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News of: Friday, 5th of March, 2010

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Invective-hurling MPs lambasted

Speaker Abdul Hamid yesterday decried the unruly behaviour of some lawmakers and use of indecent and vulgar words on the floor Wednesday and termed the incident unfortunate and shameful for the nation.

PM banks on info tech for transparency

The government wants to ensure transparency and accountability in the administration to establish good governance and end corruption with a greater use of information and communication technology, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said yesterday.

Extortionists on rampage

A group of extortionists shot dead a jewellery shop owner in front of police near Victoria Park in Dhaka's Sutrapur yesterday morning after he filed a general diary against them.

Mega plan to attain food autarky

The government is designing a long-term strategic plan to turn the southern coastal belt into a major rice producing region, and the water-scarce northern districts into high value crops zone during dry season to achieve food autarky despite the challenges of climate change.

Railway gets e-ticketing

Bangladesh Railway is going to launch electronic ticketing service to ease the sufferings of passengers.

SC clears way to demolish illegal jetties

The Supreme Court yesterday cleared the way for demolishing illegal structures including the jetties set up by City Group of Industries on the bank of river Shitalakhya, rejecting a petition filed by the company seeking a stay on a High Court order.

Government workers not given proper employment benefits

Rani Das used to be able to hold her head up, high. Though by no means rich - her small monthly salary as a government cleaner did at least mean that she could survive and feed her family. Now, however, after 38 years of service she is a beggar - forced to stand out-side her old office pleading for paisa from her former colleagues.

BCL men snatch bid documents

Bangladesh Chhatra League activists snatched tender documents from contractors yesterday at the city's Unani and Ayurvedic College and Hospital (UACH).

Spoon-billed Sandpipers roam freely

Small groups of globally endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper arrived on the mudflats of Badar Mokam in Teknaf and Belekerdia of Sonadia Island at least three years ago. Anyone with binoculars can sight these rare birds still feeding and roosting at the edge of water.

3 cases against Hasina quashed

The High Court yesterday quashed all proceedings against Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in three corruption cases concerning Bangabandhu Novo Theatre (planetarium) in the capital.

9 firms join the race

Nine local and international firms yesterday submitted their documents to qualify for the 32 kilometres Dhaka Elevated Expressway project.

Govt forms 8 committees to check unrest

The government yesterday decided to form eight committees immediately to reduce frequent labour unrest in the country's readymade garment factories.

Final ODI today

Bangladesh take on England in the third and final match of the Beximco ODI Series at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong today. After running their opponents close in the second match, the Tigers will again be looking for their first win over the tourists in their eleventh attempt while England are determined to take the series 3-0 and extend their unbeaten run over the Tigers.

Police again take control

Police once again took control of Proshika head office early yesterday and barred hundreds of its staff from attending regular office on the plea of avoiding a possible "violent clash."

4 robbers arrested

Jatrabari police arrested three members of notorious Dakat Shahid gang at Dholai Khal and recovered Tk 3 lakh from them early yesterday.

CID gets 3 months more

Criminal Investigation Department yesterday got three more months to submit the probe report in one of the two August 21 grenade attack cases.

White panel bags 4 posts, blue panel 2

Pro-BNP and Jamaat teachers' white panel yesterday won four posts out of the six in the syndicate election of Dhaka University for the term 2010-12.

Auto-rickshaw lifter beaten to death

An auto-rickshaw lifter was beaten to death after he with his cohorts killed a CNG-run auto-rickshaw driver in Patiya upazila on Wednesday night.

63 dead in Indian temple stampede

Sixty-three people, all of them women and children, were crushed to death in a stampede yesterday at a temple in northern India where a crowd had gathered for a religious festival.

House body visits CHT from today

A parliamentary body on CHT affairs ministry will go on a two-day visit to CHT this afternoon to get first hand information on the recent violence in Bagaihat and Khagrachhari that left three persons dead.

HBM Iqbal gets bail in graft case

The High Court yesterday granted ad interim bail for six months to former Awami League lawmaker HBM Iqbal in a corruption case.

BNP protests power price hike

Protesting the government decision of increasing the price of electricity, BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday demanded immediate cancellation of the decision.

37 militants killed in Pak airstrike, ground battle

Pakistan said ground fighting and an airstrike killed 37 militants in its tribal belt on the Afghan border yesterday after dozens of Taliban stormed a paramilitary checkpost.

Editorial

A matter of shame

We have no words to express our sense of shame at what happened in the Jatiyo Sangsad on Wednesday. That lawmakers can stoop so low as to indulge in a free and uninhibited use of obscene language and extremely objectionable gestures is something no one in any country can imagine. And we who have since before our liberation as a nation have consistently struggled for a decent democratic order and have so often impressed people around the world with our commitment to democracy are today compelled to hang our heads in deep embarrassment owing to what our lawmakers have just done. It is a scandal that blights everything we have long believed in. It undercuts the values we have always held dear.

A fillip to women entrepreneurship

The reach of micro-credit amongst poor women in rural Bangladesh has been considerable and it has served to alleviate poverty with an added advantage of empowering women to some extent in household situations. If, in addition to this basically livelihood lifeline, women's access to SME can be expanded, they will get a ladder to climb to entrepreneurial ranks in the economy.

Nowhere in no man's land

GATORADE has dropped Tiger Woods. The sports drink manufacturer doesn't want the all-time golfing great as spokesperson, because "it no longer sees a role for him in its marketing efforts." In plain English, the name Tiger Woods has become dud. So has the face Tiger Woods ever since the scandal arose that he slept with women other than his wife. Once both name and face were cash cows. Now they are threat to bottom line.

The Indian PM's high-wire politics

IT is perfectly understandable. Denied any flexibility in manoeuvring members of his cabinet, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is doing the best he can by reinventing his personal cabinet, a collection of personally chosen eminent personae given assignments from the PM's priority list.

Sports

All's well that ends well

Bangladesh take on England in the third and final one-dayer of the three match Beximco ODI Series at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium here today. While the game is a dead rubber in terms of the series, the Tigers will feel they have another chance to end their barren run against the last frontier unconquered. The pitch that has been prepared for this match is hard and looks a very good batting track but is expected to have some turn later in the day.

High hopes for Tamim

Cricket fans here in Chittagong are looking toward to local hero and in-form Tamim Iqbal to put up a good show after displaying his class in the last few matches.

Mashrafe all around

Three days after the ace pace bowler had withdrawn himself from the last two matches of the Beximco ODI Series against England, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza still looms large on talks surrounding this series.

Ctg Abahani win narrowly

Chittagong Abahani handed a 2-1 defeat to Muktijoddha Sangsad in their Citycell Bangladesh League match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Niaz's fine initiative

Country's first Grand Master Niaz Murshed has taken an initiative to inject new blood in chess and in his first step towards this he is organising a tournament named Parachute Advance International Chess Tournament is being organised in Cox's Bazar over March 8 to 14.

'We need more runs'

Ricky Ponting has called on Australia's batsmen to lift their game ahead of Saturday's second ODI against New Zealand in Auckland. Ponting was unhappy with the way several players, including himself, failed to capitalise on promising starts in the first game in Napier, where Australia's 275 was overhauled by New Zealand.

Bowling pleases Saurav

Kolkata Knight Riders captain Sourav Ganguly believes the team's strong bowling lineup may help turn their fortunes around in the third season of the IPL. Having finished sixth and last in the last two editions Ganguly felt the pace arsenal, led by New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond, would be crucial for a turnaround.

Siddikur joint 4th

Bangladesh golfer Mohammad Siddikur Rahman is tied jointly in fourth place with five other professionals after the first round of the Aircel-PGTI Players Championship at the Panchkula Golf Club in India yesterday.

DMFL's new body formed

Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) formed an 11-member new Dhaka Metropolis Football League (DMFL) committee yesterday.

Friendly football tie today

A friendly match between Bangladesh Football Federation XI and a EU football team will be held tomorrow at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.

Howard salutes India

Former Australian prime minister John Howard has welcomed India's new-found influence over world cricket as he prepares to become the sport's governing body chief in 2012.

Gilchrist confident of Deccan repeat

Deccan Chargers captain Adam Gilchrist is confident of reworking the magic that helped them lift the title in the second season of the IPL. He believed the team spirit and the new inclusions in the squad would be crucial in ensuring success again. "We've got a great bond that is a legacy of last year's victory," Gilchrist told the Deccan Chronicle. "It's certainly something that will be an asset for us."

Biggest win for Aussies

Title favourites Australia swept aside South Africa 12-0 on Thursday to record the biggest victory in the history of the men's field hockey World Cup.

Maradona confident

Argentina's larger-than-life coach Diego Maradona thinks that his players can win the World Cup if they show the form that saw them beat fellow favourites Germany 1-0 here on Wednesday.

Argentina, Spain win

Europe's brightest hopes to lift the World Cup on July 11 in South Africa suffered mixed fortunes in Wednesday's friendly internationals.

Lampard hails spirit

Frank Lampard insists England's 3-1 victory over Africa Cup of Nations champions Egypt shows the team's spirit has not been affected by the scandal involving deposed captain John Terry.

Domenech hits out at fans

France's increasingly embattled coach Raymond Domenech turned his fire not for the first time on the French supporters after they regularly cried for him to resign and booed the players during his side's 2-0 defeat by European champions Spain on Wednesday.

Korea slay Elephants

South Korea coach Huh Jong-moo believes his side's impressive victory over the Ivory Coast leaves them perfectly positioned to make an impact at this year's World Cup.

Bert extends with Dutch

Bert van Marwijk extended his contract as coach of the Dutch national side till 2012, the Dutch Football Federation announced on Wednesday.

2010 Wc Qualifiers Friendly Results

Results of international football friendlies involving 2010 World Cup finals qualifiers played on Wednesday (* denotes World Cup finals qualifiers):

Spain gunning for hattrick

Spain open their campaign to clinch the first hattrick of Davis Cup wins since the United States in 1972 with a home tie against Switzerland on Thursday but neither Rafael Nadal nor Roger Federer will be involved.

Sino, Indian dominance

Indian and Chinese players dominated the semifinal line-ups of both the boys' and girls' sections after they raced past their quarterfinals opponents in the Grameenphone 24th ITF Junior Tennis Championships at the National Tennis Complex in Ramna yesterday.

Oram out for a month

The New Zealand all-rounder Jacob Oram has been ruled out of action for up to a month with a patella tendon tear, meaning he will take no further part in the home ODIs against Australia and that he could miss a sizeable duration of the IPL. The Central Districts medium-pacer Michael Mason has been named as Oram's replacement in the New Zealand squad.

Business

In tech, life eases

Holidaymaking on Saint Martin's island or in Kuakata may be with ease in a cyclone-prone season if backpackers have an early warning system in their mobile phones.

RAK Ceramics discovers share price for IPO

The public offer price for each RAK Ceramics share has been fixed at Tk 48, as discovered by institutional investors through bidding under the book building method, now being used for the first time in an IPO.

Utilise opportunities created by Dhaka-Delhi Summit

A dialogue yesterday in Dhaka suggested that modalities have to be worked out to best utilise the opportunities created from the recent developments in bilateral relationship with India.

Connectivity on target

The government has set up 100 information and services centres at union parishads (UPs) in an effort to bring the country's lowest tier of administration under an online networking system and link up to the information super highway by 2012.

Govt plans for car plant

The government plans to set up a car-making plant in the country to roll out low-cost vehicles, Industries Minister Dilip Barua said yesterday.

Ship breakers return to work

Following a 10-day suspension of work, the Sitakunda ship-breaking yard returned to its normal business Wednesday.

Toyota Prius tops Japan sales despite recall woes

Toyota's Prius remains the top-selling car in Japan despite the automaker's global recall woes that included braking problems with the hit hybrid.

CORPORATE BRIEFS

PRIME BANK
Trading of the bank's shares will be allowed only on the spot market and block/odd lot transactions will also be settled as per a spot settlement cycle from March 7 to March 9. Trading will remain suspended on the record date (March 10). The bank said the next record date for entitlement of the proposed rights share will be notified later after obtaining approval from SEC.

Oil lower in Asia

Oil prices briefly topped 81 dollars in Asian trade Thursday before falling back as the US dollar gained strength, making the commodity more expensive, analysts said.

Development budget planned for districts

Finance Minister AMA Muhith said yesterday the government is making all-out efforts to prepare development budget for every district from fiscal 2010-11.

'Blue Flag' to promote tourism in coastal areas

The Department of Environment is going to introduce the 'Blue Flag' programme, a special international programme to promote eco tourism in the country's coastal areas.

French jobless rate hits highest in 10 years

French unemployment rose sharply in the fourth quarter of 2009 to reach a rate of 9.6 percent, wiping out the country's gains on the jobless front over the past decade, official figures showed Thursday.

New DMD for Islami Bank

Islami Bank Bangladesh Ltd promoted Nurul Islam as deputy managing director, said the bank in a statement.

Metropolitan

Project negative impacts of terrorism, extremism: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday called on the filmmakers to project the negative impacts of terrorism, extremism and prejudices with an aim to create public awareness against these social menaces.

Call to recognise women's contribution

Different organisations chalked out a number of programmes yesterday to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the International Women's Day on March 8 this year.

Draft policy focuses on rights of girls, indigenous children

The National Child Policy 2010 will focus on the rights of girl children, indigenous children and children with special needs.

Fishermen's ID on the cards

The government mulls introducing identity cards for the fishermen across the country with a view to providing them with subsidy for their rehabilitation, said Fisheries and Livestock Minister Abdul Latif Bishwas yesterday.

Increased support of donors sought for extreme poor

Food Minister Abdur Razzaque yesterday sought increased support from the development partners to feed the extreme poor amid soaring food prices and to build a stronger agriculture research system to fight climate change impacts.

Bashundhara chairman files defamation suit against Prothom Alo editor, 5 others

Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan yesterday filed a Tk 1000 crore defamation case against Editor and Publisher of the Prothom Alo Matiur Rahman, Chairman and Managing Director of Mediastar Ltd. and Transcom Group Latifur Rahman and three others for publishing what he claims to be defamatory news items on multiple occasions.

Bar on student visa may go soon

British High Commissioner Stephan Evans yesterday said the bar to student visas for the aspirants from Bangladesh might be removed soon so that they could vie for the next September-October session.

Ministry asked to submit list of FFs

The election commission formed to hold the election of Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad Kendriya Command Council and the units of its district and upazila levels would start preparing voter list after getting the list of freedom fighters.

ACC okays 7 cases

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has approved filing of seven cases against 11 people and submission of 25 charge sheets against 34 people including former BNP lawmaker Mojibur Rahman Manju in the month of February.

BSF killing condemned

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in a statement yesterday condemned the recent killing of two Bangladeshi nationals in BSF fire at Haripur in Thakurgaon.

Revised HSC exam schedule on website

The Dhaka Education Board authorities yesterday posted the revised schedule of the upcoming Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations on its website (www.dhakaedu-cationboard.gov.bd).

National

Another embankment collapses in Khulna

Erosion by River Dhaki damaged one more embankment at Jainagar village of Kamarkhola union under Dakope upazila of Khulna district on Wednesday, rendering at least 600 families of eight villages homeless.

AL leader, seven others sued in Habiganj

Eight people, including an Awami League leader, were yesterday sued on charge of killing 127 villagers at Krishnapur village under Lakhai upazila of Habiganj district during Liberation War.

Two Jamaat leaders held while leading procession

Police yesterday arrested two Jamaat-e-Islami leaders of Kishoreganj district unit while leading a procession in the town protesting what they said repression by the government.

Three Shibir men held in Rajshahi

Police yesterday arrested three activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir, also students of Rajshahi University (RU), from Bagmara and RU campus.

Meghna devours land of shipyard, cement factory

A portion of the land belonging to ship exporting firm Ananda Shipyard and Tiger brand cement factory of Madina Group in Meghna industrial estate at Sonargaon upazila in Narayanganj went into the river early Wednesday.

Sec 144 imposed to avert AL brawl

Police yesterday prevented two rival factions of Awami League Biswanath upazila unit from holding rallies on the premises of the upazila parishad at the same time.

Trading thru' Benapole stops again

Export-import activities between Bangladesh and India through Benapole land port came to a halt again yesterday morning.

Sec 144 at B'baria

Brahmanbaria district administration imposed Section 144 around Bashudeb Primary School playground yesterday as two Islamic groups called mehfil at the same venue. According to villagers and Deputy Commissioner's office sources, Ahle Sunnat Al Jamaat called an waas mehfil (Islamic gathering) marking Eid-e-Miladunnabi at Bashudeb Primary School playground under Sadar upazila. Another group belonging to Kawmi Madrasa called a counter programme at the same venue to stop Ahle Sunnat from holding waas. As tension ran high, District Magistrate Md Haiul Quaium imposed Section 144 on the venue from 6:00 am to 12 midnight.

Under trial prisoner dies

An under trial prisoner at Bogra district jail died at a local hospital yesterday while he was undergoing treatment there. Md Motaleb Hossain alias Shotka, 25, died at Shahid Ziaur Rahman Medical College and Hospital at 5:30 am yesterday, jail sources said. Bogra Sadar police said, Shotka, accused in a murder case with Sherpur police station was produced before the court of Bogra Chief Judicial Magistrate on October 11 last year. The court ordered to send him to jail. Shotka fell ill at the district jail on March 2 and was admitted to the hospital.

Foundation of river port laid

Shipping minister Md Shahjahan Khan yesterday laid the foundation stone for construction of modern river port of the district. Speaking at a meeting on Barisal river port premises the minister said, 24,000 kilometre river routes in the country have become ineffective. To maintain navigability of the routes 50 dredgers are required now but only 16 are available while four of them privately owned. He said the government has taken up a Tk 11,500 crore project for river dredging. The minister also announced that marine academy would be established in Barisal. The BIWTA chairman said that Tk 17.60 crore has been allocated for Barisal modern river port project. The target for completion of the project is June 30, 2011.

Fire makes 50 shelterless

At least 50 people lost shelter as a fire burnt "Nazuma Asrayan Kendro” (home) in Nazuma area under Bogra Sadar upazila early yesterday. Locals said, the fire caught in the mosquito net of Jainal,50, at the Kendro soon engulfed all the rooms rendering 50 people of 10 families shelterless. At least 16 children of the homeless families spent without food till yesterday noon. The victims estimated the loss at Tk 50 lakh as the fire burnt cattles and household utensils.

BCL cadre arrested

Police yesterday arrested a Chhatra League (BCL) cadre from Rajshahi Polytechnic Institute (RPI) on charge of stabbing a Chhatra Moitree leader. Arrestee Wasiur Rahman Anik was a first year student of electro medical department and suspected killer of Chhatra Moitree leader Sunny, said Jasim Uddin, OC of Boalia police station. Anik stabbed the Rajshahi Polytechnic Institute unit Moitree general secretary Sajjadur Rahman Sujon at around 12:30pm as the latter called police seeing him on the campus. Sujon handed Anik over to police, said police and witnesses. Sujon was later admitted to Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital. Rezwanul Islam Chowdhury Sunny, the institute unit Moitree vice-president was killed in a BCL attack on January 7.

14 smokers fined

A mobile court here on Monday fined 14 people for smoking in public places in the town. The mobile court led by administrative magistrate Tarafdar Mahmudur Rahman launched anti-smoking drive at Fazlul Huq Avenue, Port Road, DC office, post office, land revenue office and in court compound in the town on Monday noon. The court fined 14 people Tk 50 each as they were found smoking in public places.

Letters

Sea level rise and land loss

Sea level rise (SLR) has various impacts on Bangladesh. It will have its impacts on Bangladesh in the coastal areas. About 2,500, 8,000 and 14,000 sq. km of land (with a corresponding percentage of 2 %, 5 % and 10 % with respect to the total land area of the country) will be lost due to SLR of 0.1m, 0.3m and 1.0m respectively.

Trial of war criminals

The government has taken a hard line in order to implement one of their most talked about election pledges, namely the trial of war criminals. They seem to be very definitive and focused on what they are doing. A road had to be taken, and in my view this is the right one, regardless of what a section of people is saying against it. The trial of the people who committed crimes against humanity is close at hand. It is time we closed all our old and open wounds and moved forward. Each and everyone, despite his/her differences in ideology, should keep a safe distance from the people who committed crimes like killing, rape, looting and arson during 1971.

Price hike

Day by day, price has been increasing without any kind of reason and exceeding the limits of tolerance. Poor people are suffering so much because they do not earn much. The prices of rice, soybean oil, sugar, pulses, onion etc are increasing day by day.

Renaming ZIA

It is with deep resentment that I am writing this. I am not sure what kind of development ideology lies in renaming everything that was named by the earlier administration. If the AL believes in real development and empowerment of the masses, they should rather focus on more urgent issues than renaming the international airport. In defence, they may say that they did not name it as Bangabandhu Airport or something like that. But that's not the point. The point is when there are so many issues the government has to deal with, their efforts in renaming the establishments indicate that they are not using their time very wisely.

Useless safety measures

The report on the devastating fire on the tenth floor of an apartment in the Japan Garden city housing project, published in most dailies on 13 February; depicts the criminal callousness on the part of the housing complex management. In order of priority, the main reasons that caused this disaster, and the loss of six lives as reported can be summed up in the following points.

Better than before?

Home Minister Sahara Khatun surprised us by her words-- her claim that law and order situation in the country is better than any other time!

Felicitations to Shishu Hospital

Hearty congratulations to Prof. Dr. A R Khan, Director and Head of Surgery Department and his colleagues at Dhaka Shishu Hospital on their successful surgery separating a pair of conjoined female infants recently. We are happy to learn through the press that the separated Siamese twin Moni and Mukta are now well and already left for their home.

Media

There was a time, when BTV was everything in our country. But now there are many private TV channels. There are many newspapers also. The development of the media in Bangladesh has been remarkable.

Shahjalal or Shah Jalal?

This refers to a news item in your daily with a photograph of Dhaka Airport (DS, Feb 24) where the new name of the airport is written Shahjalal. But what is the actual name?

Trip to Puthia

Let me get you acquainted with the towering palace of Rani Bhuvan Mohini Devi, guarded by a tall lion gate, with the great Pancharatna Radha Govinda Temple inside, terracotta plaques engraved on the walls, obviously, those involved in adorning this temple, must have been real genius.

People's security at stake

The deaths of six people in a single day (February 10) may be one example of deteriorating law and order situation in Bangladesh. Now, around ten people are being killed in the country every day. From the capital city to remote villages, all over the country, the people are under threat of outlaws. Especially, criminals are targeting the businessmen for monthly extortion. People beat a Shechchha Shebok League activist to death on February13.

Cycling fiasco

A director of the National Sports Council was entrusted with the task of investigating the ignominy the women's 50-kilometre cycling road race brought to the entire nation during the recent South Asian Games. A disgraceful action of officials that not only cost host country a medal, but brought humiliation and dishonour to sports officials of Bangladesh and tarnished the country's image.

Hilary Clinton's speech

I fortunately had a chance to watch United states foreign secretary Hilary Clinton's powerful speech live in the TV (Al Zajeera channel), which she gave at U.S. Islamic forum, lately in Doha. Once again, she deliberately announced that respect for women should be ensured.

Road safety

A man works hard. But for what? He wants to pass a secure life. Would we ever get that? Once we go out of the house, it seems we are walking on the death trap. In the footpath muggers wait for us and in the road, motor vehicles wait for us. If we enter into our house remaining alive, we do not find a jolly mood. Like air pollution, sound pollution is also a serious problem now. Did we ever try to find out any solution?

“Enough is enough”

This refers to the article of Feb. 12 with the above title by Zafar Sobhan.

Nasty politics

Our political game is slowly but steadily entering into the confrontation phase like end October 2006. The fallout of that is already known to us.

Extortion

Extortion is the order of the day. In Zia International Airport, railway stations, bus stands, at tender submission and even in the kitchen markets.

Think about future

I am not an expert on Bangladeshi constitution but there should be a strict regulation on explaining detailed consequence of every decision being made in financial terms. So that at any point of time in the future someone can be held responsible for the decision they make. Because at the end of the day all these come down to numbers / money which does not grow on trees. As they are elected (censored) Honourable Members of Parliament perhaps they have now statutory authority to make whatever (censored) decisions they find reasonable. But we live in the era of information technology and we want precise detail of how much money is being spent in the "child play" of name changing. They are walking the same road as they did when they went to power last time so the consequence they will have to face again is apparent to all. You can not gain popularity by playing the blame game and expecting that people would love to indulge in the past when they have burning hunger which makes people recite "vat day haramzada na hoi manchitro khabo".

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International

Pakistan calls on India to respond to talks proposal

Pakistan said yesterday it had put forward a roadmap on how to revive talks with India's political leadership, calling on New Delhi to respond to the proposal.

Blasts claim 17 in Baghdad

A string of blasts across the Iraqi capital targeting voters killed 17 people yesterday, authorities said, ratcheting up fear in an already tense city as many Iraqis cast early ballots ahead of Sunday's nationwide parliamentary elections.

Dinosaur's oldest relative found

Scientists have discovered a dinosaur-like creature 10 million years older than the earliest known dinosaurs.

Mullah Omar's son-in-law detained

Pakistani security agencies have claimed another prized catch as they reportedly nabbed the son-in-law of Afghan Taliban's supreme commander Mullah Omar here yesterday.

Benazir assassination case takes new turn

Investigations into the assassination of former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto have taken a new turn as Interior Ministry officials have revealed that they are looking for four retired military personnel who had eloped just before the December 2007 killing.

Iran threatens to withdraw nuke offer made to IAEA

Iran may withdraw a counter-offer it made to the International Atomic Energy Agency in response to proposals from the major powers for the supply of nuclear fuel, its IAEA envoy warned yesterday.

British PM faces Iraq war grilling today

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown faces a grilling over his role in the Iraq war to a public inquiry today, in an appearance fraught with risk ahead of a general election expected within weeks.

Strong quake strikes Taiwan

A powerful quake jolted southern Taiwan yesterday, sending panicked residents fleeing from shaking buildings, toppling farm houses and derailing a carriage on a high-speed train.

British boy kidnapped in Pakistan

Robbers kidnapped a five-year-old British boy in Pakistan yesterday demanding a 150,000-dollar ransom, prompting his mother to make a tearful plea for the return of her "sweet little boy".

4 militants jailed in Germany

A German court yesterday jailed four Islamic militants who dreamed of "mounting a second September 11" for a thwarted plot to attack US diplomats, soldiers and civilians.

Arts & Entertainment

Lalon looms large

The five-day celebration of 'Dol Purnima Utshab' at the akhra (den) of Fakir Lalon Shai at Chheuria, Kushtia ended yesterday. The festival featured renditions of Lalon songs by hundreds of folk singers and Lalon devotees.

International Women’s Day

Leela, the first South Asian women' s theatre festival, begins in Delhi on March 8, International Women's Day, says a press release.

Up-close and personal with Balam

On the March 1, Balam's third solo album, unimaginatively titled “Balam-3”, came out. In 2007, when Balam's mushy crooning first disseminated in the music scene, fans rushed to the music stores. Since then there has been no looking back.

Bangladesh Street Theatre Festival 2010

The Bangladesh Street Theatre Festival is now in full swing at the Central Shaheed Minar. On the third day (March 3) of the weeklong festival, five troupes staged their productions highlighting the call for trial of war criminals.

“Hurt Locker” producer barred from Oscars

A producer for Oscar-nominated war film "The Hurt Locker" will not be allowed to attend the awards ceremony after breaking Academy rules.

Inter-district theatre festival in Kurigram

An 11-day long inter-district drama festival began recently at the auditorium of Kurigram Municipality. Local theatre group Prochshad has organised the festival.

Art works of ICCR alumni from Bangladesh on display

The High Commission of India in Dhaka in cooperation with Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) regularly feature art exhibitions and art workshops. Most prominent painters of Bangladesh have at one stage or another furthered their artistic skills by going in for higher education in India. Both countries are very similar in their ways of their expression: Painters from Bangladesh and India like to portray natural beauty, varied socio-economic, political dilemmas as well as the lower middle class and the middle class people's pain, desire and hopes.

OP-ED

A mobile paradigm for service delivery

IN a resource-starved country like Bangladesh, where almost forty percent of the population earns less than a dollar a day, providing access via desktop solutions is untenable. On the other hand, the growth in mobile industry in the past decade and the reach of mobile phones in the rural areas have turned cell phones into the most accessible and affordable form of technology for the masses and an obvious choice of service delivery channel for public agencies.

Michael Foot: A friend in need

MICHAEL Foot, a veteran peace activist, a British Labour politician, an MP and an ardent supporter of the Bangladeshi cause during our independence movement in 1970/71, died peacefully at his home in Hampstead, London on March 3 at the age of 96. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown described him as "a man of deep principle and passionate idealism," and that sentiment had been echoed right across the political spectrum in Britain and across the world. He was a perfect gentleman who was driven not by dirty political backbiting and self-advancement but by idealism and deep conviction.

Culture of 'character assassination'

IN our march towards a progressive society, we have seen positive development from primitivism, incorporating a shift from diffuseness to specificity, particularism to universalism and, more importantly, ascription to achievement. The days when people were esteemed for their ascribed status -- having inherited caste, colour, wealth, so on -- rather than achieved status -- gained through effort and perseverance -- are declining sharply.

StarTech

Nokia's new recipe

Nokia in an event in Bangkok shared its business recipe that is helping it to have the worldwide leadership. The mobile handset giant also disclosed how it is delivering consumer delight with unparallel solution offerings in a single device for consumers.

Intel, Qubee work together on building WiMAX

The country's pioneer WiMax service provider Qubee on Sunday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Intel Corporation, world leader in silicon innovation to jointly propagate broadband internet along with wireless solutions to enable inclusive economic growth in Bangladesh.

Complete new smartphone

Microsoft's latest Windows Phone 7 has already started receiving rave reviews. News has it that it bares little resemblance to past versions of Windows Mobile. 'This really is a completely new OSand not just Microsoft's new OS, it's a new smartphone OS, like webOS new, like iPhone OS new. You haven't used an interface like this before,' Engadget writes.

The sound of silence: an end to noisy communications

It has happened to almost everyone. You are sitting on a train or a bus and someone right next to you is annoyingly shouting into his or her mobile phone.

Toshiba unveils new notebook

International office machines, distributor of Toshiba laptop in Bangladesh introduces the new notebook in their Satellite series line styled L510-S4017B notebook.



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