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News of: Friday, 1st of February, 2008

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HC verdict to impact other graft cases

The High Court judgment on former premier Sheikh Hasina's writ petition challenging the legality of bringing an extortion case against her under Emergency Power Rules (EPR) will determine the fate of other such cases under the EPR.

Plan to bar corrupt politicians from polls uncertain

The caretaker government's plan to debar the detained "corrupt" political bigwigs from contesting the next parliamentary elections might not work if they are not tried under the Emergency Power Rules (EPR).

Donors propose $4b plan to fight natural calamities

Joint Damage Loss and Needs Assessment (JDLNA) Mission of 11 donors yesterday proposed to the government a $ 4 billion programme to mitigate natural disasters like cyclone Sidr to be implemented in the next 15 years.

Gangs active again for silent extortion

Organised criminals have started large-scale extortion again in different parts of the city through phone calls using the names of listed top criminals now on the run.

Cable fault caused blackout at ZIA

Fault in one of the age-old underground high-voltage cables caused the two-hour blackout at Zia International Airport (ZIA) on Sunday, found two probe committees.

Only 16 doctors treat 86,000 jail inmates

As few as 16 doctors are on hand to treat about 86,000 inmates in the country's 67 jails if they fall sick and are committed to prison hospitals.

Sircar ready to mediate between BNP factions

Speaker Jamiruddin Sircar yesterday said he is ready to mediate between the rival factions within BNP, if any proposal comes along.

HC wants to check why govt filed case under EPR

The High Court yesterday called for the records to check as to what circumstances prompted the government to give approval under the Emergency Power Rules (EPR) for trial of the extortion case against detained former prime minister Sheikh Hasina.

3 Bangladeshis shot dead by BSF

Border Security Force (BSF) of India shot dead three Bangladeshi cattle traders and injured five others on Ratnai border under Baliadangi upazila of Thakurgaon district yesterday morning, BDR officials said.

Ekushey Book Fair begins today

The Amar Ekushey Book Fair 2008 begins today on Bangla Academy premises in the city, commemorating the historic Language Movement of February 1952.

Tarique taken to hospital

Detained BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman was committed to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) prison cell yesterday afternoon.

7 JMB men get life

A Rajshahi court yesterday sentenced seven militants of outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen, Bangladesh (JMB) to life imprisonment for carrying out bomb blasts in Chapainawabganj on August 17 in 2005.

BB appoints observers for 3 pvt banks

Bangladesh Bank in a sudden move yesterday appointed observers for three banks--IFIC Bank, UCBL and AB Bank--to monitor their activities closely following management issues in the banks.

RMG worker beaten to death by guards

A garment worker was beaten to death and another seriously injured as the security guards and officials of a garment factory in the capital's Mirpur roughed them up suspecting the two as thieves on Wednesday night.

Ex-forest boss Munshi Anwar gets 3 yrs

A special court yesterday sentenced detained former chief forest conservator Munshi Anwarul Islam to three years' imprisonment for making illegal appointments by abusing power.

Polls must this year, says home adviser

The next general election will certainly be held within this year, and it will be a free and fair one without any influence of black money, Home Adviser Maj Gen (retd) MA Matin asserted here yesterday.

We won't stay long, but good work must go on: Gen Moeen

Chief of Army Staff General Moeen U Ahmed yesterday said "we won't stay longer" but initiate good works, though on a small scale, to be carried on in the future.

Journalist sues MK Anwar for repression

A case was filed against former Agriculture Minister and BNP leader MK Anwar, his son Kaiser Anwar, former police superintendent of Comilla Aurangajeb Mahbub, a local BNP leader and 11 other policemen with the district court yesterday on charge of repression on a journalist.

Over 1,000 chickens culled in Khulna

Surveillance teams on Wednesday night culled over one thousand chickens, ducks and pigeons and destroyed eight hundred eggs at poultry farms in Khulna sadar thana.

Banks asked to insure lockers, inform clients

The Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday instructed all banks to have corporate group insurance on their lockers and inform the clients about the policy in detail.

Disinfectants to be sprayed on fowls at border points

The government will set up centres at the entry points of 64 districts to spray disinfectants on fowls in a bid to contain the bird flu.

Afghan deputy governor killed in mosque blast

A suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowded mosque in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province yesterday, killing its deputy governor and five other people, officials said.

White House races narrow as Giuliani, Edwards quit

The battle for the White House narrowed dramatically on Wednesday as the exit of Rudolph Giuliani and John Edwards left Republican and Democratic front-runners in a pair of two-horse races.

US flaunts HR with secret prisons, torture

The United States continues to violate basic human rights by keeping secret detention facilities abroad, holding people illegally as "disappeared" and justifying torture, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said yesterday.

Top al-Qaeda leader killed

A leading al-Qaeda operative in Afghanistan Abu Laith al-Libi was killed, an Islamist website monitored by the US-based service SITE said yesterday.

Chinese dumplings trigger food scare in Japan

China and Japan scrambled to ease public alarm Thursday as hundreds of Japanese reported feeling ill from eating Chinese-made dumplings, triggering an emergency cabinet session in Tokyo.

Editorial

Now, a free EC secretariat

IT appears that at last the Election Commission will be-gin to work as an independent body through severing its links with the executive branch of government. That should be cheering news for the nation. Demands for the EC secretariat to function independently in the interest of free, fair and transparent elections have been there for as long as one can recall. And those demands have had a direct link with the legacy upon which the Election Commission has so far conducted itself. In times of a presidential form of government, the EC was dominated by the President's Office. No change was discernible when a parliamentary system took over, for the EC then began to operate as an appendage of the Prime Minister's Office.

ADP implementation sluggish

AT the half-way point of fiscal 2007-08, only 21 percent of the Annual Development Programme (ADP) stands implemented. This is the record low rate of implementation in the last four years. That this has happened during the rule of a non-party interim government cannot but surprise experts. The very technocratic nature of the government was supposed to have infused certain efficiency and dynamism into ADP manage-ment. Besides, being apolitical, the government has been free from political distractions with project planning and selection keeping above any political or lobby considerations.

Washington's paranoia over Pakistan's bombs

CALL it prudent or paranoid, the US has its own concerns of others' problems, which are highly discriminatory. At times, those concerns can turn volatile as is evident in US outbursts against Iran's nuclear program, although it looked the other way when Israel built up its undeclared nuclear arsenal long ago.

Learning pragmatism at Davos

A day before the start of the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos, the world's economic equilibrium was shaken by stocks falling across the board from Hong Kong to New York. It required an unprecedented cut in lending rates by the US Federal Reserve (the Fed) to shore up the world's badly shaken markets. Whether the recovery can be sustained is still to be seen.

Grasping for a legacy

THIS is where George W. Bush started his presidency, with an address to a joint session of Congress, one month after his inaugural speech in 2001. "The last time I visited the Capitol, I came to take an oath on the steps of this building," he said. "I pledged to honor our Constitution and laws. And I asked you to join me in setting a tone of civility and respect in Washington.

Sports

Picture not perfect

Business at a good number of sports goods shops in and around Dhaka is going through a dip, much like the mercury.

Giants tumble on Day 2

After the opening day's upset Badda victory over Abahani, the second day of the Protiti Pharma Victory Day Club Cup football tournament suffered from goal drought as both the matches ended in goalless draws.

It's practice for India

At the MCG on Friday, the world champions will attempt to maintain their unbeaten run against a talented opposition boasting a number of fresh faces. But in a reversal of the usual trend in recent years, Australia are the challengers and India are out to confirm their status as the world's best Twenty20 side.

Love on her mind

Tennis pin-up Maria Sharapova has forewarned her future husband that he will literally have his hands full - once when she finally fulfils her ambition to find true love.

Sachin set for T20 debut

Sachin Tendulkar is all set to make his Twenty20 debut when world champions India take on Australia in an one-off match here tomorrow with the visitors keen to maintain their supremacy in the shortest format of the game.

Pakistan rest Afridi, Yousuf

Pakistan have tried out a few newcomers already in the ongoing series against Zimbabwe, and a 4-0 advantage has further emboldened the selectors to test more players for the fifth and final ODI in Sheikhupura.

Smith may not tour here

If there was one thing that South Africa captain Graeme Smith would like to change about modern day cricket, it would be scheduling. So much so, he's ready to sit out the upcoming tour of Bangladesh in February-March.

Sunrise ride on Liton

A brace by Liton Barman helped Sunrise Krira Chakra come from behind and edge Wari Club 2-1 for their second win in the Senior Division Football League at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.

C'Ron simply irresistible

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as champions Manchester United returned to the top of the Premier League on goal difference from Arsenal after a 2-0 win at home to Portsmouth.

Gilardino hits back

Alberto Gilardino answered his doubters with a poacher's goal to earn AC Milan a vital 1-0 win at Reggina on Wednesday.

Eto'o claims record

Samuel Eto'o became the all-time record goalscorer at the African Nations Cup Wednesday when he fired Cameroon into the quar-terfinals, where Egypt will also feature despite Zambia holding the defending champions to a 1-1 draw.

Fergie toasts Ronaldo

Sir Alex Ferguson billed Cristiano Ronaldo as the equal of David Beckham after seeing the Manchester United winger score a spectacular free-kick as the reigning champions returned to the top of the Premier League with a 2-0 win against Portsmouth.

Maradona sorry for 'Hand of God'

Argentina football legend Diego Maradona apologised in an interview Thursday for his infamous "Hand of God" goal in the 1986 World Cup quarterfinals that cost England a shot at the trophy.

Klinsmann chooses US assistant

Juergen Klinsmann has chosen Mexican-born American coach Martin Vasquez to work as his number two when he takes over at Bayern Munich next season, the Bundesliga club said in a statement on Wednesday.

Iraq to appeal Akram decision

Iraq will appeal the British government's decision to deny its top player a worked permit to join Premier League side Manchester City, the country's soccer president said on Thursday.

Ballack back for Germany

Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack has been named in the Germany squad for Wednesday night's friendly against Austria in Vienna and is set to make his first international appearance for almost a year.

Snyman kills off Kenya

A remarkable double hundred by Gerrie Snyman provided the platform for Namibia to move top of the Intercontinental Cup table with a 105-run win over Kenya in Sharjah on Thursday.

First U-19 match postponed

The first one-day match between Bangladesh under-19 and their West Indies counterparts was abandoned due to a wet outfield at BKSP in Savar yesterday.

Naved fit to play for Yorkshire

Yorkshire have confirmed Navedul Hasan as their man overseas player for the 2008 English county season after the Pakistan pace bowler passed a fitness test on a shoulder injury.

BOA to release opening day tickets

Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) will offer 25,000 tickets for the opening ceremony of the second Indo-Bangladesh Bangla Games at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on February 22.

ICC accepts blunder

International Cricket Council chief Malcolm Speed said Thursday the organisation accepted the blame for the administrative blunder that enabled Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh to escape a stiffer penalty in his racial abuse case.

'Indians will behave'

Indian one-day captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said on Thursday that he expected his players to be on their best behaviour for the remainder of the Australian tour.

Vermeulen in the clear

Former Test player Mark Vermeulen has been cleared of arson attacks on the Zimbabwe cricket board's headquarters after a court found he was suffering psychiatric problems, his lawyer said Thursday.

Senegal snub press

Senegal have imposed a media black out after the publication of a story in the local press about skipper El Hadj Diouf staying up late at a night club 48 hours before a crunch Africa Cup of Nations Group D tie against South Africa.

Eng want to keep up the momentum

England will try to sustain the momentum of back-to-back one-day series wins when they take on New Zealand next month, coach Peter Moores said on Thursday.

Capello ignores Beckham

David Beckham has been told he has missed out on Fabio Capello's first England squad but reassured that he could still get the chance to win the 100th cap he craves, according to English media reports.

Teenagers prove match-winners

Teenage strikers Takayuki Morimoto and Mario Balotelli proved the match-winners to send Catania and Inter Milan respectively into the Italian Cup semifinals on Wednesday.

Bayern lay down law

Bayern Munich will re-launch their Bundesliga bid at Hansa Rostock on Friday with discipline of paramount importance having issued their players with a strict code of conduct.

Gomez nets hattrick

Germany's player of 2007, Mario Gomez, announced his return to form with a hattrick in just 14 minutes to book VfB Stuttgart's place in the German Cup quarterfinals.

Valencia lift gloom

Troubled Valencia lifted the gloom on Wednesday when they claimed a place in the semifinals of the King's Cup after an away goals win over Atletico Madrid.

Pfister can't stop smoking

Cameroon coach Otto Pfister came under fire here Thursday for setting a bad example by smoking at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi during Saturday's game against Zambia.

No loan move for Walcott

Arsenal teenager Theo Walcott has ruled out a move to another club on loan in order to fast-track his development.

Gilberto to stay in Berlin

Defender Gilberto will not be joining English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur from Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin, after the Brazilian failed a medical and is expected back in Berlin on Thursday.

Business

Enraged investors go berserk at UCBL AGM over dividend dispute

Chaos broke out at the United Commercial Bank's annual general meeting (AGM) yesterday as shareholders, ransacked the meeting angered by the bank's failure to resolve a dispute over dividend payments.

Private land phone users up 122pc in 2007

The number of private land phone users more than doubled in 2007, while state owned BTTB saw its number of subscribers drop, being unable to compete with the better service and cheaper connection of its private rivals.

Fourth private airline takes off

The country's fourth private airline Avian Airways yesterday launched its operation on domestic routes, offering low fares with an aim to generate new passengers.

World airline industry faces tough 2008

Global air traffic, which sparkled last year, is set to slow in 2008 amid rising prices and economic uncertainty after a sharp decline in December, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said on Thursday.

S Asian bourses asked to share info to face economic shock

Finance and Planning Adviser A B Mirza Azizul Islam yesterday urged the member countries of South Asian Federation of Exchanges (SAFE) to share even sensitive financial information to cope with any regional economic shock.

DSE posts record single day gain

Share prices on the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) gained across the board yesterday, pushing up the main index that posted a record single day gain in the recent times.

Citi initiative for people of Bangladesh origin in UK

Citi Foundation is launching a grant designed to increase opportunities for British-Bangladeshi women and young people living in Tower Hamlets, says a press release.

Metropolitan

Grooming instts needed to create competent leadership

Education Adviser Hossain Zillur Rahman yesterday said 'grooming institutions' should be set up in the country with a view to creating competent leaderships in all strata of society.

Ensure transparency in using foreign aid

Speakers at a seminar in the city yesterday underlined the need for ensuring transparency and accountability in implementing foreign aid for its utmost use in the country's development process.

Violence against women leads to malnutrition of children

Exposure to physical and psychological violence reduces food intake of pregnant women leading to malnutrition of their children and threatening national health, said the speakers at a workshop yesterday.

Launch social movement against corruption

Anti-corruption Commission Chairman Lt Gen (Retd) Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury yesterday called for social movement against corruption that has bedevilled the nation.

Human rights of 52000 Bangalee families violated

Parbatya Chattagram Samo Adhikar Andolon (PCSAA) yesterday alleged that the government has violated human rights of 52 thousand Bangalee families by keeping them at 81 cluster villages in eight upazilas of Khagrachhari district for last 21 years.

Countries looking for ways to compromise draft resolutions

Developed and developing countries continued their struggle to overcome differences over proposed resolutions on assets recovery and a review mechanism for the compliance of state parties to the UN Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) during an international conference here yesterday.

Cold claims one in Sirajganj, disrupt life in northern districts

An elderly man died from cold at Alampur village at Kazipur in the district yesterday.

US minister for South Asia arrives Sunday

US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Donald Camp arrives on Sunday on a two-day visit to Bangladesh.

Govt policy to emphasise North Bengal dev: Iftekhar

Foreign Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury yesterday said government policy will be designed to accord special emphasis to North Bengal in the development field because no region of the country should be left behind.

Lay-off period of Alim Jute Mills extended

Lay-off period of state-owned Alim Jute Mills has been extended by 15 days for the sixth time with effect from February 2.

Protect CHT forest

Speakers at a seminar yesterday urged the government to create alternative employment opportunities for the people of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) in order to protect the forest.

Nat'l Poetry Festival begins today

The two-day National Poetry Festival begins today on the Dhaka University (DU) campus with the slogan 'The message of poetry, the victory of democracy'.

Policy for dev of northern region demanded

The government should formulate a policy for development of the backward northern region for ensuring balanced development of the country.

1157 more held

Police arrested 1,157 people on various charges in separate drives across the county in the last 24 hours ending at 6:00am yesterday.

UNESCO Club children's painting competition

The National Association of UNESCO clubs in Bangladesh invites paintings for the UNESCO Club Children's Painting Competition 2008 on the occasion of the International Mother Language Day 2008.

Saudi Arabia donates 10 pickups for relief distribution

Bangladesh has received 10 pickup vans from Saudi Arabia for transportation of relief materials during natural disasters.

Wildlife Trust executives

Editor-in-Chief and Chief Executive of UNB Enayetullah Khan has been reelected the chairman of the Wildlife Trust of Bangladesh (WTB) at the annual general meeting of the Trust held recently.

'Justice Sobhan dedicated his life to establishing rule of law, HR’

Justice KM Sobhan will always remain as an inspiration to the people struggling to establish human rights, democracy and the rule of law and to promote the spirit of the Liberation War, speakers at a memorial meeting said yesterday.

Irregularities in distribution of fertiliser won't be tolerated

Brig Gen (retd) MA Maleq, special assistant to the chief adviser, yesterday warned that the government would not tolerate any irregularities or mismanagement in the distribution of fertilisers and other agricultural inputs.

Model secondary schools to be set up at upazilas

The government has decided to set up one model secondary school at every upazila to ensure quality education across the country.

Parties against precondition for dialogue with govt

Leaders of different political parties yesterday said proposed dialogue with the government must be held only on how to hold the election free, fair and neutrally.

More donations to CA's relief fund

More individuals and institutions yesterday donated over Tk 3.27 lakh to the Chief Adviser's Relief and Welfare Fund in aid of cyclone victims.

99th anniversary of birth of Prof MU Ahmed today

Today is the 99th birth anniversary of Prof MU Ahmed, a noted psychotherapist and the founder of Clinical Psychology Movement in the subcontinent.

Letters

Jute industry

With the closure of the world's largest jute industry, “The Adamjee Jute mills” the jute sector of the country has been passing through a crisis. Besides the Adamjee Jute industries, some other jute industries located at Jessore and Khulna areas have faced closure. In the last two years, two-three public sector jute industries have been closed.

Banning rickshaws

Many thanks to Mr Sikander Ahmed for his letter published in The Daily Star on 15 January 2007, pointing out the plights of the majority of commuters due to ban on rickshaws in Mohakhali to Gulshan road. I remember the day I was thrown out from a rickshaw on a rainy day on this road by a traffic policeman too keen to implement the ban on rickshaw. It was not very nice to walk the rest of the way to my office all soaked in rain. One reason for rickshaws being blamed for traffic jam and banned is probably that it is easier to implement restriction on the poor and weak! In the last ten years in Dhaka I have seen several times traffic policemen puncturing tyres of rickshaws as a punishment for disobeying traffic rules, but have never seen them do any such thing to the cars that clearly ignore traffic rules. True, rickshaw-pullers do not obey the traffic rules and create jams frequently. But the same is true about cars, buses or any other motorised vehicles. Nobody appears to be aware of any traffic rules relating to overtaking, changing lanes, right of the way, parking and such things. It's more like doing whatever you can get away with and of course you can get away with almost anything!

Hilsha export

I am an expatriate Bangladeshi and would like to express my views on hilsha export to foreign countries from Bangladesh.

A good government!

Bangladesh has been ruled by bad governments for decades. Past governments apparently were the results of so called democracy. Unfortunately, those governments proved to be complete failures in fulfilling the aspirations of the general public, in putting this troubled nation into a path of somewhat brighter future. Instead, the so-called elected leaders have brought the nation to its knees by abusing their authority and power in the government.

Trial of war criminals

Recently, there have been demands from certain quarters for the trial of the “war criminals”. Perhaps it is necessary to find out first if the law of the country is equipped for trial of war crimes and what is the definition of such offence given in the provisions of law. Recently, the court discharged a case filed against certain individuals on allegation of being war criminals. I am not against trial of any individual for committing war crime. I belong to a shaheed family that suffered immensely during the liberation war. Therefore, trial for committing war crime is also my foremost demand. But to term those individuals “ war criminals” before conviction might give rise to various legal complications. As such it may not yield the desired result. Trial could be sought against any specific crime committed either against the country or any individual after collection of enough evidence needed to prove their involvement which in my opinion would be very difficult to get now, after a long time. Otherwise, if all those evidences could not be produced, I am afraid, the case will not hold good. Everybody knows the AL government was instrumental in declaring a general amnesty to the people once opposed to the creation of Bangladesh. The AL, the Jatiyo Party and the BNP should be held responsible for their failure to try those opposed to the creation of Bangladesh during their 36-year rule.

The sub-continent

What has gone wrong with Bangladesh (and Pakistan)? Why India [all a part of the former British Indian Raj] escaped such historical inflictions we are experiencing today? Pakistan, after the Partition in 1947, was without a capital and experience of central government governance. Besides Rawalpindi, [later, Islamabad], the Pakistani capital was far away from East Pakistan. The communication, cultural, and distance gaps were huge; with a hostile, huge country in between. The separation of East Pakistan (Bengalees) was a foregone conclusion. East Pakistan was replaced by sovereign Bangladesh in 1971, in just one generation. Today both Pakistan and Bangladesh are limping; and India is emerging as a giant in Asia, next to China.

Pertinent questions

The saying is: " Do not create or make law from the bench, just understand, interpret and apply the law". This is how we need to prove that the judiciary is independent and has the capacity and will to operate independently . When a government is not elected and run by emergency rules suspending major rights of the citizen, the only hope and shelter for the powerless people lies in the court of law.

Catharsis!

Being a student of a private university, I am used to facing different kinds of strange questions and each time they left me with utter despair…the other day I met one of my friends, who directly asked me, “Hey, I heard that in your university students attend classes standing!! Is that true?” This was so much choking for me that I started babbling and only after gathering enough strength to talk again I was capable of saying only, “ No, you heard it wrong”. Once one of my relatives asked me, “ Do you appear in examinations, or it is not needed?” I just managed to answer, “ No we are not that much lucky yet”. These are some very general inquiries about private universities as well as their students.

The naming business!

Perhaps nobody relishes seeing the signboards that introduce many institutions named after Begum Khaleda Zia and they all have been done to portray her as an 'extraordinary' leader, but without thinking if such naming was at all fitting for the incumbent PM who, I say without any malice, could hardly evince any leadership acumen to deliver anything exemplary for the well-being of the people, or for that matter of the nation, that people regardless of their race or religion would go remembering her as a worthy PM the nation had ever had after it came into being. If dispassionately judged, apart from her discredited and disgraceful position as of now, she had done nothing remarkable as twice PM of Bangladesh. She left no marks in the political precincts, the only area she could throw herself in because of the death of her husband. She rather destroyed the edifice of redeemed and resuscitated democratic polity in Bangladesh by her and her party's absolute rule ( the elected president of the country was sacked arbitrarily, the nation's parliament, the seat of democracy was practically reduced to BNP-Jamaat's hub for exercising their exclusive rights and privileges, especially for hurling diatribes against the opposition or belittling the latter's proposal so that it would abstain from democratic process and, made its speaker a 'stooge'), vitiated every institution and establishment with naked wholesale politicisation. And as you know of the abyss of unbridled and unprecedented corruption the whole administrative apparatus of the country has been let to sink during her last tenure. People felt disgusted at her enduring efforts to bring her two sons, brother(s), sisters, nephews and nieces and their cronies into the sphere of power.

Bogra-Sirajganj road

I would like to draw the attention of the authorities to the on-going construction work of Bogra-Sirajganj highway at Majhira in Shahjahanpur. The construction work was started approximately two and a half months ago, but is yet to be complete. The commuters are suffering a lot not only for the incomplete and almost postponed work of the road, but also for the dust generated from it.

Police station needed

In Mymensingh district, Atharabari union under Ishwarganj thana is a very important commercial place. We need a police station at Atharabari which is situated 15 kilometres away from Ishwarganj thana. There is a railway station, bus station, bank, school, madrassa, college, telegraph and telephone office and many sawmills here. Atharabari Rayer Bazar is the biggest market in the area. But there is no police station here. When a criminal incident occurs police can't come in due time.

The chess legend

On January 17, aged 64, the chess legend Bobby Fischer left this world. It was from the very early days at Marshall Chess Club in New York City, where he used to spend hours reading through old file-cards of 19th century games; than it was in the New York Public Library, where he learned about chess history, about different strategies of chess through reading numerous books. It was also in his family flat in Brooklyn where he used to spend hours playing chess with himself at his bedside table.

Medical education

I read with interest the letter by Mr. Nasar (15.01.08) on Medical Education. I wholeheartedly agree with the views expressed by him.

Dealing with bullies!

Bullies are aggressive people who are very astute at reading the cues. Workplace bullies share a common goal to advance their position in the company at the expense of a co-worker, often called the target (one who is bullied). The most destructive thing about office bullies is that they tend to target co-workers who are the best and brightest employees. Workplace bullies tend to drive out colleagues they view as threats: those who are competent, independent, possess good social skills, and have strong ethics. Bullies are a dark and destructive force at the workplace. We all need to have physical and psychological safety in the workplace.

International

Pakistan backed by West despite rights abuses

Europe and the United States increasingly tolerate autocrats posing as democrats out of pure self-interest, in countries such as Pakistan, Kenya, Nigeria and Russia, as human right abuses go on, Human Rights Watch charged yesterday.

Second lawmaker killed amid Kenya unrest

A Kenyan opposition MP was shot dead by a policeman yesterday, raising fears of a fresh surge in post-election violence as negotiators for the country's feuding leaders met for the first time.

Israeli report finds Lebanon war a 'serious failure'

Israel's 2006 Lebanon war was a missed opportunity and a grave failure for the Jewish state, a key report said on Wednesday while sparing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert from a major roasting.

Afghanistan may plunge into 'failed state’

Afghanistan will become a failed state unless urgent steps are taken to tackle worsening security, US experts said, as a British charity warned Thursday of a looming humanitarian "disaster".

19 killed in Istanbul factory blast

An explosion at an unlicensed fireworks factory in Istanbul killed 19 people and injured nearly 70 others Thursday, an official said.

Ex-Pak army officers call for Musharraf to go

A group of retired Pakistani military officers yesterday urged President Pervez Musharraf to step down and hand over power to the chief justice he sacked nearly three months ago.

Lankan blast kills 4

At least four people were killed and 17 hurt in a powerful explosion in Sri Lanka's embattled northern peninsula of Jaffna yesterday, authorities said, blaming the blast on Tamil rebels.

Suspected US missile hit al-Qaeda den

A clutch of al-Qaeda militants, including seven Arabs and six Central Asians, were killed this week when a suspected US missile hit their hideout in Pakistan, security officials said yesterday.

Egypt starts talks with Hamas on Gaza border crossings

The Egypt-Gaza border was sealed off to Palestinian vehicles on Thursday as talks began in Cairo to resolve a crisis triggered when militants blew holes in the frontier barrier last week.

Analysts dismiss Myanmar talks with Suu Kyi as a sham

Military-run Myanmar's latest round of talks with detained democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi were a sham aimed only at easing global pressure on the regime, analysts said yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

The life and times of a mime maestro

PARTHA Pratim Majumder is undoubtedly a forerunner in the field of mime in Bangladesh. Partha spans the western and oriental mine traditions and seeks ways in which these can grow on each other to create new forms of artistic expression which transcend cultural barriers. Partha travels all over the world to teach the art of mime, organises workshops with young people and creates productions with the attendees. He also teaches mime to individuals with speech impairments.

1st International Children's Film Festival

Titled Future in Frames, the 1st International Film Festival opens a new window for the children to realise their dreams through cinema.

Blast from the past

BTV will telecast a choice selection of classic films from the collection of the Film Archive of Bangladesh every Saturday.

Asha: Images of Hope

Heather Pillar started taking photographs while studying for a post-graduate degree in Sociology and Women's Studies at Brandeis University, USA. Professional photography not being conducive to family life, she opted for a change in lifestyle. Teaching abroad appealed to her and having secured jobs at the Taipei American School, she and her husband embarked on their overseas journey. During her stint at the school, Heather conceived and ran a substantive photography course. Choosing to make the transition to the classroom, Heather specialised in elementary level teaching, which eventually brought her to the American International School, Dhaka (AIS/D) in 2005.

"Madhur Jhamela" on ATN Bangla tonight

Madhur Jhamela will be aired tonight on ATN Bangla at 8 pm.

Saif Ali Khan in a new avatar

Bollywood star Saif Ali Khan is nowadays making more news off the screen -- on the stage as the lead guitarist of a rock group.

OP-ED

Davos lesson: More investment for higher rice productivity

AS the curtain fell on this year's World Economic Forum in Davos, leaders from across the globe left the Swiss ski resort with a plethora of new ideas about how to cope up with a looming global economic recession, and fight hunger. The head of Bangladesh's interim government also returned home, gaining the world community's confidence in his government's firm resolve to handover power to a people's government through credible national elections in 2008.

Dirty tricks in politics

DIRTY tricks are being used in the campaigns of the presidential hopefuls of the Republican and Democratic parties in the United States. There is a long way to go to get nomination of the party concerned to contest presidential elections in November this year.

Let merit count in the Bangladesh Civil Service

GOVERNMENT jobs belong to the country's people, not politicians, and shall be filled only with regard to public service," said Theodore Roosevelt, first US Civil Service Commissioner (1889-1895) and the 26th president of the United States ((1901-1909).

Urban

In pursuit of a better Dhaka

If you find yourself dwarfed by monolithic 10-, 12-storied concrete masses lined up arrogantly on both sides of narrow roads, nay paths; if you are robbed of air and light in areas packed like sardines with structures as low as even three to four stories; if you discover medical diagnostic equipment, fast food outlets, bedroom, kitchen and toilet in a basement; if you have to walk on the road to avoid the cars parked on a pedestrian way; if you see children kicking about on a field of masonry; if you bump into a clinic next to a busy market; if you find your bedroom windows facing a boundary wall six inches away brace yourself, you are at home, this is Dhaka!


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