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News of: Wednesday, 30th of June, 2010

Front Page

Jamaat trio held on court order

Top brass of Jamaat-e-Islami -- Motiur Rahman Nizami, Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojahid, and Delwar Hossain Sayedee -- were arrested from the capital and Savar, hours after a Dhaka court ordered the move yesterday.

Nightmare came night before the hartal

Faruque Hossain, who suffered burns on 60 percent of his body as criminals torched a car on the night before Sunday's hartal, is now fighting for life at the Burn and Plastic Surgery Unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).

Spain ride on Villa

A red-hot David Villa scored his fourth goal of the World Cup to fire European champions Spain past Iberian arch-rivals Portugal 1-0 on Tuesday and into quarterfinal clash against Paraguay.

No registration no permission

Private land developers and real estate companies, who are not registered with Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk), will not get its approval for developing plots and constructing apartments from July 1.

Initiate judicial investigation

BNP yesterday placed a set of demands including sending injured party lawmaker Annee abroad immediately for better treatment on his release and withdrawal of all cases filed against Khaleda Zia for its return to parliament.

Arrest made illegally

Jamaat-e-Islami will stage demonstrations across the country today to protest the arrest of its three top leaders.

PM visits hartal victim

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday visited critically injured Superintendent Engineer of Public Works Department (PWD) Abul Kashem at the city's Square Hospital.

Speaker bins Sahara's claim of his nod

Home Minister Sahara Khatun yesterday claimed BNP lawmaker Shahiduddin Chowdhury Annee was arrested with permission from Speaker Abdul Hamid.

Rare rental record

British company Aggreko that signed an unsolicited rental power contract with Bangladesh government last month is set to start generation of 100 megawatt power today or tomorrow, setting a record of fast implementation of such a project in the country.

Sadarghat set for new start

The state-run Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority starts managing the Passenger Terminal Bhaban of Sadarghat river port from July 1 scrapping the 28-year-old leasing system.

Rejoinder, our reply

Private housing company Swadesh Properties Ltd in a rejoinder to the news report headlined 'DAP now official', published in The Daily Star on June 24, said its project Shornali Abason is not in a flood flow zone.

Father doubts confession

The case of six-year-old Samiul killing took a turn over prime accused Arif's false statement about the time and place of the occurrence.

ACC sues Khoka

The Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) last night filed a case against Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) Mayor Sadek Hossain Khoka with Shahbagh police on charges of irregularities in recruitment to the corporation.

Another 'custodial' death

A CNG-run auto rickshaw driver was killed early yesterday when he ran from police custody and fell on the street in the city's Moghbazar, claimed police. However, the family had different story to tell.

Logging goes unabated

A gang of illegal loggers yesterday beat up a forest officer and snatched 55 cubic feet of valuable teak from the forest patrol team of Moulvibazar's Lawachhara Reserve Forest.

CCC gets back power after bill payment

The power supply to Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) building was restored at around 6:00pm yesterday -- 26 hours after Power Development Board (PDB), Chittagong disconnected the supply line for non-payment of bills.

Ershad renews alliance loyalty

Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad in parliament yesterday expressed his unflinching loyalty to the Awami League-led grand alliance.

Chy Alam picked up by Rab

Dhaka City Corporation Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka yesterday demanded DCC ward councillor and BNP central leader Chowdhury Alam be immediately released or produced before a court.

Driver retracts early statement

Driver Al Amin yesterday backtracked on his earlier statement regarding deaths of Farzana Akhter Rita and her two children, investigators say.

India looking forward to Obama visit

Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh on Monday said that he was looking forward to the visit of US President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their children in November this year, while adding that he was quite satisfied with the way Indo-US relations were progressing.

Maldives cabinet quits en bloc

The Maldivian cabinet resigned en masse yesterday after a threat by the opposition to bring a vote of no confidence in parliament against every minister.

Another Nimtoli victim dies

Another victim of the Nimtoli blaze succumbed to her injuries at the capital's Combined Military Hospital (CMH) yesterday.

Editorial

Excesses during hartal

WE are outraged at the appalling behaviour demonstrated by the police and members of the Rapid Action Battalion inside the residence of BNP politician and former minister Mirza Abbas during Sunday's hartal. The graphic images of the brutality the forces resorted to leaves us all in a state of disbelief, for the fundamental reason that such behaviour is not what one expects in a democratic society. The police and RAB men, without any qualms, simply marched into the house, stormed into its various rooms (including bedrooms) and indiscriminately beat up everyone they found there. Among those who could not escape the truncheons were Mirza Abbas' elderly mother, his wife and other female members of the family. It was clearly brutality totally uncalled for.

Recipe to reform bureaucracy!

IT is with interest that we receive the news of the government's initiative to legislate to stave off political partisanship in civil administration besides cutting its cost. So far as the cost-saving part goes, it is long overdue but how the government legislates effectively against corruption is to be seen to be believed.

Sports

Paraguay prevail in penalties

Paraguay beat Japan 5-3 on penalties following a 0-0 draw to reach the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time in their history on Tuesday.

Queiroz calls for technology

Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz backed calls on Monday for the introduction of technology to aid referees, saying the credibility of the game was at stake.

Maradona revels in glory

Argentina coach Diego Maradona is delighted that he is finally receiving the praise he believes he deserves after leading the country to four successive victories at the World Cup finals.

French soccer chief resigns

French Football Federation (FFF) president Jean-Pierre Escalettes said on Monday he was resigning after France's World Cup fiasco.

Ominous Brazil

Luis Fabiano didn't really have to sound out a warning to their quarterfinal opponents. The Dutch players must have watched Brazil's match a few hours after they sauntered to a 2-1 win over Slovakia in Durban. And they must have taken a deep, long breath.

'Chile lacked punch'

Chile coach Marcelo Bielsa admitted his side lacked the necessary punch to trouble Brazil on Monday after they were beaten 3-0 in and exited the World Cup.

Friendship can wait

Bayern Munich's Argentinian central defender Martin Demichelis will set friendships aside on Saturday when he faces Germany in the World Cup quarterfinals as he tries to make the most of a chance he thought had passed him by.

Kaka's yellow peril a worry

Coach Dunga admitted Kaka's flurry of yellow cards was giving him concern as five-time world champions Brazil charged into the quarterfinals at the World Cup at Ellis Park on Monday.

Blatter says sorry

England and Mexico received a fulsome apology from FIFA President Sepp Blatter on Tuesday over refereeing errors during their World Cup last 16 matches and announced FIFA would discuss the introduction of goal-line technology at a meeting next month in Cardiff.

Liberty works for 'em

Robinho celebrated his first goal at the World Cup and a man-of-the-match performance as Brazil cruised past Chile and into the quarterfinals on Monday.

Octopus scare for Argentina

An octopus in Germany that has shot to fame for correctly predicting the result of all of the country's World Cup matches so far on Tuesday forecasted a win over Argentina in the quarterfinals.

Slovakia hail Robben

Slovakia bowed out of the World Cup with a second round 2-1 defeat to the Netherlands on Monday as coach Vladimir Weiss hailed Dutch winger Arjen Robben an "absolute genius".

Romero's 'no' to replays

Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero went against the grain on Monday by calling for footballing authorities to resist the temptation to introduce goalline technology.

Federer all for replays

A controversial goalline decision at the World Cup only served to back up what Roger Federer already suspected -- that soccer needs replay technology and tennis does not.

Inquest for French coach

Disgraced French football coach Raymond Domenech and ex-football federation supremo Jean-Pierre Escalettes will appear before lawmakers on Wednesday to explain France's chaotic World Cup campaign.

Local Khukumoni wins 2nd prize

Lady luck smiled on the locals when the draw of The Daily Star-Rangs Toshiba World Cup Quiz 2010 Round 4 saw as many as two winners from the city during a ceremony at the Zia Hall yesterday afternoon.

'Argentina a class above England'

Quarterfinal opponents Argentina are in a different league to an England side who were just not up for their last 16 clash, Germany's Miroslav Klose said on Monday.

Influx weakening European game

Is it coincidence that a month after Inter Milan won the Champions League without a single Italian in their starting lineup Italy went out of the World Cup in the first round finishing bottom of their group?

Rahat hattrick fires Ajax

Rahat Sarwar struck a hattrick to power Ajax Sporting Club to a 3-0 win over Wari Club in the Green Delta Insurance Premier League at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Venus, Clijsters crash out

Venus Williams crashed out of the Wimble-don quarter-finals Tuesday while Kim Clijsters also fell, making Serena Williams' path to a fourth title much clearer.

Tigers off to London today

The Bangladesh cricket team took off early today morning for a one-day international tour of the United Kingdom.

SA sensing victory

Dale Steyn and Johan Botha bowled South Africa to the verge of victory in the third and final Test against West Indies on Monday.

Henry, Toure to leave Barca

Barcelona have confirmed Thierry Henry and Yaya Toure are to leave the club. Both players were widely expected to leave the Nou Camp this summer, with Henry tipped to move to Major League Soccer in the United States and Toure thought to be on the verge of a switch to Manchester City.

World Cup One Twos

SUMMER CONCERT
World Cup fever gripped an open air concert given by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra after Germany's 4-1 victory over England on Sunday. During the third encore the orchestra's brass section put their horns aside and played vuvuzelas painted in red, black and gold, the colours of the German flag. The orchestra's Romanian director Ion Marin congratulated Germany on their win at the beginning of the concert and said he hoped the audience would find the musical evening just as rewarding. They did.

Business

BO account maintenance fee goes up

The stockmarket regulator has imposed an additional Tk 200 in annual maintenance fee on each beneficiary owner (BO) account.

Govt tweaks tax proposals

The government has reversed a proposal to impose 10 percent tax on all income from pensioner savings certificates.

Footwear maker eyes expansion

Fortuna Bangladesh is set to expand operations in the footwear industry by increasing its production capacity and establishing the country's first shoe mould manufacturing factory by September.

Marico unveils new hair care product

Marico Bangladesh Ltd (MBL) has unveiled a new hair care product for the Bangladeshi beauty conscious women recently in Dhaka.

Rupali Bank up for overhaul

The government has taken a fresh move to reform the ailing state-owned Rupali Bank.

Govt cuts tax on stockbrokers

The government yesterday withdrew or modified the proposals for imposing tax on interest income from pensioner savings certificates, and increasing tax at source on export earnings and stockbrokers’ commissions.

BB's new guideline for bank expansion

Bangladesh Bank (BB) on Monday issued a new guideline for the expansion of branches, booths and headquarters of banks.

Tough telecom law to frustrate investors

The government's recent move to bring changes to the telecom laws is sending a wrong signal to foreign investors about the investment climate in the country, said a member of American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Bangladesh yesterday.

New telecom law a conspiracy against digital Bangladesh

The move to enact a tough law for telecom and ICT industry is nothing but a 'conspiracy' against the present government's vision for a 'digital Bangladesh', speakers said at a discussion yesterday.

IBFB links city governance to investment

The government should take steps to attract investment to generate more employment by ensuring better city governance in all city corporations, said the president of International Business Forum of Bangladesh (IBFB) yesterday.

Outright Group factories shut for fourth day

Three garment factories of Outright Group in the Kafrul neighbourhood of Dhaka remained closed for a fourth day, after workers took to the streets, demanding timely payment of an annual salary increment.

UCB celebrates 27th anniversary

United Commercial Bank (UCB) celebrated its 27th anniversary at a hotel in Dhaka yesterday, said in a press release.

Work resumes at Ctg port

Goods handling resumed at Chittagong port yesterday almost 20 hours after lacing and unlacing workers went on strike, demanding the previous daily wages.

China's Hebei Iron in talks to buy Australian mine

China's Hebei Iron and Steel Group, one of the country's largest steelmakers, is in talks with Atlas Iron Limited for a stake in a magnetite mine in Western Australia, state media reported Tuesday.

Lafarge divisional chief due today

Isidoro Miranda, co-president for cement division of Lafarge Group, France, is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka today on an official visit, says Lafarge Surma Cement Ltd in a statement.

Solve a problem with tech

Tending to an expectant mother, a health worker keys answers to a set of questions into her smartphone. The information is then sent to a local clinic by the internet-enabled phone for a follow-up.

South Africa sees tourism boon

Halfway through the World Cup, tourism officials say football fans have already brought an economic windfall that looks set to keep rolling as a raft of big countries play in the second round.

New chairman for Mercantile Insurance

Mercantile Insurance Ltd elected Mohammad Solaiman as chairman, said the insurer in a statement yesterday.

UK to impose limit on immigration

The number of workers entering UK from outside Europe will be controlled by a new limit, British Home Secretary Theresa May announced in London on Monday.

S Korea regains status as world's top shipbuilder

South Korea overtook China to regain its status as the world's top shipbuilder in the first four months of this year thanks to a rise in demand from European shipping lines, the government said Tuesday.

Oil slides

Oil prices slid yesterday, mirroring a slump for equities, following a major downgrade to a key Chinese economic indicator and after the release of weak Japanese data, analysts said.

China and Taiwan sign historic trade pact

Taiwan and China signed a historic trade pact Tuesday in the boldest step yet towards reconciliation between the former archfoes, 60 years after the civil war that drove them apart.

Kraft announces sale of Wedel to Japanese Lotte Group

Kraft Foods said yesterday that it had agreed to sell Cadbury's Poland-based E. Wedel brand chocolate and confectionary operations to the Japanese Lotte Group, which makes chewing gum, for an undisclosed sum.

Majority of Germans want to ditch the euro

A majority of Germans wants to scrap the euro and bring back the old currency, the deutschemark, according to a new poll published yesterday.

S Korea's SK Telecom invests $100m in Malaysia

South Korea's top mobile network operator SK Telecom Tuesday announced a 100 million dollar investment in a Malaysian firm to tap into regional high-speed Internet services.

Corporate Briefs

FAREAST ISLAMI LIFE INSURANCE
The insurer has recommended 45 percent stock dividend for 2009. The AGM will be held on August 31 (at 11am) at Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka. The record date is July 14.

Currency

Local Market FX
The local market was active today. USD/BDT maintained its bullish trend.

Metropolitan

'Impose addl taxes on tobacco products to discourage sale'

Anti-tobacco organisations yesterday demanded the government to impose additional taxes on cigarette, tobacco and tobacco-products to discourage their sale.

Work for implementation of budget to improve people's condition: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday in parliament urged all to work unitedly for implementation of the budget for next fiscal to enrich the people's economic condition.

67pc ultra poor spend NGO money on non-productive purposes

Around 67 percent ultra poor people, who take micro-credit from different NGOs, spend their money for non-productive purposes, which ultimately do not help reduce their poverty, according to a survey released yesterday.

Ensure rehabilitation of arson attack victims

The International Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission has urged the government to ensure rehabilitation of the people affected by recent violence in Baghaichhari and stop further settlement of Bangalee migrants in the area.

Make action plan to end child labour

Speakers at a seminar yesterday emphasised the need for an action plan with a time frame to implement the newly-formulated National Child Labour Eradication Policy 2010.

2 die in Ctg road crashes

At least two people were killed in separate road accidents in Chittagong yesterday.

Amendment to rules demanded

Officials of the Dhaka Ahsania Mission and some NGOs yesterday demanded amendment to the rules for providing better treatment to the drug addicts and their proper rehabilitation.

'Re-fix wage structure for water transport workers'

Bangladesh Noujan Sramik Federation (BNSF) demanded of the government to re-fix wage structure for water transport workers keeping consistency with wage scale 2009.

Railway to procure 2 rescue cranes

Bangladesh Railway is going to procure two rescue cranes aiming to replace the age-old existing fleet that has long exceeded its economic life.

Reinstatement of 85 UZ polls officers stayed

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday stayed for six weeks a verdict of the Administrative Appellate Tribunal, halting the reinstatement of 85 upazila election officers, who were appointed during the previous BNP-Jamaat alliance government but terminated during the caretaker government.

Physiotherapy students' hunger strike postponed

Bangladesh Physiotherapy Students' Union (BPSU) yesterday postponed their fast unto death after Health Minister Prof AFM Ruhal Haque had assured them of starting the process of establishing Bangladesh College of Physiotherapy within two weeks.

Sahara promises action

Home Minister Sahara Khatun has said action will be taken if the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) engaged in any “unjust and unlawful” act inside the house of BNP leader Mirza Abbas during hartal hours on Sunday.

Buet asks all to provide info

Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) authorities asked the students, teachers and employees, who have any information regarding the June 19 campus violence, to provide such information to the committee investigating the incident.

Hearing adjourned

A Dhaka Court yesterday adjourned till September 15 the hearing on charge framing against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, her elder son Tarique Rahman and four others in connection with Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.

30th BCS preliminary test on July 30

The 30th BCS preliminary test will be held at 10:00am on July 30.

Policy on disclosure of public information stressed

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chairman Ghulam Rahman yesterday stressed the need for a policy on disclosure of public information to ensure the people's right to information as well as to protect the rights of the persons accused of corruption.

Dhaka elected UN CEDAW member

Bangladesh has been elected a member of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) securing the highest votes in its elections held at the United Nations on Monday.

Korean killed in Bogra road crash

One Korean citizen was killed and three other Koreans were injured in a road accident on Bogra-Rangpur highway in Digharkandi area early yesterday.

3 to die for killing madrasa student

A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced three youths to death for killing Abdul Hye Mamun, a madrasa student of Gazipur, in June, 2008 in the city's Badda area.

'Frame policy to rehabilitate affected people'

A national policy should be framed to rehabilitate the people displaced by land acquisition with adequate compensation and care, speakers at a conference said yesterday.

President returns

President Zillur Rahman returned home last night from London after a medical checkup at Cromewell Hospital there.

National

Fresh areas flooded as rain-fed rivers swell in three districts

Heavy rain in the last 48 hours has further worsened the flood situation in Netrakona, Gaibandha and Sirajganj districts.

Trial opens in Srimongal today, verdict in Sunamganj case Aug 2

Trial of alleged BDR mutineers of Moulvibazar begins today while verdict against chargesheeted 14 of Sunamganj will be pronounced on August 2.

Land Commission's task in CHT termed eyewash

Leaders of Parbatya Chattagram Nagorik Committee, a civil society body of indigenous leaders in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), have demanded postponement of the ongoing tasks by the CHT Land Disputes Resolution Commission (CHTLDRC) until amendment to the commission in line with the CHT peace deal.

Lightning kills 4 in two dists

Lightning killed four people in Madaripur and Chapainawabganj districts yesterday.

Five get life for killing schoolboy in Madaripur

A court on Monday convicted five people and sentenced them to life term rigorous imprisonment (RI) for killing a schoolboy in 2007.

Another BNP leader held in Khagrachhari

Khagrachhari Sadar police yesterday arrested one more BNP leader from his Kalabagan residence under Sadar upazila in connection with the arson attack on February 23 last year.

Hajee Danesh university shut in face of agitation

Hajee Danesh Science and Technology University (HSTU) was closed yesterday evening in face of continuous protest by students against the punishment of 15 students.

CID fails again to submit report on further probe

Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal Judge of Sylhet yesterday deferred the date for filing the report of the 'further investigation' in Kibria killing case to July 5. The decision came as the Special Public Prosecutor, Kishore Kumar Kar prayed for time extension again, stating the CID could not finish the job and they need more time for it.

Hospital project gathering dust for 18 years

A project proposal for construction of three 10-bed mini hospitals for fishermen, bawalis and honey collectors of the Sundarbans is gathering dust for the last 18 years.

Bus strike called off

District Bus Owners' Association yesterday called off strike in six domestic routes.

Ruet staff threaten strike

Employees of Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (Ruet) on Monday threatened to go on indefinite strike from July 4 protesting non-implementation of gradation and selection policy. The Ruet employees submitted a memorandum to the Vice Chancellor and Registrar in this regard. Ruet Employees Association president Shahnewaz Sarker said they will wear back badges on June 29 and observe a-day strike on June 30, hold protests on July 1 to press their demands. He said the employees are being deprived of increased salaries and other facilities approved by the present government as the gradation and selection policy is not implemented at the university.

Young man gets life

A youth was sentenced to life term rigorous imprisonment on Monday for killing a saloon owner. Additional District and Sessions Judge Mohammad Nuruzzaman in his verdict also fined him Tk. 10 thousand, in default, to suffer one more year in jail. The convict was identified as Ripon Rabi Das, 27, of Katakhali area of the town. Investigation officer of the case Kripa Sindhu Bala said Ripon, a Saloon staff stabbed the shop owner Biren Shil, 40, to death following a feud on January 2008 at Muktarpur Ferry Ghat area under Sadar upazila.

Snake poison seized

Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) personnel arrested two smugglers along with snake poison worth about Tk 1 crore at Aramdanga village in Damurhuda upazila on Monday noon. The arrestees are Munsar, 55, son of Gulzar Hossain of Routanagdhapara of Faridpur upazila of Pabna district and Nur Alam, 43, of Thakurpur village of Sadar upazila of the district. Being tipped off that a gang of smugglers were staying in the house of one M Goni of the village a team of Rab-6 conducted a drive there and arrested the two smugglers. Searching their bodies the law enforcers recovered six bottles of snake poison.

Three held with arms

Police arrested two criminals along with arms from the house of a local Awami League leader at Korpara village in Ramganj upazila on Sunday evening. The arrestees are Abul Kalam Delu, 42, son of Mamtaz Miah and Billal Hossain, 32, son of Mamtaz Hossain of the same village. Acting on secret information, police raided the house of Korpara union AL president Majibul Haq and arrested the two men along with one Japan made pistol and one bullet. Another report from Chittagong add: police arrested a criminal at Paindang in Fatikchhari upazila in the district on the same day night and recovered arms. Police arrested Shahidul Alam from Paindang area and according to his statement they seized three guns and five bullets from Samur Dighi area of the upazila.

Body recovered

Body of a young girl was recovered from behind Shaheed Zia Hall auditorium at Chashara of the town on Monday noon. The identity of the girl, aged about 25, could not be known immediately. Being informed by locals, Fatullah police recovered the body from behind the auditorium and sent it to hospital morgue for autopsy. Police suspected that she might have been strangulated to death.

Rab recovers heroin

A team of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered 1.10 kg heroin from a bus at Goalanda bus stand here on Saturday night. Acting on a tip off, a team of Rab-8 searched the bus and recovered three packets of heroin in abandoned condition. The seized heroin was deposited to local office of Narcotics Control Department for laboratory test. A case was filed.

Letters

Use of jute bags

A front-page news item on the subject was published in a daily on June 17th.

Wayward power supply

We hear from our friends and relatives living in Bangladesh that the supply of electricity in the capital itself is highly erratic. They report that at every one-hour interval there is one-hour load shedding. They say, it is not only in Dhaka, the load shedding, a popular power saving method, is going on all over Bangladesh. If they are correct then Bangladesh offices run only 4 hours and industries 10 hours in 24 hours. Here are my rough calculations. A 24 hours day, half 12 hours time is daylight time and another 12 hours is night for sleep and rest. The load shedding then eats 6 hours from night and 6 hours from daylight. Usually, the office hours are during day time so the officials get only 6 hours for office work and remaining 6 hours allotted for them are eaten by load-shedding.

Chittagong election

Free and fair election is the precondition of democracy in a country. It is a matter of great regret that in Bangladesh history it sometimes seemed that election result was manipulated, especially when election was conducted under the ruling party. But this dirty practice has come to an end which was reflected in the Chittagong City Corporation election held on 17 June, 2010.

Brain diseases

From Muhammad Ali to Salvador Dali... Adolph Hitler to Pope John Paul II... actress Mary Jackson to politician Janet Reno, Parkinson's disease has touched the lives of people all over the world. Bangladesh has more than a million people (a very wild guess) who are suffering from neurological diseases such as Parkinson's disease (PD), Alzheimer, drying of the neurons, etc. A friend (secretary to the government) who had Alzheimer, passed away sometime ago. Three of my friends are presently suffering from such diseases. In a wider canvas, this list will be uncountable, as our elderly population is growing.

Our cricket team

Considering the overall performance of the cricket team in recent matches, we think the time is ripe for the Board to do something to find and check the humiliating degradation of our cricket. The players' performances have reached such an extent that commentators do not hesitate to ridicule them with derogatory remarks like 'fishing stick' to mean their bat and 'lollipop' to mean the ball. The team was even sometimes compared to that of a school-amateurs .

The general speaks out!

The former general and president of the republic and presently an MP and important partner of the grand-alliance government wrote a column in this newspaper on 16 June, 2010, which is a must read for everybody who has curiosity about the politics and development of the country. The ex-general has said a lot of things, from politics, his harassment, development activities undertaken by him to the present condition of the country. Since these are his personal views, so I do not have anything to say or protest except that part which I personally witnessed and was somehow responsible for.

Eve teasing

Eve teasing has become quite a common scene in the present context of the country as every day we find news in the electronic and print media that young girls are being maltreated across the country. Every day school and college going girls face vulgar words from the stalkers on the way. Sometimes, they are physically harassed and sexually abused. Asma Khatun, 15, a student of class ten, was killed by a group of stalkers in Sathkhira district. Once again, it has proved that the recent initiatives taken by our honourable education minister as well as the law enforcers are not quite satisfactory. To speak the truth, women are severely maltreated in a least developed country like Bangladesh where the govt is adopting many strategies and policies to empower women in all spheres of life. Nevertheless exploitation and oppression against them are increasing. However, it is true that our socio-economic aspect is not quite favourable for women to develop themselves smoothly but at the same time it can't be denied that the birth of the girl child is not warmly recognised here due to superstitions.

Better batting, but…

The batsmen of our cricket team have somewhat improved in scoring rate and style but the continued inclusion of Ashraful and his 'promised' low scores are absolutely debilitating for our team. It defies all and any logic of our post match analysis. He seems to have lost focus.

Myanmar and nuclear weapons

It has been reported that Myanmar is working on nuclear weapons with assistance from North Korea. We all know that Myanmar is our next door neighbour and we can't simply be silent about those developments. It has many implications. Firstly, our relationship with Myanmar as a close neighbour is not satisfactory, there are frequent feuds regarding our water bodies on the basin of the Bay of Bengal. Secondly, we have disputes such as Rohingya crisis, smuggling etc. Moreover, Myanmar military dictatorship has been ruling this country for a significant period of time exhibiting less chance for a democratic govt. in the near future. We already have lot many neighbouring countries in this part of the globe having nuclear power like India, China and Pakistan. Now, Myanmar is going to join this club too! What will be the next courses of action for us? Is there any discussion or a strategic or diplomatic policy that has been taken by our government highlighting this matter? I think it is time to think again, we can't ignore the things around us.

Chittagong issue

I have no intention to influence your decision to act as you think necessary as the Mayor of CCC. But it would be more useful if you kindly keep in mind that you are a non-party candidate though a political sticker has been added. The people of Chittagong have elected you for a change they thought absolutely necessary for the overall development of the city as the commercial capital and the main port. This job will require your statesmanship in running your office democratically without being biased in favour of any political party or your political affiliation, if any.

Congratulations to both

Though seemingly the BNP led alliance has won the Chittagong mayoral election, but in the truest sense it is the ruling party which has won. They have proven that they can also hold fair election while they are in power. This defeat may show us all that if the Election Commission takes proper and strict measures to hold fair elections, they can do so! It will add extra weight to the demand for annulling the caretaker system in our country.

Medical expertise

Mr. Ahmed Niaz's above captioned letter has touched me deeply. The inadequacy in terms of expertise in medical field is horrible. It is better not to discuss govt. hospitals. Some big private hospitals which were launched after creating much hype and sounds, are not much better. Their consultants are (most of them) mediocre, probably as per the instructions of their owners, they go and go and go for damn expensive investigations, which are not always necessary, they recruit junior doctors mainly graduated from so called private medical colleges,(the govt. medical college graduates don't stay long in these hospitals.).And about these private medical colleges, may Allah protect this nation from them, the least said, the better! And a very important segment of a hospital the nursing side, is far from any acceptable standard. The charges of these hospitals are irrationally high.

Classrooms

I hear so much about digital Bangladesh but the future personnel who are going to carry it through do not have the bare electronic instruction facilities to make them competent for the job. I am talking about most of the public universities of the country. Most of the classrooms in those varsities do not have computer aided instructions facilities in the classrooms. Professors are using very old fashioned chalkboard to teach complex science material. For explaining most of the modern science concepts clearly and accurately to the students, the professors need to draw complicated flow charts and diagrammes. It is virtually impossible to do all the graphics on the chalkboard in a lecture hour. Due to lack of proper electronic instruction facilities in our classrooms our university graduates are not getting quality education. We should immediately allocate resources so that at least all sciences and technology classrooms of our universities are equipped with computers and LCD projectors. To complete the digitisation we should also connect the classrooms with Internet so that the teachers can use the vast web resources for instant reference in the classrooms.

Modest dress

It has been observed fairly recently that some European countries are banning the wearing of veils. Without understanding the inner significance of this tradition some of the so called self-declared smart (!) people in Bangladesh as well are thinking to ban or prohibit this tradition. This is not actually tradition. This is a human right of women what kind of dresses and costumes they will choose for themselves. If it is dictated by certain quarters of men, then there is a question of Male Chauvinism. Men should not dictate any female to wear hizab and if any woman wants to wear it none should stop her. Traditionally most of our mothers, daughters and sisters are religious. If they want to fulfil the order given by Alllah (SWT) by wearing veil we should rather encourage it instead of prohibiting it. The recent influx of rape, eve-teasing leading to suicide and indecent assault are to some extent linked with not wearing modest dress. If any girl goes outside without wearing the proper modest dress it is quite normal that boys on the road and corner may peep in and comment on the beauty of the girl and will try to tease her to satisfy his lust. That's why The Ahkamul Hakimin (Judge of all judges) Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala has given the injunction in the Holy Qur'an (Surat-un-Nur 24.30-31) in the following way:

Objectionable remarks

We appreciate Awami League MP Sawkat Momen Shahjahan for his observation which is very sensible and praiseworthy. On May 23, 2010, he expressed his dissatisfaction about the remarks of State Minister for Law Quamrul Islam on BNP's founder Ziaur Rahman, whom Quamrul Islam labelled as a spy who worked for Pakistan during our liberation war.

Tax on savings certificates

I would like to put forward my views in the interest of the small savers, pensioners, retirees, widows and senior citizens of the country. The government has recen imposed a ten percent tax on interest incomes from savings certificates. The decision is indeed good in the interest of the nation but in my opinion the authorities should give a second thought to the plight of the small investors who are dependent on this income to survive. In my opinion the tax should be imposed on an income coming from an invested amount in excess of Tk 50 lakh which appears to be quite reasonable with the present inflation rate and cost of living standard to offer a retired pensioner, widow or senior citizen a decent living. As the life time savings and commutation money of a retired officer/staff cannot exceed this amount, I guess it is quite a reasonable figure which should not be considered as invested for business or profit purpose, but rather for survival. I hope the authorities will re-consider their decision in the interest of the small savers, pensioners, retirees, widows and senior citizens and impose the tax on an income generated in excess of Tk 50 lakh.

International

US Senate set to OK Petraeus as Afghan commander

US General David Petraeus faces a confirmation hearing in the Senate yesterday expected to expose growing doubts about the US effort in Afghanistan but broad support for the four-star general chosen to lead it.

Maoists kill 26 police in India

Maoist rebels killed 26 police officers in an ambush in central India yesterday, police said, in the latest of a series of deadly strikes against security forces.

Kashmir hit by curfew as protests spread

The government imposed a curfew in parts of Kashmir and deployed thousands of troops yesterday to quell huge anti-India protests in a region at the core of its dispute with nuclear-armed neighbour Pakistan.

German minister warns against Afghan 'end-date’

Setting an end-date for the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan would play into the hands of insurgents, Germany's defence minister said yesterday, warning of a "tough summer."

Lanka denies deal with ‘rump Tamil Tigers’

Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has denied reports that the government is forming an "alliance" with the "rump" of the Tamil Tigers.

US missiles kill 10 in Pakistan

Suspected US missiles hit a house yesterday in a Pakistani tribal region along the Afghan border where the army has been battling Taliban fighters, intelligence officials said. At least 10 suspected militants were killed, including a possible al-Qaeda operative.

Maoists shot dead 26 CRPF men in India

Maoists yesterday shot dead 26 Indian paramilitary personnel by carrying out an ambush in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh.

Manmohan to ask US to extradite Anderson

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said yesterday India would try to convince the United States to extradite the former chairman of Union Carbide, wanted in connection with the world's deadliest industrial accident.

Opposition calls all-India strike July 5

The Left parties, AIADMK, Telugu Desam Party, Samajwadi Party, Biju Janata Dal (BJD), Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) and the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) yesterday called for a countrywide dawn-to-dusk strike July 5 to protest against the fuel price hike.

My own people cornered me: Dahal

Unified CPN (Maoist) chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has lamented his own people had cornered him for raising the issue of nationalism.

Roadside bombs kill five Afghans

Five civilians were killed and five were injured in separate roadside bombs in southern and central Afghanistan, officials said yesterday.

5 US terror convicts file appeal at Pak court

The defence lawyer for five Americans convicted of plotting terrorist attacks and sentenced to 10 years in jail in Pakistan says he has filed an appeal.

US nets 10 suspected Russian spies

Russia yesterday said US allegations that it had broken up a major Russian spy ring just days after President Dmitry Medvedev met Barack Obama in Washington were baseless and improper.

No Palestinian state before 2012: Israel

No Palestinian state will be founded in the next two years, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said yesterday, citing difficulties in US-mediated peace negotiations as well as divisions among the Palestinians.

Storm to slow US oil spill ramp-up

High winds and large waves expected in the Gulf of Mexico as the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season passes to the west are likely to slow efforts to contain the largest oil spill in US history.

China struggles to save 107 buried in landslide

Hundreds of rescuers struggled in treacherous conditions yesterday to pull out 107 people buried in a landslide in southwest China, but said there was only a "slim" chance of finding survivors.

N Korean leader's son 'in parliament’

The youngest son of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il clandestinely became a parliament member last year, another sign he is being groomed to succeed his father, South Korean news reports said yesterday.

N Korea slams G-8 for sinking criticism

North Korea yesterday rejected Group of Eight criticism over its alleged deadly sinking of a South Korean warship, a day after the isolated communist nation threatened to bolster its nuclear capability.

Petraeus gives evidence

The head of Britain's inquiry into the Iraq war says his panel has held a private meeting with US General David Petraeus.

Arts & Entertainment

Panorama on canvas

Shadinota Charu Shilpi Sangsad is holding a group art exhibition, titled “Sabujer Abahon,” at Bangladesh Asiatic Society Gallery, Nimtoli, in Dhaka. At the exhibition, works of promising painters delve deep into pure panoramic views. The artists have portrayed landscapes and skyscapes. The exhibition is the outcome of a workshop, held recently in Savar.

Rhythm divine

Eminent tabla artiste Pandit Samar Saha of Banaras Gharana (school of music) performed at Bengal Shilpalaya, Dhanmondi, in Dhaka on June 28. Renowned sarangi artiste Ramlal [of Banaras] accompanied Pt. Saha during the two hour-long captivating performance.

“Sitar Agni-Parikkha” gets a new look

Shadhona, a centre for advancement of South Asian music and dance, presented the monodrama “Sitar Agni-Parikkha” on stage in July, last year. Eminent Indian actor Averee Chaurey played the protagonist. This year, Shadhona is staging the play with some changes. The main change is re-casting of the lead. Instead of Chaurey, Bangladeshi actress Naznin Hasan Chumki will don the multiple roles in the production. Chumki is also directing the play. This is the first time in Bangladeshi theatre that an actress is both directing and enacting the protagonist in a monodrama. Some technical changes have also been made in the play.

Call to promote tourism

A day long mango fair and cultural programme were held in Chapainawabganj amidst much festivity on Monday. Around 100 local mango varieties were on display at 15 stalls set up by different government horticulture centres, upazila parishad, nurseries and individuals at the Chapainawabganj Horimohon Government High School premises.

Haba dance: An indigenous tradition

Haba, a centuries old dance form, is performed by the Tripura community to propitiate the gods in the hope of good crops. The Tripura farmers also believe that they will enjoy a happy and prosperous life through dance, songs and arts.

Celebrities on World Cup 2010

Shibli Mohammad
“I hope this year the cup goes to Argentina,” said Shibli Mohammad, one of the leading dancers of the country.

Butterfly Marketing sponsoring “ATN Rannaghor”

Butterfly Marketing Ltd is now sponsoring the popular cooking show “ATN Rannaghor” on ATN Bangla.

OP-ED

A misplaced hartal, a misguided response

QUITE a few facts have emerged from the hartal, or general strike, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party called on Sunday. And these facts, or call them realities, apply to both the BNP and the ruling Awami League.

Nepal bracing for deeper trouble

THE Himalayan country of Nepal, already at the threshold of a political crisis stemming from growing acrimony among the principal players, seems to be moving towards deeper trouble with no sign for a settlement of the standoff.

Inequality in rural areas

THE famous Kuznet's hypothesis, also known as inverted "U" hypothesis, postulates that at the initial stage of economic growth inequality is induced but eventually the level of inequality falls with more economic growth. Empirical evidences on this count are, however, mixed. There are plenty of good growth performances with unequal distribution of wealth and income as there are with relatively fair distribution of income and wealth.

In search of civility in politics

BANGLADESH'S political scene has been tumultuous since independence. Periods of democratic rule had been interrupted by political impasse, martial law, caretaker coups and state of emergency etc.

Better teachers is the key

THE government has given importance to education this year by raising allocation to the education sector by 13.5% in the budget for the next fiscal year. A proposal has been made for allocating Tk.17,959 crore in the revenue and development budget for the sector against the existing allocation of Tk.14,006 crore.



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