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News of: Friday, 25th of September, 2009

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Dhaka pledges more peacekeepers for UN

Bangladesh has pledged additional troops to the UN peacekeeping missions as President Barack Obama said Bangladesh blue helmets not only enhanced the prestige of their country but also the honour of the United Nations.

Constitution stares at major changes

The government plans to bring major changes to the constitution to restore the spirit of the Liberation War, Law Minister Shafique Ahmed said yesterday.

EC to go tough on loan, bill defaulters

The Election Commission is drafting a rule to make restrictions on loan and utility services bill defaulters more stringent to prevent their participation in parliamentary polls.

Govt orders arrest of 8 traders

The government has ordered arrest of eight businessmen who manipulated sugar price during the month of Ramdan.

Donors to help in PRSP plan

Donor countries gave assurance yesterday that they would help Bangladesh in implementing the revised Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) but they laid more emphasis on its proper implementation.

Gas supply to 6 dists by 2011

Six out of 10 districts of Khulna division will come under gas supply through pipeline by the end of 2011.

Crocs eye forex

Four years after its inception, the country's first commercial reptile farm--The Reptiles Farm Ltd--in Mymensingh is now all set to make its first export of crocodiles.

Obama pushes for nuke-free world

World powers yesterday adopted a landmark resolution seeking to rid the planet of nuclear arms at an unprecedented Security Council summit hosted by US President Barack Obama.

Top leaders fight for supremacy

Factions are appearing in Chittagong BNP again as lawmaker Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury and Abdullah Al Noman are reportedly wrangling over supremacy in Chittagong BNP.

Dhaka seeks $5b in compensation

Bangladesh has sought 5 billion US dollars from the developed countries in compensation as an affected country due to climate change caused by global warming.

Ashraf warns against failure of parties

Awami League General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam yesterday apprehended recurrence of the 1/11 changeover if political parties fail to institutionalise democracy in the country.

WB to help boost social safety net

The World Bank offered to provide Bangladesh necessary supports for creating its social-safety net, alleviating poverty and developing infrastructures.

Durga Puja begins

On the second day of five-day long Durga Puja, the Hindu devotees will celebrate the Mahasaptami today marking Goddess Durga's victory over demon Mahishashura.

1 body found, 2 missing in danger zone

The body of one of the three tourists, who went missing while bathing beside the Cox's Bazar sea beach on Wednesday, was found floating yesterday about 1.5 kilometres off Laboni Point.

3 sisters drown in Padma

Three sisters drowned in the Padma river in Munshiganj yesterday leaving their parents and relatives shell-shocked.

3 held for 'JMB link'

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested three people at Shantipur under Matiranga upazila of the district for their alleged involvement with the outlawed militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).

Mismanagement at Nat'l Eidgah under probe

The government yesterday formed a probe committee to investigate whether there was any negligence of the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) in preparing the Jatiya Eidgah for Eid-ul-Fitr jamaats last Monday.

Uttara roads in bad shape

Shopkeeper Roni was returning to his shop a few days back by a rickshaw-van after buying three sacks of rice from Tongi. Suddenly the rice sacks fell into a ditch of muddy water as the rickshaw-van collapsed on a road under Sector-10 of Uttara Model Town.

Water detected in Moon's soil

A surprising amount of water has been found to exist in the Moon's soil.

Burglary at DMCH

Burglars stole surgical instruments from the Operating Theatre (OT) of Dhaka Medical College Hospital's (DMCH) Neurology Department sometime between Wednesday afternoon and yesterday morning.

New vaccine helps prevent HIV infection

For the first time, an experimental vaccine has prevented infection with the AIDS virus, a watershed event in the deadly epidemic and a surprising result.

Editorial

Holidays and healthcare deficit

THE saddest thing that could happen to people is for them to be deprived of public services every time a holiday season comes round. It is a reality which has always been felt keenly during the period around and on Eid. As a report in this newspaper makes clear, innumerable citizens (and they are almost all in the lower income category) suffered during the festival holidays because of an acute absence of doctors and other medical personnel in the hospitals. Given that public services are always a twenty-four hour job, arrangements should have been in place to handle patients during the holidays. Is there any mechanism to ensure this?

Birth registration process needs a final thrust

THE local government bodies tasked with registering the birth and issuing certificates for it are facing a big challenge ahead. That is because they have only a few months in their hand to complete the job by June 2010.

UN climate talks could fail

EUROPEAN ministers warned that December's landmark UN climate talks could fail, as the EU Commission urged rich nations to stump up tens of billions of euros to help the developing world combat global warming.

A victim of wrong perceptions?

IN the Philippines, any act at undermining manpower export is considered an act of treason against the state with specific penal provisions. Moreover, their president allocates a particular day every year to be personally present at the airport to see-off and receive expatriates. Such a gesture of honor shows the importance the Philippines, a role model to other sending countries, attaches to migrant workers. No wonder, they net about $16 billion in yearly remittance with foreign currency reserve settled around $35 billion. Just compare this with our $10 billion remittance and reserve of $8 billion. It signifies the difference in importance each country attaches to this golden goose of its economy.

This austerity is all eyewash

THAT inimitable 20th century intellectual and sleuth Hercule Poirot listed an unforgivable sin in his moral code: overlooking the obvious. The media dust storm over that hobgoblin, austerity, stimulated surely by low TV ratings as much as by high-mindedness, has obscured the most obvious of questions. Who got the money?

Sports

Kamal has to perform

AHM Mustafa Kamal on Thursday took over as president of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), the most lucrative sports federation of the country, with high hopes.

Tigers resume training today

The national cricketers will resume their practice after Eid vacation today at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.

Proteas stay afloat

South Africa bounced back into contention for 2009 ICC Champions Trophy glory with a five-wicket triumph over New Zealand at SuperSport Park on Thursday.

England tour dates released

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) revealed the itinerary of the England team's tour to Bangladesh in February-March next year.

England's busy summer

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Thursday announced the dates for England's 2010 home matches against Bangladesh, Australia and Pakistan, and the Australia-Pakistan matches to be staged in England.

Umar sees Pakistan home

West Indies' little-known paceman Gavin Tonge grabbed four wickets, but failed to stop Pakistan from posting a five-wicket victory in the Champions Trophy here on Wednesday.

Hussey feels confident

Michael Hussey is confident Australia can spark up for the Champions Trophy despite the short turnaround following their long tour of England. The Australians finished their one-day series against England in Durham on Sunday, losing the game but winning 6-1, and they resume training on Thursday ahead of their first match of the Champions Trophy.

Bracken out of Trophy

Australia have suffered a major blow before their first Champions Trophy match with Nathan Bracken ruled out of the tournament with a chronic knee injury. Cricket Australia confirmed Bracken would be sent home on Thursday due to the problem with his right knee.

Yuvraj blow for India

Hard-hitting Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh has been ruled out of the Champions Trophy here due to an injury, the Indian cricket board said in a statement on Wednesday.

Younus fit for India match

Younus Khan will be available for the Champions Trophy fixture against India on September 26, the Pakistan cricket Board (PCB) said on Thursday.

Inter climb to top

Inter Milan brushed aside the absence of manager Jose Mourinho to climb to the top of Serie A on the strength of a 3-1 success over Napoli on Wednesday.

Ray foresees tough time for IPL sides

Royal Challengers Bangalore coach Ray Jennings believes the Indian Premier League (IPL) teams competing in the Champions League Twenty20 will have a tough time as the quality of their opposition will be different to what they faced in the Indian league.

Trio crash out

There were three big upsets in the German Cup's second round on Wednesday as defending Bundesliga champions Wolfsburg, current league leaders Hamburg and Bayer Leverkusen were all dumped out.

Real keep pace

Real Madrid kept pace with champions Barcelona at the top of the Spanish First Division defeating 10-man Villarreal 2-0 at El Madrigal on Wednesday with Cristiano Ronaldo continuing his goal-a-game record while Brazilian Kaka scored his first Real goal from the penalty spot.

MU, Chelsea advance

Manchester United advanced to the League Cup fourth round with a 1-0 win over Wolverhampton on Wednesday even though the holders played more than half of the match with 10 men.

FA told to reform

The Football Association, the governing body of English football, was Thursday warned to urgently implement reforms recommended four years ago or risk losing government funding.

VDV left out in the cold

Dutch vice-captain Rafael van der Vaart's miserable season continued on Wednesday when he was left out of the national squad for the friendly with Australia in Sydney on October 10.

Ze Roberto wants Brazil return

Hamburg midfielder Ze Roberto is hurting over the "biggest mistake of his life" when he quit international football and says he burns to play for Brazil again at 35.

Hamburg give Smolarek a trial

Poland international Ebi Smolarek is being given a trial at Bundesliga leaders Hamburg as the German club look to replace knee-injury victim and Peru striker Paolo Guerrero, it was revealed Wednesday.

Ronaldo ordered to take DNA test

Dual World Cup winner Ronaldo has been ordered by a Brazilian court to take a DNA test to resolve a paternity dispute, the press reported here Wednesday.

Alam impressed

Intikhab Alam, the Pakistan coach, praised the younger members of his side for pulling Pakistan out of a potentially sticky situation against West Indies and ensuring they got their Champions Trophy campaign off to a winning start. Man of the match Umar Akmal, with a little help from stand-in captain Shahid Afridi, eventually guided Pakistan home in their 134-run chase with an accomplished, unbeaten 41.

Eng in Mendis maze

Andrew Strauss's England face a stiff spin test when they take on a confident Sri Lanka in their opening match of the Champions Trophy here on Friday.

Don't belittle these WI

It cannot be an easy time to be a West Indies cricketer of any kind. Those on strike are not doing what they are meant to be doing. Those in South Africa are not being credited for doing what they are doing.

Gopalpur best rowers

Sadaat Chairman and his group from Gopalpur secured the first place while Motiar Rahman of Ghatail finished second in the NCC Bank-Singna Rowing Competition 2009 held at Qumribeel of Singna village yesterday.

Ganguly on BCCI tech committee

Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly was included as a member of the Board of Control for Cricket in India's Technical Committee headed by Sunil Gavaskar at the BCCI's 80th AGM here on Thursday.

ODI shifted from Jaipur

The first match of the seven-match ODI series between Australia and India has been shifted from the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur to the Reliance Stadium in Vadodara.

Business

Mutual fund growth in turnover trebles

Mutual fund growth in turnover trebled in just three months, thanks to the increasing transactions in the investment sector on a positive verdict on a pending case by the middle of next month.

New export policy hits snag

The government is yet to formulate a new export policy for 2009-12 due mainly to lengthy bureaucratic procedures.

SME Foundation mulls setting up industrial park

The Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Foundation is set to conduct a feasibility study from October on establishing a 'co-located cluster industrial park' for light engineering, plastic and electronic factories.

Ctg computer business shines on customs automation

Internet-based computer services business has gained popularity in Chittagong with an introduction of automated systems at the Chittagong Customs House.

Obama asks more economic balance from G-20

With the world's major economies having stepped back from the brink of a devastating meltdown, President Barack Obama comes to a global summit here pushing a slimmed-down agenda designed to prevent a repeat of the conditions that caused such panic a few months ago.

Frozen food exporters target Tk 10b earnings by 2013

Bangladesh Frozen Foods Exporters Association (BFFEA) has targeted Tk 10,000 crore from exports of frozen foods by 2013.

World will need 70pc more food in 2050: FAO

World food production must increase by 70 percent by 2050, to nourish a human population then likely to be 9.1 billion, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation forecast Wednesday.

Crisis forces 17,000 expats out of Kuwait: Report

About 17,000 expatriate workers have cancelled their residence permits and left Kuwait in the first half of 2009 due to the impact of the global economic crisis, a Kuwaiti daily said on Thursday.

Japan posts seventh straight monthly trade surplus

Japan's exports exceeded its imports for a seventh straight month in August, keeping the world's number two economy on a recovery path after its worst recession in decades, data showed Thursday.

Russian bank seeks bankruptcy of UC Rusal units

Russia's largest private bank on Thursday filed bankruptcy suits against two key units of UC Rusal, stepping up the pressure on the aluminium giant's embattled billionaire owner Oleg Deripaska.

India inflation up again

India's inflation gained pace, fuelled by a massive leap in food prices on the back of the worst drought in decades, official data showed Thursday.

Agrani Bank gets new DMD

Agrani Bank Ltd recently appointed Md Nurul Alam Talukder as deputy managing director, says a press release.

China checks GM takeover of Delphi

China has launched an anti-monopoly probe into the takeover by General Motors of its former auto parts arm Delphi, in response to concerns raised by local carmakers, state media said Thursday.

Cinemas face dull business

Running a cinema has now turned a risky entrepreneurship, as many a movie-lover is increasingly preferring small screen to big ones.

Agriculture and Monga

A faint pleasant aroma wafted in the air as we stepped on the porch of the regional station of Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) in Rangpur. Wondering what this fragrance was, Dr Jalil Mridha, principal scientific officer and station head, explained that it was a new BRRI variety, BR-50, a fine and aromatic rice, meant to compete in the global market. The lush dark green paddy plant had not even sprouted its rice seeds and it was already making its presence felt. As we were ushered into the meeting room, we were introduced to Dr Abdul Mazid, recently retired from BRRI and now hub manager for an International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)/BRRI project.

Asian stocks lower after Wall Street tumble

Asia's markets were mostly lower on Thursday as dealers followed a fall on Wall Street, after the US Federal Reserve kept interest rates on hold to support the fragile economy.

European markets drop before G20

Europe's main stock markets fell on Thursday after Wall Street closed lower overnight and as investors looked ahead to a G20 summit.

Oil prices fall further

Oil prices fell further on Thursday following data that revealed weak energy demand in the United States, the world's biggest economy, analysts said.

German business confidence edges higher: Ifo

German business confidence edged higher in September to its best level in a year but missed market expectations, a key survey showed on Thursday just ahead of elections in Europe's biggest economy.

Struggling Japan Airlines seeks public money

The president of Japan Airlines said Thursday the money-losing carrier is applying for public funds to help turn around a company that's been pummelled by the downturn in global air travel.

Jaguar to close British plant amid auto sector gloom

Indian-owned historic carmaker Jaguar Land Rover said Thursday it will close a British factory over the next decade as part of a wider restructuring drive amid mounting gloom for the auto industry.

China dominates Forbes' Asia Pacific business list

Chinese firms have maintained their dominance of the Asia Pacific business scene, accounting for a third of a Forbes list of 50 large and profitable firms in the region released Thursday.

Vietnam nine-month inflation slows to 7.64pc

Vietnam said Thursday its inflation rate in the first nine months of the year slowed to 7.64 percent compared with the same period a year ago.

Metropolitan

Acid thrown on 5 women in Bogra, Sylhet

Five women sustained injuries in acid attacks in three separate incidents in Bogra and Sylhet in last week.

Bullet-hit gang leader arrested

Ringleader of a criminal gang with bullet wounds and three of his accomplices were arrested in the city yesterday.

Flood-tolerant varieties of Aman crop this year likely

Large-scale farming of flash-flood tolerant varieties of Aman crop can produce an additional six million tonnes paddy annually to make the country completely self-reliant in food production and a rice exporting nation.

AL activist killed in clash with BNP in Jhenidah

An Awami League activist was killed and 25 others were injured in a clash between the supporters of AL and BNP at Bahadurpur village in Harinakundo yesterday afternoon.

Road crashes kill 6

Six people were killed and 60 others injured in separate road accidents across the country yesterday.

Mufti Hannan remanded

A Dhaka court yesterday placed Harkatul Jihad (Huji) chief Mufti Abdul Hannan on a three-day remand in a case for abducting a physician from the capital's Mirpur in September 2003.

Merkel 'not happy' with Copenhagen preparations

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday she wants more progress in preparations for a crunch UN climate summit in Copenhagen in December.

Bogra journos slate AL leader's threat

Local journalists yesterday held a rally in protest against a local Awami League (AL) leader's threat to and misconduct with journalists.

Cancel lease of offshore blocks

National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports yesterday staged demonstrations in front of Karwan Bazar Petrobangla office demanding cancellation of offshore gas exploration deals.

Robbery bid foiled

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab-2) yesterday foiled an attempt of committing robbery by a gang of criminals at Mohammadpur in the city injuring two gang members in a shootout.

Showers may continue, but no threat of floods

The country might experience scattered showers in the next few days as the monsoon still remains active, but there is no threat of floods, according to the Met office.

9 killed in road accidents

Nine people were killed and 61 others injured in separate road accidents in Sylhet, Tangail, Manikganj, Chittagong and Magura yesterday.

Govt slammed for not allowing guests to enter Khaleda's cantt residence

Opposition Chief Whip Zainul Abdin Farroque yesterday slammed the government for not allowing guests and personal staff of BNP Chairperson and Leader of the Opposition Khaleda Zia to enter her Dhaka cantonment residence on Eid day.

4 criminals arrested

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested four criminals of a gang and seized two pistols and 32 rounds of bullets from their possession.

Zillur attends inaugural ceremony of King Abdullah University

President Zillur Rahman attended the inaugural ceremony of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, one of the largest universities of the world, at Thuwal about 80 km off Jeddah on Wednesday evening.

China sovereign fund boosts resource interests: Analysts

China's 200-billion-dollar sovereign wealth fund is pouring money into resources firms to quench the Asian giant's thirst for raw materials and diversify its investments, analysts said Thursday.

China launches climate project

China has launched with Britain and Switzerland a project aimed at finding ways for the Asian giant to tackle climate change and mitigate its effects, officials said yesterday.

Salary cheques for non-govt teachers, staffs for Sept

The government has handed over 24 cheques as government part of salary for the teachers and employees of non-government educational institutions for the month of September to the banks responsible for disbursing the money, says a press release.

World Car-free Day tomorrow

Paribesh Banchao Andolon (PBA), Citizens Rights Movement and Nirapad Development Foundation will observe the World Car-free Day-2009 tomorrow.

President's Bijoya Dashami reception Sept 29

President Zillur Rahman will exchange greetings with members of the Hindu community on the occasion of Bijoya Dashami at Bangabhaban at 5.00 pm on September 29.

Borhan Ahmed passes away

Borhan Ahmed, a renowned journalist, passed away due to a cardiac arrest during his morning walk yesterday morning at the age of 65.

Trawlers plying on waterways to be brought under law

Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan yesterday said all mechanised boats and trawlers plying illegally on the waterways of the country will be brought under law through a planned way.

US Mission closed Sept 28

The American Embassy, including the Consular Section and the Public Affairs Section with the Archer K Blood American Centre Library and the Student Advising Centre, will remain closed on September 28 on the occasion of Durga Puja, said a US Embassy press release.

Bogra AL leader, 4 others sued

A case was filed against five people, including district Awami League vice-president Abul Kalam Azad, on charges of killing a night guard.

Terokhada OC suspended

Officer-in-charge of Terokhada Police Station M Mosharraf Hossain was suspended yesterday for his “failure” to maintain law and order, a charge mainly stemming from a recent factional clash in the local chapter of the ruling party.

'Tasikul Bahini' chief held in Rajshahi

A 'top criminal' was arrested from his house at Milikbagha village in Bagha upazila yesterday.

3 godowns gutted in Barguna

Three fertiliser and insecticide godowns were gutted in a fire in the district town early yesterday.

National

Move to free 50 Khulna city canals stalled in halfway

Khulna City Corporation's drive to free 50 canals from encroachers has remained suspended since August 12 due to legal complications and obstructions created by vested interest quarters.

Monkeys starve in Madaripur as 'safety scheme' ends

Around 2,500 monkeys in Madaripur are facing acute food crisis as the "Programme for protection and development of endangered monkeys in Char Muguria area" ended on June 30.

BDR rescues three from traffickers on Kurigram border

Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) personnel rescued three members of a family while they were being trafficked to India by a gang of traffickers through Anandapur border under Fulbari upazila of the district early yesterday.

10 hurt as BNP men clash over formation of new committee

Ten BNP activists were injured in a factional clash over formation of a union committee in Domar upazila yesterday.

Husband beats wife to death

A housewife and mother of five children was beaten to death allegedly by her husband at Dakkhin Titpara village of Dimla upazila in Nilphamari district yesterday as she objected his illicit relation with another woman.

Body recovered

Police recovered the body of a young man from a water body at Alampur village under Moheshpur upazila of the district yesterday.

One killed, 2 hurt in Natore boat mishap

One person was killed and two others were injured in a boat accident in Halti beel under Natore Sadar upazila on Wednesday night.

AL activists injure two BNP men

Awami League activists beat up two BNP men at Adimpur village unde Singra upazila of Natore yesterday.

Letters

Rivers

The rivers of Bangladesh basically mark both the physiography of the nation and the life of the people. Nearly 700 in number, these rivers generally flow south. The larger rivers serve as the main source of water for cultivation and as the principal arteries of commercial transportation. Rivers also provide fish, an important source of protein. Flooding of the rivers during the monsoon season causes enormous hardship and hinders development, but fresh deposits of rich silt replenish the fertile but overworked soil. The rivers also drain excess monsoon rainfall into the Bay of Bengal. Thus, the great river system is at the same time the country's principal resource and its greatest hazard.

A great scientist

The world lost one of the 20th century's true heroes last Saturday with the death, at 93, of agricultural visionary Norman Borlaug - a seed scientist who forcefully closed the gap between theory and practice, Borlaug is widely and justly known as "the father of the Green Revolution." His work increased crop yields in Asia and elsewhere at a time when population growth was outstripping world food production. Nobody denies that Borlaug's work saved hundreds of millions of lives.

DSE's dubious move

A few days ago DSE decided not to allow any private company to offload their shares through direct listing method with the reasons not explained. The move is dubious. Through direct listing the companies with good market image and healthy books of accounts can be benefited for their goodwill. This method also denies the wrongdoings of the gamblers in the guise of so called investors. Why should the DSE want these monsters to eat away the premium of the goodwill the companies have created through diligence and endeavour of their skilled workforce. A good financial analyst with acumen can see the prowling gamblers in the trading floors of the stock exchanges.

Dowry

The custom of giving and accepting dowry is mostly found in the rural parts of Bangladesh. Here, some families demand dowry based on the money spent for rearing up a bridegroom!

Nijhum Dwip deer

My previous letter on the subject was a knee-jerk and totally sentimental reaction on the proliferation of the Nijhum Deer, given my lifelong concern for our forests and wildlife. Dr Reza Khan has done an admirable job (DS 12 Sept) in putting the issue in its correct perspective given the present conditions, while mine were at least 40-50 years old. Actually I was influenced by a recent documentary in the National Geographic which depicted a South African couple who reared a pair of tiger cubs on their sprawling farm, cared for them, trained them to hunt and within 2-3 years gradually released them into the wild. Five years later they were flourishing with a family. Imagine wild Bengal tigers in Africa, when this magnificent creature faces decimation in its own homeland!!!

The city we had

The difference between the two is heaven and earth. About 80% of the city dwellers do not have any idea about the provincial capital Dacca. Months ago I came back to Dhaka from Houston, Texas. It is said that Sugarland is heaven on earth. I do not think it will be out of place to mention Sugarland is what Dacca used to be 40 years ago. Dhaka has gone back many years behind Dacca. The decline began 40 years ago and is still on.

Trucks or tormentors?

Heavily loaded trucks plying throughout the night has become a headache for the residents of the road from Sutrapur to Postagola, one of the busiest thoroughfares in the city.

Jamming the wheels

O dear! Life has been glued to the bituminous surface of Dhaka? Not really they are dancing along the road a waltz, or at times samba or hip hop.

Commerce minister and TCB

Soon after taking over as commerce minister, Faruk Khan issued confusing statements about the role of TCB. He said TCB would have no role in the market and after a few days he stated that it would have a role! Probably, he intended to appease the businessmen with this statement. It is now apparent that this did not work since the price of sugar is now Tk 70 per kg!

Law secretary

Possibly every local daily, English or Bangla, published on September 14, the statement of the law secretary that he was responsible for unlawful sacking of the two judges.

Deed writers

The hand writing of the quack deed writers was a problem for the people in the past. The quacks don't have enough knowledge of land laws. Also, they do not know the latest rules and regulations of land registration system, but they have established their supremacy in the land registration office.

Diplomats and traffic

Mr. Elahi's (DS 16th September, 2009) point - that no one but the tax payer of a foreign diplomat stationed anywhere has a right to question how the former spend the latter's money - is moot given that I never raised it. My concern is about the use of SUVs by international agencies and abuse of traffic laws and disruption of flow by diplomatic vehicles by blocking busy roads and travelling in an armed convoy as though they were very important state officials of the country. While the diplomats may not be the root cause of the traffic problem, by their apparent misbehaviour, isn't it obvious that they are not helping?

Taxpayers harassed twice

Income Tax & Value Added Tax (VAT) of a business is assessed on the basis of sale or turnover. This is unbelievable but believe it that in Bangladesh the sale or turnover of a business is always assessed twice by two different govt. departments & the sale or turnover figure assessed by the two departments for the same business is always different! This funny thing is happening because Income Tax & VAT are assessed by income tax & customs department respectively and there is no co-ordination between the two departments. As a result, a businessman is harassed twice for the same business, which is completely unnecessary.

The Baul's passing

Your second editorial entitled "The Baul's Passing" published on 14 September seemed to contain certain factual mistakes. You wrote "Education, a difficult proposition for him considering his state of penury, stopped when he was informed by the school authorities that pupils were expected to serve in the First World War. One looking for peace of the soul could not indulge in the horror of war. Karim never went back to school." Karim, the Baul Samrat, was born in 1916, during the First World War (1914-1918). He was two years old when the WWI ended. As such a suckling baby of his age was not expected to enrol in the school!

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International

Russia boosts momentum for Iran sanctions

World powers leading talks to rein in Iran's suspect nuclear ambitions upped the pressure on the Islamic republic on Wednesday, as momentum grew toward imposing new sanctions.

Ahmadinejad offers talks with experts on nukes

Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wants talks between Iranian and US experts to allay fears about his country's nuclear program as international pressure mounts on Tehran.

Qaeda-linked inmates break out of Iraq jail

Five al-Qaeda-linked prisoners awaiting execution and 11 other inmates broke out of a prison in Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit, prompting a massive manhunt Thursday, officials said.

Kashmir should be buffer state, says Gaddafi

In a 90-minute candid and at times vitriolic speech directed at delegates attending the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi demanded that Kashmir be declared an independent state between India and Pakistan.

Obama's peace moves risk stoking ME strife

Rather than getting Israelis and Palestinians back to negotiations, President Barack Obama's high-stakes attempt to relaunch Middle East peace talks runs the risk of cementing Israeli intransigence and exacerbating Palestinian weakness.

Germany on terror alert after pre-vote warnings

German security forces fanned out yesterday at busy transport centres ahead of the country's general election, after warnings of attacks in protest at the country's military deployment in Afghanistan.

Hoard of Anglo-Saxon treasure found

An amateur treasure hunter prowling English farmland with a metal detector stumbled upon the largest Anglo-Saxon treasure ever discovered, a massive collection of gold and silver crosses, sword decorations and other items, British archaeological experts said Thursday.

Honduras lifts embassy siege curfew

Honduras' interim government on Thursday lifted a nationwide curfew but maintained a siege of the embassy where deposed president Manuel Zelaya has taken refuge amid new diplomatic efforts to end the crisis.

Qaeda threat sparked closure of US embassy in South Africa

An al-Qaeda splinter group threatened to attack the US embassy in Pretoria, prompting the United States to close its diplomatic posts in South Africa, a newspaper reported yesterday.

Brown denies 'Obama snub' at UN

US President Barack Obama turned down five requests from British Prime Minister Gordon Brown for a meeting this week, amid tensions over the release of the Lockerbie bomber, reports here said Thursday.

Vote enables governor to fill Kennedy's crucial Senate seat

Massachusetts lawmakers voted Wednesday to allow an interim replacement of late senator Edward Kennedy -- a measure that would hand President Barack Obama a vital extra vote in his health care battle.

US plans to engage Myanmar diplomatically

The Obama administration, sketching out a new policy toward Myanmar, pledged Wednesday to engage diplomatically with the country's military rulers in a bid to promote democratic reform there.

100 feared dead in Indian chimney collapse

Rescuers searched desperately for survivors yesterday in the rubble of a giant chimney that collapsed in central India, with a top union official saying more than 100 workers were feared dead.

Taliban gun down 9 tribal elders in Pakistan

Militants ambushed a convoy of prominent anti-Taliban tribal elders in volatile northwest Pakistan yesterday, spraying their cars with gunfire, killing nine people and wounding six others.

UN envoy holds talks with Lankan officials over refugees

The United Nations' top envoy for refugees met with Sri Lankan authorities yesterday to discuss the plight of over 250,000 war-displaced civilians held in camps in the north, officials said.

Pakistan cinema returns to post-Taliban Swat

More than a year after locking doors and ripping down racy posters because of Taliban threats, cinema is once again attracting excited men in Pakistan's Swat valley.

Gene sweep shows Indians descended from two groups

Nearly all Indians can claim descent from two ancestral groups, a study released on Wednesday said, adding that millennia of inter-marriage may have left the country's population more at risk to some inherited diseases.

China promotes Mao Zedong grandson to general

Mao Zedong's only grandson has become the youngest general in the People's Liberation Army at age 39, a Chinese newspaper said Thursday.

Saeed's lawyer files petition seeking his early release

Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed's lawyer, AK Dogar, has filed a petition in a court seeking Saeed's release from house arrest.

Malik rejects presence of Blackwater in Pakistan

Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has once again rejected reports regarding the presence of private US security firm Blackwater inside the country.

17 killed in violent Mexican city

Seventeen more people were killed in a 24-hour period in Ciudad Juarez, the border city at the epicentre of a bloody war among the country's ruthless drug cartels, authorities said.

Obama to visit Japan in Nov

US President Barack Obama told Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama on Wednesday that he will visit Japan in November, a Japanese official said.

Bomb attack kills Afghan policemen

A roadside bomb tore through an Afghan police vehicle killing three policemen and wounding two others in a Taliban stronghold of southern Afghanistan on Thursday, the government said.

Maoists protest Miss Nepal contest

Around 100 Maoist protesters staged a sit-in as the 2009 Miss Nepal beauty contest got under way in the capital Kathmandu on Thursday, police said.

Arts & Entertainment

Rhyme and reason

Lutfor Rahman Riton is one of the leading rhymesters of the country and has been writing over the last three decades. Though his main interest lies in rhymes, he is also immersed in writing lyrics, stories and novels. So far, over 80 books featuring rhymes, stories and novels by the author have been published. Recently in an interview with The Daily Star, Riton talked about his career as a rhymester.

Julia Roberts shooting new film in India

The word is out despite attempts to keep a veil of secrecy around it. Oscar-winning Hollywood actress Julia Roberts is now in India to shoot for her next film "Eat, Pray and Love".

Appeasing the snake goddess

The Manasha Puja festival was celebrated recently amidst religious fervour, harmony and gaiety at the Boiragipara Temple, Natunbazaar area in Magura town.

Jobbor Ali returns to TV

On the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, a new episode of Amjad Hossain's popular "Jobbor Ali" series will be aired on Banglavision. The play titled "Chandabaaz Jobbor Ali" will be aired this evening at 8:10pm.

Musical show featuring Nachiketa on Desh TV

This evening, on the fifth day of Eid-ul-Fitr, a musical programme titled "Swapno Dekhey Mon" will be aired on Desh TV at 7:30pm. The programme will feature solo performance by popular Kolkata-based singer Nachiketa.

Workshop on Gazir Pala in Jhenidah

A 15-day workshop on 'Gazir Pala' -- dramatisation of the myth of Gazi, Kalu and Champabati -- was held recently at the Jhenidah Red Crescent Auditorium. Ankur Natya Academy, a reputed local cultural group, took the initiative of organising the workshop.

Aporinamdorshi on Rtv today

“Aporinamdorshi" is a play with a serious look on our everyday lives. Everyone makes mistakes, whether in public or at home; some guilt remain while often some wrongdoings are unintentional. The story of this play is based on such errors that we make and their outcomes. It is about the lessons learnt and those yet to be acknowledged.

OP-ED

Lighten their load

LACK of finance is identified as one of the main problems for the poor farmers in investing in agriculture in Bangladesh. It was also found in a study that farmers used their own savings in cultivation along with money borrowed from others (money lenders) on interest. The interest rate is generally 10% for every month. Another source of investment is credit, which is received in terms of input from the traders. The interest is built-in into the sales price of inputs used in cultivation. For example, seeds can be purchased on credit at a higher price. Farmers pay back the amount after selling their products.

Chasing a chimera

DEMOCRATS swept to power in the US hustings of 2008 promising change, Liberals won a landslide victory after 54 years in Japan assuring change, the slogan of change helped Awami League to win in Bangladesh, and in India Congress used the "change card" effectively to route BJP while in Nepal change has demolished the 150 years old monarchy to install democracy (thankfully).

22 phrases from referees letters

MY friend candy so gave up her job as an accountant to focus on raising her three little boys (or four, if you count her husband).



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