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HT Imam to face JS music

A parliamentary body will probe the role of HT Imam, an adviser to the prime minister, and two secretaries, in sending two district judges into retirement without the Supreme Court's approval.

24 top criminals run phone extortion ring

At least 24 top criminals are running a violent extortion ring over telephone from overseas, which has already claimed five lives and deteriorated an already dire law and order situation in Dhaka.

Bring cheated workers back

The parliamentary standing committee on Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday asked the ministry to take coordinated steps for the return of Bangladeshi workers detained and stranded abroad after they were cheated by manpower recruiting agencies.

River grabbed to build market

The upazila administration with the help of a ruling party lawmaker is building a market on the bank of the river Ramnabad at Golachipa in the name of protecting the town from tidal surge.

Chinese companies rule Sirajganj tender

Eight companies including five from China yesterday submitted technical and financial bids for installing a 150 megawatt peaking power plant in Sirajganj under the newly formed North West Power Generation Company (NWPGC).

City canals may get life back by March

The parliamentary standing committee on land ministry has set a deadline for the recovery of old canals in Dhaka from grabbers.

Faridpur rape victim underage

The age assertion test of the gang rape victim of Faridpur has found that the victim is aged between 15 and 16, meaning the girl was raped even if she gave her consent.

Shanghai gets Sylhet power job

The cabinet purchase committee yesterday approved a Tk 704 crore bid for setting up a 150-megawatt combined cycle power plant in Sylhet by China's Shanghai Electric Company (SEC).

Most private hospitals not equipped

Most of the private clinics and hospitals in the city are not prepared to cope with the swine flu outbreak with five more people tested positive yesterday, raising the toll to 144 across the country.

Illegal blood bank shut

A mobile court yesterday shut down an illegal blood bank and transfusion centre and penalised it Tk 4 lakh in the city's Jatrabari area.

Outlaws open fire at club: 3 killed

Criminals made a gun attack at a local club in Sadar upazila of Rajbari district last night that killed three people, including two Awami League (AL) leaders, and critically wounded two others.

Charge-sheeted accused held

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested one of the charge-sheeted accused in sensational Jamal Uddin abduction and murder case in the port city yesterday.

BDR offences should be classified

Barrister M Amir-Ul Islam yesterday said the offenders of the February 25-26 BDR mutiny would have to be classified based on their respective offences to ensure fair trial and proper punishment.

Destroy Rid's banned drugs

The government yesterday warned that stern legal action would be taken if Rid Pharmaceutical's two banned drugs--Temset suspension (paracetamol) and Ridaplex syrup--are found with any person or organisation.

Hasina, Khaleda invite each other to iftar

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Opposition Leader Khaleda Zia invited each other yesterday to iftar parties to be hosted by them tomorrow.

Muggers kill one, stab another

Muggers killed a trader and stabbed another in separate incidents in the capital yesterday while police recovered a body from Tejgaon industrial area.

AL lawmaker Shafiqul has to explain his eligibility

The Election Commission (EC) has decided to serve a notice upon Awami League (AL) lawmaker Shafiqul Azam Khan, asking him to explain why his parliament membership should not be cancelled on grounds of ineligibility.

Food ration for RMG workers starts

The government will announce a fresh minimum wage board soon to ensure better payment for garment workers, said Labour and Employment Minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain.

One more army camp pulled out

One more army camp was pulled out from Hatimara under Ramgarh upazila in Khagrachhari district yesterday.

Afghan forces kill 12 Taliban in clinic siege

A fierce gunfight backed by US helicopter fire paralysed a district in eastern Afghanistan after Taliban forced their way into a clinic seeking treatment for their leader, officials and Nato said yesterday.

Indian judges to make assets' info public

Against the backdrop of division within the judiciary and pressure from outside, the Indian Supreme Court (SC) judges decided to make their assets' information public after overcoming initial reluctance.


The syrup's lethal sweep continues

THE toxic paracetamol syrup from the already closed down drug company Rid pharmaceuticals has been continuing with its killing spree with impunity. With the death due to renal failure of yet another child after the intake of the poisonous drug at the Dhaka Shishu Hospital, one is wont to think if there is at all any law in the country to bring such spurious drug manufacturers to book. For how is it possible that children are being made to drink the poison, even though the government issued order to withdraw it from the market more than a month ago? Is there no government body to monitor marketing of the poisonous concoction?

Mourning Edward Kennedy

THE death of Edward Kennedy of brain cancer at the age of seventy-seven is particular cause for sorrow on the part of the people of Bangladesh. The reason why such should be our feeling is not difficult to fathom. Back in the tortuous days of our struggle for liberation from Pakistan in 1971, when Bengalis were marked out for genocide and when as many as ten million of them fled to safety in neighbouring India, Senator Kennedy took up our cause in his country and in the international arena. His support gave that certain boost to our struggle that was so necessary for us at the time. The Nixon administration, in its misplaced obsession with opening a road to ties with China through making use of Pakistan, conveniently looked the other way as the then Pakistan establishment went on eliminating Bengalis. Mr. Kennedy chose to uphold reality as it then was.

A look in time saves nine

IN November 2008, scientists at Kent University drew the face of Britain's most trustworthy man. They compiled the image after asking people to pick features indicative of honesty, which included a round face, small nose and no facial hair. Faces with a sharp jaw and eyes wide apart were deemed untrustworthy. Some eighteen centuries ago Saint Jerome spoke of something similar to it. He said that the face was the mind's mirror.

Digital year

BANGLADESH is going to observe digital year in 2011 to mark the journey to Digital Bangladesh by 2021 as emphasised by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Finance Minister A.M.A. Muhith disclosed this recently while speaking as the chief guest at a roundtable organised by The Bangladesh Observer on "Roadmap for Digital Bangladesh."


Russel stick to youth

With a bunch of young booters, Sheikh Russel completed their players' registration formalities for the season yesterday.

Shakib yet to decide on club

Shakib Al Hasan has said that he is yet to decide about his club for the upcoming Premier Division Cricket League.

BCB unworried by ailing Siddons

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) was not overly worried at the news that national coach Jamie Siddons has been diagnosed with skin cancer.

Kiwis left tottering

New Zealand's batting was left in tatters in the second Test on Thursday as Sri Lanka's Thilan Samaraweera scored a second successive century to surpass 1,000 Test runs this year.

Barua, Mikheil drop points

Indian Grand Master Dibyendu Barua and Georgian Grand Master Mchedlishvili Mikheil both dropped points in the eighth round but still maintained their joint lead in the 9th United Insurance Chess Tournament by securing six points each.

Ayub shines in Academy win

GP-BCB National Cricket Academy (NCA) finished their South Africa tour with a five-wicket victory in the second T20 match against Standard Bank National Cricket Academy of South Africa (SBNCA) at Tukkiest1, Pretoria on Tuesday.

India suffers F1 setback

India's hopes of hosting a Formula One race have suffered a setback following differences between the government and race promoters, local media reported Thursday.

ICC-Pak peace deal

The International Cricket Council said Thursday it and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have resolved their dispute relating to the staging of the 2011 Cricket World Cup.

Gunners cruise into UCL

Arsenal swept into the Champions League group stages on Wednesday after completing a 5-1 play-off romp over Celtic at the Emirates Stadium.

Magpies, Albion survive

Newcastle and West Bromwhich Albion, both relegated from the English Premier League last season, escaped an early League Cup exit on Wednesday as they edged seven-goal thrillers.

Wiese, Frings left out

Germany coach Joachim Loew has left out Werder Bremen pair Tim Wiese and midfielder Torsten Frings from his squad for the friendly against South Africa and the World Cup clash with Azerbaijan.

Diego puts one over Pele

Argentina coach Diego Maradona on Wednesday put Brazilian legend Pele in his place, insisting the latter was the second best player ever after himself.

Bayern in for Robben

Bayern Munich look set to sign Real Madrid's Dutch winger Arjen Robben, according to reports in both the Spanish and German media on Thursday with the transfer window set to close here next week.

Eduardo in hot water

Scottish Football Association chief executive Gordon Smith wants UEFA to punish Arsenal striker Eduardo for diving in the Champions League play-off round second leg against Celtic.

Sneijder leaving for Inter

Dutch international midfielder Wesley Sneijder said in an interview published Thursday that he is leaving Real Madrid for Inter Milan with his "head held high".

Kaka backs Ronaldinho

Real Madrid star Kaka has backed his former team-mate Ronaldinho to succeed at AC Milan this season.

Of comeback queens

They are both former champions and world number ones and at the US Open starting on Monday Maria Sharapova and Kim Clijsters will both attempt to crown stunning comebacks to the WTA circuit.

Federer chases sixth

Roger Federer will bid to become the first man in 84 years to win six straight US Open titles when the Swiss star opens the defence of his crown at Flushing Meadows from Monday.

Gary happy about fitness

The recess is over. India's ODI team assembled in Bangalore on Thursday for a four-day conditioning camp, leading into the tri-series in Sri Lanka early next month, and then the Champions Trophy in South Africa following immediately.

ECB discards 50-over meet

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) will abandon their domestic 50-over competition from 2010 as the Twenty20 format continues its rise in popularity.

Bolt makes Zurich a sell-out

The presence of Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt has guaranteed that the fifth of the six-leg Golden League on Friday will be a sell-out after his treble world gold medal haul.

Ireland give England a tough time

England's Ashes heroes were given a reality check as they spluttered to 203 for nine against Ireland in Thursday's one-day international in Belfast.

PCB has faith in Younus

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt has made it clear that he has full confidence in the leadership abilities of Younus Khan and said there was no need to replace the national team captain.

Deisler's new career

Former German international Sebastian Deisler is opening a Nepalese arts and crafts shop, in a drastic break with tradition which usually dictates ex-players end up running pubs or working in the media.

Udinese loan Zlamal to Cadiz

Italian series A side Udinese have loaned their recently signed Czech international goalkeeper Zdenek Zlamal to Spanish second-division side Cadiz for the upcoming season, Cadiz said Wednesday.


Paddy prices rise on supply crunch

Paddy prices have shot up amid a short supply from farmers, influenced by speculation over low Aus output, and delayed and reduced production of the second biggest rice crop -- Aman.

IFC pushes for green energy finance

International Finance Corporation (IFC) is persuading financial institutions to roll out easy funds for businesses to make energy-efficient products for sustainable development.

DSE needs modern server to take huge load of shares

The IPO subscription of Grameenphone (GP) will begin on October 4, and the company is set to make debut on the stock exchanges soon after completion of the subscription. The country's largest mobile operator will be listed with the stock exchanges by floating 6.94 crore ordinary shares.

India moves to boost exports

India yesterday unveiled a new foreign trade policy that envisages a slew of measures to exporters, hit badly by global economic recession, by allowing them to import capital goods free of duty and extending income tax exemption for the IT industry and cent per cent export-oriented units.

CHT: Living off handicrafts

Handicraft business is gaining popularity in 25 upazilas of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) as the trade proves to be profitable.

RMG workers demand arrear payment by Ramadan 25

Leaders of Samannito Garments Sramik Federation yesterday urged the garments owners to pay all the arrears of all workers by Ramadan 25.

Bangladesh team off to Turkey

A three-member delegation led by Industries Minister Dilip Barua left Dhaka yesterday for Turkey to attend the 78th Izmir International Fair-2009, where they will have trade-promotion talks with ministers of different participating countries.

Nepal's garment industry sees recovery

With the recession in the US and the EU showing signs of slowing down, Nepali garment manufacturers have started to receive fresh inquires and orders from their overseas buyers.

Eid fair kicks off in Dhaka

A 10-day fair of women entrepreneurs' products began in Dhaka yesterday, targeting the Eid.

SME Foundation gets new chief

The government has appointed Aftab-ul Islam, a businessman, as chairman of SME Foundation for two years, it said in a statement yesterday.

Ansar-VDP Bank branches in CHT next month

Ansar-VDP Bank is going to open its three new branches in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) on the first week of September.

ICSMB president re-elected

Mohammad Asad Ullah has been re-elected as president of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Managers of Bangladesh (ICSMB) at its 123rd meeting for 2009-2010, said a press release.

Japan PM admits voter dissent ahead of polls

Japan's Prime Minister Taro Aso on Thursday admitted voters were unhappy with his party's performance ahead of a weekend election as a survey showed the main opposition was set for a landslide win.

Australian investment in surprise 3.3pc rise

Australian business investment showed a surprise jump of 3.3 percent quarter-on-quarter Thursday, increasing the likelihood that the economy will avoid a technical recession.

SAIC H1 profit down 26pc on Ssangyong investment

SAIC Motor Corp, China's biggest automaker, said its first-half net profit dropped 26 percent from a year earlier due to write-offs related to its ailing South Korean unit Ssangyong Motor.

British watchdog eyes tax on banks to curb bonuses

Britain's financial watchdog on Thursday waded into an international row over bank bonuses ahead of a G20 summit, saying it would support moves to impose extra taxes in an attempt to curb excessive pay.

US new home sales leap 9.6pc

Sales of new US homes surged 9.6 percent in July, according to government data Wednesday that showed further signs of recovery in the troubled housing sector.

Diageo raises profits despite downturn

Diageo, the world's biggest maker of alcoholic drinks, on Thursday posted a modest increase in annual net profits, as cost-cutting helped shrug off the impact of the global downturn.

Stocks drift into dull trade

Dhaka stocks fell for a second day, as investors remained jittery about the current market situation.

Oil prices extend losses

Oil prices fell further on Thursday, a day after the US reported an unexpected jump in its crude reserves.

Slum women to run Delhi taxis

A battered housewife, a Muslim widow and an illiterate mother of four are among a group of Indian women looking to carve out a living by breaking into the male preserve of New Delhi taxi drivers.

2 US soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Another two US soldiers were killed Wednesday in attacks in insurgent flashpoints of Afghanistan, Nato announced.

Economy hangs over Japan's election

Tomoshi Okuda is a man of faith, not politics. But the Japanese pastor has seen enough new faces on his nightly rounds feeding the homeless to persuade him that something needs to change.

'Hooded men' kill 12 Colombians

Gunmen have shot and killed at least 12 Awa indigenous natives, four of them children, in an attack in a southern coastal region of Colombia that is a springboard for cocaine shipments.

Myanmar nets 6 after drugs haul

Myanmar police have arrested six people after a drugs haul earlier this week that an official confirmed Thursday was much smaller than state media originally announced.

Sony unveils new e-reader in Kindle challenge

Japan's Sony Corp has unveiled an electronic reader featuring a touchscreen and wireless connectivity in a bid to challenge Amazon's popular Kindle.

Malaysia falls into recession after 3.9pc contraction

Malaysia's export-dependent economy shrank 3.9 percent in the second quarter of 2009, the central bank said Wednesday, as data confirmed it had fallen into a technical recession.

Real US unemployment rate at 16pc: Fed official

The real US unemployment rate is 16 percent if persons who have dropped out of the labor pool and those working less than they would like are counted, a Federal Reserve official said Wednesday.

Philippines economy grows 1pc in first half

Government spending on construction helped boost the Philippines economy, officials said Thursday, adding that growth in the second quarter had put Manila in striking distance of its full-year target.

New Zealand imports plunge in July

New Zealand posted a trade deficit of 163 million dollars (111 million US) in July, despite a plunge in imports, official figures showed Thursday.


Govt firm to build non-communal, democratic country

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the present government is strongly committed to building up a non-communal, democratic Bangladesh where people of all faiths will live in peace and plenty.

Prime suspect, 7 others held

The prime suspect of PHP Rubber garden supervisor Hefajetur Rahman abduction case along with seven of his accomplices was arrested during BDR drives in dense forests of Bandarban early yesterday.

JS body asks ministry to conduct feasibility study

Parliamentary Standing Committee on Communications Ministry yesterday asked the ministry officials to conduct a feasibility study on Joydevpur-Kamlapur underground rail line as part of efforts to ease city's traffic congestion.

UK signs int'l fingerprint checking agreement

The UK Home Office has announced a new international agreement last Friday to exchange migrants' fingerprints, a move which will further strengthen the international fight against illegal immigration.

Bone Marrow Transplantation Centre to be set up

Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus, chairman of Grameen Health Care Trust, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Cure2Children Foundation of Italy recently to establish a Bone Marrow Transplantation Centre for patients with thalassemia in Bangladesh, says a press release.

Govt to buy modern equipment, train 62,000 volunteers

The government will buy modern equipment and train 62,000 volunteers in all the districts to face earthquakes, as experts apprehend seismic activities any time, which might cause havoc in the cities.

Lead scares highlight China's environmental dilemma

A pair of lead poisoning scandals affecting at least 2,000 children in China are just the latest in a seemingly endless string of pollution scares exposing the dark side of the nation's economic boom.

Joynal Hazari acquitted of charges

The High Court (HC) yesterday in a verdict acquitted former Awami League lawmaker Joynal Abedin Hazari alias Joynal Hazari of the charges of an arms case, in which he was earlier convicted and sentenced to life-term imprisonment.

37,000 pirated CDs seized

Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized over 37,000 pirated CDs, including 1,000 porn CDs, 92 CD drives, 1,800 memory cards and a huge quantity of other equipment from Shaheedbagh in Motijheel area in the city yesterday.

Book-reading programme launched

Bishwa Sahitya Kendra and Citibank, NA jointly launched a book-reading and cultural competition titled 'Citi Agameer Alo' for schoolchildren yesterday.

Nazrul Complex inaugurated

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina formally inaugurated the Nazrul Complex around the mazar of national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam on the Dhaka University (DU) campus yesterday.

Qazi Faruque gets bail for four months

The High Court (HC) yesterday granted anticipatory bail for four months to Qazi Faruque Ahmed, ousted chairman of Proshika, and 14 others in a criminal case.

Condolence book in memory of Edwrad Kennedy

In commemoration of the death of US Senator Edward M Kennedy, the US Embassy in Dhaka will open a condolence book for the public to sign.

SC stays bail to Sayedee

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday upheld its chamber judge's decision to stay a High Court (HC) order that granted bail to Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee in a case filed on charges of committing war crimes.

Tribute paid to Nazrul

The 33rd death anniversary of national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam was observed yesterday.

'Signatories did not have right to sign CHT accord'

Former chief justice Mahmudul Amin Chowdhury yesterday said those who have signed the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) peace accord did not have the right to sign it, as they did not take any permission from parliament or the president.

Two crushed under wheels of train

An unidentified woman aged about 40 and a child aged about 7 were crushed under the wheels of a speedy train at Kalihati upazila in Tangail yesterday.

Reconstruct Aila-hit embankments

Speakers at a discussion yesterday urged the government to take immediate steps to reconstruct and repair the breached embankments in the cyclone Aila-hit regions in order to help people return to their homes.

Tk 25 lakh help for AMCH

Janata Bank Limited on Wednesday donated Tk 25 lakh for the construction of the Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital (AMCH) at Uttara in the city.

4 listed criminals held, bombs recovered

Detective police arrested four accomplices of top listed criminal 'Dakat' Shahid and seized 15 hand made bombs and bomb making materials from them from an under construction building site in city's Sutrapur on Tuesday night.

Mortar shell recovered in Chuadanga

An eight-inch long abandoned mortar shell was recovered at Hoidarpur in Alamdanga on Wednesday night.

Ghorashal urea factory to be shut in Ramadan

Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd has asked the authorities of Ghorashal fertiliser factory to suspend their operation during the month of Ramadan to reduce gas crisis in the capital.

3 succumb to burns

All three workers who received serious burn injuries in a mysterious explosion at a sugar godown at Nitaiganj in Narayanganj have died.

Bangladesh army deploys new contingent in Congo

Bangladesh Army is going to deploy a new contingent comprising 850 army personnel, including officers, JCOs and NCOs, at United Nations Observer Mission in Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC)

RMG workers ransack factory in N'ganj

Workers ransacked a garment factory at Tarabo Murapara at Rupganj in the district yesterday demanding payment of two months' arrear salary.

Photography exhibition time extended

The Indian High Commission has extended the time for a photo exhibition titled 'Liberation War of 1971', which is being held at its Culture Centre in the city, says a press release.

Husband beats wife to death

A person beat his wife to death over a family feud at their house in the city's Dakkhinkhan area last night.

Mob beats up Rab men at Keraniganj

Agitated local people beat up two members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and drove away three others as they tried to side with one of the two feuding groups of cable operators at South Keraniganj in Dhaka yesterday evening.

School feeding programme to resume soon

The government will soon resume the school feeding programme in those schools where the programme had been suspended after some students reportedly fell sick after eating biscuits.


Indian gets 10yrs RI in arms case

A Sherpur court on Wednesday sentenced an Indian citizen to 10 years rigorous imprisonment (RI) in an arms case.

Prof Yunus murder case goes to speedy tribunal

Nearly four and a half years after the killing of Rajshahi University (RU) teacher Prof Muhammad Yunus, the murder case has been shifted to the Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal.

Tempo owners foil minibus service

Barisal city minibus service was disrupted two hours into its inauguration as tempo owners, drivers and workers protesting introduction of the service went on the rampage yesterday.

I'll commit suicide in case of any mockery of justice

A victim of gang rape has warned of committing suicide if she is deprived of getting justice.

Nine sued in Satkhira on war crime charges

Nine alleged collaborators of Pakistani occupation forces have been sued on charges of killing and looting in Sadar upazila in 1971.

17 get interim bail in police assault case

The High Court on Wednesday granted four months' interim bail for Sylhet City BNP Joint Convener Shamsuzzaman, district JCD Vice-president Abdul Ahad Khan Zamal and 15 others in the police assault case filed against 150 people after Friday's clashes between rival factions of the JCD.

4 RU BCL men held on charge of stabbing

Police on Wednesday night arrested four activists of Bangladesh Chharta League (BCL) Rajshahi University (RU) unit after Ashis, a supporter of a faction, filed a case for stabbing him during BCL factional clash earlier that day.

Woman dies in wall collapse

A woman was killed and her husband received injury as their mud-house collapsed during heavy rain at Dasherkati village under Kaukhali upazila of Pirojpur early yesterday. Dalim Begum, 45, died instantly while Nurul Islam is undergoing treatment at Kaukhali Upazila Health Complex in a critical condition. Officer-in-charge (OC) of Kaukhali police station Mokbul Ahmed and Taslim Uddin Channu, chairman of Kaukhali Sadar Union Parishad said due to continuous rain for last three days, the wall of Nurul's mud house collapsed on them when they were asleep at about 5:00am yesterday.

Pirates kill one

One person was killed and four others received bullet injuries, when pirates fired at villagers at Madaripara char in Haripur union under Sundarganj upazila Wednesday night. Police said a gang of 15 to 20 pirates with firearms on board two engine-operated country boats anchored at the char and attacked houses and picked up 18 cattlehead. Hearing hue and cry, villagers woke up and chased the pirates. While fleeing, the pirate gang opened fire killing Azizul, 38, on the spot and injuring four others with bullet.

One shot dead in Gazipur

A middle aged man who was shot by criminals on Wednesday evening near Dhaka Bypass Biswa Road in Mirer Bazar area of Gazipur Sadar died at hospital at night. M M Ahsan Bari received two bullets in his left thigh and one in his right leg. The criminals left him in a bush. Ahsan crawled to the road and came to Mirer Bazar in a rickshaw. Later, people sent him to Tongi Government Hospital where he died at around 9 pm. Joydevpur police said, from an identity card found in his pocket they came to know that the victim was the executive editor of a weekly named "Samprotik Samoy". He is a son of Abdul Bari of Agailjhora upazila in Barisal. Later, Bari's brother-in-law Ziaur Rahman Rumi filed a case with Joydevpur police station yesterday.

One gets life for rape

Netrakona District and Sessions Judge Zahurul Haque yesterday sentenced a man to life term imprisonment and fined Tk 10 thousand, in default, to suffer six months more in jail for abduction and rape of a minor girl. Convict Shamin Mia,24, is son of Nur Hossain of village Kaliara-Gabragati under Sadar upzaila. According to prosecution story, when Lutfunnahar Eli,13, daughter of Lutfar Rahman of village Khar Bangla under same upazila came out of house in the evening of July 2, 2006, Shamin Mia abducted her and took her to Dhaka and raped her there several times. Eli's father later filed a case with Netrakona police station accusing Shamin.

Outlaw held in Jhenidah

An outlaw was arrested from Brahimpur village on Wednesday night. Arrestee Hanif, 42, is son of Ahmad Ali of Charpara village under Harinakundo upazila. Officer-in-Charge (OC) Jahangir Alam of Harinakundo police station said, on secret information they raided Brahimpur village and arrested Hanif. He is a 'regional leader' of Biplobi Communist Party (BCP). He is an accused in several cases including two for murder.


The caption of a photograph printed on this page yesterday mentioned Chittagong University instead of Rajshahi University as the place of BCL factional feud. We regret the inadvertent mistake.


Traffic problem in Dhaka

Dhaka, the capital of the country and one of the most densely populated mega-cities in the world, has been lacking in proper infrastructure, considering mobility, pollution etc. It is a matter of utter dismay that Dhaka is still deprived of an effective mass transit system even though the population is over 13 million with a fair possibility that it will be doubled by 2015-2016.

Shahrukh Khan

It is indeed shocking to know that Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan was detained for about two hours early at New York airport in the US because his surname featured on the most common list. The actor, who is visiting the US to attend a South Asian event where he was the guest of honour was released after Congress MP Rajiv Shukla spoke to the authorities in the US and the Indian consulate. The actor was detained after his name flashed on the computer. He was asked several questions about the purpose of his visit. His hand baggage was checked. He was not allowed to even make a phone call for nearly an hour. The actor tried his best but he could not convince the immigration officers. This was not the first incident of a Muslim being harassed by the US immigration officers. Previously former president of India APJ Abdul Kalam was also harassed in the same fashion. It is really unfair to judge Muslims in this way. Just because he has a common surname does not mean that every Muslim can be taken as a suspect or considered to be a terrorist.

Rickshaw issue

After a long interval, my old friend Mr Rahat of Malibagh has resurrected himself again (“Let's not be biased”, DS 17/08/09) on the subject of the total banning of rickshaws from Dhaka's streets. Once again as in the past, his letter is a kitchurie of pious platitudes, dreams, innuendos and hope, without any pragmatic suggestion to solve the perennial traffic headache. His letter takes me to task for advocating the continued existence of rickshaws. I am proud to do so. I too would like to see the end of the rickshaw within my lifetime, BUT only if there is a viable alternative. The letter “Minister's Position” right next to his letter would perhaps help to educate him, as many of the answers are staring him in the face, but I doubt it.

Systems loss

As part of the government's measure to implement CHT peace accord, one brigade of the army comprising 35 army camps and 3 infantry battalions shall be withdrawn from Chittagong Hill Tracts by Sept'09. The process has already been started with the withdrawal of some army camps. It is alright if the service of the army is not required there and in that case their continual stay is nothing but mere wastage of govt. money. It is learnt from the newspapers that one brigade comprises not less than 3,000 persons. There is no other alternative but to maintain these personnel keeping them idle without any job. Again this is wastage of govt. money. So this loss being incurred is due to government's action. This is govt. systems loss like the systems loss in the power sector. The govt. systems loss is a very common phenomenon in all government agencies, small or big but this is not being taken into account seriously.

Rights of women

Mr. Aminur Rahim wrote in DS on 19 August on the rights of women and urged the women of Bangladesh to stand up for their rights and not give in to their husbands. I whole-heartedly agree with him.

Clinton Foundation

When President Bill Clinton was in the White House office, he had to get all his plans and programmes with whatever noble intentions passed by the Congress. He had also to face the critics and the press to justify his intentions. But after successful completion of his tenure in the office of the President, Clinton has now freely devoted himself to the activities of his foundation, that is, “The Clinton Foundation” which seeks to address some of the world's more pressing challenges, such as, HIV/AIDS, global climate change, and extreme poverty - through collaborative and systematic efforts. By this time, the Clinton Foundation has achieved remarkable success in controlling HIV/AIDS, adverse effects of greenhouse gases, eradicating poverty and promoting healthy education environments. In a recent letter received by this writer from the former US President Bill Clinton who is also the President of the Clinton Foundation, Clinton wrote:

History speaks

This month of August speaks many thing about the powerful nations. Although now the USA calls itself the most civilized nation but this month August reflects many things. In this month in 1945, the US air force dropped atom bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima killing millions of innocent people. These shows how deadly Americans can be to gain victory or success.

Separate water supply line

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, according to a front-page report of your daily of 19 August 2009, issued instructions to Wasa to install separate supply lines to distribute pure drinking water to Dhaka city dwellers. The reasons mentioned in the news item are to stop wastage and resolve the existing problems. The instructions were passed on to a delegation of Bangabanbdhu Prakaushali Parishad and Institution of Engineers Bangladesh, while they made a courtesy call with the PM. The installation of the total water line of the city is really a gigantic task and it involves huge money and time. Moreover, when the installation work will start, digging hazards will surely cause immense sufferings to the city dwellers. The existing position of digging the city roads by different agencies is intolerable to the city dwellers. The standard of drinking water in Dhaka city at the moment is not that low excepting sporadic complaints from some quarters. Acute public sufferings of the city dwellers at the moment are not due to drinking water, though a lot of things remain to be done in this regard. Water logging from short lived rain, mal-coordination among different agencies, leaving the dug roads un-repaired for long, frequent load shedding, among others are the major problems faced the city dwellers.

Withdrawal of troops from CHT

The government has taken the decision to withdraw a few army camps from the CHT in conformity with the peace accord that was signed on 2 December 1997. We hail this initiative. The peace accord is a historic achievement by the Awami League regime which could successfully pacify the volatility in the region that had been continuing since 1960. Though then AL government signed the peace accord but it did not implement it properly due to dilly dallying or time constraint.

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Israel resists US pressure over settlements

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Interpol puts Hafiz Saeed on its wanted list

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PLO picks new leaders at landmark meeting

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Arts & Entertainment

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