News of: Wednesday, 7th of April, 2010
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The Dhaka district administration yesterday started an eight-month long demolition drive against illegal structures by the river Buriganga at Nawabchar in Kamrangirchar.
A 16-year-old schoolgirl has been burnt to death by a youth who had been stalking her since she refused his marriage proposal two years ago.
The government has short-listed four companies for the Dhaka Elevated Expressway project at an estimated cost of Tk 8,617 crore.
The government's socio-political campaign to uproot extremism has apparently lost all enthusiasm thanks to leadership problem in the home ministry and reluctance of the ministries and agencies concerned in performing their duties.
Pakistan High Commissioner in Dhaka Ashraf Qureshi yesterday said Pakistan will not interfere in Bangladesh government's move to hold trial of its alleged war criminals since it is an internal affair of this country.
Khulna University was closed for an indefinite period yesterday after a group of students confined a photojournalist to a room that led to clashes between police and students.
A Dhaka court yesterday sent Shahina Yeasmin, wife of detained businessman Giasuddin Al Mamun, to jail after she surrendered to it in a graft case in which she was earlier jailed for three years in absentia.
Jamila, 30, was lying on a bed at the city's International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR, B). She was suffering from diarrhoea.
Executive Committee of National Economic Council (Ecnec) yesterday approved two projects of Tk 1,972 crore to free five rivers in and around Dhaka of pollution and illegal occupation and conduct capital dredging of the rivers Jamuna and Dhaleswari.
With the monsoon approaching, thousands of residents in cyclone Aila affected coastal districts of Khulna and Satkhira are facing destitution again, as major breaches in flood protection embankments are yet to be repaired.
Anti-Corruption Commission Chairman Ghulam Rahman yesterday said the nexus between politics and business is a major factor behind corruption at the upper class of the society.
A man yesterday committed suicide at his former female colleague's house in the capital's Maniknagar as she declined to marry him.
Army personnel will officially be tasked with helping Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority ease the persisting water crisis in the capital from today.
The first Junior School Certificate (JSC) and equivalent examinations will be held in the first week of November.
A power generation unit of the Ghorashal Power Plant which was shut down following fire in its substation Monday afternoon, resumed operation at 3:00pm yesterday.
A three-member Indian technical team is now visiting Bangladesh to expedite the process of improving roads and waterways to transport heavy machinery for setting up a power plant in Tripura state.
A special court of Bangladesh Rifles fixed today to deliver the first verdict in any BDR mutiny case, against 29 jawans of the 25 Rifles Battalion at Panchagarh Battalion Headquarters.
A group of ruling party activists cut down and took away 11 trees from Kachua Dalima government primary school in Baufal upazila in the district on Monday.
Bangladesh received its first sovereign credit rating yesterday, with Standard & Poor's (S&P) saying the economic outlook was stable.
Maoists yesterday ambushed and shot dead 75 Indian paramilitary and policemen in the dense jungles of Dantewada district of Chattisgarh in one of the deadliest attacks on the forces.
When women tried to join the bench on Egypt's top administrative court, the uproar from its judges was fierce. Women are too emotional, they insisted and who will take care of the family if the mother is busy with the arduous tasks of the courtroom?
South Korea's intelligence chief predicted Tuesday that North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il could make a long-anticipated trip to China late this month.
THE destruction of forests and woodland in the country goes on unabated, often in rather innovative ways. Just how much of ingenuity can be applied in destroying nature can be understood through a report in the issue of this newspaper yesterday. Those who would like to plunder forests have now devised a unique method of killing off the trees before getting hold of them. The trees are stripped bare of their barks and then salt and copper sulphate are put into the roots to have these die an inevitable death. In other words, once the trees die, it will be the authorities themselves who will be compelled to dispose of them. And who better to take charge of the trees than those who have caused their unnatural end?
ONE would have thought what marked out a living organism from an inanimate object is the capacity for feeling. The marker ought to be nobler when you are a human being. You are simply expected to sense the pain and trauma of another who has been physically hurt with the same intensity as though you were the victim. Should you fail the test, you don't simply deserve to be called a human being. Not even perhaps an animal; as even some species exude kindness to the kindred.
Marketing committee chairman Aziz Al Kaiser Titoo on Tuesday put the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on a spot of bother by saying that he was not fully informed about the National Cricket League's sponsorship deal between the board and ATN Records.
As events around the wedding between Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik and tennis ace Sania Mirza get murkier by the day, the Indian sports icon's family was "keeping all options open", including postponing the wedding, indicated a close family friend.
Hosts Bangladesh got off to a flying start in the IHF Handball (U-21) Challenge Trophy handing a massive 46-2 defeat to Afghanistan in one of two opening day's matches at the Shaheed Shurawardi Indoor National Stadium yesterday.
Mamunur Rahman Chayan struck four times including a hattrick in Mohammedan Sporting Club's 5-0 drubbing of Mariner Youngs Club in the Dhaka Bank Club Cup Hockey Tournament at the Maulana Bhasani Stadium yesterday.
Brothers Union and Arambagh KS once again shared points in the Bangladesh League when they played out a goalless draw in their second meeting at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
The launching ceremony of the National Cricket League's Twenty20 tournament will be held today.
Chennai Super Kings completed a sweep of their three-match home leg after the Mumbai Indians' batting fell apart in a rash of poor strokes following Sachin Tendulkar's retirement due to dehydration.
Tiger Woods took his first steps down the road to redemption on Monday at the Masters, answering questions from reporters and playing his first public round of golf in nearly five months.
Only hours after his upset loss at the Sony Ericsson Open last week, Roger Federer was back at practice, hitting across the street on the Ritz Carlton's courts.
Having demanded to launch a probe committee to find out the activities of Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) during the care-taker government, as many as 16 general secretaries of the national sports federations placed a letter to the state minister for youth and sports Ahad Ali Sarkar at the National Sports Council yesterday.
Hridoy Hossain, an underprivileged Dhaka child, will have the experience of a lifetime when he, as part of an eight-member football team, will take part in a charity football tournament in Singapore titled Soccer Sixes 2010 Tournament organised by the Singapore Cricket Club on April 9 and 10. The class-one student whose favourite position is midfield dreams of being like Zinedine Zidane one day.
The IHF Handball Challenge Trophy just got underway yesterday at the Shurawardi Indoor National Stadium in Mirpur, but it is hard to understand that the six-nation international U-21 tournament was going on inside the air-conditioned indoor stadium.
Tennis star Sania Mirza could face more trouble before her April 15 marriage with embattled Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik as an advocate has filed a police complaint that her marriage would amount to treason.
Tiger Woods "is a big fat liar" who slept with a porn actress 10 days after the birth of his child, the woman, who claims a relationship with the golf megastar, said Monday.
Viquarunnisa Noon School & College, Azimpur Girl's School & College, Sir John Wilson School and Agargaon Adarsha High School won their respective matches in the Citycell Dhaka Metropolis School (Girl's) Football Championship yesterday.
Narayanganj became zonal champions of the 30th Inter-District Cricket Championship with a four-wicket victory against Faridpur yesterday.
Ryan Giggs has warned Bayern Munich to expect a ferocious assault from Manchester United in Wednesday's Champions League quarterfinal second leg at Old Trafford.
Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti insists England winger Joe Cole will agree to stay at Stamford Bridge before his contract expires at the end of the season.
Bordeaux approach the second leg of their Champions League quarterfinal with Lyon on Wednesday looking to salvage something from a season that is threatening to unravel before their eyes.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has conceded that he has struggled to perform to his usual standards in a season which looks set to ultimately end in disappointment.
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has been ruled out of the Champions League second leg, quarterfinal against Bayern Munich by manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Spanish Primera Liga side Valladolid have appointed former Spain coach Javier Clemente as their new manager until the end of the season, the club said Tuesday.
Spain's football players union on Monday called a strike for April 16-19 that would affect matches in La Liga's top four tiers unless an agreement over unpaid wages is reached before then.
Bangladesh got its first sovereign credit rating yesterday, which the government expects will help the country in international transaction and attract more foreign investment.
Top bankers said yesterday a relatively positive rating on Bangladesh by a globally reputed firm would help them reduce costs for cross-border business exposures.
Striking a balance between consumer and investor rights is the biggest challenge for the regulator in addressing the electricity issue, said the law minister yesterday.
Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain yesterday urged recruitment agencies to fix a fair migration cost.
Stocks tumbled yesterday amid sell-offs in almost all sectors, with telecoms and banks taking the lead.
A three-day housing fair, Prantick Real Estate Fair-2010, begins in Chittagong tomorrow.
Under new brand name Robi, Axiata Bangladesh Ltd yesterday offered prepaid connections at Tk 98 each.
Bangladesh has an opportunity to diversify exports and explore new markets as the Netherlands offers three-tier joint-venture investment in the private sector, said speakers at a seminar in Dhaka yesterday.
The dollar tracked back slightly from nine-month highs Tuesday as profit-takers moved in to take advantage of recent rallies while strong economic sentiment kept most stocks higher.
Oil prices dipped in Asian trade Tuesday after surging to near 87 dollars on demand optimism, analysts said.
Shirish Apte, chief executive officer of Citi Asia Pacific, arrives in Dhaka today on a two-day visit.
A sovereign credit rating means the credit rating of a country or sovereign entity. A credit rater evaluates the country's economic and political environment to determine a representative credit rating. A good rating is essential for accessing funding in international bond markets. Another reason for obtaining sovereign credit ratings is to attract foreign direct investment.
HAKKANI PULP & PAPER
Trading of the company's shares will be held in Demat form, as per the decision of SEC, with effect from April 29. Trading will be allowed only on the spot market on April 25 and will remain suspended from April 26-28 for finalisation of Demat process.
Local Market FX
The local interbank market was trading active yesterday. USD/BDT rates were trading in a similar range yesterday. The market was liquid.
Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury yesterday warned the seed companies of taking legal action against them if they import sub-standard hybrid rice seeds and sell those to farmers.
Thimphu will be made cleaner and greener later this month with the Bhutanese authorities have already launched a mass cleaning campaign for the upcoming 16th Saarc summit scheduled for April 28-29.
The government task force formed to carry out all the procedures to bring back the convicted killers of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and other convicts held its maiden meeting at the law ministry yesterday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina met President Zillur Rahman at Bangabhaban yesterday evening and apprised him of the outcome of her state visit to China.
BNP leaders at a discussion in Chittagong yesterday emphasised greater unity among the grassroots level leaders and workers to wage a movement against 'the misrule of the government'.
Attorney General (AG) Mahbubey Alam and Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Khandaker Mahbub Hossain have accused each other of serving political purposes of 'particular' parties through their activities.
Health Minister AFM Ruhal Haque yesterday said the government will discuss the ways of reducing health hazards caused by climate change in the upcoming conference of the parties (COP16).
Women become more vulnerable when a community faces the negative impacts of climate change, said speakers at a dialogue yesterday.
The power authorities yesterday switched off 230KV electric line stretching from Meghnaghat to Hasnabad for three hours after a mentally disturbed young girl climbed a 200-feet high electric tower at Siddhirganj here.
Bangladesh Dalit Forum (BDF) yesterday condemned the refusal to let Dalit students participate in a programme of Bhojgati Govt School in Jessore on March 29.
Leaders of Citizens' Rights Movement (CRM) yesterday placed an 11-point demand to address the city's power and water crises.
A Dhaka court decides tomorrow whether the sedition case against Dhaka City Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka over his remarks terming late president Ziaur Rahman the 'proclaimer of independence and the country's first president' will be taken into cognizance or not.
Around 150 shanties were gutted at a slum in Rupnagar and a plastic factory was burned down at Kamrangirchar in separate incidents of fire in the city yesterday.
President Zillur Rahman yesterday called on both the ruling and opposition parties to turn parliament into a centre of all discussions in order to make it more functional.
The country will observe the World Health Day today as elsewhere across the globe.
Different political and socio-cultural organisations yesterday strongly protested stalking of girls and demanded exemplary punishment to the culprits.
ICDDR,B observed the World Day for Physical Activity yesterday with a view to increasing awareness in society of physical activity for living a healthy and long life.
The High Court (HC) yesterday deferred the hearing on the petitions filed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina till today for quashing the proceedings of four corruption cases against her.
Teachers can now apply for jobs in government secondary schools online via a web page set up by Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE).
Employees of non-governmental organisation Brac in a statement yesterday demanded punishment to all stalkers across the country.
Leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra Union Dhaka University unit in a statement yesterday condemned the attack on two journalists at Shahbagh in the city on Sunday night.
The undergraduate admission test results of Summer 2010 semester of North South University (NSU) held on March 27 were published yesterday.
Fourteen people including advocate Muslem Uddin, an Awami League (AL) lawmaker from Mymensingh-6 (Phulbaira) were sued here yesterday for their alleged involvement in war crimes during the War of Liberation in 1971.
With inundation of more haor areas in Kalmakanda and Madan upazilas, flood situation in Netrakona further deteriorated yesterday,
Teachers, officials and employees of Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (CVASU) observed two-hour work abstention yesterday partially disrupting academic and administrative activities of the university.
Ruling party cadres felled 11 trees on the ground of a government primary school in Baufal upazila of the district on Monday.
The members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday afternoon arrested a top Tangail Jubo league leader, the main accused in NGO worker rape case, along with contraband phensidyl and liquor.
At least 126 of the 1,080 HSC candidates from Koira upazila in Khulna district could not appear at the ongoing examinations as cyclone Aila last year turned their families homeless and pauper, making them unable to prepare for the examinations.
Jarin Tasrin, a student of Rangpur Collectorate School and College, could not appear in the ongoing HSC examinations as the institution authorities did not give her admit card before the examination.
Deputy commissioner (DC) of Bogra has ordered arrest of four leaders of the ruling Awami League's associate bodies as they brought 'corruption' charges against the DC.
The students of Cox's Bazar Medical College continued agitation for the third day yesterday to press home their demands.
A trial court in Sylhet yesterday jail five members of a family for life in a murder case. The convicts are: Nizamuddin, his three sons-Zobayer (absconding), Jewel and Jamil and Sumon, son of Azimuddin of Kapon village under Osmaninagar police station in Sylhet. Prime accused-Azimuddin, brother of Nizamuddin died during the trial. According to the prosecution, at about 4 pm on November 14, 2003 the accused swooped on Miron Mia as he had raised objection to setting electric line behind his house without his permission. They hit him with lethal weapons and Miron succumbed to his wounds in hospital the following day. Victim's nephew Mujibur Rahman filed a case and police on investigations filed charge sheet against the accused on May 5 in 2003.
A youth was stabbed to death by criminals in Mymensingh railway station area last night. Victim Nazrul Islam Jhantu, 22, was son of Abdul Wahab of Bagmara area in the district town. Police and family sources said, a gang led by one Kala called Jhantu out of his residence at around 11:00 pm last night. Later they took Jhantu to Mymensingh railway station Krishnachura Chattar and stabbed him indiscriminately at around 11:45 pm. Jhantu died on the spot. On information, police recovered the body and sent it to Mymensingh Medical College and Hospital (MMCH) morgue for autopsy. A case was lodged but none was arrested.
A suspected mugger sustained bullet injury as Rab men fired at a gang in the city's Tilagarh area Monday night. Another suspect was caught and a dagger and a toy pistol were recovered from his possession. Two others managed to escape. Rab men also seized the private car used by the gang. Rab said, a patrol team opened fire on a private car as its driver tried to speed away defying Rab order near the MC College hostel at about 10:30 pm. Moreover the gang fired at the law enforcers. However, they arrested bullet hit Manik Sagar Dutta, while two others managed to escape.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered four precious statues of Buddha from Cox's Bazar district on Sunday. The statues reportedly worth Tk 50 lakh were brought to Rab-7 of Chittagong headquarters at Patenga and showed to the media in the port city yesterday. Sources said, on information that a gang of smugglers gathered at Kalurjana Rangmahal of Latpahar Reserved Forest under Chakaria upazila a team of the elite force from its temporary camp in Cox's Bazar district raided the spot on Sunday evening. Sensing presence of Rab the smugglers fled the scene leaving the four statues at different places of the area.
Khulna Press Club, Khulna Union of Journalists (KUJ), Metropolitan Union of Journalists (MUJ) and Khulna unit of Bangladesh Photo Journalists' Association (BPJA) will form a human chain today in front of press club building to protest 'kidnapping and attack' on daily Prothom Alo photographer by some students of Khulna University on Monday midnight. Besides, an eight-member committee has been formed to probe the incident and submit a report on findings to the vice chancellor demanding expulsion of students and removal of teachers who kidnapped, confined and later beat up the photo-journalist.
A fugitive convict in a robbery case was arrested from Board Bazaar village under Sada upazila on Monday night. He was sent to jail yesterday. Arrestee Nurul Islam hailed from Ilishmari village of Sadar upazila. Acting on a tip off, a Sadar police team arrested Nurul at around 9:00 pm, said sub inspector (SI) Saiful Islam of Sadar police station. Nurul went into hiding in 2002 after he was awarded seven years imprisonment in a robbery case.
A 28-year-old man was murdered with sharp weapons at Mollahat in Bagerhat Monday night. Police recovered his body yesterday morning. Nazrul Islam Tito of Kulai village was hacked in front of his house while he was returning home from Baraghat Bazaar in the upazila. His father Abdul Mannan Sheikh claimed that his son was killed to previous enmity. Nazrul had rivalry with another youth over the business of water supply for irrigation, he said. Police recovered the body yesterday morning and sent it to Bagerhat Sadar Hospital morgue for autopsy. No case was lodged till filing of this report yesterday morning.
Police arrested six people including a woman allegedly for making and showing obscene video films from Hujrapur in the town on Sunday night. The arrestees are Abdur Rob,40, of Mohishbathan village under Mohadevpur upazila in Naogaon district and Laxman Chowdhury, 24, Gour Chowdhury, 19, Liton Lal Chowdhury, 20, Nitai Chowdhury,24, and Nitu Rani Chowdhury,20, of Hujrapur Pashchim Para in Chapainawabganj municipal area. Ahsanul Haque, officer-in-charge (OC) of Sadar police station said, acting on secret information a police team raided one Azahar Mia's house at Hujrapur at about 10:15 pm and arrested the six with a video footage of sexual activities. Police also recovered a mobile phone with a memory card containing obscene video footage.
I would like to suggest the following to the policy makers of our government.
Day by day we are losing our national fish Hilsa, because fishermen are catching Hilsa fry (jatka) defying the law. Hilsa has a great contribution to our GDP. According to sources, in our national GDP its contribution is 1%. So, it is a matter we should give importance to.
The rivers that drain into Bangladesh deposit more than 500 million tonnes of sediment each year. Many islands do disappear but new ones emerge. In fact, more land is gained than lost. In this context, the formation of a single island in the 1970s and its disappearance 30 or so years later are not remarkable and do not have any implications with respect to the supposedly catastrophic effects of carbon dioxide emissions.
We have got a clear message from the students of O and A levels in 2008-2009 academic sessions that Bangladeshi students also can win the world. We feel our exuberance in offering accolades to those 52 students who have got world's highest marks in various subjects in those sessions (highest marks were secured before also). Their marvellous achievements speak for the talent of Bangladeshi students even amid various constraints and shortage of facilities. Surely, we have this sort of talented students in our general education also.
At about 9.30 a.m. in the morning, I was waiting at a traffic signal in front of Alliance Franchise keeping close to the maiden to take a U turn. Suddenly, there was a knock on the window, turning around I saw a girl in uniform yelling at me. Being unable to hear anything I lowered the window and I was shocked to hear what she had to say. I politely asked her, was she walking on the footpath that I have to make way for her to pass. I was even more shocked to hear her reply. She said it is for the students of Dhaka City College.
For our daily activities or for journey, we have to ride bus, car, taxi etc but the question is how safe these vehicles are for us to ride in! Abnormal road accident has almost become a normal matter to us. As a result, every day road accident is increasing.
Lately, the number of crimes has been on the rise in Dhaka city. Every day we are getting news of killing & stabbing from various parts of Dhaka. Crime is also increasing in other regions of the country. If we peruse the newspapers of last ten or fifteen days, we would find news of killing & violence every day. Some of those news reports even found place in the first pages of top newspapers. It is true that we cannot blame the government for those crimes but methinks it should activate its law enforcing agencies. It must be proactive, rather than reactive to reduce those criminal activities. We want to live with safety & security.
From the time of Alexander, the idea of globalisation has been a much-talked about topic in the intellectual world-- especially in the field of political economy and in the socio-cultural arena. It became a reality after travelling a long path, finally in the 20th century. We are now living in a global environment. Technological development makes the flow of information very easy and we have easy access to it. Almost all the spheres of our society are affected by this surge requiring various kinds of reforms and adjustments with numerous dimensions. People's attitudes are changing as they become more and more aware of the international events and their consequences. Economic adjustments coupled with changing business environment made it mandatory to have required knowledge in the field of business and commerce. Multi-national corporations are expanding their operation much faster than before in the developing countries as they are trying to become cost effective. Skilled and knowledge oriented labour force are the basic requirement to grab those opportunities. We have to compete with other nations if we are willing to capitalize on those opportunities which require extensive education and knowledge in the relevant fields. Business education, which we are acquiring, will help us to cope with this environment. We need to develop our learning from both theoretical and practical context. We must be dynamic and confident by acquiring knowledge of various fields. Interactive, analytical, on-line supporting paper works as well as diffusion of knowledge among the students, intensive group discussion on various real life events, workshop, and debate etc. can increase our decision making power and analytical ability. Therefore, it is high time for the students not to spoil their time engaging in unproductive activities but to be more and more engrossed in the study, so that they can shine and compete successfully in the professional fields. One of us may get a Nobel Prize for our hard work. It is difficult but not impossible.
Leading University (LU) campus is situated in Sylhet city, a region highly vulnerable to earthquake. The present campus of LU is located in a very old building, Modhuban Market, where more than 1800 students study.
I was absolutely delighted when I was going through the write-up of eminent Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir entitled “Apology Day for Pakistani” in The Daily Star on March 26. In his writing, Hamid has demanded formal apology from the government of Pakistan to the people of Bangladesh for the war crimes committed by their forefathers back in 1971. Symbolically, Hamid's awareness seems to me the awareness of Pakistanis, majority of whom feel ashamed and sorry for the genocide imposed on us by the oppressive military rulers during our liberation war.
In 2010 the nation is divided into two political groups. The practice of democracy is being thwarted by the crude power politics. The mass people have become puppets at the hands of two political parties. It is evident that the top leaders of our two prime political parties always fail to reach a consensus on our major national issues such as health care, education, sovereignty, foreign policy etc. The most worrying fact is that the country's sovereignty is being undermined by some inconsiderate alliances with the external powers. In our country the total policy changes with the change of government. Consequently, poverty and unemployment persist. Due to the conflicts between the two parties, the major issues always remain unresolved.
Iran should acquire or develop nuclear weapon as soon as possible to ensure its survival against any western or Israeli military invasion. Look, just before the last Iraq invasion, the western powers first misled the whole world by spreading baseless news about Iraqi WMD. They were in such a hurry to attack Iraq that they did not wait for the opinion of the world community. In fact major western intelligences were very well aware that Iraq did not possess any WMD!
The population of Khulna city is increasing day by day. That's why civic problems are also increasing. Infestation of mosquito is one of them. In our city this problem is becoming a normal one. It is impossible to sit at the reading room, drawing room, kitchen or anywhere without being bitten by mosquitoes at night. This problem has become so acute that even during daytime mosquitoes reign supreme.
In Shantinagar area, we are getting contaminated water supplied by Wasa. The water we use is full of termite and there is bad odour in the water as well. We can't use this water for cooking and for bathing.
Last year when daylight saving was introduced, people did not oppose it, most people accepted it. They adjusted to the changed situation.
Although I believe articles on this matter have been published in newspapers before, I would still like to bring to your attention that despite this, a well known departmental store chain continues to sell counterfeit items such as 'Kellog's Cornflakes'. Any prudent consumer would be able to detect the difference between the authentic Kellog's Cornflakes cartons manufactured in Manchester, U.K. and those counterfeit items. Other small departmental stores in Dhanmondi are also selling these items. I must admit I was really annoyed by the indifference of the sales personnel when I approached them on the matter. They were obviously embarrassed when I approached them and were insistent on taking me aside so that the other customers wouldn't overhear. If they really care about their reputation they should stop the sale of counterfeit items and help bring the people responsible to justice!
Afghan President Hamid Karzai threatened over the weekend to quit the political process and join the Taliban if he continued to come under outside pressure to reform, according to several members of parliament.
West Bengal yesterday sounded an alert in three districts of West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia following the massive Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh that killed 73 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers.
President Barack Obama was set to unveil a new nuclear policy yesterday that officials said would reduce the role of atomic weapons in US national security strategy.
The United Nations yesterday announced a two-day closure of its offices in Peshawar, citing security fears following a deadly attack on the US consulate in the Pakistani city.
Nato air strike on a residence in southern Afghanistan killed four civilians and four insurgents, an Afghan official and the military alliance said yesterday.
US special forces have a novel weapon in the fight to expel Taliban from a desolate and war-weary farming community in southern Afghanistan -- heavy metal music.
Israel yesterday began distributing millions of protection kits against biochemical warfare, Deputy Defence Minister Matan Vilnai announced, stressing the campaign was not linked to any imminent threat.
The leader of Nepal's opposition Maoists yesterday demanded the government step down, calling it the "main obstacle" to the country's faltering peace process.
Israel's hard-line foreign minister warned Palestinians yesterday against plans to unilaterally declare independence next year, saying such a move could prompt Israel to annex parts of the West Bank and annul past peace agreements.
At least five bombs ripped through apartment buildings across Baghdad yesterday and another struck a market, killing 49 people and wounding more than 160, authorities said.
At least nine vessels and 95 Indian sailors are still being held captive by pirates off the coast of Africa, a government official in Mumbai said yesterday.
A methane fireball tore through a West Virginia coalmine killing 25 miners, with four still missing early Tuesday when a build-up of toxic gases halted the search, officials said.
The first of two courts martial set up to try Sri Lanka's ex-army chief, Sarath Fonseka, has been adjourned .
Scuffles broke out in Bangkok yesterday between riot police and anti-government protesters, while a grenade exploded outside the ruling party's offices, fanning tensions in the capital.
While expressing his displeasure over union home minister P Chidambaram, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, chief minister of West Bengal on Monday said that the language used by the union Home Minister during his visit to the Maoist-infested areas in the state, was 'not good'.
Police killed two suspected suicide bombers during a raid in northwest Pakistan yesterday, officials said, further rattling the Afghan border region following attacks on the US Consulate and a political rally that killed at least 53 people.
China executed a convicted Japanese drug smuggler yesterday, making him the first Japanese citizen to be put to death in the country since diplomatic ties were re-established in 1972.
Adamant government employees in Jammu and Kashmir refused to call off their strike yesterday to demand payment of arrears of the 6th Pay Commission, a day after the government invoked the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) against them.
Arts & Entertainment
As you walk into Nalinikanta Bhattashali Gallery, National Museum, you find yourself under a chhoi (bamboo roof) of an actual Patam boat. The chhoi is as big as a living room -- with a clay stove, provisions, cargo of jute and tea boxes, knick knacks and essentials that may belong to boatmen -- giving you an idea of how big (around 70 feet) this now-extinct boat was. A Patam boat could carry cargo weighing up to 1000 maund (approximately 40 tons).
To celebrate the centenary of Rabindranath Tagore's Nobel Prize winning work "Geetanjali", Rabindra Academy arranged a discussion and musical programme at the Poet Sufia Kamal Auditorium, National Museum on April 5. Eminent personalities, including Tagore exponents, discussed on different aspects of the timeless literary work as well as Tagore's views on his contemporary social setting. Noted Tagore singers of the country later rendered songs at the cultural programme.
TSC based theatre troupe Padatik Natya Sangsad is organising a five-day theatre festival starting from today to mark the 87th birth anniversary of the troupe's founding president Syed Badruddin Hossain at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA).
Celebrating Timir Nandi's four decades as a singer, cultural organisation 'Amra Shurjomukhi' arranged a solo musical soiree featuring the singer at the main auditorium, National Museum recently, says a press release. An artiste of Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra, Nandi has always been active on the musical scene.
The second Mohammad Wazed Ali Literary Conference was held yesterday at the Banshdah village, the birthplace of the renowned litterateur, in the district.
Popular TV play and film director Salauddin Lavlu's latest project -- a feature film titled "Warish" -- was formally launched recently. Shooting for the film is set to start from May 25, according to a press release. This is Lavlu's second film. His debut film "Molla Barir Bou" was a major hit and won him the Lux-Channel i Performance Award '05 for Best Director.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt visited Bosnia on Monday, intending to spotlight the plight of 117,000 people who have not able to return to their homes, even though the Bosnia war ended 15 years ago.
Cultural organisation Sa-re-ga-ma Sangeet Niketan held a cultural function at the Asaduzzaman auditorium recently marking its fifth anniversary in Magura.
LET'S face it. Life is getting to be a hugely difficult and expensive affair in Bangladesh. It is difficult because there are things we cannot easily do as citizens. It is expensive because of all the beautiful aspects of living we have been losing for no fault of ours.
INEQUALITY of income is a growing concern for Bangladesh. There are possibly two reasons for this. First, anxiety over inequality emanates from philosophical and ethical grounds. There is no reason why individuals should be treated differently in terms of access to lifetime economic resources. Why should someone sleep in a flat in Gulshan and the other on a footpath on the plea that they have been born in different endowments of assets? Second, even if we shelve our thoughts over inequality at an intrinsic level, the inequality in income and wealth somehow adversely affects the possibilities of overall growth. The fact that a farmer is denied the access to credit to carry out farm activities not only deprives him of an income but also amounts to a loss of GDP.
AT last, the BNP has come up with its official position on the government initiative to hold the trial of war criminals. Over the last many months different BNP leaders came up with different positions vis-à-vis the proposed trials. Even the BNP secretary general a few days ago gave probably his personal opinion that his party "has no objection to a fair trial of war criminals." However, he expressed doubts whether the investigation and the trial would be transparent.
THE terrorist attack by two women suicide bombers (locally known as "Black Widows" because their husbands were killed in Chechen war) in the heart of Moscow on March 29, killing 39 and wounding 70, has destroyed the myth that Chechen militants have been exterminated, and represents a chilling affirmation that terrorism is again back in Moscow.
PANIC! With a deadline approaching, I was typing so fast that my fingers were distorting the space-time continuum and causing a small black hole to suck paperclips off my desk.