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News of: Friday, 12th of February, 2010

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BNP back, places list of demands

Returning to the House after a long absence, the BNP-led opposition yesterday demanded parliamentary discussions on issues like price hike of essentials, law and order, campus violence and Asian highway.

Rajshahi Jamaat chief arrested

Police yesterday arrested Rajshahi city Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Ataur Rahman in connection with the two cases filed for Tuesday's violence at Rajshahi University and the murder of Faruk Hossain.

Blaze kills 7 in Japan Garden City

Seven of a family including two kids were killed in a fire at a multi-storey apartment block in the city’s Mohammadpur area last night.

PM talks with Abbas at ZIA

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday made a stopover for an hour at Zia International Airport where he and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had a discussion on matters of mutual interest.

2 shot at in N'ganj, Tk 19 lakh snatched

Angry mob yesterday beat a mugger to death and injured his two accomplices for shooting at two employees of a business firm and snatching Tk 19 lakh from them in Fatullah, Narayanganj.

Probe confirms huge hiring irregularities

A health ministry probe report found massive irregularities and nepotism in the recruitment of fourth-class employees at the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital in January this year, a source of the ministry said.

Ahmadinejad declares Iran 'nuclear' nation

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad boasted Iran was now a nuclear nation as he announced yesterday the production of its first highly enriched uranium on the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution.

BCL yet to detect Shibir infiltration

Bangladesh Chhatra League has yet to take a formal step to detect alleged infiltration by Islami Chhatra Shibir even 48 hours after the Awami League general secretary's claim.

Opposition walks out over remarks on Zia

Opposition lawmakers led by Opposition Leader Khaleda Zia staged a stormy walkout during parliamentary proceedings last evening, protesting the home minister's remarks on late president Ziaur Rahman.

SSC exams begin

The Secondary School Certificate and its equivalent examinations started yesterday with a total of 4,108 absentees while 64 students and one teacher were expelled on the first day for resorting to unfair means.

HC rules for strong probe commission

The High Court yesterday issued a suo moto rule upon the government to explain within eight days why it should not be directed to form a high-powered enquiry commission to investigate the recent gruesome incident of Rajshahi University.

BCL men beat up journos at RU

A group of Bangladesh Chhatra League cadres yesterday severely beat up 11 journalists and photojournalists at Rajshahi University.

Babar remanded in Kibria case

A Habiganj court yesterday placed former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar on a six-day remand of Criminal Investigation Department in SAMS Kibria killing case.

President of Turkey Gul due today

Turkish President Abdullah Gul arrives in Dhaka today on a two-day official trip which aims to enhance cooperation, boost economic ties and further strengthen bilateral relations.

PM shows up late for SSC exams

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday set an example attending the 4th National Convention of Krishibid Institution, Bangladesh one-hour late just to yield passage for SSC candidates for smooth travel to exam centres.

Gul talks to The Daily Star

In an email interview with The Daily Star, Turkish President Abdullah Gul says there is much room to expand bilateral relations, particularly in economic and commercial fields. Despite the global economic crisis, the two-way trade volume was around $600 million in 2009. He says a $1 billion trade volume between Bangladesh and Turkey is an achievable target.

HC order to demolish illegal floors upheld

The Supreme Court yesterday upheld the High Court order to demolish the unauthorised top four floors of Jamuna Future Park Shopping Complex by dismissing a petition filed against the HC decision.

RU victim maimed for life

Lying on a bed in the National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation (Nitor) yesterday, Saifur Rahman Badshah was yet to know that doctors suspect he might not be able to use his left arm ever again.

Rejoinder

Barrister Mainul Hosein, chairman of editorial board and executive director-I of Ittefaq Group of Publications Ltd, in a rejoinder Tuesday said he never said Anwar Hossain Manju amassed Tk 2 crore through illegal means and distributed it among the workers and journalists of the Daily Ittefaq.

Rezzaqul's remand extended

A Chittagong court yesterday granted a two-day remand extension of former National Security Intelligence Director General Major General (retd) Rezzaqul Haider Chowdhury in connection with the Chittagong arms haul case.

Ichhamoti dredging to start soon

The delegations of Bangladesh and India have agreed in principle to dredge the border river Ichhamoti restoring its navigability and save the people of both countries from floods.

Drive continues to retrieve parking space

Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) yesterday demolished parts of a number of buildings in the city's Rampura Road area to retrieve designated car parking space.

Move to ensure enforcement of fair rules

The Amar Ekushey Book Fair authorities have decided to strengthen the activities of its monitoring cell to ensure the observance of fair rules in all stalls.

Indian hostel blaze kills 12 children

At least 12 children were killed in a massive fire yesterday, which gutted a school hostel in northeastern India made of bamboo and hay, a local official said.

Elderly woman burnt to death

A 75-year-old woman was burnt to death in a fire originated from a gas oven at East Shakpura village under Boalkhali upzila in Chittagong district yesterday.

Arrest warrants issued against 14 Hizbut Tahrir activists

A Dhaka court yesterday issued arrest warrants against 14 activists of Hizbut Tahrir for violating the terms and conditions of bails in a case filed for assaulting policemen and creating obstructions in discharging their duties in September last year.

Editorial

Stifling ACC role is unacceptable

THE present ACC has lost some of the powerful image it had acquired during the time of the preceding caretaker government despite some pitfalls. But as if to confirm that impression its incumbent chairman not long ago bemoaned that it was being a toothless tiger.

Law and order situation

THE home minister's recent claim that law and order situation is better than before seems not to be borne out by the latest facts and figures on the ground. Two brilliant students had already to die a premature death within the span of a week -- one caught in the crossfire of clashes in the Dhaka University, while the other was murdered in a most brutal manner by the activists of an opponent group. The undesirable death of the university students apart, the capital city itself witnessed three murders around the same time.

Enough is enough

IF the news of the past two weeks was not enough to persuade us that so-called student politics should be banned without further ado, I do not know what will.

The anxiety of devouring children

TWO small children died in road accidents within the space of two days. Two lives were nipped in the bud, two projects demolished in mid-construction. The bereaved families are mourning their losses. One of the children was a schoolgoing boy. His classmates will sorely miss his presence. For some time, his teachers will fumble in class during roll calls. Then the reality will catch up with everyone. We shall let bygones be bygones again.

Sports

Kayes hits maiden hundred

Bangladesh's best performance so far on their New Zealand tour was not enough to deny the hosts from making a clean 3-0 sweep in the one-day series as they won the last match in Christchurch by 3 wickets yesterday.

Barisal lose despite win

Barisal posted a five-wicket victory over leaders Rajshahi on Thursday but the success was not good enough for them to book a place in the second phase of the National Cricket League.

Modi asks ECB to find a way out

Lalit Modi, the Champions League Twenty20 commissioner, has asked the ECB to make "minor adjustments" to its county schedule to enable English participation in the 2010 tournament. Modi's comments came a day after he announced the tournament schedule, which clashes with the last fortnight of the English domestic season and almost rules out county teams from taking part as they did last year.

Challenge Cup training starts

The national booters started their preparation for the AFC Challenge Cup yesterday at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.

Dan ready for Test

With the ODI whitewash against Bangladesh complete, New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori is confident that his side can make the switch from the limited-overs version to Test cricket seamlessly, as they prepare for the first Test in Hamilton starting on Monday.

Laxman return boosts India

India's seasoned batsman Venkatsai Laxman will return for the final Test against South Africa after recovering from a finger injury, an official said on Thursday.

Everton stun Chelsea

Louis Saha had a night to remember by scoring both of Everton's goals in a 2-1 win over Premier League leaders Chelsea that threw the title race wide open again on Wednesday.

Inter extend lead

Italian champions Inter Milan extended their lead at the Serie A summit to nine points after substitute Mario Balotelli struck a second-half equaliser to earn them a 1-1 draw at Parma.

Terry flies to Dubai

Troubled Chelsea star John Terry on Thursday boarded a flight to Dubai, where his wife has taken refuge from a media storm over the former England captain's reported affair with an underwear model.

Milan hope to rebound

AC Milan will be hoping to bounce back to winning ways at home to Udinese on Friday night in a bid to re-ignite their faltering league title aspirations.

Ribery's instant impact

France star Franck Ribery made an immediate impact on his first start for Bayern Munich in more than four months on Wednesday as he scored in their 6-2 German Cup quarterfinal win over Furth.

Hull, Arsenal fined over brawl

Hull and Arsenal have been hit with fines of, respectively, 40,000 pounds and 20,000 pounds, following a mass confrontation between their players in a Premier League match at the Emirates in December.

Argentina edge Jamaica

Martin Palermo and Ignacio Canuto scored late goals to give Argentina a 2-1 win over Jamaica in an international friendly on Wednesday.

Raul keen on US move

Real Madrid veteran Raul is set to join the New York Red Bulls in the United States for next season, Marca sports daily reported on Thursday.

Giggs sent for X-ray on arm

Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs has been sent for an X-ray on the arm injury he sustained in his side's 1-1 draw against Aston Villa on Wednesday.

Brazil WC winner Pecanha dies

Orlando Pecanha, who played for Brazil when they won the World Cup for the first time in Sweden in 1958 has died from a heart attack at the age of 74, the Brazilian Football Federation said on Wednesday.

Bordeaux crash out

Champions Bordeaux alarming drop in form continued on Wednesday as they were knocked out of the French Cup by Monaco, beaten 2-0 at home in their last 16 clash.

Winter Olympics begin in Vancouver today

Years of planning come to a head on Friday when the Vancouver Winter Olympics get underway, culminating a long slog for organisers who are confident there will be no major dramas despite unseasonably warm weather.

Dementieva reaches qtrs

Russian top seed Elena Dementieva beat compatriot Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in straight sets to reach the quarterfinals of the WTA Paris Indoor Open here on Wednesday.

Davydenko's solid start

Russian second seed Nikolay Davydenko pulled off an impressive win over in-form Spaniard Feliciano Lopez here on Wednesday in the first round of the Rotterdam Open beating him 6-4, 6-2.

'We are the Rocky'

Afghanistan's battle against adversity during their rise up the cricket ranks has all the makings of a Hollywood script. Now, after their victory over USA which confirmed progression to the Super Fours of the World Twenty20 Qualifiers, Hamid Hassan, their star performer, has compared his country's success against the odds to the iconic boxing movie Rocky, with Hassan himself delivering the knockout blow.

Business

Pharma companies brace for new phase

Bangladeshi pharmaceutical companies should prepare to maintain growth in local sales and exports and remain competitive in the post-2016 period, when patents will be imposed on all generic drugs, analysts suggest.

Build network to lure investment

Bangladesh should enhance communication from different fronts with Canada to attract more investment from the North American rich country.

Complaints over smart cards

Mismanagement in delivering smart cards to the overseas jobseekers has triggered protest among the recruiting agencies, which said the government's inefficiency in issuing the cards is causing huge sufferings to the aspirant migrants and the agencies.

Govt's bank borrowing falls

The government borrowing from the banking system went down to a record low in the first seven months of the current fiscal year mainly because of increased foreign assistance and a huge sale of national savings instruments.

Jute export ban sees limited waiver

The government has decided to withdraw restriction on raw jute export for some time under some conditions.

SEC rejects review appeal of Arafat Securities

The stock market regulator has rejected the review appeal of Arafat Securities, which was fined Tk 51 lakh for its involvement in price manipulation of Beach Hatchery shares.

Minister suggests wider tax net to ensure economic growth

The finance minister has reiterated that the present tax net should be widened to up government's earnings, which could ensure economic growth further.

Danish funds to improve water supply

Denmark will give Bangladesh more than $100 million in loans to help improve water supply in Dhaka city, the Danish embassy said in a statement yesterday.

Analysts push for curbs on inflation

Economists yesterday advised policymakers to be active in curbing inflationary pressure, expressing concerns that the annual average inflation might exceed 7 percent.

Turkish firm keen on joint venture investment

Arslan Group of Companies has expressed keen interest in joint-venture investment in Bangladesh's potential sectors especially garments, IT and power.

Dhaka-Delhi customs meeting held

The officials from Bangladesh and India discussed a series of issues including custom formalities and movement of trucks across the border at the sixth joint group of customs meeting in New Delhi yesterday.

Kia to launch hybrids in US

Kia plans to introduce its first hybrid vehicle to the United States by the end of the year, officials for the South Korean automaker said Wednesday.

Pubali Bank appoints three DMDs

Pubali Bank recently appointed three new deputy managing directors, said a press statement.

Mainland China opens outlet in Dhaka

India's premier fine dining Chinese restaurant, Mainland China, opened its first international outlet at Uttara in Dhaka yesterday.

CORPORATE BRIEFS

DHAKA BANK
The board of directors has recommended 25 percent stock dividend (one bonus share for every four shares) for the year 2009. The AGM will be held at 11am on March 28 at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Agargaon. The record date is March 3. The bank has also announced EPS of Tk 45.09, NAV per share of Tk 233.38 and net operating cash flow per share of Tk 70.01 for the year to December 31, 2009.

Oil strengthens in Asian trade

Oil firmed in Asian trade Thursday as a weaker US dollar spurred buying in the commodity and investors waited for a closely watched report on US energy inventories.

Metropolitan

Expedite research to boost agri output for food security

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday called upon the agricultural scientists to expedite research to boost agricultural production aiming at ensuring food security keeping in mind the country's huge population.

Youths vow to fight corruption

It is not enough just to talk against corruption and dreaming of a poverty-free country, rather the youths of today must wage a united social movement and work in their own capacities to see their dream come true.

BNP leaders differ with US envoy

BNP leaders yesterday differed with the US ambassador in Dhaka on certain issues like the last general election and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's recent visit to India.

Minister warns of stern action against those flouting rules

Shipping Minister Md Shahjahan Khan yesterday warned that stern action would be taken against those involved in indiscriminate sand extraction from the river Karnaphuli in violation of rules.

Climate fund should not be used only in campaign, research

Food Minister Abdur Razzaque yesterday said the climate change fund should not be used only in carrying out campaign, awareness building and research.

'Launch combing operations to nab Shibir cadres'

The government yesterday ordered the law enforcement agencies to launch combing operations at all the places that are considered strongholds of Jamaat-Shibir across the country.

CPA receives oily waste collection vessel

Western Marine Shipyard Limited yesterday handed over an oily waste collection vessel to the Chittagong Port Authority (CPA).

Ensure journos' security

Leaders of the National Press Club, Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) and Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) yesterday urged the government to ensure the security of the lives of the journalists.

Students demand fair probe

Leaders of Nirjaton Birodhi Chhatra Chhatribrindo, a platform for Dhaka University students campaigning against violence, yesterday placed a five-point demand, including a fair investigation into the death of Abubakar, a third year student of Islamic culture and history, and trial of the killers.

'Make MPs' Code of Conduct bill a law'

Leaders of two major political parties and civil society members at a roundtable yesterday hailed the 'Code of Conduct for Members of Parliament Bill 2010' and called on the government to enact it as a law soon.

DU economics dept alumni reunion tomorrow

The reunion of Dhaka University Economics Department Alumni Association will be held at Sonargaon Hotel in the city tomorrow.

Donors out to make country indebted

Speakers at a seminar termed the upcoming Bangladesh Development Forum the 'Debt Development Forum' which, in fact, is the planning of making the country more indebted, says a press release.

Biman's flights to resume Feb 15, 16

Biman Bangladesh Airlines will resume its operation on Dhaka-Bangkok-Dhaka and Dhaka-Delhi-Dhaka routes on February 15 and 16 with the induction of new generation Boeing 737.

City road named after Ouderland

Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has named Road No. 84 at Guslhan-2 in the city after WAS Ouderland Bir Pratik in recognition of his contribution to the War of Liberation.

KG Mustafa hospitalised

KG Mustafa, a language movement veteran, noted journalist and former ambassador, was admitted to LabAid Hospital in the city on Monday with bronchial asthma and other old-age complications, says a press release.

Climate change obstacle to ensuring food security, FM tells agriculturists

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni yesterday said the adverse impacts of climate change are the main obstacles to ensuring food security in the country.

Fair probe demanded

Pro-BNP and Jamaat teachers of Dhaka University (DU) formed a human chain on the campus yesterday demanding proper investigation into the death of DU student Abubakar Siddique and punishment to the people responsible.

38 shanties gutted in city slum fire

At least 38 shanties and 30 vehicles were gutted in a devastating fire at a slum in Muhammadpur embankment area in the city yesterday afternoon.

Fire in Japan Garden City

A fire broke out at a flat of a multi-storied building at the Japan Garden City, a shopping-cum-residential complex, in the capital last night.

Elderly woman burnt to death in Ctg

A 75-year-old woman was burnt to death in a fire originated from a gas oven at East Shakpura village under Boalkhali upzila in Chittagong district yesterday.

Jamaat demands release of Ataur, Shibir men

Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami yesterday demanded unconditional release of its leader Ataur Rahman and the Chhatra Shibir activists arrested in connection with Monday night's killing on the Rajshahi University campus.

Attack on Mahmudur Rahman

Acting Editor of the daily Amar Desh Mahmudur Rahman came under attack again by 'cadres of the ruling party' at Satrasta crossing in the city's Tejgaon area yesterday.

Link of close aides suspected

Hired killers gunned down Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) councillor Ahammad Hossain on Tuesday night and some of his close aides having a link to the killing went into hiding, police said.

National

Smoke, dust put residents under health risk

The asphalt plant set up on the land meant for a park at Boyra Housing Estate in Khalishpur of Khulna city remains a nuisance for locals as black smoke and dust poses health risk for them.

PBCP threatens to avenge killing of party men

All police stations and outposts in four south-western districts have been put on alert following violence and threat by outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-ML) in Chuadanga on Monday night.

Accused Keraniganj OC submits report to court

Officer-in-Charge of Keraniganj Police Station Mohammad Asaduzzaman, who is also an accused in a case filed for the death of an accused in their custody, yesterday submitted a report on the victim's death to a Dhaka court.

50 injured as AL, BNP clash in Sirajganj town

At least 50 people were injured in a clash between Awami League and BNP in Sirajganj town yesterday evening.

Villagers vow to contain extortion in localities

Several thousand people of 10 villages in Aditmari upazila of the district at a meeting on Wednesday night vowed to prevent extortion in their localities.

Cox's Bazar AL leader stabbed to death

A local Awami League leader was stabbed to death by a gang of criminals in Cox's Bazar town on Wednesday night.

Abducted homeopath buys freedom

An abducted homeopath bought freedom at Asannagar under Sadar upazila in Kushtia on Wednesday.

Criminals beat up ansars at Benapole port, take away imported cotton

A gang of criminals yesterday beat up and injured two on-duty ansars at Benapole land port for preventing them from stealing imported cotton from the port premises.

Seedling crisis hampers Irri-Boro cultivation in Rajshahi region

IRRI-Boro cultivation is being hampered in the ongoing season in Rajshahi region due to acute shortage of seedlings and their high prices.

Move to protect life, property from calamity

The Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) has undertaken a special project for protection of lives and property of people and cattle from the onslaught of natural calamities in nine coastal districts of south-western region.

Adivasi fair on sea beach

An Indigenous people's fair begins at Laboni Point on Cox's Bazar sea beach yesterday.

Rickshaw-van puller murdered

A rickshaw-van puller was murdered at Muraridah village under Jhenidah Sadar upazila on Wednesday night.

2 injured Jubo League men die

Two Awami Jubo League activists, who were injured in a series of factional clashes in Chuadanga, succumbed to their injuries at hospitals in Dhaka and Chuadanga.

17 shops gutted in Noakhali

At least 17 shops were gutted in a fire at Sonaimuri Bazar in Noakhali on Wednesday night. Locals said the fire originated from a shop at Kalibari Road at around 11:00pm and soon spread to the adjacent shops. On information, Fire fighters from Choumuhoni, Maijdi and Laksam rushed to the spot and extinguished the blaze at around 1:00am. Sonaimuri Upazila Chairman APM Babul, Sonaimuri Pourasava Mayor Motahar Hossain Manik, Sonaimuri upazila nirbahi officer (UNO), ASP of Begumganj circle visited the spot.

Robbery at Brac office, 3 held

Police arrested three people on charge of robbery at Achra Brac office in Benapole on Wednesday. Police said the gang stormed into the Brac office early Tuesday, beat up Manager Saifur Rahman and took away Tk 65,000 from him. On February 1, the same gang held the staff of the Brac office hostage at gunpoint and looted Tk 95,000. Police arrested three gang members-- Selim, Mashiar and Ibrahim--on Wednesday. They are quizzing the arrestees.

Three get life for murder

Three people were yesterday sentenced to life imprisonment for killing a youth at village Horiakhali in Mohammadpur upazila of Magura district in 2005. The convicts are Amjad Hossain, 55, Mahtab Molla, 45, and Nanu Mondol of Salta village under the upazila. Additional District and Sessions Judge Mohammad Nazir Ahmed handed down the verdict. He acquitted seven others as murder charge brought against them could not be proved. According to the prosecution, the convicts attacked Delwar Hossain, 20, of Horiakhali village in the same upazila on March 21, 2005 as a sequel to previous enmity over ownership of a land. They beat up Delwar, leaving him seriously injured. Delwar was admitted to Khulna Medical College Hospital where he died the following day.

Letters

Education in disarray

While presiding over the convocation at Jahangirnagar University, the Honourable President very rightly expressed his concern at the declining educational standards of our universities. It is high time our intellectuals took up serious and realistic measures to correct this sorry state of higher education. Of course, student politics, patronised and actively encouraged by all our political parties, is a major reason behind this state of affairs. Political parties must rectify their relationship, in the overall national interest of better education standards for higher education in Bangladesh.

Vegetables

Vegetables are one of the essential food items for growth and maintenance of health. In the months of December through March, vegetables are available all over Bangladesh. But during the rest of the year frequently people confront tremendous shortage of vegetables. Bangladesh is predominantly an agricultural country with rich soil condition and climate. Numerous types of vegetables could also be grown here from April to November. It is matter of regret that, even after four decades of independence, we could not produce enough vegetables for the countrymen. The issue needs better handling by the departments concerned.

Death of a student

The gruesome, cold-blooded murder of a Dhaka University student is condemnable. The dastardly act is a grim pointer to the entrenchment of student politics across the country. There is absolutely no place for violence and extremism in a democracy.

Business syndicate

Very often whenever there is a price hike of any item of daily necessity or an industrial raw material, a group of manipulators, popularly know as "syndicate" surfaces. Hoarders, monopolistic importers and retailers in collusion with each other create an artificial shortage making the shop-shelves empty and then charge the price at their will. Sometimes this gamble is short-lived and sometimes it continues for a considerable time. Whatever may be the life of the manipulation, the members make a brisk business of over profit at the cost of the poor consumers. In Bangladesh, there is hardly any powerful instrument which is able to catch hold of the syndicate.

DU classroom!

Dhaka University, needless to say, is still regarded as the biggest, most prestigious and best university of the country. So, it's natural that this historical institution would have the most facilities and amenities in terms of infrastructure and other elements necessary for maintaining proper educational environment. But what I saw the other day makes me wonder if it is indeed the topmost university of the country. That morning seeing a number of students huddling even almost outside the door of a classroom, I thought may be something entertaining was going on at that rush hour. But I was utterly shocked to know that in fact it was just a regular literature class of the 1st year, 2nd semester students of the Department of English. The whole classroom was swarming with more than hundred students and those who weren't lucky enough to grab a seat on the bench or at least a place to stand inside the room were forced to stand and huddle outside trying to listen to the lecture, as if they were in a public meeting. When it's hard to concentrate even inside the closed classrooms with continuous noise from the vehicles, buzzing of the passing students and uproar from the 'indispensable' processions, how could one concentrate under such a situation, I don't know. In fact, it's not the problem of the English Department only, many other departments are suffering from the same problem of accommodation which greatly hampers the proper environment for learning and teaching. I therefore urge the authorities concerned to look into this matter and address the issue immediately.

Mental health

The Daily Star has published some good articles on mental health over the last few months. You have shown your readers how important it is to overcome ignorance and prejudice, fear and denial concerning mental health problems and have highlighted the need for suitable institutions, with properly trained specialists and carers - for voluntary patients.

Fifth Amendment

Now the Fifth Amendment will be considered illegal and our constitution will regain its original spirit with the installation of Democracy, Socialism, Secularism, and Bengali Nationalism. Through 5th amendment president Ziaur Rahman legalised the illegal and unconstitutional rule of Khondokar Moshtaque, Justice Sayem and his own military rule from 1975 to 1979.

US anti-missile plan

Recently, the USA announced that they have a plan to set up defensive missile systems in Gulf Arab countries to halt possible strikes by Iran. I suppose this is a new political ploy to ensure presence of Americans in the region.

Supreme Court verdict

There is no doubt that in the constitutional history of Bangladesh, the verdict of the Hon'ble Supreme Court would be written in golden letters. This is such a historical event which can only be compared with the golden days of our independence.

Our national sport

The thought provoking article entitled “Kabaddi or Karma” by Mr. Mohammed Badrul Ahsan that appeared in The Daily Star on the 1st of January 2010 has really given us food for thought. The article gives us a wonderful view on how different countries have come up with a game as their National Sport which symbolizes their nature and suits their country's outfit. Our whole nation had their hands wide open for a Gold Medal in Kabaddi at the 2010 SAF Games. But the loss of the pinnacle has really forced the whole nation to scratch their head in shame. It is high time to think whether our National Sport really represents the mass population. For a National Sport to succeed throughout, it must be followed by the youth with passion and should be played all over the country with lot of interest. But in case of our national sport, Kabaddi, it is not followed at all and the question of practicing by the mass is far away. As such, we can always think of eliminating Kabaddi as our national sport and may think of declaring swimming as our national sport. Without touching the satirical part of the socio-political issues raised in the article by the writer, I am only concentrating on the national sports part.

Passive smoking

Addiction to different narcotics and drugs has become an usual lifestyle of the modern youth. Starting from curiosity it takes them to the verge of destruction of their youthful life. Be they educated or uneducated, when they have the craze for addiction, none can prevent them from becoming addicts.

Stop this violence

Student politics hardly does any good to the students- this is again proved as a promising student of DU had to lose his life during the clashes between the two groups of the Bangladesh Chattra League.

Zia's mortal remains

The talk about Ziaur Rahman's dead body in national parliament is so much unwanted and disgusting. Such a talk seems not to show any respect to a departed soul. We must know that he was the president and a freedom fighter who lived his life in a very simple manner, not like a modern day politician. Whether the box contained Zia's body or not was determined by a competent authority and he was buried after a big janaza.

Iran scene

In this debate about Iran's right to acquire nuclear weapons for security reasons, no one seems to be mentioning about the slaughter of Iranians by the ruling mullahs for protesting the rigged presidential elections. Since rigging the election, the Ahmadinejad regime has been slaughtering Iranians for protesting against the voting fraud.

Clash at DU

We are deeply shocked to see the news of the death of DU student Abu Bakar on 3rd February. Abu Bakar Siddique, a third year Islamic History student, died in Dhaka Medical College Hospital at around 9:30am. He was injured during clashes between two BCL groups. From the online newspapers we got to know that he was a meritorious student studying heart and soul to become first so that he could be a DU teacher. We have lost this boy.

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International

Record blizzards shut down Washington, New York

Record blizzards that dumped several feet of snow paralysed much of the eastern United States, trapping millions in their homes and shutting down the federal government for a fourth day.

EU parliament blocks key EU-US security data deal

EU lawmakers yesterday blocked a key agreement allowing US authorities to use data about Europeans for terrorist inquiries and Britain slammed the move as a serious setback.

Opposition leaders attacked as Iran marks revolution day

Iranian opposition leaders Mohammad Khatami and Mehdi Karroubi were attacked and their supporters clashed with police during marches marking the Islamic revolution yesterday, an opposition website and Karroubi's son said.

Aerial photos of 9/11 attacks released

Aerial photographs showing the horrifying collapse of New York's World Trade Centre as seen from a police helicopter have been released for the first time.

Fonseka urges calm as protests mount

Sri Lanka's former army chief and defeated presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka has appealed for calm, his wife said yesterday, as violent protests escalated over his arrest on conspiracy charges.

Omar welcomes amnesty for Kashmiri militants

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Thursday welcomed the union government's willingness to grant amnesty to Kashmiri militants who want to return from Pakistan, saying it was a big gift for their families.

Pakistan is my biggest worry, says Biden

US Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday that his greatest concern was not Afghanistan, not Iraq, nor the Iranian nuclear crisis, but Pakistan.

Arts & Entertainment

The diva returns from a triumphant tour

Time and again Runa Laila has proven that she is a living legend. Be it frothy pop, poignant ballads, deep adhunik, classic ghazal or emotive playback -- the Bangladeshi diva's reputation goes beyond borders. She has ardent admirers around the globe.

Every aspect of life -- home, education, and work -- should incorporate our mother language -- Mustafa Monwar

Veteran cultural personality Mustafa Monwar recalls, "Back in the day Ekushey Boi Mela was all about genuine enthusiasm. It was just about avid readers and the well-established publishing houses. As there were fewer means of recreation, more people were into reading. And the Boi Mela didn't only highlight novels and stories by popular writers, but also informative research-based works and essays."

“Ekushey teaches us to keep our heads aloft” -- Muntasir Mamun

Noted educationist and prominent writer Professor Muntasir Mamun stressed the need to uphold the spirit of 'Ekushey February' (Language Movement Day) and thereby promote secularism. 'Ekushey' teaches us to keep our heads aloft, said Professor Mamun. He was addressing a gathering as the chief guest at the Ekushey Book Fair in Pabna last Tuesday night.

The musical side of Dr. F R Khan

Dr. FR Khan, the famed Bangladesh-born engineer-architect, is the designer of the 110-story Sears Tower (now Willis Tower) in Chicago, the tallest building in the United States. Various people have described him as "the Einstein of structural engineering", "the father of the modern skyscraper," and “the greatest structural engineer of the twentieth century”. He is also the designer of the 100-story John Hancock Center in Chicago and the Hajj Terminal at the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah. Thanks to his innovative concepts of "framed tube," "braced tube" and "bundled tube" structural systems, it has now become possible to build buildings over 100 stories.

Bangali Shamagra celebrates sixth anniversary

Bangali Shamagra, a museum that preserves and exhibits works of noted Bengalis, celebrates its sixth anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, the museum launched a book at the Nazrul Mancha, Bangla Academy on February 10.

Ayub Bachchu rocks Magura

"Ami Koshto Petey Bhalobasi", "Ek Akashey Tara Tui Eka Gunisney -- on February 9 evening, Ayub Bachchu's popular songs reverberated at the Nomani Maidan in Magura town.

Ode to the City of Light

Films featuring the city of light, Paris, are being screened (starting from yesterday) at the auditorium of Alliance Francaise de Dhaka. Nineteen films by foreign filmmakers depicting love, lifestyle and crime, with Paris as their backdrop, will be screened at Alliance Francaise till February 20.

Next “Spider-Man” movie to be in 3-D

The new ''Spider-Man'' plans to swing closer to movie theatre audiences.

OP-ED

Please stand with our people

OVER the past six months, I have stood by and watched as the Iranian government brutalised our people. It fired on my fellow students in the streets, and imprisoned and tortured by colleagues in the press and human rights community. Last week, the authorities hanged activists Mohammed Reza Ali Zamani, 37, and Arash Rahmanipour, 20, for being "enemies of God". They were tried in secret and did not have access to lawyers.

Do your research

THE time has come to create a second wave of building institutions and of excellence in the field of education, research-based knowledge, dissemination of knowledge and capability building so that we are better prepared for the 21st century. In other words, all activities depend on education, knowledge and the application of knowledge in the specialised areas. Climate Change is a collective issue, but other issues, on which education has succeeded, offer a tighter connection between action and outcomes. Poor environmental literacy and inadequate knowledge of climate change are manifestations of a more profound problem, added with the low quality of science education in Bangladesh.

'$1 billion bilateral trade is achievable'

The Daily Star: How would you like to see Bangladesh-Turkey relations develop?
Abdullah Gul: The Turkish and Bangladeshi people enjoy a brotherly bond based on mutual respect, trust and deep friendship. Bangladesh and Turkey have full confidence in each other and have always supported each other through hard times. There are no political problems between our two countries. High-level visits will further enhance our relations.

StarTech

The great software show

Computing in Bangla should be the driving force to pave the way to realising the vision of 'Digital Bangladesh'. All our daily, official and activities at home, work, business and other development sectors should be facilitated by Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

Going 3GS way

When Apple unveiled the iPhone 3GS, one of our friends, a diehard iPhone fan, asked what's the point of buying a new iPhone which looks exactly like the old one? Well we guess many of you have the same question specially those who already own an iPhone 3G. Well all we can say is that you wont know unless you start using it, it's the speed that will amaze you.

Portal for every district

Bangladesh has got its own 64 web portals for each of its 64 districts. The prime minister inaugurated the web portals on January 6. These web portals contain almost all the information a citizen requires.

Intel unveils all new Core processor family

Laptop, desktop and embedded device users are going to get integration and smart performance by Intel's turbo boost technology as Intel Corporation introduced its new 2010 Intel Core i7, i5 and i3 processors in the local market on February 10.

Google's e-mail gets social

Google Inc. opened a new social hub in its e-mail service on Tuesday, leaving little doubt that the Internet search leader is girding for a face-off with Facebook.


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