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News of: Wednesday, 16th of December, 2009

Front Page

Grabbers over 8,000

Over 8,000 land grabbers have occupied areas of the Buriganga, Shitalakkhya, Turag and Balu rivers around the capital, building various structures, say survey reports of four district administrations concerned.

Heroes away from home

Thirty-eight years into independence, an uncountable number of fallen war heroes still lie buried on Indian soil without being identified or their graves preserved. Only recently 282 such graves have been found across the Akhaura border, a major war theatre of 1971, opposite Sanarbadi village.

Mugging bid by cops foiled

Pedestrians caught red handed an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of police during his alleged attempt to snatch Tk 16.5 lakh from two employees of a mobile phone set shop in the city's Paltan area yesterday afternoon.

Obama phones Hasina, says US to stand by Bangladesh

US President Barack Obama Monday night phoned Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and hoped that she would play an important role in the Copenhagen climate summit.

Victory Day today

Today the nation celebrates the 38th anniversary of its glorious victory over Pakistani occupation forces.

Tafazzul new chief justice

Justice Md Tafazzul Islam, a senior justice of the Supreme Court (SC), was appoin-ted chief justice yesterday.

No climate deal yet in sight

The high level segment of Copenhagen climate change summit started yesterday as the negotiators were struggling to close the gap and reach an agreement.

7 conditions given for 27 WB projects

The World Bank (WB) has proposed seven conditions for the government regarding 27 projects being implemented with the bank's financing to ensure competitive bidding for the remaining work.

Disqualified yet Jasim still MP

Maj (retd) Jasim Uddin, who became disqualified from continuing as an MP following an Appellate Division verdict in October, drew remuneration and allowances for October and November from the Parliament Secretariat.

Loan, bill defaulter loses MP status

The High Court yesterday voided parliamentary membership of Abul Kashem, a Jatiya Party lawmaker of Tangail-5 constituency, and declared his election candidacy illegal.

Delwar slams move to rename ZIA

BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday lambasted the government for practising the "culture of renaming," saying that the government would face dire consequences if the name of Zia International Airport is changed.

Bangladeshi jailed in US for 17 years

Ehsanul Islam Sadequee, a US citizen of Bangladeshi origin, was sentenced to 17 years in jail for plotting to aid terrorists by filming landmarks and sending the clips abroad.

Jewellery shop looted in city

Armed robbers looted gold ornaments from a jewellery shop near Khilgaon Police Station yesterday and made away exploding a handmade bomb.

WB allays worries over PPA row

Despite having reservations about the recently amended Public Procurement Act, the World Bank reiterated its support for Bangladesh, saying the amendment actually concerns only one third of the bank-funded procurements.

Commission likely to extend

The United Nations is "positively considering" a three month extension to the commission probing into the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, UN chief Ban Ki-moon has said.

‘CIA can derail Pak democracy’

The Pakistan Supreme Court has heard that the CIA and General Headquarters pose a threat to the current democratic government.

4 world leaders assess climate talks progress

Nicolas Sarkozy, Barack Obama, Angela Merkel and Gordon Brown held a 50-minute joint telephone call yesterday to discuss progress at UN climate talks in Denmark, the French presidency said.

Seal a deal to change history

UN chief Ban Ki-moon said yesterday world leaders faced a "defining moment in history" as they balanced their nation's interests with a global clamour to halt the juggernaut of climate change.

Launch hits bridge due to dense fog

A Dhaka-bound launch with around 1,000 passengers on board partially capsized after hitting Shikarpur bridge on the Sugandha river in Uzirpur upazila in Barisal district last night.

Editorial

As we observe Victory Day . . .

THIRTY eight years ago, it was an intensity of pride and a justified flow of emotions that brought to us the news that Bangladesh stood liberated, that the new nation we had struggled long and hard to build out of the destruction wrought by the enemy had finally arisen on the global map. It was a formidable enemy we defeated in 1971. No fewer than 93,000 of Pakistan's soldiers together with their civilian appendages had their comeuppance on 16 December 1971 as the victorious Mukti Bahini and the allied forces swept into the new nation's capital. Nothing could be more poignant than the historic image of the Pakistan occupation army, a force that had caused the death of three million Bengalis, had raped countless women and had burnt and pillaged in villages and towns across the land, surrendering before the very people it had sought to exterminate or colonise in the nine months of the war.

Giving the nursing profession its due

THAT the government has decided to upgrade the nursing profession and go for an increased intake of nurses augurs well for the health services of the country. But raising the job status into class-II from what has hitherto been class-III is not all there is to upgrading the profession which means a lot of other things as well.

1971 … and the songs we sang

IT was early March 1971 when songs became part of the Bengali political consciousness. As the non-violent non-cooperation movement launched by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to counter the conspiracies of the Pakistan ruling junta against popular democratic aspirations progressed, Dhaka Radio introduced Bengalis to a riveting song. Joi Bangla Banglar Joi Hobe Hobe Hobe Hobe Nischoy turned out to be a point of reference for all of us as the negotiations for a political settlement swiftly turned into a gathering confrontation between the people

A lunch with Pinak Chakravarty

A narrative of a diplomat's experiences has always been revealing and entertaining. A life of a diplomat is always exciting as ever, and unexpected events often occur during his/her tenure. Diplomats are privy to many interactions with the government which others are not aware of.

Sports

India win a humdinger

India overcame a brilliant century by Tillakaratne Dilshan to defeat Sri Lanka by three runs in a dramatic start to the five-match one-day series on Tuesday.

Biman thump MSC

Biman stirred up the title race of the Premier Division Cri-cket League when they showed another clinical effort to bring leaders Moha-mmedan down with a massive 112-run victory in their Super League match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

PM gives Academy go-ahead

The Bangladesh Football Federation has revived its idea of running a football academy in Sylhet after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina instructed the authority concerned to take steps to hand over Bangladesh Krira Shikhha Protisthan (BKSP) in Sylhet to the football federation.

Follow India's example: Dido

Ex-Bangladesh coach Edson Silva Dido feels that Bangladesh's semifinal exit from the Bangabandhu 6th SAFF Championship vindicated his youthful team selection for which he was relieved of his duties.

Rain denies Kiwis

Close but no cigar for New Zealand. They needed 118 from a minimum of 23 overs to win the series, BJ Watling was leading the chase with a spirited half-century and no Pakistan bowler looked threatening when the rain came down in Napier to kill the contest. The target looked within reach but the steady shower ensured that an absorbing series ended 1-1.

Naimur no more a selector

Naimur Rahman has parted his association with the national selection panel but the news has yet to be disclosed by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).

Sami recalled

Pakistan paceman Mohammad Sami was Tuesday recalled for the tour of Australia following team management's request for an additional fast bowler, giving him a chance to revive a dwindling career.

Carvalho wants unity

Ricardo Carvalho has told his Chelsea team-mates they must stick together in Wednesday's clash against Portsmouth to avoid any more of the costly blunders that threaten to derail their title challenge.

Carragher prays for salvation

Jamie Carragher has revealed that he has been praying nightly for divine intervention to ensure Liverpool end the season with some silverware and a place in the Premier League's top four.

Fulham face do or die

Fulham, Valencia, Genoa and Lille are among the sides bidding to reach the knockout stage of the Europa League as the competition's group phase reaches its conclusion this week.

City urged to copy Barcelona

Sylvinho believes that Manchester City can reach the top by copying the attitude of his former club Barcelona.

Ribery set for return

Bayern Munich's France international winger Franck Ribery will make his return next weekend after two-and-a-half months out with injury, his coach Louis van Gaal said on Monday.

Melo named Flop of the Year

Juventus's Brazilian international defensive midfielder Felipe Melo was on Monday named 'Flop of the Year 2009' in a vote parodying the annual 'Ballon d'Or' award given to Europe's top player.

Jose faces inquiry

Inter Milan manager Jose Mourinho is being investigated by the Italian Football Federation for verbally attacking a journalist at the weekend.

Carlos eyes Real return

Brazil defender Roberto Carlos, who is leaving Turkish giants Fenerbahce for Sao Paulo's Corinthians, said he hopes instead to return to Real Madrid to replace the injured Pepe.

Ginola's alimony case postponed

A French court Tuesday postponed an alimony case against former France international footballer David Ginola brought by a woman claiming he is the father of her teenage child.

Euro 2012 logo, slogan unveiled

UEFA President Michel Platini unveiled the official logo and slogan to be used at Euro 2012 at a ceremony here on Monday.

Lehmann says sorry

Stuttgart goalkeeper Jens Lehmann apologised to his team-mates after being sent off in their 1-1 draw with Mainz, the struggling club's Romanian striker Ciprian Marica revealed on Monday.

SA-Eng weighing options

South Africa and England both face tricky decisions ahead of the first Test of a four-match series, starting at SuperSport Park on Wednesday.

Siddle ruled out

Australia and West Indies have both been hit by a series of injuries the day before the third Test in Perth, with Peter Siddle ruled out, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Adrian Barath unlikely, and Nathan Hauritz also in doubt.

Exhibition cricket for U-19s

Bangladesh Under-19s under the banner of Shaheed Jewel XI will play an exhibition match against Shaheed Mustaque XI to mark the victory day today.

Victory Day hockey

Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP) made a winning start in the Victory Day Hockey Competition when they handed a 3-1 defeat to Bangladesh Air Force on the opening day at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Yousuf's rain-relief

A combination of resilience for two days and rain on the last enabled Pakistan to escape with a draw in the third Test in Napier. Chasing 208 in a minimum of 43 overs, New Zealand's openers, BJ Watling and Tim McIntosh, added 90 in 19 overs before it began to rain and play was abandoned. Mohammad Yousuf, the Pakistan captain, was a relieved man and admitted the rain had helped Pakistan avoid defeat and secure a 1-1 draw in the series.

Rapid chess

The Victory Day Rapid Chess tournament will be held today at the Bangladesh Chess Federation Hall Room. The Swiss-League system event is an open one and the interested players can enrol their names before the start of the game. The games will start at 11:00pm, said a Bangladesh Chess Federation press release yesterday.

Business

Bharti Airtel scopes out Warid

Indian telecom giant Bharti Airtel has sought the regulator's approval to buy a 70 percent stake in Warid, the fourth largest mobile company in Bangladesh.

Paddy price rises on speculation

Paddy prices have shot up on speculative production shortfall of Aman, the second biggest crop, because of late arrival of rain, pest attacks and delayed harvests, say market players.

Janata submits Tk 1,000cr IPO plan

Janata Bank has submitted a Tk 1,000 crore IPO plan to the market regulator for approval.

Post offices to go automated

The country's post offices will go under automation within a year, breathing a new life into the technology-lagged department.

New president for MCCI

M Anis Ud Dowla, chairman of ACI Group of Companies, has been elected the new president of Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI), Dhaka for 2010.

Sustainable growth requires quality research

Bangladesh needs to conduct serious and in-depth policy analysis and research to attain the middle-income status and become globally integrated, said local and foreign economists and researchers yesterday.

Bangladesh road show in Thailand tomorrow

A 39-member business delegation led by president of Bangladesh Thai Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BTCCI) MA Momen will leave for Thailand today to attend Bangladesh Road Show-09 Thailand in Bangkok.

Asia poised for growth this year, but risks remain: ADB

Massive stimulus spending throughout the region will power stronger-than-forecast growth in developing Asia this year and next, the Asian Development Bank said Tuesday.

DCCI gets new president

Abul Kasem Khan has been elected president of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) for 2010, said a statement.

Asian stocks mixed

Caution ahead of a rate decision at the US Federal Reserve weighed on Asian stocks Tuesday while some dealers took the opportunity to cash in on the previous day's gains.

German investor confidence slips

Sentiment among German investors has dipped again, but only slightly and now stands at an indexed 50.4 points, the ZEW economic research institute said on Tuesday.

Tk 40 lakh BKB loans for Narsingdi farmers

Bangladesh Krishi Bank (BKB) disbursed Tk 40 lakh among 200 farmers of Raipura upazila in Narsingdi under its open loan distribution programme on Sunday.

Road to prosperity

It is a road that has changed the financial condition and lifestyle of a major segment of the population in the hilly parts of Bangladesh, beneficiaries said.

Growth takes tech boost

Technology, particularly the use of mobiles and internet, has seen the largest gains across the BRICs and N-11 countries, and was the main category that consistently offset the deterioration in other components, finds a research conducted by US investment bank Goldman Sachs.

UAE stocks bullish

Stock markets in the United Arab Emirates opened stronger on Tuesday as sentiment improved on the back of Dubai's announced debt relief.

Oil edges up

Oil prices rose marginally on Tuesday, with gains capped by high energy stockpiles in the United States, the world's biggest consumer, traders said.

Airlines to suffer $5.6b loss in 2010: IATA

Airlines are set to suffer bigger than expected losses of 5.6 billion dollars in 2010 despite a recovery in passenger traffic, the air transport industry association IATA said on Tuesday.

British inflation jumps

Annual inflation in recession-hit Britain climbed to a higher-than-expected 1.9 percent in November owing to rising fuel prices, official data showed on Tuesday.

Last US banking giants to repay state bailouts

Citigroup and Wells Fargo struck deals Monday to repay a total of 45 billion dollars in state aid, winding down a year-long US government effort to save the banking sector from wholesale collapse.

Philippine unemployment rises to 7.1pc

Unemployment in the Philippines rose to 7.1 percent in October, up from the 6.8 percent posted for the month last year, the government's National Statistics Office said Tuesday.

CORPORATE BRIEFS

BANGLA PROCESS
The board of directors has recommended 6 percent cash dividend (for public shareholders other than sponsors) for 2008-09. The AGM will be held on December 31 (12:30pm) at 82/8 North Jatrabari in Dhaka. Book closure will be from December 27-31.

Metropolitan

Over 1,200 hajj pilgrims stuck at Jeddah Airport

More than 1,200 Bangladeshi hajj pilgrims remain stranded in Jeddah Airport in Saudi Arabia for the last three to four days without accommodation, lack of money and food due to delay in their flights.

Trial of war criminals soon: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed the hope that the trial of war criminals and all killings, including the assassination of four national leaders in jail, would be held soon.

Ensure fair admission process in govt schools

A parliamentary body at a meeting yesterday asked the education ministry to monitor the admission process in the government schools so that it is completed in a fair way and without influence from any quarters.

Draft keeps provision for death sentence

Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) submitted final draft of 'Border Guard Bangladesh Bill 2009' to both the ministries of home, and law, justice and parliamentary affairs with a provision for death sentence which lacked in the BDR Order 1972.

'Struggle for economic freedom not yet over'

Though the country got its independence, the struggle for achieving economic emancipation that Bangabandhu dreamt for is not over yet, speakers at a discussion said yesterday.

Concord-Prothom Alo 3rd Buet Debating Club Debate Contest

The English debate of university level and Bangla debate of club level of the Concord - Prothom Alo 3rd Buet Debating Club Debate Championship will begin today, says a press release.

Programmes to celebrate Victory Day

Different socio-cultural and political organisations have chalked out elaborate programmes to celebrate the Victory Day today.

1020 flats for sale among govt staffs

The government has decided to construct 1020 flats at Lalmatia in the city for selling them to its employees.

'Make probe report public'

Three organisations yesterday demanded to publish the probe report of MV Coco-4 launch capsize on November 27 and punishment to the real culprits.

Jamaat brought independence of Bangladesh!

Jamaat-e-Islami leaders yesterday claimed that they have 'brought the independence' of Bangladesh, contrary to their role in supporting united Pakistan and working as aides of Pakistani occupation forces in killing millions of people during the liberation war.

Naib Uddin Ahmed passes away

Celebrated photographer Naib Uddin Ahmed, elder brother of eminent photographer late Dr Noazesh Ahmed, passed away at Comfort Hospital in the city on Monday at the age of 84.

'Realise compensation from rich states'

Speakers at a programme yesterday demanded reduction in emissions of greenhouse gas and carbon dioxide as well as compensation from the developed countries.

57 army men get honorary commission

A total of 57 Armed Forces personnel, including 42 from Bangladesh Army and 15 from Bangladesh Navy, have been granted honorary commission and promotion on the occasion of the Victory Day, says an ISPR press release.

Citizens' Rights Fair Jan 22-23

With a view to creating awareness about the rights of the citizens, a two-day Nagorik Adhikar Mela (Citizens' Rights Fair) is going to be held on January 22 in the city.

Death anniversary

Today is the 38th death anniversary of Prof Md Abul Kalam Azad, a martyred intellectual and recipient of Ekushey Padak.

National

3 JMB men jailed in Ctg

Three outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) men, including its Chittagong divisional commander Javed Iqbal, were yesterday sentenced to jail in Chittagong in a case under Explosive Substances Act, while a Shibir leader was taken on remand in Chandpur the same day for his alleged link with the militant outfit.

'I have come to motherland to pay tribute to intellectuals'

Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay, eminent Bengali author of the Subcontinent on Monday said any important event in 'epar Bangla' (Bangladesh) always has a big effect on in 'opar Bangla' (West Bengal) and so, Martyred Intellectuals Day is also a mourning day for the people of West Bengal.

12 robbers arrested in Comilla

Police arrested 12 robbers and seized a minibus from Mankasair in Kosba upazila in Brahmanbaria district early yesterday.

Many Moulvibazar killing spots now hardly traceable

Several dozen killing spots bearing the horrifying memories of 1971 massacre by occupation Pakistani forces are lying in utter negligence in the district as no memorial has been built there.

Little attention to mass graves

Thirty-eight years after the Liberation War, most of the mass graves in Pabna district have remained neglected in absence of government initiative to preserve memory of the martyrs, who sacrificed their lives in 1971.

CID again fails to submit report on further probe into Kibria killing

The Sylhet Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal yesterday asked the CID to submit the report on further investigation on January 4, 2010 on the killing of former finance minister SAMS Kibria and others.

Correction

A photo caption was published on this page on December 14 inadvertently mentioned Rangamati Environment Conservation and Development Organisation as co-organiser of a human chain in Rangamati. In fact, the programme was organised by Global Village.

Bogra memorial opens today

Babur Pukur Liberation War Memorial built at Shahjahanpur upazila will be inaugurated today. Bogra Zilla Parishad built the memorial at a cost of Tk 33 lakh at Babur Pukur village beside Bogra-Natore road. Moloy Kumar Roy, secretary, Bogra Zilla Parishad told journalists that the construction work of the memorial started in January this year. It was designed by Shaha Md Shams-E- Reza, a teacher of Bogra Art College. Pakistani occupation forces and their collaborators killed 14 people including a woman and a freedom fighter at Babur Pukur during liberation war.

Outlaw held in Pabna

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Monday night arrested a member of outlawed 'Bahini faction' from village Peerpur under Ataikula police station. The arrestee is Ashraf Ali alias 'Koshai' Ashraf, son of Joyen Uddin of village Dakhhin Raghabpur in Pabna Sadar upazila. Rab also recovered a shutter gun from his possession. A Rab team raided Peerpur village where the outlaws were holding a secret meeting. Sensing presence of law enforcers the criminals tried to escape. But Rab arrested Ahsraf from the spot and recovered the gun from him.

BSF returns Bangladeshi's body

Body of a Bangladeshi cattle trader, gunned down by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on Hapania border of Sapahar upazila in Naogaon on Monday was returned to Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday. Earlier, a company commander level flag meeting between BDR and BSF was held near Hapania border area. The body of Mofizuddin,40, son of Afsar Ali of Hapania village under Sapahar upazila was later handed over to his relatives. BSF of Pannapur camp opened fire on Mofizul when he was returning home along with cattle from India, killing him on the spot. They also took away the body.

Human chain in Satkhira

Several hundred people formed a human chain and held a rally yesterday morning at Puccapole intersection in the town demanding arrest and punishment to the culprits who killed landless leader Saifullah Laskar. Speakers at the rally alleged that Saifullah was killed by land grabbers as he led agitations against them and fought for rights of landless people on government khas lands for long. Terming the murder pre-planned, they blamed police for not ensuring the security of the slain leader. Saifullah Laskar, 63, son of Samsuddin Laskar of Katia Laskarpara in the town, was killed by unidentified assailants at Katia Laskarpara in the town on December 5.

Villagers block road

Villagers blocked Dinajpur-Panchagarh highway Monday protesting death of a middle-aged man in a road accident in front of Dinajpur Power Development Board office. Md Mozammel Haque, 45, son of Abdul Karim of village Ramnagar under Dinajpur Sadar upazila died on the spot at about 10:30am. Villagers said, a Panchagarh bound passenger bus knocked down Mozammel from his bicycle and crashed him under its wheels near Dinajpur Government College intersection. Soon after the accident, people of nearby areas came out on the street and blocked the highway disrupting road communication for about an hour with Dinajpur, Thakurgaon, Panchagarh, Rangpur and Dhaka.

25 hurt in AL-BNP clash

At least 25 people were injured and eight houses destroyed during a clash between the supporters of Awami League (AL) and BNP at village Daribila in Sreepur upazila in the early hours of Sunday. Police and locals said, there was a long-standing rivalry between joint secretary of Sreekol union AL in Sreepur upazila Golam Rasul Master and BNP's organising secretary Nazir Hossain of the locality. On Saturday evening, supporters of Golam Rasul Master and Nazir Hossain locked in an altercation over a trifling matter which turned into a violent clash at around 3:00am on Sunday leaving at least 25 people injured. Both the groups used lethal weapons during the clash that continued for about four hours, locals said. At one stage, supporters of each side swooped on the houses of their rivals. Eight houses were destroyed in the attacks and counterattacks.

Letters

Surrender sites of Pakistan army

After long nine months of genocide, rapes, arsons, loots, plunders and a short 13 days' 'war', Pakistan Army Eastern Commander Lt. General Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi ('Tiger') surrendered unconditionally on behalf of his 93 thousands war criminals and country at a public ceremony at Dhaka Ramna Race Course (now named Suhrawardy Uddan) to the Bangladesh and Indian joint command on 16 December 1971. Since the end of Second World War it is the largest surrender of any army. Also, this is one of the fastest surrender in military history.

Slow moving rickshaws

Transports play an important role in carrying people and goods from one place to another. It may be both speedy and slow transports. Rickshaw is one of them and unfortunately it is one of the causes of traffic jam. It causes traffic jam in the narrow lanes in the city area, especially in Dhaka city. Scooters are also responsible for traffic jam. As a result, traffic jam is a common phenomenon in our city life. It is also so acute in almost all the urban areas of Bangladesh. So, to lead a traffic jam-free life rickshaws and scooters should be removed from the towns.

Notebooks

One of the obstacles that is seen in the creative education system is guidebook and notebook. The main purpose of creative education system is to enhance creative thinking among the students. This education system mitigates the sole dependence of the students on memorizing. But if the guidebooks and notebooks are published the students are more likely to memorize the answers from those books. The teachers will also prepare question papers from such books. As a result, creativity among the students will not develop. Due to the existence of guidebooks and notebooks, the students study the textbooks very little. The students also try to pass through adopting unfair means. Realizing the truth, the government took the decision to ban guidebooks and notebooks. But publishers and sellers filed a writ petition against the government order. The High Court dismissed it and upheld the order. After that the Supreme Court stayed the High Court verdict following their petition. Getting the opportunity they published guidebooks and notebooks.

Palm tree plantation

The recent attempt of planting palm trees in different regions of Bangladesh by a few individuals and organisations will go futile as the weather and soil condition of our country are not congenial for such plantations and this very fact is known to our experts and the forest department. A real life picture of palm trees bearing very ordinary fruits can be visualized on a trip to Sylhet in the forests located by the side of highway which does not contain the material for either soap or edible oil. Frequent rainfall all over the year, which is the very basic necessity for the productive growth of palm trees, is absent in our country. As a result, it is unlikely for us to grow palm trees for the production of edible oil.

Crowded cities

The country is turning into the land of the rich and the poor. Lots of people move to the towns every day leaving of the villages. As a result, the cities are getting crowded. But though they come to town in search of food and work for living, sometimes their dreams are not fulfilled.

Attention: Apollo Hospital

In the past, following consultation, a patient used to get the prescription directly from the doctor at the Apollo Hospital. Patient had the choice either to purchase the medicine from Apollo's Pharmacy or to buy outside. But now Apollo doctors send all prescriptions through their Local Area Network to their Pharmacy Billing.

Winter is here

Winter, the second last season & obviously the coldest season sets in again as per the rule of the nature and is greeting us with its little fog at night & dawn as it is the outset yet. We have been getting the indication of winter from the last few days. As a season of pithas it is second to none. Different kinds of handmade cakes are made by our women, especially in rural areas to get the full taste of the winter. Date juice adds more pleasure to that. Besides, lots of colourful guest birds also come to Bangladesh with the commencement of winter, as if winter invites the birds to stay for a while (two months). However, the winter of Bangladesh is much more comfortable undoubtedly than the winter of other countries as we do not have snow & ice.

Triumph of judiciary

The Supreme Court verdict on Bangabandhu murder case has debunked Gladstone's adage " Justice delayed, justice denied". We had to wait for long 34 years to get justice. Many nefarious machinations were taken to scupper the process of the trial. The Indemnity Ordinance was the first step in this regard. The villainous politicians were very active to save the self-declared killers of Bangabandhu that was very unfortunate for our country. Ultimately their attempts did not succeed ultimately. The apex court of Bangladesh played its due role boldly and responsibly. We cannot but genuflect to the Supreme Court of Bangladesh for its landmark judgement. Now, the government should take necessary steps to execute the verdict as soon as possible. Besides, it is imperative for the incumbent government to make diplomatic endeavours to extradite the convicts who are hiding in different countries. If the govt. succeeds in bringing back the ringleaders to Bangladesh through the diplomatic process, it will be a great victory for the nation. We hope the AL led government will leave no stone unturned to materialize the SC verdict for the sake of rule of law.

Bad example

It is most unfortunate that still party clout and favouritism take precedence over the 'rule of law' to be equally dispensed with. The waiver of conviction of Mr. Akbar, son of an AL leader, by the President is a glaringly bad example.

Launch capsize

It is refreshing to see that the government has decided to take stern actions against those responsible for the recent launch capsize in Bhola. If the authorities mean what they say, and are willing to follow through with it without bias or prejudice, it will set a precedence worth following.

Firing range in forests

After going through a series of reports on depleting Modhupur forests in The Daily Star, I visited the forest and became frustrated seeing the destroyed forests. But it was another surprising matter for me to see a BAF firing range in Rasulpur area of the forests. What is the effect of sounds of bombing by aircrafts on the animals of the forests ?

Susang Durgapur

Susang Durgapur situated in one of the districts of Bangladesh called Netrakona is 182 km from Dhaka. It is a genuine natural splendour of woodland river & hills where the Garos and other tribals reside. One can easily take pleasure in boating in the river, seeing the green bushes around, climbing hills etc. Wild elephants at times comes from the jungle. However, going to Susang Durgapur is bothersome for both the domestic and overseas tourists because of the communication problem in this area. Nonetheless, especially during winter, Durgapur is crowded with many tourists.

HM Ershad

I was surprised when I found the former President Hussain Mohammad Ershad all of a sudden transformed himself from a poet to a columnist. His article 'Untold story of Grameen Bank' gave me new information about the contribution of late General M.A. Munim, his wife Prof. Ayesha Akter Munim and even a new insight on President Ershad.

Rickshaw issue

The logic is simple. Eliminating rickshaws in Dhaka city would mean less people would migrate to Dhaka from the rural areas. This would be an effective way of controlling the population of Dhaka. This would also mean less crime in Dhaka as well as less traffic jam. As far as the rural areas go, the government will have to de-centralize and develop the other cities in Bangladesh to create more opportunities for the people. Let's all move forward and try to keep up with the rest of the world.

Nizami's fatwa

A couple of days earlier, there were news reports in some Bangla newspapers on Mr. Matiur Rahman Nizami, Ameer of Jamaat-e- Islami. He is reported to have given a Fatwa, 'religious ruling' that the present government's initiative to try the war criminals are, in fact, acts of anti-Muslim and anti-Islamic kind. We do not know wherefrom he brought these rulings of Islam for the people of Bangladesh, but we do hear the interpretations of the Holy Quran which rather emphasize severe punishments for rapists, arsonists, killers, unpatriotic citizens and collaborators who work against the motherland. In Islam, the people who work against their homeland, support the occupiers and invite the invaders are "non-believers".

Babri Mosque case

It is so horrible and sad to learn that Babri Mosque was demolished at the order of top BJP leaders in India, back in 1992. This news was revealed as an Indian newspaper was able to publish it on 23 November, 2009, before the Liberhan Comission was brought to Indian Parliament.

Simply inhuman!

Anyone visiting our lower courts both criminal and civil will find number of people including old, disabled, children and some mothers with their infants crowded in the open porch ( veranda) of the courtrooms, anxiously awaiting their turns of hearing inside the court chambers. They have to remain standing for hours. Some tired of standing sit on the dirty floors to lessen their fatigue. One can see the pain and frustration on their faces. But they all have assembled there seeking justice. This looks so pathetic and horrible! No one seems to have felt or bothered about this inhuman treatment of people in front of our courts of justice, even after 38 years of our own rule. The scene in front of the courts of women and child repression is even worse, as if the government is teaching them lessons for filing cases.

International

Pakistan market bombing kills 20

A powerful car bomb exploded in a busy market in central Pakistan yesterday killing 20 people, in the latest in a stream of deadly attacks to hit the country, officials said.

US to bomb Quetta if it finds Qaeda, Taliban

Even as the Pakistani political and military leadership has reacted strongly to the proposed US drone strikes inside the country, President Barack Obama has warned that America would launch missile attacks inside Pakistan if it gets actionable intelligence about the presence of top al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders in a particular area.

Explosions rock Baghdad, 4 killed

Three car bombs struck the heart of Baghdad yesterday killing four people in the fourth wave of coordinated attacks in as many months, days after top ministers were quizzed in parliament over security.

Headley had Bollywood, temple in sights

A Chicago man accused of planning the deadly 2008 Mumbai siege also had Bollywood and one of India's most sacred Hindu temples in his sights, US prosecutors said Monday.

Lankan troops' execution video authentic: Report

Video footage that allegedly shows Sri Lankan troops executing prisoners during the final stages of its battle against Tamil Tiger rebels was not fabricated, a British newspaper said yesterday.

Suicide blast kills 8 in Afghanistan

A suicide car bomber struck a heavily guarded neighbourhood yesterday near the home of a former Afghan vice president and a hotel favoured by Westerners, killing at least eight people and wounding dozens, officials said.

China rejects US, EU calls for dissident's release

China yesterday rejected as "unacceptable" US and EU calls to release prominent dissident Liu Xiaobo, who appears headed for trial on subversion charges after co-authoring a bold petition for democracy.

Iran to try 3 border crossed Americans

Iran said Monday a court will try three Americans who wandered across the border from Iraq last July and became ensnared in an increasingly bitter standoff with the West over Tehran's nuclear program.

Israel slams British arrest warrant against Livni

Israel yesterdays slammed an arrest warrant issued by a British court against former foreign minister Tzipi Livni over her role during the war on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip at the turn of the year.

Kashmir shutdown to protest deaths probe

A near total shutdown is being observed yesterday in Indian-administered Kashmir to protest a federal investigation into the death of two women.

Arts & Entertainment

Cultural movements: For the people, by the people

Music, poetry, plays and art -- culture on the whole has always had a major impact throughout our national history. Politics may bring down tyranny, change policies but it's culture that promulgates the message to the masses, generates awareness and takes a national movement to its peak. And who better to discuss the cultural aspect of national movements than Kamal Lohani? Lohani, a journalist, cultural personality extraordinaire is the Director General (DG) of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) at present.

“Bijoy Mela” begins at Shilpakala Academy

To celebrate the 39th Victory Day, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) has arranged a nine-day festival titled "Bijoy Mela". The festival opened on December 14 at the BSA premises through an exhibition. BSA also arranged a special programme at the National Theatre Hall to observe the Martyred Intellectuals' Day.

Memories of their martyred father

Tagore singer Sadi Mohammad and dancer Shibli Mohammad are familiar names in our cultural circuit. In 1971, collaborators of the Pakistani army killed their father brutally. On the eve of Victory Day, the siblings shared their thoughts on the Liberation War, memories of their father and a host of other issues.

Songs of freedom at Liberation War Museum

The weeklong Victory Day celebration, titled "Manobadhikar Dibosh Thekey Bijoy Dibosh" is on at Liberation War Museum (LWM). As part of this event, a cultural programme along with discussion was held at the premises of the museum on December 14 (on the occasion of Martyred Intellectuals' Day).

Recalling a fateful night

“We were eight brothers and lived at a rented house in the Chamelibagh area of the city. The atmosphere was eerily quiet. I just got enrolled in college during the Liberation War. On December 10, 1971, some members of al Badr came to our home at midnight. They were looking for my father. My mother started crying and we were puzzled. My father was working late, writing and translating. They picked up my father. We could hear the microbus leaving,” recalled Shaheen Reza Noor, senior assistant editor of the daily Ittefaque and son of martyred journalist Sirajuddin Hossain. Noor is the president of Prajanma '71, an organisation formed by the sons and daughters of martyrs of the Liberation War.

TV play “Shesh Potro” on ATN Bangla

ATN Bangla will telecast TV play "Shesh Potro" tonight at 8:45 pm. The play is written and directed by Abul Hayat.

TV play ‘Jonmodin’ on BTV

As part of the special programme on Victory Day, BTV will air single episode TV play “Jonmodin”, tonight at 9:00 pm. The play features Raisul Islam Asad, Litu Anam and Hridi Haque in the central roles.

OP-ED

The U.S. perspective in 1971

RECENTLY, after almost 35 years of independence of Bangladesh, the National Security Council (NSC) of America declassified some very interesting documents relating to the Liberation War of Bangladesh. They clearly show America's policy during the war of Bangladesh in 1971.

Friends from the West, 1971

My friend came to me, with sadness in his eyes; told me that he wanted help, before his country dies; Although, I couldn't feel the pain; I knew I had to try
-- "Bangladesh," George Harrison, Concert for Bangladesh, 1971

Take vows afresh to achieve economic emancipation

THE nation is celebrating the 38th anniversary of Victory Day with much enthusiasm today. The day marks the defeat of the occupation forces in the Liberation War in 1971.



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