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AL lawmakers wary of crises

Senior Awami League leaders, who were left out of the party's central committee, yesterday urged Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to speed up efforts to resolve power, water and gas crises and other priority issues.

Mosquito menace goes on

Dhaka dwellers have no respite from the menace of mosquitoes because Dhaka City Corporation has failed to tackle the problem due to its inefficiency and the discontent in the workforce for not being paid.

First task to scan records

The investigation agency of International Crimes Tribunal will use all sorts of historical records, documents and literature available at home and abroad to try alleged war criminals of 1971.

'Killer' Rubel, 2 others held

Rubel, the prime suspect in Wednesday's gruesome double murder of a couple in the capital, confessed to the killings yesterday to police, after his arrest from Jhalakathi in the pre-dawn hours.

Road links with Ctg snapped

Movement of buses on different routes between Chittagong city and its southern districts including Cox's Bazar and Bandarban remained suspended since yesterday morning as transport workers and owners enforced an indefinite strike in protest against extortion.

N-plant stays in deal still

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's upcoming visit to Russia in a couple of months might see a breakthrough in the sluggish progress of installing nuclear power plants in Bangladesh, foreign ministry officials have said.

Strike stops goods handling for 8hrs

The cargo handling at Chittagong port remained suspended for eight hours yesterday as the dockworkers abstained from work demanding reinstatement of their terminated colleagues.

Judge recruitment, role of courts to be watched

Awami League is looking to find why its panel in the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) election suffered a defeat while the opposition thinks it is the beginning of people's no-confidence in the government.

Mojaheed warns of 'explosive situation'

Jamaat Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed has warned the government of an "explosive situation" if his party leaders and workers are roped in on imaginary charges, reports UNB.

Travel alert for war criminals

The government has placed law enforcement and intelligence agencies on alert to prevent alleged war criminals from fleeing Bangladesh ahead of the upcoming war crimes trials.

Serve villagers, get promotion

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the number of working days spent in the villages would be considered as one of the major elements before government employees are considered for promotion in their jobs.

BNP's Ctg divisional rally today

Opposition BNP holds the first of its six divisional rallies here at Laldighi Maidan today.

Tk 3,000 fee fixed for MRP

The fee for emergency machine-readable passport (MRP) has been fixed at Tk 6,000 while Tk 3,000 will be charged for a normal MRP, according to a home ministry notification.

Govt-opposition talks end without resolution

Live televised talks between Thailand's embattled Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and anti-government protesters ended yesterday without resolution, failing to end two weeks of street demonstrations.

Rab chief rules out killings in 'crossfire'

The director general of Rapid Action Battalion yesterday refuted the allegations of extra-judicial killing by Rab and said investigations are carried out after each death in gunfight with Rab.

Recording of depositions ends at Feni

A special court at 19 Rifles Battalion under Jailaskar in Feni finished recording the depositions yesterday in the incident of BDR jawans' rebellion there.

UP chairman, his aide murdered in Dinajpur

A union parishad chairman and his close aide were stabbed to death in Nawabganj upazila of the district early yesterday.

Muggers kill army man in Rangpur

Muggers stabbed an army soldier to death in Rangpur district town early yesterday.

Crisis with Switzerland still runs deep

Libya said yesterday its crisis with Switzerland still runs deep and can only be resolved through international arbitration despite the end of a row with the EU over travel bans.


The recent spurt in crime

THERE is little question that crime is on the rise in the nation's capital. In these past few weeks, instances of murder have come upon us with a ferocity which boggles the mind. The killing of a middle-aged couple in Gulshan a few days ago by a young man enraged by their refusal to give their daughter in marriage to him is surely a new and macabre dimension to urban criminality. It was at once an act horrendous and unimaginable by its very nature. And before anyone was able to make any sense of the tragic episode comes news of the stabbing of a young woman and her parents in Kalabagan by a classmate of the woman because of his frustration at being rejected by another classmate.

Dealing with child 'offences'

IT is rather surprising that many children land up in jail, when they should not, not because of any lacunae in the relevant laws but because of the ignorance of those who enforce these. The fact was exposed at a national consultation meeting recently on, “Improving Response to Children in Contact with Law,” which addressed several issues related to young so-called offenders. Some very good suggestions were made by organisers of the meeting which deserves serious consideration of the law ministry.


Top Sports pip Ctg MSC

126-9 in 20 overs.
BENGAL TIGERS: 128-3b in 16.2 overs.
Result: Tigers won by 7 wickets.

Abahani arrest Police

After almost a two-year gap the hockey season's curtaining tournament, Dhaka Bank Club Cup, got underway yesterday at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium with defending champions Abahani recording a thumping 7-1 win against Police SC on the opening day.

Taylor fights alone

Ross Taylor raced to New Zealand's fastest Test century but the hosts failed to support their red-hot teammate and the sides finished almost level after two days. New Zealand earned a slender 33-run advantage after Taylor's 138 off 104 balls took them towards 264, a first-innings total which could have been so much stronger.

2nd phase from today

The second-leg of the Bangladesh League begins today with titans Abahani and Mohammedan SC starting their campaigns with parallel goals of clinching the country's most coveted title.

Rajasthan's 4th in a row

Naman Ojha's bat, Yusuf Pathan's right arm and some steady nerves from the fast bowlers proved enough to flummox Chennai Super Kings and lead Rajasthan Royals to their fourth win in a row at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday.

Local Snippets

Molar TT became boys' team champions in the Independence Day Eaton Open at the Wooden Floor Gymnasium yesterday.

Harbhajan fires for Mumbai

Harbhajan Singh starred with both bat and ball as Mumbai Indians defeated Deccan Chargers by 41 runs in the Indian Premier League at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai last night.

Seventh heaven for Chelsea

Champions Manchester United restored their one-point lead at the top of the English Premier League with a 4-0 win at Bolton on Saturday, responding perfectly to Chelsea's 7-1 mauling of Aston Villa.

Gambhir doubtful

Delhi Daredevils skipper Gautam Gambhir remains a doubtful starter for their IPL match against Kolkata Knight Riders with coach Greg Shipperd saying the final decision on his availability will be taken on Monday.

Toni blows title race open

Luca Toni scored the winning goal 18 minutes from time as Roma beat champions Inter Milan 2-1 at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday to reignite the Serie A title race.

Zola might quit

West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola has hinted he may quit Upton Park in the aftermath of Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Stoke.

Zlatan edges Mallorca

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his third goal in a week, and 15th of the season, as Barcelona won 1-0 at Real Mallorca on Saturday to nudge Real Madrid off the top of the La Liga table.

Juve fans attack players

Juventus players were pelted with missiles by their own fans ahead of Sunday's Serie A home clash against Atalanta at Turin's Stadio Olimpico.

Robben might miss Utd tie

Bayern Munich could be without winger Arjen Robben for Tuesday's Champions League clash against Manchester United after the Dutchman picked up a calf injury.

'Lampard is world-class'

Frank Lampard was hailed as world class after the Chelsea midfielder fired up his side's Premier League title challenge with four goals in the 7-1 mauling of Aston Villa.

Rooney, Rio fit for Bayern

Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand will both be fit for Manchester United's Champions League quarterfinal first leg at Bayern Munich on Tuesday after the duo missed Saturday's 4-0 win over Bolton.

Khedira might miss WC

Stuttgart's Germany midfielder Sami Khedira could miss June's World Cup finals in South Africa after damaging knee ligaments during Saturday's 2-1 win at Bayern Munich.

Wenger shouts expletives

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger turned on reporters after his side's bid for the English Premier League title suffered a setback with a 1-1 draw away to Birmingham.

Federer cruises

Roger Federer preserved dignity among the elite at the Miami Masters Saturday, earning a comfortable opening victory after world number three Andy Murray crashed out to unheralded Mardy Fish.


Global clouds linger over FDI

Domestic investment has rebounded in the first six months of the current fiscal year although the inflow of foreign direct investment (FDI) is still low because of the impacts of global financial meltdown.

AKTEL rebrands itself as focus shifts to rural market

Axiata (Bangladesh) Ltd has rebranded itself with a new look by introducing Robi, the new brand name for the company, to take its products to the mostly untapped rural market.

Muhith stresses demutualisation of stockmarket

The finance minister yesterday stressed the need for demutualisation of stockmarket by separating bourse management from shareholders -- a move that he said would make the market more matured.

Bill on duty-free access will get through, says US Congressman

US Congressman Jim McDermott yesterday assured Bangladesh that a crucial bill meant to ensure duty-free access for the least developed countries to the US market would be passed in August.

Transport workers go on indefinite strike

Road communication between Bandarban and Cox's Bazar districts with the port city remained suspended since last morning as transport workers went on an indefinite strike on its 19 routes.

Mobile money transfer to benefit the poor: Study

The poor will benefit from the mobile money transfer system, which enables clients to send a small amount of money through a short message system (SMS), said a study.

Tech-driven payment systems must focus on users

Senior central bank officials from South Asian countries said yesterday technology-driven payment systems must benefit end-users.

Higher tax urged on tobacco

The government will earn around Tk 1,000 crore more revenue in the next fiscal year if tax on cigarettes and bidis is increased by 23 percent to 26 percent, finds a research.

Stocks down as investor confidence dips

Dhaka stocks fell more than one percent yesterday, the day the bourse's new leadership took over the charge.

A job creator

The US had a monopoly in making automobiles, televisions and appliances, only until the 1980s. Later, Japan, Korea and China appeared on the scene. The UK had a long monopoly in textiles during the 19th and early 20th centuries. That also shifted, mainly to China.

Driving into history: India's small car

Back in the mid-1980s, Ashutosh was a young student enjoying life in the then-Bombay and the freedom to cruise the streets in a new Maruti 800.

APUB demands income tax exemption

The Association of Private Universities of Bangladesh (APUB) has demanded that the National Board of Revenue withdraw the existing 15 percent income tax on the earning by private universities.

Corporate Briefs

The company will hold an extraordinary general meeting to change articles No. 128,129 and 138 (a) of articles of association of the company related to number of directors, remuneration of directors. The EGM will be held on May 8 (at 10:30am) at Hotel Agrabad in Chittagong. The record date for the EGM is April 8.

Investor takes SEC order on AIMS mutual fund to court

An investor has filed a writ petition with the High Court (HC), challenging the market regulator's rejection of a dividend proposal by AIMS 1st Mutual Fund.

Geely to buy Volvo from Ford for $1.8b

Zhejiang Geely Holding Group signed a binding deal Sunday to buy Ford Motor Co.'s Volvo Cars unit for $1.8 billion, allowing the independent Chinese automaker to expand its foothold in Europe.

British Airways passengers face disruptions

British Airways workers took to the picket lines Saturday for a second round of strikes against the struggling airline, causing widespread disruption and frustration among passengers.

Taiwan expects trade recovery to pre-crisis levels in 2010

Taiwan expects its external trade to return to pre-crisis levels before the end of 2010 due to the gradual recovery of China and the United States from the global downturn, reports said Sunday.

Brazil to announce winner of huge jet fighter deal

Brazil plans to announce in early April the winner of a multi-billion-dollar competition for modern fighter jets meant to cement its new role as Latin America's preeminent military power.

Investors on alert as Portugal starts budget battle

Portugal's minority government is bracing for a tough battle over its planned austerity reforms after a parliamentary vote this week failed to gather support from opposition parties.

World energy producers, consumers set for key forum

The world's largest forum of energy producers and consumers meets in Mexico tomorrow for talks on tackling major industry concerns including oil-price volatility and the outlook for supply and demand.

Senior StanChart official due today

Aniruddh Gupta, global head of capital market solutions group of Standard Chartered Bank, arrives in Dhaka today for a short visit, the bank said in a statement.

Jobs data to weigh on US stocks

A key jobs report will be at the center of market action in the coming week as Wall Street stocks posted their fourth straight weekly gain in the penultimate trading week of the month.


Textbooks' digital version less utilised

The first ever initiative to make sure that every student in primary and secondary level gets textbooks through a website still remains less utilised due to lack of awareness among the teachers, students and their guardians.

Raise voice to protect rivers

Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury yesterday criticised water management officials for not raising voice against donor agencies' persuasion to build dams, which has resulted in dying of rivers in many cases.

Two acting principals!

A stalemate is prevailing at Viqarunnisa Noon School and College as the institution is being run by two acting principals.

Call for proper use of Bangla

Bhasha Protijog, a Bangla language competition for school students, was held amid festivity at Azimpur Girls' High School in the city yesterday, jointly organised by the Prothom Alo and HSBC Limited.

Bangladesh, India to launch joint programme to save Sundarbans

Bangladesh and India will launch a joint programme in Kolkata next week, the first such in South Asia, to save the world's largest mangrove forest Sundarbans from the onslaught of climate change.

Shawkat asked to appear before court on April 28

A Dhaka court yesterday asked BNP chairperson's adviser Shawkat Mahmud to appear before it on April 28 on charge of making derogatory remarks against Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Four arrested in city

The Detective Branch (DB) police of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) yesterday arrested four alleged killers of Didarul Alam, a Youth Department officer of Chittagong, from Kadamtali and Motijheel areas in the city.

Make vow to fight graft

Former adviser to the caretaker government Sultana Kamal yesterday called on the students to make a vow to fight corruption with a view to establishing a Bangladesh free from corruption and poverty.

Security for girls demanded

Women's rights activists yesterday demanded security for girls both in rural and urban areas.

Pledge to bring war criminals to book

Freedom fighters from Pabna yesterday vowed to bring the war criminals to book, relieving the country of its 39-year-old stigma.

Drug addict mistakenly kills trader

A trader met a tragic death early yesterday as an addicted youth mistakenly stabbed him in broad daylight at Lalbagh in the city.

Police yet to arrest attacker

The police are yet to arrest Ashraf Ali who held hostage and stabbed his classmate Barsha and her parents at their Kalabagan residence in the city for ransom of Tk 20 lakh and a car early Saturday.

Teachers call off work abstention

BCS General Education Association, Government Teachers' Training College and Government Alia Madrasa yesterday withdrew their work abstention programme as the killers of Prof Harun-Or-Rashid had been arrested, says a press release.

DU students block road for uninterrupted power supply

Students of Sir AF Rahman Hall at Dhaka University yesterday put up a barricade on the road connecting Nilkhet and TSC intersections and set fire to woods demanding uninterrupted power supply at the hall.

Show documents on proclamation of independence by Bangabandhu

BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday asked the ruling Awami League to produce documents on proclamation of independence by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to the nation to prove claims in this regard.

Patal gets bail in income tax evasion case

A Dhaka court yesterday granted bail to former state minister for youth and sports Fazlur Rahman Patal in connection with evading Tk 7.50 lakh income tax for the 2005-2006 fiscal year.

Textbook printers, sellers oppose int'l bids

Bangladesh Textbook Printers and Sellers Association yesterday demanded the government refrain from inviting international tenders for printing primary-level books for 2011 academic year, saying the local printing industry will be destroyed if the government decides to do so.

Diarrhoea patients on rise

A total of 654 patients with diarrhoeal diseases sought treatment at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) at Mohakhali till 6:00pm yesterday.

Call to involve local govt bodies, people in achieving success

Major success in facing the impacts of global climate change would not be achieved unless local representatives and people are involved in the process of facing the challenges, said development workers and local representatives yesterday.

Huge crowds feast eyes on arms, ammunition display

The military hardware exhibition draws a huge interest of hundreds of people every day, giving them an opportunity to feast their eyes on arms, ammunition, artillery, warships and fighter aircraft on display.

Changes in judiciary

The government yesterday brought changes to the judiciary through transfer and appointment of some district judges and additional district judges.

Convocation of Southern University held

The 1st convocation of Southern University was held at the Engineers Institute auditorium in the city yesterday with due festivity.

Two suspects arrested

Two more persons have been arrested on suspicion of their involvement in the double murder at the ticketing office of Soudia S Alam Paribahan at Arambagh in the capital on March 16.

Eco-friendly river water treatment plant at arsenic-prone Baroghoria

Brotee, a national-level non-government organisation, has installed an eco-friendly river water treatment plant at arsenic-prone Baroghoria union under Chapainawabganj Sadar upazila to ensure pure drinking water for local people.

Pratul visits DU

Noted folk artiste Pratul Mukhapaddhaya visited Dhaka University (DU) and placed a wreath at the Central Shaheed Minar yesterday.

Save Sharmin

A father seeks financial assistance for the treatment of his daughter who has been suffering from kidney damage.


Production at JFCL stops again

Urea production in Jamuna Fertiliser Company Limited (JFCL) has remained suspended for the last three days due to technical glitches.

Looting of articles on from unprotected site

Visitors and locals are taking away different materials from the brick structure found in the middle of the Padma at Bagha in Rajshahi on March 26.

Temple built in early Pala period dug out

Archaeologists of Jahan-girnagar University in Dhaka have recently dug out the first Hindu temple from the early Pala period in Bengal at Chandipur village in Birampur upazila of Dinajpur tentatively dating back to the 8th century.

Three sued in Madaripur

A case was filed on Saturday against three people including Rajoir upazila BNP leader Mohiuddin Hawlader alias Moni Hawlader on charges of abduction and killing of three freedom fighters during the liberation war in 1971.

AL men paralyse KHDC activities

Activities in 20 departments under Khagrachhari Hill District Council (KHDC) came to a halt yesterday as leaders of eight local bodies of the ruling Awami League started non-stop agitation against the chairman and councillors of the KHDC demanding their removal.

Party rivals in Bogra kill Jubo League leader

A Jubo League leader was killed and an activist injured as a rival group attacked them in Matidali area of the district town Saturday midnight.

Sugar mill workers besiege DC's office in Rangpur

Staff of Rangpur Sugar Mills Limited here yesterday besieged the Deputy Commissioner's office and submitted a memo calling to accept their 8-point demand.

BCL men in Panchagarh vandalise two hotels

Activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) vandalised two hotels in Panchagarh town on Saturday night, alleging that one of the two hotels owned by the same person supplied stale food to their leader.

Jubo League leader faces rape charge

A rape case was filed against a top Jubo League leader of Tangail district on Saturday.

PCJSS council from today

With a call to strengthen movement for establishing the rights of the hill people, the three-day long 9th council of Parbattya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) will begin today (Monday) at the auditorium of Rangamati Municipality office. However, the inaugural session will be held at the Rangamati Gymnasium at Rajbari in the hill town. Chairman of CHT Regional Council Jyotirindra Bodhipriya Larma, who is also president of the PCJSS, will open the council at 10.00am

3 robbers arrested

Police arrested three youths from Putia Bazar under Shibpur upazila allegedly while preparing for committing robbery at around 11am Saturday. Police also recovered a 9mm pistol and two machetes from the arrestees. The arrestees are Raju, 37, Atiqur Rahman Niron, 36, and Ibrahim, 20. Narsingdi Additional Police Superintendent Zahid Hasan said, the gang in a private car went to the Bazar for committing robbery. Locals caught them and informed police. Police went to the spot and recovered the arms searching the private car and arrested the 'robbers'.

Three murdered in Magura

Three people were killed in three villages of Sadar upazila in two days till Saturday night. The deceased were identified as Sadek Matobbar, 60, of Pukhuria, Zahangir Hossain, 30, of Laskarpur and Shukur Ali, 30, of Sirijdia. Police quoting family members said Sadek went out of his house at around 8:00pm on Saturday but did not return. Locals yesterday morning found his bruised body in river Nabaganga in Alukdia village. Zahangir, son of Ali Akhter Biswas was hacked to death at village Laskarpur on Saturday morning as rivals equipped with lethal weapons attacked their house following a row over fishing in a pond. Meanwhile, Shukur of village Sirijdia in the same upazila succumbed to his injuries at around 7:00pm on Friday as he was beaten mercilessly by the rival villagers in the morning in a row over damaging fence of a crop field.

Power office besieged

Over 200 farmers of Mohonpur upazila yesterday laid a siege to local power office at Naohata demanding adequate power supply for irrigating their boro fields. Witnesses said the agitating farmers thronged Mohonpur Upazila Parishad premises at about 10:00am and demanded smooth power supply for boro irrigation. Later, the farmers riding motorcycles went to Mohonpur branch of Palli Bidyut office at Naohata, 14 kilometres away from the upazila headquarters, and laid a siege to the power office. Ali Azam Mollah, vice chairman of Mohonpur upazila, said the officials assured the farmers of ensuing power supply up to 14 hours in Mohonpur area for boro cultivation.

Journalist attacked in Bagerhat

Criminals attacked Chitalmari Press Club general secretary SM Sagor and ransacked his business establishment at Chitalmari Bazaar on Saturday night. Local journalists said upazila vice-chairman Shaheb Ali Farazee misbehaved with the teachers of Sabokhali High School at the school's managing committee meeting. As local newsmen decided to publish the incident Farazee became furious. Later, some 25/30 supporters of Farazee at 8pm attacked Sagor, who is also correspondent of Daily Destiny, and his business establishment and vandalized valuables.


Trial of war criminals

It is very interesting and frustrating as well to listen to the following hot debate every day on the media. The issues are a. trial of war criminals b. declaration of independence. On the issue (a) my question is, is it not a clear fact that millions of people were brutally killed and lost their dignity in the hands of the identified and self confessed killers who opposed the independence of Bangladesh physically with arms? Those who were born at least in the 60's clearly remember those dark days of our history.


An interesting presentation on crossfire was heard from a photo journalist of international repute on Channel i talk show-- Ajker Sangbadpatra. This is no doubt a third dimension of the problem. The photographer apparently has deep insight into this extra judicial killings in Bangladesh and elsewhere in the world today.

Preserve potatoes

For the last couple of years, in harvesting season the government of Bangladesh has been providing supportive price to rice growers as price goes too low in harvesting time.

A student body!

I was just following the news regarding Bangladesh Chhatra League for the last one week and noted down the headlines / titles of some news reports: AL men attack BCL leaders' houses for share of 'booty'; Admission quota BCL activists vandalise college; Sunny murder 13 BCL men charged in Rajshahi; 'Admission trade' Eden College tensed over feud in BCL; Clash again over admission 'quota' 3 BCL, Moitree men held; Infighting kills BCL leader 1 missing, 3 hurt as Jessore factions clash again; AL, BCL men snatch tender boxes 9 injured in clashes, one held; BCL activists vandalise principal's office etc.

Another wind power plant!

Your 'Star Business Report" of 15th. March is indeed very welcome news. But will it really happen? Engr. Fazlur Rahman's paper on the subject at the roundtable on 'Potential of Wind Power: Vision2021' on March 14 was a pragmatic and practical presentation of real issues on the subject.

Stop admission business

Majority of the population of our country live under poverty line and cannot meet the basic need like education due to their economic insolvency. Needless to say, education is a prime requisite for any kind of national development and progress. Reasonably, the incumbent government since its assumption of office is showing keen interest in educating the students with proper knowledge of morality, patriotism, communication technology, that the new national education policy serves. Due to emphasis on the sector, pass rate of the students in the SSC and the HSC examinations over the past years has significantly increased. Consequently, the number of students seeking admission for higher education in different universities and colleges is already higher than the prevailing admission capacity of universities and colleges and is increasing rapidly day by day. As the existing public universities accommodate only a small number from the massive number of admission seekers and many for lack of their economic solvency cannot afford the exorbitant costs of higher education in the private universities, it categorically paves the way for higher education of the richer section of society.

Power failures

As one of the inhabitants of a small district town of Bangladesh, Bogra, I have been experiencing for the past few days an acute power crisis.

Politics and religion

We came to know that the present government is going to impose a ban on the religion-based parties in the country.

Devdas today

Sarat Chandra Chatterjee has remained immortal for his creative genius. There are several masterpieces written by him. Among these, Devdas is very significant for several reasons. Today like the writer himself, the character Devdas has become very familiar to us.

Name game

I am very disturbed to learn that we need to pay a large sum to change the name of the airport.

Well done, Honourable PM!

It is quite pleasing to see the qualitative changes that the present government has brought under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina in the last one year. Her role in climate change dialogue, improving the economic and political relationship with India and China - the two big world's power-, defusing tensions with Myanmar and her government's persistent efforts to improve the infrastructure development such as road, gas and electricity in lifting economic condition of the country certainly deserves much appreciation. The schemes to improve the traffic congestion and rivers around Dhaka city, rehabilitating beggars through employment creation, curbing the politics of militants, trial of war criminals and a corruption free cabinet are some of the notable achievements of the present government. The county will grow and reach the level of middle-income countries sooner than expected if our governments continue performing like this. I would urge the people to support the government and give them the credit for their genuine efforts to improve the condition of Bangladesh, as everybody expects recognition of his or her good work. This should also be a lesson for others who are willing to lead the country in future as the true and patriot leaders act to improve the fate of common people, not of themselves. Also, no minister has the courage to engage in corruption if the leader does not endorse it.

Gulshan Park

I am responding to Joost Kurstjens' letter of March 19. Fortunately, it seems there is nothing to worry about! I also was concerned about the fate of Gulshan Park but, upon inquiry, was told that a major cleaning is taking place. The pond will be refilled with rainwater so we can only hope that the monsoon will start earlier than it did last year.

God save Biman

We must thank Capt Alamgir Sattar for his concern and prayer about the national flag carrier.


Recently, a school student asked me the meaning of the word 'Allelopathy' which was required for composing an essay on environment friendly agriculture. I think it would be helpful for others if I reproduce here the reply I had given to that student.


Israel vows to 'liquidate' Gaza's Hamas rulers

A senior minister yesterday warned that Israel would "liquidate" the Islamist Hamas-run government in Gaza following deadly weekend clashes that killed two Israeli soldiers.

Arabs thrash out strategy against Israeli settlement

Arab leaders met behind closed doors yesterday to thrash out a united strategy against Israel's settlement policy as the Jewish state accused them of lacking moderation and blocking peace efforts.

Probe team satisfied with Modi questioning

The head of Indian Supreme Court-appointed special investigation team (SIT), which questioned Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for more than nine hours over his alleged role in a riots case eight years ago, said yesterday he was satisfied with the probe and the outcome of the questioning.

Pak troops kill 10 Taliban near Afghan border

A government official says Pakistani troops have repulsed a Taliban attack on an army base close to the Afghan border, killing 10 attackers.

152 trapped in flooded China coal mine

At least 152 workers were trapped when a vast coalmine being built in northern China flooded yesterday, in the latest accident to hit the country's notoriously dangerous mining industry.

Arts & Entertainment

Rocking in the spirit of independence

Joy has walked all the way from Karwan Bazar. News of the major gig, titled "Shadhinotar Shure Gaibo Mora", had reached this seven-year-old boy as well. And why not? Not only were the popular bands like Warfaze, Black, Aurthohin, Shironamhin, Lalon and Mechanix were performing but the occasion was special too -- Independence Day. One can say it's celebrating the spirit of the day with a new sound and attitude. The response from the crowd was remarkable, especially noting the fact that how excited and proud they all were proclaiming, "We are Bangladeshis" to electric guitar. Other bands that performed were Mohakaal, Kral, Funeral Anthem and Art of Ruin.

Hariharan to perform in Dhaka on April 1

For music buffs, Hariharan is not just a vocalist. He is a master who made his imprint across the genres of Hindustani music scene and beyond. From ghazal to pop, from khayal to fusion, Hariharan is an artiste who belongs only to his own league. And now Dhakaiites have an opportunity to hum, cheer and listen to his music live, thanks to Papyrus Communications Ltd. For the first time in Bangladesh, Hariharan will cast his musical spell at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre on April 1.

Introducing ‘Robi’

The brand name of the mobile phone operator Aktel changed to Robi. To launch the brand, a 24-hour-long programme (from 6 pm, March 27 to 6 pm, March 28) was held at Suhrawardy Uddan.

Kothakali celebrates silver jubilee

The week-long drama festival organised in observance of the 25th anniversary of Kothakoli, Sylhet, ended last Thursday at the city's M Saifur Rahman Auditorium. Performances by theatre organisations from different places attracted a good number of spectators.

Desh TV celebrates its first anniversary

Desh TV organised a concert at the Sultana Kamal Women's Sports Complex in Dhanmondi on March 27, celebrating the Independence Day and also the first anniversary of the channel. The event featured performances by Feedback, Souls, Mila, Aurthohin, Warfaze and Nogorbaul.

Dhaka Padatik-UCB International Theatre Festival ends

On the last day (March 25) of “Dhaka Padatik UCB International Theatre Festival 2010,” Dhaka Padatik honoured actor Pijush Bandyopadhyay and Jhuna Chowdhury with “Abul Kasem Dulal Shommanona 2010” and “Gazi Zakir Hossain Shommanona 2010”, for their contribution to theatre. Each was presented a crest and a cash prize of Taka 10,000. Professor Sirajul Islam Chowdhury was present as the chief guest at the event.

Music festival in honour of Satyen Sen

The two-day 'Satyen Sen Gono Sangeet Utshab' by Bangladesh Udichi Shilpi Gosthi at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) ended yesterday. The event was homage to Satyen Sen, founder of Udichi, on his 103rd birth anniversary (March 28).


Dhaka's descent into disaster

DHAKA, the old Moghul capital, has become a modern day disaster. The years of inefficiency and neglect on the part of successive administrations have truly turned this once peaceful, beautiful city into the "second-worst" liveable city in the world. I wonder what the city mayor, gazing at the Dhaka skyline from his imposing office, will make out of this dubious distinction Dhaka has earned.

Equity in development

IF development is defined as a multidimensional process of change from a less desirable to a more socially desirable state, then orthodox and critical alternate perspective of development comes into play (Caroline Thomas and Melvyn Reader-1997). The orthodox view of development encourages the South to replicate more or less Walt Rostow's "Stages of Economic Development" while critical alternate perspective argue for a more holistic approach that would meet the physical, environmental and spiritual needs of human beings.

Road to RTI

TODAY is March 29, 2010 -- on this day last year the first session of the 9th Parliament adopted the Right to Information Bill. The precondition of basic democracy in a country is to ensure participation of the people in its development process. One of the core determinants of participatory democracy is that the government proactively recognises its people's right to information and takes measures to implement this right.

Victim of global warming or global politics?

PEOPLE may say a lot of things, but to me the main disadvantage of being a least developed country (LDC) is that no one really cares about whether we exist or not. I never would have said something like this if it were not for the results of the last conference on climate change. I am talking about the COP (Conference of Parties) 15 that took place in Copenhagen last year.

Politicians don't get stiff necks

WHICH is the bigger crime in politics, hypocrisy or stupidity? On careful consideration it must be the second, since hypocrisy is not merely useful but often necessary. Only a very foolish minister or member of parliament would tell his or her constituents that the petition scribbled on an untidy piece of paper is either meaningless or untenable.

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