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News of: Monday, 10th of August, 2009

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Custodians the culprit

A section of BIWTA officials are allegedly allowing sand traders to extract much more sand than the permitted quantity from riverbeds in the capital, an act that is threatening the channels and courses of the city's rivers and the densely populated localities along their banks.

Rodent horror looms large in the hills

Jhum cultivators in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) areas who were affected by the rodent crisis of 2007 are yet to find their feet back on the ground.

Fix migration cost within Tk 1 lakh

A parliamentary standing committee yesterday gave two months to manpower export related government and private agencies for coming up with detailed action plans for restructuring themselves, in a bid to end irregularities and mismanagement in the sector.

Tigers jive on Ashraful ton

Mohammed Ashraful hit a sublime century as Bangladesh launched their Zimbabwe safari with an empathic eight-wicket win on the heels of their outstanding Caribbean clean sweep.

Jamaat claims confusing

Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, which calls for establishing the rule of Islam through organised efforts, has strongly claimed that its charter has never had any clause that contradicts the country's constitution.

Three workers die falling from high-rise

Three construction workers died after falling from 15-storey Bell Tower in the capital's Dhanmondi area yesterday.

Bangabandhu murder case hearing soon

Hearings of the appeals of convicted defendants in the long pending Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman assassination case will start before the August 15 National Day of Mourning, said Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday.

CHT land survey by year-end

Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday said the government will carry out a survey in the hill districts by December to recover and protect the land of the indigenous people.

Traffic dept caught in poor logistics

Amidst the ever-worsening Dhaka traffic, the traffic department cannot properly address congestion and high frequency of accidents due to inadequate number of traffic personnel and their poor logistic support.

45 killed in north India landslide

At least 45 people have been killed in a landslide that swamped three villages after heavy rain in India's northern Uttarakhand state, an official said yesterday.

Mugger killed in shootout

A mugger was killed and two people including a woman sustained bullet wounds in a shootout between police and the muggers yesterday in the capital's Pallabi area.

Pak Taliban battle for succession

Pakistan's Taliban appeared in turmoil yesterday after reports of a deadly shootout between contenders to replace the shadowy movement's leader, who is believed to have been killed in a US drone attack.

Crucial talks in Rangamati on Aug 19

The committee on implementation of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Peace Accord will discuss the withdrawal of temporary army camps from CHT at its first meeting in Rangamati on August 19.

48 more cases set to be dropped

The metropolitan public prosecutor (MPP) of Dhaka yesterday recommended withdrawal of 48 more cases filed against Awami League leaders and activists on grounds that they were 'politically motivated' and meant for 'harassment'.

Secy-level talks likely on Tipai

State minister for Water Resources Mahbubur Rahman yesterday said a secretary-level meeting would be held between Bangladesh and India, if necessary, to resolve the much-talked Tipaimukh Dam issue.

Another army camp pulled out from CHT

One more army camp was pulled out from Khagrachhari yesterday in line with the government's pledge to implement the Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord, 1997.

Man kills wife for dowry just after marriage

A husband allegedly killed his wife for dowry just a day after their marriage in West Jabra village in Manikganj on Saturday.

SC upholds Khaleda's bail order

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday upheld a High Court (HC) order of granting bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in Niko corruption case against her.

Charge-framing against Huji men Aug 30

Sylhet District and Sessions Judge Md Momin Ullah yesterday fixed August 30 for framing charges against the accused Harkat-ul-Jihad-al Islami (Huji) chief and his men for December 2005 grenade attack on the city mayor Badar Uddin Ahmed Kamran.

Another BDR man dies of cardiac arrest

Another Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) member died of cardiac arrest yesterday at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH), raising the number of deaths to 36 since the BDR mutiny.

3 more die of swine flu in India

Swine flu claimed three more lives in India since Saturday night as the number of people affected by the disease showed an upward trend.

Doubts raised that dead terrorist was top leader

Police scrambled yesterday to identify the body of a suspected terrorist killed in a farmhouse gunbattle after discovering a plot to kill Indonesia's president in a suicide car bombing.

Typhoon forces evacuation of 1 million Chinese

Typhoon Morakot churned toward China forcing the evacuation of nearly 1 million people Sunday, a day after lashing Taiwan with torrential rains that caused the worst flooding on the island in 50 years.

Editorial

The rights of indigenous communities

INTERNATIONAL Day of the World's Indigenous People was observed in Bangladesh as elsewhere yesterday. It is certainly a matter of appreciation that in recent years countries and governments around the world have grown increasingly conscious of and sensitive to the rights of indigenous people; and in fact there have been conditions where governments have tried making amends through tendering formal apologies about injustices committed against indigenous communities in the past. It is only proper that at a time when global social awareness has focused on addressing the ills that have kept some communities in a straitjacket, governments and societies should come forth spontaneously to convince indigenous people that they too have access to the opportunities that others are privy too.

Worry over spurious drug lingers

CHILDREN continue to suffer, even die and yet the company responsible for manufacturing the toxic drug still remains outside the purview of the law. There are not many countries where, even after the death of 25 children, substantive action on the part of the authorities will not be in evidence.

AL veterans: Consigned to oblivion?

PRIME Minister Sheikh Hasina has been in power for over six months now, and she has resolved to come out of the shadow of the colleagues and close political companions of her illustrious father. She has chosen to act decisively to create an impression that she is more than equal among them, although none disputed the fact that she was the de facto successor of Bangabandhu.

Mobile court to improve law and order

TO further improve the prevailing law and order situation in the country and also to re-enforce the drive for prevention of crimes, the government has empowered the executive magistrates to take cognisance of offences on the spot and award punishment with the promulgation of Mobile Court Ordinance, 2009 (MCO). The president promulgated this ordinance because the Parliament was not in session.

Sports

Tigers prey on the Lions

It couldn't have been any more emphatic for the Tigers. An eight-wicket victory to start the five-match series against Zimbabwe at their own backyard just lighted up the Grameenphone Cup at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo yesterday.

Farashganj vow upsets

Farashganj Sporting Club promised yesterday that they would be a title-deciding factor in the B. League after singing up 15 booters including three who are in the ongoing national football camp at BKSP.

Australia thrash England

Australia thrashed England by an innings and 80 runs as they won the fourth Test at Headingley here on Sunday inside three days to level the series at 1-1 and revive their bid to retain the Ashes.

Pakistan near win

Pakistan were on course for their second victory of the series as they reduced Sri Lanka to 101 for eight in 23 overs in the fifth and final one-day international at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo yesterday.

NCA keep pace in S Africa

Standard Bank National Academy of South Africa took a slim 13-run lead against visiting GP-BCB National Cricket Academy (NCA) on the second day of the first four-dayer at Tukkies 1 in Pretoria yesterday.

Abahani start camp Aug 12

While most of clubs are yet to complete their players' registration formalities for the 3rd B. League, holders Abahani are all set to begin camp on Wednesday (August 12) at the club ground.

Jarque dies tragically

The skipper of Spanish top flight side Espanyol, Dani Jarque, has died from a heart attack while on a pre-season training camp in Italy.

Early smiles for Magath

Felix Magath, looking for glory with a fourth Bundesliga club, got off to the perfect start as coach of Schalke as German international Kevin Kuranyi struck twice to earn a 2-1 opening win at Nuremburg.

Lazio upstage Inter

Unfancied Lazio ruffled the feathers of Serie A champions Inter Milan in the Bird's Nest in Beijing Saturday night to win the Italian Super Cup 2-1.

Marseille start well

There was early awayday cheer for title hopefuls Marseille on the opening day of the new French league season Saturday, but Lyon and Paris St Germain had to make do with draws.

No room for Owen

England coach Fabio Capello has denied Michael Owen an international recall after leaving the Manchester United striker out of his squad for Wednesday's friendly against Holland.

Pennetta-Stosur final

Italy's Flavia Pennetta brushed aside a shaky serve to book her spot in the Los Angeles Women's Tennis Championship final by rallying to beat Russian Maria Sharapova on Saturday.

It's Roddick v Del Potro

Andy Roddick and Juan Martin Del Potro struggled into the finals of the ATP Washington Classic on Saturday, Del Potro sagging in sweltering heat and Roddick tested by big-serving John Isner.

Aus regain momentum

Australia are set to seize a series-winning momentum heading into next week's final Ashes Test after condemning England to a heavy defeat in the fourth Test, Australia's media said on Sunday.

Ravi feels the pressure

Ravi Bopara has admitted that he is fighting to save his Test place after his poor form continued with a miserable match at Headingley. He bagged scores of 1 and 0 in the fourth Test and his series tally is a meagre 105 at an average of 15 as he struggles to adapt to the No. 3 berth.

Clijsters returns today

Belgian star Kim Clijsters makes a long-awaited return when she serves it up at the WTA Tour's Cincinnati event on Monday.

Women's football

Bangladesh Ansar got off to a flying start in the Super Fours of the National Women's Football Championship when they crushed Bangladesh VDP 5-0 at Rajbari Stadium yesterday.

England are like Brazil, says Lampard

England midfielder Frank Lampard believes his international teammates, who have moved confidently to the brink of qualifying for the World Cup finals, would not look out of place playing for Brazil.

Aquilani to sit out first two months

Liverpool's new signing Alberto Aquilani could be sidelined for the first two months of the new season despite passing a medical to seal his £20m switch from Roma to Anfield.

Kiwis turn to Saqlain to beat SL

New Zealand have brought in former Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq to help plot Sri Lanka's downfall in the two-Test series starting later this month.

Match-fixing took place in ICL?

A new match-fixing controversy has surfaced here with the release of an audiotape in which two Pakistan Cricket Board officials are allegedly talking about games being fixed in the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL).

Business

Troubled leather makers realign export focus

Manufacturers and exporters now increasingly opt for producing value added products, including footwear and leather bags and purses, amid a demand decline in finished leather on global market because of the ongoing recession.

BB to extend sharecropper loans through Brac

Bangladesh Bank (BB) will provide low-interest loans to three lakh sharecroppers in 160 upazilas through nongovernmental organisation Brac.

Market watch starts today

District administrations will start monitoring both wholesale and retail markets across the country today to ensure display of government-declared price charts.

SEC restricts floatation of mutual funds below Tk 50cr

The stock market regulator will not allow floatation of any mutual fund below Tk 50 crore.

PM's adviser suggests interest rate cuts

Prime Minister's Adviser for Economic Affairs AKM Mashiur Rahman yesterday advised banks to lower interest rates to boost investment.

New bond on cards for renewable energy development

The government is considering floatation of bond to create a separate fund exclusively for the development of renewable energy, the agriculture minister said yesterday.

Stimulus allocation next week

The government will finalise distribution of the Tk 5,000 crore funds announced in the national budget for fiscal 2009-10 to help fight the impact of global recession by next week, said the textiles and jute minister yesterday.

BB boss downplays jitters over excess liquidity

Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Atiur Rahman yesterday played down worries over the level of excess liquidity in banks and said the condition would rather favour investors.

Give migrant workers incentives

Migration expert Dr Tasneem Siddiqui has suggested that incentives for the workers sending money home through official channels could give a boost to remittance, which ultimately will create scope for productive investments.

Global downturn hits Asia's foreign workers

When Anita Gimmi was unable to find work in her native Nepal last year, she borrowed 1,300 dollars and travelled to Qatar to take up a two-year contract with a cleaning company there.

Asian currencies mostly up

Asian currencies ended the week mostly up against the dollar but the yen fell after a surprise improvement in the US unemployment rate and narrowing job losses there.

IMF loan insufficient for Pakistan problems, say economists

Pakistani economists on Saturday said an additional 3.2 billion dollar loan from the IMF would have little impact on the economic problems facing the cash-starved South Asian country.

NCC launches debit cards

National Credit and Commerce Bank launched two debit cards yesterday to provide fast services to clients, including remittance beneficiaries.

Brazilian cotton growers team in Dhaka

A five-member delegation of AMPA, the Cotton Growers' Association of Mato Grosso in Brazil, arrived in Dhaka yesterday to meet textile millers in Bangladesh.

Novo unveils Meronix injection

Novo Healthcare and Pharma Ltd has introduced Meronix (Meropenem 1g and 500mg) injection, the first line treatment option for the management of ICU infections.

Australia offered $21m compensation

A Hong Kong-based shipping company will pay Australia 25 million dollars (21 million US) in compensation for a massive toxic oil spill during a wild storm, officials said Saturday.

Healthier Ford focuses on new product line production

Ford Motor Company, the only one of the country's Big Three automakers to avoid bankruptcy, has pledged to accelerate its new product lines as it tries to consolidate a four-year turnaround effort.

Clinton on oil mission to Angola

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday shifts the focus of her Africa trip to business as she works to ensure a steady oil supply from key producer Angola and counter China's growing influence.

Obama in first summit with Mexico, Canada leaders

US President Barack Obama attends his first North American leaders summit in Mexico on Sunday with the economic crisis and swine flu on an agenda overshadowed by Mexican drug violence.

World pins recovery hopes on rising house prices

For homeowners around the world struck by the collapse of property markets, figures showing the downward spiral may be halting are the most meaningful signs yet of a possible economic recovery.

Currency

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

Metropolitan

5.50 lakh children suffer from rickets

Rickets is becoming a 'public health problem' in the country as 0.99 percent of children have been suffering from the disease.

Bangabandhu's killers out to take country backward

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was murdered by the vested quarters who were defeated in the liberation war to take the revenge of their defeat, said the speakers yesterday.

Disputes to be resolved thru' talks: Quayes

New Foreign Secretary Mijarul Quayes yesterday hoped that Bangladesh would resolve the maritime boundary disputes with Myanmar across the table, ruling out any military move by the neighbouring country trying to enforce their claim on the disputed portion of the Bay of Bengal waters.

Security beefed up at Tungipara

Blanket security measures have been taken in and around the graveyard of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Tungipara here centring the arrival of president, prime minister, ministers, state ministers, lawmakers and other important persons on the National Mourning Day on August 15.

Govt considering recommendations

Attorney General Mahbubey Alam yesterday told the Supreme Court that the government is considering the judicial service pay commission's recommendations to enhance salaries and other facilities of the judicial officials.

AG's office, SCBA to defend High Court verdict

The attorney general's (AG) office and the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) have decided to defend the High Court verdict that declared the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution illegal and unconstitutional.

Myanmar may oppose Rohingya repatriation

United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) Regional Representative Raymond Hall yesterday said an initiative should be taken to resolve the Rohingya problems, but cautioned that Myanmar may raise objections in repatriating the Rohingyas living in Bangladesh if they are not registered.

Signature collection begins today

With a view to forming public opinion against Tipaimukh dam, Ganosanghati Andolon will launch a signature collection campaign in the city today.

Myanmar to resume Rohingya repatriation soon

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni yesterday hoped that the authorities in Myanmar would soon resume repatriation of their citizens to bring an end to their miseries of living away from their own homes.

Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal efforts to flourish tourism stressed

Bhutanese Ambassador in Dhaka Dasho Bap Kesang paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the Prime Minister's Office yesterday.

Body to improve math education

A 10-member committee with University Grants Commission member Prof Dr Md Tazul Islam as chairman has been formed to recommend the government on ways to improving the standard of mathematics education in the country.

2 ambulances for police

Dhaka Bank yesterday donated two highway ambulances to Bangladesh Police.

No police effort to find out missing Mamun

Three years have elapsed since Enamul Haque Md Al Mamun, 52, a government official, went missing from the city, but his family members are yet to know his whereabouts.

US envoy greets Dr Yunus

US Ambassador James F Moriarty met Dr Muhammad Yunus at his Grameen Bank offices in the city yesterday and congratulated him for his selection as a recipient of the highest US civilian award, says a press release.

Convict ex-Rajuk officer sent to jail

A Dhaka court yesterday sent former Rajdhani Unnayan Katripakkha (Rajuk) authorised officer ATM Kamruzzaman Khan to jail in two cases in which he was earlier sentenced to 14 years' imprisonment in absentia.

Miscreants slash tongue of youth

Miscreants cut down the tongue of a youth at Paikpara in Narayanganj on Saturday night, as he did not agree to open a policy at a specific insurance company.

11 arrested

Members of the Special Weapon and Tactics (Swat) arrested four alleged arms and drugs peddlers with arms, ammunitions and Phensidyl from Agargaon while Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested seven frauds from Paltan area in the city in last two days.

Tax evasion case against Mosharraf: SC upholds HC order

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday upheld a High Court (HC) order staying the proceedings against former BNP minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain in a tax evasion case filed by the National Board of Revenue (NBR).

Warid offers free bus ride

Warid, the sixth largest mobile phone operator of the country, organised a unique brand-building campaign on August 6 by offering 30,000 bus tickets free to commuters for travelling across the city, says a press release.

Bidisha gets bail

Bidisha Siddique, estranged wife of former president and Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad, yesterday got bail from a Dhaka court in a Tk 75 lakh embezzlement case three hours after the same court issued an arrest warrant against her.

'Discourage use of private cars to reduce gridlock'

Five environmental organisations at a sit-in programme yesterday demanded steps to discourage people using private cars as well as to increase passenger services to reduce nagging traffic congestion in the city.

Annual council of Bangladesh Scouts held

The 38th annual general council of Bangladesh Scouts held at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the city yesterday, says a press release.

Zafar Imam hospitalised

Sub-Sector Commander under Sector-2 and former minister Col (retd) Zafar Imam, Bir Bikram, has been hospitalised at Combined Military Hospital in the city, says a press release on Saturday.

Shahid commissioner freed from Faridpur jail

Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) Commissioner of Saidur Rahman alias Shahid Commissioner of Ward No. 38, who is also a dreaded criminal with a capital punishment awarded by the court, was freed on bail from Faridpur jail last night.

JSD leader's body arrives today

The body of Lutfar Rahman Khan, president of the Italy branch of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD), will arrive in the city today at 11:00am, says a press release.

National

Indigenous communities cry for constitutional recognition

Leaders of indigenous communities in different districts have reiterated their demand for constitutional recognition of the indigenous people and ensuring their fundamental rights.

Save Ichhamati from encroachers' grip

A human chain was formed in Pabna town yesterday demanding immediate steps of the government to save Ichhamati river from the grip of encroachers.

Wife killed for dowry a day after wedding

A dowry-greedy husband allegedly killed his wife on Saturday, the day after their marriage at West Jabra village under Ghior upazila of Manikganj district.

Railway lines barricaded

Thousands of villagers barricaded railway lines at Pagachang Railway Station yesterday demanding a stop of Titas commuter train at the station. As a result, Dhaka bound Titas commuter train could not start in time. Bhairab bound Balla local train was also halted at Akhaura railway junction. Sylhet bound Parabat Express was delayed at Brahmanbaria and consequently, railway communication through Dhaka Sylhet, DhakaChittagong and DhakaNoakhali snapped for about five hours.

Businessman murdered

Chhagalnaiya police yesterday recovered the body of businessman Abdul Latif, 30, from Uttar Kuhuma. Police and locals said, residents of the area saw the body lying beside Muhuriganj Road and informed police. Police recovered the body with a towel tied around the neck. Abdul Khaleque, a resident of Ramgarh Masterpara in Khagrachhari identified the body as of his son Abdul Latif. He said Latif had business in Ramgarh. He said they had land dispute with one Hafez Ahmed of the area who beat Latif on Friday. Injured Latif was admitted into Ramgarh hospital and released on Saturday. In the afternoon, Latif went to the market but never returned. Abdul Khaleque yesterday filed a murder case with Chhagalnaiya police station.

Foreign liquor seized

Members of Bangladesh Coast Guard seized 2,500 bottles of smuggled foreign liquor worth around Tk 25 lakh from two mechanised boats at Gohira near Parki beach under Anwara upazila yesterday morning. The coast guards fired 10 shots to stop the boats. However, sensing presence of the Coast Guard the smugglers managed to flee leaving the boats on the spot.

Letters

Menacing Dhaka!

As you walk through the ever corrugated roads of Dhaka city amidst the cranking of earth-shattering hydraulic horns and the intimidating cling-cling of rickshaws, you are bound to perceive the shapeless bodies moving through the narrow gaps between the adjacent cars. They are of all sizes and all ages. I am sure most of us are familiar with Oscar winning movie 'Slumdog Millionaire', where the cruel array of the begging industry is exposed. The deliberate chopping of the limbs and feet to make it a medium of earning money, I tell you what, isn't at all nonsense though the veracity of the sense may differ to some extent in our country. Yes it's all but true; the next big industry in Bangladesh will be the begging industry. It attracts a substantial amount of people because it's comparatively easy to sit there and beg in the shade instead of sweating your brow and doing something decent. I've once heard that the monthly incomes of 'profound' beggars are equal to income of one regular rickshaw-puller. Many have adopted this as a regular profession, rather than something to be done at extreme circumstances. Isn't this just ludicrous enough. While Dhaka city gets crammed up day by day, it has become equally difficult to stand there for a while without getting haunted by these menacing beggars. The other day I saw street urchins circumscribing a foreigner and obliging her to grant something more even though she gave them enough money! Due to the irregular development between our big cities, it's the capital which people prefer to come to looking for a job and consequently getting thrown into this fraudulent profession.

HSC results

When commenting on this year's results of Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations, the education minister told that the relentless effort by the students and hard labour of the teachers and guardians paved the way for such good results. He also told that the government wanted to reach the goal of making hundred percent pass rate and ensure quality education.

Economic outlook

Efforts to achieve Bangladesh's macroeconomic goals have been problematic mostly due to corruption within the government. The privatisation of public sector industries has proceeded at a slow pace--due in part to worker unrest in affected industries--although on June 30, 2002, the government took a bold step as it closed down the Adamjee Jute Mills, the country's largest and most costly state-owned enterprise. The government also has proven unable to resist demands for wage hikes in government-owned industries. Access to capital is impeded. State-owned banks, which control about three-fourths of deposits and loans, carry classified loan burdens of about 50%.

Foot overbridge

We are astonished to see that the construction of an extension from the Farmgate footbridge to a privately owned market is going on. We are confused if it is being constructed at private level or by the government. Those having experience of this area know well, how busy the farmgate overbridge is. Thus bridge connects three important points of as many as five extremely busy roads. The above extension would only increase the rush, creating severe congestion and other hazards. Definitely the extension would help the business of the private market. We do not know if this market would at all pay the government for this additional business. Even if the market pays, we do not know to what extent it would compensate the increased trouble caused to the passers-by. We do not understand who in the government suddenly became so kind to a private market and what made him to favour a market by ignoring the interest of the millions who use this bridge.

High Commissioner's folly?

The Bangladesh born former British High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Mr. Anwar Choudhury arrived in Dhaka on a three-day visit. Some BNP supporters namely Shacheton Nagorik Shomaj and Anti-Repression Student Group staged a protest rally at the airport. The leaders of the protesting supporters of the BNP demanded among others, arrest of this British high profile diplomat. His offences, according to the protesters, are his support to the 1/11 changeover, destruction of democracy in Bangladesh etc.

In response....

A letter published on your daily dated August 3, 2009 by Mr. Sohel Ahmed with the title: "Road network" caught my attention. In the letter, the writer blatantly blamed the present government for not doing anything in erasing the present traffic problems of Dhaka city.

BNP-Jamaat

The AL has been in power for only six months. If anyone is to blame for the progress made by India towards building Tipaimukh project it is BNP - Jamaat since they were in power for five years prior to the caretaker government. It is intriguing why they did not raise the issue as effectively as they do now. Is it because their policy is to appease India when in power and to oppose it when out of power?

Blind support

Blind obedience to the AL and its leader may bring apparent good to the party but may not be good for the whole country. So, statesmanship is needed in selecting leaders.

Awami League council

Awami league is one of the biggest and oldest political parties in our political arena. This year it has celebrated 60th birth anniversary. Since its inception it has proven itself to be a party of mass people. From the historic Language Movement to our Liberation War or to the overthrow of autocratic rulers to establish democracy, its contribution is matchless. It has been vocal for change.

Eve-teasing

Eve-teasing is a euphemism especially used in Bangladesh, Pakistan and India for public sexual harassment. It's a form of sexual aggression that ranges in severity from obscene gestures, indecent body language, sexually suggestive comments, inadvertent brushing in public places, catcalls, to outright groping.

Daylight saving plan

I fully support the views about DST of Dr Q.M. Ohidul Alam which was published on August 2, 2009.

Why this violence?

His dream was to educate people around Santos and every part of Bangladesh. If he was alive, this tragic clash would have pained him so much.

Proactive attitude

The need for proactive attitude is very important in every aspect of personal as well as national life. If you look at half a glass of water, you can say that half the glass is full, which is true. At the same time, you can also say half the glass is empty, which is also true. Obviously, the first attitude is admirable in the sense that it shows proactive attitude. Elderly members of families often demoralize children saying, “You are a hopeless guy. I cannot see any hope for you. You are a blockhead.” By showing such attitude and by behaving in such a negative way with our children, we, in fact, destroy the little confidence they have and spoil their potential. On the other hand, expressions such as “You can win, you will be successful, you are as talented as others” will not only encourage them but also bring significant improvements in their performance.

Election in Iran

After rigging the election and brutalising non-violent protestors, Iranian dictator Ahmadinejad is now murdering political prisoners held during the mass uprising after the election. Fears are mounting over the safety of hundreds of political prisoners in Tehran's Guantanamo Evian prison following the death of two political prisoners. Mohsen Rouholamini and Amir Javadifar died in Evian prison due to beatings by the security forces.

Pass marks to CTG

The out-going German Ambassador in his farewell meeting with the press before his departure admitted that the EU and Europe, on principle, do not support any emergency rule anywhere in the world but in the case of Bangladesh they supported emergency at that moment to save lives and properties and democracy here. This statement clearly supports the view that the security of lives and properties in Bangladesh were in danger before 1/11 and democracy was at stake. We believe, the situation was more serious than he explained just to maintain the norms of diplomatic gesture as a diplomat.

International

US asks Pakistan to keep up Waziristan offensive

In a bid to ensure that Islamabad doesn't call off or delay its military offensive in Waziristan following the reported death of Baitullah Mehsud, the United States has told Pakistan to continue fighting the war on terror in the tribal areas.

Taliban unlikely to hold talks with Afghan govt

The Taliban have no trust in the Western-backed Afghan government and no immediate incentive to accept calls for talks which could stop their insurgency dragging on for decades, analysts say.

Iran military for holding trial of opposition leaders

A top official with Iran's Revolutionary Guards called on Sunday for the main opposition leaders to be put on trial for trying to orchestrate a "velvet coup" after the disputed presidential election.

Iran's police chief acknowledges prisoner abuse

Iran's police chief acknowledged yesterday that protesters detained in postelection unrest were abused in custody but said the deaths of prisoners were caused by illness, not torture.

US plane, helicopter collide over Hudson: 9 killed

As investigators try to piece together how a small plane and tourist helicopter came to enter each other's airspace over the Hudson River on a clear summer day, divers were to search for clues to the crash believed to have claimed nine lives.

Britain warned by MPs on torture complicity

The British government was warned Sunday by a body of lawmakers that regularly using information gained through torture could be legally construed as complicity.

Israeli PM vows never to evict settlers

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged yesterday that he will never evict Jewish settlers from occupied Palestinian land as Israel did in 2005 in the Gaza Strip.

Nagasaki mayor calls for global N-arms ban

The mayor of Nagasaki called for a global ban on nuclear arms at a ceremony marking the 64th anniversary of the devastating US attack on the Japanese city that killed about 74,000 people.

Pakistan challenges Taliban to prove Mehsud is alive

Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik has challenged the Taliban to prove that their top leaders-Baitullah Mehsud and Hakimullah Mehsud - are still alive.

LTTE network shattered forever: Lanka

The possibility of the Tamil Tigers regrouping again has been 'thwarted completely' with the arrest of their new leader Kumaran Pathmanathan, Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said in remarks published yesterday.

Suu Kyi faces new trial uncertainty

Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi faces fresh uncertainty this week over her internationally condemned trial, with her US co-defendant's illness threatening to further delay the verdict.

Baluch rebels kill 4 Pak cops

Separatist rebels shot dead four more policemen and threatened to execute other hostages unless Pakistan withdraws troops and releases detainees in southwestern Baluchistan, police said Sunday.

Kazakh journalist jailed

A Kazakh journalist was Saturday sentenced to three years in prison for divulging state secrets in a ruling slammed by media rights groups who accuse the Central Asian state of stifling press freedom, Interfax reported.

8 killed in Yemen clashes

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

Experts gather in Bali to discuss fight against AIDS

Experts from 65 nations gather in Indonesia yesterday to assess progress in the battle against HIV/AIDS amid concern only a quarter of those in need in Asia and the Pacific are getting treatment.

Arts & Entertainment

Woodprints of a city under construction

Anisuzzaman is one of the well-known printmakers of our country. His woodcut prints have become his claim to fame. Anis' work is a study of urban architecture, construction of human accommodation and a city's structural design.. His prints are closely related to geometrical and structural elements where one can easily sense his passion for the language of architecture.

World Indigenous Day celebrated in Khagrachhari

The indigenous community of Khagrachhari celebrated the World Indigenous People's Day with festivities and programmes. They also gave a call for the protection of their culture and constitutional rights. The programmes attracted a large turnout of Bengalis too.

Out of Thin Air: Turning the lens on Ladakhi film industry

Ladakh (India). Known variously as “The Rooftop of the World” and “ The Last Shangrila” of the world, this inhospitable terrain is located at 12, 000 feet above sea level. What then could be more surprising that this northwest frontier of India, has a burgeoning film industry? Already 28 films have been made in the last six years.

Chhayanaut’s musical homage to the Bard

Students and teachers of Chhayanaut paid homage to Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore on August 8 with a lively musical programme at Chhayanaut Sanskriti Bhaban Auditorium, in the city. The occasion was kobiguru's 68th death anniversary.

Rabiraag observes Tagore death anniversary

Cultural organisation Rabiraag observed the death anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore through a cultural programme at the Dance and Music Centre Auditorium, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on August 8. A music album featuring renowned Tagore artiste Sadi Mohammad, titled "Srabon Akashey," was also launched at the programme.

Sultan Festival ‘09 in Narail

‘Sultan Utshab 2009' began in Narail yesterday. The festival was inaugurated by Md Anwar Hossain, Deputy Commissioner, Narail, says a press release. Also present at the inaugural programme were SM Fazlur Rahman, Police Superintendent, Norail; Babu Sukumar Kundu, civil surgeon; Mohammed Gaus, CEO (deputy secretary) Zilla Parishad, Narail; Sharfuddin Ahmed Chowdhury, PR and Communication Manager, Banglalink and others. The festival has been organised by SM Sultan Shishu Charu-O-Karukala Foundation and sponsored by Banglalink. Banglalink sponsored this event last year as well.

“BBC Bangladesh Sanglap” on Channel-i tonight

Channel-i will telecast "BBC Bangladesh Sanglap" tonight at 8:00 pm. The programme features open debate and discussion on contemporary issues. Matiur Rahman Mithu directs the programme.

Brave move for DiCaprio and Scott

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio and filmmaker Sir Ridley Scott are to collaborate on a big-screen version of sci-fi classic "Brave New World," it has been reported.

OP-ED

Traditionalism or modernity?

ETHNIC communities are an integral part of our civilisation, yet there are differences with the mainstream population in resisting change. In the course of time, modern technology causes identical changes in these ethnic communities, especially in their cultures. Changes in the ethnic or indigenous population of Bangladesh began in the post-colonial period, and are the result of industrialisation and modernisation mainly.



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