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News of: Monday, 4th of February, 2008

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EC to talk atmosphere for city polls with CA

The Election Commission (EC) is scheduled to meet Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed today to discuss creation of an environment conducive to holding the due polls to five city corporations in April, under the emergency regime.

Graft makes former Titas staff filthy rich

The story of former Titas Gas sales assistant Abdul Kader Mollah would probably beat all incidents so far known about amassing wealth through illegal means. Believe it or not, as an employee drawing only Tk 4,000 in salary when at career's peak, Mollah accumulated wealth worth over Tk 2,100 crore.

Charge-framing hearing deferred to Thursday

Three days into the beginning of detained former premier Sheikh Hasina's trial in an extortion case, she was produced before a special court yesterday for arraignment in connection with a Tk 3 crore graft case, but the court rescheduled the hearing for Thursday.

Delwar doubts claim of Khaleda's unity order

The unification process of BNP apparently came to a halt as Delwar, the Khaleda-appointed secretary general of the party, yesterday ruled out the message conveyed by Khaleda's lawyer.

Govt doubles rice import target

The food ministry has asked the finance ministry for an additional allocation of Tk 1,002 crore as it has doubled the target of rice import for fiscal year 2007-08.

CA announces plan to tackle Monga

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed announced an action plan yesterday to rid the country's northern region of Monga, a seasonal near-famine situation, through well-coordinated programmes of the government, NGOs and private sector.

Low pressure in CNG stations, household stoves

Suspension of gas supply from Saturday midnight hampered the city life, mostly in the southern parts, with low pressure of gas in the household stoves and CNG refuelling stations.

Top govt officials quizzed

Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) officials yesterday questioned four former bureaucrats in connection with the Niko graft case filed against detained former prime minister Khaleda Zia and four others.

Anti-graft drive, reform to go on if AL voted to power

Detained former prime minister and Awami League (AL) chief Sheikh Hasina yesterday said if her party forms the government, reforms and the ongoing drive against corruption would continue uninterrupted as per the law.

US to welcome lifting of emergency

Visiting Senior US official Donald Camp yesterday said he would welcome withdrawal of the ban on indoor politics outside Dhaka and reiterated US backing for this caretaker government.

Cobweb of death

Cashing in on the rising zeal for overseas jobs, a group of people have invented a deadly method of swindling in the northern districts, inviting foreign-job seekers to rented homes and killing them after grabbing their money.

Saifuddin Manik passes away

Saifuddin Ahmed Manik, a liberation war veteran and one of the doyens of the country's politics, passed away at a city hospital yesterday. He was 69.

Govt mulling gas import from Myanmar

Chief adviser's Special Assistant Dr M Tamim yesterday said the government is considering importing gas from Myanmar even if it might require sharing fertiliser with that country.

SC to hear HC order on Feb 13

The government plea to stay the operation of High Court (HC) verdict that declared illegal the detention order of BNP leaders Tarique Rahman and Brig Gen (retd) Abdul Hannan Shah will come up for hearing in the Appellate Division on February 13.

AL demands unconditional dialogue

Calling for initiation of dialogues between the government and political parties, the Awami League (AL) yesterday said neither the political parties nor the caretaker government should place conditions for the dialogue.

CID team off to India to bring back 3 criminals

Two officials of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) left for West Bengal, India on Saturday night to bring back three Bangladeshi criminals arrested by West Bengal police.

Finance adviser says rice price stable

Finance Adviser Mirza Azizul Islam has said the price of coarse rice is now stable.

1,300 fowls culled in Thakurgaon

At least 1,300 domestic fowls were culled and 199 eggs were destroyed in Haripur upazila under Thakurgaon district on Saturday night after bird flu was detected in a poultry farm in the area.

5 more suspects arrested from Ctg

Police arrested five people, including two women, from Chittagong in connection with the early January locker heist at Brac Bank Dhanmondi branch in the capital.

Fakhruddin thanks anonymous donor of $130m

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday thanked the anonymous philanthropist for donating $130 million for rehabilitation works in the cyclone Sidr-hit areas.

Harris Chy, brother sued for cheating, extortion

Former prime minister Khaleda Zia's political secretary Harris Chowdhury and his brother Hasnat Chowdhury were sued yesterday on charges of extortion and cheating.

BSF kills 1

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday shot dead a Bangladeshi trader on Dabdaha border in Haripura upazila.

Suicide bomber attacks Lankan train: 11 killed

A suicide bomber attacked a train at Colombo's main rail station yesterday, killing at least 11 and injuring more than 100 others on the eve of Sri Lanka's independence day celebrations, officials said.

Obama chases Hillary as Super Tuesday looms

Democrat Barack Obama chased Hillary Clinton and John McCain fought to lock down the Republican nomination on a hectic final weekend before "Super Tuesday," the biggest-ever one-day White House nominating clash.

Kenya opposition wants AU peacekeepers

The leader of Kenya's opposition has called for the African Union to send peacekeepers to help stem violence sparked by the country's disputed presidential election.

Editorial

Cabinet meet away from Dhaka

The council of advisers of the caretaker government meeting in Rangpur on Saturday, not only the people of the district town but that of the whole North Bengal must have felt cared for. With the devolution of powers on to a well- structured local government system yet to be effected, any step to bring the top administration within the close proximity of the people away from the capital is to be welcomed. Some of the previous governments had tried it with a lot of fanfare mostly ending up distributing favours to ruling party followers. This government has only a greater reason to be holding cabinet meetings outside the capital because there is no parliament now with the grievances of outlying districts getting known at the centre of power.

Gas supply disruption

It was panic time in the capital on Saturday and Sunday that saw a large segment of citizens buying kerosene stove responding to the announcement of the administration that supply of gas would remain suspended for next 48 hours. Traders grabbed the situation and made windfall profit by hiking up the prices of ordinary stoves. To add to the misery of the people, another report said because of gas supply disruption production of electricity would drastically fall, which would in turn result in severe load shedding across the country.

Evolving notions of security during peacetime

ONE of the fundamental functions of a government is to ensure that human beings be free of fear; that is, they have a right to be secure from psychological and physical intimidation of any kind. According to former US president Clinton: "This places personal security very close to water, food, and shelter on the continuum of basic human needs."

Stealing organs from the poor

THE ghoulish kidney transplantation racket unearthed near Delhi, with ramifications across the nation, has shocked the public. Amit Kumar alias Santosh Raut's operation involved 3 hospitals, 5 diagnostic centres and 10 laboratories, and more than 50 accomplices, including doctors and nurses, "spotters" and touts who would lure potential donors with the promise of jobs, and thugs who would force them to part with their kidneys.

The wrong experience

THE Democratic Party's two remaining candidates have become so cordial toward one another that you could easily believe there are few substantive differences between them. At last Thursday's debate, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton heartily agreed on most issues and added that they were having a wonderful time chatting with one another. The Republican race, by contrast, is bubbling over with tensions and personal animosities. Watch any encounter between John McCain and Mitt Romney and you can almost see the smoke steaming out of each one's ears.

Sports

MSC's shameful act

There was no short of excitement on the first day of the three-day inter-club players' transfer for the Premier and First Division Cricket Leagues yesterday, but one incident marred the spirit of the game.

Victoria win hearts

Victoria Sporting Club produced a heart winning performance in yesterday's Protiti Pharma Victory Day Club Cup match but that was not enough for Abu Yusuf's inexperienced boys to collect full points against Mohammedan Sporting Club.

Rafique's 4 can't save C

Mohammad Rafique took four wickets but could not prevent Team C from losing to Team B by 83 runs in the third practice match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday.

Rain ruins tight clash

Persistent rain ruined an intriguing first match in the triangular one-day cricket series when the game between Australia and India at the Gabba was abandoned here Sunday.

Styris quits Tests

New Zealand's fragile batting order was left with even less depth with Scott Styris announcing his retirement from Tests and first-class cricket. Styris was dropped from the Test side for last month's series against Bangladesh and he said he was resigned to remaining on the fringes for the upcoming England games.

Smith spurs Windies

Devon Smith put a frustrating tour behind him as he hammered 91 off 76 balls in the fifth and final one-day international against South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium Sunday.

Jatrabari stay atop

Newcomers Jatrabari Krira Chakra recorded their sixth consecutive win yesterday to stay atop the Senior Division Football League table.

Hafiz, Jalal BCB's choice

BCB cricket operations committee member Jalal Ahmed Chowdhury and tournament committee member secretary Hafizur Rahman Joarder will act as convenor and member secretary respectively of the organising committee for the 2nd Indo-Bangladesh Games Twenty20 cricket tournament.

Rakib, Rajib off to a flyer

Grand Master Abdullah Al Rakib and International Master Enamul Hossain Rajib were off to winning starts while FIDE Master Sheikh Nasir Ahmed lost in the International Chess Festival of Moscow on Saturday.

Sachin's trip only the 3rd

Sachin Tendulkar on Sunday became the third Indian batsman to be out 'hit-wicket' in one-day cricket.

MU, Chelsea held

Sir Alex Ferguson insists Manchester United are still on track to retain their Premier League title despite being forced to produce a stoppage time equaliser to earn a point against revitalised Tottenahm.

Real take a tumble

Almeria caused the biggest upset of the Spanish season with a sensational 2-0 win over reigning champions Real Madrid on Saturday to inject some much-needed spice into the title race.

Capello trims squad

Fabio Capello stuck with England's old-guard as he trimmed his squad for Wednesday's friendly against Switzerland.

Sharapova on fire

Maria Sharapova helped fire defending champions Russia into an unassailable 3-1 lead over Israel in their Fed Cup World Group quarterfinal clash here on Sunday.

Adebayor in demand

Arsene Wenger could be facing a desperate battle to keep star striker Emmanuel Adebayor at Arsenal after the Togo international enhanced his growing reputation by helping the Gunners pull clear at the top of the Premier League.

Ballack repeats warning

Germany captain Michael Ballack has issued a Euro 2008 warning to his side on the eve of their friendly against hosts Austria in Vienna on Wednesday.

Loew pleased at Lehmann return

Germany coach Joachim Loew said Jens Lehmann's return to the Arsenal first-team was a case of perfect timing with Germany facing Euro 2008 hosts Austria in a friendly on Wednesday.

Ribery doubtful for Spain

Bayern Munich's French midfielder Franck Ribery is a doubt for his country's friendly against Spain on Wednesday after picking up a hamstring injury in his side's Bundesliga win at Hansa Rostock.

Malik looks ahead

A surprisingly elated Shoaib Malik credited his senior players after Pakistan completed a comfortable clean sweep of the Mobilink Cup against Zimbabwe. Pakistan, led by Malik, went on a lap of honour around Sheikhupura Stadium after their win, an unusually exuberant celebration as they were expected to win 5-0. But Malik had personal reasons for smiling, having been adjudged the Man of the Series after scoring 158 runs with two half-centuries and topping the bowling charts with 11 wickets.

Zim trip raises hope

Zimbabwe's stand-in captain Hamilton Masakadza has praised security arrangements in Pakistan, raising hopes among cricket officials that it will convince Australia to tour next month.

Symonds irate, angry

Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds has rejected criticism that he sparked the racism row with India's Harbhajan Singh in the recent Test series in an article published Sunday.

GP Int'l Jr Tennis gets underway

All but three of the 12 seeded players moved into the second round qualifying draw of boys' singles in the Grameenphone International Junior (U-16) tennis tournament at the Rajshahi Zafar Imam Tennis Complex yesterday.

Sunnydale's good start

Holders Sunnydale crushed Bangladesh International School 12-5 in the Sunnydale 5th Mini Handball tournament in the opening match at the Dhanmondi Women's Sports Complex yesterday.

Sagar, Liza, Saif in pole position

Minhazuddin Ahmed Sagar, Shamima Akthar Liza and Abdullah Al Saif jointly lead the 29th National Junior (Under-20) Chess Championship securing five points after the fifth round matches at the federation hall-room yesterday.

Vettori ruled out of Eng opener

New Zealand cricket suffered a twin blow Sunday with injured captain Daniel Vettori ruled out of the Twenty20 series against England and Scott Styris retiring from Test cricket.

'We are still in it'

Chelsea manager Avram Grant is refusing to rule his side out of the Premier League title race despite witnessing them slip to six points behind leaders Arsenal after a 1-1 draw at Portsmouth.

Hamburg slip up

Hamburg boss Huub Stevens endured an afternoon he was keen to forget as his side slipped back to fourth in the German league while Bayern Munich coach Ottmar Hitzfeld lamented his league-leading side's Jekyll and Hyde performance.

PSG see off minnows

Paris Saint Germain made it into the last 16 of the French Cup on Saturday, a 3-1 win ending the dreams of fifth division Le Poire-sur-Vie, while holders Sochaux also advanced.

Australia leave Kewell out

Coach Pim Verbeek said Sunday he will not be calling up Liverpool star Harry Kewell for Australia's opening World Cup qualifier with Qatar in Melbourne this week.

Bruckner taken ill

Czech manager Karel Bruckner will miss out on his team's two Euro-2008 preparatory matches against Greece and Poland in Cyprus because of illness, football federation head Vlastimil Kostal said in a news conference on Sunday.

Blizzard greets Thai players

Thailand's soccer players, normally accustomed to tropical heat, awoke to blizzard-like conditions on Sunday after arriving in Japan for a World Cup qualifier.

Neuville injured

Germany striker Oliver Neuville has pulled out of Wednesday's friendly away to Austria because of a foot problem but captain Michael Ballack will join the squad despite his head injury.

Business

Licences for telephone call centres soon

Licences for the country's first-ever telephone call centres are soon to be issued, holding out the prospect that Bangladesh will soon join the billion dollar global business.

GMG Airlines to expand its fleet

GMG Airlines is expanding its fleet by adding three more aircraft in order to compete with foreign airlines operating in Bangladesh, the company said yesterday.

Remittances could exceed $7b in 2008 in Bangladesh

Remittances could exceed US$7.0 billion in 2008, according to Anil Kapur, Western Union (WU) Managing Director for South Asia, as the number of Bangladeshis working abroad increases.

IFC wants banks to lend to energy efficiency projects

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector lending arm of the World Bank, is discussing with major Bangladeshi banks the use of energy efficiency as one of the criteria for commercial lending.

Merchant banks now can offer loans at 1:1 ratio

Merchant banks now can offer loans to investors at 1:1 ratio as the stock market regulator yesterday lifted restrictions on such loans.

Japan to invite Asian nations to G8 summit

Japan is considering inviting Asian countries, including China and ASEAN states, to this year's Group of Eight (G8) summit, a newspaper reported Sunday.

Berlin edges towards property boom second time round

Some of the cheapest housing of any major European city is attracting a wave of foreign buyers to the German capital, promising a new property boom after a false start after the fall of the Berlin Wall nearly 20 years ago.

New-look base stations

Is it is bush, is it a tree…..no, it's the latest attempt by the mobile telephone industry in Bangladesh to camouflage an ugly base station in order that it will blend in with the surroundings.

Chinese edible oil consumption to hit 22.5m tons in 2008

Chinese edible oil consumption is likely to reach 22.4 million tons in 2008, up 1.5 million tons from last year's 21 tons, a high-ranking official from the State Grain Administration (SGA) said Saturday.

Toyota tops GM to become no 1 car producer

Toyota Motor Corp overtook General Motors Corp of the United States to become the world's biggest automaker in terms of units produced after GM announced its production figures for 2007 on Friday.

Libya oil chief doubts OPEC will lower output at March meet

Libya's oil chief Shukri Ghanem downplayed fears Saturday that oil cartel OPEC could decide to lower production at its March 5 meeting in Vienna.

Township entrepreneurs battle for respect in S Africa

Award-winning South African entrepreneur Amos Mtsholongo bitterly recalls the response of bank managers when he and his business partner Musa Maphongwane sought their support.

Metropolitan

6000 children attacked with cancer a year

Little Partho, who was asking for a book sitting in the hospital bed, was supposed to be admitted to a primary school this year. Who knows whether or not the boy, who has been suffering from Leukaemia since one year, will be able to go to school.

Tk 48cr projects to develop Chittagong city roads

The commuters in the port city hope to get rid of sufferings to a significant extent as the government allocated around Tk 48 crore for development of the city roads under two separate Annual Development Programme (ADP)-enlisted projects.

Involve youths in policymaking to make country corruption-free

Speakers at a discussion in the city yesterday underscored the need for participation of youth in policymaking with a view to making Bangladesh a developed and corruption-free country.

Protest against quota system continues

The agitating students of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday continued their demonstrations demanding abolition of the quota system in the Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examinations.

Compensation to be raised for affected poultry farm owners

The government has decided to raise the amount of compensation for the affected poultry farm owners.

10 traders, staffs hurt in clash with police

Around 10 traders and their employees suffered injuries in a clash with police on the busy Mirpur Road at Kalyanpur in the city yesterday.

ACC meeting with anti-graft bodies in Ctg tomorrow

A view exchange meeting of Durniti Protirodh Committees formed by Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) for curbing corruption in Chittagong division would be held tomorrow.

Foreign language courses to be introduced at TTCs

LGRD and Cooperatives Adviser M Anwarul Iqbal yesterday said foreign language courses side by side general technical education would be introduced in the Technical Training Centers (TTCs).

Road accidents kill five

At least five people were killed and three others injured in separate road accidents in Brahmanbaria, Jhenidah and Gaibandha yesterday.

Bomb attack on Prof Arefin Siddique's house protested

Teachers, officials and students of mass communication and journalism department of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday protested the bomb attack on the residence of Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique, former president of DU Teachers' Association (Duta).

Woman held with pistol in Gaibandha

Detective Branch (DB) of police recovered a pistol from a woman near Kamarpara railway station on Saturday night.

BJFCI formed to protect consumers’ rights

Bangladesh Journalists' Forum for Consumers and Investors (BJFCI) was formed on Saturday in the city with a view to establishing the rights of consumers and protecting the interest of small investors in the country.

President, CA greet Lankan counterparts

President Iajuddin Ahmed and Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed have felicitated their Sri Lankan counterparts on the occasion of that country's Independence Day today.

Heroin worth Tk 80 lakh seized

Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) recovered heroin worth Tk 80 lakh at Poladanga village in Sadar upazila on Saturday night.

Dr AR Mallick's death anniversary today

Today is the 11th death anniversary of Dr AR Mallick, an eminent educationist and first technocrat finance minister of the country.

Documentary film show on adolescents

A three-day documentary film show and discussion styled 'Voices of adolescents' organised by Step Towards Development will begin at Public Library in the city today, says a press release.

Parasitology Society confce Feb 7

Bangladesh Society for Parasitology (BSP) will hold its 9th Biennial Conference on February 7 at 10:30am at the Physiology Gallery of the Faculty of Veterinary Science of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU).

National

Bangladesh loses 3000 acres to India in Zakiganj

Bangladesh is losing territory in Zakiganj border as the two rivers are changing their courses continually, devouring areas in the country and creating landmasses across the border.

Tk one lakh a day from plums

Unbelievable though, landless farmer Moyez Uddin now earns over Tk one lakh a day.

RU students' unique campaign for Cox's Bazar, Sundarbans

It was a different scene on Rajshahi University (RU) campus yesterday as a group of students from Computer Science and Engineering Department were sitting on the central library premises with six computers having Internet connection.

Flower cultivation changes life

“We do not starve now a days, we live in brick-built houses and use sanitary latrine”, said a flower grower in Trilochonpur union Jhenidah.

2 NSI men suspended

Four cops of National Security Intelligence (NSI) have been closed and two of them suspended following an altercation and firing of a bullet at the guardroom of the NSI office at the city's Shahjalal Uposhahar early yesterday.

BNP leader sent to jail in Pabna

A judge of a court here yesterday sent a BNP leader and Pourasabha commissioner to jail on his surrender before court, court sources said.

Cancel quota in BCS

Around 100 students of Rajshahi University yesterday formed a human chain and brought out a procession on the campus demanding cancellation of 55 per cent quota in appointments under Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS).

Correction

A report on "Fishes decline alarmingly in Kapati Lake" was published in The Daily Star on January 14, on national page where one quotation was "Although the government continues to allocate funds for the project, fishes resources are declining for lack of effective steps by BFDC authorities, is wrongly stated because BFDC continuously maintaining the said project out of it own revenue. It is further to note that BFDC is in a step to continuously improve the total development in this sector with consultation with other regulatory institutions.

Letters

Climate change and mangrove forests

Climate change is one of the most critical global environmental changes that the world is facing. It is widely accepted that global mean surface temperature has risen by around 0.5º C over the last century. Similarly, measurable increases in greenhouse gas concentration have occurred over the same period, and recent evaluations of global sea level changes suggest that the current average rate of rise is approximately 1.5 mm per year.

CA's speech

The Chief Adviser's nationwide address on 12 January over radio and TV stating his government's past , present and future activities was very promising and pragmatic, while the whole nation is waiting to go ahead with the general election soon after the completion of basic reforms to hold a fair, free and credible election following the roadmap presented by the Election Commission.

Pundra Nagar

Pundra Nagar, an ancient site of 2,000 years back located at Bogra, is a well known ancient heritage of Bengal. This is going to be finished in the hands of local looters. Pundra Nagar has relics of the dynasties of Maurya, Shangu, Gupta, Pal and Sen.

Democracy in India

There are many types of democracies being practised in contemporary world and one need not ape the other. But there is always some radical element in a democracy which can prove to be a panacea for quite a number of problems. In this context, the fundamental difference between democracies of the USA and India needs highlighting.

Great gesture!

The Tk. 1,000 crore (US$145m) individual and anonymous donation through Islamic Development Bank to Sidr victims of Bangladesh is most astonishing and appreciable.

Teachers' sufferings

Non-government teachers after retirement from regular service are now entitled to get some financial benefit according to the length of effective service rendered by them. And to look after this job a Board called Non-Govt. Teachers Retirement Benefit Board (NGTRB Board) headed by the Secretary, Ministry of Education, is working since introduction of this arrangement. The office to entertain applications from the incumbent teachers is now housed at BANBEIS Bhaban, 1, Sonargaon Road, Palassy, Nilkhet, Dhaka.

Private university students

We, private university students, are accused of buying certificate. For that reason many of the private university students are being deprived. Whenever they go to face any interview, they have to face trouble. Even the government is not aware of this matter, though private universities are accommodating a large numbers of students.

When will it stop?

Will we, as a nation, ever be able to get out of this curse of running a pervasive Kangaroo government systems- be it justice, business or education? Just as the beauty is in the eyes of the beholders, it appears that the rule of law is too in the desires of business and political groups- depending on the day's need.

PSC quota

I am writing about the reform proposals of the PSC that have been sent to the establishment ministry for review without any kind of recommendation for cancelling the quota system. It has disappointed us as well as questioned the government's initiative to bring changes for the better in this sector. It is undeniable that without honest, meritorious and competent officers in the administration you cannot ensure good governance and upgrade the prevailing service system.

28th BCS

More than two and a half years have already passed, no BCS circulation has been given! The new boss of the PSC, a former cabinet secretary and veteran bureaucrat, assured the job seekers of holding a fair BCS exams after necessary reformation of the PSC. But PSC has been reformed in some areas, excluding the quota system. No step has been taken against this illogical system. The PSC is going very slow. No headway is seen. The job seekers are eagerly waiting for the BCS exams. But PSC is silent in this regard. So, the young generation is depressed and it is not unlikely that a large portion of this segment will suffer from moral degradation.

Price of rice

The business community and the down-to-earth experts (having not so high degrees in economics) warned the present caretaker government time and again about the impending food shortage, possible rise in price in the international market and appealed for quick action. The importers wary of 'wholesale anti-corruption' and anti-hoarding operations were not much eager to import rice in large quantity. The TCB was sidelined and the BDR was entrusted with the job of import of rice and the result was inevitable.

Dhaka roads

Now that the winter is here, I wonder why the condition of the Dhaka roads (not to speak of the rest of the country) is so horrible. There hardly has been any rain during the last few months and yet we have not seen any activities to repair those roads. I am sure that once the rainy season starts, there will be activities for the "poor" roads, which in fact will be in June, when the scope of the present budget will come to an end and, as such, there won't be much scrutiny (at least that is what the people concerned think ). However, in the present context, things are different. I hope no one gives Sidr as an excuse which seems to be the norm!

Prospect of e-governance

Everywhere in the world, especially in Asia, Africa and South America, governments are using the Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in enhancing sustainable development. Bangladesh that lags far behind in this regard needs to put the ICTs at the heart of all of its advancement programmes and strategies. These technologies can also expedite the country's progress in economic, social and political spheres. The traditional methods of growth and development will be replaced by the latest technology-based ways of development. And one development is e-governance, if we talk about the Electronic Governance (e-governance) of any country, then at first we must know about the appropriate definition or concept of Electronic Governance (e-governance). The term e-governance can be defined as efficient and effective use of modern ICT technology with a view to establishing good governance. From the management and technological perceptions, the e-governance can also be defined as Electronic State Management System based on information and communication technologies (ICT), including the Internet technology, CRM sectors, TCP/IP protocol and various kinds of attributes. The ultimate objective of e-governance is to establish good governance. The attributes of good governance can be identified as follows: a. Honesty b. Efficiency and Effectiveness (in terms of time, space and money) c. Justice d. Reliability e. Participatory Democracy f. Accountability g. Accessibility and Transparency h. Equity i. Vision in decision making. Many countries of the world are now using the e-governance, and are benefited very much. Now Bangladesh is going ahead of other developing countries of the world. And I think if the Bangladesh government implements the e-governance then it will help the country in real terms.

Bhutto and Bangladesh

When the whole world is shocked about the way B. Bhutto has been assassinated on the soil of Pakistan, here in Bangladesh some of us tend to have a different view.

The subcontinent issue

Mr. Elahi is ill informed. Indian subcontinent has a much hoarier tradition of democracy. Alexander got toughest resistance from Katha, Youdheya and Malla republics. These were never headed by a king but were republics and elected representatives to run the government. They never surrendered nor capitulated like Porus, who despite all accolades heaped upon him, became a vassal of Alexander. Vajji Sangha of Lichhavis, two thousand five hundred years back, on Northern bank of the Ganges in modern day Bihar state of India was one of the most powerful republics of Indian subcontinent and was antithesis to the so called grand kingdom of Magadh. Like all republics, ancient and present, it fell to internal dissensions. Democracy is ingrained in the subcontinent in the form of Panchayats in all villages, which is a truly direct participatory democratic institution. No king or potentate created it. It came out of the genius of the people of the subcontinent. More importantly, it works. No one in the subcontinent needs proof that democracy is the best system for larger good of the majority. The tragedy is that this remains unfulfilled due to the majority being bewitched by inaction. Coming to Kleptocracy, in the absence of a widely awakened public kleptocracy cannot be avoided. Take the example of India, for the last 17 years it is not ruled by a dynasty, at-least in majority of the states of India. But Kleptocracy rules. It is neutral to political shades, sex, religion and leftist or rightists. Antidote to Kleptocracy is democracy where people have the right to speak and to be judged by an incorruptible Judiciary. It is not to be in the subcontinent, because the good people decide to sit at home and kleptocrats rule the roost. As an amusing aside, a Mughal emperor took bribe from the East India Company to give trading rights in Bengal!

International

Nepali peace threatened by past rights abuses: UN

Nepal's fragile peace process could be at risk if serious human rights abuses committed during a decade-long civil war are not addressed, a senior United Nations human rights official said yesterday.

Egypt closes border with Gaza

Egyptian troops closed the last breach in Egypt's border with the Gaza Strip on Sunday morning, ending 11 days of free movement for Palestinian residents of the blockaded territory, witnesses and Hamas security officials said.

Dostum in standoff with Afghan police

About 150 police surrounded the Kabul home of one of Afghanistan's most notorious warlords, General Rashid Dostum, for around nine hours Sunday after dozens of his men reportedly took a rival hostage.

Foreigners flee as more battle rocks Chad capital

New heavy fighting rocked the Chad capital yesterday as rebels surrounded President Idriss Deby Itno in his palace and hundreds of foreigners fled the country.

Foreigners flee as more battle rocks Chad capital

New heavy fighting rocked the Chad capital yesterday as rebels surrounded President Idriss Deby Itno in his palace and hundreds of foreigners fled the country.

UN resolution sends 'clear signals' to Iran: Russia

A proposed UN resolution contains "clear signals" to Iran that it must return to full compliance with the UN's nuclear watchdog, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Kislyak said in an interview published yesterday.

Zardari to kickstart Pak election campaign

With just two weeks until Pakistan's general election, a muted campaign is set to heat up with Benazir Bhutto's husband taking to the stump for the first time since her assassination.

Hillary, Obama virtually tied in new poll

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were virtually tied in their race for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination, while John McCain clearly leads among Republicans, according to a new national poll out yesterday.

7 die in Kashmir clash

Four militants and three members of the Indian security forces were killed in a gunbattle near the de facto border dividing Kashmir between India and Pakistan, police said Sunday.

34 dead in Rwanda after earthquake

At least 34 people died Sunday in western Rwanda after a strong earthquake shook several countries in Africa's Great Lakes region, Radio Rwanda reported.

Millions battle for tickets as China struggles with weather

Millions of Chinese workers battled for a precious train ticket home yesterday as authorities struggled to keep order here following a stampede for seats that left a woman trampled to death.

5 women shot dead at Chicago store

A gunman fatally shot five women in a robbery at a store in a suburban Chicago strip mall before fleeing Saturday, leading police to sweep through neighbouring shops as terrified customers watched.

India's trafficked brides endure cycle of abuse

The wrinkles on Sumari's face betray her troubled past, making her look far older than the nearly 40 years she believes she is.

Arts & Entertainment

Presenting the good and evil in our lives

Ruhul Amin Kajol, who has been based in Denmark for many years now, is in town, like every year, holding an exhibition of his paintings and drawings. This time his exhibition is on at the Institute of Fine Arts, DU. He has long ago departed from the buoyant and pulsating traffic art, which he did in Denmark and other European countries. This is because he feels that the world is presently torn with conflicts, chaos, greed, envy and lust for power.

Generating awareness through street plays

On the second day (February 2) of the ongoing Jatiyo Pothonaty-otshob '08 (National Street Theatre Festival) by Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation, being held at the Central Shaheed Minar premises, five plays were staged.

Musical soiree “Praner Khela” ends at Chhayanat

Through musical programmes, albums and other endeavours, Bengal Foundation has been working to promote traditional Bangla songs for the last two decades. Music albums produced by Bengal, feature songs of Pancho Kobi as well as folk, Lalon and other traditional songs. Besides producing albums the organisation also arranges regular musical programmes throughout the year on different occasions. Musical soiree Praner Khela is a continuation to this initiative. Praner Khela is a monthly musical programme and it started from last month.

Artists and UNODC unite against corruption

The power of literature and cinema to capture large audiences can be an important tool in the fight against corruption. Highlighting fiction as well as real corruption cases, the film industry has contributed in generating public awareness through award-winning documentaries and feature films. Several chart-topping songs deal with anti-corruption, carrying the message across every segment of the society.

Bengali handwriting competition for children by Ekushey TV

Ekushey TV has arranged a handwriting competition for children (between the age of four to eight) from all over the country.

OP-ED

Should we go back to pre-1/11 days?

YES, this is the question I would like to ask all politically conscious people, other than BNP-Jamaat-e-Islami and AL hard core sympathisers whose patience seems to be wearing thin these days over the issues of emergency rule and holding of general election. Chief Adviser Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed has categorically declared more than once that parliamentary election will be held in the country by the end of this year, and the state of emergency would be lifted before election.

Musharraf speaking

Most heads of state paint a positive picture of their nation. During his recent tour of Europe, General (retired) Pervez Musharraf did the exact opposite. According to him, Pakistan's people are "ill disciplined," "tribal" and "feudal," and certainly not ready for modern democracy. Pakistan's politicians, in his view, are "corrupt."

Star City

Heritage falls victim to apathy

Yet another elegant structure is being demolished in the old part of the city because of lack of sense to preserve the historical buildings and inaction of departments concerned of the government.

The rich history of Tantibazar

There was a time when Tantibazar was one of the posh areas of the city. It was dotted with beautiful buildings. The area lost that grandeur because of the migration of the rich inhabitants, mainly renowned Hindu businessmen, to India after the partition in 1947, said historians.

Parks and playgrounds put under microscope

A comprehensive list of public parks and playgrounds owned and maintained by different agencies in the capital city has been submitted to the LGRD ministry, as part of an attempt to take measures to reclaim and restore the public spaces from abuse.

"city express"

The latest crop of quotes from the city's press -- words worth repeating, we feel, for their humour, insight or sheer outrageousness. Star City does not necessarily support the opinions expressed in this column.


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