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News of: Friday, 4th of September, 2009

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Railway goes reckless

Most routes of Bangladesh Railway are very dangerous for travelling at present as the railway still depends on obsolete and dilapidated manual and semi-manual signalling system installed as far back as 1927.

Train rams car

A speeding train rammed a private car yesterday morning, leaving one injured, as it attempted to cross the Karwan Bazar level crossing defying the signal in the capital.

PM seeks int'l help to combat fallout

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina sought technological and financial supports from the international community to combat the challenges of climate change.

7 out of 10 jurists against army act

Seven of the 10 amici curiae have given opinions against trying BDR personnel accused of different offences committed during the February 25-26 mutiny at the BDR headquarters under the army act.

Govt to make drug available

The government yesterday decided to make the anti-viral drug available in the market soon to treat swine flu patients.

Rid Pharma officials defy court order

A Brahmanbaria court yesterday re-issued arrest warrant against five Rid Pharma officials for not showing up at the hearing of a case filed against them for producing toxic paracetamol syrup that claimed lives of 28 children.

President could have saved govt's blushes

President Zillur Rahman could have saved the government from sliding into the ongoing legal controversy over sending two district judges into forced retirement, had he not overlooked the constitutional provision on the issue.

BB suspends 9 officials for torn note scam

Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday suspended nine officials including a general manager of its Khulna branch on charges of involvement in smuggling out torn notes worth about Tk 28 lakh from the branch.

China okays single-dose flu vaccine

The answer may be at hand to a crucial question about vaccination for the advancing swine flu one shot or two? Chinese officials approved a vaccine Thursday that they say prevents the new flu in a single dose.

HC appoints amici curiae for opinion

The High Court (HC) yesterday appointed three amici curiae (friend of court) for expert opinion on the legality of formation of a parliamentary body to investigate corruption allegations against former speaker Jamiruddin Sircar.

13 workers fall sick in cold storage

Thirteen workers fell unconscious at a cold storage at Gudaraghat Farashganj in the city's Sutrapur early yesterday due to accumulation of a huge quantity of ammonia gas.

Blind, yet they set green mark

They can't see the world and all its treasures because of their visual impairment. Yet they've all the eagerness to do their bits in making the globe greener.

Full police control over traffic sought

A parliamentary body yesterday recommended the authority to issue driving licence and vehicle's fitness certificate be shifted to the home ministry from Bangladesh Road Transport Authority.

RMG makers demand Tk 3,000cr before Eid

Garment manufacturers yesterday sought a Tk 3,000-crore stimulus package from the government to pay out salaries and Eid bonuses for workers.

Reform body for decentralising Nat'l University

The high-powered committee in a report on National University (NU) reform has recommended decentralisation of the university by forming six regional centres in six divisions and bringing the affiliated colleges of the regions under the centres.

EC asks AL MP Kabirul to explain his eligibility

The Election Commission (EC) yesterday issued a notice upon another ruling Awami League (AL) lawmaker Kabirul Haque, asking him to explain within 10 days why his parliament membership should not be cancelled on grounds of ineligibility.

2 killed in 'shootout'

Two siblings, allegedly illegal arms and drugs peddlers, were killed and five members of Rab and police sustained injuries in a 'shootout' at Vaturia in Jessore Sadar early yesterday.

Haji Selim's 65 cases to be dropped

The metropolitan public prosecutor of Dhaka has recommended withdrawal of 65 out of 120 cases filed against former Awami League (AL) lawmaker Haji Mohammad Selim saying they were 'politically motivated' and 'meant for harassment'.

Horror inside subways

Though the subways of Dhaka city are meant to facilitate pedestrians, they have instead emerged as shelter for drug addicts and vagabonds to the sufferings of city dwellers.

Editorial

Police action against marchers

IT is unquestionably bad practice to prevent people from asserting their democratic right to protest. And the practice gets worse when, in order to quell such protests, the law enforcers resort to a baton charge of the protestors. That precisely is what happened on Wednesday when a procession organized by the National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports was pounced upon by the police. As so often happens in such instances of harshness demonstrated by policemen, no fewer than thirty people were left with various degrees of injuries on their persons. Among these thirty were ten policemen. It has been given out that the marchers, who were trying to reach the head offices of Petrobangla in Karwan Bazar to register their disapproval of the lease of three offshore gas fields to foreign companies, ended up vandalizing quite a few vehicles as a result of the police action. Vandalism, of course, is always to be condemned. If some of these protestors resorted to violent action, we cannot but unambiguously tell them they did themselves no service.

Threat of swine flu

THOUGH it is about two months that the first swine flu virus-infected case was detected in the country, a full-fledged public awareness campaign against the pandemic, as promised by the government, is yet to take off. And as if to match it, the level of preparedness to fight the disease, so far as it has been reported in the media, too, leaves much to be desired.

The men who killed Sheikh Mujib?

BACK in 2003, the History Channel in the United States aired a 9-part documentary titled The Men Who Killed Kennedy. When the documentary directly implicated former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson in its last episode, it stirred an outcry in the political circuit. The Channel apologised to its viewers and to Mrs. Johnson and her family for airing the show. The moral of the story is that conspiracy theories are like a minefield. Even the most cautious step can land on a pressure plate, exploding in outrage.

Case distortions and social order

GRADUALLY we are getting used to the initial covering up and subsequent disclosure of criminal cases. Under one government, we learn how an apparent killing or a bomb blast is either just an accident or deep-rooted political conspiracy. And then after the change of government, we learn how the criminal cases were distorted during the previous regime to cover up the truth. From "media created" Bangla bhai to the attack on Humayun Azad, or from the Ramna bombing of 2001 to 21st August 2004 grenade attacks -- it's the same story.

Opression of women

AGAINST the backdrop of increasing incidents of extra-judicial punishments inflicted on underprivileged women in the rural regions, leading to whipping and caning in the name of fatwa, the High Court (HC) has ordered the law enforcers and local government bodies to take immediate measures against such penalties. The HC's order came after hearing a public interest litigation writ petition filed by women's right groups.

Sports

Why ban on SuperSport?

Sports fans across the city are continually frustrated at finding themselves in the dark over TV coverage of some of the best sporting events from across the globe.

Federer, Nadal move on

Five-time defending champion Roger Federer booked a third-round US Open date with former world number one Lleyton Hewitt Wednesday while six-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal cruised in his opener.

Clijsters on track

The remarkable comeback of Kim Clijsters gathered pace at the US Open on Wednesday, underlining her growing threat to the domination of the Williams sisters.

Kiwis shock Sri Lanka

Jacob Oram and Daniel Vettori shared five wickets as New Zealand came from behind to shock Sri Lanka by three runs in a Twenty20 international here on Wednesday.

Oram didn't know it!

New Zealand's Jacob Oram said Thursday he was unaware he had taken a hattrick during the thrilling three-run win over Sri Lanka in a Twenty20 international.

Shakib leaves for Adelaide tomorrow

Shakib Al Hasan will leave Dhaka tomorrow morning for Adelaide for treatment of his groin injury.

Dragon blank Diamond

Shyamol struck twice as Dragon Sporting Club blanked Diamond Friends Club 3-0 in the Hafijul Islam Khan Uttu Smriti First Division Football League at Shahid Miraz-Tapan stadium in Manikganj yesterday.

England in Denly doubt

England batsman Joe Denly was to undergo a scan on his left knee on Thursday after suffering an injury during England's practice session prior to the first ODI against Australia at The Oval.

5 athletes go to Malaysia

As part of preparation for the upcoming 11th SA Games, five leading athletes left Dhaka yesterday to have improved training at the IAAF-High Performance Training Center in Malaysia.

It's 'fun' no more

Twenty20 cricket was branded as "fun" when it was launched as a professional sport in England six years ago.

Bolt not to run 100m in Brussels

Treble world sprint champion Usain Bolt will not compete against world silver medallist Tyson Gay in the 100m at the sixth and final Golden League meet of the season on Friday.

Farhat cuts ICL ties

Pakistan opener Imran Farhat has confirmed that he has snapped ties with the Indian Cricket League (ICL), making himself available for official cricket. Farhat met Wasim Bari, the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) chief operating officer, and submitted a no-objection certificate from the ICL.

Brazil not worried about Messi

Brazil are not too worried with Argentina star Lionel Messi ahead of their World Cup qualifier on Saturday.

22 chosen for GP-BCB Academy

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday picked twenty-two players to join the GP-BCB National Cricket Academy's (NCA) training camp.

Trezeguet leaving Juve

Former France forward David Trezeguet said on Thursday that he will leave Italian giants Juventus at the end of the season.

Ecstasy school hockey sponsor

Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) got a sponsor to bring the National School Hockey Tournament back on to the field after a five-year break.

FIFA hits Blues hard

English Premier League club Chelsea have been fined and hit with a ban on registering players until January 2011 by world football's ruling body FIFA as punishment for their role in a contractual dispute.

Mutu unfit for France clash

Romania will face France in Saturday's World Cup qualifier without striker Adrian Mutu, who misses the trip to Paris with a right thigh problem.

Hull snap up Hesselink

Hull have recruited former Celtic striker Jan Venegoor of Hesselink to bolster their bid to stay in the Premier League.

Abramovich in Tanzania

Chelsea football club owner, Roman Abramovich, is in Tanzania on a private visit that will include touring the country's game reserves, a tourism official said on Thursday.

Adler eyes No. 1 spot

Goalkeeper Rene Adler insisted Wednesday he wants to make Germany's Number One shirt his own and finally settle the issue of who will be between the posts at next year's World Cup.

Alonso planned his exit

Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has admitted he planned to quit Liverpool from the moment Anfield boss Rafa Benitez tried to sell him last year.

Ballack to decide future after 2010 WC

Germany captain Michael Ballack, who will celebrate his 33rd birthday in three weeks, said Thursday he will decide if he will continue playing after the World Cup in June next year.

Tug of war over Franchi stadium

Football and rugby are involved in a bizarre tug of war over Fiorentina's Franchi stadium due to a fixture clash.

Business

Hasina urges expatriates to invest in their roots

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged Bangladeshi expatriates in Europe to make more investment in their homeland for further expediting socioeconomic progress in line with the Vision-2021 adopted by her government as a new development paradigm.

Price control move pays off little

Basic commodity prices are on the rise despite frantic efforts by the government to control market, and promises from traders, during Ramadan.

Remittance flashes global recovery signs

The remittance inflow increased by 18.22 percent in the first two months of the current fiscal year which Bangladesh Bank officials described as moderately good.

HSBC to raise biggest fund for poultry

Eighteen banks have agreed to arrange Tk 180 crore syndicated loan for Kazi Grand Parents Limited (KGPL), a concern of Kazi Farms Group, to raise its capital for expansion of product lines.

DSE opens OTC market for junk shares Sunday

Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) is going to introduce a separate trading floor on Sunday for junk shares.

Credit scanty for Old Dhaka's small firms

Although different banks and financial institutions have 76 branches in Old Dhaka, only eight percent of their disbursed loans go to small entrepreneurs in the area, said Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Atiur Rahman yesterday.

TCB sugar to sell at Tk 42

The Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) yesterday started purchasing 1,000 tonnes of sugar from refiners' association at a cost of Tk 39 per kg in an effort to contain the price of the item, said a senior TCB official.

Minister stresses industrial capability, diversification

Industries Minister Dilip Barua yesterday stressed the need for developing indigenous industries to meet the domestic demand and enhance export by strengthening industrial capability and diversification.

Denmark keen to jointly invest in shipbuilding industry

Denmark expressed its desire to go for a joint investment in Bangladesh's ship building industry.

G20 eyes bankers' pay amid warnings over recovery

G20 finance ministers meet here Friday to chart the next steps out of the global economic crisis, with calls to curb bankers' bonuses as part of beefed-up financial market rules topping the agenda.

In Vietnam, many see dollar as king

From lowly rickshaw drivers to restaurants and high-end boutiques, the dollar is a widely accepted currency in communist Vietnam -- except in the eyes of the government.

Asian markets end mixed

Asian markets were mixed Thursday as the volatility in China's stocks continued with a huge jump pulling other bourses higher, while weaker than expected US data from the US weighed on others.

Older Americans staying put in jobs longer

Older Americans will make up virtually all of the growth in the US work force in the coming years as a nearly unprecedented number hold onto jobs and younger people decide to stay in school.

Japan's Dainippon Sumitomo to buy US drugmaker Sepracor

Japan's Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma Co. said Thursday it had agreed to buy US-based Sepracor Inc. for 2.6 billion dollars -- the latest in a string of takeovers by Japanese drugmakers expanding overseas.

Australian trade deficit hits 14-month high as imports soar

Australia's trade deficit blew out to a 14-month high in July as imports spiked four percent and exporters struggled amid the global recession, official data showed Thursday.

Euro rises against dollar

The euro climbed against the dollar on Thursday before ECB policy announcements and as traders digested data showing the eurozone's private sector expanding for the first time for 15 months.

Oil above $69

Oil prices rebounded above 69 dollars a barrel on Thursday, clawing back ground after some recent heavy losses caused by caution over the strength of global economic recovery.

China to seek more private investment

China is planning to seek more private investment in an apparent bid to balance its path to economic recovery, which so far has relied heavily on government spending, state media said Thursday.

Deutsche Bank head says banks learning from crisis

Banks are learning their lesson from the financial crisis and are making "good progress" towards adapting to the changed landscape, the head of Germany's top bank, Deutsche Bank, said on Thursday.

EU probes Oracle's bid to buy Sun

European Union regulators on Thursday launched an antitrust probe into US software maker Oracle Corp's takeover of Sun Microsystems Inc, saying the deal could mean higher prices and limited choice for database software.

Swedish central bank holds key rate at 0.25pc

Sweden's central bank said on Thursday it would hold its key interest rate at a record low level of 0.25 percent.

Currency

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

Metropolitan

Update Children Act '74 in light of UN Convention

The High Court (HC) in a verdict yesterday directed the government to update the Children Act 1974 or enact a fresh law in the light of the United Nations Child Rights Convention (UNCRC) for ensuring the best protection, welfare and interest of the children as soon as possible.

Tk 68 lakh gold ornaments found at Ctg airport

Customs officials found 283 tolas of gold ornaments worth around Tk 68 lakh beneath a seat of an Oman flight at Shah Amanat International Airport in the port city of Chittagong yesterday.

Perpetrators must face trial: Delwar

BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday said those who tortured the party's senior joint secretary general Tarique Rahman in custody after his arrest must be brought to justice.

4 BNP leaders on 4-day remand

A Dhaka court yesterday placed four BNP leaders on a four-day remand for interrogation in the Karwan Bazar triple murder case.

Prompt action to clear off footpaths

The Zone-3 office of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) took prompt action to clear off footpaths from illegal occupation in Azimpur and Palashi areas following a news report on the peril of city's pedestrians yesterday.

SC stays HC bail order to Aminul

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday stayed till October 4 a High Court (HC) order granting bail to former post and telecommunications minister Aminul Haque in Barapukuria coalmine corruption case.

Prof Yunus to launch Saudi university academic year today

Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus leaves the city today on an invitation to launch the first academic year of King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia.

Draft rules on RTI submitted to law minister

Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) M Azizur Rahman yesterday submitted to Law Minister Shafique Ahmed draft rules for implementing the Right to Information Act to ensure free flow of information.

Action on protesters unwarranted

The parliamentary standing committee on home ministry yesterday said Wednesday's police action on the activists of the National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports was 'unwarranted and should not have taken place.'

Police action condemned

Different organisations yesterday strongly protested the 'police action' on Prof Anu Muhammad and other leaders and workers of the National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Port in the city.

VoIP instruments worth Tk 62 lakh seized

Police busted a VoIP operation and arrested a man at a house in the city's Uttara yesterday.

Prof Harun president of ISACA

Prof M Harunur Rashid of Dhaka University, who is also vice chancellor of Presidency University, was elected president of Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) Bangladesh chapter recently, says a press release.

Law, order situation under control

Director General (DG) of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) Hassan Mahmood Khandker yesterday said the overall law and order situation in the country is under control but there is no scope for complacency.

Supply drinking water from Dhaleswari, Padma

A parliamentary standing committee yesterday asked Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) to take measures to bring and treat water of Dhaleswari and Padma rivers for distribution among the city dwellers who have been suffering from acute shortage of drinking water.

Legal action to be taken for excesses by cops

The government will take legal actions against any excesses by members of the law enforcement agencies during Wednesday's protest programme of the National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports in the city's Paltan area.

Mobile co staff shot, robbed

A sales representative of a private mobile operator sustained bullet injuries yesterday when muggers opened fire and snatched Tk 2.7 lakh and pre-paid cards worth Tk 80,000 from him in Tongi area on the outskirts of the capital.

Sales executive dies in city road crash

A sales executive of a private firm was killed in a road accident at Kalyanpur in the city yesterday.

Death anniversary

The 40th death anniversary of Abdul Hamid Chowdhury, former speaker of erstwhile Provincial Assembly, will be observed today, says a press release.

National

People attack private buses, demand BRTC services

At least 25 people were injured as local people and students clashed with bus operators and police at Charghat upazila headquarters yesterday demanding resumption of BRTC bus services on Rajshahi-Charghat-Bagha route.

6 JMB men get life in Sherpur

A Sherpur court yesterday sentenced six cadres of outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) to life imprisonment for their involvement in serial blasts in the district town on August 17, 2005.

Roadblock, siege demanding power

Local people blocked highways and surrounded electricity offices in Dinajpur and Sylhet city on Wednesday night protesting frequent power outage.

53 sued for failing to submit election expenditure report

Fifty-three candidates for the posts of upazila parishad chairman and vice-chairman in seven upazilias of Patuakhali district have been sued for not submitting their poll expenditure report to the returning officer in time.

Pabna medical students start agitation, place 9-pt demand

The students of Pabna Medical College yesterday started a week-long demonstration demanding solution to their various problems besetting the institution since its inception in November last year.

KMCH action against Tozammel

Dr Tozammel Hossain, a medical officer of Khulna Medical College Hospital (KMCH), has been stripped of his power to give medical certificate to patients.

BNP factions clash over formation of bodies

Clashes between two factions of local BNP over formation of Durgapur upazila and municipality unit committees left five people injured yesterday.

9 Khulna shops gutted

Nine shops were gutted in a big fire that broke out at 10am yesterday at Daulatpur Kitchen Market in the city. According to Khulna fire officials, the fire originated from an electric short circuit. Shop owners said nine shops of cosmetics, nylon ropes and electrical equipments were gutted. The damage was estimated at Tk 30 lakh.

College girl abducted

A college girl was abducted by a group of youths at Bara Dewanpara village under Sarail upazila of the district on Tuseday night. According to family members and police, Fahmida Akter Bristi was abducted when she was returning home from her classmate's house. A gang of youths of nearby Uchaliapara village picked her up forcibly in an auto-rickshaw, they said. Bristi's mother Asma Khatun filed a case with Sarail police station accusing five people. Police yesterday arrested two youths --- Abdul Barek, 30, and Saddam, 24. But they could not rescue Bristi till filing of this report in the afternoon.

BNP men's houses attacked

At least 14 houses of BNP men including that of Palita-Beroil union unit BNP's general secretary Moslemuddin Molla were ransacked by local Awami League (AL) activists at village Dohor-Singra in Magura Sadar upazila on Wednesday night. Witnesses said, supporters of Magura Sadar upazila parishad vice-chairman Enamul Huq Raja equipped with lethal weapons attacked and ransacked the houses at around 10-30 pm. The attackers also beat up13 BNP men leaving them severely injured. Among the injured, Moslemuddin, Mohammad Ali, Kafiluddin, Rezaul Mian, Babor Ali and Rubel were admitted to Magura Sadar Hospital.

Three Hizb-ut Tahrir men held

Detective Branch of police on Wednesday night arrested three Hizb-ut Tahrir militants from the city's Naiorpul area while they were distributing leaflets. The arrestees are Farhan Habib of the city's Ambarkhana, Imranur Rahman of Kuarpar and Ziaur Rahman Piyas of Faridabagh. They were handed over to Kotwali police, who produced them before the judicial magistrate's court yesterday. The magistrate ordered to send them to jail hajat, officer-in-charge of Kotwali police station, Syeduzzaman said.

Woman's body found in launch

Body of a female passenger, aged about 35, was recovered from a launch cabin at Hular Hut station under Pirojpur district yesterday morning. Pirojpur police suspect that she was murdered after rape. Earlier, authorities of MV Rajdoot-7, the double deck launch plying on Dhaka-Hular Hut route, informed police at about 8:00 am that body of a woman passenger was seen wrapped with bed sheet on the bed of a cabin. Police while recovering the body noticed marks of injury and rape signs in it and sent it to Pirojpur General Hospital for autopsy.

Fugitive JCD leader held

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Wednesday arrested Moulvibazar district leader of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) Zakir Hussain Ujjal in the capital. Main accused in Shibir leader Almas murder case, he was absconding since 2004. Rab yesterday handed over the arrestee to Moulvibazar police. Rab-9 at Srimongal in a press release said, Zakir is accused in eight other cases. Members of the elite force arrested him on Wednesday near Rifle Square in Dhaka, the press release added.

Letters

Stock market

In the last few weeks we witnessed that the general index of Dhaka stock market reached 3,000 plus and then it was pulled down to below 3,000. A cat and mouse game is being played.

Rental & peaking power plants

The news was published in most dailies on the 20th and 21st August. The decision does not seem to be technically transparent as discussed below.

Secularism

The ideology of secularism has come to the forefront again after assumption of state power by the Awami League led grand alliance as this government strongly advocates secularism which is one of the major policies of the AL. But a vast majority of the Muslims think that secularism contradicts the basic faith of their religion “Islam”. It is not very difficult to understand the reasons if anyone closely observe the definition of secularism which normally means “ An ethical system founded on the principles of natural morality and independent of revealed religions or supernaturalism”.

Attention: Bangladesh Bank

With the expansion of technology and effect of globalization the demand of external education/ distance learning is growing rapidly. Especially, the institutions which have global reputation attract large number of students. The University of London is such an institution and most probably attracts maximum number of students from Bangladesh who intend to attend external programmes. But in sending different fees like application handling fee, registration fee, examination fee the students here face a harsh and painstaking reality. No bank is willing to process the bank draft for distance learning saying that there are restrictions regarding the matter from Bangladesh Bank. They also say only two branches of Sonali Bank are empowered to handle this kind of bank draft. But going to that branches it has been learnt that only the fees of the students who are recommended by two particular institutions are processed through those branches. If their version of the statement is true we must say how bizarre the situation is that the students who directly want to be admitted to London University cannot send their fees without taking the help of any tuition provider, even when it is not necessary for them. To make sure whether the money is going to London University, is it not enough to ensure that the bank draft is crossed in favour of London University? And even after that if it thinks that an invoice letter is necessary it may ask the local British Council or British High Commission but it can in no way compel students to be admitted to a local coaching centre.

Ramadan & school holidays

For the last few years we are observing that there is heavy movement of traffic in the Dhaka city during the holy month of Ramadan causing an unbearable situation for the commuters. This can be attributed to two main reasons. 1) The shopping spree for the ensuing Eid starts right from the beginning of the month 2) Most of the English medium schools remain open almost throughout the month. A rough estimate has it that more than 10,000 students in the English medium schools like Scholastica, Sunbeams, Sunnydale, Southbreeze , Mastermind, BIT and others move with cars to and from the school. If their movement is totally stopped during this month it will come as a big relief for other citizens. The school authorities, however, can complete their syllabus by adjusting this with summer vacation. Unless this is made mandatory by the government most of these schools will try to follow their own curriculum / academic schedule.

Senator Edward Kennedy

The death of Senator Edward Kennedy has robbed Bangladesh of a great friend who came to her side in times of her need. He opposed the position of the then US President Nixon who supported the genocide launched by the Pakistani military regime. Ironically, Nixon stated in his own handwriting, “To all hands: DON'T squeeze Yahya at this time”. Thus he blessed General Yahya Khan of Pakistan to continue the killings of Bangalis and to push several millions into India as refugees.

Indigenous children and youth

Indigenous children and youth are particularly vulnerable to human rights violations, as they often find themselves caught between their indigenous language, customs and values and those of the wider community.

15 years old cars

It appears the government is being run by the car dealers of the country. They knew that import duty and taxes were going to rise before the budget was announced. So they imported a huge number of cars and released them before imposition of taxes. Customs officials worked day and night to clear the cars in time! But because of high price and economic downturn the car market is slow, at least not up to the satisfaction of car dealers. So, a new devices are adopted to speed up the sale of cars. They will push the 15 years old cars off the city streets. BRTA in anticipation of such design stopped giving fitness certificate to such cars. Many such car owners deposited requisite fees including income taxes as advised by the BRTA officials.

Why this dress code?

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina's advice to the people, particularly government officials and executives of different offices to wear casual dresses and avoid suits from March to November to save electricity is another knee-jerk response to power management. It is not easy to control people's lifestyle. Some people always need comfort to work better. There is no holding them back. What we have to ensure is that the government officials enjoying AC are not busy looting people's money and energy.

21st August attack

Mr. Fazlul Karim Selim, a presidium member and some other AL leaders have demanded interrogation of the former Prime Minister, her son and State Minister for Home, Minister Lutfuzzaman Babar to find out if they were involved in that gruesome killings of many AL leaders and attempted killing of Sheikh Hasina on 21st August 2004. I think they have some valid points for making such a demand.

BDR carnage

Hopefully, the investigation into the BDR mutiny digs deep and identifies the root causes behind the ugly incident. Otherwise, any shallow or glossing over of issues will only leave the root of discontent to germinate in future! Investigation is needed into the utter failure of various intelligence units whose incompetence is one of the major, if not the only real failure in this case.

Paradox of Ramadan

The blessed month of Ramadan is for Muslims to renew and practise the lesson of siam or restraint, in eating, drinking and other worldly affairs which give pleasure. It is a month to learn self-control. I am therefore surprised that during Ramadan food prices go up which according to economic science must be because the demand for food items go up, and although Muslims fast assiduously I have not seen anyone actually lose weight in this month by this process.

Horoscope

In many newspapers & magazines nowadays, horoscope ("rashifall" in Bangla) is printed. These predictions or fortune-telling may be interesting and funny to read, but everyone knows that these are baseless. They do not have the slightest connection with truth or science. How could possibly the movement of planetary bodies and stars effect the regular events in human life? Some uneducated people or distressed persons tend to believe them, giving a chance to mislead themselves.

Our swimmers

The South Asian(SA) Games will start from the 29th January and our swimmers have already started their preparation under the guidance of their Korean Coach Park Taegun. He is guiding our swimmers as part of the agreement between Korean Olympic association(KOA) and Bangladesh Olympic Association(BOA). A few days ago, we were having a walk inside the Mirpur swimming foundation and had the chance to talk with Mr. Taegun. He appeared to be very optimistic.

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International

Pakistan 'disturbed' over Indian N-tests

Pakistan said yesterday it was disturbed by reports that India might be considering additional nuclear tests after doubts were raised about the success of its 1998 tests.

PML-N will not indulge in 'undemocratic' method to overthrow govt: Sharif

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has said his party would not get involved in any 'undemocratic' process to bring down the ruling PPP government.

Afghan envoys call for 'fair' election outcome

Top envoys for Afghanistan called Wednesday for a "fair" election process to prevail after claims of massive fraud cast a pall over the presidential vote and a suicide bomb attack left more than 20 dead.

Suu Kyi files appeal against conviction

Lawyers for detained Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi filed an appeal Thursday against the criminal conviction that put her under house arrest for 18 more months.

Iran MPs endorse cabinet with 1st woman minister

Iran's parliament strongly backed yesterday a cabinet proposed by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that includes the Islamic republic's first woman minister and a man wanted for bombing a Jewish community centre in Argentina.

World heading for climate 'abyss', says UN chief

The world is accelerating towards a climate catastrophe, UN chief Ban Ki-moon warned yesterday, urging rapid progress in talks to cut emissions and tackle global warming.

40 killed in Mexico drug violence

A surge in drug-related violence the last 24 hours has seen at least 40 people killed in the troubled northern border region and President Felipe Calderon's home state.

Chandrayaan-I image confirmed US moon landing

India's first lunar mission has captured images of the landing site of the Apollo 15 craft, debunking theories that the US mission was a hoax, the country's state-run space agency said Wednesday.

Final farewell to Jackson

Family and friends of Michael Jackson will bid a final farewell to the tragic King of Pop here yesterday as the singer is laid to rest in a private ceremony at a star-studded Los Angeles cemetery.

Andhra Pradesh CM killed in chopper crash

Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh and senior Congress leader YS Rajasekhara Reddy and four others were killed in a helicopter crash on Wednesday, the Indian government confirmed yesterday.

2 cops killed in Kashmir

Two Indian policemen were killed when a group of heavily-armed militants ambushed their patrol in a southern district of revolt-hit Kashmir, police said yesterday.

11 feared dead in Afghan floods

Flash floods in Afghanistan washed away homes and farmland, leaving up to 11 people feared dead a day after a suicide attack in the same province, an official said Thursday.

Arts & Entertainment

Biplob’s latest film Britter Bairey to be premiered at Toronto Film Fest

"Britter Bairey," Golam Robbani Biplob's latest film is going to have its premiere at the 34th Toronto International Film Festival, scheduled to start from September 10. Produced by Impress Telefilm Ltd, the film will be screened as part of the 'Contemporary World Cinema' section.

Up and coming actress Farhana Mili’s latest projects

Her evocative acting in the movie "Monpura" has popularised her as 'Pori' and made her a household name. Besides "Monpura" she has also made her mark in the entertainment industry with TV plays, theatre performances, commercials and more. In an interview with The Daily Star, Farhana Mili talked about her upcoming TV plays that would be aired this Eid.

Professor Zia Hyder’s first death anniversary observed in Pabna

The first death anniversary of renowned dramatist, director and teacher Professor Zia Hyder was observed in Pabna last Wednesday. A daylong programme was arranged by the family of Hyder. Reciting from the Holy Quran, special prayers at Hyder's grave and a milad were held on September 2. Family members, friends, well-wishers and a cross section of the people attended the programme.

Disney’s purchase of Marvel is a super deal

Disney's $4-billion deal for Marvel Entertainment isn't simply an acquisition. It's a reinvention.

Four TV stars feature in Eid-special Ityadi

Four popular TV actors -- Dilara Zaman, Shahiduzzaman Selim, Mahfuz Ahmed and Richi Solaiman -- have taken part in a segment involving the audience in the upcoming episode of "Ityadi," to be aired this Eid-ul-Fitr.

Lux Shoppers’ Guide on Rtv

To provide viewers with Eid shopping tips, Rtv is airing "Lux Shoppers' Guide," a 20-minute daily show.

Madonna wrapping up world tour in Israel

Madonna brought her mix of provocative music and spirituality to the Holy Land with a concert last Tuesday in front of 50,000 fans who had endured a 16-year wait since the pop icon's last gig in Israel.

OP-ED

Time to turn the BoI around

DR. Syed Abdus Samad, an experienced civil servant and a former principal secretary to the prime minister, has just taken over as the executive chairman of the important but neglected institution -- the Board of Investment. He has been given ministerial status, only the second head in BoI's history to get this privilege.

The BJP in dire straits

THE expulsion of senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Jaswant Singh from the organisation for his observations in a much talked about book on Pakistan's founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah has come somewhat as a bolt from the blue and is definitely the most debated issue in the Indian political arena.

Li Li and the creativity gap

BOO Aoo. another friend gone. Top foreign correspondent Paul Wiseman, a buddy of mine, has been recalled to Washington. Budget cuts mean lots of reporters are going home, but I'll particularly miss this USA Today Asia correspondent, who combined excessive courage with extreme humility.

StarTech

The flu and the science of ultimate vaccine

The Swine Flu virus is round and about, sporadically taking its toll in countries of the world. The number of cases is Bangladesh is also rising day by day. As if the world hasn't already had enough of plague from mice, the Mad Cow Disease and then the Bird Flu! So one can rightfully ask, “A flu is no big deal. Then why are people all of a sudden talking about a pandemic?” The answer ultimately comes down to evolution.

Nokia seizes social internet, amplifies music experience

Mobile phone set manufacturer Nokia has unveiled a combo that can change how people connect with each other and offer new and exciting ways to give everyone, everywhere, the power to make the most of every moment.

Sony Ericsson W995 wins EISA Awards

W995, one of the latest editions of the walkman family mobile handset of Sony Ericsson, has recently won the EISA Awards. The handset won the award for the Best Product on the category of “European Music Phone 2009-2010”, says a press release.

Limo-Index business conclave held

Limo Electronics Ltd, one of the pioneers in Bangladesh in the consumer electronics and home appliances sector and Index IT Ltd, one of the major importers and distributors in the field of IT, has joined hands together and held Limo-Index business conclave 2009 on August 20 at the Carnival Hall of Bangabandhu International Conference Center, says press release.

HMD

A man demonstrates an 'UP3000' head mounted display (HMD) which incorporates a travel guide for tourists at Tokyo's Shibuya shopping district on September 1. A Tokyo hotel is currently offering a free trial service of the product, which features a video screen showing travel and sight-seeing information, up to 8GB of flash memory for videos and file storage, Wi-Fi connectivity, and an internet browser.



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