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News of: Friday, 2nd of July, 2010

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Cops open fire on protesters, 1 killed

One person was killed and 33 others including schoolboys were injured yesterday as law enforcers opened fire on agitating locals demanding a speed breaker on Dhaka-Mawa highway at Kuchiamora under Sirajdikhan upazila of the district.

A step towards start of war crimes trial

The government has achieved three things through the arrests of the top Jamaat leaders -- it got some extra time to question the trio on their alleged war crimes, proved its seriousness about the trial of war criminals and weakened main opposition BNP.

Cops to quiz Mojahid, Saidur face-to-face

Detained Jamaat Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojahid will be brought face to face with JMB chief Saidur Rahman for interrogation in connection with the killings of intellectuals in 1971.

Brazil's Oranje battle in hand

Brazil's quarterfinal match-up against Netherlands will be the headline clash as the World Cup returns today with two clashes from the last eight stage that also include the Uruguay-Ghana game.

Lost battle for a hartal victim

Faruque Hossain finally succumbed to his injuries yesterday after spending five agonising days at the Burn and Plastic Surgery Unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital.

Khaleda for release of Jamaat trio

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia demanded immediate release of top Jamaat leaders last night and termed their arrests "a heinous example of political repression in an autocratic manner".

Jute farmers get a boost

Fifteen lakh jute farmers in the country will get Tk 200 each and training on ribbon retting, a method of rotting jute plants in small amount of water, Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury announced yesterday.

Foreign firms keen to invest in power sector

The government has received responses from 75 foreign companies to its call for $10 billion investment in the country's power and energy sector, representatives of which are expected to participate in a post road show conference in Dhaka on Saturday. Most of the respondents are Asian.

Pak witness tells of '71 massacre

Through smouldering debris, a truck carrying Naseem Akhtar and several others was heading airport around midnight. Standing on the open truck all of them recoiled in horror at the sight of dead bodies on roadsides.

Another Nimtoli victim dies

Another victim of Nimtoli inferno Babita Burman succumbed to her injuries at the intensive care unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital last night, after fighting for life almost for a month.

JS body moves to probe anomalies

A parliamentary body yesterday formed a sub-committee to investigate alleged irregularities in awarding work orders for printing next year's primary and secondary school textbooks and supply of paper for textbooks.

Youth killed in 'gunfight'

A businessman, whom police claim as a mugger, was killed during a 'gunfight' with law enforcers in the capital's Gulshan early yesterday. The wife of the deceased however differs on the account.

War crime probe agency gets 3 new members

The government yesterday appointed three new officials to the war crimes investigation agency to speed up the probe into the crimes against humanity committed during the liberation war in 1971.

Bangladesh to host 2014 World T20

The ICC has awarded the next two World Twenty20 tournaments in 2012 and 2014 to Sri Lanka and Bangladesh respectively, while England will host the Champions Trophy in 2013. The 2015 World Cup will be held by Australia and New Zealand and the 2013 Women's World Cup will be played in India. The decisions were announced after a meeting of the ICC board in Singapore.

PM to leave for Nigeria on July 7

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is likely to leave Dhaka for Abuja in the early hours of July 7 to attend the Seventh Developing-8 Summit.

Govt raises rice price by Tk 3

The government has decided to buy limited quantity of rice from domestic market and import wheat to maintain its stock as high rice price is failing the public procurement target of 12 lakh tonnes this boro season.

City Jamaat ameer among 12,000 accused

Dhaka city Jamaat Ameer Rafiqul Islam Khan is among the five named accused in a case filed yesterday in connection with the Wednesday's clash between garment workers and law enforcers at Shewrapara in the capital.

Suspended docs of BSMMU form human chain

The suspended teachers and doctors of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) formed a human chain in front of the university yesterday afternoon demanding removal of its Vice Chancellor Prof Pran Gopal Dutta.

Jamaat leaders sued for obstruction

Shahbagh police filed a case on Tuesday against Jamaat-e-Islami acting secretary general ATM Azharul Islam, senior assistant secretary general Muhammad Kamaruzzaman and five other top Jamaat leaders in connection with obstructing the arrest of Jamaat Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami.

China's zero tariff facility made effective

China has extended its zero-tariff facility for Bangladeshi products from yesterday.

Poles to pick president from rival camps

Poles will choose between two conservative candidates with contrasting views on market reforms, the euro currency and Poland's place in the European Union in Sunday's presidential election run-off.

Iran warns EU of 'dire consequences' over sanctions

Iran has warned European Union states of "dire consequences" because of their decision to impose tighter sanctions on Tehran over its nuclear program.

Somali clashes kill 21

At least 21 people were killed and 42 wounded in fighting in Somalia, a human rights group said yesterday.

Editorial

An appallingly bad idea

We are alarmed by the Information Minister's comment that the government's plans to introduce a law aimed at preventing what it calls yellow journalism. Our response is plain, simple and without ambiguity. We believe that if there is yellow journalism in certain instances and if the government means to act against it, there are sufficient existing mechanisms to do it. A new law cannot be the answer to the problem. It will only become a problem by itself. The answer lies in empowering Press Council and allow it to do its job professionally and independently. Certainly there could be news reports which might be false or designed to malign individuals, groups and the government. But those reports can be dealt with by the Press Council once strong measures are in place to ensure the absolute independence of the body. We suggest that an independent Press Council is the appropriate body to deal with all matters regarding allegations of bad or motivated journalism. It must be provided with adequate funds, manpower, indeed infrastructure in order to function without fetters of any kind. That is what the government should do and not formulate any new law.

Dhaka University's turning 90

Eighty-nine years ago on July 01, 1921 the Dhaka University was founded fulfilling the long cherished dream of the then population of East Bengal. The idea of establishing a university for the relatively unserved section of the Bengalees living in the eastern part of greater Bengal came to the mind of the imperial rulers after a deputation of high ranking Muslim leaders, including Sir Nawab Khwaja Salimullah, Khan Bahadur Chowdhury Kazimuddin Ahmed Siddiky, Nawab Syed Nawab Ali Choudhury and A. K. Fazlul Huq, met Lord Hardinge, the then Viceroy of India, on January 31, 1912 and expressed their fears that the annulment (of Partition of Bengal) would retard the educational progress of their community. This highest seat of learning in this agricultural hinterland of greater Bengal, in course of time, truly became the centre of intellectual excellence as well as that of political thinking and movement.

Sports

Awaiting an explosion

Brazil, without suspended Ramires and injured Elano, face the Netherlands here on Friday for the fourth time at a World Cup in what promises to be an explosive quarterfinal.

Dunga's hands are tied

Brazil coach Dunga may have a hard time selecting his midfield for the quarterfinal against the Netherlands at the World Cup on Friday because of injuries and a suspension.

Maradona not a good coach - Pele

Pele, who earlier during the World Cup finals said that Maradona had only taken the Argentina coaching job because he needed the money, said Maradona's previous troubles - which included treatment for a cocaine addiction - could only have a bad effect on the team.

It's Serena v Vera

Defending champion Serena Williams reached her third successive Wimbledon final after seeing off a challenge from the gritty Czech Petra Kvitova 7-6 (7/5), 6-2 on Thursday.

Winning matters most

For a team that was supposed to flounder in the first round and that has come under attack for its reliance on style over substance, Dunga's boys from Brazil aren't doing too badly.

Houseful PE

Port Elizabeth has put a 'no room at the inn' sign up as Brazilian and Dutch fans invade this sleepy Eastern Cape city for Friday's mouthwatering World Cup quarterfinal.

Dutch haven't peaked yet

Netherlands winger Eljero Elia believes his side have yet to hit top form in South Africa and is in bullish mood ahead of Friday's quarterfinal with Brazil in Port Elizabeth.

Sneijder, Van Persie still friends

Wesley Sneijder has dismissed suggestions that a rift has developed between himself and Netherlands teammate Robin van Persie.

Chasing a dream

One-time football power Uruguay are on the verge of their first World Cup semifinal appearance in 40 years with African hope Ghana blocking their way at Soccer City here on Friday.

Ghana carry Africa's hopes

World Cup boss Danny Jordaan said Thursday that Ghana carried the continent's hopes as it aimed to become the first African team in the semifinals, in the first tournament on African soil.

Bastian fires warning

Germany must beware of Argentina's attempts to provoke them during Saturday's World Cup quarterfinal, German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger said on Wednesday.

'Ballboy' Mueller prefers to wait

Diego Maradona thought Thomas Mueller was a ballboy when they first met, a demeaning snub which has fired-up the German star to plot Argentina's downfall in Saturday's World Cup quarterfinal.

Kimberley behind Uruguayans

When the Uruguayan squad left their hotel in Kimberley to head for the World Cup quarterfinal with Ghana in Johannesburg, staff and guards at the gate bid them farewell singing "Shosholoza".

Abedi Pele backs Black Stars

Ghana legend Abedi Pele has backed the Black Stars to beat Uruguay in Friday's World Cup quarter-final and ride the wave of continental support all the way to the final in Soccer City on July 11.

The price of failure!

North Koreans risk being sent to the coal mines while Nigeria get slapped with a two-year ban from international football.

Fans on the rise

The overall attendance at the World Cup could be the highest since the tournament was held in the United States 16 years ago, organisers said on Thursday.

Hodgson new Reds boss

Fulham boss Roy Hodgson was named on Thursday as the new manager of Liverpool, signing a three-year contract on Merseyside, the Premier League club said.

Cafu rates African sides

An African nation could win the World Cup in the future if the game continues on the right path, Brazil's World Cup-winning captain Cafu said on Thursday.

Juve snap up Bonucci, Martinez

Juventus continued the club's rebuilding for the new Italian season on Thursday by completing big-money deals for Bari centre-back Leonardo Bonucci and Catania midfielder Jorge Martinez.

World Cup One Twos

CHANGING FOCUS
FIFA's reluctance to use technology to avoid refereeing errors has been grist to the mill of newspaper cartoonists. South Africa's Business Day newspaper couldn't resist a dig at FIFA's priorities. The cartoon shows FIFA chief Sepp Blatter announcing that "FIFA is reconsidering reopening the debate on using video technology to review play and to aid refereeing decisions ... if we can overcome the logistical nightmare of turning four of the 1,680 cameras trained on the hordes of potential ambush marketers in the stands towards the soccer on the pitch!"

Nat'l chess from today

The draw for the final phase of Mercantile Bank 36th National Chess Championship was held yesterday at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall room.

V'ball training camp ends

A month-long volleyball training camp for the students of Viqarunnissa Noon School and College ended yesterday on its campus.

An eye for a vuvuzela

A Zimbabwean man has lost an eye in a fight over a vuvuzela, a state daily reported on Thursday.

Nadal-Murray semifinal

Rafael Nadal came from behind Wednesday to win his grudge match with Sweden's Robin Soderling 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 6-1 and set up Wimbledon semifnal clash with British fourth seed Andy Murray.

Bolt out of C'wealth Games

The world's fastest man Usain Bolt will not compete at the Commonwealth Games in India despite his name appearing in the preliminary entry list, his manager was quoted as saying on Thursday.

Sonali Bank abase Ajax

Sonali Bank came from behind to post their fifth victory in the Green Delta Insurance Premier Hockey League with an emphatic 4-1 win over Ajax SC at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Sr Div soccer

Wari Club and Mohakhali Ekadosh played out a goalless draw in the Bashundhara Senior Division Football League at the Birshreshtha Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.

Business

Banks pass robust period

Private commercial banks (PCBs) have recorded 30-95 percent growth in operating profit in the six months to June 30, 2010 compared to the same period last year.

Farm lending on a roll

Farm loan disbursement rose 18.42 percent to Tk 9,888.97 crore in the first 11 months of the immediate past fiscal year from Tk 8,350.10 crore a year ago, thanks to the central bank’s monitoring and interest shown by commercial banks to lend more to farmers.

SEC sets modalities for tax on shares' premium value

The stockmarket regulator has set modalities for companies, which will float or sell new shares with additional value, to pay taxes imposed on the premium value of shares.

Hasina moves on pearl farming

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the fisheries ministry to take up a programme soon for the development of pearl farming.

Port users stage sit-in for efficiency

Port Users Forum, a platform for Chittagong Port stakeholders, went for a sit-in yesterday, demanding quick steps to restore efficiency to the port.

Minister says pilot border haats to be launched soon

Border haat, a common marketplace for both Bangladeshis and Indians, is set to launch within the next few months on pilot basis, said Commerce Minister Faruk Khan yesterday.

Brac EPL, Generation Next team up

Brac EPL Investments has recently entered into an agreement with Generation Next Fashions for providing issue management services for the forthcoming IPO of the textile company, Brac EPL said in a statement.

RMG workers demand Tk 5,000 minimum wage

Garment workers yesterday announced a month-long peaceful agitation programme to press home their five-point demand, including a minimum wage of Tk 5,000.

Tata plans truck plant in Kishoreganj

Tata Group plans to join hands with Nitol Motors, its car distributor in Bangladesh, to set up a truck plant in Kishoreganj.

ICC's new chief

Rajat Kumar Gupta, senior partner emeritus of McKinsey & Company, was elected the chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) yesterday.

BGIC declares 10pc stock dividend

Bangladesh General Insurance Company Ltd (BGIC) has declared 10 percent stock dividend for 2009 on an enhanced capital of Tk 41.76 crore, the company said in a statement.

Asian stocks slide

Asian stocks slid Thursday on weaker than expected economic data from China and global economic fears, with figures showing growing Japanese business confidence barely making an impact.

German shoppers put spring into retail sales

German retail sales gained 0.4 percent in May from the April level, official data showed on Thursday as shoppers showed some confidence in the German economy, the biggest in Europe.

Indian, global hotels face off

Indian hotel chains, all set for an expansion drive, are likely to face stiff competition from well-known global chains that are aggressively making inroads into the widening domestic market.

Yuan ends near post-revaluation high

The yuan strengthened but stopped short of breaching its recent post-revaluation high against the dollar on Thursday as traders worried the central bank might intervene to pull it back if it rises too far, too fast.

Oil above $74

Oil fell further in Asian trade on Thursday as concerns lingered about rising US gasoline stockpiles and weaker than expected US jobs data, analysts said.

Metropolitan

Call to practise logic through debate

The Daily Star-Mutual Trust Bank Debate Festival began here yesterday with a call for practising logic and reasoning in every sphere of life.

Pledge to build digital Bangladesh

The Dhaka University Day was celebrated yesterday amid much enthusiasm and festivity on the campus.

646 children killed, 300 raped in 3 yrs

About 300 children aged between three to 18 years were violated in last three years and 62 of them were killed after the rape, says a report.

50 lakh junkies in country

Stern punishment to drug lords and the syndicates is a must to root out the drug addiction from personal life, family and society, speakers at an open dialogue said yesterday.

ADB extends loan for food security

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) extended financial assistance to Bangladesh to grow high-value crops including vegetables, spices and fruits that will boost income for the poor farmers and support the nation's food security.

23 HC benches reconstituted

The Chief Justice Mohammad Fazlul Karim reconstituted 23 benches of the High Court yesterday as both the Appellate and High Court divisions of the Supreme Court will reopen on July 4 after the end of a three-week vacation.

Hearing on ACC appeal Sunday

The Appellate Division is likely to hold hearing on Sunday on an appeal filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) against a High Court (HC) verdict that scrapped the 13-year jail sentence against Awami League lawmaker Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir in a corruption case.

Subrata, Mangol Puja Parishad president secy

Advocate Subrata Chow-dhury and Mangol Chandra Ghosh were elected president and general secretary of Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad at its national convention recently, says a press release.

Nur Uz Zaman made envoy to Libya

The Gover-nment has decided to appoint former secretary ABM Nur Uz Zaman as the Ambassador of Bangladesh to Libya.

Stern action if passengers harassed

Stern action would be taken against water transport workers if they harass passengers, said Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan yesterday.

61killed in 'crossfire' in 6 months

Some 1,310 people were killed in work related accidents while 61 killed in "crossfire" incidents in the last six months, says two rights organisations.

Bangladesh to play 'peace building' role: Quayes

Recalling Bangladesh as the largest troop contributing country in the UN peacekeeping missions, Foreign Secretary Mijarul Quayes expressed the hope for a “peace building” role of Bangladesh in near future from present “peacekeeping” role.

Road crashes kill 4

Four people, including two bank officials, were killed and 10 students injured in separate road accidents in Bagerhat and Brahmanbaria on Wednesday night and yesterday.

3 bakeries fined in Ctg

A mobile court fined three bakeries and six buses Tk 43,000 on different charges at West Madarbari and Tigerpass in the port city yesterday.

Chaitanya, Kabir Court Reporters' Assoc president, general secretary

Advocate Chaitanya Chandra Halder of The Daily Star and Advocate Anwarul Kabir Babul of the daily Jugantor have been elected president and general secretary of the Court Reporters' Association (CRA) for 2010-2011 on Wednesday, says a press release.

Film on War of Liberation mugged

Muggers snatched eight video cassettes, containing a film on the War of Liberation, from the city's Moghbazar area Wednesday night.

National

Wheat under FWP finally going back from Nilphamari

Three hundred and twenty-four tonnes of wheat allocated for rural infrastructure development programmes in Saidpur upazila of Nilphamari district in 2009-10 fiscal year (FY) is returning back as no project proposal was submitted within June 29 deadline.

Kuakata dyke collapses within two months of construction

Tidal surge from the Bay has washed away around 40 metres of the 320-metre-long Kuakata protection embankment only within two months of its construction, much to the worry of local people and tourists.

No move yet to start ICU

The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Casualty Ward at the Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College and Hospital could not be put into operation more than three and a half years into their inauguration.

Class boycott by teachers on

Teachers of fine arts department at Rajshahi University (RU) continued their class boycott programme for the second day yesterday demanding exemplary punishment to the students who confined proctor, department chairman and three teachers to office and classroom on Monday.

Ultimatum to coal mine authorities

Bangladeshi miners at Barapukuria Coal Mine yesterday threatened to go for an indefinite strike if the lay-off notices served on 160 miners were not withdrawn by 4:00pm today.

Top outlaw arrested

A top cadre of an outlawed party was arrested along with firearms and ammunition at Boiragirchar in Daulatpur upazila on Wednesday.

Over 200 Jamaat men sued in Pabna

Police yesterday sued over 200 leaders and activists of Pabna Jamaat, including its district ameer and secretary, in connection with creating panic and trying to deteriorate law and order.

More Jamaat men held

Police arrested 30 more activists of Jamaat-e-Islami in the district raising the total to 34.

Lightning kills 3 in Sirajganj, Manikganj

Lightning killed three people in Sirajganj and Manikganj on Wednesday and the day before.

Trader murdered

A trader was killed by his rivals as a sequel to dispute over a piece of land in Karamdi village under Gangni upazila of Meherpur yesterday. Police said a gang of four to five led by Mohir Uddin and Mizan Uddin of the village attacked Sader Ali,45, around 6:00am while returning home after saying Fajr prayers at a mosque. The gang took him to a roadside field and slit his throat. Officer-in-Charge (OC) Matia Rahman of Gangni police station said a gang led by Sader killed Safdar Ali, father of Mohir and Mizan, a year ago. ''A rivalry between the two groups had been prevailing for long over a piece of land,'' the OC added.

Pvt power plant on test run

A 50 mw private rental power plant went into operation here on experimental basis on Wednesday. The plant generated 16 and a half MW of power for the national grid on the day. Project Director of the power plant Shahadat Hossain and project manager Imdadul Haque said 50 MW of power will be generated through 41 generators under the plant. It would be possible to put all 41 generators into operation by July 4 and 50 MW of power can be added to the national grid from that day, they said.

4 injured by robbers

Fours people were injured, one by bomb, in an attack by robbers at Akundabaria village in Sadar upazila early yesterday. Villagers said, a gang of 10/15 armed robbers entered the house of Sabur Mondal of the village at about 2:45am. As the people in the house raised alarm, locals rushed to the scene and tried to besiege the robbers. At this they attacked the locals with sharp weapons, leaving three -- Riza, Liton and Rinta -- injured. The criminals also exploded two bombs injuring Hannu, 30, wounded critically. The injured were admitted to a local hospital.

Arms recovered

Rab in a drive yesterday recovered four firearms from Indranipara at Gayeshpur village under Sadar upazila. Company commander of Jhenidah Rab Alvi Ferdous Khan said a gang of criminals was holding a secret meeting in a field of the village at 11:30pm. Rab cordoned off the area. Sensing the presence of the law enforcers, the gang fled the spot, leaving two shutter guns and two light guns (LGs) in a bag.

Letters

Vuvuzela!

The World Cup at South Africa has introduced a new musical (or noise making) instrument to the world audience! The games may be forgotten in the days to come; but the Vuvuzela will remain-- the popular and ever-present symbol of the games in South Africa! Viva-la Vuvuzela!

The great woman

June 19 was the birthday of Aung San Suu Kyi, a living legend. Her birthday was observed all over the world with tremendous enthusiasm. The whole world loves her. But where is she? She is under house arrest.

Football festival

The whole country has worn a festive look with colours of Brazil, Argentina and other favourite football playing nations flying on rooftops, bamboo poles, huts, shops and even vehicles. T shirts and stickers of those flags are selling like hot cakes. Youngsters have shown their loyalty to the favourite nations by vandalizing vehicles on their failure to watch the games because of load shedding. Some BUET students blew their future for WC by making the authorities close down the highest seat of education in our country. My wife won't watch any Bangladeshi programmes on TV. She prefers refined acting in refined Bengali of West Bengal to Bangladeshi low comic drama serials in local dialects. Should I blame my wife? Should I point finger to the youngsters for their showing emotional attachment to the countries that have made neatness and transparency their guiding principle? So to make our youngsters proud of our flag that we achieved in return of blood and tears, first we have to ensure good governance characterized by benevolence, austerity, honesty, accountability and diligence on the part of every citizen.

A new vista for agriculture

Jute, the golden fibre of Bangladesh, once again makes presence in the media as its genetic coding has been decoded by a Bangladeshi scientist in collaboration with other aiding agencies. Being a deltaic country, Bangladesh has to face a number of natural disasters round the year. The avaricious activities of humans on environment also add a new dimension to such kind of calamities. Farmers are keeping themselves away from cultivating jute. Moreover, the malpractice of jute collection through local agent for government factories at lower rates has worsened the situation to some extent. Though we are the second largest producer of this fibre after India, the present situation is not encouraging at all.

What's wrong?

We have bigger problems in the country. So let us not just irritate the football enthusiasts by criticising them pointlessly. During the World Cup season people of different cultures become one. It's a phenomenon, not that we can have such phenomenon every day! It brings us all together in a global festival. We dance, sing the same song. At this point of time, there is no difference.

Menace

The buses in Dhaka city are a great menace.

Who is responsible?

The other day I was passing through the Mohakhali flyover. Traffic was terrible! Vehicles were bumper to bumper. On my left was a heavily loaded mini truck. What caught my attention was the way goods were tied up to the body. It was so carelessly tied up that it seemed it might fall down any time and cause an accident. I was thinking what if the goods fell down on a car! I asked the driver why he tied the goods that way. He reluctantly said, “It's perfectly alright. It will never fall down.” I asked what if it fell down. He said, “Then it would be an accident. And nobody has control on accident.” Then I told him I had taken a photo of his truck. He grinned and said, “I don't care at all.”

Private universities

With reference to the editorial published on your newspaper on June 13, 2010 entitled “Vat proposal on private universities be withdrawn”, I would like to thank you on behalf of students and guardians, for your positive perception on this issue and producing the write-up.

BUET closure

BUET, the highest seat of technical education in the country, was closed sine die on such a trifling issue that we cannot but feel worried. It appears that junior students thrashed up their seniors to close the university to facilitate viewing World Cup football matches. Nothing can be more shameful for this traditional institute. The authorities should take tough actions against the rogue students to keep the BUET image high.

Bank pay scale

This is the recent news that the nationalised banks i.e. Sonali Bank Limited, Janata Bank Limited & the Agrani Bank Limited, including Bangladesh Bank, are going to have a separate pay scale. Already, the banks have submitted their proposed pay structure to the Ministry of Finance. I think that this a very good & effective step of the nationalised banks, because the private bank pay structure is much higher than the nationalised banks. There should be a balance. Our neighbouring countries like India, Pakistan & Sri Lanka have separate pay scales for the nationalised banks.

Land developers

The housing ministry had called a meeting to discuss about the Detailed Area Plan (DAP) of Rajuk with Rehab and Bangladesh Land Developers Association (BLDA). In this meeting, the state minister of housing faced an impolite behaviour of a businessman.

Import of used cars

All the countries in the world have made our country a dumping ground of old cars which they do not want to keep in their own country. You must impose immediate ban on the import of used cars.

Power generation in Sylhet

The present capacity of the running power stations in Sylhet zone is about 500 MW including 15 &3 years rental and small IPP. These plants are run by gas and gas is also available there. The present peak hour power demand of Sylhet zone is about 250 MW. The balance 250 MW cannot fully be dispatched to other areas where there is shortage of generation due to limitation of transmission facility. As a result, the Sylhet zone remains surplus in generation and suffers no load shedding.

AL in disarray

It seems that the AL is ruining itself. The party has lost focus in every field after the huge election victory. This is characterized by :

Health for all

The 1978 Declaration of Alma-Ata described health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Health is a “fundamental human right.” Attainment of the highest possible level of health is a very important world-wide social goal. By 2000, everyone should enjoy “a level of health that will permit them to lead a socially and economically productive life.” Achieving this aim would necessitate financial and community expansion. But primary healthcare, “based on practical, scientifically sound and socially acceptable methods and technology” made universally accessible to individuals and families, was supposed to be key to attaining the target. By 2000, there were significant health improvements, with increases in life expectancy in 163 of 184 countries for which data are available (between 1975 and 1995). Expenditure on health has also risen, with global spending on health accounting for approximately 8 percent of the world's gross domestic product (GDP). However, there are massive disparities in the health status of rich and poor countries and the goal of “health for all” has clearly not been met.

Untrained drivers

We the city dwellers travel by bus. It is part of our daily life. Bus is our essential mode of transport as it is the cheapest one. However, day by day buses are getting overcrowded and noisy. The situation has been worsening fast. I need to travel by bus from Kakrail to Baridhara to attend my office. The drivers and helpers not trained properly.

Tragic

Recently, a woman reportedly committed suicide in the city's Jurain area with two of her young children. It's really regrettable that some children are not safe even in the custody of their parents. I think marital conflicts of adults must not victimize children. The entire incident represents the sickness of the insensitive grown-ups that children endure in our society. I can understand that the woman had to bear the intolerable traumas of a broken relationship and she had to put up with the alleged abuse by her husband and in-laws. I really sympathize with her for her ordeals. However, that doesn't make her awful act of persuading her own children to commit suicide justifiable. She should have had some compassion for her children. She shouldn't have made them the victims of her own misfortune and emotional turmoil. Instead, if she had raised her children with resilience, someday her children might have proven to be her ultimate strength in life.

Alcohol

If humans want something, they will do anything to get it, it's human nature. It's the same with alcohol---some people drink because they say that some drinks are good for health and some people drink for pleasure. It is a sad fact that an estimated 6.6million children under the age of 18 live in households with at least one alcoholic parent. As a result our future generation will repeat the same thing as we always follow our parents.

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International

Shutdown brings Kashmir valley to standstill

A protest shutdown has paralysed normal life for a fourth successive day in Indian-administered Kashmir.

New Afghan war commander vows to spare civilians

US General David Petraeus, the new Afghan war commander, pledged yesterday to give his forces the firepower to fight the Taliban but insisted that sparing civilian lives remained his priority.

Nepal's Maoists search for coalition partners

Nepal's communist former rebels reached out to other political parties yesterday to form a new coalition government, a day after the prime minister resigned following months of sometimes-violent protests.

Sri Lanka could lose trade concessions in EU spat

The European Commission on Wednesday rejected Sri Lankan accusations that a letter it sent urging the south Asian country to comply with conditions tied to a trade concession agreement was politically motivated.

Taliban rule out negotiations with Nato

The Taliban in Afghanistan have told the BBC that there is no question of their entering into any kind of negotiations with Nato forces.

Vengeful new militant group emerges in Pakistan

Pakistani authorities now believe a dangerous new militant group, out to avenge a deadly army assault on a mosque in Islamabad three years ago, has carried out several major bombings in the capital previously blamed on the Taliban.

Monsoon rains submerge hundreds of villages in Assam

Incessant monsoon rains have triggered major flooding in northeastern India, submerging hundreds of villages and forcing thousands of people to abandon their homes in search of higher ground, say officials and aid workers.

LHC dismisses petition against US drone attacks

The Lahore High Court (LHC) has dismissed a petition against US drone attacks in Pakistan, which had asked for a ban on them in the absence of an "agreement or treaty" by the government over the attacks.

Fake degree holders should get lashes

Former Pakistan law minister Sher Afgan Niazi has said that a member of parliament holding a fake degree not only faces disqualification, but is also liable to be awarded 80 lashes under the Islamic law for lying.

Afghan kids being used by Taliban

Children as young as five years old are being used by the Taliban to lay bombs and carry weapons in Afghanistan, a media report said.

No reason for Lankan anger at UN war panel

There is no reason for the Sri Lankan government's angry reaction to the formation of a UN advisory panel on possible war crimes at the end of Sri Lanka's war against rebels, the UN chief said on Wednesday.

Pakistan to train Afghan military officers

Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai has agreed to send some military officers to Pakistan for training.

Gaza gets chocolate but no cement

If you have cash to spare in Gaza, you can treat your children to new varieties of chocolate Israel has just let in for the first time in a few years, or splash out on new tableware it allowed into the territory this week.

Turkey, Israel hold first talks since flotilla raid

Israel says it has held its first high-level meeting with Turkey since the latest row between the former allies over Israel's killing of Turkish activists on an aid-ship heading for Gaza.

Palestinian president gives interview to Israeli media

The Palestinian president has given a rare interview to Israeli media in an apparent effort to counter the claims in some circles that Israel has no partner for peace talks.

IAEA’s top inspector resigns

The UN nuclear agency said yesterday its top inspector Olli Heinonen, head of investigations into Iran and Syria, has resigned for personal reasons after nearly 30 years at the Vienna-based organization.

CITES marks its 35th anniversary

From medicine to musical instruments, from fashion and beauty products to delicacies, wildlife items in trade must be properly regulated to ensure the continued survival of animals and plants in the wild.

Merkel's candidate elected German president

Chancellor Angela Merkel's candidate was elected German president Wednesday in a lacklustre victory that took an embarrassing three rounds of voting and dashed hopes of a strong show of support from her governing coalition.

War crimes court agrees to call Naomi Campbell

A war crimes court has ruled that model Naomi Campbell can be called to testify in a case against former Liberian President Charles Taylor.

Police to investigate Gore masseuse assault claims

Police in the US are reopening an investigation into allegations that former Vice-President Al Gore made unwanted sexual advances to a woman at a hotel in 2006.

Arts & Entertainment

“Khona”: A legend revived!

'Bot-Tola' is a new theatre group. Some say it is a splinter group of an established theatre company. I don't know if it is or not. And I don't care. It's the quality of work that speaks for the group. Very often it has been seen that the so-called splinter group supersedes the 'original' in terms of artistic excellence. Our theatre arena is replete with such examples. Bot-Tola (under the banyan tree) is a familiar Bangla expression that goes beyond what it literally means. It transcends the literal meaning, and connotes… a shadow, a refuge, an assurance that gives people hope, security and, more importantly, courage. Watching the group perform at the Oxford International School, I thought that they really lived up to the connotation fully in their maiden production of “Khona.”

“Last Airbender” seemingly another failure for Shyamalan

It had better be the last. How did M. Night Shyamalan go from being touted as heir apparent to Hitchcock and Spielberg (often by himself) after his trend-setting 1999 jack-in-the-box thriller “The Sixth Sense” to the writer-director of the murky, shapeless, retro-fitted, 3-D bomb “The Last Airbender?”

Tarin @ DS Cafe

Tarin, one of the busiest TV actresses, stepped into the cultural arena as a dancer. She bagged a gold medal as a child artiste on the talent hunt “Natun Kuri.” Her debut performance on the small screen was in one of the most successful drama serials of all times on BTV, “Shangshaptak.” In the serial, she played Rashu, alongside big time names such as Ferdousi Majumder, Humayun Faridee, Subarna Mostafa, Khalil and Raisul Islam Asad.

Joya’s new role in “Chaita Pagol”

Actress Joya Ahsan enjoys playing diverse roles. Most of her characters are unique and attract much attention from the viewers. Recently, she enacted the role of a jatra dancer in the much acclaimed play “Panjabiwala”.

TV play “Brazentina” on Rtv

With the onset of World Cup Football, in Bangladesh we are clearly divided into two groups supporters of Brazil and Argentina. We hoist flags of both the countries, though we don't belong to those countries. According to the constitution, however, we cannot hoist the flags of any other country without hoisting our National Flag.

Rezaun Nabi’s solo exhibition begins today

Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts organised a press conference on the occasion of a solo painting exhibition of Rezaun Nabi on July 1 at the Bengal's café. The exhibition begins today at the Bengal Gallery in Dhanmondi.

Musical soiree “Praner Khela” held

The latest instalment of the musical soiree “Praner Khela” was held on June 30 at the Bengal Shilpalaya, in Dhanmondi, Dhaka. Noted adhunik singer Shammi Akhtar and emerging Nazrul Sangeet artiste Shahid Kabir Palash (L) performed songs at the programme.

OP-ED

Who killed Faruque Hossain?

How is it that hartals are even legal? I have had enough of hearing the tedious and tendentious argument that the right to hartal, like the right to free speech and free assembly, is a democratic right.

Mommy dearest

THERE may be a thousand reasons why the formative years may play a role in the molding of a killer, but not as many reasons to explain what may play a role in the making of a victim. That contradiction became even more poignant when a boy and his younger sister joined their mother to take their own lives in this city. But as icing on that horror cake came the news of another gruesome death. A little kid, whose mother is suspected of complicity with her lover, was brutally killed and kept in a refrigerator for several days before being dumped on the street.

A catalyst for technological development

THE announcement by the PM in parliament on June 16 that Bangladeshi scientists had unlocked the genetic code of the jute genome was a welcomed news as this discovery, if properly utilised, can give Bangladesh the competitive edge that can restore its position as the world's leading grower and exporter of jute. Jute and jute products could even become our main foreign exchange earner.

Why is everyone leaving?

RECENTLY, there appeared article on reversing brain drain in the point counter-point section of The Daily Star. Writing from Nepal, I want to expand the scope to the South Asian region, as it is a common problem we share, and suggest some solutions.

StarTech

Telecom looks to tax cuts

The finance minister's assurance to revise the tax structure for telecom industry has given it a new ray of hope to roll out in the mostly untapped rural areas.

Cisco unveils tablet aimed at businesses

Cisco Systems Inc is launching a tablet computing device aimed at business customers, becoming the latest company to wade into the red-hot tablet market.

AOC launches new products

Back in 1947, right after the devastation of the World War II and The Great Depression, a small company named Admiral from Chicago made its debut being one of the pioneer marketers of a significant invention of history, John Baird's Television.

Football lags other sports on technology

High profile sports like rugby, tennis, cricket and basketball have seamlessly embraced technology to aid referees and linesmen, so why doesn't football?

Chrome unseats Safari as 3rd popular Internet browser

Google Chrome last week unseated Apple Safari for the first time as the third most used Internet browser in the United States, according to figures released by StatCounter.



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