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News of: Sunday, 16th of August, 2009

Front Page

Quick execution of verdict sought

The nation yesterday paid tributes to father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on his 34th death anniversary, demanding immediate execution of the long-pending verdict in Bangabandhu killing case.

Bari deserter, faces now court-martial

The military authorities have recently declared Brig Gen Chowdhury Fazlul Bari a deserter who defied repeated government orders to return from the US where he had been posted to the Bangladesh mission.

Gun attack kills one, injures 10

A college teacher was killed and at least 10 Awami League leaders and workers were critically injured when armed criminals opened fire on them in Bheramara upazila of Kushtia last night.

DMP to go hi-tech

Dhaka Metropolitan Police starts centrally monitoring important intersections of the capital with modern equipment from September 1 to curb street crime and ease congestion, a major headache for city dwellers.

Drug trafficker snatched

A drug trafficker in handcuffs was snatched by a mob allegedly at the instigation of his accomplices from police at Mirpur area yesterday, leaving two informers injured.

Govt's market steps may miss mark

Experts say the delayed government moves including duty exemption on import of some essentials to keep the market stable during Ramadan will have a minimal effect on retail market prices.

Sand traders ravage Bogra farmlands

Sand lifters' unabated extraction of sand from riverbeds and below the surface of prime agricultural land is wreaking havoc on the environment and farmlands in Bogra.

2 more cases confirmed

The government is going to form a 13-member Pandemic Influenza Management Committee for every medical college hospital in the country within a day or two to deal with the increasing risk of swine flu virus.

SQ Chy remark on Aug 15 draws flak

BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury would be brought to justice for his derogatory comments on the national mourning day, said State Minister for Law Qamrul Islam yesterday.

References to be sent to president today

The government is likely to send the president today the reference seeking Supreme Court's opinion on whether those charged with February 25-26 BDR mutiny and carnage should be tried under the civil code or the military law.

Faridpur rapists still at large

All the accused of the sensational gang rape case in Faridpur are still at large with the police apparently not making any attempt in last two days to arrest them.

Fatwa again

Police have arrested a man and are on the lookout for several others in a village in Brahmanbaria after village elders by an edict executed 101 lashes to a woman for an alleged illicit affair.

Father now afraid of police

The gang-rape victim's father whom the Charbhadrashan police confined to the police station for about 15 hours after picking him up to identify the houses of the accused, is still in torment.

BNP on Khaleda's birthday

Opposition Chief Whip Zainul Abdin Farroque said observance of Khaleda Zia's birthday on August 15 cannot be stopped with any legal step.

RMG worker gang-raped

A female garment worker was gang-raped by a group of miscreants on the Gangina riverbank in Dhara union of Haluahgat, a frontier upazila here yesterday.

Two more army camps withdrawn

Two more army camps were withdrawn from the hill district yesterday as part of the government's measures to implement the CHT peace accord.

Can Tigers wrap it up today?

Bangladesh need to recover from the jolt they received in the last game on Friday when they take on Zimbabwe in the fourth one-day international at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo today.

First Darbar Hall meeting after mutiny Monday

Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) will hold its first formal meeting at the Darbar Hall of its Pilkhana headquarters on Monday after the bloody mutiny on February 25-26 that left 73 people dead including 57 army officers.

Suicide attack on Nato base

A suicide car bomb exploded outside the Nato military headquarters in the Afghan capital yesterday and killed seven Afghans, the defence ministry said, in a brazen attack just days before elections.

Glaxo starts testing its swine flu vaccine

Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline PLC said Friday it has started testing its swine flu vaccine in humans.

Scientists find rare gene behind short sleepers

Scientists have discovered a gene that helps a mother and daughter stay alert on about six hours sleep a night, two hours less than the rest of their family needs.

Ancient toolmakers discovered fire treatment

Maybe it was an accident or perhaps an ancient experiment. Many thousands of years ago, early humans somehow figured out they could make better stone tools by treating the rocks with fire. Evidence of that, dating 72,000 years ago, has been found on the southeastern tip of Africa, researchers report in Friday's edition of the journal Science.

Robbery on Feni highway

A band of highway robbers yesterday looted money and mobile phones from drivers and passengers halting about five taxis on Feni-Sonagazi road on the north side of Dhalia Bazar.

India wants peace with neighbours

India desires peace with all its neighbours in South Asia, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said yesterday.

Editorial

Database plan for farmers

THE plans the government has of introducing a database for farmers should be looked upon as a positive endeavour. That is because of the demands of the times, when modern technology has clearly become a trend in such a significant field as the economy. Besides, the fact that Bangladesh has traditionally been dependent on its agriculture as the mainstay of its economy makes it critically important that all manner of information regarding its various facets as well as its problems and prospects be kept in view. If the government is serious about developing a full-fledged database for farmers as a step toward providing the agriculture sector with inputs and other services, there are certain points which must be looked at first.

Capital with no taxi service worth the name

IT is utterly disquieting that Dhaka, being the capital city of a developing country, has no modern taxicab service for citizens. Whatever exists in the name of the service is but a mockery that offers more pain than comfort to the helpless travelers. The dilapidated and ugly looking metal structures on wheels that ply on the city roads with total impunity are mostly run by unscrupulous people who fleece passengers at every opportunity as these vehicles do not have meters or any fixed fare charts. Often drivers join gangs of criminals at night to rob lone passengers. These gangs also operate a chain at the airports to force passengers in hiring their vehicles and at a fare determined by them taking advantage of their vulnerability. And it all happens because of an unprecedented lack of monitoring by any designated authority.

Recent quakes put our reflexes to test

THE series of earthquakes that shook the country recently have tumbled the nation into yet another grimmer kind of reality.

Tying the knot in Tamil Nadu

THE south is another country, in just about every country. No one associates the north of France with holiday, cuisine or luxury. The north of Italy wastes its time in production, profits, brand-building, grumbling and fantasies of secession; the south goes to church, forgets to collect the garbage, remembers to collect tourists and has fun. Would Berlusconi ever build a private palace improved with Putin beds and exotic weekend guests in north Italy?

Illiteracy-free Digital Bangladesh!

A nation can achieve balanced growth and development if its government has the commitment and makes the effort to meet at least the basic needs of the people, which are food, shelter, clothing, healthcare and education. Non-availability or shortage of any one of the needs has an adverse impact on the others, and that results in imbalanced growth. Among the basic needs, education is extremely important.

Sports

Tigers look to bounce back

Bangladesh are determined to come back from Friday's shocking 69-run defeat as they meet recouping Zimbabwe in the fourth one-day international of the five-match series at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo today.

Drogba fires Chelsea

Didier Drogba's injury-time goal - his second of the match - ensured Carlo Ancelotti enjoyed a winning start to his new life in the Premier League as Chelsea narrowly beat Hull City 2-1 here on Saturday.

Trott in for Eng nod

England's selectors withdrew uncapped batsman Jonathan Trott from the England Lions match with Australia as they gave a major clue as to their thinking for next week's final Ashes Test.

Nightmare in Montreal

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal both exited the Montreal Masters on a historic day of ATP tennis Friday when the world's top eight reached the quarterfinals at the same event for the first time.

Sheikh Russel begin camp today

Sheikh Russel KC will start their three-week conditioning camp at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan today ahead of the season's curtain-raising tournament, the Federation Cup which is scheduled to start on September 10.

Masudul eliminated

Sprinter Masudul Karim was eliminated from the 100m heat in the 12th IAAF World Championships in Berlin yesterday.

PCB-ICC meeting Aug 27

The International Cricket Council (ICC) president David Morgan will meet Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt in Dubai on August 27 to resolve the issue of Pakistan's hosting rights for the 2011 World Cup.

Wright eyes KKR job

John Wright, a current New Zealand selector and former India coach, has confirmed he is in the running for the coach's position at the Kolkata Knight Riders. The IPL franchise recently sacked John Buchanan after two poor seasons.

Spurs test for L'pool

Fernando Torres admits Liverpool face an early test of their Premier League title credentials in Sunday's season opener at Tottenham.

Fergie counts City out

Rafa Benitez might claim that Sir Alex Ferguson is worried by Manchester City's incredible spending spree but the man himself appears unconcerned ahead of Manchester United's Premier League opener against Birmingham on Sunday.

Dinara snaps Kim run

Kim Clijsters' comeback ran into a No. 1 problem. Playing her first tournament in more than two years, the Belgian couldn't keep up with the world's top-ranked player on Friday. Dinara Safina repeatedly broke her serve during a 6-2, 7-5 victory to reach the semifinals of the Cincinnati Open and finish Clijsters' uplifting week back on the court.

Moyes fumes at Huges

Everton manager David Moyes has launched an astonishing attack on Manchester City after losing patience with their attempts to prise England defender Joleon Lescott from Goodison Park.

'Cesc not for sale'

Arsene Wenger insists Cesc Fabregas is not for sale at any price after Barcelona were once again linked with a bid for the Spain midfielder.

Chelsea launch Aguero bid

Chelsea have offered Spanish side Atletico Madrid nearly 50 million euros for their Argentine international striker Sergio Aguero, a newspaper reported Saturday.

Toni on the mend

Bayern Munich's Italian striker Luca Toni, currently being treated for an Achilles tendon problem in Italy, is on the mend and should be back at the Bavarian club next week, coach Louis van Gaal said on Friday.

Mark extends Fulham stay

Australia goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer signed a one-year contract extension with Premier League club Fulham on Friday.

Kasper heads for Sven's County

Sven-Goran Eriksson has overseen his first major acquisition as Notts County's new director of football by signing Manchester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel for a club record transfer on Friday.

Wigan land Amaya

Premier League club Wigan signed Spanish defender Antonio Amaya from Rayo Vallecano on a three-year contract on Friday.

Borchin takes first Gold

Olympic champion Usain Bolt and reigning world champion Tyson Gay both cantered through the heats of the men's 100m on the opening day of the World Athletics Championships here on Saturday.

Rahul likely to return

Expect Rahul Dravid, who last played an ODI in October 2007, to return. That is the likeliest solution for the recent woes against short-pitched bowling that the selection committee will arrive at, when it sits to select the team for the tri-series in Sri Lanka and the Champions Trophy. This should work in the short term as immediate solidarity in the middle order, and also in the long term if Dravid can hang on for so long as the youngsters find their feet firmly.

Pak blind team denied UK visa

The head of Pakistan's blind cricketers on Saturday demanded that the sport's World Cup be shifted from England after the team was denied visas to play two series there.

Lara tipped to coach T&T

Brian Lara, the former West Indies captain, has confirmed he is in talks with the Trinidad & Tobago board about a role for him in T&T's Champions League campaign. His role is likely to be a coaching one since he cannot join the side as a player -- under the rules, the squad must be the same as the one that participated in the domestic competition.

Business

Local interior decors shoring up foothold

Bangladeshi products meant for interior decoration are gradually getting a strong foothold in domestic market, as many local companies have sprung up over the past few years on increased demand for less expensive but quality items.

Krishi Bank to go more commercial

Bangladesh Krishi Bank has planned to boost commercial banking from this year in addition to its traditional practice of dealing with farm credit only.

Govt repays Tk 2,754cr amid sluggish ADP

The government in July, the first month of the current fiscal year, paid back around Tk 2,754 crore bank loans although it has targeted a big amount from banks for the year.

Solar power planned for Chittagong houses

Chittagong Zila Parishad has taken up a solar power project to provide electricity to people in outlying areas, a senior official said.

FBCCI watches prices in Gulshan today

A team of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) will visit the No. 2 City Corporation Market in Gulshan today to monitor the prices of essential commodities.

Jute hope brightens in Khulna

Jute cultivation expanded to 10 districts in the southwestern region this year compared to previous years.

NBR launches fresh tax survey today

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) is going to launch a fresh tax survey today to net at least 400,000 more taxpayers within the next year in a desperate bid to boost revenue collection.

IDCOL to introduce solar irrigation plants

Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL), a partner organisation of the government, is planning to set up multipurpose Solar Irrigation System (SIS) in off-grid areas of the country which is expected to help save some 750 mw of electricity.

Singer’s campaign starts today

Singer Bangladesh Ltd launches a special sales campaign styled “Koti Takar Eid” today at all Singer plus shops across the country.

F-Secure teams up with Akceycom

F-Secure Corporation, a leading provider of security service through mobile and internet operators, plans to expand its solutions in Bangladesh by partnering with Akceycom Limited.

Indian market eyes global markets, monsoon activity

India's stock market could edge upwards next week, tracking global market trends bolstered by a positive outlook from the US Federal Reserve on recovery from recession, analysts said.

Colonial goes under

Real estate lender Colonial BancGroup Inc has been shut down by federal officials in the biggest US bank failure this year.

Colour your cotton

Anything that is good is either illegal, immoral or fattening, and so is it with biotechnology, Dr Hasina Khan, professor, department of biochemistry, Dhaka University, wryly explained to fifteen privileged students.

Madoff victim reveals secret 20-year affair

A new book says that an investor who claims she was devastated by Bernard Madoff's multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme had a two-decade affair with the disgraced financier.

Madoff victim reveals secret 20-year affair

A new book says that an investor who claims she was devastated by Bernard Madoff's multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme had a two-decade affair with the disgraced financier.

Geithner to attend G20 finance chiefs meeting in London

US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will attend a Group of 20 finance chiefs meeting in London early next month, the government said Friday.

Malaysia 'well-positioned' to weather global crisis: IMF

The International Monetary Fund on Friday said that Malaysia has been hit hard by the global economic crisis but that sound policies had positioned the country to cope with the downturn.

Russian, German leaders want to boost economic ties

Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Dmitry Medvedev called Friday for stronger Russian-German economic ties as they held talks focusing on a bilateral investment and industrial cooperation deals.

Cash-for-clunkers programmes lift Europe car sales

New car sales in western Europe rose for the second month in a row in July driven by cash-for-clunkers government bonus programmes, the German auto federation said Friday.

US consumer inflation in steepest annual drop since 50s

US consumer prices held unchanged in July, leaving a year-over-year drop that was the steepest since 1950, government data showed Friday.

Record fall in eurozone consumer prices

Consumer prices in the 16 euro countries fell a record 0.7 percent in July over 12 months, deepening the bloc's first ever dip into deflationary territory, EU data showed on Friday.

Laos eases import procedure

Business people will find it simpler to import goods to Laos if a new prime ministerial decree on import procedures is enforced.

Metropolitan

Vow to build secular country

Different political and socio-cultural organisations observed the National Mourning Day across the country yesterday with due solemnity, demanding punishment to the killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and vowing to build a secular and prosperous country.

Take immediate steps to reduce prices of essentials

The government should take immediate steps to reduce the price of essentials ahead of the Ramadan and activate the Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) immediately to control the market, said the speakers at the BBC Bangladesh Sanglap yesterday.

'Tipai dam issue disrupts trial of war criminals'

Speakers at a roundtable said a vested quarter is hatching conspiracy to disrupt the trial process of the war criminals by creating a chaotic situation centreing over the much-talked Tipaimukh Dam.

Stray incidents in Ctg on Nat'l Mourning Day

Stray incidents of clashes, chase and counter-chase took place in different places in the port city yesterday centring placing wreaths on the portrait of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the occasion of the National Mourning Day.

Call to execute verdict in Bangabandhu murder case

Leaders of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) and Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) yesterday demanded execution of the verdict of the Bangabandhu murder case.

'Bangabandhu makes constitution unique'

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman made the country's constitution a unique one in the world by giving a new definition of secularism, said Shahriar Kabir, a noted journalist, in Rajshahi yesterday.

Bangladesh missions abroad observe Nat'l Mourning Day

Speakers at a discussion here, on the occasion of the National Mourning day, yesterday recalled the supreme sacrifice made by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman for the cause of Bangladesh.

Self-immolation attempt by 120 ASIs, sergeants foiled

Police yesterday foiled the self-immolation attempt by 120 assistant sub-inspectors (ASIs) and sergeants who were deprived of their appointment during the immediate-past caretaker government.

15 injured in clash over land dispute in C'nawabganj

At least 15 people were injured in a clash between two groups of people over the ownership of a land at Kadikula village in Nachol upazila yesterday.

'English in Schools' kicks off in Sylhet today

Regional level programme of 'English in Schools' (EIS), a special corporate social responsibility project jointly initiated by The Daily Star and AKTEL, will be launched in Sylhet today.

Rinto's death anniversary observed

The death anniversary of Abdur Nayeem Khan Rinto, a victim of August 15 of 1975, was observed here yesterday with due solemnity.

Indian HC marks Independence Day

The High Commission of India in Dhaka celebrated the 63rd Independence Day of India with traditional pomp and gaiety.

4 held with liquor in Jessore

Members of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) arrested four people along with Indian liquors and motorcycle from Shahjadpur Bazar under Sharsha upazila in Jessore on Friday night.

'Limited progress' made at climate talks

Only 'limited progress' has been made at the most recent United Nations climate change talks, which are expected to culminate later this year in Copenhagen with a new pact on slashing greenhouse gas emissions, a senior United Nations official said on Friday.

Process on to execute verdict

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni yesterday said different ministries and organisations have been working in a coordinated way to execute the verdict in Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Murder Case.

Exhibition of books on Bangabandhu

A three-day exhibition of books on Bangabandhu and liberation war affairs was inaugurated yesterday under the auspices of Bangladesh Public Library Directorate and National Book Centre.

Fish trader stabbed to death in Savar

A young trader was stabbed to death by an unknown assailant in Sreepur area in Savar early yesterday.

3 killed in bus-truck collision

At least three people were killed and seven others injured in a collision between a passenger bus and a truck on Dhaka-Chittagong highway in Daudkandi yesterday.

Jubo League activist electrocuted

A Jubo League activist was electrocuted while setting up a loud speaker on the rooftop of the Satbaria High School building for the National Mourning Day programme at Satbaria village in Langalkot yesterday.

Four held with Phensidyl

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested four suspected criminals along with 550 bottles of Phensidyl and huge smuggled goods from different areas in two northern districts during the last 24 hours till yesterday afternoon, says a Rab press release.

BNP celebrates Khaleda's 65th birthday

Thousands of jubilant leaders and workers of BNP and its front organisations celebrated the 65th birthday of party Chairperson and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Khaleda Zia at a function at her Gulshan office in the city yesterday.

National

'Complete Bangabandhu murder case trial'

With a fresh call to complete the trial of the Bangabandhu murder case, the National Mourning Day marking the 34th anniversary of death of Father of the Nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was observed in districts across the country yesterday.

House hosting wedding party attacked, eight injured

Attackers allegedly belonging to ruling Awami League injured eight people including five woman and looted valuables worth Tk 2 lakh from a house hosting a wedding party at Shaheed Shahjahan Colony in Lalmonirhat town on Friday night.

Too harsh for a trivial matter

A class nine student of Government Laboratory High School in Mymensingh town is suffering from headache and hearing problem following alleged beating by a teacher of the school.

4 Feni BNP men injured in attack

Four BNP men, including Dagonbhuiyan Pourasava (municipality) unit General Secretary Alauddin Alo and pourasava councillor Shahabuddin, were injured in an attack by a gang on Friday night.

One sued on charges of war crimes

An alleged collaborator of Pakistani occupation forces has been sued on charges of killing, looting and arson in Assassuni upazila in 1971.

100 injured as rival groups clash in B'baria

At least 100 people were injured, 22 of them seriously, in a clash between two rival groups at Chapuir village under Brahmanbaria Sadar upazila yesterday.

Step to save Kirtonkhola

Barisal City Corporation (BCC) authorities started demolition of illegal structures to build 10-kilometer long walkway on the Kirtonkhola River bank.

Pabna UP chairman shot

Criminals shot a union parishad (UP) chairman and BNP leader on Friday night. He is now fighting for life at Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital (RMCH). Police and locals said Montajur Rahman Montaz, chairman of Hemayetpur UP of Pabna Sadar upazila was shot by unidentified criminals who came on a motorbike at about 9:45 pm. Montaz was standing in his residence yard. Sources said, Montaz is organising secretary of Pabna Sadar upazila unit BNP. Agitated BNP leaders and activists brought out a procession in the town demanding punishment to the culprits.

Clash over disputed land

At least 16 people were injured in a bloody clash yesterday morning between brother and sisters over share of land property in Kachi Char area under Sadar upazila. Police and hospital sources said five sisters were demanding 18 bighas of parental land from their brother Israil Hossain for about 10 years. Israil gave only two bighas after their father's death. But the rest land was not properly shared causing the violent clash. Two groups, one led by Israil Hossain and the other by his sister Jyotsna Begum clashed with sharp weapons leaving 16 including four women seriously injured. Most of them received head injuries and were admitted to Kurigram Sadar Hospital. Kurigram-2 lawmaker Jafar Ali, MP of women's reserved seat, Ahmed Nazmin Sultana Nazli and Deputy Commissioner Md Asaduzzaman visited the injured patients at the hospital.

Bank staff arrested

Police arrested a Janata Bank staff last night from Munjitpur area in the town on charge of cheating. The arrestee is Akbar Hossain of Kamalnagar area in the town, also a clerk cum supervisor of Janata Bank office at Khulna. Sources said, Dr Shafiqul Alam of village Paikara in Kaliganj upazila filed a case with the judicial magistrate's court accusing the Janata Bank staff of cheating. Police said the accused allegedly took Tk 2, 80, 000 from the plaintiff to sell his house built on seven decimal land in Kamalnagar area in the town. But he was dilly-dallying in making any deed to transfer his land in favour of the plaintiff. Later, the plaintiff came to know that Akbar made another agreement with one Amjad Hossain of Kamalnagar area to sell the same land. Not only that, he also took loan from a bank mortgaging that land, sources said.

Letters

Month of restraint

Holy Ramadan, the month of restraint, is coming for the Muslims. Although there is the practice of “Fasting” in all religions, but a month-long fasting associated with other rituals are unique. Ramadan fasting, if practiced fulfilling the recommended criteria, will purify the soul and contribute to leading a healthy life. In this connection it is the individual as well as the social responsibility of the Muslims to come forward to ensure that the spirit of the holy month of Ramadan is maintained to qualify themselves to receive the promised reward from Allah, the Almighty. Let us do away with our traditional practices that contradict the true spirit and teachings of Ramadan, e.g. some isolated Muslim sections start and end the Ramadan fasting a day earlier than the rest of the Muslim population of Bangladesh. Ramadan fasting is to be started and ended on moon sighting. Geographically, Bangladesh is a tiny county and there is a little time difference between different areas. So, moon-sighting time cannot differ so much that Ramadan can start on different days. We should remember that fasting is prohibited on the Eid day. So, all Muslims must be extremely careful on this matter and the government and the Islamic scholars have specific responsibility to bring unity on the issue.

Tigers strike

Bangladeshi cricketers have finally proved their worth whitewashing the West Indians in both Test and the one dayers recently. They've done it on the West Indian fields and this epoch making victory against any team has created history for our cricket.

Bangladeshis killed by BSF

A meeting between BDR and BSF were held in Dhaka on July 10 through 14. The first priority of this meeting was stopping killing by the BSF in border areas. Both DGs spoke of the effectiveness of this meeting. We do not know how fruitful the meeting was, but two Bangladeshis were killed when the meeting was still on. The DG of BSF promised to look into this matter, but killing has not come to an end.

Tagore in Islamabad

The composer of Bangladesh National Anthem and Asia's first Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore's 149th birthday was celebrated in the Bangladesh Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan on 8th May 2009 in a colourful gala of music, dance, discussion and poetry. Bangladesh High Commissioner in Pakistan Mrs. Yasmeen Murshed inaugurated the programme.

Canals

The chairman of the parliamentary committee has spoken of asking the authorities to secure the banks of the canals with concrete structures. We think it is a constructive suggestion which must be worked on. Unless there is penalisation, the danger of the canals being again targeted by encroachers will remain.

Ensure quality medicine

Sometimes it seems that we take medicines to die. Different so-called pharmaceuticals are producing various items of medicines that are substandard. However, how they collect the licence to manufacture medicines for marketing purposes is a burning question to all. We know that corruption has spread all over the country, especially in all the branches of the government.

Uprooted people

All over the world, people are being displaced internally and externally due to conflict and persecution. Various reasons are there behind such conflict and persecution. Some people are being uprooted by racial attacks. Some are being compelled to take refuge due to civil war or political unrest and so on. Sometimes, across the globe, this conflict and persecution evict people from a large area. As a result, these harmless people are passing their days in great uncertainty.

Corruption & crime

After the 1/11 changeover, the Anti-Corruption Commission could investigate corruption cases and it successfully apprehended many corrupt politicians, businessmen, and government officials. During the two years of caretaker admin only a few could be tried in special courts set up by the administration and delivered punishments ranging from 13 to 40 years imprisonments in different cases. The rest of the cases could not be completed due to time constraint of the caretaker regime.

A-bombing of Japan

On August 6, 1945, an American bomber dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, obliterating the entire city. Two days later, another more powerful plutonium bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. Facing total atomic annihilation, Japan surrendered. The atomic bomb was hailed for shortening the war, saving many American lives. It might have been true. But the real reason behind the A-bombing of Japan had been described by Dr. Leo Szilard, a top atomic scientist at the Manhattan Project.

An appeal

Mobile phone hijacking and stealing has become very common, especially in city areas. I can hardly find any mobile phone user whose mobile has not been either hijacked or stolen. In the last six months my wife lost three mobile phones and one of them was pick pocketed, one was hijacked and one was stolen. Moreover, some criminals threatened a businessman after stealing the phone which caused lot of troubles to us. In this regard, I would like to request the mobile phone companies to make a device so that the real owner of the mobile phone can stop using his or her mobile by informing the secret number to the relevant company after it is lost. Mobile companies always advertise their services but ignore one of their most important services for the users.

Campus violence and police

I was watching the Bangladeshi television channel sitting at my home in UK. The news about BCL students clashing at Surya Sen Hall at Dhaka University particularly got my attention.

Legal issues

Every day newspapers are full of news like 'declaring the fifth amendment illegal', 'Pilkhana carnage', 'criminal killed in shootout with Rab',' Ctg arms haul', 'ACC act to be reviewed',' Jesssore Udichi blast', 'War tribunal', 'Trial of war criminals', 'Militants issue' and many other issues like these. Legal news very often takes the place of lead news in the newspapers. Obviously, in a democratic country application of law is a routine matter. As if our life is immersed in the system of law like that of air around us. We take oxygen from air and likewise we take life support from the legal system.

Young ministers

Inclusion of a number of young ministers in the cabinet by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina reflects her farsightedness and goodwill to develop future leadership. Of course some are of the opinion that in this crucial time of global recession and diplomatic congestion, senior leaders should be given more importance in case of placement and deputation. Meanwhile, I believe that the young leadership opted for is appropriate. Moreover, those younger members who have been included in the cabinet are well qualified and energetic. Here I would like to mention the name of Dr. Shireen Sharmin Chowdhury who has recently been included in the cabinet as a state minister and given the responsibility of Children and Women Affairs Ministry. She possesses a strong academic background, intellectual ability plus excellent human relation skills.

Violation of law

Nowadays, it is no use writing letters to the newspaper. It seems the persons responsible are not readers of the newspapers, nor do they bother about the grievances that we general people express through this page. The complaints, sufferings of the people fail to create any impact on their minds.

Attention, Honourable PM

A recent news item very prominently covered by some dailies has once again attracted my attention. You have tried your best to repeatedly bring this very dangerous practice of our fruit-traders to the front. I am sure, like on all previous occasions, such bold reporting will also go unnoticed by our authorities.

To women dress designers…

In my office, during teabreak we usually go for tea and some snacks. My male colleagues move easily, I am telling this because they have no extra burden to carry like the vanity bag . They have pockets in their dress. But I have to carry an extra bag.

International

Islamist leader among 24 killed in Gaza fighting

A radical Islamist sheikh was among 24 people killed and 120 hurt when Hamas police stormed a Gaza mosque after the defiant declaration of an Islamic emirate in the Palestinian enclave, emergency services said yesterday.

US senator meets Myanmar junta, Suu Kyi in historic visit

US Senator Jim Webb met Myanmar military ruler Than Shwe and democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday in an unprecedented visit that could herald a shift in Washington's tough stance against the junta.

Four Kashmir rebels killed as India marks Independence Day

Troops killed four Muslim rebels in Indian Kashmir as a separatist strike paralysed the restive region yesterday in protest against celebrations marking India's 1947 independence, police said.

3 soldiers killed in Pak suicide attack

At least three soldiers were killed in a suicide attack in restive northwestern Pakistan yesterday, officials said.

Peaceniks light candles at Indo-Pak border

In what has become an annual ritual at the Attari-Wagah international border between India and Pakistan, peace activists from both sides assembled at the check post in Attari border on Friday midnight to light candles and pledge for better relations between both sides.

Iranian detainees tortured, beaten to death: Karroubi

An Iranian opposition leader made fresh claims yesterday that several protesters jailed in the June election unrest died in prisons after they were tortured, beaten and made to crawl like animals.

Japan voices remorse for WWII as ex-premiers visit war shrine

Japan expressed remorse for its actions in World War II yesterday, the anniversary of its 1945 defeat, but two former premiers visited a controversial war shrine seen as a symbol of its past militarism.

Colombia, US finalise deal on military bases

Colombia says it has finalised an agreement with the United States allowing Washington to use its military bases to track drug-runners, despite anger elsewhere in Latin America over the idea.

S Korea calls for arms talks with North

South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak Saturday called for talks with North Korea aimed at ridding the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons as well as making cuts in conventional weapons.

Hillary sets new 'tough love' tone on Africa

Hillary Clinton has set a new tone in US relations with Africa on a whirlwind seven-nation trip, sometimes ruffling feathers with a tough love message that Africans must tackle their own problems.

Mud-slinging goes on in Afghan vote trail

They may be backed by warlords and rely on donkeys to get their supporters out to vote, but contenders in Afghanistan's elections are making promises and trading insults like politicians anywhere.

PPP won't field candidate against Sharif in by-polls

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has said his party will not field any candidate against PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif in the upcoming by-polls.

Aziz denies supporting Musharraf over removal of Pak judges

Former Pakistan prime minister Shaukat Aziz has rejected former president General Pervez Musharraf's claims that he had discussed the November 3, 2007 action of removing judges of the superior judiciary with him (Aziz).

Panic spreads faster than swine flu virus in India

The streets of the western city of Pune were half-empty, schools in Mumbai were ordered closed, and people suffering aches flooded hospitals across the country as India confronted duelling outbreaks of swine flu and swine flu panic.

French minister calls for full ban on burka

A ban on wearing the all covering burka in France would stem the spread of what French minister Fadela Amara called the "cancer" of radical Islam, a report quoted her as saying yesterday.

China takes up 'zero refusal' policy for foreign reporters

Chinese government ministries will be pushed to give better access to foreign journalists in a policy called "zero refusal", a senior official of the State Council Information Office (SCIO) said on Friday.

Shah Rukh detained for 2 hours at US airport

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan was detained for two hours at a US airport after American immigration officials spotted the 'Khan' in his name, his aide said.

Iran appoints new judiciary chief

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has appointed Hojatoleslam Sadegh Ardeshir Larijani as the country's new chief of the judiciary, state television reported yesterday.

19 dead in prison riot in Mexico

At least 19 people were killed Friday in a riot that erupted in a prison in northern Mexico, a top security official said.

Arts & Entertainment

A repertoire of Nazrul’s creations

Seasoned artiste Ferdous Ara and upcoming singer Mafizur Rahman presented a brilliant repertoire of Nazrul Sangeet at this month's installment of 'Praner Khela,' the monthly musical soiree by Bengal Foundation. The event was held at Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhanmondi on August 13. Eastern Bank Ltd was the sponsor of the event.

Swapnobhumi to be screened at Film South Asia

Tanvir Mokammel's documentary on the Urdu-speaking community in Bangladesh, "Swapnobhumi" (The Promised Land), will be screened at the seventh Film South Asia. The festival will take place in Kathmandu, Nepal, from September 17 to 20, according to a press release.

Chhayanaut’s monthly musical soiree

Chhayanaut held its monthly musical soiree 'Srotar Ashor,' at Ramesh Chandra Dutt memorial auditorium on August 14. The programme featured rendition of Tagore and Nazrul numbers by leading and upcoming singers.

National Mourning Day observed

A painting competition for children was held yesterday marking the 34th death anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahaman at Thakurgaon Shishu Academy Auditorium.

Tagore death anniversary in Sylhet

Sylhet divisional chapter of Rabindra Sangeet Shilpi Sangstha(RSSS) and Anandaloke, a Tagore sangeet institution of Sylhet, recently organised a colourful function in observance of the 68th death anniversary of Rabindra-nath. Artistes of the organisations presented an enthralling two-hour performance of songs.

Niharbala in poor health

Master artist SM Sultan took in Niharbala and treated her like his daughter. Eventually, she took on the complete responsibility of looking after Sultan and his family. Today at the age of 80, the weathered Niharbala is severely ill. She has appealed to admirers of Sultan to help her out.

Lucky Thirteen on Banglavision

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

TV serial Aladdiner Cherag on Desh TV

TV serial "Aladdiner Cherag" will go on air on Desh TV at 8:15pm tonight.

Discussion in memory of Aminul Islam Badsha

Aminul Islam Badsha Smrity Parishad, Pabna organised a discussion recently, to observe the 11th death anniversary of Language Movement veteran and Freedom Fighter Aminul Islam Badsha.

OP-ED

Besides the tenure of office

THE not-very-unusual observation of the LGRD minister and general secretary of Awami League about the desirability of the tenure of a parliamentary government being reduced four years instead of the current five years has not generated much heat.

Fatah Congress: Search for identity

THE issue of Palestine seems to have faded away from our vision. Many of us have probably not given importance to the holding of the largest Fatah Congress, for the first time on Palestinian soil. After a delay of two decades, Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), president of the Fatah Movement and president of Palestinian National Authority (PNA), held the sixth Congress of Fatah from August 4-11 in Bethlehem. Originally it was scheduled from August 4-6, but was extended to complete the elections. The fifth Congress was held in Tunis in 1989, under the legendary Yasser Arafat (Abu Ammar).



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