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News of: Sunday, 31st of May, 2009

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Grabbers flex court muscles

Although the High Court has recently directed the government to evict encroachers from four rivers around the capital, 147 grabbers had earlier managed status quo from the court through legal loopholes and turned everything in their favour.

Trio to be asked to repay Tk 1.36cr

A parliamentary sub-committee yesterday finalised a set of recommendations including one for recovering Tk 1.36 crore “taken illegally” as fuel allowance by former speaker Jamiruddin Sircar, his deputy Akhtar Hamid Siddiqui and former chief whip Khandaker Delwar Hossain.

Atulia air heavy with death stench

Dead cattle, fish, poultry and other animals floating in the water bodies in Atulia under Shyamnagar upazila bear witness to the destruction Aila caused. The living are in plight whereas the dead are lucky.

Wife acid-attacked for no to gambling

Rebeka Begum groaned with pain and could not speak properly at the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) as she suffered acid burn on her face and other parts of the body.

Woes prolong for damaged dam

Survivors of Cyclone Aila in Shyamnagar upazila, one of the worst-hit areas in Satkhira, have no choice but to fight for survival.

Rahim, Sahab tell of ISI link

Arrested former director general of National Security Intelligence (NSI) Brigadier General (retd) Md Abdur Rahim and former director (security) Wing Commander (retd) Sahabuddin Ahmed have given statements quite similar, to the court and the investigation officials.

Rauf came to set up Daud's crime network

Indian fugitive criminal Abdul Rauf Daud Merchant came to Bangladesh with a mission to expand the illegal empire of Daud Ibrahim, head of a organised crime syndicate in Mumbai.

3 rental plants fail to take off

The Power Development Board's (PDB) final deadline for two local companies that repeatedly failed to install three rental power plants totalling 120megawatt (MW) capacity expires today.

Country falls far short of minimum forestland

Five lakh hectares of forestland in the country has been denuded of trees, said State Minister for Environment and Forests Mostafizur Rahman on the eve of this year's National Afforestation Movement and Tree Fair.

Leaf-rolled bidi factories emerge under lax watch

A good number of unauthorised 'patar bidi' (leaf-rolled tobacco) factories are operating on the outskirts of the capital and elsewhere in the country taking advantage of lax monitoring by the authorities concerned and poor enforcement of Tobacco Control Act, 2005.

PM rallies for rivers

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has instructed the authorities concerned to take immediate steps to address widespread pollution and encroachment on the rivers around Dhaka.

BNP's BDR re-probe demand rejected

Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday rejected the BNP demand for a fresh probe into the BDR carnage by an all-party parliamentary committee while Commerce Minister Faruk Khan said, "If the government wants, it might consider BNP's demands."

Govt investigating 'crossfire' killings

Home Minister Sahara Khatun yesterday said the government is investigating the allegations of extrajudicial killings by the law enforcers.

Call to resist Tipai dam plan

National, regional and international public opinion should be raised to resist the construction of Tipaimukh dam by India, speakers at a BBC Bangladesh Sanglap said.

Pakistan troops regain Swat

Pakistan's military said yesterday troops had regained control of the main town in a key northwestern district from the Taliban, in what would be a significant milestone in a month-long offensive.

56 killed in Afghanistan

A battle in a militant-controlled region of western Afghanistan killed 30 insurgents and nine Afghan soldiers, while a roadside bomb in the country's north wounded an Afghan governor, officials said yesterday.

Editorial

Crossfire deaths must stop

LET us begin with the hard truth. It is that the recurrent incidents of so-called crossfire deaths are beginning to give Bangladesh a bad name around the world. It is not just Amnesty International which is concerned about the seeming impunity with which agencies such as the Rapid Action Battalion have been shooting people dead. There are others, in the country and outside, who are repelled by such unacceptable patterns of behaviour on the part of an agency of the state. The latest incident of the killing of two young men in the Jatiyo Sangsad area by RAB only underscores the malignancy that goes in the name of 'crossfire.' It deepens our sense of shame about ourselves, especially at a time when we are collectively striving to establish a social system based on the rule of law.

Traders reap benefits of procurement drive

WE are concerned at the field reports that instead of farmers it is the traders who are making profits from the rice procurement drive. Peasants are selling paddy to the millers and traders at lower prices than the rate fixed by the government. The farmers in the major rice-growing areas like the northern districts and Comilla region are selling paddy at around Tk 400 and Tk 450 per maund respectively, whereas the government price is fixed at Tk 560. Farmers are saying that the prices they are getting from traders or millers do not even cover their cost of production.

Tales of two women

DOLEYA (40) of Ghatak Char Village was married at 16. Not surprising, since early marriage in rural areas is a regular phenomenon. Doleya's husband is an agricultural labourer -- owning only 2 decimals of homestead land. Despite his sincere devotion, he could do little to feed a family of seven due to his prolonged illness.

Regime change in Nepal

AFTER three weeks of political turmoil, Nepal has finally got a new coalition government. The moderate communist party, UML led coalition, has replaced the hard-line Maoist led coalition. When the Maoists pulled out of the government, opposition parties had to toil hard and wait long to materialise such a coalition to achieve a majority in the jumbo 601-member constituent assembly (CA), and subsequently lead the government. All these mammoth efforts have put a veteran communist politician Madhab Kumar Nepal at the helm.

Come Holy Spirit and renew our hearts

TODAY is the Pentecost Sunday. Christians all over the world commemorate the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles of Christ who were gathered together in Jerusalem and were praising and praying.

Our Apologies

The article entitled "Bismillah and Rabindranath" appearing in The Daily Star on May 16, 2009 erroneously attributed a speech to the Education Minister. The author regrets the mistake and apologises to the minister for it. For its part, The Daily Star also apologises for publishing it without verification.

Sports

Mashrafe raring to go

Bangladesh's think-tank must be secretly delighted that Mashrafe Bin Mortaza was treated shabbily by his Kolkata Knight Riders team in the Indian Premier League.

Tigers warm up well

For Mahmudullah Riyad and Rubel Hossain England has just been like the comfort zone of the backyard. Both have taken the opportunity given to them with both hands and have been the star performers for the Tigers in the three warm-up matches played so far.

MCA fight back, take lead

Bangladesh A bowlers could not stop a late-order revival by Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) on the third day of their four-day game at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra yesterday.

Salahuddin dreams big

Nobody knows better than Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) president Kazi Salahuddin that there is no alternative to creating football stars to bring back the glory days of the game.

3 hattricks in Club Cup

Four goals from Selim and a hattrick by Shahed helped hosts Raipur Jagarani Club to an 8-2 victory over Crescent Club in the Basundhara Champions Club Cup football tournament in Meherpur yesterday.

Hasan wants to emulate Sehwag

Rookie opener Shahzaib Hasan, who was a surprise inclusion in Pakistan's squad for the Twenty20 World Champion-ships, says he wants to emulate his explosive Indian counterpart Virender Sehwag in the mega-event that starts June 5 in England.

5-star Rubel crushes Singra

It was the Rubel and Toufiq show as Gobindganj High Schools thrashed Singra Dum Dum Pilot School 8-0 in the Citycell National School Football Championship at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Zia shares 2nd spot

Grand Master Ziaur Rahman drew his eighth round board against Grand Master Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son of Vietnam in the 2nd Subic Open International Chess tournament at Subic Freeport, Olongapo City, Philippines yesterday.

KP admits T20 flaws?

The most expensive IPL player and flamboyant England batsman Kevin Pietersen has confessed he is not good at playing the hugely popular Twenty20 format but vowed to make amends during in the World Championships, beginning next week.

Expecting much from Bravo

While his colleagues shivered and slumped to an embarrassing Test series defeat in England, Dwayne Bravo was gaining crucial Twenty20 experience in the IPL.

An Indian encore?

Mahendra Singh Dhoni will relive a pathbreaking moment in his fairytale career when he leads India's defence of the World Twenty20 title in England.

Samantha stuns Elena

Russian fourth seed Elena Dementieva, the 2004 Roland Garros runner-up, was sent crashing out of the French Open in the third round on Saturday by Australia's Samantha Stosur.

Fans get behind Maria

Dealing with adversity has brought Maria Sharapova a new fan base in Paris, the Russian glamour girl believes.

Big-talking Kiwis

Despite their unimpressive credentials, the New Zealand World Twenty20 squad are talking boldly from their camp at Sir John Paul Getty's palatial estate on the outskirts of London.

Chance to end drought

When Mike Procter, the former great South African all-rounder, took over as convenor of the country's selectors last year he faced up to an uncomfortable truth.

Security stops Lankans from going to Oxford

Less than three months after their team bus came under terrorist gunfire in Lahore, members of the Sri Lankan cricket team have withdrawn from a scheduled visit to Oxford due to security concerns.

'Cricket of the year 08' published

Bengal Tiger, the only fan club of Bangladesh cricket team, on Saturday released a book titled "Cricket of the year 08" containing information about domestic and international events of country's cricket at the National Sports Council (NSC).

Vaijan Smriti volleyball

Pabna Badminton Club became champions in the 'Vaijan Smriti Volleyball tournament' when they defeated Shalgaria Volleyball team 3-0 set.

Adib charges to 174 in T20

Adib smashed an unbeaten 174 in EEE Chargers' massive 220-run win over LSC Gladiators in the Igloo Summer Twenty20 Challenge at the Dhanmondi Club ground yesterday.

Milan need a point

AC Milan come into the last game of the Italian Serie A season with a very real risk of missing out on a top three finish and facing the ignominy of playing Champions League qualifiers next season.

Keane rescues Ireland

Robbie Keane saved the day for Ireland, the Tottenham captain producing the equaliser to earn Giovanni Trapattoni's side a 1-1 draw with Nigeria in Friday's friendly at Craven Cottage.

Figo set for farewell

Portugal legend Luis Figo on Saturday announced his definitive retirement from the game.

Genoa sign Crespo

Genoa have completed the signing of Inter Milan forward Hernan Crespo, the club's president Enrico Preziosi said on Friday.

Terry denies Makelele's accusation

Chelsea skipper John Terry has denied claims made in former team-mate Claude Makelele's new autobiography that he had a role in Jose Mourinho's September 2007 dismissal.

Portugal recall Boa Morte

Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz on Friday called up Jose Castro of Deportivo La Coruna for the June 6 World Cup qualifier against Albania in Tirana and also recalled West Ham striker Boa Morte.

Business

ADP share for roads widens

The government allocation in its annual development programme (ADP) for road constructions dominated significantly the allocations for railway, water transport and civil aviation in the last 30 years.

Realtors demand safeguard

Realtors have demanded investment of undisclosed money in real estate sector, a bigger government fund to finance apartment buyers and low import duty on construction materials in the upcoming budget.

Exporters want ban on aromatic rice to go

Exporters demand that the government withdraw a ban on aromatic rice exports.

Credit to SMEs, farm to be prioritised

Bangladesh Bank (BB) will prioritise credit flows for productive sectors like small and medium enterprises and agriculture, said its governor yesterday.

Infrastructure deficit impeding South Asia's growth

Tariq Sayeed, president Saarc Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), said infrastructure deficit is impeding South Asia's growth where private initiatives could do a lot of good for the development of the region.

CSR an ethical way to boost earnings

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices by companies will help exporters increase their earnings, analysts said yesterday.

Retail giant Wal-Mart opens in India

The world's number one retailer Wal-Mart opened its first sales venture in India on Saturday as part of an ambitious plan to establish a foothold in the country's vast consumer market.

US economy shrank 5.7pc in Q1

The US economy contracted 5.7 percent in the first quarter, less than initially estimated, official data showed Friday, due in part to improved readings on imports and durable goods orders

Specialised textile millers demand Tk900cr allocation

Bangladesh Specialised Textile Mills and Powerloom Industries Association have demanded that the government give a Tk 900 crore budgetary allocation for fresh investment in weaving sub-sector.

National Bank chairman re-elected

National Bank Ltd has recently re-elected Moazzam Hossain as chairman at the bank's 303rd board meeting, says a press release.

Apollo inks deal with Starwell

Apollo Hospitals Dhaka has recently signed an agreement with Starwell Health Management FZ LLC to offer third-party administration services to health insurance companies in the Middle East, says a press release.

A breakthrough in building

It is an architectural feat a Bangladeshi company has brought in. Only a small group of 20 people can build a 10,000- square feet steel building, spending just four to five days -- whatever it is -- industrial unit, warehouse or even an indoor stadium.

Why did Germany snub Fiat?

How did Italian car maker Fiat, which won the favour of US authorities for a takeover of Chrysler, stir such a deep mistrust in Germany with a subsequent bid for Opel?

Wall Street faces gloom

Wall Street investors face a battery of economic news and the looming bankruptcy of auto giant General Motors in the coming week, testing the nerves of investors after a strong week.

Dollar sinks to 2009 low against euro

The dollar tumbled Friday to its lowest level against the euro this year with the US currency losing its appeal as a safe haven amid increasing signs of economic recovery, traders said.

Improved outlook pushes oil above $66

Oil prices soared Friday above 66 dollars, approaching seven-month highs on further signs of economic recovery and as the US currency plunged to a 2009 low against the euro.

ADB calls for low-carbon transport systems

The Asian Development Bank Saturday called on its Asian government borrowers to design mass transport systems in a way that would slow the rapid growth of their greenhouse gas emissions.

Tata Motors net profit slides 50pc

India's top vehicle maker Tata Motors reported Friday its full-year net profit slid more than 50 percent as the global slowdown cut demand for trucks and cars, but the fall was less than forecast.

After stumble, US Treasury chief reaches out to China

US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, who makes his first trip to Beijing Sunday, will exploit his early links with China to steer relations with the Asian giant under President Barack Obama's watch.

New Vietnam port heralds US service, shipping firm says

The first deepwater container shipping terminal serving Vietnam's southern commercial hub has opened, allowing direct service to the United States to begin next week, a shipping firm said.

Weekly Currency Roundup

May 24-May 28, 2009
Local FX Market

The USD continued to remain steady against the BDT. There was ample liquidity in the market and market saw moderate activity. The demand for the USD was stable.

Metropolitan

Call to outlaw discrimination against indigenous people

A United Nations conference on indigenous affairs wrapped up its two-week gathering yesterday, making a host of recommendations including worldwide establishment of a mechanism requiring patent offices to publicise origins of products derived from indigenous knowledge when exclusive rights to the designs are requested.

'Allocate funds for proper implementation'

Speakers at a workshop yesterday demanded budgetary allocation for proper implementation of the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

Mystery shrouds death of city AL leader

Mystery shrouds the death of a ward Awami League (AL) leader who was found hanging from the ceiling at his father-in-law's residence at Senpara Parbata in the city yesterday evening.

Take steps to save rivers

Speakers at a human chain yesterday demanded for special allocation in the upcoming budget to protect the Buriganga, Shitalaksha, Turag and Balu rivers -- the lifelines of the city.

Tobacco causes 80pc of lung cancer

Tobacco use is one of the 'most common risk factors for various diseases' in Bangladesh as well as across the globe and its economic impact is also 'devastating', anti-tobacco activists said at a roundtable yesterday.

Bangladesh reels under 'Aila' aftermath

While Bangladesh struggles for recovering wounds of two cyclonic storms in a span of only five weeks, the global climate talks resume in Bonn, Germany tomorrow to reach a consensus to take effective measures to combat climate change.

Misuse of law leaves domestic violence unchecked

Misuse of Women and Children Repression Prevention Act is an obstacle to preventing domestic violence and other forms of violence against women, speakers said at a roundtable yesterday.

4 killed, 16 injured in road accidents

Four people were killed and 16 others injured in separate road accidents in Brahmanbaria, Moulvibazar, Barisal and Sherpur in last two days.

BNP leaders, workers pay tribute to Zia

Leaders and workers of BNP and its associated organisations yesterday thronged the mazar of late president Ziaur Rahman in city's Sher-e-Bangla Nagar and paid tribute on his 28th death anniversary.

Jubo League to accord mass reception to Hasina

Awami Jubo League yesterday decided to accord a mass reception to “daughter of Peace” Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her peaceful resolution of the BDR mutiny and thereby salvaging the country from imminent civil war.

Focus on villages for overall development

President Zillur Rahman yesterday urged Lion leaders to focus on villages as the country's overall development depends on socio-economic progress of its rural areas.

Envoy hosts promotion of Australian foods

Australian High Commissioner Dr Justin Lee hosted 'High Commissioner's Eleven: Tastes of Australia', a promotion of Australian foods imported to Bangladesh, at his residence on Friday.

JU science centre to be named after Dr Wazed

Jahangirnagar University (JU) authorities took the decision to establish a science research centre which would be named after eminent nuclear scientist late Dr MA Wazed Mia.

National

MMCH interns ransack rooms

Agitated interns ransacked four rooms including the rooms of Emergency Department and the director of Mymensingh Medical College Hospital (MMCH) in protest against 'assault' of a colleague by a patient's attendants on Friday night.

16 BNP men hurt as political rivals foil programme in 3 dists

Sixteen BNP activists were injured as unruly people allegedly belonging to Jubo League and Chhatra League yesterday foiled the programmes arranged on the 28th death anniversary of former president BNP founder Ziaur Rahman in Barisal and Bhola districts.

Attack on BDR men in Teknaf, 9 held

The law enforcers have arrested nine miscreants who attacked BDR personnel at Kauk Khali ghat under Teknaf Municipality early Friday.

48,400 houses, 281km roads destroyed in Khulna district

Cyclone Aila has fully destroyed 48,400 houses and 281 kilometre roads in Khulna district, according to district control room sources.

Re-polling in Chhagalnaiya UZ tomorrow

Re-polling in 10 centres of Chhagalnaiya Upazila (UZ) Parishad will be held tomorrow.

Army chief visits Patuakhali

Army chief Gen Moeen U Ahmed yesterday visited cyclone-hit Nachnapara under Kalapara upazila of the district. He reached Kalapara at about 1:30pm, visited damaged flood control dam and exchanged views with locals. He also saw the activities of mobile health camp run by army personnel in the area. Later, the army chief distributed relief goods among 200 cyclone victims.

3 of a family electrocuted

Three members of a family were electrocuted at village Baishbunia under Kathalia upazila in Jhalakathi district yesterday. The deceased were identified as Ruhul Amin, 40, his brother's wife Khadiza Begum, 28, and his son Rajib, 13. Police and local people said Rajib first came in contact with a live electric wire snapped by Cyclone Aila when he was fishing in a nearby water body at about 10:00am. His father Ruhul Amin and aunt Khadiza met their tragic end when they tried to save Rajib. Police recovered the bodies and sent them to Jhalakathi Sadar Hospital morgue for autopsy.

Nine bombs found in B'baria

Police recovered nine bombs from Eidgah field in the district headquarters Friday night. Acting on a tip-off, law enforcers from Brahmanbaria Sadar Police Station went to the spot at around 10:30pm and found the bombs lying abandoned in the field. They took the bombs to the police station where explosive experts will defuse them.

Six hurt as AL,BNP clash

Six people were injured, one of them critically, in a clash between the supporters of an Awami League (AL) leader and a BNP leader over a disputed land in Moheshpur upazila yesterday. There had been a long-standing conflict over the land between AL leader Abdul Malek and BNP leader Abdul Latif at Bhairaba village, said Moheshpur OC. Both the groups used lethal weapons during the clash. The injured were admitted to Jhenidah and Moheshpur hospitals.

20 hurt in Bandarban clash

At least 20 people were injured in a clash over a disputed land at Companypara under Lama upazila yesterday. A rivalry grew over possession of the land between two groups of villagers, one led by Abdul Gafur and the other by Fazar Ali, police and locals said. Fazar Ali and his men attacked Gafur while he was working in his cropland field in the morning. As the news spread, Gafur's men counter-attacked causing injuries to 15 people from both the groups.

Letters

Talking too much!

According to a Star Business Report published on May 06, 2009, GrameenPhone (GP) made an operating profit of Taka 562.86 crore in the first three months of 2009, despite the global economic crisis. This is the largest profit made by any mobile phone operator anywhere in the world.

Population growth

It is a matter of great concern that the population is rapidly growing creating heavy pressure upon the small territory of Bangladesh. Most of the people live under poverty line.

Martyrs' memorial museum

Dotted around with halls and academic buildings, Rajshahi University remains concealed in the impenetrable membrane of pandemonium-pulsating with life flowing rhythmically through the arteries of our beloved city-Rajshahi. The hub around which thousands of youngsters have become renowned citizens of Bangladesh, the nucleus of the existence of blossoming flowers that had bloomed to their full potential enlightening the minds of today's generation with new notions, perceptions regarding philosophy, economics and science.

Banning tobacco

Chewing and smoking of tobacco have been among the biggest health hazards worldwide. Despite the inextricable link between a host of serious disorders and tobacco consumption, the practice continues to be widespread. This disturbing trend -- especially in developing countries has a lot to do with low awareness levels as well as lack of a sustained campaign against the menace. A campaign focusing on the hazards of tobacco consumption and highlighting the bountiful benefits that follow once the habit is kicked can go a long way in educating the masses. A sizeable section of the tobacco-users happens to be blissfully unaware of the dangers that smoking or chewing of tobacco invites. More worrying is the fact that in recent times, more and more teenagers and youths, even children, are increasingly getting caught in the murky tobacco trap. As for the country, it has a high incidence of tobacco consumption and consequently, tobacco-induced ailments -- the most perceptible being cancer.

MPs and local government

In the past, the volume of work was limited in case of individual person, business houses, even states. Gradually workloads as well as spaces have been increasing. Considering this fact, management thinkers have invented 'division of labour' and are insisting on 'specialization'. This is true not only for production methods but also in state affairs.

Student politics

The puppets of the student leaders are compelled to be present in their respective hall guest rooms at a certain time every night. This is a common scene in every hall of Dhaka University. But this is the highest seat of learning in the country. Keeping this in mind, parents send their children to this university. But things change when they enter the campus. They have to get involved in politics to survive. To stay in their hall, students have to attend the guest room meeting at night!

Depression in Gulf States

The global recession is a good lesson for the super-rich Gulf states. The economic decline has started, and it cannot be stopped with wealth. The Equalizer Effect is 'on'.

Investigations and media

Very often we find that responsible people in high positions reveal information, gathered from suspects during questioning in connection with serious crimes, to the print and electronic media which adversely affect the interest of the case in question. We have seen this happen during the investigation of BDR carnage and also in the 10-truck arms smuggling case. It is needless to say that if vital information is leaked out before completion of the job, it will only help the people involved in the crime as this will enable them to go on a damage control activity, which will harm the case in the long run.

An appeal

I would like to draw kind attention of the authorities which are managing transports from Shyamoli crossing to Adabor. Every morning around 8:00am, I face a serious jam at Shyamoli crossing while coming out from Adabar area by car, due to huge influx of cars, microbuses, mini buses, large buses plus rickshaws. This is the peak hour. So, all the people in and around Shyamoli crossing need to go to office, school and to their respective destinations. It is very surprising that there is a useless road connecting Adabar ring road to Mirpur road near the bus counter of Hanif, Super Bus and other bus counters, the road is blocked by some pillars at the end approaching Mirpur road, so, no vehicles can go through it. Why is this road not usable? If this road is opened to the public transport, then all the vehicles can take left turn coming from Adabar ring road to Shyamoli crossing, there is no need to come to Shyamoli crossing and take left turn towards Gabtoli/Technical. The vehicles going towards Gabtoli /Technical can use the connecting road from Adabar ring road to Mirpur road.

Sri Lankan scene

It is a matter of great satisfaction for the peace loving people around the world that Sri Lankan armed forces have proved their worth by defeating the LTTE. We support the territorial integrity of Sri Lanka.

Common people not allowed!

I went to IEB, Lalkhan Bazar, with a view to visiting the telecommunications and technology fair. Well, I went there along with my friends, but the security guard did not allow us to get in. He rudely discouraged us and mentioned that we were too small to realize the solemnity of this day.

Rivers of Dhaka

Most of the cities in the world were established on riverbanks. So was our Dhaka. It is endowed with four majestic rivers. But out of sheer greed and negligence we are killing these lively water flows, so rare around the world. A section of government officials particularly those involved in land administration are the root cause of such encroachments. Every encroachment is initiated by some sort of dubious paper works by such officials. So if we want to stop suffocation of rivers and reclaim encroached lands we should start from land offices.

Mashrafe disappoints

The way Mashrafe bowled in the final over in his first match in the IPL was indeed heart breaking for fans all over Bangladesh. I just cannot understand his reason for being nervous. This is just a game, not a war. Why can't he just play his natural game? This is not the first time he has done this.

Dr Wazed's suggestion

While the contemporary world is changing with the advent of new inventions of science and technology, Bangladesh is lagging behind. It is regretful to note that these days students do not like to study science. Rather, they are very much interested in business studies. After completing their education, students of biotechnology, pharmacy, information technology, geography and environment science, agriculture science etc., are not getting jobs. They are feeling frustrated. These brilliant students with excellent results should be in good positions wherefrom they could render their services in nation building. At this moment, Bangladesh needs to engage brilliant students in the arena of research.

CU

We the general students of Chittagong University are very much anxious about the present unstable condition prevailing on our campus. Some days ago we saw the clashes between two rivals groups of student wings.We see that there are many empty seats in the halls. The whole thing has been politicised to the point where general students have no say, and bloody clashes often erupt over allocation of seats. The outsiders ruin the academic atmosphere of the halls and the campus.

Programmes on TV

Almost all the TV channels announce their programmess in advance for the viewers of New York, Dubai, Middle East and obviously for local viewers in their bid to highlight special occasions like birth and death anniversary of Kabi Guru Rabindranath Tagore, National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam and for other purposes. It is very difficult to memorize all the programmes of all the channels at a time and hence it is of no use to telecast the programmes in advance. On the other hand, the programmes are punctuated by several advertisements that bring the viewer to zero tolerance level. The programmes are not viewed fully by the viewers. On top of that, unscheduled load shedding shatters the patience of the viewers who make it a point to view a special programme of their choice. So, TV programmes, especially drama serials, cannot be enjoyed due to disturbances of advertisements, load shedding and for telecasting of many drama serials at a time through different channels. Hence, viewers enjoy only TV news and rest of the time browse from channel to channel.

Smoking in public places

Smoking in public places has become a common phenomenon. Certainly, it is an indecent thing. Nowadays it has spread out among all classes of people. Though some teenagers think that smoking is part of smartness, but it is not true.

International

Tough sanctions against N Korea needed: Gates

The US defence chief urged Asian allies yesterday to consider tougher sanctions against North Korea, noting that past efforts to cajole the reclusive regime into scrapping its nuclear weapons program have only emboldened it.

Pakistan vows to take 'full care' of displaced people

Pakistan yesterday vowed to take "full care" of more than two million people displaced by a military operation in the northwest, as it said it had regained a key town from Taliban fighters.

US urges Europe, China to step up Afghan help

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates urged Europe and China to step up their involvement in rebuilding Afghanistan, saying Saturday that America alone cannot put the conflict-ridden nation back on its feet while mired in a fight against the Taliban.

Resentment in Congress over few ministerial berths

There is resentment among a section of the Congress in the northeast over the poor representation from the region in the Manmohan Singh ministry.

US presses Myanmar to free Suu Kyi

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates pressed Myanmar's military rulers yesterday to free pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and reopen dialogue with the opposition.

Pak war against Taliban will be 'tough fight'

As Pakistani military intensified operations against the Taliban in Swat valley and adjoining areas, a top US General has said that it is going to be "a tough fight" for the country whose "very existence" is threatened by the militants. "Well, clearly, there's going to be a tough fight.

New US command to focus on cyber battlefield

The US military is moving ahead with plans to create its first "cyber command" designed to bolster America's potential to wage digital warfare as well as defend against mounting cyber threats, officials said on Friday.

Nepal Maoists lose another battle

After losing its battle with the army and being forced to step down from power, Nepal's Maoist party suffered a second reverse yesterday with the chairman of the interim parliament refusing to allow them a debate in the house.

Pakistan must dismantle terror set up for peace process, says Krishna

External Affairs Minister SM Krishna on Friday said that peace process with Pakistan could only resume if Pakistan dismantled terror aiding set-ups functioning on its soil.

Iran hangs 3 over mosque bombing

Iran yesterday hanged three men in public accused of involvement in the bombing of a Shia mosque that killed 25 people, an official said, branding them "terrorists" and "enemies of God."

Obama assassination ad lands paper in trouble

The attention of law enforcement officials was drawn to Times Observer newspaper advertisement that erroneously suggested that President Barack Obama could be assassinated just as four of his predecessors had been.

India army chief voices concern at Pakistani nuke expansion

India's army chief said on Friday arch-rival Pakistan's apparent expansion of its nuclear programme was a "matter of concern" for the entire world that only global pressure could halt.

US sets conditions for Cuba's return to Americas bloc

The United States said on Friday it would not back Cuba's full participation in the Organisation of American States until the communist island nation makes democratic reforms.

Sharif not eyeing PM's post

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) senior vice president Makhdoom Javed Hashmi has said that party chief Nawaz Sharif is not eyeing a return to the Prime Minister's office.

Kashmir separatist denounces Taliban

"Acts of terrorism" by Taliban extremists in Pakistan are un-Islamic, a hardline Muslim politician campaigning for Kashmir's independence from India said yesterday.

Warlords back Karzai in polls

Two warlords leading ethnic minority groups in Afghanistan declared their support for incumbent Hamid Karzai in the nation's presidential elections due in August, Karzai's office said Saturday.

Arts & Entertainment

Swaying and headbanging with Habib and Fuzön

May 29: The concert kicked off on a laid back note. As composer-musician extraordinaire Habib declared, the mood was romantic, and it doesn't get mushier than "Hridoy-er kotha" (from the "Hridoy-er Kotha" soundtrack). It was a good start. The audience, comprising mostly youngsters, started swaying and humming along with the star musician at Winter Garden, Dhaka Sheraton Hotel.

Enamul Huq’s five decades in theatre

Fellow theatre activists and personalities from other sectors greeted Dr. Enamul Huq with wreaths and bouquets as the veteran theatre personality has celebrated his five decades in theatre. Huq's cherished theatre organisation Nagarik Natyangan arranged a two-day celebration programme, which coincided with his 66th birth anniversary (May 29), at the National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA).

Acting is like mathematics-- Bipasha

When I was a child I had a cassette player on which I would listen to “Shesher Kobita” by Tagore every single night before going to sleep. I thought I understood the theme. I listened to that cassette after 15 years again and suddenly realised I hadn't understood a word of it. Acting is like that. Even after 20 years, I feel that I have a lot more to learn." Such is the humility of a household name in Bangladesh -- Bipasha Hayat.

New drama serial Dorakata goes on air

A new drama serial, titled " Dorakata", is set to go on air from tonight on Rtv. Jointly scripted by Aminur Rahman Mukul and Mahfuza Hilali and directed by Sumon Anwar, the serial will be aired Sundays and Mondays at 9pm.

Focus on children’s problems

A painting programme to focus on children's problems was held at Pabna Annada Gobinda Public Library auditorium on Monday. National Children Task Force (NCTF) and Pabna Protishruti, an NGO jointly organised the event at Pabna Annada Gobinda Public Library auditorium.

Photography exhibition on Nazrul

Marking the birth anniversary of Kazi Nazrul Islam, Aloke Chitra Shilpi Sangsad (Ashis) organised a week long photo exhibition on Nazrul at its gallery. A total of 37 rare photographs of the poet were displayed at the exhibition.

Awareness against early marriage

Early marriage and dowry are still a curse in Bangladesh--placing major impediments for women in their search for a new identity and empowerment.

Nazrul Institute celebrates the Poet

To celebrate the 110th birth anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, Nazrul Institute organised weeklong special programmes from May 22. The events included children's competitions on recitation, Nazrul songs and painting.

Konthoshilon observes Rebel Poet’s birth anniversary

Konthoshilon, a recitation organisation, celebrated the 110th birth anniversary of Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, through a special programme at Shawkat Osman Memorial auditorium, Central Public Library, Shahbag on May 29. The event, titled “Amito Nazrul” -- a tribute to the poet, featured recitation of select Nazrul poems, excerpts from Nazrul essays and poems written on Nazrul by other poets.

OP-ED

Surviving the Great Recession

CONSIDER exports first. Between September 2008 and February 2009, exports from Bangladesh fell by an annualised rate of less than 4 per cent -- while this is an unwelcome reversal from about 20 per cent a year growth witnessed in the recent years, it is still a significantly better performance than 70 per cent or so annualised fall in the East Asian region over the same period.

Running the Numbers

The current fiscal year is coming to end on June 30, 2009. Government machineries are busy finalising the budget for the next fiscal year. Hence this is an appropriate time to assess the state of the economy of Bangladesh.

The Devi of Disinformation

THIS devi of disinformation is a late blooming flower. Her biography makes her 57 years old at this writing. But surprisingly, there is not a single sighting of this prolific author until 2006, when at the ripe old age of 54 she suddenly burst into various online publications, starting with Asian Tribune, an online daily published by an organisation called the World Institute for Asian Studies or WAIS.

Nurul Islam: Searching for Truth

THE walls are scorched black, a thin film of soot covers the burnt out wreckage inside the living room of Nurul Islam's former flat. A thick smell of burnt plastic hangs in the air. On the corner of the dining room table, a packet of cigarettes stubbornly sits in pristine condition, and books arranged on nearby shelves are in a near perfect state. It's a bright Thursday morning and the light is good. It pours in through the windows, bringing a strange glow to the otherwise pitch-black former family home.


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