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News of: Monday, 6th of September, 2010

Front Page

Anthrax spreads to 6 districts

Anthrax spreads in six districts prompting the government to issue red alert for the livestock department and cancel holidays of the officials concerned to tackle the situation.

Brazen forgery at Biman

Employees of Biman Bangladesh Airlines Ltd misappropriate about Tk 3.24 crore through forged signatures of over 300 officials and 1,013 fake vouchers in five years.

AFD illegal, inconsistent

The Armed Forces Division (AFD) is illegal, and inconsistent with the parliamentary form of government, observed two former senior army officials yesterday.

Legislation alone not enough

Mere legislation will not be enough to prevent extra-constitutional takeover; political parties must shun confrontational politics and strengthen democratic practices, politicians and legal experts told a roundtable yesterday.

Moon ride on Lalmatia roads

Tahmina negotiated a pothole just after moving a few yards on a rickshaw from Block-A in Lalmatia.

197 unpaid workers continue agitation

At least 197 Bangladeshi workers, protesting alleged torture, non-payment of salaries and substandard living conditions in Libyan labour camps, are refusing to join work despite the company's assurances of addressing grievances.

Teenager crushed by speeding bus

A boy was crushed to death by a passenger bus in the city yesterday evening.

ADB to provide solar-wind power plants

Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide its newly innovated solar and wind run combined power plants to Bangladesh for the country's power generation.

Two robbers killed by mob

Armed robbers shot a youth dead while a mob beat to death two robbers in separate incidents in Munshiganj and Comilla early yesterday.

150 BDR accused plead not guilty

As many as 150 mutiny suspects of Pilkhana 24 Rifles Battalion yesterday claimed before the BDR special court that the charges brought against them were baseless.

Follow govt rules of business strictly

Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday asked all the ministries and divisions to strictly follow the government's rules of business.

Shaon guilty according to Arms Act

Lawmaker Nurunnabi Chowdhury Shaon is guilty according to the Arms Act as a bullet triggered from his licensed pistol killed Awami League leader Ibrahim, said State Minister for Law Qamrul Islam yesterday.

Shab-e-Qadr tonight

The holy Shab-e-Qadr, a night of blessings, will be observed across the country tonight.

One dies as BSF cuts off tendon

A Bangladeshi cattle trader was killed by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) along Monohorpur border in Shibganj upazila early Saturday.

Muhith the trailblazer

Finance Minister AMA Muhith becomes the first minister to make wealth statement public.

Govt asked to eliminate bonded child labour

The High Court yesterday asked the government to eliminate usury against bonded child labour carried out in the coastal areas victimising fishermen.

Poet Abdul Mannan Syed passes away

Eminent literary critique, poet and essayist Abdul Mannan Syed died at his Green Road residence in the city yesterday. He was 67.

Khaleda greets Hasina on Eid

BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia yesterday greeted Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on the occasion of the holy Eid-ul-Fitr.

Outlaw killed in 'shootout' with Rab

An outlaw leader was killed in a "shootout" between Rapid Action Battalion and his cohorts in Santhia Upazila of Pabna early yesterday.

Congo boat catches fire, capsizes; 200 feared dead

A riverboat loaded with passengers and fuel drums caught fire and capsized in southern Congo, and 200 people were feared dead, a survivor said yesterday.

Focus on pollution, water quality

Increasing water pollution and dwindling water quality around the globe will be the main focus as around 2,500 experts begin gathering in Stockholm yesterday for the 20th edition of the World Water Week.

China seeks culture agreement with Taiwan

China's visiting culture minister said yesterday the mainland was seeking a culture agreement with Taiwan, in a fresh sign of the warming ties between the two former rivals.

Editorial

Keeping prices of essentials in check

A commerce ministry mobile team, tasked to keep a tab on prices of essentials, faced severe resistance from local shop owners at Karwan Bazaar the other day. The team was barricaded by disgruntled traders till relieved by a RAB contingent. The team had to leave the place without conducting their task of market monitoring any further.

Schools without the basics of education

It has never been a matter of surprise that a large number of government as well as private schools and madrasas at the primary and secondary levels have operated at a poor level. Apart from the quality of education imparted in such institutions, there have been the questions relating to the basics which underpin their working. These worries are now once again borne out by a survey carried out by young people themselves. The Child Parliament, in association with Save the Children Australia, informs us of the pitiable conditions in which 512 schools across the country happen to be trapped. One could be sure that there are hundreds of similar schools in Bangladesh. These 512 schools simply happen to be symbolic of the bad way in which we educate our children.

Sports

District leagues caught in DFA-DSA tangles

Two and a half years have gone by since the formation of District Football Association (DFA) in order to keep government officials out of the 2008 Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) election, but most of the DFAs are failing to become functional due to financial constraints and conflict with the government-approved District Sports Associations (DSAs).

Sky Blues' twin targets

Three-time Bangladesh League champions Abahani leave for Assam this afternoon to take part in the Bordoloi Trophy as part of their preparations ahead of the upcoming season.

Pakistan rocked by fresh fixing claims

Pakistan's cricket team prepared to face England in a one-day match Sunday under the shadow of fresh claims about an alleged betting scam and reports that a fourth player was being investigated.

Maria to meet Caroline

Top seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark will play former champion Maria Sharapova of Russia in the fourth round of the US Open after both scored runaway straight-set victories on Saturday.

Athers's plea to forgive Aamer

Former England captain Michael Atherton has urged leniency for Pakistan's Mohammad Aamer in the fixing scandal that has shaken world cricket because the teenager was in "the grip of evil".

Nielsen's revelation

Tim Nielsen, the Australia coach, has joined four of his players in revealing he reported suspicious approaches while on tour to the team's manager. Last week Shane Watson and Brad Haddin confirmed they had told of invitations from an illegal bookmaker while Brett Lee and Mitchell Johnson were also targeted in England last year.

Sraboni, Shahanaz win bronze in Korea

Sraboni Biswas and Shahanaz Parvin won bronze medals in the 6th Korea Open International Taekwondo Championship held in Gumi yesterday.

Pak diplomat takes U-turn

Three Pakistan cricketers facing spot-fixing accusations should be banned for life and prosecuted if the charges against them are proven, the country's top diplomat in London said on Sunday.

England draw first blood

World Twenty20 champions England celebrated their first international since winning the World Cup in Barbados this year with a five-wicket win over controversy-hit Pakistan on Sunday.

Roger, Robin may collide

Roger Federer and Robin Soderling moved closer to a US Open quarterfinal showdown with straight-set triumphs on a blustery Saturday that also saw Novak Djokovic reach the fourth round.

England, Argentina reach last four

The weather turned from frigid Friday to sunny spring Saturday as England and Argentina secured semifinal berths from Pool B at the women's field hockey World Cup.

IPL changes format

India's cricket chiefs on Sunday announced a new format for the next Indian Premier League (IPL), adding more matches and increasing the cap on team spending to nine million dollars.

Imran calls for stronger instts

Former Pakistan cricket captain Imran Khan on Sunday called for stronger national institutions to prevent corruption scandals undermining the country's favourite sport in the future.

Eto'o on the double

Samuel Eto'o scored twice as Cameroon won in Mauritius Saturday and Rabah Saadane quit as Algeria coach after a home draw with Tanzania when the 2012 African Nations Cup qualifiers kicked off.

Striking a claim

With one sumptuous swing of his right foot against Liechtenstein on Friday, David Villa moved to within one goal of Raul's all-time goalscoring record for Spain.

Domenech finally dismissed

The French football federation has sent a letter of dismissal to former coach Raymond Domenech, who remains on the payroll as an employee of the federation's training staff, a source told AFP.

Scandal puts Rooney in spotlight

England striker Wayne Rooney is expected to shrug off lurid reports about his private life to travel to Switzerland on Monday for a Euro 2012 qualifier.

Ballack in Loew's plans

Germany coach Joachim Loew said Sunday he still has captain Michael Ballack in his plans for the national side, despite dropping the midfielder for the opening Euro 2012 qualifiers.

Exciting Italy Prandelli's goal

Italy boss Cesare Prandelli has vowed to make the side stronger and more entertaining as they look to bounce back from their World Cup disappointment.

Lehmann urges duo to integrate

Former Germany goalkeeper Jens Lehmann on Sunday urged new Real Madrid signings Mest Oezil and Sami Khedira to answer coach Jose Mourinho's criticisms by learning Spanish as quickly as possible.

Klose expects tough ask

Veteran German striker Miro-slav Klose expects Tuesday's Euro 2012 qualifier here against minnows Azerbaijan will be tougher than the World Cup showdowns against Argentina or England.

Coentrao out of Norway game

Portuguese defender Fabio Coentrao was ruled out on Saturday of Tuesday's Euro 2012 qualifier against Norway after injuring his right thigh in Friday's opening qualifier a 4-4 draw with Cyprus.

Drogba to play on for Ivory Coast

Didier Drogba on Sunday insisted that he had not given up on his international career with Ivory Coast.

Business

Eid sales to top Tk 1,600cr

Pre-Eid-ul-Fitr sales of clothes, footwear, electronic gadgets, jewellery and cosmetics in the capital all appear to be above last year's tally, as the year's biggest spending season is close to its end.

Camera bugs get serious

Cell phones may have simple digital cameras these days, but sales of high-resolution cameras grew by more than 130 percent last year, according to the top brands' distributors, due to their popularity among young people.

SEC ends 'netting' to tighten margin trading

The stockmarket regulator will no longer let investors buy non-marginable securities using “money netting” after Eid.

Banks in RMG belts open tomorrow

Commercial banks in the RMG belts at Gazipur, Narayanganj, Chittagong and other places that have transactions with garment factories will remain open for three hours tomorrow to facilitate payment of wages and Eid bonus to workers.

26 apparel units under scanner

The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) in Chittagong is closely monitoring 26 ready-made garment factories in the port city to avert any unrest over non-payment of salaries and bonuses ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr.

RMG workers demand pay by Wednesday

Leaders of garment workers yesterday demanded payment of salaries and festival allowances by Wednesday.

Solar power changes lives

In Chargazaria, a remote village of Shibchar in Madaripur with no link to the electric grid, Amir Ali had stopped performing his prayers in the local mosque. He is a devout man, but in the heat and humidity of the summer, Ali struggled to pray in the mosque, so he often performed his prayers at home instead.

'Too big to fail' is too big to live

Poor use of language reflects muddled thinking and compounds mistakes. No phrase in the debate about financial reform is more wrong-headed and pernicious than the description of certain institutions as "too big to fail". It should be expunged from the lexicon.

Burger King sale may stoke restaurant deals

Burger King Holdings Inc's $3.26 billion buyout by investment firm 3G Capital may be the first in a new flurry of restaurant deals, with private equity firms hungry for high cash flow and low valuations.

Lower home loan ratio for NRBs: Realtor

The equity ratio for NRB home loan should be dropped down to 10:90 from 100:100, a real estate company said in a recent statement.

IMF's Lipsky says moderate world recovery underway

The world economy is recovering moderately but still faces challenges such as the need for medium-term fiscal consolidation, the IMF's First Managing Director, John Lipsky, said on Sunday.

ADB to release $615m for Padma bridge by Nov

Asian Development Bank (ADB) will release its committed financial assistance to Bangladesh for the construction of Padma bridge by November.

SingTel mulls bid for C&W Worldwide

Singapore Telecommunications is considering a bid for FTSE 100 group Cable & Wireless Worldwide, The Independent reported yesterday.

iPhone 4 sales in South Korea start this week

South Korean telecom operator KT Corp said on Sunday it planned to begin selling Apple's iPhone 4 this week amid growing competition to expand in the potentially lucrative smartphone market.

Suzuki to build new auto plant in India

Japan's top minicar maker Suzuki Motor Corp. is to build a new auto assembly plant near the Indian capital New Delhi in a bid to meet growing demand in the country, a newspaper reported on Sunday.

Samsung raises 2010 smartphone sales target

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, the world's second-biggest maker of mobile phones, expects to sell up to 25 million smartphones this year, exceeding its earlier target, the company said on Friday.

India's Tata Steel may seek $5.4b loan

The world's seventh-largest steelmaker, Tata Steel, is in talks with banks for a 5.4-billion-dollar loan for its British unit Corus, a report said Saturday.

Robi's new CFO

Robi has appointed Mahtab uddin Ahmed as chief financial officer, the mobile phone operator said in a statement yesterday.

Corporate Briefs

EBL FIRST MUTUAL FUND
Net asset value of Tk 14.62 per unit at current market price and Tk 10.89 per unit at cost price against face value of Tk 10 was reported by the fund on the close of operation Thursday. Total net assets stood at Tk 1,462,329,041.31 on market price and Tk 1,089,031,572.91 on cost price after considering all assets and liabilities.

Metropolitan

AL rejects demand for interim polls

Ruling Awami League yesterday turned down outright the main opposition BNP's demand for holding interim general election, claiming the grand alliance government still enjoys majority public support and is committed to complete its 5-year tenure.

Bribe makes unfit launches fit

Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan yesterday slammed the ship surveyors for taking bribe in exchange for giving fitness certificates to unfit launches, without checking faults or lapses in structural designs in person.

'Trained attendants can cut newborns' death risk'

The death risk of newborns could be reduced significantly in Bangladesh if the birth attendants are given proper training on stimulation to breathe and other cares at their birth, experts at a seminar said yesterday.

Bureaucratic tangle disrupts EC activities, says Sakhawat

The bureaucratic pressure on the activities of the election commission is higher than that of the political parties, said Election Commissioner M Sakhawat Hossain yesterday.

Bela notice to stop three Savar canals' pollution

Bangladesh Environment Lawyers Association (Bela) yesterday served a legal notice on different ministries and government offices asking them to stop pollution of Dholaibil, Bilbaghil and Karnapara canals in Savar.

No scope to divert probe

The government has no intention to divert the investigation into the Jubo League leader Ibrahim's murder to a different angle, said State Minister for Home Shamsul Haque Tuku.

Saarc Charter of Democracy finalised

Senior officials of the eight-nation South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) yesterday came up with a draft charter to consolidate democratic process in the region following a two-day exercise in the capital.

Child mortality rate falls by 5.3 pc

Child mortality rate in Bangladesh fell by an average of 5.3 percent annually from 1993 to 2007 and the gap between boys' and girls' prospects of survival closed, reveals Save the Children's report titled "A Fair Chance at Life".

Road accidents kill 6

At least six people were killed in separate road accidents in Gazipur, Mymensingh and Bagerhat yesterday.

PM likely to receive FFs' certificates for Kamal, Jamal today

The government has decided to confer posthumous freedom fighter certificates on Sheikh Kamal and Sheikh Jamal, sons of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Two policemen jailed, acquitted

A court here yesterday sentenced two policemen to two days in jail for not submitting the case documents in front of the court in connection to a case and later dismissed them from the charge.

Ban diclofenac to save vultures: Zoologists

Zoologists yesterday demanded immediate banning of the diclofenac that has brought vultures to the brink of extinction as the scavengers die after feeding on carcasses of cattle treated with the anti-inflammatory drug.

New Rab boss denies allegation

Newly appointed Director General (DG) of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) Md Mukhlesur Rahman yesterday denied all the allegations of extrajudicial killing and violation of human rights by the law-enforcers.

No democracy in BSD

Two central leaders of Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (BSD) who have recently resigned from the party yesterday claimed that democratic practices hardly exist in the party as all activities of the party are run as per the direction of its General Secretary Khalequzzaman.

Dr Mohibur made UGC member

Dr Mohammad Mohibur Rahman, former professor of Chemistry Department of Dhaka University, has been appointed member of University Grants Commission (UGC).

NU Masters result published

Masters' results of different subjects of 2007 under the National University (NU) were published yesterday.

Ema Sintex fined Tk 30 lakh

The Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday fined the Ema Sintex Limited at Kashimpur under Jaydevpur thana in Gazipur Tk 30 lakh for violating environmental law.

Dr Ibrahim's death anniversary today

Today is the 21st death anniversary of national professor Dr Mohammad Ibrahim, also founder of the Diabetic Association of Bangladesh, says a press release.

National

Pirates introduce 'tokens' each for Tk 10,000 for 'safe' fishing

Rampant looting, abduction for ransom and introduction of so-called 'token system' by pirate gangs has become a threat to fishermen in the Bay of Bengal during the peak hilsa season.

Worrying days for people by River Jhinai in Tangail

People of different villages beside the Jhinai River in Basail upazila of Tangail district are passing days amid worry due to river erosion.

Rampant tree looting from Dinajpur forest research institute area

Local wood smugglers have chopped down about 600 trees in the forest research institute area of Birampur upazila since the last year, said an insider.

One killed, 9 hurt as bomb thrown on village meeting

One person was killed and nine others were injured in a bomb attack at Bazrapur village in Gangni upazila of Meherpur district on Saturday night.

Muggers stab Khulna AL leader, one held

Muggers stabbed Jobair Ahmed Khan Joba, office secretary of Khulna district Awami League, at Tootpara central road under Khulna Sadar Police Station early Saturday.

As the hospital admitted him as anthrax case

Following admission of a person wrongly considered as an anthrax patient on Friday, locals are now afraid to receive treatment or visit Dinajpur Medical College and Hospital (DJMCH).

Stolen hospital medicines seized in Mymensingh, one arrested

A Rapid Action Battalion (Rab-9) team recovered a huge quantity of stolen medicines from a residence in Bandher Bari area, adjacent to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital (MMCH) yesterday noon.

Seven 'robbers' arrested, arms seized

Police arrested seven alleged robbers in Tangail and Noakhali yesterday.

One killed, 40 hurt as villagers clash

An elderly man was killed and 40 others were injured as rival villagers locked in clashes in Netrakona and Thakurgaon districts on Saturday.

Notorious pirate arrested

Police arrested a notorious pirate of the Sundarbans on Saturday night from near Mohsin High School under Daulatpur police station of Khulna city.

Two 'thieves' beaten to death

Two alleged thieves were beaten to death by a mob at Nayakandi village in Chandina upazila early yesterday.

Two die after taking toxic liquor

Two people died and another fell sick after taking toxic liquor in Sonagazi upazila of Feni district yesterday.

Charges framed against 3 Indians

A Khagrachhari court yesterday framed charges against three Indian nationals in a case for their illegal entry into Bangladesh.

Three boys drown

Three boys drowned in Satkhira and Natore districts yesterday and the day before.

3 arrested with train tickets

Three people were arrested from the rail station in the town on Saturday morning for black marketing of train tickets ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr.

9,000 litres fake petrol seized in Jessore

A team of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized 9,000 litres of fake petrol from a tank lorry at Mohakal village near Jessore-Khulna highway in Abhoyanagar upazila early Friday.

Letters

Education sector

I would like to thank the PM for taking the steps to make a digital Bangladesh. To implement your dream for digital Bangladesh at first you should recruit skilled teachers at school and college level for computer learning . At college level every teacher is skilled in their respective subject without computer. In computer, a teacher can come from other subjectst after doing a three-month course or one year diploma in computer. It is funny that in other subjects, Honours and Master's degrees are must in the respective t but in case of computer it is not applicable. Most of the lecturers recruited for computer are not experts.

Beggars

Thousands of beggars are rushing towards Dhaka on the occasion of coming Eid festival. About 30 thousand beggars across the country are preparing to gather at this capital city to earn some extra cash.

Pakistan cricket

Pakistan cricket has been going through some turbulence for several years now. They haven't won a rubber since 2006. After the retirement of skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq who was apparently the last of the Mohicans the team became imbalanced. Leadership kept changing and whenever there was a sign of consistency players' internal brawl ruined it. When these miseries were not good enough terrorists took over by attacking the Sri Lankan cricket team, which cost Pakistan the right to co-host the upcoming World Cup.

Joint power project

Two 1320MW coal fired power plants are to be set up in Chittagong and Khulna. That is indeed good news for the power starved people of Bangladesh.

Poor Israelis

I feel sorry for the poor Israelis who have been driven so far from Him by their pride and stubbornness of heart. It is so easy to harden your heart and hate and curse those who curse you and those you love. But the Lord way is not one of anger and hatred. He will use him to judge this people and cause them to forcibly live in peace with their neighbours. The ways of this world are not the Lord ways, but He will use them to institute law and order and bring an end to oppression.

Global warming

Global warming is one the biggest problems the world is facing these days. The solution is only planting trees . Still Bangladesh can do so as many trees are cut down for use and many houses which once consisted of huge trees are dismantled and apartments are built.

The rebel poet

Kazi Nazrul Islam, popularly known as rebel poet (vidrohi kobi), was an exceptionally talented figure in Bangla literature. This patriot, poet, composer and writer edited a politico-cultural magazine "Dhumketu".

Pakistan's cheating

Good things happen when the souls express them. Similarly, when cheating tendency is deep-rooted in a society -- all forms of evil express on a constant basis. (As feared by many) after the long history of association with Match-fixing, Doping, Murder probe (2007 World Cup), Injury feigning, Ball-biting, Ball altering, Betting, Pitch damaging, Religious exhibition during games, Organised crimes, Corruption and Cover-ups -- now a new 'Spot-fixing' cheating allegations are investigated by British police against visiting Pakistan Test Cricket team in England. Secretly filmed footage exposed one British-Pakistani bookmaker Majeed - who has 'managed' Pakistani cricket players over two years - accepting £150,000 (Bangladeshi Taka 16 crore) from a undercover journalist for guaranteeing 'no balls'. The allegations are related to 'no balls' delivered by Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif. ICC (International Cricket Council) and Scotland Yard are now investing the matter. No players or team officials have been arrested yet.

For a better society

“Only the wisest and stupidest of men on earth never change.”-Confucius. And as Bangladesh is neither the wisest nor does it possess the desire to prove itself the stupidest it has ultimately taken the initiative to bring in some change and do some good to the country at last. And that very initiative is the introduction of 'e-governance' concept.

Overhead cables

Recently, Bangladesh ranked 88th amongst 100 best countries of the world. Is it a joke or fun? I cannot guess. If we look above our head, across the Dhaka city roads, we shall see a cables jungle, electric 440/1100 KV lines above the roads. We came to know through DS that about 600 cable TV operators and 92 ISPs are using heavy weight of black wires illegally in the poles. We urge and hope that the authorities would take action to remove the wires and also to avoid tragedies like Nimtoli.

Justice must prevail

The dropping of all charges against fourteen people including former Awami League lawmake Dr. HBM Iqbal and AL MP Nurunnabi Chowdhury Shaon has made us astonished and indignant. They were charged for the killing of four people by firing on the procession of Bangladesh Nationalist Party on February 13, 2001.

Bleak future

The fact that only two out of some 702 chemical shops and stores in the old parts of Dhaka have valid fire safety licences represent the decades long mismanagement of the city by the previous governments. The present government has got to free the city from all kinds of congestions. To do this some ministries must be relocated outside Dhaka. The lakes and the rivers outside Dhaka must be freed from unauthorized occupation. All the residential areas should be drastically freed from commercial activities to avoid fire hazards. To evade the cataclysmic destruction of city in case of earthquake, all badly-constructed buildings should be demolished immediately.

Shining government

We all should come to know that three of our national leaders Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Shaheed President Ziaur Rahman & Alhaj Hussain Muhammad Ershad while in power dealt more with the citizens and could discharge their duties on practical grounds based on proper verifications and thus the overall citizens could see the progress in the infrastructural works.

Digital parliament

All laws are framed in parliament. Laws are passed in parliament by voice vote. Simply by hearing the sound coming from the floor the Ho'nable Speaker declares three times that ha/na joijukta hoyachey. That means sound is the ultimate medium or indicator for passing a law in parliament. In a turbulent or a noisy situation in parliament, a common scene, it is difficult to hear the sound correctly creating confusion in making decisions. In this day of modern digital world, an old system based on hearing sound for taking a vital decision for passing law is not tenable.

Ban on veil

Very recently a law has been passed prohibiting the compulsory use of veil in public places, I am concerned when a ban is imposed on the use of veil in this country whose majority of the population are Muslims, while the Honorable Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition are both women and are Muslims too.

Misery of an ordinary man

Last Friday a group of policemen came to my residence at Gopibagh, Dhaka for arresting me. They said that a cheating case was filed against me with Rajbari Magistrate Court (though my home district is at Chandpur) and accordingly the Court issued warrant against me. I was not at my house at that moment of police raid. My wife who is a gynaecologist was surprised and panicked to see the aggressive attitude of the policemen. However, as per the information of the police officer I have collected a copy of complaint petition from Rajbari. Surprisingly, I do not know the complainant and other accused of that case. Policemen again came to my residence to arrest me but I was at my office at that time. Then I have talked to a lawyer of Rajbari regarding bail. He says, “Rajbari Court may not grant you bail well you should go to the High Court.” But the regular work of the High Court is closed now due to one-month-long vacation and these sorts of anticipatory bail-cases do not get priority in the Vacation-Chamber-Judge. As a result, I am moving under an arrest warrant and it disturbs my normal life in the office and in the house as well. Who can help me and where should I go?

People and leaders

How long our politicians will continue playing the game of making laws? It is now an established practice that, one party while in power makes law according to their will and later on when their opposition comes to power reverses it. Is it the duty of politicians? Clearly, it is a sign of divide, which is very much unfortunate. The proverb goes 'united we stand, divided we fall'. There might be difference of opinion, but it should not be so fatal leading divisions. People expect politicians as their friends. Politicians should consider them as the servants of the people. Delay in realizing this truth by our politicians shall delay our progress.

BCL activities in RU

Activists of the BCL in RU are committing many crimes on the campus like throwing a student from the upper floor of a building, inserting nails in legs of students. Law enforcers are not taking adequate measures about these crimes resulting in their continuation. BCL are perpetrating these crimes using the backlash against the Shibir. It seems that they are provided clemency when they brand the victims as Shibir men . But it is the law enforcer not BCL who should take action against the bad elements. The government should take the matter seriously.

International

Nepal's parliament again fails to elect new PM

Nepal's parliament failed for the sixth time to elect a prime minister yesterday, as the house speaker warned of a "serious crisis" if a new government is not in place soon.

Taliban vow to disrupt polls

Taliban insurgents appear to be making good on threats to kill candidates in Afghanistan's parliamentary elections, adding a grim dimension to the ambitions of political hopefuls in the war-torn country.

Floods give renewed clout to Pakistan Army

The message in black Urdu lettering on a white sack of supplies for flood relief says it all: "In tough times, the Pakistan Army is with you."

Spain's separatist group Eta declares ceasefire

Armed Basque separatist group Eta says it will not "carry out armed actions" in its campaign for independence.

US likely to keep troops in Iraq after 2011

The United States likely will need to keep thousands of troops in Iraq beyond 2011 to keep a lid on sectarian tensions and to bolster Baghdad's fledgling military, experts and former officers say.

'Get ready for break-up'

One of Belgium's top politicians warned the country's citizens yesterday to "get ready for the break-up of Belgium," as King Albert II seeks to relaunch knife-edge coalition talks.

India mulls legalising gambling amid cricket scandal

The Indian government is looking at proposals to legalise the country's multi-million-dollar underground gambling market to tackle corruption in cricket, according to a newspaper report yesterday.

Floodwaters sweep towards another Pakistani town

Pakistani authorities were trying to protect another town from floodwaters in southern Sindh province, as the nation continues to grapple with its worst natural disaster in living memory.

India test-fires Brahmos cruise missile

India yesterday test-fired an advanced version of a supersonic cruise missile, officials said, as part of the country's drive to boost its defence system.

No ME peace talks if no building freeze: Abbas

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he has warned Israel's prime minister that he'll quit peace talks unless Israel extends a curb on settlement construction.

Peace deal requires new approach: Netanyahu

A peace deal with the Palestinians will require a creative, new approach to issues that have defied resolution in past negotiations, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday.

2 killed in Israel's Gaza strike

The body of a second Palestinian killed in Israeli air strikes on southern Gaza was recovered yesterday, according to Palestinian medics and witnesses.

Assault on Iraqi military HQ kills 12

Suicide bombers hit a Baghdad military headquarters yesterday and killed 12 people, two weeks after an attack on the same site pointed to the failure of Iraqi forces to plug even the most obvious holes in their security.

Hubble telescope re-shoots '87 supernova

The Hubble space telescope has returned to view one of its favourite subjects - a giant stellar explosion that was first seen on Earth in 1987.

Five killed in Dagestan suicide blast

A suicide bomber rammed into a Russian firing range killing five people and wounding scores yesterday in the volatile North Caucasus region of Dagestan, law enforcement sources said.

Iran stoning woman 'to be lashed over photograph'

An Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery now faces being whipped for indecency, her son says.

Arts & Entertainment

Sacred relics of the Prophets

A photo exhibition, titled “Sacred Relics of the Prophets”, is on at Goethe-Institut, Bangladesh. Consulate general of Turkey, Salahuddin Kashem Khan, inaugurated the exhibition on September 2. Executive director of Turkish Cultural Centre in Bangladesh, Fatih Çelik, and Goethe Institut- Bangladesh director, Angela Grunert, spoke at the opening of the exhibition. A number of noted Islamic scholars, intellectuals and historians attended the programme.

My Heroes

Anjana is an accomplished dancer and actress, who stepped into the cultural scene when she was just four years old. She made her debut in films in 1976, through the movie “Doshshu Bonhur”. Among her memorable works are: “Shetu”, “Matir Maya”, “Oshikkhito”, “Priyo Bandhobi”, “Gangchil”, “Chokher Moni”, “Chhoto Ma”, “Rupali Shoikote”, “Anarkoli”, “Moharaja”, “Ongshidaar”, “Shukher Songshar”, “Masum”, “Obhijan”, “Premik”, “Nepali Meye”, “Bicharpoti”, “Porineeta” and “Aposh”. Anjana won a National Award for her performance in “Porineeta”. The seasoned actress recently shared fond memories of working with some of the leading male actors of her time with The Daily Star.

Mahila Samiti’s new building to have two auditoriums

Bangladesh Mahila Samiti, which is widely considered as the epicentre of neo-theatre movement in the country, will have two state of the art and multi-functional auditoriums in its newly planned building. The decision came after a rumour that Mahila Samiti's new building would not include any auditorium.

Live music show “Call-er Gaan” on Desh TV

As part of its Eid programmes, Desh TV will air four special episodes of its regular live musical programme “Call-er Gaan”. The episodes will feature popular artistes both from Bangladesh and India.

Drama serial “Shada Pata-e Kalo Daag” on Rtv tonight

A new serial “Shada Pata-e Kalo Daag” goes on air on Rtv tonight. Written by Zahidul Islam Zahid, Kafi Bir is directing the serial. The serial will be aired every Monday and Tuesday at 10:10 pm.

Sebastião Salgado’s works on display

Drik Picture Library celebrated its 21st anniversary on September 4. The celebration included lectures, a photography and poster exhibition.

OP-ED

Saviour, not slave

Ben Anderson of BBC has made a short documentary entitled "The Slaves of Dubai," visualising the heart-rending plight of South Asian workers who arrived in Dubai in the hope of alleviating their abject poverty, but ended up becoming virtually bonded labour.

Natural calamity and social crisis

It's impossible not to be moved by the human misery and devastation caused by the floods in Pakistan. An area the size of England is submerged. Twenty million people are affected -- even more than by the 2004 tsunami in Asia.

Revisiting an old friend

The centre of the talks between German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle and Dr. Dipu Moni was bilateral cooperaton between Germany and Bangladesh in business, international negotiations on climate change and cultural relations.

America's Afghan war

The United States went to war in Afghanistan in 2001, immediately after the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center in New York. But there is no sign that it is going to end in the near future. President Obama had publicly stated that he would bring back American soldiers from Afghanistan by July 2011. But his top agents and civil officials do not seem to believe this and are singing from different music sheets.

Prof. Noman: A teacher extraordinaire

Tears. Such a small word but profound in connotations. The obvious explosion of it is in sadness, the very moment when a heart experiences any loss, goes through pains and agonies. There is "positive" outburst of tears as well -- we cry when we are extremely happy after possessing "something" after long and difficult trials. For me there is a presence of another dimension -- the tears of inspiration.


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