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News of: Wednesday, 12th of August, 2009

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Order issued to nab Rid bosses

A Dhaka court yesterday issued arrest warrants against the managing director of Rid Pharma Ltd, its two directors and two pharmacists after the government filed a case accusing them of manufacturing drugs that lacked specified standards.

Children's textbooks terribly illustrated

Textbooks at primary level published by National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB) appear to be unattractive to children because of substandard illustrations and the very design of the books, said educationists, academics and experts.

Bangladesh runs high quake risk

Bangladesh faces a high risk of moderate to strong earthquakes that may result in widespread damage and loss of thousands of lives, said experts.

Shakib blows Zim away

Rampant Shakib Al Hasan led from the front with an aggressive hundred as the Tigers continued their recent remarkable success with a 49-run victory in the second ODI of the five-match series against Zimbabwe at the Queens Sports Club ground in Bulawayo yesterday.

Girl gang raped

The parents of a rape victim in Faridpur yesterday demanded justice after two men repeatedly raped their 14-year old daughter, recorded the incidents on a mobile phone and later uploaded the video footage on the internet.

Remove roadside illegal structures

A parliamentary body yesterday directed the authorities to dismantle the illegal structures along roads and highways to reduce traffic congestion, particularly in the capital where it is at its worst.

Junta extends Suu Kyi's confinement

Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi was yesterday handed another 18 months of house arrest, taking the Nobel laureate out of the picture for elections next year and sparking international outrage.

Andaman quake leads to tsunami alert for hrs

The Met office yesterday withdrew the tsunami alert it issued in the early hours following an earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter Scale off the Andaman Islands.

Mobile court fines eatery, filling station

A mobile court yesterday penalised businessmen of Tk 2.70 lakh during an anti-adulteration drive in Tejgaon, Mohakhali and Motijheel areas of the capital.

Sand lifting goes on unabated

Indiscriminate sand lifting from the Buriganga river near Basila continues in full swing amid fear of erosion among nearby residents and confusion in Hazaribagh police over a writ filed by sand lifters for restoring their 'right' to continue the lucrative operation.

Sissoo trees dying from fungal diseases

The very existence of Delbergia Sissoo -- one of the most widely grown trees in the country for its timber -- is under threat from fungal diseases that are causing depletion of the trees at an alarming rate.

Govt to raise power generation for Ramadan

The government will increase daily power generation to 4,200 megawatts to lessen public sufferings from load-shedding during Ramadan.

BNP may also go for new leadership

Main opposition BNP yesterday hinted that 'reformists' in the party might get less priority in the next line-up of its leaders.

3 more Indians die of swine flu

Swine flu claimed three more lives yesterday, raising the total number of those succumbing to the disease across the country to 10.

Taliban torch 7 schools

Taliban militants burnt down seven primary schools in northwest Pakistan, where children recently resumed their studies after the area was declared safe by the army, officials said yesterday.

New governing body to run Proshika

The High Court yesterday directed that Proshika will be run as usual by its present governing body.

BSF's bid to seize land foiled

The situation along Padua and Protappur borders in the district became tense yesterday when Indian Border Security Force (BSF) entered Bangladesh territory.

SC upholds Khaleda's bail order

The Supreme Court upheld a High Court order granting bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in Gatco corruption case yesterday.

Trial a must if extra-judicial killing proved

Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday said the government would not shy away from the trial of any extra-judicial killing if such killing is proved.

BDR camp withdrawal protested

Hundreds of Bangalee settlers yesterday besieged the Chhoto Panchhari BDR camp in Panchhari upazila demanding cancellation of government's decision on withdrawal of the camp as well as army camps from Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT).

Muggers kill one, loot money in Ctg

Armed muggers in broad daylight shot dead a flour mill manager and injured another employee while looting Tk 10 lakh in the city's Agrabad area yesterday.

2 Bangladeshis die in Malaysia after inhaling poisonous gas

Six people including two Bangladeshi workers died yesterday after they accidentally inhaled poisonous gas produced by a container of rotten fish, Malaysian police said.

Power plant workers go on strike

The workers of Barapukuria 250MW power plant went on an indefinite strike yesterday to realise their 11-point demand including festival bonus and increment.

Pakistan police book Musharraf

Pakistan yesterday registered a criminal case against Pervez Musharraf, a precursor to potentially putting the ex-ruler in the dock over the arrests of judges in 2007 in a bid to cling onto power.

Editorial

Market behaviour needs self-correction

DESPITE the government's taking to the field early in the day and holding series of meetings with business community leaders and the latter's assurances galore, the prices of essentials instead of stabilising keep soaring, much to the consumers' chagrin. As a result, these sounded like a public relations exercise, for even though the intent might have been positive, it is the growing lack of coordination between the market players that keep hindering price stabilisation efforts .

Filling in academic positions at public universities

OVER the past many years, it has become something of a bad rule for many university teachers to go abroad for higher studies and then choose to stay back rather than return to their academic institutions. What emerges here is the spectacle of academics committing not only an act that is less than moral but also plainly beyond the bounds of rules and regulations. When these teachers go abroad, they do so on behalf of the universities with which they are affiliated full time. In a number of instances, the public universities expend a lot of resources, in terms of finance and time, in sending teachers for higher studies at foreign universities. The normal expectation is that once their stay at those universities is over under the terms of their residence and study, they will return home. Unfortunately, not many of them do. A few years ago, under pressure from such authorities as Dhaka University to return home or compensate the universities for their unauthorized stay abroad, some teachers sent in their resignations.

Of sovereignty and an inclusive society

TWO former generals, both linked to the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, are afraid that the withdrawal of some army camps from the Chittagong Hill Tracts might lead to bloodshed in the region. Their fears happen also to be those of a lot of their fellow travellers in the BNP and around it.

The prime minister's gamble

ON July 21, Prime Minister Taro Aso's cabinet endorsed his plan to call an August 30 general election, which is likely to tumble his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) out of government for only the second time in 54 years.

Sports

Shakib all the way

Shakib Al Hasan starred with a delightfully aggressive ton in Bangladesh's second straight win in the five-match series against Zimbabwe. Tamim Iqbal laid the platform with a patient half-century before Shakib took over to charge Bangladesh to their highest ODI score. Zimbabwe tried gamely, courtesy fine half-centuries from Charles Coventry and Sean Williams, but the 321-run target proved beyond their reach.

Ahad's tall dream

State Minister for Youth and Sports Ahad Ali Sarker yesterday declared that a '100-storied building' would be built demolishing the existing five-storied National Sports Council (NSC) structure.

Kevin's injury worsens

Kevin Pietersen has suffered a setback in his recovery from Achilles surgery after being taken to hospital for treatment for an infection in the stitching of his scar tissue, the ECB has confirmed.

BFF submits academy plan

The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has sought a 10-year allotment of the newly-built Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP) of Sylhet as the football governing body yesterday placed an outline of the proposed football academy at the Sylhet BKSP to the State Minister for youth and sports.

SL eye T20 revenge

Sri Lanka will have an early opportunity to avenge their defeat at the hands of Pakistan in the World Twenty20 final when the two teams clash in a T20 international here on Wednesday.

Rubel ruled out of tour

The injury woes continued in the visiting Bangladesh cricket team as pace bowler Rubel Hossain was ruled out from the remainder of the tour of Zimbabwe due to a side strain.

IPL gets bigger

The third edition of the Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament will be held from March 12 to April 25 next year in a bigger format, organisers announced on Tuesday.

Clijsters' triumphant return

Former world number one Kim Clijsters made a triumphant return to tennis on Monday, defeating France's Marion Bartoli in straight sets in her first match in more than two years.

Flintoff to play finale

England have been given a huge boost ahead of next week's Ashes decider with the announcement that key all-rounder Andrew Flintoff is set for a farewell to Test cricket at the Oval.

Steyn failed dope test

Cricket South Africa (CSA) has confirmed that Dale Steyn failed a dope test during the second IPL. It attributed the result to painkillers the fast bowler had taken during the tournament. Steyn was out of action for most of the IPL in South Africa in April-May due to a thumb injury and played only three matches for Bangalore Royal Challengers.

Ponting due a break

Australia will give Test skipper Ricky Ponting a break after the crunch Ashes series with England as it experiments with its one-day and Twenty20 line-ups, selectors said Tuesday.

Diego's Russian test

Two-time world champions Argentina will test their skills and physical condition ahead of a crucial 2010 World Cup qualifier with Brazil in a friendly match with the hosts Russia here on Wednesday.

Capello starts WC countdown

Fabio Capello expects England to start their countdown to the World Cup by vindicating his decision to leave Michael Owen out of the squad for Wednesday's friendly against Holland.

Domenech fires warning

France coach Raymond Domenech has warned that nothing short of victory will suffice against old foes the Faroe Islands, now managed by former Republic of Ireland boss Brian Kerr, in Wednesday's 2010 World Cup qualifier.

More than a friendly

For football minnows Estonia, Wednesday's friendly with giants Brazil is about far more than just honing the team ahead of next month's 2010 World Cup qualifiers against Turkey and Spain.

MSC add BU goalkeeper

Title aspirants Mohammedan SC yesterday roped in Brothers Union's goalkeeper MN Shakil to their star-studded squad that had earlier seen 12 players signed for the popular Black and White outfit this season.

Women's h'ball

Viquarunnissa Noon School and College made a winning start in the 12th Delta Life Women's College Handball Competition with a 14-2 win over Holy Cross 'B' on the opening day of the meet at the Dhanmondi Women's Sports Complex ground yesterday.

No return for Schumi

Former world champion Michael Schumacher has abandoned plans to return to Formula One racing at the European Grand Prix in Valencia on August 23 due to a neck injury, he announced on his website on Tuesday.

Jarque's body brought back to Spain

The body of Espanyol captain and defender Daniel Jarque was brought back to Spain on Tuesday, three days after he died from heart failure while on a pre-season tour of Italy.

Flu-hit C'Ron pulls out

Cristiano Ronaldo has returned from Real Madrid's pre-season tour of North America with the flu and has been ruled out of Portugal's midweek friendly against Liechtenstein, the Portuguese football federation confirmed on Monday.

Lack of signings worry Moyes

Everton manager David Moyes admitted Monday he was worried by the club's failure to bolster their squad ahead of the new season.

Gerrard out of Dutch game

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has pulled out of the England squad for Wednesday's friendly against the Netherlands in Amsterdam because of a groin strain.

Rosenborg replace Milan

Real Madrid will face Norway's Rosenborg in the 31st edition of the Santiago Bernabeu trophy instead of Italian side AC Milan, the Spanish club said Monday.

West Ham sign Kovac

West Ham have signed Radoslav Kovac on a permanent deal from Spartak Moscow following the Czech international's successful loan spell at Upton Park last season.

Zaheer against anti-doping policy

Zaheer Khan has said that Indian cricketers were not the only sportsmen to oppose the 'whereabouts' clause in the WADA code.

Hayden to join CA

Matthew Hayden is set to join the board of Cricket Australia, seven months after retiring from international cricket, according to a report in the Courier-Mail. Hayden, 37, is expected to replace Allan Border, who will end his eight-year term on the board.

Business

WB sticks to bank reform push

The World Bank that has prescribed and is funding banking reforms wants such reforms to continue for at least another three years, despite the government's reluctance.

Sugar prices spiralling

Sugar is getting costlier ahead of Ramadan as its price rose by Tk 4 a kilogramme in three days until yesterday.

Microcredit failing to lift people out of poverty

The finance minister has said microcredit could not pull people out of poverty although it gave them a way for living.

ICCB spells out caution over Basel II

The implementation of the Basel II accord that went into effect in Bangladesh in January is likely to be a challenge for private banks due to time constraints, said International Chamber of Commerce Bangladesh (ICCB) President Mahbubur Rahman.

Northern milk farms in the red

The price of milk has dropped fast in the past four months in the south-western districts, leading milk farmers to count losses.

Declaration of milk sector as a thrust one soon

The government is going to declare milk as the thrust sector in a bid to make it self-sufficient and hasten poverty alleviation in rural Bangladesh, State Minister for Local Government and Rural Development (LGRD) and Cooperatives Jahangir Kabir Nanak said yesterday.

Minister suggests solar power for rice-parboiling

Local agriculture scientists should consider local realities in innovating ways to improve rice-parboiling systems and save energy, said the agriculture minister yesterday.

Food safety management pays dividends

Safer food means better business. So goes the slogan in food safety management.

Utilise duty-free access to Australia: Minister

Commerce Minister Faruk Khan yesterday called upon exporters to explore more opportunities in Australian market by utilising duty-free access, which the country allowed for all products from least-developed countries (LDCs) since July 2003.

Sylhet traders protest chick price hike

Poultry traders of Sylhet yesterday stopped buying broiler chicks from hatchery owners protesting a sudden rise in price of the chicks.

China exports at low ebb

China's export-dependent economy remained hampered by a "grave" global situation in July, an official warned Tuesday, as new data showed continued reliance on government spending to boost growth.

Indian farmers hit by drought

In vast parched swathes of rural India, farmers are eyeing their bone-dry fields with despair as they face the grim prospect of drought.

Fed likely to keep taps open

Federal Reserve policymakers were to meet Tuesday amid rising signs the recession is receding but they were not expected to ease aggressive efforts to boost growth until recovery is well under way.

Asian stocks shrug off China data

Asian markets rose Tuesday as investors shrugged off disappointing Chinese data to maintain a broadly optimistic view ahead of a key US Federal Reserve monetary policy meeting.

Oil above $71

Oil rose above 71 dollars in Asian trade Tuesday but gains are being capped by concerns over a glut in global crude supplies and weak energy demand, analysts said.

ECB announces move to absorb excess liquidity

The European Central Bank announced a move to absorb expected excess liquidity in the eurozone banking system on Tuesday while also ensuring funds to enable banks to maintain obligatory reserves.

British fraud office will not probe MG Rover collapse

Britain's Serious Fraud Office said on Tuesday that it would not begin a criminal probe into the collapse of carmaker MG Rover in 2005, after taking legal advice.

Philippine exports show signs of rebound in June

Philippine shipments, which have been battered by the slump in global trade, showed signs of a rebound in June, data showed Tuesday, with analysts seeing a pick-up for exporters in the second half.

SKorea freezes key interest rate for sixth month

South Korea's central bank Tuesday froze its key interest rate at a record low two percent for the sixth straight month in an attempt to nurture a nascent economic recovery.

Currency

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

Correction

The news item headlined 'Dhaka tourism fair begins today', published on this page yesterday, has inadvertently mentioned yesterday (August 11) the beginning date of the fair. Actually, it will kick off today (August 12). We regret the mistake.

Prime Ins chairman re-elected

Prime Insurance Company Ltd has re-elected Ferdous Amin as its chairman, the insurer said in a statement yesterday.

Citibank ranks highest in internet banking

Global Finance, an international finance magazine with a circulation in over 158 countries, has branded Citibank NA, Bangladesh as the Best Internet Bank for a second year.

Metropolitan

Top cops unhappy over ministry role

High-ranking police officials yesterday expressed their deep concerns to the state minister for home over the way the establishment ministry posts officials ignoring their proposals.

Unplanned bridges obstacle to circular waterway

Unplanned bridges without required vertical and horizontal clearances are the foremost obstacles to making the circular waterway around the capital city a successful alternative route to cargo and passenger movement.

Rajshahi court denies bail to 31 BDR members

A Rajshahi court yesterday denied bail to 31 BDR members arrested in a sedition case filed against hem in connection with the mutiny at the BDR sector headquarters.

Bangabandhu Murder Case Hearing soon: Shafique

Law Minister Shafique Ahmed at a discussion yesterday said the hearing on Bangabandhu murder case would be started at the Appellate Division soon and its verdict be executed without delay.

Wife's appeal to get back kidnapped husband

Housewife Sinthia Kabir Mukta of Bashundhara residential area yesterday made a fervent appeal to all to get back her businessman husband who was kidnapped from in front of their residence one week ago.

Trial proceedings not before Aug 15

The trial proceedings of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman assassination case will not resume before August 15, as the case summary has yet to be submitted to the Supreme Court, chief state counsel said yesterday.

PM helps families of 2 slain staffs of late BDR DG

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said Awami League (AL) always stands beside distressed people for humanitarian cause to mitigate their sufferings.

Applications for JDS invited

Applications are invited for Japan Development Scholarship (JDS) for 2010-11, says a press release.

Vow to stamp out corruption in education ministry

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday vowed to continue his battle against corruption and bribery in his ministry.

Car owner murdered in city

Unidentified criminals killed a private car owner and left the body inside the car yesterday at the capital's Airport area.

Special instructors to be appointed in PTIs

The government has a plan to appoint special instructors in all 54 Primary Training Institutes (PTI) in the country to train teachers on specialised education for children with disabilities.

Prof Yunus receives US medal today

Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus will receive the US Presidential Medal from President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony today.

PM stresses cardiology units at govt hospitals

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said every medical college hospital and public hospital of the country should have a cardiology unit with surgical facilities, as cardiologists said 73 percent of the population lives with the risk of cardiac diseases.

March towards Delhi on Jan 8 next year

Tipaimukh Dam Prevention Committee and Sylhet Division Development Action Council announced 'march towards Delhi' from January 8 to 15 next year to protest the construction of Tipaimukh dam, says a press release.

'Poverty main cause of gender disparity'

Poverty reduction should be prioritised in the government's intervention programmes for women's development based on dignity and equality to reduce gender discrimination as poverty is the main cause of disparity, said Dr Amrita Chhachhi, lecturer in Women, Gender and Development Studies at Institute of Social Studies in the Netherlands, yesterday.

Special instructors to be appointed in PTIs

The government has a plan to appoint special instructors in all 54 Primary Training Institutes (PTI) in the country to train teachers on specialised education for children with disabilities.

Dhaka, Delhi can benefit from cooperation in security issues

Bangladesh and India face the scourge of terrorism and can benefit from meaningful cooperation in security-related issues.

Moriarty hands over 2 newly built schools at Chilmari

US Ambassador in Dhaka James F Moriarty yesterday handed over two newly constructed primary schools to the school authorities at Chilmari upazila here.

Three held in city

Detective branch of police yesterday arrested three criminals on charge of gun attack in broad daylight on August 3 that left Advocate Mia Mohammad Zakir Hossain injured at his chamber at Kailash Ghosh Lane in court area in the city.

Proper probe into death of Humayun Azad demanded

Family members of late Prof Humayun Azad yesterday demanded proper investigation into the cause of his death, saying that he was killed by Islamist extremists in a pre-planned way.

HC bench declines to hear writ of MA Matin

A High Court (HC) bench yesterday declined to hear a writ petition filed by former adviser of the caretaker government Maj Gen (retd) MA Matin seeking an order not to harass or arrest him without any specific case against him.

Mugging, gridlock key bar to trades

Leaders of different business bodies, including Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) and Dhaka City Shop Owners Association, yesterday said extortion, mugging and traffic jam are the main obstructions of their businesses.

Meat prices re-fixed for Ramadan

Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) yesterday fixed the prices of meat at Tk 210, mutton (khasi) at Tk 300, mutton (bakri) and lamb at Tk 270 and buffalo at Tk 180 during the upcoming Ramadan.

RMG workers demand payment of salary arrears

Labour leaders of Bangladesh Garments and Shilpa Sramik Federation (BGSSF) yesterday demanded payment of salary arrears and other allowances of the last one year to the workers of a DEPZ-based garment factory.

JP's national mourning day programmes

Jatiya Party (JP) has taken a number of programmes to observe the National Mourning Day on August 15, says a press release.

People block road for water in Badda

The residents of Uttar Badda in the city blocked one lane of Pragati Sarani for one and a half hour from 11:00am yesterday demanding supply of water.

A$2m for WFP for food security

Australia yesterday confirmed a further A$2 million to Bangladesh to support the ongoing emergency operation of United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to address the impact of increased food prices on the poorest people, says a press release.

Rotary Dhaka Cosmopolitan executives

The installation ceremony of newly elected executives of Rotary Club of Dhaka Cosmopolitan was held at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the city on Sunday, says a press release.

National

High yield, good price make jute growers happy

Jute growers in Tangail, Thakurgaon and Panchagarh districts are happy as the areas see good yield and high prices of the item this year.

2 killed in clashes over land dispute

Two people were killed and 25 others injured in clashes over land dispute in Kalmakanda upazila of the district yesterday.

Party men assault AL leader in Manikganj

District Awami League leader Aminur Rahman, also elected vice chairman of Daulatpur Upazila Parishad, was assaulted in presence of Awami League lawmaker ABM Anwarul Haque following a dispute over party activities at a meeting on Monday night.

3 children rescued, trafficker held in Bogra

Police yesterday rescued three children and arrested their trafficker at Bogra Rail Station.

Ex-minister Aminul gets bail in another case

A Rajshahi court yesterday granted bail to former minister Aminul Haque in the case for abetting militancy of the outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and masterminding the murder of Monwar Hossain Babu.

3 Jamaat men sued for 'ransacking' madrasa

Three local Jamaat men were yesterday sued for allegedly ransacking Agardari Aminia Kamil Madrasa on August 9 for hanging the portraits of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Prime Minister Shiekh Hasina in the principal's room.

CHT Commission in Bandarban

A 15-member team of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Commission started its two-day visit to Bandarban yesterday. Led by former adviser to the caretaker government Advocate Sultana Kamal, the team members of the commission will meet Bandarban Hill District Council Chairman Kew Sai Hla, Bandarban Brigade Commander and the deputy Commissioner (DC).

Couple to die for murder

The Additional District and Sessions Judge's Court, Nilphamari, yesterday sentenced a man and his first wife to death for killing his second wife. According to prosecution, Zahidul Islam, 28, son of late Abdus Sattar of Station Para area under Sadar upazila beat his second wife Rina Begum, 23, dead for a trivial matter in collaboration with his first wife Lucky Begum,26, on January 22, 2006. Later, they hung the body from the ceiling of the roof. An unnatural death case was filed with Sadar Police Station which was later turned into a murder case. Judge Sharif Lutfar Rahman delivered the verdict after examining the witnesses and relevant documents.

Farmer electrocuted

A farmer was electrocuted as he came in contact with a snapped live electric wire while working in a paddy filed at village Kusirgao in Mohonganj upazila yesterday morning. Four other co-farmers were injured seriously when they came forward to save the victim, Abdul Mannan, 30, Mohonganj police sources said. The injured farmers are Shafiq Mia, 25, Anwar Hossain, 26, Abdul Motalib, 50, and Russel Mia, 20. They were admitted to Mohonganj Upazila Health Complex.

Accused snatched from police

A group of rural women snatched away an accused in an extortion case from the police at Sabgram in Bogra on Monday night. A team of Detective Branch (DB) of police raided the house of Jahidul Islam, an accused in an extortion case, at the village. As police tried to take the arrestee with them, a group of women equipped with sticks and lethal weapons attacked the law enforcers, sprayed water on their faces and snatched handcuffed Zahidul. Four persons, including three policemen, were injured in the attack. A case was filed with Sadar Police Station against 21 people.

16 injured as villagers clash

Sixteen people, including women and children, were injured in a clash between two groups of villagers at Bishnupur village under Kamalganj upazila yesterday. There was a long-standing dispute over ownership of a paddy field among them. A group was led by Abdul Basit and Hamid while the other by Abdus Shukur, police and villagers said. The clash ensued when people loyal to Basit-Hamdu group came to plough the land yesterday morning. Equipped with sharp weapons, Shukur's group attacked them causing injuries to 16 people of both the groups. The injured were admitted to Kamalganj Upazila Health Complex and Moulvibazar Sadar Hospital. Police have been deployed in the area to avoid further untoward incident.

Two 'outlaws' held with arms

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested two suspected members of the outlawed Sarbahara Party with a foreign made pistol and bullets. Acting on a tip-off, a team of Rab-12 raided the house of Karatia Union Parishad Chairman Khalekuzzaman Chowdhury Maznu at Karatia Purbopara village under Sadar upazila and arrested the youths with the pistol and three bullets, Rab sources said. The arrestees are Ashikuzzanman Chowdhury alias Apu, 25, son of Khalekuzzaman Chowdhury Maznu of Purbopara village, and Ashraful Islam Talukdar alias Rony, 20, son of Azizur Rahman Talukdar of Talukderpara in Karatia.

One gets life for murder

The Additional District and Sessions Judge's Court, Faridpur, yesterday sentenced one person to life imprisonment (RI) in a murder case. The convict, Shaheed Khan,27, of village Charmadhobdia in Sadar upazila was also fined Tk 50,000, in default, he is to suffer two more years in jail. According to the prosecution, Lal Mia, a day-labourer was seriously stabbed by his rivals at Bhashanchar in Sadar upazila on January14, 2005. They also snatched over Tk 3,000 from him. The next day, he succumbed to his injuries at Faridpur General Hospital. A murder case was filed with Kotwali Police Station against three people including Shaheed. But two others were acquitted of charges.

Abducted girl rescued

Police rescued a girl at Osmanpur village in Ghoraghat upazila on Monday evening. Lisa Begum, daughter of Md Alamgir Hossain, was abducted for Tk 1 lakh ransom by their domestic help named Moslema Begum from their Shipahibagh house in Khilgaon, Dhaka, on August 8, police said. Victim's father filed an abduction case with Khilgaon Police Station on August 9. Police also arrested Moslema.

25 hurt in Magura clash

At least 25 people were injured, nine of them seriously in a clash at Shinghodanga village in Magura Sadar upazila yesterday morning. Two rival groups, one led by Abdur Razzak and the other by Belal Sheikh, locked in a clash over payment of bill from a customer at a local tea stall, police and locals said. Both the groups used lethal weapons during the clash that lasted for about one and a half hours. Being informed, police rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control.

Letters

Slum dwellers

This is a matter of shame that the government is again planning to evict slum dwellers of Dhaka city. I admit that they do not own the land in which they live. At the same time I must ask who made them homeless? On many occasions rural Godfathers and developers made them homeless either by force or by cheating them. Moreover, the government acquired many lands in rural areas through acquisition as part of the decision to provide opportunity to the people of Dhaka city for housing that resulted in rendering many land owners homeless and they were forced to take shelter in the vacant lands of the government. On the other hand, due to river erosion, floods and other natural calamities in Bangladesh, the unfortunate people who became homeless and having no profession, and no provisions for food and shelter, migrated to urban areas and started living in the government vacant lands.

Hiroshima…

Hundreds of thousands of people of Japan became the victims of nuclear bombing in the month of August. But we the most civilised species did not take any lesson from this incident. We are now busy equipping ourselves with nuclear weapons. We all now want to be “world winner”. We have not come to this world to be happy but to be “big”!

Indigenous people

Those who are opposing the government move to operationalise the CHT accord are simply showing their disrespect for fundamental rights of the ethnic minorities.

Masters not friends!

A report published in a national daily by World Bank depicts that Bangladeshi expatriates will be able to remit US$ 10.47 billion in the current fiscal. The forecast has been justified with some favourable and unfavourable analysis and arguments. The figure as predicted by World Bank seems to be inconsistent with the present increase rate per year. The nation earned about 9.86 billion in the last fiscal. Our experience says that per year increase for the last three fiscals is US$ 2.00 billion or more and the country is expecting about US$ 12.00 billion during the current fiscal.

Internet facilities

Internet is the most essential thing in our day-to-day life today. Internet is the storehouse of knowledge. It is a great source of information. All the students need to use Internet every day because the course related various materials & topics are available here. But it is a matter of great regret that students of our country do not get enough opportunity to use Internet. At the university level Internet is needed for the students as well as the teachers.

Govt mishandling Tipaimukh

According to Abdur Razzaq , a member of our parliamentary delegation, “India would not launch any projects that would harm Bangladesh”. Really? How is it then almost every week some Bangladeshi citizens are murdered by India's BSF? India has been reassuring Bangladesh that such things will not happen yet they have been happening for years. Any other country would call these acts of war.

Paracetamol syrup

When the manufacturers of medicines use such toxic elements which ultimately take away the lives of innocent children, we cannot take the matter so easily. Reports disclose that a pharmaceutical company has used “Diethylene” in their paracetamol syrup. We have been taken aback and horrified to know the news as this very element is used in tannery and battery industries. As a result, a good many babies have died. Some children also died in 1992. As the owners of the medicine companies are well- off people they cannot be given exemplary punishment.

Anti-Indianism

A write-up on above caption on the 24th July by Prof Habibul is absolutely disappointing. It shows neither academic depth nor it contains facts and essence. The concluding sentence is sarcastic. As a result, a serious matter became too simplistic in presentation.

Governance--the myopic view

The RMG sector is being unintentionally weakened by the successive political regimes; as the labour unions are being politicised -- for vote banks and illegal tolls.

Dams and earthquakes

Asia is a land of extreme natural disasters like earthquake, cyclone, flood drought, tsunami etc.). South Asia (Indian subcontinent) is more disaster prone. And Bangladesh is at a higher risk of natural disaster.

No filling station!

There is no filling station for petrol, octane or diesel in Gulshan or Baridhara. The residents of these areas are required to send their vehicles to far-away Tejgaon, Mohakhali or Kuril for re-fuelling. From 5 to 10 litres of fuel is consumed for this purpose. The erstwhile DIT had allotted 2 plots in Gulshan for establishment of filling stations. How come these allottees built multi-storeyed buildings on these plots? If Rajuk can demolish 100 crore taka Rangs Bhaban, the multi-storeyed buildings built on plots earmarked for filling stations can also be demolished.

A complete code of life

The Arabic word Islam is derived from the word 'Salam' which means 'peace'. As a religion it stands for complete submission and obedience to Allah. It is a universal religion and its objective is to create and cultivate in man the quality and attitude of 'Silm' i.e. submission to Divine Will. 'Islam' is, indeed, an attributive title. Whoever possesses this attribute, may s/he belong to any race, community, country or clan, is a Muslim. Islam is a state of mind, a way of thinking and a mode of life. It is a complete code of life. Human beings are hungry for peace and happiness. But they cannot enjoy peace and happiness unless their physical needs, psychological needs and intellectual needs are satisfied. The world is full of material resources. At the same time, we find lots of people are immersed in a miserable plight. They get only a scanty portion of the vast material resources spread all over the world. It proves that mere abundant availability of resources does not alleviate human sufferings. Unless resources are justly distributed among people at large, poverty continues to pinch the people and they are bound to be deprived of peace and happiness.

Unnatural deaths

At least 105 unnatural deaths have been recorded in Gopalganj district hospital in the last 7 months. Deaths in road accidents, suicides are often reported from the five upazilas of Gopalganj district.

Private coaching in schools

It has become a common phenomenon for some govt. and private schools to mint a huge amount of money in the name of conducting coaching classes.

Sufferings of common people

It is inconceivable that any ordinary citizen without influence and powerful connections can come out unscathed from any government office in Bangladesh. His lot is to silently endure untold harassments, indignities in the hands of those occupying government positions. It makes no difference whether the position is high or low. All have the air of Lords and Masters.

Dhaka College library

The central library of Dhaka College is facing multiple problems, like shortage of space, books and manpower, for a long time, hampering education of the students. Many students say that they hardly get chance to have seats in the library due to shortage of space.

Advisers' corruption

Some of our politicians proved themselves not trustworthy, so we opted for new political ideas of the un-elected caretaker government. Though rumours were there about some advisers, consecutive three caretaker governments passed honourably, thanks to the integrity of the chief advisers. But the last one headed by the most controversial President Prof. Iajuddin Ahmed could not keep the tradition of their predecessors. Now with transparent media coverage many gross type of corruption and irregularities are coming out.

International

Typhoons bring death, havoc to East Asia

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New faces elected in Fatah council vote

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'Incalculable' suffering without climate deal

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Myanmar faces sanctions over Suu Kyi verdict

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'Winds of war blow after Colombia-US accord'

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Strong quake hits central Japan

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Amnesty slams Suu Kyi conviction as 'shameful'

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Pakistan holds up start of UN nuke talks

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PML-Q dares Zardari govt to bring House resolution against Musharraf

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50m Asian women at risk of HIV infection

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'The Lady' still threatens Myanmar junta

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Three US soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Three US soldiers and 12 militants were killed in attacks in Afghanistan, the Nato force announced yesterday, as troops pushed on with offensives to clear out insurgent strongholds ahead of August 20 elections.

Indian swine flu toll keeps on rising

A 13-year-old schoolgirl died of swine flu yesterday at the Sasoon General Hospital in Pune, taking the all India swine flu death toll to eight.

Jackson's time machine found

The oxygen chamber which was reportedly used by the King of Pop Michael Jackson in his hope to remain young has been found in a warehouse in California.

JFK's sister Shriver dies

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Nazi war criminal jailed for life

A former German infantry commander has been jailed for life for his role in the killing of 14 civilians in an Italian village during World War II.

'This is It': Jackson film out in Oct

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Sweden's Princess to marry

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Mexican drug violence kills 18

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Arts & Entertainment

Story behind the story

To mark the Graduation Day 2009 of Pathshala, the only photography school in South Asia, an exhibition featuring works of the graduating students (8th batch) of the institution is being held. The exhibition, titled "Perspectives" is on at Drik Gallery, Dhanmondi. Pathshala is the educational wing of Drik.

Selim Al Deen birth anniversary celebration to begin on August 17

To celebrate the 60th birth anniversary of 'Natyacharya' Selim Al Deen (1949-2008), a five-day programme will begin from August 17 at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA). Al Deen's troupe Dhaka Theatre and BSA will jointly organise the festival, which is going to include plays, films, music, recitation, dance, seminar and exhibition. Bangladesh Gram Theatre, Jahangirnagar University and Selim Al Deen Pathshala will cooperate in arranging the festival. This would be the second such programme after the theatre icon's demise on January 14 last year.

Kangalini Sufia: The voice of the deprived

Kangalini Sufia, a well-known folk singer, has a social mission as well -- conveying the hard reality of the downtrodden and underprivileged women through her songs. Her common themes are inequality, oppression and exploitation that women face everyday.

Generating awareness on climate change

Students of Obaidullah Memorial High School, Noakhali staged a play titled "Ebar Rana Bhai Bolchhen" at the Bangladesh Shishu Academy Auditorium on August 10.

Call to uphold indigenous traditions and culture

Traditional dances and songs marked the International Day of the World's Indigenous People (August 9) celebration in Dinajpur and adjacent districts organised by different non-government organisations. On the occasion, members of the different communities voiced their demand to set up a separate cultural institute for the indigenous performers.

OP-ED

Recruitment run-around

A report on Bangladesh Railway was published in Prothom Alo (Apr. 10), under the heading "Railway is limping on," highlighting its manpower problem. The Daily Star (Aug. 2) and some other newspapers also printed similar reports.

Why Madonna is smart to adopt

MADONNA is having trouble adopting a second child from Malawi.



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