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News of: Friday, 16th of May, 2008

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Court orders arrest of ‘absconding’ Saifur, Bhuiyan, Nizami

A Dhaka court yesterday issued arrest warrants against 12 'absconding' accused in the Gatco scam case, including former ministers M Saifur Rahman, Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan, Matiur Rahman Nizami, MK Anwar, M Shamsul Islam and Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury.

Miner now wants refund of non-existent loans

Despite failing to complete Maddhapara hard rock mine project even 10 years behind schedule, North Korean company Namnam is now asking the government to repay instalments of loans that it arguably did not give, highly placed sources said.

Moudud charged with amassing Tk 7.38cr wealth illegally

The Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday pressed charges against detained former law minister barrister Moudud Ahmed in a case filed in connection with amassing wealth through illegal means and withholding information about wealth from the commission.

Farm sector top priority of govt

The present caretaker government will give the agriculture sector top priority in the upcoming budget since the sector must be developed and strengthened to maintain a healthy rural economy, Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed said yesterday.

Scant supply leads to drug price hike

Prices of a number of drugs including inhalers, eye drops, oral saline and contraceptives have risen tremendously in recent times when people are already struggling to cope with rising prices of essentials.

Politicians doubt reform success

The efforts of electoral and political reforms made so far are unlikely to be successful as the issues could not be discussed at grassroots level due to the nationwide ban on politics, politicians and civil society members said yesterday.

Cases similar, actions different

Leaders of BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami against whom warrants of arrest were issued in connection with the Gatco graft case are still staying at homes although dozens of political leaders including Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia were arrested prior to or hours after lodging cases.

BNP factions reviewing draft charter for unity

Leaders of the BNP factions yesterday held a series of meetings to review the draft charter prepared in a bid to reunite the party.

SC lawyers observe 2-hr work abstention

The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) yesterday observed a two-hour work abstention at the Appellate Division, protesting some recent judgments of the apex court.

ACC to sue Shamsul Islam, Shajahan Siraj, Mamun

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has decided to file two cases against nine individuals, including former BNP ministers Shamsul Islam and Shajahan Siraj, and businessman Giasuddin Al Mamun, for corruption in making permanent allocation of about 24 acres of forestland in Bhawal National Park, Gazipur.

US envoy hopes for all-party election

US Ambassador in Dhaka James F Moriarty yesterday expressed hope that general elections in Bangladesh would be held in such a way that all political parties could participate.

Govt to import 1 lakh MT wheat

The government will procure one lakh tonne of wheat from the international market at about Tk 32 per kilogram (kg) after failing to buy the grain locally as its market price is higher than the government-fixed price.

Ex-NBR member Sarwar jailed for 13 years

A special court dealing with corruption cases yesterday sentenced former National Board of Revenue (NBR) member ATM Sarwar Hossain to 13 years' imprisonment for amassing wealth illegally and hiding information about his wealth.

Tk 350cr food depot project planned

The government is embarking on a Tk 350 crore-project to construct more food depots and increase the capacity of the existing ones in the northern part of the country, home to the major rice produce, in the coming fiscal year.

US to increase funds for governance in Bangladesh

The US government is going to significantly increase fund and assistance for democracy and governance in Bangladesh in 2009.

RU VC Prof Altaf removed

Rajshahi University (RU) Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof Altaf Hossain was removed yesterday for his alleged involvement in corruption in recruiting 545 university teachers and employees during the BNP-Jammat alliance government, education ministry sources said.

Accounts of 12 suspected heroin smugglers frozen

The Department of Narcotics Control (DNC) in Jessore asked different local banks to freeze bank accounts of 12 individuals suspected of smuggling heroin and transferring of crores of taka illegally through telephonic transfer (TT) system.

CA opens CHT mobile network

Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday formally inaugurated mobile phone network in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) by talking to his two special assistants from here.

Sector commanders start meetings with political parties today

Sector Commanders' Forum (SCF) will start formal view exchange meetings with different political parties today seeking pledges that the parties will not form any electoral alliance with war criminals and anti-liberation war elements.

Death in cop beating sparks clash: 15 hurt

At least 15 people, including the officer-in-charge (OC) of Chakaria Police Station, were injured in a clash between local people and police yesterday over the death of a farmer after police beat him up.

Dhaka asks Yangon to allow smooth entry of aid workers

Bangladesh yesterday requested Myanmar government to receive international aid for the cyclone victims and allow unimpeded entry of aid workers to that country.

Frantic race to save lives in quake zone

China said yesterday that over 50,000 people had likely died in the devastating earthquake that hit its southwest as time runs out to save survivors buried in the rubble of broken communities.

Terror threat from South Asia still top US concern

The United States has poured nearly 40 billion dollars in aid to South Asia since the September 11 attacks but the terror threat from the region remains a top problem, a congressional hearing was told.

25 killed in Lanka's restive north

Sri Lankan troops smashed rebel bunkers and traded fire with guerrillas across the island's north, leaving at least 25 people dead in total, the defence ministry said yesterday.

Myanmar cyclone death toll soars above 43,000

Myanmar's junta warned yesterday that legal action would be taken against people who trade or hoard international aid as the cyclone's death toll soared above 43,000.

Editorial

LGRD step on access to information

THE Local Government and Rural Development (LGRD) ministry has taken an appreciable step towards providing citizens access to information in various local bodies operating under it. Such a move is in consonance with democratic principles and practices everywhere and we believe the LGRD has only done what we in a democratic dispensation should have had much earlier. The draft provisions in question relate to the city corporations and municipalities, providing for citizens to ask for and be given information on issues of public interest. We would like to think that it is the first, positive step in what will be an expanding field of rights citizens will eventually come to enjoy. What matters now, in these early stages, is for the government to ensure that the measure is implemented in full without any bureaucratic or political impediments coming in the way.

Yet another train accident

CLOSELY on the heels of railway accidents taking a toll of lives at railway crossings, we now have the Upoban Express headed for Sylhet hitting the stationary Noakhali Express at Ashuganj from behind. The disaster taking place at night was tragic beyond proportions.

Please hold

PERHAPS the inimitable M.J. Akbar put it best in his piece "Who killed 2007?" syndicated in these pages last November 20: "The remaining weeks between mid-November and early January have been put on hold in both India and Pakistan," wrote Mr. Akbar, before adding, parenthetically but incisively, "Bangladesh is in an exceptional situation; the whole nation has been put on hold till further notice."

Our wobbling democracy

EARLY this month, after an unruly mob torched two launches on the Buriganga, police cases were filed against 30,000 people. Three days after the eruption on Dhaka University campus last August, 42,000 people were charged with disturbance of peace and vandalism across the country. Recently, the remains of a security guard have been recovered from the wreckage of Rangs Bhaban, five months after the building collapsed. Since mass indictment is the order of the day, I have been thinking about it for some time. Why not sue the 150 million people of this country and then indict this government?

The rise of the rest: A new nationalism

GLOBAL growth is also responsible for some of the biggest problems in the world right now. It has produced tons of money -- what businesspeople call liquidity -- that moves around the world. The combination of low inflation and lots of cash has meant low interest rates, which in turn have made people act greedily and/or stupidly. So we have witnessed over the last two decades a series of bubbles -- in East Asian countries, technology stocks, housing, subprime mortgages, and emerging market equities.

Sports

3 cheers for Abahani

Abahani easily made it three wins in a row against their traditional rivals this season as Mohammedan's batting dipped from bad to worse in the crucial Premier Cricket Super League match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

Biman go higher

Bangladesh Biman remained firm at the top of the Premier League with a clinical 69-run victory over BKSP while Surjo Torun posted their first win in the Super League yesterday.

Clubs accept relegation

The professional league clubs finally accepted the proposal of Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) for relegation in this year's B. League.

Raw deal for BCB

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has been finalised the in-stadia advertising rights packages for the next month's tri-nation series involving India and Pakistan.

Henin shocks Federer

World number one Roger Federer admitted the tennis community were shocked to hear on Wednesday top-ranked female Justine Henin had announced her retirement with immediate effect.

Zenit outclass Rangers

Rangers' quest for a first Euro-pean trophy in 36 years ended in heartbreak as Zenit St Petersburg claimed Russia's second UEFA Cup in the space of four years with a 2-0 win in Wednesday's final.

Sizzling Sanath

Sachin Tendulkar's return dominated most of the pre-match buzz but it was the eruption from Sanath Jayasuriya that Mumbai toasted at the end of a comfortable nine-wicket win, their fourth in a row in the Indian Premier League, at the Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday.

His best day

Sachin Tendulkar's return from injury was the biggest draw in the build-up to the clash between Mumbai and Chennai. He was expected to bring further luck to a team that had strung together a hattrick of wins after enduring four straight losses and his partnership with Sanath Jayasuriya at the top of the Mumbai Indians' batting line-up was a much awaited spectacle. However, he was completely overshadowed by his partner Jayasuriya, whose scything blade cut Chennai down swiftly.

New Zealand in tatters

New Zealand, after losing the toss, were 109 for five at tea on the first day of the first Test against England at Lord's here Thursday.

Reefat at 2nd place

Reefat Bin Sattar shared the second place with four players in the Mayors Cup 1st International Open Chess tournament in Mumbai, India yesterday.

Henin readies for life

The happiest I've ever seen Justine Henin was away from a tennis court.

WTA stars hail Henin

The world's top women tennis players have been paying tribute to and expressing support for former number one Justine Henin after her shock retirement announcement on Wednesday.

Grant blames Bennett

Chelsea manager Avram Grant laid himself open to disciplinary action by the Football Association after calling into question referee Steve Bennett's integrity.

UEFA Cup winners

UEFA Cup winners since 2000:

Hiddink unveils his Euro squad

Russia's national coach Guus Hiddink on Wednesday unveiled his pre-selection of 25 players for Euro 2008.

Nedved left out

Czech manager Karel Bruckner on Wednesday sprung two surprises as he named his 23-strong squad to take part in June's Euro 2008 in Austria and Switzerland.

Mohammedan keep the pressure

Mohammad Sabbir inspired Mohammedan Sporting Club to come from a goal down and beat Mariner Youngs Club 3-1 in yesterday's Green Delta Insurance Premier Hockey League.

Local Snippets

Prantik Krira Chakra registered a 112-run win over Green Leaf in the Second Division Super League at the Jagannath Hall ground yesterday.

Waugh's kind words

Former Australia captain Steve Waugh believes England have the talent to challenge the Aussies in next year's Ashes series.

Royals to stay put

The Indian Premier League's Jaipur franchise has discussed the sensitive security situation in the city with its players and is sure that all members of Rajasthan Royals, its Indian Premier League team, will be available for Saturday's home match against Bangalore Royal Challengers, a team official said.

Business

New funding method for power plants

A new way to finance the setting up of much needed power plants has been established, with the World Bank to lend directly to a commercial bank in Bangladesh for the first time ever.

Telephone Shilpa Sangstha looks for partner to buy 49pc stake

State-run Telephone Shilpa Sangstha Limited is looking for a strategic partner to buy a 49 percent stake in the company in an effort to breathe new life into the country's sole telephone equipment manufacturer.

Potatoes rotting in storage due to erratic power

Erratic power supply and low voltage are hampering the smooth operations of cold storage facility, destroying a significant amount of the produce.

Local ships attract foreigners, says Danish buyer

The quality of shipbuilding is attracting European buyers to come and place their orders with Bangladeshi companies, said the chairman of Stella Shipping yesterday.

BSRM Steels applies to SEC next month

BSRM Steels Ltd will apply to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) next month for approval to offload its shares.

Govt, Japanese firm sign deal on 2nd phase study on deep-sea port

The government signed an addendum agreement with a Japanese firm on Sunday to start the second phase of the feasibility study on the proposed deep-sea port to be built at Sonadia Island.

DSE turnover hits record high of Tk 405cr

Turnover on the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) yesterday hit record high of Tk 405 crore amid huge transactions in shares of leasing and financing companies.

Best Air launches international operation May 25

Local private airline Best Air is set to launch its international operation on May 25 through its first flight to Bangkok, its chairman said yesterday.

Harvard confce on Bangladesh in June

A two-day conference on Bangladesh will begin on June 13 at Harvard University in the USA.

The weekend getaway

For most of the week Sabreena Nowsad, has been busy planning a trip with a group of 17 friends to the Jamuna Resort, near Jamuna Bridge to spend the weekend.

Shanghai poor struggle with inflation

Lu Bingzhou, a resident of China's glitziest and wealthiest city was once a successful architect but personal tragedy and bad luck have meant he now picks garbage for a living.

Worst of crisis over: IMF

The worst of the financial sector crisis is over although the impact on the broader economy will likely drag on in coming months, IMF managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn said on Thursday.

New Chairman of BRAC Bank

Muhammad A. (Rumee) Ali has been appointed chairman of BRAC Bank Limited, says a press release.

New president of DSE

Abdul Haque, chairman of Royal Green Securities, has been elected new president of Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) for the next one year.

Asian stocks close mostly up

Asian stocks closed mostly up Thursday with a clutch of markets hitting their highest levels in a number of months after oil prices fell and hopes grew that the financial crisis was waning.

SingTel net profit up 4.8pc

Southeast Asia's largest telco, Singapore Telecommunications, Wednesday reported a 4.8 percent increase in annual net profit and looked ahead to more revenue growth despite economic uncertainty.

Philippines to raise minimum wage amid food crisis

Philippine President Gloria Arroyo said Thursday her government will raise the country's minimum wage amid soaring food and energy prices that have pushed inflation to three-year highs.

Indonesian poor to get $1.5b to offset fuel price hike

Indonesia plans to transfer more than 1.5 billion dollars in cash to the poor to offset the cost of a planned hike in fuel prices, reports said Thursday.

China slow in meeting WTO commitments: US study

China has been slow in meeting commitments it made when joining the World Trade Organization (WTO) more than six years ago, according to a US Congress-commissioned report Wednesday.

Lafarge acquires 66 concrete plants in India

Against the backdrop of fast rising construction industry in India, French cement major Lafarge has acquired Indian engineering giant Larsen and Toubro's readymix concrete business at an estimated price of 349 million dollars.

Oil price climbs back above $125

Oil prices rose on Thursday, boosted by weakness of the dollar, as the market shrugged off a downgrade by Opec of global demand growth for crude, analysts said.

Metropolitan

Illegal VoIP costs govt Tk1208.88cr a year

The government is losing around Tk 1208.88 crore revenue per year due to international call termination through illegal VoIP.

Implement nat'l women dev policy soon

Youths and civil society members at a view exchange meeting yesterday urged the caretaker government to implement the National Women Development Policy 2008 for empowering women at all levels in the society.

Two to die, two others get life

A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced two people to death and two others to life in jail for killing Ibrahim Kamal, a senior assistant secretary to the planning commission, in November 2004.

3 DU staffs accused of taking bribe

A student of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday accused three employees of taking Tk 3 lakh in bribe for his admission at the university.

Polls won't be acceptable if 2 major parties boycott

Chairman of the newly formed Bangladesh Kolyan Party Major General (retd) Sayed Mohammad brahim yesterday said the upcoming national election will not be acceptable if the two major political parties boycott the polls.

3 lakh Sidr-hit people still live in polythene hut, tents

Some 2,86,000 people in 12 coastal districts which were severely ravaged by cyclone Sidr last November are still living in tents or polythene-made huts.

Charge sheet submitted against 3 policemen

The charge sheet submitted against three policemen, including an Assistant Commissioner (AC) in a robbery case was accepted at the court in the port city yesterday.

Call to bring about structural changes to curb corruption

The ongoing anti-corruption drive could not achieve anything significant so far, speakers at a seminar said yesterday.

Library, museum named after Language Movement martyr Rafik inaugurated

A library and a museum that were built after the name of Language Movement martyr Rafik Uddin Ahmed was inaugurated at the martyr's village home at Paril under Singair upazila in Manikganj yesterday.

Dhaka for immediate int'l action

Bangladesh calls for immediate global action to address three major global challenges - food crisis, increased oil price and climate change.

2 prime accused placed on 4-day remand

A Chittagong court yesterday placed two prime accused in the sensational Chittagong arms haul case on a four-day remand.

Huji leader Sumon sent to jail

A Dhaka court sent detained Harkatul Jihad (Huji) leader Arif Hasan Sumon to jail yesterday as he denied his involvement in the bomb attack on a CBP rally on July 20, 2001.

Qureshi urges people to remain vigil

Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) Convener Ferdous Ahmed Qureshi said the people will have to remain vigil so that the country never goes back to the pre-1/11 scenario.

Release of Khaleda demanded

Leaders and activists of BNP and its front organisations from different districts yesterday submitted memorandums to the chief adviser (CA) of the caretaker government to realise their 11-point demand including the release of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.

ACC Ctg director visits CCC project areas

Director of Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chittagong Maj Md Julfiquer Ali Mazumder visited different ongoing development project areas run by Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) on Wednesday afternoon.

Rajshahi clinic owners withdraw strike

Clinic and Diagnostic Owners' Association (CDOA) in Rajshahi withdrew their indefinite shut down yesterday noon following three 'fruitful' discussions with the district high-ups.

Road crashes kill 2

Two people were killed and 10 others were injured in separate road accidents in Sirajganj and Dinajpur yesterday.

Grand finale of Aktel Debate Championship in Ctg tomorrow

The grand finale of Aktel Debate Championship 2008 will be held tomorrow at Theatre Institute of Chittagong (TIC) auditorium.

Youth murdered in city

A young man was found slaughtered at his house at Shyamoli in the city early yesterday.

Meghna-Gomati Bridge repair work begins

Repair work for Meghna-Gomati Bridge on Dhaka-Chittagong highway began yesterday, said a press release of the communication ministry.

Probe body for action against KCC officials

A three-member probe committee has asked the authorities to take punitive action against four officials of Khulna City Corporation (KCC) for committing corruption in realising holding taxes.

RU JCD workers forced to make apologies for beating Shibir leader

Under the pressure from Islami Chhatra Shibir leaders, several leaders and activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) made apologies to them yesterday for beating a Shibir leader on the Rajshahi University (RU) campus.

RMG workers urge govt

National Garments Workers Federation (NGWF) at a press conference in the city yesterday urged the government to withdraw or relax the emergency rules to allow trade union activities in order to protect the ready-made garments (RMG) sector for national interest.

Fake cosmetics seized in city

An anti-adulteration drive led by magistrates and members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab)-10 and BSTI representatives yesterday seized counterfeit cosmetics worth Tk 4.10 lakh after raiding different shops at Gauchia Market in the city.

Smuggled timber seized, four arrested

Members of Bangladesh Coast Guard seized smuggled timbers worth around Tk 40 lakh and arrested four timber traders from Bepari Para area at Satkania upazila yesterday morning.

Saudi co keen to recruit 5000 Bangladeshi workers

Alwa Kamel, President of Dallah Group, one of the largest manpower recruiting companies of Saudi Arabia, said his company is keen to recruit some 5000 workers for their projects in Medinah and Makkah.

Work hard to address social problems

Vice Chancellor (VC) of Dhaka University (DU) Prof SMA Faiz yesterday called on the students to work hard to address the social problems and play a vital role in the society, says a press release.

Dhaka offers medical help for quake-hit China

Foreign Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury yesterday telephoned the Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Zheng Qingdian and offered the services of an army medical team in the aftermath of the earthquake in China.

Shishu Park timing for Monday

The Shaheed Zia Shishu Park at Shahbagh in the city will remain open for all from 3:00pm to 8:00pm on May 19 due to Buddha Purnima, says a press release of the Dhaka City Corporation.

Interview for D-Unit waiting list on Monday

Interview for the candidates in the waiting list for D-Unit (Science, Commerce and Humanities) of Jagannath University will be held at the Bazlur Rahman auditorium at 10:00am on Monday, says a press release.

Task force drive at BGSL office in Ctg

An army-led task force yesterday conducted a drive for the second day at sales and distribution office of Bakhrabad Gas Systems Limited (BGSL) in Sholoshahar Railway Station area in the port city.

Dhaka Polytech referred exams on Sunday

The referred examination of Dhaka Polytechnic Institute will be held on Sunday according to the schedule of Bangladesh Vocational Education Board, says a press release.

Cops for serving people, not for harassment

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Noor Mohammad said services of police are meant to serve the people and not to harass them.

Letters

Myanmar cyclone victims

Cyclone Nargis has torn apart the lives of the people of Myanmar, destroying buildings and knocking the power lines which have left 100,000 people homeless. It has been estimated that the number of lives lost, which has already crossed 100,000 will increase in the coming days. The military ruled Myanmar needs help from foreign countries. Myanmar is blocked from foreign aid by the western countries due to its military government.

FCC: Half a century of excellence

Thank you for the article “Faujdarhat Cadet College: Half a Century of Excellence” by Fakhruddin Ahmed (The Daily Star Internet Edition, April 28, 2008). It's an interesting reminiscence and deserves appreciation. Many of those who attended cadet colleges would agree that most of the points in the article reflect their own views. But those who didn't may argue that the success of various professionals and the country as a whole should not be judged by the excellence of a few cadet colleges attended mostly by the affluent and bright students (the name 'Cadet College' may be a misnomer, since a college is known to offer degrees; even in neighbouring India similar institutions are known as Sainik Schools). It is the uplifting of the educational levels of general mass students - a challenging task indeed - that largely determines the image of Bangladesh.

First identify, then buy

The cultivation of predatory fish is increasing day by day. Almost all of the predatory fishes are exotic and carnivore in nature. They survive well in adverse conditions and the growth rate of these fish is higher than that of other fishes. So, fish farmers are cultivating predatory fish species. But some of the predatory fishes, especially Piranha (Serrasalmus Niger), is very dangerous for living beings and also the aquatic environment and the ecosystem of the water body.

Hasina and election

Shiekh Hasina has rightly said that she must contest in the upcoming election. Hold a minute and remember when an ominous uncertainty was looming on the horizon right before 1/11 last year, people under the bold leadership of Sheikh Hasina thwarted the evil design.

Israeli atrocities

A pathetic news report with a picture published in your daily on 29April drew my attention. The picture carried the news that a Palestinian 15-month old boy, Mussab, was killed along with his mother and three siblings by Israeli tank fire outside their house in Beit Hanun, as they prepared to sit down for breakfast.

Governance crisis

The 21st century is playing games with civilisation. Crisis governance is the style of the decade. Start with the superpower US. The theme for the coming presidential election is change; plus two new formats: a woman contesting; and a minority leader. Add a big deciding factor: the no confidence in the USD, world's only global currency.

Tender on offshore oil

I would like to refer to the above tender which is very vital and crucial for Bangladesh economy. The decision on exploring 28 blocks at a time is risky.

Polls groundwork

The CA instructed the DCs to start groundwork for the next general election. I believe that the DCs and the civil administration have little scope to do any "groundwork" for the election. The voter registration process is almost complete, we are told. The EC is lecturing us every day on election. Their appearance on TV is very regular indeed. Common people, politicians and private citizens have no role at present.

BAF plane crashes

Some young BAF pilots died in plane crashes. Almost all of these accidents happened because of mechanical failure of the planes. Sometimes even the parachute did not work! BAF needs to stop putting pilots in unsafe fighter planes.

Pahela Baishakh

Pahela Baishakh is the first day of Bangla New Year. Hence, we can say the Bengali culture begins its new journey through this day. The day is warmly celebrated by all Bengalees.

High price of iron

Continuous price hike of construction materials, particularly iron materials, is a matter of serious concern. It is creating instability in the housing sector resulting in the house rent being pushed upwards, which is just adding salt to the sore caused by high prices of essential commodities.

Why on the same day?

Both the DCC (Dhaka City Corporation) and PGCB (Power Grid Company of Bangladesh Ltd) are important organisations.

Human rights

The ex-MPs, who are fortunate enough not to be in jail, are currently spending their free time organising a fierce battle to uphold the rights of their party leaders now cooped up behind bars. It is remarkable to see such enthusiasm and fervour with which they are protesting against the incarceration of mainly two persons.

Safe(!) drinking water

Your daily of the 9th May carried a clear photograph of some criminals in the garb of businessman filling cans with tap water before sealing and labelling them as "safe drinking water". I think as a citizen I have the right to know what (if any) action the authorities concerned have taken against these killers. They are putting at stake the lives of thousands of citizens across the country for making profit.

Why blame him?

Recently, Sheikh Hasina was trying to prove Dr. Kamal Hossain as black money holder simply because Dr. Hossain did not try to save the corrupt politicians. In fact, Dr. Kamal Hossain is the greatest threat to the black money owners and if anybody calls him a black money holder, he/she is not serving the truth. Do not forget that Hasina's AL and Khaleda's BNP made Bangladesh the number one corrupt country in the world. The corrupt prime ministers appointed corrupt ministers and high officials. Politicians and a vested quarter are openly trying to free Hasina and Khaleda and their corrupt collaborators without any trial.

Duration of this government

Can you presume how long this caretaker government will go on? I can! No specific duration of this government is mentioned in any law. Though the constitution has given the direction, but this government does not care for any constitutional order or provision.

Technical education

Technical Education holds the key to the tangible development of a country. Some 45 polytechnic and a few mono-technique institutes have been established for imparting technical education in Diploma Engineering level. It is a four-year course after SSC which is conducted by the collaboration of the directorate of technical education and Bangladesh Technical Education Board.

New faces needed

1971- a dream come true , a defining year for a new country- Bangladesh. Let us think back have we had a politician or created a politician so far whose concern was the country and its people? Have we seen a leader who will fight for the under-privileged people?

International

Myanmar moving cyclone survivors into camps

Myanmar has moved tens of thousands of homeless cyclone survivors into government-run shelters, pushing them out of monasteries and schools, Buddhist monks from the disaster zone said yesterday.

Most Myanmar survivors unreached by 'worst' disaster response

Most victims of Myanmar's cyclone remain without emergency food supplies two weeks after the catastrophe, experts said yesterday, with one calling it the worst disaster response in recent memory.

Chinese grapple with homelessness

Li Ande ran a convenience shop, a solidly middle-class citizen in this quiet tourist town, until the earthquake pulverized his store and his home. Two days on, he's squatting under a tarp with seven members of his extended family.

Burqa-clad suicide bomber kills 16 in Afghanistan

A suicide bomber wearing a burqa killed 16 people and wounding 22 others when he blew himself up yesterday in a crowded market in western Afghanistan, a provincial official said.

Pak militants accuse US of missile attack

Pakistani militants yesterday accused the United States of carrying out a missile strike in the country's lawless tribal region and vowed to avenge the attack, which killed at least 12 people.

Most Myanmar survivors unreached by 'worst' disaster response

Most victims of Myanmar's cyclone remain without emergency food supplies two weeks after the catastrophe, experts said yesterday, with one calling it the worst disaster response in recent memory.

Future of coalition is bright, says Zardari

Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari said on Wednesday that he was still engaged in talks with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif and "the future of the (ruling) coalition is bright."

Unknown Islamic group threatens more attacks on tourist spots in India

A previously-unknown Islamic group claimed responsibility for a string of bombings that killed 63 people and warned of more attacks on Indian tourist targets, officials said yesterday.

11 killed in India's restive northeast

Suspected tribal militants yesterday killed 11 people in two attacks in India's restive northeastern Assam state, officials said.

Galaxy's youngest known supernova is 140 years old

Astronomers have discovered the youngest known supernova in the Milky Way galaxy, still just a baby at 140 years old.

US lists polar bear as threatened Species

Put at risk by global warming, the polar bear is getting a life line as the government officially has declared it a threatened species in need of increased protection. But another round of legal battles surrounding the majestic animal may be just beginning.

Lebanese Cabinet reverses anti-Hezbollah Decisions

The US-backed Cabinet on Wednesday reversed measures against the militant Hezbollah movement that last week set off Lebanon's worst violence since the 1975-90 civil war.

Arts & Entertainment

A musical campaign for microcredit that paid off

A scarf uncovers a smiling face
That tells the story of a changing place
She knows no greater wonder than what she's seen
She bears a heart of secrets from where she's been...

Mostafa Monwar's adaptation of "Shubha"

Renowned artist Mostafa Monwar is well known for his uncanny ability to create magic with colours and puppets. As a director, he has enthralled the audience with TV adaptations of Tagore's Mukto Dhara, Dak Ghar, Rokto Karobi and Streer Potro.

Aamir's latest potshots at Shahrukh

Aamir Khan is at it again. After taking potshots at Amitabh Bachchan and his film Black late last year, this year it's Shahrukh Khan who is Aamir's punching bag. Just a few months back when Aamir was asked at an event what would he like to ask Shahrukh, he replied tongue-in-cheek, "I would like to ask Shahrukh, how it feels to be No. 2." While Shahrukh did take it in the right spirit, there sure seems to be some serious rivalry between these two superstars.

"American Idol" finale: Battle of the Davids

A baby-faced high school student likened to an old-fashioned crooner and a scruffy bartender who sings alternative rock will compete in next week's season finale of American Idol.

Remembering Shawkat Osman

To mark the 10th death anniversary of litterateur Shawkat Osman, Shawkat Osman Smriti Parishad organised a memorial programme at the Liberation War Museum on May 14. Eminent personalities reminisced on Shawkat Osman's life and works.

OP-ED

Meet Mr. McCain, the next president of the United States

THE evidence is mounting fast that Senator McCain, Republican nominee for president, a long-term senator from Arizona, and war hero in the eyes of most Americans, will be elected as president of the United States. Despite the Republicans achieving a weak economy, misconceived and poorly planned wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, an unconstitutional assault on the civil liberties of Americans, and pursuit of torture and cruelty against the persons who are suspect in the "war against terror," the Democratic party has again found a way to lose the election.

In search of sustainability

IT is indeed good news! Agriculture will get more allocation in the next budget. But can mere increased allocation meet the current and future challenges in this sector?

Tibet and Olympics 2008

"By allowing Beijing to host the Games, you will help the development of human rights."
-- Liu Jingmin, Beijing 2008 Olympics Games Bid Committee

Never serve nylon food to a Serbo-Croat in polyester

TODAY, as everyone knows, is Nylon Day: the anniversary of the day the world's most celebrated (in the journalistic sense of "hated") synthetic fabric was invented.

StarTech

A sleeping giant

The country's telecom watchdog, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), has formally invited applications from eligible entrepreneurs for licence to establish call centres. According to the BTRC, any eligible person or company can get call centre licence with a nominal payment.

Tech Valley seminar on Socomec UPS solutions

Tech Valley Computers, a local IT solutions provider, organised a seminar on Socomec UPS at Hotel Sheraton, Dhaka on April 29. The seminar mostly highlighted technical and service related aspects to the clients.

Canon unveils SLR 450D in local market

J.A.N Associates, the authorised distributor of Canon Image Communication Products in Bangladesh, has introduced Canon Digital SLR 450D camera in the local market on April 29, 2008.

Work function of a MIDI keyboard

In order to understand the MIDI keyboard, we should know about the musical keyboard first. A musical keyboard is the set of adjacent depressible levers on a musical instrument which cause the instrument to produce sounds.

'Asus Summer Cool' kicks off

Global Brand Pvt Ltd, a renowned local IT accessories vendor, officially announced its 'Asus Summer Cool' programme at a press conference on April 23.


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