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News of: Wednesday, 10th of March, 2010

Front Page

Frequent outage cripples city

It's only early March, but the electricity crisis has been so acute that the city dwellers feel like it is already high summer.

Tk 15cr granted for each constituency

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) yesterday approved a project granting Tk 15 crore for rural infrastructure development work in each respective constituency.

SP Kohinoor 'disappears'

Police failed to arrest suspended police officer Kohinoor Mian even five months after the home ministry suspended him following a criminal case filed in connection with beating up of a woman in Dhanmondi on March 12, 2006.

SP did more than grabbing lands

Police Superintendent Mizanur Rahman who was closed to the headquarters last month on charges of attempting to grab other peoples' farmlands in Gopalganj, had some other alleged nefarious operations as well, according to the Police Headquarters sources.

Pro-people projects of BNP govt won't be stopped: PM

The present government will not stop any pro-people project and programme, which were initiated during the last BNP-led four-party alliance government.

Low quality seed sellers warned

Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury yesterday warned the seed companies not to sell low quality seed to farmers.

Padma Bridge tender likely by early Apr

Tender for the $2.4 billion Padma Multi-purpose Bridge are likely to be invited late this month or in early April, sources in the Economic Relations Division said.

BNP MPs walk out of JS

BNP-led opposition lawmakers yesterday staged a brief walkout from parliament in protest against placing a bill seeking to rename Shaheed Ziaur Rahman University, Barisal, as Barisal University.

Contempt rule on Prothom Alo for report on HC bail

The High Court yesterday issued a contempt rule on the Prothom Alo Editor and Publisher Matiur Rahman and reporter Mizanur Rahman Khan for publishing a report on granting wholesale anticipatory bail and bail for convicts.

Court wants Babar produced Mar 14, Mithu today

A court in Habiganj yesterday ordered that former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar be produced before it on March 14 in SAMS Kibria killing case.

Revised budget won't get to JS

The revised budget for the current financial year will not be placed in parliament this month as the Business Advisory Committee of the House opposed the finance ministry move to place the revised budget terming it unconstitutional.

Wadud, Jamaat linked with unrest

Former BNP lawmaker Abdul Wadud Bhuiyan and Jamaat-e-Islami had instigated the recent unrest in the hill districts with assistance from a Pakistani intelligence agency, a parliamentary body alleged yesterday.

Fresh drive to free Shitalakhya

Narayanganj district administration along with Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority yesterday demolished illegal structures on river Shitalakhya under Sonargaon upazila.

Dhaka hosts climate meet in May-June

Bangladesh is going to host a regional conference on climate change in May or June in Dhaka as part of the road to the next Conference of Parties (COP16).

Hasina sixth most powerful woman in Asia

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been rated as the sixth most powerful woman in Asia.

HC quashes proceedings against Hasina

The High Court yesterday quashed all proceedings in the MiG-29 warplane purchase corruption case against Sheikh Hasina filed during the BNP-Jamaat alliance rule.

Bhairab gets president's blessings

Individuals and educational institutions of Kuliarchar and Bhairab of President Zillur Rahman's home district Kishoreganj top the list of receivers of donation from the president's discretionary fund.

Declaration comes tomorrow

Bangladesh and India yesterday finalised the Agreed Minutes of discussions between their border guards amid indications that the two sides would seek to address prime concerns of each other.

250 tolas gold looted from a city jeweller's

An armed gang looted over 250 tolas of gold ornaments from a jeweller's at Muktijoddha Market in the city's Mirpur area yesterday afternoon.

Greece heads for further general strike

Greek tax and garbage collectors walked off their jobs for a second day yesterday as the country braced for a second general strike against government austerity measures.

Iran puts 12 policemen on trial

Iran put 12 policemen on trial in an army court yesterday over last summer's deaths of at least three anti-government protesters at notorious Kahrizak jail, state media reported.

Editorial

Elevating women's position

PRIME Minister Sheikh Hasina has announced her government's resolve on the occasion of the 100th International Women's Day to repeal all laws discriminatory to women and make a duly updated National Women Development Policy work to change the women's lot in a radical way. It is worthwhile to note that a national women's development policy was formulated by an Awami League government itself during 1996-2001 which was thereafter tampered with by the BNP-Jamaat alliance government that followed. Thus, if we took one step forward we were soon to go two steps backwards.

Land grab in Cox's Bazar

DESPITE all the concerns that have been raised in the recent past about the many instances of illegal land grabbing across the country, the menace appears to have gone on. The impunity with which such activities are resorted to by individuals as well as groups has left the nation amazed at the audacity with which they have indulged in such misdeeds. The bigger concern is the failure of the authorities to put an end to such acts effectively through deterrent punishment being meted out to them. And it is because of such a failure that certain sections of people have continued to grab land that belongs to either the government or individuals.

That passport is his lasting legacy

THERE is quite something to be said about those Bengalis who somehow cannot rest easy with the place of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in history. Two decades ago, Syed Najmuddin Hashim enlightened yours truly with remarkable tales of some Bengali civil service officers trapped in Pakistan in the aftermath of Bangladesh's battlefield triumph in late 1971.

Keeping peace, making friends

AS International Women's Day marked its 100th anniversary on March 8, the 21st century presents women with an array of challenges, from gaining skills to waging peace. Women are steadily making inroads into a once male preserve, and one of the best examples is the women peacekeeping contingent of the UN.

Sports

Ashraful fails form test

It was not experience rather form that was considered when the national selectors announced a 14-member squad for the two-match Test series against England without former national skipper Mohammad Ashraful.

Rajshahi on the brink of title

All-rounder Sohrawardi Shuvo consolidated Rajshahi's position with both ball and bat at the end of fourth day's play of the five-day final of 11th National Cricket league at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday. Shuvo took four wickets for 73 runs in Chittagong's first innings to restrict them for 301 that got Rajshahi a first innings lead of 71 runs. Then Shuvo scored 68 runs as Rajshahi reached 177 for 2 at the end of fourth day to have a lead of 248 with a day's play remaining. The defending champions Rajshahi will feel they already have a hand on the trophy since anything but a defeat would see them edge the port city side to the title having taken a lead in the first innings.

Drama as game ends in draw

The three-day practice match between Bangladesh A and the touring England ended in a draw but only after proceedings at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong had descended to almost a farce yesterday.

MSC held again

Title contenders Mohammedan Sporting Club stumbled again in the Bangladesh League when the Dhaka giants were held to a 1-1 draw with hosts Beanibazar Sporting Club in an ugly encounter at the Sylhet Stadium here yesterday.

Bowling spark doesn't spare him

Mohammad Ashraful was bowling when the selectors announced the squad for the first Test against England on Friday. Hence, the ex-national skipper was not aware that he had been left out of the side until after both sides decided to call the game off with nine overs remaining.

Atherton honoured

Michael Atherton, the former England captain, has won the UK's top honour for a sports writer, being named Sports Writer of the Year for 2009 by the Sports Journalists' Association.

6 quit nat'l team

As many as six hockey players tendered their resignation from the national team yesterday after failing to get a team on the concluding day of the two-day special transfers window for the national players at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Kapil in Hall of Fame

Former India captain Kapil Dev has been inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. The 51-year-old played 131 Tests and 225 ODIs across a 16-year career, and is best remembered for leading India to victory in the 1983 World Cup.

Game or fun?

There was plenty of drama at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium yesterday after the touring England side served up a spell of what can best be described as exhibition bowling to force a declaration from the Bangladesh A side on the final day of their three-day practice match.

Mahfuz takes early lead

FIDE Master Syed Mahfuzur Rahman led the points table in the Parachute Advansed International Chess Tournament at the end of second round at the conference room of Uni Resort in Cox's Bazar yesterday.

Three top the table

Three players were sharing the lead with four points each at the end of fourth round of Prime Bank 12th Int'l Rating Chess at the Chess Federation yesterday. The joint leaders were Mihaz Uddin Ahmed, Oten, and Zaved. Four players were in joint second position with 3.5 points each.

England in a dilemma

A tour of Bangladesh was never intended to be this complicated. And yet, a spate of injuries, an absent skipper, a star player who cannot buy a run, and an unfamiliar surface that may lend itself to a two-spin attack has England's preparations for the first Test at Chittagong in a state of undeniable flux.

History beckons Zim

Zimbabwe will be looking to edge closer to becoming the latest visiting side to make history in the Caribbean, when the third One-Day International against West Indies is contested on Wednesday at the Arnos Vale Multiplex.

Aussies take 2-1 lead

Brad Haddin's second one-day international century gave Australia a 2-1 lead and the most one-sided victory of the tour, as they chased down their target with 16 balls to spare. Haddin's 110 was his highest ODI score and he ended Daniel Vettori's hopes of winning what he said before the match was "the most important game of the series".

Khulna cricket begins today

The 14th AB Bank Siraj Memorial DSA Cup Cricket Tournament, organised by the Khulna District Sports Association (KDSA), begins at the Khulna Stadium tomorrow.

Pressure on Real

A staggering summer outlay of over 250 million euros and home advantage for the final has seen Real Madrid put themselves under immense pressure to win the Champions League this season.

Manikganj cricket on

Green Valley recorded a 44-run victory over Bangladesh Cricket Academy and School (BCAS) on the opening day of the Manikganj Poura Gold Cup Cricket Tournament at the Shaheed Miraj-Tapan Stadium yesterday.

MU aim to end Milan jinx

Dimitar Berbatov will never have a better opportunity to convince the Manchester United faithful that he was worth the 30.75 million pounds it cost to prise him away from Tottenham.

Barguna slam 14 past Kasba

Barguna Zilla School and Pourasava High School of Dinajpur got off to winning starts in their respective opening matches of the Ecstasy School Hockey Championship at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Rodallega sinks L'pool

Hugo Rod-allega scored the only goal of the game as Wigan dented Liverpool's Champions League hope with a 1-0 victory at the DW Stadium here on Monday.

Racing hold Valencia

Valencia dropped important points in the fight for a Champions League place after they were held 0-0 at home by lowly Racing Santander on Monday in their Spanish First Division match.

C'Ron calls for fans support

Cristiano Ronaldo believes Real Madrid can overcome its 1-0 first leg defeat to Lyon and reach the Champions League quarterfinal on Wednesday for the first time since 2004, with some help from the fans.

Messi chosen goodwill ambassador

Barcelona's Argentine winger Lionel Messi has been appointed a goodwill ambassador for the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), the Spanish club said on Tuesday.

Adriano needs to lose weight

Troubled Brazil striker Adriano will not go to this year's World Cup finals if he doesn't lose weight, said his club president Patricia Amorin.

Business

Stocks in freefall as jitters spread

Dhaka stocks slid deeper into the red for a third session yesterday with a key index plummeting more than 86 points.

Alico takeover to firm up Bangladesh foothold: Official

Alico's takeover by MetLife will strengthen the international life insurer's capacity and operations in Bangladesh, said the top Alico official in Bangladesh yesterday.

Move to bring VoIP under legal cover

A move is underway to bring illegal VoIP (voice over internet protocol) under a legal framework by renting out E1 connections to the operators.

RMG yet to benefit from stimulus

The readymade garment sector is yet to get any money under stimulus package from the finance ministry.

Delegation leaves for Lebanon

A Bangladeshi delegation left for Lebanon yesterday to gather information about the security and welfare of Bangladeshi women migrant workers there.

Chevron to shed 2,000 jobs

Chevron Corp says it will cut 2,000 jobs this year and will continue reducing its work force through 2011.

Deal signed on three five-star hotels

Unique Group, the owning company of Westin Dhaka, and Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) yesterday to build three five-star hotels in the country.

Industry-friendly tax, tariff structure sought

Chamber leaders and industrialists yesterday called upon the government to formulate an industry- friendly tariff and tax structure in the upcoming national budget for fiscal 2010-2011.

Banking alliance vows to reach 1b people by 2020

The Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV) yesterday vowed to reach banking services to one billion people by 2020.

Samsung's new mobile set hits market

Samsung Electronics yesterday launched GenoA, the newest member of the touch series mobile phones, at a function at Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka.

Minister sees brighter days for RMG

Textile and Jute Minister Abdul Latif Siddiqui said yesterday there is a huge potential for the country's readymade garments and textile sectors as China is shifting focus to hi-tech from RMG and textile.

Hong Kong council to host trade fairs

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council is set to host seven international trade fairs in Hong Kong in the next eight months.

Euro slips

The euro fell against the dollar in European deals on Tuesday as investors awaited fresh details on Greece's plans to resolve the nation's debt crisis, analysts said.

New DMD for UCB

United Commercial Bank (UCB) promoted Md Shahed Jalal Chowdhury as deputy managing director, the bank said in a statement.

Ship-breaking conundrum

Ship breakers are steadfast in their demands to cancel a policy that denies the entry of ships with toxic elements, but environmentalists are viewing this as an acid test for the government's firmness to save the environment.

India's Reliance eyes new prey after Lyondell snub

Indian energy giant Reliance Industries will look for other global acquisitions after being snubbed by Rotterdam-based takeover target LyondellBasell, a company source told AFP Tuesday.

Sony starts selling 3-D TVs in June

Sony Corp said Tuesday it will start selling 3-D televisions in June, joining a competitive industry-wide push to convince consumers to embrace the technology for their living rooms.

Oil down

Oil declined in Asian trade Tuesday amid fading euphoria over better-than-expected US jobs data, analysts said.

Ford launches affordable made-for-India compact

Ford Motor Co launched its first made-for-India compact car Tuesday, as the US automaker continues its push into fast-growing Asian markets.

China Southern Airlines to raise $1.6b

China Southern Airlines, the nation's biggest carrier by fleet size, said Tuesday it plans to raise 10.75 billion yuan (1.6 billion dollars) to repay bank loans and replenish its capital.

Merck, Sanofi combining animal medicine businesses

Two of the world's biggest pharmaceutical companies said Tuesday they are uniting their animal health businesses in a deal to become the top dog in the veterinary industry.

Dubai World outlines debt plan to leading creditors

The debt-ridden Dubai World conglomerate is outlining proposals to restructure 22 billion dollars of its debt to leading creditors, The National daily reported Tuesday.

Corporate Briefs

JAMUNA OIL
The Securities and Exchange Commission has served notice on the company, its directors, managing director and company secretary for non-compliance with the securities-related laws in connection with the auditor's qualifications and commission's observations on the audited financial statements for the year to June 30, 2008.

Currency

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

Metropolitan

Sever relations with Jamaat

The ruling Awami League (AL) yesterday asked main opposition BNP to sever relations with Jamaat-e-Islami, a key partner in the four-party coalition, for its involvement in the war crimes, especially repression on women, during the liberation war in 1971.

Committee formed to eradicate monga

The government yesterday formed a working committee to prepare a strategic paper for permanent solution to the seasonal unemployment "monga" in the northern region.

669 more 'political' cases to be withdrawn

The government has identified 669 more cases as 'politically motivated' and recommended withdrawal of the cases, which were filed during the tenure of the BNP-Jamaat alliance as well as the last caretaker government.

ACC move to probe graft in edn ministry

The Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday proposed forming a joint committee with the Ministry of Education to investigate corruption in the ministry.

EU concerned over slow repair of Aila-affected embankments

Thousands of people displaced by the Aila cyclone, who have now been living in makeshift shelters for the last ten months, are at grave risk now, said Dr Stefan Frowein, Head of the European Union's Delegation to Bangladesh, yesterday.

Ex-NSI chief placed on 6-day remand

A Chittagong court yesterday placed former National Security Intelligence (NSI) Director General Major General (retd) Rezzaqul Haider Chowdhury on a 6-day remand in Chittagong arms haul case.

'Tarique to return home to build modern Bangladesh'

BNP Leaders yesterday said Tarique Rahman would return home and lead the country with a view to building a modern Bangladesh.

Accused dies in police custody

An accused on a remand died in police custody at the city's Ramna Police Station yesterday.

Construction worker dies in rooftop fall

A construction worker died after falling from the rooftop of an under-construction building in this city's Sonadanga area yesterday morning.

2,700 arrested on various charges, 5 arms seized

The police arrested 2,704 people on various charges in separate drives across the country in 24 hours as of 6:00am yesterday.

Change mindset to establish society based on equality

Women's struggle for equality is no different from any other mainstream social movement for freedom, said women's rights activists yesterday.

WHO support sought in improving community clinic services

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni yesterday urged the World Health Organisation (WHO) to extend necessary support in training medical personnel, including doctors, nurses and paramedical service providers, to enable them to work in the 18,000 community clinics across the country.

Students urged to unite against evil forces

Workers Party of Bangladesh President Rashed Khan Menon yesterday called on the student community to remain united against evil forces to foil their conspiracies against the country.

WHO to provide technical support: Margaret Chan

The World Health Organisation will provide technical support to Bangladesh for building capacity to control quality of medicines and vaccines, visiting WHO Director General Margaret Chan said yesterday.

HR activists urge IGP to take action

A delegation of human rights activists met Inspector General of Police (IGP) Nur Muhammad at the latter's office in the city yesterday to express their concern over an incident of issuing Fatwa (religious edict) at Manikganj and harassing women for not using veil at Rangpur.

Indigenous people demand constitutional recognition

Violence-ravaged ethnic families yesterday demanded constitutional recognition to the indigenous people in order to protect the marginalised community from torture on them.

Gen Hafiz made force commander

Maj Gen Abdul Hafiz of Bangladesh Army has been appointed Force Commander of the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in war-ravaged West African country of Ivory Coast.

Tripura university to confer DLit on Hasina

The Central University of Tripura has decided to confer honorary DLit on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during its next convocation.

Youth placed on 10-day remand

A youth who gave a threat to Awami League lawmaker Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh over mobile phone from Chittagong was shown arrested and taken on a 10-day remand yesterday in connection with a case involving bomb attack on the lawmaker in October last year.

Agri reforms vital to make country self-reliant

Land Minister Rezaul Karim Hira underscored the need for working together with a view to bringing reforms in agriculture sector to establish Bangladesh as a middle-income and self-reliant country by 2013.

India ready to review new visa rules

India yesterday said it was ready to review the new guidelines for granting tourist and conference visas if there were genuine grievances.

6 killed in road accidents

Six people were killed in Dinajpur, Pabna and Rajshahi in the last two days.

DW to broadcast programmes on FM

Deutsche Welle, a German radio station, will soon start broadcasting its programmes in Bangla using the FM frequencies of the state-run radio station Bangladesh Betar.

Classes, exams of BBA faculty suspended

The authorities of Premier University yesterday suspended the academic activities of BBA Faculty until March 12 as its students continued their agitation for the last three days protesting resignation of their dean.

BCL men held over SMC clash freed

Police freed six BCL activists of Sir Salimullah Medical College unit, who were held after factional clash at the college premise in the capital yesterday morning.

Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre opens in city tomorrow

The Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), New Delhi, will be formally inaugurated in Dhaka on Thursday.

511 juvenile crime suspects identified

Over 500 juveniles are engaged in crimes or have links with criminals' gangs in the capital, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner AKM Shahidul Hoque said yesterday.

National

Alarming rise in murders, other crimes in Khulna

Alarming rise in the number of murders and other serious crimes, mostly involving extortion and drug trafficking, has become a matter of concern for people in Khulna city and district.

AL men attack BCL leaders' houses for share of 'booty'

At least 10 people including two Chhatra League (BCL) leaders were injured as Awami League (AL) men attacked their houses at Alampur-Biara village in Kazipur upazila on Monday night following an altercation over share of money from extortion and tender manipulation.

Farmers worried as urea dealers continue agitation

The farmers of Nilphamari, a major boro producing district, are in great worry as fertiliser dealers in the district have continued their agitation programme for the second day yesterday, postponing fertiliser drawing from the buffer stock at Parbotipur in Dinajpur district.

60 children fall sick due to food poisoning

At least 60 students of Kathaltali Residential School in Dighinala upazila of the district fell sick due to food poisoning yesterday.

Father terms it a planned murder, sues eight

Father of killed college girl Nasima has filed a case with Chuadanga Judicial Magistrate's Court against eight people on charge of killing her daughter.

Hunger strike for quick trial of acid throwers

Human rights and NGO activists yesterday staged a hunger strike in front of the local press club demanding quick trial of the culprits who threw acid on housewife Nasima Begum at Komorpur village under Bagerhat Sadar upazila in 2002.

Office of former Netrakona MP attacked

Armed criminals attacked the business office of three times elected ex-MP in Netrakona-1 constituency Jalaluddin Talukder on Monday night.

Extortionists loot shop

A gang claiming themselves as Chhatra League workers have attacked and ransacked the sweetmeat shop of a councilor of Matlab South municipality in Chandpur as the owner refuted to pay the toll.

CID seeks remand of 5 JMB men

Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on Monday filed a petition with a court, seeking remand of five JMB cadres in connection with a case for bomb attack on Sheikh Helal's election rally in Bagerhat on September 24, 2001.

BCL, Moitree to meet Mar 15 for joint programme

Two months into the murder of Chhatra Moitree leader Sunny by Bangladesh Chhatra League men at Rajshahi Polytechnic Institute, the feuding groups reached a reconciliation at a joint meeting in presence of the leaders of their parent organisations on Sunday night.

Reshma's teasers still remain at large

Two criminals accused of teasing college girl Reshma who committed suicide in Sherpur of Bogra district on March 2 could not be arrested till yesterday.

Arrested Shibir man brought to Rajshahi, interrogated

Rajshahi University (RU) Shibir leader Ekram Hossain arrested in connection with Chhatra League worker Faruk murder case from Dhamrai was brought to Rajshahi and handed over to Motihar police yesterday.

Eviction sparks protest in Gaibandha

Around a thousand people of Gaibandha municipal area yesterday formed a human chain and later laid a siege to the mayor's office for calling a halt to illegal eviction of valid land owners in different areas.

Letters

Women's Day

The International Women's Day is observed all over the world. On this day, men often promise to ensure rights and security of women. Clara Zetkin was the first person to give the idea of this day. Women consider this day as a chance to express their demand. Thus this day is significant for both men and women.

Earthquake in Chile

Yet another devastating earthquake after Haiti jolted Chile putting one quarter of the globe into Tsunami alert! What is happening to our dear planet? Has it become so hot and unbalanced? The latest two catastrophes once again reminding us of attaching utmost importance to the issues of climate change, increasing temperature and environmental degradation.

Urdu speaking citizens

This is the news of the decades for the Urdu-speaking Bangladeshi citizens who have been languishing in about 116 camps and settlements all over Bangladesh since 1971. The City Corporation in Dhaka will rehabilitate the inmates of camps in Mohammadpur by constructing 45 fifteen storied building at Town Hall Camp and Geneva Camp. The project under the Ministry of LGRD will be completed in four years' time; as reported in The Daily Star and other papers on 4 February 2010. Now it is hoped similar projects will also be undertaken for the camp dwellers of other areas like Khulna, Chittagong, Ishwardi , Rangpur, Syedpur, Mymensingh, Narayanganj, Bogra, and Mirpur (Dhaka).

Held hostage by truck drivers

The truck drivers have done it again; this time, a diplomat of a foreign land, who came to our country as a goodwill ambassador from her beautiful land, and who our govt was duty bound to protect and provide security, has been killed by a truck driver who is "absconding". Absconding? Do these drivers not have a drivers license? Do they not have a voter ID? What explanation does the Home Minister have for such random acts of recklessness on our roads by these murderers in the guise of "truck drivers"? Our children are being killed every day on the roads, our citizens are being crushed on the roads on a daily basis by these "truck drivers" but we do not yet see a concerted effort by the elected representatives to bring these drivers to book. Where are the owners of these trucks? Take them into custody until they turn in the absconder; where is the police? Busy taking bribes? Now, we hang our heads in shame and apologize to the family of the Thai DCM killed in the most tragic manner on our road. The foreign embassies should put out an advisory to their citizens, asking them to refrain from driving on these roads, held hostage by the whim of the "absconding truck drivers". We have joined the ranks of the uncivilized nations; thanks to the truck drivers. And yet, total silence from the authorities. Why? We demand to know what the authorities are doing about this murderous rampage on the streets; by the truck drivers.

Chittagong-Sylhet road

Chittagong and Sylhet are the two important cities of Bangladesh. But the communication system between the two cities is not good enough.

Tender box snatching

On February 17 a report on the subject was published from Jhenidah in a local daily.

Our cricket

It is becoming very difficult to correctly diagnose the problem and weaknesses of our cricket. They are so much inconsistent that it is difficult to correctly forecast how Bangladesh cricket team will do in a particular match. From my limited exposure and experience of cricket, I find a few major problems like :

Everybody knows Bangladesh

While I was in Thailand first in 1982 many of my acquaintances in Bangkok asked me where I hailed from. While I said, 'Bangladesh'; most of them could not recognise my country. Some ended up guessing it was within India. I now feel happy that even the Princes of Thailand knows the country and loved to live a few days in a remote part of it.

BNP & AL

The dishevelled condition of BNP once again shows what happens to those who do not take lessons from history. The BNP thought power was their perpetual right and they did what they shouldn't have done. They misused both political and administrative power to gain anything and everything they wanted without caring a bit what people who voted them to power would mind. Now they are paying in full and many doubt if they will ever regain the position they used to hold even during their first tenure.

Students

Though we believe that proper education and a good result will enlighten a student's career, but when a result causes the doom of a student's life, then it is pathetic. The students of English Department under National University have to leave no stone unturned to get 45%marks in the literature subjects while they get around or more than 70/80% marks in Language and Compulsory English. So, why are they not given good marks in the literature subjects?

Name game

It has become apparent from the deliberations of the Honourable Prime Minister that the name game is in retaliation to opposition's changing of over 200 names. It is a politics of hatred and vendetta. From the zeal and enthusiasm of the people concerned, it appears that the country is sharply divided into two camps.

Human resource development

Bangladesh is lagging behind in developing its population into human resources even four decades after independence. Unstable political system is the basic reason that did not allow the decision makers to make effective decisions in this respect. We have got several education commission reports but recommendations of none have been materialized owing to opposition by pressure groups. We do not require an education policy in such a situation.

Matter of concern

The way our two topmost leaders are engaging in brawls and giving lesson to each other is a matter of concern. It is getting worse and worse since 1991. But no one has that greatness to take the first step to stop this name war. It will need a huge amount of money to change the name of the airport and other organisations. It will be continued term by term. Who will bear this expenditure?

Food processing

As I walk along the kitchen market that is adjacent to the area I live in, I see heaps of vegetables-- tomatoes, cauliflowers, cabbages . This pile of greens has been a very common sight throughout the last two months of winter. In other words, this is the season of vegetables. As the prices of these stuff are moderate, people have their share of these products of winter.

Land grabbing by police

We are astounded to see that even the law enforcers have been grabbing others' land using their official capacity. The Police Superintendent (SP) of Bagerhat along with two of his colleagues have reportedly taken possession of 700 bighas of land in Gopalganj. They claim that they bought the land in 1996. It is mentionable that they claimed to buy it in 1996 during the previous Awami League tenure and never tried to possess it. In 2010, when the Awami League is in power once again, he along with two other police officers tried to get its possession!

Use of generators

I would like to draw your attention to widespread use of diesel run generators in the residential areas which has added and is adding new sources of air pollution in areas where most people spend most of their time.

International

Iraq awaits vote results

Iraq awaited initial results yesterday from polls touted as a test of its young democracy, with Baghdad holding the key as the prime minister's list and its top secular rival jockeyed for pole position.

Iran urges China to resist sanctions pressure

Iran yesterday urged China to resist pressure by the United States and its allies for new sanctions against Tehran over its nuclear program.

Biden sees 'moment of real opportunity' in ME peace process

Israelis and Palestinians face a "moment of real opportunity" to make peace after agreeing to resume American-brokered talks, US Vice President Joe Biden said yesterday as he launched the highest-level visit by an Obama administration official to Israel.

Japan govt criticises US 'secret pacts'

Japan's new centre-left government criticised its conservative predecessors yesterday for keeping secret nuclear and military deals made with the United States during the Cold War.

Israel, Syria eye nuke plants

Mideast rivals Israel and Syria yesterday each announced ambitions to develop nuclear energy, with Israel facing the prospect that its plan could bring new international attention to its secretive nuclear activities.

Bali bomb mastermind believed killed

Indonesian counter-terrorism forces killed a man believed to have been one of the masterminds of the 2002 Bali bombings yesterday during a raid in the capital Jakarta, police and reports said.

Obesity when positive!

While metabolic syndrome is apparently related to obesity, researchers have said that the link is not just negative.

Woman gives birth - just 3hrs after finding she's pregnant!

Belinda Waite, a 21-year-old woman from Bampton, Devon, gave birth to a baby girl - just three hours after doctors told her she was pregnant.

Iran warns 17 media publications

Iran's press watchdog has warned 17 publications, including a leading reformist daily, accusing them of having breached media regulations, Mehr news agency reported yesterday.

Ahmadinejad to visit Afghanistan

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is to head to Afghanistan on Wednesday, his first trip to Tehran's eastern neighbour since the re-election last August of his counterpart Hamid Karzai.

N Korea creates mid-range missile division

North Korea has recently created an army division in charge of newly developed intermediate-range missiles capable of striking US forces in Japan and Guam, a South Korean news agency said yesterday.

India passes women quota bill

The Rajya Sabha, the upper house of Indian Parliament, yesterday passed the historic women quota bill by overwhelming majority to reserve 33 per cent of seats in legislatures after Trinamool Congress, a key ally of ruling Congress party-led coalition, abstained from voting.

Karzai's visit in Pakistan to open deal

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai is likely to officially ask Islamabad to hand over Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Afghan Taliban's second-in command, to Kabul during his scheduled two-day visit to Pakistan starting Wednesday.

Bomb kills 3 in Afghanistan

A roadside bomb killed two Afghan border police and a civilian riding in their vehicle Tuesday in southern Afghanistan, police said, as Britain's defence secretary urged patience in the push to secure the volatile region.

Myanmar junta to appoint electoral body

Myanmar's military junta will pick all members of the country's new election commission, state media said yesterday as the regime revealed the first details of long-awaited laws for polls this year.

Lanka approves emergency ahead of election

Sri Lanka's outgoing parliament yesterday approved the extension of a state of emergency until after next month's legislative elections, giving sweeping powers to police and troops.

Pak drone raid 'kills 3 militants'

Missiles fired by a US drone aircraft have killed at least three suspected militants in north-west Pakistan, security officials say.

Leaders blame 'foreign hands'

Continuing their old policy of blaming 'foreign powers' for terror attacks in the country, Pakistani leaders have once again pointed fingers toward involvement of foreign hands in Monday's suicide bombing at the office of the Special Intelligence Agency in Lahore in which at least 11 persons were killed.

US denies Nato aircraft violating Pak airspace

The United States has rejected reports regarding Nato aircraft violating Pakistan's airspace over Baluchistan.

Putin to visit India this week

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will travel to India this week for a two-day visit aimed at tightening economic and political ties with one of Moscow's oldest allies, the government said yesterday.

Kabul bans dark tinted vehicle windows

Afghanistan's capital is cracking down on vehicles with dark tinted windows to increase security following a spate of terrorist attacks in Kabul.

Arts & Entertainment

Treading the enlightened path

They start slowly, circling round and round. And then, gracefully, naturally, the speed picks up and the Dervishes are caught entranced in a transfixing otherworldly whirl. It is their form or worship, and it is powerful.

A tribute to remarkable women

'Radhuni Keertimoti Shommanona 2009' was announced on the occasion of International Women's Day on March 8, at Celebrity Hall, Bangabandhu International Conference Centre. Writer Rabeya Khatun; singer Runa Laila; Faridur Reza Sagor, managing director of Channel-i, Rokeya Kader Khan, chairman, Desh Garments and Anjan Chowdhury, managing director of Square Consumer Products Ltd were present at the award-giving ceremony.

Solo musical performance by Shama Rahman

Shama Rahman, one of the leading Tagore artistes of the country, performed in a solo musical programme titled "Bashanta Din-er Gaan" at Bengal Gallery, on March 7, says a press release.

International Women’s Day observed with fanfare

To mark International Women's Day, the Sirajganj district administration chalked out several programmes on March 8. The programmes included a procession, discussion and cultural function.

OP-ED

From a citizen to the Honourable Speaker

YOUR response to the drama staged in the Parliament last week has been praised by your learned colleagues of both sides. It was also well received by the voters. Certainly, you have shown the courage needed of a genuine guardian and custodian of the sanctity of the House. Make no mistake sir the whole nation is behind you in this regard.

UPA retreats from inclusive growth

THE United Progressive Alliance was re-elected to power in 2009 primarily because it promised inclusive growth. Its victory stood in sharp contrast to the Bharatiya Janata Party's 2004 rout, attributable principally to the Gujarat pogrom and its "India Shining" campaign, which claimed that growth without equity is good enough.

A new face

SHEIKH Hasina has perhaps made the right choice by enrolling an IT professional as a primary member of the ruling AL in Rangpur. But was this in any way a surprise to anyone?


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