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Poor performing bureaucrats to face music

The government is considering administrative actions against the civil servants who are performing poorly and using red tape for financial gains.

Dhaka, Delhi finalise 14 projects for mutual gain

Bangladesh and India have finalised 14 development projects, particularly for infrastructure building, to be implemented in Bangladesh with Indian loan of $1 billion.

Special JS body to be formed today

Parliament will constitute a 19-member all-party committee today for bringing major changes to the constitution.

Of wildlife and ministers

When two incumbent ministers, both of whom are also lawmakers, want to break the law, it creates an insane situation. But sanity prevails in the end, and in this case Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had to use her authority and reject their plea for breaking the law.

Gunmen kill 3 cops in Pabna

At least three policemen including an officer were killed as gunmen fired on them at Daspara in Bera upazila yesterday evening.

BSF kills 2 Bangladeshis

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead two Bangladeshi cattle traders at Ghosalpur border of Jhenidah district yesterday morning.

BNP goes for hunger strike on Jul 25

As part of its anti-government move, the main opposition BNP will observe a mass hunger strike on July 25 to press home a number of demands including release of their party leaders and activists.

Kushtia cops sued for death in 'crossfire'

Family of a 'crossfire' victim yesterday lodged a case with chief judicial magistrate court in Kushtia against police officials including an officer-in-charge.

Govt to import up to 1 lakh tonnes rice from Vietnam

Food Minister Abdur Razzak yesterday said the government would import 50,000 to one lakh metric tonnes of rice from Vietnam soon.

Body formed to draft policy

The government has formed a sub-committee to draft a policy for introducing free education up to degree level in government educational institutions and non-government institutions having Monthly Payment Order (MPO).

Notorious gang held in Chittagong

Rapid Action Battalion early yesterday arrested notorious Yakub Bahini chief Yakub and 17 of his accomplices along with 19 firearms, ammunitions from Jangle Salimpur under Sitakunda upazila in the district.

US pledges Tk 210cr for low-carbon emission strategy

US President Obama administration assured Bangladesh of providing Taka 210 crore for promotion of Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS).

Malaysia to recruit undocumented foreign workers

Malaysia is considering recruiting undocumented foreign workers to meet the high labour demands, reports Malaysian newspaper The Staronline.

Thousands of blogs shut down

A web hosting company has said it shut down a blogging platform that was home to over 70,000 bloggers because a "link to terrorist material" and an al-Qaeda "hit list" was posted to the site.

Yunus meets Japan leaders, talks social business

Nobel Laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus yesterday called on Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito and Princess Masako at their invitation in Tokyo at the Imperial Palace.

CIC suggests amending RTI Act for transparency

Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) Muhammad Zamir yesterday called for amending the Right to Information Act, 2009 to ensure transparency in all the corporate bodies and financial institutions.

Kamaruzzaman, Quader Molla shown arrested

Two Assistant Secretaries General of Jamaat-e-Islami, Md Kamaruzzaman and Abdul Quader Molla were shown arrested yesterday in connection with a case filed for setting a private car on fire that killed its passenger on July 1.

Ex-HC judge asked to submit wealth report

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has served notices to former High Court (HC) justice Joynul Abedin and two other HC bench officials asking them to submit wealth statements within a week.

Villagers call off siege after talks

Affected villagers early yesterday called off their indefinite besiege programme at Barapukuria Coal Mine Company Ltd (BCMCL) following a meeting with the company authorities.

2 teenagers drown in Buriganga

Two teenaged friends drowned in the river Buriganga yesterday.

Big three field candidates

The race for Nepal prime minister's post has become interesting with all three major parties fielding candidates for today's election.

Pakistan's Key counterterrorism official resigns

Officials say the head of a federal group meant to coordinate Pakistan's fight against terrorism has resigned amid a bureaucratic turf battle.


High Court warning on custodial killings

WE are heartened by the warning served on the government by the High Court on the matter of three recent deaths in police custody. Coming on the heels of an earlier HC directive on the issue, this warning should be an eye-opener for the authorities. It should alert it to the clear violation of the law and human rights that the law enforcers themselves have been indulging in of late. By taking up the matter in right earnest, the judiciary has given the nation to understand that not all is lost, that indeed it is possible for us to have the rule of law form the centerpiece of collective life in the future. In other words, there is reason to hope that decency and morality along with the law will eventually be the cornerstone of life in Bangladesh.

A tough telecom law

DESPITE our comments to the contrary that the proposed amendment to Telecommunication Act, 2001 which appeared draconian to us should while being regulatory needn't be sweepingly stringent, the law as passed in parliament on Monday, has belied our expectations. One of the major drawbacks in the proposed amendment was complete absence of any provision for appeal. This to us appeared as an impingement on the natural right to remedy for an aggrieved party.


More than a season lost

An old, grey four-storied building in Armanitola which houses the country's alternate powerhouse of hockey in Usha Krira Chakra was supposed to be full of high spirit, excitement and activities of players and officials during this hockey season.

About time big brothers stood up

If you are anywhere around the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium and the adjoining Abahani football ground at any time of the year, you would hear the customary thump of bat hitting the ball. Once you step inside, it would be hard to figure out if cricket season is over or not. Even in the middle of July when the monsoon is at its peak, hundreds of youngsters, with a kitbag by their side, go to Abahani field to take their first steps in cricket.

Murali takes Tendulkar

Retiring spin wizard Muttiah Muralidaran dismissed Sachin Tendulkar cheaply as Sri Lanka seized control of the rain-ravaged first Test against India on Tuesday.

Tigers make 199-7 in curtailed game

Bangladesh posted 199 for seven in the rain-curtailed one-day international against Netherlands at Titwood in Glasgow yesterday.

Nat'l boxing from today

Southeast Bank 26th National Senior Boxing Championship gets underway today at the newly-built Mohammad Ali Boxing Stadium.

BFF hands Biplob 1-yr ban

Bangladesh Football Federation suspended player Rezaul Karim Biplob for one year from any kind of activities related to football after the player cut off contact with his club Beanibazar SC having played only four matches of the Bangladesh League.

Muktis close to roping in coach Maruf

Successful coach Maruful Haq is set to take charge of Mukti-joddha Sangsad in the upcoming football season, confirmed a club official yesterday.

2nd Test starts today

Pakistan know they will be without former captain Shahid Afridi for the second and final Test against Australia at Headingley starting here on Wednesday.

Imran's fear

Pakistan great Imran Khan fears fast bowlers "could go the way of the dinosaurs" if the international calendar retains its current congested schedule.

Contador stuns Schleck

Alberto Contador signalled his yellow jersey intentions in defiant style after sensationally attacking Andy Schleck on Monday when the Luxemburger suffered a mechanical problem.

Afridi kicks up new fuss

Sparking off a new debate, former captain Shahid Afridi has stated that there were some players in the Pakistan team who did not deserve to be in the Test side but were still playing five-day cricket despite not having the ability or commitment for it.

Serena may miss US Open

Serena Williams told her fans Monday she's feeling better, but the WTA tour said her recent foot injury could jeopardise her participation in the US Open.

ESS off to Malaysia

A 22-member cricket team of the European Standard School (ESS) will leave for Malaysia today to take part in 4th KAF International Youth Cricket Carnival to be held at the Royal Selangor Club ground.

MSC just a point away

Mohammedan Sporting Club are just one point away from clinching the Green Delta Insurance Premier Division Hockey League title after thrashing Sonali Bank 5-1 in their penultimate Super Cup encounter at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.

London unkind to vuvuzelas

English Premier League clubs Arsenal and Tottenham have banned controversial vuvuzela horns from their stadiums this season.

Loew staying till 2012

Joachim Loew on Tuesday renewed his contract as Germany coach until Euro 2012, less than a fortnight after leading a young and widely acclaimed team to third place at the World Cup.

City dismiss Drogba link

Claims by Didier Drogba's agent that Manchester City had held talks about signing the Chelsea superstar were dismissed out of hand by a City spokesman on Tuesday.

Cops query French duo

French police investigating a prostitution network questioned soccer stars Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema in custody on Tuesday about the alleged soliciting of sex with a minor, police said.

Guitarist to masseur

Former Simply Red guitarist Sylvan Richardson has swapped his six strings for hamstrings, joining Liverpool as their new masseur, the English Premier League side said Tuesday.

Spain to push for 2018 WC

Buoyed by their win in the World Cup this summer, Spain are set to push for co-hosting the 2018 tournament with neighbouring Portugal, Secretary of State for Sports Jaime Lissavetsky said Tuesday.

Barca in a heartbeat

Newly recruited Barcelona utility player Adriano Correia said Monday he did not hesitate when the Spanish champions offered to sign him from La Liga rivals Sevilla.

Jose pushing us hard, says Marcelo

Real Madrid's new coach Jose Mourinho is training the squad hard, the Spanish club's Brazilian defender Marcelo said Monday.


Insurers living off govt premiums

Some private insurers are earning more from premiums on the insurance of government properties than they generate from their own business.

Green light for two mutual funds

The stockmarket regulator yesterday gave a green light to two applicants to float mutual funds.

Intellectual property to get support centre

World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) will help Bangladesh set up a technology and innovation support centre to strengthen the country's intellectual and innovation capacity.

BB backs garment wage hike

Bangladesh Bank (BB) has warned that if workers' wages in the apparel sector are not increased, it will adversely affect exports and the government's ability to reach the targeted economic growth rate.

BB ups farm credit target

Bangladesh Bank (BB) has increased the agriculture loan distribution target by around 13 percent to Tk 12,500 crore for the current fiscal year, to ensure food security by boosting the farm sector.

Govt to put shrimp policy in place

The government is likely to approve the much-discussed shrimp policy soon to ensure disciplined and environment-friendly growth of the export sector worth nearly $350 million.

IP forum stresses funds for traditional medicines

An expert yesterday suggested institutionalising the traditional herbal medicinal treatment in the least developed countries to ensure better treatment to a large segment of the population.

China satisfied with Google search engine tweak

China is satisfied that US Internet giant Google Inc is complying with Chinese laws after it tweaked the way it directs users to an unfiltered search page, a senior official said on Tuesday.

Fiat to export cars to Saarc countries

Fiat India, a joint venture of Fiat and Tata Motors, said yesterday it would export cars to South Asian countries, including Bangladesh, which will boost its export volumes.

China Mobile picks up Ericsson

China Mobile Hebei, a provincial company of China Mobile, has selected Ericsson as a sole managed services partner under a three-year field maintenance agreement, Ericsson said in a statement.

Lafarge honours distributors

Lafarge Surma Cement Ltd honoured 17 of its best performing distributors at an awards ceremony on Monday, the company said in a statement.

Banglalion reaches out to Rajshahi

Banglalion, a broadband service provider with WiMAX technology, rolled out its services in Rajshahi yesterday.

Protecting copyrights

Bangladesh should protect the copyrights of the local authors and artists by establishing a link between the creators and users of copyrighted works, says an expert on intellectual property rights.

IMF to Asia: Change economic habits

That warm glow and soft purring emanating from South Korea was the International Monetary Fund trying, yet again, to put the Asian financial crisis behind it.

Malaysia's auto sales to hit record high in 2010

Malaysia's auto sales rose 19.8 percent in the first half of 2010 and are tipped to hit a record high this year in Southeast Asia's biggest passenger car market, an industry group said Tuesday.

Sharp to join e-reader business war

Sharp said Tuesday it would launch an e-reader this year able to handle text as well as video and audio content, in a bid to challenge Apple and other rivals in the lucrative market.

Honda to sell electric cars, plug-in hybrids by 2012

Honda said Tuesday it will roll out an electric car and a plug-in hybrid in Japan and the United States in 2012 as it seeks to catch up in the race to make clean, battery-powered cars.

Airbus says Chile airline LAN to buy 50 A320s

European aircraft maker Airbus said here on Tuesday that Chilean airline LAN intended to order 50 single-aisle A320 passenger planes worth a combined 4.2 billion dollars.

Corporate Briefs

In line with unaudited half yearly accounts until June 30, the bank reported net profit of Tk 894.21 million with earnings per share (EPS) of Tk 26.11 against Tk 361.30 million and Tk 10.55 (restated) respectively for the same period of the previous year. Net profit was Tk 547.94 million with EPS of Tk 16 for the period of three months to June 30 against Tk 227.14 million and Tk 6.63 (restated) respectively for the same period of the previous year.

East Asian recovery allows stimulus withdrawal: ADB

East Asia's economic upturn is firmly on track and extraordinary fiscal and monetary stimulus should be gradually withdrawn, including by allowing currencies to strengthen, the Asian Development Bank said on Tuesday.

Oil higher

Oil prices extended gains in light Asian trade Tuesday, riding a rebound the previous session following a modest rise on Wall Street, analysts said.

Sadharan Bima gets new MD

Md Rezaul Karim joined Sadharan Bima Corporation (SBC) as managing director on Sunday, the insurer said in a statement yesterday.

Flybe orders up to 140 Embraer aircraft

British low-cost airline Flybe has ordered up to 140 aircraft worth $5 billion (3.8 billion euros) from Brazilian manufacturer Embraer to aid European expansion, it said Tuesday.


Open liaison office in Dhaka

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday requested the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) to open its liaison office in Dhaka for better coordination between Bangladesh and the organisation in various sectors.

Manjur pledges action against previous irregularities in CCC

Newly-elected Mayor of Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) M Manjur Alam said action would be taken against previous irregularities in the CCC.

'High yielding, GM crops best answer'

Agriculturists and economists yesterday suggested that Bangladesh makes the best use of recent scientific developments to boost productivity keeping in mind the adverse ecological impacts of technology.

Ecnec okays 3 projects worth Tk 226 crore

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) yesterday approved three development projects involving Tk 226 crore, including a project to develop the existing sewerage system in the city.

HC stays govt decision on chick price fixing

The High Court (HC) has stayed for three months a government decision, which fixed the maximum price for a one-day-old broiler chick at Tk 30 and a layer chick at Tk 32 and asked the poultry breeders to mention the prices on sale packets.

Police asked not to torture Jamaat trio

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday upheld a High Court (HC) order that asked the police not to torture Jamaat-e-Islami Chief Motiur Rahman Nizami, its Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojahid and Nayeb-e-Ameer Delwar Hossain Sayedee in any manner during remand in a sedition case.

Korea to help in agri engineering

Korea will provide technical assistance and share knowledge in the field of agriculture especially on Agricultural Engineering and Biotechnology.

Muggers kill 1, snatch Tk 5 lakh

A businessman was killed and a shop employee injured after a group of muggers stabbed them and snatched Tk five lakh away on Dhaka-Barisal highway at Rajoir upazila in the district yesterday.

Road crashes kill 3

At least three people, including a child, were killed in separate road accidents in Pabna, Natore and Sirajganj yesterday.

Two shot in city over previous enmity

Two persons received bullet injury as a sequel to previous enmity at city's Elephant Road yesterday morning.

Saplings planted to revive Talipalm

Two saplings of the world's last naturally grown Talipalm tree, Corypha Taliera Roxburgh, were planted on the premise of Dhaka University vice-chancellor's official residence yesterday.

Time for depositing Hajj money extended

The government has extended the deadline for depositing money for performing holly Hajj under both government and private management by August 2, said a government handout yesterday.

Saarc UGC meet ends

The sixth meeting of the heads of University Grants Commission (UGC) or equivalent bodies of the Saarc member countries ended on Monday endorsing the resolution of fast finalisation of mutual recognition of academic and professional degrees.

Remove barriers to quality higher education

President Zillur Rahman yesterday said the private universities must take measures to remove all barriers to imparting quality higher education for their own interest.

Call to take surface water based irrigation projects

Lawmakers and experts at a discussion yesterday said government should undertake more surface water based irrigation projects as excessive use of groundwater is leaving impacts on agriculture in the North.

Deforestation, encroachment are challenges in Bangladesh

USAID has developed a new programme upscaling ongoing co-management effort in protecting the valuable reserve forest resources in Bangladesh side by side improving livelihoods of the poor in the face of adverse impacts of climate change.

14 officials to study in Japan under JDS

A total of 14 Bangladeshi young government officials will leave for Japan next month to study for two years under Japan Development Scholarship (JDS), says a press release.

Contribution of Hena Das recalled

The speakers at a memorial meeting yesterday said Hena Das, a human rights activist of the country, is a source of inspiration for all the women in the country by her thoughts and works.

41st anniversary celebrated

Bangladesh Astronomical Association organises an elaborate programme to celebrate 41st anniversary of man's first landing on the moon on July 20, 1969.

SC asks cops not to torture Jamaat trio

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday upheld a High Court (HC) order that asked the police not to torture Jamaat-e-Islami Chief Motiur Rahman Nizami, its Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojahid and Nayeb-e-Ameer Delwar Hossain Sayedee in any manner during remand in a sedition case.

Call to take integrated dev plan for Aila-hit areas

Leaders of two social organisations at a press conference yesterday urged the prime minister to take initiatives for an integrated development programme for the Aila-hit people in southwestern region.

Buet reopens on July 24

Classes will resume at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) on July 24 after an unscheduled closure of 34 days following a clash among students over suspension of classes for watching the World Cup Football.

Muggers kill one, snatch Tk 5 lakh

A businessman was killed and a shop employee injured after a group of muggers stabbed them and snatched Tk five lakh away on Dhaka-Barisal highway at Rajoir upazila in the district yesterday.


2 ex-VCs, 2 pro-VCs, officials gave way to graft in 2001-08

Rajshahi University (RU) syndicate on Monday night endorsed an investigation report that found corruption and irregularities in recruitment, implementation of educational programmes and projects of planning, development and engineering departments involving about Tk 23.22 crore during the period from 2001 and 2008.

Roadblocks, rallies demanding smooth supply of power

Local people blocked roads, held rallies and formed human chains in Tangail, Patuakhali, kishoreganj and Noakhali districts yesterday demanding smooth electricity supply in their areas.

Habiganj expat dies, 14 of his family hospitalised

A septuagenarian expatriate died while 14 others of his family were admitted to hospital allegedly due to food poisoning on Monday night. Two of them are still unconscious, hospital sources said.

Pirates loot vessels in Noakhali

Three lighter vessels were looted by pirates in Noakhali yesterday while 17 kidnapped by another gang in Bagerhat bought freedom on Monday.

33 of Pabna Edward College food poisoned

Thirty students and three teachers of Pabna Edward College have been affected with diarrhoea due to food poisoning.

Struggle on to save Sirajganj town protection dyke

Thousands of locals lend hands as two teams of Bangladesh Army yesterday dumped sand bags, concrete blocks and other materials at the point of erosion to save the remaining portion of the town protection embankment.

Transport workers block road

Transport workers yesterday blocked Dhaka-Khulna highway near Arappur bus stand in Jhenidah town protesting assault on some fellow workers allegedly by Jubo League activists at Garaganj Bazar under Shailkupa upazila on Sunday.

Four highway robbers held

Police arrested four highway robbers from a bus at Gouripur in Daudkandi upazila on Dhaka-Chittagong highway early yesterday.

Girl, woman commit suicide

A girl and a woman allegedly committed suicide over family feuds in two upazilas on Monday. Bharoti Rani,12, was daughter of Khijin Chandro of Jorapukur village under Barokhata union in Hatibandha upazila. Also a student of class eight of a girls' high school, Bharoti committed suicide by taking insecticide at night, police and locals said. Another victim Khadiza Begum,22, was wife of Alamgir Hossain of Muktijodhdha Chattor Para under Lalmonirhat municipality. She allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from the roof of her room at night. At that time, she was five months' pregnant. Sadar and Hatibandha police recovered the bodies yesterday morning and sent them to Lalmonirhat Sadar Hospital morgue for autopsy.

Schoolboy drowns

A schoolboy drowned in a pond near the upazila parishad office in Hathazari upazila on Monday. The dead was identified as Mohammad Millat, 14, only son of Zillur Rahman, a teacher of Chittagong University School. Millat was a student of class VIII of the same school. Locals said, Millat along with his friends went to play football at the nearby Parboti School field. After the game they went to take bath in a pond. But he drowned as he did not know how to swim. Later, his friends rescued him and rushed him to Hathazari upazila health complex where attending doctors declared him dead.

Body recovered

Decomposed body of an unidentified woman was recovered from the Ichhamoti River at Pailanpur village in Sadar upazila yesterday noon. Contacted, officer-in-charge (OC) of Pabna police station Md Matiur Rahman said locals saw a body floating in the river in the morning and informed police. Police rushed to the spot and recovered the body of the woman aged about 30. Later, they sent it to Pabna General Hospital Morgue for autopsy. The victim might have been killed and thrown in the river, the OC said. The reason behind the murder is yet to be known, he said adding, an investigation is going on.

6 get life for killing

A court here on Monday convicted six people and sentenced them to life term rigorous imprisonment (RI) for killing a taxicab driver in 2006. The convicts are Ishaq of Sengaon village in Shaharasti upazila of Chandpur district, Monir, Masum, Anwar, Yasin, and Munaf, all of Shahapur village in Comilla Sadar. Yasin and Munaf were tried in absentia. The court also fined the convicts Tk 30,000 each, in default, to suffer six month more RI. According to the prosecution, the convicts had rented a taxicab from Demra in Dhaka for going to Shahapur Darbar Sharif in Comilla on March 9 in 2006. When they reached their destination they took the driver, Anwar Hossain, 35, to the bank of the Gomti and chopped him to death. The victim hailed from Dasergaon village of Bandar upazila in Narayanganj district. Later, Kotwali police arrested the culprits while they were trying to sell the taxicab. After examining the records and witnesses, Additional Sessions Judge Hasina Rausan Jahan pronounced the verdict.

Drug peddlers held

Police on Monday arrested two drug peddlers along with 474 bottles of Indian phensidyl at Dangapara and Hatkhola in Patnitala upazila. One of the arrestees, Abdul Aziz is son of Faimuddin of Dangerhat village of Poba upazila in Rajshahi district while the other one Nayan Hawlader is son of Sudhangsu Hawlader of Dangapara village in Patnitala upazila. On a tip-off, police arrested the drug peddlers along with the contraband phensidyl in the early morning.


Elevated expressway

The government has decided that Dhaka city will have elevated expressway from Narayanganj to Hazrat Shahjalal Airport touching all important points within the city to reduce traffic jam. Everyone should welcome this decision. This is a good proposal to solve the public transport problem. We have very limited road link compared to the standard cities of world. In general this will be constructed over the existing main roads having columns on the middle of roads, so paying compensation for acquiring new land will be minimum.

River erosion

River bank erosion has increased with the rise of water level in major rivers. The erosion wiped out villages, habitation, properties, cultivable land and threatened towns. In the mean time, there is severe erosion in Kurigram, Lalmonirhat and Brahmaputra. The erosion causes untold miseries to the affected people. This is happening year after year. But unfortunately there is no provision to rehabilitate them. So majority of the affected people migrate to newly formed chars and start life afresh. Some turn beggars and rest move to towns for livelihood. In the process some fall prey to criminals.

Spain's triumph

Eventually Spain won the splendid trophy of FIFA 2010 Football Championship for the first time in the World Cup history at Soccer City, Johannesburg on the night of Sunday July 11.

Capital punishment

I remember when I was a student at the Dhaka University, we had to learn "Functional English". There was a piece where the writer discussed the prison sentences and questioned whether providing facilities there would encourage people to go there and what would deter the criminals from committing crimes. In his famous book, "The Great Train Robbery", Late Michael Crichton also discussed these in some details. I think it was Bryce Ciurtenay who had written about England and how the English rulers tried to get rid of the criminals by deporting them.

Question leakage

This refers to the news report regarding a section of government employees who had allegedly leaked question papers. They used an innovative method to supply question papers to the candidates they had an agreement with. Intelligence warning on such leakage plot led to police action. While the Intelligence Bureau should be commended for sounding an alarm just five days before the question leakage from the Bangladesh Government Press in Rangpur, it is remarkable that the police were able to take cognisance of the warning and act on it. In view of the fact that the leakage occurred long time earlier, the information from the IB should have been given proper importance and adequate precautions taken.

Ramshackle vehicles

The drive against 20 years old vehicles running on the city's most busy routes is welcome. The DS and other dailies gave a shabby picture of transportation several times but nothing has been done. The authorities concerned have to address the issue in right earnest.


The lecture at NSU by Samson H Chowdhury (Chairman of Square group) on Ethics in entrepreneurship (published in the Daily Star of 27/5/10) is a welcome diversion from the usual stuff we read in the print media in Bangladesh.

Link road

Since the beginning of the monsoon this year, I was cursing the Mayor of Dhaka and the contractor for doing nothing since it started constructing a small connecting bridge on such an important road that is Tejgaon-Gulshan link road. I am thankful to your newspaper for publishing a report on such an important issue of public concern. It seems that there is nobody to oversee things when it comes to the DCC and its redundant Mayor.

English medium education

A lot of English medium schools are available in Dhaka city like video shops but who are the teachers over there and what's their qualification?

Railway services

The prime minister and her cabinet colleagues do often speak about development of the railways along with new railway lines including raising single tracks to double tracks. Even during the PM's visit to Malaysia and South Korea such utterances were made and there was no exception while she was opening a flyover or laying foundation of a flyover around Tongi.


In the great economic depression of the late 20's and 30's , they had no economic guarantees on wages. The auto business was one of the first places where people cut their spending, because it's a luxury to buy a new car.

PM disappoints us

We learned that a four-hour long meeting of the Awami League Central Working Committee was held at the Gono Bhaban on July 16, 2010. Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina and many high-ups of the ruling Awami League were present at the meeting.

Negative thinking

There are politicians who dream of the day when they will come to power and plan in advance what misdeed and mischief they will do if people vote for them. This negative politics can do little good to society.

Teachers' performance

Prof. Bais's appreciation for the introduction of teaching evaluation at JNU (published in Daily Star 18 July) is well placed. However, if I were him, I would brace myself for a few surprises and probably start thinking of ways to deal with them in advance; hence the reason for writing here.

Cell phones in flight

No doubt, cell phone is a boon to our modern-day living. It helps us to keep in touch with nearest and dearest ones plus in maintaining important communications. But unfortunately the cell phone users often ignore safety codes. Recently, I witnessed in a Malaysia Airlines flight that in spite of repeated requests over microphone, quite a number of passengers continued using their cell phones. Many air-passengers are reluctant to appreciate the risk of operating cell phones particularly during take-off and landing because modern aircrafts are being digitally controlled. The cell phone signals may cause serious interference to aircraft's digital communication network and cause malfunctioning with errors.

Power generation master plan

This is about your Star Business Report of 15th. July on the Round Table organised by the 'Energy & Power' magazine on its seventh anniversary. The main topic of discussion, was based on the government's recently published five year master plan on additional sources of power generation between the years 2010 to 2015. The key note paper however, presented a total generation in five years; of 9426 MW of power, from traditional energy sources which are natural gas, liquid fuel (diesel &furnace oil) and coal only. Three important major issues on this matter, which are critical for the power sector in Bangladesh connotation, were unfortunately not covered in the keynote paper presented. These are: a) Nuclear Energy b) Alternative and Renewable Energy and finally c) Energy Efficiency.


Karzai's goal endorsed

A major conference on Afghanistan has endorsed President Hamid Karzai's goal that Afghan forces should lead security operations across the country by 2014.

Ex-MI5 boss says war raised terror threat

The invasion of Iraq 'substantially' increased the terrorist threat to the UK, the former head of MI5 has said.

Indian diplomat charged with spying for Pak

A junior Indian diplomat arrested for allegedly spying for Pakistan was charged yesterday under the official secrets act, police said.

Cameron in talks with Obama

David Cameron is holding talks with US President Barack Obama in Washington, with the BP oil leak, Afghanistan and the global economy on the agenda.

Emergency lifted in more Thai provinces

Thailand's government said it was lifting a state of emergency in three provinces but it would remain in force in 16 others including Bangkok, after being imposed in April to help authorities cope with unrest. "The lifting is because there's no movement or any sign that could lead to unrest, and the government has adequate security forces to maintain a peaceful situation," deputy government spokesman Supachai Jaisamut said after a cabinet meeting yesterday.

Driver 'error' led to Indian train crash

Driver error may have led to Monday's train crash in eastern India's West Bengal state that left 63 people dead, preliminary investigations have found.

Grabbers of land, rivers to face govt action

The government is taking action under the natural water body protection law against the developers who grabbed rivers, canals, water bodies and agricultural land surrounding the capital and launched housing projects.

Arts & Entertainment

Nuh Ul Alam Lenin’s poetry compilation launched

Megnum Opus, Samay Prakashan and Bishaka Prakashani jointly organised a book launch programme on July 19, at Shawkat Osman Auditorium, Central Public Library, in Shahbagh, Dhaka. Three books “Shopno Korputey,” “Bhalobasha Hisheb Janey Na” and “Onek Dur Jetey Hobey” by Nuh Ul Alam Lenin were launched at the event.

Art and craft exhibition at Zainul Gallery

An art and craft exhibition featuring two young artists is on at Zainul Gallery, Faculty of Fine Arts (FFA), Dhaka University. Chairman of the Department of Crafts, Professor Abdus Shakoor Shah, formally inaugurated the exhibition on July 16. Professor Hamiduzzaman Khan, Chairman of the Department of Sculpture, was present as a special guest at the opening.

Incorporating English tunes into Bangla patriotic songs

Poet, lyricist, musician and playwright Dwijendralal Roy is known primarily for his Bengali patriotic plays and songs. His songs, which number over 500, like those of Rabindranath Tagore and Kazi Nazrul Islam are considered a genre of their own, and are referred to as 'Dwijendra Geeti' (Songs of Dwijendra). Two of his most famous compositions are “Dhano Dhanya Pushpo Bhora” and “Bango Amar Jononi Amar.” He is regarded as one of the most important figures in early modern Bengali literature. He is known commonly as DL Roy.

“Udaan”: Unwelcome at school, and at home, too

A coming-of-age story, “Udaan” is an impressive debut feature by Vikramaditya Motwane that covers familiar first-film ground with emotional conviction and freshness. A kind of Indian cousin to Truffaut's “400 Blows,” “Udaan” follows the fortunes of Rohan (the fresh-faced Rajat Barmecha), an aspiring writer whose horizons shrink when he's kicked out of prep school. He is sent home to Jamshedpur, an industrial town in northeast India, to live with a father he hasn't seen in years and a 6-year-old half brother, Arjun, he didn't know he had.

Nitahari’s children: A wakeup call

Nithari village, in the western part of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, borders Delhi. Like most other villages, Nithari may have been consigned to anonymity had it not been for the discovery of as many as 17 sets of skulls and bones of women and children in a drain in December 2006. A local businessman, Moninder Singh Pandher and his domestic help Surinder Kohli were arrested on suspicion of murder and subsequently booked. However, while Kohli has been served death sentences, Pandher was let off the hook but might be resentenced if found guilty in the remaining five cases that are sub judice.

Lux Channel i Super Star 2010 kicks off

Popular talent hunt for young women, 'Lux-Channel i Super Star' kicks off this year through registration. The announcement was made at an event held at Spectra Convention Centre in Gulshan, Dhaka yesterday.

Monsoon melodies

Renowned singer Dalia Nausheen recently performed at a solo musical programme, featuring song on monsoon, at the Studio of Shadhona, in Banani, Dhaka. Shadhona -- a centre for advancement of South Asian music and dance -- arranged the event to celebrate the season.

Musical ode to the moon

Marking man's first step on the surface of the moon, Desh TV will air a special musical programme “Chand Ke Niya Gaan” at 7:45 pm tonight.

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International Festival of Photography, Bangladesh 2011

The sixth instalment of “Chobi Mela -- International Festival of Photography” will begin on January 21, 2011, according to a press release. The theme of the upcoming festival -- organised by Drik and Pathshala -- is “Dreams.”


Politicians and generals . . . a brief history

PRESIDENT Obama's decision to sack General Stanley McChrystal reflects the triumph of democratic government over those who would undermine it or make a travesty of it. And that is the beauty of democracy. In the early 1950s, Harry Truman did a similar thing when he dismissed Douglas MacArthur and ordered him to return to Washington. In the Far East, a disbelieving MacArthur told his soldiers: "I shall return." He then went home to a hero's welcome. But he never made it back to his men.

Looking northeast

FORMER Indian union minister and Congress MP Mani Shankar Aiyar came for a four-day visit to Dhaka. He was accompanied by a 21-member delegation of industrial leaders from the northeast. He met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on July13.

Police reform specifics

IN the foregoing years, police reform in Bangladesh received considerable attention by the media. Many articles were written on issues like legal reforms, gender mainstreaming, capacity building, public perception etc. News bulletins have covered the opening of service delivery centres, inauguration of "Open Days" victim support centre and introduction of community policing in police stations. Ongoing reform initiatives of Bangladesh police are, therefore, very much in the public eye.

How serious is the Chinese challenge?

THE Chinese economy has been growing at 10% annually since the beginning of economic reform in the late 1970s. If current trends hold, China will overtake the US in terms of economic size by 2025. In PPP terms, China will be world's largest economy by 2020.

Most bizarre visa questions

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