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Tuesday, September 2, 2014


News of: Wednesday, 2nd of September, 2009

Front Page

Fertiliser import bill to hit Tk 3,300cr

A daily diversion of over 100 million cubic feet (mcf) of gas to different power plants forced three of the six state-run urea factories to stop production for the last four months, prompting the government to go for an all time record import of chemical fertilisers.

Foreign militants used country as transit point

Militants fighting in Kashmir have regularly used Bangladesh as a transit point to travel to Pakistan and have built safe havens here to shelter and train militants for terrorist operations in the region.

Patients confused as testing facility stops

The Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) yesterday stopped its testing facility for detecting swine flu--the only available service in the country--except for cases referred to it.

No respite from tailbacks

Traffic congestions continued causing havoc for commuters in the capital yesterday, as vehicles slowed to a crawl on the city streets narrowed by illegally parked vehicles.

Matin sued for Tk 25cr compensation

A Tk 25 crore damage suit was filed with a Dhaka court yesterday against former shipping adviser Maj Gen (retd) MA Matin, a former shipping secretary, and Chittagong Port Authority (CPA).

Imams to play awareness role

The government has decided to involve imams to raise awareness about the deadly swine flu as spread of the H1N1 virus looms in the country with one death and at least 247 cases of infection so far.

Army act not applicable, says Dr Kamal

Amici curiae Dr Kamal Hossain and barrister M Amir-Ul Islam yesterday said the offences committed during the BDR mutiny cannot be tried under the military law since this law is not applicable to BDR personnel.

Rare frog found in Sundarbans

I saw this rare crab-eating frog in Nalian Bazar in the Sundarbans recently. It is rare in both India and Bangladesh mainly because it is restricted to the mangrove forests only. Biologically as it sits in the open, unlike other frogs, it is being preyed upon by the daytime predators as well as nocturnal ones like the owls, mongooses and foxes.

Reserve forests turn barren

Illegal logging continues unabated in the reserve forests in Rangamati, contributing to deforestation and destruction of wildlife and depriving the government of huge revenue.

London wants Dhaka to rally for fair deal

Britain expects Bangladesh to be vociferous at the upcoming UN climate change meet in Copenhagen, for reaching an ambitious, sustainable, and equitable deal.

Protect S Asian water resources

Terming the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region 'hot spot for climate change', the south Asian delegates at the conference in Kathmandu declared their visions saying immediate actions are required to protect the water sources that the climate change mostly affect.

Pak forces kill 35 in Khyber

Government forces destroyed four militant bases and killed more than 35 insurgents yesterday in battles near Pakistan's famed Khyber Pass, the main route for supplies to Nato troops in Afghanistan, the military said.

Biman finally makes profit

Ending three years in a row in the reds and decades of mismanagement, Biman Bangladesh Airlines Ltd achieved a net profit of Tk 5.91 crore in the 2007-2008 fiscal year.

Sale of sugar through TCB from tomorrow

Private sector refiners will distribute sugar in the capital through the Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) dealers from tomorrow in a bid to bring its price down, said the sugar refiners yesterday.

Miners confine 100 staff for 10hrs to office

Following the sacking of 10 miners at Maddhapara Granite Mining Company Ltd without notice, miners launched a daylong strike and confined around 100 employees to the administrative building yesterday for 10 hours.

PM reaches Geneva

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina reached Geneva yesterday afternoon leading a 44-member Bangladesh delegation to attend a five-day UN-sponsored international meet on climate change.

Three families attacked for land grab

A gang of criminals attacked three Hindu families at Dighalkandi Sahapara village in Puthia upazila of Rajshahi Monday night, injuring 12 people.

All pacts with Nazis in 1930s 'unacceptable'

All pacts that European states agreed with Nazi Germany in 1934-39 were "morally unacceptable," including the 1939 Nazi-Soviet accord, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said yesterday.

Criminal hurt in 'shootout' with Rab

A criminal sustained bullet injury in a 'shootout' with Rapid Action Battalion in the city's Motijheel yesterday.

2 abducted in Rangamati

Two activists of United Peoples Democratic Front (UPDF) were allegedly abducted yesterday.

We apologise

Due to an error in computer operation the wrong photo caption and photographer's credit were published in the City In Frame page of September 1 issue of The Daily Star. We regret the inadvertent error and apologise for any inconvenience it may have caused to our valued readers. The page contained several photos taken by Shafiqul Alam on the iftar trade in Dhaka.

Editorial

PM's exhortations fall on deaf ears

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina against the backdrop of wave after wave of extortionist surges unabashedly scripted by BCL cadres, has counseled Bangladesh Chhatra League to refrain from acts of terrorism and extortion denigrating the student party's glorious legacy. Indeed, this BCL is a far cry from and a patent affront to the BCL's history replete with signal contributions made to every democratic movement since 1952 Language Movement leading up to the successful Liberation War.

Political earthquake in Japan

The emergence of the Democratic Party of Japan as the country's new ruling party is but a normal happening in democratic politics. And yet the defeat of the long-ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is in a very important sense an earthquake for the people of Japan. The reasons are quite a few. In the first place, a long-entrenched party like the LDP (it has governed since 1955 with a slight break) now finds itself repudiated by the electorate in a decisive manner. In the second, the DPJ has not only won the elections but has won them with a landslide. In the second (and this is crucial), the Japanese electorate has sent out the message that a government which cannot get the economy moving does not deserve to be in office.

The BNP, thirty plus years on

THE Bangladesh Nationalist Party observed its birthday yesterday. For the past thirty-one years, it must be acknowledged, the party has been a pivotal part of Bangladesh's politics despite the circumstances in which it was conceived and the manner in which it was born.

BJP in disarray

INDIA'S right-wing opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is in utter disarray.

Sports

Abahani net big fish

In a bid to maintain their supremacy Abahani lit up the transfer season for the upcoming Premier Division Cricket League. Usually the quiet and calm Sky Blues club tent turned into high pitch on Tuesday for a while with the arrivals of two star cricketers; Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and Shakib Al Hasan.

Referees' day observed

The referees' day was observed in the country for the first time yesterday while the country is suffering from a lack of quality referees to conduct domestic football matches undisputedly.

BFF stringent on age-checks

The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) followed stringent regulations to define the age before picking 31 players for the AFC Under-19 Football Championship qualifiers to be held in Thailand from November 1 to 11.

Kiwis bank on Bond

New Zealand's pace spearhead Shane Bond makes a comeback to official cricket after two years when he plays in a Twenty20 international against Sri Lanka today.

Top seeds safely thru'

Venus Williams enjoyed a "New York Moment" at the U.S. Open. She probably never guessed she'd need one to pull her through the first round.

Butt's wrong calculation

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt was off the mark when he claimed last week that Pakistan would receive around Rs 1.5 billion (18 million dollars) from the International Cricket Council (ICC) after settling its 2011 World Cup dispute with the game's governing body.

Ibra scores on debut

Club record signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a late debut goal as Barcelona began their title defence with a convincing 3-0 home win over Sporting Gijon on Monday.

Snub disappoints Viera

Veteran midfielder Patrick Vieira said Monday that he had been massively disappointed when France coach Raymond Domenech snubbed him for upcoming crucial World Cup qualifiers against Romania and Serbia.

Real keep VDV

Real Madrid have decided to keep midfielder Rafael van der Vaart, the player himself has announced, despite reports he was set to join the Dutch exodus at the club.

Spalletti quits Roma

AS Roma coach Luciano Spalletti has announced his resignation from the Italian Serie A side, the Ansa news agency reported on Tuesday.

Voges in Aus ODI squad

Australia have added Adam Voges to their squad for the one-day leg of their tour of England.

Irish fete for Ali

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali was to be honoured today as the first freeman of a west of Ireland town from where his great-grandfather emigrated to the United States in the 1800s.

MSC move to Mymensingh

Mohammedan Sporting Club yesterday finally moved to Mymensingh for the conditioning camp ahead of the season's curtain-raising tournament, the Federation Cup, scheduled to start from September 10.

Grosso moving to Juventus

Juventus have come to agreement over the three-million-euro transfer of Italy full-back Fabio Grosso from Lyon, according to Italian press reports on Monday.

Bojan out for three weeks

Barcelona striker Bojan Krkic will be out of action for two to three weeks due to a thigh muscle injury, the Spanish and European champions said Tuesday.

Transfers cost Spanish 477m euros

Top Spanish clubs splashed out 477 million euros on new players during the summer transfer window, more than half of which was spent by Real Madrid, according to tally by a Spanish newspaper Tuesday.

Ribery prefers Hitzfeld

France international midfielder Franck Ribery said Tuesday he has yet to forge any kind of personal relationship with new Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal.

Modric injury angers Croatian FA chief

Croatian FA chief Vlatko Markovic is concerned that his country's Premier League-based stars have been targeted for rough treatment after Luka Modric suffered a broken leg playing for Tottenham.

Div I football

Dashara Palli Mangal Samity recorded a 3-1 win against Century Club in the Hafijul Islam Khan Uttu Smriti First Division Football League at the Shahid Miraz-Tapan Stadium in Manikganj yesterday.

Bhajji in SUV trouble

Driving his dream Hummer landed Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh in trouble on Tuesday, when he was fined by Chandigarh traffic police for using the vehicle without a valid number plate.

Younis stands by Asif

Pakistan captain Younis Khan Monday said fast bowler Mohammad Asif, making a comeback after a year-long doping ban, should be given time to return to form and not burdened with unrealistic expectations.

Rooney loves Man Utd

Wayne Rooney insists there is no chance he would ever walk out on Manchester United.

German trio sits out training

Germany captain Michael Ballack, striker Lukas Podolski and midfielder Mesut Oezil sat out training on Tuesday as the national side prepare to face South Africa this weekend in a friendly.

Business

Egg imports rattle farmers

A fear of loss from price competition haunts poultry farmers as eggs from India started rolling in after the government lifted restrictions on imports in efforts to weigh prices down in local markets.

11 firms seek rating licence

Nearly a dozen firms have lined up for licences from the Securities and Exchange Commission to run rating agencies.

Dhaka to press zero tariff for major exports

Bangladesh will negotiate with rich countries to incorporate major exportable products in the duty-free and quota-free category at the upcoming WTO Ministerial Summit, due in Geneva on November 30-December 2.

Closed Magura Textile Mills counting loss

State-run Magura Textile Mills incurs a loss of about Tk 3 crore a year although it is officially shut down.

Lack of policy support hinders energy-saving lamp growth

Local manufacturers cannot make sufficient energy-saving lamps for a lack of policy support from the National Board of Revenue (NBR), while the government is frantically trying to save power to mitigate a nagging crisis, entrepreneurs lamented.

Govt to distribute 1.05cr CFL bulbs in February

The government will distribute 1.05 crore compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs free of cost to households across the country in February next to save 350-400 MW electricity under a belt-tightening measure forced by frequent power outages.

BB-Brac deal on farm credit today

The Bangladesh Bank (BB) and non-government organisation Brac will sign an agreement today on disbursement of agriculture credit to sharecroppers.

Indian exports slide for 10th straight month

India's exports fell for a 10th straight month in July as the country's key Western markets remained in the grip of the global economic downturn.

Dollar higher in Asia ahead of US factory data

The dollar was higher against the yen in Asia Tuesday as traders anticipated upbeat results from a survey of the giant US manufacturing sector due later in the day.

German unemployment edges up, surge feared

The German unemployment rate rose slightly to 8.3 percent in August, official data showed on Tuesday and experts said it might soon surge when job subsidies run out.

Australia holds rates steady at 3.0pc

Australia's central bank left interest rates unchanged at a 49-year low of 3.0 percent for the fifth successive month on Tuesday, citing strong growth in China and improving global sentiment.

Head of Boeing's commercial jets to step down

Boeing Co said Monday that Scott Carson will step down as head of its commercial airplane division, ending a tenure marked by costly problems with the company's much-delayed 787 jetliner.

Goa's idyllic beaches under threat

India's resort state of Goa has been hit by several setbacks in the last 18 months, including high-profile crime and the knock-on effects of Islamist extremist attacks up the coast in Mumbai.

A truly German 'Blitzkrieg'

Germany is the world's third largest economy behind the US and Japan. That is simply astounding considering the fact that only three scores and four years ago, the country was in shambles: its population decimated, specially the men folk, its infrastructure totally ruined, its social fabric crumpled under the burden of fascist guilt and its geographic integrity thrust asunder by the two super powers of the day.

Stocks snap losing trend

Dhaka stocks yesterday broke a four-day losing streak.

Oil above $70

Oil prices rebounded slightly on Tuesday, a day after tumbling on fears crude demand growth could weaken in China, the world's second biggest oil consuming nation after the United States, traders said.

Britain's Brown eyes action on bonuses

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Tuesday pledged action to crack down on excessive bonuses for bankers in the wake of the financial crisis, a key issue at this month's G20 meeting.

China manufacturing grows at fastest rate in 16 months

China's manufacturing activity expanded in August at its fastest pace in 16 months, two surveys released Tuesday showed, signalling the world's third largest economy is stabilising.

Philippines' San Miguel sees in June quarter profit soar

San Miguel Corp. of the Philippines said Tuesday group net profit surged six-fold year on year in the three months to June, due mainly to asset sales amid weak consumer demand.

Swiss economy shrinks 0.3pc in Q2

Switzerland's economy shrank by a better than expected 0.3 percent in the second quarter from the previous three months, official data released by the Swiss economy ministry showed on Tuesday.

Currency

Local Market FX
Local inter-bank FX market was active on Tuesday. There was ample liquidity in the market and the USD/BDT rate was similar to the previous working day.

Metropolitan

Temperature rise changing Himalayan ecosystem

The gradual rise in temperature in the Himalayas is changing the ecosystem leaving the Himalayan people and wildlife on the edge of extinction.

Khaleda unhappy over slow pace of party reorganising process

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia at a meeting of standing committee on Monday midnight expressed her concern over the slow pace of progress in the party's reorganising process.

Youths urged to become skilled human resources

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday urged the young generation to build themselves as skilled human resources through acquiring efficiency in information and communication technology (ICT) with an aim to build a poverty, corruption and hunger-free prosperous Bangladesh.

Setting up of 6 regional centres recommended

A high-powered committee on reforms of the National University (NU) is likely to submit its report within a couple of days with recommendations for decentralisation of the university through establishing its six regional centres at the divisional level.

Vow to foil conspiracies against country

The main opposition BNP yesterday observed its 31st founding anniversary with due respect and festivity with a vow to foil conspiracies against the country as well as to make the party strong.

SKOP demands salary arrears, Eid bonus for RMG workers

Leaders of Sramik Karmachari Oikya Parishad (SKOP) in a statement yesterday expressed concern over labourer unrest at different garment factories in Narayanganj, Konabari and Ashulia over payment of salary arrears and other dues.

Transport worker killed, youth found dead

A stabbed transport worker succumbed to his injury at Dhaka Medical College Hospital around 6:15am, while police recovered the body of an unidentified youth from under the Khilgaon flyover in the capital yesterday.

Prepare list of ladies' clubs, women assocs

A parliamentary standing committee yesterday asked the authorities concerned to prepare a list of all ladies' clubs and women associations located in the city and to engage them in creating awareness among the residents about family planning.

Business leaders concerned over arrest of Azad

The business community yesterday expressed concern over the arrest of Abul Kalam Azad, an industrialist and the chairman of Azad Group.

Edn policy report to be submitted today

The National Education Policy Formulation Committee will submit the much-awaited National Education Policy to the government today with the recommendations of extending the primary-level education up to class VIII and secondary up to class XII.

Govt notice on tax on Moudud's undisclosed money stayed

The High Court (HC) yesterday stayed for three months a government notice asking former BNP minister Moudud Ahmed to pay tax on undisclosed money he earned in different fiscal years.

Consensus among victim countries stressed

As the clock is steadily ticking down towards the final round of negotiation on climate change, experts and environment journalists of Asia and Pacific region in their congress in the city yesterday said the slow pace of progress in the negotiation process might jeopardise Copenhagen summit.

Stop politicisation of govt institutions: Dr Kamal

Eminent jurist Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday urged the government to stop politicisation of government and private institutions.

One killed, 30 hurt as rock lifters clash in Tetulia

A man was killed and 30 people were injured in a fierce clash between two groups of rock lifters following a protest procession against rock lifting with heavy machines in Tetulia upazila of Panchagarh district yesterday.

'Save Boral, Chalan Beel'

Speakers at a seminar yesterday demanded steps to remove all the illegal embankments on the Boral to navigable the river and save Chalan Beel, the largest water body in the northern region.

Chaos in N'ganj BNP founding anniversary programme

The 31st founding anniversary programme of BNP and member collection campaign of the party in Narayanganj ended amid clamour, chaos and scuffle yesterday.

One crushed under wheels of train

One person was crushed under the wheels of a train at Nasratpur rail crossing near Shaistaganj Railway junction on Sylhet-Akhaura section yesterday.

Muktijuddha Projonmo executives

A 72-member central committee of Bangladesh Muktijuddha Projonmo was reformed with Fazlul Karim Arif Patowari as its president and Sheikh Kamrul Hasan Taba as general secretary for the term 2009 to 2012.

Punishment to killers of Tamanna demanded

Bangladesh Mahila Parishad has demanded a fair investigation into the death of Dr Tamanna and exemplary punishment to those responsible for her death.

Bus strike in Rajshahi from today

Bus owners and transport workers in Rajshahi jointly enforced an indefinite strike in all routes from Rajshahi, including Dhaka coach services, demanding withdrawal of BRTC double deckar busses from different upazila routes.

National

BNP faction 'backed by AL men' foils rivals' rally in Hizla

A faction of local BNP allegedly backed by ruling party men foiled a programme on BNP founding day at Hizla upazila headquarters yesterday.

Harijan community eating up their domestic pigs

People of the Harijan community in Barisal have started killing and eating their domestic pigs fearing possibilities of an anti-swine flu drive that might lead to culling the animals.

45 sued for not disclosing poll expenditure

Forty-five candidates for the posts of upazila parishad chairman and vice-chairman in seven upazilas under Manikganj district have been sued for not submitting their election expenditure report to the returning officer in time.

Outsiders raid KMC day after assault on principal

Outsider Jubo League and Chhatra League activists backed by a medical officer yesterday raided Khulna Medical College (KMC) campus and the hospital compound.

Food office attacked

Jubo League and Chhatra League workers and supporters on Monday attacked and ransacked Shariakandi upazila food office demanding procurement of their rice a day after the expiry of August 30 deadline.

Jamaat leader killed

A Jamaat leader was stabbed to death while two others were injured at Pakundia in Kishoreganj on Monday night. Victim Mahbubul Alam was general secretary of Jamaat-e-Islam of Sukhia Union. Police and locals said, one Jewel of Char Polash village in Pukundia upazila had enmity with the Jamaat leader and one Mofiz of the same area. Recently Jewel came out of jail and was looking for Mofiz and Mahbub. On Monday night, Jewel found Mahbub and stabbed him. He also attacked Mona, 12, daughter of Mofiz and an unidentified woman. Mahbub died on the way to hospital. A case was lodged with Pakundia police station.

Roadblock by students

Students of Boda Pathraj College put up a barricade on Thakurgaon-Panchagarh Road for about two hours on Tuesday demanding removal of the principal. They also submitted a memorandum to the Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO). Officer-in- Charge (OC) of Boda police station quoting students said the principal punished two students two days ago. He also seized 17 mobile sets from students in different classes on Monday. This agitated the students, he said. Witnesses said, the students put up barricade on Thakurgaon-Panchagarh Road from 12:00am to 1:45pm. At one stage when some of the students were not joining the programme, a group of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists appeared with sticks and forced them to put up barricade. General secretary of Boda Upazila Chhatra League led the agitation programme. Hearing the news, lawmaker of Panchagarh-2 constituency Nurul Islam Shujan suspended all activities of Boda upazila Chhatra League for indefinite period.

Ansars abstain from duty

Thirty-three Ansar members working at Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (Ruet) abstained from work for three and a half hours yesterday protesting non-payment of increased salary. "We are not getting increased salaries since May due to delay in approval by Ruet authorities", said district adjutant of Ansars M Shah Alam. He said that the government increased in May their salaries to Tk 180 from Tk 110 a day but they are not getting the increased amount. At around 11:30am, when Ruet's founding anniversary was continuing, the ansar members went to the Ruet authorities to know the fate of their increased salaries, said witnesses. Failing to get a satisfactory answer, they returned to their camp on the campus and sat in front of the camp gate for over three hours from 12am refraining from duty. Contacted, Ruet registrar Dr Murtuza Ali said, the decision regarding the increased salaries was delayed as they could not hold the university's finance committee's meeting.

Letters

Industrial pollution

It is a matter of utmost concern that many industrial units in the country keep releasing toxic gas and chemicals into the environment, to the peril of human health, crops and aquatic resources. What is supremely ironical is, while the owners of these industrial units as responsible citizens contribute significantly to the growth of the economy and generation of employment opportunities, they prefer to remain indifferent to the vital issue of environment pollution and the resultant damage to eco-system.

Dealing with corruption

1/11 in 2007 was the high antibiotic to the root of corruption in Bangladesh. Although it was the duty of the caretaker government to hold election but they first tried to eradicate corruption from the country to make it free and fair. It gained popularity among the common people but uncommon people who had piled up illegal wealth could not accept it. Many costly cars were found on the road without any owner and many were running towards unknown destination. Every day we got surprising news. Many high-profile politicians, businessmen and service holders were arrested. It was unimaginable and unpredictable. We thought the antidote was working to root out corruption from society. Practically, the antidote started to work properly. But suddenly the dose was stopped and some advisers reportedly became corrupt. Consequently, it started to react. It was very unfortunate for us. The main reason is that the caretaker government could not finish the required doses.

Agriculture sector

We know that most Bangladeshis earn their living from agriculture. Although rice and jute are the primary crops, maize and vegetables are assuming greater importance. Due to the expansion of irrigation networks, some wheat producers have switched to cultivation of maize which is used mostly as poultry feed. Tea is grown in the northeast. Because of Bangladesh's fertile soil and normally ample water supply, rice can be grown and harvested three times a year in many areas. Due to a number of factors, Bangladesh's labour-intensive agriculture has achieved steady increases in food grain production despite the often unfavourable weather conditions. These include better flood control and irrigation, a generally more efficient use of fertilizers, and the establishment of better distribution and rural credit networks. With 28.8 million metric tons produced in 2005-2006 (July-June), rice is Bangladesh's principal crop. By comparison, wheat output in 2005-2006 was 9 million metric tons. Population pressure continues to place a severe burden on productive capacity, creating a food deficit, especially of wheat. Foreign assistance and commercial imports fill the gap. Underemployment remains a serious problem, and a growing concern for Bangladesh's agricultural sector will be its ability to absorb additional manpower. Finding alternative sources of employment will continue to be a daunting problem for future governments, particularly with the increasing numbers of landless peasants who already account for about half the rural labour force.

DMP's hi-tech toy!

The DS of 16 Aug 09 informs us that Dhaka Metropolitan Police are installing an “intricate Tk 61 crore control room with C3S, 155 CCTV cameras and 31 dot matrix displays at important intersections” that “will curb street crime and traffic congestion”. Could the DMP inform us, ignorant plebeians, how it will do so?

Swine flu and Bangladesh

Swine flu is a highly contagious respiratory disease in pigs caused by H1N1viruses. It can be transmitted to humans via contact with infected pigs. This disease was first reported in Mexico. Now according to World Health Organization (W.H.O.), H1N1 influenza had been laboratory-confirmed in 41 countries and more than five lakh people have been infected and around eighty people have died.

Power generation

Bibiyana 450mw power project was planned considering the availability of gas in Bibiyana gas field. It is an IPP project. But it is in the process of tendering and re-tendering during the last couple of years. It should move in the fast track to start construction without any further loss of time.

Railway track

The railway track meanders through the heart of the city at more than two dozen points before it reaches its ultimate destination. The traffic movement comes to a standstill causing serious impediments to the city dwellers, particularly the students, office goers and the sick.

Madhupur forests

The forest department recently planned to begin new plantations with exotic mahogany, eucalyptus etc in Madhupur. Though it's good news but the new exotic kinds of plantation would cause great loss to our own tradition of Madhupur greenery.

Daylight saving

We find little justification of putting the clock forward by one hour from the 19th July for three months, for the first time in the history of this sub-continent, on the ground that it would save day light hours and thereby minimize frequent loadshedding. But so far it has made no difference.

Addiction

“My life has got no meaning now. I am undone, I can't stop him,” she wept. She is an unfortunate mother, who lost her husband 15 years ago and is now looking at a photograph of her addicted son. It is 1:00am and he is out of home taking Tk 1,000 from her mother. He asked her to give the money but when she told him not to take drug again, he got short tempered and demolished the television and some expensive furniture.

Extra judicial penalties

Thanks for your editorial on the above topic . We need to study Islamic history. Lots of archaic laws from Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern societies have come to this country in the name of Islam ( which have nothing to do with the religion itself) and these are mostly enforced on the poor and weak sections of society.

End of an era

The death of Edward Kennedy brings to an end the Era which started with John F. Kennedy. I was a child when John F. Kennedy was elected President of the USA. My father was then in the Home Ministry and he used to bring booklets distributed by the then United States Information Service (USIS) at Topkhana Road. I was looking at the pictures in the booklets when my father saw this he explained to me about John. F. Kennedy and a country called the USA. To me Kennedy, meant the USA and the USA meant Kennedy. When my father told me in November 1963 that President Kennedy had been assassinated tears rolled down my eyes.

Caretaker government system

The issue of caretaker government system came to the fore when AL secretary general Syed Ashraful Islam talked on this matter recently. He commented that we have to reconsider the caretaker system in the light of recent incidents and its acceptability in present context. I think this is a issue related to democracy.

International

Israel warns Palestinians not to declare de facto state

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Monday warned the Palestinians against a plan to establish a state by 2011 regardless of the outcome of the Middle East peace process.

Girl, 15, seeks justice for Gaza killing in world court

A 15-year-old Palestinian girl who says Israeli troops killed her father and two siblings in Gaza in January, sought justice from the International Criminal Court on Monday.

California residents return to rubble as fires spread

Bert Voorhees and his son fetched several cases of wine from the brackish water of their backyard swimming pool, about all he salvaged from his home in deadly fires that have swept Southern California.

Europeans remember start of WWII

European leaders remembered the victims of World War II Tuesday at ceremonies marking the start of the conflict 70 years ago, as the countries involved disputed its historical legacy.

Iran ready for new round of nuclear talks

Iran's top nuclear negotiator said yesterday the Islamic republic has updated its package of proposals linked to its controversial atomic programme and is ready for fresh talks with world powers.

Contender rules out Afghan power deal with Karzai

Afghanistan's main challenger for the presidency yesterday ruled out the prospect of striking a power-sharing deal with incumbent Hamid Karzai while stepping up accusations of widespread ballot-stuffing.

Indian fashion designer gets 59 years jail for rape

Indian American fashion designer Anand Jon Alexander was sentenced Monday to 59 years to life in prison for sexually assaulting aspiring models he lured to Los Angeles.

Geo-engineering of Earth 'is feasible'

A UK Royal Society study has concluded that many engineering proposals to reduce the impact of climate change are "technically possible".

PML-N issues 48-hr ultimatum to PPP to stop vilifying Sharif

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has issued a 48 hours ultimatum to the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) to halt a "malicious" campaign against party chief Nawaz Sharif or be prepared for a forceful response.

Lessons from Mexico for next wave of swine flu

Mexico is preparing for a second wave of swine flu, looking at what worked and what didn't last spring when it banned everything from dining out to attending school in an effort to control the virus.

Koreas restore regular cross-border traffic

North and South Korea restored regular traffic across their heavily fortified border for their jointly run industrial park Tuesday in the latest sign of improved relations between the two, officials in Seoul said.

BJP is paying for 'sins' of leaders: Lalu

RJD supremo Lalu Prasad yesterday said the present crisis in the BJP reflected that the party was paying "for the sins committed by its leaders".

'Restrictions on Pak nuke scientist lifted'

Disgraced Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan, who has admitted leaking nuclear secrets to Iran, North Korea and Libya, said Tuesday restrictions on his movements had been lifted.

China urges Myanmar to maintain peace along border

China yesterday urged Myanmar to maintain peace in its remote northwest as refugees who fled clashes between government forces and rebels headed home, following reports the fighting had ceased.

US won't renegotiate Japan troops deal

The United States on Monday ruled out renegotiating a deal on US military bases with Japan's new left-leaning government, which has pledged a fresh look at US forces in its territory.

Fiji suspended from C'wealth

The Commonwealth has suspended Fiji after it refused to bow to demands to call elections by next year.

World's 1st cloned wolf dies

One of the world's first two cloned wolves has died from an apparent infection, a professor who produced the clones almost four years ago said Tuesday.

Israeli ex-ministers start prison terms

Two former Israeli ministers started serving prison terms on Tuesday after being found guilty of corruption in two separate trials, the prison service said.

Arts & Entertainment

Delving into all elements of acting

Wahida Mallik Jolly, an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre, Dhaka University, is an accomplished actress and a costume designer. After completing her MSS in Social Welfare from Dhaka University, she went to Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, to study Acting and Costume Designing.

Eid Shombhar on Ekushey TV

Targeting the coming Eid, a new show "Eid Shombhar" has begun on Ekushey TV. The programme aims at providing a helping hand with the Eid preparations. The show includes special tips on Eid shopping, recipes, decoration and more. A segment of the programme will include interview of a celebrity and his/her views on Eid and other aspects related to the biggest celebration in the country.

OP-ED

No one cares?

WITH recession gripping the country, followed by global economic turmoil and the closure of a number of industries, joblessness has surged. An ominous addition is that thousands of workers are returning home from Malaysia and some countries in the Middle East.

A champion of democracy

SOUTH Korea has been in mourning for former President Kim Dae-jung, who was buried on August 23. He passed away on August 18 at the age of 84. His personal courage in standing up to the military government in South Korea made him a symbol of universal human rights.

Revenge is sweet for the servant who employs the employer

JET lag is a wonderful tool to help you to see your neighbourhood in a new light: moonlight. Getting back from a trip, I woke up and had an all-cholesterol breakfast at two a.m., went for a bracing cross-country run of almost 50 metres at three a.m and decided to go shopping at four in the morning.


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