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News of: Monday, 1st of June, 2009

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Hungry, they wait for help

“My time has come, perhaps I will die this time round.”

JS body chiefs to get vehicles, gunmen

Parliament Secretariat Commission has drafted a set of proposals including one for specifying privileges and increasing benefits for the House standing committee chairmen.

Make action plan to fulfil poll pledges

The parliamentary standing committee on establishment ministry yesterday asked all ministries to prepare 'immediate action plan' to ensure implementation of the ruling party's electoral pledges.

5 thugs beaten to death in Ctg

A mob beat five criminals to death at Dharmapur of Satkania upazila in Chittagong early yesterday. Six people, including three community policemen, were also injured when the gang fired on them to make their escape.

Over 150 Daud operatives already in Bangladesh

Detectives suspect that more than 150 highly paid agents have been working in the country for international mafia don Daud Ibrahim and that his second-in-command "Chhota" Shakil has been dealing with their payments.

Shahid to return money, but Farroque won't

Chief Whip Abdus Shahid yesterday said he would return Tk 1 lakh he had taken from the Parliament Members' Club adding that a team was constituted to audit the income and expenditure of the club in the last seven years.

Aila ravages shrimp farms in Satkhira

Thousands of shrimp and freshwater fish farmers in Satkhira suffered a setback as cyclone Aila washed away most of the shrimp enclosures and water bodies in the area.

Liakat tells the same story too

Detained former National Security Intelligence (NSI) deputy director (DD) Liakat Hossain gave information to investigators that conform to many important points of the confessional statement of ex-NSI director Sahab Uddin.

2,781 'political' cases sought to be dropped

As many as 2,781 applications have been submitted to the Dhaka district magistrate for withdrawal of "political harassment and motivated" cases filed against political bigwigs including Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Leader of the Opposition Khaleda Zia as the deadline to apply ended yesterday.

WB unhappy over move to amend procurement rules

The World Bank has expressed concern over the government's initiative to bring amendments to the Public Procurement Act and Public Procurement Rules, hinting that it could hamper WB assistance.

Death ends his wait for relief

Cyclone Aila victim 65-year old Omar Ali's wait for fresh clothing ended in vain as he died of diarrhoea in Chandnimukho village in Shyamnagar in the early hours yesterday.

2 Shibir men held; radio frequency device seized

Two cadres of Islami Chhatra Shibir were arrested with radio frequency devices from a hostel at Puratan Satkhira in the district town early yesterday.

Trader shot dead in city

Unidentified criminals gunned down a local businessman in Mohammadpur yesterday while the body of the minor was recovered from city's Mirpur area.

Test results show pesticide poisoning

After testing biological and environmental samples taken from two villages of Dhamrai, Atlanta Centre for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention of the US confirmed that pesticides caused the deaths of four children there in April and May.

14yrs behind bars in false case

A Bangladeshi indigenous citizen, sentenced to two months rigorous imprisonment (RI) in a false case filed against him on charge of intrusion into the country, was released here yesterday after keeping him in different jails for 14 years.

HC orders status quo on earth-filling in Sandhya river

The High Court (HC) yesterday directed the authorities concerned to maintain status quo for three months on earth-filling on the bank of river Sandhya in Barisal for the development of housing plots.

Court rejects Faruque's petition for injunction

A Dhaka court yesterday rejected a petition of Qazi Faruque Ahmed seeking a temporary injunction on the decision of his removal from chairmanship of Proshika, one of the largest non-government organisations (NGOs) in the country.

50pc drop in mango output

Mango growers fear 50 percent drop in production this year in Rajshahi region due to irregular weather pattern.

Text warning not enough

Textual warning messages on the packets of tobacco products have little impact on reducing tobacco consumption in the country as around 86 percent of the total 3.18 crore tobacco consumers are illiterate.

Dipu Moni seeks records from UK

As part of her effort to garner international support for the trial of war criminals Foreign Minister Dipu Moni yesterday met British Minister of International Defence and Security Baroness Ann Taylor Bolton in Singapore.

SQ Chy, Ruhul Amin ignore EC orders

Lawmakers BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and Jatiya Party Secretary General ABM Ruhul Amin Hawlader did not submit copies of certificates of their educational qualification to the Election Commission (EC) yesterday, the last day for the submission.

Lanka wants to dismantle LTTE's global network

Sri Lanka appealed yesterday for international support in dismantling the global political network of the Tamil Tiger rebels after declaring a full military victory over the separatist movement.

Pakistan eyes victory against Taliban in days

Pakistan's defence secretary said Sunday that a month-long offensive to crush Taliban fighters in the northwest could end within days, as security forces hunted down the militant leadership.

Editorial

Chief lesson from Cyclone Aila

THE most important lesson which can be drawn from Cyclone Aila, which last week hit south-western Bangladesh, is that a comprehensive programme regarding the construction and maintenance of embankments needs to be put in place. It is an issue about which the inhabitants of cyclone-prone areas are acutely aware, for they themselves have been demanding that more than anything else it is strong embankments they need. In effect, what they have been saying is that if they have embankments to protect themselves, they can take care of everything else.

Extortionists having a field day

THE congenial environment for the growth of trade and commerce is being denied by armed gangs of extortionists, who have seemingly become hyperactive. A good number of the victims were fatally shot in recent months when they failed or refused to come up with the money demanded. We are troubled by the reported revelation that around 1200 extortionists clustered into 300 gangs might be operating in the metropolis, thereby contributing to the spiralling of crime in the city. Reports of industrialists and business personalities receiving phone calls from these criminals with demands for huge sums of money are pouring in to the print and electronic media. According to Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Cell as many as 250 extortion related complaints were lodged since its formation on April 28. And needless to mention that many incidents go unreported as victims opt to remain unidentified for fear of reprisals.

In quest of a credible political leadership

THE emergence of Bangladesh was both preceded and followed by a series of extraordinary circumstances -- protracted civil unrest, the worst cyclone in history, the first-ever general elections, non-cooperation, a genocide, war, victory, famine and finally the violent overthrow of the first elected government culminating in the assassination of the nation's founding father -- all of which dearly cost this already impoverished country in more than one way, perhaps, one of the most serious casualties of some of these traumatic events had been the near-total decimation of the country's credible political leadership.

A political safari

VICTORY and defeat in an election are a judgment call between options, not an epic choice between good and evil. It takes a couple of days for the celebrations to peter out and the tantrums to ease; then it is back to the difficult business of delivering governance against the background of raised expectations.

Sports

Ashraful upbeat

Bangladesh skipper Mohammad Ashraful believes the Tigers are preparing well for the ICC World T20 which kicks off on June 5.

Twenty20 is home

Cricket's newest format returns to its birthplace when England hosts the World Twenty20 from Friday with the event kicking off a bumper summer which includes one of the sport's oldest combats, the Ashes.

Where's the Dhaka cricketer?

Dhaka is the centre of Bangladesh cricket but the country's biggest city is definitely not a big enough provider of cricketers nowadays.

King Nadal ousted

Defending champion Rafael Nadal was knocked out of the French Open on Sunday losing in the fourth round to Sweden's Robin Soderling 6-2, 6-7 (2/7), 6-4, 7-6 (7/2).

From IPL to WC

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is looking forward to uniting all the talents at his disposal during the World Twenty20 in England after competing against his teammates in the Indian Premier League.

Match drawn in Bogra

The first four-dayer between Bangladesh A and Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) predictably ended in a draw after rain shortened the final day at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra yesterday.

Said's fiver at BNS

Abu Said of Moslehuddin Secondary School scored a mammoth five goals contributing to his team's victory over Aziumddin High School by 8-2 goals in the Citycell National School Football Championship at the Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS) yesterday.

Tax holiday for BFF sponsors

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has relieved the sponsors of the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) from their tax obligations for the current fiscal year.

Women's football

Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has summoned a 38-member squad to form the national women's football team for the upcoming South Asian (SA) games later this year.

Big wins for Feni, Piul

Feni Soccer Club and Piul Smriti Sangsad posted huge wins in the Basundhara Champions Club Cup football tournament yesterday.

Malinga's mystical return

Lasith Malinga is such an integral part of Sri Lanka's fast bowling arsenal that it needed the nation's president to intervene and ensure he was fit for the World Twenty20s in England.

Gay back with a bang

US sprinter Tyson Gay signalled his World Championship intentions with the third-fastest 200m time ever on Saturday at the Reebok Grand Prix Athletics meeting.

Igloo T20 cricket

Chittagong Warriors beat Ekota Sporting Club by five wickets in the Igloo Summer Twenty20 Challenge at the Dhanmondi Club ground yesterday.

Re-polling in Atpara UZ

Re-election to the post of chairman of Atpara upazila parishad will be held today. The voting will take place at Diara Government Primary School and Ramsidda Government Primary School. On January 22, the EC declared re-election in the aforesaid centres. There are 13 candidates in today's election race while over 4000 voters are expected to cast votes.

Imran faces ban, fine

Opener Imran Nazir, who has terminated his contract with the rebel Indian Cricket League, could face a three-game domestic ban and a fine of Rs 10,000 for his unsporting conduct during Pakistan's national T20 championship in Lahore on Friday night.

Woman's body recovered

Police yesterday recovered body of a young woman from the bathroom of a hotel at Hemayetuddin Road in the city. The hotel owners called police when they found the room of Hashi Begum, 20, wife of Md. Miraz of Charkalmi, Barguna, locked from inside for a long time since morning. Police breaking open the door found the victim's body in the bathroom with her neck tied with a piece of cloth. The husband was 'missing' till filing of this report in the afternoon.

Two electrocuted

Two persons were electrocuted while taking illegal power connection at village Mongalandakati in Tala upazila. Police said Abdus Sabur, 34, son of Abdul Mazid and Nur Islam, 40, son of Abdul Aziz of village Mongalandakati, died on the spot when they were trying to take connection from the house of one Mohor Ali of the same village.

Memo to CU VC

Students of Chittagong University (CU) Political Science Department yesterday submitted a memorandum to the vice chancellor demanding punishment to the culprits who assaulted a female student of the department on Saturday. Earlier protesting the attack, the students boycotted classes and demonstrated in front of the VC office. Sources said a female student of the department was assaulted by a third-year Management student in front of Shamsunnahar Hall on Saturday.

Guus's trophy farewell

Chelsea gave Guus Hiddink the perfect farewell present as Frank Lampard's goal clinched a 2-1 win over Everton in Saturday's FA Cup final at Wembley.

Atletico secure fourth

Atletico Madrid secured the final Champions League spot and the millions of euros that accompany it with a 3-0 home win over Almeria on Saturday in the 1,000th game at the Vicente Calderon.

Bordeaux clinch title

Bordeaux clinched their first French league championship title in 10 years after winning 1-0 at Caen on a dramatic final day of the season on Saturday.

Oezil clinches Cup

Werder Bremen won the German Cup on Saturday, a a second-half goal from midfielder Mesut Oezil sealing a 1-0 victory over Bayer Leverkusen at Berlin's Olympic Stadium.

Ballack signs extension

Chelsea's German midfielder Michael Ballack, only a substitute for Saturday's FA Cup final win over Everton, has agreed a one-year contract extension, the BBC reported on Sunday.

Nedved will leave Juve

Czech veteran Pavel Nedved has announced his departure from Juventus in a statement released by the club on Saturday.

Ashley to sell Magpies

Ailing English football giants Newcastle were put back on the market by owner Mike Ashley on Sunday at a vastly lower price than he bought them.

Forlan elated

Diego Forlan declared himself "very happy" after helping Atletico Madrid back into the Champions League and virtually assuring himself of finishing as La Liga's leading goalscorer.

Business

Shipbuilders seek relief from bank guarantee

Export-oriented shipbuilders seek a waiver from depositing a 25 percent bank guarantee against the duty value of imported raw materials under the bonded warehouse facility.

RMG makers fail to tap Middle East market

Less variety in products and designs and makers' apathy in an aggressive marketing drive for exports still remain obstacles to Bangladesh's proper tapping of the Middle Eastern (ME) apparel market. Bangladesh runs the risk of losing out to competitors such as China, Thailand and India, said industry insiders.

Muhith to write budget speech abroad

Finance Minister AMA Muhith is going to write his budget speech staying in a foreign country, as he is scheduled to attend a meeting of Islamic Development Bank in Turkmenistan just a few days ahead of the national budget announcement, officials said.

Set targets to create social protection for the poor

The government should formulate specific safety net strategies to safeguard poor communities in the country, said Bangladesh Bank (BB) governor yesterday.

RCC announces Tk 222cr budget

Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) Mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton ann-ounced yesterday a Tk 222 crore budget for fiscal 2009-10 for the first time in an open rally of citizens.

Sugar sector counts losses

The sugar sector is incurring huge losses due to absence of a long-term plan and effective measures.

A day of reckoning for US auto giants

The once mighty US auto industry faces a day of reckoning on Monday with the looming bankruptcy of General Motors and an expected court ruling on the sale of Chrysler to a group led by Italy's Fiat.

Corporate income tax needs a cut

Non-bank financial institutions (NBFIs) play a vital role in SME (small and medium enterprise) development in Bangladesh. Twenty-nine NBFIs are providing various types of financial support for entrepreneurs' development, particularly giving a main focus to SME. It became a very popular sector for providing financial support through its different types of modern products for immediate solution to financial requirements of the entrepreneurs within a short time.

GM to lose prestigious spot on Dow

General Motors' fall from grace is not yet complete. The firm's expected bankruptcy would spell its eviction from the Dow Jones coveted list of 30 top US companies, of which GM has been a pillar since 1925.

India economy headed higher

India's economy is on the upswing with eyes now keenly focused on July's planned budget for new market-opening moves by the freshly re-elected Congress government, analysts say.

ICT investment can cut CO2 emissions

Investments in information and communication technology (ICT) could cut CO2 emissions by 15 percent by 2020, said Carl-Henric Svanberg, chief executive officer of Ericsson.

Commerce minister off to Istanbul

Commerce Minister Faruk Khan yesterday left Dhaka for Istanbul to attend the Turkey World Trade Bridge and 1st Istanbul Trade Ministers Summit.

Remittance fair begins in Comilla on July 23

A three-day remittance fair will be held in Comilla on July 23-25 aiming to gear up the remittance inflow through the banking channel.

Handloom fair kicks off in Pabna

A month-long clothes and handicrafts fair began in Pabna on Saturday.

Foreign investors eye Angola

In the lobby bar of one of Luanda's few decent hotels, suited businessmen sit in deep leather armchairs waiting for a meeting in the oil-rich country which could change their fortunes.

Sri Lanka says it's poised for economic takeoff

Sri Lanka is poised for an "economic takeoff" now that its military has routed the Tamil Tiger rebels, the country's foreign minister said Sunday.

Eurozone interest rate locked, new steps on tap

The main eurozone interest rate is probably locked in at 1.0 percent for now, but credit flows remain weak and the European Central Bank will detail this week new ways to get money flowing again.

Japan shadow finance minister wants single Asian currency

The man who hopes to be Japan's next finance minister envisions an Asia united by a single currency, saying the dollar may no longer reign supreme in future.

Taiwan's opposition pushes for China trade referendum

Taiwan's pro-independence opposition on Sunday renewed its pledge to hold a referendum aimed at stopping the Beijing-friendly administration from signing a comprehensive trade pact with China.

Metropolitan

12,000 mothers, 1.2 lakh newborns die every year

Speakers at a workshop yesterday called on the media to play a significant role to create awareness about maternal and neonatal healthcare issues, since 12,000 mothers and 1.2 lakh newborns die every year in the country due to pregnancy or childbirth-related complications.

Master plan to increase forest coverage up to 20pc soon: PM

The government is going to prepare a master plan to increase the country's forest coverage up to 20 percent in next six years, said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday while inaugurating the three-month countrywide 'National Afforestation Movement'.

'Include ocean acidification to save marine ecosystem'

Bangladesh Academy of Science and the academies of 69 other countries around the world in a joint statement yesterday warned that ocean acidification, one of the world's most important climate change challenges, may be left off the agenda at the United Nations Copenhagen conference.

'Use pictorial warnings to discourage tobacco consumption'

World No Tobacco Day 2009 was observed in the country yesterday as elsewhere across the globe with a commitment to stop tobacco consumption.

261 students awarded for community services, self-development skills

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Foundation, Bangladesh yesterday conferred Bronze Award on 261 students for their achievements in self-development skills and community services.

Tk 105cr for 5 NGOs to work in 63 UZs

The government yesterday gave responsibilities to five non-government organisations (NGOs) to run social nutrition programmes in 63 more upazilas.

NHRC expresses concern over 2 students' killing

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) expressed concern at the killing of two students of Dhaka Polytechnic Institute in the hands of law enforcers, says a press release.

Bring back glorious days of student politics

Former student leaders yesterday called on the student organisations to act responsibly to bring back the glorious days of student politics.

Govt distributes Tk 10cr relief for Aila-hit people

Realising that the scarcity of drinking water in the cyclone Aila-hit areas, the government yesterday distributed relief worth Tk 10 crore for buying, transportation and distribution of water on an emergency basis.

No tribal land sold in city: TWA chairman

The chairman of Tribal Welfare Association (TWA) yesterday said no land at Mirpur in the city was sold to Heed Bangladesh.

Lenders beat female family members of 2 traders in Pabna

Lenders assaulted four female family members of two businessmen at Nagarbari village in Bera upazila yesterday for not repaying loans.

Dhaka to protest if harmful: Ramesh

Bangladesh will protest the construction of Tipaimukh Dam if it portends to cause any harm to the country, Water Resources Minister Ramesh Chandra Sen said yesterday.

Tk 170.25cr DU budget proposed

Education and research will once again remain neglected as Dhaka University (DU) authorities are going to place the proposed budget for next fiscal making "very low allocation" in these sectors.

JS body to probe irregularities in telecoms sector

A parliamentary body yesterday formed an inquiry committee to investigate alleged irregularities in the state-run telecoms sector in between 2001 and 2008.

Thai FM due today

Thai Foreign Affairs Minister Kasit Piromya will arrive in Dhaka on a two-day official visit today, says a statement of Thai Embassy.

CU teacher loses chairmanship

Chairman of Department of Islamic Studies of Chittagong University (CU) was removed from his position on charge of his involvement in killing a deer on South campus of the university on May 24.

Khaleda's food distribution programme ends today

Leader of the opposition in parliament and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday distributed foods among destitutes in different area in the city on the occasion of the 28th death anniversary of late president Ziaur Rahman, founder of the party.

Matin refutes allegation of corruption

Former shipping adviser Maj Gen (retd) MA Matin yesterday refuted the allegations of corruption and irregularities brought against him in connection with awarding the contract of container handling at Chittagong Port to Eshack Brothers Ltd.

Outlaw held for stabbing his mother

Police at Shibchar in Madaripur yesterday arrested a cadre of outlawed Purba Bangla Communist Party (PBCP) who on Saturday stabbed his mother, who was carrying, indiscriminately over a family feud.

Media centre opens at JS

Speaker Abdul Hamid Advocate yesterday said lawmakers would be provided offices at their respective constituencies so that local people can have more interaction with their elected representatives.

2 HC benches refuse to hear bail petition of 81 RU Shibir men

Two division benches of the High Court (HC) yesterday refused to hear a bail petition jointly filed by 81 Islamic Chhatra Shibir (ICS) leaders and workers of Rajshahi University (RU) in a case filed on charge of attacking the police on the campus.

Convict with death tries to commit suicide in court

A convict in a murder case yesterday tried to commit suicide in the dock after a judgement was delivered sentencing him to death by a Dhaka court.

Robber killed in mob beating in N'ganj

A robber was killed in mob beating at Hariharpara under Panchaboti in Narayanganj yesterday.

Jute workers begin fast unto death

Seventeen workers of Crescent Jute Mill in Khulna and 10 of Jessore Jute Industries who left their jobs under Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) among many others in 2007 and 2008 began their fast unto death from 7:00am yesterday at Khalishpur in the city in demand of payment of their all arrears including layoff benefits.

JNU summer vacation from today

The month-long summer vacation of Jagannath University (JNU) will begin today, says a press release.

ACI Pure Salt Deshke Jano contest ends

ACI Pure Salt Deshke Jano, the biggest ever-online quiz competition in the country, ended yesterday.

National

Robbery on rise in Lama but police 'indifferent'

People of Lama upazila pass worrying time due to frequent incidents of robbery and mugging while the law enforcers remain indifferent to the situation.

Trial process of 34 Sylhet BDR men to start June 7

The trial process of a sedition case filed against 34 BDR men will begin in the District and Sessions Judge's Court, Sylhet, on June 7.

Storm causes huge damage to Pabna litchi orchards

Litchi growers in Pabna are fearing loss as the storm that occurred as a consequence of cyclone Aila on May 25 caused serious damage to most of the litchi orchards in the district.

RU reopens today amid tight security

Rajshahi University (RU) reopens amid tight security today after 80 days' unscheduled closure following March 13 bloody clashes on the campus.

Doctor assaulted as patient dies for 'his neglect'

Agitated people assaulted the on-duty physician of the emergency ward of Dimla upazila Health Complex for his alleged negligence to a patient who died at the health complex on Saturday night.

APP 'missing' in Jhenidah

Assistant Public Prosecutor (APP) Monzurul Ahsan has been 'missing' since Friday night. But family sources said he was kidnapped for a ransom of Tk 30 lakh. Brother-in-law of the victim said, Ahsan left his Baparipara residence for his native Balarampur village under Bagharpara upazila Friday evening. When he reached near Arappur bus stand a group of criminals abducted him. The criminals told the victim's family over cell phone that they abducted Ahsan for Tk 30 lakh ransom. Contacted, Sadar police officer-in-chrage (OC) Motiar Rahman said, no case has yet been filed in this regard.

Bomb blast hurts one

Criminals exploded bombs at Charmuraridaha village Saturday night injuring Abdur Razzak, 26, son of Sonaullah. Villagers said, Razzak along with his friends was gossiping in front of the house of one Abdur Rahim. At that time criminals hurled three bombs at them injuring Razzak seriously. He was rushed to Jhenidah Sadar Hospital.

Lightning kills 2 schoolboys

Two schoolboys were killed by lightning on Sunday at remote Alipura village under Dashmina upazila when they were returning home from their school. Shamim, 14, and Mukul, 13, were students of Alipur High School, family sources said, adding they died on the spot. After janaza prayers they were buried in their family graveyards.

Safe Motherhood Day

Safe Motherhood Promotion Project (SMPP) under the ministry of health, assisted by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and CARE Bangladesh, last week observed the Safe Motherhood Day in six upazilas. The day began through the antenatal care (ANC) & postnatal care (PNC) campaign in 9 model unions. SMPP promoted the quality of ANC service ensuring distribution of iron folic tablet and birth planning card to pregnant women. Over 2,300 pregnant women and mothers received ANC and PNC and health education during the campaign. Besides there were award giving ceremony for best performed service providers, essay competition at schools and discussion on safe motherhood.

Letters

Cyclone Aila

Cyclone Aila has proved yet again how ill-prepared we are. It's either that, or we really need to wake up as should those who call the shots. "Being aware" and "being prepared" is one thing both of which we grossly lack, obviously. Add to that “down-playing” the situation - as did the Minister of Food and Disaster Management when (according to a report in The Daily Star of 28 May 2009 under the caption “Over 1,100 missing in Bagerhat, Bhola”) the day after the cyclone he declared that the death toll would not cross 100 confidently adding that there might be only 10 or 12 people missing!

Poor mango production

Mango production reportedly would decline by 35 to 40 per cent in Rajshahi and Chapainawabganj districts this year due to prolonged drought and other unfavourable weather conditions such as nor'westers or storms.

SSC results

The SSC results have been published. Needless to mention that the students who achieved brilliant results in their first public exams could do so because of the efforts of their parents, teachers and the students themselves.

Budget and the disabled

According to World Health Organisation, about 1.5 crore or 10 percent of the total population is disabled in Bangladesh. Of them, more than seven percent are physically disabled and the remaining intellectually challenged.

Our waterways

The DS has over the years carried out many investigative reports, but none as vital or as noble as the current campaign to save our waterways. Our lives depend on fresh water but it seems our 'leaders' are powerless to stop the onslaught or maybe they themselves are part of it.

Digital or educated Bangladesh?

Our government wants to build a Digital Bangladesh within 2021. Is this whole concept of digital Bangladesh only about getting fastest Internet on our cell phones and computer? Who are these people that are going to be part of this digital Bangladesh? Is this only a segmented group of people who know the meaning and the use of it or should it be for everyone starting from the micro level? What is the meaning of this high promotion if everyone in our county is not part of it?

Sad truth

Article 39 of the Constitution of Bangladesh guarantees the freedom of thought and action. But in the last two years, the general people could not enjoy their fundamental rights, because democracy was not active. People say it was an army-backed government. Though Mr. Iajuddin was the elected president of a democratic country, he declared the emergency in an improper way. After a long time, Mr. Iajuddin has come back and raised a lot of questions through his recent comments. Last Sunday, he was interviewed by a private channel. But he could not say anything convincing!

Chittagong arms haul

The whole nation must have been stunned at the news of the big arms haul in Chittagong during the BNP-Jamaat rule. They miserably failed to probe the incident and bring the ring leader behind the biggest ever arms smuggling case to book. Rather, they tried to burry it. Now with the coming of the AL led grand alliance to power, they started anew to reinvestigate the case and every day new things are coming to public view.

Greenhouse Effect

Greenhouse gases are the components of the atmosphere that contribute to the Greenhouse Effect. The greenhouse gases are naturally occurring and include carbon dioxide, methane, water vapour, chlorofluorocarbons and other trace chemicals. But it is now known that man-made chemicals have caused a massive build-up of greenhouse gases in the earth's atmosphere.

In the name of democracy…

Time and time again, we, the general citizens are being reminded by the politicians and their leaders/activists, that DEMOCRACY means we should get prepared to witness street agitation, rampant damage to public and private properties, party meetings blocking the busiest thoroughfares if necessary, etc. etc. The list is endless. These fine acts of politics were carried out again and again by whoever belonged to the opposition party. And we, the taxpayers, were compelled to watch helplessly how the drama unfolded in the name of democracy. We should remember that they hold the supreme power to close down the roads, while we pay the taxes, they have the right to vandalise anything anywhere, while we toil hard to earn those. So, what is our standing today? I guess, back to the time where democracy is being interpreted in these politicians' own terms, not by what we learn from the constitution. Nothing has changed, the thinking patterns of the politicians, their behaviour, their outrageous actions! On Sunday, there was a scuffle between police and the leaders of BNP, over the issue of submitting a memorandum to the DC. But to protest the police actions, what Mr. Amanullah Aman said to the rally, right in the presence of District BNP President, Barrister Nazmul Huda, was indeed mind-blowing. He literally declared that if necessary, they would lay a total siege to the whole nation!

Land grabbing

I have been following the reports in The Daily Star on land grabbing from the rivers and water bodies in and around the city. I really appreciate this campaign and want to contribute as a citizen of this country.

Encroachers

The DS has printed many photos (it did earlier also) along with detailed news on land encroachment by some unscrupulous developers or plot sellers. Those encroachers are filling up canals, rivers in and around the capital city under the very nose of the law enforcers. In most of the cases, the govt high ups are behind these plots. Though the illegal act has been continuing for a long time, the authorities concerned have not taken any punitive action against land grabbers. Already, Dhaka city is facing the threat of an environmental disaster.

Politicians and people

Yes, 1/11 has taught us that the ultimate power is the people and the politicians are the ultimate instrument to run the country. This is a fact and everyone knows that politicians will have to go to the people to get the mandate for a specific time to sit at the helm and serve the people. It is a cycle of change in the democratic norms and all politicians should not only believe it, but they should also mentally accept this fact. This system is followed in all the democratic countries in the world.

Finance minister's comment

Most of the finance minister's comments are innocent and repetitive. But his recent comment on imposition of high taxes on reconditioned cars has created a havoc in the market. Prices jumped up creating a bonanza for importers and dealers. As I visited the market to purchase a car for my son, I found the prices up by 2 to 5 lakh.

Good news

It is great news that I read in the Prothom Alo regarding public- private participation in the upcoming budget. As a student of economics, I think that it is a dire need, as Bangladesh is a developing country and here a lot of investment is needed for further development, especially in the field of infrastructure development such as roads, seaports, land ports, airports, railways, power generation etc. As Bangladesh is one of the poorest countries in the world and every budget has to be shown as deficit budget, which is one kind of social burden, for meeting up these the government has to take loans from internal and external agencies with high interest rates. So, the role of the private entrepreneurs could come in handy as far as our development programmes are concerned.

Two major issues

I congratulate this Awami League government for initiating the process of trial of 1971 war criminals and their local collaborators. No government had in the last 38 years even mentioned it ever.

Terrible lapse

My heart bleeds to learn the news that an innocent boy, Sonjoy, was pushed into coma due to a mistake on the part of nurses in a hospital.

International

6 killed as Hamas men clash with Palestinian cops

Top Hamas fugitives lobbed grenades and fired automatic weapons yesterday to push back Palestinian security forces storming their hideout, leaving six dead in the bloodiest clash since the Palestinian president launched a crackdown on Hamas in the West Bank two years ago.

ICRC 'gravely concerned' at Swat Valley situation

Senior Red Cross officials said Sunday they were "gravely concerned" over the humanitarian situation in Pakistan's Swat Valley, where the army has been fighting Taliban fighters for a month.

248 militants killed in Afghan operations

A series of Afghan army operations to clean up insurgent hotspots ahead of August elections has resulted in 248 militants being killed along with 17 soldiers, the defence ministry said Sunday.

Lanka rejects rights probe after crushing Tigers

Sri Lanka on Sunday rejected growing calls to probe human rights violations amid allegations that thousands of civilians perished in the final battle against Tamil separatists.

British PM won't quit despite expenses row, dire polls

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown insisted Sunday he would not quit despite a rumbling scandal over MPs expenses and dire poll ratings for his ruling Labour Party ahead of European and local elections.

Meira Kumar may become Lok Sabha Speaker

A senior woman lawmaker and a prominent backward caste leader of India's ruling Congress Party has emerged as the surprise choice for the Speaker of Lok Sabha and if elected to the post she would break the glass ceiling.

Student bashings strain Australia-India relations

Indian students rallied in Melbourne on Sunday as Australia scrambled to contain outrage over a wave of attacks that has seen it labelled racist and strained diplomatic relations with New Delhi.

Suu Kyi 'covered up' truth, says Myanmar junta

Myanmar on Sunday accused opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi of deliberately covering up the presence of an American man in her home and warned foreign governments against interfering in the case.

Arts & Entertainment

Photo exhibition and documentary screening at Asiatic Society

Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation and Green World Communication Limited jointly organised a photographic and documentary show at the gallery of Asiatic Society, starting from May 25. The photos and documentary highlight the sand sculpture festival that was held from March 21 to 24 in Cox's Bazar. Thousands of tourists attended the festival.

Chayyanaut observes National Poet's birth anniversary

Through Nazrul Sangeet, poetry and dance, Chhayanaut, celebrated the 110th birth anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam with a lively cultural programme at its main auditorium on May 30.

Songs of our soil

As part of the monthly lecture organised by Chhayanaut, noted 'Bhawaiya' artiste Nadira Begum discussed on "Deshgharer Gaan"(an alternative term for Bangla folk music) on May 29. The event was held at Ramesh Chandra Dutt Memorial auditorium, Chhyanaut Sangskriti Bhaban.

Dream over:
Susan Boyle finishes second in reality show

She gave a final curtsey, a shimmy of her hips, and walked off stage, leaving the winners to perform an encore. But it's unlikely that finishing second on "Britain's Got Talent" Saturday night to a dance troupe called "Diversity" will be the end of Susan Boyle's showbiz dream.

Nazrul anniversary celebration in Sylhet

In observance of the 'Nazrul Jayanti' (anniversary celebration), different organisations of Sylhet held separate programmes in the town. Sylhet Nazrul Parishad organised a daylong programme that included competitions for children, discussion, music, dance and more on the National Poet's birthday (May 25).

Book fair in Kurigram held

An 11-day book fair ended recently in the Kurigram Shishu Niketon premises in Kurigram town. The district administration organised the fair to draw public attention to the world of books. Ahmed Nazli Sultana, MP, inaugurated the book fair.

Drama serial “1920” on ntv

Drama serial “1920” will be aired on ntv tonight at 8:15 pm. The story revolves around friends, studying together, all aged between 19 and 20. They all have individual dreams, but there are shared aspirations. Two friends Pinky and Anila have different tastes -- the former goes for flowers and latter, for automobiles. Another member of the group, Ayon, is moody and more mature than his friends. Promiti is involved in theatre. So she draws special attention at her university. Srabonti is proud of her talents as a dancer.

Humayun Ahmed’s play “Gandha” on ATN Bangla

TV play “Gandha” will be aired tonight on ATN Bangla at 8:45pm. Based on a story by noted litterateur Humayun Ahmed, the play has been scripted by Bandana Kabir and directed by Abir Khan. The cast includes Taquir Ahmed, Mim, Abul Kashem and Dr. Ejaz.

Workshop on music, dance and recitation

A two-week-long workshop on music, dance and recitation began at the Shilpakala Academy, Sylhet on last Wednesday.

Udichi, France celebrates Bengali New Year

The France unit of Cultural Organisation Udichi celebrated the Bengali New Year 1416 recently, says a press release. The celebration included a painting competition for children, recitation, dance and music, and was attended by a large number of expatriate Bengalis.

OP-ED

Conducting monetary policy by suasion

ON April 19, Bangladesh Bank (BB) asked the commercial banks to set a lending rate ceiling in five specific areas to a maximum 13%, to lessen the adverse effects of global recession.

Aila after Sidr

THE Bay of Bengal, a northern and extended arm of the Indian Ocean and covering about 510,000 square km, is probably the "rebellious daughter" of the ocean who often turns too angry and smashes the lives of thousands along its huge coastlines particularly in the months of May and October each year. Actually, the coast of Bangladesh is known as a zone of multiple vulnerabilities. It is prone to severe natural disasters, such as cyclones, storm surges, and floods.

New government in Nepal: Will it help end political instability?

A new government headed by moderate communist leader Madhav Kumar Nepal has taken over the reins in Nepal, ending the three week vacuum caused by the resignation of Prime Minister Pushpa Kumar Dahal -- better known as "Prachanda" (fierce one). The new prime minister has assured his countrymen that he will spare no effort to bring back the stability that has been eluding their new-found democracy.


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