today

A total of 500 children will participate at 'Dano Kidz Day Camp' on St Joseph Higher Secondary School premises today.

Ex-BNP lawmaker Nadim Mostafa gets bail

A Rajshahi court yesterday granted bail to former BNP lawmaker Nadim Mostafa in a case filed against him on charges of violating Section 144 in Puthia upazila in 1998 by bringing out a procession.

WFP hails arrival of Japanese food

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) yesterday welcomed the arrival of 857 metric tons of rice from the Japanese government under its Enhancing Resilience (ER) programme in four most food insecure districts.

Letters

Filthy Dhaka!

As Bangladeshis, it is within our filthy nature to throw rubbish everywhere without caring for anyone or the consequences. I condemn people who throw rubbish out of their cars and houses. The government always talks about modernisation and urbanisation but no one ever talks about keeping the city clean. Whenever I visit other cities like Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Bangkok, Hong Kong and so on, I always feel how incapable we are of keeping our own cities clean. This picture was taken at a "posh" area in Banani where rubbish is dumped all over the street so carelessly that it is no longer possible to drive on it.

Rebel or revolutionary poet?

It is heartening to see the birthday of the National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam being celebrated with due fervour throughout Bangladesh and many places abroad. Nazrul's contribution towards the liberation of the subcontinent from the British rule is unquestionable and his literary works are intimately woven in the variegated tapestry of Bengali culture.

Israel-Palestine conflict

In his recently published book Saving Israel: How the Jewish State Can win a War That May Never end," Israeli writer Daneil Gordis makes a case for fighting a war that will keep coming back to threaten the existence of Israel. According to Dr. Gordis, the extremist Palestinian groups will never accept a Jewish state in what they consider Muslim Middle East. So Israel must accept a ever present low-intensity war for the future.

Relations with India

The relations between India and Bangladesh are deep rooted. But after 38 years, it is found that there is a huge trade deficit between the two countries. We see our negotiation skills, especially diplomatic exercises, are almost zero. No proper homework is done, while we take part in the negotiations with our Indian counterparts. It is not India, it is our limitations or failures.

No leaders!

It is evident that the shortage of leaders in various national enterprises is acute and this has failed to draw the attention of the authorities concerned and the people at large. I do not understand why the people voted them to be in the government and the opposition, after so many failures on their part. I think that we must come out of emotional politics and send a clear message to these leaders, either to change their current political belief and strategy or leave the stage.

Noise pollution

Every day we get up and have to face many problems-- sound pollution is one of them. It always creates problems for students. Especially, it is created by the hawkers and it is going on from dawn to dust.

Education policy

Mr Kishore Mahbubani, a senior Singapore Diplomat now is Dean of "The Lee Kuwan Yeu School of Public Policy" in the National University of Singapore has published a book "The New Asian Hemisphere: The irresistible shift of global power to the East." He mainly ascribed success of East Asian economies to the adoption of seven pillars of western wisdom. These are:

DNA effect in politics

The local political analysts hardly brief the citizens about the DNA effect in politics (as noticed between parents and children). Dynasty rules have both positive and negative effects--Bangladeshis are familiar with it.

My fallen comrades

Almost 7-8 million Bangladeshi people are working outside of Bangladesh around the world. We call them migrant workers. Because we don't have many job opportunities inside the country, we are bound to find work elsewhere. In fact, we send home an equivalent of nearly $10-12 billion US dollars every year. This money is basically running the country's economy. Most of the overseas workers are not skilled, a lot of them go to the Middle East or the Far East. They invest their money to pay for work permit, tickets and agent fees. Many of them sell their land and all properties and borrow money from their friends and relatives. That's why they take many risky jobs such as construction etc. Many countries in the Middle East don't have any or very poor labour laws or health and safety guidelines. Accidental deaths happen everyday because the workers don't have any protection. After the accident, there is no post-mortem, no compensation. The common excuse used is that they suffered a heart attack. The return of the dead body to home causes their loved ones to face many hassles. Our leaders and politicians have no time to think about these people. I urge the government of Bangladesh to show a little respect and gratitude to their families. The government should financially help those helpless families. Remember these people have sacrificed their lives for their families and the country. They are true fighters.

Jamaat's stand

During the BNP-led alliance government, some leaders from the Jamaat-e-Islami were in the cabinet where a woman, Begum Khaleda Zia, was the head of the government. The Jamaat -e-Islami is not true to its words. It does not believe in a woman becoming the head of the state, yet , that is what it accepted during the alliance rule.

Blame game

Normally, we blame others for any failure. If we ask the primary teachers, “Why do your students not do well in the exams?” They answer that the students' parents are illiterate, poor and they do not take care of their children.

Digital or divisive Bangladesh?

The AL-led government, before the 9th parliamentary elections, declared a 'Charter for Change of Days' that would bring about a qualitative change in politics and national life and time and again pledged to translate the country into a 'Digital Bangladesh'. Reasonably, the people of all quarters of society with the hope of promised change in the political landscape and national affairs entrusted them with an unpredictably overwhelming mandate.

Attention: DSE

People invest in the shares to support growth of the capital market and also to gain financially from it. Shares in our country are bought or sold through trading houses. People use cash or loan from the banks to buy shares. When people use cash, sometimes it happens that shares are bought with the understanding that they would make the payment at a later date and they normally follow it as agreed. Clients sometimes for reasons beyond their control fail to meet the deadline. In such cases the trading house should remind the clients before they dispose their shares without the knowledge of the clients to offset the dues. I believe in this case, the trading house should give the client(s) a fresh deadline before deciding unilaterally to sell the clients' shares. If the clients fail to meet the new deadline, the trading house could then arrange selling shares to offset the dues. Here the trading house should require to consult the client(s) to decide on the type of shares they could sell to offset clients' dues, instead of making unilateral decisions.

What a shame!

A front-page report of 24 May under the headline “Seven lawmakers declined to fly economy class” drew my attention. I was shocked. The report stated that the parliament secretariat had to spend $7,00 to upgrade seven lawmakers' air tickets to business class after they declined to fly economy class! What a shame! It was 'an all-expenses-paid trip' for the Bangladesh delegation by the German parliament. What is the importance of such trips? Just to gain insights into their (German) proceedings!

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International

Pakistan, Lanka conflicts erode human rights

The conflicts in Sri Lanka and Pakistan have added to human rights abuses in Asia this year, Amnesty International said in its annual report yesterday.

35 insurgents killed in Afghanistan

Up to 35 Taliban insurgents were killed in a ground and air attack on a militant camp near the border with Pakistan overnight, the Afghan government and US military said yesterday.

10 die in Peshawar blasts

Bombs tore through Pakistan's city of Peshawar killing ten people Thursday, after the Taliban claimed a deadly attack in Lahore and threatened further mayhem to avenge an offensive.

Tigers could stage hit-and-run attacks

Sri Lanka's defeated Tamil Tiger rebels could carry out hit-and-run attacks but lack the ability to militarily regroup, the island's senior army general said yesterday.

Swat Taliban chief Fazlullah killed

Pakistan has claimed that Swat Taliban chief Maulana Fazlullah has been killed in a military operation being carried out in the Swat Valley.

ROK, US troops on alert after North's threats

South Korean and US troops raised their alert yesterday to the highest level since 2006 after North Korea renounced its truce with the allied forces and threatened to strike any ships trying to intercept its vessels.

Indo-Pak nuclear arms race worries US

The India-Pakistan nuclear arms race, which reminds some in the American establishment of the US-Soviet nuclear competition during the Cold War, has left US officials "increasingly worried", a report said here yesterday.

US Muslim charity leaders get 65 yrs in jail for Hamas support

Two leaders of what was once the largest Muslim charity in the United States were sentenced to 65 years in jail Wednesday for supporting Palestinian militants.

Team Manmohan ready for governance

Team Manmohan was finally inducted yesterday with 14 cabinet ministers and 45 ministers of state taking oath at the Rashtrapati Bhaban to wrap up the 79-member council of ministers that will shepherd the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance's (UPA) second tenure in office.

Rare deer found on Philippine island

One of the world's rarest deer has been found in a tiny patch of Philippines forest that is being cut down by farmers and loggers, according to a British-Filipino scientific expedition.

Sacking of army chief a mistake

Nepal's new prime minister said Wednesday that his predecessor's attempt to sack the army chief was a mistake and the general remained in the post, in an interview with the BBC.

Obama names US ambassadors to Japan, India, Sri Lanka

President Barack Obama on Wednesday named US ambassadors to Japan, India and Sri Lanka, amid heightened tension in Asia over North Korea's nuclear tests, unrest in Pakistan and ethnic tension in Sri Lanka.

Trial of Suu Kyi nears end

Myanmar's military government said yesterday that its trial of Aung San Suu Kyi would have no political impact, though many have criticised the proceedings as a ploy to sideline the pro-democracy leader during elections scheduled for 2010.

Arts & Entertainment

Ranjit’s figures, lines and forms in motion

Ranjit Das is celebrated for his inimitable style and thought-provoking themes. His working style gradually changed after obtaining masters from MS University, Baroda, India. Ranjit has been busy creating novel and innovative artworks -- delving deep into pastoral Bengal and our socio-economic and political aspects.

Raja Ram Mohan Roy’s birth anniversary observed in Sylhet

Srihatta Brahmo Samaj held a discussion and cultural programme recently in observance of the 237th birth anniversary of the great social reformer Raja Ram Mohan Roy.

Rekha refuses lifetime achievement award

The culture department of the Maharashtra state government recently selected 55-year-old Rekha for a Lifetime Achievement Award, named after the late Bollywood legend Raj Kapoor. This honour is usually reserved for considerably senior artistes who have made great contribution to Indian cinema.

Anti-drug concert in Satkhira

An anti-drug concert was held at Shaheed Abdur Razzak Park here recently. At the concert, youngsters vowed to eradicate substance abuse from the society once and for all and to involve everyone in strengthening the ongoing movement against drug use and peddling.

Meghdal on tonight’s Call-er Gaan

Live musical programme "Call-er Gaan" will be aired tonight on Desh TV at 11:45 pm. The show is produced by Alamgir Hossain and anchored by Alif Alauddin.

Mitali Mukherjee on Rtv

She was born in Mymensingh. So, she feels a certain attachment to her birthplace. If she gets times, she rushes back to her homeland. She has a huge fan base in Bangladesh, thanks to her evergreen songs from the '80s.

Chaturanga on Banglavision today

"Chaturanga," a weekly TV programme on arts, literature, music, culture and publication will be aired today at 5:20 pm on Banglavision. Today's programme will include a discussion on “presenting Tagore songs accurately,” participated by artistes Tapan Mahmud, Lily Islam and Samina Chowdhury. There will also be a segment on the Hason Raja Museum in Sunamganj.

Third Int’l Inter University Short Film Festival ends

The '3rd International Inter University Short Film Festival' ended on May 26 at the Goethe-Institut Auditorium, Dhanmondi. Organised by Dhaka University Film Society (DUFS), the festival featured short and independent films made by students from across the globe. This year the two-day festival, arranged in association with Goethe-Institut Bangladesh, featured films from several countries including Bangladesh, Germany, Mexico, Kazakhstan, Georgia and Azerbaijan.

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Pay hike and after

THE government has decided to raise the salary and allowances of the government employees by July 2009 if possible. It has ordered a seven member committee of secretaries, headed by the cabinet secretary, to report back within 45 days with their opinion as to how best the recommendations of the Pay Commission can be implemented, keeping in mind the cost of living, inflation, and the capacity of the government exchequer to take the load of additional expenses required.

Manipulating time

LATITUDE determines the seasons in a country. The Tropic of Cancer runs over the middle of Bangladesh, and there is daylight for more than 12 hours during April to September. We don't change the working hours during this period although there is a provision for morning school in some areas for a few weeks or months in summer.



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