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News of: Friday, 10th of July, 2009

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Surprise junk rush

The company was in the red for at least three consecutive years. It did not give dividend even for once in the period. It was far from being a hotcake company on the bourses. And because of its lacklustre performance, it was bracketed in the Z category at Dhaka Stock Exchange.

JS gets graft details

A parliamentary body investigating irregularities during the tenure of former speaker Jamiruddin Sircar asked the House yesterday to strip Sircar of his MP status and recover around Tk 2.50 crore he, his deputy and the then chief whip took illegally as medical bills, additional fuel allowances and other facilities.

Dhaka conveys Tipai concerns to Delhi

Bangladesh yesterday conveyed its concerns to India over the Tipaimukh power project while New Delhi assured Dhaka that nothing would be done to harm the interests of Bangladesh.

Law amended for war crime trials

The House passed a bill unanimously yesterday incorporating a number of new provisions into the International Crimes (Tribunal) Act, 1973 to try any individual or group of individuals on charge of war crimes in 1971.

PM sees ill intent in TIB report

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday came down heavily on Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) for its recent report saying that it was ill motivated and a machination to undermine the parliament.

Roads made on 10 Dhaka canals

Around 10 canals of the city have either been filled up entirely or turned into box culverts to construct roads, aggravating the water logging problems.

Smuggling, joint patrol top agenda

Strengthening joint patrol and preventing trans-border smuggling of illicit goods, specially drugs, will feature prominently at the director general-level conference of the border guards of Bangladesh and India that begins at BDR headquarters here on Sunday.

BSF kills 4 at Benapole

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday shot four Bangladeshi cattle traders dead at Agrobhulot border in Benapole.

Updated list of loan defaulters soon

Five days into unveiling a list of loan defaulters, Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday said the government would soon publish an updated list.

HR Commission made strong

National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) is set to resume its functions in full swing in a couple of days as the parliament passed a bill yesterday to this effect with a set of new provisions for strengthening the rights watchdog.

BNP to start international campaign

BNP has decided to send letters to the government of different states and international organisations for creating public opinion against the Indian plan to build Tipaimukh dam.

Rejoinder, our reply

Bangladesh Thai Aluminium contested a report headlined "Magic art of turning Tk 43 into Tk 1,200" published in The Daily Star on July 8, saying the company's share price was never Tk 43 last year as mentioned in the report while the highest price was "much above" Tk 1,199.

Shahadat, Selim call each other chief

The top leaders of banned JMB's splinter Islam O Muslim Abdur Rahim alias Shahadat and Selim alias Saifullah designated each other as the chief of the offshoot organisation during remand, police said yesterday.

Security beefed up in Ashulia

The government yesterday deployed another 1,400 police personnel in Ashulia industrial zone raising the total to 2,000, and the crime management cell (CMC) starts functioning there today as part of beefed up security to check recurrence of chaos in garment industry.

Bangladesh Vs West Indies

Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat first after rain delayed the start. First innings 36/0 (Imrul 21 not out, Tamim 14 not out) before rain interrupted the match again.

Captured man may be mentally ill

Law enforcers are investigating whether militant suspect Shaheen is mentally imbalanced and how he got the bombs. They, however, could not thoroughly question Shaheen yesterday as he is still undergoing treatment for bullet and burn injuries.

Sand traders retreat, a little

BIWTA yesterday started an eviction drive at the foot of Kanchpur Bridge on the Shitalakhya at Narayanganj following the media report on encroachment and unauthorised sand trading on the flood plain of the river.

G8 okays steep cuts in greenhouse gases

G8 leaders have agreed to bear the brunt of steep global cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, calling on a broader bloc of developed countries to reduce pollution by 80 percent by 2050.

Riot-torn Chinese state under firm army control

China's leaders vowed yesterday to severely punish those responsible for bloodshed in the nation's far northwest that left at least 156 people dead and exposed deep ethnic tensions.

More trees plundered in Sitakunda

Some eight hundred small trees were burned by locals at the coastal belt of Bhatiary under Sitakunda yesterday, only six days after around 15,000 trees were felled at nearby Sonaichhari coast.

Gowher Rizvi appointed PM's adviser

Dr Gowher Rizvi, an internationally renowned political scientist, has been appointed adviser to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

S Korea hit by more cyber attacks

A third wave of cyber attacks hit South Korea yesterday evening, blocking or impeding access to official and private websites, amid suspicions North Korea or its supporters are to blame.

US frees 5 diplomats in Iraq, says Iran

Iran said that five of its diplomats held by the US military in Iraq since January 2007, a major source of tensions between archfoes Tehran and Washington, were freed in Baghdad yesterday.

India Supreme Court steps into gay sex law dispute

India's Supreme Court agreed Thursday to hear a petition from a Hindu astrologer who is seeking to annul a recent landmark ruling that decriminalised gay sex.

Editorial

BNP in breach of RPO provisions

THE Bangladesh Nationalist Party, like other political parties registered with the Election Commission as a political party to take part in the 29th December parliamentary polls on the stated commitment towards fulfilling the provisions of Representation of People's Order as amended by the immediate past caretaker government. Some of these provisions specifically related to effectively delinking the national political parties from their pre-existing student wings. In terms of these all registered political parties are forbidden from having any front or affiliate or associate body among the students, teachers and the labour.

Recovering all those city canals

IT does not surprise anyone that the nearly fifty canals which once used to flow through the nation's capital are today in a dying state. The absence of surprise stems from the fact that over the past several years these canals have stealthily and gradually been encroached upon, to a point where most of them are in very real danger of dying out. And yet, given the serious steps that were taken in 2004 to recover the canals, things ought to have been looking up at this point. WASA undertook a move to recover no fewer than 26 of the 43 canals that had been identified as being in the grip of encroachers; and as a matter of fact quite a spurt of activity was noticed at the time about a recovery of the canals.

1973 War Crimes Act: Getting it right

THE Law Minister Shafiq Ahmed presented the International Crimes (Tribunals) (Amendment) Act 2009 in parliament this week, with the Speaker urging quick passage before the end of the current parliamentary session. The 2009 act presents some amendments to the original 1973 act to make it "contemporary" (jugupojogi), "fair and neutral," and "globally acceptable."

Two suns in one sky

RECORDED history has it that when General Gabriel García Moreno, the absolute monarch of Ecuador, died after sixteen years of rule, a bizarre wake was held for him. His corpse was seated on the presidential chair, decked out in full-dress uniform and a layer of medals. In this country, a similar history has been repeating itself for oodles of years. We have two beloved leaders instead of one, and the end of wake isn't in sight.

Gains and pains

THE AL led grand alliance government has just passed its first six months in power, which is 1/10th of its stipulated five-year term. Thus, we can weigh the functioning of the government in the first six months.

Sports

Golden end for Bangladesh

Seasoned shooter Sabrina Sultana combined with two young teammates Tripti Datta and Sharmin Shilpa to bring joy for hosts Bangladesh in the final day of the 5th South Asian Shooting Championship yesterday.

WI field replacements

The West Indies have been forced into assembling a new-look side for the opening Test against Bangladesh at the Arnos Vale Sports Complex on Thursday.

Aussies fight back

Simon Katich and Ricky Ponting survived a ferocious burst from Andrew Flintoff after the all-rounder had dismissed Phillip Hughes on the second day of the first Ashes Test here on Thursday.

KP's 'brain freeze' the key

Australian media on Thursday seized on Kevin Pietersen's "brain snap" dismissal but most commentators agreed it was honours even after the opening day of the Ashes series against England in Cardiff.

Akhtar didn't like it

Fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has said he considered suing the Pakistan cricket management for revealing, in a public statement, the skin ailment that forced him to miss last month's World Twenty20. The PCB's statement on his fitness ahead of the tournament in England said Akhtar had been diagnosed with genital viral warts; he was subsequently removed from the squad.

Mash wanted bigger challenge

New Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza expressed his disappointment at the contract row that has forced them to face a very different West Indies side in the first Test following a boycott by the leading players.

Cheeky Branson

British billionaire Richard Branson has used the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge to encourage the England cricket team to win back cricket's Ashes from Australia.

Ascent Cup kicks off today

The fourth edition of the Ascent Group five-a-side soccer cup will start at the STM Hall in Uttara today.

Local Snippets

The government plans to build government playgrounds in all upazilas, the Parliament was informed on Thursday.

Third B. League from November

The 3rd B.League will be start from mid-November with more number of teams participating in the country's lone professional football competition.

U-19s routed

England Under-19 routed Bangladesh Under-19 by ten wickets to secure victory inside three days at Scarborough. Asking Bangladesh to follow on after gaining a 232-run lead in the first innings, the English bowled them out once again, and knocked off the target of 45 at a rapid pace.

Barca bid for Villa

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has confirmed the club have lodged a bid of over €40million with Valencia for striker David Villa.

Real pulling tourists

Real Madrid's recruitment of star players like Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo and Brazil's Kaka will lead to in increase in visitors from Asia to Spain, a tourism trade body predicted Wednesday.

Benzema passes medical

Karim Benzema has passed his medical with Real Madrid as he prepares to complete his move from Lyon.

'I've nothing to hide'

Seven-times Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong insisted he has nothing to hide after being routinely drugs tested immediately after finishing Wednesday's fifth stage here.

Japan don't fear losing

Japan's coach Takeshi Okada insists that losing to stronger countries is a good thing if it helps steel the Blue Samurai in the run-up to next year's World Cup in South Africa.

Messi hopes for Mashcherano, Fabregas

Lionel Messi is hoping Barcelona can push through deals for Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas and Liverpool lynchpin Javier Mascherano.

'New coach will motivate Milan'

AC Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati believes the change of coach at the Italian giants could help motivate the players this season.

Blame game goes on

The West Indies Players' Association (WIPA) has accused the West Indies board of not responding to its submission of "marked up" retainer contracts last month and then penalising players for not signing the contracts in time. The board vice-president Dave Cameron, on the other hand, said contracts had not been signed because of the WIPA's "unreasonable behaviour".

Phelps tunes up well

Michael Phelps booked two World Championship berths Wednesday, but his victories in the 200m freestyle and 200m butterfly at the US trials left the Olympic swim star hungry for more.

Kevin backs Eng to win with spin

Kevin Pietersen was excited by the prspect of England's spinners playing a major role in the first Ashes Test after seeing the Sophia Gardens pitch take turn here on Wednesday's first day of the series.

BOA accepts Moeen's resignation

A new BOA president will be elected very soon as the resignation of its president and former Army chief General (retd) Moeen U Ahmed was accepted at an emergency meeting of Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) on Thursday.

League Committee to sit Sunday

The League Committee of Bangladesh Hockey Federation will again sit with the clubs on Sunday to finalise the fixture of Premier League and the dates of inter-club players transfer.

Ganguly eyes CAB post

Sourav Ganguly, the former Indian captain, has expressed an ambition to join cricket administration in his home state of West Bengal though he did not specify when he would do so. Ganguly, who turned 37 today, was confident that the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) would appreciate his concern for the state's cricket and the difference he could make.

National chess

GM Ziaur Rahman's winning run was snapped by his Biman's teammate GM Reefat Bin Sattar in the tenth round of the Mercantile Bank 35th National Chess Championship at the federation hall-room yesterday.

Kluft to miss World C'ships

Sweden's 2004 Olympic heptathlon champion Carolina Kluft will miss August's World Championships after suffering a serious thigh muscle injury.

MU snap up Obertan

Manchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson has snapped up Bordeaux talent Gabriel Obertan on a four-year contract, the club said Wednesday.

Business

Stiff competition drives out small cement makers

More than 30 local cement factories, mainly small ones, faced closure in the last four years.

Govt plans to make all TIN holders pay tax: Muhith

Finance Minister AMA Muhith said yesterday the government is planning to introduce a system within the next five years to bring all Tax Identification Number (TIN) holders under the tax net.

Millers rip off farmers

Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Atiur Rahman yesterday blamed millers for depriving farmers of fair prices for their produce.

IMF sees silver lining in Asia

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has upgraded its growth projections for emerging Asia to 5.5 percent in 2009 and 7 percent in 2010, forecasting that emerging and developing economies will regain growth momentum in the second half of 2009.

G8 opens up to developing economies

Leaders of the exclusive club of eight industrialised nations opened up their forum Thursday to the five fastest developing market economies -- Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa -- tacit admission that their leadership alone is not enough to fix the world's major problems.

Govt opens up scrap ship imports

The government has again made the imports of scrap ships open for all, aiming to keep prices of mild steel (MS) rod stable in the local market.

Food minister hits out at donors

Food and Disaster Manag-ement Minister Muhammad Abdur Razzaque yesterday blamed international donors for failing in their commitments to lift millions out of poverty and compensate countries such as Bangladesh hurt by climate change.

Stocks finish higher

Dhaka stocks finished the week higher yesterday with moderate gain in key indices.

Weak earnings for Indian firms, but outlook brighter: Analysts

As Indian firms prepare to post their earnings for the June quarter, analysts warn most reports will be weak but expect an improvement in the near future as government stimulus packages take effect.

Brewing coffee delights

Sabiha Tarannum, a 29 year-old public relations professional, cannot start her day without a mug of strong black coffee.

Has the rich man's club had its day?

As G8 leaders were joined Thursday at their summit by counterparts from the world's major emerging economies, the question was once again being asked: Has the rich man's club had its day?

Asian markets mixed

Markets were mixed in Asia Thursday with a stronger yen sending Tokyo's market down for a seventh straight session, while jitters left many dealers sidelined before the corporate earnings season.

Oil recovers

Oil prices rose on Thursday, finding support above 61 dollars per barrel after heavy overnight falls in reaction to a bigger-than-expected increase in US gasoline reserves, analysts said.

Citigroup shuffles executives, former CFO leaving

Citigroup Inc said Thursday that its former chief financial officer and current chairman of Citi Holdings, Gary Crittenden, is leaving the company as part of the bank's latest shuffling of management.

Coal import from India gets go-ahead

The government has given go-ahead to coal import from Indian state of Meghalaya through land custom stations of Sylhet-Mymensingh region for the next one year, said local business leaders.

Starwood contract with BSL extended

The Starwood Hotel and Resorts, the parent company of Dhaka Sheraton Hotel, has extended its management contract with Bangladesh Services Lim-ited (BSL) for another three months.

Thai trade fair from July 16

A three-day show of Thai products and services begins on July 16 in the city on an optimistic note of bolstering the Bangladesh-Thailand trade relations.

Vietnam Airlines forecasts H1 profit of $1.6m

Vietnam Airlines on Thursday estimated a pre-tax profit of 1.6 million dollars for the first half, despite the global downturn and swine flu pandemic hitting global air travel.

AirAsia launches 'Redbox' low-cost courier service

Budget carrier AirAsia Thursday launched "Redbox," an express courier service it says will be 50 percent cheaper than its rivals.

China's car sales surge 36pc in June

Sales of China's domestically made cars rose 36.5 percent year-on-year in June, another sign that government stimulus measures were driving the sector's recovery, state media said Thursday.

Australian jobless rate edges up to 5.8pc, beats forecast

Australia's unemployment rate edged up 0.1 points to 5.8 percent in June, official figures showed Thursday, reaching a six-year high but beating analyst forecasts.

Philippines central bank trims interest rates further

Philippine monetary authorities Thursday trimmed key interest rates by a 25 basis points as part of efforts to boost a stalling economy, the central bank said.

Correction

In a news item published on July 5 titled "Marico gets nod to raise Tk 13.42cr through IPO", it was mistakenly said that the turnover of the company was about Tk 26.5 crore in fiscal 2007-08. Actually, the figure will be Tk 265 crore. We regret the mistake.

Metropolitan

PM for tackling possible flood

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday directed the food and disaster management ministry and other authorities concerned to take necessary advance preparation to deal with any possible flood in the current monsoon.

Trial of BDR mutineers to start soon: Faruk

Commerce Minister Faruk Khan yesterday said the trial of BDR mutineers will start soon, and the whole process will be completed as per country's law and constitution.

Number of posts of judges raised to 11

President Zillur Rahman yesterday raised the number of posts of judges in the appellate division of the Supreme Court from 7 to 11.

'All JCD units to be reconstituted soon'

All units of the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), student wing of BNP, would be reconstituted soon as part of the restructuring process of the organisation.

Another succumbs to burn injuries

A housewife who was set on fire by her in-laws over dowry died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) early yesterday after fighting for life for five days.

Govt may start process in a month

Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday said the government might start the long-awaited trial of war criminals within one month through passage of the proposed amendments to International Crimes (Tribunal) Act 1973 in parliament.

Committee members to submit views by July 15

The members of Education Policy Formulation Committee would submit their individual opinions on the primary draft of the much-awaited national education policy by July 15, sources said yesterday.

HC sends file to CJ

The High Court (HC) yesterday sent to the Chief Justice the file on the writ petitions filed by Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan alias Shah Alam, his wife and their two sons challenging their convictions handed down by the trial court in a tax evasion case.

Outlaws held, arms seized

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and police in separate raids yesterday arrested four cadres of outlawed Gono Mukti Fouj (GMF) in the town and recovered firearms and ammunitions. The arms include one LG gun, one shutter gun, one revolver, four swords, three knives and 65 bullets. During a raid, a team of Rab-12 arrested GMF cadre Alamin Hossain from his house at Mongolbaria and recovered arms and ammo. Alamin recently came to the area to regroup the outfit. In another raid, a Detective Branch (DB) team arrested three cadres of the same outfit from Mazampur area of the town and recovered arms. The arrestees are Rakib, 22, Imran Hossain, 25, and Sohag, 23.

Two robbed of Tk 14 lakh

Muggers took away Tk 13.60 lakh from two employees of a money exchange office at Motijheel in the city in broad daylight yesterday.

2 major parties must take indigenous issue seriously

Industries Minister Dilip Barua yesterday said the problems of the indigenous people will not come to an end unless both the leading political parties consider the issue seriously.

US investors keen to invest in health, IT sectors

The US investors are keen to invest in healthcare and information technology (IT) sectors in Bangladesh, US Ambassador in Dhaka James F Moriarty said yesterday.

Discharge duties remaining faithful to govt

President Zillur Rahman yesterday urged the government employees to sincerely discharge their duties remaining faithful to the government and efficiently provide service to the people they deserve.

Early marriage still a major problem

The average age of marriage for girls is 15.8 years in urban areas while it is 14.8 years in rural areas making them more vulnerable to early pregnancy complications that sometimes lead to death, says a government survey report.

Illegal structures demolished

Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) yesterday demolished two concrete, 10 semi-concrete and 200 kancha structures on the Mirpur Housing Canal near Benarasi Palli in the city.

Slit-throat body recovered

Police recovered the body of a bus driver at his room at Rayerbazar in the city's Mohammadpur area yesterday.

Road crash kills schoolteacher

A schoolteacher was killed and six others injured in a road accident on Patuakhali-Baufal highway on Wednesday evening.

Japanese cardiologist treats patients at Apollo

Renowned interventional cardiologist Dr Satoru Sumitsuji from Osaka University, Japan performed some complicated procedures on patients having chronic total occlusion of arteries of heart at the Apollo Hospitals Dhaka recently, says a press release.

'Saarc states lack info on climate change'

There have not been enough researches on climate change in the Saarc countries and they lack necessary information on this issue, said Dhaka University Vice Chancellor Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique yesterday.

Robbers escape after gunfight with police

After an hour-long gunfight with the police in the Turag river near Mogrartek early yesterday, the robbers managed to escape by a trawler following technical glitches in the engine of the police boat.

Opposition can make govt accountable

Visiting Canadian Parliamentary Secretary to the Foreign Ministry Deepak Obhrai MP yesterday said opposition in a parliamentary democracy has a critical role to play to make the government accountable.

Move to build Tipaimukh dam protested

Sammilita Nari Samaj yesterday expressed solidarity with the ongoing agitations against construction of the Tipaimukh dam.

Hasnat Abdullah, Rashidi Suza, Khodeja Suza get bail

The High Court (HC) yesterday granted bail to former chief whip Abul Hasnat Abdullah, and former Awami League lawmaker Mostafa Rashidi Suza and his wife Khodeja Rashidi Suza in five separate cases against them.

Tk 12.5 lakh fake stamps seized,four arrested

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized fake postal and revenue stamps worth around Tk 12.5 lakh, fake stamp-producing equipment and arrested four people in this connection from the city's Motijheel area yesterday.

BBC Sanglap on edn today

BBC Bangla is going to organise a special episode of its flagship Bangladesh Sanglap programme on education in the city today.

National

Erosion in 2 dists makes 380 families homeless

River erosion has taken a serious turn in Gaibandha and Madaripur as water level in Jamuna and Arial Kha continues to rise, leaving over 380 families of the two districts homeless.

Stop sand extraction by digging cultivable land

Three persons have been sued on charge of illegal extraction of sand from cultivable plain lands in Kushlia area of Kaliganj upazila.

Kaptai polytec closed sine die

Bangladesh Sweden Polytechnic Institute (BSPI) in Kaptai was declared closed for an indefinite period yesterday following serious brawl between Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Islami Chhatra Shibir over control of the campus.

BNP MP's car vandalised in Bogra

Awami League supporters yesterday damaged the car of BNP lawmaker from Bogra-4 constituency Mostafa Ali Mukul over occupation of 300-bigha government-owned land at Paikor village under Kahalu upazila.

Headmaster indeed!

Police arrested acting headmaster of a primary school on charge of molesting girl students of his school on Wednesday.

Schoolgirl killed after rape

A schoolgirl was gangraped and killed by criminals yesterday at Kannayanagar village under Nachole upazila. Victim Lipi Khatun, 16, daughter of Toimur Rahman of Gonoair village was a student of class ten of Verendi High School. Police said, Lipi was going to her relative's house at Mominpur. When she reached Kannayanagar area a gang of criminals strangled her after rape and threw her body in a pond. Police recovered the body from the pond and sent it to Chapainawabganj Adhunik Sadar Hospital morgue for autopsy. There were marks of injury in her head and neck, police said.Victim's elder brother Anwarul Islam filed a case with Nachole police.

One gets life for murder

A Sylhet court on Wednesday awarded life term to a young man for murder. Convict Rubel, 22, hails from village Matijura of Beanibazar upazila. According to the prosecution story, Rubel stabbed to death Zainal Miah, 20, of his village on October 10, 2004, as a sequel to enmity over land property. A case was filed and police after investigation submitted a chargesheet against the accused on April 14 next year. Besides life term, the court fined Rubel Tk 50,000, in default, to suffer four years more in jail.

Gun powder seized, 2 held

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab-5) yesterday arrested two persons and recovered one kilogram of gun powder from their possession at Shibganj in Chapainawabganj. M Manik Mia, 22, of Kolabari of Shibganj and M Ashraful Islam, 25, of Shahidganj of Sirajganj were arrested from Israiler Mor area. Both tried to flee when the Rab team challenged them. Later one kilogram of gun powder was covered by searching their body.

JCD leader held for smuggling

Moulvibazar police on Thursday arrested a Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader on charge of smuggling contraband Indian Nasir Bidi through border.Police said, they arrested Anwar Hussain, President of JCD Moulvibazar town unit with a microbus on suspicion that he was involved in smuggling. Amullya Kumar Chowdhury, Officer-In-Charge of Moulvibazar model police station said, police are interrogating the JCD leader. He will be sent to jail through the court today.

Madrasa student murdered

Police on Thursday recovered decomposed body of a madrasa student from a field in Chatmohar upazila. Victim Habibur Rahman, 13, son of Taiab Ali of village Mostanpur in Chatmohar upazila was a student of Jahirpur Madrasa. Police said, Habib went missing since July 2 he came out of his home to meet his playmates. Later his body was found at Charaikula field. A case was field and Chatmohar police arrested on suspicion Md. Amirul Islam, a friend of the victim.

BCL does it to press for 'its quota'

Activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday confined the principal and some teachers of Rangpur Government College to a room for about an hour demanding 'quota' for admission of their chosen candidates to the honours classes.

Letters

Tipaimukh dam

Whatever my rivals do are bad and whatever we do are good. We also believe, whatever we say and whatever we preach, the people overwhelmingly believe and support us. So, the people are with us always and will remain so, all the time. Anything good done by other than us for peoples' welfare is not acceptable to the people because they do not understand their own good or bad. We love the country most while the others are out to sell out the very interest of the country. We still believe the election result of 29 Dec'08 was managed, people actually voted for us but others were declared elected with the help of some foreign hands.

Violence in RMG sector

Three workers died in recent violence. They resorted to vandalism because of deprivation. A committee has been formed to investigate the matter.

Our captain

What have Sachin Tendulkar, Bryan Lara and other veteran cricketers done for their nation? The answer to this question from the cricket lovers will undoubtedly be that they have done a lot. But when the same question is put to the cricketers themselves they usually try to avert the answer and say they have done nothing yet or little and are trying to do better. The same answer will perhaps come from the successful people in other fields also. Interestingly, in the case of our national cricket team captain Ashraful, without even facing the above question, he answered it quite arrogantly that he had done a lot for the country and wanted to do more. Astonishing! How could a cricketer like him make such an impertinent remark?

Black vs. white money

Accumulation of black money is the result of corruption, evasion of taxes and sometime crime. For a capitalist economy this is inevitable. The British empire flourished with the assets plundered from its colonies. So is the case of other colonial powers. The largest economy of the world, the US economy, was founded by slave labourers illegally brought from Africa. Later, the economy flourished on Mafia money lavishly invested in real estate, films and banking sectors. Now all these economies are white.

Business corruption

According to the World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report 2008-2009, the major constraint on foreign companies operating in Bangladesh is corruption, followed by inefficient government bureaucracy, policy instability, inadequate infrastructure and inadequate access to financing. Corruption is present in most interactions with public authorities. According to the World Bank & IFC Enterprise Surveys 2007, 85% of the companies surveyed expect to pay unofficial payments to 'get things done', while 55% identify corruption as a major constraint for doing business. Small and medium sized companies suffer most from corruption, as they devote proportionately more resources and time than larger companies to paying bribes and dealing with regulations. When bribes are measured as a share of costs by company size, the level of unofficial payments by the smallest companies (below 50 employees) is nearly five times the level paid by large companies (with over 159 employees). Private sector corruption is also widespread. While laws on disclosure of assets and conflict of interest exist, they are rarely enforced. Significant parts of the state budget (including state owned companies) remain outside legislative control. Former government employees or politically active persons often lead trade and business associations. According to the Transparency International Bangladesh Household Survey 2005, the private sector is highly corrupt in the country. While private public sector corruption is illegal, business-to-business corruption is not. Audits cannot always be trusted, as auditors rarely conform to international standards and are known to produce reports according to the wishes of the client.

Gene mechanics

It is a brief response to further comments received by me on gene mechanics. One of the purposes of writing, at this point in time, articles on genes was to trigger internal human motivation at local, global and other levels for intensification of exploration in sub-atomic areas of genes (used in an equivalent sense) - yet to come into existence though, because, for example, genes make up 2% of your DNA, the remaining 98% has no known function.

Home minister's claim

Home Minister Sahara Khatun claimed that law and order is improving but the ground situation is just the opposite. Terrorists killed three businessmen in mid day. Police opened fire and at least two garment workers died.

Moral imperative

This refers to Mr. Md. Anwarul Kabir's article on morality published in your daily on 22nd June. Indeed, at this point of time religion has lost its strength to instil morality in human psyche. However, the reason behind this failure as Mr. Kabir has argued in the article, "This failure of religion can be explained in line with Freud's conscious and sub-conscious states of mind. Although the majority of Muslims consciously try to be religious, their sub-conscious mind contradicts it. The vehicle for religious belief is the fear of the Day of Judgment. Ironically, this fear is not effective in the sub-conscious of the modern people. The precondition of religion is the surrender to religious scriptures. But the logic oriented sub-conscious mind is reluctant to accept anything blindly. So, at present, though people consciously engage themselves in religious rituals, religion fails to reach its prime objective". I am not fully convinced.

Where is our government?

'Where is my vote?' this was the question raised when Ahmadinejad was elected in Iran. But now our question is where is our government? Mobs are doing whatever they want. They are burning our mills and factories. Whatever logic they might have behind ransacking the factories, no sympathy is left for them. I felt helpless when I saw the workers destroying their own livelihood.

Thick plot!

There is a new Bollywood release and this one has a really thick plot. People from the AL and the BNP now claim that when Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina were imprisoned by the military-backed government, they were served poisonous food! This is heavy stuff.

Kakrail Mosque

Kakrail mashjid, popularly known as Tablig jamaat mashjid, is situated in a nice place of beauty attached to Ramna Park. The architecture of the mashjid is also attractive. Many devotees come here for religious purpose. It is also a place of tourist importance and a place of glory for Dhaka as well as for Bangladesh.

Parking on streets

First of all, I would like to congratulate you for your report "Parking on streets....." (July 01, 2009). The DCC has assigned a firm to collect tolls from parked vehicles on the streets. Now my question would be why would the DCC allow parking on streets for monetary benefit whereas such parking on streets should be totally banned so that the terrible traffic congestion in the city may be eased. I am a resident of Gulshan-2, Dhaka. In the last few months I have noticed the DCC has put up signboards on the main Gulshan Avenue that parking is NOT allowed on the main avenue and that parking should be made in assigned places of the DCC where you have to pay toll. I have since noticed that parking on the main Gulshan Avenue goes on unabated.

Wedding lights

Recently, after the implementation of the energy saving policy by our government, part of one of the streets of Dhanmondi where I live was entirely lit up by wedding decoration lights for two whole days. Well, as long as they paid for consuming so much electricity others are probably not supposed to be bothered about it. However, a marching wedding band beating drums and playing trumpets throughout the day and in the middle of the night in a residential area did raise some eyebrows.

Cyber crime

People of our country are envisioning 'Digital Bangladesh' whereas some crimes are being traced in the digital world. One such crime is cyber crime. It is actually a criminal activity done by users through the Internet. These crimes committed through the Internet are of several types. These include copyright infringement, software piracy, password cracking or cheating by others' ID, cyber pornography, e-mail threats, hacking others' websites and so on. Sometimes people superimpose the images of others through the Internet and create great problems. Hackers continue hacking of important websites across the globe as well as plunder the secrecy of others. For example, the recent hacking of Rab's (Rapid Action Battalion) website degraded the image of Bangladeshi defence.

Afghan scene

It is historically proved that Afghanistan is a grave for any illegal occupant. That again has been reflected in the reality from where the USA cannot extricate itself. Now the USA has to expend 22,000$ per minute in war during the critical global recession and the cost is a big burden on Obama's administration.

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International

Lanka asks aid agencies to scale down operation

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Iran warns of crackdown on any student demos

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China extends hand to foreign media

Foreign journalists have been given unprecedented access in the aftermath of deadly unrest in Urumqi, in what China has hailed as a new era of openness to the outside world.

Massive bomb blast kills 25 in central Afghanistan

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Pak jets pound militant base in S Waziristan: 12 killed

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India, China to hold border talks next month

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Indonesian president wins 2nd term

Indonesia's election was largely free and fair, independent observers said yesterday, as preliminary results showed the president had easily won enough votes to govern for another five years.

Qaeda leaders hiding in Pak tribal areas

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Jackson beats Pope, Diana in top funeral race

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Khmer Rouge victim says brother forced to kill father

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Arts & Entertainment

Language Movement veteran Gaziul Haq remembered

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Zainul-Quamrul Int’l Children’s Art Competition ‘09 in December

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Mita Haque: Tagore’s tunes always in mind

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Hanif Sanket drama festival on ATN Bangla

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Amader Galpo on BTV

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OP-ED

What ails the RMG sector?

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When celebrities die

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StarTech

Great escapade with N97

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Google's new operating system to take on Microsoft

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