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News of: Monday, 27th of July, 2009

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Dhaka eyes $4.68b from Beijing in 28 projects

Bangladesh will seek around US$4.68 billion in assistance from the Chinese government to implement 28 projects in telecommunication, infrastructure, energy, and health sectors at the Bangladesh-China Joint Economic Commission (JEC) meeting scheduled to begin in Beijing tomorrow.

JS body directive for compensation from Hyundai

The parliamentary standing committee on communication yesterday blamed Korean construction firm Hyundai for the cracks that had developed on the Jamuna Bridge, and directed the bridge authority to realise compensations from the company.

Parliamentary team to do all to collect most Tipai info

The parliamentary delegation scheduled to visit the Tipaimukh dam site in India on Friday, said that the extent of its access to the site will depend on how much its counterpart is willing to allow.

AL wants end to politics of graft, confrontation

Awami League General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam yesterday said his party wants to change the country's political nature by bringing an end to corruption, extortion, murder and anarchy in the name of politics.

New style English second paper mainly blamed

The pass percentage and number of GPA-5 achievers in this year's Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations saw a drop due to sudden introduction of a new system of learning and question pattern of English second paper.

Prosecutors and investigators to be named shortly

The government will finalise the names of prosecutors and investigators within a day or two for holding the long-awaited trial of war criminals, Law Minister Shafique Ahmed said yesterday.

Journo, 2 others killed in Bogra

Three people, including a journalist, were killed and three others injured as a bus rammed their car on Rangpur-Bogra Highway at Rahubal in Shibganj upazila yesterday morning.

JS body for legal action against Matin

A parliamentary sub-committee yesterday said it will recommend legal actions against former shipping adviser Maj Gen (retd) MA Matin, as it has 'clear evidence of corruption' against him.

German support for Aila-hit people

The German government has already donated 310,000 US dollar in emergency relief measures for Aila-hit people.

Target to close huge trade gap

Bangladesh will put forward some specific proposals including duty-free access for 39 items to the Chinese market at tomorrow's Joint Economic Commission (JEC) meeting in Beijing.

Set up central effluent treatment plants

Describing the environment as the most neglected cause in the country over the years, the business leaders demanded the government to build central effluent treatment plants (CETP) on a priority basis at different industrial clusters.

Berlin ready to help try war criminals

Germany will provide support to Bangladesh in trying the war criminals if the government wants, outgoing German Ambassador in Dhaka Frank Meyke said yesterday.

Ruling party men snatch tenders

Cadres of Awami League and its wings Jubo League and Chhatra League yesterday snatched tender schedule from two food-supply agencies at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).

Couple held with 2.6 kg heroin

Members of Narcotics Control Department arrested a couple and recovered 2.6 kilogram of heroin from their possession in the city early yesterday.

Ex-NBR man's bail prayers turned down

A Dhaka court yesterday sent former member of National Board of Revenue (NBR) ATM Sarwar Hossain to jail in connection with a graft case in which he was sentenced to 13 years' imprisonment in absentia.

Court rejects bail plea of 3 Rab men

A Dhaka court yesterday rejected the bail petitions of three detained Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) personnel in connection with a case filed against them on charges of snatching Tk 10.86 lakh from a man after threatening to kill him.

Meeting today to pick law for mutineers' trial

An inter-ministerial meeting sits today to decide the law under which the trials of those involved in the February 25-26 BDR mutiny and carnage will be held.

Joj Miah freed on bail after four years

Joj Miah, who was allegedly forced by CID officials to give statement confessing to his involvement in the August 21 grenade attacks, was freed on bail yesterday from Kashimpur-1 jail after over four years of imprisonment.

US, China set broad table for first top-level 'dialogue'

The United States and China will hold their first top-level "dialogue" on a broad range of issues in Washington this week that could set the agenda for the two megapowers for years to come.

Woman killed as train rams auto-rickshaw

In yet another level crossing accident, a woman was killed and her daughter and the driver of a CNG-run auto-rickshaw were injured as a speedy train rammed the three-wheeler trying to cross the level crossing at Malibagh last night.

10 injured as BCL factions clash at DU

At least 10 people were injured in a clash between two factions of the BCL unit at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Hall of Dhaka University at midnight last night.

Lone concrete sleeper plant falls asleep

Production in the lone concrete sleeper plant of Bangladesh Railway has remained suspended for over a year making many rail tracks vulnerable.

Long march by indigenous people to protest attacks

Over two hundred members of the indigenous community yesterday began a two-day long march across 55 kilometres from Porsha upazila to Naogaon town yesterday to protest attacks on indigenous families.

5 JMB men get life for looting a Brac office

A court here yesterday sentenced two JMB leaders and their three accomplices to life term imprisonment for looting a local Brac office six years back.

Agitated RMG workers damage 20 vehicles

Around one thousand agitating workers from Alpine Garments Factory vandalised at least 20 vehicles putting barricade on the road in the city's Gulshan area yesterday in protest against retrenchment of fellow workers.

Jubo League man hacked to death in Jessore

A Jubo League activist was hacked to death by a group of miscreants over factional feud on Saturday night in Jessore.

PM's directive for steps to boost foreign investment

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina directed country's diplomatic missions abroad to take necessary steps for increasing exports and attracting foreign investment into Bangladesh.

JMB suspect held at DU

A suspected JMB activist was arrested along with two Islamic books in front of SM Hall of Dhaka University last night.

1 killed while making bomb in C'nawabganj

One person was killed and at least two were injured in a blast while making bomb on Saturday night.

Arms recovered from Ctg city, Cox's Bazar

Rab and Detective Branch (DB) personnel in separate drives recovered six firearms including five light guns from Cox's Bazar and the city yesterday.

Section 144 in Lalmonirhat

Local administration yesterday imposed section 144 on Chaparhat High School premises in Kaliganj upazila amid high tension between the activists of ruling Awami League and BNP.

Pak jets kill 13 militants in NW Pakistan

Pakistani fighter jets pounded militant positions, killing at least 13 rebels and destroying their hideouts in the restive northwest, security officials said yesterday.

India launches indigenous N-powered submarine

India yesterday joined a select group of countries with the launch of its first indigenous nuclear-powered submarine as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said New Delhi does not have any aggressive design but asserted "eternal vigilance is the price of liberty."

Power cuts feed Pak anarchy

Away from the killing fields between army and Taliban, violent riots triggered by chronic power cuts engulf Pakistan, underscoring government weakness and playing into the hands of extremists.

Myanmar accuses Hillary of interference in Asean affairs

Myanmar's state media yesterday accused US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of interfering with the internal affairs of Southeast Asia and said America's troops in Asia threatened world security.

42 killed as 'Taliban' sect, police clash in Nigeria

Forty-two people were killed Sunday in clashes between police and members of a radical sect in Nigeria that is inspired by the Taliban in Afghanistan, a hospital source said.

First ODI Update Bangladesh Vs West Indies

Bangladesh scored 246/9 in 50 overs. Ashraful hit 57, Shakib 54 and Mahmudullah 42 runs. Roach took 5 wkts for 44. WIndies were 42/4 from 12 overs at 1:50am. Rasel and Mahmudullah took one wicket each while Razzak took 2.

Editorial

Congratulations to successful HSC candidate

THE results of this year's Higher Secondary Certificate examinations have caused mixed reaction among the students and all others concerned. Mixed because the overall pass rate has gone down by 4.42 per cent compared to that of last year as also the number of students scoring GPA-5. However, it must be emphasised that as much as it is important to ensure that the maximum number of candidates qualify it is also equally important to maintain a high quality of education.

New buses on city roads a good idea

THE spirit behind the decision to introduce an articulated bus service, or buses with increased passenger capacity, on city routes is understandable. There can be no denying that traffic movement in Dhaka has of late acquired horrendous proportions. It will certainly lessen citizens' worries if serious, purposeful moves are made to ease their movement on the roads. However, there is also the truth that a mere introduction of new vehicles on the road will turn out to be quite pointless where facilitating road traffic is concerned. And there are some rather pertinent reasons behind such observations of the traffic situation.

Tweedledum and Tweedledee

THE AL's 20th National Council was already on the cards. It was going to take place after an unusual hiatus of seven years. It was a difficult time, packed with equally unusual events. Obviously, the council raised a great deal of curiosity both among the public and the party men. The media-savvy Awami League adequately drew the attention of media outlets, which, alongside romanticising the party as the catalyst of our history's big events, dutifully collected the views of a cross-section of public as to what their expectations were from the council. In response, there has been an apparent clamour for a new leadership to emerge from the historic occasion. Has that been achieved?

Bringing money home

DESPITE gloomy projections by several donor agencies, remittance flow from expatriate Bangladeshi workers has recorded a 22% growth compared to the last fiscal year, amid ongoing global recession. The amount remitted by them has touched the highest-ever peak of $10 billion in the just-concluded fiscal year.

Sports

BFF fines rebel players

The national team management committee of Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has fined eight rebel players for violating the discipline in the camp and has also warned coach Edson Silva Dido for his reaction towards these players.

Ashraful shows good signs

Bangladesh shrugged off early jitters as they reached 94 for two in 22 overs in their opening one-day match against West Indies at Windsor Park in Dominica yesterday.

Kevin's Ashes anguish

England batsman Kevin Pietersen described Sunday his "mental torture" at missing the final three Ashes Tests.

Cashing in on Johnson

Mitchell Johnson, the Australian all-rounder, came into the Ashes as his team's leading bowler but he has struggled for accuracy, and Kevin Pietersen said England were "preying on" the fast bowler's problems.

Flintoff quit for family

His Test retirement caught many by surprise, but England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff says his injury-ravaged body had left him with little choice and he quit for the sake of his family.

Gary worries about Tests

There are trends developing in world cricket that are of concern to the future of the game, including in India, Indian coach Gary Kirsten said here, saying Team India has to decide its priorities in terms of Test cricket and other forms of the game, like T20.

Sania in final

Sania Mirza overcame a fighting Meng Yuan in a three-setter to earn a shot at singles title of the 50,000 dollar ITF Challenger event in Lexington, United States.

Sharapova to play in Stanford

Three-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova continues her comeback from shoulder surgery by competing in the 700,000 dollar Bank of the West Classic which begins Monday.

Wright likely KKR coach

Former India cricket coach John Wright has emerged a strong contender for the coach's job in the Indian Premier League (IPL) side Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for the coming season.

Women's football

As part of preparation, the national women's football team played out an exhibition match among themselves yesterday at the Bangabandhu National Stadium. The team named Red defeated the Yellow team by a solitary goal of the match. Sharmin scored the all-important goal for the red team in the 17th minute.

Adebayor blanks on debut

Emmanuel Adebayor failed to score on his debut as Manchester City fell 1-0 to Kaizer Chiefs Saturday in the Vodacom Challenge final.

Much to do for Real

Real Madrid has still not determined what its final squad and its starting 11 will be for the upcoming season, new coach Manuel Pellegrini said Saturday.

'Bayern should have signed 'keeper'

Former Bayern Munich midfielder Stefan Effenberg believes the club could live to regret not signing a new goalkeeper.

Carlo cool on Terry

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has urged people to trust him when he says John Terry will remain at Stamford Bridge.

Zlatan to be unveiled Monday

Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be presented as a Barcelona player on Monday if no late complications arise over his switch from Inter Milan, the Primera Division club has confirmed.

Crouch on the move

Portsmouth manager Paul Hart confirmed Sunday they have accepted a bid from Tottenham for Peter Crouch.

Crouch on the move

Portsmouth manager Paul Hart confirmed Sunday they have accepted a bid from Tottenham for Peter Crouch.

'Macheda can be key'

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has backed Italian teenage star Federico Macheda to make a real impact at the club this season after a brace of goals during their Asian tour.

Kuszczak wants starting role

Manchester United's Tomasz Kuszczak has his sights set on succeeding Edwin van der Sar as the club's first-choice goalkeeper, despite competition from England international Ben Foster.

Fergie blasts City

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has labelled big-spending Manchester City a "small club" who are "arrogant" and "stupid" as his side prepare to wrap up their Asian tour Sunday.

Mido all set to leave Boro

Egypt striker Mido is set to quit Middlesbrough after the Championship side revealed on Sunday they have accepted an undisclosed offer from an unnamed club.

Hamilton breaks drought

Defending world champion Lewis Hamilton finally ended his winless run Sunday when he came home triumphant for McLaren in the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Bell back, but focus still on Flintoff

Ian Bell will resume his international career after being confirmed as Kevin Pietersen's replacement for the third Test against Australia. He was named in a 13-man squad for Edgbaston that also included Steve Harmison and Monty Panesar to provide bowling options, but England are hopeful that Andrew Flintoff will be fit.

Park fails to catch wave

Olympic champion Park Taehwan couldn't catch the wave of fast times that launched the Swimming World Championships Sunday, failing to reach the final of the 400m freestyle.

Hadlee slams Flemo

Richard Hadlee, the former New Zealand captain, has criticised Stephen Fleming's relationship with the coaches he worked with, saying he "tended to overshadow and almost downgraded the profile and role of the coach".

Gay confident to unlock Bolt

Tyson Gay insisted he could give Usain Bolt a run for his money at next month's World Championships in Berlin despite his ongoing problems with a groin injury.

Gold Cup football

Host Faridpur Eleven defeated Narsingdi Eleven by 3-0 to move into the final of the local Nuru Miah Gold Cup football tournament held at the Faridpur Stadium on Sunday.

Business

BTRC moves to discipline internet

The telecom watchdog has decided to keep tabs on internet service providers to see whether they are reducing prices in line with a significant cut in bandwidth charges.

Tea output to miss target

Insufficient rain, coupled with high temperature, has badly hit the country's tea farming this year, according to different tea estate officials.

Saudi jobs fizzling out

The number of Bangladeshi workers heading for Saudi Arabia fell drastically in the last one year.

Recession to take centre stage in regional workshop

A four-day high-level regional workshop on policy responses to the global financial crisis in the Asia-Pacific begins in Dhaka today.

Navana CNG set for direct listing

Navana CNG Limited, a sister concern of Navana Group, received a go-ahead yesterday from the premier bourse to go public under a direct listing method.

Anti-adulteration drive soon, says minister

The food and disaster management minister has said an anti-adulteration drive will soon be set in to ensure quality food.

SUPRO demands foreign debt write-off

A local nongovernmental organisation yesterday demanded an unconditional cancellation of all Bangladeshi outstanding foreign debt to rich countries and international financial institutions to tackle recession.

Financing social business

Social business can generate both social and financial returns and is highly suited to enabling poverty reduction in Bangladesh. It is generally agreed that creation of good quality, fairly paid rural employment opportunities are required to reduce rural poverty and, in my opinion, social business is likely to be the most cost effective and sustainable way forward.

India fears rain gods may play truant

Monsoon rains have been lashing parts of India in recent days but for farmers anxiously scanning the skies, there are fears the rain gods may deliver too little, too late.

Asian currencies mostly higher

Asian currencies ended the week mostly higher against the dollar after significant rallies in commodity and share prices.

BGFCL seeks Tk 245cr to plug Titas leaks

Bangladesh Gas Fields Company Ltd (BGFCL) has sought Tk 245 crore to stop gas seepage from Titas gas field in Brahmanbaria.

Taxicab operators seek waiver on bank interest

Taxicab operators yesterday urged the government to waive the sector's Tk 25 crore bank interest to give a second chance to the much-needed transportation service.

Angola to revive coffee plantations

Angola, dependent on its oil and diamond exports, is working to revive its moribund coffee plantations to diversify its economy and revive a farm sector shattered by decades of civil war.

US hopes China talks spur economic recovery, jobs

With the global economy mired in recession, the United States and China begin talks Monday to seek a solution together despite tensions over currencies, the US budget deficit and the huge US trade gap with China.

Developing nations may have to wait on climate aid: EU

Developing countries could be made to wait until the UN climate talks in Copenhagen in December before the EU reveals how much money it will give them to cope with the effects of global warming, the Swedish EU presidency said on Saturday.

Australia rejects 'protectionist' push to buy local

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Sunday rejected calls for the government to favour local companies when spending money, saying such protectionist measures could spark a trade war.

Queen Elizabeth told 'denial' sparked global downturn

Eminent economists have told Queen Elizabeth II that the global financial downturn was brought about by a "psychology of denial" among the financial and political elite, a report said Sunday.

Currency

Local Market FX
Local inter-bank FX market was active on Sunday. The market was liquid and USD/BDT rate was similar to the previous working day.

Metropolitan

Mainstream people's support vital for protection of ethnic minority rights

Mainstream people's support is vital for protection of rights of the indigenous people, speakers at a seminar said yesterday.

Nepalese biker with disability on mission to forge unity

With his right hand amputated below his elbow following an accident as a child, Rakesh Gole, a Nepalese, struggled hard growing up with his disability.

Govt can't reduce poverty with single programme

The ongoing poverty alleviation programme of the government is based on its erroneous perception of poverty, said Regulatory Reforms Commission Chairman Dr Akbar Ali Khan yesterday.

DCC's leased-out car parks worsen traffic

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner AKM Shahidul Haque yesterday said Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has leased out many important roads for parking of cars and buses illegally, leading to massive traffic congestion in the city.

Envoy assures increased Dutch support

The Netherlands yesterday gave assurances of increased cooperation to Bangladesh to face challenges of climate change and global warming.

Ensure equal facilities

Leaders of Bangladesh Non-Government Primary Teachers' Association have urged the government to eliminate prevailing discriminations between the non-government and government primary teachers.

HC asks two lawyers to surrender to lower court

The High Court yesterday asked Advocate Subrata Chowdhury and Advocate Sheikh Awsafur Rahman Bulu, facing sedition charge over vandalism on the Supreme Court premises in November 2006, to surrender to the court of metropolitan sessions judge within eight weeks.

Plan to form new police unit for VVIP security

The government plans to raise an elite police unit to be called Bureau of Crisis Response and Protection (BCRS) for protection of the very very important persons (VVIPs), including the president and prime minister, to supplement the Special Security Force (SSF), officials said here yesterday.

Iran eager to invest in oil refinery sector

Iranian Ambassador in Dhaka Hassan Farazandeh here yesterday expressed his country's eagerness to invest in the fuel oil refinery sector in Bangladesh as well as to import medicine.

Road crashes kill five

Five people were killed in separate road accidents in Gaibandha, Comilla and Narail yesterday.

Girl student assaulted by eve-teaser

A female student of Ispahani Degree College was assaulted by an eve-teaser yesterday on the college campus in Ramerkanda area of the upazila.

3rd Karnaphuli bridge opens to traffic in October

Communications Minister Syed Abul Hossain has said the much-awaited 3rd Karnaphuli bridge would be opened to traffic in October next on completion of the construction work within the scheduled time.

Citizens' Media Forum formed

A group of media enthusiasts have formed a forum styled 'Citizens' Media Forum', which will act as a bridge among the newspaper readers, TV and feature film viewers, and radio listeners, says a press release.

'Stop harassing CNG drivers'

Leaders of Dhaka District Four-Stroke Autorickshaw (CNG) Drivers' Union yesterday demanded end of their harassment by owners and on duty police.

Int'l standard to be maintained in trial

German Ambassador Frank Meyke paid a farewell call on Foreign Minister Dipu Moni at Foreign Ministry yesterday.

Novera's death anniversary today

Today is the third death anniversary of Novera Deepita, a brilliant journalist of The Daily Star and gold medallist student of the University of Dhaka, says a press release.

Legal notice for action against fatwa

Five human rights organisations have served legal notice to the government demanding tough measures against issuing fatwa, says a press release.

'Probe Nurul Islam's death'

Gonotontri Party leaders yesterday demanded an impartial probe into the deaths of former party president Md Nurul Islam and his son and exemplary punishment to the killers.

Speaker greets Hasina, Ashraful

Speaker Abdul Hamid Advocate yesterday greeted Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on her re-election as the president of Awami League (AL) for the sixth time.

Ideal College teachers, students freed

Six teachers and three students of the Ideal College at Dhanmondi, who were picked up by the police on charges of ransacking a nearby educational institution in New Market area of the city, were released on Saturday night.

Committee to probe irregularities in national archive

Parliamentary standing committee on cultural ministry yesterday formed a four-member committee with Chayan Islam as its convener to submit a report on different irregularities on national archive.

Transport workers, passengers clash at Benapole

At least four people were injured in a clash between transport workers and bus passengers over realising bus fare at Benapole yesterday.

JU to be freed from violence, session jam: JU VC

Jahangirnagar University (JU) Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Sharif Enamul Kabir has said the JU campus will be freed from violence and curses of session jam.

Misbahur president, Moniruzzaman secy general

Misbahur Rahman Chowdhury has been reelected as the chairman of a faction of Bangladesh Islami Oikya Jote for a tenure of three years at the party council yesterday.

Attack on BSD rally protested

Comrade Khalequzzaman, convener of Bangladesh Samajtantrik Dal (BSD), condemned an attack by Awami League activists and police on a rally in favour of immediate release of Gaibandha district leader Prof Golam Sadek Lebu at the local Shaheed Minar yesterday.

'Control tobacco farming'

Dhaka University Vice Chancellor AAMS Arefin Siddique yesterday urged the government to frame a policy aiming at controlling tobacco cultivation and ensuring food production at all arable lands across the country.

'Modernise photojournalism'

Speakers at a five-day workshop on digital photography yesterday said pictures speak louder than words in this digitised age, adding that photojournalism should be more modernised and efficient.

IDB, Brac sign deal

Brac signed an agreement with Islamic Development Bank (IDB) yesterday under which IDB will provide $5 million to operate and administer agricultural component of 'Fael Khair' programme for cyclone victims, says a press release.

National

ICT to check corruption, boost employment

Finance minister AMA Muhith has stressed the role of ICT in creating new employment, raising work skills and productivity, containing corruption and attaining social development.

50 hurt as police try to stop looters at Thakurgaon fair

Around 50 people including 12 policemen were injured in a clash over a raffle draw in the trade fair at Thakurgaon Stadium on Saturday midnight.

Shop owners demand lifting of time restriction in Ramadan

Leaders of Bangladesh Shop Owners Association yesterday said they will not accept any time frame to keep their shops shut during the upcoming Ramadan.

4 BCL men hurt in factional clash

Four Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists were injured, one of them critically, in a factional clash over establishing supremacy at Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (Ruet) yesterday. The clash broke out when supporters of a faction led by Harun beat up Tanvir, a second year student of civil engineering department, also a supporter of another faction led by Al-Amin leaving him seriously injured. Later, both the groups equipped with sharp weapons, iron roads and bamboo sticks attacked each other, leaving at least three activists of both the factions injured. The injured are Aziz, Reza, Al-Amin and Rajib. Of them, Rajib was shifted to Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital in a critical condition.

30 hurt in Magura village clash

At least 30 people were injured in a clash between rival groups at Nagosha village in Shalikha upazila yesterday morning.

Nothing could stop Anwar's success

The news of achieving GPA-5 in this year's HSC examinations has brought both joy and worry for Anwar Kadir, as the boy, once struggling against hardship as a brickfield worker, is anxious about the cost of higher education.

BCL hurts 10 BNP men

At least 10 workers of BNP and its youth and students' wings Jatiyatabadi Juba Dal and Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) were injured when Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists attacked and vandalised their houses in Durgapur upazila Sadar yesterday. The clash was a sequel to hot exchange of words between them on Saturday night, police and locals said. Yesterday morning, the BCL activists equipped with sharp and lethal weapons from Durgapur AL office and attacked their houses. The injured included Durgapur upazila BNP joint secretary and Birishiri Union Parishad chairman Anwar Hossain, Juba Dal leader Manjurul Haque, Durgapur JCD general secretary Julhajuddin and BNP leader Majibar Rahman.

Schoolgirl raped in hospital

A student of class four of the local BRAC school was allegedly raped by an unidentified youth aged about 30 in Kishoreganj Adhunik Sadar Hospital on Saturday night. The nine-year-girl hailing from Chander Hashi village in Sadar upazila came to the hospital to attend her sick sister, police and hospital sources said. An unidentified man introducing himself as a staff of the hospital took the girl outside the ward that night in name of giving medicine for her sister. He forced her enter a bathroom adjacent to the RMO office where he raped her and went into hiding. Later, hearing a hue and cry of the girl, on-duty doctors and nurses rushed to the spot and rescued the girl. Victim's elder brother filed a case with Kishoreganj Sadar police station in this connection.

Rivals kill 'criminal'

A suspected criminal was hacked to death allegedly by his rivals at Paschim Jummapara in Sadar upazila Wednesday night. The victim is Roman Sarkar, 30, of Islampur Hanumantala here. Rivals stabbed Roman indiscriminately leaving him critically injured when he was returning home from a nearby locality at about 10pm, police said. He succumbed to his injuries on way to Rangpur Medical College and Hospital. Roman was wanted in number of criminal cases, police said. They suspected that he might have been killed as a sequel to previous enmity with rivals.

Smuggled fertiliser seized

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in a drive seized an Indian fertiliser-laden truck at Dangapara Bazar in Hakimpur upazila on Friday. On a tip-off, the elite force seized the truck at the bazar with 360 bags of substandard fertiliser and arrested its driver Mustafizur Rahman, 40, and helper Wadud, 25, both hailing from Sirajganj district. Later, they were handed over to Hakimpur police.

Outlaw held with gun, bullets

Police arrested an outlaw and recovered one shutter gun with two bullets at Hossain Danga village under Koshaba Majhail union in Pangsha upazila on Friday. Arrested Habibur Rahman Habib was so-called second-in-command of the outlawed Amal Bahini, police said. He was involved in several killings, robberies and rape incidents. On a tip-off, a police team raided his residence and arrested him along with the firearm and bullets.

12 injured in Sylhet clash

At least 12 people were injured in a clash between two groups of people at Raikheli village in Biswanath upazila on Friday. The trouble erupted at about 10am when Kala Mia of the village tried to resist his rival Tulu Mia, an expatriate, from constructing a building on a disputed land, witnesses said. Both the groups equipped with sharp weapons attacked each other, leaving 12 injured. Later, police rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control.

Letters

Save the environment

Environmental pollution is a global problem and is common to both developed and developing countries. Environmental pollution is caused primarily by humans that introduce extraneous substances into the environment thereby causing unfavourable changes. The decline in environmental quality as a consequence of pollution evidenced by loss of vegetation cover, biological diversity, high concentration of harmful chemicals in the atmosphere and threats to life support system. The immediate effects of environmental pollution could be seen as health problem by affecting human health and lives; economic problems by affecting the value of human property and materials; ecological problems by disturbing eco-balance, interfering with conservation of natural resources etc.

Prices of essentials

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina recently asked the ministry and authorities concerned to take immediate steps to keep the prices of essentials within the buying capacity of commoners during the upcoming holy month of Ramadan.

Primary education

It goes without saying that primary education is the foundation of all levels of education as it, in most of the cases, stimulates the latent talent of the young minds to come out and patronizes the immense potential among them. The better the quality of education at primary level, the better the overall scenario of education. That is to say, it deserves due importance as well as nourishment. And that is what almost all the developed countries of the world did, shedding as much light on this sector as needed.

Niketon-Banani Lake

Last year, I wrote two letters on the subject. The situation has since deteriorated with the Niketon end of the lake choked with plants so as to resemble a meadow. A step on it for the unwary would be very unpleasant indeed finding yourself neck-deep in filth. Other matters requiring urgent attention are:

Killing children!

A front-page banner headline news was published in a local English daily on July 21. It underscores the bestial lust for money even by killing innocent children through medicine which is the worst possible criminal act that can be committed!

Experience at ZIA

I travelled from London by Gulf Air and arrived at Zia International Airport by GF 248 on 18th July at 2115lt. After deplaning I felt very thirsty and looked for drinking water. But to my surprise, I could find not a single water cooler anywhere in the terminal building unlike Heathrow and Bahrain where a water cooler is available near each entry door of the rest rooms. I could not convince myself about lack of such a basic facility like water.

Tipaimukh dam

It's unfortunate that despite being reputed as a rather friendly state in the region India is willing to construct the Tipaimukh Dam, which will severely impact the geographical and ecological landscape of Bangladesh. Understandably, this project promises multifarious benefits for the Indians. However, as their closest neighbour we'll inevitably pay a harsh price for the benefits that they are destined to enjoy. It appears that the Indian policy makers lack simple sense of diplomatic ethics that must characterize every state's international policies in this era of globalisation. Is it really moral to be obsessed about our own prosperity, when our friends around us will inescapably suffer to ensure that prosperity? Does anyone have the right to illuminate his own house by setting his neighbour's house on fire? Basic ethics says no.

All-pervasive corruption

Lately two phenomena have drawn my attention intensely. One is the government decision of recruiting more than 20,000 primary school teachers which is really commendable as this level of education has been facing shortage of teachers. Moreover, primary education has always been given less importance than any other area of government's attention.

Test series win!

As a Bengali, I am extremely proud of Bangladesh's first Test as well as series win ( that too by a margin of 2-0) on foreign soil. Though the cynics will try their level-best to undermine the brilliant achievement, the defeated West Indies team being practically a second eleven, but that is not the fault of Bangladesh whose sole aim is to defeat the opposition, irrespective of its composition. This win will provide the much-required boost for the Bangladesh team which was constantly criticised by the "pundits" and even questions were raised about their Test status. Perhaps the know-all brigade is oblivious of the fact that it took as much as 20 years for India to register its first Test victory. In contrast, Bangladesh has achieved three Test wins (and a series also) within nine years of entering the arena. Bangladesh's victory over West Indies is also a very good advertisement for Test cricket which shows that success is not the sole monopoly of a few selected countries only and that a new cricketing power is slowly but steadily emerging from the land of the Royal Bengal Tigers.

Sohel Taj resigns

Sohel Taj, former state minister for home, said that he had resigned on 31 May, 2009. As Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told him not to disclose the matter, so he obeyed her.

Great going, cricketers

I was very much excited when I witnessed our cricket team whitewashing the West Indians in the Test series. I was always hopeful that I would live to see a day like this in my lifetime and I am thankful to God for being able to witness such an event.

“Confrontational Politics”

Mr. Pranab Kumar Pandey has brought out some core issues in his article “Confrontational politics” published on 22nd July 2009 in The Daily Star. I would like to focus on the last sentence of the article i.e. “Political parties would do well to respect the verdict of the voters”.

Those apartments

Thousands of apartments, flats-- large, medium, small, high rise, condominiums--are having brisk business in some cities, especially in Dhaka, and it has been increasing day by day. Over five hundred real estate developers, large, small with name and fame have been operating in the construction business. Hundreds of flats or apartments are ready for sale in the market and every day very decorative and lucrative advertisements are published in the newspapers to allure buyers with various incentives.

International

Nato, Afghan soldiers among 22 killed in unrest

A wave of Taliban-linked violence across Afghanistan over the weekend has killed 22 people including insurgents, a foreign soldier and two Afghan troops, authorities said yesterday.

Indo-US talks on atomic fuel re-processing begins

The first round of talks between India and the United States regarding re-processing of used US atomic fuel on Indian soil has begin here.

Pakistan stretched thin for Mehsud battle

Consolidating military gains in Swat and worries about Taliban spillover from south Afghanistan are clouding Pakistan's offensive against the country's most wanted warlord, analysts say.

Gilani invites PML-N to join government

In a significant move, Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has reportedly invited the Nawaz Sharif led Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) to join the federal government.

Obama determined to attain ME peace

The US administration is determined to achieve a "truly comprehensive" Arab-Israeli peace settlement that includes normal relations between Israel and all of its Arab neighbours, President Barack Obama's special Mideast envoy said Sunday.

Protesters call for end to Iranian rights abuses

Protesters around the world called on Iran Saturday to end its clampdown on opposition activists, demanding the release of hundreds rounded up during demonstrations against the country's disputed election.

Zelaya pledges resistance, asks US for sanctions

Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya has pledged continued defiance of a conservative-backed coup that sent him into exile and called on the United States to impose sanctions on his country's military and civilian leaders.

Australia's swine flu fight holds lessons for world

Hard-hit Australia has become a global case study for swine flu, with Europe and the United States watching closely as it battles the disease in the southern hemisphere winter, experts say.

Algae blooms into promising biofuel

Some call it pond scum, but algae is drawing increasing attention as a source of biofuel that can help replace petroleum or fuels made from crops like corn or soybeans.

Palin faces questions as she exits Alaska politics

Gov Sarah Palin gained fame and to some infamy since she embarked on a vice-presidential bid less than a year ago.

I hope Supreme Court will do justice, says Musharraf

Expressing full faith in the judiciary, former Pakistan president General Pervez Musharraf has said he hopes the Supreme Court would do justice with him.

Homage to Kargil martyrs

Homage was paid to the martyrs of the 1999 Kargil conflict at the Drass war memorial in Ladakh Sunday.

BJP against resumption of talks with Pakistan

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday advised the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government against resumption of talks with Pakistan till India's foreign policy on Baluchistan was made clear unequivocally.

No sanctuary to Mullah Omar, Taliban: Qureshi

Pakistan will no longer provide sanctuary to top militant commander Mullah Omar and the Afghan Taliban and will not allow its territory to be used against anyone, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmud Qureshi has said.

Rationality and ants

Ants are more rational than humans when faced with "very challenging decisions", a study has suggested.

Another protester dies in Iran jail

An Iranian student arrested in protests against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's re-election has died in jail, a newspaper said on Sunday, the second such death reported in two days.

Mayor shot dead in Philippines

A town mayor and a former mayor were shot dead in separate attacks in the Philippines on Sunday, police said.

Gunmen kill 5 in Baghdad

Iraqi police say five people have been killed in a daylight attack at a popular Baghdad money exchange office.

Arts & Entertainment

Bongo Sammelon: Essence of Bangladesh across the sea

Nrityanchal, the Bangladeshi dance troupe headed by Shibli Mohammad and Shamim Ara Nipa, recently travelled to San Francisco to attend the 'Bongo Sammelon,' a grand cultural festival, at the invitation of expatriate Bengalis. The 12-member troupe (including Shibli and Nipa) staged a 45-minute performance at the festival. The two-day festival concluded on July 4 at San Jose.

Nirmalendu Goon turns painter

Poet Nirmalendu Goon's solo painting exhibition opened on July 25 at the Seminar Hall, Central Public Library, Shahbagh in the city. The exhibition was inaugurated by National Professor Kabir Chowdhury. Seasoned painter Monirul Islam was special guest. Noted art critic Moinuddin Khaled was present as a discussant. Renowned photographer Nasir Ali Mamun was the MC.

Preview of “Bangladesh Hospital ‘71” held

A preview of the documentary “Bangladesh Hospital '71” was held at Sanskriti Bikash Kendra, Paribagh, Dhaka on July 25.

Not much unsettles Nicolas Cage these days

Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage has pretty much got this acting thing down. After all, he started acting at the age of 15 and, well, he's got that Oscar.

Swapnadal to stage Selim Al Deen’s Hargoj

Selim Al Deen's much-acclaimed play "Hargoj" will come to stage once again. This time theatre troupe Swapnadal is doing the production. Swapnadal's production will be premiered on the inaugural day of the upcoming Selim Al Deen birth anniversary celebration programme.

Old is gold: Musical programme by Srijon

Srijon's monthly musical soiree "Phele Asha Din-er Bangla Gaaner Ashor," was held at Poet Sufia Kamal Auditorium, National Museum on July 25.

Niaz Mohammad critically ill

Renowned artiste Niaz Mohammad Chowdhury is in critical condition now, as both his kidneys are failing. Chowdhury was hospitalised on July 9 and placed under the care of Dr. Amanur Rasul Babla, of Dhaka Medical College.

OP-ED

Boon or bane for Bangladesh?

FOR quite sometime now Tipaimukh Dam has been a subject of discussion, a political issue. Different people are raising it in various forums, providing reasons based mostly on political bias and very little on facts and figures.

Time for a crackdown

IN the wake of growing public consciousness and the government's concern, it is high time for the highest court of Bangladesh to invoke the Public Trust Doctrine (PTD) vigorously to punish those who annihilate our rivers either by grabbing the land or blocking their natural flow.



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