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News of: Monday, 28th of December, 2009

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Intraparty democracy dims

A year ago on December 29, people spoke for changes. They voted for a qualitative change in politics leading to socio-economic development.

Scopes plenty, exercise little

The ruling Awami League's national committee and central advisory council remain dysfunctional in contrast to the party's constitution and election pledges to ensure internal democracy.

Scopes little, exercise tough

The BNP national executive committee did not sit in last four years though the party charter before recent amendments required it to meet at least once in every three months.

9 charged

First charges were framed in connection with the Bangladesh Rifles mutiny on February 25-26 against nine soldiers at a BDR special court in Rangamati yesterday.

Toasts of Narsingdi

The conference room of the deputy commissioner of Narsingdi was abuzz with excitement in presence of Sadia Shikder and Moon Rahman who secured outstanding positions in the primary terminal examination.

Jamaat honours 5 'Muktijoddhas'

In an ironic move, Jamaat-e-Islami accorded a reception and gave award to five Muktijoddhas (freedom fighters) yesterday, 38 years after the birth of Bangladesh.

Trade fair, circus take over school

Students of Rangpur Zila School might miss classes in the first couple of weeks of the next academic year since a trade fair and a circus are being held on the campus.

PM outlines green plan

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday vowed to build a 'Green and Blue Bangladesh' through massive afforestation and preserving the country's rivers, canals and water bodies.

Another BDR member dies

One more member of Bangladesh Rifles died yesterday at BDR Pilkhana Headquarters, raising the death toll to 66 since the mutiny on February 25-26.

Ashura today

The holy Ashura will be observed across the country today to commemorate the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hossain (RA), grandson of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH), with religious fervour and mourning over the tragedy.

Rohingya, road link under focus

Dhaka-Yangon direct road communications, repatriation of Rohingya refugees, border trade and easing visa regime will be high on the agenda of the two-day foreign secretary-level talks between Bangladesh and Myanmar beginning in Dhaka tomorrow.

Constructively criticise our mistakes

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday sought cooperation of the media in maintaining uninterrupted run of the hard-earned democracy in the country.

Housing loan to be available

Bangladesh Bank has increased the fund for housing refinancing scheme to Tk 700 crore to expand the opportunity to purchase flats for the low and medium income group people.

Clock goes back at 11:59pm on Dec 31

In an attempt to dispel widespread confusion over the introduction of Daylight Saving Time (DST), the government yesterday clarified that clocks should be adjusted back one hour from 11:59pm to 10.59pm on December 31.

Mother flies to Australia soon

The Bangladeshi mother of the separated twins Krishna and Trishna would soon fly to Australia to see her daughters, the babies' legal guardian said yesterday.

6 sued over ship blast

The owner and five labour contractors of Rahim Steel were sued in connection with Saturday's blast that left four people dead and 13 others injured at its ship-breaking yard.

New Indian HC in city

The newly appointed Indian High Commissioner to Dhaka Rajeet Mitter arrived here early yesterday and took his diplomatic assignment.

Appointment of prosecutors, investigators by March

Investigators and prosecutors involved in the trial of war criminals from the 1971 Liberation War will be appointed by the government by March next year.

China unveils world's fastest train link

China on Saturday unveiled what it billed as the fastest rail link in the world -- a train connecting the modern cities of Guangzhou and Wuhan at an average speed of 350 kilometres (217 miles) an hour.

Troops deaths in Afghan war seen rising rapidly

The arrival in Afghanistan of tens of thousands of reinforcements to fight the Taliban will lead to a higher death rate among foreign troops, adding pressure on Western leaders to get out altogether, officials say.

Kashmir govt to discuss autonomy report

The Jammu and Kashmir government will discuss Wednesday the controversial report by a prime minister's working group that has recommended autonomy to the troubled state, an official said yesterday.

Editorial

On Ashura, we recall the sacrifices in Karbala

TODAY is a day of mourning for Muslims, indeed for all people who believe in the righteousness of a cause, all over the world. The sacrifices through which Imam Hussein (RA) and his followers saw their lives come to an end on the battlefields of Karbala hundreds of years ago were fundamentally proof once again that martyrdom in defence of faith is a supreme act of nobility. The grandson of the Holy Prophet of Islam (Peace Be Upon Him) has, through his valour and through his refusal to submit before the brute forces led by Yazid, imparted the important lesson that it is the moral responsibility of anyone confronted with gross and manifest injustice to engage in a battle that has as its goal the triumph of good. In Karbala, it was patently an epic struggle between good and evil. Imam Hussein (RA) and his followers, rather than give in to the sinister forces typified by Yazid and his gang of usurpers, happily went down the path of supreme sacrifice.

More deaths in ship breaking yards

IT is shocking that workers engaged in ship breaking continue to die in job related accidents. The recent casualty of four deaths and 13 injuries occurred when an oil tanker that was being pulled down exploded. Reportedly, in the last 20 years as many as 1000 persons have died in Bangladesh in accidents connected with ship breaking.

Crossfire: The return of the scourge

ONLY a month ago, the nation rejoiced at the denouement of the Bangabandhu murder case with the upholding of the verdict delivered earlier, seemingly establishing the rule of law at long last. It generated great optimism that henceforth there would no more be extra-judicial killings in the country; neither would there be subversion of justice due to anyone, irrespective of party affiliation or family. Such optimism lay in tatters soon after, when the instances of the violation of rule of law came to the notice of rights' activists. It was found that the killings took place during so-called encounters enacted by law enforcing agencies.

Pakistan scene: What is in store?

IT is a fast developing situation in Pakistan. The country clearly appears convulsed by a political crisis, which may drastically change the present power structure in a nation that is struggling for a stable government. Democracy could hardly flourish in Pakistan because of a myriad of problems and, consequently, a representative government could seldom spread its wings.

Sports

Cricketers' threat

First-class cricketers have threatened to boycott the upcoming National Cricket League (NCL) if Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) does not increase their match fees as well as reinstate the previous format of the country's lone first-class competition, during a press conference at a city hotel yesterday.

Brothers bounce back

Brothers Union returned to winning ways in the Bangladesh League with a lone-goal victory over Farashganj SC at Birshreshtha Shaheed Sepoy Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.

Aussies dictate terms

Australia's bowlers vindicated Ricky Ponting's bold first innings declaration with a disciplined and aggressive display on the second day of first Test against Pakistan at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.

Pitch plays foul at Kotla

Unfit pitch conditions at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium forced the fifth and final one-day international between India and Sri Lanka to be abandoned on Sunday.

Ranjan, Disha champions

Ranjan Ram and Disha Islam became champions of the Victory Day Tennis Tournament that concluded at the National Tennis Complex in Ramna yesterday. Men's second seed Ranjan upstaged the top seed Amol Roy in straight sets 6-3, 7-5. It was double delight for Ranjan who had earlier teamed up with Amol to win the doubles title beating the pair of Dipu Lal and Alamgir Hossain in a three-set encounter. The winners won the first set 6-3, but lost the second in tie-break. However, they took the third set 6-3 to claim the title.

England's sound start

Andrew Strauss hit a sparkling half-century as England made an aggressive start to their first innings on the second day of the second Test against South Africa at Kingsmead on Sunday.

Women's cricket

Dhaka Division brushed aside Chittagong Division by 4 wickets while Sylhet Division posted a comfortable 75-run victory over Barisal Division in the Women's National cricket League yesterday.

School cricket

Rasulpur High School thumped Pole Star Poora School by 80 runs while Sher-e-Bangla Nagar Govt High School beat Sher-e-Bangla Ideal High School by 3 wickets in the Standard Chartered Young Tigers National School Cricket yesterday.

Mancini off to a flier

Roberto Mancini's reign as Manchester City manager began on a winning note on Saturday but it was another frustrating day for his fellow Italian Carlo Ancelotti as Premier League leaders Chelsea were held to a goalless draw by Birmingham.

Carlo remains calm

Carlo Ancelotti is convinced that he can still mastermind a Premier League title in his first campaign at Chelsea despite seeing his troops win only once in seven games.

Arsenal to fight charge

Arsenal are set to contest a Football Association charge of failing to control their players in a bad-tempered Premier League match against Hull last week.

Gerrard leads Reds revival

Steven Gerrard insists Liverpool can turn their season around as they prepare for two vital matches.

Jose to stay at Inter

Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho has reiterated his intention to see out the remaining two and a half years on his contract with the Italian champions.

Wenger wants throw-ins scraped

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes throw-ins should be replaced by 'kick-ins' in a bid to make the game flow more smoothly.

Atletico loan Maxi to Boca

Atletico Madrid's attacking midfielder Maxi Rodriguez is due to be loaned out to Argentine club Boca Juniors for the rest of the season, Marca sports daily reported here Sunday.

Sinama-Pongolle heads to Sporting

Former Liverpool striker Florent Sinama-Pongolle has agreed to move from struggling Spanish side Atletico Madrid to Sporting Lisbon, the Portuguese team announced on Saturday.

Petrescu quits Urziceni

Dan Petrescu has quit his job as manager of Romanian champions Unirea Urziceni, the club announced on Saturday.

Greats take a swipe

Russel Arnold, former Sri Lanka player, and former Indian captains have reacted with shock and dismay at the dangerous pitch prepared by the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) for the fifth ODI at the Feroz Shah Kotla. The pitch was deemed unfit to play, and the game was called off after 23.3 overs during which Sri Lankan players received body blows more than once.

Martin key to NZ attack

New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori has said Chris Martin is the key in the Black Caps' bowling attack after the retirements of Shane Bond and Iain O'Brien, and admitted he wants to keep the 35-year-old bowler at Test level for as long as he can.

'Ponting must play bigger role'

Mark Taylor believes Ricky Ponting has to do more to stop Australia's on-field exchanges escalating into significant incidents and has called for all players to follow the spirit of cricket. In the final two Tests against West Indies the hosts had four players reported, with Brad Haddin, Mitchell Johnson and Shane Watson fined for their indiscretions.

Clarke, Bingle tying the knot?

Lara Bingle, fiancee of Australian cricketer Michael Clarke, has sparked rumours that the couple may be planning a summer wedding.

IOC president disappointed

International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge says he is "disappointed" with the revelations of Tiger Woods' serial infidelity.

Rio faces long lay-off

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson admits Rio Ferdinand has yet to be given a date for his return to action as the England defender struggles with a back injury.

Kallis's feat

South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis has scored second most Test runs during the decade when he made 75 in his side's second Test against England here on Saturday.

Business

Stocks pass dynamic days

Bangladesh's stock market went through a boisterous year that witnessed some landmark achievements. The listing of Grameenphone tops the list.

Remittance, forex reserve beat doomsayers

Foreign exchange reserve and remittance marked an important milestone in Bangladesh economy in 2009, beating the development partners' glum forecasts in the face of global recession.

Local firms seek to shore up foothold in tyre business

Local manufacturers are coming up to tap growing opportunities in tyre business that now depends heavily on imports.

Retail investors go on hunger strike tomorrow

Retail investors in mutual funds have announced a programme to go on 'hunger strike unto death' from tomorrow to protest the market regulator's intervention.

Saarc trade hurt by lack of political will

A lack of political will and positive mindsets of governments are the hurdles to intra-regional trade between South Asian nations, analysts said at a discussion in Dhaka yesterday.

Economy turning around from sluggishness

Bangladesh economy, supported by growth in exports and imports of capital machinery, now turns around from sluggishness, the central bank governor has said.

Asia's decade reoriented world

Explosive growth in economic and political power ensured that the past 10 years set the foundations for what many analysts predict will be the Asian Century as the world tilts firmly eastwards.

Bright signs to shine on

In its year-end review, Standard Chartered Bank gauges economic indicators, mostly bright. The bank predicts that 2010 will be an even more successful year if the ambitious budget, power and infrastructure investments can be implemented.

From Brooklyn kitchen table to first lady's outfits

The old wooden kitchen table in Sophie Theallet's Brooklyn apartment sees some rich pickings -- not least designs for dressing the likes of Michelle Obama.

Minister says new industrial policy at final stage

The draft of new industrial policy will get the final shape by January 6 for placing in the cabinet meeting soon, Industries Minister Dilip Barua said yesterday while disclosing some measures to streamline the sector.

Roundtable calls for consumer law reforms

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday urged the government to amend the consumer right protection law as it has some "loopholes".

Local firm to invest in Adamjee EPZ

A Bangladeshi company will invest US$ 5.097 million in the Adamjee EPZ for setting up a paper-based garments accessories and manufacturing industry.

Six get GEF award

Six Bangladeshi entrepreneurs have received the Global Economist Forum (GEF) award for the success in their respective fields.

Asian currencies lower

Asian currencies were mostly lower against the greenback this week, with the US unit rising amid speculation the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates earlier next year than predicted.

Korean-led group wins nuclear deal

The United Arab Emirates has awarded a Korean-led consortium a $20.4 billion contract to build four nuclear power plants, the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation said yesterday.

Tk 170cr Citi syndication loans for Nasir Glassware

Citibank has arranged a syndication term loan facility of Tk 170 crore for Nasir Glassware and Tube Industries Limited, a sister concern of Nasir Group, the bank said in a statement yesterday.

PSI firms to get six-month extension

Pre-shipment inspection (PSI) companies are likely to get an extension for six months to carry out business.

Korea to expand tariff free import quota

South Korea will raise its tariff-free import quota on products made in developing countries next month.

FTA on top of agenda during Japan PM’s Delhi visit

A free trade agreement, civil nuclear cooperation and security will dominate the talks between Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hayatoma, who arrives here today on an official visit, and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh.

China adopts law to boost renewable energy industry

China's national assembly Saturday signalled the country's commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by adopting a law supporting its renewable energy industry.

Eurozone countries must cut deficits: ECB chief

European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet urged the 16 countries using the euro to slash their deficits "in 2011 at the latest," in an interview published Sunday.

Saudi King Abdullah satisfied with oil price

Saudi king Abdullah described oil prices as satisfactory in an interview published on Saturday, at a time when the largest OPEC producer is seeking price stability.

BSTI moves on measures in goods

The government has made use of weighing machine with logo of Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institute (BSTI) mandatory to maintain accurate measures in goods.

JS body asks communication ministry to report progress

The parliamentary standing committee on the communications ministry yesterday asked all the offices under the ministry to submit progress reports on development projects implementation in the last one year.

Metropolitan

Move to amend laws to stop acid violence

The government has taken initiatives to amend the Acid Crime Prevention Act 2002 and the Acid Control Act 2002 to stop acid violence in the country.

Suspend all activities at Rahim Ship-breaking Yard

Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers' Association (Bela) yesterday called on the government to suspend all activities at Rahim Steel Ship-breaking Yard at Sitakunda until a fair investigation into an oil tanker explosion at the yard is completed and the persons responsible are punished.

'Strengthen cultural movement to safeguard victory'

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday called on all to strengthen cultural movement in order to safeguard the victory achieved with the blood of thousands of martyred and uphold the spirit of the liberation war.

Mugger shot in gunfight with Rab members

An alleged mugger was shot at Armanitola in the city during a gunfight with members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) early yesterday.

ASK to continue legal aid to oppressed children

Executive Director of Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK) Advocate Sultana Kamal yesterday said the organisation will continue providing legal support to oppressed people, especially children, in society.

Lefts call for trial of war criminals

Leaders of left leaning 11-party alliance yesterday called for trial of war criminals as well as restoration of the 1972 constitution.

JS committee rejects ACC chief's comment on Matin

A parliamentary standing committee yesterday outright rejected the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) chairman's recent comment that former adviser to the caretaker government MA Matin was not found guilty of any irregularities in awarding the container-handling job at Chittagong Port.

5th amendment hearing Jan 3

The Supreme Court yesterday fixed January 3 for hearing appeals against the High Court verdict that declared illegal the fifth amendment of the constitution endorsing late president Ziaur Rahman's takeover and previous acts from August 15, 1975.

'50pc adult population carry TB germs'

About 50 percent of the country's adult population carry tuberculosis bacteria, but very few of them carry active germs as the bacteria remain in hidden form.

'97pc accidents occur due to drivers' carelessness'

Around 97 percent road accidents occur due to drivers' carelessness, said Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner AKM Shahidul Hoque yesterday.

Food for work not enough to fight poverty

Janata Bank (JB) Chairman Prof Abul Barakat at a seminar yesterday said food for work or relief programme would not be able to eradicate poverty completely.

Cop, Rab chiefs asked to examine proposal

Home Minister Sahara Khatun yesterday directed the chiefs of police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) to examine in details about a proposal for formation of two more battalions for the elite force.

'Ensure participation of women in decision making'

Speakers at a view exchange meeting yesterday called for ensuring participation of women in the decision-making process at every level in order to achieve empowerment of women and establish their rights.

Sahara's remarks protested

Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK) in a statement yesterday protested the remarks of Home Minister Sahara Khatun, who said none is being killed in crossfire.

'Delhi yet to inform Dhaka of spl security'

Foreign Secretary Mohamed Mijarul Quayes yesterday said India has not informed Bangladesh officially of its move to bring in special security force for the security of its high commission in Dhaka.

BNP threatens street agitation

Opposition BNP will throw street programmes in democratic way against Awami League's 'atrocity and repression' on the party's leaders and workers across the country if the ruling party does not refrain from such activities.

Admission test in govt schools ends

The admission tests in different government schools in the city ended yesterday.

'Withdraw army vehicle torching case'

Seven Dhaka University (DU) students, who are accused in an army vehicle torching case, yesterday reiterated their demand for withdrawal of the case.

Ustad Afzalur Rahman passes away

Ustad Afzlur Rahman, a renowned sitar player of the subcontinent, passed away at his home at Medda village in Brahmanbaria on Saturday at the age of 74.

Two furniture traders shot by extortionists

Two furniture traders were shot by a gang of extortionists at a restaurant at Dhalkanagar under Sutrapur police station in the city last night for refusing to pay toll.

Sadat Hossain re-elected Dhaka Club president

Sadat Hossain Salim has been re-elected the president of Dhaka Club Limited for the third consecutive term, says a press release.

Contribution of Barun Roy recalled

Speakers at a condolence meeting said yesterday said the nation had lost a true friend of the common people at the death of Barun Roy.

'Implement Nat'l Film Archives project'

Filmmakers along with National Film Archives Alumni Association formed a human chain yesterday demanding immediate implementation of the National Film Archives project and construction of own building at its designated plot in Agargaon in the city.

National

Eight Hizbut Touhid militants arrested

Sudharam police yesterday arrested eight suspected members of banned Islamist outfit Hizbut Touhid, three of them women, from the third floor of a house in Uttar Fakirpur area in the town.

18 big roadside trees looted in Gaibandha

Criminals backed by local political leaders are looting trees beside Jamalpur-Gopalpur road in Sadullapur upazila of Gaibandha in broad daylight.

500 'jihadi' books seized from Shibir-controlled room at RU hall

Police aided by Rajshahi University (RU) authorities on Saturday night seized more than 500 'jihadi' (pro-Islamist uprising) books, kept for distribution by World Assembly of Muslim Youths (WAMY), from a Shibir controlled room at Shaheed Shamsuzzoha Hall.

Complete peace needed for dev, says Raja Devashish

Raj Punyah, the traditional royal festival of the Chakma dynasty, began on the premises of Chakma Rajbari (palace) amid great enthusiasm and fanfare in Rangamati hill town yesterday.

BSF arrests Bangladeshi, BDR rounds up Indian

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on Saturday evening abducted a Bangladeshi from Hudapara border point in Damurhuda upazila in Chuadanga district.

Cheating case against KHDC chief, 2 others dismissed

Khagrachhari Chief Judicial Magistrate's Court yesterday dismissed a cheating case filed with the court on October 28 against Khagrachhari Hill District Council (KHDC) chairman and two others.

One sued for killing in '71

A case was filed against an alleged razakar (collaborator) on Friday for killing two freedom fighters at Razpakkha village in Sadar upazila during the War of Liberation in 1971.

Gram Police demand salary similar to class four employees

Gram (village) Police yesterday staged demonstrations in different districts across the country to press home their eight-point demand including pay similar to class four government employees.

Three dists agitate for gas link

Cultural and political organisations, trade bodies and NGOs in Chuadanga, Barisal and Chapainawabganj yesterday held agitation programmes demanding gas supply to the districts.

Reopen Sundarban Textiles, demand Satkhira people

Hundreds of workers and employees of closed Sundarban Textile Mills joined by locals yesterday formed a human chain in front of the mill gate at Katia here on Satkhira-Khulna highway demanding reopening of the mill.

Vegetable farming changes lives of Bagerhat farmers

Vegetable farming has changed lives of a large number of farmers in Chitalmari upazila of the district.

Three hurt as two bombs explode in Jhenidah

Three people including a member of the community police were injured in two bomb explosions at post office intersection and Jailkhana crossing of the town.

Letters

Our forests

The letter by Dr Reza Khan with the above title published in your newspaper (DS061209) draws attention to the dire need of Bangladesh. If the government and the people of Bangladesh want to keep their forests and the biodiversity, it is high time that the government takes responsibility for a quick decision. The political will is the major force to implement such a decision. Dr Reza Khan has been championing this idea of having a separate department for managing the wildlife and other remaining natural forests. If the government and the policy makers take a positive decision the future generation Bangladeshis would remember them with gratitude.

US policy

Instead of withdrawing armed forces from Iraq and Afghanistan, the USA has committed yet another mistake with the deployment of 35,000 additional troops in Afghanistan.

Stop name game

In the context of proposed name change of Dhaka International Airport, and other measures like portrait removal, signboard removal etc that happens every time a different party comes to power sadly reminds me of the English proverb: "Little things please little minds".

Rivers

Many rivers flow into various parts of our countryside in a zigzag way and these rivers are the main source of livelihood for most of the people here. Those who live in the coastal areas have to depend more on the bay.

Unjust accusation

A few days ago more than two thousand trees were cut down from our coastal area near Sitakundu . We are against this deforestation. We tried our best to save those trees as they saved us from many natural calamities, cyclones etc. We gave our comments to electronic and print media against this crime. But it is matter of great regret that some people in Sitakundu area who are opposing deforestation have been accused of cutting trees.

Pinak's diplomacy

Mr Pinak is going to be replaced by Rajeet Mitter currently India's ambassador to Philippines. Mr Pinak's stint in Bangladesh flagrantly displayed the Indian mindset about Bangladesh. India as a regional power should behave responsibly with its nearest neighbours. But what we see is quite disappointing. Its prolonged espionage policy prolonged the fighting in Sri Lanka. With Bangladesh India always behaved like a bullyboy. Everyday BSF kill, kidnap and torture Bangladeshi nationals at the border areas. Sheikh Mujib handed over Berubari in 1974 but India is yet to transfer the full control of Tin Bigha to Bangladesh. The newly emerged Talpatti Island is occupied by India and she along with Myanmar tried to mobilize troops with a view to exploring minerals at the disputed maritime boundary. India always accuses Bangladesh of harbouring jihadists. But it is India that actively patronized and still patronizing Shanti Bahini to fight for the separation of what is the one tenth of the land of Bangladesh,

Austerity & benevolence

It came from newspaper reports that a celebrated Indian minister travelled in the economy class of the plane while on official visits. The present congress chairperson also did the same thing. Then came the news of a young MP who travelled in the general class of the train. When fellow passengers discovered him beside them they became overwhelmed & commented, is not he our leader Rahul Gandhi? Yes, he did what is expected from a dedicated true leaders of the people. Let us see what gain is achieved from this deed of austerity. Those doing this earned admiration, confidence and trust of the people. The government got money that has been saved which can be spent for other beneficial purposes.

Cheats at work

Dhaka is the capital of our country and its present population is over 1.5 millions. Every day several thousands of people visit the local markets like Karwan Bazar, New Market, Moulvibazar, Gulshan Market, Uttara Market, Shyambazar, Narinda Market etc to buy their daily necessities. It has been observed that most of the shopkeepers give "less quantity' for each purchase of products. On an average for "each purchase" a minimum of 100 grams to 150 grams is given "less" to purchasers. Hence the purchasers are losing something for their purchases. They have no mechanism to "check the weight" at every point of purchase and challenge the shopkeepers.

Psychoanalytic therapy

Psychoanalytic Therapy is a form of treatment, which aims to cure mental disorders by investigating the interaction of conscious and unconscious elements in the mind. It is a special method of any standard medical centre to cure disorder of human mind through using a kind of technique. The classic method of doing this is to get the patient to talk freely, in such a way that the repressed fears and conflicts, which are causing the problems, are brought into the conscious mind and openly faced, rather then remaining “buried” in the unconscious. This practice is based upon specific theories of how mind, the instincts, and sexuality work. Through this Psychoanalysis Therapy one-third portion of mental patient may be able to come back to normal life.

Stock market

Only recently the prime minister referred to our stock market index in several of her meetings in the USA and felt complacent.

Merry Christmas!

There are two different opinions regarding the emergence of this world, some people think this world is a tiny part of the logical causal chain which started with the big bang, the others are convinced that it is finally the fault of Adam and Eve because they did not observe the one holy law of God: "When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her . . ."

Nuclear power plants

Our brotherly and friendly neighbouring country India recently announced that they had decided to set up five nuclear power plants( a huge scheme) simultaneously. Whether India, the rich country where the poorest people live, should or shouldn't set up five nuclear power plants is not the point I would like to emphasize. Would they be able to keep things under control? This is a great concern for this part of the world. This is a question of balance of power and peaceful co-existence in South Asia.

We are pleased

After what I have read through the daily Prothom Alo's column dated 09/12/09 regarding Copenhagen conference, and, their unflinching support to Bangladesh's cause, I can only offer my gratitude to them for not failing the duties and responsibilities to be discharged for the cause of Humanity.

BNP's posturing

Recently, the BNP held its national council after 16 long years and it is doubtful whether it would have been held at all had it not been a requirement for registration with the Election Commission. But the result is far from a manifestation of its claim to be a democratic party. At the end of fiery speeches by loyal leaders who were trying to outdo one another in showing their allegiance to the chairperson, they ended up surrendering all powers of electing office bearers of different levels to Begum Zia, thereby making the party an autocratic one. What can people expect from such a party!

One-child family

I think this will be a positive move towards population control. However, I don't think it will be easy to control the population because both rickshaw pullers and the women who roam around town begging for money can produce children like vending machines.

Green brick kiln

Thousands of brickfields around Dhaka emit a huge quantity of black smoke every day and night and the polluted air just remains there above our head. According to the Department of Environment (DoE), about 30 percent air pollution is caused by brick kilns. This is an important cause behind the rising rate of lethal lung cancer.

International

Bomb kills govt official, family in Pakistan

A bomb ripped through a government official's house in northwestern Pakistan yesterday, killing him and his five family members in an attack that police said was in retaliation for military operations targeting Taliban in the area.

Father alerted US about Nigerian bomb suspect

The father of a Nigerian man charged with trying to blow up a transatlantic jet on Christmas Day had voiced concerns to US officials about his son.

Sharif ready for talks with Zardari

Ruling out any threat to the present democratic set-up in the country, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has said that he is ready to hold talks with President Asif Ali Zardari, but only if clear agendas are fixed prior to the meeting.

Tributes flow for Benazir on death anniversary

Paying homage to the former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto on her second death anniversary, Pakistani political leaders remembered her as a leader who gave voice to the downtrodden and worked for the national unity.

'4 killed as troops open fire on Iranian protesters'

Iranian security forces opened fire on anti-government protesters in the capital yesterday, killing at least four people in the fiercest clashes in months, opposition Web sites and witnesses said.

UN chief fears for Gaza one year after war

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said yesterday he feared that the underlying causes of Israel's deadly war in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip have still not been addressed a year after the onslaught.

6 drown in new Philippine ferry disaster

At least six people died and 20 were missing after a small inter-island ferry sank in waters south of the Philippine capital, the coast guard said yesterday, the second sea disaster in three days.

Violence as millions mark Ashura in Iraq

Millions of Shias across Iraq yesterday joined ceremonies marking the climax of solemn Ashura rituals, marred by a bomb attack on a procession near Kirkuk that killed five people.

Six Ulfa leaders hold nightlong meet in jail

Six arrested top leaders of the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (Ulfa), including its chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa, spent Saturday night in a huddle in the Guwahati Central Jail probably discussing strategies, officials revealed.

Japan PM says moving US base to Guam 'unreasonable'

Relocating a contentious US airbase from southern Japan to Guam is "unreasonable" from the standpoint of national security, Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama told a radio programme.

Philippine rebels burn school

The Philippine military yesterday accused the country's communist guerrillas of burning a school to mark their 41st anniversary during a government ceasefire.

Bridge collapse toll rises to 45

Rescuers recovered more bodies Sunday from the debris of a partially constructed bridge which collapsed into a river in western India, killing at least 45 labourers, an official said.

Uzbekistan votes for new parliament

The Central Asian state of Uzbekistan voted Sunday in parliamentary elections marked by a strong early turnout, with all four competing parties supportive of the government of President Islam Karimov.

'Britain's worst shoplifter' jailed for 321st crime

A man who has been described as Britain's most prolific shoplifter was jailed for one day yesterday after committing his 321st offence.

US lawmakers question intelligence breakdown

In the wake of a failed flight bombing bid by a London based Nigerian student, US lawmakers have raised questions over the intelligence breakdown, which facilitated the suspect to smuggle an explosive mixture onto the Detroit-bound airplane despite the fact that his name was on a federal terrorism watch list.

Malik, 9 other names removed from travel ban list

Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has asked the authorities remove the name of 10 politicians, including him, from the Exit Control List (ECL).

Arts & Entertainment

On a high note

A number of noted classical vocalists and instrumentalists from both home and abroad performed at the nightlong session of the musical soiree at the main auditorium of Chhayanaut Sangskriti Bhaban on December 25. The event was part of the three-daylong 'Shuddha Sangeet Festival' which began on December 24.

Nokia Music Carnival with LRB, Artcell and KK

On the winter morning of December 26, when the students of Residential Model School were busy in the classrooms, groups of men were toiling at the school's cricket ground. There was a huge preparation going on, from erecting the stage to fixing the lights and checking the sounds. The set-up continued all the way through the evening. Around 3 pm, people of all age groups, occupations and tastes in music started to throng the field. The crowd kept getting bigger. At one point it turned out to be a thousand, then two thousand, but people still kept on flooding in. Around 4:30 pm, the concert started. The first to perform was the hard rock band Artcell.

“Padma Crying”: Art workshop in Manikganj

A daylong art workshop, titled “Padma Crying” was recently held by the bank of the river Padma in Manikganj. Sixteen painters of the country participated at the workshop. Gallery Cosmos organised the event.

Tara Mia, an unsung theatre activist, passes away

Golam Nabi Chowdhury, known to theatre activists as "Tara Mia", caretaker of Mahila Samiti Theatre on Natok Sharani (former Baily Road), breathed his last at his residence in Dhaka yesterday. Tara Mia played an important role during the crucial years of Bangladeshi Theatre movement.

Christmas celebrations in Mymensingh

Marking Christmas, the Christian community here organised a variety of programmes including prayers, cutting cakes and rendering of Christmas Carol.

OP-ED

The great martyrdom

THE tenth of Muharram is a red-letter day in the annals of history. Known as Ashoura in the Muslim world, it is the anniversary of the supreme and inimitable sacrifice which Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA), the youngest grandson of the holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), made, along with seventy-two near and dear ones, to uphold the true teachings of Islam befitting "the Prince of Martyrs." No wonder, Muslims all over the world observe the tenth of Muharram as a day of mourning and solemn remembrance.

Chinese premier's 60 hours in Copenhagen

ON December 16, Premier Wen Jiabao left Beijing for the climate summit in Copenhagen, Denmark. "It will be a tough task. Now I can feel how heavy my duty is to attend the meeting on behalf of the Chinese government," Wen told reporters aboard his plane en route to Copenhagen. "As so many world leaders are gathered there, I believe there should come some achievements," he said. "No matter what the result is, China's action plan will not change, its voluntary reduction target will always be non-negotiable, and its determination in hitting the target will never waver," he continued.



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