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News of: Monday, 18th of January, 2010

Front Page

PM's visit a failure, harmful for nation

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday rejected the Bangladesh-India joint communiqué, saying people do not accept this statement of the Awami League-led grand alliance and the Indian government.

Jyoti Basu passes away

Veteran Marxist leader and India's longest-serving chief minister Jyoti Basu died in Kolkata yesterday after battling for life for 16 days.

Knock down illegal floors in 7 days

Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) has served a notice upon the authorities of Jamuna Future Park, asking them to demolish four unauthorised floors of the shopping complex in the capital within seven days.

Tigers take first day's honours

Skipper Shakib Al Hasan and Shahadat Hossain equally shared eight wickets as Bangladesh pulled something special out of the ordinary on the first day of the opening Test against India at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium here yesterday.

Climate projects to get Tk 700cr fund

The Ministry of Environment and Forests is to allocate money from its Tk 700 crore Climate Change Fund to implement projects to tackle climate change.

OMS of rice by this week

Prompted by the recent hike in rice price, the government has decided to launch open market sales (OMS) of rice at the rate of Tk 20 per kilogramme within this week.

Human assets must be improved

Bangladesh has to improve its human assets to graduate from its status as a least developed country, Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya, special adviser to the Unctad secretary general, said.

LDC meeting starts in Dhaka today

As the 13 Least Developed Countries (LDCs) from Asia and the Pacific meet in Dhaka today Bangladesh gets an opportunity to compare its development achievements in the context of the region.

Farmers can open account in state banks at Tk 10

Bangladesh Bank has directed the state-owned commercial and specialised banks to allow farmers to open accounts with an initial deposit of Tk 10 to get government subsidies without hassles.

Hearing on BDR charge framing today

The hearing on charge framing against sixty suspected mutineers of 7 Rifle Battalion will begin today at a BDR special court at 41 Rifle battalion headquarters in Satkhira.

Tight security for Jan 22-24 Biswa Ijtema

A three-tier security system including helicopter patrol and close-circuit television monitoring was set up in and around the Biswa Ijtema venue at Tongi to hold the second largest Muslim gathering after Hajj from January 22.

Bangladesh leaders shocked

President Zillur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in separate messages, paid deep condolences at the death of veteran Indian communist leader Jyoti Basu yesterday.

A friend of Bangladesh

Marxist leader Jyoti Basu contributed to Bangladesh's independence and played an important role in realising its rightful share of Ganges water, Workers' Party President Rashed Khan Menon said yesterday.

Rangpur Govt College shut after clash

Authorities of Rangpur Government College suspended all academic activities for an indefinite period from yesterday to avoid further clash between Bangladesh Chhatra League and Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal-backed Chhatra League.

Single-child families to get govt facilities

In efforts to control population growth, the government is planning to offer various facilities to parents who have only one child, Health Minister AFM Ruhul Haque told the parliament yesterday.

2 petitions filed against hearing

Two petitions were filed yesterday with the Supreme Court (SC) for adjourning today's scheduled hearing on the earlier pending petitions against the High Court (HC) verdict that declared illegal the Fifth Amendment to the constitution of Bangladesh.

Case filed for seizure of head office

An employee of Proshika filed a case yesterday with a Dhaka court against nine supporters of former chairman of the organisation Qazi Faruque on charges of the seizure of the head office last week.

Haitians desperate for food, relief

Rescuers pulled a dehydrated but otherwise uninjured woman from the ruins of a luxury hotel in the Haitian capital early yesterday, an event greeted with applause from onlookers witnessing rare good news in a city otherwise filled with corpses, rubble and desperation.

2 militant suspects arrested

Police arrested two militant suspects from Bagmara upazila yesterday for their involvement in organising teens and youths under a secret militant outfit.

Editorial

Why this claim game?

WE are rather surprised by the extreme positions the two political parties have taken in assessing the outcome of the recently concluded visit of the Bangladesh PM to India. We find such a stance reflective of lack of maturity and not up to the intellect and wisdom that one expects of political leadership at the top. It is certainly not the way to look at sensitive issues, particularly when that has to do with as complex a relationship as that of India and Bangladesh.

With Jyoti Basu, an era ends

THE death of Jyoti Basu at ninety six brings to an end an illustrious career in West Bengal and Indian politics. There was always something intrinsically substantive about Basu. His long journey in politics, his primacy in its growth and expansion, indeed the way he stamped his authority and influence on it turned him, long before his death, into a household name not just in India but around the globe. There was the larger than life individual in him, a man dedicated fully and unequivocally to a cause.

A great Bengali bids farewell

THERE was the leonine about him. Jyoti Basu was precisely what his name epitomised. He was light unto millions of Bengalis on the other side of the historical divide. He was a politician the likes of whom will never be again, for it was a grand combination of ideology and conviction which worked as the underpinning of his politics in all the decades that saw him transformed from student to lawmaker to chief minister to elder statesman.

Time to think outside the box

WHAT should have been a regular visit to India by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina suddenly became a much-hyped and talked about trip. Though, before the visit actually took place, it was the media that to some extent kicked up a lot of dust on the upcoming visit, and political parties, especially the opposition BNP, joined the bandwagon later and began raising the usual cries against the ruling party, going to the extent that Begum Zia threatened to lay thorns along Sheikh Hasina's path if she returned "empty handed" from India.

Sports

Shakib's boys win Day One

The morning didn't show the day for the Indians at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in the port city on Sunday. India amassed 63 runs without losing any wicket from 13 overs in the first session giving indication that the much-praised batting line-up were going to pile up a mammoth total after Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan had decided to bowl first to exploit the overcast condition. Many might have been frustrated by the performance of the local bowlers in the first session but everything changed dramatically after the lunch session when India lost wickets like ninepins, thanks to the disciplined bowling effort by the Bangladeshi bowlers, especially Shakib and Shahadat Hossain were outstanding. It was a disastrous second session for India as they lost six wickets for 97 runs. And at the end of the day, Tigers proved that they have the quality to pull off surprise even in the longer-version of the game as an improving side. Sachin Tendulkar may have stood tall to frustrate Shakib's men a little bit but it was a memorable day nonetheless for the Tigers considering the fact that the Indian batting had hardly collapsed like that in the recent past when making over 400 runs has become a common feature of their batting.

U-19s let it slip

Bangladesh Under-19s lost their second match of the campaign as they lost to West Indies by a single run in Palmerston North yesterday.

Sachin asks to wait & see

When Sachin Tendulkar attended the press briefing after scoring an unbeaten 76 on an eventful first day of the opening Test against Bangladesh at Chittagong yesterday, the batting maestro was up against some obvious yet bitter questions that interestingly had nothing to do with his outstanding effort under pressure that also saw him cross the 13,000-run milestone.

100m looks distant

Bangladesh Athletic Fede-ration (BAF) has a history of producing the fastest man in South Asian (SA) Federation Games that even the regional superpower India can envy.

Chittagong beat Barisal

Chittagong bowlers wiped out the Barisal bottom half cheaply on the fourth morning of their National Cricket League match at the Khulna Divisional Stadium to record a 122-run win.

IPL auction list shortened

The IPL has released its final list of 66 overseas players who will be involved in the IPL auction on Tuesday. The list is a mix of rising stars such as Kieron Pollard and Eoin Morgan, and ICL returnees like Shane Bond and Damien Martyn in addition to Pakistan players returning to the IPL-fold. The list includes players from all eight Test-playing nations other than India, with 11 players from Pakistan, Australia and South Africa; nine from Sri Lanka; eight from England and West Indies; four from New Zealand and one each from Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Canada and Holland.

SA square series

Morne Morkel took three wickets in seven balls as South Africa swept to a series-levelling victory on the fourth day of the fourth and final Test at the Wanderers Stadium on Sunday.

Pak pray for rain

On a day of inevitabilities, Australia moved within six wickets of completing a clean-sweep against a disappointing Pakistan. Simon Katich scored his first century of the summer, Ricky Ponting recorded his highest aggregate in a Test and Pakistan's top order looked shakier than the few yachts brave enough to take to the Derwent River on a gloomy, windy and eventually rainy Hobart day.

Zia maintains winning streak

Grand Master Ziaur Rahman maintained his winning streak in the 8th Parsvnath International Open Chess Tournament in India as he beat Indian IM Kamble Vikramaditya in his fifth round game in Delhi yesterday.

Irresistible Chelsea

Chelsea reasserted their credentials as Premier League title favourites on Saturday with a 7-2 demolition of Sunderland that manager Carlo Ancelotti hailed as their best performance of the season.

Messi joins 100 club

Lionel Messi scored his 100th Bar-celona goal on Saturday as the Spanish champions thumped Sevilla 4-0 at Camp Nou to go five points clear of Real Madrid.

Bookies pick Federer

Roger Federer is the bookmakers' pick to win the Australian Open and it is hard to go past his Grand Slam dominance but influential pundits are tipping it's Andy Murray's time.

Bari hold Inter

Bari breathed new life into the Serie A title race by holding champions Inter Milan to a draw for the second time this season after a 2-2 stalemate that included three penalties.

Egypt in last eight

Egypt extended their record Africa Cup of Nations run to 14 games without defeat when securing their quarte-rfinal berth with a 2-0 win over Mozambique on Saturday.

Pele backs Maradona

Brazilian legend Pele threw his support behind Diego Maradona on Saturday, insisting that the controversial Argentina coach was not to blame for his team's lacklustre form.

Neuer will stay at Schalke

Manchester United and Bayern Munich target Manuel Neuer said Sunday he will stay at Bundesliga title-condenders Schalke 04, providing the Royal Blues qualify for the Champions League next season.

Pompey taking legal steps

Portsmouth have sent a legal letter to the English Premier League over their transfer embargo and withholding of television rights revenues, the beleaguered club's chief executive Peter Storrie said.

Surgery impasse over Berbatov

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will on Monday make a decision on whether Dimitar Berbatov, a scorer in the 3-0 win over Burnley, requires knee surgery.

Yobo suffers hamstring injury

Everton defender Joseph Yobo has told Nigeria coach Shuaibu Amodu that he may have suffered a hamstring injury against Benin which could rule him out of the rest of Africa Cup of Nations.

Business

New five-star hotel to brighten Cox's Bazar image

A local entrepreneur is going to build a five-star hotel based on international timesharing concept in Cox's Bazar at a cost of around Tk 150 crore.

Bahrain opens bank under Grameen model

Family Bank, a microfinance bank licensed by the central bank of Bahrain, opened in Bahrain on Thursday, said a statement of Yunus Centre.

Airtel to carve out own brand in Bangladesh

Bharti Airtel is set to introduce its own brand in Bangladesh, targeting the youth and rural population in the six-operator mobile market. The brand will be named Airtel.

More diesel subsidy for boro farmers

The government intends to distribute cash subsidy on diesel to farmers following boro paddy plantation, said Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury yesterday.

Foreign secretary hopes for ease in India’s visa process

Bangladeshis will shortly benefit from the simplification of the process of Indian visas for them, hoped Foreign Secretary Mohamed Mijarul Quayes.

Mutual funds declare weekly net asset value

ICB MUTUAL FUNDS
On the close of operation on January 12, the ICB mutual funds announced NAV for First ICB Mutual Fund of Tk 9,627.99, Second ICB Mutual Fund of Tk 2,721.88, Third ICB Mutual Fund of Tk 2,057.83, Fourth ICB Mutual Fund of Tk 2,176.28, Fifth ICB Mutual Fund of Tk 1,871.06, Sixth ICB Mutual Fund of Tk 720.77, Seventh ICB Mutual Fund of Tk 1,178.09 and Eighth ICB Mutual Fund of Tk 841.35 per unit on current market prices against face value of Tk 100 each. On the basis of cost price, NAV per unit of the eight mutual funds was Tk 1,267.55, Tk 797.62, Tk 565.14, Tk 643.75, Tk 445.38, Tk 261.07, Tk 358.12 and Tk 284.57.

Corporate governance to bolster capital market

The practice of corporate governance within companies is necessary to accelerate the growth of Bangladesh's capital market, British high commissioner said yesterday.

Power crunch hits Pakistanis

Sagheerullah Khan huddles before a small fire outside his shop in northwest Pakistan, struggling to stay warm and keep his business alive despite five days without electricity.

Simple business

We cleaned up the small store, put in a gas range, gave him kitchenware and utensils and had him up and running, to provide us afternoon meals. He remembers the exact date -- July 1, 1992.

Two securities debut today

Two new securities -- one insurance company and one mutual fund -- debut on the stock exchanges today.

MCCI suggests more funds for farming

The Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) yesterday urged the government to increase budgetary allocation for agriculture.

Laptop fair kicks off Wednesday

A three-day laptop fair will begin on Wednesday at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital.

Saudi billionaire eyes new links with News Corp

The Saudi billionaire whose investment firm is one of the biggest stakeholders in Rupert Murdoch's News Corp said he is looking to expand his alliances with the media giant.

Bangladesh to see huge investment in 2011: Minister

Industries Minister Dilip Barua yesterday said Bangladesh would see huge investment in its industrial sector in 2011.

United to fly to Manchester

United Airways (BD) Ltd, a private sector airline in the country, is going to operate flights to Manchester and Birmingham in the UK.

Greece to take more actions on crisis

The Greek government will take any new measures needed to tackle the debt-ridden economy after submitting a crisis plan to the European Union, the finance minister said in an interview published Sunday.

Taiwan-China finance pacts take effect

Three agreements leading to closer cooperation between Taiwan and mainland China in banking, insurance and securities came into effect over the weekend, the island's financial authority said Sunday.

Poverty is world's biggest problem: BBC poll

Poverty is the most serious problem facing the world, according to a major worldwide poll out Sunday which put the issue well ahead of climate change, terrorism and war.

British bank sector hails Obama bank levy as fair

British bankers have welcomed US President Barack Obama's announcement of a levy to raise 90 billion dollars to recoup the Wall Street bailout, saying it restores parity to the global banking sector.

ArcelorMittal workers to intensify strike in Algeria

More than 7,000 workers at steel giant ArcelorMittal's plant in Algeria will intensify a strike aimed at forcing the management to revamp the ageing El Hadjar complex, a trade union leader said Saturday.

Corporate Briefs

METRO SPINNING
The company has said it credited the stock dividend for the year 2008-09 to the respective shareholders' BO accounts on January 14.

Currency

Money Market
Money market rates traded mostly around 4.00%. The market was liquid.

Metropolitan

Chequered career of Jyoti Basu

Jyoti Basu, whose death here yesterday came as a huge blow to Indian communist movement, straddled the Indian political arena like a giant for more than six decades as a charismatic leader and was respected across the political spectrum.

Check terrorism in South Asia for peace

President Zillur Rahman yesterday emphasised curbing terrorism in the South Asian region with a view to establishing peace and tranquility.

Remain alert to safeguard independence

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged the armed forces to remain ever-prepared to safeguard the motherland's hard-earned independence and sovereignty.

Record keeping system vital for implementing RTI law

Speakers at a discussion here yesterday apprehended that the task of implementing Right to Information (RTI) law might face a major impediment if proper record management system is not developed.

A wish that remains unfulfilled

Legendary Marxist patriarch and former chief minister of Indian state of West Bengal Jyoti Basu's wish to come to Narayanganj to inaugurate a memorial complex at his ancestral home under Barodi union in Sonargaon upazila remained unfulfilled.

3 injured as BCL factions clash at DU

At least three activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) were injured in a factional clash at Sir AF Rahman Hall of Dhaka University yesterday.

Police limp along on inadequate, worn-out vehicles

Bangladesh Police, comprising some 1.24 lakh members, limps along on only 1,168 ramshackle and age-old pickup vans for regular patrols across the county, which are too inadequate and can hardly cope with the modern ones used by criminals.

Free life-changing surgery for children with cleft lip

Rokeya, a six-year-old girl who rarely smiles because of a deformity in her face, was brought to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital (BSMMUH) yesterday for a life-changing surgery.

Build character with moral values to fight graft

Speakers at an award giving ceremony yesterday called on the children as well as youths to build their character with moral values to make the country free from corruption and poverty.

Tea workers protest ouster of elected union leaders

About three thousand tea plantation workers from various tea gardens across the country gathered at the Central Shaheed Minar in the city yesterday protesting the ouster of their elected union leaders from the office.

Fake notes seized, three arrested in city

A team of Rapid Action Battalion seized fake notes worth around Tk 9,500 and arrested three gang members of the network from a house at Daspara in the city's Sabujbagh yesterday.

AL to counter Khaleda's remarks today

The ruling Awami League will hold a press conference today to counter the opposition leader Khaleda Zia's remarks on the outcome of the prime minister's visit to India.

Charges framed against two lawyers

A Dhaka court yesterday framed charges against two Supreme Court (SC) lawyers in connection with a sedition case filed in December in 2006.

Fruitful border talks with Myanmar

A Bangladeshi delegation during its five-day visit to Myanmar held a series of meetings with different authorities on nine specific issues, including cross-border crime, deployment of military forces and smuggling.

One beaten to death in city

Unidentified criminals beat a youth to death in the city's Jatrabari area on Saturday night.

Jyoti Basu's death condoled

Different political parties and socio-cultural organisations yesterday condoled the death of veteran Indian politician and former chief minister of West Bengal Jyoti Basu.

Indian air chief places wreath at Shikha Anirban

Chief of Indian Air Force Air Chief Marshal PV Naik paid tributes to the memory of the members of the armed forces martyred during the War of Liberation in 1971 by placing wreaths at the 'Shikha Anirban' at Dhaka Cantonment yesterday.

Change in judiciary

The government transferred offices of three judicial officials equivalent to additional district judge as per the advice of the Supreme Court, said an official handout yesterday.

N'ganj trader shot, robbed of Tk 10 lakh

Muggers shot a businessman and snatched Tk 10 lakh from him in Deobhog Panir Tangki area of Narayanganj town yesterday.

NDC launches capstone course

The National Defence College (NDC) launched the Capstone Course-1 yesterday.

Bishwa Sahitya Kendra invites applications for being fellows

Bishwa Sahitya Kendra invites applications for being fellows of its Readers' Circle 2010, says a press release.

National

40 vessels, barges stuck at Jamuna shoals

Around 40 vessels and barges loaded with fertiliser, fuel and rice have remained stuck at shoals in different places of Jamuna River for the last seven days, much to the disturbance of supply of the essential items through Baghabari port.

Affected villagers demand compensation by Jan 31

Villagers affected due to frequent land subsidence caused by underground geological faults around Barapukaria coalmine yesterday formed a human chain and held a press conference demanding compensation and their rehabilitation.

Dense fog disrupts flights, vessel movement in Ctg

Movement of vessels at the sea port channel and flight operations at Shah Amanat International Airport here were disrupted yesterday due to dense fog.

South-west sees bumper potato harvest, outlook for north poor

Despite scarcity of potato seeds during the current cultivation season, growers in the southwestern (SW) region are expecting a bumper potato production due to favourable weather condition.

Deer poaching on in Pathorghata

Several gangs are engaged in poaching deer in Pathorghata upazila under Barguna district to make quick bucks from selling venison and deer skin.

BCL, Shibir file cases accusing each other

Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Islami Chhatra Shibir lodged separate FIRs (first information reports) with Daulatpur police station on Saturday night blaming each other for Friday's violent clashes on Daulatpur Government BL College campus.

Rival groups of Sundarbans fishermen clash: 1 killed

A fisherman was killed and two others were injured in a clash between two rival groups of fishermen at Baro Sheolar Char in Sundarbans on Friday.

21 shops gutted in Netrakona, Noakhali

Fire in Netrakona and Noakhali on Friday and Saturday gutted at least 21 shops.

Top criminal arrested

Police arrested Ayub Ali, 30, the chief of the local infamous criminal gang-Ayub Bahini, from Amin Bazar area of Begumganj upazila in the district on Friday.

Engine boat capsizes

A passenger went missing as an engine boat capsized in the Karnaphuli River yesterday morning. Abdur Rahim, 20, a garment worker, failed to swim ashore while others were rescued by nearby boatmen, said officer-in-charge (OC) of Patenga police station. Sources said the boat carrying more than 15 passengers from Badalpur terminal under Karnaphuli police station was crossing the river for No 14 ghat at Patenga at around 6:30am. Most of the passengers, including workers of different garment factories at Chittagong Export Processing Zone (CEPZA) in the city, were coming to their workplaces.

Fugitive convict held

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in a drive on Saturday arrested a fugitive convict from a bus at Sadar upazila bus stand. Arrested Dipu Sikder, 40, hailed from the upazila. Police said, Dipu was sentenced to 7 years imprisonment in absentia by a court in Faridpur in a phensidyl smuggling case recently. Acting on a tip-off, a Rab team intercepted the bus of 'Diganta Paribahan' and arrested him. Police said, Dipu was arrested along with phensidyl syrup in Faridpur and a case was filed against him under Narcotics Control Act. Later, he secured release on bail and went into hiding.

Girl's body recovered

Police on Thursday morning recovered beheaded body of an unidentified teenage girl from Parbatipur and sent it to Dinajpur Medical College and Hospital for autopsy. Being informed, a police team went to Shonapukur village under Parbatipur upazila and recovered the body of the girl from a bamboo cluster. Police said that the girl, aged around 18, was killed Wednesday night probably by some professional killers. A case was filed with Parbatipur police station.

Housewife murdered

A mother of four was beaten to death allegedly by husband at a village in Nilphamari on Saturday night. Locals and police said, housewife Ayesha Khatun,35, of Kashiram Kisamat Dangi village in Saidpur upazila could not take care of their cattle on the day as she was not feeling well. At about 10:00 pm when her husband Zahedul Islam, 43, returned home from work he found the cattle hungry. This made him angry and at a stage of altercation over the matter Zahedul started beating Ayesha mercilessly. Ayesha died on the spot. Locals caught fleeing Zahedul and handed him over to police.

Woman killed by brother

A woman was murdered allegedly by her elder brother on Thursday night following a quarrel over paternal land at Elishpur village in Kalaroa upazila. Police later arrested Al-Amin for killing Fulsurat Khatun, 27, daughter of Nurul Amin of the village. Fulsurat was mother of one child and had been residing at her father's house at Elishpur after her divorce about five years ago. Quoting locals police said, Fulsurat Khatun and Al- Amin were at odds for long over a piece of parental land. A case was also pending with a court at Satkhira over the dispute. They said, Al-Amin strangled her sister at dead of night.

Letters

Street people

As I travel early in the morning, I can see them lying on the pavements, on the road dividers under the footbridges. It is evident that they have nowhere to go : no shanty or shack made of plastic and thatched bamboo. In other words they have no makeshift shelter, let alone a house. To ward off cold they make fire and burn garbage which gives off an acrid smoke .As the whole country is reeling under a cold wave, the misery of these homeless people is imaginable.

Solar power

I appreciate Dr. Shabbir A. Bashar for his article entitled Solar power as a prime energy source in Bangladesh? published in The Daily Star of December 26, 2009. It is very timely particularly when our policy makers are busy like anything to promote solar energy in the country without looking in its cost benefit. In this regard, I want to add a few more points here.

St. Martin's Island

St. Martin's, a small continental island in the Bay of Bengal, is located on the southern most tip of Bangladesh separated from the mainland by a channel which is about 9 km wide. St. Martin's island is endowed with vast marine and land resources having great biodiversity significance. The island is a good example of co-occurrence of corals, algae, seaweeds, grasses and mangroves.

Drivers

According to BRTC, the number of the vehicles is about 12 and a half lakh in the whole country. But the number of legal licensed drivers is eight lakh! Illegal drivers drive other four lakh vehicles (bus, trucks, motorcars etc.). A recent inquiry of BRTC has shown that about five lakh licensed drivers did not appear in the exams in time. They got licences according to the list of the labour union.

Pollution and purification!

Here we are dumping chemical dyes in the river, and at the same time, cleaning it up! What a contrasting phenomenon that reflects our total unawareness about environment pollution and poisoning! Mixing dyes on the riverbank should be a punishable criminal offence, not far removed from what Rid Pharmaceuticals did to Paracetamol syrup for babies!

Foreign exchange

Bangladesh is missing millions of foreign exchange just because of a wrong decision.

New Year's resolution

A New Year's resolution is a commitment that a person makes to a venture or reforming of a habit, frequently a lifestyle transformation that is normally interpreted as beneficial. The name comes from the reality that these commitments in general have an impact on New Year's Day and linger until satisfied or discarded.

Environmental disaster

It is generally agreed that the world is facing a serious environmental problem due to global warming. Because of this, extreme events, for instance cyclone, tornado, flood, draught, sea-level rise, vector-borne diseases and other natural calamities are appearing recurrently. Anyhow, at the end of the year 2007, there was a terrifying cyclone 'Sidr' in Bangladesh, which was one of the serious consequences of global climate change. We can still remember the fateful night of November 15; 220 km per hour windstorm accompanied by a 30-foot high tidal-bore that hit Manikkhali under Burirchar union of Borguna upazila and Talatali of Amtali upazila.

BNP and Copenhagen

To draw world attention to the effects of climate change, Maldives govt held an under-water cabinet meeting in the sea and Nepal held their cabinet meeting on top of the Himalayas.

Government's one year

Since taking oath last year, the AL govt. has crossed one year going through many twists and turns. Taking the notion of `change`, the govt. came to power and we can say that in some sectors the government has performed well. Before the AL came to power, Bangladesh experienced a crisis in the agriculture and power sectors which are now resolved to a large extent.

Gender discrimination

To treat the boys and girls unequally is called gender discrimination. Naturally, in a male dominated country, the males enjoy more facilities than the females. The females suffer form an inferiority complex and the males feel themselves superior to the females.

Cold wave deaths

At least 60 people have died this winter in the cold wave. News reports from various print and e-media have mentioned that the cold wave is severe. It is so pathetic that so many people died because of cold, probably for the first time in Bangladesh. The southern districts are the worst hit.

India issue

We shouldn't forget that blood groups, stature, colour of pupil and other physical and cultural heritage, etiquette, manners and thought process of Benglaee Muslims and Bengalee Hindus are very similar, except religious belief. We also shouldn't forget that for historical reasons Bengalee Hindus of lower castes or oppressed Hindus had been converted to Islam to save themselves from Hindu Zemindars and feudal lords created by East India Company. That is part of history, whether you like it or not.

Prospects of sports tourism

Sports and tourism are very interrelated and complementary. Sports and tourism share common goals, which build bridges of understanding among different cultures, lifestyles and traditions, promoting peace and goodwill among nations, motivating and inspiring young people and providing entertainment and enjoyment to relieve the pressures of daily life to large sections of the population.

Natural variability of climate

It is an irony to see the 'warmists' acknowledge the natural variability of climate in their January 6 press release stating that the coldest northern winter in 40 years " does not disprove global warming" because the bitter winter weather is simply a short term "blip" and a manifestation of "the natural variability of climate". Had it been the warmest winter in 40 years they would surely be singing a different tune.

Behaviour profiling

I am writing with reference to Point Counterpoint: "Profiling and screening Muslims only," by Abdullah Dewan (Jan. 10).

International

US drone strike kills 20 in NW Pakistan

A US drone attack yesterday killed 20 militants in an area of Pakistan's northwest tribal belt where local Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud reportedly escaped death days ago, officials said.

Coordination problems dog Haiti relief effort

Desperate Haitian quake survivors awaited vital supplies on Saturday as coordination problems hampered a massive international aid effort and US troops struggled to clear the logjam.

Obama, Bush, Clinton stand 'united' for Haiti

President Barack Obama on Saturday brought together his White House predecessors, Republican George W Bush and Democrat Bill Clinton, for a joint appeal for victims of Haiti's devastating earthquake.

Cops helpless in face of looters

Exhausted police fired in the air to scare off armed looters pillaging shops Saturday in the quake-ravaged Haitian capital, but to little effect. Only seconds later the desperate mob was back.

Major powers fail to agree on new Iran sanctions

Representatives of six major powers ended a meeting in New York Saturday to mull a response to Iran's nuclear defiance without reaching agreement, a Russian official said.

Create right atmosphere for talks

Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao Sunday said Pakistan 'needs to do much more' to address India's concerns over continuing cross-border terror before dialogue can resume between the two neighbours.

Grief overwhelms India

Indian political leaders paid glowing tributes to Communist veteran Jyoti Basu yesterday terming his death 'a great loss' and described him as the architect of modern West Bengal.

India, Nepal agree to boost bilateral ties

India and Nepal yesterday agreed that recent meetings of bilateral institutional mechanisms had reinvigorated the bilateral relationship in key areas.

Iraq's 'Chemical Ali' to die for Halabja attack

Saddam Hussein's notorious enforcer "Chemical Ali" was sentenced to death on Sunday for ordering the gassing of Kurds in the Iraqi town of Halabja, a brutal attack that killed an estimated 5,000 people.

'Worried' Pak govt plans to stifle AQ Khan

The Pakistan government is worried over the recent disclosures made by disgraced nuclear scientist Dr A Q Khan about state secrets to the international media, and has decided to take strong measures in this regard.

'Crack unit' being trained by US to seal off Pak N-sites

Alarmed by a slew of terror attacks on sensitive military installations in Pakistan, the US is putting in place "a crack unit" of its elite troops to seal off that country's nuclear weapons and ensure they do not fall into the hands of militants, a media report claimed yesterday.

Basu won't be cremated

Marxist patriarch Jyoti Basu will not be cremated but his body will be handed over Tuesday to a state-run hospital as he had donated his body, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) announced yesterday.

UN confirms death of mission chief in Haiti

UN chief Ban Ki-moon Saturday confirmed the death of his mission chief in Haiti, Hedi Annabi, and his Brazilian deputy in the quake that flattened the UN mission's main headquarters.

Israel moves to mend fences with Turkey

Israel's Defence Minister Ehud Barak began a one-day visit to Turkey Sunday in the wake of a severe diplomatic row between the two countries, eager to mend fences with a Muslim ally sliding away.

Arts & Entertainment

Writings on the wall

The 3rd National Wall Magazine Festival ended yesterday with a discussion followed by a prize giving ceremony among the winning schools at Bangla Academy premises.

Sharmin Shila post “Uttaradhikar” win

"Uttaradhikar" was the first reality show in Bangladesh where celebrity contestants remained isolated for three weeks, and performed certain tasks.

Magical strings

Neel Ranjan Mukherjee, a talented guitarist belonging to the 'Seniya Gharana', recently performed at a musical programme at National Press Club with ghazal singer Akhil Kumar Das of 'Indore Gharana'. Mukherjee's performance featured "Raaga Maru Behag" and a dhun based on "Raaga Mishra Khamaj". After his performance, Mukherjee talked to The Daily Star (TDS) about the gharana (school) he belongs to and his instrument of choice.

Varanasi becoming a Hollywood hotspot?

The Indian pilgrimage town of Varanasi seems to be a favourite of Hollywood filmmakers for shooting.

When the sarod enchants

It was raining incessantly that evening, almost like Malhar in Druta Ektaal! I was torn between many things, many emotions. But somehow, as if by the sweet call of destiny, I heard a faint but enchanting tune calling me to the concert at the premises of Broward Public Library in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Building awareness on modern and scientific education

Performers of Khagrachhari Cantonment Public School and College recently staged a play at the college auditorium. The aim was to raise awareness of students, teachers and the masses about the need for modern and scientific education. They also pointed out how the modernisation of the educational system had been blocked by vested interests and its adverse effects on the country and society.



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