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News of: Sunday, 26th of July, 2009

Front Page

HSC pass rate goes down 4.42 points

The results of this year's Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations saw a drop in both the pass percentage and number of GPA-5 scorers.

Small errors fail ACC cases

The anti-graft cases filed against high-profile accused are getting quashed or stayed due to trivial technical glitches although allegations brought against them have merit and were substantiated.

Council decision questioned

The Awami League national council's decision to empower the party president and general secretary to choose leaders for 45 posts in the party's 73-member Central Working Committee runs counter to the party's constitution.

Nine out of top 10 colleges from city

Nine colleges in the capital are among the top 10 GPA-5 achieving institutions in the country in the HSC examinations this year.

City lacks gas

Residents of Mirpur, Pallabi and Mohammadpur as well as some industries in the outskirts of the city have been suffering from a huge shortage in gas supply in the areas over the past month due to a deficit in gas production.

Police on trail of an Afghan war veteran

The Detective Branch of police has launched a nationwide hunt for Afghan war veteran Moulana Bakhtiar Hossain, who was earlier arrested in 1999 with four others including two foreigners for involvement in a militancy campaign.

100pc pass records for 755

A total of 755 educational institutions have achieved 100 per cent pass in the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and its equivalent examinations across the country this year.

Fee riddle in ratified constitution

The amended constitution of the Awami League has fixed new fees to be paid by its lawmakers to party funds, but it did not specify whether the payments will be monthly or annual.

AL leader gunned down

Gunmen shot dead a Union Parishad chairman and Awami League leader in Kushtia yesterday.

Record pass in Madrasa Board

Madrasa Education Board has topped the success chart securing a staggering 84.14 percent pass rate in this year's HSC and equivalent examinations.

Another Swine flu case found

Swine flu infection cases in the country rose to 28 as one more person was found infected with the H1N1 virus on Friday.

Muzaffer stresses working together

India wants to produce hydroelectricity instead of coal-based power by constructing Tipaimukh dam to get rid of carbon pollution, said President of Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon Prof Muzaffer Ahmad.

Whip scorpions seen nearly 100 years after!

I was frantically searching for a few frogs that were likely to be hiding under the hard blocks of hilly soil, fallen logs and other materials on the floor of the Lawachhara National Park near Srimongal after a burst of monsoon rain.

First ODI against WI today

Expectation will be high when Bangladesh start their three-match one-day international series against a makeshift West Indies side today after a historic first-ever away Test series victory in the Caribbean.

Jumbo buses to run on city streets

The government has decided to introduce articulated bus service (articulated buses are buses of a type with an increased passenger capacity) soon under a pilot project to ease its nagging traffic congestion.

Drought may hit Boro farming too

Apart from Aman drought-like situation in the country is posing a serious threat to the production of Boro rice in the next winter as low rainfall has already affected water percolation into the ground, irrigation experts said.

Suicide bombers strike Afghan city

Seven suicide bombers tried to storm security targets in an Afghan city yesterday, wounding personnel and a girl in the third Taliban commando raid in a week, authorities said.

No curb on hajj quotas for flu

Saudi Arabia is likely to ban the elderly and children from the hajj this year to limit the risk of swine flu, but this will not change country quotas for the pilgrimage, a health official said yesterday.

Editorial

AL chief's unquestioned power re-established

THE Awami League has just emerged from its council session through re-electing Sheikh Hasina as party president and entrusting Syed Ashraful Islam with the responsibility of being general secretary. Public attention, it would be quite correct to say, was focused on the council and especially on what steps the party took about its passage to the future. Sheikh Hasina's re-election as party leader is once more a reaffirmation of the confidence the Awami League has placed in her since 1981. As for Syed Ashraful Islam, it was clearly his proactive role in keeping the party together in the difficult days following the imposition of the emergency in January 2007 that seems to have smoothened his way formally to the top. Both Hasina and Islam will now be expected to provide the party with the kind of inspiring leadership which can deepen the AL's roots countrywide.

Nabbing Rab delinquents

IT is very disconcerting to come across a recent report of extortion through threat of death by some members of the elite force. We are happy to see that the three Rab men involved in the incident have been handed over to the police for legal action following complaints of extortion of more than Taka ten lakh from a businessman.

Is public health a forgotten subject?

MEDICINE is not just another article of consumption to meet some kind of consumerist demand. It is meant to cure people of their ailments and not to kill them. Sad to say, an analgesic drug called paracetamol, instead of relieving children of their pain, has killed them.

Finding unity in diversity

THE melting pot of cultures no longer applies to just America. Countries like the UK and Malaysia have been veteran hosts to ethnic minorities and immigrants. Dubai is a colourful pie chart which entertains more than 150 nationalities and 83 percent of the population is foreign born. Recent entries to the club are Australia and Canada, with 25 and 20 percent of the population born outside the country respectively. As of today, Canada has the highest per capita immigration rate in the world.

An untidy history

WHO established the first permanent European settlement in what is known today as the United States of America? The answer, I am afraid, will depend on who you speak to or whose history book you read.

Sports

First ODI today

Bangladesh hope to christen international cricket's newest venue with victories in the first three one-dayers against West Indies on Sunday at Windsor Park here.

Hasan fashions U-19s' dramatic series win

Mahmudul Hasan led from the front with a well composed half-century as Bangladesh Under-19s pulled off a nerve-racking one-wicket victory against England Under-19s in the series deciding fifth and final one-day match at Hove on Friday.

Rahim guides Tigers

A swashbuckling half-century from stand-in captain Mushfiqur Rahim ensured that Bangladesh remained unbeaten on the tour of the Caribbean as the Tigers recorded a 16-run triumph over the University of West Indies Vice-Chancellor's XI in a limited-overs warm-up game at a rain-soaked Benjamin's Park on Friday.

Vaas sees no conspiracy

Sri Lanka's veteran seamer Chaminda Vaas insists his international career is not over despite retiring from Test cricket and finding himself dumped from the limited-overs game.

Rebellion at BKSP

Eight players walked out on the national football camp at BKSP terming coach Edson Silva Dido's training as 'unbearable'.

Asif proposed, she rejected!

Pakistani pacer Mohammad Asif's marriage controversy took a new turn on Saturday after actress Veena Malik disclosed that the pacer did approach her but she flatly rejected his proposal.

Lord's crowd irks Ponting

Australia captain Ricky Ponting admitted Saturday that he had been surprised by the aggressive nature of the crowd at Lord's during the second Ashes Test against England.

Windies stars not in pool

West Indies' leading players may have ended their strike but their board has confirmed that there will be no changes to the weakened 30-man pool it had named for the Champions Trophy earlier in the week.

Javed can't tolerate it!

Former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad has lashed out at Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan for his "verbal volleys" at Sunil Gavaskar on multiple captain theory prior to the start of Indian Premier League-II.

Chelsea edge Milan

A wonder strike from Didier Drogba and a goal for debutant Yuri Zhirkov allowed Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti to get the better of his former club AC Milan in Baltimore.

Bolt lights up London

Sprint superstar Usain Bolt won the 100m at the London Grand Prix here on Friday in astounding style on a day when it was announced five of his fellow Jamaicans had tested positive for drugs.

'Ibra was never loved'

Jose Mourinho has fired a parting shot at Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, claiming he was never loved by the Inter Milan fans.

Barca won't bow to Real

Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola has warned big-spending Real Madrid that his side won't give up their reign as European and Spanish champions without a fight.

Benitez hails Gerrard

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez hailed Steven Gerrard Saturday after he was cleared of an alleged assault, voicing confidence that his captain would be mentally ready for the new season.

Coach fired for playing 12-year-old

The father of a 12-year-old boy who last week became the world's youngest professional footballer has been fired as coach of the Bolivian first division side.

Vieira keen on Spurs

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has admitted that former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira is keen to quit Inter Milan for a shock move to White Hart Lane.

Becks slapped $1000 fine

Los Angeles Galaxy's David Beckham was slapped with a 1,000 dollar fine Friday for provoking his own team's fans during the Galaxy's 2-2 draw with AC Milan at the Home Depot Center.

Alonso takes pole

Two-times world champion Spaniard Fernando Alonso claimed his 18th career pole position on Saturday when he emerged on top after an incident-filled and chaotic qualifying session for Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix.

PCB not decided yet

Pakistan on Saturday said reports that it was withdrawing a legal notice against cricket's governing body over the relocation of its share of World Cup matches were "premature".

'Legalise ball-tampering'

Allan Donald, the former South African fast bowler, has said bowlers must be allowed to "prepare" the ball -- ball-tampering, in other words -- to redress the balance between bat and ball and protect the "dying breed" from increasingly lifeless pitches.

Bell set for recall

Ian Bell is set to return to England's Test team next week at his Edgbaston home ground after star batsman Kevin Pietersen was ruled out of the remainder of the Ashes series with an Achilles problem.

Kevin on shortlist

Kevin Pietersen was named Friday in England's 30-man provisional squad for September's ICC Champions Trophy in his native South Africa even though he is currently sidelined with an Achilles injury.

Ganguly to captain Kolkata

Sourav Ganguly is almost certain to be reinstated as the captain while John Wright is likely to take over as the coach of Kolkata Knight Riders in the third edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2010, team sources said on Saturday.

Business

State banks to hike salaries

Three state-owned banks (SOBs) are likely to declare a separate pay scale, which will make the salaries of the banks' officials and employees more than double the government's new pay structure.

NBFIs show lending strength

Private sector credit from non-bank financial institutions (NBFIs) surged nearly 40 percent to Tk 10,860 crore at the end of December 2008, with an increased share for term financing.

Ericsson buys Nortel units for $1.13b

Swedish wireless equipment maker LM Ericsson said yesterday it had penned a deal to buy a majority of Nortel Networks' North American wireless business for $1.13 billion.

Orange promises boon for Mymensingh

Orange cultivation, first of its kind in Mymensingh district, can create a new avenue of hope among the growers, as the fruit is becoming a better earning source than other traditional cash crops, said agriculture officials.

Janata launches quick remittance transfer system

Janata Bank has introduced a speedy remittance transfer system, which promises to ensure instant delivery of cash to recipients.

CNG pump owners threaten strike

CNG pump owners yesterday renewed their call for the government to immediately accept their six-point demand or they would go on strike from August 1 at gas stations across the country.

Minister urges Malaysia to lift freezes on work visas

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Hasan Mahmud yesterday urged the Malaysian government to withdraw a suspension order on work visas of 55,000 Bangladeshi workers.

Bank, non-bank fair ends

The three-day Bank and Non-Bank Financial Institutions Fair 2009 ended yesterday amid lukewarm response from visitors.

Brighter outlook emboldens traders

More evidence of an improving global economic outlook Friday emboldened traders to move into riskier assets, pushing the dollar mostly lower.

Aviana resumes flights by mid-August

The country's youngest private carrier Aviana Airways expects to resume flights by mid-August, putting an end to its suspension of operation for nearly two months, its officials said yesterday.

Twitter schools businesses in benefits of microblogging

Twitter is wooing businesses with a "Twitter 101" online course in how the hot microblogging service can be used to boost bottom lines.

Breathing life into ICT task force

The AL-led government in its first national budget has made it clear that it means business when it comes to 'Digital Bangladesh' the slogan from its election manifesto that defines the vision it has laid out for the nation going forward to the year 2021.

London's black cab drivers fear for future

For decades, London's black cabs have been as much an emblem of the city as Buckingham Palace or Big Ben -- but now their drivers fear the industry is under threat.

Stocks show recovery signs

Dhaka stocks showed signs of recovery from losses last week as the share prices slipped slightly in trade that bucked a back-to-back freefall for two weeks.

Oil holds steady

Oil prices were little changed on Friday, giving up gains to nearly 70 dollars made on the back of soaring stock markets, a weaker dollar and hopes of a global economic recovery.

Asian airlines suffer decline in passengers, cargo: AAPA

Asia Pacific airlines suffered a steep decline in passengers and cargo traffic in the first half of 2009, an industry group said Friday, warning the outlook remains challenging.

Samsung Electronics posts 'outstanding' Q2 results

Samsung Electronics Co., the world's leading computer memory chipmaker, on Friday posted what it called "outstanding" second-quarter results due to a recovery in prices and demand.

Vodafone says exchange rates boost sales

Britain's Vodafone, the world's biggest mobile phone company by revenue, on Friday reported a nearly 10-percent rise in quarterly revenue which it attributed partly to favourable exchange rates.

Syngenta reports half-year profits down

Swiss agrochemicals group Syngenta reported lower-than-expected half-yearly net profits Friday, down nine percent to 1.385 billion dollars (978 million euros) on the same period in 2008.

Weekly Currency Roundup

July 19- 23, 2009
International Markets
The currency markets were largely driven by US corporate earnings news as well as the Federal Reserve Chairman's testimony to the senate. Uncertainty surrounding US corporate outlook supported the USD and the yen early in the week. Risk sentiment however improved from Monday as the last minute rescue deal for CIT Group, shored up investor confidence. At the end of the week, the dollar had edged closer to a seven-week low against the euro and a basket of currencies.

BP drops plan to build refinery in east Canada

British oil company BP announced Friday that is abandoning plans to build a refinery in eastern Canada, citing the recession and a drop in the demand for gasoline (petrol) in the United States and Canada.

Australia pledges $9.8m to Vietnam

Australia Friday pledged 12 million dollars (9.8 million US) to help Vietnam adjust after joining the WTO, Canberra's trade minister said Friday, adding that the countries sought closer economic ties.

VW pursues global goal after Porsche coup

Volkswagen has bolstered its bid to become the world's biggest automaker by 2018 after it won a bruising battle with its biggest shareholder, Porsche.

Wall Street fades on earnings disappointments

Wall Street shares slid Friday as investors digested a series of disappointing earnings reports a day after a powerful rally that took the market to new highs this year.

Metropolitan

Jalmahal policy won't help grassroots fishermen

Speakers at a review meeting yesterday said the just-adopted jalmahal (open water bodies) management policy does not effectively safeguard the interests of the actual grassroots fishermen.

Grassroots workers AL's lifeblood: Hasina

Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said grassroots level leaders and workers are the lifeblood of her party as they have always stood consolidated during any political crisis and steered the party forward by mobilising public opinion.

Bring in limelight women's role in Dhaka's evolution

Reference to women's contribution to different aspects of Dhaka city is almost absent in the pages of history or in research works, said the speakers at a workshop yesterday.

Clean metropolis by 2015

Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) Mayor Sadek Hossain Khoka yesterday hoped that the city dwellers would see a clean metropolis by 2015 under a waste management project by DCC and Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica).

Implement HC verdict to end sexual harassment

Women's rights activists at a workshop yesterday called on the government to implement the High Court guidelines to prevent sexual harassment of women at workplaces and educational institutions.

Effective, strong foreign policy stressed

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday stressed the need for an effective foreign policy to help Bangladesh emerge as an economically and politically strong nation.

HSC statistics

The results of the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and equivalent examinations 2009 held under the country's 10 education boards were published yesterday, with average pass percentage of 72.78. A total of 20,136 students under all the education boards secured GPA-5.

Six teachers, three students arrested

Police yesterday detained six teachers and three students of Dhanmondi Ideal College on charge of ransacking a neighbouring educational institution at capital's Newmarket area.

'Padakkhep' launched

The launching ceremony of a wall magazine 'Padakkhep' edited by DMP Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Habibur Rahman was held at Rajarbagh Police Lines in the city yesterday.

Clash over sand extraction: 15 injured in Keraniganj

At least 15 people were injured in a clash between local people and sand extractors in South Keraniganj yesterday.

Old colleagues killed driver

Microbus driver Faruk Hossain, 22, was killed by his old colleagues over a previous enmity and the microbus was set on fire to inflict financial loss on its owner Taijuddin.

5 killed in road crashes

Five people were killed in separate road accidents in Tangail and Sirajganj yesterday.

Australian envoy visits dev projects

Australian High Commissioner in Dhaka Dr Justin Lee completed a two-day visit to Mymensingh, Jamalpur and Tangail districts on July 23 to see by himself the development activities in the areas, says a press release.

Punishment to rapists demanded

Bangladesh National Woman Lawyers' Association (BNWLA) in two separate incidents yesterday demanded trial and punishment to those who illegally punished two aged lovers at Tanor in Rajshahi and fined the father of a rape victim in Kishoreganj.

Start trial of HR violations, war crimes: TIB

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) yesterday demanded that the government begins the trial of all human rights violation cases including the trial of war criminals, and also sets the Anti- Corruption Commission (ACC) in motion.

Hamidullah hits out at Sajeda

BNP leader Hamidullah Khan yesterday hit out at Awami League presidium member Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury over her remarks that late president Ziaur Rahman 'did not fight' in the liberation war in 1971.

Inter-ministerial meet on trial of BDR mutineers tomorrow

An inter-ministerial meeting will be held tomorrow to decide under which law the BDR mutineers will be put on trial as varied opinions are on the cards within the government.

Call to withdraw India, Myanmar's claims to continental shelf

Speakers at a press conference yesterday protested the Indian and Myanmar's move to occupy the continental shelf of Bangladesh and a large part of Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in the Bay of Bengal.

Govt to collect samples of paracetamol

The government has decided to collect samples of paracetamol and vitamin syrup from across the country where the prevalence of renal failure is high.

Seminar on English language teaching ends

The three-day international seminar on English language teaching titled 'BELTA-AIUB-THT English Language Teaching 2009' ended at American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB) yesterday, says a press release.

27 fake driving licences seized

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab-4) seized 27 fake driving licences and equipment for producing such licenses and arrested a youth in this connection at the city's Darussalam yesterday.

Science fair at Morning Glory School

The annual science fair of Morning Glory School was held on the school premises at Savar Cantonment yesterday, says a press release.

Buet teacher wins sticker design contest

Tareq Haidar, a teacher of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) has secured the first position in a nationwide sticker design contest.

Poultry feed, chemical destroyed in Ctg fire

Huge quantity of poultry feed and chemicals were destroyed in a fire at a warehouse in Chittagong early yesterday.

2 crushed under trains in Gazipur

Two unidentified people, including a woman, were crushed under the wheels of trains in two separate incidents in Gazipur yesterday.

BJP submits party constitution

Bangladesh Jatiya Party (BJP) submitted its amended constitution to the Election Commission (EC) yesterday.

National

Sylhet flood control poject moves at a snail's pace

Water development Board's (WDB) flood control and irrigation project titled 'Upper Surma-Kushiyara Project' in northeastern Sylhet sees completion of only one-fifth of the work in eight years.

Ctg board betters result, bags more GPA-5

The pass rate in this year's Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations held under Chittagong Education Board this year has increased by 8.35 percent while 178 more students got highest Grade Point Average (GPA)5 compared to the previous year.

BSF kills 23 Bangladeshis in last 18 months

Border Security Force (BSF) of India killed at least 23 Bangladeshis in bordering areas of four northern districts under Dinajpur sector in the last 18 months, Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) sources said.

Mutineers' trial, reform to go simultaneously: BDR chief

Director General of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) Major Gen Mainul Islam has said the trial of those involved in Pilkhana carnage and reorganisation of the border guards will go simultaneously.

Deep sea port at Akram Point demanded

Khulna Nagorik Samaj leaders and activists yesterday formed a human chain at Picture Palace intersection to press home their demand for setting up deep seaport at Akram Point.

Fire at Zia Fertiliser

Authorities of Zia Fertiliser Company Limited (ZFCL) at Ashuganj stopped work at the factory as a fire damaged its cooling unit yesterday morning. Production came to a halt as the cooling tower of ZFCL factory caught fire that originated from a short circuit at 10:00am, said sources at ZFCL office. When contacted, ZFCL Managing Director Md Osman Goni said, “Engineers and technicians are working round the clock to repair the damaged parts. It will take around seven days to resume production at the factory.”

One electrocuted

A grocer was killed while his son was seriously injured in Musha village of Kishorganj upazila yesterday as they came in contact with live wire. They were repairing the ceiling fan of their shop. When Dulal Hossain,20, came in contact with electric line, father Ibne Azam,52, tried to push him aside with his hand. Although he could save his son Azam himself was electrocuted. Dulal was taken to Rangpur Medical College and Hospital in a critical condition.

Four robbers arrested

Police arrested four robbers at Sreedarpur village under Monohorganj upazila and recovered one revolver, one knife and three bullets from their possession early yesterday. Acting on a tip-off, a police team from Monohorganj Police Station raided the village at around 3:30am and arrested Md Kadir, 29, of Uttar Howla village, Md Nasir, 25, of Bowpur village in Monohorganj upazila and Md Sujon, 20, and Md Momin, 19, of Gazimura village in Laksam upazila. Police said they arrested the four while they were preparing to commit robbery at a house at the village.

Five intruders arrested

Members of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) arrested five people while entering Bangladesh illegally from India through Benapole border in Sharsha upazila on Friday. The arrestees are Korban Ali, 32, son of Noor Islam of village Mullikpur under Jhinkargachha upazila, Nabi Ali, 28, son of late Babar Ali of Ghope Central Road, Jessore town, Moin Mullik, 21, son of Montaz Ali of village Pulerhat under Sadar upazila, Kabir Hossain, 18, son of Siraj Uddin and Hafizur Rahman, 18, son of Abdul Malek both are from village Purbocharmangal under Raijoir upazila in Madaripur.

Letters

RMG unrest

I am a 'social engineer' working for twelve years with various rights based NGOs. I mentioned here 'social engineer' because like an engineer we the NGO workers work for resolving social problems applying social engineering tools. As part of the social work, a social engineer can work for finding out a solution to different social problems for building a violence free healthy society.

Tree plantation

This year the rainy season has not arrived with its typical pomp and pleasure, and when it should be showering, and village ponds, tanks, and rivers are full to the brim, we see the hide and seek of clouds and the sun in the sky. The amount of rainfall is not adequate enough for the farmers to get to business. However, we expect there will be heavy downpour very soon and we should start tree plantation on a very large scale. In fact, there are a lot of fallow lands in different parts of the country. There should be more campaign, canvassing, and seminars on the importance of tree plantation. Moreover, we can encourage students and young people explaining its environmental, medicinal, and financial benefits. By planting different types of trees, we can minimize the detrimental effects of green house and climate change and thereby make our country more habitable and beautiful.

Unbearable traffic jams

Nowadays traffic jam has increased beyond description. From morning to late night, the streets of Dhaka city remain very busy hampering the lives of all citizens living in Dhaka. Lack of new and well-connected roads, good transport services and the influx of people in Dhaka city are the main reasons of traffic jam. On the other hand, nobody follows the traffic rules and consequently creates traffic jam.

Higher education

Education is the backbone of a nation. A country cannot make progress without educated and knowledgeable citizens. Knowledge is the most important capital of any society and hence the success of any society lies in harnessing it. At present there are 27 public universities, 54 private universities, 14 public medical colleges and 1 public medical university in Bangladesh. But the quality of higher education of these institutions is below standard compared to our neighbouring countries like India. Even it is observed that some private universities of our country are actually selling certificates to the students because their main motive is to earn money, rather than imparting proper education. However, a couple of leading private universities of our country are imparting world class education.

Help the family

Road accident has become part of our life. I already have written a novel regarding road accident. Still I have more things to add to this context. My pen would go on until the term “road traffic accident” is removed from the dictionary of Bangladesh. Today I want to highlight one person named Tanzila Akhter and also provide more information.

Our journalists

Nowadays we have a lot of national dailies as well as private TV and fm radio stations where a good number of journalists are working and performing their professional duties. It's true that journalism is a kind of profession where honesty, integrity, patience, courage are the top most priority and journalists need to exercise their professional duty without fear or favour. It's encouraging to note that most of the journalists of our country are honest with their profession and it's because of their sheer hard work and dedication that our leaders feel at least some degree of accountability while dealing with them.

Medical service at school

Schools in Bangladesh lack adequate medical infrastructure/facilities, which can lead to loss of life. The increasing competition in class has led to high stress levels, and consequently students are falling prey to physical ailments such as vertigo and asthma. The concern is whether schools are prepared to handle such cases and provide first aid till the time the child is taken to a hospital.

Cleanliness

BBC in its world news of 19th July, 2009(BDST-0700Hrs) stated that Allan Brigham who dedicated his time for three decades to keep Cambridge city clean had been awarded an honorary degree by the university of Cambridge. Such honour was said to have been only meant for great people like Bill Gates & similar personalities in the past.

One country?

Allah created the world and it is man who has divided it and has been making nation states--one after another. After dividing the world, men have been fighting among themselves. If only one country exists in the world, there will be no need for producing arms. Billions of dollars will be saved which can be used for the welfare of mankind.

Stop building Tipaimukh dam

These days the environment is a great global concern.

International relations

The majority international relations courses focus on cutting edge research, filled with recent articles in the most respected journals. Others will focus on policy questions of the day, replete with deep thoughts from Foreign Affairs and foreign strategy from the statesmen of the day. Such approaches are valuable, but they often assume a familiarity with the classics of international relations that does not exist. Ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more significant than is usually understood.

Sohel Taj quits

The nation was in the dark about the resignation of the state minister for home for about two months. We have come to know from newspapers of July 20 that he actually resigned on May 31. From his talking with DS, it is clear that Mr Taj was suffering from frustration as things were not going on as per his plans. He was under pressure from different quarters and thus he had to take this bitter decision so early.

Global warming and Bangladesh

Global warming can be defined simply as a rise in the average land temperature around the earth. Currently, average temperature of the earth is roughly 57 degrees Fahrenheit. Since the late 1800's, the average temperature has increased about 0.5 to 1.5 Fahrenheit degree (UNEP-2004). Warming of the earth atmosphere is a serious problem and in twenty-first century it is already a problem of global concern.

The General

Former army chief General Moeen U Ahmed, who was once an influential man in the post 1/11 political scene, is now again at the centre of parley since he has retired. As his term is over, disgruntled politicians both from the ruling party and opposition are challenging his activities during the two years of the army backed interim govt. During those two critical years, he appeared as a rescuer and reformer. Now it is time to evaluate his work.

Hajj guidebook

I performed Hajj in December 2008. Like many other organisations, Dhaka Ahsania Mission published a guidebook on Hajj and Umrah. This guidebook has been extremely useful for the intending Hajis. However, the guidebook has sketch maps of Zannatul Al'Muala at Makkah and Zannatul Al'Baqi at Madinah which are not accurate. It was my privilege to visit these graveyards of utmost importance. In these two graveyards lie our prophets, religious scholars as well as the family members of the greatest Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh).

A/C bus service

Premium Bus Service --Uttara to Motijeel--taught us to stand in queue to get on the bus. This service got popularity in terms for quality service. Following their footsteps, two or three more companies started air conditioned bus service and finally all of them gradually stopped their services one by one.

Pollution

Of course everyone knows little or much about pollution. But the question is how much conscious we are about this problem? .Maybe, people think that only mills and factories cause pollution but in fact we also contribute greatly to pollution. Of course the government has to take a tough and rapid decision to terminate this forever, especially water pollution.

International

Iran vows to strike Israeli nuclear sites if attacked

Iran has the capability to strike arch-foe Israel's nuclear sites firmly and will do so if it comes under attack, the head of the elite Revolutionary Guards Corps said yesterday.

North Korea willing to hold talks with US

North Korea has indicated its interest in holding direct talks with the United States, a news report said, after the two sides traded barbs over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programmes at a security forum.

Iran opposition urges clerics to help stop 'oppression'

Iranian opposition leaders called on the country's top clerics yesterday to intervene to prevent "oppression" by the authorities, as a detained protester was reportedly killed in custody.

Bush considered sending troops into New York to net terrors

To arrest a group of men suspected of plotting with al-Qaeda, the Bush Administration considered sending troops into New York.

Brown, Obama in talks over Afghanistan

Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Friday called US President Barack Obama for talks on Afghanistan as Britain announced it would send in reinforcements after a recent spike in troop deaths.

16 killed in Iran plane crash

Nine Kazakhs were among 16 people killed when as Iranian airliner overshot the runway and hurtled into a perimeter wall, official IRNA news agency on Saturday cited an Iranian aviation official as saying.

$200m US aid for Palestinians

The United States has transferred $200 million to the Palestinian government to help ease a growing budget deficit, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday.

Russia, US end latest round of nuclear talks

The United States and Russia ended a fourth round of talks on replacing a key Cold War-era nuclear disarmament treaty and agreed to meet again in a month, the Russian foreign ministry said Saturday.

Congress holds Mayawati guilty for attack on Joshi's Lucknow house

The Congress Party on Saturday said that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati is responsible for the attack on the Lucknow residence of Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi on the night of July 15.

Bill Gates wins Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace

Bill Gates, the founder-Chairman of Microsoft Corporation and the world's richest man, yesterday received the prestigious Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for the year 2007.

US Senate approves Pak defence aid with strings

The US Senate has approved the country's defence budget with an amendment aimed at ensuring that military assistance for Pakistan is actually being used only to fight the Taliban and al-Qaeda.

Troops kill 14 militants in NW Pakistan

Pakistani troops killed 14 militants and arrested another 29 during an ongoing offensive against Taliban insurgents in northwest Pakistan, the military said yesterday.

Musharraf's trial 'need of the hour', says Sharif

Supporting the Supreme Court's decision to summon former President General Pervez Musharraf, former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said the military ruler's trial was the "need of the hour."

Pak attitude towards Taliban changed: Obama

Terming the Pakistan Army's offensive against the Taliban and other extremist groups in Swat and Malakand Divisions of the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) as "unprecedented", US President Barack Obama has said Pakistan is seriously trying to reassert its control in the lawless region.

Zelaya retreats from border after setting foot into Honduras

Faced with international calls for restraint, ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya has retreated from the Honduran-Nicaraguan border after briefly setting foot into his country.

Last British WWI veteran dies at 111

Harry Patch, the last British military veteran of World War I, has died at 111, the nursing home where he lived said Saturday.

4 killed in Iraq car bombing

Four people were killed and 12 wounded in a car-bomb blast on Saturday outside the offices of a Sunni Arab party in the western Iraqi city of Fallujah, a police officer said.

Rockfall kills 3 in China

Three people were killed and 12 injured Saturday when a rockfall hit a bridge in Wenchuan, the epicentre of the quake which devastated southwest China last year, state media reported.

Strike in Kashmir

A strike called by separatists to protest the arrest of their leaders shut down parts of revolt-hit Indian Kashmir on Saturday.

Arts & Entertainment

Heart to heart with Burhan and Rehana Siddiqui

Ex-Police IG Burhan Siddiqui and his wife Rehana have been in the news lately. Their duet album, titled " Ami toh tomari achhi", was released this month.

Monica’s intimate journey

Monica Jahan Bose is an artist who is not quite familiar in the Dhaka art circuit. Her first exhibition in Bangladesh, titled “Drowning: Is there time for Love?” is now on at Alliance Francaise, Dhaka.

Musical soiree by Nandan

Nandan, a cultural group of the city, performed a musical soiree titled “Jhorichhe Srabondhara”. The show, featuring Tagore's monsoon melodies, was held at Chhayanaut Sangskriti Bhaban on July 24.

Biplob Kumar: A visually impaired singer proves his mettle

Biplob Kumar Bullet, a visually impaired singer of Panchagarh district, has come a long way: today, though he may not be well off financially, he is in a position to support his family through his singing.

Katrina Kaif: A film career on the rise

Katrina Kaif is a picture of charm and confidence. Lately she has been in the news for her roles in “Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya”, “Namastey London” and “Singh is Kinng”. Coming up now are “Blue”, “Ajab Prem Ki Ghazal Kahani”, “De Dana Dan”, “Rajneeti” and “Padosan (remake)”.

Remembering Rajnikant

Desh TV will telecast "Tumi Nirmol Koro", a special programme celebrating the 144th birth anniversary of poet Rajnikant Sen, tonight at 7:45 pm.

Lucky Thirteen on Banglavision

TV serial "Lucky Thirteen" will be aired tonight on Banglavision at 8:15pm. Written by Redwan Roni, the serial's director is Adnan Al Rajib.

OP-ED

The Future of Our Campaign Against Corruption

"In any country where talent and virtue produce no advancement, money will be the national god. Its inhabitants will either have to possess money or make others believe that they do. Wealth will be the highest virtue, poverty the greatest vice. Those who have money will display it in every imaginable way. If their ostentation does not exceed their fortune, all will be well. But if their ostentation does exceed their fortune they will ruin themselves. In such a country, the greatest fortunes will vanish in the twinkling of an eye. Those who don't have money will ruin themselves with vain efforts to conceal their poverty. That is one kind of affluence: the outward sign of wealth for a small number, the mask of poverty for the majority, and a source of corruption for all."
-- Diderot (French Philosopher)

Redefining victory in Afghanistan

Soon the world will see the 80th anniversary of the rout of Talibans by American forces in Afghanistan. The coalition force is now a 41-nation International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF). The total strength of Allied Forces has gone up to 90,000. The US troops strength has increased from 57,000 to 68,000. President Obama's administration has relocated its focus from Iraq to Afghanistan. A new US commander General Stanley McChrystal has replaced General David McKiernan as the Chief of ISAF forces.

How malls trick retailers

A friend of mine wanted to rent a shop space. He was pleasantly surprised to find one might soon become available on the second floor of a shopping mall nearby. "Thank goodness," he said. "I was worried the only thing I'd be able to get is somewhere tucked away on a high floor of some tall building."


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