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News of: Monday, 5th of July, 2010

Front Page

Alamgir acquitted; hopes for others

The Supreme Court yesterday scrapped jail sentence of Awami League lawmaker Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir and cleared corruption charges against him, paving the way for over four dozen suspects to be relieved of graft charges.

Much ado about nothing

Gates erected in the capital's Keraniganj about a week ago to greet the prime minister's initiative of setting up a 100MW plant in the area. The gates still stand also hailing a local lawmaker.

PM pours cold water on ministers' desire

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday rejected her cabinet colleagues' plea for privilege of importing duty-free cars.

Businessman turned carjacker after death

Nayatola resident Babul Kazi, introduced as a car lifter after his death in Ramna police custody on June 29, was a transport businessman.

Semifinalists get rest

The World Cup's four remaining teams got a chance to recuperate Sunday, with just a week to go until the final of the month-long tournament.

Jamaat men go on rampage

Jamaat-Shibir men yesterday rampaged through streets in the port city, vandalising over 100 vehicles.

Target DAP, Rajuk

Giasuddin Gesu sat on a stool at his rice shop at Basan Bazar in Gazipur. He was worried that he would lose the shop because of the Detailed Area Plan (DAP).

Living in danger

The visitor looked a bit frightened as a grey monkey walked straight into him and stretched forward its hands for the packet of bread from his possession. The man without delay gave it the bread.

Rare artefacts stolen from Nat'l Museum

A number of rare objects including a gold cross of Queen Victoria and 17 old coins with archaeological value have been stolen from the National Museum.

5 Bangladeshis hurt as Indians open fire

Five Bangladeshis were injured yesterday after members of Indian Khasia community opened fire on them intruding into Bangladesh territory near Jaintapur border in Sylhet.

Court seeks probe report on Nizami, Mojahid by August 2

A Dhaka court yesterday directed Keraniganj police to submit the probe report by August 2 in a case filed against Jamaat top brass Matiur Rahman Nizami and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojahid and seven others for killing two freedom fighters during the 1971 Liberation War.

2yrs jail for disgracing national flag

The cabinet yesterday approved the Bangladesh National Anthem, Flag and Emblem (Amendment) Act, 2010 with provision of maximum two years' imprisonment or Tk 10,000 in fine or both for disrespecting the national anthem, flag or emblem.

50 missing as boat capsizes in Shitalakkhya

At least 50 people, including women and children, remained missing as an engine boat capsized with over 100 passengers last night after a sand laden cargo rammed it in the river Shitalakkhya.

2,000 sued over violence in Gazipur

Police on Saturday night arrested three people and accused over 2,000 on charge of vandalism and assault on law-enforcers, which caused public sufferings and disturbance to police' duties in Gazipur.

Accept both MRPs, old passports

Bangladesh has requested all countries, particularly those importing manpower from it, to recognise both Machine Readable Passports (MRP) and hand written ones during a "transition period".

PDB-RPCL to set up power plant jointly

Power Development Board (PDB) and Rural Power Company Limited (RPCL) are jointly going to set up a power plant jointly in a bid to ease the nagging power crisis in the country.

Nizami on remand for first time

Police yesterday started quizzing Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami, remanded for the first time in his political career, on various issues including his party's alleged links with the planned violence to foil war crimes trial, and with militants.

Mobin remanded in private car torching case

A Dhaka court yesterday placed BNP Vice-chairman Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury on a day's remand in connection with a case filed for torching a private car the night before June 27 hartal that killed a man.

Dozen foreign sailors kidnapped in Nigeria freed

A dozen foreign seafarers seized two days ago in Nigeria's restive oil rich Niger Delta were freed yesterday, the military said, while three sailors taken hostage in May were also reportedly released.

AL men ransack Jamaat office in Barisal

Activists of ruling Awami League (AL) and its front organisations yesterday ransacked and 'set fire' on inventories of Jamaat-e-Islami's Hizla upazila office, alleged the upazila Jamaat Ameer Maulana Abul Hashem.

Peaceful start to Mexico vote

Mexicans went to the polls Sunday to elect governors and local officials after the bloodiest electoral campaign in more than 15 years.

Editorial

Rumours leading to unmitigated violence

RESTIVENESS appears to be fast becoming a social reality in the country nowadays. Almost everywhere and in nearly every situation something of the explosive comes into an expression of emotion. The galling part of the story is that all too often it is plain hearsay or simple rumours which set into motion a train of events that finally ends in disaster or even unmitigated tragedy for all of us. We can cite here the case of what happened in Gazipur on Saturday. Acting on a rumour that Rajuk was acquiring land for the purposes of constructing a satellite town in the region, hundreds of local people went on a rampage. In the process, they ended up vandalizing as many as 200 vehicles, torching a garments factory and laying siege to a public highway for hours together. The difficulties which such mob action can put citizens into can only be imagined.

Appalling instance of pilferage of collected revenue

THE news is so stunning that it defies credulity, and it can perhaps happen only in Bangladesh. According to a report appearing in this newspaper, the public exchequer has been losing an amount to the tune of Taka one hundred crore every year from a once dependable public sector institution. And all because, money deposited in many of the post offices in the country, on account of motor vehicle fees and taxes by the public, are not being documented and accounted for as per the rules.

Sports

Nadal retakes crown in style

Rafael Nadal reclaimed the Wimbledon men's singles title on Sunday, putting in a dominating performance to beat Tomas Berdych 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 in the final.

Euphoria gone in two days

The mere mention of 'football World Cup' brings up a tumult of emotions that has more to do with the sport itself. Yes it brings to mind the images of superstars toying with the ball as if it was part of their feet, and it gives birth to glorious moments of joy and tears. But for the people of Bangladesh, it is a grand occasion and if you were lucky enough to live through the past month or so, you'd know what an occasion it has been.

A bitter pill for Argentina

The World Cup effectively ended for Bangladeshis on Saturday as Argentina crashed out of the tournament in embarrassing circumstances, torn to shreds by a German side full of effervescent, intelligent and effective talents. The Germans took Diego Maradona's Argentina to the cleaners to set up a sumptuous semifinal clash with Spain and ensure that, barring a miracle, the World Cup is staying in Europe.

Hardest day of my life: Diego

A broken Diego Maradona, his demeanour far removed from the exuberance of his previous World Cup news conferences, said Argentina's 4-0 thrashing by Germany on Saturday was the hardest day of his life.

Loew on a high

Germany coach Joachim Loew believes his young team have the country's first World Cup triumph for 20 years within their grasp after demolishing an Argentina side he suggested were now past their prime on Saturday.

Press hail 'dream team'

German newspapers predicted a World Cup triumph and poured scorn on coach Diego Maradona as "an over-the-hill gunfighter" after Argentina were ruthlessly dispatched 4-0 in the World Cup quarterfinals.

Messi ends in tears

Lionel Messi came into the World Cup with the expectation that he would light up the tournament, but the Barcelona superstar left on Saturday empty-handed, without a goal and in floods of tears.

Roque sees tough time for Spain

Paraguay striker Roque Santa Cruz expects Spain will find it tough to beat red-hot Germany in Wednesday's World Cup semifinal in Durban.

Of No 10s & South Africa

It has long been seen as the magic number in football, but the number 10 shirt has failed to live up to its star billing at the South African World Cup.

Spain still counting on Torres

Spain are still hoping to see the best of out-of-sorts striker Fernando Torres at the World Cup, according to coach Vicente del Bosque.

Anger over WC tickets

Struggling South African state-owned firms have spent 110 million rand (14.23 million dollars) on World Cup tickets angering trade unions which have accused top executives of selfishness, the Sunday Times reported.

Sr Div soccer

Victoria Sporting Club posted their fifth victory in the Bashundhara Senior Division Football League with a 2-0 win over last year's runners-up Sunrise SC at the Birshreshtha Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.

Mohammedan win a goal fest

Title contenders Moham-medan came from behind to overcome the first barrier in the Green Delta Insurance Premier Division Hockey League as they beat Sonali Bank 7-5 in an entertaining encounter yesterday.

TT League from July 17

The Dhaka Metropolis Table Tennis League will get underway on July 17 at the newly-built Wooden Floor Gymnasium adjacent to the Bangabandhu National Stadium.

C'Ron became father in June?

Cristiano Ronaldo has become a father, Portuguese media reported on Sunday, quoting sources close to his agent and an "official" Facebook and Twitter post.

El Matador

All week Spanish fans have been debating which Fernando should lead their line -- the out-of-form Torres or the favoured Llorente.

Inching towards record

David Villa edged closer to a Spanish record with his game-breaking goal in the European champions' 1-0 win over Paraguay to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup at Ellis Park on Saturday.

His warning to Germany

Germany will not be happy to face Spain in the World Cup semifinals after the European champions edged past a valiant Paraguay 1-0 on Saturday to reach the last four, according to Spanish goal hero David Villa.

Iker, saint again

Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas won praise from both winning and losing coaches on Saturday for saves that proved decisive in sending the European champions to the World Cup semifinals.

Strikers fail Paraguay

Paraguay exit the World Cup having reached the last eight for the first time and conceded just two goals in the entire tournament. With a little attacking ambition they may have made an even more lasting impression.

World Cup One Twos

WILL OF THE POST
With his goal having secured Spain's passage to the World Cup semifinal to face Germany, David Villa was smiling ear to ear after La Roja beat Paraguay.

Business

Deep cuts in income from savings tools

The government has cut interest rates on savings certificates, including Wage Earners Development Bond meant for expatriate Bangladeshis, by 1.5-2 percentage points.

RMG exports to Japan rise

Garment exports to the new destination of Japan maintained a high growth rate in July-April of fiscal 2009-10 riding on the back of high demand for Bangladeshi apparel items there.

NBR upbeat on large taxpayers

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) beat its target of collecting revenues from large taxpayers in the just-concluded fiscal year.

Tiny business tumbles on fall of WC giants

It was a gloomy Sunday morning for Kamal Hasan Prince. He displays jerseys of Argentina and Brazil at his makeshift shop on a busy footpath near Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka.

Green shoots

Fast forward to 1999 and scenes in Tentulia will play out dull and colourless. The northernmost tip of Bangladesh was just a patch of sandy, arid lands. Local residents did not have enough sources of income to lean on to. The spectre of monga stalked the neighbourhood. Tentulia, a sleepy, laid-back backwater in Panchagarh, was like a scene from an old-day movie.

Europe banks: stressed out, in need of clarity

A number of banks may need to raise capital, but a deluge of cash calls looks unlikely after a European health check that watchdogs are desperately hoping will give a dose of reassurance to jittery markets.

Stocks return to the black

Stocks returned to the black yesterday, following the resumption of trade in the new fiscal year, riding on the speculations of investors about good half yearly financial disclosures, especially from banks and non-banks.

Kuwait keen to invest more in power

Kuwait is keen to invest in Bangladesh's power, energy and infrastructure and also wants to help Bangladesh for dredging the rivers.

Laptop fair kicks off Wednesday

A three-day laptop fair will begin in Dhaka on Wednesday.

Govt to set up SME village in Keraniganj

The government has selected Keraniganj for establishing the first ever cluster village in the country for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), the managing director of SME Foundation said yesterday.

Golden fibre to shine again

The harvest of jute has already begun here with excellent yield rates and lucrative prices, predicting a super bumper production in northern Bangladesh this season.

Women chamber opens 'hotline centre' in Khulna

Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BWCCI) in association with USAID-Pragati yesterday opened a 'hotline centre' at its Khulna office, aimed at doing business smoothly without being victims of corruption.

British govt planning even deeper spending cuts

Britain's coalition government has ordered many ministries to plan for spending cuts of up to 40 percent, far greater than announced in an emergency budget, the finance ministry said Saturday.

Asian nations to cash in on rising China wages

Labour costs and the value of China's currency are sending ripples around Asia as countries jostle to lure manufacturers that are rethinking their Chinese operations, analysts and officials said.

Corporate Briefs

FEDERAL INSURANCE
The rating committee of CRISL announced the "claim paying ability" rating of insurer as BBB- based on financial statements up to December 2009 and other relevant quantitative as well as qualitative information up to date of rating declaration.

Anil Ambani to merge his Reliance Power and RNRL

Reliance Power will absorb sister firm Reliance Natural Resources in a share swap deal valued at $1.5 billion, the latest in a series of deals by one or other of the billionaire Ambani brothers.

ECB chief rules out risk of new recession

ECB president Jean-Claude Trichet ruled out on Sunday the risk of a new recession, after a week of soft economic data fuelled market fears of a dreaded double-dip into a new slump.

Warren Buffett donates $1.93b to charity

US billionaire Warren Buffett, who has pledged to give away 99 percent of his wealth, has donated 1.93 billion dollars in shares of his company to five charitable groups, financial filings showed.

BP could get backing from MEast financial firms

Troubled oil giant BP could get a reprieve from Middle East financial institutions looking to make a strategic investment in the company, a UAE-based newspaper reported on Sunday, citing informed sources.

Metropolitan

26pc persons with disabilities forced into begging

About 26 percent of the persons with disabilities were forced into begging by their own family members who also refused to take their responsibility of well-being, says a study.

Handover Jamaat trio to war crimes tribunal

Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) yesterday urged the government to handover Jamaat leaders Motiur Rahman Nizami, Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojahid, Moulana Delwar Hossain Sayedee to the special tribunal for war crimes, says a press release.

Road crashes kill two

At least two people were killed and three others injured in separate road accidents in Manikganj and Jessore.

Rashedul, 2nd wife on fresh remand

Rashedul Kabir and his second wife Razia Sultana Smriti confessed to their role in instigating Farzana Akter Rita and her two children to commit suicide.

LGED role in infrastructure development lauded

Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) is playing a critical and important role towards infrastructure development in Bangladesh.

10 hurt in RMG unrest

At least 10 people including a sub-inspector were injured as the agitating workers of a sweater factory went on a rampage demanding pay hikes and clashed with police at Adamjee EPZ here yesterday.

Reconstitute RRC for country's development

Akbar Ali Khan, a former adviser of the caretaker government, yesterday said the government should reconstitute the Regulatory Reform Commission (RRC) for the interest of democracy and economic development of the country.

Bangladesh now member of Unicode Consortium

Bangladesh has become the institutional member of Unicode Consortium, an organisation that enables people around the world to use computers in any language.

HR body calls DMP boss to its office

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) called the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner to its office today concerning custodial death of three people during last week.

Publish objective news

President Zillur Rahman yesterday urged the newspaper editors to present positive and objective information in their newspapers.

JS body to identify officials responsible

A parliamentary body yesterday formed a sub-committee to identify officials behind refusal of the Biman Bangladesh Airline's plea to give a leased aircraft extension of waiver for registration.

Invest in country

Information and Cultural Affairs Minister Abul Kalam Azad urged the expatriates to come forward for investment in the country as Bangladesh has now emerged as an investment-friendly country.

Law not violated

The construction of Bhairab Bridge was approved in line with the existing law, former commerce minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury told a probe committee of the Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday.

'Review wage for water transport workers'

Leaders of Bangladesh Noujan Sramik Federation yesterday demanded review of their recently announced new wage structure.

Garments worker strangled in city

Police recovered the body of a female garment factory worker, allegedly strangulated, from city's Chalabon Lane in Dakkhinkhan yesterday.

Mamtaj made addl AG

Supreme Court lawyer Mamtaj Uddin Fakir was yesterday appointed additional attorney general.

DAB demands withdrawal of suspension order of 38

Doctors Association of Bangladesh (DAB) yesterday demanded withdrawal of Wednesday's suspension order sent to 38 doctors of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).

Tariqat Fed slates Khaleda

Bangladesh Tariqat Federation (BTF) yesterday criticised BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia for terming the case against Jamaat-e-Islami leaders as 'ridiculous'.

Justice Ansar's anniversary of death today

Today is the 15th death anniversary of Justice Muhammad Ansar Ali, a renowned lawyer and a freedom fighter, said a press release.

Tax ombudsman meets president

Tax Ombudsman Khairuzzaman Chowdhury paid a farewell call on President Zillur Rahman at Babgabhaban yesterday.

Passing out parade of Navy held

The passing-out parade of New Entry Sailors of Bangladesh Navy was held at BNS Shaheed Moazzam parade ground at Kaptai in Chittagong yesterday, says an ISPR press release.

Call to restore publication of Amar Desh

Journalists formed a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club in the city yesterday demanding immediate release of the daily's Acting Editor Mahmudur Rahman and restoration of its publication.

15 die in Filipino bus crash

Fifteen people were killed and more than 40 others were hurt when a speeding bus slammed into a concrete fence in the central Philippines, police said yesterday.

National

ASP allegedly beats up two for not signing on stamp

A madrasa teacher and his relative were brutally tortured allegedly by the assistant superintendent of police - ASP (Gomostapur Circle) on Saturday following their refusal to put signature on a stamp under pressure.

Memo demanding restart of Barapukuria mining

Bangladeshi miners yesterday submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina through the deputy commissioner of Dinajpur demanding early resumption coal mining at Barapukuria Coal Mine.

Family finally buys trader's freedom

Abductors freed Chuadanga trader Mawla Mondol on Saturday night two days after his abduction.

Criminals loot expat's house in Meherpur

A gang of criminals looted cash and ornaments from the house of an expatriate at gunpoint at Harabhanga of Gangni upazila in Meherpur on Saturday night.

Transport strike begins in Meherpur

Indefinite transport strike began in Meherpur yesterday demanding ban of illegal service by Nosiman, a locally made carrier.

UPDF activist held in Khagrachhari

Army yesterday detained a United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) activist on charge of extorting money from transport owners in Matiranga upazila of the district.

Robbery at Khagrachhari Janata Bank

Robbers on Thursday night looted Tk 23 lakh and 74 thousand from the vault of Janata Bank branch in the town.

Chairman for action against 4, students protest decision

The chairman of fine arts department at Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday recommended that the university authorities suspend four students of the department for leading the June 28 incident.

7 Shibir activists held in Kushtia

Police yesterday arrested seven Islami Chhatra Shibir men including a leader from a students' dormitory in the town early yesterday.

Drug, contraband items seized in border dists

Law enforcers recovered drug and contraband items from bordering districts on Saturday and the day before.

BSF injures cattle trader

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) opened fire on a group of Bangladeshi cattle traders leaving one of them seriously injured on Baikari border in Sadar upazila on Saturday. Abul Bashar, 30, son of Abul Khair of Godaghata in the district was rescued by other cattle traders and admitted to Satkhira Sadar Hospital in a critical condition. The BSF men of Joynagar camp fired 10 gunshots at the cattle traders at 4:00am, BDR sources said. BDR authorities sent a letter to BSF protesting the incident, said 41 Rifles Battalion operations officer Major Jahangir.

Outlaw murdered

Police recovered body of an outlaw from a jute field at village Devinagar in Sreepur upazila yesterday morning. Deceased Subrata Sarkar 26, was son of Bimal Sarkar of Molladangi village of the same upazila. Police recovered the body after being informed by the villagers of Devinagar. Subrata was a cadre of outlawed outfit Sarbahara Party. He was accused in four criminal cases including that of murder and toll collection, police said.

Firearm recovered

Members of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) recovered a firearm and ammunition from a house in Shibganj upazila under Chapainawabganj early yesterday. Acting on a tip-off, a BDR team of Monakasha camp recovered the items kept in a bag at a house in Raninagar village at around 1:00am, said Maj Nazrul Islam, operation officer of 39 Rifles Battalion. The recovered items include one foreign-made pistol, one magazine and two bullets.

Fee hike protested

Agitated students ransacked different rooms of Government Barisal College on Saturday noon protesting hike in fees for honours part-1 examination. Witnesses said honours part-1 examinees of english, political science, and social welfare, marketing and management departments of the college brought out procession on the campus and later damaged windows, doors, and benches of their class rooms. Prof Majibor Rahman, principal of the college, said the university authorities fixed the fees for the examinations and he had nothing to do in this regard.

College student drowns

A college student drowned and another was injured while swimming in river Piain at Zaflong in Goainghat upazila here on Friday afternoon. The deceased was identified as Shahriar Soumik, 27, a HSC student of Government Science College of Dhaka and son of Md Mamun, a resident of West Rajabazaar in the capital. Locals said, seven students of the college, who arrived here from Dhaka on Friday, were swimming in the river Piain in the afternoon after visiting the house of a friend in neighbouring Kulaura upazila in Moulvibazar district. At one stage, Soumik and Salman got stuck in quicksand while swimming. Hearing their scream, locals rushed to the spot, rescued the youths and sent them to Jaintapur upazila health complex where doctors declared Soumik dead.

Letters

A good decision

We heartily thank Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for backing the recovery of grabbed rivers and lands. We learned that in a cabinet meeting on June 21 2010, the PM assigned seven ministers to implement the Detailed Area Plan through building favourable public opinion and holding inter-ministerial meetings.

Population boom

According to a UN study, Bangladesh's total population now exceeds 160 million bringing forth one newborn baby in every 11 seconds. The density of population in Bangladesh is now four times higher than India and eight times higher than China. According to press briefing by the Project Director of Population Science Department of Dhaka University, the increased population is causing massive pressure on limited resources and reducing the per capita wealth. The country's population is increasing by two million every year with a projection of reaching 220 million by 2021. About 30 percent of the total population of the country is below 15 years, which is very alarming due to the fact that this section of population will gradually enter into the reproductive age. Increased population is not only putting pressure on cultivable land but also on other productive and service sectors including housing, education, health and nutritious food. The Project Director suggested considering the increased population as a ''demographic bonus'' and called for special attention for their education and training to build the section as human resources. Special measures should be taken from the highest level for efficient management of the population.

Climate change

Global climate changes are posing a major challenge to Bangladesh, due to accelerated rise in sea level, storm impacts, loss of coastal wetlands & biodiversity. Coastal states & low lying islands are especially vulnerable to climate change induced sea level rise, since most of the land area is less than one meter above the sea level. According to some studies, a 45cm sea level rise by 2070 would submerge about 11% & one meter sea level rise will submerge 21% of the coastal lands including nearly 75% of Sundarbans mangrove forests. This will fuel wood crisis & immense loss of biodiversity.

Resisting hartal

A few days earlier the DS ran an editorial on government's reported plan to ban hartal. The paper feared promulgation of such a law would be counter-productive. Newspapers in Bangladesh reported that the AL was planning to resist the 27 June hartal.

A library in bad shape

We mix up library with bookshops. We call our university library “a library” and a bookshop also “a library.” An institution's library is storehouse of knowledge with some rules.

Referee's faults

An interesting article on the subject was published in a local English daily on 25 June. It reiterated the resistance of FIFA to improving the standard of refereeing, and making it more error free. In contrast, the referral system with the third umpire in cricket, has greatly reduced the chances of errors in taking close and marginal decisions. Why cannot the same system be introduced in football? FIFA needs to wake up from its deep sleep on the matter!

Hartal returns

Bangladesh is returning to the traditional destructive political culture of hartal with the BNP's June 27 hartal. Yes! Hartal is a democratic right of opposition political parties against the party in power to warn them up for their activities or policies. But hartal is the most heinous and destructive way of protest. They are convincing people that they are calling hartal for the sake of countrymen. But the reality is completely different. They are calling hartal to achieve their own political goals. Actually they cannot harm the government but our country and general people are the ultimate sufferers. It poses a serious threat to our economy. Our major political parties promised that they would not call hartal, but just after losing in election they forget their promise. This hypocrisy of our big two political parties pollutes our political environment.

Sanctions on Iran

The UN Security Council adopted a Resolution on June 9, 2010 slapping another round of sanctions on Iran for its refusal to surrender its right to develop nuclear fuel for peaceful needs. Iran is a signatory of NPT that allows it to develop nuclear fuel for peaceful purpose but the West, headed by the USA, has been accusing Iran of developing a nuclear bomb. But so far, Iran has succeeded in enriching uranium up to only 5% to enable itself to use it for power generation. Iran is far away from becoming a nuclear power, as uranium is required to be enriched up to 90% to make a nuclear weapon.

Exporting manpower

We have a long legacy of being deceived by the overseas employers. Main reason as I find is the low job skill and poor foreign language proficiency of the workers.

Hospital in Texas

Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit Texas Children's Hospital. I just cannot refrain from sharing my experience with the readers of my favourite daily. This is not meant for those who have had such an experience.

Hartal's success

Hartal is an undemocratic process of exercising the democratic rights of a political party. Perhaps, it can be justified if the reasons of calling a hartal are purely to protest the government's policies adversely affecting the common people, or the government's unwillingness to listen to the opposition. It can however never be justified if the reasons of calling a hartal include testing the power of the adversaries or to energize the party and its workers.

Attack on teachers

It has been reported that the leaders of the Chhatra League, the student wing of the ruling party, have roughed up the principal of the Govt. Bulbul College, Pabna, on the plea of not getting the `quota' fulfilled (DS: 23.06.10).

Everest hero

Recently, I read a wonderful suggestion by Sir Frank Peters that the Government of Bangladesh should honour and indelibly inscribe its mountain-conquering hero Musa Ibrahim through the special issue of postage stamp, but I've not heard or read any official response.

A question

Since Channel 1 and the daily Amar Desh have been shut down by the government, we have watched and heard huge demonstrations from the professional sympathizers and the political mentors. This will continue for some time till a positive decision comes from the government or the court of law to reopen these media outlets.

Eco-friendly football !

Soccer fans around the world were ironing out their jerseys and fishing out the face paint in preparation for the long awaited World Cup. These days, the grass isn't the only thing going green on the soccer field. Green innovations are sprouting up across the globe, from clean energy soccer balls to county wide greening competitions. There are two large 'green' projects that have been focused on for the event. These projects, along with others, were funded by the Global Environment Fund, who donated US$ 1 million. The first was to green all the lighting in and around the stadiums with solar panels. Twelve billboards, along with 60 traffic lights and 78 streetlights switched to solar power.

Exploitation

The garment industry is one of the major export oriented businesses in our country. The contribution of this sector to our GDP is colossal.

High price of chicks

Hatchery owners have been charging very high prices of chicks for the last couple of months and that pushed poultry egg and bird prices exorbitantly high. As a consequence, thousands of SME poultry farms could not make sustainable profit and a good number of those are facing closer. We have been observing for a few months that a handful of hatchery owners who invested heavily, in connivance with one another, are charging Tk 70.00 for a chick.

Murdered by mother

I am appalled going through the two news items--- children killed by their mothers. Situations in the two cases are different but the common phenomenon remains the same. Children were killed by their mothers. In the triple suicide case, the mother not only induced her children to commit suicide, rather supplied them with deadly poison. Her monstrous husband and in-laws have committed a heinous crime. But does it allow a mother to annihilate her children? In our society she was not the first woman abandoned by the husband. Many such poor mothers reared their children with utmost care and established them in life.

International

Victims buried in mass graves

The bodies of some of the scores of people killed in a fuel truck explosion in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been buried in mass graves.

New US commander finds Afghan war at critical stage

The nine-year war in Afghanistan has reached a critical stage, US General David Petraeus said yesterday, as he formally took command of the 150,000-strong Nato-led force fighting a deadly Taliban insurgency.

Poles begin voting in tight presidential run-off

Poles began voting yesterday in a presidential election run-off that will help decide the speed and scale of economic reforms and set the tone for Warsaw's ties with its European Union partners and with Russia.

Hopes ride on oil skimmer in Gulf of Mexico

The latest hopes are riding on a massive new skimmer to clean oil from near the spewing well in the Gulf of Mexico, while a local Louisiana parish's plan to block the slick has been rejected by federal officials.

Testing the international community

Israel's raid on the Gaza-bound aid flotilla is not simply inter-state affair concerning Israel and Turkey. It is, rather, an issue between Israel and the international community.

China mudslide toll 42, with 57 still missing

Hundreds of rescue workers have dug up the bodies of 42 people killed in a rain-triggered landslide in southwest China, with hopes for 57 others missing all but gone, state press said yesterday.

Australia PM vows no 'political correctness'

Australia's new Prime Minister Julia Gillard yesterday vowed not to let "political correctness" get in the way of tackling immigration, signalling a tough line on the issue.

Foreign, Afghan forces kill 63 insurgents

Afghan police, backed by US-led troops, have killed dozens of insurgents and seized several tonnes of illegal drugs in an operation in southern Helmand province, the interior ministry said yesterday.

Hezbollah 'mentor' Fadlallah dies in Lebanon

Lebanon's top Shia Muslim cleric, seen as a key figure in the founding of militant group Hezbollah, has died at the age of 74.

Hillary Clinton presses Azerbaijan-Armenia peace efforts

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sought yesterday to revive peace efforts between Azerbaijan and Armenia amid rising tensions in their long-running conflict over the breakaway Nagorny Karabakh region.

A JuD office-bearer among those in Pakistan custody

The Pakistani government may continue to find it difficult to legally pin down Jamaat ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Mohammed Saeed in the 26/11 case, but its own investigators have bared the JuD's link with the Mumbai attacks. It now turns out that a JuD office-bearer -- a fact that was never made public -- is among those arrested and facing trial in Pakistan for financing the attacks.

Mastermind of 72 Munich Olympic attack dead

Palestinian leader Abu Daoud, who planned the daring deadly attack against Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, died Saturday of illness at the age of 73, Palestinian officials said.

Arts & Entertainment

Making Bangladesh proud

Renowned Bangladeshi photographer Rashid Talukder has won the 2010 Pioneer Photographer Award in the All Roads Photography Programme, according to a press release. Talukder is the first Bangladeshi photographer to win this prestigious award.

Box office bombs: Bollywood half-year report

It was a disappointing first half of the year 2010 for Bollywood as far as collection at the box office is concerned.

Folk music festival in Rangpur

A three-day folk music festival in Rangpur ended on July 3. Titled 'Rangpur Divisional Loko Sangeet Utshab 2010', the festival was sponsored by Banglalink and was held at Rangpur Town Hall, says a press release.

First ever Bangladeshi concert in Malaysia in September

The first Bangladeshi concert in Malaysia, titled 'Banglaraya Concert 2010,' will be held at the National Stadium Bukit Jalil, in Kuala Lumpur, on September 12 this year, says a press release. The opening act will be handled by two of Malaysia's popular artistes, Izwan Pilus and Farawahida. Featured Bangladeshi artistes will be Ayub Bachch, his band LRB, and Momtaz.

Hero and Chandni off to attend World Dance Alliance fest

The dancing duo Anisul Islam Hero and Mehbuba Mehnoor Chandni along with their troupe will be attending a dance festival organised by the World Dance Alliance. The programme is due to be held from July 12 to 17, at the Helen and Martin Kimmel Center, University of New York, says a press release.

Quiz competition for children

A month long quiz competition for school students began in Kushtia on July 3.

Pabna prays for Suchitra Sen

Cultural activists of Pabna offered prayers for Suchitra Sen at the legendary screen diva's ancestral home in Pabna last Saturday night. Suchitra Sen Smriti Shangrakkhan Parishad, Pabna held a meeting on the occasion at the office of Pabna Ekushey Boi Mela Udjapon Committee.

Michael Madhusudan Dutta’s 137th death anniversary observed in Satkhira

The 137th death anniversary of poet Michael Madhusudan Dutta was observed with due respect to convey the ideology of the poet among the youth.

Shohag’s solo exhibition to open in Paris

Bangladeshi expatriate painter Imtiaj Islam Shohag's solo painting exhibition, titled “Fragments of Water”, will open on July 6 at the Gallery Goutte de Terre in Paris. The exhibition will continue till July 13, says a press release.

OP-ED

Whose mess is it anyway?

"Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy" -- Franz Kafka

Victory for civil society and Palestine

WHEN Israel's leaders ordered their commandos to attack the Freedom Flotilla carrying humanitarian assistance to Gaza in international waters, they couldn't have imagined they would have to relax the three-year-old blockade in three weeks.



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