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Killers to walk gallows

The light of justice yesterday completely removed the darkness that had hung over the nation for 34 years following the heinous killing of Bangabandhu as the Supreme Court upheld the death sentence to a dozen killers earlier confirmed by the High Court.

Joy, at long last

Barrister Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh, one of the few survivors of the August 15 bloodbath, yesterday described the verdict in Bangabandhu murder case as the best birthday gift he ever got.

SC opinion on 5 appeal points

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court yesterday issued a "short order" with its opinions on all five points pressed by appellants in the Bangabandhu killing case. In one observation, the court said it was not a case of criminal conspiracy to commit mutiny, but a criminal conspiracy to murder Bangabandhu and other members of his family.

Got justice, job not yet over

The state counsels for Bangabandhu murder case, and its complainant yesterday described as 'historic and the best' the Supreme Court verdict that upheld the death penalty of 12 convicts in this case.

Govt focuses on fugitives

The government will make fresh diplomatic efforts soon to have six of the 12 condemned killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mijubur Rahman extradited or deported back home, to bring them to justice.

Parties call for quick execution

All the political parties have applauded the Supreme Court judgement on Bangabandhu murder case saying the historical verdict has established the rule of law in the country.

Hundred days' probe gets job well done

Both the complainant and investigation officer (IO) of the Bangabandhu murder case are eager to see the earliest execution of the killers of Bangabandhu and want the government to bring back the six absconding killers as quickly as possible to ensure their punishment.

Lone sacrifice vindicated

She remained almost unnoticed in a crowd of hundreds of curious people gathered at the Supreme Court yesterday to hear the historic judgement in Bangabandhu murder case.

Rule of law prevails

A cross section of people yesterday hailed the Supreme Court (SC) verdict on Bangabandhu murder case saying eventually justice has prevailed.

Hasina bursts into tears

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was overwhelmed when the Supreme Court announced its verdict into the murder of her father, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, yesterday.

Matter to end in less than 2 months

The five condemned convicts of Bangabandhu murder case who are now behind bars will be executed by the end of January or early in February next year, if their petitions for reviewing the yesterday's Supreme Court verdict and for the presidential mercy are rejected.

'End of a disgrace'

The ruling Awami League (AL) has welcomed and expressed satisfaction over the Supreme Court verdict in Bangabandhu murder case.

Convicts to file review petition

Barrister Abdullah-al Mamun, counsel for convicts Bazlul Huda and AKM Mohiuddin, yesterday said they would file a review petition with the Supreme Court within the stipulated 30 days after getting certified copy of the SC judgment.

Attorney general gets death threat

Attorney General Mahbubey Alam received a letter threatening death yesterday afternoon a few hours after the announcement of the verdict in Bangabandhu murder case.

Hasina gets Indira Gandhi Peace Prize

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been chosen for the prestigious Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development this year for her "outstanding contribution to the promotion of democracy and pluralism".

19 killed in Pak court bombing

A suicide bomber killed 19 people yesterday outside a courthouse in northwestern Pakistan, the latest attack in an onslaught by Islamist militants fighting back against an army offensive in the nearby Afghan border region.

"Verdict as they view"

"Unless culprits and offenders are properly punished, the society can't be free of evils."
-- National Professor Kabir Chowdhury

Convict Maj Mohiuddin's house set afire

Several hundred locals allegedly set fire to the house of Bangabandhu murder case convict Maj AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed at Galachipa in Patuakhali after the final verdict was delivered yesterday.

IFAD grants Tk 280cr for Bangladesh

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has assured Bangladesh of Tk 280 crore financial assistance for rural agricultural development especially, in the coastal belt areas.

Firearms seized from IU

Police recovered three LG guns, five bombs and five swords from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Hall at Islamic University (IU) yesterday.

Editorial

Bangabandhu murder case judgement

The Supreme Court's upholding of the convictions of the killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family should now bring a long national agony to an end. The pains the nation has gone through since the Father of the Nation and most members of his family were cut down on 15 August 1975 have also been for it a living shame. The shame stems from the fact that for twenty-one years from 1975 to 1996, the course of justice was obstructed by the infamous indemnity ordinance protecting the assassins. The ordinance, decreed by the usurper regime of Khondokar Moshtaq in September 1975, was incorporated in the constitution through the Fifth Amendment by the Ziaur Rahman regime in 1979. Nowhere in the world has there been such an instance of a deliberate closing of all avenues to justice. And this was the shame we lived with, until the Awami League government led by Sheikh Hasina repealed the black law in 1996 and brought Bangabandhu's assassins to trial. In November 1998, Bangabandhu's assassins were condemned to death. The process unfortunately was not taken to a logical judicial conclusion. The delays, the frequent instances of judges feeling embarrassed to hear the appeals of the convicted and the clear, pathetic indifference of the BNP-Jamaat alliance government toward pursuing the case were to lead to a stalemate. Despite exhortations to reconstitute the bench by placing new judges there, the then government kept looking the other way. It could have done better.

Conflict of interests between UZ chairmen and MPs continue

The frustration of the Upazila Parishad chairmen has again come to the open. Their complaints are against the Members of Parliament (MPs) and bureaucrats, whose interference, they say, has rendered them completely non-functional. So, they have urged the government to empower them financially for the sake of a strong local government.

Future of parliamentary democracy in Bangladesh

PARLIAMENTARY democracy is a way of life that demands of its adherents qualities like tolerance, respect for differing views and freedom for all to express their grievances and seek legitimate remedies. The raison d'etre of our war of independence was parliamentary democracy, and that commitment had been reflected in the Constitution although subsequent amendments stood in the way of smooth functioning of parliamentary democracy. Parliamentary democracy, despite the fact that it is very expensive, is the best form of governance in the contemporary world.

LDCs sidelined

BARACK Obama said that time had run out to secure a legally binding climate deal at the Copenhagen summit in December and threw his support behind plans to delay a formal pact until next year at the earliest. The US president supported a Danish plan to salvage something from next month's meeting by aiming to make it a first-stage series of commitments rather than an all-encompassing protocol.

Sports

Henry hand robs Ireland

Superstar Thierry Henry was at the centre of a sensational World Cup cheating storm on Wednesday as France reached the 2010 finals in South Africa along with Portugal, Greece and Slovenia.

It's now Bangabandhu C'ship

The SAFF Cham-pionship has been named after Bangabandhu as Beximco, country's one of leading business house, has won the sponsorship right of the regional football extravaganza, scheduled for December 4-13 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.

SL avalanche at Ahmedabad

India were waging a grim battle to survive the first cricket Test after Sri Lanka went on a record-breaking batting spree on the fourth day here on Thursday.

Spy game as Razzaq misses flight!

Abahani will not get the services of Pakistan international Abdul Razzaq in today's crucial Premier Division Cricket League match against Gazi Tank at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.

Russians left shocked

Russian press and fans were left shocked after the national side's defeat to Slovenia in the return play-off match left them out of next year's World Cup.

'Henry's hand of God'

A controversial handball by captain Thierry Henry helped France scramble away from the edge of the abyss and into the World Cup finals, French newspapers acknowledged Thursday.

Algerians explode with joy

Algerians at home and abroad exploded with joy as the final whistle sounded in Khartoum to send the north African country to its first football World Cup since 1986.

Irish blasts Le Cheat

Angry Irish commentators blasted Thierry Henry as "Le Cheat" Thursday after the French football skipper helped knock Ireland out of the World Cup with a clear handball.

Uruguay make it

Uruguay finished the job Wednesday, qualifying for the 2010 World Cup with a 1-1 draw against Costa Rica.

Spain soar past Austria

Spain underscored their status as World Cup favourites on Wednesday by swatting Austria 5-1 away in an international friendly encounter, David Villa twice on target.

'Ref succumbs to pressure'

The referee who mistakenly allowed the goal that sent France to the World Cup succumbed to pressure created by FIFA, Ireland's assistant manager Liam Brady claimed on Thursday.

Slovenia rejoice

Minnows Slovenia will leave for the World Cup in South Africa with clean boots after Prime Minister Borut Pahor was forced to eat his words and get polishing following his country's play-off victory over Russia.

Dzeko eyes Milan move

Hot-shot striker Edin Dzeko admitted Wednesday it would fulfil a lifelong dream if he switched to Italian giants AC Milan next summer as he eyes a possible move away from German champions Wolfsburg.

Dutch opt for Johannesburg

The Netherlands will be based in Johannesburg for the 2010 World Cup finals, it was announced here on Wednesday where the Dutch were facing Paraguay in a friendly.

Santon needs knee surgery

Inter Milan full-back Davide Santon will undergo knee surgery after being injured in Tuesday's Italy Under-21 encounter in Luxembourg.

Milito back in action

Argentine defender Gabriel Milito returned to action after an 18-month injury lay-off on Wednesday as Barcelona defeated Bolivar CF of Bolivia 4-1 in a friendly match.

Hasan torments Zim U-19s again

Abul Hasan continued his happy hunting against the visiting Zimbabwe Under-19 team as the right-arm paceman claimed four wickets to ensure Bangladesh Under-19's 43-run victory in the fourth one-dayer at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra yesterday.

SAAF squad down to 26

Interim coach Shahidur Rahman Shantoo yesterday cut down his 32-member SAFF Championship squad to 26 after excluding six booters, mostly youth players.

Kruger punishes WI

The West Indians' tour is less than a week old but Australia so far have little to fear after the visitors' performance over the first two days against Queensland. While tour matches are often unfair gauges of a side's capabilities, this inexperienced squad has struggled to create highlights against a state side full of fresh faces and is destined for more exacting workouts in the three-Test series.

Salary BCB style

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) had increased the national cricketers salary by thirty percent last March but interestingly the players are yet to put their pen on the contract papers.

Youngster Milon grabs gold

Imdadul Haq Milon brought the laurel for the nationals as the young archer grabbed a 70m recurve bow gold medal in the Asian Youth Olympic Continental Qualifying Test in Bali, Indonesia.

NSU inter-varsity football champs

North South University emerged champions in the Mentor's Inter-Private University Football tournament when they handed a 2-0 defeat to Independent University in the final at Army Stadium in Banani yesterday.

Swann out of first two ODIs

Graeme Swann has joined Stuart Broad on the sidelines for the first two one-day internationals against South Africa, after failing to recover from the side strain that ruled him out of Tuesday's warm-up match against South Africa A at Potchefstroom. James Tredwell has been drafted into the squad as cover.

UDRS to debut in NZ-Pak series

New Zealand's three Test series against Pakistan starting next week will be used to unveil a controversial new system to review umpire's decisions, officials said.

BCS football

Karnaphuli emerged champions in the BCS Inter-Tax Zone football tournament with a 2-0 win over Padma in the final at the central ground of Dhaka University yesterday.

Gulshan Club squash

Swapan Parvez, Bhola Lal and Raju Ram won their respective matches in the Prestige Bengal Open Squash tournament at the Gulshan Club Squash Court yesterday.

Business

Doubt over benefit from Nepal rail link

A rail transit between Bangladesh and Nepal, as desired by India at the foreign secretary level talks in Dhaka, could only be fruitful if Nepal is given a go-ahead for external trade through the use of Bangladesh's Mongla and Chittagong ports, say analysts.

Stocks bounce back on Bangabandhu verdict

Stocks bounced back yesterday as the market reacted positively to the verdict on the Bangabandhu killing case that was announced during the early trading hours.

BB proposes Commerce Bank reforms

The central bank has recently sent a proposal to the government to reorganise the ailing Bangladesh Commerce Bank (BCB).

Mobile acquisition slows

Mobile phone networks in Bangladesh added only a million customers in October, showing a slowdown in trends compared to the month earlier.

Moscow to follow Yunus in social business

Mayor of Moscow Yuri Luzhkov has announced his decisions to implement social businesses to address numerous urban, social and economic problems.

France moves to raise 35b euro 'grand loan'

France on Thursday unveiled plans for a 35-billion-euro national loan to fund investments that will propel growth even as it faces European demands to rein in its ballooning deficit.

Rangs showcases Mitsubishi spare parts

Rangs Ltd yesterday organised a three-day exhibition in a bid to introduce its Mitsubishi customers to the spare parts retailers in the city.

Titas to introduce prepaid gas meters for Dhanmondi

Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd will introduce prepaid gas meters for its residential consumers in the city's Dhanmondi area.

Singapore recession over

Singapore on Thursday declared a severe recession over after two straight quarters of growth and predicted the economy would expand by up to 5.0 percent in 2010.

US home building sees surprise drop

US home construction unexpectedly slumped in October, government data showed Wednesday, dampening hopes for a sustained recovery in the ailing real estate sector.

China, India poised to grow faster: OECD

Emerging market economies China and India are poised to accelerate due to strong stimulus measures while Japan's recession has "bottomed out" and its economy will pick up, the OECD projected Thursday.

Corporate Briefs

BD AUTOCARS
The company has announced NAV per share of Tk 54.86, EPS of Tk 6.16, and net operating cash flow per share of Tk 50.73 for the year to June 30, 2009.

Oil prices fall

Oil prices retreated on Thursday one day after news of falling US energy inventories had sent them spiking above 80 dollars.

WTO: World has avoided serious protectionism

The World Trade Organisation on Wednesday said governments have managed to avoid serious protectionism, with trade-distorting measures introduced amounting to at most one per cent of merchandise trade.

Dhaka int'l trade fair in January

The 15th Dhaka International Trade Fair will begin in the city on January 1 with the participation of 10 foreign countries.

Tangail jute fair kicks off

A three-day multipurpose jute goods fair began in Tangail yesterday.

Ericsson adds 3G to GSM networks

Ericsson has activated the first step of EDGE Evolution technology in a live network, said a statement.

Pizza Inn comes to Dhaka

US-based global restaurant chain Pizza Inn is all set to introduce operation in Bangladesh to grab a portion of middle and upmarket food lovers.

South Korean economy to grow over 4pc in 2010

South Korea's economy is expected to grow faster next year than the previous forecast of four percent as it rebounds quickly from the global downturn, Finance Minister Yoon Jeung-Hyun said Thursday.

Online trade query at EPB

Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) has introduced an online trade enquiry system in its website, said a statement.

BHP chief 'cautious' on global recovery

The head of the world's largest miner said he was cautious over the strength of the global recovery, as restocking slowed in China and demand in developed nations remained sluggish.

Zimbabwe, China ink $8b investment deal

Zimbabwe's government and a Chinese investment company have signed an eight billion dollars investment deal, the biggest since the unity government was set up, state media reported on Thursday.

Indian billionaires bounce back: Forbes

The number of billionaires in India almost doubled in the past 12 months to 52, mainly thanks to a recovery in global stock markets, a rich-list from US magazine Forbes showed Thursday.

G7 finance chiefs to meet in Canadian Arctic

Finance ministers and central bankers from the world's seven richest countries will meet in the Canadian Arctic in February, ahead of the full G20 summits later in 2010, officials announced Wednesday.

Malaysia's Maxis debuts at 9.2pc above IPO

Shares of Malaysia's top mobile phone company Maxis Berhad jumped 9.2 percent on their return to the bourse Thursday following the biggest share sale ever in Southeast Asia.

Metropolitan

Repatriation of fugitives, early execution demanded

Different socio-political organisations and individuals expressed their satisfaction over the historic Supreme Court (SC) verdict on the Bangabandhu Murder Case yesterday.

Bishwa Ijtema begins Jan 21

The three-day 'Jor' Ijtema, an annual event of Tablig Jamaat that is preparatory to Bishwa Ijtema, will begin on the bank of the river Turag in Tongi today.

Controversial 'septuplet' dies

One of the seven children, rescued from the house of former deputy inspector general (DIG) Anisur Rahman in August last year, died at a hospital in the city on November 16.

Test run of Jamuna TV halted

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) halted the test transmission of Jamuna TV last night.

Class V terminal exams begin tomorrow

Ahead of the maiden Primary Education Terminal Examination for the students of class V, Dhaka Metropolitan Police yesterday imposed restriction on public access within 200 yards of the exam centres to ensure peaceful atmosphere.

Two workers die in Ctg cylinder blast

Two workers were killed and three others injured in a gas cylinder explosion at an oxygen plant at Sitakunda in the district yesterday.

2700 Phensidyl bottles seized

Around 2700 bottles of Phensidyl were seized in separate drive in Savar, Munshiganj and Keraniganj yesterday.

Wasa service to be improved: MD

Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) Managing Director (MD) Taksim A Khan yesterday said bold steps would be taken to increase the service quality of Wasa.

'Reform civil service for good governance'

Former deputy foreign minister and high commissioner Wajid Ali Khan Panni on Wednesday said efforts for good governance should start from reform in civil service, says a press release.

America week returns to Rajshahi in Dec

Continuing a tradition of outreach across Bangladesh, the US Embassy is sponsoring America Week in Rajshahi in early December.

Opposition urged to help improve relations

Adviser to Prime Minister Tarique Ahmed Siddique yesterday called on the opposition party to actively support the government in improving civil-military relations.

Visiting labour leader Kearney passes away

Neil Kearney, general secretary of the International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers' Federation, who came to Dhaka on Tuesday on a four-day visit, passed away yesterday.

Mobarak made member of Law Commission

The government has appointed retired joint secretary Mohammad Abdul Mobarak an honorary member of the Law Commission for three years.

Mugger beaten to death

A mob beat a mugger to death after he was caught red-handed at Jurain Baganbari in the city yesterday.

Call for special prayers of gratitude

State Minister for Religious Affairs Advocate Md Shahjahan Miah yesterday requested all to arrange prayers of gratitude (shokrana munajat) and doa mahfil at all mosques across the country, including Baitul Mokarram Mosque, after Juma prayers today, as the Appellate division of the Supreme Court upheld the High Court verdict in Father of the Nation Bangabandhu murder case.

National

Jubilation, sigh of deep satisfaction all over

People across the country have expressed deep satisfaction at the final verdict of Bangabandhu murder case that came long 34 years after the gruesome killing on August 15 in 1975.

Now we can die in peace, they say

"When I saw the body of greatest ever Bangali, 17 bullets had pierced it," recalled octogenarian Rajab Ali Molla, who buried the body of Bangabandhu.

Road blockade on in Rangamati

Indigenous women of Ghilachhari Union under Naniarchar upazila continued Rangamati-Khagrachhari road blockade programme for the third day yesterday.

Face-off between BDR, BSF over fencing

The Indian Border Security Force (BSF) are erecting barbed wire fence and constructing road along their border opposite Poladanga BDR camp under Sadar upazila.

New inter-city train on Dhaka-Rajshahi route from Nov 23

Railway authorities are going to introduce new inter-city 'Dhumketu Express' from November 23.

Three murdered in Rangpur

Three people were murdered in separate incidents in the district on Wednesday night.

Fish farming in paddy fields getting popular

Fish cultivation along with paddy in paddy fields is gaining popularity as it brings financial benefit to the farmers of the district.

Martyred brothers remembered

Death anniversary of martyred freedom fighter brothers Ahmed Hossain and Mohammad Hossain was observed yesterday at their village home in Nagripara in Mohammadpur upazila of Magura district. The two brave sons of Magura embraced martyrdom during Liberation War of 1971 while fighting with Pakistani occupation forces on November 19. To mark the day, discussion meeting, doa mahfil and destitute feeding were held on the premises of the martyrs at Nagripara in Mohammadpur upazila. Valiant freedom fighters Nesaruddin Ahmed, Nuruzzaman, Dr Tilam Hossain, Abdus Salam and Solaiman Molla, among others, attended the programme. Mohammad Hossain was an assistant teacher of Shaganna Primary School in Jhenidah district while Ahmed Hossain was a teacher at Parla Secondary School in Mohammadpur upazila. According to local freedom fighters, Ahmed and Mohammad were killed when they along with their co-fighters attacked Mohammadpur TTDC camp of Pakistan occupation forces and Razakars (collaborators) in the early hours of November 19.

BNP conference foiled

A conference of the BNP arranged for forming the party's Talki union committee in Nokla upazila was foiled by the local Awami League (AL) supporters on Wednesday. Local BNP sources said, the AL men launched an attack on the conference which was being held at Bibir Char Madrassah ground at about 4: 00pm. During the attack, they also beat up local BNP leader Manzurul Huq and some workers and also damaged three motorbikes of the party men, they said.

Man gets life for murder

A court here on Wednesday convicted a man and awarded him life term rigorous imprisonment (RI) for killing his uncle at Baubond village in Sadar Dakkhin upazila in 2005. The lifer was identified as Abdul Jalil, son of Abul Hashem of the village. The court also fined the convict Tk 5,000, in default, to suffer two years more RI. According to the prosecution, Jalil stabbed his uncle Abul Hossain mercilessly on July 16, 2005 over a trifling matter, leaving him dead on the spot.

Man crushed under train

A young man aged about 25 was crashed under the train near Boral railway station in Bhangura upazila early Wednesday. Police said, the incident occurred when Dhaka-bound Padma Express train from Rajshahi was crossing the railway station at about 6:00 am. The victim might be a passenger who accidentally fell from the running train and crushed under its wheels, police observed. Officer- in-charge (OC) of Sirajganj GRP Md Mursalin said, another person was killed in the same way on Majgram rail line of the upazila two days ago.

Youth killed in Gazipur

A young man was killed in a gun attack near Shalna overbridge in Sadar upazila Monday night. The identity of the victim could not be known immediately. Witnesses said, a gang of criminals opened fire on the youth, aged around 35, at about 11:30pm, killing him on the spot. On information, police recovered the body on Tuesday morning and sent it to Sadar hospital morgue for autopsy.

Two hurt in bomb attack

At least two people were wounded in a bomb attack at Gopinathpur village in Harinakundu upazila on Sunday night. Police said, a gang of criminals stormed into the house of Rabiul Islam and hurled a bomb on the house inmates failing to rob money from him. Rabiul and his uncle Idris Ali were injured in the bomb attack. The injured were admitted to Harinakundu health complex.

Woman killed in wall collapse

A female worker of a brick field was killed when a wall of the kiln collapsed on her at Bawnat in Kapasia upazila on Monday. Witnesses said, Haridasi,45, wife of Birendra Chandra, was injured severely when a wall of the kiln of SMB Brick Field collapsed on her while she was at work at noon. She was first admitted to upazila health complex and then referred to Dhaka. Haridasi died on way to the capital city.

9 shops gutted in Comilla

Nine shops were gutted in a fire that broke out in Gouripur Bazar of Daudkandi upazila on Monday night. Fire brigade sources said, the fire originated from an oven in a blacksmith shop at about 10:30pm and soon engulfed the adjoining shops. On information, two fire fighting units from Sadar and Muradnagar upazilas rushed in and doused the flame after two hours of hectic efforts. The extent of damage is estimated by the shop owners at Tk 25 lakh.

Domestic help beaten to death

A domestic help was beaten to death at village Gobinda in Pabna town yesterday morning.

Letters

Relocating factories

Tawfiq Ali's report on this important matter, published by you on 8 November, is the current headache for Metropolitan Dhaka City. The report related is to the growing environment pollution of the city. The report also clearly points out the illegal activities of a number of public bodies and utilities in permitting the location of the factories in Dhaka city, in the first place! The vice president of Gulshan Society has stated that at least one hundred factories are located in the Gulshan residential area for which we the residents here have to suffer the most. It deprives us of water and power facilities which are usurped by these illegal factories!

Obama's achievement

Another big achievement by the US President. The House of Representatives has passed the HCR bill by 220 to 215 votes. The significant issues are that 39 Democrats representatives voted against the bill, and only 1 Republican Congressman has voted in favour. This is already known all over.

Rickshaws- should we continue this way?

Well, I didn't think I would have to write so soon again on this topic. But my friend Mr. Sikander (thanks to him for considering me a friend) has once more compelled me to write back. Before I continue, I would like to request Mr. Sikander to look at the front page picture of the Daily Ittefaq dated November 6, 09 with the caption “City's busiest road Dainik Bangla crossing is almost obstructed due to rickshaws” which perhaps will bring him to reality and the nuisance rickshaws are creating in our city.

Zoonotic diseases

Zoonotic diseases are those transmitted from animal to human and vice-versa. We know that zoonotic infection spreads rapidly under rural conditions, especially in the developing countries. No systemic data is presently available to evaluate the socio-economic impact of diseases in general and zoonoses in particular. Although livestock is the main source of meat and milk for human consumption, human health hazards associated with these foods of animal origin have great importance from the public health point of view. Diseases like avian influenza, rabies, TB , brucellosis, tetanus , amoebiasis, cysticercosis, fascialiosis etc are found to be common as zoonotic disease in Bangladesh. Approximately 2,000 people who come into contact with rabid animals die of hydrophobia annually in Bangladesh. TB of cattle can be transmitted to man through contact with diseased animals or their products like milk or meat. Milkman and other people drinking raw milk are infected with brucellosis each year in Bangladesh. Amoebiasis is a common disease among the rural people of our country.

Season of waste!

The yearly ritual of wastefulness has begun and this usually lasts till March. During these 4-5 months, the privileged class (net worth 10 crore +) indulges in their annual orgy of throwing lavish parties in 3*,4*,5* hotels, clubs, resorts and convention centres. The occasion could be anything, though birthdays, engagements, weddings are still the most common by far. Receipt of a foreign award (purchased or wangled?), arrival of a 'foreign dignitary' (junior minister from Moldavia, for instance), academic degrees obtained by children in some foreign university, etc, are also some of the fit excuses for the parties.

Overburdened city

Our Economic & Administrative activities and infrastructural developments are centralized in Dhaka as the Capital City. Nowadays, Dhaka is worst affected by acute traffic congestion that leads to loss of working hours as well as costly fuel imported with foreign exchange. Our economy is not in a position to allow this type of luxury. However, the only positive aspect of the acute traffic congestion is- it makes people read newspapers!!

Role of teachers

The New Age in its front-page article of November 8th, 2009 quoted a Dhaka University professor saying that he does not support public university academics working as consultants because it “warrants no creativity” and that “teachers should be engaged only in teaching”. I strongly disagree with both these statements.

Predicament of Aila victims

Reports are being published in The Daily Star on the predicament of the Aila hit people of Satkhira and Khulna districts. The stories published in the paper emanated from the sympathy of the reporters, though these are inadequate and most of the sufferings of people are not properly described. Actually, it cannot be described unless anybody lives on the spot for a few days, at least.

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International

Talks under way on Iran sanctions, says Obama

President Barack Obama said yesterday the United States has begun talking with allies about fresh punishment against Iran for defying efforts to halt its nuclear weapons pursuits.

Karzai seeks unity, vows to fight corruption

Afghan President Hamid Karzai was sworn in for a second term yesterday, vowing to combat corruption and reaching out to his political rivals under Western pressure to restore legitimacy.

Depression can be as deadly as smoking

Beware, depression can be as deadly as smoking.

Arts & Entertainment

Moaser Theatre Group stages “My Wild Duck”

On November 18, Moaser Theatre Group from Iran staged "My Wild Duck" at the ongoing International Ibsen Seminar and Theatre Festival. Staged at National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, the production was an adaptation of Ibsen's "The Wild Duck".

Two Bangladeshi documentaries to be screened in Srinagar

Two acclaimed documentaries from Bangladesh and an array of movies on thought-provoking subjects ranging from modern version of an ancient love story between a Muslim prince and a Hindu woman and effects of militancy on the human psyche will mark the South Asian Documentary Film Festival to be held in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir state, from November 23 to 25.

Poet Sufia Kamal’s 10th death anniversary today

Today marks Poet Sufia Kamal's (1911-1999) 10th death anniversary. The poet, writer, organiser and women's rights activist was born to a conservative Muslim family in Barisal. When she died in 1999, she was buried with full state honour, the first woman in Bangladesh to receive this tribute.

Book Fair celebrating ‘Nobanno’

To celebrate 'Nobanno' (harvesting season), Adorn Publication Limited held a book fair at Central Public Library, Shahbagh. The fair, titled 'Nobanner Boi Utshab,' ends tomorrow.

Fifteen documentaries make Oscar’s short list

Of the 89 documentary films eligible for Oscar consideration this year, 15 were selected for a short list of potential nominees. And Michael Moore's ''Capitalism: A Love Story'' wasn't one of them.

OP-ED

Keeping children in schools

EDUCATION is the best means of human resource development. Without it a country's socio-economic and cultural development can neither take place nor be sustained. But Bangladesh has lagged behind on this particular issue compared to other developed and developing countries, though primary education is compulsory in Bangladesh.

How Eurocentric is your day?

AT the outset of the classes I teach, I always address the question of bias in the social sciences. In one course -- on the history of the global economy -- this is the central theme. It critiques Eurocentric biases in several leading Western accounts of the rise of the global economy.

I'll have the string with meatballs, please

YOU may have seen the recent news report that rice consumption in Asia has fallen sharply as people throughout the region turn to pasta. This worries me. I think pasta is weird, dangerous stuff.



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