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News of: Friday, 11th of September, 2009

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Delhi offers transit, power

In a major breakthrough in bilateral relationship, India has agreed with Bangladesh to facilitate Bangladesh's transit to Nepal and Bhutan, provide at least 100MW power on priority basis, increase trade and communication facilities and resolve other outstanding issues.

SC against trial under army act

The Supreme Court thinks the army act cannot be applied to try those accused of mutiny and massacre at the BDR headquarters on February 25-26.

Lion dies in Dhaka Zoo

A male lion of Dhaka zoo died yesterday just three days after the death of a young giraffe, showing poor health care management for the zoo animals.

Dhaka protests at UN against Yangon claim

Bangladesh has sent a 'diplomatic protest note' to the United Nations against the claims of Myanmar over the extended 'continental shelf' in the Bay of Bengal while it will register such protest against the sea boundary claims of India soon.

Directors picked on political consideration

The Awami League government appointed a number of handpicked directors for the state-owned banks in a blatant deviation from its earlier stance on non-partisan appointments, sources said.

Another death from 'swine flu'

A garment worker is suspected to have died of swine flu in Gopalganj yesterday raising the H1N1 fatality to four in the country.

Sugar continues to be sour

Sugar price hovered around Tk 60 a kg at retail level in the city market yesterday, marking about 25 percent rise in a week.

Hunt on for outlaw patrons

Law enforcement agencies have prepared a fresh list of top outlaw cadres, their kingpins and political mentors in the country's southwestern region as they launched a drive last Saturday to arrest the criminals.

Senakunja iftar gets Hasina, Khaleda together

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged Leader of the Opposition Khaleda Zia to return to parliament as the two leaders exchanged greetings at an iftar party at Senakunja in Dhaka Cantonment.

Khaleda flies to KSA today for umrah

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia leaves for Saudi Arabia today to perform umrah as her party observes the day marking the first anniversary of her release from jail.

Hi-tech gadget to watch militants

Home Affairs Minister Sahara Khatun in parliament yesterday rolled out a set of government measures including introduction of satellite watchtower system to curb militancy and crimes.

Bill seeks tough punishment

A bill was placed in parliament yesterday, proposing enactment of a law against torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment in the hands of law enforcement agencies or government officials.

Plan to set up 1,500 primary schools in remote areas

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday said the government will soon set up additional 1,500 primary schools in backward places including monga-stricken, char (shoal), haor (water-body) and hilly areas.

2 more killed in 'shootouts'

Two alleged criminals, including a leader of an outlawed party, were shot dead in separate "shootouts" with the law enforcers in Rampura of the capital and Kushtia yesterday.

Hartal called for Monday

The National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports has called a half-day hartal in Dhaka city for September 14.

NY pays 9/11 tributes today

New York will lead tributes Friday to victims of the 9/11 attacks in a ceremony at Ground Zero where work on replacements for the World Trade Centre, and even a memorial, remains mostly stalled.

Tk 6cr for rebuilding in 2 dists

The government has allocated Tk 6 crore for four upazilas in Khulna and Satkhira to repair the houses of people hard-hit by the cyclone Aila.

Swine flu infects cells deep in lungs: Study

Swine flu can infect cells deeper in the lungs than seasonal flu, thus helping to boost the severity of the illness, a study released yesterday said.

Discovery faces debris on way back to Earth

Astronauts on board the space shuttle Discovery were yesterday preparing to maneuver the craft away from a piece of debris, ahead of a bid to return to Earth which may be thwarted by bad weather.

Editorial

Tendering online by PDB is a right move

BY introducing tender-bidding on online, the Power Development Board (PDB) blazing the trail for its rental power plants, the government has at last taken a right step towards freeing the tendering process from the curse of violence, manipulation and corruption. Though going online may not instantly present us with a smooth and hassle-free tendering procedure, it does at least indicate the most scientific method available to develop a less human-biased system of tendering.

Crime and extortion, as Eid approaches

THE police department informs us that highway patrolmen have of late been keeping a lookout for criminal activities in the guise of traders at different points across the country. They are equipped with video cameras, which of course will come handy in identifying and nabbing those indulging in crime. Citizens have also been informed that these policemen in disguise have not spotted any of their fellow law enforcers engaging in extortion or any similar activity. Traders, at least some of them, have a different story to tell, though. As they note, they yet have to monetarily gratify a number of policemen, and at various points of their long journey before they can reach the capital. One certainly must wait to hear the police version of the story.

Toying with the war crimes trial

NINE months running, the government has been in power for as long as the war crimes were committed in 1971. Long on words and short on actions, the trial may have reached its equinox, because the chance of holding it appears equally likely as the chance of being postponed again. At a time like this, it's appropriate to invoke my most favourite American poet. "In three words I can sum up everything I have learned in life," said Robert Frost. "It goes on," was his lesson.

Investment in doldrums

THERE is an intrinsic connection between economic growth and investment. Growth without investment is quite unthinkable. The government aims to attain two-digit growth definitely through long-term plans as reflected in AL's election manifesto based on Vision 2021. The national budget (20082009) is supposed to build a platform for transformation with "a vision of a happy and prosperous nation."

Sports

Strike duo fires MSC

Star striker Zahid Hasan Emily made immediate returns on Mohammedan's investment of the highest transfer fee by striking a brace on his debut. Emily's goals powered the Black and Whites to an emphatic 4-0 win over newcomers Feni Soccer Club in the opening match of the Citycell Federation Cup at Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

From bad to worse for Argentina

The chances of two-time World Cup champions Argentina failing to make the World Cup finals for the first time since 1970 shortened on Wednesday as they were beaten 1-0 by Paraguay in Asuncion which saw the victors reach their eighth finals.

Diego needs Hand of God

A staggering 64% of Argentineans believe that the Albiceleste will not be making it to South Africa next year, says a poll with nearly 80, 000 respondents, carried out by respected newspaper Clarin.

Never Be the Same Again

Melanie Oudin came to New York with a bag of rackets slung across her shoulder and a few modest goals.

Cricketers' camp from today

The national cricketers return to business today to take preparation for the upcoming home series against Zimbabwe.

BCB boss changed!

A whisper snowballed all day yesterday that the government was all set to appoint a new president for the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).

England, Spain cruise

England qualified for the 2010 World Cup finals in style on Wednesday thrashing Euro 2008 nemesis Croatia 5-1 at Wembley and were later joined by European champions Spain who easily beat Estonia 3-0.

Bahrain stun Saudis

Bahrain stayed on course for a maiden World Cup berth after edging out neighbours Saudi Arabia on the away-goals rule following a 2-2 draw in a heart-stopping second-leg of the Asian Zone World Cup qualifying play-off on Wednesday.

Press hail English

England's convincing qualification for the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa had the headline writers reaching for the puns Thursday, with the Sun urging readers to "Get De Beers in".

Forlan to sign new deal

Uruguayan striker Diego Forlan, the top scorer in the Spanish league last season, is to sign a new contract with Atletico Madrid that will keep him at the club until 2013, Spanish radio said.

Ramos to replace Zico at CSKA

Former Real Madrid manager Juande Ramos has agreed to replace Brazilian Zico as coach of CSKA Moscow, the Spaniard said Thursday.

Iniesta set for return

Barcelona's Spain international Andres Iniesta, who has been sidelined for over three months due to a thigh muscle tear, has been given the green light to return to action, the club said on Wednesday.

Euro Zone 2010wc Qualifier Results

Collated results of 2010 World Cup European Zone qualifiers on Wednesday:

Teen Ws in last four

Teen upstarts Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark and Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium fought through the tension to reach their first Grand Slam semifinals Wednesday with nerve-testing US Open triumphs.

Federer's 22nd semi

Roger Federer will play Novak Djokovic in the US Open semifinals on Saturday, their third consecutive clash at Flushing Meadows after the final of 2007 and the semifinals of last year.

Day-night Test not a reality until now

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has agreed to the ECB's request to appear in the first-ever day-night Test during the team's tour of England in May-June next year. However, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has not yet cleared the idea and its approval will be subject to suitable equipment being developed for the purpose.

White whacks England

Cameron White's maiden one-day international century was the cornerstone of Australia's six-wicket win against England here on Wednesday as they went 3-0 up in the seven-match series.

NZ's fight for survival

Despite finding out the morning before their first match that Gautam Gambhir had aggravated a groin injury and would take no part in the tri-series, India's captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was confident of the side's chances. He has reason to be.

Zia 11th

GM Ziaur Rahman finished 11th in the fourth Kolkata Open International Grandmasters Chess Tournament that concluded at Gorky Sadan in Kolkata yesterday.

Seminar on disabled today

A seminar titled 'Inclusive sports towards facilitating education of children with disabilities' will be held at the National Sports Council (NSC) on Sunday.

Business

Call money rate at 6-month high

The inter-bank call money rate reached a six-month high of 5 percent yesterday, riding on an Eid spending spree and the central bank's $150 million purchase from the market over the last two days, bankers and analysts said.

Rice prices go up

A low supply of paddy has led to the rise in rice price, especially the fine variety, traders and millers say.

Stone chips exports to India double on high demand

Export of stone chips, an important construction ingredient, to India doubled in the last two years, thanks to its high demand from Tripura and Methalaya, the two north-eastern states of the neighbouring country.

22 firms awarded energy licences

Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) yesterday awarded licences to 10 captive power plants (CPP) and 12 compressed natural gas (CNG) stations.

Bangladesh eyes frozen food exports to Russia

Bangladesh may start exporting frozen food, including shrimps, to Russia this year opening a new market.

JS body reviews insurance

The parliamentary standing committee on finance ministry in a meeting at Sangsad Bhaban yesterday discussed different affairs of insurance and legal measures for streamlining the business.

Philippines July exports fall 25.4pc year-on-year

Philippine exports plunged 25.4 percent to 3.31 billion dollars in July from a year earlier, indicating a continued slump in global demand that could hit domestic growth, analysts said Thursday.

Sarkozy pushes ahead with unpopular carbon tax

French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Thursday unveiled a new carbon tax to help combat global warming, calling it a "fiscal revolution" and overriding strong public opposition to the plan.

China to maintain stimulus push: Wen

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said on Thursday his nation's economic recovery remained fragile and that it was too soon for Beijing to reconsider its current stimulus policy.

Australian joblessness steady at 5.8pc

Australia's unemployment rate held steady at 5.8 percent in August, beating forecasts and demonstrating the economy's resilience in the global financial crisis, analysts said Thursday.

US new jobless claims fall to 550,000

New US jobless claims fell to 550,000 in the past week, the government reported Thursday in a sign of further healing in the critical labor market.

Shell, China Shenhua working on clean coal tech

Anglo-Dutch oil group Shell said it has signed an agreement with a unit of China's largest coal company Shenhua Group to jointly develop clean coal technology.

National Bank's new addl MD

National Bank Limited has appointed AFM Shariful Islam as its new additional managing director recently, the bank said in a statement.

Nestlé posts 3.5pc growth in six months

Within the first six months of 2009, Nestlé achieved an organic growth of 3.5 percent, including 0.5 percent in real internal growth.

US trade gap widens

The US trade deficit increased in July as trade volume rose and imports surged, government data showed Thursday in a report suggesting the economy is pulling out of recession.

Asian rebound opens new order

A year since the failure of Lehman Brothers sent the global economic system crashing, the speed of Asia's recovery compared to the West may signal a realignment of world power, economists say.

Opel workers ponder fate

The future of Opel autos and its 50,000 workers across Europe hung in the balance on Thursday as General Motors hung fire on the fate of its subsidiary.

Menswear comes of age with first India fashion week

India is set to host its inaugural men's fashion week from Friday, which observers say is a long overdue nod to a growing and lucrative market often overshadowed by women's clothes.

Asian stocks up on optimism

Asian markets rallied Thursday, taking their cue from the fourth straight day of gains on Wall Street due to renewed optimism over prospects for recovery in the world economy.

Oil soars

Oil moved higher Thursday after Opec maintained its output quotas at existing levels, citing a still-fragile global economy and demand fears.

Economic jitters hit Opec oil cartel at talks

Top oil-producing countries expressed "grave concern" that a recovery from the economic downturn crippling energy demand will be slow and uncertain, as they held their output steady on Thursday.

Japan economy struggles on recovery path

Japanese machinery orders hit a record low in July and deflation lingered as the world's second-largest economy struggles to recover in the face of weak domestic demand, data showed Thursday.

China urban property prices gain more ground

Urban property prices in China gained further momentum in August, with stronger growth in sales and investment, the National Bureau of Statistics said Thursday.

Turkish economy shrinks official 7.0pc in Q2

Turkey's recession-hit economy shrank by 7.0 percent in the second quarter of the year, official data showed on Thursday, but the data signalled an easing of a drastic downturn earlier in the year.

Metropolitan

RMG worker tortured to death in Gazipur

Owner of a garment factory at Rajendrapur in Gazipur Sadar and his men allegedly tortured a worker to death on Wednesday night, but the fate of three others are still shrouded in mystery.

1,500 primary schools to be set up in remote areas

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday said the government would set up 1,500 primary schools in the remote areas of the country.

Arrest warrant against SQ Chy

A court in Tangail yesterday issued an arrest warrant against BNP leader and lawmaker Salauddin Quader Chowdhury in a defamation case.

Rangpur BCL men clash for tender: 2 held

Police arrested two ruling party activists during a clash between Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) factions over dropping of tender documents at Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) office in Rangpur yesterday.

Journo, cellphone card trader shot

Armed miscreants early yesterday injured an employee of a local daily at Savar while a mobile phone-card trader was shot in the city's Bangshal in the afternoon.

US keen to help face challenges of climate change: Owen

US Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Michael Owen said his country is interested to work with Bangladesh in facing challenges of climate change and ensuring food security.

Scramble for train tickets ahead of Eid

Huge number of home-bound passengers stood in long queues at Kamalapur Railway Station in the city since early morning yesterday to buy advance tickets of intercity train services of different routes to celebrate Eid festival with their near and dear ones.

'Updated Nat'l Children Policy by Dec'

The government will announce the updated National Children Policy by December this year, Dr Namita Haldar, deputy secretary of women and children affairs ministry, said yesterday.

Court orders fresh autopsy on Tamanna's body

A Dhaka court yesterday directed the authorities concerned to exhume the body of Dr Tamanna Haque Monira for a further post-mortem.

Qulkhwani of Saifur today

Qulkhwani of former finance minister and BNP leader M Saifur Rahman will be held at the Central Azad Mosque at Gulshan in the city at 5:00pm today, says a press release.

BCL men confine recruiting agency official to DU hall room

A group of leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) kept an official of a recruiting agency confined to a room at AF Rahman Hall at Dhaka University (DU) overnight into Thursday, accusing him of cheating.

Four JS committees reconstituted

The Jatiya Sangsad reconstituted four parliamentary standing committees yesterday.

$55m deal with ADB to improve water services

Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the government of Bangladesh signed an agreement for a $55 million soft loan yesterday to improve small-scale water services which would help cut rural poverty and address the climate change impacts.

Plan to complete immigration, customs formalities on board

The government ponders completing customs and immigration formalities of the passengers traveling in the Moitree Express operated between Dhaka and Kolkata on board as part of its plan to upgrade services.

Submergence tolerant rice variety to be released this yr

The first ever submergence tolerant rice BR-11-sub-1 jointly developed by the Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) and International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is expected to be released this year.

Five killed in road crashes

Five people were killed and four others were injured in separate road accidents in Natore and Satkhira in the last two days.

Razzaque inaugurates tissue culture lab

Food and Disaster Management Minister Dr Abdur Razzaque inaugurated a greenhouse, orchid net house and plant tissue culture laboratory at DEBTEC Laboratory at South Panishail in Gazipur on Wednesday, says a press release.

Rate of deaths of children under 5 declines

The rate of deaths of children under five years of age continued to decline in 2008, said a UNICEF report released yesterday.

Fire at Unilever godown in Ctg

Fire broke out at a godown of Unilever Bangladesh Ltd at Kalurghat in Chittagong yesterday.

KR Hasan takes charge of JDPC

Kazi Rezaul Hasan joined as the executive director of Jute Diversification Promotion Centre (JDPC) of Ministry of Textile and Jute on September 2, says a press release.

Mazharul Islam Award introduced

The family members of Prof Mazharul Islam, the first director general of Bangla Academy, poet and folklorist, announced 'Mazharul Islam Kabita Puruskar' for the young poets in the country, says a press release.

RMG workers clash with cops at Ashulia: 20 hurt

Clashes between angry employees of two garment factories and police at Ashulia on the outskirts of the city yesterday injured at least 20 of workers.

Govt mulls project implimentation under PPP

The government is going to implement a project in the road sector through public-private partnership (PPP) or using government's own resources as the World Bank had backtracked on its pledged assistance in the sector on charges of corruption.

Appeal for help

Habibullah Sagar, a meritorious college student, has been suffering from kidney disease for four months.

National

Future bleak as 'nation builders' in bad health

All the 202 students of Balagram UC Government Primary School in poverty-stricken Balagram union of Jaldhaka upazila are suffering from different diseases due to malnutrition, lack of medical facilities and unawareness of guardians.

'Arrest local MP's cronies who attacked journos in Galachipa'

Patuakhali journalists yesterday submitted memorandum to State Minister for Religious Affairs Shahjahan Mia, also lawmaker from Patuakhali-1, Patuakhali deputy commissioner, and superintendent of police demanding arrest of the culprits who attacked journalists in Galachipa on Wednesday noon.

7 Destiny men sent to jail in Bandarban

Bandarban Judicial Magistrate's Court yesterday rejected bail prayers of seven field workers of Destiny Tree Plantation Limited and sent them to jail.

2 more of new Roangchhari armed gang rounded up

Roangchhari police on Wednesday night arrested two more members of Chittagong Hill Tracts Nationalist Forum (CHTNF), a newly formed armed group in Bandarban.

Stepfather kills boy

A 6-year-old boy was killed yesterday allegedly by his stepfather at Kristapur in the town. Police said, victim Ripon's mother Renu Begum, a domestic help was married to one Swapan of Kristapur a few years ago. Yesterday Renu went out of house in the early morning leaving Ripon with his stepfather. As Ripon did not find his mother after waking up from sleep, he started crying and that angered Swapan much. At one stage, Swapan beat up Ripon mercilessly injuring him critically. The boy died on the spot after sometime. The body was sent to Mymensingh Medical College and Hospital (MMCH) morgue for autopsy. Police arrested Swapan after Renu Begum filed a case with Kotwali police station.

Traffickers held, 15 rescued

Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday arrested two human traffickers from Benapole's Sadipur and Ghiba border points and rescued 15 people. Acting on a tip off, a BDR team raided Sadipur. They arrested two traffickers and rescued 13 men and women. In a separate raid, BDR rescued two more women from Ghiba border point. The rescued people hailed from Jessore, Narail and Cox's Bazar districts. The traffickers and the rescued men and women were handed over to Benapole police. A case was lodged in this regard.

HSTU's 'University Day' today

Hajee Danesh Science and Technology University (HSTU) will celebrate 'University Day' today. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina laid down the foundation stone of the university on this day 10 years ago. Prof Dr Alauddin Ahmed, adviser to the prime minister, is likely to inaugurate the functions of the day as chief guest. Prof Dr M Afzal Hossain, vice chancellor of HSTU will preside. Marking the Day, students, teachers and staff of the university have decorated the buildings to give the occasion a festive look. The university built on 80 acres of land has 39 departments, six dormitories and a library with about 20,000 books. At present, 137 teachers, 60 officials and 345 staff are serving at HSTU.

Robbers loot expat's house

Five people were injured by robbers who looted valuables worth Tk 3 lakh from the house of an expatriate in Chhatak upazila of Sunamganj early Wednesday. Locals and police said at dead of night, the robbers numbering about 15 entered the house of Soab Ali at Noarai village. They gave the inmates a good beating and chopped some of them with cleavers. Soab Ali, his sons Saleh Ahmed and Shahed, daughter in-law Razia Begum and daughter Zabeda sustained serious wounds. The robbers took away Saleh Ahmed's passport, gold ornaments and other valuables worth about Tk 3 lakh from the house at arms point. Saleh was scheduled to return to Saudi Arabia on the day.

Villagers attacked for speaking out against chairman's son

At least 25 people were injured as miscreants, led by a son of Jaldhaka Upazila Chairman Sayed Ali, attacked Chengmari village on Wednesday night.

Letters

Traffic jam & old vehicles

The BRTA is reportedly planning to withdraw 15 years old cars and other old vehicles from Dhaka city as one of the measures to ease traffic congestion. The reason for traffic congestion in Dhaka is not old vehicles only. The main reasons are road condition, excessive number of vehicles, mishandling by traffic police, ignorance of traffic rules, excessive number of pedestrians and their crossing of roads indiscriminately, contrasting speed of vehicles and in many areas rickshaws, narrow spaces of roads and by-lanes etc.

Check noise pollution

I strongly support the resolution recently adopted by 'Sundar Jibon' and 'Society for Assistance to Hearing Impaired Children (SAHIC)' demanding that the authorities check noise pollution and give rights to the affected people to file cases against the polluters.

Opposition and JS

The third session of the 9th JS started on September 7. As was anticipated, the main opposition is continuing the boycott that they began in the previous session (budget). The budget was passed without the opposition scrutiny. Now some more important issues are haunting the nation. Some of those are deteriorating law and order (though the home ministry doesn't realize this), unabated price hike, monopoly in tender business, and lastly partisan promotion in the administration. But why does the opposition continue the boycott bypassing the interests of their voters and the nation as a whole? Is the opposition doing it very illogically? I don't think so. The issue of seating arrangement has been wrong both ways. The last speaker gave all the front seats to the opposition perhaps deliberately; and the present speaker has done a wrong computation. He and his colleagues counted the Jatiya Party (JP) in the opposition and gave a few front seats to them. How funny! Everybody knows JP is the second major component of the so-called grand alliance; their seats must logically be on the Treasury side. However, if there are not sufficient seats in the Treasury Bench, the JP can borrow some seats from the back of the Opposition Bench. The Speaker and the Treasury MPs must correct this computational error, provide some more front seats to the opposition and call them generously to come and to debate national issues. The call should be such that the JS can do nothing in the opposition's absence, shunning a stance that they don't care much if the opposition joins or not.

Sri Lankan scene

Let us have a look at the political situation of Sri Lanka. The final outcome of the 26 years of separatist war against the Tamil Tigers in the far north-east of the country has gained much media attention.

Garbage disposal

When we lived in Germany from 1974 till 1985 we had the following way of deposing our daily rubbish: there was this so called "dustbin' where we had to throw in our "kitchen rubbish". And next to it there was a smaller "dustbin" where we had to dispose of every kind of plastic material, such as plastic bags or bottles, and there was still a smaller "dustbin" next to it, where we had to throw in any kind of finished batteries.

Sartorial restrictions

The news was carried in the national dailies that an office order is under process for imposing a ban on wearing suit in the government offices during the hot months of the year. The purpose of this order is to save electricity by not using ACs in government offices. Earlier, the government introduced daylight saving time (DST) by pulling the clock forward by one hour which has been a futile exercise. Instead of saving electricity the change of time has created a lot of confusions and problems for the citizens from different walks of life. A number of news items and write-ups are being published in different dailies to withdraw DST system.

Dealing with extremists

The State Minister of Home Affairs has recently announced that the government would welcome it if extremists decide to surrender voluntarily and take necessary steps in accordance with the provisions of law. Since in the eye of law those persons are dubbed as criminals against whom murder and other cases are there; the only step as per the existing law the authorities perhaps could take was to arrest them upon surrender and put them on trial. But this process perhaps would not be acceptable to them. Instead, they would first seek a general amnesty before surrender. As such the announcement though apparently was a good gesture but left many questions unanswered. At present there is no government policy or law to rehabilitate them. A few years back a large number of such extremists operating in the southern districts surrendered under a general amnesty to the authorities with the hope of starting a new life as law-abiding citizens of the country. The authorities also reportedly absorbed some of them in the Police and Ansar departments in different cadres. But later it was reported in the newspaper that most of them deserted their workplace and rejoined their old profession and many of them as alleged, even fled away with firearms provided to them by the state. Perhaps it was not proper to appoint them in armed cadres and hand over any arms to them.

Saifur Rahman's passing

Saifur Rahman was one of the top accounting professionals brought to the political arena by the late President Ziaur Rahman. President Zia vowed to make politics difficult for politicians. Induction of non-political persons was one of the tools used to achieve this goal. The results were far from positive. Most of such inductees proved themselves to be highly corrupt, maybe slightly smarter than the grassroots politicians.

Investors

Some investors from abroad who can not arrive in due time at home face a problem regarding their investment in SANCHAYPATRA because the rule is this that you must renew the SANCHAYPTRA on the date when it expires its maturity and if not renewed then onwards there will be no interest paid on the instrument, even for years. Thus the investor faces a huge loss of interest on their investment in this sector. On the other hand, at home thousands face the problem when they forget to remember the date and make time to go for the renew. The authorities should re-think about this and make arrangement to have the option of AUTO-RENEWAL system which now prevails in all banking sector in the case of FDR where the FDR is automatically renewed when it expires at present rate of interest.

Banned drugs

Recently quite a few children have lost their lives after taking paracetamol products. Such drugs have been banned by the government. The people in rural areas might be illiterate and may not have access to TV or radio and thus be unaware of the ban, but what about the doctors who are still prescribing these banned medicines?

Ramadan and our duties

The DS “ Lifestyle” section of 01 Sept had a very commendable list of what we all could do, this and indeed, every Ramadan. I would slightly disagree on only one action. “Giving an umbrella to the Traffic Controllers, who spend a lot of gruelling time in sun and rain directing traffic”.

Thirty years of BNP

There is a popular saying in Bengali “Jonmo houk jotha totha kormo houk bhalo” which could have been said about the BNP, the party which ran the country for 15 years. For a thirty years old party its nothing but the story of sheer success.

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International

Israeli settlement plans violate int'l law: Ban

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Wednesday denounced Israel's plans to build new Jewish settler homes in the occupied territories as "contrary to international law."

Total, Chevron propping up Myanmar junta

Energy giants Total and Chevron are propping up Myanmar's junta with a gas project that has allowed the regime to stash nearly five billion dollars in Singaporean banks, a rights group said yesterday.

US changes tone on terror battle

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Obama demands Cong action for healthcare

President Barack Obama Wednesday demanded action now from Congress to fix a health system reduced to "breaking point," vowing to end the moral taint that deprives millions of Americans of treatment.

World powers studying Iran's nuke proposals

World powers were on Thursday studying Tehran's new nuclear proposals as a top Iranian official insisted there will be no let-up in the Islamic republic's controversial uranium enrichment programme.

US lawmaker to Obama: 'You lie!'

US President Barack Obama's high-stakes health care speech Wednesday seemed to fuel rather than douse an overheated political debate, with one lawmaker even angrily shouting: "You lie!"

20 killed in Iraqi truck bomb attack

A suicide truck bomber triggered a massive blast in a Kurdish village in northern Iraq early yesterday as residents slept, flattening homes and killing at least 20 people, officials said.

Preacher says God wanted him to hijack Mexican jet

It was 1 p.m. when the control tower at the Mexico City airport got the first word of a bizarre drama that would play out over the next two hours: The pilot of Aeromexico Flight 576 radioed that a man aboard claimed to have a bomb and wanted to talk with President Felipe Calderon.

Afghan voter turnout numbers too high

A US monitoring group said yesterday that "large numbers of polling stations" had more than 100 percent turnout in Afghanistan's election, the latest black mark against a vote increasingly tainted by reports of fraud.

Laden sponsored Sharif's election campaign in '88

A former Pakistani spymaster has revealed that former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif maintained a close relationship with Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden and claimed that the chieftain had sponsored the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief's election campaign in 1988.

1.65m Pakistanis who fled offensive return home, says UN

The number of Pakistanis who returned home since fleeing a recent military offensive against the Taliban has increased to 1.65 million, a UN official said yesterday.

Nato probe finds German officer at fault over Afghan bombing

The German officer who ordered the deadly bombing of fuel trucks in Afghanistan violated procedures, a preliminary Nato probe has found, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung daily reported yesterday.

100 die of cholera in PNG

Papua New Guinea on Thursday raced to contain a triple outbreak of cholera, flu and dysentery which has claimed at least 100 lives and prompted a health emergency, a report said.

200 go missing as boat sinks in Sierra Leone

Around 200 people, including a large number of children, are missing after a river boat sank in Sierra Leone, the government said on Thursday.

Stampede kills 5 at Indian school

Hundreds of students jammed into a narrow school staircase panicked and set off a stampede yesterday that left five girls dead and 31 other students injured, a New Delhi hospital official said.

Arts & Entertainment

Documenting Bangladesh and beyond over 20 years

Twenty years can be a lifetime, but it can also be just the beginning. An early winner of the Global Bangemann Challenge (later known as the Stockholm Challenge), Drik has been a pioneer in several aspects. It set up DrikTap, the first nationwide email network in Bangladesh; the first Internet portal for Bangladesh at http://bd. orientation.com; a human rights portal at www.banglarights.net and continues to lead the alternative media, by live web-streaming key Bangladeshi events to a global audience.

Kanjeevaram weaves magic at Indian National Film Awards

Prakash Raj, a character actor from the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu has beat off challenge from Bollywood superstars Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan to bag the National Award for Best Film Actor for 2007.

A focus on the marginalised

Syed Ohiduzzaman Diamond, a film director and playwright, began his career as an anchor of a programme titled “Kollol” on Bangladesh Television in 1992. “The single episode TV play Chandni Ghore Koyekdin, aired on BTV, directed by me, received much acclaim. The play focused on varied archaeological and heritage sites in our country. After that I made Shashaner Golpo and Smritir Rekha. Diamond's first feature film Nacholer Rani was released in 2006. The film highlighted the Santal rebellion and the role of noted social activist and reformer Ila Mitra.

Unleashing children’s creativity through art and writing

To mark the International Literacy Day, essay and painting competitions were held in the district town on September 9. World Vision local ADP organised the competition in its hall room.

Humayun Ahmed’s new play Pathor on ntv

"Pathor" a single-episode play written and directed by Humayun Ahmed will be aired on ntv tonight at 9pm.

OP-ED

Will Bangladesh ever regain its lost jute industry?

WILL Bangladesh ever regain the jute industry? That's the most burning question that often haunts the people of Bangladesh because jute was once popularly considered, and is still considered, as "golden fiber" for its socio-economic values as well as commercial potential. But the tragedy is that this much-cherished fiber, both as a most valuable agricultural product as well as a raw material for running the mills, seems to be almost dead and gone with the wind!

We demand full ratification and implementation of CEDAW

INTERNATIONAL CEDAW Day was observed on September 3. The Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is the most important international instrument for protecting women's human rights, and more than 185 countries of the world are signatories. Bangladesh signed this convention on November 6, 1984.

New problems for Afghanistan?

THE outcome of the August 20 presidential elections is hanging in the balance mainly because of controversies surrounding the voting. Unofficial and partial results have so far shown that incumbent president Hamid Karzai is ahead of his nearest rival, former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah, but is short of the required 50 percent of the secured votes. A run-off election will be held between the two top candidates in the French style to decide the ultimate winner, who must garner at least fifty percent of the votes cast.

StarTech

A snap of our future software engineers

IT is the youth who showed a rare feat at the very beginning of their academic career through developing a project on skin detection. Its emphasis soared when the German based journal Springer-Verlag published a detail on this project. It is always a dream for the MS, MPhil and even for PhD students to have such a publication in Springer-Verlag journal that recognises research work internationally. But this time they are not the higher tiered students, they are undergraduate students of Institute of Information Technology (IIT) of University of Dhaka (DU) whose research work was recognised by the journal. As they were the very first batch of IIT's Bachelor in Information Technology (BIT) programme, so they steal the show. The research focused on automatic skin detection of people of Indian sub-continent and they obtained huge success in this field.

'I'm vertical. I'm back,' says Apple's Jobs

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs returned to the spotlight for the first time since having a liver transplant, overshadowing the unveiling of an iPod with a built-in video camera and several new iTunes features.

Samsung in search for superstar

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, a leading mobile phone manufacturer has launched 'The Samsung Superstar' contest along with its latest Samsung Beat Disco M2513 mobile phone in the local market, says a press release.

Beatlemania returns with rollout of CD, video game

Beatlemania is back with the rollout Wednesday of the Fab Four's remastered CDs and first-ever video game, reaching out to a whole new generation decades after their parents and even grandparents first succumbed.


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