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News of: Wednesday, 21st of May, 2008

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MK Anwar surrenders at last, sent to jail

Former agriculture minister MK Anwar was sent to jail yesterday after he finally surrendered before a Dhaka court in the Gatco corruption case.

Hummer hums graft galore in imports

Few sports utility vehicles attract as much as attention rolling down the road as the Hummer. With its robust shape, iconic look and US military Humvee-inspired styling, the Hummer SUV stands out like a sweaty heavyweight prizefighter.

AL, BNP sitting on dialogue decision

The much-anticipated formal talks between the government and political parties begin tomorrow amid growing uncertainty over participation of Awami League (AL) and BNP that dominate the country's political landscape.

AES pulls out of bidding

US power company AES verbally conveyed its decision to withdraw from the Bibiyana and Sirajganj 450 megawatt (MW) power project bidding, making both the power cell tenders non-competitive, sources said.

Desa engineer owns Tk 20cr property

Intelligence men spotted another Dhaka Electric Supply Authority (Desa) official who reportedly owns real estate, bank balance and share certificates worth over Tk 20 crore, fortunes that hardly agree with his known sources of income.

Aminul gets 10yrs for ill-gotten wealth

A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced former post and telecommunications minister barrister Aminul Haque to 10 years' imprisonment on charges of amassing illegal wealth and concealing information in his wealth statement submitted to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

HC bench feels embarrassed to hear Khaleda's petition

A division bench of the High Court (HC) yesterday felt embarrassed to hear a petition filed by BNP Chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia for quashing the proceedings against her in Niko graft case.

Arrest warrant against ex-army chief Mustafiz

A Dhaka court issued arrest warrant against former army chief Gen (retd) Mustafizur Rahman cancelling his bail as he failed to appear before it in the MiG-29 corruption case yesterday.

AL observes countrywide hunger strike

The Awami League (AL) yesterday observed countrywide token mass hunger strike, vowing to free its detained President Sheikh Hasina through more vigorous agitation programmes to be announced later.

2 ex-BNP ministers sued for land graft

Two corruption cases were filed yesterday against two former BNP ministers and seven others on charges of either giving or taking permanent settlement of 23 acres of government land in violation of rules.

Hafiz slates govt for 'failure'

The country has gone backwards 10 years due to the two-year rule of the present caretaker government, said dissident BNP leader Maj (retd) Hafizuddin Ahmed yesterday asking the government to pay more attention in creating the necessary atmosphere for polls.

Eliminating graft, fraud vital for social progress

The absence of corruption or fraud in the government is not enough for social development, said visiting spiritual leader of Shia Ismaili Muslims Prince Karim Aga Khan IV yesterday.

Supreme Judicial Commission can now work

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday stayed for four weeks the High Court (HC) order that halted operation of the Supreme Judicial Commission.

Politicians holding party posts cannot hold city corp, municipality posts

The caretaker government has finally made laws that bar political leaders having party posts from holding offices in city corporations and municipalities.

Two shot dead, one injured in old Dhaka

Two persons were shot dead and one wounded in three incidents in old part of the city last night.

Nat'l flag at half mast today to mourn deaths in Myanmar, China

The national flag will be kept half mast today at all government, semi-government, autonomous and non-governmental organisation buildings across the country and Bangladesh missions abroad to mourn the deaths in the cyclone and earthquake disasters in Myanmar and China.

VCs of 3 public universities removed

Vice-chancellors (VC) of three more public universities--Bangladesh Agriculture University (BAU), Mymensingh, Noakhali Science and Technology University (NSTU) and Patuakhali Science and Technology University (PSTU)--were removed yesterday in connection with their alleged involvement in corruption and administrative irregularities.

11 killed as bus collides with truck

A bus bound for Gaibandha collided head-on with a truck on the Dhaka-Dinajpur highway in Bogra early yesterday morning, killing 11 people and injuring 36 others.

SC clears way to try Tuku for tax evasion

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday revoked the High Court (HC) judgment that declared null and void the tax evasion case filed by the National Board of Revenue (NBR) against former state minister for power Iqbal Hassan Mahmood Tuku.

Jamaat demands Nizami's release, polls in Oct

Jamaat-e-Islami yesterday announced a five-point demand, including release of its Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami along with the two detained former premiers Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia, and holding of the national polls in October this year.

Govt relaxes rules to import fertiliser

The government yesterday exempted from the Public Procurement Regulations fertiliser import from three countries for direct import under a state-to-state arrangement to ease fertiliser crisis and boost rice production in the next fiscal year.

Aftershock fears rattle quake-hit China

Warnings of more strong earthquakes triggered panic in China yesterday, sending thousands of people running for safety and triggering a sharp drop on the stock market.

Indo-Pak officials satisfied with peace process

Nuclear rivals India and Pakistan expressed satisfaction yesterday with the progress of their slow-moving peace process as they held the first talks since a new government took power in Islamabad.

Editorial

To dialogue or not to dialogue

WE can understand the hesitance on the part of the AL and BNP to enter into a dialogue with the current government, given that the leaders of these two parties remain behind bars and that other demands of the parties have not been met.

Satkhira incident

THE manner in which a group of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) personnel assaulted and injured a Municipal commissioner, some 50 common people and members of the press in Satkhira on Sunday evokes condemnation. They allegedly went out in a body with the mood for vendetta when the local commissioner handed over a BDR man to the police for his questionable behaviour. Instead of allowing law to take its own course, the BDR men purportedly picked up the commissioner and beat him up for his initiative. It is further deplorable that they did not even spare women inside shops or households while venting out their rage. And the assault on the members of the press was reprehensible as they were only performing their duty. It was a gross violation of professional norms as we understand and therefore the persons responsible should be held accountable after thorough investigation as per law.

Being in love, being married, and being in diplomacy

LOVE makes the world go round. Let there be no mistake about that. And if you were to go back to good old Shakespeare, you are quite likely to hear him state the obvious: “Love looks not with the eyes but with the mind; and therefore is wing'd Cupid painted blind.”

Disaster management must be top priority

THE catastrophic cyclone Nargis narrowly spared Bangladesh but battered neighbouring Myanmar, where many lost their lives and many more have been otherwise affected. Bangladesh has rightly, and in time, responded within its limits to mitigate the sufferings of the fellow brethren in Myanmar. This catastrophe could have struck Bangladesh or any other country in the South Asian or the South East Asian region.

China must admit to a Tibet problem

UNDER the glare of the Beijing Olympics, China's failed policies in Tibet have moved to the front pages of newspapers worldwide. Under international pressure Chinese officials resumed their dialogue with the representatives of the Dalai Lama on May 4. The parties agreed to continue the ongoing dialogue that began in 2002 and included six rounds of meetings.

Sports

It's Abahani's for taking

The stage is all set for Abahani to retain the title of the most coveted domestic event, the Premier Division Cricket League, when they go into their last Super League match against Surjo Torun Club at BKSP today.

Usha keep winning

Usha Krira Chakra overcame the Mohammedan hurdle with a 5-3 victory to maintain the solo lead in the Green Delta Insurance Premier Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium yesterday.

Salahuddin rubbishes gentlemen's agreement

Kazi Salahuddin will not allow any gentlemen's agreement among the Dhaka clubs to deny the players from their proper remuneration.

Local Snippets

Imrul Kayes, Delwar Hossain and BCB HP coach Golam Faruk Chowdhury will attend the Centre of Excellence Program in Brisbane. The program has started on May 19 runs through June 13.

History beckons United

The first all-English final of the Champions League was always going to be a dramatic affair.

'Windies need confidence'

Caribbean batting legend Gordon Greenidge, now convenor of the West Indies selectors, said confidence was the key for his team in the upcoming three-Test series against Australia.

BCCI kept out of World Cup ceremony

The 25th anniversary celebrations of India's 1983 World Cup-winning campaign will not involve the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in any capacity.

Mumbai call for other Dwayne

Dwayne Smith, the West Indies all-rounder, has been on Monday summoned by the Mumbai Indians to spruce up their line-up after the departure of his West Indies teammate, Dwayne Bravo.

Asif causes a concern

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) does not regret allowing Mohammad Asif to play for the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League (IPL), despite the latest injury the increasingly fragile pacer sustained in his right hand, which is likely to keep him out of the rest of the tournament. It is also possible that the injury keeps Asif from playing a full part for Pakistan in the tri-series tournament in Bangladesh from June 8.

No lack of experience

Chelsea may be playing their first ever Champions League final and Manchester United appearing in the showpiece event only after a nine year absence but there will be no shortage of experience when the two sides line up at the Luzhniki stadium here on Wednesday.

Portuguese search for that elusive crown

It would be somewhat ironic were Portugal to at last win a senior trophy with their so called 'golden generation' having now retired without a winners' medal around their necks.

Argentina leave out Tevez

Striker Carlos Tevez was left out of the Argentina squad on Monday for next month's friendlies against Mexico and the United States.

Euro 2008 Briefs

Briefs for Euro 2008 finals which are being co-hosted by Austria and Switzerland and run from June 7-29:

C'Ron not for sale

Cristiano Ronaldo will not be allowed to leave Manchester United at any price according to the club's chief executive David Gill.

Raul best in Spain

Daily Spanish sports newspaper Marca on Monday awarded Real Madrid captain Raul Gonzalez, the club's top scorer this season with 18 goals, its Di Stefano prize for best player of the 2007-09 season.

Agent denies Lampard's Inter link

Frank Lampard's agent insists there is no truth in reports the Chelsea midfielder is set to join Inter Milan after the Champions League final.

Pompey stars' medals stolen

Portsmouth defender Glen Johnson and teammate Jamie Ashdown had their FA Cup winners' medals stolen in the aftermath of the club's victory celebrations.

Sports bars sold out in Moscow

Sports bars across Moscow have reported sell-out bookings ahead of Wednesday's Champions League final as the Russian capital braced for an onslaught of English fans.

Barton gets six months in jail

Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton was jailed on Tuesday for six months after admitting to beating up a teenager during a night out.

Spain promise Euro bonus

If Spain wins the Euro 2008 championship in June, each member of the country's 23-man squad will win a bonus of 214,000 euros (333,000 dollars), sports daily AS reported Tuesday.

Terry challenges Ferdinand

Chelsea defender John Terry has vowed to give Rio Ferdinand a week to forget by beating Manchester United in the Champions League final and then reclaiming the England captaincy.

Degan joins Liverpool

Swiss international right-back Philipp Degan will join Liverpool on a free transfer as the first move in coach Rafael Benitez' remodelling of his under-achieving side.

Gattuso will stay in Milan

Italian World Cup winner Gennaro Gattuso scotched any rumours about his quitting AC Milan when he extended his contract with the Serie A giants by three years.

Schweinsteiger to extend with Bayern

German international Bastian Schweinsteiger looks set to extend his contract with German champions Bayern Munich after holding promising talks with club president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

Punjab's biggest test

Tom Moody, the Kings XI Punjab coach, has said Wednesday's clash against the Mumbai Indians his team's "biggest" test in the Indian Premier League.

Captain bucks up Monty

England captain Michael Vaughan is backing Monty Panesar to produce more bowling heroics at Old Trafford when the second Test against New Zealand starts at the Manchester ground on Friday.

CA taking it lightly

Cricket Australia (CA) has played down reports that retired leg-spinner Shane Warne could return to international cricket for next year's Ashes tour of England.

No tri-series down under

Cricket Australia (CA) will scrap its triangular one-day international format after almost 30 years and play more Twenty20 internationals, it was revealed Tuesday.

Oram's proudest moment

New Zealand all-rounder Jacob Oram savoured the "proudest moment" of his career after an innings of 101 ensured the first Test against England here at Lord's was drawn.

Torch relay will resume Thursday

The Beijing Olympic torch relay will resume its journey on Thursday after a three-day halt to mark a national period of mourning for China's earthquake victims, state media reported.

Leander eyes gold in Beijing

Ace Indian tennis player Leander Paes, who became the first in four decades to clinch an individual Olympic medal in 1996, is setting his eyes on nothing less than the gold medal in the upcoming Beijing Olympics.

Recognition delights Khan

Zaheer Khan has been felicitated on being named one of the Five Cricketers-of-the-Year by Wisden Cricketers' Almanack.

England call up Tremlett

England have added fast bowler Chris Tremlett to their squad for the second Test against New Zealand starting on Friday at Old Trafford.

Business

Foreign airlines boost fresh vegetables export

Exports of fruit and vegetables jumped almost 40 percent in the first nine months of fiscal year 2007-08, spurred by the increased willingness of foreign airlines to carry fresh produce from Bangladesh.

BB considers allowing mobile banking

People will soon be allowed to transfer funds through their mobile phones as Bangladesh Bank (BB) is in the process to finalise guidelines on mobile banking.

DSE turnover hits all-time high at Tk494.1cr

Turnover on the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) yesterday hit all-time high at Tk494.1 crore, an evidence of the overheated market.

Budget likely to be announced June 9 or 10

Instead of usual Thursday afternoon, the budget for the next fiscal year is likely to be announced on Monday or Tuesday, in the second week of June.

New wood coating product hits market very shortly

Berger Paints Bangladesh Limited has tied up with the Sweden based Becker Acroma as its strategic ally to launch its new wood coating product in the local market very shortly.

Intel-Grameen deal on ICT-based business services

Global computer technology giant Intel has signed an agreement with Grameen Trust to form a new venture dedicated to social and economic development.

TIB chief for detecting income tax law loopholes to stop corruption

The government can stop corruption and generate more revenue by the enforcement of an effective income tax law, suggested the chairman of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) yesterday. .

Belgium orders Siemens trains for 1.4b euros

Siemens Mobility Division has received an order from Belgian rail operator Société Nationale de Chemins de Fer Belge (SNCB) to supply 305 multiple-unit trains to be used in Belgium's regional rail service, says a press release.

Ericsson wins SingTel’s S$220m contract

Singapore Telecommunic-ations Limited (SingTel) has announced that it is investing S$220 million in its 2G and 3G mobile network expansion and enhancement programme and has awarded the contract to Ericsson Telecommunications Pte Ltd, says a press a press release.

KSA seeks to import rice from India

Reeling under shortage of rice, Saudi Arabia, one of the world's top rice buyers, has approached India to discuss issues relating to its supply, including possible lifting of restrictions on exports to the Kingdom.

The cost of art on the move

On one of the years hottest days Hussain moves his small paintbrush over a rickshaw frame at fantastic speed, crafting birds and flowers as if on autopilot.

'Recession-proof' Las Vegas hit by US economic downturn

For almost any other tourist hotspot, greeting nearly 10 million visitors and earning 2.9 billion dollars from convention business in three months would be a cause for cheer.

Asian stocks close mostly down

Asian stocks closed mostly down Tuesday as the Chinese market tumbled nearly 4.5 percent following an earthquake warning and Taiwan slid almost 2.5 percent after its new president took office.

Australian dollar hits fresh 24-year high

The Australian dollar hit a fresh 24-year high on Tuesday after official documents showed the central bank was more hawkish on interest rates.

EU plans farm sector shake-up in face of record food prices

The European Commission was to recommend on Tuesday a shake-up of Europe's farm sector to crank up production in the face soaring demand, with Britain and France braced for battle over hand-outs to farmers.

Philippines cuts subsidies to state-owned firms

The government of the Philippines has drastically reduced the amount of subsidies it extends to state-owned companies to force them to become financially independent.

Arcelor Mittal announces $3b bond issue to cut debt

Arcelor Mittal, the world's biggest steel producer, announced on Tuesday a bond issue to raise 3.0 billion dollars (1.9 billion euros) which would be used to reduce debt.

Bush sees progress on US housing reforms

US President George W. Bush met Monday with Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson to discuss "tough times" for the world's richest economy and lawmakers' efforts to steady the crisis-hit housing sector.

No decision on output before Sept meet: Opec

Opec president Chakib Khelil said Monday the oil group would take no decision on output levels before a meeting in September despite calls by the United States for a hike to dampen soaring prices.

Metropolitan

Ensure participation of honest candidates

The Election Olympiad 2008, a countrywide knowledge-based competition on election and politics, began at Rajshahi yesterday with a call for ensuring participation of honest candidates in the upcoming elections.

Plan to start BTV edn channel

Education Adviser Hossain Zillur Rahman yesterday said the government is planning to turn the second channel of Bangladesh Television (BTV) into a 24-hour educational channel with a view to boosting distance learning programme.

Railway takes action against 4 employees

The committee formed to investigate the train-bus collision at Kalihati in Tangail on April 16 found the drivers of the bus and train and three other Bangladesh Railway employees responsible for it.

Khaleda's advice to party leaders

As the reformist group is hopeful of reunification of BNP, Chairperson Khaleda Zia has advised the party leaders to take any decision in this regard in consultation with Secretary General Khandkar Delwar Hossain.

ACC unearths Tk 175 crore misappropriation

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in a recent probe found that Tk 175 crore has been misappropriated in collection of toll for Meghna-Gumti Bridge since 2003.

Trader robbed of Tk 10 lakh in city

Armed muggers snatched Tk 10 lakh from a trader in Chankharpool area in the city yesterday.

Preparation on to hold local body elections

The Election Commission yesterday received the gazette notifications on the Local Body (City Corporation) Ordinance 2008 and the Local Body (Municipality) Ordinance 2008, as preparation went on for holding the local elections.

Help of Aga Khan Fund sought to develop skills of workers

Bangladesh sought the assistance of the Aga Khan Fund for upgrading skills of Bangladeshi workers, particularly in the field of nursing for which there is “a huge demand at home and abroad”.

India looks forward to new democratic govt

Indian High Commissioner Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty yesterday said India was looking forward to a new parliament and democratic government in Bangladesh to be elected this year and will continue to foster good relationships with the neighbouring country.

Body to oversee S Asian port, maritime security

A new grouping comprising Coast Guard representatives from nine countries, including India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, was launched in the Maldives on Monday to oversee port and maritime security in the Indian Ocean.

Major parties to join dialogue with CG

Dr Stefen Frowein, Ambassador of the European Commission (EC) to Bangladesh, has expressed hope that major political parties would join dialogue with the caretaker government to help keep the polls schedule according to the electoral roadmap.

Road crashes kill six

Six people, including a woman and her children, were killed in separate road accidents in Chittagong and Gaibandha yesterday.

Man found dead on road at Banani

A member of the governing body of Mirpur University College was found dead on a road at Banani in the city on Monday night.

Poor services outcome of corruption in bureaucracy

Rajshahi Education Board (REB) officials at a view exchange meeting yesterday attributed their failures and poor services to the outcome of moral degradation and widespread corruption at bureaucratic level in the country.

Chemical godowns gutted in city

Residents were evacuated from a 10-storey residential building at Armanitola in old Dhaka yesterday after a devastating fire broke out at chemical godowns housed in the basement of the building, meant for parking.

JP opposes govt move to formulate nat'l charter

Jatiya Party (JP) at its presidium meeting yesterday opposed the initiative of the caretaker government to formulate the proposed national charter.

Timber worth Tk 24 lakh seized in Ctg

Members of Bangladesh Coast Guard (east zone) in separate anti-smuggling raids yesterday seized some 900 cubic feet (cft) smuggled teak timber worth around Tk 24 lakh here.

JCD activists beat journo at DU

Activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), student wing of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), beat a journalist on the Dhaka University (DU) campus yesterday over a trifling matter.

Muktadir sent to jail, wife gets bail

A Dhaka court yesterday sent former assistant secretary RAM Obaidul Muktadir Chowdhury to jail and granted bail to his wife Prof Fahima Khatun in a case filed for amassing wealth through illegal means and giving false information to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

Tamim for digging new wells in gas fields

Chief Adviser's Special Assistant for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Prof Dr M Tamim yesterday stressed the need for digging new wells in the country's existing five gas fields through 3D seismic survey.

Dhaka welcomes release of Pak envoy

Bangladesh yesterday welcomed the release of Pakistani diplomat Ambassador Tariq Azizuddin by Afghan militants who held him captive for three months.

Khulna jute workers continue strike

Workers of Platinum, Star and Crescent Jute Mills went on work stoppage from Monday night to press home their 8-point demands, which include payment of all arrears and allocation of fund for jute industries in the upcoming national budget.

BRTA urged to introduce more mobile courts

Passengers Right, a rights organisation, yesterday demanded Bangladesh Road Transport Authority immediately introduces more mobile courts to put an end to the harassment the passengers have to experience, caused by the drivers who demand extraordinary fares no matter what the metre charges, says a press release.

Man gets death for killing wife over dowry

A Bagerhat court yesterday sentenced a man to death for killing his wife in 2005.

Mass signature campaign against corruption at DU

A mass signature campaign against corruption was launched at Teacher-Student Centre (TSC) on Dhaka University campus yesterday.

Christian assoc demands punishment to killer rapists

Bangladesh Christian Association (BCA) yesterday demanded the government to immediately arrest and punishment to those involved in the murder of a teenage girl, says a press release.

BSF hands over 2 women to BDR

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) handed two women -- the victim and the trafficker--to Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) after a flag meeting at zero point at Bhomra in Sadar upazila on Monday.

Four of a family get life in Natore

A Natore court yesterday sentenced four members of a family to life imprisonment for killing a man in 1999.

National

Toxic textile wastes pollute Louhajang River in Tangail

Untreated toxic waste released from dying and printing units of a textile mill and a yarn dying mill in Tangail Sadar upazila is polluting Louhajang River.

Road sinks the day after its repair in Rajshahi

Concerned contractor firm allegedly in connivance with Road and Highways Department (RHD) officials is using low quality materials for repairing 36 km road on Rajshahi-Natore highway.

Patuakhali town protection embankment work begins

Work on Patuakhali town protection embankment project began here on Tuesday.

3 education staff suspended in Lalmonirhat

Three staff of Lalmonirhat primary education officials, who are accuse in a case for illegal shifting of 50,000 primary textbooks, were suspended yesterday.

Teachers demand 'illegal' principal's quit, observe hunger strike

Wearing black badges, teachers and staff of Debi Choudhurani College yesterday observed hunger strike for six hours on the college campus demanding resignation of Principal Nazrul Islam who is now on 'illegal extension', one year after expiry of his regular tenure.

Importers, chamber leaders sit with BDR officials today

Coal importers and Sylhet Chamber leaders will sit at a joint meeting with the officials of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) at the Sector Commander's office here today in a bid to resume coal import through Tamabil land customs station.

2 traders killed in Bogra

Two businessmen were killed in two separate incidents at Phulbari and Gondogram areas in the district Monday night.

Letters

Chuadanga jail incident

I really don't know what to say about the Chuadanga jail incident. I think lack of sense of responsibility is killing our nation completely in every sector. Four top outlaws were kept in a cell which was not at all fortified. How silly! I have read that the quality of the substances (like cement, sands etc) with which the cell was built was very low. What's wrong with our engineers and contractors? They are constructing prisoner cells and making money here too! They should realise that they are not only putting our lives in danger but also inviting trouble for themselves. The prison guards are certainly responsible for this incident.

Myanmar rulers

One fails to understand the illogical and irrational behaviour of Mynamar's military junta. In this hour of grave humanitarian crisis, they should have allowed unfettered inflow of foreign aid as the UN estimates that “rudimentary” aid so far has only managed to reach just 270,000 people. With the death toll, according to UN Assistant Secretary General Catherine Bragg, at 100,000 and with 2 million cyclone victims suffering from lack of access to food, shelter, clean drinking water, diseases (such as cholera, fever and other illnesses), the military regime must act in a much more responsive manner. They cannot afford to reject visas to disaster management experts and aid agency officials; they cannot rely on inefficient local aid distribution of their military workers and they cannot afford to store the aid in their airports for days and not distribute it.

Our football

Our national football coach's detailed clinical analysis was published in a local English daily (May 13). His description of our team's deplorable performance in Kyrgyz Stan was masterful! If our team could have played even at a quarter of the quality level of the coach's in-depth analysis, we would have cut a better figure in the tournament.

Greenhouse Effect

Greenhouse gases are the components of the atmosphere that contribute to the Greenhouse Effect. The major greenhouse gases are the- carbon dioxide, methane, water vapour, ozone, nitrous oxide, chlorofluorocarbons etc. Generally, the earth is heated by the sunlight and some of the heat that is absorbed by the earth is radiated back into the space. The important feature of greenhouse gases is that they absorb certain infrared wavelengths. Thus, they trap heat in the troposphere and stop it from escaping to the space. The net result of the heating of the earth's surface by this type of phenomenon is the Greenhouse Effect.

Ashraful's leadership

I would like to ask Mohammad Ashraful why he is hanging on to the captaincy, even after performing so poorly in recent times. I know he might point his finger towards his lone century that he could manage to get out of 115+ ODIs. Even after maintaining an average of 20 odd runs per match, he might claim to be the BEST player of the country. But sound reasoning is missing in our assessment of not only the players, but also our performance in the international arena.

Doctors indeed

I was praying for Lakshmi as she was undergoing operation in a Bangalore hospital. This beautiful girl was born with four hands and four legs. She was regarded as goddess in Bihar. But her poor father had no intention to use her as a source of money-making. He decided to give her a chance to live a normal life by undergoing an operation. I appreciate and thank very much all those doctors in Sparsh hospital in Bangalore for their patience, sincerity and humanity that they showed during the 17-hour operation.

Call centre business

Nowadays we are talking about the call centre business prospects, but are we really ready to welcome and develop this business? In the past, we missed many good opportunities in this sector due to lack of government patronisation.

Chief Adviser's address

My expectation has come true. There is nothing new except the possible time of election in December 2008, and he bailed out the confined "Ghoroa Rajniti" to local level with nine undemocratic restrictions. There is no political statesmanship in the address. Nothing was said about the present economic hardship of the people. Freedom of expression, press freedom and free information flow are still restricted. The survival of democracy is put to more tests as the government is keeping the trump card in hand. The big political parties have been discouraged to join the dialogue with the government through imposition of well-articulated conditions in disguise. The political parties, except a few minor ones, are not satisfied.

Political dialogue

Dialogue is the most popular buzzword of Dhaka today.

Elimination of rickshaws

Only in Bangladesh perhaps does one come across such blatant disregard for one's fellow citizens. I don't believe that any child or its parents wake up one fine day and declare that his future lies in rickshaw-pulling. It appears that ever since the British colonial rulers imported this mode of transport from China, unskilled men and boys from poor families have had to drift to this awful and demeaning occupation.

Politicians' job

The CA in his address to the nation declared a tentative national election time frame. And to pave the roadmap, among others, he has declared his government's withdrawal of restrictions on indoor politics nationwide, unconditional dialogue with all political parties to frame a national charter to hold a free, fair and credible election. The address has cleared the clouds of doubts among the public about the present government's intentions. We profusely thank him. We are also happy to note that unlike other times, all the politicians have expressed cautious but positive reaction to his speech.

Donors' view

The media carried a news item that the donors are satisfied with the address of the CA. They also expressed their full confidence that the election preparations were progressing well and the voter list would be ready in time for the election. Our respected guests from abroad are well informed about our ground realities. They are financing the voter list preparations. There is every reason to defend their funding which has accountability. But they have never explained to us what makes them so sure about all those episodes when Bangladeshis themselves are not yet sure, despite a timeline for general election being declared by the CA.

DS online version

I am an expatriate who reads your newspaper everyday to keep up with what is happening there on a day to day basis. I have been away from Dhaka for over 25 years and living mostly in the US since I left Bangladesh.

Varied experience

I travelled from North America to the Middle East to South Asia. I went from very cold zones to very hot ones and finally to Bangladesh where the winter is very mild. I was surprised that in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand there is no winter. To me winter is a natural terrorist in northern countries like Canada or in North Europe. But for people of these countries this is normal. The cost of living is higher due to higher heating costs, but there are more financial opportunities to help deal with this particular problem.

International

China struggles to shelter 5 million homeless

China said it was struggling to find shelter for many of the 5 million people whose homes were destroyed in last week's earthquake, while the confirmed death toll rose Tuesday to more than 40,000.

Pakistan looks set to cut Musharraf's powers

Pakistan government is giving finishing touches to a sweeping constitutional amendment package that will clip President Pervez Musharraf's powers and pave the way for reinstating judges sacked by him last year, an issue that has imperilled the fragile ruling coalition.

Myanmar mourns for 78,000 cyclone victims

Myanmar began three days of mourning for some 78,000 cyclone victims yesterday, after its ruling junta appeared to relent to foreign pressure to allow more outside help for its storm survivors.

The end of marathon US nomination race in sight

The end of the marathon race for the Democratic presidential nomination in sight, voters weighed in Tuesday in primaries in Oregon and Kentucky as a top Barack Obama adviser urged Democrats to unite behind the Illinois senator for the fall campaign.

Heavy fighting rages thru' Lanka's north

At least 12 Tamil Tiger rebels and three government soldiers have died in renewed clashes in northern Sri Lanka, the military said yesterday.

Iraqi troops pour into Sadr City

Iraqi troops poured into the Baghdad Shia bastion of Sadr City yesterday for the first time in eight weeks, without resistance from militias who have fought deadly street battles with US forces.

Extinct Tasmanian tiger gene brought back to life

Scientists said yesterday they had "resurrected" a gene from the extinct Tasmanian tiger by implanting it in a mouse, raising the future possibility of bringing animals such as dinosaurs back to life.

Delhi hopes to convince Left on N-deal

Ahead of next week's talks with the Left on the stalled Indo-US civilian nuclear agreement, the UPA government has said that it hoped that "national interest" will prevail and it will be able to persuade its allies who have reservations on the deal to go ahead with it.

Nepal Maoists hit by murder scandal

Nepal's Maoists were on the defensive over their human rights record Tuesday after being linked to the abduction and murder of a local businessman.

Bus crash in Nepal kills up to 45

Twenty-five pilgrims have been killed in a bus crash in Nepal and around 20 more are missing presumed dead, police said Tuesday.

Foreigners pack up again in South Africa ethnic violence

Amelia Gabriel and her two children spent the night sleeping head-to-toe alongside 2,000 other frightened foreigners, a far cry from the life they hoped to find in South Africa's economic capital.

2 Palestinians killed in Israeli air raids

A 13-year-old boy and a second Palestinian were killed in Israeli air raids on the Gaza Strip yesterday, as talks continue in Egypt for a possible truce, medics and witnesses said.

Global experts warn of cyber-terrorism threat

The threat of cyber-terrorism is growing and most countries are vulnerable to attacks that can shut down critical infrastructure, global experts told a conference here yesterday.

FFs' rally in New York Sunday

A grand rally of Bangladeshi freedom fighters living in the USA will be held here on Sunday next.

Arts & Entertainment

M.M. Maizuddin: Winner of Young Artists' Award '08

For his surrealistic painting titled Cosmical and Materialistic Elements of Human Mind 2, M.M. Maizuddin has won the prestigious Young Artists' Award '08 at the 16th Young Artists' Art Exhibition organised by the Department of Fine Arts, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. The exhibition is currently on at the National Art Gallery.

Celebrating the National Poet

May 19, 2008: Trying to find some breathing space in the Shawkat Osman Auditorium, Public Library on a sweltering summer eve was difficult as it was packed to the brim and more coming in -- must be encouraging for the organiser, Nazrul Sangeet Shilpi Parishad (NSSP). This ambiance works when listening to Nazrul's inspirational songs; case in point a charged choral rendition of Nabin aasha jaglo jey rey aaj.

Showcasing African films

Zahir Raihan Film Society (ZRFS) is celebrating its 22nd anniversary (May 16) with film screenings. This year, ZRFS is paying tribute to the cinematic outputs of a continent, which for centuries has been termed the “Dark Continent” by European colonists.

"Nazrul Mela" to be aired live on Channel-i

Channel-i is organising a "Nazrul Mela" for the second time on the occasion of the 109th birth anniversary of the National Poet. A press conference to discuss the plan was held on May 20. Eminent Nazrul singer Sohrab Hossain, poet Asad Chowdhury, Faridur Reza Sagar and Shykh Seraj were present at the meeting. At the conference Sohrab Hossain reminisced memorable incidents of his life and his interaction with the legendary poet.

Photo competition on climate change

FK Bangladesh Network invites submissions for a photography competition on the theme "Climate Change". Selected photos will be featured at a touring exhibition on the cause and effect of climate change in Bangladesh, says a press release. The exhibition will be launched at Drik Gallery on the World Environment Day, June 5, 2008.

New serial "Nupur" on ATN Bangla

A new TV serial Nupur will be aired on ATN Bangla from May 22. Jointly directed by Aruna Biswas and Mithu Biswas, the story is the adaptation of a novel by Dr. Nihar Ranjan Gupta. The serial will be aired every Thursday at 8:40 pm.

"Aashaein: New film by Nagesh Kukunoor

After a highly forgettable comedy that bombed at the box office, promising director Nagesh Kukunoor is back with the kind of meaningful film he is usually known for.

Tagore birth anniversary celebrations at RU

Rajshahi was recently abuzz with cultural activity. Udichi Shilpi Goshthi of Rajshahi University unit recently organised a discussion and cultural programme at RUCSU office to mark the birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore.

New town hall inaugurated in Khagrachhari

A programme organised by the Khagrachhari Municipality, was held recently to celebrate the inauguration of the Khagrachhari Town Hall. In the course of a discussion, speakers applauded the government for its endeavour to create a supportive environment, which can play a significant role in nurturing cultural activities in Chittagong Hill Tracts.

OP-ED

Adopting a national charter

THE chief adviser addressed the nation on May 12.. The main points that emerged from the speech are: A formal dialogue with the political parties (May 22) and a fresh assurance about holding the national election in 2008. It indicates that the CTG is passing through a critical period. However, it could not clarify:

Birth of Israel brings misery to Palestinians

THE celebration of 60 years of the establishment of the state of Israel on Palestinian territories was marked with mixed feeling, rekindling memories of the killing of hundreds of people on both sides when the UN partitioned Palestine into Arab and Jewish states in 1947. It may be recalled that a similar massacres took place in the sub-continent when the British partitioned India into Pakistan and India in 1947.

Where leaders are made

AFTER much anticipation, Asian University for Women started its journey on April 5. With the aim to bring out the leadership quality of the students, the university is offering international quality of education to the students. This private educational institution aims to help underprivileged girls to become educated, self-employed and ready to face any challenge that comes their way. The university is the brainchild of Kamal Ahmed, a Bangladeshi born corporate lawyer working with the Asian Development Bank.

The world's fastest swimming trunks hit troubled water

JAPANESE men are furious about a rule that prevents them from wearing Speedo swimming briefs. The government of their country has forbidden them to wear the things during the Beijing Olympic Games later this summer.

Star City

Erratic power cuts reshape lifestyle

“Everyone hurry up, let's start dinner. The load shedding is going to start in 20 minutes,” Fatema Mannan, a resident of Rupnagar in Mirpur, called out to her family members.

City streets to come under microscope

The city streets are about to see dramatic changes in terms of security measures soon as Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) is working on its most ambitious project to bring the whole city under the scrutiny of closed-circuit television cameras.

Licensed rickshaw-pullers become minority

Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has provided licence to around 79,000 rickshaw-pullers and about 10,000 rickshaw van drivers, but the number of unlicensed rickshaw-pullers continues to rise in the city due to lack of monitoring.



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