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News of: Wednesday, 7th of July, 2010

Front Page

Money-laundering charges pressed

The Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday pressed money-laundering charges against BNP Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman and his business partner Giasuddin Al Mamun.

Dutch storm into final

The Netherlands stormed into their first World Cup final since 1978 on Tuesday, beating Uruguay 3-2 to set up a title clash against either Germany or Spain.

JS body roots for servicemen's HR

A parliamentary body yesterday recommended that the armed forces review their laws and regulations and bring necessary amendments to update those and to ensure human rights for military personnel.

Focus on Villa, Klose

The World Cup's two most impressive strikers -- David Villa and Miroslav Klose -- will go head-to-head when European champions Spain meet three-time winners Germany in the semifinals Wednesday.

Rab told of zero tolerance policy

The National Human Rights Commission will pursue a "zero tolerance" policy on extra-judicial killings and custodial deaths in violation of human rights, NHRC Chairman Prof Mizanur Rahman said yesterday.

Nizami quizzed over arms haul

Interrogators yesterday quizzed Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami about 10-turckloads of firearms and ammunition seized in Chittagong on April 2, 2004.

BNP's human chain today

The main opposition BNP is to form human chains at divisional and district headquarters across the country today demanding release of its leaders detained during the June 27 hartal.

Missing or arrested?

The High Court (HC) will pass an order today on a writ petition seeking its directive on the government to produce BNP leader Chowdhury Alam, also a councillor of Dhaka City Corporation, before a court.

RMG workers' new minimum wage soon

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the present minimum wage for a garment worker is too little to meet the basic needs of life.

Leaflets demand perks for low-rank cops

Police have recovered leaflets, containing various demands mostly of low-ranking policemen, from their different wings and units.

Railway link with Myanmar by 2014

The government is going to construct a rail line from Dohazari in Chittagong to Gundhum in Myanmar via Cox's Bazar to establish link with the proposed Trans-Asia Railway corridor.

16 BCL men held at JU

The 16 Chhatra League men arrested following Monday's in-party fighting at Jahangirnagar University were taken on a five-day remand yesterday.

8 bodies found 2 days after capsize

Police and rescue workers recovered eight bodies from the river Shitalakkhya till yesterday evening after an engine boat capsized in the river Sunday night.

DCC sets Tk 2,171cr budget for FY 11

The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is set to announce a Tk 2,171.34 crore budget tomorrow for the 2010-11 fiscal year.

HSC results July 15

The results of this year's Higher Secondary Certificate examinations will be published on July 15.

Govt asked to produce Mahmudur at SC tomorrow

The Appellate Division of Supreme Court (SC) yesterday asked the government to produce detained Mahmudur Rahman, acting editor of recently closed daily Amar Desh before it tomorrow morning in connection with a contempt of court petition against him.

Rajuk boss in soup

The Rajuk chief has been getting flak for his comments on some legislators.

29th BCS exam results published

The results of the 29th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) written examinations were published yesterday.

Heat blankets US as workers return after holiday

Temperatures soared toward 100 degrees or more Tuesday along much of the East Coast, sending utilities into peak operation as air conditioners strained to cool the sweating masses and sending the unlucky into cooling centers or anywhere else they could beat the heat.

Feds to file lawsuit over Arizona immigration law

The US Justice Department is filing a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Arizona's new law targeting illegal immigrants, setting the stage for a clash between the federal government and state over the nation's toughest immigration crackdown.

Editorial

High Court's tough stand on deaths in police custody

THE tough approach taken by the High Court on the issue of custodial deaths is welcome and encouraging. The hard stance it has adopted toward the police, through warning them that not only must such deaths not recur but also that earlier deaths be investigated in full should go a long way in ensuring the rule of law. The tragedy, indeed the irony for us has been that those responsible for ensuring the security of citizens' lives are today themselves putting an end to some of those lives with impunity. We have said repeatedly, and so have others, that the death of any individual in RAB or police or any other custody is not only a violation of human rights but also plain murder on the part of the security and law and order forces. The most unfortunate aspect of it all is that neither the police nor RAB have taken such truths into consideration. Worse, their actions have been defended in various semantic ways by successive governments since the middle of the decade. In the end, it is the country which has been shamed before its own citizens and before global conscience.

No-holds-barred BCL impunity continues

WHY with each passing day feuding within BCL cadres centering around turf wars and money making has been on the ascent is much too known to bear repetition. But what we find patently incomprehensible is the apparent lack of seriousness and inaction of the government reinforced by a clear abdication of the authority of the ruling party before the BCL cadres.

Sports

Clash of the super styles

Germany's World Cup semifinal opponents Spain are far more dangerous than Argentina, with their game based on the world's best teamwork and not just individual qualities, said coach Joachim Loew.

'Most important match'

Spain's World Cup semifinal against Germany is the most important soccer match in the nation's history, more important even than their Euro 2008 victory, according to captain Iker Casillas.

Mueller absence will be crucial

Germany team manager Oliver Bierhoff has confirmed they will go into Wednesday's World Cup semifinal showdown with Spain with an injury-free squad after fears that Sami Khedira and Cacau could miss out - but has lamented the loss of Thomas Muller.

'My chapter has ended'

Argentina coach Diego Maradona said his "chapter had ended" on Monday, although the country's local football association and a close friend told Reuters he had not resigned.

Octopus chooses Spain

Germany have been dealt a 'massive' blow to their World Cup chances after the psychic octopus, Paul, picked Spain to win their semifinal clash.

Diego's men decline presidential invite

Diego Maradona and his Argentinian World Cup squad declined an invitation by the country's president Cristina Kirchner to be received at the presidential palace because they deemed themselves unworthy, the president revealed.

Bayern chiefs want Loew to stay

Bayern Munich directors Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Uli Hoeness muscled into the ongoing debate over whether Joachim Loew should be offered a new contract by the German Football Federation (DFB) on Tuesday by saying that there was no alternative.

Zahid wins first prize

The exit of Brazil and Argentina from the World Cup robbed the enthusiasm from Bangladesh. And the somber mood was rightly reflected during yesterday's fifth round draw ceremony of The Daily Star-Rangs Toshiba World Cup Quiz held at the Sylhet Auditorium.

'Germany are favourites'

Cesc Fabregas believes that following their thrashings of Argentina and England, Germany are the team to beat at the World Cup.

Murali retires from Tests

Muttiah Muralidaran, the leading wicket-taker in Tests and ODIs, will retire from Test cricket after the first Test against India in Galle, which begins on July 18. While he will not play the subsequent tri-series, and will pick and choose which ODIs to play in, Murali will be available for selection if the team needs him for the 2011 World Cup, which Sri Lanka is co-hosting.

Tigers' emphatic win

Bangladesh secured a confidence-boosting victory in their final warm-up match before the one-day series against England as they beat Middlesex by 141 runs at Lord's on Monday. The success was set up by a 143-run stand between Jahurul Islam (88) and Imrul Kayes (77) which laid the platform for an imposing 301 for 7. The home side only briefly threatened while Owais Shah was making 61.

'Shakib ideal captain'

Bangladesh will assess their captaincy situation following the one-day series against England after Shakib Al Hasan asked for a break from leadership duties as he struggled to combine all his roles. Mashrafe Bin Mortaza is captain for the limited-overs matches, but coach Jamie Siddons hinted that Shakib was his preferred choice to guide the team into next year's World Cup.

Akmal sets up 23-run win

A brilliant 64 from Umar Akmal laid the foundation for a 23-run Pakistan victory over Australia in the first Twenty20 at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Monday.

Bima thrive on Turjo double

Sadharan Bima thumped Wari Club 3-0 in the Green Delta Insurance Premier Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Nat'l handball from Sept 26

The 20th National Men's Handball competition will be held in the capital centrally from September 26, it was decided on principle by Bangladesh Handball Federation yesterday.

Kamal pledges for progress

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and new Asian Cricket Council (ACC) president AHM Mustafa Kamal said that progress is possible for the country's sport within the next two years.

Ready to win again!

England striker Gary Lineker once joked: "Football is a simple game; 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans win", but why do Germany always seem to prosper at the World Cup?

Casillas charged up

Spain's World Cup semifinal against Germany is the most important soccer match in the nation's history, more important even than their Euro 2008 victory, according to captain Iker Casillas.

Friend, philosopher and guide

Vicente Del Bosque may lack the unpredictability and colourfulness of Luis Aragones, his predecessor as Spanish coach, but to the players he brings a calmness and authority which are imperative when things are not going smoothly.

'Spain have more than one Messi'

Germany's World Cup semifinal opponents Spain are far more dangerous than Argentina, with their game based on the world's best teamwork and not just individual qualities, said coach Joachim Loew.

Heroes welcome greets Black Stars

Thousands of football fans thronged Ghana's main airport Monday to welcome back home the national team who gallantly and narrowly lost to Uruguay in quarterfinals at the World Cup in South Africa.

One Twos

GERMAN SHOOTS DOWN ITALIANS
Police hunting a German man suspected of shooting two Italians in a pub after a row about the World Cup said Tuesday that both victims were now dead.

Business

Green fertilisers await a boost

Leading organic fertiliser makers have rolled out plans to bolster production to cash in on the rising demand for green farming inputs.

Mobile operators splash out on TV commercials

The country's six telecom operators have spent around Tk 103 crore in the first three months of this calendar year on television commercials. Robi was the largest spender.

Container handling delay piles up Tk 325cr loss

An unusual delay in carrying containers from Chittagong Port to Kamalapur ICD in Dhaka caused a revenue loss of more than Tk 325 crore in the immediate past fiscal year.

India kicks off debate on FDI in retail

India kicked off public debate Tuesday on opening up the country's giant retail sector to foreign investors, a move which has been strongly opposed by the nation's millions of small family-run stores.

Maldives keen to import sand

The Maldives is interested to import sand from Bangladesh for construction work and developing infrastructure, said an envoy yesterday.

D-8 launches trade deal

A group of eight Muslim majority developing states -- D-8 (Developing-Eight) -- has launched a preferential trade agreement (PTA) to facilitate investment and economic cooperation among the members.

Indian media eyes mid-ticket deals in coming months

The fragmented media industry is heading for several mid-sized deals in coming quarters as cash-rich regional players try to expand and larger but loss-making operators look to consolidate around core segments.

Stocks end flat

Stocks closed flat yesterday as investors took a cautious stance on speculation over possible measures by the regulator, insiders said.

Korean company hikes investment

HKD International Ltd, a Korean company, plans to expand their tern manufacturing industry in the Karnaphuli Export Processing Zone.

New director for FBCCI

Akhtar Group Chairman KM Akhtaruzzaman has been elected as a director for the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Akhtar Furnishers said in a statement yesterday.

New MD for Premier Leasing

SM Shamsul Alam has recently been appointed managing director of Premier Leasing and Finance Ltd, according to a press statement.

Healthcare, with a difference

Saria Sadique, chairman of BASF Bangladesh Ltd, spends more time and energy just to explain the concept of social business. His organisation has made a foray into this spectrum with Grameen Healthcare Trust and set up the entity BASF Grameen Ltd (BGL).

A shift in China's labour force

The work can lead to repetitive stress injuries and sometimes can be dangerous, especially when chemicals and high heat furnaces are used to treat parts. The loud, clanking sounds of machines are also stress-inducing, say other striking workers at Honda Lock, who have called for noise reduction measures as part of their demands.

Asian markets back to life

Sluggish Asia-Pacific markets revived on Tuesday led by a rebound in Shanghai, with Sydney also boosted by a central bank decision to keep interest rates unchanged.

Oil falls

Oil prices fell to fresh one-month lows in Asian trade Tuesday, shadowing equities markets as weak US employment data continued dampening sentiment, analysts said.

Japan's Renesas to buy Nokia wireless modem operations

Japan's Renesas Electronics Corp said Tuesday it had reached an agreement to buy the wireless modem operations of mobile phone maker Nokia Corp. in a 200 million dollar deal.

S Korea launches loan scheme for N Korean refugees

South Korea will launch a microfinance scheme on Tuesday to provide North Korean refugees with low-interest business loans, officials said.

Thailand appoints new central bank boss

Thailand appointed a new governor of its central bank on Tuesday to steer the country's economy as it emerges from the global financial crisis and the worst domestic political unrest in decades.

China to pump 100 billion dollars into western regions

China has said it will invest more than 100 billion dollars this year in 23 new infrastructure projects in impoverished western regions as part of efforts to boost domestic demand.

Metropolitan

UAE assures of meeting complexities

The United Arab Emirates have given assurance of addressing the complexities that arose over machine readable passport (MRP) and manual passport recently, said a foreign ministry spokesperson in Dhaka yesterday.

Three cops suspended

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) authorities yesterday suspended a sub-inspector (SI) and two assistant sub-inspectors (ASIs) of Darussalam Police Station in connection with the custodial death of a man on Thursday night.

Army man among 3 killed in road accidents

Three people, including an army man, were killed in separate road accidents in three districts on Tuesday and yesterday.

Japan keen to help construct Padma bridge

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is likely to visit Japan in October-November, said Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Tamotsu Shinotsuka here yesterday.

Migration cost cut, workers' dignity to top agenda

The fourth ministerial meeting of the “Colombo Process,” a regional consultative process on the management of overseas employment and contractual labour for countries of origins in Asia, will begin in Dhaka on October 20.

Hizb stages rally in Ctg: 4 arrested

Four activists of banned Islamist outfit Hizb ut-Tahrir were arrested yesterday while fleeing from a rally in the port city's Love Lane area.

8 promoted to secretaries

The government promoted eight additional secretaries to the position of secretaries yesterday.

Mannan Bhuiyan to be brought home from Singapore today

Former secretary general of BNP Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan who was under undergoing treatment in Singapore is scheduled to bring back home early today.

SCBA condemns police search in Razzaq's chamber

The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) president and secretary yesterday strongly protested the search incident at the Nayapaltan chamber of Abdur Razzaq, principal counsel for the detained Jamaat leaders, by policemen on Monday.

Moudud threatens addl attorney general

Former BNP law minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday threatened Additional Attorney General (AG) Murad Reza on the High Court premises for opposing a writ petition challenging the detention of a Dhaka City Corporation ward councillor from his party.

25 Jamaat-Shibir men held from 'secrete meet' in Ctg

Some 25 Jamaat-Shibir men, including Chittagong city unit Shura member of Jamaat Mafizul Islam, were arrested while holding a secrete meeting in a city restaurant yesterday afternoon.

A healthy Irshad returns home

Irshad Ahmed, the first to undergo liver transplant surgery in the country, was released from the capital's Birdem hospital yesterday.

Rein in law enforcers

Ain o Salish Kendro (ASK) yesterday asked the home minister to rein in the law enforcement agencies so that no extra judicial killings happen in the country.

HC grants bail to 13 JCD leaders, workers

The High Court yesterday granted four-month anticipatory bail to 13 leaders and workers of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal in a criminal case.

Call to form regional forum to reduce disaster risks

Water experts at a seminar yesterday suggested forming a regional forum of the co-riparian countries aimed at better management of the river basins to reduce disaster risks and help alleviate rural poverty.

Plant more trees

Dhaka University Vice Chancellor Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique yesterday stressed the need for planting more trees to maintain ecological balance and prevent environmental degradation.

Eight Jamaat men get bail

The High Court yesterday granted anticipatory bail for four months to eight Jamaat-e-Islami leaders and activists including the party's acting secretary general ATM Azharul Islam in a case.

HC resumes hearing

A High Court (HC) bench yesterday resumed the hearing after a 25-day break on the writ petition filed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia challenging the legality of a government notice on her cantonment residence.

DBL to offer scholarship for 5 students

Dhaka Bank Ltd (DBL) will offer scholarship to five students of five departments under the social science faculty of Dhaka University for their excellent result in honours exam.

Include wetlands in DAP for environmental sustainability

Detailed Area Plan (DAP) would have to be included existing low-lying wetlands as well as revival of the pre-urban wetlands to ensure environmental sustainability of the city, said an expert.

TB prevalence drops in Bangladesh

The prevalence of infectious pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) has come down in the country, finds a nationwide survey conduced in 20 years, thanks to scaling up of directly observed DOTS therapy, high case detection and cures rates as well as improved socio-economic status of population.

USAID expands support to prevent bird flu

Stamping Out Pandemic and Avian Influenza (STOP AI) Bangladesh project yesterday launched a cleaning and disinfection (C&D) programme to improve the security of the live bird market at Sreepur pouroshava in Gazipur.

Call to resist Jamaat from creating unrest

Leaders of Samprodayeekota-Jangibad Birodhi Mancha (SJBM) yesterday called on the people to resist Jamaat-e-Islami unitedly from creating disorder ahead of the war crimes trial, says a press release.

Pirate leader killed in 'shootout'

A pirate leader of the coastal areas of Shubarnachar and Hatia was killed in a 'shootout' between his cohorts and law enforcers in Hatia upazila here yesterday.

Appeal for help

Nasir Uddin Sujan, a student of Govt Bhawal Badre Alam College, so-ught financial help from the well-off section of the society for his treatment as he has been suffering from Perthes disease for one and a half years.

2 children found dead in pond

Bodies of two children were recovered from a pond at Kadamtoli in Siddhirganj upazila of the district yesterday.

National

Pirates loot 69 trawlers, kidnap 72 fishermen for ransom

Pirates looted hilsa fish, fuel, cash from 69 trawlers in the Bay off the coastal areas of Patuakhali and Barguna districts and kidnapped for ransom 72 fishermen from the looted trawlers on Monday and Tuesday.

X-ray machines at health complexes inoperative for yrs

Most of the upazila health complexes in the district cannot take X-ray of the patients as the machines have remained dysfunctional for years due to various reasons.

8 BCL men at Rajshahi medical punished

The authorities of Rajshahi Medical College (RMC) have suspended eight students belonging to the college unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League, including its general secretary Ashiqur Rahman Chowdhury, for breaking discipline on the campus.

Indigenous people block highway

Hundreds of indigenous people blocked Dinajpur-Dhaka highway for about two and a half hours Monday night as a mobile court raided a wedding party of the community and seized country-made liquor.

Truck drivers, workers in Rangpur block road

Truck drivers and workers blocked Rangpur-Bogra highway yesterday demanding repair of infrastructure of a local truck stand.

7 accused out of 34 arrested in Ctg

Seven of the 34 accused in Durgapur upazila Jubo League leader Abdul Karim murder case were arrested in Fatikchhari upazila of Chittagong district on Monday night, police said.

7 injured as Jubo Dal rivals clash

At least seven people were injured as rival factions of Palashbari upazila Jubo Dal clashed on the eve of BNP called country-wide human chain programme.

Export-import resumes thru' Benapole port

Import and export between India and Bangladesh through Benapole land port resumed yesterday morning after remaining suspended for one day.

Outlaw killed in mob beating

A leader of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party, who was injured in a mob beating during robbery at Atulia Bazar in Tala upazila on Saturday night, died at upazila health complex on Monday night.

BSF kills Bangladeshi

Bangladeshi cattle trader, injured in BSF firing on Joynagar border on July 3, died at Satkhira Sadar Hospital yesterday. The victim was identified as Abul Bashar, 30, son of Abul Khair of Godaghata village under the upazila. The BSF men of Joynagar camp opened fire on the cattle trader while he was crossing the border at about 4:00am, sources said. Locals rescued Khair and sent him to Satkhira Sadar Hospital in a critical condition where he succumbed to his injuries.

Fake examinees held

Four fake examinees were held while they were appearing at the first year final of degree examination under National University at Thakurgaon Govt Women's College on Monday afternoon. A vigilance team headed by executive magistrate Zaharul Islam held the four at the exam hall. Identified as Abu Sayeed, Abu Zahed, Faruqe Hossain and Loket Pal, they were giving proxy in the English examination for Mortuza Ali, Shohel Rana, Md Rafiqul Islam and Asaduzzaman of Thakurgaon Govt College. The college authority later handed them over to Thakurgaon police. Two cases were filed in this connection.

Rapist gets life

A Narsingdi court on Monday sentenced a man to life imprisonment for violating a girl. The convict is Mafizuddin of Kharab village under Manohordi upazila. According to prosecution, Mofiz raped a girl of the village in a field near his house on November 17 in 2006. Victim's father filed a case with the local police against the rapist the same day. After examining the records and witnesses, Judge M Sadiqul Islam Talukder of the Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal pronounced the verdict.

Robber held with firearms

Police arrested a robber with firearms at his house at Koira village under Koira upazila of Khulna district early yesterday. The arrestee is Manjurul Islam Sheikh, 35, son of Yunus Sheikh. Acting on secret information, police raided the house of Manjurul at around 1:00am and arrested him. They also recovered two guns and three bullets from his possession. M Alamgir Hossain, acting officer-in-charge of Koira Police Station, said Manjurul was wanted in several criminal cases.

Boy drowns in pond

An 18-month-old boy drowned in a pond at Sambalkati village under Sadar upazila of the district yesterday. Local people and family sources said Anik, son of Sameeran Halder, was playing near the pond adjacent to the house at around 8:00am. Suddenly, he fell into the pond and drowned. In another incident, Tuhin, 18, a rickshawpuller, drowned while he was swimming along with his friends in the Sugandha River at Krishnakati village near the district town yesterday. Family sources said Tuhin, hailed from Gopalganj district, was an epilepsy patient.

Letters

Development budget

Preparation of budget is a significant phenomenon for the country. Effective implementation is equally significant. When a budget is prepared the utopian way it does not help the nation. On the other hand, when a pragmatic budget is implemented inefficiently it does not bring desired well-being to the nation. A few renowned economists assessed the development budget 2010-11 as not achievable after observing the presentation in parliament by Finance Minister AMA Muhith. They did not make any significant comment on fiscal measures as well as on different allocations. They thought from their experience that the present administrative structure and procedure is not suitable for implementing such a large allocation in ADP. I would like to echo them. If the government does keep the existing procedure of project approval and project implementation as it is, the budgetary allocations cannot be utilized properly.

Drug addiction

Every now and then we find news in the electronic and print media that drug addiction has become widespread across the country. Statistics show drug addiction is predominant in the least developed countries like Bangladesh where the people, especially the young, are involved in it. Drugs, being a curse, snatch away valuable lives of young people. Many innocents are victimised by it in the early days of their lives. All hopes and aspirations of their parents are lost. Recently, our country turned into a regular route of drugs where the number of drug addicted people is more than 50 lakh. According to police reports, more than two thousand people are very much active in this business. They are making money countrywide selling drugs. Sometimes they are caught red handed but afterwards they are freed. I want to draw the attention of the home ministry to the following points:

Interpreting hartal

The ""SHO-FOL"" hartal of BNP and ""BE-FOL"" hartal in the view of AL and ""NIS-FOL & KU-FOL"" hartal for the public just passed away. Mr Jainul Abedin Faruqe rushed to meet the speaker with the demand that Mr. Annie be sent abroad for higher treatment, otherwise they won't attend JS. Moreover, public interest notice to evacuate the cantonment residence of opposition leader must not be served to her anymore.

Selection of candidate

Selection of candidate is always crucial and the result in Chittagong city election has proved it again. Mr. Monzur Alam who is best known as a sober and gentle person has beaten Mr. Mohiuddin Chowdhury handsomely. The people of Ctg wanted a change in the mayoral race as they were utterly disgusted with the Ctg city management. Perhaps so do the Dhaka city people. Dhaka City Corporation has miserably failed to take care of the city under the leadership of Sadek Hossain Khoka.

Police excesses

I refer to the news on the captioned subject published in your daily on 28. 6.2010. From the news it appeared that on the day of hartal on 27.6.2010, Rab men entered into the house of Mr. Mirza Abbas, ransacked and even beat up inmates.

Jamaat leaders

On June 30, The Daily Star published a pictorial news item mentioning that the top brass of the Jamaat -- Motiur Rahman Nizami, Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojahid, and Delwar Hossain Sayedee -- were arrested as they had failed to comply with earlier summons for court appearances in a case filed on charges of hurting religious sentiments of the Muslims.

Rickshaws banned

May I kindly ask the local administration under whose instructions the one and only passenger carrier of the middle and lower middle class groups which is rickshaw has been banned from plying the many connecting roads of Uttara to the main roads. One such road is Kazi Jashimuddin Road. As I was heading to my office from my home located at the Jashimuddin Road of Uttara, my rickshaw was stopped on the road by the baton wielding police officer. After inquiring the officer told me that this road had been made off limits to rickshaws. I said who made it off limits he said I don't know. I said then how will I go to the office? He gave me a blank look as if I asked him a very weird question. I again said, “It is raining, please allow me to go.” But all my pleas fell into the deaf ears of the officer. Is Dhaka slowly becoming a city for the car owners only?. Because the cars are allowed on all roads, irrespective of whether it is wide or narrow. This treatment is totally uncivilized. It is the duty of the traffic department to maintain the transport movement system efficiently. It is really not a fair way to ban the most sought after transport of the mass people.

Whose baby is it?

I read in the newspapers, more than once, the latest was the statement by Mr. Ashraful Islam, the Honourable Minister, that "Chhatra League" is not their baby; so they (i.e. parental party) cannot take the blame or responsibility for their misdeeds. Then who are they? How dare the boys, abandoned in the mid-way, could create terror on the street and fought battles with the opposition activists during their hartal day! I also fail to realize how so much of beating and wounding pickets including senior leaders and parliament members take place without orders from the authorities?

Justice system and media

When we have faith in the judiciary which we believe is independent, why should the media and some sections indulge in campaigns against the judgment? Justice cannot be influenced by signature campaigns and demonstrations. The media outlets are reacting now more than they reacted when the crimes were committed. The common man is tired. S/He wants the media to find everlasting solutions to prevent the recurrence of such crimes so that they can be hailed as a true pillar of democracy. All successful newspapers are ceaselessly querulous and bellicose. They never defend anyone or anything if they can help it; if the job is forced on them, they tackle it by denouncing someone or something else.

Population boom

Yesterday our daughter drove us through the vast expanses of Houston, Texas. It seemed to me that we travelled like from Teknaf to Tetulia in Bangladesh. Interestingly except for cars on the road and cattle's grazing on the fields, we did not come across a single person during this journey. Imagine, no people in an area as big as Bangladesh, whereas Bangladesh has a population of about 160 million or so. Perhaps there are many more places like Houston on this planet earth where we live in.

Teachers' status

The teachers of Govt. High Schools have been demanding first class status for a long time. In the past, no govt. took any initiative in this regard. The present govt. has decided to give second-class status to the teachers. I think it won't solve the problem at all. Attracting and keeping talented and capable young people in the teaching profession is only possible when they are provided with attractive remuneration and status. To produce a competent generation by imparting quality education, I would like to make some points.

Hartal and a citizen

I must congratulate opposition parties which called hartal after 1370 days because it came to me as a heavy down-pour after a continuum of unabated drought. Though I don't support it, I enjoyed the day to my heart's content. My activities included finishing a 'complex' job involving a national bank and Rajuk. As it was a hartal-day, my sunrise was late in the morning followed by late breakfast.

Walkway in Dhanmondi

The walkway on the Dhanmondi Lake parallel to road No. 10 ends along the Mirpur Road as the lake ends there. The fence, separating the walkway from the footpath, along Mirpur Road makes it useless. People coming into Dhanmondi R.A. from the East end of the lake cannot use the path and vice versa. The pathway staring from the bridge (Road # 8 Bridge) on the lake at the juncture of roads 8, 10 and 7 after an interruption by Panshi begins again from just beside eastern wall of Panshi Restaurant and continues to the east end. Since the pathway between Panshi and Mirpur Road is artificially separated from the pathway scheme on the lake, fitness lovers do not use this portion of the pathway and people coming into Dhanmondi cannot use this because of the fence. However, it has been observed that the fence is repeatedly trampled and broken by passers-by that seek and need an access through this pathway. Disuse encourages undesirable elements to occupy the space and dirt piles up making it further unusable. The artificially divided pathway can be integrated into the pathway scheme easily by a few yards of connecting path through behind Panshi making it useable.

Poor football!

Some of my friends, colleagues and I went to the big screen at Regency 'Club 13'. One of my friends is not a big football fan but kept asking where England's skill, tactics and passions were - I actually couldn't answer.

International

Protests at UN office in Lanka over war panel

Demonstrators led by a Sri Lankan cabinet minister surrounded the United Nations office in Colombo yesterday to protest against a UN panel set up to probe war crimes allegations.

Obama for direct ME peace talks by September

US President Barack Obama said yesterday he hoped for direct Middle East peace talks to start before the end of September, as he and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied reports of a rift.

Australian PM plans an asylum centre

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced plans to create a refugee processing centre in East Timor.

Nuke talks can resume in Sept if conditions met: Iran

Iran yesterday set September 1 as a possible date for the resumption of nuclear talks with six world powers which have been stalled since October, but insisted conditions set by Tehran must first be met.

Sri Lankan opposition protests constitutional changes

Sri Lanka's main opposition party staged a protest yesterday against proposed constitutional reforms that would enable the president to stand for a third term.

Gulf oil spill reaches Texas as tar balls wash ashore

Tar balls have landed on a Texas beach, meaning oil from the Gulf of Mexico spill has hit all five US Gulf states.

Turkish FM insists on Israeli apology

Turkey's foreign minister yesterday insisted on an Israeli apology for a deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship but did not repeat a threat to break off diplomatic ties.

Thai govt extends emergency rule

The Thai government has extended a state of emergency in 19 provinces, including the capital Bangkok, because of fears of renewed violence.

UK to hold inquiry into torture claims

The British government is set to formally announce an inquiry into whether its spy agencies colluded in the torture of terrorism suspects overseas a probe that could complicate intelligence-sharing with the United States.

Sarkozy linked to L'Oreal cash scandal

President Nicolas Sarkozy was directly linked for the first time to L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt's murky finances, with claims his presidential campaign received 150,000 euros in cash.

Obama, Israeli PM to hold talks

US President Barack Obama is due to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington.

Israeli settlements cover 42pc of West Bank

Jewish settlements control more than 42 percent of the West Bank, and much of that land was seized from Palestinian landowners in defiance of an Israeli Supreme Court ban, an Israeli human rights group said yesterday.

Afghanistan urges Pakistan to act against terror groups

Afghanistan's national security adviser has called on the Pakistani government to "take serious measures" against Islamist groups launching attacks on Afghan targets from secure havens inside Pakistan.

CIA, Pakistan locked in spy battles

A Pakistani man approached CIA officers in Islamabad last year, offering to give up secrets of his country's closely guarded nuclear program. To prove he was a trustworthy source, he claimed to possess spent nuclear fuel rods.

Police kill one more in Kashmir

At least one civilian has been killed and another wounded in fresh violence in Indian-administered Kashmir.

Security beefed up ahead of Indian Maoists' strike

Security has been tightened in states affected by Maoist violence in view of the 48-hour shutdown from Wednesday called by the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) to protest the killing of their spokesperson Azad.

Kandahar is key to victory in Afghan war

The ranking Republican on the US Senate Armed Services Committee said Nato and Afghan troops will prevail in the war if they can succeed in securing and bolstering governance in the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar.

Bomb blasts in front of Nepal parliament

A bomb exploded in front of Nepal's interim parliament in Kathmandu yesterday, creating panic and triggering intense police search.

Lady Gaga with 10m fans!

Lady Gaga has become the first living person to have more than 10 million fans on Facebook with her tally standing at 10,673,476 (5 July).

Tallest tent in the world opens in Kazakhstan

The world's tallest tent has opened to the public in the Central Asian nation of Kazakhstan.

Arts & Entertainment

Stories of resilience

University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) and Concern Universal Bangladesh (CUB) recently arranged the premiere show of the documentary “Signal 10 Red Alert: Tales of Survival...Through Unity” at the National Museum Auditorium, Shahbagh, according to a press release.

1971 in focus

Ekattur-er Jatri arranged a recitation programme, titled “Ekattur-er Kobita,” at the Seminar Room of Central Public Library, Shahbagh on July 5. Both noted and emerging poets of the country recited their poems on the occasion.

Sumaiya Shimu’s thriving TV career

Single-episode TV plays, tele-films and serials are keeping Sumaiya Shimu busy. The vivacious actress says, “Acting is my profession; I don't mind staying busy.”

More power to trees

The Divisional Forest Office and Agriculture Extension Office jointly organised a cultural evening at Khagrachhari Town Hall recently to create awareness about the boons of tree plantation.

Homage to Michael Madhusudan Dutta

To observe the 137th death anniversary of poet Michael Madhusudan Dutta, a programme featuring discussion and recitation were held on July 5 at the Central Public Library, Shahbagh. Jatra Proshikkhan Unnayan Gobeshona Parishad (JPUGP), an organisation for jatra artistes, arranged the programme.

Afghan band rocks Kabul in post-Taliban era

Guitars strapped to their backs, three trim Afghan youths flash rock star smiles at armed guards who wave them through the steel doors of a private club.

OP-ED

Football . . . and the silence of the grave

PRIME Minister Sheikh Hasina thinks that the World Cup is over as far as Bangladesh is concerned. You know, she could well be right. For her, as she confesses, or nearly, the game was over when her favourite team crashed out of the series. And that was Brazil. You tend to wonder how she must have reacted when Brazil lost, rather inadvertently, to the Netherlands.

Here comes the D-8

PRIME Minister Sheikh Hasina is to leave Dhaka for Abuja (capital of Nigeria) in the early hours of July 7 to attend the 7th Developing-8 Summit on July 8, and will leave Abuja on July 9 and arrive in Dhaka on July 10.

A probashi is not an authentic Bangladeshi?

LET me start this article by thanking the editor-in-chief and all the editors of The Daily Star who look at my work, and for giving me a platform to write my pieces and express my views for the last two years. This newspaper has given me a great forum for writing on issues pertaining to Bangladesh. The Daily Star's online version is read by many people across the globe.

Local government conundrum

POLITICAL gangsterism is a concept I have borrowed from Hadiz. The widely known decentralisation scholar Vedi R. Hadiz is a professor at the National University of Singapore. He has done intensive research on the politics, governance and decentralisation of his own country -- Indonesia -- in the 1990s and 2000s, using the concept to characterise the behaviour of the political actors of Indonesia.

Teaching them

OVER the last few months we have been shocked by the unprecedented number of suicide cases among girls due to eve teasing. Eve teasing has become a kind of violence. A teaser is a "person who makes fun of or provokes others in a painful or unkind way."



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