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News of: Sunday, 29th of August, 2010

Front Page

Railway left in the lurch

The struggling Bangladesh Railway is yet to get the much-needed $600 million loan as for three and a half years bureaucracy had been stalling the rail reforms that the multilateral donors insisted on, officials concerned said.

Govt loses much of its shine

One and a half years into power, the government looks to lose much of its shine with fewer people seeing the country moving in the right direction. Also, fewer people are satisfied with the government.

Let Sangsad rule

The parliament has largely lost its power and pre-eminence due to some changes brought to the constitution by the 4th, 5th, 12th and 13th amendments.

Waterbus launched amid scepticism

The much-talked waterbus service was launched yesterday on the Gabtoli-Sadarghat route aiming to ease the city's nagging traffic situation.

Tarique, Khaleda meeting rumour

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's scheduled visit to Saudi Arabia tomorrow to perform Umrah has started a rumour in the party that she would meet her elder son Tarique Rahman during the trip.

Rental power boost for railway

The government is going to implement four projects of Bangladesh Railway involving Tk 900 crore to reinstate two rail routes and develop a third one to ensure smooth supply of fuel for the upcoming rental power plants.

Biman to bank on experience in air

Biman Bangladesh Airlines is likely to increase the retirement age of pilots to 62 years from existing 57 years to get the services of experienced cockpit crew for a longer period.

JP won't appeal

Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad or his party will not appeal to the Appellate Division against the High Court verdict that declared the seventh amendment to the constitution illegal.

BNP takes a swipe at govt

Opposition BNP yesterday came down heavily on the government for withdrawing cases against the ruling Awami League leaders and activists who were charged with murders and thus obstructing justice and rule of law.

Halt gas supply to CNG-run vehicles

Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FBCCI) President AK Azad yesterday suggested the government to stop gas supply to CNG stations and new household consumers.

Trafficker, 8 Rohingyas arrested

Detective Branch (DB) of Police yesterday arrested a trafficker along with eight Rohingya refugees with seven forged Bangladeshi passports yesterday during a raid on a hotel in the city's Segunbagicha area.

Governor of Chinese province due today

China's Yunnan province Governor Qin Guangrong will arrive here today on a two-day official visit to discuss with government leaders setting up of Bangladesh-China direct road and rail connectivity.

Eden student 'killed' at Ashulia

An Eden College student was allegedly killed in her in-laws' house at Ashulia, on the outskirts of the capital, yesterday.

Quake in Iran kills three

At least three people were killed and dozens injured by an earthquake that jolted northern Iran, state radio reported yesterday.

Ground Zero Mosque may get public financing

The Muslim centre planned near the site of the World Trade Center attack could qualify for tax-free financing, a spokesman for City Comptroller John Liu said on Friday, and Liu is willing to consider approving the public subsidy.

Japan voters prefer Kan to powerbroker Ozawa

A majority of Japanese want Prime Minister Naoto Kan to stay on despite a challenge posed by powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa ahead of a party presidential race next month, Kyodo News reported yesterday.

Editorial

Roads in disrepair and citizens in misery

IT is the same old story all over again. It is the monsoon season and just when citizens are in need of life being kept normal, they see that the roads they must use are in pitiable conditions once more. Six months have gone by since roads in the city's Hazaribagh and Rayerbazar area were dug up by the Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) to install storm sewers. In any civilised society, this kind of work would have begun and ended in a few weeks. But in the particularly sordid conditions in which we live, it really matters little to the authorities whether or not the amenities we are entitled to as citizens are there. Now an engineer of the Dhaka City Corporation tries to explain away the problem by suggesting that after installing the storm sewers, Wasa covered the dug-up roads with earth rather than sand. Our question is simple: where was the DCC when Wasa was committing this manifest wrong?

Introduction of waterbus

THE introduction of waterbus on the Sadarghat-Gabtali waterway is good news for the city commuters who are finding it increasingly difficult to travel by bus, or any other mode of transport, for that matter, as traffic congestion is now threatening to paralyse everything in the metropolis.

Sports

Dilshan does it for Lanka

Tillakaratne Dilshan cracked an impressive century to set up Sri Lanka's 74-run victory over India in the triangular Micromax Cup one-day series final on Saturday.

Transfer window now in October

The players' transfer for this season's Bangladesh League has been delayed to the first week of October.

Broad all over Pakistan

Pakistan collapsed spectacularly yet again this series as England closed in on an innings victory in the fourth and final Test at Lord's on Saturday.

Stuart savours ton

Stuart Broad couldn't resist having a sly dig at father Chris after his maiden Test century helped turn England's series finale against Pakistan on its head at Lord's on Friday.

Match heading for a draw

Rain again thwarted Worcestershire's County Championship Division Two match against Northamp-tonshire on the fourth and final day at the County Ground in Northampton yesterday.

Gay flies, Semenya fails

US sprinter Tyson Gay overcame a false start to steam to victory in the 100m at the season's final Diamond League meet here on Friday, but Caster Semenya failed in her bid to win the women's 800m.

Cairns's diamond life

Former New Zealand cricket all-rounder Chris Cairns has spent the last two years reinventing himself in the United Arab Emirates.

BCCI sides with secy

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday threw its weight behind secretary N Srinivasan and rejected suspended Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Lalit Modi's allegations that the senior official fixed the 2009 players' auction.

Wozniacki in final

Caroline Wozniacki, the top women's seed at the US Open, has a little more work to do before the last Grand Slam of the year starts on Monday.

Simao calls time on int'l career

Atletico Madrid winger Simao on Friday announced his retirement from international football with Portugal, in a letter made public by the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF).

Chelsea keep on winning

Chelsea maintained their superb start to the season with a 2-0 win over Stoke on Saturday that kept the Premier League champions on top of the table.

Pakistan manager to quit

Pakistan cricket team manager Yawar Saeed has decided to quit from the post after the ongoing series against England.

Div I football

Palli Mangal Samity defeated Sonali Atit Club 4-1 in the Hafijul Islam Khan Uttu Smriti First Division Football League at the Shaheed Miraz-Tapan Stadium yesterday.

Rudi's dig at Aussie trio

In a scathing criticism of former Australian players, retired umpire Rudi Koertzen on Saturday said Glenn McGrath always 'moaned and whinged' while Andrew Symonds and Matthew Hayden had to be policed closely in their playing days.

No UDRS for Indo-Aussie Test series

The Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) will not be used for the India-Australia Tests in October, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has said.

Match heading for a draw

Rain again thwarted Worcestershire's County Championship Division Two match against Northamp-tonshire on the fourth and final day at the County Ground in Northampton yesterday.

Rovers gunned down

Theo Walcott and Andrei Arshavin fired Arsenal to a 2-1 win over Blackburn in a frenetic encounter at Ewood Park on Saturday.

SuperCup Atletico's

Atletico Madrid defeated Champions League winners Inter Milan 2-0 on Friday to lift the European SuperCup, delivering an early-season body blow to coach Rafael Benitez.

Bayern humiliated

Defending champions Bayern Munich suffered a shock defeat in only their second German league game of the season on Friday as they were stunned 2-0 by 10-man Kaiserslautern, the Bundesliga's new boys.

Ibra's agent blamed

Barcelona on Friday threatened to terminate the contract linking them with Mino Raiola, the agent of their striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, after he criticised club coach Pep Guardiola in the press.

Liverpool shift focus

Fabio Aurelio has warned Liverpool to forget their European exploits and concentrate on the Premier League after labelling Sunday's home fixture with West Brom as a must-win game.

Micho staying at Bayern

Argentina's out-of-favour defender Martin Demichelis will stay at Bayern Munich and fight for his place, his agent told German television on Saturday.

Magpies take Ben Arfa on loan

Newcastle signed France winger Hatem Ben Arfa from Marseille on a season-long loan on Saturday.

Roma seal Burdisso move

AS Roma have signed Nicolas Burdisso from Inter Milan for eight million euros, the capital-based club said Saturday.

Juventus sign Quagliarella

Juventus on Friday announced that they have signed Italy international striker Fabio Quagliarella on a season-long loan with an option to buy from Serie A rivals Napoli.

'Fabiano too expensive'

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp claims his bid to sign Luis Fabiano from Sevilla could be scuppered because the Spanish club are asking for "crazy money" for the Brazil forward.

Business

Land port loads to double by 2013

Government officials expect the volume of goods trucked into Bangladesh to more than double by 2013, with eased transhipment with India, Nepal and Bhutan, they said last week.

Other nations' expat transfers cover US drop

Remittance inflows from all countries except from the USA increased despite a fall in manpower exports in the last fiscal year, according to Bangladesh Bank (BB) figures.

Bank of Japan on edge at yen

The Japanese central bank will likely hold an emergency policy meeting early next week to discuss additional monetary easing, a report said Saturday.

Muhith spurs entrepreneurs into power sector

Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday urged entrepreneurs to invest more in the country's power sector.

SEC sits today with merchant bankers

The implementation of 'net asset value' calculation will be high on agenda in the regulator's meeting with merchant bankers today.

Minimum wage for all?

The Daily Star caught up with Alan Manning, a London School of Economics (LSE) professor, last week at a reception hosted by alumni association of LSE in Bangladesh. Alan, who has published extensively on UK minimum wage, unemployment and related labour issues, was in Dhaka for a week with his Bangladesh-born wife and their children. Our nation has struggled for years to set an acceptable wages in the apparel industry, the country's largest manufacturing sector. He was aware of this, but has not studied it, and so agreed to answer more general questions about national minimum wages and their effects around the world.

Hail to the monk of the nation

“He collapsed right in the middle of a packed courtroom. He was one of this country's most distinguished trial lawyers.”

Cairn moves to allay India fears over sale to Vedanta

British oil explorer Cairn Energy moved Friday to allay India's worries about its proposed sale of a majority stake in its Indian energy unit to mining giant Vedanta Resources.

Wall Street awaits US jobs report

Wall Street may be in for another rocky week, as traders brace for negative data topped by an expected rise in the US unemployment rate that could dampen economic recovery prospects.

Bernanke delivers blow to bond-buying hopes

US Treasuries prices fell sharply on Friday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke signalled no new bond buying by the U.S. central bank was imminent, triggering the biggest sell-off in three months.

Microcredit alone can't cut it

Microcredit alone cannot eradicate poverty as it needs training, education and housing also to effectively use the credit to attain sustainable development, said Quazi Mesbahuddin Ahmed, managing director of Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF), yesterday.

Regulate operators to remove overhead cables fast

The internet service providers (ISPs) yesterday asked for more government supervision on the country's burgeoning optical fibre operators to expedite the timely removal of overhead cables across the capital.

Brand Forum's leadership summit set for Oct 2

Bangladesh Brand Forum (BBF) is set to organise a 'leadership summit' to encourage local companies and entrepreneurs to participate more effectively in uplifting economic activities.

Treat public spending on MDGs as debt financing

The government should convince donors so that they consider the public spending on issues relating to millennium development goals (MDGs) as debt financing, a former governor of Bangladesh Bank has suggested.

Oil falls

Oil prices retreated in Asian trade Friday as concerns over weak US economic data pervaded crude markets, analysts said.

Airbus 'comfortable' with A350 delivery targets

European airplane maker Airbus is "comfortable" with delivery commitments for its future A350 long-distance passenger model, the company's chief operating officer said Friday.

China Unicom to sell Apple iPad next month

China Unicom is likely to start selling Apple's iPad tablet computer in the world's largest Internet market in mid to late-September, state-run media said Friday.

Iberia flies back into profit

Spanish flag carrier Iberia, which is due to merge with British Airways, flew into the black in the second quarter, posting net profits of 31 million euros on an upturn in demand, it said Friday.

Intel downgrades Q3 revenue forecast

Intel slashed Friday its third quarter revenue forecast due to lower demand for computers, leading to a sharp selloff of the microchip giant's shares.

Weekly Currency Roundup

August 22- 26, 2010
International Markets

This week international currencies traded in a wide band, and there was very high volatility. Poor data coming out of the US caused a sharp decline in Risk appetite, and higher yielding currencies and commodities experienced a sharp sell off. By Thursday there was some turnaround as the market had oversold. The euro rose on Thursday as a rise in global share prices prompted investors to pick up

Gold dips

The price of gold dipped to $1,235 an ounce on Friday from $1,237 on Thursday on the London Bullion Market.

Correction

In a Friday caption, it was inadvertently printed that Dhaka Bank Chairman Reshadur Rahman was handing a Tk 1 crore cheque to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Actually, the photo was of City Bank, where its Vice Chairman Hossain Mehmood was seen handing over a Tk 50 lakh cheque to the premier. We regret the mistake.

Metropolitan

Govt runs country on dictates of foreign powers

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday cautioned the Awami League government that people would not allow running the country on dictates of foreign powers.

Stop plying of faulty vessels

The government should take effective measures to stop plying of faulty and risky vessels on the eve of the Eid-ul-Fitr, speakers demanded yesterday.

Question leak again?

Allegation of question leak has once again been brought involving an evaluation test for government jobs.

Reach consensus on scrapping Vested Property Act: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged the country's Hindu community leaders to reach consensus among them about annulling the Vested Property Act so that government can take a decision.

Nine drug peddlers jailed by mobile court

An anti-narcotics mobile court sentenced nine drug peddlers, arrested from different parts of the capital, six months to one years' simple imprisonment yesterday.

Five BCL men expelled from Ctg veterinary university

Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Science University (CVASU) authority yesterday expelled five Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists for lifetime and punished four other students on disciplinary ground.

Road crashes kill four

At least four people were killed in separate road accidents in Satkhira, Chapainawabganj and Kishoreganj on Friday and yesterday.

Tiger kills fisherman

A fisherman was killed in an attack by a tiger at Porakatna in Chankuri river of Sundarbans in Shyamnagar upazila of Satkhira yesterday.

AL leader, three others hurt in road accident

Awami League (AL) Presidium Member Ataur Rahman Khan Kaiser and three others were injured in a road accident at Ramu in Cox's Bazar yesterday.

Int'l standard curriculum for higher edn stressed

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday called for formulating a modern, international standard and contemporary curriculum for the higher education as the standard of higher education in the country is not up to the mark to compete at the global level.

Students protest new admission system

A group of Dhaka University students of Institute of Education and Research (IER) yesterday protested the new admission system for freshers to the institute.

Mother hacked to death by mentally ill son

A mentally ill son hacked to death his mother in Miar Bazar area at Banskhali upazila here on Friday night.

Trader shot, mugged Tk 42,000 in city

A gang of muggers shot and injured a trader, snatched Tk 42,000 from him at capital's Pallabi on Dhaka-Ashulia highway yesterday.

National

Smuggled 'infected' cattle meat on sale in border areas

Sale of smuggled Indian cattle meat in several border areas of Dinajpur and Joypurhat districts is now a common scene as hundreds of buyers thong there to get the meat for less than half of local market price.

Lalmonirhat flood situation worsens

Flood situation in the district deteriorated yesterday as the Teesta river water crossed danger level again at Daliya point of Hatibandha upazila.

RU body to probe war crimes start functioning

The recently formed probe committee at Rajshahi University (RU) has started collecting information to identify people who committed war crimes and crimes against humanity on the campus during the Liberation War in 1971.

Hired outlaws killed Khulna UP chairman

Five armed cadres of Janajuddha faction of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) were hired to kill Damodar Union Parishad chairman Sarder Abu Saeed Badal.

400 kids attend classes risking life

More than 400 students of Chhotomerung Ashrafia Dakhil Madrasa under Dighinala upazila are attending their classes, risking life as cracks have developed in several parts of the madrasa building.

Man kills daughter, youth hacks father to death

A man killed his eight-month-old daughter in Nachole upazila of Chapainawabganj district on Friday night while a youth hacked his father to death in Saturia upazila of Manikganj district the same night.

Two fake fertiliser factories sealed

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized 460 sacks of adulterated MOP fertiliser from Lalkrisnapur area of Lalpur upazila of the district on Friday night.

Kirtonkhola devours market, poses threat to highway

Barisal-Bhola Highway is in danger of being washed away due to massive erosion by Kirtonkhola River in Barisal.

Erosion renders 50,000 homeless

Erosion by seven rivers has rendered over 50,000 people of 12,000 families in nine upazilas of the district homeless in the last two years.

UP chairman, 8 others sued

Nine people, including a union parishad chairman, were sued for their alleged bid to sell 2,750 kg rice meant for distribution under VGF programme in Kendua upazila under Netrakona district yesterday.

Tiger kills fisherman

A fisherman was killed by tiger at Porakatla in the river Chunkuri in the Sundarbans yesterday. The victim was identified as Naba Kumar Dhibar, 35 son of Babu Lal Dhibar of village Mathurapur in Shyamnagar upazila.

BSF stabs one, abducts 2

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) stabbed a Bangladeshi cattle trader and abducted two others from Putkhali frontier of Benapole early yesterday. The injured was identified as Habib, son of Abul Morol of Putkhali village while the identities of the two others could not be known immediately. BSF troops of Angrail camp caught the three while they were crossing the border with cattle and stabbed Habib indiscriminately, a BDR official told this correspondent. They left the place along with the two other cattle traders, leaving Habib on the spot, suspecting him dead, the official added. Injured Habib however managed to reach his village home and local people admitted him to Jessore 200-bed Hospital.

2 Jamaat men held

Police arrested two Jamaat-e-Islami men from Nimtola Bazar in Gomostapur upazila of Chapainawabganj yesterday morning. The arrestees were identified as Tazer Hossain, 52, Jamaat ameer of Gomostapur upazila unit and Mohammad Shamsuzzoha, 52, a rokon of the party. Jahangir Hossain, officer-in-charge (OC) of Gomostapur police station, said Jamaat activists brought out a procession from their Noongola office around 11:00am. Police arrested Tazer and Shamsuzzoha at Nimtola Bazar as they tried to stage procession defying the order of the law enforcers.

6 sued for journo killing

Six people have been sued for their alleged involvement in the murder of MA Hasan Dhali, Khulna correspondent of private television channel My TV. Daulatpur police station recorded the case filed by Jharna Khatoon, wife of the slain journalist, at 11:00pm on Thursday. The accused are Babul Akhter, Masud Khan, Mamun, Murad, Shafiqul Islam and Fariduzzaman. Jharna Khatun on Wednesday filed a petition case with the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court. After hearing, CMM Md Barekuzzaman ordered the officer-in-charge (OC) of Daulatpur police station to record the petition as a regular case. My TV journalist Hasan Dhali was abducted from Daulatpur on August 9. His decomposed body was found in a ditch at Louhajang upazila of Munshiganj district on August 11. On August 16, OC Fakhrul Alam of Daulatpur police station refused to take the case, saying that the incident occurred at Louhajang upazila of Munshiganj district.

Youth commits 'suicide'

A mentally challenged youth allegedly committed suicide at his house at College Road in the district town on Thursday night. The deceased was identified as Khairul Islam, 20, son of Mostafa Kamal, a BDR member. Police quoting family sources said Khairul who was suffering from mental illness since long, committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling fan of his living room at midnight. They said Khairul tried to commit suicide twice in the past. Police on information recovered the body and sent it to hospital morgue for autopsy.

Letters

Child beating

Physical beating of children by caning, ear twisting and hard slapping, has been practiced, and is still being practiced in 'Maktabs' and primary and secondary schools in Bangladesh, as reported in most dailies over the last few weeks. One wonders if it is a good or logical practice in raising and teaching very young children the proverbial "3Rs"!

Playgrounds

While we were students, we used to play in the fields regularly in Mohammadpur. We had to encounter some encroachers and we found out that the number of playgrounds was dwindling. Now, there remains almost no playground in Mohammadpur. Some leaders of the political parties are the inspiration for the encroachers in this regard.

Admission crisis

A severe crisis has been predicted to loom over the admission of the students, who have passed the HSC-levels this year, to higher educational institutions due to dearth of seats in medical colleges, national universities and other different private and public universities. Besides the universities, a shocking situation is likely to occur in the leading colleges in cities where many bright students are unlikely to get admission due to shortage of seats.

Power crisis

We have been facing power crisis for decades mainly because of our inadequate capacity to generate electricity. As many power plants run using CNG, the demand of CNG is increasing. The government has taken a decision to close the CNG stations from 3pm to 9pm daily to balance supply and demand.

Ramadan

Ramadan is a month of training for each believer. This month is divided into three parts-- the first ten days of Rahmat, the middle ten days of Magfirat and the last ten days of Najat. In fact, each day is of Rahmat for a Mumin as s/he engages her/himself in doing good throughout her or his life. Everyone should take lessons of the holy Ramadan and apply those in his or her life.

Tax on saving certificates

For most senior citizens, saving to reduce tax liability is hardly a viable option. Nor does it make sense. Ironically, most of them are wholly dependent on the income from the investments they made during their working life in tax saving schemes such as the Employees' Provident Fund and the Public Provident Fund. To suggest a similar method to save and reduce taxes during their retirement is unjust on many other counts as well. The point has repeatedly been made that the present generation of senior citizens has not benefited from macro-economic policies of the recent past. A period of historically low interest rates has certainly enabled many individuals to borrow against future income and buy homes and other assets.

Draft Police Ordinance

Your timely opinion on the whereabouts of the 2007 Police Ordinance makes a passionate plea that has been heard a hundred times since independence. While I commend your earnestness and hopefulness, please allow me to be more realistic. The cold fact of the matter is that no political government, regardless of the party in power, will ever willingly undertake any reform that would check its own unbridled power. I am in my late thirties now. Since my teenage years I have seen well attended seminars and symposia on reforming police ordinances, updating preventive detention laws, creating autonomous local authorities, and establishing the constitutionally mandated office of the national ombudsman. Except for a few meaningful reforms pushed through by non-political caretaker governments, nothing has ever come of the beautiful speeches given at these symposia. The Bangladeshi politician and the Bangladeshi bureaucrat are two creatures who have an inherent belief that the nation owes them subservience for the good of all concerned. To expect such creatures to willingly give up their jealously guarded privileges of lordship over the masses is to be optimistic beyond reason. It has not happened in forty years and it is not about to happen now, notwithstanding the prose at seminars and passion in editorials.

Writing letters

Day after day, year after year, some good-thinking people are writing in your 'Letters To The Editor' section. Are there any solutions of the points and problems raised in those letters? Where are the follow-ups?

No more university!

Recently the Microsoft-founder Bill Gates at a Techonomy conference in Lake Tahoe, Calif said- “Place-based colleges are good for parties, but are becoming less crucial for learning, thanks to the Internet.”

Amnesty appreciated

The government recently released nearly 1000 long-serving prisoners, recognising their good behaviour and other things. Many of them have already served over 20 years of imprisonment and have grown old. The authorities took this issue into consideration and rewarded the prisoners who had showed remorse for their wrong-doings. This act of kindness from the government is greatly appreciated.

Ground Zero

This is an election year for the lawmakers (Congress) in the USA, which is only a couple of months away from the election day. The Right-wingers do not have real issues because the Republican rule for the last two terms have completely ruined the US economy. Irrational and unjust Iraq war have drained the US treasury of one trillion dollar, almost 5,000 soldiers died and several thousand were severely injured. On the Iraqi side tens of thousands of innocent civilians were killed or injured for no reason. The US has lost its moral and ethical image in the world scene by brutally treating people in Iraqi prisons. Now the Religious right Republicans have this Mosque issue out of context to incite hatred and raw ethnic emotion to arouse sentiments to win the election.

Lawbreakers everywhere

That day I was passing through Mirpur Road, I had to stop over a bookshop to pick up some books. After I had reached there, I noticed a car parked just beside the shop.

Aarong incident

This is in response to letter written by Ms. Tasnuva Sharmin, published on 23rd August. It may seem unusual but I really cannot agree with her assessment or handling of the situation. As someone who has spent a considerable amount of time in another country where the populace knew neither English nor Bengali, I can actually relate to the frustration felt by this American woman. But a lot of the time I did get assistance from other helpful locals who were familiar with English and this helped alleviate my problems. If Ms. Sharmin was fluent in English, would it not have been more prudent/helpful to actually translate for her? I mean she is a guest after all. The American woman's comment , although disparaging, could simply be translated as frustration and lack of understanding of our cultural attire. But is it not up to us to make foreigners aware of our culture, history and social norms? Not everything can be learnt from a guidebook and maybe a little sympathy and communication would have made things a lot easier.

USA immigration policy

As a man of the law I am aware of the intricacies of citizenship and the fickle nature of international law; it is very difficult for people born with ethnic roots in one country to receive citizenship of another. It is even more difficult, verging on the impossible nowadays, if you are from a third world country and trying to get citizenship of a first world nation. We don't call the industrially developed nations the first world for no reason, everything from life expectancy to education is better there, and in comparison to our own country maybe a million fold better. So everyone and their kitchen cook is trying to get themselves to one of these first world countries, especially the USA, and dreaming of becoming a citizen. And so these first world countries are making it more and more difficult for people like us to get in.

Private cars and traffic jam

Previous projects or plans which had been accepted to control traffic jam in the capital were car oriented, not human oriented. STP (Strategy for transportation plan) that was approved by caretaker govt is a glaring example. Thirty five percent financial allotment was also kept in STP for private car-friendly transportation. This was not expected by us. Because, only five percent citizens of Dhaka have private cars. A few days ago, a daily newspaper revealed a report that 100 private cars land on the roads of Dhaka every day.

Suppression of women

This is in response to an interview published in 17th July issue of the 'Star Insight' entitled 'Dr Yasmeen Haque: A Voice of Strenth' by Rafi Hossain. There Dr Yasmeen Haque(provost of the Shahid Janoni Jahanara Imam Hall at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology) stated in her interview that “ I believe once women find their voice to protest wrongs, a voice to claim their rights, half the gender rights battle will have been won.” Her comment was proved wrong within a month when some female students of 1st year 2nd semester formed a peaceful human chain protesting fee hike of women dormitories. Notice was given to the students to vacate the hall. Whither rights of women?

Tolerance

There is a saying, "gorom vaat e biral bejar, uchit kothay bondhu bejar". If you offer a cat it won't like steaming hot rice, it will sniff and express dissatisfaction and move away. And when you say the righteous words to a friend that goes against his stand, he is likely to dislike those words and your friendship may be ruined, it depends on his power to take the truth because true words are intolerable.

Armed guards, not gunmen

Recently some newspapers referring to the ministry of education and University Grants Commission have reported that the VCs of our public universities are going to be provided with 'gunmen' for strengthening their safety and security. Here the word 'gunmen, which is the plural form of 'gunman', is not appropriate at all. The meaning of 'gunman', according to Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary, is 'a man who uses a gun to steal from or kill people'. That means gunmen are robbers or muggers or dacoits. Can they be employed for anybody's security? Actually, the word, 'armed guards' should be used instead of 'gunmen'.

International

Pak militants surrender after hostage drama

Islamic militants who overpowered their guards and took them hostage during interrogation at an army building in northwest Pakistan yesterday have surrendered, the army said.

China seeks nuke talks with N Korea

China is lobbying neighbours to sign up to a road map for renewed nuclear disarmament talks with North Korea, whose leader Kim Jong-il is visiting China amid conciliatory words and threats of "holy war."

India military ties on track despite visa row: China

China said yesterday that military ties with India remained on track, despite a visa row that some reports said led to a freeze in defence contacts between the two big neighbours with sometimes testy relations.

Taliban attack Nato bases in Afghanistan

About two dozen Taliban militants -- including suicide bombers -- were killed in a failed attempt to storm two US-run bases in a volatile town in eastern Afghanistan, Nato said yesterday.

Heated nails hammered into Lankan maid

A Sri Lankan maid recovering from surgery to remove 19 nails from her body told doctors her Saudi employer had heated the nails before hammering them into her body, an official said yesterday.

Encephalitis kills 211 in India, toll likely to soar

At least 211 people, most of them children, have died in an outbreak of Japanese encephalitis in an impoverished region of northern Indian and the death toll is likely to soar, officials said yesterday.

World yet to wake up: Walesa

Three decades after Polish trade union Solidarity rocked the Soviet bloc, the world has yet to come to terms with the end of the Cold War, the movement's iconic founder Lech Walesa says.

Australian PM woos 'kingmaker' MPs

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard courted one of five minority lawmakers key to resolving the nation's political stalemate yesterday, as polling showed their voters favoured her rival.

Lead investigator in Mexico massacre goes missing

A lead investigator and another official looking into the massacre of 72 migrants whose bodies were found this week in northern Mexico are missing, President Felipe Calderon said Friday.

Myanmar army reshuffle 'biggest change in decades'

A major reshuffle by Myanmar's ruling junta marks the biggest shift within the military in decades, with changes to more than 70 senior army officers' positions, an officer said yesterday.

Lanka holds withdrawal of on-arrival visa

Sri Lanka yesterday suspended plans to scrap on-arrival visas for most nationals, including visitors from the US, Europe, Australia and Japan.

Top Kashmir woman separatist leader arrested

Hardline woman separatist leader Asiya Andrabi, believed to be one of the masterminds of the current unrest in the Kashmir Valley, was arrested from a hideout here, police said yesterday.

US considers fresh approach to North

The United States, looking for a diplomatic breakthrough on the Korean Peninsula, has begun weighing a fresh effort at engagement with the government of North Korea, The New York Times reported.

Iraq on highest alert for terror attacks

The Iraqi prime minister put his nation on its highest alert for terror attacks, as insurgents hammer Iraqi security forces preparing to take over for a US combat mission that formally ends on Tuesday.

Iraq war is ending, his promise is kept

President Barack Obama said yesterday Iraq could "chart its own course" and told Americans the drawdown of US troops helped fulfil a promise he made during the 2008 presidential campaign.

Insurgents kill five in troubled Thai south

Suspected Islamist militants shot and killed two women and three men in a spike of violence in Thailand's restive south during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, local police said yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Revisiting Nazrul’s “Jodi Aar Banshi Na Bajey”

Kazi Nazrul Islam, the National Poet of Bangladesh, has written on myriad themes including love, freedom and revolution. He opposed bigotry in the name of religion and gender. His impassioned patriotic stance against the British rule earned him prison at times.

The mesmeric enigma of calligraphy

Najib Tareque is a promising painter who graduated from Institute of Fine Arts (now Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka) in 1987. He has worked as an artist at different Bangla newspapers. Tareque's earlier works highlighted nature, figures, portraits and sketches. His portraits and figures are semi-realistic and at times surrealistic or impressionistic.

Nazrul Institute observes National Poet’s death anniversary

To mark the 34th death anniversary of the National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, Nazrul Institute arranged a discussion and award-giving programme at the Sufia Kamal Auditorium, National Museum, Shahbagh, on August 27. The programme featured a discussion on the groundbreaking Nazrul poem “Bidrohi” by eminent researchers and personalities.

Artist Gulshan Hossain attending painting symposium in France

Artist Gulshan Hossain recently left for Paris, to participate in an International Painting Symposium to be held in Normandy, France for three weeks, according to a press release. Gulshan is among 25 artists selected for the symposium.

Angelina Jolie to write, direct movie on Bosnia war

Angelina Jolie is working on her debut as a filmmaker with a love story against the backdrop of the Bosnian conflict, but will not star in it as previously reported, the Hollywood trade press said Thursday.

Sudhin Das and Bipul Bhattacharya to receive Shaheed Altaf Mahmood Padak

Nazrul exponent Sudhin Das and noted folk singer Bipul Bhattacharya will receive this year's Shaheed Altaf Mahmood Padak. The award-giving programme will be held at the Liberation War Museum tomorrow (August 30) at 4 pm. Altaf Mahmood was abducted by Pakistani military on August 30, 1971.

The “It” couple of Bollywood

After two decades in Bollywood, superstar Shahrukh Khan has for the first time done his first full length commercial ad film with his wife Gauri who however rules out that this is a prelude to her entry into feature films.

“Shapla Studio” on ETV

TV play “Shapla Studio” will be aired on Ekushey Television on Eid day at 9:30 pm. Written by Brindaban Das, the play has been directed by Dipu Hazra.

Painting competition for children

A painting competition among the school children was held in Tangail Public Library last Friday to mark the second anniversary of Diganta Television, a private TV channel.

OP-ED

Contempt of court: Relic from our colonial past?

CRITICS argue that the law of contempt of court is archaic and should be abolished. They say it's merely a relic from our colonial past. The whole idea of contempt originates from the notion of a deified and infallible Sovereign. Courts derive their authority from the Sovereign; judges are simply his nominees and their utterances and rulings stem from the King.

Mosque controversy and plight of Muslims in US

FOR the last several weeks both print and electronic media here in the US have been abuzz with only one topic -- the proposed Islamic Center near Ground Zero of New York (the place where the Twin Towers once stood). The clamour over the proposed centre (usually referred to as mosque by the media) has been so great that even the US president had to comment on it.

Minimisation of rice yield gap

BANGLADESH is basically a land scarce country where agriculture is the mainstay of the economy, contributing over 20.87% of the gross domestic product (GDP). Presently, about 62% of the country's land, amounting to about 8.5 million hectares, is devoted to crop cultivation.

Reactivating Trading Corporation of Bangladesh

AS the successor of erstwhile Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP), TCB started its operation as the only governmental agency for import of essential food items like edible oil, sugar, onions, flour, salt etc. to keep the prices of these commodities at an acceptable level.



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