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News of: Sunday, 19th of June, 2011

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A wild wish for hippo

The state minister for environment and forest has come up with a strange plan to introduce hippopotamus, a species from Sub-Saharan-Africa, in the Kaptai Lake in Rangamati with a portion of climate funds.

Govt would do nothing wrong

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina came down heavily on the 'National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports' yesterday posing the question- who is more patriot and thinks more for the country's welfare than her?

Rain, tidal surge spell huge sufferings

Relentless rain and unusually high tidal surge kept on battering people of the coastal areas yesterday and destroyed several thousand homes, damaged crops on half a lakh acres of land, fish enclosures and dams and disrupted communication.

JS body was not free

The parliamentary special committee for constitutional amendment backtracked on several significant decisions including enabling lawmakers to play their due role in the House and allowing parliament to impeach judges of the Supreme Court thanks to interference from the government's highest level.

No ray of light

Dhaka University Assistant Professor Rumana Manzur is expected to return from India tomorrow as doctors there have said there is little chance for her to get back eyesight, family sources said.

BNP, Jamaat declare new agitation

The main opposition BNP and its ally Jamaat-e-Islami yesterday announced a three-day fresh agitation prorgramme in protest at the increase in prices of agricultural inputs and fuel, transport fare hike and recent collapse of the stockmarket.

Bank accounts of Badal, his wife frozen

National Board of Revenue has frozen the bank accounts of former chairman of IFIC Bank Lutfor Rahman Badal, his wife Shoma Alam Rahman and his brother-in-law Ahsan Imam.

Rab nabs job cheater group

Rapid Action Battalion arrested four retired Bangladesh Air Force men and a Border Guard Bangladesh sepoy in connection with cheating job seekers through promises of jobs in BGB.

6-hr hartal on July 3 in capital

The National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports will enforce a half-day hartal in the capital on July 3 protesting the government's signing of a production sharing contract (PSC) with an American oil company.

Syrian forces storm town near Turkey

Syrian troops and gunmen loyal to President Bashar al-Assad stormed a town near the Turkish border yesterday, burning houses and arresting dozens, witnesses said, in a persistent military campaign to crush popular revolt.

20 hurt in agitation over pay

At least 20 people were injured as police charged batons on Dhaka Tobacco Industries' workers yesterday after they blocked Dhaka-Narsingdi road demanding pay hike.

A medical first

An American, who was blinded in his right eye 55 years ago, has had his sight restored, according to the Journal of Medical Case Reports.

Return 'em Tk 1,200cr

Awami League leader Dr Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir yesterday demanded the government to return Tk 1,200 crore which was allegedly collected from businessmen during the military-backed caretaker government rule.

No indigenous people in country

Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday said the minority groups living in hilly areas and the plains in the country are not indigenous people and they will be recognised in the charter as tribes or ethnic minorities.

Four killed, 28 wounded in Pakistan attacks

Four people, including two children, were killed and 28 wounded yesterday in a bomb blast and a militant attack on Pakistani troops, security officials said.

Bahrain to lift ban on opposition party

The government will lift a ban on Bahrain's second largest opposition party, the group said yesterday, ahead of a national dialogue to ease the Gulf island kingdom's political crisis.

Three died drinking spirit

At least three people, including a BNP leader, died while another fell ill after drinking rectified spirit in Kumarkhali upazila in the district yesterday.

5.9 quake strikes eastern Japan

A 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck eastern Japan yesterday, seismologists said, rattling one of the areas hardest hit by the March 11 quake and tsunami disasters.

Editorial

JS body moves to save Dhaka

The recommendations made by the parliamentary standing committee on forests and environment regarding protecting the capital from further decline should make the powers that be sit up and take notice. That Dhaka has been in a state of gradual regression from an environmental point of view is a dark reality we have lately lived with. Now that the parliamentary committee has decided to act, follow-up action is called for. Basically, the recommendations centre on the need for improvements in the drainage system and a streamlining of road traffic. The imperative, as can be gauged from the concerns expressed by lawmakers, is for the city to have 40 per cent of its total 166 sq. km. area given over to a drainage catchment system.

Rehab Fair revelations

It appears that we could never lift ourselves above controversies even on well-meaning occasions. One such event has been the mega fair organized by the Real Estate and Housing Association of Bangladesh (REHAB) that began on Thursday. On display were the profiles of 235 unauthorised projects.

Sports

Aminul hangs up national gloves

Aminul Haq, the last line of defence of the Bangladesh national football team for the last decade and a half, tendered his official retirement paper to the Bangladesh Football Federation yesterday. The stalwart goalkeeper who held custody of the national team and many a local club, earning plaudits from coaches, fellow players and supporters, cited family commitments and making room for youngsters as the reason for his decision.

Shaping young minds

With twenty-four cricketers, the GP-BCB National Cricket Academy began its new journey a few weeks back. Under the guidance of head coach Ross Turner, different kinds of sessions have been ongoing, according to its master plan.

No room for Gayle

Chris Gayle, currently locked in a dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), has been left out of the squad to face India in three Tests across late June through mid July.

Eng in early trouble

Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen rescued England from a slump to 14 for two on a rain-marred third day of the third Test at the Rose Bowl here on Saturday.

Sk Jamal duo quizzed

Sheikh Jamal coach Packeer Ali and captain Aminul Haq appeared before the Bangladesh League Committee in the ongoing investigation about the alleged match-fixing in the league match between Sheikh Jamal and Rahmatganj MFS that took place on 11 June.

Andrew seals thrilling win

Left-hander Gareth Andrew was the hero for Worces-tershire as his unbeaten 65 in the Friends Life t20 competition handed them to a one-wicket victory against Warwickshire in near darkness at Edgbaston on Friday.

Siddikur crashes hard

Bangladesh ace golfer Siddikur Rahman relinquished his strong position in the Queen's Cup golf championship to slip to joint fifteenth position after a third round score of three-over-par 74 (71-par-course) at the Santiburi Samui Country Club in Thailand yesterday. The first two rounds well went for Siddikur with an opening round of two-under-par 69 and a second round score of three-under-par 68 catapulting him to joint fourth position on Friday.

Worcs make solid start

Worcestershire were 133 for one after a rain delay moments after lunch on the first day of their County Championship Division One match against Hampshire yesterday.

School h'ball from Monday

The Polar Icecream 19th School Handball (Boys and Girls) Tournament starts Monday at the Handball Stadium in Dhaka.

Dhaka regain kabaddi title

Dhaka clinched the title of 13th Meizan National Youth Kabaddi, beating Rajshahi 30-18 with two creditable 'lona' in the final at the Kabaddi Stadium yesterday.

Murray ready for pressure

Andy Murray insists he can cope with the pressure of being Britain's only hope of ending 75 years of hurt in the men's singles at Wimbledon.

Tremlett, the new Big Bird

England bowling coach David Saker said aspects of Chris Tremlett's game were reminiscent of West Indies great Joel Garner after the giant quick's Test-best return against Sri Lanka.

T20s to fill vacuum

England could find themselves playing two extra Twenty20 internationals against the West Indies at the end of their current season in a bid to fulfil broadcast obligations three years after the collapse of the Stanford Super Series.

Ruling the 50s

By the early 1950s, cricket had become a serious sport among many Commonwealth countries and with Pakistan playing their inaugural Test in 1952, the elite group now had seven members.

Basketball league

Wraiths defeated Josephites by 52-36 points in the latest match of the Citycell First Division Basketball League at the Dhanmondi Basketball Gymnasium yesterday. Troy scored 17 points while John netted 9 for the winners, who led the first half 27-11.

Ballack not happy

Former Germany captain Michael Ballack says he is so disappointed with being ousted from the national team that he will not accept a farewell match.

Mexico bullish on retaining trophy

Even with a squad depleted due to a doping dust-up, Mexico believe they have what it takes to retain the CONCACAF Gold Cup crown.

FIFA suspend Belize

World football's governing body, FIFA, announced Friday that it had suspended the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) with immediate effect because of "severe governmental interference".

Modric undecided

Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric says he is tempted by the prospect of a move to Chelsea and ready to leave Spurs but insists he will not submit a formal transfer request.

Magpies snap up Demba

Newcastle have clinched the transfer of Senegalese striker Demba Ba from West Ham following the departure of captain Kevin Nolan in the opposite direction.

Business

Hefty govt borrowing to hurt private investment

High dependence on bank borrowing to meet the need for deficit financing would crowd out private investment, said economists, politicians and businessmen yesterday.

Muhith rubbishes talk of gas export

The government has no plan to export gas as the reserves of the natural resource are not adequate, said the finance minister yesterday.

No unapproved projects on show: REHAB

The Real Estate and Housing Association of Bangladesh (REHAB) yesterday claimed the ongoing summer fair in the capital is not showcasing any unapproved land project.

Lankan food festival kicks off in Ctg

A Sri Lankan food festival was held at The Peninsula Chittagong in the port city on Friday.

Bad weather disrupts economic life in Ctg

Persistent downpour and tidal surges battered economic activities in Chittagong while rough sea forced the authorities to suspend cargo handling at the outer anchorage of the port in the last two days.

Garment accessories makers oppose plan to hike tax

Garment accessories makers yesterday urged the government to fix tax at source at 0.25 percent instead of increasing it by three-fold.

Planning minister defends budget

Planning Minister AK Khandker yesterday defended the proposed budget for the next fiscal year and said it is a realistic one.

Back-office software XBroker compliant with bourses: Cygnus

Cygnus Innovation Ltd, an IT solution provider, said its brokerage back-office application, XBroker, is compliant with all requirements of Dhaka and Chittagong stock exchanges.

Britain plans to hike public sector retirement age to 66

The British government Friday unveiled plans to raise the retirement age for most public sector workers by six years to 66 and make them pay more towards their pensions, provoking fury from trade unions.

Microsoft gets Skype approval

Microsoft has won US antitrust approval to buy the Internet phone service Skype, the Federal Trade Commission said in a website posting on Friday.

Greek PM buys time, but will he implement reforms?

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou's cabinet reshuffle has probably paved the way for approval of a harsh austerity package but there are doubts over whether it will be implemented.

High-frequency trade fires up commodities

When natural gas prices dropped by 8 percent in a matter of seconds in the early hours of Asian trade last week, one New York-based hedge fund manager said he didn't have to think twice.

Dried fish sector drying up

The existence of dried fish business is under threat as the supply of fish to local markets has declined in the last 10 years. The business has made a strong position in the economy as it has its appearance both on international and local markets. But no governments have paid enough attention to the sector, traders said.

A cry for govt help and awareness

Dried fish or shutki was a dish for common people 10 years back, but it has now become a dish only for the rich, said Mohammad Musa Sowdagor, president of Asadganj Shutki Traders Association in Chittagong.

Record Asian order dominates Paris air fest

A record 200-plane order from Asia's largest budget carrier looks set to dominate a jackpot of deals at next week's Paris Air Show in clear evidence of a multi-speed recovery shaping global industry, sources said.

Global recovery at risk: IMF

A fragile global economic recovery could falter unless Europe averts sovereign defaults, the United States gets its fiscal house in order and emerging economies prevent overheating, the IMF warned Friday.

Papandreou calls up veterans to fight debt crisis

Greece's new tough-talking finance minister pledged "a real war" on Friday after embattled Prime Minister George Papandreou picked a team of political veterans to ward off economic meltdown.

India's economy skids as leaders sleep at the wheel

If there was ever a sign of rudderless leadership and misplaced priorities over economic policy, it was Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee's trip to Delhi airport this month to meet Swami Ramdev, who was protesting against the government's inaction on graft.

Oracle seeks up to $6.1b in Google lawsuit

Oracle is seeking between $1.4 billion and $6.1 billion in a patent lawsuit against Google over the lucrative smartphone market, according to a court filing.

Asian shares mixed

Asian stocks mostly fell Friday as positive US data and bargain buying were overshadowed by eurozone debt, after a warning that a Greek default could be as disastrous as the collapse of Lehman Brothers.

Mulberry bags surging profits

British luxury handbag maker Mulberry said Thursday that annual profits more than quadrupled, as the group celebrated its 40th anniversary with stunning sales growth and eyed more global expansion.

Prada raises $2.14b in Hong Kong IPO

Italian luxury goods maker Prada has raised a lower-than-expected $2.14 billion in its Hong Kong share sale as turbulent global markets and a tax hurdle dampened investors' enthusiasm.

Oaktree Capital Group files for $100m IPO

Distressed debt and real estate investor Oaktree Capital Group filed with U.S. regulators to raise up to $100 million in an initial public offering of its class A units, the latest financial firm to seek a public listing.

Weekly Currency Roundup

June 12th-June 16th, 2011

Metropolitan

Road crashes kill 12, injure 55

Twelve people were killed and 55 others injured in separate road accidents in Bogra, Rangpur, Panchagar, Thakurgaon, Khulna and Satkhira yesterday.

Mutual talks to ease political instability, say speakers

The political instability in the country must be mitigated if the political parties hold mutual discussion on issues of conflict, speakers at dialogue said yesterday.

Nat'l Fruit Fair ends

Thousands of people have got introduced with about 150 different fruits from home and abroad at the three-day National Fruit Fair that ended in the city yesterday.

Culture of refusal bar to info dissemination

Implementation of Right to Information (RTI) Act is being hampered due to inadequate knowledge about the law, bureaucratic issues, antiquated mindset of some journalists and a culture that refuses to disseminate information.

Rampal plant threat to Sundarbans

Green activists yesterday expressed fear that the country's mangrove forest Sundarbans may fail to gain the status as a natural wonder of the world if the proposed coal-based thermal power station is set up in Rampal, Bagerhat.

Gen Harun meets Lord Carlile

Visiting Lt Gen (retd) M Harun-Ar-Rashid, secretary general of Sector Commanders Forum, met Lord Carlile of Berriew QC, vice chair of UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Genocide Prevention and Crimes Against Humanity, at House of Lords on June 16.

'Trauma units at dist hospitals to cut road crash casualties'

Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr AFM Ruhal Haque at a meeting yesterday said the government is planning to open trauma units at district level hospitals to provide emergency medical assistance to road accident victims and reduce causalities.

'Tagore works sway lives of Bangalee'

Influence of literary works of versatile poet Rabindranath Tagore over the lives of Bangalees is indispensable, said speakers at a function yesterday.

Call to eliminate fundamentalism

Speakers at a seminar here yesterday urged all patriotic people to come forward to uproot fundamentalism to save the country from destruction.

'Education gets less budgetary funds than in developing states'

Budgetary allocation for Bangladesh's education sector is insufficient compared to developing countries of the world, said speakers at a meeting yesterday.

Over 300 RMG workers fall sick after taking lunch

Over 300 workers of Sed Fashion, an Indian-owned readymade garments unit here, fell sick after taking lunch served by the factory authorities yesterday afternoon.

Wife of late AL leader dies of 4 days injury

Selima Khan Majlish, wife of late Awami League lawmaker Shamsuddoha Khan Majlish, died early yesterday, four days after she was severely injured by unknown criminals at her Savar residence on the outskirts of the capital.

Mahtab, Anwar Rajshahi Metro Press Club president, secy

Journalist Mahtab Uddin, a freedom fighter, and Anwar Ali, staff correspondent of The Daily Star, were elected president and general secretary repectively of Rajshahi Metropolitan Press Club yesterday.

Three alleged abductors arrested

Police arrested three people for allegedly trying to abduct an expatriate from Saudi Arabia at Gabtali in the city yesterday evening.

Quality cables for safety stressed

Speakers at a workshop yesterday urged electricity cable manufacturers to produce standard and high quality cables for safety and security of life and property.

Vote for Sundarbans

A three three-day campaign for the Sundarbans as a new natural wonder of the world began on Bangladesh University campus in the city yesterday, a press release said.

Int'l seminar on liberation war ends at RU

The two-day international seminar titled "Practice of liberation war history and achievement of Bangladesh" ended at Rajshahi University yesterday.

Port city lamed by tidal surges

Incessant drizzling over the last three days till yesterday afternoon has disrupted normal life in the port city as people of many areas experienced waterlogging.

CJ flies to London

Chief Justice Md Muzammel Hossain yesterday left Dhaka to attend an international conference of jurists for judicial reforms to be held in London on June 21 and 22.

Indian army chief arrives today

Indian Chief of Army Staff Vijay Kumar Singh arrives here today on a five-day official visit to Bangladesh at the invitation of his Bangladesh counterpart General Mohammad Abdul Mubeen.

Tk 148.50cr RU budget announced

The authorities of Rajshahi University (RU) announced a budget of Tk 148.50 crore for the fiscal 2011-12.

Obituary

Wing Commander (Retd) Saidur Rahman Mirza, who was a director and chief coordinator of Bangladesh refugee camp in India during the Liberation War, passed away at Toronto city in Canada yesterday due to old age complications at the age of 83, says a press release.

Forman Ali

Forman Ali Bir Protik, a freedom fighter and retired BGB Subedar, passed away on Friday night at his residence in Dinajpur town due to old age complications at the age of 65, says a press release.

Hartal in N'ganj tomorrow

Jatri Odhikar Sangrakkhan Forum (Commuters Right Protection Forum) will observe a half-day hartal on Monday in Narayanganj protesting the hike of bus fare.

Youth commits suicide

A youth allegedly committed suicide by hanging from a ceiling fan with curtain on Friday afternoon at his residence in the city's Mirpur failing to realise money from his mother to buy drugs.

National

Aila-affected Sharankhola, Koira badly hit again

Tidal surge caused by depression over the Bay has swept away over 1,000 thatched and mud houses, damaged embankments and crops and disrupted communications in Khulna and Bagerhat districts.

Tamabil border survey suspended in face of protests by locals

Officials of Meghalaya and Bangladesh yesterday suspended the joint survey of Tamabil border in face of protests by the locals.

Male members of families flee home for fear of arrest

Male residents of three villages in Sundarganj upazila have remained away from home fearing arrest in connection with the case filed for attacking law enforcers and snatching a rifle from an on-duty policeman after Kanchibari union parishad election on June 5.

30 acres to be acquired for landless people

Thirty acres of land will be acquired to rehabilitate the landless people who have been living around the Barapukuria Coal Mine Company Ltd (BCMCL) amid risk due to land subsidence affected by mining faults.

One killed, 36 hurt in UP election-related clashes

One person was killed and at least 36 others were injured in union parishad election-related clashes in Jhenidah and Kishoreganj districts yesterday.

Makers of fake foreign liquors jailed

They had been hoodwinking customers with spurious items in the name of Haig, Whyte & Mackay, Smirnoff, Alba Lupa and several other foreign branded liquors and whiskeys.

79 Indian fishermen rescued

At least 79 Indian fishermen in five fishing trawlers were rescued in Bangladesh waters in Mohipur area of the district yesterday and the day before.

Convicted BDR man dies at hospital

A BDR member who was convicted in 2009 BDR mutiny case died while undergoing treatment at Sadar hospital yesterday morning.

2 cocktails found at RU hall

Motihar police yesterday recovered two cocktails from a drain of Sher-e-Bangla hall of Rajshahi University (RU).

Robbery in Laxmipur

Robbers looted 200 tolas of gold ornaments from a jeweler's house at Shakharipara in the district town early yesterday.

Abducted girl still untraced

Police have failed to rescue a 13-year old school student even 21 days after her abduction.

Clash over disputed land

At least 11 people were injured in a clash between two rival groups over a piece of disputed land at Danagoch village in Tentulia upazila of Panchagarh on Friday. Police said there was a longstanding conflict between Abdul Karim Master of Danagoch village and Rubel Haque of nearby Kachigoch village over the ownership of the land. On Friday morning Rubel's men resisted Karim Master and his people when they went to cultivate the disputed land. At one stage, supporters of both the groups, equipped with sharp weapons, attacked each other, leaving at least 11 people from both sides injured. Of the injured, 10 were admitted to Panchagarh Modern Hospital where condition of Lutfar, 60, Jahangir Miah, 30, and Hasibul, 28, was stated to be critical.

Indigenous girl raped

An indigenous teenage girl was violated on Wednesday by a young man at Boro Ulthachhari village in Atarakchhara union, some 20 kilometres off the upazila headquarters of Longudu. The victim is a class seven student and daughter of Sadhan Bikash Chakma of the village. Locals caught the alleged rapist and handed him over to Longudu police on that day. Arrestee Ibrahim, 27, is a converted Muslim and son of Sontosh Kumar of village Uttar Yiarengchari in the upazila, police said. Ibrahim allegedly went to the house of the girl at around 2:30pm. Finding her alone, he gagged her, took her to a nearby banana garden and raped her. Hearing her screams, neighbours rushed to the spot and rescued her. They also caught Ibrahim red-handed. A case was filed yesterday with Longudu police station in this connection.

HSTU staff fired

A staff of Hajee Danesh Science and Technology University (HSTU) has been fired on charge of misappropriation of university fund. A press release of the university on Thursday identified him as Md. Asraful Alam Sujan of finance department of the university but did not give the figure of the amount. The university authorities at a May 8 meeting decided to take action against the offender with effect from May 31. They also directed Asraful to refund the amount within 15 working days or face legal action in this regard.

Letters

Human or beast?

Being an educated person how Hasan Manzur could do this! Why should he be jealous by the shining prospect of his wife? He should have been happy with her brilliant success. We feel shame to see and hear such kind of news. Hassan Syed has bitten her nose! Almost gouged her eyes out! What a shame! I have watched in discovery channel that the big cats and Hyenas are always hunting the gentle animal like deer and others. No doubt, Hassan Syed will be regarded as the symbol of human hyena. I would request the concerned to publish his picture in all printing and electronic media, so that everybody can recognize this new hyena in our society. It's a matter of hope that he has been caught by the detectives already.

Corruption, adulteration and 'brain-drain'

Adulteration in all spheres of our country at present has attained a new height, perhaps the maximum. Can anyone identify a single sector in our country bereft of corruption or adulteration? Corruption has made its way in every nook and corner of our society. Adulteration is an inevitable by-product of the number one problem of our country, i.e., corruption. The appalling scenario in our fruit markets simply multiplies our anxiety, tension and panic. What we are eating are all adulterated mixed with perilous chemicals and other detrimental ingredients.

We want the opposition in parliament

We think BNP should not become enthusiastic just because people supported a few of its strikes, the eviction of Begum Khaleda Zia from her house made people so outraged and Awami League-led government's decision of scrapping caretaker government system made them so angry that they did not oppose the hartal. It does not mean that people like hartal, they have had enough when Awami League was in the opposition, from 12 hours to 72 hours non-stop hartals; we shudder to think about that period. So much public property was damaged, newly built railway station and the Biman office in Chittagong was vandalised and set on fire by the activists of Awami League. Office goers were stripped off their clothes if they dared to go to the office during hartal hours.

Tax limit for lower income group

The minimum taxable income limit has been proposed to be raised from Tk 165,000 to Tk 180,000 in the budget of FY 2011-12. Thanks to the government. The prices of essentials have shot up tremendously and the cost of living like house rent, educational and medical expenses have also gone beyond the control of the lower income group. We are the worst sufferers in the society. The minimum ceiling should reasonably be increased considering the purchasing power of the lower and middle income group. If somebody gets a salary of Tk 15,000 plus, it's very difficult and burdensome for him to pay tax with this little income. All the people of Bangladesh are paying taxes by paying VAT while buying essentials, paying telephone bills, electricity bills, and water bills and so on. Why should the lower income group pay Income Tax again? If the ceiling is raised from proposed Tk 180,000 to Tk 240,000, the lower and middle income group will get some space to breathe and it will be a great relief to them especially at this critical time when prices of essentials are beyond the capacity of the general people.

Of democracy

No one can bypass the Constitution which provides the legislature and the judiciary their right to discuss and finalize any law of the land. Surely, the wise legal advisers of the civil society group are aware of the constitutional provisions. I am sure that with all the mounting pressure, this government will work on the Ombudsman Bill without further delay.

Building road voluntarily!

The Tangail correspondent of a local English daily reported this matter, published on June 6th issue of the daily. It was indeed a commendable matter; where villagers voluntarily improved their local communication facilities! As a villager told the correspondent that: "It was a matter of great pride, and a different kind of joy, to build the road with our own money and labour"! This is indeed a worthwhile matter, and should set an example, for others to follow! It should be widely covered in our audio-visual and print media; that can motivate others to take up similar projects on voluntary basis.

Our irrational fear of Alzheimer's disease

This disease is the most common form of dementia which is almost incurable and is diagnosed in people over 65 years of age. In 2006, there were 26.6 million sufferers worldwide. This disease was named after German psychiatrist Alois Alzheimer in 1905.

Please re-carpet the road

More than a thousand pupils study in Kadamtala Purba Bashabo High School & College situated in Kadamtala, Bashabo. The only approaching road to Kadamtala has been damaged in such a way that it is not at all suitable for traffic movement or even for pedestrians' use. Hundreds of small potholes have developed on the road and those are growing bigger day by day. As Kadamtala is basically a residential area, thousands of inhabitants as well as the school and college students are suffering immensely on their way back home. Re-carpeting of the main road and other lanes is very much necessary. But the Dhaka City Corporation is overlooking the problem. If the road and lanes are not re-carpeted immediately, those are to be re-constructed in near future. We urge the Dhaka City Corporation to re-carpet the road and lanes of Kadamtala, Bashabo.

Paying for polluted water!

The other day I was waiting for some of my friends in front of a fast food shop at Shugondha Residential Area in Chittagong. Suddenly I became terrified to witness something unusual -- a man carried two buckets of water to fill up the empty "filtered water jar”. At once I took a snap with my mobile phone. I did not understand how the shop owner allowed him to do so? I was thinking how we are being cheated by drinking so-called “filtered water.” When I was taking the snap the shop owner was laughing at me. He did not even bother about my photograph. The law enforcing agencies must take stern action against these fast food shops, hotels and restaurants which are providing unsafe drinking water and thus cheating the public.

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International

Defiant Gaddafi vows to defeat Nato

Hours after loud blasts shook Libya's capital Tripoli, Muammar Gaddafi vowed to defeat Nato as his forces launched a deadly rocket assault on rebel-held Misrata.

Obama ignored legal advice on Libya war

Barack Obama overruled the advice of administration lawyers in deciding the US could continue participating in the Libya conflict without congressional approval, The New York Times reported yesterday.

Japan pauses waste water operation

Tokyo Electric Power said yesterday it stopped treating highly radioactive waste water at a crippled Japanese nuclear plant just hours after the system came online because parts needed to be replaced.

Taliban kill nine in Kabul police station attack

Nine people were killed yesterday when three attackers armed with suicide vests and machine-guns stormed a police station in the heart of the Afghan capital Kabul, officials said.

Recognise Palestine

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas urged European Union nations on Friday to separately or collectively recognise the state of Palestine.

US drops Laden charges

The United States has formally dropped criminal charges against former al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who was killed in a US military raid in Pakistan last month.

US holding peace talks with Taliban

The United States is holding talks with the Taliban, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said yesterday, in what is thought to be the first official confirmation of such contacts.

Obama's next crisis: A teenage daughter

US President Barack Obama said Friday he's prepared for a potential crisis in the White House next month -- his oldest daughter becoming a teenager.

Clashes continue in Myanmar

Myanmar state media yesterday accused ethnic minority rebels of starting deadly fighting near the Chinese border as an official confirmed civilians were fleeing the clashes.

US, Vietnam call for restraint amid tension

The United States and Vietnam on Friday jointly called for freedom of navigation and rejected the use of force in the South China Sea, amid simmering tensions between Beijing and its neighbours.

US lawmaker slams France

A top US lawmaker on Friday blasted France for agreeing to sell two warships to Russia saying Paris had ignored "the clear danger" the deal would pose to US and regional security.

Venezuela prison riot kills 3

At least two members of the Venezuelan national guard and an inmate were dead Friday after security forces launched a massive operation to retake control of the El Rodeo prison, where 22 people have been killed in rioting.

Australian PM slides in polls

Australian leader Julia Gillard said she felt "very secure" and vowed to stay the course yesterday, after an unprecedented slump in the polls and a surge in support for axed prime minister Kevin Rudd.

China arrests 19 over riots

Authorities in China have arrested 19 people suspected of "provoking incidents" during three days of riots in the country's southern industrial heartland, state media said yesterday.

Search on to trace missing 400 in India

India's coast guard yesterday launched an operation to trace about 400 fishermen who went missing during monsoon storms in West Bengal, officials said.

S Korean troops mistakenly shoot at airliner

South Korean troops fired yesterday at a passenger jet after mistaking it for a North Korean aircraft.

Protest called against Moroccan king's reform proposals

Morocco's youth-based February 20 Movement called for nationwide protests yesterday against constitutional reforms proposed by King Mohammed VI.

Tajikistan charges BBC reporter with extremism

Tajikistan yesterday charged Urunbay Usmonov, 59, a correspondent for the BBC's Central Asia service, with membership of a banned Islamist group, after his arrest sparked global concern that he was being persecuted merely for opposing the regime.

Zambian ex-president dies

Former Zambia president Frederick Chiluba, 68, who ruled the country from 1991 to 2001, died at his home in the early hours of yesterday morning, his spokesman said.

Arts & Entertainment

A Life Extraordinary

Chhayanaut's two-day long celebration, marking the birth centenary of pioneering poet Sufia Kamal (June 20, 1911-November 20, 1999), featured music, reading and documentary screening at the Chhayanaut Auditorium in Dhaka on June 17 and 18.

National Theatre Festival 2011 ends

The fortnight-long National Theatre Festival 2011 ended on June 17 at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. On the concluding day, Dhaka Theatre premiered its production “Noshto Neer”, while Prangane Mor staged “Rakto Karobi”. Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation, in association with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, arranged the festival. The event featured 30 plays by as many troupes. Three Indian troupes staged their productions at the festival as well.

Printmaking workshop at Cosmos Centre

Cosmos-Atelier 71 has organised a nine-day woodblock printmaking workshop at the Cosmos Centre in Malibagh, Dhaka. The workshop opened on June 17 and will continue till June 25.

Celebrating Monsoon

The local Shilpakala Academy and district administration jointly organised a two-day long cultural programme at the tennis court in Manikganj to celebrate the advent of monsoon. The programme concluded on Thursday night.

Can Lady Gaga conquer India?

With her choreographed routines, colourful costumes and catchy tunes, she has many trademark Bollywood characteristics.

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Is IMF still pertinent?

More than sixty-five years back the world created an institution, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), intended among other things to help countries who needed financial loans to act against cyclical economic downturns.

UGC chairman with technology forte

After a long time, a UGC chairman with science background has been appointed. Congratulations to the new Chairman, Professor Dr. A.K. Azad Chowdhury, who is not only an academic scientist but was also vice-chancellor of Dhaka University. Moreover, he was associated with the department of his discipline in one of the big and well-reputed private universities in Dhaka. As such, he is well aware of the state of science education in public as well as private universities.

The wind beneath my wings

Today is Father's Day, an American National Holiday honouring fathers. The tradition dates back to 1909, when Sonora Smart Dodd of Washington State organised a special celebration to pay homage to her father, who raised her and her five siblings after her mother died at childbirth.

Subsidise food not energy

In "Development as Freedom" (1999), Nobel laureate Dr. Amartya Sen points out that famines are not simply caused by low food production; they happen when the poor lack the income to buy food at market prices.

Trafficking in Bangladesh

Women and children trafficking is a perennial problem, not only in Bangladesh but also in the world. Poverty, over-population, gender-based discrimination, lack of consciousness are some of the reasons behind women and children trafficking in Bangladesh.



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