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News of: Wednesday, 29th of September, 2010

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Taliban warn Bangladesh

The Taliban have warned Bangladesh against sending troops to Afghanistan.

Caretaker govt system to stay

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said her government has so far no plan to scrap the caretaker government system.

Pabna DC, SP, UNO withdrawn

The government yesterday withdrew the deputy commissioner, superintendent of police and the upazila nirbahi officer of Pabna following the recent row between the local administrations and ruling Awami League adherents.

Culture of secrecy still big barrier to RTI law

One of the major challenges in implementing the Right to Information Act 2009 is the mindset of bureaucrats who are not yet open to the idea of providing information, said speakers at a roundtable yesterday.

Dhaka seeks policymaking role in UN

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to involve Bangladesh in the policymaking and responsible duties of the United Nations as the country is capable of carrying out such trust.

Hasina on Prothom Alo editor

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday expressed surprise when a Bangladeshi journalist in New York said Prothom Alo Editor Matiur Rahman apologised to her following news reports linking Matiur with the August 21 grenade attack.

Modasser softens his Gopalganj remark

Syed Modasser Ali, prime minister's health advisor, yesterday supported his previous statement regarding employment of health workers in community clinics saying it [media's role] is not correct to focus on any specific word because everyone has a separate ideological stance.

HC summons EC Sohul

The High Court (HC) yesterday directed Election Commissioner Muhammed Sohul Hussein to appear before it on October 7 in connection with a contempt of court petition.

5-year plan to cover all fears

In an attempt to pull the plug on human rights violation in the country, the National Human Rights Commission is set to announce a five-year strategic plan tomorrow.

Maths teaching in dismal state

Secondary level mathematics teachers in the country lack adequate teaching skills due to their poor academic qualifications in the subject.

Probe team sits with loggers

A forest department probe team yesterday heard most of the alleged tree plunderers ignoring locals' statements to decide that no staffs were involved in deforestation on three Padma chars.

Govt to review contractors' qualifications

The government has decided to re-examine the qualifications of contractors interested in constructing the Padma Multipurpose Bridge.

No extension on offer for taxpayers

National Board of Revenue Chairman Nasiruddin Ahmed yesterday insisted that the September 30 deadline for filing income tax returns would not be extended, despite appeals from different business bodies to widen it.

Kiwis arrive in Dhaka

The New Zealand cricket team arrived in Dhaka last night to play a five-match one-day series against the Tigers at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.

Pak Kashmiri militants 'hijacking' Kashmir talks

The Kashmiri separatist Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) has criticised Pakistani militants for "hijacking" its cause.

S Korea urges China to press North on nuke arms

A top South Korean diplomat urged China yesterday to press North Korea harder to give up its nuclear programme, saying Pyongyang should not be allowed to use the prospect of negotiations to buy time.

Editorial

Advisor's comments on media unfortunate

We are surprised at the characterisation of the September 17 incidents in Pabna as a media exaggeration by prime ministerial advisor H.T. Imam. He has indicted the media for what he calls making an issue of the sobbing which government officers resorted to when, in his view, no such emotional scenes took place. The advisor clearly misses the point, which is that there is much more involved here than the tears of those who came under assault by ruling party activists bent on preventing a recruitment of employees in the DC office that was not to their liking. That the office of the Pabna deputy commissioner was attacked, that his officers were assaulted by these elements is the glaring truth. That is what ought to have been the focus of the advisor's attention. Instead, he has conveniently tried to zero in on the doings of the media rather than on the interference in administration by ruling party followers.

Neglect at DMCH under fresh spotlight

The critical remarks of the chairman, National Human Rights Commission(NHRC), following his visit to different wards and units of Dhaka Medical College Hospital(DMCH) hardly come as a surprise. For, DMCH has had a rather deplorable public image -- for a long time, something that scathing newspaper reports have failed to change. But what hopefully should have a trigger effect on the authorities now to move into corrective action is the emphasis laid by him on public health being a rights issue.

Sports

Same weather, different opposition for Kiwis

The New Zealand cricket team that arrived last night is wondering what has changed from their trip here two years ago. They left these shores in October 2008 with all the trophies but their last match, the second Test, was drowned in rain. Even their only practice match ahead of the series got called off due to the weather and poor drainage at the Fatullah Stadium. Only the three-match one-day series and the first Test in Chittagong dodged the weather.

Kamal sees bright times ahead

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president AHM Mustafa Kamal has said that his main objective is to take the game to the grassroots.

Hopes pinned on golden Ratna

The focus is diverted fully on Sharmin Akhter Ratna of the Bangladesh shooting squad for the upcoming Commonwealth Games, beginning on October 3 in India.

Vettori warns against complacency

New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori has asked his players not to be complacent ahead of their five-match one-day series against Bangladesh.

Clock ticks down on Delhi

The clock ticked down on the Delhi Commonwealth Games on Tuesday with signs that conditions in the much-criticised athletes' village were finally improving as hundreds of competitors arrive.

Blanco, Larissa star in TV soap

Cuauhtemoc Blanco has played for Mexico at World Cups, got into rows with team officials and hosted a television show but never before been a fireman.

Welcome gift

Ace shooters Sharmin Akhter Ratna and Syeda Sadia Sultana had wonderful gifts for them on the eve of their departure for the Commonwealth Games. Two local business houses Sheltech Private Limited and Envoy Textiles Limited have come ahead to sponsor the two shooters for next one year.

Asiad cricket teams named

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Tuesday announced the men's and women's cricket teams which will participate in the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.

Shahed returns to nat'l fold

Promising midfielder Shahedul Alam staged a comeback to the national fold when Croatian coach Robert Rubcic declared a 20-member squad for the Asian Games to be held in China in November.

Delhi's monkey strategy

Delhi authorities are to deploy a contingent of langurs -- a large type of monkey -- at Commonwealth Games venues to help chase away smaller simians from the sporting extravaganza.

Aus gear up for challenge

Australia vice-captain Michael Clarke is hopeful his team will be able to counter India's bowling attack in home conditions in a two-Test series starting on Friday.

Wozniacki in Rd 3

World number two Caroline Wozniacki powered her way past Greta Arn of Hungary to reach the third round of the Pan Pacific Open women's tennis tournament on Tuesday.

Butt in Eng for legal battle

Pakistan's cricket chief Tuesday left for England, where he is expected to meet lawyers in a bid to clear his players of allegations of spot-fixing and fend off demands for an apology.

'Ricky should look to Sachin'

Ricky Ponting should seek inspiration from Sachin Tendulkar's batting renaissance, according to the former captain of Australia, Mark Taylor. Tendulkar and Ponting are the two leading run scorers in Test history and they will be key men in the upcoming two-Test series in India.

Kids off to Danone Nations Cup

Khulna and Tangail, champion of Grameen-Danone Nations Cup in 2009 and 2010 respectively, are scheduled to leave here tomorrow for South Africa to take part in the core competition of Danone Nations Cup, which begins in October simultaneously in Pretoria and Johannesburg.

Vintage duo lifts The Daily Star

Mohammad Al Amin set aside his journalistic prowess for a footballing one scoring two goals and setting up another, as The Daily Star thrashed Naya Diganta 3-0 in their second round match of the DRU-Rapid Securities Media football tournament at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Div I table tennis begins

Dhaka Metropolis First Division Table Tennis League got underway yesterday at the Wooden Floor Stadium with eight teams winning their respective matches on the opening day.

Women's handball

Abahani Limited scored a 28-7 victory over Arambagh Krira Chakra in the United Oil Women's Handball League at the Handball Stadium in the city yesterday. The winners led the first half 13-4.

Belgian qualifier to face Nadal

Belgian qualifier Ruben Bemelmans booked a place in the match of his life Tuesday, setting up a second-round contest Thursday against Rafael Nadal at the Thailand Open.

United battling injuries

Manchester United will be without Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney when they seek to kick-start their Cham-pions League campaign at in-form Group C rivals Valencia on Wednesday.

Rafa brushes off crisis talk

Inter Milan coach Rafael Benitez brushed off talk of a crisis at the European and Italian champions ahead of their Champions League clash against Werder Bremen at the San Siro.

Spurs look to VDV

Tottenham Hotspur's Rafael van der Vaart is determined to use his vast Champions League experience to help his club earn their first win in Group A on Wednesday.

Fan heckles Beckham

The Los Angeles Galaxy have decided not to take any action against David Beckham who confronted a supporter who heckled him after Friday's loss to the New York Red Bulls, the club said Monday.

Minnows take centre-stage

Unheralded Mainz top the table in Germany, Cesena have led Serie A, Saint-Etienne are back at the summit of the French first division and Barcelona were beaten, at home, by minnows Hercules.

Cazorla lifts Villarreal

Two goals from Spain winger Santi Cazorla helped Villarreal climb to second place in La Liga with a 3-2 comeback win away to 10-man Malaga on Monday.

FIGC donates €100,000 to Pakistan

The Italian Football Federation on Monday donated 100,000-euros to the flood relief effort in Pakistan.

Business

Energy crisis to stymie growth

Energy constraints and slow global recovery from recession could undermine Bangladesh's growth prospect, said Asian Development Bank (ADB) yesterday.

NBR calls rising tax haul sign healthy

The National Board of Revenue took in 26 percent more in the first two months of this fiscal year than in the same period last year, despite the energy crisis.

SEC seeks freeze of court order

The stockmarket regulator has moved to fight a legal battle in an effort to enforce a new rule for share loans.

Turkish Airlines to connect Dhaka by year-end

Turkish Airlines is likely to start flights from Dhaka by the year-end to carry passengers, mainly to Europe and North America.

No stop to rise of Asian millionaires

The ranks of Asia-Pacific millionaires are likely to continue growing faster than those from developed countries as regional economies led by China and India power ahead, a report said Tuesday.

Exports exceed target

Inspired by a healthy performance by the major export-earning knitwear and woven garment sectors, Bangladesh's export earnings this August registered an astonishing growth of 31.25 percent to earn $1.8 billion.

Govt to set yarn price next week

The government will set the yarn price within next week to contain the abnormal price hike of the item, Commerce Minister Faruk Khan said yesterday.

Recession slashes remittance

Nearly 50 percent of migrant worker households suffered a fall in income due to the global crisis, a study revealed yesterday.

IDCOL installs 3 biogas plants

The Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL) has recently installed three biogas plants at the National Zoo in the capital to power signal lights in the zoo area.

World Bank mulls investing in $11b India fund

The World Bank is exploring whether to invest in an $11 billion debt fund the Indian government will roll out by next year as part of a massive push to its infrastructure sector, the bank's India head said.

Bhutan trade team meets DCCI

Leaders of the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) and a Bhutanese business delegation yesterday called for enhanced land, air and road links between the two nations to advance their business ties.

UniCredit may replace chief from within

UniCredit may replace Alessandro Profumo from the inside, an informed source told AFP on Tuesday, a week after shareholders ousted the chief executive over Libya's growing stake in Italy's leading bank.

Cuba's reform dilemma

On September 13, the Cuban government, through the mouth of its official trade-union confederation, dropped a bombshell: More than 1 million people -- a fifth of the workforce -- will be fired from state jobs, half of them by April 1. It is the biggest shake-up of the economy since the state expropriated Cuba's small businesses in 1968. And signs suggest this may be just the first wave of state job losses.

Austerity whips up anger in Europe

Painful cuts by overspending EU countries come head to a head with mounting social anger on Wednesday when labour leaders call angry workers onto streets right across the continent.

The human cost of the crisis

Belt-tightening is sending protestors onto streets with a massive demonstration planned Wednesday in Brussels, capital of the European Union, and protests in Spain, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Portugal and Serbia.

CPD board of trustees meet held

The 34th meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) was held at its office in Dhaka yesterday, said a statement.

France to unveil tough budget cuts

French President Nicolas Sarkozy's government began two-days of budget announcements on Tuesday, including tough spending cuts designed to reassure markets and France's European partners.

New footage of Neil Armstrong's moon walk

Long-lost footage of Neil Armstrong descending the ladder of the Apollo 11 lunar module will be screened in public for the first time in Sydney next week, a prominent astronomer told AFP.

Facebook IPO likely after late 2012

Facebook, the world's largest online social network, is likely to go public sometime after late 2012, a board member said, satisfying investors' appetite for a slice of one of the Internet's biggest growth stories.

Toyota to enter minicar market in Japan

Toyota Motor said Tuesday it will enter Japan's competitive mini-car market in a collaboration with its Daihatsu unit.

AOL chief launches ad system

AOL Inc launched a new online advertising system that it hopes will transform the way advertisers reach consumers on the Internet, its top executive told Reuters on Monday

RIM unveils PlayBook tablet to compete with iPad

Research In Motion unveiled a tablet computer aimed at its core business customers, as it tries to gain a foothold in a fast-growing market dominated by Apple's consumer-friendly iPad.

Oil lower

Oil was lower in Asia Tuesday, tracking trading losses in regional equity markets, analysts said.

Corporate Briefs

FIRST SECURITY ISLAMI BANK
The new face value of the bank's shares, following the change of denomination of shares and market lot with effect from yesterday (a record date), will be Tk 10 instead of Tk 100 a share, market lot will be 100 shares instead of 50 and the new adjusted open price of shares will be Tk 33.30 a share.

Metropolitan

Right information to fight corruption

People can get right information from an efficient and neutral administration; so it should always be kept out of politics, Prof Muzaffer Ahmad said yesterday.

'Rabies kill 2,000 a year'

Health experts said government should implement national level strategies and mobilise necessary resources to prevent and control the spread of rabies in the country.

Mayor, councillor to lose job for giving false info

A mayor or councillor elected to a municipality will be removed from the office if the person is found guilty of providing false information or concealing facts in the affidavit submitted along with application for candidacy.

Lawyers split over CJ's appointment

Ruling Awami League backed lawyers, and pro-BNP lawyers of the Supreme Court yesterday organised separate rallies under the banner of Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) at its South Hall following the appointment of new chief justice.

'Keep child prisoners in correction centres instead of jails'

Keeping children together with adult prisoners in jails is a gross violation of the country's laws, said speakers at a press conference yesterday.

3 muggers hurt in gunfights with law enforcers

Three alleged muggers sustained bullet wounds in two separate gunfights between law enforcers and criminals in the capital's Agargaon and Gendaria early yesterday.

BCL girls scuffle at procession

The female leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) units of Dhaka University (DU) and Eden Girls' College locked into a clash for space in a procession held at DU premises yesterday.

One killed as pro-AL workers clash in Gazipur

A Sramik League leader was killed and at least 10 others were injured in a clash between two rival groups of the ruling party activists over share of business at Chandra area of Kaliakoir upazila yesterday.

Construction worker shot

Extortionists shot a construction worker at Gandaria of the capital yesterday.

Plot on to kill Hasina

Ruling Awami League (AL) yesterday expressed concern over the security of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's life, as the enemies at home and abroad have been conspiring to assassinate her to hinder the trial of war criminals and culprits of August 21 grenade attack and 10 trucks arms smuggling.

Tk 6,446cr projects taken to modernise telecom, JS told

The government has taken seven mega projects involving Tk 6, 446 crore for modernisation and improvement of telecommunications sector in efforts to build "digital Bangladesh," a major electoral pledge of the ruling Awami League.

Int'l Right to Know Day observed

Different organisations held different programmes to mark the International Right to Know Day yesterday.

Suo moto rule on govt to explain by Oct 5

The High Court yesterday issued a suo moto rule upon the government to explain by October 5 why it should not be directed to take legal action against the ones responsible for the custodial death of Md Idris, a rickshaw puller, in Chittagong.

Duke sent to jail

A Dhaka court yesterday sent Saiful Islam Duke, nephew of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, to jail in connection with the August 21, 2004 grenade attack case on Awami League rally.

Efficient management vital to ensure health services

Efficient coordination and management for community clinics are important to ensure health services using the Primary Health Care approach, said South East Asia Regional Director of World Health Organisation (WHO) Dr Samlee Plianbangchang.

Road accidents kill 5

At least five people were killed and four others injured in separate road accidents in Jhenidah, Chapainawabganj, Mymensingh and Barisal yesterday and on Monday.

Undisclosed Tk 923 crore invested last fiscal

A total of Tk 923 crore undisclosed money was legalised last fiscal 2009-'10 through investing in share market, setting up new industries and fixing, modernisation and renovation of old industries, Finance Minister AMA Muhith told the House yesterday.

Check population boom to protect ecosystem

State Minister for Environment and Forests Dr Hasan Mahmud yesterday stressed the need for taking integrated steps to check population boom to protect the ecosystem as well as face adverse impacts of the climate change.

Call to implement RTI act

Speakers at a discussion urged the government to implement the right to information (RTI) act effectively as soon as possible to establish transparency and accountability in the country.

Two factories fined for not setting up ETP

The Department of Environment (DoE) officials yesterday fined two factories in Gazipur Tk 29 lakh for not setting up Effluent Treatment Plants (ETP) and dumping waste of the factories to low land without refining them.

Unicef chief lauds PM

Unicef Executive Director Dr Anthony Lake called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her hotel suite here on Monday afternoon.

SQ Chowdhury criticises war crimes trial

BNP Standing Committee Member Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury here at a press conference yesterday evening demanded to bring back those 195 Pakistan soldiers and identified war criminals who were released in accordance with Delhi Agreement violating the constitution for trial in 1973.

3 criminals using DB identities held

Detective Branch personnel yesterday arrested three men who used to cheat people with fake DB identities, handcuffs and police sticker at South Sayadabad in the city.

Khoka offers unconditional apologies to High Court

Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka and a DCC project director yesterday offered unconditional apologies to the High Court (HC) for not complying with its order.

HC seeks report on ban progress

The High Court (HC) in a ruling yesterday directed the government to submit a report within two weeks on its progress on the incidents of corporal punishment to students of Motijheel Ideal School and College in Dhaka.

Mass transport planned on Gazipur-Sadarghat route

The government is working on developing a mass transport system with specialised rapid bus service facility stretching from Gazipur to Sadarghat.

HC keeps Rajuk boss, 6 top officials standing

A High Court bench yesterday kept seven government high officials including the Rajuk chairman and Kushtia deputy commissioner (DC) standing before it for defying its orders.

Hearing on charge framing against Sayedee on Oct 30

A Dhaka court yesterday fixed October 30 for hearing on charge framing against Jamaat-e-Islami's Nayeb-e-Ameer Delwar Hossain Sayedee in connection with a tax evasion case.

National

4 boys face abduction charge, one arrested

Four 10 to 12 year-old boys of Dinajpur Sadar upazila were made accused in the case for abducting a seven-year-old boy, while police arrested one of the accused after the abducted boy's father handed him over to police yesterday.

Kuta demands removal of registrar

Khulna University Teachers' Association (KUTA) has placed a six-point demand including removal of the registrar, legal action against outsiders who recently vandalised the vice chancellor's office and dismissal of former pro-vice chancellor Dr Purnendu Chandra Gain from the post of professor.

22 rescued from traffickers in Benapole

Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) personnel rescued 22 people while they were being trafficked to India through Sadipur border under Benapole Police Station on Monday.

3 killed, 6 hurt in BSF firing on C'nawabganj border in a month

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) killed three Bangladeshis and seriously injured six others after they were caught while trying to cross different border points in Chapainawabganj district during last one month.

SUST expels 5 BCL men

The authorities of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology yesterday expelled five activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) temporarily on charge of their involvement in Monday's incident that left a JCD activist critically injured.

25 hurt in clash in Manikganj

At least 25 people were injured in a clash between two groups of villagers over the ownership of a disputed land at Mokimpur village under Krishnapur union of Manikganj Sadar upazila yesterday.

One jailed for 10 yrs for murder

One person was yesterday sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for killing a man in Gomostapur upazila of the district in 2004.

Robber held after gunfight with Rab in Habiganj

Members of the Rapid Action Battalion arrested a robber who was injured by bullet in an encounter with them in Habiganj Sadar upazila early yesterday

Two housewives killed for dowry in 2 districts

Two housewives were strangled by their husbands allegedly for dowry in Khulna and Comilla districts on Sunday night.

Five stalkers arrested in Khagrachhari

Police yesterday noon arrested five stalkers from two upazilas for their alleged involvement in stalking schoolgirls.

Schoolboy drowns

A schoolboy drowned as a boat capsized in a beel (waterbody) at Bangalgachh in the district headquarters on Monday afternoon. Victim Momo,15, was son of Masudur Rahman of Mitali Para of the town. Locals said Momo was enjoying a journey by boat with his six friends in the beel in the afternoon. Suddenly the boat capsized at midstream. All, except Momo, could swim ashore. Later, locals rescued him and rushed to Gazipur Sadar Hospital where on-duty doctors declared him dead.

12 shops gutted

Twelve shops were gutted at Paranganjbazar in Bhola Sadar upazila on Sunday night. Locals said the fire originated from electric short circuit at a shop and soon it engulfed the 11 adjoining shops. Two fire fighting units rushed to the spot and doused the fire after two hours of frantic efforts. Shop owners have estimated that the extent of loss might go upto Tk 60 lakh.

Information fair

A two-day Information Fair began here yesterday. Organised by Sachetan Nagorik Committee here, a wing of Transparency International of Bangladesh (TIB), about 30 government, non- government (NGO) and socio-cultural organisations of the district took part displaying their activities through leaflets and posters. Faridpur deputy commissioner (DC) Helaluddin Ahmed inaugurated the fair in the morning while superintendent of police (SP) Awlad Ali Fakir and municipality mayor (In-charge) Mahtab Ali Methu spoke on the occasion. Prof Altaf Hossain, convener of Faridpur Sachetan Nagorik Committee chaired the occasion.

Boat race

A traditional boat race was held on the Karotoa River in Debiganj baazar under Debiganj upazila in Panchagarh district on Sunday afternoon. Thousands of people enjoyed the boat race standing on the banks of the river. Organised by Debiganj upazila administration, a total of 25 boats of different groups from different villages participated in the event which proved to be a reunion of the general people of Debiganj and adjoining villages. Rangpur divisional commissioner Jashim Uddin was present as chief guest while Panchagarh deputy commissioner Banamali Bhoumick was present as special guest. Debiganj upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) Abu Jafar presided over. The first prize winners got a 21-inch colour television each and the second prize winners got a 14-inch colour television.

Indian sarees seized

Bangladesh Rifles members yesterday recovered Indian sarees worth Tk 18 lakh from Putkhali border area under Benapole police station. Putkhali Camp Company Commander Emdadul Haque, of 33 Rifle Battalion said acting on a tip off, they have conducted a drive in Putkhaki border area and seized 240 pieces Indian Sarees of worth Tk 18 lakh. Sensing the presence of the law enforcers the smugglers managed to flee the spot, leaving the sarees. A case was lodged with Benapole police station in this connection.

Letters

Anthrax scare

The recent anthrax scare has hit Bangladesh pretty hard. Sale of red meat has fallen as much as 92 percent, 523 people have already been infected with anthrax(DS: 17.09.10) and fresh infections are being reported almost on a daily basis. These figures have already become frighteningly large but what is most worrying is that sick cattle are still being slaughtered and consumed in rural areas. It seems that these people have absolutely no idea of anthrax contamination in the country. We want to believe the government is trying its utmost to prevent the situation from getting any worse but the facts and figures are not helping at all.

Traffic in Dhaka

The traffic jams in Dhaka are unbelievable. As the country's capital, it is a big mess. There is no sign of the authority's responsibility to the public. There is no proper ratio between the amount of available road and the number of vehicles. The ever increasing number of additional vehicles on the road makes life more miserable for the citizens of overcrowded cities. Millions of work hours are at a standstill on the road. How can the people of Dhaka get out of this painful situation? There is no simple solution. I think the government should encourage more public transportation and discourage private vehicles. Like all other big cities, the morning rush hour goes on from 7am-10am. In these three hours the left lane of all main roads should be reserved for public service buses only. All other buses and private vehicles would use the other lanes. Similarly, the same left lane rule can be used for three hours in the afternoon. Residents should be encouraged to take public service buses and leave behind their private cars at home. Public buses should follow a strict schedule with discipline. During rush hours, every two minutes or five minutes (depends from where) there should be frequent bus service so that passengers can travel comfortably instead of having jam-packed buses. Government authorities should treat bus owners and their employees fairly in a public-private partnership.

Fruits

Bangladesh is a land endowed with various types of bounties of the Almighty. Different kinds of fruits, fishes, vegetables, and medicinal as well as wood plants are available in this country. The people of Bangladesh are vastly acquainted with the consumption of various salubrious and wholesome seasonal fruits. Every season brings in the message of numerous tasty and juicy fruits! Due to smooth transportation and communication, both the people living in villages as well as cities are now enjoying the taste of these fruits. However, it is a matter of great regret that, becoming the victims of the greed of dishonest businessmen, the fresh seasonal fruits are now losing their original and classic tastes! Banana, Papaya, mango and many seasonal fruits are now being ripened in artificial and harmful ways. Some days ago, a newspaper reported that, papaya was being ripened (?) through heating. Green banana can easily be ripened within one or half an hour! We don't actually want these kinds of 'conditioned' fruits! We only want the taste of classic and juicy seasonal fruits. The govt. and the law enforcement agencies should take appropriate initiative in this regard.

Death

I tried to remember what happened when I was asleep and was shocked by the fact that I couldn't remember anything. I swore never to die. But whatever we do and with all the money in the world we can't stop death. Scientists still haven't found any way to overcome it.

A special programme

I have always dreamt of going abroad and studying in a foreign school. My dream became stronger when I applied for the Youth Exchange and Study Program (YES). YES is an innovative high school exchange program funded by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. “This Program intends to build bridges of international understanding, especially between Americans and people in countries with significant Muslim populations” as it is said in their website. There are many organizations working in many countries as the coordinators to select participants for this program.

Spurious drugs

Spurious or counterfeit drugs are a public menace in our country. They are mostly ineffective and can cause grievous injury or even death. The existence of spurious drugs in Bangladesh is well known, although not the precise extent. The present government has decided to bring in legislation to hand out the highest penalty to those who manufacture or sell spurious drugs that cause grievous injury or death. This is in line with the recommendations made by several committees and the media. None of them have opposed capital punishment but the point is that stern penalties are a necessary but insufficient condition for putting an end to the spurious drug industry. The present system has serious shortcomings that need to be overcome before any tangible results can be seen. For instance, the drug control administration directorate found the drug control infrastructure grossly inadequate to tackle the menace. There is a dearth of trained drug inspectors across the country. Non-uniformity of enforcement has not helped the cause either. Although committees constituted in the past made many recommendations, the core issues have remained unresolved. The top priority must be to strengthen the drug control machinery and give enforcement teeth. The fact that not a single prosecution has resulted in life imprisonment since the Drugs and Cosmetics Act was amended in the past to provide for this enhanced punishment shows that legislation alone does not suffice.

SEC's role

Thanks to Dr. SN Mamoon for his Post " SEC Interventions" published in your daily of Sunday, September 19,2010. Dr. Mamoon has rightly said with figures how SEC's intervention works. We, the investors, are silly and stupid and are not fit to judge the situations and SEC has been empowered by our government to look after our interest. They are doing a thankless job. Pity, the silly investors instead of appreciating their 'Timely actions" want to put them on the dock.

African economy

Africa is the world's second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. At about 30.2 million km² (11.7 million sq mi) including adjacent islands, it covers 6% of the Earth's total surface area and 20.4% of the total land area. With a billion people in 61 territories, it accounts for about 14.72% of the world's human population. Africa has plentiful natural resources, but poverty, illiteracy, malnutrition and inadequate water supply and sanitation, as well as poor health, affect a large proportion of the people who reside in the African continent. But now Africa has real energy emerging from a generation of young entrepreneurs who are determined to compete on a global scale.

Introduce BRTC bus

The distance between Jurain to Motijheel via Doyaganj is a little over 4 kilometres but the bus fair is very high-- Tk 8. In return what we get is immeasurable sufferings. The bus companies don't care about the sufferings of the passengers at all. Half the passengers commute standing. They conduct the bus service with so few buses that in rush hours hundreds of people stand in queue . There were two companies in the route but in the middle of the month of Ramadan a company named Rangdhanu stopped its service. It just increases the crisis beyond tolerance level. Almost all the buses are quite unfit to move within Dhaka. Most of the seats are broken. In some buses you can't find benches at all.

The leader

An interesting write-up of September 19in the pages of a local English daily reaffirms what we feel best describes the BNP. It does not stand for 'Bangladesh Nationalist Party'; but 'Boro Natokio Party' (in Bangla). In line with these words, the "Netri" too likes to create "Natok"; even for a routine matter, like joining parliament!

No more blame game

With every passing day, the repetition of some words in the newspaper are getting on our nerves: vandalism, demand for withdrawal of cases by the ruling party, question leakage, exemplary punishment, blaming this and that etc. The way the things are, it seems the machine of governance is falling apart. The good governance is characterized by decisions and their strict implementation with the coordinated engagement of the government machinery which has become an endangered species in our country. Cannot we save it? The government cannot evade the responsibility for law and order by simply blaming others. The vandalism carried out allegedly by the Juba League last Friday in Pabna that forced postponement of the recruitment exam has caused a great chasm in the administration there. The officials that feel belittled by the highhandedness of the local ruling party cadres are now set for applying for mass transfer if the accused in the vandalism are not brought to book. So, now the government has no scope to take this incident lightly. The earlier it springs to action, the better.

International news

I am a regular reader of The Daily Star, especially the international news and the erudite write-ups. But it makes me disappointed to see that almost all the time the international pages are filled up with a lot of advertisements. Sometimes big pictures of unimportant subjects are posted seemingly to fill those pages only.

Tax free car for MPs

I felt ashamed when I read news of tax free car for our parliament members. I know from the newspapers that the Tax Free Car Project alone will cost one thousand crore taka. It is amazing that they are all (govt. and opposition members) united to pass a law allowing their perks and facilities, though they cannot form unity to pass bill for common welfare of the people. We are known as the most poor country in the world and more than 50% people live below poverty line. In Dhaka city alone 2 million people live in Basti and live an inhuman life. The people living in Basti cannot manage two square meals a day. There are no sanitation facilities, no pure drinking water facilities and Medicare facilities. Having seen this miserable condition people of other countries are extending their hand in helping this destitute people. Our parliament members also do not hesitate to seek help from other countries. Our govt. is also seeking help from other countries and innumerable NGOs are working for alleviating poverty in this country. We are to pay thousands of crores of taka as interest for the foreign loans and under the circumstances I wonder how our public representatives wish to lead a luxurious life at the cost of public exchequer.

Then and now

Earlier, the head of the state used to go to the field to see the problems of the people and took measures immediately regarding those matters.

Poor show

The article "18th BCS officers got zero in English" published in an English daily on 17th Sep'10 is not a new complaint against the PSC regarding the irregularity and corruption but it's really a horrible picture of the poor quality of the civil service officers where getting zero in English they can be appointed in the era of global advancement and when our country is progressing towards the "Digital Bangladesh". Is it possible to go ahead with such kind of civil servants who have been appointed through irregularity and corruption! Now, time has come to re-think to re-build our civil administration sacking those corrupt/inefficient civil servants as we have a lot of talented/quality candidates to serve the nation.

International

Ayodhya mosque ruling tomorrow

The Indian Supreme Court rejected yesterday a plea to delay judgment on whether Hindus or Muslims should control a disputed holy site; Babri Mosque in Ayodhya, clearing the way for a verdict in the explosive case later this week.

Karzai tearful as bombing kills Afghan governor

A suicide bomber killed a deputy provincial governor and five others yesterday in eastern Afghanistan, police said. Later, a tearful President Hamid Karzai decried the violence, fretting that young people will choose to flee their country.

Karzai appoints 70-member peace council

The Afghan government yesterday announced who will sit on a 70-member peace council, formalizing efforts already underway to reconcile with top Taliban leaders and lure insurgent foot soldiers off the battlefield.

Indian govt urges Maoists to free cops

Indian authorities appealed to Maoist rebels yesterday to free four kidnapped policemen as a deadline set by the ultra-leftists for meeting their demands was set to expire.

China celebrates Confucius birth for first time

Beijing yesterday celebrated the anniversary of the birth of ancient philosopher Confucius for the first time since the founding of communist China, in a ceremony that included delegates from Taiwan.

Pak SC orders govt to probe graft

Pakistan's Supreme Court on Monday again ordered the government to ask Swiss authorities to reopen a money-laundering case against the president, raising the stakes in a case that has triggered speculation over the future of the Western-backed administration.

Abbas demands settlement freeze during ME talks

US envoy George Mitchell headed to the Middle East yesterday to try to rescue peace talks as Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas demanded the renewal of a moratorium on Israeli settlements.

US criticises 'unbalanced' Gaza flotilla probe

The United States yesterday criticised a UN probe into Israel's storming of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, urging the Human Rights Council to prevent the report from being used to torpedo peace talks.

N Korea's Kim makes son 4-star general

North Korea's Kim Jong Il made his elusive youngest son a four-star general in a major promotion seen yesterday as confirmation that he is slated to become the country's next leader.

Iran to press for recognition of 'nuke rights'

Iran will press to have its "nuclear rights" recognised in talks with world powers who accuse Tehran of seeking atomic weapons, a foreign ministry spokesman told reporters yesterday.

Australian PM's majority slashed in rocky start

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard's tiny majority was slashed to the bare minimum yesterday during a rocky start to the new-look parliament led by the first minority government since World War II.

UN chief backs call for 'inclusive' Myanmar election

Myanmar's upcoming elections will not be credible without the release of political prisoners, including democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said.

Taliban making overtures for peace

The commander of Nato troops in Afghanistan said yesterday that the Taliban are approaching the Afghan government and foreign forces about laying down arms after almost nine years of insurgency.

Tragic end to US rescue bid off Somali coast

At least 13 people drowned and another eight are missing after a US naval ship tried to come to the aid of a broken-down skiff in the Gulf of Aden.

Arts & Entertainment

14th Asian Art Biennale begins on October 8

The 14th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh 2010 -- the biggest international art exhibition and competition in the country -- will kick off on October 8. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to inaugurate the biennale. This year the month-long festival aspires to be bigger, according to sources.

Noted character actor Saifuddin Ahmed no more

Veteran film actor Saifuddin Ahmed passed away on September 27 at the Combined Military Hospital in the capital. He was 83. Due to age-related ailments, Ahmed had been absent from films for a while.

Rallying the city

Bangabandhu Shangskritik Jote Satkhira district unit brought out a colourful rally and held a discussion recently to observe the 30th anniversary of the organisation.

“Runway”: Tareque and Catherine’s latest film ready to take off

“Runway”, the latest film directed by Tareque Masud and produced by Catherine Masud, has recently received an uncut certificate from the Bangladesh Film Censor Board, according to a press release. The film, which follows the story of an idealistic youth's drift into militancy, was shot in 2008-2009.

“The Social Network”: Film takes a dramatic approach to Facebook’s origin

As we sit at our computers day in and day out, clicking through the digital realm of social interaction that has supplanted phone calls, text messages and even e-mail, most of us rarely stop to think about how it all began. But the same social networking site that serves most students as the ultimate tool for procrastination transformed one college student from a brainy misfit into a billionaire.

Theatre performers awarded in Dinajpur

Awards went out to the best actors, actresses, directors and cultural activists for their performances in the 'Goodnight Bingshati Dinajpur Natyatshab 2010', a month-long theatre festival held here. The awards were handed out at a colourful programme last Sunday evening.

Lata Mangeshkar, Mehdi Hassan’s duet

The long awaited duet between Indian nightingale Lata Mangeshkar and 'Shehanshah-e-Ghazal' Mehdi Hassan will soon be a reality with the launch “Tera Milna” next month.

OP-ED

Those self-effacing freedom fighters

When you go through the story of how these 190 individuals exploited the War of Liberation to come by their jobs as sub-registrars, you really should not be surprised. After all, in these nearly four decades since our valiant freedom fighters made it possible for Bangladesh to emerge as a free nation, many have been the individuals and groups drawing attention to their dubious credentials as part of the Mujibnagar experience when all they did was stay safe in the occupied country with not much of a comprehension of the twilight struggle the nation as a whole was going through.

10th anniversary of MDG

On September 20, world leaders started a summit in New York, on the sidelines of the 65th session of the UN General Assembly, aiming to inject a new sense of urgency into a global campaign to achieve the targets of Millennium Development Goals (MDG).

Parliament and media: Bangladesh perspective

Edmund Burke, an Irish statesman and social and political philosopher of the 18th century, said that there were three estates in parliament; but in the reporters' gallery yonder, there sat a fourth estate far more important than them all.

New airport at Trishal: Flight of fancy or urban nightmare?

How realistic is the proposal for a new international airport 60 miles outside the capital, with respect to travel time to and from the airport, given our appalling record of road and traffic management?


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