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Coal, new gas to help avert crisis

What should Bangladesh do when oil price hits a $200 per barrel mark?

Captured prisoner tries to flee again, held after shooting him down

Police yesterday shot and injured one of the four escapees of Thursday night's Chuadanga prison break after he allegedly attempted to run away from a police van following capture.

AL, BNP yet to get talks invite sent 3 days ago

The Awami League (AL) and BNP are yet to receive the electoral reform dialogue letters the chief adviser's office claimed to have dispatched three days ago.

CA calls for bigger efforts for welfare of the disabled

Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday urged the private sector, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and businesspeople to contribute in a bigger way to the welfare of the physically and mentally challenged as part of their social obligation.

AL to discuss common stance with 14-party

Awami League (AL) will begin a series of talks tomorrow with 14-party components and other like-minded parties for a common stance on crucial issues including release of its President Sheikh Hasina.

Dhaka asks media not to speculate about bombers

Bangladesh has asked the media not to jump to a conclusion about perpetrators of Tuesday's bombing in Jaipur, while senior Indian officials are moving to expel illegal Bangladeshi workers from the state.

Arrest warrants reach police stations

Arrest warrants against the 12 ‘absconding' accused in the Gatco graft case reached the police stations concerned in the city last night, said police sources.

Gatco case to be faced politically

Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Matiur Rahman Nizami, a charge-sheeted accused in the Gatco corruption case, said yesterday his party will resort to legal and political means to fight the case he termed politically motivated.

Official car registered in PGCL staff’s name

A microbus purchased by Pashchimanchal Gas Company Limited (PGCL) has been found registered as a private vehicle to the company's Manager (Service) Kazi Nowfel Anwar.

Amini sued for 'assaulting' madrasa student

A madrasa student in Dhaka filed a case against former lawmaker and chairman of a faction of Islami Oikya Jote Mufti Fazlul Haque Amini, his two family members and eight other people on assault charges Friday night.

'Reformists' must scrap Oct 29 meet decisions

BNP chairperson-appointed Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain retains his earlier stance, saying reformist leaders must cancel their October 29 meeting decisions, which divided the party.

The Import Scandal

Tennis balls turned into cigarettes, scrap into luxury cars. When it came to importing goods it seemed anything was possible as long as the importer could avoid paying duties and tax. For years the country's prime port Chittagong became a symbol of corruption and inefficiency, crippling honest businesses, holding back the economy and depriving the government of thousands of crore taka a year. This was no small time scam, but a criminal empire involving businessmen, government officials and the very institutions, Customs and the National Board of Revenue, that were supposed to spot the wrong doing.

Storm kills 3, damages over 2,000 houses

At least three people were killed and 220 others injured yesterday as storms lashed different parts of the country damaging over 2,000 houses.

Anwar Choudhury bids farewell

Anwar Choudhury left Dhaka yesterday ending his four-year stint as British high commissioner to Bangladesh.

RU students ransack hall provost's office

Several hundreds students of Shaheed Ziaur Rahman hall of Rajshahi University ransacked the hall provost Jahangir Kabir's office late Friday night and set fire on furniture, demanding Kabir's removal from office.

China fights to stave off disease amid miracle quake rescues

China ramped up efforts yesterday to stave off disease for millions of earthquake victims, as more miracle rescues amid the rubble offered hope in an increasingly desperate battle to save lives.

Court order today on charge-framing against Hasina

The special court will give its order today whether charges will be framed against former prime minister Sheikh Hasina and seven others in the barge-mounted power plant graft case.

SC to publish annual report for first time

The Supreme Court (SC) for the first time in its history is going to publish its annual report for the year of 2007.

2 die jumping off train in panic

Two people died and two others were injured as they jumped from a moving train at Sadar Rasulpur on Dhaka-Chittagong route yesterday morning.

Lankan army bombs rebel air strip

Sri Lankan air force jets bombed an air strip used by Tamil Tiger rebels, while 16 insurgents were killed in ground clashes in the north, the military said yesterday.


The Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment in a clarification of a report published in The Daily Star said the trend of migration of semi-skilled and skilled workers has been positive over the period of successive years in number.


The Chuadanga jail break

THE incredibly disturbing manner in which four prisoners managed to make good their escape from Chuadanga jail on Thursday night inevitably brings up the question of the state of prison security. To be sure, it can easily be argued, and for good reason, that the prevailing electricity crisis in the country was a contributory factor in the escape by the four men, all of whom have the bad reputation of being feared outlaws. What cannot be overlooked, though, is the sheer incompetence and lack of alertness on the part of the jail authorities here. It is on this issue that the authorities, especially those responsible for jail administration, must now focus. If prisoners can escape so easily, and that too from a secure jail as Chuadanga's, one can legitimately raise the issue of the lapses that might lead to similar incidents in other prisons around the country.

More Bush doctrine

SPEAKING in front of the Knesset on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the birth of Israel, US President George W. Bush once again demonstrated just how shallow and myopic his understanding of world affairs is.

The right to food

THE United Nations has warned that 82 countries, including China and India, face food emergencies this year as cereal stocks are at an all-time low. Stockpiles of grains such as rice and wheat have dropped to their lowest levels, sufficient to feed the world for only 54 days, after which millions may face starvation.

Passage to democracy

MOST Muslims would hesitate to quote Daniel Pipes, an outspoken promoter of the "Islamo-fascism threat" theory who urges a broad war on terror by the US on regimes from Syria to Iran, and regards Muslim immigrants as "brown-skinned peoples cooking strange foods and not exactly maintaining Germanic standard of hygiene."

Racism stalks Obama

STUDIES have shown that the first thing people notice about a person is not gender, but race. Comfort level is higher within one's racial group. People talk differently within their racial group than in a mixed racial company.


Abahani salvage a draw

Abahani staged a spectacular second-half rally to share the spoils with their bitter rivals Mohammedan in a 3-3 draw in a crucial Green Delta Insurance Premier Division Hockey League encounter at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium yesterday.

'Mashrafe the key'

Mashrafe Bin Mortaza can play a key roll in today's crucial Premier League match between Bangladesh Biman and Abahani, believed Sanwar Hossain.

Bangladesh to play AHF Cup

Bangladesh will play in the 3rd Men's Asian Hockey Federation Cup to be held in Singapore from June 14.

Reefat joins Zia, Rakib

Grand Master Reefat Bin Sattar joined GMs Ziaur Rahman and Abdullah Al Rakib in second position with three other players in the Mayors Cup 1st International Open Chess tournament in Mumbai yesterday.

Cook fifty before rain

Rain continued to frustrate England's attempt to build a first innings lead in the first Test against New Zealand at Lord's here Saturday.

Local Snippets

Sohel Rana's 124 powered Kakrai Boys to a seven-wicket victory over Green Leaf in the Second Division Super League at the City Club ground.

Rajasthan on a roll

Bangalore Royal Challengers' woeful Indian Premier League campaign plunged new depths at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur as they slumped to a 65-run drubbing at the hands of Rajasthan Royals, who are virtually assured a place in the semifinals with their eighth win in ten games on Saturday.

Sarwan to lead again

Ramnaresh Sarwan will step in for the injured Chris Gayle and lead West Indies in the first Test against Australia at Sabina Park on Thursday.

Kanu the hero for Pompey

Nwankwo Kanu's goal was good enough to give Portsmouth a 1-0 win in the FA Cup final against Cardiff City at Wembley here on Saturday.

It's down to the wire

AS Roma are relishing their unexpected opportunity to snatch the Serie A title from a faltering Inter Milan.

Del Piero's timely reminder

Juventus striker Alessandro Del Piero became Serie A's top scorer when he netted twice in a thrilling 3-3 draw at Sampdoria in their final game of the season on Saturday.

Spain leave out Raul

On-form Real Madrid striker Raul has not been handed a recall to Spanish colours after he was omitted from the 23-man squad Spain coach Luis Aragones named on Saturday for Euro 2008 in June.

Success on Tevez's mind

Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez has revealed how he hopes winning the Champions League will help him become a box office smash in Argentina during the upcoming close season.

Ucl Classic Finals

Six of the best European Champions League (European Cup) finals from the tournament's history:

Sharapova pulls out

World number one Maria Sharapova pulled out of the WTA Rome International on Saturday complaining of a strained calf muscle, organisers said.

Cafu quits Milan

Veteran Brazilian defender Cafu, a World Cup winner in 1994 and 2002, said on Friday he was quitting Italian giants AC Milan after six years with the club.

Pistorius was 'blown away'

South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius was "blown away" and cried after hearing he had won a landmark appeal over a ban on his artificial legs, a newspaper quoted him as saying on Saturday.

MU postpone parade plans

Manchester United have postponed plans for a homecoming parade should they capture the Champions League trophy after violence flared in the city following the UEFA Cup final.

India-Argentina final

A young Indian team edged Malaysia 2-1 on Saturday to qualify for the final of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup field hockey tournament.

Federer breezes into final

Defending champion Roger Federer will contest the final of the Hamburg Masters Series here for the fifth time in his career after seeing off Italy's Andreas Seppi in Saturday's semifinal.

KP could be the costliest

Kevin Pietersen expects to be playing in India next year, and is on the verge of signing the most lucrative deal yet witnessed in the Indian Premier League, after being offered in excess of 4 million dollars for a three-year contract by an undisclosed IPL franchise.

Deccan down, but not out

The Deccan Chargers would leave their disappointments behind and plan ahead for the future in the Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament, said captain Adam Gilchrist yesterday.

Dada's advice to Bhajji

As Harbhajan Singh serves yet another ban for an on-field spat, former India skipper Sourav Ganguly offers the beleaguered off-spinner a simple piece of advice to steer clear of controversies -- "control your aggression".

Baugh tests Aussies

Stuart MacGill gave evidence that he could pose a serious challenge to West Indies, when he helped Australia to take control of their three-day tour match against Jamaica.

Mumbai maul Kolkata

Shaun Pollock led a stand-out seam-bowling performance as the Mumbai Indians notched up the most convincing win of the Indian Premier League, and their fifth in a row, handing the Kolkata Knight Riders an eight-wicket drubbing at the Wankhede Stadium on Friday.


Russia looks to Bangladesh for garment expertise

Skilled Bangladeshi textile workers are being hired to work in Russia, further evidence of Bangladesh's growing status as a world leader in garment expertise.

Re-branding of Oriental Bank begins

ICB Islamic Bank, formerly known as Oriental Bank, has formally started rebuilding its lost image with opening a new branch today in Dhaka, officials said.

Law enforcers blamed for failing to stop unrest in Ctg RMG units

RMG owners blamed law enforcement agencies for failing to stop unrest at dozen garment factories in Chittagong.

Private airlines up fares on Dhaka-Ctg route

All the domestic airlines, except Biman Bangladesh Airlines Ltd, have abruptly raised their fares on Dhaka-Chittagong route, saying that the fuel price, taxes and surcharges have increased significantly.

Frozen food assoc pledges to go by int'l labour laws

The president of the trade body for the frozen food sector has pledged to abide by the international labour law and compliance standards for sustaining the export growth.

Execute decision to cut import duty on raw materials

The steel and re-rolling mill owners yesterday urged the government to immediately implement the decision to reduce import duty on steel raw materials to address the soaring rod prices in the domestic market.

Govt must meet local demand for energy first: Tamim

The government must fulfill the domestic demand for energy first before exporting energy resources, said Prof M Tamim, special assistant to the chief adviser for power, energy, and mineral resources yesterday.

Saarc has framework to face challenges

Foreign Adviser Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury yesterday said Saarc provides the framework to face formidable challenges in South Asia with low growth in per capita GDP, intra-regional trade and global FDI.

DSE weekly: Indices fall

Though overall turnover on the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) increased 26.11 percent last week, the indices fell amid profit taking and price adjustment of a banking issue.

High-speed rail sees delays in US

In November the Eurostar bullet-train blew the doors off commuter rail travel, sprinting the 213 miles (343 kilometres) from London to Paris in two hours 15 minutes -- and leaving tortoise-slow US trains in the dust.

My mentor

He was tall, heavily built, bearded and with a laugh that would echo through the office. Georg Wyss, Managing Director looked up as we were introduced to him in his smoke filled room. We were selected for an internship in Ciba-Geigy towards the end of our MBA program in November 1980. As he leaned back in his chair, which we were told was specially made for him because of his size, he smiled, welcoming us. He told us about the privatization of the pesticides business in Bangladesh and that there was so much to do!

Denmark offers shipbuilding training to Bangladesh

A tripartite agreement has been signed between a Bangladeshi firm and two Danish firms to provide necessary training to Bangladeshi workforce in shipbuilding sector.

RanksTel starts operations in 3 hill districts by June 1

RanksTel, a leading land phone operator in the country with a subscriber base of around 150,000 in 35 districts is going to start its full-fledged operations in three districts of Chittagong Hill Tracts -- Rangamati, Khagrachhari and Bandarban -- by June 1, 2008.

India lifts ban on export of Non-basmati rice, pulses to Bhutan

India has lifted the ban on export of non-basmati rice, edible oil and pulses to Bhutan.

Oil hits record, gold rallies

Oil prices scaled fresh record heights this week, climbing past 127 dollars per barrel as the market was energised by tight supplies and a weak US currency, traders said.

UN food chief urges aid for agriculture

The head of the UN food agency urged Japan and other rich nations to give priority to aid for agriculture to solve the current global food crisis.

Singapore exports rebound

Singapore's key exports grew 5.4 percent in April from the previous year, rebounding from a decline in March, driven by strong demand from the European Union, China and Indonesia, government data showed Friday.

India's inflation inches closer to 8pc

India's inflation rate inched closer to eight percent mark on Friday further reducing the comfort level of the Congress-led coalition government that is facing fresh general elections in less than a year.

Rice prices softening in Philippines

The Philippines, one of the world's largest rice importers, said Friday prices are softening after Japan offered to sell rice to Manila amid news of bumper world harvests for 2008.

US homebuilding jumps more than expected

US homebuilding showed a surprisingly strong jump in April, signaling a ray of hope amid the rubble of the worst housing slump in decades, according to government data released Friday.

Global growth slows in 2008: UN

The United Nations on Thursday issued a downward revision of its forecast for 2008 global economic growth, to just 1.8 percent, from the 3.4 percent predicted in January.

Ukraine becomes latest WTO member

Ukraine on Friday officially joined the World Trade Organisation, becoming its 152th member.

Weekly Currency Roundup

May 11-May 15, 2008
Local FX Market
Local inter-bank FX market eased during the week and there was ample supply in the market. The BDT remained almost unchanged against the US dollar.


Build Ganges Barrage to increase river navigability

Speakers at a discussion meeting yesterday stressed the need for implementing the long-proposed Ganges Barrage Project in order to increase river navigability in south-western region and save the Sundarbans, the largest mangrove forest in the world.

Cider Int'l School, NSU clinch coveted titles

Cider International School and North South University clinched the coveted championship titles at the school and university level contests at the final round of the debate competition titled “Aktel Debate Championship-2008” here yesterday.

Private universities need fund of Tk 1000cr for development

University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman Prof Nazrul Islam yesterday said a Tk 1,000 crore fund could be floated for development of infrastructures and other facilities of private universities in the country.

'Film Archive needs to have own building'

Filmmakers yesterday stressed the need for Bangladesh Film Archive to have its own building in order to properly preserve the celluloid culture and heritage.

Allow offshore campuses

Speakers at a seminar yesterday called for formulating a policy allowing reputed foreign universities to set up their campuses in the country.

Measure blood pressure regularly to control hypertension

Experts at a discussion to mark the World Hypertension Day yesterday suggested not to take blood pressure as a disease, rather it is important to measure the pressure regularly and take medicine to maintain a healthy life.

Only constitution should be national charter

Formulation of a national charter would not be successful if it is either imposed or tagged with conditions. Only the constitution should be the national charter.

3-yr programme to celebrate 400 years of Dhaka city

Asiatic Society of Bangladesh (ASB) yesterday announced a three-year programme on scholarly and development works to celebrate the 400 years of Dhaka city.

Bangladeshi executed in Saudi Arabia

A Bangladeshi man was beheaded in Saudi Arabia yesterday after being condemned to death for murdering a Saudi national in a dispute over money, the kingdom's interior ministry announced.

Take steps against corrupt people at dist, UZ levels before polls

Convenor of Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) Dr Ferdous Ahmed Qureshi yesterday urged the government to take immediate steps against top corrupt elements at the district and upazila levels before the elections.

Low over Bay, Myanmar coast

The well-marked low over northeast Bay and Myanmar coast moved slightly northwards and persisted there until yesterday morning.

Release of Hasina demanded

Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of Awami League, yesterday observed the Homecoming Day of Sheikh Hasina amid procession and protest rally demanding her immediate and unconditional release.

Three die as autorickshaw falls into river from ferry

Three people were killed as an auto-rickshaw fell into the river from a ferry yesterday at Jagannathpur upazila in Sunamganj district.

Policeman, ansar stabbed by miscreants in Chittagong

A group of miscreants stabbed two members of law enforcement agencies in the port city in the early hours of yesterday.

Robber beaten to death in Ctg

One robber was beaten to death and three others were critically injured due to mob beat following their unsuccessful attempt to rob fishermen's boat near Shikalbaha Power Plant, southern bank of the river Karnaphuli early yesterday.

Int'l AIDS Candlelight Memorial Day today

The 25th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial Day will be observed today as elsewhere across the globe in memory of the people died of the disease and wishing long life for the people affected.

Road crashes kill two

At least two people were killed and 26 others were injured in separate road accidents in Faridpur and Dinajpur yesterday.

Bam Morcha to file writ against EC actions

Gonotantrik Bam Morcha, an alliance of left-leaning parties, will file a writ petition with the High Court (HC) today challenging the legality of some electoral reform proposals of the Election Commission, says a press release.

Summerfield Int'l School champion

The team of Summerfield International School became champion in the debate competition organised jointly by British Council and Bangladesh Debate Federation recently, says a press release.

Singu Chuli peak expedition starts May 24

Six Bangladeshi mountaineers will embark on an expedition to Singu Chuli peak (21,328 feet) of the Himalayan range on May 24.

Sangbad marks 58th founding anniversary

The 58th founding anniversary of the Sangbad, the oldest national daily of the country, was observed yesterday at a simple ceremony at its Purana Paltan office in the city.


Probe 'corruption' by ex-RU VC Prof Altaf

Rajshahi University teachers including a former vice chancellor, members of syndicate and senate and student leaders yesterday demanded neutral investigation into alleged corruption, nepotism, irregularities and politicisation by removed RU vice chancellor Prof Altaf Hossain.

Allegations against Prof Altaf

During his three and a half years tenure, Rajshashi University vice chancellor Prof Altaf appointment 265 teachers and 150 employees allegedly under political consideration and in violation of university rules, said sources at RU administration.

Agriculture to get priority in budget

Finance Adviser Mirza Azizul Islam yesterday agriculture, water resources and building rural infrastructures will be given priority in the ensuing national budget.

Pabna AL demands Hasina's release

Pabna district Awami League held the first meeting of its executive committee yesterday since allowing indoor politics in the country.

One more body found

Another body was recovered yesterday after four days of stoppage of rescue operation following Nikli disaster on Monday, police said.

3 more cases filed in Khulna

Three more cases were filed on Friday midnight in connection with violent incidents among Khulna University (KU) students, workers of transport services and police with Sonadanga police station under Khulna city and Batiaghata police station under Khulna district.

5 hurt in Pabna bus robbery

Four persons including the driver were injured in a bus robbery on Dhaka-Pabna high way at Ataikula in Pabna Sadar upazila Friday night.

1000 children born with Thalaessemia a year in country

Speakers at a seminar on 'Thalassemia Awareness and Prevention' yesterday said some 1000 children are born every year with Thalassemia in the country and patients affected with the disease are growing at an alarming rate.


Indigenous people's rights

The indigenous people of Bangladesh have been characterized as hard-core poor, marginalized, undeveloped, oppressed, illiterate, and vulnerable groups. The state and influential people are frequently evicting indigenous people from their lands through falsification of land documents, forcible occupation, fake court cases, and falsification during registration, and eviction from the Khas land in the name of eco-tourism park and social forestry. Surprisingly, most of the eco-parks like as Modhupur eco-park, Gajani Abkas, Alutila, Modhutila and Muroichori eco-park have been established in indigenous people concentrated areas. Moreover, the social forestry project of government has started encroaching traditional lands of indigenous people. The existence of indigenous people and their enriched culture, languages, traditional heritages, their own social values and spirituality and the total ways of life cannot be sustained without the entitlement and rights on land. These days the process of evicting indigenous people from their lands is continuing in the name of exploring oil, gas, coal and mineral resources, construction of dam, eco-tourism park as well as through forcible illegal occupation by the state and the land grabbers all around the country.

Price of CNG

The unexpected doubling of the price of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) had a ripple effect. It has increased the fares of CNG-run auto-rickshaws and cabs, which has consequently brought much suffering to the common commuters. Suddenly, commuting has become a lot more expensive. For a long period of time people who travelled by CNG-run three wheelers and cabs had suffered due to the drivers' indiscreet demand of additional fares. Moreover, most of these auto-rickshaws and cabs are too choosy in terms of destination and are reluctant to go to certain places in the city. Although, there are meter-readers in every cab and precise laws regarding its operation, often the helpless passengers are left with no choice but to pay an additional 10-20 taka (occasionally double the actual fare), if they want to reach their destination in time. The scarcity of CNG-run three wheelers and taxis makes matters even worse. Only a poor commuter who regularly travels by auto-rickshaws actually knows how difficult it is to get an auto-rickshaw at the peak hour that will take him to his preferred destination at a fair fare! And it seems the authorities had never taken effective measures to stop these irregularities, which inevitably caused much distress to the general public. We hope, now the situation will improve. Since, we will have to pay an incredible sum to commute we will be protected from such unwanted harassments and more well organised supervision by the government will be ensured for the sake of the general masses. As a citizen, I can offer the following suggestions:

Pricey watermelons

In Dhaka's fruit market the price of watermelon is not reasonable, despite the bumper production this season.

Tagore's pride

I reluctantly agree with some points that Justice Muhammad Habibur Rahman has put forward about Tagore and his grandfather, Prince Dwarakanath Tagore. He was welcomed by Queen Victoria and King Louis because they had to keep the interest of the empire in mind. Indeed, he met many writers too including Charles Dickens in parties organised and paid for by Dwarakanath Tagore. But what Dickens thought of him Justice Rahman did not fully elaborate. Dickens called him the “Oriental Croesus” (who was king of Lydia until he was defeated by the Persians about 547 BC). I do not know if Dickens honoured Dwarakanath calling him “Oriental Croesus”.

The flip side

As a Bangladeshi, I wonder why some of us feel shy to call ourselves Bengalees; even on informal occasions. Bangladeshi is a new political label which had to be introduced (for formality) some three decades ago. We have the largest Bengali population in the world, and we are proud that the land of the Bengalees is called Bangladesh.

Top priority

I agree with Mr. Huda. Let the newly reorganised EC , ACC , PSC & independent Judiciary work for a while to take deep roots - which are preconditions for the success of democracy. Let the rule of law continue for a while. Let the political criminals rot in jail for plundering nation's wealth & faith. We have to be ready to make whatever sacrifice is needed.

No zebra crossing!

Dhaka is perhaps the most ill planned, mismanaged, problematic, crowded, congested and dirtiest capital city in the world.

Fleecing people

I got the shock of my life at Zia International Airport the other day when I was told to pay Tk 200/- as entry fee just to get inside the visitors concourse area in the arrival hall of the terminal building. I also came to know that the fee had been doubled with effect from 1st April, 2008. Is this justified? Passengers' relatives / friends reach airport after a great deal of hassle and then if they are made to pay so much just to receive their near and dear ones, how do they feel about it? Has the CAAB ever thought of their feelings? Is this the way the CAAB should earn money from the general public, when they are earning millions by renting premises, charging landing fees etc and imposing many other taxes under so many headings, paid by the airlines, passengers and various other agencies? After all, the airport belongs to the people of a free democratic country. Why should the people be fleeced ? Doesn't it require an approval of the ministry?

Good articles

As a regular reader of your daily, I have gone through the articles of Mr. Dhiraj Kumar Nath, former adviser of the caretaker government under the caption "Upazila Parishad, way to go out" and "Gram Sarkar and Local Government Election" published in your daily a few days ago with substantial information projected by Mr. Nath on the problems.

Medical ethics

In a decent society, physicians do not advertise in the mass media showing their names, professional degrees and subject of specialities. Not only is it an indecent act, but it is also considered a violation of universal medical ethics. In a recent issue of DS, there was an advertisement of a hospital with photographs, all the degrees and respective specialities of four physicians.


World turns up heat on Myanmar junta

Frustrated world leaders tightened the screws on Myanmar yesterday, alleging negligence and possible crimes against humanity by refusing a massive foreign relief effort for the cyclone tragedy.

World powers work out details of new Iran offer

Six world powers have completed the details of a "refreshed" offer they will present to Iran in an effort to persuade it to halt its controversial nuclear activities, a US official said Friday.

Lebanese politicians start talks in Qatar

Lebanon's bickering political leaders on Saturday began Arab-brokered crisis talks in Qatar in a bid to end a long-running feud that drove their country to the brink of a new civil war.

India, Pakistan making progress on resolving Sir Creek dispute

India and Pakistan have made "considerable progress" towards resolving the Sir Creek maritime boundary dispute in the wake of a joint survey of the region by experts from both countries.

Thousands flee China quake area over flood fears

Thousands of Chinese earthquake victims fled areas near the epicenter Saturday, fearful of potential floods from a river blocked by landslides.

Kidnapped Pak envoy to Afghanistan freed

Pakistan's envoy to Afghanistan Tariq Azizuddin, who was kidnapped by militants three months ago, has been freed after secret parleys between the government and local Taliban leaders.

Pakistan lawyers mull street protests

Pakistani lawyers met Saturday to decide whether to mount street protests against the government after its failure to reinstate judges ousted by President Pervez Musharraf.

10 militants, 4 Afghans killed in violence

A series of clashes, airstrikes and bomb blasts left 10 militants and four civilians killed in Afghanistan, officials said Saturday.

Arts & Entertainment

100th anniversary of litterateur Manik Bandyopadhyay celebrated

Though litterateur Manik Badyopadhyay's (1908-1956) birth anniversary is on May 19, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) and theatre troupe Nagorik Natyangan jointly organised the 100th birth anniversary of the litterateur at the National Theatre Stage on May 16. The programme included discussion and staging of Pragoitihashik, an adaptation of Badyopadhyay's popular short story having the same title.

Nazrul Sangeet Shilpi Parishad to celebrate National Poet's birth anniversary

Nazrul Sangeet Shilpi Parishad (NSSP) has announced plans to celebrate the 109th birth anniversary of our National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam with a three-day programme. The event, “Nobin Asha Jaglo Je Re Aaj” will be held from May 19 to 21 at the Shawkat Osman Auditorium, Central Public Library, according to NSSP. The announcement was made at a press conference held at the Dhaka Reporter's Unity on May 15. This year NSSP is celebrating the Nazrul birth anniversary (May 25) a few days ahead.

Bachchans walk down Cannes' red carpet once more

It is that time of the year when the Cannes Film Festival, the most prestigious in the world, in Paris gets the inescapable Bollywood touch through, who else, diva Aishwarya Rai.

Saying it with clay

Inaugurated a little over three years ago, her shop Clay Image in Dhanmondi's Sunrise Plaza, teems with fabulous pieces, each one unique by virtue of being hand made. It comes as no surprise therefore, that the proprietor Nayan, reflects the art contained within.

Dearth of cultural venues in Khagrachhari

Cultural activities in the hill town of Khagrachhari are on the decline. Cultural activists want fast renovation of the age-old Theatre Hall on Court Road in the district town. They are also calling for the expansion and reconstruction of Zilla Shishu Academy Auditorium, Zilla Shilpakala Academy, Jharnadhara Kochi Kanchar Ashor, Marma Aikka Parishad, Tribal Cultural Institute and Marma Unnayan Shangshad.

Drama serial “Shoa Paanch Arai Lane” on ATN Bangla

ATN Bangla will telecast the second episode of drama serial Shoa Paanch Arai Lane tonight at 8:00 pm.


Our problematic political culture

IT is said that democracy has never been practiced in Bangladesh in the true sense. The basic requirement of a representative government was never totally fulfilled, neither any government administered the country following fundamental democratic values.

The superclass and the inequity of globalisation

LIKE nature, power also abhors a vacuum. On the global stage this has meant that, thanks to weak or underdeveloped international institutions and a general lack of consensus as to how to manage this integrated and interdependent world, a superclass of elites is stepping in to fill the void.

What should Senator Clinton do?

EVERYONE is offering Senator Clinton advice as to how to go forward from mid-May. I am a member of the club who admire her career and efforts, so I will give her my two takas' worth.

Star City

A community hall sans parking lot annoys Gulshan community

The main road of Gulshan Avenue in front of the National Shooting Federation (NSF) and adjacent alleys remain clogged up with vehicles parked illegally by the guests of a community hall run commercially by the NSF.

Broad-gauge trains to run from Kamalapur

Broad-gauge trains will soon be able to start from Kamalapur Railway Station in the capital as dual-gauge tracks are being laid up to the station that will end the hassles of passengers bound for several northern and western districts.

Plan for 5000 more CNG-run three-wheelers in limbo

The government plan to add 5000 more CNG-run auto rickshaws to the current fleet in the city remains in limbo as the drivers and owners associations still dispute some terms and condition of the registration process.

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