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News of: Wednesday, 14th of July, 2010

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2 Jamaat leaders held for '71 killings

Jamaat-e-Islami leaders Muhammad Kamaruzzaman and Abdul Quader Molla were arrested yesterday on charges of killing 345 people during the Liberation War in 1971.

Tk 95 lakh found in arrestee's bank accounts

A day after recovering Tk 28 lakh from a Bangladesh Government (BG) Press employee at BG Press office, Rangpur police yesterday found Tk 95 lakh in bank accounts of another person accused in the question paper leak case.

JMB acting chief, 10 other operatives held

Police arrested the acting chief and 10 operatives of banned Islamist outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) from different places of Bogra, Joypurhat and Gaibandha districts Monday.

Victims' families want quick trial

Family members and relatives of the army officers slain in last year's BDR mutiny demanded quick and fair trial of the killers.

Elevated expressway work to start in Jan

Construction of an elevated expressway between Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport and Narayanganj is likely to begin next January.

Arrests made ignoring court order

Jamaat-e-Ismali yesterday protested the arrest of its two leaders Quader Mollah and Muhammad Kamaruzzaman and demanded unconditional release of all detained top brass.

Charge sheet politically motivated

Inclusion of Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu, a former BNP lawmaker, in the charge sheet of the BDR mutiny case has a political motive and is an act of political vengeance, BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain said yesterday.

Court to decide on charge sheet July 26

A Dhaka court will give decision on July 26 for taking into cognisance the charges brought against 801 Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) personnel and 23 civilians in the Pilkhna carnage case.

JS body chiefs unhappy over ministry role

Chiefs of different parliamentary standing committees are all set to inform Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina about difficulties they are facing

Microbus kills DU employee

A female employee of Dhaka University (DU) died after sustaining sever injury when a speedy microbus dragged her at least 20 yards on a campus road yesterday.

Sand-laden cargo boats defy ban

Despite the government ban on plying of sand laden vessels at night, several thousand such carriers navigate after dark posing high risk to passenger vessels.

Hasina for climate compatible rice

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked scientists to invent new varieties of rice compatible with the climate change and varied seasons.

IRRI made early breakthroughs

International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) has achieved early breakthroughs in combining multiple traits in rice plant so that farmers in the predominantly rice-growing Asia can effectively fight the climate change fallouts.

Nimtoli still numb

On the 40th day of the Nimtoli tragedy, family members of the victims and local people yesterday arranged chehlums at the area in Old Dhaka seeking salvation of the departed souls and quick recovery of the injured.

Muggers shoot 2 businessmen

A gang of muggers shot at and snatched Tk 3.80 lakh from two businessmen at capital's Pallabi area yesterday.

Jamaat trio, JMB boss being quizzed together

Three detained Jamaat leaders were brought face to face with JMB chief Saidur Rahman for interrogation at the DB office last night.

2 arrestees confess putting firearm in Shafiqul's house

The firearms seized from the house of a Satkhira shrimp businessman was planted before a raid on May 22 by the son and an aide of a Union Parishad chairman, admitted an alleged planter arrested by Rapid Action Battalion yesterday.

BCL activist arrested, sent to jail

Police yesterday detained and sent to jail Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activist Ayub Ali in connection with the killing of Udayendu Singha Polash, who was stabbed to death by his fellows Monday afternoon.

Home ministry orders cops to trace him

The home ministry yesterday asked police and Rapid Action Battalion to immediately locate BNP leader Chowdhury Alam who went missing on June 25.

Israel orders Gaza-bound aid ship to Egypt

An Israeli military vessel confronted a Libyan aid ship yesterday trying to breach Israel's three-year-old Gaza blockade and ordered it to divert to an Egyptian port, the Israeli military and organisers said.

Editorial

The disappearance of Chowdhury Alam

DHAKA City Corporation councillor and local BNP leader Chowdhury Alam has been missing since he was reportedly abducted by some men late in the evening of June 25. Begum Zia and her colleagues in the BNP have accused the government of being behind Alam's disap-pearance and have demanded that he be traced and returned safe and sound to his family. Alam's family and his party have alleged that law enforcers in plain clothes were involved in the abduction. The Rapid Ac-tion Battalion and the police authorities have, however, denied any involvement in the incident. As for tracing Alam's whereabouts, they have said that they are yet to have any clues in the matter whatsoever.

Holding the price line

LESS than a month to go before Ramadan, the market of essentials is smarting under price pressure. Even though it is a peculiar seasonal phenomenon in this country, the degree of restiveness of the market at this stage is purely speculative and artificial; for the stocks, we are assured, remain adequate with more in the pipe-line. Given our rather critical dependence on import for the availability of Ramadan essentials, their timely pro-curement, keeping pace with projected demands is of crucial importance. Simultaneously, steady supply and distribution of domestically produced commodities will have to be maintained.

Sports

Iniesta is the toast of Spain

Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero singled out Andres Iniesta, who scored the winner during Spain's 1-0 defeat of the Netherlands in the World Cup final, for praise Monday, saying there was no better role model for youths.

'Tigers shaping up well'

After a scintillating five-run victory in the second one-dayer, Bangladesh crashed to a huge defeat in the third match against England. The home side came hard at the Tigers in the series decider to secure a 2-1 win. But when Mashrafe Bin Mortaza's men would look back to the series they definitely can take inspiration from their first-ever success against the English side in any form of the game. The triumph came in the time when it seemed that the confidence level of the Jamie Siddons charges hit a new low following one defeat after another in this year. Many might not have been focused enough during the FIFA World Cup but the performance of the Tigers in the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka was alarming with the fact that the cricket World Cup is only seven months to go where Bangladesh will play in the mega event as one of the co-hosts.

MSC thump arch-rivals

Mohammedan Sporting Club completed their first-leg campaign of the Green Delta Insurance Premier Division Hockey League with an all-win record as the title contenders thumped archrivals Abahani 3-0 in their last match at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Paul invited to fiesta

A Spanish town which celebrates an annual Octopus Festival has requested that Paul, the "psychic" octopus who predicted Spain's World Cup win, be allowed to join them as a guest of honour this year.

Heroes welcome for Dutch

Thousands of fans decked out in orange cheered on the defeated Dutch football team as it embarked on a seven-kilometre boat parade down the canals of Amsterdam Tuesday.

Cesc wears Barca shirt

Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique forced Cesc Fabregas to briefly wear a Barcelona shirt during Spain's World Cup victory celebrations in Madrid on Monday night.

England keep sliding

Fabio Capello's England were given their lowest ever World Cup ranking by FIFA after their disastrous campaign was ended by Germany at the second round stage.

Aussies kept in check

Australia successfully negotiated a searching trial by swing and seam on Tuesday to reach 171 for three at tea on the opening day of the first Test against Pakistan at Lord's.

Torres injury not serious

Liverpool are hopeful that the groin injury suffered by Spanish striker Fernando Torres in Sunday's World Cup final is not as serious as was first feared.

Mueller feels incredible

Thomas Mueller has said he never believed he would win the Golden Boot before the World Cup began.

Sarkozy blasts French team

President Nicolas Sarkozy damned the shamed French football squad on Monday, saying the team had been "disastrous" for their country's image at the World Cup in South Africa.

Shakil, Sagar still leading

FIDE Masters Abu Sufian Shakil and Minhazuddin Ahmed Sagar maintained their joint lead in the Mercantile Bank 36th National Chess Championship at the end of the 11th round at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall room yesterday.

Spurs after Fabiano

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp revealed Tuesday that Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano is high on their wish list, but admitted that the player's salary expectations could prove a stumbling block.

Strauss uses opportunity

England captain Andrew Strauss revelled in the growing competition for places in the one-day side after "leading from the front" as his team wrapped up a series win over Bangladesh.

Bell out of Pak series

England batsman Ian Bell was ruled out Tuesday of the upcoming Test series against Pakistan after breaking his left foot while fielding in the second one-day international against Bangladesh last weekend.

Dhoni strikes mega deal

Newly-married Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has signed a marketing deal worth 42 million dollars over two years, a report said on Tuesday.

Captains vow good Tests

With both sides weak in their respective fast bowling departments, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara have pledged to make the Test series more interesting and enterprising by aiming for results.

SL Board XI 432 for 5

A strong Sri Lanka Board President's XI gave the Indians a welcome as harsh as Colombo's humidity. Upul Tharanga ripped into all their bowlers, nearly reaching his century in the first session. Lahiru Thirimanne played the foil to Tharanga's assault, and Thilina Kandamby continued attacking, providing the visitors zero respite despite two quick wickets in the middle session. Thilan Samaraweera struggled a bit, but he too joined in the fun in the final session, taking the score well past 400.

5-a-side football

Katalyst, Unicom, HRC and Dhaka Bank won their respective matches of the Ascent Five-a-side Football Tournament at the STM Hall in Uttara yesterday.

Sree also sidelined

India's pace attack for their Test series in Sri Lanka was depleted further on Tuesday after Shanthakumaran Sreesanth was ruled out with a knee injury.

Spain worthy champs: Bolt

Jamaica's sprint superstar and keen football fan Usain Bolt on Monday acknowledged that Spain deserved to win the World Cup, but admitted to having supported losing finalists the Netherlands.

Sr Div soccer

Mohakhali XI and Purbachal Parishad played out a goalless draw in the Bashundhara Senior Division Football League at the Birshreshtha Mostafa Kamal Stadium yesterday.

Air gun meet from tomorrow

A two-day National Air Gun Championship gets underway tomorrow at the Gulshan Shooting Complex.

Business

NBR revenue up

The revenue board beat its target and recorded an 18 percent growth in revenue collection in fiscal 2009-10 compared to the previous year.

Aftab Auto on fast lane

Aftab Automobiles Ltd has sped up efforts to construct bodies for Hino RM-2 air-conditioned buses at reduced costs in Bangladesh to meet the rising demand for comfortable travel.

Inflation edges down

Inflation edged down to 8.54 percent in April from 8.78 percent a month ago, driven mainly by a fall in food prices.

Minimum wage for RMG may be Tk 2,500

The minimum monthly wage for garment workers is likely to be set at Tk 2,500 from the existing Tk 1,662.50, said an owner of a factory who was present at the last meeting of the minimum wage board.

Deadline widens for stockmarket subsidiary

The stockmarket regulator has extended the timeframe for setting up separate subsidiary to operate capital market activities by any financial institution.

Stocks ride high on banks

Stocks ended up yesterday, powered by banks and non-bank financial institutions (NBFIs).

Poultry farmers demand curb on hatchery owners' monopoly

Rajshahi poultry farm owners Tuesday expressed their worries that the industry is now in dire straits in the face of a syndicate of hatchery owners and feed producers.

Indian delegation stresses trade boost

An Indian delegation yesterday underscored the need to increase investment and trade between Bangladesh and India.

Cargo handling at Ctg port resumes

Cargo handling at the outer anchorage of Chittagong Port resumed yesterday after 40 hours of stoppage.

Southeast Bank's new DMDs

Southeast Bank Ltd has promoted Shahid Hossain and Mohammed Gofran to deputy managing director, said the bank in a statement.

HSBC Asia Pacific HR chief in Dhaka

William Gibbon, head of HR Asia Pacific of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Ltd, is now in Bangladesh for a two-day visit, the bank said in a statement.

Uniqlo teams up with Yunus

Social business finds a new route now -- this time entering the garments sector.

China's secretive money manager opening up

It was a quiet day in US debt market trading one day last December but participants felt something was amiss. Treasuries were selling off but the driving force behind the swoon remained a mystery.

CORPORATE BRIEFS

UTTARA BANK
The bank's Board of Directors has decided to change the denomination of shares from existing Tk 100 each to Tk 10 and the size of market lot from five shares to 250 shares.

Oil down

World oil prices eased on Tuesday, holding underneath 75 dollars per barrel as traders fretted over performances by the US retail and corporate sectors, analysts said.

Infosys quarterly profit disappoints

India's second-biggest software exporter Infosys announced Tuesday a 2.4 percent fall in first quarter consolidated net profit, lagging forecasts in an uncertain global economy.

Japan's Nomura to list $100m Sukuk on Malaysia bourse

Japan's top securities firm Nomura will list its inaugural 100 million dollars of Islamic bonds on Bursa Malaysia as the company looks to diversify its funding sources, officials said Tuesday.

BMW says sales to roar ahead in 2010

German luxury car maker BMW hiked its 2010 forecast for sales and earnings sharply on Tuesday, saying that better conditions on the global auto market had boosted its outlook considerably.

Greece sweetens deal in first debt issue since bailout

Struggling Greece on Tuesday raised fresh funds from the markets in its first sale of government debt since a EU-IMF bailout saved it from default but it had to sweeten the deal to attract buyers.

Metropolitan

Garment workers go on rampage in Gazipur

Agitated workers of two garments factories in Gazipur sadar yesterday went on a rampage protesting underpayment of production wage.

College student succumbs to injuries in Rajshahi

A college student succumbed to his injuries yesterday four days after he came under attack from a gang of miscreants at Upashahar in the city.

Afghan soldier kills three British troops: Kabul

An Afghan soldier killed three British troops in a volatile region of the country yesterday, officials in Kabul said, pledging a full investigation into the shooting.

Pakistani official vows to fight India for Kashmir

The top official in Pakistan-held Kashmir vowed yesterday to fight India for control of the disputed territory in a speech to thousands of people assembled by a coalition of banned militant groups.

Mahmudur shown arrested

Detained Mahmudur Rahman, acting editor of the recently closed daily Amar Desh, was shown arrested yesterday for defying an Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) order asking him to submit his wealth statement.

N Korea calls off talks with UN officers over ship

North Korea abruptly called off talks set for yesterday with the US-led United Nations Command that oversees the Korean War truce, failing to show up for the first meeting to discuss the sinking of a South Korean warship.

New York man claims ownership of Facebook

A judge here has issued a temporary restraining order on the transfer of Facebook Inc.'s assets, after a suit by a New York man who claims to own an 84 percent stake in the social-networking company, a media report said yesterday.

Barisal court asks law enforcers to produce reports on Aug 26

A Barisal court yesterday asked the law enforcers to produce on August 26 the police inquest and autopsy reports of Majnu Kha and Kalam Sarder killed in a gunfight with Rab at Muladi upazila in the district.

Enam Chy, Enamul elected C'wealth Society president, secy general

Enam Ahmed Chowdhury and AJM Enamul Islam were elected president and secretary general of Commonwealth Society of Bangladesh, says a press release.

Dr Ibrahim re-elected NGO Fed chair

Dr Muhammad Ibrahim, chairman of Centre for Mass Education in Science, has been re-elected as NGO Federation Chair in its biennial election held on July 10, says a press release.

Malik Majeed passes away

Malik Majeed, a noted film director and producer, breathed his last due to prolonged illness at United Hospital in the city on Monday, says a press release.

Save soil the green way

Agro entrepreneur Abdul Basith Selim provides a glaring example of how agriculture could be hugely profitable without the use of chemical fertilisers or pesticides, and ensuring quality management of natural resources that save the ecology at the same time.

150MW power plant gets Ecnec nod

The Executive Committee of National Economic Council (Ecnec) at meeting yesterday approved five projects involving about Tk 1,419 crore, including Tk 380 crore project assistance. Ecnec Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina presided over the meeting.

Ailing Azam goes to Singapore today

Pop guru and valiant freedom fighter Azam Khan will leave for Singapore today for better medical treatment.

Probe extra-judicial killings: Inu

Jatiya Samajtanrik Dal (JSD) President Hasanul Haq Inu yesterday in parliament demanded that the government begin judicial probe into all extra-judicial killings, including crossfire and custodial deaths and punish the culprits.

One crushed under wheels of train

A youth was crushed under the wheels of a train at Mulibari rail crossing here yesterday morning.

IEB demands punishment to culprits

Engineers Institution, Bangladesh (IEB) yesterday demanded the government to arrest and punish the culprits responsible for the attack on PWD Engineer Abul Kashem during June 27 hartal.

5 killed, 65 injured in road accidents

At least five people were killed and 65 others injured in separate road accidents in Jhenidah and Gaibandha yesterday.

'Motivate mothers to breastfeed babies to reduce malnutrition'

Expert physicians at a seminar yesterday emphasised the need for motivating mothers through proper communication strategy to only breastfeed babies until six months to reduce malnutrition among children.

Karzai, Petraeus in talks on Afghan militias

Afghanistan's president and the commander of foreign forces in the country are trying to reach agreement on the creation of controversial grass-roots militias to fight the Taliban, an official said yesterday.

Help children grow as human resources

Social Welfare Minister Enamul Huq Mostafa Shaheed yesterday stressed the need for comprehensive measures to help the children grow into human resources.

Media enjoying freedom

The media in Bangladesh is enjoying maximum freedom, said Information and Cultural Affairs Minister Abul Kalam Azad.

Alleged 'mafia boss' among suspects arrested in Italy

The man believed to be the "top boss" of an alleged Italian crime family is among those arrested in a police sweep.

Bangladesh replaces contingents in Ivory Coast

Bangladesh army is replacing a total of 430 members of its own army personnel at UN operations in Ivory Coast, a press release said.

PM for joint efforts to eradicate poverty

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday described poverty as common enemy for South Asian nations and called for collective efforts to eradicate poverty.

Tariqul surrenders to court

Former forest and environment minister Tariqul Islam yesterday surrendered to a Dhaka court and sought bail in connection with a case filed for misappropriating Tk 3.21 crore.

Contempt of court charge against BTRC chairman, telecom secy

Land phone company RanksTel has filed a contempt of court petition with the High Court (HC) against the chairman of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) and the secretary to the ministry of post and telecommunications on charge of violating its (HC) directive.

7-year jail for filing false case

Parliament yesterday passed a bill amending the Acid Control Act 2002 to introduce a provision for imprisonment of maximum seven years or minimum two years for filing false case.

National

Farmers jubilant as jute pricey again

Jute growers of the district are jubilant as the area sees good yield and high prices of the fibre this year.

Deposition of 3 PWs on first day

Sylhet Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal yesterday started recording deposition of prosecution witnesses in the case for grenade attack on a rally of Awami League leader Suranjit Sengupta at Derai upazila headquarters in Sunamganj on June 21, 2004.

Tale of 5 worst girls' schools

Authorities of five girls' schools of the district have received show cause notice from Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board, Dinajpur, as less than five students passed from each of the institutions.

Knife-wielding Shibir man held at Dinajpur college

Police yesterday arrested an activist of Islami Chhatra Shibir on charge of threatening a teacher of Dinajpur Government College while another Shibir man was held in connection with the campus violence on February 9 this year.

Dharla furious again, makes over 150 families homeless

Erosion by the River Dharla rendered more than 150 families at three villages under Sadar upazila homeless in the last three days.

College student, 2 others drown

A college student drowned in a pond at Mokterpara of the district town on Monday evening.

Youth stabbed to death

A youth was stabbed to death allegedly by a friend at Kandapara village in Bancharampur upazila on Monday afternoon.

Four remanded in Ctg, protesters demand arrest of Natore culprit

Four youths, arrested on Monday in Chittagong on charge of making a porno CD of a schoolgirl after rape, were placed on a four-day remand yesterday.

12 buildings marked risky in Barisal city

Barisal City Corporation (BCC) authorities have identified 12 buildings in the city as risky.

Tree felling move sparks protest

Move for constructing a road by felling around 15000 trees at Char Kukri-Mukri in Char Fashion upazila of Bhola has created resentment among the people of the district.

Dredging of river Passur to start next month

Dredging of the river Passur will begin in the second week of next month.

Schoolgirl, women rescued

A schoolgirl, abducted from Palashbari upazila on Monday, were rescued 12 hours into her abduction from Maderganj area in Pirganj upazila.

Letters

Fuzzy democracy

We are the people living in a democratic state. The essence of democracy is that the sovereign power of the state is in the hands of the people and the people are the source of the state power. In a democratic state, political parties have the right to adopt the peaceful measures like demonstration, procession, human chain, hunger strike etc to press home their respective demands. It may be the party in power or the opposition. The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) made a human chain on July 7 to put pressure on the government for releasing their party leaders and activists who were detained during the hartal day. But our govt. used the police force with the collaboration of party activists to deal with the protests. It is a shame for democracy. We the general people do not support the destructive hartal culture, nor do we expect undemocratic activities from the political parties.

Thieves within!

A justified, and fairly detailed report criticizing the National Museum management was published on 7 July in a local English daily. In my opinion, the head of the organisation must be taken to task for being responsible for the deplorable state of affairs, when his people can steal gold and silver coins and other valuable artefacts from the premises. It is ironic that the custodians of treasure are treasure hunters and thieves themselves!

Polluted city

Overcrowded Dhaka is already considered the word's most polluted city. Yet its environment is being polluted further unabatedly. The poor, the lower middle class and our innocent children are particularly affected by pollution. They are more exposed as they work & travel for long hours. Their poor nutrition makes them less resistant to diseases and they have limited access to healthcare. According to some estimates, 20,000 citizens are facing premature death every year due to high pollution. In my view to reduce environmental pollution, the government should take following pollution control measures.

Campus politics

Our country has a glorious history of student politics. From the language movement to liberation war, students took part in all progressive movements. But what is happening now ?

Extra-judicial killing

The news published in DS on 5 July about the extra-judicial killing of three businessmen by law enforcers is mind-boggling. Those, who are deployed to show the right path and force people to abide by law and order, are the offenders in those cases.

Reducing traffic jam?

It is true that traffic jam is one of the most burning issues in our country, especially in Dhaka city. People think there are several causes behind this. What are the main causes? Some are blaming the private cars, and others are blaming the rickshaws. They think if one of the transports, especially rickshaw, is banned, then traffic jam will be reduced.

Nurturing the meritorious

The Rotary Club of Dhaka Central has taken up a scheme, to sponsor the meritorious students (SSC, GPA-5), who are extremely poor (parents are daily wage earners, hard core poor). The failure of the GPA-5 students to pursue further studies is a great national wastage. There are investments and investments (power, generational infrastructure development, stimulus package). But the finest of them all is the investment on education. Right investment, at the right time and the right place, can engineer our growth.

Marriage age

Undoubtedly, the number one problem of Bangladesh is the population explosion. The country has to face various problems due to the population boom. Lowering the minimum age for getting married can be an effective measure in order to control the present population increment. Virtually, all fertility occurs within the wedlock in our country. Fertility rate, however, is closely related to marriage age. As a result, the upward and downward change in marriage age is related to productive behaviour.

More books needed

I am a regular visitor to the Public Library at Shahbag in Dhaka. I have completed studying books on literature, history and journalism. I do not always get the books that I want to read.

Load shedding

I am an inhabitant of Jurain area. Recently, the amount of load shedding in this area has reached the peak. Electricity remains operative for twelve hours and in the rest twelve hours we experience load shedding. Even during nighttime load shedding occurs several times and the sufferings of the people know no bounds. Children and old people suffer unbearably. The authorities seem indifferent to the issue.

Children and corporal punishment

In a candid and forthright article written by Sir Frank Peters in an English-language newspaper about corporal punishment in our schools, he asks why we, loving parents, are permitting teachers to beat our children, the same ones we claim to love more than ourselves.

The human factor

Publicising a new project is not enough. The bugs are in the implementation details; and in the unwanted and negative human elements prevailing and interfering at about all the vertical and horizontal levels, in the LDCs. This is mainly due to the immature political culture prevailing at the governance levels; with short-term subjective outlook.

BNP and Tarique

This is a golden opportunity for Mr Tarique Rahman, the senior vice president of the BNP, to prove himself as a clean man and come out of the general feelings about him (corruption). As claimed by the BNP, the case of money laundering against Mr Tarique is politically motivated to tarnish his image and is a plot to restrict him from doing politics, because he has now the most talented leadership capability and has great views to lead the country and claimed him as a RISING SUN OF THE EAST.

BNP and Tarique

This is a golden opportunity for Mr Tarique Rahman, the senior vice president of the BNP, to prove himself as a clean man and come out of the general feelings about him (corruption). As claimed by the BNP, the case of money laundering against Mr Tarique is politically motivated to tarnish his image and is a plot to restrict him from doing politics, because he has now the most talented leadership capability and has great views to lead the country and claimed him as a RISING SUN OF THE EAST.

An appeal to PM

Dear Hon' able Prime Minister, as a voter, and as a citizen of the country, I would like to place an appeal to you for taking a action against those so called students involved in crimes. To save the nation, such hooliganism has to stopped. I will urge you to see the photographs and news items in the national dailies on misdeeds of the so-called students. I am deeply shocked to see these series of horrific activities.

Eve teasing

Everyone is familiar with the term. It means to disturb girls with objectionable remarks and gestures. It actually means gestures and using slang language in presence of the teenage girls. This amoral activity is on the increase in our country. Especially, some hooligans and demoralised and addicted boys are involved in eve teasing. They do not have any moral feeling and family learning. They are regarded as weeds in society. Their ill and irritating behaviour causes serious mental agony to girls. Many girls committed suicide.

Hartal

Of course, in most of the cases hartal is called by the opposition party of the country and in this case Bangladesh is not an exception. On 27 June, the hartal called by the BNP, the main opposition party, was observed across the country with many processions on the streets. But the role of the law enforcers during the time of hartal was really questionable as they were tough on the people. They also tortured citizens entering into their houses in the name of maintaining law and order. As a result, it is claimed by some people that the the govt was using the administration, whereas the role of the administration should be impartial.

Trial of war criminals

A regular comment one would hear and see on the electronic media from some individuals when they are referring to the trial of the war criminals. Exactly the same expression was heard when the trial of the killers of Sheikh Mujib, the founder president, was going on. The apprehension was and is the same, can we find evidence to proceed or why not forget and forgive the same? The inner feeling of these people is not different from a few political parties which are openly working against the trial.

Deprived people

Since colonial times, Bangladeshis are known to be a deprived people. Yes Bangladeshis are a deprived people there can be no denying it. Bangladesh got its independence back it in 1971, it is almost 40 years since then and yet Bangladeshis are being deprived.

Fighting terrorism

What follow acts of terror are death, injuries, wailing relatives, red alerts, promises from higher officials that something will be done, heated discussions, political blame games, candlelight vigils, and what not. Why are we not prepared to prevent such unfortunate incidents? Names of fundamentalist and extremist organizations, religious and political, are repeated every time there is a terror attack. Citizens cling to the faint hope that something will be done. True, the progress of an investigation cannot be revealed but the result of inquiries can be. Is there no end to the investigations?

International

Somalis in Uganda brace for post-attack backlash

Somalis who moved to Kampala to escape their country's long-running civil war feared a backlash following deadly bomb attacks claimed by Somalia's Shabab insurgent group.

Arrests made over Uganda bombings

Ugandan authorities have made a number of arrests in connection with explosions at two sites in Kampala that left at least 74 people dead.

Fidel Castro appears in rare TV interview

Former Cuban president Fidel Castro used his most prominent television interview since falling seriously ill four years ago to discuss everything from the threat of global nuclear war to the use of energy efficient light bulbs.

First group arrives in Spain

The first group of political prisoners freed by Cuba has arrived in the Spanish capital, Madrid.

'Twisted parliament' bodes ill for Japan

In Japanese, it's called a "twisted parliament," and it doesn't bode well for the country's future.

Ugandan police find suicide vest

Ugandan police have found an unexploded suicide vest and made a number of arrests in connection with Uganda blasts.

US detains 12th person in Russia spy probe

The United States has detained a 12th person following the break up of a Russian spy ring which led to a dramatic spy swap last week, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday.

India to focus on terror

A day before External Affairs Minister SM Krishna heads to Pakistan, India yesterday decided to mainly focus the talks on terrorism, which it says is sponsored by Pakistan.

Missing Iranian scientist appears at embassy in US

A missing Iranian nuclear scientist, who Tehran says was kidnapped a year ago by the CIA, has taken refuge in the Iran section of Pakistan's US embassy.

Gilani hopes talks will be fruitful

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani Tuesday expressed confidence that the forthcoming meeting between the foreign ministers of Pakistan and India would be fruitful and would pave the way for further dialogue.

Nepal to elect new PM on July 21

The race for the new prime minister of Nepal kicked off yesterday with parliamentarians fixing July 21 as the election date after the parties failed to forget old rivalries and choose a candidate acceptable to all.

107 dead in China rainstorms and floods

Torrential rains and severe flooding have left 107 people dead and 59 missing in ten Chinese provinces, mostly along the Yangtze River following recent storms, state media said yesterday.

Sri Lanka's ex-army chief faces new Charge

Sri Lankan police have filed a new case against former army chief and defeated presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka for allegedly employing military deserters, his party said yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Remembering a theatre icon

To commemorate the 68th birth anniversary of the late actor-director-playwright Abdullah Al Mamun, Theatre arranged a memorial speech at the seminar room of Bangladesh Shilpakala academy (BSA) on July 12. Professor Bishwajit Ghosh of the department of Bengali Language and Literature, Dhaka University, delivered the speech at the event.

Kathak and Rabindra Sangeet come together

Kathak dancer Monisa Nayak had reason to be pleased in the run up to her latest performance. The Sangeet Natak Academy has just awarded her the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar in Kathak dance for this year.

Udichi stages “Bou Bashonti”

On the fourth day (July 12) of the ongoing theatre festival featuring plays on the Liberation War, Udichi staged “Bou Bashonti” at the Experimental Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

“Ityadi” at Baliyati Zaminder Estate of Manikganj

Popular variety show “Ittyadi” is credited for highlighting our culture, history and heritage. Historic venues where the show has been shot generated interest among the viewers.

Scoring a first

To bridge the gap between mainstream and indigenous culture, a seven-day indigenous dance training workshop was arranged at Kushtia.

Special play “Karigor” on ATN Bangla anniversary

Single-episode TV play “Karigor” will be aired at 11pm on July 16 on ATN Bangla. Written by Anisul Haque and directed by Shokal Ahmed, the play will be aired on the occasion of 11th anniversary of the TV channel.

‘Rathjatra’ and ‘Rath-er Mela’ begins in Manikganj

The traditional 'Rath-er Mela' began at Sree Sree Anandamoyee Kalibari Temple in Manikganj district town yesterday. The mela is organised every year to celebrate 'Rathjatra', a festival of the Hindu community.

“Despicable Me”: A charming tale of bad intentions and happy endings

A big, bad but reformable meanie meets his match in a pint-size trio of orphaned sisters in “Despicable Me.” And lo, another 3-D animated kid movie demonstrates that cartoon storytelling pitched to young people is the last, best refuge of sprightly filmmaking this hard, hot summer.

OP-ED

Of Kamal Hossain . . . of what might have been

IT is time to recall, in these moments of depressing, partisan, parochial, dispiriting, decadent politics, the times in which Dr. Kamal Hossain was one of our reasons for hope. There is a strange, inexplicable silence into which the former foreign minister and reputed politician has lapsed. But, again, that is understandable.

Aquino: New chapter to Philippine dynasty?

THE Philippine presidential election was held on May 10 and Benigno Aquino III (popularly known as Noynoy Aquino), the son of two democracy heroes (his father Benigno, a former assassinated senator and mother, former president Corazon), won handsomely and was proclaimed as president in a joint session of Congress on June 9. He was sworn in as the Philippines' 15th president on June 30.

A challenge to restore the credibility of the process

Jamaat leaders Motiur Rahman Nizami, Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojahid and Delwar Hossain Sayedee were arrested more than a week ago, apparently not for their alleged role during the Liberation War but for failing to appear before a Dhaka court in connection with a case of hurting the religious sentiment of the country's Muslims. According to government sources, they were detained not because they were Jamaat leaders, but because arrest warrants had been issued against them.

Gaan shunbayn? The woeful refrain of tourism dying

I think about the Cox's Bazaar tourism industry often. And my thinking is usually along the lines of: "Gee, I really wish we had a Cox's Bazaar tourism industry." For those harbouring the misapprehension that I am someone who is given to heavy critical thinking about matters of nation and state, let me clarify that I really am not.

Today's women are TOUGH

Al Gore and his wife broke up after 40 years of marriage. The guy who stars in The Bachelor reality show broke up with his fiancé last week after being together for a lifetime by the standards of vacuous celebrities, ie, days. BP boss Tony Hayward parted company with his dividend paycheck.


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