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Dhaka metro rail to be mostly elevated

The first part of a mostly elevated metro rail system in the capital will be built mainly over government land and existing roads, based on a Japanese study, said Communications Minister Syed Abul Hossain.

Video clips, photos draw their denial

A BDR jawan stomped in combat gear during the February 25-26 mutiny at the Pilkhana BDR headquarters. The man, wearing a blue headband, kept his fingers close to the trigger of his rifle.

PM leaves all shell-shocked

Tears rolled down her cheeks and emotion gripped the audience as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina narrated the massacre at Dhanmondi-32 and unkind behaviour of a government after the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on August 15, 1975.

Most schools miss basics

A countrywide sample survey targeting 512 schools found shabby buildings, noisy environment and surroundings posing threat to mental health of students to be common features of most of the institutions.

Saarc delegates work on draft

Representatives of the Saarc member states in a two-day inter-governmental meeting that began yesterday have almost finalised the draft of 'Saarc Charter of Democracy', said Foreign Secretary Mijarul Quayes.

Passengers suffer for hrs in Padma

Two ferries, stranded in the shoals of the Padma, were salvaged yesterday after prolonged rescue efforts on Mawa-Kawrakandi route.

Victims live on nerves

Apart from fear for lives, the family of Sakira Nasreen Mitu and Sanjida Nasrin Simu, the victims of stalking, is now facing financial crisis as their mother cannot run her music school at their Nikunja residence.

2 staff taken off from duty

Two community clinic staff were removed from duties yesterday following three ten-month-olds' death after the employees vaccinated the babies at the district's Hizla upazila on Wednesday.

Unrest feared at 110 RMG industries

An intelligence agency of police suspects possible unrest before Eid over wages in 110 garment factories in the capital as well as in Savar, Narayanganj and Gazipur.

Traders shut shops, protest against drive

Facing strong protest from traders, a mobile court monitoring prices of essentials had to leave Karwan Bazar yesterday after it fined a shop for the second time in a week.

MPs should pay tax

Lawmakers should pay income tax as they take their honorarium from taxpayers' money, said Obaidul Quader, Awami League lawmaker and presidium member, yesterday.

1 killed as AL, BNP clash

A clash among the activists of local BNP and Awami League (AL) yesterday killed a BNP activist and left more than 10 others injured at Koilakh village under Bajitpur upazila of Kishoreganj district.

Blair pelted with eggs, shoes in Dublin

Angry protestors threw objects at former prime minister Tony Blair as he arrived at the first public signing session to promote his memoirs yesterday in the Irish capital Dublin.

Muggers trade fire with Rab

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a bullet-hit mugger after a gun battle between Rab and a gang of muggers in the capital's Kellarmor area of Lalbagh yesterday.

Wife killed over dowry

A man allegedly beat his wife to death over dowry in Kamrangirchar area in the capital on Friday.

First Australian female PM leads party to low point

Whether or not she emerges as winner following recent elections, Australia's first woman prime minister will have led the nation's oldest political party to one of the lowest points in its 119-year history.

Obama to meet Asean leaders in New York

President Barack Obama will meet Southeast Asian leaders this month in New York, the White House said Friday, as the United States tries to bolster its role in a region faced with a rising China.

BP raises blow-out preventer, key evidence in probe

BP PLC was slowly raising the 300-ton blow-out preventer that failed to stop oil from spewing into the Gulf of Mexico, careful not to damage or drop a key piece of evidence in the spill investigation.

Land broker killed in city

A land broker was strangled at his office in Bashundhara Residential Area in the capital yesterday morning.


A matter of rights with obligations

There is something self-evident about the way a modern state conducts itself. It is that all citizens are equal before the law and, being equal, they enjoy all the amenities the state has to give them. At the same time, the state enjoins upon them all the responsibilities they must carry out in order for the state to work well. A particular responsibility of citizens is a payment of taxes. In Bangladesh, any citizen who earns more than Tk. 1,62,000 a year must pay taxes. In these last few years, a concerted drive has been made to convince citizens that they must not avoid such payment, that indeed it is a moral and legal duty to cough up the taxes their earnings make mandatory for them. While the system is yet to be perfect and foolproof, we notice that the culture of giving something back to the state is a lesson the larger body of citizens has been learning happily.

A laudable move

The initiative to set up a call centre to receive complaints related to stalking and provide legal aid in case of need, couldn't have come a day later. For, chasing and pestering young girls have assumed a menacing proportion. So much so that victims have even been driven to committing suicide sending shock waves across society lately.


Razzak's slide after changed action

The general perception on Abdur Razzak recently among the cricket fraternity has been that the left-arm spinner has lost his bite after his bowling action went through a change, but the bowler sees it quite differently.

Spain, England sparkle

Spain made an impressive start to their quest for an historic treble in the opening salvoes in Euro 2012 qualifying on Friday, which saw wins for England, Holland and Germany but defeat for France.

First T20 today

Pakistan's scandal-hit cricket team tried to regain their focus Saturday on looming tour matches against England after British police questioned three star players over an alleged betting scam.

Nadal, Murray show class

Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray stayed on course for a US Open semifinal showdown in Friday's second-round action with both recording straight sets victories.

Anu fires Sonali to big win

Banking on Anu's hattrick, Sonali Atit Club defeated Diamond Friends Club by 3-1 in the Hafijul Islam Khan Uttu Smriti First Division Football League at the Shaheed Miraz-Tapan Stadium yesterday.

Rubcic due on Sept 8

Newly appointed football coach of Bangladesh national team Robert Rubcic will arrive in Dhaka on the 8th of this month. The 46-year old Croatian recently signed an online agreement with the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) while he will put pen on paper after landing here, said a press release from the federation yesterday.

Zia, Niaz on 3.5 points

Grandmasters Ziaur Rahman and Niaz Murshed earned 3.5 points each after the fifth round of the 7th IGB Dato Arthur Tan Malaysia Open Chess Championship at the CitiTel MidVally in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.

Afridi says sorry to all

Pakistan one-day captain Shahid Afridi apologised here on Saturday for the 'spot-fixing' row engulfing the tourists.

Belarus stun France

Laurent Blanc refused to press the panic button despite seeing France fall to a dispiriting 1-0 defeat at home to Belarus in their opening Euro 2012 qualifier here on Friday.

Emphatic England

Fabio Capello was left purring with pleasure on Friday after witnessing a welcome return to form for Wayne Rooney as the England talisman orchestrated an emphatic defeat of Bulgaria.

Italy turn it around

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli praised his fledgling team and claimed they were on the right path following their 2-1 win against Estonia.

Argentina await Spain

A friendly between world champions Spain and Argentina at the River Plate stadium on Tuesday (2000 GMT) could be the start of a new era in visits from high-profile teams with an eye on the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Cyprus deny Portugal

A last-gasp goal from winger Andreas Avraam denied Portugal victory in a thrilling topsy-turvy 4-4 draw against Cyprus in a Euro 2012 qualifier on Friday.

Benzema fit to face Bosnia

Striker Karim Benzema, who missed France's 1-0 defeat by Belarus on Friday with an ankle injury, will be fit to face Bosnia in their next Euro 2012 qualifier on Tuesday in Sarajevo, coach Laurent Blanc said on Saturday.

Swiss call up Padalino

Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld on Friday called up Sampdoria midfielder Marco Padalino as a late replacement in his squad for the Euro 2012 qualifier against England next week.

Jansen out with knee injury

Germany will be without defender Marcell Jansen for Tuesday's Euro 2012 qualifier against Azerbaijan after the left-back injured a knee in the 1-0 win over Belgium.

Robinho happy at Milan

Former Manchester City striker Robinho said Saturday that he felt at home at new club AC Milan, a team he claimed had "Brazilian blood".

Kim books date with Ana

Defending champion Kim Clijsters advanced to a fourth-round matchup with fellow former world number one Ana Ivanovic at the US Open on Friday while third seed Venus Williams also rolled into the last 16.

Cronje nightmare haunts Trott

England batsman Jonathan Trott said Saturday he'd never wanted to witness anything like the 'spot-fixing' row now engulfing Pakistan after growing up in South Africa during the Hansie Cronje scandal.

'KP axed for form'

England coach Andy Flower has suggested that Kevin Pietersen's omission from the Twenty20 and one-day squads for the remaining international games of Pakistan's tour was prompted by the batsman's recent dip in form, and that the break might allow Pietersen to find some self-belief playing county cricket for Surrey ahead of a five-Test Ashes series in Australia this winter.

Robust security for CL

Cricket's most lucrative club competition, the 6.5million-dollar Champions League Twenty20, begins in less than a week with organisers assuring "robust" anti-corruption and security measures. It will be the first multi-nation tournament to be held following the News of the World sting operation that led to the ICC's first-ever use of its provisional suspension clause to suspend the three Pakistan cricketers suspected of spot-fixing.

Axed from awards list

Embattled Pakistan bowlers Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif, currently embroiled in a corruption storm, have been dropped from the International Cricket Council's annual awards list.

Williams sisters together again

Venus and Serena Williams were together again at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Friday, but injured world number one Serena could only watch as her older sister advanced to the fourth round of the US Open.

Lawyer maintains trio's innocence

The lawyer of the three cricketers at the centre of the Pakistani match-fixing scandal said Saturday money recovered from his clients doesn't prove any wrongdoing.


Cotton price spike to hit: RMG

Bangladesh ready-made garment (RMG) salesmen may have to re-price their imported fabrics if spiking prices for cotton continue in international markets, spinners said yesterday.

AB Bank first to invest abroad

The central bank is testing the waters of allowing Bangladeshi companies to invest abroad, The Daily Star has confirmed.

Modern banks to boost GDP

The Bangladesh Bank expects the automation of the country's banking sector will gear up economic growth by at least 1 percent within two years.

Twitter tops 145 million registered users: CEO

Twitter has over 145 million registered users and more people are using mobile devices to access the microblogging service, according to co-founder Evan Williams.

Carrefour in India

French supermarket giant Carrefour said Friday it would open its first wholesale store in India by November, joining other foreign chains aiming to break into the country's vast retail sector.

CAB sceptical about stable price after Eid

An independent market watchdog yesterday expressed doubt whether the government would be able to keep the prices of basic commodities stable after Eid, as it was experienced during Ramadan.

ADB raises assistance to improve clean energy access

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has boosted its technical assistance to scale up projects for better access to modern and reliable sources of clean energy.

ADB raises assistance to improve clean energy access

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has boosted its technical assistance to scale up projects for better access to modern and reliable sources of clean energy.

G20 members agree economic recovery to continue

G20 delegates agreed on Saturday global economic recovery would endure although the speed of expansion may slow, a South Korean official said.

Shoes fit for export kick

Global footwear giant Bata is aiming to double its exports from Bangladesh next year, riding on a huge supply of leather and skilled workforce, the company's top local official said.

Low-cost tech connects India's farmers

Sanjay Sathe stood by his vines in a sweeping agricultural belt outside the city of Nashik in western India and punched a number into his mobile phone.

Labour leaders demand full arrears before Eid

Leaders of garment workers yesterday demanded full payment of all arrears to workers by September 7 to help them celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr.

CNG pump owners urge Eid reprieve

CNG station owners yesterday demanded the government withdraw the shutdown order for their stations in an effort to ease Eid passengers' hassles.

Supply surge to dampen Indian hotels' profits

An expected surge in supply of premium hotel rooms may take the sheen off Indian hotel firms' plans to raise tariffs and revive profitability, though analysts expect the second half to fare better than the first.

YouTube to turn profit this year

Google-owned videosharing website YouTube is expected to turn a profit this year on revenue of 450 million dollars, The New York Times reported Friday.

India government clears plane order for low-cost carriers

India's government has approved the multi-billion-dollar purchase of 46 new aircraft by three low-cost carriers SpiceJet, IndiGo and Jet Lite, as air travel revives.

Apple TV could help Netflix growth

Shares in Netflix Inc neared their all-time high on Thursday, after Apple Inc said that the company's streaming video service would be added to a new version of Apple TV.

Reliance on Opec nations to rise: IEA

Global dependency on the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries for crude oil will rise in the next five to 10 years as output by non-Opec nations falls, the head of the International Energy Agency (IEA) said Friday.

Wall Street ends with hope

Wall Street heads into next week with strong tailwind from recent days' rally and brighter outlook as traders keenly await President Barack Obama to unveil new plans for boosting the shaky US economy.

Petrobras sells $64b of stock

Brazil's Petrobras unveiled one of the world's biggest share offerings Friday, a sale of up to 64 billion dollars in new stock to finance oil exploration aimed at turning Brazil into a leading oil exporter of the 21st century.

Oil falls

Oil prices fell below 75 dollars in Asian trade as investors took profit from gains made the previous day and braced for an expected weak set US employment numbers, analysts said.

Weekly Currency Roundup

August 26 -September 2, 2010


Khaleda seeks increased IDB support in energy, power

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia discussed various development projects and investments in Bangladesh with Islamic Development Bank (IDB) President Ahmed Mohamed Ali here yesterday.

London mayor visits Brick Lane Mosque

Mayor of London Boris Johnson yesterday called on members of the Muslim community in London to come forward as ambassadors ahead of the Olympic Games 2012.

Social forestry brings change in Garo hill people's life

Hazrat Ali, a marginal farmer of Gurucharan Dudhonai village in Garo hills of Jhinaigati upazila under Sherpur district, was passing his days in utter hardship with his family.

No extortionist to be spared: Sahara

Home Minister Advocate Sahara Khatun yesterday said none would be spared from the law if get involved in extortion in any markets during the Eid-ul-Fitr.

Newspaper holiday on Sept 9-11

Newspaper Owners Association of Bangladesh (NOAB) members will observe holiday on September 9, 10 and 11 on account of Eid-ul-Fitr.

'Children should be fed family diet for normal growth'

Children aged six months and onwards should have different items of our diet as complementary food, for their normal physical and mental growth.

Bangladesh Army to replace contingents in Sudan

Bangladesh Army is going to replace its contingents at United Nations Mission in Sudan.

Be familiar with new info, tech

Speakers at a seminar recently stressed the need for public relations officials to be familiar with new ideas, tools as well as information and communication technologies, a press release said.

100 injured in Habiganj clash

Over 100 people, including 13 policemen, were injured in a fierce clash between rival villagers in Shayestaganj thana of Sadar upazila yesterday.

Journo Karim laid to rest

Eminent journalist MA Karim was laid to eternal rest at Martyred Intellectuals Graveyard yesterday after the second namaz-e-janaza on the premises of National Press Club.

RMG troublemakers to face punitive action

Punitive action will be taken against any troublemakers who try to create chaos in the garments sector in the name of wage and bonus ahead of Eid.

10 hacked by robbers at Demra

At least 10 villagers and community police personnel were injured by a gang of armed robbers at Dogair Purbopara under Demra police station early hours of yesterday.

10 sugar traders fined

As part of the ongoing drive against the dishonest traders, the market monitoring teams yesterday fined 10 traders and realised Tk 110,500 as penalty on charge of selling sugar in excess of the price fixed by the government.

Road accidents kill 8

At least eight people were killed and 11 others injured in separate road accidents in Chittagong, Comilla, Benapole and Chapainawabganj yesterday.

48 shanties gutted in city slum fire

Fourty-eight shanties were gutted in a devastating fire that broke out in a slum at Tali Office Goli in the city's Hazaribagh last night.


Pneumonia hits Thakurgaon kids

A child died at Thakurgaon Sadar Hospital on Friday while around 400 other children with pneumonia and cold related diseases have been admitted to different hospitals and health complexes in the district as the area now sees much fluctuation of temperature between day and night.

Kuakata rest house about to be devoured by Bay

Kuakata rest house, which has remained virtually useless since cyclone Aila damaged it on May 2009, now faces devouring by the Bay of Bengal as erosion has reached its compound.

Ensure power supply, stop lifting excessive underground water

Residents of three villages around Barapukuria 25MW coal-fired power plant have threatened to launch agitation to realise their two-point demand including smooth power supply to the villages.

Party rivals kill Jubo League man

A Jubo league activist was stabbed to death by his party rivals near Nandita Cinema Hall in Sujanagar upazila on Friday night.

BSF returns bodies of 2 Bangladeshis

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on Friday handed over the bodies of two Bangladeshis who were killed three days ago in BSF firing on Daulatpur border.

5 more feared infected with anthrax in Kushtia

At least five more people were feared infected with anthrax in Kushtia yesterday, while a man was hospitalised with anthrax symptoms in Panchagarh on Friday night.

Beef price tumbles for anthrax fear

Demand for beef is falling while prices of chickens are soaring as detection of anthrax has sent an alarm among people in districts.

Housewife beaten to death, two commit 'suicide'

A housewife was beaten to death while two others allegedly committed suicide in three places in the last three days.

Only 8 public toilets for half a million people

Barisal City Corporation (BCC) with 45 square kilometer areas and about 5 lakh people has only eight public toilets for dwellers.

'Barisal Achal' for 10 minutes

All activities in Barisal city remained at a complete standstill for ten minutes from 10:00am yesterday to press home the demand for starting classes at Barisal University from the current academic session.

Three boys drown

Three little boys drowned in Comilla and Satkhira yesterday.

Muggers kill one, injure two others

Muggers stabbed a man to death and seriously injured two others in Meherpur and Bogra districts on Wednesday.


Food security

Ensuring adequate nutrition for all is as important as ensuring the country's defence. The state shall regard the raising of the level of nutrition, and the improvement of public health, as among its primary duties. Food security depends mainly on domestic production of grain. We do not lack natural resources. Our potential is at least twice as much as we are currently producing. What we lack is political will. None of our politicians has ever set the target of achieving the full potential of our agriculture. Their thinking is still feudal. Agriculture and agriculturists are not their main concern. Management of the food economy should have two objectives; first, to increase grain production; and, second, to ensure its proper distribution. We have seen how our system has failed - both in the long run and the short term - to achieve higher productivity and production of grain. To sum up, the management of our food economy is in a mess. It is likely to worsen after the removal of quantitative restrictions on the import of farm products. To improve the situation, the government should take prompt and radical reform measures.

Protecting tigers

The Wildlife Conservation Society and the Panthera Foundation announced plans to establish a 5,000 mile-long "genetic corridor" from Bhutan to Burma that would allow the tiger population to roam freely across landscapes. The corridor, first announced at the United Nations, would span eight countries and represent the largest block of tiger habitat left on earth.

Power crisis

Power crisis has always been a problem in Dhaka city. It has amplified greatly in recent times. Before, I had experienced that load shedding was occurring every four hours. Now the load shedding is taking place hourly. As the population in Dhaka is increasing the demand for electricity is also tremendously increasing day by day. As a student I have experienced what I feel like when there is no power in my house. I cannot study or sleep properly. I sometimes have to use a lamp. Even though we have IPS it cannot give backup forever. Due to power crisis the businessmen are facing problems as they have to close shops very quickly and when the power goes they have to use lamps or even torch lights to run their business. Industries also cannot generate the proper amount of production needed due to power crisis. CNG pumps cannot supply gas properly. CNG run vehicles have to come the next day to take gas. Due to this reason it causes tremendous traffic jam in the roads. When I get up in the morning and get ready to go to school, I see that on the road there is a huge queue of cars (at least a 100 metre long) waiting just to get gas for their cars. I think if the government can shift some main offices to another district, people will also be reallocated and the population in Dhaka city may also decrease.

Environmental hazards

Today it is very common among the young generation to throw bottles or other rubbish on the road, but the habit is very dangerous. Coconut sellers throw their waste products in the nearby corner . Still most people are unaware that disease spread from dirt. Malaria, typhoid and many other disease can be easily prevented by keeping the roads and houses clean .

Neurosurgery unit

DMCH is the premier health care provider for the poor people of this country and the neurosurgery department of DMCH is the busiest place of DMCH but this department is in a shambles. The patient care is very poor.


There is a rule in almost all the educational institutions that students have to come to their own campus wearing certain uniform/apron.

Ground Zero

With reference to the debate about building a mosque near Ground Zero, Irfan Husain, a columnist for Karachi daily Dawn, touched the crux of the problem of religious intolerance in Pakistan when he recently wrote: "The sad reality is that non-Muslims in Pakistan live on sufferance, and it would be unthinkable for them to even dream of expanding their places of worship, let alone constructing new ones. A few years ago, I recall writing about the trials and tribulations of Christians trying to build a church in Islamabad despite having received official permission. They were bullied by a local mullah, and found no support from the city administration. Since then, things have got worse for the minorities."

Day of joy

Eid, the greatest religious festival of the Muslim community, is imminent. It is such a rare occasion of the year that the have's and have-not's remain in the same row on this day. Eid means endless joy and happiness. It's for all ages particularly for the kids who long for this dream-like event since Ramadan. It comes to us with the relish of unlimited entertainment. But what about the majority of the people who live hand to mouth? Most of them cannot get sufficient food let alone new clothes and other desirable things of Eid. The Eid day is all the same for them. Moreover, most of the rich distribute 'Zakat clothing' (some low quality costumes which to me serves nothing) to the poor community by killing them (!) which is rather ludicrous and against the spirit of the holy Eid. We need to realize that Islam doesn't allow such foolish activity as some think rather it is very simple and generous. In addition, most of the rich and intellectuals of our country do not know or do not want to know(!) (I am confused) that by proper distribution of Zakat system poverty can be reduced in a thousand times more effective way than any other means . We must keep in mind that zakat, fitra which are provided on the occasion of Eid are the right of the poor over the rich. That's why the rich are not permitted to grasp the due right of the poor or to distribute it flamboyantly or unsystematically which will serve nothing to the poor. However, Eid is for all irrespective of rich and poor. The prime aim and spirit of Eid is to share everything with others. For this reason, it is the religious and holy duty of every Muslim to pay zakat, fitra in an Islamic way to please Allah.

Khaleda's vow

We remember some of her popular phrases she frequently used during her premiership of Bangladesh like; "Shadinota nosshatter cheshta cholchhey" meaning conspiracy is going on to destroy the independence of the country, "Ekti-mahal desh bikri kortey chai" meaning one group wants to sell out the country, "Unnoyoner joar dekhe vitu hoya ekti-mahal deshey orajajokata christri korchey" meaning seeing the wave of development of her government a certain group has become scared and trying to create anarchy in the country. She used the above phrases so many times that the people of Bangladesh have learnt them by heart and will not forget in the foreseeable future.

Col. Taher

Col. Abu Taher was a valiant freedom fighter. He along with Gen. Manzur and Col. Ziauddin defected from the Pakistan Army in the then West Pakistan, they crossed the border and joined the war of liberation. He was rewarded for his valour and leadership qualities. Col. Taher lost one leg in the war and an artificial limb was attached. Later on, he left the Army and was working as the chief of the Dredger Corporation in Narayanganj. He also resigned from that job.

Bashabo roads

Bashabo is a large residential area under Sabujbag police station at south-east of Dhaka metropolis. It is a planned residential area built by the then Railway Diversion Division to rehabilitate the people affected by shifting of Dhaka railway station from Fulbaria to Kamalapur in the 1960's. At the beginning of the 70's all the roads were carpeted by the then Dhaka Municipality on demand of the local people. Thereafter, on peacemeal basis repair works were done in different times on different roads. But at present the condition of most of the roads are not suitable for traffic movement and not suitable for even pedestrians. Re-carpeting of all the roads is very much necessary.


I was indeed saddened to read “Other side of OSD” in DS (30 Aug). My sympathies are entirely with Shahidur Rahman's family members at this dark hour.

Corrupt police

On last Friday I was going to my village home by a CNG run auto rickshaw when it reached in front of Banshkhali police station a police van slightly hit it. Saying nothing, the driver of the police van came to beat the auto rickshaw driver with a big cane. He caught the driver and sent him to police station where he had been harassed for an hour. I tried to convince them that that was the fault of their driver but they didn't want to consider their mistake. Finally they permitted us go taking the address and vehicle no. When we were about to leave the room another police man came he took away Tk 300 putting his hand into the driver's pocket, he had earned on that day. At the moment we were helpless as the time for ifter was coming near I had to go a long way.

Occupational safety

I was very shocked when I received an email that our classmate Ataur Rahman (40) left us forever. His permanent departure at this early age is heart breaking for his family. His two children will have to face hard reality while they grow up. We have lost our beloved Ata, the country has lost a devoted engineer.

Taxi service

If I, as a mere foreigner, may add my two-pennyworth to the debate on the traffic chaos, I must point out that most developed nations have found a way of allowing people to have cars but leave them at home for most journeys - by providing a good and safe transport system for commuting to work and getting the children to school. However, in that case, rather a lot of people might be persuaded to have no car at all - if only there were a reliable taxi service.

Sri Lankan woman

Your report on hammering heated nails on the body of a 49 year old Sri Lankan woman by her Saudi employer on August 29, 2010 is heart breaking. I wonder how a person in this age could have done such a thing. Probably the tortures inflicted upon her has surpassed the gruesome cruel stories we hear about the notorious prisons.


New Zealand declares curfew after devastating 7.1 quake

An overnight curfew has been imposed in Christchurch, New Zealand, following a powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake.

Karzai announces council to talk peace with Taliban

Afghan President Hamid Karzai yesterday announced that he had set up a council to pursue peace talks with the Taliban, who have been waging an insurgency in Afghanistan for almost nine years.

Taliban vow to attack US, Europe

The Pakistani Taliban vowed Friday to attack the United States and Europe, days after the US State Department added the group to a blacklist of foreign terrorist organisations.

Time is now for ME peace: Hillary

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sought to inject urgency into Israeli-Palestinian peace talks Friday, warning the negotiations may be "the last chance for a very long time" to reach an agreement.

Pakistan seeks India's cooperation

Islamabad yesterday urged India to help find a way to progress the trial in Pakistan of seven suspects linked to the 2008 Mumbai attacks, which has strained ties between the nuclear-armed rivals.

US military chief seeks Turkish support over Iran ban

The United States' top military officer stressed yesterday the need for Turkey to help enforce United Nations sanctions against Iran aimed at deterring the Islamic Republic from obtaining a nuclear bomb.

Threefold drilling effort to rescue

A faster drilling machine was being assembled yesterday to enlarge an existing supply shaft to 33 Chilean trapped miners, as work on the main shaft continued and a special rescue cage was being built by the Navy.

Miliband brothers fighting for top Labour post

Mom is neutral. Everyone else has an opinion.

US to be more tolerant on Afghan corruption

US military commanders in Afghanistan are developing a strategy that would tolerate limited corruption but target large-scale abuses, The Washington Post reported late Friday.

Pak blast toll rises to 65

The death toll from a Pakistani Taliban suicide attack on a Shia Muslim procession rose from 43 to 65 overnight as critically wounded people died in hospitals, police said yesterday.

AI calls for Indian Maoists to free cops

Human rights group Amnesty International called yesterday for Maoist rebels to free three policemen held hostage in eastern India after the group killed one of the captives.

Govt extends relief phase to six months

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani yesterday said relief efforts would be extended to six months as floods ravage more southern towns in the worst disaster to hit the country.

S Korean FM in scandal offers to quit

South Korean Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan offered to resign yesterday amid accusations of nepotism over the hiring of his daughter for a ministry job, officials said.

9 killed in New Zealand skydiving plane crash

A light aircraft carrying skydivers crashed in flames yesterday near a popular tourist spot in New Zealand's Southern Alps, killing nine people including four foreign tourists, police said.

Indonesia's smoking toddler kicks the habit

Indonesia's smoking toddler has kicked the habit. Footage of 2-year-old Aldi Rizal who smoked up to two packs a day puffing away circulated the Internet in May and sparked an international outcry. His parents said he'd throw tantrums every time they tried to stop him from lighting up.

Blast kills Afghan policemen, civilians

A bomb blast killed four Afghan police officers and three civilians in Afghanistan's northern Kunduz province yesterday, a provincial official said.

Obama, UN chief to discuss Afghanistan on Tuesday

President Barack Obama and UN Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen will meet Tuesday at the White House to discuss the situation in Afghanistan, the president's spokesman said Friday.

Car bomb wounds Russian provincial minister

A senior official in the province of Dagestan in Russia's Caucasus was wounded and his driver killed by a bomb planted in their car, a police spokesman told Reuters yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

The seduction of the flute

The recently concluded Love, Peace, Water Raasrang World Flute Festival in New Delhi was a reminder that music can transcend all geographical and linguistic barriers. On hand were flautists from countries like USA, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh as well as artistes from various Indian states. Over a space of seven days, big names such as Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, James Galway, Steve Gorn and Ronu Majumdar, had the audience eating out of their hands.

Group art exhibition

A group art exhibition, featuring the works of Sanjib Saha, Mohammad Imam Hossain, Silvia Nazneen, Chandan Kumar Barman, Sonia Parvin, Shahida Parveen, Quazi Nawshaba Ahmed and Abu Bakar Siddique, is on at Zainul Gallery, Faculty of Fine Arts (FFA), University of Dhaka. The participating painters are students of the Drawing and Painting Department of FFA.

Tangail weavers rushed off their feet

As Eid and Puja draw closer, the weavers of Tangail are gearing up to meet the rush of orders. Drawing buyers from home and abroad are the new designs of Tangail sarees.

Drama serial “Jamai Mela” on Banglavision

Drama serial “Jamai Mela” will be aired tonight on Banglavision at 8:15pm. Written by Brindaban Das, the serial has been directed by Azharul Karim.

Woo awarded Golden Lion for lifetime achievement

John Woo built his reputation with stylish Hong Kong action thrillers, then moved to Hollywood where he directed such big-budget blockbusters as "Mission Impossible II."

Gone With The Wind actress dies

Former Gone With The Wind child actress Cammie King Conlon - who played the doomed daughter of Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler - has died aged 76.


Washington Summit: No peace, no war

Amid widespread scepticism, the Palestinian and Israeli leaders started direct negotiations in Washington on September 2. Talks with Israel were suspended by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas when, on December 28, 2008, Israel mounted a brutal three-week long military assault on Gaza.

Fiction? Non-fiction? Just a horror story

The most reassuring aspect of Tony Blair's just-released memoirs was evident in the Reuters photograph of a bookstore shelf stacked with copies on opening day. A red sticker on the hardback cover bore the legend: "Half Price." This is poetic justice. A man who sold lies to his nation has been peremptorily discounted by its public.

Where the streets have no name

The most important distinguishing factor between a refugee and an internally displaced person (IDP) is cross border movement. Unlike refugees, who cross the international border for fear of persecution, IDPs do not cross a border. There is very limited legal protection offered to IDPs due to this unique context, as the state itself is the perpetrator of violence instead of providing protection to the IDPs. The United Nation's working definition of the internally displaced is, "…persons who have been forced to flee their home suddenly or unexpectedly in large numbers, as a result of armed conflict, internal strife, systematic violations of human rights or natural or man-made disasters, and who are within the territory of their own country."

A triangular manipulation

The contemporary scenario of triangular manipulation is a manipulation by the dominant interest group -- the coalition of interests among "governing elites," "fortune seeking political entrepreneurs" and privileged business communities. Governing elites include both political leadership and bureaucracy. It is seen that governing elites expand various opportunities for economic concentration including rent-seeking ones. It ultimately aggravates the poverty situation threatening the legitimacy of the regime and increasing the probability of regime turn over.

Our constitution

The Constitution of Bangladesh has been brought under the microscope for the 15th time since 1972. With the annulment of the fifth amendment of the Constitution through a judgment by the Supreme Court this year, the Constitution is to revert to some of the core values behind the formation of the original 1972 version, whose four main pillars were democracy, socialism, nationalism and secularism.

Two hands are better than one

Civil-military relations generate much debate and discussion in Bangladesh because of the ups and downs, turbulence and trepidations through which the relationship has passed over the last four decades. This debate goes on not only in Bangladesh, but also in the most developed countries of the world such as in the US, UK, and in our region in India and Pakistan. This relationship has often influenced domestic policies or its external relations, besides shaping the country's security structures. Now that we are once again consolidating our democratic polity, it is important to re-examine civil-military issues, identify shortfalls and recommend measures to build a strong, and vibrant relationship between the two important segments of the society. Before we venture further, it would be pertinent to examine the historical background.

The transfer chronicles

For every hard-core football fan, of which there are many in Bangladesh, the summer months can be long and arduous. League season in Europe winds down with the Champions League final in May and unless you are an aficionado of the Icelandic or Russian leagues, June-August will most likely be spent in a state of hope/despair, depending on the performance of your chosen team in the corresponding season.

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