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News of: Friday, 4th of January, 2008

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Donors skeptical about rice-aid

In a fresh blow to government efforts to meet the country's immediate food shortage, donors yesterday gave sceptical views about the government's request for 5 lakh tonnes of rice as aid saying such assistance can only be delivered during humanitarian emergencies.

Rice prices stable after steady rise

The price of rice and edible oil remained stable yesterday while people of low income waited in long queues at the BDR-run fair price outlets in the capital to buy rice.

Govt's food security not satisfactory

The government's present stock of rice and wheat is 2.54 lakh metric tons less than that of October last year mainly due to production losses in natural calamities and price hikes on the global market.

AL now wants polls by July

The Awami League (AL) yesterday demanded general elections by the middle of the year, moving away from the announced electoral roadmap, so that an elected government can come to power and resolve the prevailing crisis.

Vishnu's torn face recovered from Aminbazar

Three more fragments of the stolen statues the 'Bust of Vishnu' and the black-coloured 'Vishnu' were recovered from Baliarpur of Aminbazar dump yard yesterday.

RMG workers end 2-day protest after deal struck

Life in most part of the capital's Mirpur came to a virtual standstill yesterday as several thousand garment workers took to the streets for the second day and demonstrated until their leaders asked them to withdraw in the evening following a meeting with the BGMEA and the owner of a garment factory, the closure of which led to the trouble.

Rice crisis matter of corruption

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chairman Lt Gen (retd) Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury yesterday termed the ongoing rice crisis a matter of corruption resulting in inconsistency between supply and demand.

Hike oil prices, says expert committee

An expert committee has asked the government to raise the prices of petroleum products as the government will have to spend Tk 7,568 crore as subsidy only for diesel and kerosene in FY08 due to high oil prices on the international market.

5,000 rice mills in North sitting idle for poor supply

About 5,000 rice mills in the northern districts remain either idle or closed while scores face closure due to poor supply and unusual spike in paddy prices.

French court blocks return of Maori head to NZ

A French court has definitively quashed plans to return the preserved head of an indigenous Maori warrior from western France to New Zealand, judicial officials said on Wednesday.

Enough food stock in hand

Food Adviser Tapan Chowdhury yesterday said the country has enough food stock and the government will release food grains to cool the overheated market "soon".

EC wants power to hold local govt polls on its own

The Election Commission (EC) wants the power to hold polls to the local government bodies without having to follow instructions from the government.

Gen Moeen for all-out efforts to control prices of essentials

Army Chief General Moeen U Ahmed yesterday appealed to all irrespective of party and opinion to come forward to control price hike of essentials, particularly rice.

Three to debut on Tigers' 50th Test today

In their 50th Test match, Bangladesh will give debuts to Tamim Iqbal, Zunaed Siddiqui and Sajidul Islam when the first Test of the two-match series against New Zealand begins at the University Oval in Dunedin today.

Heavy fighting grips Lanka as truce ends

Heavy fighting between government troops and Tamil Tigers broke out in northern Sri Lanka yesterday, hours after Colombo announced it was pulling out of a tattered ceasefire agreement with the rebels.

DU student tells of Prof Anwar's involvement

A Dhaka University (DU) student yesterday accused Dhaka University Teachers' Association (Duta) General Secretary Prof Anwar Hossain and several students of making provocative speeches and damaging vehicles on August 21-22 last year.

Ex-dy minister Abdus Salam Pintu held

The joint forces last night arrested former deputy minister for education Abdus Salam Pintu at a hotel in the city's Banani area.

NBR asks for account info of 19 persons

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) yesterday asked all commercial banks and financial organisations to provide account information of 19 persons, including former Awami League lawmaker Rahmat Ullah, former prime minister Khaleda Zia's Assistant Personal Secretary Shamsul Alam, and their family members.

Court summons seven absentee witnesses again

A Sylhet court yesterday re-summoned seven prosecution witnesses as they failed to appear before it to give their depositions in a case that was filed following grenade attack on British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury in 2004.

Qatar labour minister due tomorrow

Qatar's Labour and Social Affairs Minister Sultan Bin Hasan al-Dhabit Al-Dosari arrives in Dhaka tomorrow to sign an additional protocol, which will boost the Bangladeshi workers' employment and protect their interests there.

Ambassador Ruhul Amin dies in Paris

Bangladesh Ambassador to France Ruhul Amin, who suffered a stroke, died in Paris yesterday.

Ctg top goon 'Kana' Bakkar held after gunfight

Police yesterday arrested a top criminal after he was injured in an 'encounter' between his associates and the law enforcers in the city's Lalkhan Bazar.

Proceedings of tax evasion case against Minu stayed

The High Court yesterday stayed for three months the proceedings of the tax-dodging case against jailed Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) Mayor Mizanur Rahman Minu.

Four robbers beaten to death in two dists

Four robbers were beaten to death in Narsingdi and Mymensingh yesterday and on Wednesday night.

2 children die in wall collapse

Two children were killed and two others injured in a wall collapse at West Rajabazar in the city yesterday morning.

Pak opposition wants better security ahead of Feb 18 vote

Pakistan's opposition parties demanded better security yesterday as the nation prepared for a lengthy February 18 election campaign, a week after the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.

Musharraf dissatisfied with Benazir probe

President Pervez Musharraf said yesterday that uncertainty remained about the exact cause of Benazir Bhutto's death, despite an initial government report that she was killed when a bomb blast slammed her head into her vehicle.

Musharraf denies involvement in Benazir killing

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf yesterday said there was no government involvement in the assassination of Benazir Bhutto but admitted he was unsatisfied with the probe into her death.

Editorial

Providing rice at reasonable prices

The government at long last is going all out exercising different options simultaneously to make rice available at tolerable prices to the people. The sky-rocketing of cereal price to an unusual level over the last two weeks with the Adviser concerned betraying a certain helplessness evoking criticism from all around in the process seems to have nudged the government machinery into a dynamic mode. We are looking for results now.

Death of RMG worker and resultant uproar

The chaos that descended around an RMG unit in Mirpur on Wednesday and kept traffic in a logjam is once more a sign of how matters keep going haywire in a vital economic sector. By closing down SQ Sweaters Ltd without any prior notice, the management of the unit only made matters worse. The clear issue here related to the death of a sick woman worker soon after she was allegedly forced to work overtime on December 30. Apparent failure of the management to reveal the contents of the autopsy report on the dead worker, Salma, only inflamed passions among the workers.

Curse or coincidence?

Let us say it was a coincidence that Benazir Bhutto got killed at Liaquat Bagh in Rawalpindi, the same place where, in 1951, the first prime minister of Pakistan was cut down by an assassin's bullet. Let us say it was another coincidence that the doctor who tried to save her is the son of the same doctor who had tried to save Liaquat Ali Khan 56 years ago. But how many times should an outcome coincide with bad luck before it isn't a coincidence, but something else?

South Korea's presidential election

On December 20, the conservative South Korean president-elect, Lee Myung-bak, (66) a former successful Mayor of Seoul, and a former executive of Hyundai, won the election in a landslide victory, defeating the ruling party's candidate, despite being hampered by allegation of stocks manipulation and other financial misdeeds several years ago.

Spurt in road accidents

It has become a regular feature that when newspapers resume publication after each Eid vacation, their front pages are filled with gruesome pictures and reports on road accidents. This Eid vacation was not an exception. "Road accidents kill 41 during Eid holidays," was the heading of a front-page report in The Daily Star on December 24. A Bengali daily reported that road accidents claimed 62 lives and 264 were injured during the Eid vacation.

Sports

A brisk 50

From despair in Dhaka, heartbreaks in Multan and Fatullah to unparalleled joy in Chittagong, Bangladesh have seen the good, the bad and the ugly as they mark the golden jubilee of Tests today.

Debutants overjoyed

Left-handed opening pair of Tamim Iqbal and Zunaed Siddiqui will make their first Test appearances while rookie paceman Sajidul Islam will also debut when Bangladesh take on New Zealand in the first Test of the two-match series at the University Oval today.

VVS Laxman

VVS Laxman once again lived up to his "Very, Very Special" tag with his third consecutive Test century at the Sydney Cricket Ground for India against Australia on Thursday.

Bravo rocks Proteas

West Indies vice-captain Dwayne Bravo took two wickets in a marathon spell as the tourists made South Africa struggle for runs on the second day of the second Test at Newlands Thursday.

Khulna & Rajshahi go for title

Khulna's stand-in captain Nahidul Haque Shaon admitted that this was the best finish to the National Cricket League in its nine-year history.

BFF to go for DFAs first

Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF), who on January 1 hinted that they would decide on a date for an emergency general meeting (EGM), have taken a new turn.

Sr Div soccer

Dhaka Wanderers Club played out a goalless draw with Purbachal Parishad in their opening match of the Metropolis Senior Division Football League at the Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Sepoy Mohammad Mostafa Stadium at Kamalapur yesterday.

Shakil wins

FIDE Master Abu Sufian Shakil earned full four points with his win over Englishman Goodger Martyn in the sixth round match of the Masters Chess Tournament of the 83rd Hastings Chess Congress in England on Wednesday.

U-16 chess from Jan 9

The 28th national sub-junior chess championship will begin at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall-room on January 9.

Real, Barca advance

Real Madrid needed an injury time goal from Jose Maria "Guti" Gutierrez to beat Alicante 2-1 on Wednesday, and send them into the fifth round of the Copa del Rey.

Ballack up for it

Michael Ballack is eager to make up for lost time when holders Chelsea begin their FA Cup campaign at home to west London rivals Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

Misery for Magpies, L'pool

Manchester City added to the pressure on the shoulders of Newcastle United manager Sam Allardyce with a 2-0 Premier League away win at St James' Park on Wednesday that saw them leapfrog Liverpool into fourth place in the table.

Serena fires USA

Serena Williams triumphed against a dogged Alicia Molik here Thursday to see the United States advance to the Hopman Cup finals with a 3-0 clean sweep of Australia.

Megson not budging on Anelka

The whole world and his dog might believe that Nicolas Anelka is off to Chelsea - including Anelka himself - but the Bolton manager Gary Megson insists that no club has yet opened talks for the 10 million pound rated striker.

Pato set for debut

Brazilian wonderkid Pato looks almost certain to make his long-awaited Serie A debut when AC Milan entertain Napoli on January 13, following comments made by coach Carlo Ancelotti on Thursday.

Lampard will end at Chelsea

Frank Lampard is ready to commit the rest of his career to Chelsea after admitting he wants to stay at Stamford Bridge for another "six or seven years".

Albelda takes legal action

Valencia's international midfielder David Albelda, one of three veteran players dropped by Dutch coach Ronald Koeman last month, is taking legal action to terminate his contract with the Spanish side.

Strauss set for return

Andrew Strauss is expected to be recalled to England's Test squad for the tour of New Zealand in March, while Essex's wicketkeeper, James Foster, could make a return as Matt Prior's understudy, when the party is unveiled at Lord's on Friday.

India looking back

India are hoping that history will repeat itself after staging a brave fightback in the second Test against Australia on Thursday.

Bond ICL-bound?

Shane Bond might have played his last game for New Zealand, with the chief executive of New Zealand Cricket (NZC) Justin Vaughan conceding he was running out of time to stop Bond joining the Indian Cricket League (ICL).

V-Day hockey

Bangladesh Air Force played out a 1-1 draw with Bangladesh Navy in the day's only match of the Dhaka Bank Victory Day Hockey Competition at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Parbatipur ride on Azim strike

Azim netted the solitary goal as Parbatipur beat Rajshahi in the Palash Gold Cup football tournament at the Palashbari SM Pilot High School ground yesterday.

Madaripur crush Jhenidah

Madaripur annihilated Jhenidah with a 19-5 scoreline in their opening match of the inter-divisional women's handball competition that began at the Dhanmondi Women's Sports Complex yesterday.

Ayami ladies'champion

BKSP's Japanese coach Ayami clinched the women's singles title of the Prestige Bengal Victory Day tennis tournament beating Sathi Sarker of National Tennis Complex 6-3, 6-0 in the final at the Ramna National Tennis Complex yesterday.

Brown wants Zimbabwe's tour shelved?

The British government has told English cricket's governing body that it wants them to pull the plug on Zimbabwe's planned tour here next year, the Sun newspaper said Thursday.

Sven backs Big Sam

Sven Goran Eriksson has urged Newcastle United to stick with Sam Allardyce after the Manchester City manager helped increase the mounting pressure on his beleaguered counterpart.

Rio looking forward

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is looking to put an "awful Christmas" behind him as the English champions continue their quest to retain the Premier League title.

QPR put Mittal's money to use

Less than a month after the family of Indian steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal took a 20 per cent stake in Queens Park Rangers, the west London club have wasted little time in signing several new players.

Palermo want duo to stay

Palermo have issued a hands off warning to Europe's top clubs over star Brazilian pair Amauri and Simplicio.

Relief for Tevez

Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez is less seriously injured than first thought after being carried off during the 1-0 league win over Birmingham on Tuesday.

Barton refused bail again

Newcastle and England midfielder Joey Barton will remain in jail after he was refused bail for a second time on Thursday.

Derby want Robert

Veteran French midfielder Laurent Robert could make a return to the English Premier League with relegation strugglers Derby County.

Business

Experts warn negative impact on Bangladesh govt finance, exports

The rocketing international price of oil will have a negative impact on Bangladesh, hitting government finances through increased subsidies and weakening the buying power of the country's major export markets, experts warned yesterday.

Jamuna, Meghna make stock debut Jan 9, 14

Shares in state-owned enterprises Jamuna Oil Company Ltd and Meghna Petroleum Ltd will make the debut on Dhaka and Chittagong stock exchanges on January 9 and 14 respectively.

Oil demand driven by lack of substitutes

Demand for oil will and can only rise, driven by the transportation industry because no real alternative is to hand, experts warn as crude prices hover near the 100-dollar record reached on Wednesday.

NBR seeks budget proposals from trade bodies by Jan 31

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has unveiled a plan to analyse budget proposals from organisations much earlier in order to make the national budget more rational, participatory and pro-people.

Indian exports may miss target

India's exports may fall $15-20 billion short of the target set for financial year 2008, as a costlier rupee has had a pounding impact on some sectors, including textile.

New pay scale for EPZ workers soon: Bepza

A new pay scale of international standard will be formed for the workers in the Export Processing Zones (EPZ) soon, said Bepza Executive Chairman Brig Gen Ashraf Abdullah Yussuf.

Gold shines at new record high above $866

Gold struck a new all-time peak above 866 dollars on Thursday as the precious metal benefited from its safe haven status amid record high oil prices, a struggling dollar and tensions in Pakistan.

Summit Power's defaulting director quits

Summit Power Ltd (SPL), the only private sector power company listed on the bourse, has said one of its directors who was a loan defaulter has resigned from its board, paving the way for issuance of rights shares by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Oman to build six new airports

Oman is planning to build six new regional airports across the country and expand two existing international airports in a bid to boost tourism in the country, local newspaper Gulf News reported Wednesday.

Vietnam to build first 6-star hotel

Vietnam will build its first six-star hotel in Nha Trang city of central Khanh Hoa province next year, as part of a scheme to boost tourism in the country, local newspaper Vietnam News reported Wednesday.

Metropolitan

Formulate nat’l policy to safeguard indigenous languages

A national language policy is needed to help promote the proper use of Bangla and safeguard endangered languages of indigenous communities in the country, Prof Anisuzzaman said yesterday.

Protect Osmani Udyan from land grabbers

Speakers at a meeting yesterday urged the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) to take legal measures to recover a portion of land at Osmani Udyan which has been grabbed by a 'vested quarter.'

SC registrar denies underhand dealings

Denying underhand dealings in transfers and postings of subordinate court judges, Supreme Court registrar Ikteder Ahmed yesterday told journalists that he was ready to face any investigation of the matter for administrative transparency in the highest judiciary.

BCL founding anniversary today

Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), the student wing of Awami League (AL), will observe its 60th founding anniversary today.

ACC makes breakthrough in fight against corruption

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has made a breakthrough in the fight against corruption and proved its ability to bring powerful persons to justice and establish the fact that no one is above the law.

Falu’s employee gives statement before magistrate

An employee of detained former BNP lawmaker Mosaddak Ali Falu giving statement yesterday before a magistrate in a graft case against Falu admitted that the BNP leader bought him a piece of land worth Tk 51 lakh at Nayatola in the city.

Bangladesh issues should be highlighted in Lesotho meet

Speakers at a roundtable in Dhaka yesterday underscored the need for putting forward Bangladesh's issue in the upcoming least developed countries' (LDCs) ministerial meeting in Lesotho next month.

Road accidents kill four

At least four people were killed in separate road accidents in Savar, Jhenidah and Sirajganj yesterday.

Confce of elected local govt representatives tomorrow

A conference of the elected local government representatives will be held at National Parade Square at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the city tomorrow.

Work together to control malaria in CHT: Adviser

Health Adviser Maj Gen (retd) Motiur Rahman yesterday said everybody will have to work together to control the deadly disease malaria in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT).

RU 4th class staffs demand regularisation of jobs

Hundreds of fourth-class employees of Rajshahi University (RU), whose appointment created controversy, staged a demonstration in front of the administrative building yesterday demanding regularisation of their jobs.

JCD activists beat up Ruet student

Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists at Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (Ruet) beat up a student in the early hours of yesterday, leaving him seriously injured.

Justice KM Sobhan laid to rest

Justice KM Sobhan was laid to eternal rest at Mirpur Martyred Intellectuals' Graveyard in the city yesterday after a namaz-e-janaza on the Supreme Court premises.

Justice Khaliq passes away

JJustice MA Khaliq, an adviser to the first caretaker government of 1990, passed away due to a cardiac arrest at Ibrahim Cardiac Hospital in the city at 12:45pm yesterday at the age of 87, says a press release.

Burn unit opens at CMCH

The Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) yesterday opened the much-awaited burn and plastic surgery unit having 13 beds.

26 tribal refugee families to be rehabilitated at Dighinala

Twenty-six tribal refugee families, who returned to the country from India 10 years ago, will be rehabilitated at Dighinala upazila of the hill district by January 10.

Apollo Hospitals Dhaka celebrates New Year

Apollo Hospitals Dhaka celebrated the New Year amid festivity with new commitments to achieve new goals, says a press release.

Livestock Research Instt develops goat pox vaccine

Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute (BLRI) has developed a vaccine for goat pox, a contagious viral disease, which kills a large number of goats every year in the country.

Six arrested with stolen telephone cables

Six people were arrested in the early hours of yesterday when they were stealing underground cables of Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone and board (BTTB) in Dhaka University's Curzon Hall area.

Workshop of BNCC Air Wing begins

The Annual Training Workshop of Bangladesh National Cadet Corps (BNCC) Air Wing started at Recruits Training School at BAF Base Zahurul Haque in Chittagong yesterday, says an ISPR press release.

Khandker Delwar's condition improves

The condition of BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain, who is undergoing treatment at the Birdem Hospital, improved yesterday.

Letters

History repeats itself

History repeats itself … we made joke of this famous quotation with our fellow Canadian students just a few days back. To my utter disbelief and horror, history repeated itself, and this time with even more brutality. The history of the subcontinent is full of bloodshed and assassination of cult figures: MK Gandhi, Sheikh Mujib, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Senior Bhutto, and now his daughter Benazir Bhutto. One common pattern visible through all these assassinations and bloodsheds is that the targets are obvious, the comparatively secular leaders. In Bangladesh we have seen life threatening attempts on Hasina, who though has compromised with the secular identity of her party, still remains the strongest semi-secular leader in the country. Gandhis were believed to be the epitome of secularism despite their consequent denigration. The causes of these murders are arguably different but the outcomes are strikingly similar: the assassination of Gandhis emboldened the strength of BJP, the death of Mujib paved the way for fundamental and anti liberation elements within the country, and the hanging of senior Bhutto terminated any possibility of secular and democratic resurgence in Pakistan compounded by the unceremonious role of military leaders.

For less US involvement abroad

As the US presidential race for 2008 is shaping up, domestic issues are now dominating the political debate. Even Iraq war, which earlier dominated the debate, is now down in the list of priorities. Economic issues, like subprime mortgage crisis and budget and trade deficits, are now on the top of the agenda. Environment and healthcare are other dominant issues. War on terrorism, which was the hallmark of the Bush administration, is no longer the major public concern.

Helping cyclone victims

We have been watching the pictures of Sidr victims of South Bangladesh in cable TVs. It is obvious that the people of those areas are so poor that they cannot afford to construct strong shelters, which can sustain a cyclone like Sidr. The governments in the past constructed shelters to save people from cyclone and tsunami. But those are not enough in number to accommodate all the people. The present government is preparing projects with its own funds as well as with the help of donors to build more shelters. It sounds nice. The experts also support this idea as a short-term measure to save human lives. To supplement the short-term measure additional long-term measures are also needed to reduce future sufferings of the people in the costal belt. The following projects may be considered:

Death of a leader

Today we mourn the sudden and tragic death of the former prime minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto. This is a tragic loss not only for the people of Pakistan but also for the people who loved and respected her dearly.

Paris-bound statues

The report that Paris-bound statues were stolen from Dhaka airport was very surprising. But for me, opposition to lending Bangladesh's art and artefacts to France by Dhaka's art connoisseurs was more apprehensive and astounding.

Trial of war criminals

I did not see our great liberation war but I know how my forefathers fought for giving us an independent country. I also know who are the Razakars, Al-Badrs and Al-Shams and what were they doing during the liberation war. They are beasts.

Lack of a statesman

A writer has correctly identified our lack of a statesman needed to lead us; as published in the letters column of a local English daily. For us unfortunately, a statesman is an extremely rare or possibly extinct species in Bangladesh!

World Bank and post office

I appreciate Mr. SA Mansoor's views regarding Prof Yunus.

Newspapers

Newspapers have been playing a vital role in ensuring free flow of information and in directing the societies in attaining moral standard. Even in this era of electronic media, the popularity of newspaper as a print media has not declined, rather it is increasing day by day. According to a report released in 2007 by the Paris-based World Association of Newspapers (WAN), the global newspaper circulation has increased by 9.95 per cent during the period 2001-2005.

Nuclear disarmamentwhen?

Following the successful test-firing of the new Sineva ballistic missile from a submarine in the Barents Sea last week as announced by the Russian Navy, Russia has successfully test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile with multiple warheads on 25 December from the Plessetsk cosmodrome in Northwest Russia, repeating a test first carried out in May said a statement from the military, cited by Interfax news agency.

Soaring prices

I don't understand who can do something about the problem if the government has really nothing to do to contain the prices as an Adviser has candidly admitted. Where will the daily wage earners go?

Our children our pride

As a part of my job assignment, recently I visited cyclone Sidr affected Sarankhola upazila of Bagerhat district. We were a team of Bagerhat Red Crescent volunteers, IFRC Bangladesh employees and Danish Red Cross delegates. Our purpose was to assess the need for psychosocial support. We went to the south most village of Sarankhola called Bogi, adjacent to Sundarbans. We conducted different focus group discussions with women, adolescents, young children and men.

Energy saving bulb and health hazards

“Energy saving bulb or less power consuming electric bulb” that is “Fluorescent” or “incandescent bulb” has been marketed in Bangladesh and is being used in most of the places --from hospitals, industrial units to homes. Fluorescent lamp uses 1/4th energy of incandescent lamp and lasts as much as 10 times longer. Fluorescent bulb contains toxic materials like mercury. Improper disposal of it releases mercury into air, soil, water, thus endangering human health. It needs H2E( www.h2e-online.org) recommended 10 steps disposal. Approximately 95% of the power consumed by an incandescent bulb is emitted as heat, rather than as visible light. An incandescent light bulb, with this 5% efficiency, is about one quarter as efficient as a fluorescent lamp (about 20% efficiency), and produces about six times as much heat with the same amount of light from both sources. Both fluorescents and incandescent bulbs are hazardous for human health as well as for the environment.

Sea turtle trade

I am writing after reading a shocking piece of news that I just went through in newspapers (Dec 26, 2007), that two endangered Olive Ridley Sea Turtle have been sold in front of the Shib Mandir near Tanti Bazar in Dhaka city.

International

Kenyan police battle protesters

Kenya's main opposition party postponed a "million-man" rally here yesterday after police used tear gas and water cannon to disrupt the planned protest against last week's presidential poll results.

Musharraf must go if Pakistan is to survive

President Pervez Musharraf must quit if Pakistan is to regain stability in the wake of the assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, a think-tank said Thursday.

Israeli-Palestinian peace deal in 2008: Bush

US President George W Bush believes an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal will be reached this year, according to excerpts of an interview published on Thursday ahead of his visit to the region.

India asks Myanmar to speed up process of political reforms

India has asked Myanmar to speed up the process of political reforms and national reconciliation, amidst growing international pressure on New Delhi to nudge Yangon to end suppression of pro-democracy activists in that country.

'Musharraf on horns of election dilemma'

Even if Pakistan had held elections on time instead of delaying them in the wake of the chaos unleashed by Benazir Bhutto's killing, President Pervez Musharraf was set to lose, analysts say.

Indian engineer, 6 Afghan cops killed in suicide attack

An Indian engineer and six Afghan policemen were killed Thursday when a suicide bomber blew himself amid security forces investigating an earlier explosion in western Afghanistan, an official said.

Hundreds flee as high waves strike Indonesia coast

High waves lashed hundreds of homes in eastern Indonesia Thursday, forcing about 1,000 people to flee but causing no casualties, an official said yesterday.

Facebook disables Bilawal profiles

Popular Internet site Facebook on Thursday said two purported profiles of slain Pakistan politician Benazir Bhutto's son Bilawal were not authentic, and that the company had taken them down.

Iowa turnout crucial to success

Presidential hopefuls urged their partisans to brave the cold and rally fellow Iowans to the caucuses Thursday, a massive test of organisation that held the key to victory in the first contests of the 2008 election season. Capturing the urgency and biting chill in the air, Barack Obama implored his people, "Walk quick, talk fast."

US ties not currently in Iran's interest, says Khamenei

Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei yesterday said that Iran has "no benefit" in resuming ties with the United States at the current time, state television reported.

Eight killed in India police firing

Eight people were killed and 20 injured when police opened fire on protesters demanding village elections in northeastern India, police said yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Shahana Sumi: Carving a niche with diverse roles

PROMISING actor Shahana Sumi is a familiar face on stage and TV. Her performances combine an individual quality of freshness and thoughtfulness. Versatility seems to be one of her assets.

Tanveer Alam Shawjeeb: On the verge of a break through

At an informal shindig, he slowly walked up to the stage and started jamming. Accompanied by Nazrul's dhol, the singer started Takdum takdum bajey Bangladesh dhol and the nonchalant audience seemed to get “it”. From hip youngsters to the reluctant elderly, most seemed to sway and sing along. The evening had picked up.

Shawkat Osman remembered

It's not enough to have one Shawkat Osman in our literature; at this moment, we are in need of a few like him -- discussants expressed at the 91st birth anniversary of one of the most powerful Bengali writers in Bengla literature, Shawkat Osman (1917-1998).

Alluring antique replicas in metal

The recent Dhamrai metalwork exhibition at Dots Contemporary Gallery fascinated those into statuary. The Hindu, Buddhist and Christian sculptures dealing with Indian gods and goddesses, meditating Buddha and the Nativity scene of Bethlehem delighted art enthusiasts. The minute decorations on the faces, body and limbs of the statues are a decisive delight.

“Praner Khela” at Bengal Shilpalaya ends

To promote traditional Bangla songs, Bengal Foundation arranged a three-day musical soiree titled Praner Khela at Bengal Shilpalaya in Dhanmondi. The programme ended on January 2. Tagore singers Bulbul Islam and Aditi Mohsin rendered songs at the closing programme.

100th show of "Meraj Fakirer Maa" today

Theatre will stage 100th show Meraj Fakirer Maa today at the Mahila Samity Stage.

OP-ED

A Pakistani tragedy

On December 27, a little more than two months after her return to Pakistan from years of exile, Benazir Bhutto was killed while leaving the grounds of Liaquat Bagh after addressing a rally of the party faithful. Daughter of the charismatic Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, with no inconsiderable charisma of her own, driven, talented, distinguished; unknown assassins cut the career of Pakistan's best-loved political leader short. She was still young at 53.

Price stability: Homeopathy won't work

In a similar article published in a couple of national dailies more than a year ago I made some suggestions for lowering prices. During that time the government changed commerce ministers several times, but things worsened instead of improving. Then, I had forecast that even a change of government wouldn't stop price hike unless some fundamental changes were made.

Environment

Is global warming drowning Bangladesh?

The impacts of global warming will be felt across the globe. Glaciers and ice caps will melt at faster rates. Occurrence of extreme floods and droughts will increase. Water stress will increase globally while water quality will deteriorate.

Can carbon trade be a solution to global warming?

Carbon trading is a market mechanism intended to tackle global warming. Though it dates back to 1989 it only took off as a market after the Kyoto Protocol was signed by some 180 countries in December 1997, in Kyoto, Japan. The Protocol calls for 38 industrialized countries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions between the years 2008 and 2012 to levels that are 5.2 percent lower than those of 1990. Carbon is an element stored in fossil fuels such as coal and oil. When these fuels are burned, carbon dioxide is released and acts as what we term a "greenhouse gas". Carbon is the common denominator in all polluting gases that cause global warming. Under Kyoto, each participating government has its own national target for reducing carbon dioxide emissions. This was an important issue discussed in recent Bali conference. US Senate has recently discussed a climate change bill promoting carbon trading.

Ethnobiological practices help sustainable development

According to United Nations World Commission of Environment and Development, sustainable development means meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.



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