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BNP bigwigs, Nizami charged in Gatco case

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday finally approved the charge sheet against detained former premier Khaleda Zia, her younger son Arafat Rahman Koko and 22 others for illegally awarding container-handling job at two container depots in Dhaka and Chittagong to Gatco.
The approved charge sheet dropped the names of seven of the 18 persons, including former bureaucrats and ministry high officials, proposed by the investigating officer of the case in his probe report submitted on November 1 last year.

No bar to try Hasina for extortion under EPR

The Supreme Court yesterday paved the way for the government to proceed with the extortion case against former premier Sheikh Hasina that was brought under EPR, though the alleged offence was committed before declaring the state of emergency.
The apex court yesterday pronounced its judgment allowing the government appeal against a High Court verdict and clearing the government apprehension of getting embargo on proceedings of several graft cases brought under EPR after emergency was declared on January 11 last year.

Polls must as per EC roadmap

Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday reaffirmed his government's commitment to holding a free, fair, neutral and credible election following the roadmap announced by the Election Commission (EC).

ACC team starts to probe DCC graft

The Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday said it has formed a special team to investigate institutional corruption in Dhaka City Corporation (DCC).

BNP reformists reel on Gatco graft charges

The pro-reform BNP faction finds itself in a leadership crisis after the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday approved charge sheet in the Gatco graft case including names of Saifur Rahman and Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan.

Aman gets 7yrs for Tk 10 lakh extortion

A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced detained former state minister for labour and employment Amanullah Aman to seven years' rigorous imprisonment (RI) for extorting Tk 10 lakh from a businessman in June of 2004.

EC for selection of Zilla Parishad chairman

The Election Commission (EC) has strongly opposed the caretaker government's move to introduce direct elections to the post of zilla parishad chairman.

Heavy fighting claims 66 lives in Lanka

At least 64 Tamil Tiger rebels and two Sri Lankan soldiers have been killed in the latest battles in the island's north, according to the defence ministry yesterday.

SC Bar plans 'silent protest' against Appellate Division

Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) will not give traditional farewell to the incumbent Chief Justice Mohammad Ruhul Amin when he retires next month.

It's illegal, unjust AL denounces SC verdict

Awami League (AL) leaders yesterday decried the Supreme Court verdict against the High Court judgment in detained Awami League President Sheikh Hasina's extortion case as “illegal and unjust”.

Dhaka's fight against terror hailed

Visiting US State Department Coordinator for Counterterrorism Dell L Dailey yesterday expressed satisfaction over Bangladesh's success and commitment in combating terrorism.

Pro-Khaleda BNP men asked to fast seeking her release

Pro-Khaleda faction of BNP yesterday announced a set of programmes aiming to realise an 11-point demand that includes release of its Chairperson Khaleda Zia.

Introduce rationing of essentials

Politicians and civil society members yesterday urged the caretaker government to immediately introduce rationing system for providing lower and lower-middle class people with rice and other essentials at low price.

CID sues Babar, 3 others for bribery to cover up murder

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) last night filed a case against former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar and three others for taking and giving bribes to suppress the murder case of Humayun Kabir Sabbir, a director of Bashundhara Group.

EC plans to start party registration next month

The Election Commission (EC) plans to begin the process for registration of political parties with it from June and extend the deadline by three months for completing the job before announcing the election schedule in October.

EU wants polls by year-end

The European Union (EU) yesterday called for general elections by the year-end saying that political parties will have to bear the responsibility for taking Bangladesh back to a pre-1/11 situation if they boycott polls.

CID permitted to take Huji man Sumon on remand

A Dhaka court yesterday granted Criminal Investigation Department (CID) permission to take Harkatul Jihad (Huji) leader Arif Hasan Sumon on a five-day remand in connection with the CBP rally blast on July 20, 2001.

Justice Fazlul, wife, brothers quizzed

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday quizzed former adviser to a caretaker government Justice Fazlul Haque, his wife and two brothers as part of investigation into a graft case filed against him.

UN plane lands in Myanmar with aid

Myanmar's isolationist regime allowed the first plane of a major international airlift to land yesterday with aid for cyclone survivors, a UN official said, amid fears that lack of safe food and drinking water could push the death toll above 100,000.


Towards effective price monitoring

AFTER months of wrestling with higher prices, marked by a recriminatory phase in the government-business relationship, both sides seem to have arrived at a common ground at long last. The FBCCI has formed a composite taskforce comprising representatives from business community, consumer rights protection association, ministries concerned and joint forces to monitor price situation in retail and wholesale markets and implement measures to keep the prices in check.

Coping with disaster in Myanmar

THE humanitarian crisis that has been unfolding in Myanmar leaves people around the world deeply concerned about the devastation wrought by Cyclone Nargis. And we in Bangladesh are particularly worried because of the close neighbourly links we have always had with Myanmar. While we heave a sigh of relief that the cyclone missed us in a miraculous way, we feel extremely disturbed at the mounting casualties it caused in Myanmar. More than 100,000 people have lost their lives; and the infrastructure is in a mess. As neighbours, it devolves on us to come forth with all the succour we can in this hour of need in Myanmar. Happily for us, ours happens to be one of the few countries to have gone ahead with assistance. A team of our armed forces is already in Yangon with medical and related help for the survivors of the disaster.

Back to the days of Jaheliat

LISTENING to the angry rhetoric of some of the so-called cleric regarding the National Women Development Policy (NWDP), 2008 one wonders whether or not we are heading back towards the days of the Jaheliat. All the arguments put forward against implementation of the bill, and also the CEDAW in the light of the 1995 Beijing declaration, actually run counter to the fundamental teachings of Islam -- equality.

What is happening to marriage?

FALLING in love, courtship, nuptials, bridal parades, guests, gifts, illuminations, dowries, honeymoons and consummations are still lined up. There is motion and speed in today's marriage, but the momentum gives away as quickly as it picks up. Sooner or later, a large number of marriages run out of steam, because men and women who are eager to take the vow do not have patience till death do them part.

The end is near for Hillary Clinton

ADDRESSING a crowd in North Carolina two days ago, Hillary Clinton said that how North Carolinians voted could be a "game changer" in the Democratic Party nomination. It was -- for Barack Obama! In spite of Hillary's devastating attacks, his own "bitter" comment and the sudden reappearance of Rev. Wright at the most inopportune time, Barack Obama won the North Carolina primary by a whopping 15% margin (57.5 % to 42.5%) on May 6.


All eyes on Tigers

The tussle of the top six clubs notwithstanding, all eyes will firmly be on the national cricketers when the Premier Super League begin in three different venues today.

Afghans or Bangladeshis?

With surprise pack Afghanistan sitting on the top of Group C qualifiers of the AFC Challenge Cup, it is confirmed that another South Asian nation will join the tournament proper, the 8-team finals to be held in south Indian city Hyderabad from July 30-August 10.

Usha, Abahani's goal-fest

Joint-champions Abahani and Usha Krira Chakra both crushed their opposition in contrasting styles yesterday in the Green Delta Insurance Premier Hockey League.

Pakistan square it

Javeria Khan's six-wicket burst scripted Bangladesh women's cricket team's 38-run defeat against Pakistan in their second leg Asia Cup match at the Dambulla International Stadium yesterday.

BKSP reign supreme

BKSP emerged champions in the 24th National Junior Athletics Championships that concluded at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Jersey farce irks BFF boss

Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) president Kazi Salahuddin promised that he would never let the national team face embarrassment during his tenure.

SA announce Bangladesh tour schedule

Bangladesh will play two Tests and three one-day internationals on their tour of South Africa in November, Cricket South Africa announced on Thursday.

Chennai scrape through

Partisan fans at the Feroz Shah Kotla were treated to a cracker of a match as the Chennai Super Kings pulled off a dramatic last-ball win, sneaking past Delhi Daredevils' total of 187 for 5 by four wickets at Delhi on Thursday.

Gavaskar quits ICC post

Sunil Gavaskar on Wednesday announced he was standing down as chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket Committee.

Real humiliate Barca

Three days after wrapping up the title Real Madrid showed Barcelona why they are the new Spanish champions crushing their arch rivals 4-1 in El Clasico at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday.

Inter's 4th final in a row

Inter Milan reached their fourth consecutive Italian Cup final after second-half goals from Pele and Julio Cruz sealed a 2-0 win at Lazio on Wednesday. The Serie A leaders will go in search of a second league and cup double in three years and a third cup triumph in four attempts after prevailing 2-0 on aggregate following last month's goalless first leg.

Juninho keeps dream alive

Lyon's Juninho Pernambucano scored the only goal of the game against Sedan at the Gerland stadium on Wednesday to set up a French Cup final against Paris Saint Germain at the Stade de France later this month.

Jurgen's need for speed

Jurgen Klinsmann, who is set to take over as coach of Bayern Munich in July, has met with the bosses of the newly-crowned Bundesliga champions to outline his vision to speed up Bayern's game.

Ferrero stuns Nadal

World number two Rafael Nadal's bid to win the Rome Masters for the fourth successive year was buried on Wednesday when he lost 7-5 6-1 to Juan Carlos Ferrero.

Reality show to find next superstar

A new reality television show along the lines of hit singing series American Idol is to be launched to find the next global football superstar.

Former player spills beans on Barca

Former defender Fernando Giner and his Valencia teammates received a "substantial" cash incentive from Barcelona to perform well against Deportivo La Coruna in a 1994 Spanish league match.

Car accident kills star

FC Bruges' Belgian international Francois Sterchele was killed in a car accident on Wednesday night, Belgian media report Thursday.

James fit for Wembley

England goalkeeper David James has declared himself fit to play for Portsmouth in next week's FA Cup final against Championship side Cardiff.

Sven set for Benfica

Sven-Goran Eriksson, expected to be ousted as Manchester City manager after just one season in charge, has been offered a three-year contract to manage his former club Benfica, local media reported Thursday.

Sagnol may quit Bayern

French international defender Willy Sagnol's no show at the Allianz Arena party to celebrate Bayern Munich's league title has fuelled rumours he is set to quit the German giants.

No hi-tech bats: MCC

International cricket chiefs have banned hi-tech cricket bats that give an unfair advantage to batsmen, saying the move will help prevent the game becoming too predictable.

Nabil doesn't want SAFF role

Just a day after Kazi Nabil was named Bangladesh's team leader for next month's SAFF Championship, the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) vice-president requested the federation to relive him off the duty.

Himel, Alauddin slam centuries

Dhaka batsman Himel was one of two centurions in yesterday's matches of the 28th National Cricket Championship.

Div III cricket

Matuail Cricket Academy crushed Tongi Cricket Academy by 104 runs in a relegation match of the Third Division Cricket League at the Jagannath Hall ground yesterday.

Mumbai's third in a row

Mumbai's medium-pacers bowled a clever mix of bouncers, slower balls and cutters to restrict Rajasthan to a 103, the lowest first-innings total of the Indian Premier League, on a two-paced pitch at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday before some sensible batting sealed a hattrick of triumphs for the home team. In what was their second successive upset victory, after taming Delhi on Sunday, Mumbai prevailed over the table leaders yet again.

iSixes on the horizon

A lucrative new tournament, the iSixes World Series, was unveiled Thursday featuring teams from all nine Test playing nations, with one million US dollars going to the winners.

Cricket Briefs



Govt right now unable to ensure gas for Tata

The government is to inform Tata that the country right now is unable to ensure required gas supply to its proposed $ 3 billion investment in steel, fertilizer and power since Bangladesh faces shortage of adequate gas, energy ministry sources said yesterday.

BRAC Bank to buy majority stakes in GSP Finance

BRAC Bank Limited, one of the fastest growing private commercial banks, has decided to acquire 51 percent stakes in GSP Finance Company (Bangladesh) Limited, a joint venture leasing company, at about Tk 19.5 crore.

Banglalink revenue grows 124pc in Q1

Revenue of Banglalink, the second largest mobile phone operator, more than doubled in the first quarter of 2008 to Tk475crore, registering a 124 percent growth over the same period of the last year.

Denim industry under threat on waste cotton exports

Local denim and home textile yarn industry is now under threat on exports of waste cotton.

BTRC satellite launching process begins

BTRC has already embarked on the process of launching its own satellite in five years to help further develop the telecom and ICT industry in the country, said BTRC chairman yesterday.

Low quality car, reckless driving put taxicab business in jeopardy

Import of low quality cars, coupled with reckless driving, has sent some 8,000 taxi- cabs, out of a total of 11,000 cabs, to garages, operators alleged yesterday, expressing concerns of losing their investment of about Tk 8,00 crore.

No relief in sight for farmer suicide zone

Unlike his father and brother who hanged themselves, Labh Singh gulped down pesticide to end his misery, leaving his wife to look after five children and pay off the family debts.

Agriculture to get priority in next budget: NBR chief

The next national budget will attach priority to agriculture to boost the country's food production, National Board of Revenue (NBR) Chairman Abdul Mazid said in Chittagong yesterday.

Call money rate hits 14pc

Interest rate in call money market yesterday rose to 14 percent from the previous day's 8.5-9.5 percent, according to the fund managers of commercial banks.

Leasing firms demand depreciation allowance

Bangladesh Leasing and Finance Companies Association (BLFCA) yesterday demanded that the government reintroduce depreciation allowance for leasing and finance companies from the next fiscal year to help them sustain growth.

HSBC's special remittance services for NRBs in UAE

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Ltd in Bangladesh has launched OneWorld, enabling non-resident Bangladeshis (NRBs) residing in the UAE to send free remittances to HSBC accounts in Bangladesh by using their HSBC personal internet banking (PIB) or ATM, says a press release.

BOC declares dividend

BOC Bangladesh Ltd has declared a dividend of Tk 7 per ordinary share i.e. 70 percent for the year that ended on December 31, 2007.

Asian stocks close mostly down

Asian stocks closed mostly down Thursday after the oil price rose to a fresh all-time high, triggering a Wall Street tumble and stoking fears of rising inflation.

Price spike hits HK shoppers

Shoppers and food suppliers in Hong Kong have have been feeling the pinch in recent months as food prices have skyrocketed, showing the port city's vulnerability to global shifts in commodities markets.

Dollar mixed

The dollar gained against the euro on Thursday but fell against sterling ahead of interest rate decisions from the European Central Bank and the Bank of England, dealers said.

Philippines vows 'aggressive' rice buying

Philippine authorities would pursue an "aggressive" buying policy to boost rice stocks for one of the world's largest rice importers ahead of the typhoon season, the state grains trading agency said Thursday.

Asiatic Cotton Mill taken back under govt management

Asiatic Cotton Mill, privatised in 1982, was taken back under government management yesterday as the private owners failed to live up to the terms of agreement.

Singapore Airlines raises fuel surcharge

Singapore Airlines (SIA) said Wednesday it and its regional wing SilkAir will raise their fuel levy from next week to cope with soaring jet fuel prices.

Oil price holds near record highs

Oil prices held near record levels Thursday after gains overnight to nearly 124 dollars as speculators dived into a market concerned about potential supply disruption, traders said.

Indian steel makers to roll back prices

Days after the Indian Union finance minister, P Chidambaram, asserted that the runaway steel prices, along with cement prices, was the single largest driving factor behind the current rise in consumer price index, the country's leading steel makers on Wednesday acknowledged such concerns and decided to roll back prices of the alloy after securing an assurance from the government that it would look into their demand for not imposing duty on steel exports.

China aims to keep grain output above 500m tonnes in 2008

China has vowed to keep grain output above 500 million tonnes in 2008 as the world's largest producer and consumer of rice struggles to cope with rising global grain prices, state media said Thursday.

WTO sees no ministerial meeting in May

The World Trade Organisation said Wednesday it is highly unlikely that a ministerial meeting will be held this month given the scant progress in talks on liberalising agriculture and other thorny issues.


Legalise irregular Bangladeshi workers to ensure rights

Bangladeshi migrants' rights organisations yesterday urged the South Korean government to legalise the irregular workers who have been living in South Korea for 10 to 15 years in a bid to ensure their rights to work.

CG to seek civil society suggestions for qualitative change in politics

The government will seek suggestions from different citizens' groups and professional bodies for qualitative change in politics during its talks with them in parallel with dialogues with political parties.

1.5cr people carry gene of thalassaemia in country

It was 35 years ago when Shanti's parents got married and they were not aware of the disease thalassaemia and its dreadfulness.

Tagore an inspiration for superstition-free society

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday said Poet Rabindranath Tagore remains a great source of inspiration in the nation's all out efforts for establishing a superstition-free and a knowledge-based developed society through a rigorous transition.

CG keen to facilitate cultural exchanges: CA

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday said the present government is keen to facilitate cultural exchanges and youth empowerment programmes with other countries of South Asia and beyond.

Arrest warrants against Dr Samad, 5 others

A Dhaka court yesterday issued warrants for arrest of former principal secretary to Prime Minister's Office Dr SM Samad and five others for awarding gas exploration and extraction deal to Canadian company Niko Resources through corruption and abuse of power.

Pakistan keen on close ties with Bangladesh: Gillani

Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani has said his government is keen on developing close friendship and cooperation with Bangladesh.

More land subsides

About 25 acres of land subsided, causing crack to at least 30 houses in two villages near Barapukuria Coal Mine Project on Wednesday night.

Try war criminals to establish justice

Sector Commanders' Forum (SCF) President Air Vice Marshall (Retd) AK Khandker yesterday said justice and democracy would not be established in the society until the war criminals are brought to justice.

‘Release Hasina, Khaleda’

Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of Awami League (AL), and Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), student wing of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), yesterday reiterated their demands for the release of Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia.

Seven killed in road accidents

Seven people were killed and 25 others injured in separate road accidents in Tangail, Rajshahi, Pabna, Gaibandha and Brahmanbaria in the last two days.

Six held in murder case

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested six accused of a murder case from the city's Mirpur area and recovered two firearms and 12 bullets from their possession.

'Strict laws needed to check abuses of migrant workers'

Law Secretary Kazi Habibul Awal yesterday said laws and regulations of the country relating to overseas employment require thorough review and modification to check fraudulent practices and exploitation of migrant workers.

Two shot in city

Two people were shot by a gang of armed criminals at Gandaria in the city yesterday.

Prince Richard visits Sidr-hit Patuakhali

The Duke of Gloucester, Prince Richard, yesterday visited Sidr rehabilitation project under Ghotoker Andua, a remote village under Mirzaganj upazila in Patuakhali district.

MDG3 Champion Network launched in Denmark

To make a special effort to promote the Millennium Development Goal-3 (MDG3 to promote gender equality and empower women) Danish Minister for Development Cooperation Ulla Tørnæs has established a MDG3 Champion Network, says a press release.

Plant two palm trees at home

Chief of Army Staff General Moeen U Ahmed yesterday urged every family of the country to plant at least two palm trees at their homes to meet the demand for edible oil and eradicate poverty from society.

Robbers stab husband, wife at Araihazar

A gang of robbers stabbed a cloth trader and his wife and looted away gold ornaments, cash money and valuables worth over Tk 2.0 lakh from their house in Ram Chandradi area at Araihazar upazila on Wednesday night.

Anti-corruption rally begins at Patia tomorrow

Patia Sachetan Nagarik Committee, Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) and Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) jointly organise a two-day anti-corruption youth rally at Patia in Chittagong beginning from tomorrow, as part of TIB and ACC's 'Jago Manush' campaign, says a press release.

Explosion at oil mill kills 1

Gas explosion at a soya bean boiler mill at Hayderganj bazaar in Raipur upazila on Wednesday night left a worker dead and 14 others injured.

Five villages inundated as dam collapses in Khulna

Five villages under Koira upazila in Khulna were inundated as a dam of Water Development Board (WDB) collapsed at 6:00am yesterday.

Dumb girl raped in N'ganj

A dumb girl was raped at Ghaserkandi under Araihazar upazila early yesterday.

JICA vice president due tomorrow

Masafumi Kuroki, vice-president of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), will arrive in Bangladesh on a five-day visit tomorrow, says a press release.

One dies in rooftop fall during storm

A construction worker was killed after falling off the roof of a six-storey under-construction building during the storm at Mohakhali in the city last night.

PBCP cadre Bachchu remanded for 7 days

Bachchu, a notorious member of banned Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP), was remanded yesterday for seven days for more interrogation.


Buriganga incident

I have read about the Buriganga river incident. I think our present non-elected government was responsible for what happened at the jetty. They took a decision without talking with the local people.

Attack on indigenous people

I am shocked to learn that some Bengalee settlers reportedly set fire to 77 houses of indigenous people in Rangamati on the night of April 20. They looted all valuables before burning the houses. After burning the houses to ashes, the settlers continued to occupy their lands. But indigenous people have been living in those hilly villages from time immemorial. These are their ancestral lands.

Increased CNG price

What would M Tamim like to say about the problems that have been caused by his decision? I think it was absolutely wrong. Why didn't the Chief Adviser stop him from taking this decision?

Election under CTG

Nowhere in the world an elected government of the people hands over power to an un-elected government for holding general election.

Energy plan

Recently, the Chinese Foreign Minister visited Bangladesh and showed interest in making a nuclear power plant that would provide electricity. Bangladesh should take this seriously and be quick to respond to this opportunity. The only ingredients involved in making nuclear powered electricity are water and uranium. It is very cheap, it costs only two cents to produce one kilowatt of electricity. It is environmentally friendly. The initial cost is a bit high, but if we invest a few billions of dollars it will be worth it in the long run. It can run continually for thirty years before renovation is needed. There are some people who spread rumours that nuclear energy is "dangerous" without knowing the facts. Everybody knows that the nuclear power accident that happened 22 years ago (1986) at Chernobyl was due to a human error. Nuclear plants always need proper maintenance. Developed countries have been using nuclear electricity for more than half a century. Electricity is the key power for all industrial development. Bangladesh should immediately start developing at least 5,000 megawatt capacity power plants.

Student politics

All the obnoxious things of student politics are coming back. In Chittagong University, they beat up an assistant proctor. I couldn't understand how a student could beat his teacher! It's a shame! On the same day a group of Shibir cadre attacked the polytechnic institute and beat some teachers. Even in this time of Emergency rule they are impudent enough to create anarchy in the educational institutes.

Price hike

The price hike of essentials has long been a burning issue. This trend of price hike has created a very difficult situation for the common people.

Why this barricade?

For some days, I noticed that in Sonargoan Road and in front of Oriental Bank and ETV office, there was a barricade with a red flag which was responsible for traffic jam. This road is known for traffic jam.

Rickshaws in the capital

Hooray to Engr. Aminul Haque (DS, 4 May 2008) for joining the ranks of people like Mr. Rahat who want total elimination of rickshaws from Dhaka. He asserts that once this is done, the rickshaw pullers will 'quietly' go back to their villages 'to breathe fresh air, drink pure water and sleep in healthy huts' while starving to death. What sort of Utopia is Engr Haque living in? Does he not know the circumstances that made these unfortunate people come to Dhaka in the first place? I would laugh out loud if the matter was not so pitiable. The two letters on the same page “Well Done” (things are back to normal at Gulshan-1, Mr. Tajul) and “Commuters' Woes”(no solution in sight, Mr. Ashraf Hussain) partially answer the Engineer's assertions.

Tibet and China

During the recent visit of the foreign minister of China, the government of Bangladesh expressed support for one China policy, despite the state induced repression on Tibet. If this is the right decision, what was wrong about the Pakistanis in 1971? Do people of Tibet deserve this?

Systems loss?

During the last two decades, the Bangladeshis were introduced to an old but hidden culture (so long taboo); the term “systems loss” frequently appeared in the media news and reports. One analyst termed it is as a part of entropy, a scientific term familiar to the students of science. Some examples from daily life are cited below.

Resolve the issue

The people of Egypt and Iraq are Arabs. But as they live in two different countries they are also Egyptians and Iraqis respectively.

Kidney hospital

The National Institute of Kidney Diseases & Urology in Dhaka is the only one of its kind in the country.

IMF's diktats

A recent article by Bill Quigley ( a human rights lawyer and law professor at Loyola University, New Orleans) titled “ The US role in Haiti's food riots”, published in one of our English dailies, was one glaring example of how multilateral organisations such as IMF, under the auspices of the US, damaged Haiti's agricultural market. According to the author, in 1986 (after the removal of “Baby Doc” Duvalier), the IMF gave loan of $24.6m loan to Haiti. But as always they set certain preconditions i.e. Haiti was asked to remove tariff barriers from their rice and other agricultural products so that cheap and “subsidized” US rice could enter into their domestic market. And as a result, the Haitian farmers found it very difficult to compete against cheap US rice. Thus domestic farmers were adversely affected and lost the incentive to cultivate any further. There were other repercussions in the form of “rice wars”, and to make matters worse lives were lost.

Treatment of heart diseases

A breakthrough took place in the history of American Medical Science as well as in the World Medical history on July,1990 at JAMA (Journal of Medical Association) Centre through a historical medical conference, organised by PMRI (Preventive Medicine Research Institute) of America and demonstrated by a young Harvard educated doctor, Dr. Dean Ornish, MD.

Poor quality milk

On 26th April 2008 morning, ETV showed one programme titled "Explosives" regarding the very poor quality of milk being marketed in our country. Apart from the TV presenter of the programme, it was attended by a doctor, one nutrition expert and a senior official of BSTI . It was mentioned:


Grim fight for survival after Myanmar cyclone

More than one million homeless in Myanmar were battling to stave off disease and hunger Thursday, with the military government still limiting foreign assistance six days after a massive cyclone.

Pak coalition leaders to meet in London

Top leaders of Pakistan's ruling coalition will meet in Britain this week for a final decision on how to reinstate judges sacked by President Pervez Musharraf, party officials said.

Journey from horror to misery in Myanmar

Some survivors arrived half-naked, others wore clothes they scavenged from the dead.

Bhutan holds 1st parliament session as democracy

The tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan yesterday held its first parliament session, marking its shift from absolute monarchy after elections in March, officials said.

$50m WB grant for Nepal peace process

The World Bank Wednesday announced 50 million dollars in grants to support a peace deal in Nepal, after the country's former Maoist rebels scored a surprise win in landmark elections last month.

Russian parliament okays Putin as PM

Russia's parliament has overwhelmingly voted to make Vladimir Putin the prime minister.

Iraqis asked to quit Sadr City

Iraqi soldiers for the first time warned residents in the embattled Sadr City district to leave their houses Thursday, signalling a new push by the US-backed forces against Shia extremist who have been waging street battles for seven weeks.

China, Japan take step towards better ties

The leaders of Japan and China Wednesday moved to put the past behind them, agreeing to further lift bilateral ties and pledging not to view one another as a threat.

Hillary vows to press on as time, options run out

Her money drained and her options dwindling, a resolute Hillary Rodham Clinton vowed to press on with her presidential bid even as she and top advisers were hard-pressed to describe a realistic path for her to wrest the nomination from Barack Obama.

Suu Kyi's home damaged in cyclone

The home of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was lightly damaged in the weekend cyclone, but she was unhurt and remains in good health, her party said yesterday.

26 killed in Kashmir bus plunge

At least 26 people died and four were injured after a bus plunged into a river in Indian Kashmir on Thursday, and the death toll was expected to rise, police said.

Pakistan test-fires missile

Pakistan said it test-fired a short-range cruise missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead Thursday, one day after archrival India test-fired a long-range missile with nuclear capability.

Arts & Entertainment

Two-day musical programme by Bangladesh Rabindra Sangeet Shilpi Sangstha

Bangladesh Rabindra Sangeet Shilpi Sangstha (BRSSS) arranged a two-day programme to celebrate the 147th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) at the Shawkat Osman Auditorium, Central Public Library. The programme ended yesterday.

Rabindra Mela at Channel-i's Tajgaon office

May 8 marked the 147th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore. To celebrate the occasion channel-i arranged a Rabindra Mela at its Tejgaon office yesterday.

Rabindra Sangeet in the port city

Shila Momen and Sreyoshee Roy, two Tagore exponents in Chittagong belonging to different generations, believe that one needs much practice, devotion and greater understanding of Tagore's philosophy to master Rabindra Sangeet.

A poetic touch to TV plays

Besides some high profile TV artistes, quite a few who work behind the camera, were also successful over the last year. In the latter category is talented director Mezbaur Rahman Sumon, who has to his credit a TV serial and a number of single-episode plays. Sumon is also an active member of the fusion band Meghdol. During a recent conversation with The Daily Star, Sumon talked about his achievements and future plans in the spheres of direction and music.

Zahid Hassan in a TV adaptation of Tagore's “Badnaam”

Versatile actor and director Zahid Hassan is a popular name on the media scene. The actor recently spoke to The Daily Star about his latest work in Badnaam, a TV adaptation of Rabindranath Tagore's short story with the same title.

Short Film Festival organised by IBA

Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Dhaka University and FutureShorts are jointly organising a two-day short film festival. FutureShorts is a European organisation that promotes short films and provides an international platform for the filmmakers. The festival started yesterday at the IBA auditorium.

Tom Hanks backs Obama

Tom Hanks is supporting presidential hopeful Barack Obama.


World food prices and situation in Bangladesh

AMID deepening hunger crisis, Bangladesh is gradually beginning to stand on her own feet. One standing crop, Boro, is going to change the scenario. The impact of the healthy farm condition is being reflected in the wholesale and retail markets of staple foods, and the prices are going down everyday. The lines in the Open Market Sales (OMS) shops are shortening gradually.

Death and revival of Banglar Shourav

THE tanker was pronounced dead. It was awaiting its final carriage into the ship's graveyard, the 20 km stretch of waterfront in Sitakundo, Chittagong, for scuttling and subsequent recycling. But it could not be done, as the carcass of the ship dug deep into the mud of the Gohira beach of Anwara, resisting unseating of its hull.

Obama's new gospel

TIM Roemer is a gifted salesman working a tough territory. For weeks, the former Indiana congressman has been crisscrossing primary states trying to convince Roman Catholic voters that Barack Obama is their man. Just a few months ago, there were plenty of takers.

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