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News of: Wednesday, 16th of June, 2010

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Landslides kill 52

At least 52 people were killed in a series of rain-triggered landslides in Cox's Bazar and Bandarban districts early yesterday.

All top govt offices guilty

The offices of president and prime minister, and several ministries, divisions and constitutional bodies have defaulted on over Tk 58.86-crore telephone bills, according to a list placed in parliament yesterday.

Continue helping Bangladesh

BNP chairperson and leader of the opposition Khaleda Zia yesterday urged the visiting Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping to continue Beijing's support to Bangladesh's infrastructures development, particularly in air-rail-sea communications.

Brazil made to sweat

Maicon produced an astonishing goal out of the blue to set Brazil on their way to a 2-1 win over a stubborn North Korea and spare their blushes after a shockingly bad first-half performance on Tuesday.

Muhith sticks to law at JS

Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday in parliament refused to disclose whether Opposition Leader Khaleda Zia and her two sons legalised undisclosed money.

Glaring graft

In an LGED project to build 25 union parishad buildings, 12 have not been constructed but Tk 3.62 crore meant for them has been embezzled.

Campaign time over in rainy Ctg

The three-week-long electoral campaigns of the candidates for Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) elections ended Tuesday midnight, 32 hours before the polls scheduled for June 17.

25 hurt as RMG workers agitate

At least 25 people, including 10 policemen, were injured as several hundred workers from three garment factories clashed with police while agitating for a pay hike in the city's Tejgaon yesterday.

Probe blames it on chemical

A government probe committee yesterday identified a chemical godown behind the June 3 Nimtoli inferno and suggested banning storage and sell of all flammable substances in residential area to avoid such fire.

Magistrate withdrawn after BNP objection

An executive magistrate was withdrawn yesterday after the chief election agent of BNP-backed mayoral candidate brought allegation against him of favouring the Awami League-backed candidate ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury.

Election with a difference

It was quite an uncommon scene. Primary school students for the first time in the country stood for elections yesterday.

SC order stalls Amar Desh publication

The Supreme Court yesterday stayed for four weeks the HC stay order on the government action to cancel the declaration of publication of the daily Amar Desh.

Reckless bus kills woman

A bus hit and killed a woman at Karwan Bazar in the capital yesterday.

Govt mulls alternative submarine cable link

The government is actively considering setting up of an alternative submarine cable route from Khulna to Chennai in India, Post and Telecommunications Minister Raziuddin Ahmed Razu told the House yesterday.

Chemical trader sued

A Dhaka court yesterday asked the chemical trader, whose warehouse was apparently responsible for the Nimtoli inferno, to appear before it in a case filed against him in connection with running a business without licence.

SC not interested

Eleven serving and two retired bureaucrats keep on enjoying High Court bail in a sedition case known as Uttara Conspiracy, as the Appellate Division yesterday turned a deaf ear to a government plea.

Editorial

Proposed telecom law will damage expansion of the sector

We are surprised by the draconian telecom bill that has been placed in the Jatiya Sangsad. If passed into law, it will mean the adoption of stern measures against errant telecom operators charged with a violation of the law or are suspected of violating the law. Now, of course there is always the need for laws to protect and preserve the public interest. The telecom bill ought to have been part of the process of protecting the public interest, through ensuring a promotion and flourishing of the telecom sector. The very fact that the proposed law leaves no scope for appeal and indeed empowers the authorities to impose fines and arrest anyone they consider to be in the wrong (and without a warrant!) is as illogical as it is unfair. Let us be brutally frank about it: a law in the real sense of the term is not a law when it leaves individuals and institutions unable to file appeals against its application. No law can ignore such a basic right which citizens are entitled to. If it does, it dwindles into ham-fisted behaviour on the part of the state.

Growing China-Bangla ties

Within nine weeks of a bilateral decision reached during Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's trip to China, on exchange of high level visits between Beijing and Dhaka, Chinese Vice-President Xi Jinpeng has paid us a visit. Such a prompt reciprocal gesture from the Chinese side bears testimony to the importance that both countries place to a sound friendship based on equality, mutual respect and trust and non-interference in each other's affairs.

Sports

Drogba, Ronaldo fire blank

Ivory Coast and Portugal entered the World Cup fray here on Tuesday and produced a goalless draw marked by Didier Drogba's return to action just ten days after surgery on his broken arm.

Faded Azzurri

Contrasting with the masterclass performance from the young Germans the previous night, The Oranjes looked bleak in their 2-0 win over the Danes while the Azzurri sparkle has faded to such an extent since lifting the coveted crown four years ago that a 1-1 draw with Paraguay was hardly any surprise.

Azzurri, Les Bleus frustrate locals

When the World Cup draw sent both 2006 finalists to Cape Town for their first matches the locals were delighted but having seen Italy and France in action they could be forgiven for wondering what the fuss is about.

Hungry Spain can't wait

European champions Spain make their World Cup bow against Switzerland here on Wednesday with star midfielder Cesc Fabregas saying they were "hungry for the title".

Pele slams Maradona

Brazilian legend Pele on Monday launched a broadside against Argentina coach Diego Maradona, charging that he only took the job as he was out of work and needed the money, Brazilian media reported on Monday.

Maiden point in injury time

A stoppage time equaliser by defender Winston Reid saw New Zealand claim the first World Cup point in their history with a 1-1 draw with Slovakia on Tuesday.

Iaquinta partly blames Lippi

Italy striker Vincenzo Iaquinta has complained that he had a tough game against Paraguay partly because Marcello Lippi played him out of position.

Benayoun moves to Chelsea?

Liverpool midfielder Yossi Benayoun is heading for Chelsea on a four-year-contract worth six million pounds (nine million dollars), according to media reports here Tuesday.

Hosts aim for momentum

South African dreams of a shock run into the second round of the World Cup face a moment of truth on Wednesday in a critical match against Diego Forlan-led Uruguay.

Lippi can afford a smile

A draw against opposition of a lesser pedigree would usually bring a scowl to the face of Italy coach Marcello Lippi. But he presented a quietly satisfied demeanour after the reigning champs were held 1-1 by Paraguay.

Honduras seek inspiration

A family tragedy will inspire Honduras midfielder Wilson Palacios when he confronts Chile Wednesday in a Group H Nelspruit showdown.

WORLD CUP
ONE TWOS

WORLD CUP IN 3-D
Hong Kong football fans were celebrating Tuesday that they now can watch the World Cup matches in 3D at cinemas.

Brazil start promoting 2014 WC

Brazil is launching a self-promotion exhibition in South Africa ahead of the 2014 World Cup.

Hail hero Honda

Japan's Keisuke Honda has been warned not to pay attention to the avalanche of praise being heaped on him from back home following his match-winning performance against Cameroon.

LOCAL SNIPPETS

Victoria Sporting Club returned to winning ways in the Bashundhara Senior Division Football League with an emphatic 3-0 win over Jatrabari KC at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.

Dazzling MSC

Titans Mohammedan Sporting Club maintained their dazzling form in the Green Delta Insurance Premier Division Hockey League as they thumped Bangladesh Sporting Club 8-0 at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

'Mute the TV'

An online company has begun marketing an 'Anti Vuvuzela Filter' that promises to silence the sound of the controversial plastic trumpets that have become the trademark of South Africa's World Cup.

Boon for touts

Tickets touts in South Africa are cashing in the world's most-watched sport event, selling tickets for the final at up to 4,000 dollars five days after the World Cup kicked off in the country.

Tigers take on India today

After two Test matches away in England, Bangladesh switch focus on the shorter-version of cricket when they take on India in the second one-day international of the Asia Cup at the Rangiri International Stadium in Dambulla in Sri Lanka today.

Glove maker backs Green

Bosses at Yorkshire-based Sells Goalkeeper Products offered the West Ham goalkeeper their unequivocal support and insisted that their long-standing relationship would not be jeopardised by Green's World Cup howler.

Business

SEC steps in to calm market

The regulator has stepped in again by resetting the margin loan criteria to cool down the stockmarket, which is now riding high on a liquidity glut.

Growers widen jute farming

Jute acreage has increased this year as farmers, inspired by higher prices, are bringing more lands under cultivation of the cash crop.

Makeshift committee on consumer complaints

The government yesterday decided to form a committee to investigate consumers' complaints.

Banks in Ctg closed tomorrow

The branches of scheduled banks under Chittagong City Corporation (CCC), excluding Cantonment Board area, will remain closed tomorrow due to the CCC election.

Apparel makers demand withdrawal of 1pc tax

Any rise in tax at source will slow down exports, as it will cost apparel production more, and the prime foreign exchange earner will lose global competitiveness, the sector's trade body has feared.

Govt mulls providing healthcare, electricity to poor women

The government is mulling mapping of the poor to provide them with exclusive services like healthcare and electricity facilities, Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, the prime minister's energy adviser, has said.

Farm sub-sectors ignored in budget

Agricultural sub-sectors were neglected in the national budget proposed for fiscal 2010-11, although the core agriculture policy was emphasised, said an agriculture development activist yesterday.

Global acclaim for AB Bank

Business Initiative Directions (BID), a Madrid-based organisation, has recently honoured AB Bank with its International Quality Summit Award in Platinum Category, the bank said in a statement yesterday.

China set to overtake Japan in ad market

China will overtake Japan to become the world's second-largest advertising market within five years, according to a new report released yesterday.

Citi ranks high in socially responsible research

Environmental Finance, a UK-based monthly magazine, has ranked Citi top in five categories in socially responsible investment analysis and research, the bank said in a statement.

Time for green garment

As international media made news of jerseys made of recycled plastic bottles for the football World Cup, a Bangladeshi company had the same job done for the Winter Olympics held six months ago in Vancouver, Canada.

Social networking spurs handset sales

Social networking through the mobile phone has fueled growth of handset sales in the South East Asian market, especially Bangladesh, said the head of marketing of Nokia for the Southeast-Asia Pacific region.

Corporate Briefs

BSRM STEEL
The company was placed in "A" category from "Z" yesterday as the company reported disbursement of 15 percent stock dividend for 2009.

Oil below $75

Oil fell below 75 dollars in volatile Asian trade yesterday as Greece's credit standing suffered another knock, which offset positive European industrial production numbers, analysts said.

Bank of Japan outlines $33b loan scheme

Japan's central bank unveiled a $33 billion loan scheme yesterday to boost growth and battle deflation, as it faces mounting pressure from a new government focused on economic restoration.

Britain's Tesco reports 8pc rise in sales

Britain's biggest retailer, the supermarket chain Tesco, said yesterday that group sales rose by 8.2 percent during its first quarter, adding that it was well-placed to deliver further growth.

India to sell stakes in two state-run firms

India yesterday approved stake sales in two highly profitable state-run mining firms as it aims to raise billions of dollars for policies including tackling poverty.

OECD warns of SKorea's rapid population ageing

South Korea's economy is recovering fast from the global downturn but faces problems such as a rapidly ageing population, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development said yesterday.

Metropolitan

Call for 'sincere diplomacy' to convince India

Sharing water of transboundary rivers properly is related to social and economic development as well as human security, speakers said at a discussion yesterday.

Dhaka does not fully comply with minimum standards: US

Bangladesh does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking, but it is making significant efforts to do so, a US State Department report said.

China tested friend of Bangladesh: Speaker

Speaker Abdul Hamid Advocate yesterday said China is a tested friend of Bangladesh and an important development partner.

Charges framed against Hannan, five others

A sylhet court yesterday framed charges against the HUJI chief Mufti Abdul Hannan and five others in a case filed against them for grenade attack in the city Awami League rally on August 7, 2004.

Communist Party concerned

Leaders of the Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday expressed deep concern over the US-Bangladesh joint military exercise, says a press release.

17 more structures knocked down

The Narayanganj district administration along with Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) knocked down seventeen makeshift structures and illegal portions of two concrete buildings yesterday as part of the ongoing eviction drive to save River Shitalakhya.

DMP refutes allegation of torture on Mahmudur

The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) yesterday dismissed as baseless the allegation that Mahmudur Rahman, acting editor of the daily Amar Desh, was tortured during his remand.

Teachers on deputation in Dhaka will have to return

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday directed the education minister to cancel teachers' deputations to Dhaka within a day.

BDR, BSF trade fires

Two stone quarry labourers sustained bullet injuries as BSF and BDR men traded over 400 rounds of bullet on Jaintapur, Sripur, Tamabil, Protappur and Bichhnakandi borders in Sylhet for over an hour since midday yesterday.

Delwar warns against attempts to foil hartal

BNP Secretary General Khondaker Delwar Hossain yesterday said the government would be responsible for any untoward situation if any attempt is made to create obstacle to June 27 hartal.

Jalil discharged from case

A Dhaka court yesterday discharged former Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil from a tax dodge case filed against him by National Board of Revenue (NBR) in 2009.

CU student commits suicide

A student of Chittagong University (CU) committed suicide on Monday.

Library science diploma course results published

The Institute of Library and Information Science in Mymensingh has published the results of the admission test for diploma course under 2010-11 session.

Comprehensive law a must to check labour trafficking

A comprehensive anti-trafficking law, its enforcement, and cooperation among the labour-sending countries could largely help check labour trafficking, a phenomena rising in line with increased labour migration in recent times, IOM Deputy Director General Laura Thompson said.

Planned villages to ensure more land for food production: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said her government will redesign every village in a planned manner in order to dedicate greater amount of agricultural land to increased food production.

Four projects worth Tk 1189cr approved

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) yesterday approved four development projects involving Tk 1189 crore, including a project to build 11 secondary schools and six colleges in the city.

China to help develop infrastructure, agriculture, education, health sectors

China is ready to extend all cooperation and assistance to Bangladesh, particularly for development of the infrastructure, agriculture, education and health sectors, Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping said yesterday.

Construction likely to begin this month

The construction work of long-awaited Jatrabari-Gulistan flyover is likely to begin this month, officials of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC), implementing agency of the project, said yesterday.

Two murdered in city

Police recovered the body of a youth from a flat in Uttar Badda area while the body of a young woman was found floating in a jheel in Gabtoli area on Monday.

Road crashes kill five

At least five people were killed and 10 others injured in separate road accidents in Tangail, Bagerhat, Sherpur and Dinajpur yesterday.

National

RU to shelve plan for evening courses

In the face of student agitation, the Rajshahi University authorities yesterday postponed their decision to introduce evening master's courses in all departments under social science faculty.

Flash flood in Barisal, tidal water enters Patuakhali

Flash flood caused by heavy downpour hit at least 50 villages in Barisal while tidal water flooded five villages in Patuakhali in the last two days.

Human chain at KU, hunger strike on

Seventy students of Khulna University (KU), who began fast-unto-death on Monday demanding withdrawal of punishment imposed by the authorities on 34 students of the university in connection with April 5 incident on the campus, continued the programme for the second day yesterday.

Top outlaw held, arms recovered

Police early yesterday arrested a top cadre of outlawed Gono Mukti Fouz (GMF) and recovered firearms and ammunition from his possession.

Flood situation in Sylhet unchanged

Flood situation in the district remained unchanged yesterday despite decrease in rainfall in the last 24 hours.

Ex-PCJSS leader shot dead

A former member of a reformist group of Parbattya Chattgram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) was shot dead allegedly by the armed cadres of PCJSS at his house at Moddhyam Pakuzzachhari under Baghaichhari upazila of the district Monday night.

Strike at stone quarries

Sylhet District Truck Owners' Association and three other organisations have called a day-long strike at all stone quarries in Jaintapur and Gowainghat upazilas today demanding immediate removal of illegal toll collection points from Sylhet-Tamabil highway.

Jubo League activist killed in clash

A Jubo League activist was killed yesterday in a clash at Putkhali village under Benapole police station.

Robbers kill two, loot houses in districts

Robbers killed a housewife and a house owner while committing robberies in several districts on Monday and the day before.

Mangoes flood markets in north

Markets in northern districts have been flooded with mangoes due to bumper production of the popular juicy fruit this year.

Farmer murdered

Police recovered body of a farmer from the char of the Karatoa River at Shalbari enclave under Boda upazila in Panchagarh yesterday afternoon. The victim was identified as Jalal Uddin,50, son of late Aftab Uddin of Bhaulago village under Debiganj upazila of the district. Officer-in-charge of Boda police station Md Kaiser Ali told this correspondent that the enclave people yesterday morning saw a body lying on the char. Being informed, police went to the spot and recovered the body. A UD case was filed in this connection.

Stale food items seized

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab-8) and district administration officials in a joint drive yesterday seized huge quantities of date expired food items including 766 pieces of 'Crown Energy' soft drinks, ice cream and materials for making ice cream and toxic chemicals from the residence of a businessman of Natun Bazar area in the town. They fined Madhob Chandra Karmaker Tk 1.10 lakh, in default, to suffer 3-month in jail. Md Ebadat Hossain, judicial magistrate in Patuakhali led the drive while Major Shamsher, camp-in-charge of Rab-8 and Mohiuddin Al Masud, sanitary inspector were present.

2 to die for murder

Two people to die while seven others were sentenced to life term rigorous imprisonment (RI) in a murder case here yesterday. Tabassum Islam, second additional sessions judge handed down the verdict. Death penalty was awarded to Mir Ahmed Hossain and Mir Moinul Hossain while Mir Musarraf Hossain, Mir Ashraf Hossain, Mir Babu Hossain, Mir Amjat Hossain, Mir Nabi Hossain, Md Sajjad Hossain Swadhin and Md Kamrul Mia are the lifers. They all hailed from Moddho Austagram village in Austagram upazila. According to prosecution, Mir Ahmed Hossain and his accomplices chopped to death Abdus Samed of Moddho Austagram village on December 10, 2001 when Samed went to realize loan from Mir Ahmed Hossain.

Body recovered

A staff of Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd was 'murdered' 2-3 days ago at village Shalgaria in Sadar upazila. Police recovered the decomposed body from his rented house yesterday noon. Police said he was killed two or three days ago. There were marks of injuries on the body of the victim. The motive behind his murder could not be known immediately. Victim Md Moniruzzaman,40, was son of Abubakar Siddik of Trishal in Maymensingh district. He was assistant depot in-charge of the pharmaceuticals. He joined the company in 2002, company sources said.

Letters

Medical expertise?

Returning from Valore (Tamil Nadu, India), I wrote a letter three weeks back captioned "whither our medical expertise" and sent for this section, but as the letter was too long I presume that it did not get the nod for publication. I wrote because I was amazed to see the stream of patients from Bangladesh. Are we to take it for granted that our medical care is getting worse? I met Bangladeshi patients daily with wrong treatment or failed treatment they had at Dhaka or elsewhere in Bangladesh. I also went there accompanying a patient who was told by Dhaka specialists that his disease was incurable. But my patient, a boy of 26 yeas, returned with assurance that he does not suffer from what the Dhaka specialists treated him for. It is Valore Christian Medical College where I met many who suffered from varied nature of diseases, patients of neurological, renal and gastric related diseases being in large number. One patient had wrong sided brain surgery by a reputed Neurosurgeon of Dhaka and CMC righted it by another surgery. Another neuro patient and his parents, disappointed by the suggestions of Neuro Medicine department of BSMMU that the treatment would incur a huge amount of money went there and got treated. To their bewilderment, the cost was minimal. A patient was wrongly treated for TB by a renowned medicine specialist (retired) and as a result he developed pleural effusion and I saw him getting treated there, showing hope of recovery. A child was said to have his both kidneys damaged at RMCH, but CMC found both kidneys fully OK and after carrying out a number of investigations gave the required treatment. The child and its parents had a great sigh of relief and left Valore happy.

World Cup and load shedding

Bangladesh is a football loving nation. Though our team could not qualify in the World Cup, we are still excited to see our favourite team's performance. Bangladeshi football fans are traditionally divided into two groups - Either they support Brazil or they support Argentina.

Fatal accidents

The high rate of fatal accidents in Bangladesh is cause for alarm and is unacceptable. The adoption of Road Safety Strategic Action Plans is a welcome move towards improving road safety. On the other hand, 90 percent of the driving licenses in Dhaka city are fake. Traffic management and law enforcement agencies are most visible in the streets of metropolitan areas. While much of it can be attributed to dereliction on the part of the traffic police, it is also true that vehicle derivers as well as pedestrians contribute in no small measure to road accidents. Most vehicles do not obey traffic signals or wish to be regulated.

Groundwater level

Thanks to Wasa that they have taken up the pilot project for recharging the under groundwater. The groundwater level of Dhaka goes lower by about 4 meter every year. The causes are:

Mohila madrasa

Mohila madrasas, and religious educational institutions, are very new in Bangladesh. If one travels from Dhaka to any direction through the highways he will find roadside signboards of mohila madrasas at almost every 5/10 minutes' intervals. This proves that suddenly hundreds of such madrasas have been established in the country.

The human factor

Dr. Saadat Husain (Chairman, PSC) has provided a tutorial to the political pundits and the bureaucracy, in his in-depth article 'The devil is in the details' (DS of 4/5/10).

SEC's role

Securities and Exchange commission (SEC) continue to advise the public in respect of stock market investments in secondary shares during abnormal behaviour of markets. Unfortunately, SEC is the sole authority to allow Public Limited Companies (PLC) to raise share capital through IPO--initial public offering after proper checking of the documents and probable return on investments. Thus investors are not required to verify the probable performances while investing through IPO as SEC is the wizard in this respect. But thousands of investors in primary shares in PLC's have lost significantly. Thus what is the role of SEC when corruption is to be regulated? Let SEC do something in prosecuting the fraudulent PLC's, while recession compensation package money entitlement to IPO holders need be considered, I believe.

Moral right

Our leaders ignore their moral responsibility so nakedly that their sense of civility can be questioned.

Oil slick and Obama!

The US President is losing some of his popularity, thanks to BP's oil mess in the Gulf of Mexico. The recently found oil well has been leaking oil all over the US south-eastern sea and shoreline, for well over a month; with no end in sight till today! BP has managed to unsettle the newly elected Democratic administration, to the secret delight of the Republicans, who are quietly watching the matter. They are forcefully joining in the rightly felt disgust and dismay of the people, directly or indirectly affected by the oil spill! The Republicans are playing their cards in this 'blame game'; and as rightly observed by Obama-- 'the buck stops here'; assuming the overall responsibility! This is a mature gesture from a confident President who does not prefer to "pass the buck on". His statement is the right and mature step on the issue.

Freedom curtailed

Last week(05-26-2010) , a curious article entitled "Veiled threat?" grabbed my attention. It's writer, Mr. Ilahi Choudhury, talked in length about a woman's right to expose herself and ridiculed the former Secretary General of Amnesty International Ms. Irene Khan's opinion that a woman's constitutional right consist of covering or uncovering whichever parts of her body she wishes, even her face. Mr. Choudhury insists that a woman should keep her face exposed, regardless of whether she wants to or not, and applauded several European nations for prohibiting wearing of the veil, calling for such measures on a global scale.

Lord's Test

At the end of the fourth day at Lord's, Bangladesh were 328 for five. On the fifth day they were bowled out for 382 before lunch. This is simply unbelievable. Leaving aside the two bowlers, the Bangladeshi recognized batsmen, who so easily tumbled to the average English bowling attack in less than two hours on the final day of the Test, are no less experienced and talented players. Each of them has played many Tests by now. Then what made them play like novices at a crucial time when draw was inevitable with only their being able to face the English bowling for two more hours? How will we explain their failure to do so? Did any or some of them capitulate to the English bookies?

Coal issue

This has reference to the letter published on The Star Friday 28th May 2010 on a cover story of the same magazine 'The case for Coal,' and my letter in response to the article. I would like to thank the letter-writer for taking up this point. It's a positive sign that many wise people will come up with fascinating information, logic and ideas, but I think, extraction and burning of coal has a relationship with unsustainable development which is essentially a political problem, and the language of politics is here symbolic. Just because an act is symbolic doesn't mean it is empty. The only way to truly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, to take the pressure off global warming, is an international regime that puts a cap and a price on climate pollution. And the only way that will happen is if the academics, development experts, scientists, economists, corporate leaders and politicians around the world, not here only in Bangladesh, become convinced that sustainable development is an issue that matters to people, one that will make them change the way they live, the way they 'buy' and 'sell' their lives, and vote. Opposing the idea will take us nowhere.

Rogue nation

Israelis have done it again. The commandos of the illegal state of Israel this time indiscriminately killed unarmed aid workers on international waters mostly from their friendly nation of Turkey. World conscience is shocked at this inhuman act. But their main mentor superpower USA will not stop their unconditional support to Israel.

Terrorism

In India, in almost all parts of the country the main source of transportation is railway and a large portion of budget is spent in this sector. Recently, a massive train accident claimed over 80 lives and injured around 200.In Midnapore, a district of West Bengal, a train derailed as fish-plates were removed from the tracks causing the accident. A suspicion arose that the Maoist insurgents were involved in this carnage. It indicates that the sub-continent is used as 'transit' for terrorism. Last year, India experienced a deadly attack and such s major and minor offensive activities are happening round the year.

Road accidents

A student, aged 20, of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, was crushed under the wheels of a bus on 27 May. Following the incident the fellow students of the deceased went on vandalising vehicles.

Environment

Environment is the burning issue for all of us who are a little bit conscious about future. Our first and foremost duty is to involve the school goers in raising consciousness. They are the group who can create awareness among their parents, siblings and other family members. To implement this, school based activities should be promoted. For example, the school should include curriculum on how to keep the environment clean, how to conserve it.

International

UN calls for humanitarian corridor

Kyrgyzstan must set up a humanitarian corridor to help people affected by deadly fighting between ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbeks, a top UN official says.

Nuke deal ‘still alive’

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says a nuclear fuel swap deal brokered by Brazil and Turkey is still on the table, despite the adoption of new UN sanctions last week.

Bakiyev's son accused of financing Kyrgyz unrest

Authorities have accused the son of Kyrgyzstan's ousted president, nicknamed "the Prince" and known for his playboy lifestyle, of being a prime instigator of ethnic violence gripping the country.

Ireland to expel Israeli diplomat over Hamas killing

The Irish Republic is to expel an Israeli diplomat over the use of fake passports in the killing of a Hamas official in Dubai.

Koreas give UN testimony over ship sinking

North and South Korea have presented their cases to the UN in a dispute over the sinking of a Southern warship.

Wikipedia unlocks divisive pages for editing

The online encyclopaedia Wikipedia says it has taken an "important step" towards making it easier to edit some of its most controversial articles.

11 Thai Red Shirt leaders denied bail

A Thai court yesterday denied bail for 11 Red Shirt protest leaders accused of "terrorism", triggering angry scenes outside the courtroom where hundreds of their supporters were gathered.

US urges Israel to inquiry 'promptly'

The US has urged Israel to 'promptly' conduct a probe into its military raid on an international aid flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip, a media report said.

Asian states airlift their nationals

Governments across Asia were evacuating hundreds of their nationals from Kyrgyzstan after days of deadly ethnic clashes in the central Asian nation.

BP faces US Congress grilling on oil case

A US government panel is to question BP's US chief over the Gulf oil disaster amid damning accusations the firm took shortcuts.

FBI releases secret Kennedy files

The FBI has released some of its secret files on the late Senator Edward Kennedy, who died in August 2009.

Naga groups call off Manipur blockade

Naga groups on Monday agreed to suspend a two-month-long blockade of a vital highway that has caused food and fuel shortages in the troubled northeastern state of Manipur.

US 'Bin Laden hunter' held in Pakistan

Pakistan detained an American armed with a dagger, a pistol and night vision goggles for allegedly trying to sneak into Afghanistan to hunt and kill al-Qaeda head Osama bin Laden, police said yesterday.

Pakistan rubbishes LSE reports on ISI training Taliban

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi dismissed a report that the Inter-Services Intelligence agency is funding, training and guiding the Taliban in Afghanistan as "rubbish", saying Talibanisation is not good for both countries.

US child activists launch appeal for Bhopal victims

US child activists made an impassioned plea Monday for the 90-year-old former boss of Union Carbide to help victims of the deadliest ever industrial disaster in Bhopal, India.

International envoys arrive as Lanka defends war

A host of international figures, including a US war crimes investigator, landed in Sri Lanka yesterday for visits expected to focus on alleged atrocities committed during the country's civil war.

Zardari not US national, clarifies PPP

The Pakistan People's Party (PPP) has said that its leader and Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari is a citizen of Pakistan, and denied reports claiming that he was as an American national.

Don't think of PM post

With murmurs of a revolt getting louder in his party, Maoist chief Prachanda on Monday met his long-time associate-turned-rival Baburam Bhattarai, and asked him not to stake claim for the PM's post when the National Unity government is formed.

Indian Maoists attack police station, torch bank

Maoist guerrillas in Bihar set ablaze a railway station and a bank as well as attacked a police station and a camp of the Special Auxiliary Police to enforce their two-day shutdown, officials said yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Monsoon medley

Udichi Dhaka City Committee and Satyen Sen Shilpi Shongstha (SSSS) celebrated the Pohela Ashar (the first day of monsoon) yesterday with 'Borsha Utshab 1417' on Dhaka University campus.

Chhayanaut to hold Nazrul festival

Cultural organisation Chhayanaut will hold a two-day festival on June 18 and 19. Titled “Nazrul Utshab-1417,” the festival will be a homage to the National Poet. Highlighting the poet's life and works, the festival will be held at Chhayanaut Shangskriti Bhaban auditorium in Dhanmondi, Dhaka.

Football Fever

Suborna Mustafa
All eyes on South Africa right now; so are mine. I didn't miss the first match. I'm a die-hard supporter of the Argentine team -- for several reasons. First of all, they play remarkably well and have won the World Cup before. Hopefully, this year too, they'll win the trophy. Another reason why I like the team is that, Argentina is the land of Maradona. Billions of football aficionados around the world know Maradona. I'd be hugely disappointed if Argentina doesn't win the title at this year's World Cup. Many bet on matches during the tournament, some have already started but I haven't. I feel that if you believe in your team, betting in unnecessary. I intend to watch every match. However, I might miss one or two because of shooting but I won't miss any of Argentina's games. It doesn't matter who they play against, as long as Argentina is in the final, I'll be happy. I'd prefer Argentina facing any of the African teams.

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OP-ED

Darkness, caught in loud silence

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Promises to keep

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