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News of: Monday, 30th of August, 2010

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Other side of OSD

Patches of dried blood still covered the printed sofa and the grey carpet in the modest living room at the officers' quarters in Banani. It marks the spot where one of the city's faceless bureaucrats, Shahidur Rahman, put a German .25 automatic pistol against his head and pulled the trigger.

China keen on road, rail links

China is keen to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Bangladesh on road and rail communications between the two countries.

AL leaders feast on it

The allegation of irregularities in a government scheme to provide job to the ultra poor in Gauripur upazila is now being investigated by a committee made up of the same persons who supervised the project.

Ershad meets Hasina

Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad yesterday met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to “discuss his fate” in the wake of the August 26 High Court verdict declaring his military regime illegal.

44 workers stranded in Sharjah for 5 months

At least 44 Bangladeshi workers have been languishing in the United Arab Emirates for the last five months after they sued their employers for not paying wages for nearly a year.

Cops finally move to sue lawmaker Shaon

Detective Branch of police is preparing to file an arms case against ruling party lawmaker Nurunnabi Chowdhury Shaon.

Shops at Banani playground demolished

A team of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) yesterday demolished around 50 makeshift shops erected at Banani playground following a report carried in this daily on August 22.

Dhaka's 2nd int'l airport to be built under PPP

The cabinet committee on economic affairs has approved the building of a second international airport near Dhaka under public-private partnership (PPP).

Ctg ship-breaker fined for ignoring workers' safety

The Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday fined a ship-breaking yard at Sonaichhari under Sitakunda upazila Tk 7 lakh for ignoring workers' safety and environmental pollution.

Confusion over Fitra

In a span of three days, the Islamic Foundation has fixed this year's fitra at Tk 100 and Tk 45 per head creating confusion among people.

Four deals signed

Bangladesh and Chinese Yunnan Province yesterday signed four Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) aiming to enhance further cooperation in the areas of agriculture, tourism, energy and education.

Rules of business ignored

The Cabinet Division has taken measures to prevent violations of the government's rules of business by some ministries and divisions, regarding obligation to consult the foreign ministry on issues that affect the country's international relations.

MoU with India today on coal fired power plant in Khulna

Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Indian National Thermal Power Company (NTPC) today for cooperation in the power sector between the two countries and to set up a 1,320 megawatt coal-fired power plant in Khulna.

Policy soon to stop corporal punishment to children

The education ministry has decided to formulate a policy guideline to stop corporal punishment in classrooms to ensure a more conducive atmosphere for the students.

Mob beats 2 'kidnappers' to death

Local people beat two abductors to death and rescued two businessmen three hours after their abduction in Kushtia Sadar upazila yesterday.

Ex-BCIC chief Imam quizzed

Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday interrogated Major Gen (retd) Imamuzzaman Chowdhury, former chairman of Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation (BCIC), in the 2004 case of 10 truckloads of firearms and ammunition.

Law soon to try usurpers of power

Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Barrister Shafique Ahmed yesterday said new law will have to be enacted by parliament to hold trial of the usurpers of the state power through martial law in accordance with the Supreme Court judgment.

Pay wages, bonus to workers before Eid

Labour and Employment Minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain yesterday asked the RMG owners to pay all wages, overtime dues and bonus of the workers before Eid-ul-Fitr.

Four factories fined for food adulteration

Rapid Action Battalion yesterday in an anti-adulteration drive fined four factories in old Dhaka for producing adulterated vermicelli and fraud in marketing the product.

ACC sues Khoka's daughter

The Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday filed a case against Dhaka City Corporation Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka's daughter Sarika Sadeque for non-submission of wealth statement within the given deadline.

Pak players caught in match fix scam

World cricket was rocked as Pakistan's cricket team were embroiled in an alleged betting scam Sunday after British police arrested a man on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud bookmakers during the fourth Test against England at Lord's.

Myanmar chief ensures loyalty with landmark army reshuffle

The scale of Myanmar's secretive military reshuffle, its largest in decades, reveals the junta chief's determination to maintain his superiority as a rare election approaches, analysts say.

Editorial

Revive the railways

The government's sluggishness with regard to revitalising the Bangladesh Railway (BR) is deplorable to say the least. Our railway system is the most potential yet the most neglected sector in the country. Not only has not a single kilometer of new track been added to the nearly 3000 kilometer tracks that we inherited during partition, if anything the railway network has shrunk, and currently only 30 percent of the total surface area is covered by railways in the country.

Pakistan's difficult road to recovery

Pakistan's miseries go on. In the one month since floods began to ravage the country, conditions have been turning for the worse with reports of diseases and plain hunger coming in from inaccessible parts of the flood-affected regions. That, again, is a reality not to be easily averted. With more than a fifth of Pakistan now under floodwaters and with the rivers still rising because of the endless rains, it is hard to see how --- and how soon --- it can get on to the road to recovery.

Sports

Pakistan taint cricket again

Pakistan's cricket team were embroiled in an alleged betting scam Sunday after British police arrested a man on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud bookmakers during a Test match against England.

No-balls: who, how & when

They are the three no-balls that will be recorded in the statistics books forever -- and will be remembered for shaking cricket to its core.

Eng thrash ashamed Pakistan once more

England crushed Pakistan by an innings and 225 runs to win the fourth and final Test at Lord's here on Sunday with more than a day to spare.

'Money, women & food'

A lot of Pakistani cricketers are "just looking for money, women and food" and very few of them have any love for the game, claims the bookie arrested for alleged 'spot-fixing' in the England-Pakistan Test here.

Spot-fixing know-how

Spot-fixing is about getting players or officials to act in a specified predefined manner at a particular time or during a particular session of a match, with or without adversely affecting the overall outcome of the game. It is also known as micro-fixing or fancy-fixing.

Slow start for Roma

AS Roma coach Claudio Ranieri was reflecting on mixed emotions following his side's 0-0 home draw with newly promoted Cesena in their Serie A opener.

Zardari wants preliminary report

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari Sunday expressed his disappointment over an alleged betting scam involving his country's cricketers.

Chelsea set the pace

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.

Milan's Ib-Ro-Pa

AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri said on Saturday that the acquisition of Zlatan Ibrahimovic would give him the best strike-force in Europe.

England miss Blues duo

Chelsea pair Frank Lampard and John Terry will both miss England's Euro 2012 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Switzerland next month after being ruled out by their club due to injury.

Sevilla start well

Sevilla bounced back from their Champions League failure with a 4-1 win over promoted Levante on Saturday to ease the pressure on coach Antonio Alvarez.

Butt won't give in

Pakistan captain Salman Butt insisted he would not be resigning after being implicated in an alleged betting scam.

Five booters returned to Abahani

Five footballers of the preliminary squad of the national football team for the Asian Games joined Abahani's training yesterday ahead of the Bordoloi Trophy to be held in Assam next month.

WC delegation arrives today

The operations committee of the 2011 World Cup will arrive in the capital today to discuss the numerous aspects of the preparation for the showpiece event.

Chess officially included

Bangladesh Olympic Federation finally included chess yesterday in the Bangladesh contingent for the upcoming 16th Asian Games to be held in China in November.

MSC begin training today

After losing all of their last season's players except defender Hasan Al Mamun, a depleted Mohammedan Sporting Club are all set to start its football camp at the Dhaka University ground today.

Div I football

A first-half goal from Jamal Hossain helped Dautia Bulbul Club beat Nabajagarn Sangsad 1-0 in the Hafijul Islam Khan Uttu Smriti First Division Football League at the Shaheed Miraz-Tapan Stadium yesterday.

Pakistan ODIs on

Pakistan tour manager Yawar Saeed insisted on Sunday the upcoming one-day series against England would go ahead as scheduled despite allegations of a betting scandal surrounding the team.

Worcs keep Unicorns to 181-9

Shakib Al Hasan took a wicket for 39 in his 7 overs as his side Worcestershire kept Unicorns to 181 for 9 in 37 overs in their rain-curtailed List A match at New Road in Worcester yesterday.

US Open starts today

Andy Roddick always starts a US Open with a reminder that time is ticking on his chances to win another Grand Slam title.

Milan tie up Ibrahimovic

AC Milan have signed Sweden forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic from Barcelona for 24 million euros, the Italian club announced on Saturday.

Robben out for the year

Dutch winger Arjen Robben could be out for the rest of the year as he struggles to recover from a thigh injury he picked up at the World Cup, his club Bayern Munich said on Sunday.

Pirlo added to Italy squad

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has recalled AC Milan midfielder Andrea Pirlo to his squad for next month's Euro 2012 qualifiers against Estonia and Faroe Islands.

L'pool rope in Meireles

Liverpool have acted quickly to fill the void left by the departure of Javier Mascherano and Alberto Aquilani, announcing on Sunday the capture of Porto's Raul Meireles.

Business

Two commissions to mediate tax disputes

The government has moved to fast-track disposal of pending revenue cases out of court.

Robi's profits boom in Apr-Jun

Mobile operator Robi's profits rebounded to Tk 34.1 crore in the second quarter of the year, after a sharp fall in the first quarter, according to Axiata Bangladesh, Robi's owner.

No progress in talks on NAV calculation

As yesterday's meeting on implementation of net asset value calculation for share credit ended inconclusive, the stockmarket regulator will sit again with merchant bankers next Sunday.

RMG makers press buyers for fair prices

Apparel makers yesterday asked international buyers to pay fair prices for their products, to ensure better living conditions for the workers.

Weather cuts into tea production

Tea production in the country fell by at least half a million kilograms in the first seven months of this year from the same period a year ago.

One step ahead

As you step out of the lift at the entrance of an outstandingly modern, crisp and clean office, you see an oil painting of a lion and a lamb lazing together. If the painting is a paradox, so is the story of Imdad Haque, a 55-year-old Bangladeshi who locked horns with his future. He has offices sprawling from New York to Moscow, Hamburg, Vienna, Ankara, Dubai, Singapore and recently in Dhaka.

Indian users hold breath on BlackBerry

India's BlackBerry users are holding their breath as they wait to see if the government carries out a threat this week to ban encrypted messages sent on the phones due to fears of misuse by militants.

Worldwide growth could lag for a decade

It could be 10 years before economic growth in the United States and elsewhere returns to pre-recession norms and employment rates may never regain lost ground if past history is any guide, two prominent economists said in a paper presented on Friday.

Vodafone to sell China Mobile stake

British mobile phone giant Vodafone is to sell its shares in China Mobile to raise more than four billion pounds (6.2 billion dollars, 4.9 billion euros), a newspaper reported Sunday.

Automakers to launch new models, spend more in India

Global automakers in India are planning to launch new models and boost investment in the country, executives said at a conference, signalling brisk demand in one of the fastest growing car markets in the world.

Buffett has eyes on British insurance

US billionaire Warren Buffett is interested in buying Royal Bank of Scotland's insurance business Direct Line, a report said Sunday.

Dubai World opens talks with small creditors

Troubled conglomerate Dubai World has begun talks with small creditors, not included in the coordination committee of banks on its restructuring plan, to avoid any lawsuits, a UAE newspaper said on Sunday.

Japan PM orders plan to boost domestic investment

Japan's premier has ordered his industry minister to draw up a plan to boost domestic investment and keep jobs at home as a strong yen pressures Japanese firms to move factories abroad, reports said Sunday.

Emirati investor eyes stake in Kuwait's NBK

An Emirati investor is interested in buying a 10 percent stake in National Bank of Kuwait (NBK), the country's biggest lender, a local newspaper reported on Sunday.

SKorea announces policies to boost housing market

South Korea's government Sunday announced measures to ease curbs on mortgage lending to counteract a slump in the housing market.

Corporate Briefs

ICB MUTUTAL FUNDS
The mutual funds have reported, on the close of operation on Tuesday, net asset value for First ICB Mutual Fund of Tk 10,995.79, Second ICB Mutual Fund of Tk 3,473.53, Third ICB Mutual Fund of Tk 2,664.63, Fourth ICB Mutual Fund of Tk 2,942.05, Fifth ICB Mutual Fund of Tk 2,380.57, Sixth ICB Mutual Fund of Tk 858.68, Seventh ICB Mutual Fund of Tk 1,404.37 and Eighth ICB Mutual Fund of Tk 1,008.70 per unit on current market price against face value of Tk 100 each. On cost price, net asset value per unit of the said eight funds were Tk 860.90, Tk 587.78, Tk 481.75, Tk 445.18, Tk 301.65, Tk 186.20, Tk 231.06 and Tk 202.78 respectively against face value of Tk 100 each.

Metropolitan

People yet to get economic emancipation: Hasina

Each of the 12 families of Ansar members who had given guard of honour to the acting president of the government in exile on April 17 in 1971 received Tk 2 lakh as donation from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday.

Frequent use of tobacco in slums threat to public health

Frequent use of harmful substances like tobacco and betel nuts in the slum areas of Bangladesh is posing a threat to public health, said speakers at a launching programme of a survey report yesterday.

Nothing to worry about anthrax

Health Minister AFM Ruhul Huq and Livestock Resources Minister Abdul Latif Biswas yesterday claimed said there is nothing to worry about the anthrax, that has affected cows and goats in Sirajganj and Pabna districts, claiming that the situation is under control.

Narayanganj people cry for gas

Several hundred agitating locals laid siege to the regional office of Titas Gas Distribution and Transmission Company Ltd at Chashara Balur Math in Narayanganj yesterday demanding solution to persisting gas crisis.

6 killed in Jhenidah road crash

At least six people were killed and 35 injured in a road accident in Moheshpur upazila of Jhenidah yesterday morning.

'Bury infected animals to curb spread of anthrax'

There is nothing to worry about anthrax disease as it is curable and the treatment is available in the country, said experts at a seminar at Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday.

Shafique for amendment admitting its errors

Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday said there are some errors and contradictions in the Local Government (Paurashava) Act, 2009 to the constitution as the law was formulated quickly.

Domestic help, mother tortured

Police yesterday arrested four persons of a family, including the house owner and his wife, in the city's Sutrapur for allegedly torturing a teen aged domestic help and her mother.

Govt firm to hold war crimes trial

State Minister for the Environment and Forest Dr Hasan Mahmud yesterday said trial of the war criminals must be held during the tenure of the government.

Khaleda wants movement to save sons, war criminals

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia wants to forge a movement to save his two sons from corruption charges, and to help war criminals evade trials, Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif, joint general secretary of Awami League, alleged yesterday.

Bangabandhu's ideals always inspire to build country

President Zillur Rahman yesterday said Bangladesh would have become a developed country like Singapore and Malaysia many years ago if there was continuity of the implementation of Bangabandhu's dream and programmes.

Protest continues

A group of Dhaka University students of Institute of Education and Research (IER) yesterday continued their protest for the third day against the new admission policy for the first year students of the institute.

2 injured in shootout with Rab, six held

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested six alleged criminals, including two bullet-hit, in Konapara area in Demra.

Urea production at Ashuganj suspended

Urea production at Ashuganj Fertiliser and Chemical Company Limited (AFCCL) in Brahmanbaria has remained suspended since Saturday due to technical glitch in the factory.

Conclude Janmashtami rally by 5:00pm

Home Minister Sahara Khatun requested the Hindu community yesterday to complete the rally on Janmashtami by 5:00 pm as it falls in the month of holy Ramadan.

Sex workers want recognition

Leaders of Sex Workers Network of Bangladesh, an alliance of different organisations of sex workers, yesterday demanded the state's recognition of their profession to protect their rights and develop life standards.

AL leader Kaiser shifted to Apollo Hospitals

Awami League (AL) Presidium Member Ataur Rahman Khan Kaiser, who had been injured in a road accident, was shifted to Apollo Hospitals in Dhaka from Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) yesterday.

Man dies under train's wheels

An elderly man was killed when a train hit him in the city's Malibagh Rail Gate area yesterday morning.

Dr Farid made atomic energy body chairman

Government appointed Dr Farid Uddin Ahmed, a renowned nuclear scientist, as the next Chairman (current charge) of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC), on effect from September 24, 2010, says a BAEC press release.

Prof Nazrul new Buet VC

Prof Dr SM Nazrul Islam of Mechanical Engineering department of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) has been appointed the vice chancellor (VC) of the institution.

National

Patients suffer as doctors, staff on wildcat strike

Doctors and staffs of Diabetes Association of Dinajpur (DAD) went on a wildcat strike yesterday morning demanding unconditional reinstatement of its executive director who was allegedly forced to step down on Saturday.

Strike at Ctg vet university over BCL men expulsion

Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists of Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Science University (CVASU) unit yesterday enforced an indefinite strike on the campus protesting the authorities' decisions to expel and punish their nine party men.

One killed, 10 hurt as villagers in 2 districts clash

A middle aged man was killed while over 100 were injured in clashes in Faridpur and Sylhet on Saturday and yesterday.

Artistic needlework on cloth changes their lot

Fifteen women workers of 'Baufal Handicraft', a business firm at remote Bogi Bazar in Baufal upazila of Patuakhali district, are passing busy time as their products are sent to different shopping malls in Dhaka city and sold for good prices ahead of the Eid.

BCL cadres attack BNP office, men in Chuadanga

At least eight BNP activists were injured, three of them critically, as armed BCL cadres attacked Alamdanga BNP office and beat up opposition activists on Saturday evening.

Fresh feud in Rajshahi Jubo Dal

Internal feud surfaced anew in Jubo Dal Rajshahi district unit after formation of a new committee on Saturday night while the central leadership of the opposition BNP's associate body dissolved the committee of its Rajshahi city unit the same night.

60 injured in fresh B'baria clashes

At least 60 people, including a sub-inspector, were injured in fresh clashes between two groups over toll collection at a local market in the district yesterday.

Communications snap as road to bridge washed away

An approach road to a bridge over the Bangali River in Gobindaganj has been eroded, snapping road communications between Gobindagnaj and Shaghata upazilas of Gaibandha district.

Moudud appears in Khulna court to submit bail bond

Lawmaker and a member of BNP Standing Committee Barrister Maudud Ahmed appeared before the Court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Md. Barekuzzaman yesterday to submit bail bond in connection with a sedition case.

Sand lifting from river triggers clash: 20 hurt

At least 20 people, including two policeman, were injured in a tripartite clash over lifting sand from a river at Depashai village under Dhamrai upazila in Dhaka yesterday.

RCC starts smashing historic 'Dhopkal'

Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) smashed two 73-year-old water supply tanks, locally known as Queen Hemanta Kumari Dhopkal, on the plea of road development work early yesterday.

Sugar mills workers agitate

Workers of Mohimaganj Sugar Mills yesterday brought out a procession and confined the general manager (admin) to his room for an hour demanding recruitment of workers from freedom fighters' quota. Some workers met the general manager in the morning and urged him to recruit workers from freedom fighters' quota. As the GM failed to convince the workers, they became agitated and confined the GM to his office room. Later, leaders of Chinikal Sramik-Karmochari Union intervened into the matter and pacified the agitating workers who brought out a procession and paraded the main road in the area. General Manager Baheruddin said he will send a letter to the authorities concerned, seeking a decision on the matter.

3 held with anti-govt leaflets

Three local leaders of Jamaat, Shibir and BNP were arrested in Kalaroa upazila on Saturday evening for distributing leaflets, urging people to launch a movement against the government. The arrestees are Jamaat leader Ziadul Islam, 38, Shibir leader Nuruzzaman, 18, and BNP leader Aminur Rahman Dulu, 38. Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Kalaroa Police Station Enamul Haque said police arrested the three at Khordo Bazar while distributing the leaflets.

Letters

Stalkers

We are all, surely, angry with the boys and men who persecute girls and women by stalking, name-calling and other forms of sexual harassment.

Anthrax

Anthrax is now an alarming issue. Eight more people have been infected with Anthrax in different areas of Pabna and Sirajganj, the districts' health officials suspected on Monday last. Three more people have been suffering from Anthrax symptoms in Sirajganj, raising the total number to 109 while five more patients were found in Pabna with the same symptoms increasing the number to 24. The situation is going from bad to worse.

Exotic tourism

As a destination that has so much in such a small space, Bangladesh can be compared to one big natural theme park. Our many cultural and religious festivals/events, village or trading fairs, traditional craft-villages, heritage sites, gardens and parks, virtually un-spoilt serene beaches and fishing communities and rural lifestyles all offer unique and exotic experiences to visitors to this land.

Traveller's tale

Recently, I came home from USA, and on the return flight, flew from London to Dubai (About eight hour night flight) on the new Emirates Airbus A380.

Expressway “Lollipop”

Congratulations to car owners for the biggest 'Lollipop' ever! DS of 24 Aug, front-paged news of the finalisation of the 21 km Freeway from the Airport to Demra. Salient features are:

Tourist spots in Sylhet

Attractive waterfalls, hills, tea-gardens, lakes, shrines, forest sanctuaries are some of the tourism attractions of Sylhet. This tourism sector is contributing much to the development of the economy of Sylhet as well as Bangladesh. Due to the huge potential of tourism sector, Sylhet is getting great attention of the tourists on priority basis.

Police officer and MP

The news of a police officer being slapped by a lawmaker in Satkhira's Sarsha upazila came to me like a bolt from the blue, as this is probably the first time that a lawmaker called a police officer to his office and then beat him up with his cohorts. Since then I have been asking myself whether I have been living in a democratic country or an uncivilized country. The latter one may be my question's answer though that is not enough. Hitting public servants is not new in the country and the practice is getting worse day by day as no exemplary action has not been taken yet regarding this. A few days ago a lawmaker of Dhaka city beat a police sergeant, as the hapless officer did not call him sir, the lawmaker was willing to be called by sir as the term is frequently used in the developed countries to communicate with someone, irrespective of the position of the person. In those countries even a clerk can be called by the word 'sir' as this is the sign of civilization and education.

Airport safety

There are strict laws guiding construction of high rises in and around any airport, I am worried that if the matter comes to the notice of Int'l Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO), Bangladesh could face severe penalty.

Why this behaviour?

After reading the article entitled "Why this behaviour?" My heart went out to the sales workers at Aarong. I too am an American, but I am absolutely appalled with the behaviour of my fellow countrymen, particularly this woman. Her churlish behaviour is sadly common, We Americans think our rights that we carry in our own country travel with us when that couldn't be farther than the truth. This cultural insensitivity shows a lack of respect and/or common sense. This woman should have her passport revoked. I got married six months ago to a Bangladeshi woman and I've only begun to scratch the surface of this unique and diverse culture. Bangladeshis all over the country have shown me nothing but love and their hospitality is second to none. What a shame this woman was belittling workers at a department store because they couldn't speak her language. A person from the other side of world comes to a new country and expects to have all the comforts and luxuries of her home.

Traffic accidents

Recently, there has been quite a few reports and meetings on fatal accidents. They are trying to find out causes and solutions. Obviously, most reports found Reckless Driving as the Main Cause. Please refer to the heading in today's DS (24 Aug.)"Cops to arrest errant drivers" on page 16.This does not conform to rules of punishment for driving offences in most other countries. For rash or reckless driving the cops may seize the driving licence and the vehicle. They can Sue him in a special Court dealing with traffic accidents.

Horrible news!

It is horrible news. A pregnant woman, being denied treatment at the Sadar hospital of Savar, committed suicide by jumping from the Savar over-bridge. After her fall, a baby was born and embraced death within a short period of time.

Genocide

This refers to the letter by Sikander Ahmed (Aug 23).

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib

We have just mourned the death of our loved 'father of the nation' for the thirty fifth time. Many of these years have been spent under autocratic governments; some have been spent with democratic governments who were happy to present a distorted view of history. But now, and for the second time, we have a democratic government in power which will not be worse off if a true history of our beloved Bangabandhu is presented in full.

Time to act

Once again a destructive fire broke out from a factory at old Dhaka and claimed the lives of three. This happened two days after the government decided to extend the deadline it had given to the factories to move away from residential areas. To some extent, the government's misjudgement can be held responsible.

Graduation ceremony

I wondered, as I sat before the audience, how these eight years of school life had passed so quickly, leaving behind a handful of memories I would speak to my teachers, friends, parents at my graduation ceremony, (held on 7th August, 2010) delivering heart felt thanks to the teachers who had been our mentors, leading us ahead in times of failure and gloom, school staff who had never backed down in the most pressing moments, gave us a helping hand when I thought there were not any. I listened to what the teachers had to say about us, praising us for our sincere efforts to score the best results in our “O” level exams; our honourable principal urging us to look at out path ahead and strive towards the zenith of success. I walked slowly towards the podium, dragging my feet as they faltered and spoke at length how grateful I was to be a student of Paramount School, the only affiliated centre of Cambridge University in Rajshahi, providing education at comparatively cheaper fees than other reputed English medium schools of our country. I felt blessed, lucky to be a part of the family where my journey began from class three and culminated at O-levels and I sincerely pray to the Almighty that may this family continue to thrive.

Narayanganj scene

We, the expatriates, are very much worried about the fragile political situation of Narayanganj. Spearheading smear campaigns and fabricating news in the media has been a common tactic, in painting political adversaries. There are no political ideologies.

Educated women

There was a time when very few women got proper education. But now girls are receiving higher education. Some people insist on having educated girl as their wives. Others are strongly against this. It is considered in brief advantages and disadvantages of having an educated wife. We can easily recognize, by her appearance, a girl who has received western education. She is fashion loving. The greater part of her time is wasted in dressing her hair. She is too fond of using cosmetics. She puts on costly dresses of the latest fashion. But there are many advantages also of having an educated wife. Being educated, she can manage her home more efficiently. She can look after the work of the servants and maintain accounts. She keeps her kitchen in hygienic condition. An-educated girl understands her duties well. She can teach many things to her children. Not only this, an educated wife can also help her husband in his office work. She can work as a typist, by checking accounts, preparing draft, and by her personal suggestions. An educated girl is not always obedient and faithful. She has her own friends. She does not like to observe family traditions and customs. She goes to her club. She wants to dominate her husband. She likes to live in her own independent way. An educated wife can be a great asset to her husband and her family, if she is good-natured and respects the traditions of the family and co-operates to run it smoothly.

International

Joy and tears greet troops back from Iraq

Mothers cried and children squealed with delight as a company of US troops arrived back from Iraq on Saturday, after a yearlong tour marked by desert heat and monotony.

19 killed in Caucasus shootout

A shootout between the Chechen president's personal protection detail and suspected separatist insurgents left 19 people dead early yesterday, including five civilians, officials and media reports said.

Volcano quite for 400 yrs erupts in Sumatra

Thousands of Indonesians were evacuated from the slopes of a volcano yesterday after it erupted for the first time in more than 400 years, spewing out lava and sending smoke and dust 1,500 meters (5,000 feet) into the air.

Karzai wants change in Afghan war strategy

President Hamid Karzai said yesterday Washington's war strategy for Afghanistan needed a rethink, as a Taliban-led insurgency gathers pace and foreign forces casualties surge.

Tens of thousands missing in 30 years

Tens of thousands of people are still missing in the Gulf from Iraq's past 30 years of warfare, with families still living in hope of news, the International Committee of the Red Cross said yesterday.

7 US troops killed in latest fight

Seven US troops have died in weekend attacks in Afghanistan's embattled southern and eastern regions, while officials found the bodies Sunday of five kidnapped campaign workers for a female candidate in the western province of Herat.

Bashir using tactics to avoid arrest

The International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor has accused Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir of abusing African hospitality and threatening the West as he seeks to avoid arrest on genocide charges.

China denies reports of India military rift

China yesterday denied reports that defence exchanges with India had been suspended by New Delhi in retaliation for Beijing refusing a visa to a top general from its neighbour.

Arts & Entertainment

Living and breathing Manipuri dance

The dance form Manipuri, is now quite popular among urban Bangladeshis. The dance form is ritually practiced by the Manipuri community in India (Manipur state) and Bangladesh (Sylhet region). Rabindranath Tagore popularised this dance form among urban Bengalis. The form developed its own regulations and nuances. It originated as a religious dance form and the experience of it remains spiritual. Like other dance forms, Manipuri, too, narrates stories -- traditionally focusing on Radha and Krishna. The “Ras Lila' is often the central theme. The dance is accompanied by cymbals (kartal or manjira), double-headed drum (pung or Manipuri mridang) and sankirtan.

Discussion on Nazrul at Bangla Academy

On the occasion of the 34th death anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, Bangla Academy held a discussion and cultural programme at its Seminar Room on August 29.

Mehreen to sing a Najma Zaman song this Eid

Pop singer Mehreen will render the song “Tomaro Jiboney Elo Ki Aaji Bujhi Notun Kono Abhishar”, originally recorded by 70s' pop sensation Najma Zaman. The performance will be part of the variety show “Rangashala”, scheduled to air on ntv this Eid. Hasan Yusuf Khan is producing the programme.

Ono to mark John Lennon’s 70th birthday in Iceland

Yoko Ono is planning a series of events in Iceland to mark what would have been John Lennon's 70th birthday.

A boost to Bangladeshi fashion industry

The prize giving programme of Ananya Eid Fashion Contest-2010 was held at a local hotel in the city on August 28, says a press release. R Rahman, member of executive council of National Crafts Council; noted human rights activist Kushi Kabir and designer Munira Emdad were present as honourable guests at the programme. Maleka Khan, former president of Bangladesh Handicrafts Manufacturers, presided over the programme.

Tele-flm “Phirey Jabar Bela” on Channel i

Tele-film “Phirey Jabar Bela” will be aired on Channel i at 12:30 pm on the fourth day of Eid-ul-fitr. Written by Imdadul Haque Milon, The film has been directed by Mahbuba Islam Sumi.

Ruskin Bond in reel life

“My name is Bond…” Hold on and don't expect the next two words to be James Bond. Because he is none other than writer Ruskin Bond.

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Let us not forget Siddique

Siddique Ahmed, a very poor village tutor, was probably teaching his pupils or was occupied with his usual household chores when the judges of the High Court were pronouncing their historic verdict on the Seventh Amendment to the Constitution that was made in an attempt to justify General Ershad's illegal usurpation of state power between 1982 and 1990.

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."

Which way is Biman flying?

I have been waiting for Bangladesh Airlines Pilots' Association (BAPA) to react to the proceedings thus far, but in absence of any such reaction I take this opportunity to redress my tormented conscience. I think remaining a silent bystander in this situation is an offence for a person who is in some way related to Biman.

World without words!

Human communication skill is very powerful. However, it does not occur in a vacuum; it occurs in a specific context. The power of communications to draw others near or to drive them away derives as much from how we appear as from the language we use.


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