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News of: Friday, 17th of July, 2009

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Charge sheet in Sept, 3,000 jawans found involved

The charge sheet in BDR mutiny case might be submitted in mid-September by CID, while a military investigation found 3,000 border security force jawans' involvement in the incident.

BNP, 9 other parties seek 6 more months

BNP and nine other political parties have sought at least six months' additional time to ratify the provisional changes in their constitutions and submit those to the Election Commission as they cannot complete the task by the July 25 deadline.

Hasina elected Nam vice-chair

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been elected vice-chair of the Non-Aligned Movement for the next three years.

Young blood likely to rule next AL central body

The young and dedicated leaders who served the party braving adversity during the post-1/11 days are likely to win vital posts in the next central committee of ruling Awami League.

Arms case against Huda quashed

The High Court (HC) yesterday quashed all proceedings against former BNP minister Nazmul Huda in a case filed on charge of possessing illegal firearms and ammunition.

Dangerous living in shadows of landslide

At least 1000 people live in imminent danger of landslides in Khagrachhari town as the monsoons set in with rain pouring even yesterday evening.

JS body finds corruption, irregularities by DCC staff

A parliamentary sub-committee has detected corruption and irregularities in a number of cases of tender process, development work, tax assessments and leasing out of Dhaka City Corporation bus terminals in the last seven years.

Bail prayers of 57 rejected in Rajshahi

The District and Sessions Judge's Court of Rajshahi yesterday rejected the bail prayers of 57 out of 93 suspected BDR mutineers arrested on sedition charge.

Mauritius hiring only female workers

Mauritius is phasing out its Bangladeshi male workforce and it is not renewing their job contracts. The country, however, continues to hire female workers in readymade garment sector and fish packaging factories, recruitment agencies said.

New SC judge alleges move to remove him from HC

Newly appointed Supreme Court Judge Surendra Kumar Sinha yesterday said an attempt was made to illegally remove him from the High Court during the past caretaker government rule.

2 KMP officials transferred for neglect

Two officials of Khulna Metropolitan Police (KMP) have been transferred for negligence of duty following an allegation made by the family of slain ward councillor of Khulna City Corporation Shahid Iqbal Bithar.

Five outlaws held with arms, bombs

Rapid Action Battalion arrested five top Janajuddho cadres including a regional leader and recovered firearms, ammunition and explosives from them at a hotel in Chuadanga Wednesday night.

Former Indian president Abdul Kalam due Sunday

Former Indian president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam will arrive in Dhaka on Sunday on a three-day visit.

47,000 children born for shortage of contraceptives

Around 47,000 children were born last year in addition to the general population increase in the country due to unexpected pregnancies caused by an acute shortage of contraceptives, according to a study.

64 schools have no headmaster in Jhenidah

Sixty-four government and non-government secondary schools are running without headmasters and assistant headmasters in the district amid serious difficulties in academic and administrative activities.

Nam summit adops declaration

The 15th Non-Aligned Movement Summit concluded yesterday with the adoption of final documents and a summit declaration calling for forging a stronger solidarity among the member-states to promote peace and development by facing the global threats and challenges with a synergy.

Tipai dam to choke Bangladesh rivers

Bangladesh might face a severe ecological imbalance if India builds the proposed Tipaimukh dam on the Borak river, said speakers at a discussion yesterday.

Top criminal Bikash freed on bail

Top criminal Bikash Kumer Biswas was freed on a bail from Kahimpur-2 jail yesterday after over 13 years of imprisonment.

JS body blasts Dhaka mission in Kenya for failure

A parliamentary standing committee yesterday criticised officials at Bangladesh embassy in Kenya, also in charge of maintaining diplomatic relations with Mauritius, for their failure to inform the government about the situation of Bangladeshi workers in Mauritius.

Second Test starts today

Buoyed by a first overseas Test win Bangladesh go into the second and final Test against the West Indies today at Grenada confident of another positive result. The Tigers were victorious by 95 runs in the first Test in St. Vincent and vice captain Shakib Al Hasan feels the momentum is with the tourists as they look to secure a unique away series win.

Wasa clears canal shanties

Dhaka water supply and sewerage authority (Wasa) yesterday demolished around 200 shanties and one concrete structure on Rupnagar canal bank during the second day's drive to revive the canal.

Army officer manhandled by police SI

A police sub-inspector allegedly manhandled an army officer on the Sylhet-Tamabil highway yesterday afternoon.

UN body probes Benazir's death

The UN commission set up to investigate the assassination of Pakistani former prime minister Benazir Bhutto opened its first inquiries in Islamabad yesterday and held talks with her widower.

KCC's eviction drive resumes

Khulna City Corporation (KCC) demolished three dykes from Gorakhali canal at Labonchora under Khulna Sadar Thana as it resumed eviction drive yesterday.

18 injured as Jubo League rivals clash in Khagrachhari

At least 18 people including an upazila chairman and a journalist were injured yesterday in a clash between two Jubo League factions near the Khagrachhari Government College.

Divers check why Sirajganj embankment collapsed

A ten-member team of divers yesterday started examining the causes of collapse of around 200 metres of Sirajganj town protection embankment in the Jamuna on last Friday, which exposed the town to the threat of flooding.

Trader shot dead

Criminals shot dead a tannery trader in the city's Dhanmondi area yesterday night.

Pakistan promises to net Mumbai attackers

Pakistan promised India yesterday that it will do everything in its power to bring the Mumbai terror attackers to justice, a key demand by New Delhi to improve relations.

Clarification

In a clarification sent to The Daily Star, the Kumudini Welfare Trust of Bengal (BD) Ltd has denied hiring any untrained nurse in the Kumudini Hospital and said following a report published in this paper on July 5, it wrote a letter to the Registrar of the Bangladesh Nursing Council (BNC) disagreeing with the statement she made to The Daily Star.

Editorial

BNP's dithering on commitment unfortunate

AS the deadline draws close for political parties to submit their amended, ratified constitutions to the Election Commission, questions have cropped up about the inability of some parties to comply with the EC's instructions vis-à-vis the deadline for amending and ratifying their constitutions by July 25. The Awami League has gone for a council meeting on July 24 to ratify the changes in its constitution before meeting the EC deadline. We understand that some other parties are also on track to meet the deadline. But what is certainly galling for the nation are the delaying tactics employed by the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party regarding bringing about changes to its own constitution. Of course, there can be no denying the fact that problems within the party have detracted it from holding a council meeting to ratify the changes in its constitution. But that cannot logically explain away the BNP's negative attitude towards standing by a commitment it has already made. Prior to the December 2008 elections, the party along with other parties pledged to go through a democratization of its constitution within six months of the polls.

Child labour in extremely hazardous circumstances

THE more we hear of a malady or scourge, our sensibilities about it tend to dull. There comes a point when we might feel resigned to its recurrence. That may be the case with newspaper readers, radio listeners and TV watchers. But when the authorities whose responsibility it is to contain or eliminate the malaise should themselves show an attitude of resignation that can hardly be condoned.

The potato man

NEVER kick a man when he is down, and I don't mean to join the fray when there seems to be no dearth of people who would like to pound on the former army chief since he left office in June. One embittered politician has already taken him to court, filing a defamation suit of Tk.100 crore against him. Others are hissing around the corner, waiting to swoop down. The former strongman is in trouble. He is likely to spend some time in court.

UK low carbon transition

GLOBAL talks don't have a great reputation for achievement. But last week's G8 climate change talks in Italy broke new ground, and offer an opportunity to prove the doubters wrong. The collective commitment by countries such as United States, Japan and the UK to cut emissions by 80% by 2050, and work to avoid temperature increases above 2 degrees Centigrade, is important.

Sports

Tigers chase a dream

Bangladesh will carry bitter-sweet feelings into the second and final Test against the West Indies starting on Friday at the Queen's Park Stadium Complex.

WC planning afoot

The next central organising committee (COC) meeting for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 will take place in Dhaka sometime in September.

Punish killers of NGO employee, schoolgirl

Cross sections of people in Faridpur Sadar and Boalmari upazilas yesterday formed human chains and brought out processions demanding punishment to the killers of NGO employee Sheuly Akter and schoolgirl Mabia in Boalmari upazila.

Strauss, Cook lift hosts

England captain Andrew Strauss made the most of some poor Australia bowling with a century on the first day of the second Ashes Test here at Lord's on Thursday.

Protesters call for government help

Protesting West Indies players have turned to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Governments for help in their current impasse with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).

U-19s salvage brave draw

Bangladesh Under-19s lower-order fought hard to manage a draw in the second and final four-dayer against England Under-19s on the final day at the County Ground, Derby on Wednesday.

Bonarpara cricket

Rangpur Railway Club defeated Nayabander Sporting Club by seven wickets while TBS Krira Chakkra narrowly defeated Simultair Meghdip Eleven by one wicket in the Bonarpara premier cricket league held at the Bonarpara Kazi Azher Ali High School ground yesterday.

School chess

Thirteen players of Class VI-X Group (boys) share the lead in the 11th Standard Chartered School Chess Tournament with full three points after the third round matches at the NSC Tower Auditorium on Thursday.

Not a 'home' really!

England headed into the second match of the Ashes series here at Lord's knowing it was 75 years since they last won a Test against their oldest rivals at the 'home of cricket'.

Rare example of honesty

Rupchan, a rickshaw-puller in the capital, has set a rare example of honesty by returning Tk 2.50 lakh to its custodian, which he found abandoned on the road of Nilkhet on Wednesday.

Flintoff felicitated

Former England players and coaches Thursday hailed Andrew Flintoff as one of the greatest players of his generation, a day after he announced his retirement.

Freddie's focus on ODIs

Andrew Flintoff believes that his impending retirement from Test cricket will enable him to focus on becoming the best one-day cricketer in the world, and he still harbours ambitions of playing for England in not only the 2011 World Cup in the subcontinent, but the 2015 tournament in Australia and New Zealand as well.

Ponting finds it funny

Australia captain Ricky Ponting believes England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff announcing his Test exit during the Ashes could create an unwanted 'circus' for the home side in the rest of the series.

Kapil not leaving ICL

Retired cricket great Kapil Dev will not sever ties with a rebel Twenty20 league despite an amnesty offer by the Indian cricket board, media reported Thursday.

Akhtar doubtful for Lanka ODIs

The chances of controversial paceman Shoaib Akhtar staging a comeback in Pakistan's one-day series against Sri Lanka plummeted after an official said Thursday he failed to show for a fitness test.

Real want early games

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez wants to bring forward the club's matches, which are usually played at night, to the afternoon to boost its international television audience, especially in Asia, sports daily AS reported Thursday.

Lucio deal not done

Bayern Munich's Brazilian international defender Lucio's proposed move to Serie A champions Inter Milan has not been completed, the Italians said on Thursday.

Eto'o's future uncertain

Barcelona have given their Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o, whose future at the club is uncertain, an extra week of holidays to buy time to negotiate his departure, Spanish media reported Thursday.

United touring Asia

Manchester United warm-up for another assault on the Premier League title with a tour of Asia this week, where Michael Owen is expected to make his debut.

Chelsea duo bans reduced

European football's governing body UEFA on Wednesday agreed to reduce bans handed down to Chelsea striker Didier Drogba and defender Jose Bosingwa for their angry outbursts which followed the club's Champions League exit to Barcelona in May.

Terry not for sale

Chelsea warned big-spending Manchester City once again on Wednesday that captain John Terry is not for sale.

C'Ron move disappoints Bolt

Cristiano Ronaldo's high-profile transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid left the world's fastest man, an avid fan of the English giants, "disappointed".

Man City set UAE date

English Premier League side Manchester City will meet the national team of the United Arab Emirates on November 12 in the UAE capital, the two sides said Thursday.

MU reward Gibson

Manchester United have handed promising Republic of Ireland international Darron Gibson a three-year contract extension, keeping him at the club until 2012.

Koertzen's century

Rudi Koertzen, the South African umpire, will become the second official after Jamaican Steve Bucknor to stand in a 100 Tests at the Lord's Test starting on Thursday.

Cole out of US tour

England midfielder Joe Cole will not take part in Chelsea's pre-season tour of the United States after undergoing minor surgery, the Premier League club confirmed on Thursday.

Lyon agree Bastos fee

Deposed French champions Lyon on Wednesday agreed to pay rivals Lille 18 million euros for Brazilian midfielder Michel Bastos.

Business

Govt's bank borrowing up

The government's borrowing from the banking system in the last fiscal year was 3 percent higher than its target although the implementation of annual development programme (ADP) is lagging far behind the target. The revised ADP size was Tk 23,000 crore last fiscal year.

Policy reforms can take Bangladesh off LDC list

Had Bangladesh reformed its policies and strengthened institutional capacity, it would have come out of the LDC status much earlier than a UN agency prediction, an economist said at the launch of a UN report in Dhaka yesterday.

High interest rate sets back growth: Muhith

Falling investment and a high interest rate are the two major weak spots in the economy, not the exchange rate or market intervention, Finance Minister AMA Muhith said yesterday.

India scopes out new markets for RMG exports

India is aiming to cut its garment industry's overwhelming dependence on American and European markets, hit by financial downturn.

Minister assures all policy support to RMG sector

The commerce minister yesterday assured that the government would extend all necessary incentive and policy supports to the ready-made garments (RMG) sector in order to maintain industrial growth.

BB governor asks banks in Ctg to manage risks

Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Atiur Rahman here yesterday called upon all private and state-owned banks to set up independent risk management unit in every local branch to avoid any untoward situation amid the global recession.

BRAC Bank launches universal credit cards

BRAC Bank Ltd launched the new Universal Credit Card service yesterday in Dhaka.

Dhaka-Colombo direct flight by year-end

SriLankan Airlines is all set to fly direct to Colombo from Dhaka by year-end.

BTRC cuts bandwidth charges

The telecom watchdog has cut internet bandwidth prices by 33 percent, aiming to encourage operators to make internet-based services affordable for the mass.

Business team from India due Sunday

A 40-member delegation of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) will arrive in Dhaka on July 19 on a three-day visit to promote trade and investment between the two countries.

Shop owners demand more shopping hours

The Bangladesh Dokan Malik Samity (an association for shop owners) yesterday urged the government to extend shopping hours by an hour.

Singer Bangladesh MD's new responsibilities

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Singer Bangladesh Ltd AM Hamim Rahmatullah has recently been appointed as the regional vice president (RVP) of Singer Asia Ltd in addition to his existing responsibilities, says a statement.

On economy, it's all his now

With four simple words -- "Give it to me!" -- US President Barack Obama took possession of the economy.

China's economy on stunning rebound

China's economy grew 7.9 percent in the second quarter of 2009, the government said Thursday, in a stunning turnaround for the Asian powerhouse that offered some hope for the rest of the world.

Asian markets rise for third day

Asian stocks rose for a third straight day on Thursday as a strong rally in New York and better-than-expected growth figures from China raised hopes for a global recovery.

Oil prices rise in Asian trade

Oil prices were up in Asian trade Thursday after a massive rally in US stocks stoked hopes of an early rebound for the global economy, analysts said.

Nokia profit drops 66pc in Q2

The world's top cell phone maker, Nokia Corp, on Thursday said earnings fell 66 percent in the second quarter as the global recession sapped demand for handsets.

JPMorgan Chase posts Q2 profit

JPMorgan Chase & Co posted a 36 percent jump in second-quarter profit Thursday, easily surpassing Wall Street expectations as strength in its core consumer and investment banking businesses offset a jump in credit losses.

Toyota, Mazda to form tie-up on hybrids

Toyota is in talks with Mazda about providing its key hybrid technology in a tie-up, the nation's top business daily reported Thursday.

British government report urges banking crackdown

Britain needs to tighten up regulation of the banking sector to prevent another meltdown, and force senior staff to reveal pay and bonuses, a highly critical government-backed report said on Thursday.

Metropolitan

Efforts on to restore 1972 constitution

The government is trying wholeheartedly to restore the constitution of 1972, and for that it is waiting for a positive verdict of the appellate division of the Supreme Court (SC) on the High Court's (HC) verdict on the fifth amendment to the constitution, said Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Barrister Shafique Ahmed at a seminar yesterday.

Enrol potential migrant workers to reduce graft by recruiting agencies

The parliamentary standing committee on expatriates' welfare ministry yesterday asked the ministry officials to start registration system and enrol the prospective workers willing to go abroad in a bid to reduce corruption and irregularities of the recruiting agencies.

Experts for creating S Asian climate change network

Experts yesterday recommended creating a South Asian network to combat challenges of climatic change in the region collectively.

One killed as Sylhet gas cylinder explodes

A man was killed and two others were injured when a gas cylinder of a tank lorry exploded at Bangabir Road under South Surma Police Station in the city yesterday.

15 fall sick after inhaling toxic fumes

At least 15 people, including nine children, fell sick after inhaling toxic fumes during a fire that broke out in a shoe factory on the ground floor of a five-storey building at Lalbagh in the city yesterday.

Technical schools to be set up at each UZ: Nahid

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday said the government would set up one technical school in every upazila across the country in order to build skilled manpower, says a press release.

Need to mainstream disaster risk reduction stressed

Experts at an advocacy workshop yesterday stressed the need to mainstream disaster risk reduction into the development process.

Invest in Bangladesh

President Zillur Rahman yesterday urged the investors of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to invest in Bangladesh as an investment-friendly atmosphere is prevailing in the country.

'Increase women's participation in politics'

Without increasing women's participation in politics, it will not be possible to ensure women empowerment, said speakers at a lecture yesterday.

Woman burned to death

After fighting for life for around 14 hours, Nargis Begum, 30, a housewife, succumbed to her burn injuries at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) on Wednesday night as her husband set her on fire after pouring kerosene on her body.

More fish cultivation to cut poverty

Food and Disaster Manage-ment Minister Abdur Razzaque yesterday said production of more fish and livestock will not only ensure protein of large number of people suffering from malnutrition, but also will reduce poverty in the country.

'Separate fund for energy sector within this fiscal yr'

The government will create a Tk 1,000 crore revolving fund to finance the commercially viable projects of the energy and power sector within the current fiscal year.

Body to evaluate performance of PSI cos, customs dept

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) formed a five-member official committee to evaluate the performance of the customs department and the future of the pre-shipment inspection (PSI) companies, whose contracts end in December.

'Magic pipe' method produces more rice, saves money, water

Rice scientists have developed a technology called “Alternate Wetting and Drying” (AWD) that reduces production cost by 25 percent but increases production with less irrigation during Boro season.

Road crashes kill 4

Four people were killed in separate road accidents in Dinajpur and Bogra yesterday.

'Hang killers of Bangabandhu'

Speakers at a discussion yesterday demanded the killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman be hanged before August 15.

Ethical, scientific implementation of clinical research stressed

Enhancing implementation of clinical research in more ethical and scientific way is very important to address the public health needs in the country, speakers said at a seminar yesterday.

Deep convection over North Bay

Deep convection is taking place over the North Bay as the southwest monsoon is strong over the zone, according to a Met warning.

2 students held for snatching

Police yesterday detained two students of Dhaka Polytechnic Institute on charge of snatching Tk 10,000 from an admission seeker after two days of the arrest of 35 students with sharp weapons from their possession.

Four Appellate Division judges take oath

The newly appointed four Appellate Division judges took the oath of their offices yesterday.

Intern medical technologist run over by bus at Shahbagh

An intern medical technologist was run over by a speeding bus at Shahbagh intersection in the city yesterday morning.

Housewife held for torturing domestic help

Police detained a housewife on charge of torturing her domestic help, which sparked violent protests by local people in the city's Badda area last night.

Germany keen to enhance cooperation in agri sector

German Ambassador to Bangladesh Frank Muyke said his country is eager to enhance cooperation with Bangladesh's agriculture, renewable energy and ship-building.

Burglary at Ctg Prothom Alo office

A daring burglary took place at the Chittagong bureau office of leading Bangla daily the Prothom Alo on Jamal Khan Road in the early hours of Thursday.

BSTI-Rab team closes illegal food factory at Demra

A combined team of Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institute (BSTI) and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday seized different food items from a factory and sealed it off, as it was illegally producing and marketing these items at Demra in the city.

Attack on Studio 45 condemned

Bangladesh Furniture Industries Owners' Association has demanded impartial investigation into the attack on Studio 45, a furniture showroom, at Gulshan in the city on July 2 and exemplary punishment to the culprits.

2 Shibir men arrested at Chhatak

Police yesterday arrested two Shibir activists at Govindaganj in Chhatak upazila and seized an axe from their possession.

BSF killing protested

Bangladesh Nirjatan Protirodh Society staged a demonstration at Muktangan in the city yesterday protesting the killing of Bangladeshi citizens along Bangladesh-India borders by the Border Security Force (BSF) of India, says a press release.

PDB snaps 3,628 connections

The Power Development Board (PDB) snapped 3,628 illegal electricity connections during the last 15 days in its six distribution zones.

Rape of housewife condemned

Bangladesh Mahila Parishad expressed concern over the incident of gang rape of a housewife in Nilphamari.

Discussion on HIV/AIDS

Population Council Bangladesh organised a conference with a view to sharing its activities and to discuss the role of the media to prevent spreading of HIV/AIDS and other population related issues at its office in the city yesterday.

BCU leader's death condoled

Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) Dhaka Committee President Abdul Kader and General Secretary Ahsan Habib Lablu expressed shock at the death of Suman Mahmud, assistant general secretary of Dhaka city unit of Chhatra Union, says a press release.

1,256 phensidyl bottles seized

Police yesterday seized 1,256 bottles of phensidyl from a truck at Daulatdia ferry ghat.

National

4 Sylhet Janata Bank staff suspended, ex-manager denied retirement benefit

Janata Bank authorities have suspended three officers and a cashier and stopped retirement benefits of a former manager of a branch for their complicity with embezzling about Tk 3 crore 80 lakh by two petroleum businessmen.

Fresh probe demanded

Speakers at a condolence meeting here yesterday demanded fresh investigation into the killing of journalist Shamsur Rahman.

31 sued for war crimes

Thirty-one alleged collaborators of Pakistani occupation forces have been sued for killing, looting and arson in Satkhira and Gopalganj in 1971.

Flood-hit people still stuck on embankment

Over 1000 marooned people who took shelter on the west side embankment of Jamuna River about two weeks ago due to water logging and river erosion in Katubpur and Karnibari unions in Shariakandi upazia are yet to return home.

JS body on CHT meets July 20

The 4th meeting of the 9th permanent parliamentary committee on Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) affairs will held at the conference hall of Khagrachhari Hill District Council (KHDC) on July 20.

18 Rohingyas arrested

Eighteen more Rohingyas were arrested from different areas of Naikhongchari upazila on Wednesday during the joint raids conducted by Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and police.

Arms factory unearthed

Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday unearthed an arms factory at Debitala under Batiaghat upazila of Khulna district. The elite force arrested three people on the spot and seized three pipe guns, five barrels of pipe gun, one cartridge, springs, blades and small saws. The arrestees are Rabiul Islam Akunji, 36, Delwar Hossain, 25, and Mintu Sheikh, 32. They were being interrogated at Rab-6 headquarters at Khalishpur as of filing of this report at 6:00pm yesterday.

Schoolgirl raped in Netrakona

A schoolgirl was raped at Bagbar village in Purbadhala upazila early yesterday. Police said the girl, a student of class-VII, was asleep when a group of miscreants led by Ariful Haque entered their house by breaking door. The gang then took the girl to a nearby jungle and violated her. Local people later rescued the student and sent her to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital in a critical condition. A case was filed against six persons but police could not arrest anyone.

BNP office vandalised

A group of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists allegedly vandalised the district BNP office at Chhotobazar in the district town Wednesday night. Local and BNP sources said the BCL cadres brought out a procession from near the district Awami League office with sharp weapons at about 11:00pm and attacked the BNP office. They damaged furniture and the portraits of Ziaur Rahman and Khaleda Zia during the attack. No one was injured in the incident.

2 expelled CU students held

Two expelled students of Chittagong University (CU) were arrested yesterday for their alleged involvement in campus violence. The arrestees are Zahedul Islam Jewel alias Black Jewel, science and technology affairs assistant secretary of CU unit Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), and Rashedul Hasan Rajib, also a BCL activist. Hathazari police picked up them from No. 1 gate of the university around 1:00pm. Police said they were accused in four cases. They were expelled from CU on disciplinary ground.

Letters

No tree, no life

It is a matter of great regret that recently in our coastal area, Shitakunda, trees were destroyed unnecessarily. Without trees our existence will be threatened, and the tree is the great friend of humans. Trees control the environment to be in a balanced form by preserving humidity in the climate. Plants make the land fertile and cultivable.

Recession and unemployment

The world has been experiencing a severe economic depression in the first decade of this century long after its appearance during the third decade of the last century. Most of the nations are now paying the price. From that context, Bangladesh is no exception as it is the victim of on-going global recession which, undoubtedly, is the result of western materialistic lifestyle and can be considered the major factor for unemployment problem throughout the country.

BSMRAU

Since its birth in 1983, the Institute of Post Graduate Studies in Agriculture (IPSA) flourished as one of the truly potential academic institutions with its academic excellence within the shortest possible time. However, it turned into a fully-fledged university with the name of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University (BSMRAU) in 1998 with its true potential and the growing demand of higher study in agriculture. Currently, BSMRAU has been running with three faculties and twenty departments in light of some characteristic features which were missing and are still missing in many of the public universities in Bangladesh. What is very special about this university is confirmation of the superior accomplishment of the academic tenure of the student in due course of time: no session jam even for a day. The second important feature of this university is everybody appreciates that there is no campus violence here. Thirdly, the campus is totally neat and clean, there is no hand writing on the wall or anywhere else.

Apartments and earthquake

In case of high-rise buildings not only the foundation, the ground floor must be made sufficiently strong, so that they can withstand the pressure in times of earthquake. I believe developers follow the design properly in foundation. But in ground floor maximum buildings are standing on some columns only as Rajuk does not permit building apartments on ground floor which is to be used for car parking. In engineering terms, this type of ground floor is called soft-storey. But thinking about the earthquake and other disasters, the ground floor should be made stronger and we can do it if we make apartments on ground floor. The empty ground floor is really risky.

Defaulters and finance minister

The finance minister is reported to have declared that "whatever powerful one defaulter may be" he will catch hold of him and recover loan money. In the past we heard similar vows from his predecessors but none succeeded. The reason for all FMs' failures in the past, was not the defaulters alone, it was system of recovery, the banks' own faults and the government's faulty initiatives with absence of dynamism.

Chinese restaurants

I was rather amused to read Mr. Kutubi's letter dated July 12, 2009 under the above-mentioned heading. My family has frequented Chinese restaurants for many, many years and in all these years we have yet to find anything even remotely resembling the writer's description! Of course I can only speak about the restaurants of Dhaka city, not those of Chittagong city. Almost all these places are well lit, not dark as pointed out in the letter. Some are expensive though, others are not so expensive, but all of them serve fairly good and tasty food combined with excellent and courteous service. The clientele are decent people belonging to the upper economic strata. One can spend a very enjoyable evening there with one's family for rest and relaxation.

Transport problem

Only a few private universities have their own campus. North South University recently shifted its own building to Bashundhara residential area. At present, there are 6,000(six thousand) students studying in the university. The NSU campus is a few kilometres away from the main city. It takes two hours and sometimes even more to reach the campus. It's a great loss of valuable time.

Corporate social responsibility

Quite a large number of proprietor/partnership firms, private/public limited companies earn huge amount of profit at the end of each account-year. In many cases, large chunk of these profits goes undisclosed and remains outside the tax-net.

Landslides

Landslides are a natural phenomenon, but it is accelerated by human action. It is now a great concern in south-eastern parts of Bangladesh like Sylhet, Moulvi Bazar, Habigang, Chittagong and CHT. It can be defined as the downward movement of a large mass of earth or rocks from a hill or mountain due to natural variability and human activity. Landslide is not a new theme in the context of Chittagong. During the last three decades, Chittagong suffered about 12 landslides. Death toll during the last three decades is around 200.

Six months of AL rule

In the backdrop of an uneasy two-year rule of caretaker government and subsequent landslide victory, the AL has passed its first six months in power. So far there is no major failing in any sector but we can't say that they could initiate the jump start people expected. The whole administration is in sluggish hibernation and inept ministers failed to tune up the left over government machinery of the BNP-Jamaat regime. The situation is comparable to the post liberation days. The BCL and field level AL leaders are running for petty cash in local tender and toll collections in the absence of organisational control. The BNP-Jamaat installed/owned electronic and print media are magnifying the shortcomings while microphone loving ministers and leaders are making immature and unnecessary comments inviting controversies. Anybody is talking about anything at anytime.

Power crisis

We all have welcomed the new time introduced by the government to save electricity. The government is trying its level best to meet the electricity demand of the country. As citizens, we also have to try from our level to help the government solve the crisis. Teachers at schools, colleges and universities can instruct students to turn off the unwanted lights and fans; employers and employees at offices can ask each other to do the same; parents at home can teach their children and vice-versa not to waste electricity or natural gas. In short, every citizen has to make a habit of “waste not, want not”.

Industrial police

I listened this morning (July 09) to BBC News at 0730 hrs. The news item that drew my attention most was the one relating to the BBC interview with Jatiyo Garments Sramik Federation General Secretary, Mr. Amirul Haque Amin, on the policy statement on Industrial Police made by the prime minister in the Jatiyo Sangsad on July 08. Mr. Amin told the interviewer that he felt that the proposal of introduction of Industrial Police in the garments sector would not improve the situation, rather he categorically emphasized the need for Participation Committee for bilateral settlement of industrial disputes at workplace and thereby maintaining a good industrial relations atmosphere in the garments sector.

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International

Pak PM says peace with India 'achievable'

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said Wednesday that relations with India were on the right track and that peace between the arch-foes was "achievable."

Without customary bad boys of NAM, summit lacks excitement

Without the presence of 21st century enfant terrible of the Middle East Mohammad Ahmadinejad, the towering personality of Fidel Castro or the biting wit of Venezuelian President Hugo Chavez, the 15th Non-Aligned Movement Summit meet lacks the glamour element.

US denies playing any role in Indo-Pak meet

The United States has denied playing any role in facilitating the proposed meeting between Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani on the margins of the XVth Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Sharm-el-Sheikh.

Hillary extends hand to Taliban who quit battle

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Wednesday held out an olive branch to Taliban militants willing to lay down their arms, adding her support to an offer of talks from Afghan leader Hamid Karzai.

UN worker, guard killed in Pakistan

Gunmen killed a UN employee and a guard at a refugee camp in northwest Pakistan yesterday, police said, in a blow to relief efforts aimed at the country's humanitarian crisis.

Video shows Jackson's head catching fire

A US entertainment magazine has released never-before-seen footage of Michael Jackson's hair catching fire while filming a commercial in 1984, an accident it said led to an addiction to painkillers.

UK MPs challenge Brown over Afghanistan

British lawmakers voiced concern yesterday that a lack of helicopters was having "adverse consequences" on Britain's campaign in Afghanistan after Prime Minister Gordon Brown denied it was fuelling casualties.

US welcomes 'consensus' on N Korea sanctions

The United States has welcomed the international "consensus" on the implementation of UN sanctions on North Korea, even if the targeted entities have still not been identified.

Damaged black boxes found

Iran said on Thursday it has found the black boxes from an airliner that crashed in flames near Tehran, killing all 168 people on board in the worst air disaster in the sanctions-hit nation in years.

Thai SC begins hearing on Thaksin fortune

Thailand's highest court on Thursday began its first hearing to determine if authorities can seize about 2.2 billion dollars of frozen assets belonging to exiled former premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

Iran's atomic chief resigns

Gholam Reza Aghazadeh, Iran's atomic chief who has spearheaded the Islamic republic's controversial nuclear programme for more than a decade, has resigned, the ISNA news agency said yesterday.

Loving pooch nurses baby pandas in China

Two red pandas who were abandoned by their mother soon after they were born in northern China have been nursed to health thanks to the love and milk of a dog, state media reported yesterday.

Moon potential goldmine of natural resources

As the Earth's natural resources gradually dwindle, some scientists believe the moon could prove a goldmine for future generations.

Endeavour astronauts to inspect heat shield

Astronauts aboard the US space shuttle Endeavour prepared yesterday to inspect the heat shield for damage caused by debris that peeled off the external fuel tank during liftoff.

Arts & Entertainment

Abdullah Al Mamun Theatre Festival

As part of the ongoing theatre festival celebrating Abdullah Al Mamun's birth anniversary, two plays were staged at the National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on July 15. The Department of Theatre and Music, Dhaka University staged "Tritio Purush" (Third Person), while Theatre staged "Mike Master."

Jugolshondhi: Zubayeer’s concoction of eastern and western melodies

Those, who have been keeping up with adhunik (contemporary) songs, are familiar with Swani Zubayeer. Zubayeer's compositions sparkle with poetic prowess -- an unmistakable trait of ghazal. The talented singer-composer, however, feels that his songs do not precisely follow the form of traditional ghazal. His previous albums "Nirjon Shakkhor" and "Ojossro Kobita" were highly appreciated by music enthusiasts in the country, in particular those who crave variety.

Anisul Haq and Kanakchapa on Rtv

Everyone has dreams but very few can turn their aspirations into reality. This truth forms the central theme of talk show "Dhrupodi Kahini." The programme, featuring journalist, litterateur and playwright Anisul Haq and artist Kanakchapa Chakma, will go on air tonight on RTV at 6:45 pm. The prominent personalities share the stories behind their success and some hilarious incidents as well. The programme is compiled, directed and hosted by Shanta Islam.

Different Touch on Call-er Gaan tonight

"Sraboner meghgulo jaro holo akashey" is one of the most popular songs from the early '90s. The band Different Touch shot to fame with this song but after some years virtually disappeared from the music scenario.

Half-Blood Prince stars imagine post-Potter future

It's been eight years since Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint first hopped on the Hogwarts Express, and the three have done little else since.

OP-ED

Climate change and human rights

GLOBAL climate change has emerged as the greatest threat facing humankind today. The long arm of climate change impacts is likely to undermine various fundamental human rights and basic securities. These rights and securities include the right to life, food, safe water, health, home, land, properties, livelihoods, employment and development.

Bilateral relations between Bangladesh and Germany

THE Centre for Foreign Affairs Studies (C-FAS), a foreign policy think-tank in Dhaka, hosted a farewell lunch for the departing German Ambassador H.E. Frank Meyke on July 14 at a local hotel. The chairperson of the C-FAS, Ashfaqur Rahman, who was once Bangladesh ambassador to Germany, and German Ambassador Meyke highlighted the salient features of bilateral relations between the two countries.

The minister of blame

US citizen Rebiyer Kadeer started the recent street-fight in China's Xinjiang province, despite the fact that she was on the other side of the world, fast asleep.

StarTech

Renewable energy flourishing in Bangladesh

With our last reserves of oil and gas hastily running out on us, the likelihood of the world stepping into an energy crisis situation is not far away. As Thomas Edison once said, "I hope we don't have to wait 'til oil and coal run out before we tackle that." According to scientist R Buckminster Fuller, "There is no energy crisis, only a crisis of ignorance."

First round of FICC begins

Financial IT Case Competition (FICC) is a platform that provides an opportunity to young and talented minds from different public and private universities to compete in the development of unique software projects for the financial sector in the country.

B2B website launched

To ignite B2B (business-to-business) e-commerce revolution in Bangladesh, a US based online retail company, BuyerXpo has recently started their operation here, offering local buyers and sellers the opportunity to vend and purchase products and services online.

Facebook claims 250 million users

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced the number of people using the online social networking service has climbed to 250 million.



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