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Road safety left in limbo

The National Road Safety Council, chaired by Communications Minister Syed Abul Hossain, was largely dominated by Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan yesterday and it failed to decide on anything significant on road safety.

Media shown the door

Around 60 journalists of print and electronic media were forced out of a meeting on road safety by four ministers yesterday, although the media were invited to cover the event.

1/11 was inevitable

The animosity between BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina was so intense that they both would rather like to see the military than the other one in power.

President for crisis

Fed up with Awami League's shifting demands, BNP had forced the then president Iajuddin Ahmed to deploy the army in December 2006 in a fit of pique, said a recently leaked US embassy cable.

Grameen board members harassed

Seven board members of Grameen Bank, who travelled to Dhaka to meet with the well-wishers of the microcredit organisation, were harassed by their former colleagues and security officials yesterday.

Restriction ready

A draft national broadcasting policy has barred private television channels, radios and Internet protocol TVs from broadcasting any program making derogatory comments about national figures like Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, a high official said yesterday.

Onion prices rise on Indian ban

Prices of onions jumped yesterday, buoyed by a ban by India on the export of the item, traders said.

Eight cops closed

Eight police personnel have been closed for negligence in duty that led to the deaths of six students in a mob beating at Amin Bazar in Savar on July 18.

Indian think-tank for Teesta sharing

A leading think-tank of India has favoured the country making concessions to Bangladesh on Teesta water sharing saying it can "generate the impulse for big change in the region".

Trial of Tarique begins

The trial of a money laundering case against BNP senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman and his business associate Giasuddin Al Mamun began yesterday with the deposition of the complainant.

Touts cash in on ferry mess

Frequent suspension of ferry service on Paturia-Daulatdia and Mawa-Kawrakandi routes has been disrupting communication between Dhaka and 21 south-western districts for the last few days and some unscrupulous people are taking full advantage of the situation.

52 drug companies in 'dreadful' state

The Directorate of Drug Administration will serve show-cause notices on more than 52 drug companies since their condition is "dreadful" and medicines manufactured by them pose a "serious threat" to public health.

10 hospitals involved

Tareque Azam, the key suspect of a network of organ trade in the country, gave his confessional statement before a Joypurhat magistrate court yesterday.

10 yrs on, US still mourns

Americans yesterday remembered the horror of September 11, 2001, and the nearly 3,000 people who died in the hijacked plane attacks as authorities worked to ensure the emotional 10th anniversary was peaceful.

Cox's Bazar quicksand kills boy

Yet another youth died sinking into a quicksand in Cox's Bazar sea beach yesterday.

PM may go to Tripura to receive doctorate

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina may visit Tripura this year to receive an honorary doctorate from Tripura University, official sources said yesterday.

Jalil, Bhuiyan played game

After several rounds of electoral talks in 2006, two senior leaders of Awami League and BNP assured the people of headway in breaking political impasse, but at the same time confided in foreign diplomats that they made no substantive progress.

Taken over by 'conspiracies'

Conspiracy theories swirled in Bangladesh in the wake of popular frustration with the prevailing political dynamics during the final months of the last BNP-Jamaat coalition government.

Justice Hasan lost interest

With electoral talks between AL and BNP limping, former chief justice KM Hasan had told the US ambassador that he would “seriously consider” declining to head the caretaker government if a constitutional alternative could be found.

No attacks on US troops before pullout

Shiite radical leader Moqtada Sadr has ordered his followers not to launch any attacks on US troops before the completion of their pullout from Iraq scheduled for by the end of the year.

No sign of terrorist plot yet

US intelligence agencies have found no evidence that al-Qaeda has sneaked any terrorists into the country for a strike coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the Sept 11 attacks, senior officials said Saturday.

Syrian forces raid homes after week of bloodshed

Syrian forces stepped up raids across the country to arrest activists yesterday after one of the bloodiest weeks in the six-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, residents and activists said.


Corruption gets a helping

On the Global Competitiveness Index, 2011, Bangladesh has ranked 108th among 142 countries surveyed by World Economic Forum. Whilst other countries have bettered their previous standings, Bangladesh has slid down the rung. That we are more competitive than 34 countries is little consolation because corruption remains endemic in the country. It dilutes our otherwise investment friendly policies.

The kidney scandal

News reports of the poor being lured into selling their kidneys in return for monetary benefit are a matter of grave concern. While it is understandable that donations of kidneys to save the lives of those whose own kidneys have deteriorated is accepted practice, it is beyond comprehension how organized groups can tempt vulnerable people into selling such an important organ in the body. What makes matters worse is the new discovery that in certain instances, it is not only kidneys that people are divested of but also portions of the liver. Obviously, with little guarantee that these poor who sell these organs will receive proper post-operative care, the question of how the authorities mean to handle the issue comes up.


Novak wins an epic

Facing two-match points against a beloved player whose name is already in the history books, Novak Djokovic clenched his jaw, nodded his head and flashed an ever-so-slight glimpse of a smile.

It's Serena-Samantha final

Three-time champion Serena Williams stormed past world number one Carolie Wozniacki on Saturday to set up a showdown with Samantha Stosur in what promises to be an emotional US Open women's final.

WI to arrive on Oct 4

West Indies will arrive on October 4 for a month-long tour. They will play two practice matches, three ODIs, a Twenty20 international and two Tests against the Tigers.

BCB Cup to test captains

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will test the waters during the BCB Cup which begins today, as they wait on naming the new national captain.

Bopara denies India

England won the one-day series with India here on Sunday after they tied the fourth one-day international leaving the world champions still winless in all forms of cricket on their tour this summer.

Nikola's stern action

Bangladesh's Macedonian football coach Nikola Ilievski has expelled eight booters and assistant coach Mahbubur Rahman Roxy from the U-19 national football camp on disciplinary grounds yesterday.

Pakistan take series

Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez with 139 runs and Imran Farhat with 75 formed a record-breaking opening partnership of 228 runs against Zimbabwe here Sunday to secure an overwhelming win in the second ODI to take the three-match series.

SL keep Aussies at bay

Sri Lanka put on a determined batting display on Sunday to improve their chances of forcing a draw in the second cricket Test against Australia.

Roger blames himself

Roger Federer said he only had himself to blame after his agonising five-set loss to Novak Djokovic in the US Open semifinals on Saturday.

Patuakhali Stadium in bad shape

A portion of the Patuakhali district stadium collapsed on Saturday night endangering any activities inside the arena. The stadium, built way back in 1978, did not see any renovation work since and became shabby and hazardous. Authorities have hung a notice, after the collapse, forbidding entrance inside the stadium.

Shakib flies out for KKR today

Shakib Al Hasan will leave the capital later today to join his IPL team for the Champions League Twenty20 tournament.

Dutch hockey instructor arrives

Dutch hockey instructor Bert Bunnik arrived on Saturday night to conduct a coaches' course that began yesterday at the Moulana Bhasani National Hockey Federation.

BFF's brochure comes out

Five days after hosting of the Argentina-Nigeria FIFA International Friendly, the official brochure of the event came to the hands of the journalists yesterday.

Real ahead as Barca slip

Barcelona blew a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at Real Sociedad and Real Madrid took advantage of the slip-up with a 4-2 home win over Getafe in La Liga on Saturday.

Juve race off the blocks

Juventus delivered new coach Antonio Conte a flying start to the season in their new stadium with a 4-1 thrashing of Parma on Sunday.

Rest Rooney's secret

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has notched back-to-back hattricks to shake off last season's troubles and spearhead a dynamic start to his team's Premier League title defence.

Gomez hit four as Bayern score seven

Mario Gomez scored four times and Franck Ribery twice as Bayern Munich hammered Freiburg 7-0 on Saturday to storm back to the top of the Bundesliga.

Eto'o surprised at reception

Cameroon football star Samuel Eto'o admitted to being "pleasantly surprised" by the huge welcome he was given in Makhachkala a day ahead of making his debut for big-spending Russian Premier League club Anzhi.

Sanchez out for eight weeks

Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez has torn a thigh muscle and may be sidelined for up to eight weeks, the European champions said.

Michelle Obama loves tennis

First Lady Michelle Obama played kid-sized doubles against Serena Williams, clocked a 55-mph serve and even did some hula-hooping in her first visit to the US Open.


Robi seeks more time for spectrum fees

Mobile operator Robi seeks a six-month extension to pay spectrum fees as it is trying to acquire most of its required funds from foreign financial institutions, said an official yesterday

Govt okays seven power plants with overseas credit

The government yesterday approved setting up seven power plants partly with hard-term loans from abroad to lessen pressure on foreign exchange reserve and lower dependence on the private sector.

Guidelines issued for RMG exports to India

Garment items -- made of imported or local fabrics -- will qualify for duty-free market access to India, a government official said yesterday.

Govt signs $25m loan deal with ADB

The government and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) yesterday signed an agreement for $25 million in soft loan to improve governance and service delivery in tax collection and land record management.

Bangladesh, India must redesign policy

Both India and Bangladesh should redesign their foreign policies to reflect the changing scenario and take Indo-Bangla relations to a new height, analysts said yesterday.

Obama foes may take jobs push piece by piece

US President Barack Obama, having challenged his Republican foes to pass his $447 billion jobs plan, finds himself fighting their efforts to break up the package and approve just the parts they like.

Stocks slip into the red as investors lose appetite

Shares on the twin bourses declined for a second day as investors lost appetite for new shares amid fears of further instability in the stockmarket.

Exporters want delay in launching container management software

Garment exporters yesterday urged the Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) to further delay the launch of container terminal management software as the country's weak transport system will need some more time to be ready for such an upgrade.

2G roadmap out: confusion over VAT

Confusion surfaced over a provision for value-added tax in the telecom renewal guidelines released by the regulator yesterday.

Dhaka bourse to brief govt on stockmarket

Dhaka Stock Exchange will place a set of observations to the government that the premier bourse gathered from a discussion with 30 brokerage firms on the current situation in the stockmarket.

Britain's banks await shake-up plans

Plans for a major shake-up of Britain's banks are revealed on Monday when a government-appointed commission publishes final recommendations aimed at avoiding further state bailouts of lenders.

Rahimafrooz's vision for 2015

Rahimafrooz, one of the country's leading conglomerates, aims to become a billion dollar company within 2015 through expansion of existing businesses and investment in other sectors including textiles, says a senior official of the company.

Employer branding

People generally require passports to travel abroad, as the document identifies the person's identify, country of origin and other details. But it is really interesting when a conglomerate introduces passports for its employees.


Patients suffer as Mitford staffs abstain from work

Despite arrest of the main accused in an assault incident on the deputy director of Mitford Hospital in the city, doctors and employees abstained from work for five hours yesterday causing suffering to the patients.

Trial to end culture of impunity, establish rule of law

Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday said democracy cannot be institutionalised unless people who committed crimes against humanity during the War of Liberation are brought to justice.

Hasina for early construction

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has emphasised early construction of the Padma Bridge for connectivity with the southern region.

Army to be made modern force: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said her government will implement the 'Forces Goal 2030' to turn the army into an effective and modern force alongside implementing its `Vision 2021'.

Two leaders lock horns

Two senior leaders of BNP engaged in a heated debate on Saturday night when the party policymakers were discussing on how they can forge a tougher anti-government movement by resolving BNP's internal disputes across the country.

File case against PM, former chief justice

Pro-BNP lawyers yesterday demanded filing of a case and punitive action against the prime minister and former chief justice ABM Khairul Haque on charge of misappropriating money from the prime minister's relief and welfare fund.

6 to die, 8 others get life

A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced six people to death and eight others to life in jail for killing Awami League leader Mohammad Shahidul Alam Khan, in Kishoreganj district in April, 2006.

Hearing deferred

A Dhaka court yesterday deferred until September 15 the hearing on charge framing against BNP Senior Vice Chairman Tarique Rahman and 29 others accused in the supplementary charge sheets of the August 21 grenade attack cases.

JS body concerned at illegal kidney trade

The health ministry is going to form a monitoring team comprised of doctors, experts and others concerned to stop illegal organ transplantation.

NU hangs list of 807 sacked staffs

The National University (NU) authority yesterday hanged a list of 807 sacked officials and employees on the notice board of its Board Bazar campus in Gazipur.

2 Mirsarai tragedy survivors fight on

The two surviving schoolboys of the July 11 Mirsarai tragedy are still fighting with the odds in the city's Apollo Hospitals.

50 injured as RMG workers clash with police

At least 50 people, including eight policemen, were injured as garment workers agitating for salary set fire to a garments factory and clashed with police at Mauna Chowrasta in Gazipur yesterday.

File case against PM, former CJ

Pro-BNP lawyers yesterday demanded filing of a case and punitive action against the prime minister and former chief justice ABM Khairul Haque on charge of misappropriating money from the prime minister's relief and welfare fund.

Motorcycle rider dies in road crash

A man riding a motorcycle died after an unknown vehicle hit his two-wheeler from behind at Motijheel in the city last night.

2 women found dead at railway stations in city

Two women lost their lives in separate incidents at Kamalapur and Gandaria railway stations in the city in the last two days.

$359m WB loan for health sector

The World Bank will provide $ 359 million loan for implementing the Health Sector Development Programme (HSDP).

Int'l support for green tech for sustainable dev sought

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni has sought support from international development partners to get affordable technology to produce green energy for sustainable development of Bangladesh.

Schoolgirl, university student commit suicide

A schoolgirl and a university student allegedly committed suicide in different incidents at Uttara and Mirpur in the city on Saturday.

6 Rohingya refugees held with Bangladeshi passports

Police arrested six Rohingya refugees along with a Bangladeshi at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport yesterday while they were trying to catch a flight to Saudi Arabia with forged Bangladeshi passports.

Test for faster detection of dengue introduced

A new test for the early detection of dengue infection was introduced at Apollo Hospitals in the city yesterday.

State minister rescues 5 kidnapped men

State Minister for Youth and Sports Ahad Ali Sarker rescued five people from kidnappers and helped police arrest a Jubo League activist from the district Jubo League office near Hemangini Bridge in the town yesterday.

Madrasa teacher held for attempt to violate child

A madrasa teacher was arrested for allegedly attempting to violate a minor girl at his mess at Sabujbagh in the city on Saturday.

British national taken on remand

Police yesterday remanded a British national arrested in Dhopadighirpar area of Sylhet city on September 6 on charge of alleged sexual abuse on a Bangladeshi boy for about a year.

Initiate tiffin system at secondary level schools

The education ministry yesterday emphasised on initiating tiffin system for the students of non-government secondary schools.

'Khaleda vanguard of democracy'

Branding his party chairperson as “vanguard of democracy”, BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday said Khaleda has been democracy's glittering star since Bangladesh's independence.

Police, Jamaat activist clash

Police fired 10 live rounds and 10 tear gas canisters after a clash erupted over a bar on a procession of Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir activists in the city's Chouhatta area yesterday afternoon.

Three killed in road accidents

At least three people were killed and five others injured in separate road accidents in Comilla, Bagerhat and Dinajpur yesterday.

Death anniversary

Today is the 22nd death anniversary of Dr Nazma Jesmin Chowdhury, eminent academician, dramatist, and a teacher of Modern Language Institute of Dhaka University, says a press release.


Transport workers assault doc triggering strike

All medical stores, private clinics and the government hospital in Gaibandha town remained closed for six hours from 6:00am yesterday protesting assault on a child specialist by transport workers on Saturday.

Six including 3 siblings to die, 8 get life

Six people including three siblings were sentenced to death while eight to life term rigorous imprisonment (RI) in a sensational Awami League (AL) leader murder case of Sadar upazila.

Students go on rampage as school under lock and key

Students of Chapporhati High School in Sunderganj upazila on Saturday staged a demonstration demanding reopening of the school.

Pirates loot trawlers, kidnap 50 fishermen in Bagerhat

Pirates looted around 50 trawlers and abducted at least one fisherman from each trawler in Fairway area under Narkelbariachar of East Sundarbans in Sharankhola upazila of the district on Saturday night.

Trade at Hili port disrupted again as Indians enforce strike

Trade at Hili land port in Dinajpur district remained suspended for seven hours yesterday as locals of Hili thana in Dakkhin Dinajpur under Paschimbanga enforced a strike protesting arrest of an Indian 'ringleader of drug cartel' by Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) on Wednesday.

Criminals kill two youths in Chuadanga

Two people were murdered in Jibonnagar and Damurhuda upazilas of Chuadanga yesterday.

Abducted schoolgirl rescued

A schoolgirl was rescued from Natore municipality area early yesterday after 10 days of abduction. Police said, Masum Ali alias Mahamudul Hassan along with his men abducted the 14-year-old daughter of Abdur Rahman of village Ahmadpur. The girl was a student of class seven at a local high school in Sujanagar upazila under Pabna district. She was abducted on September 1 while returning home from school, police said. Following a secret information, Sujanagar police led by sub inspector Md Zulfikar Ali raided a house at Alaipur village in Natore municipality area early yesterday. They rescued the girl and caught Mahamudul Hassan red-handed from the spot.

Acid attack on woman

A housewife was severely injured in acid attack at village Baliadah in Tala upazila Friday night. Victim Saleha Begum, 50, is wife of late Arshad Ali. Quoting local people police said, criminals threw acid on Saleha at about 11:30 pm when she was sleeping on the veranda. She sustained severe burn injuries on hands, legs, head, face and chest. Hearing her screams, other members of the house came to the spot and took her to Tala upazila health complex in critical condition. She was later shifted to Dhaka for better treatment with the help of Acid Survivors Foundation the next day.

One jailed for stalking

A mobile court yesterday sentenced a man for stalking a schoolgirl. The convict was identified as Mamunur Rashid,37, son of Rafiqur Rahman of Vatapara village in Sorisabari upazila of Tangail district and an official of youth directorate in Kaliganj upazila. Sub-Inspector (SI) of Lalmonirhat Sadar PS said, local people caught Mamun in front Lalmonirhat Government Girls High School when he was stalking a class nine girl at around 4:30 pm on Saturday. Locals handed him over to police and police produced him before the mobile court.

11 Satkhira shops looted

Robbers looted 11 shops at Shakhra Bazar in Sadar upazila on Saturday night. The gang decamped with the booties including cash, silver ornament, mobile sets and other valuables worth Tk 5 lakh from the shops. Quoting local people police said, robbers numbering 10 to 15, armed with deadly weapons, raided the bazar and entered first the shop owned by Lovelu by breaking open its door. Later they looted shops owned by Abul Kashem, Emdadul Haque, Golam Mostafa, a Jewellery shop owned by Anup Kumar and six other shops till 1:00 am.

Trader beaten to death

A fish trader was beaten to death at Ghoradia tempo stand in the district town Friday. The deceased was identified as Dulal Miah, 25, son of Arun Ali of village Hatubhanga in Raypur upazila. Local people said Dulal locked in an altercation with an auto-rickshaw driver as the man damaged his fish baskets when he went to a shop keeping the baskets by the roadside. At one stage, local criminal Babu Miah along with his gang taking side of the driver attacked and beat Dulal mercilessly leaving him seriously injured. The victim was rushed to the Sadar Hospital where the attending doctor declared him dead.

35 hurt in Kurigram clash

At least 35 people were injured in a fierce clash between two rival groups over land dispute at Tekani Char village in Roumari upazila on Saturday. Police said there was a longstanding dispute between Jonab Ali of the village and Abdul Wahab of neighbouring Paler Char village over the ownership of the two-bigha of land. Locals said when the people of Wahab tried to plant saplings on the disputed land at noon, Jonab Ali and his men resisted them triggering a noisy argument. Later, both the groups equipped with lethal weapons, brickbats and sticks attacked each other leaving 35 people from both sides injured.

10 shops gutted in Barguna

A devastating fire gutted 10 shops at a market in Patharghata uapzila headquarters early Saturday. Local people said the fire broke out at a shop at Padma Bazaar at about 3:00 am and soon engulfed the adjacent shops. The affected shop owners claimed that the extent of loss from the fire could go up to Tk 10 lakh.


Hats off to Bangladesh Football Federation

September 6, 2011 will always be remembered by the Bangladeshi football fans as a historic day because on this day Bangladesh showed its capability to the whole world by arranging a great football match between Argentina and Nigeria. This was perhaps the most amazing match ever held in Bangabandhu National Stadium. Never in the history of Bangladesh a football team of this stature (Argentina) visited Bangladesh and played such a magnificent friendly match. It is surely an experience of a lifetime for all the 24,000 spectators who watched the match live. No words can describe their feelings.

Indian PM's visit - what next?

With all the soul searching and looking for answers that is going on now in the political field and in the media, one sees no dearth of self-proclaimed experts. We cannot comment on Indian government's management of affairs, but our government kept all the dealings close to the chest and built up quite a hype on the visit and raised the expectations to great heights. I cannot find fault with the stand of CM of Pashchim Banga - as she, like any leader, is unwilling to yield an inch. The visit and failure of Indian PM to deliver showed how the centre is being undercut by Mamata Bannerjee and Anna Hazare. The current government must be congratulated for not going, as a diplomatic snub, for the transit deal during this visit given that our basic infrastructure is in a dilapidated condition. However, what needs to be done now is to bring these matters of Teesta, Tipaimukh, and Farakka dams for international mediation rather than bilateral discussions, as India insists. It took almost 40 years to get a 'closure' on enclave and therefore we must bring up the matters of rightful share of waters before international forums.

Job satisfaction and productivity

Employees are more productive when they are satisfied and salary is the most important thing to most employees. But it will be a mistake to presume that higher salary alone will create higher job satisfaction and increase productivity. A complex set of financial and non-financial benefits along with many work-related factors determine the level of satisfaction and loyalty. If the employees are not motivated to serve the clients with the best products or service, the company can't grow or survive in this competitive world. In Japanese management system, companies offer benefit packages to earn lifetime commitment and often employees work for the same company for generations. Employees serve the companies and in return get various economic and non-economic benefits. Salary and other financial benefits are important determinants of employee satisfaction. Besides financial benefits, status, position and recognition are important. Bangladeshi companies should also consider this.

Thanks to Mamata Banerjee

Bangladesh should thank Mamata Banerjee for her stingy attitude towards Bangladesh because if it were not for her objection to Teesta water sharing agreement that she thought to be advantageous to Bangladesh, our government would have signed the dangerous transit agreement. Those who show childish alacrity for transit should read this statement that Jawaharlal Nehru made in response to the then Pakistan's request for road transit through India for easy communication between the two branches of Pakistan: “It is a strange demand from a peculiar country. A passage to go to their country through a foreign country. It is unprecedented.” Have India given us only 'Teen Bigha,' though we gave them a huge area of Berubari far back in 1974 to get that small strip of land? India grudged us only 16 miles road transit to Nepal but wants 600 miles transit from Bangladesh in the name of connectivity. Why blame them? Are not some of our intellectuals and ministers dancing to Indian schemer's tune? Can anybody harm us without our consent?

Obsolete AMEX Traveller's Cheques

On the 3rd July, my wife and I embarked on a 6-week trip to celebrate our only son's marriage in Dehra Dun, India and hold reception in Mombasa, Kenya. To defray the expenses, we carried our full entitlement of $ 10,000. Standard Chartered Bank and as per Bangladesh Bank instructions issued TCs ($5,400) and rest in cash.

Everything is not wrong

Every government in the world has some successes and some failures. No government succeeds in fulfilling 100 per cent of its election pledges. Even President of USA Barack Obama is facing congressional oppositions because he could not deliver up to his election pledges. Bangladesh's present government of Sheikh Hasina also has many successes and failures. I believe many of her failures are due to the corrupt and inefficient administration. But if one reads Bangladeshi newspapers, watches private TV channels and listens to talks shows where civil society members discuss various issues, one will lose all hopes. The talk show participants see only failures and mismanagement. I suggest that they should review their past deeds. The members of civil society have the responsibility to raise hope in the people's minds and not create panic. All efforts of this government are not bad; there are some good work also, which should be told to the people.

Rule of law must prevail

The anarchy at Gabtoli, where road transport workers kidnapped a magistrate and compelled him to release those punishable under law, was totally unacceptable. It has now become a matter of utmost importance that the government gives a signal that it is still able to maintain the law and order in the country. By taking action against the guilty the shipping minister will be able to show that he respects the rule of law. This will show that no errant bus driver or any transport worker can do whatever they want. This will win the honourable minister much respect and bring the necessary discipline in the road transport sector.

Illegal kidney trade

On 30th August 2011, a horrific news was published in The Daily Star entitled "3 arrested for 'trade in kidney'." As per the report, 42 people of Kalai upazila under Joypurhat district sold off their kidneys to organ trafficking networks because of severe poverty and police nabbed three intermediary people. A few years back, organ trafficking was largely seen as a rumor but now it thrives in our country.

Political leadership and development

The AL government has failed to make progress in every sector. Poor communication system, gas, electricity and water crisis, price hike of daily necessities, share market debacle, downward national economy, weak law and order situation are the result of their inefficiency.

Readers Respond

Readers Respond
Here are some comments that came in response to Sunday's The Daily Star report headlined “Liver traders go on the prowl”


World remembers victims of 9/11

Ten years on from the day the 9/11 terrorist attacks changed so much for so many people, the world's leaders and millions of citizens are pausing to reflect.

US stronger 10 years after attacks

US President Barack Obama said on Saturday the United States was stronger 10 years after the Sept 11, 2001, attacks and Americans would "carry on" despite continued threats against their safety.

Egypt, Israel seek calm after embassy attack

Israeli officials called yesterday for relations with Egypt to return to normal despite Friday's attack by a mob on the Israeli embassy in Cairo.

Gaddafi loyals stall rebel advance

Battle-hardened Libyan combatants joined the fight to capture a desert town from well-armed loyalists of Muammar Gaddafi yesterday after the head of Libya's interim council warned that the ousted leader still posed a threat.

Arctic ice cover hits historic low

The area covered by Arctic sea ice reached its lowest point this week since the start of satellite observations in 1972, German researchers announced on Saturday.

UK should mull loosening EU ties

Britain's top diplomat said his country should consider loosening ties with the European Union and distancing itself from the rest of Europe, according to an interview published Saturday by a British newspaper.

Chirac received 'briefcases of cash'

African leaders gave former French president Jacques Chirac and his prime minister Dominique de Villepin briefcases full of cash, notably to finance election campaigns, a former aide alleged yesterday.

Pak PM calls for global flood help

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has called for international help for up to five million people affected by recent monsoon rains.

Truck bomb wounds 77 US troops in Afghanistan

A suicide bomber driving a truck of firewood attacked a Nato base in central Afghanistan, killing four civilians and injuring 77 foreign troops a day ahead of the tenth anniversary of the Sept 11 attacks, Nato and Afghan officials said yesterday.

Japan marks 6 months since tsunami

The people of Japan fell silent in prayer yesterday, six months after an earthquake and tsunami left 20,000 dead or missing and sparked a nuclear crisis on the country's Pacific coast.

'Corrupt' Indian official's house turned into school

The house of a senior Indian civil servant on trial for corruption has been turned into a school for slum children.

Hazare warns 3rd agitation

Social crusader Anna Hazare yesterday warned here that he would launch another agitation if the Jan Lokpal bill was not made into a law soon.

Nine dead in China road accident

Nine people were killed and over 20 injured when a passenger bus rear-ended a cement truck in eastern China yesterday, in the latest serious road accident to hit the nation, state press reported.

Nine dead in China road accident

Nine people were killed and over 20 injured when a passenger bus rear-ended a cement truck in eastern China yesterday, in the latest serious road accident to hit the nation, state press reported.

US drone kills four in Pakistan

A US drone strike killed at least four militants yesterday in a restive Pakistani tribal area, security officials said.

Japan PM apologises after minister quits

Japan's new prime minister apologised yesterday after one of his ministers was forced to quit for describing the no-go zone around the disaster-hit Fukushima nuclear power plant as a "town of death".

Swedish cops arrest 4 terror suspects

Swedish police in the southwestern city of Gothenburg have arrested four people suspected of preparing a terror attack, Swedish media said Sunday quoting intelligence reports.

Tanzania mourns for ferry victims

Tanzanians yesterday began three days of national mourning for victims of a ferry accident off the popular tourist archipelago of Zanzibar, in which nearly 200 people died.

Arts & Entertainment

VAT for singing!

While expressing deep sympathy and condolences to the bereaved family members at the recent demise of veteran singer, composer and music director Ajit Roy, the cabinet decided to create funds for the artistes, said a UNB report published in The Daily Star on September 6, 2011. The decision of the cabinet was taken at the initiative of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. She deserves special thanks for this generous move.

Curtains come down on a landmark

Just before entering the Neelima Ibrahim Auditorium of Mahila Shamiti, one just can't help but notice a series of black and white portraits hanging on the front wall of the auditorium. While all those individuals are no more with us, theatre lovers will recall their contributions for many days to come.

Children's drama festival ends in Barisal

The two-day divisional children's drama festival and competition ended in the city on Friday night.


A war without end

A decade has passed since the World Trade Centre (Twin Tower) collapsed in a suicide plane attack on September 9, 2001 (9/11). The attack was termed an act of international terrorism. And al-Qaeda, a militant Islamist outfit led by infamous Osama bin Laden was believed to be the destroyer of the Twin Tower.

Troubled India

In 1962, India was humiliated by China when the Chinese advanced unimpeded into Indian territory. Ever since, a process of internal political deterioration was set in motion in that country.

This Day In History

September 12

Switzerland becomes a Federal state.

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