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News of: Monday, 22nd of June, 2009

Front Page

It's Bangabandhu, not Zia

In a watershed judgment, the High Court yesterday ruled that Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, not Ziaur Rahman, proclaimed the republic’s independence on March 26, 1971.

Muhith spells new formula

In the face of intense controversy over whitening of black money, Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday came up with a new formula to do justice to white money holders.

BNP for 'neutral' water experts

Opposition Chief Whip Zainul Abdin Farrouque yesterday said if neutral water experts are not included BNP will not join the all-party parliamentary team to visit Tipaimukh dam area.

Cross digital divide to reach digital Bangladesh

The mobile industry in Bangladesh, which is still lagging at the bottom rung of tele-density in the region, is at the crossroads of growth where the huge untapped rural market beacons it. But the challenge is strong enough as the cost of owning a mobile set and connection is too prohibitive, making the vision of a Digital Bangladesh a pipe dream, a roundtable organised by The Daily Star was told yesterday.

India 'consulted' Tipai construction

Indian High Commissioner Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty yesterday said India has "consulted" construction of Tipaimukh dam with Bangladesh after having the matter examined by their experts.

MPs assured of pay, benefit hike

Speaker Abdul Hamid yesterday said lawmakers would see a rise in their remuneration and allowances, as they are not drawing much.

Strong information commission sought

The government is committed to implementing the Right to Information (RTI) law, however challenging the task may be, ministers said in response to advice from members of civil society and NGOs at a conference yesterday.

Withdraw amnesty to whiten money

Expressing concern over allowing whitening of black money in the proposed budget for the fiscal year 2009-10, major chambers and trade body leaders in a joint statement yesterday urged the government to withdraw the provision to encourage the genuine taxpayers.

Most political parties hail verdict

Most political parties yesterday hailed the High Court's verdict that declared that Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, not Ziaur Rahman, proclaimed the independence of Bangladesh in 1971.

JS trio gets letter, won't turn up before probe body

Former speaker Jamiruddin Sircar, his deputy Akhtar Hamid Siddiqui and former chief whip Khandaker Delwar Hossain will not appear before the all party parliamentary probe body though it yesterday asked them through letters to appear before it on June 27 to defend themselves against graft charges.

Mayhem over illegal toll at Buriganga Bridge-2

Several hundred CNG-run auto-rickshaw drivers and hired cadres of the leaseholder of Buriganga Bridge-2 engaged in a series of clashes for six hours over collecting toll, injuring at least 50 people.

Beef up drive to free rivers

A parliamentary body yesterday asked the authorities concerned to strengthen the ongoing drive to free the rivers across the country from grabbers by September and take steps for quick disposal of the pending cases to demolish the illegal establishments.

JS body to probe DCC corruption

A parliamentary sub-committee was formed yesterday to investigate alleged corruption of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka and others of the local government body.

JMB took part in Kansat movement

In a sensational revelation, a member of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) has said the militant group took part in the Kansat movement in April 2006 because they felt betrayed by the then BNP-led coalition government.

Court orders for TI parade

A Chittagong court gave the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) the go-ahead for a test-identification (TI) parade to confirm that former National Security Intelligence (NSI) deputy director major (retd) Liakat Hossain was involved in the offloading of arms.

2 'muggers' bullet-hit in 'shootout' with Rab

Two suspected muggers suffered bullet injuries in a "shootout" between their accomplices and members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) last night in the city's Sutrapur area.

Eviction lost in confusion

The tenth day of the ongoing eviction drive against the encroachers of river Shitalakhya went almost wasted yesterday because of confusion and dubious survey by the authorities and their contradictory stance.

Govt to drop 46 more cases

The government yesterday decided to withdraw 46 more 'politically motivated' cases filed against Awami League (AL) leaders including two against Deputy Leader of the Parliament Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury and three against Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury.

Hasnat lands in jail

A Dhaka court yesterday sent Awami League leader Abu Hasnat Abdullah to jail after he surrendered before the court in a tax evasion case in which he was earlier sentenced to nine years' imprisonment in absentia.

2 sisters acid-burnt over marriage refusal

Two sisters were acid-burned in the early hours Saturday in a sequel to their parents' refusal to a marriage proposal about one and a half years ago.

North Korea accuses Obama of war plot

North Korea has accused US President Barack Obama of plotting a nuclear war on the communist nation by reaffirming a US assurance of security for South Korea, the North's state media said.

Twenty20 glory Pakistan's

Pakistan stunned Sri Lanka by eight wickets in the ICC World Twenty20 final at a sell-out Lord's yesterday to be crowned world champions after 17 years.

10 killed in Iran protests

At least 10 people were killed in the latest unrest to shake Tehran, state television said yesterday, as the opposition kept up its defiance of Iran's Islamic rulers over the disputed election.

Lankan army re-deploys after end of war

With the end of three decades long Eelam war against the LTTE, the army has now re-deployed in the Northern and Eastern Provinces under five Security Forces Headquarters with a sizeable force in reserve to meet any eventuality.

14 Taliban killed in NW Pakistan

At least 14 Taliban militants were killed in separate battles with local vigilantes and Pakistani troops in the northwest of the country, the police and military said yesterday.

Editorial

Corruption in administration

LAW Minister Shafique Ahmed has come down hard on government officials on the issue of corruption. His considered view, one that large sections of people surely agree with, is that the inability or reluctance of senior officials to oversee the activities of officers at the lower tiers of administration is a major reason for the corruption in which government employees are mired. We at this newspaper would add somewhat to the minister's feelings on the subject. It is simply this: all too often it is corruption among the top levels of the administration that encourages those at the lower levels to indulge in similar wrongdoing. In other words, when the head begins to rot, the rest of the body soon falls prey to the resultant putrid smell.

The curse of dowry lives on

THE report in yesterday's Daily Star of a young girl whose life was shattered when her parents were unable to fulfill the demand for dowry from her husband's family has left us shocked and stunned.

From black to white

THE proverbial saying: "money is the root of all evil" has perhaps not been more poignantly exposed elsewhere in the world than in Bangladesh, as far as the black money is concerned. From buying political power to criminalising the society or becoming dons or godfathers, black money has a role to play.

Formulating MPO policy

IT is learnt from a national daily newspaper that the government has formed a ten-member committee headed by the prime minister's education, social development and political affairs adviser, Dr. Alauddin Ahmed, to formulate a concrete policy for MPO allocation and enlistment of new educational institutions. As a senior citizen in an independent country, as well as a teacher, I believe I have every right to comment on and make suggestions about educational resource development in the country.

Starting well, ending well

WITH the retirement of General Moeen U. Ahmed -- the chief of army staff and much talked-about backstage hero of 1/11 -- some quarters are opening their mouths about his leading role in the 1/11 change-over and the following years -- 2007-08. His activities are now under serious scrutiny and debate.

Sports

Who's Ashraful fooling?

When the country is experiencing an unusual heat wave that is bringing sufferings to the public, a different kind of heat wave swept the country's cricket that left more questions then answers.

Victory for nation

Pakistan captain Younus Khan dedicated his team's World Twenty20 title to their troubled homeland on Sunday.

Advantage Federer

Roger Federer begins his campaign for a sixth Wim-bledon title, and a record 15th major, rejuvenated by finally lifting his French Open jinx and seeing injured rival Rafael Nadal limp out of contention.

Venus eyes hattrick

Venus Williams has history in her sights as the American aims to cement her place among the grass court greats by completing a hattrick of Wimbledon triumphs this year.

Salahuddin SAFF boss?

Bangladesh Football Federation president Kazi Salahuddin has been unofficially offered the SAFF (South Asian Football Federation) presidency.

India aim fresh start

India have arrived in the Caribbean promising to put the bad memory of their failure in the ICC World Twenty20 behind them.

England's double

England's women added the World Twenty20 title to their World Cup crown with a convincing six-wicket win over New Zealand at Lord's here on Sunday.

Booters' Cox's Bazar camp starts today

National football coach Edson Silva Dido's ambitious pre-season training camp for the Bangladesh national football team begins today at Laboni Point in Cox's Bazar. The booters reached the resort town on Saturday night for the three-week conditioning camp to prepare for three upcoming international soccer meets.

ICC to debate Pak World Cup issue

The International Cricket Council (ICC) will debate Pakistan's future as a World Cup host later this week after talks failed between South Asian co-hosts for the 2011 event.

Viqarunnissa, Azimpur in last four

Azimpur Girls' High School and Viqarunnissa Girls' School and College advanced to the semifinals of the Citycell Dhaka Metropolis Women's School Football Championship winning their respective matches at the Sultana Kamal Sports Complex at Dhanmondi, Dhaka yesterday.

Spain thru' to semis

David Villa and Fernando Llorente scored the goals that gave Spain a 2-0 win over South Africa on Saturday for a world record 15th straight victory.

Chelsea in for Tevez

Manchester City and Chelsea are leading the race to snap up Carlos Tevez, the Argentinian forward's advisor said Sunday.

Iraq exit with pride

Iraq take their leave of the Confederations Cup without a goal to their name but their tactical nous has left good impressions on South Africa.

Future bright for Algeria

Algeria took a giant stride toward reaching the 2010 World Cup in South Africa by defeating Zambia 2-0 in Chililabombwe on Saturday.

Xavi missing Iniesta

Barcelona star Xavi is a proud man after helping Spain set a new world mark of 15 consecutive wins, but he is missing injured teammate Andres Iniesta.

I decided last year: C' Ron

Cristiano Ronaldo says he made up his mind last year to quit Manchester United for Real Madrid, whom he has agreed to join for a world record 93 million euros, the News of the World reports in Sunday's edition.

Afridi saluted

Pakistan superstar Shahid Afridi was hailed as 'awesome' on Sunday after the mercurial all-rounder led his country to the World Twenty20 title.

Iraq want to hold on to Milutonovic

Iraq Football Federation president Hussein Said Mohammed has urged Bora Milutinovic to stay on as coach of the national team and lead them to the 2011 Asian Cup.

Villa's mind off transfers

Real Madrid target David Villa says the past week has been unbearable with his future up in the air.

Maria writes herself off

Maria Sharapova admits she will go into Wimbledon with no real expectation of repeating her 2004 triumph.

Red Bull 1-2 at Silverstone

Rising German star Sebastian Vettel maintained his challenge in this year's drivers' world championship Sunday when he cruised to a comfortable victory in the British Grand Prix.

Late father inspires Lu

When Yen-Hsun Lu walks on to Centre Court to tackle Roger Federer on Monday, the Tawainese player's first thought will be for his late father who inspired him to play at Wimbledon.

Fidel misses first 2 India matches

West Indies have named a 13-man squad without Fidel Edwards for the first two one-day internationals against India this coming Friday and Sunday at Sabina Park in Kingston.

Olympic Day tomorrow

Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) will observe the Olympic Day-2009 in the capital and five other divisional headquarters tomorrow as part of the International Olympic Committee's global programme to popularise the Olympic movement.

Business

E-registry for gazette notices

The government is developing an e-registry of all gazette notifications issued since 1947, to improve the business climate, help attract foreign investment and reduce hassles.

Stocks rally on banks' tax cut speculation

Dhaka stocks rallied yesterday with turnover on the bourse hitting a new high at Tk 834.69 crore, thanks to investors' enthusiasm for banking shares on speculation of tax cuts by the government.

Businesses wake up to daylight saving time

Businesses felt a little impact on the first working day yesterday after introduction of daylight saving time (DST) by the government.

US exports to Iran rise in Obama's first months

Iran spent nearly twice as much on US imports during President Barack Obama's first months in office as it did during the same period in 2008, showing that despite trade penalties and tense relations, the two countries are still doing business.

Stimulus money by mid-July

The interim stimulus money for jute sector will be released from mid-July, Textiles and Jute Minister Abdul Latif Siddiqui assured jute spinners yesterday.

Build housing projects outside Dhaka

Commerce Minister Faruk Khan called upon yesterday the realtors to construct housing projects outside Dhaka to reduce increasing accommodation pressure on the capital.

Time for telecom players to go rural

The telecom industry in Bangladesh is on the forefront of discussion and debate. On one arm of the scales is the potential of the industry and the burden of SIM tax and handset duty is on the other. After the mobile technology has conquered the urban population, it is a logical next step now to stride into rural regions. But most mobile operators believe the SIM tax is the main reason they are still in the red and hindering rural takeover. The Daily Star roundtable discusses the issues of this industry and the path to a 'Digital Bangladesh' by 2021.

LPG dealers go on strike to realise 4-point demand

Dealers, distributors and agents of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in greater Chittagong region yesterday refrained from lifting gas from three government depots and selling of the item as part of a day-long strike countrywide to relalise a four-point demand.

Tk 153.58cr KCC budget announced

Khulna City Corporation Mayor Talukdar Abdul Khaleque announced Tk 153.58 crore budget for the fiscal year 2009-10 yesterday without imposing any new tax.

Asian currencies mostly fall

Asian currencies ended the week mainly weaker against the US dollar as the greenback strengthened on positive US economic news. However, the yen made big gains as a poor week for stock markets saw dealers become less risk averse and move into the Japanese unit.

Arroyo backs Asian IMF

Philippine President Gloria Arroyo supports wider cooperation in stabilising Asia's financial market, including creating a regional version of the International Monetary Fund, a report said Sunday.

Pay cuts for SIA pilots

Singapore Airlines (SIA) said it has reached agreement with its pilots' union on pay cuts and non-paid leave as part of cost-cutting efforts to counter the effects of the global economic downturn.

Metropolitan

Choose Dohar-Bhadrasan site to save Tk 10,000cr

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday called on the government to construct Padma Bridge at Dohar-Char Bhadrasan site instead of Mawa-Jajira site to save at least Tk 10,000 crore.

Govt firm to implement RTI Act: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said her government is committed to implementing the Right to Information (RTI) Act which will ensure the welfare of the poor, marginalised and disadvantaged people.

Reduce dependency on ground water

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday underscored the need for taking immediate steps to reduce dependency on the ground water to save the country from environmental disaster.

Don't get panicked about swine flu

Health Minister Prof AFM Ruhul Haque yesterday reassured people that there is no need to get panicked about swine flu as the person who was detected with the virus is getting well and no further case has been detected in the last three days.

Dhaka won't accept anything that threatens environment

Abdur Razzak, chairman of the standing committee on the Ministry of Water Resources, yesterday said that the government would do everything possible if the Tipaimukh dam proves to be a threat to Bangladesh's environment.

EC to monitor activities of DCC poll candidates

The Election Commission plans to appoint observers to monitor the activities of the candidates for election to the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC).

'Competitions strengthen friendship, harmony'

A total of 91 children from 33 countries, including Bangladesh, were awarded in the 5th International Children Art Biennale Painting Competition-2009 at a programme at Bangladesh Shishu Academy in the city yesterday.

Work for poverty-free Bangladesh

President Zillur Rahman yesterday urged people from all walks of life to perform their duties sincerely to build a hunger and poverty free Bangladesh under 'Vision 2021' based on information technology.

Proper utilisation of fund stressed

Speakers at a press conference yesterday laid emphasis on proper utilisation of budgetary allocation for water and sanitation sector and redistribution of current allocation to invest in hygiene promotion.

Concern over killing by BSF

National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) expressed concern over the killing of Bangladeshi cattle trader by BSF on Thursday at Burimari in Lalmonirhat, says a press release.

'Form National Peace, Security Commission'

Leaders of some non-government organisations (NGOs) yesterday urged the government to form a constitutional and independent 'National Peace and Security Commission' to clamp down illegal arms, terrorism and militancy in the country.

CPB blames govt for allowing foreign co to sell gas

Communist Party Bangladesh (CPB) leaders yesterday criticised the government decision on allowing a foreign company to sell gas resource to a third party instead of its own effort to do so.

Minister warns educational instts

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday said stern action would be taken against those educational institutions charging fees more than what the government has fixed for admission to colleges.

Robbery at city co-operative office

Robbers looted around Tk 8 lakh from the office of a co-operative society at Mirpur in the city yesterday.

Delwar hospitalised

BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain was admitted to Birdem hospital in the city yesterday as he suddenly fell sick when he went there to take physiotherapy.

Expansion of trade stressed

Outgoing Sri Lankan High commissioner V Krishnamoorthy paid a farewell call on Foreign Minister Dipu Moni at her office yesterday.

Egypt, Israel discuss ME peace efforts

Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak yesterday discussed US-backed efforts to revive Middle East peace with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak during a visit to Cairo.

Class timing to remain unchanged

Despite Bangladesh set clocks forward by an hour, class timing of country's all the educational institutions will remain unchanged according to the new time set.

RMG workers demand arrear salary in Ctg

Workers of a garment factory at Agrabad in Chittagong yesterday staged a demonstration demanding arrear salary of last three months.

Three killed in road accidents

Three people were killed in separate road accidents in Narsingdi and Chapainawabganj yesterday.

Programmes to observe Roth Jatra

Bangladesh unit of International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) has chalked out a nine-day programme to observe Roth Jatra, a religious programme of the Hindu community.

Chevron gets blood donor award

Chevron Bangladesh received the third highest blood donor award "in recognition of their extraordinary support in the field of voluntary blood donation" for 2008 at a function in Dhaka recently, says a press release.

Prize giving ceremony held

The prize giving ceremony of the art competition for children titled 'Mercantile Bank Boishsakhi Chhabi Ako Josththe Prodorshoni' organised by Patua Kamrul Hasan Art School was held at Shawkat Osman Auditorium in the city yesterday.

Directory of Comilla to be published

The Greater Comilla History, Heritage Preservation Foundation has taken an initiative to publish a directory with the profiles of established personalities of the district, who are living in Dhaka.

National

Rehabilitate 74 indigenous families, arrest land grabber

Indigenous people yesterday observed protest programmes in Rajshahi, Naogaon and Magura to press home their demand for punishment of the land grabber who evicted 74 indigenous families at Khatirpur under Porsha upazila of Naogaon district on June 13.

BM College hostels in sorry state

The students of Barisal BM College yesterday formed a human chain in front of the campus demanding immediate steps to resolve accommodation problems of residential students.

Partymen attack AL MP's house

A group of unruly people attacked the house of lawmaker Abdul Hye (Jhenidah-1) as Chhatra League activists got divided into two feuding groups after two of their men teased a college girl on Saturday night.

Power offices in 2 districts besieged

Power offices in Gaibandha and Madaripur were besieged by local protesters yesterday due to erratic power supply for the last few days.

Accused still at large

Five years into the bomb blast at the public rally of Awami Leader (AL) presidium member Suranjit Sengupta at Derai under Sunamganj district, one of the charge-sheeted accused is still at large.

Two children drown

Two children drowned in a pond yesterday at village Hajipur in Assassuni upazila. The tragic incident took place when Tamim, 5, son of Kena Hajra and Shirin Pervin, 4, daughter of Shentu Hajra of village Hajipur were playing near the pond. They accidentally fell in the pond and nobody was there. Later, locals found the bodies floating on the pond.

Train kills young woman

A young woman was crushed under a running train at Shundaripara rail crossing in Parbatipur upazila. Police said a Rangpur-bound train ran over the woman, aged between 20 and 22, as she was hurriedly trying to cross the tracks. Later police recovered the body and sent it to Parbatipur Upazila Health Complex for autopsy.

JMB man arrested

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested an alleged member of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) from remote village Binnakure of Muktagacha upazila Saturday night. Police said Hazrat Ali, 26, son of Jabed Ali of village Binnakure under Dulla union was arrested in a raid on his house. Later, he was handed over to Muktagacha police. According to police, Hazrat Ali was a convict and was absconding in a JMB connected case.

Student leaders sent to jail

A Rajshahi court yesterday sent three Chhatra Moitree leaders to jail as they were shown arrested in a case filed against them for fuelling violence at Rajshahi Government New Degree College on Saturday. Motiur Rahman Moti, president of city unit Moitree, general secretary Asaruzzaman Sumon and joint secretary Muhaiminul Haque Rana were held from the spot of violence. Chhatra Moitree allegedly resorted to violence for control over the admission process and tender of the college's development works. Dr Farida Sultana, principal of the college lodged a case with Rajpara police station for vandalising her office and torching two vehicles including her car during the violence.

BNP office vandalised

A group of BCL activists yesterday attacked Netrakona district BNP office in Chhotobazar area when the newly-formed Netrakona district BNP convening committee was holding its first meeting. Due to attack the BNP men postponed their meeting and left the office. The BCL activists then vandalised the BNP office. Convener of the committee ex-MP Ashraf Uddin Khan, ex-MP Dr Mohammad Ali, Barrister Kaiser Kamal, Rafiqul Islam Hilali and Mahfuzul Haque claimed that during the attack police played the role of silent spectators.

Protest rally at Gournadi

BCL and Jubo League activists yesterday brought out procession, formed human chain and blocked highway demanding release of Abul Hasanat Abdullah, Barisal district AL secretary and former AL chief whip who was sentenced for 36 years imprisonment in four cases. The activists demonstrated at Hasanat's electoral constituency of Gournadi. They blocked the Barisal-Dhaka highway for half an hour by burning tyres at Bejgati point. They also formed a human chain and held a rally at Gournadi bus stand. Another group of activists paraded Barisal city roads yesterday demanding immediate release of Hasanat.

3 hurt as court bldg collapses

Three people, including a lawyer, were seriously injured when a portion of the roof of the old District Judge Court Building collapsed on them yesterday noon. Sources said the roof collapsed when trial procedure of the courts of Shyamnagar and Kaliganj Assistant Judges were going on inside the building at around 11 am. Injured District Ainjibi Samity member Dilip Kumar Dev and one Monira Khatun and her daughter Sharmin Sultana were rushed to a local hospital. Later, the District Ainjibi Samity, in an emergency meeting yesterday urged the authorities to solve the matter within seven days. In case of failure they threatened to go for indefinite court boycott. Locals said the building was declared abandoned in 1986.

Letters

Tipaimukh dam

There are many earthquakes in this world which were generated due to water load from a manmade reservoir. Moreover this region is one of the seismically active zones of the world (we all are aware if it); any large earthquake would be a big threat to the dam as there are geological evidences that the Shilong Earthquake propelled large boulders even up to Chhatak area. Any seismic failure will cause a sudden onrush of reservoir water through the Surma-Kushiyara valley and will reach up to Meghna floodplain. Interestingly, there are many ground elevations in upper Meghna valley which are just at sea level. This water will be enough to inundate about 25% area of Bangladesh by 5 ft. This volume of water would be capable to submerge the greater Sylhet district under 10-ft of water. The higher gradient runoff would be of extremely high-energy flow at least up to the downstream region of both Surma and Kushiyara rivers.

Budget 2009-10

The proposed budget document has been well presented addressing various crucial issues relating to infrastructure development, trade, commerce, sectoral management by giving emphasis on good governance and efficient public administration. The issue of rural safety net is commendable. If it could be implemented efficiently it would achieve positive results in the rural economy, and hence , a very strict and efficient management policy needs to be ensured. Corruption and mismanagement should be addressed firmly starting from selection of beneficiaries to distributions.

Swine flu

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a global flu pandemic after holding an emergency meeting. The swine flu (H1N1) virus first emerged in Mexico in April 2009 and has since spread to 74 countries. Hence, there is no chance to say that it will not spread in Bangladesh.

Drivers or killers?

I am more than convinced that all of us living in Dhaka feel the pain, agony and utter helplessness caused by the inexperienced and unfit bus drivers. God only knows how they get on the roads. How come there is no control over them. And the biggest question of all: Who owns these buses? Looking at the accident that took place yesterday (June 17, 2009) at the Moghbazar rail crossing; we can clearly see the insane behaviour of the careless and notorious bus driver whose impatient move caused so much damage. However, the news reports on TV seemed to have pointed out more of the fact that NO one died on the scene, and not emphasize enough on the mindless, inexcusable act of the bus driver who could not wait a minute longer and stop before the rail. In this regard, I also want to inform you all of another very recent accident I myself was caught in where a speedy bus hit my car from behind on the airport road. I was slowing down under the foot overbridge and passed the Radisson hotel, when a 'minibus' came rushing and hit me from behind breaking the entire back window of my microbus and damaging the whole back side severely. Like a miracle, the gas cylinder of the car was not hit and the car was saved from blowing off. Surely, the bus immediately took off and NO one tried to stop the bus from fleeing the scene. (Not surprising!) Although I was lucky not to be seriously hurt, I had to undergo CatScan and other neurological treatment to check for internal brain injury. The point is simple. This is a free, democratic country, I suppose. Then, there must be rule of law that holds these irresponsible thugs responsible for their actions and they MUST be punished. Or else, we all may have to live in a city where neither we nor our children or loved ones will be safe from the horror and terror caused by these reckless, foolish, immature and negligent bus drivers.

Online trading

The world economy is now under pressure. Individual earnings from various sources can contribute to the growth of the national economy.

Where is our security?

We are stunned and have become very frightened by the news that a group of armed men tried to occupy a house owned by a retired civil servant, which is situated in the posh Gulshan area. The owner of the house, Abdul Qayyum, is living there along with his wife and daughter for thirty five years. The intruders said that the house is owned by ATN Bangla, a private television channel and tried to kidnap the landlord.

RMG buildings

Ready-made garments are our number one export item. Starting in the late seventies, this sector accounts for over 64% of the country's total export earnings. There are about 2,500 export oriented ready-made garment industries in Bangladesh, those are clustered over mainly Dhaka.

Tigers lose

One Bengali newspaper has rightly epitomized the defeat of Bangladesh cricket team, or the so-called "Tigers", at the hands of an amateurish Irish cricket team with the news title "Bagher Garjon Noy, Biraler Mew Mew". What a shame and what an embarrassment for the cricket lovers and for the nation as a whole! And it is nothing new, it has been happening at regular intervals.

Some suggestions

It is just a matter of time to see how the budget will be for the next year but I somehow believe that some business sectors are neglected in the budget. I can blatantly say that there are business people who hang around the ministers to fulfil the demands only for their own business sectors. Whether it is FBCCI or MCCI or even BGMEA, all these bodies talk about the needs and wants of only one particular sector, which is, of course the garment sector. Because most of the top individuals of these bodies are garment owners. We do not see any individual or group of people from any other sector who play a vital role in influencing the government. Toiletries sector is one such sector which is neglected beyond imagination. There are extremely good opportunities abroad for exporting toiletries in continents like Africa or South America or even in Eastern Europe. But unfortunately, with heavy duties on raw materials and higher interest rates on bank loans, it is impossible to compete with other countries.

MPs and people

Elected representatives or the MPs of a democratic government are supposed to be 'employees' of the people. The people hired them to serve them. In a democracy, all men and women are supposed to have the same rights and privileges.

Bangladesh cricket

It saddens me to say this, but it seems like our entire country is perennially stuck in the phase of a journey that prompts travellers to say, "We are not quite there yet but almost there". We are close to our 40th year of independence and literally have nothing to show for it; corrupt and visionless governance, re-cycled politicians with re-cycled promises. We had some hope that our cricketers' would make our lives enjoyable more often than not but it seems like they are following in the footsteps of our political leaders. Big promises at the beginning but just "crap" at the end, over and over again.

Ashraful's captaincy

I am mainly addressing the Bangladesh Cricket Control Board, and at the same time requesting your readers' valuable judgment on my opinion against the following:

Holocaust and Israel

Six million Jews were killed or perished otherwise in Europe during the Second World War. The whole thing is identified as holocaust. President Obama during his famous Cairo discourse cited the matter as the root of sufferings of all Jews. He also touched upon the plight Palestinians are suffering in the hands of the Zionist state of Israel.

Pre-schools or residences?

How many residences in Dhaka have been converted to pre-schools in recent years? May be there is no accurate statistics, but the traffic situation during school closing time only in Dhanmondi indicates that the number of such converted schools is pretty high. The debate only remains in the domain of unbearable traffic situation in a residential locality. But we seem to be ignorant of the fact that there is also a child psychology perspective of this process of conversion of schools from residences.

International

Death toll in Kirkuk bombing up to 72

Residents of the town hit by Iraq's bloodiest attack in 16 months searched for their loved ones yesterday after a massive truck bombing killed 72 people and destroyed dozens of houses.

West Bengal mulls ban on Maoists

The West Bengal government will give “serious thought” to imposing a ban on the Maoists, chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said Saturday.

India, Nepal to restart bilateral border work

Nepal and India yesterday agreed to reactivate the existing local level bilateral mechanism to resolve the border dispute between the two countries and expedite implementation of past agreements and understandings.

Pakistan can isolate extremists: Obama

US President Barack Obama said in an interview yesterday he was confident Pakistan can "isolate extremists" and that the United States had no plans to send troops to the insurgency-hit country.

Pak citizens' militia kills seven Taliban

A citizens' militia trying to drive out the Taliban killed seven militants in a two-hour firefight in Pakistan's troubled northwest, police said yesterday.

Protests in China over youth's death

Hundreds of baton-wielding police yesterday dispersed protesters and cordoned off a city hotel in central China after a young man's mysterious death sparked unrest, a local official and a witness said.

2 Nato soldiers killed in attack in Afghanistan

Two soldiers from the NATO-led coalition were killed and six others wounded yesterday in an attack on the main military base for US-led forces in Afghanistan, the force said.

Maoists kill 11 police in India

At least 11 special police personnel were killed and 10 injured in a landmine blast triggered overnight by suspected Maoist rebels in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh, police said yesterday.

US journalist escapes Taliban captivity

A New York Times reporter known for making investigative trips deep inside dangerous conflict zones escaped from militant captors after more than seven months in captivity in Afghanistan and Pakistan by climbing over a wall, the newspaper said Saturday.

Lanka steps up hunt for rebel remnants

Sri Lanka is pouring more troops into former rebel-held areas in the east of the island to hunt down remnants of the Tamil Tigers following their defeat in the north, a state-run weekly said yesterday.

Iran's election showdown now a crisis of legitimacy

Blood and chaos or not, it will no longer be business as usual after this weekend's showdown between Iran's 30-year-old Islamic regime and its challengers marching in the country's main cities.

16 die in China factory blast

AFP, BEIJING: At least 16 people died and 43 were injured yesterday in a factory explosion in eastern China's Anhui province, a police source and state media said.

Four injured in Taiwan storm

AFP, TAIPEI: Four people were injured yesterday as tropical storm Linfa moved along the Taiwan Strait towards the Chinese mainland, bringing strong winds and torrential rain, officials said.

Turkish trawlers held in Algeria

AFP, ALGIERS: Algerian authorities said yesterday they have detained three Turkish trawlers and one Algerian vessel for illegally fishing more than 200 tonnes of tuna.

Nigerian rebels attack two Shell oil pipelines

AFP, LAGOS: Nigerian militant group, MEND, said it attacked two oil pipelines belonging to Anglo-Dutch energy giant Shell in the southern Rivers state yesterday.

Suu Kyi's supporters jailed for pagoda prayers

AFP, YANGON: Myanmar has jailed two supporters of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi for one and a half years for insulting religion after they prayed at a pagoda for her release, her party said yesterday.

Two reformist journalists arrested in Iran

AFP, TEHRAN: Two prominent Iranian journalists were arrested following opposition protests on Saturday, a colleague said, as Tehran continued with a crackdown on reformist leaders.

Malaysia shuts school with 3 swine flu cases

AFP, KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia yesterday shut down a Chinese-language elementary school in the capital after an 11-year-old girl infected two classmates with swine flu, according to reports here.

Yemen says hostages still alive

AFP, SANAA: Yemen's interior minister said six foreigners kidnapped in the north of the impoverished country might still be alive after three others were found dead last week.

Australian premier rejects calls to quit

Australia's Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and his treasurer are rejecting opposition calls to resign over their relationship with a car dealer which commentators say has created the 19-month-old government's biggest political crisis.

Banned whale meat trade picking up

AFP, OSLO: Despite being officially illegal, the international trade in whale meat between the whale-hunting nations is quietly picking up again, say enviromental campaigners.

Bodies found in Iraq are of Brit hostages

The two bodies handed over to British authorities in Iraq are those of British hostages seized two years ago, government sources said yesterday.

Insurgents kill six police in Baghdad

Insurgents have shot dead six Iraqi policemen in an attack and subsequent clashes in a west Baghdad neighbourhood, police and government officials said yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Recalling the spirit of Sufia Kamal

"It was February 21, 1953. We attended programmes all day, observing the first Language Martyrs' Day. Barefoot, we went to the Shaheed Minar, which was just a bare brick structure covered by black cloth then. We were at memorial meetings and rallies, mourning those who had embraced martyrdom to secure our right to speak Bangla. In the evening, Sufia Kamal asked me what my plans are, and my tired answer was that I wanted to go back to my hall (at Dhaka University). She asked me, 'aren't you invited to the dinner celebrating International Poetry Festival?' I told her as they are celebrating the occasion on a national mourning day, I don't intend to go.

Shaan charms the Dhaka audience

"Musu musu hasi...deo malailai...msu musu hasi deo..." was the definitive pop anthem in '99 -- from little kids to mommies and daddies, and not to forget lovebirds in every nook and cranny! Who knew that the suave, disarming smile behind the song held so much promise and enthusiasm for decades to come! Shaan (aka Shantanu Mukherjee) has carved a niche for himself in the Bollywood music industry as well as international TVdom through hosting the mega-popular talent hunt "SaReGaMaPa."

Suvash Das: An emerging artist

Suvas Das' passion for music and painting goes back to his primary school days. Even at that tender age he participated in many a local competition. Realising his immense talent, his primary teacher, Taimur Rahman inspired Suvash to formally learn painting. Likewise, Anwar Hossain Babu encouraged his musical talent. Today Suvash is a reputed artist-cum-singer in Jhenidah. Already three of his solo albums have been released: Mon Pelam Na, Parsi and Srabaner Kanna

Nagarik Natyanagan Ensemble to stage Neel-er Pala today

Nagarik Natyanagan Ensemble's latest production "Neel-er Pala" will be staged today at the Mahila Samiti Auditorium, according to a press release. The play focuses on the farmers' rebellion against the British, known as the 'Neel Bidroho' (Indigo Uprising) during the Raj era.

Drama serial 1920 on ntv

Drama serial “1920” will be aired on ntv tonight at 8:15 pm. The story revolves around friends studying together -- all aged between 19 and 20. They all have individual dreams, but there are shared aspirations. Two friends Pinky and Anila have different tastes -- the former goes for flowers and latter, for automobiles. Another member of the group, Ayon, is moody and somewhat more mature than his friends. Promiti is involved in theatre. So she draws special attention at her university. Srabonti is proud of her talents as a dancer.

Lalita on ETV tonight

Ekushey TV will air the drama serial “Lalita” tonight at 9:30pm. Based on a story by Abdus Salam, the serial has been scripted and directed by Jewel Mahmud. Sumaiya Shimu plays the protagonist. Joyonto Chattopadhyay, Anisur Rahman Milon, Banya Mirza, Elora Gauhar, Pran Roy and Joyraj play other major roles.

Reading and writing competition in Dinajpur, Joypurhat

Bishwa Shahitya Kendra's Dinajpur and Joypurhat roaming library unit, organised Nazrul's prose a reading competition on Nazrul's prose and another on writing on the occasion of the National Poet's 110th birth anniversary.

OP-ED

Factional war grows as BJP sinks

THE Bharatiya Janata Party's second consecutive defeat in the national elections has led to vicious infighting. The BJP's pettiest and meanest traits are on full display in this sordid power-play. Former finance minister Yashwant Sinha has joined former foreign minister Jaswant Singh in raising the banner of revolt by attacking the L.K. Advani camp for its election strategy failure and for "rewarding" those who devised it.

Moral imperative

MORALITY in human society originated from religion. The prime concern of morality is to guide and regulate mankind with a view to bringing discipline in societies. For instance, the origin of the institution of marriage lies in religious scriptures, whose major goals are to regulate sexual behaviour, to provide appropriate identity to the offspring and to allow inheritance of property.


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