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News of: Thursday, 7th of February, 2008

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HC scraps Hasina case

In a landmark judgment, the High Court (HC) yesterday declared illegal the government move to bring the Tk 2.99 crore extortion case against former premier Sheikh Hasina under Emergency Power Rules (EPR) and quashed it.

Urban food inflation nears 16pc in Dec

Inflation rate of food items in urban areas reached 15.77 percent and 13.91 percent in rural areas on point-to-point basis in December last year as prices of essentials, especially rice and flour, skyrocketed.

Judgment may impact fate of 150 cases

Fates of around 150 graft cases filed under emergency power rules (EPR) against many biggies of politics and business, in connection with corruption committed before the declaration of the state of emergency, may become uncertain yesterday following a High Court (HC) verdict.

Shibir men run amok in Carmichael College

Rangpur Carmichael College was closed indefinitely yesterday as Islami Chhatra Shibir activists rampaged through the campus, torched the house of a teacher and a power substation, ransacked the college principal's house and vandalised several motor vehicles.

Dhaka, Delhi fix rice import price at $399 per tonne

Bangladesh and India yesterday initially fixed $399 as the rate of one tonne of rice that the neighbouring country had agreed to export to Bangladesh following the attack of cyclone Sidr.

Experts bemoan lack of quake preparedness

Disaster management experts have suggested immediate initiatives to identify and retrofit vulnerable buildings in Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet as they are concerned about likelihood of earthquakes in the major cities.

Saudi won't stop issuing work visa

Saudi Arabia yesterday denied media reports that it will stop issuing work visas to Bangladeshis from February 9.

Dhaka Jail library left unused for years

The Dhaka Central Jail library goes unused for years as prisoners including over 150 VIPs, who comprise politicians, students and businessmen, take no books at all.

Judgment hailed

Awami League has said justice has won over injustice with yesterday's High Court verdict that quashed the Tk 2.99 crore extortion case against detained party chief Sheikh Hasina.

AL to talk with allies Feb 11-13

The Awami League (AL) will hold talks with its allies in 14-party during February 11-13 for taking a common stance on the issues to be discussed at the proposed dialogue with the government.

No reason to panic, though bird flu spreading

Special Assistant to the Chief Adviser for Fisheries and livestock Manik Lal Samaddar yesterday said although the bird flu has been spreading, there is no reason to be panicked.

Tender for 3rd round bidding by Feb 15

The government will float international tender for third-round bidding by February 15 to award contracts to foreign firms for exploring gas and oil in the deep-sea and offshore areas.

Khaleda lawyers file petition to produce her before court

Lawyers of detained former premier Khaleda Zia yesterday submitted a petition to produce her before the court today in connection with the Gatco graft case.

Polls keeping Khaleda, Hasina in jail unacceptable

Khaleda Zia backed BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday said any polls keeping the BNP Chairperson and Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina in jail would not be acceptable.

US wants to see polls as per roadmap

The United States wants to see the parliamentary elections held according to the roadmap announced by the Election Commission and it would provide Bangladesh with the necessary assistance to this end.

Infant lands in Ctg jail with disabled mother

A three-and-a-half-month old infant has been confined at Chittagong Jail along with her self-claimed and mentally disabled 'mother', who police suspect a baby thief.

Obama, Hillary fight on after Super Tuesday draw

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama dug in for a protracted slog for the Democratic White House nomination after battling to a brutal draw in their coast-to-coast Super Tuesday showdown.

3 criminals held with 18 firearms

Rab members recovered 18 firearms and arrested three criminals at Majhirchar of Sharankhola Range in Khulna Tuesday afternoon.

Tk 1.8cr VoIP equipment seized in city

The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in separate raids yesterday and Tuesday in different parts of the capital seized around Tk 1.8 crore worth of voice over internet protocol (VoIP) equipment and arrested two people.

Italian parliament dissolved

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano dissolved parliament yesterday, paving the way for snap elections and a probable return to power by conservative media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi.

45 killed as tornadoes rip through US

Dozens of tornadoes ripped across southern US states causing severe damage and killing at least 45 people, officials and US media said yesterday.

Clarification

Dr Kamal Hossain and Associates in a clarification to the report "Police Ordinance: Ministry asks police HQ for further consultations" published in the February 5 issue of The Daily Star, said Advocate MA Wadud, an associate at the law firm, was involved with the drafting of the ordinance "in his personal capacity" as a consultant to the UNDP.

Editorial

HC quashes case against Hasina

THE High Court has delivered what we, and the general public, would consider an obvious judgment. Frankly, there couldn't have been any other. The verdict on the extortion case against Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina, quashing the case, must be welcomed as it upholds the due process of law and rejects any emergency measure. The court has indeed upheld a simple legal point that no law covers any offence committed before its enactment. What we really find baffling and difficult to understand is why the government failed to foresee the situation that has arisen now. The government's legal advisers should have been able to comprehend that the case would be untenable.

Devdas Chakravarty's passing

DEVDAS Chakravarty was symbolic of a generation of artists which aligned itself with the broader cultural and political aspirations of the nation. Chakravarty, in the manner of scores of others in the field in which he always excelled, voiced such aspirations loud and clear through the seminal posters he drew at the height of the War of Liberation in 1971. These greatly inspired the freedom fighters to liberate their country from the yoke of the forces of occupation and darkness.

All quiet on the reform front

SUDDENLY, it seems that the issue of political reform has been relegated to the background. Some, I feel, would like to see it put on the backburner altogether for good, if they could.

A trilogy of crisis

WHILE the situation in Pakistan, circa 2008, is not quite comparable with the situation in 1971, those who rule Pakistan today as well as those who aspire to rule tomorrow must keep in mind the consequences of obdurate refusal to compromise even when catastrophe stares us in our faces. Most of our problems in 1971 were domestic and self-created, India took geo-political advantage by militarily force-multiplying the self-destruction process.

Race and gender play in US politics

THIS is the first time that a woman and an African-American are in the race to seek nomination as the presidential candidate from the Democratic Party. African-Americans have contested for the nomination of the Democratic Party, but a woman joins for the first time in a presidential race. In 1984, Geraldine Ferraro ran for vice-president with former vice-president Walter Mondale from the Democratic Party, but both lost. Incidentally, neither has an African-American nor a woman risen from the Republican Party to contest in a presidential race.

Sports

Faith in the trusted

There was no surprise call-up when Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced a 17-member national squad yesterday for the upcoming two-match Test and three-match one-day series against South Africa.

School cricket from Feb 9

The Standard Chartered Young Tigers National School Cricket Tournament (Under-16) gets underway at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium on February 9 with BKSP taking on West End High School in the opening match.

First semifinal today

The Protiti Pharma Victory Day Club Cup tournament committee did football one favour by penalising local giants Mohammedan Sporting Club and Arambagh Krira Sangha for their 'unsporting' behaviour and playing against the 'spirit of the game'.

Oram blow for Kiwis

The New Zealand cricket team, humbled in its first Twenty20 encounter with England, was struck a further blow on the eve of the second match with all-rounder Jacob Oram out injured.

U-19s clinch series over WI side

Bangladesh team completed their preparations for the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup, which begins on February 17 in Malaysia, with an inspiring series victory over West Indies under-19 yesterday.

Footballer Kabir passes away

Former national footballer and coach Feroz Kabir died yesterday morning of iodine deficiency disorder at the Millennium Hospital in Dhaka.

Rakib still unbeaten

Abdullah Al Rakib and Enamul Hossain Rajib both drew their fourth round matches in the International Chess Festival of Moscow Open on Tuesday but fellow Bangladesh player Sheikh Nasir Ahmed recorded his second successive win after two defeats in the meet.

Sr Div soccer restarts today

The Senior Division Football League will resume today after a three-day break to give some breathing space to the teams participating in the ongoing Victory Day Club Cup tournament.

Nat'l archery opens today

The 3rd National Archery Championships, organised by Bangladesh Archery Federation, begins today at the Outer Stadium.

Gilly waiting for IPL

Record-breaking Australian cricketer Adam Gilchrist said Wednesday he was upbeat about his chances of taking part in the lucrative inaugural Twenty20 Indian Premier League (IPL).

Women's chess qualifiers from tomorrow

The preliminary phase of the Aromatic Gold 29th National Women's Chess Championship, sponsored by Marico Bangladesh Limited, will start tomorrow at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall-room.

Qualifiers start at Jamalpur

The zonal rounds of the EXIM Bank 18th National Handball Championships begins tomorrow at Jamalpur for Rajshahi zone.

Local players crash out

All five local boys and three girls crashed out of the singles competition in the Grameenphone International Junior (U-16) Tennis Championship (Group-3) at the Zafar Imam Tennis Complex in Rajshahi yesterday.

Inter-club shooting at Rajshahi

The Eastern Housing 14th Inter-club Shooting Championships begin today at the local Police Lines Shooting Range.

Sagar closing in on title

Reigning champion FIDE Master Minhazuddin Ahmed Sagar maintained solo lead in the 29th National Junior (Under-20 years) Chess Championships with maximum eight points.

JFA Cup delayed

The start of the JFA Cup (U-15) Football Championship qualifiers has been delayed by a week.

Aussies blow Qatar away

Australia blazed past Qatar 3-0 on Wednesday in a rip-roaring start for coach Pim Verbeek as they bid to qualify for the World Cup via Asia for the first time.

Pfister plots an upset

Cameroon coach Otto Pfister enjoys cult status in Africa, a continent he has called home for a large chunk of his long life.

Japan thrash Thailand

Japan overwhelmed 10-man Thailand 4-1 on Wednesday in the perfect start to their 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign.

Man Utd remember Munich anniversary

Services marking the 50th anniversary of the Munich air crash will be held in England and Germany on Wednesday as survivors fall silent to remember those who died.

'I am no Messiah'

Fabio Capello left no doubt about the size of the task facing him as he tries to drag England out of the international wilderness.

'Make Gayle captain'

This is not an issue worth agonising over. At a time when Caribbean societies are grappling with matters affecting the quality of life in our very small countries, engaging in heated arguments over the captaincy of the West Indies cricket team is both irrelevant, unnecessary and a complete waste of time and energy that should instead be devoted to finding solutions for the real problems of crime, violence, the rising cost of living and entrenched social inequalities.

PCB alters Aussie tour schedule

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to limit Australia's tour, which is under threat due to security concerns, to four venues, an official said on Wednesday.

Bracken after Test recall

Nathan Bracken hopes to fend off increasing competition and gain a recall to Australia's Test side, but knows that no matter what he does in the one-day arena it's his first-class results that count. Bracken is ranked sixth in the world for one-day bowling -- and was as high as second last year -- yet can't nudge into the longer form for Australia. He has not played a Test since December 2005.

Euro bid begins now: Ballack

Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack will make his first appearance in ten months for Germany in Wednesday's friendly against Austria, but Germany's captain insists their Euro 2008 campaign starts now.

Sania brand still strong

Asia's top tennis player Sania Mirza will retain her strong brand value despite her decision to shun Indian tournaments in protest at being dragged into needless controversies, Indian advertisers say.

A very unusual offer

Ghana striker Junior Agogo has received an unusual offer from an 82-year-old fan in appreciation of his exploits at the African Nations Cup semifinal his granddaughter.

Hitzfeld confirms Swiss switch

Bayern Munich boss Ottmar Hitzfeld has confirmed he will sign up as the next coach of the Swiss team in the next few weeks, according to the German giants' website on Tuesday.

S-League players charged

Seven players from former Singapore league side Liaoning Guangyuan were Wednesday charged with alleged match-fixing, the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) announced.

Aragones asks to delay decision

Spain coach Luis Aragones on Tuesday called on the country's football federation to put off choosing his successor until after the Euro 2008 championships in June in Austria and Switzerland.

Moore quits int'l football

Defender Craig Moore announced his international retirement after Australia's 3-0 World Cup qualifier romp over Qatar here on Wednesday.

ICL ropes in Mushtaq & Saqlain?

The rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL) has zeroed in on seven Pakistani players, including former spinners Mushtaq Ahmed and Saqlain Mushtaq, for its next edition.

Business

Fewer factories sued despite rise in labour law violations

The number of cases filed against factories for violating labour laws plummeted last year despite an increase in the number of violators detected by government inspectors.

20-40pc internet tariff cut

Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) has recently reduced internet tariff charges by 20 percent to 40 percent in different slabs in a bid to accelerate the growth of the country's information and communication technology (ICT) sector.

Germany has concrete G7 plans for financial markets

German finance officials will arrive in Tokyo for a G7 meeting this weekend with clear proposals to improve the transparency of financial markets, deputy finance minister Thomas Mirow said here Tuesday.

EU's proposed duty-free import rules to hurt textile

Local textile mills' growth will be hurt if the European Union okays the proposed rule for receiving GSP (Generalised System of Preference) facilities in European countries, millers feared yesterday.

43 firms shortlisted for final bid to get 3 licences

BTRC (Bangladesh Telecommunication and Regulatory Commission) has shortlisted forty-three local firms out of 57 for the final bidding process of awarding 3 international internet gateway (IIG) and interconnection exchange (ICX) licences.

Negotiators to find scope of key Doha talks

Negotiators working on a new global trade deal need to decide whether to limit a key meeting to agriculture and industry or broaden it to areas such as services, officials and diplomats said yesterday.

Global stocks jangled by US recession fears

European stock markets faced another turbulent day on Wednesday after another major sell-off on Wall Street and the Asian markets that was sparked by growing fears of a US recession, dealers said.

US Tariff structure needs to be impartial

US tariff structure should be impartial for encouraging exports from poor countries, a seminar was told in Dhaka yesterday.

Sonali Bank to go for market-based banking

Sonali Bank Limited is likely to move towards market-based banking system instead of traditional banking, following its conversion into a public limited company from nationalised commercial bank.

Dollar advances

The dollar firmed Tuesday despite a dreadful report on the US service sector, as risk-averse traders looked to the greenback as a safe haven from growing financial market turmoil.

ADB, Aga Khan concern sign partnership deal to fight poverty

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) have recently entered into an agreement for expanding partnership between the two institutions to alleviate poverty in South and Central Asia.

Metropolitan

Call to establish people's right to forest

Sundarbans, the largest mangrove forest in the world, and other forests in the country cannot be protected unless the people's right to the forest is established.

Tender of Tk 154cr approved for Pangaon ICT

The Council of Advisers committee on Public Purchase yesterday approved a tender of Tk 154 crore for construction of jetty, RCC yard, marshalling yard and river bank protection of Pangaon Inland Container River Terminal (ICT).

Six killed in road accidents

Six people were killed and three others injured in separate road accidents across the country yesterday.

Bring war criminals to justice

Bangladesh Chhatra League, student wing of JSD, yesterday demanded that the caretaker government take initiatives by March 1 to bring the war criminals to justice.

Housewife succumbs to burn injuries

A housewife who was set to fire allegedly by her husband about a month ago succumbed to her burn injuries at a city hospital yesterday morning.

Man killed in city as train hits car

A man was killed when a speedy intercity train hit a private car at Staff Road level crossing in the city's Banani area last evening.

Assault case filed against 11 JCD activists

A student of Dhaka University filed an assault case against 11 fellow students, including three leaders of the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), last night.

Air chief hands over report on Sidr relief operation to president

Chief of Bangladesh Air Force Air Marshal Shah Mohammad Ziaur Rahman yesterday called on President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban and handed over a report on Sidr relief operation by the air force.

8 get life for murder in Gazipur

A court yesterday sentenced eight persons to life imprisonment for murder and fined them Tk 10,000 each, in default to suffer another six months in jail.

Publication of deals with multinational cos demanded

The National Oil-Gas, Mineral Resources, Energy and Port Protection Committee yesterday called for transparency in the production sharing contracts (PSCs) for offshore oil and gas exploration approved by the cabinet yesterday.

CA condoles Debdas's death

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday expressed profound shock at the death of renowned artist Debdas Chakraborty.

UK education exhibition begins Feb 14

The 10th education UK exhibition will begin in the city on February 14 and in Chittagong on February 18.

Court asks Bidisha to appear before it May 8

A Dhaka court yesterday ordered Bidisha, estranged wife of Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad, to appear before it on May 8 in connection with a case for misappropriating Tk 2.13 crore.

Workshop on UNCRC Alternative Report today

A sharing workshop with diverse groups of disadvantaged children on UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) Alternative Report by Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF) and its partner organisations will be held today at Biam hall in the city, says a press release.

Contraband drugs worth Tk 1 cr seized

The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized contraband drugs worth about Tk 1 crore during raids on two drug stores at the Mitford Medicine Market in the city yesterday.

Situation tense at DU

Tension runs high on the Dhaka University (DU) campus, as the demonstrators in favour or against the quota system in the BCS examinations are confronting each other.

DYD training courses have no link with private bodies

The Department of Youth Development (DYD) in a release yesterday said confusion has been created among the public, including the unemployed youths, about DYD-run training programmes as some private organisations which have been conducting various training programmes across the country are attributing the word 'Jaitya' (national) or phrase 'affiliated with a certain ministry' to themselves.

Two teachers, 2 others get life

A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced four people, including two schoolteachers, to life in jail for killing freedom fighter Shafiuddin Manik in Netrakona in February 2002.

Rajuk demolishes over 400 illegal structures in city

Rajdhani Unnayan Katripakha (Rajuk) yesterday demolished over 400 illegal structures at Uttara in the city.

Muggers snatch Tk 4,000, mobile phone from costume designer

Muggers took away mobile phone, Tk 4,000 and other valuables from a costume designer at Motijheel in the city when she was returning home at Khilgaon from her office by a rickshaw last night.

Australian grant for two NGOs

The Australian High Commission has provided a grant of Tk 13,20,000 under its Direct Aid Programme (DAP) 2007-08 to two Bangladeshi NGOs, Symbiosis Bangladesh and the Assistance for Blind Children (ABC), says a press release.

1,608 more held

Police arrested 1,608 people in separate drive across the county in the last 24 hours ending at 6:00am yesterday.

Dhaka Festival begins today

A two-day 'Dhaka Festival-2008' in celebration of the 120th birth anniversary of Shree Shree Thakur Anukul Chandra begins at KL Jubilee School and College premises at Banglabazar in the city today.

Agreements to preserve films in archive

Bangladesh Film Archive yesterday signed two agreements with researchers and writers under a project to create awareness and capacity building for preservation of films in the archive.

Foreign policy lauded

Swaziland admires the foreign policy of Bangladesh that espouses stability in all parts of the world.

Man hacked to death by wife

A man was hacked to death allegedly by his wife at Bhaijura village in Morelganj upazila yesterday.

Khairul Kabir's 11th anniversary of death today

Today is the 11th death anniversary of eminent journalist Khairul Kabir, founder editor of the daily Sangbad, says a press release.

National

Drug addiction raises alarm in Bogra town

At least 57 drug addicts died in one area in the town in last three years due to lack of treatment.

Nilphamari farmers optimistic of good IRRI-Boro yield

Farmers have expressed their optimism of a good yield of paddy in the ongoing peak season of IRRI-Boro cultivation due to uninterrupted power supply across the district.

Doctor sued as patient dies of 'negligence' in Satkhira

A case was filed with Satkhira Sadar Police Station last night for death of a pregnant woman allegedly due to wrong treatment and negligence of the physician at Khulna Diagnostic Centre at Palashpole in the town.

Verdict in journo Balu murder case now Feb 13

Khulna Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal Judge Abdus Salam Shikdar did not deliver the verdict of journalist Humayun Kabir Balu murder case, tribunal sources said.

Nat'l Harijan confce in Kushtia today

A national conference to ensure dignity and rights of the Harijan community of the country will be held at Islamia College ground here today.

Workshop on bird flu in Dinajpur

Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday organised a day-long workshop on avian influenza on the Dinajpur sector premises.

Rural livestock service centre in Patuakhali soon

The launching ceremony of a FoSHoL Union Livestock Service Centre will be held at Mithaganj Union Parishad (UP) Bhaban in remote Kolapara upazila, Patuakhali on February 11, says a press release.

Charge framing against mayor Tayebur now on Feb 12

Khulna District and Sessions Judge's Court yesterday shifted the charge framing date of two out of nine extortion cases against detained Khulna City Corporation mayor Sheikh Tayebur Rahman to February 12.

Truckload of urea seized

Police seized a truckload of urea fertiliser from Mathurapur of the town on Tuesday night.

International

37 Tigers killed in Lankan airstrikes

Sri Lankan war planes yesterday bombed targets inside Tamil Tiger-held territory in the north as ground forces clashed with the rebels, leaving 37 guerrillas and five soldiers dead, the defence ministry said.

Super Tuesday may only be end of the beginning

Fractured Super Tuesday results suggest that the unprecedented coast-to-coast voting in 24 states may be only the end of the beginning of the longest, most expensive US presidential race in history.

Hillary's female army helped check Obama charge : Exit polls

Hillary Clinton's armies of women and Hispanic voters were crucial to keeping Democratic rival Barack Obama at bay, exit polls showed, after the hotly contested flurry of Super Tuesday contests.

Pak nuclear weapons vulnerable: US

Political turmoil in Pakistan has not seriously threatened the military's control of its nuclear weapons "but vulnerabilities exist," US intelligence said in a report Tuesday.

Pak Taliban declare truce

A Pakistani Taliban commander blamed for the murder of former premier Benazir Bhutto has declared an indefinite ceasefire with government forces, a militant spokesman said yesterday.

Israel mulls more pressure on Gaza after Hamas attack claim

Israel mulled ways of keeping up the pressure on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip on Wednesday a day after the Islamists claimed their first suicide attack inside Israel in three and a half years.

Scotland Yard to submit report to Pak govt this week

British detectives will give their first report to the Pakistani government this week on their findings in the murder of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, the interior ministry said Wednesday.

Comeback kid McCain sets sight on White House

War hero and maverick senator John McCain strengthened his hold on the Republican presidential nomination on Super Tuesday but was unable to lockdown support from wary conservatives.

Iran rocket raises nuclear suspicions

A rocket fired into space by Iran earlier this week raises "suspicions" over Tehran's claims to have no ambitions to build a nuclear weapon, a Russian foreign ministry official told domestic news agencies yesterday.

No link between mobile phone use and cancer

Japanese scientists looking at patients with brain tumours say they can find no evidence to support fears that using a mobile phone boosts the risk of cerebral cancer.

Arts & Entertainment

A landmark for contemporary Bengali literature

ON the occasion of the 'Amar Ekushey Granthamela 2008', English, German and Hindi versions of Gauripur Junction, a novel by renowned author Humayun Ahmed, have been published by Anyaprokash.

Chalachchitram's homage to Selim Al Deen

Chalachchitram Film Society arranged a memorial programme to pay homage to the recently deceased playwright Selim Al Deen at Goethe-Institut Bangladesh on February 5. Eminent poet and litterateur Syed Shamsul Haq, theatre personality Shimul Yousuf and Professor Afsar Ahmed reminisced about Al Deen at the programme.

Jatiyo Pothonatyotshob '08

The weeklong Jatiyo Pothonaty-otshob '08 (Street Theatre Festival) at Central Shaheed Minar premises ends today. The event organised by Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation (BGTF) featured performances by 35 theatre troupes from all over Bangladesh. Each day five plays were staged at the venue. Most of the plays were based on social and political issues. Apart from street plays the festival also included cultural programmes featuring songs and poetry.

Shubho Mahurat of “Amar Achhey Jol”

The shubho mahurot of Amar Achhey Jol was held at the Ballroom of Hotel Sheraton yesterday. Sponsored by Lux and produced by Impress Telefilm Ltd, the film is written and directed by Humayun Ahmed.

Single-episode play “Shey Achhey Ontorey” on Channel 1

Written by Monir Hossain and directed by Chayanika Choudhury, single-episode play Shey Achhey Ontorey will be aired today on Channel 1 at 8pm. Zahid Hassan, Richi Solaiman and Apurbo play the lead roles.

OP-ED

Arithmetic of votes

PAKISTAN is changing. It is really difficult for the West to understand the new ground realities of Pakistani politics. Militancy in the North West Frontier Province bordering Afghanistan is on the rise, but religious politics in the same province is on the decline. A fair and free election on February 18th can really change the entire landscape of electoral politics in Pakistan.

On markets and prices

BANGLADESH has been experiencing spiraling and unprecedented food prices for quite some time now. This has led to much speculation as to the cause of this food price inflation and ways to control it. This short note is written on the premise that an understanding of the market mechanism is essential for taking appropriate measures to control food prices. Otherwise, ad-hoc interventions can actually make the situation worse.



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