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News of: Saturday, 23rd of May, 2009

Front Page

Plots in Turag up for sale

Everybody is very much aware of the sand traders encroaching on the Turag and erecting illegal structures by the riverbank in Amin Bazar and Diabari in the capital.

Miners, villagers strike deal

Representatives of villagers affected by land subsidence caused by coal mining in Barapukuria have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Barapukuria Coal Mine Company Ltd (BCMCL) for compensation and cooperation.

Manmohan sworn in for second term

Manmohan Singh was sworn in as the prime minister of India for a second term yesterday along with the induction of his 20-member new coalition government.

Grouping for key posts blamed for delayed decision

The BNP failed to announce its district unit convening committees last week because of grouping and lobbying by top-level leaders for key posts, causing resentment among the party's district unit leaders.

Two gunfights, 5 muggers shot

At least five alleged muggers sustained bullet wounds yesterday in two gunfights between police and criminals at Mohammadpur and Kadamtoli in the city.

Shattered, bewildered they return empty-handed

Migrant workers forced to return home empty-handed after losing their jobs abroad are all at sea in facing the harsh reality of their situations.

Riverside units must have zero-waste management

Zero-waste industrial management should be introduced in small, medium and large industries to save rivers and other water bodies near them, said speakers at a seminar organised by Bangladesh Paribesh Andolan (Bapa) yesterday.

Rally round rivers

We've started to expose some of the many outrageous encroachments on four Dhaka rivers--Turag, Buriganga, Balu and Shitalakhya--with a plea to the government to go and check grabbers' claims.

How they slip through net

The river-grabbers get off scot-free for a section of crooked land officials and lack of sufficient records to detect documents forged to back up claims on land.

Held Huji men tightlipped

The case of bomb blast on a rally of Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) at Paltan Maidan has put investigators into a state of confusion as Harkatul Jihad al Islami (Huji) operatives have stopped divulging any further information about their link to the blast.

Clarification, our reply

The Gas Transmission Company Ltd (GTCL) in a clarification to The Daily Star news headlined "$150m Gas Compressor Project: GTCL goes for 'forced' re-tender for 3rd time" published May 12 differed on some points of the story.

Lanka dismisses threat of war crime charges

Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse yesterday brushed off calls for an investigation into alleged war crimes committed by government troops in their offensive against Tamil Tiger rebels.

BA suffers record full-year loss

British Airways on Friday reported its biggest full-year loss since the former national airline was privatized in 1987, mainly due to soaring fuel costs and weaker demand in recent months.

Hasina greets Manmohan

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday congratulated Dr Manmohan Singh on his assumption of office as Indian prime minister for a second term.

Khoka-Abbas war of words

Leaders of Khoka faction and Mirza Abbas faction of BNP yesterday embarked on a war of words in a meeting for finalising the programmes for marking the death anniversary of the party founder, late president Ziaur Rahman.

DU hands over martyr Barkat's certificate after 58 years

Fifty-eight years after his death, Dhaka University (DU) authorities yesterday handed over the graduation certificate and mark sheets of language martyr Abul Barkat to his family member.

All because of a flawed list of deserters

Members of different law enforcement and intelligence agencies are frequently visiting village home of Aiyub Ali, Nayek Driver of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR), to arrest him who is already in jail.

As Ctg mayor sees press

Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury yesterday made disgraceful comments about journalists and said journalism is a profession that recently emerged as an unethical business for making money.

Four ministers, 2 whips now in Khulna

Four ministers and two whips of parliament went to Khulna yesterday on a two-day tour and held separate talks with the lawmakers of Khulna district, government and port officials and party workers.

Season change could spread swine flu in Asia-Pacific: WHO

The change of seasons in the Asia-Pacific region could make it easier for swine flu to spread, World Health Organisation (WHO) officials warned yesterday.

UK to help consolidate democracy

Britain assured Bangladesh of support towards consolidation of democracy, good governance and development in future as Foreign Minister Dipu Moni held talks with Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs David Miliband on Thursday.

BankUnited FSB shut

US regulators on Thursday shut down BankUnited FSB, an ailing Florida lender, in the largest American bank failure this year.

Editorial

Child trafficking

UNNERVING reports of children being kidnapped and trafficked across borders keep appearing in the media, almost with an uncanny regularity. When we hear that those unfortunate children are taken to various destinations to work as bonded labour or sex trade, in case of girls, we cannot but express our deep concern at the existence of the evil in our society. According to a study of Bangladesh National Women Lawyers' Association (BNWLA), around 25,000 women and children are trafficked out of the country every year. Children from poor background in villages and city slums remain as targets of traffickers as they lack constant parental supervision and social security. Usually they are allured away with fake offers of good job and a life of comfort.

Loan default up

THE Bangladesh Bank statistics on bank lending during January to March showed a five percent increase in defaulted loans amounting to Tk 1,103 crore from the level recorded in December last year. This is not worrying, but given the decline of default culture in the recent years, even a small sign of default cannot fail to draw our attention.

Change from the bottom up

JOSEPH Stiglitz, winner of Nobel Prize in Economics said, "At whatever stage of political and economic development the country is in, a good government always makes a difference". The Awami League came to power partly because it persuaded the voters that it had given up the politics of revenge and resentment and also pledged to the people that they would not pursue the past, but set new policies to meet the demand of time.

Who will take care of Mizan's children?

ON Thursday 14 May 2009, a grenade explosion critically injured a two-year old boy and a two-month old girl. Under ordinary circumstances, these children would have the sympathy and support of most. But these children have had no such luck. Their parents' sins overshadow their plight as victims. Their father is “Boma Mizan”, the explosives expert of the banned Islamic militant group Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), and their mother is his dutiful wife who in an effort to save her husband exploded a grenade, blowing up her right hand and injuring her children.

Sports

Tigers leave today

The Bangladesh cricket team will leave for London today to take part in the ICC World Twenty20, which will kick off from June 5.

Rabiul enough for SL Dev

Rabiul Islam's five-wicket haul took GP-BCB National Cricket Academy to a series win over Sri Lanka Development Squad after a close 13-run victory in the fifth and final one-dayer at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday.

Dinajpur win big at home

Dinajpur Football Academy won their first match at home crushing Maral Sangha of Nilphamari 4-1 in the opening day of the Bashundhara Champions Club Cup at the Dinajpur Stadium yesterday.

Daredevils blitzed

Adam Gilchrist blasted a 17-ball half-century and led the Deccan Chargers to a shock win over the Delhi Daredevils in the first Indian Premier League semifinal at Centurion Park on Friday.

Rajin stars in win

Rajin Saleh returned with an unbeaten 79 to justify his last moment inclusion as Bangladesh A started their campaign against the visiting Maharashtra Cricket Associa-tion with a 13-run victory in the rain-interrupted first one-day at the Birshrestha Shahid Motiur Rahman Stadium in Khulna yesterday.

Zia earns six points

Grand Master Ziaur Rahman earned six points after 10 rounds in the 8th Asian Continental Chess Championship Open Section, qualifying for the World Cup 2009 at Subic Freeport in Olongapo City, Philippines yesterday.

Ganguly better captain: Dinda

Had Kolkata Knight Riders played under the leadership of former India skipper Sourav Ganguly in the Indian Premier League, they might have avoided the tag of tournament-laggards, feels teams young pacer Ashok Dinda.

Pakistan's proposal

Pakistan is ready to propose a neutral venue for the World Cup 2011 matches of which it was stripped in a bid to find a solution to an increasingly bitter dispute, the PCB chairman said Friday.

'Crucial games cost Mumbai'

Mumbai Indians captain Sachin Tendulkar said losing crucial player in the middle of the tournament and inconsistent batting cost them a place in the semifinals of the Indian Premier League.

Mukti, Abahani into semis

A full-strength Mukti Sangha crushed Chandpur's Guakhola by seven wickets to move into the semifinal of the National Club Cup cricket tournament at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium yesterday.

Manish thanks coach, captain

Manish Pandey, the Royal Challengers batsman who on Thursday became the first Indian to hit an IPL century, has said it was the faith shown in him by captain Anil Kumble and coach Ray Jennings that helped him come good.

Nadal gets tough draw

Rafael Nadal's path to a record fifth successive French Open title resembled more of a minefield on Friday when he was handed potential clashes with Lleyton Hewitt as well as Spanish compatriots David Ferrer and Fernando Verdasco.

Clark stirs the pot

Stuart Clark is again set to raise the hackles of England players and officials with confirmation he has agreed terms with Gloucestershire for a two-match stint ahead of the Ashes. The Australian fast bowler prompted a furore in March when he signed with Kent - an arrangement that was eventually scuppered with his call-up to the Australian one-day squad - and is now awaiting a UK visa before taking his place at the County Ground, Bristol.

Phil picks banana

Phil Hughes might be Australian cricket's next big thing but that does not mean he gets out of doing his chores around the house.

Regan defends Leeds drainage

Stewart Regan, the Yorkshire chief executive, was forced to defend the club's new drainage system after the first one-day international between England and West Indies at Headingley was abandoned shortly after 3pm, following torrential morning rain left the newly relayed outfield saturated. Umpires Nigel Llong and Steve Davis conducted several pitch inspections but although the weather itself improved, the outfield remained drenched. Regan, however, insisted the system would be working perfectly come the Ashes.

Age no bar

The IPL gurus would be very happy with Friday's late match. They have always pitched the tournament as an opportunity for young Indian talent to make their mark - and, at the same time, reaped the benefits of seniors trying to come back to international cricket. Tonight they had Manish Pandey and Herschelle Gibbs as cases in point and on both counts they were right.

ICL releases Naved Rana

Yorkshire's overseas star Rana Navedul Hasan has been released from his Indian Cricket League contract.

McGrath upset, may not return

Glenn McGrath has expressed his disappointment at not being given a chance by the Delhi Daredevils to prove his fitness during this season's IPL. He is contracted with Delhi next year as well, but McGrath hinted that he may not return for the 2010 season.

Fight for survival

Newcastle's hopes of avoiding becoming the biggest Premier League casualty since Leeds were relegated from the top flight in 2004 have been hit by an injury crisis that could have catastrophic consequences for the club.

Osasuna look to exploit

With the league title now assured Barcelona can be forgiven for turning their attention to the Champions League final but for Osasuna, their opponents this weekend, it remains a crucial match.

Cesc cleared

Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has been cleared over allegations he spat at Hull assistant boss Brian Horton, the English Football Association announced on Friday.

Real denies C'Ron deal

Spanish giants Real Madrid denied Friday persistent media reports that it has a pre-agreement to sign Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United.

England lose Wright-Phillips

Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips has been ruled out of England's World Cup qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Andorra with a knee injury.

Mourinho staying at Inter

Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho on Thursday dampened rumours linking him with a move to Real Madrid by saying that he was "99.9 per cent" sure of remaining at the newly-crowned Italian champions.

Chelsea face UEFA hearing on June 17

UEFA said Friday that Chelsea as well as Didier Drogba and Jose Bosingwa will face European football's disciplinary body on June 17 following incidents in the Champions League tie against Barcelona.

Ronaldo picks up calf injury

Double World Cup winner Ronaldo has picked up a calf injury that will likely see him miss the next Brazilian league match and the Brazil Cup semifinal, his Corinthians club said Thursday.

Akram signs with Twente

Iraqi football star Nashat Akram has signed a three-year deal with Dutch club FC Twente, runners-up in this year's league title, according to his website.

Alves out for season

Barcelona's Brazilian right-back Dani Alves has been ruled out for the rest of the season after injuring his right foot during training, the newly-crowned Spanish league champions said Thursday.

Metropolitan

Criminals continue to elude police

Law enforcers have failed to arrest the criminals who make threats from their cellphone for realising extortion as they collect the SIM cards from different mobile phone operators by using fake address, photograph and other documents.

FMs to discuss future role of OIC in maintaining peace

Foreign ministers from Muslim countries will assemble in the Syrian capital of Damascus for a three-day meeting beginning today to examine a conceptual paper on the future role of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) in maintaining peace, security and resolving conflicts in the member states.

Call to start trial of war criminals without delay

Speakers at a discussion yesterday said people would get frustrated if the government delays starting the process of the trial of war criminals, terming it a sensitive issue.

2 cr children to be given vitamin A capsule June 6

About two crore children of the 1-5 age group will be administered high-powered vitamin A capsule on June 6 across the country to protect them from blindness and strengthen their immune systems.

Pledges pour in from across country

Three teams, each comprising five people, visited six districts of the country by three vehicles to collect pledges for changes from people from all walks of life in six districts yesterday as every single pledge can contribute to the change in society.

Laptop fair kicks off in Ctg

A three-day laptop fair titled 'Laptop Fair Chittagong 2009' began in the port city yesterday with a view to making the young generation more familiar with the latest innovation in computer technology.

'Adopt alternative method for coal extraction'

Leaders of the National Committee to protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Port yesterday urged the government to issue a white paper on exact number of people to be displaced and the amount of forestland to be subsided if Phulbari Coal Mine Project is implemented.

UN blamed for failing to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission

Members of the HIV treatment coalition at a meeting in Geneva yeserday identified the failure of the international community in preventing vertical transmission, also known as prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT).

'Country's uplift not possible without trial of war criminals'

The government should hold the trial of war criminals without any delay, said Deputy Speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad Col (retd) Shawkat Ali at a discussion yesterday.

Govt aware of global recession impacts

Finance Minister Abul Mal Abdul Muhith yesterday said the government is well aware of the ongoing global economic recession impacts and trying to overcome the problem successfully.

CCCUL service fortnight

The service fortnight of Christian Co-operative Credit Union Limited (CCCUL), Dhaka began to provide better service to its members.

'Celebrating Life' in Rangpur

The Daily Star and Standard Chartered Bank organised a festival titled 'Celebrating Life' at Rangpur Zila School auditorium on Thursday night.

BSF returns 2 boys

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on Thursday handed over two Bangladeshi teenage boys to BDR through a flag meeting at Bhomra frontier in Satkhira Sadar.

Cash incentives for textile sector demanded

Leaders of Textile Engineers Forum, Bangladesh (TEFB) yesterday demanded 15 and 10 percent cash incentives on import value for the woven and knit sectors respectively to make the government-announced stimulus package for textile sectors meaningful.

Millers asked to buy rice at govt-fixed price

Rice millers will have to buy a certain portion of rice directly from farmers at the government-fixed price and supply those to the government stock to ensure that the farmers get fair price, Food Minister Abdur Razzaque said yesterday.

285 Yaba tablets seized in Ctg

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) personnel seized 285 Yaba tablets, 1,770 pornographic books and pirated CDs during raids on Riazuddin Bazar and Railway Road in Chittagong city on Thursday night.

Country's interest to get highest priority while rebuilding BDR

Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) Director General Maj Gen Mainul Islam yesterday said the country's interest will get the highest priority while rebuilding BDR.

'Probe body to submit report based on facts, documents'

Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Abdul Hamid Advocate yesterday said all-party parliamentary body probing alleged graft of former speaker Jamiruddin Sircar will prepare its report on the basis of facts and documents.

10 Razakars sued in Bagerhat

A case was filed against 10 suspected Razakars on Thursday on charges of looting and arson in a house of a freedom fighter at Kashimpur village in Bagerhat during the War of Liberation in 1971.

Two killed in road crashes

Two people were killed and nine others injured in separate road accidents in Brahmanbaria and Barisal yesterday.

Poly trauma management course

Apollo Bone and Joint Centre will organise a two-day training workshop on 'poly trauma management and fracture fixation' from May 27, says a press release.

One held after bomb attack on Kushtia livestock office

An alleged extremist was arrested while fleeing after a bomb attack on the livestock office in the town on Thursday night.

NSU to offer scholarships to indigenous students

Chairman of the board of governors of the North South University (NSU) Foundation and vice chancellor of the NSU recently decided to set aside two full tuition waivers per semester for bright and needy indigenous students, says a press release.

National

Warrant against SIT Foundation chief, 6 others

The Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate in Bogra on Thursday issued warrant against Md Abdul Mannan Sarker, chairman of swindler NGO Science and Information Technology (SIT) Foundation, and his six accomplices for failing to appear before the court as per its previous order.

Faridpur town bypass incomplete for 12 yrs

Twelve years after start of the project work, a five-kilometre bypass road across Kuizuri union on the outskirts of Faridpur town has remained incomplete mainly due to fund constraints.

Housewife succumbs to burn injuries in Satkhira

A housewife, who sustained serious burn injuries by her husband at Joynagar village in Shyamnaagr upazila on Wednesday night, succumbed to her injuries at Khulna 250-bed Hospital early yesterday.

Police raid student messes near RU to nab outsiders

Police raided private-owned student messes near Rajshahi University (RU) area in search of criminals and 'outsiders' on Thursday night.

PBCP leaflets distributed in 2 Rajshahi upazilas

Underground operatives of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP- ML Red Flag) yesterday distributed leaflets in Bagmara and Durgapur upazilas urging people to support their activities.

8 teachers, 13 examinees expelled

Eight teachers and 13 examinees were expelled yesterday for cheating in degree and SSC examinations held under Open University at Aditmari Degree College centre.

Gas cylinder blast kills one

One person was killed and three others were injured in gas cylinder explosion at Matiranga Bazar in Khagrachhari district yesterday. The dead was identified as Mohammad Monir Hossain, 32. The injured-- Sariful Islam, Alauddin and Mohammad Belalwere first admitted local health complex and later shifted to Chittagong Medical College Hospital. Police said the gas cylinder exploded at a house where the four were residing. Monir died on the spot while Sariful, Alauddin and Belal received serious injuries.

Robberies in Narayanganj

Robbers took away Tk 1.5 lakh and 35 tolas of gold ornaments from two houses at Ribot village under Sonargaon Police Station early yesterday. A gang of 25 to 30 stormed into the house of Bahauddin at about 3:00 am and confined the family members in a room. They looted Tk 1.5 lakh, 30 tolas of gold ornaments and five mobile phone sets from the house. The same gang attacked the house of Abul Kashem at the same village and looted five tolas of gold ornaments and three mobile phones.

Arrested robbers on remand

Ten robbers, arrested on May 20 for committing robberies at two villages under Satkhira Sadar upazila, were placed on a five-day remand on Thursday. They are Alam Hawladar, Abdus Salam, Mahitosh Hajra, Shahidul Islam, Abdus Selim, Rafiqul Islam, Shariful Islam, Abdul Kader, Abdul Mazid and Ashraful Alam. Court sources said the investigation officer (IO) Asad produced the robbers in the Judicial Magistrate's Court with a prayer for 10 days' remand. After hearing, Judge SM Zakaria granted a five-day remand for the accused.

Indian fertiliser, sarees seized

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in separate drives yesterday seized Indian fertiliser and sarees from Naogaon and Bogra districts. Acting on a tip-off, Rab personnel raided a railway station area under Atrai Police Station in Naogaon and seized 750kg of Potas fertiliser, 250 Kg of TSP fertiliser and 400 Kg of DAP fertiliser worth about Tk 43,900. No one was arrested in this connection. In another drive, the elite force seized 104 Indian sarees from a place near Santaher railway station. The seized items were later hand over to the police stations concerned.

Dalits want constitutional rights

Over 500 members of Dalit community formed a human chain at Patkelghata Bazar under Tala upazila yesterday demanding their constitutional righs, reserved seats in local government body and allotment of Khas land. They also urged the government to set up a separate ministry for Dalits and give them VGF cards (Vulnerable Group Feeding).

International

Displaced face 'critical' conditions in camps

The United Nations said yesterday that conditions were extremely critical for more than 270,000 displaced Sri Lankans housed in camps in the northeast despite a slight easing in aid access.

UN seeks $543m for Pak war refugees

Troops are encircling Taliban militants in their mountain base as well as the main town in the Swat Valley, a Pakistani general said yesterday, as the UN appealed for $543 million to ease the suffering of nearly 2 million refugees from the fighting.

Pakistan, India, US share intelligence

Pakistan and India have started sharing intelligence as part of an unprecedented cooperation effort between the longtime nuclear-armed foes overseen by the United States, US media reported Thursday.

Suu Kyi proclaims her innocence in court

Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi proclaimed her innocence in front of a prison tribunal Friday, her lawyer said.

US senators insist on conditions for Pak military aid

Several US senators on Thursday vowed to impose conditions on proposed military assistance to Pakistan, saying that past aid had been delivered without strings attached.

EU-Russia summit fails to mend rifts

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Friday condemned EU moves to strengthen ties with former Soviet states after a summit that failed to smooth out the bloc's tetchy relationship with Moscow.

Rich nations must cut emissions by 40 pct

Wealthy nations, as history's biggest polluters, should cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2020, China says in a policy document on climate change. The government also rolled out fresh help for solar power and other "green energy."

US examining sat images for evidence of Lankan war crimes

US military satellites secretly monitored Sri Lanka's conflict zone through the latter stages of the war against the Tamil Tigers and American officials are examining images for evidence of war crimes.

DMK-Congress talks fail, Karunanidhi flies back to Chennai

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi left for Chennai Friday saying the DMK would give only outside support to the Congress-led government after talks on the distribution of ministerial berths failed, hours before the new government was to be sworn in at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

A reluctant politician at the helm for 2nd time

Manmohan Singh, who was sworn in as Indian prime minister for a second successive term yesterday, had been a reluctant politician.

BJP tamed by polls rout

India's Hindu nationalists, rejected at the ballot box, find themselves at an ideological crossroads, pulled one way by their right-wing base and another by centrist reformers keen for power.

N Korea may be planning missile tests after ship ban

North Korea appears to be preparing to test-fire short-range missiles after banning ships from waters off its northeast coast, a report said Friday.

Senate votes for war funds, not closure of Guantanamo

The US Senate late Thursday approved a 91.3-billion-dollar 2009 budget supplemental to pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through October 1, but without funds to close the Guantanamo Bay prison camp.

Nepal Maoists brace for last fight before quitting power

Nepal's former Maoist guerrilla party yesterday said they would run the race for a new prime minister, ending a three-week deadlock that had gripped the nation after the fall of their government and threatened to disrupt the birth of a new constitution.

Crops rot on Pak battle lines

Farmers in Pakistan's northwest were preparing for a bumper harvest when a punishing military assault against Taliban fighters sent them fleeing their homes.

Mutharika sworn in for second term as Malawi president

Bingu wa Mutharika was Friday sworn in for a second term as Malawi's president before several African heads of state and crowd of dancing supporters in a Blantyre stadium.

Jury spares ex-US soldier's life for Iraq rape, murders

A Kentucky jury Thursday handed a former US soldier a sentence of life in prison for the gang rape and murder of an Iraqi girl and the slaughter of her family, sparing him from the death sentence.

Arts & Entertainment

An evening of Tagore and Nazrul songs at Chhayanaut

Chhayanaut held its monthly cultural programme 'Srotar Ashor' at Ramesh Chandra Dutt Memorial Auditorium, Chhayanaut Sangskriti Bhaban on May 21. The event featured familiar and not often-heard Tagore and Nazrul songs.

Ode to Tagore

Dhaka metropolitan branch of Jatiyo Rabindra Sangeet Shammilan Parishad (JRSSP), in association with Bengal Foundation, arranged a cultural programme at the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhanmondi on May 21 to celebrate the 148th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore. JRSSP's programme featured songs and recitation. Artistes of JRSSP rendered songs, while noted poets of the country along with Professor Zillur Rahman Siddiqui recited their own poems on Rabindranath Tagore.

Nazrul’s 110th birth anniversary

Marking the 110th birth anniversary (May 25) of our National Poet, Jatiyo Kobi Kazi Nazrul Islam University (JKKNIU) at Darirampur, Trishal has chalked out a three-day celebration on campus.

Call to preserve and uphold Tripura traditions

Speakers at a discussion urged the government to assist the Tripura community in preserving and upholding their cultural heritage and traditions. They said that the Tripura community has an opulent cultural heritage but it has been facing aggression over decades.

“Amader Television” goes on air today

Channel i will air the first episode of the talk show "Amader Television" today at 6 pm. Hosted by Ali Imam, the programme provides an insight into the history and legacy of Bangladesh Television (BTV).

Painting on children’s issues

A painting event for children was held in Tangail town last Thursday. The theme was children's issues.

“Channel 21” on Ekushey TV

Drama Serial "Channel 21" will be aired tonight at 9:30 pm on Ekushey TV. With the concept of Abdus Salam, the serial has been written and directed by Masum Shahriar.

OP-ED

Countdown to catastrophe

WITH potholed roads, noxious fumes, contaminated water and garbage littered all over the city, the picture of Dhaka is grim. Conscious citizens express their concern about the livability of the Dhaka city itself. Undeniably true, the city is now under assault on all fronts -- land, water and air.

Korea's leadership guides

THE world -- and Asia -- has been watching with great care developments in the Korean peninsula. There is the unease associated with the irresponsible decisions adopted by North Korea and fascination about how South Korea is responding to these challenges and, at the same time, trying to expand its sphere of influence in the neighbouring region and also in the Middle East.

Can Pakistan say no?

ONLY one newspaper has carried the story. It was about the four-hour in-camera briefing of the Parliament by Pakistan Army Chief on May 15. No one knows whether the account is accurate but it does look like being based on that briefing.

Environment

Economy and environment under threat

Nearly forty years ago in the late sixtys we came across a news item that India was contemplating a river-linking project. The Indian river-linking project, regarded as a myth so long, turned a reality when the Supreme Court of India in 2002 authorized it. There are two components of the project: One, linking fourteen Himalayan rivers in northern India and the other connecting sixteen peninsular rivers including the Ganges and the Brahmaputra. Bangladesh has reportedly expressed its grave concern on the potential impacts of the project on both economy and environment of the country. It is apparent that the bulk of the waters for the project will come from the Brahmaputra and the Ganges, particularly the Brahmaputra, dwarfing the combined flow of other peninsular rivers.

Conserving biodiversity must for survival

Biodiversity loss is one of the environmental issues of concern more or less across the whole world. Bangladesh is rich in both floral and faunal diversities evident in a varied range of ecosystems starting from the northern and eastern hills to the southern seas. The all-around environmental condition of Bangladesh is highly conducive to a biodiversity wax. She has 113 species of mammals; 628 species of birds; 126 species of reptiles; 22 species of amphibians; 708 species of fishes (fresh and marine); 400 species of mollusks; 5000 species of vascular plants (A. Nishat, 2007).

Literature

A Moon-Wounded Night

Ah those days, it made no difference to us whether it was night or day--we didn't know, didn't care to know. What mattered was spending twenty-four hours of the day at the Coffee House on College Street. Its main gate, even though officially it was supposed to open at 9:00 in the morning, we knew that an insistent clamor for opening it began from 8:30 onwards and that by 9:15 it would inevitably begin to loosen and open up. Some of us insiders who knew the real deal would then always slip in early and grab the seats at our favorite tables. At the entrance by the foot of the stairs leading up to the café would be Ismail the man from my own side of Bengal from whom we would buy ten-plus-ten totaling to twenty sticks meaning two packs of Charminar cigarettes, which was our invaluable prop while seeking the precious philosopher's stone inside the cafe.

Walking the Walk

The nineteenth century French poet Baudelaire coined the term 'flâneur'--meaning a "gentleman stroller of city streets." He derived it from the French masculine noun flâneur, basically meaning a "stroller." In Baudelaire's use the flâneur became a character who was something more than a mere stroller, broadened to mean somebody participating in, and portraying, his city. A flâneur played a dual role in city life--simultaneously a part of and apart from--combining sociological, anthropological, literary and historical ideas of the relationship between the individual and the masses.

Three Poems by Nuzhat Amin Mannan

Beating the 'are there anymore poems left in me?' blues

The prevention is:
To stay clear of people
Who say they love
Poems you wrote thirty years ago…

Extract

I was now leaving Shah Jahan's city and entering its oldest suburb, Sadar Bazaar, less well-planned, but as full of life as Chandni Chowk…I marched on, accompanied now, to my disbelief and to the delight of the traders, by a cow which was matching me step-for-step, which stopped when I stopped, and started when I started. I went down a side lane, followed by my new friend, who eventually ditched me in favour of a plastic bag full of rotting food. These were narrow lanes, with tall building, a series of residential neighbourhoods. At first all the residents, by the evidence of the nameplates and swastikas on their doorway, and the small well-tended shrines, were Hindus. Then at the end of one street, I entered a totally Muslim area, where many of the men wore white skull-caps and the women covered their hair in scarves; the nameplates were in Urdu and the streets were narrower. I had lost my way…

Apology and Explanation

An article published in the May 16 issue of The Daily Star's literature page titled 'Searching for Pir Shah Jalal' was deemed by some of our esteemed readers to have been irreverent and disrespectful to the memory and shrine of one of the greatest of Bengal Sufi mystics and revered religious figures. I fully apologize for causing such feelings among those readers. No offense against any religious sentiments and feelings was intended.

Star Health

Anger management: The good, the bad, the ugly

You have probably heard the joke: "I went to a fight and a hockey game broke out." Certainly, it seems like there are more brawls than ever at sporting events these days, that nearly everyone has been subjected to road rage, and that you may have to tiptoe around co-workers who seem constantly on edge. But it is not anger itself that is a problem — it is how you handle it.

Hearing aids: How to choose the right one

Perhaps you have thought about getting a hearing aid, but you are worried about how it will look and wonder whether it will really help. Knowing more about the hearing aid options available to you, what to look for when buying a hearing aid and how to break it in may help alleviate some of your concerns.

Fitness programme: 6 steps to guide your selection

Fitness programmes abound, from yoga and Pilates to step aerobics and strength training — either at home or in a gym. So which type of fitness programme is best for you? Use these 6 simple steps to find out.

Take care of your poor feet

A huge number of people develop foot pain in their 60s. Usually they think that foot pain is a part of the aging process and accept it walking with pain. But it can start as early as the 20s and 30s as well. With simple measures like proper footwear and regular exercise can play an important role in preventing foot problems.

WHO provides 20 lakh capsules of Oseltamivir to Bangladesh

World Health Organisation (WHO) has provided 200,000 courses (20 lakh capsules) of Oseltamivir (an antiviral drug used in the treatment and prophylaxis of Influenzavirus infection) to the Government of Bangladesh recently as a part of Global Pandemic Influenza Preparedness — says a press release.

Preventing a second stroke

Stroke is a preventable illness. But still millions of people suffer from stroke each year. Much more, many cases of strokes are not for the first time, but the second, maybe even then third.

Strategic Issues

Indian elections and the Bangladesh perspective

THERE is a similarity in the just announced results of the Indian elections with Bangladesh's on December 29th. The winners in both cases were expected to win but the ultimate results were beyond their most optimistic expectations. In India's case, the Congress led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) overcame the anti-incumbency bug to return to power. Manmohon Singh, already named to become Prime Minister for another term, will thus become the first PM after Jawaharlal Nehru in 1961 to return to office in successive elections. It was the Congress' best show in many decades. The party won 203 seats; a number they passed in 1984 and 1991, both held after assassinations (1984, Indira Gandhi; 1991, Rajiv Gandhi) that brought the party sympathy votes.

UN racism conference and Iran's president

Experts say that the Durban II conference raised several contested issues like racism, Islamophobia, freedom of speech and colonialism. The question is why colonialism? They believe that this is the basic explanation of the chasm that manifested itself in the walk-out yesterday. Colonialism was supported and justified by racist ideas and executed in a spirit of Caucasian and Christian supremacy to “civilize” others. It is not the only history of racism.

Nepal on the brink, again

The resignation of Nepali prime-minister Pushpa Kumar Dahal “Prachanda” on 4 May is a lethal blow to the Nepali peace process. Prachanda's announcement was made in protest at President Ram Baran Yadav's move to reverse the Maoist-led government's decision to sack the head of the Nepali Army (NA) General Rookmangud Katawal on the grounds of failing to integrate People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers into the NA.

Star Books Review

Identifying a crisis of identity

A nation, in one scholar's reasonably comprehensive characterization, denotes “people whose common identity creates a psychological bond and a political community. Their political identity usually comprises such characteristics as a common language, culture, ethnicity and history. More than one nation may comprise a state, but the terms nation, state, and country are often used interchangeably. A nation-state is a state is a state populated primarily by the people of one nationality.” Essentially, nationalism is a state of the mind of those who feel they belong together as a nation. Bangladesh is an old nation embodied in a new nation-state. Khan Md. Lutfor Rahman, however, in Nation Building Problems in Bangladesh: A Socio-Economic-Political Perspective, states at the outset: “Bangladesh is a new nation with multiethnic and multi-religious plurality of population.” Halfway through the book, though, he acknowledges that “The Genesis of the nationhood of Bangladesh has a pretty long history. Its history stretches back to the ancient period.” Rahman's book is similarly uneven in quality, some insightful analysis coexisting with some incoherent material and the occasional sloppy research work.

Innocence caught in the darkness of prison

The Sahitya Akademi met in Delhi under its president Sunil Gangopadhyay and approved the Sahitya Akademi translation Prize 2008. In the Urdu category Tihar Kay Shab-o-Roz, translation of Iftikhar Gilani's memoir My Days in Prison, was selected for the Shahitya Award.

Khadija Shahjahan's forbidden dreams

Khadija Shahjahan, poet, travel writer and social worker, died in London on 9 May 2009. Syed Badrul Ahsan pays tribute to her through reproducing an article he wrote on her earlier on the occasion of the publication of one of her many works of poetry.

Crime and justice

This is an information-packed tome on criminal justice policies in the United States. Written by a former Dhaka University graduate from the Social Studies department and now a Professor at Virginia State University, the author traces the historical, philosophical and legal development of policies relating to crime and justice. Divided into seven chapters, it defines and examines crime policy, federal intervention, policies on drug crimes, juvenile justice, sex crimes, cyberspace criminality and emerging trends.



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