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News of: Wednesday, 24th of June, 2009

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Shut tanneries at Hazaribagh by Feb next

The High Court (HC) yesterday directed authorities concerned to take steps to close down tanneries at the city's Hazaribagh within February next year to control the massive-scale environmental pollution the industry is causing.

Relocation in a sticky stew

Relocation of Hazaribagh tanneries, one of the worst polluters of environment smack in the middle of the capital, is being delayed due to a delay in setting up a central effluent treatment plant (CETP) at the Leather Estate in Savar, said industry insiders.

Navy eyes sub, new frigates

Bangladesh Navy seeks implementation of an ambitious ten-year plan to upgrade it into a three-dimensional force by introducing new frigates, a submarine, maritime patrol aircraft, helicopters and other equipment with an estimated cost of Tk 6,000 crore.

Pinak must go

BNP Parliamentary Party yesterday demanded immediate withdrawal of Indian High Commissioner Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty for “violating diplomatic norms and interfering in the country's internal affairs”.

Law on cards to protect family of Bangabandhu

The government decided to make a law to ensure security of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's family members in line with a similar law that was scrapped by the previous BNP-led government.

Textbooks to have more on war history

The experts committee to incorporate the real history of the Liberation War in textbooks recommended adding a good number of new stories, articles and poems on the War in the Bangla textbooks of all classes in secondary level.

Eyes shift to universities

Investigators consider extending vigilance to institutions for higher education to trace whether militants have already infiltrated into those and built a strong network, say sources concerned.

HC gets 9 additional judges

President Zillur Rahman yesterday appointed nine additional judges to the High Court (HC) Division of the Supreme Court (SC) beefing up the strength of the HC to deal with a huge backlog of cases.

PM declares zero tolerance on graft

Prime Minister (PM) Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the present government would not tolerate any type of corruption as it is pledge-bound to establish good governance in every sphere of society.

Gen Matin misused power

The parliamentary standing committee on shipping ministry yesterday raised fresh allegations of irregularities and misuse of power against former home and shipping adviser Maj Gen (retd) MA Matin.

Govt to appoint 25,000 teachers

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday said the government would appoint 25,000 primary school teachers soon to resolve the country's teacher crisis.

Highrise hope for Hatirjheel losers

The government has decided to construct multi-storey structures adjacent to the Begunbari-Hatirjheel canal to accommodate the people affected by Hatirjheel project.

Robbery attempt in daylight foiled

Two robbers were caught red-handed while their gang was trying to loot gold ornaments in broad daylight from the outlet of Amin Jewellers in the city's Gulshan area yesterday.

New envoys to US, India, Myanmar

The government has appointed new ambassadors and high commissioner of Bangladesh to the United States, India and Myanmar.

JCD to rely on old, irregulars again

Formation of the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) central committee with regular students might be ignored once again as the BNP high command is planning to announce a convening committee with a number of aged leaders.

'Slaves' in Malaysia

Abdul Matin, 35, went to Malaysia as the prospect of employment and good fortune beckoned him but he returned stony-broke and almost crippled for no fault of his own.

Home Economics College shut after students' agitation

Home Economics College was closed sine die after its students damaged the office of the principal, the library and other rooms in protest at police's "charging truncheons on them for demonstrating on the road to realise their demands.

Stay sought on HC verdict on independence proclamation

A provisional leave-to-appeal petition was filed with the Supreme Court (SC) yesterday seeking stay on the operation of the High Court (HC) judgement declaring that Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, not Ziaur Rahman, had proclaimed the republic's independence.

Criminals kill 2 autorickshaw drivers in Ctg

Criminals stabbed two autorickshaw drivers to death before making away with an autorickshaw at Dalu Rubber Bagan area in Fatikchhari upazila on Monday night.

Moudud's remarks go against his past views

Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday trashed BNP leader Moudud Ahmed's statement against the High Court's recent judgment on the proclaimer of independence as Moudud himself in his book had mentioned Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as the proclaimer of independence.

Poll results won't be scrapped

Iran's top election body yesterday ruled out cancelling the disputed presidential vote as the world voiced increasing alarm at the violent crackdown on opposition demonstrators posing the most serious challenge to the Islamic regime in 30 years.

US missile strikes from drone kill 6 militants

A Taliban faction leader who criticised the militant group's Pakistani head over attacks that killed civilians was fatally shot yesterday, reportedly by one of his own guards.

Editorial

Making right to information law work

The conference on Right to Information: Law, Institution and Citizens has ended on a resolute note. Rightly so, on the eve of the Right to Information Act taking effect, when all the stakeholders need to be fully committal to the task of implementation of a right considered key to other democratic rights.

Such a fatal accident should not recur

We are profoundly shocked at the death in an accident caused by reckless driving of a learner at the wheel near the Jagannath Hall on the Dhaka University campus. While taking an early morning walk, the victim Anima Rani Saha, wife of a Dhaka University Professor Parimal Kumar Saha, lost her life hit by a speeding private car. The lethality of the accident that lends added poignancy to the mishap came from hour that it took place at together with the fact of very high speed of 80 km/hr at which the vehicle was running.

Moeen was no De Gaulle, but . . .

THERE are hordes of people baying for Moeen U. Ahmed's blood these days. They would like him to be taken into custody. They would love to see him tried for the way he "violated" the constitution. Their happiness will know no bounds if he is hauled up to answer the question of why he had kept the country captive to an "illegitimate" government for two years. They would applaud uproariously if the guillotine came down on his neck. All of that is a matter of opinion. It is a free country, which means every citizen is free to speak his mind on men and matters in a way he sees fit.

Hail to the new ACC chief

THE nation has a new ACC chairman in office. Congratulations. But nothing -- short of a news headline stating "ACC declines to withdraw of political corruption cases without formal judicial proceedings" -- will reassure the nation that there's more than one corruption crusader in an otherwise corruption-infested political system.

Israel's offer is a non-starter

ONE critic appropriately says that the far-right Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu's speech on June 14, "accepting" the creation of a Palestinian state, was very much like taking a visitor's hand in welcoming him but refusing to allow the rest of the visitor's body into his house.

Sports

Exit Ash, Enter Mash

Mashrafe Bin Mortaza is the first paceman in the country to lead the national team as Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Tuesday appointed him as captain and Shakib Al Hasan as his deputy for the tours of West Indies and Zimbabwe.

Little surprise as usual

The Rafiqul Alam-led national selection panel made no exceptions yesterday when a 15-member Test squad for the tour of the West Indies was announced, brining in one fresh face in the form of wicketkeeper batsman Sahagir Hossain.

Venus sinks Voegel

Defending champion Venus Williams moved into the Wimbledon second round on Tuesday but time caught up with fellow All England Club veterans Kimiko Date Krumm and Jelena Dokic.

Siddheswhari, Sir John in final

Siddheshwari Girl's High School and Sir John Wilson School advanced to the final of the Citycell Dhaka Metropolis Women's School Football Championship winning their respective semifinal matches at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Pakistan return home

Police whisked Pakistan's Twenty20 World Cup-winning team away from jubilant fans at Lahore airport on Tuesday citing security fears in a city recently targeted by Taliban militants.

Olympic Day observed

Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) observed the Olympic Day-2009 in the capital and five other divisional headquarters as part of the International Olympic Committee's global program to popularize the Olympic movement.

'T20 decision premeditated'

Younus Khan has said that he had decided even before the World Cup started that he would retire from Twenty20 cricket if Pakistan won the tournament. He also said his statement about Twenty20 cricket being a fun game was part of his plan to ease the pressure off his players.

Teletalk cricket

Prajanma Club defeated Baibonchhara Jubo Sangha by 27 runs in the opening match of the Teletalk cricket tournament that got underway at the Khagrachhari Government High School premises yesterday.

Final on Spanish sights

Spain was expecting to face Italy or Egypt in their Confederations Cup semifinal on Wednesday but instead the United States stands between them and another world record.

SA have nothing to lose

Hosts South Africa were finding it hard on Monday to get their heads around the reality that they are just one game away from the Confederations Cup final.

Nakamura taking a gamble

Japanese star midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura, a key man in the country's World Cup campaign said Tuesday his move to Spain's Espanyol from Celtic will be a big gamble.

Blues appeal punishments

English Premier League giants Chelsea appealed on Monday against the punishments meted out last week by UEFA over their behaviour following the Champions League semifinal defeat by Barcelona last month.

Foe will be honoured at final

The death of Cameroon midfielder Marc-Vivien Foe will be commemorated ahead of the Confederations Cup final on Sunday, FIFA president Sepp Blatter says.

Torres plans to emulate legends

Fernando Torres says he would love to emulate Liverpool legends Kenny Dalglish and Robbie Fowler, adding that he believes the club is close to winning major honours.

Espanyol sign Israeli starlet

Spanish Championship side Espanyol has signed Israeli international striker Ben Sahar from Chelsea, the Barcelona-based club said on Monday.

Shuktara Club Cup champs

Shuktara Jubo Sangsad of Narayanganj clinched the first ever Bashundhara Champions Club Cup crown with an unbeaten record beating Feni Soccer Club by a solitary goal at the Cox's Bazar Stadium yesterday.

Gayle not taking India lightly

West Indies captain Chris Gayle has said he is not underestimating the Indians despite the visitors fielding an understrength team for the four-match ODI series in Jamaica and St Lucia.

Organisation satisfy FIFA

FIFA says it is satisfied with the way the Confederations Cup has been organised, but admits there are still problems to iron out ahead of the World Cup next year.

Ponting not shocked

Australia captain Ricky Ponting said on Monday it was no shock to him that Michael Vaughan had been left out of England's 16-man Ashes training squad announced earlier in the day.

Bopara brushes aside Warne comments

England batsman Ravi Bopara has said he has earned his place in the Test team with a series of consistent performances over the last few months, dismissing Shane Warne's recent comments about his worth to the side.

Business

Move on bulk drugs import draws fire

Pharmaceutical industry leaders, dismayed by the government's budgetary proposal to allow the imports of medicines and bulk drugs, commonly known as raw materials, have demanded its review to protect local makers.

Rahimafrooz to set up solar panel assembling plant

Rahimafrooz Renewable Energy Ltd is set to assemble solar panels to grab the domestic market for solar home systems that are on an upward curve on the back of the government policy support to help off-grid people get electricity.

Changes in PPR to expedite ADP

Finance Minister AMA Muhith said yesterday the proposed amendments to public procurement regulations (PPR) are meant for achieving four basic goals, including quick implementation of annual development programme (ADP).

Govt mulls short-term fix for power crisis

The government is considering setting up hydroelectric and wind power plants on a small scale to minimise acute shortage of power in the short run, the energy adviser to the prime minister said yesterday.

Form an agency for renewable energy

Renewable energy service providers yesterday urged the government to form a body to implement the renewable energy policy to develop the green energy resources and meet 10 percent of the national demand for power by 2020.

BGMEA to get its share of stimulus

Commerce Minister Faruk Khan yesterday admitted that Bangladesh, especially its export industries, started feeling the prick of global financial meltdown and pledged all-out support to the affected sectors.

E-governance a centrepiece in digitalisation

The government needs to ensure e-governance in all sectors for a 'Digital Bangladesh', said economist Prof Muzaffer Ahmad yesterday.

Bankrolling the poor

Around $2 billion is currently in circulation through microcredit in Bangladesh. Since introduction, its spread has been prolific and its uptake legendary. The concept of extending banking services to the poor is now accepted as commonplace, where as only a couple of decades ago, many believed that the poor would not be creditworthy. Without a doubt, the poor have proved their trustworthiness and they are now seen as a potential marketplace for the rest of the world.

Friction ahead of Merkel, Obama talks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit US President Barack Obama this week amid sharp differences between the world's top economy and its top exporter ahead of the G8 summit of rich nations.

Detroit lifts quality, Toyota still king

There's a message for Detroit's automakers in the new J.D. Power and Associates rankings: Good work. Now go back and do it again.

Eurozone business contraction easing

The business contraction in the 16 countries using the euro was the shallowest for nine months in June, despite a steep decline in the service sector, a survey showed on Tuesday.

Stocks shake off losses

Dhaka stocks returned to the black yesterday, breaking from the previous day's drop, with the key index reaching its highest in eight months.

Milk Vita to supply 3.5 lakh litres liquid milk in Ramadan

Milk Vita on an average will supply 3.5 lakh litres of liquid milk in the market for meeting its growing demand during the holy month of Ramadan.

Workers back to work in 500 textile mills in Narsingdi

Some 18,000 workers of over 500 textiles mills who went on work abstention on Friday joined their work yesterday.

New MD for Southeast Bank

Southeast Bank Ltd has recently appointed Mahbubul Alam as its managing director, says a press release.

Yen, dollar gain in Asia

The yen firmed against the dollar and euro Tuesday as investors ran for cover on renewed fears that a world economic recovery will remain slow and painful, dealers said.

Oil below $67 in Asian trade

Oil fell sharply to below 67 dollars in Asian trade Tuesday amid conflicting signals about the prospects of an early rebound for the struggling global economy.

ADB chief urges investments in water infrastructure

Investments in water infrastructure must be sustained if Asia is to succeed in reducing poverty and maintaining strong economic growth, the region's top development banker said Tuesday.

Obama to create panel for auto workers

President Barack Obama is to reach out to workers in the battered US auto sector on Tuesday, announcing the establishment of a policy panel to address their woes.

Toyota to roll out fuel-cell car by 2015

Toyota Motor, the world's top automaker, plans to roll out a fuel-cell car by 2015 in its push to stay ahead in the global race for green autos, vice president Masatami Takimoto said Tuesday.

IMF sees Polish economy shrinking 0.5pc in 2009

Poland's economy is set to shrink 0.5 percent this year, making it one of Europe's least crisis-hit nations, but a modest 1.0-percent recovery in 2010 hinges on a continent-wide revival, the IMF said Tuesday.

Currency

Local Market FX
Local inter-bank FX market was active on Tuesday. The market was liquid and USD/BDT rate was similar the previous working day.

Metropolitan

Asian HR Commission calls for end to custodial torture

Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) yesterday urged the Jatiya Sangsad to prove its commitment that they want to end the practice of custodial torture and the culture of impunity.

Personal belief no bar to working for nat'l interest

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina called upon all to work unitedly for welfare of the people and overcoming difficulties like natural calamity.

Vow to implement charter for change

Reiterating its pledges to implement the charter for change and to build a digital Bangladesh under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the ruling Awami League observed its 60th founding anniversary amid festivity yesterday, six months after the party swept a landslide victory in the December 29 national elections.

Dipu Moni opposes money-whitening

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni yesterday told the House that there is no scope for district-wise budget under the present system of government.

DU to establish Campus Security Force

The Dhaka University (DU) authorities have decided, in principle, to establish a security force of its own to ensure security of students and teachers and maintain law and order on the campus.

Fly ash poses serious health hazards

The public health of around 34 villages around the Barapukuria 250MW Power Plant is becoming hazardous as the plant chimneys are continuously emitting fly ash which is full of coal particles due to some technical glitches.

Int'l SOS Children's Village Day celebrated

Yesterday it was a special day for the children at the SOS Children's Village in Dhaka. They passed the day singing, dancing and making merry.

Ensure proper management, increase fund for health sector

Health experts at a discussion yesterday urged the government to ensure proper management in health sector as well as increase budgetary allocation for the sector.

Seek int'l help for rehabilitation

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) yesterday suggested Bangladesh to seek assistance from international donor agencies and countries for long-term rehabilitation like constructing embankments and houses damaged by the cyclone Aila.

'Steps to be taken to enforce law properly'

Industries Minister Dilip Barua yesterday said the government would take effective measures for proper implementation of the Consumers' Rights Protection Act.

Foreign vessel hits jetty at Ctg Port

A foreign vessel damaged a huge portion of a jetty while taking berth at Chittagong Port yesterday.

Poverty main obstacle to achieving MDGs

Poverty is the main obstacle to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 as it is interlinked with all other factors related to development, experts at a symposium said yesterday.

Nasaka to stop Rohingya infiltration

Myanmar border force Nasaka officials yesterday said it would stop infiltration of Rohingyas into Bangladesh.

Family support a must for recovery of drug addicts

Speakers at a discussion yesterday said family cooperation as well as strong support is a must for the recovery of drug addicts, says a press release.

Ten killed in road accidents

Ten people were killed in separate road accidents in Pabna, Manikganj, Satkhira, Madaripur, Noakhali, Narail, Barisal and Chapainawabganj yesterday.

Ban on training cars on DU campus

Dhaka University (DU) authorities have imposed a ban on the movement of training cars inside the campus, said a press release of the university yesterday.

One bullet-hit in shootout with police

A suspected criminal sustained bullet injuries in a shootout with the police in the city's Tejgaon Industrial area early yesterday.

Son, daughter demand trial of father for war crimes

The son and daughter of a suspected war criminal, Osman Gani, sought cooperation from the international community in bringing their father to justice.

420 Wasa pumps to get dual power connection

Dhaka Power Distribution Company (DPDC) decided to give dual connection to the 420 water pumps of Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) under their area to keep supply of water normal.

Six Indians jailed for trespass with arms

Six Indian nationals were sentenced to ten years' jail yesterday for trespass with arms.

Time for depositing Hajj money extended

The deadline for depositing money for performing Hajj under both government and non-government managements has been extended till July 15.

2 bombs recovered from DU hall

Police recovered two bombs in abandon condition from Sergeant Zahurul Haque Hall premises of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday.

Kabori's motorcade under attack in N'ganj

The motorcade of Awami League (AL) lawmaker Sarah Begum Kabori, which was heading towards Dhaka on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the party, came under attack at Chasara and the miscreants ransacked 10 to 12 vehicles.

Call for digital preservation for dev of library

Speakers at a seminar on Sunday said digital preservation is a principal consideration in digital library development in the wider Asian region, says a press release.

UZ parishad yet to start functioning properly

Although more than six months have passed since the upazila election was held, the upazila parishad in the country are yet to start functioning properly, said civil service cadres at a seminar yesterday.

Kazi Faruk asked to surrender to trial court

The High Court (HC) yesterday directed former chairman of Proshika Kazi Faruk Ahmed to surrender before the trial court within eight weeks in connection with a case filed against him on charges of misappropriation of money.

HC dismisses election petition of AL candidate

The High Court yesterday dismissed an election petition filed by Zahid Faruque, a defeated candidate of Awami League for Barisal-5 for December 29 elections, challenging the candidature of Mujibur Rahman Sarwar, who was declared elected by the Election Commission (EC).

Three held with car, pistol

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab-1) recovered a private car, a pistol with four rounds of bullets and arrested three criminals, including a listed criminal, from the city's Mohakhali area yesterday.

Woman missing from police safe custody

A woman went missing from police safe custody at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday where she was undergoing treatment.

Shamsunnahar Hall reunion July 31

A reunion of the former students of Shamsunnahar Hall of Dhaka University will be held on July 31.

Matin Chaudury's anniversary of death today

Today is the 28th death anniversary of Dr Abdul Matin Chaudury, founder chairman of Bangabandhu Parishad, Bose Professor and former vice chancellor of Dhaka University, says a press release.

National

Tengratila blow-out victims demand full compensation

Tengratila Dabi Aday Bastobayon Parishad at a press conference yesterday demanded payment of arrear compensation from Canadian company Niko for the massive damage caused by the blow-out at Tengratila on June 24 of 2005.

Dyke collapse floods 30 villages in Khulna

Thirty villages of Koira upazila have been inundated as Pobna dyke in Maharajpur Union collapsed Monday evening due to high tide.

They fight social evils, work to ensure rights

Some 500 public researchers from 36 villages yesterday gathered in a conference in Tanore upazila, sharing their success stories in ensuring human rights through self-research in the last four years.

Ex-MP Ilyas Ali, 47 others granted bail

A Sylhet court on Monday granted bail to former lawmaker and Sylhet distrct BNP convener M Ilyas Ali and 47 others in a case filed on charge of snatching ballot papers.

Ousted leaders in Feni stage pro-Eskander procession

Feni BNP's expelled leaders and their men on Monday brought out a procession in the town to garner support in favour of newly selected convenor and Khaleda Zia's younger brother Sayeed Eskander.

BCL leader held for robbery

Police arrested a BCL leader on Monday on charge of bus robbery at Jamtalimore under Sadar upazila.

Snippets

One killed as AL rivals clash
Our Correspondent, Magura
One person was killed and 10 others were injured in a clash Monday between two rival factions of Awami League (AL) at village Dighi in Shalikha upazila. Fakhrul Islam, 35, of Dighi village succumbed to injuries at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital. Police quoting locals said that the supporters of local AL leaders Lutfur Rahman and Abdur Razzak clashed over a triffle issue leaving at least 11 people injured.

Letters

Dying rivers

I would like to pay my heartfelt thanks to DS for its sincere efforts to save the rivers as well as to save the nation from imminent ruination due to the situation created by the unscrupulous and greedy people living around Dhaka city. The DS has made a very good move to alert the sleeping people and the organisations concerned of the government. The foreshore land is the land lying between the high & low water mark of ordinary spring tide. The spring tide is happening during the full moon and the new moon period of the lunar month. Besides, 50 yards =150 ft from the high water mark is also under the control of BIWTA. If any one wants to make any temporary structures on the foreshore land and up to 50 yards from the foreshore line, then they must seek permission of BIWTA. But it is observed along the rivers Buriganga, Shitalakhya, Turag, Dhaleswari, Balu and Tongi khal that huge numbers of structures have been constructed and installed within foreshore land and within 50 yards of the foreshore lands. For this illegal encroachments and grabbing mainly the district administration, land authorities and some employees of BIWTA are responsible and they should be brought to book. Those who served during the last 10 to 20 years should be summoned to explain everything.

Let there be light

I am writing in response to the article written by Marieme Helle Lucas published on Monday, June 8, 2009. I am saddened by her disappointment with the discourse President Obama delivered in Cairo.

Failed cricketers

Having miserably failed to hit back at the cricket ball during the last World Cup preliminaries; Ashraful can now only hit back at words, which is all that he can do since he can't hit the ball with the cricket bat any more!

No power for three days!

Can you believe this? There was no electricity in my home [Mohammedpur (North), Chittagong] for three days! WAPDA (PDB whatever) people say there is a problem with the transformer. But this is not the first time! The transformer down is a very usual event in this area. It happens at least twice a week. And we need to spend night after night without electricity. You can't imagine the agony of spending such a night in this hot summer. My eldest brother and his wife have severe jaundice; we had to shift her to another place due to the electricity problem. Recently, my father had a heat stroke, and has been hospitalised for almost a week and when he was released the electricity was gone.

Boring talk shows

Some talk shows are becoming a big source of irritation to a few for being monotonous, and the missing principles of presenting a view point, especially when the moderator is heavily involved in pushing his or her view point. Therefore, my simple question is; who decides how the talk show should be organised and presented- the sponsor, the producer or TV authorities or the moderator? This is basically a policy question put to the authorities of the TV channels airing the talk shows. As a viewer, I think we have the right to talk about using and misusing the electronic media.

Tipaimukh, no problem?

Foreign Minister Dr. Dipu Moni has said that if India builds the Tipaimukh dam the problem that will occur is not that acute.

Communal persecution

I have recently been reading, in some of the local newspapers, about an incident that had happened in Chuadanga district.

Freedom at stake

Our freedom is at stake for sure. If the people/citizens do not get protection and feel safe in their own homes, then who can say we are a free country? When the clock turned to midnight of June 11 a television channel reportedly showed their muscle power and tried to evict the original resident out of his 69 Gulshan Avenue home. What a shame, why they had to show muscle power and why at night if they did rightfully buy the land from the owner?

Look into it

High drama was staged in occupying/liberating WTCC, the lone organisation that regulates internal movement of goods through river routes. The organisation was created to co ordinate the interests of both ship owners and importers and smooth movement of goods. Chittagong chambers represented the importers, BCVOA and COAB represented the ship owners. During the 4 party rule of the BNP/Jamaat, a section of corrupt officials occupied the leadership of WTCC and plundered crores of taka. After the 1/11 change over some of them confessed their guilt and returned some of the money so plundered. Others fled away to foreign countries to save their skins. Newspapers published a number of stories about WTCC corruption. Now these interest groups assembled again behind different political activists to start their nefarious activities. BCVOA and COAB leaderships are supposed to be elected bodies but democracy is a far cry there. Interested coteries occupied leadership and never face election. Ordinary ship owners have no voice in these organisations.

Law minister's comment

The Law Minister Barrister Shafique Ahmed has reportedly commented that the ACC could not work freely during the CTG rule. And immediately Barrister Moudud Ahmed supported his comments and declared his intention to cooperate with the law minister for initiating actions against CTG and ACC. The comments are not true and Mr. Moudud's quick offer of assistance to the law minister is an attempt to discredit the

Demolition of structures

It is good to see that the govt. is evicting the illegal structures on Turag and Shitalakhya rivers. But it is disappointing that some religious installations were spared. The authorities hesitated to demolish those on the ground of "religious sentiments"!

Budget

The budget of 2009-10 is more significant than any other budget. We have got a timeworn budget after two years. It is well-known that the budget means some changes. Moreover, people should have the willingness to keep pace with such kind of changes. This budget will be effective and acceptable to all. To establish a “Digital Bangladesh” is our government's motto.

One day not enough

Voice against child labour seems to be audible only on the very “Child Labour Day”. But we become oblivious of everything after observing the day. Things must change for the better in this area.

A valiant freedom fighter

Mr. SM Kamaluddin who was a valiant freedom fighter passed away on 4 June 2009. He was buried in Middle Madarsha, Hathajari Chittagong on Saturday, June 6, 2009 with state honour.

Advance income tax

The existing Finance Act has a provision to realise Advance Income Tax at source at the rate of Tk 1,000 at the time of issuance & renewal of Trade License. This is a financial burden, particularly for Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) & is directly counterproductive to the spirit of the current reform initiative to lower the cost of doing business. The SMEs hold the secret of growth for all sectors & should be provided with all support for their growth. They are the biggest employer of industrial workers in the country. There is no denying that focussed policy actions are needed for development of SMEs through fiscal measures. We appeal to the finance minister that the existing provision to realise Advance Income Tax at source at the rate of Tk 1,000 at the time of issuance & renewal of Trade License be withdrawn from the budget.

Government- NGO collaboration

There has been considerable debate on the role of NGOs not only in Bangladesh but also all over the world. Nowadays NGOs are regarded as the third executive arm of the government. Bureaucrats are called the first executive arm as they are recruited to implement the policies and decisions taken by the government. They are an inseparable part of the government. Again NGOs are working according to their own plans and programmes. NGOs are playing their role differently. Sometimes they work as partner and sometimes as an implementing agency. Special advantages of NGOs are that they have access to the grassroots. NGOs are realising the fact that in order to scale up their activities at national level there is no alternative but to get involved with the government. Some contributions of NGOs create an opportunity for the government- NGO collaboration. Because balanced development is a complex undertaking that cannot be achieved by a single sector.

Test status threatened?

I am a cricket fan. Lately, however I notice that I only get involved in matches that Bangladesh play in. In the olden days some of us supported Pakistan while others went for India. Now with our own team taking part, it is Bangladesh all the way. Imagine my shock when I read Utpal Shubhro's interview with David Morgan, the President of ICC, in Prothom Alo (13-6-2009). Apparently, Morgan feels Bangladesh is not good enough to play Test cricket and should be confined to ODIs and T20s only He feels that Ireland is better than Bangladesh.

International

Night fever sweeps Tehran as daytime protests quashed

Iranians are taking to the rooftops after dark to shout their defiance as the government cracks down on daytime demonstrations against the disputed results of the June 12 presidential election.

Thousands of people flee South Waziristan

Up to 45,000 people have left their homes in a Pakistani tribal district bordering Afghanistan, many fearing a military offensive against Taliban warlord Baitullah Mehsud, an official said Monday.

Maoists offer talks as cops reclaim Lalgarh

Maoist extremists were willing to talk to West Bengal's Communist government in the presence of the "intelligentsia" if the operation against them in Lalgarh were stopped, a senior leader said on Tuesday as forces continued to sanitise the area and prepare for the next phase of security action in nearby Ramgarh.

9 killed in Washington metro train crash

Rescue workers searched through a mangled mess after a Washington metro train rammed into another one during rush hour, killing at least nine people and injuring 76, officials and media said yesterday.

US, Kyrgyzstan reach deal on air base use

A parliamentary committee on Tuesday backed a deal that allows the United States to ship non-lethal military supplies through a Kyrgyz air base to Afghanistan four months after the Central Asian nation ordered the eviction of US troops from the base.

Israel frees Palestinian parliament Speaker

The Hamas-affiliated speaker of the Palestinian parliament was freed Tuesday from an Israeli prison after serving the bulk of his three-year sentence.

US, China hold defence talks amid N Korea tension

US and Chinese defence officials met in Beijing yesterday for talks in which the Americans were expected to nudge China towards supporting more pressure on North Korea.

Russia, US resume nuclear talks

US and Russian negotiators met in Geneva on Tuesday to negotiate new cuts in nuclear weapons arsenals, in their last scheduled round of talks before a summit between their presidents next month.

British Speaker choice sparks fresh splits among MPs

Prime Minister Gordon Brown pledged a "new chapter" yesterday after lawmakers replaced their scandal-tainted speaker, but the choice sparked fresh splits among MPs reeling from a damaging expenses row.

17 people killed as Obama aide visits Afghanistan

The US military in Afghanistan briefed national security adviser James Jones yesterday on the boosted effort against Taliban insurgents as Afghan authorities reported new attacks that left 17 people dead.

West Bengal govt accepts central ban on Maoists

The Left Front government in West Bengal today accepted the Centre's ban on the CPI (Maoist) under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

Taliban using stolen US made infrared patches to ward-off air attacks

Several Taliban insurgents are making use of special US made infrared patches to prevent themselves from being targeted by American aircraft.

Poll shows extent of civilian suffering in wars

A Red Cross survey of eight war-torn countries has found that more than half of the civilians polled were forced to flee their homes -- while in Afghanistan and Liberia torture was a common experience.

Post-election crisis deepens in BJP

A crisis within India's main opposition, the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), appears to have worsened a month after their drubbing in general elections.

Warrants issued against 22 Pakistanis

A special court on Tuesday issued non-bailable warrants (NBWs) against 22 absconding Pakistanis wanted in connection with the terrorist attacks on Mumbai last year.

Families of UK embassy staff leave Iran

The ongoing violence in Iran is forcing families of British embassy staff to leave the country.

Pak Army, govt at loggerheads over fate of Fazlullah

There seems to be an apparent lack of communication between the Pakistan government and the military, when it comes to determining the current status of Swat Taliban chief Mullah Fazalullah.

People voted back Cong for a stable govt

Communist Party of India (Marxist) General Secretary Prakash Karat has said the Congress party won the recently held general elections as a result of people's concern for a stable and secular government.

Arts & Entertainment

Ustad Ali Akbar Khan: A true giver

Sunday June 21, 2009: It was a beautiful afternoon in the 120 acre lush emerald undulating pastures of San Rafael, but almost too quiet. Friends and family have gathered, hearts heavy with the incredible sense of loss at the passing of a star. Ustad Ali Akbar Khan will be laid to rest at the Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery in a few hours. The green meadow of San Rafael will forever be filled with the mellifluous melodies of his raaga creations, "Gauri Manjari," "Lajwanti," "Madhavi" and "Madhu Malati." Can you ever bury a star from the sky?

Bangladeshi female artists stir Nepal art scene

Shako, an association of female Bangladeshi artists, regularly arrange group exhibitions on different themes. The group has carved a niche for itself in the Dhaka art scene. Now, Shako is taking its talented artists beyond the border.

Flute sings in the hands of Gazi Abdul Hakim

On the second day (June 22) of Fête de la Musique, the festival celebrating World Music Day, prominent flutist Gazi Abdul Hakim performed solo at La Galerie, Alliance Francaise of Dhaka.

Abu Sayeed’s Rupantor wins top prize at Bhopal film fest

Bangladeshi director Abu Sayeed's latest feature film "Rupantor" (The Transformation) was adjudged the best international entry at the 'International Festival of Films on Tribal Art and Culture' held in Bhopal, capital of the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.

Cameron Diaz gets her star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Actress Cameron Diaz has been honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Walk around with Halum and Tuktuki from Sisimpur

A walk-around programme with popular characters from "Sisimpur" for school-going children is being held at five venues in the city, according to a press release.

Two-day film festival in Pabna

Considering the role of films in enlightening the masses, a two-day film festival was held in Chatmohar upazila under Pabna district. Dhaka University Students from Chatmohar Upazila and Dainik Chalanbil jointly organised the festival at Chatmohar Upazila Parishad centre on June 20.

OP-ED

In solidarity

THIS past winter in Iran, I searched in vain to find Iranian art films by Kiarostami, Makhmalbaaf, and others in Tehran's movie stores. I found a great deal that was pirated and Hollywood, and an increasing number of Hindi movies. But it was impossible, literally impossible, to find our Iranian films anywhere in Tehran. But here in Bangladesh, Iranian films, including ones I have never heard of, are available in many stores. On my last shopping excursion, I bought a copy of "Secret Ballot," an Iranian comedy about our ridiculous elections and burgeoning democracy.

Something to cheer about

THE International Cricket Council (ICC) world twenty20 trophy final was an all South Asian affair. Fittingly, Pakistan won the trophy while Sri Lanka was no less impressive. The latter maintained an undefeated record till they were finally beaten in the finals. It has been a great triumph for South Asian cricket as both the champions and the runners-up are from the same region, where cricket has been a great passion for long. All the major South Asian nations are not only cricket playing nations, the game has also found deep roots in their sporting psyche; so much so that cricket has almost become an integral part of their national feelings.

Rathayatra and Krishna consciousness

KRISHNA consciousness is considered a boon to the human form of life. Lord Krishna Himself indicated this consciousness in the shape of Bhagavad Geeta. Anything involving Lord Krishna is part of Krishna consciousness. Rathayatra (chariot journey) refers to His journey by chariot from Dvaraka to Kurukshetra with his elder brother Balarama and younger sister Subhadra. So this is a part of Krishna consciousness.

How to write a CV

SOMETHING the TV newscaster said caught my attention: there had been a slight uptick in the stock markets because of "positive economic news." Hooray! More than 350,000 people in the US lost their jobs last month, she continued. Huh? How can that be good news?


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