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EC unveils new list of constituencies

The Election Commission (EC) yesterday unveiled the new district-wise list of constituencies with 18 districts seeing either an increase or a decrease in the number of seats representing them in parliament.

RMG workers again fight with cops at Mirpur: 100 hurt

The Mirpur area of the capital turned into a virtual battlefield yesterday afternoon as several thousand garment factory workers locked into a fierce clash with police.

DU teachers, students against 'undignified' release of peers

Students and teachers of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday warned that they will not accept any 'undignified' release of their detained peers.

$5.2b transport plan for Dhaka okayed

The communications ministry yesterday approved the Strategic Transport Plan (STP), a $5.2 billion mass transport scheme incorporating an underground railway system, to ease traffic congestion and improve the communications system in Dhaka.

CA asks ministries to execute ADP fast

The planning ministry has sent the chief adviser's special directives to other ministries suggesting quick implementation of the Annual Development Programme (ADP) as only 16 percent has been implemented in five months of the current fiscal year (FY).

EC studies emergency rules to know how those can affect polls

With the demand for withdrawal of the state of emergency before the next parliamentary polls growing, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda yesterday said general elections were held under martial laws in 1970,1979 and 1986.

Selim Al Deen no more

Selim Al Deen, the legendary drama icon of the country, passed away yesterday.

A soul expansive in creative dimensions

In conversation with a journalist not many years ago, Selim Al-Deen took positive pride in the way the farmers in his tales reached heights as sublime or as heroic as the characters in the old Greek plays. And that about sums up Selim Al-Deen's attitude to the world of drama, indeed of all creativity. By the time he died on Monday, not yet having arrived at the age of sixty, he had created enough of an impression to qualify as one of the foremost of theatre figures who were destined to dominate the drama scene in post-liberation Bangladesh. There is Kittonkhola which firmly established Al-Deen as a prime personality in Bangladesh's theatre. But, then again, it was a position that the artiste's background had thoroughly prepared him for.

Resource sharing may greatly cut regional poverty

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday said Bangladesh firmly believes that sharing of resources among the Saarc member countries can help remove poverty from this region.

Around 200 Malaysia job seekers left in the cold

Around 200 Bangladeshi workers who went to Malaysia during November 26 and December 10 last year are living in cramped conditions without proper food and jobs they were promised in Shah Alam, a Malaysian city.

Coarse rice price up by Tk 1 on retail market

Prices of different varieties of coarse rice went up by at least Tk 1 per kg in Dhaka's retail markets yesterday following a price rise in wholesale markets by Tk 50-100 per maund in the last three days.

Warrant against ex-secretary Dr Toufiq

A Dhaka court yesterday issued warrants against former energy secretary Dr Toufiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury and six others in connection with the Tk 3 crore graft case during the setting up of 100MW barge-mount power plant in Khulna.

'Massive shortfall' of mid-income dwellings in Dhaka by 2010

The managing director of one of the Dhaka's leading construction groups has warned that the present slump in home building will lead to a massive shortfall of middle-income dwellings in the capital by 2010.

Delwar finds plot to hold 'farcical' polls

BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday said a conspiracy is being hatched for holding a farcical election keeping the national political leaders in jail.

Govt to consider political parties' conditions for dialogue

Communications Adviser Maj Gen (retd) Ghulam Quader yesterday said the caretaker government with an open mind will listen to political parties' conditions for dialogue with the government.

CPD among world's leading think tanks

The Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) has got itself positioned among 228 leading think tanks in the world, while Bangladesh has made it to the list of countries with the largest number of think tanks, having 34 of them.

Dutch-Bangla Bank donates Tk 9cr for DU research centre

The Dutch-Bangla Bank Ltd (DBBL) yesterday decided to donate Tk 9.73 crore to Dhaka University (DU) for establishing a research centre on the university campus.

Motia slates govt failure in tackling rice prices

Awami League (AL) Presidium member Motia Chowdhury yesterday criticised the present government's failure to keep prices of essentials steady and said that people's life have been badly affected by it.

DU violence probing officer says teachers' link proven

An investigation officer (IO) of a case, filed in connection with the August violence on Dhaka University (DU) campus, told a Dhaka court yesterday that he submitted the charge sheet against four DU teachers and 15 students as the charges brought against them were primarily proved during investigation.

Vote for Cox's Bazar, Sundarbans

Bangladesh's image will be brightened further across the world if the Sundarbans and Cox's Bazar are included in the list of 21 major global natural wonders to be decided on August 8 through internet voting.

Adcomm clarifies dispute over its rented house

Adcomm Limited clarified yesterday through a news release their position saying that in October of last year, the owner of house No 7/A on Road 41 of Gulshan-2 in the capital where the offices of Adcomm, Signage, and Megavision are situated, refused to accept the monthly rent, when paid.

7 troops, 23 militants killed in Pak clash

At least seven Pakistani troops and 23 Islamic militants were killed in a major battle yesterday near the Afghan border, days after Islamabad ruled out direct US military intervention.

India, China pledge to boost trade, military ties

China and India pledged yesterday to strengthen trade and military links and seek a solution to a border row, as India's prime minister sought to cement a rapid improvement in ties with a landmark visit.


Persistent unrest in RMG sector

This is for the umpteenth time in recent months that the garment workers enraged by default on payment by the factory owners took to the street, blocked the traffic and vandalised vehicles. All these were topped off by the police roughing them up, including women workers. Just the venue changed -- it was Shawrapara on Sunday.

Child in jail

The sad spectacle of a nine-year old victim of rape being in prison for six months, as reported by the daily Prothom Alo, is a harsh reminder of the helplessness of the most vulnerable group in society -- the ultra poor women and children. The girl's unbearable agony has been compounded by the legal process which finally landed her in jail in the name of safe custody.

Musing on the ensuing election

In the rural Bengal, when high tide comes in rivers, boatmen get up from their sleep, start to holler on top of their voice at one another, pull up the anchor, untie their boats and begin to row with all their might to reach the destination. No more snoozing in a low tide. It's time for work. Row, row, row. Come election time and you see similar activities ensuing in various political camps across the country. Come election time you see professional politicians and seasonal supporters dusting their campaign attire and polishing their campaign boots.

Boom in the local hospitality industry

The hospitality industry is experiencing a boom across the world, including Bangladesh. A plethora of new hotels have opened in Dhaka, Chitagong, Sylhet and Cox's Bazaar. As a result, there is a constant need for top-level industry consultants to advise on the profession. Besides, varieties of jobs in the catering business are now ready to be filled in.

Thoughts on managing sports bodies

Recently, there have been laudable efforts to streamline the administration of the national level sports bodies. Sports enthusiasts are witnessing commendable ventures to financially strengthen the different sports federations. There is considerable interest in creating a lively atmosphere. This writer, in view of his past experience as the president of the Bangladesh Volleyball Federation and also as secretary, Ministry of Youth and Sports, considers it pertinent to put forward some suggestions for improving the performance of our sports bodies.


Siddons not worried

After the Tigers' meek surrender in the two-match Test series, coach Jamie Siddons pointed out that 'short-term goal' set by the previous management is behind the reason Bangladesh have failed to improve rapidly in Tests.

India set Hogg free

Australian spinner Brad Hogg is free to play against India after the tourists withdrew their complaint that he made offensive comments during the contentious second Test in Sydney.

Captains call truce

Australia and India called a truce to their week-long feud when rival captains Ricky Ponting and Anil Kumble met on Monday and the visitors dropped a complaint against spinner Brad Hogg.

Jatrabari clinch eves' kabaddi league

Jatrabari Krira Chakra lifted the EXIM Bank Women's Kabaddi League with a 68-51 victory over neighbours Matuail Milon Smriti Sangsad in the final at the Outer Stadium kabaddi court yesterday.

Zia, Rajib and Taibur keep winning

Three of the four Bangladeshi players maintained their winning run in the 6th Parsvnath Open International Open Chess Tournament in Delhi.

The onus is on Bowden

New Zealand umpire Billy Bowden, who steps into the super-charged atmosphere of the third Test between Australia and India, is already no stranger to controversy.

IPL sold for a billion dollars

India's cricket chiefs on Monday sold the media rights for the star-studded inaugural Twenty20 Indian Premier League (IPL) for one billion dollars.

Ponting admits team mistakes

The Australian team made a couple of mistakes on the field in the controversial second Test against India, Australia captain Ricky Ponting has admitted.

Charges against Harbhajan can't be dropped: ICC

While Brad Hogg is celebrating after India withdrew charges against him, Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh stands no such chance even if Australia wants to reciprocate to India's goodwill gesture.

Flemo denies retirement reports

Former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming insists he will be available for the March Tests against England despite reports he is set to retire.

Top names cruise

Defending champion Serena Williams and world number one Justine Henin led a host of top names into the Australian Open second round on Monday, but Andy Murray became a high-profile casualty.

Real ride on Ruud

Ruud van Nistelrooy scored two late goals as Spanish champions Real Madrid defeated bottom side Levante 2-0 on Sunday to re-establish their seven-point lead over Barcelona at the top of the table.

Samba powers Milan

Ronaldo was the inspiration as AC Milan ended their dismal winless home run with a 5-2 victory over Napoli on a dream night at the San Siro on Sunday.

Day for veterans

Deadly strikers Ronaldo, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Pauleta proved on Sunday that their eye for goal hasn't been dimmed by the passing years.

Still got the touch

Any doubts about whether or not former three-time world player of the year Ronaldo can still be a force in football were dispelled in just over 45 minutes on Sunday.

L'pool admit to Klinsi meeting

Liverpool's American owners met former Germany manager Juergen Klinsmann in November to discuss the possibility of him replacing Rafael Benitez, chairman Tom Hicks said on Monday.

Spalletti unhappy with Totti

Roma coach Luciano Spalletti launched a surprising attack on his captain Francesco Totti after Roma's come-from-behind 2-1 victory at Atalanta that kept them in the title hunt.

'We don't need Ronaldinho'

AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti on Monday ruled out making a move for Barcelona superstar Ronaldinho after watching Brazilian strike pair Ronaldo and Pato destroy Napoli on Sunday.

Sunderland gain lifeline

Two goals from Kieran Richardson gave Sunderland a 2-0 victory over Portsmouth on Sunday to boost their hopes of escaping the Premier League drop zone.

Bayern snap up Borowski

Germany international Tim Borowski will join Bayern Munich when his contract with Werder Bremen expires at the end of the season.

Zaragoza axe coach

Spanish League side Real Zaragoza on Sunday sacked coach Victor Fernandez following the 2-2 draw with Real Mallorca.

Afridi, Shah put Zim in a spin

Leg-spinners Shahid Afridi and Yasir Shah shared seven wickets between them to bowl Zimbabwe out for 209 in their tour match against a Patron's XI here on Monday.

Super-four volleyball from today

The Bangladesh Volleyball Federation (BVF) will organise the President Cup Super-Four volleyball tournament from today at the Volleyball Stadium.

Arambagh's first win

Arambagh Krira Sangha finally put an end to a pathetic start to the Senior Division Football League when they edged City Club 1-0 yesterday for their first win.

Mahfuz champ in FH Hall sports

Mahfuzur Rahman became individual champion in Dhaka University's Fazlul Haque Muslim Hall annual sports yesterday.

Abir overtakes Saif to top

Shahidul Alam Abir posted solo lead in the 28th National Sub-junior (Under-16) Chess Championship after defeating previous round's leader Abdullah Al Saif yesterday at the Chess Federation hall-room.

U-18 hockey camp from Jan 19

Bangladesh Hockey Federation will hold a non-residential training camp for the Under-18 players living in and around the capital from January 19.

Fun day for autistic children

A number of autistic children enjoyed a fun day at the annual sports organised by Autism Welfare Foundation at the Dhanmondi Women's Sports Complex yesterday.

Mark obsesses Aussies

Australia will hope to put the acrimony of recent days behind them as they chase a world record 17th straight Test win against India this week.

Pace India out: Gilly

The record-chasing Australians will blitz the Indians with pace when the third Test gets underway at the WACA here on Wednesday, according to wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist.

Lanka opt for pace

Sri Lanka's cricket selectors on Monday named a pace-oriented squad for the upcoming one-day series in Australia also featuring India.


Warid fined Tk6.67cr for missing subscribers target

The country's telecom watchdog has fined UAE-based Warid Telecom Tk6.67crore for failing to reach a minimum subscribers target, breaching the terms of its license agreement.

Massive shortfall of mid-income dwellings by 2010

The managing director of one of the Dhaka's leading construction groups has warned that the present slump in home building will lead to a massive shortfall of middle-income dwellings by 2010.

Citycell accepts Tk150cr fine for VoIP

Citycell yesterday said it had fully co-operated with the investigation by regulator into its involvement in VoIP scandal and accepted that it will pay TK150 crore in compensation to the BTRC.

Meghna Petroleum shares sales down on BPC demand for higher prices

Only a handful of shares in the state-run Meghna Petroleum Company were offloaded yesterday on the company's stock exchange debut with the owner the Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) holding out for a higher price.

New commerce adviser sees monitoring on commodity prices a 'main challenge'

Establishment of a strong monitoring mechanism on commodity prices is the main challenge for the caretaker government, said the newly appointed commerce adviser yesterday. .

Developers seek govt intervention to rein in high prices of MS rod

Developers have asked for immediate government intervention to arrest the skyrocketing prices of mild steel (MS) to keep apartments at the reach of middle-income group.

Online pre-registration for S Korean jobs begins today

Online pre-registration for Bangladeshis who want to work in South Korea begins today and it will continue until January 17.

SEC becomes financially self-reliant for first time

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has become financially self-dependent for the first time, thanks to fee imposed on beneficiary owners (BO) account.

Best Air makes debut on domestic route

Local airline Best Air yesterday started its passenger flights as the fourth carrier on the country's domestic route with the aim to launch international flights by the end of February.

BEI seminar on corporate governance

A seminar on corporate governance for board members and management of financial institutions was held at Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI) in Dhaka yesterday.

Prize giving ceremony of chef of the year contest Jan 18

The award giving ceremony of 'Monitor-Malaysian Palm Oil Chef of the Year 2007' competition will be held on January 18, says a press release.


Take steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

South Asian civil society leaders yesterday called for G-8 leaders to enter into legally binding targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 percent or risk wiping out any developments in meeting the Millennium Development Goals.

Statue issue won't affect ties with Dhaka

President Iajuddin Ahmed has said Bangladesh strongly believes that her relations with France is too strong to be adversely affected by unpleasant developments.

‘Illegal structures along water bodies to be demolished’

Housing and Public Works Adviser Maj Gen (retd) Ghulam Quader yesterday said all unauthorised structures in and along water bodies in the Dhaka city would be removed.

LDP demands polls in June

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) yesterday demanded holding of next parliamentary election in June.

Chandrabati wins best magazine prize

The two-day National Wall Magazine Festival ended in the city yesterday with the spontaneous participation of hundreds of students from different schools across the country.

Charges framed against Paban, four others

A Dhaka court yesterday framed charges against Khondaker Akhter Hamid Paban, son of BNP leader Khondaker Delwar Hossain, and four others in connection with a carjacking case.

ACC to submit charge sheet against Taimur, Helaluzzaman

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday approved submitting charge sheet against detained former BRTC chairman Taimur Alam Khandaker and former BNP lawmaker Helaluzzaman Talukder Lalu on charges of taking bribe and amassing wealth illegally beyond their known sources of income.

Discussion on alternative report preparation

A discussion on Cedaw alternative report preparation focusing on violence against women was held at the Brac Centre Inn in the city yesterday, says a press release.

Jute, machinery burn down in ire at jute mill

A huge quantity of jute, jute goods and machinery burned down in a fire at United Meghna Chandpur (UNC) Jute Mill in Narsingdi yesterday.

Ashura holiday on Jan 20

The government has declared January 20 as a public holiday on the occasion of holy Ashura instead of January 19 as mentioned in the government calendar for 2008.

Diplomats hail BARD rural dev model

A 20-member delegation of defence attaches and high-level officials of India, Pakistan, China, Nepal, Saudi Arabia, Russia and Japan embassy in Dhaka visited the Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development (BARD) in Comilla yesterday, says a press release.

Norwegians keen to invest in Bangladesh

Honorary Consul of Bangladesh in Norway Peter Dae yesterday expressed his optimism about more Norwegian investments in Bangladesh in various sectors, including energy.

Annual sports for autistic children held

Autism Welfare Foundation (AWF) organised an annual sports competition for the autistic children at Dhanmondi Women's Sports Complex in the city yesterday, says a press release.

Star Campus-Drishty debate contest begins today in Ctg

A month-long debate competition styled Star Campus-Drishty Debate for Generation Next begins in the port city today.

Reunion of DU Economics Dept Alumni Assoc

Reunion of Dhaka University Economics Department Alumni Association (DUEDAA) will be held on February 8 at 'Bitopir Chayya', Mia Bari Sarak, Gozaria, Joydevpur, said an official handout.

Court Reporters Assoc executives

Abdul Haq Bhuiyan of the daily Manabjamin and Ashraf-Ul-Alam of the daily Prothom Alo have been selected president and general secretary of the Court Reporters' Association for 2007-08, says a press release.

Irene Khan visits Brac school

Amnesty International Secretary General Irene Khan visits a Brac school at Isapur in Tangail during her recent trip to Bangladesh. She also visited several programmes of Brac such as micro-finance group meetings, anti-natal care, and human rights and education classes.


Agitation at RU on for release of 10 students

Students of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday continued their demonstration on the campus demanding release of 10 convicted students and an employee of the university in DGFI vehicle torching case.

Charge sheet against ex-MP Habib to protect killers, claims BNP

Satkhira BNP leaders, in a statement issued here yesterday, said the charge sheet submitted on Sunday against 15 people including former lawmaker Habibul Islam Habib was aimed at protecting real killers of party leader A B M Altaf Hossain.

Arrest warrant against RU senior teacher

Rajshahi Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) court yesterday issued arrest warrant against a Rajshahi University teacher in a defamation suit filed by the vice-chancellor.

Fresh warrants against 6 PWs to appear before court

A police Inspector yesterday submitted deposition in the case for grenade attack on British High Commissioner.

Urea stock sufficient, says Karim

Agriculture adviser Dr CS Karim yesterday said the government has sufficient stock of urea fertiliser.

27 refugee families settled in Dighinala

The authorities yesterday arranged settlement of 27 refugee families, who returned to the country from India 10 years ago with 12,022 such families, at different places in Dighinala upazila in hill district Khagrachhari.

Launch strike on Patuakhali-Dhaka route

Thousands of launch passengers on Patuakhali-Dhaka route are suffering due to the strike called by launch owners association.

National ID card distribution begins in Kishoreganj

Distribution of national identity card among eligible voters began in Kishoreganj yesterday.


Primary textbooks

Every year the primary students do not get textbooks in time. It is no secret that the primary education is very essential as it is the beginning stage of one's academic life. The government always plans to distribute textbooks to the students in time but doesn't quite succeed for unknown reasons.

Traffic jam and rickshaws

Many environmental groups and public (including me) have been writing to you against the ban on rickshaws. Today (DS) even an expert from London has concurred that rickshaws and fuel-run vehicles must co-exist in Dhaka for the good of the majority of people poor, old, infirm, sick, disabled, women, children and small traders who make up over 90% of road users as against perhaps 1-5% car owners who have a free run of most roads.

Polythene, again

Polythene is banned in our country. But who cares? Like other laws in Bangladesh it has been turned into just a law and has no practical implication. The usage of polythene is common everywhere, mostly in the kitchen markets. The buyers are bound to bring goods by polythene as the peddlers supply it. Since the government has turned a blind eye on the usage of polythene, it is used everywhere.

Medical education

Every morning, when I open the pages of newspapers, I see a number of advertisements of private medical colleges established at different places with exciting and alluring annotations for admission. In the advertisement they mention better educational facilities, rich library, journals, laboratory, well ventilated classrooms, highly qualified teaching staff and many other things…

The PPP heritage!

Politics is a family affair in Southeast Asia as is already proven and established by most of the major parties in the region. Why do not we enjoy the benefits of such practice in other professions as well?

Price of rice

The sharp rise in the price of rice is not the government's responsibility; so said a honourable and wise Adviser. Unfortunately, he could not even provide the reasons for this price hike! In hindsight, the first logical reason was the delay and short supply of fertilisers. Over three months back, much was said and written on the matter, till the static CTG at last started rationing fertilisers; an unheard of process during the last decade! The CTG said this was to curb corruption in fertiliser distribution and sale. The net result was that farmers got fertilisers, but too late.

Coverage of MPs

What I would like is a coverage of the 300 past members of parliament.


Olmert is not sure of reaching peace deal

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert warned Monday that Israel and the Palestinians may not reach a peace deal that US President George W. Bush predicted within a year as both sides began discussing the conflict's core issues.

Benazir's party may work with Musharraf

Benazir Bhutto's political party said yesterday it may work with Pakistan's president after elections next month despite the leader's apparent unpopularity and allegations elements within his government may have played a role in her death.

Nepal needs to tackle unrest before polls: UN

Ethnic unrest in southern Nepal that has blighted the country's fragile peace process has to be tackled before crucial polls to decide Nepal's political future, the United Nations said yesterday.

Japanese envoy meets Lankan officials to stop raging civil war

A wave of pitched battles, bombings and an airstrike killed at least 23 people across northern Sri Lanka, the military said Monday, as a Japanese envoy met with officials to try to stop the raging civil war.

Independents help McCain in Michigan

John McCain has an automatic advantage today when Michigan votes.

Close Guantanamo as soon as possible

The chief of the US military said Sunday he favours closing the prison here as soon as possible because he believes negative publicity worldwide about treatment of terrorist suspects has been "pretty damaging" to the image of the United States.

Arts & Entertainment

Alexis Krasilovosky: 'Woman Behind the Screen' meets the press

WOMEN Filmmakers' section at the 10th Dhaka International Film Festival began with the screening of American director-writer-producer Alexis Krasilovosky's well-acclaimed documentary film Women Behind the Camera. The documentary is based on her book with the same title. Krasilovsky has accomplished a novel feat: she travelled the world in search of female cinematographers and made a documentary on them.

“We intend to arrange an international standard talent campus” -- Badal Rahman

For the first time a 'talent campus' titled 'Dhaka Talent Campus' has been included at the 10th Dhaka International Film Festival 2008. This 'talent campus' is a six-day workshop for aspiring filmmakers, critics and journalists from Bangladesh and other South Asian Countries. Filmmaker Badal Rahman, who is also the Vice-president of the film festival, is the director of this year's 'Dhaka Talent Campus'.

"Antigone" staged in Delhi

Just a day before his performance in the Greek tragedy Antigone, renowned actor Naseeruddin Shah spoke to The Daily Star recently at the National School of Drama in Delhi. Admirers milled around him as he made his way to a rehearsal, accompanied by his wife Ratna Pathak Shah and actor Benjamin Gilani. Nevertheless Shah took a few minutes off to talk to this correspondent about the relevance of the play and his role as the tyrant Creon, ruler of Thebes.

Musical soiree by COAA

Centre for Oriental Art Appreciation (COAA) arranged a musical soiree titled Gharoa Gaaner Ashor at Alamgir Kabir Chalachchitra Kendra on Science Laboratory Road recently, says a press release. The programme featured Tagore, Nazrul and folk songs.

Mehreen promotes her new music video

Pop singer Mehreen recently went to Sylhet to attend a promotion of her first video album Tomar Jonyo, says a press release. She visited Symphony, a local music store in Zindabazar, Sylhet and attended an autograph and photo session with her fans there.


'Let them eat cake'

THE other evening I had been to a wedding ceremony at a 5-star city hotel. It was a large turnout. The costliest dish kachchi biriyani was served. For making kachchi the finest quality of rice is used, which costs around Taka 80.00 per kilo.

The constitution, democracy and corruption in Bangladesh

LORD Acton said: "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." So not dictatorship, but democracy -- a government of not one man but of all people -- is now the norm in almost all the developed and developing countries of the world.

Gangs of Nairobi

LAST July, Washington made some brief, if mostly unexamined, news in East Africa when it announced a $15 million grant to the Kenyan government to help with "law and order" issues. The funding came a full six months before last December's disputed Kenyan election and the subsequent wave of violence that is now flowing, amoebalike, across the country. For outside observers the cash injection may have seemed odd, given Kenya's positive political and economic track record.

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