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Power projects must not delay

As different government agencies are failing to complete the tender process to set up new power plants on time, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday instructed the power ministry to amend the procurement rules for faster bidding.

Transit to benefit four countries

India will be allowed to use Bangladeshi territory to reach seven landlocked north-eastern Indian states through establishment of road and railway connectivity, Foreign Minister Dipu Moni disclosed yesterday.

3-lane system re-launched, jam worsens

Traffic movement on major city roads virtually came to a halt at different points for hours yesterday greatly disrupting life.

Extortion, control of halls lead to clashes

Leadership crisis and disputes over extortion money and “seat business” at student dormitories led to frequent clashes between Bangladesh Chhatra League factions at Rajshahi University since January this year.

Matia for central monitoring body

A strong, central body should be formed to monitor the non-government organisations (NGOs) to bring transparency and accountability in their activities, Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury said yesterday.

Bigots vandalise, loot Ahmadiyya houses

Religious bigots vandalised and looted at least 10 houses of the Ahmadiyyas in Chandtara village of the district's Ghatail upazila early yesterday.

Buriganga drive stalled for lack of security force

The scheduled eviction drive against an encroacher of the river Buriganga at Kamrangirchar in the capital was aborted yesterday following police authorities' refusal to deploy security force.

2 students killed as lorry hits rickshaw in city

Two graduate students were killed in a hit-and-run road accident while they were travelling by a rickshaw at Uttar Badda in the capital yesterday.

'Shootouts' occur due to self-defence

The chief of Rapid Action Battalion has denied all allegations of extra-judicial killings by Rab members saying the law enforcers often have to indulge in "shootout" for self-defence.

Hasina invites Khaleda to iftar party

Prime Minister Shiekh Hasina yesterday sent an invitation letter to Leader of the Opposition Khaleda Zia to attend PM's iftar party for politicians on the fifth of Ramadan at the Gono Bhaban.

HC asks PSC not to publish results until further order

The High Court yesterday directed the Public Service Commission not to publish the results of the preliminary test of 30th Bangladesh Civil Service examinations until further order.

ACC asked to explain case against Tarique

The High Court yesterday issued a rule upon the government and the Anti-Corruption Commission to explain as to why the proceedings of money laundering case against Tarique Rahman should not be quashed.

Health secy, IGP face contempt rule

The High Court yesterday issued a contempt of court rule against health secretary, inspector general of police and two other government high officials for knocking down the Sat Tala slum in the capital's Mohakhali area ignoring its earlier order.

BCL suspends activities of its RU unit

The central executive committee of ruling Awami League backed Bangladesh Chhatra League yesterday suspended the activities of its Rajshahi University unit following a factional clash on the campus the day before.

Constitution review starts next month

The special parliamentary committee on constitutional amendment will start reviewing the constitution in full swing from August 24.

Burnt Bilashi loses 3-day fight for life

Bilashi Khatun, the mother who torched her two children while trying to commit suicide, died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital yesterday.

UAE workers can break Ramadan fast in extreme heat: Fatwa

Workers contending with high heat and humidity can break their Ramadan fasts to avoid health problems, according to a fatwa issued by the top religious authority in the United Arab Emirates.

Israel confident as UN poised to launch Gaza flotilla probe

Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday expressed confidence that the UN's Gaza flotilla inquiry would satisfy global public opinion, as the panel's Israeli and Turkish delegates were named.

Medvedev makes surprise visit to Abkhazia

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has made an unscheduled visit to Abkhazia, his first to the breakaway Georgian region since the brief war between Russia and Georgia two years ago.

Israeli nuclear whistle-blower Vanunu freed from jail

Israeli nuclear whistle-blower Mordechai Vanunu was freed from jail yesterday after serving 11 weeks behind bars for breaking the terms of his release and meeting a foreigner, a prison official said.


Credit line with India

Indo-Bangladesh relations have been put on a new, but potentially stronger footing, with the inking of a US$ 1 billion worth of a loan agreement between New Delhi and Dhaka occasioned by the visit of Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee to Dhaka. It has a 20-year repayment period on a rate of interest at 1.75 percent which in the commercial category is considered to be rather moderate. As to the opposition BNP's pointer that multilateral financing agencies could be approached, their soft-term loans with only a service charge are usually difficult to obtain, particularly in the present global financial clime, and for the types of projects specified in the loan agreement signed with India, according to experts.

Never-ending BCL infighting

Like in the days of the Wild West when guns and knives were used freely by various feuding groups, so-called students belonging to Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) have been chasing one another openly on various campuses with lethal weapons. In yet another such demonstration of lawlessness on a campus, members of one faction of BCL engaged in intermittent clashes with members of another faction on Rajshahi University with handguns and machetes. The clash, that left many students injured and two bullet-hit, has a familiar ring to it -- establishing supremacy of BCL local student leaders on Rajshahi University campus.


Glorious Siddiqur returns

It is a common scenario among the busy people at the Hazrat Shah Jalal International Airport to take a peek at the arrival of country's cricketers and footballers following their achievements on foreign soil, but they probably had no time to watch a smiling sporting hero sporting a black t-shirt, gray trouser and a sponsored cap.

Super Cup in December

The domestic football season will start with holding of the Federation Cup from October 7 to October 31. The season opener will feature teams from Bangladesh League and First Division League along with the services teams.

Pak tails holds up Eng

Test debutant Zulqarnain Haider and Mohammad Aamer frustrated England's bid to go 2-0 up in their four-match series against Pakistan with a defiant stand here on Saturday.

Man United give Chelsea the blues

Manchester United dominated a stuttering Chelsea to score a deserved 3-1 victory over last season's Premier League and FA Cup Double winners in an entertaining Community Shield match at Wembley on Sunday.

Gul to play no more part

Pakistan seamer Umar Gul was ruled out of the remainder of the ongoing second Test against England on Saturday with a torn hamstring, team manager Yawar Saeed said.

Barca bow to promoters

Spanish champions Barcelona on Sunday finished their pre-season Asia tour with a 3-0 win over Beijing Guoan, Argentine superstar Lionel Messi given a rousing reception during his first-half cameo.

Butt hurries back home

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt returned home on Sunday from England amid speculation of his sacking and cut short a media interaction at the airport after being asked some tough questions.

Musician Lee!

His cricket career hampered by injuries, dashing Australian pacer Brett Lee is working on his future as a musician and India would be the first stop for his rockstar ambitions.

Bayern lift Super Cup

Bayern Munich saw off Schalke on Saturday to add the German Super Cup to their enviable silverware collection.

A new-look England

Fabio Capello has drafted in Arsenal youngsters Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs for Wednesday's friendly against Hungary as the England coach rings the changes after his team's World Cup flop.

Fresh faces in Brazil

New Brazil coach Mano Menezes has called up 10 new players for Tuesday's friendly against the USA, the team's first outing since their disappointing World Cup campaign.

Real conquer Galaxy

Xabi Alonso scored in the 72nd minute as Real Madrid rallied for a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy Saturday in a friendly football match that drew a crowd of 89,134 at the Rose Bowl.

Prandelli's A-B-C

New Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has named long-overlooked forwards Antonio Cassano, Mario Balotelli and Amauri in his squad for his first game in charge against Ivory Coast in a friendly on Tuesday.

Robben best in Kicker poll

Bayern Munich's Dutch star winger Arjen Robben was named footballer of the 2009/10 Bundesliga season by sporting magazine Kicker on Sunday.

FA could have sacked me: Capello

Fabio Capello has given an honest assessment of England's dismal performance at the World Cup and admits he would not have blamed the Football Association if they had sacked him.

Robinson retires from England duty

Blackburn goalkeeper Paul Robinson retired Sunday from international football despite being named in the England squad to face Hungary at Wembley on Wednesday.

11-goal thriller for Arsenal

Arsenal, playing without World Cup final stars Robin van Persie and Cesc Fabregas, came back from 3-0 down to defeat Polish side Legia Warsaw 6-5 in a roller-coaster pre-season friendly on Saturday.

Arsene Arsenal for life

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said on Sunday he would be delighted to end his managerial career at the Premier League club and ensure that happens by signing a new contract at the end of the upcoming season.

Cole staying put at Chelsea

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has conceded that his new club will not be able to prise England defender Ashley Cole away from his former side Chelsea.

He's up when the chips are down

Never mind what he can do to his team's fortunes. This is a man who can make prime ministers run.

England's maiden final

England reached their first Champions Trophy final on Saturday thanks to a last-gasp 4-3 win over New Zealand and will tackle title-holders Australia in Sunday's trophy showdown.

Kuznetsova's first final in 10 months

Two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova beat fifth-seeded Flavia Pennetta 6-4, 6-0 Saturday to reach the final of the 700,000-dollar San Diego Open final.

David-Marcos finale

David Nalbandian, in top form after nagging injuries, reached his first ATP final since January of last year on Saturday, ousting Croatian fourth seed Marin Cilic 6-2, 6-2 at the Washington Classic.


Top companies wrestle energy crisis to ground

Top industrialists have decided to use a four-pronged strategy -- involving furnace oil, lower bank-lending rates, lower margin and strict cost controls -- to offset the losses amid the crisis in natural gas supplies.

SEC body to jaw over margin-call rules

The Consultative Committee of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) sits today to decide whether to relax a strict valuation policy on the portfolios of investors who trade on margin.

Cox's Bazar to get another luxury hotel

Fort Hotels Group is developing a 720-room five-star hotel in Cox's Bazar, and the 15-floor luxury hotel will open for visitors in 2014, its officials said.

Committee formed to review labour law

Labour and Employment Minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain said yesterday the government formed a tripartite committee to review the Labour Act 2006 to make it effective.

Japan holds out hope for Bangladesh apparel

Japan could be a bright spot for apparel exports from Bangladesh if the quality of products and lead-time are adhered to strictly, speakers said.

ICAB seeks access to policy making

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB) yesterday demanded that the government ensure its participation in policy making on issues like taxation and other monetary systems.

Laws to check financial crimes to see more changes

The government will amend again the anti-money laundering act and terror financing act to meet the obligations of Financial Action Task Force (FATF) that sets world standards for preventing such crimes.

Dawn trade on hold again

The trading activities of Dawn Securities were suspended again after the High Court yesterday scrapped a stay on the Dhaka bourse's suspension order for the stockbroker.

OMS takes off tomorrow

The government is set to start two programmes during Ramadan to ensure food security for the poor.

Outsourcing reshapes Philippine society

Daybreak is happy hour in a world turned upside down at a trendy bar in the Philippines' financial district, the clientele young and loud and with a vague California accent.

China bets future on inland cities

China has put big money down on a momentous gamble: rush to build new cities in its poor interior, then wait for people to come and help drive the economy to a new stage of growth.

An early inspirer of today's leaders

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” University of Dhaka business professor Hafiz GA Siddiqi is such a great man. For more than 40 years, he has tirelessly moulded future successful leaders in various sectors of our economy.

As economy recovers, Germans eye a pay rise

After years of agreeing to moderate pay hikes to safeguard jobs, Germany's powerful unions are gearing up for a dramatic change of strategy, bidding for wage gains that bosses say could derail the recovery.

Etihad's 'all economy' service from Oct

Etihad Airways, the Abu Dhabi-based national airline of United Arab Emirates, is set to introduce its first 'all economy' class aircraft into its fleet in October.

New local boss for Ericsson

Ericsson, the dominant provider of telecom technology used in Bangladesh, has appointed Per-Henrik Nielsen as managing director of its operations here, according to a company statement yesterday.

Non-economic constraints threaten RMG sector: EU

The European Union (EU) has identified some non-economic constraints as prime challenges to sustainable growth of the country's apparels sector.

Apec vows to put economy back on track

Asian and Pacific countries agreed Sunday to improve the "quality" of their growth and help put the global economy back on track from its crisis.

Apple Japan to improve site on iPod Nano overheating

Apple's Japanese unit has promised to improve website warnings over its first-generation iPod Nano music player after incidents of it overheating and catching fire, a government statement said.

China's savings rate to drop in coming decade

China's high savings rate is expected to fall substantially in coming years as its workforce shrinks, the population ages and social security spending increases, a BIS report shows.

Honda's compact hybrid to be cheapest in Oct

Honda Motor Co plans to sell a hybrid version of its popular Fit compact car at around 1.59 million yen ($18,600), making it the cheapest hybrid in Japan when it goes on sale in October, the Tokyo Shimbun daily said on Sunday.

Corporate Briefs

The funds have reported, on the close of operation on Tuesday, net asset value (NAV) for First ICB Mutual Fund of Tk 10,719.29, Second ICB Mutual Fund of Tk 3,306.88, Third ICB Mutual Fund of Tk 2,559.90, Fourth ICB Mutual Fund of Tk 2,784.03, Fifth ICB Mutual Fund of Tk 2,298.44, Sixth ICB Mutual Fund of Tk 873.81, Seventh ICB Mutual Fund of Tk 1,357.84 and Eighth ICB Mutual Fund of Tk 991.68 per unit on current market price against face value of Tk 100 each. On cost price, NAV per unit of the said eight funds were Tk 1,214.44, Tk 742.63, Tk 561.41, Tk 542.24, Tk 374.21, Tk 252.33, Tk 278.09 and Tk 253.07 respectively against face value of Tk 100 each.


Golden rice by 2012

The country is likely to complete all necessary experiments on golden rice, a genetically modified crop variety, tentatively by 2012, said Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) sources.

New forest policy urged

A new forest policy should be formulated to cover legal provisions for taking administrative action for the better management of forests in Bangladesh, said environmentalists at a discussion yesterday.

Coal policy almost finalised

The long-expected coal policy has almost been finalised, Energy Secretary Mezba Uddin Ahmed said yesterday.

Time for probe report extended

A Dhaka court yesterday extended the time for submission of the probe report in a bribery case filed against Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan alias Shah Alam, former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar and two others until September 30.

3 children out of 5 suffer from anaemia

At least three out of each five children under two years of age suffer from anaemia, a blood condition in which the red blood cells are deficient in hemoglobin, resulting in poor health.

Give info about troublemakers

Home Minister Sahara Khatun yesterday urged all to provide law enforcers with information about the individuals involved in creating unrest in the country in a bid to hinder the trial of war criminals.

Month-long anti-adulteration drive from today

The government will launch an anti-adulteration special drive in the capital and all other divisional cities and district headquarters from tomorrow to ensure supply of adulteration free foods and Iftar items during the month of Ramadan.

10 killed, 12 injured in road accidents

Ten people were killed and 12 others injured in separate road accidents in five districts yesterday.

BNP's mass demo in city today

BNP will bring out mass procession on the city streets today as part of its ongoing anti-government movement.

Include environment clauses in constitution

Speakers at a discussion today called for inclusion of clauses in the constitution, to conserve and improve the environment, ensure water, sanitation and energy securities.

Separate railway ministry demanded

Speakers at a sit-in programme yesterday called for separate ministry for railway to reduce road accidents in Bangladesh.

Medical Asst School closed for 7 days

Noakhali Medical Assistant School was closed yesterday for seven days following a clash between rival groups of students that left at least 10 injured.

KAP study towards tigers to be done

Wildlife Trust of Bangladesh (WTB) will conduct survey both on local people residing near Sundarbans to find out their knowledge, attitude and practices (KAP) towards tigers and the mangrove forests.

Five hurt in clash at Premier University

At least five students were injured in a clash between two groups of students at Chittagong City Corporation-run private university Premier University in the port city yesterday.

President, PM greet Singapore leaders

President Zillur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in separate messages greeted their Singaporean counterparts--President Sellapan Ramanathan and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on the occasion of the National Day of the country falls today.

Two killed, three injured in road crash

Vehicular movement on the Dhaka-Chittagong Highway came to a halt for nearly three hours yesterday following a road accident that killed two people and injured three others.

Inform public about activities

President Zillur Rahman yesterday asked the Islamic Foundation authorities to step up publicity of its activities among people.

Woman's body found in city

Police recovered the body of a young woman from inside a hairdressing salon in city's South Jatrabari area yesterday.

Indigenous People Day today

International Day of the World's Indigenous People will be observed today in the country and elsewhere around the globe.


Rokan Uddin, director of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission, passed away on Saturday due to chronic liver disease at a hospital of Madina in Saudi Arabia at the age of 55, says a press release.


The qulkhwani of Syeda Maksuda Aref Topa, daughter of Mahfuza Begum, former principal of Khulna Government Women's College, will be held at 16, New

Loan from Indian Bank harmful

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Standing Committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain yesterday said the deal signed between Bangladesh government and Exim Bank of India will be damaging for the country.

Man dies on way to jail

An accused of a rape case died on the way to jail from the court yesterday.

Graft case against Moudud to continue

The Supreme Court yesterday ruled that proceedings of corruption case against former BNP law minister Moudud Ahmed would continue at the trial court, excluding the part of his expenditures stated in the case.

Treat Faruque as ex-chair of Proshika: SC

The Supreme Court yesterday upheld a High Court observation that Qazi Faruque Ahmed, ousted chairman of Proshika, would be treated as the former chairman and former president of the organisation.

Bhagne Shahid on 4-day fresh remand

A Dhaka court yesterday placed acting chief of banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) Anwar Alam, also known as Nazmul and Bhagne Shahid, on a four-day fresh remand in connection with a case on an attempt on life of Prof Humayun Azad.


'Stalker' stabs parents of teenage girl

An alleged stalker and his aides yesterday stabbed the parents of a teenage girl at Sonapur village in Chapainawabganj Sadar upazila while residents of Shahi Eidgah area in Sylhet city handed over to police the prime accused in a case for killing the father of a schoolgirl, who had become victim of stalking by the detainee.

War crime case against 30 in Bagerhat

Thirty alleged collaborators of Pakistani occupation forcers have been sued on war crime charges in Bagerhat district.

One attack, several versions

A group of Awami League (AL) workers beat up a leader of the Rajpara upazila unit of the party and damaged the unit's office at Laxmipur in the city on Saturday night.

14 BCL men sued for assault on college principal

Fourteen BCL men have been sued for assaulting the principal and three other teachers of Mirjaganj Degree College under Patuakhali district on Saturday.

5 Shibir leaders held while holding 'secret' meeting

Five leaders of Islami Chhatra Shibir were arrested at Khanpara under Digholia upazila of Khulna district yesterday while Jamaat central leader Dr Abdullah Mohammad Taher was sued in Rajshahi and Tangail the same day for his provocative speech at a discussion in the capital on August 4.

MP says he got the allegations ahead of exams

The questions of written examinations for recruitment to different posts of Dinajpur Sadar Hospital were allegedly distributed in advance to a section of candidates in exchange of huge amounts of bribe.

Kuakata hospital now has all but docs and staff

Over six months into construction, a 20-bed hospital at Kuakata cannot provide medical services as the authorities are yet to arrange required manpower including doctors and nurses.

All for protesting stale food supply

At least 10 students of Noakhali Paramedical College were injured as the students in charge of running the college dining hall beat up them yesterday morning for protesting supply of stale and low quality food.

Four BCL men expelled in Patuakhali

Four Chatra League (BCL) leaders of Dumki upazila unit were expelled yesterday on charge of anti-party activities.

2 housewives beaten to death in Ctg, Dinajpur

A pregnant housewife was beaten to death allegedly by her husband and in-laws at Jhautala Bihari Colony in the city following a family feud on Saturday.

Jubo Dal leader attacked

Khagrachhari district Jubo Dal secretary Saidul Islam Babul was attacked and injured allegedly by the cadres of Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday near Hill King bus counter under Sadar upazila. Police said, a group of Chhatra League cadres led jointly by Prashanta Tripura and Delowar Hossain Titu attacked the Jubo Dal leader and injured him critically. Locals rescued and admitted him to a local clinic, sources said. Sadar police station officer in-charge Abul Kalam Azad admitting the incident said they are yet to arrest anybody in this connection. Meanwhile, Prashanta Tripura denied the allegation saying BCL men were not involved in the attack.

VGF rice, peanut seized

Coast Guard members seized 400 bags of VGF rice and 400 sacks of peanuts from Jangalia area on the Meghna river in Hatiya upazila of Noakhali yesterday noon and arrested 8 people in this connection. Witnesses said, acting on a tip-off, the Coast Guard challenged trawler MV Taluk carrying 400 bags of VGF rice and 400 sacks of peanuts to Barisal from Ramcharan Ghat. The crew of the trawlers tried to divert the course of the river vessel and flee. But the Coast Guard members chased it and managed to catch Dulal Majhi, Abdul Wahed, Abdur Razzak, Akter, Nuruddin, Nabi Miah, Ibrahim and Abul Kalam from the trawler.

Outlaw held in Khulna

An outlawed party leader was arrested on charge of extortion and other crimes at Sajiara village in Dumuria upazila early Saturday. The arrestee was identified as Nasir Goldar, 36, a leader of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (Janajuddha faction) and a resident of the village. Police said recently Nasir was released from jail and started reorganising his cadres to collect illegal toll in the upazila. Acting on a tip-off, police raided the village and arrested him at around 3am. Police said, Nasir was wanted in a number of criminal cases.

Nursing home fined

A mobile court yesterday fined Mita Nursing Home Tk 15,000 at the town's Sadar Road. Sources said, when the mobile court led by executive magistrate Vanessa Roderick, sergeant Fakhrul Alam of Rab-11 along with forces went to the nursing home it could not show any relevant papers regarding appointment of doctors, pathological instruments. The court then fined the nursing home owned by Dr Sirajul Islam Tk 15,000 and realised the amount on the spot.

3 held for exploding bombs in Munshiganj

Police in separate drives arrested three people on charge of exploding bombs at Amghata village in Sadar upazila on Saturday.


Golf champion

The whole world recognizes us as a disaster-prone country, rather than applauding as an industrious and brave one. A few brave-hearted and noble men have shown our indomitable spirit. Noble Laureate Dr Yunus, Averest hero Musa Ibrahim are among the few names who spread the news of average Bangladeshis' pride.

Combating corruption

Corruption in Bangladesh has assumed such large proportions and variegated forms that large numbers of the public have come to believe that it is impossible to get rid of this malaise. In such an atmosphere of pervasive cynicism, one of the things that the guide repeatedly emphasizes - and quite correctly - is that the scourge can be managed or controlled. Other countries have been notoriously corrupt in the past but have succeeded in tackling the problem through a mixture of administrative and electoral reform. But in a country which buckles under the gigantic burden of corruption and struggles to find a way to overcome its oppressive weight, any step towards giving the still-nascent anti-corruption movement a fillip deserves to be warmly commended. The media reports and editorials acknowledge the need for a variety of strategies to fight corruption, ranging from general measures such as the simplification of rules and procedures and the application of information technology to specific steps such as trapping corrupt public servants. While agencies such as the ACC can play a vital role, any comprehensive strategy to combat corruption would have to involve other bodies such as NGOs and the print and electronic media.

Prices of rice

While I was browsing some Bangla dailies on Aug 2, I found a headline reading "Khaleda demands Tk.10/- per Kg rice during the month of Ramadan for the people. This call from a popular and a compassionate leader like her has got wide media coverage. I believe people of Bangladesh must have been very happy to see her compassion for them. I also thank her for her sympathy to the people during the fasting month and also her religious feelings. My thanks to her are pre-judged and may not hold good if her call is not found genuine and has not been done out of real feelings for the people.

Errors in exam papers

The preliminary test of 30th BCS was held on July 30. There were three sets of questions. The set number 2 was full of errors. But on August 01, the Public Service Commission (PSC) claimed that it was not their mistake and they would be careful about students' rights. There were more than 50 thousand students who answered the questions of set number 2. There was no trace of creative questions in the question paper. We don't understand why PSC is wasting our time. They are too careless to think about 148 thousand candidates.

Pakistani flood victims

Heavy monsoon rains triggered a devastating flood in Pakistan. More than two thousand people were reportedly killed and there occurred widespread destruction of houses, bridges, schools, roads, railway tracks and communication networks. Outbreak of cholera and other waterborne diseases made the situation even worse. Pakistan government appealed for help from the international community.

Trial of war criminals

The ruling party has started the trial of war criminals. We appreciate this very much. But, are all war criminals involved with just one particular party? Then, why did the Awami League work together with the Jamaat-e- Islami to oust the then ruling party (BNP)?

History of BP

The history of the company we now call BP over the last hundred years has really traced the arc of global transactional capitalism. The Anglo-Persian oil company, guaranteed itself, or won the right to own, all of Iran's oil. So, nobody in Iran had any right to drill for oil or extract oil or sell oil.

Export ranking

A report on the subject published on July 25th in your pages appears rather confusing, because of the use of the word "followed by" in the sentence which I quote: "Bangladesh secured the fourth position in terms of value followed by (!) China, EU-27 countries and Turkey, said the report."

Philosophy of change!

Hats off to Mohammad Badrul Ahsan for presenting the real-life philosophy in a very lucid manner (The Daily Star: July 30/10). However, to me it's not the Slot Machine Philosophy. As a matter of fact, it's the Philosophy of Fate. No one knows why a rich man becomes poor all of a sudden despite his hard labour coupled with intelligence and capability; no one also can explain as to why a poor person without even much effort becomes affluent almost overnight. Of course, "Behind every riches, there is a crime." But no riches are permanent. If the father and the grandfather are rich, there is no surety that their descendants would be as rich or they may even reduced to stark poverty. You may also call this the philosophy of change and in the cosmic perspective, it is said that "the change is always better."

Philosophy of change!

Hats off to Mohammad Badrul Ahsan for presenting the real-life philosophy in a very lucid manner (The Daily Star: July 30/10). However, to me it's not the Slot Machine Philosophy. As a matter of fact, it's the Philosophy of Fate. No one knows why a rich man becomes poor all of a sudden despite his hard labour coupled with intelligence and capability; no one also can explain as to why a poor person without even much effort becomes affluent almost overnight. Of course, "Behind every riches, there is a crime." But no riches are permanent. If the father and the grandfather are rich, there is no surety that their descendants would be as rich or they may even reduced to stark poverty. You may also call this the philosophy of change and in the cosmic perspective, it is said that "the change is always better."

Tourism in Bangladesh

We have got the largest sea beach in the world. But the number of tourists visiting is very few because of lack of modern facilities, and most importantly, lack of advertisements . The Sundarbans is one of the largest mangrove forests in the world which is enriched with 334 different species of trees. This is another hot spot for Bangladesh to earn huge amount of money. Kuakata is blessed by the Almighty, where the sun rise and sun set can be seen from the same place.The Saat Gombuj Masjid is a masterpiece and a brilliant example of old architecture. There are many mosques, temples and old castles which need renovation and preservation. These places should be made attractive for the tourists.

Ground zero mosque

The initiators affirmed that they have undertaken the project of building a mosque near the Ground Zero site as a part of the Cordova Complex with a noble intention to improving Muslim-West relations and to promote integration, tolerance of differences and community cohesion.

Auto bike

A few days ago I read a reader's letter about the “auto bike”, electricity powered tricycle, in DS. It focused on the environment friendly aspect of “auto bike”. Indeed, it is neither environment friendly nor energy efficient. On the other hand , it is increasing our electricity problem. I am a little worried about it as its number is increasing very rapidly because of its low price and subsidised price of electricity.

Dhaka-Aricha road

Sudden death of an able and earning member of a family brings not only endless sufferings to the concerned family but it also causes a great economic loss to the nation. Moreover, the passengers become reluctant to move through two way roads jeopardising economic activities of the country including tourism. Rough statistics show that more than 10,000 people die in accidents in Bangladesh every year. Most of them are able and earning persons. Only the economists can figure out the national loss of the country out of their immature deaths. Since long, Dhaka Aricha road has been marked as a death trap . However, after opening of the Bangabandhu Bridge the number of incidents on the road has diminished as the pressure of traffic has been reduced . But the recent accident which took the lives of two top bureaucrats (Mrs. Razia Begum, Secretary to the government and Mr Siddiqur Rahman, Chairman, BISCIC) jolted the whole nation. We have seen that the number of accidents from Gabtoli to Savar has come down because of the road divider. Many hoped and demanded that the whole road be marked by a divider, but it did not happen. If there had been a divider on the road, we might not have lost our two top bureaucrats ( of course, God is the only saviour).

Accounts of political parties

Every organisation needs money for conducting its activities. Political organisations/ parties need a huge amount of money, no doubt, for different functions and activities.

Foreign managers

This is in response to a letter published in 1st August issue of The Daily Star entitled “Foreign Managers” by Syed Imtiaz Ali. Mr. Ali stated that most large MNC's operating in the country have foreign managers at the top level of management. He also was surprised that local business schools aren't producing good managers who are at par with their foreign peers. It's true that we have foreign staff at the helm of most of the big multinational corporations and consultants operating in the country. Before I begin I would like to state that I have completed my business degree in one of the reputed private universities and internship in one of the large telecom companies.

Reckless driving

I was a passenger of Volvo AC bus that departed from Cox's Bazar on 31 July 2010 at 12.15:pm for Dhaka which reached Dhaka at 2.00am on 01 Aug 2010. The driver drove the bus recklessly and roughly throughout the whole journey. His driving was threatening to other smaller vehicles and even pedestrians on the highway. His overtaking of other vehicles was dangerous. Many times he crossed the middle line demarcation and drove the bus on the right-hand side track of the road. He compelled the other vehicles coming from opposite direction to go out of the road while he was overtaking others. He always put us at a vulnerable situation and at life risk. He raised my heart-beat. The supervisor did not prevent him from reckless driving even after repeated requests. Once I requested the driver also, but he did not comply.

Flawless planning needed

It has been found that Traffic Congestion causes Tk.19,555/- crore loss a year, besides mental and physical sufferings of the people. We have forgotten that there was arrangement at Natore town for the seating of parliament. There is no more time to waste in starting genuine projects to free Dhaka of traffic congestion.


Anger as Zardari addresses UK rally

Hundreds of protestors gathered to criticise President Asif Ali Zardari at a rally for British Pakistanis Saturday while millions struggled in the aftermath of floods back home.

Courts in disarray as Maldivian crisis deepens

The attorney general of the Maldives quit yesterday as the country's political crisis deepened with the president and the opposition-controlled parliament wrangling over a new Supreme Court.

Pak PM calls for help as fresh rains hamper flood aid

Fresh rains lashed flood-hit Pakistan yesterday, hampering aid efforts and threatening to deepen a crisis affecting 15 million people in the country's worst ever floods.

China mudslides leave 127 dead, 2,000 missing

At least 127 people were killed and nearly 2,000 missing after mudslides swept away homes and destroyed roads in northwestern China as the nation battled its worst flooding in a decade.

Search for missing in Ladakh

Emergency teams in India's remote Himalayan region of Ladakh on Sunday struggled to deliver food and aid to survivors of flash floods that killed at least 137 people and left 500 missing.

North Korea seizes South's fishing boat

A South Korean fishing boat missing in the Sea of Japan has been detained by the North, coastguard officials say.

Series of explosions rock Iraq; 43 dead

The death toll from a series of explosions in the southern Iraqi city of Basra on Saturday has risen to 43, officials have said.

Castro addresses parliament after four-year

Fidel Castro, the former Cuban leader, has delivered his first speech to the national assembly since resigning over ill health four years ago.

Afghan war kills 1,325 civilians this year

More than 1,300 civilians have been killed in Afghanistan so far this year, mostly by Taliban insurgents, a leading Afghan rights group said yesterday.

Stolen brides and life in exile from Chechnya

Over the years, large numbers of Chechens have fled Chechnya and are making lives elsewhere. Many have chosen to leave, but others have been given no choice.

Japan's atom-bombed Madonna peace symbol

When the atom bomb "Fat Boy" devastated Nagasaki 65 years ago today, one of the buildings reduced to rubble was the city's Urakami cathedral -- then among the largest churches in Asia.

All white candidates in Australian polls

Despite its Aboriginal roots and a large Asian population, Australia's politics are almost exclusively white with just a handful of ethnic minority candidates in this month's elections.

Curfew lifted in Kashmir

Shops and businesses opened in Indian Kashmir yesterday for the first time in two weeks after violent protests and curfews that brought the region to a standstill.

Elena Kagan sworn in as US SC Justice

Elena Kagan has been sworn in as the newest justice in the US Supreme Court.

New PM appointed in S Korea reshuffle

South Korea's President, Lee Myung-bak, has replaced the prime minister and seven ministers in the biggest cabinet reshuffle since he took office in 2008.

KSA delays BlackBerry ban to test 'solutions'

Saudi's telecoms regulator has said it postponed a ban on BlackBerry until Monday so that suggested solutions to the kingdom's security concerns offered by the Canadian maker can be tested.

Santos sworn in as Colombian president

Juan Manuel Santos has been sworn in as the new president of Colombia.

Arts & Entertainment

Emerged from Unknown

HANS, a students' association, recently organised an exhibition featuring artworks by autistic youngsters, in association with Surf Excel. Through this exhibition, HANS intended to generate awareness in autism among the masses. The exhibition, titled 'Emerged from Unknown II', was held at the Drik Gallery in Dhanmondi, Dhaka, according to a press release.

Bangla Academy observes Tagore’s death anniversary

On August 6, Bangla Academy observed Rabindranath Tagore's 69th death anniversary with a discussion and cultural programme at its seminar room. The focus was on Tagore's life and his ageless works.

Tangail Swadesh Natyadal stages “Manush”

Swadesh Natyadal, a theatre troupe of Tangail, recently staged its popular production “Manush” at the Bhashani Hall in Tangail town.

Unstinting passion for theatre

Young theatre actor-director Anowarul Haque is a member of the theatre wing of cultural organisation Udichi. He stepped into the Bangladeshi theatre scene in 1997 via a three-month workshop organised by Udichi's theatre troupe. Anowar first performed in the Udichi play “Shubhro Timir” in 1998. The young talent made his debut as a director with Aikik Theatre's production “Drop Out” last year.

A TV show highlighting brilliant, disadvantaged students

“Medhabi Desher Mukh”, a documentary variety show sponsored by Bangladesh Edible Oil Limited's (BEOL) brand Meizan super refined palm oil and directed by Abul Hayat, had its premiere on August 5 in the city, according to a press release.

“Audrey Hepburn really couldn’t act”: Emma Thompson’s scathing appraisal

She may be considered a screen and style icon, but Audrey Hepburn doesn't have a fan in Emma Thompson.

Julia Roberts: “I’m definitely a practicing Hindu”

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World Indigenous Day 2010

Marking World Indigenous Day 2010, special programme “Moitrir Bandhon” will be aired on BTV today at 4:05 pm.

Remembering Tagore in Faridpur

Jatiyo Rabindra Sangeet Sammilion Parishad (JRSSP), Faridpur unit, observed the 69th death anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore. The programme was held at Faridpur Sahittyo O Sangskriti Unnnayan Sangstha auditorium on Friday evening.

Carey Mulligan drama to open London Film Festival

Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley's new film “Never Let Me Go” will launch this year's BFI London Film Festival on 13 October.


Attending the rural patients better

Patients from rural areas are often seen crowding the corridors of public hospitals in the city. Most are either patients or have patients with them for treatment. It is not that all of them are suffering from diseases that cannot be treated at government-run clinics in the upazila level in the countryside. But still, they travel to the capital city for treatment. The majority have no relations or acquaintances in the city. They can not even afford to look for hotel accommodation. So, what happens if they have to wait for admission to the hospitals?

Beyond "Bengali people"

The colonial term "tribal" or "upajati" is still strongly enforced in all our official documents. In some rare cases adivasi/indigenous words are also used, but not legally recognised. "Pahari," the Bengali translation of 'Hillman' is also a commonly accepted term. The leftists sometimes use the terms "ethnic minority" and "microscopic nationality." The term tribal is considered degrading and needs to be eliminated.

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