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News of: Wednesday, 5th of March, 2008

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No processions, rallies without permission

Candidates contesting in city corporation polls will not be allowed to bring out campaign processions or hold rallies unless they take prior permissions from the authorities, according to a draft electoral code of conduct.

Artefacts at stake

Although treasures of Bangladesh National Museum are increasing every year, the authorities have yet to introduce modern security system and technologies to identify originality of the collection.

Doctors to decide on Hasina's treatment abroad today

A medical board is scheduled to let the government know today whether detained former prime minister Sheikh Hasina needs treatment abroad, after examining her health.

DB sniffs jewellery traders' involvement

The Detective Branch (DB) of police suspects that jewellery traders were involved in the BRAC Bank jewellery heist at its Sukrabad branch in January.

Life whipped out in fire after rape

A 16-year-old girl, raped and burned by a man whom she used to regard as her grandfather, died last night in the capital following her two-month-long struggle with the injuries.

Another NGO disappears with Tk 18cr in Natore

Thousands of victims of Probhati Grameen Unnayan Sangstha went on the rampage yesterday, assaulting a woman Union Parishad chairman and torching office and chief's house in Naldanga as the NGO disappeared with about Tk 18 crore.

Jalil to undergo kidney dialysis

Doctors examining Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore yesterday decided to go for kidney dialysis, saying that kidney transplant would be highly risky for him.

Babar shown held in wealth hiding case

Detained former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar was shown arrested yesterday in a case filed against him for concealing information in his wealth statement submitted to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

Khaleda's counsel says plea filed to challenge EC letter legality

Former premier and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's counsel yesterday told a court that they filed the writ petition not to obtain a political decision but to challenge the legality of the Election Commission's (EC) letter to Maj (retd) Hafizuddin Ahmed asking him to represent BNP in the dialogue with the EC.

One-minute blackout called to mourn '71

Sector Commanders' Forum (SCF), a platform of sector commanders of the liberation war, yesterday urged all to observe a one-minute 'blackout' from March 25 midnight to commemorate the horrific 'black night' of 1971.

AL wants JS polls first, JP for upazila

Awami League (AL) leaders yesterday vehemently opposed the caretaker government's plan to hold upazila parishad polls before the parliamentary one, apprehending that it would adversely influence the national elections due this year.

Tk 12 lakh missing from bank counter

About Tk 12.25 lakh of the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE) went missing mysteriously yesterday from the cash counter of National Press Club branch of Agrani Bank.

Independence Award 2008 announced

The government has nominated three distinguished persons and an organisation for Swadhinata (independence) Award 2008 in recognition of their glorious contributions to the nation.

BNP unification process at final stage

Adviser to BNP chairperson Brig Gen (retd) Hannan Shah yesterday claimed the unification process of the BNP factions is now at the final stage.

Wife richer than ex-MP Bakul

Former BNP lawmaker Sardar Shakhawat Hossain Bakul in his wealth statement submitted to the Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) said he owns two flats in the capital, 18.78 bighas of land in Narsingdi and shares of companies worth over Tk 96.25 lakh.

Bhuiyan accuses Khaleda of violating jail code

Expelled BNP secretary general Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday accused detained party chief Khaleda Zia of violating jail code through filing the writ challenging validity of the Election Commission's invitation for dialogue.

Tarique gets HC bail in 2 extortion cases

The High Court (HC) yesterday granted bail to detained BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman in two extortion cases and also stayed the proceedings of the cases.

Tata Group still hopeful of $3b investment

Indian industrial giant Tata Group is still hopeful of having its proposed $3 billion investment in place in Bangladesh.

Khaleda to be quizzed tomorrow

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) will interrogate detained former prime minister Khaleda Zia tomorrow in connection with the Niko graft case filed by the commission against her and four others.

Russia, China block UN Iran resolution

Russia and China yesterday scuttled a Western attempt to introduce a resolution on Iran's nuclear defiance at a meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency, diplomats said.

Dist admin to watch selling at fixed price

The government has directed the divisional commissioners and the deputy commissioners to ensure that edible oils are sold at the prices fixed earlier.

Swechchhasebak League leader shot dead

Unidentified assailants gunned down a Swechchhasebak League leader in the city's Shahjahanpur area yesterday.

Mugger killed in mob-beating

A mob beat a mugger to death and injured another when a gang of four tried to snatch Tk 1 lakh from a businessman at city's Nasirabad yesterday afternoon.

Obama surges to knock Hillary out

Barack Obama bids yesterday to knock Hillary Clinton out of the White House race after a mud-slinging campaign that Democratic grandees fear is helping nobody but Republican heir John McCain. But heading into crunch battles in Ohio and Texas, the former first lady is full of fire and has been eviscerating her charismatic rival's qualifications to be commander-in-chief and chief steward of a troubled economy.

Suicide bombers kill 5 at Pak navy college

Two suicide bombers blew themselves up at a prestigious naval college in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore yesterday, killing at least five people and injuring 19, officials said.

US lawmakers scrutinise missile shield

Congressional Democrats are taking a closer look at the U.S. missile defense program, partly in an effort to pare down its high price tag.

Editorial

Crackdown on unfit river vessels

IT is the same old story all over again. After Thursday's launch disaster on the Buriganga, the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority has decided to go once more into enforcing the rules that should apply to normal movement on the rivers. Any enforcement of rules is certainly to be welcomed. But what becomes rather galling for people is stumbling anew on a determination of the authorities to take launch owners and operators to task only after a fresh accident on the rivers. For a few days, there is much emphasis on such river vessels not being allowed to ply without proper documents and the like, which of course is accompanied by images of launches being subjected to rigorous inspection. Such seasonal activities are normal in this country. What is beyond the normal is that these activities invariably whimper into silence, until a new tragedy occurs.

Bogus NGOs' vanishing act

ANOTHER form of organised extortion is increasingly in evidence going by two front-page stories run in a row by our newspaper in the last couple of days.

Police, rule of law and going beyond clichés

NUR Mohammad could not have been more frank. As inspector general of the nation's police, he more than anyone else should be knowing of the malaise his force has long been afflicted with. In Kishoreganj last week, he informed us, perhaps without batting an eyelid and with absolute awareness of the ramifications of his remarks, that most criminals in the country commit offences that are well within the knowledge of the police. Now, that, for many of us, may not be a revelation.

Why does Bush support President Musharraf?

THE election on February 18th is being widely seen as a "People's Coup" in Pakistan. In October 1999, President Musharraf, as the army chief, engineered the military coup to replace the constitutionally elected government of Nawaz Sharif.

What the world is hearing

DESPITE their spirited squabbling, the two Democratic candidates are united in the view that one of the big benefits of electing either of them would be an improvement in America's reputation and relations with the world. Hillary Clinton promises to send special envoys to foreign capitals the day after she's elected. Barack Obama offers to reach out to America's foes as well as friends. Unfortunately, none of this will matter if they continue to spout dangerous and ill-informed rhetoric about trade.

Sports

Axe falls on Rahim

Four newcomers including wicketkeeper Dhiman Ghosh have been called up in the Bangladesh one-day squad for the three-match series against South Africa starting in Chittagong on March 9.

A reward for Yusuf

Abu Yusuf will coach the national football team in the two coming international tournaments, the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) confirmed yesterday.

Bashar, Mashud steer Torun

Veterans Habibul Bashar and Khaled Mashud joined in force to salvage Surjo Torun to a three-wicket win over City Club in the Premier Cricket League yesterday.

India clinch series

Sachin Tendulkar led India to the triangular one-day cricket title when they beat Australia in a thrilling second final here Tuesday.

His phone finally rang

While the Peninsula Hotel in Chittagong was abuzz yesterday with the announcement of three new Tigers, Rokibul Hassan was getting prepared to attend the Zohr prayers along with some of his National Cricket Academy teammates at the Academy house in Dhanmondi.

Roma coaches to run workshop in Dhaka

Three coaches of Italian giants AS Roma will run a football workshop in Dhaka in May this year.

Rani Hamid retains crown

Ace chess player Rani Hamid retained the national women's crown when the IWM defeated Shamiha Sharmin Shimmi in the 11th and final round of the Aromatic Gold 29th National Women's Chess Championship at the chess federation hall-room yesterday.

Chance for Robin

South African left-arm spinner Robin Peterson looks set to board the flight for India after claiming his maiden five-wicket haul in the second Test against Bangladesh here.

S'pore to host 2010 Youth Olympics

Singapore has been chosen as the host city for the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in 2010.

Local Snippets

A blistering 44 not out by Babu paved Bangladesh Boys' way to a 54-run win victory against Dhaka Mariners in yesterday's lone First Division Cricket League match.

NZ keep spin option

New Zealand's captain, Daniel Vettori, has indicated that his side are preparing to take two spinners into Wednesday's first Test at Hamilton. The Wellington off-spinner, Jeetan Patel, is set to claim the final place in the starting line-up ahead of Mark Gillespie, who was belatedly drafted into the squad as cover after his fellow paceman Iain O'Brien injured his big toe during net practice on Monday.

Lawson expects worst

Pakistan's coach Geoff Lawson says he fears Australia will pull out of their scheduled tour due to start at the end of the month amid safety concerns.

Bhajji blasts crowds

India spinner Harbhajan Singh has lashed out at Australian crowds after being cleared of allegations he made monkey gestures and spat toward fans in the tri-series final win against Australia.

Ali Daei was surprised

Iran's world record scorer in international football Ali Daei on Tuesday admitted he was surprised by his shock appointment as the coach to rescue the flagging fortunes of the national side.

Kenya names Kirsten as coach

South African Andy Kirsten has accepted terms to coach Kenya until the 2009 World Cup qualifying competition, Cricket Kenya officials said on Monday.

Shoaib irate at PCB

Unfazed by the Pakistan Cricket Board's decision of denying him a central contract, mercurial pacer Shoaib Akhtar once again hit out at PCB officials, saying they were oblivious to the problems faced by players.

Robinho could be key

Real Madrid have to overturn a 2-1 deficit against AS Roma and the key to them winning their Champions League last 16 second leg clash could be their return of Brazilian international Robinho. Robinho came on as a second-half substitute in the Spanish league leaders 3-2 win at Recreativo Huelva on Saturday and he contributed two goals in just 17 minutes.

Last chance for Slomka

They may be on the verge of a Champions League quarterfinal berth, but Schalke 04 travel to FC Porto for Wednesday night's second leg with the side in turmoil.

Greek exam for Grant

Avram Grant has friends in high places at Chelsea but even that won't stop him feeling the heat if his team are knocked out of the Champions League by Olympiakos on Wednesday.

Murray stuns Federer

Roger Federer lost in the first round of a tournament for the first time in three-and-a-half years when he was beaten by Andy Murray, the 20-year old Briton who was a revelation with his cool attitude and his counter-attack.

'Tevez is the new Cantona'

Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez is the present day equivalent of Old Trafford legend Eric Cantona, according to United manager Alex Ferguson.

Babel wants fourth place

Ryan Babel has promised Rafael Benitez more "beautiful" displays as Liverpool look to cement a top-four finish in the Premier League table.

Beckham's visit sparks chaos

Football star David Beckham visited young leukaemia patients at a Shanghai hospital Tuesday, the ensuing chaos forcing police to seal the institution's doors to control a frantic surging crowd.

'We must score early'

Real Madrid captain Raul Gonzalez revealed the worst kept secret in Spanish football when he told Spanish sports daily Marca here Tuesday that they had to score quickly against AS Roma.

Albelda loses legal battle

Spanish international David Albelda has lost his legal action to try and overturn Valencia's decision to terminate his contract, media reported here.

Van Marwijk to succeed Van Basten

Feyenoord coach Bert van Marwijk is to succeed Marco van Basten as boss of the Dutch national side in July following Euro 2008, the Dutch Football Federation (KNVB) announced on Monday.

Mijatovic denies Benzema link

Real Madrid's sports director Pedja Mijatovic has poured cold water on recent reports that the Spanish giants will make a move for Lyon's young French international striker Karim Benzema this summer.

More trouble for Banega

Valencia's 19-year-old midfielder Ever Banega was questioned by Spanish police in the early hours of Monday morning for failing an alcohol test while at the wheel of his car.

Business

GMG aims high, eyes Tk1,350cr turnover

The country's biggest private carrier, GMG Airlines, eyes an ambitious turnover of around Tk 1,350 crore in 2008 as it is set to fly to four new destinations in the Middle East.

Int'l agency warns audio piracy on increase in Bangladesh

Audio piracy has increased in Bangladesh in the last two years due to a 'total lack' of legal enforcement, according to the international body that represents the music recording industry.

Remittance grows over 26pc in 8 months

The amount of inward remittances crossed $4.8 billion in the first eight months of the current fiscal year, marking more than 26 percent rise over the same period of the previous fiscal, according to Bangladesh Bank (BB) statistics.

Business leaders demand further cut in lending rate

The latest reduction in lending rate will have a little impact on the economy, said top business leaders yesterday and asked the central bank to pursue commercial banks to lower the rate further.

China losing competitive edge

More than half of foreign manufacturers in China believe the Asian giant is losing its competitive edge to other low-cost countries like Vietnam or India, a survey said Tuesday.

Music to the pirate's ears

Neelim, 17 years old and a student of Holy Cross College, Dhaka, lifts her phone to the sound of Balam's latest hit, 'ek mutho roddur', (A sunny day): “I really like this tune and it's fun to hear it each time the telephone rings.”

The pleasant ring tone, welcome tune in phones

“It is really amazing to hear your own voice in the middle of the street coming from someone else's phone as a ring tone,” said Ornab, a popular singer and composer whose track 'Tomar jonno nilche tarar' (The star-lit night for you) is one of the most popular ringtones just now.

Adviser to consider bankers' offer from absolute view

Finance Adviser Dr Mirza Azizul Islam yesterday said he would consider the whole issue of bankers' offer to reduce the lending rate and interest rate spread from absolute point of view.

DSE election May 11

Election for the posts of four directors of Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) will be held on May 11, instead of March 9, as per a new election schedule.

Indian exports up 20pc in January

India's exports went up by a healthy 20.47 per cent in January this year while the cumulative value of exports during April-January in this fiscal registered a growth of 21.62 per cent.

IMF asks govt to expand VAT to retail level

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has called for expanding the VAT to retail level in the next fiscal year's budget.

US shares mixed as euro, commodities peak

US shares closed narrowly mixed Monday as the euro, oil and gold hit new peaks and consumers slammed the brakes on auto sales amid a severe housing slump and credit crunch.

Saarc ministers, experts meet to talk agriculture today

Issues concerning the state of agriculture in South Asia, food insecurity and effects of climate change on agricultural sector of the region will come up at a three-day meeting of ministers and experts from the region, beginning here today.

SEC settles 80.51pc of investors’ complaints

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) disposed of 80.51 percent of the investors' complaints against listed companies and brokers/dealers in the last fiscal year.

US auto sales fall amid economic woes

US consumers shied away from auto dealerships in February amid rising economic uncertainty which cut deeply into the sales of both the Big Three US automakers and popular Japanese rival Toyota.

Vietnam targets 8m new jobs by 2010

Vietnam's Ministry of Labour, Invalid and Social Affairs's plans to generate eight million new jobs by 2010 is well under way.

Thai show begins today

A four-day Thailand Exhibition 2008 begins today at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel in a bid to promote Thai products and services in Bangladesh.

Sony, Samsung to boost LCD jt production

Japan's Sony Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co. of South Korea have agreed to invest 1.9 billion dollars to boost joint production of liquid crystal display (LCD) panels, a report said Tuesday.

Opec unlikely to raise output

Opec has virtually ruled out pumping more oil to ease record-high prices, key oil ministers signaled Tuesday on the eve of a cartel meeting.

Microsoft expands online business software services

Microsoft announced Monday that it is expanding the range of business software it makes available as a service on the Internet.

IMF head sees euro overvalued

The head of the IMF Dominique Strauss-Kahn believes the real problem of the euro, as well as being overvalued, is the all powerful position of the European Central Bank.

Foreign investors expect reforms from Russia's Medvedev

Foreign investors on Monday welcomed Dmitry Medvedev's victory in the Russian presidential election, saying they hoped it would kickstart reforms as the country braces for economic challenges ahead.

Metropolitan

Teaching has become commercial

Finance Adviser Mirza Azizul Islam yesterday said teaching profession has now become a commercial proposition while schools are a springboard to open up coaching centres.

Bodies of four Bangladeshi workers arrive from S Arabia

Bodies of four Bangladeshi workers killed in a road accident in Saudi Arabia on January 31, were flown to Dhaka yesterday.

Emergency should go before polls

Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday said the state of emergency should be lifted before the next parliamentary election, which is due to be held by the end of this year.

Bangladeshi worker kills his compatriot in Saudi Arabia

A Bangladeshi worker killed his compatriot during a fight between them on Sunday at Al-Baha, a south-western city of Saudi Arabia, reported a Saudi newspaper yesterday.

News media serves as watchdog for democracy

US Charge d'affaires Geeta Pasi yesterday said the news media serves as watchdogs for democracy by monitoring government activities, ensure human rights and provides checks against corruption and abuse of power.

Death threat to Prof Arefin condemned

Several organisations yesterday condemned the death threat to Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique, former president of Dhaka University Teachers' Association (Duta).

Bangladeshi shot by BSF

A Bangladeshi youth was shot by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) in the Kishananda border area under Fulbari upazila yesterday.

Death of three Bangladeshis on boat condoled

Foreign Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury yesterday expressed his deep shock at the death of three Bangladeshis on a boat during an allegedly illegal journey to Malaysia.

Bangladesh wishes to be key partner of S Africa

Foreign Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury said Bangladesh wishes to be a key partner of South Africa in bilateral relations and in the international forums.

No more body found in Buriganga

BIWTA divers yesterday searched for bodies in the river Buriganga, despite they had winded up the search for victims of the launch capsize on Thursday, as the relatives of a 12-year-old boy continued search for his body.

Radio Today, VOA broadcast joint news bulletin

The broadcasting of news bulletin produced jointly by Radio Today FM 89.6 and Voice of America (VOA) started on Monday, says a press release.

Poultry industry incurs loss of Tk 4100cr

Speakers at a meet the press yesterday urged the government to prepare a strategic plan categorising the poultry farms through a technical committee to strengthen their biosecurity management and save the country's overall poultry industry.

Storm disrupts power supply

A major part of the Dhaka city, including the southeastern area, plunged into darkness as the season's first storm swept through the city early hours of yesterday.

OC Rafique's name dropped from charge sheet

Dropping the name of prime accused suspended officer-in-charge (OC) AKM Rafiqul Islam from the charge sheet, detective branch (DB) of police yesterday pressed charges against eight people for killing college student Kamrul Islam Momin in September 2005.

Judgment deferred to March 11

The judgment in a graft case against former Awami League lawmaker HBM Iqbal, which was scheduled to be delivered yesterday, has been deferred to March 11 as the judge of the Special Court-1, Firoz Alam, has been on leave.

Reserve one-third of seats for women in all sectors

Karmojibi Nari (KN) yesterday urged the caretaker government to reserve one-third of seats for women in all sectors to establish gender equity and dignity in the society.

Tyre shop gutted in Rajshahi

A tyre shop was gutted at Alupatti crossing in the city early yesterday.

New MD of Nestle Bangladesh

Aurent Therond has been appointed the new managing director of Nestle Bangladesh Ltd with effect from March 1, 2008, says a press release.

Garment workers protest layoffs in city

Around 3,000 workers of a unit of Padma Garment staged a demonstration in front of the factory at Tejgaon Industrial Area yesterday in protest of layoffs.

13 staffs fall sick at AB Bank office

Thirteen officials and employees of AB Bank Ltd fell sick inside their office at Islampur in the city yesterday.

Sanitation coverage stands at 85pc

LGRD and Cooperative Adviser Mohammad Anwarul Iqbal said the country has so far achieved 85 percent sanitation coverage, which was only 33 percent in 2003.

Local hospital, Thai medical centre sign partnership deal

Doctors, nurses, technicians and administrative managers of local Square Hospitals Ltd will get training and technical support from Bangkok Hospital Medical Center (BMC) of Thailand.

Rangpur road crash kills 3

Three people were killed and 25 others injured in a road accident on Rangpur-Dinajppur Highway at Choupodi under Taraganj upazila in the district yesterday.

Shajahan, Shahab president, secy of SM Hall Assoc

Former adviser to the caretaker government ASM Shajahan and Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) Vice Chairman M Shahab Ullah have been elected president and secretary general of Salimullah Muslim Hall Old Students' Association.

Books for Bangladeshi students from USA

A group of Bangladeshi students in Boston, USA, has launched a drive titled 'Books for Bangladesh' with a view to collecting books from libraries and dormitories and sending them to Bangladesh for university students.

Japanese teachers visit Sidr-hit areas

A team of teachers from Hokkaido University and Tokushima University of Japan visited Sidr-affected areas of Sharankhola in Bagerhat on Saturday and Sunday and distributed goats, sewing machines and fishing nets among the cyclone victims.

Winter exercise of BAF ends

A five-day winter exercise titled 'Wintex-2008' of Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) concluded yesterday.

Prof Anwarullah Chy joins Green University as VC

Prof Dr Anwarullah Chowdhury, former vice-chancellor of Dhaka University and ambassador of Bangladesh to Bahrain, has joined the Green University of Bangladesh as vice-chancellor on February 23, says a press release.

CA allocates Tk 70,000 for treatment of varsity student

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday allocated Tk 70,000 from the CA's fund for the treatment of Ashiq Ehsan Shashi, a student of a private university who is now undergoing treatment at LabAid Hospital in the city, says a press release.

National

AL leader Manjurul was often threatened by four party men

Three of the eight Awami League leaders named by slain party leader Manjurul Imam's son for their alleged involvement in his father's murder yesterday said in court that Imam often told them that he might be killed by four party men.

Sylhet BNP leader Ariful, wife charge-sheeted by ACC

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has filed charge sheet against former Sylhet city BNP chief Ariful Haque Chowdhury and his wife Shyama Haque Chowdhury for accumulating wealth worth over Tk 2 and a half crores through corruption.

Wadud's aide held on surrender

A district BNP leader was sent to jail yesterday on surrender before a court here with a bail prayer, court and police sources said.

Vow to resist crimes

Participants at a large rally of policemen, NGO activists and people from all walks of life on Monday vowed to do their best to root out criminal activities from the society and build a society free from drugs, corruption and violence.

Nor'wester hurts 11 in three districts

The first storm of the season caused damage of dwelling houses, crops and vegetables and trees in different areas of Sirajganj, Gaibandha and Chapainawabganj districts early yesterday.

Satkhira WDB, fishery officials sued for bribery

A case was filed yesterday with the Chief Judicial Magistrate's court here against four government officials including Satkhira Water Development Board (WDB) executive engineer Zulfiqar Ali and Kaliganj upazila fisheries officer Sirajul Islam allegedly for taking bribe and cheating in the name of leasing land.

BDR, BSF trade fire in Thakurgaon

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) traded gunfire on Deurjary border under Baliadangi upazila of Thakurgaon early yesterday.

One to die, another gets 14yr RI for acid violence

A man has been awarded death sentence while another one 14 years RI for separate incidents of acid throwing in Pirganj upazila in Rangpur and Sundarganj upazila in Gaibandha district.

Team visits area, assures peaceful settlement

A team comprising administration officials and army officers led by Mohalchhari Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Mohammad Abul Hossen yesterday visited Maddya Karallachhari to resolve the land dispute between indigenous and Bangalee people there.

Abductor gets 14-yr RI

A court here yesterday sentenced an abductor to 14 years rigorous imprisonment (RI) for kidnapping a 12-year-old girl, court sources said.

4 fertilizer smugglers held in Moulvibazar

Kamalganj police yesterday arrested four fertilizer smugglers at Shamsernagar in Kamalganj upazila.

Letters

Ekushey

On February 21, 1952 the valiant soldiers of the Language Movement shed their blood for upholding the dignity of our dear mother tongue-- Bangla.

Our heritage

Bangladesh is a country rich in archaeological wealth, especially of the medieval period, both the Muslim and pre-Muslim rules. Its heritage reveals the ancient legacies of the Buddhist, Hindus and Muslims. The early history of Bangladesh reveals that Buddhism received royal patronage from some important ruling Hindu dynasties like the great Pal rulers, the Chandras and the Deva Kings.

Jamuna Bridge

The report entitled "Cracks on Jamuna Bridge" was published in your newspaper on Feb. 13, 2008.

Anti-virus CDs !

I have plenty of computer AV [Anti-virus] CDs purchased from the local market, but I cannot find any political AV CD for presentation to the EC for freeing our society from the bottomless basket and tunnels without light at the other end.

Obama and change

Re : "Marching forth," by Zafar Sobhan (Feb. 29).

Overloading

When a bus comes to a bus-stand, passengers rush into it. Some passengers hang on the window, some at the back and some take shelter on the top of the bus. And the bus is overloaded. This enhances the risk of fatal accidents.

Punish the corrupt

The corrupt employees of Titas gas promised to return their illegally earned money. But this is not a solution. This may inspire other corrupt people to practise corruption and beg pardon. The govt should take the wealth and money, dismiss and punish them. There should be no excuse. This caretaker govt. does not enforce rules strictly to banish corruption.

RU

Rajshahi University is the second largest university in Bangladesh.

AL's rivals

Thank you very much for publishing a unique report on the meeting of the "Sangskarbadi" political parties. Your newspaper is the only one that published this news.

Road accidents

A very tragic road accident took place on the Chittagong - Cox's Bazar road last week. Fifteen garment workers died on the spot and many others were wounded. Reckless driving and lack of trained drivers are mainly responsible for such accidents. Fatal road accidents are taking place on a regular basis.

"Cross Talk"

Reading The Daily Star in the morning is the first task I have been doing for several years, and I never missed my favourite articles of a few columnists since my university life. When I find a topic of my interest, I read it repeatedly. 'Cross Talk' by Mohammad Badrul Ahsan is such a column which I wait for every Friday. It's my habit to read columns published in national and international dailies, to be aware of what is happening around me and to share how the people are responding to the current issues of the global community. In this regard The Daily Star has created a different taste of reading in me, especially with the trio, Mohammad Zamir, Mohammad Badrul Ahsan and Kazi Anwarul Masud.

CTG's policy

The caretaker government should look at the big picture of where this country is heading. There have been no significant economic developments; in fact, we are cursed with rising prices and various other afflictions at the moment. There is a crackdown on the extremely corrupt officials such as those of Titas Gas. They should be commended for that. However, generally the economy has slowed down. The salaries of government officials need to be raised to a more realistic level, given today's prices. The government would benefit from external professional management consultants who can introduce systems whereby the gas/electricity employees will not be able to breathe without someone knowing about it. They also need to encourage and support business activities and give up the scare tactics which has stunted economic growth. This will lead to more employment and prosperity for the people and more tax for the government to use for projects. If they put their hands up in defeat, apologise and accept that most of the economy is black and work with this fact, rather than fighting it, then the "small" importers can carry out business as before and hopefully bring down the food prices.

Good article

It was a splendid experience for me as a newspaper reader to read the article “Philosophy of life, Philosophy for life” in your paper's weekly magazine “Star Campus” on 10 February 2008. The article is for the students. I am an elderly income tax practitioner and also engage in religion-related writings and reading. I found your presentation very interesting; but it was too short to quench my thirst. If you could present a similar article in an elaborate form, if necessary in a series, especially giving emphasis on Asian Philosophers (better known as eastern philosophers), it will be beneficial for me and many other readers.

Smear campaign against Obama

In the United States election Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are fighting for nomination from the Democratic Party. Obama is doing very well, he won eleven encounters in a row and it seems that people like him, irrespective of race, religion, and age. Especially, the young voters are supporting him overwhelmingly.

International

US military chief holds 'war on terror' talks with Pakistani leaders

The chief of the US military held talks with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and the army top brass yesterday on his second visit to the crucial "war on terror" ally in a month, officials said.

Five killed in shooting near Suu Kyi's house

Five people were killed in execution-style shootings in the wealthy Yangon neighbourhood where Myanmar's democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi is under house arrest, police said Tuesday.

US asks Palestinians, Israel to do more for peace

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice pushed Israel and the Palestinians yesterday to renew peace talks dealt a major blow Israel's deadly assault on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip.

Zardari disappoints Mahesh Bhatt

People of the Subcontinent have missed a chance to watch a Bollywood film on the life of Benazir Bhutto at least for the time being. Famous Indian film director Mahesh Bhatt was ready to picture the life of Benazir Bhutto.

Ex-Soviet Armenia splits over bloody protests

Ex-Soviet Armenia is deeply split following bloody post-election unrest and may face years of instability if a solution is not found quickly, analysts said.

Musharraf hints at contacts with PPP

President Pervez Musharraf has hinted at the formation of a coalition government of Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) and Pakistan People's Party (PPP) in the Punjab.

Troops push deeper into Tamil Tiger territory

Sri Lankan forces pushed deeper into Tamil Tiger territory in three days of fighting that has left at least 90 guerrillas and nine government soldiers dead, the defence ministry said yesterday.

Iran blasts fresh UN nuclear sanctions

Iran yesterday slammed the UN Security Council's move to tighten sanctions over its contested nuclear programme, accusing the world body of being manipulated by the West and undermining the UN atomic agency.

Chavez funding FARC rebels, says Colombia

Venezuela and Ecuador sought Monday to make Colombia pay a high price for killing a leftist rebel leader in the Ecuadorean jungle expelling its diplomats, ordering troops to the border and cracking down on trade across the border.

China boosts military spending amid US tensions

China said yesterday its defence spending would jump 17.6 percent this year but insisted the rise was moderate, amid a flare-up in tensions with the United States over Beijing's growing military muscle.

Afghan bombings kill 5

A suicide car bomber attacked a government building yesterday in eastern Afghanistan, killing a policeman a day after a similar blast left four people including two Nato soldiers dead.

PPP nominates Qaim Ali Shah as Sindh CM

The Pakistan People's Party (PPP) on Monday nominated Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Nisar Khoro and Pir Mazharul Haq as its candidates for the posts of Sindh chief minister, Sindh Assembly speaker and Sindh Assembly parliamentary leader, respectively.

US strikes at terror target in Somalia

The US Navy fired at least one missile into a southern Somali town before dawn Monday, targeting a terrorism suspect as an Islamic group with links to al-Qaeda appears to be gathering sway again in this lawless African nation.

Indian prisoner back home after 35 years on Pak death row

An Indian man, freed by Pakistan after languishing on death row for suspected espionage for 35 years, was given a hero's welcome when he returned home Tuesday, witnesses and officials said.

Kenyan leaders meet amid push to end crisis

Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and opposition chief and would-be prime minister Raila Odinga yesterday met for the first time after signing a power-sharing deal last week to end two months of crisis.

86 members of Brotherhoods held in Egypt

Egyptian authorities yesterday detained 86 members of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood, a security official told AFP, as part of a crackdown against the group ahead of key local elections next month.

Arts & Entertainment

In aid of Sidr-affected children

A group of twelve artists from Dhaka came together in aid of the children traumatised by the Cyclone Sidr in Kuakata. Working for Better Life (WBL), a local organisation coordinated the art camp with the help of the artists -- Tarun Kumar ghosh, Ranjit Das, Md. Eunus, Kazia Salauddin Ahmed, Tayeba Begum Lipi, Nazia Andaleeb Preema, Mahbubur Rahman, Sheikh Ahsan Ullah Mojumder, Dominiq Gomes, Ronnei Ahmed, Kazi Sayeed Ahmen and Nahid Niazi Nipu.

Shah Abdul Karim Folk Festival at Ujan Dhal

Artistes, cultural activists and music enthusiasts thronged at the Ujan Dhal village by the Kalni River to attend the two-day 'Shah Abdul Karim Loko Utsab' (folk festival) that ended Monday night. The festival was organised to mark the legendary rural bard's 93rd birthday.

Highlighting the current socio-political state in street theatre

On the third day (March 3) of ongoing Patho Natok Festival '08, arranged by Bangladesh Patho Natok Parishad (BPNP), five theatre troupes staged their productions at the Central Shaheed Minar premises. The symbolic and satirical plays featured the historical movements and the current situation of our country.

“Shimanto Atondro Prohori”

After the making of a music video featuring navy officers, director Khalid Mahmud Mithu has directed yet another music video. This time the spotlight is on the Bangladesh Rifles, says a press release. Hyder Husyn has written, composed and rendered the song. Hundreds of BDR personnel came forward to take part in this project, which has been shot at various locations of the country. The song portrays the patriotism, sacrifice and dedication with which the BDR work force stands guard at the border.

Chhayanat to launch “Bangladesher Hridoy Hotey”

One of the leading cultural organisations of the country, Chhayanat, has taken an initiative to publish a culture and literature based magazine titled Bangladesher Hridoy Hotey, says a press release. The first edition of the magazine will be launched today (March 5) at the Ramesh Chandra Memorial Auditorium, Chhayanat Sanskriti Bhaban. Eminent educationist Professor Zillur Rahaman Siddiqui, artist Rafiqun Nabi, theatre personality Ataur Rahman and music exponent Abdus Shakur will be present at the launching programme.

Kenny G does it his own way

The easygoing, smooth jazz star Kenny G makes an unlikely rebel. But he had to put his sax down when his long-time record label insisted that he do yet another album of standards.

Winehouse tops UK album chart again

Singer Amy Winehouse is back at the top of the UK album chart with the deluxe edition of her Back to Black record.

OP-ED

Sick bridge over the Jamuna

IT was indeed a long cherished dream of millions that materialised in 1998 when the 4.8 kilometer long Jamuna multipurpose bridge was opened to traffic after a long, tortuous course of studies, discourses, financial implications, engineering calculations and, finally, the gruelling phase of implementation. The two parts of the country were united through a direct road and railway link, and the transmission of gas, electricity and tele-communication facilities between the parts became far easier.

Looking for a legacy

THERE was a time when President George W. Bush couldn't pass up an opportunity to blast North Korea. After 9/11 he labeled it a member of the "Axis of Evil," and later said he "loathed" Kim Jong Il. Yet, in last month's State of the Union, he didn't even mention the renegade state. True, North Korea has modified its behaviour somewhat of late, engaging South Korea in symbolic gestures of reconciliation like opening a rail link. But the real reason for Bush's shift probably lies elsewhere; time is running out on his presidency, and with quagmires in Iraq and Afghanistan and the failure to deliver an Arab-Israeli peace deal, his administration is desperate for a foreign-policy triumph. Thus, it is scrambling for a deal with Pyongyang that would dismantle North Korea's nuclear program in exchange for its removal from the State Departments' list of terrorist states.

African language movement

SOUTH Africa and Bangladesh are two countries in two continents, having hardly anything in common other than the history of language movement and struggle for independence against the minority ruling class.

The truth about Asian men

NINETY-ONE YEARS ago yesterday, a woman was elected to Congress in the US, starting an avalanche of assertiveness among members of what we now wouldn't dare call the gentler sex. To mark this important date, I asked my female friends to ask some blunt questions for my male friends to answer truthfully.

Star City

Weightlifters with heavy heart

Shabira wiggled her fingers around the practice rod for a few seconds and lifted the 75 kg weight in one go and then dropped it on the padded floor with a bang.

Evicted parking space occupied again

The entire Karwan Bazar commercial area including its wide thoroughfares turns into a virtual car park every day with the designated parking ground left in an abandoned state.

New river port, two more landing stations planned

The Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) is extending the Dhaka circular waterways to reduce traffic pressure from the city roads.


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