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News of: Monday, 29th of August, 2011

Front Page

Rail, waterways first priority for transit

Prime Minister's Adviser for International Affairs Gowher Rizvi has said while connectivity protocols between Bangladesh and India cover air, rail, water and roads, the use of roads will have to wait until the infrastructure is upgraded to handle the enhanced traffic.

From cold time to sunshine?

Indian Premier Manmohan Singh's September 6 visit may well offer the best chance for the two nations to finally come out of a cold era to sunshine and a lot will depend on how he holds out to the bold steps Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina took during her visit to Delhi last year to mend relationship.

SC Bar chief, attorney gen at loggerheads

Supreme Court Bar Association President Khandker Mahbub Hossain and Attorney General Mahbubey Alam are at row centring the death of pro-BNP lawyer MU Ahmed.

Essentials prices up ahead of Eid

Prices of essentials continue their upward trend amid heavy demand ahead of Eid.

Less crowd at bus terminals

In total contrast with the past years, bus terminals in the capital looked deserted yesterday, just days before the Eid-ul-Fitr.

No injury marks found on body

The primary postmortem report has found no injury mark on the body of pro-BNP lawyer MU Ahmed, who died in Square Hospital on Friday after suffering a massive heart attack in police custody.

Requisites for transit

Bangladesh is trying to utilise its unique geographical location to be the hub of regional and sub-regional transport and energy connectivity to speed up its economic growth performance.

Housewife stabbed by husband

A husband stabbed his wife following a row over money at the city's Mohammadpur on Saturday night, police and family members said.

Shiv Shankar Menon arrives in Dhaka

Indian National Security Adviser Shiv Shankar Menon had a “comprehensive” discussion yesterday with top Bangladesh officials about the agenda of Indian prime minister's meeting with his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina on September 6.

Embassy official rules out need for evacuation

Considering that the situation in Libya would soon stabilise, the Bangladeshis in the north-African country are opting to stay put with a hope of better jobs there.

Gaddafi offers talks on power transfer

Fugitive Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has agreed to begin talks to transfer power to rebels, his spokesman said yesterday.

UN hearing starts Sept 8

A public hearing on the dispute concerning delimitation of maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Myanmar in the Bay of Bengal will begin on September 8 at a UN tribunal in Hamburg, Germany.

JS premises rented out for business

The Speaker's office has let out the pavement on the premises of Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban, the national assembly building, for shops in an attempt to generate revenue.

Hazare breaks fast

Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare yesterday broke his hunger strike with a call to change India's electoral system by incorporating the right to recall lawmakers and reject candidates after parliament agreed to endorse his key demands.

Hurricane batters New York

Tropical storm Irene lashed New York yesterday, shutting down America's largest city but sparing it serious damage after killing 14 people on the US east coast and flooding many parts of the region, reports AFP.

Boy killed, body dumped in septic tank

Villagers clashed with police in the district's Shahjahanpur upazila yesterday for the law enforcers' delayed response to their call for help to recover the body of a five-year-old boy killed.

Five police killed in rebel ambush in Colombia

Five police officers were killed in rural northern Colombia on Saturday when suspected leftist rebels detonated an explosive device as their patrol passed by, local authorities said.

Editorial

Eid rush for home

With Eid-ul-Fitr fast approaching, we are witnessing a rush on the part of large masses of people for their homes in various parts of the country. In fact, the rush commenced days ago, with families streaming out to their villages by train, launches, buses and all other available means of transport. The usual sight of trains being packed to capacity and beyond on such occasions, with hundreds of people precariously riding on the roof, has been there again. A similar picture is to be seen with buses and river vessels. The idea of going home is one that has generally outweighed thoughts of safety.

Humanitarian crisis in Libya

The situation in Libya is becoming uncertain by the day, and degenerating into a grave humanitarian crisis with due to shortage of essential supplies like food, water and electricity, particularly in the Tripoli. Arrangements must be made urgently to ensure safety of the civilians caught between rebels and government fighters' crossfire in Tripoli and elsewhere where the rebels and loyalists are facing one another. The indiscriminate killings will have to be stopped, the question is by whom and how?

Sports

Blunder-Bolt

Usain Bolt was sensationally disqualified from the world 100m final on Sunday after a catastrophic false start, allowing fellow Jamaican Yohan Blake in to claim gold.

Fans still wait on practice venue

Many spectators who do not have the ability to buy the high-priced tickets to the Argentina-Nigeria international friendly were pinning their hopes of catching a glimpse of Lionel Messi during Argentina's open practice session. But their hopes are getting slimmer by the day as the uncertainty looms large over the venue of the practice session.

Pistorius on course

Double amputee Oscar Pistorius Sunday reached the World Championships 400m semifinals as defending champion LaShawn Merritt also qualified -- a month after returning from a drugs ban.

MU annihilate Arsenal

Manchester United swept to a magnificent 8-2 victory over 10-man Arsenal as the champions produced the perfect response after Manchester City had underlined their title credentials with a 5-1 rout of Tottenham earlier on Sunday.

Johnson bids to rebuild career

Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson has cut down on alcohol in his continuing effort to rebuild his career which was thrown off-track by a disappointing Ashes series earlier this year.

Murray's best chance?

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer face a worrying power shortage, but Andy Murray doesn't expect injury and faltering form to dim tennis's brightest lights at the US Open which starts on Monday.

Serena, Maria favourites

Serena Williams returns to the scene of her first Grand Slam triumph seeking to seal her comeback from a frightening year by lifting a fourth US Open trophy.

Salem Open Isner's

French qualifier Julien Benneteau broke down in bitter tears after losing to hometown hero John Isner 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in Saturday's final of the ATP Winston-Salem Open.

Wozniacki's fourth in a row

World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki won her fourth consecutive title at the WTA New Haven Open on Saturday, downing Czech Petra Cetkovska 6-4, 6-1 and running her event win streak to 17 matches.

Silver, bronze in long-distance swim

The Bangladesh team won a gold and a silver in the international long-distance swimming competition held on the Bhagirathee river in Murshidabad, West Bengal, said a press release from the Bangladesh Swimming Federation yesterday. In the 81 kilometer event, Munmun Ahmed of Navy won silver while the other Bangladeshi swimmer, Neamul Haque failed to finish the swim. In the 19 kilometre event, Polash Chowdhuryof BKSP won silver while Rubel Rana of Army finished fourth.

Vettel wins Belgium GP

Sebastian Vettel extended his lead in this year's Formula One drivers' World Championship on Sunday when he drove to a well-judged and, at times, fortunate victory in the Belgian Grand Prix.

A Dzeko demolition

Edin Dzeko scored four times as Manchester City demolished Tottenham 5-1 at White Hart Lane on Sunday to underline their credentials as serious challengers for the Premier League title.

Atletico draw a blank

A new-look Atletico Madrid hit the post twice but failed to find the back of the net in a disappointing 0-0 draw at home to Osasuna on Sunday.

What doesn't kill Jose, makes him stronger

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho, under fire over an eye-poking incident during a game against Barcelona, believes he should have lived 100 years ago at a time when people were less hypocritical.

Gomez on fire

A hattrick from Germany striker Mario Gomez gave Bayern Munich a 3-0 victory at Kaiserslautern on Saturday that sent them top of the Bundesliga for the first time this season.

Drogba gets a concussion

Chelsea are hopeful Didier Drogba's head injury will be confirmed as nothing more serious than concussion after the Ivory Coast striker was taken to hospital during his side's 3-1 win over Norwich.

Lugano off to PSG

Uruguay captain Diego Lugano has left Fenerbahce to join French side Paris St Germain, the Turkish club announced on its website on Saturday.

Holding fears for Tests

West Indies pace legend Michael Holding fears that Test cricket will become "insignificant" in the next few years as its quality is "sinking" due to the increasing number of matches.

Business

An opportunity, don’t mess it up

It is now largely accepted that Bangladesh should utilise its unique geographical location to be the lynchpin of (sub)regional transport and energy connectivity so as to accelerate its economic growth performance. The recent global economic crises have once again alerted us to the need to access regional demand to counteract recession in the developed economies. Thankfully, the present government through a bold political initiative has unleashed a new frontier of economic cooperation among Bangladesh, India and other regional countries. However, the current challenge is to give shape to this development opportunity on the ground, remaining mindful of our core national interests.

India to pay no tax, but charges for cargo traffic

India is not willing to pay taxes to Bangladesh for goods' movement from one part of India to another or to a third country through Bangladesh linking the Chittagong and Mongla seaports.

Opposition demands consensus

Bangladesh is going to lose its biggest bargaining tool with India by providing transit facilities cheaply, said opposition leaders and people critical about allowing transit facilities to India.

Tk 50,000cr estimated for infrastructure

Bangladesh will require about Tk 50,000 crore over the next ten years to build infrastructure for transit to India, Nepal and Bhutan through its territory, a subcommittee formed by the government said in a study.

Transit promises bright business

Transit to India will prove profitable for Bangladesh but the service cannot be started in the next two years for a lack of necessary infrastructure on roads, water and rail routes, said Dr Mohammad Yunus, an expert on transit.

Committee suggests monitoring by agency

A national transit agency (NTA) can be formed under a new law to monitor transit operations and work as a coordination cell for all agencies involved in the process, a government sub-committee recommended.

No to customs duties

A subcommittee suggested the government put in place administrative and service charges to allow transit, but not customs duties, in line with the World Trade Organisation rules.

Bangladesh must aim for long-term benefits

Bangladesh should look for long-term benefits in providing transit to India, Nepal and Bhutan, instead of focusing on short-term gains for ensuring sustainable economic development of the country, a government panel said in a report.

Analysts back single fee to cover all traffic costs

Bangladesh should charge a single transit fee calculating all costs associated with transit traffic at border customs stations, a subcommittee formed by the government said in a report.

Some RMG factories yet to pay workers for Eid

Some garment factories in the country have not yet disbursed salaries and bonus to their workers for the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr, said sector leaders yesterday.

"Act now" to save global recovery: IMF chief

The new head of the IMF on Saturday called on global policymakers to pursue urgent action, including forcing European banks to bulk up their capital, to prevent a descent into a renewed world recession.

Buffett trades off his reputation, returns follow

Warren Buffett showed again that his name and money is enough to give a struggling company instant credibility in the market. But the legendary investor also demonstrated his canny command of that reputation means that such deals can immediately generate profits.

Greece's Eurobank, Alpha Bank in merger deal

Greece's second and third largest banks, Eurobank and Alpha Bank, are set to announce on Monday a merger deal to better cope with a severe sovereign debt crisis and recession, banking sources said on Saturday.

Obama, Merkel agree on need to spur growth

US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed Saturday on the need for "concerted action" to spur global growth, the White House said after the leaders spoke by telephone.

Apple's supporting cast steps into the limelight

As Steve Jobs leaves the stage at Apple Inc, four of his top understudies are coming into the limelight.

Metropolitan

3 survivors fight on

Three surviving schoolboys of the Mirsarai tragedy are still wrestling with the odds at Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH).

Call to join sit-in on Eid day

Eminent writer and columnist Syed Abul Maksud urged people from all walks of life to attend a sit-in at Central Shaheed Minar in the city on Eid day protesting the government's failure to maintain a safe communications system in the country.

ACC to start probe into Khaleda's case after Eid

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is going to start their investigation into a graft case against former prime minister Khaleda Zia and three others after the Eid.

'Include vote for Sundarbans in itinerary'

Bangladesh Wonders Promotion Foundation yesterday urged the prime ministers of both Bangladesh and India to jointly vote for the Sundarbans to help it win in the new Seven Wonders of the World.

One held on charge of violating girl

Police arrested one person on allegation of violating a three-and-a-half year-old girl at Mohammadpur in the city on Saturday night.

Land dispute to be settled as per 1974 deal: Minister

Land Minister Md Rezaul Karim Hira yesterday said border demarcation and disputes over adversely possessed lands between Bangladesh and India will be settled as per the 1974 deal signed between the two neghbouring countries.

South Asian Social Forum begins in city Nov 18

The South Asian Social Forum 2011, an international platform to address different contemporary issues for a peaceful South Asia, will begin in Dhaka on November 18.

Elderly man killed by wild elephants

An elderly man was trampled to death on the spot and his granddaughter suffered minor injury after wild elephants attacked them on their way home to village Headmen para in Ghilachhari union under Rajasthali upazila yesterday.

Initiative to cut newborn mortality

More than 25,000 people specially the youth in the city put their thumbprints in last one week to support the government's commitment for producing 3,000 new midwives to reduce mortality rate of newborn children.

Road crashes kill 7, injure 20

Seven people were killed and 20 others injured in separate road accidents in Pabna, Rajbari, Chittagong, Tangail, Munshiganj and Bagerhat yesterday.

Two shot in Chittagong

Two people, including a former union parishad chairman, were shot early yesterday during an altercation between two rival groups at Boalkhali upazila in Chittagong.

Worker hurt in rooftop fall

A construction worker was injured as he slipped stairs and fell down from rooftop of an under construction one-storey tin-shed building while he was getting down along with his co-worker after finishing their work at Maniknagar Pukurpar in the city yesterday.

2190 fowls, 30,000 eggs culled

Around 2190 fowls and 30,000 eggs infected with avian influenza commonly known as bird flu were culled at the Rafid Poultry and Hatchery in Chuadanga on Saturday and yesterday.

PM to exchange Eid greetings

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will exchange Eid greetings with the common people on Eid day at her official residence Gono Bhaban.

3 held with yaba tablets

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in a drive arrested three people along with 1,400 pieces of yaba tablet from Daimond Restaurant in New Market area in the city on Saturday night.

Youth found dead in city

Police recovered the hanging body of a youth from his residence at Uludha of Turag in the city on Saturday night.

Main Eid jamaat at Nat'l Eidgah

Preparations have been made to hold Holy Eid-l-Fitr jamaats (congregation) in the city on Eid day.

Obituary

Khaybar Ali, a language movement veteran and organiser of the War of Liberation, passed away at his residence in Joypurhat on Saturday night due to old age complications at the age of 80.

Obituary

Kamal Ahmed, son of late Mahi Uddin Ahmed of Sylhet, passed away due to a cardiac arrest at United Hospital Limited in the city at 11:50pm yesterday at the age of 69.

Death anniversary

Today is the fifth death anniversary of Kazi Jahan Ara Begum, wife of late Kazi Zahirul Haque, an advocate of National Awami Party, says a press release.

Rashel Bhuiyan

Today is the 11th death anniversary of Rashel Bhuiyan, founder of Murapara Pilot High School and Shahitunnesa Pilot Girls' School at Murapara of Rupganj upazila in Narayanganj, says a press release.

Correction

In the news item “Anis made consul general of South Africa” published on Page 2 of yesterday's issue of The Daily Star, the word “late” crept in before the name of Anis Ahmed's father M Gaziul Haque.

National

Most Barisal divn roads badly damaged

Most of the national and regional highways in Barisal division have become too risky for vehicular movement due to lack of width and damage by overloaded traffic.

Jute from Mohimaganj market goes back unsold due to low price

Huge quantity raw jute remained unsold in Mohimaganj union of Gobindaganj upazila and most growers withdrew their jute from the market due to low price.

2 accused give confessional statement

Two accused in the passport forgery case in Patuakhali gave confessional statement to the court on Saturday.

Teenage boy kills 8-yr-old cousin

A schoolboy was strangled allegedly by his cousin as a sequel to a longstanding family feud over a land at Nowdabash village in Hatibandha upazila of Lalmonirhat district on Saturday.

Two accused tell the tale of Sylhet lawyer killing

Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Enayet Kabir Sarker yesterday afternoon recorded the confessional statement of two accused in the case for killing of elderly lawyer Shamsul Islam Chowdhury.

B'baria Imam murdered

Imam of Bisharabari mosque under Kasba upazila was murdered early yesterday. Victim was identified as Hafez Md. Abu Musa, 20, of Nandanpur Kalamuri village under Sadar upazila of the district. According to police, a gang waylaid Abu Musa while returning home after Lailatul Qadr prayers at the mosque at late night. They slit his throat and later dumped the body near Bisharabari graveyard. Police recovered the body and a mobile set from his pocket and sent the body to Brahmanbaria Sadar Hospital for autopsy.

Lightning kills two

Lightning killed two people at two villages in Sadar upazila on Saturday night. The victims were identified as Hazrot Ali, 42, son of late Ekabbor Ali of Botrish Hazari village under Lalmonirhat municipality and Nazrul Islam, 35, son of late Mohiuddin Ali at Kurul village of Sadar upazila. Locals said, both were stuck by lightning on their way home during rain at around 9:30pm on Saturday night.

Land port closed for 5 days

Import and export activities at Sonamasjid land port in Shibganj upazila will remain suspended for five days from August 30 to September 3 for Eid-ul-Fitr festival. Shariful Islam Swadhin, president of Clearing and Forwarding Agents Association of Sonamasjid land port said, Sonamasjid land port and Mohodipur land port in Maldah district in Paschimbanga of India would suspend import and export operations for five days including weekly holiday Friday. Import and export activities of the port would resume on Sunday.

Road divider demanded

District committee of Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) brought out a procession and formed human chain and held rally in the town yesterday demanding resignation of the failed ministers including the communication minister. The processionists paraded the main streets of the town, formed a human chain on the Press Club premises where they held the rally. The speakers at the rally demanded construction of road divider from Nabinagar to Paturia and setting up of rail line between Dhaka and Paturia. They also criticised the government for failure to check price hike.

Three held, yaba seized

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested three people and seized 1400 pieces of contraband Yaba tablet worth of Tk 5.6 lakh from their possession at a restaurant at New Market under Kotwali police station yesterday. The arrestees are Md Alamgir Hossain, 26, son of Md Jane Alam of Pahartali, Md Sawkat Ali, 27, son of Md Sekandar Ali of Asadganj area and Md Russel Miah, 25, son of Kamal Ahmed of Patharghata area in Chittagong city.

Youth murdered

A youth was hacked to death in Khoksha area under Baraigram upazila under the district at about 8:30pm on Saturday. The victim was identified as Abdus Samad, 28, son of Sefat Ali of the village. Police quoting locals said, 7-8 unidentified criminals waylaid Samad and attacked him with sharp weapons near Khoksha bazaar. Hearing the hue and cry, people from the bazaar rushed to the spot and admitted him to Baraigram upazila health complex, where the doctors declared him dead.

Fugitive convict held

Police arrested a fugitive convict from a hotel in Sundarganj upazila headquarters Saturday. Manzil Haque, 36, of Char Khorda village of the upazila, was awarded 7 years imprisonment in an arms case in absentia in July this year. Kurigram District and Sessions Judge after examining the records and witnesses awarded the punishment and since then Manzil went into hiding. Acting on a secret information, police raided the hotel and arrested him early in the morning.

Letters

For dignity and freedom

The people of Libya are showing that the universal pursuit of dignity and freedom is far stronger than the iron fist of a dictator. Libya is a resource-rich country with a relatively well-educated citizenry that has demonstrated courage under fire. The country lacks institutions and political experience, but not talent and commitment. The international community should prepare to support Libyan efforts to take charge of the country's destiny once Gaddafi leaves the scene. Rebel fighters danced under fireworks in the heart of Tripoli as they celebrated a stunning advance into the capital, meeting weak resistance from forces loyal to Colonel Gaddafi and claiming that his regime is finished.

Fixing amount of fitra

It is customary to fix fitra in terms of staple food of one country. Bangladesh has been created on the basis of our own culture. Our staple food is rice. Every year we see a committee, set for this purpose, fix the rate of fitra in terms of wheat, kismis, khurma, etc., which is not our staple food. And the people whom we usually give fitra are the poorest people of our country. So, I request the people of Bangladesh to give fitra in terms of the price of rice, not in terms of atta or kismis or khurma.

Poor Joj Miah!

Manik and Laskar's informative report in detail, headlined in your front page on August 25th, lets the cat out of the bag! Poor Joj Miah! Words fail to describe his misery. However, he is lucky to be alive. The criminal tendencies of BNP are evident in this gruesome public attack on its opposing political party! Their great mastermind, now absconding from the law, must be buzzing the internet, advising Mummy on how Joj Miah can be liquidated! The top CID official mentioned in the first line of your report, and the others in the know, and all others, who used their power and official position in masking the real criminals involved in the mass bombing including the then Home Minister needs to be criminally tried and given maximum punishment, to set an example, the sooner the better!

Is it ethical?

The Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan is annoyed with the media because he thinks media is not representing him correctly about the driving license issue. But he did not deny completely the recommendations made by the Transport Labour Unions to give thousands of people driving licenses without following the proper procedures. If he is the President of the Transport Union Federation, then can he avoid his responsibility with this proposal? Is it ethical for a minister to hold this position of labour union? The Prime Minister has asked all the ministers to submit their property statements. I think she should also ask them to publicly announce if any of them has any connection with any private business or unions, and if yes, then the government should remove them from the ministerial posts. When will we have ministers who have some self dignity to resign whenever there is a public outcry about some misdeeds or inefficiencies concerning their ministries?

Bring life to the garden

God gave us a land of plenty. Its green luscious landscape is so soothing for our eyes and souls. It is full of beautiful flora and fauna. It is a garden full of birds chirping happily and the children playing joyously. We need not fight the famine as it is seen in the Horn of Africa or the harsh cold of the arctic. Its fertile land grows food and fruits all the year round. But from that time when an ogre came and behaved possessively prohibiting the innocent children to play in that garden and built a wall around the garden to prevent them from entering it, a perpetual winter of death set in. It began with Pilkhana that broke county's defense system, and then the marauding hordes of death attacked the whole body of the country from every direction stabbing our sea and land, bleeding us unconscious so that the monster can rule supreme. I think when this ogre will find his garden barren for long with no flowers blooming and no birds singing, it will relent and bring back the just and the innocent into the garden to bring back life in it. All the ice of deaths and torture then vanish from roads, planes, hills, forests and glades of the garden. Life will then jump up everywhere with air clear of envy, hunger and fear.

Entertaining show- Mirakkel!

Whenever time permits I watch the most popular Zee Bangla show “Mirakkel, Akkel Challenger”. It's indeed an entertaining show which makes us relaxed of day's monotony. The presenter of Mirakkel, Meer is an outstanding compere and performer. The judges are very friendly and unbiased. Participation of Bangladeshi performers in Mirakkel has added more Bangalee touch as well as international aroma to the show. Bangladeshi participants together with other participants are performing very well. All of them including the little ones are not only excellent performers but comedy-makers too.

BNP should go to parliament

BNP found new grounds to boycott parliament. Maudud Ahmed has said that the atmosphere has rather worsened than before citing reasons of case against Khaleda Zia and Tareq Zia's indictment in 21st August grenade attack case. The indictment was the result of re-investigation of grenade attack case, and the Anti-Corruption Commission has found hard evidences of Khaleda Zia's involvement in embezzlement of orphanage fund. The law of the land is taking its routine course in both affairs. Instead of boycotting parliament they should fight the legal battle. If they are not guilty, they will come out clean.

Life stands still

Nowadays it takes around two hours or more if one wants to go to Farmgate or Shahbag from Uttara; from Gazipur it will take a whole day. We, the commuters, have to sit in tedious jam for so long that we forget whether we are going to some place from home or going back home from somewhere. Traffic jam paralyzes us. Especially if one goes to Karwan Bazar area, (near Bashundhara City) his life is finished.

Dear Minister, please give it a thought!

The condition of the highways throughout the country is in the worst form at present.Dear minister, why don't you do something awesome now which will be hailed by the commuters of the whole country? Did you happen to have a 100/200 km road journey recently to any district? If no, please have a drive to Tangail, my district, only 100 km from Dhaka, and experience the harrowing road journey. While travelling to Tangail, you have to go past EPZ (if you take Savar road) where a number of foreign companies are situated and hundreds of foreigners are plying this dilapidated road risking their lives every day.

Hats off to veterans

On 16th August 2011, what we saw in the parliament would simply remain memorable for a longer period of time to us and which clearly shows democracy is still there in this country. The whole nation is upset with some ministers and questioning their commitment towards the country. Those ministers not only made the PM upset but also created a big public dissatisfaction. In that session two veterans, Tofael Ahmed and Suranjit Sengupta blasted their ministers in front of the PM which showed us that still some care about people. We found the communications minister baffled with this sudden outburst, and luckily the finance minister was not present that day, otherwise he would have gone through heavy criticism. What really upset me were the opposition leaders' comments, stating that Awami League had internal conflicts and they must resign, and they also asked for early election. They should have appreciated these unprecedented activities in that parliament where ministers were rebuked, which people watched live on TV, for not performing their duties properly. Please respect democracy and appreciate things that deserve respect.

We need modern highways

I would like to draw your attention regarding the publication featuring road accidents dated 16/08/2011. No doubt it is high time that we should have road dividers separating our single/ dual carriageways. However, concrete/ steel railing dividers are not sufficient, there should be central reservations or medians in between the dividers with sufficient width (usually less than the width of a lane) for reduction of head-on accidents and dissipating force of impact. If Philippines can have modern highways like the developed nations, why can't we have them?

Irresponsible remarks of the ministers

At present the government is in trouble for the remarks of different ministers. Irresponsible statements from key ministers are regrettable. Advice like “eat less” and “education is not must for drivers” disgusted the general people. They are now expecting appropriate steps from the Prime Minister to resolve the public sufferings. People are also expecting qualified persons as key ministries who will ensure public interest because this government came to power with strong commitments to ensure public welfare.

Readers Respond

Here are some comments that came in response to Sunday's The Daily Star report headlined 'Railway on the wane'.

International

Rebels tighten noose on Gaddafi bastion

Libyan rebels closed in on Muammar Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte from both east and west yesterday, a senior military commander said, as the insurgents also scrambled to get Tripoli back on its feet.

Crisis deepens in Syria

Syria's ties with the Arab League were thrown into crisis yesterday over a proposed peace plan, as it reformed press laws while activists called a day of prayers for "martyrs" of the anti-regime uprising.

Irene brings international flight chaos

Hurricane Irene brought international travel chaos Saturday with thousands of flights cancelled, while New York shut down its transport system fearing widespread flooding.

Flood kills 20 in Nigeria

Heavy rains that caused a dam to overflow in southwestern Nigeria and led to houses being submerged has killed 20 people and displaced thousands, an emergency management agency spokesman said yesterday.

Israel fears huge backing for cause

Israel expects a massive vote for the Palestinians when they seek membership of the United Nations next month, Haaretz newspaper yesterday quoted Israel's UN ambassador as saying.

Rebels free above 10,000 prisoners

More than 10,000 prisoners held by the regime of Muammar Gaddafi have been released since the rebels captured Tripoli, but nearly 50,000 are still missing, a rebel military spokesman said yesterday.

Typhoon leaves eight dead in Philippines

Super-typhoon Nanmadol killed at least eight people and left flattened bridges and blocked roads in its wake as it moved away from the Philippines and churned towards Taiwan, officials said yesterday.

BJP hails triumph of hunger striker

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has hailed the triumph of the common man and the maturity of parliamentary democracy after Indian government agreed to carry out the reform for which Hazare launched his famous hunger strike.

Five killed in attacks across Iraq

Bomb and gun attacks across Iraq yesterday killed five people, among them two policemen, and wounded another five, security officials said.

China road accident kills 17

Seventeen people were killed and 17 others injured when a van carrying migrant workers slammed into a trailer truck parked alongside a north China highway early yesterday, state press reported.

Nepal elects new PM

Senior Maoist party leader Baburam Bhattarai was elected as Nepal's prime minister yesterday in the latest attempt to form a stable government after extended political uncertainty.

Former deputy PM wins presidential poll in Singapore

The ruling party's de-facto candidate in Singapore's presidential election scraped to victory after a dramatic recount yesterday and quickly acknowledged that Singaporeans wanted a bigger voice in government.

Iran condemns 'Israel spy' to death

Iran yesterday sentenced to death a man accused of playing a key role in the 2010 murder of a top nuclear scientist and of spying for Israel, the official IRNA news agency reported.

Norwegian police arrest man with weapons, explosives

Norwegian police said yesterday they had arrested a man after recovering weapons and explosives at his home, but media reports said they found no immediate link with mass-killer Anders Behring Breivik.

Arts & Entertainment

Memories of Eid past

Artist Abdus Shakoor Shah is widely recognised for folk motifs and visual ballads in his paintings.

Purnima in a new act

Leading silver screen actress Purnima is now equally prominent on TV. She has done several plays that will be aired this Eid. She will be playing a lead role in “Nilimar Prante”, directed by S.A. Haque Alik, to be telecast on Channel i.

“Wish” wings its way to Denmark

Bangladeshi filmmaker Oniket Alam has attended the 26th Odense International Film Festival in Denmark, according to a press release. Odense (August 22-27) is one of the largest and most prestigious short film festivals in the world.

Samiran Dutt's solo sculpture exhibition at Shilpangan

Shilpangan Contemporary Art Gallery is hosting a three-day exhibition featuring sculptures by Samiran Dutt. This is the artist's fifth solo exhibition. He is a budding sculptor who has been committed to wielding a hammer and chisel.

Three Shakib Khan films to be released this Eid

Movie theatres around the country are inundated with Shakib Khan films. In addition to the ones already running, three new films starring the actor will be released this Eid: Shahin Suman's “Tiger Number One”, Badiul Alam's “Ekbar Bolo Bhalobashi” and MB Manik's “Jan Korban”.

Bangla Academy observes Nazrul death anniversary

On the occasion of the 35th death anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, Bangla Academy organised a discussion at its Seminar Room on August 25.

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Libyans' struggle against autocracy

Except some pockets of resistance by forces loyal to Gaddafi, the Libyan rebel soldiers are at the moment busy consolidating their gains in Tripoli. The ragtag rebel army composed of militias from diverse backgrounds, including Islamists, secularists and soldiers who defected from Gaddafi's army as well as youths, many still in their teens with hardly any training in the art of warfare, are engaged in an uneven fight with a well-equipped professional army of Gaddafi.

The politics of Anna's fast

No govt. in India has bent over backwards to please a civil society campaign as much as Dr. Manmohan Singh's in substantially accommodating the Jan Lokpal Bill drafted by a small group, including Anna Hazare, created by an NGO called India Against Corruption (IAC). And no individual act has recently attracted as much support as Mr. Hazare's fast for passing the Bill on terms dictated by him.

Manmohon's upcoming visit: Expectations and realities

Indo-Bangladesh relations are significant not only because three-quarters of Bangladesh is surrounded by India but also because they have historical significance. Though unequal in size and economy and in most other aspects of development indicators, Bangladesh commands the interest of India because it is equally interested in maintaining smooth relations with Bangladesh for the sake of its national interest. The upcoming visit of Premier Singh confirms that, as the outcome is expected to be very important for both the countries.

True voices shouldn't be disregarded

Thousands of grassroots leaders of the then ruling BNP participated in the exchange of views in different areas of the country between February and October in 2005. Many of them spoke about people's sufferings caused by skyrocketing price hike of essentials and shortage of power. They warned that the party would have to face a tough time in the parliamentary elections if the situation did not improve immediately.

Strengthening BIMSTEC

Experts in international relations have failed to come to a consensus on the definition of "foreign policy." The foreign policy of a state usually refers to the general principles by which a state governs its reaction to the international environment. What happens outside the country cannot be tackled by domestic policy. A new kind of policy is needed to deal with problems with other countries.

This Day In History

August 29

1521
The Ottoman Turks capture Nándorfehérvár, now known as Belgrade.


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