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News of: Wednesday, 29th of April, 2009

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Stalled, stuck in court

Relocation of tannery industry from the city's Hazaribagh to suburban Savar is being delayed for years since the government is yet to set up a common effluent treatment plant (CETP) at the new site.

Be people's servant, not master

Prime Minister (PM) Sheikh Hasina directed the civil servants to devote themselves to the well-being of people and discharge duties with pro-people attitude.

HC weighs in to fix action plan

The High Court yesterday ordered the government to produce information in a month on what measures have been taken to control pollution at the industrial units and factories since the HC delivered a judgment on the matter in 2001.

Govt to build 1 lakh flats

The government will construct over 1.03 lakh apartments and create over 11,000 residential plots in three government housing projects in the capital's suburbs in an effort to resolve an acute housing problem in the city.

Charges against Faisal, finally

The police yesterday pressed charges against Bangladesh-born British citizen Faisal Mostafa and 10 others in a case filed for arms haul at Green Crescent madrasa-cum-orphanage in Bhola.

4 BDR men held

Four more Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) soldiers, believed to be directly involved in the killings and looting of arsenals at Pilkhana, were arrested yesterday from the BDR headquarters.

WHO helpless as swine flu spreads

World health officials admitted they were powerless to halt the spread of swine flu and ratcheted up their pandemic alert level as the number of affected countries rose sharply yesterday.

Hot spell to continue

One person died of a heat stroke in Bhola yesterday while the diarrhoea situation continued to worsen in the capital and elsewhere in the country over the last 24 hours.

Khoka may return as city BNP chief

The BNP leadership will soon announce a new committee for the party's Dhaka city unit to resolve conflicts within the unit.

MPs readying for local dev work

The government is moving to ensure engaging lawmakers again in different rural infrastructure maintaining programmes that involve annual allocation of food grains.

Melting woes of Bangladesh

Ice cap of the Himalayas and the heart of the Arctic ocean system are continuing to warm at a faster rate than the scientists previously anticipated, the speakers said at a conference with a call to the global leaders for acting quickly to arrest the global warming otherwise it would bring twofold difficulties in future.

Bangladesh to host two quarterfinals

Bangladesh will host eight matches including two quarterfinals of the 2011 World Cup after the tournament's organising committee relocated Pakistan's matches in Mumbai yesterday.

People asked not to get panicked

The government yesterday urged people not to be panicked about Swine Flu as it has taken precautionary steps to prevent the virus from entering the country.

Padma Bridge by 2013

Communications Minister Syed Abul Hossain yesterday said construction of much-awaited Padma Bridge would be completed by 2013 for which the necessary fund is ready.

War crimes trial not for harassing anyone

The government is taking its time to start trial of war criminals as it is proceeding with caution to complete the job in a smooth, fair and transparent way maintaining international standards, said Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday.

AL factions clash over mosque land grab

An intra-Awami League (AL) clash over possession of a land owned by a local mosque, resulted in an imposition of section 144 in Parbatipur upazila of Dinajpur yesterday.

Cop action called into question

Nawabganj police has arrested an indigenous boy for murder and kept him in prison with adult prisoners in Dinajpur jail for the last 11 days, in gross violation of the Children Act 1974.

4 militant outfits regrouping in SW

At least four Islamist militant outfits including three banned ones are regrouping their cadres in twelve districts in the southwestern region of the country.

NBR moves to locate duty-free vehicles

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) is preparing a letter for all ministries, embassies, high commissions and donor agencies to know the whereabouts of the duty-free imported vehicles.

70 militants killed in Pak operation

At least 70 militants were killed by the security forces while nearly 450 terrorists were holed up in Buner area, Pakistan's interior ministry chief Rehman Malik said yesterday, adding "we will not tolerate them anymore."

Five suspected cases of swine flu in Austria

Austrian officials said Tuesday five suspected cases of swine flu have been detected in the country, one in the north and four in Vienna.

Lanka snubs Sweden as tensions over war mount

Sri Lanka barred Sweden's foreign minister Tuesday from entering the island on a humanitarian mission, As Diplomatic Tensions Mounted Over The Conduct Of The War On The Tamil Tigers.

US declines to confirm arrest of al-Qaeda leader

The US Defence Department on Tuesday said it was still not ready to confirm the arrest last week of a top Al-Qaeda leader in Iraq, Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, as claimed by the Iraqi government.

Clarification

Following the article published in The Daily Star on April 27 under the headline “Students down under look down the barrel" the Australian High Commission in Dhaka Justin Lee has clarified his country's policy on international students.

Editorial

Offices for MPs by year-end

THE speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad has informed the country that all members of Parliament will be given individual offices before the year is out. It certainly makes sense. The fact that MPs need such space to do their work has been acknowledged especially since 1991 when democracy was restored in Bangladesh. There is hardly anyone who will disagree with the idea that lawmakers, like their counterparts in the US and at Westminster, must be provided with all the facilities that will enable them to perform their public responsibilities to the satisfaction of their constituents. One wonders, though, as to why such a long-felt need of our parliamentarians has not so long been addressed.

Flu screening at ZIA

IT is good to note that Bangladesh government has been quick to respond to early warnings issued by the WHO on swine flu which it has dubbed as 'public health emergency of international concern'. This virus capable of mutating into more dangerous strain and transmitting into humans as the growing number of victims has already proven needs surely to be guarded against.

Ah, that national security thing!

A group of individuals have made it known that national security is in a state of threat with the present government running the show. They are dead wrong. And how they are wrong is for the government to explain. But, yes, national security has been under threat for much of the time we have been a free nation since liberating ourselves from Pakistan in 1971. Sit back and we will try telling you of the moments when Bangladesh's security has been under a cloud, when the state felt shaky at its political base.

Indonesians reject Islamic parties at polls

WHILE, from Pakistan to Gaza and Lebanon, militant Islamic movements have gained ground largely because of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, compounded by the gross injustices perpetrated on the Palestinians by Israel, it is reported that Islamic parties did poorly in the general elections held on April 9 in Indonesia.

Let there be politics of 'give' not of 'take'

BEGUM Zia's cantonment house is being touted as the hottest issue (?) by the opposition to launch an anti-government movement while the government is concerned with hard issues of everyday life. Unfortunately, BNP is taking bad politics too far, a naked example of the politics of "take" rather than "give," because the government allotted 2-bigha Gulshan house is good enough to house the ex-president's family.

Sports

Bangladesh get 2 qtrs

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) was pleased to see two quarterfinals of the ICC World Cup 2011 come its way after the tournament's organising committee relocated Pakistan's fourteen matches in Mumbai yesterday.

PCL gets foreign flair

Preparation for the country's first-ever Twenty20 tournament, “Habib Group-Port city Cricket League (PCL), to start on Saturday next at Chittagong's MA Aziz Stadium, is now at its finishing stage.

Super-sub breaks local hearts

Myanmar midfielder Pai Soe came off the bench to score a late brace to break Bangladesh hearts in their crucial AFC Challenge Cup qualifier at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Pathan powers Rajasthan

Yusuf Pathan hammered an unconquered 30-ball 62 as Graeme Smith anchored the Rajasthan Royals chase with an unbeaten 44 to romp to a five-wicket win over the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in Pretoria on Tuesday.

Cambodia beat Macau

Cambodia beat Macau by the odd goal in three in their second AFC Challenge Cup Group-A qualifying match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

'Anyone can be captain'

Ray Jennings, the Bangalore Royal Challengers coach, says he has yet to decide who will captain the embattled franchise once Kevin Pietersen departs for England after Wednesday's match against Kolkata. Jennings's comments come as a major surprise, given Bangalore had previously nominated South African Jacques Kallis to take over from Pietersen when the England batsman returns for the Test series against West Indies.

Gunners plot an upset

Kolo Toure believes the youthful current crop of Arsenal stars can emulate the battle-hardened class of 2006 and book their ticket to this season's Champions League final.

Patience pays off

Watching Herschelle Gibbs in full flow is one of the more delightful viewing experiences in cricket today, his grace and style elevating him above most other contemporary hard-hitting batsmen. He has competition -- notably in Suresh Raina -- for his typical hits over cover but no one comes close to matching the delicious swat-flick that he plays. He exhibited that today, nonchalantly picking up Manpreet Gony for a six over long leg. But he also exhibited another side -- Gibbs Mark II -- that eventually took Deccan Chargers to their fourth win on the trot.

Pompey frustrate Magpies

Newcastle's chances of clinging on to their place in the Premier League suffered a serious setback as Alan Shearer's side were frustrated by a resilient Portsmouth on Monday.

Under-19s' late revival

Taibur Rahman and Noor Hossain Munna salvaged Bangladesh Under-19's ship somewhat on the second day of their four-day match against Sri Lanka Under-19s at the Birshreshtha Shahid Matiur Rahman Stadium in Khulna yesterday.

Italy losing top talent

Teenage striker Federico Macheda's staggering impact at Manchester United has sparked a raging debate in Italy on how to stem the exodus of the country's brightest talents.

Nat'l Club Cup from today

Noakhali's Top Sports Club take on Shishu Park of Bandarban today in the opening match of the National Club Cup cricket tournament at the Nohakali Shaheed Bhulu Stadium.

Eto'o, Janko fight for Golden Boot

Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o has grappled with many hardy foes during his career, but the Cameroonian hitman has probably never found himself in direct opposition with a player like Marc Janko.

Scholl to coach Bayern reserves

Former Germany midfielder Mehmet Scholl was appointed temporary coach of Bayern Munich's reserve team on Monday as his predecessor Hermann Gerland was promoted following Jurgen Klinsmann's sacking.

OCA president arrives today

President of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) Sheikh Ahmed Al Fahad Al Sabah arrives in the capital today on a brief unofficial visit.

MU to tour Malaysia

Manchester United will play against the Malaysian national team on July 18 as part their pre-season Asian tour, organisers confirmed Tuesday.

Mohammedan, Abahani thrive

Abahani and Mohammedan Sporting Club tried to better each other in notching up huge wins in the Women's Club Cup competition yesterday.

Getafe appoint Michel

Former Real Madrid star Jose Miguel Gonzalez, known as Michel, has been named manager of Spanish first division side Getafe, the club announced on Tuesday.

Tait may turn up late

Shaun Tait says he aims to play in the closing rounds of the IPL, despite Cricket Australia this month ruling him out of the tournament on medical grounds. Tait returned to the nets this week after three months on the sidelines with a hamstring tear, and is hopeful of being cleared for the final stages of the Rajasthan Royals' campaign in South Africa.

Giggs gets knighthood backing

A British minister and senior opposition politician threw their weight behind a campaign to secure a knighthood for Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs on Monday.

Clarke a 'part-timer'

Michael Clarke took 3 for 15, including two wickets off successive deliveries, to give Australia a 2-1 series lead against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi but has said that he will never be more than a part-time spinner.

Villarreal snap up Ecuador starlet

Villarreal announced on Monday they had secured the services of promising Ecuadorian midfielder Jefferson Montero on a five year deal.

Kaneria awaits Twenty20 call

After missing out on the chance to impress in the Indian Premier League (IPL), leg-spinner Danish Kaneria is hoping his performances for Essex will persuade Pakistan's selectors to include him in their squad for the World Twenty20 here in June.

'Prove you weren't deported'

Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Asif has yet to prove to a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) committee that he was not deported from Dubai last year for possessing opium. Asif is currently serving a one-year ban after testing positive to the banned substance nandrolone last year.

Noble

A 20-member squad representing Bangladesh Football Players' Welfare Association (BFPWA) will play a charity match against a team comprising of footballers from Cox's Bazar at the Cox's Bazar District Stadium today.

Enamul beats Ramnath

Grandmaster Enamul Hossain Rajib beat Indian rated player Ramnath Bhuvanes in the second round of the 11th Dubai Open Chess Championship yesterday.

Local Snippets

Rangamati made a fine start in Group C of the Exim Bank 19th National Handball competition in Rangamati yesterday.

Business

Salehuddin defends no to IMF

The outgoing governor of the central bank said yesterday he had rejected at least four IMF suggestions, including policy support instrument (PSI), considering the country's interests during his four-year tenure to be ended tomorrow.

PCBs go beyond conventional banking

Private commercial banks (PCBs) now target closed-end mutual fund floatation, a business beyond conventional banking.

Matia warns errant seed sellers

Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury warned yesterday the seed companies of tough actions if they sell substandard seeds to farmers, saying that rules would be framed to ensure accountability of seed sellers.

Currency museum launched

A currency museum, first of its kind in Bangladesh, was opened yesterday at the central bank head office in Dhaka.

Swine flu clouding aviation outlook

Top Asia-Pacific airlines have suffered big losses from slowing traffic and higher fuel costs and a difficult outlook has been further clouded by the swine flu crisis, an industry group said Tuesday.

Production costs soar in power crisis: BKMEA

The use of diesel due to constant power outages has increased production costs in the knitwear sector by 20 percent, said BKMEA President Fazlul Hoque yesterday.

Govt contemplating labour law reforms

The government is contemplating reforming the labour law of 2006.

Soybean oil to stay at Tk78

The government decided yesterday to continue the mill gate rate of unpacked soybean oil at Tk 73 per kilogram and retail price at Tk 78. But, no decision was taken about palm oil and bottled edible oil prices.

Govt to hike warehouse capacity

The government plans to increase the capacity of warehouses to ensure a sustainable food security, said the food and disaster management minister yesterday.

SKorea medical tourism booms

Hospitals will be allowed directly to seek foreign patients from May as part of South Korea's efforts to become Asia's new medical tourism hub, officials said Tuesday.

Ecnec okays 11 projects

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) yesterday approved 11 development projects involving about Tk 1,635 crore, including Tk 229 crore from Japan Debt Cancellation Fund (JDCF).

New CDA chief takes reins

Abdus Salam, chairman of Well Group of Industries, took the reins of Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) yesterday.

OECD urges France to slash deficits

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development on Tuesday urged France to rein in its ballooning public deficit as soon as a recovery is underway, using spending cuts instead of tax hikes.

Investors, businesses on edge

The threat of a swine flu pandemic kept global businesses and investors on edge Tuesday, disrupting travel plans and sending stock markets into a tailspin as fears of more economic misery mounted.

Middle East in meltdown

The Middle East (ME), although a region better known for political tension and strife, is also known for its opulence. It invokes visions of rich Arab monarchies inhabiting in an enchanted cocoon full of marble-halled villas, luxury hotels, exclusive shopping malls and such frivolous playthings as yachts, private jets and expensive cars. Since time immemorial, the rulers of the six nations -- Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) -- that make up the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have pondered not how to tackle economic problems but what new castles, towers and cities to build.

Stocks end down

Dhaka stocks went down for a second straight day amid a little volatility during the opening and closing sessions yesterday.

Jamuna Bank gets new chairman

Sakhawat Abu Khair Mohammad and Ismail Hossain Siraji have taken over as chairman and vice chairman of Jamuna Bank Ltd, says a press release.

Top Citi official in town

Jose K Joseph, managing director and chief risk officer of Citigroup, South Asia, arrived in Dhaka yesterday on a two-day visit, says a press release.

Fed likely to maintain credit push for weak economy

The Federal Reserve opens a two-day meeting Tuesday with policymakers expected to keep boosting the supply of cheap credit to support a struggling economy showing only tentative recovery signs.

Oil prices slide under $50

Crude prices retreated below 50 dollars a barrel on Tuesday, hit by worries that the swine flu outbreak could dent demand for airline travel and hinder a global economic recovery, analysts said.

Allianz, AmEx sell half of stakes in China's ICBC

American Express Co and German insurer Allianz said Tuesday they had offloaded half of their stakes in Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) as soon as a lock-up period expired.

Pioneer to get lifeline from Honda

Japan's Pioneer Corp. said Tuesday that it was getting a financial lifeline from Honda Motor Co., which will take a 6.5 percent stake in the electronics maker to help it survive the recession.

Japan, China may jointly develop mobile network

The leaders of Japan and China may this week discuss jointly developing a next-generation mobile telephone network for the Chinese market, a government official said Tuesday.

Deutsche Bank becomes latest to post strong results

Germany's biggest bank, Deutsche Bank, posted surprisingly strong results Tuesday, becoming the latest global bank to offer hope for a reversal of the financial crisis.

Currency

Local Market FX
Local inter-bank FX market was active on Tuesday. USD/BDT rate was similar the previous working day. The market was liquid.

Metropolitan

Govt will ensure transparency in food procurement

The government will ensure transparency in food procurement and is considering incentives for farmers so that they cooperate in building food security, the food minister said yesterday.

Allocate sufficient budget for veterinary health sector

Bangladesh Agriculture University (BAU) Vice Chancellor Prof MA Sattar Mandal yesterday urged the government to ensure sufficient allocation for the veterinary public health sector in the next national budget.

Govt to help develop newspaper industry

The government would extend all necessary cooperation for the development of the newspaper industry, Information Minister Abul Kalam Azad said yesterday.

Frame nat'l policy to ensure occupational safety

Speakers at a seminar yesterday urged the government to ensure occupational safety and health at workplace through strict enforcement of the existing laws and formulation of a national occupational safety and health (OSH) policy.

Vorosha's son kills brother over refusal of payment of money

Kabirul Islam Vorosha killed his younger brother Khairul Islam Vorosha, managing director of New Age Tobacco, as the victim did not give him money to put a cold storage into action in Rangpur, according to police.

Suspected killer held in Barisal

Nineteen days after the gruesome murder of Malibagh Biggyan College student Zishan, the police arrested a suspected killer from Barisal town on Monday evening.

Nine killed in road accidents

Nine people were killed and 27 others injured in separate road accidents at Naogaon, Savar, Netrakona, Sirajganj, Faridpur and Comilla yesterday.

RU reopens June 1

Academic activities of Rajshahi University (RU) will resume on June 1 amid tight security measures.

UNDP to help carry out studies on rivers

The UNDP will assist to carry out studies on navigability of the rivers of Bangladesh.

Channel i voted favourite electronic media brand

Channel i has been voted a favourite electronic media brand of Bangladesh in a survey carried out by Superbrands, a UK-based independent authority on branding.

Outlaw killed in Rab-Police 'crossfire'

A top-listed terrorist of outlawed Purbo Banglar Comminist Party (PBCP- Janajuddah) was killed in 'crossfire' among Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), police and his cohorts at Ramchandrapur village under sadar upazilla in Jhenidah district at 5:30am yesterday.

'Power brokers' grip state system thru' corruption'

Adviser to Prime Minister Syed Modasser Ali yesterday said law could not be implemented in the country properly as 'power brokers' have gripped the whole state system through abuse of power and corruption.

68 Myanmar citizens handed over to Nasaka

A total of 68 Myanmar citizens, who were serving in Cox's Bazar jail, were handed over to Myanmar border force Nasaka yesterday as their tenure of convictions ended.

Sweater factory workers clash with Ansars

Seven people, including three Ansar members, were injured in a clash between the workers of Pioneer Sweater Factory and Ansar members at Panchabati in Fatullah yesterday.

2 construction workers shot in city

Unidentified criminals fired bullets at construction workers sleeping inside a shed at Kafrul in the city early yesterday, leaving two workers injured.

Firefighters to get risk allowances, increased rations: Minister

Home Minister Sahara Khatun yesterday declared that the firefighters would be given risk allowances and enhanced rations.

Five injured in Sutrapur clash

At least five people were injured in a clash between locals and cadres of a land grabber over cutting two roadside trees at Sutrapur in the city yesterday.

Call to re-fix procurement price of Boro

More organisations yesterday demanded the government re-fix the procurement price of Boro paddy at Tk 15 per kilogram instead of Tk 14.

Two commit suicide in Ctg

Two people, including a woman, committed suicide in Chittagong yesterday.

Shamim Chy appointed DG of PIB

AKM Shamim Chowdhury, an official of BCS (information) cadre, was appointed director general of Press Institute of Bangladesh on deputation.

850 Phensidyl bottles seized at Benapole

Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) seized 850 bottles Phensidyl, US dollar worth 900 and Indian currencies worth over 15,000 in separate drives and arrested three persons in this connection in Benapole yesterday.

2 policemen suspended on charges of negligence

Two policemen of Motijheel Police Station who recorded a general diary (GD) against the inspector general of police (IGP) was suspended last night on charges of negligence of duty.

1,992 arrested on various charges

Police in separate raids arrested 1,992 people on various charges from different parts across the country in the last 24 hours as of 6:00am yesterday.

Exercise Shomudro Torongo arrives today

Exercise Shomudro Torongo (TAURUS 09), the routine deployment of the British Royal Navy's Amphibious Task Group, arrives in the Bay of Bengal today to conduct a wide range of activities.

Tests for SI posts from May 8

The written tests for the posts of police Sub-Inspectors (male/female) will begin on May 8.

More students likely to get chance to study in Japan

Visiting Member of the Japan's House of Councillors Aiko Shimajiri on Monday said that more Bangladeshi students are likely to get the opportunity to pursue higher studies in her country.

HC grants bail to ex-BNP MP Wadud Bhuiyan for six months

The High Court (HC) yesterday granted ad interim bail for six months to former BNP lawmaker Abdul Wadud Bhuiyan from Khagrachhari in a corruption case.

Reception to doctors

Aristopharma Ltd accorded a reception to 128 doctors who have achieved FCPS in different disciplines from Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons in January, says a press release.

National

Promises to protect people gone with the wind

Eighteen years after the April 29, 1991 cyclone and tidal surge that left a trail of destruction in the coastal areas, arrangement for protecting people from such calamities sees very little improvement.

RMC frees two hostels from Shibir control

Rajshahi Medical College (RMC) authorities with the help of police launched drives at Shaheed Pinku and Shaheed Kazi Nurunnabi hostels on Monday night and freed 35 rooms from the control of Islami Chhatra Shibir.

Ctg CNG-run 3-wheelers on strike

Agitating CNG-run auto-rickshaw drivers kept their three-wheelers off the road in the port city for the second day yesterday.

21 Hizb-ut Towhid men remanded

Chief Judicial Magistrate's court of Kushtia yesterday placed 21 Hizb-ut Towhid men on four days remand.

22 hurt in clash over tender submission

At least 22 people were injured, two of them seriously, in a clash between two factions of pro-Awami League contractors over submission of tender at the Water Development Board (WDB) office here yesterday.

Two killed in land disputes

Two persons were killed and 35 injured in two incidents of clashes in Mohongonj and Khaliajuri upazila yesterday, police said. Mahbubul Haque,35, was killed and 20 hurt at Kuchirgoan village under Mohongonj in a land dispute with people of Badiarchor. Khalilur Rahman,50, was killed and 15 others injured as villagers of Rasulpur and Jogannathpur of Khaliajuri upazila clashed over a khas land.

Three get life for rape

A Chapainawabganj court yesterday sentenced three people to life imprisonment for raping a woman. The convicts are Sahabuddin,40, Mahtab,50 and Shafiqul Islam,45, of Dhainagar village under Sadar upazila. Shafiqul Islam is absconding since the incident. Halima Khatun,20, of Dhainagar village was raped by the convicts while she was returning to her house from neighbouring village Mohipur on August,22, 1999.

BCL leaders resign en masse

Twenty-seven district unit leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday resigned from their posts. In a press release, they said that they had sent resignation letters to the central committee of the organisation to register protest against what they said irregularities and whimsical activities of their local president and secretary.

Retrenched staffs reinstated

Barapukuria Power Plant authority yesterday reinstated 53 workers out of 56 retrenched workers following a series of protests including rallies and processions. Earlier, the 56 staffs of the plant were sacked on April 1 without any prior notice. The workers, however, alleged that the authority curtailed their salaries by about 15 per cent.

DB men face bribery charge

A sub-inspector (SI) and a constable of the Detective Branch (DB) of Police were yesterday closed to Kurigram police lines on bribery charge. Police and locals said SI Habibur Rahman along with constable Motahar Hossain arrested an Indian citizen named Hazrat Ali at border village Anantapur under Nageswari upazila in the morning. Locals surrounded the DB men, alleging that the two released the Indian citizen after taking Tk20, 960 and Indian rupee 4,000 from him. On information, BDR personnel from Anantapur BOP rushed to the spot, rescued the DB men and later handed them over to the police.

Letters

Hydraulic horns

You have published many reports about the sound pollution by "hydraulic horns" of heavy trucks, covered vans, trailer trucks, inter-district buses etc. etc. in your daily. Unfortunately, the authorities concerned have not taken any 'positive step" to stop the menace. Day by day the number of vehicles is increasing, leading to increase in sound pollution. People are just helpless.

Using land

Bangladesh is the most densely populated country in the world. The growth rate of population here is still high. But the land mass of the country does not increase, not even an inch. Besides, the agricultural land is reducing every day. Why not, every day new schools, colleges, universities, hospitals, offices, courts, playgrounds roads, homes, markets bazars, trade centres, industries etc are being established on the agricultural land.

Battle for the house!

Although the steam is getting less powerful, the BNP activists are still holding the street to retain the house. A newly empowered heavy weight politician of the BNP, who happens to be a lawyer, is really out to make all kinds of arguments to retain the house of his leader. Bangladesh is a country of extraordinary judicial culture--for some one's mistake or favour the country will have to pay for it. Even constitutional protection is given to protect an illegal and immoral act of individual and of the government. The learned lawyers of the BNP might find a way out to save the house so that they are not evicted from the place of birth and bastion of power. This is well said by the SG of the BNP. according to him, ' Minus cantonment means minus politics or minus one " what an interesting admission of the political ideology of the party. We feel baffled learning that the house is donated to the entire family of president Zia, which means they will inherit the right from generation to generation and the basic political ideology will carry with them. I thank the political mentor for taking such a farsighted action for the newly born political party in 1975. This is called political statesmanship. The learned lawyers might be saving the heritage whether it is illegal or immoral by any standard.

Putting railways back on rails

Your timely editorial, highlighting the sad plight of railways on April 18, deserves the government's serious attention. This matter is of national interest; since railways provide the cheapest mode of passenger and goods transportation. The task is mammoth, but it needs to be done, maybe spread over a number of years in order of economic priority, as it will require huge investment mostly in foreign exchange.

Power supply

At present load shedding varies between 1200-1500MW. Basic source of energy is gas and goal. Gas is in short supply. So its exploration needs to be expedited.

Positive sign

The so-called Islamic militancy is an "unlawful war" of some misguided people against the civilized society. The members of the militant groups claim themselves to be Muslims and are waging war in the name Islam. If we look at their latest front of war, they are killing fellow Muslims inside the very prayer houses i.e. mosques. For example, we are watching what is happening in Pakistan-- the so-called Islamists are killing their brothers and sisters in the mosques on special prayers day, the Friday. So, it is very easy to understand that the so-called Islamists are not real Muslims but they are using Islam and destroying its image.

ACC's role

The propriety of ACC's action in filling cases against people and the way it spent a huge amount of taxpayers' money have been called into question. Many people were put in jail, harassed and humiliated in connection with ACC cases. The role of the Anti-Corruption Commission during the two years of the caretaker government's rule has come under sharp criticism for the manner in which it instituted cases against political and business leaders, including two former prime ministers.

Love for luxury!

Rashidul Hasan's front-page report of 20 April on the matter is an eye opener. However, the moot question is, did the minister approve the proposals for the lavish office decoration as reported in another daily as well as for the purchase of a luxurious SUV?

Why this prejudice?

Some days ago a man came to our office to buy an apartment from a particular project. He wanted to know whether any buyer from Barisal was there. According to him, it is impossible to live with a neighbour from Barisal. My other two co-directors smiled silently as I am a man from Barisal. Over two decades ago, I along with my wife went to the house of one of my acquaintances. There were a dozen people who were engaged in a debate over “who are the worst people in Bangladesh?” The conclusion of the debate was that the people of Comilla, Noakhali & Barisal were the worst! My wife also fell into this category as she is from Noakhali.

Opinion poll on student politics

Your recent opinion poll on 100 days of the present government is really a praiseworthy one.

DHK's passing

Mr. Delwar Hossain Khan, popularly known as “DHK”, probably the most widely recognized and professionally awarded personality of Bangladesh's pharmaceutical industry, died on Wednesday( 21st April morning) at a local hospital in Dhaka.

Discrimination in promotion

Education is the backbone of a nation which is imparted by the teacher. In the developed countries in the world, teachers are honoured in many ways. On the other hand, in our country teachers are neglected. There are many points to discuss but today we are focusing on one of the vital issues.

An appeal to lawmakers

I would like to draw the kind attention of the general readers and the lawmakers of the country in particular to the Section 18 (3) of the Arthorin Adalat Ain 2003 (Ain). This is a bad law as it discourages the investors to invest in the long run. No business can guarantee profit. If it could be ensured, then everyone would start a business. In practice , only 3-5% of the world population are risk takers i.e. the entrepreneurs, the prime movers of the economy.

Cancellation of lease

If it is looked upon from public interest and from the point of inadmissibility of conducting political activities in a restricted and sensitive zone, the proposed cancellation of the lease to Begum Zia of her cantonment residence in no way goes against the tenets or ethics. Earlier, as the people were unaware of such a vast land being under the occupation of a single family, they had nothing to say against, but now they do not sympathize with the family.

Disorder in BCL

Against the backdrop of BCL's destructive activities which have virtually closed almost all the major educational institutions in the country, our prime minister has stepped down as the organisational chief of BCL. Following her resignation, a legitimate question arises as to why she has done so. Does she mean she has failed to control the BCL? If so, then who else can bring the BCL back on the right track? It is also possible that she has resigned being frustrated with the notorious activities of her party's student wing. But her resignation will not bring any durable solution. She and her government are responsible for restoring order in the BCL and create a congenial atmosphere in the educational institutions. Though our PM has sent a message of stern action against those BCL activists who are locked in fighting, extortion, tender manipulation and other criminal activities, this may not serve the purpose as her message of stern action is not a new one to the BCL men.

Unsettled 21st century

Civilization is changing slowly but surely, during this 21st century the first and the third worlds are under continuous stress, as the rate of change is rising: and the global problems multiply. There is too much global garbage, to be carted away.

International

Campaign for 3rd phase of Indian polls ends

Indian politicians yesterday winded down their campaign for the third phase of parliamentary elections set for tomorrow.

Scramble for Muslim votes in UP

Three major political parties in Uttar Pradesh are locked in a race for the Muslim vote, seen to be floating in these Lok Sabha polls rather than being tethered to any political outfit as in the past.

Afghan unrest kills 6 cops, 12 militants

Afghan police clashed with Taliban fighters outside the capital Kabul, leaving a dozen militants and an officer dead, while bombs blasts killed five more policemen, the government said yesterday.

Up to 1m displaced in northwest Pakistan

Up to one million people are displaced in northwestern Pakistan where militants are feeding on local discontent and strife, humanitarian and local officials from Pakistan warned yesterday.

Kasab is over 20 years old, says medical examiners

Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone terrorist captured alive after the 26/11 attack on Mumbai, is over 20, according to a medical report submitted here Tuesday before the Special Court hearing the terror attacks trial.

Quattrocchi no longer on CBI's most wanted list

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has removed the name of the lone surviving suspect in the Bofors payoff case Ottavio Quattrocchi from its list of most wanted persons.

Lanka snubs Sweden FM as tension over war mounts

Sri Lanka barred Sweden's foreign minister yesterday from entering the island on a humanitarian mission, as diplomatic tensions mounted over the conduct of the war on the Tamil Tigers.

Indian SC orders probe into role of Modi, 63 others in Gujarat riots

The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the role of 64 people, including that of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the post-Godhra riots cases.

Asia tightens grip against flu threat

Asia tightened its already strict measures to keep swine flu from spreading across the region yesterday, after the World Health Organisation warned of a significant increase in the risk of a pandemic.

Mexico faces criticism over flu response

Two weeks after the first known swine flu death, Mexico still hasn't given medicine to the families of the dead. It hasn't determined where the outbreak began or how it spread.

Brown touts anti-terror strategy in Pakistan

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown held talks in Pakistan Monday after announcing a new strategy to tackle a "crucible of terrorism" on a visit to Kabul.

Myanmar opposition to decide later about 2010 poll

Members of detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party said Tuesday they will wait to see whether laws governing next year's elections conform with democratic standards before deciding if they will contest the polls.

US 'ready to lead' climate change fight: Hillary

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told envoys from 17 major economies meeting here Monday that the United States is ready to lead the fight against global climate change.

Insurgents gun down 10 people in Thailand

Suspected Muslim insurgents killed ten civilians in a flurry of attacks in the insurgency-plagued southern Thailand, the army said yesterday, the fifth anniversary of a bloody assault by security forces against militants at a mosque.

US drone attacks counterproductive

Pakistan Muslim League-N chief Nawaz Sharif has urged British Prime Minister Gordon Brown to use his influence to make the US shun its policy of drone strikes in the Tribal Areas.

Sick Gazans victims of Hamas-Fatah power struggle

Hundreds of Palestinian patients have been trapped in the Gaza Strip, unable to travel abroad for crucial treatment for cancer and other diseases, because of political infighting between Gaza's militant Hamas rulers and their Palestinian rivals.

US ex-soldier faces death for rape, murder of Iraqi girl

A former US soldier accused of being the ringleader of the gang rape of an Iraqi girl and the murder of her family bragged about how "awesome" it was, a prosecutor told jurors Monday.

Arts & Entertainment

The dancing bells that once were

Behind the huge wooden doors of Bulbul Academy of Fine Arts (BAFA), a doe-eyed little Kajol was keenly tapping her feet, imitating the postures of the dancers. Inside the classroom, rehearsals for a dance-drama was on in full swing. Little did Kajol notice a pair of eyes that were following her every move, almost bewitched by the little girl's ability to emulate the dance steps with such natural grace.

Celebrating the universal language

"In thy dance, Divine Dancer,
Freedom finds its image and dreams their forms.
Its cadence weaves the threads of things and unwinds them for ages;
Charms the atom's rebellion into beauty,
Gives rhythm to the symphony of the stars; thrills life with pain,
And churns up existence into surging joys and sorrows"
--- Rabindranath Tagore

Celebrating the universal language

Anisul Islam Hero: A member of the International Dance Council of ITI Dhaka, dance artiste Anisul Islam Hero leads the dance organisation Srishti Cultural Centre. Through the medium of dance, Hero with his troupe seeks to promote awareness on social issues such as women's rights, environment and HIV/AIDS. He has received awards for his creative work from Bangladesh Cinema Journalist's Association, Cultural Journalist's Forum and other organisations.

A look into the history of Bangladeshi dance

Despite being perhaps the oldest performing art form, dance, has not witnessed the kind of research or studies it deserves in Bangladesh. Fortunately, in recent years, some dance exponents and enthusiasts have taken the initiative to conduct researches and in-depth studies on the medium.

4th National Dance Festival observed in Chittagong

After a long lull, dance lovers of Chittagong were treated to a superb recital on April 27. The Chittagong chapter of Bangladesh Nritya Shilpi Sangstha (BNSS) organised the programme at the Theatre Institute of Chittagong (TIC) as part of the weeklong countrywide 4th National Dance Festival as well as to mark International Dance Day 2009.

Int'l Dance Day Message ---Akram Khan, UK

This very special day is dedicated to the one language that everybody in this world can speak -- the inherent language of our bodies and our souls, of our ancestors and of our children.

OP-ED

Cheers to the great

WHEN Alexander the Great was about to die his aides asked him who should inherit his position after his death. Alexander said something feebly, which none among his aides could hear clearly, except for the word kratristo (meaning great). None was sure whether he meant a great general or a great politician or a great man.

End-game in Sri Lanka?

IT is a fast developing situation in Sri Lanka, as the more than three-decade-old civil war appears to be heading for a final settlement. The government says that the Tamil rebels are on the brink of total defeat and it is only a matter of time that they are completely decimated.


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