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News of: Thursday, 17th of April, 2008

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17 killed as train rams bus in Tangail

Seventeen persons were killed and 25 others injured in a fatal accident early yesterday when a Dhaka-bound intercity train rammed a passenger bus on a level crossing in Kalihati upazila of Tangail.

EC to ask BNP to come unitedly for reform talks

The Election Commission (EC) yesterday formally invited both factions of the BNP to sit with it today in an effort to resolve their differences so they can join the long stalled electoral reform talks together.

Pledge must for a code of conduct before polls

Stressing institutional reforms for a 'meaningful democracy', leaders of pro-Saifur faction of BNP yesterday said all political parties should become pledge bound through formulating a 'code of conduct for political activities' before the poll, so the people's verdict is reflected on the post election system of governance.

ACC asks banks to seize 20 accounts of Khoka, family

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday instructed nearly a dozen banks to seize 20 accounts and a savings certificate worth Tk 15 lakh belonging to Dhaka Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka and his family members.

Stinky flows the river

It is now hard to be recognised even as a canal, although the foundation stone of the bridge over it connecting the Hotapara and Pirujali roads still reads "Bridge on Labandaha River".

Ensure textile mill workers' welfare

Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday called on textile entrepreneurs to ensure the welfare of workers.

Rice prices unlikely to go below Tk 27

Price of coarse rice is likely to remain Tk 27 to Tk 30 per kg even if the country witnesses a bumper Boro production this season, food ministry sources and economists say.

UAE group guns for EPZ, tourism township

Ras Al Khaima Investment Authority (Rakia) on Tuesday sought from the Bangladesh government large chunks of land in Chittagong and Cox's Bazar to establish an economic zone and a tourism township.

Bangladesh to push for UN programme on food security

Bangladesh will push for a special UN programme on Global Food Security at the twelfth UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) meet in Ghana next week to increase food availability around the world.

Formal talks with parties by this month

Commerce and Education Adviser Hossain Zillur Rahman yesterday said the formal dialogue between the government and the political parties will begin within this month.

President seeks clemency for 8 Bangladeshis

President Iajuddin Ahmed has written a letter to Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud seeking clemency for eight Bangladeshis sentenced to death for murder in Saudi Arabia.

Shakib fights a lone battle

Shakib Al Hasan's fighting hundred went in vain as Pakistan downed Bangladesh by seven wickets in the fourth day-night international at Multan Stadium on Wednesday.

Govt plans to create fund to combat natural disasters

The government plans to create a disaster management fund in the next budget to fight the fallout of natural hazards like floods and cyclones which severely affected the country's economy last year.

Potato cannot be alternative, but can ease pressure on rice

Army chief Gen Moeen U Ahmed yesterday said potato cannot be an alternative to rice, but a food supplement that might reduce dependency on rice.

Bangladesh needs to invest in education, infrastructure

Bangladesh has a huge potential for wealth creation but the country needs to invest in education and infrastructure, and develop deeper connections with the international economy, says Standard Chartered group Chief Executive Peter Sands.

Credible polls not possible keeping Hasina in jail: Zillur

Acting Awami League (AL) President Zillur Rahman yesterday said a free, fair and credible election is not possible in the country without releasing former prime minister Sheikh Hasina from jail.

SC rejects ACC plea for stay extension

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday refused to entertain the Anti-Corruption Commission's (ACC) appeal for clearing the way for trial of BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman in a graft case.

Review body for 'just rights' for women

The high-powered committee for reviewing the National Women Development Policy 2008 yesterday finalised its draft recommendations on it.

GMG flight delayed for 72hrs

Around 470 passengers remained stranded in different city hotels as the flight of GMG airlines scheduled to fly them to Dubai on Monday was delayed for about 72 hours due to technical glitches.

On-board visa checking being considered

On-board visa checking facility is among the steps India and Bangladesh are considering to make travel by Maitree Express train service between Kolkata and Dhaka easier.

44 children drown in India bus crash

At least 44 people, nearly all children heading to school for final exams, drowned yesterday when their bus plunged off a bridge into a canal in western India, police said.

Aid agencies feel the heat of food prices

Soaring food prices are causing logistical headaches for aid agencies committed to fighting hunger, not least the World Food Programme -- known to many as the granary of the United Nations.

Mufti Hannan, brother placed on remand

A Sunamganj court yesterday placed chief of the outlawed Harkat-ul Jihad Al Islami (Huji) Mufti Abdul Hannan and his brother on a two-day remand in a case for blasting bombs at an Awami League rally in Sunamganj on June 21,2004.

Bush welcomes Pope, says US open to his message

An enthralled South Lawn crowd of more than 9,000 sang "Happy Birthday" to Pope Benedict XVI yesterday, and President Bush said that the first papal White House visit in 29 years was a reminder for Americans to "distinguish between simple right and wrong."

3 killed in Colorado wildfires

Firefighters resumed the battle yesterday against three wildfires that blazed across thousands of acres of grass, forcing hundreds of residents to evacuate and leading to the deaths of two firefighters and a pilot.

Editorial

CEC's paradoxical stand on talks with the BNP

THE Chief Election Commissioner has, as we understand, invited the two factions of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party to tea today, separately of course. In light of the fact that earlier he ruled out the possibility of inviting both factions of the party to a dialogue, this is encouraging news. We, however, feel that the Election Commission should issue formal invitations to both factions to the dialogue it has initiated with the political parties. Given that the caretaker government itself has initiated a move to talk to the Delwar-led group as well as the pro-reform faction of the party, the stand adopted by ATM Shamsul Huda smacks of a paradox. The point is simple: if the government can go for a political dialogue with both groups, what prevents the Election Commission from doing the same to ensure smooth elections? Besides, it must be remembered that the roots of the present problem regarding the BNP lie in the earlier, obviously ill-considered move by the EC to invite the pro-reform faction of the BNP to the talks. It was that move which led to the present impasse; and the CEC cannot absolve himself or his colleagues over their role in the making of the crisis. It was a mistake which the CEC is yet to acknowledge.

Dealing with traffic congestion

THE government has rightly decided to address traffic congestion in the city, which is worsening day by day, through implementing the recommendations of a committee constituted to examine the traffic issue in all its ramifications.

Choice of candidates crucial in the Parliamentary polls

THE forthcoming parliamentary election could turn out to be a poll that marks a turning point in Bangladeshi politics. Exasperated with the performance of the democratic governments in 15 years, voters will have a chance of either putting things straight or catapulting the country into a crisis. The 2008 Parliamentary election may be an episode in the country's development into a mature democracy.

Nepal elections: Surprise winner!

THE stunning showing by the ultra-left Maoists in Nepal's historic elections may have surprised many, but their resounding success is being seen as a kind of logical development for changes towards a "New Nepal" that attracted the ordinary voters. A variety of promises, highlighted by drastic economic and social reforms along with a tough anti-monarchy stance, helped them win the hearts of the masses in a country where the throne ruled for long and conventional political parties failed to deliver when they were at the helm. The final result has not been announced, but indications are clear that the once dreaded radicals will be in the driving seat in changing political dynamics.

Hillary, Republicans blast Obama for the "bitter" comment

HILLARY Clinton and the Republicans are ecstatic! For once, they can attack Barack Obama for something he has said, without appearing racist.

Sports

A unique century

Shakib Al Hasan's century yesterday would remain a landmark for two reasons, one overriding the other. It was the 10th one-day international century for Bangladesh, but more importantly it was the only hundred that was scored in the midst of a shabby batting display; when everything for the Tigers was lost.

Rain keeps it 2-0

West Indies won the three-match one-day international series with Sri Lanka 2-0 after rain washed out the final match at the Beausejour Stadium here Tuesday.

NCA suffer 9-wkt loss

Mohammad Aamer ripped through the batting line-up of GP-BCB National Cricket Academy yesterday to give Pakistan Cricket Academy a thumping nine-wicket win at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium.

Bremen keep up pressure

Second-placed Werder Bremen won 2-1 at Hansa Rostock on Tuesday night to reduce their deficit to seven points behind leaders Bayern Munich in the German league.

Cech refuses to give up

Petr Cech has warned Manchester United to forget about starting an early title party after insisting Chelsea are still in the race to win the Premier League.

Capello warns his charges

Fabio Capello made it clear Wednesday that England players would be putting their international careers in jeopardy unless they showed total commitment to their country.

Federer makes solid start

Roger Federer made a solid start to his clay-court season, relying on the counsel of provisional coach Jose Higueras to advance into the second round of the Estoril Open on Tuesday.

Olympic torch relay starts in Pakistan

Squash legend Jahangir Khan Wednesday said he hoped the Olympic torch relay would spark greater interest in sports among Pakistan's youth and help raise falling standards.

Vaughan wants Flintoff

England captain Michael Vaughan has made it clear he wants star all-rounder Andrew Flintoff back in international cricket as soon as possible, ideally during the upcoming series against New Zealand.

Stanford talks delight KP

Kevin Pietersen is encouraged by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) meeting with Allen Stanford, the Texan billionaire behind the domestic Stanford Twenty20 competition in the West Indies.

Local Snippets

Bangladesh national women's handball team will leave for India tomorrow to participate in the third SAF women's handball championship to be held in Lucknow from April 23.

Ben Haim rues Mourinho exit

Chelsea defender Tal Ben Haim has insisted he would never have signed for the club had he known Jose Mourinho was about to be replaced as manager by Avram Grant.

Japanese club after Ronaldo

A cash-rich Japanese football club is interested in acquiring Brazilian superstar Ronaldo on loan as the AC Milan striker recovers from a ruptured tendon, a report said Wednesday.

Aragones to carry on

Spain coach Luis Aragones said on Tuesday he wanted to carry on coaching after the Euro 2008 finals in Switzerland and Austria.

Lyon ride on Benzema

France striker Karim Benzema sent Ligue 1 leaders Olympique Lyon into the French Cup semifinals on Tuesday with a 1-0 home win over Metz.

Rajani still undecided

Rajani Kanta Barman will decide tomorrow whether he will join the national camp at BKSP or not.

Kumble could miss opener

Indian Test skipper Anil Kumble may miss the inaugural match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) for his team, the Bangalore Royal Challengers, as he has still not recovered from his groin injury.

CCDM clears other 'match'

The Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis (CCDM) found nothing wrong in the proceedings of the Premier Division Cricket League match between Old DOHS and Partex Sporting Club.

Krishna treble sink Mariners

Krishna Kumar hit a hattrick to give Sonali Bank a thumping 7-0 victory over Dhaka Mariner Youngs Club in the Brac Bank Club Cup hockey tournament at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium yesterday.

112 councillors for BFF polls

The election commission (EC) for the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) polls to be held on April 28 last night confirmed 112 councillors.

Sachin out of torch relay

Indian cricket star Sachin Tendulkar on Wednesday pulled out of the Olympic torch relay to avoid aggravating a groin injury, a source close to him said.

ICC to examine Kanpur pitch

Cricket's governing body is investigating the awkward wicket prepared for the final Test between India and South Africa in Kanpur, a top official said on Wednesday.

Lehmann to cover for Smith

Australian veteran Darren Lehmann will stage a shock comeback in the Indian Premier League (IPL) after answering a call from former teammate Shane Warne, a report said Wednesday.

Manikganj cricket

Victoria Club ran away with a 13-run victory against Provat Sangha in the last first round game of the Colonel Malek Smriti First Division Cricket League at the Shaheed Miraj-Tapan Stadium here yesterday.

Kirsten supports home advantage

The Kanpur pitch may have kicked up a storm for being too favourable for spin-reliant India against South Africa, but coach Gary Kirsten on Wednesday said there nothing wrong in taking the home advantage as long as the tracks are not dangerous for the visiting sides.

Business

BB continues to persuade banks to reduce rate

Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Salehuddin Ahmed yesterday said he continues to persuade commercial banks to cut interest rates reasonably.

End monopoly in scrap ship import to cut rod prices

The government should break the monopoly in scrap ship import to reduce the prices of rod, steel and re-rolling mill owners said at a press conference in Dhaka yesterday.

PDB transmission lines to be opened to private use

Sate-owned Power Develop-ment Board's electricity transmission lines will soon be opened to private sector use, Dr M Tamim, special assistant to the chief adviser in power, energy and mineral resources ministry, said yesterday.

Apex Group shares rise 15pc on hefty dividends of Apex Adelchi

Apex Group shares on the Dhaka bourse jumped by 9 percent to 15 percent yesterday after Apex Adelchi Footwear announced 25 percent cash and 50 percent stock dividends.

Fidelity's Asia Fund lists Bangladesh as frontier market

Emerging Asia Fund, launched by Fidelity Investments Management (Hong Kong), lists China, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines as emerging markets while Pakistan, Vietnam, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka are listed as the frontier markets.

Bangladesh needs to invest in education, infrastructure

Bangladesh has a huge potential for wealth creation but the country needs to invest in education and infrastructure, and develop deeper connections with the international economy, says Standard Chartered Group Chief Executive Peter Sands.

When one share becomes 50

My girlfriend, a dermatologist and an entrepreneur, started investing in the stock market in 1999, the year of her graduation from medical school. She targeted pharmaceutical stocks following the simple “buy and hold” as her preferred investment strategy. Over the years the portfolio experienced an increase in the number of shares due to bonuses received, a decrease in the value because of poor performance, and the total disappearance of share certificates (paper) due to the arrival of the Central Depository Bangladesh Limited (CDBL).

Dragonair to up frequency to Dhaka from July

Dragonair will increase the number of flights to Dhaka from four times a week to five from July 7 to cope with the increasing market demand, says a press release.

India inflation too high, expects action soon: Central bank

India's central bank governor says inflation is unacceptably high and that the bank will make an announcement after its next policy meeting on how it will seek to tame it.

New president of BASIS

Habibullah N Karim has been elected president of Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) for the term 2008-2009, says a press release.

Prime Bank celebrates 13th anniversary today

Prime Bank Ltd will celebrate its 13th founding anniversary today, says a press release.

Agrani Bank gets CEO

Syed Abu Naser Bukhtear Ahmed joined Agrani Bank Limited Tuesday as chief executive officer (CEO) and managing director, says a press release.

Garment accessories making plant to be set up in Adamjee EPZ

An India-Hong Kong joint venture company will set up a garment accessories manufacturing plant in Adamjee Export Processing Zone.

Asian stocks close mostly up

Asian stocks closed mostly up Wednesday after official figures showed robust Chinese economic growth and record oil prices boosted resources stocks, but concerns about inflation grew.

US firm buys Philippine power plant

US company AES Corp. said Wednesday it had closed a deal to buy a coal-fired power plant from the Philippine government for 930 million dollars.

Intel reports profit dip

Intel Corporation announced Tuesday a dip in profit despite record-high revenues of 9.7 billion dollars in the first three months of 2008.

Euro hits record peaks against dollar, pound

The euro struck all-time peaks against the dollar and pound Wednesday as eurozone inflation spiked to a record high.

Malaysia wants to end reliance on foreign workers

Malaysia is appealing for help from employers to end the reliance on legal and illegal foreign workers in the country, where numbers have topped three million, reports said Wednesday.

US subprime losses could total $422b: OECD

Losses because of the financial crisis sparked by the US subprime mortgage crisis could rise as high as 422 billion dollars (267 billion euros), an OECD report said Tuesday.

China's growth slows as food prices soar

China's economic growth slowed in the first quarter of the year but soaring food prices kept inflation near a 12-year high, the government said Wednesday.

Hong Kong has world's highest apartment rents

Hong Kong has the world's priciest apartment rents, with the lease for a three-bedroom unit costing more than 9,700 US dollars on average a month, a survey released Wednesday said.

Metropolitan

Introduce aptitude tests for students for quality edn

Regulatory Reforms Commission Chairman Dr Akbar Ali Khan yesterday called for introduction of aptitude tests such as Graduate Record Examination (GRE) at the university level and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) at the SSC level in order to improve the quality of education.

Make remittance transfer mechanism transparent

Speakers at a consultation have called for making remittance transfer mechanisms more transparent and accountable, says a press release.

Donors for comprehensive housing plan for Sidr victims

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies yesterday warned that the scale of the destruction wrought by cyclone Sidr is too massive for the aid agencies to provide meaningful assistance to all of those in dire need, says a press release.

Charges pressed against former NBR member, his wife

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday pressed charges against a former member of National Board of Revenue (NBR) and his wife in a case filed for amassing wealth through illegal means.

DU teachers to wear black badges today

The teachers of Dhaka University (DU) will take classes and examinations wearing black ribbons today demanding immediate withdrawal of the state of emergency.

Factory of fake powdered drink unearthed

Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday busted an illegal factory manufacturing fake powdered drink at Zinjira in Keraniganj and arrested its two owners yesterday.

Dhaka welcomes Nepal election results

Foreign Adviser Iftekhar A Chowdhury welcomed the Nepalese election results, saying that the Bangladesh government would be happy to work with any democratically elected government.

'Check price hike of essentials'

Bangladesh Chhatra Federation (BCF), a left-leaning student body, yesterday staged a demonstration on Dhaka University (DU) campus urging the government to control the price hike of essentials.

Court orders judicial probe into Momin murder case

A Dhaka court yesterday ordered a judicial inquiry into the college student Kamrul Islam Momin murder case filed against AKM Rafiqul Islam, a suspended police officer, and 25 others.

Consider violation of bldg code as criminal offence

Speakers at a discussion on the implementation of 'Bangladesh National Building Code-2006' yesterday urged the government to consider the violation of building code as the criminal offence.

Housing, landscape plans a must for better living

Speakers at a seminar on Tuesday underscored the need for specific housing and landscape plans for better living and better environment, says a press release.

Work to fulfil people's aspirations

Education Adviser Dr Hossain Zillur Rahman yesterday said media is a strong actor for flourishing of democracy in the country.

UP member held for taking bribe

A union parishad (UP) member under Rajoir upazila in Madaripur was arrested yesterday on charge of taking bribe from a woman in exchange for providing her a VGD (Vulnerable Group Development) card.

107 construction workers died at work last year

At least 107 construction workers died in 2007 while working, says a report of the Occupational Safety and Health Environment Foundation (OSHE) yesterday.

5 killed in road accidents

Five people were killed and five others were injured in separate road accidents in Patuakhali, Gaibandha, Narail and Dinajpur in the last two days.

Neutral investigation demanded

Bangladesh Mahila Parisad (BMP) yesterday demanded proper investigation into the suicide incident of Chhanda Rani Sarker, a resident of Rokeya Hall of Dhaka University (DU).

Mujibnagar Day today

The historic Mujibnagar Day will be observed today commemorating the formation of Bangladesh's first government-in-exile at Baidyanathtola mango grove in Meherpur on this day in 1971.

Stern action demanded against Islamist outfits

Leaders of different political and social organisations yesterday demanded stern action against the Islamist outfits who resorted to violence in Baitul Mukarram area recently while protesting the National Women Development Policy.

Govt allocates Tk 51cr for 'money for work' projects

The government has allocated Tk 51.33 crore, out of Tk 100 crore, for 23,060 projects under the 'money for work' programme to create income generation for the ultra-poor and labourers in rural areas in 64 districts.

Community pry teachers' 6-day strike from Apr 19

Community primary teachers will observe a six-day work abstention wearing black badges across the country from April 19 demanding nationalisation of their jobs under the national pay scale 2005.

Third Jail Week begins today

The third Jail Week in the country begins today.

Tk 13 lakh Australian support for two NGOs

Australian High Commission celebrated the Bangla New Year by donating Tk 13 lakh to two local NGOs, says a press release.

RMG workers block Aricha road

Around 1,000 garment workers yesterday brought out a procession and blocked the Dhaka-Aricha highway following an attack on one of their fellowmen.

Tk 86.75cr arrears of jute workers to be disbursed from Saturday

The disbursement of Tk 86.75 crore arrear payment of the laid-off jute-mill workers under Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) will start on Saturday after a long wait.

Malaysian PM urged to get on with governing

The ruling party in Malaysia should stop "bickering and pointing fingers" and get on with the job of running the country, a pro-government daily said yesterday.

Convict dies in Comilla hospital

A convicted prisoner of Comilla Central Jail died of cardiac arrest at Comilla Medical College Hospital yesterday.

Rapist gets life in Netrakona

A young man was yesterday awarded life term for deflowering a teenage girl with promise of marriage in a remote village of Kalmakanda upazila six years ago.

Two SI closed in Rajshahi

Rajshahi police yesterday closed two sub-inspectors (SI) for negligence of duty.

Asaduzzaman, Manabendra president, gen secy of BCU

The forty-one member central committee of Bangladesh Chhatra Union (BCU), a left leaning student body, has been formed recently with Khan Asaduzzaman as president and Manabendra Dev as general secretary, says a press release.

Detained former BNP lawmaker Nizam admitted to DMCH

Detained former BNP lawmaker Sarwar Jamal Nizam was admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) last night as his condition deteriorated while being taken to Comilla jail from Chittagong jail.

Open scout group secy conference begins today

The first-ever open scout group secretary conference of Bangladesh Scouts will begin at Mouchak in Gazipur today, says a press release.

Seminar on Baul songs held at RU

The Institute of Bangladesh Studies (IBS) of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday organised a seminar on 'Baul Songs of Bangladesh' at IBS seminar room on the campus.

National

12-16hrs power outage a day in Barisal division

Load shedding, coupled with rise in f day temperature have made life miserable in 21 districts of Barisal division under the command area of West Zone Power Distribution Company (WZPDC).

Task Force starts work at KCC, meets officials

The Task Force began work formally in Khulna City Corporation (KCC) yesterday to make it a people-oriented institution.

Police rescue 3 gas field officials after 23hrs

Police rescued three officials of the fractionation plant at Rupantarita Prakritik Gas Company Limited (RPGCL) yesterday evening after 23 hours of their confinement at their offices by workers to press their demands for job regularization.

Thakurgaon massacre day today

Freedom fighters and different local organisations will today observe mass killing day in Thakurgaon district.

SI hurt, 3 held, arms seized

Police arrested three bullet-hit criminals including the gang leader and recovered arms after a shootout in Jessore

Charge framing against mayor Kamran now on May 5

A Sylhet court yesterday deferred charge framing against detained Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) mayor Badar Uddin Ahmed Kamran in a case for keeping foreign liquor at his house.

8 Mymensingh journos get awards

Eight local journalists working for different national dailies were awarded "Best Reporters of the Year- 2005 and 2006 Awards" at a function held at a local hotel here yesterday.

Norway envoy visits Dinajpur projects

Norway Ambassador Ingadjorg Spotroing yesterday visited different development projects under RDRS (Rangpur-Dinajpur Rural Service) funded by Norway government in Birganj upazila of Dinajpur.

Letters

Bush's folly

Invasion of Iraq "was the right decision" and because of it, "the world is a better place to live in "-- attributed to Bush and reported in the media internationally. He is the only Bushman among the political leaders in the world today and the most provocative sabre-rattler of this age! He is another, and a rather presentable version of Idi Amin!

Maitree Express

Maitree Express between Dhaka & Kolkata is running after a long hiatus of forty-three years! Felicitations to both the governments of Bangladesh & India. Certainly, it's a sign of rapprochement between the two countries. This year epar Bangla-opar Bangla(Bengalis from Bangladesh & India) could celebrate the occasion with the Bengali New Year & restore the relationship. At this historical moment, I want to request the Bangladesh government & railway authorities to ponder about the future prospect of Bangladesh railways. Indian railways have made a Rs. 200 billion ($ 4.5 billion) profit during the fiscal year 2006-07 (Source: IR website) after losses of several years & for this tremendous achievement credit goes to Lalu Prasad Yadav, Indian Railways minister.

Ancient artefacts

These days we observe with great concern that some unscrupulous people, accidentally recovering stray ancient sculptures fancifully valued at 'crores of taka' are smuggling these out of the country. An instance in point is the latest news item with pictures ( 9 March Sunday) where two artefacts recovered from Bogra were given the price tag of Tk 9 crore. Such grossly speculative valuation of antiquities is, in fact, doing more harm than good to our art and antiquarian treasures, for these antiquities are not saleable articles, rather strictly forbidden objects of trade. As such, there cannot be any price tag on these antiquities. Such unchecked fanciful pricing is always the outcome of unbridled imagination of the discoverer or the reporter and as such only whets the cupidity of the smugglers for clandestine traffic in antiquities.

Newspaper industry

It is widely believed that after the declaration of the state of emergency the newspaper industry is struggling for survival. Not only are they suffering from dearth of advertisements but also the unusual price hike of newsprint makes them vulnerable.

Sheikh Hasina's stand

Despite being incarcerated, Sheikh Hasina has been vocal about different problems that Bangladesh is now facing. As for the present food crisis, she frequently refers to her government's success in food production.

An open letter to IGP

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) has said on several occasions that during the period of the present caretaker government he is working freely as there is no external pressure (such as from politicians).

Law of inheritance

Whenever questions of inheritance under Shariah Law are addressed, it seems that people take for granted that each and every parent would leave behind huge properties and their heirs have to share and enjoy the same. In fact this is a misconception. Many a father leaves behind huge debts. Who pays back the debts of the deceased parents? Usually in our society a girl is not asked to pay the debt of her parents.

Income tax law

This is about a recent press report that the existing Income Tax Ordinance, 1984 has been sought to be replaced by a new draft by the International Monetary Fund. This is rather an extraordinary move in view of the fact that after much deliberation drafting of the existing ordinance was completed.

International

Major parties may not join next Maoist-led govt

Key parties in Nepal's ruling alliance have indicated they may not join the next government to be formed under the leadership of Maoists, who have emerged as the surprise single largest victors in the landmark Constituent Assembly polls.

Talks on with Taliban to end violence

An opposition group says its leaders, including a former president, have been meeting with the Taliban and other anti-government groups in hopes of negotiating an end to rising violence in Afghanistan.

3 Israeli soldiers, 4 militants killed in Gaza raids

Three Israeli soldiers and four militants were killed on Wednesday as troops backed by assault helicopters stormed into the Gaza Strip and battled heavily armed Palestinians.

Pak civilian forces should control military: Rice

United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said here on Tuesday that, "Pakistan now will need to find a way to have very solid civilian control of the armed forces."

Major powers fail to strike accord on Iran talks

The five veto-wielding members of the UN Security Council, plus Germany and the EU, failed yesterday to agree on an agenda for negotiations with Iran over its nuclear programme, an official said.

Lanka steps up airstrikes

Sri Lanka stepped up air attacks against Tamil Tiger rebels yesterday, deploying jets and helicopter gunships as 12 guerrillas were killed in ground battles, defence officials said.

Congress moves to snub Rahul rumours

India's ruling Congress party official on Tuesday disapproved of attempts from a section within the party to project its young leader Rahul Gandhi as the prime ministerial candidate for the next election.

Dozens arrested in Zimbabwe

President Robert Mugabe's security forces clamped down hard on unrest during a general strike in Zimbabwe, arresting dozens of opposition supporters before the stoppage fizzled out on Wednesday.

Left takes on govt over price spiral in Lok Sabha

Friends and foes targeted the Congress-led ruling coalition in the Lok Sabha yesterday over "failure" to check the price spiral with the CPI wondering whether there was any government in place.

Vitamin supplements may increase risk of death

Vitamin supplements taken by millions of people do not increase life expectancy and may raise the risk of a premature death , according to a review of 67 studies with more than 230,000 subjects.

Ahmadinejad casts doubt on 'suspect' Sept 11

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday reaffirmed his doubts about the accepted version of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, describing the strikes as a "suspect event".

Thais want new polls if parties dissolved

Most Thais want a general election if any political parties are disbanded, according to results of a survey released Tuesday.

India, Brazil should work for UNSC berth: Patil

Growing ties between the governments of India and Brazil should move to the level of partnership between the people of two countries, President Pratibha Patil said in Brasilia while addressing the Brazil Senate.

Japan, Sweden pledge to intensify cooperation on climate change

Japan and Sweden yesterday pledged to step up cooperation on tackling climate change during a visit here by Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt.

Int'l experts meet in Philippines for earthquake exercise

Some 300 rescue and disaster experts from 18 countries held exercises in the Philippines to prepare and improve the emergency response to massive earthquakes.

100 Tibetans held in Nepal

Police in Nepal's capital detained over 100 Tibetan exiles yesterday as they tried to protest outside a Chinese embassy building in Kathmandu for the second day running, police said.

Arts & Entertainment

Capering the colours of the cosmos

A solo exhibition featuring paintings by Ali Imam -- who is an architect by profession -- is on at the Alliance Francaise. For Imam, art is a journey into the mysteries of the cosmos. He wishes to reach the unknown terrain of human consciousness. Through bold bars of lines he wishes to present the unknown and the mysterious. The artist presents animals and humans to delineate stories within stories. They appear as characters and not simple depictions.

Baishakhi Loko Utsab at Bangla Academy

To celebrate the Bangla New Year (1415), Bangla Academy has arranged a week-long cultural programme titled Baishakhi Loko Utsab, starting from April 14. The festival includes discussions, cultural programmes, display of books, puppet show, nagor dola and more. On the second day (April 15) of the festival, a discussion and cultural programme was held at the Nazrul Mancha.

Remembering Ustad Yunus Ahmed

In memory of late dancer Ustad Yunus Ahmed Bablu, a discussion meeting followed by a cultural function was held at the auditorium of Zila Shilpakala Academy here recently.

Workshop on sharing cultural experiences

A three-day workshop on sharing cultural experiences, involving the local indigenous communities was recently held at Idilpur under Modhupur upazila in Tangail.

"Satyagraha" at the Met

Philip Glass' opera Satyagraha, is a landmark work of minimalism. When Satyagraha was introduced, in Rotterdam in 1980, Glass was following his own voice and vision, not firing a broadside against the complex, cerebral modernist composers who claimed the intellectual high ground while alienating mainstream classical music audiences. Happily, that divisive period is finally past.

Last episode of "111- A Nelson Number" tonight

The concluding episode of 111- A Nelson Number will be aired tonight on ntv at 09:45 pm. The serial has been produced by film actor Ferdaus, directed by Nayeem Imtiaz Neyamul and written by Sirajul Karim.

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Unsustainable agriculture: Reason for high-price of food grains

Atypical skinny, bearded farmer was examining his paddy field, which was attacked by a disease unknown to him and his co-farmers. Anxiety and uncertainty shadowed his face as the leaves of his hybrid paddy plants were withering fast (Prothom Alo, April 4, 2008).

Local government reforms: Demand of the time

LOCAL government has a long history in the subcontinent. The geographical boundary has changed twice by now, but local government has remained effective through numerous changes.

Minors in jail

AT least 350 minor children who are living in jails with their mothers are denied even the minimum opportunities for primary education and recreation. This is a denial of constitutionally guaranteed fundamental human rights.

In Memoriam

TIME heals all wounds as the saying goes, but, in my experience, time never healed my wound, it only gave a thin covering so that I could carry on with my life.

Star Chittagong

Coming to aid of autistic children

Autistic Children's Welfare Foundation that started its journey at a three-storey building in the port city in October last year has expanded its activities in the capital on April 11 in an effort to provide support to the autistic children.

Muggers reign in port city again

Muggers in Chittagong have made a fearsome comeback in the last few days after letup between October 2007 and February 2008, much to the anguish and anger of the city dwellers.

The Week That Was

Prof Dil Monowara principal of City College
Prof Dil Monowara Begum took office as the new principal of Chittagong Govt City University College on Sunday.


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