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News of: Wednesday, 18th of August, 2010

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Gas there, not linked to supply network

Experts have found out that the country's existing gas crisis was created due mainly to lack of adequate pipeline system, not necessarily for unavailability of enough gas.

Prices found spiked before, after drive

Manik was sealing packets of sugar with the heat of candlelight in his tiny shop at Hatirpul kitchen market when a group of strangers came up and asked how much it costs.

Deadline widens to Sept 30

The government yesterday decided to extend the deadline for shifting warehouses that store combustible chemical in Old Dhaka till September 30.

Girl run over by reckless bus

A four-year-old girl died on the spot after being knocked down by a bus at the capital's Boxnagar yesterday.

Culprits must be punished: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said that all the culprits behind the countrywide serial bomb blasts of August 17, 2005 will be found out and brought to book.

Students extorted to buy machetes, axes

A faction of Rajshahi University unit Chhatra League has bought sharp weapons with a portion of the money allegedly extorted from resident students of a dormitory and plunged into infighting over the rest of the amount, sources close to the group said.

HC circuit bench to be set up in Ctg

Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Shafique Ahmed yesterday said that a circuit bench of the High Court division will soon be set up in Chittagong for speedy disposal of the pending cases in the region.

Ensure security to Gulshan sisters

A High Court bench yesterday directed the police to immediately provide security to the daughters of Sadequr Rahman and Romana Nargis who were killed by miscreants in March at Gulshan in the capital.

Mystery still shrouds Ibrahim's death

Mystery over the death of Awami League activist Ibrahim Ahmed has deepened with conflicting police statements on investigation, their refusal to record a murder case and alleged threats from unidentified people to his wife not to proceed in this regard.

Stalkers attack cops, 4 injured

A group of stalkers at Nikunja in the capital's Khilkhet last night hacked four policemen to injuries and snatched a pistol from one of the law enforcers.

Ecnec okays purchase of 17 dredgers

The government is going to purchase 17 dredgers at a cost of Tk 1,949 crore for the development of the country's river routes.

Jubo League leader, top criminal killed

Police recovered bodies of two youths from a marsh along Bogra-Natore road in Singra upazila of Natore early yesterday.

Boy killed in DU wall collapse

A class III student of Nilkhet High School was killed in a collapse wall behind Teacher Student Center (TSC) at Dhaka University yesterday.

Delwar asks govt to think carefully

BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday urged the government to think carefully before incorporating a provision in the country's constitution to declare Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as Father of the Nation.

MPs at odds at law and order meet

A meeting of Narayanganj district law and order committee yesterday witnessed hot exchange of words between two local lawmakers.

Long queues at CNG stations

Four hours had gone by and Rahman Bepari was still waiting for his turn to refill his CNG-run auto-rickshaw.

Afrin dies of burns

Afrin Sultana, who attempted to commit suicide by setting herself ablaze on August 13 and suffered serious burn injuries, died at the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital last night.

JCD activist killed by Jubo Dal man

Joint convenor of Magura District Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) Mahbub Hossain was hacked to death last night allegedly by a Juba Dal leader here in the district.

Mahmudur faces another contempt rule

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday issued another contempt of court rule against detained Mahmudur Rahman, acting editor of the daily Amar Desh, and its publisher Hashmat Ali for publishing a commentary involving the apex court.

Bangladesh to send aid

Bangladesh will send emergency relief materials to Pakistan to help its several million flood-hit people fight the devastating aftermath.

Ruling party man pilfers railway fuel

A leader of ruling Awami League was arrested in Ishwardi upazila of Pabna yesterday for pilfering diesel from rail engines.

BSF kills 2

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) gunned down two Bangladeshi cattle traders and injured another along Shingnagar frontier in Shibganj upazila on Monday night.

59 killed in Iraq suicide attack

A suicide bomber blew himself up at a crowded army recruitment centre in Baghdad killing 59 people yesterday, officials said, as violence coinciding with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan raged across Iraq.

Romania maternity hospital fire kills newborn babies

A fire in a Romanian maternity hospital has killed three newborn babies and left others clinging to life.

Sarkozy crime crackdown draws racism charge

President Nicolas Sarkozy's racially-tinged security crackdown has begun to cause concern even within his own right-wing camp and raise fears that he has damaged France's international image.

Editorial

We welcome HC move on adulteration and prices

The High Court directive to the police to file criminal cases under the Special Powers Act of 1974 against those behind an adulteration of foodstuff and a spiralling of prices of essential commodities reflects the concerns of broad swathes of society about prevailing market conditions. It has been observed for a very long time and especially since the beginning of Ramadan this year that traders have with impunity continued to raise the prices of goods, to the great discomfiture of citizens. At the same time, the fact that every so often reports surface about the adulteration of food items throws up the image of a situation which, unless it is handled firmly, will lead to a culture of impunity on the part of dishonest traders for whom nothing other than profiteering matters.

CNG filling moratorium

Impulsive response to a deep-seated crisis, be it handling traffic congestion or suspending CNG gas filling for a big block of time appears to have been something of a signature emblem of governance. The ostensible purpose behind pre-mature closing down of educational institutions for the Ramadan and Eid and now behind the six-hourly daily prohibition of CNG supply at the filling stations has a ring of 'yureka' chant about it. As though an answer to nagging civic problems has been ingeniously hit up on. Panacea to long-standing diseases has been found at long last -- such is the self-congratulatory mode! But how are the organisations and users taking it?

Sports

Siddons opts for tried & tested ones

A big cricket season is upon the Bangladesh national team, and it is no different for Tigers coach Jamie Siddons, who returned on Monday from a short vacation. The 46-year-old Australian will have his hands full for the next six months, culminating in the 2011 World Cup, his first as a head coach. Siddons talked to The Daily Star Sport yesterday about his plans for the grand event, his biggest test since taking over as the Tigers coach in October 2007.

BCB appoints Fountain as fielding coach

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday officially announced Julian Fountain as the national team's fielding coach.

BFF resolves clubs' demands

The professional football clubs demanding the deferment of the upcoming players transfer and a delay to the start of the season are likely to retreat from their stance as the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) promised to provide them more financial benefits than last season.

Pakistan or Punjab?

Pakistan could, for the first time in their history, field a side comprised solely of players from the one province when they play England in the third Test at The Oval here on Wednesday.

Anelka banned for 18 matches

France international striker Nicolas Anelka's international career all but officially came to an end Tuesday as he received an 18-match ban for his foul-mouthed outburst at then coach Raymond Domenech at the World Cup, a French Football Federation disciplinary commission decided.

NSC refutes weightlifters' allegation

Commonwealth Games-bound weightlifters, who were thrown out of the National Sports Council conference room on Monday, were yesterday given a temporary place to practice at the NSC Gymnasium until their own venue adjacent to the Swimming Pool is fully prepared.

MSC ad-hoc meeting today

A ad-hoc committee meeting of Mohammedan Sporting Club will be held today following the resignation of its convener Mosaddek Ali Falu, who tendered his resignation on August 12 cutting his long 17-year tie with the club.

Nesta undergoes arm surgery

AC Milan defender Alessandro Nesta has had surgery for a fractured arm and should recover for their opening Serie A home game against Lecce on Aug. 29, the club said on its website (www.acmilan.com).

SL apologise to India

Sri Lanka Cricket on Tuesday apologised to India after Virender Sehwag was denied a one-day century due to what the batsman said was a deliberate no-ball.

Cricket Pak-bound?

Pakistan's cricket chief on Tuesday welcomed an announcement of a possible World XI tour to his country, saying he hoped it would revive international cricket in the insurgency-hit nation.

MU rout Magpies

Dimitar Berbatov, Darren Fletcher and Ryan Giggs scored as Manchester United began their Premier League campaign with a 3-0 win over Newcastle here on Monday giving the losers a sharp reminder of the gulf in class between the Championship and the elite league.

Bayern far from best

Holders Bayern Munich were far from their best as they laboured to a 4-0 victory over fifth-division Windeck in the first round of the German Cup on Monday.

Real snap up Ozil

Germany star Mesut Ozil has quit the Bundesliga and Werder Bremen to sign a contract with Spanish giants Real Madrid for an undisclosed fee, it was announced on Tuesday afternoon.

Bellamy returns home

Manchester City's Welsh international striker Craig Bellamy has joined his hometown club, second tier Championship side Cardiff City, on a year's loan, City said Tuesday.

Putin's weight behind Russian WC bid

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Tuesday gave his wholehearted backing to Russia's World Cup bid, as he met FIFA inspectors evaluating the viability of it hosting the showpiece for the first time.

Report sent to ICC

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has sent to the International Cricket Council (ICC) an official report on last year's terror attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore.

City agree Milner fee

Manchester City have agreed a player-plus-cash deal with Premier League rivals Aston Villa for James Milner.

'Masche can go for right price'

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson is still hopeful of keeping want-away midfielder Javier Mascherano at the club but admits they have a verbal agreement with the player to allow him to leave if a decent bid is received.

Trapattoni discharged

Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni left hospital here on Tuesday a week after undergoing a stomach operation.

Lyon suffer double blow

Lyon, already stunned by a weekend loss at promoted Caen, face having to rejig their side in the coming weeks with defender Cris and midfielder Michel Bastos having suffered thigh muscle tears in the game, the club said on Monday.

Murray needs no coach

World number four Andy Murray admits he will play the US Open without a coach after a morale-boosting triumph in the ATP Rogers Cup.

It's first for Liberians

Excited Liberians Sima Weah and Mika-Jah Teah, who usually train in a river, experienced a swimming pool for the first time ever on Tuesday when they competed at the Youth Olympic Games.

Greg may become a selector

Greg Chappell could go back to the future after being given an interview for the newly-created job on Australia's national selection panel. Chappell, a former Test captain, was one of the men who installed Allan Border as leader in 1984, but he stood down in 1987-88 after becoming upset with the game's administration structure.

Business

From RMG workers' mouths

The delayed implementation of the newly announced wages sparked the recent protests by angry garment industry workers, dozens of workers said.

Surplus despite global slump: BB

The country's current account balance posted a massive surplus, thanks to surging remittance numbers and modest growth in imports, according to the central bank.

Maitree Express hiccups

Bangladeshi and Indian customs have turned down a request by the railway authorities of both the countries to launch onboard customs checking on the Maitree Express.

Deadline for Indian telcos

The Indian government, which has threatened to block some BlackBerry services over security worries, has formally asked mobile operators to ensure a monitoring system for the smartphone's services by Aug. 31.

Bata looks to expand business

Bata now looks to expand business, setting up more 'large format stores' countrywide in the next few years, as officials of the multinational shoemaker said.

M&S CEO in Dhaka

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of British retail chain Marks and Spencer (M&S) Marc Bolland arrived in Dhaka yesterday on a three-day visit to Bangladesh.

Muhith: No cut in interest rate

The government has no plan to lower the interest rate now, Finance Minister AMA Muhith said yesterday.

Katalyst, BJRI promote alternative retting techniques

Katalyst has introduced ribbon retting along with low-cost retting in five districts of Bangladesh as part of its move to ensure better jute quality.

Japan to mull new stimulus

Japan's government will mull fresh stimulus steps ahead of an expected meeting between Prime Minister Naoto Kan and Bank of Japan Governor Masaaki Shirakawa, as persistent gains in the yen threaten a faltering recovery.

Wal-Mart posts drop in sales

Wal-Mart Stores Inc posted its fifth-consecutive quarterly drop in US same-store sales and said it would focus on curbing expenses to help boost profits this year as consumer sentiment remains soft.

Green trade fair starts tomorrow

A three-day fair with a focus on green trade, environment and eco-tourism starts tomorrow.

German investor sentiment falls

German investor confidence has fallen sharply this month on concerns that the strong recovery seen recently in Europe's biggest economy will not last, the closely watched ZEW survey showed Tuesday.

Small owners try harder

K Mowla Chowdhury, managing director of Niponika Garments Ltd, pores over his workers' salary sheet in his cramped office at the city's Badda area, with piles up of documents all around.

Carmakers move to drive China growth

Shanghai resident Jiang Qinxia is just the kind of guy that global automakers like General Motors hope will jumpstart their foray into China's fledgling and potentially lucrative consumer auto financing business.

China Southern first-half profit takes off

China Southern, Asia's largest carrier by passenger numbers, said first-half net profit soared more than 50-fold from a year earlier due to surging demand and the sale of its maintenance unit.

Axiata Group CEO in town

Jamaludin Ibrahim, president and group chief executive officer of Axiata Group Berhad, arrived in Dhaka yesterday for a two-day visit, said a statement.

Hong Kong tycoon buys prime land for top dollar

Hong Kong's richest man Li Ka-shing snapped up two prime residential sites Tuesday for prices well above market estimates, despite fresh government measures to cool the overheating property market.

FDI in China up 20.7pc

Foreign direct investment in China rose 20.7 percent on-year in the first seven months of 2010, the government said Tuesday, underlining growing confidence in the country's economic might.

Santander renews merger talks with M&T

Spain's Banco Santander has renewed talks to merge its U.S. operations with New York regional lender M&T Bank Corp, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter. Talks about merging Santander's Sovereign Bank into M&T stalled in May over who would control the enlarged business, sources told Reuters.

S Korean pension fund set to buy French shopping mall

South Korea's state pension fund -- the world's fourth largest -- said Tuesday it would soon sign a deal to buy a controlling stake in a French shopping mall.

Oil rebounds

Oil rebounded in Asia on Tuesday after five straight days of losses, but trading was subdued due to concerns over the strength of the global economic recovery and its impact on energy demand.

Corporate Briefs

IFIC BANK 1ST MUTUAL FUND
The fund has reported net asset value of Tk 13.20 per unit on current market price and Tk 10.67 per unit on cost price against face value of Tk 10, on the close of operation on Thursday. Total net assets stood at Tk 1,584,170,073.51 on market price and Tk 1,279,806,229.03 on cost price after considering all assets and liabilities.

Metropolitan

Universities to be set up in major dists

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday directed the authorities concerned to ensure cent percent admission facilities for every SSC and HSC passed students into colleges and universities.

Propaganda on to obstruct war crimes trial

Law Minister Barrister Shafique Ahmed yesterday said a quarter is spreading propaganda at home and abroad and filing writ petitions to obstruct the process of war crimes trial.

Help develop agri-marketing

Food Minister Abdur Razzaque yesterday sought assistance from donors and NGOs to help improve agricultural marketing system locally, and expand agro-products' market globally.

Stop piracy, confiscate all pirated audio, video CDs: HC

The High Court yesterday directed the government to immediately stop piracy through properly enforcing the copyright law, and confiscate all the pirated copies of audio and video CDs from markets.

3-yr study on South Asian water security

Three institutions of South Asia will jointly carry out a three-year study on water security and related issues that surfaced due to increasing urbanisation and global climate change.

HC stays Milon's property attachment order

The High Court (HC) yesterday stayed for three months a trial court order that directed the authorities concerned to confiscate the properties of former BNP state minister ANM Ehsanul Haque Milon.

Implement Rooppur N-plant: President

President Zillur Rahman yesterday called for implementing Rooppur nuclear power plant, the dream of late Dr MA Wajed Miah, a reputed nuclear scientist and husband of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

'Unite against conspiracy'

Veteran former leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday called upon the people to be united against the conspiracy by the anti-liberation forces to foil the government initiative to try the war criminals.

Speedy solution recommended

A committee suggested speedy solution to the problems of the pharmacists in the Family Planning Directorate.

Nation united on trial of war criminals: Matia

Agriculture Minister Begum Matia Chowdhury yesterday said the nation is now united on the execution of the fugitive killers of Bangabandhu and the trial of war criminals.

Charge framing against Babar adjourned

A Dhaka court yesterday for the fourth time adjourned the hearing on charge framing in a tax evasion case against former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar till October 10.

Majid Ul Haque gets bail in graft case

A Dhaka court yesterday granted bail to former water resources minister Major General (Retd) M Majid Ul Haque in a corruption case filed against him in October, 1996.

Jail sentence of ex-BNP lawmaker Millat scrapped

The High Court (HC) yesterday scrapped the eight years' jail sentence of former BNP lawmaker M Rashiduzzaman Millat in a corruption case.

Healthcare clinic for slum children opens

A healthcare clinic for the underprivileged children was inaugurated yesterday at Kalyanpur Porabari Basti in the city.

Two criminals found dead in Natore

Police recovered bodies of two criminals from a marsh along Bogra-Natore road in Singra upazila of Natore early yesterday.

Khaleda hosts Iftar for political leaders

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday took Iftar with leaders of different political parties.

Shah Moazzam, Rafiqul Islam granted bail

The High Court (HC) yesterday granted anticipatory bail for two months to two BNP leaders Shah Moazzam Hossain and Rafiqul Islam Mia in a case filed for threatening Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Body of teen-aged girl found

Unidentified miscreants strangled a teenage girl to death and dumped the body by a drain in the city's Pallabi area yesterday.

Man hit by train dies

An elderly man died when he was hit by a train near Azimnagar Rail Station in Lalpur upazila yesterday evening.

Road accident kills one

A man was killed by a truck on the Dhaka-Khulna highway at the Dulalmundia Bazar in Kaliganj upazila of the district early yesterday.

Next hearing on August 22

The High Court (HC) yesterday adjourned till August 22 the hearing on the writ petition challenging the First Amendment to the Constitution and some sections of the International Crimes (Tribunals) Act, 1973 under which the war crimes trial is being held.

National

Coffee, orange trees dying for water crisis in CHT

Hundreds of coffee and orange trees at several mixed fruits orchards in Chittagong Hill Tracts are dying because of shortage of water and lack of proper nursing.

Khulna, Satkhira cases yet to be disposed of

The cases for serial bomb blasts filed with different police stations in Khulna and Satkira districts soon after the incidents on August 17, 2005 are yet to be disposed of.

Acid attacks on three of a family, housewife

Three members of a family were injured as criminals threw acid on them in Naogaon yesterday while a housewife was severely burnt in an acid attack allegedly by her husband in Satkhira on Sunday.

Huge ammo found while digging soil in Bogra town

Police yesterday recovered huge ammunition, including four grenades, one mortar shell and 692 bullets, from the site of an under-construction high-rise in Sutrapur area of Bogra town.

Protesters block roads, vandalise buses

Protesters blocked roads and vandalised buses in Dinajpur and Lalmonirhat yesterday and the day before.

50 injured as rival AL men lock in clash in Patuakhali

At least 50 people wereinjured as two factions of ruling Awami League (AL) clashed in Panpatti bazar area under Galachipa upazila yesterday.

Students agitate for month to rename degree

Academic and administrative activities at Maolana Bhasani University of Science and Technology in Tangail are suffering badly as the students of three of its seven departments have continued agitation for the last one month demanding BSc (Engineering) degree instead of BSc (Honours) degree.

Two housewives murdered allegedly for dowry

Two housewives have been killed allegedly over dowry in Panchagarh and Narsingdi districts.

Protest on, no case filed, no arrest yet

An uneasy calm is prevailing in Phultala upazila following murder of Damodar union parishad chairman Sarder Abu Saeed Badal.

BAU golden jubilee today

Golden Jubilee of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) will be celebrated today with due festivity.

Cop murder: Another outlaw held

An outlaw and suspected killer of three policemen in the remotest Dhalarchar last month was held from the district's Rajbari border area on Monday night.

Missing man found dead

Body of a missing man was recovered from under a bridge on Radhanagar Road in Goainghat upazila on Monday evening.

Girl commits 'suicide'

A mentally challenged girl allegedly committed suicide on Monday afternoon at Accha village under Sadar upazila in the district. The deceased was identified as Sonamoni Bala,15, daughter of Shopen Bala of the village. Police and family sources said at about 4:00pm on the day the girl committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling of her room. On information police went to the spot and recovered the body. An unnatural death (UD) case was filed with Thakurgaon police station in this connection.

Man held with arms

Police in a drive arrested a criminal along with a firearm from a Dhaka-bound passenger bus at Doulatdia Ghat early yesterday. The arrestee was identified as Mohammad Rana Mollah, 28, son of Mannan Mollah of South Gangarampur village in Moksudpur upazila of Gopalganj district. Acting on a tip off, a team of Goalanda Ghat police intercepted a capital-bound Hanif Paribahan bus from Benapole near Kafil Uddin filling station at about 3am. Sensing presence of police Rana tried to flee targeting a pistol at Goalanda police station SI Shaminul Haque who quickly dived and caught the criminal. Police recovered an American-made 9mm pistol along with a few bullets from him.

Boy electrocuted

A seven-month-old boy was electrocuted in the city's Sadarpara under Upasahar area on Monday noon. The deceased was identified as Sohan Ahmed, son of Mizan Mia, of Naya village of Zakigan upazila. Police quoting family sources said, when Sohan's mother went out of the room at about 11am leaving Sohan alone he touched a multi-plug and got electrocuted. He was rushed to Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital where the attending doctor declared him dead. A UD case was filed with Kotwali PS in this connection.

Two jailed for murder

A Dinajpur court yesterday jailed two persons for life for killing a man. The court also fined each Tk.2,000, in default to serve more 3 months in jail. Md. Rafiqul Islam, Judge of Dinajpur Special Judge Court delivered the verdict in presence of the accused in a crowded courtroom. The convicts are Shahinur Islam alias Babu, son of Md. Abdul Hakim of village Jagannathpur and Md. Motaleb Hossain, son of Md. Jalal Uddin of village Jagannathpur of Parbatipur upazila in the district. According to the court prosecution, Md. Moqsedul Haque, son of Younus Ali of village Jagannathpur of Parbatipur upazila went missing on February 1, 2007 after his marriage. Five days later police recovered his body from a nearby paddy field. Later Younus Ali father of Moqsedul, filed a case with Parbatipur police station accusing two people.

Fake fertiliser seized

Police recovered 438 sacks of adulterated TSP fertiliser from a shop at Banshipur Bazar in Shyamnagar upazila yesterday evening. They also arrested Mahabur Rahman and Mostafa Kamal, owners of M/s Krishi Bitan at Banshipur Bazar. Quoting locals police said, acting on a tip-off, Police raided the shop in presence of Agriculture officials and recovered the fake fertiliser kept hidden in a room. Shyamnagar upazila agriculture officer Ali Hossain filed a case with Shyamnagar PS accusing the two.

Letters

BCB and poor cricket

There is a proverb - “if you want to destroy an institution, appoint a politician as its head”. The situation is now heading towards this direction after the appointment of a politician to head the BCB. First of all, a change was made in the captaincy without any known reason. Only explanation given was Shakib's reported unwillingness to continue which the ex-captain later confirmed as correct. Next came the controversy over the selection procedure. The selection committee has little say in selecting players which is reportedly dictated by a few influential people in the Board supported by the chairman. The selection committee neither agreed nor disagreed to the news item published recently.

Encroachment of roads

There is no sign that the present traffic jam situation will improve soon. And we can imagine the worst traffic jam in near future. The government has taken many steps to improve the traffic system in Dhaka. But the ultimate result is zero. In my opinion, the main reason is - nobody follows the traffic rules and the traffic police also do not care about the traffic rules.

Contradictions

I find myself confused by the present crisis in the RMG sector because of many contradictions. It is our major foreign exchange earner, largest employer, gives opportunities to women and generates huge revenue. Unfortunately, this productive area is going through increasing unrest and violent upheavals. Both workers and owners are unhappy. To a layman, with access to only what he reads or sees on TV, the causes are many and the old merry-go-round blame game is being played with full vigour by the three parties involved workers, owners and government.

Campus violence

Most of the public colleges and universities have become mini cantonments which are full of lethal weapons and ammunition. It is a great tragedy for the nation that the sanctity of the campuses of our educational institutions is being marred by violence. Campus violence is a festering wound. The places of nation-building are now centres of terrorism. Invaluable time, talent and money are being wasted by campus violence. The violence often forces the closure of the institutions and further worsens the already critical, session jam situation.

Manikganj accident

The tragic accident at Uthali, near Manikganj, where two top bureaucrats were killed vividly exposes our inefficient road safety system. Even the prime minister expressed her strong resentment. But result? In the following weeks casualty on road became higher. In reality other than expressing anger no positive step is taken to curb the killings. Police commissioner has issued some directives which only increased confusion and anomalies on the road.

Power crisis

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is constantly blaming the BNP for the severe power crisis which has gripped the country in the last one and a half year. People did not suffer like this before.

Congratulations, Samin

Saiful Islam Samin has regained his ability to walk. It is very good news for the thousands of people in Bangladesh who have lost their legs in any kind of accident. I also would like to give my thanks to Endolite Bangladesh for their successful mission.

Canals

Here is an astonishing news report that Among 47 canals of Dhaka, 20canalas are extinct because of corruption and negligence. Some canals exist on signboards only.

Why this leniency?

So, at long last, provisions are finally being made to scrap the errant realtors from punishment. (The Daily Star: August 4,2010). What are the reasons which prompted the lawmakers' parliamentary body on Real Estate Development and Management to take this lenient decision?

Some water, please!

The security man in our building stops me as I was going to the office. Usually, he doesn't do that unless there's a problem. Assessing my past experience, I start counting from ten to one to let a rising tension go off.

BNP's opinion

I am really happy to note the contents of public address of Begum Khaleda Zia in her party's public rally at Paltan on 9 August 2010. Her whole speech was within usual accusations of government's failures and faults. Most opposition parties in the world do the same as she has done. People also know this fact and did not take it seriously except few diehard supporters who are again out of income due to their party's present position and some media outlets which are projecting it as a threat and confusing the people.

Promoting science education

A statistical finding has been published some days ago in an eminent Bangla newspaper telling that the number of students in science group is going down drastically. Students are now more interested to study in commerce group as they think that commerce-oriented courses, especially business administration, are more pro-career than science. It's no way the fault of our students to think that way as every human being considers his/her future. The mindset of the students can only be changed if they find bright career prospects in the science courses. The policymakers of the education system of our country should go for an overhaul in this sector. Now, let's consider some backdrops of our science education on which they can work.

Political compromise

In the month of Ramadan we expect a political trade off since the elders are extending invitation for Iftar. The opposition has already made a breakthrough in the process by making governance to a certain extent quite difficult for the present government. It is difficult to make any guess in the backdrop of poor performance in power sector and city management. To be straightforward, the AL is in power but the BNP controls the strategic areas of governance by their loyal set ups in trade, commerce, power, RMG and what not.

Price hike

It has become a tradition that in Ramadan prices will hike on a galloping scale comparable to other times. 'Increasing demand' may be a cause. But is this the only one?

Public transport system

Once, I had a chance to go to Mumbai and I was amazed by their transport system. They have good rail network to travel in the city. Thousands of people are travelling by train to go to work or anywhere in the city all the time. For that reason, There is not much traffic on the road.

International

Israel has '8 days' to hit Iran nuke site

Israel has "eight days" to launch a military strike against Iran's Bushehr nuclear facility and stop Tehran from acquiring a functioning atomic plant, a former US envoy to the UN has said.

China's military has seen secret expansion

The growth of China's military is shrouded in secrecy which could give rise to "misunderstanding and miscalculation", a US defence department report says.

Australian PM backs republic after queen's death

Australia should become a republic when Queen Elizabeth II dies or abdicates, Prime Minister Julia Gillard said yesterday, unexpectedly reviving an emotional debate just days ahead of national polls.

Japan heat wave sends over 30,000 to hospital, kills 132

Scorching summer weather in Japan has led to at least 132 deaths and seen more than 30,000 people rushed to hospital with heatstroke, the government said yesterday.

Smog again creeps into Russian capital

Smoke from wildfires around Moscow has returned to some parts of the Russian capital even though fire-fighters have scored successes in containing the blazes, officials said yesterday.

Palestinian refugees granted right to work in Lebanon

Lebanon's parliament adopted yesterday a law granting full employment rights to the roughly 400,000 Palestinian refugees living in the country, a high-ranking official said.

Iran says to unveil array of weapons next week

Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi said yesterday that Iran will unveil next week an array of weapons, including missiles, speedboats and a long range drone, the ISNA news agency reported.

36 killed in new China flooding

At least 36 people have died and 23 others are missing in fresh flooding from torrential rains in China's Gansu province, the latest in a string of natural disasters to strike China.

Cameron tops Twitter's list of political trends

David Cameron has been the most discussed political subject among UK Twitter users during the coalition's first 100 days, a study suggests.

UN battles donor fatigue for funds for Pak floods

Only a small fraction of the six million Pakistanis desperate for food and clean water have received any help as the United Nations battled donor fatigue and appealed urgently yesterday for more funds.

Bombs kill eight civilians in Afghanistan

Roadside bombs in Afghanistan killed eight civilians, including at least three women and a child, police said yesterday.

Karzai orders private security firm closures

Private security companies will have to end operations in Afghanistan in four months, President Hamid Karzai has ordered.

Clashes after protester dies in Kashmir

Stone-hurling protesters fought police yesterday after the death of a young man injured in a clash with security forces in restive Indian Kashmir, police said.

Arts & Entertainment

Bringing an extinct musical tradition to big screen

Humayun Ahmed is perhaps the most celebrated contemporary Bangladeshi fiction writer. His immense contribution to the Bangladeshi literature over the last three decades has earned him international acclaim as well. The author has explored the film industry and TV as a director as well. His first film, “Aguner Parashmoni”, based on the Liberation War, received critical acclaim and won eight National Film Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.

Celebrations at Shilpakala

Today marks the 61st birth anniversary of noted playwright Selim Al Deen. Al Deen was born in Senerkhil village, under Shonagazi upazilla of Feni. He completed his masters in Bengali Literature from Dhaka University and did his PhD from the Department of Bangla, Jahangirnagar University on the subject 'Modhyo Juger Bangla Natyo' (Medieval Plays of Bengal). Al Deen is widely credited for his post-colonial approach to the neo-theatre movement in Bangladesh. His notable works include “Keramat Mangal,” “Prachya,” “Hat Hadai,” “Joiboti Koinnar Mon,” “Chaka,” and “Nimojjon.” He received the Ekushey Padak in 2007.

The Brunners on Buddha

Hungarian artists Elizabeth Saas Brunner and Elizabeth Brunner. An intensely spiritual mother and daughter duo bound by a common love of India. The late artists' Buddhist series of paintings were on display in New Delhi recently. The exhibition, titled “ Be Ye Light Unto Yourselves” features 22 painting, the majority by the younger Brunner. The display has been held to mark the birth centenary of Elizabeth.

Dhaka University Theatre Festival 2010

Two plays were staged on the sixth day of the ongoing theatre festival at Natmandal, Dhaka University. The plays --“Ishi Cha” and “Rockaby” -- were adaptations of African-American playwright Ed Bullins and existentialist playwright Samuel Beckett's works.

Michael Douglas diagnosed with throat cancer

Oscar-winning US actor Michael Douglas, 65, is fighting throat cancer and will undergo chemotherapy, People magazine reported Monday.

Life and times in the city

Drama serial “Metro” will be aired on Desh TV today. Written and directed be Pantha Shahriar and Fattah Tanvir, respectively, the serial is aired Tuesday through Thursday at 10:30 pm every week.

OP-ED

Of birthdays, of respect for the dead

Let us say happy birthday to Begum Khaleda Zia. She has now arrived at the age of sixty six which, by any measure, is a point where experience translates into maturity and a clear appreciation of popular sensitivities. For an individual who has been prime minister of Bangladesh twice and has been a significant political figure for as many as twenty seven years, it is especially important that Begum Zia do all those things that will garner for her as much political support as possible. Celebrating her birthday on a day where Bangladesh grieves for its founding father is not one of those things.

Religion-based political parties

Aquestion was raised as to whether political parties based on religion could exist in Bangladesh after the verdict of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court confirmed the illegality of the Fifth Amendment Act of the Constitution (judgment was released on July 28).

Court concern about population boom

The High Court has expressed its deep concern about the over-population in the country. It issued a ruling on the government to explain within four weeks why it (government) should not be asked to take steps to control over-population, create an independent ministry and make separate allocation for population control.

What makes one an optimist or a pessimist

I am often asked by my friends as to whether I am a pessimist or an optimist. My response has been: I am neither a pessimist nor an optimist. I am a realist. Our political parties and their leaderships are in total disarray, and their only capital is intense anger, jealousy and making all sorts of irresponsible remarks.

Unwanted immigrants: America's deportation dilemma

As being played out by the legal battle between the US Government and the state of Arizona, the bottom line in the illegal immigration debate is whether or not to deport those unlawfully resident within a country.


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