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News of: Monday, 16th of February, 2009

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54 ordinances to be made law

The special committee of parliament yesterday made its final recommendation for ratifying 54 ordinances out of 122 promulgated just before and during the immediate past caretaker government.

Food rationing for all on the cards

Prime Minister (PM) Sheikh Hasina yesterday said her government is going to introduce general rationing system so that all sections of people can cope with the prices of essentials like rice, pulses, oils and baby foods.

Much ado about nothing

The recent arrest of two alleged Razakars in Rajshahi apparently gives the impression that the government has started the process of war criminals' trial, although it has yet to make a formal move to that end.

Rally at JS to block upazila ordinance

Treasury bench lawmakers in parliament yesterday opposed ratification of Local Government (upazila parishad) (amendment) Ordinance 2008, and supported a proposal for block allocation of development fund to lawmakers.

Make sure JCD men make no money

Grassroots leaders of BNP have urged the party high-command to stop leaders of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) from "making money using party name" and hand over its leadership to general students so that honest and competent leaders can emerge.

Court directives not followed in probes

None of the investigation officers (IOs) did follow the court's specific directives in the 10-truckload of arms haul case rather they allegedly skipped all the vital points during their investigations creating uncertainty to unearth the real mystery of the country's largest-ever arms haul incident.

Foreign aid flow may drop on meltdown

The revised budget for the current fiscal year estimates that the country will receive $2.02 billion aid from multilateral and bilateral donors, which is 5.6 percent less than it was projected in the original budget.

79 students, 5 teachers expelled

A total of 5,780 candidates were absent on the first day of Secondary School Certificate (SSC), Dakhil and SSC vocational examinations while 79 students and five teachers were expelled for resorting to unfair means.

By-polls in 7 seats on March 30

By-elections to seven parliamentary constituencies vacated by four top leaders will be held on March 30, the Election Commission (EC) announced yesterday.

Ordinances chosen

The 54 ordinances chosen to be ratified in parliament are as follows: Sylhet Metropolitan Police Ordinance, 2006, Barisal Metropolitan Police Ordinance, 2006, The Code of Criminal Procedure (amendment) Ordinance, 2007, The Code of Criminal Procedure (second amendment), 2007, Speedy Trial Act (amendment) Ordinance, 2007, Criminal Law (amendment) Ordinance, 2007, Finance Ordinance, 2007, Consolidated Fund (supplementary) Ordinance, 2007, Consolidated Fund (advanced) Ordinance, 2007, Bangladesh Biman Corporation (amendment) Ordinance, 2007, Public Procurement (amendment) Ordinance, 2007, Padma Multi-purpose Bridge Project (land accusation) Ordinance, 2007, Money Laundering Prevention (amendment) Ordinance, 2007, Electoral Rolls Ordinance, 2007, Bangladesh Flag Vessels Protection (amendment ) Ordinance, 2007, The President's (remuneration and privileges) (amendment) Ordinance, 2007, The Pesticides (amendment) Ordinance, 2007, Income Tax (amendment) Ordinance, 2007, Islamic University (amendment) Ordinance, 2007, Islamic University (amendment) (amendment) Ordinance, 2007, Islami University (amendment) Ordinance, 2007, Human Rights Commission Ordinance, 2007, Income Tax (second amendment) Ordinance, 2007, Income Tax (amendment) Ordinance, 2008, Election Commission Secretariat Ordinance, 2008, Bangladesh University of Professionals Ordinance, 2008, Anti-terrorism Ordinance, 2008, Finance Ordinance, 2008, Appropriation Ordinance, 2008, Appropriation (supplementary) Ordinance, 2008, Rangpur University Ordinance, 2008, Representation of the People Order (amendment) Ordinance, 2008, Representation of the People Order (second amendment) Ordinance, 2008, Representation of the People Order (third amendment) Ordinance, 2008, Right to Information Ordinance, 2008, Bangladesh Laws (revision and declaration) (amendment) Ordinance, 2008, the Citizenship (amendment) Ordinance, 2008, Public Money and Budget Management Ordinance, 2008, Supreme Court Judges (remuneration and privileges) (amendment) Ordinance, 2008, Fertiliser Management (amendment) Ordinance, 2008, Members of the Bangladesh Public Service Commission (terms and condition of service) (amendment) Ordinance, 2008, Speedy Trial Act (amendment) Ordinance, 2008, Local Government (city corporation) Ordinance, 2008, Local Government (municipality) Ordinance, 2008, Gram Sarkar (repeal) Ordinance, 2008, National Board of Revenue (amendment) Ordinance, 2008, Public Servants (Marriage with foreign nationals) (amendment) Ordinance, 2008, Public Servant (dismissal on conviction) (amendment) Ordinance, 2008, Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (amendment) Ordinance, 2008, Consumers' Right Protection Ordinance, 2008, Dhaka Electricity Supply Authority (Desa) (amendment) Ordinance, 2008, Real Estate Development and Management Ordinance, 2008, Grameen Bank (amendment) Ordinance, 2008, and Bangladesh Shilpa Bank (amendment) Ordinance, 2008.

3 independent MPs join AL

Three MPs who contested and were elected to the 9th parliament as independent candidates joined the ruling Awami League (AL) yesterday, further bolstering its mammoth majority.

BNP to skip JS body meet too

The main opposition BNP lawmakers will abstain from meetings of parliamentary standing committees until BNP lawmaker Salauddin Quader Chowdhury is included in the special committee as a member.

Boy got stepmother, then his death

Five-year-old boy Shuvo, who suffered fatal burns at the hands of his stepmother, died of his wounds yesterday morning after fighting for his life for almost a month.

2 accused remanded again

Two of the prime accused in sensational Chittagong 10-truck arms haul case --Hafizur Rahman and Din Mohammad-- were yesterday placed on a 5-day remand each for further interogation.

Witnesses to tell court today Minister Latif's polls role

The witnesses in the case filed against Fisheries and Livestock Minister Abdul Latif Biswas, his daughter and several Awami League leaders for violating the code of conduct in January 22 upazila polls will appear before the court today.

Killer brother sent to jail

Drug addict youth Yunus was sent to jail yesterday by a judicial magistrate court on charge of killing his two minor sisters over a drug-related dispute.

AL men return keys of doctors' canteen

Miscreants allegedly led by a local Awami League (AL) leader yesterday returned the key of the doctors' canteen at Suhrawardi Hospital in the city which they tried to take over on Thursday.

A perfect platform for new writers

Each year Amar Ekushey Book Fair opens the window of opportunity for new writers to introduce their literary works to booklovers and thus securing a berth in writers' community.

RDA's water use model gets global recognition

Rural Development Academy (RDA), Bogra, is to present RDA-Model of Water Management at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC on February 19 for its adaptation across the globe.

Eden College student brutally killed in city

Police recovered the slit-throat body of an Eden University College student from her uncle's home in Lalbagh last night.

Another shake-up in admin

Food and Disaster Manage-ment Secretary Mollah Wahiduzzaman has been made secretary to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) in a major administrative shake-up yesterday.

Training ground in Pakistan

Pakistani news channel Geo TV has uncovered the training grounds of the terrorists who attacked Mumbai in November 2008.

US newspapers go for mission survival

The fate of US newspapers is in the news as journalists, editors, bloggers, media pundits and concerned citizens debate the future of the troubled industry.

Lankan voters back govt offensive

Sri Lanka's ruling party has won widespread public support for its war against the Tamil Tigers, local election results showed yesterday, as the military braced for a final assault on the rebels.

Editorial

Ordinances can be starting point for promised change

The government is evidently in quite a race with time. It has to dispose of, one way or the other, the 122 ordinances left by the caretaker government. Given the time constraint and also the constitutional imperative for dealing with the ordinances, even if selectively, we can suggest a three-some approach for the government's consideration.

Fishy business

There are not words to express how appalled we are at the recent report of fish being farmed from sewerage lagoons finding their way into the market and subsequently the dinner tables of many unsuspecting city families.

Starting over

IT is a pity that mutual mistrust and deep-seated animosity have characterised Indo-Bangladesh relations, much like Indo-Pakistan relations have come to be defined since partition in 1947. Ours should have been the friendliest, typical of two neighbours sharing so much in common.

Why blame Kalyan alone?

DEATHBED repentance is a charming philosophy. Is it designed to fool God, society or oneself? Since God can't be taken for a ride, and it is pointless making a fool of yourself, it must be society. Poets and seers have noticed. Hence: Aakhri waqt mein kya khaaq mussalman honge! (Become a Muslim in my last breath?) And, more mundanely, Nau sau choohe kha ke billi Haj ko chali! (After eating 900 mice, the cat is going for Haj).

Sports

Gazi Butt-ed out

Cricket Coaching School (CCS) rode on Shahbaz Butt's sparkling hundred to bring Gazi Tank down to earth with a 53-run victory in the battle of Premier Division Cricket League newcomers at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium yesterday.

Aussies under pressure

Australia will be a touring team under pressure when they arrive in South Africa Monday, according to South African captain Graeme Smith.

Aus clinch a thriller

Australia earned a thrilling one-run win over New Zealand in the one-off Twenty20 international at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday.

Prime, Orient post wins

Prime Doleshwar and Orient SC registered identical four-wicket victories while Jatrabari serrated a 61-run win in the Dhaka First Division Cricket League.

Vettori devastated

The optimism of a fortnight ago was all but absent in the New Zealand camp, with Daniel Vettori chastising his batsmen for a poorly planned run-chase and describing Sunday night's Twenty20 defeat as "devastating." The Black Caps began their one-day tour of Australia with two victories, but closed out with disappointing losses in the final two completed 50-over matches and a tight one-run loss in the Twenty20 international.

Mahela seeks a winning bye

Mahela Jayawardene said he was looking forward to the challenge of facing Pakistan in a tough two-Test series starting next week, after which he will step down as Sri Lankan captain.

It started in India, Ponting

Australia skipper Ricky Ponting has admitted that one of the most challenging summers of his career which he had just completed, started with the tour of India in October last year.

Local Snippets

Jahangirnagar University made a good start in the Inter-University Cricket Championship beating Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) by nine wickets in the opening match at the Jagannath Hall ground in Dhaka University yesterday.

England 47/0

West Indies won the toss and chose to field on the opening day of the third Test against England on Sunday at the Antigua Recreation Ground (ARG).

Eto'o brace saves Barca

Samuel Eto'o scored twice as leaders Barcelona came from two goals down to preserve their 22-match unbeaten league run with a 2-2 draw at Real Betis on Saturday.

Di Vaio on fire

Serie A top scorer Marco Di Vaio netted his 16th goal of the season to earn lowly Bologna a 1-1 draw at Napoli on Saturday.

City crash on the road

Mark Hughes has admitted that Manchester City are not getting their money's worth from misfiring Brazilian Robinho.

Hertha hell for Bayern

Hertha Berlin's Ukrainian striker Andrey Voronin fired his side to the top of the Bundesliga on Saturday with both goals which sealed a 2-1 win over Bayern Munich.

Anelka hits treble

Nicolas Anelka scored three times in the last 15 minutes to lift Chelsea to a 3-1 victory at Watford on Saturday and avoid embarrassing FA Cup defeat.

Hertha on cloud nine

Hertha Berlin striker Andrey Voronin admitted he was on cloud nine after firing his side to the top of the Bundesliga with both goals as Bayern Munich were beaten 2-1 on Saturday.

Emerton out for season

Blackburn Rovers' Australian midfielder Brett Emerton says recovering from a serious knee injury will be one of the biggest tests of his career.

Robinho upset at Scolari sack

Chelsea were wrong to sack Luiz Felipe Scolari according to the Brazilian's compatriot Robinho.

Murray shocks Nadal

Andy Murray survived a contest riddled with seven breaks of serve in the second set to win the Rotterdam Open 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 over Rafael Nadal here on Sunday.

Strauss wants result

England captain Andrew Strauss says his side can take advantage of what should be a result wicket in Antigua in the third Test against the West Indies that started on Sunday.

What about Zim: NZC

Justin Vaughan, New Zealand Cricket's (NZC) chief executive, has sought clarification of his country's stance on touring Zimbabwe ahead of a scheduled visit later this year.

Sania finishes runner-up

Sania Mirza's quest for her second WTA singles title continued after the Indian ace went down fighting 5-7, 1-6 against world number five and top seed Vera Zvonareva in the final of the US$ 220,000 Pattaya Open here on Sunday.

Symonds woes not to go away

Troubled Australia all-rounder Andrew Symonds's playing career has once come under cloud after he was forced to remain off the field with a sore knee on the first day of the Sheffield Shield match between Queensland and South Australia at Adelaide Oval on Saturday.

Kirmani no fan of Dhoni's technique

Syed Kirmani, the former India wicketkeeper, has criticised the wicketkeeping technique of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. He said Dhoni lacked the "copybook basics" of a wicketkeeper and said the flaws were not attracting attention because the Indian team has been in top form in recent months.

Business

DSE to open window for laggard shares

Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) is expected to open a separate window for share trading of non-performing companies under Z category or low quality ones in a bid to discourage investors to bet on these issues, according to a DSE decision taken yesterday.

Stocks stay in the black

Stocks finished higher yesterday, paced by institutional and retail investors' buying spree amid hopes of a gradual easing of volatility in the market.

Rupayan set to offer 800 low-cost flats in N'ganj

Rupayan Housing Estate Ltd has constructed around 800 small and medium-sized apartments at a satellite township in Narayanganj that the company officials said were built targeting the middle-class families as clients.

A lingering global meltdown to hurt remittance

Remittance from Bangladeshi migrant workers and export earnings will seriously be affected if the global recession lingers, Bangladesh Economic Association (BEA) President Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad said yesterday.

Crisis leaves Dubai migrant workers out in the cold

Low-paid Asian workers who toil long days to build the skyscrapers of Dubai have become the latest victims of the global financial crisis as companies run short of business and money.

Fiscal measures to help SMEs

Small and medium enterprises are likely to get some relief under fiscal measures in the budget for next year.

Plastic goods makers demand lifting of SRO on imports

Plastic goods manufacturers yesterday demanded that the government withdraw the statutory regulatory order (SRO) on 'import under bond not for sale' and the bank guarantee required for the import of plastic raw materials.

Focus more on employment than inflation

The government should put more emphasis on employment generation as its primary task than on minimising inflationary pressure, said Prof Wahiduddin Mahmud on Saturday.

Textiles turning green in Asia

Green-friendly fabrics may be expensive, but increasing consumer demand for the environmentally-correct is now forcing Asia's textile giants to go the extra mile to produce clean cloth.

Tuna industry caught in global crisis net

Lito Vargas surveys the day's catch of yellowfin tuna as they slide down the steel gutting table at the bustling port at General Santos city in the southern Philippines.

Asian currencies mixed

Asian currencies ended the week mixed against the dollar after a major economic stimulus unveiled by Washington disappointed markets.

Chinese shoe industry in Karnaphuli EPZ soon

A Chinese company will set up a shoe accessories manufacturing industry in the extension area (CSD) of Karnaphuli Export Processing Zone with an investment of US$ 24.217 million.

Investment seminar in S'pore tomorrow

Bangladesh High Commission, Singapore is going to organise a half-day seminar on trade and investment opportunities in Bangladesh at International Enterprise (IE) Singapore office tomorrow.

BritishBengal Ctg branch opens

BritishBengal Securities Limited (BBSL), a Britain-Bangladesh joint venture stock brokerage house and a corporate member of Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE), has opened its first branch office outside Dhaka here yesterday with pledges to contribute to the country's economic progress through pragmatic stock trading.

Tk 15.92cr BKB loans for Pirojpur farmers in Jul-Dec

Bangladesh Krishi Bank disbursed loans amounting to Tk 15.92 crore among 6,301 farmers in the district in first six months of the current fiscal year.

Mobile phone industry gears up for Barca gathering

The mobile phone industry recently reached the milestone of its four billionth connection worldwide, but the cold winds of economic crisis will chill celebrations at the sector's biggest annual gathering this week.

RCCI gets new president

Abu Bakkar has been elected unopposed the president of Rajshahi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) and Khondoker Hafizur Rahman and Imrul Kayes vice presidents.

Crisis raises social unrest risk in Asia

The global economic crisis heightens the potential for social unrest in Asia, where millions of people suddenly out of work will demand governments take swift and decisive action, analysts say.

ADB DDG in town

Frederick Roche, deputy director general (South Asia department) of Asian Development Bank (ADB), arrived in Dhaka yesterday on a four-day visit, according to a press release.

SAFA's new executive scy

South Asian Federation Of Accountants (SAFA) has elected CR Mazumder, former vice president of Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB), as the new executive secretary of SAFA for the year 2009, according to a press release.

Obama signs $787b stimulus bill tomorrow

Savouring his first big victory in Congress, President Barack Obama on Saturday celebrated the newly passed $787 billion economic stimulus bill as a "major milestone on our road to recovery."

Japan to launch fresh stimulus package

Japan is to launch a fresh stimulus package as the world's second largest economy faces a sizeable contraction, a ruling party official and local media said.

GM, Chrysler viability plans head to Washington next week

General Motors and Chrysler are due to present the US Treasury Department with a viability plan next week describing how they can return to profitability and repay 13.4 billion dollars in government loans.

China eyes resources security with Rio deal

China's record investment in a foreign firm has underlined the nation's drive to get more control over the natural resources that have helped fuel its rapid rise, analysts say.

Metropolitan

Democratic atmosphere a must for human rights

Eliminating poverty alone cannot ensure human rights in a country, rather bodies like judiciary, national human rights commission (NHRC), and anti-corruption commission (ACC) must be made functional with full independence to ensure human rights, said the speakers at a discussion in the city yesterday.

Make ordinance a law for people's interest

The Real Estate Development and Management Ordinance 2008 must be ratified into law to preserve people's interests, a number of different organisations called upon the government and parliamentary special committee yesterday.

Build prosperous Bangladesh

President Zillur Rahman has urged all irrespective of parties and opinions for building a prosperous country by upholding the democratic process in the spirit of the liberation war.

Language movement veterans honoured

Language movement veterans of the country were honoured at a programme in the city yesterday for their gallant role in the historic event that triggered the liberation war in 1971.

Poignant story of Selina touches many hearts

Touched by the poignant story of 60-year-old Selina Majumdar, scores of readers called The Daily Star office yesterday to know how to help her.

Candidature of elected chairman illegal

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday declared illegal and void the candidature of Yusuf Jamil Babu, who was elected chairman of Daudkandi Upazila in Comilla in January 22 upazila election.

Keep continuity of ordinance

Leaders of different NGO and civil society organisations yesterday urged the government to keep continuation of the ordinance related to local government commission.

Engage in creative works

Speakers at a seminar yesterday said university teachers should engage themselves in creative works and writing.

Introduce rights-based dev programmes

Speakers at the inaugural function of the 5th national leadership training workshop yesterday underscored the need for introducing rights-based development programmes in the country.

Turkey keen to train nurses

Turkey has shown keen interest to impart training to the country's health sector manpower, particularly nurses, under a bilateral cooperation agreement.

VAT on health services: HC rule on govt

The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule upon the government to explain why the rules of Value Added Tax (VAT) Act 1991 in realising VAT from the citizens in health services should not be declared illegal.

Book on MN Larma launched

Speakers at a book publication ceremony yesterday called on the indigenous people to carry on the movement to establish their rights in the spirit of their late leader Manabendra Narayan Larma.

Two mobile libraries open

Bangladesh Sangskriti Kendra yesterday launched two mobile libraries for readers who can read books under 700 titles worth Tk seven lakh are available for the readers.

Braille books of rhymes launched

Two books of rhymes in Braille system were launched for the first time in the country yesterday for the visually challenged children.

38 officials transferred

The government in a major reshuffle yesterday transferred 38 officials of the education ministry, including two top officials of the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE) and National Academy of Education Management (NAEM).

Osmani's 25th anniversary of death today

Today is the 25th death anniversary of General MAG Osmani, commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces during the war of liberation.

29 shanties gutted in Ctg

Twenty-nine shanties and thatched houses and properties worth around Tk 4 lakh were gutted in a fire at Shaheed Abdur Rab Railway Colony in Chittagong yesterday.

Khulna Power Station out of order again

Khulna Power Station (KPS) went out of order again on Saturday night as the plant had caught fire.

Orientation for MPs begins Feb 22

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate a four-day orientation programme for members of the 9th parliament at Sonargaon Hotel on February 22 to provide a forum to discuss the challenges facing the current parliament.

4 journos beaten up by students at DU

Students of fine arts faculty at Dhaka University (DU) yesterday beat up four journalists allegedly for humiliating a senior teacher of the faculty.

364 AL aspirants buy nomination forms

A total of 364 aspirants bought nomination forms for the reserved seats for women in the parliament from the Awami League office at Dhanmondi in the city in last two days.

Condition of Gaziul Haque improves

Condition of Language Movement veteran Gaziul Haque has improved as he regained consciousness and now can communicate with others.

Talks with Myanmar stressed

The government considers it is important to hold bilateral meeting with Myanmar to speed up the repatriation process of the Rohingya refugees living in two camps of Cox's Bazar.

Jamaat condemns propaganda against leaders

Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami yesterday condemned the 'malicious propaganda' against its leaders by calling them war criminals and seeking for their trial.

Ittefaq's terminated staffs demand dues

Dainik Ittefaq Chakrichuto (terminated) Sangbadik-Sramik-Karmachari Sangram Parishad staged a protest rally in front of the Ittefaq building yesterday demanding payment of their dues.

'Announce election date'

Unit commanders of 64 districts of Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad command council yesterday demanded announcement of an election date for the council as soon as possible.

Ex-CCF Osman, DCC commissioner Chy Alam get bail

The High Court (HC) yesterday granted ad-interim bail to former chief conservator of forest (CCF) Osman Gani and Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) Ward Commissioner Chowdhury Alam in two separate corruption cases filed by the Anti-corruption Commission (ACC).

Hearing on power plant case stalled till Apr 19

The High Court (HC) yesterday adjourned the hearing on its earlier ruling until April 19 asking for explanation of the proceedings of the barge-mounted power plant corruption case against Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and others.

Court orders to return passports of BD Foods chairman

A Dhaka court on Thursday ordered to return the passports of BD Foods Limited Chairman Badruddoza Chowdhury Momen for going abroad for treatment that were earlier seized in connection with trafficking of 22.5kg heroin to the UK in December 2004.

Pro-AL C&F agents clash at ZIA: 10 hurt

At least 10 people were injured in clashes between two factions of the pro-Awami League (AL) workers of Clearing and Forwarding Agents' Association in Zia International Airport yesterday.

USEF students block road

Over 150 students of a technical school yesterday put up a barricade on Dholpur Road at Jatrabari in the city as the house owner of the school locked their school yesterday morning.

Road crash kills SSC examinee

A Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinee was killed in a road accident on his way to Kumira Girls School examination centre at Tala upazila in Satkhira yesterday.

Titas Employees' Union executives

Md Motaleb Howlader and Md Saiful Islam were elected president and general secretary of the new committee of Titas Gas Employees' Union, says a press release.

National

Verdict in Kazi Aref murder case not executed in 10 yrs

Verdict in Jatyia Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) president and freedom fighter Kazi Aref Ahmed murder case could not be executed 10 years into the killing as the appeal hearing of the case remains pending with the Appellate Division.

Families of victims, villagers narrate the role of 2 in '71

Families of the 15 victims of 1971 war and villagers narrated the role of two alleged killers arrested on Friday and demanded their speedy trial.

Half of TR project fund gobbled up

About half of over Tk 1 crore allocated for several development works under 'Test Relief'” (TR) programme in Dhunat upazila under Bogra district has been allegedly misappropriated.

Nobody inquires about my welfare now

Language Movement veteran septuagenarian Shafiar Rahman goes to the local Shaheed Minar on 21st February every year to place wreath on the altar.

Fresh case filed accusing 42

Forty-two more people, including the brother of AL lawmaker Shamsur Rahman Dilu, have been sued in a fresh case filed in connection with Kamalpur char clash that left five people dead.

Pro-AL staff again lock RU steward section

Pro-Awami League officials and employees of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday again locked the steward section protesting controversial appointment of a fourth class employee at the section.

Trial of 'corrupt' woman ward councillor demanded

Hundreds of people in Sirajganj Pourasabha yesterday brought out a procession in the town protesting alleged corruption, irregularities and land grabbing by a woman ward councilor.

Letters

Water management for agriculture

I am referring to two articles published recently in your daily. The first one entitled “Understanding Bangladesh from a Neighbour's Door” (Jan 24,09) by Nitish Sengupta and Arindam Banik from India, the second one entitled “Better Water Management for improved livelihood” (Jan 31, 09) by Muhammad Zamir of Bangladesh.

Murali the greatest

The Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan on 5 February became the highest wicket taker in one-day internationals, darkening Pakistani pace legend Wasim Akram's world record of 502 wickets. The legendary off-spinner dismissed Indian opener Gautam Gambhir to become the most successful bowler in the history of the game as he already holds the record of the most Test wickets (769) in 125 matches.

Textbook crisis

The AL-led grand alliance assumed power at the beginning of this year and soon has been faced with a veritable challenge which has been plaguing Bangladesh for the last several years - textbook crisis.

Do something for them

We know about the first time successful but second time unsuccessful candidates of 27th BCS. This is the fourth month of stay & movement of the candidates on the Shahid Minar premises. In addition, it has to be mentioned that they have started the hunger strike unto death again and this is the second hunger strike. This is really a matter of great disappointment & regret that this issue is still unresolved. This is inhumane silence. The candidates are passing their days amid uncertainty and helplessness under the open sky.

Seats in parliament

This was mentioned in the front-page report on 1st February, in a national English daily. It was stated that Mr. M.K. Anwar said this in his press briefing about the seat arrangement that has "FRIGHTENED THEM", about the future of this term of parliament; where the BNP seems to have adopted a non-functioning , but all benefit enjoying, role!

Scientific family

Dr. Moyra McDeal is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at a famous university in Canada. In an international conference on science and technology held in July 2002 at the congress hall in Ottawa, she introduced herself as member of a scientific family. She belongs to a five member family and a scientific happy couple. All members in her family are scientifically qualified. She was discussing on scientific advancement drawing examples from her own family. She tried to show how scientific couple can enhance the efforts of developing scientific family and scientific community in a country. It was a unique presentation for learning and picking ideas particularly for participants attending from developing countries. After a long gap of seven years, Dr. Moyra's suggestions seem very effective for us all.

Foreign training

It is good news that the PD of TQI-SEP has got the award for running his project well. Training is essential for professional development. So, teacher educators of TT colleges are going abroad for getting training on their professional development. Some teachers did the same with the previous projects but most of the teachers were transferred to general colleges just after the training and the training was not suitable for the general colleges and some teachers went to retirement just after getting the training.

The universe and the Creator

In plain words the universe means the sky - the whole firmament that man finds spread over him, day and night, in which the sun shines in the day and the moon and countless stars glitter at night, which amazes him even when he sees it with the bare eye, but which appears as vast, limitless when he looks at it through the telescope. It seems to be starting from nowhere and ending nowhere. Millions of times larger planets than our earth are moving in it like tiny balls; thousands of times brighter stars than our sun are shining in it, our entire solar system is located in a comer of its only one galaxy; only in this one galaxy there exist at least three thousand million other stars like our own sun, and man's observation has so far discovered one million such galaxies. Out of the lakhs of galaxies, our nearest neighbouring galaxy is so distant from us that its light reaches the earth in ten lakh years travelling at the speed of 186,000 miles per second. This shows the vastness of that part of the Universe which has so far been observed and explored by man. As to how vast is the entire Universe of Allah, we have no means to estimate and judge. If about the God Who has brought this huge and wonderful Universe into being, this tiny talking animal, called man, who creeps the earth, asserts that He cannot recreate him once again after death, it would be due to narrowness of his own mind. The power of the Creator of the Universe would not at all be affected by it !

Law and order situation

Recently, the law and order situation has taken a dramatic downslide in the country. Every day the dailies are filled with news of murders, rape and all sorts of crimes. Surely, this is not the change people prayed for while installing the new democratic government. The caretaker govt., although undemocratic and laden with a list of failure records, could at least boast of the considerably improved law and order situation. A developed Bangladesh means not only the cyber amenities, but also providing security to every citizen with regard to his or her life, honour and property.

Western materialism

I am writing in response to Alamgir Khan's "The world house'' published in The Daily Star on 8 July 2008.

Doctor's blunder

Death is inevitable. The only truth. As we are born, so we die. Accordingly, our friend, our younger sister, lost her life on 25th Jan night at a hospital in Mirpur. But it is not acceptable when a healthy sparkling young woman dies because of appendicitis surgery. It is known to all that appendicitis surgery is a very normal procedure but it is very complicated if not taken care of properly.

Swimming in recession

With the news of slashing of jobs almost every now and then in big multinationals like Toyota, Harley-Davidson and many others, millions worldwide are swimming in the current critical recession. We often hear of dim forecasts by giant corporations and their big stories of huge losses. Experts and analysts are anticipating many a drowning cases in multi dimensional fields in the coming days and red signals of a global meltdown are already on the cards. Different nations have already rolled out various financial packages to fight against this crucial situation of economic downturn which expects many small and big businesses to go off and kick a rise in the level of unemployment.

Minister

Now that a case has been filed against Mr. Abdul Latif Biswas (DS, February 06), the Fisheries and Livestock Minister, for causing gross violation of code of conduct in January 22 upazila election, the minister should immediately resign from his cabinet post. His resignation is necessary so as to proceed with the case smoothly without any political interference. Above all, it is necessary for Mr. Biswas to show his respect for rule of law and democratic norms.

Don't hurry!

We are happy to know that US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Richard A Boucher has said that till now Dhaka and Washington did not have an active negotiation on Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (Tifa).

International

Prabhakaran alive and desperate: Bombers

Sri Lanka's elusive Tamil rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran is still in the country's north, two suicide cadres who have surrendered to the military were quoted as saying yesterday.

Hillary heads for Asia to deepen bonds

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is about to leave for Asia, pledging to deepen US bonds with the region in order to tackle the global economic crisis and climate change as well as prevent nuclear proliferation.

Pakistan may seek Kasab's custody if investigation demands

Pakistan may demand for the custody of Ajmal Kasab, the lone survivor among the accused of the Mumbai terror attacks, from India, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Saturday.

Israel PM talks Gaza truce with political leaders

Israeli Premier Ehud Olmert yesterday consulted domestic political leaders on Egyptian-brokered Gaza truce talks, a day after ruling out a ceasefire without the release of a captured soldier.

Afghanistan to take part in US strategic review

The Afghan government will take part in a US strategic review of the war in Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai said Sunday in a sign of increased cooperation at a time of strained relations.

N Korea offers olive branch to US

North Korea is ready to improve relations with countries that "treat us friendly," the communist country's No. 2 leader said Sunday ahead of a visit by US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to Asia.

China, US to resume military talks

China and the United States will resume military consultations this month that were postponed last year when Washington announced a planned weapons sale to Taiwan, state press said yesterday.

Crime steals limelight in Venezuela vote

Rising kidnappings and murders have made violent crime a deciding factor in the minds of many Venezuelans as they vote 'Yes' or 'No' in a referendum on the future of President Hugo Chavez yesterday.

Afghan president now on the defensive

Once the toast of Washington, Afghan President Hamid Karzai now finds himself on the defensive here, dogged by criticism of government corruption and questions about whether he still has friends in the White House.

Israel's Kadima calls for power-sharing deal with Likud

Israel's centrist Kadima party yesterday called for a power-sharing deal with the leader of right-wing Likud Benjamin Netanyahu amid furious haggling in the wake of tight parliamentary elections.

Obama ushers in more informal White House style

Less than a month in office, President Barack Obama has ushered in a more informal White House culture that contrasts sharply with that of his predecessor, George W. Bush.

Climate warming gases rising faster than expected

Despite widespread concern over global warming, humans are adding carbon to the atmosphere even faster than in the 1990s, researchers warned Saturday.

Taliban free captive Chinese engineer in Pakistan

Pakistani Taliban militants have freed a Chinese engineer held captive for nearly six months, officials said Sunday, as fears rose over the safety of an abducted American threatened with imminent death by his kidnappers.

Mumbai terror suspects placed on 14-day remand in Pakistan

Six suspects, including Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, commander of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terror group, allegedly involved in the Mumbai terror attacks were sent to 14-day remand by a court in Islamabad, Geo TV reported on Sunday.

Servility is Congress culture, says Amar Singh

It's still not clear which way the Congress-Samajwadi Party alliance is headed.

Muslim women face 'crisis' over violence, inequality: UN

Muslim women around the world are facing a "growing crisis" as Islamic governments fail to honour commitments to end inequality and violence against them, a senior UN official has warned.

Too many Iraqis in govt jobs: UN

Iraq is employing too many people in government jobs and a precipitous fall in oil prices makes the situation untenable, a United Nations report warned yesterday.

Australia mourns dead as fires still rage

Firefighters in ash-covered overalls joined sombre memorial services held across Australia Sunday, a week after walls of flame incinerated rural towns, killing at least 181 people.

Arts & Entertainment

Nurturing love for everything Bengali

There has always been an accusation that the English medium schools of the country are not teaching children about our culture. "The Daily Star English Medium Schools Cultural Programme" held on February 14 at the National Theatre Stage, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy was one to prove the accusation wrong. In this month of the Language Movement, students of reputed English medium schools of the city poured their heart out in songs and dance numbers -- reflecting the rich cultural heritage of the country. It was the first event of its kind to provide different English medium schools an opportunity to demonstrate that they are not bringing up "aliens" in our country.

Bemoaning the lost green

Trees represent nature; they are the silent givers of life; enhancing the beauty of our surroundings. Trees have a personal language, and some claims that they can read the agony of these life-givers. Kashef is one of them, who has tried to translate the language of nature and its various phases through photographs. Plants give us food and shelter, and persuade us to nurture peace. Kashef's recent solo photography exhibition, held at Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, delved into this aspect.

A museum that preserves common man’s heritage

Shishir Bhattacharya, renowned cartoonist and Associate Professor at Painting Department, Faculty of Fine Arts, Dhaka University visited Lokayan Museum at Accha village under Sadar upazila in Thakurgaon recently.

Gias Uddin Award: Proud winners carry home laurels

The Gias Uddin Award was introduced in 1999 in memory of the martyred intellectuals in the course of the Liberation War. The aim is to honour senior theatre activists or organisations of the Barisal region for their contribution to theatre.

Bashonto Utsab in Rajshahi

The first day of Falgun (first month of spring) was celebrated with much gusto on Rajshahi University campus and in the city with daylong colourful programmes on February 13.

Celebrating the day of love with Rabindra Sangeet

To celebrate Valentine's Day, cultural organisation Rabi Raag held a musical soiree titled “Bhalobhashar Gaan” on February 14. The programme was held at the Natmandal, Dhaka University. Highlight of the programme was renditions of romantic Rabindra Sangeet. Along with noted Tagore singer Sadi Mohammad, member artistes of the organisation performed at the programme.

Jamming with 'Voice Fair'

'Voice Fair,' a local band, hit the right note at a show at Baishakhi Mancha of Shaheed Quarter Park in the district town. The event, on February 13, was held to herald in Falgun, the first month of spring. The show, titled 'Falgun Open Concert', drew a huge audience as the function was held a day before Valentine's Day.

Yet another 'pitha utsab' in Mymensingh

A 'Pitha Utsab' was organised recently at Ideal International School and College in the district town, as part of an 'education week.'

Fantastic plastic: Barbie turns 50

New York's Fashion Week celebrated Barbie's 50th birthday last Saturday with a catwalk debut for the famous doll.

OP-ED

Why Bangladesh invests less

ECONOMIC theory stipulates that if a country wants to achieve higher economic growth it has to invest more. As investment increased in recent decades, Bangladesh's growth performance also improved, from 3.2% 1980s to 5.8% in the 2000s.

World's least original hero storms airport

ONE million new books are set to be printed globally this year. But most will come from Western countries, with almost 400,000 from just two: the UK and the US.


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