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News of: Sunday, 9th of August, 2009

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City's solid waste worry

More than one third of the uncollected solid waste in the city is dumped into different water bodies, open spaces, low-lying areas and drains every day causing environmental pollution.

Sand lifters back in rivers

Sand lifters in the river Buriganga near Basila returned for sand extraction on Friday amidst protests of locals and suspension of the work orders by the authorities three weeks ago.

Stabbing spree

A deranged youth with a machete slashed a child to death and injured at least nine others at Distillery Lane of Gendaria in the city yesterday.

Groups to study climate change

The all-party parliamentary groups on climate change and environment of Bangladesh and the UK have teamed up to launch a joint enquiry into climate change.

Air Force aims higher

Bangladesh Air Force seeks to urgently purchase one squadron of fighter trainer aircraft and simulators for fighter planes and helicopters, and set up overhauling plants for the existing F-7 fighter planes and MI series helicopters.

Gone insane for a son

Babli's father wanted to be the "proud parent" of a son, and when a son was not born to him but a daughter, he chose to be a villain.

Govt eyes e-procurement

The government has sought opinions from all ministries to finalise e-government procurement (e-GP) system, which is expected to minimise traditional meddling in bidding processes by musclemen.

Get India to consider Austagram route

Bangladesh should now pursue India to consider Austagram route to be connected with the proposed Asian Highway network, said leading transport experts at a roundtable in the city yesterday.

2 more CHT army camps withdrawn

Two more army camps were withdrawn from the Chittagong Hill Tracts yesterday as part of the government measures to implement the peace accord.

Domestic help's desperate escape act

A minor domestic help yesterday sustained injuries as she fell from a high rise, Twin Tower, at Shantinagar in the city in her desperate attempt to clamber down a 22-storey building to save herself from the wrath of her mistress.

Tipai dam protest long march gets underway

Tipaimukh Badh Protirodh Committee and Sylhet Bibhag Unnayan Sangram Parishad yesterday began their three-day long march from the capital to Sylhet to protest India's planned construction of the Tipaimukh barrage on the Barak River in Manipur.

Call to recognise 45 ethnic groups constitutionally

Indigenous people in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) still feel insecure because of the army presence and the government's inaction in protecting them from repression, Bangladesh Indigenous People's Forum President Santu Larma said yesterday.

Abductions in hills wake up admin

The two construction workers abducted from Roangchhari in Bandarban were released yesterday evening after 27 hours.

Brick traders choking Tangail rivers

Around two dozens brickfields have been set up on encroached shorelines of the Bongshai and Lauhojang rivers at Mirzapur upazila in Tangail posing a threat to environment and livelihoods of the locals.

Top regional terror 'killed' in Java raid

Southeast Asia's most wanted terror suspect was reportedly killed during a 16-hour siege on a suspected militant hide-out that ended yesterday when police stormed the house.

Militants say Mehsud alive

A Taliban spokesman and a deputy to Baitullah Mehsud claimed yesterday that the Pakistani Taliban chief was not killed by a CIA missile strike, contradicting another aide who confirmed Mehsud's death a day earlier.

PM greets all on eve of indigenous people's day

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday greeted all indigenous people at home and abroad on the occasion of International Day of the World's Indigenous People today.

Another charge brought against Cox's Bazar acting mayor

A woman councillor of Cox's Bazar filed a case with Sadar Thana under Women and Children Repression Prevention Act 2000 against four persons including municipality mayor and a councillor on Thursday.

Tigers start Zimbabwe ODIs today

After historic triumphs in the Caribbean, Bangladesh start their mission against Zimbabwe today when they play the first one-day of the five-match series at the Queen's Sports Club in Bulawayo.

Madhupur forest now a den of criminals

Madhupur forest has turned into a safe haven for criminals where people don't dare to come out of their homes even during daylight hours and tourists often fall victim to muggers and hoodlums.

8 killed in clashes in Yemen

Eight gunmen were killed in clashes in northern Yemen between Zaidi Shiite rebels and Sunni hardliners amid continuing tension between the rebels and the authorities, local sources said yesterday.

Build nat'l unity on Tipai issue

The government and the opposition parties should forge national unity against India's proposed construction of Tipaimukh dam, said speakers at a BBC dialogue yesterday.

Editorial

Keeping the prices stable

COMMERCE Minister Faruk Khan has been consistently maintaining that the stocks of essentials are sufficient and thus there is no cause for price hike. The businessmen say that international commodity prices rising, local prices are getting pushed up. But business insiders contend that since the present stocks have been procured when the prices abroad were lower, there is no valid reason why their current local prices would soar.

Clamping fees on DMCH visitors a bad idea

THERE is little question that the number of people visiting patients at Dhaka Medical College Hospital every day is rather high and that the hospital authorities have a hard time dealing with them while attending to the sick. But that can hardly be a reason for the authorities to clamp fees on those intending to visit patients, something which seems to have been done. The DMCH has apparently made it a rule since the first day of this month that visitors will have to pay three types of fees, depending on which part of the hospital their relatives or friends are being treated in, if they mean to be let into the hospital premises. Now, quite a few points come up here. The first is that the DMCH offers free medical facilities to patients, which in turn means that the poor and not so well off find it a convenient place for treatment. And the second is that the relatives of those admitted to the hospital are themselves poor and cannot afford to pay the fees the hospital authorities now say they must.

Local technology for development

UNDERDEVELOPMENT breeds a hundred and one vices. The mindset of dependency is one of them. We have long been beholden to the very advanced West for about everything. Not long ago, a major portion of the country's development budget was dependent on foreign aid. However, of late, the nation has been able to lower this dependency to a considerable extent, thanks to the inflow of remittance and earnings from exports.

A helicopter ride of shame

FROM all appearances, it was the panache of a professional man who took a helicopter ride to a project inspection. A newspaper flashed that story on the front page, showing this corporate knight ducking his head under the spinning rotors of his flying horse. It could have been a prized display on bedroom and boardroom walls, if not for what we know that the picture didn't tell. Psst! The managing director of the largest bank in the country took that ride at client's expense.

Tidying up

JUSTICE Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and the other judges who had refused to fresh oath on the Musharraf amended constitution when he declared Emergency and gave a new Provisional Constitution Order. It was indeed a very strange that the dictator had declared a second Martial Law against his own system. All actions that Musharraf took on November 3, 2007 -- declaring a State of Emergency -- have been declared null and void in law.

Sports

Shakib relishing the challenge

Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan said his team is focussed on getting the game plan right when they meet Zimbabwe in the first ODI of the five-match Grameenphone Cup series at Bulawayo's Queens Sports Club today.

Star-studded MSC

Mohammedan Sporting Club made a bold statement on Saturday that they would splash any amount of money to win the B. League by signing the two most exciting exponents of last season -- star striker Zahid Hasan Emily and best defender Wali Faisal.

Rony stars for NCA

GP-BCB National Cricket Academy (NCA) rode on Rony Talukdar's half-century to put up a descent total in the first innings against their South African counterparts on the opening day of the first four-dayer at Tukkies 1 in Pretoria yesterday.

Mashrafe needs arthroscopic surgery

Injured Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza will need to have arthroscopic surgery on both knees.

Qasim bucks up Shoaib

Shoaib Akhtar's career is stagnating due to a combination of fitness and disciplinary issues, but newly appointed Pakistan chief selector Iqbal Qasim has said the fast bowler still has a future with the national side.

North powers Aussies

Marcus North's second century of this Ashes series ensured Australia maintained their iron grip on the fourth Test against England at Headingley here on Saturday.

Fred 'keen' to play 5th Test

England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff remains "keen" to play in the fifth and final match of the Ashes series after being ruled out of the fourth Test against Australia with a knee injury that could yet require an operation.

Much-needed Pak win

Teenager Umar Akmal smashed an unbeaten 102 off 72 balls as Pakistan won the fourth one-dayer by 146 runs on Friday to record their first win on a dismal tour of Sri Lanka.

Stosur keeps going

Aussie Samantha Stosur continued her impressive play at the Los Angeles Women's Tennis Championships on Friday, rallying to beat China's Zheng Jie 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the quarterfinals.

Roddick in last four

US top seed Andy Roddick surrendered early service breaks but beat Ivo Karlovic 7-6, 7-6 in a showdown of the ATP's top ace smashers on Friday to reach the Washington Classic semifinals.

Sachin recalls his first Test

Expect the unexpected when it comes to Test cricket says Indian batting ace Sachin Tendulkar, who recalled how Wasim Akram peppered him with bouncers even as he expected yorkers in his maiden Test series in Pakistan.

Rio's Chelsea warning

Rio Ferdinand has warned Chelsea that Manchester United will use Sunday's Community Shield clash to prove that they can cope without Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez.

Blues for life: Lampard

Frank Lampard, on the brink of his 14th season as a professional, described himself Saturday as a "Chelsea lifer" who wants to move into management when his playing career finally comes to an end.

Flying start for Wolves

Wolfsburg launched the defence of their German league title with an impressive 2-0 win over Stuttgart on Friday, striking an early blow against a team tipped as potential successors to the crown.

Aquilani seals L'pool switch

Liverpool sealed a five-year deal with Roma midfielder Alberto Aquilani on Friday after the Italian international passed a medical with the English Premier League giants.

Real in deal with Ribery's agent

Real Madrid have reached a deal with Franck Ribery's agent to sign the Bayern Munich star in 2010, it was reported here on Saturday.

Italy select uncapped trio

Italy coach Marcello Lippi has included two newcomers, Genoa defender Domenico Criscito and Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio, in his 20-player squad for the international friendly against Switzerland in Basel on Wednesday.

Milad held for Ronaldo

A group of six die-hard fans of Brazilian great Ronaldo hosted a Milad for the early recovery of El Phenomena from a hand surgery at the Rampura Ulan Road Mosque in Dhaka on Friday after Juma Prayers.

Mills calls it quits

Former Manchester City and England right-back Danny Mills retired from football on Saturday after admitting defeat in his battle to recover from a serious knee injury.

Zafar masters Hawaiian waters

Zafar Alam of Cox's Bazar became sixth amongst 130 international surfers at the International Freedom Surfing Contest that was held recently in the island state of Hawaii in the USA.

Villa snap up Beye

English Premier League side Aston Villa signed Senegalese international defender Habib Beye from relegated Newcastle on Friday on a three-year deal, the Premier League club confirmed.

Inter take Arnautovic on loan

Austrian striker Marko Arnautovic was loaned to Italian champions Inter Milan on Friday from Dutch side Twente, the Serie A giants announced.

Messi to earn 9.5m euros

Barcelona and striker Lionel Messi have reached an agreement on an improved contract which will make the Argentine star the squad's highest paid player, Spanish television TVE reported Friday.

Business

Wider skies for private airlines

The government will reallocate the frequency of local carriers' flights from Dhaka to London to allow private airlines a wider access to global aviation.

Brick maker targets Middle East market

Local brick manufacturer Mirpur Ceramic Works Ltd (MCWL), which has been exporting the building material to Singapore for over a decade, is getting ready to inscribe its footprint on Middle East markets.

Audit Commissionerate seeks staff to check duty dodges

The Duty Evaluation and Internal Audit Commissionerate has sought clear opinions from the National Board of Revenue (NBR) whether or not this office will be staffed enough to unearth duty evasions as it has nearly been emptied following mass transfers of customs officials.

India moves to prop up textile sector

India has rolled out an Rs 2,546 crore ($532.74 million) lifeline for technology upgrade in its export-oriented textile industry hit by global recession and competition from Bangladesh and China.

Banks overburdened with customers

Banks operating in Bangladesh are highly overburdened with each of the branches dealing with nearly 22,000 persons on an average, many times higher than those in other countries.

5,000 weaving factories face closure in Sirajganj

Handloom owners and workers are in hardship now, as around five thousand weaving factories in Sirajganj district have been shut down, and many others may face similar fate, for which the owners blame abnormal surge in the prices of dye and yarn.

Minister urges airlines to offer low-cost travels

Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister GM Quader has called upon airline operators to offer low-cost travels to both inbound and outbound travellers.

Minister pledges to boost Ctg port

New Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan said yesterday the government would seek views from stakeholders on how to run Chittagong Port as a modern hub of trade.

3-day strike at Sona Masjid

Clearing and Forwarding(C&F) agents of Sona Masjid land port here went on a three-day strike yesterday protesting extortion by the port Sramik Samannay Committee.

New set of Sony Ericsson hits market

Sony Ericsson introduced its latest addition to its Walkman Series- the W205 Walkman mobile phone in Bangladesh, at a ceremony in Dhaka yesterday.

Business team off to Riyadh

A 12-member business delegation from Chittagong Chamber of Commerce & Industry led by the President MA Latif MP left Bangladesh to visit Saudi Arabia and Turkey on Friday, says a press release.

Peoples Telecom signs deal with Jamuna Future Park

Peoples Telecom Ltd, a private landline operator, will provide 31,000 landline connections to Jamuna Future Park, the country's biggest shopping mall in the making.

Shwapno to organise Iftar competition

Shwapno, a retail chain of ACI Logistics, will organise an iftar competition from August 14 to 17 in its 50 outlets across the country for homemakers, aiming to provide homemade iftar delicacies during Ramadan.

Gloom over India's outsourcing

These are tough times for India's flagship outsourcing industry whose skilled, low-cost workforce helped plant the country on the global business map.

Turn in US jobs data boosts recovery hopes

A surprise improvement in the US unemployment rate amid narrowing job losses has boosted hopes that the world's biggest economy is emerging from the grip of recession, analysts say.

IMF boosts loan to Pakistan by $3.2b

The International Monetary Fund on Friday said it had approved an additional 3.2 billion dollar loan to Pakistan after the country asked for more help to weather the global economic crisis.

Mutual funds drive DSE

Dhaka stocks continue an upward trend for a second week, backed by the investment sector, as speculations over settlement of a mutual funds case run rife.

Dollar rises to 7-day high

The dollar rose to a seven-day high against the euro and also gained against the Japanese currency in a surprise rally on better-than-expected US jobs data.

Freddie Mac's loss narrows, eschews federal aid

Freddie Mac escaped the second fiscal quarter without asking the government for any new financial aid, but still expects to need more federal help in the future.

Japan Airlines announces billion-dollar loss

Japan Airlines, Asia's biggest carrier, said Friday that it lost one billion dollars in the previous quarter as the global economic downturn and swine flu fears caused a slump in passenger numbers.

Bridgestone in red but outlook brighter

Japanese tyremaker Bridgestone said Thursday that it went into the red in the first half of 2009 because of the global economic downturn, but it upgraded its full-year outlook due to cost cuts.

Canada unemployment rose in July

Canada shed 45,000 jobs in July, leaving the unemployment rate unchanged at 8.6 percent, Statistics Canada reported, as the country's finance minister said a recovery in 2010 remained likely.

Weekly Currency Roundup

August 2nd-August 6th, 2009
International Markets
This week the USD hit a multi-month lows against the Euro and the Sterling as market players awaited policy decisions by the European Central Bank and the Bank of England. Caution ahead of the rate decisions prevented further gains in the currencies, though analysts said sentiment remained buoyant as European shares rose 1.1 percent. Both the ECB and the BoE are seen leaving interest rates on hold at 1.0 and 0.5 percent respectively, though the market will be looking for whether the central banks have adopted a more optimistic tone on the economy. Interest is expected to centre on whether the BoE will increase asset purchases under its quantitative easing programme, although analysts see this as less likely after recent better-than-expected UK data. Elsewhere, the Australian dollar rose and the New Zealand dollar fell as better-than-expected Australian employment data contrasted with a higher-than-expected jobless rate in New Zealand. Data showed that 32,200 jobs were created in Australia in July, far better than forecasts for a loss of 20,000 jobs, adding to the risk of an early rise in interest rates.

Metropolitan

Frame pro-people policies to conserve forests

There have been no visible formal initiatives to conserve the vast forest regions and woodlands in the country, despite no lack of laws and policies, environmentalists at a conference said yesterday.

100 Buet students fall sick from food poisoning

Over one hundred students of MA Rashid Hall of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) fell sick due to suspected food poisoning after their lunch at the hall canteen on Friday.

Cooperate with govt to curb crime: Azad

Information and Cultural Affairs Minister Abul Kalam Azad has sought cooperation of people from all walks of life to make the country free from crime, corruption and poverty.

Mehsud was on drip when caught by drone attack: NY Times

The hellfire missiles fired by the CIA drones caught the Pakistan Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud, helpless, as the militant commander, a diabetic was on a drip infusion for his kidney ailment.

Energy Regulatory Commission to provide licenses

The government has made it clear that it is the Energy Regulatory Commission, not the Directorate of Explosive, that will provide licenses for stocking petroleum products.

Over 6,000 die from snakebites a yr: Study

Snakebite has become a public health problem in rural areas of the country, as estimated 6,041 individuals die from snakebites every year, revealed a study yesterday.

Equal rights for indigenous people to be ensured

Social Welfare Minister Enamul Haque Mostafa Shahid yesterday said equal rights for the indigenous people would be ensured in every sector to facilitate the overall development of the country.

40 injured as soccer fans clash in Rajshahi

Some 40 people, including journalists and police, were injured as followers of two soccer teams involved in a clash at Rajshahi district stadium last night.

Information Commission to expand operation soon

The newly formed Information Commission has started working and the government will provide all-out support to ensure that it function independently, Information Minister Abul Kalam Azad said at a meeting recently.

'Review Consumers Rights Protection Act'

Paribesh Bachao Andolon (save the environment movement) yesterday urged the government to review the Consumers Rights Protection Act 2009 to ensure protection of the rights of consumers in true sense, says a press release.

'Students to get books timely'

The National Committee to monitor the printing and free distribution of textbooks has expressed the hope that it will be possible to make the textbooks available to the students at primary and secondary levels including those under Madrasa and Technical Education Board at the beginning of the next academic year.

Two muggers bullet-hit

Two muggers got bullet injured by members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday, as they were taking preparations to commit a crime at Koratitola at the city's Jatrabari.

Corporate bodies urged to contribute to social welfare

Adviser to Prime Minister Prof Syed Modasser Ali called on different corporate bodies to come forward and contribute to the betterment of society as part of their corporate social responsibilities, says a press release.

Society for Child Neurology meeting held

The 13th meeting of the Bangladesh Society for Child Neurology, Development and Disability was held at the college gallery of Sir Salimullah Medical College Hospital recently, says a press release.

Santosh Gupta's contribution recalled

Speakers at a memorial meeting yesterday said the commitment of Santosh Gupta to democratic and secular ideas and his relentless fight against all forms of reactionary forces and authoritarianism have made him a legendary figure in society.

3 muggers held in Bhola

Police arrested three youths along with firearms while they were mugging a man at Mazam Bazar in Borhanuddin upazila on Thursday night.

Call to enact law to stop fatwa

Leaders of Samajtantrik Mohila Forum, a left-leaning women's organisation, yesterday demanded enactment of a law to stop fatwa (religious edict) and exemplary punishment to those behind issuing fatwas.

National

Madhabkunda deaths fail to raise alarm

As many of 20 people drowned in the ditch of Madhabkunda waterfall in Baralekha upazila under Moulvibazar district during the last several years, but authorities are yet to take adequate safety measures at the scenic tourist spot.

Fresh call to protect rights

On the eve of the Interna-tional Day of the World's Indigenous People yesterday, leaders of the indigenous communities in the country reiterated the call for protecting their rights for a harmonious society.

MM College closed for three days as Shibir, BCL clash

The authorities of Madan Mohan College yesterday closed the institution for three days from today following a clash between the activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) on the campus.

15 hurt in clash over disputed land in Thakurgaon

Two groups of villagers clashed over a disputed land at Athkhana village under Haripur upazila of the district yesterday morning, leaving 15 people injured.

Muggers kill fish trader

A fish trader was killed by muggers at Shashiganj launch terminal under Borhanuddin upazila of Bhola district yesterday. Victim Sagor, 28, was son of Kalu Mia at Batamara under Baro Manikka union of the upazila. Belayet Hossain, officer-in-charge of Borhanuddin police station said, Sagor was returning home from Dhaka by launch after selling fish in the capital. As he reached the terminal, a group of muggers strangled him and looted the money.

Young man murdered

Body of a young man was recovered from a pond at village South Binoy in Laksam upazila yesterday morning with marks of stab injuries. Police quoting family members of victim Shah Alam,25, son of Tofayel Ahmed of village Chitisi in Chandpur district said Alam was missing since Friday morning. Meanwhile, a minor boy drowned in a pond at village Burirpar under Devidwar upazila yesterday morning. Ripon, 4, was son of Babul Mia of the upazila. Family sources said Ripon went to the pond to take bath and at one stage drowned. Locals rescued him and but he died at the upazila health complex. Ripon came to visit his grand father's house a few days ago.

Warrant against jail official

Moulvibazar district Judge on Thursday issued an arrest warrant against the jail superintendent of Moulvibazar, Mukammel Hussain. Earlier, Lobi Miah, a sweeper of Moulvibazar district Jail filed a rape case against him on June 15. Lobi alleged that his teenage daughter was violated on May 15. On hearing the charges, the district judge issued the arrest warrant. Mukammel told this correspondent that sweeper Lobi Miah was facing charge of smuggling drugs into the jail. He said, as he recently issued a notice in this connection, Lobi filed a rape case with the district judge against him (jail super).

Human chain in Khulna

Khulna unit of Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon (Bapa) formed a human chain yesterday near the Picture Palace cinema. The programme was observed to protest recent claim by two neighbouring countries that they have the right to use Bangladesh territorial waters. The human chain was followed by a rally at the same place with coordinator of Khulna unit of Bapa Feroz Ahmed in the chair. Speakers at the rally demanded of the government to build up a stronger naval force and establish a separate ministry with a view to safeguarding Bangladesh territorial waters and maritime zones.

Couple electrocuted

A couple was electrocuted at village Ramanthpur in Khoksa upazila yesterday. Two sons of the couple were also injured as they tried to save their parents. Khatun, 40, came in touch of live wire when she put some wet clothes on a poll near her house, police said. As she screamed, her husband Golam Ali, 50, went to rescue her. But both died on the spot. In another incident, an alleged thief was slaughtered at village Darpara in Daulatpur upazila early yesterday, police said. Nayan alias Figar, 35, son of late Roisuddin went out of his home on Friday evening. His slaughtered body was found at Darpara field yesterday morning. Police sent the body to Kushtia General Hospital for autopsy.

Letters

A timely interview

In his interview in DS, Khondkar Ibrahim Khaled, chairman of Bangladesh Krishi Bank, depicted a crystal clear picture of how the banking sector contributes to the economy by helping the agricultural sector, the single most important sector in which our economic redemption lies in. He covered many things-- fair pricing for farmers, middlemen hurdles, corruption, bad government loans and so forth-- that matter to get our agriculture back to life.

Floods

Flood in Bangladesh is a regular phenomenon.

Cricket's moment of glory

My heart-felt felicitations to the whole team for their outstanding achievement. Shakib-AL-Hasan and his team have brightened the image of Bangladesh in the world. We are proud of you and keep up the spirit to face formidable teams in future.

Attention: agriculture minister

I hope you have seen the opinion of the opposition on satellite TV channel on the occasion of a meeting with the " Krishak League" of the Jatiyatabadi Dal. The only sector where constant and immediate attention is paid and action taken to mitigate the problem is now under attack of the BNP chairperson.

An appeal

I am Shafatun Nahar, an SSC examinee of 2009, Roll No.513724, of Chittagong Board. My board is destroying my student life. Still I haven't got my results after two months of publishing of the same.

Where is our security?

It has been disclosed that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, her sister Sheikh Rehana and their children are going to get lifelong SSF Security. As the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina is entitled to get special security but we do not understand why the others are getting it.

Mariners sidelined

I refer to Captain Husain Imam's PCP article (31 July), and fully sympathise with him. What he says about professional training is obviously true. The Marine Academy is an excellent institution and I am proud to have been a lecturer in Marine Engineering ( 1965-66) there, when it was in its infancy, and trees planted there were only a few feet high. Bangladeshi Mariners are now a large community at home and abroad as Captain Imam mentions and have their dedicated website www.bangladeshmariners.com. Obviously, the appointment of the present DG of shipping is an individual case on which I cannot comment, however it remains true that by and large young, able and ambitious Merchant Navy Officers earning international salaries on ships or shipping industry abroad are unwilling to join government jobs in Bangladesh, because of astronomical drop of remuneration and inherent politics involved with such postings.

Army pullout

The Bangladesh government has taken a decision lately that whole one brigade of Bangladesh military would be pulled out from the Chittagong Hill Tracts area. The decision has created mix reaction throughout the country, especially in that CHT region. People have been experiencing that law and order situation is much better with the army deployment in the region. One the other hand, their presence made indigenous people unhappy.

Brilliant captain!

That the brilliant Test Series win over West Indies was not a fluke has been proved by Bangladesh by defeating the Caribbean's in the ODI series also. Following the maiden away Test series win, this first-ever overseas

Youngsters doing well

While most of our politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen are busy in making money by corrupt means and tarnishing our national image, our youngsters are fetching name and fame from all corners of the world for our dear motherland. The youngsters, very young ones, recently won a bronze medal in an international Mathematics Olympiad. Our young mountaineers climbed one of the highest peaks of the Himalayas. Our under 19 cricketers defeated their English counterparts on the English soil. Our national cricket team, for the first time in our cricket history, won a Test series and an ODI series by defeating the West Indies team on their own soil.

Irresponsible comments

The politics of our country has always been characterized by confrontations, conflicts and indiscriminate comments hurled on to opponents. The leaders hardly realise the impact of such behaviour on the people and how it impairs the image of the country. Recently, the leader of the opposition told that the prime minister prefers to remain as chief minister, rather than prime minister just for the sake of power. Such remarks on the part of the top leader of the main opposition party is absolutely shocking, senseless, and unacceptable. This will not only harm the relationship between Bangladesh and India, but it will also hurt the sentiments of common people. The party leader should understand that the prime minister is also the representative of the people of Bangladesh and this type of abusive comment means showing disrespect to people's verdict.

Talk show

Different channels are arranging talk shows on various issues, especially relating to politics, country's economy, law and order , corruption and the history of freedom movement etc. It manifests sincere effort of the producers who take such challenging jobs to do good to people.

Tipaimukh dam

Tipaimukh dam is the most discussed subject of the present time. Many are saying that when constructed it would have a harmful effect on Bangladesh. Some are saying 'Boon or bane for Bangladesh?' or 'Disaster or opportunity for Bangladesh?' finishing with a conclusion, giving indication of immense benefit for Bangladesh if constructed properly quoting study report of JRC(1972),Northeast Regional Water Management Plan(NRWMP)(Sept-1993) and Northeast Regional Model(NERM)(Final report, March-1995) prepared under the Flood Action Plan(FAP-6). Some say this is a technical matter and needs to be studied by renowned technical experts from home and abroad. Some are blaming the opposition party for politicising the matter for mere political gains. In this respect technical information like aerial survey map, hydrological survey, geo-technical data, earthquake indexes of the area etc. are required to be studied by the technical experts to come to a conclusion. Technical experts need to study the planning, design and supervise during execution and operation to make sure that things are in line with the agreed matter. Above all, experience gathered in the case of Farakka, a similar project, is of utmost importance which should play a vital role in deciding the construction of Tipaimukh dam where politicians can play their due role in decision making.

Call centre business

The call centre industry in our country is a new sector which has a bright future. There are many call centres here that have been given license to launch their work by BTRC. As a result, huge numbers of jobless people are being involved in call centre. At the very outset it was so easy to get the license from BTRC. That's why people got this privilege and took license to run call centres. But the situation is different now. Most of the call centres have not started their work. In the name of call centre they are providing training to the people for the job and taking huge amount of money from them. But ultimately they are being cheated.

Building panel crack

The six pictures on the Dhaka deluge, published on 29 July, by the photo-reporters of a local English daily reflect Dhaka city and its miseries due to the recent torrential rains, breaking a 53 year old rainfall record, as reported! Five of the photographs represented the usual misery of Dhaka inhabitants. However the sixth picture-- the middle one in the bottom row of photographs-- was a critical one! It showed the misery of a building, with cracks in its decorative vertical panels. It is the Institute of Glass & Ceramic. The misery was not due to rains, but caused by human shortcomings!

Diplomat's words

We express our extreme outrage at several recent comments made by the Indian high commissioner against Bangladeshi people in general. We find the comments about water experts, about the visa seekers and about migrant workers highly deplorable and outside of any diplomatic norm.

AL council

The recently concluded 20th national council of the ruling Awami League has certainly failed to live up to the expectations. In other words, this council has been no different from the previous ones and it seems that holding of the council was more of ending a formality than bringing real "change" in the running of the party. While the newly re-elected party chief is undoubtedly the undisputed leader of the party, it was from her that we had expected the initiative for change to come. As one English daily's editorial put it, "even articulation of the aspiration to be a candidate runs the risk of being construed as challenging the authority of the party president," it was not unexpected that no candidates were available to run for the post of party president or general secretary. The party chief and general secretary have already chosen the 45 members of the central working committee, and the rest of the members are to be chosen by the party president. However, for the sake of intra-party democracy, it would have been better had there been elections to all the posts of the CWC.

Medal for Dr. Yunus

I teach at Valley Forge Military College at Philadelphia, PA. I just read the news from a blog ( www.washingtonmonthly.com) that the White House announced this morning its first recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The micro-loan pioneer Dr. Muhammad Yunus from Bangladesh is one of the recipients.

International

French lecturer, embassy staffers put to trial in Iran

A French lecturer and two Iranian employees of the British and French embassies were in the dock yesterday alongside others detained during protests over the re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, sparking anger in London and surprise in Paris.

Myanmar on alert for protest anniversary

Pro-junta thugs and truckloads of riot police patrolling Myanmar's commercial capital yesterday kept potential demonstrators off the streets on the 21st anniversary of pro-democracy protests that triggered one of the country's bloodiest uprisings.

'Safe house' turns war zone in Indonesian hamlet

A tense overnight standoff between suspected Islamist militants and Indonesia's elite counter-terrorism forces ended Saturday in scenes worthy of a Hollywood action movie.

Noordin eluded capture for yrs

Noordin Mohammad Top, an aspiring regional commander for al-Qaeda who evaded capture for years until he was reportedly shot dead in a raid Saturday, has been linked to a series of bombings in Indonesia that killed 250 people.

Abbas re-elected Fatah chief at congress

Fatah yesterday re-elected Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas as head of the secular movement on the fifth day of its first congress in 20 years, which has been marred by disputes on how to revive its authority.

Lanka holds post-war polls in north

Sri Lanka hailed elections yesterday near an area once dominated by the Tamil Tiger rebels as the first seeds of democracy sprouting along the former battlefields of its recently ended civil war.

Britain in Afghanistan for 40 years

Britain's involvement in Afghanistan could last for up to 40 years, the next head of the British Army said yesterday.

Mehsud killing a blow to Taliban

With a shattering stroke from the sky, the United States appeared to have dealt a major setback to extremist forces by killing the charismatic leader of the Pakistani Taliban.

UNSC extends Iraq mission for a year

The Security Council voted unanimously on Friday to renew the mandate of the United Nations mission for Iraq for one year.

Kashmir to construct mini secretariat

The Jammu and Kashmir government has planned to construct a mini secretariat at Sopore, about 35 km from here, in Baramulla district as offices located in the town are without government accommodation.

Hillary moves to boost ties with S Africa

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with South African President Jacob Zuma yesterday in a bid to improve strained ties with the country.

Tigers in fear after leader's capture

Senior Tiger cadres in military custody feared for their lives after the new head of the defeated guerrilla group was arrested in Malaysia, a pro-rebel website said yesterday.

Ancient Egyptian statue thrills Jackson fans

Was Michael Jackson secretly trying to be "The Pharaoh of Pop?"

Sonia to visit Rae Bareli on Aug 10

Congress President Sonia Gandhi will launch development projects in her Rae Bareli Lok Sabha constituency and meet party workers on Monday.

Arts & Entertainment

The Bard remembered

To commemorate the 68th death anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, Bangladesh Rabindra Sangeet Shilpi Sangstha (BRSSS) arranged a musical soiree at the Shawkat Osman Auditorium, Central Public Library on August 7. Over 50 artistes of the organisation, along with members of invited troupes, rendered solo and group songs of the Nobel Laureate Poet Tagore in the course of the programme.

Young ones share their dreams

The Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin Art School recently held a two-day painting exhibition featuring art works of young children and adolescents. The paintings, on display at the National Museum, were selected through a nationwide contest conducted by the school. Professor Mahmudul Haque, teacher, Faculty of Fine Arts (FFA), University of Dhaka; Artist Monirul Islam and Professor Abul Barq Alvi, teacher, FFA, DU were judges at the contest.

Sultan Utsab begins in Narail today

A three-day Sultan Utsab, marking the 85th birth anniversary of legendary painter SM Sultan, begins today at Narail. SM Sultan Shishu O Karukala Foundation and Bengal Foundation have jointly organised the programme. The event is sponsored by Banglalink.

Aupi in her new avatar

A special single episode play, "Banalata," will be aired tonight at 9pm on Bangladesh Television. The play will be aired to mark the Int'l World Indigenous Day. It has been written and directed by Kamol Chakma.

World Dance Alliance team in Dhaka

A three-member World Dance Alliance (WDA) delegation, including Dr. Anis Nor, President WDA, Asia Pacific, and Dr. Urmimala Sarkar, Vice-President WDA, Southasia, is at present visiting Bangladesh.

Bangla Academy pays homage

Bangla Academy observed Nobel Laureate Poet Rabindranath Tagore's 68th death anniversary at its seminar room on August 6, says a press release.

Benuís evening at Bengal

Veteran artiste Mahmudur Rahman Benu enthralled the audience with his performance at the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts on August 7.

Death anniversary of Sikandar Abu Zafar

The 34th death anniversary of poet Sikandar Abu Zafar was observed at Tala upazila headquarters on July 5.

World Indigenous Day

A cultural programme and painting competition for Adivasi children was held on Tuesday evening at the Asaduzzaman Auditorium in Magura to observe World Indigenous Day.

OP-ED

Revamping rural economy

WE cannot think of rural development without resilient economic growth at the micro level. If a vital policy sector like rural economy continues to remain underdeveloped, there will be no increase in the well-being of the teeming millions of toiling peasants.

Religious images on food

THE sun was so hot I could actually feel my head melting. I was about to lick an ice cream cone when my friend Lanie shouted: "Stop." She grabbed my wrist and pulled it away from my mouth. "Your blob of ice cream looks like Buddha," she said.



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