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News of: Monday, 7th of September, 2009

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Gunshots muted by probe

The Criminal Investigation Department's charge sheet in the August 21 grenade attack case draws no conclusion about the much-reported bullet scars on the jeep that drove Sheikh Hasina out of the blast site.

District hospitals lack preparedness

Most of the district hospitals in the country are not yet ready to treat swine flu patients although the number of infected people with the virus has been swelling every day.

Sale of drug at reduced price

The anti-viral drug 'Oseltamivir' used for treatment of swine flu will be sold now at a reduced price under the government 'regulated market' across the country to stop misuse of the drug and control its price.

Rental terms revised

The energy ministry yesterday finalised some terms and conditions for upcoming tender on eight rental power projects with a total capacity of 530 megawatt, relaxing the deadline for implementing the projects.

90 more pleas sent for govt review

A parliamentary committee yesterday sent 90 applications of armed forces officials to the defence ministry for verifying who were "deprived or harassed or sacked on political grounds" in the last seven years.

Sugar price up

Sugar price soars in majority of the local markets in the capital as a section of unscrupulous traders are creating an artificial crisis under the pretext of price hike on the international market.

No roadmap to war crime trial

The government will not announce any roadmap to war crimes trial but it might start the trial before December this year even before the ultimatum placed by Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee.

Yunus denies any political links

Nobel laureate and Grameen Bank Managing Director Prof Muhammad Yunus totally denied his involvement with any political party in Bangladesh.

Tributes pour in for Saifur

Leaders, workers and supporters of BNP and other political parties, colleagues and well-wishers yesterday paid homage to veteran political leader Saifur Rahman, who died in a road crash on Saturday.

JS sits today for 3rd session

Parliament goes into third session today with the BNP-led opposition lawmakers continuing boycott of the House.

Two more killed in 'crossfire'

Two criminals, including a leader of outlawed Gono Bahini, were shot dead in "crossfire" in Kushtia and Faridpur yesterday.

Facts & Tips

MAJOR SYMPTOMS
High fever (temperature over 100°F or 37.8°C) with rash

Correction

In a report carried by The Daily Star yesterday, it was mentioned that former finance minister M Saifur Rahman participated in the 1952 Language Movement as vice-president of Fazlul Huq Muslim Hall of Dhaka University.

RMG worker loses eyes in acid attack

A garment worker suffered severe damage to both her eyes after her divorced husband threw acid leaving the whole face burnt at Pahartali in the port city yesterday.

Poor block road for VGF rice

Several thousand people from two unions of Jaldhaka upazila of the district blocked Nilphamari-Jaldhaka road at Tengonmari for three hours yesterday demanding distribution of rice among them from government's vulnerable group feeding (VGF) programme.

Myanmar faces ethnic challenge for elections

Myanmar's military junta may have taken Aung San Suu Kyi out of the picture ahead of elections next year, but it could face an even greater challenge from rising ethnic unrest, analysts said.

Organisers seek security for ‘risky’ mandaps

Leaders of Mohanagar Puja Udjapan Committee yesterday sought law enforcers' constant vigilance at a few mandaps (worship pavilions) in the capital during the upcoming Durga Puja that begins on September 24.

Votes from 447 polling stations cancelled

The votes from 447 polling stations in Afghanistan's controversial elections have been cancelled because of fraud, an electoral official said yesterday.

Palestinian-Israeli prisoner swap in early stages

Hamas supremo Khaled Meshaal confirmed yesterday that Germany is mediating an Israeli-Palestinian prisoner swap that would include Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit but stressed the bid is in its early stages.

Obama's adviser for green jobs resigns

US President Barack Obama's special adviser for green jobs has resigned under pressure from leading Republican politicians and revelations about his controversial past statements, The Washington Post reported Sunday.

Editorial

BGMEA's unjustifiable demand

WE find the BGMEA's demand seeking Taka three billion to pay their workers salaries and Eid benefits extremely unreasonable and unwarranted.

The passing of Saifur Rahman

THE death of M. Saifur Rahman in a road crash brings to an end a life that was spent largely in public service from the late 1970s onward. In the years after he joined the government of General Ziaur Rahman as commerce and then finance minister, Rahman played a pivotal role in the way Bangladesh's economy was to shape itself. He remains --- and this is to his credit --- the man who has presented the highest number of national budgets, to the country. That is testimony, in a broad sense, of his indispensability to the party and government he was part of almost to the end of his days. Saifur Rahman found himself on the national political canvas under Zia and then went on to expand his role in the two governments headed by Khaleda Zia. The economy, in a sense, came to be what he conceived it to be.

Powerless in power!

He fought until his blood was extinguished
Only then was he worth of his people.

-- Pablo Neruda

The wisdom of dharma

WISDOM has a great advantage over philosophy. It is simple. Philosophy is so often tortured by the human mind that its meditations become a maze. We become so enraptured by the complexities of the maze, so fascinated by its labyrinths that we forget that we once had a destination. Wisdom is a straight line; it is the shortest distance between question and answer.

Sports

Top seed MSC can meet Abahani only in final

Archrivals Mohammedan Sporting Club and Abahani will not meet each other on the battlefield until both of them reach the final of the Citycell Federation Cup as they were rated the two top seeded sides in the groupings of the season's curtain-raising tournament, beginning on September 10.

Brazil slay old enemies

Brazil ruthlessly sealed their qualification for the World Cup in South Africa tonight, but Argentina's fate is looking ever more uncertain after this crushing defeat. Diego Maradona came into this match promising to attack Brazil, yet he could not have anticipated his side's defence rendering his team's threat so irrelevant. Argentina were woeful at the back and Brazil barely had to work for their goals.

Johnson lifts Aus

Mitchell Johnson's rapid unbeaten 43 helped lift Australia to a total of 249 for eight in the second one-day international against England at Lord's on Sunday.

MSC to finalise contracts today

Having netted dashing opener Tamim Iqbal a couple of days ago, Mohammedan SC are all set to complete the official contracts with the cricketers at the club premises today.

Andy, Lleyton ousted

Andy Roddick's hopes of a second US Open crown, six years after his first, were blown apart by giant compatriot John Isner on Saturday in the first major upset of the men's tournament.

Double teen shock

World number one Dinara Safina and three-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova crashed out of the US Open at the hands of teen titans on Saturday, aiding fellow Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova's title bid.

Olaleken joins MSC camp

Nigerian striker Alamu Bukola Olaleken and defender Dummy Emanuel joined Mohammedan SC's conditioning camp in Mymensingh yesterday.

Zia, Rajib in 2nd position

Grandmaster Ziaur Rahman won his fifth round game to share the second position with compatriot Enamul Hossain Rajib at the end of the five rounds of the 4th Kolkata Open International Grandmasters Chess Tournament at Gorkey Sadan on Saturday.

France, Portugal stumble

France, the 1998 champions, and equally star-studded Portugal suffered two more potentially fatal stumbles on the road to the World Cup finals on Saturday.

Maradona admits slog

Argentina coach Diego Maradona admitted it would be tough for his side to ensure World Cup qualification following Saturday's home loss to rivals Brazil.

Stalemate in Bahrain

Hosts Bahrain kept their World Cup hopes alive holding Saudi Arabia to a goalless draw in the first-leg of the Asian Zone World Cup qualifying play-off clash here on Saturday.

French press lament showing

Former champions France face the distinct possibility of missing out on next year's World Cup finals and must improve quickly, French media agreed on Sunday in questioning the team's capabilities following their 1-1 draw with Romania.

Dunga deeply satisfied

While his opposite number Diego Maradona fought to find any positives in a damaging defeat, Brazil coach Dunga was able to revel in his side's passage to the World Cup finals after Saturday night's win in Rosario.The three points from a fine 3-1 win clinched the Brazilian's qualification and ensured they keep up their record of never missing out, leaving Dunga well-satisfied.

Mexico see off Costa Rica

Mexico dealt Costa Rica a damaging home defeat while Honduras and the United States won Saturday to shake up the standings in 2010 World Cup qualifying in North and Central America and the Caribbean.

Roma fans stage protest

Around 500 angry AS Roma fans staged a demonstration outside the club's training ground on Saturday, throwing smoke bombs and bangers.

Ribery injured

France's desperate fight to finish top of their 2010 World Cup qualifying group suffered a further blow on Sunday as it was revealed that playmaker Franck Ribery and defender Julien Escude were slightly injured.

A giant warning

Big John Isner has a warning for the rest of the US Open contenders after his upset third round win over Andy Roddick -- "I'm not satisfied just yet."

Oudin aims long run

Pint-sized US teen Melanie Oudin has been a Grand Slam giant-killer this year and a Russian wrecking crew at the US Open. Now she will find out how far grit, hustle and mental toughness can take her.

Rossi extends lead

Italian motorcycling maestro Valentino Rossi extended his lead in the MotoGp standings on Sunday as he easily beat teammate and championship rival Jorge Lorenzo to take the San Marino race.

Mohammedan name cricket committee

Mohammedan Sporting Club on Saturday announced it's 29-member cricket committee for the upcoming season with prominent businessman and industrialist Mohammad Lutfur Rahman Badal named as the chairman.

Business

BKMEA demands stimulus

Garment sector problems and demands will come up for discussion at the second meeting of the taskforce on recession, due on September 15-16, Finance Minister AMA Muhith told knit exporters yesterday.

Maize seed sellers upbeat

Maize seed sellers foresee good sales in the coming sowing season, hoping that a section of farmers will shift to maize cultivation from rice because of receiving low price from paddy.

Tech products drive bank profitability

Technology-driven business models are helping banks increase profitability by reducing capital mobilisation costs.

Sales go brisk on longer shopping time

The government's move to extend shopping hours up to 10 at night for Ramadan, which came into effect last week, has made shoppers happy, as they get the chance to buy items after Iftar.

DSE opens market for junk shares

A separate trading floor -- over-the-counter (OTC) market -- for trading junk shares was introduced on Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) yesterday.

Gloom deepens over exports

Exports slipped 6.80 percent in July, compared with the year-ago-period -- influenced largely by the garment sector that opened up gloomy data.

Tangail weavers in tight corner

An unusual hike in the prices of yarn, dye and other materials has compelled many weavers to leave their profession in Tangail in a sign of growing trouble in the traditional industry.

Stocks mark fall

Dhaka stocks started the week with a fall, driven by insurance, energy and non-banking financial institutions, which previously gained for four straight days.

Opec to hold oil flow steady amid timid recovery

Major oil exporters will hold the flow steady at Wednesday's Opec meeting but will crack down on those breaching agreed cuts, as energy demand remains weak despite signs of economic recovery, analysts say.

Scientists unveil solar water pumps

Dhaka University scientists have developed a solar pump by using locally available technologies to help bring more land under irrigation and reduce dependency on diesel- and electricity- driven water pumps in crop fields.

Exclusive tourist zone soon

Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister GM Quader yesterday said the government has taken an initiative to build an exclusive tourist zone.

Crackdown on tax cheats heralds global bank transparency

A US-led crackdown by wealthy countries on cross-border tax cheats will promote greater transparency and benefit Singapore and other global financial centres, bankers and analysts said.

Saifur: The other side

With the IT industry late Saifur Rahman had a love-hate relationship going back to the early nineties. His sudden and tragic demise last Saturday brought back a flood of memories, some good, some bad but all of those very engaging.

India's budget airlines take on rivals

India's low-cost airlines are set to go from strength to strength as they grab market share from ailing premier carriers such as Air India, whose debts and losses continue to pile up, experts say.

Global stocks rally could be too much too soon: Analysts

Global stock markets may have rallied too far too fast over the last five months as they bounce back from a panic plunge provoked by the collapse of Lehman Brothers investment bank a year ago, analysts warn.

G-20 to maintain economic stimulus

Top finance officials from rich and developing countries agreed Saturday to curb hefty bankers' bonuses, but the proposed crackdown on excessive payouts so far falls short of European demands after the US and Britain shied away from imposing a cap.

British business chiefs upbeat about economy

A top British business leaders' network on Sunday said it was upbeat about the country's economic prospects but warned that the chances of a "relapse" were still high.

AIG sells asset management unit for $500m

US insurance giant AIG announced Saturday the sale of part of its investment advisory and asset management business to a subsidiary of Hong Kong-based Pacific Century Group for 500 million dollars.

McDonald's takes McCurry to court again in Malaysia

US fast food giant McDonald's, which has waged an eight-year legal battle with local restaurant McCurry, will Monday petition Malaysia's highest court in its campaign to strip the eatery of the "Mc" prefix.

Obama 'green jobs' adviser quits amid controversy

President Barack Obama's environmental adviser Van Jones, who became embroiled in a controversy over past inflammatory statements, has resigned his White House job after what he calls a "vicious smear campaign against me."

Currency

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

Metropolitan

Check private cars to ease gridlock

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday said controlling private cars and increasing facilities for walking would play an effective role in reducing traffic jam in the city.

Bela for action against ship-breaking activities

Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association sent a legal notice to the authorities concerned yesterday asking for immediate actions against all the ship-breaking activities running without environmental clearance.

Plan to set up multi-storey parking places

Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan yesterday said the government is planning to set up multi-storey parking places in the city's major important areas to avoid illegal car parking leading to reduce traffic jam.

No policy guideline to rehabilitate fishermen

Rehabilitation programme for the poor fishermen in the Halda river areas has been stalled for the last two years in absence of a comprehensive policy guideline on modus operandi of utilising the money sanctioned for it, said District Fisheries Officer Serajuddin yesterday.

President lauds Asiatic Society

President Zillur Rahman yesterday praised the various research activities of Asiatic Society of Bangladesh as it basically conducts research on man and nature of the country.

Unite to establish rights

State Minister for Labour and Employment Begum Monnujan Sufian yesterday urged women from all strata of life to organise themselves in order to establish their rights in the society.

Road accidents kill 5

Five people were killed in separate road accidents in Munshiganj, Barisal and Comilla yesterday.

8 ruling party men get bail in Khagrachhari

A Jubo League leader and his seven aides, who were arrested on August 31 on charges of attacking a party rival, were released on bail from Chief Judicial Magistrate's Court in Khagrachhari hill town yesterday.

Domestic help commits suicide in Ctg

A domestic help committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at a house in Chashma Hill area in the port city of Chittagong yesterday.

Man crushed under wheels of train

A hearing-impaired person was crushed under the wheels of a train near Rajshahi Railway Station yesterday.

Staggering 242m population in 2078!

Population would grow to an astounding 242 million in 2078, even if the country achieves the policy goal of two-child family within 2021, according to a research conducted by Dr MA Mabud, professor of the department of Public Health at North South University, recently.

Third Karnaphuli Bridge unlikely to open to traffic this month

The much-awaited 3rd bridge on the river Karnaphuli in the port city is unlikely to be opened to traffic this month as scheduled.

Sahara joins office, vows to eliminate militants

Home Minister Sahara Khatun yesterday vowed to eliminate extremists and militants from the country at any cost.

Dr Mahabubul, Adv Moshiul get bail

A Dhaka court yesterday granted bail to Dr ABM Mahabubul Islam, dean of Law Faculty of Bangladesh Islami University and Advocate Mohammad Moshiul Alam in a case filed against them for making derogatory remarks about the War of Liberation.

Manmohan condoles Saifur's death

Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh yesterday expressed his deep shock at the death of former finance minister M Saifur Rahman, who was killed in a road accident in Brahmanbaria on Saturday.

Strengthen anti-adulteration drive: JS body

A parliamentary body yesterday gave directive to Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) for strengthening the anti-adulteration drive, as a shopping binge is now on stream ahead of Eid.

Depression weakens gradually

The monsoon depression formed over the costal areas of West Bengal and adjoining Bangladesh moved slightly north-northwestwards and now it lies over West Bengal and adjoining area.

'Pay salary, bonus to workers before Eid'

Karmojibi Nari yesterday said paying salary and bonus to workers ahead of Eid is a moral responsibility of the owners.

1,488 more held

Police arrested 1,488 people on various charges in separate drives across the country in 24 hours until 6:00am yesterday.

Khaleda to appear before court today

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will appear before a Dhaka court today in connection with a case filed on charges of embezzling Tk 2.10 crore through forming Zia Orphanage Trust.

Untimely demise of journo Faruk

Ahmed Faruk Hasan, deputy editor of The Daily Jugantor, passed away due to a massive cardiac arrest last night at the age of 45.

Mufti Hannan, Jewel on 7-day remand

Harkatul Jihad (Huji) leader Mufti Abdul Hannan and Swechchasevak Dal leader Shahadat Ullah Jewel have been remanded for seven days in Narayanganj Awami League office bomb attack case.

College student shot dead

Friends shot dead a college student in the city's Khilkhet yesterday evening following previous enmity.

3 professors to receive honourary degrees

Three eminent professors would receive honourary doctorate degrees from Dhaka University (DU) at its 45th convocation ceremony, scheduled on December 12.

'Saifur's death irreparable loss to nation'

Condolences poured in yesterday on the sudden death of former finance minister and BNP leader M Saifur Rahman.

Follow old design

Landowners in Moghbazar and Siddeswari areas, whose lands are to be acquired by the government to implement the Hatirjheel-Begunbari Canal Development Project, yesterday demanded steps to bring changes in the design of the project so that their lands are not acquired.

Information Commission holds meet with N'ganj journos

The Information Commission yesterday held a view exchange meeting with the members of the Narayanganj unit of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ).

'Pay salaries, bonuses to workers by Sept 15'

Bangladesh National Council of Textile Garments and Leather Workers yesterday demanded payment of salaries and bonuses to workers of all industries, including garment factories, by September 15, says a press release.

Contribution of Dr Ibrahim recalled

The 20th death anniversary of Dr Mohammad Ibrahim, founder of Diabetic Association of Bangladesh, was observed yesterday amid different programmes.

PM returns home

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina returned home yesterday after attending the World Climate Conefrence-3 in Geneva.

3 youths held for alleged link with militants

Police arrested three youths, including two schoolboys, at Hossainpur in the town early yesterday for their alleged involvement with militant outfits.

National

104 sued in 4 dists for not disclosing expenditure

Cases against 104 candidates for the posts of upazila parishad chairman and vice-chairman in different upazilas of Sylhet, Nilphamari, Satkhira and Moulvibazar districts have been filed for not submitting poll expenditure reports to the returning officers concerned in time.

Strike halts bus service in 6 Barisal districts

Road communications between six districts of Barisal division and other parts of the country came to a halt as a group of bus owners and workers called an indefinite strike in the city yesterday morning.

Sylhet court defers date for deposition of PWs to Oct 6

A special tribunal here yesterday could not record depositions of prosecution witnesses (PW) in the case for bomb blast that occurred hours before Sheikh Hasina's election rally at Sylhet Government Alia Madrasa maidan on September 26, 2001, as only one out of six accused was produced in the court.

RU Shibir leader arrested

Police yesterday arrested a leader of Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) on charge of attacking a police camp in Binodpur Bazar near Rajshahi University (RU) on May 23.

Five brothers get life

A court yesterday awarded life term imprisonment to five brothers in a murder case. According to the prosecution story, on May 6, 1995, five sons of Azhar Ali --Akram Ali, Shukur Ali, Jalal Uddin, Manir Miah and Barik Miah of village Madhabpur of Mogalgaon union in Sylhet Sadar attacked Anjab Ali at his house following a land dispute. They used sharp weapon's and Anjab died on the spot. Brother of the deceased Arzu Miah filed a case on the following day with Kotwali Police Station. On investigation, police filed charge sheet against the accused. The judge awarded the five life term and fined Tk 30,000 each, in default, to suffer three more years in jail. However, among the convicts, Manir Miah and Barik Miah are still at large.

RU admission test Oct 12

Rajshahi University (RU) authorities have decided to hold the admission test for first year honours classes under 2009-10 academic session on October 12. RU registrar Prof M A Bari yesterday said the admission test for first year honours classes will continue till October 29, adding that the test will also be held on Fridays. Form distribution and collection will continue till September 15, he said. Meanwhile, the university authorities have increased 110 seats for the first year honours courses this year.

One killed, 20 hurt in clash

One person was killed and 20 others were injured in a clash at Ataroshi village under Purbadhala upazila yesterday over a disputed land. Police and locals said, Mohoram Ali,45, was killed as supporters of Hakim Uddin and Abdul Latif locked in a fierce clash. Witnesses said, when Hakim Uddin and his men went to the disputed land in the morning for cultivation, Abdul Latif's goons rushed to the spot and attacked them with sharp and lethal weapons. Mohoram Ali died on the spot during the clash. Golam Rabbani, Abdul Motin Sarker, Hasim Uddin Sarker, Rahim Uddin, Abdul Baten and Rafiq were sent to Mymensingh Medical College and Hospital in a critical condition.

Notorious criminal held

Police arrested a notorious criminal yesterday morning. Jasimuddin Sarkar, officer in-charge of Tangail Sadar Police Station said a team of Sadar police arrested Montu, 35, chief of 'Montu-Mamun Bahini' from his mother's residence at Purbo Adalat Para in the town. There are at least eight criminal cases including that of murder, extortion and tender snatching pending against Montu with different police stations. He was absconding for long, the OC said. Police yesterday produced him before a court in Tangail after arresting in a murder case filed with Mirzapur Police Station.

6 houses gutted in Comilla

At least six houses were gutted in a fire at Korbanpur village in Chandina upazila yesterday morning. The victims said the fire had originated from one Dud Mia's kitchen at about 5:00am and spread to the adjacent shanties. Two fire-fighting vehicles from the upazila station went to the spot and put out the fire at around 5:00am.At least 10 people, including one fire fighter, were injured. Fire officials said the damage caused by fire was estimated at Tk20 lakh. Earlier, another fire gutted four dwelling houses at Kandal village in Nagolkot upazila on Saturday night.

Police action protested

Leaders and activists of Chhatra Moitree at Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday formed a human chain protesting Wednesday's police action on the procession of National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports in the capital. The programme was held at the university's Kazla Gate in the morning. Around a hundred leaders and activists of the organisation who joined the human chain condemned attack on Prof Anu Muhammad and other activists of the committee. They also demanded punishment to those responsible for the baton charge.

Smuggled fertiliser seized

At least 400 sacks of smuggled fertiliser, 50 kg each, were seized near Hili land port yesterday morning and two people were arrested in this connection. Sources said Rab members from Joypurhat raided godowns at Palpara village near the land port and recovered the fertiliser. They also arrested Badsha Miah and Nabiul Islam, owners of two godowns. Earlier on Friday, BDR of Joypurhat seized 470 sacks of fertiliser.

Letters

The flyover fetish

Dhaka city's traffic problems are a case-in-point of the prevailing mentality of the government. Attend to the symptoms half-heartedly when the problem becomes unbearable, never ever address the root cause of the problem, always blame the previous government, and talk about expensive projects that do nothing to address short-term problems. When these solutions are finally delivered a decade later, late and over-budget, they won't do anything to solve the problem (e.g., the Mohakhali flyover).

Senator Edward Kennedy

A friend of Bangladesh and world humanity - US Senator Edward (Ted) Kennedy died of brain cancer on the 25th August 2009 at the age of 77 at his home in Massachusetts.

We protest

We didn't stop dreaming. Though we knew one day it would be over. One day we would just run after money and glory concealing our dreams like thousands others. One day we would run after job, we would run after positions or we would end up becoming a very ordinary flatterer.

What is swine flu?

Like people, pigs can get influenza (flu), but swine flu viruses aren't the same as human flu viruses. Swine flu doesn't often infect people, and the rare human cases that occurred in the past mainly affected people who had direct contact with pigs. But the current "swine flu" outbreak is different. It's caused by a new swine flu virus that has changed in ways that allow it to spread from person to person -- and it's happening among people who haven't had any contact with pigs.

Beauty tips for police!

Recently a press report quoting BBC Online stated that a programme has been taken to make the new recruits in Bangladesh police smarter and fit to serve UN peace keeping missions in different parts of the world by providing instructions on beauty matters. One of the country's top beauticians has been given the responsibility of imparting lessons on grooming, personal hygiene, physical fitness, diet and dining etiquette to the newly recruited police officers, both male and female at Sharda Police Academy. A good move!

Who are the 'foreigners'?

It is indeed strange what a sneer there is, in the voice of many Bangladeshis, when they say the word 'foreigner' but I am asking myself, “Is it not the Muslim extremists who are the 'foreigners' in Bangladesh?"

Snake bite

It has become a great concern as at least seventy thousand people become victims of snake bite every year, of whom six thousand die every year in Bangladesh. Most of the people die in the rural areas where people barely know how to be protected against snake bite as well as how to treat it. Also the health complexes keep no anti-venom injections.

Change?

I would like to ask our honourable prime minister only one question which is bewildering since the AL govt took power in its hands to bring "CHANGE" in the country for the betterment of this poor country. What does this very word change mean? Though the government has made some qualitative changes in many sectors, the change spree is to a great extent anti-democratic, anti-people and unethical. Why does the government need to replace people in high positions with their own people? Every now and then honest and efficient people are asked to resign to make room for the people of the ruling party's choice, who may be less efficient. Did "Obama" government make such changes in the administration? In our country, the politicians are eating up the very core of democracy, "respect people's will". Please stop it.

A useful all-rounder

At first I would like to thank world number one ODI cricket all-rounder Shakib al Hasan for his great performance and also his great achievement. During your captaincy Bangladesh cricket team has gotten its real confidence.

Alarming report

The report that almost 50 per cent of the country's population now live on less than $1.25 a day, the rate of urban households living without access to improved sanitation is about 52 per cent, hardly one per cent of the citizens currently have access to the Internet and it takes over 75 days to register a business in Bangladesh manifests the poor performance of the government.

Teachings of Ramadan

The month of Ramadan teaches and reminds us of a set of superior things; for instance, persistence, patience, compassion, love, collaboration, sharing the feelings and eliminating our sins and wrongdoings.

Wind of change

Cocooned in comfort and soothing music, she stared enthralled at the stunning vista of the shimmering shopping complex, a welter of lurid white against the sky turning lavender, tinged with mauve in between. Within the immaculate interior, her body rocked back and forth at the buzzing beat of drums fused alongside with pop; suddenly jerking him out of reverie, came a nervous knock on his Mercedes, latest model in vogue and a little murmur, gentle whisper for alms.

The underworld

There are many crimes committed everyday all over the world. A professional crime is one in which crime is committed in a specialized way with the prime motive of making economic gain.

International

5 drown, dozens missing as Philippines ferry sinks

Five people were killed and dozens were missing after a ferry carrying nearly 1,000 passengers sank in darkness off the southern Philippines yesterday, officials said.

Mullen, Gates push for joint US-Pak operation against Taliban

Stressing on the need for destroying militant safe havens in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Michael Mullen has said Islamabad is a key ally in the new American strategy to defeat the Taliban.

Pakistan deliberately stifling Mumbai attack probe

India has charged Pakistan with deliberately stifling the probe against into those involved in last year's terror attack in Mumbai, including the founder of terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba Hafiz Saeed.

Rosaiah sworn in as Andhra CM

Senior Congress leader K Rosaiah was sworn into office as the caretaker Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh yesterday. All 34 ministers also took oath of office.

Lanka expels UN official over war comments

The Sri Lankan government said yesterday it had ordered a senior United Nations official to leave the country over comments he made about the recently ended war against Tamil Tiger separatist rebels.

Afghan tanker raid may have broken Nato rules

A German commander in Afghanistan ordered an airstrike that killed scores of civilians last Friday based on intelligence from only one source in possible violation of Nato rules, The Washington Post reported.

Sino-India border row hots up over use of multilateral institution

A new twist has been introduced into the vexed land border dispute between India and China, with the latter trying to block a 2.9 billion dollar Asian Development Bank (ADB) loan to India on the grounds that part of the loan was destined for water projects in Arunachal Pradesh, the state that includes the disputed area of Tawang.

Four extremist Nepal Defence Army leaders arrested

At least four leaders of the Nepal Defence Army (NDA), including its chairman RP Mainali, have been arrested for possessing arms.

Nepal's Maoists protest against Indian priests

Nepalese Maoists blocked roads across the capital Kathmandu on Sunday to protest against a decision to appoint two Indian priests at the country's holiest Hindu temple.

3 policemen shot dead in Pakistan

Three policemen have been shot dead near the Pakistani capital Islamabad in apparent assassinations in the insurgency-troubled country, a senior police officer said Sunday.

Four rebels slain in Philippines

Army soldiers killed four communist guerrillas in the southern Philippines just days after the collapse of the latest attempt to revive peace talks with the insurgents, the military said yesterday.

Israel sticks to its guns over settlement boost

Israel yesterday stuck to plans to boost settlement construction before considering a Washington-demanded lull, despite widespread criticism that the move risks endangering a revival of peace talks.

Brit, Scot MPs to probe Blair's role in Lockerbie bomber's release

British and Scottish Members of Parliament are keen to know whether former Prime Minister Tony Blair played a role in a deal between Britain and Libya to secure the release of the Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset Ali al-Megrahi at a meeting in a London club in 2003, long before either the Scottish government or Gordon Brown was involved.

Saudi king invites Pak leaders to discuss Musharraf trial

Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz has invited Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz chief Nawaz Sharif and Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to discuss Pakistan's political situation and the issue of former president Pervez Musharraf's trial, the Online news agency reported Saturday.

UK faces terror threat as CIA threatens to stop sharing intelligence

Britain is facing the likelihood of an increased terror threat after the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) threatened to stop sharing vital intelligence following the Lockerbie bomber's release.

US insists multilateral solution needed on North Korea

The United States said Sunday that disarming North Korea of its nuclear weapons required a multilateral solution, rejecting calls for it to drop six-party talks for one-on-one dialogue with Pyongyang.

Jaswant likely to visit Pakistan in Oct to launch his book

Expelled Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Jaswant Singh is likely to visit Pakistan ext month to launch his controversial yet popular book 'Jinnah: India, Partition, Independence.'

People with fruity smelling sweat get bitten less by mosquitoes

Ever wondered why some people are bitten less than others by mosquitoes and midges? Well, the answer is: their sweet-smelling sweat.

Arts & Entertainment

Traditions and heritage of the Garos on the wane

The Garos, a large indigenous community from Mymensingh region, are fast losing their age-old tradition and culture for a variety of reasons. The Mymensingh region, once well-known for its ethnic diversity, and harmony among the people of different faiths and cultures has lost its rich legacy over the years. Among the indigenous groups living in this region - Garo, Dhalu, Cooch, Khatriya and Hajong form the majority. The Garos are the leading community in these ranks and have their homes in Haluaghat and Dhubaura, frontier upzilas of Mymensingh and Madhupur of Tangail, each with varied traditions. Currently there are some 40,000 Garos living in the Haluaghat and Dhubaura area but this number is on the wane.

Bappa, Arnob, Fuad and Sumon come together for latest album

On the occasion of Eid ul Fitr, Agniveena, (a sister concern of G-Series) has released the album "Bappa with the Rockers". The exclusive studio album brought together four of the most talented and popular musicians -- Bappa Majumder, "Bassbaba" Sumon, Fuad al Muqtadir, Arnob -- and winner of the first "D-Rockstar" contest Shuvo. The album promises something for everyone.

Uttam Kumar: The legend that was and will be

Bengali cinema's greatest matinee idol Uttam Kumar's birth anniversary on September 3, 2009 was celebrated befittingly in Kolkata. In a tribute to the actor, the Department of Posts, India released a postage stamp. Honorary Governor Sri Gopal Krishna Gandhi, on the release of the first day cover and the stamp, paid rich tributes to the great actor.

Nandan Kanon stages Tahader Kotha

Nandan Kanon, an organisation of the recitors, staged its production "Tahader Kotha" at the Shawkat Osman Auditorium, Central Public Library recently. Rahmatullah Noman directed the production.

BBC Bangladesh Sanglap on Channel i tonight

Channel-i will telecast "BBC Bangladesh Sanglap" tonight at 8:00 pm. The programme has been recorded at Bangabondhu International Convention Centre on 5 September.

Herzog screens 2 Golden Lion contenders

For four decades, no Werner Herzog film was accepted for competition at the Venice Film Festival. This year, there are two.

Beatlemania is set to return again

Beatlemania is set to return -- in digital form at least - when The Beatles: Rock Band game is released this week.

OP-ED

Is a human life worth only Tk. 5,000?

A few days ago, one news item caught my attention. It was reported that workers in the ship-breaking industry receive little or no compensation for injury or death at the workplace. It was reported on a web site that "only a nominal amount of compensation is given and often only when there is public pressure." If this is the state of affairs in this large industry, one can imagine that the situation is not much better in medium and small-scale industries. One can hardly emphasise that this condition needs to change, the sooner the better.

A wonderful teacher

I do not find it an easy task to write on Noman Bhai. He had been a person larger than life. The most fascinating thing about him was that, all his life, he had hidden himself behind such a noble shroud of simplicity that even those who knew him from the closest proximity could hardly scale his stature. He had an inherent hypnotising power -- an amazing force of character, a spellbinding aura.

Tribute to Senator Edward M. Kennedy

WHEN the people of Bangladesh were being brutalised, raped, killed, maimed and taking refuge in India, Senator Edward Kennedy came to stand by their side. It was a crucial move by this young 37 years old Massachusetts senator to stand up to the Nixon-Kissinger administration, which was directing a policy to resolutely support Pakistan, the prime perpetrator of the genocide being committed in Bangladesh.


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