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News of: Wednesday, 22nd of July, 2009

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Shakib scripts historic win

Bangladesh stand-in captain Shakib Al Hasan led from the front with an unbeaten 96 as his side beat the West Indies in the second and final Test at the National Stadium in Grenada on Monday and he declared the 2-0 series win was the biggest thing for the cricket-crazy nation in nine years.

Another Lashkar man captured

Detective Branch of police has arrested another Indian national linked to Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in the capital.

Jalil resigns

Just three days ahead of ruling Awami League's national council, its General Secretary Abul Jalil resigned yesterday alleging that he was not being allowed to function as the party's general secretary.

PM wants ties with India to thrive on trade

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said her government is interested to reopen the cross-border railways, abandoned following the 1965 India-Pakistan war, for stronger connectivity between Bangladesh and India in the fields of trade, investment and people-to-people contacts.

Resourceful Khulna left in the cold

Khulna division is lagging far behind the rest of the country despite the fact that it is one of the most resourceful regions with good prospects for industries and tourism, speakers at a round-table discussion yesterday said.

Renal failure of 20 kids to be probed

The government yesterday formed a seven-member probe committee for investigating the deaths of around 20 children from acute renal failure after taking paracetamol syrup.

Form intelligence units, tackle unrest

A House body yesterday made a set of recommendations including shifting jhoot (garment by-products) business from the garments industry areas, and forming intelligence units to prevent further unrest in the sector.

EC for ordinance to give time extension

The Election Commission will ask the government to promulgate an ordinance amending the Representation of the People Order to provide political parties with additional six months' time for submitting their ratified constitutions.

Mansur Ali wanted by US too

Detained Indian national and Lashkar-e-Taiba leader Moulana Mohammad Mansur Ali is on two lists prepared by the intelligence agencies of India and the US for his involvement in militancy, sources said.

Brutality beats the beast

Miscreants gouged out eyes of a BNP activist strapping him to a tree on Aditmari Degree College campus Monday.

Panchagarh abuzz with skygazers

The small, quiet northern town of Panchagarh makes history today, hosting thousands of tourists and astrologers from home and abroad who have gathered here to watch the full solar eclipse.

Clouded Leopard found

A Clouded Leopard cub, critically endangered for Bangladesh, is now in captivity of some indigenous people near Barkal of Rangamati.

Khaleda warns govt not to take anti-nation steps

Opposition leader Khaleda Zia once again assured the government of her cooperation in protecting national interests but warned that resistance will be built up with people in case of anti-people and anti-nation steps.

Happy, if no harm done

Former Indian president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam yesterday said he hopes India will not do anything harmful to Bangladesh with the Tipaimukh Dam.

Go for public-private partnership

A parliamentary body yesterday asked the state-run telecom organisations to go for public-private partnership (PPP) to set up laptop, cellphone and computer hardware industries as early as possible.

Commission to probe 2001 post-poll violence

The government will form a commission to investigate the incidents of violence that took place after the 2001 parliamentary elections, said Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday.

Doctor stabbed to death

A doctor was stabbed to death yesterday in her clinic chamber at Sabujbagh by her "suitor".

Nasim cleared of WorldTel graft case

A Dhaka court yesterday acquitted former telecommunications minister and Awami League leader Mohammad Nasim of charges in a graft case filed against him in 2002 in connection with WorldTel scam.

2 Afghan cities hit by Taliban: 14 die

Eight Taliban militants attacked three government buildings and a US base in two eastern cities yesterday in near-simultaneous attacks a signature of major Taliban assaults. Eight insurgents and six Afghan security forces died.

Japan PM dissolves parliament

Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso dissolved the powerful lower house of parliament Tuesday, setting the stage for national elections next month that could transform the country's political power structure.

Editorial

BB's monetary policy stance

Given the backdrop to the monetary policy announced by the central bank governor Dr Atiur Rahman, he could not probably get more sure-footed than he has actually managed to be. The policy formulation perforce had to respond to external and internal shocks triggered by the global economic downturn. Despite signs of recovery, effects of global slowdown are predicted to linger until mid-2010. In the rather long interregnum, two kinds of scenario are likely: if the global recovery falters, it would slacken export growth, workers' remittance inflow and investment activities thereby affecting GDP growth. At the same time, if global recovery is faster it won't be without some risks in the shape of aggravating domestic inflation due to increasing global commodity prices.

An enlightening sojourn

The former Indian President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam’s three-day visit to Bangladesh has been an enlivening experience for the local intelligentsia and the scientific community. His words reverberated among the development thinkers, and the scientists as a source of inspiration. Being a man of science, it is therefore very natural that the former Indian president laid his greatest emphasis on researches in science and technology and creativity as the basis of sustainable development in society.

Confrontational politics

A sound and effective democracy demands responsible behaviour from both ruling and opposition political parties, which means the opposition should make constructive criticisms of the government activities and the ruling party should respect opposition criticisms and suggestions. However, in Bangladesh we have been experiencing the politics of confrontation for a long time.

A method in the dragon's moods

The helmsman must guide the boat by using the waves, otherwise the waves will sink it.

Sports

Stand-in Shakib stands tall

When he arrived at the highest level of the game three years back, Shakib Al Hasan didn't make any buzz. But he has grown into a player of stature slowly but surely with every passing game. The 22-year-old baby-faced boy from Magura cemented his place with consistent performances very quickly to become not only the most valuable player for the team but also has achieved the rare feat of becoming the number one all-rounder in the one-day rankings.

A rollicking Rokibul and a sublime Shakib saga

History was calling and Bangladesh showed they were all ears in Grenada. Rokibul Hasan and Shakib Al Hasan shared a thrilling 106-run partnership to charge Bangladesh to their first overseas series win. On an enthralling afternoon's play, Darren Sammy threatened to do the improbable but Rokibul lifted Bangladesh with a plucky innings before the equally aggressive Shakib joined him to clinch a euphoric win.

Hail the Tigers

The historic first-ever away Test series victory of the national cricket team against the West Indies was the talk of the sports arena on Tuesday as everyone greeted the Tigers for their brilliant success in the Caribbean.

U-19s match abandoned

The third one-day match between the touring Bangladesh Under-19s and England Under-19 was abandoned without a single ball being bowled due to rain at Northampton County ground yesterday.

3rd Division cricket

Sheikh Russell KC, Mitaly Boys Club, Great Dania Sports Academy and Youth British Future Social Organization won their respective qualifying-round matches of the Metropolis Third Division Cricket League at separate city venues on Monday.

Owen scores again

Michael Owen hit the target again Monday as Manchester United made it two wins out of two on their pre-season tour, beating a plucky Malaysian XI 2-0.

Rafa fears Man Utd's war chest

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez said on Tuesday he fears Manchester United will use the war chest from the Cristiano Ronaldo mega-transfer to make the Premier League champions even stronger.

'Tevez not worth 25m'

Sir Alex Ferguson has hit back at Carlos Tevez, saying the Argentinian striker wasn't worth the 25 million pounds that rivals Manchester City paid for him, reports said Tuesday.

Gerrard faces trial alone

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will face trial alone after his six co-defendants on Tuesday admitted taking part in a bar brawl.

Nasri suffers broken leg

Arsenal and French international midfielder Samir Nasri has been ruled out of action for six to eight weeks after breaking his leg in training on Tuesday.

Eto'o agent due in Milan

Samuel Eto'o's agent will fly to Milan on Tuesday to thrash out a deal that would take the Cameroon striker from Barcelona to Inter Milan, the Italians' technical director Marco Branca said on Monday.

C'Ron fails to shine

The world's most expensive player Cristiano Ronaldo was kept at bay by semi-professional defenders here on Monday on his debut for Real Madrid as they eked out a 1-0 victory over Shamrock Rovers.

Milan unlikely to get Fabiano

Brazil striker Luis Fabiano's proposed move from Sevilla to Italian giants AC Milan is unlikely to go ahead according to his agent.

Barca counting on Henry

FC Barcelona are counting on their French striker Thierry Henry for the upcoming season and have given up hope of recruiting Franck Ribery from German side Bayern Munich, the coach of the Spanish and European champions said Monday.

Champs Trophy dates released

A South African cricket row has spread to the international arena with Johannesburg shunned for most of the top ICC Champions Trophy fixtures this September and October.

Pakistan gain lead

Wily leg-spinner Danish Kaneria grabbed 5-62 as Pakistan inched ahead of Sri Lanka on the second day of the third and final cricket Test here on Tuesday.

Edwards recalled

West Indies fast bowler Fidel Edwards, who suffered a back injury before the Bangladesh Test series, has been included in a provisional squad for the Champions Trophy.

British press extol heroes

British newspapers hailed England's victorious cricket team Tuesday, saying their performance throughout the second Test against Australia bordered on brilliance.

Aussies' Johnson worry

Australia will look to boost the flagging confidence of Mitchell Johnson after the fast bowler's loss of form during the team's 115-run second Test loss here at Lord's.

Aus bookies' money on England

Australia's bookmakers showed no room for patriotism Tuesday, installing England as favourites for the Ashes following the home side's historic win over Ricky Ponting's men at Lord's.

School chess

Tanzina Akter Tani of Motijheel Govt High School beat Shanta Thapa of Nepal to become the champion in the girls section at the end of the 8th round games of the 11th Standard Chartered School chess tournament at the NSC Tower Auditorium Lounge yesterday. Tani earned 7½ points in 8 games.

Guo rewrites record books

Chinese diving legend Guo Jingjing reset the record books once again by claiming her fifth straight women's 3m springboard gold medal at the World Championships here on Tuesday.

Guyana President to broker peace

Guyana President Bharat Jagdeo will hold separate meetings on Tuesday in his nation's capital with officials from the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the West Indies Players' Association (WIPA) in an attempt to settle their bitter dispute.

Business

BB plans Tk 500cr for sharecroppers

The central bank plans to set up a Tk 500 crore fund to disburse loans to tens of thousands of sharecroppers in rural Bangladesh, officials said yesterday.

Winch men put strain on Ctg port

Cargo handling operation at Chittagong Port was disrupted partially for some eight hours as winch men (crane operators) called a strike yesterday for better pay among other demands.

Move to improve banks' scorecards

The central bank for the first time is formulating a five-year strategic plan to improve performance of the country's banking industry.

ADB president due tomorrow

Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Haruhiko Kuroda will arrive here on a two-day visit tomorrow.

No trade of A category paper shares from Jan

Paper share will not be allowed for trading under 'A' category from January next, meaning companies having paper shares will have to transform those into electronic ones within this year.

Augere launches WiMax on trial

Augere Wireless Broadband Bangladesh Ltd, one of the two WiMax licensees, launched high-speed broadband internet services yesterday on a trial basis with a focus for commercial operations.

Minister urges Delhi to lift non-tariff barriers

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni yesterday asked New Delhi to lift non-tariff barriers put up against Bangladeshi export items.

DPDC asked to cut system loss

State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Advocate Shamsul Haq Tuku yesterday urged the staff of Dhaka Power Distribution Company (DPDC) to work hard to reduce the system loss and overcome the power crunch.

No new factory without ETP

State Minister for Environment and Forests Mostafizur Rahman at a workshop in Dhaka has said that setting up of any new factory will not be allowed without its own wastage recycling or effluent treatment plants (ETP).

Fidelity assets to issue Tk150cr zero coupon bonds

Fidelity Assets and Securities Company Ltd is going to issue non-convertible Zero Coupon Bonds through private placements with a face value of Tk150 crore, according to a press release.

New mobile set hits market

Sony Ericsson has recently launched its newest addition to the Snap Shot family -- Sony Ericsson S312 in Bangladesh, says a press release.

Handover of Karnaphuli EPZ's CSD in final hours

The process of returning the Halishahar Central Storage Depot (CSD) to the Food Department from the Karnaphuli Export Processing Zone to increase food grain storage capacity in Chittagong has reached the last stage.

Continental Airlines cuts 1,700 jobs

Continental Airlines announced on Tuesday it would cut 1700 jobs amid a slump in revenue and passenger numbers.

Gyms muscle in

The courtyard of a gym at Sonargaon Road buzzes round the clock.

China's export powerhouse expects growth

China's key export province of Guangdong is expecting foreign sales to rise year-on-year in the fourth quarter as it recovers from the global downturn, state media said Tuesday.

Doha round, global slump top Apec talks

Apec trade ministers began meeting here Tuesday to discuss ways of clinching a global liberalisation deal in 2010 with signs that major recession-hit economies may be on the mend.

IMF seeks to inject $250b into members' forex reserves

The International Monetary Fund said Monday it plans to inject 250 billion dollars into member nations' foreign exchange reserves to boost liquidity amid the global economic crisis.

Asian investor spirits down

Asian markets were mixed Tuesday as profit taking dented gains from the previous session, but investor confidence remained buoyed by positive corporate earnings outlooks.

Oil rides higher

Oil prices bounced higher Monday, buoyed by improved optimism about recovery from global recession that also lifted stock markets.

Nortel strikes deal to sell business unit to Avaya

Canadian telecom equipment maker Nortel said Monday it reached a deal to sell its enterprise solutions business to US-based Avaya for 475 million dollars pending approval of a bankruptcy court.

Deutsche Bank managers leave amid spy probe

Two managers at the biggest German bank, Deutsche Bank, have left amid a probe into alleged spying, a financial source told AFP on Tuesday.

Rice experts say 'dollar trap' to put pressure on prices

A weak US currency is expected to put fresh pressure on rice prices just a year after a global supply crunch caused the cereal to rocket above 1,000 dollars a tonne, the International Rice Research Institute said.

SKorea's Kookmin Bank to acquire Kazakhstan bank

South Korea's largest bank Kookmin plans to acquire a majority stake in a major Kazakhstan bank as part of a push to expand business overseas, news reports said Tuesday.

Metropolitan

'Draft nat'l edn policy by July 26'

The National Education Policy Formulation Committee is expected to finalise the primary draft of the much-awaited national education policy within July 26 and will then start the process of consultation with the organisations and stakeholders concerned for their opinions.

Ctg editors demand separate wage board

Editors of major dailies published from the port city of Chittagong demanded lifting of the link between newsprint import and advertisement rates and implementation of the wage board award.

N'ganj beset with various problems

A meeting of the district law and order committee has expressed deep concern over gas crisis, ghost power bills, traffic jams, extortions, drug menace and incidents of robbery and murder.

Call to probe killing of army officers from 1975 to '81

The government should form a commission to investigate the killing of army officers during the period from 1975 to 1981 and punish those responsible, speakers said at the premiere of a documentary titled 'Bloodbath in the Military: Bangladesh (1975-1981)'.

Find out irregularities in bank loans, evict encroachers from river banks: Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday directed the finance ministry to find out any irregularities in sanctioning loans in the past, especially in the last seven years, and investigate the causes of default loans in the nationalised commercial banks (NCBs).

CPB to observe mourning day

Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) declared that it will observe mourning day across the country tomorrow to pay tributes to veteran leader of women's rights and leftist movement Hena Das, says a press release.

Road crashes kill two

Two people were killed in separate road accidents in Jhenidah and Satkhira yesterday.

BSF kills 1

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead a Bangladeshi cattle trader in Hatkhola border under Panchbibi upazila of Joypurhat district Monday midnight.

'Stop construction of Tipaimukh dam'

Environmentalist organisation Nirveek yesterday demanded that construction work of the Tipaimukh dam by the Indian government would be stopped immediately.

Hearing on probe petitions begins

The prosecution yesterday started hearing on their petitions seeking further investigation into the August 21 grenade attack cases.

'Reconsider decision of Rokon's expulsion'

Fifteen eminent persons in Chittagong yesterday urged the Chittagong University (CU) authorities to reconsider the decision of expulsion of Zahidur Rahman Rokon, a third year student of Department of History at the university.

Leo Dist Council executives

Kazi Abdur Razzak Raju of Leo Club of Dhaka Rose and Md Ramzan Khan of Leo Club of Dhaka Deepika have been elected district president and vice district president of Leo District Council 315 A1, Bangladesh respectively for 2009-10, says a press release.

'Make public climate change strategy'

Members of the Equity and Justice Working Group (equitybd) yesterday demanded to make public the reevaluated Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan (CCSAP) and ensure people's effective participation at the process.

'Make public climate change strategy'

Members of the Equity and Justice Working Group (equitybd) yesterday demanded to make public the reevaluated Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan (CCSAP) and ensure people's effective participation at the process.

EIS to act as effective tool to improve language skills

The 'English in Schools (EIS)' programme, a joint initiative by The Daily Star and AKTEL, will be an effective tool for secondary level students to learn and practise the language, educationists said yesterday.

Celebrating Life inspires people in Khulna

“That's a marvelous idea! There might be sorrows, but still we can enjoy life with motley of joyous moments, and having a positive look towards life,” said Avi Das, a student, after visiting a photo exhibition at Khulna Press Club.

No firm evidence of global warming

Experts at a seminar yesterday claimed that there is no firm evidence of global warming.

'End salary disparity among teachers'

Bangladesh Primary Teachers' Association yesterday demanded immediate solution to salary discrimination of the teachers and upgrading the post of head teachers to Class II to ensure quality of education.

Laxity in healthcare service delivery won't be tolerated

Health and Family Welfare Minister AFM Ruhal Huq yesterday said laxity in discharging duties by service providers to the countrymen in the healthcare sector would not be tolerated.

Depression crosses West Bengal border

The monsoon deep depression formed over the northwest Bay and adjoining areas moved northwestwards and crossed Orissa-West Bengal coast of India near Digha at about 7:00am yesterday.

HC order stayed for six weeks

The Supreme Court (SC) chamber bench yesterday stayed for six weeks a High Court (HC) order suspending the conviction and sentence of former BNP lawmaker Mosaddek Ali Falu in a relief tin scam case.

Sahara returns home

Home Minister Sahara Khatun returned home last night after 20-day medical treatment in Singapore as she suffered waist injuries in a washroom fall.

Security guard killed

A security guard of Lotus Kamal Bhaban at Khilkhet in the city was killed as his fellow guard hit him early yesterday.

Bomb-like object seized

Police yesterday seized a bomb-like object from a field at East Enayetpur near Kashimpur jail in Gazipur.

Workshop on computer literacy

A regional workshop on computer literacy programmes was inaugurated at BANBEIS Bhaban in the city yesterday.

2,083 held in police drive

Police arrested 2,083 people on various charges in separate drives across the country in last 24 hours as of 6:00am yesterday.

Attack on BNP leader protested

BNP Secretary General Khandakar Delwar Hossain in a statement condemned the attack on Mamunur Rashid Mamun, office secretary of Kotwali Thana of Faridpur of his party.

'Strengthen Korea-Bangla ties'

Korea-Bangladesh Parliamentarians Friendship Association President Chung Howan Kim yesterday pledged to work for strengthening the relationship between Korea and Bangladesh, says a press release.

National

Emergence of shoals, sand lifting, plying of overloaded vehicles led to collapse

Lack of proper monitoring by Water Development Board (WDB) was one of main causes behind the recent breach in Sirajganj town protection embankment, says report of an investigation team formed by the district administration.

Shibir men flex muscles at Rajshahi polytec

Activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir accompanied by outsiders staged a big showdown with motobikes on Rajshahi Polytechnic Institute (RPI) campus yesterday.

UNO assaulted in Moulvibazar

Rajnagar Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) was manhandled and his office room damaged allegedly by the supporters of upazila chairman yesterday.

Charge-framing against accused deferred

District and Sessions Court yesterday deferred charge framing against the accused in the case for grenade attack on AL men on Gulshan Centre premises in Sylhet city on August 7, 2004 as police produced only one out of the six accused in the court.

Ramshackle roads in Patuakhali nuisance for commuters

Several lakh people are suffering as half of the 150 km roads connecting six upazilas of the district are now in a dilapidated condition.

50 hurt in B'baria clash

At least 50 people were injured in a clash between two rival groups belonging to Kanchanpur and Khiratala villages under Singarbil Union of Sadar upazila yesterday. Local sources said an arbitration aimed at settling an earlier dispute over a football match between the two groups was held at Khiratala Bazar in the morning. At one stage, several people of two villages locked in an altercation that resulted in the clash. On information, police rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control. Of the injured, 11 were admitted to upazila health complex while the rest given first aid.

Robbers loot Tk 10 lakh, hurt 5

Robbers hacked five people and looted valuables worth Tk 10 lakh from two villages in Sadar upazila early yesterday. According to police, a gang of armed men robbed gold ornaments, mobile phone set and cash money worth Tk 5 lakh from three houses at Mitna village. Besides, robbers also took away 17 tolas of gold ornaments and Tk 20,000 in cash from the house of Hasanuzzaman, president of Narail Community Police Committee and Chamber and Commerce, at Masimdia village. The injured were Shikha Rani, Bilash Datta, Sanat, Bidhan and Kankan Sikder. A case was filed with police.

OC sued on bribery charge

A petition case has been filed with the Chief Judicial Magistrate's Court in Magura accusing Shalikha Police Station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Shahidul Islam of demanding bribe over recording a case. Solaiman Molla of Shablat village in Shalikha upazila filed the case on Monday. In the case, Molla said he earlier filed a case with the same court on April 6 following a clash at his village. The court then asked the OC to take legal action after proper investigation into the incident. But the OC demanded Tk 10,000 from him as bribe for recording the case, Molla said. Chief Judicial Magistrate Sheikh Jalaluddin after hearing the petition issued a show-cause notice against the OC.

Army men donate blood

Around 150 army personnel of Bagaihat zone yesterday donated blood to Sandhani marking the 9th founding anniversary of 'Golden Fourteen Army Zone'. Lt. Colonel Wasim, commander of Golden Fourteen Army Zone, said the army men also took part in different competitions and cultural function on the occasion.

12 shops gutted in Bandarban

At least 12 shops were gutted in a fire at Lama municipal town under Bandarban hill district on Monday night. Fire service sources said the fire originated from an electric short circuit at a shop at around 10:45pm and soon engulfed the 11 adjacent shops. On information, fire fighters from Chakoria in Cox's Bazar reached the spot and extinguished the blaze.

Power-hungry men block road

Hundreds of agitated people yesterday put up barricade on Bogra-Rangpur highway at Nishindara in the district demanding restoration of power supply in their locality. They alleged that their area remained without electricity for the last five days after an electric transformer went out of order. Sources said hundreds of vehicles got stranded on Dinajpur-Dhaka highway during the barricade that lasted for 45 minutes from 2:30pm. The agitators withdrew the barricade when police assured them of restoring power supply after discussing the problem with local power officials.

Burglary at jeweller's house

Burglars stole valuables including gold ornaments and cash money from the house of Ganga Malakar, owner of Venus Jewellers, at Baniajury village of Ghior upazila Monday night. Amullya Malakar, brother of Ganga Malakar, told this correspondent that the gang entered their three-storey building at night by cutting its main and collapsible gates and breaking doors. He said the burglars ransacked all the rooms and took away valuables. Police said nobody lives in the building.

Letters

Rights of the poor

Everyone wants to see their country in a beautiful and powerful state where there will be no problems at all. But the dream does not come true until the whole nation works hard with honesty. Unfortunately, Bangladesh is only for the rich people.

Win against West Indies!

After Mashrafe Bin Mortaza was injured many of the cricket lovers in this country were shocked watching the new captain leave the field. But it was Tamim's hundred that pulled supporters back to the game. He scored a patient century and was well supported by his top order teammates. It seemed Bangladesh would take a massive lead. But the lower order batsman had no answer to West Indies fast bowlers and they got bundled out giving the West Indies more than a chance to win the Test. But it was debutant Mahmudullah Ryad who took five wickets and the support of his standing captain Shakib Al Hasan that clinched the issue in our favour. Congratulations, Tigers.

US-Russia summit

On 6 July, President Obama arrived in Moscow for a summit with his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev. Possibly this is the first ever US Russia summit and Obama inaugurated the long expected summit with confidence 'predicting extra ordinary progress' . Mr Obama said in a statement that 'The US and Russia have more in common than they have differences'. In response to the journalists the Russian President said, “ We will have a full -pledged discussion of the relations between the two countries, closing some of the pages of the past and opening some of the pages of the future.” This visit of President Obama will definitely cut a good figure in the history of diplomacy.

Callous people and traffic

Just about a month ago, we witnessed a horrific accident at the Moghbazar rail crossing. A bus was rammed by a speeding train and it created havoc. It was not only the negligence of the responsible ones at the crossing but also the hastiness of the pedestrians and travellers, who defy all the rules while moving on the road, that caused the incident. It was expected that at least some sense would prevail and we will be more careful while crossing those level crossings. But unfortunately, there is no sign of improvement. The buses still fight to get on the tracks and cross it at the last moment, the pedestrians move to and fro on the rail lines even when the train is just moments away, cars and rickshaws try to come from other side of the road to take u-turn creating gridlock. And most shockingly, the traffic policeman stands there and literally does nothing. If this is the situation, such incidents will continue to occur. Building the flyovers on the rail crossings and moving the rail lines away from the busy city roads look like possibilities far away, but at least till then we can ensure locking the level crossings with adequate time in hand for all the vehicles to stop at a safe distance and ensure that people comply with traffic rules.

Holy Miraj

Miraj is the direct proof of 'Tawhid' as well as the expression of 'Shan-e-Resalat'. Distrust in Miraj means distrust not only in 'Resalat' but also in 'Tawhid'.

Who is the highest authority?

The speaker constituted a parliamentary committee to investigate the alleged corruption, misappropriation and financial irregularities of the former speaker, his deputy. and chief whip. The speaker did not act alone, he was authorised to make the committee by the House. After a long tireless investigation, the committee has submitted the findings of their investigation before parliament. The investigation has reportedly found proof and hard evidence of corruption and misuse of power by all three during their office.

Saudi Arabia and Iran

In an editorial: "Green light to bomb Iran," The Washington Times wrote on July 7: "Even the Saudis know something has to be done to stop Iran's nuclear programme.”

Giant earthworm!

Under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Jodi Johnson-Maynard, a team at the University of Idaho is searching for the giant Palouse earthworm or giant Washington earthworm which has taken a mythic qualities in the vast agricultural region that stretches from eastern Washington into the Idaho panhandle. Giant Palouse Earthworm (Drilolerius americanus) is a rare, large as much as 3 feet long pinkish-white earthworm which has been seen only 4 times in the past 110 years. In the late 1800's, they were abundant around the Palouse, a region of the north-eastern United States which is a major wheat-producing agricultural area. Locally also known as GPE, these earthworms live in burrows as much as 15 feet deep and secretes lily-like smell when handled. The GPE has already been declared as an endangered species in the United States.

Road construction

I am writing on the conditions prevailing in the US. LANE RENTAL charges (a charge in addition to Liquidated Damage) are introduced on many important road construction projects in USA to reduce public sufferings during construction. In brief it works as follows,

Fair journalism

I was sick to my stomach when I saw a television report about atrocities committed on child by a family where she was working as a servant. Disgusting as it might have appeared and regardless of however much I might have condemned such treatment of any human being, I did not appreciate the irresponsible television reporting of the matter. It has become a usual scene of major television channels in Bangladesh to parade alleged criminals or apprehended individuals before the cameras in a media cell.

Green chilly

I was shocked to listen to the response of the commerce minister on current market situation, especially the very high price of green chilly. How can he forget that this is the only item which each and every Bangladeshi consumes every day, irrespective of where he is living and what is his or her economic condition?

Great example of honesty

On July 17, 2009 a news report was published in The Daily Star under the heading "Rare example of honesty" and I learned that a rickshaw-puller returned Tk 2.5 lakh to its owner.

Our 2nd Test win...

Like many other Bangladeshis, I was ecstatic by our 2nd Test. However, before basking in glory too much we need to be mindful of a couple of things. First, we need to remember that it was almost West Indies “C” team which we got our victory against. Secondly, the team had to keep in mind that the series was not over yet.

Tourism development

Bangladesh has huge possibility to develop itself as an attractive tourist destination. But due to lack of government initiative it has not been possible so far. After the selection of Mr GM Kader as minister for tourism, we are hopeful that something significant will be achieved. The minister in a recent talk show on a private TV channel looked aware of the situation. What I feel is Bangladesh needs to address the following issues to be a very attractive tourist destination:

International

Iran opposition under fire for 'spreading seeds of strife'

Iranian hardliners launched a fresh attack on reformists yesterday, accusing them of provoking instability and deriding a call for a referendum to resolve a crisis that has exposed deep rifts in the Islamic regime.

US to sign friendship pact with Asean to counter China

The signing by the United States this week of a friendship pact with Southeast Asia sends a strong signal of its desire to deepen ties and counter China's increasing influence, observers said.

Swine flu toll climbs to 700 as schools closure mulled

Swine flu has now killed more than 700 people around the globe, the World Health Organisation said yesterday, as experts debated whether schools should be closed to contain the pandemic.

Differences between Pak president, PM resurface

The simmering differences between Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Asif Ali Zardari have once again come to the fore with tit-for-tat cancellations by the two leaders and three ministers considered close to the president being threatened with marching orders.

Is Myanmar moving toward nuke status?

The recent aborted voyage of a North Korean ship, photographs of massive tunnels and a top secret meeting have raised alarm bells that one of the world's poorest nations may be aspiring to join the nuclear club with help from its friends in Pyongyang.

Pakistani troops kill 114 Taliban in Dir, Swat

Pakistani security forces have killed at least 114 Taliban militants in two separate operation in Lower Dir and Swat regions, while three army officials have also lost their lives, a private TV channel has claimed.

Int'l pressure grows for Honduras solution

The United States and Europe have ratcheted up the pressure on Honduras's interim government, after talks to end weeks of tension appeared to break down, prompting fears of renewed violence.

14 killed in spate of Iraq bomb attacks

Fourteen people were killed in a spate of bomb attacks in Baghdad and the western city of Ramadi yesterday, one of the worst days of violence in Iraq since US troops left its cities three weeks ago.

US terror policy report delayed

A key report on the detention of terrorism suspects ordered by US President Barack Obama will be delayed by six months, officials have said.

Post-election optimism fades in Nepal

When Maoist leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal stood for prime minister last August, his party pronounced it a "golden dawn" for Nepal after 10 years of civil war.

9/11 ringleaders are in Pakistan: Hillary

US officials "firmly believe" that al-Qaeda leaders who planned and carried out the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, are hiding in Pakistan near its border with Afghanistan, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday.

Indian Maoists issue threat to PM, Sonia

The outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), named a terror outfit by the central government last month, has now issued a threat to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and dared Home Minister P Chidambaram to visit Jharkhand.

Uproar in India after ex-president frisked

The Indian government threatened Tuesday to take action against Continental Airlines after it emerged that former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was frisked before boarding a flight to the United States.

Somalia's Islamists raid UN offices

Somalia's hardline Shebab militia on Monday raided the offices of three UN organisations hours after they banned their operations on the grounds they were "enemies of Islam and Muslims".

Indian air force planes to stalk eclipse

India's air force will scramble a fighter jet and a transport plane filled with scientists to photograph and monitor Wednesday's total solar eclipse as it races across the country.

Sony bids $50m for Jackson rehearsal film

Sony Corp.'s movie studio has bid $50 million to acquire the worldwide distribution rights to a film based on rehearsal footage for Michael Jackson's "This Is It" comeback concert series, according to a person familiar with the bid.

Indian fireworks factory blaze kills 10

At least 10 people were killed when a blaze destroyed a fireworks plant in southern India, the second such fire in two weeks, officials said yesterday.

Lebanon nets 10 for plotting attacks on UN

The Lebanese army said yesterday it had arrested 10 people suspected of belonging to a "terrorist network" plotting attacks against UN peacekeeping troops stationed in southern Lebanon.

ISS astronauts fix broken toilet

Nasa avoided a rather messy situation in space Monday after giving astronauts aboard the International Space Station the green light to use a toilet after crew members worked for a day to repair it.

Google adds Moon to online Earth map service

Google on Monday marked the 40th anniversary of the first human footstep on the moon by adding virtual lunar exploration to its free online Earth map and imagery service.

Arts & Entertainment

Slices of everyday life in villages, cities

A total of 50 photographs featuring both urban and rural scenes were on display at Drik Gallery, Dhanmondi. Subjects include sailing boats, quiet scenic beauty, beach, gloomy environment, sunset, rural games, fishing and other aspects of life. The participants are all young photographers (between ages of 21 and 24). Some images are interesting because of experimental approach and others stand out for the photographers' search for new themes.

Madhusudan’s 136th death anniversary observed

Satkhira district chapter of Mohakobi Michael Madhusudan Sahitya Parishad (MMMSP) observed the 136th death anniversary of poet Michael Madhusudan Dutta in a befitting manner on July 17.

Prachyanat’s Musical Ensemble to go to Nepal

Prachyanat's much-acclaimed 'Musical Ensemble' is going to be staged in Kathmandu, Nepal. Titled "Phul, Phaki O Nodi'r Gaan" (Music of the flowers, birds and rivers) for the show, the ensemble will be staged on July 26 at the HRSIN Nepal Academy Hall.

Songs for the masses

Gano Sangeet artiste Mahbubul Haider Mohon has dedicated his life to singing for the masses, articulating their hopes, despair, demands, rights and protests through his songs. The artiste had his second solo album (VCD) launched on July 20. Organised by cultural organisation Kranti Shilpi Gosthi, the event was held at the Music and Dance Auditorium of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Produced under the banner of Laser Vision, the album "Lokkho Praan-er Binimoye" features music videos of seven songs by Mohon.

Jackson’s father suggests foul play in son’s death

Joe Jackson said in a televised interview Monday that he has taken his son Michael's death "very hard" and believes the doctor who took care of him could be behind the singer's demise.

Encouraging tree plantation

To encourage tree plantation, the District Administration, Department of Agriculture Extension and Department of Forests have jointly organised a weeklong cultural function at a tree fair being held at Government Boys' High School ground in Manikganj.

Meghbondhu on Banglavision

Drama serial 'Meghbondhu' will be aired tonight at 8:15 pm on Banglavision. The serial is writtern by Shafiqur Rahman Shantonu and directed by Shokal Ahmed.

OP-ED

We are all in this together

CLIMATE change directly hits Bangladesh and will continue to do so. Low-lying Bangladesh is under constant threat of flooding and crop production failure. Millions of people are already exposed to climate change through extreme weather, rising sea levels, and river erosion.

The chilli bomb is here

WHAT'S that flying through the air? A bird? A plane? Superman? No, it's a vindaloo grenade. Indian scientists told the BBC they were putting bhut jolokia (ghost chilli) into weapons.


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