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News of: Wednesday, 1st of September, 2010

Front Page

Pollution warnings fall on deaf ears

Despite making repeated pledges, many of the industries, especially those of fabrics, dyeing and tannery, continue polluting rivers, canals and other wetlands in the city just to boost their profit, say Department of Environment officials.

Pay hike agitation batters Biman

The headquarters of the country's largest airliner Biman Bangladesh was rocked by day-long demonstrations yesterday, as its workers and employees protested a new pay scale that scraps pension schemes, and gives pay raises lower than expected.

Rubber dam project gets climate fund

The government will be constructing a rubber dam at Urir Char near Noakhali to reclaim around 600square kilometres of land from the Bay.

PM again warns BCL wrongdoers

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday once again said her government is preparing a list of errant activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League to bring them to book.

Govt to reopen 4 jute mills

The government has taken initiatives to reopen four closed jute mills by September this year aiming at boosting the jute industry, which witnessed brisk growth last fiscal year.

ADB okays $100m loan for South Asia

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a US $100 million loan for a cross-border electricity initiative between India and Bangladesh.

Railway starts selling advance tickets for Eid

Railway authorities began selling advance train tickets at Kamalapur Railway Station from yesterday to ease sufferings of the homebound people before the Eid-ul-Fitr.

BNP with no acting chief

Turning a blind eye to pleas for delegating some of her powers, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia went on a 10-day trip to Saudi Arabia without designating a person to carry out her duties.

Duke lands in jail after remand

Saiful Islam Duke, nephew of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, was sent to jail yesterday after a four-day remand by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in the August 21 grenade attack case.

New IGP vows pro-people police force

Newly appointed Inspector General of Police (IGP) Hassan Mahmood Khandker has vowed to restore the image of police department and make the force pro-people.

BCL men's barbaric act at RU

In yet another incident Chhatra League activists shook Rajshahi University campus with their savagery.

Army major sacked for carrying drugs

A military court dismissed major Reza Shah Mohammad Jillulah and also awarded him one-year rigorous imprisonment in civil jail on charge of carrying drugs.

Ship-breaking yard fined for pollution

The Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday fined a ship-breaking yard at Madambibir Hat under Sitakunda upazila of the port city Tk 15 lakh for ignoring workers' safety and polluting environment.

Grenade hits Thai state TV station

A grenade exploded in the compound of Thailand's state-run broadcaster yesterday, damaging several vehicles but causing no injuries in the latest in a spate of unclaimed attacks in the capital.

5 US troops killed in Afghan violence

Roadside bombs and insurgent fire killed five more US troops in southern and eastern Afghanistan yesterday, which has left 19 service members dead since Saturday.

Russian pilots kidnapped in Darfur freed

Three Russian pilots snatched by gunmen in Sudan's restive Darfur region were freed by security forces after a clash with their kidnappers, the governor of the province told state media yesterday.

WikiLeaks founder questioned by Swedish cops

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been questioned by Swedish police about an allegation that he mistreated a woman, his lawyer said yesterday.

Ex-BCIC boss quizzed again

Major Gen (retd) Imamuzzaman Chowdhury, former chairman of Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation (BCIC), was again interrogated yesterday in connection with the haul of 10 truckloads of firearms and ammunition.

Girl found dead in city

A young girl was found dead at the city's Azimpur officer's quarters early today.

Editorial

Resolving crime cases and protecting witnesses

Much as we have been cheered by some momentous judicial moves on significant national issues in recent times, we remain concerned about the overall state of citizens' rights in the country. There are quite a few pointers to such a situation. One of them relates to the disclosure by the chairman of the Human Rights Commission that in 90 per cent of the cases they undertake, the police fail to get any conviction.

Monitoring unfit river and road transports

With the Muslim community's biggest religious festival the Eid-ul-fitr round the corner, the operators of river vessels and inter-district road transports have started big preparations to catch the homebound Eid passengers. The owners of the launches, in particular, are reportedly busy repairing many defective vessels so that they may look fit for service. And not to be left behind, the bus owners are also doing similar cosmetic changes on the exterior of the buses to make them look smart and roadworthy.

Sports

Klusener unlikely as bowling coach

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) are yet to get any response from Lance Klusener who is supposed to join the national cricket team in the first week of September as a specialist bowling coach.

Magical Federer

One magical point from Roger Federer capped an exhilarating first day at the US Open on Monday as a host of former champions each took their turn in the Flushing Meadows spotlight.

Lorgat wants the tour to continue

International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Haroon Lorgat urged the world game not to give up on Pakistan after several of their players were embroiled in spot-fixing allegations.

UK boss's apprehension

The chairman of a UK commission set up to investigate the threat of gambling-related corruption in sport has told Cricinfo he believes there will be insufficient evidence for police to press charges against Mazhar Majeed, the alleged fixer who was caught on camera accepting money from an undercover reporter in a News of the World sting.

Trio has to meet Butt

Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer, the three Pakistan players at the centre of spot-fixing allegations, will travel to London on Wednesday for meetings with Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt as pressure -- from the ICC and ECB, among others -- grows for the trio to be excluded from selection for the two-Twenty20 and five-ODI series against England that gets underway in Cardiff on Sunday.

Kim, Venus get going

Defending champion and second seed Kim Clijsters survived a second-set wobble to reach the second round of the US Open on Monday by defeating Greta Arn of Hungary 6-0, 7-5.

Abahani appeal for penalty withdrawal

Abahani have recently appealed for withdrawal of the $5000 penalty imposed upon them by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) for violating the AFC code of conduct during the AFC President's Cup in Bangladesh in May.

BFF rejigs tournament committee

Bangladesh Football Federation reshuffled its competition committee after bringing vice-president Manzur Hossain Malu in place of Harun-ur Rashed.

Victoria survive crash scare

Victoria's squad was forced into the brace position to prepare for a possible crash landing when its plane had problems on the descent into Adelaide on Monday. The 17 players were coming back from a Twenty20 tournament in Darwin when told the pilots were unsure if the front wheels of the landing gear had come down.

Cyclist, officials appeal against bans

Seven organizers and cyclist Chingby Marma have appealed for the exemption of the punishments given to them by the Bangladesh Cycling Federation last month after the federation found all guilty for aiding Marma during the 50-Km road race of the 11th South Asian Games.

South Korea stun China

Eleventh-ranked South Korea stunned third-ranked China 2-1 and reigning champion Argentina beat 13th-ranked South Africa 5-2 on Sunday in the women's field hockey World Cup.

Watto was approached

Shane Watson, who reported two approaches by an illegal bookmaker in England last year, said he was in "complete shock" at the allegations levelled at Pakistan. Watson and his teammate Brad Haddin confirmed they were spoken to by the Indian man during the tour and immediately told Australia's manager Steve Bernard.

This one even better!

Roger Federer, like a father asked to rate his children, does not like playing favourites when it comes to dissecting his most spectacular shots on the tennis court.

Mirza off the mark

India's Sania Mirza continued her run of good form in New York by defeating Michelle Larcher de Brito of Portugal 6-3, 6-2 in a US Open first-round tie on Monday.

I am dropped, tweets Kevin

Kevin Pietersen has announced via Twitter that he has been dropped from England's squad for the Twenty20 and one-day internationals against Pakistan, and has hit out at the decision while adding he has signed with Surrey.

AB top ODI batsman

South African batsman AB de Villiers has displaced India captain MS Dhoni as the top ODI batsman according to the latest ICC ratings. de Villiers, who averages 43.56 in 101 ODIs, had a prolific season that took him to 805 points in the ratings, nine clear of Dhoni. Michael Hussey, the Australian batsman, was third on the list with 792 points.

Barca unveil Masche

Argentinian international midfielder Javier Mascherano completed his 17.25 million pounds (26.6m dollar) transfer to Spanish champions Barce-lona from English Premier League giants Liverpool on Monday.

Inter held goalless

Champions Inter Milan were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw away to Bologna in their opening match of the 2010/11 Serie A season on Monday.

Prandelli not worried

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has said he is not worried about the possibility of being jeered by his former Fiorentina fans when he leads the national team out against the Faroe Islands next Tuesday.

Age just a number

David Weir is set to become Scotland's oldest capped player if he is selected in the Euro 2012 qualifying double-header against Lithuania and Liechtenstein.

Forlan fires Atletico

A double by Uruguayan star Diego Forlan inspired Atletico Madrid to an opening 4-0 victory over Sporting Gijon here on Monday in the Primera Liga.

Kalle demands compensation for Robben

Bayern Munich president Karl Heinz Rummenigge has demanded compensation from the Dutch football federation for the lengthy injury lay-off of winger Arjen Robben.

Stuttgart seal Mauro deal

VfB Stuttgart have signed former Italy World Cup winner Mauro Camoranesi from Juventus for one year with an option to renew, the Bundesliga club said on Tuesday.

Spurs sign Pletikosa

Tottenham signed Croatia goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa on a season-long loan from Spartak Moscow on Tuesday.

Business

Investment shows strong rebound

Investment in the country is on the rebound, according to various bank credit information. Bankers said the rise was mainly because of an expansion of the existing factories, increased SME loans and rental power.

Five-day feast for all in TV

It's not just clothes sellers that are cashing in on Eid. For TV channels, it's time to tempt viewers with new programmes -- and to feast on the highest ad revenues of the year.

SEC alters issue rules of convertible security

The issuance of any kind of convertible security by listed companies will be considered "repeat public offering", and the process will be complete under public issue rules, according to a directive by the regulator.

RMG makers get $57.5m export orders from US show

Bangladeshi readymade garment makers got export orders worth $57.5 million from a Las Vegas show in the US held recently.

Joint venture project in Adamjee EPZ soon

Suad Garments Industries Ltd, a Bangladesh-Kuwait joint venture company, will set up a garment industry with an investment of $ 9.412 million in the Adamjee Export Processing Zone (EPZ).

BB warns banks on extra interest

The central bank has warned all commercial banks against charging any extra interest from borrowers to make more profit.

Mutual funds rise on SEC's credit move

Mutual funds, except one, jumped by up to 20 percent yesterday following the regulator's move to increase the credit limit for investment securities.

Japan announces fresh stimulus measures

Japan on Monday unveiled an 11 billion dollar stimulus and announced monetary steps to safeguard a fragile economy and curb the impact of a strong yen, but markets were left unimpressed.

Anglo Irish Bank posts record first-half loss

Ireland's state-run Anglo Irish Bank reported a record first-half loss on Tuesday, hit by soaring bad debts, and revealed that the government had injected another 8.58 billion euros to prop it up.

Double-dip fears rattle fund managers

US fund managers cut their high exposure to equities in August and raised their bond allocations amid mounting fears of a double-dip recession, a Reuters poll showed on Tuesday.

Paper Eid cards bounce back

Shoppers and businesses are sending out paper Eid cards for near and dear ones -- or just clients -- this month, bucking competition from multimedia messaging services (MMS), emails, e-cards and short message services (SMS).

Is it too late for China to change?

Three numbers should suffice to give Chinese economic policymakers a sleepless night: 65.4 million, $28.7 billion and $2.45 trillion.

Indian economy posts best performance since 2007

India's economy grew 8.8 percent in the fiscal first quarter, its best performance since 2007, data showed Tuesday as the country returned to boom levels last seen before the financial crisis.

Patent suits filed against Facebook, Apple, Google

A company owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen on Friday blasted Apple, Facebook, Google, YouTube, Yahoo! and others with a patent infringement lawsuit filed in a US court.

HP to pay $55m in kickbacks case

Hewlett-Packard has agreed to pay 55 million dollars to settle claims the US computer giant defrauded the US government, the Justice Department announced Monday.

Google, AP reach content licensing agreement

Google and the Associated Press announced on Monday they have reached a licensing agreement that will allow the search giant to continue hosting content from the US news agency.

Oil slips

World oil prices fell on Tuesday as investors fretted about the faltering US economic recovery ahead of the release of more key data later this week, analysts said.

New CFO for Fareast Islami Life

Fareast Islami Life Insurance Company Ltd has appointed Abul Khaleque as chief financial officer, the insurer said in a statement.

National Bank gets new DMD

National Bank Ltd has appointed SM Jaffar as its deputy managing director, the bank said in a statement yesterday.

Corporate Briefs

LIBRA INFUSIONS
As per the stockmarket regulator's directive, the company will be placed in A category from existing Z category with effect from tomorrow on account of dematerialisation of security.

Metropolitan

Publish new edition of constitution as per Supreme Court verdict

Justice Ghulam Rabbani yesterday said the law ministry should publish a fresh edition of the constitution soon as per the Supreme Court's judgment so that people can know its latest edition to give them rights to join the debate on whether it should be amended further.

Power holders mostly indulge in corruption

Coming close to the truth, Law Minister Shafique Ahmed has frankly said those exercising the state power are mostly involved in indulging corruption.

Victims fear to make complaint

The probe commission on post-poll violence in 2001 will seek more time to submit a 'complete report', as the deadline will expire on September 26.

WB to help restore navigability of selected rivers

The government will effectively maintain information on the rivers nationwide and will restore the navigability of selected rivers with the assistance of the World Bank (WB).

Work for nation building: President

President Zillur Rahman has urged the people to engage themselves in the nation building activities from their respective positions by discarding the path of greed and shabbiness.

'Women's role in social change undiscovered'

Knowledge on women leadership's connection to social change remains undiscovered though steps are being taken to develop women leaders, reveals a research.

17 traders fined Tk 97,000 for extra profit

Price monitoring teams yesterday fined 17 more businessmen Tk 97,000 for making extra profit by selling essential commodities at higher prices than those fixed by the government and for preparing food in unhygienic condition.

Five injured as cracker explodes at Iftar party

At least five leaders and activists of Mahila Awami League were injured as a cracker was exploded at an Iftar party in city's Pallabi yesterday evening.

Threat issued to blow out key point installations

A threat to blow out key point installations across the country was issued yesterday through an e-mail message posted on the website of International Crime Tribunal demanding release of four Jamaat leaders before upcoming Eid.

Unborn baby senses a cruel world

The baby was growing happily in its mother's womb until before cruelty of the unseen world struck. And it was none but the father who changed the happy going forever.

Experts fear 'disaster'

Dhaka city will face a disaster in near future unless the last remaining wetlands in and around it are conserved accordingly, said leading planners and environmentalists yesterday at a discussion.

Ban tobacco farming in hilly region

Different non-government organisations demanded that the government ban tobacco farming in the hilly regions to increase crop production and also save the environment, a press release said yesterday.

Police asked to submit reports by Oct 6

A Dhaka court yesterday again directed police to submit reports on execution of the arrest warrants to it by October 6 against Khandaker Abdul Hamid Paban and Omar Faruk in connection with a cracker explosion case.

Koko's parole hearing Oct 3

The Appellate Division has set October 3 to hear a government petition seeking a stay on the High Court order that halted the government to cancel the parole for Arafat Rahman Koko.

BNP's 32nd founding anniversary today

BNP celebrates its 32nd founding anniversary today. On this very day in 1978, late president Ziaur Rahman founded the party.

Inqilab editor, 2 journos sued

A defamation case was filed in a court here yesterday against Inqilab Editor AMM Bahauddin and two other journalists of the Bangla daily.

Rescued birds, hares released in Bhawal Garden

The forest department rescued 25 spotted doves, four jungle mynas, and three purple moorhens from a Tongi market on Monday.

10 killed in road accidents

At least 10 people were killed and 15 others injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka, Dinajpur, Moulvibazar and Sylhet yesterday and Monday.

Appeal for help

Poverty held back treatment of Moslem Sheikh who has been suffering from cardiovascular along with other complicated diseases for a long time.

Gousal Azam made envoy to Sweden

The government has decided to appoint AFM Gousal Azam Sarker, director general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as the next Ambassador of Bangladesh to the Kingdom of Sweden.

Janmashtami today

Janmashtami, the birthday of Lord Krishna, will be celebrated in the country today amid festivity and religious fervour.

National

9 JMB militants jailed in two Nilphamari cases

A court in two separate cases yesterday sentenced nine militants of outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) to life term and 20 years' rigorous imprisonment under Arms Act and Explosive Substances Act.

Desperate bid to recoup loss

With recession of water in most flood affected areas of Teesta and Dharla basin areas, affected farmers in four upazilas of Lalmonirhat district are trying to overcome their loss through re-planting aman paddy on their damaged crop lands.

Five more UPDF men, 3 of rival PCJSS faction held

Army and police personnel in separate drives arrested five more members of United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) and three members of the reformist faction of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) in Rangamati and Khagrachhari districts on Monday night and early yesterday.

Robbers loot house, trader

Robbers looted a house in Brahmanbaria yesterday and took away Tk 10 lakh from a trader in Joypurhat stabbing him seriously on Monday.

Nine Allar Dal militants held in Shariatpur

Police arrested nine suspected members of banned militant outfit Allar Dal in Shariatpur Zila Stadium area on Monday evening.

8-hour bus strike in Ctg

Hundreds of passengers remained stranded at different bus stops in Chittagong city for eight hours from 6:00am yesterday as a transport workers' union enforced strike, protesting attack on one of their leaders by his rivals in Ukhia upazila headquarters on Monday.

BSF kills cattle trader, returns abducted youth

Body of a Bangladeshi cattle trader, allegedly tortured to death by BSF, was found floating in a Satkhira river yesterday while a young man abducted by the Indian border guards in Chuadanga was returned to BDR on Monday.

Missing schoolboy found murdered

A schoolboy, who went missing from Sabujpara village under Debiganj upazila of Panchagarh district on Saturday, was found dead at an abandoned BJMC's jute godown at the village on Monday evening.

Jubo League leader held for extortion

A Jubo League leader was held in Manikganj yesterday on charge of extortion while six BCL cadres were rounded up the day before in Sirajganj for rowdiness.

Women jailed for murder, drug peddling

A woman got life for murder in Thakurgaon while another was sentenced to 3-year RI for drug peddling in Satkhira yesterday.

Letters

Treatment in hospitals

The word 'Hospital' might have originated from the word 'Hospitality' which means as per dictionary friendly generous reception to strangers. But unfortunately in hospitals nowadays the hospitality is totally absent, rather they have become money making centres. In the context of present situation the hospitals should better be termed business centre for health care. A grim picture of hospitals was depicted in the news published in The Daily Star on 26-08-10 under the title “ICU too costly for poor”. Dhaka Medical College Hospital is always under huge pressure and it is good luck for any patient to get admitted there. Obviously, patients are forced to go to private hospitals where many of them receive treatments but come out penniless. Different private hospitals are charging differently for the same facility as there is no government regulation or monitoring. The amount of expenditure in a private hospital is very high for the middle income group and beyond the reach of the low earners. Some private hospitals have agents to refer patients to them where the agents get commission for sending a patient to a selected hospital. It is reported that the government has little or almost no monitoring of the private hospitals. If there were sufficient services available at all public hospitals at district level, poor patients might get medicare. The result is that less privileged people have to either go without treatment or sell all their properties if they are to have treatment in a private hospital. The medical service has been gradually going into the hands of people whose ultimate motive is to make business out of the hapless patients' woes. The high costs have been preventing villagers to seek treatment from qualified doctors. A study reveals that 85% people seek quack remedies. Though the right to medical service is one of the basic human rights, the poor and middle income people are being deprived of the service. The capacities of public hospitals are in need of drastic improvement. They need more equipment, wards, ICU, doctors and nurses. The government should also take guarantee from the private hospitals to earmark some of their wards and ICUs for treating the poor patients. In the interest of the poor and middle income people, the situation calls for the government's regulation and strong monitoring of the hospital service sector.

Harmful iftar items

A variety of iftar items -- peaju, beguni, jilapi, aloor chop, etc are available in hotels and restaurants during Ramadan.

Traffic rules

Dhaka is an over populated city with 8% area allocated for roads, whereas an ideal city should have 25%. Official figures put the population of Dhaka at around 9.3 million (but we all know how wrong it is), which makes it the fourth most populated city in the world. And the end result is the endless tailbacks at the traffic signals, which we have all fallen victims to.

Biman

The news item captioned 'Biman boss hits back at Quader' published in the front page of your esteemed daily on Thursday, 19th August has caught my attention.

Penalty for no reason!

In the first day of Ramadan I went to a super shop near Gulshan circle- 1 to buy some necessities. As I heard from my relatives that their cars were fined by the police while parking before the shop, so I told my driver to go by the lane next to the shopping area where he could park the car. After completion of my shopping when I got off I found my car before the shop. I asked my driver why he put the car here. He informed me that while he was heading towards the lane as directed, all of a sudden a sergeant came and stopped him and asked for the car's related documents, checked his license and filed a case as the driver could not show legal license and took my car's insurance paper instead of taking his license.

Anthrax prevention

The number of anthrax infected people is increasing day by day. The outbreak of the disease is seen in an area which is known to be a milk pocket of our country. People got infected by consuming or processing the meat of infected animals.

Good governance

In Bangladesh good governance has become the most talked about issue. Every day we find news in the electronic and print media about how lack of good governance is obstructing our progress. There are some key factors that are considered to be the elements of good governance such as reform of judiciary, reform of administration, anti-corruption measures, decentralisation, accountability and transparency. Good governance plays the most important role in establishing rule of law in a country. It upholds the supremacy of the constitution that is vital to establishing democracy in a country. It also ensures fundamental rights and human rights.

Unkind comments

The other day while scanning through TV channels, I saw a gentleman, claiming himself to be a freedom fighter, depicted late President Ziaur Rahman as an ISI agent. I am sorry I do not remember his name, he went on saying that the vanquished Pakistani army could foresee the potential in the late President and decided to deploy him as their agent when he went to the vessel MV Swat anchored at Chittagong Port to accept delivery of arms and ammunition intended for the massacre of the Bengali nation.

Saving certificates

A lot has been said about saving certificates in different newspapers. In those write-ups the writers explained how it is affecting the lives of pensioners, widows and senior citizens and they also discussed the anomalies of Bangladesh Bank regarding the deduction of 10 per cent tax on certificates that matured prior to July 01, 2010. But none of our problems have been addressed despite the assurances given by the Honourable Finance Minister.

The expressway

This is a very ill thought out project which is only for motorised vehicles. And in a few years the whole expressway will be choked up like the recent 60 mile and 10 day long trunk road jam in China. The expressway exit branches cannot be guaranteed to be free and this will cause the jam on the expressway in the same manner as it is causing now on the present surface roads. Traffic is like water flow and any blockage anywhere will be felt in the whole system including the expressways. Also if there is no clear lane (i.e. 'a hard shoulder' as in motorways in western countries) imagine the problems of rescue in case of accidents on such a long expressway. Such building of expressways will also take away the sky space for any future mass transit sky train system for the city.

Road accidents

Every day we hear about accidents in which many people are killed and some become maimed and the families become devastated.

Village vs. city

Our Palli Kabi Jasimuddin in his well-known poem “Nimontron” invited his city friends to come and enjoy different things in his village. (Tumi jabe bhai, jabe mor sathe, amader chhoto gay….) But do city people go to villages? Rather, village people are rushing towards towns leaving their roots.

What a pity!

Some people spend their money to live better lives while others expend their lives for money. Those who fall in the latter category don't know the difference between right and wrong. They cross a line and enter a different world, a world where money is above everything.

Repair Barabagh road

Barabagh is a densely populated area located at the back of Grameen Bank head office, Mirpur-2, Dhaka. DCC constructed the Barabagh road years ago. This road connects Popular Housing-1, West Monipur, Ahmed Nagar, Far East Housing Paikpara and other areas. A few hundreds of students of Monipur High school use this road daily. In the last one year, this road was gradually getting damaged. Now the situation is so bad that no rickshaw, CNG auto rickshaw or private car can ply this road. Almost every day some sort of accident occurs. The other day I witnessed a rickshaw carrying children of Monipur High School turned turtle and the kids were injured.

Historic verdict

We welcome the historic verdict on the 7th amendment of the constitution.

Insensible students

A picture was published in the DS of a student hitting a private car the way a teacher punishes a student for any mistake committed by him (DS: 27.08.10). The report says that a rickshaw carrying a professor of Dhaka University was hit by a car leaving the professor slightly injured. I understand the sentiments of the disciples of the teacher, but truly failed to understand why the students attacked other transports.

Our inferiority complex

Mr Khan's write-up on the subject, published in your paper on 26th August, very rightly describes Tony Blair as a war criminal with the blood of many thousands of Iraqi Muslims on his hands! He is in that respect, no worse than Saddam Hossain or even Bin Laden, put together. He is the British version of Hitler for the Muslims, the world over.

See for yourself

The communications minister and the mayor of the Dhaka City Corporation in their four-wheel-drive vehicle provided by the government must inspect all the roads across the Dhaka city and find out why many of these turned into dilapidated condition early.

Eve teasing

When a girl became a victim of eve-teasing we can't imagine how much she was hurt as she killed herself. The authorities concerned always say that they are trying to stop that. But we don't see anything tangible. How many lives do the authorities need to realize that eve teasing must be stopped?

Experts

A wise view was expressed by the wise and honourable court that, "Little learning is a dangerous thing" [olpo bidda voinkori] which reminds me of the village barber who wanted to be a surgeon. This observation was passed by the honourable court referring to a case against a bureaucrat-turned-columnist. The court was very much right to pass the comment.

Use overbridge

A picture appeared in The Daily Star on Tuesday, August 24, which shows some daring women braving the speeding vehicles of the busy road climbing the grilled road divider and crossing the road in a dangerous manner when the foot overbridge is just a few yards away. This practice is not only uncivilised but it can also cause severe accident. As a concerned citizen I will request these people not to cross the road in such a life-threatening manner, and use the foot overbridge instead, for their own safety.

International

Obama marks the end of Iraq combat war

President Barack Obama yesterday marks the symbolic end of US combat operations in Iraq, seven years after an invasion he opposed, and at a time when the country still seems far from being stabilized.

Abbas, Barak meet secretly in Jordan

Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas and Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak have met secretly in Amman ahead of Middle East peace talks that start in Washington this week, Israeli media reported on Tuesday.

Sarkozy govt divided over immigration crackdown

President Nicolas Sarkozy's inner circle has stepped up its anti-immigration rhetoric but splits were beginning to appear Tuesday in a government under mounting political pressure.

US broadens N Korea sanctions

The US government on Monday slapped sanctions on four people and eight organizations accused of aiding North Korea's government through illicit trade, the Treasury Department said.

Ozawa confirms challenging Japan PM

Japanese powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa confirmed yesterday he would challenge Prime Minister Naoto Kan in a party vote, setting up a clash that risks creating a policy vacuum as Japan struggles with a strong yen and fragile growth.

Irani paper calls Bruni 'prostitute'

A hardline Iranian newspaper stepped up its attack on French first lady Carla Bruni, saying yesterday that the "Italian prostitute" deserved to die for supporting an Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning.

Taliban footprint 'spreading' in Afghanistan: Petraeus

The US commander of the Afghan war acknowledged yesterday that the Taliban were expanding their footprint across the country even as international forces close in on their traditional southern strongholds.

Muslim states vow $1b as Pak flood aid

Muslim countries and organisations have pledged nearly $1b in cash and supplies to relief efforts for flood victims in Pakistan, the head of a group of Islamic states said yesterday.

Myanmar chief still in charge

Myanmar's junta chief made an announcement via state media yesterday, dispelling rumours that he had retired from the army as part of a reshuffle ahead of a rare election in the country.

Australian PM rejects new polls

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard yesterday rejected a quick return to the polls and welcomed a "new political landscape" after inconclusive national elections prompted the biggest upheaval in decades.

Mexico arrests 'drug lord' Edgar Valdez

Mexican police have arrested alleged drug trafficker Edgar Valdez, a US citizen also known as Barbie, Mexico's attorney general says.

Somali presidential palace shelled

Four African Union (AU) peacekeepers have been killed in Mogadishu, the Somali capital, after al-Shabab fighters fired a mortar at the presidential palace.

Extortionists beat up trader in Meherpur

Extortionists mercilessly beat up a businessman and ransacked his house and business establishment as he refused to pay illegal toll in Meherpur.

200 flights cancelled as typhoon hits Japan

Japan cancelled more than 200 flights and many ferry services to its southern islands yesterday as a typhoon churned in before likely heading toward the Korean peninsula.

Hurricane Earl threatens US Coast after hitting Caribbean

Hurricane Earl, now a powerful Category 4 storm, barrelled toward the US coast early yesterday after battering tiny islands across the northeastern Caribbean with heavy rain and winds that damaged homes and toppled power lines.

'Spiderman' arrested after scaling skyscraper

A French climber known as "Spiderman" was arrested on the roof of a 57-storey Sydney skyscraper on Monday after scaling the building without ropes or a harness to raise climate change awareness.

MySpace gets in tune with Facebook

MySpace on Monday began letting users synchronize updates with Facebook, the social networking superstar that supplanted the firm that once ruled in that arena.

Fruits, vegetables cut cancer risk for smokers

Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables may decrease the risk of some kinds of lung cancer for smokers, according to a study released Monday.

Lankan SC takes up constitutional changes

Sri Lanka's Supreme Court yesterday began assessing a draft bill that would amend the island's constitution to allow President Mahinda Rajapakse to run for office for a third term.

India announces an additional $20m aid

India yesterday announced an additional USD 20 million aid for flood-ravaged Pakistan.

India's SC to review Bhopal sentences

India's Supreme Court announced yesterday it would re-examine the sentences given to managers found guilty over the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy, which critics said were too lenient, a report said.

Kashmiris protest after 11-yr-old killed

Residents in Indian Kashmir defied a curfew yesterday to hold angry demonstrations after an 11-year-old boy was killed and a relative of a top separatist seriously injured in police fire.

Arts & Entertainment

Breaking down stereotypes: The face of Islam

Young Bangladeshi photographer Munem Wasif is exhibiting his latest series, “In God We Trust,” at the international photojournalism festival, 'Visa pour l'image' being held in the southern French city of Perpignan. The festival began on August 28 and will continue till September 12, according to a press release.

Sudhin Das and Bipul Bhattacharya receive awards

Nazrul exponent Sudhin Das and Shadhin Bangla Betar Kendra artiste Bipul Bhattacharya received this year's 'Shaheed Altaf Mahmood Padak'. Organised by Shaheed Altaf Mahmood Foundation, the award giving ceremony was held on August 30 at the Liberation War Museum in Dhaka. Altaf Mahmood was abducted by the Pakistani army on this day during the Liberation War.

Baul Shariful Islam

Veteran Baul singer, Lalon devotee and an enlisted artiste of Khulna Betar (radio), Shariful Islam draws a large following in Khulna division with his soulful renditions of Lalon songs. At the national level, too, he is known as a talented Pala Gaan and Baul singer.

Tele-film “Poltibaj” on Rtv

Tele-film “Poltibaj” will be aired on Rtv on the day of Eid-ul-Fitr at 2:45 pm. Written and directed by Masud Sezan, the cast of the tele-film includes Mosharraf Karim, Tisha, Adnan Faruk Hillol and Mishu Sabbir.

Satyajit Chakraborty: Profile of a sitarist

Satyajit Chakraborty has been playing the sitar for almost three decades. He has had the privilege of learning sitar from some of the most renowned sitarists. Currently a staff musician at the Bangladesh Betar (radio), he performs at various programmes regularly across the country and occasionally in India. His solo musical album was released by Laser Vision in 2008. The Daily Star (TDS) caught up with the artiste:

OP-ED

Of memory . . . against forgetting

The annulment of the Fifth and Seventh Amendments to the Constitution is a purification of the national soul. No happiness can be greater for a society of decent men and women than an acknowledgement of past villainy and, through that acknowledgement, a wiping out of that villainy from our books, from our hearts, from the deepest recesses of our souls. The pain we have borne for decades, now that it has been lifted by the higher judiciary, is yet something we as a people must remember.

The trend in world population

With 267 people being born every minute and 108 dying, the world's population will top 7 billion next year, according to Population Reference Bureau, a research group based in Washington.

Variety in employment

How would you like……to come up to New York and spend the day with me"?

Where is our security?

Everyday our national dailies carry news of murder, acid throwing, extortion, mugging, stalking, land grabbing, theft etc. Such news not only troubles our mind but also makes us feel ashamed. Analysts opine that a broad majority of Bangladeshis suffer from a deep sense of perpetual insecurity, marginalisation, exclusion from the "fortunate" segment of the society, indignity and violence.

New look for New York

Osama Bin Laden is building a 100-story terrorist training school at the former World Trade Center site in New York. The Jihad Towers (see pic) will be topped with a flashing banner saying: "Learn to kill infidels here."



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