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News of: Friday, 7th of March, 2008

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Appeal courts asked not to grant bail

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday ruled that appellate courts, also including High Court, do not have the jurisdiction to grant bail to those convicted by special graft courts under the Emergency Power Rules (EPR).

EC unaware of upazila elections in May

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda yesterday said he does not know anything about the plans for upazila elections in May as announced only a day before by the LGRD adviser.

Khaleda denies Niko graft charges

Detained former premier and BNP chairperson Khaelda Zia yesterday told investigators that she personally did not violate any rules of business as her government signed a gas deal with Canadian exploration company Niko.

Survey token issued to totally unfit launch

A probe committee formed to investigate the launch disaster of February 28 in the Buriganga found that the launch had capacity to carry only 67 people but had seats for 150.

US terms Huji as foreign terrorist outfit

The US state department on Wednesday formally labelled Harakat ul-Jihad-i-Islami-Bangladesh (Huji-B) as a foreign terrorist organisation (FTO) and as a specially designated global terrorist (SDGT), to allow the US government to target the Islamist terrorist group's finances and operations.

Tk 7cr more gone with 2 other Natore NGOs

The Social Welfare Directorate yesterday cancelled registration of two fraud NGOs in Natore while officials of two more NGOs disappeared with around Tk 7 crore in Natore and Rajshahi.

Historic 7th March today

Today is the historic 7th March, a prelude to the nation's final struggle for independence fought and earned in 1971.

Govt to set up nat'l ID registration authority

The government is going to form a statutory body styled 'National Identities Registration Authority (NIRA)' to give legal coverage to Election Commission's national ID card and voter registration project.

ACC going in EPR mode to cause havoc

The Regulatory Reforms Commission (RRC) chairman yesterday said arbitrary filing of corruption case by the Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) would demoralise the bureaucrats and have negative impact on the economy.

Bangladesh transit route for heroin trafficking

Bangladesh has become the prime transit route for trafficking heroin to Europe from South East Asia, according to the latest report from the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB).

Govt preparing for dialogue with parties

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday said his government is making preparations to hold dialogue with political parties in due time.

ACC to probe graft reports at missions abroad

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has decided to begin enquiries into allegations of corruption, irregularities and abuse of power against officials working at Bangladesh missions abroad.

Hasina's personal docs check her for 3hrs

Detained Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday suggested that her personal physicians form a medical board to carry out a complete medical checkup on her and place their recommendations to the government.

Mistrust keeps unification of BNP at bay

Deep mistrust among the leaders of the two BNP factions is working beneath the process for unifying the party while a group of pro-Khaleda leaders claimed to have reached a consensus on some crucial issues.

PPP delays choosing next Pak premier

The party of slain opposition leader Benazir Bhutto delayed nominating Pakistan's next prime minister yesterday, casting the nuclear-armed nation deeper into political limbo after elections.

CID allowed to quiz ex-OC Rafique

A Dhaka court yesterday allowed the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to interrogate AKM Rafiqul Islam, the then officer-in-charge (OC) of Motijheel Police Station, at the jail gate in connection with the case for charging grenades at an Awami League (AL) rally on August 21, 2004.

Huda, Faruk not produced in court

A Dhaka court yesterday could not frame charges against Lt Col (dismissed) Syed Faruk Rahman, Maj (retd) Bazlul Huda and 13 other people in connection with a case filed for making an attempt on Awami League President Sheikh Hasina's life in August 1989.

Results of 27th BCS exam stuck in litigations

Public Service Commission (PSC) Chairman Dr Saadat Hussain yesterday said it might take a year or more to publish the results of 27th BCS examinations, as dozens of cases regarding the exam are now pending with the court.

Prof Jahanara, ex-BCL GS Panna submit wealth reports

Prof Jahanara Begum, adviser to former prime minister Khaleda Zia on primary and mass education, and Ishaq Ali Khan Panna, former Bangladesh Chhatra League general secretary, have submitted their wealth statements to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

Janakantha editor, Rajuk official jailed

A special court for dealing with graft cases yesterday sentenced editor of the daily Janakantha Atiqullah Khan Masud to seven years rigorous imprisonment (RI) on charge of getting approval of a building design from Rajuk through fraud.

Bomb kills Lankan Tamil MP

A Sri Lankan Tamil lawmaker and his driver were killed yesterday in a roadside bomb attack that his party and Tamil Tiger rebels said was carried out by government forces.

15,783 more fowls culled

More 15,783 chickens were culled and 19,402 eggs were destroyed in Sylhet, Narayanganj, Munshiganj and Jessore in the last two days.

Fresh violence in Gaza; truce efforts gather pace

An Israeli soldier was killed on the edge of the Gaza Strip yesterday in a blast claimed by militants as efforts gathered pace to broker a truce after a week of bloodletting in the Hamas-run territory.

HC not right forum to settle political party's internal dispute

Eminent jurist Dr Kamal Hossain, defending the Election Commission against detained BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's legal fight, yesterday said any internal dispute of a political party does not come within the purview of judicial review.

ACC permitted to quiz Salman at jail gate

A Dhaka court yesterday allowed the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to interrogate detained Awami League leader Salman F Rahman at the jail gate in connection with the case filed against him for misappropriating Tk 158.67 crore through forged documents.

Pak army chief vows to stay out of politics

Pakistan's army chief yesterday rejected suggestions of any rift between the military and embattled President Pervez Musharraf, and insisted the armed forces would stay out of politics.

Clarification

Former BNP lawmaker Sardar Shakhawat Hossain Bakul in a clarification of a news item titled 'Wealth Report, Wife richer than ex-MP Bakul' published in The Daily Star on March 5 said the information that his wife owns shares worth over Tk 5.29 crore is not correct at all. The actual value of his wife's shares is Tk 52 lakh which was mentioned in the wealth statement.

Editorial

Discordance over timing of upazila polls

LGRD and Cooperatives Adviser M Anwarul Iqbal has stirred further the not-so-placid waters by announcing a timeline for city corporation and municipality elections in April and the upazila polls in May. Thereupon the Election Commission (EC) has given to understand that they are yet to determine the timing of the upazila elections. As far as we understand, according to a latest decision of the government, the rules of the local polls are to be formulated by the EC. By the same token, why mustn't they decide on the local election schedules?

A resurgent Hillary Clinton

THE good bit about this year's US presidential politics is that Hillary Clinton has managed to hang on despite the Barack Obama steamroller. The not so good comes in the knowledge that the race for the Democratic nomination remains tight and unpredictable. Senator Obama still has a slight lead in delegate count, but the revival that Senator Clinton has just gone through with her victories in the Texas, Ohio and Rhode Island primaries is a feat her supporters will now try to build on. Neither candidate is yet anywhere near the 2,025 delegate mark needed to clinch the nomination, which thought is already making Democrats across the country nervous. They recall that it was a divided convention in Chicago forty years ago in 1968 that led to a Republican presidential triumph. A similar episode could well take John McCain to the White House.

The Obama factor and change in Bangladesh

THIS writer saw the euphoria and challenge of change that characterised the Kennedy administration of the early 1960s. The Obama wave reminds one of late President John F. Kennedy, who electrified many Americans to imagine what they could do for their country. Barack Obama's main thrust is on change, change that will hopefully break some stereotypes and lift the nation out of defeatism and negativism.

Politics of compromise

PAKISTANIS must collectively heave a sigh of relief that election 2008 is not being hotly contested as fraudulent and manipulated, yet it was only free and fair in the universal sense that rigging by official sanction did not take place. Fraud was quite transparent at the polling station level. Voters discovered they had already "voted," votes cast exceeded the number of voters in some polling stations. Law enforcement agencies (LEAs) failed to protect the sanctity of the polling booths, gun-toting followers ensuring mass stamping of ballots and stuffing of boxes in favour of their patron. Things were worse in female booths. With no "directed" rigging, the local aberrations crudely cancelled themselves out. Instead of patting themselves on the back, the Election Commission of Pakistan would do the country (and themselves) a favour by correcting the many loopholes that allow such electoral fraud to take place.

March 7, 1971: Bangabandhu soared, and so did we . . .

AS Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman rose to speak before the million people gathered at the Race Course in Dhaka, indeed before the seventy five million people of Bangladesh on March 7, 1971, the moment turned electric with excitement. For the preceding few days, reports and rumours had been making the rounds about an impending declaration of independence by the man whose party, the Awami League, had secured a clear majority of seats in Pakistan's national assembly at the general elections of December 1970.

Sports

Shakib undaunted

Shakib Al Hasan will lead a very young BCB XI in a warm-up match against the South Africans here today at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium.

A lot to achieve

After notching up 5,000 Test runs here barely a week ago, South African captain Graeme Smith is now eyeing the same mark in one-day internationals.

Rafique told to explain

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday show-caused Mohammad Rafique for his comments against board officials last week.

Heroes' welcome for India

The Indian one-day team returned from the CB Series in Australia to a rousing reception at the Delhi airport, where they were greeted by hundreds of fans and received by officials of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Delhi and District Cricket Association.

Real Madrid crash out

Roma knocked Real Madrid out of the Cham-pions League at the Bernabeu on Wednesday to reach the quarter-finals and were joined by Chelsea and Schalke 04.

Abahani start training March 10

B. League champions Abahani will prepare for more than a month for their return to Asian club football competition after nearly a decade.

Eng rocked by late strikes

A late two-wicket burst by Chris Martin rocked England's pursuit of New Zealand's first innings 470 after batsmen had dominated the second day of the first cricket Test here Thursday.

Press ridicule Real

Spanish newspapers predictably went for the jugular on Thursday in the wake of Real Madrid crashing out of the Champions League at the last 16 stage for the fourth year in succession.

Slomka thanks Neuer

Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer put Schalke 04 into the Champions League quarterfinals for the first time in their history with a stunning display to relieve the pressure on under-fire coach Mirko Slomka.

Torres on the treble

Fernando Torres hit his third hattrick for Liverpool, and his second in successive Anfield appearances, as Rafael Benitez's side moved back up to fourth in the Premier League table after demolishing West Ham 4-0 on Wednesday.

Stay put, says Houllier

National technical director Gerard Houllier on Thursday urged rising French stars Samir Nasri, Karim Benzema and Hatem Ben Arfa to resist the lure of foreign clubs.

Ban for Czech commentator

A Czech football commentator has been suspended for racist remarks made during a live commentary of an English Premier League match, the Czech daily Lidove Noviny reported on Thursday.

Benitez coos Torres praise

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez hailed Fernando Torres as "on fire" after the Spanish striker hit his second successive Anfield hattrick to lift his club into fourth spot in the Premier League table.

Thais can't play in England

Three Thai footballers signed by Manchester City cannot get British work visas because of the low ranking of the Thai national team, club owner and ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra said Thursday.

Koller fined & suspended

Nuremberg's Czech international striker Jan Koller has been suspended for one league match and fined 15,000 euros (22,800 US dollars) by the German Football Federation (DFB) on Wednesday for spitting.

Bhajji's parting swipe

Harbhajan Singh has left Australia with the victorious Indian cricketers with a parting barb, saying he was mentally superior to the world champions in the recent tri one-day series, reports said Thursday.

Murray survives

Andy Murray, who caused a great upset by beating world number one Roger Federer, followed it on Wednesday by almost stumbling to defeat to a relative unknown.

Australia close to decision

A decision on whether Australia takes the unlikely step of touring Pakistan could be made as early as next week following a meeting with government officials in Canberra on Wednesday.

MacGill wants to travel to Windies

Returning leg-spinner Stuart MacGill has pledged that he will be selected for Australia's tour of the West Indies in May.

Dravid fears his son most

It's not Glenn McGrath, Shoaib Akhtar, Courtney Walsh or even Shane Warne whose delivery is more fearsome for the Indian cricket's "Wall", Rahul Dravid, but it is that of his two-year-old son Samit.

Ireland due March 15

A 19-member Ireland cricket team will arrive in Dhaka on March 15 to play three one-day internationals against Bangladesh.

Local Snippets

The Senior Division Football super and relegation leagues begin today with title contenders and leaders Youngmen's Club Fakirerpool facing Dhaka Wanderers at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.

Bond for ICL, IPL clarity

New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond has pleaded with cricket's administrators to sort out the "nonsense" caused by rival Twenty20 leagues in India.

Obituary

Haji Mohammaed Sharif Hossain, father of Bangladesh Sports Writers Association (BSWA) president Sarwar Hossain, died of old age at a local hospital yesterday morning. He was 90.

Cairns warns ICC

Former New Zealand great Chris Cairns has warned the cricket establishment it faces a mass exodus of leading players if it does not accept the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL).

Gayle again WI skipper

Chris Gayle was retained as captain of the West Indies team for the upcoming series at home to Sri Lanka on Wednesday.

Warne expects friendly India

Australian leg-spin great Shane Warne says he expects no ill feeling from Indian fans when he plays in cricket's Indian Premier League (IPL) next month.

Business

Rupali Bank in crisis as profit falls

Rupali Bank is in crisis as profits fall, bad loans increase and key staff and customers desert the state-owned bank whose future has been thrown into uncertainty by its stalled privatisation.

Adamjee EPZ RMG factory to invest $30m creating 8000 new jobs

Kwun Tong Apparels, a Hong Kong-based woven apparel factory operating in Adamjee Export Processing Zone, is to invest US$30 million this year creating 8000 new jobs.

Exporters explore 21 new markets

Bangladeshi entrepreneurs have been exploring new export markets and they have exported $6.2 million worth goods in 21 new countries in the first quarter of the current fiscal year.

Buffett topples Gates as the world's richest man

US financier Warren Buffett has overtaken Bill Gates as the world's richest man, according to Forbes annual billionaire's list, which this year saw Russia, China and India making increasing inroads.

The business of pleasure

Nilufar was screaming and shouting as she was flung up and down on the magic carpet ride at Fantasy Kingdom, an amusement park in Ashulia, around 20 kilometres north of the capital.

Bahrain Air to operate flights from Dhaka from April

Bahrain Air takes off its inaugural flight from Dhaka on April 2, connecting Bangladesh to the Middle East with yet another airline to share a growing load of air traffic.

Two million More mobile users in Jan

More than two million new mobile subscribers were added in Bangladesh in January taking the total number of users in the country to 36.4 million, according to the telecom watchdog Bangladesh Telecommuni-cation Regulatory Commission (BTRC).

Europe's trendy want Bangladesh banana feet

Camper, one of the most trendy footwear brands for European youth, imports shoes from Bangladesh that are made mainly from waste banana trees.

17,990 poultry farms now closed

Sharp price hike of poultry feed, bird flu panic and lack of insurance coverage have pushed as many as 17,990 poultry farms out of business since July 2007 to January 31 this year, according to a government assessment.

LDCs' strength lies in their united voice

There may be diversity among the LDCs, but their strength lies in their number and united voice, and recognition of indivisibility of the LDCs' interest is crucial for any global outcome in favour of these countries, said Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya, ambassador and permanent representative of Bangladesh in Geneva.

DSE shares rally on AB Bank's disclosure

DSE stocks' rally since AB Bank's disclosure on its plan for authorised capital enhancement on Wednesday continued yesterday.

Asian stocks close mostly up after US share rally

Asian stocks closed mostly up Thursday following a Wall Street rally but concerns about the ailing US economy continued to overshadow sentiment.

Ad agency Grey wins int'l award

A local advertising agency Grey Dhaka has won Asia Pacific Effie award for successful promotion of an international brand, Nokia, in local voice.

Oil nears record $ 106

Record-breaking oil prices spiked close to 106 dollars on Thursday after the market was rattled by news of a small explosion in New York and following a surprise fall US crude stockpiles.

Global food fair in India next week

A five-day international food fair ~ Aahar 2008 ~ will start in the capital from 10 March, acting as a platform to implement the government schemes for infrastructural development setting up of food parks.

Gold price strikes record high near $1,000

The price of gold hit a new record on Thursday close to the symbolic 1,000 dollars per ounce level as the precious metal was boosted again by the weak dollar, traders said.

Thai food festival begins tomorrow at Westin Dhaka

An eleven-day Thai food festival begins tomorrow at The Westin Dhaka, a five-star hotel in the capital, says a press release.

Metropolitan

Formulate policy to save over 400 haors

Justice Muhammad Habibur Rahman, chief adviser of a former caretaker government, has called for formulating a 'Haor Policy' to save more than 400 haors of the country and improve the livelihood of people living around the haors.

Start talks with political parties without delay

Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) and Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday called on the government to start dialogue with the political parties without delay to discuss national issues, including price hike of essentials.

Acid violence declines significantly

A total of 221 people were the victims of acid violence in 180 incidents in 2006, while the numbers of victims and incidents were reduced to 187 and 154 respectively in 2007, said a report of the Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF) yesterday.

Only 39 percent use improved sanitation system

Although the country has attained 85 percent sanitation coverage, few people are using sanitary latrines, speakers at a view exchange meeting said yesterday.

Concerted efforts needed for women's empowerment

Concerted efforts are needed for economic and political empowerment of women in the society, said the grassroots women at a workshop in the city yesterday.

'Tarique held on political motives'

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) yesterday alleged that the government arrested and kept detained its Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman “purely with political motives” as no allegation against him was proved.

HC judgment stayed

The Supreme Court yesterday granted leave to appeal filed by Acting Law Secretary Kazi Habibul Awal and stayed a High Court judgment that declared his appointment as acting law secretary illegal.

Mob beats top criminal to death in Ctg

A criminal on police list was beaten to death by an angry mob in 40 Quarter area under Double Mooring Police Station in Chittagong early yesterday.

Directive to bring back rescued Bangladeshis from Sri Lanka

Foreign Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury yesterday asked the foreign secretary and the expatriate welfare secretary to initiate steps on emergency basis to bring back Bangladeshi nationals rescued from a boat in Sri Lanka.

Rationalise quotas in govt jobs

The report of a World Bank-assisted survey on quota system for civil service recruitment in Bangladesh was submitted yesterday, suggesting rationalisation of quotas in government job.

Nation needs new, inclusive leadership

Academics at a seminar yesterday called for a new and inclusive leadership who would rise above party politics to find common ground on key national issues.

ACC files case against former Khulna mayor

Manzur Morshed, deputy director of Jessore office of Anti Corruption Commission (ACC), filed a case on Wednesday with Khulna Sadar police against former Khulna City Corporation mayor Kazi Aminul Huq on charge of concealing information about his wealth.

Jute workers join work after over two months

Over 5000 workers of six state-owned jute mills of Khulna-Jessore industrial belt joined their work yesterday after over two months of their work abstention programme.

Bullion traders observe strike

All the bullion traders in the city's Tantibazar and Shankharibazar yesterday observed a daylong strike in protest against the arrest of eight traders by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and seizure of 660 tolas of gold from five shops on Wednesday night.

VoIP equipment seized in city

Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday seized Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) equipment from a house at Gulshan in the city yesterday.

College student shot by muggers

Muggers yesterday shot a student of Tejgaon College in the city and snatched away Tk 1500 and two cell phone sets from him and his girl friend who is also a student of the same college.

'Address issues of migrant workers'

Expressing concern over miseries of migrant workers in several countries, including Saudi Arabia and Malaysia, a welfare organisation yesterday called on the government to take immediate steps to address their problems.

Siemens help for cyclone victims

Siemens Bangladesh Limited (SBL) donated two mobile X-ray machines recently to help the cyclone-affected people, says a press release.

Two killed, 50 injured in road crashes

Two women were killed and 50 people injured in two road accidents in Comilla and Jamalpur districts yesterday.

Savar JCD leader sent to jail

JCD leader Bodiuzzaman Bodir alias VP Bodir arrested on Wednesday was sent to jail when he was produced before the court here yesterday.

BNCC website

Bangladesh National Cadet Corps (BNCC) yesterday launched its website for providing information about the organisation.

Khulna Shipyard website inaugurated

Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Sarwar Jahan Nizam yesterday visited Khulna Shipyard Limited (KSY) and inaugurated its website www.ksybn.com

Letters

Development strategy

Budget preparation is a highly technical job and can only be handled by the persons who have the knowledge and experience to do so. As there is no parliament, the budget should be placed well in advance for public debate so that it does not become a burden for the common people. This being a general statement, the budget should also reflect the vision of the nation. Our vision is to become a middle-income nation within, say, 10 years. This time is neither too short nor unrealistic. If we all strive to achieve it, may be this is possible even in a shorter period of time. It is not possible to perform this gigantic task by one man or one group of people. One man is, however, very important-- the progress of Malaysia without Mahathir could not be conceived but he was supported by a diehard team and the nation as a whole.

EC's reform proposal

I recently read in newspapers that the Election Commission is showing flexibility on many reforms it has proposed. Since then I have been feeling a little disturbed because all the proposals are very important if the country has to be saved from the syndicate of evils. I think it is my social responsibility to bring to your attention the true picture on at least one issue - politics in foreign lands.

“The culprit must be punished”

This is in regard to the above news item which was published in The Daily Star of March 2, 2008. This is the story of a young, innocent and unfortunate housewife named Nila from Baro Bashoria village of Sirajganj who became the latest victim of acid thrown on her by her husband. Nila as we gathered from the news had been pursuing performing art from her school days and was keen to realise her dreams even after her marriage. However, she never had the slightest idea that the guy she married was mentally deranged and was planning to put a full- stop to her dreams by defacing her for good.

Lessons from US primaries

Currently, we are watching the dramatic primary elections of the US. Two features of this election, I think, are very relevant for our country. One is the opportunity of the electorate to select the best candidate from their favourite party and the other is the issue-based campaign by the candidates.

Tormenting questions

I am tormented these days by the following questions:

Treatment abroad

Why, when the vast majority of Bangladeshi people cannot afford to go to Singapore for medical treatment, are we sending out the politicians? It should be a national policy that the public servants have to get treatment in the system that they have produced. This is sending a clear message, the healthcare system of Bangladesh is not good enough for our politicians but good enough for the common people of Bangladesh. I think it would be a fine lesson for them to experience the pitfalls of local healthcare and hospitals, they would probably be traumatised at what goes on, even if they were given special treatment and seen right away and spoken to politely. It should also be a policy that the children of the politicians be sent to government schools, that way they will have to invest some money into the healthcare and education systems for their own sake, if not for the people they represent.

Second dirtiest city?

Dhaka gets the dubious distinction of being the second dirtiest city in the world according to the Forbes magazine.

School and criminality

I would like to draw your kind attention to the danger that school boys are facing every day. In school areas some individuals are very much involved in criminal activities. They are known as 'boro bhai'. Innocent schoolboys fear these elements. They disturb the students in many ways and even snatch away mobile phones from them.

Election issue

I might sound outrageous or totally disappointed with the anticipated final episode of our over played political drama! We have heard for the last 14 months of "one-eleven" and " election shall be held by December 2008". The CEC has gone one step further and said that “ Dead or alive, we will hold election on time.” The election might be held on time, but which election, general election or local govt.? The argument put forward to hold local govt. election in April or May is not tenable, but seen as forced on the nation. The nation immediately needs a legislative body for accountability of the government including the constitutional institutions where signs of arbitrary decision and action seemed to take precedence over law.

Treatment abroad

It has been observed that some of our detained leaders are sick and need immediate treatment.

Naim deserves recognition

Thriteen-year-old Naim who found the statue of Lord Buddha should be rewarded for his honesty, both by our government and private organisations. Particularly, the DCC mayor should initiate some sort of official recognition for such a humble gesture of honesty, so that others in society would feel encouraged to do the same.

Traffic managers

A few months ago, I was talking to a traffic inspector (TI) about our transport system. I told him, “If the drivers have original licenses which would be taken through practical exams in writing, road test as well as viva, then they can have original licenses and then the transport related problems will be reduced”. In reply the TI told me, “You are talking about license? City transport buses don't even have any proper papers (route permit, blue book, fitness, registration card, tax token, insurance).” Then I was introduced to a DB inspector. I told him that the police sergeants always misbehave and try to take bribe from or file cases against the cab drivers. He replied, “The cab drivers can make a samity, collect money every day and can give it to the police department so that the traffic police do not harass the cab drivers anymore.” So, this is it. The cab drivers always charge high and they never want to go short distances. They even misbehave with the commuters.

Hospital waste management

This is further to your very relevant article on Star City front page on February 20. The write-up is very important for protecting public health, and the officials concerned should be aware of the implications of ignoring it. If the government plans to have stringent laws on proper waste management in health care facilities, then the step is fairly simple. This is to make the installation and operation of approved incinerator compulsory for all hospitals and clinics; both public and private. This can be incorporated by an ordinance to be issued by the CTG. The step will be most welcome.

Never quote Kissinger

In my opinion, we should not quote anywhere even in our students' debates the unwarranted remarks once made by Henry Kissinger about Bangladesh. Definitely, Bangladesh has her basket to deal with her problems and prospects.

Some points

The month of March has come - the month of independence.

Dhaka traffic

Dhaka traffic is probably the most common subject of discussion in any gathering in Dhaka. Everybody has a solution. Talks of billion-dollar projects are in the air. But before we start building more roads, subway systems, LRTs and other such physical infrastructure, we should first ready our minds to imbibe the culture of respecting others' right of way. In more mature societies this is guaranteed. But in this country we don't even have the slightest idea of what this means, let alone respecting it.

Ashraful's performance

I would appeal to Ashraful, the captain of our national cricket team, to voluntarily resign from his position, after his dismal performance against the South African cricket team. I am not an avid follower of cricket matches but I do follow our matches.

International

UK urges Nato allies to foster good ties with new Pak govt

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband urged Nato countries yesterday to foster good relations with the new government in Pakistan and particularly in its dealings with Afghanistan.

Obama gets tough after Hillary comeback

Barack Obama Wednesday turned to hardball tactics after Hillary Clinton's comeback wins staved off extinction for her Democratic White House bid, as President George W Bush embraced Republican candidate John McCain.

Pak lawyers stage anti-Musharraf rally

More than 2,000 Pakistani lawyers rallied in the eastern city of Lahore yesterday to press their demands for the reinstatement of judges sacked by President Pervez Musharraf.

British aid groups say Gaza situation worst since 1967

British humanitarian agencies yesterday said the situation in the Gaza Strip was the worst in 40 years and urged the European Union to hold talks with Hamas, which runs the impoverished territory.

Top US military officer opposes timetable for Iraq withdrawal

The top US military officer said on Wednesday he opposed a timetable for withdrawing US troops from Iraq but would carry out whatever decision a future president may make.

Three suspected suicide bombers held in Lahore

Pakistani police yesterday arrested three suspected suicide bombers in the eastern city of Lahore who were planning attacks on prominent figures, officials said.

Iraqi president to visit Turkey today

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani will travel to Ankara today for a two-day visit, a week after Turkish forces ended a military offensive against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, officials said yesterday.

Explosion hits NY Times Square

Police cordoned off a section of New York's Times Square early yesterday after a small explosion struck near a military recruiting station, officials said.

UN envoy in Myanmar to push for reforms

UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari arrived in Myanmar yesterday to try to press the ruling junta to include detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in promised multi-party elections.

4 US marines to face court-martial in Japan rape case

Four US Marines will face court-martial in Japan over allegations they gang-raped a local woman, the US military said, even though Japanese prosecutors dropped the case.

Arts & Entertainment

National Rabindra Sangeet Festival '08 begins

The 19th National Rabindra Sangeet Festival '08 began at the Shawkat Osman Auditorium of Central Public Library on March 5. Bangladesh Rabindra Sangeet Shilpi Sangstha (BRSSS) organised the four-day long programme, where more than 200 artistes from all over the country will perform.

On the verge of stardom

Rumana Malik Munmun, a Lux Channel- i Superstar finalist in 2006, plays the role of Nowrin in the play Doll's House. Tonight's episode will feature the last appearance of the character. The serial is aired from Thursday to Sunday at 11:30 pm on ATN Bangla.

Chhayanat launches “Bangladesher Hridoy Hotey”

Chhayanat launched their culture and literature-based magazine Bangladesh Hridoy Hotey on March 5 at the Chhayanat Sanskriti Bhaban. The publisher and editor of the magazine, Dr. Sanijda Khatun was present at the event alongside other renowned personalities.

PDN lauds Bangladeshi Photographer Munem Wasif

Bangladeshi photographer Munem Wasif has been selected as one of the 30 emerging photographers (PDN 30) by the Photo District News Magazine. PDN 30 is considered to be prestigious in the field of photography worldwide. Excerpts from the write-up on Wasif published in PDN:

Naveed Mahbub and his stand-up comedy

Engineer-turned-stand-up comedian Naveed Mahbub is rapidly making his mark on the US stand-up comedy scene. A popular host of various shows on TV and radio, recognition has come his way with the award of the Best Male Comedian in the '2007 Las Vegas Comedy Festival.'

Book fair and cultural programme in Bhola ends

A weeklong book fair and cultural programme on International Mother Language Day in Bhola ended recently. The venue was the Bhola Government Girls' High School premises. On the occasion dignitaries placed wreaths at the Bhola Shaheed Minar.

Sunney Deol to appear in a Bengali film

The macho man of Bollywood Sunny Deol has made his debut in a Bengali movie -- albeit in a cameo.

Discussion on RAB in tonight's “Shomoyer Kotha”

Tonight's episode of Shomoyer Kotha will feature a discussion on RAB (Rapid Action Battalion), providing an insight on the elite crime fighting force. Since its formation the RAB has played a crucial role in fighting crime and terrorism in the country. In between discussions rare and exclusive video footages of the law enforcement officers at work will also be shown, through which viewers will be able to get an impression of how certain cases are handled.

“Aziz Market, Shahbagh” on Ekushey TV

A new mega serial, Aziz Market, Shahbagh, Dhaka-1000, will be aired on Ekushey TV from tonight onwards at 9:30 pm. The serial has been written and directed by Sakhawat Al Mamun. The serial presents stories of poets, actors and singers as well as people from different tracks of life and the times they spent at the Aziz Market.

50th episode of drama serial “Tarik Ali Hadari”

Tonight Banglavision will telecast the 50th episode of the drama serial Tarik Ali Hadari at 9:45 pm. Written by Zahir Babu and directed by Belal Ahmed, Tarik Ali Hadari follows the life of Tarik Ali (played by veteran actor ATM Samsuzzaman), a miser in his 60s who owns a cattle farm. He takes money from people for keeping their livestock in his khoar. In some cases he even forces people to pay.

“Dhaka Nibash”: New serial on ntvc

The serial Dhaka Nibash has been on air on ntv since March 3. The 26-episode serial is written by Shahidul Islam and directed by Taher Shipon. The story is set and filmed in the picturesque locations of Nepal.

StarTech

Changing the way we go about

Think about a world which can never be seen but really exists. Yes, this is the nanotechnology world which is not visible to the naked eye even with a light microscope.

CeBIT presents gadgets hot and weird

The world's biggest technology fair has opened in Hanover, allowing thousands of exhibitors to display the hottest and weirdest gadgets.

Huawei's seminar on enterprise network solution

Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies (Bangladesh) organised a seminar titled 'Huawei Enterprise Network Solution' at a local hotel on February 28.

Macbook Air unveiled in Bangladesh

Aloha ishoppe, authorised reseller for Macintosh products, recently introduced the latest Mac family member Macbook Air in the Bangladesh market, says a press release.

JAN Associates rewards ICT journalists

Leading IT vendor JAN Associates handed over awards to ICT journalists for their outstanding performance in covering ICT related news, events and current affairs.



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