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News of: Wednesday, 20th of January, 2010

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Mega dredging plan for over 300 rivers

The government has massive plans to dredge all 310 rivers of the country to bring back navigability, control floods and ensure proper irrigation, Water Resources Minister Ramesh Chandra Sen told the House yesterday.

Cops hunt for armed cadres

The police last night launched a hunt for those involved in Monday's gunfight on Dhaka University campus.

Bitter cold takes toll on children

Sufferings of people due to chilly weather may continue for two more days with the dense fog and wind persisting.

'Larger than life'

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday paid her last respects to late CPI (M) leader Jyoti Basu, by placing a wreath on his body and describing him as a 'larger than life' personality who had made an immense contribution to the liberation war of Bangladesh.

Govt to enact law to regulate civil service

The government will enact a civil service act to regulate appointment, promotion, transfer and terms and conditions in the public service, LGRD Minister Syed Ashraful Islam told parliament yesterday.

40 Huji operatives still at large

Around 40 operatives of outlawed Harkatul Jihad Al Islami (Huji) including convicted and charge-sheeted accused of different bomb attack cases are still on the run, posing a threat to the country.

Turag banks abuzz with devotees

Turag riverbank at Tongi has started to turn into a human sea as the three-day Biswa Ijtema begins Friday as two million devotees, including one lakh females, from home and across the world are expected to participate in the second largest congregation of Muslims.

India take command

India bounced back strongly to seize the control of the first Test at the end of the third day's play following poor batting show from the Tigers at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium yesterday.

Now Farooq, Mohiuddin seek review

The rest two of the five detained convicts in Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman murder case yesterday filed petitions with the Supreme Court seeking review of its judgment confirming their death sentence.

HC bench feels 'embarrassed' to hear Sircar's writ petition

A High Court bench yesterday felt "embarrassed" to hear the writ petition filed by former speaker Jamiruddin Sircar challenging the legality of a parliamentary probe body's decision to recover "misappropriated" money from him through the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

Escap to make plan for Asian connectivity

The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (Escap) has been requested by Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) to prepare necessary programme for establishing road and railway connectivity among the Asian countries.

Rajuk won't take any step till Thursday

The lawyer for Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) yesterday assured the High Court (HC) that Rajuk would not take any step to demolish the unauthorised floors of Jamuna Future Park shopping complex until Thursday.

411 more cases to be dropped

The government sponsored high-powered committee yesterday recommended the authorities concerned for withdrawal of 411 more cases considering those politically motivated.

Trial begins in Satkhira

The trial of BDR mutiny at 7 Rifle Battalion in Nildumur of Shyamnagar upazila began here yesterday with the deposition of seven among forty prosecution witnesses.

Home minister warns of stern action

Home Minister Sahara Khatun yesterday said stern actions will be taken against those responsible for creating unrest in the educational institutions.

Cops asked to hand over keys to current ED

The High Court (HC) yesterday directed the police to hand over the keys of Proshika Bhaban at Mirpur to its Executive Director Mahbubul Karim within two days.

Jamaat plans movement against deals with India

Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami yesterday declared that they would launch a movement against the deals signed with India, the attempt to cancel Fifth Amendment of the constitution and proposed education policy.

Nipah virus claims 3 in Faridpur

Three members of a family under Bhanga upazila of the district died within a week after they contracted encephalitis caused by Nipah virus.

Mother, son burnt alive

A woman and her three-year-old son were burned alive and another son and a daughter were injured in a fire that left their house to ashes at Mazidpur village in Pabna Sadar upazila on Monday.

Amar Desh sued for defamation

Energy adviser to the prime minister filed a defamation case yesterday against acting Editor of the daily Amar Desh Mahmudur Rahman and two others with Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court.

2 Pak nationals held with fake Indian notes

Detective Branch of police arrested three persons including two Pakistani nationals and seized fake Indian currencies worth about 10 lakh Indian rupees from their possession at a Mouchak hotel in the capital on Monday.

Chaos hampers aid delivery to Haiti

The US military has begun airdropping food and water supplies into earthquake-hit Haiti.

Militants plan to attack major Pak cities

Major cities in Pakistan's Punjab province could be targeted by terrorists belonging to the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), police officials have said.

Editorial

Rabid criminalisation of student politics

THE armed encounters on Monday of feuding Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal(JCD) groups on the Dhaka University Campus with the BCL supporting one faction have had a telling fallout badly souring academic atmosphere in the process. As many as 24 were hurt and, amidst a brandishing of lethal weapons, a strike was promptly called in a ludicrous show of self-righteousness.

Honouring our foreign friends in 1971

THE move by the government to officially honour individuals abroad who supported the cause of our freedom during the War of Liberation in 1971 has been a long time coming. Truth be told, it should have been for the authorities in independent Bangladesh to accord formal honour to these friends in the time of our greatest need soon after the war drew to a close and as we set about rebuilding the country. Even so, that such a move has now been taken by the government is commendable and is surely reflective of the fact that for all our travails in these nearly four decades since winning the war, we have not forgotten those whose support overseas gave our cause a huge moral and political boost.

Politics is a search for grandeur

IN 1961, only months into his presidency, John Fitzgerald Kennedy saw his plans over the Bay of Pigs crumble in a heap all around him. The mercenaries sent to oust Fidel Castro from power were swiftly cut down by Cuban forces. Kennedy was unnerved enough not to provide the Cuban exiles with air cover and simply folded up the operation. Depressed, he asked Richard Nixon, his rival at the November 1960 election, to come over to the White House for a conversation. The two men talked. Nixon gave Kennedy some sage advice on policy making and implementation. The president was grateful.

Code of conduct

ON January 14, ruling Awami League lawmaker Saber Hossain Chowdhury moved a private members' bill styled "The Members of Parliament Conduct Bill 2010" in the House to enact a code of conduct for lawmakers to ensure high moral standards.

Sports

The opportunity is lost

For a team like Bang-ladesh it's always important to grab every opportunity. And after a fabulous effort by the bowlers who wrapped up the much-vaunted Indian batting line-up for 243 runs it was expected that the Tigers batting would graft if not flourish under brilliant sunshine on the third day of the first Test at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in this port city yesterday.

Zaheer smells victory

India took away the initiatives from Bangladesh on the third day and were looking forward to winning the first Test match at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in the port city with the pre-condition of good weather.

'Booters will give their best'

Zoran Djordjevic picked almost the same squad as the SAFF Championship when the Serbian coach announced a 25-member squad for the upcoming South Asian Games, beginning from January 29.

Shakib snubbed again

Shakib Al Hasan, the world's best all rounder in one-day cricket for the last one year, has once again been ignored by the IPL franchisees when 66 players went under the hammer for the third edition of the lucrative league in Mumbai yesterday.

U-19s must win today

Bangladesh Under-19 cricketers will need to beat Pakistan to qualify for the quarterfinals of the Under-19 World Cup when they meet in the final group match at Palmerston North, Napier today. having come into the tournament with the aim of finishing among the top four, they find themselves in a precarious position needing to win a very strong Pakistan side to stand a chance of qualifying for the quarterfinals. To make matters more complicated, only a win will not ensure their last-eight berth, but they will have to beat Pakistan by a big margin as the three teams of the group Bangladesh, Pakistan and west Indies will be tied on four points. The top two will advance on better net run rate.

Torch starts journey from Adam's Peak

The torch of 11th South Asian Games will be lit on the Adam's Peak in Sri Lanka on January 23 before it is taken to the capital of Bangladesh, which is all set to host the 12-day regional extravaganza, beginning from January 29.

Bangladesh eye taekwondo gold

After the inclusion of Taekwondo in the eighth edition of the regional extravaganza, Bangladesh uncharacteristically got success in the event of marshal art in the 10th edition of South Asian Games and they are determined to maintain their success in the upcoming SA Games in Bangladesh.

IPL shuns Pak stars

Pakistani cricketers will not feature in the third edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) this year after being ignored by franchises at the players' auction on Tuesday.

Roger overcomes Igor

World number one Roger Federer, former champion Novak Djokovic and Nikolay Davydenko won through to the second round but Robin Soderling was a seeded casualty at the Australian Open on Tuesday.

Gunners bid to go top

Arsene Wenger admits Arsenal have a golden opportunity to underline their title credentials as they bid to go top of the Premier League with a two-goal victory over Bolton on Wednesday.

Ruthless sisters

The Williams sisters sent chills down the spines of their Australian Open rivals on Tuesday with both Serena and Venus demolishing first round opponents.

Angola, Algeria qualify

Angola and World Cup qualifiers Algeria joined holders Egypt and Ivory Coast in the Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinals on Monday.

Zaki set for Hull move

Egypt's Amr Zaki is set to return to the English Premier League in a loan spell with Hull until the end of the season, subject to receiving a work permit, the top-flight strugglers said Monday.

Henry escapes punishment

French captain Thierry Henry escaped being punished for his infamous handball incident in the 2010 World Cup finals play-off against Ireland, FIFA announced on Monday.

81 Bayern fans banned

The German Football Federation (DFB) on Tuesday announced they have banned 81 Bayern Munich fans, who are currently under police investigation, from attending Saturday's Bundesliga clash against Mainz.

Real eyeing Canales

Real Madrid is hoping to sign much-coveted 18-year-old offensive midfielder Sergio Canales from fellow Primera Liga side Racing Santander, Spanish newspapers said Tuesday.

Olympiakos fire Zico

Brazilian legend Zico was fired Tuesday as the coach of Greek champions Olympiakos as the team fell seven points behind arch-rival Panathinaikos in the domestic table.

At A glance

A look at Tuesday's second day of the Australian Open tennis championships:

Pak players hurt

Pakistan's players have reacted with anger and disappointment to being cold-shouldered at the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction in Mumbai on Tuesday. Proven Twenty20 performers like Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir and Umar Gul were among the 11 Pakistan players on the auction list but none received a bid -- largely due to concerns over their availability, though some franchises cited strategic reasons.

ICC hopes for best

The International Cricket Council (ICC) remains hopeful that bilateral contests between Pakistan and India can be resumed in the near future. Ties between the two governments have been rocky since the Mumbai terror attacks in November 2008, which the Indian government blamed on elements based within Pakistan.

NZ reach qtrs

Home team New Zealand secured a quarterfinal spot in the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup Tuesday with an easy seven wicket win over Zimbabwe at Lincoln, near Christchurch.

Hockey team to practice against Nepal

Bangladesh national hockey team will play four practice matches against Nepal and Pakistan before the South Asian Games kicks off on January 29 in Bangladesh.

Zia wins Rd 8

GM Ziaur Rahman won his eighth round game in the 8th Parsvnath International Open Chess Tournament in Delhi yesterday.

Brawn sees Schumi as a winner

Seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher will add an eighth title to his name this season, according to Mercedes GP team boss Ross Brawn.

Business

BB to propel investment, put inflation on leash

Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday announced a supportive monetary policy for the second half of the current fiscal year, aiming to increase investment in the productive sector but control inflation.

LDCs urge rich countries to stem market barriers

Least developed countries (LDCs) should raise their voice to remove non-tariff barriers (NTBs) and gain universal market access in trading with developed nations, said speakers at a high level policy dialogue in Dhaka yesterday.

Equitable global financial order is the need of the time

Raising LDC voices is a must to gain greater pie of the global trade, which could help come out of a least developed country status, Escap's top official has observed.

Apparel sector leaders demand uninterrupted gas

Leaders from the garments and textile sectors yesterday urged the government to ensure uninterrupted gas supply to avoid disruption in production.

SEC designs new system for refund warrant

The stock market regulator has rearranged the refund warrant system for unsuccessful IPO applicants.

Better infrastructure to boost entrepreneurship

The government needs to better the country's infrastructure, including power and communications, to involve more entrepreneurs in business, said a former adviser to the caretaker government yesterday.

UN dialogue suggests green policy for LDCs

Least developed countries (LDCs) can take green growth policy to ensure environmentally-sustainable progress and mitigate the impacts of climate change that threatens lives, livelihoods and erodes gains in poverty alleviation, experts said yesterday.

Opec sticks to 2010 oil demand forecast, sees price volatility

The Opec oil producers' cartel left unchanged on Tuesday its forecast for modest growth in world oil demand this year but warned that prices are likely to remain volatile in the coming months.

Analysts call for revamp in social sectors

Adequate public investment in social sectors such as education, health and services sectors can be a major way for least developed countries (LDCs) to improve human and institutional capacities for sustainable development, said discussants at a policy dialogue yesterday.

FDI set for 'modest' rebound: UN think tank

Annual foreign direct investment (FDI) flows in the world dropped by 39 percent in 2009, with a "modest" rebound forecast this year, a UN trade and development think tank said Tuesday.

Mobile brings remittance boon

Bangladesh exported 50 percent less manpower in 2009. Thousands of jobless workers also returned home as their employers went broke after the economic financial crises. Yet inward remittance grew by 20 percent ($10.72 billion) in 2009. How could fewer workers send the highest-ever remittance? The stalwarts are divided.

Japan Airlines files for bankruptcy protection

Japan Airlines filed for bankruptcy yesterday in one of the nation's biggest corporate failures ever, entering a restructuring that will shrink Asia's top carrier and its presence around the world.

Once-proud JAL victim of Japan's economic decline

Japan Airlines, a former state-owned flag carrier that was once a source of national pride, has become one of the highest profile victims of the country's long economic malaise.

Asian shares mixed

Japan Airlines filed for bankruptcy protection on Tuesday as it battles to overcome crippling debts, while uncertainty over US bank earnings led to a mixed day for Asian markets.

Oil mixed

Oil was mixed in Asian trade Tuesday after the energy minister of major crude producer United Arab Emirates said he was comfortable with current price levels.

China calls for stronger trade ties with India

China on Tuesday called for stronger trade and investment ties with India, stressing the world's two most populous nations were friends and not enemies.

British inflation hits 2.9pc

Annual inflation in recession-hit Britain surged to 2.9 percent in December, partly owing to changes in taxation levels, official data showed on Tuesday.

German investor sentiment falls again: ZEW survey

German investor sentiment fell for the fourth month running as Europe's biggest economy braced for a "burdensome and long" recovery, the ZEW economic research institute said on Tuesday.

Dubai says Abu Dhabi lifeline only half originally reported

Cash-strapped Dubai said on Tuesday that the financial lifeline extended by Abu Dhabi last month is only half of what was originally believed because it included previously announced funding.

Currency

Local Market FX
USD/BDT rates were steady today. The market traded actively and remained liquid. The demand for dollar was steady.

Metropolitan

High Court verdict beyond jurisdiction: TH Khan

Advocate TH Khan yesterday told the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) that the High Court (HC) verdict that nullified the fifth amendment to the constitution of Bangladesh was beyond its (HC) jurisdiction, since the Appellate Division had earlier in different verdicts legitimised this amendment.

Bangladesh not happy

Bangladesh's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Dr AK Abdul Momen has said though not frustrated, Dhaka is not fully satisfied with the outcome of the Copenhagen climate conference.

Dilip's speech expunged from JS proceedings

Speaker Abdul Hamid yesterday expunged industries minister's speech from parliament proceedings, as the constitution does not allow his participation in the condolence motion other than something related to his ministry.

Committee members to suggest 5 names for each post

A search committee formed to look for the right persons for the posts of chairman and members of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) decided that each committee member would recommend a maximum of five names for each post of the commission.

Submit report on status of khas land

The Ministry of Land yesterday asked six divisional commissioners to assess the present status of the uses of khas land allocated in six divisions and inform it to the ministry.

9th anniversary of Paltan bomb blast tragedy today

Today is the ninth anniversary of Paltan bomb blast tragedy.

Zia fertiliser factory resumes operation

The factory of Zia Fertiliser Company Limited (ZFCL) at Ashuganj in Brahmanbaria resumed its operation yesterday.

Change law to save film industry

A parliamentary body yesterday recommended that the government amend the film censorship law to make it time befitting allowing expression of 'generosity' in the films for survival of the country's film industry.

Ensure basic rights of 10 lakh Bede people

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday called on the government to ensure basic rights of the 10 lakh people of Bede (gypsy) community of the country.

Execution of verdict by first week of Feb

State Minister for Home Shamsul Haque Tuku yesterday said the verdict of Bangabandhu murder case would be executed within this month or in the first week of the next month.

Govt committed to trying war criminals: Minister

The government is committed to complete the trial of the war criminals as soon as possible, Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday told the Parliament that unanimously passed a resolution on January 29, 2009 for quick trial of the war criminals.

Vow to resist deals with India

BNP, the main opposition in the parliament, yesterday observed the 74th birth anniversary of its founder and late president Ziaur Rahman with due respect and solemnity.

Saraswati puja today

The Sri Sri Saraswati Puja will be observed across the country today with prayers and festivity at temples, educational institutions and homes of the country.

Left-leaning leaders pay respects to Jyoti Basu

Left-leaning political party leaders paid their last tributes to veteran communist and former chief minister of West Bengal Jyoti Basu yesterday, say press releases.

Save Proshika from vested group

Bangladesh Trinamul NGO Forum, a platform of 100 local NGOs, yesterday called on the government to save Proshika, one of the largest non-government organisation of the country, from a vested group who are trying to throw out its founder Qazi Faruque.

Hearing on prayer tomorrow

A Chittagong court will hear tomorrow a petition on the five-day remand for 12 Islami Chhatra Shibir activists arrested with arms, ammunition and bomb-making materials.

4 killed in road accidents

Four people were killed in separate road accidents in Bagerhat and Magura yesterday.

Cellphone sets worth Tk 20 lakh recovered at ZIA

Customs officials recovered 600 pieces of cellphone sets from a travel bag left abandoned near a departure gate of terminal building at Zia International Airport (ZIA) yesterday.

Indian air chief meets Gen Mubeen

Chief of Air Staff of Indian Air Force Air Chief Marshal PV Naik paid a courtesy call on Chief of Army Staff General Md Abdul Mubeen at Army Headquarters at Dhaka Cantonment yesterday, says an ISPR press release.

45 Rohingyas held in Cox's Bazar

Police and BDR members yesterday arrested 45 Rohingyas from different parts of Cox's Bazar.

Strike paralyses Benapole port

Workers at Benapole Port enforced an indefinite strike from 12:00noon yesterday demanding payment of arrear salaries.

Call to address vested property issue soon

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday called on the government to resolve various problems relating to vested properties immediately to establish a liberal democratic and secular Bangladesh.

Schoolgirl commits suicide

A schoolgirl committed suicide in the city's Shyamoli area yesterday.

Guard stabbed to death in city

A security guard of Group-4 Securitas was stabbed to death by a gang of muggers in Banani Staff Road area in the city's last night.

National

Costly medical equipment set to rust away

A good number of costly medical equipment, including a linear accelerator worth Tk 19.68 crore, have been lying idle at Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College and Hospital in Bogra for the last three years mainly due to shortage of manpower and chemical reagents.

BSF kills 5 on three borders in a week

Five Bangladeshis were killed by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) in last one week on Jessore, Satkhira and Meherpur borders.

'Try war criminals without delay'

Thakurgaon district unit of Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee formed a human chain in Thakurgaon town yesterday demanding early start of the trial of war criminals.

Houses; fertiliser, chicken laden trucks looted

Robbers looted houses, fertiliser and chicken laden trucks in several districts in the last few days.

Two more bodies recovered

With recovery of two more bodies yesterday, the death toll in Monday's boat capsize in the Dhaleswari river rose to five.

11 brickfield owners fined

A mobile court yesterday fined 11 brickfield owners in Ghatail upazila for using firewood for burning bricks and for running brickfields without licences.

Hunger strike called off

Students of Mymensingh Nursing College called off their hunger strike programme yesterday after the authorities assured them of taking steps to meet their demands. Earlier, the students observed token hunger strike on the college campus on Sunday and Monday to press home their demands including permission for college students' union, hostel facility for the male students and new uniform for the students. The students said, they had meetings with the high officials of Health Directorate and Nursing Services Directorate in Dhaka yesterday. The meeting assured the students of taking decisions to meet the demands immediately, they said. The students returned to classes yesterday, college sources said.

Drug peddler jailed

A court in Sylhet on Monday sentenced one person to life term imprisonment for possessing heroin. Convict Moksed Mia hailed from Gopalpur village in Nabinagar upazila of Brahmanbaria. The court also fined him Tk 10,000, in default, to suffer one year more in jail. According to prosecution, Rab personnel arrested Moksed along with heroin from a restaurant near Sylhet railway station on April 5, 2008.

Train derails in Lalmonirhat

Burimari bound passenger train Burimari Express coming from Lalmonirhat derailed in Namuri area of Aditmari upazila yesterday. A rescue train reached the spot and the work was going on till filing of this report in the afternoon. Two scheduled passenger trains from Lalmonirhat to Burimari and Lalmonirhat to Parbotipur were cancelled due to the mishap, Lalmonirhat stationmaster Nurunnabi said. According to control room, five wheels of a compartment of the Burimari Express train derailed. There was no report of any casualty.

Smuggled fertiliser seized

Members of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) seized a truck-load of spurious potash fertiliser from Raghunathpur border yesterday morning. Acting on a tip-off, a BDR team intercepted the Jessore-bound truck at Raghunathpur and recovered 200 sacks of adulterated fertiliser while being smuggled into the country. Truck driver Shariful was also arrested in this connection. The seized goods were later deposited with the local Customs authorities. A case has been filed with Benapole port police station.

50 hurt in Habiganj clash

Fifty people were injured in a clash over possession of land of a graveyard in Habiganj district town yesterday. Both the groups used sticks, spears and other weapons in the hour-long clash at about 11:00 am. Of the injured, 35 were admitted to Habiganj District Sadar Hospital. Habiganj Pourashava mayor GK Gous and other leading persons rushed to the spot and assured clashing groups of looking into the dispute. The incident occurred only 200 yards off the police station but police played a mysterious role, a number of locals alleged. Yesterday's clash was a sequel to a long-standing dispute over the graveyard and rivalry between the people of Annantapur and Enatabad, police said.

3 held with fake ID cards

Three people were arrested along with a number of fake national identity cards and other documents from a computer centre in the district town on Monday. The arrestees are Sadek Ali, 60, Abdus Sabur, 32, and Shahidul Islam, 18. Acting on a tip-off, police raided Nur Communications Centre of Nur Islam in Nur Mosque area and seized some fake ID cards, educational certificates and driving licenses. During the drive, they arrested three people, including shop owner Nur Islam's father Sadek Ali, from the business place in connection with the forgery.

Letters

Gas crisis

The gas crisis in Dhaka city is the talk of the country nowadays. People are going through a tough time. Daily affairs have come to a standstill. It is seen in the various electronic media that housewives are struggling to cope with their chores and cooking at late midnight to get satisfactory pressure of gas. During the time of need in the morning the pressure remains too low to cook. Houses having children and sick elders are no doubt in a chaotic condition. Question comes why this is happening around?

Jyoti Basu's passing

Some years back I was travelling by train from Dum Dum along with a friend to visit his home at Barrackpur. On board the electric train, we walked through and found a nearly empty compartment and parked ourselves there. After some time we noticed that two gentlemen in white dhoti-kurta were standing and talking to another seated gentleman also in white, who had his back to us. Rolling along, we were engrossed in our gup-shup.

Haiti scene

Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince experienced a massive earthquake and its ghastly effect still pervades over there. People trapped under the debris and rubbles are yet to be rescued and the UN and other agencies are rushing to the place.

Physicians' fees

In Bangladesh patients are frequently cheated by doctors. When a patient meets with a doctor to get rid of a disease or to reduce health related trouble one has to pay very high fees. A top bureaucrat of government gets Tk.45, 000 as monthly salary, that is, Tk.1, 500 (in average) per day. In the same economy a specialized doctor after regular job earns additional Tk.10, 000 every evening. It is collected from 20 patients @ Tk.500.00. Some Doctors attend more than 20 patients every evening. More than Tk.100.00 should not be charged from a patient per visit. A Doctor can earn Tk.50, 000 in 25 working days in a month in addition to his regular salary.

An interesting issue

Your 7th January issue was remarkable in its presentation. The front page left hand lead article and the centrepiece photograph highlighted the visible contrast on river cleaning and pollution simultaneously. It cleverly managed to bring out the relevance and importance of the issue presented, to catch the readers' eye, and allure him or her to read through it!

Western culture

Satellite channels are bringing about all sorts of alien cultures to our society. Western culture has started to influence the tastes of our young generation. Our young generation do not like to enjoy Tagore or Nazrul songs. They are fond of band, pop music, obscene films etc. People find less interest in their own culture and like to lead a life following western modes.

Good decision

While addressing the opening ceremony of the National Primary Education Week 2009 at Osmani Memorial Auditorium on 7 January, the Prime Minister - Sheikh Hasina- declared that her government would make education up to degree level free to facilitate poor students to obtain higher education.

Adopting unfair means

Copying in exams is a serious problem. It's really making a bad impact on our students. But in recent times, with the contribution of all people from the government and public, copying in SSC and HSC exams is less noticeable.

Destruction of Palestine

Scenes of Israeli soldiers shooting Palestinian children throwing stones filled TV screens around the world and generated a lot of sympathy for the Palestinians, as well as more support for their cause.

Visa

I believe that more or less 40% of both Hindus and Muslims of both India and Bangladesh have near and dear ones on either side. The passport and visa system was introduced during Pakistan time due to the strained relations between the two countries.

Wastage of water

May I request a greater sense of justice concerning the supply of water in times of shortage?

Email registration

Internet is one of the latest gifts of science. Day by day, its users are increasing all over the world. In our country too, we have a large number of internet users.

Ask for judicial conclusion

The party in power has already withdrawn many cases filed during the CTG administration against their leaders on various charges like tax evasion, extortion and misuse of power. The charges of those cases were findings of Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). Many of the accused were charge-sheeted while some were under process of trial. Latest news reports suggest that many more such cases are under process of withdrawal terming those cases as 'politically motivated' ones.

Rights of women

In line with the modern feminist movement, the Bangladesh govt. has enacted several acts and revised the existing ones from time to time to help the women in society enjoy their legal rights and justice in the familial matters, where they tend to face injustice and discrimination by their male counterparts.

Housing sector

Mr. Abdul Mannan Khan, State Minister for Housing, deserves thanks and appreciation for his comments to reveal the hard truth about the activities of land developers and developers in the private sector. The minister has very rightly said that the members of these associations place attractive advertisements to sell land that is twenty feet under water and flats or apartments without government approvals and thus deceive people who spend their lifelong savings for a plot or flat.

International

Indemnity sought for Zardari

With Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari facing the prospect of being jailed after the corruption cases against him are reopened, a petition has been filed in the Lahore registry of the Supreme Court seeking constitutional indemnity from prosecution for his office.

UN wants more police and troops for Haiti

The UN mission in Haiti wants 2,000 additional troops and 1,500 extra police to provide military escorts for aid convoys and ensure that desperately needed food and water is distributed to earthquake victims without any violence, UN officials said Monday.

Iraq prepares to sue Blackwater

Iraq has begun collecting signatures for a class action lawsuit on behalf of people killed or wounded in incidents involving US security firm Blackwater.

Haitians fleeing capital in search of food, safety

Thousands of Haiti quake victims are struggling to board buses to flee hunger and violence in the shattered capital, hoping that food will be easier to find in the countryside.

Gates calls for closer defence ties between India, US

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates appealed yesterday for closer military cooperation between America and India to bring stability to South Asia.

Over 90 people rescued

More than 90 people have been pulled out alive since international search and rescue teams began combing through the debris from last week's earthquake in Haiti, the United Nations said Tuesday.

Nepali premier slams Prachanda over allegation on India

Slamming Maoist leader Prachanda for alleging Indian interference in Nepal's affairs, Premier Madhav Kumar Nepal has said his charges expose the "bias" of an "unpredictable" person against the neighbouring country.

US to allow entry of Haitian orphans in USA

The United States on Monday said it would allow orphaned children from Haiti to enter the US legally so they can receive care they need on the heels of the killer earthquake in the Caribbean nation.

2 Koreas hold talks despite North's threats

North and South Korea opened talks yesterday on further developing their joint industrial complex in the North despite Pyongyang's recent threat to break off all dialogue and negotiations, an official said.

Thailand extends emergency rule in south

Thailand extended a nearly five-year state of emergency in the troubled Muslim-majority south yesterday, as a bomb attack by suspected insurgents blew off a senior soldier's legs.

Taliban attacks tighten Kabul's security

Afghan forces tightened security in Kabul yesterday, a day after a brazen Taliban assault on the city centre left 12 people dead and raised concerns about the government's ability to protect the people.

New Zealand agrees to give asylum to Lankan Tamils

New Zealand's Immigration Minister Jonathan Coleman's office has confirmed that New Zealand has agreed to give asylum to 13 of the 78 Tamils who were taken to the Indonesian port of Tanjung Pinang.

Gunmen assassinate Iranian prosecutor

Attackers gunned down an Iranian court prosecutor outside his home in the country's northwest, state media reported yesterday.

7 in 10 want Palin to stay out of polls

Seven in ten Americans do not want former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to run for 2012 presidential elections, a new poll has revealed.

5 top Taliban leaders killed in US drone strikes since December

Five top Taliban commanders were among several militants killed in recent US drone strikes carried out in Pakistan's lawless Waziristan tribal region.

Pakistan traces out 20 terrorists

Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has claimed to have traced down 20 terrorists, who were wanted in connection with the November 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.

7 Kashmir policemen injured in blast

A landmine explosion has injured six policemen in Indian-administered Kashmir, officials said.

China jails top judge for bribes

A former Chinese Supreme Court judge was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday following his conviction for embezzlement and receiving more than half a million dollars in bribes.

Arts & Entertainment

Shohag: A Bangladeshi narrative painter finds a foothold in Paris

Bangladeshi expatriate painter Imtiaj Islam Shohag has been working with determination to carve a niche in the Paris art scene. He has developed styles, which are mainly technique-based. Well-drawn figures also define his images. An interesting aspect of his works is that they often highlight natural disasters and catastrophes. Though the artist now lives abroad, his umbilical cord with Bangladesh is still seemingly intact. Most of the themes of his paintings are derived from Bangladesh.

Hard times for traditional artisans

Craftsmen, idol makers, blacksmiths and goldsmiths in the northern districts seemingly face a bleak future. Rampant commercialisation and the absence of government and marketing support have virtually brought them to their knees.

Theatre festival by Pabna Drama Circle

Pabna Drama Circle, a leading theatre organisation staged its 34th production in the district on Monday and Tuesday (January 18 and 19). The play "Agunmukha" was staged at Pabna Doel Community Centre Auditorium.

Reception for noted personalities in Rajshahi

Seven personalities of Rajshahi were accorded a reception at a function held at a local community centre on Monday night.

Capturing the innocence of childhood

Non-government organisation (NGO) Rupantar of Khulna and Natya Chetana, an Indian theatre organisation, jointly staged a play titled "Bajey Shei Ghonta" (That Bell Tolls) on Sunday at the Khulna Press Club Auditorium.

“Avatar” unlikely to match “Titanic” Oscar haul

“Avatar” is no “Titanic” -- at least, not yet.

OP-ED

Less rhetoric, please

Following the prime minister's press conference on the successes of her recent visit to India, the BNP chairperson and leader of the parliamentary opposition also held a news conference, categorically opposing the PM's assertion, and went as far as accusing her of selling the country to India. One pro-BNP journalist did not even use the word "sell;" in his view, the PM has "gifted" Bangladesh to India.

Beyond borderlines

A good friend from Lahore, an activist deeply committed to people's rights and the integrity of Pakistan's legal structures, asked me a question so startling that it took a while to sink it in. What would India do if a million Pakistanis reached the Wagah border, demanding safety in India from the Taliban and its ancilliary ideological warriors?

Replaying the past?

Student politics in Bangladesh has a glorious history since leaders of different student organisations played significant roles during our national crises, including language movement, liberation war and the movement for restoration of democracy in the 1990s. However, these organisations have lost those glory. Nowadays, the perception of student's politics has changed. We usually see that they remain busy in establishing supremacy on the campus, exercising control over tenders, manipulating power etc.


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