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JS body to scan all 122 ordinances

A special committee of the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday decided to thoroughly scrutinise all 122 ordinances promulgated during and just prior to the immediate past caretaker government's regime, before placing them as bills in the parliament for ratification.

Bapex eyes 2.5tcf new gas in 7 years

Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration Company (Bapex) aims at striking around 2.5 trillion cubic feet (TCF) gas and providing an extra 200 million cubic feet gas per day (mcfd) within next seven years.

BNP braces for reforms, leaders

The party that once campaigned as being the 'choice of new generation'-- BNP-- is now limping with lack of new and competent leaderships at all tiers and facing the massive challenge of reinvigorating itself with many of its leaders becoming too aged.

JS resolution made govt obligated

Thursday's resolution in parliament means the government is now under an obligation to ensure the trial of war criminals, says the law minister.

Overseas jobs on the wane

Overseas employment has come down sharply in recent times as many Bangladeshi workers are losing jobs abroad because of the global economic meltdown, which is unlikely to create pressure on the country's domestic employment.

Seat order row to continue

The BNP-led opposition is unlikely to return to parliament today as their demand for three more seats in the front row might not be met before resumption of House proceedings this afternoon after a two-day recess.

Akheri Munajat today

The Akheri Munajat of the 45th Bishwa Ijtema -- the second largest congregation of Muslims -- will be offered after Zohr prayers today with the participation of an expected gathering of around two million devotees.

Hasina spent lowest in Rangpur

Awami League (AL) chief Sheikh Hasina spent only about Tk 4.22 lakh for election expenditure in Rangpur-6 parliamentary constituency although she was entitled to spend Tk 11.84 lakh.

Govt focuses on reaching Boro goal

The government last week sent two letters to the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) cancelling leave of officials at all levels till March to help achieve the production target of 1.8 crore tonnes of rice in the Boro season.

Govt eager to push country into anarchy

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday said the government is eager to push the country towards anarchy as no step has been taken to check the acts of violence across the country.

Hasina asks people not to lose faith in govt

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged people to stay alert against any move to mislead them against the government.

Brutality beats the beast

A five-year-old girl was strangled after being violated at Kashiani in Gopalganj on Friday while a teen-age girl was allegedly raped and then killed in Bhanga upazila of Faridpur yesterday just because she had turned down a proposal for marriage.

Amar Ekushey Boi Mela begins today

The month long Amar Ekushey Boi Mela 2009 begins today on the Bangla Academy premises in the city, commemorating the martyrs of the historic Language Movement.

JMB worry at Dhaka jail

Dhaka Central Jail authorities are apprehending that the banned militant outfit Jam'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and other linked groups may be trying to carry out "subversive' acts within the jail premises to embarrass the government.

Zillur collects form

Nomination form for veteran Awami League (AL) leader Zillur Rahman has been collected from Election Commission (EC) secretariat for contesting country's presidential election to be held on February 16.

No session, no journalist

Security personnel at Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban did not allow journalists inside the parliament building on "instructions from the speaker".

Binod Bihari asks all to unite, save 2 schools

Civil society members observed a two-hour token hunger strike yesterday in front of two reputed schools in protest at Chittagong City Corporation's (CCC) plan to demolish those and construct a 16-story building there to house the schools along other commercial establishments.

Jubo League men attack Sramik Leaguers

Juba League activists attacked Sramik League men at the Zia International Airport (ZIA) yesterday to take control of the car park there, leaving three injured and causing panic among people.

Govt surely to try war criminals

The Awami League (AL) government will not only try war criminals but also pulverize all anti-liberation forces from the society, said the Home Minister Sahara Khatun yesterday.

Serena wins 4th Aussie Open

Serena Williams thrashed Russia's Dinara Safina 6-0, 6-3 to win her fourth Australian Open title Saturday, bringing her total Grand Slam tally to 10 in one of the most one-sided deciders ever.

UN seeks safety of civilians in Lanka

Red Cross officials were in negotiations yesterday with Sri Lankan Tamil rebels to evacuate more wounded as the island's military kept up its push to crush the separatist forces.

Thailand frees 62 detained Rohingyas

Thai prison officials released 62 Rohingya migrants being held in detention in southern Ranong province Saturday, handing them over to immigration authorities for deportation.

Editorial

Bishwa Ijtema

As the final prayers of the 45th Bishwa Ijtema come to solemn end at Tongi on the outskirts of Dhaka, a famous place-name on the spiritual map of the devotees, curtain will have been drawn on the second largest congregation of Muslims after the Hajj.

Appalling conditions at Jagannath University

An entirely untenable situation has been created at Jagannath University. There can be no denying that the manner in which twelve dormitories of the university have been under illegal occupancy for the last so many years has brought conditions to a pass where both teachers and students of the university now feel that urgent action is necessary to correct conditions. The outburst that was noticed in old Dhaka a few days ago was, given the realities of the situation, a reaction to old grievances that successive governments have either ignored studiously or have not had time to pay attention to. The present government, having been elected to office with a massive mandate, has made it clear (and that was in light of the students' outburst) that it will not tolerate any violence at academic institutions.

Campus police

Jagannath University became the latest venue of violence that turned Old Dhaka into a battle zone leaving at least 100 innocent people including 20 female students injured, as well as damage of 20 vehicles and office equipment.

More food, less fear, will win the future

Can you win a general election without winning the argument? Curiously, both the ruling coalition and the principal opposing alliance seem to think so. The government has a vested interest in fudge. After all, there can be no opposition if there is no position. Its best hope is to muddle through the April-May poll and return with roughly the same numbers through a strategy of least resistance.

Where does the government stand?

The massive mandate received by the mohajote has thrust upon the prime minister the great responsibility of meeting the aspirations of the people. To improve the condition of the people the government may have to invest a huge amount of money. Where will the government get the resources from, given the habitual reluctance of the rich and the powerful to pay taxes and, as seen during the period 2001-2006, to steal wealth of the state, along with the drying up of external capital in the form of assistance and foreign investment?

Sports

Biman win a nail-biter

The semifinal line-ups for the Dhaka Premier Division Twenty20 Tournament has been completed as Mohammedan, Gazi Tank and Biman won their respective encounters yesterday. Abahani will now meet Gazi Tank while Biman, who had national speedster Shahadat Hossain's batting skills to thank for a thrilling win, will face Mohammedan in the semifinals on February 3 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. Originally scheduled to be held on February 1, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has shifted the date for the semis and has billed the final for February 4 at Mirpur.

Dido promises results

Brazilian coach Edson Dido Silva signed a one-year contract with the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) in a simple ceremony at the BFF House yesterday.

Serena slays Safina

Serena Williams thrashed Russia's Dinara Safina 6-0, 6-3 to win her fourth Australian Open title Saturday, bringing up her 10th Grand Slam and reclaiming the world number one ranking on the way.

Jamal surprises pros

Nineteen-year old Jamal Hossain Mollah has emerged as Bangladesh's new golfing sensation after winning the City Bank - Dhaka Bank Bangladesh Open 2009 by five strokes at the Kurmitola Golf Club on Saturday.

Umpire Ponir no more

Former umpire Wazed Ali Khan Ponir breathed his last on Friday evening. He was 59.

A tribute to Ponir

The usual conversations I have with Tanjeeb Ahsan Saad are almost always on the wrong side of 11pm. It was therefore quite a surprise, and certainly not a pleasant one at that, to have received a text message from Saad early in the morning yesterday. Ponir, who for years together had walked out to take his place behind the stumps at 10 each morning, to say "Play" was to have his janaza, at 10 in the morning. The timing was eerie.

India go 2-0 up

Sri Lanka's Thilina Kandamby smashed a solid 93 not out under pressure, but failed to stop India from posting a 15-run victory in the second one-day international here Saturday.

Arambagh blank Ctg MSC

Arambagh Krira Sangha blanked Chittagong Mohammedan 2-0 in the Citycell B. League match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Khelaghar, Kalabagan in final

Khelaghar and Kalabagan romped into the final of the First Division Twenty20 Cricket League with comfortable wins in the semifinals at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium yesterday.

Timing right for NZ

Australia have lost the No. 1 ranking in one-day internationals on Friday night in Perth but have no time to mope about their summer of demotion. The crammed itinerary says that two days after finishing a five-game series against South Africa they must start another against New Zealand. Daniel Vettori's team could not find a more opportune moment to arrive at their neighbour's but they are also the only ones Australia have been able to beat comfortably since going to India, so there should be some relief on the way for the Aussies.

Zimbabwe win series

Prosper Utseya played an outstanding captain's innings to lead Zimbabwe to a series-clinching four-wicket win in the third one-day international in Nairobi on Saturday when the home side had looked on course to keep the contest alive. After battling hard to reach 234, Kenya took wickets at regular intervals but were thrown off course by Utseya, who made a career-best unbeaten 68, and a superbly-timed assault from wicketkeeper Forster Mutizwa as victory came with 10 balls to spare.

Rain keeps Afghan WC dream alive

Afghanistan's dreams of playing at the 2011 World Cup were saved by torrential rain which swept across the Argentine capital on Friday.

Simmons smashes 282

England's batsmen finally got a chance, after Lendl Simmons missed out on a triple hundred for West Indies-A in their tour match on Friday.

Pak cricketers cleared for IPL

Pakistan's cricketers have been given the green light to participate in this year's IPL by the country's sports ministry, but they were told that their security would be their own and their IPL franchise's responsibility.

Miandad was unhappy with salary

A Pakistan newspaper has reported that Javed Miandad resigned from his position as director-general of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) because of an insufficient salary. The News, a Karachi-based daily, has carried a handwritten letter from Wasim Bari, the director of HR and administration, to Saleem Altaf, the PCB's chief operating officer, after discussing the contract with Miandad.

VDP outclass Rajbari

VDP outclassed Rajbari by 7-0 on the second day of the Citycell Women's National Football Championship at the Jamalpur Stadium yesterday.

Roger favourite, says Rafa

Spain's shattered Rafael Nadal has named Roger Federer as clear favourite for their Australian Open final after the top seed's gruelling semi with Fernando Verdasco.

Stoke shock City

James Beattie lifted 10-man Stoke out of the relegation zone as his first-half header clinched a 1-0 win over Manchester City on Saturday.

Hamburg stun Bayern

Coach Martin Jol hailed Hamburg's 1-0 win over Bayern Munich on Friday as the best moment of his time in charge as a first-half header from Croatian striker Mladen Petric took his side top.

Benitez still hopeful

Rafael Benitez has urged his Liverpool players to put a torrid month behind them after insisting that his stuttering team remains in a strong position to win the Premier League title.

'Poldi had other suitors'

Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur both made offers for Bayern Munich striker Lukas Podolski last summer, according to the club's general manager Uli Hoeness.

Scolari slates refs

Luiz Felipe Scolari fears Chelsea's Premier League challenge could be wrecked by referees who punish his team more than their title rivals.

MU suffer Vidic UCL blow

Manchester United suffered a Champions League blow on Friday when Serbian defender Nemanja Vidic was ruled out of the last 16, first leg clash with Inter Milan because of suspension.

'C'Ron will score over 20 goals'

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has backed Cristiano Ronaldo to break the 20-goal barrier for a third successive season.

Magpies sign Nolan

Newcastle on Friday completed the four-million-pound signing of former Bolton captain Kevin Nolan.

Blatter opposes joint WC bids

FIFA president Sepp Blatter said Friday football's world governing body will oppose joint bids to stage the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Chelsea snap up Gokhan

Turkey's 17-year-old attacking midfielder Gokhan Tore has joined English Premier League high-fliers Chelsea from Bayer Leverkusen, the German club announced on Friday.

Kovac joins Hammers on loan

West Ham on Friday announced they had signed Czech international midfielder Radoslav Kovac from Russia's Spartak Moscow on loan until the end of the season.

Business

Four port logistics firms to hit market

At least four new companies are in the pipeline to get into the burgeoning port logistics trade soon.

Curtain comes down on flagship ICT expo

The BASIS Softexpo-2009, the ICT sector's flagship event, came to a close yesterday amid calls for the industry people to become visionary to gain an edge on the global market.

Aftab Auto soars on Navana listing rumour

Share prices of Aftab Automobiles Ltd, a sister concern of Navana Group, rocketed by more than 50 percent in just two weeks, riding on a speculation that another concern of the group, Navana CNG Ltd, will be listed directly on the stock exchanges.

Japan pledges $17b Asia aid

Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso pledged 1.5 trillion yen (17 billion dollars) in development aid to other Asian countries on Saturday for infrastructure projects that will help boost growth.

Tap local market to fight financial crisis fallout

Industries Minister Dilip Barua yesterday stressed the need for tapping domestic market properly and fully to cushion the country from any fallout of the ongoing global financial meltdown.

Lafarge starts sanitation campaign

Leading cement manufacturer Lafarge Surma Cement has undertaken a massive sanitation campaign in villages near its plant in Chhatak in Sunamganj as part of its corporate social responsibility.

Obama to unveil measures to free up credit

President Barack Obama said Saturday his administration will announce new measures soon to free up credit for businesses and individual borrowers, in the latest bid to revive a rapidly deteriorating US economy.

Trade ministers see 'sound basis' for WTO push

Leading trade ministers on Saturday said there was a "sound basis" for agreeing a new global free trade pact this year amid growing fears about protectionism as the economic crisis bites.

Davos turns to trade deals

World leaders looking for hope amid recessionary gloom turned their attention Saturday to a long-stalled global trade deal, increasingly seen as a necessary bulwark against the rising threat of protectionism.

Art to business

Tracing the history of an art to business has been an exhilarating experience. I decided to meet up with Animesh and Sabbir, two young men with a dream of putting Bangladesh on the map, and branding Bangladesh 'world class'.

Boo big business

Forget big business, this year politicians seem to have all the answers.

GM rethinks Thai plant

General Motors Thailand on Thursday sought the industry ministry's help in setting up a 3-billion-baht (US$86 million) financial facility for its diesel-engine plant in Rayong to keep the project alive.

Caterpillar adds 2,000 job cuts to 20,000 announced

Caterpillar, the US construction equipment maker, said Friday it would slash an additional 2,000 jobs on top of the 20,000 cuts announced four days ago to deal with poor business conditions.

SAFA gets new president

Sheikh A Hafiz, an Agrani Bank director, has been elected as president of the South Asian Federation of Accountants (SAFA) for 2009, according to a press statement.

US economy down 3.8pc

The US economy contracted at the fastest pace in 26 years in the fourth quarter, a 3.8 percent rate of decline, but avoided an even more calamitous drop feared by analysts, data showed Friday.

Stocks fall for 4th week

Indices of the Dhaka Stock Exchange fell for a fourth straight week, despite the last week's rise in the prices of majority securities, especially the junk shares.

Oil industry profits down

The extraordinary profits for Exxon Mobil may be over for now, but opportunities abound even in a year that's expected to be miserable for the entire oil and gas industry.

Singer’s new MD

AM Hamim Rahmatullah has been appointed as the new managing director (MD) to Singer Bangladesh Limited, a concern of Singer Asia, effective from February.

Pakistan maintains discount rate at 15pc

Pakistan's central bank announced Saturday it would leave its discount rate unchanged at 15 percent for the remainder of the fiscal year ending June 30.

South Africa trade deficit narrows

South Africa's trade deficit narrowed last month to nine billion rand (881 million dollars, 687 million euros), official figures showed Friday as imports slowed due to an economic downturn.

Geithner, Bernanke work on $700b bailout overhaul

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and other top banking officials met Friday to hammer out details of a major overhaul of the government's financial rescue program. One official said the Obama administration was close to unveiling the new plan.

China's Hu urges Obama to resist protectionism

China's president urged better ties with the United States in his first phone conversation with President Barack Obama, and called for both sides to resist trade protectionism, Beijing said Saturday.

IMF forecasts Australian growth below zero: Rudd

Australia's prime minister on Saturday announced that the International Monetary Fund has downgraded the country's growth forecast for 2009, estimating the economy would contract by 0.2 percent.

HSBC bank chief says 'go-go years' salaries must change

The head of banking giant HSBC said Friday that salaries in the industry will have to change but banks must not be "demonised" over the financial crisis.

Weekly Currency Roundup

Jan 25-Jan 29, 2009
Local FX Market

This week, the market was active and US dollar was stable against the Bangladesh taka. The market was liquid throughout the week.

Metropolitan

Projects scrapped by BNP to be made alive

Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday apprehended that whether the value of taka will be stable or not as value of currency is heavily unstable worldwide.

Poor father commits suicide to protect daughter

Madhab Chandra Bagani has committed suicide in remote Badarkhali village. Neighb-ours say he failed to endure the indignation and harassment by a group of people for refusing to marry off his minor girl to a notorious man.

Sustainable dev a must to make earth liveable

Visiting Nobel laureate Prof Dr Yuan T Lee yesterday said the world would not remain liveable for human beings unless a sustainable development of the entire world is ensured involving every country beyond boundaries.

Pledge to ensure better healthcare

Lawmakers and ministers, who are from medical professionals, yesterday pledged that they would work from their own position to fulfil the people's expectations towards the new government.

Transit to help promote Indo-Bangla business

Transit and transshipment facilities can help both India and Bangladesh promote business and investment enormously, especially in seven northeastern Indian states, including Tripura.

Call to try war criminals

Mirpur Freedom Day was observed at Mirpur in the city yesterday with a call to try war criminals.

Compulsory edn up to SSC by 2012

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday said the government is resolute to enforce compulsory education up to Secondary School Certificate (SSC) level by 2012.

MPs with no housing in Dhaka to get govt flats

The government will allocate 'on emergency basis' flats in Nakhalpara and Manik Mia Avenue areas for newly elected parliament members who don't have their own house or accommodation in the capital.

'Bring changes to Tobacco Control Act to discourage smoking'

Anti-tobacco activists at a discussion yesterday called on the government to bring changes to Tobacco Control Act and make it mandatory to print pictorial warning on each cigarette stick to discourage smoking.

Blame game as Mexico City trash piles up

Residents of Mexico City face fines for failing to separate their trash as pressure mounts for the closure of the main, overweight landfill in one of the world's largest cities.

AMCH goes into operation with Radiotherapy this year

The long-cherished Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital (AMCH) is going to be functioning with the launch of a radiotherapy unit at the end of this year ushering in a new horizon in healthcare facilities in Bangladesh.

'Some more seats can be given to opposition'

Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad yesterday said some more seats in the front row of the parliament can be given to the opposition in order to make the parliament active and lively.

Tk 5cr garments gutted in N'ganj

Huge quantity of readymade garments worth around Tk 5 crore were gutted in a fire at a garments factory at Fatullah in Narayanganj yesterday.

AL leader, 5 police survive bomb attacks in Khulna, Jessore

An Awami League (AL) leader was injured critically while five policemen survived attempts on their lives in two separate bomb attacks on Friday morning and midnight in Khulna and Jessore.

Police yet to find out motive for killing

Zahurul Islam Zahir, the killer of pay-phone trader Asgar Ali, has been trying to misguide the detectives by providing with confusing information regarding the motive for killing.

State recognition to 'sign language' likely today

The long-cherished dream of the hearing impaired community for a state recognition of 'sign language' is likely to be materialised today.

'Make constitutional instiutions accountable'

One of the top priorities of the new parliament should bemaking the constitutional institutions accountable to avoid any crisis in democracy, said the eminent academics and political analysts yesterday.

Security tightened at Ekushey Book Fair

Special security measures including closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, metal detectors and archways have been set up deploying several hundred police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) personnel in and around the venue of Amar Ekushey Book Fair beginning in the city today.

Halt dumping of toxic wastes into Buriganga

Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon (Bapa) yesterday demanded immediate steps to halt dumping of industrial toxic wastes as well as those of Dhaka Wasa and Dhaka City Corporation in the Buriganga, the lifeline of Dhaka.

US to help combat terror

The United States will extend support to Bangladesh government's effort to combat regional terrorism, said US Ambassador James Moriarty yesterday.

'Room to Read' to provide edn for disadvantaged children

'Room to Read', an international organisation dedicated to providing education for disadvantaged children, launched its operation in Bangladesh yesterday.

501 killed in Jan

A total of 501 people were killed across the country in different incidents, including 24 in political violence last month, according to a monthly crime-watch report.

Nepali photo exhibition begins

A photography exhibition of Nepal titled 'A people war' began at Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts in the city yesterday.

Gono Forum hails decision to start trial of war criminals

Gono Forum has hailed the decision to start trial of the war criminals in the country.

Seminar on management of hypertension held

Speakers at a seminar on management of hypertension said the newly developed 'Lacipidine' medicine provides better tolerability than conventionally used 'Amlopidine' in controlling hypertension.

Five killed in road accidents

At least five people were killed and four others injured in three separate road accidents in Gopalganj during last two days.

Vice chairman candidate demands vote recount

Shefali Hamid who contested in January 22 elections for the vice chairman post from Ishwarganj upazila in Mymensingh demanded recounting of votes at her upazila as she found evidence of vote rigging.

Ban on yarn import thru' land port demanded

Coalition of Local NGOs, Bangladesh (CLNB) yesterday staged a demonstration at Muktangan in the city demanding ban on yarn import through land ports.

Mongla river transport workers threaten strike

River transport workers at Mongla port yesterday threatened indefinite strike from today if their demand for increase in food allowance to Tk 100 from Tk 30 is not met.

Journalist Rousseau passes away

Mahbubur Rahman Rousseau, a senior journalist, passed away due to a cardiac arrest at United Hospital in the city yesterday at the age of 60, says a press release.

National

Chhatak concrete sleeper plant idle for months

Production in the country's lone concrete sleeper plant under Bangladesh Railway (BR) has remained suspended for more than eight months due to unusual delay in importing raw materials from India.

Meet 5-pt demand by tomorrow

Agitating retrenched dockworkers of Mongla port yesterday gave a two-day deadline to meet their five-point demand including payment of arrears, their reinstatement and revival of abolished dock workers' management board (DWMB).

Let's study in mother tongue

Indigenous children and leaders at a discussion here yesterday demanded constitutional provisions for their primary education in mother tongue.

AL man's house attacked: 14 hurt

At least 14 people were injured as BNP supporters attacked the house of an Awami League activist at village Sreeula in Assassuni upazila yesterday.

Charges pressed against two bank staff

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in Rajshahi has pressed charges against two Janata Bank officials for embezzling about Tk 24 lakh from the bank's Mangalbari branch in Naogaon and three depositors for abetting them.

2 arms peddlers held in Kushtia

Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) personnel arrested two arms peddlers and recovered two firearms and ammunition from their possession at Jamlpur under Daulatpur upazila of the district on Friday night.

Full-fledged puja mandop at RU demanded

Teachers, students, officials and employees of the Hindu community yesterday urged the of Rajshahi University (RU) authorities to immediately construct a full-fledged puja mandop on the premises of Motiher Hall.

Letters

Price control and traders

There is a tendency among us to look down upon traders, industrialists and, in general, people involved in trade and commerce. Historically, trade and commerce have been the foremost and primary occupation of the human race. All other branches, like armed forces, bureaucracy, etc., were formed to safeguard, protect, sustain and enhance commercial activities. All wars were fought to protect or to expand commercial interests. The East India Company used to have its own forces and also was the precursor of the Indian civil service. Jonathan Company of the Netherlands had its own civil-military outfits in South Africa. So, there is no scope or rationality to look down upon 'commerce people'.

Congrats, Shakib!

Our cricketing all rounder Shakib Al Hassan has been ranked number one by ICC this season for his outstanding performance with the ball and bat recently. It is such scintillating news for the cricketers along with the viewers or cricket lovers in the country that they, in their cricketing slumber caused by the inconsistent performances of the team over the past years, will have hope rekindled, spirit rejuvenated and dream once again revived in them. They can now think yes, they too can! Shakib has scaled the coveted position leaving quite a good bunch of stalwarts like Andrew Flintof, Jacob Oram and some many from the world cricket behind. Consistency, however, the vital force in almost all the games, in our cricket namely, was going missing in almost all the players of the team except a few-- Mashrafi Bin Murtaza and Shakib, to mention the vital two!

Gaza morale unbroken

With utmost bewilderment I was watching Israeli troops being pulled out of Gaza a few days ago. On their way home, these soldiers didn't forget to take advantage of the photo op by raising theirs finger in victory signs. But what victory are they gloating over? After killing more than a thousand people - of whom more than five hundred were children and women - and destroying schools, mosques and the already dilapidated infrastructure of Gaza with an unprecedented brutality, what kind of victory have they achieved?

Reflections

Our mornings become reflective with the gift of the Daily Star. Such recent gifts included such items as those relating to people's euphoria over elections, activists' demands for rights and even cryptic comments on legalities of leadership. All these make one reflect on the trusting common voter.... the expectations of the activists ....and the logic of the cynics.

Brominated vegetable oil

Several types of synthetic and natural food additives are available. They are used to preserve fresh and packaged foods, medicines, and other consumer products. Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO) is used as an emulsifier in citrus-flavoured soft drinks for preserving natural fat-soluble citrus flavour in the soft drinks. BVO is also used in bakery products and some brands of pasta.

BIRDEM elderly patients

BIRDEM is not only a hospital but also a research centre. It is rendering excellent service to thousands of diabetic patients free of cost, which is really commendable.

Mismanagement in Lawachhara?

A friend of mine and I visited Lawachhara National Park on 23 January and would like to bring to your notice certain glaring aspects of mismanagement and corruption at the Information Office there.

Punish the culprits

A private TV channel reported that a little girl was recently raped and killed by some so-called human beings! What a shame for us! A girl who was only about 7seven years old could not see the beauty of world but was killed watching its bad side. What was her fault? We know children are innocent. Then why did she have to die?

Pakistan thoughts

I would like to respond to the article, “Bridging the divide”, by Syed G.B. Bokahri and published in your daily on January 20, 2009.

War crimes trial and UN

It was with some amusement that I read the Jamaat's "willingness" to "admit and apologise" for the "party's stance" in 1971; but NOT an apology for the war crimes committed in 1971 by Jamaat leaders and their cohorts. And that Jamaat is ready to accept "the verdict of any trial conducted and supervised by the United Nations"!

Industrial pollution

Industrialisation is necessary to boost our economy and create employment opportunities. But industrialisation cannot be brought about at the cost of our agriculture, fishery, forests, animals and human health. It is a matter of utmost concern that many industrial units keep releasing toxic gases and chemicals like carbon dioxide, sulphur, ammonia, urea, etc. These highly toxic substances are slowly destroying all sorts of flora, fauna and micro-organisms that are important for maintaining a balance in nature.

DU and greetings spree

I would like to thank The Daily Star for its timely editorial entitled "Greeting Spree in DU" on January 26.

The way for Israel

Though it is difficult for many native Americans to accept the reality of a black man becoming President of the United States, it is true that Barack Hussein Obama is today President of America.

Iajuddin violates constitution?

President Iajuddin Ahmed violated the constitution by not ensuring national elections within 90 days after the drastically changed scene of January 2007. All right, it is correct according to the constitution. But what about some other factors involved?

Containing violence

This government has come to power through securing an unprecedented mandate and the trust of the people. It should therefore take strong and positive steps to root out campus violence at universities and other educational institutions without fear or favour and without any party bias.

International

Iraqis vote in key test of nation's progress

Iraqis voted in provincial elections on Saturday in a crucial test for a nation struggling to emerge from years of sectarian strife and to strengthen its fledgling democracy.

Abbas rejects Hamas' call for new PLO

PLO chairman Mahmud Abbas is leading a chorus of opposition to calls by rival Hamas supremo Khaled Meshaal for a new leadership to replace the Palestine Liberation Organisation.

Revolution not limited to Iran: Ahmadinejad

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said yesterday that Iran's Islamic revolution was not limited to its borders, as the country paid tribute to the man who led the overthrow of the shah 30 years ago.

Obama's offer to talk shows US failure, says Iran

US President Barack Obama's offer to talk to Iran shows that America's policy of "domination" has failed, the government spokesman said on Saturday.

Madagascar mayor proclaims himself in charge of country

Madagascar's opposition leader Andry Rajoelina proclaimed himself in charge of the island's affairs during a rally yesterday, in a shock move escalating his battle against the president's regime.

North Korea angling for Obama's attention

Sharpening its rhetoric, North Korea is trumpeting its refusal to honour accords designed to keep the peace with South Korea particularly along a disputed maritime border that has long been a flashpoint.

US strikes inflame tensions: Gilani

Pakistan's prime minister warned President Barack Obama on Friday that US attacks on Islamic militants in Pakistani territory are inflaming tensions and undermining efforts to quell the insurgency in Afghanistan.

CEC recommends removal of Navin Chawla

The battle in the Election Commission has assumed unprecedented proportions with the Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami recommending to the government removal of the other Election Commissioner Navin Chawla.

Tamil refugee flow to India drops despite war

As Sri Lankan troops sweep through Tamil Tiger strongholds, Tamils seeking to flee the war-hit island to India are finding the boat journey more and more risky, leading to a sharp drop in their arrivals.

Afghanistan creates anti-insurgency force

A special force is to be formed to boost security in areas of Afghanistan hit by a Taliban-led insurgency, the country's interior minister said Saturday.

Millions to get malaria help by 2010

Hundreds of millions of mosquito nets and anti-malaria kits are to be distributed by 2010, officials behind a campaign to halt about one million malaria deaths a year said yesterday.

Zimbabwe opposition will join government

Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai said Friday he will join a unity government with President Robert Mugabe almost a year after disputed polls, but the US and others questioned if it would work.

UN envoy likely to meet Suu Kyi

The United Nation's special envoy to Myanmar was expected to meet detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a visit to the country that began yesterday, the latest effort to coax democratic reforms from the ruling junta.

Republicans choose first African American party leader

US Republicans elected their party's first-ever African-American leader Friday, throwing down the gauntlet to rival Democrats after bitter losses in November when Barack Obama became the first black to win the White House.

5 newborns killed in hospital fire in north India

Five newborns, all less than a week old, were killed and another was injured Saturday in northern India after a short circuit sparked a fire in the hospital maternity ward where they were being treated for jaundice.

Arts & Entertainment

Chobi Mela V: Photography comes of age in Bangladesh

The inaugural ceremony of the international photography exhibition, Chobi Mela V, attracted a huge turnout.

Muktadhara: Pioneering the Ekushey Book Fair

The month-long 'Amar Ekushey Granthamela' is perhaps the most eagerly awaited book fair in our country. Particularly enthused are the authors, publishers and readers.

Five children bag awards

The week-long 2nd International Children's Film Festival '09 ended on January 30. The closing ceremony was held at the Shawkat Osman Auditorium, Central Public Library, Shahbag. Five among 15 children received awards at the closing ceremony for their films that were screened at the festival.

Gearing up for Ekushey

ATN Bangla will telecast a special programme on Ekushey Book Fair '09. The first episode of the daily programme titled "Amar Ekushey Boi Mela Protidin" will be aired today at 11:15 am.

Jasimuddin remembered in musical soiree

To pay homage to Jasimuddin, Chhayanat organised a musical soiree featuring the songs and poetry of the “Polli Kabi.” The memorable event was held at Chhayanat Shangskriti Bhaban auditorium on January 30.

Waheedul Haque remembered in Barisal

Speakers at a discussion on January 29 paid rich tributes to renowned columnist, and Tagore exponent Waheedul Haque for his outstanding contribution in both spheres.

Documentary on Nasir Ali Mamun

“In 1972, I introduced portrait photography in Bangladesh. I work with famous people from different backgrounds. I try to capture their mood, personality, characteristics and feelings in my camera,” said Nasir Ali Mamun in an interview following a documentary titled “Poet of Camera”. The documentary's director, photographer and interviewer is Monjurul Azim Palash, a London- based Bangladeshi filmmaker. The documentary was screened at Short Film Forum Auditorium, Aziz Super Market, recently. The DVD was unveiled by noted Professor Kabir Chowdhury. The documentary was shot in different locations of East London, especially the bustling Brick Lane.

Mouth watering treat of winter cakes!

As part of the special programmes celebrating 400 years of Dhaka, “Dhaka Charsho Bochhor Purti Utshob Nagorik Committee” organised a Pitha Mela (winter cake festival) at Bengal Shilpalaya, Dhaka on January 30.

OP-ED

Digital Bangladesh: Going beyond the rhetoric

IN the lead up to the 2008 election, Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia seemed to be on a race to promise a Digital Bangladesh to the citizens. Khaleda went on to promise the "delivery of a Digital Bangladesh" much before 2021, the AL-proposed date, as if the concept is something tangible like a bridge or a highway! All this war of words indicates two things:

Made in Bangladesh

IT is a story built up over the last two and a half decades. It is a story of success, of winning against all odds. It is a story of a nation, which has vowed to overcome all the barriers with limited resources and immense passion. It is not a story of “Veni Vidi Vici." Rather, it is a tale of toil, a tale of rising, of starting small and finally finding glory.

Promises to keep

THE political parties announced their election manifestos with much fanfare. One wanted to change the country, another to save it. When the manifestos were announced, there was one question on most people's minds: Will the parties really deliver on their promises if they are elected?

Food prices and food security

WE will have to … reduce price hike and improve people's living standard," said the prime minister at her first news conference after the landslide election victory. Since then, she and her senior ministers have repeatedly stressed that bringing down the prices of essentials within people's purchasing power is a priority task for the government. This is not surprising given the importance most voters accorded to high prices in the lead up to the election.

Star City

Coffee shop of freedom for trafficking victims

Kafé Mukti, a coffee shop of freedom was opened recently for the victims of human trafficking in the country to help them become self-reliant in life by providing them with jobs.

Licence hassles at post offices

His fingers lingered on the computer keyboard like an elementary student getting his first lessons on a computer. Too bad, he is no elementary student. And too bad for the sixteen odd people queued before him to deposit the charges for driving licences and other car related documents at the Sub Post Office in Mirpur 2.



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