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News of: Sunday, 25th of April, 2010

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AL wins in 'peaceful' polls

The ruling Awami League candidate won yesterday's Bhola-3 election by a big margin, inviting a renewed political threat by opposition BNP, which took no time to reject the poll results.

Bangladeshi seamen get something to eat, finally

Bangladeshi seamen stranded in ships offshore Benin received some food early yesterday after two days of starvation. The sailors breathed a sigh of relief for now, but their survival is still threatened as they have already run out of fuel.

'One-sided' show

Sporadic attacks, widespread intimidation of voters, and polling agents of BNP, and attempts to take control of polling centres allegedly by ruling party men marked yesterday's by-election in Bhola-3 parliamentary constituency.

Voting farce, hold fresh polls: BNP

The main opposition BNP yesterday demanded a fresh by-election to Bhola-3 constituency terming yesterday's voting a farce.

540 stalled corruption cases to resume

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has initiated a move to proceed with about 540 stalled cases including three against the leader of the opposition and BNP chairperson following a Supreme Court ruling.

JS body chief's remark threat to judiciary

Former chief justice Mahmudul Amin Choudhury yesterday compared the judiciary with a "glasshouse" and said it could crumble at any moment if steps are not taken right now.

Untreated waste dumped into Buriganga

A huge quantity of untreated waste is being dumped into the Buriganga river hampering the government's drive to clean the riverbed.

JMB finds friends in outlawed parties

Banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh has approached a new strategy to regain its strength and is trying to develop ties with different groups including the outlawed parties.

Oath crisis left to linger on

The crisis over swearing in of two High Court judges persists 13 days into their appointment since neither the chief justice administered them oath nor the government cancelled their appointment till yesterday.

CEC happy with Bhola by-polls

Chief Election Commissioner ATM Shamsul Huda yesterday said the by-election to Bhola-3 constituency was free and fair.

2 contradicting observation

The Bhola-3 by-election was marked by the intimidation of voters, violence, lack of management and poor turnout, Democracywatch said yesterday.

Polls free, fair: AL

The ruling Awami League yesterday claimed that Bhola-3 by-election was held in a free, fair and credible manner and urged the main opposition BNP to accept its result.

BCL versus BCL

Bangladesh Chhatra League units and some other student organisations in Chittagong decided to jointly resist the agitating fraction of BCL, Chittagong University (CU) unit that called an indefinite strike on the campus demanding resignation of the vice-chancellor.

One of 3 suspects finally arrested

Police early yesterday arrested one of the three suspects of SI Gautam Roy killing case at Bhajahari Saha Lane in the capital's Sutrapur.

JU proctor resigns

Assistant Proctor of Jahangirnagar University Dr Abdullahil Kafi, accused of sexual harassment, resigned from his post yesterday in the wake of agitation over the matter.

PM to lay foundation stone today

After crawling about a decade during the regime of four-party alliance and caretaker governments, the foundation stone of much-awaited Chandpur 150 megawatts Combined Cycle Power Plant will be laid today.

Charge-framing hearing Oct 10

BDR Special Court-4 in Chittagong yesterday fixed October 10 for hearing on charge framing against 35 jawans of 10 Rifle Battalion's Bolipara camp in a mutiny case.

Thai govt rejects Red Shirt's offer

Thailand's political crisis plunged back into deadlock yesterday after the government rejected a compromise offer from red-shirted demonstrators who said they were now braced for a crackdown.

Armenians mourn victims of mass killings

Hundreds of thousands of Armenians laid flowers yesterday at a monument to the victims of mass killings by Ottoman Turks, marking the 95th anniversary of the start of the slaughter. US President Obama called it "one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century."

Thai protesters pull out of talks with government

Hopes for a swift, peaceful resolution to Thailand's political crisis were dashed yesterday when the prime minister rejected a compromise proposal for dissolving parliament and protesters hit back by withdrawing from negotiations.

Editorial

31 Bangladeshis in distress

THE woes of 31 Bangladeshi crew on eight foreign ships on the Benin coast go on. One would have thought that by this time meaningful action would have been taken to save them from the dire circumstances in which they have found themselves. That they continue to be caught in a state of misery is not only a matter of sadness but one of sheer outrage as well. Of course their employers are responsible for the state they are in. And of course every effort should be expended to apprehend the unscrupulous men, both in Bangladesh and in the countries of origin of the ships in question, and penalize them for their criminality. It is simply unacceptable that people can do wrong, in this case place other people's lives in jeopardy, and can get away with the act.

For an inclusive enrolment policy

WITH well over 50percent dropout from the fifth grade in school, the national goal of education for all by 2014 is evidently not on track to fulfillment. Huge planned efforts are needed backed by financial investment and targeted commitments to make it possible within just about four years.

Sports

MSC overcome Rahmatganj

Mohammedan players did not let their off-field grievances affect their on-field performance as they handed Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society a 3-1 defeat at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday to live another day in the Bangladesh League to keep themselves alive in the title race.

Caution on Asif

Inconsistent shooter Asif Hossain Khan was once again dropped from the Bangladesh squad when the Bangladesh Shooting Federation (BSF) picked a two-member squad for the upcoming ISSF World Championship in Germany that begins in July.

Visitors thrive on twin tons

Alviro Petersen and Heino Kuhn struck commanding centuries on the second day of the first unofficial Test against Bangladesh A at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

SA Academy in control

GP-BCB National Cricket Academy need 248 runs but more importantly, South African National Academy require seven more wickets to win on the final day of the first four-dayer at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong after the hosts were 145-3 yesterday.

Tendulkar turns 37

Cricketers, including his Team India colleagues and the Bollywood celebrities wished happy birthday to champion batsman Sachin Tendulkar who turned 37 on Saturday.

Nat'l women's chess begins

Defending champion Sharmin Sultana Shirin and runner-up WFM Shamima Akter Liza got off to winning starts on the opening day of the Arlin Developer National Women's Chess Championship at the Narayanganj Club Auditorium yesterday.

Junaed out for 10 to 12 days

Bangladesh A team suffered a blow as their captain Junaed Siddiqui was ruled out for rest of the four-day Test series against visiting South Africa A due to an injury he sustained yesterday.

Div I basketball

Cantonians Club, the Gregarious Club and Europa Youth Club won their respective matches in the Premier Bank First Division Basketball League at the Dhanmondi Basketball Gymnasium yesterday.

Bangalore make C. League

In a yawn-inducing crawl, Deccan Chargers meandered to 82, the lowest total of the season, and Royal Challengers Bangalore knocked it off without much fuss to book their spot in the next Champions League.

MU return to top

An exquisite finish by Nani helped send Manchester United back to the top of the English Premier League table after a 3-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford here on Saturday.

Ancelotti wants title

Carlo Ancelotti admits he will only regard his first season at Chelsea as a success if the Blues win the Premier League title.

Aussies get S. Korea

Asia's top-ranked team Australia was pitted against fellow World Cup finalists South Korea at the 2011 Asian Cup draw on Friday while three-times champions Japan will face Saudi Arabia.

Stuttgart go fifth

Early goals by Cacau and Ciprian Marica were enough to steer Stuttgart to victory over Bochum as they moved level on points with fifth-placed Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga on Friday night.

Bolt supports Argentina

Triple Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt revealed on Friday that he will be supporting Argentina at the forthcoming football World Cup in South Africa.

Adler set to resume training

Bayer Leverkusen's Germany goalkeeper Rene Adler looks set to go to the World Cup despite fracturing a rib, after saying on Friday that he will resume training next week.

Lopez pans Lyon

Lyon's Argentine striker Lisandro Lopez on Friday criticised his side's defensive mindset after their 1-0 Champions League semifinal first-leg defeat at Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

Scholl leaving Bayern

Former German international Mehmet Scholl is to leave his job as Bayern Munich's reserve coach at the end of the season, severing an 18-year association with the club, it emerged Friday.

Loew heads to London

Germany coach Joachim Loew will meet his captain Michael Ballack after Chelsea's Premier League match with Stoke this weekend, the German Football Federation (DFB) announced on Friday.

I won't quit, let them remove me: Modi

There is no sign of a compromise between Lalit Modi and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) over the Indian Premier League (IPL) controversy, with Modi sending out a strong message through his Twitter feed that he would not be backing down in what he called a "trial by media" even as board officials spent the day in a series of meetings at their Mumbai headquarters.

BSF to hold training for amateurs

The Bangladesh Shooting Federation has decided to run a shooting training centre for amateur shooters as well as foreigners now staying in Bangladesh, within a month at the National Shooting Complex in Gulshan.

World T20 records

World Twenty20 records ahead of the 2010 championship in the Caribbean from April 30-May16:

Rumana takes MSC to final

Rumana Ahmed gave the best all-round performance ever seen in women's cricket in this country in Mohammedan's 34-run semifinal victory over arch-rivals Abahani in the Women's Club Cup cricket tournament at the Gulshan Youth Club ground yesterday.

Ex-BOA bosses condole Samaranch's death

Former Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) president Lt Gen (retd) Mahbubur Rahman and Golam Quddus Chowdhury, former secretary general of BOA, expressed deep shock at the demise of Juan Antonio Samaranch, the former president of International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Pakistan off to Windies

Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi and coach Waqar Younus said they hoped their countrymen would get behind the World Twenty20 team which left for the West Indies on Saturday.

Painting competition held

In quest of spreading the spirit of the upcoming Asian Games in China, Bangladesh Olympic Association held a painting competition for school students yesterday.

Mayor Cup

Ward 8 moved to the final of the Sylhet Mayor Cup Football tournament as they defeated Ward 24 3-2 in tie-breaker in the first semifinal at the Sylhet Stadium yesterday. The regulation time had ended goalless.

Asian chess

GM Ziaur Rahman won his fourth round game in the 9th Asian Continental Individual Chess Championship at Subic Free port city in Philippines yesterday.

Business

Weavers in woes

A yarn price hike has dealt a blow to handloom and power loom weavers, as the costly knitting thread has made home textile products less competitive both on domestic and international markets.

La Vinci in talks with Marriott to build hotel

La Vinci Hotel, a Bangladesh-Italy joint venture, plans to build a 270-room five-star hotel on Inani beach in Cox's Bazar soon.

Local firm launches energy savers

In the backdrop of a power crunch and tariff rise, Shobuj-Bangla Energy has started marketing energy-saving solutions to help consumers cut electricity bills.

Marico unpacks Saffola Gold

Marico Bangladesh Ltd has launched Saffola Gold, a special blended vegetable oil, in Dhaka.

Yarn price hike rattles knitwear exporters

Knitwear exporters yesterday expressed concern that they will lose competitiveness on the international markets for an unusual price hike of yarn.

Chittagong port ready to open up to neighbours

Chittagong port is ready to carry out the government's decision to open it to neighbouring countries, said Chittagong Port Authority Chairman RU Ahmed yesterday.

NBR stresses transparency in CSR

The government is eager to promote corporate social responsibility (CSR) through tax incentives but transparency and accountability of the activities have to be maintained, said National Board of Revenue Chairman Nasiruddin Ahmed yesterday.

Demand for duty-free access to US gets boost

Bangladesh has built a deserving case for consideration of duty-free access for its products to the US market.

US, Europe struggle to impose bank tax plan

Americans and Europeans failed Friday to convince G20 partners to approve a financial sector tax aimed at reimbursing bail-outs of banks that sparked the global economic crisis.

2.6 tonnes sugar seized at Mongla Port

Mongla Port has recovered 2.6 tonnes of sugar, imported under false declaration, from a fertiliser-laden foreign ship.

India's Reliance announces net profit up 30pc

India's largest private sector firm, Reliance Industries, said Friday its sales more than doubled but net profit rose only 30 percent in the quarter to March due to pressure on its refining margins.

Railway needs a push

For the past couple of months, policymakers have been loudly preaching the importance of regional connectivity. To give it a shot, they are focusing on railway links with India, Nepal, Bhutan and even China. Some experts, business leaders and think-tanks are backing the idea.

Will tough love fix Greece's economic woes?

Global finance officials are sending Greece a tough love message: Move ahead on economic reforms and we'll come to the rescue with an emergency loan package.

Commodities volatile on European air crisis

The commodity markets were roiled this week as severe disruption to global air travel impacted supply and demand for raw materials such as oil and metals, analysts said.

Obama renews push for Wall Street reform

US President Barack Obama renewed his push for Wall Street reform Saturday, saying the country needed to tackle the underlying problems that caused the economic crisis.

Australia tightens rules for foreign property buyers

Australia Saturday clamped down on foreigners buying property after complaints that a rapid influx of Asian money had helped make its housing among the most expensive in the world.

US may soon create up to half million jobs a month: Biden

Vice President Joe Biden on Friday offered a bullish prediction that the US economy could soon create 250,000 to half a million jobs per month, as the recovery picks up speed.

Lufthansa invites iPhone 'loser' to Germany

Lufthansa said on Friday that it has invited the Apple software engineer who left an iPhone prototype in a German-style beer garden in California a free trip to "pick up where you last left off."

Toyota to show return to profit despite recalls

Results from Toyota Motor to be released next month are expected to show the auto giant returning to profit in the year to March, despite a massive recall scandal, news reports said Saturday.

Weekly Currency Roundup

April 18- 22, 2010
International Markets
The international markets remained highly volatile this week. On Thursday after data showing Greece's budget deficit was worse than previously thought highlighted the market's hunger for a speedy resolution to its debt crisis. Eurostat revised Greece's 2009 budget deficit to 13.6 percent of gross domestic product from 12.7 percent. The Greek/German 10-year government bond yield spread expanded to 562 basis points after the figures to its widest in 12 years as the cost of insuring Greek debt from default surged to record highs. The Eurostat figures show that the starting point for Greece's debt consolidation is further away than initially thought," said Chris Turner, head of currency strategy at ING in London. The market is getting close to pricing in an end game for the Greece story, which is the acquisition of an aid package. Greece started talks with European and IMF officials on Wednesday on a potential aid deal and a three-year economic policy plan but it could take several weeks before Athens can tap the funds if needed. Greece needs to raise about 10 billion Euros by end-May to refinance debt, make interest payments and fund the deficit. Against the pound, the euro fell to its weakest since late January. Sterling was supported by recent UK data suggesting Britain's economic outlook has brightened. First-quarter GDP numbers are due on Friday. Data on Thursday showed UK retail sales came in at a lower-than-expected 0.4 percent on month in March, but February's figures were revised higher. Analysts said the euro may take another thumping when Greece activates the aid package and formally asks for help. Overall, they said debt worries involving euro zone countries would continue to haunt the euro.

Metropolitan

Govt set to build Joydevpur-N'ganj elevated expressway

The government is set to launch final bidding and embark on construction of the much-hyped Joydevpur-Narayanganj elevated expressway soon with exemption from existing rules, Communications Minister Syed Abul Hossain said at a seminar yesterday.

Power offices now open on Saturdays

The government has ordered all the public offices related to power generation, transmission and distribution to remain open on Saturdays until further notice.

100 judges to be appointed in lower courts

The government will take steps soon to appoint over 100 judges in the lower courts to quickly dispose of pending cases, Law Minister Shafique Ahmed said yesterday.

Jabbarer Boli Khela begins

The century-old legendary Jabbarer Boli Khela and a three-day Baishakhi fair began at the Laldighi Maidan in Chittagong yesterday.

Those who rehabilitated war criminals to stand trial: Tuku

The government will also try the persons who helped rehabilitate the war criminals after the liberation war in 1971, said Sate Minister for Home Shamsul Haque Tuku yesterday.

Documentary on Biranganas

They are Biranganas. They did not fight with arms during the Liberation War in 1971, but their sacrifices and contribution can in no way be undermined. They are rape victims -- physically abused by the Pakistani military and their local collaborators.

2cr still drink arsenic-laced water: Unicef

About two crore people are still drinking arsenic-contaminated water in the country, while only 53 percent of its population has access to improved sanitation facilities.

13 bombs recovered

Police recovered thirteen bombs in an abandoned state at a mess in the capital's North Jatrabari area yesterday.

Five world-class medical varsities on cards

Health and Family Welfare Minister Prof AFM Ruhal Haque yesterday said the government is planning to set up five medical universities of international standards, like Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), in the country.

Nestle's nutrition awareness campaign

Nestle Bangladesh Limited signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Institute of Nutrition and Food Science, Dhaka University (DU), recently to conduct a 'Nutrition Awareness Programme', which is part of Nestle Healthy Kids Global Programme, says a press release.

Call to promote creativity of children

Members of Chander Haat, a leading cultural organisation for youngsters in the country, have called for promoting creative sides of children by generating recreational atmosphere.

Desco warns against frauds

Dhaka Electric Supply Company Ltd (Desco) yesterday warned its consumers about fraud groups trying to cheat people in the name of distributing energy saving bulbs.

Call to allocate 6pc of GDP to edn sector

Demanding more budgetary allocation for education sector, speakers at a seminar yesterday said effective utilisation of the money is a must to materialise the government's pledge to ensure quality primary education for all.

Political empowerment of women must be ensured

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked women to seize the opportunities extended to them to improve their lot and contribute to social development.

Mason killed by co-worker in Ctg

A mason was killed at Chandanagar of Bayezid area in the port city early yesterday.

Two cases filed against BNP men at Pallabi

Two separate cases were filed yesterday regarding the clash between Awami league and BNP activists at Pallabi in the city on Friday.

4 DU students held for creating chaos at BSMMU

Police yesterday arrested four students of Dhaka University for creating chaos at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) in the city.

Journo Zahirul Ahsan passes away

Zahirul Ahsan Tipu, news editor of the Bhorer Kagoj, a Bangla daily, passed away due to a cardiac arrest at a city hospital in the early hours of yesterday at the age of 47.

73 BNP men get bail, five sent to jail

A Dhaka court yesterday granted bail to 73 BNP leaders and activists, including the two ward councillors, who were arrested during a clash between Awami League and BNP activists at Pallabi in the city on Friday.

National

Job scheme for ultra poor yet to start in 2 Nilphamari UZs

The government's 40-day programme meant to provide employment to ultra poor people in the lean period could not yet start in Jaldhaka and Kishoreganj upazilas even after expiry of the earlier scheduled period of March 10 -- April 20.

Aila-hit people demand repair of breached dikes

The people affected by cyclone Aila on May 25 last year have demanded steps for early repair of the major breaches in the embankments to save them from further disasters during the next monsoon.

Dinajpur farmers block road demanding compensation

Hundreds of potato growers yesterday blocked Dinajpur-Dhaka highway for five hours demanding compensation from the authorities of Uttara Himghar Ltd, a cold storage at Gopalganj village in Dinajpur Sadar upazila, for damage of thousands of bags of stored potato.

Clash over capture of khas land: 100 injured

People of two neighbouring villages clashed over capture of a khash land in Chhtak upazila of Sunamganj district yesterday, disrupting traffic on Sylhet-Sunamganj highway for two hours.

Nor'wester in Rajshahi

A nor'wester lashed Rajshahi yesterday evening, damaging standing boro crop, mango and lychee orchards.

Three held with arms in C'nawabganj

Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested three youths in Udayan Cinema Hall area in Chapainawabganj town on Friday night.

UP member sued for felling 200 roadside trees

A member of Moghia Union Parishad (UP) under Kachua upazilla of Bagerhat district were yesterday sued for felling 200 trees on both sides of the road from Charsonakur Madrasa to Nandipara ferryghat.

Noakhali medical students lock principal's room

The students of Noakhali Medical College yesterday locked the principal's room, academic building and classrooms to press home their four point demands.

JMB man arrested

Police arrested a member of the banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) at Mushkipurhut under Atrai upazila of Naogaon district Friday evening. The arrestee is Hafez Masud, 38, son of taslimuddin of Potisor village under the upazila. He was also a close aide of Bangla Bhai. Moazzem Hossain, officer-in-charge (OC) of Atrai Police Station, said Masud was wanted in three cases, one for muder of army man Sheikh Farid. Police yesterday produced Masud in a court that sent him to jail. Earlier, Atrai police arrested another JMB member named Babu at Bamonitola village of the upazila on Thursday.

PCJSS activist shot

An activist of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) was shot allegedly by United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) men at Chakrapara in the town on Friday night.The injured are Jyotirmoy Chakma,19, son of Moniraj Chakma of village of Chakrapara. Sources said a group of UPDF men fired at Jyotirmoy and left the scene. He was first admitted to Rangamati hospital and then sent to Chittagong Medical College Hospital as his condition deteriorated. Bodhi Satta Chakma, district unit secretary of PCJSS, yesterday blamed the UPDF for the attack. Shantideb Chakma, coordinator of UPDF Rangamati unit, denied the allegation

Arms peddler held

An alleged arms peddler was arrested with a firearm in Hakimpur upazila of Dinajpur district early yesterday. The arrestee is Jahangir Alam, son of Sayem Uddin of Basudevpur village under the upazila. Acting on a tip-off, a team of Rab-5 of Joypurhat raided the village and arrested Jahangir.

50 injured in Chandpur clash

At least 50 people were injured in a fierce clash between two rival groups over harvesting paddy in a char under Matlab upazila on Friday. Police and locals said the clash ensued in the morning when two rival groups--one led by Nurul Haque Prodhan and another by Ukil Dhali--were trying to harvest paddy in Diara Char. Both sides equipped with lethal weapons attacked each other, leaving 50 people injured. Of them, eight were admitted to Matlab Upazila Health Complex while the rest given first aid.

Woman commits suicide

A housewife, who took poison on Thursday night at Lakhakati village under Sadar upazila, died at hospital Friday morning. The deceased was identified as Laizu Begum, 20, wife of Bachchu Shiekh of the village. Police quoted family sources as saying that Laizu took insecticides following a quarrel with her husband on Thursday night. She was rushed to Sadar Hospital where she died at 10:00am on Friday.

Letters

Power failures

We are quite frustrated about the future of electricity! Production cannot keep pace with demand. Where's the gap? The number of consumers is increasing rapidly and so is the consumption rate! Systems loss, and pilferage are there also.

Your worst nightmare

Enough has appeared in the newspapers about motorized vehicles i.e. cars to make us aware of their “benefits” they crowd the roads with 7 times their capacity, they occupy 50-60% of road space, they carry only 2-5% of passengers, they park here, there and everywhere with impunity, they are mollycoddled with hundreds of crores of expensive electronic toys just to ease the passage of empty/half-empty cars, they pollute the air and deafen the people, they kill or maim hundreds of pedestrians, they drain out foreign exchange and inflate the egos of the nouveau riche.

Child abuse

The term “child abuse” refers to the violence, mistreatment or neglect that a child or adolescent may experience while in the care of someone they either trust or depend on, such as a parent, sibling, other relative, caregiver or guardian. Abuse may take place anywhere and may occur, for example, within the child's home or that of someone known to the child. There are many different forms of abuse and a child may be subjected to more than one form: physical abuse may consist of just one incident or it may happen repeatedly. It involves deliberately using force against a child in such a way that the child is either injured or is at risk of being injured. Physical abuse includes beating, hitting, shaking, pushing, choking, biting, burning, kicking or assaulting a child with a weapon. It also includes holding a child under water, or any other dangerous or harmful use of force or restraint. Sexual abuse and exploitation involves using a child for sexual purposes. Neglect is often chronic, and it usually involves repeated incidents. It involves failing to provide what a child needs for his or her physical, psychological or emotional development and well-being. For example, neglect includes failing to provide a child with food, clothing, shelter, cleanliness, medical care or protection from harm. Emotional neglect includes failing to provide a child with love, safety, and a sense of worth. Emotional abuse involves harming a child's sense of self. It includes acts (or omissions) that result in, or place a child at risk of, serious behavioural, cognitive, emotional or mental health problems. For example, emotional abuse may include verbal threats, social isolation, intimidation, exploitation, or routinely making unreasonable demands. It also includes terrorizing a child, or exposing them to family violence. An abuser may use a number of different tactics to gain access to a child, exert power and control over them, and prevent them from telling anyone about the abuse or seeking support. A child who is being abused is usually in a position of dependence on the person who is abusing them. Abuse is a misuse of power and a violation of trust.

Sad truth

Bangladesh is one of the poorest and most densely populated countries with a large population suffering from innumerable problems.

NGO sector

The present government has much success and has taken many initiatives in different areas but the NGO sector remains unchanged. The government should take some pragmatic steps to reorganise the sector as it has a huge contribution to the development of the country.

Why suicide?

Committing suicide is a malady which has suddenly started to grip the young generation of our country. Every day, unfolding the morning newspaper, I am greatly dismayed and astonished to find reports on youths who have chosen the route to death by themselves.

Cheerleaders

We are having some wonderful T20 cricket named NCL for the first time. But something caught my eyes two days ago, when I saw a picture in the sports page of The Daily Star. It was a snapshot of cheerleaders dancing outside the boundary rope. I don't understand why this is necessary. Already, we are facing lots of problems in the form of teasing and violence on women. Then why should we imitate someone else's practice which only degrades womenfolk? Can't we all stand against these and think something positive?

Holy message

It is very distressing to hear that the politicians are frequently using indecent words, even also in Parliament, towards their rivals. They should always keep in mind the Holy Messages of our dearest Nabi and Rasul Hazrat Muhammad (Pbuh).

Upazila issue

The new move by the government has opened up new avenues for controversy in the management of the upazila parishad. The chairman remains as chief executive whereas the UNO becomes principal executive-- what is the difference ? This amendment will come as a bill in the next session or promulgated by ordinance not clear yet. There is no reason to believe that the government has come out of their hidden position to maintain the political string in the upazia parisad.

General's comments

After the infamous massacre of brilliant senior and mid ranking army officers along with some of their family members and a few innocent civilians on 25-26th February 2009 by the BDR Jawans inside BDR Headquarters at Pilkhana, the whole nation was stunned and dumbfounded. Every body looked for clue and an answer to the unprecedented tragedy.

Physical presence

A few days back, I took my wife to a hospital in Gulshan for medical treatment. While entering the main entrance I saw lots of marks on the doors from the dirty, greasy & sweating hands. Inside I observed the furniture, partitions & floors all neat, tidy & clean. Next I asked the passing-by cleaner in uniform whether they had glass cleaning liquid & a piece of cloth so that the entrance doors could be cleaned.

Controversial judges

With all due respect to the policies adopted by the government and their success and failure I would like to draw your kind attention to the recent controversy with regard to the two controversial judges' appointment. Seventeen judges, including those two judges, were appointed by the President of Bangladesh. Out of them 15 were sworn in by the Honourable Chief Justice of Bangladesh. Due to the constant and persistent pressure from the pro BNP lawyers the Chief Justice refrained from administering the oaths of those two controversial judges. Though it was initiated by those lawyers but it was the demand of the most of the general people of Bangladesh who have facilitated the Bangladesh Awami League to achieve absolute majority in the last general election. At least, the people of Bangladesh, especially those who are related to the law profession, heaved a sigh of relief that the government was relieved by the Chief Justice of Bangladesh of the stigma of the worst form of nepotism and favouritism.

Politics of litigation

The 20 April DS editorial 'Politics of litigation" is a message for both the ruling and opposition leaders. Begum Khaleda's threat to put the present ruling party men into a volley of litigations after her return to power again is the outburst of her "scare" of trial of cantonment house notice case, money laundering cases against her two sons and also the parliament office misappropriation cases against some senior leaders. There are many cases of corruption against BNP leaders. All these cases, in fact, were filed during the caretaker administration and not by the present ruling party after its return to power.

Green tax

This is a very interesting, acceptable and a constructive way of creating awareness and responsibility for preventing environment pollution. This 'Green Tax' was proposed at the pre-budget discussions at the CPD. It was published in your 'Star Business' on 18 April.

Health tips

Professor Zahidul Haque deserves special thanks for his informative letter dated April 16, 2010 on 'saturated fats'. In this connection, I may mention that a very interesting article on how to remain physically fit and mentally active even during old age appeared in the Time Magazine (U.S. Edition) dated February 22, 2010 which I have downloaded from the Internet. This article gives useful health tips based on the latest research findings. For the information of your esteemed readers, I am furnishing below the pertinent points covered in the write-up. To maintain good health, the following factors must be addressed: 1.Calorie restriction. 2. Resveratol (grapes, peanuts). 3. Omega 3 fatty acids (fish oil, flaxseed, walnuts, supplements). 4. Rigorous physical activity (very important). 5. 15 minutes of sunlight or 1000 I.U. Vitamin D daily. 6. 1000 mg. calcium (legumes, dairy products, supplements daily). 7. 500 mg. magnesium daily. 8. Phytochemicals and micro-nutrients (whole foods). 9. Sleep (7-8 hours daily). 10. Purposeful life (family, work, community). 11. Mental exercises. 12. Fibre (fruits and vegetables). 13. Soya foods. 14. Staying lean. 15. Meditation (yoga, prayer) 16. Green tea (4 cups daily). 17.No smoking. 18. Extrovert and easy going. 19. Anti-oxidants (sweet potatoes, broccoli, tomatoes). 20. Olive oil and Multi-vitamins.

Power outage

I have marked a coincidence on our power outage problems. The situation was tolerable until the govt announced the formation of the war crimes tribunal. At once there was chaos in the power sector. Resorting to various means the power situation was stabilized. But the moment there was a meeting in Khulna, the power sector went haywire. There was "load-shedding" every 15-20 minutes, there was "Grid failure every day (at least that is what the people who, after a wait of almost half an hour, informed us that arrogantly).

International

US state's immigrant law sparks fury

Authorities in the US state of Arizona faced new protests yesterday after the governor signed a tough new law targeting illegal immigrants, which critics claim enshrines racial profiling and President Barack Obama branded "misguided."

Iran accuses world powers of trying to destroy its economy

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Friday accused world powers of seeking to destroy the economies of Zimbabwe and his own nation, under threat of more UN sanctions over its nuclear drive.

Delayed Indo-Pak talk benefiting militants: Zardari

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari Friday urged India to respond positively to the Pakistani road map for the restoration of the peace dialogue as only 'extremists and anti-state elements' are benefiting from the delay in the process.

Abbas rejects state in temporary borders

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said yesterday he rejects the establishment of a Palestinian state in temporary borders, in an apparent response to media reports that Israel is trying to revive the proposal.

Leaders trade blows over economy

The last growth figures to be published before the general election emphasised the fragility of Britain's recovery and led to party leaders trading accusations over their economic plans on Friday.

Lanka to expand first post-war cabinet

Sri Lanka's president will expand his new cabinet by five ministers but the government will still have far fewer members than the previous one, an official source said yesterday.

France fines burqa-clad woman

A 31-year-old woman has been fined 18 pounds for driving while wearing a burqa in Nantes, France.

Ukrainians protest over Russian base deal

Several thousand Ukrainians are rallying in front of parliament to protest a deal allowing Russia to keep its navy in Ukraine for another 25 years.

Violent protests shake Kashmir

Violent protests erupt in revolt-hit Indian Kashmir yesterday, hours after soldiers killed an alleged timber smuggler, mistaking him for a militant, police said.

10 policemen injured in Pak suicide attack

A suicide attack on a prison van in northwest Pakistan wounded at least 10 policemen, authorities said yesterday.

Nine years on, Nato produces Afghan exit plan

Nine years after US-led forces invaded Afghanistan, Nato says it now has a coherent plan to begin handing over security and governing duties to Afghan provincial authorities by November.

Media gets warning from Pak Taliban

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has warned newspapers and television channels for the 'last time' for presenting only one side of the story of their struggle and supporting the armed forces.

Petition filed against Musharraf on treason

Yet another petition seeking registration of a high treason case against former President General Pervez Musharraf has been filed in the Lahore High Court (LHC).

41 Indian children rescued from traffickers

Railway police rescued 41 child workers from Uttar Pradesh's Lucknow and Kanpur cities.

Arts & Entertainment

Rhythmic expression of images and ideas

On the occasion of International Dance Day 2010 (on April 29), dancers in Bangladesh are holding a weeklong elaborate programme that started from April 23 at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA). Bangladesh Nrittyashilpi Sangstha (BNS), joining hands with BSA, is organising the whole event. The celebration is being observed nationwide with the patronage of BNS.

Cultural team leaves for Uttar Dinajpur Theatre Festival

An 18-member cultural team of Dinajpur left for India on Thursday to attend a Theatre Festival in Uttar Dinajpur of India.

“Idol Gives Back” raises nearly $45 million

Thanks to performances by Carrie Underwood, Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys and Sir Elton John, last Wednesday night's third “Idol Gives Back” charity event raised almost $45 million for a variety of charities, according to figures provided by Fox.

OP-ED

Will the mud-slinging ever end?

IT might seem witty and smart to belittle political opponents in public gatherings, but does any patriotic citizen with a bit of good taste and love for his country relish such conduct of our elected leaders? Does it help create a better image of Bangladesh?

A half measure

THERE was a document, called Charter of Democracy, which the presidents of Pakistan People's Party and the Muslim League signed at London on May 14, 2006. Both of them, the late Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif, called upon the people of Pakistan to join hands to save their "motherland from the clutches of military dictatorship and to defend their fundamental, social, political and economic rights and for a democratic, federal, modern and progressive Pakistan as dreamt by the founder of the nation."

'If Bangladesh doesn't act now, there will not be a second chance'

Is Bangladesh on track to be a middle-income country by 2021? Dr. Gustav Papanek, president of Boston Institute of Developing Economies, and a long-time friend of Bangladesh, has his doubts. Recently, The Daily Star's Faruq Hasan caught up with Dr. Papanek on his last visit to the country to talk about Bangladesh's development trajectory, his advice to the prime minister, and his love of the sitar.

Challenges facing multipolar global economy

IF 1989 saw the end of the "Second World" with Communism's demise, then 2009 saw the end of what was known as the "Third World": We are now in a new, fast-evolving multipolar world economy where North and South, East and West, are now points on a compass, not economic destinies.



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