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News of: Monday, 14th of June, 2010

Front Page

Developers flex their muscles

Land developer leaders yesterday launched into a tirade against State Minister for Housing Abdul Mannan Khan at a meeting on Dhaka development plans.

Criminal killed in city gunfight

An alleged criminal was killed and two others were injured in a shootout between police and a gang of criminals at the capital's Jatrabari yesterday.

Mahmudur brutally tortured: Khaleda

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia last night alleged that the daily Amar Desh Acting Editor Mahmudur Rahman was brutally tortured by some "unidentified persons" in an undisclosed location in the name of police remand.

Germany win big

Germany forwards Lukas Podolski and Miroslav Klose silenced their critics in style on Sunday by hitting the back of the net in Sunday's 4-0 win over 10-man Australia at the World Cup.

RMG workers go berserk

Operation of seven garment factories in Ashulia was suspended yesterday after several thousand workers vandalised six factories and clashed with police over implementation of the proposed minimum wage structure.

AL, BNP high-ups busy in CCC campaign

Leaders from both Awami League and BNP-led alliances are now busy in carrying out campaign for their party-backed candidates, as no outsider would be allowed to stay here after today to avoid any sort of violence in the CCC polls.

Vow to stop stalking

Thousands of students, teachers, guardians and many others vowed to resist stalking on the Education Day observed across the country yesterday.

PM for 6-month maternity leave

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said maternity leave should be increased to six months from the present four months.

Investigators now suspect murder

Officers investigating the death of Farzana Kabir Rita and her two children, whose bodies were recovered Friday morning from their Jurain residence, do not rule out a homicide.

Govt to form commission to save rivers

The government has moved to form national river commission to save rivers, Hasan Mahmud, state minister for environment and forest, told the House yesterday.

Telecom law amendment bill placed

A bill was placed in parliament yesterday for amending the telecommunication law with a provision of stern action against individuals using telecom or radio apparatus for malicious purposes.

Chinese vice president due today

Trade and investment, technological and economic cooperation, financial support for establishing deep-sea port, launching of Bangladesh's own space satellite and increased defence cooperation issues will dominate the talks between Bangladesh and China today.

One more building tilts in city

Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) has identified one more tilted building in the city's Mirpur and asked the occupants to vacate it.

Mahmudur sued for not submitting wealth report

The Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday filed a case against detained former chairman of Board of Investment Mahmudur Rahman for not submitting his wealth statement to the commission.

Rejoinder, our reply

Japan Garden City authorities in a rejoinder to The Daily Star's two news items headlined “Developer ignored hazard alarm” and “Life chokes in concrete jungle” on May 23 said that the fire occurred due to “gross negligence” of the flat owner.

Additional spending justified

Ruling alliance lawmakers including Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury in parliament yesterday justified the ministries' excess expenditure in the current fiscal and urged the House to approve it.

Duty on sugar to be lifted temporarily

The duty proposed on sugar in the next fiscal year's budget would be lifted temporarily on the eve of Ramadan, National Board of Revenue sources said yesterday.

Trader shot, Tk 13 lakh looted

A group of armed muggers shot a trader in the left leg and made off with Tk 13.90 lakh in his possession injuring him at Shyampur Lalkuthi in the capital yesterday noon.

A third of Mars once covered by ocean: Study

A huge, potentially life-giving sea likely covered more than a third of Mars some 3.5 billion years ago, according to a study released yesterday.

Win delights Messi

Lionel Messi said he was delighted to have played a major role in Argentina's 1-0 win over Nigeria in their World Cup Group B match at Ellis Park Stadium here on Saturday.

Editorial

Death on the road, again

One more road mishap has claimed the lives of a young couple in the capital. This new tragedy only increases our level of concern about how safe we all are on the streets, especially when the roads appear to be hostage to reckless and untrained drivers. In these past few weeks, rash driving has put an end to a good number of lives. And now another bus driver has snuffed out two more lives. The worry now is whether the traffic authorities have in these recent weeks at all taken any steps to roll back casualties on the road, through making sure that driving is safe and that when accidents do occur those responsible for the accidents are swiftly dealt with by the law.

Excess ministerial spending going unchecked

It seems rather extraordinary that the revised budget will be passed without having gone through a scrutiny of the public accounts committee (PAC) of the House. This is in contravention with the parliamentary rules of procedures. This practice of expenditure of public money in excess of original allocations, without the obligatory scrutiny by PAC to look into the justification of additional expenditures by ministries and divisions, before being passed as revised budget, has been going on since the rules of procedures were enacted in 1973.

Sports

Ghana prevail on penalty

An Asamoah Gyan penalty six minutes from time gave Ghana a crucial 1-0 World Cup victory over 10-man Serbia in Group D at the Loftus Versfeld stadium here on Sunday.

Messi's spark, Korea's speed

For Bangladeshis the World Cup arrived only on Saturday as Lionel Messi invoked memories of Diego Maradona, who was not far away, and left millions wishing for more. Meanwhile, England's goalkeeping woes continued and South Korea sent out early warning signs that they might be a force to reckon with, in an eventful second day of the World Cup.

Koren seals historic win

Captain Robert Koren snatched the soft late goal that gave Slovenia a 1-0 victory over 10-man Algeria on Sunday and top place in Group C of the World Cup.

Messi in power mess

When Gabriel Heinze's thumping header found the back of Nigeria's net in the sixth minute to give Argentina a 1-0 lead on Saturday evening, hundreds of thousands of football fans in the city's Azimpur, Gandaria, Lalmatia, Farmgate, Kazipara and Bashundhara areas missed the moment due to the wretched power cut.

It's got to be Diego

A veritable goldmine of soccer talent was on display at Ellis Park on Saturday but throughout Argentina's defeat of Nigeria a roly-poly, bearded bundle of arm-waving anxiety threatened to steal the show.

Fever gets to them too

Although preparing for their own tournaments takes centre stage, top champions from other sports are not immune to World Cup fever.

Katy Perry Divided In Half

It must have been difficult for Katy Perry to decide who to cheer for during England's World Cup match against the USA. An American with a British fiancé, comedian Russell Brand, her loyalties were clearly divided. So instead of choosing to back one side, Katy Perry showed her support for both by wearing a rubber dress which had one half made from a Union Jack flag and the other from an American Flag.

Champions, not favourites

Holders Italy, written off at home as no-hopers to retain their world title and traditionally slow starters, are in danger of being caught napping by in-form Paraguay in their Group F opener today.

Japan in Eto'o's sights

Cameroon's Treble-winning striker Samuel Eto'o has Japan in his sights as the "Indomitable Lions" launch their World Cup bid on Monday against a misfiring Japan.

Dutch exude confidence

Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk's side face two dangers when they start their World Cup Group E campaign at Ellis Park on Monday -- opponents Denmark and the possibility of being too confident.

'Hand of clod'

Britain's Sunday newspapers blasted Robert Green for the goalkeeping blunder that cost England a victory in the opening World Cup game against the United States.

Vieira 'gaffe' irks Italians

Holders Italy were astonished that France's Patrick Vieira and not an Italian player was asked to symbolically hand over the World Cup trophy at a pre-tournament concert, an official said on Saturday.

Cossu jets home

Holders Italy flew to Cape Town on Sunday for World Cup Group F opener against Paraguay but 24th man Andrea Cossu was jetting home.

Rivals show support to Green

Robert Green took full responsibility for his mistake that gifted the United States their goal in their 1-1 draw with England on Saturday, but said he would bounce back immediately and not dwell on the error.

Capello wants a chat with Green

England manager Fabio Capello will talk to Robert Green before deciding whether to keep faith with the goalkeeper whose embarrassing gaffe on Saturday handed the United States a 1-1 draw.

World Cup One Twos

NO SHOW FROM TICKET HOLDERS
Thousands of seats at a South Korea-Greece game in the south-western city of Port Elizabeth on Saturday were left empty after the ticketholders did not turn up, FIFA said Sunday.

Mamun slams 6 for Sonali

A double hattrick from Mamun powered Sonali Bank to a massive 9-0 win over Bangladesh Sporting Club in the Green Delta Insurance Hockey Premier League at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Nat'l chess begins

The preliminary phase of the 36th National Chess Championship got underway yesterday at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall-room with 111 players including eight FMs taking part in it.

India clinch T20 series

India beat Zimbabwe by seven wickets in the second of two Twenty-20 matches at Harare Sports Club here on Sunday.

Senior Div football

Fakirerpool Youngmen's Club came from behind to post its fifth victory in the Senior Division Football League with a 3-2 win over Mohakhali XI at the Bi Shreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.

Business

NBR to get Tk 1,500cr more revenue

The new tax measures proposed in the budget for the next fiscal year will add Tk 1,500 crore more revenue to the tax administrator's collection.

FBCCI sees looming tax burden

A proposed hike in VAT and other taxes will increase the prices of essentials and burden consumers, the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) said yesterday.

Local firms to make deep-sea fishing vessels

After entering the global shipbuilding industry, Bangladesh now aims at making international standard deep-sea fishing vessels with an eye on export.

Law for mandatory use of jute on cards

The government is going to make a law for mandatory use of jute in different industrial units.

BEA terms budget 'pro-people'

Economists praised the proposed budget for fiscal 2010-11, saying it is a 'pro-people budget' and has provided a guideline to growth.

Poultry sector wants insurance coverage

Poultry industry operators have urged the government to introduce insurance scheme to protect farmers in the sector from losses in the wake of avian influenza.

The plight of the developer

In the last two decades, the population of Dhaka has grown exponentially.

Ambani brothers to compete in India telecoms

India's richest man Mukesh Ambani will return to the country's telecom sector in a move that puts him in direct competition with his younger brother Anil with whom he had a long and bitter feud.

ICT entrepreneurs demand specific budgetary allocation

Information technology entrepreneurs have urged the government to specify allocation in upcoming budget for connecting Bangladesh with another submarine cable and setting up a hi-tech park.

Stocks finish up on retailers' smart move

With the retailers on a positive note, Dhaka stocks rose more than 1 percent on the first day after the national budget was announced.

GMG upgrades reservation

GMG Airlines, one of the country's largest private carriers, has introduced a new state-of-the-art reservation, host and departure control system to improve the efficiency of the airline and provide faster and reliable service to its customers and agents.

Through the fog of volatility

For long-term investors, financial volatility is like the weather; the storms are temporary, leaving attractive opportunities when the skies clear.

Warren Buffett lunch sells for $2.63m on eBay

A bidder has agreed to pay $2.63 million for a steak lunch with the billionaire investor Warren Buffett in a charity auction held on eBay Inc's website.

EU has deal with Greece on pension reform

The European Union has reached agreement with Greece on how to proceed with pension reform in the debt-laden country, European Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn said on Friday.

Corporate Briefs

BANGLADESH SERVICES
The company's Board of Directors recommended 15 percent stock dividend for 2009. The AGM will be held on August 1 (at 6pm) at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel. The book closure period is July 4 to August 1. It also reported earning per share of Tk 2.14, net asset value per share of Tk 24.92 and net operating cash flow per share of Tk 4.57,as of December 31, 2009. There was no price limit on the trading of shares yesterday following its corporate declaration.

China, Taiwan hold trade talks

China and Taiwan on Sunday held a third round of negotiations for a major trade pact in a bid to seal the deal this month.

US stocks gain

US stocks ended a volatile week on the upside Friday, with investors worrying about the global recovery and facing a new batch of housing and inflation data on the world's largest economy.

BIA suggests cuts in share tax

Bangladesh Insurance Association (BIA) has suggested the government reduce capital gains tax on companies in stockmarket to 5 percent from 10 percent proposed in the new budget.

Dell launches new products

Dell, one of the largest technology companies in the world, has launched a number of new products in Bangladesh.

New HR chief for HSBC

Aditya Narayan Singh Deo has joined Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) in Bangladesh as the head of human resources, the bank said in a statement yesterday.

S Korea tightens rules on foreign currency

South Korea's finance ministry yesterday announced tightened regulations on foreign exchange transactions to stabilise its volatile finances.

France unveils plan for 45b euros in spending cuts

France joined other European nations in announcing Saturday an austerity plan that would involve 45 billion euros (54.5 billion dollars) in spending cuts over the next three years.

China signs trade deals with Sri Lanka

Chinese Vice-Premier Zhang Dejiang held talks with Sri Lanka's president Saturday after signing six trade and economic deals, the president's office said in a statement.

Japan finance minister pledges spending review

Japanese Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Sunday renewed the government's pledge to review fiscal policy to reduce the country's mounting debts amid lingering worries over sovereign risks.

Metropolitan

Increase budgetary funds for people with disabilities

The National Forum of Organisations Working with the Disabled (NFOWD) yesterday demanded an increase in the budgetary allocation for the people with disabilities to improve their living standards and ensure their rights.

Several deals with Russia soon

As part of ongoing cooperation with Russia on nuclear power project, the government is set to sign several vital technical deals in the next few months that will ensure dumping of nuclear waste back to Russia.

Women's empowerment in political process stressed

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday emphasised women's empowerment in political process to ensure women's rights in all strata of life.

Plan to train 62,000 volunteers to tackle quake risks

The government will train up 62,000 volunteers to tackle the risks of earthquake in the country.

RO for action against 3 docs

The Returning Officer (RO) for Chittagong City Corporation election yesterday sent a letter to the Election Commission seeking action against three government doctors for participating in polls campaign of a mayoral candidate.

Steps to protect domestic workers remain elusive

Trauma of physical abuse continues to haunt Shimul, a 10-year-old domestic help who worked in a house at Tongi.

Modernise railway

Speakers at a sit in programme yesterday demanded that the government modernise the railway service and reopen the closed railway stations.

Move to control PLCs may foil reform goal in power sector

A move by the power ministry to impose control over the newly created state-owned corporate entities in the power sector may foil the government's long-cherished reform goals.

'Plant at least 3 saplings to make country green'

President Zillur Rahman yesterday urged all to plant at least three saplings at their own initiative at homes and on roadsides and embankments to make the country green.

Hilsa production up by 6 lakh tonnes in 7 yrs

The production of hilsha has increased by 5.96 lakh metric tons in the past seven years since the launch of a campaign to protect jatka (hilsa fry), according to the official statistics.

Protect human rights: President

President Zillur Rahman yesterday urged all concerned to take effective measures for protecting human rights across the country.

Road crashes kill 4, injure 61

At least four people were killed and 61 injured in separate road accidents in Rangpur, Sylhet, Satkhira and Chandpur yesterday.

Journalists demand continuous publication of Amar Desh

Journalists held a rally in front of the National Press Club in the city yesterday demanding immediate release of the daily Amar Desh Acting Editor Mahmudur Rahman and steps to ensure uninterrupted publication of the newspaper.

Dhaka-Kolkata container train service soon

Dhaka-Kolkata container train service through Darshana land port of the district will begin soon.

Bus driver, owner yet to be arrested

Police are yet to trace the driver and owner of the bus, which caused early death to a young couple in Moghbazar on Saturday.

Asian NGOs concerned at govt failure to appoint HR instt members

The Asian NGOs Network on National Human Rights Institutions has expressed grave concern over the failure of the governments in Asia, including Bangladesh, to appoint members to their national human rights institutions (NHRIs) in accordance with the Paris Principles.

Appeal for help

Khalid Mohammad Abdullah, a 4th year student of Dhaka National Medical College, has been suffering from blood cancer.

Shab-e-Meraj on July 9

The holy Shab-e-Meraj will be observed on July 9 as the Rajab moon was sighted yesterday.

Wife stabs husband to death

A wife stabbed her husband to death in the Maniknagar area under Sabujbagh police station in the city yesterday.

Turn off air conditioners in evening

The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has urged the city dwellers to turn air conditioners off in the evening in order to ensure uninterrupted supply of electricity so that the people can watch World Cup football matches.

National

30 hurt as JP, AL men clash in Rangpur

Attack and counter-attack by Jatiya Party and Awami League activists at Badarganj upazila headquarters yesterday left over 30 people injured.

Students punished by KU say they were wronged

A section of students of Khulna University (KU) yesterday demanded cancellation of the authorities' decision to take punitive action against 34 students.

Diarrhoea breaks out in 4 remote Rangamati villages

One person was killed on Saturday and at least 15 others were affected as diarrhoea broke out a few days ago in four villages in bordering Farua union under Bilaichhari upazila.

BCL attacks Shibir men at Khulna medical

Three students of Khulna Medical College (KMC) loyal to Islami Chhatra Shibir were injured in an attack by a group of students belonging to Chharta League (BCL) at about 11:00 am yesterday.

Man gets life for killing his wife

A court here on Thursday sentenced a man to life term imprisonment for killing his wife in 2008.

Villagers remove sleepers demanding 'just price'

About 500 villagers from different upazilas of Tangail removed 18 cement-made sleepers near the newly constructed railway station at Hemnagar in Gopalpur upazila yesterday noon demanding 'just price' for their land that had been acquired for the rail track.

Soccer fans in 3 dists go on rampage

Soccer fans went on the rampage in Naogaon, Rajshahi and Joypurhat districts on Saturday night as power outage interrupted watching on television the World Cup match between Argentina and Nigeria.

Eight accused out of 10 still at large

Police are yet to arrest eight of the ten accused in the case filed with Assassuni Police Station, accusing them of compelling a schoolgirl to commit suicide on June 3.

Protest at RU continues

Students of different departments under Social Science Faculty at Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday continued their protest against evening master's course under the faculty.

Man murdered by sister-in-law in Pirojpur

A man, who was stabbed by his sister-in-law on Friday afternoon over a trifling matter at Charpukuria village in Sadar upazila, died at Khulna Medical College Hospital late at night.

Shops gutted, 5 hurt

At least five people were injured and 11 shops gutted yesterday in a fire near Merry Cinema hall under Kotalipara upazila of the district. Officer-in-Charge of Kotalipara police station Ferdous Hossain said, the fire originated from an electric short circuit at a tea stall near the hall and soon engulfed the adjacent shops. After a frantic effort for one and a half hours, the locals were able to douse the blaze, which left five of them injured.The injured were rushed to the local health complex. The fire also damaged property worth Tk 30 Lakh, victims claimed.

Robbers kill one

A man was stabbed to death by robbers at Kornikanda village in Bhanga upazila of Faridpur early yesterday. The deceased was identified as Mizanur Rahman, 45, of the village. Officer-in-charge of Bhanga police station Rafiqul Islam said a gang of 4 to 5 robbers entered three houses at around 2:00am. They hit Mizanur with a sharp weapon as he chased the robbers when they were leaving the place with the booty. Mizanur died on the spot. On information, police recovered the body from a jute field in the morning.

Arms seized, 2 held

Police yesterday arrested two arms peddlers and recovered two foreign-made pistols and nine bullets near Eidgah area of the city. The arrestees were identified as Anik Hossain Feroj, 26, son of Abdul Khalek of Savar upazila of Dhaka and Sherul Banerjee Dcosta, son of Shamol D'costa of Gouronadi upazila of Barisal district. Officer-in-charge of Fatullah model police station Jibon Kanti Sarker said when police were patrolling near the Eidgah area early yesterday they saw a rickshaw was running faster apparently to flee the scene. At this police stopped the rickshaw and searched the two passengers and recovered two pistols and nine bullets from their possession.

Drug peddlers held

Police yesterday recovered 150 bottles of banned phynsidyl syrup and arrested 13 drug peddlers from Bhoberber and Boro Achra villages of Benapole. Officer-in-charge Abu Bakkar of Benapole police station said, on information they raided Bhoberber and Boro Achra villages and recovered the drug and arrested 13 people. The arrestees had been involved in drug peddling for many years, he added. All the arrestees hailed from the two villages.

Letters

Save forests

It is a wise initiative of our prime minister that her government will preserve forests countrywide for the next generation. We know that vegetation plays the most important role for the ecological balance in a country. According to the experts, at least 25 percent vegetation of the total area of a country is essential for equilibrium of nature. The FAO published their report on '' the state of the world's forests 2009 '' on 3rd March, 2010. According to this report, Bangladesh has 6.7 percent forests having 871 thousand hectares of forests. On the other hand, according to the ministry of environment and forests of Bangladesh government, Bangladesh has 17.04 percent forests of the total land. From this statistics it is clear that the govt has to play an important role to save the forests countrywide. Because, every now and then we find news in the electronic and print media that the unscrupulous traders are cutting down trees on a large scale. The authorities concerned should come forward to stop these activities. The grabbers of the forests should be brought to justice. Not only the govt but also many socio-cultural organisations should come forward to increase awareness amongst the citizens across the country. Tree plantation programmes should be encouraged by the govt.

Israel's raid

The Daily Star ran an editorial under the above headline on 2 June, 2010. Israel as a state was not born naturally. Some Western powers, the UK and the US fathered this state to rehabilitate some Jews who were left over after Hitler's inhuman annihilation drive during the Second World War.

Unsafe roads

Frequently, we hear about deaths of pedestrians in the road accidents and the rampage which follows, vehicles are set on fire, roadblocks are erected, everything goes haywire. Not only the vehicle which is responsible for the accident, but many others are being destroyed and due to roadblock general public have to suffer.

Budget

Every year, due to unskilled management, the development budget for various projects returns to the ministries.

Gaza scene

If you cannot hit a Cobra on its head, do not tickle its tail, so goes a saying. Israel has flouted international opinion with total impunity ever since its occupation of Arab land following the 1967 war.

Teachers

In 2003 or 2004, one day I got an invitation from the Swedish Ambassador to tea at his residence. I didn't know him. So I was a bit surprised to have the invitation. I called the embassy. They informed me Dr. Cristina Nygrene, associate professor of Stockholm University, Sweden was going to visit Bangladesh for a short period. She won't be able to meet all the friends in Dhaka within this short period, and that's why she requested the Ambassador to invite them to tea at his place so that she could meet them all at a time. As I was Cristina's Bengali teacher in 2001, I had been invited too. That explained everything. That's the amount of respect they show to the teachers in first world. Why not us? The other day I was going through a piece of article that says the difference between the first world and third world is not money or anything, it's just attitude! They had the positive attitude, they believed in themselves, worked hard and they are there. Working with the foreign embassies in Dhaka for the last one decade as part time teacher, I have had the same experience. Teachers are highly respected by them. But unfortunately here the picture is different. There is a widespread saying here, the person who gets no good job ends up teaching. Of course, there are exceptions. But to some extent it's true.

Developers

Some housing and real estate development companies are really giving bad name to this business. Despite the fact that they are affiliated with Rehab, they don't give a damn to the regulations of Rehab.

Make EIA report public

The GoB has decided to go ahead with the construction of deep seaport near Sonadia Island an Ecologically Critical Area (ECA). A Japanese consultancy firm Pacific Consultants International had done the environmental impact assessment (EIA). The EIA report should be made public so that people from all walks of life get a better understanding of the environmental issues addressed in the EIA report.

Blood stained roads

Just now from the breaking news of TV channel, I came to know about the accident that took the life of a brilliant student of BUET, named Khandaker Khanjahan Samrat. Probably one year ago, we lost another brilliant student of Dhaka University named Happy, who wanted to be a magistrate.

GD hassle

Once I went to the 'Kotwali Police Station' of Chittagong for filing a GD (general diary), which was needed to raise a new SIM against my stolen one. A person asked me whether I had the GD copy written. As he charged me Tk 20 for that, I replied to him in the negative. Later, I wrote the GD in American style. When I submitted that to the officer-in-charge of the thana, he asked me why the GD was written in that way. I replied to him that the GD was written in American style. The officer in turn said, ''This is Bangladesh, not America.'' I remained silent. The next moment he asked me to give him Tk 100 for the GD. I said to him I had Tk 50 only in my pocket. He even demanded that money. I had to give him the money for the general diary.

Leave them alone

To my wonder, I have been observing our political figures propagating objectionable things against our national heroes, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Ziaur Rahman and others. I don't know why it is not being stopped by imposing any prohibition by law. Every now and then dragging our national heroes to every issue, accusing them in public can't be a sane thing to do, as they are our pride. They are not merely anyone's father or husband. So raising questions about their contribution amounts to being sceptical about our independence.

Merit-based public administration

It has been widely reported in the national print media that the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh has upheld the quota system for retaining 75% positions of Deputy Secretary for the members of the BCS administrative cadre; in the self same judgment, the quota system for promotion to the posts of Joint and Additional Secretaries has been declared illegal. That is to say, from now onwards, in case of promotion to the posts of Joint and Additional Secretaries, eligible members of all cadres need to be considered equally. Now the question is, in the absence of any quota, what will be the criteria for making a pool of eligible candidates from among the members of different cadres in the first place?.

Masters and servants!

I was pleased to hear of the attempt to get a reasonable contract between employers and domestic servants. May I suggest another clause.

Flags everywhere

With the soccer World Cup round the corner, the whole country has assumed a festive look. You can see flags of the favourite teams almost everywhere.--on the rooftops, on the roadside bamboo poles, in the middle of ponds. The fans have given a free rein to their creative faculty in placing these flags. And these flags come in different sizes and shapes. Judging by the colour of the flags, the people of this country--at least those who have access to television-- seem to be divided in two groups--one supporting Argentina and the other Brazil.

Step back from digitisation!

Surprised to see the act of Bangladesh govt. Seems they have headaches and do not have remedies so just cut down the head! This is least expected from this government, which always talks about Digitisation! Does this govt. really know what digitisation is? Digital Bangladesh?!

Late Abedi

The name of Late Aga Hasan Abedi founder of UBL & BCCI and an executive legend should not be allowed to be lost behind the mist of forgotten past.

AL leadership

The immoral activities of the BCL (Bangladesh Chattro League) are tainting the image of Bangabandhu Awami League.

International

ISI ‘supports’ Taliban: Study

Pakistan's ISI intelligence agency provides funding, training and sanctuary to the Taliban in Afghanistan, according to a study yesterday which claimed to have the strongest evidence yet of their links.

Karzai appeals for tribal support

Afghan President Hamid Karzai yesterday appealed to hundreds of tribal and religious leaders to support a major operation in their southern province, the heartland of a Taliban insurgency.

US intelligence zeroes in on Afghan corruption

US military intelligence in Afghanistan is increasingly focused on uncovering corruption among members of the Afghan government, security forces and contractors, the New York Times reported yesterday.

Pakistan provincial minister sacked over drunken brawl

A provincial minister from Pakistan's southwestern province of Baluchistan was sacked for a drunken brawl in a theatre, a spokesman for Baluchistan's chief minister said yesterday.

7.5 magnitude quake hits Indian Islands

An earthquake of 7.5 magnitude has hit near India's Nicobar Islands, in the Indian Ocean.

Pakistan rules out military operation in South Punjab

While reiterating that the government would take action wherever its writ is challenged in the country, Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has ruled out any military operation in South Punjab, saying there is no need for it at the time.

Lanka holds mass wedding for ex-rebels

More than 100 people said to be former Tamil Tiger rebels were married in a mass wedding ceremony as part of the government's rehabilitation plans for ex-fighters after a 25-year separatist war.

Fifteen killed in Baghdad bank siege

Suicide bombers and gunmen wearing military uniforms killed 15 people and took hostages yesterday in a daring raid on the Iraq Central Bank in Baghdad, triggering an ongoing siege with security forces.

'Shoot to kill' ordered as Kyrgyz clashes spread

Deadly ethnic clashes across the south of Kyrgyzstan raged for a third day yesterday, as the embattled interim government ordered police to shoot to kill gangs of marauders terrorizing the population.

Kim Jong-Il's son could face ruinous inheritance

North Korea's ailing leader Kim Jong-Il appears to be paving the way for his youngest son Jong-Un to take over in what would be the hardline communist state's second dynastic succession.

BP criticism not about nationality, says Obama

Barack Obama has told Prime Minister David Cameron that criticism of BP over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill has "nothing to do with national identity".

Belgians vote after debate on splitting country

Belgians voted in a parliamentary election yesterday for a government that could move toward breaking up the country and that will need to curb the third-highest debt ratio in Europe.

Arab chief condemns Gaza siege on landmark visit

Arab League chief Amr Moussa visited the Gaza Strip yesterday, the highest Arab official to do so since its seizure by Hamas Islamists in 2007, and called for an end to Israel's blockade of the Palestinian territory.

Slovakia's centre-right opposition 'wins' polls

A coalition of centre-right opposition parties in Slovakia has won enough seats to unseat the current government.

World Cup rivalry on Afghan frontline

They are brothers in arms on the Afghan front line, but US and British troops were in opposing camps as they gathered under the stars to see their teams draw a tense World Cup clash.

Kashmir's Geelani lands into jail

Authorities yesterday formally arrested detained Chairman of hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani and shifted him to the Central Jail here, officials said.

39 militants killed in Afghanistan

Afghan police supported by Nato-led forces killed 39 Taliban militants in southern Afghanistan, a statement of the interior ministry said yesterday.

Hugo Chavez offers cure for kids' insomnia

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is offering parents a cure for children who don't want to go to sleep. Have them watch his televised speeches.

Arts & Entertainment

Theatre for awareness

Centre for Asian Theatre (CAT) held a street theatre festival at the Rabindra Sarobar open stage, Dhanmondi, in Dhaka. The two-day event, titled 'Pothonatyo Utshab 2010,' began on June 11. This was the first street theatre festival by CAT.

Shironamhin’s interpretation of Rabindra Sangeet

How would a Tagore enthusiast react if the intro to the song “Shudhu Tomar Bani Noy” features guitar riffs instead of the usual harmonium, or if “Phooley Phooley” features instruments perhaps used in the original Scottish piece Tagore was inspired by?

Childhood memories linger on

“The fun and frolic of our childhood days is simply amazing,” reminisced noted theatre personality Mamunur Rashid. “I believe that the children of this generation cannot even comprehend the sheer joy that we shared with one another other in the simplest of ways.”

Ustad Rashid Khan to perform in Dhaka

Renowned Hidustani classic music vocalist Padma Shri Ustad Rashid Khan will perform at a solo concert at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre, Dhaka on June17, says a press release. Renowned Indian instrumentalists Mohapatra Nilamadhab, Jyoti Goho and Talwalkar Satyajit Suresh will accompany Khan at that concert. WEB Entertainment Limited, Dhaka is the organiser of the event.

Football Fever

Tanveen Sweety
My house in the grip of football fever. I have always been a supporter of Brazil. My family members are also great fans of the Brazilian team. I am hopeful about Brazil winning the World Cup. The game will be more interesting if the archrivals Argentina and Brazil are in the finals. I have already prepared to watch the games with my family. While the game is on, we enjoy the crunchy munchies like muri, chanachur followed by beef and khichuri. Often my friends drop by and we watch the games together.

Documentary “Ghashphool” premiered

Students of Bangladesh Film Institute (17th batch) Shahria Sharmin and Tripti Haque have jointly directed a documentary titled “Ghashphool.” The documentary was premiered on June 12 at the auditorium of the institute, according to a press release.

Drama serial “Manabjomin” on ntv tonight

Drama serial “Manabjomin” will be aired on ntv tonight at 8:15pm. Adapted from a popular Shirshendu Mokhopadhyay novel, Asadul Islam and Murad Parvez have jointly written the serial while the latter is directing it.

Desh TV to air special programme on Che

Today marks the 82nd birthday of Ernesto Che Guevara, commonly known as “Che.” On the occasion, Desh TV will air “Daak Diye Jaye,” a special programme on Che, at 6:25 pm tonight.

Travolta donates to Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund

John Travolta and wife Kelly Preston donated 70,000 rand (about $10,000) to the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund on Saturday, during their visit to South Africa, and spent some time singing and dancing with children the foundation has supported.

OP-ED

Budget as the common man sees it

AS a matter of routine, we have our budget for the upcoming financial year. And, as usual, the post-budget reflections on this annual exercise are also on. The array of abstract figures that embellish a budget may reveal a lot of information to the enlightened ones and the experts; but those hardly carry much meaning to the majority of the population who are not experts. On the other hand, they usually look at the event of budget announcement with a bit of apprehension, if only because after each budget the prices of essentials invariably climb a notch or two higher up the price ladder. And the traders in these items, too, never miss the slightest opportunity to make the most of the fiscal measures to push the prices up.

The prolonged engagement

The recent arrest of the JMB chief by law enforcement units after apparently painstakingly sustained efforts, and developments thereafter, once again points to the depth of the deadly phenomenon of the so-called religious terrorism and perhaps also the supreme necessity of maintaining constant vigil.



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