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News of: Monday, 5th of April, 2010

Front Page

Stalled graft cases to be freed of legal shackle

The Supreme Court yesterday cleared the way for trial of a graft case against ruling Awami League lawmaker Habibur Rahman Mollah.

BNP opposes bill for VIP salary hike

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Leader of the Opposition Khaleda Zia yesterday traded broadsides in parliament over passage of a bill seeking to increase salaries and allowances of lawmakers, leading to a stormy walkout of the opposition.

Probe agency gets records

The investigators of war crimes yesterday received a list of 1,775 alleged war criminals and accounts of their role during the Liberation War from research-based organisation The War Crimes Facts Finding Committee (WCFFC).

Time-bound plan by month-end

The government by the end of this month will announce a time-bound detailed action plan for increasing power and gas production in the country.

PMO orders arrest of all teasers

The Prime Minister's Office yesterday directed law enforcers to immediately arrest the friends of Rezaul Karim whose teasing forced schoolgirl Umme Kulsum Elora to kill herself at her Madhya Nandipara residence in the city on Saturday.

Siraj has to appear before JS body

A parliamentary body will ask former jute and textile minister Shajahan Siraj to explain the sell-off of a jute mill on 10.45 acres of land at a much lower price than its market value during the BNP-led government.

BNP fronts too see selection, not election

BNP is picking leaders for the central committees of its front organisations, preventing those from electing their top leaders in a democratic way.

Water pipeline a blessing for Satkhira villagers

Water pipelines under a public-private partnership (PPP) scheme have saved over 1,500 people of Nalta village in Satkhira from saline and arsenic contaminated water.

RMG units without fire safety warned

The government yesterday warned garment industry owners of stern actions if their factories lack fire safety compliance.

Green 3-wheeler ready to roll

The highly low cost battery-run three-wheeler dubbed as Borak Super gets even more energy efficient as local entrepreneurs introduced solar panels to partly power up its rechargeable battery.

Fleeing mugger dies in road accident

A mugger was crushed under the wheels of a truck and another arrested in Tongi early yesterday. In Gazipur an armed gang looted around Tk 10 lakh in the afternoon.

Police deployed at girls' schools in city from today

To tackle wicked youths' tendency to tease girls, the government has decided to deploy plainclothes police officers in front of all girls' schools in the city from today.

Shibir there to fulfil AL's digital plan

Islami Chhatra Shibir is keen to play a vital role in building a “digital Bangladesh” and the government should enlist their help, Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami said yesterday.

29 BDR men indicted for mutiny in Panchagarh

The Special Court-2 of Bangladesh Rifles yesterday framed charges against 29 alleged BDR mutineers of 25 Rifles Battalion in Panchagarh.

Shibir cadre beaten to death after kidnap bid

A top-listed Shibir cadre was beaten to death by a mob for attempting to abduct a college girl at village South Madarsha under Hathazari upzila of the district yesterday.

HC orders stayed when 2,000 trees already gone

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court yesterday stayed for one week the High Court directive that allowed cutting down 3,550 trees in Khasia settlement of Nahar Tea Garden in Sreemangal of Moulvibazar.

Govt to make updated list of smugglers' godfathers

The government is preparing to update the list of godfathers engaged in smuggling, Home Minister Sahara Khatun told the House yesterday.

Brick kilns will no more pollute air

Replacing the traditional system of baking bricks, the country is moving forward to adopt smokeless brick making technologies in a bid to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to a considerable extent.

Rab, armed police to be deployed

Mobile and strike forces comprised of members of Rapid Action Battalion and armed police battalion will be deployed on April 21 to maintain law and order for holding Bhola-3 by-election in a free and fair manner.

Summit Power proposal rejected

The cabinet purchase committee yesterday rejected the proposal for approval of Summit Power to set up the 450-megawatt Sirajganj power plant.

Nizami, 4 other Jamaat leaders denied bail

The High Court yesterday rejected the bail prayers of five Jamaat-e-Islami leaders including its chief Matiur Rahman Nizami in two separate cases filed against them on charge of hurting the religious sentiments of Muslims.

Govt to probe case again

The government will reinvestigate Sheikh Fazlul Haque Moni assassination case eight years after Criminal Investigation Department (CID) gave the final report on it.

Equipment seized, 1 held

Police yesterday recovered fake currency from Purba Sanarpara of Siddhirganj under Narayanganj sadar upazila.

Diarrhoeal diseases on rise

The rate of patients' admission with diarrhoeal diseases at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) has been increased and the number has crossed 950 on Saturday.

Chinese ship leaking oil near Great Barrier Reef

A Chinese coal carrier leaking oil in Australia's environmentally sensitive Great Barrier Reef area after running aground could be in danger of breaking up, authorities warned yesterday.

Indian Maoists kill 10 cops

At least 10 Indian policemen were killed yesterday when their vehicle struck a land mine planted by suspected Maoist rebels in the eastern state of Orissa, police said.

Mirza Alamgir demands fresh election

Asking the government to step down first for its "failure", BNP's senior joint secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday demanded to hold a fresh election.

Musharraf likely to announce new party next week

Former Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf is likely to announce his new party, named the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML), next week.

Editorial

Prime Minister's warning to BCL and Jubo League

PRIME Minister Sheikh Hasina has warned activists of the Chhatra League that any extortion and tender manipulation on their part will not be tolerated. Her sentiments are surely understandable, given that despite her earlier warnings to this effect in recent times elements of the Chhatra League as also the Jubo League have indulged in activities that leave citizens perturbed. Indeed, reports of BCL activists interfering in tender submissions and college and university admissions have now combined with allegations of harassment of people. Unfortunately, the authorities have been unwilling or unable to take any action against them. Only the other day, a Chhatra League worker humiliated a married female student of Jagannath University in full public view, with the police watching it all as mute spectators.

The malady of eve teasing

YET another death of a young girl driven to committing suicide being no longer able to withstand the agony perpetrated on her by some eve teasers. Reportedly, she and her family had been undergoing harassment for a long time, and, regrettably, all the remonstrations of the girl's mother and her calls for help had failed to bring her respite or give her the remedy. The result another young life fallen by the wayside.

Sports

Four franchises sold so far

Four franchises have so far been sold for the National Cricket League (NCL) Twenty20 tournament.

Samir steers Russel

RESULTS
Sheikh Russel 3 (Omari 44, 66, Kamal 88) Muktijoddha Sangsad 0

Two goals from Moroccan striker Samir Omari steered Sheikh Russel to an emphatic 3-0 win over struggling Muktijoddha Sangsad in the Bangladesh League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Malik gives his version

Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik attempted in an interview published on Sunday to end confusion about his marital status ahead of his celebrity wedding to Indian tennis star Sania Mirza.

Mahela powers Punjab

There were two captivating innings of contrasting styles on show at the Eden Gardens on Sunday and, eventually, it was the precision of Mahela Jayawardene's graceful strokes that helped Kings XI Punjab overcome the challenge set by Chris Gayle's exhibition of bottom-handed power-hitting. Jayawardene started in high gear and kept the accelerator floored all the way to his first Twenty20 century; his partnership with Sri Lankan teammate Kumar Sangakkara ensured Punjab's string of deplorable performances this season ended with a chase that was always several steps ahead of the asking-rate.

Wari avoid last place

Wari Club signed off their Dhaka Bank Club Cup Hockey campaign with a 2-1 victory over Sadharan Bima at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.

29 selected for U-14 team

The Bangladesh Football Federation picked 29 budding footballers for the Under-14 residential camp ahead of the AFC U-14 Festival of Football in Iran.

Another one for Kim

Serena Williams cupped a hand to her mouth and hollered from her front-row seat, like any other fan hoping to see a better match.

Delhi tame Bangalore

Delhi Daredevils turned in an emphatic performance in the IPL T20 as they defeated Royal Challengers of Bangalore by 37 runs at their home ground last night. After a fiery start from Virender Sehwag (35) and Virender Sehwag (33), a blitzkrieg of 75 from just 46 deliveries from Englishman Paul Collingwood gave Delhi a challenging total of 184 for five. In reply, despite a rollicking start from Jacques Kallis (54), Bangalore found none other to turn on the slog as they limped to 147 for five after 20 overs.

Pakistanis vote for Ayesha

Shoaib Malik claims to have been cheated and deceived by her but public sympathy in Pakistan seems to be with his alleged first wife Ayesha Siddiqui if an opinion poll conducted by a television channel here is anything to go by.

Vankenna Will Broker Peace

Hectic parleys are on to resolve the dispute between Shoaib Malik and Ayesha Siddiqui, the Hyderabad girl who claims to be the Pakistani cricketer's wife, with former Indian cricket team manager Vankenna Chamunde-swaranath trying to broker peace.

AKRAM'S GOOD WISHES TO 'EM

Former Pakistan cricket captain Wasim Akram has wished Shoaib Malik and Sania Mirza a happy married life but he feels the all-rounder's controversial past involving an alleged first wife Ayesha Siddiqui will do him no good.

Tiger's test ahead of Masters

Tiger Woods will face his first extended public questioning over a devastating sex scandal on Monday in a dramatic start to a tension-packed comeback week of golf at the Masters.

Premier League from May 21

The League Committee of the Bangladesh Hockey Federation retracted from its previous decision to start the Premier Division Hockey League three days after the conclusion of the season's curtain-raiser Club Cup Hockey tournament.

Amol, Sharmin champions

Amol Roy and Sharmin Alam Sharda won the men's and women's titles in the Runner Group Independence Day Open Tennis Tournament at the National Tennis Complex in Ramna yesterday.

Huge wins for four districts

Narayanganj, Brahmanbaria, Mymensingh and Jhenidah earned big wins in the 30th Inter-District Cricket Championship yesterday.

Sporting Bengal's 2nd friendly today

Sporting Bengal United FC, a UK-based football club, will take on Dhaka Metropolis XI in the second of four friendly matches at the Bangabandhu National Stadium today. The game will start at 3:30pm.

VNS post easy win

Viquarunnisa Noon School recorded an easy 3-0 win over Jamila Khatun Lalbagh Girl's High School in the Citycell Dhaka Metropolis Schoolgirls Football Championship yesterday.

Sr Div bourse from today

The inter-club footballers transfer for the Senior Division Football League gets underway today at the Bangabandhu National Stadium league office.

In the Nick of time

Chelsea defeated title rivals Manchester United 2-1 on Saturday to move two points clear at the top of the Premier League while Arsenal stayed in the hunt with a last-gasp win over Wolves thanks to Nicklas Bendtner.

Anthem singer making waves

For the few who know him in Somalia, he is a "crazy" refugee, but many have never heard of K'naan -- a hip-hop artist whose hit song "Waving Flag" is the official World Cup anthem.

Bayern edge crunch clash

Bayern Munich hailed their win over Bundesliga title rivals Schalke as a perfect tonic as they prepare to finish the job and knock Manchester United out of the Champions League.

Barca blow Bilbao away

RESULTS
Real Zaragoza 2 (Ponzio 45, Suazo 75) Malaga 0
Barcelona 4 (Jeffren 26, Bojan 41, 58, Messi 66) Athletic Bilbao 1 (Susaeta 76)
Sevilla 3 (Kanoute 22, Fabiano 43, Carlos 88) Tenerife 0

Champions Barcelona bushed aside Athletic Bilbao 4-1 on Saturday to return to the top of La Liga and open a three-point gap on Real Madrid who they face next week in 'El Clasico'.

'Shawcross wanted to take me out'

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has accepted Ryan Shawcross did not mean to break his leg - but believes the Stoke defender wanted to "take him out'' and could have avoided the challenge which ended his season.

Wenger to discuss future soon

Coach Arsene Wenger will discuss a new contract with Arsenal in the summer or autumn, media reports indicated Sunday.

Zola to stick to his guns

West Ham coach Gianfranco Zola says he will not change the way the club plays despite the threat of relegation from the Premier League after six straight defeats.

Business

Prepaid tickets for bus travellers

City commuters will get prepaid bus tickets this month as the transport sector is adopting new technology.

Question over move to cut BTRC's power

The government's move to empower the telecoms ministry has raised a string of questions, as experts say such a shift in power will clip the regulator's authority.

Shanta in talks with UK company for $15m deal

Shanta Group, a leading player in garment manufacturing, is in talks with a UK company to sell significant stakes in its two units for $15 million.

Energy secretary for gas price hike

Gas prices need to be increased to develop the country's energy sector, acting Energy and Mineral Resources Secretary Mohammad Mejbahuddin said yesterday in Dhaka.

Fair brings farm tech

An agriculture technology fair -- AgriTECH Bangladesh-2010 -- started in Dhaka yesterday to introduce the latest farming machinery.

Benapole port to be automated

Benapole Port and Customs House is going to be brought under automation to make it modern and effective.

Fans touch and swipe first iPads

Now that the iPad is in the hands of early adopters, the hard work for Apple Inc begins.

Mekong fishermen left high and dry

Fisherman Phimmalang Sengphet paddles his boat to the sandy banks of the Mekong River in Laos and inspects his meagre haul. "We can't even catch enough to feed ourselves," he says wearily.

REHAB seeks advice from ministry over polls

Leaders of Real Estate and Housing Association of Bangladesh (REHAB) have sought guidelines from the government to remove a stalemate over an election, which was put on hold over a voter list dispute.

Bangladesh moves to make eco-correct bricks

In a bid to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Bangladesh has adopted the smokeless brick-making technology, replacing centuries-old methods.

Fish Foundation teams up with Maryland University

The University of Maryland, USA, and Bangladesh Shrimp and Fish Foundation (BSFF) have signed a cooperation agreement for the development of production and import of quality shrimps.

Bumpy road ahead for Asean integration

Flaws in Asean's economic integration plans are being exposed as some members struggle to adapt to a massive free-trade deal with China, and the US and EU opt to pursue pacts with individual states.

Corporate Briefs

1ST BANGLADESH SHILPAIN SANGSTHA MUTUAL FUND
The fund has reported net asset value of Tk 1,283.43 per unit at market price and Tk 145.13 per unit at cost price against face value of Tk 100. The fund's net assets stood at Tk 72,564,386.13 on the close of operation on Thursday.

Japan's finance minister arrives in Beijing

Japan's finance minister has arrived in Beijing for talks with top Chinese government officials, the Japanese embassy said Saturday.

New committee chiefs for Mercantile Bank

Md Shahabuddin Alam and Morshed Alam have been elected as chairmen of the executive committee and audit committee respectively of Mercantile Bank Limited, the bank said in a statement yesterday.

Proposal to hike CNG price upsets pump owners

CNG pump owners have expressed frustration over the finance minister's proposal to increase the price of compressed natural gas price.

Children to fly Emirates free

Emirates Airlines has launched its 'Kids Go Free' campaign in Bangladesh, the airline said in a statement yesterday.

New chairman for EBL

The board of directors of Eastern Bank Ltd (EBL) yesterday elected Mohd Noor Ali as chairman, the bank said in a statement.

Geithner eyes US investment on India visit

Timothy Geithner will begin his maiden visit to India as US treasury secretary on Tuesday, hoping to improve an economic relationship that is often eclipsed by Washington's trade with China.

US, Japan farm chiefs to meet over beef row

The US agriculture secretary heads to Japan this week in a renewed attempt to settle a long-running beef trade dispute that has created friction between the close allies.

US delays currency report that could target China: Treasury

The US Treasury Saturday delayed a currency report, due later this month, that could accuse China of currency manipulation.

Iran annual inflation down by more than half

Iran's year to March 2010 inflation fell to 10.8 percent, down by more than half from the previous year, the official IRNA news agency reported quoting the central bank.

Metropolitan

JS okays pay hike of president, PM, MPs

The parliament yesterday passed six separate bills increasing salaries and allowances of the president, the prime minister, ministers, the speaker and the deputy speaker, lawmakers and judges of the Supreme Court (SC).

Excavation of rivers this year to ease city water crisis

The government will excavate the river from the Jamuna to the Dhaleswari for bringing water to the Buriganga by this year to remove water crisis in the city, said Water Resources Minister Ramesh Chandra Sen yesterday.

BCL men beat two journos

A group of activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) beat up two journalists at Shahbagh in the city last night for publishing a report against the central unit president.

SP, police inspector charged

A Dhaka court yesterday framed charges against a superintendent of police (SP) and a police inspector in connection with a case filed against them for demanding Tk 50 lakh in bribe from SA Paribahan proprietor in December, 2002.

City filling station looted

Armed robbers looted Tk 3.73 lakh from a filling station holding its employees hostage at gunpoint early yesterday.

Hearing on Hasina's petitions adjourned

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

Saber elected first VP of IPU standing body

Awami League lawmaker Saber Hossain Chowdhury has been elected first vice-president of Geneva-based Inter-Parliamentary Union's (IPU) first standing committee on peace and international security.

'Punish culprits'

Different organisations yesterday demanded exemplary punishment to the culprits who provoked Umme Kulsum Elora to commit suicide.

HC asks Farroque, Anee to surrender before trial court

The High Court yesterday rejected a bail prayer of opposition chief whip Zainul Abdin Farroque and lawmaker Shahid Uddin Chowdhury Anee and directed them to surrender before the trial court within eight weeks in a defamation case.

Maintain standards of edn from primary

President Zillur Rahman yesterday called for maintaining standards of education from primary level with a view to strengthening the base of quality higher education.

Join voluntary services for country's dev

Badiul Alam Majumdar, country director of The Hunger Project, has called on the youths to get themselves involved in social development activities through voluntary services for the country's overall development.

Try war criminals to protect independence

Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh Secretary General and former state minister Maj (retd) Abdul Mannan yesterday said the perpetrators of crimes against humanity during the liberation war must be held to safeguard the country's independence, the greatest achievement in thousands year.

We want to give democracy a solid base

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said her government is working hard to provide a strong base for democracy in the country, which was established through free and fair elections on December 29 in 2008.

Police take case at last

Police at last registered a case yesterday, 22 hours after snatching Tk 5.4 lakh from a cloth dealer at Keraniganj by six unidentified criminals under the guise of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) personnel.

Three journos, two others acquitted

A Bagerhat court yesterday acquitted five persons, including three journalists, of a case allegedly for using and possessing drugs during the last caretaker government.

Implement 30pc FFs' quota

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has directed Public Service Commission (PSC) and other authorities concerned to properly implement the 30 percent quota facilities for freedom fighters' sons and daughters in government jobs.

Diplomatic efforts on to obtain support

Bangladesh keeps continuing to pursue diplomatic efforts to obtain the support of UN member countries in order to be elected a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2016-17 and to the executive boards of the International Telecommunication Union and UNDP.

Give due recognition to women's contribution

Women should be given due opportunity to go forward and the recognition for their deeds has a positive impact on social progress as well as advancement.

India renews commitment to help dredge rivers

India has renewed its commitment to assisting Bangladesh in dredging the rivers of the country by giving nine dredgers.

Defamation case against HT Imam, three others dismissed

A Dhaka court yesterday dismissed the defamation case hours after a lawyer filed it against Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's Adviser HT Imam and three others for hurting religious sentiment of the Muslims.

Narayanganj restaurants fined Tk 70000

A mobile court yesterday fined some restaurants in the town Tk 70000 for serving unhygienic and adulterated food.

Course on public relations

Bangladesh Institute of Journalism and Electronic Media (BIJEM) organises a two-week training course titled 'Modern Technique of Public Relations and Communications' beginning on April 11.

Save Mourin

Mourin, an eight-year-old girl, has been suffering from thalassaemia since she was only four-month-old. Since then, she has been undergoing blood transfusion every two or three months.

Abdul Mannan's anniversary of death today

Today is the 5th death anniversary of Abdul Mannan, close associate of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, first home minister and health minister of Bangladesh and incharge of Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra, says a press release.

National

Joint efforts a must to settle CHT land disputes

Chairman of the Chittagong Hill Tracts Land Dispute Resolution Commission (CHTLDRC) Justice Khademul Islam Chowdhury at a view exchange meeting here yesterday urged cooperation from all quarters for resolving land disputes in three hill districts.

Frustrated farmers feeding rotting potatoes to cattle

Huge quantities of potatoes are rotting in different areas of Barguna and Patuakhali districts due to lack of storage facilities while the price has come down to as low as Tk 200-250 per maund in local markets.

RU expels BCL man for life

Rajshahi University's (RU) disciplinary board yesterday expelled an activist of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) for assaulting and sexually abusing female students on the campus.

Procession, rally for smooth water, power supply

Several hundred people including women held procession, rally yesterday in the district town demanding smooth water, power and gas supply.

Lone child hospital in Khulna struggles to cope with patients

Khulna Shishu Hospital, the lone child hospital in Khulna division, is struggling to provide medical service for increasing number of diarrhoea patients as the disease has broken out in Khulna city and neighbouring upazilas.

Three AL men arrested for assaulting narcotics official, cop

Police on Saturday night arrested Shyamnagar Jubo League president and two activists of the unit for allegedly assaulting an official of narcotics control department and a sub-inspector of local police station.

Suspected JMB man arrested

Police arrested a suspected member of Islamist militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) at Chowranga village in Faridganj Upazila on Friday morning.

VC confined to residence

Academic activities at Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (CVASU) resumed yesterday amid fresh threat of closure as leaders and activists of Chhatra League (BCL) put the vice chancellor's office under lock and key.

'Recognise Harishpur as Lalon's birthplace'

Hundreds of people joined a human chain at Doel Chattar in Harinakundo upazila yesterday demanding recognition of Harishpur village under Harinakundo upazila in Jhenidah as the birthplace of Lalon Shah, the great Bengali mystic bard.

'Pay compensation for acquired land, halt river erosion'

People of two remote chars under Galachipa upazila of Patuakhali district yesterday formed a human chain on the bank of the river Kajal demanding steps to protect the areas from river erosion and proper compensation for their land acquired by Petrobangla to drill natural gas well.

Bail prayers of Jamaat, Shibir men rejected

A Rajshahi court yesterday rejected bail prayers of 210 leaders and activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and its student front Chhatra Shibir sued for police assault during February 9 Rajshahi University (RU) violence.

Bus service resumes

Bus service between the district and other parts of the country resumed yesterday after four days of suspension. Earlier, the transport owners and workers agreed to resume bus service during a meeting with Deputy Commissioner KM Ali Azam at Circuit House. Bus service between Chapainawabganj and other districts came to a halt on Wednesday following a clash between the transport workers of Chapainawabganj and Rajshahi districts.

Fratricide in Magura

A man injured critically by his younger brother on Saturday died at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) early yesterday. Victim Khairul Islam, 40, son of late Pachu Molla of Parnanduali in the town was hacked by Enamul, 32. Police quoting family members said Enamul hit Khairul with an axe during an altercation over a piece of disputed land. Injured Khairul was admitted to Magura Sadar Hospital and later sent to DMCH for better treatment but he succumbed to his injuries.

Murder in Dinajpur

A middle-aged man was slaughtered by some criminals at Amail crossing in Birampur upazila on Friday night. The victim was identified as Mosabberul Haque Chishti, 45, son of Mozammel Haque Master of Shibpur village in the upazila. Locals said the criminals intercepted Mosabberul Haque and slaughtered him at the crossing while he was going to his village home from the upazila headquarters by a van at about 8:30pm. However, the reason behind the killing could not be ascertained immediately. A case was filed with the local police station. Meanwhile, police detained seven people suspecting their involvement in the killing.

Drug peddler arrested

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a drug peddler along with 262 bottles of phensidyl from his private car from in front of the National Mausoleum here on Saturday. The arrestee is Abdul Goni of Beerchari village in Ghatail upazila of Tangail district. Acting on secret information, a team of Rab arrested Goni along with the contraband syrup at a check-post and seized his private car.

Body recovered

Police recovered the body of an unidentified man from Sarkoldanga village in Sadar upazila on Saturday. Locals found the body of the man aged about 56 at noon and informed police. Later, police recovered the body bearing stab injury marks and sent it to hospital morgue for autopsy. A was filed in this connection.

20 hurt as AL rivals clash

At least 20 people were injured in a clash between two groups of Awami League (AL) activists at Chougachhi village in Sreepur upazila on Friday afternoon. Police quoting locals said there was a longstanding conflict between two local AL leaders-- Amir Biswas and Babu Biswasover establishing supremacy at the village. As a sequel to the conflict, an altercation ensued when the supporters of Amir barred Babu from irrigating a disputed land. At one stage, the two groups equipped with lethal weapons and sticks attacked each other leaving 20 people injured from the both sides.

10 hurt in Faridpur clash

At least 10 people were injured in a clash over a disputed land at Ganeshbabur Dangi village under Sadarpur upazila of the district yesterday. A number of houses were set ablaze, ransacked and looted during the clash, source said. Injured Badrul Karal, 22, Mohon Bepari, 55, Badu Kha,25, and Asma Begum,30, were admitted to Sadarpur Health Complex while Atiar Karal,35, was sent to Faridpur Medical College and Hospital. Locals said the clash erupted when local influential Lutfor Mridha along with his loyals of Ganeshbabur village in Amirabad area of Bhasanchar union under Sadarpur upazila went to 'khas' land, a group of landless people led by Mohon tried to resist them. Lutfor and his cohorts Ujjal Mridha and Renju Mridha attacked them with lethal weapon. At one stage, they also set some houses including that of Ata Karal on fire.

Letters

Heathrow story

Now the students who were in a hurry to migrate to UK have got another reason to think about. Some of the students, with all the procedures and documents well-maintained, were rejected by the immigration department of Britain. On some lame excuses students were compelled to come back with their bag and baggage.

Tourism in Comilla

Comilla has a number of tourist attractions. Many historical and archaeological sites are situated in the district. There are Commonwealth War Cemetery Memorials, Muktijoddha Museum at Mainamati Cantonment, Shalbon Bihar, BARD, Mainamati Museum, Lalmai Hill, Goumti river, Dhormo Sagor and Comilla University which is situated at the top of the Lalmai hill at Kotbari.

Wasting water

Is there any law to check wasting water? Can't the authorities do anything about this? People wasting water by washing cars with hosepipe or spraying the road on a dry, hot day are common sights in the city. It is disturbing to see such wastage, especially when the city is reeling under water crisis. When few buckets will suffice pipes fixed to taps are used with uninterrupted flow of water. This is done even when people in the adjacent building are without water. Why is there such scant awareness about vital issues though they may seem trivial? The authorities must step in and take up measures regarding such issues so that our irresponsible acts do not have negative impact on society.

Drug menace

These days drug addiction is the new menace in Khulna city. Day by day this problem is increasing . Many youngsters like school and college going students are falling victim to addiction. Young students take drugs just to find a temporary pleasure. They are caught in the death trap. Slowly but surely they are led to death.

Why this 'discrimination'?

Life has become a living hell to the old Dhaka dwellers due to constant load-shedding. It occurs every hour, even at night. Sometimes I am just forced to think is it really load-shedding or discrimination? Because, in the newer part, it happens hardly three times a day, whereas in older areas it takes place 11 hours a day. This is the reality.

Trial of war criminals

The AL government's announcement to try war criminals is certainly a milestone in our history. The people of Bangladesh, especially the young generation of the country, have been eagerly waiting to see the punishment of those criminals (they are not only collaborators, criminals too!). We can justify the punishment for a variety of reasons, but I particularly focus on two reasons for this:

Social responsibility

It had to happen sooner rather than later. Dhaka has achieved its questionable 'goal' as the dirtiest, most difficult and unliveable major city in the world. After being the most corrupt nation 5 years running, did we deserve this as well? Is the government solely responsible for this 'accolade'? Not at all, in a way we all, Dhakabashis, have contributed our mite by our senselessness, insensitiveness, indiscipline, dirty habits and our headlong rush towards easy money.

Our way of parenting

Over the past couple of week, we have witnessed a significant number of terrible crimes, in the name of peer-rivalry, rejection in love relation, committed by youths who are even below 25. While the government is responsible for the over-all deteriorating law and order situation of the country, for these particular incidents, I want to hold parents responsible. What are the parents doing these days? Don't they have any control over their children? Especially with respect to a male child, our family culture is always terribly biased. Even as a little child when a boy becomes angry, we pamper it, and find a kind of pleasure seeing our sons' turning into the proper 'Masculine'. And most of the time, these children see ,within their households, that their mothers or sisters are dominated and dictated by the male members, without giving a slightest care about what they want. Therefore, the boys of our society grow up with a terrible sense of superiority, we credit them for what they are not, and we are afraid of their anger when they should be taught basic human nature of tolerance and respect. All these malpractices within a household produce disarray and confused children who become easily gullible to project the worth in the most appalling manner. To end my letter, I want to request all the parents of today, instead of teaching your children (irrespective of boy or girl) that when they grow up they need to be doctors, engineers or barristers, please teach them the basic human qualities, set example before them of love and respect for all. Otherwise, it is not that far that we will find young people, going to such and such schools, colleges and universities to be enlightened, but taking lives and committing crimes as if they belong to the age of darkness.

Devdas today

My attention was drawn to the letter written by Mr. Pradip Das on the above mentioned subject. Sarat Chandra, the great novelist of 20th century with a 19th century mindset, made female characters suffer unnecessarily! I first read the novel when I was in grade 7 or 8. I felt for Devdas and probably cried for him. Then I read the same book again after completing my masters degree. This time around I did not feel anything for Devdas. There is nothing manly in this weak character that could attract me. Rather my heart was filled with sympathy for Parvati! She was the last person who could be blamed for the unfortunate events that unfolded in their lives.

Soul searching

It is almost 40 years into independence. It is high time to ask what have we achieved over the years apart from an identity and tons of problems. I do not mean to say that things would have been better if it were still Pakistan. The situation in Pakistan is rather worse than in Bangladesh, the nature of problems being different.

Subscribers in trouble

Following apprehension of some unlawful activities, operation of certain wireless fixed phone companies has been put on suspension. As a result, the subscribers to these wireless phone services have been thrown into unjust sufferings for no fault of theirs. In these days of hassle-prone fixed land phones as the lines mostly remain inoperative, cross connected, and there is the additional problem of cable theft, wireless fixed phone came as a boon for the telephone users.

Learning English

The government as well as the authorities concerned have given due importance to learning English.

Unfair game

Recently BTRC started to take actions against illegal VoIP operations and in the process closed down five land phone operators. Well, if any operator does anything illegal, it is liable to be punished. But, how justified is it to close down the whole operation of the land phone operators? The land phone operators were given licence to offer services for fixed line operation, although the wireless technology they use allows them to offer mobility to the customers. As far as I know, these operators do not offer mobile service to customers. They try to make business by offering fixed line services to places and customers where BTCL is unable to provide satisfactory service or connections. As per the regulation, they can face competition from BTCL, but not supposed to face business competition from the mobile operators. But, in reality, is it so? The Public Call Offices (PCOs) in the rural areas and mobile phone shops in the cities offer fixed phone service using mobile phones from the mobile operators. As far as I know this is illegal. So, the fixed line operators are losing business heavily. But, BTRC is allowing this business of the mobile companies. Is it fair? When mobile operators were found with illegal VoIP, they were fined heavily, but their switch rooms were not put under lock and key. Instead of imposing a heavy fine as punishment if the fixed line operators are found guilty, why their switch rooms are closed down? I am not sure whose interest BTRC is serving by closing these fixed line operators, while thousands of their customers are suffering.

Another struggle begins

As the nation celebrates the 39th anniversary of independence, of freedom from oppression, of standing up against a significant 'them', of a call to unite and fight for our motherland, one may wonder where 'we' are now, or if 'we' as a concept exist in present day Bangladesh at all. On 26 March 1971, it was 'us' against 'them', a fight for our freedom, a fight for respect. On 26 March 2010, it is 'us' against 'them' all around, but, unfortunately, now it is nothing but a fight for political supremacy, power and the systematic annihilation of each other.

Smoking in bus

Every morning I travel by Khulna town service bus to my college. There I see the helpers and driver smoke frequently. Passengers sitting behind the driver suffer most. Helpers also cause the same problem to the window side passengers. I complained a few times, however, they didn't care. Smoking in public vehicles is illegal.

Holy Week

Holy Week is a time when we fast with joy, submitting ourselves to spiritual struggles in preparation for the sorrowful Passion and joyful Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

International

Lanka military on alert ahead of vote

Sri Lanka placed nearly 20,000 troops on alert to reinforce police as violence escalated ahead of parliamentary elections, a police spokesman said yesterday.

Karzai lambastes West again

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has slammed Western backers for the second time in a week, accusing the United States of interference, The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday.

Constitution must be drafted on time: Prachanda

Accusing "regressive forces" of conspiring against the timely drafting of new Constitution, Nepal's opposition Maoists chief Prachanda yesterday said it must be promulgated by the May 28 deadline to save the country from those opposing federalism, republicanism and secularism.

Troops kill 38 militants in Pakistan

Security forces killed 38 militants in two separate operations yesterday in an area near the Afghan border where the army recently launched an offensive targeting the Pakistani Taliban, a local official said.

Marja Taliban using 'compensation' money against Marines

In an attempt to garner public support, US Marines engaged in an intense battle with the Taliban in Marja, have been offering thousands of dollars a week to the local residents as compensation for property damage, but the move has backfired as the insurgents are using the same money against the international forces stationed in Afghanistan.

Southeast Asian river countries meet China over dam fears

Southeast Asian nations on the shrinking lower Mekong River began talks with China yesterday over fears that its dams are further depleting the waterway, which is at its lowest levels in decades.

Mock security drills at India Gate, SC building

Delhi Police yesterday carried out mock security drills at the India Gate and the Supreme Court complex here to check operational preparedness and review security in the capital.

Chidambaram makes offer of talks to Maoists

On his first visit to the heart of Naxal territory in West Bengal, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram yesterday ruled out involvement of military in anti-Maoist operations and made a fresh offer of dialogue with the left-wing extremists.

Two killed in Kashmir border

Indian troops yesterday shot dead two suspected militants after they sneaked into Indian Kashmir from the Pakistani-zone of the disputed region, an army spokesman said.

India rejects allegations of waging 'water war'

Rejecting as "preposterous and completely unwarranted" the allegations that it is stealing Pakistan's share of river waters and waging a water war, India has said it is "scrupulously" providing Islamabad its share of water in line with the 1960 Indus Waters Treaty.

Baghdad hit by triple blasts, 30 dead

Three suicide car bombs targeting the Iranian and Egyptian embassies rocked Baghdad yesterday, killing 30 people in a surge of violence as Iraqis struggle to form a government four weeks after elections.

Iran says will host nuke disarmament meeting

Iran said yesterday it will host a nuclear disarmament conference this month to be attended by China, which has been resisting new sanctions against Tehran over its atomic ambitions.

Thai govt tries legal moves to stop Reds

Thailand's government yesterday said it would seek a court order to force anti-government protesters, loyal to ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra, to end their crippling rally in Bangkok's tourist hub.

Blast derails train in Russia

A bomb blast derailed a freight train in Russia's North Caucasus republic of Dagestan yesterday, a police official said.

US to adopt new air security policy

The United States has announced new security measures to replace the mandatory screening of air travellers from 14 countries, imposed after the failed attack on a flight in December.

Ban Ki-moon visit prompts Kyrgyzstan rally

Scores of protesters in Kyrgyzstan have clashed with police in Bishkek as Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, visited the Kyrgyz capital.

Kim hosts Chinese ambassador

North Korea's Kim Jong Il hosted a weekend dinner in Pyongyang for the new Chinese ambassador, state media reported yesterday, indicating the reclusive communist leader has not embarked on a much-speculated trip to Beijing.

Arts & Entertainment

A voice to the voiceless

It's just another day at Khilgaon Model High School. During the recess, the children are seen running around the school playground, playing games, and generally having fun after all that strenuous class work. Standing right outside the main gate, a young girl wistfully watches the children at play. This is a self-portrait by 14-year-old Rita, a domestic help, a testament to her unfulfilled dream of going to school and joining other kids playing on the school grounds.

The healing touch

At 4 pm on April 2, at Radisson Hotel, 12 autistic children sang on stage with Mehreen -- each of them held a torchlight (instead of candles). The song was Michael Jackson's "Heal the World."

Bonna Mirza in conversation

No image of life is more authentic than the practical state of affairs. There are dreamers, there are escapists. Bonna Mirza seems to defy both these archetypes. She dwells in hard core reality. Not of probabilities, Bonna talks about possibilities and aims at seeing life through the bona fides and not by imagining alternatives. This resolved and renowned actress talks about her life on stage, on screen and in real life.

Poetry on canvas

Artist Asma Sultana Mita lives and works in the UK. Her artworks are closely related to nature, people and various phases of life. Nudes, semi nudes, flora and fauna make up her signature style. Mita's works have a watery appearance and feature a play of shades. Her works come across as visual poetry. She is a figurative painter and her works are in mixed media.

Song and Dance: Tagore and Raas Lila

“I regard the poet as a sentinel warning us against the approaching enemies called bigotry, lethargy, intolerance”

Weeklong theatre festival begins in Sylhet

Sammilita Natya Parishad, Sylhet organsied a weeklong drama festival at the M Saifur Rahman auditorium at the city's Rikabibazar last Friday night. Founder Chief of the Natya Parishad and president of Sammilita Sangskritik Jote, Sylhet and veteran cultural personality, Hemchandra Bhattacharya formally inaugurated the festival as chief guest.

Janet Jackson opens up about Michael’s death

The notoriously private Janet Jackson opened up about her brother's death on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" last Friday, admitting that the family knew he had a problem.

“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” now playing at Star Cineplex

Optimus Prime and the Autobots decided to stop at Dhaka for a week but unbeknown to them Decepticon's decided to do the same. Both sides bumped into each other and the battle has begun at Star Cineplex.

OP-ED

Who's to blame?

ANY news of death hardly perturbs us, because the media is awash everyday with so many death reports on gratuitous killings by political hooligans, professional killers, muggers, homicides as a sequel to family disputes over property, deaths caused by violence against women, and so on. Add to these the victims of irresponsible drivers of cars, trucks and buses.

Rehabilitation of the Muslim world

THE infamy of 9/11 that turned Islam, a religion of peace like the others, to one scorned as "Islamofasicism," and forcing of the Muslim diaspora in the West to live a precarious life as second class citizens in the countries of their birth, has to be erased if the world is to become one again and not historian Niall Ferguson's fragmented spheres of gated affluence and "disposable" misery afflicted greater part of humanity.

Tighten your water taps to fight the water crisis

SUMMER is not in full steam yet. But the city is already in the grip of a severe water crisis. Newspapers print pictures of forlorn men, women and children waiting with empty pitchers for hours on end for a pail of water. The cabinet has decided to deploy the army to help ease the water crisis in the city. A friend jokingly said: "It is like using a cannon to kill a mosquito."

Bangladesh's face to the world

THE New Year started auspiciously for Bangladesh. One of its illustrious sons, the legendary founder of Brac Mr. Fazle Hasan Abed, was knighted by the Queen. Congratulations to Sir Fazle! Sir Fazle, and the founder of Grameen Bank and Nobel Peace Prize winner Professor Muhammad Yunus are the two famous Bangladeshis the whole world reveres. This article tells how Dr. Muhammad Yunus is regarded abroad, especially in America, and how he enhances Bangladesh's prestige in the world.

Beware a comedy of mirrors

A comedy of errors is a minor fracas. We have all been there. But beware the comedy of mirrors, when you don't get what you see -- or, worse, you don't see what you get.



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