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News of: Sunday, 13th of September, 2009

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Prisoners of ropes

Big sacks containing coils of rope pile up on the floors of four rope factories under the Buriganga Bridge in Aganagar in Keraniganj as 40 children toil away all day long every day.

BNP boycott on for 30 workdays

Parliament membership of BNP lawmakers would have fallen vacant tomorrow according to the party's electoral manifesto if they remain absent from parliament on that day, which will mark their absence in the House for more than 30 consecutive workdays.

Non-tariff barriers seen as obstacles

The breakthroughs made in the recent Indo-Bangladesh foreign minister level talks on Bangladesh's connectivity with Nepal and Bhutan will not work if infrastructure constraints and non-tariff barriers in India are not removed, experts and businessmen said.

Loan shark's awful act

A septuagenarian moneylender has married a 13-year old girl in Muladi upazila of Barisal after her poor father failed to repay him the borrowed money.

Red-tape stops 3 new roads

Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is yet to start the construction work of the three important roads in the city due to bureaucratic tangle though the initiative was taken in 2004.

Basic health service to breathe in, again

The project on community clinics, awaiting approval of Executive Committee of National Economic Council, will help ensure basic health services for the grassroots people, said Additional Secretary of the health ministry, Makhduma Nargis.

They run at least for 12 hours, get Tk 35-100

It's almost twilight and their energetic and enthusiastic run they began in the morning has slowed down to a crawl. They can hardly walk now and would resign (from work) soon.

2 killed in 'shootouts'

Two criminals, including one of the top-listed ringleaders of the capital, were shot dead in two separate "shootouts" with law enforces in the city and Khulna yesterday.

Withdraw hartal

Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) yesterday urged the National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports to call off the half-day hartal in Dhaka city tomorrow.

Drive against outlaws to get stronger

State Minister for Home Shamsul Haque Tuku yesterday urged the police personnel to uproot the outlawed parties making the ongoing drive farther strong.

Hartal culture must go

The culture of hartals should be eschewed in the country, as people do not want this practice to continue for the sake of the country's development, said the speakers at the BBC Bangladesh Sanglap yesterday.

Diplomats, donors, judges join PM's iftar

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday hosted an iftar party for heads of diplomatic missions and Dhaka-based international donor agencies and judges of the Supreme Court at the Sheraton Hotel.

Tiger dies at Dhaka zoo

The oldest Royal Bengal Tiger Garjan died at Mirpur Zoo early yesterday. It was 19 years old and suffering from old age complications, sources at the zoo said confirming the demise.

BSF kills two in Dinajpur

The Border Security Force (BSF) of India yesterday gunned down two Bangladeshi nationals on Shundra border in Dinajpur district headquarters.

Most parties, intellectuals laud talks outcomes

Leaders of different political parties and intellectuals yesterday welcomed the strides made in Bangladesh-India talks in New Delhi last week.

Tree-grabbing Jubo League man caught

Agitating mob caught a union level Juba League leader and set fire to two motorbikes when he along with his men was cutting down roadside trees at Machhinda village in Shahjahanpur upazila early yesterday.

Workers of RMG unit agitate for arrears

Garment workers of a factory staged demonstration in front of their factory at Kakoli in the city's Banani yesterday, demanding payment of their salary arrears.

Worry over less rainfall

The occurrence of less rainfall this year may lower the groundwater table hampering cultivation in dry season, speakers expressed their concern in a seminar yesterday in the capital.

Govt moves to sue hill plunderers

State Minister for Forest and Environment Hasan Mahmud yesterday said the government will take legal actions against those involved in hill cutting in the port city.

50 killed in spate of Afghan attacks

Nearly 50 Afghan civilians, security forces and militants were killed in a spate of attacks around the war-torn country, including an overnight military raid targeting insurgents in the increasingly violent north, officials said yesterday. A roadside bomb killed two US troops in the east.

US offers direct talks to N Korea

In a policy shift, the Obama administration said Friday it is prepared to hold direct talks with North Korea in a bid to bring Pyongyang back to six-nation nuclear disarmament negotiations.

Australia stops boat carrying 83 asylum seekers

A boat carrying 83 suspected asylum seekers was intercepted yesterday off Australia's northwest coast after being spotted from the air by a military patrol plane, officials said.

Appeal for calm after Uganda riots claim 11 lives

Security forces patrolled the streets of Kampala on Saturday as the traditional Buganda kingdom at the centre of two days of deadly riots sought to calm the situation.

Editorial

Question of financial integrity

IN an inter-ministerial meeting attended by representatives of the finance and foreign ministries as well as from the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General, discrepancies in travel claims made by officials have been revealed. The fares claimed were rates quoted from the IATA fare chart that differed widely from the competitive market prices at which tickets are sold by the airlines or their sales agents to customers.

The Tamils of Sri Lanka

THE worries expressed by the United Nations about the fate of two of its employees held without charge in Sri Lanka since last June are a reflection of what may have been going wrong in that country. Since the defeat of the Tamil Tigers, certain moves by the government of President Mahinda Rajapakse have given rise to concerns in the international community about whether the administration is really building a structure of peace. The government has won the war. When it vanquished Velupillai Prabhakaran and his LTTE, it was expected that it would move fast and decisively to build a society based on reconciliation between the majority Sinhala and the minority Tamils. That clearly has not happened. As many as 280,000 Tamils, all of them inhabiting areas earlier controlled by the Tamil Tigers, have remained in camps or behind barbed wire in unhygienic, threadbare conditions. All questions of the human rights they are entitled to have been brusquely rejected by the Colombo authorities.

Law that does protect, not hurt, citizens

PROTECTION of the citizens is a basic function of the government. The main task of the law enforcers is, therefore, to maintain law and order so that the citizens of the state may live in peace. So, it is hardly surprising that the lawmen are forever after the criminals and various other types of anti-social elements and not the peaceful citizens. Or at least, that should ideally be the role of the law-enforcing agencies in a modern state.

New mindset needed for regional integration

DOUBTS can be expressed that Bangladesh has been freed from the scourge of religious extremism. The execution of Bangla Bhai and a few others, and the banning of Laskare-Toiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad etc. has not deterred the terrorists from using Bangladesh as a transit point for terrorists fleeing Indian authorities and, additionally, training recruits for al-Qaeda offshoots for terrorism in the country and beyond.

Indian Muslims want jobs, not iftar

AS was once noted by a garrulous, if not very innovative, politician, India has, just now, a Hindu president, a Muslim vice-president, a Sikh prime minister and a Christian president of the ruling Indian National Congress. I cannot recall Mrs. Pratibha Patil, or indeed any of her Hindu predecessors, inviting Hindu politicians, diplomats, and an assortment of Delhi's Hindu A-listers to a splendid Diwali dinner financed by the Government of India.

Sports

Mashrafe optimistic

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza said that it was too early to say whether he will be available for the upcoming home series against Zimbabwe.

Rony disbands Army

Mohammad Rony slammed the season's first hattrick to get title contenders Sheikh Russel KC off to a sparkling start in the Federation Cup with a massive 8-1 win over Bangladesh Army in their opening game at Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

CCDM reveals T20 groupings

Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis (CCDM) yesterday announced the groupings of the Premier Division Twenty20 Cricket League that starts from October 10.

Lee rattles England

Brett Lee routed England as Australia won the fourth one-day international at Lord's on Saturday by seven wickets to take an unbeatable 4-0 lead in the seven-match series.

SL crush India

Veteran Sanath Jayasuriya and Thilina Kandamby hammered India's bowlers to give Sri Lanka a morale-boosting victory by 139 runs in the tri-series on Saturday.

Nadal ambles into semis

Spanish third seed Rafael Nadal, trying to complete a career Grand Slam, advanced to the US Open semifinals on Saturday by defeating Chilean 11th seed Fernando Gonzalez 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/2), 6-0.

Afridi may retire

Flamboyant Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi has said he may consider quitting cricket if he does not perform according to his potential in the Champions Trophy beginning September 22 in South Africa.

Rain plays spoilsport

Serena Williams handed out lollipops as she walked through a tunnel at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Rafael Nadal peered outside at the blankets of rain while he strolled through a hallway outside the players' cafeteria. Kim Clijsters chatted with friends to pass the time.

City gun down Gunners

Emmanuel Adebayor secured his revenge over Arsenal as Manchester City delivered a statement of intent with a 4-2 win over the striker's former club here on Saturday.

Cahill ready to shine

Australia midfielder Tim Cahill believes Everton will reap the rewards of his rare international break when his side travel to Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday.

Bolt's season farewell

Jamaican sprint phenomenon Usain Bolt will line up in the 200m during the World Athletics Final on Saturday and Sunday for what will be his last appearance of a memorable 2009.

Ossie backs Maradona

Ossie Ardiles has told ESPN Soccernet that the next two games will be "make or break" for Diego Maradona, and that the consequences would be much more far reaching than merely being sacked as Argentina manager.

'Only Jesus or Virgin Mary can replace Diego'

Diego Maradona's faltering reign as Argentina coach would only be ended by the arrival of either Jesus Christ or the Virgin Mary, team manager Carlos Bilardo said Friday in a bizarre exchange with reporters.

Lewis on pole in Monza

Defending world champion Lewis Hamilton grabbed the 15th pole position of his career here Saturday when he produced a stunning last-gasp lap to take the prime starting spot for Sunday's Italian Grand Prix.

Bodnar given suspended sentence

Hungary international Laszlo Bodnar was given a one-year suspended prison sentence after causing the death of a cyclist while driving at excessive speed in late August, Hungary's Football League MLSZ announced Friday.

Hanover facing injury crisis

Hanover are facing an injury crisis with nine injured or ill players missing from the squad ahead of Sunday's Bundesliga clash with Werder Bremen.

Viduka to return home

Former Middlesbrough and Newcastle striker Mark Viduka is returning home to live in Australia, his agent told an Australian website on Saturday.

Senna out for three weeks

Villarreal midfielder Marcos Senna will be out of action for up to three weeks after suffering a recurrence of a muscle injury during Spain's 3-0 World Cup win over Estonia on Wednesday, the club said Friday.

'WW3 if Semenya barred'

South Africa's sports minister said Friday there will be a "third world war" if Caster Semenya is barred from competing, after a media report that the gold medallist is a hermaphrodite.

Ponting backs Clarke for captaincy

Ricky Ponting has endorsed Michael Clarke to succeed him as Australia's Twenty20 captain. Despite the strong cases presented by Cameron White and Brad Haddin to assume the 20-over captaincy, Ponting insisted his current vice-captain deserved the promotion and the opportunity to turn around Australia's fortunes in what is their weakest format.

'Asif won't be stressed'

Pakistan captain Younus Khan and coach Intikhab Alam Saturday said they would not put pressure on paceman Mohammad Asif who makes his comeback in the Champions Trophy after a one-year doping ban.

Nadal pulls out of Davis Cup

Rafael Nadal on Friday pulled out of Spain's Davis Cup semifinal against Israel because of lingering fears over the abdominal injury which has affected his US Open campaign.

Dungarpur no more

Veteran Indian cricket administrator Raj Singh Dungarpur died on Saturday, aged 73, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, the Indian cricket board said.

Business

Pharma sales upbeat

Local pharmaceutical sales have grown to 21 percent in the April-June period, a rise from 19 percent in the first three months of this year, according to a report of a global pharmaceutical market intelligence agency.

Jhenidah jeweller holds out hope

A jewellery maker, based in Jhenidah, has widened its market reach by offering low-priced but quality ornaments.

Q1 progress report on projects from next month

As part of a new exercise to ensure proper implementation of the annual budget, the finance ministry has early this month sought the first quarterly progress reports of all projects and programmes from all the ministries and departments.

Govt urged to open discussion on WTO issues in parliament

Equity and Justice Working Group (EJWG), a forum of non-government and civil society organisations, yesterday called upon the government to initiate open discussion in parliament for outlining Bangladesh's position at the forthcoming WTO Ministerial in Geneva.

Minister pitches IT prospect

Commerce Minister Faruk Khan has said the government is offering a string of facilities, including reduced tax, to develop the country's information technology sector to establish a Digital Bangladesh.

Strike at Barapukuria coal mine continues

Production in Barapukuria coal mine has almost come to a halt, as the local miners continued their strike for the second day yesterday.

Obama wants regulatory reform

President Barack Obama wants Congress to act this year on what is billed as the most sweeping financial regulatory reform since the 1930s, despite a crush of other business, a senior aide said Friday.

End of a textile era as Jacquard loom in Europe closes

The rhythmic clickety-clack of 19th century hand looms will soon be silenced when what is thought to be the last Jacquard workshop in Europe closes in a few weeks and another traditional art disappears.

Dollar partly recoups losses

The dollar recovered some of its losses but ended mixed Friday after data showing improvement in US consumer sentiment helped the greenback move up from a nine-month low on the euro.

Russia urges G20 to reconstruct global financial system

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev urged major economies to press ahead with reforms to overhaul the world's financial system, suggesting some countries were more interested in preserving the status quo.

Sonali Bank's new chairman takes over

Quazi Baharul Islam has taken over as chairman of Sonali Bank Ltd, says a press release.

New Opel, new worries

Relief in Europe at GM choosing a buyer for Opel turned on Friday to worries about job cuts and over whether "New Opel" can survive long term, as the EU warned Germany over state aid to the new owners.

Of Dilbert

I am a great fan of Scott Adams. He created Dilbert, the comic strip corporate bloke who seems to know how to go around the maze of corporate world. So borrowing from Scott, I use the term, Dilbert mood, situation, or trap.

Nobel economist Phelps ‘gloomy’ over US economic future

The massive debt being racked up by the United States to exit recession will thwart growth for decades while its "almost useless" financial sector needs deep reform, a Nobel economist said Friday.

Stocks pass bearish week

Dhaka stocks passed a bearish week, as the trade wast made debut two weeks ago.

Oil slumps

Oil prices slumped Friday as traders banked profits from a four-day rally spurred by growing optimism that the global economy is emerging from recession.

Wall Street investors see recovery year

A year after the Wall Street calamity that battered the financial system and dragged the global economy into recession, investors appear to have regained their composure and are betting on recovery.

Weekly Currency Roundup

September 6th-September 10th, 2009
International Markets

This week marked an increase in risk appetite and investor confidence in a sustained and quick recovery. The dollar hovered close to its lowest in almost a year against a basket of major currencies on Thursday as firmer share and commodity prices undermined flows into the lower-yielding US currency. Investors booked gains in the Australian and New Zealand dollars, driving them down from this week's one-year highs but the dollar still looked fragile as benchmark world stocks hit a fresh 11-month high. The dollar has suffered as investors bet on economic recovery through commodity-linked and higher-yielding currencies but some in the market said the risk rally was starting to look stretched which could see a rebound in the greenback. The dollar index, which tracks its performance against a basket of six major currencies, edged down 0.1 percent to 77.01. The index dipped to 76.803 on Wednesday, its lowest level in almost a year.

India industrial output jumps for seventh month

India's industrial output climbed for a seventh month in a row in July driven by strong consumer demand, official data showed Friday, fuelling hopes of an economic rebound.

Britain seeks to bar directors after MG Rover collapse

Britain said on Friday it would seek to ban the directors of MG Rover from running companies in future, after a new report into the carmaker's 2005 collapse with the loss of 6,000 jobs.

US slaps punitive tariffs on Chinese tires

Barack Obama on Friday imposed punitive duties of 35 percent on Chinese-made tires, igniting the first trade spat of his presidency just weeks before hosting his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao.

Brazil eases out of recession

Brazil's economy grew at a 1.9-percent clip in the second quarter, government data showed Friday, officially ending its recession.

Metropolitan

People affected with swine flu should stay at home: Experts

Experts at a view exchange meeting yesterday said people affected with swine flu should keep themselves confined to their houses rather than going to their village home ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr to avert further spreading of the virus.

Expatriate killed in road crash

An expatriate worker was killed and five others of his family were injured in a road accident in the city yesterday morning.

Attack on Ansar men at BSMMUH

A gang of criminals yesterday attacked the Ansar men deployed at the west gate of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital (BSMMUH) in the city, leaving two Ansar men injured.

Death of Shah Abdul Karim condoled

Different political and socio-cultural organisations, professional bodies and individuals yesterday condoled the death of renowned 'Baul Samrat' Shah Abdul Karim.

Jessore now has own interactive web portal

Jessore yesterday became the first district in Bangladesh to launch its own interactive web portal www.jessore.info

Dhaka city AL calls for withdrawal of hartal

Dhaka city unit of Awami League has called for withdrawal of tomorrow's half-day hartal called by the National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports.

Govt to develop Dhopachari forest as tourist destination

The government has taken an initiative for the development of the forest at Dhopachari in Chandanaish which possesses the country's biggest teak garden and known as the Sundarbans of Chittagong.

Comprehensive plan for capacity building of BSTI

Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institute (BSTI), a state-run watchdog agency for monitoring food items and manufacturing products, has embarked on an inclusive plan to build up its capacity by introducing laboratories equipped with modern calibrated tools.

RERC's new inverter to reduce irrigation cost

The Renewable Energy Research Centre (RERC) of Dhaka University (DU) has invented an inverter to run solar pumps with the aim of reducing irrigation cost in agriculture.

Train derails in Sirajganj

Train services between capital and country's north-southern region remained suspended for three hours yesterday following derailment of two compartments of a train in Kamarkand upazila.

3000 litres of liquor seized in Gazipur

Police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab)-1 in a joint raid at Kumarkhada in Gazipur yesterday seized 3,000 litres of locally produced liquor and arrested two in this connection.

Fisherman drowns in boat capsize

A fisherman drowned as a fishing boat capsized after a collision with an oil-laden cargo in the river Meghna near Nur Islam Char in Hatiya upazila early yesterday.

4 satellite towns to be set up to take pressure off capital

The government is planning to set up four satellite towns around the city to offload enormous pressure on it and address the ever-increasing housing demand, State Minister for Housing and Public Works Abdul Mannan Khan said yesterday.

Govt to form commission soon to probe 2001 post-poll violence

The government will constitute a commission within a very short time to investigate the incidents of violence that took place after the 2001 parliamentary elections, as the copy of a High Court (HC) verdict directing the government to do so has recently become available.

Mufti Hannan placed on five-day remand

Harkatul Jihad (Huji) leader Mufti Abdul Hannan was placed on a five-day remand for the second time yesterday in connection with the sensational Chasara Awami League (AL) office bomb attack case in Narayanganj.

Worker dies in fall from building in Ctg

A construction worker died after falling from an under-construction building in the city's College Road area here yesterday.

Power Div to present 'generation roadmap' on Sept 15

The Power Division will present the power 'generation roadmap' of the government to the money lending agencies and media people at a meeting on September 15.

2 revolvers seized, 2 held

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab)-1 members seized two revolvers from a house at Arichpur in Tongi early yesterday and arrested two people in this connection.

Khaleda performs Umrah at Makkah

Opposition leader and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia performed umrah at Makkah yesterday, on the second day of her visit to Saudi Arabia.

Youth held with pistol in Rajarbagh Police Lines

The police arrested a youth with a foreign-made pistol inside the Rajarbagh Police Lines in the city last night.

National

Police to probe police brutality!

A one-member probe committee comprising Magura Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Mihir Kumar Das has been formed to investigate Friday's brutal police act on retired army man Tayebur Rahman.

Construction on for 9 yrs, still awaits fund for last 15pc work

Nine years after starting, the five-year project for construction of 'Bogra town second bypass road' from Betgari to Matidali Moar on the outskirts of Bogra town still remains incomplete.

38 fishermen held in India for 11 months back home

Thirty-eight Bangladeshi fishermen, who have been languishing in an Indian jail for 11 months, were released on Friday.

Stop denuding of hills, save our gardens, houses

People of indigenous Khasia community living in Nahar Punjees under Srimongal upazila of Moulvibazar yesterday formed human chain and held rally in the district town to demanding steps to save their betel leaf plantations, trees and houses.

Crimes in six Khagrachhari Upazilas rise

People of eight upazilas of Khagrachhari district feel insecure as incidents of killing, abduction and extortion are on the rise.

College girl abducted

A college girl was abducted from Char Khoaz village under Sadar Union of Sonagazi upazila on Friday night for refusing a marriage proposal. Police and family sources said Shahidul Islam, 29, son of Zakir Hossain of the same village recently proposed the girl but she refused. Later, Shahidul sent the same proposal to the girl's mother who also turned down the proposal. At around 9:00pm on Friday, Shahidul with two local goons entered the girl's house and picked up her at gunpoint. Mother of the girl filed a case with Sonagazi Police Station the following day. Police could not rescue the girl as of filing of this report at 6:00pm yesterday.

Robber held after gunfight

Police arrested a robber after he sustained bullet-injury yesterday in a gunfight at Baradi village in Sadar upazila and recovered arms and ammunition. According to police, a team led by assistant superintendent of police (ASP) Alamgir Hossain cordoned a den at about 3.30: am and asked the robbers to surrender. But the robbers ignored the police call and opened fire. Police retaliated injuring Rezaul Islam, 30. After the gunfight, six bullets were recovered from the spot. Rezaul is an accused in several criminal cases filed with Sadar police station.

Woman militant arrested

Netrakona police yesterday arrested Hazera Begum,50, a member of Islamist militant organisation “Allar Dal” from Bahir-Capra area in the town. With the arrest of Hazera, Netrakona police arrested six militants of the organisation in last one week. The other arrestees are Anik Ahmed, Sheikh Parvez, Omar Faruq, Fazlur Rahman and Ershad Kabir. Of them, Anik, Omar Faruq and Sheikh Parvez were arrested last Sunday. After five days remand, police produced them before the court yesterday.

Arms recovered, woman held

Chhagolnaiya police in a raid Friday night recovered a gun and five cartridges from Daulatpur village under Gopal union of the upazila. They also arrested Dil Afroz Begum, 30, in this connection. A sub-inspector at Chhagolnaiya police station said a group of youths clashed at Muhuriganj Bazar Friday afternoon. Police at night raided the house of Badsha Majhi of Daulatpur for Jahangir, a gangman. As Jahangir was not at home, police detained his wife Dil Afroz for interrogation following recovery of the arms. She was later shown arrested under Section 54.

15 hurt as pirates clash

At least 15 people were injured as pirate groups locked in a clash in Abdullar Char area in Sonagazi Friday evening. Locals said pirates of Afsar-led group clashed with groups led by Tipu and Bashar Majhi till 12 midnight. Local said, the pirates on several occasions in the past looted fish and net from the fishermen in the estuary of the Bay. Friday's clash took place for control of the area, they said.

Medicines seized at Teknaf

BDR yesterday early morning seized at Teknaf a huge quantity of different types of medicine while being smuggled to Myanmar. Sources said, BDR team raided Ali Khali Khal area in Leda village under Hnila union of Teknaf upazila and seized 3,997 ampules injection, 2,14,900 Ventolin and 8,61,3000 Stemetil tablets and different contraceptives. The drugs were later deposited to customs department. However, none could be arrested. Deputy commander of 42 Rifles Battalion at Teknaf Major Shahinur Rahman said the value of the seized drugs has been estimated around Tk 2 crore. BDR also filed a case with Teknaf thana in this connection.

Indigenous man attacked

Unidentified criminals on Friday night entered the house of an indigenous day labourer and attacked him with sharp weapons at remote Chhoto Dolu village under Kawkhali upazila. Locals said, a gang of five entered the house of Bosudeb Chakma, 48, when he was sleeping. The criminals chopped him indiscriminately injuring him seriously. The neighbours took him to Kawkhali upazila health complex at about 3 am. He is now undergoing treatment there.

Letters

Illogical demand

The recent demand of BGMEA seems very illogical and unethical to me. I am not a businessman, nor an expert on the economy. But the way the demands have been put forward to the govt. is ill motivated. We've noticed how the finance minister talked to this largest business community time and again to mitigate their sufferings due to economic recession all over the world. We've also come to know from the media and other different sources that the garment industry is not doing so bad as it was feared by many. Once we were alarmed at the news that lots of girls would be unemployed. Thank God, that has not happened yet. The present govt. is undoubtedly considerate to the demands of the garment owners. The govt. has initiated a programme of allotting rice to the garment workers. There is also a plan to form a special force for law and order in this sector. A special fund has been kept in the budget to support this sector. All these prove the good intention of this govt. But this sudden demand to allot Tk 3,000 crore to pay Eid bonus and salary to garment workers is illogical. I'll live comfortably in a luxurious house having a luxury car and I'll not pay monthly dues to the workers! This can not be the ethics of this largest foreign currency earning business sector. We've heard that a German buyer has stopped buying garments from Bangladesh due to a report about atrocities on female workers. This is not at all acceptable. There are many painful stories related to harassment in the factories. Your newspaper has carried out a lot of stories about what is happening in this sector. I remember once you printed picture of bare footed girls going to have food during break.

Report on education policy

The National Education Policy Formulation Committee has submitted the final report on the education policy. The committee Chairman National Professor Kabir Chowdhury and Co-chairman Dr Quazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad submitted the report to the education minister at around 12:00 noon at the secretariat on 2 September.

Zakat

All, who took shelter under the ensign of Islam, are to carry out several specified religious duties assigned to them by the religion. Zakat, which denotes one of those religious duties, is a matter of great importance. It is the third pillar of Islam. In accordance with the teachings of Islam, the word Zakat stands for the regular and mandatory charity, which is given in Allah's name to the poor and the needy by an organized Muslim community.

Reducing medical costs

A very interesting report on the matter, was published on 29th. August, in a local English daily about the matter of high medical costs in USA. It stated, and I quote: "Get doctors to quit ordering unnecessary procedures and tests"! This was based on an article from the US Business

Public money

A beautiful and thought provoking letter written by Mr. Sikandar Ahmed has humorously delineated the reality on the ground for the useless expenditures of our police forces (DMP's High Tech Toy: September 2, 2009). Lot of public money is mindlessly misused while we could have provided that huge money for some other important purposes. While the police force is decrying the shortage of their transports, their officers are enjoying the most luxurious and expensive Jeeps. Have a look at the SPs of the district level who are merely a Senior Assistant Secretary level civil servant. They all are riding latest and most expensive Pajero Jeeps. The DIGs are Deputy Secretary level officers. They are enjoying the 4200 CC Nissan or Jeeps of other makes, which are very much dissimilar to other field level officers.

MA in English

University of Dhaka is the best educational institution here.

Asian Highway

Recently Bangladesh has decided to join with the Asian Highway system. The network of Asian Highway, known as the Great Asian Highway is a set-up of 141,000 km of standardized road ways crossing 32 Asian countries. The Ministry of Communications of Bangladesh has finalized three proposed routes crossing Bangladesh. These are AH1, AH2 & AH41. The 495 km AH1 from India would go through Benapole Jessore Dhaka Sylhet Tamabil. The 805 km AH2 from India would join Hati Kumrul Dhaka Kachpur Sylhet Tamabil. The 752 km AH41, also from India, will link Mongla Jessore Hati kumrul Dhaka Kachpur Chittagong Cox's Bazar Teknaf with Myanmar. The international sea ports, Chittagong & Mongla, will be connected to AH1 & AH2 by AH4, so that the ports can serve the regional needs if required. It is expected that the sophisticated highway system would ensure greater trade & social exchange between Asian countries. The AH will open up huge economic opportunities through providing shorter routes for movement of goods & passengers leading to huge savings in transport costs. However, it would be native to think that the AH would bring huge turnover for our country, rather it can be ominous, if we fail to make right decisions & choose right routes in the highway system. It is like allowing transit and corridor in the name of Asian Highway.

Boycotting parliament

MPs are elected for discharging certain duties in parliament. Endless boycotts affect such duties. Hence, there should be a limit to boycotting parliament. While boycotting parliament MPs should refrain from getting benefits from it.

Police action

Words fail to condemn the brutal, unprovoked police action against the peaceful demonstrators protesting the government's decision to award three offshore blocks to international oil companies allowing them to export up to 80 per cent of gas which will surely harm our interest. From the very inception of this government, such incidents are happening one after another. After the BDR incident, the government blindly sought India's expertise to reconstitute BDR, and then came the decision of withdrawing army from the Chittagong Hill Tracts.

Dhaka city life

Nowadays people are attracted by the charms of Dhaka city life. Because in this city there are many sources of earning.

Electricity in Ramadan

Load-shedding has always been part of our life. The situation does not change much even during the month of Ramadan. The government should look into the matter seriously and take remedial steps as quickly as possible.

Substandard clinics

Every day we hear the news of death due to faulty delivery operations that are being conducted in the substandard clinics by the inexperienced doctors or nurses who don't have any skills in this field. Moreover, they don't have the equipment and expertise to perform such a major operation. Our mothers and sisters are in great distress because of the situation in which they find themselves and we submit our nearest and dearest ones to those so called doctors and try to relieve our anxiety.

Mosques

It seems many of us do not know how to maintain the sanctity of a mosque through behaving in a dignified way.

Baseless assertion

The leading news media in the world BBC made the joke by this news headline "One giant slip in Bangladesh news". It is because two popular newspapers of Bangladesh slipped their sense of journalism by publishing news claiming the first successful human mission on Moon was a drama. A website named www.theonion.com, which is a fake news website indeed, published the news that the Moon mission was fake. If anyone searches the Internet with the word 'onion', the result comes at the top of the page from the famous Wikipedia as "The Onion is an American fake news organization." But the dailies didn't check the truth behind the news and just copied it without further justification. Later they apologized for this. We say our newspapers and journalism are independent and responsible, but this sort of activities not only harms the reputation of the media but also the image of the whole country. Newspapers and journalists should be aware of these issues and must publish news with proper justification.

Tender hijacking

Some days ago it was reported that some Chhatra League and Jubo League activists prevented contractors from submitting tenders at the food department. They even beat up genuine contractors to drive them away!

Liberation war

It was interesting to watch on TV channel the parliament debate on the war of liberation. I must thank Mohiuddin Khan Badal MP for his role in setting right the record of history and proceedings of the day. In this regard I have nothing to add except to repeat the famous saying of the former Secretary of State of the USA Mr Casper Weinberger. He said, "War is too serious a thing that can be left to the general". I think the message is clear and unambiguous. The minister for "Mukti Juddha " ministry might have felt embarrassed for his unclear presentation which had generated the debate. Thanks to him for realizing how the war of liberation of 1971 is defined by history. The role of the army has never been underestimated and will never be undermined, but give them due credit not above the political force, the principal source for mobilization, sustenance and ultimate win in record time. The army is inclusive and not a separate entity of a nation.

Views of a diplomat's wife

Kudos are deserved by the diplomat's wife for her caustic but true comments (DS 09-09-09) on the letter from Mr. Shabbir Bashar.

PM's Geneva tour

The news item in Bangladesh media regarding Prime Minister Hasina's visit to Geneva has drawn my attention. She was in Switzerland with a 44-member Bangladesh delegation to attend a conference on climate. Very nice, but why she needs to have such a huge delegation for such a conference is a question Bangladesh people need to ask. And who were the members of this delegation? What are their credentials as climate experts?

Restrooms for mothers

Many big shopping malls have sprung up in Dhaka with modern facilities like lifts, escalators, food court etc that are places of necessities and attraction particularly for women shoppers. But there are no good facilities like restrooms for lactating mothers. With increasing health consciousness and there is no substitute nutrient to mother's milk for infants, these days most of the babies from new born up to about 2 years are fed on mother's milk. In western countries big shopping malls have places for feeding mothers.

International

Iran ready to negotiate nuclear proposals: FM

Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki renewed yesterday Iran's readiness for negotiations over its nuclear proposals but made no direct response to calls from the major powers for urgent talks.

Karzai takes clear lead in Afghan election

Incumbent President Hamid Karzai held a firm lead in controversial Afghan elections, taking 54.3 percent of the vote, according to partial results announced yesterday.

Develop rail service to ease traffic jam

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday underscored the need for developing the railway communication system to ease traffic congestion.

Riot police quell clashes at 9/11 demo in London

Riot police arrested 10 people Friday as they intervened to quell clashes between Muslims and anti-Islamic protesters outside a London mosque on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

BSF fires into Pakistan after rocket attack

Border Security Force (BSF) troopers fired from machine-guns into Pakistan after rockets were fired into Indian territory in the Amritsar sector from across the border Friday night.

Pakistan looks to rake up Kashmir issue at UNGA

Pakistan is looking to rake up the Kashmir issue at the United Nations General Assembly, which is scheduled to be held later this month.

Fazlullah vows Taliban will 'bounce back' from current state of 'illness'

Following the confirmation of the arrest of five of its important Shura members including the spokesperson Muslim Khan, Swat Taliban chief Maulana Fazlullah has admitted that the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has been weakened in the region.

Venezuela to buy missile from Russia

Amid rising tensions with neighbouring Colombia, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced late Friday that his country would soon take delivery of Russian-made missiles with a range of 300km.

Discovery lands safely in US

The Discovery astronauts found sunny skies in California on Friday as they descended to a weather-delayed landing at Edwards Air Force Base to end a demanding two-week mission to the International Space Station.

3 killed in Baghdad car bomb attack

A massive car bomb exploded close to a major army base and the Iraqi health ministry in Baghdad killing at least three people and wounding dozens on Saturday, security and health officials told AFP.

Storm kills 11 in Philippines

Flooding and landslides triggered by a tropical storm killed 11 people and displaced over 360,000 in five provinces in the Philippines, the government said yesterday.

Musharraf undecided on returning to Pakistan

Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf said Friday he has not decided whether he will return to his homeland to face trial over his 2007 detention of judges as he attempted to cling to power.

UN warns Lanka over holding of civilians in refugee camps

The United Nations has strongly warned Sri Lanka that the world body cannot continue funding indefinitely the huge refugee camps in the north of the country, and asked the authorities to allow the hundreds of Tamil civilians to leave.

Opposition seeks President's rule in Manipur

Opposition parties are calling for central rule in Manipur, saying the situation in the state is alarming and accusing both state and non-state actors of unleashing terror.

Global warming turns poor's staple into poison

Cassava - the staple of 750 million impoverished people in Africa, Asia and Latin America - is turning more toxic with much smaller yields, thanks to global warming and carbon levels.

Pakistan admits no Baluch dossier given to India

In yet another evidence of Pakistan's flip-flops, Islamabad, for the first time has admitted that it has not handed any dossier regarding Baluch insurgency to India.

Arts & Entertainment

Bangla folk music loses a true son of the soil

Known nationwide as 'Baul Samrat,' mystic bard Shah Abdul Karim died of age related ailments at a Sylhet hospital yesterday morning. He was 93.

A lifetime of artistic pursuits

Shahabuddin Ahmed is an eminent painter in the contemporary Bangladeshi art scene. His contribution to art over the years has earned him international acclaim as well. Shahabuddin's works delve deep into Liberation War, human emotions and sensitivity. His focus is contemporary life and times. Bold brush strokes and bright colours are noticeable features in his paintings. He likes to work in oil, acrylic, charcoal and ink.

Rang Mistiri Show

With an aim to provide quality entertainment, Desh TV is introducing a new programme, titled "Rang Mistiri Show," scheduled to begin from the fifth day of Eid-ul-Fitr.

Gauripur House: Old glory trapped in disrepair and neglect

The exquisitely designed two-storied Gauripur House continues to be a reminder of the zamindars of the locality. Located by the banks of the Old Brahmaputra river, on Jubilee Road in the district town, the ground floor of the house is now being used as the supporting office of the Sonali Bank Principal Office, Mymensingh, while the first floor is used as a guest house for the bank's higher ups.

Ayub Bachchu on Musik Jams hot seat tonight

"Music Jams" will be aired tonight at 9:45pm on ntv. Hosted by VJ Sajj, the show provides all the hot and happening music and music related news. What's new in the music scene, album releases, and saucy titbits on favourite artists make this show entertaining. Added attraction tonight is rock star Ayub Bachhu on the hot seat.

Warhol paintings stolen in Los Angeles

A multimillion-dollar collection of artwork by Andy Warhol was stolen from the home of a wealthy art collector in West Los Angeles last week, Los Angeles police said Friday.

Early honorary Oscars announced

Actress Lauren Bacall, producer-director Roger Corman and cinematographer Gordon Willis are the first Oscar winners of the season.

OP-ED

A gap in the pursuit of connectivity

BANGLADESH India relations soured and suffered a nose-dive during the previous 4 party coalition government headed by Khaleda Zia. The only visit ever by Prime Minister Khaled Zia to Delhi at the end of her tenure was a flop. An apology for official talks was held in the evening, lasting a little over half an hour, without substantive results for Bangladesh.

Initiatives to cope with globalisation

THOUGH the global financial crisis affects the march of globalisation, economists are confident that the world will recover and globalisation will regain its momentum. Globalisation holds opportunities and threats. It offers opportunities for the fittest and threatens the inefficient. It creates new products, provides newer employment opportunities and opens up new markets for the investors. It increases competition and technological development and emphasises innovative research. We must be prepared to avail the opportunities that globalisation offers us.

Saifur Rahman's legacy

BETWEEN 1972 and 1990, real (that is, inflation adjusted) per capita income in Bangladesh grew by an annual average of 1.1%. Since 1990, per capita income has grown by 3.4% a year. As a result, the proportion of people living below the poverty line -- defined as daily calorie intake of 2122K -- fell from 47.5% in 1992 to 40.4% in 2005. Over the same time, the proportion of undernourished people fell from 36% to 27%. In 1990, 26% of Bangladeshis had access to improved sanitation facilities, and only 4% of households had a television set; the proportions rose to 36% and 48% respectively by 2006.



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