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News of: Wednesday, 21st of April, 2010

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39 canals meet 1,000 grabbers

In a major development, a parliamentary body yesterday asked Dhaka deputy commissioner's office to serve notices immediately on more than 1,000 individuals, organisations and establishments to dismantle the structures they had built encroaching on the city's 39 canals.

British firm to generate 200MW power by July

The Power Development Board (PDB) yesterday initialled an unsolicited rental power contract with a British company to generate 200 megawatts of power.

Policeman shot dead

Unabated violent crime in the capital claimed the life of a policeman yesterday, as unidentified gunmen killed the second officer of Bangshal police station, and wounded his friend in Dholaikhal of Sutrapur.

Bhola off limits to all outsiders

No outsiders even lawmakers and central leaders of political parties will be allowed to stay at Bhola-3 constituency after Thursday night, the last day of electoral campaign.

Tahrir chief held

After six months of banning Islamist outfit Hizb ut-Tahrir Bangladesh for its anti-state activities, police arrested its chief coordinator Mahiuddin Ahmed yesterday from the capital on charges of plotting subversive and terrorist activities.

Five killed as storm lashes Moulvibazar

At least five people were killed and 50 others injured as a devastating thunderstorm raged through different areas under Sadar upazila of the district Monday night.

EC to deploy 36 'silent observers'

The Election Commission will deploy at least three dozens of "silent observers" to monitor the April 24 by-election to Bhola-3 constituency.

CJ approved all of 17 judge appointments

The chief justice, who did not swear in two of the 17 newly appointed additional High Court judges, had approved all the 17 to be appointed by the president.

Commuter trains to link Dhaka with nearby dists

The government would take an initiative to introduce commuter train services between Dhaka and adjoining districts to improve the communications system in the capital.

Ecnec okays revised power projects

The Executive Committee of National Economic Council yesterday approved two revised power projects at Chandpur and Sylhet involving a cost of Tk 2,080 crore.

Milk Vita sales boss suspended

At a meeting in presence of officials and the media, the state minister for LGRD and cooperatives ordered the suspension of the marketing manager of Milk Vita in connection with corruption, mismanagement and irregularities.

Procurement targets fixed for rice, paddy

The government yesterday set a target to buy 11 lakh tonnes of rice at Tk 25 a kg and 1.5 lakh tonnes of paddy at Tk 17 per kg in the upcoming Boro season.

No classes at CU, BCL men torch teachers' bus

Academic activities of Chittagong University could not be resumed yesterday due to violent protest during the indefinite strike programme of Bangladesh Chhatra League.

HM Ershad hospitalised

Jatiya Party Chairman (JP) and former president HM Ershad on Monday was admitted to the United Hospital in the city as his physical condition deteriorated.

Work on Kuril flyover to start May 2

The construction work of 3.1 km Kuril flyover to connect the capital with Purbachal New Town is going to start on May 2.

Budget likely to be placed June 10

The budget for fiscal year 2010-11 might be placed in the Jatiya Sangsad on June 10, Finance Minister AMA Muhith said yesterday.

EC allocates 1.2m euros more to help address impact

The European Commission's Humanitarian Aid Department has allocated 1.2 million euros as humanitarian aid to address the impact of rodent crisis in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT).

Volcanic ash to move towards Arctic in 3 days

The volcanic ash cloud from Iceland is expected to change directions and head towards the Arctic when the weather changes later in the week, the World Meteorological Organisation said Tuesday.

Fonseka's trial to resume after Assembly opens

The court martial of Sri Lanka's former army chief Sarath Fonseka was adjourned until after the opening of the country's new parliament, in which he won a seat this month, officials said yesterday.

Tailbacks greet new road

Hundreds of vehicles that took the just inaugurated Tejgaon-Bijoy Sarani Link Road for the first time remained stuck on one side yesterday afternoon. Commuters were surprised to see the unexpected congestion on the road, which was obviously meant to reduce the menace.

Editorial

What remains of elected status of Upazila Parishad?

WE are saddened by the fact that elected upazila parishads are being increasingly emasculated. As if giving the members of parliament a mandatory advisory role over the parishad was not enough, now comes its further weakening: the power of UNOs has been increased vis-a-vis the upazila chairmen.

Pakistan's presidency

HOPES for a strengthening of democracy in Pakistan have not exactly taken a quantum leap through the adoption of the 18th amendment to the country's constitution. But they are to be regarded as a significant step considering the political legacy Pakistanis have, to their great discomfiture, regularly been heir to. With as many as four military rulers upsetting the chances for democracy since its creation in 1947, Pakistan has been caught in a vicious cycle of political despair brought on by the depredations of its non-elected leaders. Now that President Asif Ali Zardari has signed away his vast powers, powers he has had no hand in the making of, and has thus reassured Pakistanis that parliamentary democracy may be finally back on track, there is reason to feel somewhat confident about Pakistan's future.

Sports

Youth battles experience

All eyes will be eager to see how young Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan tackles shrewd tactician Khaled Mashud when the Kings of Khulna meet Rajshahi Rangers in the final of the Destiny Group National Cricket League T20s at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur today.

Award cheers up ailing Tamim

Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal achieved his first international award when the left-hander became Wisden Cricketer Magazine's International Cricketer of the Month in its May 2010 edition.

Bashar starts new innings

Former Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar will launch a different innings from tomorrow when the Grameenphone-BCB Academy Cup 2010 gets underway with a four-day match against the touring South Africa National Cricket Academy at Chittagong.

Russel drop points

Ten-man Rahmatganj MFS came from behind to hold Sheikh Russel KC to a 1-1 draw in their home match of the Bangladesh League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Camp derailed by poor communication

The Bangladesh Hockey Federation added more fuel to their own fire with poor internal coordination ensuring that there was a pitiful turnout of the national players for the Asian Games Qualifiers camp at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Sehwag out of World T20

Indian opener Virender Sehwag has suffered a shoulder injury which will rule him out of the ICC World Twenty20 beginning in the West Indies on April 30. Sehwag has been advised rest for three to four weeks and has been replaced by Tamil Nadu batsman M Vijay in the 15-man squad, the BCCI said in a statement.

BCB meets to discuss tours

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) called an emergency meeting today to give approval on some pending decisions.

MSC point finger at BHF officials

Mohammedan SC yesterday released a statement condemning their treatment by certain quarters and protested their involvement in the farcical incident of the Dhaka Bank Club Cup tournament final at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium.

Mayor Cup resumes

Ward 27 of Sylhet City Corporation defeated Ward 11 by 3-1 in a keenly contested match of the First Mayor Cup Football Tournament that resumed at the Sylhet Stadium yesterday after a break of five months.

South Africa A in city

The South Africa A team have arrived in Dhaka yesterday for two 4-day matches against Bangladesh A and a tri-nation one-day series also involving West Indies A.

Tight security for IPL semis & final

Unprecedented security arrangements have been made for the Indian Premier League's (IPL) two semifinals and the final match to be held at the DY Patil Sports Stadium in Navi Mumbai this week, a top police official said Monday.

Bayern warily confident

Fresh from squeezing past Manch-ester United in the quarterfinal, Bayern Munich are cautiously confident ahead of Wednesday's semifinal, first leg, Champions League clash against Lyon.

Duo hit the road

Liverpool and Fulham's hopes of flying to their Europa League games appear to be in tatters with airports in the south of England almost certain to remain closed on Tuesday.

L'pool thump Hammers

First-half strikes from Yossi Benayoun and David Ngog and a second-half own goal from Robert Green earned Liverpool a 3-0 win Monday over struggling West Ham.

Aguero eyeing Chelsea

Atletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero has suggested he would welcome a move to Chelsea in the close season after lavishing praise on Blues stars Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard.

Moyes wants Pienaar to stay

Steven Pienaar has been warned he would be making a mistake if he decided to leave Everton.

Red Star given stadium ban

Red Star Belgrade must play five matches behind closed doors after a fan suffered a gunshot wound during a cup match ten days ago, the Serbian Football Federation (FSS) said on Monday.

Ribery's Real move unlikely

The prospect of a transfer by Bayern Munich's France international Franck Ribery to Real Madrid has dimmed because of the allegations that he had relations with an under-age call-girl, a newspaper reported Tuesday.

IPL rocked by tax probe

Indian Premier League (IPL) chief Lalit Modi faced an uncertain future Tuesday after the government launched a probe into the financial dealings of the money-spinning cricket tournament.

Million dollars for Wimbledon winners

The winners of this year's Wimbledon singles' titles will net a staggering one million pounds (1.54 million dollars) in prize money after the All-England Club announced a significant rise in the rewards on offer at the grass-court grand slam on Tuesday.

IPL council to decide

The IPL governing council will meet on April 26 and take a unanimous decision on the way ahead from the current controversy, Sharad Pawar, the ICC's president-elect, has said. Pawar's statement came after a meeting with the BCCI president, Shashank Manohar, in Delhi on a day thick with rumour and speculation over the fate of Lalit Modi, the IPL commissioner.

Sami, Rehman in Pak WT20 squad

Pakistan Monday named paceman Mohammad Sami and left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman as replacements for the World Twenty20 following confusion between the cricket administration and the selectors.

Women's cricket

Indira Road Krira Chakra recorded a four-wicket victory over Dhaka Wanderers Club in their Women's Club Cup Cricket Tournament at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium yesterday.

Bolt to run in S Korea

Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt will run his first solo 100 metres of the season in May at the South Korean venue for next year's World Championships, organisers said Tuesday.

Business

Gas crunch hits spinners

The productivity in the garment and textile mills in Ashulia, Kaliakoir and Savar industrial belts has declined significantly because of inadequate supply of gas and power, say industry insiders.

Modern Poly set to go public

Modern Poly Industries Limited, a concern of business conglomerate TK Group, is set to raise fund from the stockmarket for business expansion.

GP, Banglalion team up on network

Leading mobile operator Grameenphone (GP) and WiMax technology provider Banglalion Communications have joined forces to share network infrastructure.

BGMEA to set up warehouse in Spain

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) will set up a warehouse in Spain to ease its business operations in the European market.

Industry-friendly tax system proposed

The Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) yesterday proposed to the government changes in the tax collection system.

Ship breakers call for workers' rights

Leaders of the Ship-breaking Workers Trade Union Forum yesterday urged the government to take effective measures in ship-breaking yards of Chittagong to ensure the workers' rights and protect the environment.

Minister reiterates energy promise

The government has laid out a plan to free Bangladesh of the energy crisis by 2014 by producing adequate power, said State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Enamul Haque yesterday.

Transcom brings Heinz glucose drink

Transcom Distribution Co Ltd yesterday launched a glucose-based beverage in Bangladesh to tap consumers' desire for drinks to replenish energy lost to the summer heat.

Dockworkers stage sit-in at Ctg port

Dock Shramik Oikya Parishad yesterday staged a three-hour sit-in at Chittagong port to press home their demands, including revival of dissolved Dock Workers Management Board (DWMB).

TVS launches two new vehicles

TVS Auto Bangladesh yesterday launched CNG-run autorickshaw TVS King and motorbike TVS Star Sport in Bangladesh.

Banking, housing fair tomorrow

A three-day banking and housing fair will begin at Samurai Convention Centre at Panthapath in city tomorrow.

Robi comes with new offer

Mobile phone operator Robi launched a per second pulse offer for prepaid subscribers yesterday.

Brakes on manufacturing

The gas and power situation has changed for the worse. The company had to cancel a substantial number of apparel orders from a top international brand as the factory's production capacity declined by more than 30 percent due to inadequate gas pressure. It is a story about Purbani Group.

Oil above $85

Oil prices climbed back above 85 dollars a barrel on Tuesday as markets reacted to news of a fresh financial probe into Goldman Sachs, a pickup in jet fuel demand and positive US earnings.

CORPORATE BRIEFS

BATA SHOE
The company's Board of Directors recommended 105 percent final cash dividend (Tk 10.50 per share of Tk 10), as of December 31, 2009. AGM will be held on June 24 (at 10:30am) at Dhamrai factory premises in Dhaka. The record date is May 11. The company also reported net asset value of Tk 1,120.49 million, earnings per share of Tk 32.85 and net operating cash flow per share of Tk 39.09, as of December 31, 2009.

India hikes interest rates

Concerned over inflation nearing a double-digit mark, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) yesterday increased short-term interest rates for the second time in a month.

Oil above $85

Oil prices climbed back above 85 dollars a barrel on Tuesday as markets reacted to news of a fresh financial probe into Goldman Sachs, a pickup in jet fuel demand and positive US earnings.

Goldman Sachs posts hefty profit

Investment giant Goldman Sachs on Tuesday posted surging first quarter profits of 3.46 billion dollars, doubling its profit of one year ago, even as it faces US government probe into its role in the US financial meltdown.

Greece borrows 1.95b euros

Greece on Tuesday raised 1.95 billion euros (2.6 billion dollars) in a well oversubscribed treasury bill issue but at more than double the cost of its last comparable issue, the Greek debt agency said.

Corporate Briefs

BATA SHOE
The company's Board of Directors recommended 105 percent final cash dividend (Tk 10.50 per share of Tk 10), as of December 31, 2009. AGM will be held on June 24 (at 10:30am) at Dhamrai factory premises in Dhaka. The record date is May 11. The company also reported net asset value of Tk 1,120.49 million, earnings per share of Tk 32.85 and net operating cash flow per share of Tk 39.09, as of December 31, 2009.

Currency

Local Market FX
The local interbank market was active yesterday. USD/BDT rates were trading in a similar range yesterday. The market was liquid.

Metropolitan

Govt still producing obsolete anti-rabies vaccine

Despite repeated warning from the WHO, the Institute of Public Health (IPH) is still producing the obsolete anti-rabies vaccine through the nerve tissue culture process by spending Tk 1 crore every year.

Construction of $2.4b Padma bridge begins in December

Communications Minister Syed Abul Hossain yesterday said construction of the $2.4 billion Padma multi-purpose bridge would begin in December this year with a target of finishing the work by 2013.

Hasina sent poisoned food to Khaleda

Adviser to BNP Chairperson Shawkat Mahmud yesterday said he suspected that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina might have sent poisoned food to Khaleda Zia.

One killed in clash over piece of land

A man was killed and four others were injured in a clash between neighbours at Atasur in Keraniganj yesterday over a piece of land.

Japan envoy visits SMPP

Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Tamotsu Shinotsuka visited Narsingdi on Monday to see the activities of the Safe Motherhood Promotion Project (SMPP).

30 injured as train derails

At least 30 people were injured when five coaches of a passenger train derailed at Darshana in Chuadanga yesterday.

2 touchstone statues worth Tk 1cr seized

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) of Rajshahi camp in separate drives at Lalpur in Natore and Ishwardi in Pabna yesterday recovered two valuable statues worth about Tk 1 core.

Speaker Hamid meets UN secy general

Speaker Abdul Hamid Advocate met UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at his office at the UN Headquarters in New York yesterday.

'Beggar-free country by 2021'

The government will engage at least seven ministries and non-government organisations (NGOs) in making the country free of beggars by 2021, said a deputy secretary of the social welfare ministry.

Edn policy won't contradict religious values: Nahid

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday said the government is working relentlessly to modernise madrasa education keeping its goal intact.

Criminals threaten victims for filing case

After 11 days of attacks in the city's Kamrangirchar area, the criminals were allegedly issuing threats to the victims for filing a case in this connection.

A document of country's history

The revised second edition of a book titled Karagarer Diary by Deputy Speaker Col (retd) Shawkat Ali was unwrapped at a function in the city yesterday.

Baira elections Apr 24

The triennial elections to Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (Baira) will be held on April 24.

SC stays HC order till Apr 25

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday stayed until April 25 a High Court (HC) order that directed the government not to bar former BNP state minister for civil aviation and tourism Mir Mohammad Nasiruddin to go abroad.

Call to include trafficking issues in primary school curriculum

Development activists working in education sector yesterday stressed the need for including trafficking issues in the primary school curriculum to stop the increasing child trafficking in the country.

Stalking won't be tolerated

Sounding a strong warning against stalking, Education Minister Nurul Islam Naid said a committee will be formed at every mahalla to identify the spoiled and notorious boys for exemplary punishment.

Gulf states urged to end sponsorship system to save migrant workers

Gulf countries must end their sponsorship system that leaves migrant workers exposed to potential abuse, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said yesterday, reports Arab News from Jeddah.

Bangladesh lauded for democracy

Bangladesh's present position is highly praiseworthy on the way of strengthening its democracy, said President of UN General Assembly Dr Ali Abdus Salam Traky on Monday.

Anchor Pre-School 2+ launched

New Zealand Dairy Products Bangladesh Ltd launched its new specialty milk product Anchor Pre-School 2+ at a city hotel yesterday.

BB step against cultivation of tobacco hailed

Bangladesh Anti-Tobacco Alliance hailed the recent decision of Bangladesh Bank (BB) on issuing an order for private and public banks not to provide any financial assistance for cultivation and production of tobacco.

2 touchstone statues worth Tk 1cr seized

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) of Rajshahi camp in separate drives at Lalpur in Natore and Ishwardi in Pabna yesterday recovered two valuable statues worth about Tk 1 core.

Natore Jamaat leader held

Detective Branch (DB) of police yesterday arrested the publicity secretary of Natore district unit Jamaat on charges of being involved in a bid to foil the government's move to try crimes against humanity.

Next hearing on May 18

A Dhaka court yesterday adjourned till May 18 the hearing of a case filed against BNP Standing Committee Member Gayeswar Chandra Roy for amassing wealth illegally and concealing wealth information from the Anti-Corruption Commission.

Concern over clash between workers, cops

Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK), a human rights organisation, yesterday expressed grave concern over the clash between garments workers and police over different issues at Kanchpur in Narayanganj on Monday.

Ershad asked to submit statement by May 25

A Dhaka court yesterday asked Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad to submit written statement by May 25 in a Tk 60 crore defamation case filed against him for torturing his estranged wife Bidisha Siddique between 2005 and 2007.

One killed in clash over piece of land

A man was killed and four others were injured in a clash between neighbours at Atasur in Keraniganj yesterday over a piece of land.

'Introduce rural rationing system'

Leaders of Samajtantrik Khet Mazur and Krishak Front yesterday demanded introduction of a rural rationing system and food security to the farmers be ensured.

National

AL men made 4 new KHDC councillors

The government has appointed four councillors for reconstituted Khagrachhari Hill District Council (KHDC).

Suspected anthrax patients to be tested at IEDCR

Eleven suspected patients of rare disease anthrax will be sent to the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) in Mohakhali in Dhaka today for undergoing tests there.

AL faction protests attack by 'MP Roni's cadres'

A faction of Awami League (AL) of Galachipa upazila unit led by upazila AL President Harun-or-Rashid yesterday observed hartal from 6:00am to 12 noon in the upazila town protesting attack on Kashinath Datta, science and technology secretary of the party's Patuakhali district unit.

AL MP sued on charge of land grabbing

Two persons including an Awami League (AL) lawmaker have been sued on charge of attempt to grab a disputed land here.

Move for dope test for BCL nomination hailed

Local political leaders as well as common people have hailed the initiative for dope test to screen out drug addict nomination seekers in the upcoming Pabna district council of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL).

Storm blows away school roof but exams on

At least 95 educational institutions in Gaibandha Sadar and Sadullapur upazila have been badly damaged by nor'wester accompanied by hailstorm in the last two days.

Hunger strike begins for arrears, job security

Trainers, officials and employees of Sylhet Women's Technical Training Centre (SWTTC) yesterday morning started a 72-hour hunger strike from 8:00 am in front of the institution demanding payment of nine months' arrear salary and continuation of their jobs under new projects.

FFs stage protest in Pabna, Sirajganj for ignoring quota

Freedom fighters and their wards staged protests in Pabna and Sirajganj yesterday and the day before against recruitment of health assistants, ignoring 30 percent job quota for FFs' sons and daughters.

Battery-run 3-wheelers observe strike

Battery-run auto-rickshaw drivers observed a wildcat strike at Gopalganj yesterday demanding permission for services on all routes.

JCD factions clash in presence of opposition chief whip: 20 hurt

Twenty people were injured as JCD factions clashed in presence of opposition chief whip Zainul Abedin Farooque at the local circuit house on Monday night.

Barapukuria agitation postponed

Villagers affected by land subsidence around Barapukuria Coalmine have postponed their fresh agitation programme, scheduled to begin last Monday, until April 30 following an assurance given by the authorities concerned to meet their demand for additional compensation.

Probe begins, 11 prisoners shown arrested

The probe committee formed to investigate the death of Chittagong Central Jail chief security guard Nurul Islam yesterday took statements of seven out of 11 prisoners who were allegedly involved in the incident on Sunday.

BDR, BSF hold meeting

A company commander level flag meeting between Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) was held at JK Poladnga border point of Bholahat upazila yesterday morning following the incident of assault on Bangladeshi farmers by Indians. At the meeting the two sides took some decisions to avoid future clashes over the farmlands along the borders. The meeting was held at JK Poladanga area of zero line near river pillar no 4. George Mia, Company commander of JK Poladanga camp and AK Azad Company Commander of Gilabari camp of Naogaon 43 Rifles Battalion led the BDR team while the BSF team was headed by inspector of Muchia camp of Maldah BSF battalion Rikesh Kumar. Both the sides came to a consensus that any border problem would be settled through discussion. It was also decided that no farmer would any further cultivate the lands of the other country as sharecropper as was a culture earlier, BDR sources said.

BCL leader gets life

A court yesterday sentenced former general secretary of Madaripur Nazimuddin College and Chhatra League leader Sarwar Hossain Mollah to life term imprisonment on charge of rape. Judge of Madaripur tribunal for preventing Women and Children Repression Md Ataur Rahman announced the sentence yesterday. However the convicted student leader is on the run. According to the case proceedings, accused Sarwar Mollah at 8:00 pm on February 28, 2005 in a room of Momtaz Begum's house in Kulpaddi area under Madaripur Sadar proposed to plaintiff Farzana Begum to have physical relationship promising to marry her later. As the plaintiff did not agree to the proposal the accused tied her mouth with a piece of cloth and raped her. A case was filed against three persons including Sarwar Mollah on March 18, 2006. But the two other accused were acquitted of charges.

Kidnapped schoolgirl rescued

Chunarughat police in Habiganj on Monday night rescued an 11-year-old schoolgirl. She was kidnapped three days ago. Two persons were also arrested on charge of kidnapping. Police said Jony Akhtar, a student of class five and daughter of UP member Rushon Ali of village Atiquepur, was picked up forcibly from the backyard of her house on April 16 evening by Abdur Rahim of Rajakona and Morom Ali of Parkul of neighbouring villages. Rushon Ali filed a case with the police same day. Police arrested the two and rescued the victim from a house near Chunarughat bazaar Monday night.

Robbery at expat's house

Robbers looted cash and gold ornaments from an expatriate's house at Dighirpar in Muradnagar upazila here early yesterday. Police quoting locals said a gang numbering 20-30 stormed into the house of USA expatriate Abdul Momen,52, around midnight and looted 25 tolas gold and Tk 1.25 lakh in cash, after tying him up. Police arrested Hanif, son of Chan Mia of the same village in this connection.

Fake journalist held

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Monday arrested a fake journalist with a woman from a residential hotel in city's Laldighi area. Arrestee Jahangir Alam Joni, 36, identified himself as the chief reporter of the daily Ekushey. Two cases including one under Women and Child Repression Prevention Act were filed against Jony with Kotwali police station, police said. Rab members handed the arrestee over to the Kotwali police while the woman was sent to the safe custody of the court.

One killed, 4 hurt in attack

A man was killed and four others were injured in an attack by his neighbours at Atasur area in Keraniganj police station yesterday morning. The deceased was identified as Ajit Karaty, 55, a tree surgeon, son of Bholanath Karaty. The injured are Probha, 45, wife of Ajit Karaty, Sumon, 30, Madhu, 25, and Umme Kulsum alias Omani, 40. Sources said the incident occurred when brokers Salahuddin and Mostafa locked in an altercation with Ajit Karaty as he did not want to sign on the power deed leaving four injured. Seriously injured Ajit was rushed to Mitford Medical College and Hospital at about 11:00am where on-duty doctor declared him dead. The injured were admitted to local hospitals and clinics.

15 injured in clash

At least 15 people, including three police, were injured in a clash between two rival groups of villagers at Charpara bazar in Harinakundu upazila here on Monday morning. Police said some people of Mailmari village of Shailakupa upazila and Charpara village of Harinakundu upazila locked in an altercation over giving fare of human hauler (locally known as Nasimon) at about 10:00am. At one stage, both groups equipped with lethal weapons attacked each other leaving 15 people injured on the spot. Three injured policemen were identified as Charpara camp in-charge SI Alamgir Hossain, constable Mostafizur Rahman and Rakibul Hasan. Other injured were admitted to different hospitals and clinics.

One gets life for killing

A court here on Monday convicted a man and sentenced him to life term rigorous imprisonment (RI) for killing his younger brother in 2005. The convict is Julur Rahman, 45, son of Seraj Uddin of Suranpur village in Bholahat upazila. The court also fined him Tk 10,000, in default, to suffer one year more RI. According to prosecution, Shariful Islam was hacked to death by his elder brother Julur Rahman on May 5, 2005 in their house over a family feud.

Letters

Small investors

For many reasons, the general people of Bangladesh, especially after the so called 1/11, are not interested to invest their money in any production or transaction ventures. Thousands of hazards are associated with such type of investment decisions. So, people consider 'investment in stock market' as a better option. More than 22 lakh investors are trading, more or less, regularly. But the number of good quality shares is very limited. So, very often the prices of the shares are increasing beyond the rationale level.

Polish president's death

We mourn the death of Polish president Lech Kaczynski in a plane crash that took place on Sat, Apr. 10, 2010 in western Russia. Not only Polish people but also people of the whole world expressed the deepest shock at this great loss.

Jhum and environment

Jhum farming is generally called slash and burn agricultural practice. It is an old and special cultivation system practiced by the indigenous people of Chittagang Hill Tracts. It is the primary source of food, shelter and clothing of local people. In this practice, mixed seeds of cotton, chilli, cowpea, cucumber, gourd, rice, melon, pumpkin, maize, yams, sweet potatoes are sown in each pocket in the hilly areas. In three hill districts of Chittagong the indigenous people traditionally grow cotton following this indigenous technology. In Jhum cultivation cotton seeds are sown along with other crop seeds like- rice, chilli, maize, peanuts in the same pit/hill horizontally on the hill slope. The hill people harvest different crops in different times sequentially. But the practice of Jhum firming is not environment friendly. It is harmful for the biodiversity of the hilly areas of CHT.

Water logging

Water logging has emerged as the major environmental problem in the metropolitan cities of Dhaka and Chittagong due to unplanned urbanization and filling up of low lying land, lakes, river banks. Closure of Dholai khal, Begun Bari khal in Dhaka and Chaktai Khal in Chittagong which used to serve as major outlets for rainwater and drainage system have created major logging problems in these cities. It is a basic tenet of city planning to preserve open spaces, and protect lakes, wetland areas and canal encroachment in order to maintain natural and environmental characteristics of the city. But the powerful land grabbers and real estate developers taking advantage of the housing boom illegally filled up natural wetland, retention ponds, lakes and main canals for construction of buildings and housing estates. RAJUK or CDA or Department of Environment have failed to preserve the topographical features and protect the cities from the uncontrolled rainwater flooding. Rain is inevitable in monsoon- fed Bangladesh but now an hour of heavy rain creates temporary flooding and long periods of water logging in the low lying suburban areas. Expansion of metropolitan cities are a part of inevitable process of economic growth but urban expansion is occurring without any control, supervision or future plan due to the incompetence, corruption and indifference of the city development authorities and the city corporation. The government must take up a comprehensive plan to improve the drainage system, reclaim and recover the flow of blocked and close major 'khals' and protect the wetlands and retention ponds to save our citizens from water logging.

City's population

I concur with Mr. Shahnoor Wahid's article that proactive measures must be taken to prevent big disasters in Dhaka city. The growth of population in Dhaka city is alarming and we must do something about it. I cannot imagine what Dhaka city would look like in 2030 when the population will be more than two crores. Our government must think of taking big steps to shift major sectors to the outskirts of Dhaka city.

To the police commissioner…

I would like to begin by thanking and congratulating you and the Dhaka Metropolitan Police for your help in ensuring that the area in front of our homes was not overwhelmed by eateries and music on Pahela Baishakh. The police did a commendable job of confining the music to areas adjoining Mirpur Road.

Arabic language

Arabic is the language of the Holy Quran. We say prayers, recite the Holy Quran in Arabic. Friday's khutba (sermon) is recited in Arabic. But most of us do not know the meaning of Arabic scripture.

Power supply

We are assured that many things will be done for interrupted power supply, but we could not see any initiative being taken to achieve that goal. The situation is getting complicated.

Child abuse

The recent newspaper report that a two year old girl was raped shows how vulnerable our children are. Almost all the children are abused this way or that way. In most cases children are sexually fondled and in extreme cases the fondling crosses the limit and cause a permanent mental and physical damage to the child. The sexually abused children carry with them the hang-ups of the bitter experience which sometimes mentally retard them. And as the abusers are usually the near relatives, it causes a debilitating damage to the normal relationship. The abuser and the abused can never behave normally throughout life.

War crimes and Pakistan

Thanks to DS for publishing the press briefing of Pakistani ambassador on the trial of war criminals. Three significant issues the ambassador has referred to call for some analysis. These are " internal affairs of Bangladesh ; people's sovereignty of Bangladesh and the most important one is, " formal statement' might come if needed in due course, I presume.

Disabled

Now a disabled can also contribute to the socio-economic development. For ensuring this, a country needs to create the favourable environment. If we analyse the contribution of some disabled like Stephen Hawking, Edison, Homer, Milton, and Helen Keller, we may realise what they are capable of doing. Can we ignore their revolutionary contribution to the human well-being ?

Victims of eve teasing

Nowadays, it's too hard to get any newspaper which is not carrying the news of young girls committing suicide. The DS on 04th, 2010 published the news of a schoolgirl, Elora, who embraced death because of unremitting teasing by local youths. Not only she, but also a number of young school girls are voluntarily embracing death in order to escape teasing, Because of socio- cultural frailties women are not treated gently.

Taxpayers' money

I am shocked and dismayed to hear people calling it the government's money. Are people living in a fool's paradise? Or are they ignorant? It is not government's money, it is taxpayers' money. What is government? It is a body of elected representatives of the people. Like any other person the elected representatives who constitute the government also require to fulfil their needs. For fulfilling their requirements they cash on the taxpayers' money, which is wrongly termed as government money since colonial times. This has to change in order to make the government accountable for their deeds to the people.

Fake 'pir'

Following a pictorial report published in the Prothom Alo, the leading Bangla newspaper, on April 12 last, police arrested a fake 'pir' named Amzad Hossain Bepari on charge of torturing several children and women in the name of treatment in Khasnagar village under Sirajdikhan upazila of Munshiganj.

Living without water!

There is no water supply from the beginning of the month in our locality. People are living in North Badda, Satarkul road, Dhaka without water in an egregious state. The water supply interruption began from the middle of March but rest of the previous month it was within a tolerable limit with regular perturbation.

Flash flood and haors

Flash flood occurs during the pre-monsoon (March may) in north-eastern part of Bangladesh. Heavy rainfall in the upstream or neighbouring upland countries causes flash flood. This sudden flood damages our crops by submerging the agricultural lands.

Bengali New Year

Happy Bengali New Year 1417! With a new hope and a fresh promise yet another new year has come. Let's bury our odd thoughts to facilitate germination of the new ones with a view to making our life and living more meaningful, peaceful, and joyous. Let's forget our narrowness and broaden our minds to serve the greater interests in favour of our well-being and prosperity. In this digital age, the world has become a global family where we share each-other's joys and sorrows and respect our respective culture. I am touched to go through the message delivered by the US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on the occasion of the Bengali New Year which confirms the values of global socialization. I would like to reproduce part of the text of the message below:

Ship breaking industry

I am intrigued by the similarity between what is going on at the moment between the government and the ship-breaking industry - and a particular point in British history.

Obama's Iran strategy

Now this peace loving Nobel laureate president is planning to repeat and implement the thoughts of his forbearer, aiming to attack Iran. The world has observed Obama's negotiation on Iran's sanctions with the world powers in the name of Security Council, ever largest after the World War II. People of the world appreciate non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, but do not expect another nuclear catastrophe, the one which still instils fear in everyone. America, pushed by Israel, has become impatient to start another war, bloodshed. President Obama mentioned the nuclear weapons as a threat to the world, being the largest holder of nuclear weapons and active materials for making these. He was more concerned about Iran than nuclear proliferation during the two day Security Council sessions. Iran is pursuing to develop a nuclear weapon for a long time claims the west and their allies like they claimed Iraq as the storage of WMDs!!

Teasing

Eve teasing has become a social disease in our country. We have lost many sisters due to eve teasing. We find news of suicide regularly in newspapers. A section of young boys have no work to do, and they indulge in all sorts of ugly things.

International

European flights start gradually taking off

Applause, cheers and whoops of joy rang out at airports around the world yesterday as airplanes gradually took to the skies after five days of being grounded by a volcanic ash cloud that has devastated European travel.

Deputy Afghan mayor shot dead

Insurgents killed a vice mayor of the southern city of Kandahar while he was praying at a mosque, an official said yesterday, the latest brazen attack on government officials in the volatile region where AFP, Khost

Obama affirms strong US-Israel ties

President Barack Obama has said on the Jewish state's 62nd anniversary that the United States shares an "unbreakable bond" with Israel and he was confident the relationship "will only be strengthened" into the future.

Afghanistan kicks off registration for polls

Afghanistan yesterday began registering thousands of candidates for the war-torn country's parliamentary elections to be held on September 18, an electoral official said.

Iran missile could reach US by 2015

A US Defence Department report has warned that Iran could fire a missile at the United States by 2015, and adds that the Iranians have gone to great lengths to protect their nuclear infrastructure from physical destruction.

Pak Islamist blames US for suicide blast

An Islamist politician whose party lost several members in a suicide attack blamed Pakistan's alliance with the US for the violence and urged Islamabad yesterday to break ranks in the war on terror.

Red Shirts back off after live fire threat

Thailand yesterday toughened its stance against anti-government protesters, warning they would face live weapons fire and tear gas in any fresh clashes with security forces.

Nepal hurtles towards chaos

With just 37 days left for Nepal to unveil a new constitution, the country has begun hurtling towards chaos with the three major parties still at daggers drawn and the key players admitting it would be impossible to execute the task.

Sanctions unlikely to stop Iran nuke plans

Defence Secretary Robert Gates, according to Sunday's New York Times, warned President Obama in a classified memo in January that the US lacks an effective strategy for dealing with Iran's nuclear progress. Secretary Gates rushed to set the record straight, saying his memo had been designed to "contribute to an orderly and timely decision-making process." But that may all be a distinction without much of a difference; the sentiments attributed to him in the original report remain a coldly clear assessment of the Administration's Iran strategy.

Zardari says 'I'm not powerless'

Presenting a brave face after signing the 18th Constitutional Amendment bill into law, which would subsequently clip his key powers, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has said democracy is his strength and that he is not 'powerless.'

China govt declares day of mourning

China declared a national day of mourning for victims of last week's earthquake as rescuers battled altitude sickness and bad weather conditions in the Tibetan disaster zone yesterday.

Mukul Sangma sworn in as Meghalaya CM

Mukul M Sangma took oath as the 21st chief minister of Meghalaya yesterday, which also happens to be his 45th birthday.

Pak officials lose posts

Several senior Pakistani police and intelligence officials have been removed from their posts after a damning UN report into the killing of ex-premier Benazir Bhutto, officials said yesterday.

2 Russian policemen shot dead

Police in Russia's unsettled southern province of Dagestan say assailants have gunned down two traffic policemen who pulled over their car.

Somali pirates seize Thai ships

Somali pirates hijacked three Thai fishing vessels with 77 crew aboard more than 1,200 miles (1,930 kilometres) from the Somali coast, the farthest-off-shore attack to date, the EU Naval Force said yesterday.

Abbas to fight Israeli orders

Palestinian officials say they will oppose new Israeli orders on deport Palestinians from the West Bank.

Migraine attack leads woman speaking Chinese

A British woman left doctors confused when she started conversing in Chinese after a migraine attack.

'Immoral women cause quakes'

Promiscuous women are responsible for earthquakes, a senior Iranian cleric has said.

Arts & Entertainment

Artistes share their elation

Lights and cameras flashed at the Hall of Fame of Bangabandhu International Conference Centre when the Meril-Prothom Alo 2009 Awards were declared recently. The Daily Star spoke to some of the lucky musicians and artistes who had bagged the prestigious awards. Here's what the winners had to say:

Homage to designer Shahrukh Shahid

Country's leading designers, artists and singers paid tributes to the late designer-artist Shahrukh Shahid at an exhibition and fashion show displaying Shahid's works at the Drik Gallery, Dhaka on April 18.

“Udaan” to represent India at Cannes

India will be represented in the coming 63rd edition of the Cannes Film Festival next month by the work of a first-time director, while Indian filmmaker Shekhar Kapur will be a member of the jury at the prestigious event.

Cultural programme highlighting indigenous artistes

Amidst much festivity, the four-day 'ESDO Mela' opened last Monday at Eco Social Development Organisation (ESDO) Office premises at Gobindanagar village under Sadar upazila in Thakurgaon.

“Amader Dhaka”: Zooming in on the city

"Amader Dhaka" is a programme on contemporary issues related to the city. The programme is aired every Wednesday on Rtv at 6:30 pm.

“Meghbondhu” on Banglavision tonight

Banglavision will telecast drama serial "Meghbondhu" tonight at 8:15 pm. Written by Shafiqur Rahman the serial is directed by Shokal Ahmed.

ITI Theatre Festival

As part of the ongoing ITI Theatre Festival, three plays were staged on April 19 at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Aranyak Natyadal staged "Ebong Bidyasagar" at the National Theatre Hall; Theatre staged its acclaimed production "Meraj Fakirer Ma" at the Experimental Theatre Hall and the Department of Theatre, DU staged "Riders to the Sea" at the Studio Theatre Hall. The Aranyak production is written by Manna Heera and directed by Mamunur Rashid, while "Meraj Fakirer Ma" was written by the late Abdullah Al Mamun. Today is the last day of the weeklong festival. Three plays -- "Aroj Charitamrito" by Natyakendra; "Gazi Kalu Champabati" by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and "Chhayanaut" by Nagarik Natyasampraday -- will be staged today at the National, Experimental and Studio Theatre Hall respectively.

Goodbye to a real beauty, “Ugly Betty”

After four seasons of bright and noisy comic melodrama, last week Betty Suarez left her fans to their own devices, as "Ugly Betty," which brought about an explosion of colour and fairy-tale tropes in the fall of 2006. This, however, was not a bad time, in the fictional and practical life of the series, to say goodbye.

“James Bond 23” delayed indefinitely

James Bond has faced several threats over the course of his distinguished career as a well-dressed espionage agent, but it appears that 007 has finally met his match in the form of MGM Studios.

OP-ED

Of dynasties, pretension and snobbery

FATIMA Bhutto has just unleashed her book and with it her clan once more on the people of what was once known as the Indian subcontinent. There is nothing wrong with writing a book, really. Besides, when you talk of this granddaughter of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, you have got to admit she has class where employing the English language is concerned.

Meeting again?

THE South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) Summit will take place in the Bhutan's capital, Thimpu, on April 28-29, and Bhutan has completed all preparations to host the sixteenth summit-level meeting, according to the Bhutanese Ambassador to Bangladesh, Dasho Bap Kesang.

Confounding the pundits?

STUDENTS of economics will recall the two-gap theory of development from their courses on growth and development. The genesis of the theory, where economic growth is driven by investment and constrained by saving, lies in the work of economists Sir Roy Harrod of the UK and Evsy Domar of the USA.

Instilling confidence

WHILE addressing the inaugural session of the 17th biennial conference of Bangladesh Economic Association at Osmani Memorial auditorium in Dhaka city on April 8, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that her government was still trying to bring back confidence among the public servants that had been lost during immediate past army-backed caretaker regime, and added that hectic day and night labour of her government could not bring any good for the people just for lack of confidence among the public servants.

Asean-India talks fire Thai enthusiasm

WITH continuing growth of the Indian economy, Thailand is planning to forge a resilient partnership in trade and investment cooperation with the revival next year of the Asean-India Business Council (AIBC), after its deliberations have been suspended for nearly four years.



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