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News of: Wednesday, 24th of March, 2010

Front Page

New info highway to link neighbours

The government's vision of a "digital Bangladesh" came a step nearer yesterday when the Executive Committee on National Economic Council approved a Tk 29 crore project to establish an information highway with India, Nepal and Bhutan.

ACC explains its view on freedom

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday requested the law minister to consider its opinion before any decision is taken on the proposed amendments to the ACC Act.

It's all for a few bottles of water

A row over some stolen bottles of drinking water led to the double murder at the counter of Soudia S Alam Paribahan in the city's Arambagh on March 16, said two arrestees yesterday.

Nat'l Telecom shut down for illegal VoIP

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission yesterday shut down National Telecom Ltd for its involvement in illegal VoIP business.

3 of a family acid burnt

Three of a family suffered burn injuries as criminals hurled acid on them centring love affairs at Bathuli village under Dhamrai Police Station of Dhaka Monday night.

Farroque sued over remarks about Joy

A Dhaka court yesterday issued an arrest warrant against Opposition Chief Whip Zainul Abdin Farroque hours after a case was filed against him for making "derogatory remarks" about prime minister's son Sajeeb Wazed Joy.

All 7 units of Ashuganj power station shut

All the seven power generation units at Ashuganj Power Station were shut down following fire at a transformer last night.

BTCL plagued with bribery, influence

Most of the BTCL customers have to pay an average of Tk 6,000 as bribe for telephone connection, revealed a report of Transparent International Bangladesh yesterday.

BNP covertly split over Delwar factor

Things are getting complicated in BNP as a number of influential leaders are trying to establish their dominance over the party taking advantage of Delwar's long absence.

Developers-turned-MPs stand in its way

Real estate developers turned lawmakers have held back the passage of a proposed private real estate development act, said leading environmental and professional organisations at a press conference yesterday.

AL women MPs' dev role sparks debate in JS

Speaker Abdul Hamid will mediate talks between the chief whips to resolve the row over letters assigning the ruling Awami League lawmakers from women's quota to oversee development activities in the opposition constituencies.

Schoolboy stabbed to death by students

A schoolboy, who was allegedly stabbed by students of another school over previous enmity on Monday, died in the early hours yesterday.

Grassroots, think tanks differ on movement

A difference of opinion has arisen between the pro-BNP intellectuals and the party's grassroots level over going into an all-out movement against the government soon.

Nahid warns against chaos in public universities

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday said government will not tolerate any kind of anarchy in the public universities.

Govt to open 19 new offices to issue MRP

The government will establish 19 new passport offices across the country to expedite issuance of machine readable passports (MRP).

Some AL leaders abetting BCL wrongdoers

Awami League (AL) Presidium Member Obaidul Quader alleges some of the party's rank and file are patronising Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) in resorting to tender manipulation and unlawful activities across the country.

Over 72,000 buildings vulnerable to earthquake

As many as 72,000 buildings countrywide including Dhaka Medical College Hospital and one building of Bangladesh Secretariat have been classified as earthquake-prone structures, the food and disaster management minister told the House yesterday.

5 House bodies reconstituted

The House yesterday reconstituted its Public Accounts Committee (Pac) removing ruling Awami League lawmaker KH Rashiduzzaman from its helm, in an effort to make the committee functional after over a year of its formation.

Barapukuria miners go on strike again

Around 1,100 native miners of Barapurkuria Coal Mine Company Ltd (BCMCL) went on an indefinite strike from Monday midnight demanding increase in their wages.

Nizami, 4 other Jamaat leaders summoned

A Chandpur court yesterday summoned five Jamaat-e-Islami leaders including Ameer Matiur Rahman Nizami and Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed to appear before it on May 6 in a case for hurting religious sentiment of Muslims.

BSF kills 1

A Bangladeshi was shot dead by Indian Border Security Force on Jawrani border in Hatibandha upazila of Lalmonirhat yesterday.

11 hurt as BNP factions clash in Cox's Bazar

At least 11 BNP workers were injured in a clash between two factions of Cox's Bazar district unit of the party centring a banquet organised in honour of the daily Amar Desh Editor Mahmudur Rahman.

2 outlaws killed in mob beating

Two outlaws were killed in a mob beating at Alokdiar village in Santhia upazila of Pabna yesterday.

Four die in Kolkata building inferno

At least four people died and 18 others were injured yesterday when a fire engulfed a landmark building in the heart of the eastern Indian city of Kolkata.

Flight Bomb Scare

Union Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel yesterday said that all airports across the country have been put on high alert following the low-intensity country-made bomb that was found inside a Kingfisher flight IT-4731 from Bangalore to Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday morning.

Editorial

Ridding the city of lethal billboards

WHILE welcoming the High Court directive in response to a writ filed by a human rights and peace body to remove all unauthorised billboards in the capital city one can quite see it's just the beginning of a process that is being marked. It can't be a one-off step but has to be regarded as part of a process that must be completed if the intervention is to be comprehensively effective and meaningful.

Police action against Drik exhibition

THE police action, stopping the Drik gallery exhibition of images relating to the incidents of 'crossfire' in Bangladesh, is a case of oppression and curtailment of our fundamental rights of freedom of expression, speech, information and cultural expression. On Monday, just before the exhibition was to be inaugurated by eminent Indian intellectual Mahasweta Devi, policemen positioned themselves before the gallery in Dhanmondi and simply refused to let anyone enter or come out of its premises. By way of explanation, they told the media that Drik gallery did not have permission to organise the exhibition.

Sports

Onus on Shakib to save match

Can Shakib Al Hasan celebrate his birthday in style today? The Bangladesh captain will need to do something special on the fifth and final day of the second and final Test against England if he wants to make it a day to remember at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.

UDRS in next Test series

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president AHM Mustafa Kamal has assured that the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) will be in place from the next home Test series in Bangladesh which is in October against New Zealand.

Jahirul remains upbeat

The platform was not perfect for debutant batsman Jahirul Islam to deal with the press as defeat was looming for the home team at the end of the fourth day's play of the second and final Test at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

Bresnan sniffs victory

It all looked so bright for Bangladesh when they built a first innings total of 419, but by the end of Day Four England took a strangling hold on the match courtesy of some rearguard batting and some spirited bowling performance later.

Mohammedans fight today

Chittagong Abahani completed their first-leg campaign of the Bangladesh League with a victory when the hosts defeated Rahmatganj MFS 1-0 in the last match of the first leg at the MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong yesterday.

Afridi named T20 captain

Pakistan Cricket Board (BCB) on Tuesday named all-rounder Shahid Afridi as captain for next month's World Twenty20, in which the embattled team are hoping to defend their title in the West Indies.

Bangalore crush Chennai

Royal Challengers Bangalore went top of the table with eight points beating mid-table Chennai Super Kings by 36 runs in their IPL encounter yesterday.

Siddons fined

Bangladesh coach Jamie Siddons was on Tuesday fined 10 percent of his match fee for showing dissent at an umpire's decision during the ongoing second and final Test against England in Dhaka.

Transfer window opens today

The midterm players' transfer window for the Bangladesh League opens today at the Bangladesh Football Federation House.

ICL was a big mistake: Bashar

Habibul Bashar wanted to have a smooth exit but one 'big mistake' made sure it was a silent one.

MIRPUR MASALA

In a true sense, Shakib Al Hasan has now taken over the mantle of Mohammad Rafique's role as Bangladesh's leading spinner.

Aus take 1-0 lead

It took Australia longer than they expected, but Phillip Hughes' final-day blast allowed them to finish off New Zealand and gain a 1-0 lead heading into the final Test in Hamilton on Saturday.

Vettori blames batsmen

Daniel Vettori has experienced a strong sense of deja vu over the past five days. A first-innings team failure, an admirable but futile second-innings fight and a heavy reliance on the lower-order batting have been recurring features of New Zealand's Test play over the past few years. But despite being bundled out for 157 and being made to follow-on, Vettori is not convinced bolstering the batting for the second Test in Hamilton would make any difference.

Onions injury worse than feared

Graham Onions faces an extended period on the sidelines after the back injury which forced him to leave the Bangladesh tour proved to be more serious that first thought. He now has a battle to be fit for Bangladesh's return visit with the series starting at the end of May.

Independence Cup handball from today

The Independence Cup Handball Competition gets underway today at the newly-build Handball Stadium adjacent to Bangabandhu National Stadium.

From player to organiser

Bangladesh has failed to produce even any International Masters in chess after Enamul Hossain Rajib emerged as the country's fifth Grandmaster in May 2008. Though Bangladesh now has 13 FIDE Masters in the pipeline, the players can hardly get regular opportunities to play in an international tournament in a bid to achieve the norms on way to becoming International Masters.

Grant wishes Blues well

Avram Grant insists he will feel little sense of satisfaction if his Portsmouth side put another dent in Chelsea's Premier League title hopes at Fratton Park here on Wednesday.

Messi better than his idol

Argentine Lionel Messi has long been compared with compatriot and legend Diego Maradona but now people are saying the Barcelona sensation, still only 22, is better than his idol and national team coach as he continues to hit new heights.

Juve keen on Benitez

Juventus are increasingly keen to secure Rafael Benitez for next season after their disappointing campaign suffered further blows in recent days.

Title race wide open

AC Milan may have missed the chance to go top at the weekend after they were held to a 1-1 home draw by Napoli but Inter Milan's recent form has left the Serie A title race wide open.

Aurelio, Skrtel set for return

Liverpool's long injury list could be slashed early next month with the return to action of defenders Martin Skrtel and Fabio Aurelio, coach Rafael Benitez said.

Henry doesn't want to play Arsenal

Thierry Henry has admitted he is not relishing the Champions League tie against his former team Arsenal.

NZ to play Chile in WC warm-up

New Zealand will play Chile in a training match in the lead up to their opening match in the World Cup in South Africa in June.

Gunners appeal against Thomas red card

Arsenal have appealed against the red card shown to defender Thomas Vermaelen in Saturday's match against West Ham, it was announced on Monday.

Business

Stocks sink on panic sell-offs

Stocks hit skids yesterday after investors rushed into sell-offs, panicked by the regulator's latest directive on margin loans.

EPB to team up with Katalyst on furniture export

The Export Promotion Bureau plans to team up with Katalyst, a private sector development project, for furniture makers' capacity building and widening the country's export basket.

Parliament passes ADR bill

A bill to introduce an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) system to resolve a huge backlog of cases out of court was passed in parliament yesterday.

Stage set for central bank roadshow

Bangladesh Bank starts a weeklong roadshow on Friday to create awareness among people on farm loans and how to check money laundering.

Bahrain Air launches flights from Chittagong

Bahrain Air, the first privately owned national carrier of Bahrain, started its flight from Chittagong to the Middle East yesterday.

Easy bank accounts for farmers

Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Atiur Rahman yesterday urged bank authorities to continue opening bank accounts for farmers, even if the banks fail to provide chequebooks to the account holders.

Govt to phase out PSI system

Finance Minister AMA Muhith said yesterday the existing pre-shipment inspection (PSI) system for imported goods would be substituted by a new system in the customs.

Businessmen seek safeguard for industrial sector

Businessmen from different sectors yesterday asked Industries Minister Dilip Barua to bravely deal with the finance ministry to protect the interests of the industrial sector in the upcoming national budget.

Most sharecroppers unaware of banks' flexible lending programmes

Most sharecroppers are not aware of flexible lending programmes of the country's formal financial institutions, reveals a study.

GMG to fly to Abu Dhabi

GMG Airlines is set to open flights to the United Arab Emirates capital of Abu Dhabi next week, to carry more Bangladeshi travellers, especially migrant workers, to the Gulf.

Alternative dispute resolution mechanism underway

Bangladesh Investment Climate Fund (BICF) has partnered with Bangladesh International Arbitration Centre (BIAC) to help develop a centre to resolve commercial disputes out of court.

Minister urges interest rate cuts for fish farmers

Fisheries and Livestock Minister Abdul Latif Biswas asked banks to reduce loan interest rates to encourage grassroots fishermen and businessmen in the fisheries sector.

A sub-sector picks up steam

The growing interest of farmers in mechanised cultivation has opened a window of opportunity for imports and locally-made machinery and spare parts.

Wealth, boredom at heart of Australia's mining

Eyes narrowed through a plume of cigarette smoke, mine worker Anthony Saccoccio stares out across the vast baked plains of Australia's economic powerhouse.

Google wins EU ruling in fake luxury goods case

Google Inc won a key EU court ruling Tuesday that says it did not violate luxury goods trademarks by allowing counterfeiters to buy brand names as advertising links -- but could face legal action if it doesn't pull problem ads swiftly.

Germany digs in against Greek rescue

Germany insisted on Tuesday it would not jump to the rescue of debt-laden Greece, digging in against fierce pressure from its euro area partners days ahead of a crucial EU summit.

S Korea govt seeks approval for $14.6b city

South Korea's government sought parliamentary approval Tuesday to develop a new city into a 14.6-billion-dollar science and education hub, scrapping plans to relocate several ministries there.

Qatar looking to invest more in Germany

The Gulf emirate of Qatar is looking for more German investment opportunities after becoming the third biggest shareholder in Volkswagen, a top official told the business daily Handelsblatt.

CORPORATE BRIEFS

DHAKA BANK
The bank's board of directors decided to form a separate subsidiary company, DBL Securities Limited, with authorised capital of Tk 100 crore and paid-up capital of Tk 15 crore to operate stockbroker and stock dealer activities subject to approval from the regulatory authorities.

Oil falls

Oil prices dropped on Tuesday amid recent volatile trade and as the dollar rose against the euro, analysts said.

Metropolitan

CID gets time for further investigation

The Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal of Sylhet yesterday re-fixed April 11 for filing the report on "further investigation" into the killing of former finance minister SAMS Kibria after the authority concerned failed to submit it yesterday.

More int'l support vital to remove illiteracy by 2014

A three-day international education conference styled 'Fifth Meeting of Unesco's Collective Consultation of NGOs on Education for All (CCNGO/EFA)' began at a city hotel on Monday.

'Flaws in Int'l Crimes Act may hinder war crimes trial'

Exclusion of the perpetrators of Pakistani occupation army from war crimes trial will make the process incomplete, claims the War Crimes Facts Finding Committee, a research organisation based in the capital.

Self-reliance of rural girls a must for empowerment

Speakers at a seminar yesterday stressed the need for achieving economic self-reliance of female adolescents in rural areas for their empowerment.

Panic attack by hijras at Uttara: Two hurt

A group of hijras (hermaphrodites), who were engaged in raising extortion money from different houses by intimidation, attacked a house at Uttara sector 5 yesterday and injured two security personnel.

Mojaheed's new tactic to evade questions!

Jamaat-e-Islami has resorted to age tactic for evading questions from young journalists about its role during liberation war in 1971.

17 cattle burnt alive in Keraniganj fire

A devastating fire burnt 17 cattle alive and gutted a plastic factory at Chunkutia in South Keraniganj early yesterday.

$1.165m grant for CHT dev

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Japan will provide financial support for rural development in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT).

Bangla-Nepal cooperation stressed

Experts and high officials yesterday underscored the need for greater cooperation between Bangladesh and Nepal to face adverse impacts of climate change.

Change of attitude among employers needed

Change of attitude among the employers is a must to ensure betterment of the child domestic helps, said speakers at a programme yesterday.

SC Bar elections begin today

The two-day annual election of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) begins today.

Youth found dead in Keraniganj

Police recovered the body of an unidentified youth at Abdullahpur in Dakkhin Keraniganj yesterday morning.

Police asked not to harass Jamaat-Shibir activists

The High Court (HC) on Monday directed the police not to harass or arrest over 200 activists of Bangladesh Jamaat-e Islami and its student front Islami Chhatra Shibir in the cases filed on charge of killing Rajshahi University student Faruk Hossain.

GA 0573309 wins first prize

The draw of Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital Lottery 2010 was held at the National Press Club in the city yesterday.

HC verdict stayed

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday stayed for six weeks a High Court (HC) verdict that directed the government to appoint 197 candidates who qualified the first viva voce for 27th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examination, to the services.

Lack of awareness key hurdle to safe water

Lack of awareness and capacity to safeguard water quality are major hurdles to address the country's water crisis, Country Representative of IUCN Bangladesh Professor Niaz Khan said yesterday.

Workshop on right to information

Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre (BPATC) and Manusher Jonno Foundation jointly organised a three-day workshop on 'Right to Information' for the 45th Foundation Batch of BCS cadre officers recently.

HC asks SQ to surrender before trial court in Narail

The High Court (HC) yesterday directed BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury to surrender before the Chief Judicial Magistrate's Court of Narail within nine weeks in a defamation case against him.

Vice-principal's office locked for 2nd day

The office of vice-principal of Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College remained locked for the second consecutive day yesterday following a dispute among pro-government physicians.

HC verdict on April 12

The High Court (HC) yesterday fixed April 12 for delivering verdict on the long pending writ petitions that challenged the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Peace Agreement and its provisions.

National

Aila victims brace for rains as dikes yet to be repaired

Thousands of Aila victims in the worst affected Shyamnagar and Assassuni upazilas fear added sufferings during the coming monsoon as major breaches on the damaged embankments have not been repaired even nine months after the cyclone ravaged the area.

Fire from cigarette butt or a sabotage by illegal loggers?

Smouldering ashes, billowing smoke and smell of charred plants and trees marked about three square kilometre area of Chandpai Range in the Sundarbans when this correspondent visited the area on Monday morning.

Jamaat men beat up FF, set house afire

Jamaat men beat up a freedom fighter, his wife and son and set his house afire following an altercation over ownership of a land at Kashidangi village under Baliadangi upazila of Thakurgaon district Monday afternoon.

Verdict in Satkhira BDR mutiny case Apr 19

The verdict in BDR mutiny case at Nildumur in Satkhira will be pronounced on April 19 while the trial of mutineers of Sunamganj, Sylhet will start on April 2.

Arrested schoolgirl top outlaw, claim police

Kushtia police on Monday arrested a teenage schoolgirl from Piyratala area in the town claiming that she is a 'top cadre' of outlawed Gono Mukti Fouz (GMF).

Shop employees in Sylhet put up roadblock

Employees of over 250 shops of a mall in Sylhet city yesterday put up a barricade on the main road in Zindabazar area to press for release of two of their fellows who along with three shop owners were arrested on Monday night.

RU BCL activists stab four Shibir men, beat another

Chhatra League (BCL) activists severely stabbed four Shibir cadres, allegedly involved in Feb 9 violence, on the campus yesterday and handed them over to the law enforcers.

Ilyas Ali, wife granted bail

The district and Sessions Judge of Sylhet yesterday granted ad interim bail to the former lawmaker and district BNP chief M Ilyas Ali and his wife Tahsina Rushdi in the case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) about 2 and half years ago.

Abducted boy rescued in Kishoreganj, 4 arrested

Police on Sunday night rescued a kidnapped boy and arrested four people on charge of abduction.

BAU teachers stay out of duty

Teachers of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) abstained from taking classes and examinations yesterday demanding arrest of the culprits involved in recent attack on a teacher, students and employees of the university. A group of outsiders attacked Assistant Proctor Alamgir Hossain, students and employees on the night of March 17 as they opposed a programme organised by the outsiders, marking the birth anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the campus without prior permission of the university authorities. At least 50 people, including the assistant proctor, were injured in the attack.

5 missing as trawler capsizes

At least five people went missing as a trawler capsized in Sandwip Channel in Hatia upazila yesterday. The missing people are Zahir Uddin, 30, Anowar Hossain, 45, Rahim Uddin, 45, Helal, 40, and Nabi, 35. Sources said the trawler, MV Khwajanur, was carrying goods from Chittagong to Hatia in the afternoon. Suddenly, it hit a shoal and sank in the channel. Six out of 11 boatmen swam ashore while the rest remained missing as of 7:00pm yesterday.

Schoolboy electrocuted

A schoolboy was electrocuted at Patgudam Railway Colony in the town on Monday night. The victim, Sunny, 14, son of Abdul Hafiz, was a class nine student of Premier Ideal High School. Family sources said Sunny came in contact with a live electric wire at around 11:00pm. Hearing scream, family members and neighbours rushed to the spot and took him to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital (MMCH) where the doctors declared him dead. After namaj-e-janaza at Patgudam High School ground in the morning, he was buried at his village home in Mohanganj upazila of Netrakona district yesterday

Cement workers agitate

Suspension of three CBA leaders of the state run Chhatak Cement Company (CCC) triggered protest by the workers. The agitating workers yesterday afternoon laid a siege to the office of the managing director of the BCIC-run factory, located at the upazila headquarters of Chhatak in Sunamganj district. They held a rally in front of the factory main gate and later met the MD Shahidur Rahman and pressed for the immediate withdrawal of the suspension orders. The workers claimed that the management had suspended only three although 14 employees were accused of corruption. The management yesterday suspended CBA President Humayun Kabir, General Secretary Abu Mohammad Selim and Joint Secretary Enamul Haque on charges of corruption, irregularities and misuse of power. It was done on the basis of a probe report, factory sources informed.

Activities at Bhomra resume

Export and import activities through Bhomra land port in Sadar upazila resumed yesterday after almost four days of suspension.Bhomra Customs Superintendent Hasan Morshed said activities resumed at noon.Ghozadanga Truck Drivers Association in India called a strike Saturday morning following manhandling of an Indian truck driver by BDR that suspended the activities at the port. The stalemate came to an end following a fruitful meeting attended by Indian officials, police, drivers and others on Monday night.

AL, BCL clash in Bogra

At least five people were injured in a clash between the activists of Awami League and Chhatra League over a disputed land at Nishindara Khan Para in the town Tuesday. Witnesses said the clash ensued between the supporters of local AL leader Shafiqul Islam Nayon and Chhatra League town unit General Secretary Rabiul Islam Liton at around 10:00am. Both the groups exchanged gunshots during the clash. The feuding groups left the place after local people rushed to the spot hearing the gunshots.

Letters

Population control scheme

Dissemination of the message, noted as “Duti santaner besi noi, ekti bhalo hoi” published in The Daily Star is weakly appraising (source: The Daily Star, 12-03-2010)! The Directorate of Family Planning should take into account the factors like “what class & percentage of citizen subscribe newspapers”, “what percentage is literate requiring motivation by writing”, and “who in fact are over burdening our nation”! Considering the noted facts, we should disseminate the message through our audio-visual media; not through an English newspaper!

Cricketers perform poorly

I am writing this mail out of frustration and anguish about our beloved national cricket team who conceded defeat in the first Test in Chittagong against England.

Crisis season

The crisis season has started. Water, gas and electricity problems are disturbingly acute. Load shedding and water with bad smell have become part of our daily life!

Power failures

Load shedding is now part and parcel of our life in Bangladesh. I think load shedding will increase further in the coming summer. There is no fixed time for load shedding. That is creating serious problems for people.

Social services

All is not well with the delivery of social services in Bangladesh. There have been reports of poor performance, corruption and inefficiency in the education, health, housing and population sectors. Red tape is said to be a factor in the failure of government sectors to utilise funds allocated to them. The poor state of sanitation and water supply and the weak social safety net testify to the state's inability to provide people basic facilities and services.

Pertinent points

Our Hon. PM does not see any problems in the country and mentioned that her success rate in the 1st year is more than expected. That's why the AL is so happy that they don't see any topic to discuss in parliament. All they would love to discuss is name change and fighting with the BNP. Other 300+ MPs are responsible too. None of them could ever bring up some positive and really important issues like gas, water, electricity, murder, rape, acid violence, corruption etc etc. Why doesn't the govt just take a newspaper and start solving the problems that are mentioned in all newspapers every day. For example, these were the headings in a Bangla newspaper a few days ago.

A wise decision

Very recently it was decided that a person below 18 years of age won't be given any SIM card. It is undoubtedly a wise decision. I agree that mobile companies had taken many positive initiatives which brought several changes in our social as well as economic life. In our country, many parents are hard-pressed to fulfil the demand of their teenaged sons and daughters. The teenagers are not mature enough to understand the economic condition of their parents. At the same time, it is very difficult to control the emotion of the teenagers. Due to the influence of dish culture, they often try to copy the alien culture. They unnecessarily talk hour after hour through mobile which is also a kind of fashion for them. Moreover, some naughty boys are bold enough to threaten others with the help of the mobile phone. Parents not only become irritated but also worried about the activities of their children. People of this country are not rich enough to spend money for talking unnecessarily. It would be great if the same restriction is imposed upon the Facebook users too.

Border killings

Bangladesh and India are two friendly countries and that should remain so for the sake of both the countries since therein lies the well being of both the neighbours. It is very unfortunate that people should die from firing by border forces of either of the countries for any reason whatsoever. Generally, it is the Indian BSF that is reported to kill alleged smugglers, though Bangladesh asserts that those killed are innocent villagers from the bordering territories of Bangladesh. India should look into the matter more seriously and in no way strengthen the hands of anti Indian forces within Bangladesh by allowing these unnecessary killings.

Traffic issue

This refers to Mr. Rahat's letter published on your daily on 15 March 2010 with the headline: Take rickshaws off. To be quite honest, I agree with most of his points. He elaborately discussed how to minimize the traffic jams in Dhaka city. However, I believe that he was a bit rude towards the rickshaw-pullers. In his 11th point he stated as I quote: "The immediate step: Take rickshaws off the main roads. Do it now." I believe he was a bit carried away with his feelings. Taking rickshaws off is not the main thing. I think we always divert from the main issues. It is the large number of people in Dhaka city who are the real culprits. Population of the capital should be reduced and for doing this, our government should take initiatives for forming a decentralized government. As long as Dhaka is centralized, population will keep on growing. Rickshaws were there on Dhaka roads from the beginning. There was hardly any traffic jam even 10 years ago. And now, even in Uttara, it takes 30 minutes to go to Jasimuddin Road from Sector 9.

No ATM facility

I am writing this letter to draw the attention of the banks and relevant institutions. We are visiting the district of Gopalganj for some survey works under the banner of i-Bangla™. There are some banks operating in this area and it is so disappointing that the leading banks do not provide any ATM facility. It would not be inappropriate to mention that people from all walks of life are coming here for jobs and business transactions. It is always wise and secure to carry a plastic card, instead of carrying cash for regular expenses.

Why don't they learn?

I don't understand why Bangladeshi cricketers don't learn from their mistakes!! A student who is known as a good student is always persistent in learning from their mistakes. Repeating mistakes is not a sign of talent. Please stop saying that Bangladeshi players are talented. Look at Kevin Pietersen, he practised more and more against lefty spinners at the net and then got the result when he made 99 against Bangladesh in Chittagong. That is how you can do justice to your talent! You have to have the eagerness to learn. Murali is a great bowler. Now what could he be without his "DUSRA". First time he saw it from Saqlain Mushtaq and then he learned it thoroughly. That is called eagerness!

Flyover at Tongi

Construction work of the flyover at Tongi railway crossing on the Tongi-Kaliganj-Ghorasal- Panchdona highway began in the middle of 2006. The Tongi flyover project was taken to ease the traffic movement on both sides of the Tongi junction enabling the vehicles coming to and from northern and north-western districts to cross the station uninterrupted, the RHD has been implementing the project.

Student politics, then and now

We have a glorious history of student politics. From the language movement in 1952 to the movement of dethroning the autocratic government in 1990, our students played a crucial role in national politics and proved their worth. Now, in national politics, we have many political leaders who once played vital roles when they were students. We cannot but acknowledge their contribution to national politics. But, unfortunately, what we now experience from our student folk regarding politics is really shocking and ironic. Nowadays, our students concentrate more on politics, an easy shortcut, to them, to being healthy and wealthy, rather than their first and foremost duty-- study. So the result is predictable and in most cases it is found accurate. Now our students seem to be student-cum-businessman.

Roof-top power generation

Traditionally, when we talk of wind power generation; we automatically think in terms of wind farms. Here a large number of very tall wind turbines convert natural breeze to wind power, connected to the electricity supply grid. Now small rooftop wind turbines have been developed and is available from Europe or USA.

Erratum

The writer of the letter, “Rich poor gap” S. A. Samad is a former general manager of Janata Bank. He is not associated with the bank at present as erroneously mentioned in his letter on March 21,2010.

International

Britain to expel Israeli diplomat

Britain is to expel an Israeli diplomat in response to the use of fake British passports in the killing of a Hamas commander in Dubai, the BBC and Sky News television reported yesterday.

Suu Kyi against party joining polls

Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said yesterday she will "never accept" her party registering for elections this year because laws governing the polls are unjust, according to her lawyer.

Obama to sign health bill, celebrate with allies

President Barack Obama's yearlong health care overhaul drama featured dozens of speeches, contentious debate and a televised summit with lawmakers before a divided Congress passed the bill. An elaborate White House signing ceremony kicks off the next act: selling the sweeping changes to a sceptical public.

Russia wants US missile defence in N-treaty

Russia and the United States have still to agree over links to missile defence issues in the nuclear disarmament treaty, the chief of Russia's general staff said in an interview published yesterday.

Sarkozy faces strikes after polls drubbing

French public sector workers went on strike yesterday, disrupting train services and schools in another challenge to President Nicolas Sarkozy after his party's stinging election defeat.

Netanyahu stands firm on Jerusalem 'building'

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reaffirmed Israel's right to build settlements in occupied east Jerusalem ahead of potentially difficult talks with US President Barack Obama yesterday.

Thailand extends harsh security law

Thailand extended a tough security law yesterday as it faced more anti-government rallies, in a decision made by the cabinet shortly before two small grenade blasts hit its meeting place.

Freak storm hits Australia's Perth

Some 100,000 people were left without power on Tuesday after a freak storm battered the Australian city of Perth, hurling golf ball-sized hailstones and causing floods and landslides.

Dinosaurs' dominance 'helped by mass volcanism'

Immense volcanic activity helped the dinosaurs rise to prominence some 200 million years ago, a study suggests.

China-US talks in May

China said yesterday that the next round of high-level strategic and economic talks with the United States would be held in Beijing in late May, amid strains between the countries on a number of issues.

New Saddam-era mass gave found

Iraq's Human Rights Ministry says a Saddam Hussein-era mass grave dating to his 1991 suppression of a Shiite revolt has been unearthed in the south.

Pak govt petitions against reopening of Swiss cases

The Pakistan government has filed a review petition in the Supreme Court against the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) verdict to reopen the Swiss cases against President Asif Ali Zardari, saying that doing so would be tantamount to a trial of former premier Benazir Bhutto's grave.

Ex-Nazi hit man convicted over WWII murders

Justice finally caught up with an 88-year-old SS assassin yesterday as a German court jailed him for life for shooting dead three civilians in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands in 1944.

Evidences depict India's involvement: Malik

Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has once again blamed India for fanning insurgency in Baluchistan, saying the federal government has 'undeniable' evidence that New Delhi was involved in nefarious activities in the region bordering Afghanistan.

Saudi woman blasts clerics

It was a startling voice of protest at a startling venue. Covered head-to-toe in black, a Saudi woman lashed out at hard-line Muslim clerics' harsh religious edicts in verse on live TV at a popular Arabic version of "American Idol."

Modi denies riot inquiry summons

The chief minister of India's Gujarat state Narendra Modi has denied that he was summoned to appear before a probe into the 2002 riots on Sunday.

Doctor kills 8 students in China

A former doctor armed with a large knife killed eight children and injured five others yesterday at an elementary school in eastern China, a local official said.

Avalanche kills 35 in Afghanistan

An avalanche struck a remote mountainous area of northern Afghanistan two weeks ago, killing 35 people and burying homes beneath the snow, a provincial official said yesterday.

Indian Maoists blast tracks to derail train

Maoists targeted railways - the nation's lifeline - blasting tracks to derail the Rajdhani Express and throw train services haywire in vast parts of eastern India on the second and final day of a shutdown in six states yesterday.

UN envoy backs talks with Afghan militants

The new UN mission chief in Afghanistan said yesterday that he backs the Afghan government's peace talks with a major Taliban-linked militant group.

Nato chopper crash kills one Turkish soldier

A Nato helicopter crashed in Afghanistan yesterday, killing one Turkish soldier and injuring three others, a provincial government spokesman told AFP.

Chilli as Indian army weapon!

The Indian military has a new weapon against terrorism: the world's hottest chilli.

US undecided on India's access to Headley

The US has not yet decided whether to give India direct access to a man in custody who identified targets for the Mumbai 2008 attacks, the US ambassador in New Delhi said yesterday.

Naxal movement founder Kanu Sanyal dead

Kanu Sanyal, a founding member of the Naxal movement, was found dead at his residence in Seftullajote village, 25 km from here.

Arts & Entertainment

Mime behind the mask

It's difficult to define Mummen schanz. There are noticeable elements of mime -- no music or words. But the group's performances are so much more than a man in an invisible box. As Floriana Frassetto (one of the founder members) puts it: "We try to turn inanimate objects into animate beings. The idea is to go beyond the limitations of our faces."

The many tones of Surbahar

Surbahar is a string instrument with deep, melodic and long lasting sound. It is classified as a chordophone in the lute family, and is related to the veena. Surbahar appeared in the musical scene of the subcontinent in the early 19th century, around 1830 to be precise. Although its basic structure resembles that of the sitar, it is much bigger in size and the instrument is tuned to a lower pitch.

Dhaka Padatik-UCB International Theatre Festival

Dhaka Padatik-UCB International Theatre Festival is well underway at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA). On the fourth day (March 22) of the weeklong festival, theatre troupe Sanglap Kolkata staged its production "Lathikando" at the event.

Mosharraf Karim just wants a break

"I am tired of working everyday. Every working individual gets at least a day off every week; I get none."

Desh Natak’s new play “Prakrito Purangana”

Theatre troupe Desh Natok premiered its latest production "Prakrito Purangana" on March 22 at the Experimental Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Written by Khandakar Hafiz Redu, the play is directed by Shamsul Alam Bakul.

‘Pabna Drama Circle’ inaugurates weeklong programmes marking Independence Day

Pabna Drama Circle, the leading theatre organisation of the district has started a weeklong programme to observe the Independence Day. A discussion meeting, general knowledge competition and reading out letters written during the Liberation War were part of the programme at the group's premises on Monday afternoon when the event was launched.

Zhang Yimou feted at Asian Film Awards

Chinese film director Zhang Yimou has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to Asian cinema at the Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong.

OP-ED

Of the mediocre and the maddening

THERE are unimaginable things happening in the country. A pretty senior journalist has just warned the nation's prime minister that if she so much as attempts a removal of the grave of General Ziaur Rahman from its present site, she will find her hands broken. That leaves you not only surprised but shocked as well, for you and I have grown up on values which teach us to respect the individual. And what is happening here is that not only is there no respect but that there is also a clear hurling of a threat at the head of government. Your sense of outrage tells you that such men are dangerous, that they should be brought to heel in the greater public interest. And note that the threat was accompanied by the nonsensical.

A step in the right direction

THE government has decided to import rice to meet the domestic demand. In its meeting on March 7, the cabinet committee on purchase approved the food ministry's proposal to select the Singapore-based Indo-Sino Trade Private to supply 25,000 tonnes of un-boiled rice from Myanmar in April. Food Minister Abdur Razzaque told reporters after the purchase committee meeting that more rice would be imported later on.

Chinese cooperation in health sector

THE joint statement issued by Bangladesh and China on March 19 emphasised closer partnership between the two countries in the areas of trade, agriculture, transportation and infrastructure development. In addition, our prime minister, while addressing Chinese investors, invited them to mobilise their resources and increase energetic efforts in promising sectors like textiles, telecommunications, health, education, small machineries, fertilisers, footwear, power, gas and energy, port development etc, and to participate in the initiatives of the Bangladesh government to achieve its target of vision 2021.

Renewing ties

PRIME Minister Manmohan Singh paid a three-day visit to Saudi Arabia late last month. It was the first visit of an Indian prime minister since Ms. Indira Gandhi's visit in 1982, seeking to build economic ties and to enlist the kingdom's help in improving regional security.

Little Pakistan's big India problem

PAKISTANS India policy is nurtured by a fundamental principle: Pakistan is always right. The obverse assumption is, but naturally, that India is always in the wrong, and gets away because of its size. The conflation between size and strength is meaningless and unhistorical, but remarkably effective. Britain was less than the size of a medium-level principality of the Indian subcontinent, and it ruled half the world.


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