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News of: Friday, 13th of August, 2010

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Free body to watch graft in WB projects

The World Bank has decided to deploy an independent oversight institution to monitor utilisation of its funds and check corruption in projects funded by it in Bangladesh from this fiscal year.

Govt hurries to shut schools, colleges

With the capital crippled by gridlocks on the first day of Ramadan, the government at short notice yesterday closed all schools and colleges for over a month from tomorrow.

Govt's reality-check for war crimes trial

The government and ruling Awami League are collecting information about the strength of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami and its allies across the country, apprehending that forces which opposed the country's liberation war might resort to militant attacks to foil war crimes trials.

Population growth report sought

The High Court yesterday directed the health secretary to turn in within four weeks a report on population growth over the last 10 years in the country.

Sales shoot up as Ramadan starts

Grocery stores and supermarkets in the capital witnessed a rise in sales in the last couple of days with a sudden influx of customers because of Ramadan.

City all abuzz about iftar

Hundreds of fasting residents thronged the traditional iftar market at capital's old town in Chawkbazar yesterday to buy delicious iftar items on the first day of Ramadan.

Bangladesh, India eye greater connectivity

Bangladesh and India will extend their railway network along the international border to improve connectivity between the two countries.

CNG stations to stay shut for 6 hrs a day

The CNG filling stations in Dhaka will remain closed between 3:00pm and 9:00pm from Monday as part of a government initiative to improve gas supply to power stations.

PM orders stern actions

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the authorities concerned to take stern actions against troublemakers in educational institutions including Dhaka University (DU) to maintain congenial academic atmosphere.

JS body slates 'anomalies' in Biman's hajj operations

Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister GM Quader yesterday came under fire for his alleged involvement in irregularities in awarding Ausban Aeronautical the contract to provide hajj flights.

Purchase body okays grain import, river dredging plans

The cabinet committee on purchase yesterday approved Tk 468 crore purchase proposals for various items including rice, wheat and river dredger.

Man shot dead in the city

Alleged extortionists shot dead a contractor in the capital's Moghbazar area last night and also injured a pedestrian.

Teen jumps to her death in city

A teenaged girl jumped to her death from a bridge on the Buriganga in Kamrangirchar last night.

Four dead Bangladeshis identified

The Bangladesh mission in Dubai yesterday confirmed that four Bangladeshi workers were killed in the tragic factory fire in the wee hours of Tuesday.

Textile mill in Ctg shut after worker's death in accident

A factory worker died after sustaining a serious injury to his throat at Tareq-Azim Textile Mills in Chittagong Export Processing Zone (CEPZ) yesterday.

Illegal brick kiln knocked down in Ctg

The Department of Environment (DoE) in a drive yesterday demolished a brick kiln and fined it Tk 5 lakh for causing massive environmental pollution at Sitakunda coast in the district.

US braces for Kandahar fight

Targeted strikes by US special forces against insurgents around Kandahar are yielding results, but war planners expect tough fighting ahead and more casualties, a US military official said on Wednesday.

Twenty insurgents killed in Afghanistan battle: Nato

At least 20 insurgents were killed in Afghanistan's southeast in an operation against the Haqqani network, whose leader Washington wants designated a terrorist, the Nato-led alliance said yesterday.

Editorial

Doctors' anomalous gradation list

Will we ever get our basics right? Delving for an answer to this question is likely to yield a terse statement: perhaps only when conflicting group interests will cease to blur the vision for professional integrity demanding straightforward application of time-honoured normative criteria. The gradation list brought out by the health ministry on May 11 this year which is supposed to be based on inter-se seniority of doctors in government employ for the purpose of promotion and posting has been found to be flawed on many counts.

Addressing waterlogging

Far from being a welcome break after a long spell of sweltering heat, the heavy downpour from morning to noon on Wednesday, as always, did prove to be a curse for the city. Curse, because most part of the city was engulfed by ankle to knee-deep water. As the city lacks proper drainage system, large swathes of the major arterial roads including lanes and by-lanes went under water thereby bringing the entire city to a standstill. And to make matters worse, one could find digging going on in different areas either by the City Corporation, or by Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA), or Telephone authority. Small wonder, the city witnessed the suffering of the pedestrians as well as commuters as they had to wade through rainwater mixed with stinking muck from the overflowing drains, the vehicles incapacitated on the roads submerged under knee-deep water and tailbacks longer than the usual ones.

Sports

Opener sold out for now

There is no ticket available online for the opening match between Bangladesh and India as all five per cent tickets have already been sold out.

Hosts take on NZ today

New Zealand came into the Micromax Cup tournament looking at it as a chance to sample subcontintental conditions in the build-up to the World Cup but, in Dambulla, they found a track with plenty of swing and seam, unlike most pitches in Asia.

Silva rescues Spain

Substitute David Silva saved Spain's blushes with a stoppage-time equaliser as the world champions drew 1-1 with Mexico at the Azteca on Wednesday.

MSC in disarray

Mosaddek Hossain Falu has tendered his resignation from the convener post of the ad-hoc committee of Mohammedan SC yesterday citing non-cooperation from colleagues.

Beckham era ends

Steven Gerrard launched a new era for England against Hungary at Wembley and then immediately paid tribute to David Beckham, whose international career has been ended by Fabio Capello.

Vera's patience pays off

Sixth-seeded Vera Zvonareva waited through two rain delays totalling three and a half hours to pull off a come-from-behind victory Wednesday over Maria Kirilenko in the Cincinnati Women's Open.

ADB aims for $1b clean energy fund

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is planning a billion dollar clean energy fund to invest in renewable and clean energy projects in Asia, a bank executive said Thursday.

Karachi slams selectors

Cricket officials in Karachi Thursday criticised the selections of Pakistan's team currently on tour in England, calling it an injustice to players from the country's largest city.

Top two made to sweat

World number one Rafael Nadal was made to work and number two Novak Djokovic had to sweat as they launched their North American hardcourt campaigns with battling second round wins at the Toronto Masters on Wednesday.

Bin Hammam favours goalline technology

Asian Football Confederation president Mohamed Bin Hammam has thrown his support behind the use of goalline technology and extra assistant referees.

First-class start to season?

Cricket operations committee of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has suggested starting the domestic season with the National Cricket League (NCL) longer-version matches.

Patel joining India in SL

Indian medium pacer Munaf Patel is heading to Sri Lanka to strengthen the team's depleted bowling attack for the ongoing tri-series, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said on Thursday.

Powell not running in London

Former 100 metres world record holder Asafa Powell withdrew from this week's London Diamond League meeting on Thursday with a back and hamstring strain.

Noble Afridi

Pakistan cricket star Shahid Afridi on Thursday launched a campaign to help assist millions afflicted by devastating floods in his country's worst-ever humanitarian disaster.

Ex-Kiwi great digs in over ashes move

One of New Zealand's greatest cricketers is proving as difficult to shift in death as he was in life.

Gul won't be replaced

The Pakistan team management in England has decided against calling up a replacement bowler for the injured Umar Gul, who suffered a hamstring injury during the second Test against the hosts at Edgbaston.

Chelsea close in on Neymar

Chelsea are reportedly close to signing Brazilian midfield starlet Neymar, who could join compatriot and fellow international Ramires at Stamford Bridge.

England, Argentina post narrow wins

Embattled England and Argentina began their post-World Cup recoveries with morale-boosting wins on Wednesday, but new-look France slumped to defeat with a team purged of their South Africa rebels.

Poulsen joins L'pool

Liverpool have completed the signing of Juventus midfielder Christian Poulsen, paving the way for the possible departure of Argentina captain Javier Mascherano.

De Rossi worried about Italy

Following seven games without a win, no victories in 2010 and their dismal showing at the World Cup, Daniele De Rossi admitted that Italian football is in crisis.

Messi backs Batista

Interim Argentina coach Sergio Batista felt the warmth of a healthy pat on the back from striker Lionel Messi after leading the side to a 1-0 friendly win over Ireland in his first game in charge on Wednesday.

Vieira ready to fight for City place

Manchester City midfielder Patrick Vieira insisted Thursday he is not daunted by the rich array of talent at Eastlands that could limit his chances of first team football this season.

Ballack wants to stay captain

Michael Ballack claimed on Thursday that Germany coach Joachim Loew had assured him he would be captain of the national side when he returned from injury.

'Journalists pick on me'

Inter Milan striker Mario Balotelli complained on Wednesday that journalists are the cause of his troubles, the most recent of which was a police ticking-off for firing a toy gun in public.

Senderos undergoes surgery

Fulham defender Philippe Senderos has had an operation on his ruptured Achilles tendon in Finland in a bid to speed up his recovery, his father told a Swiss newspaper on Thursday.

Diego's salary key to Wolves move

Former Bundesliga champions Wolfsburg are set to stretch their salary budget in a bid to sign Brazilian playmaker Diego, reports said Thursday.

Business

RMG exports to Japan surge

Hasan Shibli, director of marketing at Base Textiles Ltd, was at his keyboard Wednesday in his meticulously neat office, primly typing in English to a new client despite the tiny beads of sweat forming at the edge of his grey-tinged but full head of hair.

India-friendly port by 2013

Bangladesh and India agreed to construct a Tk 250 crore container transhipment port in Ashuganj by January of 2011, a shipping ministry official confirmed yesterday.

Market syndicate couldn't be broken: Muhith

Finance Minister AMA Muhith said yesterday that syndicates controlling markets are so strong that the government could not break the circle yet.

Stocks end flat

After gaining for ten consecutive sessions, Dhaka stocks ended the week flat with key indices remaining almost unchanged yesterday.

Akhaura land port opens tomorrow

A new land port at Akhaura in Brammanbaria district opens tomorrow.

Global youth unemployment at all-time high: UN

The global youth unemployment rate has soared to a record high and is expected to climb even higher as the year progresses, said the United Nations International Labour Organisation in New York on Wednesday.

Malaysian state launches Islamic currency

A Malaysian state on Thursday launched the Islamic dinar and dirham as an alternative currency, allowing the golden and silver coins to be used as legal tender alongside conventional banknotes.

Ericsson awards storytellers

Ericsson Bangladesh has rewarded the winners of a competition, Life in 2020, at Hotel Sarina in Dhaka.

Tainted spices seized

Police seized fifty maunds of substandard and adulterated spices in the city here yesterday.

Mumbai port partially resumes operations

India's busiest port, which was shut after a collision of two cargo ships off Mumbai's coast, partially resumed operations yesterday, a port official told Reuters.

Oil plunges

Oil prices sank further in Asian trade Thursday as a slew of negative economic data worldwide ignited concerns over the fragile state of the global economic recovery, analysts said.

Corporate Briefs

POPULAR LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY
In line with unaudited half yearly accounts until June 30, the company has reported an increase in life insurance fund of Tk 1,607.89 million with total life insurance fund of Tk 10,819.60 million against Tk 1,353.87 million and Tk 7,434.77 million respectively for the same a-year-ago period.

Metropolitan

Commercial production to resume soon

Barapukuria Coal Mining Company Ltd has started safety maintaining work in the mine to resume its commercial production soon as per the recommendations of two British and Chinese experts.

Road crashes kill 6, injure 50

At least six people were killed and 50 others injured in separate road accidents in Madaripur, Brahmanbaria and Comilla yesterday.

Take part in social services

Speakers at a roundtable discussion yesterday urged the youth to take part in social services and political process for a brighter future of Bangladesh.

5 Myanmar nationals arrested with Bangladeshi passports

Detective police arrested seven persons including five Myanmarese nationals with Bangladeshi passports from Ashkona of the capital Wednesday night.

Highlight positive contributions of youths to society

Youngsters should be given more recognition for their positive contributions to the society rather than the media focusing on their negative traits, said speakers at a seminar, commemorating the International Youth Day, yesterday.

Dream for financial equality shattered

Shattering Bangabandhu's dream for financial equality, the subsequent regimes drove the country back to the grip of Pakistan-styled elite group against which the great leader fought until his assassination, said eminent economist Rehman Sobhan.

Tk 1.57 crore foreign currency seized in airport

A man with foreign currencies worth Tk 1.57 crore was detained at Shahjalal International Airport on Wednesday night.

PM unhappy over power cuts during Iftar, Sehri

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed annoyance over load shedding at the time of Sehri on first Ramadan at some places in the country. She strictly ordered the power secretary to ensure uninterrupted power supply at times of Iftar and Sehri throughout the country.

UK foreign secry greets Muslims

UK's Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs William Hague has greeted Muslims across the globe on the occasion of the commencement of the holy month of Ramadan.

Next hearing on August 16

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday adjourned the hearing till August 16 on a contempt of court petition against detained Mahmudur Rahman, acting editor of the daily Amar Desh, and four journalists of the daily.

Killers and militants linked to each other

Speakers at a roundtable meeting yesterday said the killers of 1971, August 15 in 1975, August 21 in 2004 and militants are linked to each other.

Indian cloths worth Tk 3cr seized in city

Rapid Action Battalion seized a large consignment of Indian cloths worth around Tk 3 crore from Moitree Express, a passenger train from Kolkata, at Cantonment Railway Station in the capital Wednesday night.

Call to punish plotters

Awami League leaders yesterday at a discussion demanded that the government punish those who conspired to kill Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and patronised the killers of the father of the nation.

Court asks DB DC to appear Aug 30

A Dhaka court yesterday asked Deputy Commissioner of Detective Branch (DB) Monirul Islam to appear before it on August 30 in a case filed against him for giving misleading information to the media.

Rab knows whereabouts of Chowdhury Alam

Barrister Mahbub Uddin Khokon, MP, yesterday claimed that Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) has involvement in detaining BNP leader,Chowdhury Alam who is missing since June 25 this year.

Ensure benefit of RTI Act

President Zillur Rahman yesterday asked the Information Commission to bring dynamism to its activities to ensure full benefit of Right to Information (RTI) Act-2009.

Adulterated spices seized, 3 held in Ctg

Police seized fifty mounds of substandard and adulterated spices in the city here yesterday (Thursday).

Bogra Jubo Dal man stabbed to death

Political rivalry left a local Jubo Dal activist dead as the opponent group stabbed him indiscriminately at Khandar area of Bogra town yesterday.

Digitised libraries for digital Bangladesh

Digital Bangladesh cannot be ensured unless digital library is ensured in all government and non-government organisations in the country, said speakers at a seminar on

Appeal for help

Dilruba Parvin, 38, a senior staff nurse of National Institute of Mental Health Hospital, needs bone marrow transplantation as she has been suffering from acute myeloblastic leukaemia, a form of cancer, said her physicians.

National

Predators now saviours of sal forest

Earlier accused in 107 cases for stealing trees from Madhupur forests, Hasan Ali of Gachhabari village in Madhupur upazila under Tangail district now serves as a community forest worker, thanks to the forest department's initiative to revive the traditional sal forest.

Bring the stalkers to book, demand locals

Students and local people yesterday brought out a procession in protest against stalking that led to the suicide of schoolgirl Hasna Rahman Cynthia on Wednesday.

Abducted speech impaired girl rescued, 2 arrested

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Wednesday midnight rescued a young speech impaired woman from the city's Chouhatta area and arrested two alleged abductors.

Grabbers active again as demolition drive stalled

A section of unscrupulous people have again started erecting unauthorised structures on the bank of Mayur River and different canals under the jurisdiction of Khulna City Corporation (KCC) as drive against illegal occupation has remained suspended since February this year.

Child missing as river in Koira devours homesteads

A five-year-old child went missing and five others received injuries as the Shakbaria river devoured their homesteads in Koira upazila of Khulna district at midnight on Wednesday.

AL, BCL men lead protests, attacks on power offices

Power hungry people attacked and vandalised power offices in several districts yesterday and the day before, protesting frequent outages.

Deposition of 15 PWs recorded

Sylhet divisional speedy trial tribunal yesterday recorded the deposition of 15 more prosecution witnesses (PWs) in the cases filed after the grenade attack on a rally of the AL leader Suranjit Sengupta in Sunamganj six years ago.

Sylhet bank official gets 9 years' RI

A court here yesterday sentenced a female bank official to 9 years' rigorous imprisonment for misappropriating Tk 66.1 lakh bank money.

Charge framing in graft case against Ilyas Ali deferred

Sylhet divisional special judge Md. Golam Hossain on Tuesday deferred the charge framing against former lawmaker and district BNP chief M Ilyas Ali and his wife Tahsina Rushdi in the ACC case filed during the caretaker rule.

Stalkers injure teacher, three students

Three students and a teacher of Bichhat Model High School in Assassuni upazila were injured in an attack by stalkers at Gorali Ferry Ghat yesterday.

Khulna Shibir leader placed on remand

District (north) unit general secretary of Islami Chhatra Shibir Mohammad Abdur Rahim was placed on a two-day remand on Wednesday in a case filed for obstructing government activities.

Top outlaw arrested

Police early yesterday arrested an 'area commander' of outlawed Purba Bangla Communist Party (PBCP-ML) from Kumarkhali area under Mongla pourasava of the district. They also recovered a shutter gun and five bullets from his possessions. The arrestee was identified as Bulbul Islam Rana, 32, son of Sheikh Abdul Halim of Kumarkhali area. Acting on a tip off, a team of police raided Rana's residence in Kumarkhali at around 1:30am and arrested him from his house as he came to meet his family members at night.

4 missing as boat sinks

Three children and a woman went missing when a shallow engine driven boat capsized in the Jamuna River at Char Mohanpur in the remote area of Sonatola upazila of Bogra yesterday. The missing are Zohra Begum, 28, children Jesmine, 3, one-year-old Tuni, and Rashed, 2. Sonatola OC Zia Rafiqul said, the divers of the fire service are searching for the missing people at the spot. The passengers of the boat who survived the accident told police that, the shallow engine run boat carrying 30 to 40 passengers from a char in Tekaini Chukainagar area was coming to Sonatola.

Charmer dies from snake bite

A snake charmer, who used to rear snakes at his house at Dhupail Shob village in Lalpur upazila, died from snake bite on Wednesday. Locals said Abdur Rahim, 26, known as Sarparaj, and son of Sentu Mia, reared snakes in his house in the last three years. Earlier, his snakes bit him several times, but he did not fall ill. But on the fateful day, he fell seriously sick when a poisonous cobra bit him at 8am. He was admitted to a local clinic and later shifted to Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital (RMCH), but he died near the hospital gate at 2pm on the day.

Students block highway

Students of Panchagarh Technical and Business Management College barricaded Panchagarh-Dhaka highway in front of BISIC in Panchagarh town on yesterday for two hours as their fellow was beaten up by transport workers. Police and locals said a group of students were coming from Boda by a passenger bus in the morning. The bus conductor engaged in a quarrel with the students as they were giving half bus fair. When the bus reached the bus terminal some transport workers severely beat up a student of the college leaving him injured. As the news spread other students they came out from the campus and barricaded the highway.

Letters

Schools, not prisons

It came through that today's education a highly competitive and lucrative business where schools compete to produce impressive results by creating an atmosphere of exam frenzy through the year and resorting to corporal punishment of sinister dimensions is driving students even to suicide. Narrations in the Enquiry by children and parents of inhuman incidents of violence and humiliation were heart-rending. What seems to embolden the school authorities to convert schools into prisons seems to be the fact that many parents are in tune with such punishment regimen; they are not against physical violence as a tool for disciplining, but only against excesses. And teachers fear that their job security depends on the performance of students.

Muktagachha palace

My friends and I made a plan to visit the ancient places of Bangladesh. A few months ago we went to Mymensingh. We went to see Mymensingh Agricultural University and other beautiful places in the city. We also went to the river Brahmaputra. Finally, we went to see the Muktagachha royal palace which is a treasure of Bangladesh. It is an age-old witness of history. When we walked inside the castle it was like we were entering the ancient world. One would start thinking that once upon a time people walked around here, there were king, queen and royal personnel, a whole different piece of world. The palace is really magnificent. Apart from the living places for king and queen, the palace consists of an in-house bungalow, a round stage for entertainers, a weather house, a jail for the convicts, a secret locker for keeping treasures and many other things. Many old temples are there around the palace. Some temples were built by the Hindu kings centuries ago.

A simple technology

I guess at least 30% gas is being wasted, especially in our houses and restaurants. People keep the burners on even when it is not necessary. I have seen in many houses that even educated housewives keep the burners turned on for hours to save one matchstick. A similar thing happens in restaurants.

Myanmar's ambition

Our south-east neighbour Myanmar is a mysterious country whose military junta has turned this once well-off country into a poor and separate nation. Neglecting the other world, its junta has been managing to hold the power for decades breaking all democratic norms, albeit it gets patronage from China, Russia and even India. These countries are wooing the Myanmar's junta for getting only economic profits.

Interest rates

In a news conference on August 5, 2010, Mr. M. K. Anwar stated that he would not have objected to the loan had it been obtained from an international bank, namely, ADB, or WB where the interest rate on similar loan could be obtained at 0.25% with no fees added where the Indian loan has an interest rate of 1.75% with an initiation fee of 0.5%. It has to be paid within 25 years, and has a penalty of 2% per year there after. As per Mr. M. K. Anwar, the loans from the international banks do not have any such penalty. The fact is, all loans from ADB or WB are based on LIBOR rate, plus an add-on fee. The LIBOR rate is a composite interest rate on a basket of bonds. The current WB lending rate is 6-month LIBOR + a fee of minimum of 2.00%. On the top of this lending rate, there is a one-time fee of 1% of the loan amount. For the loan amount $1 billion, the one-time fee will be $10 million. If the loan needs to be renewed after its original maturity, there is a renewal fee of 0.5%. In a recent loan from the ADB for fixing natural gas distribution problem, the government of Bangladesh obtained a loan of $266 million at an interest rate of LIBOR rate + 0.60%, plus a commitment fee of 0.15%. For the current loan amount of such a large size ($1 billion), the add-on could be much higher than 2.00% that the WB charges on normal size loans. The point is, it is wrong and misleading to claim that the lending rates on loans from international banks, such as ADB and WB are lower than the interest rate secured in the Indian loan.

Police atrocities

I am horrified to see the police atrocities in dealing with the students in Dhaka and Chittagong, who were protesting against hike of tuition fees and imposition of VAT on their tuition fees in private universities. The students' demands were in connection with higher education, some of which the government has already accepted. But it is astounding to see how heavily the police came down on the students in both cities. The students were not criminals, neither were they demanding any illegal things. So, the way police treated them with their truncheons is not acceptable.

Constitution and secularity

The word 'secular' has many meanings to many persons. To insert such a word in the constitution of any nation is really a meaningless lip service and a perennial bone of contention and agitation. What is required is a positive assertion in the constitution to the effect that 'equality before the law' for all citizens including minority and disadvantaged groups is guaranteed (no matter what is the official religion of the country, or what words are used for preamble). To effect such equality, criminal laws ( if it is not there already) must be brought in to prevent discrimination on the grounds or race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, physical disadvantage, etc and for incitement of hatred on any such basis. Prevention of such discrimination is the true meaning of 'secularity' in the constitutional and legal context. Laws to prevent such discrimination exist in all secular western countries, although they have a national church, or religion, or religious preambles to any prescribed laws. The word 'secular' is not used in their written or unwritten constitutions as it is superfluous.

Demise of Dhaka

The article “Historic Dhaka city: Past glory and present crisis” by Md Mashrur Rahman Mishu suggests by all means that Dhaka is dying.

Niketon approach road

In a recent letter I had praised Gulshan Society for the order they had brought to traffic on Road No 2, Gulshan- 1 and Niketon approach road EVEN WHEN THE ROAD ITSELF WAS IN “TERRIBLE CONDITION”.

Humanity in our times

August 6th and August 9th mark the anniversaries of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War II. We might have expected that such expressions of man's inhumanity to man ultimately might have conferred upon our societies the wisdom to truly value life and liberty.

PSC exams

After hearing all the clamour about the gross errors in this year's preliminary questions, I sat down to answer them myself and was shocked. Many questions in the Bangla, General Knowledge, Science and Math sections did not have the correct answers among all the four given alternatives. In one of the sets the instructions and the questions were all mixed up, confusing the examinees and preventing them even from attempting to answer, as there was negative marking for wrong answers.

RMG wage increase

Post government decision to increase wages by 80% , we are observing quite a few economists, intellectuals stating that even this is not enough & it should be Tk 5000 minimum.. Workers' demonstration, I can understand, given their lack of education , plus not to mention some politicians' & NGOs' instigation ... but hearing such comments from the country's elite group really puzzles me... Has anyone of them analysed (from a finance point of view & not just social ).. what is the implication of this huge wage increase to the industry?

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Arts & Entertainment

“I had no intention of being an actor” -- Ferdous

Actor Ferdous is busy shooting for both Dhaliwood and Tollywood films. He is also producing a film “Ek Cup Cha.” Noim Imtiaz Neyamul is directing the film.

Theatre festival at Natmandal begins

A weeklong theatre festival, featuring works of globally renowned playwrights, has begun at Natmandal, Dhaka University (DU), on August 11. The Department of Theatre, DU has arranged the festival, showcasing plays directed by final year students. On the first day, a comedy -- “Constantinople Smith” -- and Harold Pinter's “Landscape” were staged.

Treading between realism and abstract

A six-day solo exhibition featuring works of Japanese artist Noriko Naito is on at Zainul Gallery, Faculty of Fine Arts (FFA), Dhaka University. The exhibition opened on Nagasaki day (August 9).

YWCA wins Dhum Ta Na Cova Junior Stars ‘08-’09

Ekushey TV organised a children's dance competition which ended recently at the auditorium of Bangladesh Shishu Academy. The programme was aired on Ekushey TV. Industries Minister Dilip Barua was present as chief guest, while Harunur Rashid, chairman of Globe Soft Drinks was present as special guest. Ferdoushi Sultana, senior vice-president of Prime Bank Ltd; Sayed Alamgir, executive director of ACI Consumer Products Ltd; Abdus Salam, chairman and CEO of Ekushey TV; Atiqul Haque Chowdhury, advisor of Ekushey TV; Kaniz Almas Khan, CEO of Persona and popular actress Moushumi were present as guests.

“BBC Buzz” on ATN Bangla tonight

Weekly variety show featuring youth trends, “BBC Buzz,” will be aired tonight on ATN Bangla at 9:20 pm.

Publication ceremony of “Ghash Faringer Jyotsna Snan”

The publication ceremony of “Ghash Faringer Jyotsna Snan”, a verse was held at Satkhira Circuit house auditorium with Satkhira Sangskritik Parishad general secretary Henry Sardar in the chair.

“I wasn’t perceived as a successful actor” --Abhay Deol

At the beginning of his Bollywood innings Abhay Deol was not perceived successful as his films failed to click at the box office but the actor says initial roadblocks helped him take further risks in his career.

Bangladeshi short film “Bewilder” wins at US film competition

Emerging Bangla-deshi filmmaker Sajjad Mahmud won the top prize for his short film “Bewilder” in the shorts category of 1st Annual Five Alive Suicide Prevention Short Film and PSA Competition in the U.S. on August 10, according to a press release.

OP-ED

Surviving the struggle

If the development gurus are listening, we have undergone a bizarre transformation. People no longer take their own lives due to poverty or starvation. We have graduated from that level and entered the next phase. Congratulations, the struggle for survival is no longer an issue. Surviving the struggle is of essence.

Raise my taxes, Mr. President!

For the last few months, we have heard powerful, passionate arguments about the need to cut America's massive budget deficit. Republican senators have claimed that we are in danger of permanently crippling the economy.

Fasting in Islam

Roza (in Persian) or al-siam (in Arabic) must not be equated with normal fasting. There is a gulf of difference between roza in Islam and mere abstention from food and drinks. Al-siam is something sublime, noble, exalted and majestic. "It is an armour," declares the holy Prophet of Islam (peace be upon him), "with which one protects oneself (Bukhari)." It calls for full exercise of self-restraint on all the senses and limbs -- a total and absolute control over all evil acts and desires.

Private coaching as a business

Private coaching is not a new phenomenon. It has been in practice for ages, though in different forms and under different circumstances. Those of our ancestors who came from villages and from poor financial background used to pursue their studies while staying in the houses of well to do families living in far flung areas.

StarTech

Facebooking class work

Bangladesh has nearly one million Facebook account holders -- a sixth of all internet users, according to Bangladesh Telecom Regulatory Commission. Initially college and university students were the main users. But now people from different age-groups are increasingly using it. At the same time, researchers, scholars and teachers are thinking of how this tool can be used in academic purposes. Teachers can utilise Facebook in the classroom for engaging students in a manner that might not be entirely possible in traditional classroom settings. Different researchers are talking about ways to replace blackboard with a Facebook-Google Docs combination and looking at ways to connect academic writing, learning and communication to larger context via Facebook groups.

Kaspersky 2011 product line unveiled

Kaspersky Lab, one of the global leaders in security solution software, on Sunday introduced its 2011 edition of the home user products to Bangladesh's ICT business community at a gala ceremony in city's Bangabandhu International Conference Centre.

Ananda Multimedia tops 'learning and education'

How many people do actually know about the developers of facebook, apart from its public face and co-founder Mark Zukerberg? The number won't be many.

Observing Ramadan? There's an app for that

The most ancient traditions of Islam are going high-tech, with a slew of modern offerings for those observing the holy month of Ramadan, which begins this week.

The World

Ramadan or not, hunger hits Pak flood victims

Pakistani flood survivors already short on food and water began the fasting month of Ramadan yesterday, a normally festive, social time marked this year by misery and fears of an uncertain future.

Iraq 'not ready' for US pullout

Iraq's top army officer has criticised as premature the planned US troop withdrawal by the end of next year.

Iran TV airs 'confession' from woman facing stoning

Iranian state TV yesterday aired what it says is a confession by a woman under threat of being stoned to death for adultery.

Long hot summer of fire and floods fit predictions

Floods, fires, melting ice and feverish heat: From smoke-choked Moscow to water-soaked Pakistan and the High Arctic, the planet seems to be having a midsummer breakdown. It's not just a portent of things to come, scientists say, but a sign of troubling climate change already under way.

Rains bring new misery to China mudslide victims

Heavy rains yesterday compounded the misery of a Chinese town devastated by mudslides that have killed 1,117 people, with new floods hampering relief efforts and the stench of death pervasive.

Gulf leaders wary over wavering on final plug

With the oil well that had been spewing into the Gulf of Mexico sealed from the top and BP PLC and federal officials pondering whether the final plug is needed, local officials fear Washington is shifting its focus from what remains a crisis of unknown proportions.

China's army condemns S Korean-US sea drills

China's military yesterday condemned a second round of US-South Korean naval drills planned in the Yellow Sea in the coming weeks, vowing it would respond in kind.

Tamil 'refugee' ship nears Canada

A ship carrying Tamil asylum seekers from Sri Lanka is approaching Canada, with as many as 500 people on board.

Border bill sent to Obama amid India anger

US lawmakers yesterday passed legislation to toughen US-Mexico border security, sending it to President Barack Obama amid anger in India that it is paid for with steep increases in work visa fees.

India to rebuild Nalanda University

A bill for re-establishing the ancient Nalanda University was introduced in the Rajya Sabha yesterday.

Australian opposition vows uranium for India

Australia's opposition yesterday vowed to sell uranium to nuclear power India if elected this month and cautioned against over-reliance on China, the country's top trading partner.

Lanka panel Warns of 'conflict threat'

A panel looking into the final years of the Sri Lankan war has heard that the threat of conflict remains.

Abbas meets Mubarak amid pressure for Israel talks

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas met Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo yesterday at a time of heightened pressure for the Palestinians to resume direct peace negotiations with Israel.


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