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News of: Sunday, 7th of March, 2010

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JS body vows action against CHT arsonists

A parliamentary panel yesterday assured the arson victims here of efforts to ensure a proper probe into the recent spate of violence and exemplary punishment to the culprits.

Policy friendly, BSF unfriendly

Director General of Bangladesh Rifles Maj Gen Md Mainul Islam said the desire of Bangladesh and Indian governments for a new phase in bilateral relations should travel down to all levels of Indian border guards.

Speaker amply empowered

The Rules of Procedure of the Jatiya Sangsad provides the speaker with sweeping authority to maintain order during debates in parliament and punish errant legislators.

Law ministry against EC plan to empower executive magistrates

The law ministry has opposed the Election Commission's move to empower executive magistrates to hold trial of some electoral offences in mobile courts in city corporation polls saying it contradicts the Code of Criminal Procedure, said EC officials.

Hasina renews pledge for dev

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said none would be allowed to play ducks and drakes with people's lot.

UZ chairman hurt in Khulna bomb attack

Three persons including an upazila chairman were injured in a bomb attack in front of Police Training Centre in the city yesterday.

DMCH launches ambulance service after 30 years

After long 30 years, Dhaka Medical College Hospital has introduced ambulance service recently to alleviate sufferings of its patients.

New deal leaves jobs of 5,000 in limbo

Fate of over 5,000 Bangladeshis, who had been issued work visas for Libya, seem to be in jeopardy, as Bangladesh mission in Tripoli allegedly did not attest job-demand letters.

Commission runs without chairman

The post of chairman of Bangladesh Judicial Service Commission has remained vacant for more two months.

9 die in Gopalganj, Jessore accidents

At least nine people died and 50 others were injured in two separate road accidents in the last two days.

BNP terms it delayed step

Opposition Chief Whip Zainul Abdin Farroque here yesterday raised doubt about the neutrality of Speaker Abdul Hamid.

Sylhet tension may boil over into major conflict

Bangladesh Rifles has recommended that the government take diplomatic steps immediately to see the Indian Border Security Force change its aggressive attitude on the Jointapur border in Sylhet.

Historic March 7 today

Today is the historic 7th March. On this day in 1971, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman declared, ''Ebarer Sangram Amader Muktir Sangram, Ebarer Sangram Swadhinatar Sangram"(the struggle this time is for our liberation, the struggle this time is for independence) .

6 carjackers arrested

Law enforcers arrested six car lifters and recovered six vehicles and spare parts of eight more in the last two days.

Bapa places 7-point demand

Bangladesh Paribesh Andolan (Bapa) leaders yesterday placed seven-point demand urging the government to immediately stop encroachments, land grabbing and earth filling in the water-bodies, rivers and canals across the country.

MRP to begin on schedule

Home Minister Advocate Sahara Khatun yesterday said the formalities for introduction of Machine Readable Passport (MRP) and Machine Readable Visa (MRV) will begin in the scheduled time.

HC may pass order today

The High Court is likely to pass an order today on the case regarding ship-breaking after the government recently informed the court that a total of 172 ships were imported for scrapping last year.

Man stabbed to death in mosque

A devotee was stabbed to death at a mosque in Keraniganj last night.

India to pass women's quota bill

India's government said yesterday it was determined to pass a landmark bill guaranteeing women one-third of seats in parliament to boost female participation in the world's largest democracy.

Bank payback plan faces failure as Iceland votes

Icelanders headed to the polls in drizzling rain yesterday in a referendum expected to reject a bank repayment deal worth billions that many here consider a foreign diktat.

Violence in Greece as parliament approves austerity cuts

Greek police yesterday fought protesters angered by tough new austerity measures, as European heavyweight Germany rebuffed suggestions cash-strapped Athens needed a financial bailout.

Plaques at Zia Udyan removed

Public Works Department (PWD) removed two nameplates from the city's Zia Udyan late last night.

Editorial

Government's job scheme for the extreme poor

THE government's Employment Generation Programme (EGP) targeting 12.5 lakh ultra-poor of which at least one-third beneficiary will be women has got underway from March 4. This follows vacation of High Court stay order on the programme issued on February 28.

Remembering March 7, 1971

WHEN Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman rose to address the huge mass of humanity at the race course on March 7, 1971, he knew full well that what he said there would reverberate around the world, that its ramifications would be greater and wider than one could imagine. There was the simple truth he needed to expound before his people and before the world at large. It was that the Pakistani military junta, in cahoots with its political allies, was engaged in trying to repudiate the resounding victory the people had given him and the Awami League at the general elections of December 1970. And in light of that conspiracy to deprive the Bengali nation of its fair share in the administration of the country, it fell to Bangabandhu to define the course the Bengali nation would take in the days to come. Part of that course had already been indicated by the non-violent non-cooperation movement he had launched earlier in the month to drive home the Bengali response to the gathering crisis.

When we crossed the threshold

ON March 7, 1971 Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and with him the Bengali nation crossed a threshold. If there is any particular point to be cited as a defining moment in the gathering surge for our freedom, it was the oratory that came our way from the undisputed leader who would soon be the founding father of a free Bangladesh.

Service @ your doorstep

I would like to start by relating a remarkable personal experience in Jhenidah. There, for the last two months, farmers have been receiving purchase orders for sugarcane through text messages. I found that 80 percent of them could not read the English message, and 20 percent of them were totally illiterate -- they could not read even Bangla. And yet 100 percent of them are able to act on the message since there is the concept of "indirect literacy" in Bangladesh. The reason I have brought this up is to respond to a comment that the Digital Bangladesh vision is quite meaningless when 50 percent of the people can't use a keyboard. I congratulate the principal secretary for explaining the vision where most of the people will not have to use a keyboard.

Sports

Tigers slide against Eng

In the past week, the Tigers could have walked away with a lot more than plain old 'improvement'. They could have achieved more than just individual glory. Things could have been momentous for the Tigers. To put it bluntly, Bangladesh could have won the one-day series. But they didn't.

Ghana duo hoists Abahani

Defending champions Abahani overcame the first hurdle in the Bangladesh League when they handed a 2-0 defeat to Sheikh Russel KC in the away encounter at Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Rajshahi solid on Day One

In their attempt to retain the title Rajshahi made a steady start against Chittagong on the opening day of the five-day final match of the 11th National Cricket League at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

Ashraful looking to bounce back

Focus will be on former Bangladesh skipper Mohammad Ashraful when the three-day warm-up match between visiting England and Bangladesh A team starts today at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.

Jayaprakash, Sharipova triumph

India's Mohit Jayaprakash and Sabina Sharipova of Uzbekistan became champions in the Grameenphone 24th ITF Junior Tennis Championships yesterday after both beat Chinese opponents in the finals at the National Tennis Complex in Ramna yesterday.

AFC A coaching concludes

AFC A coaching certificate course, organised by the Bangladesh Football Federation ended at the BFF House yesterday.

School hockey

Jessore Paurasova High School made a flying start in the finals of the Ecstasy 6th National School Hockey Championship with a comprehensive 5-1 win over Habiganj High School on the opening day at Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Sylhet lift U-14 title

Sylhet clinched the title of the Young Tigers Under-14 National competition with a massive 119-run victory over Khulna in the final at the Mymensingh circuit house ground yesterday.

Rating chess

The Premier Bank 12th International Rating Chess got underway at the Chess Federation hall room yesterday with over 100 players taking part in the nine-round Swiss-League tournament.

Aslam leads BFF XI against EU XI

A brace from Sheikh Mohammad Aslam helped the Bangladesh Football Federation XI defeat the European Union team 3-1 in a friendly match at Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

IPL to name two new franchises

The two new franchises for the Indian Premier League's 2011 season will be announced on Sunday.

Koreans impress Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits the success of South Korean players in the Premier League has made him reconsider the possibility of signing Asian stars.

Diao focused on Drogba

Didier Drogba reckons his diving antics are all part of the entertainment, says Stoke City's Salif Diao, who will be keeping a close eye on the Chelsea striker in Sunday's FA Cup quarterfinal.

Ramsey vows return

Teenage Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey on Friday vowed to return a better, stronger player after seeing his season ended by a horror tackle which left him with a broken leg.

Fergie blames Rooney

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has urged Wayne Rooney to curb his enthusiasm after telling the striker he was wrong to play for England against Egypt.

Everton to extend Donovan deal

Everton manager David Moyes said Friday he was hopeful that LA Galaxy would agree to extend Landon Donovan's loan spell beyond the end of this month.

'Domenech deserved sack'

French Sports Minister Rama Yade waded into the row over the fate of national team coach Raymond Domenech on Friday, saying he deserved the boot after Les Bleus' disastrous showing in Euro 2008.

Wembley pitch to be replaced again

Wembley's much-criticised pitch is to replaced for the 10th time since the English national stadium re-opened three years ago.

O'Neill slates Wembley pitch

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill added his voice on Friday to the mounting criticism of Wembley's playing surface after Sir Alex Ferguson blamed the pitch for the injury to striker Michael Owen.

Frederic fires Pompey into semis

Frederic Piquionne scored twice as crisis club Portsmouth became the first team into this season's FA Cup semifinals with a 2-0 win at home to fellow Premier League side Birmingham City on Saturday.

Bayern eye Olympic golden girl

German football giants Bayern Munich could make a signing with a difference - Winter Olympic double biathlon gold medallist Magdalena Neuner.

Pep backs Thierry

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola defended his under-fire forward Thierry Henry on Saturday after fans booed the former Arsenal man for his poor showing in France's 2-0 loss to Spain in midweek.

Tourists draw level

Daniel Vettori stuck his stiff neck out with a brilliant innings that nearly delivered victory for New Zealand but Ryan Harris chopped him off to end the plucky fight as Australia levelled the series 1-1. There were some very nervous moments for Australia as they let New Zealand recover from 131 for 6 to almost reach their goal of 266 before the visitors' blushes were saved.

Shoaib to appeal fine

Shoaib Akhtar has hit out at the Pakistan board's decision to deduct 7 million rupees (82,353 dollars) from his annual earnings as punishment for a contested misdemeanor under the previous PCB regime.

MCC retreats on IPL

MCC have not put forward a bid to be part of one of the new IPL franchises after deciding their role lies in a "broader relationship" with the tournament.

Woods turns down new contract

US golfer Tiger Woods has turned down a 75-million-dollar sponsorship offer from bookmakers Paddy Power, the Irish firm revealed on Friday.

Business

Steel exports shine

Bangladesh has emerged as a competitor to major steel-making countries Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Russia and India with strongholds in African markets, thanks to the country's low production cost and high quality of the items.

Banking alliance vows to reach out to the unbanked

Eleven of the world's leading 'sustainable' banks yesterday vowed to deliver services to unserved people and communities and contribute to the environment.

Banglalink to go aggressive

Mobile phone operator Banglalink plans to continue its aggressive marketing strategy after adding more than 14 million customers to its network in five years. The operator celebrated its fifth anniversary Friday.

Six BKMEA directors step down

Six directors of Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) resigned yesterday over a probable delay in holding a biennial election, said the trade body's chief Fazlul Hoque.

India's Essar to buy US coal company

India's multinational Essar Group said Saturday it had clinched a deal to buy US-based Trinity Coal Partners for 600 million dollars as it seeks to secure raw materials.

Roundtable stresses guideline to get private sector in CSR funding

A set guideline is needed to woo the private sector for funding under Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR), noted economist Professor Wahiduddin Mahmud has said.

Hope for Digital Bangladesh rings louder as fair ends

There has been a vast change in government mindset as the digitisation process it initiated has helped make its services public.

BCI denounces hike in power tariff

Bangladesh Chamber of Industries (BCI) has strongly denounced the government's move to raise power tariff.

Double cash incentive demanded for potato exports

Cold storage owners yesterday urged the government to double cash incentive for potato exports, which is now available for all vegetables and other agricultural products.

Scrap iron traders stage protest in Ctg

Traders of scrap iron and other materials that are produced in ship-breaking yards brought out a procession in Chittagong yesterday protesting a policy for scrap vessel import.

An exemplar of ethical banking

The financial crisis has opened scope for "sustainable banks" to become a reference for the global banking industry and governments in terms of ethical finance and serving unbanked people.

Wrestling with the write-offs

It is regrettable that the Bangladesh Bank (BB) has been stubbornly continuing to hoodwink the people of Bangladesh about the real magnitude of defaulted bank loans by its deceptive practice of excluding the written-off bad-debts of different banks from its quarterly statements.

Commodities win boost from US jobs data

Oil prices soared above 82 dollars this week as traders took their cue from better-than-expected US jobs data, firmer stock markets and the latest newsflow on the Greek debt crisis.

Oil lifts

Oil prices rallied Friday as traders applauded a better-than-expected US jobs report suggesting recovery in the world's biggest energy-consuming economy is gaining traction.

Weekly Currency Roundup

International Markets
The euro eased against the dollar on Thursday ahead of a European Central Bank meeting but retained some support as investors encouraged by Greece's latest austerity measures cut some of their record short positions in the single currency. The euro was dragged down by its fall against the yen as short-term players sold higher-yielding currencies after Asian stocks faltered and prompted investors to trim riskier positions, traders said. That move also pushed the dollar to a three-month low against the yen. The ECB is expected to hold interest rates at a record low of 1.0 percent and outline the next steps in its gradual withdrawal from emergency lending measures. The market focus will be on whether it announces any change to the extra liquidity it has provided for the banking system, and traders will also be listening to ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet's remarks on Greece. Greece announced plans for a further $6.5 billion in pay cuts and tax hikes on Wednesday to reduce its deficit easing worries about its debt crisis and helping the 10-year Greece-Germany debt spread narrow to its lowest since mid-February. But sentiment remains fragile as investors are unsure if the package will be enough to generate additional support from bigger European Union members such as Germany and France. The BoE is expected to keep rates unchanged, but there have been indications it is leaving the door open to more quantitative easing. Any move to expand its asset purchases could lead to the pound tumbling again, traders said. The dollar has come under pressure versus the yen on the back of comments from Federal Reserve officials that interest rates in the US will stay low for a long time.

China says exports to fully recover in 2-3 years

China said Saturday it could take up to three years for its exports to return to pre-financial crisis levels, as the Asian powerhouse shifted its focus to domestic demand.

Iceland set to reject crucial bank payback plan

Icelanders trickled in to polling stations on Saturday for what was set to be a clear rejection of a bank repayment deal worth billions of dollars (euros) that many here consider a foreign diktat.

US deficit, debt to exceed Obama forecasts: CBO

The United States will chalk up a wider budget deficit and higher national debt than projected by US President Barack Obama over the next decade, new estimates by Congress showed Friday.

Greeks divided over austerity measures: Poll

Greeks are divided over austerity measures aimed at cutting down a giant public deficit and ending the country's debt crisis, according to a new poll published on Saturday in the To Vima daily.

Metropolitan

PM seeks private initiatives to reach healthcare services to people

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday called for taking private initiatives for supplementing the government efforts to reach healthcare services to the doorsteps of people.

Attempt on Phultala UZ chairman's life

The chairman of Phultala upazila parishad, who is also the general secretary of the upazila unit BNP, survived an attempt on his life yesterday.

Work for people's security

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Nur Muhammad called on the newly recruited sub-inspectors (SIs) of police yesterday to devote themselves to eliminate crimes, ensure peace and security of the people.

Ensure 33pc women leadership in AL politics: Minister

Commerce Minister and Industry and Commerce Affairs Secretary of Bangladesh Awami League Lt Col (Retd) Faruk Khan on Friday called for ensuring 33 percent women leadership in all tiers of Awami League politics.

Create positive image thru' digital Bangladesh: Joy

Sajeeb Wazed Joy, an IT Specialist and Computer Scientist, yesterday underscored the need for turning the concept of digital Bangladesh as a "Nation Brand" for the county to revive its image in the international arena.

Army medical team returns from Haiti

A 30-member civil-military medical support team returned home from Haiti yesterday after providing medical assistance for earthquake-hit Haitians under 'Operation Caribbean Hope'.

'Bijoyer Golpo Boli' launched

Grameenphone yesterday launched 'Bijoyer Golpo Boli', a compilation of 25 stories where ordinary people become successful fighting against the odds, at a city hotel yesterday.

Land registration system to be computerised

State Minister for Law Quamrul Islam yesterday said computerised system has to be introduced in dealing with functions of land registration and deed protection in order to reduce suffering of the people and save time.

Review CHT peace accord

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday said Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Peace Accord should be reviewed on discussions with representatives of all ethnic groups and Bangalees to ensure their rights of establishing peace in the CHT areas.

'Try war criminals'

The 1971 war criminals must be tried paying no heed to the national and international evil forces, said Workers Party President Rashed Khan Menon yesterday.

Eviction of pottery traders protested

Pottery businessmen yesterday protested their eviction from the pavement in front of the Bangladesh Shishu Academy and demanded a permanent space for running their business.

BSMMU starts residency programme

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) has started its residency programme recently to increase the quality of doctors.

Schoolgirl commits suicide in city

A schoolgirl committed suicide at her East Razabazar residence yesterday after her mother had rebuked her over buying a reading table.

Properties worth Tk 27 lakh gutted in Ctg fires

Nine thatched houses, machinery and jhut (garment by-product) worth around Tk 27 lakh were gutted in separate fires at Chandgaon and Raufabad in the city and Kumira under Sitakunda upazila in the district yesterday.

Implement women development policy

Leaders of different non-government organisations (NGOs) and socio-cultural bodies demanded implementation of the women development policy yesterday to ensure their rights as well as security in society.

Indian stipends for 93 FFs' children

Some 93 children of freedom fighters in greater Rajshahi districts were given the Indian government's education stipends worth Tk 6,000 each at a function here yesterday.

3 elderly people of a family stabbed

Three elderly people of a same family were brutally chopped by unidentified miscreants at Patiya in the district yesterday morning.

Nine writers get Citi-Ananda Alo Literary Award

The award giving ceremony of Citi-Ananda Alo Literary Award 2010 was held at the Channel i studio at Tejgaon in the city yesterday, says a press release.

WHO chief due today

Director General of World Health Organisation (WHO) Dr Margaret Chan will arrive in Dhaka today on a two-day visit.

Programmes to observe historic March 7

Different socio-cultural and political organisations have chalked out elaborative programmes across the country to observe the historic March 7 today.

One shown arrested

The man, who was arrested by Keraniganj police earlier, was shown arrested yesterday in connection with jeweller Prem Krishna Roy killing in Sutrapur on Thursday.

Three arrested in snatching

Police yesterday arrested three people, including a woman, in connection with the snatching of Tk 69 lakh after injuring three Tharmex Group employees on Thursday in Narsingdi.

Lefts urged to work unitedly

Leaders, supporters and well-wishers of Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) at a reunion yesterday called on the left-leaning democratic forces to work hand in hand to build a country where division among people will no longer exist.

DU teacher physically harassed

The chairman of the History of Art Department of Fine Art Faculty physically harassed an assistant professor of the same department yesterday.

National

Bridge That Sinks During High Tide

Plying of vehicles on Patuakhali-Dashmina via Baufal road remains suspended for several hours daily as the floor of a caved in bridge across Shoula canal goes under water during high tide.

SI allegedly behind fatwa in Rangpur closed

Sub-inspector Golam Minhaj of Detective Branch (DB) of police has been withdrawn from Rangpur and attached with Rajshahi divisional headquarters for the sake of proper investigation into his alleged 'fatwa' (edict) asking women to wear veil.

5 Jamaat-Shibir men arrested in Rajshahi, Sylhet

Motihar police in Rajshahi yesterday arrested a Jamaat-e Islami leader and Shibir cadre for their role in the February 9 violence and killing at Rajshahi University.

Jubo League men held for 'crime'

Police yesterday arrested a Jubo League leader with a knife at Godagari upazila yesterday after locals caught him red-handed while mugging two people on Idgah road near the municipal office.

3 Hizbut Towhid men arrested in Feni

Local people caught three militants of Hizbut Towhid while selling the Islamist outfit's publications at Feni yesterday noon and handed them over to police.

8 fishermen freed from Indian jail back home

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday handed over eight Bangladeshi fishermen to the border guards (BGB) through Benapole check post on completion of their jail terms in India.

5000 marooned as dike collapses in Satkhira

Two villages in Sreeula union under Assassuni upazila were inundated as the embankment on the river Kholpetua at Puijala point collapsed on March 2.

Outlaw held in Kushtia

Police arrested a leader of outlawed Gono Bahini and recovered two firearms from him on Friday night.

Over 3,000 destitute, landless families being rehabilitated

More than 3,000 destitute and landless families are being rehabilitated under 85 projects of 66 upazilas in 41 districts.

Three to die for killing youth in Bagerhat

A Bagerhat court sentenced three youths to death on Thursday for killing a young man after kidnapping him at Mongla.

UZ chairman sues Jubo League leader

Sadar upazila (UZ) chairman and district Jubo League general secretary (GS) yesterday filed cases against each other with Thakurgaon police station in connection with Friday's attack on the residence of the chairman.

Passenger trawler sinks

Goods worth about Tk 15 lakh went into the river as a passenger trawler sank in the Meghna River at Puran Bazar area in Chandpur after another trawler hit it yesterday afternoon. Thirty-five passengers of the trawler either swam ashore or were rescued by nearby boatmen. The passengers who survived the accident said, the trawler was carrying 35 passengers, 40 sacks of rice, 15 sacks of flour, eight cartons of salt and six sacks of lentil. The trawler left Puran Bazar Bhuiyan Ghat at around 2:30 pm yesterday for Eidgah ferry ghat.

Benapole port active again

Import and export trade between Bangladesh and India through Benapole land port resumed yesterday morning after a halt for two days. Since morning yesterday 120 truckloads of goods have been imported from India while 130 truckloads of commodities exported to India through the port. Customs cargo officer at Benapole check post Debashish Kundu said, full scale import and export trade between the two countries resumed yesterday morning. The trade remained suspended on Thursday due to holding of annual conference of CPM-backed workers union on the day. Friday was a public holiday in Bangladesh.

Student shot dead

Muggers shot dead a student at Islampur upazila parishad complex compound and took away his motorbike on Friday night. The deceased was identified as Shah Shikhaia Rose, 25, a final year Computer Engineering student of Bogra Polytechnic Institute and son of Abdus Salam of Mouza Zalla village of the upazila. Police said unknown criminals killed Rose in front of the Upazila Nirbahi Officer's residence in the complex at 10:30pm while he was returning home by his bike after repairing UNO's computer.

Madrassa, shops gutted

A devastating fire that broke out at Hafizia Bazaar in Sagarnal union under Juri upazila gutted a madrassa and four shops early Friday. Locals said the fire originated from a tea stall of the bazaar at about 1:00am and soon engulfed the four shops and nearby Baradahar Hafizia Madrassa. On information, fire fighters rushed to the spot and brought the blaze under control after two hours of frantic efforts with the help of local people. The extent of damage was estimated at about Tk 25 lakh.

Student commits 'suicide'

A college student allegedly committed suicide at Chandrapara Vatikhana in the city early Friday. Police recovered the body of Suranjit Biswas Ovi, 20, a third year student of Barisal BM College and only son of Tapan Biswas, a local medical practitioner. Family sources said Ovi had been suffering from mental depression for the last few days and took his life by hanging himself from the ceiling at his room.

Teenage boy murdered

Criminals murdered a school student at Chachua Balpara village in Muktagacha upazila here Friday night. The victim was identified as Abu Sayeed, 15, son of Hasen Ali of Chachua Balpara. Sayeed was a class ten student of Chachua High School in the locality. According to police and family sources, Sayeed went out of his home yesterday afternoon to play volleyball with his friends at a nearby playground. As he did not return home at night, Sayeed's family members searched for him but failed to find him out. The neighbours later found Sayeed's body at a pond near his house yesterday morning. The criminals chopped him to death with sharp weapons, police said.

Letters

Dismal picture

I get shocked every time I hear something unpleasant about my country. Dhaka has been identified as the worst liveable city in the world by “The Economist”.

Student politics

The most inspired and dynamic segment of the country's population is the student community of Bangladeshi universities. The formative period of a student's life should be utilized for an all round balanced development of his/her personality. Political experience constitutes an essential part of this learning process. This period prepares one to face the challenges better and enables one to succeed in life. The much hyped cloudy and aggressive nature of students who are directly involved in politics has the potential to instil qualities like general awareness, knowing and learning the current events and occurrences etc. Therefore, political education or training during student life is important for success in life.

US policy on Iran

The US administration is in a new wave of diplomatic effort to isolate Iran internationally to impose “crippling” sanction. The reason - not conforming to US demand and proceed with uranium enrichment.

Leaders in parliament

The behaviour of our leaders in parliament is a testament to how far removed from reality they are. Their tit-for-tat mentality and unbelievably nauseating conduct has reduced parliament to functioning as a playground where an oblivious group of sickening demagogues exchange vulgar spats in an attempt to satisfy their bloated egos, all in the name of “Din Badaler Rajniti”. How, ultimately, are the people going to bed on an empty stomach most days of the week going to benefit from the name-change of ZIA? How is their fatigue going to be diminished by Speaker's Abdul Hamid's cheerful reminder to Minister Shafique Ahmed to place a bill raising MPs' perks? How did the 600 percent increase of lawmakers' perks in 2003 help the impoverished people of our country in any way?

Naming an institution

Most dailies on February 9 reported about renaming of our only international airport at Dhaka. We should calmly and logically look at the issue, and in the fitness of things, analyse the background and history, and the hidden implications of the matter dispassionately. Using names of military and political leaders for any place should be avoided. If they are worth their salt; their names will naturally come into the history of the country automatically, after proper interval, two or three decades hence by virtue of their thoughts, words and deeds.

Talk shows

The first question is, we are watching talk show after talk show on the recent events of students' deaths in three major universities. The participants are mostly political leaders, ex-student leaders, academics, so called members of the civil society. Now my question is: why are the members of the ordinary student community not related to "lezur britty' student politics not invited to the talk shows ? The girl students who are a most vulnerable group affected by the university student politics can be invited in the talk shows. Similarly, the guardians and parents should be invited to tell their side of the story.

Food adulteration

Food and drink poisoning is a foremost problem of modern age. It is related to dirty kitchen appliances, adulterated food, unhygienic and unsafe drink etc. The Mobile Court Ordinance 2007 under section 5(1) was enforced all over the country but it mission started about six years ago. The inspection result is a grave signal for us. Almost every inspected product was found to be impure.

Commenting on the dead

The Almighty has verily declared in the Holy Quran that all living beings shall have the taste of death.

After one year…

After one year of democracy, we believed that both the ruling party and the opposition would play a vital role to further strengthen it. But now both the parties are playing a foul game to demolish the country's image. Already, foreign donors are frustrated, that is obviously bad for a nation which depends on foreign help. We know that this trend will increase terrorism, instability etc.

Foreign direct investment

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is very important for economic development of a country. It denotes the features of trade and investment in the globalised world. It denotes the connectivity and trade relation in the global arena. In the recent past, the trend of FDI was upward. The volume of FDI is comparatively low and not satisfactory. It is unknown why it is going down.

Ban on student politics

In the last few weeks students politics has shown it's ugliest face. Now it is an urgent need to ban student politics. A teacher of Dhaka University wrote on reshaping it. But I think that it will be no more a solution. It will only create new dilemmas.

Name game

The government renamed the Zia Int'l Airport. Issues related with naming and renaming are hardly apparent round the globe. Unfortunately, we have been watching these sorts of phenomena since the very beginning.

Ban on religion-based parties

Recently, the High Court has scrapped the Fifth Amendment in our constitution, and because of this, it is likely that religion-based parties will be banned from politics. The 14-party Grand Alliance is also planning to launch a campaign to ban religion-based parties.

Advisers

A few days back, I read about some Bangladeshi adviser, apparently an adviser to Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, speaking about huge returns that Bangladeshis can reap investing in Bangladesh. Unfortunately, based on my experience, these advisers cannot be relied on. People would trust them and invest in some savings in Bangladesh. When their funds get mature and they want to get their return, all hell breaks loose.

Abed conferred knighthood

Almost all Bangladeshis in the UK I have recently spoken to are happy and proud of the news of BRAC world's largest NGO) founder and chairperson Fazle Hasan Abed's Knighthood.

Committing the same mistake!

According to the Article 11 of the Constitution, all power of the state belongs to the people. It certainly does. That's why we elect them as parliament members to represent us. What do they do? Everyone is watching them quarrelling with each other in parliament. It is not their fault to act like that.

Priorities of grand alliance government

The BNP's 4 party alliance immediately after wining the election in 2001 fixed their first priority as to attack the minority communities and torch the homes who, according to them, voted against them. The DS of 18th February published a commentary on the AL grand alliance questioning the alliance's priority like 'change of names'. Both the parties came to power twice but they did not learn from their own experiences of their own previous terms.

Certificate issue

Lots of students are going abroad to obtain higher degrees. But there is a question, how many of them are real students? There is no system in our country that a certificate will have the student's photo. Since there is no photo in certificates anyone can use others' certificates. Some people take this opportunity and go abroad showing themselves as students.

Political culture

Is it possible that any change will take place in our political culture? After 1/11, everyone in the country expected that there would be a qualitative change in our political culture. But if you observe you will not find any change in our politics yet. All the political leaders in the world are fond of looking forward but ours are different.

International

Car bomb rocks Iraq shrine city ahead of today's vote

A car bomb targeting Iranian pilgrims killed three people in Iraq's holiest city Saturday on the eve of the war-shattered nation's general election, which al-Qaeda has threatened to wreck.

No school for almost half of Afghan children: Karzai

Almost half of school-age children in Afghanistan do not have access to education, President Hamid Karzai said yesterday as he inaugurated the new school year.

Obama vows to reduce number, role of nukes

US President Barack Obama pledged on Friday to reduce both the number and the role of nuclear weapons as he recommitted himself to the abolition of the ultra-destructive arms.

Israeli action at Al-Aqsa sacrilege: OIC

The Organisation of the Islamic Conference yesterday accused Israeli police of sacrilege by occupying Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque and called for international intervention to "end Israeli aggression."

British PM faces Iraq inquiry backlash

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown faced a backlash yesterday over his testimony to a public inquiry into the Iraq war as ex-military chiefs questioned his claims that the army was adequately funded.

Study sheds light on memory and learning

In a new study, researchers have delved into the question-Are we over estimating remembering and underestimating learning?

Top Pakistani Taliban commander killed

A top Pakistani Taliban commander close to al-Qaeda is believed to have been killed in an army airstrike, officials said yesterday, in the latest apparent blow to insurgents who have attacked Pakistan and threatened US forces in neighbouring Afghanistan.

Obama urges action on healthcare without delay

US President Barack Obama on Saturday renewed his appeal to Congress to vote on his healthcare reform, arguing that any delay would allow insurance companies to continue their old practices.

'Maoists aim to topple Indian state by 2050'

The Maoists are looking at the armed overthrow of the Indian state by the year 2050 as indicated by documents seized from them, Indian Home Secretary Gopal Krishna Pillai has said.

Fears spread as Chile rattled by aftershocks

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon visits the earthquake-struck Chilean city of Concepcion Saturday to assess its needs as new fears spread among Chileans following three strong aftershocks.

Lanka rejects war crimes panel

Sri Lanka's president yesterday rejected a proposed panel by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to look into alleged war crimes during the island's civil war as "unwarranted and uncalled for."

Mubarak hands power to PM ahead of operation

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has handed over power to his prime minister ahead of a gall bladder operation in Germany yesterday morning, state television has announced.

Pakistan will be terror free soon: Gilani

Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that his country would soon be free from terrorists, as security forces continue their offensive against militants.

Parents visit Indian toddler's body in Australia

The distraught parents of an Indian toddler whose body was dumped by a Melbourne roadside made an emotional visit to their son's body yesterday, as police continued to investigate his suspicious death.

Brown hails anti-Taliban push

Early wins in a major anti-Taliban push in southern Afghanistan offered a "beacon of hope," British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Saturday during a surprise visit to troops.

'42 terrorist camps on Indo-Pak border should be disbanded'

Defence Minister AK Antony yesterday said 42 terrorist camps functioning on the border have to be disbanded by Pakistan for the India-Pakistan talks to be successful.

Azerbaijan president's son behind $44m Dubai mansion shopping spree?

In an incredible shopping extravaganza, an 11-year-old boy from Azerbaijan bought nine waterfront mansions in Dubai - worth almost 44 million dollars - in just two weeks early last year.

11 Philippine soldiers killed in rebel ambush

Eleven Philippine soldiers were killed in an ambush by communist guerrillas on Saturday, a military spokesman said.

Arts & Entertainment

Tinkling melodies of santoor

At a recent musical concert, Salahuddin Mahmud Shantanu treated the audience to a skillful performance on the santoor, a Kashmiri folk instrument. The string instrument, with a deep-rooted history in the sub-continent, is made of a trapezoid shaped wooden box and played with a pair of flat wooden pieces curved at the end.

Nirob, not so silent

Vibrant and expressive actor of the small and big screen, Nirab's name is rather a contradiction to his personality. For one thing, he is anything but quiet. The Daily Star recently caught up with the actor.

Women centre stage at theatre festival

From the mythical tale of Behula and Lakhinder as portrayed in “Behular Bhashan”, a play from Bangladesh, to the protest statement by an all-women theatre group from Afghanistan against the destruction of Bamiyan Buddhathe first-ever South Asian Women's Theatre Festival beginning here on March 8 will showcase the status of women in society in the region.

Rabindra melody stirs souls in Jessore

The venue of the second day of the 29th National Rabindra Sangeet Convention was Sagordari, the memorial birthplace of great poet Michael Madhushudhan Dutt. On the occasion, thousands of Tagore fans gathered at the Madhu Palli and enjoyed Rabindra Sangeet and dances.

Baul fair ends in Kushtia

A two-day Baul fair ended at a remote village in Sarishadanga in Chuadanga on Friday night. The event, organised by Bishu Shah Baul Academy (BSBA) was held at the academy premises. Devotees from adjacent areas of Jheniah and Kushtia district assembled at the fair.

“FDC” on Rtv

TV serial "FDC" will be aired on Rtv tonight at 10:10pm. The serial has been written and directed by Kochi Khondakar.

OP-ED

A new Dhaka is possible

ONCE upon a time, Dhaka was a very fine city. There were shaded and leafy streets, boats plied in the heart of the city, the air was cleaner, there was a sense of community among its citizens, people promenaded on the banks of the river, children played on open fields, until all those were usurped by the fangs of merciless urbanisation.

The only solution

TRANSPORT is the lifeline of a city, and choices on public transit options are fundamental decisions which affect a city's future growth and development. The selection of an appropriate mass rapid transit (MRT) system is crucial, not only for creating a transit-friendly city where the urban poor have affordable and hassle-free access to transportation, but also for securing long term advances.

Making Dhaka livable

DHAKA city's traffic congestion has reached nightmare proportions. Unless corrective actions are taken soon, there is a risk that this could sharply reduce the city's productivity. In view of Dhaka's dominance, this could reduce the incentive for domestic and foreign investment and pose a serious threat to the country's growth momentum.

A sustainable Dhaka

DOES Dhaka have a sustainable urban future? The key challenge toward this goal seems to be in finding a comprehensive solution to the city's crippling traffic congestion. These days, the most common of the common grievances in the capital oozes from what is locally known as jaanjot.


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