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News of: Friday, 10th of April, 2009

Front Page

BNP asked to report in detail, 9 parties warned

The Election Commission (EC) has refused to accept the poll expenditure report of BNP, terming it "incomplete", and asked the party to submit details of Tk 4.49 crore expenditures with relevant documents by April 30.

War crime trial process gets final shape

The government will assign an investigation agency within three days and prosecutors in 10 to 15 days to probe the genocide committed by the collaborators of the Pakistani occupation forces during the 1971 Liberation War, said Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday.

BNP threatens to wage movement

Senior BNP leaders yesterday said if the government does not withdraw its "illegal" decision to cancel the allotment of Khaleda Zia's cantonment house, they would forge a movement.

Ex-leaders behind BCL factional feud

Taking advantage of 'inept' central leadership of Bangladesh Chhatra League, some former student leaders are allegedly pulling the strings behind the BCL factions blamed for the recent spate of violence in educational institutions.

Speaker asks JS body to go ahead with ACC issue

Speaker Abdul Hamid yesterday asked the Committee on Public Undertakings to decide on the next course of action regarding the Anti-Corruption Commission's refusal to appear before it.

Govt's 3-yr power target may not be achieved

Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday said it is unlikely that Awami League would be able to fulfill its election pledge to raise electricty generation by 1,000 megawatts (MW) in the country by the next three years.

No action taken against misdeeds of agencies

Recruiting agencies took to shady deals in sending workers to Malaysia but remained unaccountable to anyone for their misdeeds that led to joblessness, exploitation and deportation of thousands of Bangladeshis.

Govt to amend law, follow Nuremberg Trials model

The government will follow the historic Nuremberg Trials as the model to amend the International Crimes (Tribunals) Act 1973 in the next few days to incorporate a provision for trying war criminals in absentia.

Ministers say no political motive behind govt decision

The cancellation of the allotment of BNP chairperson's cantonment house was neither politically motivated nor an act of revenge, claimed two ministers.

2 Dhaka College students held for 'abduction'

Police rescued a clearance and forwarding (C&F) agency staff who was kidnapped three days ago by some Dhaka College students and held hostage in a campus dormitory. The kidnappers had demanded Tk 1.2 lakh ransom for his release.

11 killed, 35 hurt in Bagerhat bus collision

A road accident left 11 people killed and 35 others critically injured at Chanderhat of Mollahat upazila in Bagerhat yesterday.

Khaleda to go for legal battle

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will go for a legal battle against the government decision cancelling allotment of her house in Dhaka Cantonment immediately after an official notification is issued for implementing the decision.

8 JMB men among 24 outlaws held in Rajshahi

Police captured eight outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) militants and 16 underground operatives of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) during a ten-hour special drive in Bagmara upazila yesterday.

SC clears way to hold Aman's trial

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday stayed two High Court (HC) orders that had earlier stayed the proceedings of two criminal cases against former BNP state minister Aman Ullah Aman.

Kuwait-based NGO director deported

The government on Wednesday deported Sudan national Abbas Bao, director of Bangladesh chapter of Kuwait-based NGO Revival of Islamic Heritage Society (RIHS), and asked him not return as he is an "unexpected" person in the country, sources say.

Extortionists go on rampage failing to get toll from buses

A gang of 20-25 extortionists equipped with sticks and iron rods vandalised three buses, injured two transport employees and snatched Tk 11,000 from a bus counter cash box in the city's Lalbagh yesterday.

20 injured as BCL factions clash at JNU

At least 20 activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and an assistant proctor were injured during a string of clashes between two BCL groups over establishing supremacy at Jagannath University (JNU) yesterday.

1 shot dead at manpower agent's office

Unidentified criminals sprayed bullets at the office of a recruiting agency in the city's Banani area yesterday that left its one staff killed and another injured.

52 BDR men remanded, 40 shown held

Fifty-two BDR jawans were placed on remand, 40 of whom shown arrested yesterday at the Pilkhana headquarters.

PM pledges independent, neutral EC

Prime Minister (PM) Sheikh Hasina said her government would continue its all-out support for upholding the independence and neutrality of the Election Commission (EC).

2 robbers beaten to death

Two alleged robbers were beaten to death at Maizkhar village in Chandina upazila early yesterday.

Lankan army 'kills 129 civilians' in safe area

Heavy shelling by the Sri Lankan army of a designated safe area has left 129 civilians dead and 282 wounded, the pro-Tamil Tiger website Tamilnet.com said yesterday.

Thai protesters threaten to stop Asian summit

Thai protesters threatened yesterday to stop a summit of Asian leaders going ahead this weekend, opening up a new front on the second day of mass street rallies against Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.

British police detain 10 Pak terror suspects

The British Police have arrested 12 people including 10 Pakistanis, on suspicion of having links with al-Qaeda's terror network in northwest England, the police said on Wednesday.

N Korea to revise constitution

North Korea decided to revise its constitution at a parliamentary meeting Thursday attended by leader Kim Jong-Il, his first appearance at a major public event since a reported stroke last August.

Editorial

Annulling lease on Khaleda Zia's residence

The government's sudden action in cancelling the lease on Begum Khaleda Zia's cantonment residence took us by surprise as it did everyone else. Coming only a few days after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina appealed to the Leader of the Opposition, in the Jatiyo Sangsad, to vacate her home, which was gifted by the Sattar government in 1981, the move was truly precipitate. And it was because the authorities do not appear to have waited for a response from Begum Zia to the appeal. Are we now to believe that the decision to have the former prime minister evicted from her house had already been taken and the appeal to her actually amounted to little? Even if the government had legal rights to take such action, there are standard procedures that need to be employed in handling such situations. The most basic one is for the government, through the appropriate department (in this case the cantonment board), to have served notice upon Begum Zia and given her time to respond. Had there been no response, the authorities could have gone ahead with appropriate action, including the one it has taken now.

New upazila law

Not even four-day old, the enactment of the Upazila Parishad Bill is being assailed in such a convincing manner with such outpourings of arguments that it is easily the ruling party's most controversial legislation to-date. This has already driven a wedge between the large community of elected Upazila Parishad office bearers and the large body of MPs giving rise to a conflict of stakes issue. The very working of the Upazila Parishad may have got off to an inauspicious start.

R-e-s-p-e-c-t

Men in Bangladesh take an awful lot for granted. We take it for granted that we can walk down the street without harassment. We take it for granted that we can come and go late into the night. We take it for granted that we can dress pretty much as we please. We take it for granted that we can travel alone without fear for our safety.

An eviction with conviction

I was writing about the Truth Commission this week until I saw the breaking news on television. The cabinet, in a momentous decision on Wednesday, cancelled the lease of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's cantonment residence. Politics is drifting again.

The message of the resurrection

God showed His love for mankind in the person and work of Jesus Christ. The Bible declares: "God is love" (1 John 4:16). Apostle John also wrote: "For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life" (The Gospel According to John 3:16).

Sports

Khelaghar's dream come true

In the most dramatic promotion race in the history of First Division Cricket, Khelaghar Samaj Kalyan Sangha lifted their maiden title with a six-wicket victory over fellow challengers Eskaton Sabuj Sangha at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday.

'We started a dream'

Not so long ago, football plunged into almost nothingness as the country's football chiefs, having failed to inject funds into the game, only lived on aids from football's world and Asian governing bodies. After decades of living in the oblivion, football seemed to take off with a new leadership at the helm of the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF). Still, the Kazi Salahuddin-led committee struggled to put the game on the field due to lack of financial support but then came Citycell with the biggest ever sponsorship deal in Bangladesh's football history. The Tk 16.5-crore agreement for three years has made Citycell and BFF 'partners in progress' and the outcome was evident during the Super Cup final last month when a 40,000-strong crowd enjoyed the game. It definitely proves that football is on the right track again but the sponsors think that 'they have miles to go' to build on this success. The Daily Star senior reporter Al Musabbir Sadi spoke to Citycell's Head of Marketing Dr. Anand Rajasingham at his office on Thursday about the sponsors' view on shaping football in the last few months. Here is an excerpt of that interview:

MSC to accord reception to heroes

Mohammedan Sporting Club will accord a reception to their Super Cup winning football team today.

Local Snippets

Combined SC recorded their fourth successive win to take a joint lead in the super league of the Green Delta Metropolis Second Division Hockey beating Udity Club 4-0 at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Bangladesh in tough group

Bangladesh has been placed in a tough group of Asia Cup Hockey to be held May from 9-19 in Malaysia.

Bangladesher Khela awards in May

The 'Bangladesher Khela' sports awards will be given next month in Dhaka, announced the website's chairman Reazuddin Al Mamun while exchanging views with leading sports journalists at a local hotel yesterday.

Kallis, De Villiers steer SA to 289

Jacques Kallis and AB de Villiers shared a century partnership as South Africa made a competitive total of 289 for six in the third one-day international against Australia at Newlands on Thursday.

Guus exposes Rafa

Guus Hiddink believes Chelsea are on course for the Champions League semifinals because they have found a way to expose the flaws in Liverpool's gameplan.

Kaka ambiguous

Brazilian superstar Kaka pledged his future to AC Milan in an interview published in the Gazzetta dello Sport on Thursday but left the door open to a possible departure.

Guardiola delighted

Pep Guardiola may have been banished to the stands but he could not hide his delight after his Barca side crushed Bayern Munich 4-0 at Camp Nou on Wednesday to all but book their place in the Champions League semifinals.

Klinsmann under-fire

Jurgen Klinsmann came out fighting on Thursday, 24 hours after overseeing Bayern Munich's chastening Champions League loss to Barcelona.

L'pool sweat on Gerrard

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is sweating over the fitness of captain Steven Gerrard after the England midfielder finished the Champions League defeat against Chelsea hampered by a groin injury.

MU paid 1.5m to Macheda's family

Lazio president Claudio Lotito on Wednesday claimed that Manchester United paid Federico Macheda's family 1.5 million euros to prise the star striker away from the Italian capital.

Terry fumes over booking

John Terry insists he should never have been given the booking that rules him out of Chelsea's Champions League quarterfinal second leg against Liverpool.

Romania sack Piturca

Victor Piturca was on Thursday sacked as Romania coach after a disappointing run of results that looks to have derailed the country's bid to appear at next year's World Cup.

Safina set to take over Serena

Russia's Dinara Safina will depose Serena Williams as world number one, despite never having won a Grand Slam title.

Watson surprised

Shane Watson didn't see it coming. Stationed in Johannesburg with the Rajasthan Royals, the Australian allrounder was caught completely off-guard when Michael Brown, Cricket Australia's operations manager, phoned on Wednesday to inform him of his recall to the national squad for the one-day tour of Pakistan.

Cooling period for rebels

Following a dramatic flip-flop by the Pakistan Cricket Board over picking three ICL players in its list of probables for the ICC World Twenty20, a top PCB official told Cricinfo that administrators are considering a "cooling period" ranging between six to 12 months for players who wish to return to national teams from the unauthorised league.

Roger changes his mind

Roger Federer has reversed his initial decision and will now take part in the opening claycourt tournament of the season, the Monte Carlo Masters, organisers said Thursday.

Farhat confirms their stance

Lahore Badshahs opener Imran Farhat has dismissed suggestions that Pakistani players in the ICL wanted to end their contracts and play for the national side again given the unofficial league's uncertain future.

More seeds stumble out

Austrian Jurgen Melzer and Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, who had been the highest remaining seeds at the ATP US Clay Court Championships, were each ousted in straight sets here on Wednesday.

Sajid raring for Ashes

Forgotten England bowler Sajid Mahmood believes he can be an Ashes winner this summer by providing the Test cutting edge Andrew Strauss's team is desperately missing.

Business

Generators take local root

Sales of generators are rising on frequent outages and an electricity shortage in the country with local businesses increasingly getting involved in assembling and making parts of the power devices amid approaching summer.

BGMEA seeks buyers' cooperation

Readymade garment exporters in a parley with international buyers in Dhaka yesterday sought their cooperation in raising the trade volume in the face of global recession.

State banks stick to old deposit rates

Four state-owned banks will keep the previous interest rates on fixed deposits, two top bankers said yesterday.

DSE proposes tax-free investment of undisclosed money

Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) has sought government's nod to a tax-free investment of undisclosed money in the capital market in order to make it vibrant.

Wal-Mart's sales up on bargain hunting

Consumers continued to shop cautiously in March, still sticking mostly to necessities such as food, but there were some glimmers of stabilisation in retailers' sales reports on Thursday.

Japan set for $150b stimulus spending

Japan announced Thursday plans for record stimulus spending of 150 billion dollars and millions of new jobs as Prime Minister Taro Aso seeks to revive the economy with key elections looming.

Govt to maintain good reserve of food: Matia

The government will have to maintain a good reserve of food grains to ensure food security for the poor, said the agriculture minister yesterday.

Asean agrees on contributions to emergency fund

Southeast Asian nations Thursday finalised their contributions to a multi-billion-dollar emergency currency swap fund to help out struggling nations, Thailand's finance minister said.

New US weekly jobless claims slide 3pc

New US jobless claims fell a steeper than expected three percent last week but still remained at a 26-year high amid the recession, government data showed Thursday.

BanglaLion pays WiMax acquisition fee

BanglaLion Communication, a WiMax licensee, said it has paid the due license acquisition fee to the telecom watchdog, ensuring the company's plan to launch the first ever-high speed broadband internet service in Bangladesh.

Dutch bank to sell off $10b in operations

ING NV, the Dutch bank and insurer, said Thursday it plans to sell operations it says could raise up to euro8 billion ($10.6 billion).

German output falls 2.9pc in February

German industrial output fell 2.9 percent in February from January, the economy ministry said Thursday, as demand for goods from Europe's largest economy dried up amid the global recession.

Nano goes on sale in India

The world's cheapest car went on sale on Thursday, with dealers and the company behind it confident of strong demand despite a slump in global car sales amid the world economic downturn.

Forex reserve reaches record high

The country's foreign exchange reserve rose to a record high at US$ 6.23 billion yesterday, thanks to the global recession that helped reduce the import expenditures.

Financial derivatives and garments industry

Financial derivatives have revolutionised mathematical and practical finance. The 1973 seminal paper of F Black and M Scholes has created, within a few decades, what is literally a multi-trillion dollar derivatives market. Derivatives have vastly expanded the domain of finance and created many new opportunities for economic growth. Derivatives play a key role in optimising the utilisation of assets, minimising risks and maximising returns on investments.

Fed sees no economic recovery this year

The Federal Reserve no longer sees signs of recovery this year from a prolonged recession and only weak growth in 2010, minutes of a policy-setting meeting said Wednesday.

World stocks win back ground

World stock markets advanced Thursday, with Asia boosted by a record new stimulus package in Japan and Europe lifted by overnight US gains before a British interest rate call and the Easter break.

Oil shoots up

Oil prices jumped on Thursday, continuing to draw support from a smaller-than-expected rise in crude reserves in key energy consumer the United States, analysts said.

India's inflation falls to 0.26pc

India's inflation rate slipped closer to zero, official data showed Thursday, giving the central bank more room to cut interest rates to bolster a flagging economy.

Germany unveils first bank nationalisation

Germany launched Thursday its first bank nationalisation since the republic's birth in 1949, with a key US shareholder set to pay a high price as officials try to stabilise financial markets.

Bank of England holds interest rates at record-low 0.5pc

The Bank of England said Thursday it had held interest rates at a record-low of 0.5 percent and had so far pumped 26 billion pounds of new money into the economy under ongoing "quantitative easing."

Malaysia's industrial output drops 14.7pc

Malaysian industrial output dropped 14.7 percent year-on-year in February amid declines in the manufacturing, mining and electricity sectors, according to official data released Thursday.

Metropolitan

'Develop railway through proper management'

The newly formed National Committee to Protect and Develop Railway and Waterways called on the government to improve the management of Bangladesh Railway instead of handing it over to the private sector.

Govt plans country's own satellite: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh (PM) Hasina yesterday unveiled a major plan of her government to install country's own satellite for modernizing its communications system.

JICA team due tomorrow

A five-member team of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) arrives here tomorrow on a fact-finding mission for implementation of the first phase of Chittagong City Ring Road.

Baira offers help in resolving crisis

As 30 migrant workers, who fell victim to fraud, have continued their strike at Zia International Airport in the city, Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (Baira) yesterday offered its assistance for an amicable solution to the problem.

Tanneries posing threat to public health

Relocation of tanneries at Hazaribagh in the city is being delayed again and again, posing a serious threat to public health and the environment, experts at a seminar said yesterday.

'Remove discriminations'

Speakers at a conference yesterday called for steps to eliminate discriminations against the people with disabilities in all sectors of society.

Road crashes kill 12, injure 32

At least 12 people were killed and 32 injured in separate road accidents in Chittagong, Mymensingh, Bogra, Pabna and Dinajpur yesterday.

'Raise awareness about disaster preparedness'

Food and Disaster Management Minister Md Abdur Razzak yesterday urged the NGOs to come forward to eliminate poverty and raise awareness among people about disaster preparedness.

Turkey keen to build elevated expressway in Dhaka

Turkey yesterday expressed interest in constructing elevated expressway in Dhaka and making investment in Bangladesh in larger volumes in various development sectors.

FM urges Bhutan to use Ctg, Mongla sea ports

Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni yesterday said Bhutan could use Chittagong and Mongla sea ports as those are much closer to it than Kolkata port.

EC directives to prospective candidates

The Election Commission yesterday asked the prospective candidates in the Dhaka City Corporation elections to remove their posters, leaflets and banners by seven days, reminding them that campaign before the announcement of poll schedule is a violation of electoral code of conduct.

Eviction of Dalits protested

Bangladesh Dalit and Excluded Rights Movement (BDERM) and Bangladesh Dalit Human Rights (BDHR) formed a human chain in the city yesterday protesting eviction of Dalits and the deprived from Sutrapur area.

MPs' control over UZs protested

Eminent citizens yesterday condemned the passage of the Upazila Parishad (Reintroduction of the Repealed Act and Amendment) Bill 2009' which gave parliamentarians authority over the local government institutions.

Migrant workers continue strike

As 30 migrant workers, who fell victim to fraud, have continued their strike at Zia International Airport in the city, Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (Baira) yesterday offered its assistance for an amicable solution to the problem.

US embassy staffs donate blood

American and Bangladeshi employees of the US Embassy in Dhaka have donated their blood at the blood donation programme of Bangladesh Red Crescent Society in the city, says a press release.

Swiss help for solar energy sought

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Hasan Mahmud yesterday sought assistance from Switzerland for strengthening local government bodies and supplying solar panel to meet the demand for power in remote areas.

Dinkal journos stage sit-in for payment of arrears

Journalists of Dainik Dinkal unit of Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) yesterday staged a sit-in programme on the National Press Club premises in the city saying that it is a conspiracy to stop the publication of the newspaper.

BSF guns down Bangladeshi cattle trader

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) gunned down a Bangladeshi cattle trader on Wednesday night at Bhaigarh border under Birampur upazila in Dinajpur.

Schoolboy dies of food poisoning

A schoolboy died allegedly due to food poisoning at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) after having an ice cream from a street vendor yesterday.

Annual Urs of Nizamuddin Aulia begins April 13

A five-day 705th annual Urs of Sultanul Mashaikh Hazrat Khawja Nizamuddin Aulia, Mehboob-e-Elahi (RA), will begin at Dargah Sharif in New Delhi on April 13 (Rabius Sani 16 to 20, 1429H), says a press release.

BDB presidium reconstituted

Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) reconstituted the presidium and the national executive committee of the party.

Cancellation of lease protested

Different socio-political organisations in separate statements yesterday condemned the government decision of can-celling the lease of the cantonment residence of Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.

Joy visits ailing father

Sajib Wajed Joy, son of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, arrived in Dhaka early yesterday.

Domestic help found in city

Police rescued a missing domestic help from Uttarkhan in the city on April 6.

Workshop on trial of war crimes soon

War Crimes Facts Finding Committee, a research organisation, will arrange a brief workshop on laws relating to war crimes, genocide and human rights violations.

'Socio-economic changes needed to end poverty of day labourers'

Despite being the majority, the day labourers are the most neglected, abused and deprived among all the people of the society, said the speakers at the 7th national conference of Bangladesh Khetmajur Samity.

£250m DFID support for poor

British Department for International Development (DFID) country chief Chris Austin announced yesterday that they would provide 250 million pounds sterling to help out the poor and vulnerable sections of people in Bangladesh, as he said many millions still go hungry.

Singapore busts illegal labour supply syndicate

Singapore authorities have busted an illegal labour supply syndicate which used to recruit workers from India, Bangladesh and China, a news report said Thursday.

British Council team calls on UGC chairman

A two-member British Council delegation led by Lynne Heslop, regional education adviser for Central and South Asia, called on University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman Prof Nazrul Islam in the city yesterday, says a press release.

AL men sell VGF cards in Bogra

The activists of local Awami League and its front organisations allegedly sold a huge number of vulnerable group feeding (VGF) cards among the distressed and solvent people in several areas, including Gabtoli and Shahjahanpur upazilas in Bogra, according to the local administration.

Letters

High costs of education

What is the cost of education of our children in schools, colleges and universities? Is it not like exorbitant prices of essential goods and commodities? Is it not price hike of education for all students at all levels?

Rickshaws in Dhaka

It was very disappointing to read your article in DS of 29 March entitled “Gridlocked”. Being a former secretary to the government, I would have expected balanced views where the interests of all Dhakabashis are served. Unfortunately, some of your suggestions lack logic and practicability viz:

Rohingyas

In recent times, the plight of the Rohingyas has come to light. They have been subjected to extreme inhuman conditions by the military junta of Burma.

Bangla as official UN language

I welcome the JS resolution to this effect and hope that the long cherished hope of Bengalis everywhere comes to fruition. Having said that, from my own experiences of UN service, I can see very cogent objections which we must be able to refute. Firstly, although Bengali is the 5th most widespread language in the world, the UN membership is not of individuals but of soveriegn States. State-wise Bangladesh (with a population of 150 million people) is the only member of UN, so that on the basis of population of the State members of UN, perhaps India with Hindi, or Indonesia with its own language, or even Pakistan with Urdu has a stronger claim to make these also the official languages of UN.

Rain and road digging

In our country, road digging is one of the major problems for the general people. I am also one of the sufferers.

Pitiful PWD

A local daily's staff correspondent's interesting report of April 1 on the subject clearly showed that PWD had been fooled even before the All Fools' Day (1 April)! However, they can get some satisfaction, that they were temporarily fooled! Now they are hopefully wise (?) after the event at least.

Renaming BDR

Many political organisations have changed their names but we have not seen any noticeable change in their way of thinking or in their activities. Many examples can be given that only name changing cannot play any vital role in changing activities.

BCL burden

Pardon me for my reaction, but it seems a footnote has gone missing in M Abdul Hafiz's post-editorial titled “A losing battle from a slippery slope” in your issue on April 6, 2009.

Smoking in public places

The letter entitled 'Smoking in public places' published in The Daily Star on April 3 has drawn my attention for a raft of reasons.

Importing electricity

Bangladesh proposed to import electricity from Nepal, India and Bhutan. Does Nepal generate enough energy to meet its domestic consummation? My personal experience in Kathmandu does provide enough evidence that Nepal cannot export electricity. Kathmandu suffers from acute shortage of power supply, load shedding takes place for at least 8 hours a day even in winter.

Remittance

Remittance inflows will slow down in the coming months as migrant workers are returning home, following strict enforcement of immigration rules in different countries.

Darbar Hall rental money

We certainly do understand that it is somewhat a little too early to broach this since the govt. and BDR are preoccupied with important and urgent issues. Still life goes on and we have to address and attend daily issues. We have to attend day-to-day matters and resolve pending matters.

Unexpected

All higher educational institutions in the city, including Rajshahi university of Engineering and technology, Rajshahi new Degree College, Rajshahi Polytechnic Institute and Institute of Health Technology were closed following violent clashes at Rajshahi University. This was really unexpected. Every student wants to get a better environment free from any type of violence. From 1947 to 1990 student politics played a crucial role but now student leaders use their muscle power through showdowns on the campus, creating panic among the general students. Our student leaders have no patience to observe the situation.

Pay Commission's recommendations

From media sources we came to know that the government is not in a position to implement the recommendations of the Pay Commission in one go. It was also learnt that the minimum salary bracket to be recommended by the Pay commission will be 4,500 and the highest bracket will be 45,000. Although it sounds reasonable that our government can not afford provision of additional funds required to implement the pay commission recommendations in one go, I would still request the government to consider implementation of the recommendations fully from the next budget for the government staff working in the lower brackets of the pay scale. For example, the government may consider implementing the recommendations fully from next budget for the group falling in the range of 4,500-6,000 taka salary bracket, as this group could hardly benefit from gradual implementation due to present high living costs.

BCL leadership

According to a recent newspaper report, 'Ongoing crisis splits BCL leadership.'

Foreign investment

Investment in Bangladesh will not be dependant only on cheap labour or govt's repeated calls to foreign companies. Law and order is the second biggest point. Legislation has to be done so that the police dept can work without political influence. Although the PM and the home minister asked police to become honest and dedicated, but they failed to prevent unholy influence via telephone calls.

Language issue

International Mother Language Day was observed throughout the country. It is true that our martyrs who had sacrificed their lives for this language are remembered, but real respect lies in showing proper respect to the very language for which they struggled.

People's power

We must be aware of the fact that a government is a variable force which may change in course of time. But the common people together form a constant force which has an immense power of regeneration. The nation never mortgages its power to a government after a parliamentary election. So any problem, whether it is created to embarrass the government or not, certainly afflicts us. Recently, our country passed through a series of violent crises viz. Pilkhana carnage, helicopter crash, some terrible conflagrations, workers' turmoil and change in labour employment policy abroad. There is political instability and violence in many educational institutions. Moreover, we are inflicted by a global economic slump. We are like prisoners whose destiny is uncertain. Ultimately, there will be a great economic crisis in our country.

International

Nuclear talks offer 'constructive'

A top adviser to Iran's hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad yesterday said Tehran will study the "constructive" offer for talks made by six world powers regarding its controversial nuclear drive.

Swat peace deal collapses

A deal between the Pakistani government and the Taliban to restore peace in the Swat Valley yesterday collapsed with a radical cleric withdrawing from the pact he helped broker, reports said.

'Cheap rice' holds the key in Indian polls

Can rice, the staple food of most South Asian people, decide the fate of coming general elections in India? The answer appears "yes", if one goes by the competitive populism Indian parties have resorted to with their manifestos promising subsidised rice.

'Fourth front' takes off from Mulayam land

Three regional satraps raised their first polls battle cry yesterday when Mulayam Singh Yadav of the Samajwadi Party, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ram Vilas Paswan declared that their alliance was here to stay.

al-Qaeda aiming to make Pakistan a 'failed state': US expert

A key adviser to US President Barack Obama, Bruce Riedel, has said that al-Qaeda's main motive is to render Pakistan a failed state as it is trying to paralyse the government and destabilise the country.

Australia, US to lay path for nuclear disarmament

The United States holds high-level security talks with Australia on Thursday as the longtime allies find a new convergence of views on the need to abolish nuclear weapons.

Thousands of Iraqis join anti-US demo

Thousands of supporters of the anti-US cleric Moqtada al-Sadr yesterday protested the occupation of Iraq, six years after the toppling of a Saddam Hussein statue symbolised the fall of his regime.

US military accused of killing Afghan mother, children

The US military said Thursday it was investigating Afghan allegations that its troops killed four civilians in an overnight raid, including a woman school teacher and two of her children.

President's party tipped to win Indonesia vote

Indonesia voted yesterday in only its third general election since the fall of the Suharto regime in 1998, with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's Democratic Party tipped to win most seats.

LTTE denies Sonia on its hitlist

A day after Government alerted various states to be on guard for a possible LTTE attack on Congress President Sonia Gandhi during the election campaign, an LTTE spokesman denied the report.

Policeman killed in Pakistan riots

Riots erupted in southwest Pakistan that left one policeman dead and three injured Thursday, as public anger boiled over following the murder of three nationalist politicians, officials said.

BSP has done nothing for UP development, says Rahul

Congress general secretary and Amethi MP Rahul Gandhi yesterday accused Uttar Pradesh's ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) of not having done much for the development of the state and failing to utilise the funds provided by the central government.

German in dock for exporting 'missile' supplies to Iran

A German businessman accused of delivering materials to Iran that can be used to build missiles pleaded his innocence as he went on trial Wednesday, a court in the western city of Koblenz said.

Tens of thousands seek Georgian leader's exit

Tens of thousands of anti-government demonstrators on Thursday massed in the Georgian capital, launching a protest movement aimed at forcing the resignation of President Mikheil Saakashvili.

Fiji court rules 2006 coup illegal, calls for elections

A Fiji court yesterday ruled the country's military regime was illegally appointed after a 2006 coup and said a caretaker prime minister should be appointed to call elections to restore democracy.

Arts & Entertainment

Masuma’s mysticism

Masuma Khan's works evoke optimism through the subtle caressing of her brush. The colours she uses are drawn from the lush green of vines, periwinkles and ripe fruits. She splays them in her frame that creates a world in itself, which takes the viewer back to the vibrancy of our culture.

Celebrating spring with music and dance

Dancers performed at a festival with the songs “Aaji mon-e mon-e lagey hori,” “Orey bhai phagun legechhey bon-e bon-e,” “Aaji gaaner taal-e hridoy doley” and other songs celebrating the bounties of spring. The event organised by 'Gontobbo' was held at Pabna Town Hall last Wednesday.

Amir and Shahrukh come together for a cause

It required a crisis in Bollywood to prompt two of its biggest stars and bitter rivals Shahrukh Khan and Aamir Khan to bury the hatchet and share a dais for a common cause.

Madonna promises $500,000 for Italian quake relief

The Material Girl is giving something back to the land of her ancestors.

Musical soiree by Rabirashmi

As part of their regular programmes on Tagore, Rabirashmi held a musical soiree titled 'Gaaney Gaaney Rabindranath' at Begum Sufia Kamal Auditorium, National Museum on April 8.

Barisal gearing up for Baishakhi celebration

Preparations are on in Barisal city to celebrate 'Chaitra Shangkranti' and 'Pahela Baishakh.'

Charukala abuzz

Like every year, students of Charukala (Faculty of Fine Arts, DU) are gearing up to celebrate ‘Pahela Baishakh.’ This year, the preparations started from March 25 under the banner of ‘Baishakh Udjapan Parshad-1416.’ Several items like ‘shora’, ‘tyapa putul’, masks, T-shirts, scarves and watercolour paintings by the students are sold at Charukala premises to generate funds for the Baishakhi celebration. Silvia Naznin, a student of MFA in Painting and member of the celebration committee, informed that an auction of artworks by the teachers of FFA started from yesterday. Proceeds from the sales will go to the celebration fund for arranging a three-day ‘Chaitra Shangkranti-Baishakhi’ programme. Price-range of the items is between tk. 100 and 5000. The three-day celebration will feature a Baishakhi rally, special programme on ‘Chaitra Shangkranti,’ ‘Bashakhi Utshab,’ ‘jatra-pala’ and more. The slogan of this year’s Baishakhi celebration is “Esho Rudro, Esho Shokti, Esho Mukti.”

OP-ED

Claiming our ground

SIXTEEN, waist-length hair in a thick braid, still uncertain of my way solo in Dhaka, climbing into a rickshaw. I nearly get jerked onto the street as two young boys pull me by my hair and cycle off. It was fun. For them, I mean. Me? I looked at the people smirking around me as the rickshaw-driver helped me back onto the rickshaw. Instead of going to class at Chhayanaut, I went home to chop off my hair in a style that didn't suit me at all and annoyed my mother no end, but left my hair so short that no one could possibly grab hold of it again.

'Walk down the road with your eyes down'

WALK down the road with your eyes down. This was a piece of advice I received from my father the day I first went to school. This amusing piece of advice can also be treated as a warning to a girl.

Frogs and snakes

SHE said: "Yes it's insane here, and it's lonely here and at the same time it's crowded here. Hearts are broken at a fast pace, hearts are given even faster... I am trying to breathe but instead I keep crying."

Coping with the global crisis

IN light of the analysis in the first part of this article printed in yesterday's Daily Star, here I provide 12 suggestions that may be considered in designing future policies.

StarTech

The way forward

Whenever we hear about Artificial Intelligence (AI), many of us tend to think about a world where Robots would take over the entire world, or at least try to do so, as portrayed by sci-fi novels of Isaac Asimov or Hollywood blockbusters like Terminator-2 or i-Robot! Whether robots can ever be developed to that stage where it/they might plan to 'take over the world' is a completely different question, but some recent discoveries in the field of AI, has indeed left us flabbergasted, to say the least!

Find your bus on mydigonto.com

Dhaka is now a city of 15 millions with majority of them travelling by bus. Bus is the most popular mode of transports in the city because it is cheaper and safer than all other modes.

Facebook to welcome 200 millionth user

Hot social networking website Facebook expects to welcome its 200 millionth user on Wednesday, co-founder Mark Zuckerberg said.

Asus unveils 26" LCD monitor

Asus, leading manufacturer of computer hardware, has launched the VK266H LCD monitor in the local market, says a press release.



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