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News of: Wednesday, 20th of February, 2008

Front Page

Private airlines take off, aim higher

Aviation industry marks a boom with the launch of three private airlines in last eight months and another set to start commercial flights next month, thanks to a steadily growing demand for air transport.

Pak opposition scores convincing win

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's allies conceded defeat yesterday after elections, leaving the party of slain former premier Benazir Bhutto and other opponents headed for a crushing win.

EC to allow parties to spend more on polls

The Election Commission (EC) has decided to raise the ceiling of polls expenditures of political parties contesting parliamentary election with stringent conditions attached to ensure financial transparency of the parties.

Fish, beef, mutton on high demand

Demand for fish, beef and mutton has shot up in the past week as consumers panicked by the spread of bird flu across the country are looking for alternatives to poultry and eggs.

Workers at risk of losing legal status

Majority of around three lakh Bangladeshis now working in Malaysia are being exploited by their employers and under imminent risk of losing their legal work status due to flawed and illegal recruitment process, said experts.

Hasina agrees to receive treatment in country

Detained Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina has finally agreed to receive treatment in the country and is likely to be taken to a city hospital in a day or two.

Fidel Castro quits Cuban presidency

An ailing Fidel Castro resigned as Cuba's president yesterday after nearly a half-century in power, saying he will not accept a new term when the new parliament meets Sunday.

JP set to curb party chairman's power

HM Ershad-led Jatiyo Party (JP) is set to bring significant changes to its constitution including curbing of the current absolute authority of the party chairman.

Hearing on govt appeal adjourned till Feb 25

The Supreme Court yesterday adjourned till February 25 the hearing on the government's leave to appeal against the High Court judgment that quashed the Tk 2.99 crore extortion case filed against former premier Sheikh Hasina.

Stripping Gen Mustafiz of rank illegal

The High Court yesterday declared stripping former army chief Muhammad Mustafizur Rahman of a four-star general's rank illegal.

Yunus launches microfinance outfit in Paris

Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus launched a 150 million-euro global micro-finance outfit styled Grameen-Crédit Agricole Foundation in Paris on Monday.

EC shouldn't waste time over BNP issue: AL

Awami League (AL) yesterday called upon the Election Commission (EC) to take an immediate decision over holding dialogue with BNP, urging it not to waste time over the matter.

3 local firms win gateway bids for int'l calls

Three local companies have won bids to set up gateways to handle international phone calls to and from Bangladesh, ending the monopoly of state-run BTTB.

Hearing on charge framing against Hasina shifted to Feb 26

A special court yesterday postponed hearing on charge framing against Sheikh Hasina and seven other people in the Tk 3 crore barge-mount power plant corruption case to February 26.

Route plan for Shaheed Minar announced

Strict security measures in the Central Shaheed Minar and adjoining areas have been taken by law enforcers for peaceful observance of Shaheed Day and International Mother Language Day on February 21.

Canadian lawyer slates restriction on seeing trial

President of US Jurist Association Canada chapter William Sloan termed the trial of the barge-mount graft case filed against former premier Sheikh Hasina "not a public trial" after he was barred from entering the special court.

Poultry farm owners get Tk 1.4cr as compensation

The government has given out Tk 1.4 crore to the owners of bird-flu affected poultry farms as compensation for culling chickens in the last eight months.

Two including Rab official die as bus hits van in Ashulia

Two persons including a Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) official were killed and four others injured when a passenger bus hit a Rab pick-up van at Ashulia on the outskirts of the capital last night.

Sajeda's son, his wife sued

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday filed a case against Awami League leader Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury's son Shahdab Akbar and his wife for concealing information of their assets and amassing wealth illegally.

Microsoft isn't raising Yahoo bid

Microsoft is not privately haggling with Yahoo over the software maker's rejected $31-per-share buyout offer for the slumping Internet pioneer, Bill Gates said in an interview.

Editorial

The grenade hauls

WITH each passing day information are pouring in of the seizures of grenades and firearms abandoned by extremist groups. Since the joint forces have been on pursuit of variously labelled terrorist elements on the basis of information, mainly gathered from arrested suspects, the clandestine operatives are on the run. That explains the discovery of abandoned weapons. There is a growing suspicion, however, that substantial number of bombs or firearms may have been hidden away in various parts of the country. The success of the joint forces gives us hope that the remaining arms caches will be unearthed soon.

Kosovo declares itself free

KOSOVO's declaration of independence has caused quite a few powerful, and widening, ripples in the international community. With Serbia, from which state the Kosovars have now prised themselves out as a free entity, angrily denouncing the move, it is but natural that Kosovo's leaders will feel some heat in the days ahead. The Serbian foreign minister's statement that Kosovo will never find a place in the United Nations, together with Russian opposition to the independence move, will certainly not scupper Kosovo's status as a free state. But it does point to a situation where the new state will find it hard to find acceptability among a certain section of the global community.

Kosovo and the dimensions of freedom

HOW you take Kosovo's declaration of independence is strictly a matter of opinion. Even so, there is that primeval stirring in the soul which keeps speaking of the beauty of freedom. We in Bangladesh understand, and readily too, what it means to be free, having gone through the collective travails involved in a grim struggle for freedom. Or ask the people of East Timor . They will tell you of their sufferings, their long tale of woe under Indonesian occupation, for years on end, until they came by freedom. And so it is that we are vicariously made aware of the beauty that brings freedom in a package to the people of Kosovo.

New government and the challenges

IT is too early to speculate about the next government and its chances. Polls ended on Monday evening, and not all the results are available at this writing. One settles for unavoidable challenges facing the state, leaving reflection on its prospects for next time.

McCain's nomination good news for Dems

FOR the first time in 48 years, a senator will be elected president of the United States of America on November 4. Since Massachusetts senator John F. Kennedy's election as the nation's highest executive in 1960, several other Senators tried to emulate him, among them Barry Goldwater (1964), George McGovern (1972), Bob Dole (1996), and John Kerry (2004). Sitting presidents, former vice-presidents or former governors defeated them all.

Sports

Perfect practice

If a build-up match is an indicator of what to follow when the real battle starts then the Tigers under the guise of BCB XI could not have been asked for a better finish in their lone three-day warmup match against South Africa that ended in a draw at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium yesterday.

AFC asks BFF to hold EGM

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) yesterday asked the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) to conduct an extra-ordinary general meeting (EGM) to approve the FIFA statutes, confirmed a source from Kuala Lumpur on the condition of anonymity.

Sajid outpaces Rasel

Sajidul Islam's pace and energy was considered ahead of Syed Rasel yesterday when the national selectors announced a 14-member squad without any major surprises for the two-match Test series against South Africa.

Abahani in semis

Abahani confirmed their place in the semifinal while Old DOHS kept their hopes alive in the Premier Division Twenty20 tournament yesterday.

Youths take on Ireland today

Bangladesh under-19 cricket team take on their Irish counterparts in their second ICC Under-19 World Cup group D game at the Bayueams Oval in Kuala Lumpur today.

Bangladesh fined $4,000

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) disciplinary committee imposed a fine of US dollars 4,000 on Bangladesh for fielding overaged players in last year's qualifying rounds of the AFC U-16 Championship.

India clinch a thriller

The enigmatic Yuvraj Singh finally returned to form to lead India to a thrilling and crucial two-wicket win over Sri Lanka in their vital tri-series match here Tuesday.

West Bengal arrive today

The West Bengal team will cross the border this morning to participate in the 2nd Indo-Bangladesh Bangla Games, which open in Dhaka on Friday.

First win for Mohakhali

Mohakhali XI recorded their first victory in the Senior Division Football League yesterday when they edged Purbachal Parisad 1-0 at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur.

Veeru & VVS made 'icons'

The Indian Premier League's governing council has accepted, pending final approval, requests from the Delhi and Hyderabad franchises to name Virender Sehwag and VVS Laxman as icon players, which means the two will only turn out for their respective home cities in the BCCI-backed tournament.

Milan test for young Gunners

Arsene Wenger knows Arsenal are hurting mentally and physically but he is confident his side will rise to the occasion in Wednesday's Champions League tie against AC Milan.

Great battles in the offing

Three of British football's most historic clubs will look to take a huge step towards the Champions League quarterfinals on Wednesday when they play their second round first leg clashes.

Strachan tips Barca for UCL

Gordon Strachan has tipped Barcelona for the Champions League - but the Celtic manager also believes his side can knock them out in the last 16 of the competition.

Federer wins Laureus award

Roger Federer won the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award for 2008 here on Monday.

Pato set to return

Brazilian goalkeeper Nelson Dida is out of AC Milan's Champions League trip to Arsenal on Wednesday while Australian goalkeeper Zeljko Kalac is also rated as doubtful for the reigning champions.

Spotlight on Benzema

In the days before Lyon's rising star Karim Benzema was even a twinkle in his parents' eye French footballing heroes were typically midfielders.

Eto'o fit for Celtic clash

Barcelona said Monday its star striker Samuel Eto'o is in the squad for this week's Champions League match at Celtic after recovering from an injury sustained in the African Nations Cup.

Clemente rejects Iran offer

Iran on Tuesday said Spanish trainer Javier Clemente rejected an offer to coach the national football team after a row over his insistence on living at home in Spain rather than in the Islamic republic.

Cartoon row takes its toll

Egypt has cancelled two youth internationals against Denmark over the controversial Prophet Mohammed cartoon printed in Danish newspapers, the Danish Football Federation (DBU) said Monday.

Sangwan sinks SA

Promising left-arm seamer Pradeep Sangwan wrecked South Africa with a five-wicket haul to give India their second win in cricket's under-19 World Cup here on Tuesday.

Local Snippets

Abdullah Al Rakib and Sheikh Nasir Ahmed won their respective matches in the Aeroflot Open International Chess Festival in Moscow on Monday but Enamul Hossain Rajib dropped points.

Kiwis reveal plot

New Zealand have taken the unusual step of revealing their masterplan to beat England in the one-day cricket international here Wednesday, detailing perceived flaws among key batsmen.

Prime Asian league

With over 1.7 billion dollars being spent on franchise sales, television and promotion rights, the Indian Premier League (IPL) is poised to become one of the most lucrative sporting events to be launched in Asia.

Arif & Arif slot trebles

Arif hammered four goals to fire Comilla into the semifinal of Moulvibazar zone in the 4th JFA Cup Under-15 Football Championships yesterday with a 5-0 win over Netrokona.

Ishant asked not to take 'advices'

Ishant Sharma probably cannot do anything wrong but success has far too many fathers and the beanpole Delhi speedster should be wary of unwanted advices, said eminent bowling coach TA Sekar.

Business

3 firms win bids to handle international phone calls

Three local companies have won bids to set up international gateways to handle international phone calls to and from Bangladesh, ending the monopoly of state-run BTTB.

Sharp division on BB move to limit spread

Monday's move by the central bank to limit the spread between banks' lending and deposit rates has focused the already heated debate on the practices of the country's main private banks.

Beximco Pharma eyes 1pc of $4b GCC market

Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd, a leading local drug manufacturer, eyes to capture one percent of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries' pharmaceutical market worth around US$ 4 billion.

Govt to search for alternate energy sources

The government is to search for alternative sources of energy reducing dependency on a single source like gas to ensure a long-term energy security, the AmCham luncheon meeting was told yesterday.

BTMA defends yarn price hike

Yarn producers yesterday turned down the knit manufacturers' allegation that the hike in the prices of yarn in the local market is artificial.

Ctg int'l trade fair kicks off

The 16th Chittagong International Trade Fair (CITF) began here at Railway Polo Ground yesterday as companies from ten countries were showcasing products at the month-long event.

Govt urged to pay heed to stakeholders' views

Administrator of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) Syed Manzur Elahi yesterday urged the government to take opinions of all stakeholders into consideration before finalising the proposed financial reporting act.

European shares slip, Asian's up

Europe's main stock markets fell on Tuesday as investors reacted to fresh banking sector losses linked to the subprime housing crisis in the United States.

G4S regional president due today

David I Hudson, regional president (North Africa, Middle East and South Asia) of G4S plc, UK, is expected to arrive in Dhaka today, says a press release.

Citi gets awards from FinanceAsia

FinanceAsia has awarded Citi best cash management bank and best cash solutions bank in Asia for 2007, says a press release.

Citigroup to sell Japan HQs to Morgan Stanley

Citigroup, which posted record losses last quarter on the US subprime crisis, said Tuesday it was selling its headquarters in Japan to rival Morgan Stanley.

Metropolitan

Steps soon to resolve Ctg problems

A high level meeting yesterday decided to take initiatives immediately on a priority basis to resolve various problems facing the Chittagong city such as waterlogging, traffic congestion, poor housing facilities and water and gas crises.

Incorporate our communities into decision-making process

Indigenous leaders yesterday called on the government and donors to incorporate their communities into decision-making process for the projects of indigenous areas of the country.

No unity in defiance of Khaleda's decisions

BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia's adviser Brig Gen (retd) Hannan Shah said yesterday that unity in the party was not possible in defiance of the decision made by the party chairperson.

Debapriya presents credentials to heads of UN agencies

Debapriya Bhattacharya, ambassador and permanent representative of Bangladesh in Geneva, concurrently accredited to the UN Offices and other international organisations in Vienna, presented his credentials to the organisations concerned on Monday, says a press release.

Progressive parties should unite to bring about meaningful changes

Eminent jurist Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday said all progressive political parties should unite to bring about meaningful changes in the country.

HC commutes death sentences of 5 convicts

The High Court (HC) yesterday sentenced five convicts to life imprisonment who were earlier sentenced to death by a trial court in a double murder case in the capital.

CA invited to OIC summit

President of Senegal Abdoulaye Wade has invited Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed to attend the 11th Summit of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) in Dakar on March 13-14.

Total moon eclipse tomorrow

A total eclipse of the moon will occur on Feb 21.

Status quo on HC judgment

The Supreme Court yesterday issued status quo on operation of the High Court judgment that declared illegal the appointment of acting Law Secretary Kazi Habibul Awal.

Six to die for raping housewife in Feni

A court here yesterday sentenced six young men to death for violating a housewife at a village in Daganbhuiyan upazila.

Two robbers lynched in city

A mob beat up three robbers at Naddapara in the city early yesterday, leaving two of them dead on the spot.

18 Shibir men charged with vandalism

Police yesterday pressed charges against 18 Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) leaders and activists for their involvement in vandalism at Carmichael College and at the houses of the principal and a teacher on February 6.

Take steps to make Bangla official language of UN

Speakers at a discussion yesterday urged the government to take initiative to make Bangla an official language of the United Nations.

BR introduces computerised system for Rajshahi station

Bangladesh Railway (BR) introduced 'computerised seat reservation and ticket selling system' (CSRTS) for Rajshahi Railway Station.

ZIA authorities asked to take cautionary steps

The government yesterday asked the authorities concerned at Zia International Airport to take cautionary steps to prevent currency smuggling which were frequently detected during the past several weeks.

3 children die in Cox's Bazar boat capsize

Three children drowned and 30 others were injured when an overloaded boat capsized in Moheshkhali channel of the Bay near Gorokghata yesterday.

2nd edition of 'My Beautiful Bangladesh' launched

The second edition of the book 'My Beautiful Bangladesh' by journalist Nadeem Quadir was launched at Liberation War Museum yesterday.

Rab man among 2 killed in Savar road accident

Two people, including a Rab member, were killed and four others injured in a road accident at Ashulia yesterday night.

'Ensure farmers' rights for dev'

About 25 years ago when the people of southern region especially the district of Bagerhat were enduring hardship, only one man's initiative changed the socio-economic scenario of the whole area.

One murdered in Satkhira

An old man named Kalipada Roy, 75, was killed at Dhalbaria village under Kaliganj Upazila on Monday night.

Three best performing project teams get ADB award

Bangladesh Resident Mission of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) yesterday awarded three best performing project teams implementing projects in Bangladesh.

'Memory of Language Movement martyrs will never perish'

LGRD Adviser Md Anwarul Iqbal yesterday said the memory of Abdul Jabbar and other Language Movement martyrs will never perish.

Tk 30 lakh property gutted in fire

Eleven shops, eight CNG-run auto rickshaws and valuables worth over Tk 30 lakh were gutted in a fire at Manshar Tek Bazar under Patiya Upazila in Chittagong early hours yesterday.

TV confce of Japanese, Bangladeshi students held

A live television conference was held between students of city's Abdul Gafur Shikkha Shibir School and Kitakoshigaya Primary School in Saitama yesterday.

Watford Assoc donates Tk 3 lakh for Sidr victims

The Watford Bangladeshi Association (WBA), an association of expatriates living in Watford, UK, yesterday donated Tk 3 lakh for the Sidr-hit people of Bangladesh.

'An agency sends people to Saudi Arabia as hajj pilgrims with fake visas'

An owner of a hajj agency yesterday alleged that a group using fake visa, pilgrim pass and agency license has been sending people to Saudi Arabia as hajj pilgrims.

Zandal placed on 7-day remand

Detained Harkatul Jihad Al Islami (Huji) leader Moin Uddin alias Abu Zandal was placed on a seven-day remand yesterday by a Dhaka court.

Bengali version of 'A Golden Age' to be launched today

The publication ceremony of a book titled 'Sonajhara Din', the Bengali version of a novel 'A Golden Age' by Tahmima Anam, will be held at the Amar Ekushey Book Fair in the city today, says a press release.

Workshop for police on human rights begins

A five-day training workshop for the police on human rights began at the Police Telecom Auditorium in the city yesterday.

NU admission test result published

The result of admission test for the first year of National University (NU) under academic session 2007-08 was published yesterday, says a press release.

National

Satkhira college students vow to resist corruption

It was different scene on the premises of Satkhira Government Women's College as over 300 female students in a unique oath taking ceremony yesterday vowed to root out corruption from the society.

Ancient mosque site now a safe haven for criminals

A historical site of an ancient mosque at a remote village in Tarash upazila is now a safe haven for criminals.

Thief injures female student in RU dorm

Injuring a female student of Tapasi Rabeya Hall by a thief who had broken into the female residential hall yesterday dawn sparked angry protest on the Rahshahi University (RU) campus.

Deposition of 44 PWs recorded so far

Rajshahi Speedy Trial Tribunal yesterday recorded depositions of two medical specialists as prosecution witnesses in Prof Sheikh Taher Ahmed murder case.

Adibashi students demand quota in civil service

Jatiya Adibashi Chhatra Parishad, a forum of indigenous students yesterday formed a human chain at Shaheb Bazar square here demanding preservation of Adibashi quota in Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examinations.

Army chief gives fishing items for Sidr victims

Army chief General Moeen U Ahmed yesterday distributed 20 trawlers, nets and others fishing instruments among 55 Sidr affected fishermen of Kalapara upazila in the district.

2 get life for murder in Ctg

A court here yesterday sentenced two murderers to life term rigorous imprisonment (RI) for killing one person named Arifur Rahman Helali in Panchlaish area here on January 21, 1993, court sources said.

UP chairman shot dead in Jhenidah

Criminals shot dead a union parishad (UP) chairman at Kaluhati Bagdipara near Shailmari Bazaar under Jhenidah Sadar upazila yesterday afternoon.

Girl rescued, 'abductor' held

Police rescued a kidnapped girl from Shialmara village in Shibganj upazila in Chapainawabganj and arrested the alleged kidnapper on Monday, four days after her abduction.

Moulvibazar dist website opens

Moulvibazar district administration yesterday opened a website to ensure people's right to know .

Letters

Diesel subsidy for boro growers

The government's decision to give subsidy on diesel for boro growers is a timely one which will encourage the farmers. It is learned that Tk.750 crore has been allocated for this purpose. But the question remains, when will the farmers get the subsidy? Here the ground reality should be considered. In the northern part of the country transplantation is going on but in the haor areas it has been already done. Here the farmers have already used a large quantity of diesel in tilling the land by power tillers. Irrigation is now going on in full swing. So farmers have to consume the maximum quantity of diesel now. In many low lying swampy areas paddy will be harvested in April (Bengali month of Chaitra ).

Our police

After making the EC, ACC, PSC and the judiciary independent, now it is time to make the police personnel accountable directly to the people, not to the corrupt politicians any more!!

Iran and Pakistan

Iran should take a look why nuclear-armed Pakistan is disintegrating in intramural bloodletting

Traffic jam

Thanks are due to Angela Robinson for her letter in DS of 18th Feb on the subject.

The lawyer

Interestingly, being a lawyer himself, Akhavan breached the code of conduct of a lawyer and started indulging in making political judgements. Finally, I suggest he goes and defend those who are deprived of justice in his own backyard if he thinks he is so good in defending human rights.

Income tax law

It is learnt from news published in a national daily recently that the administration may propose to increase personal income tax limit to Tk 2, 00,000 from the present limit of Tk 1, 50,000. It is recognised and accepted in the present-day world that in the eye of law all citizens are equal. But the Bangladesh government is not following this principle in case of imposing personal income tax on its employees. The full salary of a government employee is exempted from personal income tax now. This cannot be fair.

Missing the truth?

Thirty six years since independence the country is still reeling in political uncertainly. From the initial socialist form of economy to mixed economy, from parliamentary to presidential system of government, to military takeover and now the caretaker government, Bangladesh has seen it all. The trial and error way of finding the right form of governing a country has become a never-ending fiasco. Perhaps we have missed the truth-- that it is not the form of government which builds a nation but the people who run it do. A flight in a rough weather is as good as the skills of the pilot flying the plane. And now a new mathematical formula of a minus two government, that of leaving out the present heads of the two main political parties from contesting in the election.

Sk. Hasina and the CTG

The caretaker government is unusually rude to Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina for reasons not known to us. This government is the result of Hasina's relentless struggle in her bid to foil a staged election by the 4-party alliance government led by the BNP.

Eve teasing

Panic seized me while going through the report in the daily Prothom Alo (on 27th January)-- one Munmun from Joypurhat committed suicide because of eve teasing. Before that Simi, Rumi, Liza fell victim to this menace. When Munmun's parents sat beside her dead body, these hoodlums were beside themselves with joy to see that pathetic sight. Similarly, hundreds of thousands of parents all over the country feel obliged not to allow their daughters to go to school or college.

Why this delay?

The MSS final exams, session 2003-04 of sociology department of Dhaka University, was held in April 2007 & the dept. is under the supervision of the social science faculty. It was supposed to publish the results of the specified session of the dept. within two or three months, but unfortunately the results have not yet been published.

Dhaka University's ranking

It is very doubtful that the non-ranking of Dhaka University, and Bangladesh universities in general, are without bias or doctoring by the enemies of Bangladesh.

Agriculture graduates

Nowadays many agriculture graduates are either unemployed or under employed due to limited job opportunity. Some of them are compelled to change their profession wasting their hard earned technical degree. But opportunity may be created for self employment of the agriculture graduate as Krishi Daktar (Agriculture doctor) if government allows him/her to do practice like a medical doctor after registration.

Political crisis

I am a Bangladeshi studying engineering in the United States. Until now, I have always represented my country with pride, but today I have to lower my head in shame due to the state of our nation. Those, whom we had entrusted with keeping the honour of the land of Bangla, have done nothing but injustice to those alive (if we can call it being alive in a country where the price of rice equals a day's worth of work for many) and those who have given their lives for our country.

Suharto

In my article on Suharto published online, I observed:

Lack of moral education

The current development of all forms of education system has urged an increase in educational quality which unfortunately is concentrated in the words and pages of the thickest books. Instead of focusing on the moral development of a child our system, with all its might, is trying to make them knowledgeable. Such education might lay a skin on a spoilt mass of flesh. I have been a teacher since I myself was doing my A-levels from a very reputed English medium school. In the journey of my educational and teaching career I have come across many young students and teachers. Lack of communication in the community composed of students and teachers has always seemed vivid to me. In most cases teachers place a veil on the subjects in which the students seem to require more knowledge; such subjects include sexual, religious and ethical issues. Discussions about these subjects among the students themselves have led to ill developed and premature knowledge. This in turn has multiple effects on the psychology of a teenager or any youngster. If we focus on the current subjects of interest of these people we might fail to discover anything but a wild craze about expensive cell phones, fancy clothes, drugs and sex; which more specifically can be termed as an abuse of sex. This is mostly because of the intermingling of cultures in the wrong way. This wrong or destructive mix is because of the way in which our young people have been introduced to different dimensions of socio-cultural facts. Parents have equally contributed to this demolition of morals by restricting a student's freedom of communication with his/her teacher.

International

Sharif urges Musharraf to quit after polls drubbing

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif called on Pervez Musharraf to step down yesterday after the Pakistani president's allies conceded defeat in a crucial parliamentary election.

Musharraf to be lame duck--or jobless

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf will become a powerless leader at best -- and could lose his job -- after his parliamentary supporters conceded defeat in elections, analysts said yesterday.

Democracy takes revenge in Pakistan polls

Pakistani democracy has taken its revenge and voters have expressed their wrath against President Pervez Musharraf, the nation's newspapers said Tuesday after key parliamentary elections.

Gunfire, dancing welcome Pak polls losses by Islamists

Celebratory gunfire and dancing in the streets greeted heavy election losses Tuesday by Pakistan's main alliance of Islamist parties in a key province bordering Afghanistan.

Belgrade pulls ambassadors as nations recognise Kosovo

Serbia withdrew its ambassadors from Washington and other major capitals as the United States and several European powers led international moves to recognise Kosovo's independence.

Britain publishes Iraq's WMD dossier draft

The British government on Monday released an early draft of its controversial dossier on Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), after losing a bid to keep it secret.

US Senator Kerry says Pakistan polls credible

US Senator John Kerry, in Pakistan as part of a team to observe parliamentary elections, said Tuesday the vote "meets the basic threshold of credibility and legitimacy."

Nepal's king calls for peace amid strike

Nepal's sidelined monarch issued a rare statement yesterday, calling for peace as the ethnically-tense south of the country entered the seventh day of a violent general strike.

Polls open in Wisconsin presidential primary

Voters in Wisconsin began casting ballots yesterday for candidates seeking the Democratic and Republican presidential nominations in a contentious race marked by attack ads and accusations of plagiarism.

Meeting of World Peace Council held in Delhi

All India Peace and Solidarity Organisation (AIPSO) recently organised the Asian regional consultative meeting of World Peace Council in New Delhi, says a press release.

Two journos arrested in Myanmar

Two Myanmar journalists working for a weekly newspaper have been arrested, but police gave no reason for their detention, an editor at the paper said yesterday.

Man burned alive in Thai south

A 46-year-old Buddhist man was shot and then set ablaze as he tried to escape an attack by suspected Islamic separatists yesterday in Thailand's Muslim-majority south, police said.

Arts & Entertainment

Seminar on Digital Filmmaking

As part of ongoing 10th International Short and Independent Film Festival, Dhaka-2008, a national seminar on “Filmmaking in Digital Medium: Bangladesh Perspective” was held at the Sufia Kamal Auditorium, National Museum on February 18. Short and independent filmmakers, film society activists and film enthusiasts participated at the seminar. Speakers focused on filmmaking in the digital format and the possibility of its screening and distribution all over the country.

“Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy providing necessary support”

For the second time Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) and Bangladesh Centre of International Theatre Institute (BCITI) are jointly organising ITI theatre festival with the Bangladesh Centre.

Discussion marking Ekushey in Pabna

'Nilmon Gallery', a research based organisation recently held a discussion at the Pabna Central Shaheed Minar premises, marking 'Ekushey February'. It was the first programme on Ekushey in the district this year.

“Tin Kanya Daan”, “Chilekothar Sepai" and “Neel Mayurer Jouban” to be staged today

Dance troupe Nrityanchal will stage their production Tin Kanya Daan at the National Theatre Stage today. Three legendary characters -- Draupadi from the epic Mahabharat, Behula from Manashamangal and Sakina Bibi from Purbo-Bango Geetika -- will be enacted in the production.

Theatre festival begins at JU

Jahangirnagar Theatre (JT), one of the leading cultural organisations of Jahangirnagar University (JU), has arranged a ten-day long theatre festival titled Natyo Parbon 2008, starting from February 16, at the Mukta Mancha (open stage) on the JU campus. Renowned theatre troupes will stage their popular productions at the festival.

“Swapno Dhekhbo Bole”: Tele-film on acid violence

The premier show of a tele-film titled Swapno Dhekhbo Bole was held at the local Shilpakala Academy auditorium recently. The tele-film directed by Rajat Chowdhury Joy, highlights acid violence.

Manna Dey in Dhaka

Renowned Indian singer Manna Dey is in town. The artiste performed at the Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre yesterday.

Iranian Film Festival held

Department of Persian, University of Dhaka and the Iranian Cultural Centre have jointly organised a film festival at the TSC Auditorium that began from February 17. The festival is an initiative to help raise money for Sidr-affected school children and to rebuild schools, says a press release. Films screened at the festival included Children of Heaven, Ami Baachtay Chai, Mister Juju and Kandahar. The shows started at 11am everyday and continued till 8pm. The festival ended yesterday.

Banglalink's donation

Banglalink donated an amount of BDT 37 lac generated through fund raising activities, in aid of the Sidr affected people, says a press release.

Ekushey programme by Padatik Natya Sangsad

Padatik Natya Sangsad-Bangladesh has been arranging cultural programmes on February 21, for the last nine years at Bokultola, Charukola premises. However, due to unavoidable circumstances, this year the programme will be held at the Plaza, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, says a press release. Cultural personality Mustafa Monwar will be present as the chief guest.

OP-ED

Mayhem on the highways

THE incidence of gruesome road accidents, especially on highways, has reached a catastrophic level, and is still on the rise. It was revealed in a high-profile workshop organised by the Accident Research Centre last November that 12,000 deaths occur every year in road accidents, though the number of seriously injured and maimed should be much more.

Scoping out Obama vs. McCain

THE democratic race isn't over yet. Hillary Clinton may still prevail. But the debate featuring Barack Obama and John McCain has already begun. The good news is that a contest between them has the potential to be spirited without being ugly. It may even focus on issues that actually matter to Americans. Imagine that! Instead of an examination of Al Gore's personality traits (2000) or a refighting of Vietnam (2004), we may get a real debate about war and peace, taxes and spending, duty and hope. Or maybe I'm dreaming.

Whither Musharraf?

IN sixty years as an independent country, Pakistan has never changed its government through an election. Monday's election results offer an opportunity for Pakistanis to change that aspect of history. Notwithstanding considerable manipulation beforehand, the people voted overwhelmingly against their highly unpopular ruler Pervez Musharraf.

Star City

Hospitals continue to dispose of hazardous waste in public bins

Medical waste continues to endanger public health in the city as most hospital authorities care little about public safety and dispose them of in the roadside public bins.

Occupied for decades in name of maintenance

Kalabagan children's park has been illegally occupied by Kalabagan Krira Chakra, a local sports club, for nearly three decades in the name of maintenance.

Priyanka's killer suspect arrested but parents still get death threats

Although the prime suspect in Sadia Nowshin Priyanka murder has been arrested, the parents of the victim are still getting death threats from unknown people.

Star Chittagong

Pricey baby food worries mothers

Bird flu in the port city appears as an added anxiety for the mothers about providing adequate protein to their babies as the price of baby foods continues to spiral.

Dead rain trees pose threat to passers-by

Around 60 century-old rain trees that died of a rare and unprecedented diseases in and around the Central Railway Building (CRB) and Polo Ground areas in the port city are standing till date although a decision to raze them was taken eight months ago.


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