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News of: Sunday, 9th of March, 2008

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Move to end clout of powerful politicians

The cabinet yesterday approved in principle an ordinance that will end disproportionately high allocation of funds for constituencies of powerful politicians and compel the government to clearly state allocations marked for each upazila, district and division in the budget.

Govt, parties still wide apart on issue

There is still no visible move to bridge the rising differences between the government and political parties over holding local government elections before parliamentary polls that has triggered a fresh spell of uncertainty about the immediate political scene.

CA for right atmosphere for women development

Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed has called upon all, irrespective of their professions and positions, to put in their best efforts for creating an appropriate political and socioeconomic structure to ensure overall development of women.

Non-brand edible oil disappears from markets

Non-brand soya bean oil disappeared from city wholesale markets yesterday with a sudden surge in edible oil prices.

Plying rivers without fitness

A large number of vessels operating along the inland waterways do not have fitness or registration papers and have a tendency to violate river traffic rules as apparently no government authorities are overseeing them.

Probe finds anomalies in NGO registration

The Social Welfare Directorate (SWD) yesterday stand-released two officials of Natore office as primary investigation revealed irregularities in registering fraud NGOs that disappeared with members' about Tk 500 crore.

Pintu brought Emon to underworld

Top criminal Sanjidul Islam Emon said that it was former Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu, who had introduced him to the underworld of Dhaka.

Khaleda wants Oct 29 issue in reconciliation draft

Detained BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia wants the issue of controversial October 29 standing committee meeting to be included in the draft proposal for reconciliation of the factions.

Groundwater depletion hampers irrigation

Groundwater-based irrigation system is experiencing difficulties in different parts of the country as shallow aquifer level is getting out of reach due to fast depletion of groundwater table.

Army HQ terms false some reports, editorial on Gen Moeen's Delhi visit

The army headquarters yesterday termed false and fabricated some newspaper reports and editorial that the army chief of staff during his India visit had stated that Bangladesh would show respects to the martyred Indian soldiers of 1971 on March 25 every year.

Ancient stone statue, terracotta tiles found in 2 districts

Rab members yesterday recovered some artefacts including an over thousand-year-old stone statue of Vishnu in Gaibandha and Dinajpur on Friday night.

Term of Speedy Trial Act gets 2yr extension

The Council of Advisers yesterday extended the term of the Speedy Trial Act for another two years, amending the tough law meant for effectively dealing with serious crimes.

Delwar slates CEC remarks on BNP issue

Blasting the chief election commissioner (CEC) for his remarks about the BNP constitution and the expulsion of Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan, pro-Khaleda faction of the party yesterday said the CEC broke the rules and lost neutrality by making biased comments.

Fresh Indian restriction on non-Basmati rice

The Indian government has placed new restrictions on the export of rice, allowing shipments of non-basmati varieties of the grain which cost more than 650 dollars per tonne.

Huji operating in Bogra in new name

Leaders of banned militant organisation Harkatul Jihad al Islami (Huji) formed a new political party "Islami Gono Andolan" to carry out political activities openly.

10hr outage at 4 city hospitals

Four major hospitals in the city experienced severe power outage for around 10 hours yesterday due to technical glitch, causing an ordeal to patients.

Doc, nurse demo disrupts medical services

Most employees of the Apollo Hospital, including doctors and nurses, yesterday staged demonstrations to press for immediate resignation of its chief executive officer Dr EDL Hansen, seriously disrupting its medical services.

Spin holds key for Tigers

With the bitter Test series done and dusted, Bangladesh will focus their attention to a relatively comfortable domain of one-day cricket with the first limited-overs international against South Africa being held at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium today.

Charge-framing hearing resumes today

The hearing on charge framing against detained former prime minister Sheikh Hasina and six others in the barge-mounted power plant graft case resumes at a special court today.

Four doctors to visit Hasina at jail today

Four personal physicians of detained Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina will examine her health today and place recommendations to the jail authorities.

Nawaz-Zardari love will not last long

President Pervez Musharraf is confident that the new friendship between Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari will not last long and that they will part soon. The president has met almost all the newly elected PML-Q members of the National Assembly and urged them to remain united on one platform.

CA to attend OIC summit

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed leaves for Dakar on Tuesday to attend the 11th summit of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) to be held in the capital of Senegal March 13-14.

Miladunnabi on March 21

The holy Eid-e-Miladunnabi marking the birth and demise of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SM) will be observed across the country on March 21.

Man found dead in cop custody

A man was found dead in police custody at Batiaghata Police Station Friday evening.

Mob beats 2 robbers to death

An angry mob beat two robbers to death and injured another yesterday at Kaliakoir upazila in Gazipur.

Suu Kyi meets UN envoy

Myanmar's detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday met with visiting UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari, officials said, as the nation's junta rebuffed global pressure to reform its election plans.

Musharraf says army still backs him

President Pervez Musharraf said yesterday that Pakistan's powerful army was not "distancing" itself from him following the defeat of his political allies in elections last month.

Angry Boeing supporters target McCain

Angry Boeing supporters are vowing revenge against Republican presidential candidate John McCain over Chicago-based Boeing's loss of a $35 billion Air Force tanker contract to the parent company of European plane maker Airbus.

Editorial

Prices sky-rocketing

IT will not be an overstatement to say that the unchecked rise of prices of daily necessities has gone beyond the tolerance level of everyone, not to speak of the poor and the middle class consumers. The reasons remain inexplicable since no theory can satisfactorily explain the quantum leap in prices of essentials that is occurring on a daily basis. It proves right the thesis, which many economists put forward, that economic phenomenon taking place in Bangladesh can seldom be explained by economic theories.

Democracy in Pakistan

PRESIDENT Pervez Musharraf plans to call Pakistan's new national assembly into session in the next ten days. That should lay to rest all speculations about his intentions. He has promised to lend his support to the coalition government to be formed by the Pakistan People's Party and Nawaz Sharif's Muslim League. For the first time since the February 18 elections, therefore, Pakistanis can tell themselves that the mist is about to lift and that they can look forward to a new beginning. With everyone today getting in line behind the call for democracy, prospects for pluralistic governance look pretty bright. Even the new army chief, General Ashfaq Kayani, has reassured people that the military will support the efforts for a democratic change in the country.

Connected by an umbilical cord

IF modernity is described as freeing man from tradition that would effectively mean wrenching human beings from the tranquility of communal life and bestowing upon him or her traits of individualism, then the question can be asked whether it would not mean alienation, in Marxian term, and whether it is at all possible to acquire modernity as individuals are (barring exceptions) irretrievably connected with one another by family, social, national and international bonds.

The sky is the limit

INDER Kumar Gujral and Nawaz Sharif, then prime ministers of India and Pakistan, respectively, met at Male during the Saarc summit to discuss how to improve relations between the two countries. Both decided to normalise trade and business first. But they also appointed a committee of bureaucrats drawn from both sides to discuss Kashmir.

Multi-polar world? Not so fast

IT has become fashionable to talk about the arrival of a multi-polar world, in which the US faces increasing competition from rising powers like Europe, China and India, or resurgent powers like Russia and Japan. Proponents of such a "multi-polar worldview" often claim to hold a "realist" view of international relations. They believe the US should retreat from its ideological crusade and instead engage in a contest for influence with other global "poles" -- à la "the Great Game" -- on "unclaimed playgrounds such as Africa or Latin America."

Sports

Ash sings youth song

Bangladesh is believed to be a combative team in limited-overs cricket and that tag perhaps keeps skipper Mohammad Ashraful positive and inspired on the eve of any one-day international series.

Mehrab steers DOHS

Mehrab Hossain guided Old DOHS to a six-wicket win over much-fancied Victoria Sporting Club in the Premier League at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium yesterday.

Dhiman's dream come true

The 21-year-old talented wicketkeeper Dhiman Ghosh is eagerly looking forward to make his presence felt in international cricket when Bangladesh begins the three-match ODI series against South Africa this morning.

Ryan hattrick turns the tide in England's favour

A sensational hattrick by Ryan Sidebottom shattered New Zealand's run charge and ignited an England fightback on day four of the first cricket Test here Saturday.

Pompey send MU crashing

Harry Redk-napp pulled off a unique FA Cup hattrick against Manchester United as Sulley Muntari's second-half penalty sealed a 1-0 victory that sent Portsmouth through to the semifinals for the first time since 1992.

Sidebottom speechless

England hero Ryan Sidebottom admitted to being dumbstruck by his stunning hattrick which inspired his side's fightback on the fourth day of the first cricket Test against New Zealand here Saturday.

Inter find new home

Inter Milan have found a suitable area for a new stadium of their own, club president Massimo Moratti said on Friday.

Gunners walking on air

Arsenal's return flight from Milan touched down in London in the small hours of Wednesday morning, yet even now Arsene Wenger's players must feel as if they are walking on air.

ARod stuns Novak

Andy Roddick, playing with a new lease of life, caused his second successive upset to reached the final of the Dubai Open on Friday when he added Novak Djokovic's scalp to his victory over Rafael Nadal.

Jankovic crashes out

Yan Zi of China upset world number four Jelena Jankovic of Serbia in three sets on Friday to storm into the semifinals of the 600,000-dollar WTA Bangalore Open here.

Verbeek blasts China's plan

Australia coach Pim Verbeek has attacked China's plan to play this month's World Cup qualifier at high altitude but said his team would respond to the challenge.

Benzema extends Lyon contract

Prolific France striker Karim Benzema has agreed to extend his Olympique Lyon contract, the six-times French champions said on Friday.

EPL harder than La Liga: Pires

Former Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires believes that the English Premier League is far stronger than the Spanish championship where he now plies his trade with Villarreal.

Cruyff backs out of Ajax plan

Former Ajax Amsterdam great Johan Cruyff has pulled out of plans to revamp the club's youth department because of differences with Marco van Basten, who takes over as coach on July 1.

Moyes playing mind-games

Everton boss David Moyes cranked up the mind games with Liverpool in the race for a Champions League place on Thursday by revealing he thought the Anfield giants would have been champions this season.

Gazza released from hospital

Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne has been released from hospital after being detained under mental health laws because of potentially threatening behaviour, it was reported Saturday.

Rakitic pines for a big club

Schalke's Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic wants to join a bigger European club to advance his career.

Becks back to training

Soccer superstar David Beckham resumed training on Saturday ahead of a friendly here after suffering a minor injury during LA Galaxy's Asian tour.

Hull want Okacha stay

English second tier side Hull could try and persuade Nigerian international veteran Jay-Jay Okocha to stay with them for another season.

Local Snippets

Ansar & VDP take on Viquarunnisa Noon School will play the opening encounter of the girls' twenty20 cricket tournament to be inaugurated at the Azimpur Girls' School and College ground today.

It's ICL time again

With the International Cricket Council-backed Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament scheduled to kick off in April, the Indian Cricket League (ICL) has plenty at stake as its second edition kicks off in Panchkula today.

Treble no shock: Flemo

England pace bowler Ryan Sidebottom's hattrick against New Zealand on the fourth day of the first Test on Saturday was no surprise to former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming.

'Aussies past glory days'

Australia's cricket glory days are over and the team must face up to a tougher future, leading commentators said Saturday after India's euphoric one-day series win over the world champions.

Indian biggies fit to play

Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Sourav Ganguly, RP Singh and VRV Singh have been passed fit for the upcoming Test series against South Africa, which starts on March 26 in Chennai.

Marion Jones reports to jail

Former Olympic champion Marion Jones sentenced in January to six months prison for lying about her drug use, Friday reported to a Texas jail, US Bureau of Prisons spokeswoman Traci Billingsley said.

Badda stun Victoria

Badda Jagarani upset title contender Victoria Sporting Club 1-0 in their first Super Six encounter of the Metropolis Senior Division Football at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Arthur's cause for concern

Mickey Arthur, the South Africa coach, says he is "worried" about the addition of Paddy Upton to Gary Kirsten's coaching staff for India's home series against South Africa, since the mental-conditioning specialist possesses inside knowledge on his key players.

BCB condoles death of Nazimuddin

Members of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) condole the passing away Mr. Nazimuddin, groundsman of Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.

Sophia Gardens turning Swalec

Glamorgan have announced that they will be renaming Sophia Gardens the Swalec Stadium after agreeing a 1.5 million pound ten-year sponsorship deal.

Business

Mercedes-Benz bus to be assembled in Bangladesh

One of the country's leading automobile distributors, Rancon Motors, is to assemble Mercedes-Benz buses in Bangladesh for the first time, in an attempt to tap the growing demand for luxury buses among the long distance coach companies.

Local jobseekers have openings in Europe

Bangladesh workers have opportunities in the European job market in the next few years if it does not go by WTO rules, a recent government study finds.

Strong knitwear exports to exceed govt targets

Knitwear exports in the 2007-08 fiscal year are likely to exceed the government's target due to a strong performance in the US market and the increasing flexibility given by the use of local yarn.

UK RMG dyeing firm chooses Mymensingh over China

An UK-based garment dyeing company abandoned its plans to relocate a plant to China, instead building it in Bangladesh, attracted by the lower costs and well developed garment industry.

Barapukuria coalmine output drops as local miners on strike

Coal production in Barapukuria mine has declined by 1,000 tonnes a day against usual production of 3,300 tonnes since Thursday after local miners went on a strike demanding fair recruitment procedures.

World central bankers voice concern over food inflation

Central bankers from the world's industrialised and developing regions voiced concern Friday over surging food and energy prices, their latest big challenge as globalisation unsettles the balance of supply and demand.

US loses 63,000 jobs as economic woes deepen

A stumbling US economy lost 63,000 jobs in February, according to a shockingly weak report released Friday as a top White House adviser offered a grim outlook for growth.

Bad days for fast food shops; bird flu takes its toll

Sales in the city's fast food shops have marked a sharp fall as customers continued to ignore chicken items out of bird flu fear, hitting hard the booming fast-food business.

Reform measures slow down economy: DCCI

The reform initiatives by the present caretaker government have slowed down Bangladesh economy, as the Dhaka chamber chief observed.

A rice strategy for Bangladesh

Let us look at a typical entrepreneur. He begins a business and through years of hard work, gets himself into a stable position. Over time, he will need to grapple with organizational requirements and resources to cope with growth. How does he do it? One way is to make a long term strategy.

Bangladesh oil company sees nearly $1b loss

Bangladesh's state-owned oil company will post a record net loss of nearly one billion dollars in the current fiscal year due to sky-rocketing global crude oil prices, its chairman said on Saturday.

Commodity prices spike to record peaks

Oil, gold, platinum and copper prices rocketed to record highs this week, boosted by weak supplies and fervent demand stemming from the weak dollar and the darkening US economic outlook, traders said.

StanChart Launches loan against property of SMEs

Standard Chartered Bank has sanctioned its first SME Loan Against Property (LAP) to RS Enterprise, one of the SME customers of the bank, says a press release.

Peoples Jute Mills to go under private management

Peoples Jute Mills Limited is to go under private management.

Outlook bright for Thai job market

Business is booming for recruiting firms in Thailand as companies start hiring again.

DHL introduces ‘green’ service in Asia Pacific

Express delivery and logistics giant DHL said Friday it has launched an Asia Pacific service allowing clients to offset the carbon emissions generated by transporting their shipments.

Parjatan corp gets new chairman

Shafique Alam Mehdi has joined Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC), the national tourism organisation, as its chairman with effect from March 5, 2008.

Gulf- India gas pipeline feasible: Expert

A deepwater pipeline designed to transport large quantities of natural gas 'economically' from the Gulf region to India, straight across the Indian Ocean is now feasible, an expert has said.

Indian inflation crosses 5pc hits 10-month peak

India's inflation rate crossed five percent to hit a 10-month high as fruit, fish and other food prices rose, according to official data Friday, reducing chances of an early interest rate cut.

Women workers still vulnerable to poverty, unemployment: ILO

Women are in the workplace like never before but they are still more vulnerable than men to unemployment and low-paid jobs, the International Labour Organisation said Friday.

Toyota to increase pay for 3rd year in row

Toyota Motor Corp, which as a major company is likely to set a trend in this year's 'shunto' labour-management spring wage talks, plans to carry out an across-the-board basic wage hike for the third consecutive year.

Weekly Currency Roundup

March 2-March 6, 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.

Metropolitan

Ensure 33 pc women's representation in parties

Women's rights activists yesterday welcomed the Election Commission's (EC) proposal for ensuring 33 percent women's representation on all committees of the political parties, saying that the country and the politics would benefit if the proposal is implemented.

Youths say no to corruption, violence against women

Hundreds of youths vowed to say no to corruption and to denounce violence against women to establish a society based on parity when they thronged a concert in the city to mark the International Women's Day yesterday.

2cr suffer from kidney diseases

Doctors and experts at a roundtable here yesterday said Bangladesh has all necessary facilities for the treatment of kidney diseases.

'Relax age limit for 28th BCS examinations'

A group of graduates yesterday demanded that the age limit for the candidates of 28th BCS examinations be relaxed by at least one year.

Road accidents kill 5

At least five people were killed and 20 others injured in separate road accidents in Dinajpur, Joypurhat and Narayanganj yesterday.

'Politicians should study literature to attain human quality'

Speakers at a conference in the city said the politicians of our country should study literature to attain human qualities and render their services to the people in a better way, says a press release.

Water filtration plant reactivated in Manikganj

A water filtration plant was reactivated with the technical and financial assistance from British American Tobacco Bangladesh (BATB) at Gorpara under Sadar Upazila in Manikganj yesterday.

'Ensure safe migration for female workers'

Speakers at a discussion yesterday urged the government to ensure safe migration for female workers who are playing a significant role in the economy of the country by sending foreign currency.

150 cleft-lipped children operated in Rangpur

Under its Smile-Brighter Programme, Dutch-Bangla Bank Limited organised a 4-day-long plastic surgery camp at the Prime Specialised Hospital in Rangpur from March 4, says a press release.

Announce specific dates for election

Acting Awami League President Zillur Rahman yesterday said doubts have been created in the public mind as to whether the parliamentary elections will be held in time since the Election Commission and the caretaker government are making contradictory statements about the polls.

Criminals loot Tk 80,000 from ticket counter

A gang of criminals looted Tk 80,000 from a bus ticket counter at Mohakhali in the city yesterday evening after stabbing the ticket seller.

Businessman shot in city

Criminals shot and injured a rent-a-car businessman at his office at Mohakhali in the city yesterday evening.

Three die inhaling poisonous gas

Three labourers died and another fell sick after inhaling poisonous gas after they entered into a septic tank of an under-construction building in Nagolkot Upazila town yesterday morning.

Bangladesh Army contingent arrives in Liberia

Bangladesh is replacing its army contingent working for peace in United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).

Birth anniversary of Ramakrishna today

Toady is the 173rd birth anniversary of Sri Ramakrishna, one of the most revered figures in the Hindu religion, says a press release.

AIUB convocation tomorrow

The 8th convocation of American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB) will be held at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre tomorrow, says a press release.

World Poetry Centre executives

Poet Rafiq Azad and poet Sarder Azad have been made president and general secretary of the executive committee of World Poetry Centre, Bangladesh for 2008-09, says a press release.

NUS marks Int'l Women's Day

Nari Unnayan Shakti, an NGO working for underprivileged women and children, observed the International Women's Day with various programmes across the country yesterday, says a press release.

National

Repair of Sidr-damaged dams in Patuakhali uncertain

Repair of Sidr-damaged flood control dams in seven upazila of Patuakhali district has became uncertain due to fund constraints.

Birshrestha Hamidur museum opens today

All is set to open Birshrestha Sipahi Hamidur Rahman Smriti Granthagar O Jadughar at Hamidur's home village Khordo Khalishpur (recently named Hamid Nagar after the martyr's name) in Moheshpur upazila in Jhenidah today.

9512 fowls culled in Ashuganj

Livestock officials yesterday banned movement of fowls to and from 10 kilometre area in Ashuganj after they culled 9512 fowls and eggs of four farms there Thursday and Friday nights.

Mother, daughter acid-burnt

A woman and her daughter became victim of acid violence at village Jalirpar under Maksudpur upazila in Gopalganj district on Friday night.

No portrait of Bangabandhu at RU archive

University Grants Commission (UGC) chairman Prof Nazrul Islam yesterday criticized the Rajshahi University (RU) authorities for not displaying the portrait of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at the Martyred Memorial Archive.

Soya bean Tk 125 per litre in Khulna

Soya bean was sold at Tk 125 per litre in Khulna city yesterday.

3 robbers held with vehicle

Police yesterday arrested three armed robbers from a microbus on Mitora-Borundi road here and seized the vehicle along with a pipe gun and a sharp weapon.

Sylhet Jubo League chief arrested

Joint forces caught Sylhet district chief of Awami Juba League and and ward commissioner Jagadish Das yesterday.

Poet Obaidullah remembered

A daylong programme recalling poet Abu Zafar Obaidullah was observed to mark his birth and death anniversaries at his native village Baherchar under Babuganj upazila in Barisal district yesterday.

Letters

Tigers fail again

As usual the Tigers went down meekly in the Test series. Once again our batsmen showed how untrained they are to play in the longer version of the game. Almost all of them chased the balls outside the off stump; they stood still on the crease and regularly fished at the wide balls. There was absolutely no footwork, I think they need to improve a lot with their footwork. Shot selection was also very poor. It seems they can't score runs in singles and couples which is inarguably the most vital thing to build up an innings. There is also a tendency among them to lose their patience after crossing the twenty mark as we've seen them throw their wickets away after reaching the mid twenties or thirties instead of going for a big score. I've also observed when the Tigers go on defence they do nothing other than blocking the ball. Thus the scoreboard comes to a halt, as a result pressure mounts on the batters. To ease things up they need to be more resourceful in defensive batting, they need to find the gaps and keep the scoreboard ticking steadily. We haven't forgotten that South Africa is a very strong team consisting of many top ranking players. I think if the South African batsmen can score double hundreds ours should be able to score fifties if not hundreds.

Migrant workers

A couple of news reports and writings on labour migration has drawn my attention. I am referring to the following two.

Avian flu

Several opinion-based articles have been published in DS about the recent outbreak of avian flu, its implications and media coverage of this particular issue.

Fate of Pakistan

It is really unfortunate that the people of Pakistan have never had truly democratic rule in their country. Elimination of extremism and establishment of democracy are two of the biggest challenges for this country.

Stop this cruelty

I was horrified to read in The Daily Star that the chicken being killed for bird flu are put in a sack and buried alive, if I have understood the report correctly. This is outright cruelty!

Private university

They say Bangladesh is a poverty stricken country. They say that nearly ninety percent of the population cannot have even two decent meals daily. Now, there is a lot more to what they said, but let's concentrate on just a few for the moment. Some say that basic education is the road to better life, which others agree to and decide to modify and say that basic education is the core of our business, and we will not let go any opportunity to earn the cash that will move us one step closer to being Bill Gates!!

Ekushey and our progress

The blood-stained 21st February, now recognized as the International Mother Language Day, is the recognition of all languages and cultures of the universe in order to preserve, celebrate and foster the world heritage, especially those on the verge of extinction due to the assault of the all enveloping western culture, branded as satellite culture.

Solar power plant

I am rather disappointed to learn from a news report published in DS on February 11,2008 that the solar power plant installed by the Power Development Board (PDB) at Bagachola village under Barkal upazila in Rangamati at a cost of Tk.8 lakh is virtually of no use because of lack of proper management. The report further said that about Tk.4 lakh is being spent for salary of 29 staffs engaged for the maintenance of the solar projects.

A banker's job

Looking into banking, one must first consider the advantages and the disadvantages of this particular career, and then decide whether the job will suit his or her individual needs. In general, a career in the banking industry seems extremely hard and very time consuming, and from time to time, has had me contemplating whether or not to major in finance. The type of work demanded is very diverse and seems very interesting, with very high compensation for individual performance. With that in mind, choosing to go into the banking industry could be very rewarding.

Public university

I am proud to be a student of a public university. When I go home, my friends, relatives and others appreciate me. It was my dream to admit myself in a public university and I succeeded. But it is a university without a library, without quality education and without quality teachers. And there is no accommodation facility for the students. Yes, it is our Jagannath University.

Education sector

The war on corruption that the government has been waging for over a year seems to have stalled. While some of the notorious political touts are in jail, elimination or reduction of corruption in some important public sectors is not apparent. For decades, the image of public universities has gone down because of corruption and irregularities in the administration.

Powerless policymakers!

The front page headline in a local English daily (Feb: 16) on the matter clearly presents the faltering and slow trend in decision making regarding investment in the power sector.

Missing "Crosstalk"

I have been a subscriber of The Daily Star ever since its inception and have also made some odd contributions at various points of time. It needs no mentioning that over the years DS has emerged as the best English daily offering the most balanced read in comparison to all the other newspapers on the stand. Its founder editor, Late S.M. Ali happened to be a close friend of my father and we have witnessed the rapid growth of The Daily Star to what it stands for today.

Earthquake

In the early morning of Wednesday 27th February 2008, large parts of England and Wales were hit by an earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter Scale.

International

Hillari, Obama face off in Wyoming

Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama face off in the western state of Wyoming yesterday as the campaign took a nasty turn following the resignation of a key Obama foreign policy aide.

Peace talks with Isreal must continue: Abbas

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday said peace efforts with Israel must move forward despite an especially bloody spate of violence capped by a deadly attack on a Jewish seminary in Jerusalem.

Iraq, Turkey vow to face Kurdish rebels

The leaders of Iraq and Turkey pledged Friday to take measures against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq during talks to soothe tensions following a Turkish cross-border offensive against the militants.

Hillary to change Pakistan policy

US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has promised to end the Bush administration's “one dimensional” policy towards Pakistan if voted to power because it focuses on President Pervez Musharraf and ignores the people.

Malaysian polls close, ruling party confident of winning majority

Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's coalition appeared certain to win Malaysia's parliamentary elections as the polls closed yesterday, but the opposition could see gains amid anger over race and religion among minority Chinese and Indians.

Regional cooperation for Saarc farmers

Agriculture experts of South Asian countries have recommended the setting up of regional information centres to alert farmers in the area on movement of pests and spread of crop dieseas in the wake of climate change.

India 'too polite' to seek British apology

British brutality during colonial rule in India cannot be forgotten but the nation is too polite to ask for an apology, India's vice president Hamid Ansari said, according to a report on Yesterday.

Pleas for action as Asia marks Women's Day

Asia marked International Women's Day from Afghanistan to Australia yesterday with pleas for greater rights and equality for half the region's population.

Bush vetoes interrogation limits

President Bush is poised to veto legislation that would bar the CIA from using waterboarding a technique that simulates drowning and other harsh interrogation methods on terror suspects.

Roadside bombs kill five in Iraq

Two roadside bombs killed four people while one US soldier was killed and another wounded in an explosion while conducting operations in the confessionally divided province of Diyala, northeast of Baghdad, on Friday, police said.

New UN envoy to Afghanistan

Norwegian diplomat Kai Eide has been appointed the latest U.N. "super envoy" to coordinate military and civilian efforts in Afghanistan, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's office said Friday.

Russian arms dealer sent to Thai prison

A Thai court yesterday sent Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout to a maximum security prison, as his lawyer denied that the man known as the "Merchant of Death" was supplying arms to Colombian rebels.

100 bodies found in Iraq mass grave

Iraqi security forces have found a mass grave containing around 100 decomposed bodies in the restive province of Diyala, in one of the biggest such finds in several months, the US military said yesterday.

Spain set to vote with ETA in spotlight

Spain votes in a general election today, two days after the Socialist government's record in battling ETA was thrust into the spotlight when a gunman believed to belong to the Basque separatist group shot dead a former city councilman.

Nato soldier killed in Afghanistan

A road-side bomb similar to those used by Taliban insurgents hit a Nato-led patrol in eastern Afghanistan yesterday, killing one soldier and injuring another one, the alliance force said.

Four die as oil tanker capsizes in Vietnam

Vietnamese rescue workers had recovered four bodies from a capsized oil tanker yesterday and were trying to contain an oil spill that hit beaches at a southern resort, officials said.

Latin American leaders end bitter feud

The presidents of Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela, with a simple handshake, settled a bitter feud here Friday that had raised fears of a military confrontation between the South American neighbors.

Two injured as Israel strikes Gaza again

Two Palestinian militants were injured, including one in serious condition, late on Friday in an Israeli strike in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, medical sources and witnesses said.

Thatcher leaves hospital after tests

Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher left hospital yesterday after undergoing precautionary tests, her spokesman said.

Indian freed by Pakistan admits to being a spy

An Indian man freed after spending 35 years in Pakistani prisons for espionage has admitted being a spy, leading the Pakistani minister who organized the release to say it would now be harder to free other prisoners.

Blair to teach at Yale

Former British prime minister Tony Blair is to take up a post teaching at Yale, one of the top educational institutions in the United States, the university said Friday.

'Real progress' in Nato-Russia talks on Afghan transit

Nato and Russia are making "real progress" in talks on allowing supplies for the Nato-led mission in Afghanistan to transit Russian territory, a senior Nato official said here yesterday.

Karzai calls for end to forced marriage

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai called yesterday on his countrymen to stop forcing their under-aged daughters to marry, especially to men several decades older, and to allow them to be educated.

Indian FM rejects snap polls amid US nuke deal trouble

India's foreign minister yesterday ruled out early polls after new threats by the government's Left allies to withdraw their support if the ruling party implements a nuclear pact with the United States.

China manned space flight set for late 2008

The launch of China's third manned space flight, the Shenzhou VII, has been set for late September or early October, state media yesterday quoted a leading space official as saying.

PPP, PML-N fail to sort out differences

Pakistan People's Party co-chairman Asif Zardari on Friday held consultations with the MNAs-elect to finalise the name of the party's nominee for the office of prime minister while the third round of PPP-PML-N talks on government formation ended without any results.

Arts & Entertainment

Soulful images held in meshes of time

“My theme is perception,” says Abdul Muqtadir, whose exhibition is on at the Bengal Gallery. “I observe certain events which are significant to me. It is an energy which inspires me. Perception leads to conviction. The delicate mesh of the background holds his objects, whether they are birds or cats or the smiling face of a child. One feels the figures are seen in a lonely afternoon, with the coming of nightfall with a wan moon.

“Amputation”: A conflict between individual and despotism

What is the level of freedom an individual enjoys in a state run under dictatorship? Norwegian painter-dramatist-essayist-novelist Jens Bjørneboe's play Amputation addresses this question.

Channel i "Shera Kontho" gets underway

A press conference was held to launch the first Channel i Shera Kontho 2008 at the Winter Garden of Hotel Sheraton on March 8. The registration for the musical competition will take place between March 13 and April 15. Regulations related to applications will be aired on Channel i.

“Patho Natok Utshob '08” ends

The weeklong Patho Natok Utsab (street theatre festival) by Bangladesh Patho Natok Parishad (BPNP) at Central Shaheed Minar premises ended on March 7. On the last day nine street plays were staged at the venue.

Eight artistes honoured by Bangladesh Performing Media Centre

Eight noted artistes were awarded by Bangladesh Performing Media Centre (BPMC) at a ceremony held at the main auditorium of the National Museum on March 7. The organisation also arranged its 70th monthly programme. Renowned poet and playwright Syed Shamsul Haq inaugurated the event.

Classical Music Festival held in Pabna

A classical music festival was held at Bonomali Auditorium in Pabna last Tuesday evening. Shuchona Sangeet Academy arranged the festival and a discussion on the occasion of the organisation's 14th anniversary.

Traditional Thai dance in town

A group of six students from Rajabhat University of Thailand infused a touch of culture into traditional Thai dance performances at the four-day Thailand Exhibition that concluded yesterday at Hotel Sheraton. The dancers are all amateurs studying different subjects at the university.

NSUCDC stages Annual Drama

As every year, North South University Cine and Drama Club (NSUCDC) is staging its annual drama for the North South University students and guests, says a press release. The 9th annual to take place, NSUCDC will be enacting the play "And Then There Were None" written by the famous mystery writer Agatha Christie.

What did Bach look like?

A modern reconstruction of Johann Sebastian Bach's head -- using computer-modelling techniques -- shows the composer as a strong-jawed man with a slight underbite, his large head topped with short, silver hair.

OP-ED

The world is calling

WHEN asked: "Where are the Asian offshore centers of the future?" few would include Bangladesh among the leading pack. Bangladesh is renowned more as a disaster prone location than for high-tech outsourcing facilities.

Time to say good-bye

THEY came from all walks of life. Journalists, teachers, artists, writers, politicians or people without any identity. All of them came to the Central Shahid Minar in the fading afternoon of last Wednesday, for paying their last respect to the deceased journalist and a perfect gentleman, Bazlur Rahman. He was Bazlu Bhai to all. Old and young. Bazlu Bhai expired at 11.45 the night before. The breaking news telecast immediately over all electronic media was stunning. Bazlu Bhai was a person whom everyone loved, respected and adored.

The colour of money

ELECTED governments, to uphold their narrow political interests, remained indifferent to many economic aspects that this government can embark on. Bangladesh's geographical position is a unique economic advantage, but elected governments, to preserve their politics, never considered it.

The chief adviser's education promises

DR. FAKHRUDDIN Ahmed, the chief adviser, addressed the inaugural session of the conference on Governance in Education on Sunday, March 2, at the Shapla Hall of the International Conference Centre at the Chief Adviser's Office. He provided important guidelines for educational priorities, especially at the pre-tertiary level.

Star City

Dirt and chaos greet passengers at Sadarghat terminal

Sadarghat launch terminal, the largest river port of the country and the gateway to Dhaka city for southern people, remains as a source of sufferings and nuisance for around 75 thousand passengers using the terminal daily.

Innovative plan to reduce traffic jam at city's level crossings

Bangladesh railway plans to suspend its train services for two hours and ten minutes in the mornings and evenings in the city to ease traffic congestions at the level crossings.

Taking stock of parks,playgrounds delayed further

The Public Works Department (PWD) has prepared an incomplete list of city parks and playgrounds under its jurisdiction as requested by an inter-ministerial committee.


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