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Nuke answer to power

Previous governments may not have kept the promise to build a nuclear power plant for the last 40 years but this Awami League government is committed to make it happen during its tenure, said State Minister for Science and ICT Yeafesh Osman yesterday.

Govt's borrowing from banks may rise 34pc

The government's bank borrowing target for the next fiscal year (FY) may be increased by 34 percent over this year's and set at Tk 18,000 crore due to a possible mismatch between budgetary earning and expenditure next year.

Dr Wazed no more

Eminent scientist and husband of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Dr MA Wazed Miah passed away yesterday afternoon in the capital's Square Hospital after a prolonged battle with multiple illnesses.

NID cards only for those eligible for becoming voters

Only people eligible for being registered as voters will now be entitled to get national identity (NID) card, according to a draft national identity registration act.

Khaleda rushes to Sudha Sadan, consoles Hasina

Leader of the Opposition Khaleda Zia rushed to Sudha Sadan last night to stand beside Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and convey her condolence on the death of Dr MA Wazed Miah.

Troops kill 55 Taliban in fierce Swat fighting

Doctors rushed to treat wounded Pakistani civilians and desperate refugees looted UN supplies yesterday, as thousands of troops backed by bomb-dropping warplanes sought to purge Taliban militants from a northwestern valley.

Project for disabled gets uncertain

The fate of $35 million donor-funded project for the welfare of the persons with disability (PWDs) and disadvantaged children is uncertain due to negligence of the government in launching it formally within the timeframe, which has already expired.

Infighting grips JCD over new committee

Internal feud has raised its ugly head in BNP's student wing Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) ahead of the formation of a new central committee as part of the party's initiative to reform its associated organisations.

A mother's mission impossible accomplished

Mothers are always special. Some stand out from others and make us realise that mothers are made in heaven. And a few of them turn out to be mother of all mothers. Shefali Iqbal is among the rare few.

Scrapping to mean ban on religion-based political parties

Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday said over 50 religion-based political parties will get banned if the Supreme Court upholds the High Court (HC) verdict declaring illegal the fifth amendment to the constitution.

Foreign forces being invited in search of militants

Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami yesterday said a certain quarter is inviting foreign forces to Bangladesh in search of militants mentioning the country's inability to fight against militancy.

Ex-NSI officer taken to TFI for quizzing

Further interrogation of arrested former director (security) of National Security Intelligence (NSI) Mohammad Sahab Uddin began at TFI cell in Dhaka yesterday afternoon in connection with the Chittagong arms haul case.

Seven Hizb ut-Tahrir men arrested in city

Police last night arrested seven Hizb ut-Tahrir activists in the city's Badda area and seized leaflets containing 'provocative statements over Pilkhana carnage'.

Outlaw killed in 'crossfire'

An outlawed party leader was killed in a shootout between Rab and his cohorts at Khaskarra village in Alamdanga upazila of Chuadanga district early yesterday.

Girl, housewife found dead in city

Police recovered the bodies of a minor girl and a teenage housewife from city's Khilgaon and Mohakhali areas yesterday.

Hopes revolve round N-plant

Nuclear scientists, energy experts and policymakers yesterday said the country has no alternative but to set up nuclear power plants to meet the country's growing energy demands but called for extensive precautions to prevent a future nuclear catastrophe.

Australia, Japan confirm first swine flu cases

Japanese authorities scrambled Saturday to track travellers who arrived on the same flight as three people diagnosed with the country's first confirmed cases of swine flu. Australia also joined the ranks of affected countries with its first confirmed case.

Nepal parties in talks to form new govt

Nepal's political parties held urgent talks yesterday in a bid to cobble together a new government as a midnight deadline set by the Himalayan country's president loomed.

Lanka shelling hospitals

Human Rights Watch on Saturday accused Sri Lankan forces of repeatedly striking hospitals in the northern war zone with indiscriminate artillery and aerial attacks that have killed scores of people, a charge the military denied.


Why are Bangladeshi workers dying abroad?

The figures are simply staggering. In the first week of this month, the bodies of altogether 64 Bangladeshi expatriates working in various countries were brought back home. As a newspaper report makes it clear, on Friday alone a total of twelve such bodies arrived in Dhaka. The worry about these dead, indeed about the causes of their death, is only made worse considering that in the first three months of this year, January to March, the bodies of 635 Bangladeshi workers were brought back home. In April, 199 bodies were received at ZIA.

Screening at ZIA slipshod?

Even though a health check desk has been set up at the Zia International Airport(ZIA) since April 29 to ward off risk of swine flu contagion by screening out suspected cases, there have been but a few going through the routine procedure. Some passengers approached by our reporter seemed unaware of any health desk and also the necessity for them to report. Although inbound passengers from 19 countries are to pass through the procedure, the big signboard put up at ZIA asking travellers to report name only seven countries. Actually, the whole idea of listing countries is being continually overtaken by the fact that suspected cases are surfacing in newer countries with each passing day.

Let logic and decency prevail

THE cabinet's decision to revoke the allotment of Khaleda Zia's residence on Moinul Road, Dhaka Cantonment, has put the opposition party in a combative mood. It goes without saying that it has heated up the country's political front.

Why Mumbai's voters went missing

NORMALLY, media chases news. Sometimes, news chases media. Occasionally, there is a deadlock. That is when media is forced to look for rabbits in a hat. After all, news can existalbeit forlorn and forgottenwithout media, but media can't survive without news.

Politicisation is the problem

PRIME Minister Sheikh Hasina has directed the civil servants to discharge their duties for the well-being of the people, keeping in mind that they are the servants of the people, not their masters. She said this while inaugurating a two-day silver jubilee function of Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre at Savar recently.


WC games only at Mirpur, Fatullah

In a major step towards preparing for the 2011 ICC World Cup, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has nominated two venues for holding the matches of the tournament.

Zia's one-man show

Ziaur Rahman single-handedly took Dhaka Sports Club to the final of the Habib Group PCL Twenty20 tournament with a six-hitting frenzy that took his side to a thrilling three-wicket victory against Abahani at the MA Aziz stadium here yesterday.

Nafis carries BU thru'

Local boy Nafis Iqbal led from the front to steer Brothers Union to the final of the Habib Group PCL Twenty20 tournament in the exciting first semifinal where they beat Dada Warriors by six wickets at the MA Aziz Stadium here yesterday.

Amnesty to ICL players

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has announced 'amnesty' for the players who signed with the Indian Cricket League (ICL) following the guideline of International Cricket Council (ICC) about the players of the unauthorised tournament.

School football

Moslemuddin School of Jhenidah became champions in the Khulna zone trouncing Koyra Madinabad School 5-1 in the Citycell National School Football Championships at the Khulna Stadium yesterday.

BD lose 5-0

Bangladesh national hockey team suffered a 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Japan in their opening match of the 8th Asia Cup men's hockey tournament in Kuantan, Malaysia yesterday.

Int'l beach volleyball

A four-day international beach volleyball tournament starts today at the Laboni Point in Cox's Bazar.

'Dhoni great motivator'

Star England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has joined the growing list of Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's admirers, saying the wicketkeeper batsman is a very impressive leader both on and off the field.

Dido's dream of a difference

A Brazilian who is also Dutch - the marriage of joga bonito with total football is the best of all possible outcomes that Bangladesh can derive from their newly appointed football coach, Edson Silva Dido. A player who once graced the same club as the legendary Zico, Dido brings with him a wealth of experience. His start with Bangladesh has been encouraging, but improving a sport on which the sun had all but set proves to be a hefty challenge for this wiry South-American. In a candid exchange with the Daily Star Sport's Quazi Zulquarnain Islam & Ameeruddin Zain, Dido talks problems, solutions and the need for a holistic and coordinated approach to progress.

Punjab bounce back

Kings XI Punjab bounced back into contention with a nail-biting three-wicket victory over Deccan Chargers in a Indian Premier League thriller here on Saturday.

Abahani all ready

Abahani launched the AFC (Asian Football Confederation) President's Cup football tournament, which starts on May 12 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS), at the club premises yesterday.

Chennai's fifth in a row

S Badrinath smashed a brilliant unbeaten 59 and shared a crucial 89-run partnership with Matthew Hayden (48) to fashion Chennai Super Kings' impressive seven-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals in their Indian Premier League match here on Saturday.

Salma Rafiq passes away

Country's first woman sports journalist Salma Rafiq is no more. The ever-smiling lady, who always extended her helping hands to young enthusiasts interested to take sports journalism as a career, breathed her last at her Shaymoli residence yesterday.

PCB to sue ICC

Pakistan is mounting a legal challenge to the International Cricket Council's decision to move its World Cup matches over security fears, the nation's cricket governing body said Saturday.

'We lost the plot'

West Indies captain Chris Gayle said his side had "lost the plot" after they suffered a 10-wicket thrashing by England that saw them beaten inside three days in the first Test at Lord's here on Friday.

All-Russian final

World number one Dinara Safina booked a date with Svetlana Kuznetsova in the WTA Rome clay court international final after an epic three-set victory over Venus Williams on Friday.

Amit century make it 4-1

A superb hundred from Bangladesh Under-19s opener Amit Mazumder took the home side to a three-wicket win in the fifth and final one-dayer against Sri Lanka Under-19s at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

Pakistan draw with China

Three-time former champions Pakistan pulled off a face-saving 1-1 draw with China with just 40 seconds remaining in their opening Asia Cup tie at the Kuantan Hockey Stadium here Saturday.

Zia 14th in Mayor's Cup

Grand Master Ziaur Rahman finished 14th in the second Mumbai Mayor's Cup Open International Chess Tournament in Mumbai, India yesterday.

Junior athletics

BKSP dominated the Dhaka Bank 25th National Junior Athletics Competition winning seven gold medals in the track and field events at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday. Comilla District Sports Association (DSA) followed the leader securing three gold medals.

Fergie predicting a MU-Barca classic

Sir Alex Ferguson is predicting a classic Champions League final between Manchester United and Barcelona after the two European giants were left standing following a week of semifinal drama.

Van Gaal to take over at Bayern

Louis Van Gaal, the coach of newly crowned Dutch champions AZ Alkmaar, is set to take over at Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, according to reports on Saturday.

Iran line-up friendlies

Iran are to prepare for their next World Cup qualifier with friendly games against Syria, Vietnam and China, the ISNA news agency reported quoted in local newspaper on Saturday.

UEFA tells ref to keep mum

UEFA has told Norwegian referee Tom Henning Ovrebo not to speak the media following the controversy over his performance in the Champions League semifinal between Barcelona and Chelsea, the Norwegian FA said Friday.

Henry in doubt for UCL final

Barcelona may have to do without French international striker Thierry Henry for their Champions League final showdown against holders Manchester United in Rome as he has knee ligament trouble, the club said Friday.

Becks excited by Juve clash

Former England captain David Beckham said on Friday he is excited ahead of AC Milan's visit of Juventus on Sunday.

Schaaf set for Wolves

Werder Bremen coach Thomas Schaaf is set to quit the UEFA Cup finalists at the end of the season to train Bundesliga leaders Wolfsburg, German tabloid Bild claim Saturday.


Footwear exports buoyant

Footwear exports have marked a 20 percent rise during July-March this fiscal year, Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) statistics show.

TeleTalk to get Tk 2,000cr development fund

The government has finally paid heed to struggling TeleTalk's cry for development fund.

Dhaka to push for G20 bailout pie

The government has decided to go for an all-out effort to get Bangladesh's share from the recession package announced at a G20 summit last month, Commerce Minister Faruk Khan said yesterday.

Boro farmers in north suffer surprise loss

Boro farmers in some northern districts, especially in Bogra, face a huge loss as they are forced to sell their produce far below the production costs and at almost half the prices they got last season.

Businessmen demand buffer stock of essentials

Businessmen yesterday suggested the government build a buffer stock of essential commodities at the Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) to be able to intervene in the market and curb unusual price hikes.

UK business team due today

An 11-member delegation of the newly formed UK-Bangladesh Business Council (UKBBC) arrives here today to further the economic activities and co-operation between the two countries.

US job losses slow, but unemployment hits fresh high

US labour market losses eased in April with 539,000 jobs axed, while the unemployment rate hit 8.9 percent, according to data Friday suggesting the economy remains weak but may be stabilizing.

BB governor calls for humanitarian banking

Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Atiur Rahman has called upon the country's commercial banks to stand beside the poor with some sort of 'humanitarian banking'.

IMF approves second payment to Ukraine

The International Monetary Fund approved Friday a 2.8 billion dollar payment to Ukraine, the second portion of standby loan to help the country cope with a severe economic crisis.

Philippines signals easing of monetary policy

Monetary authorities on Friday signalled a further easing of the central bank's policy rates to help the Philippines boost economic growth amidst a global downturn.

Kosovo offered IMF membership

The International Monetary Fund said Friday it had offered membership to Kosovo, which would become the 186th member of the global financial body.

Accounting tricks boost profits

There's nothing like a little magical math to make banks' financial woes go away.

Murdoch leads way to get readers to pay online

As US newspapers shrivel up and die, an unlikely figure is emerging as their potential saviour: News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch.

Wall Street sees spring

Wall Street is seeing more economic "green shoots," helping fuel its extended rally as investors grow more confident in a recovery from recession.

Dollar mixed on bank outlook

The dollar fell to a one-month low against the euro and sank versus the yen on Friday after an assessment of US banks sparked optimism and US jobs data raised hope for an easing of the slowdown.

Oil breaches $58

Oil prices breached 58 dollars per barrel Friday as better-than-expected jobs data in key energy consumer the United States signaled a possible easing of a severe economic slump.

Toyota posts first loss, sees worse ahead

Toyota Motor, the world's top automaker, announced Friday a 4.4-billion dollar annual loss, its first ever, and warned it would plunge deeper into the red as car sales collapse during the recession.

India's inflation nudges up as food costs rise

India's inflation rate nudged higher for a third straight week, government data showed Friday, fuelled by higher food prices, but analysts said the cost-of-living should turn lower soon.

ExxonMobil starts work on Shanghai technology centre

ExxonMobil Chemical broke ground Friday on a 70-million-dollar research and development centre in Shanghai that it says will refocus the global company on growth in Asia.

LatAm countries set aside $7b for new bank

Seven Latin American countries agreed Friday to set aside seven billion dollars to create a new regional investment bank.

Weekly Currency Roundup

May 3-May 7, 2009
International Markets
The international markets continued to remain volatile this week. At the beginning of the week, positive news on the US economy boosted risk appetitive. USD, euro hit two week highs versus the yen.


Life sketch of Wazed Miah

A nuclear scientist of international repute, Dr MA Wazed Miah, who breathed his last at a city hospital yesterday, is known more for his professional excellence in scientific arena, but the close friends and contemporaries were familiar to his role also as a student leader during the climax of Bangalee nationalist movement in 1960s.

Place right people in right positions

Physicians yesterday urged the government to place the right people in the right positions and recruit more doctors to fill up the vacant posts.

World Mother's Day today

World Mother's Day will be celebrated in the country today as elsewhere across the globe acknowledging the contributions, sacrifices and loves of mothers for their children.

'Dr Wazed's death an irreparable loss for nation'

Leaders of different political, educational and socio-cultural organisations yesterday expressed deep shock at the death of Dr MA Wazed Miah, eminent nuclear scientist and husband of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

No militants in country

Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad yesterday said there are no militants in the country at present.

'Introduce unitrack education system'

Speakers at a discussion yesterday called on the government to introduce unitrack education system up to class eight in line with the Kudrat-e-Khuda Education Commission report.

Bangladesh 57th among 100 nations

Bangladesh ranks 57th in the first ever rating of 100 developing nations in preparing young children to succeed in school, according to the State of the World's Mothers 2009 report published by Save the Children (SC).

Join fight against graft

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday called on the young generation to play a more effective role in the anti-corruption movement.

Protect rights of sexual minorities

A four-day workshop on Gender, Sexuality and Rights began in the city yesterday.

Start process without further delay

The government must hold the trial of war criminals as the anti-liberation forces are still active hatching conspiracy against the country.

Youth killed, Jubo League leader shot in city

An unidentified youth was killed and a ward level leader of Jubo League sustained bullet injuries in separate incidents at Mohammadpur in the city last night.

Three bombs recovered in city

Police recovered three handmade bombs in front of the entrance of Stamford University at Siddheswari in the city yesterday morning.

Bangladeshi shot dead in South Africa

A Bangladeshi trader was shot dead in Johannesburg, South Africa, early hours of Friday.

Fruit vendor strangled in Ctg

A fruit vendor was strangled in the port city yesterday.

Bomb-like objects found on BM College campus

Rab and police recovered seven bomb-like objects from Barisal BM College campus and surrounding areas yesterday, just a day before the scheduled freshers' reception.

Prof Jalil made Begum Rokeya University VC

Prof Dr Abdul Jalil Miah of chemistry department of Rajshahi University was appointed vice chancellor of Begum Rokeya University in Rangpur.

Train derails in Ishwardi

An inter-city train derailed on Dhaka-Khulna rail line at Baghail point of Ishwardi upazila at yesterday.

3 killed in road accidents

Three people were killed and 20 others injured in separate road accidents in Brahmanbaria, Netrakona and Dinajpur yesterday.

'Save Buriganga, Shitalakkha'

Nirveek, an organisation works on environment, held a boat rally and formed a human chain on the bank of Shitalakhha at Hajiganj Ghat in Narayanganj yesterday to press home its demand to save Buriganga and Shitalakhya river.

President hosts reception to Buddhists

President Zillur Rahman yesterday hosted a reception to the members of the Buddhist community at Bangabhaban on the occasion of their greatest religious festival, Buddha Purnima.

Body found in N'ganj

Police recovered the body of a youth from Panchabati BSIC industrial area in Narayanganj early yesterday.

US sees little change in 'highly partisan politics' in Bangladesh

Despite hopes that the new government would reject the highly partisan politics of the past, it soon became clear little had changed, said the US State Department in its latest addition to Bangladesh's background note.

15pc block allocation in dev budget demanded

Bangladesh Khetmojur Union demanded 15 percent block allocation in development budget for employment generation and development of the rural workers.

10 injured in attack over land dispute

At least ten people, including four of a family, were injured in an attack by their rivals over a land dispute at Dholaikhal in the old part of the city yesterday.

Tech school to be set up in each upazila

Government is planning to establish technical school in each upazila to develop skilled workforce.


Gas emission posing risk for 4 years but no remedial step yet

Emission of natural gas continues through six tube-wells and hundreds of holes at Shyampur and Anandapur villages, Titas River and Loiska Beel near Location No 3 of Brahmanbaria Titas Gas Field, posing serious risk for the locals.

Another worrying crack in hill

The Walu Tang hill on the bank of Shanhka River in the district has developed another crack while no government step was seen as of yesterday evening to clear the sand and stone from the natural dam created by landslide from the hill early Wednesday.

Water crisis grips Satkhira town

Scarcity of drinking water has turned serious in Satkhira municipality for the last few days as the authorities are now supplying only half of the water required for over one lakh 25 thousand people in the area.

AL men capture office at gunpoint, police free it

Awami league (AL) activists yesterday captured the office of Khulna Divisional Mini Bus Owners' Asso-ciation at Sonadanga Central Bus Terminal in the city.

2 children drown in pond

Two children drowned in a pond under Hoaikong union of Tekhnaf upazila in Cox's Bazar yesterday. Locals said, Saiful Islam, 6, son of Abul Kalam of Satghoria Para and Tahera Begum, 8, daughter of Nurul Islam were returning home after enjoying Bolikhela (one kind of local sport). Feeling thirsty, they went to a pond where they started playing with water. At one stage, Saiful fell into the pond. Tahera, who was standing nearby jumped into the water to rescue him. But they drowned as both did not know how to swim. Locals recovered their body from the pond in the afternoon.

Bombs recovered in Jhenidah

Kotchandpur police recovered two bombs from a house in Poura area yesterday. Police said, they went to the house of one Aminur Rahman and recovered the bombs from a bathroom. Kotchandpur police said, Aminur's daughter found the bombs when she went to bathroom. The bombs, wrapped in green tape, were kept in a bag.

Extortionist held in Khulna

Detectives on Friday night arrested the suspected outlaw who demanded Tk 10 lakh from Khulna City Corporation (KCC) Mayor Talukder Abdul Khaleque over cellphone on Tuesday. The arrestee, Moshtaque Ahmed, son of Hemayet Ali Sheikh of Chaksree Bazer under Rampal upazila of Bagerhat district, was taken to Khulna Sadar Police Station the same night showing him arrested on charge of extortion. The KCC mayor on Wednesday filed a general diary (GD) with Khulna Sadar Police Station seeking security of his life. DB police is quizzing the alleged outlaw.

Old man beaten to death

An old man was beaten to death and three others of his family were injured in an attack following an altercation with relatives over a disputed land at village West Ramnagar in Sadar upazila Friday night. Liakot Hossain Mondol, 70, had an argument with his cousin Makbul Hossain Mondol and at one stage Makbul and his sons began to beat Liakot with sticks severely killing him on the spot, police and locals said. Liakot's wife Monwara, 60, daughter Rikta, 22, and son-in-law Shamim, 35, were also injured and admitted to Magura Sadar Hospital as they were also beaten up by them.

Victim of land dispute

A farmer was killed and 10 others were injured when rivals attacked them at village Char Bahadurpur in Phulpur upazila yesterday morning. Police and locals said, victim Sohrab Ali, 40, had a long-standing land dispute with one Alal Uddin of adjacent Dharakpur village. When Sohrab was husking boro paddy near his house with others, Alal along with his gang men attacked him with lethal weapons killing Sohrab on the spot and injuring 10 others.

Playmates kill teenage boy

A teenage cricket player was stabbed to death yesterday afternoon by his playmates at village Gayaspur. Officer-In-Charge (OC) of Sadar police station said, it happened when two groups of young cricketers were playing a match at the local Benakur field. At one stage of altercation over a 'no' ball, rival team's players stabbed Sabuj, 18, to death on the spot.

Natore clash: Another dies

Another person, who received injuries during a clash between Awami League (AL) and BNP activists at Hagragari village under Lalpur upazila on Friday, died at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH) yesterday. The dead was identified as Abdur Rashid, an activist of local AL unit. AL activists led by Abdur Rashid and the BNP men led by Choyon Pramanik clashed at the village over a murder case. They used firearms and sharp weapons during the clash that left 15, including Abdur Rashid and Choyon, injured. Choyon succumbed to his injuries at Bagatipara Health Complex on Friday night while Abdur Rashid at RMCH at 9:30am yesterday.


May Day and workers' rights

May day, the political version, - is an American holiday -- once celebrated everywhere in the world except America. The holiday is most often associated with the commemoration of social and economic achievements of the labour movement for a basic right we're now in the process of losing. The day began as workers campaigned for an eight-hour day - we all are aware of its history. But, what is actually happening? The industrial mode of production has divided society into two classes, those who own the means of production (the factories, corporate houses, and govt. institutions as well as development agencies) and the proletariats (the workers), those who are selling their labour as a commodity. The capitalist class is exploiting the labour of workers to produce a surplus for making profits.

Climate change issues

Bangladesh has three great rivers the Brahmaputra, the Padma and the Meghna around 230 smaller rivers flow into these. As there are so many people living in the country, they have to use every bit of land available for farming, even the riverbanks. These riverbanks are prone to erosion and people frequently plunge into extreme poverty when they lose their land and homes due to erosion. Although floods are an annual event, huge floods seem to be becoming more frequent. In 2004, a deluge destroyed 80% of the country's crops, killed 747 people and left 30 million homeless or stranded. The floods of 2007 were not as severe but caused far greater health problems such as cholera and diarrhoea than has been seen for at least a decade. Temperature increase caused by climate change will mean that more snow will melt in the Himalayas each summer. This water will run into the rivers increasing the chances of flooding and river erosion. If the snow melts fully, it could lead to severe water shortage.

Mongla Port

Mongla Seaport is situated in the south-western part of Bangladesh. The previous name of this port was Chalna Port. During the Pakistan period this was an ideal anchorage port & due to its location near the jute mills in Khulna, it was the busiest port handling jute & jute goods. But after liberation due to sinking of various kinds of vessels the port's navigability has been affected, as the wreckage of vessels at the port could not be removed.

Turkish embassy clarifies

It was good to read the letter in The Daily Star (6 May 2009) of Mr. M. Sanaul Huq entitled "A Tale of Two Armies" where he made rightful comments on the Turkish Army, second largest in NATO. However, I understand that due to lack of information about Turkey, Mr. Huq thinks that Turkey has a "perennial Kurdish problem."

Quality seeds

Agriculture is our backbone. So without it we can't imagine anything. But lack of knowledge is responsible for the backwardness of our agriculture sector. The problems are:

Pertinent point

Modern science has presented us various wonderful and interesting things. Satellite channels are remarkable among them. But those are abused too. Sometimes young boys and girls turn their attention so much to satellite channels that they forget everything else, event their studies.

Education commission

The government has announced a new education commission. The new commission will follow Dr. Qudrat-e-Khuda Education Commission which was the first education commission in Bangladesh. To form a new education commission, a committee was announced on 8 April.

Recession and mobile phone

Recession has hit every sector and our booming mobile phone industry is no exception. Every cell phone operator is experiencing decline in the number of new subscribers' registration. They are blaming the high tax on Sim (subscribers identity module) as the main reason for this. So in order to encourage the users to activate the old unused Sim, mobile operators have come up with various promotional offers recently. They are declaring 100% to 300% recharge bonus and some are offering to give Tk 1,000 reward bonus to the users who have not used their Sim for a long period of time. Definitely, these promotional offers are unique and clever marketing policy on the part of the mobile operators and I find no harm in them. But I think they are treating their active users unfairly in the process. They are giving attractive offers to the subscribers who didn't use their Sim, but why will the active users be deprived? What harm they did to the operators by using their Sim constantly? I think if the operators encourage the inactive Sim users, they should also declare reward for the active users at the same time in order to treat all equally.

Contain sound pollution

Noise pollution in Dhaka is becoming unbearable, it is almost as big a problem as scarcity of water and power failures, but it doesn't receive any attention from the authorities. There is a simple solution: ban all hydraulic horns and loudspeaker use between 11:00pm and 7:00am, ban the use of cutters on Fridays in residential areas, all cutters should be used within the building and not on the pavement or street, have better traffic control, so that people don't need to use their horns so often.

No place for the poor!

The other day I was going to my classes near the Central Road. Initially I thought of walking but the heat compelled me to take a rickshaw. I was nearly there when the driver stopped near a shop. I was about to ask him why did he stop suddenly but he went to the shop without answering me and came back with a bottle of mineral water. When he started off again, he smiled very feebly and replied,-“Water crisis at home, apa. I came out early not only with an empty stomach but thirsty as well.”

Hasina, Khaleda at rallies

The May 4 DS editorial is a fresh reminder to both the leaders. But I am sure, none of them is aware of the real public feelings about them and do not bother to know the mindset of today's general people.

Agriculture Policy 2009

The stakeholders might be glad to know that the Ministry of Agriculture has geared up its efforts to get the draft 'National Agriculture Policy' prepared by the Technical Working Group (TWG) approved for final release. To this end, a meeting of the TWG was held on April 22 last in the conference room of the Ministry of Agriculture which was presided over by the TWG Convener Additional Secretary (PPC) A.Z.M. Shafiqul Alam. In this meeting the TWG incorporated various suggestions received from different ministries/divisions in the draft policy. Now a national level meeting will be arranged to exchange/share public opinions plus actual beneficiaries' views on the draft policy.

Swine flu

I guess it was predictable. Yes, in case you didn't know, some people say the virus will devastate the pig-gobbling-West. Yankee infidels will be doomed, and the faithful spared.

Khaleda Zia's house

While the nation is steeped in chronic problems of power cuts for hours together in this unbearable hot climate coupled with erratic water supply, many educational institutions are being closed one after another for violent activities of a section of students and sliding law and order, there is a new issue in the national arena involving the cancellation of Khleda Zia's one taka house in the cantonment area that was allotted to her after the assassination of President Ziaur Rahman. She was also given another house in Gulshan area for use as a source of income.

Too defensive!

Precaution is needed for our welfare but if it stops the speed of life, then of course this is not expected. In case of facing the threat of global recession, most of the companies (working in Bangladesh) are doing the same thing. They have been so defensive that already they have stopped new recruitment totally. Moreover, they are cutting jobs of temporary employees on different lame excuses. Recently, the government declared (informally) in the same manner that less efficient ten percent employees will have to say 'good-bye' to their jobs very soon.


Pakistan president sees 'war' against Taliban

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari pledged Friday to mount an all-out war against Taliban extremists, pledging to kill the militants in a military offensive.

Navy sinks Tiger boats as troops advance

Sri Lanka's navy sank two Tiger boats carrying 14 rebels yesterday as ground troops killed at least 35 guerrillas just outside the newly demarcated "safety zone" for civilians, the military said.

S Africa swears in Zuma as new president

Jacob Zuma took the presidential oath Saturday and became leader of the continent's economic powerhouse after overcoming corruption and sex scandals and a struggle for control of his party.

Pak, Afghan leaders back regional power project

Presidents Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan and Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan gave crucial support Friday to a World Bank-backed 680-million-dollar regional electricity transmission project.

'A number of civilians' killed in Afghan fighting

An Afghan and US military investigation has confirmed that "a number of civilians" were killed in a heavy fighting last week, a joint statement said yesterday, after claims that dozens had died.

States to eliminate 9 more poisonous chemicals: UN

Nine chemicals, including headlice treatment lindane, have been added to a list of poisonous substances that are to be eliminated under the Stockholm Convention, the UN Environment Programme said Saturday.

US renews sanction on Syria for a year

US President Barack Obama has renewed sanctions on Syria amid continuing concerns about its role supporting militants in the region, State Department spokesman Robert Wood said Friday.

Taliban vows to 'eliminate' Pakistan's top leadership

Angered by Pakistan government's decision to launch an all out war against them, the Taliban has vowed to 'eliminate' country's top leadership including President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and their close family members.

Dialogue with S Korea out of question, says North

North Korea said Saturday that it would not even consider talking with South Korea, lashing out at Seoul for criticising the isolated country's human rights record.

Obama picks Egypt for addressing Muslims

President Barack Obama will make his long-awaited address to Muslims in Egypt on June 4, accelerating his bid to mend the US image in the Islamic world from an epicentre of Arab civilisation.

Russia displays military might on Victory Day

Rows of missiles and tanks rolled through Moscow's Red Square and dozens of combat jets roared overhead in the Victory Day parade Saturday in the largest show of Russia's military might in its post-Soviet history.

Rise against Mayawati govt in Uttar Pradesh

A day after a court panel recommended revocation of the National Security Act (NSA) provisions against him, Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Varun Gandhi asked the electorate of Pilibhit to rise against the "anti-poor" Mayawati government of Uttar Pradesh.

Malaysia frees 13 'internal security' detainees

Malaysia said on Saturday it has freed 13 people held under its tough internal security laws, including three ethnic Indian activists detained since organising anti-government protests in 2007.

Race for Iran presidency hots up

The race for Iran's presidency hotted up on Saturday as the two key moderate challengers to hardline incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad formally registered to stand against him in the June election.

Nations gather for oceans talks in Indonesia

Ministers and officials from 70 nations will gather in Indonesia on Monday for talks on protecting the world's oceans and to help set the stage for climate change talks in December.

Arts & Entertainment

Serenading Tagore across the land

Chhayanat Celebrates
Cultural CorrespondentTo commemorate the 148th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, Chhayanat arranged a cultural programme at its main auditorium on May 8. The programme featured a rendition of Tagore songs and recitation from the poet laureate's writings.

Exhibition of Bangladeshi painters in South Korea

The Bangladesh Embassy in South Korea and Korean Foundation are jointly organising an exhibition of 11 Bangladeshi painters at the Korea Foundation Cultural Centre. The exhibition will feature 100 paintings by the renowned artists.

A captivating offering of Tagore songs by Channel 1

Rudro Alokey Esho, a musical tribute to Rabindranath Tagore by five renowned Tagore artistes, was held on his 148th birth anniversary at the Ballroom of Hotel Sheraton. Organised by Channel 1, the event featured talented artistes Papia Sarwar, Kaderi Kibria, Rezwana Chowdhury Bannya, Lily Islam and Fahim Hossain Choudhury.

Kazi Salahuddin’s exhibition begins in city

The inauguration of the two-week solo painting exhibition, titled 'Urban Delight', which showcases the works of artist Kazi Salahuddin Ahmed, was held at the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts on May 7. His works delve into the pleasure, enjoyment and various changing moods of the city-Dhaka. He closely observes the city's structural design, buildings and architectural view.


An anatomy of pre-budget discussions

THE preparation of the 2009-10 budget must be in top gear. Bangladesh has developed a tradition of holding pre-budget discussions with a wide range of stakeholders. Representatives of the business community, academia, journalists and civil society are invited to such discussions.

Double standards

ACCORDING to the United Nations charter, all member nations are pledged to achieve "universal respect for, and observance of, human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion."

Life Style

Bygone bangalipana

Boisterous, spirited and laid back; that is how I would sum up a true Bangali. The main essence of Bangalipana is to be happy with no strings attached. A bowl of jhaalmuri, a cup of sweet tea, two friends and politics, and we are on cloud nine. It has been like this ever since I can recall.

Foursome brings in old favourites

Kids deserve a room that reflects their personalities. A thoughtfully designed children's bedroom requires a detailed interview of both the child and the parents. While it is important to know the child's preferences in terms of theme and colour, parents must be consulted about the functionality. In a child's room it's crucial to write down all of the functions of the room.

anything you can do….

Gender refers to the socially constructed roles, behaviour, activities and attributes that a particular society considers appropriate for men and women.

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