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News of: Monday, 16th of November, 2009

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Govt cancels all riverbank leases

The government yesterday cancelled all leases of the riverbanks given by the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) on daily basis and decided to stop unauthorised sand trading for checking river pollution and maintaining navigability.

Police inaction irks court

A Dhaka court yesterday asked the officer-in-charge of Brahmanbaria Sadar police station to appear before it in person by January 5 next year to explain his failure to submit reports on execution of property attachment of three defendants in a case against Rid Pharmaceutical.

PM seeks UAE investment in energy sector

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged the United Arab Emirates' government to recruit more manpower from Bangladesh side by side investing in the power and energy sectors of the country.

Security beefed up on SC premises

The home ministry has convened a special meeting with lawmakers of the Dhaka city and the mayor of Dhaka City Corporation tomorrow ahead of the final verdict of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman assassination case on November 19.

Bangladesh eyes food sufficiency by 2013

With the world leaders converging at a three-day World Summit on Food Security in Rome today to give a new momentum to the fight against hunger, Bangladesh commits to eradicate domestic hunger by becoming food self-sufficient by 2013 and making food available to the vulnerable.

6 special courts set up for trial

BDR headquarters yesterday constituted six special courts, two of them in Dhaka, as per the Bangladesh Rifles Order 1972 to initiate trials of the February 25-26 mutineers.

Baldha Garden gasps for air

Over a hundred year has elapsed since the country's botanical treasure trove Baldha Garden came into being which has remained uncared and unattended for long with its rare collection of exotic plants facing the onslaught of billboards, high-rise buildings, pollution and water logging.

Conflicts arise out of self-interest: Speaker

The conflicts between the local government representatives and the members of parliament (MP) arise out of self-interests, not of people's welfare, Speaker Abdul Hamid said yesterday.

Salam Pintu to be quizzed

BNP leader and former deputy minister Abdus Salam Pintu was placed on a five-day remand in a case filed for the bomb attack on Awami League office at Chashara in Narayanganj in 2001.

80pc of rivers around Dhaka demarcated

In a significant development the Land Survey Department has identified river encroachers and demarcated eighty percent of four rivers around Dhaka.

Court accepts charge sheet against Koko

A Dhaka court yesterday accepted a charge sheet of the money laundering case against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's younger son Arafat Rahman Koko and Ismail Hossain Saimon, son of former shipping minister late Akbar Hossain.

2 outlaws killed in 'shootout,' mob beating

Two regional leaders of outlawed parties were killed in separate incidents of 'shootout' and mob beating yesterday in Kushtia and Meherpur districts respectively.

JS bodies split on MRP, e-passport

The parliamentary standing committee on home ministry yesterday asked the government to go on with the machine-readable passport (MRP) project instead of introducing electronic passports now as recommended earlier by another parliamentary committee.

Criminals shoot 2

Two persons, including a pedestrian, sustained bullet injuries as a gang of criminals opened fire on their rivals at Ambagan in the capital's Moghbazar yesterday.

Another BDR man dies

A member of Bangladesh Rifles in Khagrachhari sector died of a cardiac arrest yesterday.

Explain changes in CrPC rules

The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule upon the government to explain within three weeks why the amended rules of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) empowering the executive magistrates to perform judicial functions should not be declared illegal.

JNU student crushed under bus wheels

A Jagannath University (JNU) student was crushed under the wheels of a speeding bus on DIT Road in the capital's Rampura Bazar while he was trying to get into it yesterday.

Ctg Port suspends 4 officers for graft

Four high officials of Chittagong Port Authority (CPA), including its director (traffic) were suspended here yesterday on different charges of irregularities.

Home clarifies waiver of punishment

The home ministry yesterday clarified a news item published in a section of newspapers on waiver of punishment of Shahadab Akbar Chowdhury alias Labu, son of Deputy Leader of the House Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury.

40 proposals submitted to standing body

The national standing committee of the BNP last night discussed party men's proposals for bringing amendments to the party's constitution that will be placed before the national council slated for December 8.

Obama asks Yangon to release Suu Kyi

The United States and the 10-member Southeast Asian bloc agreed yesterday that military-run Myanmar's 2010 elections must be "free, fair, inclusive and transparent" to be credible.

German minister shot at during Afghan visit

A helicopter convoy carrying German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg came under fire from the ground during a recent surprise visit to troops in the area, several media reported yesterday.

UN 'Hunger Summit' starved for attention

The leaders of the world's wealthiest nations will be conspicuous by their absence as more than 60 heads of state and government gather in Rome this week for a UN summit on the plight of the planet's billion hungry.

Afghan graft battle stands or falls with warlords

President Hamid Karzai may profess a desire to eradicate corruption and sack corrupt officials, but promises to tackle the rot in Afghanistan's government stand or fall with his warlord friends.

Editorial

India-Bangladesh foreign secretaries' meet in Dhaka

THE just-concluded talks between the foreign secretaries of Bangladesh and India appear to have yielded some rather encouraging signs of how ties between the two countries could be taken forward along positive lines in the coming days. There can hardly be any denying that little, if any, headway could be made in resolving some major bilateral issues over the years. The mood in both capitals, however, has been undergoing a perceptible shift, particularly against the background of the re-election of the Congress-led government in India and the election of a new government in Bangladesh. At the operative level, this mood has been reflected in the discussions between foreign secretaries Nirupama Rao and Mijarul Quayes in Dhaka.

An extortionist trick!

WE are disturbed at the news of an Awami League lawmaker from Netrokona allegedly collecting money from the local business circles and registry offices in the name of an unregistered destitute welfare fund. The local people, especially the business community, look upon it as extortion under the guise of voluntary donation. The man in question reportedly has his men operating an account in a local bank where the money is deposited.

All eyes on Copenhagen

CLIMATE change is today's stark reality and there isn't any way to escape its ravages such as severe drought and intense flooding as well as frequent storms and rising sea levels. As warned by the scientists, this is already happening as demonstrated by the recent havoc in Kenya, India, the Philippines and Bangladesh. Last week, a global day of actions on climate change was observed across the world, from the bottom of the Great Barrier Reef to the summit of Mount Everest. That the climate change concerns are no more in the backseat is proved through climate change rallies and other related events which all centered on the number 350 to draw attention to 350 parts per million (PPM), which the scientists say is the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Unicorns in Kabul

AT 11 a.m. on 11.11 a cannon boomed in London. For the uninitiated it was a puzzle edged with apprehension. For the British the moment was 91 years old. It marked the end of the bloodiest -- till then -- conflict in history. The last soldier died only seconds before truce as officers continued to waste "inferior" lives till the last gasp. War can become an addiction.

The tyrannical time

THE retention of Daylight Saving Time (DST) beyond October 1, during the shrinking daylight hours, is causing suffering for people from all walks of life. At the same time, the core purpose of reducing power consumption by efficient use of daylight is also falling flat.

Sports

'You're a role model'

Former rivals of Sachin Tendulkar on Sunday praised the Indian batting master on the anniversary of his Test debut against Pakistan twenty years ago, describing him as a genuine role model.

One more Sachin mark

India's captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday urged Sachin Tendulkar to mark his third decade in world cricket with a century in the first Test against Sri Lanka.

Lions in WC finals

Cameroon coasted to a 2-0 win in Morocco Saturday and clinched a record sixth appearance for an African team at the World Cup.

Shakib not playing today

Shakib Al Hasan is likely to be out of action for two weeks following his finger injury sustained during the last Premier Division Cricket League match.

Security the top priority

The Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the SAFF (South Asian Football Federation) Championship marked security as its top priority during the eight-nation tournament in December.

Kumar thinks alike

Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara on Sunday joined Indian great Sachin Tendulkar in calling for more Test cricket, saying the lop-sided schedule needed to be changed.

Pakistan off to NZ

Coach Intikhab Alam identified batting as the key area for improvement as a 17-member Pakistan squad minus Younus Khan flew to New Zealand early Sunday to play a three-match Test series.

Armin, Mahmud shoot to gold

Armin Asha clinched the gold medal in 10m air pistol event on the concluding day of the 2nd Air Gun Championships at the National Shooting Complex in Gulshan yesterday.

France take crucial lead

France closed in on the World Cup finals on Saturday as fellow star-studded giants Portugal struggled for a 1-0 home victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina on a night of tense, first-leg play-off ties.

Lugano gives Uruguay edge

Uruguay took a step toward the 2010 World Cup Saturday as captain Diego Lugano's first-half strike proved enough for a 1-0 victory in the first leg of their qualifying playoff against Costa Rica.

Xabi slays Argentina

Xabi Alonso emerged as the two-goal hero as Spain downed Argentina while England came up short against five-time world champions Brazil in World Cup warm-ups on Saturday.

Maradona in Zurich

Argentina coach Diego Maradona arrived Sunday in Zurich for a disciplinary hearing by world football's governing body FIFA over his sexually-explicit rant after his team's World Cup qualification.

Injury shocker for Van Persie

Arsenal are facing a major setback after reports in Holland claimed striker Robin van Persie has sustained serious ankle ligament damage while on international duty.

Irish gloomy about prospect

The Irish press were in a gloomy mood Sunday over the country's chances of World Cup qualification, the day after losing 1-0 to France in their first leg play-off at Croke Park.

Brazil the team to beat

Fabio Capello has identified Brazil as the side to beat at next year's World Cup after a second-string England were on the receiving end of what their Italian coach admitted had been a tough lesson.

Press hail Egypt spirit

Newspapers on Sunday feted Egypt's home team and their supporters after the Pharoahs beat Algeria's Desert Foxes in a crucial World Cup qualifier that avoided the violence that preceded the game.

Dilshan boost for SL

Sri Lanka's hopes of winning their first ever Test on Indian soil were given a huge lift on Sunday when Tillakaratne Dilshan was declared fit to play after an ankle injury.

Djokovic downs Nadal

Serbian third seed Novak Djokovic will meet 15th-seeded home favourite Gael Monfils in the ATP Paris Masters final after both players came through their semifinal matches on Saturday.

Enke paid last respects

Germany's football stars, including Michael Ballack and Jurgen Klinsmann, joined tens of thousands of mourning fans in Hanover on Sunday to pay their last respects to tragic goalkeeper Robert Enke.

Phelps flops again

Michael Phelps admitted Saturday he is in poor form after another disappointing performance saw him finish fifth in the men's 200m butterfly final as world records tumbled here at the shortcourse World Cup meet.

Gazi Tank issue passed on to Board of BCB

The disciplinary committee of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has referred the Gazi Tank Cricketers' issue to the Board of BCB with some observations. At the same time the committee has also requested Gazi Tank to continue playing in the ongoing Premier Division League.

Div I cricket

Hasibul Haque scored 110 runs off 132 deliveries to help his side Lt. Sk. Jamal Dhanmondi Club to a 5-wicket victory over City Club in their clash of the First Division cricket at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium yesterday. Hasibul's 11 and Mostafijur Rahman's 81 led Dhanmondi to chase down City Club's total of 277 in 48.1 overs with 5 wickets in hand. There was another century on the day, this one coming from the bat of Rubel Howlader (108 not out) that guided Uttara Sporting Club to chase down 220 for the loss of a single wicket against Agrani Bank at the City Club ground. Over at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Indira Road (227/6) got a 19-run victory over Bangladesh Boys (208/8), thanks to a 19-run innings from Arafat Chowdhury and a brace from their left-arm spinner Mohammad Isam. Jamil Labu bowled an impressive spell to take four wickets to hand Gopeebag Friends Association a 70-run victory over Jatrabari at the Jahangirnagar University ground.

Inter-tax zone football

Inter-tax Zone Football started yesterday at the Dhaka University playground. The tournament is being organized by BCS Taxation Association and sponsored by Peoples Leasing and Financial Services Limited. Secretary for Youth and Sports Mahbub Ahmed, the chief guest, inaugurated the tournament yesterday afternoon, where managing director of Peoples Leasing Dalil Ul Haque was present as the special guest. Six teams from different tax zones, named after six big rivers, are taking part in the 5-day long tournament.

Business

BB services to go rural

The Bangladesh Bank (BB) will introduce next year a loan scheme styled 'one banking product in each upazila' across the country in an effort to generate jobs for more people.

Sea Resources signs joint venture with Cosmos Trawl

Sea Resources Ltd and Danish fishing gear company Cosmos Trawl A/S have signed an agreement to set up a netloft joint venture company. The deal marks the third phase of a business-to-business project, supported by Danida.

GP debuts today

Grameenphone (GP) shares trade begins on Dhaka and Chittagong bourses today.

More income tax returns this year

The National Board of Revenue realised Tk 859.93 crore this fiscal as income tax through tax returns from individuals, registering a 36.28 percent rise over the last fiscal year.

Investors urge SEC not to appeal against HC verdict

A group of retail investors once again urged the stock market regulator not to appeal against the High Court verdict on the mutual fund case.

BTCL offers free connections

Bangladesh Telecommuni-cations Company Ltd (BTCL) yesterday announced that it would offer free connections to customers at some growth centres and upazilas.

Minister takes tough line on garment indiscipline

Commerce Minister Faruk Khan yesterday asked garments industry owners to treat workers in line with government rules and pay worker salaries regularly.

Sonali, Western Union team up over remittance

Sonali, the country's largest commercial bank, has teamed up with Western Union, a global money-transfer service network, to regain its top position in remittance business.

Local fingerprints on world stage

It may be hard to believe fingerprints, a traditional substitute for signatures, could craft business worth millions of dollars.

Rough sailing for trans-Pacific trade pact

A free-trade zone covering over half the global economy is in the works after an annual Asia-Pacific summit, but the ambitious idea looks likely to remain a pipe dream for years if not decades.

Vietnam businesses urged to invest more

The Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) urged the Vietnamese business comunity to increase investment in Bangladesh and assured them of extending all-out support.

National Asset gets asset manager licence

National Asset Management Ltd has received approval from the stock market regulator for managing funds, including mutual fund.

Commercial real estate woes imperil US recovery

Even as some sectors of the US economy see a return to growth, woes in commercial real estate are deepening, raising fears that the fragile recovery could falter.

Italy to fight tax evasion with scratch cards

The Italian government plans to fight tax evasion using scratch card games on receipts, according to press reports on Sunday.

Jobless rate goes up in Croatia

The number of unemployed in Croatia soared by almost 20 percent in the past year, speeding up in the last two months as the global economic crisis bit harder, an official report said Saturday.

Dollar's decline adds risk: China

China's chief banking regulator warned Sunday that persistently low US interest rates and a declining dollar were seriously affecting asset prices and threatening the global economic recovery.

Australia's AMP to partner China Life

Australian insurer AMP on Sunday said it planned to partner the world's biggest listed life insurer China Life in pensions and fund management, as it grows its business in Asia.

Germany not back at pre-crisis level for two years: Minister

The German economy, Europe's largest, will need at least two more years until it recovers to its strength before the global financial crisis, Economy Minister Rainer Bruederle said on Sunday.

State investors warn against financial protectionism

Protectionist barriers aimed at capital-rich sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) could backfire on the fragile global economy, top executives of major state investment firms warned here Saturday.

After economic collapse, Iceland agrees 'honesty' is key

After a year of soul-searching over the financial crisis that floored Iceland's economy, Icelanders are apparently yearning for the return of old-fashioned qualities like honesty.

CORPORATE BRIEFS

PADMA OIL
The Board of Directors has recommended 50 percent cash dividend (Tk 5 per share) and 200 percent stock dividend (2 bonus shares for every 1 share held) for the year 2008-09. The AGM will be held on January 23, 2010 at 11:30am at Patenga in Chittagong. The record date has been set for December 7. The company has also reported EPS of Tk 45.88, NAV per share of Tk 185.14 and net operating cash flow per share of Tk 0.80 for the year ended on June 30, 2009. The board has also decided to increase the authorised capital from Tk 10 crore to Tk 100 crore.

Currency

Local Market FX
Local inter-bank FX market was active today. There was adequate supply of dollar in the market. The USD/BDT rate traded at a similar level compared with the previous day.

StanChart regional boss due today

Neeraj Swaroop, regional chief executive for India and South Asia of Standard Chartered Bank, arrives in Dhaka today on a two-day official visit, said a statement.

Metropolitan

JS committee to examine plot allotments for media bodies

A parliamentary subcommittee yesterday said it would examine the allotment process of plots in the city's Tejgaon industrial area in the name of different media organisations and individuals.

US seeks Dhaka's support

Foreign Secretary Mohamed Mijarul Quayes said Bangladesh will make an independent decision on recognition to Kosovo keeping its national interests in consideration.

Dhaka needs to work hard to strike deal

Danish Ambassador to Bangladesh Einar H Jensen yesterday said Bangladesh needs to work hard to strike an ambitious deal in the upcoming Copenhagen Summit on climate change in December.

Adaptation fund not enough to save Bangladesh

Only adaptation fund will not be enough to save Bangladesh from the adverse effects of climate change, but the developed countries also have to reduce emission of greenhouse gas, said speakers at a discussion yesterday.

Reshuffle in police administration

A total of 23 senior police officials, including an Additional Inspector General of Police (Addi. IGP) and a Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP), were transferred and posted to new stations yesterday.

'Unite to fight repression'

Left-leaning leaders of different countries yesterday called on the left-leaning political parties in the South Asian countries to be united to work against capitalist market system.

Unsafe use of injections increasing risk of hepatitis, HIV: Study

Unsafe use of injections in the hospitals is increasing the risk of infection of Hepatitis B virus (HBV), Hepatitis C virus (HCV) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in the country, a study revealed.

Students control Nightingale Medical College: Authorities

Nightingale Medical College and Hospital (NMCH) yesterday called on the government to take immediate steps to free the institution 'from the control of a group of students' following a clash on the campus on July 15.

Mini marathon to mark World Diabetes Day

Bangladesh Diabetic Association and Horlicks Lite jointly organised a mini marathon titled 'Live Lite Walk Lite' on Saturday to observe the World Diabetes Day.

Death threats to DU VC

Dhaka University (DU) Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique received two death threat letters within one hour at his office yesterday.

14 sugar traders get bail

The High Court (HC) yesterday granted bail to 14 traders of Jessore and Khulna in two cases filed on charges of stocking sugar illegally in September.

Ctg city BNP council today

The council of the Chittagong city unit of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is being held in the port city today amid grouping and difference among the party men.

BNP leader's wife Parul chargesheeted

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday pressed charges against Nurun Nahar Parul, wife of former BNP lawmaker Advocate Nadim Mostofa, in a case filed for acquiring wealth illegally and concealing wealth statement to commission.

Sajeda acting AL president

Deputy leader in the parliament and Awami League (AL) presidium member Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury will perform duties as acting president of the party as the Prime Minister and party president Sheikh Hasina will stay abroad for the next three days.

Jamuna TV unveils logo

The logo launching ceremony of Jamuna Television, a new private satellite television channel, was held at its office at Baridhara in the city yesterday.

Madrasa student missing

Abdullah, a student of class one at Kagjipara Madrasa at Mirkadim in Munshiganj, has been missing since October 23.

National

Shibir leader arrested, cocktail recovered

Police arrested a Shibir leader, seized cocktail, gunpowder like substance and 'some chemicals' during early yesterday's fresh raids on three Rajshahi University (RU) halls.

Five engrs, contractor, UP chairman sued in 2 dists

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has filed two separate cases in Moulvibazar and Barisal districts against five engineers, a contractor and a UP chairman on charge of misappropriating public fund worth about Tk 16 lakh.

Court's order to attach fugitive cop's property

A Magura court yesterday ordered attachment of the property of assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Lutfur Rahman, sued for brutal torture on a retired army man at Babukhali village in Mohammadpur upazila of the district.

People suffer as buses remain off the roads

Bus owners and workers of Naogaon continued their indefinite strike for the second day yesterday, disrupting road communications between the district and rest of the country.

Kishoreganj blockade continues

People of Bhairab and Kuliarchar upazilas continued their non-stop Kishoreganj blockade programme for the third day yesterday to press the demand for upgrading Bhairab to a full-fledged district and arrest of those who burnt the effigy of President Zillur Rahman in Kishoreganj on November 2.

Hearing today on prayer for Tajalli's remand

The teacher, arrested on Saturday on charge of casting aspersion on the religious sentiment and knowledge of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in a question paper, was produced in a court here yesterday with a prayer for seven days' remand.

'Jatka' seized in Khulna, Barisal

Rab seized huge quantities of 'jatka' (Hilsa fry upto 9 inches) from a river in Khulna on Saturday and a bus stand in Barisal the day before.

'Arrange medical test at upazila hospitals'

Speakers at a workshop yesterday urged arranging medical examination of rape victims at upazila level hospitals to ensure the test within 24 hours.

Pirates loot 16 trawlers, abduct 40 in two days

Pirates looted at least 16 trawlers and abducted 40 fishermen for ransom yesterday and on Saturday.

Rival faction in Moulvibazar holds counter confce

Internal feud in Moulvibazar BNP has deepened over holding conferences of upazila and municipal units.

Deaths in road crashes trigger protests

Death of a young man in Sylhet and a student in Rangpur in road accidents triggered protest by locals on Saturday.

5 Indian nationals held

Five Indian nationals were detained yesterday for illegally entering Bangladesh territory at bordering village Sahapara under Shibganj upazila. The arrestees are Shawkat Sheikh,21, Zamirul Sheikh,20, of Sabdelpur village and Jawhor Lal Mondol,18, Monhaj Mondol,16, and Rajesh Mondol,16, of Bankatpara village under Baishnab police station of Maldah district in West Bengal. Members of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) of Shingnagar camp held the intruders when they crossed border at Sahapara at around 10:00 am, said Nazrul Islam, Operation Officer of 39 Rifles Battalion. Later, the BDR team handed them over to Shibganj police and lodged a case.

3 get life for murder

A court in Tangail yesterday sentenced three people to life term rigorous imprisonment (RI) for killing a Jubo League leader. Tangail District Special Judge Mesbauddoula delivered the verdict in a crowded courtroom and also fined the convicts Tk 10,000 each, in default, to suffer six more months in jail. The convicts are Mizanur Rahman and Enamul Haque of Pichuria village and Shajahan Ali of Shahapur village in Gopalpur upazila. The court, however, acquitted 16 people, as the allegations brought against them were not proved. According to prosecution story, the convicts hacked to death Abu Sayeed Miah, president of Dhopakandi union unit of Jubo League on August 15, 2006 when he was returning home from a destitute feeding programme.

'Outlaw' held in Bagerhat

A suspected cadre of an outlawed party was held while extorting a businessman in Main Road area of Mongla upazila on Saturday. The outlaw was identified as Emdadul Khalifa, 25, an active member of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-Janajuddha) and son of Soleman Khalifa at Kumarkhali village. Police said, locals caught Emdadul at noon when he came to collect Tk 20,000 illegal toll from Madina Store owner Neyamul Haque.

Criminals held with arms

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) personnel arrested two suspected criminals along with a firearm and ammunition at Gerua Bazar here early yesterday. Arrestees Tariqul Islam, alias Tera Swapan, 35, and Polash, 30, are members of infamous Shahadat Bahini. Acting on a tip-off, a team of Rab-4 raided the bazaar late at night and arrested the two along with a foreign made pistol, seven bullets and a magazine while they were preparing to commit a crime in the area.

AL activist murdered

Criminals hacked to death an Awami League (AL) activist at Purosundar village in Jibonnagar upazila in Chuadanga district. The dead was identified as Siraj Biswas, 74, president of Purosundar village AL unit. Police said, Siraj went to watch his cauliflower field on Friday night and since then he was missing. On Saturday noon, farmers found his body in the cauliflower field amid uprooted cauliflowers. On information, officer-in-charge (OC) of Jibonnagar police station visited to spot. Police recovered the body and sent it to Chuadanga Sadar Hospital.

Letters

Save our fish

The report “Endangered: 54 species of fresh water fish”, published in The Independent of October 30, 2009 draws our attention to the urgent need for developing policies and programmes to help protect our local varieties of fish.

The city we live in

Most of the garment factories have been set up within the area of metropolitan Dhaka city. It accelerated population growth in the capital. Indeed over population is one of the acute problems in Dhaka metropolis. The number of vehicles exceed the capacity of roads. Traffic jam has virtually paralysed the capital. Frequent labour unrest in garment factories creates an unbelievable situation in the city and its suburbs. Construction of new roads and reduction of population are two solutions to the problem. But both are difficult to achieve. It is high time to re-locate the factories in different districts adjacent to highways e.g., Dhaka-Chittagong, Dhaka-Sylhet, Dhaka-Barisal, Dhaka- Dinajpur, Dhaka- Khulna etc. to reduce population of the capital and also to reduce labour unrest. The people concerned have to keep in mind that not more than 50 factories should operate in a particular location. Making a hub of factories is not a pragmatic decision.

Tales of progression

Very recently, I was in Sri Lanka and I sadly observed that the down-syndrome I suffer from after visiting any country outside Bangladesh seeing their infrastructure, their roads, their compliance to traffic signals, didn't go missing even this time. Sri Lanka, a third world country as well, still recovering from the war plights, a small country with limited resources and some inaccessible terrain, has outraced us in terms of a lot of things. Even at 3:00am in the night, their drivers comply with the traffic signals, they park their cars accordingly, their roads are neat and clean, they don't blow horns unnecessarily and they stop or at least slow down at zebra crossings. And what is most amazing is that they are capable of constructing a flyover in 60 days and that doesn't collapse or crack within a year of construction! In fact, when I reached the city, I heard a lot about the infamous traffic congestion in Colombo, but practically speaking that is nothing in comparison to what we see in Dhaka. If a war-torn country can be so advanced in terms of behaviour, how come we are lagging so far behind even after more than 35 years of independence? I definitely don't expect my city or country to become like Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur overnight, but can't we even be like Sri Lanka?

Education

Our syllabus and question patterns demand memorizing of everything from the text. The stereotyped question paper at different education levels prompts students to memorize and achieve good grades in the exams. Since the emergence of British Empire in Bengal, we the Bangladeshi people have had the same education system. No significant change has been made. And so far this system has made students mere memorizing machines by hammering their brains.

Poor planning

I was dismayed when I read in the newspapers that the under construction connecting road leading from Bijoy Sharani to Tejgaon will have a width of 250 ft at the initial point and will culminate in a width of just little over 100 ft while it meets Tejgaon road. This is incredible; a road which is going to be an extremely busy one will have such a small width. One can see unbearable traffic jam both at the Bijoy Sarani and Tejgaon ends once the road in its present design is allowed to open and therefore will defeat the purpose for which it was built at a colossal cost including the much talked about demolition of Rangs building. This road in its present form can now be safely called a “lane” rather a road. It is also most surprising that the chief engineer of the project while talking to the newsman disclosed that if necessary the road could be widened afterwards as the adjacent areas belonged to the government. If so, why the road is not widened now when it is under construction and why it is deferred to a future uncertain period? Perhaps it is not very difficult to figure out the reason; dismantling and re construction will bring more benefit for the interested quarters! With the enormous growth of transport and population in Dhaka city most of its roads now have turned into lanes. This is because of the shortsightedness of our city planners, engineers and the government officials. While these roads were constructed say about fifty years back they thought the volume of traffic would not grow more. That is why they even permitted the construction of multi-storied buildings right on the edge of those roads prohibiting any of its future expansion. In Gulshan circle 1, one twenty two storied building was allowed to be built occupying a large portion of the footpath and without any underground parking facility! It does not require one to become an engineer or architect to think of at least hundred years ahead while undertaking any construction of public utility services. The short sightedness of these people now rendered the Dhaka city into such a sorry plight that this city can never become a liveable one. We are now dreaming about construction of overhead roads, elevated expressway, under ground metro system, circular rail and waterways etcetera. The materialization of those super ambitious projects is still in the air only. Even if some of those projects could be materialized in the long run, Dhaka would become a jungle of concrete and constructions and thereby become unliveable.

New Dhaka

I am an NRB living in the UK for the last 25 years. I did enjoy your article on a new capital for Bangladesh which I found very interesting. Bangladesh is not a poor country but extremely poorly managed. In the 1960's, Malaysia was poorer than Bangladesh and look where they are now and what they have achieved simply because over the last 40 years or so they have had visionary leadership and eradication of corruption. A corrupt society simply cannot prosper and that's a priority Bangladesh needs to sort out. Another big impediment to our development is the poor and low level of government tax collection as a proportion of GDP. In the UK, most people hand over one third of their income to government coffers because they have systems and checks in place so that people do not evade paying what is due upon them. Now how many people of working age in Bangladesh are willing to do that. In return people in the UK get first class infrastructure and free health care and education. People in Bangladesh complain about wanting better health care, free education and a working infrastructure but how many are willing to pay for it?

Pen or sword?

The New-Age journalist FM Masud was tortured by some Rab officials(Rab-10) which is a hideous incident. What happened with this journalist is known to all through the newspapers.

Managing 'monga'

In the bygone days people of northern districts of Bangladesh were suffering from Monga (a seasonal famine) due to less production of rice compared to consumption. But recently, with the blessings of scientific development, the fertile short-time productive seeds of rice have brought a new dimension to the realm of agriculture in Northern Bengal.

Commuters in trouble

In our Dhaka city, among many problems faced by the residents daily, transportation problem is the gravest. The condition of the buses is very bad and overcrowded. Some are broken, and the seats are not at all comfortable. Moreover, the drivers drive carelessly and they do not care about the traffic signals at all. CNG and taxicab drivers will always say no to the commuters. If they show the mercy to go, then they will obviously charge double the normal fare. Rickshaws are not allowed to go everywhere, especially on the VIP roads.

“This is it"

"This is it" the movie has been released in 113 countries. These were the words of the pop king, " This is it , we live here ( in this world),we have to take care of the nature." The movie is a splendid one. It covers the days of the pop king's rehearsals for the concert which was scheduled to be held in June '09 in London.

Combating terrorism

The bomb blast in Peshawar that killed over a hundred people is a warning to not only Pakistan but also Bangladesh. For Islamabad, which used terror as a weapon to destabilise neighbouring countries, it is payback time. The spate of terrorist attacks poses a challenge to the whole world. There can be no second opinion that terrorism should be eliminated. It is clear that Islamabad's war on terror is not working. When it takes two steps forward to rein in the terrorists, they retaliate devastatingly forcing the authorities to retrace their steps. The end is nowhere in sight and certainly the thought of terror crossing the borders is frightening.

Life, as it comes…

Landing on the Dubai International Airport can be quite an experience. One can perceive the dazzling grandeur and the enormous energy of this huge sky-scarper even at the dead of night. Transit of numerous international flights of the United Arab Emirates' own Emirates Airways and other airways of different countries, Dubai airport can perhaps be called the 'global city' of our life and time. I landed at the Dubai airport at midnightthe juncture that called October 21 off and signalled the beginning of a new day--the 22nd. My four-hour long journey from Dhaka to Dubai finally gave me the conviction that I was literary going back to the UK; my month-long home-coming celebration in Dhaka was over, and I, within the difference of a couple of hours, became a foreigner, completely dependent on the mercy of international language and unanimous sign languages.

Religion and peace

We know that violence and intolerance under cover of religious ideals resulted in enormous moral decay and sufferings of human beings.

International

US, Russia warn Iran 'running out of time' on nuclear crisis

President Barack Obama yesterday won the strongest backing yet from Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev on the Iranian nuclear crisis as the US leader warned that Tehran was "running out of time".

Apec leaders douse hopes on climate pact

Asia-Pacific leaders yesterday buried hopes a key UN meeting next month would forge a binding pact to combat climate change, saying talks would drag on well past the Copenhagen meeting.

Rift in Japan cabinet on US base row

Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada pushed Sunday for a speedy Japanese review of a US base realignment plan, showing widening differences with the prime minister, who wishes to spend more time on the issue.

Guantanamo closure uncertain as 9/11 trial shapes up

The decision to try the accused September 11 plotters in New York is a spectacular step towards closing Guantanamo Bay, but numerous obstacles remain to meeting a January deadline, experts say.

Babies born from 2010 to be history's most educated generation

Babies born from 2010 will form new Generation Alpha, the most formally educated generation in history, experts believe.

Palestinians to seek UN nod for statehood

Palestinian officials said yesterday they are preparing to ask the United Nations to endorse an independent state without Israel's consent because they are losing hope they can achieve their aspirations through peace talks.

Gilani to provide evidence on India's involvement in Baluch insurgency

Pakistan has once again raked up the issue of India's alleged involvement in fanning insurgency in Baluchistan, with Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani saying that Islamabad would provide the evidence to New Delhi at a 'suitable time'.

Pak militants attack anti-Taliban elders

Militants in Pakistan yesterday stormed the homes of two anti-Taliban elders, killing one of them, police said, as 15 militants were killed in ongoing military offensive in the northwestern region.

Gadkari appears set to become next BJP president

Nitin Gadkari appears set to become the next BJP President replacing Rajnath Singh in what is being projected as a generational change for the main opposition party. 52-year-old Gadkari's name has been zeroed-in on for the top job to revive the organisation after it suffered its second successive jolt in the Lok Sabha elections, party sources said today.

A single soldier costs US $1m per year

While President Obama's decision about sending more troops to Afghanistan is primarily a military one, it also has substantial budget implications that are adding pressure to limit the commitment, senior administration officials say.

No clean chit to anyone in Headley case: Pillai

Security agencies probing the David Headley terror case have not given a clean chit to anyone, including filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt's son Rahul, who had an acquaintance with the US national arrested by FBI for plotting attacks in India at the Lashkar-e-Taiba's behest.

Nepal chopper crash kills Russian

A Russian flight engineer was killed and five people injured when a chopper crash-landed in a remote mountainous region of west Nepal, airport officials said yesterday.

5 rebels killed in Kashmir

Indian troops Saturday shot dead five suspected Islamic militants as they tried to enter Indian Kashmir from the Pakistani side of the disputed state, the army said.

Iran condemns US mosque seizure

Iran yesterday denounced as 'disgraceful' US moves to seize four mosques and a New York City skyscraper owned by a Muslim nonprofit organisation suspected of Iranian links.

Arts & Entertainment

Harvesting the yield

As in previous years, Jatiyo Nobanno Utshab Utjapon Parshad (JNUUP), celebrated 'Nobanno Utshab' -- the first day of the Bengali month of Agrahayan in a big way. Day long cultural programmes were held at Bakultala, Faculty of Fine Arts (FFA) premises yesterday.

An innovative collage of Ibsen works

Centre for Asian Theatre (CAT) premiered its latest production, "The Communicator", on November 14 at the National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. The show was part of the ongoing International Ibsen Seminar and Theatre Festival '09.

A visual treat for dance lovers

On November 14, “Nupur Beje Jaaye”, the inaugural of regular bi-monthly dance performances, was held at Chhayanaut Sangskritik Bhaban. The performance showcased dancers Samina Husain Prema and Arpita Shome. The organiser was Shadhona, a Centre for Advancement of South-Asian Dance and Music.

The Metal Mayhem on Friday 13

A Friday 13 that wasn't so unlucky for the metal bands was November 13. In place of misfortune, it brought in a whole lot of energy and fun for metal lover as they made a beeline for a concert that day.

Go-Kart gets underway

On November 13, 2009, the Grand Opening ceremony of 'XTreme Racing Go-Kart' ride took place at the Fantasy Kingdom Complex, says a press release. The ceremony was inaugurated by S. M. Kamal Uddin, chairman of Concord Group.

Concert celebrating Universal Children’s Day at Rabindra Sorobor

On November 13, an open air concert to create awareness about Universal Children's Day was organised by the Private Universities Student Welfare Foundation.



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