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News of: Sunday, 21st of August, 2011

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Haunted forever

Seven years after the August 21 grenade attack on Awami League rally, survivor Abdul Matin, who has been partially paralysed, wants to meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and ask for a job.

Human-shield saved me

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said her government wants to end killing, terrorism and militancy in the country through bringing the masterminds and killers of grenade attacks of August 21 under trial.

Let justice be done

The explosions which swiftly put an end to the lives of 24 people at a rally of the Awami League in Dhaka seven years ago continues to haunt our collective public conscience.

Abul blames all but himself

Communications Minister Syed Abul Hossain yesterday blamed the Roads and Highways Department (RHD) for the miserable conditions of the highways across the country.

Coal power project with India goes slow

Bangladesh and India's move for a $1.5 billion joint venture coal-fired power plant in Khulna has somewhat slowed down due to various hitches, and a feasibility study has scaled up cost of civil construction at the project site due to poor soil condition.

Govt plans to cash in on Bimstech initiative

Bangladesh plans to import of another 500 megawatt of power from India under the Bimstec framework.

Govt targets 7 power plants

The government plans to set up seven power plants partly with hard-term loans from abroad to lessen pressure on the foreign exchange reserve.

Deaths that made no headlines

As the nation mourns the killing of acclaimed filmmaker Tareque Masud and media personality Mishuk Munier in August 13 road crash, three others who also lost their lives with them appear slipping into oblivion.

No driving licence without test, please

Lawmaker and noted TV artiste Tarana Halim will go on a hunger strike unto death if the government issues driving licence without any test.

Border gets in order

AT A GLANCE
*Total border 4156 km, 1,129 strip maps
* Disputes at 25 points
*Dhaka possesses 1,880.80acre at seven points
*India possesses 1,165.49acre at 18 points

Registration deadline now Aug 31

Malaysia yesterday again extended the deadline to Aug 31 for biometric registration of irregular expatriate workers to regularise them under an amnesty programme.

Humiliated, girl commits suicide

A teenaged girl killed herself on Friday, failing to stand the humiliation of being flogged at a village arbitration in Madaripur Sadar upazila.

Fake doctor caught for second time

A fake doctor was arrested yesterday at Mirpur in the capital and awarded two years' imprisonment by a mobile court.

Border haat under water

The recently inaugurated Baliamari-Kaliachar border haat has been struck by flash flood and erosion of the river Jhinjiram on Wednesday. All businesses there have been suspended.

One dies falling from scrap vessel

A worker died and another got injured after they fell from a ship at a ship-breaking yard in Sitakunda upazila yesterday.

Road accident leaves 21 dead in Kashmir

At least 21 people were killed and over a dozen more injured yesterday when an overcrowded minibus plunged into a gorge in Indian-administered Kashmir, police said.

Editorial

AL lawmakers' outburst

The impassioned manner in which ruling Awami League lawmakers have raised questions of public sufferings and grilled ministers in the Jatiyo Sangsad in recent days is certainly welcome and clearly a matter of relief for the nation. That they have finally begun to focus on such issues nearly three years into their term as parliamentarians is appreciable, though one is tempted to ask why they desisted from doing the same till now. The MPs' ire at the patent inability of the government to handle such issues as roads, power, prices of essentials, et cetera, is a clear sign of desperation on their part. In the face of mounting criticism of the government's failure to satisfy public expectations, the lawmakers have found it extremely difficult to face their constituents. They have acknowledged as much, which obviously reflects on the government and raises a number of questions regarding governance or the lack of it. The MPs' sentiments are also, sadly, an indication of the growing chasm between them and ministers content to mouth platitudes at every opportunity.

Another suicide attack in Pakistan

The latest suicide bomb attack in a mosque in Jamrud nearly 25 kilometers from Peshawar is the thirtieth of its kind since January 2011. And the figure of dead and injured is a grim reminder that extremism and violence in the name of religion is getting the better of the state machinery in Pakistan.

Sports

England sniff whitewash

Hapless India slumped to 103-5 at stumps in their first innings on the third day of the fourth Test at The Oval on Saturday after an Ian Bell double ton had fired England to 591-6 declared.

Tigers aim to end on a high

Since last Friday when the Tigers lost the first one-dayer in Harare, the constant line from the Tigers, casually or officially, was of a win making all the difference.

Aus win handsomely

Xavier Doherty and Brett Lee took four wickets apiece as Australia defeated Sri Lanka by five wickets in the fourth one-dayer on Saturday to gain an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the five-match series.

Nat'l booters to greet Argentina & Nigeria

Bangladesh national team will be receiving Argentina and Nigeria teams on their arrival in Dhaka for the international friendly to be played on September 6, said the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) on Saturday.

A family affair

When Kyle Jarvis stood in line to receive his Test cap, his family name made history in Zimbabwe cricket. He and his dad Malcolm became the first father and son to play Test cricket for the country.

Gambhir undergoes head scan

Opener Gautam Gambhir did not bat in his usual position as India began their reply to England's 591 for six declared in the fourth and final Test at The Oval on Saturday after suffering concussion.

Academy chase unlikely win

Despite Muminul's unbeaten 76, CSA Academy finished on top after the third day of the final four-day match against GP-BCB National Cricket Academy at Laudium, Pretoria yesterday.

'Belly's magnificent'

Kevin Pietersen praised Ian Bell after they both made big hundreds to leave England in control of the fourth and final Test against India at The Oval here on Friday.

Novak, Maria through

Novak Djokovic survived a scare before easing through to the semis, but Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer's US Open preparations hit a snag at the ATP Cincinnati Masters on Friday.

Waqar quits as coach

Pakistan cricket coach Waqar Younis resigned Saturday, citing personal reasons, in the latest setback to hit the troubled team that has been riven by in-fighting and corruption scandals.

Security upped for India

The Indian team's security has been increased by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) after the touring players expressed apprehension about their safety in the wake of the recent riots.

Trell takes Mike's spot

Trell Kimmons will replace Mike Rodgers in the 100m on the US team for the athletics World Championships after Rodgers accepted a provisional doping suspension, USA Track and Field said Friday.

More misery for Arsenal

Arsene Wenger's difficult start to the season continued when his 10-man Arsenal side lost 2-0 at home to Liverpool on Saturday thanks to an Aaron Ramsey own goal and a late strike from Luis Suarez.

Strike in La Liga goes on

Spain may be world beaters on the football pitch but this weekend's strike shutdown is a further indication of the financial malaise which is affecting its clubs.

FIFA punishes Syria

Syria's football federation announced on Friday that their national team have been banned from the 2014 World Cup qualifiers by FIFA for fielding an ineligible player.

Mata bound for Chelsea

Valencia winger Juan Mata will soon put pen to paper on a transfer to Chelsea, Spanish media claimed on Friday in a deal worth between 27 and 30 million euros.

Moenchengladbach go top

Borussia Moenchengladbach continued their storming start to the season with a Marco Reus double helping them to a 4-1 victory over Wolfsburg and top spot in the Bundesliga on Friday.

Gunners seal Campbell deal

Teenage Costa Rica striker Joel Campbell on Friday became Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger's fourth summer signing when he moved from Deportivo Saprissa, the Premier League club announced.

Socrates in intensive care

Former Brazil captain Socrates is in intensive care in hospital after suffering a stomach haemorrhage, Sao Paulo's Albert Einstein Hospital revealed on Friday night.

Business

Sugar prices rise as Eid nears

Sugar prices rebounded as demand for the sweetener rises ahead of the Eid festival, prompting state-run Trading Corporation of Bangladesh to resume its open market sales today.

Govt slows rice import as grain in steady supply

The government now takes a go-slow stance on rice import because of a favourable stock at home and good response from the millers to supply the grain, a food directorate official said yesterday.

Power plants push up oil import

The government will import 9.4 lakh tonnes of petroleum products at a cost of Tk 6,607 crore mainly to meet the rising demand from the diesel and furnace oil based power plants.

Bangladesh looks to Latin America for trade

Foreign Secretary Mijarul Quayes has recently made a rapid tour of Latin America and saw Bangladesh's immense business potential in countries like Brazil to Argentina and Panama to Mexico.

Obama to Congress: Work together to aid jobless

US President Barack Obama says members of Congress should put country before politics, set aside their differences and find ways to get people back to work.

Stocks slip deeper into the red

Stocks declined for a fourth week as investors experienced a dearth of credit due to high demand for cash ahead of the Eid festival.

Earnings from telecom up 29pc

The government has earned Tk 3,061 crore from the telecommunication sector last fiscal year -- a 29 percent rise from a year earlier.

Most Germans doubt Merkel can stop financial crisis

Two out of three Germans doubt Chancellor Angela Merkel can prevent the eurozone debt crisis turning into an outright economic and financial crisis, according to an opinion poll released Friday.

New chief for Peoples Insurance

Golam Faruk Ahmed has recently been elected chairman of Peoples Insurance Company Ltd, the company said in a statement yesterday.

Interbank lending tension is serious: ECB economist

The European Central Bank is taking signs of interbank lending market tension seriously but feels the situation is less dramatic than in 2008, chief economist Juergen Stark said in comments published on Friday.

Dollar slumps to new record low against yen at 75.95

The dollar tumbled on Friday to a record low against the yen as investors flocked to the safe-haven Japanese currency amid deepening concern over another possible global recession, traders said.

Canada spurns calls for spending hike

Canada's Finance Minister Jim Flaherty on Friday brushed off opposition calls for increased spending to bolster a shaky economy, vowing instead to "stay the course" and balance the budget.

The bonds that tie or untie

The pattern has grown tiresomely familiar. Bond markets shift sharply against weak euro-zone members. Leaders hold a crisis summit to save the euro with more forceful rescue measures. The initial euphoria lasts a few weeks, a few days or even just a few hours -- and the cycle begins once again. Can Europe's politicians ever break it?

Markets are a mess. So what? I'm rich

Financial advisers to the world's richest people report some of their top clients have continued to make money throughout recent market turmoil by harnessing sophisticated investments out of reach to mainstream punters.

Old Dhaka wholesalers not so cheery

It was around 11am Wednesday at the city's largest wholesale fabrics market in Islampur. Md Ruhul Amin, 55, was passing his time reading a newspaper in his store due to thin presence of customers.

Traders pin hopes on better zakat sales

Wholesale cloth traders in the city are eyeing a booming business ahead of the Eid expecting an increased sale of zakat (give away) clothes that solvent Muslims hand to the poor during the Eid festival.

HP surrenders as post-PC era beckons

The stunning announcement by Hewlett-Packard, the world's top personal computer maker, that it is taking steps to exit the business is the surest sign yet the post-PC era is here.

Spain acts to boost coffers, stimulate housing

Spain's government agreed Friday steps to boost state coffers by 4.9 billion euros ($7.0 billion) and aid the property sector in 2011, aiming to calm fears of a sovereign debt crisis.

Japan ready to act over yen's historic rise

Japan is ready to take action against a further surge in the yen, including market intervention, after the safe-haven Japanese currency hit a post-war record high, local media reported on Saturday.

Biden to witness economic boom in China's Sichuan

US Vice President Joe Biden comes face to face with China's economic boom Saturday after Chinese leaders expressed confidence in a flagging American economy dependent on credit from the Asian giant.

Global markets slide as economic gloom deepens

Global stock markets tumbled again on Friday, while gold surged to a new record amid fears that the United States and Europe were facing a new downturn with little chance of stopping the freefall.

India sets 9pc growth target despite global woes

India aims to accelerate economic growth to nine percent, despite deepening global financial worries and stubborn domestic inflationary pressures, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Saturday.

Asian markets slammed in global selloff

Asian stock markets on Friday caught a global selling fever after new warnings of world recession and as fears grew over the future of European banks with heavy exposure to sovereign debt.

Weekly Currency Roundup

Following is weekly commentary of August 14-18

Metropolitan

DMP dedicates traffic lane for Bashundhara

In a surprise move, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has allowed Bashundhara City, a shopping mall, to use a big portion of one lane of Panthapath road on the side of the mall up to Sonargaon Hotel intersection.

Tungipara house to be nation's property: PM

The extended building of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Memorial Museum was inaugurated yesterday.

PM for time-befitting job-oriented edn

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said her government is underscoring diversification in the education for time-befitting, job-oriented and science-based education for all.

250MW power import deal with India likely

Bangladesh and India are expected to sign a deal on importing 250 megawatts of electricity from India during Manmohan Singh's visit to Dhaka next month, an official said yesterday.

Lawmakers' interference makes UZs inactive

Upazila parishads across the country have been turned into inactive organisations due to unwarranted interference by lawmakers and bureaucrats, alleged upazila chairmen and vice-chairmen yesterday.

Probe body finds allegation true

The three-member probe committee found truth in the allegations against the eight suspended policemen of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police (RMP) about extorting Tk 1 lakh from a physician of the city.

Doe fines 2 factories in Gazipur

Department of Environment (DoE) pressed a hefty fine of Tk 4.54 crore on two textile factories established in the protected zones of Bhawal National Forest in Gazipur without any environmental clearance certificate.

Plot still on to kill PM

A conspiracy to assassinate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is still going on to destroy the country's democracy and leave Awami league (AL) leaderless, said ruling AL General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam at a discussion yesterday.

New machine to end vote rigging

A new machine to cast and count votes was presented in the city yesterday, claiming to end the debate over vote rigging and result manipulation.

Zia slowed country's economic growth

Military ruler Ziaur Rahman played the key role to slow the pace of economic progress of the country after the War of Liberation, said National Professor Kabir Chowdhury yesterday.

Bring back killers from abroad

President Zillur Rahman yesterday said utmost efforts would have to be made to bring back the convicted condemned killers of Bangabandhu who fled abroad to execute the court verdict.

Expand livestock vaccination to contain Anthrax: Experts

Experts have emphasised rapid expansion of the livestock vaccination coverage across the country to contain Anthrax, one of the emerging infectious diseases in Bangladesh.

Road crashes kill 3

Three people, including an elderly woman, were killed and another was injured in separate road accidents in Dinajpur, Narail and Natore yesterday.

Resign for failure

BNP Acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday demanded resignation of the prime minister and her government for failing to run the country.

Elderly man dies after hit by train

An elderly man died after he was hit by a train at Malibagh, while at least five people were injured when a bus and a covered van collided head-on in Motijheel, in the capital yesterday.

Bir Shrestho Matiur's 40th death anniversary observed

Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) observed the 40th death anniversary of Shaheed Flight Lieutenant M Matiur Rahman Bir Shrestho with due solemnity yesterday, says an ISPR release.

Two disguised as beggars loot gold ornaments

A woman and a youth, impersonating beggars, looted gold ornaments from a house of a businessman in the city's Sutrapur yesterday after making his daughter and a housemaid unconscious using drug.

22 DU students receive Sitara Parvin award

Twenty-two students of the Mass Communication and Journalism Department of Dhaka University yesterday received Prof Sitara Parvin Memorial Award for their academic excellence in BSS (Hons) examination.

Shop owners fined

The National Consumer Rights Protection Directorate yesterday realised Tk 55,000 in fine for selling goods without highest retail prices mentioned on packets.

'Withdraw case against RU students'

Teachers and students of Rajshahi University yesterday called upon the government and the authorities concerned to withdraw the case filed against 13 students of the university over the 2007 campus violence.

9 shops fined in Savar

A mobile court in a drive realised Tk 92,000 in fine from nine shops for various irregularities in Savar bus stand area on Friday.

One drowns in Shitalakkhya

One of the panicked passengers of a trawler drowned in the river Shitalakkhya and five others were injured as the trawler collided with a sand-laden bulkhead last night.

Mob beats robber to death

Angry mob beat a robber dead at Shahjadpur upazila in Sirajganj Friday night.

Remove unfit ministers: Inu

Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) President Hasanul Haque Inu yesterday urged Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to remove “unfit and failed ministers from her blessing”.

Land acquisition move protested

The people of Hemayetpur stopped the motorcade of State Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Quamrul Islam on Friday in protest against a move to acquire their lands by the government.

Domestic help kills herself

A female domestic help allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself with the shower using a scarf in her employer's house in West Nakhalpara in the city's Tejgaon yesterday.

Obituary

Monaeb Azad Khan, a retired officer of Bangladesh Air Force and brother of journalist Farook Nawaz Khan Sumon, passed away at Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in the city on Friday night due to cardiac arrest at the age of 58.

Qulkhwani

Qulkhwani of Monir-uddin Ahmed, a former principal of Bangladesh Cooperative College and retired joint register of Cooperatives Directorate, will be held at Narayanpur in Chandpur after Asr prayers today.

National

Heavy rain destroys aman seedbeds on 7000 acres in Patuakhali

Heavy rain from early to mid-August destroyed aman seedbeds on7000 acres of land in seven upazilas under Patuakhali district while the rain-fed Padma has continued devouring areas in Ishwardi upazila of Pabna district.

Piles of problems fail to awake city fathers

Over five lakh residents of Bogra town are suffering from various problems including traffic jam, occupation of footpaths and roads by hawkers and clogged sewerage, exposing the municipality authorities' utter failure to ensure civic amenities for the town dwellers.

Bail prayer of main accused rejected

Kepru Marma, prime accused in Thuipru Marma murder case, was sent to jail yesterday. He was produced in the Chief Judicial Magistrate's Court that sent him to jail, rejecting the bail prayer.

Two killed in Natore, Moulvibazar clashes

At least two people were killed and around 60 people injured in three separate clashes in three districts on Friday and Saturday.

Coast guards withdrawn

Ten coast guards of Padma camp were withdrawn yesterday following a clash between fishermen and coast guard members in Patharghata upazila of Barguna district on Friday.

Rangpur inter-city train service resumes today

Intercity train service on Dhaka-Rangpur-Dhaka route will resume today.

Police neglect to duty and sad death of a schoolboy

Three cops of Lalpur police station and an Ansar were closed to Natore police lines yesterday on charge of negligence of duty.

3 Indians returned to BSF

Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) handed over three Indian nationals to Indian Border Security Force (BSF) in Monoharpur frontier area of Shibganj upazila yesterday afternoon. BGB members of Monoharpur border observation post (BOP) arrested Indian nationals Khudu Sheikh, 35, Nasir Uddin, 45, and Lal Chand, 18, for trespassing along with 26 bullocks on Friday at around 3:00pm. Lt Col Abu Bakar Abu, Commanding Officer of 39 BGB battalion said, three boys were grazing bullocks near the river Padma. When the bullocks went beyond their control and jumped into the river water, they were carried away into Bangladesh territory.

No activities at Akhaura port

Export and import activities between Bangladesh and India through the Akhaura land port came to a halt yesterday morning as the workers at Agartala land port in India enforced an indefinite strike. According to Akhaura land port sources, the labour association of the port called an indefinite strike there demanding repair of damaged roads and adequate storage facilities for the imported good. Sources said huge goods are exported to Agartola, capital of Tripura state, through the land port from Bangladesh every day. The port will incur a huge loss if the strike continues for days, officials said.

Fish farmer murdered

Criminals hacked a fish farmer to death as he protested illegal fishing in his project in Begumganj upazila yesterday. Police detained Bashar, Sumon, Babul and Rahman for their suspected involvement with the killing of Masud Alam, 33, of Rampura village in Alaiyarpur union of the upazila. After primary interrogation Babul and Rahman were released. When a gang was fishing at the Masud's project around 3:30am, he resisted them, said Amirul Alam, the officer-in-charge of Begumganj police station. At this, the criminals indiscriminately chopped the fish farmer, leaving him dead on the spot, the OC added.

School kid drowns

A 10-year-old boy drowned in a river at Parla village in Sadar upazila on Friday. The deceased was identified as Shamim Ahmed, a class IV student of a local BRAC school and son of Enamul Haque Biswas of the village. Family sources said, Shamim along with his friends went to Noboganga River for a dip in the morning and at one stage went missing. Later, local farmers found his body floating in the river in the afternoon and informed his family members who recovered the body.

Wife hacked to death

A woman was hacked to death allegedly by husband over family feud at Phulchhari Lane at Kapai Tea Garden at Paikpara union in Chunarughat upazila early yesterday. The victim was identified as Shreemati Santal, 20, wife of Bir Singh Santal, a worker at the tea garden. Police said Bir Singh picked up a quarrel with Shreemati over a trifling issue and at one stage chopped her indiscriminately with a billhook, leaving her dead on the spot at 2:30am. Bir Singh went into hiding immediately after the killing.

Arms recovered

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered firearms and ammunition during a drive at Khordo Bakhail village in Sadar upazila yesterday. Acting on a tip-off that a group of criminals were holding a secret meeting on a field in the village, a team from Rab-12, Kushtia camp raided the spot at about 8.30am. “Sensing the presence of law enforcers, the criminals fled the scene leaving their firearms,” said an official of Rab-12. Later Rab recovered two LG and 24 bullets and handed them over to Kushtia Sadar police.

CORRECTION

The Daily Star report titled "Tortured, she cries for justice" published on Page 9 on August 19 inadvertently mentioned KN Shahana as the executive director of Human Rights and Research Development Society. Actually, the name of the organisation is Human Rights and Resources Development Society. We regret the mistake.

Letters

Report on their performance

When I lived in Haluaghat, I went by bus, every week, along that beautifully built road to Mymensingh to see friends and use their email facilities. It had double yellow lines on certain 'blind' corners which were the first I had seen here!

London riots

London and other English cities are in turmoil. With the current coalition government where no one has a definite say, riots were at the top of things to happen. The main cause for these riots, which were caused mainly by the young underclass of English society, is that there are talks of rights but lack of responsibility. The current Conservative government seems as if it doesn't want UK youth to be educated anymore. Is £9,000 an appropriate amount for a year's worth of university education? Or, what about the budget cuts that benefits the upper class of society but destroy the underclass? Cameron's 'Big Society' in which everyone helps everyone is certainly at an all-time low. Some people need to control their children whereas a certain person needs to take control of the country.

Passenger's role in reducing accident

We know many factors are responsible for road accidents. Unskilled and whimsical driving, transport's unfitness and bad road conditions etc. might be the most prominent factors. However, as these problems solving agencies are beyond passenger's reach instantly but they are the most victim group of accidents, so they, the passengers onboard, should come forward for playing an important role in this regard.

Food adulteration goes unabated

As per recent reports 70-90% food items of our country are adulterated. It is sad news for the whole nation. Probably we will not find any country in the world like ours. Adulteration has been happening for many years but of late it has crossed the limit, posing serious health hazards to the people. It has the worst impact on our children's mental and physical growth and women's fertility. Food adulteration causes cancer and damages vital human organs like liver, kidney and heart. It is the result of greed of a handful of dishonest businessmen. They must be dealt with rigorous punishment; otherwise, the health of the whole nation will be jeopardized soon.

Fading glory of govt. colleges

Government colleges have not been on the list of best colleges for the last few years. It is because they are plagued with multifarious problems such as lack of teachers, dirty politics, absence of easy new subjects like computer and Islamic studies, poor monitoring and corruption. There are many government colleges where only one teacher is to run the whole department single-handedly juggling between office works and giving a few classes that is humanly possible out of several classes everyday. Naturally most often students get no classes as a result they recourse to private tutors and coaching centers. So government college classes remain almost empty that too often get disturbed or closed by wrangling and violence between rival groups and college administration itself. This sorry state is there for long. The repeated application for creating new posts and opening new subjects often gets no nod from the concerned ministries. On the other hand, college administrations get discouraged to do development works in the colleges because of racketeering by the student leaders backed up by the local MPs. Only political commitment and proper monitoring and attracting good ones to teaching professions can turn the sorry state of the government colleges around.

Let Catherine carry on

The unnatural death of the two prodigies, one prominent filmmaker Tareque Masud and another eminent media personality Mishuk Munier, is an irreparable loss for our film industry and electronic media. This happened due to lack of responsibility of the drivers and poor state of the roads. Tareque Masud's films Muktir Gaan (1995) and Matir Moina (2002) have achieved international awards and also represented us to the whole world. All of us had expected that he would be more renowned for his next film Kagojer Ful (The Paper Flower) but our dream is shattered with the dreadful road accident. I hope that Catherine Masud would complete the remaining work of the film Kagojer Ful to fulfill the dream of Tareque Masud.

Historical facts

I have been reading some of Prof. Muntasir Mamun's articles and I find them hilariously funny and to the point. His article (Colonel Shaheb gets angry) about Oli Ahmed's distortion of our liberation history and its dissection was not only great but it was also necessary.

Ramadan and restraint!

The most attractive Iftar offer for the last few years has been Pizza Hut's Ramadan Feast “Eat as much as you can” for pizzas and soft drinks at a definite price. A very good business idea indeed we jump at it at every chance that comes our way. Pizza Hut buzzes with customers, almost to a bursting point at Iftar .

Life is priceless

Road accidents have become perpetual lead news in Bangladesh. Every day we get the horrific news of road mishaps in the print and electronic media. Many valuable lives are lost in these road accidents. Actually, the highways have become death traps in our country and road accidents are occurring frequently on these highways. Reckless driving, overtaking, overloading, defective vehicles and dilapidated roads are mainly responsible for road accidents. We all should raise our voice to curb these accidents. The government should take pragmatic and effective measures to check road accidents. Traffic police as well as highway police can play a pivotal role here. The commuters should be more aware in this regard. They should not travel on the roof of the vehicles and incite the drivers to overtake other vehicles on the highways. Those who own private cars should be strict with their drivers. We all should keep in mind that life is more valuable than time.

The underage drivers

It seems that the country especially Dhaka is having the most under aged drivers who do not have license but they are driving tempos and human haulers. Other than this they also drive mini buses and pickups when need arises. This is not only in Dhaka but also in other districts. They are doing it by managing the traffic police and the sergeants. As a result the road accidents are increasing tremendously in the city. We the concerned citizen of the country ask the police department to check these and take stern measures against all these drivers. It is also alleged that these drivers who did not even cross the age of 15 confidently tell that age does not count in this profession. It is the money that matters and we have given some money and got fake license. They say that the owner gives them permission to drive the mini buses if the driver does not show up. We vehemently ask the police to check this practice and stop these teenagers to drive these vehicles which is dangerous for the people who travel by these buses.

Readers Respond

Here are some comments that came in response to Saturday's The Daily Star report headlined “Highest fees for road, lowest for waterways”

International

12 militants, army officer killed in Kashmir clash

An Indian army lieutenant and a dozen suspected militants were killed in a clash along the de facto border that splits Kashmir between India and Pakistan, the army said.

Egypt tells Israel to stop Gaza attacks

Egypt called on Israel yesterday to immediately halt punitive strikes on the Palestinian Gaza Strip after militants carried out deadly attacks in Israel.

Indian PM open to 'give and take' over Lokpal bill

Striking a conciliatory note, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday said there was a "lot of scope for give and take” on a proposed anti-corruption law and the government was open to discussion on the issue.

Govt seeks public opinion on Lokpal

As Anna Hazare continued his protest fast, a parliamentary standing committee yesterday invited public suggestions on the Lokpal Bill. Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal dismissed it as an attention diverting tactic.

'Paschimbanga' invokes mixed response in Kolkata

The West Bengal government's decision on Friday to rechristen the state as 'Paschimbanga' has evoked a mixed response among the city intellectuals with a majority of them questioning the use of 'Paschim' (or West) in the name.

65 killed in Karachi in three days

Ethnic and criminal violence blamed on gangs has killed 65 people in Pakistan's financial capital of Karachi, with police the latest victims shot dead in a brazen ambush, officials said yesterday.

Security forces kill 34 protesters in Syria

Tanks rumbled into the central city of Homs at dawn yesterday, a day after security forces killed at least 34 anti-regime protesters across Syria, adding urgency to a UN mission expected this weekend.

Israel apologizes to Egypt for killing troops

Israel apologized to Egypt yesterdayesterda for the deaths of three Egyptian soldiers during a cross-border clash with Palestinian militants, hours after Cairo threatened to withdraw its ambassador.

Israel violated peace treaty

A monitoring force stationed in the Sinai in keeping with the 1979 peace treaty between Egypt and Israel said Israel violated it when its troops entered Egyptian territory and fired on security personnel, state news agency MENA reported yesterday.

Qaeda announces 100 attacks campaign

Al-Qaeda's front group in Iraq said it has launched a campaign of 100 attacks across the country since the middle of August, in a statement seen Saturday by AFP.

Rebels claim Zawiya, Zlitan cities

Libyan rebels fighting to overthrow Col Muammar Gaddafi are claiming to have captured two strategic coastal cities as they close in on Tripoli.

Hacker ordered to reveal who instructed him

The News of the World investigator at the heart of Britain's phone hacking scandal has been ordered by a court to reveal who instructed him to illegally access voicemails, lawyers said.

Iran sentences US hikers to 8 years in jail

Iran has sentenced two American hikers detained in the Islamic republic to eight years in prison on charges of "illegal entry" and "espionage," the state television website reported Saturday.

CPI(M) leader passes away

Veteran trade unionist and CPI(M) Politburo member Madhukar Kashinath Pandhe died of cardiac arrest at a hospital here yesterday.

Death toll hits 51

The death toll from a suicide bomb at a crowded mosque in north-western Pakistan, the country's deadliest attack for three months, rose to 51, officials said yesterday.

Afghanistan bus accident kills 35

At least 35 people have been killed and several more injured in a bus crash in southern Afghanistan.

Egypt to recall envoy to Israel

Egypt decided early yesteday to recall its ambassador from Israel to protest the deaths of policemen killed on the border, in the first diplomatic spat between the two nations since the fall of the Mubarak regime.

Arab League to meet today

The Arab League will hold emergency talks today to discuss the situation in the Gaza Strip after a series of Israeli air strikes on the enclave, the deputy leader of the group said.

No deal yet on US troops staying: Iraq

The United States and Iraq have not agreed to a post-2011 American military training mission, Iraqi officials said Friday, after the US defence chief said Baghdad had given the okay.

Man arrested over Winson Green deaths

West Midlands Police are continuing to question a 33-year-old man arrested over the deaths of three men in Winson Green during recent rioting.

'No proof Mubarak has cancer'

There is no proof that Hosni Mubarak has cancer, the Al-Ahram daily said yesterday, contradicting lawyers of the ousted Egyptian president who is on trial on charges of corruption and murder of hundreds of demonstrators.

North Korean leader in Russia visit

North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Il arrived in Russia yesterday for his first visit in nearly a decade, reaching out to the giant neighbour as Pyongyang battles isolation and hunger.

Arts & Entertainment

Anup Bhattacharya: Many-in-One

Instantly recognised as an exceptional Tagore singer, Anup Bhattacharya expanded his musical talent to emerge as an extraordinary composer of modern and Baul songs, with many pieces sung by the composer himself. Those who are exposed to Anup's tonality in Nazrul songs will readily recognise him with the popular phrase 'many-in-one'.

Selim Al Deen birth anniversary celebration

On the second and final day (August 19) of the 62nd Selim Al Deen birth anniversary celebrations, three plays were staged at three different venues of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Dhaka Theatre in association with Swapnadal, Bangladesh Gram Theatre, Desh Bangla Theatre and Shilpakala Academy arranged the two-day festival.

"Simply Kona" launched at Café 33

Popular singer Kona's third solo album "Simply Kona" was launched on August 18 at Café 33, New Baily Road, in the capital. Popular singer-composers Habib Waheed, Bappa Mazumder, Fuad Al Muktadir, Arfin Rumi, actress Rumana and others joined hands with Kona to unveil the album at the programme.

Into the untold land

Hosted and directed by eminent media personality Shaikh Siraj, farmers' game show "Krishoker Eid Ananda" will be aired on the third day of Eid-ul-Fitr at 4:30pm on Channel i. This year the shooting for the show was held at Khanurbari village of Gobindasi union under Bhuapur upazila of Tangail district. A day before Eid-ul-Fitr, viewers will get a behind the scenes glimpse of “Krishoker EidAnondo” at 11:30 PM onChannel i.

“I am Kalam”

Acclaimed film “I am Kalam” recently played to full houses. Despite the seriousness of its themethe need for eradication of child labour and the importance of education for every childthe feature film has delighted hundreds of school children across India.

The New York connection

Chandra Roy, daughter of renowned folk singer Rathindranath Roy, will release her first solo album in Bangladesh during the approaching Eid-ul-Fitr. She had covered and recorded several hits of Sabina Yasmin and Runa Laila earlier, and released a compilation from New York, USA, where she lives and performs on stage regularly.

Richard Gere sells off guitar collection

A 110-strong guitar collection owned by Richard Gere will be auctioned in New York in October, Christie's has said.

OP-ED

Another global recession?

Last week, murmurs were heard in high places around the world that the global economy would face another recession. Experts opine that there is a 15% chance of a new recession. This is double the chance they believe existed at the beginning of 2011.

Engineering food for all

Food prices are at record highs and the ranks of the hungry are swelling once again. A warming climate is beginning to nibble at crop yields worldwide. The United Nations predicts that there will be 1 billion to 3 billion more people to feed by midcentury.

Private tutoring

In a meeting with the heads of the secondary schools and colleges in Dhaka city, the education minister pointed out some drawbacks of private tutoring business. A demand to stop coaching centres was raised in the meet. Such a demand is not new. Private tutoring is a popular topic in any discussion on education. Starting from pre-independence period, education commissions have been raising the issue as a bad side of education system. They suggested stopping of the practice. A circular of the education ministry also asked the teachers not be involved in such activities. But the reality is that no attempt has been taken to date to stop private tutoring, which is increasing in various forms at all levels of education.

Social business

The second annual Social Business Day was observed on June 28 in Dhaka. Having been invited by Dr. Muhammad Yunus I attended that celebration. The theme for this year's event was "Achieving the Millennium Development Goals through Social Business." More than 500 participants from 15 countries took part.

Forgotten heroes…forgotten promises?

It was a rainy Monday evening -- the monsoon showers poured heavily on Dhaka city, flooding the streets within hours. It was the day that my friend Minu and I had planned to watch the movie Guerilla in the Bashundhara Multiplex cinema. I yearned to watch it on the big screen since there is something special about watching a movie in a theater, where the process is more interactive, given the participatory reaction of the audience. However, I have to confess that, secretly, I was put off by the weather and was on the verge of cancelling the programme.



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