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News of: Monday, 27th of September, 2010

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21 AL men sent to jail on surrender

Twenty-one Awami League, Jubo League and Chhatra League men accused of attacking government officials on September 17 in Pabna were sent to jail yesterday after they surrendered before a court.

Frauds used court to speed up recruitment

The government was forced to hastily appoint the 190 fake staff of the Mujibnagar government as they filed contempt of court petitions against the government for making delays in appointing them.

Ex-home secy Faruk twisted probe report

Former home secretary Omar Faruk forced other committee members to sign the arms haul case probe report, said Shamsul Islam, former DIG of Special Branch, before a Chittagong court yesterday.

MK Alamgir gets HC stay

The High Court yesterday stayed for six months the Election Commission's decision declaring the parliamentary seat of Awami League leader Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir vacant.

Court even can't review deals

A proposed legislation allowing the government to quickly award energy sector contracts on unsolicited negotiation basis precludes the court's jurisdiction to review actions done under this law.

Ibrahim had conflict with Shaon over polls

A conflict over city corporation polls with ruling party lawmaker Nurunnabi Chowdhury Shaon was one of several reasons that led to Ibrahim Ahmed's "murder", family members allege.

Body found in bin identified

The body recovered from a roadside dustbin near the Mirpur Ansar camp Saturday noon was identified as of a jewellery shop owner of the city's Pallabi yesterday.

Criminals' list exchanged

The border guards of Bangladesh and India have exchanged a list of criminals who are wanted in their respective countries and believed to have been hiding across the frontiers.

Fake staff to face action, says minister

The government will take tough action against the 189 fake staff of Mujibnagar government, who managed to get appointment as sub-registrars under the law ministry.

Speaker for high-powered probe body

The government should form a high-powered committee to investigate the alleged widespread irregularities in recent public recruitment, suggested Speaker Abdul Hamid during parliament sitting yesterday.

Delwar slates PM's speech at UN

Criticising the prime minister's speech at the UN, BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday said propaganda is being spread so that the international community does not raise alarm at this government's actions against the four-party alliance.

China offers hope of easing one-child policy

China marked the 30th anniversary of its controversial one-child policy with talk of relaxing rules, at least in some provinces that have reined in population growth but caused heartache for millions of couples.

US asks for Bangladeshi troops in Afghanistan

The USA yesterday requested Bangladesh to send combat troops to Afghanistan to ensure security and stability in the war-ravaged country, reports BBC Bangla Service.

Ship-breaking policy almost finalised

The government has almost finalised a policy to ensure that ship-breaking industry can operate without polluting the environment, the state minister for environment and forest said.

Justice Khairul Haque new chief justice

Justice ABM Khairul Haque, a senior judge of Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, has been appointed as 19th chief justice of Bangladesh.

FBCCI wants one-month extension

The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) yesterday urged the government to extend the deadline for the submission of income tax returns until October 31.

HC asks 4 cops to surrender at trial court

The High Court (HC) yesterday directed the Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Ramna Police Station Mahbubur Rahman and three other police officials to surrender before the trial court within three weeks in connection with a case filed by a Chhatra League leader.

Stern action for power usurpers

Deputy Leader of the Jatiya Sangsad Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury said yesterday the constitution will be amended incorporating provisions for stern action against those who would take over state power unconstitutionally.

Cairn allowed to sell gas to third party

The government yesterday approved an incentive to British company Cairn allowing it to sell gas to a third party other than Petrobangla from any newly discovered gas fields in the offshore areas near Kutubdia under Block-16.

Shaon's aides remanded

Awami League lawmaker Nurunnabi Chowdhury Shaon's bodyguard Delwar Hossain and assistant Golam Mostofa Shimul were taken on a five-day remand yesterday in connection to the killing of Awami League activist Ibrahim Ahmed.

Editorial

Fundamentals going awry

It is an understatement to say that good governance is fraught with danger in Bangladesh, it being under severe constraints. At least that is what has come out in a discussion meeting on Saturday in Dhaka on good governance organised by SUJON or “Citizens for Good Governance.”

Fraud in the name of history

Our collective embarrassment cannot possibly get any deeper. The scandal surrounding the appointment of 190 sub-registrars last year reminds us once again of how corruption has systematically been eating away at the vitals of the country. All 190 applicants eventually appointed as sub-registrars, on the ground that they had been freedom fighters in 1971 and had played active roles in the Mujibnagar government, have now shamed us in a manner we could never have imagined. Observe the facts. Altogether 107 of them were below the age of 10 years in 1971 (one was only three!). The others were in their early teens, the oldest among them being 18 during the War of Liberation. The mind-boggling aspect of the situation here is that no one in the administration bothered to go into a bit of mathematics before appointing these individuals, on the basis of forged documents and bribes, to these posts. It has been nearly 40 years since Bangladesh became a free country. Those who took part in the war should logically be in their early 60s, at least, at this stage. Now, did it not occur to the authorities that the physical attributes of these 190 people did not quite match the realities of a war waged and won four decades ago?

Right to Know Day

That the UN has dedicated a day to the people's Right to Know is a significant development. The right is considered sacrosanct in any civilised setting and is the cornerstone of democracy and good governance.

Sports

Shakib's bat has to do the talking

The success of his left-arm spin has been much celebrated and it has placed him among the top-ranked bowlers in the world. Recently, Worcestershire found out how good Shakib Al Hasan's bowling is. Banking on his 35 wickets including three five-wicket hauls, the West Midlands county earned promotion after one season in the Second Division.

Chittagong: Success depends on batters

A line-up of Nazimuddin, Gazi Salahuddin, Aftab Ahmed, Faisal Hossain and Mahbubul Karim can be quite a handful for any bowling attack. Add the experienced Nafees Iqbal into the mix and Chittagong's batting looks solid.

Displeasure within

The chaos that has engulfed the New Delhi Commonwealth Games and seen many top athletes pull out due to security and health concerns has left India's own sports stars fuming.

India Ganguly's pick

Australia's strong batting performance on the first day of their match against the Board President's XI in Mohali had no impact on former India captain Sourav Ganguly's view as to how the forthcoming Test series will go. Ganguly said, "India will win the series if they bat well."

Indian boxer's bed collapses

Indian boxer Akhil Kumar has been floored by a collapsing bed at the athletes' village in the latest blow to the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.

Brothers run trials to find foreigners

With less than three weeks to go before the close of the transfer window for the foreign players, the struggling giants Brothers Union have taken exceptional initiatives to arrange a trial for the foreign recruits at their own ground in Gopibagh before confirming them for the upcoming season.

Snake in athlete's room

There seems to be no end to the problems confronting the organisers of the Common-wealth Games with the South African envoy here claiming that a snake was found in an athlete's room in the Village.

BFF to resume Nat'l C'ship

The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has decided to resume the National Football Championship in December after a four-year gap as the reshuffled competition committee sat for the first time at the BFF House yesterday.

DRU football

Twelve teams, including The Daily Star, made it to the second round of the DRU-Rapid Securities Media football tournament at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday. The twelve teams are -- The Daily Star, Bangladesh Pratidin, Jugantor, Bhorer Kagoj, Destiny, Independent, Samakal, Janakantha, Naya Diganta, Boishakhi TV and Channel i.

It's Warriors v CSK

Davy Jacobs led his Eastern Cape Warriors to the final of the Champions League Twenty20 tournament when they beat the South Australian Redbacks by 30 runs in Saturday's semifinal.

Delhi runs against time

Organisers of the Common-wealth Games scrambled to finish facilities and reassure athletes Sunday amid warnings much work still had to be done in New Delhi just a week before the opening ceremony.

Wozniacki aims for Pan Pacific glory

The world number two Caroline Wozniacki beamed with confidence Sunday as she prepared for the star-studded Pan Pacific Open women's tennis tournament.

Alonso edges Vettel in Singapore

Fernando Alonso produced a masterful drive Sunday to win an incident-packed Singapore Grand Prix ahead of a charging Sebastian Vettel to put the world championship title race on a knife-edge.

Owen spares blushes

Michael Owen scored his 200th goal in club football as Manchester United twice came from behind to snatch a 2-2 draw against Bolton in the English Premier League on Sunday.

Mainz beat Bayern to continue fairytale

Leaders Mainz stunned Bayern Munich 2-1 at the German giants' Allianz Arena home on Saturday to preserve their perfect record and condemn the champions to their worst league start in over 30 years.

Barca blitz, Real held

Champions Barcelona leapfrogged rivals Real Madrid to go second in the Spanish first division thanks to a 3-1 win at 10-man Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.

Vucinic derails Inter train

As Roma claimed their first win of the season in dramatic fashion when Mirko Vucinic's stunning stoppage-time header gave them a 1-0 home win over champions Inter Milan on Saturday.

Beckham sues US magazine

Former England football captain David Beckham has filed a lawsuit against a US celebrity weekly that published allegations that he slept with a prostitute.

Lyon retain patience in Aulas

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas said he will not be rushed into making a decision on whether to sack coach Claude Puel after the French club's disastrous start to the season.

Giggs missing for two weeks

Manchester United's Ryan Giggs is set to be out for a "couple of weeks" according to Sir Alex Ferguson after the veteran winger suffered a hamstring injury in Sunday's 2-2 draw with Bolton.

Alarm bells ringing at Munich

Bayern Munich sporting director Christian Nerlinger blasted his team's 2-1 home defeat against Mainz on Saturday as "pathetic" and said it had "set the alarm bells ringing".

'Chelsea still the best'

Roberto Mancini claimed Chelsea will still win the Premier League title, despite seeing his Manchester City side hand the London club their first defeat of the season.

North too hits ton

Australia's Marcus North hit form with a fine century in a three-day practice match against an Indian side in Chandigarh on Sunday.

Trott in deeper trouble

England batsman Jonathan Trott reportedly faces an England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) investigation for allegedly labelling a spectator "a f****** p***k" during the third Test against Pakistan at The Oval.

Alisa captures Korea Open

Russia's Alisa Kleybanova won only her second WTA title on Sunday when she thumped the Czech Republic's Klara Zakopalova 6-1, 6-3 in the Hansol Korea Open final.

Tears of Guiza

Fenerbache striker Dani Guiza says he was reduced to tears when he learned he was left out of Spain's 2010 World Cup squad which went on to win the tournament for the first time in the country's history.

Business

Upbeat taxpayers praise help-fest

Thousands of surprisingly enthusiastic businessmen, professionals and share traders -- mostly new taxpayers -- yesterday visited the Kakrail area of Dhaka for the first day of the nation's first income-tax fair.

Airlines will add seats

Private airlines are expanding capacities by strengthening fleets in their foray to grab more share of Bangladesh's air travel market, growing every year.

India's poultry giant sets foot in Bangladesh

Indian poultry giant Venkateshwara Hatcheries Group, which began its operations in Bangladesh yesterday, looks to bring in state-of-the-art technology to the poultry sector here.

Ctg chamber demands resignation of minister, CPA chief

Now a ruling party lawmaker has come up with a demand that the shipping minister and the chief of Chittagong Port Authority should step down for their 'failure' in improving the port capacity.

PepsiCo CEO sees growth for India

PepsiCo Inc Chairman and Chief Executive Indra Nooyi has a clear message for her homeland of India -- improve your infrastructure, work force and sanitation, attract more foreign investment, and develop faster.

Private open-ended fund kicks off

Subscription of the first-ever privately sponsored open-ended unit fund started yesterday.

Salek Textile buys out Titas Spinning

Salek Textile Ltd completed acquisition of export-oriented denim factory Titas Spinning and Denim Company Ltd at a cost of Tk 120 crore, said officials.

Cox's Bazar sites to be made attractive tourist spots

Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister GM Quader yesterday told the House that the government had taken initiative for turning tourist spots of Cox's Bazar into modern and attractive ones.

US seizes chance as China rattles Asia

For years, US policymakers have watched uneasily as China grew more assertive, fearing that the emerging power would cut into Washington's clout in one of the world's most dynamic regions.

Stocks continue gaining

Dhaka stocks continued to gain for second consecutive session, as the key index reached its highest-ever level at 6,958 points.

Huawei teams up with British Telecom

Huawei, a telecom network solutions provider, has said it has strengthened its strategic partnership with British Telecommunication (BT) to give a fast broadband network to households in the UK.

Action on connectivity

It is always easier to do things within one's own country than outside, or at least it should be. One does not need a passport or a visa to travel inside one's country, but those formalities are required when one ventures outside.

Women in China get a helping hand

After losing her job in the Chinese telecommunications industry five years ago, Zhao Weimin decided to start a business selling children's gifts in the northern port city of Tianjin.

Jordan urged to recruit more Bangladeshis

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni requested Jordan Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh to recruit more Bangladeshi workers and stressed increasing bilateral trade.

EU worried about viability of three German banks

European Commission officials are worried about the fragility of three regional banks in Germany, the weekly Der Spiegel reported Saturday.

Europe strikes out in austerity drive

Radical European plans to fine governments that hide from painful cuts crash headlong into strikes and protests this week as labour leaders flag up the human cost of austerity.

Swiss banks fear more 'shackles'

For years Switzerland's bankers vaunted the "Swiss finish," an extra buffer they are required to keep in reserve that helps convince customers that Swiss banks are safer than houses.

Hyundai to recall Sonata sedans in US

Hyundai Motor, South Korea's top automaker, will recall some 139,500 Sonata sedans sold in the United States, due to problems with the steering wheel that could cause a loss or reduction of control.

RAK Airways passenger services set for takeoff again

United Arab Emirates-based Ras al-Khaimah (RAK) Airways will resume passenger flights next month after a hiatus of about two years, its chairman announced on Sunday.

Corporate Briefs

1ST BANGLADESH SHILPA RIN SANGSTHA MUTUAL FUND
On the close of operation on September 23, 2010, the Fund has reported net asset value (NAV) of Tk 1,980.71 per unit on current market price basis and Tk 239.22 per unit on cost price basis against face value of Tk 100, whereas net assets of the Fund stood at Tk 119,608,749.38 after considering all assets and liabilities of the Fund.

Metropolitan

Climate change mars achievements in water, sanitation: Hasan Mahmud

Climate change is threatening to bring down all the previous achievements of Bangladesh in water and sanitary sectors and making it harder to meet the millennium development goal.

Vast areas of costal belt may sink, JS told

Vast areas of costal belt including parts of eight southern districts may sink as the sea level will rise by 14 centimetre and 32 cm by 2030 and 2050 respectively due to climate change effects.

'Built disaster-resilient schools'

Everyday issues are getting more priorities in Bangladesh than future risks like natural disasters that may have a long-term impacts on individual lives and communities as a whole, said a speaker at a workshop quoting a study yesterday.

DU online admission process begins today

Dhaka University (DU) today will launch its first-ever online application process for the participants of the upcoming admission tests for 2010-11 session.

Dhaka for recruiting women in senior UN positions

Bangladesh has called for women empowerment and recruitment of women in senior positions of the United Nations.

Tk 316.78cr remains unpaid to CAAB by 54 airlines

As many as 54 local and international airlines owe Tk 316.78 crore to the Civil Aviation Authorities of Bangladesh (CAAB) for using Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka.

'Stop use of mobiles at classrooms'

Child parliamentarians yesterday urged the government to take initiatives to stop use of mobile phones by teachers during class hours through issuing a gazette notification.

Health adviser's remarks protested

Tathya Odhikar Forum yesterday protested the remarks of the Health Adviser to Prime Minister Syed Modasser Ali who said "the government is not bound to disclose health related information to mass media and political candidates have to be appointed at the community clinics."

Date deferred for second time

A Dhaka court yesterday deferred for the second time the date for taking the charges into cognisance against BNP Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman and his business partner Giasuddin Al Mamun in connection with a money laundering case.

Road accidents kill four

Four persons were killed and one was injured in separate road accidents in Dinajpur and Thakurgaon on Saturday and yesterday.

'Set up nat'l internet exchange to cut cost'

Setting up a national internet exchange (NIEX) is an imperative to reduce the cost for internet use and ensure the security of the emails exchanged in carrying out the government functions, a parliamentary body observed yesterday.

How Dr Alim was killed in 1971

“I will get peace, when the trial of war criminals will be completed. Then, we will get the real independence,” said Shaheedjaya Shyamoli Nasrin Chowdhury, widow of Shaheed Dr Alim Chowdhury.

World Heart Day observed

Japan Bangladesh Friendship Hospital (JBFH) in collaboration with Citycell observed the World Heart Day yesterday for raising awareness towards heart diseases.

Army man sent to jail

A Rajshahi court on Sunday sent army member Shahadat Hossain to jail in connection with the Nadira Akhtar murder case of Puthia upazila.

UNGA president hails PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday held a meeting with President of UN General Assembly (UNGA) Prof Joseph Deiss at the UN Headquarters on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

Suspected robber beaten to death

A man suspected to be a robber was killed in a mob beating at West Dogair under Demra police station early yesterday.

Abu Zandal remanded

Harkatul Jihad al Islami (Huji) leader Mufti Moin Sheikh alias Abu Zandal was shown arrested yesterday and was placed on a four-day remand in connection with the Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) bomb blast case.

All FFs to get monthly allowance

The government has planned to gradually bring all freedom fighters under monthly allowance coverage and to increase facilities for them in the future.

National

7 Hizbut Tawhid men held in Rajshahi

Police yesterday arrested seven activists, four of them women, of Islamist outfit Hizbut Tawhid with around 200 books, CDs and leaflets from the city's Budhpara area under Rajpara police station.

Bad days for 492 Jhenidah dairies

Many of the 492 dairies in the district are facing closure as farm owners are incurring losses due to very low prices of milk and rise in the prices of fodder and animal medicines.

Erosion victims block road in Lalmonirhat

Several hundred erosion-hit people blocked Lalmonirhat-Burimari highway at Hatibandha upazila town yesterday morning demanding construction of a dyke on the left bank of Teesta river.

20 shops gutted in three districts

At least 20 shops were gutted in three incidents of fire in Noakhali, Naogaon and Faridpur districts yesterday and the day before.

Activities at Benapole resume

Export-import through Benapole land port resumed yesterday morning after a day's halt.

Four teenage girls commit 'suicide'

Four teenage girls allegedly committed suicide in Lalmonirhat, Joypurhat, Panchagarh and Thakurgaon districts yesterday, Friday and on Tuesday last.

Procession, rally for safe drinking water

Several hundred people yesterday brought out a procession, formed a human chain, held a rally and submitted a memorandum to the mayor demanding safe drinking water through pipeline at Poladanga in the town.

Campaign to keep Cox's Bazar beach clean

Banglalink, the cell-phone operator with a huge number of subscribers in the country, observed International Coastal Cleanup Day 2010 at Cox's Bazar yesterday.

Road barricade by transport workers

Transport workers here barricaded Gaibandha-Palashbari road following arrest of three of their colleagues yesterday.

Robbers loot godown

Robbers looted a godown injuring its owner at Chaulpotti at Savar Bazaar early yesterday.

Man held with firearms

Police seized a private car and arrested its driver along with two foreign firearms, phensidyl and mobile phone sets at Gol Chattar area of Jamuna Bridge on Saturday noon. The arrested driver was identified as Mahmud Hossain Biplob, 40, son of Lutfar Rahman of Station Bazaar area in Uzirpur upazila of Barisal. Acting on a tip-off, a team of police, led by officer-in-charge of Jamuna Bridge west police station Mostafa Harun stopped the Dhaka-bound private car coming from Dinajpur at about 1:00pm. Later, the law enforcers searched the car and recovered 2 foreign pistols, 10 bullets, 250 bottles of phensidyl, 2 mobile phone sets and a cassette and arrested driver Biplob.

Train derails at C'nawabganj

Rail links of the district with Rajshahi and Rohonpur remained suspended for nearly six and a half hours yesterday after a compartment of a passenger train derailed near Milki area in the town. Locals and station officials said, a goods-laden wagon of the Khulna-bound Mohananda Express veered off the tracks near the outer signal at Milki 10 minutes after it left Chapainawabganj Rail Station at about 5:00am. A Sirajganj-bound passenger train, which was scheduled to leave Chapainawabganj at 7:30am, got stranded following the derailment. The accident might have occurred due to faulty railway tracks, they said. Mohammad Moniruzzaman, master of Chapainawabganj Railway Station, said the rail communication was restored at about 11:30am after technicians from Amnura railway junction rushed to the spot and conducted the rescue operation.

Shop staff electrocuted

A shop employee was electrocuted yesterday at Chowrangi Bazar under Haripur upazila in the district. The dead was identified as Hasnu, 18, son of Abdur Rahim of Patandoba village under the same upazila and a staff of one Abdur Rashid's medicine shop. Sources said Hasnu came in contact with live electric wire at about 12:30pm as he climbed a jackfruit tree to collect leaves for his employer's goats. He was rushed to Haripur health complex where he succumbed to his injuries at about 6:00pm.

Sec 144 in Sirajganj

The authorities imposed Section 144 at Kadda crossing in Sadar upazila yesterday as union Awami League and BNP called meetings at the same venue and same time. UNO Mohammad Hossain said, local BNP called a meeting protesting the arrest and demanding immediate release of Rafiqul Islam Sarker, Saydabad union BNP president, at 3:00pm yesterday. Union Awami League also called a meeting at the same venue prompting local administration to impose section 144 in the area from 8:00am to 6:00pm in a bid to maintain law and order.

Letters

Earthquake preparedness

It is still impossible to predict where and when an earthquake will occur. It is a must that the general people of our country become aware of exactly what to do before and during an earthquake. Here are some of the things the experts had to say -

Traffic jam

This letter is prompted by the news in DS, 16 Sept where a parliamentary committee has “asked DCC, DMP, BRTA, RAJUK and others” to present their plan to curb traffic jams. I can only gape in amazement at the naivety of the Parliamentary Standing Committee.

Street crimes

Street crimes in the capital and elsewhere have been on the rise. This has been the subject of a report published this week by a local NGO. The report highlights the growing number of street children involved in this activity. There has been a significant rise in the number of street children, particularly in Dhaka, says the report, adding that the reasons for children running away from their homes include domestic violence, sexual abuse and corporal punishment in schools, especially in madrasas. This is an issue that has to be dealt in a proactive manner. It may be noted that street children end up joining gangs which offer them protection in return for working on the streets. The gangs force the children into prostitution and crime. Incidents of petty crime have also risen as children are forced to beg, steal and borrow to retain their gang membership.

Mymensingh people

The socio-economic health of greater Mymensingh, in my understanding, was not bad and I should say, it was fair 10/12 years back. As I have seen, during that time village people did not like to go out of village for their livelihood, rather they were satisfied staying in their villages. Personally, I know that some got jobs in the town but after some time they left the jobs and went back to the village and continued there with satisfaction. When people of other districts were seriously trying for jobs in the govt. or private sector in and outside the country, people of greater Mymensingh had been continuing to stay in village.

Angelina Jolie

I am an ardent fan of Angelina Jolie, a renowned and award winning actress of Hollywood. Right from the Tomb Rider to the recently released Salt, I never missed any of her movies. What amazes me most is her humanitarian attitude. Wherever there is any natural calamity, disaster or manmade crisis; we could see her beside the victims. From Darfur in Africa to the recent flood victims of Pakistan, from Haitian earthquake to the Tsunami mishaps, Angelina Jolie's voice is always within earshot.

Pakistani journalists

In present state of affairs, journalists are putting their lives on a palm to report news & events, especially TV journalists are working hard in Pakistan, they always rush to the sites, they perform their duties risking their lives. So far many TV and camera journalists have been killed. So I am suggesting that the government of Pakistan declare their performance and profession as a special service to the nation.

Commercial capital

The commercial capital of Bangladesh is Chittagong. For various reasons Chittagong attracts all. Chittagong is surrounded by rivers, hill tracts, and the Bay.

Zakat to eliminate poverty

One of the five pillars of Islam is Zakat. This is a compulsory duty of each rich Muslim fixed by Almighty Allah and if a rich Muslim ignores it, he or she will not be considered a good Muslim.

Promoting tourism

A few days ago I went to the Chittagong Hill Tracts. The environment and the people of the hilly areas attracted me. Our neighbour India is branding their country as Incredible India to promote their tourism. But we have not seen any worthwhile initiative from our government in this respect. With the cricket world cup knocking at the door, it is high time for us to brand our country as something special to the visitors to promote our tourism. If we want to do so we should develop our infrastructure in the first place. As security is always an issue for the tourists, we have to make sure that no awkward incidents occur. It is a great pride for us that we will host the world cup matches and we need to make the best use of this opportunity for the greater interest of our economy.

May Allah save us!

From September 10 to September 15, 2010, in the span of six days our country has been jolted four times by earthquakes. It is an ominous sign, experts are saying that these small tremors are the warnings of a major earthquake. According to a recent survey, around 250,000 buildings in Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet are extremely vulnerable to earthquake.

Silent slavery

As per our constitutional provision, public servants are supposed to work for the people of the republic. But alas! The brilliant officers who enter the service with high hopes and dedication find their long-cherished hopes shattered when they realise that public service has been put in a bizarre form of slavery by stupid bossism rather than given a pro-people shape. Vigour and commitment of young officers droop very fast when they see professional excellence is measured in terms of flattery and political colour. Moreover, subordinates are many times ill-treated if their actions go against the will and interest of their boss, no matter how good their actions are. An efficient, honest and a truly loyal officer if ever dares to show such courage will surely miss good assignments, better posting and dreamt promotion. It happens because there is an archaic and very subjective Annual Confidential Report (ACR) system for evaluation. This faulty ACR is the instrument that helps bosses to enslave their subordinates. I presume public servants do not pronounce the very name of Almighty as many times as they utter the word SIR. Most public servants pass the very first two hours of their office time in flattering their boss with such lofty words and in such a tone that the boss by no way deserves. But ironically, it has been an established culture in public offices.

Reckless driving

Road accident has become a common thing in our country. The drivers are mostly responsible for this. They drive recklessly without being conscious about the lives of the passengers and the pedestrians. Sometimes they have a tendency to overtake other vehicles. Unfortunately, the passengers become the victims of their negligence. Because of these drivers, many people face premature death.

Criminal industrialists!

The statement by the DIG Police of Dhaka Range, to the members of the press, published in most dailies on September 16th, accused some garment manufacturers for criminal intent in not clearing their workers' legitimate dues and festival bonus timely before Eid! This is a matter of shame and outright dishonesty of these criminal minded garment factory owners!

Solar energy

Energy shortage has become a chronic problem in Bangladesh nowadays. At present, load shedding has become an hour-to-hour phenomenon in many busy cities of Bangladesh. However, it must not be said that the govt. is not trying to solve the present power crisis. But we need to search for more potential sources. As sunlight is a renewable energy resource, it is very feasible to replenish the depleted energy resource with this. In Bangladesh, a company named Grameen Shakti is providing the facility of establishing solar plant mostly in the rural areas. It will be successful if the government shows the attitude to patronise this sector!

Blacklisted firm

The news carried by The Daily Star and many dailies in Dhaka under similar captions on 16 September 2010 was not a surprise . The people of Bangladesh are used to this type of news in their media. The people of Bangladesh also know it very well that the faces of the godfathers who awarded the contract or preparing for awarding the contract to a blacklisted Firm will never be unveiled in public.

Obnoxious approach

Eve-teasing has taken a new form. We now have youths stalking women through cell-phones. Fortunately, some service providers have introduced call-block options. I thank them for understanding our plight. However, there is still something to worry about youths are actually indulging in unproductive activities! I don't know whom to blame exactly the movies which promote lewd acts as a way (and a “brave” one) of winning a girl's heart; the educational institutions which fail to address these issues as they are “not a part of syllabus”; the ever-pampering guardians who are completely unaware of what mischief their children are brewing or the “true friends” who distribute the numbers? I dare not blame the government high-ups for these unabated crimes as they are busy building a “Digital Bangladesh.” On behalf of all women, I wish to give a clear message to these youths, although I wonder if they would leave their cell-phones even for a second to read the newspaper. It's not “cool” to approach a woman that way and when we say we are not interested, we really mean it unlike what movies have indoctrinated you (that being persistent will “melt” us). We will be impressed if you, being a real man, utilize your education, time and energy into doing something for the welfare of the country and its citizens. Do you really have time for this when the nation is gripped with the fear of being hit by a catastrophic earthquake? On a lighter note, please give some respite to that poor little device. It may break down owing to your abuse.

To Mr. Hawking

There are still many things in this world which religion as well as firm belief (common sense) can explain well but science cannot. There is no doubt science has progressed a lot, but sometimes it misguides us by its absurd and illogical explanations. For example, the recent theory of Mr. Hawking, a great scientist.

International

Abbas vows to continue with talks

Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, has said Palestinians would not immediately walk away from peace talks with Israel even if it does not extend a 10-month limited settlement moratorium that expires yesterday.

Moment of truth for talks as settlement freeze ends

Jewish settlers geared up for a burst of West Bank construction yesterday as negotiators raced to salvage Mideast talks which looked set to collapse when a settlement freeze expires at sundown.

I'm my own man

Ed Miliband has insisted Labour will not "lurch to the left" under his leadership and he will not be in thrall to the trade unions, despite winning with the backing of their members.

Challenge for Chavez as Venezuela votes

Venezuelans voted yesterday in a key test for leftist President Hugo Chavez, with the main opposition poised for a strong return to the National Assembly after boycotting the last elections.

Pak minister quits after accusing army of killings

The Pakistani minister for defence production has resigned after criticising the military.

Salman Rushdie terms British monarchy 'stupid, archaic'

In comments that can rake up yet another controversy, Indian-origin author Salman Rushdie has termed the British monarchy and its traditions as "stupid" and "archaic".

Nepal fails in eighth attempt

Nepal's Maoist party called yesterday for the formation of a new power-sharing government after parliament failed for the eighth time to elect a new prime minister.

Middle East Peace: Where They Stand

Israel
The Israeli government is unwilling to divide Jerusalem, held to be the political and religious centre of the Jewish people. It stands by the 1980 basic Israeli law that "Jerusalem, complete and united, is the capital of Israel". In the past there has been room for manoeuvre on the margins. In talks in 2000 and 2007, the then Israeli governments proposed exchanging some outlying annexed districts.

Separatist rejects Indian government 'hoodwink'

The hardline separatist leader who has organised months of protests in Indian Kashmir dismissed yesterday an offer from the government for fresh talks and a security review.

Afghan polls commission orders recounts

Afghanistan's election commission has ordered a recount of votes in some areas for recent parliamentary elections, a senior official said yesterday, raising further concerns of misconduct and fraud during the polls.

Arts & Entertainment

A century of “Geetanjali”

As this year marks a century of Tagore's Nobel Prize-winning work “Geetanjali”, Chhayanaut held an exclusive speech on the publication at the main auditorium of Chhayanaut Shangskriti Bhaban on September 24. Professor Sanat Kumar Saha of Rajshahi University delivered an elaborate, and eloquent speech on “Geetanjali” at the event.

Indigenous traditions on the wane

Traditions of the indigenous Garo community in the Mymensingh region is in danger of being lost. At a seminar in Mymensingh on September 22, indigenous leaders advanced reasons for the gradual erosion of their traditions, which enriched the collective culture of the country.

“Music is now global”

Renowned singer Tapan Chowdhury's musical career began in the 1970s. He was the vocalist of the band Souls. Eventually, he made his presence felt in the music scene as a solo singer. His romantic adhunik (modern) songs are still hugely popular though the artiste has been pretty much on a hiatus. It has been a few years since Tapan moved to the United States, though he visits Bangladesh occasionally. The Daily Star (TDS) caught up with the artiste who is currently in Dhaka.

Stentorian gets ready to rev again

Stentorian are no new kids on the block. The underground music scenario in Bangladesh has had them for the better part of a decade now, although the name might have gathered some dust, with little noticed activity in recent times. Not for long, though -- the boys known for their loud, chaotic music are hitting the studios to record their new album. The Daily Star (TDS) caught up with four members of the band -- James, Rafiul, Tanim and Anabeel, and they spoke on their new ventures:

Channel i turns 12

With the theme 'Hridoye Ek Tukro Bangladesh,' Channel i is marking its 12th anniversary on October 1. On the occasion, the channel has chalked out nine daylong elaborate celebrations with cultural programmes.

Lily Islam’s solo performance at Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre

Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre, Indian High Commission, Dhaka, arranged a musical soiree featuring noted Tagore singer Lily Islam. The event was held at the auditorium of Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre on September 24.

OP-ED

Is Pabna an isolated case?

The recent standoff between the Pabna district administration and ostensibly a section of the student and youth fronts of the ruling Awami League has raised many eyebrows. And the way the deputy commissioner of Pabna and his other colleagues wept in despair and expressed their helplessness to an audience comprising members of the local civil society in the face of the vandalism over recruitment of third class employees illustrated the sense of insecurity that gripped the former.

Kashmir's dialogue of the deaf

Welcome as it was, the Kashmir visit of the all-party, 39-leader delegation wasn't expected to accomplish much beyond acquainting Indian political leaders with the ground situation. Its handicap was that the delegation didn't reach, and couldn't convey, a broad political consensus on Kashmir.



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