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Promotion list stirs doctors' commotion

The health ministry has prepared a "gradation list" to ensure seniority-wise promotion of cadre doctors but it also includes non-cadre doctors and those who have never served the government.

Signalman's mutiny role exposed

Sepoy Salah Uddin of Bangladesh Rifles was steady with his job of a signalman at Pilkhana BDR headquarters until a piece of information shed light on his role in February carnage last year.

Unfit vehicles back on roads

The drive against old vehicles is proving to be ineffective as many of the rundown buses and minibuses have returned to the city streets two weeks after mobile courts launched the crackdown.

Govt 'wakes up' to war trial reality

The government will soon appoint a group of renowned jurists to the prosecution team to move for the state in war crimes trial at the International Crimes Tribunal.

Death escaped dramatically

Before she could recognise where she was, Ajmiri lost her sense in front of Gono Bhaban and collapsed on the pavement with her hands tied, mouth stuffed up with pieces of clothes and her body soaked with kerosene.

Khaleda alleges extortion

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday alleged that the ruling party men are engaged in extortion in the name of commemorating their leader ahead of August 15.

Madrasa teachers mostly untrained

Teachers with no formal training mostly staff the Qawmi madrasas in Bangladesh, said a World Bank (WB) report.

Jail sentence of Manju, Mir Nasir scrapped

The High Court (HC) yesterday scrapped the sentences of imprisonment against Chairman of Jatiya Party (JP) Anwar Hossain Manju and former state minister Mir Mohammad Nasiruddin in two separate graft cases filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

Prisons asked to produce Sayedee on August 24

The International Crimes Tribunal has directed the prisons authorities to produce detained Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee before it on August 24 as he was not produced yesterday due to sickness.

Bangla Bhai's wife, 2 JMB men jailed

A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced the wife of executed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) leader Siddiqul Islam alias Bangla Bhai and two JMB men to 20 years' rigorous imprisonment each for possessing explosive substances.

Death takes her beyond humiliation, torture

Maksuda Begum is now beyond a marital life and any torture as her battle for life ended yesterday morning, 17 hours after she, along with her baby daughter, jumped before a running train in a suicide attempt.

JS body unhappy at govt efforts

Expressing dissatisfaction over the government's attempts to prevent a price hike of essentials during the upcoming month of Ramadan, a parliamentary body yesterday said the Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) does not have enough stock on hand.

Robbers shoot villager dead

A robber was beaten to death by a mob after a gang of robber shot a villager dead and injured 10 others at Deputy Ghona village in Banskhali upazila of Chittagong early yesterday.

PM defends Indian credit

Defending the one billion dollar loan from India, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the money would be used for much needed infrastructure to ensure development of the nation that caused burning of BNP-Jamaat alliance which had plundered the public wealth during its rule.

Cancellation decision under JS scanner

A parliamentary body yesterday formed a four-member sub-committee to verify whether Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission's (BTRC) step to cancel licences of five private landline operators was justified.

Rice OMS kicks off

The open market sales (OMS) of rice began yesterday in divisional headquarters including the capital, and in some districts that are affected by flood or have concentration of industries.

Ahmadiyyas demand steps for security

Ahmadiyya Muslim Jam'aat Bangladesh yesterday urged the government to take active steps to rehabilitate the ousted Ahmadiyyas in Tangail, guarantee their security so that they can perform daily activities safely.

5 JMB men get life term

A district judge yesterday gave life sentence to five operatives of outlawed militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) for the 2005 Bogra serial blasts.

3 factories fined in Ctg

The Department of Environment yesterday fined three factories a total of Tk 11.40 lakh for polluting the environment in the port city's Khulshi and Nasirabad.

Prosecute Taliban for war crimes

The Taliban and other insurgent groups in Afghanistan should face prosecution for war crimes, human rights group Amnesty International said yesterday.


Power crisis approaching the abyss?

THE frequency and duration of power outages appear to be breaking all previous records. Whereas it used to be of one-hour duration it has now aggravated into between five and six hours. And, to top it off, the frequency of outages has accentuated with too many bursts of power snapping shut over a 24-hour cycle. If this is the situation in the capital city, what it is like in the rural areas can be easily conjured up. The ensnaring crisis is rooted in the deficit of gas supply to power plants and a growing mismatch between the demand for and the generation of power. The government sounds resigned to the unmanageability of the crisis. If that's so, then how confidence can be instilled in the people's mind about a possible way out of the crisis sooner rather than later?

Ban on physical punishment in schools

THE government circular banning the use of physical punishment in schools is admittedly a judicious decision.


Kiwis crush India

Veteran paceman Daryl Tuffey grabbed three wickets in a sharp opening spell to bowl New Zealand to a record 200-run win over India in the opening match of the Micromax Cup triangular one-day series on Tuesday.

BCB's contrasting statements

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president AFM Mustafa Kamal gave a small dose of how the country's richest sports body is running at the moment.

32 booters picked for Asian Games camp

The Bangladesh Football Federation has announced a 32-member preliminary squad for the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China in November.

Back throws Bolt out

World sprint sensation Usain Bolt on Tuesday ruled himself out of the rest of the 2010 season because of a back problem that affects his striding power.

Clash in DU football match

Three students and two staff members of Dhaka University were hurt while three teachers of the same university were harassed when a clash broke out between students of two departments over the role of referee in a football match yesterday.

Akhtar eyes ODI return in 2011 WC

Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, who is poised to make his return to international cricket in the two Twenty20 games against England, is eyeing a ODI comeback during the 2011 World Cup.

Usha will not be relegated

The Bangladesh Hockey Federation will appear in court within the next week to explain the circumstances of their decision about last season's farcical Club Cup hockey final between Mohammedan and Usha.

Team leaves tomorrow

A 13-member squad leaves tomorrow for Singapore to take part in the First Youth Olympics to take place from August 14-26.

Champs off to Mexico

Spain set off Monday on the long trip to face Mexico in what will be their first international since winning the World Cup for the first time.

Argentina aim to rebound

Argentina will be desperate to take out their World Cup anger on the Republic of Ireland in Wednesday's friendly in Dublin, according to Giovanni Trapattoni.

Daniele's political stance

Italy midfielder Daniele De Rossi, who was due to captain the national side in their friendly against Ivory Coast in London on Tuesday, has hit out at the Northern League political party.

'Best is yet to come'

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has warned his best is yet to come as he makes his comeback after groin surgery.

France need harmony

France need to rediscover the fun-factor and get back to playing fan-pleasing soccer to make a quick recovery from their dismal World Cup campaign in South Africa, midfielder Lassana Diarra has said.

Wolfsburg after Diego

Wolfsburg have approached Juventus about signing Brazilian Diego, who has failed to shine since his arrival in Serie A, the Bundesliga side confirmed on Tuesday.

FIFA planning refereeing revamp

FIFA president Sepp Blatter said Tuesday that world football's governing body were planning a refereeing revamp as he reiterated his reservations concerning the use of goal-line technology.

Loew to decide on captain

German coach Joachim Loew will decide next month who between Michael Ballack and Philipp Lahm will captain the team in qualifiers for the 2012 European Championships.

Bremen deny Ozil rumour

Werder Bremen on Tuesday denied reports that the Bundesliga club have reached agreement with Barcelona for the transfer of their German international Mesut Ozil.

O'Neill quits Villa

Martin O'Neill has resigned as manager of Aston Villa with immediate effect, the English Premier League club said Monday.

Bayern set for record turnover

German footballing giants Bayern Munich are set to achieve a record turnover of 350 million euros, club president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said Tuesday.

Roger takes Paul for test drive

Roger Federer celebrated his 29th birthday this week but the cagey Swiss said he was not too old to learn a few new tricks as he launched his North American hardcourt campaign with coach Paul Annacone at his side.

Abbas's apprehension

Former captain Zaheer Abbas said Tuesday he feared for the future of cricket in Pakistan, saying bad administration had led the sport towards disaster.

Butt seeks improvement

Pakistan must improve their lacklustre fielding before the third Test against England, captain Salman Butt said on Monday after counting 14 missed catching chances in the nine-wicket loss at Edgbaston.

Akram a fan of India's batting

Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram reckons that trio of Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid gave India's batting line-up a 'monstrous' look in the just-concluded Test series against Sri Lanka.

First round exit for top two players

The world's top two players, Spain's Rafael Nadal and Serbian Novak Djokovic, slumped to a shock loss in their Toronto Masters first round doubles match to a pair of wildcard Canadians.

Ivanovic hits form

Former world number one Ana Ivanovic showed flashes of the form that took her to the pinnacle of tennis as she upset ninth seed Victoria Azarenka 2-6, 7-6, 6-2 in the first round of the Cincinnati Masters on Monday.

Ivo, Mario withdraw

Croatians Ivo Karlovic and Mario Ancic have withdrawn from the US Open because of injuries, the US Tennis Association said Monday.


Free complaints irk telcos

The telecom regulator will soon tell telecom operators the circumstance under which their customers must be allowed to call with service-related issues at no extra charge, but the mobile operators are already lobbying against it.

Local demand for fancy glass curbs exports

A recent building boom has forced modern window-glass manufacturers to cut exports, market players said.

Cheques face technical hitch

Some cheques were not cleared on the first trial run of an automated processing system.

3 garment units halt production

Outright Fashion Ltd yesterday suspended production at its three units for an indefinite period in the face of workers' unrest.

Beacon Pharma debuts tomorrow

Beacon Pharmaceuticals Ltd, which serves the domestic market, will make its debut on the bourses on Thursday.

SEC-bitten broker rises again

Trading by broker Arafat Securities resumed early yesterday afternoon, in line with a High Court decision Sunday that stayed its suspension by the stockmarket regulator.

$141m foreign loans for 3 local firms

The central bank has approved $141 million foreign loans to three private sector companies.


The company has recommended 12 percent cash dividend, as of June 30, 2010. The AGM will be held on September 25 (at 11:30am) at Trust Milonayatan in Dhaka. The record date is August 25. The company has also reported net profit/(loss) of Tk 8.56 million, earnings per share of Tk 15.01, net asset value per share of Tk 704 and net operating cash flow per share of Tk 81.17, as of June 30, 2010 against Tk (8.93) million, Tk (15.66), Tk 696 and Tk (127.10) respectively until June 30, 2009. There is no price limit on the trading of shares today following its corporate declaration.

Govt to draw roadmap for auto sector

The government is set to develop a comprehensive roadmap for the automobile sector by December in a bid to help the sector flourish.

Stocks sidle higher

The Dhaka market gained for a ninth straight session, with almost all the sectors posting moderate gains yesterday.

Bangladesh is conducive to foreign investment

The country offers a competitive business-friendly environment for investors, the executive chairman of Bangladesh's Board of Investment told a seminar in Chennai yesterday, according to Delhi media reports.

Import hydroelectricity from Bhutan

Bangladesh has an opportunity to import hydroelectricity from Bhutan, a neighbouring country with a record of exporting 1,200 megawatts to India.

BB, state banks asked to review proposed salary hike

A government committee has asked Bangladesh Bank (BB) and three state-owned banks to bring down a hike in the separate pay structure for the bank staff proposed by the banks, saying the increase is too high.

Bond commissionerate to open in Ctg next month

The government is going to set up a full-fledged Bond Commissionerate and a bench of Customs Appellate Tribunal in Chittagong within September, said National Board of Revenue (NBR) Chairman Nasiruddin Ahmed yesterday.

Clothing discounts set for snip

Just as recession-battered US consumers are trickling back to malls, clothes retailers there face a tough choice.

Fed ponders more easing as economy stumbles

The Federal Reserve meets on Tuesday to consider, and perhaps even adopt, additional measures to prop up a softening U.S. economic recovery.

Asian wheat buyers cautious in volatile market

Asian wheat importers were reluctant to commit to deals on Tuesday, as Australian cash prices eased following two straight sessions of decline in Chicago futures from two-year highs.

BRAC Bank launches portfolio management solution

BRAC Bank has introduced a new investment solution -- WEALTHmax.

New office bearers for Asia Pacific General Insurance

Asia Pacific General Insurance Company Ltd has elected Aftab ul Islam and Kashmiri Kamal as chairman and vice-chairman, the insurer said in a statement.

Oil lower

Oil fell in Asian trade Tuesday, with investor interest muted ahead of a US Federal Reserve rate policy meeting, analysts said.

India's Tata Motors swings to quarterly profit

India's top vehicle maker, Tata Motors, swung to a quarterly profit from a loss a year earlier on improved demand for cars and a revival in economic activity, figures showed on Tuesday.

Bank of Japan keeps interest rate steady at 0.1pc

The Bank of Japan on Tuesday kept its key rate unchanged at 0.1 percent, as expected, but stopped short of new steps to brake the rise of the yen, which is close to 15-year highs against the dollar.

ICBC to spend $1.4b to take HK unit private

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Ltd, the world's most valuable bank, said it will pay shareholders of its Hong Kong arm a 27 percent premium to take it private, as part of an effort to expand its presence there.

Siemens wins billion-dollar NAmerica wind power orders

Germany's Siemens said Tuesday it has won two orders in the United States and Canada to supply wind turbines that experts said were worth around 800 million euros (1.1 billion dollars).


PM blames it on BNP

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the country would not have faced power crisis if BNP-Jamaat government had continued various development programmes undertaken by her government in power sector.

None will be spared for campus unrest: Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has once again cautioned that none will be spared if engaged in disturbing the academic atmosphere on the campus.

Call to ensure rights of people with disability

A person with disability is not someone to be pitied as he or she also can do anything if opportunity is given, said winner of Ramon Magsaysay Award 2010 AHM Noman Khan at a programme yesterday.

Blair arrives Aug 20

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherry Blair will visit Bangladesh on August 20-22 to attend a programme of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation (TBFF), official sources said.

Charge framing on October 10

Brahmanbaria District and Session Judge AKM Nasir Uddin Mahmud yesterday fixed October 10 as date for framing charge against the accused in Rid Pharma case.

Court summons Dev Narayan

A Dhaka court yesterday summoned Dev Narayan Moheswar, president of the Universe Peace Council, to appear before it on September 4.

Court allows DB to take Mirza Abbas on remand

A Dhaka court yesterday allowed the Detective Branch (DB) of police to take BNP Standing Committee Member Mirza Abbas on a three-day remand granted earlier in connection with a case filed for torching a private car the day before hartal that killed one of its passengers on July 1.

Opposition lawmakers' protest today

Opposition MPs will form a human chain today to protest Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's recent remarks against Leader of the Opposition Khaleda Zia.

Not a single suggestion implemented in 25yrs

Although different probe committees on riverine accidents submitted hundreds of recommendations during the last 25 years, the government is yet to take effective measures to implement a single one.

Constitutional recognitionto Adivasis demanded

With the demand for constitutional recognition to the Adivasis in Bangladesh, the two-day fair and cultural programme ended at Shishu Academy in the city yesterday.

'Involve women lawyers in investigation process'

Female lawyers' participation in the prosecution team of war crimes tribunal would help in digging out information on torture of women during the Liberation War, speakers said yesterday.

More hospitals to be built at city gateways, says Dr Ruhal

Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr AFM Ruhal Haque yesterday said the government would build necessary numbers of general hospitals at the main gateways of the city with a view to expanding the healthcare services to increasing population.

Six killed in road accidents

Six people were killed and four others injured critically in separate road accidents in Khagrachhari, Gopalganj and Satkhira yesterday.

Bangladesh envoy calls on Bhutanese PM

Bangladesh Ambassador to Bhutan AKM Majibur Rahman Bhuiyan paid farewell call on Bhutanese Prime Minister Lyonchhoen Jigmi Y Thinley on Monday afternoon.

10 injured in Sylhet clash

At least 10 persons including four policemen were injured in a clash between the supporters of "Amra Sylhetbashi" and police at the city's Zindabazar yesterday afternoon.

Prison authorities asked not to transfer Milon to another jail

The High Court (HC) yesterday directed the prison authorities not to transfer ANM Ehsanul Haque Milon, BNP leader and former state minister for education, to another jail without permission of the court.

2,466 more arrested

Police arrested 2,466 people on various charges in separate drives across the country in 24 hours as of 6:00am yesterday.

Lightening kills 2

A woman and her daughter were killed and their neighbour was injured in a lightening strike at Jungle Gunagori village in Banskhali upazila yesterday.

CUJ stages sit-in

Chittagong Union of Journalists' (CUJ) yesterday organised a sit-in programme in front of the Daily Purbokone demanding implementation of the Seventh Wage Board Award.

Moon sighting body meets today

A meeting of the National Moon Sighting Committee will be held at Islamic Foundation today to ascertain the commencement of the holy month of Ramadan.

Next hearing on Sept 26

A Dhaka court yesterday deferred the date for taking the charges into cognisance against BNP Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman and his business partner Giasuddin Al Mamun in connection with a money laundering case.

ASP to work as OC at model police stations

Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner AKM Shahidul Hoque yesterday said first class gazetted police officers will be initially tasked with working as officers-in-charge at the model police stations.


Cry for power, protest against outages on

People besieged electricity offices and blocked roads and rail tracks, turning violent at places, in protest against frequent power cuts across the country during the ongoing humid weather.

Compensation before Eid promised

Villagers around Barapukuria Coal Mine Company Ltd (BCMCL) yesterday called off their 'indefinite blockade' programme as the BCMCL authorities assured the agitators to disburse compensation money before the upcoming Eid festival.

5 Khulna Shibir leaders shown arrested in police assault case

Five leaders of Islami Chhatra Shibir, arrested on Sunday in Digholia upazila of Khulna, district, were shown arrested in police assault case yesterday while a Shibir activist was beaten up by BCL men in presence of the law enforcers on Rajshahi University (RU) campus the same day.

A Mock Battle Against Mass Casualty

A rehearsal on mass casualty management was held at Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) yesterday.

Robbers kill house owner, loot bus

Robbers barricaded highway and looted a bus and a truck in Rajshahi yesterday while another gang killed a house owner in Manikganj on Monday.

Man jailed for killing daughter, step-mother allegedly kills girl

A man was sentenced for life on Monday for killing his 4-year-old daughter while another 4-year-old girl was beaten to death allegedly by her step-mother on Sunday.

Newly wed woman killed, housewife commits 'suicide'

A newly married woman was beaten to death while a housewife allegedly committed suicide over dowry in Sirajganj and Khagrachhari districts yesterday.

One killed, 30 injured as AL, Jubo League clash

An Awami League (AL) activist was killed and 30 others were injured as supporters of rival AL and Jubo League leaders clashed in Shailakupa upazila yesterday.

RU students agitate

Female students of different departments at Rajshahi University on Monday launched a mass signature campaign demanding expulsion of a student for allegedly sexually harassing a female student.

Outlaw held in Satkhira

Police arrested a cadre of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (ML Janajuddha faction) from Panchrasta intersection in Tala upazila Monday night. The arrestee was identified as Mozaffar Ali Sana, 32, son of Abdul Gaffar Sana of village Dohar in Tala upazila. Local people caught him from Panchrasta intersection when he came to meet his party members. They beat him up mercilessly leaving him seriously injured. Police rescued him and admitted to Tala health complex in critical condition.

2 siblings found dead

Two siblings were found dead in a pond near their house at Char Mahishkhali village in Goshairhat upazila yesterday. On information, police recovered the bodies of Nirob, 5, and his sister Rajani, 3, children of Faisal Sarder of same village, in the morning. Police said Faisal, a shopkeeper, returned home late Monday night from his shop and found his two children missing at that time. Later, he found the bodies of his two children floating in the nearby pond. Police suspected that they to children might have been killed and dumped into the pond Monday night. Police detained Jahanara Begum, 25, mother of the kids, for interrogation.

Addict kills father

A man was hacked to death by his drug-addict son at Paschimpalsha village in Sadar upazila on Monday morning. The deceased was identified as Arman Ali, 76, of the village. Police said, drug-addict Shahed Ali suddenly chased one Ekram with a sharp weapon. Being chased Ekram entered the house of Arman Ali to save himself and locked the gate. Hearing hue and cry, Arman Ali came out of his room and rebuked Shahed for chasing Ekram. Being furious Shahed swooped on his father and hacked him to death with the sharp weapon at around 10:30am. Villagers handed over Shahed to police.


Unrest in RMG sector

The present anarchy in garment sector is definitely suicidal, no doubt. The poor workers demanded Tk 5,000 as minimum wage with effect from August 1. The government has fixed it at Tk 3,000 after discussing elaborately with all parties concerned. But there is no logic to give them this enhanced salary from November 01.

Solar energy

One way to get rid of load shedding in private houses could be use of solar energy by public houses. The government can bring some relief to common people's household by making mandatory use of solar energy in shopping malls, garment factories, educational institutions, banks, multinationals and other big corporate houses. For installing a solar panel in individual households is a costly affair, but these big profit-making enterprises can easily install solar panels and use energy from this source for their own consumptions. This practice will then reduce the pressure and demand on existing electric supply and can be diverted to individual households. This will also increase the volume of electricity users, especially in rural areas.

Every hour, on the hour

The above caption could be a marvellous promotional slogan for a transportation company to proclaim their punctuality and level of service. But I have chosen the above to describe the ever-fleeting entity of our life, Dhaka, electricity. To be good to its name, it comes and goes with electrifying speed; and with a perpetual sense of regularity and punctuality.

Good governance

Good governance is the need of the hour, where there would be no political interference and the entire system should be so smooth that there would be no delay in delivery system. The civil society should be a participant and stakeholder in governance. To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage and kindness. What we choose to emphasize will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places -- and there are so many -- where people behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don't have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of the present, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvellous victory.

Manikganj accident

This matter was reported in some dailies on 3rd August, based on BUET's report on the accident, where two public officials lost their lives! The report identified two major reasons for the head-on collision. One was poor roof safety design of the Pajero jeep assembled by Progoti Industries Ltd, a public enterprise. The other was related to lapses of the driver, who was although in the front, did not suffer a fatal injury! Also, the guard sitting on the front seat, beside the driver, escaped with minor injuries!

Nimtoli inferno

I want to say something about Nimtoli inferno.

Police atrocities

Almost every day we see in the newspapers police charging batons heavily on people, irrespective of male, female, student, pedestrian, rickshaw/bus passengers etc. for maintaining law and order!

CU incident

Still we remember February 18, 1969. Professor Samsuzzoha of Rajshahi University was killed by the police when he tried to save his students from getting shot. February 18 is now observed as Zoha Day. He said to police, “Your bullets will pierce my heart first, before they hit any of my students.”

Girls' mindset

Some days back, I took part in a discussion. A female student-- presently studying MA in English in Chittagong College-- opined, ''Actually, I want to marry such a person as would be more qualified than me.''

Bravery medal!

I just could not believe my eyes when I read the news on Al Jazeera. It said that the soldier who was responsible for killing 5 people on the aid carrying ship heading towards Gaza is in the line for a bravery medal. Nine people were killed from close range, they were shot on their heads and their backs. When people all over the world are stunned by this cruel action and demonstrating against Israel, it is awarding bravery medals for killing innocent unarmed people! It is not an act of bravery but an act of cowardice.

Freedom of choice

My grandmother is a respectable old lady who has seen many days, ups and downs and walked through the long way of the world. She always says "jar jar poshak tar tar." She is religious and does not miss her prayers. She went to hajj twice and intends to visit the holy land again. To me, her opinion counts and I have always admired her. And in my personal opinion, when it comes to lifestyle and attire, people should be given freedom to choose his or her own.

Definition of hartal

This refers to the letter by Nur Jahan, on August 02. It is both amusing and sad to see the way our politicians change the definition of things according to the position of their party. It is not only hartal, our very expensive, national parliament also gets the same treatment from our politicians. When they are in the government they develop an extra-lubricated, honey-coated love for our parliament. But as soon as they lose the election and go in the opposition, they suddenly develop an acute phobia for it!


The students of Chittagong University were protesting the hike in tuition fees. It is debatable whether they were doing right or wrong. But the way the university authorities handled the matter was uncivilised. Different newspapers published photos of police brutality on students including female students which is not expected in a university.

Believe it or not

One can go to downtown Dhaka from Uttara with only Tk 6.00 as travelling cost and comparatively within a shorter time. This was absurd to me till I travelled from Airport Railway Station to Kamalapur station by train on 13 July at a cost of Taka 6 only. This will be unbelievable to many in this time of high living costs.

Slow lanes and reckless driving

I refer to your article published on 3rd August. Firstly, I express my condolence for the families of the Secretary of the Women and Children Affairs Ministry, the BSCIC chairman, and hundreds of other families who have lost their loved ones in unnecessary tragedies on the roads of Bangladesh.

Titas gas

Before discovery of the Bibiyana Gas Field, Titas was the biggest field in Bangladesh which started to produce gas from 1968. The initial gas in Titas field was 6.36 trillion cubic feet(TCF). 3.16 TCF gas has already been produced. Twenty-five percent of total requirement of gas in Bangladesh comes from this field. But now it is facing serious problems. The reservoir engineer and the reservoir geologist have detected the problem. The problem is that a huge amount of water is being produced during gas production from Well-14 which is known as seepage of water. At the beginning of this situation, the geologist assumed that the amount of water was not too much. But later it was found to be too much.

Health card for drivers

The other day while I was going to WVA Friday clinic, Dhanmondi, I took a CNG auto-rickshaw. The roads were empty and I noticed the CNG driver's rough driving. While talking to him I noticed he was behaving abnormally. I asked him whether he was intoxicated or not, whether he took drugs to which he answered, 'I won't lie to you, you are a doctor, I take alcohol with my friends, but only in the night, so there is no problem now, you can relax Madam'. I asked him whether he smoked Cannabis (Ganja) to which he said, 'Yes, but don't worry, please relax'. I told him about the serious bad effects i.e. that it could lead to death. He replied, “life and death comes from Allah-however, my wife is very good, she tolerates everything.” At that point I wanted to get down from his vehicle-but no other CNG was available.

Great decision

The prime minister's decision to form a separate ministry for Bangladesh Railway is a pragmatic one. Certainly, this bold and timely decision in the backdrop of universal demand in the country will add another feather to her cap and therefore, she certainly deserves congratulations from the countrymen. We are now eagerly awaiting necessary legal and administrative formalities to form the ministry in no time so that it can start functioning as soon as possible. The bureaucracy is the only agency which can create impediment in implementing the proposal and therefore all concerned should be careful about it. The prime minister may kindly consider dynamic and dedicated leaders to head this important ministry to take charge of this most problematic transport sector and put the railway back on the track. We are eagerly awaiting prime minister's quick actions to implement her historic decision for the welfare of the people.

Noman Khan

Heartiest congratulations to A.H.M. Noman Khan on his being awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award 2010. This recipient of Asia's most prestigious award is an extra ordinary person who has proved that he speaks through his work, not through any other means, and that he works for the suffering humanity and not for self aggrandizement.

City roads

The road pattern of Dhaka city is not planned. In planning stage, road network should be developed first before developing an area. If that is so then the road network planner can implement his/her plan. But in most of the cases the areas of Dhaka city have been developed without proper planning. Residential, commercial, industrial all activities are mixed in a area which is very difficult and complicated to handle. This is one of the reasons of traffic jam.


Hezbollah leader reveals Hariri murder 'evidence'

The leader of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah has made public what he says is evidence of Israeli involvement in the murder of former Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri in 2005.

700 dead in China landslide

More than 700 people are now known to have died in a massive landslide in north-west China - making it one of the deadliest incidents so far in the country's worst flooding in a decade.

Burning Russia battles to defend nuke sites

Russia fought a deadly battle yesterday to prevent wildfires from engulfing key nuclear sites as alarm mounted over the impact on health of a toxic smoke cloud that has shrouded Moscow.

Israel threatens to pull out of UN's Gaza flotilla probe

Israel yesterday threatened to pull out of a UN probe into its deadly flotilla raid to keep the panel from grilling its troops, as the defence minister told another inquiry the fleet was a "planned provocation."

China orders milk powder probe after babies develop breasts

China's health ministry said yesterday it had ordered food safety authorities in central Hubei province to investigate claims that milk powder has caused infant girls to grow breasts.

US defence secy proposes defence cuts

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has recommended axeing one of the ten major US military commands in a major reallocation of defence spending.

Rwanda's Kagame celebrates early poll results

Thousands of supporters of Rwanda's President Paul Kagame have been celebrating as early results of the presidential poll were released.

UN to launch Pakistan flood appeal

The UN is to launch an appeal to help Pakistan tackle the country's worst flooding in 80 years.

Afghan civilian casualties up 31pc: UN

The number of civilian casualties in the Afghan war rose by a third in the first six months of 2010, with insurgents killing seven times more civilians than Nato-led troops, a UN report said yesterday.

6m Pakistan flood victims need aid to survive: UN

The UN said yesterday that aid for Pakistan's flood victims would focus on the survival needs of six million people, as it prepared to ramp up the relief effort with an international appeal for funds.

BJP attacks Mamata for Lalghar rally

BJP yesterday found unlikely allies in the Left parties as it attacked Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee's alleged support to the Maoists and her questioning of the encounter in which Naxal spokesman Azad was killed. As soon as the House assembled for the day, BJP Deputy Leader Gopinath Munde got up and sought permission from Speaker Meira Kumar to raise the issue of Banerjee questioning the encounter.

WikiLeaks urged to remove Afghan names

Human rights groups are urging WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to remove the names of Afghans helping US forces from thousands of leaked military documents, fearing they could be the target for reprisals.

Sri Lanka's war probe panel to start work

Sri Lanka announced the government-appointed panel looking into the island's civil war that ended last year would hold its first public hearings today.

Mumbai collision shuts India's busiest cargo port

One of India's busiest ports is likely to remain closed for three days after a collision between two cargo vessels on the approach to the harbour, an industry official said yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

International Day of the World’s Indigenous People observed

World Indigenous People's Day was observed in Tangail last Monday. The focus was on demands of constitutional affiliation and land rights for the indigenous people of the plains.

Theatre Festival at Dhaka University begins today

An eight- day long theatre festival, titled 'Srijonshil Tarunner Natyaprokash,' is going to open today at Natmondol, Dhaka University (DU). Arranged by the Department of Drama, DU, the festival will feature 15 plays written by several Asian, European and American playwrights of eminence.

Saju, a devoted art collector and promoter

Ramiz Ahmed Chowdhury, better known in the Dhaka art scene as Saju, is devoted to the cause of the arts. He has made significant contribution as a patron of art and artists.

Try war criminals

Shammilito Shangshkritik Aikko Jote, Pabna organised a human chain and rally on Monday demanding the punishment of war criminals. Cultural activists led the demonstration, while people from different occupations participated and vowed to build a country free of war criminals.

A singing sensation

Atif Aslam exploded on the music scene in 2004 with his smash hit “Aadat” from his album “Jal Pari”. Later in 2006, he proved that he wasn't just a one-hit wonder when “Doorie,” his second album, shot up to number 1 on numerous charts.


In politics, bluntness can and does work

David Cameron recently came under fire in Pakistan over his comments on the export of terrorism from Islamabad, if not by it. And then, of course, there are those who feel that he ought to have been a dash diplomatic about it, seeing that Pakistan is these days in a difficult situation battling monsters of various sorts. There are the Taliban. There is the insidious ISI, always in the role of a parallel government. And now there are the floods.

Pranab Mukherjee's visit to Dhaka

Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee's visit to Dhaka on August 7 should not be considered only in terms of the $1 billion loan agreement signed. The visit is perceived as important mainly for two reasons:

Necessity of a policy for universities -- both public and private

IF unrest, violence and session jam are synonymous with public universities, certificate selling is obviously so with some private universities. This conditional statement may be exaggerated but not absolutely wrong today as far as the general notion of both the categories is concerned.

Maoist insurgency trips up rising India

The Maoist insurgency raging through India's rural heartlands has come to dominate the domestic security agenda in recent months, but this internal struggle for power should also be seen as a vicious by-product of India's emergence as a global player.

20 reinvented movies

Why be predictable? Let's think of some new ideas for films Thanks for the great comments -- I really had to laugh at the cheeky story of Angela and the mysterious stranger following in his car. Angela, you are one brave mother. Can't wait for the follow-ups.

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