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News of: Friday, 8th of February, 2008

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Law adviser dispels notion of nat'l govt

Law Adviser AF Hassan Ariff yesterday dismissed speculations about a national government, saying categorically that formation of such a government is not possible under the country's Constitution.

Tk 6,000cr more subsidy this year on fuel, fertiliser, food

The government will provide around Tk 6,000 crore more subsidies than the budgetary allocation for the current fiscal year due mainly to price hike of fuel, fertiliser and food in the international market.

Hasina wants polls by April-May

Detained former prime minister and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday reiterated her call for an election by April-May, and said a representative government is urgently needed to run the country fairly and mitigate sufferings of the people.

No safety measure at city poultry markets

Absence of minimum biosecurity measures at poultry markets and outlets poses an imminent threat of spreading the Avian Influenza, commonly known as bird flu.

Many Titas staff submit no-more-graft pledge

Many of the 124 staff of Titas Gas Distribution and Transmission Ltd, who refunded their illegally-earned wealth on Tuesday, gave written undertaking to the task force yesterday saying they would never get involved in corruption in future.

Ban soon on graffiti, posters

The LGRD and cooperatives ministry has drafted an ordinance proposing a ban on scrawling graffiti and pasting posters on the walls of houses and establishments in urban areas across the country.

Polls within 2008, as per roadmap

Reaffirming the pledge of holding the next general election as per the announced roadmap, the chief election commissioner (CEC) yesterday said, "We must have to do this and it is our promise to the nation."

ACC won't file cases under EPR if court orders

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) will not invoke the provisions of Emergency Power Rules (EPR) while filing cases for offences that took place before its formulation if the Supreme Court directs so.

SC hears govt appeal Sunday

The Appellate Division yesterday fixed Sunday for hearing on the government appeal against the landmark High Court verdict that quashed an extortion case against former premier Sheikh Hasina and declared illegal bringing it under Emergency Power Rules.

7 DU students face trial for assault on army man

Seven students of Dhaka University (DU) will now face trial after a Dhaka court yesterday accepted the charge sheet of a case filed against them for torching an army vehicle and assaulting an army man at Shahbagh intersection during the August violence last year.

Harijans asked to unite for basic rights

Speakers at a national convention yesterday urged the Harijan community to be united and raise their voice for their constitutional rights, which they are denied in the society for a long time.

8 Bangladeshis on death row in KSA

The relatives of eight expatriate Bangladeshi workers sentenced to death by a Saudi court appealed to the government yesterday for taking necessary steps so the Saudi government grants amnesty for the convicts.

AL does not believe in nat'l consensus govt

Awami League (AL) acting President Zillur Rahman yesterday said categorically that AL does not believe in the concept of a national consensus government as that cannot be a principle in governing the country.

UK foreign secy arrives today

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband arrives today on a two-day visit to Bangladesh to discuss democratic future of the country, climate change and militancy among other issues.

No court order on Khaleda's petition

A Dhaka court yesterday did not pass any order on detained former premier Khaleda Zia's petition to produce her before the court in connection with the Gatco graft case. The hearing on the petition was, however, held yesterday.

20,580 poultry birds culled in Dinajpur

Livestock department officials of Dinajpur culled at least 20,580 chickens, including free-range chickens, ducks and pigeons, between Wednesday midnight and yesterday noon.

Sylhet mayor, wife sued

Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) mayor Badar Uddin Ahmed Kamran and his wife have been sued for amassing wealth worth Tk 2.16 crore illegally.

Hannan Shah freed, held again from jail gate

Police again arrested Brig (retd) Hannan Shah, adviser to former prime minister and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, soon after he came out of Narayanganj Jail on bail yesterday.

Teachers protest Shibir vandalism at Rangpur

Teachers of different colleges yesterday held a series of programmes protesting the vandalism at the residences of the principal and a teacher of Rangpur Carmichael College.

Bangladesh should return to democracy soon: US

Bangladesh should return to democracy as soon as possible, said Geeta Pasi, the US charge d'affaires, yesterday.

ntv managing director freed on bail

Managing Director of private television channel ntv Enayetur Rahman Bappi was released on bail around 10:00am yesterday from Dhaka Central Jail.

Democratic White House hopefuls look to "superdelegates"

With no clear winner after months of wooing voters, the tight race for the Democratic White House nomination may leave the choice between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama to "superdelegates," unelected party leaders.

Pakistan to hold peace talks with militants

Pakistan's government is to hold talks with Taliban militants after a "de facto" ceasefire in a troubled tribal area between rebels and security forces, the interior minister said yesterday.

Southern US states mourn for tornado victims

Southern US states mourned yesterday after tornadoes wrought havoc across the region, killing 55 people and injuring hundreds, smashing buildings and flinging trees like matchsticks.

Police raid Maoist offices in Kathmandu

Police in Nepal's capital staged raids overnight on the headquarters and four branch offices of the controversial youth wing of the country's former rebel Maoists, officials said yesterday.

Editorial

Earthquake preparedness

Bangladesh is widely believed to be one of the most earthquake-prone countries in the world. It also faces risks of Tsunami and storm surge, the former because of probability of submarine landslides and the latter on account of climatic changes.

America's Super Tuesday primaries

Super Tuesday in the United Stated has come and gone. In what was clearly a carnival spirit, both in the American media and among American citizens, the question of which politicians will end up being the candidates for the White House at the November election was wrestled with. The Republicans have all but formally made it clear that John McCain, a respected senator and former POW in Vietnam, will be their standard bearer. He has clearly left all his rivals, including the high spending Mitt Romney, well behind.

Perspectives: The questions after the landmark High Court verdict

So what happens now? With the High Court having quashed the Tk.2.99 crore extortion case against former prime minister Sheikh Hasina as being outside the purview of emergency laws, it is now time for the powers that be to ponder the legality and constitutionality of many of the measures they have undertaken so far in respect to the prosecution of corruption charges against a whole class of individuals.

Is the government winning the civil war in Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka -- the embattled south Asian country -- has just celebrated its 60th anniversary of independence. The occasion this year has a special significance, since the government appears to have accomplished significant gains in the war against the Tamil militants. The government in Colombo seems upbeat about its ultimate success in the drive against the militants.

Japan aspires to become a low carbon society

As evidence of what we have done to our planet earth during the last three centuries in the name of progress is becoming clearer everywhere around the world with the passage of time, issues related to global warming, too, are becoming almost a common household topic of discussion in each and every corner of the globe. How to tackle the problem in a meaningful way is gradually becoming the focal point of attention in such discussions, though disagreements on what needs to be done abound.

Sports

Arambagh in final

A late rally steered Arambagh Krira Sangha to end Badda Jagarani's impressive run in the Protiti Pharma Victory Day Club Cup football tournament and enter the final with a 2-0 win in the first semifinal yesterday.

A final before final

Mohammedan Sporting Club will look forward to rebuild a tarnished image following an 'unsporting' game against Arambagh in the group stage and the punishment they had received for it when they face archrivals Abahani in the second semifinal of the Protiti Pharma Victory Day Club Cup today.

Meeting draws no decision

The executive committee of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Wednesday failed to make any headway over some serious issues.

Italy, Germany cruise

Fabio Capello oversaw a winning start to his tenure as England manager on Wednesday with a 2-1 victory over Switzerland while his Italian compatriots scored an impressive friendly success over Portugal which augurs well for the Azzurri's chances at Euro 2008.

Weather still a factor

The last time Australia and Sri Lanka met in a one-day international the game's conclusion was ruined when the umpires forced play to continue as darkness fell on the World Cup final in Barbados. Weather looms as the only thing that could spoil their rematch at the SCG on Friday, with a cracking contest likely if the rain stays away. Unfortunately, that "if" should be bold and underlined.

England stay superior

England again outclassed New Zealand when Paul Collingwood and Owais Shah reversed a batting slump to engineer a 50-run win in their Twenty20 match here Thursday.

Both matches drawn

Youngmen's Club failed to repeat their performance of a 3-0 win against Victoria two days earlier in the Victory Day Club Cup when the two sides drew 1-1 in yesterday's Senior Division Football League.

Eto'o, soon at a theatre near you

Samuel Eto'o has played a starring role at the African Nations Cup - and soon on the silver screen too as a feature film is being shot based around the Cameroon striker.

EPL to go global

The Premier League is set to go global from the 2011-12 season with matches being played overseas for the first time. The league and the chairmen of its 20 clubs agreed to explore a proposal today whereby the season will be extended from 38 games to 39 to allow every club to play one extra match abroad.

Brazil get past Ireland

The Republic of Ireland's caretaker manager Don Givens saw his side defeated 1-0 but not embarrassed by a slick though sometimes directionless Brazil team here Wednesday in what is almost certainly his last game in charge.

Press underwhelmed

England's 2-1 victory over Switzerland in Fabio Capello's first game in charge drew a guarded response from British newspapers on Thursday.

Higuain leads Argentina's rout

Gonzalo Higuain scored two goals to lead Argentina to a 5-0 rout of Guatemala in an exhibition game at the Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday night.

Ballack happy to be back

After more than 10 months away from the Germany team, Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack showed he has shaken off the ankle injury which blighted his 2007 as he captained his side to a 3-0 win in Vienna.

Essien to be Annan's saviour

Ghana midfielder Anthony Annan is hoping a good word from teammate Michael Essien will help him leave the backwaters of the Norwegian second division where he plays with IK Start for Chelsea.

The helmet is staying on

Chelsea's Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech will be obliged to wear his protective helmet for "many seasons to come," he said in an interview with the Czech daily Dnes on Wednesday.

Gill's bat cracks

If you were to look in a catalogue, the blade is known as a Puma Ballistic. But this one has a tongue-in-cheek nickname taken from a Simpsons episode where Homer makes a baseball bat with supernatural powers.

Arthur could be axed

South Africa's cricket coach Mickey Arthur was facing the axe Thursday over accusations he abused the country's top cricket official in a row over the number of black players to tour Bangladesh, a report said.

Doubt over Samuels

West Indies' Marlon Samuels is to undergo independent analysis of his suspect bowling action on Monday at England's National Cricket Academy at Loughborough University, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said in a statement on Wednesday.

'CA prying unfair'

Australian captain Ricky Ponting said here Thursday it would be 'unfair' if interference from Cricket Australia prevented players from participating in the inaugural Twenty20 Indian Premier League.

Nat'l handball from today

The zonal round of the Exim Bank 18th National Handball Championship begins at the Jamalpur Stadium today.

Sagar retains junior title

Minhajuddin Ahmed Sagar retained his crown when the FIDE Master emerged unbeaten champion in the 29th National Junior (Under-20) Chess Championship yesterday.

Gold Cup Cricket

Dasara Palli Mangal Samity (DPMS) beat Nizam Samsul Smriti Sangsad (NSSS) by seven wickets in the opening game of the Gold Cup cricket tournament here at the Shaheed Miraz-Tapan Stadium yesterday.

Int'l Jr tennis

Local boy Ranjan Ram paired with Taipei's Keng-Cheng Lin to move into boys' doubles quarterfinal in the Grameenphone International Junior (U-16) Tennis Champion-ships (Group-3) at the Zafar Imam Tennis Complex here yesterday.

Base Bashar win title

BAF Base Bashar lifted the Inter-base tennis title of the Bangladesh Air Force at their home ground in Dhaka yesterday.

Nasir upsets Russian GM

Sheikh Nasir Ahmed recorded his third successive win in the International Chess Festival of Moscow Open when the Bangladesh FIDE Master defeated Russian GM Evgeni Vasiukov in the fifth round on Wednesday.

Bagerhat women's athletics champs

Bagerhat emerged champions and Munshiganj finished runners-up in the inter-district women's athletics competition that concluded yesterday at the Dhanmondi Women's Sports Complex.

Nat'l badminton

Title contenders Parash and Enayet won their respective men's singles matches in the Islami Bank 28th National Badminton Championships at the Woodenfloor Gymnasium yesterday.

Good day for big boys

Asian heavyweights Japan, Australia, South Korea and Saudi Arabia blazed to convincing victories as they got their World Cup qualifying campaigns off to fliers on Wednesday.

Becks, Owen out in the cold

David Beckham and Michael Owen have been warned that their superstar reputations will not be enough to earn them a return to centre stage with England now that Fabio Capello is in charge.

Milan ease woes

AC Milan's striking emergency, as coach Carlo Ancelotti described it last week, looked to have eased on Wednesday as forward pair Ronaldo and Filippo Inzaghi trained with their teammates.

Albelda given Euro hope

Spain coach Luis Aragones gave David Albelda a vote of confidence after the Valencia outcast played in Wednesday's 1-0 friendly win over France in Malaga.

Croatia brought down to earth

Croatia's 3-0 friendly defeat by fellow Euro 2008 finalists Netherlands in Split came as a rude awakening for Slaven Bilic's men.

Flamini picks up injury

Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini has played down the extent of an injury he suffered on international duty with France this week, which is likely to intensify manager Arsene Wenger's dislike of international friendlies.

Business

Small investors cautioned

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday cautioned small investors of possible risk in investing borrowed money in capital market.

Private land phone, mobile firms bicker over interconnection fees

Private land phone operators claim their business is being disrupted by the unfair tactics of their mobile rivals, who charge exorbitant interconnection fees and won't accept SMS messages sent from land phones.

Dubai firm to open offices in Bangladesh to offer e-commerce services

Tejari, a Dubai-based online marketplace, is to open offices in Bangladesh to offer e-commerce services to exporters, its chief executive officer said yesterday.

Firms get Tk30cr export orders as DITF ends

Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) 2008 concluded yesterday with the country's manufacturers receiving about Tk 30 crore spot orders for export. The target for such order was Tk 40 crore.

G-7 finance ministers meet in Tokyo tomorrow

The meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors from the Group of Seven industrialised countries in Tokyo on Saturday must strengthen cooperation and deliver a clear message to markets amid growing concerns over a worldwide economic crisis caused by confusion in the financial and stock markets.

Adviser assures leather industry of looking into its problems

Finance Adviser Dr Mirza Azizul Islam yesterday advised leather and leather goods manufacturers and exporters to submit a concrete proposal on the problems faced by them.

Citi launches cross-border remittance services

Citi's Global Transaction Services Business on Wednesday announced the launch of QuikRemit, a set of cross-border remittance services for the corporate and banking markets, says a press release.

Leasing firms seek restoration of depreciation allowance

Bangladesh Leasing and Finance Companies Association (BLFCA) on Wednesday demanded restoration of depreciation allowance in favour of leasing companies.

Dollar slips against euro

The dollar dipped against the euro on Thursday but rose against sterling ahead of interest rate decisions from the European Central Bank and Bank of England.

Metropolitan

Early recovery action plan by Mar

The caretaker government with the help of the donor agencies will finalise an 'Early Recovery Action Plan for Sidr-affected Areas ' by March next with view to going ahead with its long-term assistance programmes for the affected people.

Rehabilitation of Sidr-hit people strengthened: CA

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday said activities for livelihood rehabilitation of the people affected by the November 15 Cyclone 'Sidr' in the coastal belt have been strengthened.

DU student bodies forge unity against Shibir, Chhatra Mukti

Several student organisations of Dhaka University (DU) have forged unity against the student bodies of religion-based political parties apparently over the issue of quota system in the Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examinations.

Start dialogue with political parties for fair elections

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday said the government has no alternative but to hold dialogue with the political parties to pave the way for democracy through a free and fair election.

5 held on charges of torturing workers in Malaysia

The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested five suspected frauds on charges of confining and torturing Bangladeshi workers in Malaysia in order to force their families to pay additional amount of money.

No structure to be spared during implementation of Hatirjheel project

LGRD Adviser M Anwarul Iqbal yesterday categorically said the government will not spare any structure, legal or illegal, while implementing the 'integrated development of Hatirjheel area, including Begunbari Khal project'.

BSF kills 2 cattle traders

A Bangladeshi cattle trader was allegedly tortured to death by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) in Satkhira while another was shot dead by BSF in Thakurgaon yesterday.

First lot of Thai rice due Feb 26

The first lot of 1,000 tonnes of rice from Thailand will arrive on February 26 under a government contingency measure for the import of rice to stabilise the market.

Equal facilities a must to ensure dev of children

President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday stressed the need for having a universal programme in place to ensure overall development of the children.

10 get life for raping girl in Netrakona

A court in Netrakona yesterday sentenced 10 people to life imprisonment and fined them Tk one lakh each, in default, to suffer two years more imprisonment for gangraping a girl.

Six killed in road accidents

Six people were killed in separate road accidents across the country yesterday.

First lot of Thai rice due Feb 26

The first lot of 1,000 tonnes of rice from Thailand will arrive on February 26 under a government contingency measure for the import of rice to stabilise the market.

Debdas's body handed over to Ibrahim Medical College

The family of late artist Debdas Chakraborty handed over his body to Ibrahim Memorial Medical College yesterday.

DUJ election March 29

The election of Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) will be held on March 29 after the biennial general meeting is held on March 28.

Call to stop encroachment, pollution of river Khoai

Speakers at a discussion yesterday called for an end to encroachment on and pollution of river Khoai in order to protect the environment, crops and biodiversity in Habiganj.

Time of art exhibition extended

The time of the exhibition of artworks by Kazi Manir, a self-taught artist, has been extended up to February 13 due to huge response from viewers, says a press release.

Appeal for help

A female student of Dhaka University has appealed for financial help for the treatment of her mother who has been suffering from hepatitis C virus-induced liver cirrhosis for the last four years, says a press release.

AMCH gets Tk 25 lakh as donations

The family of one Intezar Ahmed has donated Tk 25 lakh to Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital (AMCH) at Uttara in the city, says a press release.

Trade thru' Benapole port resumes

Export and import through Benapole land port resumed yesterday after one day suspension.

Qulkhwani of Manik today

Qulkhwani of Saifuddin Ahmed Manik, general secretary of Gono Forum and president of Moni Singh-Farhad Memorial Trust, will be held at his RK Mission Road residence in the city after Asr prayers today, says a press release.

DUJ election March 29

The election of Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) will be held on March 29 after the biennial general meeting is held on March 28.

Time of art exhibition extended

The time of the exhibition of artworks by Kazi Manir, a self-taught artist, has been extended up to February 13 due to huge response from viewers, says a press release.

BCDJC invites reports

Bangladesh Centre for Development, Journalism and Communication (BCDJC) invites reports published in the national dailies or weeklies on 'Good Governance and Democratic Development' for the Canadian Awards for Excellence in Bangladesh Journalism-2007.

Abducted city schoolboy rescued in Manikganj

A schoolboy abducted at Maghbazar in the city on Wednesday was rescued from Manikganj yesterday.

Provide better treatment to KCC Mayor

A Khulna court has asked the superintendent of Khulna District Jail to provide better treatment facilities to detained Khulna City Corporation (KCC) Mayor Sheikh Tayebur Rahman.

Letters

Climate change & poor countries

At present the global climate is changing rapidly and contributing a lot to environmental degradation all over the world. And it has been a serious concern for the poor countries like ours. The most industrially developed nations are mainly responsible for global pollution. The Kyoto Protocol, an agreement on the environment and sustainable development, has not yet been ratified by the United States, the largest polluter of environment.

Voter ID card

In the BBC phone-in programme a few days ago, one gentleman raised a very pertinent question regarding the technical quality and distribution system of the ID card. If his observation is valid and extensive, one should be concerned about the future of this project which has received appreciation at home and abroad. I was very cynical about the success of this project right from the day one, because I apprehended the problems narrated by a gentleman in the phone-in programme.

Jute bags

Recently, the Chinese government decided to ban the plastic shopping bags in their shopping malls because of extreme environmental problems.

Iraq scene

Every time I think of Iraq, I feel sorry for the country, which is called the cradle of civilisation. This land has been ruined utterly and violence is erupting every day. From my childhood days, I was fascinated by Iraq. I used to read about Baghdad, Basra and other cities, prosperous and bustling with activities. I learned about Calif Harun-ur-Rashid roaming the streets in disguise at night to see how everything was going on and ensuring that all was well.

Election -2008

Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed promised general election by the end of 2008. Many of us are apprehensive and even scared of the return to same old politics and misrule by the corrupt politicians. The last one year of emergency rule by the CTG brought relief and hope amongst most of us. The CTG performed admirably and coped well with natural disasters.

Comments

Thank you for the write-up under the above title published in DS.

How do I return home?

I am 75 and still work 8-10 hours every day. I commute by rickshaw from my rented flat in Niketon to office in Banani via Mohakhali Road. I do not have a car or even a mobile. For the last few months rickshaws have been banned from Mohakhali Road, so twice every day I am summarily ejected from my rickshaw by the dozens of cops on duty (have they nothing better to do?) and forced to walk the 1 km portion of Mohakhali Road like thousands of men, women, children, old, infirm, disabled, sick, students, small traders etc. etc. I manage somehow during the day but returning home after dark poses a problem. I have also undergone bye-pass operation. At that rush hour it is impossible to get a CNG or taxi. Even if I can, they refuse the short distance fare and laugh in the face of the policemen who interceded on my behalf once or twice.

NRB sermons

A well-publicised conference of non-resident Bangladeshis (fancifully called NRBs) was held in Dhaka last month with the expressed view of projecting the potentials of the NRBs in 'alleviating' the miseries of the lesser mortals who live in this country. In fact, almost every year, such conferences are organised in Dhaka for NRBs in different formats. These routine meetings (or get-togethers) give the NRBs an opportunity to make holiday trips to this country in winter using tickets from conference organisers in the name of visiting Bangladesh for participating in an international (?) conference. Such visits also help them to enrich their curriculum vitae as well as meet their relatives/friends, and buy or sell properties here. Lesser mortals or 'resident Bangladeshis' do not need to object to all these until we hear the NRBs lecturing us in condescending tones on how we “should” live our lives. It is surely welcome if the NRBs come here with capital to invest in employment generating enterprises (like the United Airways), but, certainly, we do not need any advice on floods or mass transit or urban congestion etc. NRBs please note that in Bangladesh we have a large supply of resource persons who have more experience in development works than most of you. One NRB, participating in the recent conference, even had the temerity to demand that the expatriate Bangladeshis holding foreign passports be allowed to head some of the development organisations and corporations of Bangladesh as if the executives and academics of Bangladesh are all nincompoops! It is unfortunate that the media did not see through the charade of the so-called NRB 'guest birds', who I presume have by now returned to their cozy homes gloating over a make-believe contentment that he/she has their bit for their motherland, which they had voluntarily left!

China -Taiwan ties

On January 12th, the KMT of Taiwan i.e. the nationalists, won the parliamentary elections as the ruling Democratic Progressive Party managed to win just 27 seats while the KMT grabbed 81 seats ( there were in total 113 seats). Their victory means that relations between Taiwan and China are likely to improve, given the fact that the DPP was more pro-independence and more willing to unease relations with the “mainland”, while the KMT looks forward to warming relations with China particularly in terms of maintaining strong economic ties.

Politicians

Real faces of the so-called politicians have been exposed, especially after the current CTG took over.

Savings Certificates: clear directives needed

Clear directives are needed from the NBR as to whether one person with different individuals, such as husband & wife, father & son, father & daughter, mother & son, mother & daughter, so on and so forth, can purchase three-monthly profit giving Savings Certificates in Joint Names.

Commuter's plight

A good system of communication was introduced for the commuters of the capital city. That was the introduction of AC bus services from Uttara to Motijheel. Various types of buses were seen plying between different ends of the city and even to suburbs under the name of Premium, Nirapod etc. Commuters of all classes used to go to different places comfortably and safely. For sometime I used to stay at Uttara and visit different places in those buses. I saw lots of students studying in different institutions including Medical College & Engineering University travel in those buses . That system was serving so nicely that we used to feel like enjoying modern city life. Middle class people, particularly female travellers having no personal transport, were benefited so much because they could travel at any time in those buses freely and safely. It got popularity among the middle class people, a major part of taxpayers. We expected that the system would be expanded and more such buses would be added to serve more areas, but to our utter surprise we found two major transport companies soon going out of the business.

Pertinent point Ref : Govt eyes consensus on crucial issues.

I would like to mention a point in connection with your above captioned news item which often remains unmentioned.

“Suharto, September 1965 and East Timor”

With deep regret, we would like to draw your kind attention to an article entitled “Suharto, September 1965 and East Timor” by Syed Badrul Ahsan, Editor, Current Affairs, published in your newspaper on 30 January 2008. It appears that the writer made a tendentious article and fabricated it with an ill motive against Suharto.

International

UN presses Kenyan rivals for end to crisis

Kenya's political rivals pushed ahead with crisis talks yesterday amid new deaths and increased UN Security Council pressure to end weeks of bloodshed.

Afghan crisis dominates

Arguments over Afghanistan dominated talks among 26 Nato ministers yesterday, with the United States pressing hard for allies to deploy more troops to tackle the Taliban in the restive south.

Manmohan calls for ‘climate justice’ to fight global warming

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday urged rich countries to ensure technology transfers to developing nations to combat climate change under a transparent global regime.

Nepal Maoists dismiss row over ‘parallel govt’

Nepal's Maoists yesterday dismissed a row over their formation of a "parallel government", denying they had revived the system they used to control swathes of the country during a bitter insurgency.

UK seeks ‘political process’ to end Lanka bloodshed

Sri Lanka's former colonial ruler Britain has called for a "political process" to end Sri Lanka's spiralling violence and condemned the latest wave of bombings against civilians.

Hillary loans $ 5m to her campaign

Democratic White House hopeful Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday she loaned her campaign five million dollars of her own money in January to keep up with rival Barack Obama's record cash windfall.

Israeli raids on Gaza kill seven

Six Palestinian fighters and a teacher were killed in Israeli raids on Gaza yesterday, the latest deadly strikes on the Hamas-run territory since a suicide bombing on Israeli soil this week.

Imran Khan barred from entering Karachi

Pakistani authorities barred opposition politician Imran Khan from entering the southern city of Karachi yesterday because he has called for a boycott of upcoming elections, officials said.

Five militants killed in fresh Afghan attacks

Five militants were killed staging fresh attacks in Afghanistan as US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visited the insurgency-wracked nation yesterday, officials said.

Gun violence jumps in Japan: Police

Japan saw a 25 percent rise in gun violence last year with a resurgence in gangland conflicts, despite the country's tight control on firearms, police said yesterday.

Thailand won’t interfere in Myanmar's affairs

Thailand's new foreign minister, Noppadon Pattama, said yesterday the kingdom's elected government would not interfere in military-run Myanmar, saying democracy was a "domestic affair."

29 die as vehicles collide on Egypt highway

At least 29 people were killed and 12 injured when nine cars and trucks slammed into each other on a fog-choked rural highway south of the Egyptian capital of Cairo early yesterday, police said.

Arts & Entertainment

Off to a good start

The queue to get in does not go all the way to Timbuktu, no stampede, and thus no resemblance to a sandstorm -- this year's 'Amar Ekushey Grantha-mela' or 'Boimela' (book fair) as it's popularly known, certainly seems more “appealing”, said Trisha, a student of Dhaka University (DU). As the Boimela is held at the Bangla Academy premises, which is right next to the DU campus, the fair occupies a major share of the students' leisure.

Hard-knock life in a world of iron

A local saying goes, “Have no fear of the sea, it will bring you fruits.” And this is how the people lived their modest lives in Shitolpur, an area on the coast of Chittagong in southern Bangladesh.

Fine arts and handicrafts fair in Mymensingh

With a view to provide a platform for the artists of the greater Mymensingh region, a 15-day Fine Arts and Handicrafts fair has begun at Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin Shangrahoshala (Art gallery) located at the Shaheb Quarter Park in the district town. The fair was inaugurated on February 1.

Samay Natya Utsab begins

With the slogan 'Shubho Karmo Pathey Dhoro Nirbhoye Gaan' a nine-day theatre festival begins today at the Experimental Theatre Stage, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. The festival marks the 30th anniversary of theatre troupe Samay Sanskritik Goshthi.

“Monpura”: An uncomplicated love story in an idyllic setting

Popular TV play-maker Giasuddin Selim's debut feature film Monpura is set to be released in April. In an interview with The Daily Star, Selim talked about the film, his experience and aspirations.

Bonya playbacks for Rituporno's upcoming film

Noted Tagore singer Rezwana Chowdhury Bonya recently did playback for Indian filmmaker Rituporno Ghosh's upcoming Bengali film Shob Choritro Kalponik. Bonya also makes a brief appearance on screen -- singing the song, E porobashey robey ke.

Voicing against human trafficking

The Daywalka Foundation (TDF), a US-based human rights organisation that addresses human trafficking, safe migration and gender-based violence through culturally grounded solutions, recently produced three radio jingles featuring the Close Up 1 star Beauty. The singer is now the goodwill ambassador of TDF' public awareness campaign in Bangladesh.

No smoking zone for Bollywood actors

Bollywood superstars Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan find themselves in the midst of a debate about smoking rekindled by Indian Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss who asked the duo to stop puffing away on screen.

OP-ED

National government: Some thoughts

The change in the political landscape of the country, with the takeover by the present caretaker government, has given rise to the expectation of a national government. The proposal for a national government has met with mixed reactions from various political parties, and there seems to be considerable confusion with regard to the concept and the process of formation of a national government. There are also doubts about its effectiveness and stability, especially when the political system remains adversarial or parochial.

Davos meet promises creative capitalism

The annual meeting of the World's Economic Forum in Davos ended with some hopes, aspirations, promises and warnings. This year's event drew nearly 30 heads of states or governments, more than 110 cabinet ministers, and several hundred corporate titans.

A great lawyer

Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed (1932-2003) is best remembered by his admirers and jurists in Bangladesh and the rest of South Asia not only as a specialist in constitutional law but also as an eminent non-political activist who took special interest in trying to find a pragmatic solution to the existing problem of dysfunctional politics within our country. Concerned about the prevailing "closed shop trade union" syndrome that afflicts most political parties in Bangladesh, Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed (a former attorney-general of Bangladesh and an adviser to two successive caretaker governments) and a few others had the courage to try and find an effective method out of the madness.

Environment

Can the ocean slow global warming?

The ocean plays an important role in the climate system by regulating the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. It is generally accepted that more than 80 percent of anthropogenic CO2 emissions will eventually be absorbed naturally by the oceans, primarily through a slow exchange between the atmosphere and the surface waters. This exchange process behaves like a clog in a sink's drain: drainage occurs too slowly to prevent a large build-up; in this case of CO2 in the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide entering the deep waters of the ocean is removed from interaction with the atmosphere for periods of hundreds of years. A significant fraction of the excess carbon dioxide released by man's activities enters the deep waters of the ocean and plays no further part in global warming over century timescales.

Global climate change and local perspective

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr. have been jointly declared for the Nobel Peace Prize-2007 for their research and effort to spread out the knowledge about man-made climate change and also the measures that are needed to counteract such change. Greenhouse gases that mainly absorb and emit heat to the atmosphere have the effect on global temperature and make habitable environment for earth. Continuous deforestation and extensive fossil fuel exploitation and natural sources contribute carbon dioxide (CO2) in atmosphere dramatically in higher rate since industrialisation and rising relentlessly.

Eco-colonialism?

It is very clear that colonialisation bears some specific objectives that may be getting cheap raw materials, cheap labour and a captive market for product manufacturing. Here I have used the term eco-colonialism that means the colonialisation which is a growth to the exploitation of ecology. But how colonialisation damage the ecology?


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