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News of: Friday, 6th of February, 2009

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Hospital kept at bay

The government has been sitting for six months on a probe committee report that recommended cancelling allotment of health ministry land in Tejgaon to a number of media firm owners and BNP loyalists and leaders.

Minister Latif sued for poll offence

The district election office yesterday sued Fisheries and Livestock Minister Abdul Latif Biswas, his daughter and some local Awami League (AL) leaders for violating the code of conduct in January 22 upazila polls.

Dhaka to renew goods transport deal with Delhi

The government yesterday approved renewal of the bilateral trade agreement between Bangladesh and India under which the countries will use their waterways, roadways and railways for transportation of goods between two places in one country through the territory of the other.

Corrupt, Jamaat downed BNP

Controversial former ministers and lawmakers, dwindling organisational strength and alliance with Jamaat-e-Islami were responsible for BNP's rout in December 29 general election, observed the party's grassroots-level leaders yesterday.

ACC for working ties with govt

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chairman Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury yesterday said developing a working relationship with the present government is prime responsibility of the commission to continue the ongoing corruption drive.

Passengers held hostage by feuding contractors

The hustle and bustle at the Sadarghat Terminal came to a halt yesterday for five hours as two feuding groups locked in a clash over the control of handling labourers leaving passengers aboard the launches marooned in misery.

Name-only newspapers got big chunk of govt ads

The name-only newspapers received a huge chunk of public money allocated for publishing government advertisements and supplementary during the tenure of the last BNP-Jamaat alliance government.

DCC hospitals in poor health

Three hospitals run by Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) are unable to provide proper health service to patients--despite having proper budgetary allocations--because of lack of medical professionals and equipment.

Public fund looters to be punished

The state minister for power and energy yesterday told the Jatiya Sangsad that legal actions should be taken against those who looted public money in the power sector during the immediate past BNP-led alliance government's tenure.

Full text of agreement

The trade agreement between Bangladesh and India renewed on March 21, 2006 and signed by the then finance minister M Saifur Rahman and Indian commerce and industry minister Kamal Nath in New Delhi is as follow:

No begging after 5 yrs

Finance and Planning Minister AMA Muhith yesterday sought cooperation of the NGOs to eliminate begging from the country within five years.

Expert bodies formed on water sharing, sea boundary issues

The government yesterday formed two high-powered expert committees to work out ways and means to resolve the longstanding maritime boundary demarcation disputes with India and Myanmar and the crucial issue of sharing water of 40 common rivers with India.

CCC finally scraps plan to build high-rise at school

Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) yesterday cancelled its project of constructing a high-rise building on the site of two age-old girl's schools.

2-yr CG rule was 'doctrine of necessity'

The two-year rule of the immediate past caretaker government was the "doctrine of necessity" for continuing the administration to run the country, said Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday.

Muralidaran reaches the pinnacle

Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralidaran, the world's leading bowler in Test cricket, on Thursday set a second record when he became the highest wicket-taker in one-day internationals.

Make draft Tifa public

BNP has demanded that the draft of the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (Tifa) with the USA be made public for proper evaluation.

Lanka turns down int'l call for truce

The Sri Lankan government Wednesday offered an amnesty to Tamil Tiger rebels who surrender, but rejected international appeals for ceasefire talks and vowed to crush those who fight on.

Decision on RTI soon

The government is considering ratification of the Right to Information Ordinance promulgated by the immediate past caretaker government, said Information Minister Abul Kalam Azad in parliament yesterday.

Yunus seeks to open credit unions in US

Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus said Wednesday he wants to open credit unions in the United States.

Charges framed against Ctg mayor

A Chittagong court yesterday framed charge against Chittagong City Corporation Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury in a case of concealing wealth worth Tk 23,29,264 and providing wrong information in his wealth statement to Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

Children's hours from 11am today

The number of books on the Liberation War brought out at the Ekushey Boi Mela so far this year has been very low.

Climate change must be tackled to avert crisis

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned yesterday that failure to tackle climate change will lead to major economic upheaval, as he appealed to nations to reach agreement on carbon emission cuts.

Somali pirates free Ukrainian arms ship

Somali pirates yesterday freed a Ukrainian ship they had held since September with battle tanks and other weaponry on board after receiving a ransom of more than three million dollars.

Bombing in Shia mosque kills 10 in Pakistan

A bomb exploded near a Shia mosque in the town of Dera Ghazi Khan in central Pakistan yesterday, killing at least 10 people, a police official said.

Editorial

Anti-corruption drive must be a continuing one

We were taken a little by surprise at Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's rather sweeping remarks on the Anti-Corruption Commission's operations under Dr Fakhruddin-led caretaker government on the floor of Jatiya Sangsad Wednesday. They sounded overly critical of a task performed under realities in the caretaker interregnum that was fraught with pushes and pulls through which the ACC had to navigate and function.

The odour in drinking water

Dhaka dwellers, both at home and at their work places, have been experiencing a health hazard through the piped water supplied by Wasa. For the past one week, inhabitants of such areas as Kamalapur, Gopibagh, Mugdapara, Shantinagar, Rampura, Bashabo and Jatrabari have been complaining about certain smells in the water. Even at Karwan Bazar, where a number of offices and other establishments are located, there have been reports of the malady. Obviously, questions have once again been raised about the quality of the water being supplied by Wasa.

Humility, not humiliation

THE Gandhi Peace Foundation once published a compilation, which included an essay from famous economist Kenneth E. Boulding. In Why Did Gandhi Fail, he argued that it was a fatal mistake for a weak nation to behave as if it were a strong one, which was precisely what India was doing. That was way back in 1964, when the country was still finding its feet on the ground. If alive, Boulding would have wanted to eat his words. India is a strong nation today.

Ignoring a point of view

In a way, what has happened to the LTTE in Sri Lanka is similar to what has happened to the Hurriyat in Kashmir. Both of them have ceased to be relevant in their respective places. It does not mean that the alienation of people they represent has ended. But it does mean that the fight to project their stance has not met with success.

Sports

Abahani retain title

The professional football league trophy remained at Abahani as they collected the vital points from yesterday's Citycell B. League match to put an end to a three-way race in the competition's second edition.

A deserving reward

Abahani got the reward for fielding the strongest team on paper that finally delivered the club their second consecutive professional league title in as many years.

Murali the king

Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralidaran became the undisputed bowling king on Thursday with a second world record, leaving his rivals with the improbable task of matching him anytime in the near future.

Gambhir powers India

Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralidaran completed a record bowling double before a Gautam Gambhir-inspired India scored a challenging 332-5 in the fourth one-day international here on Thursday.

School cricket from Feb 7

The Standard Chartered Schools cricket will start tomorrow with 464 schools from 64 districts competing for glory.

Self-belief keeps him going

Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralidaran, the world's leading bowler in Test cricket, on Thursday set a second record when he became the highest wicket-taker in one-day internationals.

Women's cricket begins in Bogra today

The Grameenphone Women's Tri-Nation Cricket Series begins here at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium with Bangladesh taking on Pakistan in the opening match today.

Gosling sinks L'pool

Teenager Dan Gosl-ing was Everton's hero as they knocked city rivals Liverpool out of the FA Cup with a 1-0 extra-time fourth round replay win at Goodison Park on Wednesday.

Frings back, Poldi out

Chelsea star Michael Ballack and Bremen's Torsten Frings have both been recalled to the Germany squad to face Norway in a friendly next Wednesday, but there is no place for Lukas Podolski.

Micah trouble for City

Micah Richards, the Manchester City and England defender, has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting a teenager outside a nightclub, police said Thursday.

I want to stay: Beckham

David Beckham has pleaded with LA Galaxy chiefs to release him from his contract with the US Major League Soccer side and let him turn his loan move to Italian giants AC Milan into a permanent deal.

Juve sneak into semis

Juventus completed the Italian Cup semifinal line-up after beating Napoli in a penalty shoot-out at Turin's Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday following a 0-0 draw.

Scudetto still in reach: Buffon

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon believes his team can still win the Scudetto despite being seven points adrift of Serie A leaders Inter Milan.

Kezman getting too shirty

Mateja Kezman has been summoned to appear before the Paris St Germain board to explain his angry shirt-throwing gesture during Wednesday night's 3-0 defeat by Bordeaux in the Coupe de la Ligue semi-final at the Parc des Princes.

Gerrard blow for Reds

Steven Gerrard will miss three weeks of Liverpool's Premiership title campaign after picking up a hamstring injury in Wednesday's 1-0 FA Cup defeat by city rivals Everton, his club said Thursday.

Iraq sack Viera

Jorvan Viera has been sacked after just four months at the helm of Iraq's national football team for failing to win a game at the Gulf Cup, an Iraq football union official said on Thursday.

Shoulder woes for Maria

Russia's Maria Sharapova has been forced to pull out of next week's WTA Paris Open through injury, the organisers announced on Wednesday.

KP holds Eng together

Kevin Pietersen infuriatingly gave his wicket away on the verge of another milestone, as England toiled for runs in the opening Test against West Indies here on Wednesday.

'Century wasn't to be'

Kevin Pietersen has dismissed criticism about his dismissal for 97 in the opening Test against West Indies on Wednesday.

Australia aim to reverse fortune

The occasional one-off incident aside, Australia and New Zealand share a strong cricketing relationship and encounters between the teams are generally friendly. Unfortunately, one of those out-of-the-ordinary occurrences came up at the WACA last Sunday, when Brad Haddin's gloves appeared to knock the bail off when Neil Broom was adjudged bowled. It has sparked a vigorous to-and-fro and while both teams want to put it behind them, it is yet to be seen whether tensions will remain in the second match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground today.

Sagar lifts jr chess title

FIDE Master Minhazuddin Ahmed Sagar became unbeaten champion in the BASIC Bank 30th National Junior Chess Championships which concluded at the Chess Federation hall-room yesterday.

Int'l Junior Tennis

David Thomson of Great Britain thrashed Jeson Patrombon of Philippines 6-3,

Full marks to Shantinagar

A 67th minute strike by Aminul gave Shantinagar a 1-0 win over Rahmatganj SC in yesterday's Citycell 3rd Division Football League at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur.

Khulna Abahani stay bottom

Bottom-table Khulna Abahani kept alive their slim hopes to avoid relegation from the Citycell B. League with a home draw against Arambagh at the Khulna Stadium yesterday.

DU Annual Sports

Imdadul Haque of Geology department emerged individual champion in the annual sports competition of Amor Ekushey Hall of Dhaka University at the University's central playground yesterday.

Big win for Khulna

Rubina and Shimu slammed hattricks as Khulna drubbed Madaripur 8-0 in the Citycell Women's National Championship at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday morning.

Business

Footwear a bright spot in dim exports

Local leather footwear manufacturers see a better prospect ahead, after an increase in exports by 39 percent in the July-November period of the current fiscal year, which pins a hope of overcoming losses from declining leather exports in the recent months.

BTI's Tk 100cr project in the making

Building Technology and Ideas (BTI) Ltd, a leading real estate company, has undertaken a construction project at a cost of Tk 100 crore.

Yunus seeks US credit union licence

Microfinance pioneer Muhammad Yunus, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in alleviating poverty, said Wednesday he wants to open credit unions in the recession-gripped United States.

Radisson profit up

Radisson Water Garden Hotel posted an 8.92 percent rise in gross operating profit to $7.33 million year-on-year in 2008, driven by a high occupancy rate.

Japan keen to invest in manufacturing

Japan will invest in the manufacturing sector here as a good investment environment has been created through a fair and peaceful national election, Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Masayuki Inoue said yesterday.

Canada moves to up farm products exports to Bangladesh

A Canadian trade delegation will visit Bangladesh from February 14 to 18 to promote export of Canadian agricultural products to Bangladesh, according to a statement.

Govt to move fast on consumer rights

The government will take immediate steps to approve and implement Consumers Rights Protection Ordinance 2008, Industries Minister Dilip Barua told a delegation of Consumers International (CI) yesterday.

Transcom Beverages Bottler of the Year

Transcom Beverages Ltd (TBL), the sole franchise for PepsiCo International, has been given the “Bottler of the Year” award at the regional sales conference at Jaipur in India.

Local RMG accessories plant in Adamjee EPZ soon

A local company will set up a garments accessories manufacturing industry in the Adamajee Export Processing Zone.

Sugar corpn gets new chairman

Apurba Kumar Biswas, an additional secretary of Bangladesh government, has taken over as chairman of Bangladesh Sugar and Food Industries Corporation on Monday, says a press release.

Hope beyond salinity

For years, Israil Mallick kept his low-lying salinity-prone land fallow during the boro season, missing out on tons of opportunities. The 46-year-old never imagined growing rice on his piece of land in the southwestern coastal district of Bangladesh.

Business booming for Asia's debt collectors

With his close-cropped salt-and-pepper hair and stern, weathered face, Simon Lim looks like a Triad gang leader straight out of a Hong Kong movie.

Britain awaits deep interest rate cut to fight recession

The Bank of England was predicted to cut British interest rates to an historic low later Thursday in response to Britain's first recession since 1991.

GP strikes deal with Bishsho Shahitto Kendro

Grameenphone Ltd, a leading mobile operator in Bangladesh, renewed its strategic partnership agreement with Bishsho Shahitto Kendro yesterday, says a press release.

BGMEA urges BB to keep RMG industry out of money court purview

Leaders of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) yesterday urged the Bangladesh Bank (BB) to keep the apparel industry out of the purview of Money Loan Court laws.

German industrial orders plunge

German industrial orders plunged by 25.1 percent in 2008, data released on Thursday by the economy ministry showed.

Singapore may have to tap reserves again

Singapore, which has announced an unprecedented dip into its vast national savings, may have to tap them again if the economy worsens, Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said Thursday.

Asian stocks in quiet trade

Stocks in Asia were mainly lower Thursday as quiet trade saw dealers take profits from earlier gains, while also being weighed down by another set of poor data from the United States.

Euro in 2-month trough

The euro languished in a two-month trough against the dollar in Asian trade Thursday over fears that the rapid slowdown of Eastern European economies may drag the eurozone deeper into recession.

India's fraud-hit Satyam names new CEO

Fraud-hit Indian information technology giant Satyam announced Thursday a new chief executive for the fraud-hit company and said it had lined up funds to help tide it over a cash crunch.

Deutsche Bank posts historic loss, rejects state aid

Germany's biggest bank, Deutsche Bank, on Thursday posted its first annual loss since World War II after a terrible fourth quarter but vowed to survive the financial downturn without state aid.

Lenovo returns to Chinese management after Q3 loss

Computer giant Lenovo said Thursday it was replacing its American chief executive and switching back to a Chinese-dominated management team as it reported dismal third quarter results.

Sanyo posts quarterly loss

Japan's Sanyo Electric Co. reported Thursday a quarterly loss but said it expected to avoid ending the year in the red, unlike many rivals, thanks to brisk sales of rechargeable batteries.

Metropolitan

Dhaka should be Obama's 1st destination in Muslim world

Dhaka should be Barack Obama's first destination among Muslim countries, says Lisa Curtis, senior research fellow of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in Washington.

Tight security for smooth observance of Amar Ekushey

Around 7000 police and 800 members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) would be deployed in and around the Central Shaheed Minar in the city for smooth observance of Amar Ekushey February.

Bring all autistic children under edn, treatment

With a view to creating awareness about autism and its management among the parents, a two-day workshop began in the city yesterday.

Poverty alleviation a must to salvage from disasters

Food and Disaster Manage-ment Minister Abdur Razzak yesterday said poverty alleviation should be the main focus, because if the people have good houses and income, disasters cannot adversely affect them.

Dinajpur Govt College closed sine die

Dinajpur Government College has been closed for an indefinite period yesterday following violence between the students and adjacent villagers over a trifling matter on Wednesday.

Preserve bio-diversity, huge resources of Haors

Speakers at a discussion yesterday urged the government to take necessary initiatives to preserve bio-diversity and enormous resources of Haor areas in the country.

Flower cultivation now a profitable venture

Commerce Minister Lt Col (retd) Faruk Khan yesterday said commercial flower production is now a profitable venture and that unemployed youths can build their career in this field.

IIUC assured of Saudi support

Saudi Ambassador Dr Abdullah Bin Naser Al-Busairi yesterday assured the International Islamic University, Chittagong (IIUC) of his government's continued support for overall development of the institution.

Come to parliament and give suggestions

Commerce Minister Faruk Khan yesterday called on BNP to come to parliament and give suggestions on how to use the bilateral trade agreement with India without undermining the national interests.

Ekushey Book Fair in Khulna begins today

The 23-day 'Ekushey Book Fair' begins on the Khulna Divisional Government Public Library premises at Boyra in the city today.

Human rights bodies concerned

Human Rights Forum on Universal Periodic Review (UPR), Bangladesh yesterday expressed frustration as the government did not make any clear pledge to implement the CHT Treaty and ensure rights of women as well as the minorities in the UN Human Rights Council.

Nat'l Rover Moot begins today

The 9th National Rover Moot will begin at Bahadurpur Rover Palli at Gazipur today.

RU Shibir demands trial of war criminals

Rajshahi University unit Islami Chhatra Shibir at a press conference yesterday demanded trial and punishment to the war criminals.

AL factions clash over tender dropping

The cadres of the factions of Awami League clashed over dropping tenders at LGED and DC offices in Barisal city yesterday.

6 kg heroin,301 Yaba tablets seized: Nine held

Members of DB Police, Department of Narcotics Control, Rab and Bangladesh Rifles in separate drives arrested nine criminals from different parts of the city and Cox's Bazar yesterday and on Wednesday night.

Indian FM to open rehab model project for Sidr-hit

Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukharjee is expected to inaugurate the final rehabilitation model project of 11 Sidr-hit villages of Bagerhat during his brief official visit to Bangladesh on February 9.

Construction of commercial units in school bldgs protested

Bangladesh Mahila Parishad (BMP) in a joint statement on Wednesday protested building of a high-rise commercial structure by demolishing two traditional girls' schools -- 'Aparna Charan Girls' High School' and 'Krishna Kumari Girls' High School'.

FBI probing US kidnap, says Pak officials

A six-member team of US investigators arrived in the Pakistani city of Quetta on Thursday to probe the kidnapping of a top American UN official, local police and security officials said.

Section 144 imposed in Kishoreganj town

The upazila administration of Kishoreganj imposed section 144 in the town yesterday after two opponent upazila chairmen candidates declared agitation programmes separately centreing the results of the recently concluded upazila polls.

2 Bangladeshis shot dead in Michigan

At least two Bangladeshis were shot dead at Michigan in the United States on Tuesday and Wednesday night.

Former BCL leader held in Dinajpur

Parbatipur police yesterday arrested a former Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leader from Haldibari Bazaar at Parbatipur on extortion charges.

Dutch envoy meets PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said all problems of the country would be solved if people could be inspired to stand confident and united.

One more arrested

Detective police on Wednes-day arrested one more person at Kotbari in Comilla in connection with the Railway Headquarters break-in on Janurary 19.

Students demand reopening of JNU

Students of Jagannath University (JNU) yesterday placed an eight-point demand, including reopening of the university and recovery of university dormitories from illegal occupants.

Resignation of RU acting VC demanded

Pro-Awami League (AL) teachers, officers and employees of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday laid siege to the office of the acting Vice Chancellor Prof Mamnunul Keramat and demanded his immediate resignation.

Kidnapped boy rescued

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) early Wednesday rescued a minor boy at Nayabazar under Kotwali Police Station in the city and arrested one person in this connection.

Workshop on 'HIV/AIDS' ends

The three-day workshop on 'HIV/AIDS' organised by Bondhu Social Welfare Society ended yesterday, says a press release.

Tight security along Indo-Nepal border

In an effort to strengthen security along the porous Indo-Nepal border, the Sashastra Seema Bal has installed close circuit cameras and deployed six dog squads along the route to check infiltration and smuggling.

Biharis demand rehabilitation

Leaders of Bihari community yesterday called on the government to take initiatives for proper rehabilitation of their community as they were granted citizenship last year.

Dhaka urged to be member of Arbitration Court

Secretary General of International Permanent Court of Arbitration Christian MJ Kroner yesterday urged Bangladesh to become a member of the court.

Cases against 17 vehicles

The Department of Environment (DoE) filed cases against 17 vehicles, including buses and private cars, in the city during a drive against noise pollution yesterday.

'Only 40pc households get adequate iodised salt'

A day-long workshop on 'Communication activities for women and children development' was held at the PIB auditorium at Segun Bagicha in the city yesterday.

Nizami demands restoration of SSF cover for Khaleda

Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Matiur Rahman Nizami yesterday expressed deep concern over the withdrawal of Special Security Force (SSF) cover for BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.

HR bodies concerned

Human Rights Forum on Universal Periodic Review (UPR), Bangladesh yesterday expressed frustration as the government did not make any clear pledge to implement the CHT Treaty and ensure rights of women as well as the minorities in the UN Human Rights Council.

Letters

Admission crisis

The acute shortage of schools and colleges in our country is a burgeoning crisis. However, this situation in the schools in the port city of Chittagong demands a serious attention from the authorities concerned as well as the guardians.

Bishwa Ijtema

It is a matter of pride for us that the second highest council of Muslims takes place in Bangladesh. The Daily Star reported that more than three million Muslims, including nearly 7,000 foreign devotees with larger participation from China, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Japan, Singapore, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait joined the Ijtema.

JU female student harassment

As a former student of JU, I am quite disappointed to see the outcome of the movement against sexual harassment in the campus. The students of Jahangirnagar University always had the spirit to fight against any kind of oppression they faced. We fought and we won in some ways in the past.

Digital Bangladesh

E-Exclusion (also known as digital divide) - where certain people and social groups risk being excluded from the Information Age. [Online Glossary of the British Institute for Learning & Development]. And, on the flip side, E-Inclusion is overcoming the digital divide using systems developed to lessen the risk of 'e-exclusion'.

Broken promises

Last general election of Bangladesh was really an exciting experience for me. I was able to vote for the first time. That is why I made sure I did not vote for the wrong party or candidate. I searched for my answer in the past records of our country. Both the leaders of the most powerful parties have been involved in corruption. So choosing between two was a dilemma for me. It was as if I had to choose between a snake and a crocodile as a pet. That is why I went for the so called “NO VOTE” option. I urged my friends to do so. Literally, I ran a mini campaign for this option. Despite my decision I had sub-consciously hoped that if Awami League came to power, things might change. People change and learn from their mistakes. But now I think that I was right all along. As soon as they came to power JCL, the student wing of the ruling party, took over the Chittagong University as if it was some kind of a business. Awami League must be forgetting the promises they had made before the election. They are underestimating the power of the general public. I guess just like BNP next election will mean end for Awami League as well.

Digital bus ticketing

I have just come across a news item published in your esteemed daily on 28 Jan 09 titled "'Six bus operators eye Digital Ticketing' seek govt spaces for stations".

Student politics

I would like to draw the attention of the prime minister of Bangladesh to the fact that there are two immediate apparent reasons that student politics should be banned in our country.

Empowerment of Women With Disabilities

Bangladesh is a developing country in the world where the majority of people live in the villages in poverty. The population stands at 5 million people. According to a data of World Health Organization (WHO), 10% of the people are with some types of disabilities in Bangladesh. Of this disabled people, 50% are disabled women.

Doctors' responsibilities and negligence

When people fall ill or meet with an accident a doctor's helping hand is just like a lamp in a dark tunnel. People throughout the world respect the physicians from their core of heart for their services. But these days we see that doctors in our country are only running after money and service is not the first priority to them.

War criminals and the trial

Top of the news of this week is the trial of the war criminals of 1971. Undoubtedly, it is a great decision of the government. We the Bangladeshi people have been waiting for the day for 38 years. This process was strongly supported by the CTG, and for this reason I want to give heartiest thanks to the CTG. We know that most of the senior Jamaat leaders are blamed for this war crime. How the trial will be directed? My question is, if an AL leader is found involved in this incidence then whether the trial would be fair or not? According to "SUJON" an AL leader was also involved in the crime.

Law and order

Suddenly there has been a change in the law and order situation in the country.

Load shedding

It is bad news for us, that though it is winter season we face load shedding. Not only in the villages, but also in the cities we see this problem. Load shedding is a national problem. At the time of the caretaker government this problem was acute. They could not ensure electricity. Now a new govt. is in power. They promised to solve electricity problem.

Baitul Mukarram Mosque

The problem at Baitul Mukarram remains unresolved. The Khatib was appointed by the outgoing caretaker government. We do not know on what basis a Khatib is appointed and by whom? Why was it not possible for the CTG to confirm the acting Khatib? I think the shadow of deliberate misrule (?) of the CTG is still haunting our society and might eventually spread all over. The activities of the then law and religious ministry needs to be reviewed and made public.

Ban student politics

After the national election of December 29, most of the campuses of the public universities of Bangladesh have become very turbulent. The rank and file of BCL have become desperate to establish their supremacy. The tug of war has destabilized the congenial atmosphere of the prominent educational institutions of our country. Actually, student politics is a great setback to the educational progress in our country. The general students cannot carry on with their studies smoothly due to nefarious student politics.

International

Laws of war violated by Israel in Gaza

Human rights groups are seeking to build a case that Israel and Hamas violated the laws of war during the fighting last month in this tiny coastal territory a charge both combatants reject.

Lanka says no letup in offensive on Tigers

Sri Lanka's prime minister said yesterday government forces will not suspend an offensive against Tamil Tiger rebels, rejecting calls for a ceasefire by donor countries concerned by reports of growing civilian casualties.

Israel stops Lebanese Gaza aid ship

The Israeli navy yesterday intercepted and boarded a Gaza-bound Lebanese aid boat at sea and was escorting it to the Israeli port of Ashdod, Defence Minister Ehud Barak said.

UN chief vows Benazir probe to 'expose' killers

A United Nations investigation into the killing of former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto will expose her assassins "and bring them to justice," the organisation's chief said Wednesday.

Pakistan must go 'further and faster' on Mumbai probe: Britain

Pakistan must go "further and faster" in prosecuting those suspected of being involved in November's attacks on the Indian city of Mumbai, British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said Wednesday.

Passengers relieved as 'hijacked' train reaches Ranchi

Passengers on the New Delhi-Ranchi Garib Rath express, which witnessed a high voltage drama after it was 'hijacked' by a drunk driver, heaved a sigh of relief after the train safely reached Ranchi railway station yesterday.

Cluster bomb use in Lanka may be war crime: Amnesty

International rights group Amnesty International Wednesday condemned the cluster bombing of a hospital in northern Sri Lanka, where government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels are locked in combat.

Suicide attack in Iraqi restaurant kills 12

At least 12 people were killed in a suicide attack on a restaurant in the Iraqi province of Diyala, northeast of Baghdad, on Thursday, local officials told AFP.

Dam may have triggered China quake: Scientist

Pressure from a dam, its reservoir's heavy waters weighing on geologic fault lines, may have helped trigger China's devastating earthquake last May, some scientists say, in a finding that suggests human activity played a role in the disaster.

Mystery man gives away cash in New York

He won't say his name, hides his face, and hands cash to anyone who asks in the middle of New York.

Arts & Entertainment

Rupantar Going beyond Mahabharat

Referring to the epic "Mahabharata," Abu Sayeed's latest film "Rupantar" follows 'the film within a film' genre. Young filmmaker Arif (played by Ferdaus) wants to make a film titled "Gurudakkhina," based on the tragedy of Eklavya.

Theatre for the masses

Organised by Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation (BGTF), the National Street Theatre Festival is drawing crowds at the Central Shaheed Minar premises. On the fourth day of the weeklong festival, "Research" by Nibedita Natyangan; "Fakir Alir Gayebi Janaza" by Kheyali Natyagosthi; "Narai" by Vision Theatre and "Dagdha" by Natua were staged. With an attempt to entertain the audience, the plays addressed issues like democracy, battling fundamentalism and call for global peace.

National Street Theatre Festival ‘09 ends in Barisal

The three-day Jatiyo Patho Natok Utshab '09 (National Street Theatre Festival) in Barisal ended on February 4.

Oscar Nominee Spotlight: Sean Penn

The 48-year old Sean Penn might be easily ruffled off screen, but he hands in consistently stellar performances time after time.

Washing away the sins

The historic 'Ganga Snan,' a religious ritual of the Hindu community at Janhobi Muni Ashram of Tartipur Maha Shamshan in Chapainawabganj, ended amidst much festivity recently.

Channel i and ETV Bangla announce new talent hunts

After the success of “Channel i Shera Kontho” and with “Khudey Gaan Raaj” nearing its end, Channel i is embarking on another talent hunt project, says a press release.

OP-ED

Digital Bangladesh

BANGLADESH is being promised a digital future. In fact, the tagline of the landmark election victory of Awami League was a promise of digital Bangladesh by 2021. BNP also promised to implement digital Bangladesh sooner than 2021. Our intellectuals have started advising the government about how to implement digital Bangladesh, and opposition rhetoric locked horns with the government about who can make Bangladesh digital faster.

Let there be rule of law

WE have a lot of democracy loving people these days waxing eloquent on how Hasina and the government could have earned political mileage if they had been more accommodative towards the opposition in the parliament. The speakers in a talk show on a TV channel sounded so committed to democracy and constitutional rule. The issues discussed left me with the impression that perhaps Hasina and her government have fallen short of the democratic behaviour expected of them.

Independent operators or team players

THE government has put together a team of key players in various ministries to bring change to the people of Bangladesh. Like Obama, who promised sweeping changes, the Bangladesh government has also pledged many changes so that the dividends of development can flow to the grassroots level. Notably, new faces have been brought into the cabinet, replacing the old guard tainted with various allegations. Impressively, important portfolios have been given to women: a remarkable and desirable development indeed, and a tribute to their long-ignored capabilities.

StarTech

The first DI house in Dhaka

Bangladesh film and television industries have long been deprived of many digital advancements going on in the world. A technological change was badly needed for the industry. Well, the wait for change seems to come to an end as 'bioscopewala' a digitised filmmaking solution claimed to be the first of its kind - has started giving solution with its Digital Intermediate (DI) house in Bangladesh.

Automated Ctg customs house shines

Chittagong Customs House earns the country a huge amount of revenue as it deals with tax and duties on the products exported and imported through the country's largest maritime port in Chittagong.

Hot deals in winter chill

Laptops are taking over desktops in Bangladesh. To heighten up the trend of owning a laptop, 'Zoom Laptop Fair 2009' kicked off on Wednesday at the Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in the capital.



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