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News of: Monday, 23rd of August, 2010

Front Page

SC's firm no to toxic ship

The Supreme Court yesterday directed Bangladesh Ship Breakers' Association (BSBA) to execute the High Court order to get all scrap ships decontaminated at source and outside Bangladesh territory.

Fire at chemical warehouse again

A fire at a chemicals storehouse left three people seriously injured in a residential area of Lalbagh in Old Dhaka yesterday.

Extension in a day or two

The government is likely to extend parole of Arafat Rahman Koko, the youngest son of Opposition Leader Khaleda Zia, within a day or two considering his health, according to a highly placed official source.

Two factories fined for river pollution

The Department of Environment in a drive fined two factories Tk 77 lakh yesterday for discharging untreated liquid waste in canals flowing to the Meghna river.

Veil can't be forced: HC

The High Court yesterday issued a suo moto order directing the government to ensure that no woman is forced to wear borkha (veil) or religious attires at the educational institutions and offices across the country.

Errant leaders of AL warned

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said her party leaders, be they ministers or lawmakers, will be punished if found to have done wrong.

A hospital in crisis

Healthcare and educational services at Suhrawardi Hospital and Medical College (SHMC) are in bad shape as the institution still lacks adequate equipment and manpower.

Dowry drives pregnant woman to kill herself

A three-month pregnant woman committed suicide by setting herself on fire at Kalapani in the city's Pallabi on Saturday as her husband threatened to deny the child's paternity over a dowry dispute.

25 hurt as RMG workers clash with cops

At least 25 people including eight policemen were injured, four by rubber bullets, during a clash between law enforcers and readymade garment workers at Moukuli in Rupganj upazila of Narayanganj yesterday.

Shah Alam gets bails in 4 more cases

Three separate Dhaka courts yesterday granted bails in four cases to Ahmed Akbar Sobhan alias Shah Alam, Bashundhara Group chairman, in connection with land grabbing cases.

Cops foil Jubo Dal rally for Koko

Law enforcers yesterday foiled a demonstration at the capital's Nayapaltan by Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal, a youth wing of BNP, in protest at the government's decision to cancel parole of Arafat Rahman Koko, and picked up five activists.

Airport SI removed for rudeness to PM's staff

The immigration authorities yesterday withdrew one of its sub-inspectors from Shahjalal International Airport for misbehaving with a personal staff of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Probe makes no headway

Nine days after the death of Awami League (AL) activist Ibrahim Ahmed, police are yet to ascertain whether the death was a pre-planned murder or an accident.

Warrant issued to arrest DC of Moulvibazar

A High Court bench yesterday issued an arrest warrant against Moulvibazar deputy commissioner for defying its orders without any reason.

Delwar critical of Blair for praising Hasina

BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday criticised former British prime minister Tony Blair for applauding Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Ex-minister's daughter-in-law lands in jail

A Dhaka court yesterday sent Farzana Khan, daughter-in-law of former BNP minister Shajahan Siraj, to jail in connection with a tax evasion case in which she was earlier sentenced to six years' imprisonment in absentia.

Proceedings against Khoka stayed

The High Court (HC) yesterday stayed for one year the proceedings of a corruption case against Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka.

2 more die drinking toxic liquor

Two more men died on Saturday night drinking illegally made local alcoholic beverages, raising the toll of such deaths to 12 in Osmani Nagar upazila since Friday.

Mir Kashem granted bail

The High Court (HC) yesterday granted anticipatory bail for six months to Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mir Kashem Ali in a tax evasion case filed by the National Board of Revenue (NBR).

Muggers injure cop

A gang stabbed a police constable after they failed to rob him in Abdullahpur of the capital early yesterday.

Narail BCL man stabbed

A leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League was injured seriously in an attack by the activists of rival faction near Masimdia Sultan Setu under Narail Pourosova yesterday evening.

19 fall sick in Pabna

At least 19 people might have been infected with Anthrax in Pathail Hat village of the district's Santhia upazila, health officials suspect.

Polls deliver historic firsts despite deadlock

Australia's knife-edge vote looked certain to bring a hung parliament, but it has also delivered the country its first Aboriginal and Muslim politicians in the lower house, and its youngest.

More than 5,000 evacuated as floods hit North Korea

More than 5,000 people have been evacuated from a North Korean city bordering China after flooding from a rain-swollen river that also forced more than 94,000 people to leave affected areas in China this week.

Lebanon aid trip to Gaza delayed

A Lebanese aid ship for Gaza was postponed yesterday to await a green light from a third country as a transit point for the mission to the Israeli-blockaded Palestinian territory.

NZ rescuers save 9 whales stranded on beach

Crews with bulldozers buried 49 pilot whales in sand dunes on an isolated northern New Zealand beach yesterday after rescuers managed to save only nine from a group that was stranded on the beach for two days.

Venezuelan soldier kills two officers 'after dispute'

Prosecutors in Venezuela say a soldier-opened fire at an army base in the capital, Caracas, killing two officers and wounding six other soldiers.

Editorial

Whither Draft Police Ordinance, 2007?

It seems that the Draft Police Ordinance, 2007 has been sent to the backburner. We note with considerable dismay the fact that even after three years of its submission to the government and a very extensive public discourse on the matter the proposals have not found a concrete shape. We wonder why?

Making upazila bodies dysfunctional

It is not good news when elected local body officials inform the country that they are not being allowed to play their part in development activities. On Saturday, the Upazila Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen Oikyo Parishad made the complaint that Upazila Nirbahi Officers (UNOs) in their various areas have seen little necessity of contacting upazila chairmen and members on issues related to development on a local scale. The clear allegation they made was that the UNOs have not been cooperating with them. On the other hand, the UNOs have been in regular touch with local MPs in the matter of deciding priorities for the local regions.

Sports

A pleasing day on the field

The long run-up to the 2011 World Cup began yesterday with the national cricketers having a long slog in the nets as well as in the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium outfield.

Perera fires SL into final

Thisara Perera bagged a maiden five-wicket haul to help Sri Lanka storm into the Micromax Cup triangular one-day series final with a crushing eight-wicket win over India on Sunday.

JFA Cup set to be back

Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has decided to reintroduce the JFA (Japan Football Association) U-15 Cup in November after failing to organise the age-group tournament for the last two seasons.

It's Messi for Sevilla

Lionel Messi scored a hattrick as Barcelona turned around a 3-1 first-leg deficit to claim the Supercopa with an impressive win over an under-par Sevilla side at the Nou Camp on Saturday.

Pakistan over the moon

Pakistan's top political leaders, under fire over their handling of disastrous floods, took time out Sunday to praise the country's cricket side after its victory in the third Test over England.

Rajib simply can't bowl

The national cricket camp got off to a smooth start yesterday, but paceman Shahadat Hossain Rajib was restricted on the sidelines with an injury to the little finger on his right leg.

Pak cricketers' donation for flood victims

Pakistan cricketers have dedicated a proportion of their match fees to victims of the floods which have devastated their country following an upset win over England in the third Test at The Oval.

Mourinho slams 'sleepy' Benzema

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has warned French striker Karim Benzema that he needs to change his attitude if he is to be a success in Spain.

'Electric Walcott'

Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal are already beginning to benefit from Fabio Capello's decision to omit Theo Walcott from the England World Cup squad.

Inter's trophy run on

Inter Milan won their fourth trophy of the year as they added the Italian Supercup to their Champions League, Serie A and Italian Cup triumphs with a 3-1 win over AS Roma on Saturday.

Bremen capitulate

Hoffenheim destroyed Werder Bremen 4-1 on Saturday in a potent start to the Bundesliga season on the opening weekend while Bayern Munich proved they will again be the team to beat.

Van Gaal says Micho can leave

Rebel Argentine defender Martin Demichelis can leave Bayern Munich if he wants to, coach Louis van Gaal said Sunday.

Stewardess lays Boateng low

Germany defender Jerome Boateng is out of next month's opening Euro 2012 qualifiers with a knee injury - aggravated by a clumsy air stewardess, he revealed on Saturday.

Gallas seals Spurs deal

Former Arsenal captain William Gallas has completed his move to north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, the English Premiership club announced on Sunday.

Magath backs Raul to shine

Schalke coach Felix Magath believes Raul will be a hit in the Bundesliga this season even though he failed to convince on his debut for the club on Saturday.

Chinese rule the pool

The future of women's swimming revealed itself at the inaugural Youth Olympics in Singapore, and it had a distinctly Chinese flavour.

Yousuf the difference

Pakistan captain Salman Butt said the return of Mohammad Yousuf to his side was one of the catalysts for their four-wicket win over England here at The Oval on Saturday.

Strauss has no worries

England captain Andrew Strauss has restated his belief in England's fragile top-order as his side heads to the fourth and final Test against Pakistan at Lord's on Thursday.

Lochte nabs sixth gold

Ryan Lochte threatened his own world record as he won the 200m individual medley Saturday at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships.

Fed hopes to catch Fish

Mardy Fish reached the championship of the Cincinnati Masters event by rallying to beat American compatriot Andy Roddick 4-6, 7-6, 6-1 on Saturday.

Another Jamaican present

Jamaica has a history of uncovering sprint stars and looks to have another on its hands in Odane Skeen, who claimed the 100m title at the inaugural Youth Olympics.

Dragon gobble up Friends

Dragon Sporting Club defeated Diamond Friends Club 2-0 in the Hafizul Islam Khan Uttu Smriti First Division Football League at the Shaheed Miraz-Tapan Stadium here yesterday.

Robin leading

Mahtabuddin Ahmed Robin took solo lead in the Federation Open FIDE Rating Chess Tournament at close of the sixth round at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall room yesterday.

Rain scuppers Montreal semis

With just two games of the two semifinals played and poor weather forecast for Sunday the Rogers Cup in Montreal is set for a late finish. Persistent rain allowed only 10 minutes of the semifinal between Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki and Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova to be played.

Business

Edible oil prices edge up

The local edible oil markets may be feeling the heat of rising global palm oil prices, as the current price is 9.5 percent higher than mid-June's price.

BB curbs stock holdings of financial sector

Bangladesh Bank has restricted financial institutions' investments in the stockmarket to 25 percent of their paid-up capital and reserves.

FBCCI backs price control policy

The apex trade body yesterday urged the government to make a commodity price control policy to tackle irrational price spirals in the market.

Trade of two firms halted

The premier bourse suspended trading of two listed firms for a day after an abnormal jump in their shares prices.

Web-only bids to save state millions next year: World Bank

The government of Bangladesh could save millions in goods, public works and services with a secure electronic procurement system, the World Bank country director said Sunday at a meeting that unveiled draft guidelines for e-procurement.

Operators to see new spectrum prices

The telecom regulator will introduce guidelines to set the spectrum price per mega hertz (MHz) for telecom, internet and other operators.

Pakistan battles economic pain of floods

Pakistan is courting IMF help to alleviate the threat of economic ruin as enormous floods wipe out farmland and industry, triggering UN warnings that the restive country faces years of pain.

Talks likely on new RMG wage before Eid

The government plans to sit with the owners of RMG units to implement the sector's new wage structure before the Eid-ul-Fitr.

HSBC sharpens focus on Islamic banking

The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) in Bangladesh is now pursuing personal banking, with focus on Islamic products, after making a mark in commercial banking.

India wants more awareness over film piracy

Ashish is a senior executive in the financial sector in the home of Bollywood, Mumbai. He earns a good wage, lives in an upmarket neighbourhood and sees himself as a decent, law-abiding citizen.

What underlies the unrest?

According to most workers, strife began inside the factory. Grievances before the wage announcement centred on overtime not being immediately, late payment of regular wages, low tiffin (snack bar) allowances, and docked wages for being even two minutes late a single in a given month.

China's Sinopec H1 profit up nearly 7pc

China's Sinopec, the largest oil refiner in Asia, said Sunday its first-half net profit rose nearly seven percent from a year earlier to 35.4 billion yuan (5.2 billion dollars).

New DMD for Fareast Islami Life

Sultan-Ul Abedin Mollah has recently joined Fareast Islami Life Insurance Company as deputy managing director for administration, says a statement.

China bank property stress test finds risk

A 50-percent drop in China's property prices will lead to a surge in bad real estate loans for Chinese lenders, a local newspaper reported, citing the results of the latest round of a Chinese bank stress test.

Mexican group buys stake in troubled airline

A Mexican consortium, aided by private equity firm Advent International, has stepped up to buy a controlling stake in troubled airline Mexicana after financial woes pushed the carrier to the brink of collapse.

Swatch Group chairwoman eyes record 2011

Swatch Group, the world's largest watchmaker, is aiming for another record year in 2011 as new products come on to the market in the coming months, the group's new chairwoman was quoted as saying on Sunday.

German deficit could slip under 60b euros

Germany's budget deficit could be less than 60 billion euros (76.3 billion dollars) thanks to a strong upturn in its economy, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said in a weekend interview.

Corporate Briefs

ICB MUTUAL FUNDS
The ICB mutual funds have reported, on the close of operation on Tuesday, net asset value (NAV) for First ICB Mutual Fund of Tk 10,597.49, Second ICB Mutual Fund of Tk 3,310.87, Third ICB Mutual Fund of Tk 2,561.39, Fourth ICB Mutual Fund of Tk 2,822.28, Fifth ICB Mutual Fund of Tk 2,274.59, Sixth ICB Mutual Fund of Tk 834.91, Seventh ICB Mutual Fund of Tk 1,367.46 and Eighth ICB Mutual Fund of Tk 971.42 per unit on current market price against face value of Tk 100 each. On cost price, NAV per unit of the said eight funds were Tk 848.69, Tk 578.43, Tk 464.52, Tk 441.63, Tk 295.65, Tk 183.12, Tk 223.17 and Tk 196.15 respectively against face value of Tk 100 each.

Metropolitan

Lawmakers, UZ chairmen at loggerheads

Lawmaker and local government representatives blamed each other yesterday for corruption in implementing different development programmes and aid projects at a roundtable discussion.

Mob kills old woman

An elderly beggar woman was killed and three other people were injured in separate incidents of mob beating in the city on Saturday night and yesterday following a rumour of child-lifting.

Proactive disclosure a must for promoting people's right to info

Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) Muhammad Zamir yesterday stressed the need for complying with principles of disclosure of public information that will promote people's right to information, said a press release.

State to bear living cost of unexpected children

The government has finally decided to execute the provision of the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act-2000 for giving subsistence support from the state to the kids born due to rape.

Bangladesh lacking in resources to ecology, environmental protection

Bangladesh is facing huge resource gap to finance massive scaled programmes to protect degrading ecology and dwindling environment due to adverse impacts of climate change.

Netherlands keen to help in water management

The Netherlands wants to help Bangladesh in water management as well as attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Govt to expand search for foreign friends of 1971

A national committee constituted to name distinguished foreigners to be honoured for their 1971 supports presented a draft search list before its third meeting yesterday chaired by Foreign Minister Dipu Moni.

Six killed, 33 injured in road accidents

Six people were killed and 33 injured in separate road accidents in Brahmanbaria, Comilla and Manikganj districts yesterday.

Resist communalism

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni yesterday urged the women to come forward to resist the emergence of communalism across the globe.

Writ to bring back 195 Pak prisoners of war rejected

The High Court (HC) yesterday summarily rejected a writ petition that challenged a 1974 tripartite agreement among India, Pakistan and Bangladesh through which 195 Pakistani prisoners of war (POW) were released.

HC scraps jail sentence of Manju

The High Court yesterday overturned Jatiya Party (JP-Manju) Chairman Anwar Hossain Manju's conviction in a corruption case, on grounds of lack of evidence.

4 realtors asked to submit report to Rajuk on projects

Public Works and Housing Ministry yesterday asked four major real-estate developers to submit report to Rajdhani Unnayan Kartipakhhya (Rajuk) within next two weeks on compliance of conditions laid on their respective housing projects.

Army detonates explosives at Bogra

A team of explosive experts of Bangladesh Army safely detonated 153 cocktails, 14 grenades, a demi mine and an artillery shell recently at Matidali near Bogra town, says an ISPR release.

Rajuk boss to face contempt of court charge Aug 26

The High Court (HC) yesterday directed Chairman of Rajuk Nurul Huda and its two officials to appear before it on August 26 in connection with a contempt of court petition filed against them.

Miscreants cut tele cables in Nilkhet

Around 32,00 telephones under Nilkhet Telephone Exchange have gone out of order as unknown miscreants cut the underground cables and tried to steal, says a press release of Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Ltd (BTCL).

Hearing on tribunal act today

The High Court (HC) yesterday adjourned till today 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.

Fair begins

An eleven-day long Eid fair with the products made by a group of autistic children began in the city yesterday.

Scouts lottery draw Sept 24

The lottery draw organised by Bangladesh Scouts will be held on September 24, says a press release.

Delwar gets anticipatory bail

The High Court (HC) yesterday granted anticipatory bail for two months to BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain in four cases filed on charge of threatening Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Time for drawing salary extended

The teachers and employees of non-government schools, colleges and madrasas will be able to draw their government portion of salaries until August 25.

Photo exhibition on climate change

Dhaka Ahsania Mission yesterday organised a two-day photo exhibition on 'Bangladesh: Climate Change and Disaster' at DRIK gallery in the city.

Two killed in city road crashes

Two people were crushed to death as trucks hit them in the city yesterday.

National

Retrenched jute workers in Khulna getting back jobs

Reinstatement of retrenched workers of state-owned Crescent Jute Mills (CJM) and Platinum Jubilee Jute Mills (PJJM) in Khalishpur industrial belt began yesterday.

CID fails again to place report on further probe

Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal Judge of Sylhet yesterday again deferred the date for filing the report on 'further investigation' in Kibria killing case to 29 August.

They live by collecting and selling fallen hair

Fuli, Rina and Sheuly collect the fallen hair of women from houses and beauty shops and sell it to agents of a few companies. Working under an agent for six hours a day, each of them gets Tk 50 daily.

Mufti Hannan remanded in Bagerhat bomb attack case

Outlawed Harkatul Jihad al-Islami (Huji) chief Mufti Abdul Hannan yesterday said that the former BNP and the four-party alliance government held him on trumped-up charges during its tenure.

Weavers look for trendy designs as festivals near

Every year, the weavers of Tangail offer something new on the occasion of Eid and Puja, the biggest festivals of Muslims and Hindus.

2 outlaws held in Khulna UP chairman killing case

A case was lodged with Phultala Police Station on Tuesday night in connection with the murder of Damodar Union Parishad chairman Sarder Abu Saeed Badal.

'Murder for dowry' triggers agitation in C'nawabganj

Residents of Rajarampur in the town yesterday formed a human chain, brought out a procession, held a rally and submitted a memorandum to the deputy commissioner demanding arrest and punishment to the killers of housewife Afsana Akhtar Biplobi.

A moment's 'mistake' costs Mannan 17 precious years

Abdul Mannan, 55, released from Nilphamari district jail on Friday noon, is one of a thousand long-term convicts who recently got the government's amnesty.

Prices of essentials rise in Jhenidah

Prices of essential commodities have been rising in the kitchen markets of the district since the beginning of Ramadan, a check of sale shows.

3 sued for inciting people to jihad

Three people, including the principal and a teacher of Satkhira Law College, were sued yesterday on charge of distributing leaflets in the town on Saturday night, urging people to join 'jihad' against those who reject Islamic rule in the country.

Councillor, her son held on fraud charge

Police arrested a women councillor of pourasava and her son yesterday on charge of cheating.

Police foil JCD procession

Police foiled a procession of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and arrested three JCD activists in the town yesterday.

3 arms pedlars held

Members of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) held three arms pedlars along with arms and ammunition in Puskuni area of Gomostapur upazila town on Friday night. The arrestees were identified as Hasan, 26, of Ajmatpur area of Shibganj upazila, Rony, 27, of Kansat area and Farooq Hossain, 26, of Kajla area of Nachole upazila. Major Nazrul Islam, Commander of 39 Rifles Battalion of the district said being tipped off a BDR team conducted a drive in the area and arrested the three arms pedlars while they were going to Kansat riding a motorcycle. Later, the border guards recovered a foreign made pistol, four rounds of bullet and a magazine from their possession.

Farmer murdered

Police recovered the body of a farmer, abducted by criminals on Saturday night, at Laxmidharpur village in Mirpur upazila yesterday morning. The deceased was identified as Sujit Roy, 42, younger brother of JSD leader and general secretary of district unit Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee Ashit Singh Roy, hailed from Kazipur village in Daulatpur upzila. Police quoting family sources said a gang numbering 8-10 abducted Sujit on Saturday night at gunpoint from his house. They later took him to a field in nearby Laxmidharpur village and slaughtered him with a sharp weapon. Local people found the body early in the morning and informed the police. Later, police sent the body to Kushtia General Hospital morgue for autopsy.

Five frauds arrested

Police arrested five frauds of an inter-district gang along with 13 fake gold bars from Natunhat area of the town on Saturday. The arrestees are Babu, 26, Selim, 25, Masud, 28, Asad, 24, and Sumon, 27, hailed from Kashiadanga Adorsha Gram village in Rajpara police station area of Rajshahi. Police said local people caught red handed rickshaw-puller Sumon when he was cheating an old woman giving her a fake gold bar in CO Colony area. He was handed over to police after a mob beating. Later, on the basis of his confessional statement police arrested four others of the gang from a rented house in the Natunha area and recovered the fake gold bars.

Letters

Averting road accidents

The number of deaths in road accidents in our country is increasing rapidly. Most of the times, the plain cause of the mishap is reckless driving, especially by the drivers of trucks and buses. Though the ways to avoid these terrible accidents have been discussed time after time, I still want to put forward some of the schemes that are, in my opinions, most effective.

Shamsur Rahman

If Tagore was the last poet in the Bengali tradition, Jibanananda Das was the first of a new breed. And this new breed, in the trend of Bengali modern and post modern poetry, has been unarguably continuous with the powerful contributions of Shamsur Rahman.

Genocide

My dictionary defines genocide as simply “The act of killing a whole group or race of people”. How, when or why they do it, is not relevant. Therefore, if any 'act' results in the death of a group or race of people, then that act is “genocide”.

Child bearing

These days you see professionally successful woman are having babies in their forties after they have achieved the pinnacle of their career. Women lose their natural ability to conceive with age. Egg formation process called oogenesis begins before a girl is born during the prenatal development of the ovaries. In the Embryonic Ovaries the number of eggs cells are determined. Biologically speaking at birth a girl baby is born with two million eggs. During puberty only 3-400,000 eggs remained alive. In case of male, sperm production is continuous since the diploid mother cells that give rise to primary spermatocytes continue mitosis through out life. However sperm count become lower with age in man. Sperms are freshly generated by spermatogenesis compared to the egg which started the process before birth and set the number at early stage of meiotic cell division. Set numbers of eggs during prenatal development in girls continue to die and get aged with the passing of time.

The hallowed month

The Arabic word Ramadan is derived from 'Ramad' which means - to burn or to destroy something by fire. The holy month of fasting is called Ramadan, as during this revered month the Muslims as a whole blaze all sorts of sins including jealousy, evil propensity, bluffing, hostility and so on.

Teaching methods

The Bangladesh government ratified the United Nations' Convention of the Rights of the Children in the early 90s. Twenty years have passed, the children of Bangladesh have not got the benefits of this declaration.

Power plant

Report appeared in newspapers and electronic media recently that Bangladesh government owned enterprise, Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) and Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (PGCI), a subsidiary of government of India, had an understanding to form a company in Bangladesh jointly to set up and operate coal based power plants. Each of the two partners, BPDB and PGCI, would subscribe 50% share of the paid up capital of the joint venture company. It is expected to be a good example of co-operation between the two neighbouring countries in South-East Asia.

School based assessment

The government has recently taken a lot of initiatives to ensure the quality of education. With a view to bringing qualitative changes in education the ministry of education introduced School Based Assessment (SBA) of students as a part of creative question system. Generally, in the secondary schools, the examinations focus on assessing students' ability to memorize what they have been taught. But to ensure a quality education, proper assessment is needed along with an effective syllabus. So, the government asked the schools across the country to carry out SBA of students of class VI-IX, instead of the existing evaluation system that depends solely on examination. With the introduction of the new assessment system, students' promotion to the next class level will depend not only on examination results but also on their performance throughout the year and on their personal development. Some essential qualities such as oral presentation, leadership, tolerance, co-operative attitude, school behaviour, co-curricular activities, and social values are included in the assessment system. But it is a matter of great regret that many a school does not follow the rules of the SBA. There are some teachers in every school who are not at all willing to implement it. They are habituated in traditional lecture method, rather than participatory ones. That's why the students get bored and try to whisper in the classroom. At times, the teachers become emotional and are compelled to give corporal punishment to the students. If the SBA is properly implemented, no student will get chance to waste his valuable time and won't be bored with the learning method.

Wasting gas

The gas is a priceless asset, which is being wasted each and every day due to the negligence of some housewives, who do not realize the value of it. If we observe then we'll see that, they keep the oven on only to save a match stick. Can't the govt. introduce meter system in all furnaces? Though I don't know how much it will cost, but surely the benefit will be huge.

Obama

Recently, Obama's bold claim regarding the rights of the Muslims proved his greatness once again. It would act as a lesson and inspiration for any secularist of the world. His activities prove his greatness. If all the world leaders act like Obama, then the world will be definitely a better place to live in.

Why this behaviour?

8th August, 2010, I went to Aarong for Eid shopping and something happened. I was taking a look at “girl's panjabi''. A foreigner was also there. She took a panjabi out and asked the sales girl that where she could get a pant. The person who has been asked the question did not understand her as she does not know English. The foreigner asked her the same question by saying “pants, I want a pant, do not you have a pant with this?” The sales girl failed to understand her again and was really ashamed of her as she could not speak English and started feeling inferior. She, restlessly, called another sales girl to help her out. This sales girl also found the language difficult, which annoyed the white American, and replied “sorry no pants”. The American Lady, I came to know by her accent, was really amazed with this and said “WEIRD, NO PANTS BUT DISPLAYED SHIRTS. YOU BANGLADESHIES CAN'T EVEN SAY A PROPER ENGLISH SENTENCE”. The scene was going on in front of my eyes but I did not give much attention to it until her two words chocked me “weird” and “you Bangladeshies”. I was so furious with these words that I could not stop myself talking to her and said in English “May be I can help you. I am a customer just like you and a Bangladeshi. What you have just wanted is not “pant' we call it “ pajama” and this is not “shirt”. We call it “panjabi”. These are our customs. We do not know your language as we are not bound to know. It is not so important for us to speak English as we have our own Bangla language.

Animals in danger

Many animals are in danger in the world nowadays. Everyone is just mad to get a pet. Therefore, they are capturing birds, cats and other animals and selling them. This must come to an end.

Rohingyas

Last 11th August, 5 Rohingyas along with 2 Bangladeshis were caught red handed from Ashkona of the capital. This is alarming news for the country. Myanmar pushed thousands of Myanmar citizens into Bangladesh and our government is fostering them with the help of some NGOs but these infiltrators are creating anarchy and a crime network all over the country, especially Cox's Bazar, Bandarban and Rangamati districts.

Over-publicised ruling

Over the last few weeks, I have read many over-enthusiastic articles in this paper on the Supreme Court ruling on the Fifth Amendment. Some writers told us what a historic event it was while others went on and on about how all beautiful things are now going to happen in our beloved Bangladesh. Well guys, excuse me while I laugh!

Urban farming

Urban farming is the practice of cultivating, processing and distributing food in, or around (peri-urban) a village, town or city. Additionally, urban farming can also grip husbandry, aquaculture, agro-forestry and horticulture. These actions also take place in peri-urban areas.

International

Int'l aid for Pak floods crosses $800m

The world has given or pledged more than $800 million to help Pakistan cope with massive floods, the foreign minister said yesterday, as a surging river in the south led authorities to urge thousands more people to evacuate.

Australia could soon return to polls with no final result

Australia's parliament, deadlocked following inconclusive weekend elections, may leave the next government crippled and lead to fresh elections within 18 months, analysts said yesterday.

Myanmar's military junta to win polls

A veteran politician contesting Myanmar's upcoming elections said yesterday the political party backed by the ruling military junta will easily win the most seats because challengers face financial and other handicaps.

Peace with Palestinians doable

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday a settlement with the Palestinians would be "difficult but achievable," as he addressed a sceptical Israeli public on revived US-sponsored peace talks.

Indian cabinet clears nuke liability bill

The cabinet on Friday cleared changes to a bill aimed at opening up the country's $150 billion nuclear power market and it is likely to be placed in parliament on Saturday, a senior Congress party minister said.

PM begins task to build coalition

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has held initial talks with independent candidates to try to form a government after an inconclusive election.

Wikileaks founder points at Pentagon over rape claims

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange said in an interview published Sunday he believed the Pentagon could be behind a rape allegation against him that was swiftly dropped by Swedish authorities.

No formal peace process with the Taliban: Karzai

Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai said yesterday there is no formal discussions between his government and the Taliban, although he admitted to "individual contacts" with the hardline Islamic group.

Rain batters China anew; 94,000 evacuated in flood

Flooding killed four people and forced the evacuation of 94,000 others in the northern Chinese port city of Dandong after heavy rains caused the Yalu river to breach its banks, state media said yesterday.

BP told to submit blow-out preventer removal plan

BP Plc will remove a failed blow-out preventer from its ruptured Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico under watchful eyes of investigators probing the deadly April 20 explosion, the top US official overseeing the oil spill response said.

Japan, India in nuke co-operation talks

The Indian and Japanese foreign ministers have held talks on a civil nuclear co-operation agreement.

Iran unveils long-range drone

Iran unveiled a prototype long-range unmanned bomber yesterday, the latest in a stream of announcements of new Iranian-made military hardware as tension mounts over its nuclear programme.

Psychic crocodile picks Julia for polls win

A saltwater crocodile called Dirty Harry has used his supposed psychic powers to predict that Julia Gillard will win Saturday's tight general election in Australia.

Saudi man 'faces spine-op punishment'

Amnesty International has urged Saudi authorities to stop any attempt to medically paralyse a man as a judicial punishment.

Chinese PM calls for political reform

China has to pursue political reform to safeguard its economic health, Premier Wen Jiabao said during a visit to the booming town of Shenzhen, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

Van Gogh's picture still missing

A Van Gogh painting worth $50 million stolen from a Cairo museum is still missing, Egypt's culture minister says.

Astronauts as weak as 80-year-olds in space

Astronauts can become as weak as 80-year-olds after six months at the International Space Station, according to a new study that raises serious health concerns as Nasa contemplates prolonged trips to asteroids and Mars.

Arts & Entertainment

Selim Al Deen birth anniversary celebration ends

The four-day theatre festival to celebrate the 61st birth anniversary of 'natyacharya' Selim Al Deen ended at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) on August 21. Theatre troupe Swapnodal in association with BSA arranged the festival at the Experimental Theatre Hall, where three troupes staged four Al Deen plays. On the last day, Dhaka Theatre staged Al Deen's visionary work on genocides, “Nimojjon”.

Biplob highlights the ravages of unbridled free market economy

Golam Rabbani Biplob has directed just two films. His films have not been blockbusters but he sticks to his conviction -- that unbridled free market economy is going to destabilise human life in a country like Bangladesh.

Farooki's “Television” receives Asian Cinema Fund

“Television”, a film script jointly written by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki and Anisul Hoque, has received Asian Cinema Fund (script development). Provided by South Korea's Pusan Film Festival, the fund supports Asian independent feature films and documentaries, according to a press release.

Drama serial “Lolita” on Ekushey TV tonight

Drama serial “Lolita” will be aired on ETV tonight at 9:30 pm. The serial is an adaptation of a story by Abdus Salam. Jewel Mahmud wrote and directed the serial.

Eid-special treats from “Ittadi”

Six popular models have performed a dazzling dance for the Eid-special episode of the popular variety show “Ittadi”. The dance number features Imon, Nirob, Sajal, Munmun, Sarika and Monalisa.

Moving images of children

Armed only with a Canon 450D, 34-year-old photographer Farhatullah Beig recently traversed four districts and two cities in Andhra Pradesh, Southern India. His travels took him to the bustling Vishakhapatnam and Hyderabad cities as well as far flung villages. His assignment: to pictorially document the lives of Indian children as part of the 'Young Lives' project of Oxford University.

OP-ED

Police facing criminals' fury

A quick look at the last one week's newspapers will show how desperate the criminals in and around the capital city have become. Stalkers in Nikunja area of the city attacked and injured four members of the police, who had gone there to arrest them responding to a call from a resident of the locality that his sister was being harassed by those stalkers.

CPM's crisis deepens

What the Communist Party of India (Marxist) dreaded the most in West Bengal, its bastion for 33 years, has happened. Trinamool Congress Party leader Mamata Banerjee held a well-attended rally at Lalgarh in the Jangalmahal region bordering Jharkhand, enlisted the support of the People's Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA), and announced the end of Left "hegemony."

Fuelling power generation

Efforts are being made to minimise the suffering of electricity consumers through quick increase in generating capacity both in private and in public sector. This is a laudable effort. Investments and continuation of essential industrial production cannot be expected if adequate electricity supply at a reasonable price cannot be ensured. The country is investing a huge amount of resources to that end.

World economy needs balancing, but how?

Not so long ago, it looked as if the US was getting over its propensity to run unsustainable trade deficits and the world economy could move to "rebalancing" -- meaning that its growth did not depend on unsustainable debt growth in any major member. After a promising start in rebalancing, the world once again faces the danger of keeling over because of the debt crisis in Europe.

Congestion conundrum

Asmall delta has, over the years, gradually become an independent nation -- Bangladesh. Bangladesh is classified as an LDC, has a substantially low literacy rate and employment rate, and 36.3% of the country's population lives below the poverty line.


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