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News of: Monday, 15th of February, 2010

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Govt targets 300 rivers

The government has chalked out a Tk 12,000 crore project for dredging more than 300 rivers within the next eight years, as the length of navigable waterways in the country nearly halved in just two decades.

BNP walks out again on Zia grave remarks

BNP-led opposition lawmakers stormed out of parliament yesterday again in protest against recurrence of what they said "indecent remarks" about late president Ziaur Rahman's grave.

Govt counts on donors

The government has sought from its development partners 89 percent of the total cost of $1.64 billion (Tk 11,473 crore) for the mega project of river dredging.

Admission halts again on 'BCL quota' demand

The authorities of Kushtia Government College were yesterday forced to stop the first year honours admission process once again as they turned down a demand of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) to enrol 200 students illegally.

Extortion in the name of car parking at ZIA

Taxi driver Sekandar had to pay Tk 250 as fine and Tk 50 for parking charge while his passenger was paying him at the Zia International Airport driveway recently.

Ministers, MPs to release it by June

The wealth statements of ministers, lawmakers and their relatives would be made public by June, said Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday.

Siddhirganj power plant switched on

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said her government has taken comprehensive steps in long and short terms to mitigate the existing power crisis in the country.

31 more held

Police arrested 31 more Islami Chhatra Shibir cadres at Rajshahi and Dhaka yesterday raising the total number of Jamaat-Shibir men detained to 364 since the Rajshahi University violence on February 9.

BNP for separate agitation

Jamaat-e-Islami wants to forge a movement from a common platform to face government's actions against its leaders and workers while BNP prefers a separate programme.

Revised PRSP-II launched

The revised Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper-II was formally launched yesterday with an expenditure of Tk 2,814 billion for two fiscal years 2009-11.

Rajshahi cops blame it on RU

Refuting allegations against police administration, Rajshahi Metropolitan Police Commissioner Nawsher Ali yesterday blamed Rajshahi University authority for not playing its role to control February 9 campus violence that left one Chhatra League worker killed and about 100 people injured.

River pillar work to start by end-April

The authorities will start setting up boundary pillars along the four rivers around the capital by the end of April, and the eviction drive against river grabbers will be slowed down till then.

Nine BDR men claim innocence

The nine BDR men accused of mutiny claimed themselves innocent in written statements submitted to the Special Court-4 of Bangladesh Rifles in Rangamati yesterday.

19 more regional passport offices on the cards

The government has decided to set up 19 more regional passport offices soon to ease travelling abroad and reduce suffering of passport seekers, official sources said here yesterday.

Babar, Rezaqul knew it all

Detained former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar and former National Security Intelligence chief Maj Gen (retd) Rezaqul Haider Chowdhury both admitted yesterday that they were aware of the smuggling of 10 truckloads of firearms and ammunition.

Meeting with donors today

Bangladesh Development Forum today begins a two-day meeting against a backdrop of global recession.

Prothom Alo copies burnt by pro-BNP lawyers

A section of pro-BNP-Jamaat lawyers yesterday staged a demonstration on the Supreme Court Bar Association premises against the daily Prothom Alo for running a report titled “Massive irregularities in granting bail” along with photographs of two High Court judges.

EU pledges climate help

The European community will always stand by Bangladesh in protecting its people from the disastrous impacts of increasing global warming and climate change.

Boi Mela gets into Valentine's Day mood

The celebration of Valentine's Day yesterday added a degree of significance to the festivity of the Amar Ekushey Boi Mela with the large gathering of couples at the fair place.

2 drown in capital

Two persons drowned at Gulsahn Lake in Badda and at a water body in Khilkhet in the capital yesterday.

300 gunshots traded along Sylhet border

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) traded over 300 gunshots on Sripur and Jaintapur borders in Sylhet yesterday over fishing in a water body.

Order to arrest Babar issued for dodging tax

A Dhaka court yesterday issued an arrest warrant against detained former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar hours after a case had been filed against him for dodging Tk 2.65 crore income tax from 1999-2000 to 2008-09 fiscal years.

DB arrests witness Mohaiminul

Chittagong Detective Branch last night arrested Mohaiminul Islam, the Chittagong University student who witnessed the killing of Mohiuddin Masum at Sholoshahar Railway Station.

Pune blast kills 9

A bomb ripped through a restaurant popular with tourists in the western Indian city of Pune late Saturday, killing nine people and casting a shadow over the resumption of Indo-Pakistan peace talks.

Japan offers soft loan for 4 dev projects

Japan has proposed a loan of Tk 2,997 crore for four development projects in Bangladesh including two power sector projects at lowest interest rate.

Editorial

Bhawal National Park under threat

We are surprised at the government's decision to issue environment clearance certificate for industries on privately owned lands inside the Bhawal National Park. That will in effect legalise about 300 industrial units already existing in the area and allow setting up of industrial units inside the national park in future. This is something that the present government had been opposed to in the past. A gazette to that effect was published in September of last year.

Amartya Sen's observations

Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen has raised some pertinent health-related issues relating to conditions at present prevailing in South Asia. While there has hardly been any question that the broad masses of the countries in the region suffer from some serious health problems, Professor Sen has laid stress on tackling them in a clear and pragmatic manner.

Consolidating Bangladesh-Turkey relations

There has been a breath of fresh air in Dhaka. The two-day visit of President Abdullah Gul to Bangladesh, the first by a Turkish president in 13 years, was a welcome diversion in our foreign relations arena. It reiterated that constructive engagement in bilateral relations was required to consolidate bonds of friendship and to open avenues of opportunity between two countries.

Last wake-up call

The recent university killings bother everyone. Why can't we remove this death trap? We need sincere willingness from our political parties. Many political bigwigs send their children abroad for higher education. Therefore, our public universities' anarchy does not directly affect them. However, they should realise that most Bangladeshis clearly cannot afford to send their children abroad for better education and security. For most parents, their dream is fulfilled if their child can get into a university in Bangladesh.

Sports

Booters' goal semi spot

Taking inspiration from the success in the just concluded South Asian Games football event, Bangladesh are now looking forward to playing the semifinals of the AFC Challenge Cup finals in Sri Lanka.

Aftab in, Rokibul out

Hard-hitting batsman Aftab Ahmed replaced Rokibul Hasan in Bangladesh's one-off Test against New Zealand that starts today at Seddon Park in Hamilton. This was the only change to the side from the last Test match that Bangladesh played against India in Dhaka last month.

Hamilton Test from today

After winning the Twenty20 and sweeping the ODI series 3-0, the one-off Test at Seddon Park in Hamilton may not present New Zealand with the greatest of challenges, given Bangladesh's susceptibility in the longest format of the game. It does, however, provide them with the opportunity to test a new-look line-up ahead of a tougher series against Australia.

SA slip suddenly

Debutant Alviro Petersen and Hashim Amla smashed fluent centuries for South Africa before India hit back in a dramatic start to the second and final cricket Test on Sunday.

Second phase starts today

The second phase of the EBL 11th National Cricket League starts today when Rajshahi take on Chittagong at the Shahid Chandu Stadium in Bogra while Dhaka play against Khulna at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong.

Zoran & co leave today

Serbian coach Zoran Djordjevic and his two assistants are expected to leave Bangladesh this morning as the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has cleared their payments yesterday.

Football league resumes Mar 1

The Bangladesh League, the professional football league, will resume on March 1 after a seven-week break following the national football team's engagements in the just concluded South Asian Games and upcoming AFC Challenge Cup.

Afsar officiates in the Caribbean

Gazi Ashraful Afsar has become the first Bangladeshi umpire to stand in a day-night first class match in the West Indies when he umpired in the first class game between Combined Campuses & College and Jamaica, played under floodlights with a pink ball, said a BCB press release yesterday.

Bahrain cricket team due tomorrow

The Bahrain national cricket team are scheduled to arrive here on Tuesday to play a one-day match against the GP-BCB-National Cricket Academy Invitational XI as part of their development programme.

Ponting wins series for Australia

Ricky Ponting sparkled with his 29th ODI century to lead Australia to a 50-run victory that sealed the series against West Indies at the Gabba in Brisbane yesterday.

It's Irish v Afghans

Afghanistan's fairytale story in the world of cricket continued on Saturday as they defeated hosts United Arab Emirates to reach their first major tournament, the World Twenty20 finals in the West Indies which runs from April 30 to May 16.

Roddick and Verdasco to fight out SAP Open

Top seeds Andy Roddick and Fernando Verdasco will duel for the SAP Open ATP title Sunday, but not before each was extended to three sets in the semifinals.

Youzhny takes on Djokovic in final

Mikhail Youzhny upset top seed Novak Djokovic 7-6, 7-6 Saturday to reach his second final at the Rotterdam Open.

Afghanistan pleases ACC

Afghanistan's qualification for this year's World Twenty20 main rounds was hailed as a triumph for cricket's development in the war-ravaged country by a top regional cricket official on Sunday.

Valentine's Day meant little to 'em

With the South African cricketers engrossed in the Eden Gardens battle, it was a colourless Valentine's Day Sunday for their wives and girlfriends (WAGs) travelling with the team.

C'Ron on the double

A brace from Cristiano Ronaldo helped Real Madrid to a 3-0 win over Xerez on Saturday that put them just two points behind Spanish league leaders Barcelona, who are in action on Sunday.

Montpellier go top

French top-flight surprise package Montpellier moved level on points with leaders Bordeaux by beating Grenoble 1-0 on Saturday, while title-chasing Marseille edged south coast rivals Monaco 2-1.

Roma irrepressible

Unstoppable AS Roma roared back up to second in Serie A after a 4-1 home success against Palermo extended their unbeaten run to 20 games.

Ruud awakening

Former Real Madrid and Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy was in double form on only his second run out since joining Hamburg on Saturday.

'I will be back to Man Utd one day'

Despite making a world record £80 million move to Real Madrid last summer, Cristiano Ronaldo has said he envisages himself returning to play for Manchester United again in the future.

Etherington talks of gambling losses

Stoke winger Matthew Etherington has admitted he lost £1.5 million before giving up gambling and claims card games between team-mates were a problem during his time at West Ham.

Business

Rice price creeps up

Prices of all types of rice have soared as high as 37.25 percent since the beginning of the current fiscal year.

Stocks jump 100 points

Dhaka stocks jumped more than 100 points yesterday, riding on Grameenphone shares.

Local telemedicine firm plans to reach out to South Asian workers

A Bangladeshi telemedicine company is set to provide healthcare services for more than five million South Asian workers in the Middle East and Malaysia in a couple of months.

Seminar stresses legal framework for e-commerce

Absence of any legal support has kept away Bangladesh's SME (small and medium enterprise) sector from adopting information technology. although some big enterprises are becoming tech-friendly, as observed by speakers at a seminar in Dhaka yesterday.

New industrial policy likely to be finalised by Feb: Barua

Industries Minister Dilip Barua yesterday hinted that a new industrial policy is likely to be finalised this month for development of the industrial sector.

Bangladesh: Shine and gloom

Bangladesh can benefit from two main drivers of global economic change: China and India. These two countries are playing the biggest role in economic shifting, from west to east. So there are a lot of opportunities for Bangladesh.

e.Gen makes a mark in consultancy

e.Gen, a Bangladeshi firm, has been awarded international projects by World Bank and Asian Development Bank. It has developed public-private partnership module for Indian infrastructure

Potato price-drop worries Rajshahi farmers

Potato growers of the district are worried as the price of the vegetable continued to fall in the beginning of the season.

China's economic rise has silver lining for Japan

China is on the verge of unseating Japan as the world's number two economy, but student Shi Minfei is one reason why Beijing's rapid growth is not all bad news for its deflation-hit neighbour.

Corporate Briefs

CONFIDENCE CEMENT
As per the revaluation report of fixed asset of the company, its total asset value has been increased by Tk 109.84 crore from book value of Tk 47.24 crore to Tk 157.08 crore.

Iran drills oil well in Caspian Sea

State TV reports that Iran has began drilling its first exploratory oil well in the Caspian Sea.

BB to accept only MICR cheques from April 1

Bangladesh Bank (BB) will not entertain any traditional cheque at its automated clearinghouse from April 1, the central bank said in a circular.

Consumer rights council starts field activities March 15

The National Consumer Right Protection Council (NCRPC) will start field activities on March 15 -- International Consumer Right Protection Day.

India to kick off its biggest arms fair

Global armament giants are heading to an annual defence fair in India, which plans to spend tens of billions of dollars to equip its million-plus military with new hardware.

Obama calls for new spending cuts

US President Barack Obama called Saturday for new spending cuts, warning the country must bring its ballooning deficit under control in order to be able to move forward.

Eurozone: caught between a rock and a bail-out

European leaders have vowed to keep Greece from slipping into a financial chasm but none of them has said how the worst collective crisis in the history of the eurozone can be fully resolved.

Sri Lanka plans to issue $500m post-war bond

Sri Lanka plans to issue a new international bond this year with a 10-year maturity to help defray mammoth post-war rebuilding expenses, the central bank said Saturday.

New chairman for Fareast Islami Life Ins

Fareast Islami Life Insurance Company Ltd elected Md Nazrul Islam as its president, says the insurer in a statement.

Uttara Bank gets new DMD

Md Fazlur Rahman has been promoted to deputy managing director of Uttara Bank Limited, the bank said in a statement.

New DMD for DBBL

Md Sayedul Hasan joined Dutch-Bangla Bank Ltd (DBBL) as deputy managing director on Thursday, the bank said in a statement yesterday.

Clarification

In a report published on Friday, titled "Pharma companies brace for new phase", a graph ranked top ten local players -- based on a quarterly report (April-June) prepared by Intercontinental Marketing Services (IMS), a global pharmaceutical market intelligence agency. IMS published the report in August 2009.

Metropolitan

BNP-Jamaat govt indulged in looting: Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday harshly criticised the last two regimes for vitiating investment climate and said in the last one year of her government has worked hard to regain the investors' confidence, particularly in the energy sector.

Dhaka, Delhi agree to cut infectious diseases

Bangladesh and India yesterday agreed here to control infectious diseases, including polio, through mutual cooperation between the two neighbouring countries.

BCL cadres snatch tender schedules for Tk 1.6cr

Bangladesh Chhatra League cadres snatched schedules for a tender worth Tk 1.6 crore from several printing press owners at National Nutrition Programme office in city's Dhanmondi area yesterday.

Int'l humanitarian law an obligation

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni yesterday said upholding International Humanitarian Law (IHL) is not only a moral duty, but also an obligation to ensure protection of the humanity in conflicts.

Indo-Bangla dialogue ends

A two-day dialogue titled 'Indo-Bangladesh Dialogue on Health and Education: Learning from Neighbours' concluded yesterday.

29 students, two teachers expelled

A total of 29 students and two invigilators were expelled for adopting unfair means at different examination centres across the country on the second day of the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and its equivalent examinations yesterday.

Presentation of PRSP-II protested

Sushashoner Jonno Procharabhijan (Supro) yesterday protested the government's second PRSP presentation to the donor agencies at the two-day meeting of Bangladesh Development Forum (BDF), a consortium of donor agencies, to be held today.

'Recent killings aimed to foil trial of war criminals'

Speakers at a press conference yesterday said the recent killings at different educational institutions were aimed at creating unrest in the country to prevent the nation from holding the trial of war criminals and going back to 1972 constitution.

Call to enact separate law to address human trafficking

Bangladesh National Women Lawyers' Association (BNWLA) yesterday called for enactment of a separate law to address human trafficking.

Ban communal politics

A total of 501 teachers of Dhaka University (DU) in a statement yesterday demanded ban on all communal and militant organisations in the country.

Memo to President

The Progatishil Chhatra Jote (PCJ), an alliance of left-leaning student organisations, yesterday submitted a memorandum to President Zillur Rahman demanding trial of the killers of Dhaka University student Abubakar, Rajshahi University student Faruk Hossain and ban on religion-based politics.

SC upholds HC order to stay case against Sajeda Chy

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday upheld a High Court (HC) order that stayed the proceedings against Deputy Leader of House Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury in a corruption case filed by Anti-corruption Commission (ACC).

2-week campaign kicks off

The two-week long measles campaign has started across the country with a view to vaccinate more than 20 million children aged between nine months and five years.

Film show for Saiful Samin begins today

A three-day film show will begin today to raise funds for the treatment of Saiful Samin, a newsman of the daily Prothom Alo, who lost both his legs in a fatal train accident in 2008.

PMO goes under solar energy soon

Prime Minister's Office (PMO) will soon go under the supply of electricity produced from solar energy -- a latest option the world over to cut down carbon emissions that cause global warming and save exhaustible energy resources.

Jamaat to protest 'repression'

Jamaat-e-Islami has announced staggered programs, including countrywide demonstration to protest the "ongoing repression" on Jamaat-Shibir.

DCC poll schedule this week

The Election Commission (EC) will announce the schedule for Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) elections within this week.

5-day programme begins today

A five-day programme celebrating the 175th birth anniversary of Sri Ramakrishna will begin on Ramakrishna Mission premises in the city today.

Blacker Shamsu held

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested Shamsul Alam alias Blacker Shamsu, a notorious smuggler in the southwestern region, from his residence at Rajapur village at Rupsha upazila in the district yesterday.

Sergeant Zahurul Haque's death anniversary today

Today is the 41st death anniversary of Shaheed Sergeant Zahurul Haque, says a press release.

BNP announces programmes to mark Language Movement Day

BNP yesterday announced its two-day programme to mark the International Mother Language Day and Language Movement Day.

'Donors' support destructive for Bangladesh'

Speakers at a press conference yesterday said loans and grants of the World Bank (WB), Asian Development Bank (ADB) and other international financial institutions are destructive for Bangladesh as the donor agencies take away more kickbacks than what they have provided as aid or loans.

BNP protests attack on party office

BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain strongly protested and condemned what he said the attack on Barguna district BNP office and ransacking its valuables by the activists of Jubo League and Chhatra League yesterday.

National

Ex-BNP minister's house attacked in Natore

The house of former deputy minister for land Ruhul Quddus Talukder Dulu was attacked allegedly by Awami League activists in Natore town yesterday.

Thai princess due today to see life of char women

All preparations are compete as Princess of Thailand Maha Chakri Sirindhorn along with a 34-member entourage will visit Rasulpur char on the Jamuna Basin in Gaibandha district tomorrow.

Boro farming faces setback for acute seedling crisis

Farmers in the country's northern region are getting worried as boro cultivation is facing a serious setback due to acute shortage of seedlings and their high prices this season.

Three housewives commit 'suicide'

Three housewives allegedly committed suicide in Meherpur, Chuadanga and Sylhet districts on Saturday and the day before.

Make vigorous campaign to put Sundarbans on wonder list

The ninth Sundarbans Day was observed in Khulna and several other districts of the southwestern region yesterday with a call for vigorous campaign so that the world's largest mangrove forest can win the final race to have its position on the list of seven natural wonders of the world.

Two injured as bombs explode in Jhenidah

Two bombs exploded on Saturday in front of electricity office at Kotchandpur upazila injuring two pedestrians.

Pirates clash

Two pirate gangs locked in a gunfight at Chhaprakhali in the Sunderbans under Sharankhola police station on Saturday afternoon.

ASI Lutfar surrenders to court, sent to jail

An assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of police, who was sued on charge of torturing a retired army man on September 14, 2009, was sent to jail yesterday.

Robbers beat up family members, loot 3 houses

Robbers beat up members of three houses and looted valuables in Sadar upazila early yesterday.

BCL, JCD at Rangpur Govt College clash

Authorities of Rangpur Government College yesterday suspended academic activities for three days following a clash between Bangladesh Chhatra League and Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) on the campus.

UPDF activist kidnapped

An activist of United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) was abducted allegedly by the pro-peace treaty men from Dane Panchhari under Jurachhari upazila on Saturday midnight. Sources said a group of armed members of Parbatya Chattagram Jano Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) came to the house of Kalpa Ranjan Chakma,35, and picked him up at gun point. Shantidev Chakma, district coordinator of UPDF, yesterday blamed PCJSS for the incident and demanded rescue of their activist. Bodhi Satta Chakma, district secretary of PCJSS, denied allegation and said PCJSS does not believe in politics of kidnapping.

House set on fire

Criminals on Saturday night set fire to a schoolteacher's residence at Kashinathpur village in Santhia upazila. Sources said the criminals set fire to the house of the primary school teacher at about 11:00 pm using kerosene oil. Two rooms were damaged and three family members injured. The injured are Abdul Karim,42, Shafi,32, and Joshna,26. Of them, Abdul Karim has been admitted to Santhia upazila health complex in critical condition.

One killed in mud collapse

A day-labourer was killed as a chunk of soil fell on him at a brickfield in city's Moulvibazar area yesterday morning. The deceased was identified as Badsha Mia, 40, son of one Joynal Abedin of Noakhali district. Sources said Badsha, labourer of Paragon Brickfield at Moulvibazar under Karnaphuli police station was cutting soil for the brickfield at around 9:30am. Suddenly, a large chunk fell on him leaving him seriously injured. He was rushed to Chittagong Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) where the on-duty physician declared him dead.

Touchstone statue seized

BDR jawans recovered a touchstone statue worth Tk1 crore from bordering Bibir Bazaar Murapara graveyard in Sadar Dakkhin upazila on Friday. Acting on secret information, a patrol team of BDR recovered the statue from the graveyard in the evening. Sensing presence of the border guards, the smugglers fled the scene leaving behind the statue.

15 injured in clash

At least 15 people were injured in a fierce clash between the people of two villages at Mirzapur in Shibganj upazila on Saturday morning. Police said there was a longstanding dispute between Majed Sarder of Mirzapur village and Mobarak Ali of Baliadighi village over ownership of 22 bighas of land. They said the two groups locked in an altercation when supporters of Mobarak tried to take possession of the land. At one stage, the two groups equipped with lethal weapons attacked each other leaving 15 people injured from both sides. Eight of the injured were taken to Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital in critical condition while others to local upazila health complex.

Fake fertiliser seized

Police yesterday seized 320 bags of fake fertilizer from a truck at BSCIC industrial estate in Sadar upazila and arrested three people. Police said they raided a godown of Belalur Rahman where fake fertiliser was made for long. Following a tip-off, police seized the truck when the fertiliser was being loaded in the truck. Police arrested Belalur, his mill manager Nur Islam Sumon and Abdul Rahman from the spot and seized the truck. A case was filed with Gaibandha police station.

Letters

Sharing of river water

Bangladesh is not self sufficient in food grain. About 1.5 million tonnes of food grain is imported annually. Over and above, the population is increasing at the rate of- 1.17% annually. So all-out effort is necessary to increase the production for self-sufficiency.

Beggars

A picture published in The Daily Star dated 03-02-10 of street beggars has drawn my attention. It is stated that the Tejgaon zone of Dhaka Metropolitan police launched a weeklong drive against street beggars in a bid to reduce petty crimes and relieve city dwellers of horrific pestering by beggars. On the first day, police picked up over 100 beggars. But as the government shelters cannot accommodate them, they were freed on the outskirts of the capital and the drive ended. Is it believable that the government cannot make accommodation for beggars while going for huge expenditures like buying duty free luxury cars for lawmakers?

Brickfields

The brickfield brings easy money. But it generally degrades the environment and human health.

Earthquake

An earthquake, also known as a tremor, is the consequence of a swift release of energy in the Earth's crust that creates seismic waves. Earthquakes are recorded with a seismometer, also known as seismograph. The moment magnitude of an earthquake is usually reported, with scale 3 or lower earthquakes being hardly noticeable. Scale 7 causes severe damage over huge areas. Intensity of trembling is calculated on the customized scale. At the Earth's exterior, earthquakes marked themselves by trembling and from time to time displacing the soil. Whilst a hefty earthquake epicentre is positioned offshore, the seabed at times suffers ample displacement to cause a tsunami or a fatal disaster. The trembling in earthquakes can also generate landslides and sporadically volcanic commotion. Basically, in its most generic sense, the term earthquake is used to illustrate any seismic occurrence whether a natural phenomenon or an incident caused by humans that produces seismic waves. Earthquakes are caused generally by rupture of geological faults, but also by volcanic movement, landslides, mine blasts, and nuclear experiments.

Karnaphuli river

Chittagong is situated on the bank of the river Karnaphuli. The river plays a vital role in many areas.

Can Israel attack Iran?

Is Israel in a position to bomb Iran? They could have done it during Bush era with wholehearted support from the US and for that matter other US allies. It seems they have missed their golden opportunity.

Pariah dogs, street cats!

A national Bengali daily recently carried an interesting box-item which reported about an exceptional pariah dog who got an appointment at Nepal Red Cross (NRC) office with a monthly salary of 1,000 Nepali Rupee! As stated, the dog with a broken leg came to NRC office and started offering voluntary service through checking entry of unauthorized persons into the NRC premises by barking. This caught the attention of the officials who appointed the dog as a guard. The dog is reportedly doing a wonderful job and the NRC authorities are even considering dismissal of their night guard!

Going big on biogas!

Rahman's news report, highlighting the Trust Bank's thrust on financing the biogas sector, is good news for energy-starved Bangladesh. However, I felt that the report was to an extent incomplete to be really attractive for prospective investors or motivators who can encourage their sources in the village level to go for it. His statement, and I quote was "A beneficiary will buy four cows with the money". It would have been better to state "A beneficiary can set up a biogas plant and also buy four cows with the money". That would have been more to the point. However, no mention was made of the repayment terms and the period of repayment, which are important factors for the borrowers.

Uncontrolled BCL

All the achievements of the Awami League government are being overshadowed by its burden student's front-- Chhatra League. Day by day it seems to us that the AL has no control over its student body. We do not want to see this any more. When the BNP was in power or Sheikh Hasina was in jail, what did BCL do for the party? Nothing.

BNP chairperson

BNP Chairperson Begum Zia was the country's prime minister twice and now she is leader of the opposition in parliament.

Whither education?

An educational institution is the place where students come for study and research activities. But what do they learn today from our educational institutions?

Politics and lies!

Was Channel-I showing any trailer of a science fiction? There was a big hue and cry about the presence of Indian Security Personnel in Dhaka. Then everything stopped with the minister concerned denying it.

Home minister's assertion

At the backdrop of growing unrest and mayhem in the major educational institutions, our home minister says that the incident of Dhaka University was a stray one. Playing down the incident, she went so far as to say that this kind of incident happens. I think such an insensitive and partisan home minister has no right to stay in office any longer. Having banished all other parties from the scene, the BCL now fights among its own factions and our law enforcing agencies are continuing to give the ruling party a wide berth and in most cases acting like party activists.

Simply unacceptable

The print media on 4 February and the electronic media the day before had two lead news items which nobody wanted to see. One was concerning the tragic death of a kid under the wheels of a reckless bus and the other one was of the death of an innocent Dhaka University student falling victim to student politics.

A freedom fighter's passing

Dr. Toufique Chowdhury (54 years old) passed away on Saturday at 1:00am, February 6, 2010 at USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Centre in Los Angeles. He suffered from an acute case of cancer of the esophagus (stomach) for about a year. Toufique was a brave freedom fighter at an early age.

The little boy

No words can express the sorrow and emptiness being felt by the parents of little Hamim who was crushed to death by an unfit vehicle driven by an unfit driver.

All the way from Siberia!

In winter, the city witnesses the arrival of migratory birds from Siberia. The places where the guest birds gather are Pilkhana, Dhaka National Zoo, Botanical Garden, Bangabhaban compound, ceramic lake (Mirpur), Jahangirnagar University, and water bodies around the city. But the water bodies are now polluted, disturbed and unsuitable for migratory birds.

Student politics?

Ours is the land of historic Language Movement and we successfully achieved our rights to freely speak in our own mother tongue. Ours is a land of struggles as we won our independence at an immense cost. Historically, most of the people of this nation are not educated or properly educated. Some have just acquired degrees without learning anything about patriotism or the sense of responsibility. In all the cases, students were at the forefront of all struggles. They protested against injustice in any form.

Online admission

The national university authorities have taken an appropriate decision about first year honours admission in 2009-2010. For the first time NU initiated online admission for Dhaka College and Suhrawardy College, Dhaka. It is high time for the government to run online system in this regard. Through this process, the government can proceed according to its plan of making a Digital Bangladesh.

International

SC locks horns with Zardari

A decision by Pakistan's Supreme Court to strike down a presidential order appointing two top judges triggered warnings yesterday of a new conflict between the judiciary and the government that could lead to broader political instability.

BJP presses govt to call off talks with Pakistan

India should call off its proposed foreign secretary-level talks with Pakistan following the bombing in Pune that killed nine people, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said yesterday.

US missile strike kills five in Pakistan

Missiles fired from a US drone aircraft killed five suspected Islamist militants at a training compound in Pakistan's lawless northwestern tribal belt yesterday, officials said.

Freed Suu Kyi deputy urges junta to open talks with opposition

Aung San Suu Kyi's deputy urged Myanmar's ruling junta yesterday to engage the opposition in dialogue before elections this year, as he took his first steps outside as a free man in seven years.

Mines, snipers slow Afghan offensive

Militants fleeing a massive assault in southern Afghanistan aimed at clearing Taliban from their last stronghold are booby-trapping villages as they go, commanders said yesterday.

Hillary wants Saudis to prod China on Iran sanctions

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton flew to the Gulf yesterday to seek oil-rich Saudi Arabia's help in pressing China to join the US drive for sanctions against Iran, aides said.

Iran, West set for showdown at UN rights meet

Iran and western countries were set for a showdown over Tehran's crackdown on dissent today, when the UN human rights council scrutinises the country's human rights record.

Greenland ice loss driven by warming seas: Study

Greenland's continent-sized icesheet is being significantly eroded by winds and currents that drive warmer water into fjords, where it carves out the base of coastal glaciers, according to studies released Sunday.

Chalabi accuses US of interfering in Iraq polls

A former Iraqi deputy prime minister who encouraged the United States to topple dictator Saddam Hussein said Sunday that Washington had interfered in the war-torn country's March 7 general election.

Obama appoints Rashad Hussain as special envoy to Muslim world

US President Obama has appointed a deputy White House counsel Rashad Hussain to be his representative to the Muslim world.

Gilani urges EU to treat Pakistan at par with India

Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has urged the European Union (EU) to treat Pakistan at par with India.

Accused Alabama professor killed brother in 1986

More than 23 years before a college professor was accused of shooting six of her colleagues, her teenage brother died from the blast of a shotgun she held in the kitchen of her family's home in Massachusetts.

15 Telangana legislators submit resignation

Fifteen legislators from the Telangana region yesterday submitted their resignations to the State Assembly Speaker to protest the terms of reference of the Srikrishna panel set up by the central government to study the demand for a separate state.

Pigeons carry message of love across border

In the backdrop of increasing infiltration bids and cease-fire violations by Pakistan on international border and LoC, Indians yet again conveyed a message of peace and brotherhood to the neighbouring country via roses, balloons and pigeons on the eve of Valentine's Day.

Arts & Entertainment

Heart to heart with Tutul and Tania

Rocker SI Tutul and top model- cum -actress Tania tied the knot over a decade ago.

Samarendra Sen Gupta: A touch of surrealism

Samarendra Sen Gupta is one of the leading contemporary poets in India. He is a prolific poet and his poems are intellectually of outstanding quality. Most of his poems have a great touch of modernity. Recently he visited Dhaka on the occasion of the National Poetry Festival where he shared his views with this correspondent.

Udichi to stage “Half Akhrai”

Udichi will stage its 15th play “Half Akhrai” at the Experimental Theatre hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on February 15, at 6:30 pm. The play is written by Ratan Siddique and directed by Azad Abul Kalam. The cast of the play comprises Aminul Islam Tapan, Maruf Rahman, Shahidul Alam Dipu, Ziaur Rahman Litu, Amit Ranjan De, Nazmul Haq Babu, Alamgir Hossain, Ratan Deva, Anwarul Haq, Fahmida Haq Kali, Rifat, Ainul Islam Apu, Shamima Akter Mukta, Sharmin Akter Rini, Asrafunnahar Mala, Hamidul Islam Hillol and Masum.

The essence of song

As part of its initiative to promote Bangla song, Bengal Foundation has regularly been holding "Pran-er Khela". Sponsored by Eastern Bank Ltd, the event features performances by up and coming artistes as well as senior singers.

Boshonto Utshab in Faridpur

Rabindra Sangeet Sammilon Parishad (RSSP), Faridpur celebrated Boshanto Utshab ( the first day of Falgun) at Swadhinata Mancha on Saturday with the call “Esho Mili Praner Utshab-e”.

A musical extravaganza

Cultural organisation Shadhona and Carnival are jointly organising two unique events as part of an initiative to promote the spiritual music and philosophy of the Bauls of Bengal, says a press release. The events have been initiated by Pandit Tanmoy Bose, an internationally renowned musician, who has played with great maestros like Ravi Shankar and George Harrison.

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OP-ED

Work is what counts

Far too often political leaders give short shrift to weighty questions. The home minister, for example, said the other day that the killing of an innocent Dhaka University student during a recent fratricidal mayhem among the Student League was "no matter", "ota kono byapar na." The minister for agriculture's recent sharp response to questions on the government's ability to utilise foreign funds does not exactly fit in that category of injudicious talks, but bears an uncanny family resemblance.

The butterfly effect

Is it a coincidence that the attack on Chhatra League at Rajshahi University took place in the month of February, a month that we revere as Ekushey, a month that we remember for the BDR carnage? Is it a coincidence that Islamic Chhatra Shibir (ICS) dared to unleash an unprovoked attack on the student wing of the party in power immediately after the Fifth Amendment was annulled, which gave rise to the possibility of the extinction of religion-based politics? Is it a coincidence that the dumping of the dead body strikes a raw nerve that reminds one of the mutilation of the bodies of valiant officers who led different campaigns against the ex-Jamaati, Bangla bhai, and his men?

Obama's communication gap

A year has passed since President Barack Obama took office. Starting with the health reform, he embarked on an ambitious agenda. A year later, except for the passage of the stimulus package that saved Wall Street from financial collapse, his agenda remains in tatters.



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