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Tuesday, September 16, 2014


News of: Wednesday, 8th of September, 2010

Front Page

High priority, grim reality

Inadequate budgetary allocations for education, poor planning and irregularities have left almost half the country's population illiterate although governments in the last 39 years talked about giving utmost priority to the sector.

Night abuzz with Eid shoppers

Colourful balloons and festoons catch eyes as one enters the atrium of the mall. A red car, decorated with ribbons and balloons, is placed on the way to the elevators filled by shoppers of all ages.

Stalking victim kills herself

A schoolgirl in Satkhira yesterday killed herself by taking poison reportedly after failing to bear the brunt of stalking. In Chapainawabganj a man was beaten to death by stalkers as he protested teasing of his colleague's wife and daughter.

Wholesale pardon under question

The law ministry had recommended President Zillur Rahman to grant clemency to the 20 death row inmates convicted in the Gama killing case.

Anthrax in Lalmonirhat

Seventy-six more people are suspected to have contracted anthrax in sadar and Kaliganj upazilas of Lalmonirhat.

Fresh row with WB leads to uncertainty

The tender for setting up a 300 megawatt peaking power plant in Siddhirganj with World Bank funds fell flat last month due to Electricity Generation Company of Bangladesh's inept handling of the tender process during the last 20 months.

PM opens 4 projects in Ctg today

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is going to inaugurate the 3rd Karnaphuli bridge and three other projects here today taking the port city one step ahead towards development and progress.

Banks asked to keep open for delivery of salaries

Bangladesh Bank yesterday asked commercial banks to keep their branches open to help non-governmental teachers collect their salaries and bonuses before Eid.

Blood crisis hits hospitals

Professional blood donors, mostly junkies, are taking the advantage of blood crisis in the month of Ramadan, as safe donors refrain from donating due to physical weakness caused by daylong fasting.

Two families perish days before Eid

At least 10 people, including seven of two families, were killed in two road crashes in Sylhet and Sirajganj yesterday.

PM seeks IMF aid to achieve growth target

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday sought cooperation and assistance from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to achieve the desired economic growth and development in Bangladesh.

Hard times for 197 cheated workers

Uncertainties gripped the 197 Bangladeshi workers in Libya who had been camping on a field under the open sky since they had quit their jobs a week earlier for alleged tortures and non-payment of salaries.

One arrested over e-mail threat

Detectives arrested a man yesterday on charge of sending e-mail to the information and communication technology ministry, threatening to blow up important installations of the country and to attack police unless the four top Jamaat leaders are released before the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr.

Huda terms Moudud an 'opportunist'

BNP leader Moudud Ahmed is an “opportunist” who changes his political stand to fit different situations, his party colleague Nazmul Huda has said.

Julia to stay as Australian premier

Prime Minister Julia Gillard will lead Australia's first minority government in 67 years after two independent lawmakers threw their support behind her centre-left Labor Party yesterday, ending two weeks of uncertainty left by national elections that ended on a knife-edge.

Editorial

New industrial policy

The just-released cabinet approved draft industrial policy sounds unconventional and ambitious going by past standards. It seems to have been formulated with a populist overtone but it postulates a well-defined set of goals, some of the key elements emphasizing expanded public sector role to be complemented, it is envisaged, by public private partnership. The PPP is still in an embryonic state, though.

Eid holidays and medicare

Everyone is entitled to holidays, even those who are involved in providing medicare to patients in hospitals. On religious holidays, it is understandable that doctors, nurses and everyone else involved with ensuring the welfare of patients in hospitals and clinics will look forward to celebrating the occasions like everyone else. And yet the emergencies need to be attended to, something which the doctors themselves remain aware of. Also, slack in routine care should be avoided.

Sports

Siddons shifts focus to bowling

The Tigers enjoyed a bit of golf yesterday at the Kurmitola course, winding up the three-week preparation camp that comes to a close today ahead of the Eid holidays. Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah Riyad turned out to be the 'best' golfers among the national players.

Caroline crushes Maria

Caroline Wozniacki lived up to her top-seed status at the US Open on Monday by defeating former champion Maria Sharapova in a fourth-round blockbuster.

Roger rolls on

Roger Federer, a 16-time Grand Slam champion seeking his sixth US Open title and seventh finals appearance in a row, powered his way into a 26th consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal on Monday.

Twitter makes 'em pay

Kevin Pietersen and Dimitri Mascarenhas have been fined for their respective Twitter outbursts as England cricketers struggle to adapt to social media. Pietersen attended a disciplinary hearing at Lord's on Monday and pleaded guilty to two charges, following the post he made after being omitted from England's one-day squad, while repeating his apology from last week.

Worcester stumble against Middlesex

Shakib Al Hasan made 34 runs as Worcestershire faltered on the first day of their penultimate County Championship Second Division match against Middlesex at Lord's yesterday.

Tamim gets same advice

Opener Tamim Iqbal got a second opinion on his injured finger in Sydney yesterday and received the same suggestion that his English physician had given him during their last England tour.

Abahani's visa trouble in Bordoloi

Abahani are still waiting for the Indian visas of their foreign recruits for participating in the final round of Bordoloi Trophy that got underway yesterday.

Rubcic arrives today

Robert Rubcic, the newly appointed coach of Bangladesh national football team is scheduled to arrive in the capital this morning to take charge of the side ahead of the upcoming Asian Games.

World Champs awarded

Spain's World Cup-winning football squad won the prestigious Prince of Asturias prize for sport Tuesday for a victory that "made history", the jury announced.

Giggs eyeing Wales job

With John Toshack set to soon announce he will be stepping down as Wales coach, Ryan Giggs has admitted that taking on the job would be something that would interest him.

'Scoring feels better'

Barcelona star midfielder Andres Iniesta says he has watched his World Cup-winning goal "a thousand times" on television, but it never feels as good as it did on the pitch.

Morimoto fires Japan

Catania striker Takayuki Morimoto scored twice to lead Japan to a 2-1 victory over Guatemala on Tuesday and a second friendly win in four days.

Jose's sights set on Bastian

Having already brought two German World Cup stars, Sami Khedira and Mesut Ozil, to Real Madrid, coach Jose Mourinho now has his sights on a third: Bastian Schweinsteiger, Bild reported on Tuesday.

Kuyt out for four weeks

Liverpool midfielder Dirk Kuyt faces a four-week injury lay-off after damaging a shoulder on international duty with the Netherlands, the club confirmed Tuesday.

Ibra hopes for all-star attack

Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes there is no reason he cannot play alongside AC Milan's Brazilian trio up front.

Carvalho hails Mourinho

Real Madrid defender Ricardo Carvalho believes Jose Mou-rinho is the world's greatest coach.

Argentina end England's unbeaten run

With both England and Argentina in the semifinals and the result irrelevant, England turned on their best performance of the tournament, yet lost 2-0 to Argentina in the last Pool B match at the women's field hockey World Cup here on Monday.

Riches elude poor Pakistanis

For millions of dirt-poor Pakistani boys, a professional cricket career is an escape route into a world of glamour, celebrity and untold riches.

Hameed could be quizzed too

Merely disowning the match-fixing allegations he made against his Pakistan teammates would not be enough for Yasir Hameed as the opener could be questioned by the ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit for his statements in a tabloid sting operation.

'Age shouldn't be a defence for Aamer'

Pakistan associate manager Shafqat Rana said on Monday that teenage quick Mohammad Aamer's age should have no effect on any possible punishment if spot-fixing claims against the 18-year-old were proved.

Treason hearing delayed

A Pakistan court Tuesday adjourned a hearing into treason allegations against seven national cricket players, the sports minister and cricket chief, over a 'spot-fixing' scandal, lawyers said.

Lord's to host archery

Organizers say Lord's cricket ground has been granted permission to begin making changes for the archery competition at the 2012 Olympics.

Niaz 22nd, Zia 40th in Malaysia

GM Niaz Murshed became 22nd in the 7th IGB Dato Arthur Tan Malaysia Open Chess Championship after winning the final round board at the CitiTel MidVally, Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Business

Exports rise on China shift

Exports in July, the first month of the current fiscal year, rose more than 26 percent, compared to the same month last year, according to Export Promotion Bureau data.

Pharma sector gets a new player

Abdul Monem Group is ready to expand its horizon by setting foot in the pharmaceuticals sector, to provide high-quality products at affordable prices.

New laws to bar insider trades, cornered markets

The government intends to file cases under Anti Money Laundering Act against anyone who manipulates the stockmarket or who trades on insider information, according to a working paper prepared by the finance ministry.

Indian strike cripples Bangladesh land ports

Trade between Bangladesh and India through the Benapole land port was suspended yesterday due to a strike on the Indian side over rising prices and alleged anti-labour policies.

HSBC chairman appointed Britain's trade minister

HSBC chairman Stephen Green is quitting to become Britain's trade minister, Downing Street said Tuesday, as the government seeks to boost commercial ties with fast-growing economies.

Most lungi makers merry over Eid sales

Manufacturers of lungi, a traditional men's garment, are witnessing a boom in Eid-ul-Fitr sales, despite a hike in the price of the product because of a significant rise in yarn prices.

Eid gloomy for Pabna weavers

The yarn price spiral in the last five months has negatively affected the marginal weavers in Dogasi village of Pabna.

SEZ: An effective tool

Without any brouhaha, the parliament passed into law the Special Economic Zones (SEZ) Act on August 1 that nobody really took notice of.

As Democrats fear rout, Obama launches new jobs push

US President Barack Obama has pledged 50 billion dollars to create jobs in a massive transportation infrastructure campaign, targeting huge unemployment and ripping resurgent Republicans.

Dhaka Ice Cream unveils Fresco

Dhaka Ice Cream Ltd, the makers of Polar-brand ice cream in Bangladesh, has unveiled its latest product "Fresco" Ice Cream, the company said in a statement yesterday.

Barroso proposes European bond to finance big projects

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso called on Europe on Tuesday to boost growth, deepen the single market and create a continent-wide bond to finance major infrastructure projects.

Asian markets mixed as profit-takers move in

Asian markets ended mixed on Tuesday as traders took profits from a recent rally while a holiday in the United States meant Wall Street provided no strong pointers.

Greece reshuffles to speed up economy

Prime Minister George Papandreou reshuffled his government Tuesday to speed up the economic revival of recession-mired Greece, which had been on the brink of bankruptcy, the government spokesman said.

Dubai Holding gets extension on $555m loan

Dubai Holding Commercial Operations Group said on Tuesday it secured an extension on a 555-million-dollar revolving credit facility, the second time since July.

Metropolitan

DMP launches safety first campaign

Police launched a campaign, distributing safety leaflets, in a bid to curb crime during Eid holidays in the city.

Investing in most disadvantaged children can save millions

The global community can save millions of lives by investing first in the most disadvantaged children and communities, says a new Unicef study released yesterday.

Call to build illiteracy-free Bangladesh

International Literacy Day 2010 will be observed in the country as elsewhere over the world today.

Admission test begins December 11

Admission tests for the first year honours courses for the third academic session 2010-11 in Begum Rokeya University, Rangpur will begin from December 11, and registration of admission forms online from October 5.

DU online admission website launched

Dhaka University (DU) launched its online admission website on yesterday.

Schoolboy murder: 2 held in Ctg

Two 22 year olds were arrested Monday night on charges of kidnaping and murdering a schoolboy in May this year in the port city.

Rice production boom in monga season likely

The paddy plants, sowed for short-term cultivation to fight seasonal monga from October through November, have been showing likelihood of a production boom in Rangpur division this year, officials say.

Extortionist held with arms in Keraniganj

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members arrested an extortionist along with firearms from Hajratpur Dhalikandi village under Keraniganj Model police station early Monday.

Police pick up one over TV offices burglary

A man was detained yesterday at his house in Ranibazar in connection with the burglary at Rajshahi bureau offices of five private television channels a day before.

Six killed, 56 injured in road accidents

Six people were killed and 56 others injured in separate road accidents in Thakurgaon, Comilla, Munshiganj, Jessore and Mymensingh yesterday.

BCL expels 5 Laxmipur activists

Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) expelled its five activists for extortion in the town.

Injured Jubo Dal leader dies at DMCH

Jubo Dal leader Shah Alam Chunnu succumbed to his injuries yesterday at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.

National

Jubo Dal leader in Barisal murdered by rival faction

Shah Alam Chunnu, Wazirpur upazila Jubo Dal secretary, has been killed allegedly by the cadres of a rival faction.

10 more infected with anthrax in Tangail

At least 10 more people were found infected with anthrax in the district on Monday.

River grabbing goes on unabated in Jhenidah

Most of the rivers in Jhenidah district, including Chitra, Navaganga, Buribhairab, Kumar, Kapatakkha and Gorai, see gradual shrinking as a section of unscrupulous people, mostly belonging to political parties, have continued grabbing land on riverbeds or banks for years.

Robbers shoot dead BNP activist in Meherpur

A BNP activist was shot dead allegedly by a gang of armed robbers at Gopalpur in Mujibnagar upazila of Meherpur early yesterday.

6 judge's posts vacant in Noakhali

At least 3,108 civil and criminal cases are pending with Noakhali district Judges Court, as posts of six Judges still remain vacant.

10 missing as trawler capsizes

Ten people went missing as a trawler capsized in the Padma at Mangalmajhi ghat in Jajira upazila of the district yesterday morning.

Spl steamer services for Eid

Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) has started special steamer services on Dhaka-Barisal-Khulna routes for the homebound passengers on the occasion of Eid for 11-day from September 6.

Police yet to get court order to submit probe report

Hizla police in Barisal are yet to receive the court order asking them to submit the probe reports on the deaths of three infants within hours after being injected with measles vaccine.

Road barricaded protesting power outage

Power hungry people barricaded Panchagarh-Dhaka highway yesterday afternoon for about three hours at Dhakkamara village under Sadar upazila in Panchagarh.

Housewife killed, another allegedly commits suicide

A housewife was killed while another allegedly committed suicide on Monday and the day before in Magura and Sherpur district.

Movement of goods-laden trucks banned during Eid holidays

Movement of goods-laden trucks through the Daulatdia-Paturia river route will remain prohibited for several days apparently to avoid traffic jam at the terminals during and after Eid holidays.

Young man murdered

A young man was stabbed to death by his neighbours over a trifling matter at Brahmanbaria in Raiganj upazila on Sunday.

5 shops, 12 houses gutted in 2 districts

Five shops and 12 houses were gutted in two incidents of fire on Wednesday in Habiganj and Lalmonirhat districts.

Fugitive killer arrested

Police arrested an absconding accused in six-year-old Shuva murder case on Tuesday night. The arrestee is Md Mizanur Rahman, 36, son of Bachchu Mistri of village Bewla under Satkhira Sadar upazila. Acting on a tip-off, police arrested Mizan at a house at Shovnali village in Assassuni upazila. Shuva, son of Billal Hossain of Bakra village in the same upazila, was abducted on June 15 this year. His body was found on the char of the Marichchap River near Bangdah in the upazila the following day.Victim's father Billal Hossain filed a case with Assassuni Police Station the same day, accusing Mizan.

15 hurt as villagers clash

At least 15 people were injured as the people of two villagers in Chatmohar upazila clashed over a trivial matter yesterday. Police and locals said the trouble began following an altercation between Mujibur Rahman of Hasupur village and Kashem member of Pankura village at Handial Bazar over return of money that Mujibur had earlier borrowed from Kashem. Later, the people of the two villages, equipped with lethal weapons attacked each other, leaving 15 people from both sides injured. Of the injured, Rabiul, 35, Mujibar, 38, Razzak, 45, Amjad, 42, Moniruzaman, 35, Jahangir, 36, Kashem, 45, Tofez, 40, Shihab, 25, and Monir, 28, were admitted to Chatmohar Upazila Health Complex while the rest given first aid.

Extortionist held with arms

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members arrested an extortionist with firearms at Hazratpur Dhalikandi village under Keraniganj Model Police Station early yesterday. The arrestee is Jasim Uddin Bhuiyan alias Jasim, 35, son of Nur Mohammad Bhuiyan of the village. A team of Rab-10 raided the village at around 3:00am and arrested Jasim at his house. The also recovered a 9mm pistol and bullets from his possession. Rab sources said Jasim had been extorting money from the owners of sand carrying vessels and brickfields at gunpoint in the area for long.

Workers agitate for bonus

The workers of Talukder Pipe and Plastic at Rajerhat on the outskirts of Jessore town vandalsed the unit and set fire to it on Monday evening as the authorities did not pay heed to their demand for Eid bonus. On information, fire fighters from the district town rushed to the spot and extinguished the blaze. Sources said the workers of the industry have been demanding Eid bonus for the last 15 days. As the authorities refused to give them bonus in the morning, they went on the rampage.

Letters

Eid and the poor

The essence of Eid is on air and people of Bangladesh undoubtedly burst out into shopping. The television channels are regularly airing programmes regarding the shopping trends. I couldn't believe my ears when I heard the host affirming a sari, costing Tk. 3 lakh! How ridiculous is that now? The other day I turned the pages of The Daily Star, there was a rickshaw puller standing by the alley, selecting dresses from street vendors for his son. This man trapped in the vicious cycle of poverty could not even afford a shirt costing Tk. 200 and the fact is that in this very same country people are choosing dresses worth Tk. 3 lakh! People, who are affluent can argue back that this is what they have earned with their hard labour, so they possess every right to purchase anything they like, they have every right to enjoy. Well, it is also true enough that people are very much helpless and poor at its lowest level. So, a humble request to all -if you have ability, then help the needy. Eid Mubarak!

Iftar and sedentary life

I refer to the harmful effects of chemical additives on Iftar foods sold in many shops (letter 1.9.10). It is not only the chemicals but also the fat and oil of the fried iftar items that is very bad for health. Ramadan is the month of restraint and is an excellent opportunity to lose some weight following religious practices, however because of the tasty and alluring fatty and fried food stuffs, most people put on more weight during this month. It is specially bad for well-to-do people with sedentary habits and life style. A recent health study (widely reported in UK media) has found that beside obesity merely sitting down for any length of time is very bad for cardiovascular health. Men who sit for 23 hours a week have a 64 percent greater chance of dying from cardiovascular disease than men who spend only 11 hours sitting. Another study found that sitting ( like TV viewing, sitting at an office desk etc) increases your chances of dying from any cause, and this is worse for women; those who sat for more than 6 hours per day were 37 percent more likely to die than those who sat for fewer than three hours, regardless of physical activity at other times. Some doctors are therefore advising that in addition to having proper food and exercise we should spend much more time standing on our feet than just sitting down.

Banani-Gulshan Lake

You can kindly see the condition of the lake filled with rubbish & human waste dumped by the shanty dwellers living by the lake side upstream on the south past the connecting bridge. The stench is unbearable & has made the surrounding areas very unhealthy. And the rubbish is very soon going to spread way past beyond the bridge & ultimately the entire lake.

Hazardous chemicals

A front page report on the subject was published in the pages of a local English daily on 31st. August. It summed up practically all the locations where dangerous and explosive chemicals are now being handled and sold. The list indicates that most of these are located in the areas falling under Kotwali, Hazaribagh, Mirpur, Lalbagh, Ramna, Tejgaon, Sherpur and Demra police stations.

Cricket's sad moment

In the most sensational sporting scandal ever, the most of media in a front-page splash under the heading “Caught: Match-fixer trousers £150K as he rigs the England Test at Lord's.'' The allegations that Pakistani players, including their captain, collaborated with a betting racket during the England-Pakistan Test series could have a debilitating impact on the game. The immediate fallout will be felt in Pakistan, a country that has produced some of the game's finest players. Cricket in that country has been in limbo for reasons extraneous to the game. The fallout of the corruption allegation could be more devastating than the temporary break terrorism has forced on cricketing activity in Pakistan.

The veil issue

Too much has been written about niqaab already. It's time we focus on mini-skirts! Mini-skirt is no less extreme than niqaab. Imagine a teacher looking around the class and all he gets is an unwelcome glimpse of the girl's private parts. Is normal interaction possible in this case? Mini-skirt is an impediment to cultural development and spiritual enlightenment. It increases the risk of sexual harassment. We cannot always depend on men to not rape us and expose ourselves for every random person to leer at. We need to be truly liberated. If these girls wearing mini-skirts are advised to wear even the basics of hijab (not niqaab), which is undoubtedly obligatory in major religions, they quickly retort “Hijab cannot be forced. We are free to wear whatever we want.” Can the same be said about niqaab? Can a woman be forced to unveil while some girls are given the freedom to roam about in mini-skirts? Can the society itself isolate and rebuke niqaabis so much and overlook these girls donning mini-skirts? There has to be more discussions/write-ups revolving around mini-skirt and its effects on the “welfare” of society.

Zakat

All, who take shelter under the flag of Islam, are to carry out several religious duties. Zakat is one of those religious duties, which is a matter of great importance in Islam. It is the third pillar of Islam. In accordance with the teachings of Islam, Zakat stands for regular and mandatory charity, which is given in Allah's name to the poor and the needy by the Muslim community.

Digital Bangladesh!

One hundred new cars are hitting city roads every day. After one or two years you will have to keep your cars at home because you will find no space on road. Solution: education online, job online, banking online, medical treatment online, shopping online, marriage online, raising kids online, politics online, voting online and so on. A digital Bangladesh indeed!

Facebook

Facebook has revolutionized both the online world and the manner in which people communicate with each other. According to statistics, Facebook has over 350 million active users worldwide. The Facebook craze has affected everyone. Young children, workaholics, CEOs and elderly people have Facebook account. Facebook facilitates communication, helps people find friends, offers enjoyable games and applications and allows individuals to support causes, organizations and activities. Yet, Facebook can be blamed for some negative impacts. Its popularity, accessibility and information vastness produces some undesired effects. Facebook is responsible for depriving its users of privacy. The term 'Facebook addict' has emerged recently. Many people can sincerely confess that they have become addicted to the platform. Facebook's initial idea was to enable people to get in touch with friends and classmates. Seeing that it has great potential, developers soon added various applications to the platform. The aim of these applications is to keep users online for as long as possible. In this manner, developers created a set of games, quizzes and additional enjoyable activities that can turn a regular user into a Facebook addict. Facebook addicts prefer communicating with friends via the website. Offline communication is no longer seen as desirable. People prefer spending time in front of the computer rather than going outside. The fact is that the website has revolutionized the world of communications. Yet, as every new trend, it could be held responsible for distancing people from each other. Just think of how many people find it easier to wish somebody happy birthday using the Facebook wall rather than simply using the phone to call.

Constitution amendment

The newspapers reports suggest that a constitution review committee has been formed to examine the possible changes that could be made to return to original 72 constitution.

Learning English

Failure in English is a common matter in our country. Our rural students are most affected by this problem. From childhood, the rural students do not get basic knowledge of English. There is a good number of reasons why students of rural areas fail in English. Firstly, English is a foreign language. Rural students do not have the right approach to English. A teacher of rural area can hardly follow a technique. They fail to convince learners that they have to learn four skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing). Most of the teachers of rural areas are not competent and trained.

Street children

A dog took away a bit of a poor man's flesh while both were fighting for the same scrap of food . The report says about 120,000 people, most of whom are Toaki, eat rotten foods from dustbins, drink dirty water from water bodies, lack alternative clothes, sleep without a house and suffer from diseases. As a student of Social Welfare, I got a chance to work with such Tokai or Pothokoli and have so far discovered family violence, abandoned by parents, second marriage of mother or father, extreme poverty, trafficking, homelessness caused by river erosion as the causes of their coming to street. But this isn't over. Drug dealers use them for peddling drugs and so-called politicians use them to throw bombs and sometimes shoot them to make an issue of agitation. And thus, they with political backup one day tremor the city as top terrors and drug dealers. Young girls, on the other hand, fall victim to forced prostitution and eventually become an agent of a deadly disease-- HIV/AIDS.

Nicknames

Nowadays it is so tough for us to be able to identify someone by name alone. There has been an abnormal proliferation of nicknames as well as the use of names. One's fondness for a person is to be demonstrated in one's behaviour, not by using a pet name.

Urban life

Yes, Dhaka city experiences traffic jam inherently but during Ramadan it becomes scarily evident. Honestly, closing down schools is a very poor way of dealing with this scenario.

IPL

There is no doubt that cricket is one of the best sources of entertainment in recent times. And tournaments like IPL and airtel T20 cup have added a new dimension to it. It has also created an opportunity for players of different countries to prove their ability. But there is no doubt that Bangladeshi players like Tamim Iqbal or Shakib Al Hasan are better players than many of the players of other countries.

Far from convincing

Law minister Shafique Ahmed's statement that people who exercise state power were involved in corruption sounds as hollow as Prime Minister's repeated warning to BCL. Politicians say one thing and do quite the opposite. Has the government done anything this far to curb corruption ? Given the fact that the government from its inception were busy grabbing the state facilities for its party members, this statement may not be taken seriously. We have seen how they politicised every apparatus of government and used and are now using those to oppress the opposition. Was not the quashing of cases against ruling party members a glaring example of corruption? Thus steeped in corruption, the government has lost the moral courage to launch a campaign against the corruption in customs, ports, taxes, roads, highways, finance, police, bureaucracy , government tenders and other so many sectors. Will not the people rise from the slumber of being accustomed to corruption?

Eve-teasing

Bangladesh, a small and developing country, is beset with multiple problems. Among them, eve-teasing, nowadays, has become a talk of the country owing to its injurious effects on women, especially to the teen aged girls. It's obvious that no conscious citizen of our country is unacquainted with this problem created by evil-doers. Whenever, we put our eyes on daily newspapers, we find the news of suicide of any school or college going girl which is the outcome of eve-teasing.

International

For the 7th time Nepal fails to elect PM

Nepal's parliament failed to elect a new prime minister for the seventh time yesterday, prolonging a stalemate that has held up vital public spending and threatened the fragile peace process.

India says China wants 'grip' on S Asia

China is seeking to expand its influence in South Asia at India's expense, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh warned in rare public criticism of his country's main rival for regional resources and geopolitical clout.

Indian trade unions strike against price rises

A 24-hour nationwide strike called by trade unions has caused major disruption in parts of India.

Strict curfew after four new deaths in Kashmir

Thousands of Indian police and paramilitary forces enforced a strict curfew in much of Kashmir yesterday after security forces shot dead four protesters, police and witnesses said.

China warns against interfering in Myanmar polls

China yesterday hailed Myanmar as a "friendly neighbour" and warned the world not to meddle in its upcoming election, as the head of the country's military junta was due to arrive for a state visit.

Lanka opposition resists more powers to president

The Sri Lankan opposition yesterday launched protests in and outside parliament against proposed constitutional amendments that would boost the powers of the president.

SC backs president's 3rd-term bid

Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has cleared the way for President Mahinda Rajapakse to run for a third term in office, saying the constitution can be changed by a vote in parliament, officials said yesterday.

Angelina Jolie visits Pakistani flood victims

The Hollywood film star Angelina Jolie is in Pakistan to draw attention to the plight of flood victims.

West needs new Afghan strategy: IISS

Western powers must change strategy to focus on the "containment" of al-Qaeda and Taliban militants in Afghanistan instead of on failed efforts at nation-building, a leading think-tank said yesterday.

Petraeus warns over Quran burning

The US commander of the Afghan war has warned that his troops' lives will be endangered if a Florida evangelical church goes ahead with a planned burning of the Quran on Saturday's 9/11 anniversary.

Indian PM wants Pak FM Qureshi to visit

Despite the unexpected turn of events during External Affairs Minister S M Krishna's visit to Islamabad, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday said he was still optimistic about the engagement process and hoped that Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi would accept the invitation to visit India.

Iran claims right to vet IAEA inspectors

Iran said yesterday that it was within its rights to vet UN inspectors who monitor its nuclear facilities after the UN watchdog said its work was being hampered by the barring of some of its staff.

Pressure on new Australian govt over mining tax

Australia's controversial mining tax remained alive but open to change yesterday after independent lawmakers crucial to the victory of Labor Prime Minister Julia Gillard insisted on a review.

4m poor children dying 'of neglect'

Save the Children says there have been four million preventable child deaths over the past 10 years because states have failed to help the poorest.

N Korea asks South for flood aid

North Korea requested a shipment of rice, cement and heavy equipment days after rival South Korea offered relief aid to its communist neighbour to help it recover from recent flooding, Seoul's Unification Ministry said yesterday.

Putin hints at return to Russian presidency

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says he has not ruled out standing for president again at the 2012 elections.

They talk about me like a dog: Obama

US President Barack Obama has caused quite a flutter by accusing his Republican opponents of talking about him 'like a dog' at a rally to launch his embattled Democratic party's election campaign.

Abbas asks US to step into settlement dispute

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he has asked the US to settle a dispute with Israel over settlement expansion that is threatening to derail Mideast peace talks.

EU calls 'barbaric' plans to stone Iranian woman

The European Union yesterday condemned the stoning to death sentence passed against an Iranian woman convicted for adultery, saying it was "barbaric beyond words."

Iran tells world: don't make stoning a rights issue

Foreign countries should not interfere in Iran's legal system and stop trying to turn the case of a woman sentenced to be stoned to death for adultery into a human rights issue, Tehran said yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Eid in a Far Away Land

It is, I suppose our habit to dig out old bones holding memories and sit with them, our emotions licking on the past. This Eid I remember the Eid-ul-Fitr of 2009. At that time I was in Arkansas, USA. That Eid was spent with my son's family. It was also a day that was spent in the company of other Bangladeshi families living there. For the short time I was in Arkansas, I was touched by the hospitality and love of these expatriate families. They may have migrated to another land but they are extremely loyal to their motherland. All of them seemed to be tied by an invisible thread of brotherhood. They were dressed in the traditional clothes and had chalked out the whole day to be spent together. In the morning they went to the mosque to attend the Eid congregation. The day was filled with the spirit of sharing and joy! Different families were hosting breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. It was a special Eid, spent in a distant land and yet smothered with love and unity.

New voices keeping the Eid audio market abuzz

Eid is an opportune occasion for all. The entertainment sector and media, like other industries, present special offerings on the occasion. These include special programmes on TV channels, new movies in theatres, attractive offers and discounts at amusement parks and latest audio albums in the market.

Eid festivities the Concord way

Concord Entertainment Co. Ltd has built the world class Fantasy Kingdom complex in Ashulia, near Dhaka. The complex consists of Fantasy Kingdom, Water Kingdom, Heritage Park, X-treme Racing Go-kart and Motel Atlantis and is a delight for children and adults alike.

Ten movies to See

Filmmakers and celebrities from around the world have descending on Venice for the 67th Venice International Film Festival, which kicked off September 1 and runs through September 11. Eighty-six feature films are being screened at the festival's four official sections, including twenty-four in competition, known as Venezia 67. American director Quentin Tarantino presides over the jury as president.

A taste of royalty

It's royal time for Bollywood actor-producer Aamir Khan. His wife Kiran Rao and he have been invited to dine with British Prince Charles and his wife Camila Parker Bowles at the Marlborough House in Westminster, London, later this month.

Zahid Hasan gears up for Eid

TV actor Zahid Hasan spent the last Eid with his family in Sirajganj. This year will be no different, as the actor will travel to his native area a day ahead of Eid, and spend a couple of days there. Zahid Hasan's Eid plans include a fun day with his relatives and friends, with whom he will enjoy the delicacies he likes at home. Zahid will roam around Sirajganj town in the afternoon with his old friends. Just like old times, the gang may also indulge themselves in a round of football matches, says Zahid.

Ayub Bachchu’s concerts abroad during Eid

Famed singer-musician Ayub Bachchu is now is the USA. Bachchu and folk singer Momtaj are there for a show that was held on September 3. Bachchu is expected to return today and will go to Kuala Lumpur tomorrow to perform at another show. He would be celebrating Eid there.

Nobel’s Eid vacation in Malaysia

nars back, my father and I celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr in India, where almost 30,000 people assembled on the Eid jamaat. My father was excited to be there on Eid,” TVC model Nobel recalled a great Eid experience with his family.

OP-ED

The season for remembering

The decade-long rule of Mohammad Ayub Khan in Pakistan went a long way in giving bureaucrats a place in the power structure they did not deserve. The objective was a sidelining of the political classes. And what better way than a bonding between Pakistan's military and its bureaucracy, both deriving pleasure from being remnants of the system the British colonial power left behind in 1947?

Iraqis count costs of war

On August 31, President Barack Obama hailed the official end of a combat role for US troops in Iraq as a "milestone" after seven years of war.

Iraqis count costs of war

On August 31, President Barack Obama hailed the official end of a combat role for US troops in Iraq as a "milestone" after seven years of war.

Women's literacy

Today is International Literacy Day. Nearly two-thirds of the world's adult illiterate are women. A literate person is one who can read, write, calculate and be socially aware. Literacy is the foundation for lifelong learning for all and a tool for empowering individuals and their communities.

Future of micro-finance

The Bangladesh micro-finance sector is regarded as the largest and most efficient in the world. According to the Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX) 2009 analysis report on Asia, Bangladesh caters to 22.8 million borrowers compared to 16 million in India and 57.6 million in the whole of Asia. Grameen Bank (8 million), Brac (6.2 million) and Asa (5.6 million) together encompass 87% of Bangladesh's vast micro-credit portfolio.

Revving up BMET

Bangladesh is one of the leading overseas labour-sending countries of the world. By establishing the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET) under the then Labour Ministry, the country initiated its activities to govern migration as early as 1976. The 1922 Emigration Act was replaced with the 1982 Emigration Ordinance.



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