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News of: Monday, 21st of June, 2010

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Mohiuddin to lose Ctg AL reins

ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury may be removed from the helm of Chittagong city Awami League and made a member of the central advisory council in a move to revamp the ruling party in the port city.

Fabiano shoots Brazil in last 16

Brazil qualified for the last 16 of the World Cup with a 3-1 win against Ivory Coast in their Group G clash at Soccer City on Sunday, but had star midfielder Kaka controversially sent off.

Knock down 53 illegal buildings

As part of the demolition drive against unauthorised buildings, Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (RAJUK) has asked Bashundhara Group to pull down 53 illegally constructed buildings and a portion of its 18-storied shopping complex at Panthapath.

India seeks to fund, manage coal power

A Bangladeshi team leaves for Delhi today to negotiate final terms in the draft agreement with India to set up a 1,320 megawatt coal-fired power plant in Khulna and a cross-border transmission line to import 250 MW power from West Bengal.

Ex-BNP minister explains sell-off

A parliamentary body yesterday lauded former jute and textile minister Shajahan Siraj for his appearance before it to explain the sell-off of a jute mill at a much lower price than the market value during the BNP-led government.

It's worst genocide since World War II

The mass killing during the Liberation War of Bangladesh was the worst genocide since World War II, speakers said in a conference yesterday and also urged international community to recognise the "Genocide."

JS body against UGC role in fixing fees

A parliamentary body has stood against empowering the University Grant Commission (UGC) of fixing tuition fees of students at private universities.

Cabinet okays 3 contracts for power plants

The cabinet committee on purchase yesterday approved three contracts with local companies to install three 140-megawatt rental power plants, run by diesel and furnace oil.

Fair elections possible under political govt

Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) election proved that a free and fair election is possible under a political government if there is good intention, BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury said here yesterday.

Mahmudur denied bail again

Another Dhaka court yesterday rejected the bail petition of Mahmudur Rahman, the acting editor of recently closed daily Amar Desh, in connection with a case filed for obstructing police in discharging their duties.

Dhaka-Ctg rail link snapped for 3 hrs

Rail link between Dhaka and Chittagong remained suspended for around three and a half hours yesterday morning as teachers and students blockaded railway at Brahmanbaria demanding inclusion of their college for government subsidy.

Azad panel wins FBCCI elections

The panel of AK Azad has won the election of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI).

BNP agitates for press freedom

The main opposition BNP yesterday staged demonstrations and brought out processions in the capital and other parts of the country to protest "the government's repression on journalists and interference in the freedom of press."

Driver made sure Farzana was dead

Driver Al Amin attempted to strangle Farzana Akhter Rita as she was groaning after taking the sedatives. He pressed the nose and mouth of Farzana with his hands.

Charges read out to 40

A special court yesterday for the first time at Pilkhana started hearing on charge framing against 667 border-guards accused of February last year's BDR mutiny.

Tk 1,500cr set aside to dredge rivers

The government has allocated Tk 1,500 crore in the proposed budget for the next fiscal year to execute the plan for dredging country's major rivers to improve communication, Water Resources Minister Ramesh Chandra Sen told the House yesterday.

ACC gets case details, starts to probe soon

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) will investigate the case filed against former state minister for religious affairs Mosharraf Hossain Shahjahan and former Jamaat lawmaker Delwar Hossain Saydee on charges of misappropriating Zakat fund.

Court to hear charges July 12

A Dhaka court yesterday fixed July 12 for hearing on charge framing against the managing director, two directors and two pharmacists of Rid Pharmaceuticals in connection with a case filed for manufacturing toxic paracetamol syrup.

JS body asks to free canals, solve city's water-logging

A meeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives yesterday directed the deputy commissioner of Dhaka to evict all illegal structures from the grabbed canals to remove waterlogging from the city.

High on Latin, low on Africa

Paraguay beat Slovakia in Sunday's first game to extend Latin America's remarkable run at the World Cup, but Africa was mourning the exit of Cameroon who had been one of the continent's best hopes for glory.

Tea and coffee 'protect against heart disease'

Drinking several cups of tea or coffee a day appears to protect against heart disease, a 13-year-long study from the Netherlands has found.

Editorial

World Cup there and violence here

THE on-going World Cup in South Africa has caused, improbably, an indefinite closure of a university here in Bangladesh. The authorities of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) were compelled by circumstances to shut down the institution for an indefinite length of time only because a group of unruly students wanted classes to be suspended from June 19. The reason for such behaviour was the World Cup which the students wanted to watch at leisure. For their part, the university authorities decided that classes would be suspended from June 26.

RMG workers' recurring unrest

DISTURBANCES in the readymade garment factories are happening with appalling regularity. The reason, this time as well as for most of the pervious incidents, has hade to do with the workers' pay and remuneration. It is alarming to see the garment workers indulging in destruction of the very things that provide for their livelihood. What started off with demands of one single garment factory in Ashulia, spread to a large number of factories in the vicinity, which eventually led to the shutting down of nearly 50 of these.

Sports

White wall keep Italy at bay

New Zealand achieved their greatest footballing result here on Sunday with a stunning 1-1 draw against defending champions Italy's in their World Cup Group F match.

Netherlands show their mettle

Cameroon became the first team to exit the World Cup after their 2-1 defeat at the hands of Denmark. The experienced Danes were too formidable for the Indomitable Lions and two clinical finishing from forwards Bendtner and Rommedahl were enough to seal the African's fate.

Paraguay brighten chances

A first-half strike from winger Enrique Vera and a late strike from Cristian Riveros saw Paraguay claim a deserved 2-0 victory over Slovakia.

Blunt Blue Samurai

Japan were left rueing the absence of a proper striking threat after going down 1-0 to the Netherlands in their second World Cup Group E match here on Saturday.

Foxes, pigeons & Wimbledon

Urinating vixens, greedy pigeons, May frost and idiosyncratic mowers are just a few of the problems facing Wimbledon's head groundsman in the run up to the world's most famous tennis championships.

Decisions not going right

Australian players and fans are shaking their heads in disbelief at the big refereeing decisions that keep going against the team at the World Cup.

A missed chance for Eto'o's Cameroon

A despondent Cameroon captain Samuel Eto'o said his side, the highest ranked African team at the World Cup, had missed a great opportunity to do something special after they exited the continent's first World Cup.

A French traitor?

France captain Patrice Evra wants to catch the 'traitor' who leaked Nicolas Anelka's outburst to French newspaper L'Equipe.

Ready to rise from dismay

Spain are optimistic that a shock 1-0 defeat by Switzerland in their Group H opener will stun the European champions into action for their second match against Honduras on Monday.

Portugal's point to prove

Portugal and North Korea clash in a game crucial to their World Cup fortunes on Monday, reviving memories of their classic encounter at the 1966 World Cup.

Anelka axe sparks revolt

The France players boycotted a training session on Sunday in support of Nicolas Anelka, a day after he was kicked out of the World Cup for insulting coach Raymond Domenech.

Unknown territory for the battlers

The thought of Chile against Switzerland as a top-of-the-table clash in the same group as World Cup favourites Spain would have been inconceivable only a few days ago.

World Cup's beer boon

Jason King loves the boost in business that the world's biggest soccer tournament brings to his bar, especially early in the morning when World Cup fans order 2-dollar Budweiser beers with their steak-and-egg breakfasts.

World Cup One Twos

'ENGLAND A DISGRACE'
An England fan who breached security to get into the team's dressing room after their lacklustre 0-0 draw with Algeria told them: "You are a disgrace", the Sunday Mirror reported.

Spain won't change

Vincente del Bosque will remain as coach of Spain even if he fails to guide his team out of the group stage in South Africa, according to Spanish Federation President Angel Villar Mar.

Argentina top bet

Argentina have become the bookies' favourite to win the first World Cup on African soil, after two clear wins in their opening matches while their closest competitors have failed to impress.

Jahid treble sinks Wari

Striker Hasan Jubair struck a hattrick to power Abahani to a comprehensive 7-1 win over Wari Club in the Green Delta Insurance Premier Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Mizan joins table toppers

Mizanur Rahman joined three other players to lead at the end of the eighth round 36th National Chess Championship preliminary phase at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall-room yesterday.

Late Shuvo goal saves Sunrise

Last year's runners-up Sunrise SC came from behind to play out a 1-1 draw against Jatrabari KC in the Bashundhara Senior Division Football League at the Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.

Queen's Baton arrives in town

The Queen's Baton and four representatives of the Commonwealth Games arrived in Dhaka yesterday in a bid to complete the baton relay tomorrow.

Business

PPP outline shapes up

Private investors and non-resident Bangladeshis (NRBs) will enjoy several fiscal and special benefits in the public-private partnership (PPP) projects.

MCCI calls for fair policy

The Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) said yesterday it would be a discriminatory policy if foreign firms were allowed to import without opening letters of credit and the local firms were not given the same opportunity.

FBCCI reforms in spotlight

AK Azad, who led his team to victory in Saturday's FBCCI election, underscored broad reforms to the apex trade body.

IDLC launches index

IDLC Finance Ltd yesterday launched an independent stock index, first of its kind in Bangladesh, in a bid to show the daily performances of 50 big cap companies with the Dhaka and Chittagong bourses.

Equity market for economy

Own money, the more the best. This traditional approach to financing business is not anymore so popular and realistic. Establishing a company and its growth requires outside finance, which can be divided into two macro groups -- debt financing and equity financing.

Big name companies 'ambush' World Cup

As millions flow into FIFA's coffers from official World Cup sponsors, big name brands such as Nike have proven that an altogether better bet is to save the cash and simply "ambush" the event.

Govt creates debate on economic growth

The government has created a debate by making an upward revision on the country's economic growth for the outgoing fiscal year, former adviser to a caretaker government Dr Hossain Zillur Rahman said yesterday.

RMG accessory makers demand incentive

Garment carton and accessory makers yesterday placed a series of demands to the government for continued growth of the sector.

PM's adviser upbeat on growth target

The high GDP growth target can be achieved if the government can reduce the gap between public savings and the investment to GDP ratio, an adviser to the prime minister said yesterday.

Transcom awards winners in promo contest

Transcom Electronics awarded winners of an essay competition as part of its consumer promotional campaign in Dhaka recently, the company said in a statement.

AOL to sell social network site Bebo

AOL Inc will sell its Bebo social network site to private investment firm Criterion Capital Partners for an undisclosed sum, as it tries to restructure its business and deal with declining revenue.

DSE urges NBR to revise share tax

Dhaka Stock Exchange yesterday urged the National Board of Revenue (NBR) to revise the rate of tax on capital market.

Bank taxes set to stir passions at G20 talks

Proposals to slap taxes on banks to help pay for any future global financial crises are set to bedevil G20 talks in Canada next week, pitting rich nations against emerging nations.

E-upazila project launched

A community pilot project to provide ICT-based services and access to information to the masses, e-upazila, has been set up in Jamalpur recently.

Corporate Briefs

FIRST BANGLADESH SHILPA RIN SANGSTHA MUTUAL FUND
The fund reported, on the close of operation on Thursday, net asset value of Tk 1,670.60 per unit on current market price and Tk 242.08 per unit on cost price against face value of Tk 100. Net assets stood at over Tk 12.10 crore after considering all assets and liabilities.

Australia in $9.6b deal with Telstra

Australia said yesterday it had reached an 11 billion dollar ($9.6 billion) deal with the country's largest telcoms company Telstra to bring it into the rollout of a national broadband network.

Britain to introduce bank levy

Britain's finance minister George Osborne confirmed yesterday that his emergency budget to be unveiled this week will include a banking levy.

France Telecom set to take over stake in Le Monde

France Telecom is set to buy a stake in Le Monde, the chief executive said in an interview yesterday, raising the prospect that the state will have indirect ownership in France's newspaper of record.

Oman Oil Co eyes Oman oil, gas block as BG exits

State-run Oman Oil Company (OOC) is in talks with Oman's Ministry of Oil and Gas to take on an exploration block ceded by Britain's BG Group, a senior Omani oil official said on Sunday.

Metropolitan

Arsenic in water poisons 77m Bangladeshis: Report

Up to 77 million Bangladeshis have been exposed to toxic levels of arsenic from contaminated drinking water, and even low-level exposure to the poison is not risk-free, The Lancet medical journal reported.

Village response teams to help conserve tigers

Bangladesh Forest Department and Wildlife Trust of Bangladesh (WTB) has formed ten Village Tiger Response Teams (VTRT) to help conserve tigers that enter villages adjacent to the Sundarbans.

Buet to take action against students responsible

The authority of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) is taking punitive action against students who were responsible for the clash over suspension of classes for watching World Cup football on Sunday.

Tribute paid to poet Sufia Kamal

The 99th birth anniversary of renowned poet Sufia Kamal, a pioneer in the women's rights movement, was observed yesterday.

Check population growth for sustainable dev

Planning Minster Air vice Marshal (Retd) AK Khandakar yesterday stressed the need for checking growth of the country's population to ensure sustainable development.

Agreement with UNDP to strengthen parliamentary democracy

The government signed an agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for implementation of a project to strengthen the functions of parliament through reforms.

'Protect children from abuse'

With a view to involving local government authorities in early childhood development programme, Plan Bangladesh launched a project titled 'Early childhood care and development in disaster-prone areas' at a function at the LGED auditorium in the city yesterday.

BCL workers force JCD men out of Madhur Canteen

Tension ran high on the Dhaka University campus yesterday after a group of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) workers drove away Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) men from Madhur Canteen.

Hannan made envoy to Switzerland

The government has appointed Md Abdul Hannan, currently serving as Bangladesh Ambassador and Permanent Representative (PR) to the UN Office in Geneva, as the new Ambassador of Bangladesh to Switzerland with residence in Geneva, says a foreign ministry announcement yesterday.

15,000 to perform Hajj under govt quota

Some 15,000 pilgrims would get the opportunity of performing Hajj this year under the government quota, State Minister for Religious Affairs Adv Shajahan Mia told Parliament yesterday.

Audacious behaviour of BLDA chief condemned

Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology Alumni Association (Buetaa) yesterday condemned the audacious behaviour of the Bangladesh Land Developers' Association (BLDA) president at a high level meeting of the government recently.

PM rejoins office today

After three days of complete rest following a minor operation on her leg, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will resume work today.

Physiotherapy students begin fast unto death today

The Bangladesh Physiotherapy Student's Union (BPSU) will begin a fast unto death today protesting the government's inaction in establishing Bangladesh College of Physiotherapy.

Road crashes kill two

Two people were killed in separate road accidents in Dinajpur and Jhenidah yesterday.

FM leaves for France

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni left Dhaka for France yesterday on a three-day visit.

Govt pledge-bound to raise navigability of all rivers

The present government is pledge-bound to raise navigability of the all rivers of the country, said Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan yesterday.

Cox's Bazar contractors on indefinite strike

Local contractors yesterday went on an indefinite strike across the district protesting the beating of Roads and Highways Department (RHD) executive engineer by the ruling party lawmaker Abdur Rahman Bodi.

Help govt send more professionals abroad

President Zillur Rahman has urged Bangladeshi expatriates for carrying out advocacy from their respective positions so that the government would be able to send more professionals abroad.

Journalist Repression Day today

The Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) will observe the 'Journalist Repression Day' today.

Driver held with cellphone spare parts at airport

Security personnel at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport seized spare parts of mobile phones worth about 29,000 dollars and detained a driver in this connection at Cargo Village Gate of the airport yesterday.

Mayor Khoka hospitalised

BNP leader and Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) Mayor Sadek Hossain Khoka was hospitalised yesterday afternoon after he fell sick while taking part in a demonstration in the capital.

BDR man dies in road crash while chasing smugglers

A Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) member died as his motorcycle crashed into a roadside tree at Kalaroa in Satkhira yesterday while chasing a gang of smugglers.

Steps taken to develop health system

Health Minister Dr AFM Ruhal Haque yesterday said the government has undertaken various steps for the development of health system to ensure good health for all.

National

BNP men, police clash in Natore

At least 10 people including five policemen were injured as BNP processionists threw brickbats at police prompting the later to charge batons in Natore town yesterday.

Fresh areas flooded in five Sylhet upazilas

Flood situation in Sylhet region worsened yesterday with new areas in Zakiganj, Beanibazar, Golapganj, Fenchuganj and Jaintapur upazilas of Sylhet going under water in the last 48 hours.

Passengers suffer as protesters block highways

Protesters in Rangpur and Narayanganj yesterday blocked highways snapping road links and triggering long tailback.

20 hurt as BNP rivals clash over council

At least 20 people, including two policemen, were injured as local BNP factions clashed over holding council of two Jubo Dal units at Tanore upazila headquarters yesterday.

Attack on journalist in Jhenidah protested

Journalists here yesterday formed a human chain and staged a sit-in in front of Deputy Commissioner's office protesting assault on a fellow newsman.

BCL men stab rival leader in Rajshahi

A group of Chhatra League (BCL) men of Rajshahi Medical College (RMC) unit yesterday stabbed a Rajshahi Dental College unit BCL leader following an altercation over upcoming BCL council at dental college.

2000 workers of another jute mill laid off in Khulna

Over 2000 workers and employees of privately owned Mohsin Jute Mills at Shiromoni industrial belt have been laid off for 45 days with effect from Saturday.

Settlers besiege members of int'l CHT body

Bangali settlers yesterday besieged the visiting members of the International Commission for CHT Affairs for an hour at Bagaihat under Bagaichhari upazila of Rangamati district.

Constable held on extortion charge

A police constable was arrested in Meherpur on charge of extortion on Saturday evening.

9 injured in attack, houses torched

Nine people were injured and nine families rendered homeless in a barbaric attack over land dispute at east Faridpur village of Palashbari upazila on Saturday morning.

Jessore doctors call off strike

Doctors at Jessore General Hospital withdrew their indefinite strike after a fruitful meeting with local political leaders and administration officials held in the conference room of the deputy commissioner yesterday.

2 missing in boat capsize

A man and a woman went missing as a boat capsized in the Kaloni River in south Sunamganj upazila yesterday. The victims were identified as Sadik Mia,35, and Rahima Begum, 37, of Asharchar village. Locals said the boat carrying 10 passengers sank due to strong current while crossing the river in the morning. Other passengers, however, managed to swim ashore.

Body recovered

Police recovered the decomposed body of a young man from a closed jewellery shop at Pashchim Lamapara under Fatulla police station in Sadar upazila on Saturdy afternoon. The identity of the deceased body could not be known immediately. Getting bad smell from the shop that remained closed for the last three days local people informed the police. Later, police rushed to the spot and recovered the decomposed body from the shop. Police suspected the victim was killed three days ago by the assailants in the shop. Shop owner Alam Mia and his five employees remained absconding. Police sent the body that bore stab injury marks to Sadar hospital morgue for autopsy.

Woman murdered

A woman was killed allegedly by her nephew at Char Adampur village under Sadar upazila over a family feud in broad day light yesterday. The dead was identified as Mehera Khatun, 40, wife of Jamal Biswas of Char Adampur village of Ambikapur union under Sadar upazila. Ripon Biswas,11, a witness and the second son of the four children of victim Mehera said, at around 10:00 am Eskander Sheikh,25, attacked Mehera with lethal weapon while she was cutting grass for the cattle at a field adjacent to her house. Mehera died on the spot as Eskander chopped her indiscriminately.

2 held for rape, murder

Police arrested two people on charge of killing a schoolgirl after rape at Narayanpur village of Devidwar upazila on Saturday. The arrestees were identified as M Bashir Alamgir, 25, and M Abdur Rashid, 27, of the village. Police said on Wednesday morning the two culprits abducted Farzana Akhter, 9, a student of class three and daughter of Siddiqur Rahman on her way to school. They took her to a nearby bamboo cluster and killed her after rape. Later, after hectic search her body was recovered in the afternoon. The victim's father filed a case with the police.

Letters

No effluent treatment!

As river pollution around the city has already turned critical, it should be stopped immediately for the betterment of this mega city. Most of the industries of Dhaka are located near the rivers and 70% of them have no Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) to treat industrial wastewater. As a result, factories are disposing of effluents without any treatment to the nearby river. Since industrial wastewater possesses high amount of heavy metal (cadmium, aluminium, zinc), non-biodegradable compounds, high alkalinity, high suspended solid, high Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD), the river ecosystems are becoming critically endangered. Data from NGOs and other monitoring authorities show that Buriganga, Shitalakhya, Turag, Balu receive about 1.9 million cubic meters of untreated water on daily basis which is alarming for aquatic life and human health.

Nimtoli disaster

This is the worst fire disaster the nation has witnessed. People of the most densely populated Dhaka city were afraid of earthquake and for a long time they were being warned of countless loss of lives and widespread property damage as well as environmental disaster. But this blaze at Nimtoli involving a few houses has shown us a new dimension of potential risks that we are living with.

GDP and progress

To be graduated as a middle-income state within 2021, Bangladesh needs to increase its GDP growth to nearly about 8 percent. But at present it is hovering around 5.5 percent which is lower than the level predicted by our finance minister. Some factors are closely linked to increase or decrease of the GDP growth rate. Investment is an important factor. Investment is also interlinked with some factors like political atmosphere, infrastructure, power & energy.

US should be impartial

We are stunned by the belligerent attitude of Israel, after invading an aid carrying ship in the international water, killing nine people and injuring many, it has no regrets, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu clearly stated he won't apologize for the incident.

CHT issue

The problem of CHT is not the problem of CHT people only; it's a national problem of Bangladesh.

Flags

Supporters of different football teams are buying and displaying the national flags of the respective countries. But unfortunately, most of these football admirers are reluctant to show proper respect to the flags. Many of them keep the flags hoisted at evening and night, some even keep the flags outside during thunderstorms. Moreover, some dim-witted tailors are making flags with their own-invented length-width ratios, patterns and writings. All of these activities demonstrate utter disrespect to the countries concerned.

Biodiversity

Biodiversity is the foundation of life on Earth. It underpins the functioning of ecosystems from which we derive essential products and services such as oxygen, food, fresh water and medicines.

Banani-Gulshan Lake

Thank you for your article published on your June 02, 2010 issue under the heading: "Serve notices on canal grabbers to remove structures - JS body asks Dhaka DC" with a photograph showing pollution of Gulshan-Banani Lake by shanty dwellers living along the shore of the lake on Banani side. Your photograph showing a vivid & ugly scene, just near the recently built bridge connecting Banani with Gulshan via Banani Road No.11 is well known to the residents of Banani -- particularly those having residence along the side of the lake.

No Tobacco Day

The World No Tobacco Day was observed on 31 May 2010. A U.S. State Department statement issued on the occasion of the World No Tobacco Day 2010 expressed concern over the greater exposure to cigarette marketing among young women. The statement said “A new report issued on May 27th by the U.S. Center for Diseases Control (CDC) examines gender differences in tobacco use and awareness of tobacco marketing. Particularly troubling is new global data from Bangladesh, Thailand, Uruguay, indicating cigarette marketing among young women (ages 15 to 24) than older women (over 24 years).

Electrocution

We have observed in last 2/3 weeks that people have been killed being electrocuted coming into contact with 11,000 volts primary distribution line which passes near their balconies in open conductor. The last one being a disaster of such a magnitude that the accident from the 11 kv line caused a great fire, bursting two transformers and thereby killing some 113 people is just one stroke lasting a few seconds.

Don't ignore them

Imagine, a boy equally talented, has two eyes, one nose like you but there is only one difference--he is poor and you are rich and only for that reason he cannot study. Around me, there are many students who cannot go to school. So, I took a step. I have distributed most of my Bengali books to the unfortunate boys. I discovered that they also like to read and have a very good ability to understand a subject. The young boys who are about only five or six years old were very happy to see the colourful story books that I gave them. They need money but more importantly they need proper education. So, I urge the whole world, please donate books (especially colourful ones) to 46 Flora Pass Road (beside A.K. Khan Group Head Office) Ambagan, Chittagong, so that I can distribute those to the unfortunate children.

Everest story

I think your newspaper was covering Musa's Everest success story a bit too much. In one word “News Blitzkrieg” was going on now in both DS and the Prothom Alo. There is no denying the marvellous achievement of Musa, Kudos to him. I express my heartfelt congratulations to him. Every Bangladeshi should be proud of this achievement. It is an occasion for celebration too.

Ad-hoc power solution

A front-page article on the subject was published in a local daily on June 1. The writer expressed some critical views regarding the government's approach to energy solutions, which was somewhat ad-hoc in my opinion. It is rather a theoretical advice, and to an extent not very rational or pragmatic in real life!

Football fever

The whole world is now shivering with World Cup football fever. People are supporting different teams.

Menacing trucks

In Sylhet city, at daytime, hundreds of trucks move recklessly through the main roads. Certainly, it's very risky for city dwellers, especially the school going children and their guardians. At least after the unanticipated death of a BUET student, the authorities should be more careful in this area. For example, From Kumargoan bus-stand to Amberkhana point (only in four kilometres) there are many educational institutions like Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Ragib-Rabeya Medical College and Hospital, BDR school, Sylhet Ideal School and College, Muslim Model School, West Point School and College, Pathantula Primary and High school, Blue Bird school and so on.

Tobacco cultivation

While the whole world is aware of the harmful impact of tobacco and tobacco related products, here in our country cultivation of tobacco is increasing day by day. Initially, cultivation of tobacco was confined to greater Rangpur. But, now it has spread in most areas of our country that is very detrimental for our food security, health, environment and socio-economic stability. For cultivation of tobacco very fertile land is needed and tobacco plants take away a huge quantity of nutrients from top soil. As a result, the land becomes unsuitable for cultivation of any agricultural crop for next two years.

Rajuk and developers

If we look at the buildings of Dhaka city, it becomes evident that these were not constructed according to the building code. I have hardly seen 8 feet (4 feet from either side) distance between two houses which is a rule set by RAJUK. Hundreds of thousands of buildings have been constructed illegally but RAJUK did not take any action against the people who made them and claim that they do not have sufficient manpower. To me this is a lame excuse because it takes 2 to 5 years to construct a multi-storied building. If RAJUK has 20 engineers they should have sufficient time to inspect them (at least the distance between two buildings). Experts repeatedly warned that if there is insufficient space between the buildings, fire may spread from one house to another. See what happened at "Nimtoli" of Dhaka city. A building collapsed at "Begunbari" as it was not constructed following the code.

Undermining Islam

At present anti-Islamic forces of the world are trying to offend Muslim Ummah in multiple ways. They have already adopted Internet as a medium to pour scorn on Islam and propagate false, baseless information about the religion. Even they are opening many a website in the name of Islam and trying to create confusion about Islam among those Muslims who have little knowledge of it.

International

UN confirms rise in Afghan violence

Violence in Afghanistan has continued to increase in recent months, as has the use of improvised explosive devices and suicide attacks, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a new report.

Japan backs UN investigation

A visiting Japanese envoy said yesterday his country-backed efforts by the United Nations to investigate alleged war crimes committed in Sri Lanka during the final months of its ethnic conflict.

US warns Pakistan over Iran deal

Pakistan should be wary of committing to an Iran-Pakistan natural gas pipeline because anticipated US sanctions on Iran could hit Pakistani companies, the US special representative to the region said yesterday.

India seizes tiger bones shipment on way to China

Indian customs officers yesterday seized the third shipment of tiger bones and other animal parts, worth 230,000 dollars and destined for use in traditional medicine in China.

Israel to allow all 'civilian’ goods into Gaza

Israel will allow all "civilian" goods into the Gaza Strip while still preventing weapons from entering the Hamas-run territory, a senior Israeli official said yesterday.

Kyrgyzstan extends emergency rule

Kyrgyzstan's interim government has extended a state of emergency in the southern city of Osh and nearby towns and villages following more than a week of deadly clashes between ethnic Uzbeks and Kyrgyz.

Car blasts in Iraq kill 26

At least 26 people have been killed in a twin suicide car bombing close to a state-owned bank in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, officials have said.

China flood death toll rises to 147

The death toll from torrential downpours battering China for the past week has risen to 147, the government said yesterday, as more heavy rain was forecast.

BP says it's paid $104m to Gulf residents

BP said Saturday that it has paid $104 million to residents along the Gulf Coast who have filed claims related to the Gulf oil spill.

Iran hangs Jundullah chief

The leader of a Sunni militant group has been executed in Iran for his involvement in "terrorist" attacks in the Islamic state, state media report.

Asset list reveals Karzai earns $525 a month

Afghan president Hamid Karzai earns just $525 a month, has less than $20,000 in the bank and owns no land or property, according to a declaration of his assets yesterday by an anti-graft body.

Blasts, rocket attack kill five Afghan civilians

Five civilians, including three children, were killed and 24 other people were wounded in three separate attacks by Taliban militants in southern and eastern Afghanistan, officials said yesterday.

US drone strike kills top al-Qaeda leader

A top al-Qaeda commander Abu Ahmad is said to be amongst 15 militants who were killed in Saturday's US drone attack in Mirali town in Pakistan's volatile tribal region of North Waziristan.

Police nets Indian train sabotage leader

Indian police yesterday arrested a Maoist rebel leader accused for derailing a passenger train and causing a crash that killed 151 people in the eastern state of West Bengal last month.

Arts & Entertainment

Orao play to take part in World Festival of Children’s Theatre

A 15-member team of Orao Shishu Kishor Theatre, consisting of indigenous youngsters, from Dinajpur recently left for Germany to take part in the World Festival for Children's Theatre. The festival will start on June 26.

World Music Day today

The Fęte de la Musique, also known as World Music Day, is being celebrated today in Bangladesh and elsewhere in the world amidst much festivity and enthusiasm. The festival aims to promote music among the masses.

Remembering art critic Sovon Som

Dhaka Art Centre arranged a memorial programme in honour of the recently deceased internationally renowned Indian art critic Sovon Som at the centre's auditorium, on June 20. Noted art critic Moinuddin Khaled, artist Nisar Hossain, Professor Syed Azizul Haque, Dr. Shubhagoto Chowdhury and Dr. Niru Parvin spoke on the occasion.

Football Fever

Monalisa’s take
The Daily Star has been keeping tabs on the celebs to gauge their views on the ongoing World Cup 2010.

“Shesh Shonglap” to be staged today at Shilpakala Academy

Shomoy Natyadal's production, “Shesh Shonglap” will be staged today at Experimental Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, at 7 pm, according to a press release.

Thousands flock to opening of Harry Potter theme park

Thousands queued for the opening of the Harry Potter theme park, where they were greeted by the films' stars, including Daniel Radcliffe.

Monsoon celebration in Khagrachhari

Surcharcha, an organisation of Khagrachhari town, recently celebrated Borsha (rainy season) with a vibrant cultural programme at its premises.

OP-ED

All elections are unique

MOST of the democracy-loving people are divided among one political camp or the other. There are, however, others who do not follow any particular party, but during elections they vote for the candidate they think would be able to deliver best for their consistency.

A lesson for the government

THE whole nation witnessed the Chittagong City Corporation election take place in a peaceful manner and festive mood. It has been recognised by the media and observers that the election was free, fair and credible, excepting a few cases of violence.



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