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News of: Wednesday, 9th of June, 2010

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Govt mulls speed monitoring device

The government is finally moving to install speed monitoring devices in all motor vehicles in the country, instead of speed governor seals, with the High Court's permission.

13 die as boat sinks in haor

At least 13 people were killed and four others reported missing as a boat capsized in Shoilchapra haor in Dharmapasha upazila yesterday.

Landmark feat for local doctors

A team of Bangladeshi surgeons led by Prof Mohammad Ali has conducted the first successful liver transplantation in the country at Birdem Hospital Thursday.

Living with remains of the tragedy

It's very difficult for witnesses to hold back tears when five-year-old Reema, daughter of grocer Abdur Rahim who was burned alive in June 3 Nimtoli inferno, often habitually rushes to the gutted shop.

Mahmudur on 8-day fresh remand

Mahmudur Rahman, acting editor of the recently closed daily Amar Desh, was placed on eight days' remand yesterday in two more cases filed on sedition and terrorism charges.

Magistrate, SP, expert asked to appear in HC

The High Court yesterday ordered the chief judicial magistrate superintendent of police (SP) and another police official of Rangpur, and a forensic medicine expert to appear before it tomorrow in connection with a report on violation of a woman.

No cheers for rural medicare

Nearly 25,000 sanctioned posts are vacant in public health sector despite the government's pledge of adequate recruitment on several occasions.

ACC serves notices on Sircar, Delwar

The Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday issued notices on former speaker Jamiruddin Sircar and former chief whip Khandaker Delwar Hossain, asking for their statements in connection with alleged misappropriation of Tk 2.5 crore.

AL MPs trash Khaleda's proposals

A number of senior ruling alliance lawmakers yesterday criticised opposition leader Khaleda Zia for placing budget proposals outside parliament Monday and accused her of violating the constitution.

June 13 Anti-stalking Day

The government has decided to observe Uttaktakaran Birodhi Dibash (anti-stalking day) across the country on June 13 to create awareness.

Girl hacked by stalker

In broad daylight at district bus stand yesterday, a stalker hacked a female rail employee indiscriminately that chopped her right thumb off as she refused to marry him.

All about epithets

Nicknames are a big part of popular culture in most countries, particularly in sports, but most still hold tight to formalised names when it comes to anything official. Not so the Brazilians.

Full-fledged National HR Commission by this month

The government will constitute a full-fledged national human rights commission (NHRC) through appointing a new chairman and six members within this month, Law Minister Shafique Ahmed said yesterday.

Owners shut Bangladesh Observer

The Bangladesh Observer, the oldest English daily of the country, shut down yesterday.

360MW power project okayed

Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) yesterday approved ten development projects, including 360MW power generation and construction of 253 food silos, involving Tk 8,227 crore.

Chinese vice president due Monday

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping will arrive here Monday on a two-day official visit at the invitation of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

NRO is a valid law, Pak govt tells SC

The Pakistan Government has informed the Supreme Court that the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) is a valid law laid down under Article 89 of the Constitution.

Car bomb blast in Nepal over derailed constitution

A car bomb explosion ripped through a busy area in the heart of the Nepal capital yesterday, 11 days after the country's ruling parties failed to promulgate a new constitution and narrowly averted a dire constitutional crisis.

Jubo League men hack RU journo

A group of Jubo League activists hacked a journalist at Binodpur Bazar near Rajshahi University yesterday.

Outline Taliban reintegration plan

The Afghan government must outline how international funding for a plan to reintegrate Taliban fighters who renounce violence will be overseen before it can begin operating, US special envoy Richard Holbrooke said Monday.

Nimtoli sisters' weddings at Gonobhaban tonight

Weddings of Ratna and Runa, the sisters who have lost family members in Nimtoli blaze, will be held tonight at Gonobhaban.

Editorial

The BNP's alternative budget

Former prime minister and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia has presented what her party calls an alternative budget to the nation. We welcome the spirit in which she has made the move, given the fact that of late politics in Bangladesh has generally been caustic and stridently adversarial. The fact that the BNP has now come forth with suggestions that are positive and constructive will, we believe, serve the larger purpose of giving national politics a healthy aspect. While one may debate the points the BNP has made in its alternative budget, the truth remains that such a step happens to be the first of its kind in the history of Bangladesh's parliamentary opposition. That by itself is an indication that the kind of positive politics we have always looked forward to could indeed become a reality.

Minimum working wage for garment workers

A report based on minimum wage board sources appears quite revealing on important counts. First of all, a comparative analysis of pay structures for workers in ten industries clearly shows that the garment employees are among the lowest paid. Quite decidedly though, the garment sector is the most successful and profitable concern among them. It also employs the highest number of women workers among all industries thereby adding on to women's empowerment.

Sports

SA winding preps up

South Africa put the finishing touches to its World Cup preparations, rolling out the continent's first high-speed rail link on Tuesday, as organisers told critics it was time to put doubts aside.

The sky is Azzurri

WORLD CUP 2006 PART III
The host nation was by now rapt by a belief of ultimate victory with the chant "Berlin, Berlin, wir fahren nach Berlin (we're going to Berlin)" now sung in full voice. Waiting for them in Dortmund were an Italian team hitting form after an easy 3-0 win over Ukraine in Hamburg. The semifinal that followed was a classic that seemed destined for another penalty shoot-out win for the Germans. Suddenly the Italians, who had edged the balance of play, scored in the 119th and 120th minutes through defender Fabio Grosso and sub Alessandro Del Piero, finally putting years of international disappointment behind him with a breakaway strike. The tearful Germans departed with honour preserved and belief restored, eventually picking up third place.

Now goes Nani

Portugal winger Nani was ruled out of the World Cup on Tuesday with a left shoulder injury, the Federation said in a statement.

Messi not the only one

Nigeria have warned that Lionel Messi was not the only danger man for Argentina ahead of their World Cup opener against the South American giants on Saturday.

Rooney ready to roar

Wayne Rooney played down concerns over England's lacklustre World Cup build-up and insisted he was raring to go ahead of the opening Group C clash with the United States here on Saturday.

Kaka upbeat

Kaka is becoming increasingly optimistic with how he will perform at the World Cup.

How to score from the spot

With the World Cup just days away, a British researcher has revealed the secret of taking penalties don't look at the goalie.

France miss a Zidane

With only four days left before their opening World Cup group game, France are struggling for leadership and confidence.

Tevez to lead line

Argentina blew hot and cold in their World Cup qualifiers but if Carlos Tevez has his way Diego Maradona's men will go in all guns blazing in their Group B opener against Nigeria on Saturday.

Jabulani is erratic

The new ball created for the 2010 World Cup will be faster and more erratic than its predecessors, according to an Australian scientist who believes it could leave goalies grasping at air.

Referees human too

"The ref was biased!"

Villa's money on England!

Spain star David Villa believes that England have what it takes to win the World Cup in South Africa.

Barry rested for opener

England midfielder Gareth Barry was ruled out on Monday of his country's World Cup finals opening Group C match on Saturday against the United States.

Tabarez plots France upset

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez has admitted defeat in his country's opening game against France would make it very difficult for them to qualify for the second round of the tournament.

Brazil rout Tanzania

Brazil warmed up for a tilt at a sixth World Cup title on Monday with a 5-1 win over Tanzania in Dar Es Salaam on Monday with Robinho scoring a brace.

Samurai scared!

Alarmed by South Africa's notoriously high crime rate, Japan coach Takeshi Okada has told his charges to stay firmly inside their luxurious hotel while at their base camp.

For the boot of gold

The world's deadliest finishers will be out prospecting over the coming month in South Africa as they look to land the World Cup golden boot award.

Fakers back Spain

If China's booming market for fake goods is any guide, Spain are on course to end their long World Cup drought next month.

Real want star duo

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has hinted that Maicon and Steven Gerrard are amongst the "three big players" he will be looking to sign over the summer.

Benitez's Inter deal imminent

Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti believes the appointment of former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is "more or less done" and expects the Spaniard to sign on Tuesday.

Krasic set for Juve

CSKA Moscow winger Milos Krasic says he expects to complete a move to Juventus in the near future.

DRY AND CLOUDY FOR OPENER

The opening game of the 2010 World Cup between host nation South Africa and Mexico on Friday will be played in dry but possibly cloudy conditions, according to the latest forecast from the South African Weather Service.

BCB promises better school cricket

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will form a combined national school cricket team after next season's Standard Chartered Young Tigers National School Cricket tournament.

Sania's winning return

India's Sania Mirza made a winning return to action after her wedding to Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik as she defeated Chan Yung-Jan 6-1, 6-4 in the first round here on Monday.

BKSP includes martial art, table tennis

The Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan decided to introduce Martial Art as a new faculty at the sport institute following the successes of the local athletes in the 11th South Asian Games held at home earlier this year.

Singles finals today

It will be an all-Narayanganj final as Elina and Shapla made it to the women's singles final of the Citycell 30th National Badminton Championships at the Wooden Floor Gymna-sium yesterday.

LOCAL SNIPPETS

Uttara Baridhara Club suffered their first defeat in the Senior Division Football League when they went down 1-0 to Wari Club at the Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium yesterday.

Business

Budget: Spirits buoyant

The government will take an expansionary policy in the next fiscal year's budget to increase investment and boost economic growth.

Tax ombudsman may go

The tenure of the country's first tax ombudsman may not be extended in the next fiscal year, said government officials.

Regent Airways: Newcomer to skies

Regent Airways is set to buy two aircraft for nearly $15 million in a bid to open flights by August.

Apple unveils new iPhone

Apple Inc unveiled a new iPhone on Monday that goes on sale in scores of countries this year, preparing its fastest-ever global roll-out to try and stay a step ahead of rivals like Google Inc in a red-hot smartphone market.

Stocks bounce back

Dhaka stocks returned to the black with a jump in the indices after the prime bourse reiterated its appeal for not imposing tax on individual investors' capital gains.

Unido chief stresses stable public policy

Bangladesh needs stable public policies with a risk-free political environment to attract foreign investment and drive sustainable industrialisation, said the director general of United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (Unido) yesterday.

JS body detects revenue loss from property under-valuation

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Accounts has reacted to the loss of over Tk 180.44 crore in government revenue from under-valuation of lands and houses while executing their transfer deeds.

Online service eases job application procedure

A newly developed web-portal of the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education now enables over 1.3 lakh candidates across the country to apply for the posts of teachers at government secondary schools online.

NCC Bank re-elects top brass

Yakub Ali Montu and Md Harunur Rashid have been re-elected chairman and vice-chairman of National Credit and Commerce (NCC) Bank recently, the bank said in a statement.

Delhi to ease cotton exports further

India may allow its mills to export 306,000 bales of cotton to Bangladesh and Pakistan this month under stringent procedures. .

US small businesses slowly becoming more optimistic

US small businesses are slightly more optimistic about their economic outlook than they have been in the last two years but are still not ready to expand staffs and boost capital spending, according to a survey released on Tuesday.

Hungary to slash public spending

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Tuesday unveiled swingeing cuts in public-sector spending and a new tax on the financial sector aimed at curbing the country's spiralling deficit.

Blade maker cuts growth path

Samah Razor Blades Industries Ltd, a leading blade maker, has started exporting its products to make global footprints.

Brave new world on Wall Street

The first glimmers are emerging of a new financial landscape of lower profits and reduced risks, even before the US Congress completes a major overhaul of financial regulation.

World Cup 'distraction' may cost firms a fortune

The football World Cup could cost British businesses a fortune in lost production as employees take time off and waste time nattering about the tournament, a managers' body said Tuesday.

Airbus gets record 'superjumbo' order from Emirates

Dubai airline Emirates yesterday announced an order for 32 A380 "superjumbos" for 11.5 billion dollars, the biggest contract in civil aviation history according to the aircraft's maker Airbus.

World's top bankers meet in Vienna

Top international bankers and investors head to Vienna this week for roundtable discussions on European financial integration and Europe's role in the global economy.

Kuwait minister says current oil price acceptable

The current oil price is "acceptable" and there is no need for OPEC to hold an extraordinary conference, Kuwait's Oil Minister Sheikh Ahmad Abdullah al-Sabah said on Tuesday.

French official trade deficit falls slightly in April

The French trade balance showed a slightly reduced deficit in April, partly owing to big exports of aircraft that month, official data showed on Tuesday.

CORPORATE BRIEFS

BANGLADESH SERVICES
A board meeting will be held at 6pm tomorrow to consider, among others, the company's audited financial statements, as of December 31, 2009.

Oil edges up

Oil edged up in Asian trade yesterday as the European single currency recovered, spurring investor demand for crude futures, analysts said.

Metropolitan

Minister blames high tide for failure

Food and Disaster Management Minister Abdur Razzaque yesterday termed the sea level rise as a reason for the failure to fix some embankments damaged by the cyclone Aila in the southwest coast last year.

Unicef assures PM of support

United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) has assured of continuing its support and assistance to the government in its endeavor to attain the socio-economic development goals.

Owner gets a week time to demolish building

Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha yesterday tore down the walls of three floors of a tilted building at Begunbari and gave the owner a week's time to bring the whole illegal building down.

5 Amar Desh journos asked to surrender before trial court

A High Court (HC) bench yesterday directed five journalists of the recently closed daily Amar Desh to surrender before the trial court within eight weeks in a criminal case.

Road safety law on cards

Home Minister Sahara Khatun yesterday said the government will formulate a new law for the pedestrians to prevent road accidents across the country.

Death anniversary of Sony observed

The eighth death anniversary of Sabequnnahar Sony, the first female student to fall victim to campus violence, was observed yesterday.

Khulna varsity reopens June 13

Classes of Khulna University will resume on June 13 following an unscheduled closure for over two months.

Frame law to bar non-journo from becoming editor: BFUJ

Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) and its 10 affiliated unions yesterday demanded formulation of law to bar appointment of any person having less than 15 years of experience in journalism as an editor of a daily or the chief of any media.

IOM deputy chief in city

International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Deputy Director General Ambassador Laura Thompson yesterday arrived in Dhaka on a three-day official visit.

Withdraw order to cancel declaration of Amar Desh

A group of journalists and professionals observed a token hunger strike on the National Press Club premises in the city yesterday demanding withdrawal of a government order cancelling the declaration of the daily Amar Desh and release of its acting editor Mahmudur Rahman.

411 more cases to be dropped

The government yesterday recommended withdrawal of 411 more 'politically-motivated' cases, including five corruption-related, filed during the tenure of BNP-Jamaat alliance and the past caretaker government.

Dy speaker rejects all opposition notices

Deputy Speaker Col (retd) Shawkat Ali yesterday rejected all 11 notices submitted by the BNP-led opposition lawmakers for discussion on various issues in parliament.

BNP sit-in today

The main opposition BNP observes mass sit-in today in protest against 'the government interference in the judiciary and appointment of incompetent and controversial persons as justice'.

Zulfiqur made envoy to Turkey

Md Zulfiqur Rahman, director general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has been appointed Bangladesh's Ambassador to Turkey.

Six killed in road accidents

At least six people were killed in separate road accidents in Sirajganj, Mymensingh and Chuadanga yesterday.

Scouts launches lottery

Bangladesh Scouts, a voluntary non-political organisation, yesterday launched lottery worth Tk 10 for raising funds for maintaining its activities.

BCL men misbehave with DU hall provost

Separate show-cause notices were served on seven members of the Bangladesh Chhatra League for vandalism and misbehaving with the acting provost of the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Hall at the Dhaka University.

Joypurhat SP forced into retirement

Superintendent of Police of Joypurhat AKM Masudul Alam has been forced into retirement on charges of corruption and irregularities in recruitment of police personnel.

National

Most suitable for making bricks indeed!

A section of people are taking away the earth around the 'Vishnu Temple' at a recently discovered of 8th century archaeological site in Birampur upazila of Dinajpur, to use it for manufacturing brick in the next season.

Majpara becomes first 'bio-gas union'

Mili Khatun, a housewife of Majpara village in Atghoria upazila under Pabna district, cooks in a gas stove although there is no connection of natural gas in this village, thanks to the introduction of biogas plant.

Free office from Roni's control, AL asks Patuakhali unit

The central Awami League has asked its Patuakhali district unit to free Galachipa upazila AL office from control of lawmaker Golam Mowla Roni's supporters and hand over it to the present committee headed by Harun-ur-Rashid and Golam Mostofa Tito.

A leader's unbecoming behaviour

A leader of ruling Awami League (AL) abused and threatened two police sergeants when they were performing their duty on Dhaka-Tangail highway yesterday.

PSTU punishes 138 students for being 'unruly'

Patuakhali Science and Technology University (PSTU) on Monday punished 138 students of agriculture faculty for boycotting semester final examination violating PSTU rule.

Rain-fed rivers erode away more villages

Erosion has taken a serious turn in Dugrapur upazila as Someshwary and other rivers swelled in the last few days due to torrential rain.

12 more observation posts to be set up

Twelve new observation posts and a border outpost will be set up at Dibir haor in Jaintapur upazila and at Padua in Gowainghat upazila of Sylhet to contain smuggling and other border incidents.

Wild elephants in Sherpur damage 27 houses, crops

At least 27 houses were damaged in an attack by a band of wild elephants at frontier Panihata village in Nalitabari upazila early yesterday.

Arrestee suspended, wife absconding

Lalmonirhat Sadar upazila food inspector Shafiul Alam Tokdar, arrested on June 3 on charge of killing a domestic help, was suspended on Monday.

31 sued in Bagerhat for killing two FFs

Thirty-one people have been sued on charge of killing two freedom fighters in Morelganj upazila during Liberation War in 1971.

Youth shot dead

A youth was shot dead and two others were injured as unidentified assailants open fire on them in Natun Bazar rail crossing area in the town early yesterday.

Arms seized in Dinajpur

Members of Bangladesh Riffles (BDR) recovered arms from a house at Naopara village in Hakimpur upazila on Monday morning.

Student found dead

Body of a college student was recovered from Kalampur bus stand in Dhamrai on Monday morning. The deceased was identified as Tota Mia, 20, son of Tara Mia of Katasing village also a student of Shibalay Sadar Uddin College. Locals found the body of Tota that bore some injury marks on the head and face. On information, police recovered the body. They, however, suspected that Tota might have been killed in road accident.

Police constable closed

A constable of Jibannagar police station was closed to the police lines for violating discipline on Monday afternoon. Police said, Constable Sajjad Hossain was closed as per the order of Superintendent of Police (SP) at about 5:30pm. Officer-in-Charge (OC) of the police station Munshi Asadujjaman said Sajjad Hossain tried to have personal gains from the local people by identifying himself as a sub-inspector at Hariharnagar village on Sunday night. Locals caught him and gave him a good beating. On information, Jibananagra police rescued him and took him to upazila health complex.

Man gets life for rape

A court here on Monday convicted a man and sentenced him to life term rigorous imprisonment for violating an underage girl. The court also fined Rubel Mormu, 26, son of Rabon Mormu of Kalu Para village of Ghoraghat upazila, Tk 10,000, in default, to suffer one year more RI. According to the prosecution, Rubel violated a minor girl at Kalupara village in Ghoraghat upazila at noon on 18 March, 2007. Hearing her cry, villagers rushed to the spot and found her in critical condition while Rubel fled the scene. A case was filed under Women and Child Repression Prevention Act in this connection.

1 killed, 50 hurt in clash

A man was killed in gunfire and 50 others, including 12 cops, were injured in a fierce clash between the people of two villages in Kotiadi upazila on Sunday. The deceased was identified as Amin, 25, son of Hasan Uddin of Shahagram village. Police said people of Shahagram and Durgapur villages equipped with firearms and lethal weapons locked in a bloody clash at noon over establishing supremacy at the local Gachihata Bazaar. At one stage, Amin was shot dead by their opponents. On information, police rushed to the spot but the villagers threw brickbats on them injuring 12 police men, including ASP Azbahar Ali Sheikh. Police also arrested nine people from the spot. Of the injured villagers, 25 were admitted to different hospitals and clinics. Police also sent the body of Amin to Sadar Modern Hospital morgue for autopsy.

Letters

Nimtoli tragedy and children

It was reported in Amader Shomoy that six children died trapped as they had been kept locked in a bread factory. Areas such as Lalbagh, Hazaribabh, Keraniganj, Sutrapur, Jatrabari, Mirpur, Tongi, Wari, Dhalpur, Nawabpur and Kamrangir Char have a large number of child labourers. They are employed in unhealthy and dangerous work environments with extreme exposure to hazardous chemicals.

World Cup fever

I couldn't fully agree with Zafar Sobhan's write-up: “World Cup fever, Bangladesh-style” published in The Daily Star on May 28, 2010.

Terrorists

It was reported in almost all dailies in Dhaka that the leader of banned JMB Mulana Saidur Rahman has been arrested with his 3rd wife and four other accomplices. The IG himself broke the news to the press. It was further reported in the media that this banned terrorist outfit was training suicide squads to manufacture and hurl bombs to stage a big attack in the capital very shortly. The police have also found in their possession huge bomb making materials, jihadi booklets and sketches of grenades and rifles. The police could also gather that this group had regular contact with Pakistani terrorist groups and evidences of links of this group with a religious based political party in Bangladesh. We were afraid, had this plot not unearthed by our law forcers, there would have been a big attack in Dhaka.

A great leader

Thousands of people from all the former Yugoslav republics visited Josip Broz Tito's grave on 25th May to mark the 118th birthday of the communist leader. Citizens travelled from Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Macedonia to pay their respect at the former Yugoslav president's mausoleum at the House of Flowers in Belgrade. Many waved the Yugoslav flag and banners emblazoned with "Proletarians of all countries - unite." The Josip Broz Association and the newly registered Communist Party of Serbia organised the ceremony, which was held to the sound of partisan revolutionary songs.

Chronicle of a vehicle requisition!

It is good to see that some rules are going to be imposed on requisition. It has been terrifying for the owners, as they often have to endure severe suffering and tension because of their vehicle, when that is taken by the traffic police by requisition.

Can't we do better?

Dumping leaders when they are alive and glorifying them after their death seem to be an affliction of all political parties. Are there not other urgent issues to worry about in Bangladesh? Can the new airports, bridges and structures not be named after one of them? When the Awami League is in power, all the projects and schemes are named only after the Bangabandhu family members. When the BNP is in power, all the projects and schemes are named only after the Zia family members.

University in Kishoreganj

Kishoreganj is one of the most undeveloped and neglected areas of our country, although it has great contributions in the sectors like agriculture, politics and literature. Nobody can deny its great contributions to our economy. The district is surrounded by seven districts and the area has a huge population. In these circumstances, it is necessary to establish a public university in this district town. The government can turn the Gurudoyal College into a university. It has an excellent and big campus. The government may also select a new place near the town.

Traffic jam

It is a very good initiative of the government to open the Ahsanullah Master Flyover to reduce traffic Jam.

Moral education

Once the moral code or value got the highest priority in our society, but today it is on the verge of extinction! A family teaches morality, standard of decent life but the parents these days are doing nothing in this area.

Mobile and fatigue

In today's world, many teenagers live in a virtual universe, in which face to face communication rarely occurs, and in which friends are made and kept via social networking websites and via mobile phones. This is definitely not good news on any level - emotional, social or psychological. A very frequent use of mobile phones can cause stress and sleep problems in teens, as well as what is called a 'careless' lifestyle including disrupted sleep, insomnia and frequent energy drink consumption. Teenagers normally have to get a minimum of nine hours of sleep per night, something that doesn't occur when mobile phone usage becomes abusive. In fact, frequently speaking on the phone makes adolescents even more susceptible to things such as stress and fatigue.

Nimtoli fire

In the devastating fire at Nimtoli in Old Dhaka, at least 117 people have died and hundreds are injured, many of them are in critical condition. It is like the hell breaking loose, the tragedy is of such magnitude that one has to gasp with horror and agony. We pray for the departed souls and express deep condolence for the affected families.

Islam and women

My letter should remove the confusion created by Mr. Ishfaq's article (05/26/2010). I am among those people who are striving for peace, happiness and security of women. Our Prophet (Pbuh) asked his companions in his farewell sermon to behave kindly and mercifully with women. Giving them honour and security is a top priority of Islam. After reading his article, I get the impression that he believes that women should not be allowed to wear veil.

Eve teasing

Not only does eve teasing shatters the victim psychologically leading to mental disorders or depression, this humiliation often compels the girl to even commit suicide. Society and the administration also try to cast aspersions on the character of the victim, instead of condemning or nabbing the eve teasers. In this sorry state of affairs, it is hardly surprising that scores of victims do not lodge any complaint.

Development and natural gas

A scholarly and rather abstract, short essay on the subject was published on May 29, in a local daily, but it did not suggest any solution. However, an alternative solution does exist. I believe that an NGO has already installed such a plant in a village, as published in a daily, a few days back. The speedy implementation of this alternative solution rather needs to be discussed in parliament; and not our gas shortage today, which is another issue altogether!

Save little Tanha

Just now I have finished reading a touchy article written by the celebrated singer Runa Laila wherein she made a fervent appeal to all to help cure a four and a half years old little girl Tanha, who has been suffering from blood cancer. She is now under the treatment of Prof. Dr. Afiqul Islam of BSMMU. (Ref: The Daily Star Magazine, dt. 28/5/10).

Killer driver

Your staff correspondent's front-page report of May 29 indicates very clearly that there is a criminal nexus, based on corruption and malpractices between the police and the owners of the transport company! If not so, then as reported why till May 28 police did not contact the owners of the bus to find out all particulars of the driver and helper concerned.

International

Japan PM vows action on debt and US ties

Japan's incoming Prime Minister Naoto Kan has vowed to make the country more "vigorous", tackle national debt and improve relations with the US.

Iran defiant at UN sanctions move

Iran will reject talks on its nuclear programme if slapped with new sanctions, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said yesterday as the UN Security Council geared up for fresh talks on a fourth sanctions resolution.

Israel to hold internal probes

Israel plans to hold internal probes of its deadly raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla that would fall far short of calls for an international inquiry into a commando operation widely condemned abroad.

Thai 'Red Shirt' leaders granted bail

Two Thai opposition lawmakers involved in recent "Red Shirt" anti-government protests in Bangkok were granted bail after reporting to court to face charges of terrorism.

New Iraqi parliament to convene June 14

Iraq's new parliament will convene on June 14 for the first time since March 7 elections that have yet to produce a new government, a presidency official said yesterday.

Obama would have fired BP chief

US President Barack Obama said yesterday that he would have fired BP CEO Tony Hayward for remarks downplaying the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, including a much-publicized whine that he "would like my life back."

11 killed in spate of Iraq attacks

At least 11 people have been killed in Iraq in a wave of attacks on people who have opposed insurgents, police say.

White House reporter quits over Israel comments

Veteran US White House reporter Helen Thomas has retired after making controversial remarks about Israel.

Lanka PM says Tamil rebels re-emerging

Tamil Tiger rebels are re-emerging a year after their defeat, Sri Lanka's prime minister said yesterday, despite the once-powerful guerrilla force launching no attacks.

Bhopal gas verdict slammed, demand for stricter law

Activists demanded reforms of justice system and stricter laws for industrial disasters after a court took nearly 26 years to hand down a verdict for the world's worst industrial accident in Bhopal.

Nato loses 10 troops in deadly Afghanistan day

Ten Nato soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan in the deadliest day in months for the International Security Assistance Force (Isaf).

India renews Kashmir talks offer

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has renewed an offer of talks with Kashmiri separatists who shun violence.

Mumbai plans world's tallest apartment block

An Indian property group yesterday unveiled plans to build the world's tallest residential tower in Mumbai, the country's booming financial capital.

Arts & Entertainment

Dhaka Theatre Mancho resurrects “Birsa Munda”

Dhaka Theatre Mancho has breathed life into one of its old productions “Birsa Munda”. The reimagining of the play got a new look. Premiere of the new version was held at the Experimental Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on June 7.

Making waves

Dancer-actress Chandni is now busy shooting several TV serials -- Golam Sohrab Dodul's “Barisaler Mama Bhagne,” Salahuddin Lavlu's “Shopnobazar,” Shahidul Islam's “Dipantorar Manush,” Fatha Tanveer's “Metro,” Amlan Bishwash's “Jao Pakhi” and Monir Hossain Jibon's “Gunin.” Some of them are currently being aired on different channels.

The best of Dimple Kapadia

Making her debut at the age of 16, the gorgeous Dimple Kapadia married a superstar, created a furore, and currently, while being mother-in-law to superstar Akshay Kumar, she continues to impress her audience.

Of tall tales: “Asharey Golpo” on ntv

Drama serial “Asharey Golpo” will be aired on ntv tonight at 9:45 pm. Written and directed by Debashis Kakon and Sajjad Sumon respectively, the cast of the serial includes Dr. Enamul Haq, Khairul Alam Sabuj, Mosharraf Karim, Farah Ruma, Kusum Shikdar, Bindu, Nafisa and others.

Demi Moore memoirs set for 2012

Hollywood actress Demi Moore, 47, has signed a deal to publish her autobiography, due for release in 2012.

Recycling is the key

On the occasion of World Environment Day, a photography and installation exhibition, titled “Used Reused,” featuring Zaid Islam, opened on June 5 at the Dhaka Art Centre, Dhanmondi in Dhaka. Noted art critic Moinuddin Khaled, artist Nisar Hossain, Barrister Amirul Islam and the trustees of Dhaka Art Centre were present at the inaugural programme.

Tagore singer Dodul Ahmed turns film music director

Dodul Ahmed has earned a reputation as a classical and Tagore singer. He sings adhunik songs as well. Recently the singer made his debut as a film music director, says a press release.

Opera “Turandot”

Western opera is not everyone's cup of tea. However, a film screening of Italian operatic composer Gia-como Puccini's “Turandot” (1924) wowed a small audience in Delhi.

Dhaka Fashion Week rescheduled

Dhaka Fashion week 2010 (Summer Collection) has been rescheduled, following the postponing due to the Nimtoli tragedy in old Dhaka on June 3, says a press release.

Actor Emon on “Very Filmy” today

Actor Emon is the featured guest on today's episode of the film-based programme “Very Filmy.” Anchored by Debashish Biswas, the programme will be aired on Rtv at 10 am.

OP-ED

Flags, football and other wicked thoughts

LET me go first person singular today. And I will do that because what I am about to say is something you may not agree with. Perhaps you should not, for every person has the right to dissent. And dissent is not just a powerful sign of democracy at work. It is also a huge spur to informed argument. But let me not digress. I will come straight to the point.

Tokyo turns a new page

NEW Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) -- the country's fifth leader in six years -- has pledged to rebuild his party's battered standings and revive the economy before upper house elections next month. His predecessor, Dr. Yukio Hatoyama, was in the office only for eight months and stepped down on June 2.

Counting the indigenous people in

THE finance division of the ministry of finance is now working to finalise the national budget for FY 2010-11, which will be placed before the Parliament in June. The finance minister has concluded pre-budget consultations with the chairman and members of the Parliamentary Standing Committees, representatives from Economic Reporters Forum and NGOs, editors of electronic and print media, economists and professionals and secretaries of all ministries and divisions. According to the web-site of the ministry of finance, the finance division has also met all the line ministries and divisions to finalise the budget proposals.

Dowry death

ON June 3rd, The Daily Star article "A wife's darkest hour" chronicled a wife's brutal murder at the hands of her husband for her inability to bring in the dowry which was negotiated during the marriage proposal. She was set on fire by her greedy husband. Such monstrous acts and gruesome murders are being carried out with impunity in our country.

Terms of trade

THE US has been trying to conclude a treaty with Bangladesh on economic, political and military interests since 2001. In the past, it failed twice -- once during BNP led regime of 2001-06 and again during the caretaker government (2007-08). On both occasions it failed due to peoples' opposition.



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