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News of: Monday, 22nd of March, 2010

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Survey of hills land in limbo

The first land survey in three hill districts has become uncertain in the face of opposition from Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS), which demands settlement of the land disputes between indigenous people and Bangalee settlers first.

Consultancy hitch delays upgrading

Upgrading of the Dhaka-Chittagong highway to a dual carriageway is likely to be delayed further as the Pakistani consultancy firm at the last moment declined to monitor the project's implementation demanding a fee hike, said communications ministry officials.

Bangladeshi worker freed from captivity in Pakistan

Bangladeshi expatriate Aminul Islam, who was held hostage in Pakistan by a transnational gang for ransom, returned home on Saturday after the abductors released him following the arrests of their seven associates and relatives in Bangladesh.

Nizami, Mojaheed sued, summoned

A criminal case was filed with a Dhaka court yesterday against five Jamaat-e-Islami leaders including its Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami and Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed for hurting religious sentiment of Muslims.

Wasa gets JS body flak for stinky water

Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) yesterday got a lot of flak from a parliamentary body for supplying filthy and stinky water in some parts of the capital.

'Indian' IP address detected

The Prime Minister's Office says it has traced an Indian IP (Internet protocol) address used for hacking 20 district portals of Bangladesh on Saturday.

HC rejects pleas for staying jetty removal notice

The High Court yesterday rejected petitions filed by five companies seeking stay order on a government notice issued for removing their jetties from river Shitalakkhya.

Ministry slated for not involving MPs

Some members of the parliament yesterday criticised the finance ministry for not involving MPs in the process of preparing and implementing the national budget.

2 Japan MPs arrive with peace call

Two visiting members of the Japanese parliament met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday and urged her to fully implement the 1997 Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord.

Eat, export more to tackle potato boom

With a potato glut sending thousands of farmers across the country in the red, the Potato Advisory Board has come up with a bailout package to save them from incurring heavy losses.

4 power plants get go-ahead

The cabinet purchase committee yesterday approved awarding contracts of four public sector dual fuel peaking power projects totalling 270 megawatt to two companies.

Ruling party men get permit, real traders deprived

Twenty-five dealers out of 31 have been appointed allegedly on political consideration for open market sale (OMS) of rice in Khulna city.

Over 7.32 lakh to take HSC exams from April 1

A total of 732,457 examinees from 7,181 educational institutions across the country are about to take part in the Higher Secondary Certificate and its equivalent examinations which are scheduled to begin on April 1.

Delwar meets Khaleda after long gap

BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain last night met Chairperson Khaleda Zia for the first time since his return on March 9 from Singapore after treatment.

BTRC shuts down operations of People'sTel

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission last night shut down all operations of private landline operator People'sTel for its alleged involvement in illegal VoIP (voice over internet protocol) business.

Jamaat blames media

Jamaat-e-Islami leaders yesterday blasted a section of the media for whipping up propaganda and conspiring against the party.

HC directive on demolition today

The High Court will pass an order today on a writ petition filed for demolishing unauthorised billboards in the capital.

Govt asked to explain RanksTel action

The High Court yesterday issued a rule on the government to explain within seven days why its action suspending operations of RanksTel, cancelling its licence and disconnecting its network should not be declared illegal.

Democrats have votes to pass health package

Democrats in the House of Representatives have garnered the 216 votes necessary to pass President Barack Obama's historic health overhaul, a top party leader in Congress said yesterday.

Outlaw killed in 'shootout'

A regional leader of outlawed Gono Mukti Fouz was killed in a 'shootout' between his cohorts and law enforcers at Gobinpur village in Kumarkhali upazila of Kushtia early yesterday.

Indian police recover explosives from plane

Police in India's southern tourist resort state of Kerala said yesterday they had recovered explosives from an airliner.

Editorial

India mulling 'no firing' option

THE Indian Home Secretary's statement, given at a seminar in New Delhi on March 19, that India is considering a unilateral no- firing option at the borders with Bangladesh for a year, is welcome news. We felicitate it as a potential positive gesture that we would like to see happen.

Death of GP Koirala

THE death of Girija Prasad Koirala brings to an end an illustrious career in Nepalese politics. Koirala was a political figure who came in the mould of those remarkable for their role in a reshaping of history. Like so many others dedicated to the principle of politics being a trust and a call to duty in the service of people, the late Nepalese leader upheld certain norms and values he considered essential for the growth of progressive thought. That his was an indispensable presence in Nepal's history was proved conclusively when he brokered the deal which was to put an end to the conflict between the state and its Maoist rebels and thereby inaugurate a new phase in the country's evolution to democracy. At a time when few people believed that Nepal could wriggle out of what then seemed to be an intractable problem, Koirala did not lose faith in his belief that better days would dawn.

Sports

Tail-up Tigers

Strong tail-end batting got Bangladesh to 419 eventually but the second Test match is far from over as England ended the second day solidly despite a few blows. The visitors were 170 for three at stumps yesterday at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.

They're not on top: KP

Seven wickets in hand but 248 runs behind, Kevin Pietersen still believed Bangladesh were not in a dominating position over England at the end of Day Two of the second Test in Mirpur.

Shafiul's bat smiles

Bangladesh tail wagged in the second morning of the Mirpur Test yesterday to take the score past 400, a feat they have achieved only for the seventh time in Test cricket. And the man who played the lead role in the surge was least expected to be a hero with the bat.

Mirpur Masala

There wasn't much masala in the Mirpur stands but a lot of heat.

$ 703m for Pune, Kochi

The financial might of the IPL was on display again on Sunday when Pune and Kochi became the league's two new franchises, being sold for a value in excess of the original eight franchises combined.

Sunnydale champs

Sunnydale regained the title of the Sunnydale Mini Handball (Boy's) School tournament when they handed an 8-5 defeat to Dhanmondi Tutorial in the final at the newly-built Handball Stadium yesterday.

KKR, MI eye wins

Their winning streaks snapped, hosts Mumbai Indians (MI) as well as visitors Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) would be anxious to regain that momentum when they clash in the Indian Premier League match here on Monday.

Feni hold Brothers

Shrugging off a shocking road accident on way to Dhaka, Feni Soccer Club put up a spirited show to hold hosts Brothers Union to a goalless draw in the Bangladesh League match at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium yesterday.

Bolinger too hot for Kiwis

New Zealand didn't understand the fuss over Doug Bollinger during the one-day series, but they do now after he put Australia on track for a convincing victory in Wellington. After struggling through the limited-overs engagements and being attacked by the home batsmen, Bollinger has caused a lot of damage on a fine surface during the opening Test.

Huge group leaves today

A 182-member Bangladesh contingent leaves here for Kolkata by road tonight to take part in the third Indo-Bangladesh Bangla Games with a hope of achieving better results than in the previous editions.

Ljubicic stuns Nadal

Croatian veteran Ivan Ljubicic rallied for a 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/1) triumph over world number three Rafael Nadal on Saturday to reach the final of the Indian Wells Masters 1000.

Deccan's 3rd in a row

Andrew Symonds purple patch continued as he came up with yet another all-round display to steer defending champions Deccan Chargers to a 10-run win over Delhi Daredevils in a thrilling Indian Premier League match here on Sunday.

Saptarshi on the brink of GM norm

Indian IM Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury was on the verge of his last GM norm at the close of the penultimate round of the Six Seasons Chess Tournament at the Tulip Hall of Uttara Club here yesterday.

MU prevail against L'pool

Manchester United 2 (Rooney 12, Park 60) Liverpool 1 (Torres 5)

Real keep up pressure

Real Madrid secured their ninth straight victory after coming from behind to beat Sporting Gijon 3-1 on Saturday and open up a three-point gap on bitter rivals Barcelona at the top of La Liga.

Punjab's Super win over CSK

Kings XI Punjab came from behind to beat Chennai Super Kings in the Super Over after their IPL match was tied at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai last night.

Inter held by Palermo

Inter Milan's hopes of a fifth successive Serie A title suffered a setback on Saturday evening as Jose Mourinho's side were held 1-1 at Palermo.

Terry slams referees

Chelsea captain John Terry has launched a scathing attacking on referees in the Champions League in the aftermath of his side's exit against Inter Milan.

Van Persie back in training

Robin van Persie returns to Arsenal to join full training this week. Having missed nearly five months of the season with serious ankle damage sustained on international duty with Holland, the striker is ready to rejoin his teammates and attempt to regain match fitness before the end of the season.

West Ham in for sensational Becks sweep?

West Ham United co-owner David Gold admits his club are considering an ambitious approach to sign England midfielder David Beckham.

Business

SME loan target set for 2010

Bangladesh Bank (BB) has for the first time fixed a target for all banks and financial institutions of distributing Tk 23,995 crore in small and medium enterprise (SME) loans for 2010.

DSE's new directors

Four directors, including incumbent president Rakibur Rahman and former president Ahmed Iqbal Hasan, were elected to Dhaka Stock Exchange yesterday.

25 missions miss export targets

More than half the diplomatic missions in Bangladesh failed to achieve their export targets for the first seven months of the current fiscal year, according to provisional statistics of Export Promotion Bureau (EPB).

Too cheap for comfort

The process of outsourcing production by Western companies is all about finding cheap labour to cut costs. But in Bangladesh, some retail groups are finding the wages too low for comfort.

Eyes on Germany as Greece deadline looms

The summit opens on Thursday, the subject isn't even on the agenda and the markets have control of the political keys, even as Germany debates what to do about Greece.

India faces more rate hikes to tame inflation

India's central bank looks set to tighten monetary policy futher after raising interest rates for the first time in nearly two years as it bids to check spiralling inflation, economists say.

ISPs vow to be more careful about call termination

Internet service providers (ISPs) yesterday said a lack of proper monitoring by operators has caused illegal call termination business to rise.

JS body suggests new wage for garment workers

A parliamentary body has called for a new wage board for readymade garment (RMG) workers, considering the national pay scale and current market price trend into account.

Bangladeshis pay high price for migration

Bangladeshi migrant workers spend $2,300 on an average, one of the world's highest amounts, to ensure an overseas job, an international migration expert said yesterday.

BB governor firm to contain inflation

The average inflation rate will be around 6.5 percent and the point-to-point inflation around 10 percent this year, said Bangladesh Bank (BB) Governor Dr Atiur Rahman yesterday.

BCI to organise local products fair in June

A three-day Amar Panya Amar Desh 2010 Fair (exhibition of local products) will begin in the city on June 10, as part of the campaign to raise public awareness for the expansion of local products and services.

Corporate Briefs

BEXIMCO
The company's board of directors has decided to further issue of capital of Tk 9,18,74,870 (consisting of 91,87,487 ordinary shares of Tk 10 each) for acquisition of approximately 100 percent ordinary shares of Dhaka Shanghai Ceramics Limited (DSCL) amounting to Tk 36,74,99,480.00 (consisting of 3,67,49,948 ordinary shares of Tk 10 each) by exchange of one Beximco Limited share for four DSCL Shares. The company's extraordinary general meeting (EGM) will be held on April 28 (at 11:30am) at Beximco Industrial Park in Gazipur. The record date of the EGM will be on April 7. The company has also expressed its interest to increase the company's authorised share capital from Tk 100 crore to Tk 500 crore.

President calls for steps to increase Thai investment in Bangladesh

President Zillur Rahman yesterday called for necessary steps to increase the Thai investments in Bangladesh through expanding the trade volume between the two countries.

Britain facing tough pre-polls budget

Britain's Labour government will deliver a critical pre-election budget this week to help fix the dire public finances but some experts fear political posturing with an election around the corner.

GM's SKorean unit recalling nearly 60,000 vehicles

General Motors is recalling nearly 60,000 automobiles in South Korea due to potential problems with steering wheels, fuel hoses and seats, the company's local unit and the government said Sunday.

China predicts first monthly trade deficit since 2004

China warned Sunday its export-dependent economy is likely to experience a trade deficit in March -- the first for a single month in six years.

Clarification

Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus has clarified a speech he gave at the concluding ceremony of an international conference on microcredit in Dhaka on March 17. Following is the statement Prof Yunus sent to The Daily Star yesterday:

StanChart Islamic banking head in town

Afaq Khan, chief executive officer of Standard Chartered Saadiq, the bank's global Islamic banking business, is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka today for a short visit.

Rupali Bank gets new MD

M Farid Uddin joined Rupali Bank Ltd as its managing director on March 18, says the bank in a statement.

Metropolitan

Frame policy to ensure access to safe water

Speakers at a consultation yesterday called on the government to formulate Clean Water Act with a view to ensuring pure drinking water and stopping of its contamination.

Blame game over killer billboard

Who actually built the billboard that fell during last Monday's storm in Gulshan-1 and killed two people is still uncertain. The owners of Gulshan Shopping Centre and Akhter Furnitures Ltd are now accusing each other of building the faulty billboard.

Citi IT contest launched

Citi Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Citi, launched the Second Citi Financial IT Case Competition at a press conference at the National Press Club in the city yesterday.

Terrorists consider Bangladesh softer destination

Security experts at a workshop yesterday said international terrorists consider Bangladesh a softer destination compared to Pakistan and Afghanistan.

HC stays govt circular on teachers' promotion

The High Court yesterday stayed for six months the operation of a government circular restricting the promotion of private high school teachers who have third class in examinations at all levels of their student life.

Dalits demand end to social discrimination

Demanding immediate end to social discrimination on grounds of caste and professions, Dalit people rallied around the country yesterday on the occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 2010.

Around 900 trees left to be felled

Around 900 trees are left out of a total 4,000 marked for felling by a timber trader in Nahar Tea Grden (Nahar Paan Punji) in Srimangal of Moulvibazar.

Deep-sea port to benefit all neighbours: Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said Bangladesh's proposed deep-sea port in the Bay of Bengal would benefit all neighbours, including China.

'Cancel move to procure additional oil tankers'

Oil tanker owners have threatened to cease work from March 24 if the government does not cancel the move to procure additional oil tankers.

3 Jamaat leaders held in Rajshahi

Police arrested three Jamaat leaders during a raid at their office in the city's Hatimkhan area last night in connection with the February 9 violence in Rajshahi University.

Committee soon to prepare list of real fishermen

Fisheries and Livestock Minister Abdul Latif Biswas yesterday said the government would form a committee soon to prepare a list of real fishermen across the country.

Student, police clash in Bogra: 10 injured

At least 10 people, including a journalist, were injured in a clash between the students of Bogra Institute of Health Technology (IHT) and police yesterday afternoon.

Religious leaders can raise awareness about extremism

US Ambassador James Moriarty yesterday said religious and community leaders have ability to raise public awareness against communal violence, religious extremism, corruption and weak governance that have shaken the countries around the world, including in Asia.

12 witnesses give depositions

Twelve witnesses yesterday gave depositions before a BDR special court in a case of mutiny against 60 personnel of 7 Rifle Battalion at Nildumur in Shyamnagar upazila of Satkhira district, our Satkhira correspondent reports.

Edn ministry to scrap earlier decision

The education ministry is going to retreat from its earlier decision that no teacher having two third classes in examinations will be allowed to be a headmaster of any higher secondary or secondary educational institutions, said a parliamentary body yesterday.

UK welcomes BNP's return to parliament

The UK government has welcomed opposition BNP's return to parliament and appreciated its role in strengthening democracy, said British High Commissioner Stephen Evans after a meeting with BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia at her Gulshan office last night.

1,025 Yaba tablets recovered, 5 held

Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab-1) recovered 1,025 pieces of Yaba tablets from separate places last night and arrested five people, including two suspected Myanmar nationals.

3 murdered

One person was stabbed to death at Arambagh and two others were strangled in separate incidents at Dakkhinkhan and Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the city yesterday.

AL protests Shawkat's remarks

Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif yesterday protested BNP Chairperson's Adviser Shawkat Mahmud's derogatory remarks on the prime minister.

National

Most Tangail rivers remain dry for six months

Most of the rivers in Tangail district are heading towards virtual death as the riverbeds remain waterless for nearly half of the year.

Hapless freedom fighter lives at cremation ground

Valiant freedom fighter Abul Khair lives in a shabby hut on a cremation ground at Shyamkur village under Moheshpur upazila of Jhenidah, working as a day labourer to survive with his five-member family.

Schoolgirl raped in Baufal: 2 held

Criminals gang-raped a schoolgirl at a remote village in Baufal upazila of Patuakhali district on Friday night.

Attack on Rajshahi bus workers sparks protest

Rajshahi bus workers went on a wildcat strike yesterday demanding punishment to the criminals who allegedly beat up three transport workers in the morning.

BAU students agitate demanding arrest of attackers

Hundreds of students of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) yesterday evening brought out a big procession on the campus protesting what they said release of Jasim Uddin, main accused of a case filed in connection with an untoward incident created by outsiders on Wednesday night over holding of a programme marking birth anniversary of Bangabandu. At least 50 people including assistant proctor, students and police were injured in the attack.

4 indigenous children drown

Four indigenous children met their tragic death as three of them jumped into a ditch to rescue their playmate who had fallen there while playing in a nearby land at Adivasi Belwa village in Ghoraghat upazila under Dinajpur district yesterday noon.

11 hurt as AL groups clash

At least 10 people were injured as rival AL groups clashed in front of the house Noakhali district AL General Secretary Ekramul Karim Chowdhury on Saturday night.

Clash over land dispute, 1 killed

One person was killed and three others were injured in a clash over land dispute at Samashpur village under Mohadebpur upazila of the district on Saturday. The dead was identified as Sayef Uddin, 40, son of late Asgar Ali. Locals said there had been a longstanding dispute over a piece of land between Sayef and Nasir of the village. The clash erupted in the morning as Nasir along with his supporters attacked Sayef Uddin and his brother Saidur Rahman when they were working on the disputed land. At one stage, both the groups equipped with lethal weapons attacked each other, leaving four people, including Sayef and Saidur, injured. Sayef succumbed to his injures on way to Rajshahi Medical College hospital. The others injured were admitted to local health complex. Police, however, arrested two people on the spot

Arms, ammo recovered

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) personnel yesterday recovered a pistol, three shooter guns and 11 bullets from Mankia village in Benapole. Acting on a tip-off, a team of Rab-6 went to the bordering village in the morning and recovered the abandoned firearms and ammunition from a garden near Mankia Primary School. No one was arrested in this connection as of filing of this report at 6:00pm yesterday.

Man held for killing wife

Police arrested a man at Atharokhada village in Magura municipality area yesterday on charge of killing his wife. The arrestee is Zahidul Islam, 35, son of Shukur Molla of the village. Police said Zahid, an auto-tempo driver, strangled his wife Sathi Begum following a quarrel over family affairs at around 9:30pm on Saturday.

Jute mill workers block road

Workers of Zem Jute Mills Limited barricaded Panchagarh-Dinajpur highway at Moidandighi village under Boda upazila of Panchagarh district yesterday protesting attack on two workers allegedly by an official of the mills. Police and locals said Production Manager Ali Azam beat up workers leader Delwar Hossain and Hira on a trivial matter. Protesting the attack on their colleagues, workers abstained from work on Saturday and filed a complaint with the authorities against the production manager and also demanded his removal. When the workers came to the mills yesterday morning they saw the authorities closed the main gate instead of taking any action against the production manager.Later, the workers put up barricade on the highway in front of mills at around 8:00am. The road blockade continued as of filing of this report at 5:45pm.

Sundarbans fire destroys trees on 4-acre land

The fire that broke out Saturday in Chandpai Range of Sundarbans could not be extinguished until 7: 30 pm yesterday.

Robber killed, 5 others hurt in mob beating

A robber was killed and five others were injured in mob beating at Holdigul village under Rajnagar upazila of the district on Saturday night, police said.

College teacher murdered in Sylhet

A senior teacher of Sylhet Government Mohila college was stabbed to death by a gang of criminals in the city yesterday afternoon.

One gets life for murder

District and Sessions Judge's Court, Narail, yesterday sentenced a man to life imprisonment in a murder case.

10 hurt in clash at Kawrakandi,Mawa terminals

At least 10 people were injured in series of clashes between speedboat drivers and workers at Mawa and Kawrakandi terminals over serial of speedboats yesterday morning.

Hearing on remand for 3 Jamaat-Shibir leaders deferred

A Rajshahi court yesterday deferred the date of hearing on prayers, seeking remand for three top local Jamaat-Shibir leaders to March 25.

RU syndicate, dean elections April 12

Elections to Syndicate, Dean, Academic Council, Finance Committee, Planning and Development Committee of Rajshahi University (RU) will be held on April 12.

Letters

Women trafficking

Women and child trafficking is a perennial problem in our country. It is not only a problem for Bangladesh but rather it is a global problem. Poverty, overpopulation, gender-based discrimination, lack of consciousness are the reasons among others behind women and child trafficking in Bangladesh. Uneducated and vulnerable woman and children deprived of financial, legal, social support and opportunities become victims of internal and cross border trafficking.

Trial of war criminals

The trial of war criminals has now become one of the headlines in our newspapers. There are speculations from various corners whether the trial is against a particular political party or against the real war criminals. However, the people of our country are awaiting a trial which will be held after a scrupulous scrutiny, justice and impartial investigation. In this trial, our government should not misuse the political power or vested interests of some people or group since it may cause defamation, irreparable loss or punishment to some innocent persons or groups. Any injustice may lead to trouble.

Electricity

This is the third time I am composing this letter because every time I tried to relax and compose this letter, power failure occurred. I am pretty much sure that not only me but people of all around the capital city are too much annoyed with the number of times the power failure occurs in a day. This electricity problem is hampering the activities of our daily lives and rather than solving this crisis, our government is busy changing names of institutions. Is this the real meaning of Digital Bangladesh? We always had this electricity problem and so far none of the previous governments paid special attention to it.

Foreigners treated shabbily

I am very shocked at the incident of mugging in Gulshan-2 on 9 March. But it is a very common incident in our country to cheat the foreigners. Should it not be stopped?

Good teachers needed

A qualified teacher is crucially important for quality education. Teachers play the most important role in education. Without qualified teachers we cannot think about quality education. In the public universities of Bangladesh we do not have as many qualified teachers as we need. The bad practice of teacher politics in our public universities has worsened this situation day by day.

Women's progress

Once there was a time when women were kept in their homes to perform household tasks. They were not allowed to come outside their homes. But now they are engaged in all types of jobs. They are working in factories, schools, banks, universities, armed forces, and so on.

Parliament overheating

National Parliament House is the heart of a country, particularly for a democratic one like Bangladesh. It is expected to be a quiet and disciplined place because the destiny of the people and the country depends on the decisions and discussions made here. But it is a matter of profound regret and shame that the parliamentarians have made this place no better than a 'Fish Market'. Sometimes it seems that a 'Fish Market' is far better than this place! This is really shameful for us as a nation. The MPs, whom the general people chose to speak for them, use vulgar, nasty and uncontrolled words as if they are fighting with their enemies in a battlefield! This has been so common a matter that now we see it almost in every session of parliament.

Raucous JS sessions

The speaker of the Bangladesh parliament believes that the leaders of the treasury bench and the opposition should play an effective role in maintaining order in the parliament which plunged into pandemonium last week due to the unruly behaviour of some lawmakers from both the government and the opposition. “If the top leaders are active to this end, I strongly believe that parliament will be more functional and dynamic, and will run smoothly,” he added. During the nearly hour-long interview at his parliament office, Mr Hamid touched upon issues ranging from parliamentary affairs, code of conduct for the lawmakers, political culture, parliamentary debates and so on.

Results of 28th BCS

BCS is a very competitive exam for the participants and also a very important national issue as the officers selected through this exam play a vital role in national strategy building in future. So, a fair selection of the officers is essential. It is a rigorous exam and also a lengthy process. Almost two or more years are required to get the selected candidates appointed after the date of circulation. This lengthy process brings a question about the fairness of the selection procedure. Only a single paper objective type answer sheet (computer readable) takes more than three months! Then the written exam results another 3-4 months. After the written results are published, a few candidates are selected for viva voce. And it is a matter of great regret that even six months after the viva was held, the results have not been published.

Environment

Recently, a news report was published that Bangladesh offered to host a regional summit on environment conservation and carbon emission cut. Bangladesh is the most affected country across the globe by carbon pollution caused by the developed and industrial countries. As well, Dhaka is the most polluted city in the world.

National flag

Only a few days ago I went to Chittagong Stadium for watching a cricket match. It was Bangladesh vs. India. I saw that a boy was cleaning his sit with the flag of Bangladesh. I want to say that he used his flag like a brush. I said to him " Do you know what you are doing". He replied, "Yes I am cleaning my sit, what is the problem?”

Powerful women!

The BSS Dhaka, news report was published in the front page of a local English daily on 10 March. It ranked our Prime Minister as the sixth most powerful women of Asia!

On research

My attention has been drawn to a news item in The Daily Star (March 11, "Findings of researchers can be used in formulating policies").

Comilla region

The Comilla region was once under ancient Samatat and was joined with Tripura State. This district came under the reign of the kings of the Harikela in the ninth century AD. It came under the rule of East India Company in 1765.This district was established as Tripura district in 1790.It was renamed Comilla in 1960.Chandpur and Brahmanbaria subdivisions of this district were transformed into districts in 1984.

Poor umpiring

Are international umpires really that blind or was it another plan to swindle Bangladesh and make England win? During the second ODI between Bangladesh and England, I believe Bangladesh played a perfect match and outplayed England in every aspect but they were still short because the umpires made terrible and obvious mistakes. Was it deliberate or are they just reckless?

Technical education

The industrial base of Bangladesh has been expanding in the last two decades. Mentionable development has been achieved in garment, cement, textile, steel, sugar, paper, pharmaceutical, ship breaking, shrimp culture etc. Manpower export has already been proved a positive factor for the economy. In addition to the garment industry, information technology and ship building industry have tremendous potential and are developing fast. To operate the existing industrial ventures; to expand the industrial sector and to export technical manpower abroad Bangladesh needs huge technically educated manpower at diploma and undergraduate levels.

Uncivilised behaviour

Nowadays govt officers are assaulted by ruling party's student leaders. It happens when govt officers are performing their duties. There is no such example in any other country, not even in African countries.

Time running out

Who the government is for? Certainly not for the common and poverty ridden people. The government has completed about one and a half year but their activities and performances do not exhibit that they are acting as per there election pledges. In the last election, the present government got the popular mandate for their pledges to the nation which seem to be unattended now. A good number of important projects need to be implemented immediately but the government is not paying any heed to those. There are a series of assurances, commitments, plans and policies, fund allocation for various development works but execution of those development works is being ignored and nobody can say when those works will be complete.

Let it be pragmatic

Thanks to Allah, at long last the government has given in to the demand of the general mass regarding the clock issue- an issue unnecessarily created by them. The unfortunate part of this drama is the govt was adamant on their decision without caring for people's opinion, so much so that the prime minister herself very strongly declared in the house that her govt would not change their decision and let people who disagree adjust themselves to the new set-up. It sounded so undemocratic and dictatorial!

Banks' recruitment policy

It is quite common to see that banks are contributing to the economy both by accelerating the wheel of economic growth and taking a huge number of talented people as employees who are best of the best in terms of academic qualification. As banks go through rigorous selection test to recruit their employees and offer lucrative salaries, in most cases, banks ask for people who possess extra ordinary academic results and other track record as is shown in the recruitment circular of various banks. In selecting qualified candidates, no doubt, banks are following the right recruitment procedures. However, as a student, what makes me dumbfounded, by observing some recent circulars, is confusing and discriminatory as a means of selecting candidates for written test. In recruitment notice, banks mention that candidates having 4(out of 5) both in SSC and HSC exams need not apply, creating discrimination between students who appeared in SSC exams in 2001 and 2002the years when elective subject was not added (and still not added) to the total GPA and the student, who got results after adding elective subject to the final pointappeared in the exams afterwards. Even, the candidates who sat for SSC exams in 2001 experienced same discrimination in their HSC exams held in 2003.

International

Afghans voice hope for peace as bombs kill 12

Afghanistan's hard-line vice president expressed hope yesterday that an upcoming national conference will lay the foundation for peace with insurgents as a dozen civilians died in separate bombings in front-line provinces.

Gilani hopes talks with US will achieve 'concrete results'

Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has expressed the hope that the upcoming strategic talks with the US on March 24 in Washington would 'successfully achieve concrete results and tangible goals'.

Pak bike bomb kills 3

A remote-controlled bomb attached to a bicycle yesterday killed three people and wounded 14 others in Quetta city, capital of the southwestern Pakistani province of Baluchistan.

Modi keeps riots probe guessing, waiting

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi yesterday didn't appear before the Special Investigation Team (SIT), which has summoned him for questioning in connection with a 2002 riots case.

Ex-ISI official claims of arranging 5 Laden-Sharif meetings

In a stunning disclosure that once again confirmed the nexus between Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) and banned militant outfits, a former ISI official, Khalid Khwaja, has claimed to have arranged at least five meetings between the then prime minister Nawaz Sharif and al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.

India tests hi-tech new cruise missile

India successfully tested yesterday a new "manoeuvrable" version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile it developed with Russia, a report said.

FIR against Obama over drone attacks by Pak HR group

A petition has been moved in the Lahore High Court (LHC) seeking the registration of a first information report (FIR) against US President Barack Obama and other top American officials holding them responsible for the death of hundreds of innocent civilians during drone strikes in the country.

UN chief in Gaza calls for lifting of Israeli blockade

UN chief Ban Ki-moon slammed Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip during a tour of the war-battered coastal territory yesterday, saying it was causing "unacceptable suffering."

Thai protesters create blood art

Thailand was mired in political deadlock yesterday as demonstrators used their own blood to create a giant piece of protest art and rejected the government's offer of talks designed to end their rally.

Iraqi PM in tight election battle, demands recount

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, locked in a tight battle with his main rival to form Iraq's next government, yesterday called for a manual recount of votes cast in the country's March 7 polls.

Sarkozy's party braces for setback in polls

President Nicolas Sarkozy's conservative party was bracing for a massive setback yesterday as frustrated French voters cast ballots in regional run-off elections likely to favour the opposition left and to set the stage for the 2012 presidential race.

Global warming can lead to increased violence in human beings

A new research has shown that as the earth's average temperature rises, so does human "heat" in the form of violent tendencies, which links global warming with increased violence in human beings.

Indian rail ad places Delhi in Pakistan!

An advertisement for a new luxury train service embarrassed India's rail ministry yesterday by placing the country's capital, New Delhi, inside the territory of arch-rival Pakistan.

Thousands pay their final respects to Koirala

Thousands of people gathered in Kathmandu yesterday to pay their final respects to Girija Prasad Koirala, the former Nepalese leader who helped bring a decade-long civil war to an end.

Britain pledges crackdown on lobbying by ex-ministers

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown's Labour party promised a crackdown on lobbying by ex-ministers Sunday after some of its lawmakers were caught in a newspaper sting, just weeks before an election.

Battery-power desalination device offers hope to parched areas

Scientists said yesterday they had made a nanotech device to strip salt from seawater, paving the way to small-scale or even battery-powered desalination for drought-hit regions and disaster zones.

Laden's son Omar slams Qaeda

Osama bin Laden's son Omar said on Saturday that al-Qaeda's North Africa branch should keep out of his family's affairs, after it accused Iran of mistreating his siblings stranded in Tehran.

Anti-war protesters take to US streets

Thousands of anti-war protesters took to the streets of the US capital Saturday, on the seventh anniversary of the US-led war in Iraq in a show of frustration widely ignored by the media and public.

Arts & Entertainment

Dhaka Padatik-UCB International Theatre Festival ‘10 in full swing

"Teen Number Chokh" (by renowned writer Samaresh Majumdar) -- staged by Lokkrishti, a visiting troupe from India -- was the first play at the weeklong (March 19-25) Dhaka Padatik-UCB International Theatre Festival 2010.

Bicentenary birth anniversary celebrations of Chopin

A Philippines-born pianist, now a resident of New York, playing the music of brilliant Polish composer and pianist Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin in New Delhi? Globalisation is well and truly here in the cultural world.

Familiar images, remarkable frames

Eminent photographer Chanchal Mahmood's 18th solo exhibition, titled "Hridaye Bangladesh" opened on March 19 at Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts. Media personality Aly Zaker and artist Kanak Chanpa Chakma were present at the inauguration.

A sage silenced in her prime

Premiere of theatre troupe Battola's latest production "Khona" was held at the Experimental Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on March 18. Written by Samina Lutfa Nitra and directed by Mohammad Ali Haider, "Khona" is the third production of Battola. Theatre personalities Sara Zaker, Shimul Yousuf and President of Battola, Dr. Saleque Khan, among others, attended the premiere.

Lalon Festival in Magura

A daylong 'Lalon Festival', in honour of the bard, was held at the premises of Pulum Golam Sarwar Secondary School on Saturday.

Yesterday once more

As a tribute to the renowned cultural personality Waheedul Haque, Nibedon, a musical group of the city, staged a programme at the main auditorium of National Museum on March 19. Titled "Phirey Chalo Apon Gharey", the programme featured popular songs from the gramophone record era.

Nokia announces “Play Project” to remake Feedback classics

Mega-hits of the band Feedback are getting a makeover and "mix-master" Fuad Al Muqtadir is ready for the job.

OP-ED

Keeping shock therapy at bay

ONE may wonder about the relevance of the Bangladesh economy to Canadian author Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. After all, the book is centred around the thesis that free market fundamentalism and Breton Woods Institutions' imposition of their prescriptions in the wake of the 1997 Asian Crisis, forcing the afflicted governments to sell off many state owned enterprises to Western companies, had nothing to do with Bangladesh. These were done when these countries were reeling from the effects of disasters or upheavals.

The quality of Bangladesh's economic growth

ECONOMIC growth (rise in GDP) is always deemed to be desirable as an outcome. Economic growth means more output, employment, income and, in consequence, more wellbeing for the people. That is why most nations strive to reach the higher growth path. Economists used to "worship" growth once, till they realised that growth could not be an end in itself; it was a means to an end. In other words, economic growth is necessary but not sufficient for people's welfare.

Red Shirt demonstration reveals class divide

THE streets of Bangkok, one of the most attractive and beautiful tourist spots of Asia, are once again witnessing tens of thousands protesters wearing red shirts, which has a significant meaning. They are the supporters of deposed Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

Run from the hills

WHEN I reached Khagrachhari city bus station at 9:30 on the night of February 23 the city was already under curfew and frozen with panic after a Bangalee settler was killed earlier in the morning.


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