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News of: Wednesday, 15th of July, 2009

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Review starts to find out 'irregularities'

An authoritative committee of the armed forces has started examining alleged irregularities in forced-retirements, promotions and punitive measures in the armed forces during the last seven years.

HC outlines steps to protect city lakes

The High Court yesterday issued a set of directives to the government for preserving and protecting Gulshan-Baridhara and Gulshan-Banani lakes in the capital from illegal encroachments and structures and to shield the environment.

Farm loan target raised by 23pc

The central bank yesterday announced an agriculture credit policy to revamp rural economy and set a target of Tk 11,512 crore agriculture loan disbursements for this fiscal year.

BSF won't kill innocents

The chief of Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday assured Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) of putting an end to killings of innocent Bangladeshis on the borders.

Tigers win away Test, at last

Mahmudullah completed a memorable debut Test, when he cruelly exposed West Indies' frailty to spin, and bowled Bangladesh to a historic 95-run victory in the opening Test here on Monday.

Strong monitoring key to efficient fund use

Health experts and government policymakers yesterday said the health sector needs strong monitoring with people's participation at local levels to efficiently utilise the budgetary allocation.

Strong monitoring key to efficient fund use

Health experts and government policymakers yesterday said the health sector needs strong monitoring with people's participation at local levels to efficiently utilise the budgetary allocation.

BPC's costly oil purchase

Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) is buying the major part of the country's oil needs at a very high premium rate from Malaysia, although it has the option to slash this expense and save the nation Tk 60 to 70 crore worth of wasteful expense this year.

Inter-ministerial meeting on deep seaport today

An inter-ministerial meeting will be held at the shipping ministry in Dhaka today to review the draft final report of techno-economic feasibility study on the proposed deep seaport.

21 cases against Haji Selim set to be dropped

The metropolitan public prosecutor (MPP) has recommended withdrawal of 21 cases against former Awami League lawmaker Haji Mohammad Selim considering those "politically motivated" and meant for "harassment".

Public hearing on July 20 to protect rivers, environment

A parliamentary subcommittee yesterday set July 20 for public hearing of four organisations on saving rivers and environment from pollution.

OC removed after Mirpur shooting

Following Monday's gun attack on a market, Mirpur Police Station's Officer-in-Charge Nazimuddin Ahmed has been suspended on charges of negligence of duty.

Shilpa Bank realises Tk 90.74cr loans

Bangladesh Shilpa Bank has realised loans of Tk 90.74 crore in cash during fiscal year 2008-09.

Raid on halls, 35 arrested

Police early yesterday picked up 35 students of Dhaka Polytechnic Institute from its Latif dormitory following the factional clash of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) at the institution Monday.

PM leaves for Nam summit

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left for Egypt yesterday to attend the two-day 15th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement beginning today in Sharm El Sheikh.

SC Appellate Division gets 4 more judges

President Zillur Rahman yesterday appointed four senior-most judges of the High Court Division as judges of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, raising the number of the apex court judges to eleven.

AL invites district councillors' names

Awami League yesterday sent letters to its organisational district committees, seeking names of councillors for the national council on July 24.

Dulu, Nadim sued for abetting militants

A case was filed yesterday against former deputy minister for land Ruhul Kuddus Talukdar Dulu, former BNP lawmaker Nadim Mostafa and 33 others on charges of patronising militants, extortion and repression.

Decision on BDR rebels' trial today

An inter-ministerial meeting will decide today whether the trial of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) mutineers will be held under the Army Act.

Collecting VAT from patients illegal: HC

The High Court (HC) yesterday declared illegal the imposition of Value Added Tax (VAT) on citizens for providing health services to them.

ACC considers withdrawing 39 cases

Anti-Corruption Commission is considering withdrawing 39 cases including 12 against Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Home ministry has no-one in its charge officially

The home ministry has no-one at its helm after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left for Egypt yesterday.

Focus on better, effective health services

Health experts, academics, policymakers and NGO activists yesterday at a roundtable on “Health Budget 2009-10: Allocation and Utilisation” called for effective utilisation of the health budget to ensure better services to the people.

al-Qaeda vows to hit China over crackdown on Uighurs

al-Qaeda is threatening for the first time to attack Chinese interests overseas in retaliation for the deaths of Muslims in the restive region of Xinjiang, according to a risk analysis group.

'Nuke deal transformed Indo-US relationship'

Asserting that the landmark Indo-US civilian nuclear deal has transformed the relationship between the two countries, Indian Ambassador to the US Meera Shankar today said the two nations are now in the process to implement it.

Editorial

Escalating crime undermines citizens' faith in law enforcers

There has been a clear, steady decline in law and order all over the country. The degree to which crime has been going up has once more been manifested by the brazen manner in which a group of gunmen stormed a market in the city's Mirpur area on Monday, leaving a person dead and eight others injured grievously. In fact, it appears that as the days go by, criminals are increasingly getting the upper hand, so much so that even the administration is clearly at a loss as to how to tackle them. And this failure to tackle them has of course to do with the rapid return of many or most godfathers of crime who had during the period of the caretaker government either fled the country or lay low. This latter point is buttressed by the thought that returning criminal elements associated with the ruling party may clearly be playing a role behind the rise in crime.

Mitford can be a model

We were heartened to read the news item earlier this week about the massive improvement in the services offered by Mitford Hospital, the oldest public hospital in the country. The Mitford example shows us how, even with scarce human and financial resources, it is possible for public institutions to do much better than they are, and to deliver good service to the public.

Our politics and our disappointment

THE government has just informed us that the deadline for applications regarding a withdrawal of what it calls politically motivated cases has passed. And then there is President Zillur Rahman asking the new chief of the Anti-Corruption Commission not to compromise over the matter of penalising the corrupt.

Security for Sheikh Hasina and her sister

THE cabinet approved on July 6 a draft law titled "Father of the Nation's Family Members Security Act 2009" aimed at providing a special blanket security cover to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her sister Sheikh Rehana, and made the draft law operative from the same day pending the parliament passing it later.

Sports

After all a win is a win

Bangladesh landed in the West Indies with the tag of underdogs. But the moment the home side fielded a makeshift team following a boycott by the leading players ahead of the first Test -- the onus shifted to Bangladesh. It virtually left the Tigers with one choice: win the Test or be ready to suffer the blushes.

Historic win for Lanka

Sri Lanka clinched their first home series against Pakistan after the temperamental tourists suffered a spectacular collapse in the second Test here on Tuesday.

Victory celebrated

Bangladeshi cricket fans braved monsoon rains to stage an early hours celebration, after the national side beat the West Indies to notch up only their second Test win and the first on foreign soil.

Flintoff may play

England remain optimistic Andrew Flintoff will be fit enough to play in the second Test against Australia here at Lord's after the all-rounder's latest injury setback.

No sign of peace in WI

Striking West Indies players on Tuesday seemed bent on testing the West Indies Cricket Board's ultimatum to apologise by Wednesday or face the consequences.

Tigers trio fined for appealing

Bangladesh spinner Shakib Al Hasan and fast bowler Shahadat Hossain were fined, while opener Imrul Kayes was reprimanded for excessive appealing during the first Test against West Indies at St Vincent in Kingstown.

U-19's under pressure

England Under-19s tightened their grips on the visiting Bangladesh Under-19s on the third day of the second four-day match at the County Ground, Derby yesterday.

Brac Bank fall to shock loss

The Ascent Group five-a-side indoor corporate soccer cup continued at Scholastica's STM Hall in Uttara yesterday with Dhaka Bank trouncing BanglaTrac 6-1 in the day's high scoring game.

City sign Tevez

Manchester City on Monday said they had signed Argentine striker Carlos Tevez, who left Manchester United at the end of the season, amid reports they also want Arsenal's Emmanuel Adebayor.

Owen still has desire

Michael Owen insisted Monday he still has the desire to prove himself at the highest level.

Boycott blasts KP

Former England opener Geoff Boycott has blasted Kevin Pietersen for behaving like a 'spoilt child' by getting himself out with an ill-judged sweep shot in the drawn opening Ashes Test.

Nasser didn't like it too

Former England captain Nasser Hussain on Tuesday attacked the team's time wasting tactics during the first Ashes Test against Australia as "amateur and embarrassing to watch".

'Give this team time'

Younus Khan has responded to Pakistan's first Test series defeat in Sri Lanka by pleading for more time to rebuild the team after "very little cricket over the last 18 months". Speaking after a game in which Pakistan's batting collapses tilted the balance towards Sri Lanka, Younus said he didn't want to put blame on any individual -- the team was lacking by just 20%, failing to stay focused throughout the games and while facing pressure situations.

Flower stands by Pietersen

Andy Flower, the England coach, has defended Kevin Pietersen for his shot selection in Cardiff, and insisted the batsman would review his own performance and learn from the experience. Flower's defence came after Geoff Boycott had accused Pietersen of acting like a "spoilt child" for giving away his innings with an over-ambitious paddle-sweep when well set on 69 in the first innings.

Becks makes peace with Donovan

English football icon David Beckham and Landon Donovan practiced together for the first time this season on Monday, saying their war of words is over as they settle down to focus on football.

Fabiano wants Milan move

After Kaka, Samuel Eto'o and Ricardo Carvalho, Luis Fabiano has become the latest player to reject Manchester City's advances by claiming he only wants to join AC Milan.

Spurs offer Vieira deal

Tottenham Hotspur have offered a one-year contract to former Arsenal star Patrick Vieira, whose club Inter Milan are prepared to release him, the Daily Mail reported on Tuesday.

Valencia to sale Villa for 50m euros

Valencia have set a minimum price of 50 million euros for the sale of their international centre-forward David Villa, sports newspaper Marca said on Tuesday.

Macheda burgled in home

Manchester United striker Federico Macheda was robbed in his home over the weekend, police said Monday, in the latest of a spate of property crimes against Premiership footballers.

Teletalk cricket

The final match of first Teletalk cricket tournament will be held at the Khagrachhari government high school ground today.

Div III cricket

Taj Property Cricket Club rode on Saiful Islam's century to outclass Udayan Cricket Academy by 250 runs in a qualifying round match of the Metropolis Third Division Cricket League at the Gulshan Youth Club ground yesterday.

School chess

The Standard Chartered 11th School Chess Tournament got underway at the NSC Tower auditorium lounge yesterday.

BCCI denies Kambli's claim

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Tuesday dismissed as "baseless" former national player Vinod Kambli's charge that he was a victim of racial discrimination on selection matters.

Business

SEC sets lock-in to discipline market

The stock market regulator has introduced a lock-in period barring sales of new convertible shares or shares against warrants issued by a listed company.

Ford eyes strong foothold

With the launch of new 2010 car models through an agent in Bangladesh, Ford Motor Company, a US automobile giant, has expanded its business here at a time when carmakers are facing slack sales in the wake of financial crisis worldwide.

DSE trade halted on tech glitch

A technical glitch forced suspension of share trade on the premier bourse for more than two hours yesterday.

India extends ban on wheat exports

India on Monday re-imposed a ban on export of wheat in less than two weeks after relaxing the curb.

Feed millers complain of high business cost

Feed millers count extra costs of doing business, as they are not registered, operators said yesterday.

NBR moves to net 4 lakh more taxpayers

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) is set to start a fresh tax survey from July 25 to net at least 400,000 more taxpayers within the next year.

TCB to buy 25,000 tonnes edible oil

The government approved yesterday procurement of 25,000 tonnes of edible oil by state-owned Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) in a bid to keep the local market stable during the upcoming Ramadan.

Thailand eyes fruitful investment: Envoy

Ambassador of Thailand in Bangladesh Chalermpol Thanchitt said yesterday that the Thais had been asked by the government of the south Asian to come forward to invest in Bangladesh, which would help build stronger trade ties between the two countries.

Brass wins back lustre

It was customary for kings and jaminders in ancient Bengal to wear ornate items at home and work -- made of gold, silver and brass, a clear display of social and financial status.

Singapore emerging from recession

Singapore said Tuesday its economy grew for the first time in a year in the second quarter, suggesting the city is emerging from its worst recession and offering hope for other battered Asian economies.

Barisal City Corporation announces Tk 272cr budget

The Barisal City Corporation (BCC) yesterday announced a Tk 272.78 crore budget for the current fiscal year without imposing any new tax.

Asian stocks bounce back

Asian markets staged a massive rebound on Tuesday following weeks of losses, boosted by a rally on Wall Street that was led by confidence in the key financial sector.

Oil recovers

Oil recovered somewhat on Tuesday but stubborn pessimism over the weak global economy will keep a lid on further price gains, analysts said.

Exxon makes first big investment in biofuels

Exxon Mobil Corp said Tuesday it will make its first major investment in greenhouse-gas reducing biofuels in a $600 million partnership with biotech company Synthetic Genomics Inc to develop transportation fuels from algae.

Gas to cloud Germany, Russia talks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will Thursday welcome Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev for talks set to be dominated by efforts to avoid another crisis over gas supplies to Europe this winter.

Toyota unveils new hybrid-only Lexus

Toyota unveiled Tuesday its first Lexus sedan available only as a hybrid, hoping that the popularity of fuel-efficient vehicles will help the luxury range buck the economic downturn.

Philippines to avoid recession, say analysts

The Philippines will likely avoid a recession this year due to remittances, strong consumption, low inflation and interest rates and high liquidity, business analysts said Tuesday.

German investor confidence posts surprise drop: ZEW

Hopes that Europe's biggest economy could soon crawl out of recession were dampened Tuesday as the keenly-watched ZEW index of investor confidence posted a slight but surprise drop in July.

British inflation dips under 2pc for first time since 2007

British 12-month inflation slowed to 1.8 percent in June, dropping under the Bank of England's 2.0-percent target for the first time in almost two years, official data showed Tuesday.

China probes 5 steelmakers in Rio case

Executives of five Chinese steelmakers are being questioned in a widening espionage probe of four detained Rio Tinto Ltd employees, news reports said Tuesday, as Australia pressed for details of the case.

Tokyo prods BoJ to extend anti-recession measures

Japan's central bank faced pressure from the government Tuesday to extend emergency measures aimed at helping cash-strapped firms survive the recession as it began a two-day policy meeting.

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.

CSE launches upgraded trading software

Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) here yesterday formally launched its upgraded version of software to facilitate smooth trade.

Irish GDP to shrink

Ireland's Central Bank expects the country's recession-hit economy to shrink by 8.3 percent this year, according to its annual report published on Tuesday.

New MD for Shilpa Rin Sangstha

Md Mizanur Rahman, managing director of Bangladesh Shilpa Bank, has joined Bangladesh Shilpa Rin Sangstha as its managing director in addition to his present duties, says a statement.

Metropolitan

8 Bangladeshis among 128 stranded workers in Abu Dhabi

The Bangladesh Mission in Abu Dhabi finally on Monday managed to trace the eight Bangladeshi workers who along with 120 others got stranded in a camp on the outskirts of Mohammed bin Zayed City when the Jordanian manager of their company ran away with their passports around six months back.

'Create awareness about harmful effect of formalin'

The government yesterday inaugurated a formalin testing centre at city's premium kitchen market Karwan Bazar as part of its drive to ensure formalin-free fish for city-dwellers.

Five killed in road accidents

Five people were killed in separate road accidents in Bogra, Brahmanbaria and Dinajpur yesterday.

Tobacco control act to be amended

Health Minister Dr AFM Ruhal Haque yesterday said the government has taken initiatives to amend the existing tobacco control act incorporating pictorial health warnings on tobacco products to control tobacco consumption.

Depression over Bay

The depression over northwest Bay and adjoining area remained practically stationary over the same area yesterday afternoon.

One held for attacking Star journo in Rajshahi

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested Sakib Al Hasan, one of the main culprits who launched an attack on The Daily Star Staff Correspondent Anwar Ali Himu's residence, from his relative's place on the outskirts of the city.

India urged not to build dam without consensus

Bangladesh Development and Environment Forum (BDEF) yesterday called upon the Indian government not to build any dam over the rivers that flow from India through Bangladesh without consensus.

Owners defy court injunction

Work on the construction of ship-breaking yard is continuing defying the court injunction on land use at Sonaichhari coast under Sitakunda upazila of the district.

AL, EC conspiring to split BNP

BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday said the ruling Awami League and the Election Commission (EC) are hatching conspiracy to split BNP, like the immediate past caretaker government did, but it is not possible to ignore BNP as a political party.

HC exempts Prothom Alo editor from appearance

The High Court yesterday exempted Prothom Alo Editor Matiur Rahman and its Associate Editor and columnist Mizanur Rahman Khan from personal appearance in the court in connection with a contempt of court petition against them.

Fire at fast food shop

A fire gutted a machine for making chicken broasts and different food items at Yummy Yummy Fast Food at Kafrul in the city yesterday.

BCL men extort Tk 25,000 from car owner

A Dhaka University BCL leader and two activists allegedly extorted Tk 25,000 from a car owner as the car driver hit their motorcycle near the National Press Club in the city yesterday, injuring one of them.

CU reopens tomorrow

Academic activities of Chittagong University (CU) will resume tomorrow after a month-long vacation.

Contractor shot dead

Unidentified assailants gunned down a contractor at Purbo Rajabazar in the city last night.

Defence completes arguments on govt petitions

Defence lawyers yesterday completed their arguments on the government petitions filed earlier seeking further investigation into the August 21 grenade attack cases.

HC asks KCC to submit feasibility, EIA reports by Aug 10

The High Court (HC) yesterday asked Khulna City Corporation (KCC) authorities to submit the feasibility and the environmental impact assessment (EIA) reports on Phultala Water Supply Project in Khulna before this court by August 10.

'Make Eden College varsity'

The Eden College unit of Samajtantrik Chhatra Front (SCF), a left-leaning student organisation, yesterday formed a human chain to realise its 12-point demand including declaring the college a full-fledged autonomous university.

Ex-NBR director, wife sent to jail

A Dhaka court yesterday sent former National Board of Revenue (NBR) director Zahurul Haque and his wife Afia Haque to jail in a graft case in which they were sentenced to imprisonment on different terms in absentia.

Govt plans to preserve Jyoti Basu's house

The government is planning to preserve the house of veteran communist leader and former chief minister of West Bengal Jyoti Basu at Barodi in Narayanganj.

Woman's body found in travel bag

The police recovered the body of an unidentified woman in a travel bag left abandoned on the roadside at Dania in the city early yesterday.

National

No steps yet to stop sand lifting near embankment

Earth and sand lifting by dredger from the Jamuna riverbed close to Sirajganj town protection embankment has continued unabated, threatening further erosion in the embankment that saw breach in about 200-metre area last Friday.

4 get 10-yr RI for cutting tendons of college teacher

A Gopalganj court on Monday awarded 10 years rigorous imprisonment (RI) to four people for cutting tendons of a college teacher after feeding him narcotics in an attempt to kill him.

Case against nine including former Jamaat lawmaker

Satkhira Sadar Police Station on Monday night recorded the case that was earlier filed with the Chief Judicial Magistrate's Court against nine alleged collaborators of Pakistani occupation forces, including former Jamaat lawmaker Maulana Abdul Khaleque, for killing five innocent people in Sadar upazila in 1971.

3 JMB suspects in Tangail remanded

Three suspected cadres of outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), arrested in Tangail town on Monday night, were taken on a three-day remand yesterday.

Survey students go on rampage

Students of Rajshahi Engineering and Survey Institute yesterday went on the rampage protesting what they said authorities' indifference to their five-point demand.

Four young girls rescued

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in a raid on Monday rescued four young girls from a house at Goborpara village in Daulatpur upazila and arrested a woman on charge of trafficking Sagori Begum, 30, wife of Ayub Ali allured the girls promising them better job in India and kept them at her house for several days. The rescued girls are Kajoli, 12, daughter of Sapaht Ali, Fulkumari, 11, daughter of Abul Bashar, Mousumi, 12, daughter of Arman Mondol and Rakhi, 9, daughter of Rozim Uddin of Goborpara village.

Three get life for murder

Three people were awarded life term yesterday for abducting and killing a school student in Natore. They were also fined Tk 10,000 each, in default, to suffer two years rigorous imprisonment more. The convicts are Abdul Quddus, his mother Firoza Begam and Sohag Ali of village Parera under Singra upazila. Of them, Sohag is absconding. The convicts abducted school student Zia Uddin and murdered him at Parera village on April 20, 2006.

Project on river erosion

Practical Action Bangladesh, an NGO, organised a workshop in the town yesterday under its newly introduced project on river erosion victims. The aim of the workshop was to share views with administration, local government, other NGOs and different professional groups of the district on issues including the project's target group, activities and institutional involvement. The goal of the PFP-SHIREE project is to improve livelihoods of 72,000 poor victims of river erosion in rural areas of Gaibandha, Lalmonirhat and Nilphamari districts within next three years, according to the NGO officials.

Traders observe strike

Traders in Paraun Bazaar area in the town yesterday observed a half-day 'hartal' (strike) protesting terror attack on business establishments. Witnesses and police said , a gang of criminals attacked two business establishments and seriously injured Suman, 32 and Babul Gazi, 28 on Monday night. During hartal the traders held a rally demanding immediate steps to arrest and punish the attackers and safety and security of local businessmen.

Letters

Sewerage management

During the rainy season, the highest rainfall is recorded during July- September in our country. Heavy shower and water-logging in towns take place regularly. It is the common focus of everyday news of both print and electronic media. Just one or two hours of torrential rain inundates our urban areas.

Pedestrians' rights

What a refreshing article by Zarina Hossain in the DS of 07 July. She is the first one to take up cudgels for the long neglected pedestrian, who daily risks his/her life on the narrow, pot-holed and crowded streets of Dhaka.

Deprived children

Street children are called ragamuffin, street urchins, foundlings, tokais, waifs and strays, rootless children and so on. Most of them are the abandoned children of their parents. So, nobody has any control over them. Generally, they earn their livelihood begging, stealing, cheating and doing manual jobs.

Birth registration

I am happy to have the information (source: The Daily Start; 04-07-09). Moreover, the acknowledgement that Birth Registration is required for sixteen important matters bounds the citizen to have such registration! Third July is observed as the Birth Registration Day.

Attention, DMP

I am a new resident of Banani, Block # H and I walk in the morning along with my wife. Many other residents (both male & female) also walk along the new bridge on Road # 11 joining Banani & Gulshan and the adjoining roads in the vicinity.

Karwan Bazar

Karwan Bazar has been in the limelight, thanks to the triple murders within a week. The homicides are linked to extortion.

Campus violence

A student must train himself to be a man who will exercise the rights and bear the responsibilities of a free citizen. He will have to fight for his country in a war and run it along progressive lines in peace.

No good leaders?

There is no denying the fact that the prosperity of a country depends on the skills, acumen, integrity, and many other qualities of the top leaders to a large extent. It is a matter of regret that there is a dearth of honest and wise leaders in the political arena of Bangladesh. We have noticed that corrupt and dishonest politicians have been influential and dominating in the central positions of the political parties. We further see that people of impeccable integrity are marginalized or they are not interested in politics at all and dishonest people are taking advantage of it.

Tourism

I read the letter from Engineer Shafi Ahmed (Friday, 3 July 2009) with surprise.

Tipaimukh and experts

Quite a lot has been said about the Tipaimukh dam in India, waiting to be, perhaps, commissioned soon!

What are we doing?

We are a great nation indeed! Not only we break the rules, disobey the law, destroy our environment and corrupt our very own systems, but we also are a nation of insensitivity. God has endowed upon us great natural resources and with our brutal actions we are wiping out the natural assets one by one. We have already destroyed Chittagong Hill Tracts, the Sundarbans is still too indomitable to be destroyed by us and we are almost on the verge of destroying the natural beauty of Sylhet. The latest example of our wonderful and sensible nation's “love for environment” is the destruction of 15,000 trees in Sitakunda. If not for the environment, we could have at least thought of ourselves, from practical viewpoint. We all know that trees are extremely important, especially for the seacoasts to protect the land from storms and high water tides. Like the Sundarbans has stood tall like a fortress during Tsunami and Aila. The ultimate fate of this country is sealed, and we are just facilitating the end to come sooner, we are a country which is going to be devastated by natural calamities and end up being submerged into the sea.

Tipaimukh

Tipaimukh dam is a much talked about issue in our political arena nowadays. It has become “political football” in Bangladesh. We all know that India is going to construct a dam on Borak river that will certainly be a death trap for Bangladesh. If India constructs this Tipaimukh dam, the greater Sylhet and Mymensingh regions of Bangladesh will turn into desert. The Surma and the Kushiara will dry out that will wreak havoc on the environment of Bangladesh. A colossal climatic disaster will ensue in the north-eastern part of our country. The environmentalists and the members of civil society are protesting this move vociferously. The mass media are playing a pivotal role in this regard. But unfortunately, the BNP, the main opposition party, is trying to gain political mileage from this issue.

Cyber crime

The development in IT is wonderful. Along with these immense advantages, we are facing computer related problems like virus, hacking, e-mail spoofing, computer vandalism, pornography, money laundering and so on. They are called cyber crimes. The spread of this crime has become a matter of global concern & a challenge for the law enforcement agencies. Computer is used as an instrument to commit crime.

Embankment

The government wants to realise some taxes from untaxed money to support development in such important sectors like power, infrastructure and PPP. For the last few days, several learned intellectuals have been interpreting these terms in their own ways, some parliamentarians have also registered their names in this exercise.

Rain and load-shedding

Rain is the ultimate solution to minimizing load shedding in our country! I have noticed that we get whole day supply of electricity whenever there is rain. So, we should believe rain could be the ultimate cure to this long-term load shedding problem that the people of this nation have been suffering from.

Schools or public nuisance?

I would like to draw your attention to the following matters that deserve urgent attention of our relevant authorities. Although these have not yet grown out of proportions but they certainly have all the potential of becoming so, if our city planners do not pay any attention to them now. I am approaching you as I feel very encouraged by the awareness that you have created by your efforts in saving our rivers. Your endeavours have already won laurels for you and all of us can see that these are producing very good results. Our government has given full support to your efforts.

Saving energy

For many years, the people of Bangladesh have suffered due to frequent power cuts and power crisis. The country is suffering due to insufficient energy sources, corruption, and rapid growth of population etc.

Unconstitutional?

I draw the attention of the people who are experts on general and constitutional laws to the provision of Bangladesh Constitution in the Article 8 (2) that declares that the 'Fundamental Principles of State Policy' "...shall not be judicially enforceable." Now we know that the Supreme Court of Bangladesh, in response to the famous case, ordered the government of Bangladesh to implement the separation of the judiciary from the executive and made sure that the government obeys. Will I be wrong if I say that since the separation was enforced judicially, it was unconstitutional?

We appreciate

Congratulations to you and The Daily Star for winning the National Environment Award 2009. We appreciate your bold effort in writing against greedy, unscrupulous land and river grabbers, encroachers etc. This practice has been continuing for a long time in the absence of active monitoring.

International

Fighting in Pak tribal belt kills 23 Taliban

Fighting in Pakistan's lawless tribal belt killed 23 Taliban militants and destroyed an oil tanker supplying Nato forces based across the border in Afghanistan, officials said yesterday.

Myanmar offers amnesty for some political prisoners

Myanmar on Monday offered an amnesty for some political prisoners after UN chief Ban Ki-moon demanded the release of key political detainees, including Aung San Suu Kyi, to ensure "credible and legitimate" polls next year.

Indo-Pak talks to steal focus of NAM summit

Developing world leaders head to Egypt for a Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit today that is set to be overshadowed by talks between nuclear rivals India and Pakistan.

France honours India in Bastille Day parade

A proud detachment of Indian troops yesterday led thousands of French comrades down the Champs Elysees in Paris for the annual military parade to mark the Bastille Day national holiday.

Focus of Pak govt is to rehabilitate displaced persons: Zardari

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari on Monday said the entire focus of the government will now shift to the rehabilitation of displaced persons and rebuilding of the damaged infrastructure in Malakand Division.

Japan's struggling PM hit by censure motion

Japan's opposition slapped a censure motion on embattled Prime Minister Taro Aso Tuesday, dealing him an embarrassing rebuke ahead of a general election that his party appears likely to lose.

Jackson wasn't ready for London comeback

The father of Michael Jackson slammed the gruelling 50-date schedule drawn up for his son's comeback on Monday, saying the star was not capable of completing the series of sold-out concerts.

Lanka clears military in massacre of 17 aid workers

Sri Lanka's top rights panel has cleared the military of killing 17 employees of a French charity in 2006 and ordered more compensation for the families of the victims, press reports said yesterday.

Israeli FM questions right of Abbas to represent Palestinians

Israel's controversial Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman fanned the flames of a diplomatic feud on Monday when he cast doubt on the right of President Mahmud Abbas to represent the Palestinians.

Iran hangs 13 Sunni rebels

In a mass prison execution, Iran yesterday hanged 13 rebels from the shadowy Sunni insurgent group Jundallah as "enemies of God" for a string of attacks, including kidnapping of foreigners.

Xinjiang returns to normal slowly

Xinjiang is slowly returning to normal more than a week after deadly riot in the far western Chinese region, despite police shootings and sporadic tension in the capital city of Urumqi on Monday.

China, US set date for new high-level dialogue

Top Chinese and US leaders have agreed to meet in late July in Washington for the first "strategic and economic dialogue" with the Obama administration.

Obama approval rating goes down

Amid rising questions about US President Barack Obama's handling of the economy, his job approval rating has gone six points down in the past month, a new CBS News poll has found.

Two high value Qaeda terrorists arrested in Islamabad

Pakistani Police has arrested two high valued terrorists and foiled their attempts to carry out violent activities in Islamabad.

Scientists aim to create robot-insects

Police release a swarm of robot-moths to sniff out a distant drug stash. Rescue robot-bees dodge through earthquake rubble to find survivors.

Cuba, US to resume immigration talks

Talks between Cuba and the United States on the thorny issue of immigration, suspended since 2003, are set to resume Tuesday at the UN headquarters in New York.

Crew 'back on Earth' after Mars mission

Six volunteers from Russia and Europe Tuesday emerged from a capsule inside a Moscow research facility where they have been locked away for the last three months to simulate a mission to Mars.

Helicopter crash kills 7 in Afghanistan

A helicopter carrying civilian contractors working for foreign troops in Afghanistan crashed yesterday killing at least six people on board and a child on the ground, Nato and local officials said.

Pakistan hands over fresh dossier on Mumbai attacks

Pakistan has handed over a fresh dossier on its probe into the Mumbai terror attacks to India, ahead of the meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani on Thursday in Egypt.

War crimes case built on lies, says Taylor

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor took the stand in his own defence at his war crimes trial Tuesday and told judges the case against him was built on lies and misinformation.

Arts & Entertainment

Bibisab: A woman going beyond gender roles

Abdullah Al Mamun plays invariably have powerful social messages and "Bibisab" -- set in the Old Dhaka scenario -- is no different. As part of the ongoing festival to celebrate Mamun's birth anniversary (organised jointly by Theatre and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy), theatre troupe Palakar staged the play at the National Theatre Hall, BSA on July 13.

Mamun’s plays in new light

"The objective of this festival is to generate interest in Mamun's plays among this generation of directors, actors, theatre activists and enthusiasts," says noted theatre personality and president of ITI, Ramendu Majumdar on the ongoing Abdullah Al Mamum birth anniversary celebration at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA).

Workshop on ‘Baul’ music in Kushtia

A five-day workshop on Baul music recently ended in Kushtia. The programme was jointly organised by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and UNESCO.

ATN Bangla turns 13

ATN Bangla, the first satellite TV channel of the country, turns 13 today. As part of the celebration, the channel will air special programmes throughout the day.

Kite flying competition in Magura

A kite flying competition was held on Monday at Amolshar Primary School premises in Sreepur upazila of the district.

Vibrant cultural programme by Shishu Mela

The Dinajpur Shishu Academy (Children's Academy) organised a three-day 'Shishu Mela' at its complex in Dinajpur recently. The objective was to focus on school children's rights to better education and health care.

Natyalay turns two

Natyalay, a young theatre troupe, observed its second anniversary on July 13 at Shawakat Osman Auditorium, Central Public Library in Shahbag.

Tribute to ‘King of Pop’

Old School will be holding a musical tribute to the 'King of Pop' Michael Jackson at the Bangladesh China Friendship Conference Centre on July 18. Several popular and upcoming singers and bands will cover some of Jackson's biggest hits. Among the artistes/bands scheduled to perform are: Renaissance, LRB, Artcell, Black, Fahmida Nabi, Miles, Elita, Laura, Mehreen, Metal Maze, Mila, Old School, Radio Active, Shunno and Topu.

OP-ED

Tipaimukh Dam and international law

ON June 21, Indian High Commissioner Pinak Ranjan Chakrabarty provoked a new debate by questioning the applicability of international law to the Tipaimukh Dam issue. According to him, there does not exist any international law that could prevent India from constructing the Tipaimukh Dam. His argument appears totally erroneous in view of the status of the 1996 Ganges Water Treaty between Bangladesh and India as well the relevance of the applicable international customary laws.

Green beckoning: Combating climate change

CLIMATE change has now become a much talked about issue. Devastating cyclones like Sidr and Aila and the recurring floods that hit the country are effects of climate change. In addition, environmental degradation as a fall-out of modernisation has become a matter of utmost concern. With the modernisation of agriculture, and economic expansion in Asian countries, there has been a tremendous rise in environment degradation including greenhouse gas emissions.

Jacko meets Elvis

SCOOP! Today we bring you an exclusive report from The Afterlife.


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