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News of: Monday, 25th of May, 2009

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Turag inherited!

Every piece of papers of the land is "original" and the buyer need not worry or face any problems at all, assures Hazrat Mukhter. There are reasons to trust in him as he works as the assistant of a lawyer. He knows the business.

Proshika axes Faruque

The governing body of Proshika, one of the largest NGOs, replaced its chairman Qazi Faruque Ahmed with advocate Abdul Wadud yesterday in the face of an ongoing employees' agitation against Qazi Faruque.

JS secretariat paid fuel bill for Tarique

The Parliament Secretariat had to meet the fuel cost for a government vehicle used in a political tour by BNP's former senior joint secretary general Tarique Rahman, said a parliamentary sub-committee yesterday.

Govt short-lists six very urgent projects

The government has identified six projects for implementation on a 'very urgent' basis under the proposed public-private partnership (PPP) budget.

HC asks govt to stop river encroachment

The High Court (HC) yesterday directed the government to take appropriate steps to stop encroachment, earth-filling, and construction of illegal structures on the Buriganga, Turag, Balu, and Shitalakkhya rivers.

Law on cards to check crime using mobile

The government is considering enactment of a law to curb crimes committed by using mobile phones, said Home Minister Sahara Khatun yesterday.

Third notice to Khaleda to vacate house

The government yesterday served yet another notice with BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to vacate her cantonment residence by June 30.

KSA-bound workers to be trained

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said Bangladesh would send workers to Saudi Arabia after making them well-trained in profession-based skills, including sufficient knowledge of Arabic language.

15 injured as BNP men clash with cops

At least 15 people, including three policemen, were injured in a clash between BNP activists and police in the city's Kotwali yesterday.

Cyclone Aila roars in Bay

Aila, a cyclonic storm formed in the Bay of Bengal Saturday, was moving northwards with a possibility of hitting the country's south-western coast this afternoon. The metrological department last evening asked all seaports to hoist cautionary signal four.

HC rallies round rivers

Stop encroachment, earth filling and construction of illegal structures on the Buriganga, Turag, Balu and Shitalakkha rivers.

Dist councils of Bandarban, Rangamati reconstituted

The government has reconstituted the Rangamati and Bandarban Hill District Councils.

2 extortionists beaten to death

A mob beat two criminals to death yesterday as they tried to extort money from several houses at Amin Bazar on the outskirts of the capital.

Nazrul's birth anniversary today

The 110th birth anniversary of national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam will be celebrated across the country today.

Haji Selim acquitted in murder case

A Dhaka court yesterday acquitted former Awami League (AL) lawmaker Haji Mohammad Selim and three others of a murder case filed against them five years ago.

Body formed to unify curricula

The government yesterday formed a review committee to unify primary textbook curricula and bring an end to the existing 11 types of primary education.

'Criminal' killed in shootout

An alleged criminal was killed in 'crossfire' during a shootout between Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and his cohorts at Savar early yesterday.

'Sweden' Aslam gets 17 yrs in arms case

A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced top criminal 'Sweden' Aslam and three of his accomplices to 17 years' rigorous imprisonment (RI) for possessing illegal firearms and ammunition in his DOHS residence in May, 1997.

Troops battle to capture Swat's main town

Pakistan's military said yesterday it had seized several key areas in the Swat valley's Taliban-held main town, as their battle to regain control of the northwest entered a crucial phase.

Deccan new IPL champions

Deccan Chargers were crowned Indian Premier League champions after their electrifying six-run victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore in the blockbuster final at the Wanderers in Johannesburg last night.

China reports eighth swine flu case

A 21-month-old Chinese baby was confirmed as mainland China's eighth swine flu patient yesterday just as three other suspected cases emerged elsewhere in the country, the health ministry said.

Asian powers hold the key to freeing Suu Kyi: France

Asian powers hold the key to persuading Myanmar's ruling junta to release opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, France's human rights minister said Sunday ahead of key meetings in Asia this week.

Swine flu forces 18 US soldiers to quit Kuwait

Eighteen US soldiers who tested positive for swine flu were removed from a military base in Kuwait, as Australia Sunday shut down a school after identifying two more cases of the disease.

Act now on climate change

Former US vice president turned climate campaigner Al Gore warned the international community Sunday that the world was running out of time to find a deal on how to fight global warming.

Israel to continue to build inside settlements

Hawkish Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israel would continue to build inside settlements in the occupied West Bank, despite calls from the United States to stop such activity.

Editorial

The plight of returnee migrant workers

THE loss of jobs which Bangladeshi workers have recently faced abroad against a backdrop of global recession is not only a matter of concern to the victims but to the country as well. The pain comes from the fact that these poor Bangladeshi migrant workers have been making their way back home in heart-rending circumstances. And once home, they have found themselves in graver difficulties because of all the loans and the interest on those loans they have to pay back. With not a dime in hand, the future for these workers seems bleak.

Invasive polybags all around

DESPITE a ban on the manufacturing and use of polythene bags, unscrupulous traders have been marketing substantial quantities of the banned items openly violating the law. The influx of polythene shopping bags in the recent years makes one wonder whether the traders enjoyed some kind of protection from certain quarters in the environmental administration as well as law enforcing agencies. The ban was imposed in 2002 to save our environment from the onslaught of the non-biodegradable material that found their way to city drains and storm sewers, thereby blocking normal flow of waste water. Polybags have also clogged river and canal beds, threatening normal breeding of life forms in water.

The AL's double whammy

IT is not for nothing that market tyranny is again in focus. The proverbial last straw on the camel's back is on the people's back, which has since been cracking for the majority of our population. Actually, it's an elephant in the room, but nobody, except those whose toes the mighty beast steps on, talks about it. Those who are spared the trauma of being trampled by the beast couldn't care less, and prefer to toe the line of least resistance by remaining non-committal.

Some thoughts on the upcoming budget

IT is well known that government expenditure as a proportion of GDP is the lowest in Bangladesh among all Asia-Pacific countries. At the same time, there is an urgent need for higher levels of public expenditure in areas such as social security, infrastructure and human resources development.

Sports

Tigers fly in England safe and sound

The Bangladesh contingent has landed in England to start their World Twenty20 mission and it has been a pleasant arrival. The Tigers are the first among the top 10 teams to kick off their preparation for the tournament on English soil. The West Indies are of course currently on tour in England and are involved in the ODI series against the hosts which followed the Tests but Bangladesh's purpose of coming in nine days before the launching of the tournament proper is solely T20 preparation oriented.

BCB wants WC games at BNS

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) added a new twist to the 2011 World Cup venue selection saga when the sport's governing body yesterday expressed its desire to hold matches at the Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS).

Deccan charge to glory

Deccan Chargers took the bull in their emblem too seriously, as they came out charging to defend a modest total. They bowled with fire, they fielded aggressively, they sledged with a vengeance, and literally, almost by physical force, hustled Royal Challengers Bangalore out in a thrilling final that lived up to the occasion at the Wanderers in Johannesburg last night.

Imran back after eleven years

After eleven long years, Imran Ahmed made it back into a national selection when he was called up in the Bangladesh A side yesterday.

BCB call up 24 for U-19 WC

Twenty-four players have been called up for next year's ICC Under-19 World Cup.

10-star Pabna Brothers

Pabna Brothers Union racked up the biggest victory in the Basundhara Champions Club Cup football so far with a 10-0 demolition of Alor Dishari at the Rajshahi Stadium yesterday.

BFF seeks State Ministers help

Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has sought cooperation from the State Minister for Youth and Sports for the development of country's football.

Twenty20 meet begins today

The Igloo Summer Twenty20 Cricket Challenge will begin today at the Dhanmondi Club ground in the city.

School soccer from today

The final round of the Citycell National School Football Championship will kick off today with two matches on the opening day at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.

Openers worry Sachin

Sachin Tendulkar has stressed the need for adequate rest for Indian players ahead of the World Twenty20 in June, particularly so for the openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, who failed to fire in the IPL. Tendulkar was by and large satisfied with the way Indian players performed in the IPL but pointed out that Sehwag and Gambhir had not been consistent. The pair only managed two half-century partnerships in nine innings together, and struggled with their form. Both batsmen were among the top ten run-getters last season, but Gambhir finished with a disappointing average of 22 from 15 games this year, and Sehwag with 19.38 from 11.

Broad destroys WI

England fast bowler Stuart Broad sparked a collapse that saw the West Indies bowled out for just 160 in the second one-day international here on Sunday.

Ivanovic battles thru'

Defending champion Ana Ivanovic was made to sweat before reaching the French Open second round on Sunday with a gruelling 7-6 (7/3), 6-3 win over Italy's Sara Errani as Roland Garros temperatures hit a sweltering 30 degrees.Ivanovic, who skipped the Madrid Open because of a knee injury, had the problem area taped when she walked onto a sun-drenched Philippe Chatrier Court, but it didn't hinder her in the early exchanges as she edged to a 3-1 advantage.

IPL: Blessings & curses

Players swear by the Indian Premier League (IPL), but some English fans may have reason to curse the lucrative tournament. Two prospective Ashes opponents provide the perfect example of why this might be the case: Australian fast bowler Brett Lee and English all-rounder Andrew Flintoff.

Knight Magath, says Kaiser

Franz Beckenbauer feels Wolfsburg manager Felix Magath "should be knighted" for winning the Bundesliga title this year.

'IPL big help for T20 WC defence'

Youngsters gaining experience in handling pressure, emergence of match-winning part-timers and valuable practice are the positives Indians have taken from the IPL as they gear up to defend their Twenty20 World Championship crown next month, says skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Veh takes over from Magath

Ex-Stuttgart coach Armin Veh has been confirmed by newly-crowned Bundesliga champions Wolfsburg as their new trainer for next season to succeed Felix Magath.

BFF training camp in June

Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has decided to start the national team's preparation camp from the first week of June at BKSP.

Expat booters' for B. League

British-Bangladeshi footballers are set to try out for next season's B. League teams, according to the founder chief executive of Britain-based London Tigers organisation.

Wolfsburg buzzing

The city of Wolfsburg partied hard into the early hours of Sunday morning after their football team captured their first ever Bundesliga title with a 5-1 win over Werder Bremen.

Bayern eye targets

German giants Bayern Munich ended the season in the rare position of runners-up to champions Wolfburg, but hot-shot strikers Edin Dzeko and Mario Gomez have already been ear-marked as possible recruits.

Barca lift title

Osasuna completed the notable task of beating Barcelona at the Nou Camp but the result failed to dampen the spirits of the Catalan fans who are in full party mood and watched the players lift the league trophy after the match.

'My heart is at Man Utd'

Cristiano Ronaldo has reaffirmed his intention to stay at Manchester United.

Brawn 1-2 again

World championship leader Jenson Button made it five wins out of six races this season when he drove his Brawn GP car to a consummate triumph in Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix.

Carlo keeps options open

AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti on Saturday denied that he is in contract talks with Chelsea over a possible move to the Londoners next season, but admitted that he would like to go.

Jose calms quit fears

Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho moved on Saturday to refute speculation that he will quit the Italian champions to join Real Madrid in the summer.

Enke to play in Asia tour

Goalkeeper Robert Enke on Sunday declared himself fit for Germany's tour of China and the United Arab Emirates despite suffering a head injury for his club Hanover at the weekend.

Business

Govt mulls interest rate cuts for SMEs

The government considers a further cut in bank interest rates, especially for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to help the sector grow faster, said the commerce minister yesterday.

Feed industry to come under regulation

A new law is on cards to bring the country's more than two decades old feed industry under regulatory framework.

MCCI stresses liberal access to credit

Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) recommended yesterday a liberal access to low-cost credit for small and medium scale industries, agriculture and rural non-farm sectors.

BB boss backs BKMEA's demand for rate subsidy

The central bank governor yesterday backed readymade garment exporters' demand for subsidy on bank interest rates in the upcoming national budget to combat the global recession fallout.

Dhaka Customs automated

Export-import activities of the Dhaka Customs House (DCH) have gone automated amid hopes of providing prompt and transparent services to the business community.

President suggests women's chamber in every district

President Zillur Rahman yesterday stressed the need for establishing women's chamber of commerce and industry in every district to involve women entrepreneurs in the mainstream development process.

Venture Group to set up nano-tech paint plant

Venture Group (VG) is set to establish the first ever nanotechnology-enabled paint manufacturing plant in Bangladesh, an official said on Saturday.

Mongla port from now on to unload imported cars

Imported reconditioned cars are to be unloaded at Mongla Port, a step taken for the first time by the government to make it economically viable and effective.

Indian airlines caught in storm

India's airlines are caught in a "perfect storm" of big losses, high debt and falling demand, and need urgent help from the new government to make them high-flyers again, says an industry report.

Microcredit paves enterprising ways

It is often said, "God helps them who help themselves." Nurunnahar Begum,a resident of Bhatia village under Narail Sadar upazila, has proved that hard work pays off.

Stocks get off to a bullish start

Dhaka stocks started the week on a positive note, led by non-bank financial institutions (NBFIs) and insurers.

UN chief urges business to back climate change deal

UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Sunday made an impassioned plea for a "cleaner, greener" world economy as he urged business leaders meeting in Copenhagen to back a new, global warming pact.

Economic crisis could spawn social disaster: WB

The global economic crisis could lead to dangerous social upheaval if certain steps are not taken, World Bank chief Robert Zoellick warned in an interview Sunday.

Recession weighs heavily on aid to poor countries

Poor countries, already hard hit by the global economic downturn, are now facing cutbacks in foreign assistance from traditional donors saddled with rapidly expanding deficits.

Asian currencies trade up

Asian currencies ended the week higher against the dollar as fears of a possible US debt ratings cut cast a shadow over the greenback.

Hainan Air posts loss

Chinese regional carrier Hainan Airlines made a loss of 1.4 billion yuan (208 million dollars) in 2008 as high oil prices and dwindling passenger demand took their toll, state media reported Sunday.

US, China set to grapple with currency, trade concerns

President Barack Obama's economic pointman makes his first trip to China in the coming week as Washington moves to address persistent currency, trade and investment concerns dogging the two powers.

GM may use Chrysler playbook in bankruptcy

General Motors is likely to take a page from Chrysler's playbook in an expected bankruptcy that tests a legal strategy for a quick restructuring with heavy government backing, analysts said.

Japan to relax arms export ban

Japan has decided to relax its self-imposed ban on arms exports to allow more joint development and production of weapons with other nations, a report said Sunday.

Iran presidential hopeful vows to cut inflation

Iranian presidential hopeful Mir Hossein Mousavi aims to slice inflation to a single digit if he is elected in next month's vote, according to his economic manifesto released on Sunday.

Currency

Local Market FX
Local inter-bank FX market was subdued on Sunday as the international market was closed for the weekend break. The market was liquid and USD/BDT rate was similar the previous working day.

Metropolitan

Cabinet body okays import of 17.45 lakh MT of petroleum

The Cabinet Committee on Public Purchase yesterday approved import of a total of 17.45 lakh metric tons of petroleum from Kuwait in the next 21 months under a renewed deal.

Bangladesh needs more modern silos to stock food grains: FAO

Bangladesh needs more modern food storage and silos to stock more food grains, particularly rice, for reaping benefits of the ongoing bumper boro harvest, said Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

Force Israel to stop atrocities in Palestine

Bangladesh urged the international community to force Israel to stop continued atrocities in the Palestinian territory and its abhorrent practices and create conditions for the establishment of an independent Palestinian State.

SC clears Shahid Commissioner, Tonai of charges

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday upheld the High Court (HC) verdict acquitting condemned prisoner Shahidur Rahman alias Shahid Commissioner and Tonai Mollah, who was awarded life term imprisonment, in sensational BNP leader Habibur Rahman Mondol murder case.

Fate of 50 high-profile ACC cases uncertain

The fate of at least 50 high-profile corruption cases, including Niko, Gatco and Barapukuria cases filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), has become uncertain due to a government notification transferring those cases to other courts.

Call to rehabilitate them with all basic rights

Without proper rehabilitation, members of the Urdu-speaking community (Bihari) should not be evicted from the camps, said the speakers at a seminar yesterday.

Early marriage, high dropout rate bar to women's dev

Early marriage and dropout rate of female children are still high in the country which are holding back women to move forward for their development.

BERC chair seeks president's nod to join as ACC boss

Chairman of Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) Ghulam Rahman yesterday sent a letter to the president seeking to be relieved of the post for joining the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) as its chief.

30 baby crocodiles shifted to new shed

Thirty baby crocodiles were shifted to a new enclosure in the Dhaka Zoo yesterday.

War criminals must be tried

The trial of the war criminals will certainly be held, Commerce Minister Lt Col (retd) Faruk Khan said yesterday.

Pre-construction work begins

Communications Minister Syed Abul Hossain yesterday said the funds for construction of the much-awaited Padma Bridge are already in hands and earth filling began as part of its pre-construction work.

Pre-construction work begins

Communications Minister Syed Abul Hossain yesterday said the funds for construction of the much-awaited Padma Bridge are already in hands and earth filling began as part of its pre-construction work.

Road crashes kill five

At least five people were killed and 23 others injured in separate road accidents in Jessore,Kishoreganj, Satkhira and Sirajganj yesterday.

Two cases against former BNP ministers, 102 others recorded

The police on Saturday night recorded the two cases filed earlier with Rajshahi courts against 104 people, including two former BNP ministers and a former lawmaker, for aiding and abetting militancy.

Int'l confce on Latin American literature begins at JU

A two-day international conference on 'Latin American Literature' organised by English department began at Senate Hall on the Jahangirnagar University campus yesterday, says a press release.

People vow to change society

People from all walks of life in Pirojpur, Sunamganj, Bagerhat, Gopalganj, Sirajganj and Pabna yesterday pledged to change themselves to bring about a positive change in the society on the fourth day of the 'Bodle Jao, Bodle Dao' (Change yourself, change others) campaign of the daily Prothom Alo.

President, PM greet Jordan counterparts

President Zillur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have greeted their Jordan counterparts on the occasion of the Independence Day of that country.

Dhaka University Day on July 1

The Dhaka University Day will be observed on July 1.

Cooperation sought for textbooks in time

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday sat with printers and publishers to discuss printing, publishing and supply of primary and secondary-level books for 2010 and also sought cooperation of all concerned.

Call to cancel full implementation

Bangladesh Shikkhak Samity yesterday called on the government to cancel full implementation of the Structured Question (SQ) Method for SSC examinations to be introduced in 2011, saying that most teachers and students are still in the dark about this new question pattern, says a press release.

Shamsuzzaman takes over as Bangla Academy DG

Noted folklorist Prof Shamsuzzaman Khan took office as the director general of Bangla Academy yesterday.

Boma Mizan on 7 days' fresh remand for further grilling

Zahidul Islam alias 'Boma Mizan', explosives expert of banned Islamist outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), was placed on a seven-day fresh remand yesterday for further questioning.

HC asks govt to allow Aman to go abroad for treatment

The High Court (HC) yesterday directed the government to allow former BNP state minister Amanullah Aman to go abroad for medical treatment.

FM greets Indian counterpart

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni has congratulated SM Krishna on his assumption of office as the new external affairs minister of India.

3 snatchers held, pistol seized

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized a pistol and arrested three snatchers, leaving one bullet injured at Hasnabad of South Keraniganj in the city yesterday.

Man killed in Australian floods

A man died when his car was swamped by raging floodwaters in northeastern Australia, where tens of thousands of homes have been cut off by wild weather, officials said Saturday.

National

16 Shibir activists held in Rajshahi

Police arrested 16 activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) during raids on student messes near Rajshahi University (RU) campus and Shibir strongholds in the city early yesterday.

Unity is strength, they know

About five thousand people including women and students from seven unions of Jamuna chars under Kazipur upazila yesterday joined hands to build on voluntary basis a four-km long road from Salal to Saldaho in the upazila.

Medical students boycott classes, block road

Students of Faridpur Medical College (FMC) yesterday boycotted classes and blockaded the road in front of the college demanding solution to different problems including shortage of teachers, power and water crisis, seat shortage in the hostel and irregularities by the authorities.

BNP stages protest in Rajshahi

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its other organisations yesterday jointly staged a demonstration and submitted a memorandum to the deputy commissioner (DC) protesting violent activities in the educational institutions allegedly by the ruling party's activists and demanding smooth supply of gas, water and power.

The venison feast

A deer was slaughtered early yesterday on the south campus of Chittagong University (CU) allegedly at the instruction of a teacher of Islamic studies department.

NGO chief, three others get bail in cheating case

Bogra-based NGO Science and Information Technology (SIT) Foundation Chairman Md Abdul Mannan Sarker, his son SIT Foundation Executive Director ASM Rawshan Kabir Shahin and official Mohosin Ali Sarker yesterday got bail in a cheating case.

BSF kills Bangladeshi

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday gunned down a cattle trader at Kulia border point. Locals and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) sources said, BSF men shot dead Harun-or-Rashid, 26, of village Matila under Moheshpur while he was coming with cattle from India. BSF also took away his body. Later, BDR sent a protest letter demanding return of the body after an urgent flag meeting.

Farmer beaten to death

A farmer was beaten to death by locals at Baidhapasha village of Mirzaganj upazila Saturday night. Police and family sources said, Bazlur Rahman,40, was cutting the newly built flood control embankment to take water for his cropland from canal. He was mercilessly beaten up by locals and admitted to Mirzaganj Upazila Health Complex where he died after about two hours at 7: 30 pm.Laily Begum, wife of the victim filed a case with Mirzaganj police and six people were arrested in connection with the incident. The arrestees are Naku,25, Rasel, 26, Khalil, 30, Bashir, 28, Amadul, 24 and Sapan, 27.

9 hurt as AL factions clash

At least seven Awami League (AL) activists including Gurudaspur AL's acting president Abdul Aziz Master and general secretary Sahanaz Mollah were injured in a factional clash at Chanchkoir bazar Saturday night. Local administration imposed yesterday Section 144 to avoid any untoward incident. Police and locals said Abdul Aziz was beaten by supporters of rival suspended president Anisur Rahman while he was going to Awami League party office at Chanchkoir bazar on Saturday night. Hearing the news, some supporters of former state minister Abdul Quddus MP attacked Anisur Rahman's men at about 11pm sparking a violent clash between two groups. Injured Aziz and Sahnaz Mollah were being treated in hospitals.

Villagers kill robber

A robber was beaten to death by villagers while three of his accomplices were arrested at village Tircher in Chandina upazila yesterday. Police and locals said, a gang 12 robbers stormed into the house of Abdul Mannan Master at about 2:30am. Sensing the incident of robbery, locals laid a siege to the house and caught four of the gang. The remaining eight managed to flee. Angry people beat up the four, killing the gang leader, Md Kamal Hossain alias `Kamal Dakat' of village Jagotpur on the spot. Other robbers are Serajul Islam,28, of Burichong, Shafiq,33, of Bhoirab and Rafiqul Islam,30, of Narsingdi.

Grenade found in Pabna

Chatmohar police yesterday recovered a hand grenade from village Agshoail of the upazila. The grenade was found in one Jafar Uddin's pond when the labourers were digging it as part of renovation work. Being informed police rushed to the spot and recovered the bomb. Suspecting that the grenade was thrown in the pond during 1971 liberation war period, police said they also earlier recovered a few bullets from the same pond a few months ago.

Smuggled cloth seized

Police yesterday raided a trawler on the Kachikhali river and recovered about 200 packets of smuggled Indian cloths. During the raid, they arrested four people and seized the trawler. Matiur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Bhandaria Police Station said the arrestees loaded the goods at a point between Patharghata of Barguna and Tushkhali of Mathbaria on Saturday night. They were coming to Pirojpur for sending the cloth to different parts of the country through small boats, he added.

Letters

Rivers around Dhaka

The Daily Star has undertaken a mission to focus on the dying condition of the rivers Buriganga, Turag, Balu and Shitalakhya that encircle Dhaka, the four hundred years old capital city. This bold campaign of The Daily Star for free rivers is highly commendable and society at large must come forward to applaud and reinforce its effort.

Poverty and vision-2021

Our population is predominantly rural, with about 85 per cent of the 135 million people living in rural areas. For their livelihoods rural people depend mainly on the land, which is both fertile and extremely vulnerable. Most of the country is made up of flood plain, and while the alluvial soil provides good arable land, large areas are at risk because of frequent floods and cyclones, which take lives and destroy crops, livestock and property.

Nazrul's indomitable spirit

Nazrul's incomparable writings, in a very short spell, established him as a genius in the arena of Bengali literature.

Indian democracy

Success of Indian democracy stands in stark contrast to the bloodlettings taking place in other nominal South Asian democracies -- Pakistan and Sri Lanka. These nominally democratic countries have failed to bring peace and prosperity to their people because of their propensity to resort to violence for political change. India's success in running a relatively violence-free democratic process has been mainly due to Mahatma Gandhi and his legacy of non-violence.

Bottled water

I was very surprised when I saw a report on mineral water on Channel i on 4th April. The water in the mineral water bottle was completely un-purified. Some wicked businessmen put their company sticker on the bottle, capped and supplied these bottles to many hotels, restaurants, collages, offices, food shops etc. Those companies had no BSTI approval. They filled water directly from the tube well.

Senior citizens' woes

Please allow me to begin by asking " Who cares for the HAS BEENS? Yes, today's 'Has Beens' were yesterday's major players keeping the country's wheels of economy and government moving. Come tomorrow, today's young Turks will become tomorrow's 'Has Beens' and so on as the wheel of time turns. The common factor, however, in both stages of one's life is that he is not relieved from the duty of paying taxes till he is stowed in. Thereby, he continues to retain the life membership of the taxpayers' club.

Reports on BDR carnage

It is really difficult for the ordinary citizen like us to find out the bottom line of the BDR carnage story. The government is still tentative on many issues including status of the reports prepared by the army investigation team, government-appointed committee and the CID investigation; moreover the FBI and the Scotland Yard had some kind of technical support role. On the other hand, the media has already leaked out some points of the army report. Interestingly, the media in question are more inclined to look for political aspects or involvement in this tragic incident. Why is it so?

Praiseworthy decision

Undoubtedly, teachers are the torchbearers of the nation. But they are very much neglected here.

CNG run vehicles

This may sound funny, insane to many, but I suggest the government ban CNG driven vehicles as the government is so concerned about security and terrorism. Funny but it is true that when a car enters a hotel, hospital or the secretariat, one will notice that a group of people in uniforms will ask you to open the trunk of the car and will certainly look under the car for some sort of explosives or guns/ammunition, I don't know what else. These so-called checks not only delay the entry but also help the congested traffic to clog up at the back. By searching the trunk and the bottom of the car what have they found so far is a question to me and to many others who often face this unnecessary so-called security checks. The security personnel don't bother to look inside the car or the bags kept in the trunk or the seats which are the most likely place of carrying explosives. Also, they never ever check the front where the engine is located. They will check and let you go like the sunrise and the sunset factor.

Indian elections

Indian people voted decisively in their national election. They voted for stability, secularism and good governance. They rejected extremism and sought development including nuclear co-operation. In this election Indian Muslims returned back to the oldest secular party and voted for it. In reality Indian voters have shown their political maturity. Rahul Gandhi in his protracted effort of ascendancy to national leadership is crowned with remarkable success. He made definite headway in hostile Uttar Pradesh politics. By appreciating the opposition led state government he created an atmosphere of political tolerance. In this election Indians have witnessed the grooming of their future leadership.

Functions of MPs

In the traditional Democratic system, A State has three organs: Judiciary, Executive and Legislature, having different functions & responsibilities.

Pilkhana tragedy

I love my country from the core of my heart. But my heart bleeds when I see my beloved country is in danger. The Pilkhana tragedy shocked me profoundly as I think that those top level army officers were great assets of our country. We have lost those great sons of our motherland suddenly and out of the blue. It is obviously a great tragedy for many families and the nation.

Save our rivers

I am a regular reader of The Daily Star. It has become the morning tea for me. In my almost 18 years of readership time, I have been touched, moved, enthralled, enlightened so many times by so many reports it published. The story on river grabbing is one of those.

Early marriage

After completing my SSC exams, I went to my native village to meet my relatives and maternal grand parents. By the way one of my cousins took her SSC this year. Though she lives in a village, she is very talented. Moreover, her aim is to become a doctor. But it should be noted here that her parents are not educated. So, they are no longer eager to send their daughter to college.

US and Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not the ruler of Israel. He is the President of the United States! The President of the United States could break Israel in a day. If they'd stopped sending all that money and all those arms to Israel, Israel would have long ago been overcome.

A valiant army officer

Col. Gulzar Uddin Ahmed is no more with us. But the role he played in capturing leading terrorists, will never ever be forgotten. He was a true patriot who loved his motherland dearly.

International

Lanka rejects full access to Tamil refugee camps

Sri Lanka's president yesterday rejected a call by the UN secretary-general to lift restrictions on aid delivery to overcrowded displacement camps, saying the army must first finish screening the hundreds of thousands of Tamil refugees.

Were LTTE leaders killed as they sought to surrender?

A Sunday Times report has claimed that two senior leaders of the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam had begged their correspondent to initiate moves for their surrender to the authorities, but were killed as they were waving white flags of truce.

The truth about Lanka's secret refugee camps revealed

They squat in a circle, grinding their tiny hands nervously into the mud behind the six foot high barbed wire fence that imprisons them. And their little eyes stare wide open in fear at what lies on the other side. This is the Pulmoddai refugee camp in war-torn northern Sri Lanka, where soldiers sit, each one ten yards apart, their AK47 assault rifles trained at the 6,000 terrified refugees huddled inside.

New Nepal PM to take oath of office tomorrow

Nepal's new Prime Minister-elect veteran Communist leader Madhav Kumar Nepal will be administered oath of office Tuesday, heralding an end to a three-week-long political vacuum that had engulfed the Himalayan republic after its Maoist government fell due to a row with the army.

11 die in Morocco stampede at concert

Thousands of spectators stampeded out of a concert in the Moroccan capital, Rabat, causing a fence to collapse, the country's official MAP news agency said Sunday. Eleven people were killed and about 30 injured.

Obama seen breaking new ME ground before Cairo speech

US President Barack Obama continues to break new ground in his quest for Arab-Israeli peace as he finishes up his meetings with key players before a landmark speech in Cairo, analysts say.

Prabhakaran is safe and alive

A week after he became history, his diehard followers still believe that Tamil Tigers chief Velupillai Prabhakaran is very much alive.

Malaysian Tamils protest Lankan 'genocide'

Nearly 5,000 ethnic Tamil Malaysians gathered at one of the country's iconic Hindu temples Sunday to protest acts of 'genocide' against Tamils in Sri Lanka following the end of hostilities there.

Musharraf finally vacates Army House

Eighteen months after retiring as the Pakistani Army chief, former president Pervez Musharraf has finally vacated Army House in the adjacent garrison town of Rawalpindi that he had continued to occupy on grounds of security.

Animals too have sense of morality!

It's not just humans who have a moral compass, animals too possess a sense of morality which allows them to tell the difference between right and wrong.

S Koreans mourn death, pay respect to ex-president

Thousands streamed to a village in rural South Korea on Sunday to pay their respects to ex-President Roh Moo-hyun a day after he killed himself by jumping off a rocky cliff overlooking his home.

Pakistan hunts French tourist's kidnappers

Pakistani police hunted Sunday for a French tourist kidnapped in the country's restive southwest, but an officer said they still did not know who was behind the abduction.

Civilians trapped in main Swat Valley town

Gunshots pierced the air as Pakistani troops battled Taliban fighters in Swat Valley's main city, while thousands of civilians hid in their homes, a witness said pushing the fight to a critical phase in the effort to wrest the region out of insurgent hands.

DMK to join UPA govt as row resolved

The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) yesterday decided to join the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the centre and settle for seven ministerial berths, including three cabinet, setting at rest days of wrangling over ministry sharing with the Congress.

Iran summit vows to fight drugs, extremism

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his counterparts from Afghanistan and Pakistan yesterday declared their joint commitment to battling Islamist extremism and drug smuggling in the region.

Pakistan is fighting for survival, says Zardari

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari Saturday said his country was "fighting the war for its survival" and the military operation was ordered as the last resort against militants and extremists who challenged the writ of the state. He was talking to a delegation of parliamentarians from Swat and Malakand areas where security forces are engaged in a major offensive against the militants, a statement from the President's Office said.

Suu Kyi readies defence case

Lawyers for Myanmar pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi said Sunday they were preparing to open the defence case at her trial this week, as the junta looked set to face further pressure from the West.

CPI-M holds crucial meet to take stock

The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) began its state secretariat meeting here Sunday amid indications that it could be a stormy one as the party takes stock of its humiliating defeat in the Lok Sabha polls.

People did not find Third Front credible

CPI-M seems to be feeling bitter about its allies like BSP and JD(S) switching sides to the UPA after the Third Front's electoral debacle, with a senior party leader saying the post-poll developments have proved that the "cut and paste" alliance was a mistake. "You are right about BSP, JD(S) and TRS and that is precisely the point that I am making, our decision is that it was neither credible nor viable and this (deserting the pre-poll alliance) only confirmed that," CPI-M Politburo member Sitaram Yechury has said.

Hariri murder probe sees Hezbollah role

The UN commission investigating the murder of Rafiq Hariri now suspects Hezbollah was behind the former Lebanese premier's assassination, a German magazine reported on Saturday.

'Security aid to Pakistan after 2010 to be decided by its conduct'

A bill proposing a whopping USD 9.1 billion in aid to Pakistan in four years prohibits military assistance to Islamabad after 2010 unless the US President determines that the country is cooperating in non-proliferation efforts and making progress towards fighting terror groups.

Queen's Asian chauffeur breaches her security

Britain's Queen Elizabeth could have been at the mercy of terrorists recently because of a security breach at Buckinhgam Palace.

Arts & Entertainment

Saga of the Relentless Rebel

It was one particular day of Ashwin. Preparation for Dugra Puja was well underway and there was excitement in the air. The black clouds looked to break into a heavy shower any moment. Late at night, while everyone lay in a deep sleep, poet Kazi Nazrul tossed in his bed.

Bringing Nazrul to the dance stage

With a cast of over 56 male, female and child dancers, Nrityanchal staged a spectacular production, "Badol-o Barishaney" -- based on a short story by Kazi Nazrul Islam -- on March 30, 2007 and left the audience at the packed auditorium craving for more. A question cropped up: why do we not see more such dance productions based on the National Poet's works?

The many facets of Nazrul

His poetry and nationalist activism earned him the title, 'Rebel Poet.' Accomplishing a large number of much-admired works throughout his life, Kazi Nazrul Islam is more than a rebel. He was an ardent admirer of love and harbinger of patriotism, as well as a versatile lyricist-composer. His poetry added new dimensions in the field of recitation in Bengal. On the eve of the National Poet's 110th birth anniversary, renowned recitor Shimul Mustafa talked about Nazrul's versatility and genius that continues to encourage recitors.

Special programmes on Nazrul birth anniversary

ATN Bangla
"Dukhu Naam-er Shei Chheleti," a special talk show on Nazrul will be aired at 3:45 pm. Legendary Nazrul singer Feroza Begum dwells on her memories of the great poet. The programme has been directed by Sirajul Islam.

OP-ED

Recession phobia

AT the beginning of the new millennium the world has been beset by an insurmountable challenge in the wake of global recession. Economic downhill-slide in major capitalist countries in the north, which boast of having strong economies, threatens to affect countries in the south -- especially the least developed countries (LDCs).

Singh is King: Lessons for Bangladesh

DR. Manmohan Singh has indeed proven himself to be the king of South Asian leaders by repeating history after nearly five decades. The Indian National Congress (INC) won a landslide victory in which it, along with its allies, now holds 262 seats in the parliament.

The logic of officials

READER Michael Mudd returned to his Hong Kong home after two weeks on the road. Waiting in his mail box was a card saying that a postman had unsuccessfully tried to deliver a parcel to him.

We apologise

On May 13, the government of Bangladesh demanded an unconditional apology from the government of Pakistan for war crimes committed during the 1971 army action in what was then East Pakistan. The Pakistani government's response was to dismiss the demand, telling Bangladesh to "let bygones be bygones." This was not the first time this demand was made, nor the first time it was dismissed with such flippancy by Pakistan.



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