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News of: Wednesday, 19th of October, 2011

Front Page

All records 'lost' from drug office

All documents relating to the country's first ever detection of paracetamol syrup adulteration in 1992 have vanished from the Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA), the public institution responsible for checking drug adulteration and prosecuting those committing the crime.

Corrupt govt must not stay in power

Terming the government corrupt at every level, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday said the ruling Awami League must participate in the next election held under an impartial caretaker government if it wants to continue its existence.

DCC not using existing clouts

The Dhaka City Corporation is legally empowered to involve the government's service providers and law enforcers in improving its own services to city dwellers.

Enclave people wait to see PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate indoor service at the 10-bed Dahagram-Angorpota hospital during her visit to the enclave in the district today.

Personal image to be key factor

Voters in Narayanganj say personal image and track record of candidates will be key factors in electing the city mayor.

Hard to handle

The ruling Awami League finds itself in a tricky situation, days after picking Shamim Osman over Selina Hayat Ivy for its backing as mayoral candidate in the Narayanganj city polls.

Backing 'within rules'

Awami League acting General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif said yesterday that his party is supporting a mayoral candidate in the Narayanganj City Corporation elections within the capacity of the electoral code of conducts.

Jica waits for quick consent from govt

Japan's funding for metro rail project depends on swift finalisation of the alternative route through Khamarbari, subject to consent of the parliament authorities, said sources from Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica).

HC to get more judges

Having appointed six new judges earlier this month, the government is set to appoint five or six more judges to the High Court Division of the Supreme Court.

PM flies to Germany next week

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will leave for Germany next week to attend the World Health Summit and hold talks with German leaders on expansion of bilateral trade and economic ties.

BCL man beaten dead

An activist of Bangladesh Chhatra League was beaten to death allegedly by rival Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal men in Sylhet last night.

GP seeks clarification from BTRC

Grameenphone yesterday sent a letter to the telecom regulator seeking clarification as to why the mobile operator should pay additional money for spectrums it previously purchased.

9 trucks to cross border today

The nine trucks with 157 tonnes of transit goods from India could not cross the border for Agartala through Akhaura yesterday as transport agency Indo-Bangla Shipping Lines and port authority failed to complete required formalities.

Bangladeshi families flee Sirte's hell

Desperate to escape rocket and machinegun fire in war-wracked Sirte, two terrified Bangladeshi families managed to emerge from front lines, but their relief was short lived.

Contempt rule against CEC, 4 others

The High Court yesterday issued a contempt of court ruling against the chief election commissioner and four poll officials on charge of flouting its earlier order.

British man first to be mummified in 3,000yrs

A British man has become the first person in 3,000 years to be mummified in the same way as ancient Egyptian pharaohs, a new TV documentary claims, after he donated his body to a science experiment.

Muhith won't say anything on stocks

Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday refused to make any comment on the secondary share market, saying his critics say that whenever he speaks the market suffers a slide.

Agitation postponed for a week

Retail stock investors yesterday postponed their fast-unto-death programme for a week, but warned of waging a tougher movement if the prime minister did not intervene to stabilise the capital market.

Three E coli cases found in UK

Three cases of E coli have been confirmed in an outbreak at a children's nursery in United Kingdom.

UK freezes assets of five for alleged Iranian plot

Britain has frozen the assets of five men, including two key suspects in an alleged Iranian plot to kill the Saudi ambassador in the United States, a government spokesman said yesterday.

Editorial

Bifurcated Dhaka City Corporation

Area-wise, our capital city is not as large as its counterparts in other countries. In terms of population, however, Dhaka is inhabited by 1.2 crore people. It is more populous than even several countries. The core purpose of city governance is delivery of services or providing access to civic amenities. This has to do more with people than with area.

Ship-breaking security

The death of four workers from toxic gas on October 17 in a Chittagong ship-breaking yard has resulted in the Department of Environment (DOE) fining a steel re-rolling company Taka 25 lakhs. The reason is that proper safety measures and precautions were not utilised. It was discovered by the DOE that the ship in question contained 61 cylinders of carbon dioxide gas which was released while the workers worked on it, causing their death.

Sports

Best possible comeback

The Tigers took the best possible route to rub away the some of the stain of a series defeat as they subjected the West Indies to a score of 61 all out and won the third and final ODI by eight wickets at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium yesterday.

'Sweet revenge'

While skipper Mushfiqur Rahim tried to pin the media on having too much of a soft spot for the “58 all out”, his predecessor tried his best to take the heat off the million-dollar question. Ultimately, it was “sweet revenge” as one of their teammates proclaimed about the turn of events yesterday.

Sunny wins Test place

The national selectors made major changes, brining in one fresh face in Elias Sunny when they announced the 14-member Bangladesh team for the two-match Test series against the visiting West Indies yesterday.

'Conditions were in our favour'

It was the conditions that played a major hand in the Tigers' crushing of the West Indies in the third and final ODI at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium yesterday, believed Mushfiqur Rahim.

Ejaz hits season's 1st ton

Sylhet batsman Ejaz Ahmed hogged the spotlight on the second day as he hit the first hundred of the 13th National Cricket League at the Sylhet Stadium yesterday.

At BTV's mercy

The victory for the Tigers at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium yesterday was a sweet one, coming in quick time and an action-packed one all through. The way the match was wrapped up in 42 overs, or 180 minutes, meant there was hardly a dull moment in the game. But for millions of viewers, sitting in front of their TV sets, there were a lot of distractions. The start of the match unfortunately coincided with the 2 pm news on BTV, followed by the Zohar prayers. Once the game telecast started, one would have thought that there would be an uninterrupted relay, especially since the home side were doing well. But the viewers were left to scratch their heads as too much was encroached upon by commercials.

Afridi wants to play now

All-rounder Shahid Afridi on Tuesday reversed his decision to retire from international cricket, saying he wanted to play for Pakistan since the chairman of the cricket board has been replaced.

Pakistan on top early

Left-arm paceman Junaid Khan chipped in with a maiden five-wicket haul to help Pakistan bundle Sri Lanka for a mere 197-run total on the first day of the opening Test here on Tuesday.

Semifinalists confirmed

Dhaka, Joypurhat, Rajshahi and Chittagong confirmed their semifinal berth in the Southeast Bank 22nd National Youth Hockey competition winning their Super League matches at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.

No significant practice for booters

The national footballers are unlikely to get any practice match against foreign teams before the SAFF Championship starts in India on December 1.

Emon, Sagar in joint lead

FIDE Master Syed Mahfuzur Rahman Emon was joined by FIDE Master Minhazuddin Ahmed Sagar at the top of the points table of the Prime Bank 14th Rating Chess at the end of the 8th round yesterday. Both have 7 points from eight matches and are followed by Mehedi Hasan Porag and Serajul Kabir at second place with 6.5 points. Six players were tied for third position with six points.

Sk Russel's solid start

Holders Sheikh Russel KC got off to a flying start in the Dhaka Metropolis Premier Table Tennis League with a straight 3-0 win over Moeller TT Club on the opening day at the Wooden-Floor Gymnasium yesterday.

Big guns eye knockout

Several Champions League knockout stage regulars can take a step closer to the last 16 on Wednesday, with Barcelona, AC Milan and Chelsea all in strong positions coming into matchday three.

Leonardo defends Pastore deal

Paris St Germain general manager Leonardo has defended the multi-million euro transfer that took Argentina star Javier Pastore from Palermo to his club.

Gasperini rues sacking

Former short-lived Inter Milan coach Gian Piero Gasperini has claimed that the Italian giants should have believed in him rather than sacking him.

Fergie terms it suicide

A future without relegation and promotion from and to the English Premier League would be akin to suicide, according to Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson.

Pressure eases on Bielsa

Athletic Bilbao continued their fledgling revival after a poor start to the campaign when Iker Muniain, Igor Gabilondo and Javi Martinez struck in a 3-1 La Liga win at home to 10-man Osasuna on Monday.

Germans not confident of Euro win

Despite their perfect qualification campaign, only one in five Germans believe their football team will win the European Championships for the fourth time and claim victory in the Euro 2012 final.

Evra alleges racial abuse

Manchester United defender Patrice Evra is standing by his allegation that he was racially abused by Liverpool's Luis Suarez and will continue to pursue the matter, United manager Alex Ferguson said on Monday.

'Offside law too complicated'

Franz Beckenbauer wants FIFA's task force to tackle the offside law and make it simpler for referees to interpret after a weekend of quirky decisions from German match officials.

Business

Draft competition law lacks 'surveillance level'

The government is to formulate a competition law without keeping the provision of a surveillance level over the market manipulation as the country lacks capacity to do such a tough task, insiders said.

Trading settlement period cut by a day

The Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday decided to reduce the stock trading settlement period by a day, in an attempt to increase the trading efficiency of the bourses.

Stocks back in the red

Stocks returned to the red again yesterday as government measures failed to revive investors' confidence.

Govt pushes IMF to move on $1b credit

The government will ask International Monetary Fund to send a final mission to Bangladesh soon to consult disbursement of $1 billion under an extended credit facility programme, officials said.

Salman says lack of confidence is the problem

Lack of confidence is the main problem of the stockmarket, not the liquidity crisis, Salman F Rahman, director of Dhaka Stock Exchange, said yesterday.

Muhith steps aside from stock advisory council

Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday announced his withdrawal as chairman of an advisory council formed on Sunday to help the government take decisions on the stockmarket.

Businesses asked to display TIN at offices

The National Board of Revenue yesterday asked businesses and professionals to display their tax identification numbers (TIN) in their offices.

Farmland sales threaten food security

A continuous transfer of land ownership from farmers to the urban middle class, or non-cultivating owners, poses risks to food security of many, warned a history teacher of Dhaka University yesterday.

ICC launches revised rules to cut graft

Responding to the G20's call on business to stamp out corruption, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has launched the "ICC Rules on Combating Corruption".

Develop local tourism to woo foreign tourists: Quader

Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister GM Quader yesterday stressed the need for developing the domestic tourism to attract foreign tourists to the country.

Export-import resumes in Benapole

Export-import activities between Bangladesh and India through Benapole land port resumed yesterday after a day of suspension in protest of harassment allegedly by the Indian customs authorities.

StanChart senior official due today

Peter Heidinger, managing director and global head of financial institutions at Standard Chartered Bank, is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka today for a two-day official visit.

New MD for bti

Faizur Rahman Khan has recently been appointed managing director of Building Technology & Ideas Ltd (bti), the realtor said in a statement yesterday.

Demand for a tea auction centre in Srimangal

Businesspeople in Moulvibazar yesterday urged the government to set up a tea auction centre in Srimangal town.

Agar farming sees export markets

Agar farming by the private sector is changing the lifestyles of many people in the Sylhet region. It is changing the economic landscape of the area and at least 30,000 people are now earning a livelihood in the silently rising sector. Being a profitable form of farming, it is also contributing to reducing poverty.

A sector with huge potential

Although agar farming goes back a long way, it came to the limelight in Bangladesh in recent years with more and more people in the hilly regions of Sylhet undertaking farming of the rare tree.

Metropolitan

Media can help roll back poverty

The media should focus on pockets of poverty and go for more in-depth, investigative reports on the issue in a bid to alleviate extreme poverty in the country. Such was the consensus emerging at a roundtable yesterday.

Expressway: Tk 3216cr for land acquisition

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) yesterday approved a Tk 3,216 crore support project of the Dhaka Elevated Expressway to acquire land and rehabilitate people displaced by the land acquisition.

Stringent law soon to check tobacco use

A bill for the amendment of the Tobacco Control Act 2005 would be placed in the next parliamentary session, Chief Whip Vice-Principal Abdus Shahid said yesterday.

Proper implementation stressed

The Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Act, 2010 is yet to be implemented properly due to lack of awareness, said speakers yesterday.

Execution of killers a must to establish rule of law

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the capital punishment of the killers of Bangabandhu and his family members, including child Sheikh Russel, is critically important to establish rule of law in the country.

India keen to import more RMGs to reduce trade gap

India is keen on importing more readymade garments from Bangladesh, outgoing Indian High Commissioner Rajeet Mitter said yesterday, urging Bangladeshi businessmen to seize this opportunity to reduce the widening trade gap between the two neighbours.

Join JS with new formula

Awami League (AL) Acting General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif yesterday urged Opposition Leader and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to join the parliament with new formula to ensure participation of all political parties in the next general elections.

Call to ensure women's political empowerment

A three-day regional conference on women's political leadership ended yesterday with a call to strive for greater representation of women in parliament, political bodies, and public life to ensure women's political empowerment and gender equality.

Tk 28cr Swedish support to cut household emission

Sweden is committed to continuing support to Bangladesh for reducing household emission, a silent killer that causes premature death of millions and is responsible for ice melting.

97 BDR members acquitted of treason charges

A court here yesterday acquitted 97 members of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR, now Border Guard Bangladesh) of Satkania Baitul Ijjat unit from treason charges.

Tarique, Mamun realised Tk 20.41cr to give contracts

BNP Senior Vice Chairman Tarique Rahman and his business partner Giasuddin Al Mamun had realised Tk 20.41 crore in foreign currencies from different firms and institutions to award them contracts, an Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) official told a Dhaka court yesterday.

6,000 to perform hajj as replacement

The government has allowed around 6,000 eager persons to perform hajj as replacement of pre-listed pilgrims who had earlier deposited money and completed formalities but finally would not be able to go to Saudi Arabia due to unavoidable circumstances like illness and accidents.

Hearing on quizzing Alim Oct 23

The International Crimes Tribunal yesterday fixed October 23 as the next date for hearing a petition for quizzing former BNP lawmaker Abdul Alim, at a Dhanmondi safe home, in connection with crimes against humanity in 1971.

Two beaten to death

Two suspected thieves were killed in mass beating in seperate incidents in the city yesterday.

Jamaat leader Razzaq gets bail

The High Court (HC) yesterday granted anticipatory bail to Jamaat-e-Islami leader Barrister Abdur Razzaq for four months in a vandalism case.

Jamaat 'lobbies' at Oxford University

In its campaign against the war crimes trial, Jamaat-e-Islami organised a seminar yesterday at Oxford University, UK under the banner of Bangladesh Crisis Group.

HC asks cops to submit report by Nov 13

The High Court (HC) yesterday asked Detective Branch of police to submit a report on the investigation into the incident of torture on Dhaka University (DU) teacher Rumana Manzur by her husband by November 13.

Four killed in train accidents

Four people, including two students, were killed in separate train accidents in Brahmanbaria, Manikganj and Lalmonirhat on Monday and yesterday.

Domestic help dopes 3

A domestic help allegedly doped three members of a family and made off with the valuables from their residence at Farmgate in the city yesterday.

Islami University vandalised

Several hundred students of private Bangladesh Islami University yesterday staged demonstrations on the campus at the city's Gopibagh for six hours and vandalised it protesting "irregularities" of the authorities and realising various demands.

Road crashes kill 2

Two people were killed in separate road accidents in Gopalganj and Dinajpur yesterday.

JU viva voce begins Oct 26

Viva voce for the aspirants of honours programmes at Jahangirnagar University (JU) for the academic sessions 2011-12 will be held from October 26-30.

JnU B-unit admission test on Oct 21

Admission test of the honours programme under Arts faculty (B-unit) at Jagannath University (JnU) for the academic sessions 2011-2012 will be held on October 21 from 3:30pm to 5:00pm, said a press release.

CU law students place 6pt demand

Law Department students of Chittagong University (CU) yesterday formed a human chain on the campus to press home their six-point demand to the university authority.

Traffic halts on Dhaka-Sylhet road

Thousands of vehicles yesterday remained stranded on the Dhaka-Sylhet highway as a local transport owner group of Habiganj barricaded the highway protesting attack on their office and seizing of their vehicles by a rival group.

Jahurul Islam's anniversary of death today

Today is the 16th death anniversary of Jahurul Islam, a pioneer of country's business sector.

Moazzem Hossen

Today is the 10th death anni-versary of Mohammed Moazzem Hossen, a former police officer, says a press release.

Obituary

Arham Ahmed Siddiqi, a noted film producer and one of the organisers of the War of Liberation, passed away at a private hospital in the city on Monday night due to old age complications at the age of 81, says a press release.

Mahbub Hasan

Mahbub Hasan, an eminent theatre activist, organiser and dramatist, passed away at a hospital in the port city yesterday due to old age complications at the age of 83.

Abul Kawsar Chy

Alhaj Abul Kawsar Chowdhury, an eminent businessman, social worker and a former Lion president of Khulna district, passed away on Monday, says a press release.

Nargis Khan

Nargis Khan, a former principal of University Women's Federation College, passed away at her Banani residence in the city yesterday due to cancer, says a press release.

National

One killed in Sunamganj, houses damaged in Magura, Jhenidah

One person was killed and at least 16 houses were damaged during clashes between rival groups in Magura, Jhenidah and Sunamganj districts yesterday.

Honoured for excellence but deprived of salary

Fateha Nurani Fatema, honoured at a function marking World Rural Women's Day for her outstanding performance in educating young learners, has never got any salary during her 14 years of service as a schoolteacher.

Work stoppage disrupts postal service in 21 districts

Tens of thousands of letters including important documents remained undelivered in 2510 rural post offices under Khulna Circle of Bangladesh Postal Department as over 7000 'extra departmental' (ED) employees have been on a 10-day work stoppage since October 10 to press home their nine-point demand.

Five JCD cadres chargesheeted

Sylhet Kotwali police yesterday submitted charge sheet against five JCD cadres in the case for killing deputy manager of the state-run Jalalabad Gas Transmission & Distribution Company Limited Wasiur Raza Chowdhury alias Razi in July.

Rangpur interns on strike

Interns at Rangpur Medical College and Hospital (RMCH) on Monday night went on work abstention demanding safety and security.

'Implement enclave exchange deal without delay'

People living in enclaves in Panchagarh district submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina through the deputy commissioner yesterday afternoon demanding early implementation of the enclave exchange deal signed between the governments of Bangladesh and India.

Pabna textile engg college shut

Pabna Textile Engendering College has been shut till the Eid-ul-Azha following a clash between two groups of students of the college.

Two youths jailed for stalking schoolgirls

A mobile court sentenced two youths to three months imprisonment for stalking two schoolgirls in Narayanganj district town Monday.

Extortionists kill woman

A woman was beaten to death by extortionists at Golaghata in Keshabpur upazila in Jessore district Monday night.

Abducted boy rescued

Police rescued a five-year-old boy and arrested the alleged abductor here yesterday. Police and victim's family sources said Md Sohan, 5, son of businessman Md Shahin Mia of bus stand area in Katiadi upazila was abducted allegedly by shop employee Abdur Rahman, 30, of the same area on Monday at 8:00am while Sohan was walking alone near the bus stand. After abduction, Abdur Rahman tried to take Sohan to his village at Dehunda in Karimganj upazila. But on the way at Dehunda terminal, Sohan started screaming and hearing his scream people rushed to the spot and confined the abductor along with the boy on Monday night.

Gonobahini leader arrested

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab-6) on Monday night arrested a 'regional leader' of Jashad Gonobahini with a fire arm and four bullets at Padomdi village under Shailkupa upazila. The arrestee is Sahed Ali, 25, son of Eakub Molla of Sheikhpara village under Shailkupa upazila of the district. He is an active member of Jashad Gonobahini (Kalu group-Kushtia), police said. Rab-6 commander Major Sakhawat Hossain of Jhenidah said, they arrested Sahed with one 7.65 mm pistol and four rounds of live ammunition.

Jubo League man murdered

Organising secretary of Jubo League of number 10 ward unit of Rangpur was killed on Monday night. A gang led by Milton of Kamal Katchna at Rangpur town stabbed Gopal Biswas on GL Roy Road in the town. Critically injured, he was sent to Rangpur Medical College and Hospital. The doctors of the hospital referred him to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital but he succumbed to his injuries in Bogra on the way to Dhaka at dawn, said his family members. Gopal was the son of Binod Biswas of Purbo Shal Bon in Rangpur town. Officer in-charge of Kotwali police station told this correspondent that there was a dispute over the share of extortion money between Gopal and Milton.

Youth gets life for rape

A court in Jessore yesterday sentenced a youth to life term imprisonment for raping a student of class ten of Joypurhat High School in Monirampur upazila in 2007. Judge ASM Zohirul Islam of Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal in the district delivered the verdict in a crowded courtroom against Moslem Ali, 25, son of Sahor Ali of Chandua village in the upazila. The judge also fined the convict Tk 50,000, in default, to suffer three months more rigorous imprisonment (RI).

Schoolteacher found dead

A schoolteacher was strangled early yesterday. Police recovered the body of Md Abdul Mojid, 45, assistant teacher of Bharotpur High School in Atghoria upazila near Tebunia agriculture firm at about 9:00 am. Sub Inspector Md Badruddoza of Pabna police station said locals found the body and informed police. Quoting the family members, the SI said Mojid was also a travel agent. He came out of his residence with a new motorbike on Monday afternoon but he did not return home. The matter is under investigation, the SI said.

2 Hizb-ut Towhid men held

Police arrested two activists of HiZb-ut Towhid at 10:30 pm on Monday from near Garib Newaz Clinic at KDA Avenue under Khulna Sadar police station. The arrestees were identified as Mohammad Ishaque Ali and Khandaker Khairul Azam. Police recovered some booklets and leaflets from them which contain instructions and modus operandi of how to carry out militant activities, said OC Kamruzzaman. Ishaque Ali hails from Patiya upazila of Chittagong district while Khairul Azam is an inhabitant of Darogapara under Khulna Sadar PS.

Letters

Tributes to Jagjit Singh

The enchanting ghazal singer Jagjit Singh passed away. The news came to us as a shock. It was hard to believe that Jagjit is no more and we would no longer enjoy his enthralling ghazals with his heavenly voice. With his death, not only India, but the whole subcontinent has lost an outstanding music personality. His contribution to the music world is immense and so the loss is irreparable. Despite his death, his presence among the music lovers of this subcontinent as elsewhere will remain ever resplendent through his songs. Myself an ardent admirer of Jagjit Singh, I used to listen to his ghazals frequently. One of his Bengali songs “Beshi kuchu asha kora bhul, Bujhlam ami eto dine…” is one of my favorite numbers.

'BAT-RICKS'

Reference my previous letter on the new Battery Operated Rickshaws, I have the following further observations:

Somalia crying!

While we are complaining of electricity shortage in our country, the drought and famine in Somalia have killed more than 29,000 children under the age of 5 in 90 days in southern Somalia alone, according to U.S. estimates. The UN says 640,000 Somali children are acutely malnourished, suggesting the death toll of small children will rise! As many as 750,000 people could die as Somalia's drought worsens in the coming months, the UN has warned, declaring a famine in new areas. Somalia is crying! The kids of that country don't want to have an expensive video game nor do they want a nice dress…they only want food! They only want to live! They only want to smile! But the UN's Food Security and Nutrition Analysis unit (FSNAU) has some bad news for them. They say 'In total, 4 million people are in crisis in Somalia, with 750,000 people at risk of death in the coming four months in the absence of adequate response'. As a kid myself, I feel very sorry for the Somali kids whose lives are now in danger. May Allah help them. I pray and hope Somalia will survive the disaster!

Children need more than food

How moving was the letter of young Shafeen Mahmood (Class 1X) titled “Young generation need guidance” published in this column on October 12, 2011! Typical of young people everywhere, he is crying out to be given 'the basics of life'. They are told they are the 'future' and that they must study but no one tells them how to live! Their 'treats' are fast food and a visit to the shopping mall but where are the playgrounds and trees to climb? Television is useless. They know that life is more than 'getting good grades' and using the Internet. Where, he demands, is 'guidance'? I hear him asking us, “Where is 'North' and the moral compass so I have something to make my own decisions with?”

BCB's sports channel

The Daily Star carried an advertisement from the Bangladesh Cricket Board - inviting EOIs for a sports-based television channel. It seems strange that a board that is yet to rise to its primary responsibilities (and beyond structural politicization) - is venturing into a commercial media business. It's not even clear if there has been a feasibility study to establish the financial viability of such a channel. Given the proliferation of TV channels in the country - most with dreadfully-low levels of viewership, proving 'viability' of a sports-channel should be the first objective. In the face of impending financial challenges, such ambitious projects should be carefully scrutinized and shared with private and public stakeholders.

Mentors for educational institutions

Education is one of our fundamental rights recognized by our constitution. But it is still a matter of great regret that we have completely failed to ensure the quality of our education in most of our educational institutions. What lie behind our deteriorating quality of education are the illegal interference of politics and unethical practice of favour giving by the authority, in the recruitment policy in particular. In many institutions, the illiterate persons head the authority. Sometimes the managing committees are constituted of persons whose educational qualifications are below the SSC level. Recently, we have come to know from the report of a national newspaper that the chief of the college committee was the night guard of a bank. So it becomes a matter of great concern when the authority evaluates an educational institution as part of their business project. An illiterate businessman can be a patron, but he can never be the head of an educational institution. Only a qualified and educated governing body can determine, manage and frame a fair recruitment policy for the welfare of an educational institution.

Stop robbing the people

The other day while watching a documentary on the facebook about the massacre of unarmed civilian population of Dhaka, the then capital of East Pakistan, made by a British journalist, then a resident of Hotel Sheraton, made me feel sorry about the plight of the helpless people and also about the beautiful Dhaka lost for ever.

Save the trees

As my grandfather lives in Birisiri, I often go there to visit the village. Whenever I go there, I enjoy the beautiful and eye-catching scenery of century-old rain trees standing beside a road in Birisiri. But I am really shocked to hear that those century-old rain trees are being cut down ignoring a high court order. Reportedly, these rain trees were planted by GBC (Garo Baptist Convention). Without their permission some so-called political leaders are chopping down the trees in the name of road development. Yes, the road is dilapidated and needs to be developed further but I can not find here any reason behind the felling of trees. I urge the authorities concerned to take necessary steps as soon as possible to stop the cutting of trees and let the trees live for centuries.

Scarcity of public carriers

There is scarcity of public carriers in the capital. The scene showing thousands of black heads waiting to get a chance to get into a bus, which is very common all day long and even at midnight, at Jatrabari, Janapath intersection (Syedabad), Gulistan, Paltan, Shahbagh, Karwan Bazar, Farmgate, Newmarket and many other points of Dhaka city, supports the statement. Traffic jam and huge quantity of dust are the added miseries. What are our policymakers thinking about the matter? Are they aware about it? Do our politicians have any concern for bringing comfort to people's life?

Polythene being traded freely !

Polythene bags were banned by the previous government. A law has also been passed for preventing the environment degrading polybags. Unfortunately, like many other laws, this law also could not see the light of implementation. Polythene has a very adverse impact on bio-diversity and the environment. It creates dangerous impact on the production of our main staple rice as well as other agricultural products by destroying the productivity of soil. So, our sincere request to the law-enforcement agencies and officials of the Department of Environment (DoE), please play your role in stopping the use of this hazardous substance.

Readers Respond

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International

Offensive launched against Haqqanis

Afghan security forces and their Nato allies have launched a new push against the al-Qaeda-linked Haqqani network along the troubled Pakistani border, senior defence officials said yesterday.

Israeli-Palestinian prisoner swap starts

Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit yesterday arrived back in Israel following his release from five years' captivity, as part of a prisoner exchange deal.

Quartet to meet parties separately

International mediators will meet separately with Israeli and Palestinian officials on October 26 in Jerusalem to try to revive direct peace talks that fell apart more than a year ago, the United States said on Monday.

Hillary Clinton in Tripoli

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hailed Libyan forces who ousted Muammar Gaddafi and vowed support for a democratic transition, on a surprise visit to Tripoli yesterday.

Medvedev PM job not a done deal: Putin

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin laid out the case for his return to the Kremlin on Monday and suggested President Dmitry Medvedev's role in any future government was not yet a done deal.

Floods in C America kills 80

Heavy rains pounded Central America yesterday, where more than 80 people have died in mudslides and flooding over the past week as swollen rivers destroyed bridges and submerged roads.

'Fiercest' crackdown around Syria capital

Syrian troops on Tuesday mounted the fiercest raids in the Damascus region of their seven-month crackdown on dissent, a human rights group said, as neighbouring Turkey welcomed opposition leaders for their first formal talks.

Power from the people

Plugging gadgets into a socket in the wall, or loading them with batteries - or maybe even unfurling a solar panel - is how most of us think of getting electricity. But what about plugging them into your body?

Taliban must give up arms before talks

Pakistan will only hold peace talks with Taliban insurgents if they lay down their arms first, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said yesterday, after both sides signalled willingness to consider negotiations.

Hillary will not run for president

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has made it very clear that she would never run for President again, though she did not completely discount another run for office.

Seven more killed in Yemen unrest

At least seven protesters were killed and dozens wounded yesterday as gunmen loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh opened fire on demonstrators in the Yemeni capital, medics and the opposition said.

Malaria deaths fall by 20% worldwide

There has been a fall of just over 20% in the number of deaths from malaria worldwide in the past decade, the World Health Organization said yesterday.

Chavez has less than two years to live!

Venezuela President Hugo Chavez, who is undergoing cancer treatment, has less than two years to live.

Arts & Entertainment

The Humanist Bard Remembered

A four-day programme was launched on Sunday at the Lalon Akhra in Chheuria, Kushtia to mark Lalon's 121st death anniversary. The programme includes a 'Lalon Mela', rendition of Baul songs and discussion. Speakers at the inaugural programme stressed on the need to uphold the humanitarian and secular philosophy of Lalon by taking greater steps to popularise his songs at all levels of society.

Magnifique Rural Bengal

Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts has organised an art exhibition, featuring the works of noted Indian printmaker Haren Das (1921-1993) and his son Chandan Das.

Sadhu Mela begins in Manikganj

The month long traditional 'Sadhu Mela' began at Dakkhin Jamsa High School ground under Singair upazila in Manikganj on October 11.

Baikuntha Abriti Academy stages "Janani Jantrana"

Baikuntha Abriti Academy, a troupe of elocutionists, recently brought its latest production “Janani Jantrana” to the stage. The show was held at Shawkat Osman Memorial Auditorium, Central Public Library, Dhaka, according to a press release.

Shangskriti Bikash Kendra turns 20

On October 17, Shangskriti Bikash Kendra (SBK), a centre for cultural development, celebrated its 20th anniversary at its premises in Paribagh, Dhaka. SBK embarked on its journey in October 1991. On the occasion of its anniversary, the centre has organised a five-day (Oct 17-21) cultural programme. The programme features a discussion, film screenings, recitation, classical music and dance performances.

Tax evokes ire

Artistes, presenters, dramatists, script writers and guest performers of Bangladesh Betar (radio), Rangpur formed a human chain in front of the Deputy Commissioner's office at Kachari Bazaar in Rangpur District on Sunday. They had gathered there to denounce the 10 percent tax on their honorarium.

Aparna Sen's producer blues

Awards and critical acclaim do not always guarantee a producer for a film. That's what actor-director Aparna Sen would have us believe. The reason: she is yet to find a producer for a comedy she has been planning for a decade.

Coldplay's Chris Martin: “We're tight as a gang again”

Coldplay's Chris Martin has said the band is “very focused” and “tight together as a gang” as they prepare to release their fifth album, “Mylo Xyloto”.

OP-ED

A political syllabus from the BNP

The Bangla-desh Nationalist Party has just launched a political training programme for its leading figures as well as workers. That seems to be a good move, seeing that tens of thousands of politically oriented people in this country clearly do not know what they should be doing about politics even as they make themselves part of the process.

'Occupy' movement has a message

The 'Occupy' movement that began in North America on an anti-greed theme is drawing scorn from some of its principal targets, the banks and some politicians. America's Republican presidential hopefuls assail protesters for being "jealous" and "anti-capitalist." Bankers in Wall Street and Europe say the financial institutions that the protesters regard as plunderers are not responsible for their plight. Some have branded the grassroots movement as being anti-success. It could be a label that would silence the protests as only the rant of unmotivated and unfocused people -- yes, putatively the jealous.

36th Anniversary of Sino-Bangladesh ties

The interaction between the people of Bangladesh and China, which are only about 300 km. apart, dates back centuries. They celebrated 36 years of establishment of diplomatic ties on October 4, this year.

Our trade with Saarc countries

In recent years, there has been an increased interest in regional economic integration in South Asia. Regional integration in South Asia got the momentum in 1995 when the South Asian Preferential Trading Arrangements (Sapta) came into force. In early 2004, Saarc member countries agreed to form a South Asian Free Trade Area (Safta), which came into force from July 1, 2006. Bangladesh is negotiating with India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka for regional FTAs.

The law gets sillier worldwide

Shocking new facts about legal systems around the planet. A man in the US is suing a nail salon for $200,000 after he was charged $1 more for his manicure than female customers. "I was humiliated," Norris Sydnor III of Maryland told reporters.



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