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News of: Wednesday, 19th of December, 2007

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FAO pulls for Dhaka amid global food crisis

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations has put Bangladesh and four other Saarc nations on the list of 37 countries facing food crisis and requiring external assistance.

Jalil finally sued over 6 months into detention

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday filed separate cases against Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil and former home minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury for concealing information in their wealth statements and amassing assets beyond known income sources.

Niazi's book mocks Jamaat's claim

An account of events chronicled by the commander of Pakistani occupying forces in 1971 renders rather untrue Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh's vehement claim that they were not involved in anti-liberation activities, by categorically saying that the Army of Razakars was formed by the erstwhile Pakistan government itself to fight against the liberation forces of Bangladesh.

Over 2m hajj pilgrims seek mercy at Arafat

More than two million Muslims from across the globe gathered yesterday around Mount Arafat near Makkah, the birthplace of Islam for the annual hajj.

TIB finds irregularities, mismanagement

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) in its observation report on the relief operations in the Sidr-affected areas brought allegations of irregularities, corruption, mismanagement and lack of coordination.

Ex-BNP lawmaker Salahuddin's son jailed for 9 yrs

A Special Court yesterday handed down nine years' imprisonment to Shahriar Ahmed, son of former BNP lawmaker Salahuddin Ahmed, for committing three types of tax offences.

Home rush starts

A woman was killed and her daughter and son injured yesterday in a two-launch collision in mid river near Sadarghat Launch Terminal as they were tying to board a launch, avoiding the terminal crowded with launches and thousands of Eid vacationers.

1,500 years old antiques found in Bogra

Archaeologists have discovered more antiques dating back to the Pala dynasty, including a terracotta piece bearing a statue of a meditating Gautam Buddha, at Bhasu Bihar in Shibganj upazila of Bogra.

9 out of 13 accused were on the spot

Razakars in Keraniganj killed hundreds of locals including three freedom fighters on orders of four Jamaat-e-Islami leaders including Motiur Rahman Nizami and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojahid, said freedom fighter Mozaffar Ahmed Khan.

Prices of essentials shoot up

Prices of daily essentials including onion, fine rice, milk powder and meat have shot up ahead of Eid-ul-Azha due to apparent shortage of supply in the market.

Cattle all over Uttara-6 as BDR removes market

The entire Sector-6 of Uttara in the capital virtually turned into a cattle market as BDR personnel last night drove away traders with their cattle from the makeshift market set up by Dhaka City Corporation there on the occasion of the Eid-ul-Azha.

SSC exams now start March 27

The Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination 2008 and its equivalent examinations under all educational boards have been deferred to March 27 as Cyclone Sidr caused a setback in an advanced schedule for the exams from next year.

SC clears way for govt to send rest of artefacts

The Supreme Court yesterday stayed Thursday's High Court order of status quo and thereby cleared all the way for the government to send the rest of Bangladeshi artefacts to Paris exhibition.

Poor power coordination led to Sidr blackout

The government-formed investigation committee found lack of coordination between the central load-dispatch centre (CLDC) and the power substations as the prime reason behind the countrywide blackout on November 15 when the cyclone Sidr struck the coastal areas.

Fresh summons on 9 witnesses

A Sylhet court issued fresh summons on nine prosecution witnesses, including a deputy secretary, for recording their depositions in a case filed in connection with the grenade attack on the British high commissioner in May, 2004.

Youth held in Jamalpur

The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested the fleeing youth who traded gunshots with the elite force, leaving one dead and two Rab men wounded in the early hours Monday.

Let state, not individuals, be plaintiff

The War Crimes Facts Finding Committee has said that the state should be the complainant in any case to bring criminals to trial for acts of mass killing and crimes against humanity.

Rangs death toll rises to 11

Another body has been recovered from under the rubble of Rangs Building, bringing the death toll to 11.

HC bail to Sigma, Mir Helal stayed

The Supreme Court yesterday stayed bail granted by the High Court to Sigma Huda, wife of jailed former communications minister Nazmul Huda, and Barrister Mir Helal Uddin, son of jailed former state minister for civil aviation and tourism Mir Nasir.

Sharif out of elections

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif lost his appeal against the rejection of his nomination for next month's parliamentary elections, an official said yesterday, eliminating a key opposition leader from the crucial vote.

Editorial

Commendable RAB operation in the capital

The operation carried out by the Rapid Action Battalion against suspected militants in the capital the other day appears to have yielded yet more information on what religious extremists in the country might still be up to. For RAB, it was certainly commendable to have gone into such a crowded area as the one the alleged militants lived in and neutralise them. We occasionally hear of extremists being apprehended and nabbed along with a good amount of arms and ammunition. It is a sign once again of the degree of alertness that has come into the security forces. Such a relentless pursuit of criminal activities must clearly continue with a view to ensuring peace and security in the country.

Cash-strapped Sidr victims

Reports from Patuakhali suggest that with suspension of disbursement of fresh loans by the NGOs, Sidr affected people are falling prey to the hands of money lenders known as 'mahajans'. Small scale entrepreneurs are borrowing money from traditional lenders at interest rates as high as 15 to 20 percent a month. Most of these borrowers are engaged in poultry, fish and vegetable farming and owning shops. With the coming of the NGO micro-credit operations, the mahajans were on the retreat. In current circumstances, however, money lenders are apparently coming to resurface by exploiting pauperisation in the affected areas. Clearly such a state of affairs cannot be allowed to continue.

Pakistan, post-December 16 . . .

It is time to go back to a recapitulation of history. No, not ours, but that of the state of Pakistan as it was in the days immediately after the emergence of Bangladesh out of the ashes of what used to be East Pakistan. As millions of Bengalis celebrated the surrender of the Pakistan occupation forces at the Race Course in Dhaka on December 16, a state of understandable, perfect gloom descended on what had been till then West Pakistan and was now all that remained of Pakistan.

Emergency's ugly children

Emergency has ended, but not before it had done its work: amended the constitution further; the president can do without the usual Indemnity Act to validate his illegal and unconstitutional acts; the judiciary has been purged, and at least one troublesome judge has probably been exiled. Such measures have completed the framework within which 2008 elections will be held.

Gaining duty free access to the US market

For many years the holy grail of Bangladesh trade policy has been to achieve duty free access to the United States apparel market. The attempts go back a decade but have not been successful. Now there is bill in the House of Representatives that, if passed, would provide considerable relief for Bangladesh apparel exports. This bill is called the "New Partnership for Development Act" and provides a partial solution for Bangladesh, improving competitiveness by avoiding some of the duties charged on apparel. (In the language of the American Congress a bill is a piece of legislation that has not yet been passed by the Congress; an act is legislation that has been passed.) While the draft of the bill in its present form has several points that reduce its useful impact for Bangladesh, there is room for negotiation and for adjustment of policies in Bangladesh. First, consider how Bangladesh might approach obtaining legislation that helps the exports to the United States. Then some of the technical issues of the draft bill will be discussed.

Sports

Rajshahi one-day kings

Rajshahi regained the one-day title of the 9th Na-tional Cricket League comfortably with two games in hand when they took sweet revenge of their four-day defeat to Chittagong with a 70-run victory at the Rajshahi Divisional Stadium yesterday.

Opportunity wasted

Bangladeshi bowlers gave a much improved performance and the team moved about with more confidence and energy in the field to restrict the State Northern Knights to 173 for seven in a rain-hit second warm-up match at Seddon Park yesterday before another spell of showers put a stop to the Tigers' plan to bat.

Steve strikes hurt SL

Steve Harmison grabbed three wickets as England took the opening day's honours in the third and final cricket Test against Sri Lanka here on Tuesday.

India land with high hopes

India's cricket team arrived in Australia on Tuesday full of high expectations for a tour which is likely to be the last trip Down Under for veterans such as Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid.

Hogg, Tait drafted in

Brad Hogg will face another last-minute battle to resume his Test career after he was named in a 12-man squad alongside Shaun Tait for the first match against India. Hogg lost a bowl-off to Stuart MacGill for the opening game of the Sri Lanka series, but he is now in a different fight as the selectors decide whether to field an all-pace attack at the MCG on Boxing Day or include his left-arm spin.

Leonine going great guns

Leonine Chess Club maintained their winning run in the Dutch-Bangla Bank First Division Chess League to stay atop the table after yesterday's sweeping 4-0 victory against i2 Soft Solution.

PCB opposes county for players

The Pakistan cricket Board has made it clear it would not give a free hand to players to sign county contracts in the near future.

Bayliss shocked with pitch

Sri Lanka's coach, Trevor Bayliss, has expressed surprise at the way the Galle wicket played, after his team scored 147 for 4 on a rain-delayed opening day which was curtailed to 55 overs.

Jamie excited by Glamorgan

New Glamorgan recruit Jamie Dalrymple says he agreed to join them because he believes there are exciting times ahead for the Welsh county.

Kumble cool on speed

Anil Kumble believes India can handle a four-man pace attack if Australia choose to overlook spin in the Boxing Day Test at the MCG. The prospect of the raw speed of Shaun Tait backing up the existing trio of Brett Lee, Stuart Clark and Mitchell Johnson might be less attractive to India than Brad Hogg but Kumble was confident it would not be a major problem.

Kaka bags FIFA title

AC Milan playmaker Kaka added to his remarkable haul of trophies and titles on Monday when he was named FIFA World Player 2007.

Scramble for places

German giants Bayern Munich join the final scramble for a berth in the UEFA Cup knock-out round on Wednesday as Bolton and Aberdeen bid to bolster the British contingent along with Spurs, Everton and Rangers as the group phase enters its final stretch.

Work cut out for Capello

Fabio Capello embarked on the task of restoring England's football fortunes on Monday with a pledge to drag the best out of the country's under-performing stars.

Rafa gets owners' backing

Rafa Benitez has never been short of confidence but the Liverpool manager will be relieved to get the backing of the club's American owners as he prepares for a League Cup quarterfinal against Chelsea on Wednesday.

Terry faces long layoff

Chelsea captain John Terry could be out for up to six weeks, his club said Monday, after revealing the England centre-half broke three bones in his foot following a clash with Emmanuel Eboue during a 1-0 defeat away to Premier League leaders Arsenal.

Messi's injury disappoints Sneijder

Real Madrid's Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder is disappointed that Barcelona's top scorer Lionel Messi will be sidelined due to injury when their two sides meet on Sunday for "El Clasico."

Cech sorry for blunder

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech said there was no-one to blame but himself for the mistake that presented Premier League leaders Arsenal with a 1-0 victory over their London title rivals.

Chinese keeper admits drug use

Former Chinese international goalkeeper Jiang Hong has admitted taking illegal drugs during his career, saying his addiction to the potent stimulant methamphetamine nearly ruined his life.

Morientes sidelined

Valencia striker and top scorer Fernando Morientes will be sidelined for about a month after he tore a muscle in his left leg during a weekend Spanish league match, the club said Monday.

Rijkaard given 2-match ban

Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard has been banned from the touchline for two UEFA club competition matches for improper conduct after his dismissal in last month's Champions League tie against French side Lyon, European soccer's governing body confirmed on Tuesday.

'It's not impossible'

Sourav Ganguly believes the absence of Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath could see India clinch their first ever Test series victory on Australian soil.

A new Bracewell bluff

John Bracewell claimed to have inside knowledge on why Adam Gilchrist was rested for Thursday's final match of the Chappell-Hadlee Series before apologising to Australia's vice-captain for being misleading. Less than a week after refusing to pass Shaun Tait's action, Bracewell was back in the limelight with a strange response to a question about whether he was surprised by Gilchrist's omission for the deciding game in Hobart.

Waugh votes for Hogg

Steve Waugh has backed the traditional line-up of three fast bowlers and a spinner for the Boxing Day Test against India. Despite a surge in popularity for Shaun Tait over the past two weeks, Waugh believes Brad Hogg should take the spot left by Stuart MacGill when he had surgery on his wrist.

Linu distributes birth certificates

Table-tennis legend and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Zobera Rahman Linu formally inaugurated a birth certificate distribution ceremony in Baonia Bandh (embankment) in the city's Mirpur area recently.

Thakurgaon win Under-14 title

Thakurgaon emerged as regional champions of the national under-14 district youth cricket competition when they beat hosts Gaibandha in the final by six wickets at the local stadium yesterday.

Yousuf gets board help

Pakistan Cricket Board has vowed to provide all possible legal help to senior batsman Mohammad Yousuf after an Indian arbitration panel barred him from playing in next year's Indian Premier League.

Business

DSE embarks on mission to identify errant firms

The Dhaka Stock Exchange has embarked on a mission to identify companies that are not holding annual general meetings and paying dividends without acceptable reasons, a move market experts believe will increase confidence of small investors.

Govt should lift import duty on rawhide, wet blue leather

The government should lift import duty on rawhide and wet blue leather to help local footwear and leather goods manufacturers, who face supply dearth of quality finished leather, says a top official of an export-oriented footwear company.

RanksTel land phone launched in Dhaka

Ranks Telecom Ltd (RanksTel), a PSTN (public switched telephone network) operator, yesterday launched its land phone services in Dhaka.

Agri-credit performance of PCBs frustrates BB

Bangladesh Bank yesterday warned the private commercial banks (PCBs) of failure to meet their commitment of agriculture credits to supplement the efforts of making up the loss by flooding and catastrophic cyclone.

18 firms vie for one int'l internet gateway licence

A total of 18 companies submitted their proposals to the telecoms regulator to vie for getting a license to operate International Internet Gateway (IIG) services. The BTRC will award one licence.

Citi Awards 07 generates huge response

Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards (CMA) 2007, a programme to recognize and promote microentrepreneurs and microfinance institutions, received tremendous response from all corners of the country, says a press release.

ArcelorMittal to build first plant in Russia

The world's largest steel group, ArcelorMittal, said Tuesday it had signed an accord to build its first plant in Russia.

Thai team praises Bepza activities

A 20-member Thai business delegation yesterday visited Dhaka EPZ and expressed satisfaction over its peaceful production atmosphere.

Indonesia's FDI hits 5-year high

Actual foreign direct investment (FDI) in Indonesia reached 10.2 billion dollars as of mid-December, the highest since 2002, National Investment Coordinating Board chief Muhammad Lutfi said Tuesday.

Incoming Opec chief does not rule out output boost

Algerian Energy Minister Chakib Khelil, who takes over the Opec presidency in January, said on Monday that he does not rule out a boost in the cartel's oil output at its next meeting in February.

Asian economies seen shifting down a gear in '08

Asia's economies are set to lose some steam in 2008 as the US economic locomotive slows, but continued breakneck growth in China should ensure the region escapes a severe downturn, analysts predict.

Weak or strong, euro still unloved

When the newly created euro slumped to an all-time low in 2000, detractors lined up to predict a dark future for the young currency.

Metropolitan

Establish just system to gain from labour migration

Noted economist Prof Muzaffer Ahmad has called for establishing a just system of labour migration to gain from it and protect the rights of the workers who play significant role in the economic development of the country.

Experts for common cyclone warning signal system

An experts team tasked with modernising the cyclone warning system and special weather bulletin service is considering introduction of a common warning signal system for river and sea ports and easy-to-understand and comprehensive messages for people.

Repression of minorities still rife

Although many things have changed during this caretaker government, repression of minorities is still going on, speakers at a seminar said yesterday.

4 JMB men jailed for 14 yrs in Ctg

A court here yesterday sentenced four Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) cadres to 14 years' rigorous imprisonment each in an explosive case.

‘Enact national broadcasting law’

In order to ensure right to information, a pro-people national broadcasting law is to be enacted, said the speakers at a roundtable yesterday.

Shelter for Sidr-hit people underscored

Rehabilitation measures should be taken for the worst-affected communities such as farmers and fishermen and the affected families be provided with shelter to facilitate immediate revival of economic activities in the cyclone-devastated areas.

Limited access for women to dev services obstacle

Inadequate support services and limited access for women to development services and facilities provided by the government are the major obstacles to combatting trafficking in persons, speakers at a workshop said yesterday.

'Local govt should be autonomous'

Renowned economist Prof Muzaffer Ahmad yesterday said the local government should be autonomous so that it can provide necessary services to the people.

Show respect to Bir Shresthas, freedom fighters

Navy Chief Vice Admiral Sarwar Jahan Nizam called upon all to show appropriate respect to the Bir Shresthas as well as freedom fighters to make the spirit of Liberation War meaningful to the future generation.

CA leaves Mina for Arafat

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed left Mina yesterday morning for Arafat Maidan to perform the main rituals of Hajj, which took place later in the day.

Dhaka pursues pragmatic foreign policy

Foreign Adviser Iftekhar A Chowdhury yesterday said Bangladesh pursues a pragmatic foreign policy and needs to build a national consensus on its practice.

Marks & Spencer donates 13,000 pieces of clothes for Sidr-hit children

British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury and Deepika Diwan, Country Head of Marks & Spencer, UK's biggest clothing retailer, yesterday donated over 13,000 pieces of children's clothes for the cyclone Sidr victims.

$1 lakh Brunei support for cyclone victims

Brunei Darussalam has contributed 100,000 US dollar for cyclone victims in Bangladesh.

Bogra road crash kills 3

At least three people were killed and 30 others injured in a road accident at Dighalkandi area on Bogra-Rangpur Highway under Bogra Sadar Upazila yesterday.

30 underprivileged students get ITHS scholarship

International Turkish Hope School (ITHS), an English medium school, extended its hand to the underprivileged students living in different parts of the country such as Jhenidah, Habiganj, Feni and Dhaka, says a press release.

Get-together

The Alumni Association of the Department of Philosophy of Dhaka University (DU) will organise a get-together at Teacher Student Centre (TSC) on January 4, says a press release.

Cadet College Club executives

Shafiqur Rahman and Air Cdre Mirza Akhter Maruf (R) have been elected president and secretary general of Cadet College Club Limited for 2008, says a press release.

National

Police, Rab launch drive as outlaws threaten to 'avenge'

Police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) have started a special drive in the four districts on Monday night while all police stations and outposts in southwestern Chuadanga, Kushtia, Meherpur and Jhenidah districts have been alerted following threat by outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-ML).

Dull trading in Tangail cattle markets

Trading in cattle markets here is yet to gain momentum due to lack of buyers.

Dam on grabbed land woe for Rangpur villagers

An embankment along Chatra beel (water body) under Pirganj and Mithapukur upazilas in the district, built for an agricultural farm on several acres of grabbed land has become a nuisance for the residents of adjoining villages.

Affiliation of 10 Gaibandha madrasas cancelled

Affiliation of ten madrasas in Gaibandha district has been cancelled as those institutions suffered result debacle for several consecutive years.

Model livestock service centre at Sunamganj village

A model livestock service centre has been set up at Dhanpur Union Parishad (UP) Bhaban in Bishwamvorpur upazila under Sunamganj district.

Mayor Tayebur produced before court in 2 cases

Detained Khulna mayor Sheikh Tayebur Rahman was produced before the Court of Khulna District and Sessions Judge Monday in two cases for keeping arms and liquor.

Letters

Victory Day

16 December is a day that takes me back to the day when I stood with other freedom fighters in the then Race Course, Dhaka and witnessed the surrender of the last colonial commander on our soil. We believed on that day without any reservation that, hence the good people of this long subjugated country would be the sole owners of this land and shall govern themselves. With that hope, I returned to Dhaka Medical College to continue my studies to become a physician.

Birth of Bangladesh

“It was best of the time, it was worst of the time." It was turmoil, fragility, uncertainty and bloodshed. Black clouds hung over our heads, shaking gunfire engulfed the Dhaka city and people including teen youths were escaping from their birth soil.

Gulshan Lake

I have seen around 20 feet of fresh land filling on the Badda side of Gulshan Lake. I am also watching the construction of apartment blocks on illegally filled land.

US game

America is playing complex politics and putting itself in an embarrassing situation with other nations who it calls its allies by issuing fabricated reports on countries of its dislike. Recent revelations of American intelligence report on Iran's nuclear ambitions and its build-up ridiculed it further. Robert Gates, US Secretary of Defence, in an international security conference held in Bahrain said that everywhere you turn Iran is fomenting instability and chaos. Ms. Rice, Secretary of State, after drumming up support of a few Nato states is now trying to gather support from her counterpart Sergei Lavorov of Russia on sanctions to be slapped on Iran. But the Russian foreign minister didn't agree to her plan. We recall that after the twin tower attack, the United States was hell-bent on catching the bombing mastermind which is al-Qaeda. However, it has since changed its strategy.

The prince and Rupali bank

Why is a Saudi prince so adamant on buying the state-owned Rupali Bank? Can you release more details about this prince? Who is he and what is his rank in the royal family? Does he wield a lot of influence? Is his interest purely financial and to earn a profit or is it more complicated? I urge the government of Bangladesh not to rush into this sale.

VCs

During the last BNP-Jamaat rule, public university VCs were chosen or handpicked from the bona fide cadres of the party supporters. These party loyalists turned the public universities into party organs. Corruption reports of crores of taka siphoned -off by these party cadre VCs appeared as headlines in the leading national dailies. But so far no investigation has been conducted by the Anti Corruption Commission in this respect. Perhaps the Commission is busy with the political leaders!

BBC World and brothel in Mongla

While I was in the UK, my letters used to get published in your daily quite regularly.

Remembering the valiant

In the month of December we gained our freedom. Our well-deserved freedom was won after we defeated the Pakistani colonial army. More than three million people were killed by the Pakistanis. And a huge number of people lost everything in that war. The Pakistanis committed crimes against humanity.

Relocate Kamalapur station

The idea of having a modern railway station at Kamalapur was conceived in the early sixties and delivered in the mid seventies. At that time, the requirement suited to that of a growing provincial capital. At that time we were told that the Kamalapur Station would be the largest in Asia. The Bengalees believed whatever they were told. However, after independence, when opportunities came for us to travel abroad, we soon realised that the story was far from true. Since Independence, with the sudden transformation of the city into the national capital, the population increased more than twenty-fold. The movement of passengers as well as goods has increased tremendously. The railway runs through the heart of the city and traffic movement comes to a standstill at more than dozen crossings causing serious impediment to the city dwellers.

Rangs Bhaban tragedy

The very night when the Rangs Bhaban tragedy took place, I listened to the Al-Jazeera TV news. It said that in that pathetic accident 7 persons were killed and about 200 people had been missing. Our electronic media at that time confirmed the killing of only one person.

‘Tales of the Biranganas'

The feature article 'Tales of the Biranganas' ( The Daily Star; December 14, 2007) again brought tears to my eyes and evoked a sense of rage. Indeed, the Pakistan army could not commit such atrocities without the active help of their Al-Badr and Razakar war criminal slaves. On the other hand, Bangladeshi people and governments in the last 36 years created the 'eighth wonder of the world' by not trying these killers and by rehabilitating them in every sphere of life.

Bangladesh exhibition in Paris

I have been shocked to see the protests in your newspaper by some well-known personalities about the proposed exhibition of Bangladeshi antiquities in Paris. I have recently attended a remarkable exhibition of ancient Indian art in France and saw how others like me viewing these objects were moved and engaged by what they saw. It is a great pity that we are not giving the same chance to others to learn about Bangladesh and our rich culture.

“Bangladesh 1971”

It is immensely pleasing to see the successful holding of the first ever seminar held outside Bangladesh on the genocide perpetrated by the Pakistanis in Bangladesh in 1971. It is even more satisfying to see that the whole idea of organising such a seminar and proposal for initiating the scope of academic research on Bangladesh genocide and introducing the same as a Post Graduate course in Holocaust and Genocide Studies programme at Kean University is the brainchild of young Bangladeshi Arif Rahman, born after liberation. I must thank and congratulate Arif Rahman and his team of young Bangladeshis.

We need a change

What happened in our public universities after the emergence of the caretaker government? Isn't the condition better than before? I don't like this state of emergency but as we see it works better to control those students and some of the teachers. 'Student politics' it is nice to hear the term as it is representing the concept of democracy. But its consequence and effects are harmful. Our parents' dreams revolve around our achievements. And when we lose our precious time in university just for some 'sick' people, we become frustrated. The private universities in our country do not have the facilities like the public universities, but they are doing well!

Underground railway or elevated expressway

The letter on underground and elevated expressway by Mr. O H Kabir ( The Daily Star, 12/12/2007) does reflect the reality of traffic problem for commuters of Dhaka city. I do agree with most of the points given by him. I would like to add a few more points in this regard.

DU website

I have visited the website of Dhaka University. But I was surprised to see the scarcity of information. Though DU is a leading university in Bangladesh, there is a shocking scarcity of information. The website of DU is still under construction!

Fowl's post-mortem!

Recently, in one of our national Bengali dailies, an amusing as well as shocking piece of news was published under the title“Murgir Moina Tadanta” (Fowl's post-mortem).

Martyred Intellectuals' Day

Martyred Intellectuals' Day has become a part of formality. Like every December we do not want to hear any more pledges. People now want to see justice. War criminals' punishment is now the demand of the nation. It is high time for raising voice and forging unity for the trial of the war criminals. The crime committed by them is unpardonable. They killed our eminent intellectuals . Over the past decades, war criminals have been patronised by successive governments. As a result, after thirty-six years of Liberation War they dare to insult the freedom fighters. No government bothered to take the initiative to try the war criminals.

Our teachers

According to Bertrand Russell, the effect of Aristotle's teaching on Alexander was nil.

Rajuk : deeply irresponsible

The deaths of the labourers in the Rang's Bhaban collapse were due to the fault of Rajuk and they should be held accountable for their actions and given exemplary punishment, there should be a public trial over this issue as it amounts to death or murder through negligence. Any tender which requires the demolition of a tall building would have to at the very least specify that the company must have previous experience in demolishing a high-rise. Why did they hire a ship breaking company without any experience of demolishing a high-rise? This smells a little dodgy to me, did someone once again make a quick buck at the expense of the Bangladeshi people? Also, Rajuk being one of the most corrupt institutions of the country, having extorted huge sums of money from developers and regular people for passing plans now has the cheek to ask these very people for help when they mess up. If I were a developer, I would turn the other way and fold my arms. Some high ups in Rajuk should be made to resign over this atrocity and cases should be filed against them. The acronym Rajuk is synonymous with land grabbing, corruption, extortion, law-breaking and now murder.

International

13 militants killed in wave of Israeli raids

Israel killed the head of Islamic Jihad's armed wing in Gaza and 12 other gunmen in a wave of raids yesterday, dealing a blow to the group behind much of the rocket fire aimed at the Jewish state.

Mullah Omar vows to keep up fighting

Fifteen Afghan security guards were killed in a Taliban ambush in western Afghanistan Tuesday, police said, as two police and several Taliban rebels died in other clashes across the country.

Musharraf has more to do for fair polls: US

The United States on Monday welcomed Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's decision to end emergency rule, but said he had more to do to ensure that elections set for January 8 are free and fair.

Abbas backs French call for int'l force

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said yesterday he supports a French proposal for an international force to reinforce the work of the Palestinian security services.

Tigers claim smashing Lankan army outpost

Tamil Tiger rebels overran a military outpost in northern Sri Lanka yesterday, killing at least five government soldiers, the rebels said.

Black hole 'bully' blasts galaxy

The latest act of senseless violence caught on tape is cosmic in scope: A black hole in a "death star galaxy" blasting a neighboring galaxy with a deadly jet of radiation and energy.

Brother gets life for killing Pramod Mahajan

The younger brother of a man once touted as a future leader of India's main opposition Hindu nationalist party was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday for his murder.

Arts & Entertainment

Of pain and poignancy

Mahbubur Rahman's ongoing installation exhibition, “The story of a deceased man” is on at Galleri Kaya. Rahman impressed the Dhaka art scene earlier with his iconoclastic protests at Alliance Francaise Gallery some years back. To his credit goes 19 awards plus the Grand Prize (Gold Medal) at the 11th Asian Art Biennale 1992.

“Krishoker Eid Anondo”: Game show for farmers on channel-i

The second instalment of the farmers' game show Krishoker Eid Anondo will be aired at 2:30 pm on channel-i on the second day of Eid-ul-Azha. Participated by men, women and children from farmer families, the show includes 14 different games. The programme was shot at Bhatpiari village in Sirajganj district.

Firoz Shai remembered

Noted singer Firoz Shai was remembered with songs and discussion at the auditorium of National Music and Dance Centre on December 17. Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and Firoz Shai Smriti Sangsad jointly organised the programme to observe the 12th death anniversary of the artiste.

Bhandarkar's new movie takes on fashion industry

After exploring the seamy side of bar dancers' lives, high society party circuit and the underbelly of corporate world, Bollywood director Mahdur Bhandarkar is exploring the fashion world in his next movie starring Priyanka Chopra.

TV play "Roudra O Meghla Akasher Golpo"

TV play, Roudra O Meghla Akasher Golpo features an unusual relationship that develops between two individuals, Shathi and Roudro, who turn up for a job interview.

“Agnidaan” on ATN Bangla today

Written and directed by Syed Wahiduzzaman Diamond, single-episode TV play Agnidaan will be aired on ATN Bangla at 11 am today. Zahid Hossain Shobhon, Shumona Shoma, Mirana Zaman and others will play the lead roles in the TV play.

OP-ED

Of the talk shows, by the talk shows, for the talk shows

We as a race are well known for talking more than others. We talk at cross roads, we talk while crossing roads and streets, we talk at cross purposes, we talk loudly in movie halls while the show is in progress, we talk in examination halls, we even talk in funeral prayers (janazas). We talk at meetings for hours. We talk more and hear less.

Crunch time for Musharraf

Apolitician usually knows when his support has worn out. A general, however, must wait for intelligence reports or the siege of his command post to realise that he has lost a battle.

Education Watch Report 2006

The Education Watch Report 2006 of Campaign for Popular Education (CAMPE), released on December 17, deals with financing of primary and secondary education. The meagerness of public allocations, parents' effort to compensate for limited public resources, and the consequent inequity, is manifested in the major problems of poor quality and inefficiency in the education system.

Star City

Dazzling war memories of a valiant freedom fighter

Sakhina Begum, a freedom fighter in her seventies now, was plodding on the premises of the Liberation War Museum. Bent with the burden of age her eyes were still shining with memories of the nine-month bloody war.

Earth-filling of Gulshan Lake to build bridge raises outcry

Land filling in the Gulshan Lake to build a bridge will virtually destroy the water body and encourage the land grabbers, worried local residents apprehened.

Miserable state of 'rare' public toilets

When the nature calls, anyone badly looking for a public toilet knows how difficult it is to find one in this metropolitan city of around 12 million inhabitants.

Star Chittagong

Mushroom cultivation to fight poverty

Matiranga, a remote upazila of hilly Khagrachhari district, has planned massive cultivation of mushrooms to fight poverty with a slogan titled 'Safety through Development'.

Brisk business of porno CDs, mags in port city

A section of dishonest roadside shop owners are doing brisk business of porno CDs and magazines at different spots in the port city, posing a threat of serious social degradation.



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