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Tuesday, October 21, 2014


News of: Wednesday, 19th of September, 2012

Front Page

Messy affair

Mashiur Rahman, the embattled economic adviser to the prime minister, yesterday brought allegations of spying against the World Bank apparently in retaliation for the global lender's corruption charges against him and the government.

Disengaged, not leave

Amid confusion over Mashiur Rahman's proceeding on leave, the government has sent an envoy to Washington with an alternative proposal for the revival of the Padma bridge loan deal.

The drama never ends

With this government, drama never ends. And it unfolds layer after layer.

Trinamool pulls out of UPA govt

Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress, a key ally of India's ruling UPA coalition, last night decided to withdraw its support from the government in protest at the recent big-ticket economic reforms and diesel price hike.

Full judgment vs short order

Former chief justice ABM Khairul Haque's suggestions for a caretaker government comprising lawmakers and a small polls-time cabinet do not conform to the short order delivered in May last year.

Hajj flights OK, regular ones not

Biman Bangladesh Airlines will face a backlog of around 4,000 passengers by September 25 as its regular flight schedule has collapsed due to acute shortage of aircraft.

Zim caught in Mendis web

Spinner Ajantha Mendis took a record six wickets for just eight runs as hosts Sri Lanka humbled Zimbabwe in the opening match of the World Twenty20 on Tuesday.

Moody's sees stable outlook for Bangladesh

Global rating agency Moody's yesterday reassessed Bangladesh's rating unchanged at Ba3, for the third consecutive year.

Hill people to get back their land rights

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday assured the ethnic leaders that hill people would get back their rights to their own lands in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT).

Lawmen go unpunished

Extrajudicial killings, forced disappearances and torture by law enforcement agencies continue in the country with impunity, says a report on human rights conditions.

Qaeda calls for more US envoy killings

Al-Qaeda's franchise in North Africa (AQIM) yesterday urged Muslims to storm US embassies and kill American envoys in Muslim countries protest over a film insulting Islam, a monitoring group said.

SC verdict 'distorted' in full text

The main opposition BNP believes the Supreme Court verdict on the constitution's 13th amendment has been "distorted" in its full text and the observations about an interim government comprising lawmakers were included only to implement the "prime minister's plan" for holding the election under a small cabinet.

Pakistan govt backs down

The Pakistani government yesterday backed down in a long-running legal wrangle that has already cost one prime minister his job.

Alim led attack on freedom fighters

War crimes accused Abdul Alim had gone to Panchbibi upazila of Joypurhat in a Pakistani army vehicle to lead an attack there on April 20, 1971, a freedom fighter told International Crimes Tribunal-2 yesterday.

6 more Sonali officials quizzed

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday quizzed six more officials of the Sonali Bank head office in connection with the Hall-Mark loan scam.

Kate wins legal battle

Kate and William have won a landmark legal case to block further publication of “highly intimate” photographs of the Duchess of Cambridge.

No university degree, no entry to UAE

Tourists from South Asian countries that export labour to the UAE will require a university degree to get a visa as the rich Gulf state fights an illegal influx, a newspaper reported yesterday.

Grameen Bank amendment bill passed

The House yesterday passed Grameen Bank (Amendment) Bill, 2012 amid boycott by the lone independent MP Fazlul Azim.

Partnership talks with US begin today

Bangladesh and the United States begin a two-day partnership dialogue in Washington DC today to discuss further deepening of security, trade and development ties between the two countries.

Top outlaw killed in 'shootout'

A regional leader of the outlawed Lal Pataka, a faction of Purbo Banglar Communist Party was killed in a “shootout” between police and the gang in Mirpur upazila of the district early yesterday.

Kasab moves mercy petition before president

The lone surviving gunman from the 2008 Mumbai attacks has applied for clemency from the Indian president in a final bid to avoid the gallows, media reports said yesterday.

MK Alamgir pledges to try killers

Terming the murder of journalist couple Sagar-Runi a tragic incident of national life, Home Minister Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir yesterday promised to bring their killers to justice.

Editorial

Govt. inaction on Hall-Mark fraud

The Hall-Mark scam involving various branches of state-owned Sonali Bank to the tune of Tk3,547 crore has been quite an eye-opener. First of its kind, it has rocked the state-owned banking system with reports of Tk100cr. to 200cr being siphoned off on the sides.

It was waiting to happen

Angered by unanticipated flight delays, passengers stranded for days together went violent at Shah Amanat international airport at Chittagong and Shahjalal international airport in Dhaka on Sunday and Monday.

Sports

'Batting issues mental'

In Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim's view Pakistan and West Indies are the favourites in the ongoing ICC World Twenty20. The logic behind his position is that the two sides have more match-winners than other teams in the competition and this is a special strength which will help the teams to win matches in the shortest version of the game.

Aus, India take field today

India and Australia hope to avoid adding to the list of great limited-overs upsets when they open their World Twenty20 campaigns against Afghanistan and Ireland on Wednesday.

Tigers enjoy day of respite

The Tigers reached hill capital Kandy on Monday. It was just a three-and-a-half hours' journey from Colombo to reach the Mahaweli Reach Hotel: the signature resort of the city. It was not a long or tiresome journey for the Tigers but still everybody was tired mainly because they boarded the bus soon after the end of their second and last warm-up match against Ireland at the Moors Sports Club ground. The hectic schedule was why the Tigers were given the chance to keep away from cricket yesterday, as it was a rest day for them. Mushfiqur Rahim's men however enjoyed the day engaged in different activities. Most of the players spent their time playing indoor games like chess, carrom, table tennis and billiard in the hotel in the morning session where there was no shortage of excitement when someone won a game.

'Play like a family to win'

Despite the loss against Ireland in the last warm-up game, most Bangladesh ex- cricketers are of the opinion that the current national team have the quality to get through to the Super-8s of the ICC World Twenty20.

Minister urges swift completion

Having inspected the BFF football academy in Sylhet yesterday, state minister for Youth and Sports Ahad Ali Sarker expressed his desire to get the ball rolling as soon as possible and instructed his staff to provide him with an estimation of necessary requirements to start the academy.

Kick-boxer Ruqsana wins bronze

Ruqsana Begum, a British kickboxing champion of Bengali origin, won a bronze medal at the Muay Thai Kick-boxing World Championships in Russia recently. Ruqsana broke the Eastern European dominance at the World Championships to win the bronze medal.

Fed Cup from Oct 5

The Grameenphone Federation Cup will begin on October 5 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium instead of the earlier schedule of September 24.

Rain mars BD-Nepal friendly

Heavy downpour in Kathmandu ruined Bangladesh's first-ever international friendly match against Nepal yesterday as the match commissioner deemed the pitch condition at the Dasrath Stadium unplayable.

WIHP rule Day 3

A five-for by slow-left-armer Shakir Ahmed was the only bright spot for the BCB National Cricket Academy as they slumped to 184 for 7 on the rain-hit third-day of the four-day game, after the West Indies High Performance side declared at 534 for 9.

Commissioner Gold Cup

Walton Dhaka Commissioner Gold Cup football tournament began yesterday at four different venues with all the hosts except for Manikganj winning.

Railway, Uttara win

Uttara Hockey Club and Bangladesh Railway SC recorded victories in their respective matches of the Green Delta Insurance First Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.

No room for KP

Kevin Pietersen has been left out of England's Test squad for the tour of India as the controversial batsman pays the price for the text message scandal that has left his international career in tatters.

Stiff test for Chelsea

Chelsea's chances of successfully defending their Champions League crown will be given a stiff early examination when they take on Italian champions Juventus at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

Serbia want shift of venue

Serbia will try to move their next World Cup home qualifier against Belgium on October 12 to the northern city of Novi Sad to avoid a hostile reception by home fans in Belgrade, coach Sinisa Mihajlovic said on Tuesday.

Arsene warns Theo

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has warned Theo Walcott that his contract negotiations could end up affecting team selection if the situation drags on for the rest of the season.

Ba rescues Magpies

Senegal striker Demba Ba rescued a 2-2 draw for Newcastle as his late equaliser left Everton to pay the price for a crucial blunder by the officials at Goodison Park on Monday.

'We have to move on'

British football must move on and stop the current handshake row from becoming a "mafia feud", Professional Footballers' Association chief Gordon Taylor said on Monday.

Kaiser backs Germans for glory

Bayern Munich honorary president Franz Beckenbauer expressed his confidence on Tuesday that a German team can win this season's Champions League title.

Prince William loses to a kid

There's nothing as quintessentially English as being terrible at penalties. During his tour of the Solomon Islands with the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William upheld the principles of the Land of Hope and Glory by being really quite terrible at spot kicks.

Business

Moody's reassigns stable rating to Bangladesh

Global rating agency Moody's yesterday gave Bangladesh a stable sovereign outlook of Ba3 for the third consecutive year.

Ctg customs seizes falsely declared cars

Chittagong customs officials yesterday seized three luxury cars imported with false declaration.

Stocks back to black on WB loan optimism

Stocks returned to the black yesterday riding on investor optimism fuelled with renewed possibility of World Bank's loan revival for the Padma bridge.

Stocks lure foreign fund managers

The stockmarket is becoming a potential investment destination for foreign fund managers; some of them are currently in the country to discover opportunities.

Review panel asks CPA to scrap tender

A review panel of Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) has asked the Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) to cancel a tender launched in June for appointment of a private operator for New Mooring Container Terminal.

DSE wants curbs on RN Spinning's share sale

The Dhaka Stock Exchange yesterday requested the stockmarket regulator to impose restrictions on the selling of shares by sponsors, directors and their spouses of RN Spinning Mills, as the bourse detected anomalies in the company's rights issue.

An individual shouldn't be a barrier to Padma bridge fund: Akbar Ali

The country's interest matters more than that of an individual, former caretaker government adviser Akbar Ali Khan said yesterday.

BB offers $50m for eco-correct brick kilns

The central bank has introduced a refinance loan scheme worth $50 million to encourage environment-friendly and automatic brick kilns in the country.

CSR for better livelihood of Sundarbans people

HSBC, MRDI, and Green World Communication Ltd will work together using corporate social responsibility (CSR) funds for an alternative social development support to address poverty, MRDI said in a statement yesterday.

Hasina seeks to cut trade gap with Jakarta

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina voiced her optimism in reducing the trade gap between Bangladesh and Indonesia as there are bright prospects of exporting pharmaceuticals, ceramics, apparels, jute, silk and leather items to Indonesia.

Left-leaning parties criticise BERC for power tariff hike

Leaders of two left-leaning parties -- Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) and Bangladesher Samajtantric Dal (BSD) -- branded the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) as a puppet organisation of the government.

Carpet-making brings hope to disabled women in Mymensingh

Handloom items made by disabled women in Mymensingh are turning out to be hot properties among the discerning customers at home and abroad.

Why the UK must reverse its economic course

It is the mark of science and perhaps rational thought more generally to operate with a falsifiable understanding of how the world operates. And so it is fair to ask of the economists a fundamental question: What could happen going forward that would cause you to substantially revise your views of how the economy operates and to acknowledge that the model you had been using was substantially flawed? As a vigorous advocate of fiscal expansion as an appropriate response to a major economic slump in an economy with zero or near-zero interest rates, I have for the last several years suggested that if the British economy -- with its major attempts at fiscal consolidation -- were to enjoy a rapid recovery, it would force me to substantially revise my views about fiscal policy and the workings of the macroeconomy more generally.

LG unveils Optimus G phone

LG Electronics Inc unveiled its latest high-end smartphone packed with powerful hardware upgrades on Tuesday, as the struggling South Korean firm tries to win market share from Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd in the crucial holiday quarter.

Metropolitan

Feasibility study nearly complete: Quader

The feasibility study on the construction of the country's first ever tunnel under the river Karnaphuli is at its final stage, Communications Minister Obaidul Quader told parliament yesterday.

HC for letting Bazlul Haque contest

The High Court yesterday directed the Election Commission to allow independent candidate Bazlul Haque to contest the Gazipur-4 by-election by accepting his nomination paper.

Committees formed to begin process

The Academic Council of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) yesterday formed admission committees to begin the first year admission process for the academic session of 2012-2013.

BGB, BSF carry out joint inspection

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) yesterday made a joint inspection of 21 patches of the border in West Tripura district where India proposes to construct a single-row fencing.

Boy's body found, 4 held

The body of a five-year-old was recovered from the water reserve tank of his neighbour's house at Ananada-nagar in the capital's Darussalam on Monday.

Girl dies in accident

A girl died as a blown off nozzle of a tyre pumper hit her in the head in the capital's Gabtoli yesterday.

Dy Speaker rejects BNP MP's notices

Deputy Speaker Shawkat Ali in parliament yesterday rejected all the 25 notices on various issues submitted by a BNP lawmaker for discussion.

41 tortoises recovered, one held

Forest officials of Khulna yesterday recovered 41 Sundhi tortoises and arrested a man in Batiaghata upazila of the district.

Nat'l Cycling Day sought

Speakers yesterday urged the government to declare September 18 as National Cycling Day saying cycling is one of the most important means of transportation considering environment and health.

US gives three ambulance boats to Bangladesh

The US government yesterday handed over three metal shark ambulance boats to the Bangladesh Coast Guard in Chittagong to help provide treatment to the people in coastal areas.

Hajis under private management to face lodging crisis: Haab

Around 30,000 Bangladeshi Hajj pilgrims, travelling to Saudi Arabia under private management, will face housing crisis in Makkah and Madinah if the current flight schedule is maintained, the Hajj Agencies Association of Bangladesh (Haab) said yesterday.

Man to die for killing clinic doctor

A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced a man to death for killing a female doctor at her clinic chamber in the capital's Sabujbagh in 2009.

Armed robbers storm envoy's house

Armed robbers stormed the residence of the Bangladesh high commissioner in Pretoria, South Africa in a failed attempt early yesterday.

4 killed in road accidents

Four people were killed in separate road accidents in Chittagong, Rangpur, Naogaon and Mymensingh yesterday.

Hearing deferred to Oct 31

A Dhaka court yesterday deferred until October 31 hearing on charge framing against BNP acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and 28 others in connection with a blast case.

Judge dismisses case against Suranjit

A Dhaka court yesterday summarily dismissed a defamation case against minister without portfolio Suranjit Sengupta hours after it was filed against him on charge of making "derogatory" remark about lawyers and courts on September 16.

Quader claims he reduced graft

Communications Minister Obaidul Quader yesterday claimed that 50 percent of the irregularities in the transport regulatory body BRTA and Roads and Highways Department (RHD) had been reduced during the last nine months of his ministership.

ASK wants law for domestic workers' protection

Rights body Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK) yesterday urged the government to formulate a law to recognise domestic workers' employment and ensure their protection.

Tobacco factory fined for pollution

The Department of Environment (DoE) on Monday fined a tobacco factory in Manikganj Tk19.6 lakh for polluting the environment with tobacco wastes.

Unknown people burn RU bus on campus

Unidentified criminals set fire to a students' bus on Rajshahi University campus in the wee hours of yesterday.

Woman dies from electrocution

A housewife died allegedly from electrocution at her residence in the capital's Pallabi yesterday.

Fake revenue stamps seized, 4 held

Detective Branch (DB) of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) arrested four persons from Agrabad and Goshaildanga in the port city and seized fake revenue stamps and court fee worth Tk 17 lakh from their possession on Monday and yesterday.

Alleged murderer of cop arrested

Police on Monday arrested an accused in the murder of an assistant sub inspector (ASI) in Chittagong.

French embassy offers research assistance to Cuet

The Embassy of France in Bangladesh expressed interest in assisting Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (Cuet) in education and research.

Doctor killed in Cox's Bazar

A homeopathy doctor was found murdered at his chamber in Pekua upazila of Cox's Bazar yesterday.

Humayun Ahmed's 'Ghetuputro Komola' to compete for Oscar

"Ghetuputro Komola" (Pleasure Boy Komola), a film by late Humayun Ahmed, has been selected to contest for Oscar award, the greatest honour in motion picture industry, in "Foreign Language Films" category.

One dies as train hits him

A man was killed and another injured when a train hit them in Kuril area in the capital yesterday.

Tridiv Roy passes away

Tridiv Roy, father of Chief of Chakma Circle Raja Debashish Roy, passed away yesterday morning at his residence at Islamabad in Pakistan at the age of 80.

Death anniversary

Today is the fifth death anniversary of Alhaj Foyez Boksh Bhuiya, father of an additional judge.

National

Jute market on road leaves little space for commuters

A seasonal jute market occupies much of the road at Balijuri Bazar, one kilometre away from Madarganj upazila headquarters, much to the sufferings of thousands of commuters including students, office goers and traders.

Kids attend classes amid risk in 'abandoned' rooms

Kotchandpur Pilot High School has become dilapidated and students attend their classes amid risk of accident.

AL factions clash over capture of party office

At least 20 people, including the leaders of Awami League Tentulia upazila unit and its front organisations, were injured during a clash between two AL factions over capture of the party office at the upazila headquarters in Panchagarh district yesterday.

Protesters want stern action against two school committee men

Local people guardians, and students of Chatmohar RCN and BSN High School brought out a procession at Chatmohar upazila headquarters yesterday, demanding exemplary punishment of two members of the school managing committee for their alleged involvement in sexual harassment of a few girls of the school.

22 Shibir activists held for attack on policemen

Police arrested 22 activists of Islami Chhattra Shibir, student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami early yesterday on charge of attacking the law-enforcers on Monday evening.

2 commit 'suicide' in C'nawabganj

A woman and a girl allegedly committed suicide at two villages in Shibganj and Gomostapur upazilas on Monday evening and yesterday morning.

AL,BNP clash in Jessore

At least four people were injured as Jubo League and BNP activists locked in a clash at Navaran Bazar in Sharsha upazila on Sunday night.

Rain triggers floods in Gaibandha

Heavy rain for the last 4-5 days, followed by onrush of water from across the border, triggered flash flood in the district, leaving at least 5,000 people of two upazilas marooned.

Missing schoolgirls rescued in capital

Two schoolgirls, who went missing from their respective schools in the city on Sunday, were rescued in the capital city on Monday.

Conductor pushes student off bus, sparking protest

Students of Government Bangabandhu University College in the district town yesterday protested harassment of a female student by a transport worker.

Jewellers protest robbery

Jewellers in the district town kept their shutters down yesterday, protesting robbery at a shop.

Man gets life for murder

A man was awarded life term imprisonment and fined Tk. 5000, in default to suffer one year more in jail, for killing his wife. According to the prosecution, following a family feud, Abdul Latif, 30, of Khukshia village under Kazipur upazila beat his wife Sheuly Khatun dead on April 1, 2008. Sukur Mahmood, father of the deceased, filed a murder case and police submitted charge sheet against three accused. Father-in-law of the victim Sanjat Ali and mother-in-law Nur Jahan were acquitted as allegation against them could not be proved.

Shops gutted in Sylhet

Three shops were gutted in a fire that broke out at Burunga Bazar under Osmaninagar police station on Monday night. Witnesses said the fire originated at a grocery shop of Madhu Mia at about 8:30pm and soon engulfed the adjoining two others. On information, a firefighting unit from Tajpur rushed to the spot and doused the flames after an hour of frantic efforts. The reason behind the fire could not be known yet.

Boy drowns in Thakurgaon

A 4-year-old boy drowned in a pond on Monday afternoon at Salondar village under Sadar upazila. The boy was identified as Badal, son of Monsur Ali, of the village. Local people said, the boy was playing on the bank of 'Dehapukur' pond with other children near his house. Somehow he fell into the pond and drowned as he did not know how to swim. Hearing screams of other children, local people searched for the boy in the pond but failed to find him. Later divers from Rangur recovered the body at 7:00am Tuesday after two hours of frantic efforts.

Fake fertiliser factory

A mobile court fined the owners of a fertiliser factory Tk 10,000 for manufacturing and marketing fake fertiliser in Hashimpur area on Monday. Agriculture department sources said, a mobile court, led by Upazila Nirbahi Officer Abu Hena Mostafa Kamal, raided AM Agro Chemical and found that fake fertiliser was being loaded in two nasimons (locally-made vehicles) there. The mobile court fined the management of the factory Tk 10,000 and seized the two fertiliser-loaded vehicles.

Lightning kills man

Lightning killed a man at Singri Beel (water body) at Toakul union in Goainghat upazila on Monday evening. The deceased was identified as Sayeed Mia, 38, of Loshkorkandi village. Locals said, a thunderbolt struck Sayeed when he was catching fish at the water body, leaving him dead on the spot at about 6:30pm.

Letters

Will they get justice?

On February 11, 2012 the dead bodies of Sagar Sarwar and Mehrun Runi were found in their flat at West Rajabazar. They were brutally murdered by unknown killers. The shocking incident is still vivid in our mind. From the September 15, 2012 issue of the daily Prothom Alo we learned that the DNAs of four professional thieves have been sent to the USA to test whether those match with the DNA collected from the bodies of Sagar and Runi.

Make dengue vaccine available

We have learnt from this daily that researchers based in France and Thailand found effective result in the trial of a dengue vaccine candidate called CYD-TDV. This report gives us hope because there is currently no vaccine available to protect against dengue. Whereas dengue is one of the most widespread mosquito-borne viral diseases in the world including Bangladesh, with around half of the world's population are currently at risk.

Check cyber crimes

Young girls and women are regularly falling victims to cyber crimes. Regular text messages with vulgar contents as well as phone calls have been harassing many women. Since these women cannot share this ordeal with others because of social stigma and embarrassment, this leads them to suffer from various mental problems. Government authorities must take urgent steps to curb this crime before it goes viral.

Defective railway track

A very investigative and critical photograph by a staff photographer was published in the front page of a local English daily on 15th. September. He deserves congratulations for the excellent and revealing photograph that said it all! How can the railway management allow such poor track fish plate fastening with the sleeper at a rail expansion joint, that has to permit length-wise expansion of the rails? The fish plate needs to be firmly bolted to the sleeper, which is essential for safety.

Vocabulary tests to judge merit!

In a modern society where language should never be a barrier, why is one bound to answer the English vocabulary questions to pass the language part of the IBA admission test? There is no denying the fact that English is an International language which one should be familiar with, to lead a sound professional life. A student can be tested for her/his analytical skill, technical skills and for other faculties. A good vocabulary in no way makes one intelligent. Before the admission test, students memorise a large number of words in SAT books. They only learn those words for the admission test, but forget those eventually!

May his dream come true

Fahim, a poor eight-year-old boy who lives at Narinda, works at a hardware shop at Nawabpur in Old Dhaka. He wants to go to school but can't. He has to work to support his mother who is very sick. Fahim used to go to a nearby school before. But then his mother fell ill and could not work anymore. She then decided to make her only boy self-reliant. So she sent him to the workshop. I talked to Abdul Razzaq, the owner of that workshop. He said, “Fahim is an honest boy, always sincere in his work. He is also talented. “If he gets a chance to study, he will do well,” he added. “I want to be solvent so that I can arrange better treatment for my dear mother,” said Fahim confidently. I hope one day his dream will come true.

How can a fresher have experience?

It has become very common that one must have some experience to apply for a job. How can a fresher get experience if he/she can't get a job in the first place? This is shocking to all new job applicants. In this case, I remember Oscar Wilde who said in The Picture of Dorian Gray that “experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.” Terry Blakeman said: “If experience is life's best teacher then why do we have to learn by example?" We know that a young professional can do well without his having any experience. So, it is our fervent request to the organisations that they should have at least some positions in their organisations for the freshers who will become experienced with time.

Illegal electric rickshaws

Electric rickshaw is a rickshaw with a rechargeable battery, extra chain and gear. This is another great creation of Bangladeshi brain after nosimon, korimon, votvotiya, etc. You can find many of these types of rickshaws all over the country. Most of the rickshaw-pullers are ignorant of controlling the these rickshaws. As a consequence, rickshaw accidents occur frequently and many of us have broken our hands or legs by these accidents. But nobody is there to look after it! The batteries need to be charged the whole night and the rickshaw-pullers charge their batteries from illegal connections. Who is there to look after this? It is high time the authorities took steps to stop these illegal rickshaws from plying our city streets. The government need to ban these electric rickshaws.

Teachers shouldn't engage in politics

Teachers are considered the most enlightened people in any society; they are called the nation builders. At present, most of the teachers of public universities are engaged in dirty politics to get administrative power and lucrative positions. They often do not take classes and do not assess the exam scripts in time. Hence the delay in publishing results. Teachers should never be involved in partisan politics. Their only duty should be teaching their students and getting involved in various research works. If our teachers are misguided, the students are bound to get spoiled. I therefore urge all the teachers not to engage in politics so that their students can become enlightened citizens by following their ideals.

Readers Respond

Here are some comments that came in response to Tuesday's The Daily Star news report headlined “Mashiur refutes leave report”.

International

Nato scales back jt ops with Afghans

Nato-led forces are scaling back joint operations with Afghan forces after a spate of "insider attacks" in which Afghan recruits turned their weapons on Western allies, officers yesterday said.

Iran seeks observer role in Syria

Syrian troops shelled several districts in Aleppo and clashed with rebels yesterday, as Damascus ally Iran proposed an observer role for his country alongside Egypt, Turkey and Saudi Arabia and a peaceful solution to the conflict.

China-Japan dispute threatens to escalate

Anti-Japanese protests continued across China yesterday, as the countries' competing claims to a group of islands threatened to escalate. There were reports that a large flotilla of Chinese fishing boats was due to arrive in the area later in the day.

Myanmar frees political prisoners

Several dozen political prisoners have been freed in Myanmar, opposition groups yesterday said, deepening a reform drive as democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi starts her first US trip in two decades.

Rushdie releases memoirs

As violent protests over a US-made film rock the Muslim world, Salman Rushdie publishes his account yesterday of the decade he spent in hiding while under a fatwa for his book "The Satanic Verses".

Romney rocked by secret video

Mitt Romney was rocked Monday by a secretly filmed video in which he said nearly half of Americans back President Barack Obama because they are government-dependent "victims" who dodge taxes.

Middle age begins at 55!

Middle age starts much later than previously thought - at the age of 55, research suggests.

Arts & Entertainment

Arindom honours Ferdousi Majumdar

Arindom, a theatre troupe in the port city, honoured noted actress Ferdousi Majumdar with the Sadrul Pasha Award on the occasion of its 39th anniversary on Sunday evening at the open stage of the local Shilpakala Academy. A musical soiree was also held on the occasion.

“Ekalabya” exits the stage

Those who have seen Desh Natok's hugely successful play, “Nityapuran” (2001), will definitely recall its protagonist Ekalabya. The “Mahabharat” inspired production saw a superbly fitting, bold and energetic Ekalabya on the stage.

Musical homage to Abdul Alim

A musical programme with a short discussion, highlighting the accomplishments and contribution of the legendary singer Abdul Alim, was held at national Music and Dance Centre auditorium of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on September 17. Titled “Alok Shikha Joluk Pran-e”, the event was arranged by University Cultural Foundation. At the programme, the promising artiste duo -- Mahfuzar Rahman and Yunusur Rahman -- performed both solo and duet covers of songs originally recorded by Abdul Alim.

Lecture on 'digital poetry’

A lecture demonstration by British poet Ross Sutherland on 'digital poetry' was held at the auditorium of University of Liberal Arts (ULAB) in Dhanmondi, Dhaka on September 17. The lecture, arranged by the British Council, was part of a series of programmes including a workshop featuring upcoming Bangladeshi poets.

Jyoti in Tanvir Mokammel's Jibon Dhuli

Lux Anandadhara Photogenic 2004 Jyotika Jyoti is excited about her role in “Jibon Dhuli”. She dons the role of the wife of a 'dhuli' (drummer). Shatabdi Wadud plays the role of the 'dhuli' in the film. The film is being directed by Tanvir Mokammel.

British curators Jean Vacher and Aileen Burns in Dhaka

Connections Through Culture (CTC) is a new British Council Arts project to develop curatorial skills and exchange information between galleries in the UK and South Asia. CTC has invited eight galleries from Bangladesh, Pakistan and 10 galleries from UK to take part in the project. The project aims to provide an introduction to key cultural institutions, and will give the participants an opportunity to meet several artists, curators and gallery directors from the UK.

OP-ED

The writer, the reader and history

The best part of writing about politics and history is the degree of reactions and responses you get as feedback. There are many people who agree with you and some who don't, which is fair enough. The difficulty arises when some readers, their indignation aroused by what you write, sometimes hurl words and phrases at you that leave you rather surprised. But, as I have learned over the years, it is always the decent thing to listen to the other point of view, no matter how much you tend to disagree with it. Of course, Charles de Gaulle would say something different. Asked once what he thought of people who disagreed with him, he deadpanned: 'I respect people who disagree with me, but I cannot tolerate them.'

We could have gone farther

When Pakis-tan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar suggests that they are willing to view Kashmir from "another angle" to tackle the thorniest problem and Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna changes the subject, it means that Islamabad has overcome pressures from within. Of course, Foreign Minister Khar's remark is primarily meant to reopen the problem which remains frozen. Yet the mere suggestion of "another angle" indicates a new confidence that the tottering Asif Ali Zardari government has assumed.

Spurning offer not unhealthy in democracy

On September 13, five ministers and two state ministers were sworn in by the president. Two veteran leaders --Tofail Ahmed of Awami League (AL) and Rashed Khan Menon of the Workers Party, a partner of the grand alliance of the AL-led government -- who were invited to join as ministers did not accept the offer.

Freedom to offend

As the infamous You-tube film unleashes outrage and mob violence on the streets across the Muslim world, we are confronted with a moral and legal dilemma: what are the limits of free speech?

Striding within the veil and beyond

The increasing interest in women's empowerment, especially in the "developing" areas of the world today, is gradually taking up an important position in the agenda of world issues. Along with other female-oriented topics under immediate consideration, the role of the "eastern" woman in asserting herself as a capable individual is more openly explored today than ever before. The increased presence of "women behind closed doors" is more noticeable, even in areas where the role of women is comparatively minimised.

This Day In History

September 19

1870
Franco-Prussian War: the Siege of Paris begins, which will result on January 28, 1871 in the surrender of Paris and a decisive Prussian victory.



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