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News of: Monday, 1st of March, 2010

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Jaish-e-Mohammed operative captured

The Rapid Action Battalion arrested a Pakistani national and four locals for suspected links to Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in the city early yesterday.

Step up Khaleda's security measures

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has directed the home ministry to step up security measures for Leader of the Opposition and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.

Govt, owners get 6 months

The High Court yesterday extended for six months the deadline for relocation of environmentally hazardous tanneries from the capital's Hazaribagh.

Faulty probe leads to impunity for KTS directors

Two garment company directors escaped charges of culpable homicide after at least 54 workers died in a fire in their Chittagong factory in February 2006 despite admitting to a magistrate their role in keeping the exit gates locked.

Paban 'behind' cracker blast

Abdul Hamid Paban, son of BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain, hired two young men to explode crackers in front of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's Gulshan office on February 23, revealed Paban's friend arrested in connection with the blasts.

Chunati forest to be regenerated

The government has approved the first public sector project under Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) to regenerate degraded reserve forest in Chunati under Cox's Bazar district.

Inflation on rise

The overall inflation rate on a point-to-point basis in December last year reached 8.51 percent, and in the urban area food inflation reached double digit after 14 months mainly due to increasing price of rice.

Commerce, food ministries see opposite trends

Two parliamentary standing committees yesterday gave different opinions about the continual spurt in the prices of essentials including rice and oil.

Govt should step down for 'failure'

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Saturday said the present Awami League-led government should step down admitting its failure in running the country.

Dhaka terms EU claims baseless

The government on Saturday outright rejected the observation of the European Union in a statement issued on recent incidents of Chittagong Hill Tracts.

Operation theatre shut for 4 hrs

A four-hour long strike since 9:00am at the operation theatre, called by the anaesthetists of Dhaka Medical College Hospital, caused severe sufferings to the patients as at least 10 emergency and scheduled operations were not conducted during that time.

Convicted HBM Iqbal lands in jail

A Dhaka court yesterday sent former Awami League lawmaker HBM Iqbal to jail after he had surrendered to the court to seek bail in a case on charges of concealing wealth information.

RMG factory vandalised in Gazipur

A group of unruly workers yesterday damaged a composite garment factory of Islam Group at Konabari in Gazipur demanding a hike in salary and other facilities, said police.

England coast home despite Tamim heroics

A tailor-made wicket for spin bowling, an inexperienced captain making a bewildering decision on winning the toss and even an exceptional 125-run knock from Tamim Iqbal -- all failed to induce the Bangladesh to manage their first victory over the inventors of cricket. The wicket was devoid of any grass with very slow, low bounce and provided lots of assistance to the spinners, but the hosts could not take advantage of that due to some irresponsible batting and dropped chances.

Normalcy back in Khagrachhari

Those displaced during last Tuesday's clashes between Bangalee settlers and indigenous people have come out of hiding and have begun reconstructing their homes in the hill town of Khagrachhari in the Chittagong Hill Tracts.

PM pledges justice

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the government would bring culprits to justice for killing 57 army officers and others during last year's BDR mutiny.

5,000 'jihadi' books, BCL hit list found in Shibir room

Police seized over 5,000 'jihadi' (pro-Islamist uprising) books from a Shibir-controlled room at Shaheed Shamsuzzoha Hall of the university yesterday.

6 Hizbut Tawhid men held

Police arrested six operatives of Islamist outfit Hizbut Tawhid including a female one Saturday night after they beat up at least 20 locals of Kushtia town.

ISPR clarifies media reports on CHT violence

The Inter Services Public Relations has dismissed the report by a section of the media, including TV channels, that Sergeant Rezaul Karim of the Army was without uniform when he received injuries at Baghaichhari on February 20 terming it false and baseless.

Fire at Bihari camp: 65 houses gutted

A fire gutted at least 65 shanties and 12 shops at a camp of Urdu-speaking people in the city's Pallabi area on Saturday.

BDR, BSF trade shots on Sylhet border

Bangladesh Rifles and Border Security Force (BSF) of India again traded gunshots along the troubled Jaintapur border in Sylhet yesterday following a dispute over ownership of a swamp near the border.

Quake kills 300 in Chile, triggers Pacific tsunami

Rescue teams hunted for survivors yesterday after one of the largest earthquakes on record killed at least 300 people in Chile and sent giant waves roaring across the Pacific Ocean.

India-Myanmar to jointly fight northeast rebels

India and Myanmar will conduct a "coordinated operation" against northeast separatist outfits taking shelter and setting up base camps in the neighbouring country, Union Home Secretary Gopal Krishna Pillai said here.

Food rationing introduced for war heroes

About 38 years into the country's independence, the government has introduced food rationing for war-maimed freedom fighters and the family members of martyrs in the Liberation War.

Faruk faces contempt petition

A contempt of court petition against Commerce Minister Faruk Khan was filed with the High Court yesterday on charge of obstructing implementation of its order for demolishing jetties set up by City Group of Industries on the bank of the Shitalakhya.

Editorial

Tackling unruly BCL elements

THE proof of good governance comes through the difficult and yet necessary actions a political administration takes in the larger interest of citizens. Where such decisions are absent, indeed where only a platitudinous mouthing of intent becomes the pattern, it is governance that suffers. In the present instance, we certainly appreciate the candour with which Local Government and Rural Development Minister Syed Ashraful Islam has spoken of a few bad elements of the Chhatra League undermining the image of the government. We also note that the minister, also general secretary of the ruling Awami League, has spoken of punishment for these trouble makers. The problem here, however, is that over the past many months a number of leading figures in the government have said precisely what Mr. Islam has been saying. The constant refrain that these unruly elements of the Chhatra League will have to pay for their bad activities has come so often, without any concrete action on the ground, that nowadays people are tempted to respond to such statements with cynicism.

Understaffed health service

THE situation of the public health service and the picture of health centres as a result, as revealed in a recent report in this newspaper reads rather dismal. The situation has been compounded mainly by shortage of almost 20 percent of the authorised manpower. The state of affairs hardly lives up to the government's commitment to take healthcare service nearer to the people and make it accessible to the greater majority of them, more so to those in rural areas.

Communicating with the world

THE people of Bangladesh have just celebrated one of the most important events in our history, February 21, International Mother Language Day, a day that in the opinion of many had sowed the seeds of the liberation war. If one traces the history of the independence struggle of India against the British one would find two provinces of British India at the forefront of the anti-British struggle, namely Bengal and Punjab.

Not reason Mr. Bidwai, anything but!

IT was with immense interest that we read the article by Mr. Bidwai, titled "Reason Triumphs over Bt. Brinjal," in the February 23 issue of your esteemed publication. While we have great respect for Mr. Bidwai and his stand on various issues, especially concerning the rights of the poor and the downtrodden, it is unfortunate that he has depended on hearsay misrepresentations in this article.

Sports

'My best yet to come'

After having played one of the best knocks of his career, Tamim Iqbal was less than satisfied because his mammoth effort did not prove enough to win his side their first match of the Beximco ODI Series. Tamim, the 22-year-old left-hander from Chittagong, treated the English attack with some brutally beautiful shots as he accumulated 125 runs off 120 deliveries, but still ended up on the losing side as the tourists chalked up a six-wicket victory at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

Shooters welcomed warmly

It is rare to see sports practitioners in the country receive a warm welcome on their return from a successful foreign sojourn, unless of course you are a cricketer or a footballer. So it was refreshing to see the returning shooters from the Commonwealth Shooting Championships hogging the spotlight for at least a few hours yesterday, following their successes in India.

League service resumes

After a seven-week break following the Bangladesh national football team's engagement in the South Asian Games as well as AFC Challenge Cup, the third edition of Bangladesh League resumes today at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.

Nadim drives Dhaka

Opener Nadimuddin Mintu struck a big century to put Dhaka in a commanding position against holders Rajshahi on the opening day of the third round match of the second phase of 11th National Cricket League match at the Khulna Divisional Stadium yesterday.

England stun Australia

James Tindall scored two goals as a fired-up England stunned hot favourites Australia 3-2 in the men's field hockey World Cup on Sunday.

Consolation win for SA

AB de Villiers and Jacques Kallis hammered centuries to set up South Africa's consolation 90-run victory over India in the third and final one-day international on Saturday.

North Korea champions

DPR Korea emerged champions in the AFC Challenge Cup to qualify for the AFC Asian Cup after beating Turkmenistan 5-4 in a tiebreaker at the Sugathadasa Stadium yesterday.

AFC agrees to share costs

Mohamed Bin Hammam, president of the Asian Football Confederation, promised that the AFC would share the expenses of the regional federations in the quest of bringing professionalism into their administrations.

NZ seal super win

A superb match needed a Super Over to split the teams and New Zealand prevailed to repay Brendon McCullum for his amazing century. McCullum became the second-highest scorer in a Twenty20 international with an unbeaten 116, but after Michael Clarke and Cameron White exploded in the reply the scores were tied at 214 after 40 overs.

Kirsten defends it

After a new-look India were convincingly beaten by South Africa in Ahmedabad, coach Gary Kirsten has said the depth of talent in his side shouldn't be gauged based on just one performance. India fielded two debutants, opener M Vijay and fast bowler Abhimanyu Mithun, and had only two players with more than 50 one-dayers under their belt in the dead rubber.

Djokovic keeps Dubai title

Novak Djokovic of Serbia won the weather-hit ATP Dubai Open on Sunday, defeating Russia's Mikhail Youzhny 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 in a roller coaster of a final.

Brothers take beach trophy

Brothers Masters clinched title of the first-ever beach football tournament beating Rahmatganj Masters in the final at Seagull Point of Cox's Bazar sea beach on Saturday.

Mufazzal moves on

Bangladesh Mufazzal Hossain advanced into the second phase of the qualifying round in the Grameenphone 24th Bangladesh ITF Junior Tennis Championship with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Korean Ginam Park in boy's singles at the National Tennis Complex in Ramna yesterday.

Kulfa Goshthi Manikganj champs

Kulfa Goshthi became champions in the AM Sayedur Rahman Memorial T-20 cricket tournament with a seven-wicket victory over Green Valley at the Shaheed Miraj-Tapan Stadium here yesterday.

Nat'l chess

Masuda Begum emerged champion in the preliminary round of the 31st National Chess Championship after beating Titli in the eighth and final round at the Bangladesh Chess Federation Hall Room yesterday.

School hockey

Pulerhat High School and Habiganj High School emerged regional champions in the School Hockey Tournament winning their respective finals at different venues yesterday.

Wenger furious and upset

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said he was left sickened by the horrific broken leg suffered by Aaron Ramsey that will rule the teenager out of the game for months.

Shawcross gets call-up

Fabio Capello handed a surprise call-up to Ryan Shawcross for England's friendly against Egypt just hours after the Stoke defender was sent off in tears during his club's win over Arsenal.

Domenech upset at successor talk

France coach Raymond Domenech said on Sunday that the decision to name his successor prior to this summer's World Cup could have a disruptive effect on his team.

Duo shares spoils

Lazio and Forentina drew 1-1 in the capital's Stadio Olimpico on Saturday in a result that helped neither team in their respective Serie A battles.

Shawcross claims 'no malice'

Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross insists there was ''absolutely no malice'' in the challenge on Aaron Ramsey which led to the Arsenal player suffering a badly broken leg during the Premier League clash at the Britannia Stadium.

Bayer held to a draw

Cologne frustrated Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen by stealing a point with a 0-0 draw in the Rhine derby at the BayArena.

Hleb not staying at Stuttgart

Alexander Hleb insists he is not considering staying with Stuttgart when his loan spell from Barcelona ends in the summer, after admitting his relationship with coach Christian Gross has deteriorated.

Business

10 firms team up over digital land records

The land record system is up for automation with the help of some local IT firms -- a step that promises to reduce hassles and disputes originating from the existing process.

Rod prices on the climb

Ship-breakers' work suspension in Chittagong that stopped scrap supply hiked the prices of lower-grade construction rod in Dhaka, traders and manufacturers said yesterday.

Ship breakers continue protest

Workers and other employees of different ship-breaking yards in Chittagong yesterday asked the government to cancel an amended statutory regulatory order (SRO) on the import of scrap vessels.

Stocks plummet on profit takers

The benchmark index of Dhaka Stock Exchange plummeted over 120 points, as the value of almost all sectors declined yesterday.

Petrol pump owners threaten shutdown

Petrol pump owners yesterday threatened a half-day countrywide shutdown of filling stations on March 14 to realise their 13-point demand.

Muhith admits lag in execution of district budget, PPP steps

Finance Minister AMA Muhith has admitted to the lag in government's two pledges for this fiscal year--execution of public-private partnership initiative and district budgets.

Income difference hurts labour-intensive sectors

Income inequality between the rich and the poor limits the growth of labour-intensive industries in Bangladesh, as consumption by low-income people cannot create strong-enough demand to help these sectors grow and generate employment.

World trade faces threat from fraud: ICCB chief

The main threat to international traders is organised fraud, said Mahbubur Rahman, president of International Chamber of Commerce-Bangladesh (ICCB), yesterday.

Tk 1,433cr pending in SIM card import tax

Mobile phone companies owe Tk 1,433 crore to the government in import-related taxes for SIM (subscriber identity module) cards, said the law minister yesterday.

Yields of a rated Bangladesh

Bangladesh is in the process of obtaining a sovereign credit rating. Noted rating agencies like Standard and Poor's and Moody's have been invited to drive this exercise, while three international banks operating in Bangladesh have been requested to provide them with necessary assistance (Standard Chartered and HSBC are advising for S&P and Citibank NA for Moody's). A team has been formed with participation from relevant government agencies to support this process. Nobody less than the Bangladesh Bank governor, finance minister and secretary, along with the investors are taking keen interest in this process.

Pakistan eyes $5b in foreign investment

Pakistan aims to attract foreign investment worth five billion dollars this year, but needs to tackle reform, maximise anaemic growth and stem rampant violence to clinch its ambitious target.

Corporate Briefs

PEOPLES INSURANCE
The board of directors has recommended 20 percent stock dividend (1 bonus share for every 5 shares) for the year 2009. The company's annual general meeting will be held on April 27 (at 11:30am) at Dhaka Ladies Club. The record date is March 16. The company has also reported earnings per share of Tk 33.17, net asset value per share of Tk 242.78 and net operating cash flow per share of Tk 19.32 as of December 31, 2009.

G20 summit preparatory talks end in S.Korea

Officials from the Group of 20 developed and emerging economies wrapped up a two-day forum on the global economy in South Korea Sunday.

Fannie Mae seeks $15.3b in govt aid

Fannie Mae needs another $15 billion in federal assistance, bringing its total to more than $75 billion. And worse, the mortgage finance company warned its losses will continue this year.

ECB to wrestle Thursday with Greek debt, crisis policies

The European Central Bank faces one of its most important meetings in months Thursday when policymakers tackle the latest twists in Greece's debt crisis and refine a roadmap to unwind emergency policy measures.

Berkshire net profit rises but lags behind S&P 500

Renowned US investor Warren Buffett's holding company Berkshire Hathaway said Saturday its annual profit surged although its operating profit lagged behind dividends in the S&P 500.

Toyota's president visits China today

Fresh from a grilling by US lawmakers, Toyota President Akio Toyoda will speak today in China about his company's quality problems, seeking to boost confidence and ease consumer worries in the world's biggest auto market.

FDI plunges in Russia

Foreign direct investment in Russia fell by 41.1 percent to 15.9 billion dollars in 2009, the Russian statistics service Rosstat said Saturday in a statement.

Citycell gets new CEO

Mehboob Chowdhury has been appointed as chief executive officer (CEO) of mobile phone operator Citycell, said a statement.

NBR records 16pc growth in earnings

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has recorded 16 percent growth in revenue earnings in the July-January period of the current fiscal year, compared to the same period a year ago.

Training for CSE authorised representatives

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Chittagong Stock Exchange Limited (CSE) jointly organised a two-day training programme in Sylhet for the Sylhet-based authorised representatives of CSE member-companies on Friday, said a CSE statement.

Taxes Bar Assocís new chief

Bangladesh Taxes Bar Association has elected ATM Rafiqul Islam as its president for 2010-11, the association said in a statement.

Metropolitan

Royal Bengal Tigers may go extinct by turn of century

The Royal Bengal Tigers, one of the world's largest big cat populations, could disappear by the end of this century as rising sea levels caused by climate change destroy their habitat along the Sundarbans coast, according to a new WWF-led study published in the journal Climatic Change.

Rasheda's dreams shattered

Rasheda Begum dreamt that her only child would become a doctor who would treat the poor.

Ruling, opposition MPs at loggerheads over BTV

Both treasury and opposition bench members at a parliamentary body meeting yesterday locked horns in trading blame over the role of Bangladesh Television (BTV) in allocating time and giving importance to cover the opposition party's news, sparking heat in the meeting room.

Attacks on indigenous people condemned

Protests against the killing of indigenous people and attack on their properties in Rangamati and Khagrachhari continued yesterday.

Owners, inspectors blamed for factory fire deaths

Sramik Karmachari Oikya Parishad (Skop) at a protest meeting yesterday blamed the factory owners and inspectors of Garib and Garib sweater factory for gross negligence of their duties.

Curtain falls on month-long Ekushey book fair

The curtain fell on the month-long Amar Ekushey Book Fair yesterday with record 3,354 newly published books and a total sale of around Tk 20 crore, which is two crore up from the previous year.

Allocating 8pc of GDP can ensure IT edn

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid stressed the need for allocation of eight percent of the total GDP for education sector to ensure information technology-based education as well as its infrastructural development.

Tough action to be taken for negligence of duty

State Minister for Home Shamsul Haque Tuku on Saturday warned the law enforcement agencies of tough actions for any negligence of their duties to ensure security of people.

US to train officials

The government of the United States of America (USA) is ready to impart training to Bangladeshi security officials and provide all sorts of technological assistance in countering terrorism.

Schoolboy killed by classmates

A schoolboy was killed by his classmates at Siddhirganj in the district on Friday.

Dispose of cases fast to ensure justice: Law minister

Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday called on the lower court judges not to halt the proceedings of cases on any illogical and unacceptable grounds so that the cases are disposed of within short time and the litigants can easily get justice.

US frigate arrives today for joint exercises

The guided missile frigate USS Ingraham (FFG-61) will make a port call in Chittagong for training Bangladesh Navy on March 1-3 on new naval exercises, aimed at strengthening Bangladesh's and regional security.

President undergoes medical check-up

President Zillur Rahman is well and in good health, physicians said yesterday after completing his medical check-up at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore, according to a message from the president's press secretary.

Concern over death threat to New Age editor

The Union of New Age Journalists yesterday expressed grave concern over the death threats to its Editor Nurul Kabir by anonymous callers for his brave journalistic works.

Keep vigilance against militancy

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday called for engaging the Ansar-VDP auxiliary force in population control, curbing corruption and stamping out militancy and religious extremism.

English medium students display talents

Students of the city's English medium schools presented a superb cultural show singing patriotic songs and dancing to the beat.

Ensure academic standards

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid on Saturday called on the teachers' community to give their best effort in teaching students in the classrooms in order to ensure academic standards.

Miladunnabi observed

The holy Eid-e-Miladunnabi was observed across the country on Saturday with due religious fervour and solemnity, as Muslims spent the day praying and celebrating the birth anniversary of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH).

JS session resumes today

The parliament resumes today after a 10-day recess with BNP-led opposition lawmakers returning to the House proceedings after skipping the last sitting.

Two die in crossfire

Two alleged criminals were killed in a ''crossfire'' between their cohorts and Rapid Action Battalion yesterday in South Keraniganj on the outskirts of the capital.

Reunion of Ctg Collegiates March 19

The two-day third reunion of ex-students of Chittagong Collegiate School will begin on March 19, says a press release.

10 BCL men hurt in factional clash at JNU

At least 10 BCL activists were injured in rival clash at Jagannath University (JNU) over a trifling matter yesterday.

Two stabbed to death

Two people were hacked to death yesterday in Banergati area under Sonadanga Police Station of Khulna.

Three killed in road crash

Three people were killed and five others injured in a road accident at Arulia near Char Matha of Bogra town yesterday.

National

Half of doctors' posts vacant, shortage of staff acute

A staggering 148 of the 257 posts of doctors are lying vacant at 14 health care units in Pabna district, hampering healthcare services in the district.

Monimala 'set afire for dowry,' fighting for life

A young housewife, set afire allegedly by in-laws, is fighting for life at the burn unit of Mymensingh Medical College Hospital (MMCH).

4 commit 'suicide' in an upazila in 2 days

Four people allegedly committed suicide in Daulatpur upazila in the district on Friday and Saturday.

Carpet factory, 200 shanties gutted in Chittagong

Finished carpets worth Tk five lakh were gutted in a fire at a state-owned carpet factory in Chittagong yesterday while over 200 tin-shed houses and six shops were reduced to ashes in Bakolia area on Saturday.

Youth gets life for killing step-mother

A youth was sentenced to life term rigorous imprisonment (RI) in Magura on Thursday for killing his step-mother in 2004.

Arms peddler caught, pistol, bullets seized

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) Saturday night injured an arms peddler in a gunshot and arrested him at Bhurkapara village in Daulatpur upazila and recovered arms and ammunition from his possession.

Khulna Shibir man held in connection with murder

Police on Saturday arrested a cadre of Islami Chhatra Shibir suspecting his involvement in the killing of prominent fish exporter Azad Gazi.

Farmers form human chain

Over two hundreds farmers of two unions under Sadar upazila formed a human chain and brought out a procession on Saturday demanding flood control dam. Moshiur Rahman Reza, chairman of Lohalia Union Parishad (UP) and Monir Rahman Mridha, chairman for Kamlapur UP led the programmes. The human chain was formed on the bank of the Showla canal in the morning followed by a procession demanding construction of a dam on the canal. Locals claimed that several hundreds hectares of agri land remain idle for lack of dam. 'We cannot cultivate our land as saline water from the canal enters our landĒ, said a farmer.

BSF returns body

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) has returned the body of a Bangladeshi cattle trader to Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) after a company commander-level flag meeting with BDR at Fatehpur frontier of Shibganj upazila on Saturday afternoon. The body of the victim was later handed over to his relatives in presence of Shibganj police. Cattle trader Mukul Mia,28, son of Faring Mia of Bahalabari village under Shibganj upazila was shot dead by BSF early Thursday, BDR sources said. BSF personnel at Sabghati camp shot dead Mukul when he entered the Indian territory opposite to Wahedpur border outpost in Shibganj upazila and took away the body.

Teenage boy electrocuted

A teenage poultry farm worker was electrocuted at Mohasahasra village in Rajnagar upazila on Thursday night. Victim Fazlur Rahman, 16, was son of Badsha Mia of Bhujball village in the upazila. Locals said Fazlur came in contact with a live electric wire at about 8:00pm while working at the Raj Poultry Farm of Hasan Ahmad at the village. He died on the spot. Police later recovered the body and sent it to hospital morgue for autopsy. A UD case was filed.

Fugitive convict held

Pabna Sadar police on Saturday night arrested a fugitive convict from Tangail district. Arrestee Rajab Ali,40, is son of Golam Mostafa of village Radhanagar in Pabna Sadar upazila. A Pabna court in 2005 sentenced Rajab Ali to 7 years rigorous imprisonment for embezzling Tk 9 lakh. Abdul Mukit, a businessman of village Pailanpur filed a case in 2000 against Rajab. Officer-in-charge of Pabna Sadar police station Md Motiur Rahman said a team of Pabna police arrested him from Kalihati upazila in Tangail and produced him to court on Sunday.

Trawler with rice sinks

A trawler carrying 447 sacks of government rice sank in the Dakatia River in Chandpur early yesterday.

Letters

Bangla pronunciation

In the month of February we as a nation pay homage to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives to uphold the honour of our mother tongue. We feel a certain degree of pride in our language which boasts a very rich tradition. The stream of visitors pouring the book fair is indicative of the people's love of their mother tongue--an expression of their great emotional attachment to their language.

Renaming ZIA

We the undersigned, active participants of an on-line Bangladesh Aviation related discussion forum, write to express our disgust at the recent government decision to rename Dhaka's Zia International Airport.

Contaminated water

We Dhaka city dwellers depend on water supplied by Dhaka Water Supply & Sewerage Authority (Wasa). It is a government organization that is administered under the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (LGRD). We, the general people have no alternative but to consume water of Wasa. They drink Wasa water, cook with Wasa water, take bath in Wasa water, do household work and even perform construction work with WASA water in metropolitan Dhaka. The rich people can sink deep tube well after obtaining license from Wasa but the general city dwellers are helpless.

JS sessions

Till February 11,2010 I was vexed with the opposition political party for not attending parliamentary sessions despite repeated assurance from Speaker Abdul Hamid that he would give them as much time as they want and would not switch off the microphones and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also urged them to join and take part in discussions.

PM late for meeting

I was trying to understand what is the substance of the news about PM showing up late for meeting to make easy the movement of SSC students. Am I to understand that the PM and the competent people planning her itinerary in advance are not cognizant of these big events and the conflicts that may take place? If they are, that should have been communicated to organisers and if not, the PM should not have set an example by coming in late, deliberately, to a meeting and keep the people waiting. Or, the PM just decided to make a symbolic gesture at the expense of time of attendees?

BCS exam centre

RE: Request for re-starting BCS exam centre in London, UK.

Students

As a developing country Bangladesh is beset with many problems. And it is better understood when we flip over the pages of dailies. Here being the educated citizens of the country if the young students make the headlines of dailies for their criminal activities, then we can only bemoan our fate. Learnt much earlier that a good citizen should have three qualities namely intelligence, self-control and conscience. Our students are grazing in the highest field of knowledge without being bestowed with the true faculties of an ideal human being.

Murder on campus!

It is very difficult to absorb the news. Within a week two students of two renowned universities have been murdered viciously. It seems that we live in a society where no rules and regulations exist, particularly on the campuses. If we take the pain of doing a simple equation then we can easily find the causes of these unruly activities.

Democracy

It is said that democracies don't go to war against each other. This is because the democratic governments must consult their people before going to war and people are unlikely to opt for war against another democratic country because consultation always leads to compromise. This is why when France became a democracy after Napoleonic war, Britain and France -- historical enemies - became friends. The same happened after the second World War when Germany became a democracy and a nation based on rule of law.

Winter Olympics

I was watching the Opening Ceremony of Winter Olympics on ESPN and I was quite amazed to see some nations participating in the competition for the first time. I always had the belief that Winter Olympics belong to the athletes from European and North American Nations. But I was wrong to think like that. In this year's Winter Olympics there are participants from Ethiopia, Pakistan, Iran, India, Nepal, Senegal, Ghana and even Mongolia. I was really amazed to see the participants from these nations. I was only asking myself, if athletes from conservative nations like Pakistan and Iran could participate then why can't athletes from our country participate in Winter Olympics?

"My Name is Khan"

Shahrukh Khan's latest movie, "My name is Khan" has become the talk of the sub-continent as Shiv Sena threatened the superstar.

Japanese automakers

First it was Toyota, and now it is Mazda, as reported by APP from Tokyo, published by you on 11th. February. It is reported that Honda too is having problems with their inflated air bag, essentially a safety feature, it has itself become very unsafe!

Radio Today

At some stage in my school life, freed from routine tasks of schooling, my favourite pastime was to listen to World music on radio conducted by smart fellows in English at noon. And I used to gather the information of latest numbers of Top chart of UK and USA from radio and tried to find the cassettes in music markets. There was a rush among friends who could get the latest ones. With the advent of Satellite TV arguably provides very useful enlightenment in certain fields of development of mind which radio could not impart with the same efficacy and multiplicity. The significance of radio among common people has been decreasing . A year before or so, listening to the radio became antiquated. But Radio Today transmitting 89.6 FM has rekindled the seized glory of radio by presenting thrilling music of home and abroad. Consequently, being Stranded in the monotonous traffic jam or liberated from the worries of work, Radio Today now gives free rein to one's imaginations. And the way Radio jockeys cast themselves gracefully is really entertaining.

News heading

I was attracted to a news heading in your 13th June On line edition " Many things to be done to make Bangladesh Middle income economy -Gul" I eagerly read the whole news item to find the Turkish President's comments on what Bangladesh needed to reach the status of a middle income country. To my utter surprise and disappointment, not a single word or phrase I could find directly about this matter. Only reference was that " infrastructure and legal issues" were discussed.

Health sector

My hats off to the report of the Parliamentary Standing Committee of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. The Committee has rightly identified the physicians who flouted all norms and regulations with the blessings of the then BMA leaders. The report calls for immediate demotion and expulsion of abnormally rewarded physicians. Would be delighted to see the immediate execution of the report. Similar irregularities also prevail in the govt. medical colleges and hospitals. We urge upon the Parliamentary Standing Committee to probe alleged irregularities in the govt. medical colleges immediately and give exemplary punishment to the offenders, so that this is not repeated in future.

Conservation

The principle aim of conservation is to ensure the survival of life in all its forms and variety, and to make certain that natural resources are not used beyond their capacity for renewal but continue for the benefit of future generations. Conservation requires an understanding of ecology and the interrelationships of the different plants and animals (including our own species)with each other and with their environment.

Sky train system

Dhaka needs a mass transit system like other modern cities. Underground system is costly. Also rescue and evacuation in an emergency are extremely difficult and during the construction phase of the underground system, there will be chaos and pandemonium for surface traffic and service providers like water, gas electricity etc.

Ekushey

February 21 is a glorious day to us and is observed as the International Mother Language Day. Now the day is not only observed, but also it is celebrated with great significance throughout the world. But to achieve this day, we had to move gradually. In 1948, the then West Pakistani rulers declared that Urdu would be the state language of Pakistan. But the people of East Pakistan strongly reacted to the unilateral decision. On 21 February in 1952, many students brought out a procession to get their demand fulfilled. Suddenly, police fired on this procession and some valiant students were killed. Since then, 21st February is observed as a "Shaheed Dibas".

Terrible traffic

Traffic jam is a monstrous problem in Dhaka city. I think the problem is more technical than administrative. However, so far we have not seen any methodical approach being taken by the government to proceed in the direction of easing this problem. Police are thinking it is their matter and they are continuously issuing orders, guidelines, and rules assuming that it would reduce traffic jam. We do not know if they have any scientific data in support of issuing such orders or guidelines. All seem to be assumptive.

International

Tsunami warning lifted

The tsunami from Chile's deadly earthquake hit Japan's main islands and the shores of Russia on Sunday, but the smaller-than-expected waves prompted the lifting of a Pacific-wide alert. Hawaii and other Pacific islands were also spared.

World pledges aid to quake-ravaged Chile

The United States and Europe vowed to come to Chile's aid as relief workers rushed to the western hemisphere's second enormous earthquake in seven weeks.

Chilean quake among top 10 strongest on record

The 8.8 magnitude earthquake that slammed central Chile on Saturday is among the top 10 strongest on record, according to data from the US Geological Survey, which monitors earthquakes around the world.

Chile was ready for quake, Haiti wasn't

The earthquake in Chile was far stronger than the one that struck Haiti last month yet the death toll in this Caribbean nation is magnitudes higher.

'Ring of Fire' strikes again

A massive earthquake that struck off Chile on Saturday revealed anew the ferocity of the volatile "Ring of Fire", a massive zone of volcanic instability that encircles the Pacific Ocean.

US-led forces wind down Afghan assault

US-led forces were winding down one of their biggest offensives in Afghanistan on Saturday, but an official said it was a prelude to a larger assault on the Taliban bastion of Kandahar.

India-Myanmar to jointly fight northeast rebels

India and Myanmar will conduct a "coordinated operation" against northeast separatist outfits taking shelter and setting up base camps in the neighbouring country, Union Home Secretary Gopal Krishna Pillai said here.

Naga rebels set for talks

The Indian government will hold talks with Nagaland separatists to strike a peace deal, a rebel Naga leader said yesterday.

Sectarian clashes kill 7 in NW Pakistan

Pakistani authorities slapped a curfew on a restive northwestern district yesterday after clashes and gunfights left at least seven people dead at a religious procession, officials said.

KSA may play interlocutor's role in Indo-Pak ties

Keeping Saudi Arabia's close relationship with Pakistan in view, India is hoping to convince Riyadh to play the role of an interlocutor with the objective of improving ties between the two South Asian neighbours.

Statue head of King Tut's grandfather found in Luxor

Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed a colossal statue head of the pharaoh whom DNA tests revealed last week was King Tutankhamun's grandfather, the government said yesterday.

Jundallah chooses new leader

An insurgent group in south-eastern Iran announced the selection of a new leader after its founder was captured by Iranian forces, according to the group's Web site.

Arts & Entertainment

Artist-designer Shahrukh Shahid passes away

Renowned artist and fashion designer Shahrukh Shahid passed away on February 27. He was only 47.

The simplicity and originality of Nurul Islamís artworks

I distinctly remember my first introduction to painter Nurul Islam at one of the prominent galleries in Dhaka. At first glance, he seemed to have had experienced extended struggles. A few months after that I went to his studio and found him working on an oil painting. Using vibrant colours and strokes, Nurul Islam took a trip to a strange world. Passionate and imaginative, Nurul Islam shies away from overexposure, commercial lures and dictates of popular taste.

Octogenarian dance guru Ajit Sanyal shares his experiences

Ajit Sanyal, renowned dancer and dance teacher of the country of the 1950s attended an adda (informal discussion) held recently by Bangladesh Literary Resource Centre (BLRC).

Art reflects life

Painting and photography represent life. Images live on as they speak to the viewers, said speakers at the inaugural of a five-day art exhibition organised by Hamida Shilpangan in Pabna on Saturday. The exhibition is being held at Pabna town hall premises.

Lalonís verses reverberate in Chheuria

A five-day 'Lalon Smaran Utshab' (memorial festival) started yesterday at the Chheuria akhra (den) in Kushtia.

ďA ProphetĒ triumphs at French film awards

Director Jacques Audiard's bleak prison drama "A Prophet" swept France's Cesar cinema awards on Saturday, winning a total of nine prizes including best film and best actor.

Shomoy stages "Sultanuz Jannam"

Theatre troupe Shomoy staged its production "Sultanuz Jannam" at National Theatre Stage, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy recently. Written by Tawdik Al Hakim, the play was directed by Akhtaruzzaman.

OP-ED

War Crimes Act does not need reform

(The following rejoinder was received by us some days ago. We publish it with our reponse given below).

Greece's deficit-driven debacle

YEARS of profligate living by deficit spending has pushed Greece towards default, threatening a cascade of financial crises in other EU problem economies such as Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Ireland.



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