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News of: Friday, 19th of March, 2010

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China pledges free market access

China will allow duty-free access of Bangladeshi products to its markets and increase its support for the country's efforts to face floods and other natural calamities caused by global warming.

1,000 foreign-funded NGOs run illegally

At least 1,000 foreign-funded non-government organisations are operating illegally, as they have yet to renew their registration with the NGO Affairs Bureau.

3-man tribunal by March 26

The government decided to form an investigating agency, a 12-member prosecution panel and a three-member tribunal to start the process of trying war criminals before this year's Independence Day.

Vessels strike called off

Water transport workers called off strike last night following a tripartite meeting among the government, water vessels' owners and workers.

Talks 'positive'

Bangladesh and India began their ministerial-level Joint River Commission talks here yesterday on sharing of waters of the Teesta and other common rivers with Bangladesh Water Resources Minister Ramesh Chandra Sen terming the discussions "positive".

DCC stumbles in billboard dismantling

The Dhaka City Corporation authorities were compelled to halt their drive for dismantling illegal hoardings within one hour of its start at Shahbag intersection last night in absence of police protection.

Rajuk knocks down small structures

Rajuk demolished a number of makeshift structures and an automobile workshop on Gulshan Lake along Gulshan-South Badda link road yesterday as part of its plan to recover the lake land.

Food inflation up

The country's food inflation reached as high as 10.56 percent in January this year on a point-to-point basis, crossing the double-digit mark again after 15 months. In September 2008 it was 12.02 percent.

Innocent sued for saving Jubo League men

Detective Branch of police in Bogra has implicated a young man in a "false case" to save Jubo League cadres involved in a shooting at Malgram Dighipara in the town last December.

AL leaders start district tours to resolve disputes

Awami League yesterday launched a month-long tour programme to resolve internal disputes in its district units over sharing of power.

Deals signed on fertiliser unit, bridge, more grant

Bangladesh and China yesterday signed three accords and one memorandum of understanding to strengthen cooperation in the fields of economy and technology, infrastructure and energy.

Independence award 2010 announced

The government has nominated 10 distinguished persons and an organisation for Swadhinata Puroshkar (Independence Award) 2010 in recognition of their glorious contributions to the nation.

1,500 trees felled in three days

Wholesale tree felling goes on unabated at Kailin Punji village also known as Nahar Paan Punji near Nahar Tea Garden in Srimangal in Moulvibazar.

BNP leaders threaten JS boycott again

BNP leaders yesterday threatened to boycott the House again if the government continues to file cases against opposition leaders and "makes indecent remarks" about its founder Ziaur Rahman.

Bhola-3 by-polls Apr 24

The by-election in Bhola-3 constituency will be held on April 24.

Education policy waits for cabinet's approval

A new national education policy will be placed for the cabinet's approval within next three weeks, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid said yesterday.

Fake drinking water factories busted

A Rapid Action Battalion team led by its executive magistrate busted three fake drinking water factories during a drive in different parts in the city yesterday.

Follow up words with action

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said yesterday the need to rebuild trust with the United States was key to upcoming talks and called on Washington to follow up words with action.

Follow up words with action

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said yesterday the need to rebuild trust with the United States was key to upcoming talks and called on Washington to follow up words with action.

BCL faction takes control of Dhaka College hall

Shihab-faction of Bangladesh Chhatra League, Dhaka College unit took control over Dakkhinayan Hall yesterday, within a day after overnight raids and arrests following Tuesday night's clash over dominance on the dormitories.

8 hurt in BCL factional clash at RU

Eight activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League were injured in a factional clash on Rajshashi University (RU) campus yesterday.

Pakistan warns of fresh attacks in major cities

Pakistan's Interior Ministry has warned of fresh terror attacks by the Taliban in all major cities, including Lahore, Islamabad and Peshawar.

Editorial

BCL sinks in a deeper abyss

The explosive turf war within BCL beyond midnight hours into Wednesday centring around control of a Dhaka College dormitory temptingly close to extortion-prone markets was but a symptom of a festering malady afflicting ruling party student wing, root and branch.

Missing the ICAO deadline

Bangladesh will not be able to make the April 1 deadline on machine readable passports. We have been informed that there will be a wait of at least till the end of April before the MRP project gets underway. That is certainly not cheering news, seeing that it threatens to put a very large number of Bangladeshis in a spot where applying for and getting passports is concerned. Effective next month, the passport and immigration department will not accept applications for any new handwritten passports. That is understandable. But what does place people in a difficult situation is that even if they begin applying for MRPs from April 1, there is little guarantee that they will be getting these passports in a reasonable frame of time. We note here, of course, the assurance by the authorities that they expect to begin the process of producing MRPs by the end of April.

Sports

Focus on Mirpur pitch

On the eve of the second Test match between Bangladesh and England, the pitch came under spotlight as question has been raised about the unsuitable surface for the five-day game in Chittagong. The common knowledge was that there would have been only one result -- a draw -- from the first Test if two even-strength sides played the match.

KP hails Tigers

There have always been doubters about Bangladesh's Test credentials since the day they earned Test status ten years ago. There have been repeated calls to scrap Bangladesh's Test status time and again.

Do or die derby for MSC

Title contenders Mohammedan Sporting Club will look to put up an imposing performance to stop high-flying Abahani when they lock horns in a crucial match of the Bangladesh League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium today.

Beanibazar, Feni post home wins

Two home sides won their Bangladesh League matches while the other host lost theirs yesterday.

It's a man's game, says Pietersen

As the bowling in the middle from the England bowlers ran ragged on the final session of day four and the morning session of day five of the Chittagong Test, so too did the well-mannered etiquette of the England players.

Saptarshi in solo lead

Indian IM Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury took solo lead in the Six Seasons Grandmasters Chess tournament at the close of the fourth round at Uttara Club's Tulip Hall yesterday.

Pietersen slams port city pitch

Kevin Pietersen believes he is back to his best form after battling to overcome his technical deficiencies against left-arm spin, but he has nevertheless voiced his criticism of the Chittagong wicket that aided his recovery in the first Test against Bangladesh.

Bangalore blow Rajasthan away

A superlative bowling performance by Royal Challengers Bangalore, including a hattrick by Praveen Kumar, decimated Rajasthan Royals to a paltry 92 and set up a huge win in the IPL yesterday.

Nokia Cup golf starts

The Nokia Independence Cup golf tournament began at the Kurmitola Golf Club yesterday.

Local Snippets

Applied Physics became Dhaka University inter-department basketball champions on Tuesday.

Wozniacki pulls thru'

Second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki saw off the tenacious challenge of Zheng Jie Wednesday to book a semifinal showdown with good friend Agnieszka Radwanska at the BNP Paribas Open.

Ljubicic downs Djokovic

Croatian veteran Ivan Ljubicic ousted a weary world number two Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-3 Wednesday as defending champion Rafael Nadal booked his quarterfinal berth at the BNP Paribas Open.

Pakistan remembers Bob

Pakistan on Thursday paid glowing tribute to their former cricket coach Bob Woolmer on the third anniversary of his death, saying his progressive coaching made a huge impact on the game.

Broad also apologises

Stuart Broad has followed the example of his England teammate, Graeme Swann, in apologising for his on-field behaviour in the closing stages of the 181-run victory over Bangladesh in Chittagong.

Win pleases Gibson

West Indies coach Ottis Gibson has said he is elated with his maiden one-day series victory -- 4-1 over Zimbabwe -- and is pleased that batsmen apart from Chris Gayle played important roles in the success. West Indies lost the Twenty20 international and the first ODI but bounced back to win four matches in a row.

Barca blaze Stuttgart

Barcelona 4(Messi 13, Pedro 22, Messi 60, Bojan 89)- 0 Stuttgart
Barcelona win 5-1 on aggregate

Blanc's bogey team

Bordeaux coach Laurent Blanc admitted that Barcelona are the bogeyman club everyone will be keen to avoid in Friday's Champions League draw for the last eight.

PSG's future at stake

The future of top French football side Paris Saint Germain is "at stake" if the club fails to rein in violent hooligans, French Secretary of State for Sport Rama Yade said Thursday.

Bordeaux reach last 8

Bordeaux 2(Gourcuff 5,Chamakh 88)- 1(Mitroglou 65) Olympiakos
Bordeaux win 3-1 on aggregate

Terry not at fault

Chelsea captain John Terry was not to blame for driving into a club security guard, the wounded official said as the footballer was set to visit him Thursday.

Roman wins damages

Russian tycoon Roman Abramovich accepted "substantial" damages and a public apology in the High Court in London on Thursday over claims that he had a serious gambling problem.

England set Mexico date

England's penultimate World Cup friendly will be against Mexico at Wembley on Monday, May 24.

SA police seize fake WC jerseys

South African customs authorities on Wednesday confiscated five million rand (685,000 dollars, 500,000 euros) worth of counterfeit football apparel related to the FIFA World Cup, a spokesman said.

Business

Buzz at motor show

In a country of inadequate public transport and constant gridlocks, middle and high-income groups are increasingly thinking about owning cars. The turnout at the three-day Dhaka Motorshow that started yesterday is testimony to that.

Losses pile up as water transport strike goes on

Mohammad Ali, a steel trader in Old Dhaka, was supposed to send five tonnes of MS (mild steel) rod to a buyer in Barisal on Tuesday. He kept the rod outside his shop since Monday, expecting that the countrywide indefinite strike called by water transport workers would go.

Toyota Prius to hit Dhaka roads

Toyota Prius is set to join Bangladesh traffic in May.

BB okays separate pay scale for its staff

The Board of Directors of Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday approved a separate pay scale for its officials and employees.

SEC serves notice on GP

The stockmarket regulator served notice on Grameenphone (GP) yesterday for non-compliance with securities rules.

Stocks end up in the red

Dhaka stocks slipped yesterday without reacting positively to an increased margin loan ratio.

GE Healthcare launches smart ultrasound imager in Bangladesh

GE Healthcare, the healthcare division of General Electric Company, has recently launched Vscan, a new pocket-sized visualisation tool, in Bangladesh.

Further cut in BTCL internet services charge from April

Bangladesh Telecommuni-cation Company Limited (BTCL) has decided to reduce further broadband internet service charges with effect from April 1.

Businesses lack management professionals

A dearth of management professionals is one of the major problems for expanding businesses and corporate governance practices in Bangladesh, former adviser to the caretaker government Syed Manzur Elahi said yesterday.

FedEx sees economic recovery spreading

FedEx says the global economic recovery is broadening, as Asia continues to see strong growth and the US economy gains steam.

Panasonic unveils energy-saving airconditioners

Japan's electronics maker Panasonic has launched its latest energy-saving, eco-friendly airconditioners in Bangladesh, the company said in a statement yesterday.

Japanese land prices fall at fastest pace in five years

Japanese land prices fell at the fastest pace for five years in 2009, as the nation's weak economy struggles with another bout of deflation, official data said Thursday.

China Mobile says 2009 profit up 2.3pc

China Mobile Ltd, the world's biggest phone carrier by subscribers, said Thursday its 2009 profit rose 2.3 percent over a year earlier and warned it faces growing competition.

Porsche takes top spot in dependability study

Porsche shot to the top of a closely watched study of long-term vehicle dependability, overtaking US and Japanese rivals, JD Power and Associates said Thursday.

CORPORATE BRIEFS

IDLC FINANCE
The company's board of directors recommended 10 percent cash dividend and 100 percent stock dividend for the year 2009. The company's annual general meeting will be held on April 19 (at 11am) at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka. The record date is March 28. The company has reported consolidated net profit of Tk 821.88 million, consolidated earnings per share of Tk 273.96, consolidated net assets value per share of Tk 797.70 and consolidated net operating cash flow per share of Tk 388.46 as of December 31, 2009. The company has reported a net profit of Tk 518.53 million, earnings per share of Tk 172.84, net assets value per share of Tk 633.57 and net operating cash flow per share of Tk 244.44 as of December 31, 2009.

Oil above $80

Oil fell in Asian trade Thursday, erasing overnight gains in reaction to Opec's decision to keep outputtargets unchanged, analysts said.

Euro dips on Greek concerns

The euro sank against the dollar on Thursday on persistent worries over the Greek debt crisis after Athens warned again that it could appeal to the International Monetary Fund for aid if none is forthcoming from its eurozone partners.

Metropolitan

Rohingyas get fair treatment

Food Minister Abdur Razzaque yesterday said Bangladesh is not mistreating Rohingya refugees as is being published in some international media.

'Hold discussion in JS before signing int'l treaties'

Rights activists at a media workshop yesterday called on the government to hold open discussions in parliament and at academic levels before signing any international agreements.

Two sons shown arrested

Two brothers have been shown arrested on charges of killing their parents at their home in KPS labour colony in Khulna on Tuesday midnight.

Four killed in road crashes

Four people were killed and six others injured in separate road accidents in Rangpur and Pabna yesterday.

1.4 lakh ton quality seeds to be given to farmers in 4 yrs

Some 1.40 lakh metric tons of quality seeds of paddy, wheat and maize will be distributed among farmers to boost production in the next four years.

Ex-JP MP Ovi asked to appear before court

A Dhaka court yesterday asked former Jatiya Party (JP) lawmaker Golam Faruq Ovi to appear before the court on March 24 in connection with model Syeda Tania Mahbub Tinni murder case.

Khaleda's petition sent to chief justice

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's petition challenging a government notice that asked her to vacate the cantonment house was sent to the chief justice as Khaleda expressed "no-confidence" in a High Court bench.

Mob vandalises hospital in Gazipur after patient's death

Angry relatives of a patient and local people vandalised a hospital in Tongi following death of a young man due to alleged wrong treatment.

1,903 held on various charges

The police arrested 1,903 people on various charges in separate drives across the country in the last 24 hours as of 6:00am yesterday.

'Politicians still interefere in judiciary'

The country's judicial system is still under the influence of politicians and executives, though the judiciary was separated from the executive branch of the government in papers, Neeti Gobeshana Kendra (NGK) said yesterday.

19 to get ALA fellowship

The Australian government will support 19 Bangladeshi professionals to participate in short courses over the coming year in Australia, says a press release.

Daily Star honours outstanding achievers today

The Daily Star today awards the outstanding achievers of O and A level examinations at a grand award ceremony expected to be attended by some 5000 students, parents, teachers and principals.

Fire victims living under open sky

At least 1,500 victims of a devastating fire, which broke out in a slum at Mohammadpur in the city on Wednesday night, are now living under open sky.

Take steps to free prisoners after jail terms: JS body

A parliamentary body yesterday expressed dissatisfaction over the bureaucratic tangle for which around 1,100 people await release from jail even after they completed serving their prison term.

Govt to implement edn policy soon

The government is considering immediate implementation of the National Education Policy as its duty of the day.

Hearing on Hasina's petitions on Mar 24

The High Court (HC) yesterday deferred for a week the hearing on the petitions filed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for quashing the proceedings of four corruption cases against her.

Statement of Huji man recorded

A Habiganj court yesterday recorded statement of a Harkat-ul-Jihad-al Islami operative accused in SAMS Kibria killing case.

Bidisha files defamation suit against Ershad

Bidisha Siddique, former wife of Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad, yesterday filed a Tk 60 crore defamation suit against him, mentioning that she was tortured by him and suffered inhuman torture in police custody in connection with false cases filed by him between 2005 and 2007.

Army HQs' clarification

The army headquarters yesterday issued a clarification on a news item on army chief's visit to India.

DU teachers protest torture of female students

The pro-BNP and pro-Jamaat teachers of Dhaka University yesterday formed a human chain on the campus protesting "torture" of female students at two girls' colleges in the city and "criminal activities" by BCL activists at other institutions.

US Scouts team arrives

A high level 10-member delegation of Boy Scouts of America arrived in Dhaka yesterday on a three-day visit.

Huge properties gutted in Ctg

Fire gutted shops, a garage, CNG-run auto-rickshaws, dwelling houses and huge properties yesterday in Chittagong's Sadarghat area.

Charges framed against wife, eight others

A Dhaka court yesterday framed charges against a woman along with eight others for killing her husband and a domestic help in the city's Gulshan area in April 2008.

UPDF demands new law to ensure rights to land

United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) yesterday demanded formulation of a law recognising traditional rights of hilly people to land before beginning the process of resolving land dispute in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) area.

National

Land allotment a mockery for 19 freedom fighters

Allotment of 1.5 acres of khas land to each of 19 insolvent freedom fighters at Char Samad in Dasmina upazila has remained only in papers for the last 10 years as the total 28.5 acres of khas land allotted by Patuakhali district administration is under about 10 feet water.

BAU Germ Plasm Centre develops 48 fruit varieties

The Germ Plasm Centre of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) has been playing a significant role in the country's fruit sector by developing new varieties of delicious fruits.

Police seek remand for 3 Jamaat-Shibir leaders

Police yesterday sought a 10-day remand for three local leaders of Jamaat-e Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir for quizzing them at the taskforce interrogation cell (TFIC) in Dhaka.

Teachers' ultimatum to arrest culprits by March 21

Teachers of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) yesterday gave an ultimatum to the vice-chancellor (VC) demanding arrest of the culprits, who were responsible for Wednesday night's clash on the campus, by March 21.

10 hurt as transport workers clash

Ten people were injured, four of them seriously, in a clash between workers of buses and CNG-run auto tempos near Bazar Station area in Sirajganj town yesterday noon.

Robbery in Moulvibazar

A robbery was committed at Hingazia village under Brahminbazar union of Kulaura upazila on Wednesday night.

25 Habiganj BNP men sued

Police has filed a case against 25 BNP men in connection with recovery of bombs and arms from near Habiganj district BNP office Wednesday night.

Human chain in Jessore

A human chain was formed in front of Jessore Press Club yesterday demanding implementation of the integrated Agriculture Rehabilitation Programme in the district.

30 injured as bridge collapses

About 30 boys and girls, all students of a madrasa, were injured as a bridge collapsed near Laskar Bari at Mohishmari village on Tekerhat-Shimultola-Mohsihmari road in Rajoir upazila yesterday.

1 killed, 10 hurt as fishermen clash

One person was killed and 10 others were injured in a clash between two groups of fishermen over fishing in the Meghna yesterday. The dead was identified as Kamal, 15, son of Omar Ali of Raj Rajeswar. The injured are undergoing treatment to Chandpur Sadar Hospital. Locals caught five fishermen for their involvement in the clash and later handed them over to the police. The incident occurred at Laxmimara Char under Raj Rajeswar Union of Chandpur Sadar upazila at around 11:45am. Chandpur river police outpost SI Golam Kibria said the government has declared 100-kilometre stretch of area from Satnol in Chandpur to Char Alexander in Laxmipur as a sanctuary for preserving hilsa and imposed a ban on fishing there for two months, March and April. But the fishermen were catching fish in the area, defying the ban, the SI said.

Man to die for killing wife

Additional District and Sessions Judge's Court yesterday sentenced one person to death for killing his wife. The convict is Badal Mia, 30, of village Sitarampur under Atpara upazila of the district. According to prosecution, Badal set his wife Pushpa Akter afire after pouring kerosene on her body on September 4, 2003. Rupon Mia, brother of Pushpa, filed a case with Atpara Police Station against Badal the following day. After investigation, police submitted a charge sheet against Badal. Judge Mohammad Ekramul Haque Chowdhury, after examining the witnesses, found Badal guilty and pronounced the verdict.

250-bed hospital at Gopalganj

A 250-bed general hospital was inaugurated at Gopalganj yesterday. Chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on health and family welfare ministry and local lawmaker Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim unveiled the plaque of the hospital in the morning. Later, Sheikh Selim addressed a function on the hospital premises with Director General of the Directorate of Health Shah Moniruzzaman in the chair.

Fish trader stabbed to death

A fish trader was stabbed to death by his friend in Jessore town on Wednesday night. The dead is Ramzan Ali, 22, son of Jahangir Alam of Bejpara in the town. Locals said Ramzan lent Tk 1,000 to his friend Rony, son Samsul Alam of Ansar camp area, a few months ago. They had an altercation over the matter at around about 9:15pm and at one stage, Rony stabbed Ramzan and fled the scene. Ramzan was rushed to Jessore General Hospital where the doctors declared him dead. Locals took out a procession in the town yesterday morning demanding punishment to the killer. A case was filed with Kowitali Police Station.

Sand trader murdered

A sand trader was killed allegedly by his friend in the town on Wednesday night. The dead is Abdur Rahim Liton, 28, of Naogaon Para. Police recovered the body from a pond near his house yesterday morning and arrested one Rafiul Islam for his alleged involvement in the murder. Rafiul said Liton's friend Badal took him to Liton's house at around 9:00pm, called Liton out of his house and took him to an undisclosed location. Rafiul further said he came to know yesterday morning that Liton has been killed.

8 robbers sent to jail

A court here yesterday sentenced eight robbers to 10 years rigorous imprisonment (RI). The convicts are Lal Mia, Sharif, Monir Hossain, Abul Kalam, Shah Alam, Shiru Mia, Abul Hasem and Kanchan Mia. Additional District and Session Judge SM Abdus Salam fined the convicts Tk 5,000 each, in default, they are to suffer two more months in jail. According to prosecution, the robbers stormed into trader Alamgir's house at Purbapara village under Katiadi upazila of the district on the night of August 25, 2001. The robbers took away gold ornaments and Tk 5,000 from the family members at gunpoint. Alamgir filed a case with Katiadi Police Station the following day. Later police arrested two of the gang, Lal Mia and Kanchan Mia, while the are still at large. The remaining sis were tried in absentia.

Letters

God save Biman!

Firstly, I would congratulate Captain Sattar for his article in a national daily regarding creation of Bangladesh Biman, our national airline with an apprehension. He deserves thanks for speaking out some disturbing facts regarding the draconian administration of Biman & Civil Aviation since inception.

March is Mujib's month

It was audacious of BNP lawmaker Shammi Akhter to have called the Father of the Nation 'Feraun' in the sacred House of the Nation which gave way to protest from the treasury bench and exchange of filthy words between the government and the opposition MPs that caused a huge pandemonium leading to the opposition's walkout. The nation is thunderstruck that a parliament member could hurl such an irresponsible remark on the man without whom this nation would have not been born and she could not be a lawmaker in a sovereign nation-state. Did she make the remark to please her Madam who preferred the date of Bangabandhu's assassination, a national Mourning Day, to make her date of birth and she, without least scruple, observes the date with pomp and grandeur?

Education and commercialism

We have come to learn that the AL led grand alliance government is going to promulgate new laws to discipline the private universities in our country. More than fifty private universities have mushroomed in our country after the enactment of Private University Act, 1992. Most of these universities do not comply with the rules set by the University Grants Commission. It is really tormenting that UGC is in deep slumber and actually it is tacitly buttressing the monkey business of these private universities. Most of the private universities are run commercially. But it is true that a few universities are definitely providing quality education and they merit eulogy for their pedagogical innovation and sophistication. It is pleasant to know that the present government will scupper all the nasty business in the name of education. Higher education cannot be a fundamental right, it is certainly a privilege. To be a teller in a bank and to work in a restaurant abroad, a person does not need a university degree like BBA or MBA. But only those who have adequate intelligence and academic knowledge should be given chance to study in a university, whether it is private or public.

Renaming ZIA

If the BNP government had committed the mistake of renaming Dhaka Airport, Jamuna Bridge, Barisal University, Chittagong Airport and Rajshahi Airport etc., this does not mean and justify that the Awami League government would also commit such mistakes.

Parliament violence

The only possible way to stop 'parliament violence', as it may be termed, is by passing a law against the unnecessary discussion on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and late president Ziaur Rahman in parliament. We have so many problems that crumble our every day life that we can spend hours over a cup of tea discussing them. So when our 'honourable' members take part in parliament proceedings, if they spend five minutes over all these problems, such as, over population, road accident, corruption, student politics and so one, I bet they will momentarily forget about who was 'Feraun' and who was the 'killer'.

Cyber hoaxes!

As reported in 'The Chronicle of Higher Education', USA, the college/university presidents are becoming easy targets for cyber squatting and hoaxes. Recently, a fake resignation letter was released on a fake webpage resembling to that of Mark G.Yudof, President of the university of California, which read -“I hereby resign my tenure as President”. The fake letter then praised student protests and added -“I have decided to go back to school to study the history of social movements.” Mr. Yudof immediately clarifying his position said that his resignation was a complete nonsense.

Ubiquitous muggers

One of the most fundamental aspects of human life is security. Without any doubt, it can be said that Dhaka city is one of the most insecure cities of the world. Every now and then the inhabitants of this city are being attacked by the muggers. It is quite disappointing to see such incidents.

Madrasa education

Thanks for your article in DS dated 3/3/2010 `Bridging the academic gap'. Do not take my opinion in a negative way. I think the writer has not studied the Alia Madrasa syllabus carefully. Please collect and read the syllabus and compare it with school and college syllabus. You criticised Madrasa education and appreciated the new education policy from your own stand point. You did not write a single word about Qowmi Madrasa in Bangladesh, like the education policy makers !!! Do you know how many Qowmi Madrasas are there in Bangladesh ? The education policy did not give any guide and word about them.

Secular India?

Mokbul Fida Hussein, the Indian artist, and Taslima Nasrin, the Bangladeshi writer, have been suffering as they are unable to live in their own countries.

Not easy to pronounce

The recent government decision to rename Zia international airport shows pettiness of the present government, and we are really getting fed up with this petty politics.

Pakistan scene

While watching the movie Kabul Express, it occurred to my mind that Pakistanis are destined to get killed by their protectors. In the movie a fictitious character Subedar Major Jaan Mohammad gets killed by the Pakistani army even after revealing his identity.

Change

The govt has kept its promise. Its election theme was 'Change'. We found changes in different sectors. But they are renaming everything. The last example is renaming ZIA. We hope the culture will Change.

Attention: Edexcel

I would like to appeal to the authorities of Edexcel International and the British Council through you. Some of us are aware of the fact that the syllabus of GCE O level and A level changed recently. The syllabus that the Edexcel authorities had been running since 2000 gave way to a new syllabus for both O level and A level, with considerable changes in the format as well. I would like to put forward an appeal on behalf of the candidates who appeared in the A level examination in the Legacy syllabus (old syllabus) in the January session 2010, this was the last examination that was to be held under the Legacy syllabus. Many of us failed to achieve desired grades and we wish to give improvements on them to get better results. The option we now have is to sit for the subjects under the new syllabus, and in my case I want to sit only for A2 level (the second part of the complete A level) but I cannot do so as the Legacy syllabus has been discontinued from the January 2010 session. And if I want to reappear in the examination to get a better result, I will have to cover the whole new syllabus within a short time and sit for all the six units to get a complete certificate. Which is a burden to me, and students like me.

Pumping water out

I'm very concerned. I live at the end of Gulshan Avenue, very near to a beautiful, neat little park near to a lake in Gulshan-2. Many, many people use this park to jog, walk around the park, do fitness-exercises or simply chat sitting on the benches around the lake. The water is very clean and there are many fish. The park is well kept (and guarded) by the Gulshan Society (ph: 9881375) and there are even nice plantations at the entrance.

Border killing

The BSF of India is killing innocent Bangladeshi people on a regular basis. We find such news almost every day in our national newspapers that at least one or two people were gunned down by the BSF in the border region.

Beaten up by 'mistake'

As per a report of The Daily Star on March 4, 2010, three people, mistakenly identified as criminals, were caught and beaten up by Rab men at Thakurgaon. But the leader of the Rab team said they caught the three on wrong information provided by their informer.

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International

No crisis in US-Israeli ties, says Obama

President Barack Obama denied a crisis was rocking US-Israeli relations as his top diplomatic aide arrived yesterday in Moscow for a meeting of the Middle East quartet.

US urges China not to let differences harm Iran cooperation

Chinese-US differences over Taiwan and Tibet should not stop Beijing from backing strong sanctions against Iran or trip up cooperation on global issues, Washington's ambassador to Beijing said yesterday.

Pakistan 'not in a rush' to start new offensive

Notwithstanding the pressure from the United States, Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has made it clear that his government is "not in a rush" to launch any new offensive in the country against extremists based in the tribal areas along the Afghan border.

US operations already started in Kandahar

Operations to push the Taliban out of their iconic Afghan stronghold of Kandahar are underway and will steadily build in the months ahead, military officials said yesterday.

Key al-Qaeda figure killed in Pakistan

An al-Qaeda figure who helped plan a deadly attack on the CIA in Afghanistan is believed to have been killed in a US drone strike in Pakistan, a US counterterrorism official said.

Afghan president grants wider powers to anti-graft body

Afghan President Hamid Karzai yesterday boosted the power of an anti-corruption body that had faced fierce accusations of being toothless and half-hearted in its battle to wipe out graft.

'Ransom paid for British boy'

A five-year-old British boy was reunited with his father in Pakistan on Thursday, a British high commission official said following a kidnapping ordeal that saw a ransom paid in Paris.

Thai Red Shirts declare 'class war'

Thailand's rural underclass, vying to revive flagging momentum after a week of colourful protests, appealed yesterday for a popular uprising against the well-entrenched political and aristocratic elite.

Arts & Entertainment

Dhaka Padatik-UCB International Theatre Festival begins

'The Dhaka Padatik-UCB International Theatre Festival 2010', marking the thirty years of Dhaka Padatik, begins today. The slogan of the festival is "Dhormo Borno Jatir Urdhey Jago Hey Nobin Pran". The inauguration ceremony of the festival will be held at National Theatre Stage, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy at 6 pm today. Information Minister Abul Kalam Azad is expected to inaugurate the festival.

Aupee’s big day at Shilpakala Academy

At Shilpakala Academy, 7 pm today, a story of forgotten dreams and homes will be delineated through graceful Kathak dance. The recital will feature TV star Aupee Karim in one of the lead performances.

“Gohiney Shabdo”, Khalid Mahmood’s debut film, to premiere soon

Artist Khalid Mahmood Mithu's debut feature film "Gahiney Shabdo" will be released countrywide on March 26. The Bangladesh premiere of the film will be held on March 21 at the Star Cineplex, Bashundhara City Mall. Apart from direction, Mithu, along with Faridur Reza Sagar, has written the story of the film. Impress Telefilm Ltd. has produced the film.

Featuring an indigenous tradition and social satire

On the third day (March 17) of Prachyanat's in-house theatre festival, "Mohola Magan," the troupe staged two plays -- "Patar Khela" and "Bioscope" at Studio Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

Bangabandhu’s birth anniversary and National Children’s Day observed

Bangabandu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's 90th birth anniversary and National Children's Day were observed in Chapainawabganj on Wednesday amidst much festivity.

Francophonie Festival to begin tomorrow

The eight-day Francophonie Festival 2010, organised jointly by the Alliance Francaise de Dhaka, the High Commission of Canada, the embassies of Egypt, France, Morocco and Switzerland, will begin on March 20 in the city. To brief the media on the festival, a press conference was held yesterday at Alliance Francaise de Dhaka.

“Third Person Singular Number” competing in Milan Film Festival

Twentieth Afro-Asian-Latin Film Festival is on in Milan, Italy. Starting from March 15 the festival will continue till March 21. Nine films, including several that have already won some awards, are competing in the "Windows on the World" category.

Bollywood soars toward Hollywood

Little about “Kites” suggests “Rush Hour.” An extravagant Bollywood romantic thriller, “Kites” features the Indian star Hrithik Roshan and the Mexican actress Barbara Mori as mismatched lovers who can't speak each other's language and end up on the run in New Mexico.

Dhamail dance festival in Maulvibazar

A festival highlighting 'Dhamail' (a popular folk dance of the Sylhet region) was held at a remote village under Srimangal upazila in Maulvibazar last Sunday. Initiated by Dhamail dance enthusiast Rama Krishna Sarkar, the festival was organised by the Naba Nagori Dhamail Sangha.

OP-ED

The realpolitik of fools

Coming hard on the heels of her recent historic opening to India which has fundamentally transformed the frosty relationship between the two countries, the alacrity with which the prime minister has immediately afterwards followed up with a trip to China makes a lot of sense.

Evil society, civil society

IF you haven't thought of it before, not to worry why you didn't. But have you ever noticed that the severity of the itch is inversely proportionate to the difficulty of the reach? In lay terms it means your hand almost never finds the spot where it should happen to scratch the most. That in a way is also true for the intellectual quest of this nation. It has more thinkers than it has thoughts, but their thinking hardly touches the real spots. The reason is straight and simple. Intellectual curiosity doesn't drive that train. It's driven by foregone conclusions.

StarTech

Regulator plans SMS tariff cut

The telecom regulator is set to slash mobile short message service (SMS) charges by at least 50 percent, a move that is expected to encourage users to air more texts.

X6 in Nokia stores

Nokia has started selling of its highly anticipated entertainment package, Nokia’s X6 from March 15. The latest device from the leading mobile maker has been most awaited since its pre order stage.

IPad subscriptions could boost mag circulation

Magazine publishers may have a new way to boost flagging circulation: the iPad.

Facebook outstrips Google

Social networking website Facebook has capped a year of phenomenal growth by overtaking Google’s popularity among US internet users, with industry data showing it has scored more visits on its home page than the search engine.


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