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News of: Monday, 1st of February, 2010

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Botanical Garden at stake

The state minister for environment has given a developer permission to set up a 3,500-foot dredge pipe through the national botanical garden to fill land for housing projects on its eastern side.

PM approves contract

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday approved awarding the contract for the long-awaited project of introducing machine readable passports (MRP) and visas (MRV) to a Malaysia based company.

BNP to complete pending district councils by Feb

Main opposition BNP has decided to complete district-level conferences by this month and send its central leaders to all districts and upazilas to attend party rallies.

Teenage gang loots jeweller's at gunpoint

A band of teenagers shot the cashier and allegedly looted gold ornaments from a jeweller's at Goal Nagar in the city's Kotwali area yesterday afternoon.

UK suspends student visa

The United Kingdom has temporarily stopped accepting student visa applications from Bangladesh, Nepal and North India due to unexpectedly high numbers of applications from these areas.

Dredging, energy to top agenda

The government is going to raise its plans to dredge rivers, enhance cooperation in cross-border trade, increase investment in transport, energy and power sectors at the February 15-16 Bangladesh Development Forum (BDF) meeting in Dhaka.

Shady plot sale led to attack on Sanjeeb

Dispute over the sale of a plot meant for the Tribal Welfare Association in the capital was the main motive behind the recent attack on indigenous community leader Sanjeeb Drong in Netrakona.

Jubo League men go on rampage over recruitment

Jubo League and Swechchasebak League activists yesterday went on the rampage at Joypurhat Nursing Institute and assaulted a number of staff protesting "irregularities" in appointment of health assistants in freedom fighter quota.

Murder convict becomes lawyer!

Rapid Action Battalion yesterday arrested a fugitive sentenced in 1997 to life imprisonment in a murder case who has been practising as a lawyer at Dhaka Judge's Court for the last 14 years.

Good day for India

After firing blank on Saturday, Bangladesh put their name on the medals table yesterday when weightlifter Akramul Huq won the silver in the 56kg category and their men's cycling team clinched bronze away at Khulna.

C'wealth move to better govt relations with opposition

In a bid to improve relations between Bangladesh's ruling and opposition parties, the Commonwealth Secretariat has proposed a seminar in Dhaka aimed to enhance cooperation between the two sides.

DBH gains top rating

Delta Brac Housing Finance Corporation Ltd., known as DBH, was rated 'AAA' (Triple A), topping the rating scale for long term and ST-1 for short term for the fourth consecutive year.

House of Aziz Pasha's brother torched

Leaders and workers of Awami League ransacked and set fire to the house of the brother of Bangabandhu's self-confessed killer Aziz Pasha in Ghior upazila of Manikganj yesterday afternoon.

PM hopes for BNP's return to JS soon

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday hoped that the opposition BNP would return to parliament very shortly to make it more vibrant and effective.

Amar Ekushey book fair opens today

The month-long Amar Ekushey Boi Mela 2010 begins today on Bangla Academy premises in the city, commemorating the martyrs of the Language Movement, 1952.

BCL continues to bar students from taking admission test

Admission seekers could not appear at viva voce as Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leaders and activists at Dhaka College yesterday continued barring the students from entering the examination hall for the second consecutive day.

Govt mulls MoU for extradition

The government would bring the six fugitive killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman back to the country through mutual legal assistance or memorandum of understanding to extradite them.

Ex-adviser Jahanara lands in jail

A Dhaka court yesterday sent Prof Jahanara Begum, former adviser to the primary and mass education ministry, to jail in a case for amassing wealth illegally and concealing information from the Anti-Corruption Commission.

Federer picks his 16th Slam

Swiss great Roger Federer won his fourth Australian Open and 16th Grand Slam title to deny Andy Murray's quest for British tennis history on Sunday.

Dredging of Brahmaputra river starts

Narayanganj district administration in collaboration Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority yesterday started dredging operation in the Brahmaputra river from Santupara to Panchamighat.

Kurigram court sets March 7 to start trial

Kurigram District and Sessions Judge yesterday fixed March 7 for starting trial of a sedition case against alleged 34 mutineers of 27 Rifles Battalion in Kurigram of Bangladesh Rifles, said our correspondent.

IMF pledges $100b Green Fund for poor

The IMF is working to create a 100 billion dollar Green Fund to help countries mitigate the effects of climate change, the agency said on its website yesterday.

India opposes legally binding carbon cuts

India reaffirmed to the United Nations that it would reject any attempt to impose legally binding climate change goals, but pledged to reduce emissions intensity.

Kidnapped British couple poorly treated

A British couple kidnapped by Somali pirates in October said they were not being well treated and needed urgent help, according to an AFP reporter who met them in captivity.

Editorial

BNP's return to JS imperative

FOR some time now the BNP has been sending out signals about the possibility of joining the parliament. The positive vibes are very welcome indeed, and we would like to think that the motive behind the intention is to fulfill their obligation to their voters and not to save their seats in the parliament that might fall vacant by default of their absence of 90 days.

Rising costs and the mentally ill

ONE does not require much wisdom to know that the issue of mental health is rather low on the list of national priorities. It has been that way for years together. In all the discussions on health policy and the like, little, if any, focus has been placed on the pretty large number of mentally challenged people in the country. And now it appears that whatever degree of care there has been for such individuals is under threat of hitting a new low owing primarily to the costs of treatment involved. As a report in this newspaper makes it clear, the rising costs in treatment has compelled patients to leave the National Institute of Mental Health in recent months. Obviously, most patients at the institute and at similar institutes come from not very well-to-do families. Add to that the rise in treatment charges imposed by the government in September last year, which were without question a damper on health care.

Searching for the truth

AN inordinately long five years have passed since the assassination of Mr. Kibria, the former finance minister, but the nation, including the grieving family, is not sure that the ghastly tragedy has been fully and comprehensively looked into.

Bringing down the mountains

THE world's worst polluters -- the oil, coal, automobiles, chemicals, cement and steel industries -- and their climate change-denying supporters must feel elated at the many recent developments, including disclosures about flaws within the scientific assessments of the severity of climate change.

Sports

Akram lifts silver

Bangladesh's Akramul Huq narrowly missed the gold medal on the opening day of weightlifting in the 11th South Asian (SA) Games at the National Sports Council Gymnasium yesterday.

Bangladesh eye last four berth today

Fresh from their 3-0 win over Nepal, Bangladesh are looking forward to sealing their semifinals berth of 11th South Asian (SA) Games football event when the hosts take on Bhutan in their second group match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium today.

Women keep hopes alive

Bangladesh women's football team kept their hopes of playing in the final of the 11th South Asian Games football event alive with a 2-0 defeat over Sri Lanka in their second match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Fabulous Federer

Roger Federer dismantled Andy Murray in the Australian Open final Sunday to extend his own record to 16 Grand Slam titles and prolong the British drought.

Afghanistan in semis

Afghanistan became the first team to qualify for the semifinals of football in the 11th South Asian Games as they handed a 2-1 defeat to Pakistan in their Group B match at the MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong yesterday.

Nepal humbled again

Defending champions Pakistan got off to a flying start in the men's hockey event of the 11th South Asian Games with an awesome 19-0 win over minnows Nepal in their first match at Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

India want to host next SA Games

India have expressed their willingness to host the 12th South Asian Games sometime before 2014 during an Executive Committee Meeting of South Asia Olympic Council (SAOC) yesterday.

Frustrating start for judokas

Bangladesh made a frustrating start in judo of the11th South Asian Games when their two favourite judokas finished third in their respective categories at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan yesterday.

City bounce back

Emmanuel Adebayor signalled his return to the Manchester City starting line-up with the opening goal as City defeated crisis club Portsmouth 2-0 at Eastlands.

Pakistan whitewashed

As Britain's Andy Murray faltered in his attempt to win his first Grand Slam title taking on world No.1 Roger Federer in the Australian Open final in Melbourne, a more absorbing sporting contest took place in Perth. Having bowled out Pakistan for 212, Australia were made to fight every inch for the two-wicket win that handed Pakistan their second 5-0 sweep in history. Fittingly, it was Michael Hussey, Australia's most valuable player for a scrap, who steered them home with an unbeaten 40.

Afridi banned for two T20s

Shahid Afridi has been banned for two Twenty20 internationals after being found guilty of ball-tampering during Pakistan's two-wicket loss to Australia at the WACA in Perth on Sunday.

Pakistan chief selector resigns

Iqbal Qasim has tendered his resignation as Pakistan's chief selector following the side's disastrous results in Australia, where the team was whitewashed in both the Test and ODI series, in what turned out to be one of Pakistan's most dispiriting campaigns in recent years.

Murray sorry

An emotional Andy Murray choked back tears as he apologised to British fans for failing to win the Australian Open and claim the nation's first Grand Slam men's title in 74 years.

Roger's Hit for Haiti raises $600,000

A charity doubles match hastily-arranged by Roger Federer ahead of the Australian Open has so far raised more than 600,000 US dollars for the Haiti earthquake victims, officials said Sunday.

Imran criticises 'insulting' IPL snub

Legendary fast bowler Imran Khan said Sunday that Pakistani players had suffered 'insulting treatment' at the hands of the Indian Premier League, and no player should take part in the tournament.

D/N Tests could be delayed

Day-night Test cricket could still be 'several years' away, according to the head of the Kookaburra company, who believes a red ball is the only one that can last 80 overs. Cricket Australia has asked Kookaburra to deliver a ball that can be used for Test cricket under lights and a pink ball is being trialled over the next week in Futures League matches.

Gibson quits English job

Ottis Gibson has left his position as England's bowling coach to become the head coach of West Indies, according to the UK's Daily Telegraph.

Good start in kabaddi

Bangladesh men and women's kabaddi teams got off to flying starts in the 11th South Asian (SA) Games at the Outer Stadium Kabaddi Court yesterday.

Terry lifts Chelsea

Chelsea captain John Terry put the controversy over his private life to one side by scoring the winner in a 2-1 victory at Burnley as his side went four points clear at the top of the Premier League.

Hosts' flying start

Hosts Bangladesh made a flying start in the T20 cricket competition of the 11th South Asian Games with an eight-wicket victory over Nepal in the opening match at the Shahid Kamruzzaman Stadium in Rajshahi yesterday.

Benzema fires Real

A delightful back-heel from Jose Maria Gutierrez set up Karim Benzema for the first of a brace as Real Madrid, without suspended Cristiano Ronaldo, beat Deportivo La Coruna 3-1 on Saturday.

Genoa hold Napoli

Napoli's drive for a Champions League place slowed on Saturday when they were held at home to a goalless draw by Genoa.

Indian men take cycling gold too

India's gold hunt in cycling continued for the second day in the 11th South Asian (SA) Games as their men's team won the 80-kilometre road race time trial that began at 9am from the Zero Point of Khulna to Mollahat of Bagerhat district.

Shuttlers suffer big defeat

Bangladesh were eliminated from the semifinals in both men's and women's team events of the badminton competition of the 11th South Asian Games at the Wooden Floor Gymnasium yesterday.

Cassano going nowhere

Sampdoria denied reports that they are about to loan troublesome forward Antonio Cassano to Serie A rivals Fiorentina on Sunday.

Business

SQ Celsius to go public

SQ Celsius, a concern of SQ Group, a major high-end garment exporter, is going to list on bourses in June, its top official said yesterday.

Govt runs inflation risk: Muhith

Finance Minister AMA Muhith has said the biggest challenge for the government in macro-economic management is reining in inflation.

CAG to post audit reports online

The Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) plans to post audit reports on its website, allowing people a wider access to the documents, said CAG Ahmed Ataul Hakeem yesterday.

Potato price drops on increased supply

Potato prices have registered a substantial fall at retail level on increased supply of the tuber, driven by early harvest as many farmers opt for boro rice cultivation.

Apparel machinery show kicks off tomorrow

A four-day international show of textile and garment machinery will begin tomorrow in Dhaka, which the organisers said will help local entrepreneurs experience the latest machinery for clothing industry and adopt those to compete in the global market.

4.5 lakh Teletalk numbers down or out

About 4.5 lakh Teletalk subscribers have found their cellphone reception down or out because of technical faults in its server from Saturday night.

Parliamentary body advises ministry on price control

A parliamentary body said yesterday efforts are on to identify a group of 20 to 25 syndicates who according to the committee are involved in 'creating unrest' in the markets and 'responsible' for price hike of essentials.

ADB awards best performing projects

Asian Development Bank (ADB) has awarded its five best performing project teams for 2009 in Bangladesh yesterday, it said in a statement yesterday.

MCCI backs coal-based power plants

The Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) yesterday urged the government to set up coal-based power plants and promptly finalise a national coal policy to reduce power shortages at factories.

Tiny business, shiny prospect

Md Rafique, a mobile credit retailer, was happy as Dhaka University reopened in January after a winter vacation. He pinned hopes on students for brisk sales on the campus. The students are a key driver of mobile credit sales at his stall.

Determinants of interest rate spread

A key indicator of financial performance and efficiency is the spread between lending and deposit rates. If this spread is large, it works as an impediment to the expansion and development of financial intermediation.

Trade measures to help tackle climate change: ICCB

International Chamber of Commerce-Bangladesh (ICCB) has underscored the need for devising ways in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules to help combat climate change.

Hefty sales mark REHAB fair in Chittagong

A three-day housing fair in Chittagong ended on Saturday, recording Tk 670 crore in orders that exceeded organisers' expectations.

Commodity prices go down

Commodity prices mainly fell this week on worries about the global economic outlook but sugar rocketed to a multi-year high on tight supplies, traders said.

KFC, Transcom Foods win int'l awards

Transcom Foods Ltd (TFL), franchisee of KFC in Bangladesh, recently won three awards from renowned restaurant group Yum! Restaurants International at a function at Colombo, Sri Lanka, says a press release.

Swiss minister warns UBS bank could collapse

Switzerland's justice minister warned in an interview on Sunday that top bank UBS could collapse if sensitive talks with the United States over a high-profile tax fraud investigation fall through.

Five more US banks shut down

Regulators shut down a big bank in California, along with two banks in Georgia and one each in Florida, Minnesota and Washington. That brought to 15 the number of bank failures so far in 2010 atop the 140 shuttered last year in the punishing economic climate.

IMF plans $100b fund to help poor mitigate climate effect

The IMF is working to create a 100 billion dollar Green Fund to help countries mitigate the effects of climate change, the agency said on its website Sunday.

India reaffirms opposition to binding carbon cuts

India reaffirmed to the United Nations that it would reject any attempt to impose legally binding climate change goals, but pledged to reduce emissions intensity.

Japan carmakers must restore reputation: Media

Japanese media on Sunday urged domestic carmakers to restore their reputation for "quality and safety" following Toyota's massive recall of cars worldwide because of faulty accelerator pedals.

Philippines growth not enough under Arroyo: Official

Filipinos have mostly not benefited from the country's economic growth -- equal to about five percent annually -- during President Gloria Arroyo's seven-year term, a top official admitted Sunday.

Phoenix Ins gets new MD

Phoenix Insurance Company Ltd appointed Fariduddin Khan Siddiqui its managing director, says the insurer in a statement.

Metropolitan

Effective parliament can make democracy stronger

Speakers at a programme said effective parliament with active participation of the ruling party and the opposition can make democracy stronger.

Introduce crop insurance for farmers

A parliamentary committee yesterday asked the agriculture ministry to introduce crop insurance for farmers to encourage them to increase their crop production.

Round the year farming stressed

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday laid emphasis on cultivating several crops on the same land round the year and increased use of compost fertilisers to give a boost to farm output.

Nation must get rid of war criminals, communalism

Independence cannot be protected unless the country gets rid of war criminals and communalism, said anti-British movement veteran Binod Bihari Chowdhury yesterday.

'Monitor primary schools to ensure quality edn'

Speakers at a campaign programme yesterday underscored the need for strengthening the monitoring mechanism of the primary schools in rural areas to ensure the quality of education.

'Explore gas to meet demand'

Speakers at a human chain yesterday demanded the government to take immediate steps to explore gas from the country's gas fields to ensure adequate supply of gas.

Swapan Saha made minister press in Washington

The government has appointed Swapan Kumar Saha, Chief News Editor of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS), as Minister (Press) at Bangladesh Embassy in Washington for a two-year term.

Call for planned growth of Ctg city

Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Housing and Public Works Ministry ABM Fazle Karim Chowdhury yesterday stressed the need for planned growth of the port city with sufficient road networks and drainage system.

Road accidents kill seven

At least seven people were killed and 51 others injured in separate road accidents in Chittagong, Bagerhat and Jhalakathi in two days.

Trial of war criminals to start soon

Trial of war criminals will start soon, as preparation in this regard is almost at the final stage, Home Minister Sahara Khatun said yesterday.

Developer sent to jail

A Dhaka court yesterday sent Ashiyan City Land Developer Ltd Chairman Nazrul Islam Bhuiyan to jail after he surrendered before it and sought bail in connection with an attempted land grabbing case.

PWs saw no vandalism at SC on Nov 30

Five prosecution witnesses, including two lawyers of the Supreme Court (SC), of a sedition case, filed against two lawyers on charges of vandalism on the SC premises told a Dhaka court yesterday that they saw no vandalism on November 30 in 2006.

$50m Saudi help for quake-hit Haiti

Saudi Arabia will provide 50 million US dollars in donation for humanitarian relief work in Haiti affected by a massive earthquake recently, says a press release of the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia.

Implement pay commission suggestions

Sramik Karmachari Oikya Parishad (Skop) yesterday demanded implementation of the recommendations of the pay commission and formation of a wage commission for the industries in the public sector.

'Arsenic-induced cancer affects 2 lakh a year'

Speakers at a seminar yesterday identified arsenic contamination in underground water as the major problem.

CPB member collection begins today

Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) will start its member collection campaign today, says a press release.

Workshop on 'Ticket to Life' ends

The closing ceremony of an international workshop titled 'Ticket to Life' organised by Bangladesh Scouts with the help of Asia Pacific Regional Scouts was held at Mouchak in Gazipur yesterday, says a press release.

SC stays HC bail to Mamun

The Supreme Court yesterday stayed for seven days a High Court verdict that granted bail to controversial businessman Giasuddin Al Mamun in a money laundering case.

Mahmudur Rahman's petition rejected

The High Court (HC) yesterday rejected a writ petition filed by Mahmudur Rahman, acting editor of the daily Amar Desh, challenging the proceedings of 24 defamation cases against him.

IER admission test on Feb 5

The first year admission test of Bachelor of Education (honours) of Institute of Education and Research (IER), Dhaka University for academic session 2009-10 will now be held on February 5.

Hearing on Feb 22

The hearing on the petition filed by Iqbal Hassan Mahmood Tuku seeking attachment of former army chief General Moeen U Ahmed's properties before judgment was not held as the conducting judge was on leave yesterday.

HC asks govt to submit report

The High Court yesterday directed the government to submit a report on irregularities, if any, in the process of appointing housekeepers and cleaners for the prime minister's office and International Convention Centre.

National

Zia Fertiliser counts production loss of Tk 15 lakh a day

Zia Fertiliser Company Limited (ZFCL) at Ashuganj incurs a daily loss of at least Tk 15 lakh in terms of production due to its decrepit BFW pre-heater unit.

BADC now keeps fertiliser under open sky in Barisal

A good amount of fertiliser is kept in the open space under tarpaulin cover as Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation (BADC) has failed to get back a godown from a private firm that rented the warehouse 15 years ago.

18 sued on charge of killing FF, arson, looting during '71 war

Eighteen alleged collaborators of Pakistani occupation forces were yesterday sued on charges of killing a freedom fighter, looting his house and setting fire to it at Teligati village under Morelganj upazila of Bagerhat in 1971.

Robbers loot two jewellery shops in Chittagong

Robbers looted cash and gold ornaments from two jewellery shops at Charia Nayahat Bazaar in Hathazari upazila early yesterday.

All about top Khulna city criminals on website soon

Khulna Metropolitan Police (KMP) will release photos of wanted criminals with their criminal background on the website soon.

Boy rescued, two abductors held

A Rapid Action Battalion (Rab-9) team on Saturday rescued an abducted schoolboy and arrested two in connection with the abduction from Ishwarganj upazila headquarters.

AL men besiege police station to free leader

A section of Awami League leaders and activists laid siege to Raiganj Police Station yesterday demanding release of upazila AL leader Abdullah Pathan.

3 more held in Bogra student killing case

Detective Branch of police raided different areas of the district town Friday and arrested three more in connection with killing of a student of ASA University.

Bombs, firearms recovered in Khulna, Bogra

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab-6) recovered four powerful bombs, one revolver and a magazine Saturday midnight from the residence of 'Hatkata' Khaleque of Rajapur village under Rupsha upazila.

BCC to name 7 city roads after FFs, noted persons

Barisal City Corporation (BCC) authorities have decided to name seven city roads after seven freedom fighters and noted persons of the city.

Ctg mayor finally goes between hawkers, traders

Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury yesterday took initiative to settle the dispute between hawkers and traders of two city markets.

3 outlaws held in Meherpur

Police arrested three outlaws in Bamundi petrol pump area of Gangni upazila in Meherpur Saturday night.

6 get life for twin murder

A Gopalganj court yesterday sentenced six people to life term imprisonment for killing two villagers in 1990.

7 hurt in Sylhet clash

At least seven people were injured in a factional clash of Jubo League at Chuta Khurma in Biswanath upazila on Friday night. Locals said an altercation ensued between supporters of local Jubo League leaders Shamsu Mia and Reaz Mia over formation of a committee of ward number 2 of Alangkari union at about 9:00pm. At one stage, the groups attacked each other and pelted brickbats, leaving seven people injured from both sides. The injured were identified as Wahab Ali, 19, Selim Mia, 25, Sadik Ahmed, 25, Ibrahim Ali, 30, Motin Mia, 32, Afroz Mia, 40, and Mahiuddin, 35.

Criminal held in Satkhira

Police arrested a 'criminal' and recovered arms from his possession at Jhhayamari village in Kaliganj upazila Saturday night. Arrestee Ohab Ali Piyada, 43, is son of Md Taleb Ali Piyada of village Jhhayamari. Upon his confession, police recovered a revolver and six bullets from a shrimp enclosure occupied by him last year, sources said. Quoting locals police said police arrested him from Satkhira town on January 30. Ohab is involved in different crimes including land grabbing, snatching and mugging in the area. Police said he is also an absconding accused.

Boro farming scheme

A scheme has been taken up to bring 91,809 hectares of land under boro paddy cultivation in six upazilas of the district with a production target of 3,41,480 metric tonnes in the current season. According to the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) sources, of the total, 23,700 hectares have been brought under the scheme in Sadar, 17,000 hectares in Kaliganj, 9,650 hectares in Kotchandpur, 22,495 hectares in Maheshpur, 9,550 hectares in Shailakupa and 9,414 hectares in Harinakundu upazilas. DAE officials said they have already started supply of quality seeds, fertiliser and other necessary agri-inputs among the farmers at fair prices to make the scheme a success. They said the farmers produced 3,48,284 metric tonnes of rice in the district cultivating 93,515 hectares of land last season.

Arms seized, one held

A team of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a young man along with a single barrel gun and a bullet in Sagordi area of the city early Saturday. The arrested man was identified as Mir Shahidul Islam Rony, 35, a notorious criminal and extortionist of the area. Rab sources said Rony would be handed over to police after interrogation.

Letters

“Better is expected”

Probably you, the captain of the Bangladesh cricket team, have taken his asking as “Rebuke” but it was a “Cry” from the bottom of the heart of the board president which echoes millions of Bangladeshis and he has the right to do so. Late Maj. Khaled Mosharaf and Maj Haider, the legendary sector commanders, would always asked for more even if the “Boys” gave their best. It does not mean that they “Humiliated” their boys by asking for more, they just wanted their boys to give their best. It is how boys used to be inspired. How a leader of a group could stand in front of those sector commanders and defend after losing more then 100 boys [read runs] in an attack where there seemed to be a wining situation, just because of lacking in attitude [clearly there was along with the body language ] to win the war. When the boys could do it after nine months why it could not be done after more then 150 months [read Tests]. Just saying “Doing Better” is definitely not enough.

Controlling traffic

The editorial on Dhaka Traffic (DS, Jan 19, 2010), was very appropriate and timely, but hardly adequate. It was like blowing a puff of air to remove a mountain. As media personnel, you have to do something more substantive to make the government declare the traffic situation an 'emergency' and get various ministries to put their heads together to solve the problem.

Nigeria riots

Most of these riots are politically motivated. During such riots anti-social elements got the full advantage, thereby furthering animosity.

Save migratory birds

With the arrival of winter every year we see the mass-migration of birds of different species from ice-covered regions of the world to our country. Hence they are our guests. These birds play a vital role for the eco-system of Bangladesh. But we do not make our land a haven to them, rather we give a cruel treatment to these dumb guests.

Murderous student politics

There is a wise saying, ''Today's students will lead the nation tomorrow.'' But if they are misguided and involve themselves in vicious and heinous activities, how will they become our future leaders? In the educational institutions we often see some so-called students under the shadow of political groups or in the name of student politics they create campus violence.

Standard of education

We feel worried, shocked and concerned about the standard of education, general knowledge, learning of English and mathematics of our secondary school boys and girls.

Rootless people

The other night I was made to stop by an uproar and a pathetic wailing of some young children outside my residential hall. When I went to the spot, I found the little possessions of some homeless people who were living on the footpath around Dhaka University and BUET campus lying scattered while a few women were shouting at the top of their voice and a couple of young panic-stricken shivering children letting out heart-rendering cry which made air heavy on that chilly night. I saw a micro-bus parked beside with a line “Proctorial team, University of Dhaka” stuck to its back and came to know that it was a drive meant to eradicate the rootless people occupying the university footpath making the place look dirty. Some people were justifying the drive saying that those footpath-dwellers were involved in illicit activities and responsible for making the area untidy. I knew that the accusation of the people was not baseless and the university authorities had the right to do what they did in terms of law. But from a human viewpoint how and who can justify an action that threw a number of poor creatures including a couple of innocent kids out of 'their home' on that biting and bone-shivering cold midnight? The two children were too panic-stricken and cold-beaten to cry normally. The sight was pathetic enough to make even an iron-hearted to have sympathy for those children.

Anatomy of 1/11

It is well known that a democratic system is a self contained and self sustained foolproof system. Solution to any problem in a democratic system is contained within the system itself and one should look for solution within the system, not outside. If solution has to be brought from outside then the system is incomplete and weak.

Prime minister and Imams

Learnt from the DS report dated 21 Jan 2010 that while addressing the National Conference of Trained Imams at the city's Bangabandhu International Conference Centre you said the following:

Test cricket

Test cricket is the real test for a cricketer. Only very good players can survive here. In this sense Bangladesh cricket team is really an ordinary one. After spending nine years in Test arena it's pathetic to see the miserable performance of the cricket team. They could not learn anything all these years. Our batsmen go to the crease and do some 'gung-ho' style batting. And it costs us dearly. We could easily draw the Chittagong Test, which was shortened by bad weather, if our batsmen showed some patience.

Introduce train to Cox's Bazar

We all know that Bangladesh has been independent for the last 40 years. But only a few kilometres of railway track have been added to our vulnerable railways.

Sell-outs and secrets

The well written article, printed in your pages on 21st. January, by your Defense & Strategic Affairs editor is a polite though sarcastic and indirect criticism of the Hon. Leader of the Opposition! Hopefully, someone reads it out and explain it to her. One barb, and I quote, states, "Much is to be said in favour of modern journalism. By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, it keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community"!

Khaleda's predictable reaction

The Daily Star in its editorial of 19 Jan under the above caption has expressed surprise over Begum Khaleda's reaction. What the paper predicted has proved to be right and the paper should not have expected anything else. Begum Zia has said what she was expected to say and the people were not surprised.

Justice

Although progress has been made in the judiciary of our country Bangladesh, strange loopholes exist in our legal systems that take away our rights.

Traffic jam and solution

Traffic jams are the biggest problem in Dhaka city. Day by day the number of vehicles is increasing. No alternative roads are being made. Therefore, the vehicles get stuck in a few roads. It is also true that it is difficult to construct alternative roads around Dhaka. But we could build more flyovers to reduce traffic jams.

Decentralisation

In the process of decentralisation, upazila parishad has been a focal point of administration. As per the recommendation of CARR (Committee for Administrative Reform and Reorganization), formed in 1982, under the chairmanship of martial law administrator M. A. Khan, during the regime of H. M. Ershad, upazila parishad was entrusted with a broad range of functions. The activities included formulation of development plans, proper implementation of these plans, discharge of criminal and civilian cases, collection of revenue and maintenance of law and order. As an outcome of this initiative, we distinctively prioritise the flow of participation of local people in administration and development. The upazila chairman was provided with the authority to oversee and monitor the activities of civil servants in collaboration with the upazila parishad members. He was also authorised to write the ACR (Annual Confidential Report) of the officers concerned. But, now the ACR is usually written by UNO (Upazila Nirbahi Officer). Though the first upazila election was held in 1985, it was abolished in 1991 during the then BNP government. Later, almost nineteen years, in 2008, the military backed caretaker government wanted to revive the upazila parishad through holding "Upazila Election -2008." But our lawmakers intended to emerge as advisers to the upazila chairman. The intention and intervention of the lawmakers have almost kept the upazila parishad dysfunctional. Again the ruling party also pledged that they would strengthen local government to ensure good governance. In order to ensure decentralization of power, local development and people's participation, it is a must to empower upazila chairman.

Roadside trees

On the dawn of the New Year, there was a heart rending bus accident in Faridpur, killing 18 passengers and leaving many critically wounded. Unfortunately, some of our newspapers could not even accommodate the news in the front page. Most probably the reason is that accidents are becoming a daily occurrence.

Racism in Australia

At last the Australian police admitted that there was element of racism during the attack on the Indian student and they knew that for the last two years. Why they were hiding the facts before the murder of the unfortunate Indian student is not clear.

“Best is not good enough”

Thank you very much Architect Dr. Nizamuddin Ahmed for your article “Best is just not good enough” (Star Sports Section of January 24, 2010). Shakib & his team can not demand respect, they have to learn to earn it.

International

Karzai appeals to Taliban to lay down arms

Afghanistan's president appealed to Taliban fighters yesterday to put down their weapons and accept Afghan laws as the government and its international allies push a programme to entice militants away from the insurgency.

Taliban denies report of Mehsud's death

The Pakistani Taliban yesterday denied fresh rumours that their chief Hakimullah Mehsud is dead, while the army said it was investigating as reports re-emerged that he was killed by US drone missiles.

'Afghan mineral, petroleum reserves worth trillion dollars'

Afghanistan, one of the world's poorest countries, is sitting on mineral and petroleum reserves worth an estimated one trillion dollars, President Hamid Karzai said yesterday.

Fighter jets pound NW Pakistan, bomb kills 2

Fighter jets and helicopters yesterday pounded a district in northwest Pakistan where a suicide bomber killed 17 people a day earlier, in a response described by authorities as "severe".

Rajapakse transfers senior military officers loyal to Fonseka

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse has transferred several senior military officers loyal to the former army general who he defeated in elections, a military source said yesterday.

US beefs up defence of Persian Gulf allies

The United States has begun beefing up its approach to defending its Persian Gulf allies against potential Iranian missile strikes, officials says. The defences are being stepped up in advance of possible increased sanctions against Iran.

Delhi to host India's first 'Newseum'

Delhi will have the country's first museum on news - Newseum!

Maharani's heirs fight govt for 800kg gold

The heirs of Maharani Gayatri Devi of the erstwhile Jaipur royal family, considered the wealthiest royalty of Rajasthan, have approached the Delhi High Court for getting back nearly 800 kg of gold seized by the government in 1975.The gold, listed as the private property of Gayatri Devi's husband, the late Maharaja Sawai Man Singh, was seized by the Income Tax (IT) department as the family had not declared it to the authorities as stipulated by the Gold Control Act, 1968. The act has now been repealed.

Haiti detains 10 Americans taking kids across border

A group of 10 American Baptists were being held in the Haitian capital yesterday after trying take 33 children out of Haiti.

US, China escalating row over Taiwan arms sale

China and the United States were locked Sunday in an escalating row over US arms sales to Taiwan, with Washington rebuffing Chinese protests and insisting the deal promotes stability in the Taiwan Strait.

Blair evidence makes room for Brown grilling

Tony Blair's evidence to Britain's Iraq war inquiry, notable for a lack of any apology, sets up an awkward appearance within weeks for Prime Minister Gordon Brown, ahead of a likely May election.

UN slams Africa power-grabs as Gaddafi steps aside

UN chief Ban Ki-Moon yesterday criticised power-grabs in Africa in a speech to the continent's leaders as Libya's Muammer Gaddafi reluctantly handed over the presidency of the African Union to Malawi.

Queen ropes in 'Three Wise Men' to prepare Prince William for throne

Queen Elizabeth II has reportedly roped in top Royal officials, dubbed the 'Three Wise Men', to train her grandson William for the British throne.

Yemen claims killing 24 Shia rebels despite truce offer

Clashes broke out overnight between Yemen's forces and northern Shia rebels despite a rebel truce offer, military officials said yesterday, as the government claimed another 24 Huthis killed.

NY governor caught with woman in his closet

After his predecessor Eliot Spitzer quit when his $1,000-an-hour romps with call girl Ashley Dupre became public two years ago, current New York Governor David Paterson too is facing rumours of sexacapades.

Arts & Entertainment

What’s in for this year’s Ekushey Book Fair

Ekushey Book Fair has become a symbol of our national identity. The fair lasts throughout the month of February. Understandably, readers, writers, educationists wait enthusiastically for this event. During this month, the fair becomes a hub for all creative people.

Classical music festival in Rajshahi

Two renowned classical musicians were accorded reception at a two-day long Uchchanga Sangeet (classical music) Festival that ended in Rajshahi recently.

Printmaking workshop held at Cosmos-Atelier 71

A two-day long printmaking workshop concluded on January 30 at Cosmos-Atelier 71, Malibagh, in the city, says a press release. Leading local and foreign printmakers attended the workshop with an aim to popularise the medium among artists in Bangladesh. Wood engraving, linocut, metalcut, etching, aquatint, mezzotint, drypoint, lithograph, among other mediums, are familiar to the printmakers of our country.

A visual ode to slumber

It is believed that one third of our lives go into sleeping. Considering its significance, slumber somehow does not figure, as it should in art.

Winners of the 3rd Int’l Children’s Film Festival announced

Fariha Jahan and Shayla Islam Rodshi's “Tuktuker Chasma” won in the Film Competition Section. The second award went to the film “Miss U” (directed by Sadia Tabbasum Priti) and the third award winning film was “The Mother” (directed by Abu Sayeed Nishan). The fourth award winner was the film “Bodh” (directed by Yaseen Rahman Suman) and the fifth award went to the film “The Tennis Ball” (directed by Moniruzzaman Shajib). Action Aid Bangladesh, Rtv and Children's Film Society gave away the prize money to awardees.


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