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News of: Sunday, 11th of July, 2010

Front Page

BCL off the leash

Illegal toll collection, attempts to dominate other factions, establishment of control over dormitories led to violent factional clashes among Bangladesh Chhatra League activists in Jahangirnagar University over the last year and a half.

Tigers fell final frontier

With the whole world pensively waiting for a grand World Cup football final, Bangladesh silently yet boldly created a small piece of history on a cricket field on Saturday by defeating England by five runs at Bristol.

Eyes on new champs

World Cup finalists Spain and the Netherlands have produced some of the greatest moments, classiest club sides and top players in soccer's history but somehow the biggest prize in the sport has always eluded them.

Charge sheet ready for submission

Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is set to submit in a day or two charge sheet in the BDR carnage case accusing 824 border guards of murder, loot, arson and hiding bodies in mass graves.

WB to double assistance

The World Bank will double its lending to Bangladesh to $6.1 billion over the next four years to help it tackle poverty and adapt to climate change.

Hasina for common fund under OIC

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has proposed creating a common fund under the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) for the welfare of its member countries.

More BG Press staff linked to question leak

The two government employees on remand yesterday disclosed names of some more BG Press staff with links to the question leak in Rangpur, said a police official.

A minister's advice indeed

Textiles and Jute Minister Abdul Latif Siddique yesterday advised the Bangladesh Chhatra League leaders to refrain from in-party clashes and take on the opposition parties instead.

Cops grilling them about car torching

Police have started quizzing detained Jamaat Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammed Mojahid and its Nayeb-e-Ameer Delwar Hossain Sayedee in a case filed in connection with torching a car on the day before June 27 hartal.

BNP threatens tougher agitation

Senior leaders of the main opposition BNP yesterday threatened a movement to oust the government if it does not immediately disclose the whereabouts of DCC Ward Councillor Chowdhury Alam.

SCF to hold nationwide human chain

The Sector Commanders' Forum (SCF) will form human chains at all divisional and district headquarters, on July 24 and August 6, demanding fast trial of the 1971 war criminals.

Many poor, illiterate out of family planning

Thirty-five-year-old Saleha Begum of Karwan Bazar slum struggles to feed her four children with a small income.

Tahrir planned anti-govt demo

Hizb ut-Tahrir was making preparation to stage a demonstration in the capital as part of its anti-government move, said Syed Golam Maola, founder leader of the banned outfit in Bangladesh, during interrogation.

Mother meets miracle twins

Over six months after Bangladeshi-born conjoined twins Trishna and Krishna were separated through a marathon surgery, their mother has finally succeeded to have a long cherished reunion with her daughters in Australia.

JS session resumes today

Fifth session of the ninth parliament resumes today at 4:00 pm after a 10-day break.

Woman killed in road crash

A woman aged around 40 was killed after a microbus knocked her down at Progati Sarani in the city's Badda yesterday morning.

BSF kills 1

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) gunned down a Bangladeshi cattle trader at Bhaigarh border in Birampur upazila early Saturday.

N Korea shrugs off ship, calls for nuclear talks

North Korea yesterday said it was willing to return to nuclear disarmament talks and signalled satisfaction that a UN Security Council statement did not directly blame it for the sinking of a South Korean warship.

Top aide to prepare for Obama's India visit

India and the US will exchange notes on developments in Afghanistan when US National Security Adviser James Jones comes here next week to lay the groundwork for President Barack Obama's visit in November.

Thousands march after curfew lifted in Indian Kashmir

Thousands of protesters shouting, "We want freedom" and "Blood for blood", marched through the tense streets of Muslim-majority Indian Kashmir yesterday after authorities lifted a curfew.

Millers stop rice supply to govt from today

Millers have decided to stop supplying rice to government warehouses from today after a meeting between two sides failed to resolve a cash incentive issue.

Khedira seals third place

Sami Khedira's 82nd-minute header earned Germany a 3-2 victory in a rousing and rain-soaked World Cup third-place play-off match here on Saturday.

Bhuiyan in critical state

Former BNP secretary general Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan's condtion remained critical last night.

Editorial

Question paper leak at BG Press

THERE is little question that corruption in government is a sad reality we have lived with for years. Even so, there is in us that certain feeling that as governance improves and public sensibilities get to be more sharpened, such wrongdoing will be rolled back and the country can move on toward its desired goals. That being the sentiment, it comes as a shock for all us that some government staff have been involved in the crime of leaking question papers in return for dishonest financial gains. The crime we speak of concerns the Bangladesh Government (BG) Press taking place in Rangpur and involving a number of candidates for the position of assistant teachers at public high schools. As a report in this newspaper on Saturday notes, elements at the BG Press sold question papers related to an interview for the positions for a rather staggering amount of Tk. 25 lakh. The interview was, of course, cancelled as a consequence of the leak.

An MP sued by police sergeant

JUST because one is an elected law-maker from the ruling party, one is not entitled to manhandling a police sergeant on duty, no matter what was the latter's perceived omission or commission, if any. It was a traffic jam in which the MP's car was stuck and he demanded an explanation from the policeman for something that was hardly of his own making. Even if it was, that would hardly have been a justification for any person, far less, a member of the incumbent party, to rough up a police man by slapping him in the face or otherwise hitting him. Apparently dissatisfied with what the policeman had to say, he reacted physically in a manifest arrogance of position. Mind you, this was done in wanton disregard for public norms, not to say placing hindrance in the way of a policeman at work. Or was he expecting that the sergeant would let his transport pass in breach of rules?

Sports

A final for the purists

The big-name players have fallen by the wayside, leaving the Netherlands and Spain, tactically, technically and temperamentally the teams of the tournament, to face off in a World Cup final that should be one for the soccer cognoscenti.

Tigers restricted to 236

Ajmal Shahzad marked his return to the England side with three wickets as Bangladesh were held to 236 for seven in the second one-day international here on Saturday.

South Africa a success

South Africa basked Saturday in the success of its trouble-free World Cup, as finishing touches were put to the closing ceremony with superstar Shakira and a herd of giant elephant puppets.

Now middle-order worry

There was time when the top-order was a cause for concern for Bangladesh.

Fabregas, Torres plead for chance

Spain's Premier League duo Cesc Fabregas and Fernando Torres have made late pleas to coach Vicente del Bosque to be included in the starting line-up for Sunday's World Cup final with Netherlands.

Poorer Busquets, richer Spain

Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez and David Villa may be the media magnets as Spain prepare for the World Cup final against Netherlands on Sunday but Sergio Busquets is catching up fast.

A-Z of 2010 World Cup

A - Africa. The continent's first World Cup was embraced off the pitch but on it, where only Ghana of the record six teams taking part got beyond the group stage, it was a massive disappointment.

Spain unhappy about Webb

On the day when Webb's wife Kay joked that her husband couldn't even take charge of his own kids, let alone the biggest sporting event in the world, they were finding it rather less easy back in Madrid and Barcelona to see the funny side of the Rotherham official being named the man in the middle for the big showdown with Holland.

Houseboat owners fear chaos

The Dutch are hoping to welcome their World Cup team home with a victory canal parade although Amsterdam houseboat owners are becoming anxious about partygoers climbing onto their homes and sinking them.

Van Bronckhorst to defy FIFA

Giovanni van Bronckhorst has revealed he will refuse to take a drugs test if Netherlands win the World Cup final.

World media tip Spain

Spain are the overwhelming favourites for Sunday's World Cup final against the Netherlands, according to International Sports Press Association members who voted online.

A tale of two coaches

At first look, World Cup final coaches Bert van Marwijk and Vicente Del Bosque could not seem more different and yet a closer inspection reveals a lot of similarities.

Local fans loving it

At a morning kick around on a dirt soccer pitch in South Africa's Soweto township, there is only one team the boys all want to emulate -- Spain.

Keeping Dutch dream alive

Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk's biggest gamble was keeping an injured Arjen Robben in his World Cup squad and it paid off handsomely after the winger recovered in time to help steer the Dutch to the final.

Spain thriving on the Dutch game

Spain owe a large debt of gratitude to their World Cup final opponents Netherlands because of the strong Dutch influence at Barcelona down the years, according to midfielder Sergio Busquets.

Red fever grips Spain

Flag fervour is spreading across Spain as the country drapes itself in yellow and red for Sunday's final against the Netherlands in the World Cup in South Africa. At Spain's only flag manufacturer, Sosa Dias, sales have soared from 10,000 a quarter to more than 50,000 in the last month as fans snap them up to hang from their apartment balconies or drape over their shoulders while they watch games at giant outdoor screens.

One Twos

FLOWER POWER REIGNS
Around 90,000 flowers grown in The Netherlands will be placed in Cibeles square in Madrid for Sunday's World Cup final where 150,000 Spanish fans are expected to watch the game on the big screens. Similarly 40,000 flowers will be placed in Amsterdam, as a sign of "the union between the two countries", the Dutch Bureau for Flowers in Spain said in a statement. And the colour of the flowers? "They will be in all colours," a director of the Bureau diplomatically told AFP.

Business

Frozen food exports hit rough patch

Frozen food exports have suffered a downturn for a second year as the industry still bears the brunt of global recession that dampened demand and prices.

Rahimafrooz exports $5.5m car batteries

Rahimafrooz Globatt Ltd exported 1.75 lakh pieces of car batteries worth $5.5 million during October-June last fiscal year.

Deal on 100MW rental plant in Keraniganj

Power Development Board (PDB) has signed a deal with a private company to set up a 100 megawatts quick rental power plant in a bid to ease the energy crisis.

BKMEA polls today

Bangladesh Knitwear Manufactures and Exporters Association (BKMEA) goes to the polls today.

Invest in northeast states to cut trade gap

A former central government minister of India has called upon Bangladeshi businessmen to invest in northeastern states for mutual benefits of both the countries.

World acclaim for DCCI

The Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry has won the fourth Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) Award in big chamber category.

Stocks pass a breezy week

Stocks soared last week, powered by the financial services sector that found prices on the rise after better-than-expected half-yearly earnings.

New drydock to be set up in Patenga

A new drydock will be set up for building modern ocean-going vessels on an area of 17 acres of Chittagong Drydock Ltd (CDL) at Patenga in the port city.

The ex-factor

As the bus took a late evening break at a restaurant during our journey to Bogra, we wanted to eat light as dinner wasn't too far off. We asked the young boy who waited on us, what was available. Off he went reciting rapid-fire, a list of tummy filling, yummy items. Anything light to eat? I asked. A chicken sandwich he suggested with a big smile, though a chicken kebab would be more palatable, he went on. So we settled for the kebab, which was done well and did taste more of spices than of chicken meat. Russel, as he was being called, brought in just the right sized mineral water bottle so there wasn't any waste. The hot cup of tea followed promptly. All said and done, with Russel's attention to details, the stoppage was a pleasant experience, quite unlike another experience I had on a similar journey.

Europe woes could hit recovery of Indian tech firms

India's leading information technology exporters should report robust quarterly sales, thanks to improving demand from their mainstay financial clients, but Europe's debt crisis and rising salaries could cap their outlook.

Wall Street marks best week in a year

Wall Street closed out its best week in a year on Friday, snapping back from a long stretch of selling, as investors looked ahead to what many expect will be a solid earnings season.

Canada rate hikes seen after stunning job gain

Canada's economy created six times more jobs than forecast in June, a near-record gain that pressures the central bank to raise interest rates again this month even as cracks in the U.S. recovery threaten to cool the country's scorching growth.

Oil nears $76

Oil traded near 76 dollars in Asia on Friday, lifted by buoyant sentiment after the International Monetary Fund bumped up its global growth projections.

New GM for Sonali Bank

Shaheda Begum has recently been promoted to general manager of Sonali Bank with a retrospective effect from September 4, 2003.

United launches Jeddah flight from July 29

United Airways has announced its plan to launch a Dhaka-Jeddah flight from July 29.

Harley-Davidson opens first Indian dealership

Harley-Davidson has launched its first Indian dealership as it pitches the "freedom of the open road" in a nation with some of the world's most congested traffic, the US company said Saturday.

India expects bumper harvest to ease food prices

India expects bumper foodgrain production this year that should help contain inflation after last year's worst drought in decades drove up prices, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar said Friday.

YouTube to invest $5m to fund video-makers

YouTube announced Friday that it will invest five million dollars in promising video-makers.

Worst of crisis is over: ECB chief economist

The European Central Bank's chief economist said Friday that the worst of the eurozone's economic crisis was over but warned other major economies their policies were unsustainable.

Weekly Currency Roundup

July 4-8, 2010
International Markets
This week the euro, sterling and yen all gained grounds against the US dollar, after data showed that there was a drop in the non-farm payroll last month.

Metropolitan

Three Bangladeshis die in Canada road accident

Bodies of three Bangladeshis, killed in a road accident in Canada on July 3, is scheduled to arrive here at 3:00am today, said family sources yesterday.

Employer pours scalding hot water on domestic help

A minor domestic help sustained burn injuries as her employer poured scalding hot water on her and locked her in a house at Khilbarirtek in city's Badda yesterday.

Communist leader's murder hits Nepal's peace process

The murder of a communist leader hit Nepal's peace process with a key meeting yesterday among the three top parties, that could have paved the way for a new government, being put off.

Embassies angry after Lankan protest blocks UN

Embassies in Sri Lanka have expressed dismay over an "intimidating" protest that has blockaded the United Nations compound in the capital.

Separate ministry demanded

Speakers at a seminar yesterday urged the government to introduce a separate ministry for Human Resources Development as it is working for establishing digital Bangladesh by 2021.

Woman killed but husband says it 'suicide'

Police recovered the body of a female garment worker from a local clinic in the city's Kuril Badda area yesterday afternoon. Her brother alleged that she was killed but her husband showed it as "suicidal incident."

Ferry detours 10km as channel silted

The usual channel through Char Hazera in Shibchar has silted up causing the Mawa-Keorakandi ferries to detour 10 kilometers.

BSF kills one

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) gunned down a Bangladeshi cattle trader at Bhaigarh border in Birampur upazila early Saturday.

DU student assaulted by BCL man

An activist of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) assaulted a student of Dhaka University (DU) at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Hall on Friday night.

Woman killed in road crash

A woman aged around 40 was killed after a microbus knocked her down at Progati Sarani in the city's Badda yesterday morning.

Dr Shahidullah's contribution recalled

Education Minister Nurul Islam Naheed yesterday said the outstanding contribution of noted educationist Dr Muhammad Shahidullah must be projected more widely before the

One killed in train accident

An unidentified man aged around 55 was crushed to death under the wheels of a train at Begumganj upazila in Noakhali yesterday.

Bangladeshi killed in UK road crash

Limi Sharmeen Mostafa, editor and publisher of The Executive Times, was killed in a road accident in Scotland, the UK, on July 7, says a press release.

Existing laws enough to stop road crashes

Terming the existing laws sufficient to prevent road accidents, Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday said the government will take more steps if necessary to avoid road crashes.

Decrease in use of contraceptives a threat to population control

High rates of unmet need for family planning is posing a threat to population control, said

War crimes trial to free nation from stigma

Speakers at a discussion yesterday said trial of war criminals is not for taking revenge but to free the nation from the stigma of war crimes committed during the War of Liberation, leaving 30 lakh innocent Bangalees martyred and two lakh women violated.

Govt to resume operations of closed jute mills

The government has taken initiatives to resume operations of the closed jute mills in the country to restore its former glory, Textiles and Jute Minister Abdul Latif Siddiqui said yesterday.

Subsidised power plants to increase output cost

Experts at a discussion said setting up quick rental power plants would eventually increase production cost instead of solving power shortage in the country.

Steps taken to eliminate militancy, says Sahara

Home Minister Advocate Sahara Khatun yesterday said the government has taken all out steps for eliminating militancy and terrorism from the country.

Road crashes kill three in C'nawabganj

Three people were killed and another was injured in separate road accidents in Chapainawabganj yesterday.

War criminals to be brought under trial this year: Qamrul

State Minister for Law Advocate Qamrul Islam yesterday said identified war criminals would be brought under trial for violating human rights during the Great War of Liberation by this year.

Shumi becomes first, Shumaiya second

The concluding ceremony of 'Meril Baby Adore Gora Bhobishshot 2009' was held at a hotel in the city on Friday with announcement of its first and second winners.

Cotton godown gutted at Fatulla

Thirty machines and huge cotton were gutted in a fire at a cotton godown at Purba Delpara of Fatulla in Narayanganj yesterday.

National

32 Jamaat, Shibir men held in four districts

At least 32 leaders and activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir were arrested from Brahmanbaria, Joypurhat, Naogaon and Satkhira districts Friday night and Saturday.

Erosion in Gaibandha makes over 650 families homeless

Erosion by Jamuna River has taken a serious turn in Saghata and Fulchhari upazilas, rendering over 650 families homeless during the last three days.

Fisherman allegedly held by Rab still untraced

Wife of a fisherman of Nijlathimara village under Pathorghata upazila in Barguna district yesterday alleged that her husband has remained traceless after plain-clothes men nabbed him from Chardoany Bazar in Pathorghata upazila 20/21 days ago.

6 members of two Islamist outfits held

Law enforcers on Friday arrested six members of two banned Islamist outfits in Khulna and Gaibandha districts.

1 killed, 8 hurt as AL, BNP men clash

At least one person was killed and 8 others were injured in a clash between the supporters of Awami League (AL) and BNP yesterday at Hosendi Goalgaon village of Gozaria upazila in Munshiganj.

Padma erodes away shops, godowns in Munshiganj

Erosion by the river Padma at Bhagyakul in Sreenagar upazila of Munshiganj district has taken a serious turn.

Pumpkin farming in barren lands changes their lot

Fortune smiled on the farmers as the district saw a bumper production of pumpkin this season.

Tale of fairytale profit by landless Shamsul

It may be difficult to believe, but Samsul Haque, 60, a landless farmer of Purbapara at Sultanpur village under Sadar upazila of the district has earned Tk 1,70,000.00 by cultivating pumpkin this season.

Trade fair in Sylhet finally from July 14

The much talked about international trade fair organised by Sylhet Chamber of Commerce and Industries (SCCI), is finally going to start from 14 July.

Lightning kills 7

Lightning killed at least seven people in Nilphamari and Dinajpur districts yesterday.

BSF kills one in Dinajpur

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday killed a Bangladeshi in Dinajpur while they are yet return the body of another man shot dead by Indian Khasias at Jaintapur in Sylhet.

Youth held with arms

Police caught a youth with a foreign-made revolver from Wireless Gate area in the district yesterday. The arrestee was identified as Mashiur Rahman Mukul, 25, son of Samsul Alam of East Dashara under municipality area. On secret information, a team of police from Sadar police station led by its officer in-charge (OC) Azizul Haque went to a spot under a bridge in the area at around 4:30 pm and caught the youth and recovered the firearm from his possession.

Fake fertiliser seized

Police in Bagmara upazila on Friday evening seized 537 sacks of adulterated fertiliser from a warehouse of local dealer Abdus Salam in Taherpur of municipality area. Police also arrested three people including an employee of the upazila office of Department of Agriculture Extension, Ataur Rahman. Two others are labourers Abdul Hakim Mondol of Durgapur and Rabiul Islam of Puthia. The seized goods include 198 sacks of adulterated MOP, 72 sacks of TSP and 291 sacks of MP fertiliser.

Fish farm worker killed

A fish farm worker was killed in an attack allegedly by the firm owner and his two labourers in Singua Chakpara area of Nokla upazila on Friday. The deceased was identified as Hatem Ali, 40, son of late Moin Uddin, hailed from Barmaisha village in the same upazila. Police and locals said Moazzem Hossain Liton, owner of the farm, picked up a quarrel with his worker Hatem Ali over a trifling matter. At one stage, Liton with the help of his two other labourers, Hashem Quader and Ramizuddin, hit Hatem with a sharp weapon at about 12:00 noon, leaving him critically injured. Later, the victim died on way to Nokla hospital. Hatem's wife filed a case in this connection. Police arrested Hashem Quader in connection with the murder.

Poultry owners burn chicks

Poultry farm owners burnt 2,000 broiler chicks at North Temohony of the town yesterday protesting the high price of one-day old chicks. Witnesses said a poultry trader, purchasing those chicks from Usha Poultry and Hatchery of Dhaka, was going to Bhola through Laxmipur. On information, agitated poultry farm owners seized the chicks and set those on fire. The government fixed the price of one-day old broiler chicks at Tk 30 per piece and layer chicks at Tk 32 per piece but the hatchery owners are selling those chicks at the rate of Tk 70-75 per piece ignoring government's directive. National Committee of Poultry Farm Owners has been agitating for the last one week against the high price of chicks and poultry farm owners and also stopped purchasing chicks.

Letters

Rainwater drainage

A front page lead report, on this important matter was published in a local English daily on June 29. It very rightly highlighted the need for an urgent solution to the illegal land encroachment that has jeopardised the natural rainwater drainage system of greater Dhaka.

World Cup and octopus!

With the sad and humiliating exit of Brazil and Argentina, World Cup football has, to a certain extent, lost its flavour in certain parts of the world and Bangladesh in particular.

Ensure uniformity

In schools, it is the uniformity of dress, shoes, belts, ties, etc., that creates an atmosphere of oneness among children, irrespective of the background they hail from. Once in college, all hell seems to break loose with children of rich families flaunting their wealth that includes wearing expensive and fashionable dresses, using costly mobile phones, and spending lavishly in the canteens. This hurts the feelings of the not-so-rich, leading to factionalism, ill-will, and unhealthy competition. Affluent students can indulge in extravaganza outside their colleges but ostentatious display of wealth should not be allowed on campuses. Colleges, therefore, should have uniforms; ban the use of mobile phones within the college precincts; ban students from bringing two- and four-wheelers to colleges. Such measures will go a long way in bringing about equality and uniformity and improvement in the academic environment.

Noise pollution

Once beautiful Dhaka is facing lots of challenges and myriad problems. Noise pollution, beyond any doubt, is a matter of great concern as it has already exceeded the tolerable limits.

World Cup 2010

It was perhaps worst day for the Bangladeshi viewers watching Brazil going down to Holland. The referring looked good but not above controversy if you look at the equalizer by Holland. The second match between Ghana and Uruguay was a classic football drama to watch. It was nerve wrecking for the players and the viewers all over the world. In this match too referring was not beyond controversy.

The two women

More than a year ago a picture that was published in all major daily news paper focused on Madam Khaleda Zia wailing at the bedside of her politician son---Tareque Zia at PG Hospital where she went soon after her release from the confinement. Tareque Zia was there under treatment for his injury that was inflicted upon him, as claimed by Madam Zia due to political rivalry. A mother's natural sympathy forced her to cry openly and she pleaded that Tareque was sick and he would not be in politics again until he recovered from the sickness. Tears rolled down her cheek. It was painful to see.

Let's be sensible

Two very pathetic incidents have hugely shaken our society. One is the suicide committed by a mother and her two children and the other is obviously the killing of a little boy.

Access road

This is to bring to your kind notice that “Rayer Bazar Buddijibi Smritisoudha” remains out of sight to many potential visitors due to its having no good access road though it is located in the vicinity of the Sangshad Bhaban complex.

Mobile phone

We know there are many advantages of mobile phone nowadays and there is no doubt about it.

Colonial concept

Since ages the concept of leadership has been colonial in south East Asia, more so in Bangladesh. With the passage of time over the years things have changed but this concept of leadership continues. Though democracy is in vogue but the colonial concept of leadership remains. The son of the king becomes the king; this concept is very much deep rooted in the minds of the people. So long this concept remains in practice, Bangladesh shall not achieve progress in the true sense of the word.

Building complete, function zero

A news item in The Daily Star (July 2nd, 2010 Page 12, Column 1-4) says, that a four-story building at MAG Osmani Medical College in Sylhet was lying idle for more than three and a half years. This building was intended for the ICU unit and a large casualty ward. For the functioning of the building two other components were necessary, i.e. the urgent need for the medical supplies and the instruments, and the doctors and nurses and ancillary staff, down to the cleaners. For the success of the above project, there had to be necessary co-ordination, for all the three needs. Failure of co-ordination is a complete waste of our own very scare resources. The above instance can be found in hundreds of our own projects. What is the remedy? A good management team is not enough.

IPO refund warrant

I have been applying for IPOs for some time but unfortunately I am so far unsuccessful in all my attempts. But what is causing me pain is the manner in which the refund warrants are issued in cases where the amounts could not be credited to the account online.

Killing by police

Recent deaths in police custody particularly in Dhaka city are highly disturbing. A suspected drug dealer was tortured to death in front of his minor son. It was not only inhuman, rather sadistic in nature. Another small business owner was arrested from his own rented house and later killed in a so called encounter. In both the cases there are allegations of demand of bribe. The media has rightly highlighted the incidents. The authorities instituted inquiries. But recurrence of such incidents is shaking public faith in law enforcing agencies. The government's image is being tarnished. It appears that the chain of command and discipline in police is on the wane. Political leadership in the ministry appears caught in the bureaucratic entrapment legalising all the misdeeds. Perhaps a major shake- up is necessary.

MRP

I'm a Bangladeshi national living in Italy. I have resident permit for Italy which will expire soon. But now Italian immigration department is not receiving any application to renew resident permit with the hand written Bangladeshi passport. Currently, they accept only Machine Readable Passport.

AL government

A careful look at the political state of affairs in Bangladesh will substantiate an argument that the Sheikh Hasina regime is a continuation of the military-backed interim government that had ruled the country for about two years, before her party came to power. Sheikh Hasina and many of her party people were jailed and tortured during those two years, and she claimed that there had been an attempt on her life through mixing poison with her food. Her statement in this regard can be interpreted in two ways: 1. She made the statement to gain public sympathy, which explains why she is not taking any action against those who wanted to kill her 2. Her statement is true, but she is unable to take any action, as she is not in command of the affairs of Bangladesh.

Price of electricity

The Finance Minister Mr. A.M.A. Muhith has hinted that price of electricity will be hiked. This has created panic in the industrial sector. The textile sector is already hard hit due to price hike of yarn in the recent months.

Laws on national flag

I feel happy to see that the government is going to amend laws in order to uphold the honour of the country's national flag which is the symbol of our nation. Very often it is noticed that our flags are hoisted atop many buildings without following any norms.

International

Pak suicide blasts toll jumps to 102

The death toll in a double suicide bombing in a Pakistani tribal village on the border with Afghanistan has risen to more than 100, officials said.

After Lanka, UN under fire in Nepal

After Sri Lanka, where a minister is leading protests against alleged UN interference, the world body is now under fire in Nepal, where the prime minister has accused it of trying to derail the Himalayan republic's fragile peace process.

Israel steps up bid to block aid ship bound for Gaza

Israel has stepped up its attempts to stop an aid ship breaking its blockade of Gaza, sending a letter to the UN and engaging Greece and Moldova in talks.

Painting of dead Mandela draws outrage in South Africa

A painting that depicts a dead Nelson Mandela undergoing an autopsy provoked outrage yesterday in South Africa, but the artist who created the work has said it is a tribute to the iconic leader.

Pakistani tribesmen killed in Afghanistan

Gunmen in eastern Afghanistan have attacked a bus carrying Pakistan Shia tribesmen killing 11 people.

Reaction to UN war crimes probe unwarranted

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, after ordering the resident UN coordinator back to New York for consultations, called on the Sri Lankan government to 'take urgent action to normalise conditions' around the UN office so that the organisation could continue its work.

BP in new bid to plug Mexican Gulf oil leak

BP will start replacing the cap over the blown-out oil well in the Gulf of Mexico over the weekend, reports said.

Arts & Entertainment

Theatre festival on Liberation War begins

A five-day theatre festival featuring plays on the Liberation War began on July 9 at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Theatre Art Unit is arranging the festival, titled 'Shomoyer Proyojoney Muktijuddher Natyatshab 2010'. The festival also marks the 50th show of the troupe's production, “Shomoyer Proyojoney”.

The haunting tunes of Naushad

Chaley aaj hum jahansey, hui zindagi parayee
Tumhe mil gaya thikana humey maut bhi na ayee...

Kabori... “I wanted to portray the role of Doriya Bibi”

Kabori has metamorphosed from Meena Pal to today's Kabori and currently ranks as a highly skilled actress of Dhallywood. Her first movie, “Shutorang”, was her first blockbuster film and won accolades at the Frankfurt Asian Film Festival in 1964.

Nazrul once more

On July 9 Chhayanaut held its monthly musical soiree "Srotar Ashor" at the Ramesh Chandra Dutt Smriti Milon Kendra, Chhayanaut Sangeet Bidyaton.

A rising star

Baul singer Abdul Hamid is a rising star. A regular performer of Baul songs in Jhenidah and neighbouring districts, he unfailingly mesmerises the audience. Today he is a reputed Baul singer in Jhenidah.

“Emma” as “Aisha”

Six years after British director of Indian origin Gurinder Chadha made “Bride and Prejudice”, a Bollywood treatment of British writer Jane Austen's novel, it is the turn of debutant Indian director Rajashree Ojha to adapt another book “Emma” by the 19th century author into a Hindi movie “Aisha”.

“Choita Pagol” on Channel i

A naive young man, Choita, whom the villagers call “pagol” (crazy), remains seemingly stable for 11 months. For a month every year, Choita turns insane. The villagers exploit Choita and make him do all kinds of chores. But when he turns “mad,” he is shunned by all. Even when he goes without food for days, no one comes to his aid. The drama serial “Choita Pagol” narrates his story.

A double treat

Music and football fans are in for a real treat. For the breathtaking match on July 12 which starts after midnight, Goethe-Institut Bangladesh and the Embassy of Switzerland are presenting “The ParthiboLife in concert”, says a press release. The programme features a live musical performance by Parthibo, one of Bangladesh 's upcoming rock bands.

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Pass to win

TODAY'S World Cup final between Spain and Netherlands will see an eighth champion enter the pantheon of greats. And in that, either or both of the men, who have masterminded their team's run to the final, will be hailed as great managers and toasted across their respective countries.

Delhi's Terminal 3 syndrome

CONSIDER the irony. Britain's Conservative-led ruling coalition has just abandoned plans for a third runway at London's Heathrow airport, which Prime Minister David Cameron was keen on. In India, the supposedly pro-aam aadmi United Progressive Alliance government has built a lavish, Rs.12,700-crore, nine-level, chrome-and-glass terminal at Delhi airport.

More information please

TODAY is World Population Day. This year, World Population Day highlights the importance of data for development. Demographic data provide an essential evidence base for the development and evaluation of policies. The bottom line is that "a country cannot develop without data." Although the term "data" has technical overtones, there is a fundamental connection between good data and good governance.

China bashing should stop

In recent years, I have read a number of highly critical articles in the Western media about the Chinese economic policy: that it is creating a bubble economy, that it is ego-centric and not contributing to world economic recovery, that its currency policy is unfair and is designed not only to increase its exports (goods) but also to import (some use the expression "steal") jobs from around the world. One of the critics, James Chanos, a wealthy hedge fund investor thinks that its economy is hyper-stimulated and it will soon implode. In his words: "China is Dubai times 1,000 -- or worse."

Where are we headed?

AFTER the government came to power, democracy experienced a worrisome deterioration. As a democratic developing country, it has been dealt a hard blow from the economic crisis. Spread across in every sector, Bangladesh occupies the world's political "middle ground." Because many issues receive significant attention from international leaders, the challenges its government faces raise serious questions about the prospects for fostering development, deepening democratic roots, and expanding effective governance.


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