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News of: Monday, 7th of June, 2010

Front Page

Filled-up, full of risk

High-rises on once marshy lands in the capital are at risk of falling over, as the groundwater level is dropping faster than ever.

Never-ending nightmares

Boishakh, the seven-year-old son of Mamun Mia, burns in fire. He screams and pleads to his father to save him. But Mamun cannot save his son from the flames as the nightmare he sees every time just ends there.

One more dies from burns

Another victim of Nimtoli fire died yesterday at the Combined Military Hospital in the capital, taking the death toll from the blaze to 118.

Govt gets 4 weeks to explain selection

The High Court yesterday directed the government to inform it within four weeks the process or system followed for selection of persons for appointment as judges both in the Appellate and High Court divisions of the Supreme Court since independence of the country.

Half of nat'l budget spent in 9 months

Only 52.6 percent of the total allocation in the revised budget has been spent in the first nine months of the current fiscal year, says a government report.

Jamaat supports BNP's hartal

Jamaat-e-Islami has formally endorsed BNP's anti-government programmes to protest against "the wrongdoings" of the ruling grand alliance.

Check all transformers, report within 3 weeks

The High Court yesterday directed the authorities of Dhaka Electric Supply Company (Desco) and Dhaka Power Distribution Company (DPDC) to examine the city's all transformers by an expert committee, and submit a report to it within three weeks.

JS adopts condolence motion

Parliament yesterday passed a resolution expressing deep shock at the deaths caused by Nimtoli fire and Begunbari building collapse in the city.

PMO to arrange Runa's wedding

The Prime Minister's Office will arrange the wedding of Runa Akhter and Jamil, who lost most of their family members in the Nimtoli blaze on Thursday night.

Risky, illegal high-rises to be flattened

The government yesterday decided to demolish illegal high-rises, which are in danger of tumbling in the capital, said Food and Disaster Management Minister Abdur Razzaque.

Noab demands zero duty

Newspaper Owners' Association of Bangladesh (Noab) has urged the government to eliminate tariff on newsprint imports considering its abnormal price hike in the international market.

Historic 7th June today

Today is the historic 7th June--the Six-Point Demand Day.

MPs to get offices in upazilas

The cabinet division has asked the LGRD ministry to take measures for allocating new offices to the lawmakers either at government bungalows or upazila complexes under their constituencies.

Another JMB kingpin held

Detective branch (DB) of police arrested another top leader of banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh from the city's Sabujbagh on Saturday.

Govt to buy vessel with water purifying equipment

The government has taken steps to procure a vessel with equipment to purify water of Buriganga River, the shipping minister told parliament yesterday.

WC uniting South Africa

The soccer World Cup is uniting South Africa, much like the 1995 world rugby victory helped break down racial barriers, and it will leave a legacy for decades to come, President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday.

US used cluster bombs, killed civilians in Yemen: AI

A US cruise missile carrying cluster bombs was behind a December attack in Yemen that killed 55 people, most of them civilians, Amnesty International (AI) said yesterday.

Mahmudur shown held in criminal case

Detained Mahmudur Rahman, acting editor of the recently closed daily Amar Desh, was shown arrested yesterday in a criminal case.

Israel rejects int'l probe into flotilla raid

Israel will not participate in any international investigation of its raid on a ship seeking to break a blockade on the Gaza Strip, Israel's ambassador to Washington said.

Editorial

The pressure Dhaka city is under

DHAKA is increasingly turning into a rather uninhabitable city. That is the bottom line in a report carried by a leading daily in the country. We have no reason to disagree with such a finding, especially against the background of the recent incidents of building collapse and fires in different parts of the capital. There is little question that Dhaka has always been an unplanned city. But what is mind-boggling is the rapidity with which it has in the past three decades or so mutated into a symbol of chaos and confusion. The mere fact that a few minutes of rainfall leave entire areas of the city water-logged speaks of the myriad problems which now the city is confronted with. The bigger reality is that the relevant urban development authorities have little clue as to where all this will push the city in the short term as well as the long-term future.

Why this foot-dragging on MPO?

WE are told that the government is going for revising the already revised monthly pay order facilities. Let us get the fact straight. The first version of the MPO list, that was finalised by the education minister and was ready for implementation on 6th May, and was held back and revised under the instruction of the PM by one of her advisors, is in for another revision. This time the education minister has been tasked with the responsibility, apparently for the same reason that the first revision was done - the list was not to the liking of many in the ruling party.

Sports

Same old Tigers

Steven Finn took five wickets as England thrashed Bangladesh by an innings and 80 runs inside three days in the second Test to wrap up a 2-0 series victory at Old Trafford here on Sunday.

It's Tamim live

When cricket matches are interrupted by the weather, broadcasters like to fill the spare hours with highlights packages from previous games. Given this is a Manchester Test anyone watching the box on Saturday afternoon could have been forgiven for thinking the area was living up to its damp reputation, as Tamim Iqbal flayed England around the ground. But as it happened, the sun was beating down on Old Trafford and instead Tamim was producing his own rerun of that memorable effort from Lord's with a second flamboyant hundred in six days.

King gets crown back

Rafael Nadal recaptured the French Open crown on Sunday, gaining revenge over Robin Soderling with a 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 win and, in so doing, he also retook the world number one spot from Roger Federer.

'Result more important'

Brazil full-back Maicon says his countrymen are more focused on winning a sixth World Cup in South Africa than maintaining the stylish legacy of their predecessors.

FIFA releases extra tickets

FIFA is to put more than 50,000 extra seats on sale for the World Cup, most of which are from unsold hospitality packages, football's governing body said on Saturday.

BBC builds £1m rooftop studio

BBC is understood to have spent up to 1 million pounds on the temporary 'flat pack' studio, which is being assembled on the roof of Somerset Hospital.

Toufiq, Nadim end with gold

It was double delight for Toufiq Shahriar and Nadimul Islam as both grabbed gold on the concluding day of the 24th National Shooting Championship at the National Shooting Complex in Gulshan yesterday.

Tangail face Jhalakathi in final

Tangail stormed into the final of the under-12 Grameen-Danone Nations Cup to be held today at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.

The sky is Azzurri

Germany's bid to win their chance to welcome the world to their own Weltmeisterschaft was fraught with pragmatic intrigue. Before a remarkable U-turn from FIFA delegates that is still wrapped in bribery allegations saw Nelson Mandela and co forced to wait another four years, South Africa was fully expected to be the destination of the 2006 finals.

Now Forlan hurt

World Cup injury scares continued Sunday when crack Uruguay striker Diego Forlan appeared to injure his left foot during training.

Local Snippets

Dhaka Wanderers Club and Badda Jagarani Sangsad played out a 1-1 draw in the Senior Division Football League at the Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.

Parash cruise in 3rd round

Parash trounced Shuvro 21-11, 21-13 in the men's third round match of the Citycell 30th National Badminton Championship at the Wooden Floor Gymnasium yesterday.

Dindane aims to repay faith

Ivory Coast striker Aruna Dindane aims to repay Sven Goran Eriksson for rescuing his World Cup dream by leading the Elephants to glory in South Africa.

No easy rides from Capello

England coach Fabio Capello has insisted he will not change his methods to protect key players ahead of the World Cup finals.

WC's curse is Chelsea's gain

Chelsea's players were celebrating only last month a hard won Premier League title, but now several are experiencing the pain of missing the World Cup finals because of injury.

Ardiles slates Diego

Diego Maradona's stewardship of the Argentinian national side is a negative factor which could harm his country's chances, according to 1978 champion and former international teammate Osvaldo Ardiles.

Italy's Swiss stalemate

Italy were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland on Saturday, dashing the hopes of Italian fans who were hoping for a Swiss appetiser before the World Cup holders fly out to South Africa.

Iker digs at Eng 'keepers

Iker Casillas has launched a scathing attack on England's goalkeepers, claiming that their lack of big-game experience could cost Fabio Capello's side at the World Cup.

Drogba bids to save dream

The Ivory Coast Football Federation on Saturday said that captain Didier Drogba had undergone successful surgery a day after sustaining a fractured forearm which threatens his World Cup dream.

Kanu eyes final hurrah

Nigeria captain Nwankwo Kanu wants to mark his international retirement by helping the Super Eagles to an historic World Cup victory.

Domenech keeping calm

France manager Raymond Domenech has played down his squad's troubled buildup to the World Cup which culminated in a 1-0 defeat to China on Friday in the Indian Ocean island of Reunion.

Boateng signs for Man City

Manchester City signed Germany defender Jerome Boateng from Hamburg for an undisclosed fee on Saturday.

Quagliarella ready to fire

Fabio Quagliarella believes Italy will arrive in South Africa "in the best possible condition'' for their World Cup defence.

Business

Growth hinges on energy: CPD

The government should work on the promises it made in the outgoing fiscal year to address critical issues like energy and infrastructure, said a leading think tank yesterday.

Fake RAK IPO seekers may face SEC action

The stockmarket regulator is likely to take action against more than 46,000 fake and faulty applications that sought primary shares of RAK Ceramics, a Bangladesh-UAE joint venture.

Grameen Fibreglass in the pipeline

Grameen Telecom Trust and IES Alliance of Bahrain have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to set up a joint-venture fibreglass company in Bangladesh.

Govt sitting on huge cash pile

The government registered a big cash surplus despite repaying bank loans in the first nine months of the current fiscal year, because of slim spending amid higher earnings.

JS body moves on landline shutdown

A parliamentary body yesterday asked the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) to take steps to settle the issues over five landline operators, whose licences it had scrapped earlier.

The green apparel maker

Three major issues -- environmental protection, compliance and ethical business practices -- must be addressed to sustain fierce competition in Bangladesh's apparel business.

Foreign banks to strengthen foothold in India

Foreign banks have been in India for more than 150 years but more overseas lenders are now queuing up to set up operations, amid signs that tough restrictions on entry may be eased.

Economic zones bill placed in parliament

A bill designed to set up economic zones was tabled in parliament yesterday.

Unido chief suggests more focus on industrial output

Bangladesh needs to focus on more industrial output with higher value addition to come out of poverty and achieve millennium development goals, said Dr Kandeh K. Yumkella, director general of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation.

Global Motors ties up with Parjatan over tourist transport

Global Motors Ltd has launched car rental services in association with Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation to provide transportation to inbound tourists.

Call for easy loans to women

Speakers stressed the need for widening scope for loans to women entrepreneurs to bring them into mainstream business.

Local govt bodies demand increased allocation in budget

Leaders of Bangladesh Union Parishad Forum (BUPF) yesterday urged the government to increase allocation in the upcoming budget for the development of the 5,747 local government institutes including six city corporations.

Declare overseas jobs a thrust sector

Migrant rights activists yesterday demanded that the government immediately declare overseas employment a thrust sector.

Workshop on budget at Brac University

Dr Akbar Ali Khan, former caretaker government adviser, said every penny of the budget should be utilised properly so that the country can reach its goal.

US dollar flexes muscle as crisis stalks markets

With the euro reeling from a budget crisis and the yen tarnished by political turmoil, the US dollar is stamping its mark as the top safe haven and international reserve currency.

Corporate Briefs

GRAMEEN ONE: SCHEME TWO
The fund reported net asset value of Tk 18.87 per unit at current market price and Tk 12.07 per unit at cost price against face value of Tk 10, on the close of operations on Thursday. The fund's net assets stood at over Tk 235 crore.

Asia-Pacific ministers claim progress in free trade talks

Ministers from the Asia-Pacific nations said on Sunday they had made "significant progress" toward free-trade goals set in 1994 as they closed a two-day meeting in Japan.

Iran central bank denies 45b euro conversion

Iran's central bank chief has denied reports the bank was converting 45 billion euros of its foreign exchange reserves into dollars and gold ingots, the economic daily Pool said on Sunday.

BP chief vows to stay

BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward said he did not plan to quit over the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, as the energy giant's bid to contain the crude appeared to reach a turning point.

Reliance board okays up to 26pc stake sale

India's No. 2 mobile carrier Reliance Communications, burdened by debt and the cost of rolling out 3G services in a fiercely competitive market, said on Sunday its board had agreed to sell an up to 26 percent stake.

Metropolitan

Community empowerment makes a difference

Villagers of Kaulia in Morelganj, Bagherhat, are very happy to see that a cyclone shelter is being constructed in their village to protect them from natural disasters.

Clients lay siege to developer's office

Around 35 clients of Xenovalley Model Town (PVT) Ltd., a real estate company, laid a siege to its office at Lake Circus in the city yesterday demanding immediate handover of plots to them.

CICA Summit begins tomorrow

The two-day 3rd Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) will begin in the Turkish city of Istanbul tomorrow.

PM asks police to be impartial, not to give in to any pressure

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the police personnel to be impartial while performing their duties.

'60m people in Bangladesh don't have sufficient food'

Some 60 million people in Bangladesh still do not have sufficient food to eat, Michael Dunford, WFP deputy country director in Bangladesh, said at a programme yesterday.

School kids' artwork exhibition begins

An artwork exhibition of primary and secondary school students titled 'Biodiversity for life' began at Drik Gallery in the city yesterday.

Proper investigation into Nimtoli fire demanded

More organisations yesterday expressed profound shock at the loss of numerous lives in the devastating fire at Nimtoli in old Dhaka on Thursday night.

Move to check pilferage of drugs in govt hospitals

With a view to preventing pilferage of drugs, the health ministry has introduced new packaging for the drugs supplied to the government hospitals for distribution among the patients free of charge.

'Help distressed humanity'

Rotary Governor AKM Shamsul Huda on Saturday urged the well-off section of the society to come forward to help the distressed humanity.

Final hearing begins

The final hearing of the writ petition filed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia challenging the legality of a government notice concerning the cantonment house began at a High Court (HC) bench yesterday.

Manjur pledges planned city

BNP-backed mayoral candidate M Manjur Alam Manju yesterday announced his electoral manifesto highlighting the development of Chittagong as a commercial and tourist city of international standard.

One-third childhood cancer curable

One-third childhood cancer can be cured totally in the country if it is diagnosed and treated at early stage, health experts said yesterday.

HC rule on govt to explain

The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule asking the government within three weeks to explain why it should not be directed to file a criminal case against four persons, who allegedly forced a woman to receive a hilla marriage in Bogra in 2007.

BNP conspiring to create instability

The main opposition BNP is conspiring to create instability in the country by calling hartal for June 27 at a time when the present government was running the country smoothly after overcoming many problems, Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury said yesterday.

Time to bring Fire Service under disaster management

Food and Disaster Management Minister Abdur Razzaque yesterday said it is high time to bring the Fire Service and Civil Defence department under his ministry from the home ministry.

ATN News goes on air today

ATN News, a 24-hour news channel, begins its full-fledged broadcast today, says a press release.

JS body team returns home after India visit

A team of the parliamentary standing committee on law, justice and parliamentary affairs returned home on Saturday night after a nine-day visit to India.

National

'Outlaw' in Khulna gives death threat to 10

A cell phone caller introducing himself as a leader of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) has given death threat to ten persons including academics, journalists, a political leader, a businessman and a senior police officer of Khulna if they fail to give toll as per demand.

Drug addicts, peddlers rule RU campus during vacation

Rajshahi University (RU) campus turns into a safe haven for drug addicts and peddlers during vacation.

Disgruntled ruling party men assault officials

Ruling party men assaulted three government officials for taking up some projects ignoring their proposals in Sadullapur and Gobindaganj upazilas of the district on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Mother, baby fall prey to filthy beast

A woman of Rishipara area in Magura town and her baby girl are groaning in pain at Magura Sadar Hospital as a culprit threw acid on them following her rejection to his bad proposal.

Storm kills 2,damages 300 houses

At least two people were killed and 300 houses damaged yesterday as a storm lashed ten villages in two upazilas of the district.

Baby abducted for ransom rescued

A body boy kidnapped for ransom from Kalapara upazila headquarters on Friday was rescued the next day after about 37 hours.

Housewife murdered

Criminals chopped to death a housewife after gang rape at Makshahar village in Sadar upazila on Thursday night.

Try killers of indigenous people, ensure rights

Indigenous people yesterday formed a human chain in the district town to press home their seven-point demand.

Series of robberies in night coaches, houses in Satkhira

Robbers looted night coaches and houses in Satkhira and Moulvibazar yesterday and the day before while they killed a BNP leader in Bandarban on Friday.

Why do Sundarbans deer enter localities?

Deer from the Sundarbans often enter localities as they are 'migratory' by nature and like to change habitats frequently.

Machine elbows out labourers

Earth cutting work for construction of a road under Food For Work Programme (FWP) in Tebaria Union under Natore Sadar upazila is being done, using a machine instead of employing local labourers for the purpose.

Over 700 small industries in Khulna face closure

Over 700 small industries are on the verge of closure due to acute load shedding in Khulna industrial belt.

3 electrocuted in Natore, B'baria

Three people were electrocuted in Natore and Brahmanbaria districts yesterday and the day before.

Police foil Jamaat programme

Police prevented Jamaat men from bringing out a procession in the district town yesterday morning.

Under trial prisoner dies

An under trial prisoner reportedly died of heart attack early Saturday at Khulna District Jail. He was identified as Abdul Majid Gazi, 43, son of Sawrup Gazi of Banka village under Paikgacha upazila. According to the Jail Superintendent, Majid fell sick at 1:30am in the jail. He was declared dead while being taken to Khulna Medical College Hospital at 2:30am. Majid was lodged in Khulna district jail on May 18 this year as an accused in a forgery case. The body was handed over to his relatives at 3:00pm on Saturday after autopsy in the morgue of Khulna Medical College Hospital.

Trader's body recovered

Body of a poultry trader was recovered from a char of Kirtonkhola river on Saturday noon after three days of his missing. The victim was identified as Sultan Ahmed Badsha, 40, of the city. AFM Anwar Hossain, assistant commissioner of Barisal Metropolitan Police, said local people of Lamchhari of the north-eastern part of the city informed police seeing the body in the nearby char. Family sources said Badsha went missing on Wednesday morning after he came out of his second wife's residence at Palaspur area of the city. Sources said that he was abducted from Katpatty Road area of the city by some criminals for toll. AGD was lodged with Kotwali police station on Wednesday.

Young man found dead

A young man was found dead in Gomti river near Chanpur Bridge in Sadar upazila yesterday. On Information, police recovered the floating body of Shohag, 20, son of Joynal Abedin of Songraish area in the town from the river at noon. Four bottles of phensidyl were also recovered from the pocket of his pant. The body was sent to local hospital morgue for autopsy. Police suspected that someone strangulated him to death and later dumped the body into the river.

Arms recovered, 2 held

Police arrested two criminals and recovered firearms and bullets from them on Friday night at Purbatengri village in Ishwardi upazila. The arrestees are Arman, 27 and Jony, 26, of the village. Officer-in-charge of Ishwardi police station Md. Samiul Alam said the arrestees were moving around Purbatengri Road area at about 11pm on Friday for committing crime. Police caught them from the road and recovered a revolver and two bullets from their possession.

One killed, 12 hurt in clash

One person was killed and 12 others were injured on Saturday in a clash between rival groups of villagers at Sajan of Lakhai Upazila under Habiganj district. The injured have been admitted to the upazila health complex and at Habiganj Sadar Hospital. Locals and police said, there had been a longstanding rivalry between Yonus Ali and his brother Siddique Ali over land property. On Saturday afternoon, over a hundred supporters of both the brothers locked in a clash with lethal weapons. Hit by spear, Younus Ali died on the spot. Police caught three people from the spot.

Letters

Manpower agents or cheats?

Recently, the Honourable Prime Minister warned the predatory manpower exporters of serious action. The ineffectuality and hollowness of such warning has been delineated in the editorial of The Daily Star (May 22, 2010), which needs no further elaboration.

Education and hygiene

It is a matter of great concern and regret that as a nation our consciousness regarding hygiene is very poor. You'll find people doing all sorts of things that are considered unacceptable according to the norms of social and personal hygiene. It comes as no surprise that we often get to see outbreaks of diarrhoea, typhoid and other diseases that can easily be prevented if we become a bit more knowledgeable on how these diseases are caused and how these spread.

Road accidents

Deaths on the roads across the country have assumed a monstrous proportion. You come across the death news in road accidents almost every day; either an erratic bus collides and crushes another vehicle or some passers by are run over by some over jaunty vehicles driven by inefficient and crazy drivers without a valid driving licence --- a common but tragic phenomenon unchecked at work at the cost of human lives.

Power of forgiveness

Many years ago I read a true story which touched me very much and often it comes to my mind. It was written by a man called John Kord Lagemann. He spoke of a man who was sitting in a railroad coach next to a young man who was obviously depressed. Finally the man revealed he was a convict returning from a distant prison. His imprisonment had bought shame on his family, and they had neither visited him nor written often. He hoped, however, that this was only because they were too poor to travel, too uneducated to write. He hoped, despite the evidence, that they had forgiven him.

Good results, but…

Good results of SSC are soaring higher than expectation every year. Board examinations are just like a veiled fiction and when we unravel it we face the tragedy. Every year the number of GPA-5 students goes on increasing. Besides, this year NCTB has introduced the structural question based examination for the first time. But before undertaking this daunting task, they didn't consider for a while the students' problems. In fact, there had been hardly any teaching courses for the teachers. Moreover, the little amount of information that the teachers grab from different sources is not even enough to set questions for school exams, let alone the board exams.

Online addiction!

I think Twitter, Myspace and Facebook are social networks helping people to communicate with others. Just think about the cousin or friend who's now abroad. Without the social networks, would it be possible to connect with them every day? You can see their activities online now on your homepage. Okay, let's not go far. It is connecting us with the relatives who're in the city or outside Dhaka. We can meet friends every day at schools and workplaces, but not our relatives.

Poverty

The most important causes of poverty all over the world are poor education, teen parenthood, lack of opportunities, and being a child or elderly. Lack of food, natural resources, and efficient government are some of the causes. Taxes also cause poverty. In our country households with lower levels of education face difficulty in escaping poverty. It seems a chronic problem for us.

Labour unrest

Labour unrest has become the most talked about issue across the country. Garments industry is now the 2nd largest sector that is contributing to our economy a lot. Statistics show about 95 percent workers engaged in this sector are women. But the recent unrest led this industry to destruction. Extortion, killing, looting, strike have become quite common in the present context of the country. To resolve it, I want to draw the attention of the authorities concerned on the following points:

Moudud's campaign

It has been reported in the print media that Barrister Moudud Ahmed has vowed to bring General Moin U Ahmed and other CTG leaders to justice for what he called their illegal take-over of state power which according to Barrister Maudud, pushed the nation to an economic disaster. He strongly vowed that he is organising a countrywide campaign in this respect.

Facebook

The blocking of Facebook for what they called the satiric portrayal of some of our politicians including the PM and the leader of the opposition was least acceptable and hence only exposed the intolerance of the ruling people. When the government does not spare a single opportunity of talking about free access to information and ' a digital Bangladesh", the hasty move to silence critics on the cyberspace by blocking the Facebook not only transmitted a wrong signal to the outside world, but was also tantamount to negating the freedom of expression guaranteed by the Constitution. By blocking a social networking site reputed worldwide, were we going to follow the examples of the bigots in Iran and Afghanistan?

Nuclear power plant

Recently, Bangladesh and Russia signed a framework agreement for development of a nuclear power plant. Bangladesh plans to produce about 2000 KB energy from that plant.

Performance award

Every year a huge number of Hajj pilgrims are visiting the holy places of Mecca and Medina to perform Holy Hajj and say salam to our beloved Prophet Hazrat Muhammad(Pbuh).This year, according to the agreement signed between the government of Saudi Arabia and the government of Bangladesh, 75,000 people from Bangladesh will be allowed to go for Hajj, out of which fifteen thousand through the ministry of Religious Affairs(MORA) and the rest sixty thousand will go through govt. approved Hajj agents. Hajj is a major religious ritual and it deserves to be given top priority in respect of service.

Education and development

If people are educated then they can differentiate between right and wrong. There are eight millennium goals and they are-- eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, achieve universal primary education, promote gender equality and empower women, reduce childe mortality, improve maternal health, combat HIV/AIDS malaria and other diseases, and ensure environmental sustainability and global partnership for development.

Cost cutting in Britain

A staggering 156 billion pounds in deficit has forced the new Tory-Libdem government of the UK to cut costs at every conceivable area, including asking ministers to walk to office or take public transport. Shocking, as it may seem, for the Britons, from a life style of plenty to a life of austerity will be a tough go, no doubt. This is the price of wasteful expenditures over so many years.

Our man Musa!

When Musa Ibrahim as the first ever Bangladeshi conqueror reached the summit of Mount Everest to hoist the Flag of Bangladesh, he took down his name in gold in our history. He not only made history, but also became the national hero in the hearts of sixteen core people of Bangladesh. No eulogy is enough to praise his deed, as it was a utopian thinking for us before 23rd May, 2010 to reach Mount Everest.

Tinted glass

So far we know, using tinted glasses in the cars and jeeps is prohibited in our country, albeit a good number of those are garbed with coloured covers flouting the laws. Some of those are so darkly covered that you cannot even recognise who is in, which sometimes scares us. These sorts of transports sometimes may be used by the criminals to hide themselves in as and when they think necessary.

PM's advice to physicians

While addressing a function in the city's Mohakhali area on 25 May, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina called upon the physicians to render their services to the poor people, especially in the remote areas, being confident of their profession, knowledge and experience.

Tourism industry

In recent years tourism has become a major element in the balance of payments of many countries. At present Bangladesh is failing miserably in attracting international tourists. Bangladesh accounts for only 4.5% of all international tourists visiting South Asian countries, and almost two-thirds of foreign tourist arrivals in Bangladesh are from India, Pakistan and other South Asian countries. The majority of visitors from the UK and USA are ethnic Bangladeshis, who come to visit relatives and friends. Almost 60% of foreign tourist arrivals are for business or official purposes, and the number of leisure tourist arrivals is insignificant. There are many possibilities of tourism industry in Bangladesh and tourist spots are available. But there are problems in this sector. The problems are given below-

International

UN chief proposes joint Gaza aid flotilla probe

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has proposed a multinational investigation of Israel's raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship in which nine pro-Palestinian activists were killed, an Israeli official said yesterday.

N Korea threatens South for taking it to UNSC

North Korea threatened yesterday to retaliate against South Korea for taking it to the UN Security Council over the deadly sinking of a warship, calling the action an "intolerable provocation."

Thai PM says polls possible early next year

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said yesterday that an emergency decree would remain in place for now, but the situation was calm and an election was possible early next year.

Japan's new PM to curb power of kingmaker Ozawa

New Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan is likely to keep his predecessor's cabinet with only minor changes but is moving to curb the influence of powerful backroom fixer Ichiro Ozawa, reports said yesterday.

Ministers call for improved relief coordination

Asia-Pacific nations should adopt a more coordinated response to relief operations in the disaster-prone area, top regional officials said at a security conference yesterday.

Blasts kill 6 in Iraq

A car bomb exploded outside a Baghdad police station yesterday in the deadliest of a pair of attacks that killed six people in the Iraqi capital, security and hospital officials said.

Turkey hosts Eurasian meet amid tension

Turkey, seething with anger after an Israeli raid on an aid ship bound for Gaza, hosts leaders from Russia, Iran, the Arab world and beyond this week for a Eurasian security summit that may further isolate Israel.

BP cap captures '10,000 barrels' a day in US Gulf

A containment cap on a ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico is now funnelling off 10,000 barrels of oil a day, BP's chief executive Tony Hayward says.

Karzai orders review of Taliban detentions

Afghanistan's president yesterday ordered a review of the cases of hundreds of prisoners linked to the Taliban and other militants in a first step to fulfilling the demands of a landmark peace conference.

Pakistan to increase defence spending

Pakistan has announced it is to increase defence spending by 17% in the coming year, with analysts saying much of it will be used to combat militants.

India's once-powerful Communists fight for survival

Tagged as the world's most electorally successful Communist party, the Marxist leaders of West Bengal might finally be nearing the end of more than three decades of uninterrupted power.

No clear signs Myanmar wants help with polls: Asean

Myanmar has given no clear signs that it would welcome regional help with its elections expected later this year, its Southeast Asian neighbours said yesterday.

US red faces over Queen's birthday blunder

The US State Department has been left red-cheeked after sending birthday greetings to the Queen a week early.

Rains kill four in Pakistan

Heavy rains and winds lashed the port city of Karachi yesterday, killing at least four people as Cyclone Phet swirled along Pakistan's coast after claiming the lives of 15 people in Oman.

Gilani and Qaisrani win by-polls

Pakistan People's Party's Syed Ahmad Mujtaba Gilani defeated Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz's Naghma Mushtaq Lang in the by-election in the PP-206 constituency on Saturday.

US allows India to grill Mumbai attack suspect

The United States has finally given India access to a US national accused of planning the Mumbai terror attacks two years ago, a senior White House official said on Saturday.

Author fights to publish book on Sonia Gandhi

The author of a "fictionalised biography" of Sonia Gandhi, the Italian-born power broker of Indian politics, has vowed to fight attempts to stop it being published.

Judgement on Bhopal gas tragedy today

After a trial lasting more than two decades, the judgement on Bhopal Gas tragedy, the world's worst industrial disaster, which killed and maimed thousands of people, would be pronounced today. Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Mohan P Tiwari will pronounce the judgement after a 23-year-long trial in the toxic leak case from the now defunct Union Carbide factory on the intervening night of December 2-3, 1984.

Arts & Entertainment

Charlie Porter Quartet jazzes up Dhaka

The crowd were already pouring in at the National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy from 6 pm -- an obvious sign that no one wanted to miss the show. The concert on June 5 featured the Charlie Porter Quartet from USA.

Drama serial Manabjomin on ntv tonight

Drama serial "Manabjomin" goes on air on ntv tonight at 8:15pm. Adapted from a popular Shirshendu Mokhopadhyay novel, Asadul Islam and Murad Parvez jointly wrote the serial while the latter directed it.

Exhibition of paintings and write-ups on biodiversity

On the occasion of the International Day of Biological Diversity and the World Environment Day, a four-day exhibition featuring art and write-up by children began yesterday at the Drik Gallery, Dhanmondi in Dhaka. Titled “Biodiversity for Life,” the exhibition features winning paintings and write-ups from a previously held competition. Awards were given to the winning children on the inaugural day of the exhibition.

Radio aamar takes many laurels

To pay homage to the 10 Freedom Fighters who founded the Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra and to award the contemporary artistes and other participants of FM radio, the event titled 'Prime Bank-BPS FM Radio Award 2010' was recently staged at the Bangobandhu International Conference Center. One of the country's most popular radio stations, 'Radio aamar', won awards in eight different categories. The categories in which 'Radio aamar' won their accolades are: Best Interactive Radio, Station Best RJ Male, Best RJ Female, Best Programme, Best Producer, Best Comedy Show, Best Reality Show and the Most Wanted Radio Personality.

Painting competition on Environment in Panchagarh

A painting competition for children was held on Saturday morning to mark World Environment Day'2010 at Panchagarh Shishu Academy Office.

Festive celebrations of Nazrul Jayanti

Shammilito Sangskritik Aikko Jote, Pabna celebrated National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam's birth anniversary amidst festivity on Friday. A discussion and cultural programme were organised on the occasion at Pabna Town Hall premise on Friday night. President of the organisation, Gonesh Das, chaired the event.

Musical album featuring four actors in the pipeline

Songs recorded by four popular TV actors -- Fazlur Rahman Babu, Chanchal Chowdhury, AKM Hasan and Shamim Zaman -- are going to be featured in music album titled “Patri Ekta Chai.”

Music director Emon Shaha on “Raat Biratey” tonight

The entertainment-based street-show “Raat Biraatey” will be aired on Banglavision at 11:20 pm tonight. Tonight's celebrity guest is noted music director Emon Shaha. The artiste will share his experiences about his life, music and passions with the viewers.

Eminem hails “rebel” Pink

Eminem has described singer Pink as “a rebel” when speaking about a new collaboration, to be included on the rapper's forthcoming seventh album “Recovery.”

Frank Miller’s prequel to “300”

You could pretty much call it 299, this new project.

OP-ED

We mourn and then forget

SCARCELY had the nation come around from the trauma that Begunbari building collapse of Tuesday (June 1) caused, when it was jolted by yet another shock of a far more severe kind -- Thursday's (June 3) inferno at Nimtoli in the older part of the capital city.

The many colours of red

RED is not a single colour. By the second half of the Sixties most of the world -- Latin America, Africa, Asia, most of Europe -- was awash in its many hues, and Vietnam took its counter-intuitive edge to the campuses and television screens of America.

Invisible people, irregular migrants

GHULAM sold his father's land and paid an exorbitant sum to an agent to find him a job abroad. On arrival in Malaysia, he found he had been duped. There was no permit and no job. He eventually found work in a factory, but was arrested because he had no papers. He has been languishing for over a year in an overcrowded, sub-standard detention centre outside Kuala Lumpur, awaiting deportation to Bangladesh.

'The medium is the message'?

THE view from the sun-lit terrace of Paro's Zwiling hotel was breathtaking. High mountains of the majestic Himalayans range reached for the sky. The Kingdom of Bhutan, now a fledgling democracy, nestled cosily in the loving lap of the picturesque mountains.

Is politics delivering?

AS the global economy recovers, our business community is beginning to see a glimmer of hope. Under the circumstances, the last thing Bangladesh can afford is another wave of crippling national strikes, aimed at toppling the government, putting the country back on the verge of perpetual political chaos. Neither of the major parties can speak from a moral high ground about anti-government strikes or hartals. Both them, when they were in opposition, perpetually stormed out of Parliament and launched ceaseless strikes to destabilise the duly-elected government.


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