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News of: Wednesday, 6th of January, 2010

Front Page

Teesta differences 'narrowed down'

The Indo-Bangla Joint River Commission's secretary-level talks in Dhaka have resolved some issues but could not reach a consensus on sharing of the Teesta water.

Industries to stop once a week

Industries grouped in seven zones will remain shut once a week from now on --each zone in turn--to help ease the acute gas supply crisis, Petrobangla sources said yesterday.

A year of bold initiatives and timid implementation

What truly separates an Awami League government from others is its emphasis on agriculture and food self-sufficiency. This probably comes from the party's grassroots base, a totally committed minister like Matia Chowdhury and Sheikh Hasina's own personality. Sheikh Hasina naturally inclines towards the poor when formulating her own priorities. As in her first term, so also now, from day one Sheikh Hasina's government made food security and agricultural productivity its foremost priority. Starting from availability of agricultural credit, fertiliser, seeds and power for irrigation to ensuring a reasonable price for the farmers, the government deserves full credit for ensuring a healthy performance in this vital sector. One decision testifies to this priority as none else. When the rest of the country was reeling from load shedding, uninterrupted power was ensured for irrigation throughout the growing season.

No room for terror

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said she would not invite trouble for the country by allowing militants and terrorists to use Bangladesh for carrying out terrorism in another country.

'Bismillah' and Islam as state religion to stay

The words “Bismillah-Ar-Rahman-Ar-Rahim” in the preamble to the constitution and declaration of Islam as state religion will remain as they are, since they reflect the beliefs of the people, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said yesterday.

Hasina's India visit awaits beefed up security

A multi-layer security system will be in place in and around Maurya Sheraton Hotel in New Delhi where Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will stay during her three-day state visit to India.

Technical committee asked to prepare draft in 3 weeks

An inter-ministerial meeting yesterday formed a 17-member technical committee in the environment and forest ministry for preparing the draft policy on ship-breaking industry.

Buriganga cleaning begins today

Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) is going to launch a drive to remove the garbage including polythene from the bed of the Buriganga today.

HC hearing on writ against PSC starts

The High Court yesterday started hearing a 12-year-old writ petition that challenged the government move to sign production-sharing contracts (PSCs) with foreign gas and oil exploration companies.

16 cops hurt in Aug 21 attack awarded

Sixty-two police and Rab members, including 16 policemen who were injured in the August 21 grenade attack, were decorated with 'Bangladesh Police Medal' and the President's Police Medal'.

SC to hear stay pleas on Jan 18

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday scheduled January 18 for hearing two petitions seeking reinstatement of a stay order on the High Court (HC) verdict that had declared the fifth amendment to the country's constitution illegal.

Two in two for SL

India were far more crafty and disciplined than Bangladesh the previous night and they also had a few more runs on the board. But all that failed to have a significant impact as Sri Lanka coasted to their second victory in successive days under lights at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday.

Beware of fake ad

The education ministry yesterday issued a warning regarding a false advertisement claiming to be recruiting 1,100 teachers and lecturers.

No compromise with powerful land grabbers

The government will not allow real estate business by grabbing canals, rivers and wetlands, State Minister for Housing & Public Works Abdul Mannan Khan said yesterday.

Andaleeve tops list of absentees in Sangsad

Andaleeve Rahman Partho, chief of Bangladesh Jaitya Party (BJP), a component of BNP-led alliance, must join the current parliamentary session for at least one day to save his membership.

Fog, cold may wane from today

The dense fog and mild cold wave that have swept over most parts of the country for the last week are expected to start waning from today, said Met Office sources.

Watch out!

The Daily Star and Nielsen Bangladesh have jointly conducted an opinion poll on the performances of the government and the opposition in the last one year.

Cop shoots himself dead

A policeman shot himself dead while he along with his fellows was guarding the arsenal of Dinajpur Police Lines early yesterday.

Environment unit in police proposed

Senior police personnel yesterday proposed to the government formation of a separate environment police unit, conferring of the state award Swadhinata Padak on police personnel, and inclusion of police representatives in the steering committee for Police Reform Programme.

Iran bans contact with 60 bodies

Iran has banned its citizens from having contact with 60 organisations including the BBC, Human Rights Watch and opposition website Rahesabz as well as US-funded broadcasters, state media have reported.

US embassy in Yemen reopens

The US mission in Yemen reopened yesterday following a two-day closure as security fears prompted by al-Qaeda threats against Western targets in the impoverished country eased, the embassy said.

Editorial

AL's one year in office

THE coalition government of the 14-Party Alliance led by the AL has completed one year in office today. It's only natural that one would take stock of its performance, particularly because of the fact that the alliance government was voted to power with a huge majority.

Pakistan caught in a maze

PAKISTAN remains in a state of siege from a number of quarters. In these past few weeks, conditions have deteriorated on essentially two fronts. On the one hand, the spate of bombings which has been a regular feature in various areas of the country in the last one year has continued, with explosions occurring on and off. The latest of these destructive occurrences have been the blasts at the Ashura procession in Karachi, which has left scores of people killed and hundreds injured. That the Pakistani authorities have so far been unable to identify or nab the perpetrators of the grisly incident and that people have been pointing fingers at one another demonstrates the sense of panic Pakistanis today happen to be going through.

The BNP, a year into democratic renewal

A year into the Awami League government, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party ought to do better than act as petulant as ever. Its grandees, none of whom made us happy in their days of power and glory, are these days the very emblems of stubbornness. In politics, if not anywhere else, stubbornness does not pay. More to the point, being stubborn does not help political parties which have lost elections badly. In politics, being sore losers is almost always counter-productive. And yet that is not what the BNP appears ready to accept twelve months after it saw its hold on the electorate loosen dramatically, for all the right reasons.

Protection of foreign missions

THE Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961 lays down the protocol of diplomats as well as the protection of diplomatic missions.

Adoption of a balanced foreign policy

THE world is becoming smaller. We are all becoming interdependent more or less. Compartmentalisation no longer works. Bangladesh, a least developed and badly affected country due to global warming, particularly needs

Sports

The pace headache

It was refreshing to watch the Bangladesh batsmen get off on the right foot in the first match of the Idea Cup tri-nation tournament against Sri Lanka at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Monday. There had been a lot of negative talk about the Tigers' batting in the recent past but it seemed that they have gained confidence after a successful 2009. There is, however, still a long way to go to match the character of the modern day's limited-overs game where almost no score is deemed safe.

Dew for Dhoni, young brigade for S'kara

Kumar Sangakkara won the toss for the second successive occasion and in the end came up with big smile thanks to a blazing hundred by Thilan Samaraweera as the right-hander's unbeaten 105 guided his team to a five-wicket victory against India in the second match of the Idea Cup tri-nation tournament at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

Omari on the treble

Samir Omari fired the Citycell Bangladesh League's second hattrick to power Sheikh Russel KC to a convincing 4-1 win over visiting Chittagong Mohammedan in their fourth home match at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Sepoy Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.

Aussies not out yet

Australia's aura may have vanished over the past year but the players' self-confidence remains untainted, with Shane Watson insisting the team still has a chance of victory. Pakistan have controlled the second Test for three days and should level the series on Wednesday after the hosts scrambled to an 80-run lead by finishing at 286 for eight.

Can Kaneria do it?

The Sydney Cricket Ground museum has among its many artefacts the shirt Danish Kaneria wore during his seven-wicket haul against the Australians five years ago. The curator may have to clear further hanging space should Kaneria's four-wicket collection at the SCG on Tuesday prove the catalyst for a Pakistan victory 15 years in the making.

Sachin back for BD Tests

India's selectors on Tuesday named uncapped paceman Sudeep Tyagi in a 16-man squad for a two-Test series in Bangladesh later this month.

Zoran in town

Serbian coach Zoran Djordjevic arrived here last night to take charge of the Bangladesh U-23 football team for the upcoming South Asian Games to be held in Bangladesh from January 29 to February 9.

Canary Wharf Academy's new programme

Canary Wharf Football Academy in Bangladesh will start its new programme at the end of the year with a new bunch of under-14 players.

Smith, Amla consolidate

Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla shared the best partnership of the match and made England toil under a hot sun as South Africa stretched their lead on the third day of the third Test at Newlands on Tuesday.

DU sports

The annual sports carnival of Dhaka University's Kabi Jasimuddin Hall was held at the central playground of the university yesterday.

Younus not performing

Former Pakistan captain Younus Khan's chances of making a quick comeback to international cricket looked bleak Tuesday as he flopped a fourth innings in a row in a drawn match in Karachi.

School Cricket

A brilliant five-wicket haul by Azizul Islam powered Government Technical School to a massive 104-run win over Government Boys' School in the opening match of Magura zone of the Standard Chartered Young Tigers National School Cricket League here yesterday.

Becks, Toni eye openers

High-profile new arrivals David Beckham and Luca Toni will be aiming to be in the thick of the action for AC Milan and AS Roma respectively when the Italian league restarts after the winter break on Wednesday.

Diego's earrings up for grabs

Italian financial authorities are set to auction off a pair of earrings worn by Maradona as they continue to pursue the Argentine football legend over massive tax debts, ANSA reported Monday.

Gunners look to close gap

Arsene Wenger admits Arsenal have a golden opportunity to underline their credentials as serious Premier League title challengers in Wednesday's crucial clash with Bolton.

French coaches' rule

France will dominate the African Nations Cup coaches line-up for the second consecutive tournament with five of the 16 in Angola this month hailing from the European state.

Japan, Aussies on verge

World Cup qualifiers Japan and Australia plan to secure their places at the 2011 Asian Cup finals on Wednesday as the scrap to make the grade enters a crucial phase.

Lyon could end Vieira pursuit

Former French champions Lyon could end their pursuit of Inter Milan midfielder Patrick Vieira, a situation that could pave the way for the Frenchman's move to England.

Rosicky signs new deal

Tomas Rosicky, the Czech international midfielder, has signed a new contract at Arsenal, the club announced Monday without revealing the length of the deal.

L. Cup succumbs to winter freeze

Sub-zero temperatures and heavy snow in the northwest of England has resulted in both this week's League Cup semifinal first-leg ties being postponed.

Stuttgart snap up Molinaro

Juventus' Italian defender Cristian Molinaro has signed a loan deal until the end of the season with Bundesliga outfit Stuttgart.

Cole convicted of speeding

England footballer Ashley Cole was found guilty of speeding Monday despite telling police he was trying to escape press photographers in his Lamborghini car.

Business

EDF lending rate spikes

The central bank raised interest rates against loans sanctioned from the export development fund (EDF) by 1.5 percentage points from January 1.

Economics of profit power

Mia de Kuijper, a Harvard-trained economist and investment adviser, has said turning profit power into sustainable wealth requires new and innovative strategies.

Announcement on revised ADP Jan 15

The revised annual development programme (ADP) for fiscal year 2009-10 will be announced on January 15, Planning Minister AK Khandker told secretaries at a meeting yesterday.

REHAB housing fair kicks off

The biggest housing fair in Bangladesh kicked off yesterday, with huge quarries from the customers who were showing interest mainly in mid-size apartments.

Govt to press wider access for exports to India

Commerce Minister Faruk Khan said yesterday Bangladesh would demand duty-free access for 232 products, including readymade garments, to the Indian market.

MCCI stresses price watch

Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) yesterday urged the government to strengthen the price-monitoring cell and bring the market manipulators to book for exemplary punishment.

New SEC instructions for bourses

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday formally instructed both Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) and Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) authorities to calculate the index point of a debutant company from the second day of trading on the bourses to put the practice on international standard.

REHAB fair sweetens home loans

A five-day real estate and housing show presents home loan seekers a chance to get finance for low processing fees, as some banks and other financial institutions have cut the charges by 0.5 to 1 percentage points.

Bangladesh IT industry going global

The information technology industry in Bangladesh has gradually come of age and today accounts for more than Taka 25 billion or USD350 million in annual revenues.

Nestle makes giant pizza strike, leaves Cadbury to Kraft

Food giant Nestle took a big slice of the giant pizza market in North America on Tuesday, announcing the purchase of Kraft Foods' pizza business for 3.7 billion dollars (2.5 billion euros).

Asian stocks power ahead

A strong rally on Wall Street spurred by positive economic data in the United States and China helped Asian markets power ahead on Tuesday.

Nippon workers protest for pay

Several hundred laid-off workers of Nippon Garment Industries Ltd barricaded Panthapath Link road in Dhaka yesterday for two hours, demanding pay and reopening of the factory.

Fertiliser stock enough: Barua

The industries minister said yesterday there is a surplus stock of urea fertiliser for the Irri-Boro season as the government has ensured adequate supply of the important agro-inputs before the season starts this month.

BRAC Bank launches business equity loan

BRAC Bank introduced Business Equity Loan for small and medium entrepreneurs yesterday.

Oil above $81

World oil prices rose on Tuesday, holding above 81 dollars per barrel, supported by increased consumption of heating fuel because of cold weather in the northern hemisphere, analysts said.

Indian minister due tomorrow

Indian Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar will arrive in Dhaka tomorrow on a three-day visit to Bangladesh.

DSE investor awareness programme in Barisal

A daylong awareness programme for stock market investors will be held in Barisal on January 9.

Euro inflation accelerates

Inflation shot up across continental Europe in December, but analysts insisted on Tuesday that lagging effects of oil price rises are not about to destabilise consumers and central banks.

Tata eyes US for world's cheapest car

The maker of the Nano, the world's cheapest car, said Tuesday it was developing a version of the vehicle for the US market with a larger engine and higher safety standards.

Taiwan lawmakers ban some US beef imports

Taiwanese lawmakers voted Tuesday to ban imports of some kinds of US beef over concerns about mad cow disease, reversing an earlier deal the government had negotiated with Washington.

Japanese executives see slow economic recovery

Japan's business leaders warned Tuesday the economy was unlikely to recover until the second half of this year as the nation faces being overtaken by China as the world's second largest economy.

North Korea looks to boost failed trade zone

North Korea has upgraded the status of a free trade zone near its border with China and Russia as it looks to boost foreign investment, state media said Tuesday.

Currency

Local Market FX
The USD/BDT rates remained steady yesterday. The market traded actively.

Metropolitan

Take stern action against lawbreakers

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday directed the law enforcement agencies to bring all of those who will break the laws of the land to book, whoever they may be.

BNP didn't try to meet those while in power

Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday called for a change in the attitude of the political parties, saying that they forget their responsibilities while in power but become vocal about the same responsibilities when they are in the opposition.

Bangladesh ready to face climate change

Speakers at a discussion yesterday said Bangladesh is one of the few countries in the world to have devised a climate change adaptation and mitigation plan.

'Enact law to ensure rights of domestic workers'

Speakers at a view exchange meeting yesterday called for enactment of a new law recognising domestic workers as formal labourers with a view to ensuring their rights.

Govt urged to find out masterminds

Speakers at a discussion urged the government to find out the masterminds behind the assassination of Banga-bandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Publicity vital to beat propaganda

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday said the government and progressive forces should conduct a massive publicity supporting the proposed education policy in a bid to counter the anti-liberation forces' propaganda against the policy.

14 sugar traders asked to appear before trial court

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court yesterday directed 14 sugar traders to appear before the trial court in Jessore within four weeks in connection with two cases filed on charge of illegally stocking huge quantity of sugar in September last year.

Take preparations to rehabilitate 2 crore people abroad

A parliamentary standing committee yesterday asked the expatriate welfare ministry to take all-out preparations so that two crore people predicted to be displaced as aftermath of climate change can be rehabilitated abroad with jobs.

Integrated health, family planning stressed

Medical professionals and rights activists yesterday suggested the government to take measures for integrated health and family planning services at hospitals for an effective heath care service for people.

Police fail to submit reports on execution of arrest warrants

A Dhaka court yesterday granted bail to Sheuli Rahman, a director of Rid Pharmaceutical Ltd and wife of its Managing Director Mizanur Rahman, in a case filed against them for manufacturing toxic paracetamol syrup that claimed the lives of at least 28 children.

CHT land disputes to be solved thru' discussion

Deputy Leader of the House Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury yesterday said land disputes are the main problem in Chittagong Hill Tract (CHT) area and the problem will be solved through discussions with the indigenous people.

Jalil asked to appear before court Jan 18

A Dhaka court yesterday again asked former Awami League general secretary Abdul Jalil to appear before it on January 18 in connection with a tax evasion case.

Call to fight domestic violence

Speakers at a view exchange meeting yesterday made a call to fight domestic violence in the country.

Tarique to lead future politics

Pro-BNP intellectuals yesterday said Tarique Rahman would lead the future politics of the country as he made 'multifaceted contribution' to the political arena.

SQ Chy's case against Sahara dismissed

A Dhaka court yesterday summarily dismissed a case filed by BNP standing committee member Salauddin Quader Chowdhury against Home Minister Sahara Khatun for calling him war criminal.

Khaleda warns Huda over his comments

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia warned her party colleague Nazmul Huda not to make any more 'objectionable' comments about the party and its leaders.

Newly-wed college girl commits suicide

A college girl committed suicide within three months of her marriage at her in-law's house at Azimpur Officers' Colony in the city yesterday.

Ex-Lions Clubs Int'l president due today

Mahendra Amarasuriya, ex-presi-dent of Lions Clubs Inter-national and immediate past chairman of Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), will arrive here on a two-day visit today, says a press release.

Mohammadpur school reunion

A reunion of the students of Mohammadpur Government High School will be held on Friday, says a press release.

Appeal for help

Kakoli Rani Bhadra, a staff nurse of ZH Sikder Medical College Hospital in the city, has been suffering from breast cancer.

Birth anniversary of Vivekananda today

The 148th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda will be observed today, says a press release.

National

Fuel transport cost doubles as Chilmari depot shifted

Cost of fuel transport from Chilmari floating depot to other places of Kurigram district doubles as the depot has been shifted due to poor navigability of the Brahmaputra River in the dry season.

Britain's ties with Sylhet very strong: Denham

UK Minister for Communities and Local Government John Denham MP yesterday said the British aid to Bangladesh will be raised to 150 million pounds in 2011 from this year's 126 million.

Tea labourers in Habiganj on indefinite strike

Labourers of four tea gardens under Bahubal upazila of Habiganj district yesterday began an indefinite strike demanding recognition of the tea labour union committee that was elected in October 2008.

Feni Jubo League leader shot dead

A Jubo League leader was shot dead by his rivals in the party in Feni on Monday night.

Thakurgaon farmers likely to see another bumper mustard crop

Farmers and agriculture officials in Thakurgaon are expecting a bumper production of mustard this season as plants have grown well everywhere in the district due to favourable weather condition.

3 outlaws held in Bagerhat, Natore

Police arrested two more outlaws in Bagerhat on Monday and took into custody an 'operation commander' of an outlawed outfit in Natore on Tuesday.

Catch a bird poacher, get Tk 5,000 reward

Moulvibazar district administration has taken a unique initiative to protect migratory birds at Hakaluki haor.

6 godowns, 20 shops gutted

A devastating fire gutted at least six jute godowns at Raipur village in Sujanagar upazila on Monday night.

39 Rohingyas held in Cox's Bazar for intrusion

Police raided different places in Cox's Bazar town over the last two days and arrested 39 Rohingyas who entered the country illegally.

17 acquitted of charges in Khagrachhari

Khagrachhari chief judicial magistrate's court yesterday acquitted all 17 including district Awami League secretary Zahidul Alam of charges of assault on police.

20 injured as BCL, Shibir lock in clash in Sylhet

Twenty people including a teacher of Sylhet Agricultural University (SAU) were injured in a clash between the activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Islami Chhatra Shibir yesterday.

Fugitive JMB man held

Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Tuesday arrested an ehsar of banned Islamist outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) from Shibganj upazila of the district. The arrested JMB member was identified as Yousuf Ali,30, son of Deldar Hossain of Kaittha village under Shibganj upazila in Chapainawabganj. Rab sources said, acting on a tip-off, a special team of Rab-5 arrested fugitive Yousuf from near Kansat Palli Bidyut office at about 3:30 pm. Yousuf faces two separate cases with Shibganj police station, said an official of Rab-5.

Two held with fake notes

Two people were arrested along with 500 fake Saudi notes from Daulatpur village in Sadar upazila on Monday noon. The arrestees were identified as Rezaul Karim, 45, son of Sultan Ali of Mahajanpur in Ashashuni upazila and Asgar Sardar, 22, son of Abul Kashem of Puratan Satkhira. Acting on a tip-off, a team of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab-6) went to the area in the guise of foreign currency buyers and arrested the two frauds. Later, the two were handed over to local police station.

Jasim Palli Mela Jan 8

A fortnight long village fair under the style of 'Jasim Palli Mela' coinciding the 107th birth anniversary of poet Jasimuddin will begin here on January 8 at Ambikapur 'Jasim Mancha', located adjacent to the ancestral house of the late poet. The traditional fair is being jointly organised by the district administration and Jasim Foundation commemorating the poet's birth anniversary. According to the organisers, more than a hundred stalls will be set up at the fair for display and sale of various items including indigenous handicraft. Arrangements for regular cultural and literary shows have also been made.

Car lifters held in Khulna

A joint team of police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab-6) on Monday arrested five car lifters from near KDA new market under Sonadanga police station. The arrestees are Rubel alias Shumon, Saiful, Osman Sheikh, Dabir and Alip Kumar Karmaker. The four are members of a Dhaka-based gang of car lifters, said Captain Baktiar of Rab-6. A stolen microbus was recovered from their possession. It was brought to Khulna from Dhaka after stealing it on December 30 from Jatrabari. Later on January 1, a case was filed in this connection with the Jatrabari police station. The investigation officer (IO) of the case came to Khulna on Monday morning on receipt of secret information that the alleged car lifters are hiding here. The seized microbus and the car lifters were later taken to Jatrabari at night.

Liquor seized, 4 sued

Four people were sued at Mongla on Monday night on charge of bringing over 23,000 bottles of foreign liquor under false declaration. The four FIR-named accused are proprietor of Media Enterprise Md Humayun Kabir and its general manager Azad Mahatab, proprietor of Prophecy Shipping Lines Zulfiquar Monir and its manager Abdur Razzak. Sub-inspector Shwakat Hossain of Mongla police station has been made investigation officer of the case. Members of law enforcing and intelligence agencies seized over 23,000 bottles of foreign liquor worth over Tk 6 crore from two containers at Mongla Port. Commissioner of Customs Md Nurul Islam was transferred and stand released suspecting his connivance in the import of these liquor.

Drug peddlers held

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Sunday night seized 1000 cans of beer from a private auto-rickshaw in Manu Beparir Dal area and arrested three drug peddlers. Acting on secret information, a team of Rab-10 raided the area at 09:30pm. Later, they arrested the three drug peddlers. The arrestees were identified as M Osman, 30, of Phulbaria village in Katiadi upazila of Kishoreganj, M Sahjahan, 28, of Keraniganj and M Nazrul Islam, 25, son of M Hossain of Himchhita village in Daudkandi upazila of Comilla. Two separate cases were filed.

Letters

Ship breaking industry

Bangladesh is dependent on ship breaking for its domestic steel requirements. The ship breaking industry is not subject to any environmental laws or health and safety regulations for workers. The Chittagong ship-breaking yard is a highly polluted coastal belt of 20 km. The number of accidents and casualties at the yard is believed to be the highest in the region. Workers cut steel plates continuously without eye protection. They don't wear uniforms, protective gloves or boots.

Beautiful beach, but…

It is often said that Cox's Bazar has great potential to be a leading tourist destination for foreign visitors to Bangladesh. Recently some business contacts of mine, who are Europeans, visited the area but left with a sour taste in their mouth.

Greenhouse Gases

Many of the challenges we face, from poverty to armed conflict, are linked to the effects of global warming and Climate Change. Now we are finding solution to the climate change problem. Some scientists are now warning that the sea level could rise by up by two meters by 2100. We must cut emissions of Green House Gases (GHGs) as well as carbon dioxide (CO2). According to the Kyoto Protocol (1997), the combination of Carbon Dioxide, Methane, Nitrous oxide, Hydro-fluorocarbons and Per-fluorocarbons sulfur hex fluoride is called Green House Gases (GHGs).The carbon dioxide accounts for more than sixty percent of total Green House Gases(GHGs) emissions.

Global warming and warning

Many attempts, suggestions and speeches have been made at Copenhagen in order to decrease global warming around the world. It is a common issue today. The intellectuals from different corners of the world have interacted on the issue of changes going on in the world's atmosphere. My plain question is, are we all aware of these issues? I mean, why the nature changes, why temperature rises etc. It is due to globalisation, deforestation, urbanization etc.

Good move

At last, the government has taken the right decision to go back to the previous time that is Bangladesh Standard time (BST), changing the controversial DST. BST was effective from 1st January.

Fake phensidyl?

The news, with the headline "Fake Phensidyl factory in city busted", was published in the front page of your newspaper on 25 December, which drew my attention.

Traffic rule violation

A comment on the subject was published on the last day of the last year, which was a matter of shame. Hopefully, it was the energy adviser's last 'sin' of 2009! Illogically, however, one may say in his defence that as a conscientious energy adviser, he was conserving energy and saving fuel by taking a short cut by driving on the wrong traffic lane! Maybe, he was also saving valuable time, knowing fully well, that "time is money".

One-eleven in retrospect

Like many, I welcomed the change on January 11, 2007. In spite of lot of criticisms, I don't repent my support. One-eleven was not a political adventure of any ambitious army official, rather it was a reality stemming out of the political arrogance of the BNP reflected through unconstitutional moves of the then President Mr. Iajuddin Ahmed. Had there been no such change on that day the country could have remained in a state of constant political agitation. Hawa Bhaban style plundering coupled with complete politicisation of the administration could have put the state in total disarray.

BNP's role in Copenhagen

Yet another DS editorial today, 26th December, after the editorial last week on BNP's attendance in parliament. The DS is one of the most neutral dailies and we sincerely value its comments. I hope the chairperson of BNP and the party's top leaders will at least read the editorial, even if they do not agree with the paper.

Smoking

Smoking is a very bad habit. It is also dangerous for health, the environment and climate. Smoking causes cancer, heart attack, chronic bronchitis and some other fatal diseases. It damages brain and lungs. It also harms the nerves and sometimes spoils character. People addicted to smoking lose their appetite for food and energy for work.

Drug addiction & investigation

Drug addiction has now become one of the major problems of our society. Many youngsters, students are falling victim to this deadly menace. As a result, the future of these youngsters is ruined. They also shatter their parents' dreams. Once they take it, they are caught in the death trap.

Taliban slaughtering Pakistanis

It is said that in a madhouse, sanity is the most hated behaviour. In this sense, Pakistan is essentially a madhouse where everyone is trying to out do each other in madness. The Taliban claim to be Muslims and yet they are slaughtering Pakistanis who are supposed to be Muslims as well. The Pakistan army is supposed to protect the people. And yet it is not capable or even unwilling to stop daily bombings by the Taliban as its eyes are fixed on fighting a war with India. But the greatest madness is that Pakistanis continue to blame India and America for the mass murders by the Taliban.

DST

Digital time that means daylight saving time (DST) which started on 19 June 2009 has given a new lease of life. This means office and business start and close earlier than they used to. The system was introduced to save electricity for the evening. So far, the government has not informed exactly how much benefit has been achieved by introducing the DST. So, the DST timetable since its inception spelt a lot of suffering for the ordinary people.

Khaleda's conspiracy theories

BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia is continuously alerting the people about some conspiracies being hatched against the country. The latest alert came when she was addressing a delegation from the Christian community on the occasion of Christmas, the previous one was during the last Eid -ul-Azha. The occasions she had chosen are both holy and also of joy and celebrations , yet she did deliver a message of fear alongside the message of goodwill to the people.

Pensioner' plight

The government has failed to do justice to the POOR OLD pensioners.

Goodbye to English?

The Textbook, namely English For Today, meant for the HSC students contains 24 units. Each unit contains several lessons. At the end of each lesson there are some questions which require the students to work in'' pairs'' and ''groups''. In fact communicative method of language teaching requires the students and teachers to take part in such activities.

Trap the monster!

The ACC must feel like fighting a monster in its effort to curb corruption. To kill this monster, all sane people should unite and make themselves a separate force, big enough to hem the monster round and force it to a trap placed by the ACC!

Drug sensitivity test

Drug resistance is a familiar term to many of us. The drug resistant bacteria develop or acquire techniques to bypass the action of antibiotics. When the bacteria develop this protective mechanism against many antibiotics, they are generally termed as multi-drug resistant bacteria. But a certain type of bacteria usually doesn't have resistance mechanism against all available antibiotics, rather this mechanism is developed against most frequently used antibiotics.

Natural gas

Electricity and fertiliser production is fully dependent on natural gas. But it is misused in different ways, especially in the fuel sector. The demand of electricity is increasing day by day.

Cricket

Our batsmen are still throwing away their wickets. The ODI against the Lankans was lost when they were four down for a measly 70 odd runs. Still, Ashraful tried to give it a respectable look. He played sensible cricket, for a change!

International

Extremism poses threat to democracy: Manmohan

As India faces the twin security problems of terrorism and Naxal violence, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday said extremist ideologies posed a challenge to tenets of democracy and no quarter should be given to such forces.

US 'determined' to carry out drone attacks despite Pak opposition

Despite a senior Pakistani security official warning that a surge in US drone attacks in Pakistan's Tribal Areas "would be a risky step," the US is determined to "take action against terrorists and their networks when opportunities present themselves".

US overhauls terror watchlists

President Barack Obama was set to unveil new security reforms Tuesday, after a Christmas Day bomb plot prompted a US review of intelligence gaps and an overhaul of terrorism watchlists.

Iran repeats 'gradual' nuke fuel swap offer

Iran repeated yesterday its counter-proposal for a staged swap of its low enriched uranium (LEU) for nuclear fuel from abroad for a research reactor, leaving "details" open to discussion.

Dubai opens world's tallest skyscraper

The financially troubled Gulf emirate of Dubai on Monday opened the world's tallest building, a glistening concrete, glass and steel pinnacle rising 828 metres (2,717 feet) out of the desert sands.

1,000 people homeless on Solomons after tsunami

Landslides and a tsunami destroyed the homes of about one-third of the population on a Solomon Island, but lives were likely spared as residents with memories of previous disasters fled quickly to higher ground, officials said yesterday.

Lankan opposition vows to end emergency laws

Sri Lanka's main opposition vowed yesterday to immediately end the state of emergency that has been in place on the island for 27 years if its presidential candidate wins this month's election.

CIA Afghan base bomber was triple agent

A suicide bomber who killed eight people in an attack on a CIA base in Afghanistan was a triple agent who apparently duped his handlers that boasts he wanted to die a martyr were just a cover, reports said.

Pakistan unwilling to join arms' race in S Asia

President Asif Ali Zardari has clarified that Pakistan was a peace-loving country, and had no intention of participating in an arms race in South Asia.

Moussaoui gets life sentence in 9/11 case

A US appeals court upheld Monday the conviction and life sentence of Zacarias Moussaoui for complicity in the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.

Arts & Entertainment

Cultural activist Satyen Sen remembered

Satyen Sen Shilpi Songstha (SSSS) observed the 29th death anniversary of the noted litterateur, journalist and socio-cultural activist Satyen Sen (1907-1981) at the Central Shaheed Minar premises on January 4. The two-day long event, which included discussion and cultural programmes, ended yesterday.

Group exhibition begins at Bengal Gallery

Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts has organised a weeklong painting exhibition titled “The Journey and Fraternity”. The exhibition features works of members of the Indian group of artists known as “Kolkata Painters”. The exhibition opened yesterday at Bengal Gallery, Dhanmondi. On the occasion, a press conference was held on January 4.

Instrumental and ghazal at National Press Club

An evening of Indian classical music on guitar by Neel Ranjan Mukherjee and renditions of ghazal by Akhil Kumar Das was held at the Conference Lounge of National Press Club on January 4. National Press Club was the organiser of the programme. Both artistes (from India) held the audience's interest through their performances.

OP-ED

Rise Sir Fazle Hasan Abed

NEW Year began well for Bangladesh. At the very outset, we got the good news that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has decided to confer knighthood on Fazle Hasan Abed, the founder and Chairman of Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (Brac) for his outstanding contribution in "tackling poverty and empowering the poor" in Bangladesh and beyond. Earlier, Abed had received numerous awards for his exemplary contributions to social improvement. Notable among them are the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award, the UNDP Mahbub Ul Huq Award, and the inaugural Clinton Global Citizen award.

One-year of this government

AS we welcome 2010, we, as conscientious people, must ponder and ask how well we performed as a nation during 2009, which coincidentally began with the installation of this elected government with a massive mandate and ended with the completion of its one-year rule. Let us not forget that this AL-led government came to power amid high hopes of the people after the nation witnessed corruption and crime with state patronisation during the five-year rule of the BNP-Jamaat alliance government, and went through a two-year rule by the caretaker government headed by Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed.

COP15 summit fiasco

WHO is to blame for the COP15 summit disaster? The US? China? The EU? The G-8? In fact, all of the above. It was a coming together of states that killed off a vital resource for the world: Trust (Christian Schwagerl in Der Spiegel)."



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