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News of: Friday, 16th of April, 2010

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DCC polls in limbo

The Election Commission yesterday deferred polls to Dhaka City Corporation by at least five months, as the government refused to have the elections on May 31.

No elections if EC not satisfied

The Election Commission has expressed its tough stance on the by-poll in Bhola-3 constituency, even warned of cancelling election results, as activists of Awami League and BNP clashed there yesterday centring poll campaigns.

Make import even tougher

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on environment and forest ministry asked the government not to allow any scrap vessels in the country without cleaning certificate from the government of the exporting country.

6 RMG units damaged

Production of all six garment factories of Nasa Group in the city's outskirt Nishchintapur of Ashulia were suspended yesterday following workers' unrest.

5 die as storms sweep 6 dists

At least five people, including a woman, were killed and around two hundred injured in powerful tropical storms that lashed various northern districts for last three days.

Allow power plants without bidding

A pre-budget meeting yesterday suggested formulation of special laws for awarding deals for setting up power plants without tender to meet the severe power crisis.

India wants LNG, coal-based joint venture power

India's state-owned National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) is exploring the possibilities for joint ventures in generation of electricity in Bangladesh using liquefied natural gas (LNG) and coal.

PM tells of plans to solve water, power crises

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the government has undertaken a 'mega-plan' to ensure adequate water supply, apart from power generation, not only in Dhaka city but also across the country.

Let fugitive tycoons return, boost business

A parliamentary committee yesterday asked the government to take measures to bring back businessmen who went into hiding abroad during the last caretaker government's rule.

Girl stabbed

A teenaged boy stabbed a 15-year-old schoolgirl in Golapganj upazila in Sylhet Wednesday afternoon after she refused his advances to go out with him.

HC order stayed for 6 weeks

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday stayed for six weeks a High Court (HC) verdict that declared the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Regional Council illegal and unconstitutional.

Nababarsha celebrated

Sending the setbacks of the preceding year to oblivion, the nation on Wednesday welcomed Pahela Baishakh, the first day of the Bangla year 1417, amid colourful festivity.

China quake toll rises to over 600

A total of 617 people have been confirmed killed and over 9,000 injured when the quake measuring at least 6.9 struck in the Yushu prefecture on Wednesday, the deadliest in China in almost two years.

Star-DHL awards tonight

The Daily Star and DHL Express are all set to host the 10th Bangladesh Business Awards 2009 tonight to crown winners for extraordinary performance in business.

BDR, Ansar get new chiefs

The government yesterday brought a few but significant changes in posts of the Army, BDR and Ansar.

Outages back after Baishakh relief

The Power Development Board on Pahela Baishakh generated a record 4,606 megawatt giving the country almost zero load shedding after a long time but it was the same old frequent power cuts yesterday.

Trial of mutiny at Pilkhana begins

A special court yesterday began trials for 624 BDR men of 13 Rifles Battalion in a case filed for last year's February 25-26 mutiny at Pilkhana BDR Headquarters.

Case against Bashundhara chief to go on

The High Court yesterday rejected two writ petitions of Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan alias Shah Alam challenging the legality of the proceedings against him in a graft case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission.

Student killed for protesting driving on playground

A university student was hacked to death by a gang of criminals at Fatulla in Narayanganj on Wednesday just because he protested their riding a motorcycle into a field where he along with his friends was playing cricket.

Confession recorded

Fraud 'pir' Amzad Hossain who was arrested for torturing children in the name of treatment yesterday gave confessional statement to a magistrate in Munshiganj.

UK prepares for historic TV debate

Britain's party leaders made last-minute preparations for a first ever live pre-election television debate yesterday, ahead of knife-edge May 6 polls.

Blast at scrap ship in Ctg

A huge explosion took place in a scrap ship at a ship-breaking yard of Sitakunda upazila in the port city last night.

11 DCs get new job

The government has transferred deputy commissioners of 11 districts including Dhaka, said an official announcement yesterday.

Editorial

Ramna Batamul blast case

WHILE the nation celebrated with fervour and festivity Pahela Baishak on the 14th of April, perhaps the largest festival of the Bangalees, one could not but be reminded of the carnage perpetrated at Ramna Batamul nine years ago that day. There have been bomb attacks on public functions before, and there have been many since then, but this one was quite different from the rest. This was an attack against the very identity of the nation; it was a blow against the very belief on which the War of Liberation was fought; it was a stab at the very ethos in which we take immense pride, both collectively and as individuals.

Women's role in Bangladesh's liberation

THE formation of a parliamentary sub-committee to collect information about the role of women in Bangladesh's liberation war has come rather late in the day. Even so, now that it has dawned on the powers that be that Bengali women have indeed made significant contributions to the emergence of Bangladesh as a sovereign state, we welcome the move. With every bit of detail about the war quite loaded with the narratives of male participation in the struggle, it is now important that the history of the liberation war be made more substantive through recording the contributions of the women of this country.

Sports

Kapali makes Sultans roar

Alok Kapali reminded all of his class with an elegant half-century as the Sultans of Sylhet bounced back from their last match defeat with a 26-run victory over Rajshahi Rangers in the Destiny Group National Cricket League T20s at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

Onus on MSC

Mohammedan Sporting Club and Usha Krira Chakra will both be looking to recapture the title of the season's curtain-raising tournament when they lock horns in the final of the Dhaka Bank Club Hockey tournament today.

Dynamites blow up Kings

Shamsur Rahman rode his luck to drive Dhaka Dynamites to a seven-wicket victory over the Kings of Khulna in the Destiny Group National Cricket League T20s at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

Russel keep up chase

Sheikh Russel KC survived a scare in the second half before handing visitors Chittagong Abahani a 3-1 defeat in their home match of the Bangladesh League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

BKSP, Abahani find it easy

BKSP and Abahani registered easy victories in the Women's Club Cup cricket tournament yesterday.

Tharoor in hot water

Indian minister and former high-flying UN official Shashi Tharoor was under pressure Wednesday to step down over a controversy involving the ownership of a new Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket team.

Tigers to play 2 warm-up matches

The International Cricket Council (ICC) yesterday announced the schedule of warm-up matches to be played in the lead-up to the ICC World T20s to be staged in the West Indies from April 30 to May 16.

Modis in IPL controversy

The controversy surrounding Indian Premier League (IPL) Kochi franchise took yet another political turn yesterday as Lalit Modi was accused of working under the pressure of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for taking away the bid to Ahmedabad.

Veena files police case against Asif

The financial feud between Mohammad Asif and his ex-girlfriend Veena Malik is getting nastier with the actress filing a police complaint against the Pakistani pacer for allegedly sending threatening messages.

IPL over for Lee

Kings XI Punjab speedster Brett Lee yesterday fractured the thumb of his right hand and will miss the remaining two Indian Premier League (IPL) matches due to the injury.

Delhi sweat for victory

Chennai Super Kings were restricted to their lowest total of the Indian Premier League this season at the MA Chidambaran Stadium, and yet they threatened to defend it. On a pitch that offered bounce and sharp turn Delhi Daredevils lost three wickets for a song, before Gautam Gambhir and Mithun Manhas batted with determination to secure a valuable victory yesterday.

Spurs dent Gunners

Tottenham delivered a hammer blow to Arsenal's Premier League title challenge with a 2-1 win over their north London rivals at White Hart Lane on Wednesday.

Vital clash for Inter

Inter Milan host Juventus in a vital Serie A clash on Friday with both sides desperate for three points for very different reasons.

'League in our hands'

Carlo Ancelotti insists there is no chance Chelsea will lose their nerve as they approach the final furlong of the race for the Premier League title.

Barca march six clear

Barcelona followed up their impressive win over Real Madrid five nights ago with a convincing 3-0 home win over Deportivo La Coruna on Wednesday to go six points clear of Real at La Liga summit.

Mbia fires Marseille

A late goal by Stephane Mbia boosted Marseille's hopes of a first French title since 1992 on Wednesday as they edged Sochaux 1-0.

Ribery to decide in ten days

Bayern Munich's star French international midfielder Franck Ribery said on Wednesday he expects to announce within the next ten days whether he will stay with the German giants or join one of their European rivals.

Cameroon to train in Austria

Cameroon will take part in a training camp at altitude in Austria next month ahead of the 2010 World Cup, the Austrian organisers said on Wednesday.

WC tickets sale open in SA

Thousands of South Africans queued outside World Cup ticketing centres on Thursday as the first direct over-the-counter sales for the tournament opened ahead of kick-off in June.

ICC stands by Pakistan

Cricket's world governing body pledged support for Pakistan on Wednesday and expressed hope that the isolated country will play as much international cricket as possible, even at neutral venues.

Bangalore rout Rajasthan

On a slow pitch that lacked bounce, Royal Challengers Bangalore restricted Rajasthan Royals to 130 before they knocked it off without much fuss to win a crucial encounter of the Indian Premier League at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Wednesday. With this crushing win, Bangalore now move to second position in the points table.

Malik appeals ban

Newly-wed former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik has appealed a ban and heavy fine imposed on him by cricket authorities, barely two days before the deadline, an official said Wednesday.

Nadal storms into quarters

Rafael Nadal moved closer to perfection for a second day in succession Thursday, with the five-time champion completing another 6-1, 6-0 rout to roar into the quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo Masters.

Clarke clinches Wisden award

Australia vice-captain Michael Clarke has been named as one of the Wisden Almanack's Five Cricketers of the Year in the 2010 edition of cricket's 'bible'.

Horse race to welcome 1417

The sporting fraternity of Tangail celebrated Pahela Baishakh, the Bengali New Year 1417, in a traditional yet spectacular way by holding a horse race on Wednesday.

Saif unbeaten champion

Abdullah Al Saif became unbeaten champion in the Bangla New Year Rapid Chess tournament on Wednesday at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall room.

Chanderpaul clobbers Canada

A fine century knock by veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul saw hosts West Indies -- who were without captain Chris Gayle -- ease to a 208-run victory over Canada in their one-day international here on Tuesday.

Business

Golden Son to make solar lights, CPU casings

Golden Son Ltd is set to venture into making solar powered lights and central processing unit (CPU) casings for computers with a focus on domestic and international markets.

Grameen Shakti plans to double green tech sales

Grameen Shakti has set a target to double solar home system (SHS) sales in 2010 and establish more biogas plants and improved cook stoves to expand green and sustainable energy.

Niloy Cement to cut paid-up capital

Niloy Cement has decided to reduce its paid-up capital to adjust its accumulated loss.

Active Fine Chemicals to raise Tk 16cr from market

Active Fine Chemicals Ltd, a chemical reagent and active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) maker, plans to raise Tk 16 crore from capital market to strengthen its foothold in a sector that is now heavily dependent on imports.

Undersea cable fault slows internet

A fault at the SEA-ME-WE-4 submarine cable system in the Mediterranean Sea disrupted internet traffic, causing problems to Bangladeshi users from Wednesday.

India inflation nears double-digits

India's inflation rate crept closer to double digits, data showed Thursday, boosting chances of another interest rate hike to prevent the world's second fastest-growing economy from overheating.

Stocks finish week in the red

Dhaka stocks finished the last trading day of the week in the red with intra-day fluctuations in share prices.

Bond commissionerate for Chittagong by June

The proposal for setting up a full-fledged bond commissionerate in Chittagong will be implemented by June to expedite the country's export- and import-related activities, chairman of the National Board of Revenue (NBR) said in the port city yesterday.

Asset managers demand rise in proposed cap on institutional pre-IPO

Members of Association of Asset Management Companies (AAMC) recently requested the Securities and Exchange Commission to reconsider its proposal to limit institutional pre-IPO placement for mutual fund shares at only Tk 10 lakh per institution.

Tk 5,000 to be recommended as minimum pay for RMG workers

The minimum monthly wage for a garment worker will be recommended at Tk 5,000, said Nazma Akter, workers' representative in the Minimum Wage Board for the garment workers, yesterday.

American Express ranks highest in customer satisfaction

American Express ranked highest in customer satisfaction among credit card issuers in 2009, according to the third annual nationwide study by JD Power and Associates, the organisation said in a statement.

Toyota conducts safety tests on all SUV models

Toyota announced safety tests on all its sport-utility vehicle models in a sweeping effort Thursday to reassure buyers after Consumer Reports warned against buying the 2010 Lexus GX 460 in the automaker's latest public relations debacle.

Roche says its first quarter sales up 6pc

Pharmaceuticals maker Roche Holding AG reported a six percent increase in first quarter sales on Thursday with strong performance by its anti-cancer drugs such as Avastin.

Turkey's jobless rate at 14.5pc

Turkey's estimated jobless rate fell to 14.5 percent in the three months to the end of February, down one percentage point from the same period a year ago, official data showed Thursday.

CORPORATE BRIEFS

IPDC
The Board of Directors of Industrial Promotion and Development Company recommended 10 percent stock dividend (i.e. one bonus share for every ten ordinary shares) for the year 2009. The company's annual general meeting will be held at 10 am on May 30 at Trust Milonayaton in Dhaka. The record date is April 25. The company has also reported profit of Tk 110.74 million, earnings per share of Tk 14.13, net asset value per share of Tk 235.49 and net operating cash flow per share of Tk 2.78 as of December 31, 2009.

Oil stable

World oil prices steadied on Thursday, after recent gains on the back of improving demand and strong company results in the United States, the world's biggest energy user, analysts said.

Metropolitan

Bangalees ring in new year

Different socio-political and cultural organisations as well as educational institutions celebrated the biggest carnival of Bangalees -- Pahela Baishakh, the first day of the Bangla New Year 1417, on Wednesday with colourful programmes.

3 accords to be signed in Thimphu summit

Three agreements for cooperation on environment, trade in services and natural disasters will be signed in the upcoming 16th Saarc Summit scheduled to be held in Bhutan on April 28-29.

HC asks Moulvibazar DC to appear in court Apr 26

The High Court (HC) yesterday directed deputy commissioner (DC) of Moulvibazar Md Mafizul Islam to appear before this court on April 26 in connection with a contempt of court petition against him.

Tahrir men stage demonstration in Chittagong

The banned Islamist outfit Hizb ut-Tahrir Bangladesh yesterday brought out a procession in the city protesting US military exercise in Chittagong.

Edn policy sent for PM's nod

The education ministry sent the much-awaited National Education Policy to the prime minister's office yesterday for approval.

Call for increase in tobacco tax

A unified step including increasing taxes on tobacco products should be taken to reduce their use in the country, Akbar Ali Khan, former adviser to caretaker government, said yesterday.

Question arises about quality of private university edn

President Zillur Rahman yesterday called upon the education ministry and the University Grants Commission (UGC) to prepare an annual assessment report about academic standard of the private universities for greater interest of the nation.

Road crashes kill 14

Fourteen people were killed and 40 others injured in separate road accidents across the country in the last two days.

World Health Care Congress ends in US

The 7th World Health Care Congress ended in Washington DC on Wednesday where Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus was invited as a keynote speaker.

4 Buet boys hurt in clash with rly workers

Workers of a railway water supply contractor stabbed and critically injured four Bangladesh University of Science and Technology (Buet) students at Joydevpur Railway Station on Wednesday night over a trifling matter.

DoE starts testing pond water in Ctg

Department of Environment (DoE), Chittagong started testing quality of pond water here to measure quantity of pollutions from yesterday.

USTC students block road to protest attack

Students of University of Science and Technology, Chittagong (USTC) here blockaded Zakir Hossain Road for over one hour yesterday protesting an attack on a fellow student by locals.

Nasrine Karim passes away

Nasrine R Karim (nee Choudury), a fashion and publishing icon, passed away at Royal Marsden Hospital in London on Wednesday, says a press release.

PM's directive to ease power crisis

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday reiterated her strong directive to the power ministry and all departments concerned for gearing up their activities to ease public sufferings from power shortage.

Viqarunnisa student commits suicide

A student of Viqarunnisa Noon School committed suicide at her Siddheswari residence in the city on Wednesday, as her parents did not take her out to Pahela Baishakh programmes.

Bijoy Sarani-Tejgaon road opens Apr 16

The much-waited Bijoy Sarani-Tejgaon road will be opened for public on April 20 instead of April 16.

Talk on child development

Prime Campus, an English medium school, hosted a presentation titled 'Factors affecting children's development' by Dr Jena Hamadani, head of the Child Development Unit at ICDDR,B, on April 9, says a press release.

People block road for gas, power, water at Gulshan

Several hundreds of residents formed a human chain and blocked a busy road at Gulshan-1 intersection in the city yesterday demanding uninterrupted supply of power, gas and water.

Brig Gen Jamil honoured

Brig Gen Shaheed Jamil Uddin Ahmad, who laid down his life while trying to save Banga-bandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on August 15, 1975, has been awarded 'Bir Uttam' posthumously.

Nasir barred from going abroad

Former state minister for civil aviation Mir Mohammad Nasir, also an adviser to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, was barred by immigration officials from flying to Saudi Arabia yesterday.

National

Fence can't always stand as a barrier

Pahela Baishakh, the first day of Bangla New Year, presented a different scene on Omarkhana border in Panchagarh Sadar upazila as thousands of Bangla speaking people living on two sides of the border got a unique opportunity to meet their relatives.

Tendons of BNP leader severed

Criminals cut off tendons of hand and legs of a sexagenarian BNP leader at Jorapukur village in Gangni upazila in Meherpur on Wednesday night.

Police station besieged to free arrestees

Hundreds of people laid a siege to Baya Bazar police outpost and blocked Rajshahi-Naogaon Road under Shah Makhdum police station in the city for five hours yesterday protesting arrest of three family members of a local who was killed over a land dispute.

Traders protest leasing of Nagarbari port terminal

Loading and unloading of goods at Nagarbari river port came to a halt yesterday as traders kept shutters of their warehouses down alleging that the authorities concerned leased the port terminal (ghat) to a Jamaat man.

Over 100 injured in Sirajganj clash

Over 100 people including four policemen were injured in a clash between two rival groups in the town yesterday over renaming a graveyard.

Kidnappers stab Rab man in Mymensingh

A Rab official was stabbed by a gang of abductors in Dhara Bazar area under Haluaghat upazila when a team of the elite force went there on Tuesday night to rescue a kidnapped man.

4 get life for murder

Four people were sentenced to life term rigorous imprisonment (RI) in a murder case yesterday. ATM Mezbauddoula, special and sessions judge delivered the verdict against Tomser Ali and his son Shajahan Miah and Tomser's cousin Jarina Begum and Rahima Khatun of Katulee in Sadar upazila. The judge also fined them Tk 5,000 each, in default, to suffer six months' more RI. According to prosecution, the convicts attacked Naosher Ali of the same village with lethal weapons and injured him seriously on November 25, 2001. Severely injured Naosher succumbed to injuries on the same day. Victim's brother Nazrul Islam filed a murder case with Tangail police station against 10 people including Tomser Ali.

1 killed in boat capsize

One person was killed as a boat carrying 7 to 8 passengers sank in the Dakatia river at Chandpur after a passenger launch hit it at around 10:30 pm on Wednesday. All the passengers but boatman Hashim Khan, 40, managed to swim ashore. Witnesses said, MV Al Walid, which left for Hularhat from Dhaka, hit the boat at Bhuiyar Ghat area. Seriously injured boatman Hashim Khan was rescued and taken to Chandpur Sadar Hospital where he died. Hashim hailed form Tarabunia in Shariatpur district.

8 Pabna criminals held

Police arrested eight alleged criminals from Dilalpur under the municipality on Tuesday night and recovered weapons and wine from them. A police team during a raid on Jakson Road area at about 8:00 pm chased a microbus and arrested eight criminals from it. The arrestees are Saddam Hosain alias Kaila Saddam,20, Rajib Hossain,20, Md Shrabon,21, Sharif,20, Prince,25, Rubel,22, Md Rajib,21, and Md Munna,25, hailing from Kafiluddin Para, Kalachandpara and Pathartola of the town.

Youth held with arms

Police yesterday arrested an alleged arms peddler with a pistol and a revolver, two magazines and 111 bullets at Folimara of Naogaon town. Abdur Razzak, 28, son of Mazed Ali of Ekborpur village under Binodpur union in Shibganj upazila was arrested from a bus. Azim Uddin, sub inspector of Naogaon model police station said, a team of narcotics officials searched a Naogaon bound passenger bus from Chapainawabganj. As they were searching Razzak's body, they found the aforesaid arms and arrested him. Razzak confessed to police that he was going to Dhaka to sell the arms and ammunition.

Letters

The Sundarbans

The Sundarbans in the southwestern part of Bangladesh has an important buffer function, protecting the densely settled agriculture areas from the full force of periodic cyclones storms and tidal waves. It lies in the west of the Brahmaputra-Meghna delta covering an area of 587,380 ha of natural mangroves and further 100,000 ha of planted mangroves .It is the largest in the world as a compact single block of mangrove resources.

Dhaka Stock Exchange

While viewing the red against almost all the stocks for the last few weeks, one can easily understand it is nothing but manipulation done by certain vested quarters. GP entered into the stock market and changed the conventional monotonous slow growth share market to a vibrant fast growing one. New investors invested in the share market purchasing shares of different companies with a hope to get an expected return from a share market which got a new lease of life after the arrival of GP. But the situation did not last long. The vested quarters in the name of correcting the share market imposed many conditions like limitation of bank loan, use of cash payment, instead of using instant sale proceeds for buying a particular share etc. damaged the upward trend of the share market. For a few days a total of Tk 1500 crore worth of shares were transacted every day just after the entry of GP. Now the quantum has been reduced to 50%. Why? This is just because of the manipulation of share market by the monsters, who are always out to meet their selfish ends.

Sea level rise

Climate change will significantly affect migration in three distinct ways. First, the effects of warming and drying in some regions will reduce agriculture potential and undermine 'ecosystem services' such as clean water and fertile soil. Second, the increase in extreme weather events in particular, heavy precipitation and resulting flash or river floods in tropical regions. Finally, sea level rise will permanently destroy extensive and highly productive low-laying coastal areas that are home to millions of people who will have to relocate permanently. Along with other extreme weather events like flooding and tropical cyclone, sea level rise is an impending threat to the coastal areas in Bangladesh which has long and densely populated coastlines with many low-lying remote islands. In the severe climate change scenario, sea level rise poses an existential threat that would inundate 18 percent of Bangladesh's total land, directly impacting 11 percent of the country's population. Salt water intrusion from sea level rise in low-lying agricultural plains, along with other hazards, could lead to 40 percent decrease in food grain production and would increase forced migration to the urban slum areas. Estimate shows that with just a 1 to 2 degree increase in temperature would force physical dislocation of more than 35 million people in Bangladesh.

Power cuts

Earlier there was 1-hr load shedding each day. In order to alleviate the sufferings of the people, recently the govt went for 2-hr load shedding. That of course did not solve our problems.

DS campaign

Your campaign against various social and political issues plaguing the country and destroying our social and economic fabric is really laudable. We are very pleased with the way the national daily is trying to highlight the problems and evoke the people's interest in them by enlightening them about the state of affairs and goading the government to act to stop and check the degradation of the social, economic and environmental sectors.

PM and BCL

We are very happy to read editorials of three major English dailies on the same day ( April 5, 2010) about the concern of the prime minister regarding the point that the student wing belonging to the ruling party would not be allowed to nullify her government's achievements. Now she has again spoken out over the activities of an associate body of the ruling party. Months ago, she publicly dissociated herself from the student organisation perhaps in the hope that it would send the right message to the student body to rectify itself. Unfortunately, it did not have the desired impact on the student wing. The student organisation has continued to defy appeals made to it to shun violence, tender snatching, extortion and pursuance of illegal ways for making money. In fact, it has made blaring headlines for its misdeeds on a regular basis with no sign of abatement. Her assertion that the student wing cannot be led by individuals who cannot be called students any more is a hint at how student politics may have become captive in the hands of what she calls 'adu bhai'. The statement is in itself a warning that unless such bodies as the student wing are led back to the old idealism which marked their coming into existence, student politics will continue to be on a slide. And that will mean the sort of unruly behaviour citizens have seen coming from BCL activists in these past many months. One does not have to tolerate such behaviour, as the prime minister has explicitly stated, or expect that it will end through a mere sounding of warnings. Only an application of the law can have a salutary effect on such behaviour. It is clear the blame must lie with the party leadership.

Good news

It is heartening to hear that some Bangladeshi bus companies are introducing the digital ticketing system. It was reported in your daily that a Japanese company has been issuing prepaid tickets for the bus passengers (The Star Business: 05.04.10). We experienced the benefits of this sort of ticketing system abroad. But for some fishy backdrop or reasons unknown, we never could enjoy such advantages before in Bangladesh. The prepaid ticketing system benefits both the operators and the passengers. If the companies consider giving incentives like, some concessions for weekly or monthly tickets, people will be encouraged more to have those tickets in advance. In other countries, for the day tickets, weekly tickets and monthly tickets there are some lucrative concessions for the passengers. The bus companies may also think of this sort of daily, weekly and monthly tickets. It will ensure their profits and stop pilferage of cash money.

Price of gas

It was revealed from your news report on 05.04.10 that the secretary of gas and mineral resources division has recommended enhancing the gas price. He mentioned in his statement that nowhere in the present world the price is so low as Bangladesh. Perhaps, he has forgotten that the average income of the people is not comparable with the countries he mentioned.

Traffic issue

This seems to be the slogan of the authorities who come up with one absurd idea after another in the name of traffic control. The ban on rickshaws on main roads, especially Mohakhali Road is one such example. This main road lies between the residential areas of Gulshan 1 & 2, Niketan, Badda, DOHS etc and the working and educational districts of Banani and Gulshan and vice versa. Thousands of people used rickshaws every day to reach their short destinations in Gulshan cheaply, safely and much more swiftly than it is possible by car.

Saturated fats

Meats, eggs, dairy products etc. contain saturated fat or the bad cholesterol (LDL) while certain nuts, seafish, corn, soy, canola and olive oil etc. are rich in unsaturated fats, that is, good cholesterol (HDL). Fats in general are essential because they help nutrient absorption, nerve transmission, and many other functions in our body. An increase in the level of fats (particularly the LDL cholesterol) increases the risk of heart attack, stroke. Bad fat (LDL) also contributes to weight gain (obesity), Cardiovascular Diseases (CVD), and certain types of cancer.

Street Romeos

When the entire country is reeling under the incidences of eve teasing of school girls a by the street Romeos which led to abductions and suicides of the helpless victims, the law enforcing authorities in Dhaka after rounding off of seven such eve teasers let them go scot-free upon simple undertakings from the parents ! This is ridiculous. We cannot understand why they suddenly became so benevolent in letting the culprits go. Those parents are also equally liable for the misdeeds of their offspring's and therefore, should also be prosecuted and given exemplary punishments along with those delinquents. If this crime is not nipped in the bud by handing over severe punishments the situation will go completely out of control. Even in the city university campuses female students are harassed openly by the Romeos showing muscle power under political colour.

Utopia

Sometimes it seems like we live in an Alice-in-Wonderland world. Here you will find hardly anybody who will oblige you by paying heed to your torment. Life is fraught with countless problems, unprecedented difficulties and unbearable hardships. Yet, every five years you will get lots of pledges affirming that, life will be no short of paradise in the days to come provided you give a mere chance by electing the political person who is ardently waiting to eradicate your unabated troubles. He will provide you with uninterrupted power supply, pure potable drinking water, a city devoid of traffic jam and so on. He comes to assure you that you can move freely anywhere without danger no matter what reading the time-piece gives you by then. Yes, I am talking about a life in Bangladesh where promises are often left unfulfilled. Likewise, this government also asked us to lend our trust to them so did we. Following the above chronicle the reality came out in a way that is now taking toll on us. Like a precious fool, we all have started dreaming this country to be digital before long though price hiking, power outage, gas and water crisis did not give a halt yet. We could not manage to afford a dish of rice for everybody yet, to be digital is a thing of distant future. My entreaty to the government, please take some fruitful measures to meet the rudimentary problems first. All we want is a serene life where there is no crying for foods, no grudges against electricity, no complaints about shelters.

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International

Volcanic ash halts flights across Europe

Ash clouds from Iceland's spewing volcano disrupted air traffic across Northern Europe yesterday as authorities closed British and Nordic air space, shut down Europe's busiest airport at Heathrow and cancelled hundreds of flights.

Rescuers struggle as China quake toll tops 600

Emergency teams have been pouring into western China's Qinghai province, a day after a deadly earthquake devastated the mountainous region.

China must act on climate change, says Obama

US President Barack Obama yesterday said China can't be allowed to wait until its standard of living improves before tackling climate change.

Major powers end 'constructive' talks on Iran sanctions

Six major powers wrapped up what they said was a "very constructive" meeting on fresh UN sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, but diplomats cautioned against expecting early adoption.

Thai govt ready for talks

Thailand's government urged "Red Shirt" protesters yesterday to return to negotiations as the army cleared abandoned armoured vehicles from Bangkok's streets after deadly weekend clashes.

Pak Senate approves reforms to curb president's power

Pakistan's upper house of parliament yesterday unanimously approved constitutional reforms stripping President Asif Ali Zardari of the power to dissolve parliament and sack the prime minister.

Nor'wester kills 120 in India

At least 120 people were killed and more than 200 injured as a severe nor'wester raged through parts of three eastern Indian states including West Bengal's North Dinajpur district bordering Bangladesh on Tuesday night.

Indian govt criticised over anti-Maoist strategy

India's government came under attack from the opposition yesterday over its tactics to tackle Maoist insurgents who killed 76 policemen in an attack earlier this month that shook the country.

US urges Sri Lanka to respect human rights

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has urged Sri Lanka to respect human rights and heal its communal divisions as the island emerges from decades of ethnic bloodshed.

Myanmar blasts kill 9

At least nine persons have been killed as several explosions hit Myanmar's biggest city Yangon during traditional New Year festivities.

Russia confirms US adoptions suspended

Russia yesterday confirmed it had suspended adoptions by US citizens following a scandal over a seven-year-old boy who was sent back to Russia by his US adoptive mother.

Deadly clashes over a Muslim tomb in Indonesia

Hundreds of demonstrators descended yesterday on City Hall to demand that Jakarta's public security force be disbanded following bloody clashes over a Muslim tomb that left three dead and 156 wounded near a key seaport.

Israel allows first building shipment

Israel allowed a shipment of construction materials into the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip for the first time in three years yesterday, according to a Palestinian official.

Taliban claim victory in 'Valley of Death'

Taliban militants yesterday claimed victory after the US military withdrew this week from a rebel-infested area in eastern Afghanistan that became known as the "Valley of Death".

Arts & Entertainment

Ushering in 1417: ‘Pahela Baishakh’ celebrations in Dhaka

The nation welcomed 'Pahela Baishakh', the first day of the Bangla year 1417, on Wednesday amidst lively pageantry, leaving behind the gloom of the past and pledging to uphold the nation's cultural heritage.

‘Chaitra Shangkranti’: Bidding farewell to 1416

Faculty of Fine Arts, Dhaka University
Students of Faculty of Fine Arts, Dhaka University arranged a musical programme at Bakultala premises on campus to bid farewell to the Bengali year 1416. The 'Chaitra Shangkranti Utshab' featured renditions of songs by guest artistes and troupes as well as students of FFA.

LUMIX Click to Fame

Panasonic has recently launched the first reality TV show on photography, “LUMIX Click to Fame”. This is the first photography based reality show in the subcontinent as well, according to the organisers.

OP-ED

The year 1417

SOMETIMES I wonder what a time-traveller from the past would make of our brave new country in the Bengali year 1417. What would such an observer note about the denizens of our fair nation and how the average Bangladeshi lives and loves.

Killing to make a killing

LAST February, a ward commissioner in old Dhaka was gunned down on his way home from the Friday prayer. The assailants fled the crime scene, only to resurface in police custody few weeks later. Every crime leaves behind evidence. Here the evidence comes in a trail of hidden hands. This is a land of all possibles, although it may not be a land of all possibilities.

Connecting the visible dots: A post-Accord history

ACCORDING to media reports, February-March saw the worst violence against Jumma (Pahari) people in the CHT region since the 1997 Peace Accord. However, to put it in context outside a newspaper myopic timeline, the arson, killing, and rapes in Mahalchari (2006) were probably comparable in scale (10 villages attacked simultaneously).

StarTech

Encashing mobile remittance

Amzad Hossain has been working for a construction firm in Dubai for the last six years. He has to send money home on a regular basis, as he is the only earning member in his family. Each time Amzad has to go through a lot of hurdles to send money to his aged father in a remote village in Bangladesh.

Jobs unveils iPhone OS4

Apple unveiled next-generation software for its popular iPhone on April 8, which gives users the ability to run multiple programs at once and to quickly move between them.

Nokia marks Bangla New Year with 3 new handsets

Nokia, global leader in mobile phone handset manufacturing, launched three new handsets under their affordable price range in a festive mood at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon hotel ballroom on Tuesday, on the eve of the Bangla New Year 1417.

HP to launch anti-gray marketing campaign

Hewlett-Packard Imaging and Printing Group, one of the world's leading printer manufacturers, is going to introduce an awareness campaign programme soon in Bangladesh against gray marketing of their printers and toners.

Samsung unveils netbooks, notebook

Samsung, one of the leading consume`r electronics and IT products manufacturers, has launched three new models- Samsung N210, N148 and R428 of its award-winning range of netbooks and notebook on Tuesday.



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