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News of: Monday, 20th of September, 2010

Front Page

Logging fest

Around 15,000 trees under the government's social forestry programme have been felled illegally on three erosion-hit chars on the Padma river in the last six months.

Firm fetters for border guards

If two or more members of border security force collectively express their angst, it would be considered mutiny, according to the proposed legislation for the force.

Invest in homeland for faster progress

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged Bangladeshi expatriates to invest in a big way in various development sectors to speed up the country's socio-economic development.

Tragedy at Sadarghat

Two siblings were crushed to death in between two passenger launches while boarding a boat at Sadarghat terminal yesterday.

JS committee plays safe

The parliamentary special committee for constitutional amendment yesterday decided not to recommend scrapping from the country's supreme charter the clause that declares Islam the state religion, and opted to suggest instead adding a clause that will ensure secularism as well.

Beware of fake DB check-post!

Police Saturday night and early yesterday arrested a gang of 11 persons, who used to set up police check posts on city streets and mug people.

Driver gets 7yrs for recklessness

A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced a covered van driver to seven years of imprisonment, the highest punishment as specified in the law, for running over a female student of Dhaka City College in October 2007.

Anti-polybag drive goes on

The Department of Environment (DoE) continues its drive in the capital against polythene bags, which are being traded and used despite a ban eight years ago.

Arms case not filed to save Shaon

The wife of slain Awami League activist Ibrahim has alleged that police have not yet filed any arms case against AL lawmaker Nurunnabi Chowdhury Shaon to save him.

Govt wants to tighten anthrax control

The government will formulate a National Steering Committee tomorrow to streamline its efforts for total control of anthrax infection before the Eid-ul-Azha.

Muggers shoot cop in Gulshan

Muggers shot a policeman at Gulshan-1 in the capital last night.

Flood situation improves further

Flood situation further improved yesterday in 10 districts, worsened in two and remained unchanged in two districts.

DCC polls by Dec

The long-awaited polls to Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) will be held by December this year, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda said yesterday.

Biman director terminated

The Biman authorities have terminated one of its directors and sent another official on forced retirement yesterday.

Hearing on tax evasion charge now on Oct 20

A Dhaka court yesterday adjourned the hearing on charge framing against former BNP lawmaker and Partex Group Chairman MA Hashem in a tax evasion case till October 20.

Iranian rights activist jailed

Iran sentenced a prominent rights activist and journalist to six years in prison on anti-government charges, Iranian media reported Saturday.

'One more test' needed on BP well to declare it sealed

Crews working to seal BP's damaged well in the Gulf of Mexico have to carry out one more pressure test before declaring the well permanently sealed, officials have said.

Dutch arrest alleged UK terror suspect at airport

Dutch police yesterday arrested a British man of Somali ancestry at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport for possible links to a terrorist group, a spokesman for the Dutch prosecutors said.

Basque separatist calls for mediation in conflict with Spain

The outlawed Basque separatist group Eta has appealed for international mediation to resolve its conflict with the Spanish government.

Musharraf wanted to hand over Qadeer to US

Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf had all intentions of handing over nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan to the United States, former Prime Minister Mir Zafar Ullah Khan Jamali has disclosed.

Editorial

The anthrax issue

Eighteen new cases of anthrax have come to light in Lalmonirhat district. Reports of an incidence of anthrax in Lakshmipur have also been there. As far as we are aware, no fewer than 520 people all over the country have in the past couple of months been affected by the disease and, we are informed, half of them have already been provided with treatment. There may be a bit of hope here and we might tell ourselves that the disease, contracted through eating meat, especially beef, will soon go away. And yet new reports such as the one from Lalmonirhat raise the very pertinent question of how effective the measures so far taken to combat the problem are. Our conclusion is that a whole lot more, in terms of prioritising the issue, is called for. If one individual is cured of anthrax and then two fresh cases crop up, it is a sign of the huge difficulties we are confronted with.

Buriganga cleanup

We understand that the second phase of the plan to clean up the Buriganga will be launched sometime next month. We take it that the first phase of the cleanup, which commenced early January this year, has been completed.

Sports

Berbatov alone too much for Liverpool

Dimitar Berbatov scored a hattrick as Manchester United overcame a Liverpool fightback to win 3-2 in a classic Premier League battle at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Because it's the first time for Chhoton

Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has been blamed routinely for everything attached to football in Bangladesh, and yesterday, they did themselves no favour by taking yet another whimsical decision.

Shakib returns happy

County cricket's Division Two may not have given the world's No. 1 all-rounder the jitters, but it was the isolation from friends and family for almost two months in West Midlands England that unnerved Shakib Al Hasan. But upon his return to Dhaka yesterday, he said it was not as bad as he first thought.

Hosts take on Jordan

Bangladesh will take on Jordan in their first match in Group B of the AFC U-19 Women's Football Championship Qualifiers at the Birshreshtha Mostafa Kamal Stadium today after India and Iran kick off the qualifying campaign at the same venue in Kamalapur earlier in the day.

Mushfiqur doing fine

Mushfiqur Rahim is fast on the mend from a shoulder injury he suffered during training on Friday.

Councilor Gold Cup football

Ward No. 13 football team of Rajshahi City Corporation beat Ward No. 16 2-0 in the 2nd Councilor Gold Cup football tournament at the District Stadium on Sunday.

Div I football

Manikganj City Club drew 1-1 with Dashara Nabajagaran Sangsad in the Hafizul Islam Khan Uttu Smriti First Division Football League at the Shaheed Miraz-Tapan Stadium here yesterday.

CSK in survival battle

After an unsuccessful gamble by captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the Chennai Super Kings will have to wait until Wednesday to know whether they will qualify for the semifinals of the Champions League Twenty20 tournament.

Lions gun Guyana down

Ethan O'Reilly ripped through Guyana's batting as the Highveld Lions crushed the West Indian team by nine wickets in the Champions League Twenty20 tournament at the Wanderers Stadium on Sunday.

India stun Brazil

Hosts India came from behind to snatch a dramatic 3-2 win over Brazil on Sunday in the stifling Chennai heat and retain their place in the Davis Cup World Group.

Zaheer, Harbhajan await Test recall

India are not going to wait for the Board President's XI game before selecting the squad for the first Test of the two-match series against Australia, beginning on October 1 in Mohali. The selectors will meet on Monday, 11 days before the first Test, and five days before the BP XI game.

Ricky eyes series win

Ricky Ponting hopes the two-Test series in India next month will be a step towards Australia reclaiming the No. 1 Test ranking. Australia are presently fourth in the ratings, 14 points behind top-ranked India, and a 2-0 win for the visitors will narrow the gap to four.

Ansar lift women's kabaddi title

Bangladesh Ansar emerged champions in the Meizan National Kabaddi Championship defeating BJMC 18-7 in the final at the Outer Stadium Kabaddi court yesterday.

England call Bell back

Batsman Ian Bell, who scored a match-winning 107 from 95 balls for Warwickshire in the final of the English 40 overs competition against Somerset at Lord's on Saturday, has been added to England's squad for the remaining two one-day internationals in the NatWest Series against Pakistan.

Bent at the death

Arsenal missed the chance to go top of the Premier League on Saturday after a Darren Bent goal in the fifth minute of injury time scrambled a 1-1 draw for Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

Real Madrid go on top

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a fortunate first goal of the season with his deflected 75th minute free-kick proving the winner in a 2-1 win at promoted Real Sociedad as Real Madrid moved to the top of La Liga for the first time under Jose Mourinho.

Inzaghi saves Milan

Filippo In-zaghi scored his 123rd AC Milan goal to rescue a point in a disappointing 1-1 draw with Catania at the San Siro on Saturday.

Mainz stun Bremen

Dark horses Mainz went top of the Bundesliga on Saturday after they shocked Champions League side Werder Bremen 2-0, while champions Bayern Munich were held to a goalless draw by Cologne.

Wenger can't accept it

Arsene Wenger insisted there was no confrontation with fourth official Martin Atkinson as Arsenal were denied top spot in the Premier League thanks to Darren Bent's dramatic injury-time goal in a 1-1 draw at Sunderland.

Diego to sing in China

Football legend Diego Maradona is due in China in November for a charity tour that will see him lunch with fans and sing in a concert, the organiser said Sunday.

Mourinho not happy

Jose Mourinho has said he was frustrated by what appeared to be Real Madrid objections to his temporarily coaching the Portuguese national team for two Euro 2012 qualifiers next month.

Bento to man Portugal

Paulo Bento will on Monday be appointed coach of Portugal after Real Madrid refused to release Jose Mourinho to take up the role temporarily, the Madrid sport press reported on Sunday.

Bhupathi, Dutta get engaged

Indian tennis star Mahesh Bhupathi on Sunday announced his engagement with Bollywood actress Lara Dutta on social networking site twitter.

Business

Anthrax scare hurts leather industry

The growing public tendency to avoid beef as a precaution against the spread of anthrax in several districts has made cowhides scarce, and slashed the earnings of local tanners and leather-goods manufacturers by 80 percent last month.

CPA moves to recover 20 sunken ships

Chittagong Port Authority has moved to recover 20 sunken ships from the Karnaphuli river and the outer anchorage of the Bay of Bengal.

High cotton waste prices dim denim prospect

Cotton waste prices have soared on the local market, as the item's export prices went high and production by spinners fell so drastically, which industry insiders say put the denim and terry-towel industry at stake.

Intel guru: future phones will sense your mood

Ultra-smartphones that react to your moods and televisions that can tell it's you who's watching are in your future as Intel Corp's top technology guru sets his sights on context-aware computing.

Govt's bank borrowing declines

The government's borrowing from the banking sector maintained a downward trend throughout the last fiscal year (2009-2010), as the country's net credit to the government marked a fall by Tk 3,792.90 crore or 6.52 percent.

Korean tiny computer unveiled

Korean venture firm Ocosmos' collaboration with international giants Intel and AT&T has resulted in the development of a revolutionary new tiny computer.

India to produce record wheat, no exports

India is expected to produce a record 82 million tonnes of wheat next year but has no immediate plans to lift a three-year old ban on exports, the farm minister said on Friday.

Ericsson, Telenor join hands

Ericsson went into an agreement with Telenor for more cost-efficient fixed voice production, said a statement.

Earning while they learn

Maruf Chowdhury, a sixth semester BBA student of Dhaka University, sits in class while his teacher lectures. All his classmates are engrossed in the class. But Chowdhury's palmtop has shown that shares in his portfolio just took a sharp fall.

Western Marine set for listing

Western Marine Shipyard Ltd, a leading shipbuilder, plans to go public next year, officials said yesterday.

Global brands face labour unrest in Asia

Global retailers fleeing China's rising labour costs now find themselves facing growing pressure for higher wages in countries from Bangladesh to Cambodia, Vietnam, India and Indonesia.

Remittance rises 11pc in August

Bangladesh fetched Tk 6,651.58 crore ($957.93 million) remittance in August, marking a rise of 11.73 percent from the previous month.

German opposition to Google

Google is facing even more opposition in Germany than it expected to its Street View navigation service, with hundreds of thousands opting out, Der Spiegel news weekly reports in its Monday issue.

Sahara in talks about MGM bid

Indian conglomerate Sahara India Pariwar is in discussions about buying the debt of struggling film studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for $1.5 billion to $2 billion, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Sumitomo to produce fibre-optic cables in China

Japan's Sumitomo Electric Industries will begin fully integrated production of fibre-optic cables in China this month to capitalise on booming demand in the country, a press report said Sunday.

Four funds eye Honda's stake in Hero Honda

KKR & Co, TPG Capital, Carlyle Group and Bain Capital Llc are competing to acquire a part of Honda Motor Co's stake in India's biggest motorcycle maker, Hero Honda Motors, Bloomberg reported.

Italian carrier Alitalia to cut up to 1,400 jobs

Italian carrier Alitalia is considering cutting as many as 1,400 jobs by the end of the year and may not renew the contracts of 600 temporary staff, Italian media reported on Sunday.

Corporate Briefs

FIRST BANGLADESH SHILPA RIN SANGSTHA MUTUAL FUND
The fund reported net asset value of Tk 1,998.53 per unit on current market price and Tk 309.31 per unit on cost price against face value of Tk 100 on the close of operation on Thursday. Net assets stood at Tk 154,652,749.38 after considering all assets and liabilities.

Metropolitan

AL ultimatum to remove Pabna DC, ADC

District unit Awami League (AL) and its associate bodies yesterday gave an eight-day ultimatum to the authorities concerned for removal of the deputy commissioner (DC) and additional deputy commissioner (ADC Revenue) of the district.

Invest in sanitation to attain MDG

Public health professionals and NGO activists yesterday sought more investment from both the government and the donors for water, sanitation and hygiene (Wash) sector of Bangladesh.

Digitised land registration soon to end hassles

The government is sincere to digitise land registration and deed protection systems so that people can escape sufferings and costs, Law Minister Shafique Ahmed said yesterday.

10 killed in road accidents

Ten people were killed and twelve left injured in separate road accidents at Chittagong, Rangamati, Satkhira, Dinajpur, Brahmanbaria, Jessore and Rajshahi yesterday.

United efforts a must to achieve MDG

Speakers at a seminar yesterday stressed the need for united efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) within the stipulated timeframe, as the MDGs cannot be achieved only by the government or a single organisation.

Arrest of Golam Azam at any moment

Former Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Golam Azam may be arrested at any moment on charge of committing crimes against humanity during the War of Liberation in 1971.

Increasingly literate India fuels newspaper boom

When India hosted the World Newspaper Congress last year, Indian editors and owners were a conspicuously cheerful minority at a gathering dominated by doubts over the future of newsprint.

Dutch support in water sector sought

President Zillur Rahman yesterday called for greater diplomatic efforts in seeking cooperation from the Netherlands in managing the country's water sector and also building coastal embankments.

'Check faulty vessels in waterways'

Some activists of the Safe Waterway Implementation Movement yesterday demanded of the government to stop plying of faulty and risky vessels immediately to ensure safe travel in waterways.

Power cut may increase again

Loadshedding is likely to increase again as the government has decided to divert gas supply to fertiliser factories from some of the power plants.

Move to clean Dhaka rivers

The government is going to procure two units of excavenza, a modern equipment known as 'garbage eater' from the USA to clean water and lift waste from the rivers around the capital.

2 'drug traders' hurt in BDR firing

Two alleged drug peddlers were injured when Bangladesh Rifles fired on them at Noorpur in Comilla sadar upazila yesterday morning.

'Govt gaining popularity'

Minister for Primary and Mass Education Dr M Afsarul Amin has said the government is gaining popularity day by day due to its welfare-oriented activities for the people.

Maritime ports cautioned with signal No. 3

The low over the northwest Bay and adjoining area moved northwestwards inland and now lies over Madhya Pradesh and surroundings.

Muggers stab man to death in Keraniganj

Muggers stabbed a mechanic to death at Khejur Bagh under Dakkhin Keraniganj in the outskirts of Dhaka city early yesterday. One of the muggers was also arrested right after the incident.

3 warships to be bought for navy soon

The government will procure three modern warships from British Royal Navy soon as part of its initiative to modernise the Bangladesh Navy.

DMP ban on carrying arms, rally around JS

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) yesterday imposed a restriction on carrying firearms, explosives and other harmful objects as well as any kind of gathering, procession, rally

Degree first yr exam (spl) begins on October 11

Degree Pass first year examination 2009 (special) under National University will begin on October 11.

Bangladeshi tops Quran competition

A Bangladeshi boy from Brahmanbaria, Maulana Saiful Islam, showed his brilliance in an international Tafsirul Quran competition held in Amman, capital of Jordan, standing first to win glory from among participants from 60 countries.

Urs

Annual urs of Hazrat Shah Abdur Rahim (RH) Shah Saheb of Paribag will be held on Paribag Mazar premises in the city on September 24, says a press release.

Tk 2 crore foreign currencies seized at airport

Airport customs personnel recovered foreign currencies worth around Tk 2 crore from a Dubai-bound passenger at Shahjalal International Airport (SIA) in the city yesterday.

Expedite govt initiatives to develop agri sector: Azad

Information and Cultural Affairs Minister Abul Kalam Azad yesterday called for united efforts to expedite government's initiatives taken to develop agriculture sector.

National

Kuet bows to demand for shifting exam date

The authorities of Khulna University of Engineering and Technology (Kuet) yesterday deferred the date for first semester examinations of second, third and fourth year students of six undergraduate courses by ten days from earlier scheduled September 23.

'Cancel' fee hike decision, demand CU students

Rejecting the postponement of fee hike, the students of Chittagong University (CU) yesterday vowed to continue agitation until the fee hike decision was cancelled and their three other demands were met.

Drug addict kills addict, rivals kill drug peddler

A drug addict was killed allegedly by another addict in Natore while a drug peddler was hacked to death by his rivals in Munshiganj on Saturday.

Nine Bangladeshis back home after jail terms in India

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday handed over 9 Bangladeshi citizens, who were jailed in India for illegally crossing the border, to Bangladesh Rifles (BDR).

Allar Dal active in Gaibandha

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested another alleged member of Islamist outfit Allar Dal on Saturday raising the total number of arrestees to 27 in the district in the last three months.

BCL threatens to disrupt CVASU science confce

A three-day scientific conference titled '8th Annual International Scientific Conference 2010' will begin here on September 23 with a view to creating network for implementing One World One Health.

Lone seismograph in south lies inoperative

The lone seismograph of the southern region has remained inoperative since its inauguration at Patuakhali in May 2008 due to lack of a functional hand terminal device.

Rab recovers 4 bombs in C'nawabganj

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday recovered four powerful 'remote-controlled' bombs in an abandoned condition from the newly built stadium at Rehaichar Moholla in the town.

Two outlaws held in Pabna, Chuadanga

Two alleged outlaws were arrested in Pabna and Chuadanga districts on Friday.

19 shops gutted in two Noakhali upazilas

At least 19 shops were gutted in separate fire incidents in Kabirhat and Begumganj upazilas here on Saturday night and early yesterday.

PCP leader abducted

A leader of Pahari Chhatra Parishad (PCP) was abducted allegedly by the cadres of United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) in Manikchhari upazila of the district yesterday evening.

Robbers loot church, beat up priests

Robbers looted cash and valuables from a church at Ruhia village under Sadar upazila early yesterday.

CMP honours 21 for role in combating crimes

Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) yesterday awarded certificates and cash incentives to 21 policemen in recognition of their contributions to combating crimes.

Two snatched from police

Criminals attacked police and took away two handcuffed criminals from their pick-up van at Majhgram village under Boraigram upazila of the district on Saturday night. Officer-in-charge Anwar Ali of Boraigram police station said, acting on a tip off, they raided a pond leased by Moktar Ali and Abu Sayed at Majhgram village and arrested two alleged thieves with two sacks of looted fish. At one stage, a gang of criminals led by Abul Bashar attacked police and snatched the alleged thieves from them. Later, sub-inspector Parimol Chandra lodged a case accusing 88 people in this connection.

Students block highway

Students of Kazi Shafiqul Islam College blocked the Dhaka-Sylhet highway yesterday morning as a bus knocked down a girl student of the college at Islampur in Bijoynagar upazila, disrupting traffic movement for two and half hours. Witnesses said the Dhaka bound speeding bus knocked down Shila Rani, 16, a first year student of the college at 8am. She was rushed to Dhaka in critical condition. Being enraged by the incident the students of the college put up barricade on the road at 8:30am halting traffic movement on the busy road. The students withdrew the barricade at 11am when deputy commissioner and police superintendent rushed to the spot and assured them of taking necessary action in this connection.

Youth stabbed to death

A young man was stabbed to death by some muggers at Khejur Bagh under Dakkhin Keraniganj thana early yesterday. The deceased was identified as Masud, 26, a resident of Khejur Bagh area and hailed from Gouranadi upazila of Barisal district. Sources said when IPS mechanic Masud was returning home from his work place three muggers swooped on him at 1am. They stabbed him indiscriminately and took away his money, leaving him critically injured. Hearing his scream local people rushed to the spot and caught one of the muggers, Alamgir, after a hot chase. Later Masud was rushed to Mitford Hospital where he succumbed at 2:30am.

30 inured in clash

At least 30 people were injured yesterday in a clash between two rival groups as a sequel to longstanding dispute over the ownership of a piece of land at Ruhitulima Bunia village in Nazirpur upazila. Police and locals said the clash occurred when one group claiming the ownership started tilling the land at about 8am while the other claiming the land belonging to the Radha Govinda Mandir resisted. Both sides used sticks and sharp weapons leaving 30 people injured. Of the injured, 18 were admitted to Nazirpur Upazila Health Complex in a serious condition and others released after the first aid. Police arrested Surut Sheikh, Sohrab Sheikh, Nurul Islam, Abdul Matin, Abdul Quddus and Surut Ali for involving in the clash.

Letters

Protecting vultures

During our liberation war vultures were seen eating the dead bodies shot by the Pakistani soldiers. In the past when a cow or any other animal died, vultures appeared there from somewhere. But now this beneficial scavenger is on the verge of extinction.

Losses in fruit business

An important article on the subject was published in the 'Business' pages of a local daily on 3rd September. In my opinion, the write-up was rather ineffective, limited only to broad information from a number of sources.

Taxi service

Michaelangelo on being praised for his sculpture “Pieta” is said to have replied “The sculpture was already there, all I did was to chip away the useless bits”. Ms Angela Robinson's letter on the subject of Taxi Service in DS, 05 Sep 10 prompted me to write this letter which I had been mulling over for a long time. The taxis are already here, all we have to do is organize them productively. The facts are these:

Stephen Hawking

I am a follower of Stephen Hawking and level his writings with great esteem. He maintains that 'the Universe has the power to create and will in future create itself from gravity.' 'Because there is a law such as gravity, the Universe can and will create itself from nothing.' He writes, “Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the Universe exists, why we exist.”

Taxes for MPS

From the media report, Mr. Obaidul Quader opined that lawmakers should pay income tax as they take their honorarium from taxpayers' money. If people can pay taxes then why shouldn't the lawmakers pay income tax? Lawmakers are exempted from tax on remuneration and allowances according to the 1973 Members of Parliament (remunerations and allowances) Order. In fact, governance is a matter of setting moral standards for everyone to uphold. It begins at the top. That being the truth, let our MPs correct the situation and convince the people of Bangladesh that lawmakers are not and cannot be above the law. Let them begin paying their dues to the republic. Our members of parliament are already some of the best-paid legislators in the world, a fact that has drawn fire from their constituents who believe they should be paid less. It is totally ridiculous that our MPs go home with huge perks per month while professionals like doctors earn less per month though they work more than 12 hours a day seven days a week! Our MPs? A few hours a week with more perks per day just for showing up! Integrity of MPs should be measured by the same ruler they use for the same country. They really don't care about the welfare of ordinary citizens. There are other more pressing matters we should be attending to like improving infrastructure instead of increasing salaries. Bangladesh's economy is still recovering from the aftermath of a post-election crisis and an ensuing world economic downturn. Yet another drastic pay hike for MPs is the most outrageous, insensitive, immoral and intolerant abuse by Bangladesh's officialdom the country has ever witnessed.

Leadership plan of AL

Almost all the democratic governments and parties select, nurture, groom second and third line of leadership. Suppose in India if anything happens to the present prime minister the next day probably Pranab Mukherjee will be sworn in as the next prime minister. The country will run smoothly. There won't be any chaos or confusion.

Decentralisation

Take a look around you and see the difference between a week ago and today September 10, 2010. This exactly the optimum size of population Dhaka should have. Unfortunately, we as a nation have become unfamiliar with the word optimum nay almost forgotten it. Given the size of our country i.e. about 56,000 square miles it has at least a surplus population of 100 million.

Clemency to convicts

The president's granting clemency to 20 AL activists sentenced to death for murder is quite natural for Bangladesh context where the ruling party is always there to nurture their party criminals. I remember Rabindranth Tagore's line, 'Those who commit crime and those who tolerate it are tormented by the same kind of hatred'. That's all we the saner souls say now.

Congrats to Australian premier

We congratulate Julia Eileen Gillard, the 27th and current Prime Minister of Australia, on her winning the election held recently. It is learnt from the media that Ms. Gillard is going ahead with her plans to introduce a 30 per cent tax on iron ore and coal miners' profits, and make Australia's biggest polluters pay for carbon gas emissions. She has further promised to invest about six billion US dollars on rural schools and hospitals.

Favourite officers

During the last sixty-three-years the army officers who took control of the affairs of the country was favourite of the political leaders. Brigadier General Mohammad Ayub Khan served the political leaders while discharging duties during the tumultuous partition days. Mohammad Ali Jinnah appointed him the first GOC of the then East Pakistan. Liaquat Ali Khan, the first prime minister of Pakistan, appointed adjutant general of Pakistan Army General Mohammad Ayub Khan as the first commander-in-chief of the Pakistan Army.

Promoting tourism products

The giants in the hotel industry do not consistently use new media modules in the process of promoting their products. Only a few of the larger hotels and resorts have created basic IT applications such as a website to promote their products. But in the future the technological application should be utilised more to attract many tourists.

Communal harmony

I am sure that I am not the only person who was appalled by the prospect of a single, independent and obscure American congregation, burning a copy of the Holy Qu'ran, on September 11th. This church is not connected to ANY major Christian denomination and this action has NO official Christian sanction at all, even within the USA, never name the world. Despite the hurricane of protest from those of all religions and none - plus government (e.g. Hilary Clinton) and secular authorities - this misled congregation may, unfortunately, go ahead with this action that has rightly been called 'unnecessary, offensive and dangerous'.

Ensure equality

We see from the news published in your daily that some of those convicted by the court with death by hanging in a murder case and have recently been pardoned by the Honourable President, are coming out from the jail with television antenna and paddle stand fans in hands (DS: 08.09.10). As per the jail code no accused, especially who are under capital punishment, is allowed to bring anything in other than their clothes and essentials. The jail authorities are supposed to ensure the comfort and convenience of the inmates. But since they are the members of the ruling party, none obstructed them from bringing in whatever they wished, I suppose.

International

China halts top-level exchanges with Japan

China suspended high-level exchanges with Japan yesterday and promised tough countermeasures after a Japanese court extended the detention of a Chinese trawler captain who collided with two Japanese coastguard ships.

Twin car bombs kill 29 in Baghdad

Two near-simultaneous car bombs rocked the Iraqi capital yesterday, killing at least 29 people and wounding 111 in the city's deadliest day in a month.

Pope recalls Nazi terror in WW2

Pope Benedict told a Mass in England yesterday the world felt "shame and horror" at suffering inflicted by his German homeland in World War Two and recalled a key air battle that saved Britain from invasion.

Obama urges blacks to vote and 'guard the change'

President Barack Obama, seeking to fire up an important part of his support base ahead of November's elections, told black leaders on Saturday he wanted their support to "guard the change" he was delivering.

Gunmen fire on tourist bus in Delhi

Attackers on a motorbike opened fire with a sub-machine gun on a tourist bus outside New Delhi's main mosque yesterday, injuring two Taiwanese sightseers, police said.

As freed hiker returns, Iran presses US to release Iranians

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad pressed Washington to release eight Iranians as a "humanitarian gesture" in an interview aired yesterday as freed American hiker Sarah Shourd returned home.

Swedes go to polls marked by far-right advance

Swedes voted in a general election yesterday expected to hand victory to the centre-right government and deliver seats to an emerging far-right party for the first time.

Afghanistan vote count begins amid fears of fraud

Allegations of fraud and a low voter turnout overshadowed vote counting in Afghanistan's parliamentary election yesterday after widespread and deadly Taliban violence targeted the key poll.

Iran denies seizing US troops at border

Iranian officials denied yesterday reports that its security forces seized seven US troops near the Islamic republic's border with Pakistan, Tehran-based Al-Alam television and Press TV reported.

Obama, Asean to call for happy end to sea spats

President Barack Obama and Southeast Asian leaders will call for the peaceful settlement of South China Sea territorial disputes and urge claimants not to resort to force, according to a draft communiqué.

Lanka bans BBC from covering civil war hearings

The BBC has been blocked from covering public hearings about Sri Lanka's civil war in former rebel-held territory.

Mideast officials fly to US as talks crisis looms

Top Israeli and Palestinian officials yesterday headed for the United States where they were expected to seek ways to break a deadlock over settlements which is threatening to sabotage peace talks.

Computer hacking: Who benefits?

Internet hackers and software companies from around the world are staging mock cyber wars at a major web security event in Europe.

5 US soldiers charged over Afghan murders

Five US soldiers in Afghanistan's Kandahar province have been charged with murdering three Afghan civilians, The Washington Post reported yesterday.

Canadian convicted of lying

The only person ever convicted in the 1985 Air India bombings was found guilty of one count of perjury Saturday in this western Canadian city.

Arts & Entertainment

Resurrection of a national heritage

National Crafts Council of Bangladesh (NCCB) and Bengal Foundation jointly organised Mastercraftspersons Award 1417 at the main auditorium of National Museum, Shahbagh, Dhaka on September 18.

Emerging theatre actor Deepak Suman talks about becoming director

Deepak Suman is one of the talented young actors on stage at present. He stepped into the theatre scene in 2003 through joining Aranyak Natyadal. Suman's competence and dedication helped him found a footing in his troupe as well as in the theatre arena.

Bharatanatyam lecture-demonstration by Nivedita Parthasarthy

Renowned Indian Bharatanatyam dancer Nivedita Parthasarthy held a lecture-demonstration at Natmandal on Dhaka University (DU) campus on September 18 morning. Also present were Vice Chancellor of DU, AAMS Arefin Siddique; director of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations Ankur Banerjee and lecturer, Drama Department of DU, Rahmat Ali.

Anil Kapoor plays Middle Eastern president on “24”

Dev Patel, of “Slumdog Millionaire” fame, recently called Hollywood racist. But Anil Kapoor, his co-star in the film, definitely doesn't feel so. Not only does he say that they are the epitome of equality, but he also claims that being cast as the president of a fictional Middle Eastern country modelled on Iran in the TV show “24” did not feel demeaning in anyway.

Ban on Satyajit Ray film lifted

India has finally lifted the ban on a documentary film made on the Himalayan state of Sikkim by the legendary director Satyajit Ray, his family said.

“Shimanto” on Desh TV tonight

TV serial “Shimanto” will be aired tonight on Desh TV at 8:15 pm. The serial has been written and directed by Badrul Anam Soud.

Bangladeshi entry for 83rd Oscars

Deadline for submitting films to the 83rd Oscars Bangladesh Committee has been extended to September 21, according to a press release provided by the committee.

OP-ED

Nation's war against child labour

The print media from time to time runs stories on children working as peddlers, pushcart drivers, rickshaw-pullers, factory workers, or even as beggars to feed their families. Where poverty is still the worst problem the nation is fighting hard to mitigate, child labour is nothing unnatural.

Wages of GDP-ism

In a recent media interaction, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh hinted that he might reshuffle his cabinet. We don't know what its shape will be. But it's near certain that he'll replace Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) junior minister Jairam Ramesh by someone more pliable and pro-industry.


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