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High bank charges up product prices

Different commercial banks charge customers for 51 services on transaction which, according to Bangladesh Bank (BB), increases prices of both export products and local consumer items.

Lower than last year's ADP performance irks Ecnec

The Executive Committee of National Economic Council (Ecnec) yesterday expressed dissatisfaction over the performances of different ministries as only 25 percent of the Annual Development Programme (ADP) has been implemented in the first seven months of the current fiscal year.

Jalil needs urgent kidney transplant

Detained Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil needs an immediate kidney transplant or be put on kidney dialysis, doctors said yesterday.

Search continues as 5 still missing

At least five people were still reported missing yesterday, three days after the launch capsize in the Buriganga. Relatives of the missing ones were searching for bodies, but could recover none since Friday morning.

Summit's exit raises question on fairness

The Power Cell's move to disqualify Summit Industrial and Mercantile Corporation from the Bibiyana 450 megawatt (MW) and the Sirajganj 450MW power project tenders has shrunk competition and raised serious questions about fairness of the tendering process.

Series of important political events likely in March

A series of significant events are scheduled to take place this month, which are likely to set the immediate political scenario of the country vis-à-vis the stalled ninth parliamentary election, which is supposed to be held by the year end.

A day of many marks

If Day Two of the second Test at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium yesterday was a day of fulfilling individual desires then the wishes were granted in a most fascinating fashion.

Dream burnt in acid

Young bride Nila's dreams have been shattered the night her husband poured down acid on her, burning her face, hands and other parts of the body.

Manpower export doubles in 1 year

Manpower export figures from the year 2006 have doubled in 2007, according to statistics released by the foreign ministry yesterday.

Electoral alliance with Jamaat to be resisted

Sector Commanders' Forum (SCF), a platform of sector commanders of the liberation war, yesterday vowed to resist any electoral alliance with anti-liberation war elements including Jamaat-e-Islami.

8 suspected militants held in Faridpur

Police arrested eight people for suspected links to militancy in a pre-dawn swoop on a house at Shankar Pasha village of Nagarkanda upazila Friday.

Ex-CA raps govt for not holding trial

Former chief adviser justice Muhammad Habibur Rahman yesterday criticised the present caretaker government for not taking up the issue of holding trial for war crimes.

Political leaders want nat'l poll before city corporation election

Criticising the government for planning to hold city corporation and municipality elections ahead of the general polls, political leaders yesterday said election to parliament should get priority because it is a constitutional obligation.

India visit successful

Army Chief General Moeen U Ahmed returned home last night ending his week-long tour of India, which he termed successful.

Gas crisis might persist for next one decade

Bangladesh's gas crisis may persist for next one decade as there is no immediate option for addressing the problem-neither through augmenting domestic production nor through import of the fuel.

Task force listing graft suspects in Biman

The army-led task force is now preparing a list of suspected corrupt Biman officials, both in and out of service, to expropriate their ill-gotten wealth.

DU hall provost, 9 others hurt in JCD-BCL clash

Ten people, including the provost of Zahurul Haque Hall of Dhaka University, were injured in a clash between the activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal in the dormitory yesterday.

34 cheated workers back from Malaysia, allege torture

Thirty-four Bangladeshi workers, who spent five months in a detention camp after protesting against abuses by their Malaysian employers, returned home yesterday.

Butenis in Dhaka on private visit

Former US ambassador to Bangladesh Patricia Butenis arrived in Dhaka yesterday on a "private visit", an official of the US embassy said.

Israeli forces pound Gaza: 42 killed

An Israeli assault on northern Gaza killed 42 Palestinians yesterday, medics said, making it the deadliest day of Israeli-Palestinian fighting in the Hamas-ruled territory in more than a year.

PPP still undecided over PM nomination

The Pakistan People's Party, the largest party in the newly elected National Assembly, is still undecided about its candidate for the office of the prime minister and sources attributed the delay to co-chairman Asif Zardari's reluctance to nominate Makhdoom Amin Fahim for the post.

Lankan forces kill 45 more Tigers

A police officer wounded in a suicide bombing died in hospital yesterday, a hospital spokesman said as Sri Lanka's defence ministry claimed security forces had killed 45 rebels in fresh fighting.

45 killed in Guatemalan bus accident

At least 45 people were killed late Friday when a passenger bus heading from Guatemala to El Salvador overturned and fell into a ravine in nighttime conditions, officials and media reports said.

Russia to elect successor of Putin in one-sided poll

Russians were to vote today in a presidential election seen by critics as rigged to ensure victory for Vladimir Putin's Kremlin successor Dmitry Medvedev, while enabling Putin to retain major power.


Wealth statements of public servants

IT is a good thing that the public servants are required to submit statement of their wealth periodically to the government. Had this requirement been complied with fully we would have been spared the sordid tales of corruption by government officials that have come to light following the anti-corruption drive.

Installing jammers in prisons

THE authorities have, as we understand, decided to install cell phone jammers in the country's prisons. The move comes in light of the recent instances of a number of high profile prisoners making use of cell phones to keep themselves in touch with families, friends and followers outside their places of confinement. We would like to think that jamming cell phones, especially within the perimeters of the nation's jails, is a necessary step because it will prevent the breach of rules that has lately been going on. However, we cannot at the same time ignore the question of whether the jail authorities are resigned to such wrongful use of cell phones by prisoners and whether they believe the only way of deterring such behaviour is a use of jamming devices. In reality, matters should have been handled differently. A full, efficient observance of the jail code should have been enough to combat the offence.

Spring in Pakistan

ACCORDING to Gary Ackerman, a ranking member of the House Foreign Relations Committee, reliance by the Bush administration on President Musharraf for the "war on terror" has not been a success, as it has achieved neither the stemming of terrorism nor the establishment of democracy.

Woes of unemployment

THE lead report carried by The Daily Star on February 22, based on the draft Labour Force Survey (LFS) report 2005-06 of the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS), is really a matter of major concern for the nation. According to the report, the growth rate of employment has shrunk by 50 percent while unemployment rose by 50 percent since 2003. Total paid employment declined from 16 million in 1999-2000 to 15 million in 2002-03 and 15.2 million in 2005-06.

My 'fight' with Benazir Bhutto!

CHRIST Church is the most aristocratic of all Oxford University colleges. Founded by King Henry VIII in 1532, it is the only Oxford college that is not called a "college." It houses the cathedral of the diocese of Oxford and as the House of Christ, cannot be a "college." In deference to Christ, it is nicknamed "The House."


Cock-a-hoop Rafique

There was nothing wrong if Mohammad Rafique considered himself as the luckiest man in the world. It seemed that the wily spinner's desire to finish his Test career with the milestone of a hundred wickets would remain incomplete following the run-feast by record-breaking South African openers Graeme Smith and Neil McKenzie.

Quickie Steyn the quickest

The quick, aggressive and accurate Dale Steyn served another real fast bowling lesson at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium yesterday to become the quickest South African bowler to take hundred wickets in terms of matches played.

Abahani, MSC win

A six-wicket win over promoted side Surjo Torun gave defending champions Abahani a perfect start to their Premier League campaign at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

CDS missing giant screen

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) budget for the on-going second Test and upcoming first ODI between visiting South Africa is quite sumptuous -- Tk 3 crore 57 lakh -- if not somewhat overflowing.

Jamal grabs golden trophy

The Cotton Group 23rd Bangladesh Amateur Golf Championships concluded at the city's Kurmitola Golf Club yesterday with our very own Jamal Hossain Mollah winning the golden trophy.

Start of a gripping end

After going at each other for the past two months, Australia and India clash in the first of three finals at the SCG on Sunday, and if recent encounters are any clue, expect some gripping cricket. Both have been involved in plenty of controversial moments on and off the field, adding to the entire drama which has made this last edition of the CB Series an enthralling affair.

SA meet India in final

South Africa crushed defending champions Pakistan by 98 runs in a rain-hit semifinal on Saturday to set up a clash with India in the under-19 World Cup final.

Murali's final exit

It was the scene of the lowest point of his career, but Sri Lankan star Muttiah Muralidaran said his one regret about playing cricket in Australia was that he did not perform better at Test level.

Ponting expects bounce back

Australian captain Ricky Ponting said he believed Friday's shock loss to Sri Lanka was a timely wake-up call for his side ahead of Sunday's first tri-series final against India at the SCG.

Dhoni's focus on cricket

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is proud that his young team has reached the finals of the tournament given the scepticism that greeted the squad's announcement. And, as at the World Twenty20 in South Africa last year, he has asked his players not to worry about the end result.

England earn seventh seed

England have been made seventh seeds for September's one-day ICC Champions Trophy in Pakistan.

F'pool stay on course

Youngmen's Club Fakirerpool crushed Wari Club 4-0 in the Metropolis First Division Football League at the Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Mohammad Mostafa Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.

Rani, Eva on top

Defending champion and International Women's Master Rani Hamid is jointly on top of the Aromatic Gold 29th National Women's Chess Championship with Nazrana Khan Eva at the end of the eighth round yesterday.

Kishaloy crush Jhankar

Kishaloy Krira Chakra crushed Jhankar Krira Chakra by 86 runs in the Naheed Cotton First Division Cricket League at the local stadium here yesterday.

English to play next IPL: Modi

Indian Premier League commissioner Lalit Modi will stand by an "informal understanding" with the ECB that keeps England players out of the IPL for the first season as it clashes with the county season. However, he has warned things could be different in the future.

Strauss, Bell make merry

Andrew Strauss and Ian Bell both scored centuries for England in their drawn practice match against a New Zealand Invitational XI on Saturday.

Mansoor touts India to win

Pakistan's under-19 coach Mansoor Rana believes India are the favourites to win the World Cup final against South Africa in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.

Rafa sure star will stay

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has denied any suggestion that Steven Gerrard is not happy with life at Anfield as he prepares to take his side to Bolton on Sunday.

Grant can't stand 'lies'

The mounting pressure on Avram Grant was reflected in an uncharacteristically emotional outburst on Friday with the Chelsea boss hitting back furiously over the criticism he has faced in the wake of the club's League Cup final defeat to Tottenham.

Wenger wants protection

Arsene Wenger believes Eduardo's horrific injury was the inevitable result of Arsenal being singled out by teams who try to rough them up.

Rebirth of 'Cavegol'

Argentina is beginning to take notice of a once-forgotten striker who, with eight goals in seven matches for French league giants Bordeaux, is hoping for a dream call-up to the national squad.

All-Russian Dubai final

Svetlana Kuznetsova improved her chances of reaching the number one spot some time later this year by reaching her second final of 2008 in Dubai on Friday.

Mascherano finally a Kop

Liverpool on Friday secured the services of Javier Mascherano on a long-term basis with the Argentinian midfielder signing a four-year contract with the club.

Milanista for life: Kaka

Brazil playmaker Kaka, who this week extended his contract with AC Milan until 2013, wants to spend the rest of his career at the club.

Sheringham to call it quits

Former Manchester United and England striker Teddy Sheringham will retire at the end of the season.

Adriano in hot water

Brazilian striker Adriano was in more trouble on Friday when he arrived late for training with his club Sao Paulo left early and threatened a cameraman.

Cagliari docked three points

Italian first division bottom dogs Cagliari have been docked three points following a dispute with the Italian Football Federation (IFF).

Spain headed for trouble

Spain's participation in the Euro 2008 finals could be in jeopardy after a clash between the country's courts and the national football association threatened to lead to a row with FIFA.


Bata, Apex kick off expansion to win country's footwear market

Bata and Apex Adelchi, two of the country's leading shoe manufacturers and retailers, are set to intensify their battle for customers with both groups to sharply increase their number of stores.

Global commodity prices reach historic highs

Oil, gold and tin prices soared to historic highs this week on buoyant demand for commodities on the back of a sliding dollar.

Telecom operators' battle fuels increase in advertising spend

Advertising spending by major brands in Bangladesh rose by 7 percent to an estimated Tk 8.4 billion last year as mobile telecom operators battled for customers, with Grameenphone the country's largest spender.

First private submarine cable on cards

The telecom watchdog has decided to allow a submarine cable in the private sector, enabling the ICT and cellphone users to get cheaper services.

India outperformed by China, Bangladesh

India has failed to make significant gains from the dismantling of the quota-free regime of international textile commerce and it was outperformed by countries like China, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Indonesia.

Local hometex brand set to go global

A local home textile company is to start exporting locally designed and produced bed sheets to Ukraine and Italy next month.

To list or not to list?

The recent proposal by the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) on the compulsory listing of private companies in Bangladesh has sparked a lively debate between regulators and private business.

Vegetable market building project costs increased

The costs of a project aimed at building vegetable market places in 16 northern districts have been increased.

Of software and softtears

February was a month marked by spring, the historic language movement, and for us in the ICT industries, SoftExpo, the largest ICT expo in Bangladesh organized by BASIS the country's software and ITES industry organization.

Prime Finance First Mutual Fund offering likely this year

Aiming to meet the growing needs of Bangladeshi investors, a Tk 20 crore mutual fund styled Prime Finance First Mutual Fund is likely to be offered to the investors this year.

Sri Lanka inflation tops 18pc

Sri Lanka's annual inflation rate accelerated to more than 18 percent in February, official data showed on Friday, adding to the woes of an economy already weakened by a deadly ethnic conflict.

Rising prices erode US consumers' buying power

US consumer spending showed a modest improvement in January according to a government survey Friday, but Americans' spending power was eroded as stores marked up the prices of goods.

Poultry farms reduced to 1500 from 6000 in Sirajganj

Poultry business in Sirajganj is now facing a standstill as many farms in nine upazilas of the district have been closed on the bird flu panic, according to industry insiders.

US firm to invest $70m in Karnaphuli EPZ

An American company will invest US$70 million in Karnaphuli Export Processing Zone to set up a 50-mw power project and a tyre plant.

Dollar takes a fresh drubbing

The ailing US dollar took a fresh drubbing Friday, briefly slumping to yet another record low against the euro, as traders voiced increasing concern about the fragility of the US economy.

Brazil seeks closer trade ties with SE Asia

Brazil is seeking closer trade relations with Southeast Asia, the South American nation's minister for external relations said Friday during a visit to Singapore.

Thai baht hits fresh 10-yr dollar high

The baht yesterday broke 32 to the US dollar for a fresh 10-year high amid fears over revocation of the unremunerated reserve requirement of 30 per cent and the US recession.

India bails out farmers in pre-polls budget

India's Congress-led government announced on Friday a 15-billion-dollar loan bailout for small farmers in a populist pre-election budget targeting the party's traditional poor rural supporters.

Bata launches sandal for motor-bikers

Bata, the world's largest footwear company, has launched in Bangladesh an exclusive 'motor sandal' for motor-bikers.

MTI Consulting regional director due today

MTI Consulting's Regional Director Sanjeev Abeynayake arrives in Dhaka today on a short visit, says a press release.

Robust growth drives more South Asia FDI despite problems: ADB

Robust near-term economic growth should drive strong foreign direct investment flows into South Asia despite corruption, poor infrastructure, rigid labour laws and civil unrest, the Asian Development Bank said Friday.

Weekly Currency Roundup

February 24-February 28, 2008
Local FX Market

Local inter-bank FX market was mostly liquid throughout the week but tightened near the end; however the BDT remained almost unchanged against the USD.

'High risk of failure' for Doha trade talks: Mandelson

The Doha round of world trade talks faces "a high risk of failure," EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson warned on Friday.

India issues 22 more telecom licenses

The India government on Thursday issued 22 more licenses to new players, including Idea Cellular and realty major Unitech, a move that would bring in competition and lower mobile tariffs.


Take immediate steps to protect Shitalakkhya from contamination

Environmentalists yesterday expressed grave concern over the pollution of the river Shitalakkhya and urged the government to take immediate steps to stop the sources of contamination and enhance flow of water to save the river, and keep the capital habitable as well.

Govt plans to review existing policies to preserve wetlands

In a bid to preserve the wetlands, the caretaker government is planning to review the existing policies, said Chief Adviser's Special Assistant Raja Devashish Roy, who is in-charge of the ministries of environment and forest and CHT affairs, yesterday.

114 ex-BAC officials to get posting

Some 114 former employees, out of 263, of the now-defunct Bureau of Anti-Corruption (BAC), who were recently absorbed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), are likely to get postings either today or tomorrow.

'Build up social movement to integrate people with disabilities into mainstream'

Primary and Mass Education and Cultural Affairs Adviser Rasheda K Chowdhury yesterday suggested building up a greater social movement with a view to integrate the people with disabilities into the mainstream of development.

12 Bangladeshis killed by BSF in Feb

Twelve Bangladeshis were killed by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) in February, a report of human rights organisation Odhikar said yesterday.

CA calls on physicians to practise medical ethics

Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed has called on the physicians for practising key principles of medical ethics saying “welfare of patients should be their ultimate goal of professional efforts.”

DU History deptt alumni assoc executives

Prof Dr M Mofakhkharul Islam and Prof Dr AH Ahmed Kamal have been elected president and general secretary of the History Department Alumni Association of Dhaka University for the next two years.

Raise mass awareness to combat TB

Speaker at a roundtable yesterday called for raising mass awareness to fight tuberculosis (TB), which is a major public health problem and leading cause of adult mortality.

Cases filed against 35 drivers

Traffic department of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) yesterday seized licences of over 35 drivers of different vehicles and filed cases against them on the first day of its drive to check use of cellphone while driving.

Indian clothes worth Tk 1.5 cr seized in Comilla

BDR members seized Indian clothes worth Tk 1.50 crore in the district during separate drives on Friday midnight and yesterday morning.

Fazlul Huq scholarship in Insurance Academy

The children of late AKM Fazlul Huq (Mowla), a renowned insurance personality, have donated Tk 10 lakh to introduce a scholarship programme to be named after their father for students studying in the Bangladesh Insurance Academy (BIA).

Workshop on effective team building and leadership

The Professional Development Programme Unit of Moazzam Hossain School of Business of Presidency University organised a daylong workshop on 'Effective team building and leadership' recently.

Students protest move to close down Jute mills high school

Over 1100 students, including 160 SSC examinees of People's Jute Mills High School formed a human chain at Khalishpur New Road yesterday in protest against Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation's (BJMC) move to close down the school.

Wasa starts functioning in Khulna today

The newly established Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) of Khulna comes into operation today, fulfilling the longstanding demand for water supply and drainage facilities to the citizens.

One held with 33 bullets

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested one person with 33 rounds of bullet at Sahapara in the town yesterday.

S Korean president calls for closer ties with Japan

President Lee Myung-Bak yesterday called for South Korea and Japan to stop feuding over their history and build ties to bind the two neighbours closer together.

Rhyming, illustration contest

Dano is organising a rhyming and illustration contest on the occasion of International Mother Language Day, says a press release.

BPRA election postponed

The biennial general election of Bangladesh Public Relations Association (BPRA), which was scheduled for March 6, has been postponed due to unavoidable reasons.

Foreign adviser airs concern over Israeli attack on Gaza

Foreign Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury expressed his deep concern over Saturday's Israeli raids on the Gaza strip that reportedly killed over 20 people.


Trial of war criminals never too late

The war criminals of 1971 are yet to be punished due to the negligence of the earlier political governments, Language Movement veteran Abdul Matin said.

Boycott war criminals in next polls

Leaders of Ekatturer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee at a view exchanging meeting yesterday called for boycotting war criminals in the next parliamentary elections to end religion-based politics in the country.

20 acre lands of tribesmen grabbed in Khagrachhari

Aminul Haque's two sons are leaders of BNP fronts-- Jubo Dal and Chhata Dal. He allegedly grabbed about 20 acre lands of indigenous people in Ganjapara union in Khagrachhari during the past alliance government.

2 months' fishing ban on southern rivers takes effect

Official ban on fishing in major rivers of the southern region for the next two months is being enforced from yesterday.

'REOPA to create jobs for rural women'

Speakers at a workshop held here yesterday said the rural employment opportunities for public assets project (REOPA) will ensure income to underprivileged women.

Three doctors charge-sheeted in Jhenidah for negligence

Three doctors including the RMO of Jhenidah Sadar Hospital and two nurses were chargesheeted yesterday for negligence in duty that allegedly led to the death of a child.

Tributes paid to Bazlur Rahman

Journalists here yesterday at a condolence meeting held at Barisal Reporters' Unity (BRU) paid tributes to eminent journalist Bazlur Rahman who passed away on Tuesday.

720 criminals held in Jhenidah last month

About 720 criminals were arrested in Jhenidah last month.

3 more sharks recovered

Coastguards recovered three more large sharks Friday afternoon from some fishermen.

Social worker Serajul Islam passes away

M Serajul Islam, organising secretary of Sylhet Division Unnayan Parishad and an eminent social worker, died of cardiac arrest at LabAid Hospital in the capital on Thursday. He was 51.


Mother Language Day

Mother tongue is a gift of the Almighty. From the Holy Koran we come to know that the most Merciful has bestowed a mother tongue upon each and every caste, creed and colour. But it is an irony of fate that the then rulers of Pakistan tried to impose Urdu as mother tongue upon us, instead of Bangla. But the valiant sons of the soil laid down their lives for our mother tongue. Since then the day is observed as Shaheed Day commemorating the sacrifice of the language martyrs. Since 2000, this day has been recognised by the UNO as “The International Mother Language Day” in due recognition of the martyrs.

Save Biman

Biman is the global ambassador of Bangladesh and very dear to us. Just because of so many people's love, trust and loyalty, it has continued to fly in the skies even after losing millions of dollars every year due to administrative corruption, mismanagement and poor service quality.

Rohingya refugees

The Rohingya refugee problem in Bangladesh has been a long pending one. It is now 17 years that they have been in Bangladesh without proper international attention.

No way out?

I would beg your indulgence to cite a well-known joke: A man was asked what he would do if he finds a tiger is coming to him from behind, high walls on both the sides (which he is unable to jump over) and a lion is coming to him from the front! The man pondered for a while and replied, “I have noting to do. “The lion and the tiger would do whatever they would like.”

Supreme Judicial Commission

With reference to the proposed Supreme Judicial Commission (for selection of Supreme Court Judges), I beg to oppose the inclusion of the President of the Supreme Court Bar Association as the Member of the Commission on the following grounds:

BTTB public relations

As a telephone user in Dhaka for decades, I now find a sudden change in the attitude of the BTTB staff receiving complaints on the phone. They are polite and helpful; and it takes less time to repair and restore the line/fault.

Whither reforms?

Pre 1/11 was a hectic time in our political arena. Over the last few years, if I am not wrong, reform was one of the much-pronounced issue in our political arena. Political parties, especially the AL and its allies, had been of the opinion (before 1/11) that they would not participate in election if no constructive reform was in place. It pressed home the 31-point demand and the BNP-led alliance's stubbornness left the country virtually handicapped/paralysed. Finally, the BNP govt. was forced to sit for discussion. After a series of dialogues, no result could be achieved. The fiasco pushed the country into political chaos/uncertainty.


Since the beginning of my reading newspaper and the commencement of The Daily Star in 1991, I have been an avid reader of your paper. But of course a vacuum had been creating pangs in me-- as a man coming from a business-conscious family and later doing graduation and post-graduation in the field of business administration-- which has just been shrugged off this morning with the enlarged publication of the DS Business Page. I can still recollect that on December 14, 2000 at a seminar on E-Commerce held at Pan Pacific Sonargaon in Dhaka, I requested you to increase the number of business pages in DS.

Permanent representative to UN

Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, sister of Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru was the first woman Ambassador and Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations and also the late Princess Abida Sultana was first Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations.

Editorial on avian flu

I read an editorial on your website concerning the risk of avian flu. I thank you for bringing this issue to the attention of your readers and encourage you to publish follow-up stories of a related vein. For example, I would like to bring to your attention the fact that while avian flu gets a lot of media attention, there are over 60 other potentially deadly diseases that humans can contract from birds. Does this very relevant issue not warrant the same media coverage?

What after the election?

Many people are in a hurry to have the election as early as possible.


Since independence we have failed to live up to expectations of our people. Both military dictators and political parties failed. If we analyse the causes of their failures, I would have thought that going back on the same route is unlikely to solve our problems. Whenever we fail we must try something new and different, recognising what common people want. Have we properly evaluated their needs and taken care of them? How about engaging academics, students, people from all walks of life who are non partisan to do rigorous campaigning in all the villages, cities, suburbs, mosques for the next eight months to identify virtuous, honest, decent people with a clear conscience to be their representatives at all levels of local authorities and in parliament, These people should not have any allegiance to any political parties for the next two terms.

Gross mistakes

The NCTB has set the book entitled 'English For Today' at the HSC level with a new approach of communicative system for the learners, but the book, though its first edition was in 2001, has some glaring mistakes, which make us think about its acceptability and accessibility. Only two grave mistakes out of many are presented below:


Fresh UN sanctions would be illegal: Iran

Iran yesterday branded as illegal a new Security Council resolution likely to be adopted imposing a third set of United Nations sanctions against Tehran because of its nuclear defiance.

Moment of truth looms in White House battle

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama fought Saturday over who would keep America safe and prosperous, waging a furious political row, as a moment of truth loomed in their White House battle.

Analysts question US role in Turkey's Iraq pullout

Turkey's top general said the withdrawal of troops from northern Iraq was not based on political concerns, but analysts on Saturday questioned whether US pressure had accelerated the end of a ground offensive against Kurdish rebels.

The gardens of the devil, still sowing death

The first time I saw one, my first instinct was to pick it up. It shone in the sunlight, bright green, something new and fresh amid the dry grass of the south Lebanon hills. The little cluster bomblet seemed to have been made to hold in the hand. No wonder the little children died.

Musharraf won't step down or reinstate deposed judges

President Musharraf's spokesman on Friday denied media reports that he was ready to reinstate the deposed judges including Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary. Spokesman Maj Gen (retired) Rashid Qureshi said there was “no question” of reinstating.

China, US to push on with security talks

China and the United States have agreed to deepen a dialogue on nuclear and Asian security issues following the end of high-level talks in Beijing this week, the US defence department said yesterday.

Frightened Pakistani mourners bury suicide blast victims

Mourners in northwestern Pakistan buried relatives yesterday after a suicide bomber killed at least 44 people and injured up to 90, residents and officials said.

US plans to pull more troops from Iraq

The United States will likely pull more US troops out of Iraq before President George W. Bush leaves office, despite a pause announced by the administration last month, The Washington Post reported Saturday.

Point-based immigration system comes into effect in UK

Employers knowingly engaging illegal migrants in the UK will face tougher penalties, including a fine upto 10,000 pounds per worker or jail up to two years under a new points-based immigration system which became effective today.

Top Taliban commander charged

A top Pakistani Taliban commander has been formally charged with plotting the murder of former premier Benazir Bhutto and declared an absconder yesterday, police said.

Taliban blow up Afghan phone tower

Taliban militants blew up a telecommunications tower Friday in southern Afghanistan following a warning to phone companies to shut down the towers at night or face attack.

Thaksin's PR blitz

Former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra continued to hog the limelight on the second day of his homecoming Friday.

Raul takes small steps on human rights in Cuba

Once known as the "fist" of Cuba's revolution, 76-year-old Raul Castro may be showing a brush of the velvet glove since taking power.

One in 100 US adults stays behind bars

More than one in 100 adults are now behind bars in the United States, home to the world's largest penal population, with a startling one in nine young black men incarcerated, a study has shown.

Dogs, robots cheer elderly

Dogs may have a hard time wrapping their paws around this one: Robotic competition is nipping at their heels in the man's-best-friend department. A study by Saint Louis University found that a lovable pooch named Sparky and a robotic dog, AIBO, were about equally effective at relieving the loneliness of nursing home residents and fostering attachments.

2 killed in Pak tribal area suicide bombing

Two people were killed and 21 others injured when a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-filled car into a security personnel vehicle in a restive Pakistani tribal area bordering Afghanistan, officials said.

Prince Harry back in Britain from Afghanistan

Prince Harry arrived back in Britain yesterday after a 10-week tour of duty in Afghanistan fighting Taliban militants with the British Army.

Japan, US vow crackdown on crimes by US military

Japan and the United States on Saturday vowed to crack down on crimes involving American troops based in the country after a surprise decision by prosecutors not to pursue rape charges against a Marine.

Japan pledges extra funds to fight AIDS, TB, malaria

Japan on Friday pledged a fresh 184 million dollars to combat AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria ahead of hosting a Group of Eight summit set to focus on global health.

Malaysian police bust int'l drug syndicate

Malaysian police say they have smashed an international drug trafficking syndicate using college students as couriers with the arrest of four African men and a local woman, a report said yesterday.

Iran president visits Iraq today

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad hopes his first visit to Iraq will mark a major step in strengthening ties between Iran and its conflict-torn western neighbour, the Fars news agency reported yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

"Shotoborsher Bangla Gaan": Celebrating a hundred years of Bangla songs

To celebrate the last 100 years of Bangla music, the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) organised a musical soiree at the Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre on February 29. The massive event was a continuation of and last instalment of similar programmes, also titled Shotoborsher Bangla Gaan, held over the past two years. The function was attended by 1400 invited guests and included the crème of the cultural and social scene.

Folk Music Festival '08 ends

The three-day Folk Music Festival '08 featuring the diverse traditional performing arts of various ethnic groups ended at the Bangladesh Asiatic Society (BAS) premises on February 29. BAS arranged the festival as a part of the 'Bangladesh Cultural Survey' project conducted by the organisation and is being documented.

Ghor Kutum's Gauhar: Khushi in the real life

She may not be a well recognised figure on the cultural circuit, but plays a popular role in the drama serial Ghor Kutum: that of the shrewish Gauhar. No wonder then that Shahanaz Khushi has often been questioned as to whether she resembles her character off screen.

Surshaptak celebrates 8th anniversary

To celebrate its eighth anniversary, cultural organisation Surshaptak arranged a colourful cultural programme at the National Music and Dance Centre of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on February 29. The programme featured Nazrul Sangeet, classical and dance by the members of the organisation.

The twain shall meet

Nearly two dozen paintings depicting, among other subjects, Bangladeshi festivals and seasons are displayed at Afrozaa Jamil's fourth solo exhibition at the Nordic Club in Gulshan.

The journey of Srijon continues

The regular musical soiree organised by Srijon every month was held at the Poet Sufia Kamal Auditorium, National Museum on February 29. It was the 67th musical event that took place on the initiative of Srijon. The organisation aspires to enlighten the new generation about the country's heritage and at the same time create a fusion of the veteran singers and the upcoming artistes.

New serial on Ekushey TV

Ekushey TV will air a new television serial Durer Manush from tonight. The serial has been written and directed by Arun Choudhury and the cast includes Mahfuz Ahmed, Tisha, Armaan Parvez Murad, Chhonda, Hillol and Shanu.


The foreign exchange troika

BANGLADESH has three primary sources of foreign exchange -- aid, worker remittances, and ready-made garment (RMG) exports. My comments on these three relates to an editorial written by Dr. Anis Chowdhury (DS, Feb 10).

Good for the Jews?

THE comment seemed like a casual aside. Ann Lewis, a senior adviser to Hillary Clinton, was touting the New York senator's strong support for Israel during a conference call in January with leaders of major American Jewish organisations. During the call, Lewis energetically contrasted Clinton's pro-Israel credentials with those of Barack Obama. To make her point, she said that Obama's "chief foreign-policy adviser" is Zbigniew Brzezinski, says one participant who would talk about the call only if he were not identified.

What to do with Rupali Bank?

BANGLADESH Bank has made real progress towards selling Oriental Bank to the ICB Financial Group. I am confident the central bank will complete this sale. But the Rupali Bank case remains unresolved more than one year after the award to a Saudi prince. The saga of Rupali Bank resembles a cancer patient slowly dying while doctors and family dither about surgery, chemotherapy, or assisted suicide! The two years of drift have hurt the bank, driving it ever deeper into insolvency.

View from Tokyo

THE adviser for foreign affairs of the caretaker government of Bangladesh, Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, was recently in Tokyo on a three-day official visit at the invitation of the Japanese Foreign Minister Masahiko Koumura. This was the first foreign ministerial visit level visit to Japan from Bangladesh in five years and the first official visit to the country by any member of the caretaker administration of Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed.

Star City

Organic food getting popular as toxic chemicals pose danger

Organic food is becoming popular among the consumers of Dhaka city.
Against the backdrop of a campaign against adulterated food during the past few years, many people are opting for food that are not produced or processed artificially, tainted with toxic chemicals that pose grave danger to the public health.

Into the exciting world of hearing, speech

Little Rahad will feel just on the top of the world.
The three-year old boy underwent successful cochlear implant last month. Doctors said he will be able to hear soon.

Most taxicabs unfit, in terrible state

Most of the taxicabs now plying the city streets are battered and smoke-emitting and are unfit for the job.

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