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Khaleda denies graft links to ACC man

Denying any wrongdoing in awarding the coalmine deal, detained former prime minister Khaleda Zia yesterday told the investigator of the Barapukuria graft case that she had just acted as per law, procedures and the decision of the purchase committee.

Home for security council to fight terrorism

The home ministry has suggested forming a Cabinet Committee on National Security, a National Security Council (NSC) and a Joint Intelligence Unit to counter terrorist threats in a coordinated way.

Govt in unofficial parley to persuade AL, BNP

Concerned about the uncertainty surrounding the participation of the three largest political parties in the ongoing dialogue, the government has started unofficial negotiations to persuade them into the much-hyped pre-poll talks.

1 killed, 20 hurt as CNG cylinder of microbus explodes

At least one person was killed and 20 others were injured in yet another explosion of a gas cylinder of a CNG-run microbus yesterday in Panchabati area of Narayanganj.

Star reporter beaten up by jail guards

Tangail correspondent of The Daily Star was beaten up by jail guards yesterday while working on a report on harassment of visitors and corruption at the local prison.

Local govt commission to be set up soon

The caretaker government has moved to form the much-anticipated Local Government Commission (LGC), in an effort to free local government administrations from absolute subjugation to central government's whims.

City gets new road by year-end

Construction of a new link road through Tejgaon old airport in parallel to Rokeya Sarani begins next week as part of measures to ease traffic congestion in the city.

Crime rate shot up

Killings by professional killers and muggers marked a sharp rise over the last week in the capital with 14 such incidents recorded with different police stations.

CA warns against forest gobblers

Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday said the government is determined to deal with strong hand any ill attempt of destroying trees and forests.

No party to sign nat'l charter

BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday said that the caretaker government wants to stay in power for a long period without holding the parliamentary election.

Saarc network to help save wildlife

South Asian countries have agreed to form a regional network to enforce wildlife protection and fight burgeoning illegal trade of wildlife, especially tigers, rhinos, elephants and bears.

Nazrul's birth anniversary today

The 109th birth anniversary of national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam will be celebrated across the country today.

13 militants held from meeting

Police yesterday arrested 13 militants belonging to banned Islamist outfit Allah'r Dal as the militants gathered for a meeting in a house at Nayansukh village in Sundarganj upazila.

4 fuel stations sealed off over meter tampering

A mobile court yesterday sealed off several pumps at four petrol-refuelling stations in city's Mohakhali area for tempering the pump metres.

6 villagers sent to jail

A magistrate court yesterday sent six, including two women, to jail in connection with Friday's clash between the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and villagers of Bahalbaria in Mirpur upazila of the district.

Outlaw killed in Rab ‘crossfire’

An outlaw was killed in crossfire between Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and his accomplices at Haripur village of Atrai upazila in Naogaon in the early hours yesterday.

4 killed in road crash

Four people, two of a family, were killed and 40 others injured in a road accident on the Dhaka-Aricha highway at Muljan under Manikganj Sadar upazila yesterday.

Couple burned in acid attack

Criminals poured acid on a couple as they were sleeping in their house early yesterday at Syedpur village of Kochna upazila in Chandpur.

Bangladesh most peaceful in region

Bangladesh stands first among the states in the region in the ranking of peaceful nations in 2008, according to a study conducted by the Global Peace Index, an independent think tank.

Tremor jolts country

A tremor, measuring 3.2 on the Richter scale, jolted the country yesterday afternoon.

Nepali PM asks ex-rebel chief to form govt

Nepal's Maoists said Saturday the country's prime minister has asked their leader Prachanda to form the country's next government.

Move on to cut Pakistan president's power

Pakistan's main ruling coalition party yesterday unveiled a proposed package of constitutional amendments designed to clip the wings of key US-ally President Pervez Musharraf.

Battle to stem global warming slowing

The world is losing momentum in the battle against global warming, the U.N. climate chief warned on Saturday, urging environmental ministers from wealthy nations to revive the effort by setting clear targets for reducing greenhouse gases.

Hillary denies talks of VP 'deal' with Obama

Sen Hillary Rodham Clinton said her campaign has had no discussions with Barack Obama's aides about her possibly becoming his vice presidential running mate.


Yes to pro-poor policies

WE applaud the pro-poor policy proposals put forward by the finance and planning adviser in a recent discussion on the upcoming budget, and sincerely hope that the plight of the poor that was the adviser's main focus in his address is reflected in full in the upcoming budget. Such measures are exactly what the economy needs at this moment, and there can be no substitute for them if we wish to survive the current world-wide food and oil price hikes.

Space problems at DU halls

MORE than a thousand students of Dhaka University have a hard time finding accommodation, or sleeping space, in their residential halls. And more than five hundred of these students are forced to make do with sleeping on the floors of mosques and corridors. That, briefly, is a hint of the predicament that the young engaged in academic pursuits at the nation's most significant institution of higher learning go through on a daily basis. Indeed, the situation appears to have worsened progressively over the past few years. While one reason is the increasingly higher number of students getting admitted to the university annually, another and a more worrying one is the allegation that a good number of former students continue to occupy residential seats they ought to have vacated a long time ago.

The tricky thirteen

THIRTEEN is an arithmetical number, but for various reasons 13 is considered a number carrying a special significance in many cultures. It is the number of participants at the Last Supper; Judas Iscariot, the disciple who betrayed Jesus, was the 13th to sit at the table. Since then, 13 has been regarded as an unlucky number.

Will America come aboard with the rest of the world?

ONE often wonders how a country like the US, that has been the beacon for freedom in the twentieth century, could have become so unpopular and illiberal. The framers of the US constitution, John Quincy Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Thomas Paine, and their successors, FDR, Jack Kennedy, Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, shared the liberal tradition not only in their own land but were also inclined to promote and preserve human rights in other countries.

Terrorism is anti-Muslim

WITH the Indian mujahideen claiming responsibility for the bomb blasts in Jaipur, the three main countries of South Asia have acquired the distinction of having their own Islamic militant organisations. In Bangladesh, they operate under the name of Harkat-ul-Jihadul Islamiya (HuJI). In Pakistan Lashkar-e-Toiba is one among the many. This will at least obviate the necessity of playing the blame game that militants coming from across the border indulge in sabotage.


Not too convincing

Bangladesh will heavily miss the absence of a genuine playmaker in the side when they compete in the SAFF Football Championship early next month.

BCB announces ticket prices

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday announced the ticket rates for the upcoming tri-series involving Bangladesh, India and Pakistan.

Usha, Abahani clash today

The first leg of the Green Delta Premier Hockey League concludes today with a mouth-watering top-of-the-table clash between defending joint champions Abahani and Usha Krira Chakra.

India crush Bangladesh

Bangladesh women's handball team lost their first match against India by 7-28 in the 3rd South Asian Women's Handball Championship in Lucknow yesterday.

Tigers to stay in Mirpur

The Tigers practice will resume on Wednesday for next month's tri-series involving India and Pakistan.

Sumon takes N'ganj thru'

A fantastic century from Sumon propelled Narayanganj to the semifinals after a clinical 53-run win over Nilphamari in the 28th National Cricket Championship in Sylhet yesterday.

Taylor slams 154

New Zealand dominated the second day's play at Old Trafford with Ross Taylor's magnificent 154 providing the backbone behind a solid first innings of 381. Taylor was given excellent lower-order assistance from Kyle Mills, whose Test-best 57 ensured New Zealand seized momentum in an enthralling seventh-wicket stand of 89. For England, the wheels hadn't so much fallen off as rolled into a neighbouring village.

Delhi keep hopes alive

Dinesh Karthik and the Delhi Daredevils' misfiring middle order came good when it mattered to clinch a thrilling five-wicket victory and keep their semifinals hopes alive. Coming in with the team wobbling at 89 for 4, Karthik blitzed a classy 32-ball 56 to take Delhi past the Mumbai Indians' 176-8 with one ball to spare.

Clark tightens grip

Stuart Clark cut down West Indies' top-order batting with his steady, accurate fast-medium bowling to tighten Australia's grip on the opening Test on Friday.

Nadal, Federer play mindgames

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have turned to playing mindgames ahead of the latest instalment of their epic French Open rivalry.

Hosts look to capitalise

Austria, FIFA's lowest ranked team ever to compete, and Switzerland, will be praying for some of the magic host-effect to rub off on their Euro 2008 challenges.

Real's car ready for C'Ron

Real Madrid's enthusiasm to land Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo is such that they even have a club car ready and waiting for the Portugal star, Marca sports daily reported on Saturday.

Fergie backs Queiroz

Sir Alex Ferguson has given a tongue-in-cheek hint that assistant coach Carlos Queiroz could one day succeed him as manager of Manchester United, two days after winning the Champions League title.

Hagi tips Romania to spring a surprise

Romania, drawn in the so-called group of death with world champions Italy, France and the Netherlands, can belie their underdog status and punch above their weight at Euro 2008.

Euro Memorable Moments

Memorable moments of previous European football championships ahead of Euro 2008, which gets underway on June 7 and is being co-hosted by Austria and Switzerland:

Russia thrash Kazakhastan

Russia thrashed Kazakhstan 6-0 in a Euro 2008 warm-up at Lokomotiv's 32,000-seater ground here on Friday.

Dunga calls up Adriano

Brazil coach Dunga on Friday called up striker Adriano for upcoming international friendly matches against Canada and Venezuela as a replacement for injured Chelsea player Alex.

Pique set for Barcelona

Manchester United defender Gerard Pique is set to rejoin Barcelona after he claimed talks with the Catalonian club were "at an advanced stage."

Barca line up Keita

Barcelona have lined up Seville's Malian midfielder Seydou Keita on a four-year deal, media reports said Saturday, adding he had already had a medical exam.

Fidel the leader

Fidel Edwards has indicated the absence of Jerome Taylor was the inspiration for him to put in an extra effort with the ball for West Indies over the first two days in the opening Test against Australia.

Eskaton elevated to First Division

Eskaton Sabuj Sangha marked their return to First Division with a superb 53-run victory over Mirpur Cricket Club in the Second Division Super League at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium yesterday.

Gilly looks at positives

Describing IPL Twenty20 tournament as 'a landmark in cricket', former Australia wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist said after 30 years when people look back, they would say it was the most important thing to have happened in the game.

Battle to avoid last IPL spot

With only pride at stake, Deccan Chargers and Bangalore Royal Challengers will lock horns in a clash of the vanquished in their penultimate Indian Premier League match here on Sunday.

McGrath's lesson works for Clark

Australia seamer Stuart Clark took three important wickets on the second day of the first Test against West Indies on Friday and said studying former teammate Glenn McGrath had helped him adapt to Caribbean conditions.

Buck owns up to mistakes

John Buchanan, who coached Australia to two World Cup wins, has owned up responsibility for the Kolkata Knight Riders' failure to make the semifinals of the Indian Premier League.


GMG seeks Tk50cr loan to meet working capital needs

GMG Airlines, the country's biggest private carrier, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a financial institution to receive as much as Tk 50 crore to meet its working capital requirement.

Sonargaon renovation nears end

The botched renovation of the Pan Pacific Sonargaon hotel, has cost more than Tk 60 crore in lost revenue according to the hotel's management, who are however optimistic that the hotel will return to full service by August.

Nations move to hike oil price

Indonesia hiked the cost of fuel by around 30 percent on Saturday in response to soaring global oil prices and a ballooning subsidy bill, while India's petroleum ministry on Friday said a domestic fuel price hike was 'inevitable'.

Cement factories plan to up production

The leading cement companies in Bangladesh plan to increase their production capacity, industry sources said.

State-owned bank boards asked not to interfere

Finance Division has asked the boards of four state-owned banks (SoBs) not to interfere in their managerial activities.

$755m raised for food crisis: WFP

Saudi Arabia donated 500 million dollars (317 million euros) to a UN World Food Programme appeal to battle the global food price crisis, helping it reach a 755 million dollars goal, the WFP said Friday.

Inflation, election should top govt's agenda

Containing inflation and handover of power to elected representatives should be the most important agenda for the government, the president of International Chamber of Commerce-Bangladesh (ICC-B) has suggested.

Challenge of securing ‘Right to Food'

In our continued efforts for actualisation of human rights across the world, we are transcending an important threshold in discharging the mandate of the Human Rights Council (HRC). For the first time a special session on a thematic issue is being held at the Council. Bangladesh, a co-sponsor of the session, reckons that there could not have been a more worthy subject for this maiden special session, i.e. the state of Right to Food in the face of brewing global food crisis.

Demystifying call centres

In the last couple of months I have faced a barrage of questions on call centres that range from 'what are they' to 'how do you set them up'. But interestingly nobody asked the obvious 'how do you make money at it', indicating that most people are convinced it's a money spinner and they are destined to claim a share of this cyber (read virtual) bounty in no time. Well, whether call-centres can make you really rich or leave you with a bag of airy day-dreams really depends on your due diligence before you start one, but then again tell me for which business it is not true.

Stocks maintain bearish trend

Dhaka stocks maintained a bearish trend last week with all the indices gaining amid irrational price hike in mutual funds, insurance and leasing company shares.

StanChart wins Best Retail Bank in Bangladesh award

Standard Chartered Bank has won five awards at the seventh Asian Banker Excellence in Retail Financial Services Award programme, including 'The Best Retail Bank in Bangladesh' award, says a press release.

AKTEL clarification

Mobile phone operator AKTEL has sent a clarification on a news report headlined 'Fake re-registration: BTRC issues showcase notice to AKTEL' printed on Friday.

Islami Bank’s online network in 100 branches

Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited (IBBL) has set up online network in its 100 branches, said a press release.

Oil hits record, gold shines

Oil prices stormed to record highs this week, spiking above 135 dollars as investors showed no let-up in their thirst for black gold amid tight supplies, high demand and a weak dollar.

New Dano Vitakids launched

Arla Foods announced the launch of new Dano Vitakids with Gold Formula, says a press release.

WTO wants more transparency In China trade policies

China should enhance the transparency of its domestic regulations and standards, according to World Trade Organisation member states after a review Friday of Beijing's trade policies.

Bharti Airtel says S Africa's MTN merger talks off

Merger talks between India's biggest mobile phone services firm, Bharti Airtel, and South Africa's flagship MTN Group have been called off, the Indian company said in a statement on Saturday.

China bank regulator writes off bad loans after quake

Millions of dollars in bad loans caused by China's massive earthquake will be written off in an effort to help disaster victims, the nation's bank regulator said Saturday.

Brussels seeks to boost financial watchdogs

The European Commission said Friday it would try to reinforce the European Union's financial overseers following the turbulence on world markets caused by the housing credit crisis in the US.

Food, energy inflation likely trimmed Philippines growth

Food and energy inflation likely capped Philippine economic growth to between 5.2 and 6.2 percent in the three months to March, Economic Planning Secretary Augusto Santos said Friday.

Weekly Currency Roundup

May 18-May 22, 2008


AL, BNP should take part in dialogue with govt

Renowned jurist Barrister Rafiq-ul-Huq yesterday suggested that both the Awami League and BNP should take part in the dialogue with the caretaker government so that the 'influential quarter behind the scene' could not implement their blueprint.

Govt trying to earn trust of political parties: Hossain Zillur

Commerce and Education Adviser Hossain Zillur Rahman yesterday said the government is trying its best to earn trust of the political parties so that they would participate in the ongoing formal dialogues with the government.

'Effective strategy a must to resolve water crisis'

Vice Chancellor (VC) of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) at a conference yesterday said we need to have a clear understanding of water crisis to develop an effective strategy in order to address this issue by applying appropriate technology and financial support.

People's participation in admin a must to establish rule of law

Speakers at a discussion yesterday stressed that the restoration of direct democracy and people's participation in the administration and the judiciary are imperatives to establish justice and rule of law in the society.

CA urged not to act as referee in dialogue

Awami League (AL) yesterday said they do not want to see the chief adviser (CA) to act as a referee in the dialogue between the caretaker government and the political parties and urged him to represent the government side only.

Support for sports dev, military sought

Chief of Army Staff Gen Moeen U Ahmed has concluded his 10-day official tour of Greece and Kuwait.

Remove misconceptions about Islam

Speakers at a national conference yesterday said misconceptions about Islam must be eliminated from society in order to properly follow the teachings of Islam.

DU students confine teachers to instt building for classes

Master's students of the Institute of Social Welfare and Research (ISWR) yesterday confined some teachers to the institute building for two hours, as they did not start classes on scheduled date.

Lack of transparency, accountability obstacle to fighting HIV/AIDS

Experts at a seminar yesterday said it becomes a challenge to bring transparency and accountability in the institutions working with HIV/AIDS in the country as little progress is seen in last few years.

JSD to press for removing all odds: Inu

Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) President Hasanul Huq Inu yesterday said they will press for removing all odds, including the state of emergency, at the dialogue with caretaker government today for credible elections by December.

Bangladeshi buried in Saudi Arabia

A Bangladeshi expatriate, who died in Saudi Arabia nine and half months ago, was laid to eternal rest in that country on May 16.

New website of books, authors, publishers launched

With a view to give access to the books published from Bangladesh and to its publishers and authors to Bangladeshis living abroad, a new website: was launched yesterday.

Women in Politics launched

A new political platform titled 'Narir Rajnoitik Andolon' (Women in Politics) was launched in the city yesterday aspiring to march equally in the male-dominated political arena of the country.

'Dialogue a routine work'

Convenor of Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) Ferdous Ahmad Qureshi yesterday said nobody should give much emphasis on the dialogue between the government and political parties as nothing new can be expected from it.

One killed in Satkhira road accident

One person was killed in a road accident on Satkhira-Jessore road in front of Kalaroa Pilot High School under Kalaroa upazila on Friday.

Bus robbery in Narsingdi

Robbers looted valuables from the passengers of a bus at Hazibagan in Shibpur upazila on Friday night after injuring five people critically.

CU hands over Tk 5 lakh to Mamun's family

Chittagong University (CU) authorities handed over a cheque for Tk 5 lakh to mother of Mahmudul Hasan Mamun, a CU student who died in a train accident on Thursday, at his village home in Patiya upazila in Chittagong yesterday.

NSI officer stabbed

A Junior Field Officer of the National Security Intelligence (NSI) was stabbed in his hand by a gang of muggers at Tikatuli in the city last night.

Haj package amended

The government has amended the haj package for this year. The cost for performing haj will be less under the new package compared to the previous package, an official handout said.

Shahid, Baker elected DUJ president, secy

Abdus Shahid and Muhammad Baker Hossain have been elected president and general secretary of Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ).


20,000 acres of Modhupur forest leased illegally in five years

Over 20,000 acres of forestland in Modhupur Garh area in Tangail were allotted to people enjoying political clout and influentials illegally during BNP rule.

A proud mother honoured in Pabna

A proud mother whose four sons and a son-in-law sacrificed their lives in the Liberation War was honoured at a reception marking the International Mothers Day.

Give priority to agri sector in budget

Speakers in a pre-budget discussion yesterday stressed the need for giving importance to agriculture sector in the upcoming budget.

Lightning kills 6 in 3 districts

At least six people were killed and six others injured when they were struck by thunderbolt in Kushtia, Chapainawabganj and Netrakona districts yesterday.

Give special allocation for Rajshahi

Rajshahi Rakkha Sangram Parishad (RRSP), a social vigilante organisation, yesterday demanded special allocation in upcoming budget for development of the district.

Verdict in case against mayor Tayebur tomorrow

Additional District and Sessions Judge (4th court) Md Nazrul Islam will deliver judgement in the first extortion case against detained KCC mayor Sheikh Tayebur Rahman tomorrow.

6 sent to jail in Kushtia

A court here yesterday sent six people including two women to jail who were arrested by members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Friday in connection with a villagers' clash with the elite force on the same day at Bahalbaria village in Mirpur upazila.


Democracy in our setting

Our common people have much stronger desire to live in a democratic society than many nations, it is a fact historically proved. But, that very desired democracy is like the golden deer to us. We dream of it but cannot materialise it. There are some big turns in the history of our nations and at each turn we felt like catching that coveted thing. After some days people woke up again and could realize that they were trapped in the same old cycle.

Overhaul O&M

Too many transport accidents at railway road level crossings due to human errors at two points in the system: the road transport driver (untrained, with fake driving licence, and negligence of the railway gatekeeper (depending on unreliable human factors in the system).

Khulna University incident

I guess people who keep a cursory eye on current happenings have already come to know about the recent Khulna University incident. How would you really define the event? A simple case of anarchy? An usual agitation? Or something which carries an immense impact and does make you concerned? I don't know how you have considered the occurrence and it does not really matter in this country what someone thinks, wants to express etc. Because this country is simply run by something which I define as 'Black Magic', and of course this Black Magic lies far away from the hands of common innocent people who have already deleted the word 'human rights' from their lexicon.

Plan to destroy Iran

Hirsh's article is an open encouragement to set Israel upon Iran, with the blessings of US, the only aggressor nation along with Israel, in the world today. Naturally in military might, the odds are against Iran with Israel having total access to US weapon technology, and with nuclear weapons to boot! Hirsh, an anointed US warmonger, is openly pushing Israel to strike Iran before it can increase its weaponry, albeit through Russian blessings!

Vicious student politics

This refers to a news item along with the photograph of a student leader being chopped by his party men on DU campus published in a Dhaka daily on 13.04.2008.

Petty theft

This refers to the letter on 15 May on the above subject. The content of the letter is indeed disturbing and is a matter of shame that a high official of the government of Bangladesh could steal hotel items on his departure and was caught at the KL airport, Malaysia. May we expect the government to investigate the matter immediately and take punitive action against this officer-turned-thief. We presume that it is his habit and he may have committed many such offences at home and has now dared to venture abroad with his act!

'Aamar Bhalobasha'

Radio Aamar Fm 101.6 Fm is airing a weekly special programme 'Aamar Bhalobahsa' on every Thursday from 12:00am to 2:00am where people get the opportunity to share their untold love stories with the listeners. It is a unique programme, especially in Bangladesh context since for the first time in our electronic media's history, people here are getting the chance to directly express their love related affair. Sometimes people share their sweet love stories, while most of the times people share their bitter experiences. The host of the show, namely Love Guru gives valuable suggestions to his guests. This programme is helping a vast majority of our population about the true essence of love and how we should keep a relationship in an honest and proper way. These days quite a lot of teenagers of our society are involved in various sorts of crimes after getting rejected by the opposite sex. Sometimes they are even committing suicide because of getting rejected. This programme is motivating those youths to live their life to the fullest. It is inspiring them to take the correct decision which will be beneficial for them and for society. Thus this programme is helping our society a lot. There is no denying that this programme has gained enormous popularity within a short span of time and therefore some people are trying to stop it. They are reportedly putting pressure on the Radio Aamar authorities to stop broadcasting of the show since according to them, it is not the right kind of show for our country & culture. They feel that people here are talking directly about love which is still a taboo in our society. But I think if Radio Aamar stops broadcasting the show due to outside influence, than it will be a shame for all of us. Our country is keeping pace with the modern world but that doesn't mean that we are not respecting our own culture and tradition.

Commuter's rights

On May 12, 2008, I experienced some trouble as a commuter because of the privilege the so-called VIPs have. I was on the VIP road and soon the road became standstill, because an adviser came from the wrong side of the road, to avoid traffic on the side his car was supposed to be on. I, along with many common people, had to make a path for the adviser's car, coming from the wrong side. This is something travellers face each day due to the VIPs. Being a taxpayer of the country and more than that a citizen, I do not want to face these troubles on the road. Why should I make way for a VIP, that too coming from the wrong side of the road?

Women's future

Women in our country are still living in darkness. In our neighbouring country India, it is seen that women are more educated and they have established themselves in some leading sectors such as IT, finance land marketing. These sectors are blooming in our country with lots of opportunities for women.

State of emergency

Except a few small political parties or groups, all others are demanding lifting of the state of emergency before the next parliamentary election scheduled to be held in the 3rd week of December 2008. Most of them will presumably make this one of the major issues in the coming political dialogue with the government. But I understand that general people will feel safe if the state of emergency continues for the following reasons until the next general election is over and an elected government takes over the state power.

“The flip side”

I congratulate Mr Andaz for his excellent thought provoking letter 'The flip side' (Letters, 18/05/08). I could not resist the temptation to add further.

Honesty not rewarded

It would be nicer to write about something else than writing about my brother. But I could not keep myself silent when I see a miscarriage of justice is being carried out against a very decent man. This man would not confess any wrongdoing nor pay any ransom money. My brother has been the chief accountant for BRTC for nearly thirty years and has survived much political turmoil just by being an apolitical and honest man. He was threatened many times in the past but in the end people had realized that the man was strong and they could not replace him. He complained to me many times that he had enough of it and would like to move on rather than carrying marching orders from political bosses.

Manpower export to South Korea

This is good news that recently the Bangladesh government and its South Korean counterpart signed the agreement to export manpower to South Korea under the employment permit system (EPS). First of all, we would like to thank the Bangladesh government, the South Korean government, Bangladesh Overseas Employment and Services Limited (BOESL) & HRD Korea. So far 6600 candidates appeared in the Korean language test (KLT) and 2915 passed the test. After the medical test, so far 2500 candidates submitted their job applications.


We fully support a rickshaw free capital. But why blind our eyes to other parts of the country where too we do not need rickshaws as a means of transport. We urge that rickshaws be withdrawn as a means of transport from the whole country as it involves immense rigor to the pullers and makes them physically and financially incapable. Let's have alternative means of livelihood than pulling rickshaws. Needless to mention that all rickshaw pullers live in slums and all these slum dwellers are used by our political parties as means for all illegal activities like drug peddling, observing hartals, and name what have you. We should certainly put an end to all these.

Clashes in KU

I am writing this in response to the news regarding the clashes among workers, police and students in Khulna. I am a student of Khulna University, which is the only university that is session jam and politics free. Our varsity was closed on Thursday for a 4-week long summer vacation. We already had our vacation plan. We were leaving our campus one by one by buses and trains. But as it happens regularly, the workers of bus terminals behave roughly with us(not only students but all other people). But I saw it for the first time that students were beaten severely by the transport workers.

FCC story

I should like to make a few comments about Dr. Ashraf Z. Khan's letter (DS, May 16) in response to Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed article on Faujdarhat Cadet College (DS, April 28).


Aid agencies call on Myanmar to act on pledge

Foreign aid agencies yesterday called on Myanmar's junta to urgently clarify the rules for operating in the country's cyclone-devastated areas, expressing hope tinged with scepticism after the regime promised to open its doors to the international community.

UN chief pledges world's support for quake victims

China warned Saturday that the death toll from its worst earthquake in a generation could climb past 80,000, as visiting UN chief Ban Ki-moon pledged the world's support.

Pressure mounts on Brown after polls rout

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown faced a grim holiday weekend as speculation mounted yesterday over whether he might face a leadership challenge.

Growth of al-Qaeda safe havens in Pak tribal areas is 'troubling’

A Pentagon report said Friday that the growth of al-Qaeda safe havens in Pakistan's tribal areas is "troubling" and warned it may take Pakistan several years to turn around the situation.

Lanka jets bomb restive north

Sri Lanka warplanes bombed a suspected rebel boat yard and provided cover for ground troops pushing into rebel territory, the defence ministry said yesterday.

Jihad in Afghanistan to continue

Top Pakistani Taliban warlord Baitullah Mehsud on Saturday said jihad, or holy war, would continue in Afghanistan, despite peace negotiations between the militants and Islamabad.

Myanmar cyclone victims vote on eve of aid conference

Myanmar opened polls for hundreds of thousands of cyclone victims, many hungry, homeless and still waiting for aid, in a much-criticised constitutional referendum Saturday ahead of a key donors' conference.

Roadside bombs kill 3 in Pakistan

Separate roadside bomb attacks in Pakistan's volatile northwest yesterday killed three people, including a local police chief, a senior police official said.

Lebanon army chief set to become president

Lebanese lawmakers are poised to elect army chief Michel Sleiman as president on Sunday in a first step toward defusing a crippling and often deadly 18-month standoff between rival factions.

Arts & Entertainment

The relevance of Nazrul today

Any discussion on Kazi Nazrul Islam gets weighted down with superlatives. His incomparable writings, in a very short spell, established Nazrul as a genius in the arena of Bengali literature.

Nazrul In Sylhet

In 1926, the "rebel poet" visited Sylhet for the first time. In his memoirs, Dewan Mohammad Azraf narrates how the idea of bringing Kazi Nazrul Islam to Sylhet developed. While studying at the Sylhet Murari Chand College (commonly known as MC College), Azraf came up with the idea and one of his classmates named Aziruddin inspired him in this regard. One fine morning, Nazrul was spotted on a train at Kulaura station. Starting from Gauhati via Lamding, he was on his way to Chandpur as part of his trip to Calcutta. Despite repeated requests from many, he could not make a stopover, as it was urgent for him to reach Calcutta on time.

The legacy of Nazrul Sangeet

National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam had contributed immensely to shape our culture and literature. His works remain popular and as esteemed as they were decades ago. On the occasion of Nazrul's birth anniversary, The Daily Star spoke to a few renowned singers of the country, who shared their views on Nazrul Sangeet and steps that are necessary to preserve and continue the legacy of Nazrul.

A Hymn to Life

I sing of them
who deliver to the earth
the message of harvest.
Under whose hardened, blisterous palms
from merciless labour
the earth offers the gift
of baskets full of fruits and flowers.
Under whose rule this earth
abounding in ferocious, wild beasts
and awful death and decrepitude
transforms into a beautiful,
blossoming garden!

The "not so profitable" market of Nazrul Sangeet

As the nation celebrates the 109th birth anniversary of our National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, the market of Nazrul Sangeet is going through a gradual decline. Over the last few years, the number of albums featuring Nazrul Sangeet was few and far between. However, production houses are trying to find a way to deal with this issue.

"Shiulimala" on Banglavision

On the occasion of the birth anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, Banglavision will air a single episode TV play, Shiulimala on May 25, at 9:05 pm. The play is based on a short story by Nazrul.

“Djinn-er Badshah” on RTV

As part of the special programmes on Nazrul birth anniversary, Rtv will air the play Djinn-er Badshah, an adaptation of a short story by Narzul, at 8:00 pm.


Time for embracing confrontation free-politics

REGARDLESS of what happened to the pro-liberation forces between 1975 and 2001, the nation was at least in some sort of comfort that the universally known war criminals had been kept at bay from grabbing power. But this was not going to last long.

When good turns to bad

IN Bangladesh, student activism dates back to the 1950s when some students died when police fired upon them. They were demanding the recognition of Bengali as one of the state languages of Pakistan. Subsequently, with the pro-autonomy Jukta Front (United Front) sweeping the polls in 1954, student activism subsided.

August 15, November 7, and post-January 11

THE future does not seem to bode well for Bangladesh. In a rapidly changing global economic scenario of soaring food and energy prices, and the uncertainty with climate change, our survival as a functioning sovereign state depends on unity. Without unity, it will be impossible to manage our resources in respect to food and energy security amidst a political environment that is totally corrupt, divisive and dysfunctional.

Huckleberry Finn of the 21st century

I want to introduce readers to the Huckleberry Finn of the 21st century. Most readers of this column will have read all or parts of Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn, the story of a remarkable young man in revolt against his society. Huck is a truly free person managing to escape such matters as going to bed when parents dictate, smoking if he wants, going any where at any time that crosses his mind, and avoiding school.

Star City

A hobby hobbles along time street

Stamp collection, once a favourite pastime for many, is now struggling for survival with the advent of modern technologies like email and cellphone.

Pedestal of mobile co still on rooftop of DU library

The Dhaka University authorities are going on with the distortion of some landmark architectural works on the campus for commercial gains, disregarding objections by noted architects and academics.

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