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News of: Wednesday, 17th of February, 2010

Front Page

RU syndicate member arrested over death

In a major turn of events in the Rajshahi University violence investigation, the Detective Branch of Police yesterday arrested a member of the university syndicate in connection with the murder of RU student Faruk Hossain.

Govt pledges to boost democracy

The government will strengthen further the standing committees of the parliament, Anti-Corruption Commission, and the judiciary to consolidate democracy, human rights, and good governance in the country, said Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday.

Agri input cards for farmers launched

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged farmers to make Bangladesh self-sufficient in food as her government launched a new help line to assist the peasantry in cash and kind.

Opposition walks out on ZIA renaming

The BNP-led opposition lawmakers yesterday walked out of parliament twice, protesting the renaming of Zia International Airport and a ruling party MP's remarks on Tarique Rahman.

15 named for Ekushey Padak-2010

Fifteen eminent people have been awarded Ekushey Padak-2010 in recognition of their contribution to different fields.

Bangladesh wants control over fund

Bangladesh sought full control on administering and managing the multi-donor trust fund (MDTF) at the two-day Bangladesh Development Forum meeting yesterday.

Govt projects $23b plan

The government yesterday projected an investment requirement of $23 billion for projects in road, rail and river communications, including a separate railway bridge on the Jamuna and the second Padma Bridge.

Schoolboy run over

Agitated locals vandalised and torched a truck after it had run over a schoolboy near Government Azizul Huq College at Fulbari in Bogra district town yesterday morning.

Govt combats terrorism as per people's mandate: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said that her government is fighting against terrorism and extremism as people voted her party to power to do so.

Malaysia to hire 1 lakh workers from Nepal

Putting aside 55,000 Bangladeshi workers whose visas were cancelled in March last year, Malaysia is hiring one lakh Nepalese workers after more than a year of ban on recruiting foreign workers.

Rice OMS to reach upazila level soon

The government will soon extend open market sales of rice to upazila level.

35 more Shibir men arrested

Police arrested 35 more members of Islami Chhatra Shibir across the country yesterday as part of the ongoing drive after the killing of two students at Rajshahi and Chittagong universities.

Jubo League men snatch tender box

In presence of police, Jubo League men yesterday allegedly snatched a tender box from Jhenidah Municipality Office and damaged the tender schedules dropped for taking lease of four haats (village markets).

Bangladesh stun Tajikistan

Bangladesh national football team got off to a stunning start in the AFC Challenge Cup finals when they handed a 2-1 defeat to their mighty opponents Tajikistan in the opener at the Sugathadasa Stadium in Sri Lanka yesterday.

Young writers getting good response

Like every year, the Amar Ekushey Boi Mela has warmly welcomed the young writers and poets on the Bangla Academy premises to display their literary works before the readers.

28 Bangladeshi detainees to return from Thailand today

Thailand today repatriates 28 Bangladeshis detained along with some 200 Rohingyas from the sea by Thai authorities over a year ago.

BCL activities at Kushtia Govt College suspended

Organisational activities of Kushtia Government College unit Chhatra League have been suspended for an indefinite period in the wake of disruption in admission process and clashes on the campus.

BCL leader stabbed to death in Keraniganj

A local Chhatra League leader was stabbed to death in Suvadda of Keraniganj last night.

4-party mulls over united movement

Jamaat-e-Islami chief Matiur Rahman Nizami yesterday said that launching united movement against the failures of the government and repression on the opposition is an inevitable demand of the people.

Rangamati BDR verdict on May 2

The BDR special court-4 yesterday fixed May 2 for the verdict on Rajanagar 12 Rifle Battalion mutiny case.

Musharraf hints at returning to Pakistan

Amid the ongoing tussle between the executive and the judiciary in Pakistan, former president General Pervez Musharraf has hinted that he re-enter the country's politics.

Ansar man held for mutiny threat

A Dhaka court yesterday remanded for two days an Ansar man on charges of threatening to stage a mutiny like that in the BDR Pilkhana headquarters.

Indian police detain 4 for Pune blast

Maharashtra Police has detained four people in connection with the blast that ripped the German Bakery on Saturday at around 7 pm.

US-Pakistan raid 'nets Taliban chief'

US and Pakistani spies have captured the Taliban's top military commander, US media reported, but the militia yesterday denied his arrest and said he was still leading the fight in Afghanistan.

Editorial

The Jatiya Sangsad brought low

The bedlam into which Parliament descended on Monday has left the nation deeply embarrassed. And that is only natural, for like any other society around the world, we expect our legislature to be the repository of our hopes and our aspirations and all our dreams about the future. We expect, as people in other nations expect of their lawmakers, that the men and women we send to the Jatiya Sangsad to speak for us will rise above self, above party, above vitriolics through prioritising the myriad issues we face in our poverty-driven society. There are some particular reasons why, especially where the present JS is concerned, our expectations are a lot bigger and higher than on previous occasions. Suffice it to say, for now, that the present JS is the outcome of a concerted struggle on our part for a return to a meaningful and decent democratic political order after the chaos and the near slide into anarchy that was only prevented through the imposition of a state of emergency in January 2007.

A step in the right direction

It is good to see the government taking note of an environmental concern aired through a report in this paper followed by an editorial over clearances given for industries to be set up in Bhawal National Park in breach of existing laws. What is more to the point is that the government has reacted promptly to the protestations by reimposing the ban on establishing industries or erecting other structures on 2500acres of private lands inside the national park.

Isn't it time to govern?

ADVISOR Mashiur Rahman has reasons to think anarchy is abroad in the land, that those behind it are on a mission to destabilise the government as well as the country. We do not disagree with him. In a land where for the better part of its independent existence conspiratorial politics has been the norm, it would be naïve to expect that those who have so long wielded authority and who today are outside the pale of power will rest easy in their discomfort. Not after the execution of five of Bangabandhu's assassins can you expect that those who patronised them for as long as twenty one years, maybe more than that stretch of time, will be happy at this remarkable opportunity for us to return to rule of law.

Realignment in East Europe

IT was in 2004 that the Orange Revolution took place in Ukraine in the form of a pro-Western and anti-Kremlin movement. People saw that the movement would bring economic prosperity in the country because the western region of Ukraine was not far from the gates of the European Union.

Sports

Booters stun Tajikistan

The Bangla desh national football team have found precious little to celebrate in their 38-year football history, especially with regards to beating recognized forces in Asia. But one such moment arrived yesterday when they handed a 2-1 defeat to former champions Tajikistan in the opener of the AFC Challenge Cup finals at the Sugathadasa Stadium in Sri Lanka yesterday.

Robiul gives Khulna edge

Pacer Robiul Islam tore Dhaka apart with a five-for to put Khulna on top after the end of second day's play of the four-day 11th National Cricket League at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong yesterday.

Guptill, McCullum put Tigers to the sword

A terrific 339-run sixth-wicket stand between Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum put hosts New Zealand firmly in the driver's seat against Bangladesh on the second day of the one-off Test at Seddon Park in Hamilton yesterday.

Laxman, Dhoni put India on top

Venkatsai Laxman and Mahendra Singh Dhoni slammed unbeaten centuries to put India in firm control of the second and final Test against South Africa on Tuesday.

Mashrafe flies for Australia

Pace spearhead Mashrafe Bin Mortaza will fly for Australia today to have a check-up of his injured knees.

Atahar will submit report at 'right time'

Sheikh Atahar Hossain, director (admin) of the National Sports Council (NSC) who has been entrusted with the task of investigating the incident during recent South Asian Games' women's 50-kilometre cycling road race mass start in Khulna, has finished his Khulna-part of investigation.

Lee's apprehension

Brett Lee has conceded that he might never bowl again, although he has not completely given up hope of returning to international cricket. Lee is recovering from elbow surgery that he described as the most painful he had ever encountered and he remains uncertain of when or if he will be able to resume bowling.

DU annual athletics

Dhaka University Inter-Hall Annual Athletics Competition finished yesterday at the central playground. Jagannath Hall became champions while Sir AF Rahman Hall became runners-up in the men's team event. In the women's team event, Begum Rokeya Hall became champions while Fazilatunnesa Mujib Hall became runners up. Moha mmad Rajon Mia of Sir AF Rahman Hall became individial champion and Mohammad Amanullah of Zahurul Haque Hall became runners up in that category. In the women's individual, Merzan Binte Azad of Fazilatunnesa Mujib Hall became champion while Afrin Afroze of Begum Rokeya Hall became runner up.

Kiwi duo elated

Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum were satisfied with their record-breaking stand that rescued the New Zealand innings from a precarious position in Hamilton. "We just tried to get a significant partnership together at the start and we were happy to provide the runs that were needed by the team," McCullum said.

Wozniacki survives a scare

op-seeded Caroline Wozniacki survived an edgy wobble before reaching the last 16 of the Dubai Open on her first visit to the two million dollar tournament.

Clash over cricket

A dispute over a cricket match between two villages left around fifty people injured in Moulvibazar on Monday night. Of the injured, eight were admitted to the Moulvibazar sadar hospital.

May fears for T20 cricket

Tim May, the chief executive of the international players union Federation of International Cricketers' Association (FICA), has warned that Twenty20 cricket is 'ripe for corruption'.

Gunners' Porto test

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal will marry caution with adventure when they visit Porto for the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie here on Wednesday.

Bayern target lucky 13

German giants Bayern Munich head into their Champions League round of 16 first leg clash at home to Italian side Fiorentina on Wednesday brimming with confidence after 12 straight wins in all competitions.

Mourinho cries foul

Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho complained his team is being hard done by in crucial refereeing decisions following their 0-0 draw at Napoli that took them seven points clear at the top of Serie A.

Robben eyeing goals

Bayern Munich's on-form Dutch striker Arjen Robben is dreaming of sending Italy's Fiorentina packing in Wednesday's Champions League clash at home but admits that the reality might be different.

Cech relishes Inter tie

Chelsea's Czech international goalkeeper Petr Cech cannot wait for next week's "perfect" Champions League tie against Inter Milan.

Vermaelen eager to play

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen is ready to carry on playing despite a leg injury as the Gunners continue their quest for Champions League and Premier League glory.

Tenerife boost survival hopes

Tenerife secured a vital 1-0 win against Real Mallorca in their bid to avoid relegation in their First Division clash on Monday.

Uruguay WC great dies

Juan Carlos Gonzalez a member of the Uruguayan squad that won the 1950 World Cup, died on Monday aged 85, local media reported.

Notice

Dear Crossword wizards, due to a technical error the clue of Tuesday's Cryptoquip did not appear beneath it. The clue was 'L equals O'. We regret the slip.
Sports Editor

Business

Recipe for better use of aid

The Bangladesh Development Forum (BDF) 2010 that concluded yesterday adopted a joint cooperation strategy and agreed to make an action plan as the next step on aid effectiveness.

Changes in customs law likely

The government is likely to bring about some changes in the operative tariff and assessment clauses of the existing Customs Act in line with the proposals put forward by the taskforce.

LankaBangla Securities plans to go public

LankaBangla Securities Ltd, a subsidiary of LankaBangla Finance Ltd, plans to go public using book building method within the next three months.

Guidelines for PPP projects await nod

Guidelines for ambitious mega-projects like deep-sea port, metro rail and elevated expressway under public-private partnership (PPP) are awaiting cabinet approval.

ADB offers $1.2b assistance

Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide $1.2 billion in assistance to Bangladesh per annum over the next three years, said Sultan Hafeez Rahman, director general of ADB's South Asia Department.

Tata Steel profit down 42pc

Tata Steel, the world's eighth-largest steelmaker, reported Tuesday a 42 percent drop in consolidated quarterly profit that included results from British unit Corus.

Biman reopens flights to Bangkok, Delhi

Biman has re-launched its flights to Delhi and Bangkok after a pause for more than seven months, officials said yesterday.

Govt, donors must join hands over tech-driven reforms

The government and development partners should work together to adopt international best practices for technology-based administrative reforms in Bangladesh.

Canada to provide farm tech expertise

Canada will provide Bangladesh technological expertise for the country's agriculture sector for mutual benefits, said President of Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership (STEP) Lionel LaBelle.

Bhutan to offer zero-tariff benefit

Bhutan is going to provide duty free access to all goods from Bangladesh, says International Business Forum of Bangladesh (IBFB) in a statement yesterday.

US trade show begins tomorrow

A three-day US trade show begins at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel tomorrow mainly to promote the products and services of the world's largest economy in Bangladesh market.

InterContinental Hotels profits fall

InterContinental Hotels Group said on Tuesday that its net profits dropped nearly 19 percent to 213 million dollars (156 million euros) in 2009 as business travellers stayed at home.

German investor sentiment declines

German investor sentiment fell for the fifth month in a row in February amid growing fears of a eurozone debt crisis and a deteriorating jobs market, the ZEW economic research institute said on Tuesday.

Toyota boss to answer questions

Toyota announced its president will answer more questions on the beleaguered company's massive global recall at a press conference Wednesday after being lambasted for being largely invisible during the crisis.

China's young graduates live with less

Six years after moving into a maze of bunkhouses on the outskirts of Beijing, Yu Ping still frowns as she heads home along the muddy lanes lined with grocery stores, web cafes and hair salons.

Khulna digital expo starts today

A three-day computer fair starts at Tiger Garden Residential Hotel in Khulna today.

Barclays profit soars eight-fold on unit sale

Barclays Plc on Tuesday reported a fourth quarter profit of 6.9 billion pounds ($10.8 billion), more than eight times larger than a year earlier, due to gains on the sale of its Global Investors unit to a private equity company.

Oil above $75

World oil prices shot above 75 dollars on Tuesday as the dollar fell and the market tracked the outlook for crude demand.

Corporate Briefs

BD AUTO CARS
The company has requested shareholders to collect their dividend warrants for 2008-09 from February 16-22 from the share office of the company.

British official inflation hits 14-month high of 3.5pc

Twelve-month inflation in Britain surged to 3.5 percent in January -- the highest level for 14 months -- owing to a higher rate of tax on goods and services, official data showed on Tuesday.

Sri Lanka records lowest trade deficit in four years

Sri Lanka's trade deficit fell to a four-year low in 2009 as both imports and exports fell due to the global economic downturn, the central bank said Tuesday.

New European car sales up 12.9pc in January

New car sales were up 12.9 percent across the European Union in January compared with a year earlier, benefiting from ongoing fleet renewal schemes, the European carmakers body said on Tuesday.

Foreign investors shunning Philippines: Experts

The Philippines has lost ground as a destination for foreign investment during President Gloria Arroyo's nine years in power, a business consultancy said Tuesday.

Currency

Local Market FX
The local market traded actively yesterday. USD/BDT rates were stable yesterday.

Metropolitan

Haor Development Board to be set up: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the government is considering establishment of Haor Development Board for socio-economic prosperity of the people living in the country's haor, baor and char areas.

'Campus anarchy a bid to foil war crimes trial'

Jamaat-Shibir men are killing people as per their plans and creating anarchy in a bid to thwart the move for trying the war criminals and banning religion-based politics, leaders of the ruling grand alliance said at a public meeting yesterday.

Indian team due tomorrow

A high-powered Indian delegation will arrive here tomorrow to begin talks on cross-border power grid connectivity.

Criminal killed in 'shootout'

An alleged criminal was killed in a "shootout" between his cohorts and members of Rapid Action Battalion at Muktijoddha Cooperative Market in the capital's Mirpur-13 yesterday.

HC directs govt to explain in 3 months

The High Court yesterday issued a rule upon the government to explain within three months as to why it has not taken any legal steps to stop operation of unregistered blood transfusion centres.

HC rule on govt, EC

The High Court yesterday issued a rule upon the government and the Election Commission to explain within a week why they should not be directed to delimit areas of the wards of union parishads across the country before elections.

15 injured in clash over sand extraction

At least 15 people were injured in a clash between villagers and criminals over sand extraction at Dashdona Nayagaon village in Sonargaon upazila yesterday.

Son returns to mother after HC order

The High Court yesterday directed Ekushey Television (ETV) Chairman Abdus Salam to hand over his son Shihab to the custody of his divorced wife Farzana Islam Shilpi.

Call to observe birth, death anniversaries of Osmani officially

Speakers at a discussion yesterday demanded formal observance of the birth and death anniversaries of MAG Osmani, commander-in-chief of the armed forces during the liberation war.

Entries invited for Shilu Abed Craftsperson Award

Entries are invited from craftspeople for Shilu Abed Master Craftsperson Lifetime Achievement Award, says a press release.

High Court issues rule on govt

The High Court yesterday issued a rule upon the government to show cause within three weeks as to why it should not be directed to appoint a chairman and two members at the first settlement court in Dhaka.

Breastfeeding until 6 months can cut risk of anaemia

Specialist physicians at a seminar in the city yesterday emphasised taking a life cycle comprehensive approach on nutrition interventions for reducing anaemia among under-2 children and their mothers.

Maulana Shakhawat on 3-day remand

Maulana Shakhawat Hossain, Nayeb-e-Ameer of a faction of Khelafat Maslish, was arrested and remanded for a three-day yesterday in a case filed for kidnapping a physician at Mirpur in the city in September 2003.

Hasina to lay foundation of bldg today

Proceedings of the lower courts will remain suspended until 2:00pm today as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will lay the foundation of a multistoried building for Dhaka Bar Association (DBA) near the Dhaka Judge Court in the old part of the city today.

13 shops gutted in Noakhali fire

Thirteen shops were gutted in a fire at a market at Senbagh in the district early yesterday.

Man killed in road accident

A man was killed in a road accident at Birampur in the district yesterday.

Form commission to resolve land disputes of indigenous people

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday demanded a separate land commission for the indigenous community living in the plains to settle their land disputes with the mainstream that displaced many indigenous people from their homesteads.

Call to educate indigenous children in mother tongue

Speakers at a programme yesterday called for partnership of the government and non-government organisations (NGOs) to address the issue of providing Adivasi (indigenous) children with primary education in their mother tongues.

FM for regional action

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni said some of the most vulnerable countries to climate change are in South Asia and collective regional action is needed to combat its adverse effect.

Contract signing today

The contract signing ceremony of a project for introducing machine-readable passport (MRP) and machine-readable visa (MRV) for Bangladesh will take place today at the office of the Department of Immigration and Passport (DIP).

Unemployed nurses threaten immolation today

Bangladesh Diploma Unemployed Nurses Association continued their hunger strike for the 7th consecutive day yesterday.

'Ban Jamaat-Shibir politics'

Leaders of Amra Muktijoddhar Santan, a platform of the children of the freedom fighters, yesterday demanded ban on the political activities of Jamaat and Shibir permanently announcing them as militant organisations.

Rebel faction beats up JCD leader

Leaders and workers of a faction of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) beat up a central leader of the organisation on the Dhaka University (DU) campus yesterday.

Appointment of investigators, prosecutors next month

Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday said the investigators and prosecutors would be appointed in the first week of March for holding trial of 1971 war criminals.

Call to execute verdict in Kazi Aref murder case

Speakers at a discussion yesterday called on the government to take immediate steps to execute the verdict in Kazi Aref Ahmed murder case.

Breastfeeding until 6 months can cut risk of anaemia

Specialist physicians at a seminar in the city yesterday emphasised taking a life cycle comprehensive approach on nutrition interventions for reducing anaemia among under-2 children and their mothers.

Special court verdict against Maya stayed

The High Court yesterday stayed a verdict of a special court which sentenced Dhaka city Awami League general secretary Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya to 13 years' imprisonment in a corruption case.

Appeal for help

Tania, a five-year-old girl from Satkhira, has been suffering from blood cancer.

National

CID fails again to submit probe report

Sylhet Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal yesterday fixed March 2 for submitting the report on further investigation in the case for killing former finance minister SAMS Kibria.

Execute verdict in Kazi Aref murder case

Political activists and local people yesterday demanded early execution of the verdict in the case for killing Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) president Kazi Aref Ahmed, also an organiser of the Liberation War, and four other leaders of the party.

Thai princess to stay at Gaibandha hut

Princess of Thailand Maha Chakri Sirindhorn along with a 34-member entourage arrived at Beler Char on the Jamuna Basin under Rasulpur union of Gaibandha district yesterday evening.

AL activist murdered

An Awami League (AL) activist was murdered at Achargoan village in Nandail upazila here in the early hours of yesterday.

Sad tale of potato growers

Potato growers in Bogra and Rajshahi are worried as the price of their product marks steady fall in the local market.

A much awaited rail line nearing completion

The construction of 36-kilometre rail line on Bangabandhu Bridge-Tarakandi route through Kalihati, Bhuapur and Gopalpur upazilas in Tangail district is nearing completion, much to the happiness of people in the northern region and six districts of greater Mymensingh area.

2 held while taking bribe

An Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) team caught red-handed two officials of Palli Bidyut Samity (REB) at Darbasta Bazaar in Jaintapur on Monday afternoon while taking bribe from a businessman. Acting on a tip-off, the team along with Rab went to the PBS Sylhet 2 office at about 3:00pm and arrested its general manager Mofazzal Hossain and deputy general manager Dilip Chandra Chowdhury. They were taking bribe from businessman Afzal Hossain, owner of a stone crushing plant at Bholaganj in Companyganj upazila. Sources said, Afzal informed Rab that the two officials demanded Tk 1.50 lakh from him as he applied for new power connection to his mill in Companyganj upazila. The two were held while taking Tk 70,000 from Afzal.

Stray hanuman rescued

The Sundarbans Wildlife Conservation Department in Khulna has rescued a stray hanuman (monkey) from Morelganj in Bagerhat on Monday evening. Sunderbans East Divisional forest official Mihir Kumar Dey said, the grown up hanuman was found in Sankinhanga area. The officials with the help of some local journalists brought the injured hanuman to Morelganj Veterinary Hospital for treatment. The hanuman will be released in Keshobpur natural habitat of monkeys, the officials said.

Muggers stab Sylhet BNP secy

General secretary of Sylhet city BNP Nasim Hossain was stabbed by muggers on Monday night. However, the muggers could not get away with the money snatched from Nasim. People chased and caught one of the muggers while the others managed to escape. A gang of 8-10 attacked Nasim while he was entering his house at the city's Tantipara at about 9:15 pm. The criminals stabbed on his hand and snatched away the bag containing Tk 6 lakh. Nasim said, he had just returned from his mobile phone shop. Arrestee Kabir Hossain hails from Shibganj Mazumderpara in the city. A mobile phone and a sharp weapon were recovered from his possession.

Tiger kills bawali

A Sundarbans tiger on Monday killed a bawali (reeds collector) in Chhoto Sheola area under Sharankhola range. Victim Jahangir Matubbar's colleagues later recovered the body with the help of forest staff. Sharankhola range assistant conservator of forest Bipul Chandra Das said, Jahangir along with others went inside the forest on February 4 with passes to collect reeds from Bogi station. A tiger attacked Jahangir on Monday afternoon and dragged him into deep forest.

'Jatka' seized in Chandpur

Police in a raid on Monday seized about 100 maunds of jatka (hilsa fry) from Puran Bazaar in the district town. Acting on secret information, police went to Harishava area and seized 22 drums containing jatka while being sent to different markets for sale. Sensing presence of the law enforcers, the jatka traders fled the scene leaving the fry behind. Later, the fishes were distributed among the orphanages in the town.

4 get life in Natore

A court here on Monday sentenced four people to life term imprisonment in a murder case. The court also fined the convicts Tk 20,000 each, in default, to serve two years more in jail. The lifers are Abu Sayed, Farooque, Arif and Delwar Hossain alias Alfu of Pakagram in Bagatipara upazila. According to the prosecution, the convicts hacked their neighbour Rabiul Karim to death on October 2, 2001 as he barred them from cutting sugarcane on his uncle's land. The victim's mother later filed a murder case with Bagatipara police station. After examining the records and witnesses, District and Sessions Judge Abdul Majid handed down the verdict.

Letters

Rental power plants

The very purpose of the rental power station is to provide electricity within a very short time mainly during the irrigation season. With this in mind, the government has decided to install 250 mw diesel fired four rental power stations within three months.

Economic growth

Bangladesh Bank governor, Dr. Atiur Rahman, forecast that Bangladesh could achieve the middle income status by 2013 in terms of per capita gross income. Eminent economist, Dr. Debpriya Bhattacharjee viewed that it would take decades for Bangladesh to graduate from LDC status.

Save Botanical Garden

Every day we hear about incidents that make us very unhappy. The latest one is the permission given by the state minister for environment to set up a dredge pipe through the National Botanical Garden to fill a land for a housing project, though the immediate past state minister did not allow it because it would be harmful to the Botanical Garden.

Over population

Bangladesh is a small but the highest populated country in the world. More than 15 crore people live here and 1.5 crore in Dhaka city. It seems that every day is a 'haat' day in Dhaka.

Stipend programme

The government's primary stipend programme definitely encourages students to be more serious in study and it also reduces the dropout rate.

“Terribly Terrified” Tony

AP's London headline news, published in most local English dailies on 30th January, was about Tony Blair's lame excuse for the illegal attack on Iraq! It was a case of putting up fabricated reasons for justifying the attack, while there was no WMD (weapon of mass destruction) anywhere in Iraq! The whole affair was the result of sinister reasoning manufactured by two "B" grade leaders, Bush and Blair.They have engineered the killing of thousands of innocent Iraqi women, children and elderly civilians; possibly more than the civilians killed by UK & USA in World War II.

Islamophobia!

The unending burqa controversy deserves a thorough study about the subject. Geerth Wilders, an anti-Islam protagonist, has clearly stated that he has problems with Islam. Like him, many have problems with Islam. The fear of Burqa, Minarets, Quranic verses, beards and anything related to Islam is nothing but a symptom of Islamophobia. Another factor which contributed to this fear is that Islam is spreading faster than any other religion.

Cancer treatment

A news report published on 31st January in a Bangla daily that in Bangladesh at least one and half lakh cancer patients die each year is very disturbing. We also came to know from the news that about ten lakh people are suffering from cancer in the country now.

Construction noise

As my SSC exam is going on, I cannot concentrate on my studies because of the construction works going on beside my home day and night. This type of horrible noise is really a big obstacle for students like me who cannot bear with it. There must be a rule for construction works. At least at night there should not be any such work.

Science education

For science in Bangladesh to be put on a firm foundation, it is important to cultivate a love for it. This can happen only when knowledge, rather than imposition, becomes the end-product of enquiry by a curious mind. Children should be encouraged to conceive and design experiments.

Low net speed

Three mobile operators now provide Internet services. But the net speed is not as good as expected. On CU campus there are nine residential halls and approximately four thousand students live there. Almost all the students use Internet.

Health cadre anomaly

I have been working at the health directorate for the last 19 years. I started my career in an international organisation and then I joined the BCS health cadre. During this long 19 years, I found a number of idle service rules. The most debatable one is Senior Scale Exam. During the BNP regime, they exempted the health officials from departmental examination and foundation training for confirmation of the job up to 10th BCS, and this time, those who got the auto-confirmation are going to get a promotion without appearing in the Senior Scale Exam. This is quite bizarre that the ministry is not asking for their exam documents.

A role model

Rabeya is a poor physically challenged woman in her twenties. She lost her feet in an accident. She could take to begging but her self-respect did not allow her to do so. She managed to have a sewing machine and has been sewing clothes alongside the wall of the Banani Jaam-e-Masjid. She does the sewing relatively at a cheaper rate than those done in established and posh shops. She thus helps herself and others.

Are they journalists?

A number of journalists work in each public university. Most of them are students and work for some daily newspaper. In SUST there are many student journalists, most of whom have no knowledge of journalism and they are not familiar with ethics and rules of journalism.

Hawkers and traders

On January 27, a violent clash took place between hawkers and traders in the port city. The shop owners demanded eviction of the hawkers from all sidewalks of the city. They said that Tamakumandi lane and adjoining areas have been occupied by a number of hawkers who set up makeshift shops on sidewalks blocking the main entry to the market. And that was the issue behind the clash.

What can I do?

It was 20 August thirteen years back. We came from Riyadh to spend 45 days here. I saw my husband distributing chocolates to everyone in my in-laws' house. He looked very happy. He told his beloved mother that he was tired of living abroad and this time he would stay back.

A tragic death

I am trying to write something with a dampened heart. My heart is dampened but my wrath gushes forth. Every death is heart-rending but deaths caused by fellow human-shaped animals are thousand times more so. One soul has just passed away. His soul is just out of his body but it is intact. It is intact to curse us, curse all the people of this country forever. We are all responsible for this death. We are all active participants in this murder. Neither I, nor anyone else, can shrug off the responsibility of this heinous homicide.

Rape victim

I am writing to you after reading a story reported in The Daily Star on 24 January 2010 about the case of a 16 year old girl who was lashed 101 times after becoming pregnant through being raped. I work for Equality Now, an international women's rights organisations that works on violence and discrimination against women and girls all over the world. We are a not-for- profit charity organisation and take no funding from any government. Your report mentioned that a human rights organisation, led by a lawyer has raised the case. We are planning a visit to Bangladesh in the next couple of weeks and would very much like the opportunity to meet with the human rights organisation and the advocate.

Death penalty

I am referring to the letter published in The Daily Star dated on February 3, 2010 by Mr. Tayeb Husain from Lund, Sweden.

Valentine's Day

On 14th February, Valentine's Day was observed throughout the country especially by the young people. Sometimes this day is also called "Single's awareness day". In North America school-going children too distribute chocolates, cards among each other to observe the day. So, why should we remain behind? With the passage of time, this day has become very much our own.

Some suggestions

It looks like Severe Traffic Jam has become a daily affair & it seems no foreseeable solution is there. In my opinion, of course there are a few measures which will reduce traffic jam if immediate action is taken.

Whither “zero tolerance”?

For the last one year, we have been listening to the talk of “zero tolerance” to BCL extortionists by the Honourable Prime Minister and her top brass. We only hear repeated stern warning but see no substantial positive changes; rather the situation is going from bad to worse day by day.

International

Lanka's opposition files court challenge to president

Sri Lanka's former army chief and defeated presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka yesterday petitioned the Supreme Court challenging incumbent Mahinda Rajapakse's re-election, his lawyer said.

India condemns Maoist attack

India's home minister yesterday condemned an attack by Maoist rebels that killed 24 police officers and a student, the latest brazen raid in a campaign of insurgent violence.

Nato forces progress against fitful Taliban resistance

US and Afghan forces traded gunfire with insurgents shooting from haystacks in poppy fields yesterday as Nato forces progressed against increasingly fitful resistance in the Taliban stronghold of Marjah.

Amnesty urges Myanmar to end repression

The military government in Burma has been urged to end the repression of ethnic minorities ahead of elections.

Tehran warns world powers

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned yesterday that world powers would regret any moves to slap new sanctions on Iran, while stressing Tehran was still ready for a UN-brokered nuclear fuel exchange deal.

Dubai issues warrants for 11 Europeans over Hamas killing

Arrest warrants have been issued against 11 European nationals allegedly involved in the killing of a top Hamas official here in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), WAM news agency reported.

Belgian rail drivers on strike after deadly crash

Belgian train drivers went on strike yesterday in protest at working conditions after the head on collision between two rush hour trains in which 18 people died.

3 gunned down in Iraq

A Christian was killed in the restive city of Mosul, the third in as many days, as community leaders warned of rising violence against the minority ahead of Iraq's March 7 general election.

3 years needed to move rubble: Haiti president

It will take three long years to clear the rubble left by Haiti's devastating earthquake, said President Rene Preval who admitted even he's still afraid to sleep under concrete in case another quake strikes.

School collapse in Haiti kills 4 children

A mudslide in northern Haiti on Monday caused the partial collapse of a school, killing four children and injuring two others, a Haitian civil protection official said.

Alabama killer went to range before shooting

An Alabama professor practiced at a shooting range not long before police say she gunned down three colleagues and wounded three others during a faculty meeting, her husband said.

Yemeni Qaeda hoping to recruit English speakers, women

The Yemeni Qaeda is actively recruiting English-speaking individuals, intelligence officials told Fox News on Monday.

Kennedy's letters to mistress up for auction

The letters that late John F Kennedy had written to a Swedish woman during his affair with her are now up for grabs and are expected to fetch up to 25,000 dollars at auction.

Indian sweepers pollute city for salary hike

Cleaning workers have deposited garbage on the main street of Orissa's pilgrim city of Puri, protesting against the local civic authorities turning down their demand for a salary hike.

Blast kills 2 children in Jaffna

At least two children have been killed and seven others injured in an explosion in the northern Jaffna peninsula, police officials say.

Myanmar sentences 4 activists as UN envoy visits

Military-ruled Myanmar sentenced four activists to prison terms with hard labour on the same day a UN envoy arrived to assess progress on human rights in the country, the opposition said yesterday.

Kashmir to have law on violence against women

The Jammu and Kashmir government will introduce a bill in the budget session of the state legislature for the protection of women against domestic violence.

Arts & Entertainment

Bratachari music and dance at Ekushey Book Fair

On the 15th day (February 15) of Ekushey Book Fair, cultural organisation Bratachari Samiti Bangladesh (BSB) staged poetry recitation, music and dance, followed with performances by Wrishiz Shilpi Goshthi at Bangla Academy premises.

Rabindra Mela concludes in Mymensingh

A three-day Rabindra Mela was held at Teachers Training College (for men). Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore visited Alexandra Castle, residence of the Muktagacha Zamindar in Mymensingh town on February 15, 1926. To preserve the memory of his visit, Rabindra Mela is observed here, according to sources.

“The fair is the only place where there is a confluence of our writers and poets” - -- Shujauddin Kaisar

Shujauddin Kaisar is one of the leading poets of the '70s and his poems focus on patriotism, people's woes, wants and desires. A bohemian in personal life, Kaisar is very outspoken and bold. His selection of words and phrases have fetched him admirers. After the '70s, a number of poets wanted to start a movement that would encourage noticeable form and content. Kaisar was in their ranks.

Tapash Datta: A promising classical vocalist

Born in Chittagong Tapash Datta, son of Ranadhir and Bani Datta, is a vocalist of Indian Classical and semi classical music. With an outstanding voice that is both melodious and powerful, he has established a style of rendition of his own creating a special appeal to the audience.

Ekushey specials on ATN Bangla

ATN Bangla will air special programmes on the International Mother Language Day (February 21). At 12:15 pm that day, "Barnomala", a programme for children, will be aired. Kajali Ahmed has directed the programme.

Prachyanat stages “Koinna”

Theatre troupe Prachyanat staged its acclaimed production “Koinna” at the National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on February 15. Scripted by Murad Khan and directed by Azad Abul Kalam, the play is based on a myth of northwestern part of the country. People believe that they live under the spiritual protection of one “Koinnapir” who is still believed to inhabit the mossy-green water of a local pond as a fish, accessible only to Nior, the respected head and descendent of the house. The play traces the mystery and imaginative creation that operates at the subconscious level of men.

“Buker khuney juddha jari, Amor Ekushey February” by Shammilito Sangskritik Jote

With the theme “Buker khuney juddha jari, Amor Ekushey February”, Shammilito Sangskritik Jote is holding a fortnight-long Ekushey special programme at central Shaheed Minar premises. On its eighth day (February 15), child artistes of Liza Lalitakala Academy performed group dances. Istekbal Hossain, Iqbal Khorshed, Shyamoli Sultana and Mukta Shaha staged solo recitations while artistes of two cultural organisations Udichi Shilpi Goshthi and Nandankanan presented group recitations. Kazi Mizanur Rahman and Alawal Haque rendered solos. Artistes of Dhrubatan and Ustad Momtaj Ali Khan Sangeet Academy performed group renditions on the occasion. Theatre troupes Mohakal and Natyadeep staged two street plays written and directed by Swapon Bhattacharya and Khorshed Alam. Shabda Natya Charcha Kendra staged a street play as well.

OP-ED

Reinventing non-profit orientation

ADMITTEDLY, good governance is a natural precondition for foreign aid to the developing countries, and their developed counterparts are claimed to be laying utmost emphasis on it. Good governance is epitomised by predictable, open, and enlightened policy-making, a bureaucracy imbued with professional ethos acting in furtherance of the public good, the rule of law, transparent processes, and a strong civil society participating in public affairs.

Sharp descent for Padma awards

MAULANA Azad has been much on my mind for a variety of melancholy reasons. The neglect of his memory is reflected in the loneliness of his shrine at Urdu Park, near Delhi's Jama Masjid. It is utterly appalling that we romanticise a pathetic weasel, Bahadur Shah Zafar, who lost an Indian Empire, and diminish the man who, along with a dozen others, sat at the apex of a party that destroyed the British Empire.

Remembering a gentleman officer

WITH profound shock and a sense of loss I remember Meer Mahmud Shareef Ali who passed away on February 8th. For many of his friends, colleagues and acquaintances Shareef Ali was real shareef, evoking respect from peers and juniors alike. A very soft spoken person gifted with subtle wit, Shareef Ali was appointed to the Police Service of Pakistan in 1962 and served in different capacities very creditably.

4 reality shows we need to see

ARRIVING home from work, I found my daughter watching a TV show featuring an exhausted young person of indeterminate sex weeping on a stage, as panellists made sophisticated, constructive comments such as: "Whoa, that totally sucked."



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