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News of: Monday, 2nd of August, 2010

Front Page

Violence stops RMG hubs

At least 350 garment factories in Savar, Ashulia and Fatulla suspended production yesterday after RMG workers clashed with police injuring over 100 people.

18 parties miss report deadline

The ruling Awami League and 17 other political parties did not submit annual financial statements to the Election Commission, in breach of the law on registration of political parties.

Global wheat shortfall affects Bangladesh

The world wheat market is withering under a drought, and Bangladesh is starting to feel the heat.

Protesters vandalise vehicles

At least 10 students of Chittagong University were injured when police clubbed a demonstration in the port city yesterday.

Highways become death traps

The highways across the country have virtually become death traps as there are apparently no authorities to control reckless driving.

Shun 'ill attempts' to topple govt

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked Opposition Leader Khaleda Zia to shun 'ill attempts' to topple the government and launch programmes that serves public interest.

Foreign fund utilised less than govt fund

The planning minister criticised several ministries yesterday for failing to adequately utilise foreign funds in the last fiscal year's annual development programme.

Implementation delay to cost extra charge

Bangladesh will have to pay commitment charge in case of delay in implementation of projects with the $1 billion credit offered by India.

PSC blames BG Press for errors

Public Service Commission (PSC) yesterday put the blame on Bangladesh Government (BG) Press for the errors and inconsistencies in a set of question paper of the preliminary test for the 30th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS).

Ministry cancels recruitment of 23 employees

Dinajpur Education Board staff on muster roll called off their indefinite strike yesterday afternoon after the education ministry cancelled appointment of some 23 board staff, who were newly recruited on a daily basis.

Workers agree on new wage

The workers' representatives yesterday agreed to the new pay structure for garment sector and pledged cooperation to ensure normal work environment in industrial areas.

Ashraf for partisan local govt elections

Local government elections should be held politically where candidates would compete under the respective political parties' banners, LGRD Minister Syed Ashraful Islam said yesterday.

Siddiqur puts country on golfing map

Siddiqur Rahman became the pride of the nation by winning an Asian Tour professional golf tournament as the first Bangladeshi on Sunday, when he lifted the Brunei Open title in Bandar Seri Begawan.

Report Aila steps in 20 days

The High Court (HC) yesterday directed the government to submit a report within 20 days on what steps it has taken for infrastructure developments at the Aila affected areas of the country.

Pranab likely to visit Dhaka on August 7

Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee is expected to pay a day-long visit to Dhaka on August 7.

Sea polluter fined in Ctg

The Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday fined Sunman Textile Limited at Kadam Rasul, Sitakunda Tk 16 lakh for polluting sea with liquid chemical waste.

Khaleda holds meeting with lawyers

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia held a meeting with the party's senior leaders and legal experts at her Gulshan office last night to discuss her party's stance on the Supreme Court verdict on the fifth amendment to the constitution.

Delwar, two other BNP leaders sued

A case was filed yesterday against three BNP leaders, including its secretary general, on charges of making threatening speech on July 25 to kill Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Obama warns US not to "demagogue" immigration

President Barack Obama warned US leaders not to use the divisive issue of illegal immigration as a way to gain power and name recognition in an interview with CBS television released on Saturday.

Dutch troops leave Afghanistan after four years

Dutch troops ended their mission in Afghanistan yesterday after four "proud" years, in a departure experts say signals the beginning of a draw down of foreign forces that will leave a worrying void.

Editorial

Deaths on the highway

This column has on many occasions highlighted the grossly chaotic situation prevailing on the highways. There are a large number of casualties occurring everyday on the inter-district roads as a result of traffic accidents. The number of deaths in these accidents is incredibly high and totally unacceptable.

Ctg port relapsing into old ways?

The traders' impression is that Chittagong Port is getting caught up in a slow-down mode once again. Thankfully though, it is not as bad as it used to be prior to the preceding caretaker government's efficiency enhancing drive. The average turnaround time in port handling has increased to five-six days from what had accelerated to two-four days during caretaker regime. As a result, extra Tk50crore is being coughed up by the port users in surcharges.

Sports

Siddiqur makes history

Siddiqur Rahman became the first Bangladeshi to win on the Asian Tour after defeating South Africa's Jbe Kruger in a nerve-racking play-off at the Brunei Open on Sunday.

A dream son

Sometimes reality exceeds dream. Shafiqul Islam had never dreamt that his second son Siddiqur Rahman would do something extraordinary in a sport he hardly followed for its complexity, and above all for its aristocracy, that he could ever afford.

In an inspiring league

The journey that brought him from Madaripur to the Kurmitola Golf Club where he turned himself from a ball boy to a champion golfer is inspirational enough for everyone who dares to dream in this country.

Jimmy swings Pak away

James Anderson took ten wickets in a Test for the first time as England beat Pakistan by a crushing 354 runs in their series opener at Trent Bridge here on Sunday.

Five ODIs in place of two Tests?

The upcoming New Zealand tour to Bangladesh could only have one-day matches due to the upcoming World Cup early next year.

India seek coin favour

Top-ranked India will pray the coin drops in their favour as they attempt a series-levelling win in the third and final Test against Sri Lanka starting at the P Sara Oval on Tuesday.

Maria-Victoria finale

Maria Sharapova finds herself just playing tennis these days, a nice feeling after dealing with a return from major surgery a year ago.

Aussie annihilation

Australia rescued national pride with a 9-1 Champions Trophy mauling of New Zealand, just hours after the All Blacks had crushed the Wallabies 49-28 in a rugby union Test match.

Dibaba regains pride

Double Olympic champion Tirunesh Dibaba restored Ethiopia's track pride when she won the women's 10,000m at the African athletics championships here on Saturday.

Shooters fail to gain quota places

The country's hopes of getting quota places in the 2012 London Olympics were dashed when the women shooters failed to reach the finals of the women's 10m air rifles event of the 50th ISSF Shooting Championship in Munich yesterday.

A sponsor's delight

Siddiqur Rahman's groundbreaking Brunei Open triumph has delighted Grameenphone, the leading mobile phone operator of the country.

Women's kabaddi team confirmed

The women's kabaddi squad have finally been included to the Bangladesh contingent for the upcoming Asian Games to be held in Guangzhou in November.

Murray moves into final

British top seed Andy Murray advanced to the final of the ATP Los Angeles Open on Saturday by outlasting Spanish fourth seed Feliciano Lopez 6-0, 1-6, 6-4.

Inter put City in their place

Nigerian winger Nsofor Victor Obinna scored one goal and set up another to lead reigning European champion Inter Milan past 10-man Manchester City 3-0 in a football friendly on Saturday.

Kuranyi wowed with Raul move

Kevin Kuranyi admits his former club Schalke have taken a huge leap forwards by signing Raul as a replacement for him this summer.

Cahill slams treble

Australian international midfielder Tim Cahill scored a hat-trick as Premier League Everton defeated second-tier Championship newcomers Norwich City 4-2 on Saturday in a pre-season friendly.

Chamakh's bright debut

Arsenal new-boy Marouane Chamakh showed why Arsene Wenger spent nearly a year trying to sign him with a clinical finish in Saturday's 1-1 draw against AC Milan in the Emirates Cup.

Henry makes solid start

Thierry Henry set up two goals by Juan Pablo Angel but the New York Red Bulls settled for a 2-2 draw on Saturday with 10-man Houston Dynamo in French star Henry's first Major League Soccer match.

Beckham return very unlikely

AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri admits David Beckham is unlikely to return to the San Siro for another loan spell.

Villa surprised that Torres staying

Barcelona striker David Villa believes this season is Liverpool's "last chance'' to keep Fernando Torres and admits he is surprised his Spain teammate has not joined Chelsea this summer.

Eto'o wise words for Balotelli

Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto'o has warned teammate and reported Manchester City target Mario Balotelli he "must sort some things out in his head'' to fulfil his potential.

Business

Weak local govt bodies hurt growth: Study

A weak interface between the public agencies and the private sector hurts the small businesses at the district level, said a study launched yesterday.

Low-cost biogas digester may soon brighten villages

The Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR) is commercialising its new, low-cost portable biogas digester with the help of a private company and expects it will help thousands of villages become self-sufficient in energy.

Sharing good practices and lessons

"If the government offices do not have copies of laws, regulations or circulars then how will they help us? And where would we seek help in solving our problems?” This expression of exasperation from a poultry farm owner in Rajshahi illustrates the frustration that many local business owners feel about not receiving the services and support that they expect from their local authorities.

GP's return to public market uncertain

The uncertainty over the return of Grameenphone (GP) shares to normal trade now worries investors. The regulator as a short-term measure put five months ago the hot scrips in spot market to curb volatility.

Crack down on rioters, say chamber leaders

Business leaders worried about growing unrest among garment sector workers yesterday urged the government to take stern action against all those responsible.

Conspiracy in garment unrest: PM's adviser

Both internal and external forces are involved in the labour unrest in the readymade garment sector, said the prime minister's economic affairs adviser yesterday.

Grameenphone rumour lifts bourse

Grameenphone led yesterday's rally on the premier bourse, as stocks soared 1.5 percent for a second day of strong gains.

JS body questions export targets for foreign missions

The current method of fixing export targets for Bangladesh missions abroad is illogical and unacceptable as it is done arbitrarily, a parliamentary committee said yesterday.

UAE to suspend key BlackBerry services in October

Gulf business hub the United Arab Emirates said on Sunday that it will suspend key BlackBerry services from October because they are incompatible with local laws and raise security concerns.

SEC suspends Arafat Securities

The stockmarket regulator yesterday suspended the trading activities of Arafat Securities Ltd, a stockbroker, for a month on charges of operating a branch without permission.

Amazon looking to go 'mass market' with Kindle price cut

Amazon, by slashing the price of the Kindle, is hoping to turn its electronic book reader into a device with mass market appeal, one for "serious readers" distinct from Apple's multi-purpose iPad.

BSNL's $393m loss

Telecoms firm Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd posted net loss of 18.23 billion rupees ($393 million) for fiscal year 2009/10, the company said.

Philippine president steps into airline row

President Benigno Aquino said on Sunday his government would intervene in a labour dispute between pilots and flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) which had caused flight cancellations.

CORPORATE BRIEFS

HR TEXTILE
In line with unaudited quarterly accounts for the third quarter to June 30, the company has reported net profit of Tk 3.91 million with earnings per share (EPS) of Tk 1.95 against Tk 5.74 million and Tk 2.87 respectively for the same a-year-ago period. Profit after tax was Tk 15.03 million with EPS of Tk 7.51 for the period of nine months to June 30 against Tk 17.98 million and Tk 8.99 respectively for the same period of the previous year.

Correction

The report, IBA wins Citi Financial Quiz, published on July 27 on B3, had erroneously named Hafiz GA Siddiqi as the pro-vice-chancellor of North South University. In fact, Siddiqi is the vice chancellor of the university. He was also the chairman of the advisory council for the Citi Financial Quiz competition. We regret the mistake.

Metropolitan

Cries for help go unheard

People rendered homeless due to the devastating inferno at Nimtoli in the old part of the city are yet to return home as they could not repair their burnt houses for lack of funds.

WB support for sustainable development of Sundarbans

The World Bank (WB) is helping Bangladesh carry out a series of studies to develop a holistic programme for sustainable development of the Sundarbans, the world's single largest mangrove forest.

Attract new generation to science education: Nahid

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday urged all to attract the new generation to science education for building a technology-based prosperous nation.

2 Bangladeshi peacekeepers awarded posthumously

Two Bangladeshi police personnel, who died in United Nation Peacekeeping Missions (UNPM), have been posthumously awarded the Dag Hammarskjold medal.

JS body for punishment to killer drivers

The parliamentary standing committee on cultural affairs ministry yesterday decided to recommend enactment of new law to punish the drivers killing people on roads and highways and construct road dividers to minimise accidents.

Sea polluter fined in Chittagong

The Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday fined Sunman Textile Limited at Kadam Rasul, Sitakunda Tk 16 lakh for polluting sea with liquid chemical waste.

Two commit suicide in city

Two persons, including a college student, allegedly committed suicide in the capital yesterday.

Contribution of Bangamata recalled

President Zillur Rahman yesterday laid emphasis on highlighting before the new generation the contribution of Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib to the independence struggle as wife of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Two Bangladeshi workers killed in Malaysian landslide

Two Bangladesh workers were killed while another was injured in a landslide at Taman Bandar Baru Fasa 2 in Pokok Sena, northern city of Malaysia yesterday.

TI for effective enforcement of commitments

Twenty countries that ratified Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Anti-Bribery Convention have taken little or no action accordingly in the last six years, said Transparency International (TI).

Malaysia eases transit rules for Bangladeshis

Bangladeshi tourists under group tour package can now enjoy transit facilities up to five days in Malaysia without having visas of the country, following some terms and conditions.

1,864 more arrested

Police arrested 1,864 people on various charges in separate drives across the country in 24 hours as of 6:00am yesterday.

India makes online visa application mandatory from Aug 17

The High Commission of India yesterday announced introduction of mandatory online submission of visa applications for nationals of all countries applying for visa with Indian Visa Application Centres (IVACs) Dhaka, Sylhet and Chittagong with effect from August 17.

Sayedee on fresh remand

A Dhaka court yesterday placed Jamaat-e-Islami Nayeb-e-Ameer Delwar Hossain Sayedee on a two-day fresh remand in connection with a case filed following an attempt on the life of Prof Humayun Azad.

Nat'l Energy Day Aug 9

The government will observe National Energy Day on August 9 across the country to stop misuse of energy and building awareness in saving energy through using low consumption electrical appliances.

'Fix minimum wage for RMG workers at Tk 5,000'

Leaders of the Gonotrantik Bam Morcha, a platform of some left-leaning political parties, yesterday demanded that the minimum wage of garment workers be re-fixed at Tk 5,000 considering the price hike of essentials.

Death anniversary of Abu Sayeed Chowdhury today

Today is the 22nd death anniversary of Justice Abu Sayeed Chowdhury, the second president of Bangladesh, says a press release.

Majibur new envoy to Japan

The government has appointed AKM Majibur Rahman Bhuiyan, presently Bangladesh Ambassador to Bhutan as new ambassador to Japan, according to a foreign ministry announcement yesterday.

Rear Admiral Awal made envoy to Maldives

The government has appointed Rear Admiral ASM A Awal of Bangladesh Navy as the new High Commissioner of Bangladesh to the Republic of Maldives, says a foreign ministry announcement yesterday.

HC directs govt to allow Mobin to go abroad

The High Court (HC) yesterday directed the government to allow BNP Vice-chairman Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury to go abroad.

Collegiate School anniversary on Dec 17

The Dhaka Collegiate School Alumni Association will observe its 175th founding anniversary on December 17 and 18 this year at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the city.

National

Poultry farms winding up business in Patuakhali

Over 200 of around 1000 poultry farms in the district closed following unusual price hike of chicks and poultry feed during the last one year.

Evicted, where do they go now?

Wife and children of a physically challenged motor worker are passing hard days under the open sky on the premises of Rajshahi Dharmasava for the last ten days since an influential land grabber illegally evicted them from their house at nearby Miapara in the city.

Dharla continues to devour homesteads, croplands

At least 80 more families at six villages of Mogholhat union in Lalmonirhat Sadar were rendered homeless by the erosion of Dharla river in the last 24 hours till 2pm yesterday. Dharla at Mogholhat union is now posing threat to more than a thousand other families, local sources said.

4 more RU Shibir cadres arrested

Motihar police arrested four more Islami Chhatra Shibir men form Rajshahi University (RU) on Saturday and Friday night in connection with the campus violence on February 9.

Framing of charges deferred again

The Speedy Trial Tribunal, Khulna, yesterday again deferred charge-framing against 47 Jamaat and Shibir men in a case filed under the Speedy Trial Act.

Mother, her baby found hanging from ceiling

A mother and her one and a half years old son were found hanging from the ceilings at their house in court area of Chapainawabganj town on Saturday night.

Agitation to rename degree continues

Students of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (BGE) Department of Maolana Bhasani University of Science and Technology (BMUST) here yesterday continued agitation demanding BSc (Engineering) degree in place of BSc (Honours) degree.

Four-day real estate fair opens in Ctg Wednesday

A four-day real estate fair titled “8th BD-RED Abasan Mela '09” begins in the city on Wednesday.

2 Hizbut Touhid men held while distributing leaflets

Police Saturday night arrested two members of banned Islamist outfit Hizbut Touhid while distributing leaflets in Barakupot area in Shyamnagar upazila.

12 out of 18 picked up by Indian Khasias returned

Indian immigration police handed over 12 out of 18 Bangladeshis, who were picked up by Indian Khasia people with the help of BSF from Dauki Market near Tamabil check post Thursday afternoon, to Bangladesh immigration police on Friday.

RU debate contest concludes

A four-day inter-department debate contest concluded at Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday.

Drivers protest murder

Microbus drivers and workers in Faridpur yesterday protested killing of a fellow driver of Laxmipur village under Sadar upazila of the district. The protesters burned tyres at Sree Angayan point of Dhaka-Barisal highway and damaged some vehicles. Hundreds of vehicles remained stranded on both sides of the road during the protest. At least five people including two cops were injured as protesters locked in clash with police and police charged batons. Police also arrested two protesters Nazmul, 18, and Chunnu, 23 from the scene. The protest ensued at around 6pm when the microbus drivers came to know that body of a micro driver named Sheikh Miraj, 25, of Laxmipur village was recovered by police from Dori Krishnopur village under Sadarpur upazila at around 3 pm Sunday. Miraj was missing from Wednesday.

Criminals kill trader

Criminals gunned down a fruit trader at Ghunshi in sadar upazila yesterday morning allegedly for refusing to pay tolls. Witnesses said Dulal Molla, 50, a fruit trader of Dhaka city, was shot twice on the chest near Ghunshi High School at about 6am. He died on the spot. A resident of Ghunshi village, Dulal was walking to the busstand to go to his business place in Dhaka. His wife Nurunhanar told UNB that criminals of Mosharraf Bahini recently demanded tolls of Tk 3 lakh from her husband. “It was impossible for him to pay so much money. So, he politely refused expressing the inability,” she said suspecting gunmen of Mosharraf Bahini killed Dulal.

Land official held

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) officials on Thursday in Tangail caught an official of local Assistant Commissioner's (AC Land) office red-handed while taking bribe from a person. The ACC officials arrested Aminul Islam, chief assistant-cum-accountant of the office of Tangail Sadar Assistant Commissioner of Land with Tk 2,000 bribe money. Sources said, Aminul demanded Tk 6,000 from one Kamrul Islam when he went to him for mutation of his land. Decided for Tk 4,000, Kamrul gave Tk 2,000 at that time and promised to give the rest amount on Thursday. Meantime, Kamrul made a complaint to the ACC office in Tangail about the matter. An ACC team went to place on Thursday and caught Aminul red-handed.

Seven shops gutted

Seven business establishments were gutted in a fire, which broke out at Bhutemari Bazaar in Sadar upazila here yesterday. Witnesses said the fire originated from power short circuit of a cloth shop and soon it engulfed the adjacent shops at about 2pm. Fire brigade workers aided by local people extinguished the fire after one and half hours of hectic efforts. Four villagers, Shahid Sheikh, Saiful Islam, Pradip Kumer and Rahim Sheikh, were also injured while extinguishing the blaze.

Man beaten to death

A young man was beaten to death by unidentified criminals at Nayapara village in Kanai upazila on Friday night. The deceased was identified as Abdul Wahed, 25, a mason and son of M Afzal Hossain of Elta village in the upazila. Police quoting family sources said Wahed went to neighbouring Mokamtala village in Shibganj upazila of Bogra district to visit his aunt's house in the morning. But he did not return home on the day. Locals found his body in a nearby paddy field on Saturday morning and informed the police. Later, police recovered the body that bore injury marks and sent it to hospital morgue for autopsy.

Letters

National budget

After our independence the first national budget for the financial year 1972-1973 presented by then Finance Minister Tajuddin Ahmed amounted to Taka 786 crore only. Today in 2010-2011 financial year our national budget stands at Tk. 1,32,170 crore. Is it not a colossal, ambitious and challenging budget?

Definition of 'hartal'

It is very funny how the definition of 'hartal' changes with the change of the position of the political parties. When they form the government, hartal is defined as destructive politics, which hampers the development of the country and causes suffering to the people. So, it must shunned.

Bad blow to RMG

Your editorial of July 25 on the subject rightly suggests the utter lack of safety in the garment factories; usually run on the whims of the owners; most of whom seem not to look beyond their noses! It was very surprising, to say the least; to note that there was no adequate and reasonably high safety wall around the open roof, so that a worker can fall over it while leaning on the wall! Normally in any residence it is not possible to fall over if you lean across the wall surrounding an open roof! This is the height of negligence, for which the owners are fully responsible and liable, under any circumstances!

BNP-Jamaat

I have been making the point through my letters that the Jamaat and the BNP are desperate and there is widespread sabotage in the power sector. Even the Honourable Prime Minister has mentioned this. Now it has happened again. Three power units at Ghorashal have gone out of commission. Apparently, instead of producing 950 MW, it is now producing 300 MW, at least that is what the TV ticker (ETV) says. I feel it is sabotage, because I had predicted earlier that whenever the BNP and Jamaat go for agitation, there is always a problem, especially in the power sector.

For world peace

US support for Israel is for strategic reasons and US will never back out on Israel. No matter how much the world care to scream, Israel will never give up Golan Heights or the occupied Palestinian land, including total control on Gaza and West Bank.

Secular states

I hear many legal opinions that secularity is not possible with a State religion, faith in Allah and the starting words Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim. This of course is not true because Great Britain has a State religion and a State Church and a religious preamble to all legislations ( as has the United States with its trust in God and Christianity) but none of these hinder secularity in practice because this is a legal concept and not religious. Provided laws are brought in to prevent favouritism on the basis of religion, colour , or creed, or on any other basis, and everyone is given a fair and equal chance on jobs, education and other civic entitlements, on merit or other stipulated transparent criteria, then the country will be secular. If such laws are broken there should be heavy penalties imposed by courts for such non compliance. There is simply no conflict between practical secularity and religion and it is not necessary to stipulate that the country is secular in the Constitution either. Bringing in laws to enforce equality of entitlement is a practical guarantor of secularity as in the west.

A right step

Finally, some measures are being taken by the government for curbing the ever increasing menace created by unruly rickshaws. I am pleased to see that the government is taking stern steps in managing the traffic system. Although there are number of other reasons that contribute to the terrible traffic gridlocks in our city, control and gradual elimination of rickshaws from major city roads is inevitable.

City government

City fathers and city corporation election candidates pleaded for government under city corporation within their jurisdiction. As a city dweller we could see the city corporation failing to remove garbage all throughout Dhaka metropolis. Even Karwan Bazar kitchen market, built hardly two decades ago, is in a dilapidated shape as the floors have big cracks while main beams have cracks in many places which are now supported by props. Anything can happen like Begunbari, very close to Karwan Bazar.

Corruption at college

I am a student of a govt. collage. It is very sad to note that employees of a govt. collage, who collect collage fees, are corrupt.

The city

Dhaka is celebrating its 400 years of age. It is recognized as the hub of tradition, culture, history, business and other aspects of Bangladesh. Nevertheless , to most people living in Dhaka, this is more popular as a city of misery, trouble and harassment. The question is 'which problems do not exist in Dhaka?' From a bird's eye view, it seems that these problems are quite unsolvable. Frequent outbreak of newer problems has become a normal thing in Dhaka. Numerous problems such gas shortage, electricity and power shortage, alarming outburst of hijacker-'molom' party, pick pocketing, traffic jam, human jam have become the day to day companions for the Dhaka dweller. Land grabbing and pollution of the Buriganga, Shitalakhya, Turag have been adding to the miseries of the city dwellers. As per recent statistics, Dhaka remains within the top five polluted cities around the world.

Auto-bike

A new kind of tiny vehicle called 'Auto-bike' is seen plying on the roads in many regions of our country. This bike can carry six passengers at a time and it is totally harmless to the environment as it does not need any liquid fuel. It needs only electricity for charging its batteries.

Corporal punishment

A society is best judged by the way it treats its children. The inhuman practice of corporal punishment not only results in grave injuries, often the victims succumb to the injuries. Many innocent souls get affected by Didaskale inophobia (fear of going to schools), thereby affecting their career adversely. There also exists a group of tortured children who are psychologically shattered or even resort to suicidal steps.

Critically ill Doyel

A movie celebrity of our country, Doyel, who during her prime time delivered some superb performances, is suffering agonizingly from some incurable brain condition. As per news report, none have so far come in aid of the critically ill actress whose family is facing harsh financial constraints. After being operated upon and staying hospitalised for long nine months a bedridden, speechless Doyel has been brought back to home with continuation of treatment.

An appeal to NU

I would request the authorities of the National University to publish the results of LL.B (part-1) examination by this month. It ended on 30 April'10. It may be mentioned that the results of the HSC examinations have already been published which the respective authorities took only 57 days to publish, and this is a very positive sign. Now, may I draw the kind attention of the NU authorities that if they can publish their results in such a short period, then why the NU can't publish the same results by this month as our LL.B(part-1) examination started on 12th Mar'10 with the regular interval of seven days for each paper. Many students are leaving NU in the middle of their education session as their honours course of four years is taking up to seven years and two years LL.B course is taking four years ! And they are again getting admitted in the private universities spending a lot of money to complete their student life.

Minimum wages

Why don't the garment manufacturers agree to the fact that it is they who undercut each other to get orders, thus destroying the industry by themselves. Giving out lame excuses of stiff overseas competition is an eye wash to avoid wage increases. Just two weeks back Hongkong had to revise minimum wages of workers when the workers revolted saying that they would no more accept excuses like bosses' plea of stiff overseas competition. About same time when the EU threatened that GSP of 9 percent to Sri Lanka will be withdrawn due to human rights violations there, the Sri Lankan President replied firmly that Sri Lanka is not interested in GSP, The country can face the market without GSP. It is the garment manufacturers in Bangladesh who are spineless and submit to buyers price offers and undercut each other as well. Minimum salary of RMG workers should be not less than Tk.4000.00 per month. On the other hand, BGMEA can request the govt. to bring down bank interest to a single digit rate on loans to exporters and give discount on other production related expenses.

Religious extremists

In a column "The Pakistani-American conundrum," Dr. Syed Mansoor Hussain, a Pakistani American physician living in the US, wrote in Lahore's Daily Times on July 26: "Born-again Muslims and some of the recent immigrants have however adopted a style of Islam that is quite different from what many of us were used to while growing up in Pakistan. ... As a result we are seeing a dichotomy within the Pakistani-American community. The concept of a Pakistani culture is now being replaced for a segment of this group by an Arab-Islamist culture driven by religious extremism. Unfortunately, this style of religion puts considerable emphasis on the concept of 'violent' jihad. The consequences of this evolving change in attitudes is sadly becoming manifest in rather tragic ways and influences the reputation of the community at large." In fact, this is what is happening in Pakistan where the Taliban are slaughtering fellow Pakistanis in the name of jihad.

Mannan Bhuiyan

We have lost an icon of our political field. Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan was an energetic political figure.

International

Cluster bomb ban comes into effect

A global treaty banning cluster munitions has gone into force.

Petraeus issues Afghan guidelines

General David Petraeus, the newly-installed commander of US and Nato forces in Afghanistan, has issued a set of guidelines for how the war there should be run.

Cameron's new diplomacy creates problems with Pak

The British Prime Minister David Cameron has invented a new diplomacy - go to one country and criticise another.

Iran rebuffs Obama's call to free US detainees

Iran has rejected President Barack Obama's plea to release three Americans arrested more than a year ago near the Iraq border, the foreign ministry said, insisting that justice would take its course.

Iraq violence marks sharp rise in July

July was Iraq's deadliest month for more than two years, figures show, amid fears insurgents are exploiting a political power vacuum left by March's inconclusive elections.

Death toll from Pak floods reaches 1,100

The death toll from massive floods in northwestern Pakistan rose to 1,100 yesterday as rescue workers struggled to save more than 27,000 people still trapped by the raging water.

Nepal to elect premier in 3rd round poll

Chairman of Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) (UCPN-M) Prachanda has claimed that the nation would get the new prime minister in the third round of election to be held today.

Afghans protest 'Nato civilian killings'

Afghans held a rally in the capital Kabul yesterday to protest the alleged Nato killing of 52 civilians in the volatile south, but the coalition said it had still found no evidence of the deaths.

Iran, China, Vietnam, win Unesco heritage honours

World culture body Unesco added 15 sites to its top heritage list this weekend, including an imperial palace in Vietnam, temples in China, an Australian penal colony and a historic bazaar in Iran.

WikiLeaks suspect had civilian help

An Army private charged with leaking classified material to the whistleblower website WikiLeaks had civilian help, a key figure in the case said Saturday.

Mubarak and Peres hold talks

The Israeli and Egyptian presidents have met briefly in Cairo to discuss the resumption of direct talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Arts & Entertainment

Where mark is art

NPO Earth Identity Projects, Japan and Paper Studio in collaboration with Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts have jointly organised a graphic at exhibition at the Bengal Gallery in Dhanmondi, Dhaka. The exhibition began on July 30.

A folk musician-composer extraordinaire

In memory of folk lyricist and composer Jalal Khan, a discussion and cultural function were held at the auditorium of Udhichi Bhaban in the district town on July 31. Udhichi Shilpi Goshthi, Mymensingh unit organised the programme.

Seasoned actor Alamgir gets busy again

Popular leading man of yesteryears, Alamgir, is currently working on four films -- “Protisruti” and “Mathar Upor Chhaya” directed by F.I. Manik “Hridoy Bhanga Dheu” directed by Gazi Mazharul Anwar and “Shey Amar Mon Kerechhe” directed by Sohanur Rahman Sohan.

Uro-CJFB Performance Award 2009 announced

Amidst razzle-dazzle the 11th Uro-CJFB (Cultural Journalists' Forum of Bangladesh) Performance Award-2009 was held at Hall of Fame, Bangabandhu International Conference Centre on July 31.

Atif Aslam performs in Dhaka

Popular Pakistani pop artiste Atif Aslam performed live in Dhaka again; this time at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre on July 30. The title of the show was “Atif Aslam in Nokia Playground.”

Dancer duo Hero-Chandni perform in U.S.

Noted dancer duo Anisul Islam Hero-Chandni and their troupe recently performed at the International Dance Festival in U.S. World Dance Alliance arranged the festival, according to a press release.

Of men and music

It was sometime in the early 1950s when Bhimsen Joshi was on stage at Jnan Prakash Ghosh's Dixon Lane music room in Calcutta. In the front row was a well-known actor. He played Suchitra Sen's father in “Saat Paake Bandha”, her mentor in the film “Dwip Jele Jai” and Sharmila Tagore's father in “Aradhana” -- Pahadi Sanyal, a connoisseur of classical music and a singer of yesteryears. After the recital, the bewildered and enthralled Sanyal asked the artiste the name of the last raga sung by him. Joshi touched his feet and humbly said “Issko chhaya kahke seekha humney”(I've learnt this raga by the name of chhaya). Sanyal wished to know, because Joshi was dwelling on the ascending “nishad” in a raga which the former was not familiar with.

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