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News of: Wednesday, 28th of April, 2010

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Channel 1 shut

Private television Channel 1 went off-air yesterday after regulators stopped its transmission for using rented broadcasting equipment in violation of the law.

Focus on climate as summit starts today

The leaders of eight South Asian nations will gather today for the two-day Saarc summit in Thimphu to take united initiative to deal with climate change and boost trade for economic development of the region.

27 stand trial in fetter, civil dress

Twenty-seven among 675 accused of the 44 Rifle Battalion were in particular focus as they were hauled before the BDR Special Court-5 yesterday in shackles and civvies.

Bachelor's level female students to get stipend

The government is going to introduce stipends for female students at bachelor's level (pass course) from July aiming to promote female education further.

RMG workers block highway for higher pay

Hundreds of vehicles remained stranded for several hours on Dhaka-Chittagong Highway at Kanchpur point yesterday as about 38,000 garment workers of a factory took to the street demanding increase of their salary and other benefits.

Rise of the Channel 1 raised many eyebrows

Channel 1 came late in a procession of private television stations that obtained licenses during the last BNP rule, but made a stir in the screen partly because of its state-of-the-art equipment and also because of its political clouts.

More BDR mutineers spotted

After scanning the video footage of BDR mutiny at Pilkhana, Criminal Investigation Department investigators confirmed another BDR sepoy's involvement and he was brought to CID headquarters from Thakurgaon yesterday, CID sources said.

PM talks with Saarc leaders

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said Bangladesh attaches top importance to its friendly relations with the South Asian countries for the sake of promoting peace, stability and development in the region.

WB worried at amendment to ACC law

The World Bank has expressed its concern at the government's initiative to amend the Anti-Corruption Commission Act.

ADB won't fund anti-Adivasi projects

Asian Development Bank (ADB) will not provide fund for any development project that threatens lives and livelihood of Adivasi people.

Nor'wester kills four in Pabna

Four people were killed and 16 others injured in house collapses as a nor'wester swept through Sadar and Ishwardi upazilas of Pabna on Monday evening.

DU fires 5 teachers

The Dhaka University authorities have dismissed five teachers for staying abroad on “unauthorised leave".

Clash at BSMMU over parking toll

At least 10 people were injured in a clash over parking a car at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) yesterday.

Liberia detains 41 workers

The 41 Bangladeshi workers recently detained in Liberia for their irregular status are expected to be brought back home soon by UN peacekeeping mission flights.

Shutdown in India over food prices

Nationwide strikes over food prices and a protest vote in parliament heaped more pressure on India's government yesterday, which is fighting scandals on several fronts.

No more bank loans for land purchase

Bangladesh Bank yesterday directed all commercial banks not to give loans for purchasing land.

Govt to spend Tk 1,000cr to improve skills of labourers

The government will allocate Tk 1,000 crore in the upcoming budget for skill building of labour force, Labour and Employment Minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain said yesterday.

JS body for wind power solution

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Science and ICT ministry yesterday suggested generation of wind power at cheap cost using local technology invented by the country's scientists.

New trophy in animal kingdom

A new animal has been added to the list of species in Bangladesh when a yellow-throated marten was spotted for the first time by a young banker in Lawachhera forest.

Rab, police differ about killers' motive

After eight days of murder of sub-inspector Gautam Roy, the law enforcing agencies are yet to arrest the killers rather Rapid Action Battalion and police have split into their opinions over the motive behind the killing.

Khaleda asks CEC to resign

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia last night said the Chief Election Commissioner and Election Commissioners should resign as they failed to uphold the dignity of the constitutional posts by ensuring free, fair and neutral Bhola-3 by-election.

Cops dig out 3 bodies on Turag bank

Police yesterday recovered the decomposed bodies of three youths killed by unidentified assailants at Dhaka Uddyan in the capital's Mohammadpur.

Woman, her 2 daughters injured

Two college-going girls and their mother were severely injured by their neighbours last night following a land dispute in the city's Dania under Kadomtoli Police Station.

Noriega's legacy still stirs anger in Panama

Manuel Noriega's legacy stirs anger among survivors of his 1983-1989 dictatorship, but it is unclear if young Panamanians care about the ex-general, analysts and observers said.

Giant dome to contain US oil spill

Engineers raced yesterday to build a giant containment dome in case robotic submarines fail to stop oil gushing into the sea from a sunken rig in the Gulf of Mexico.

Editorial

Desist from committing the blunder

WE think the government is headed towards making a mistake. For, it appears set for turning the ACC into an appendage to the executive, without the power to deal with corruption effectively. But during the roller-coaster ride of the ACC we have repeatedly reminded the government that a dis-empowered ACC cannot fight corruption. It should be structurally and functionally independent of executive control, subject only to accountability before parliament and acting on the basis of clearly laid out terms of reference, mandate and schedule of offences. Also, it should have built-in safeguards to stand untarnished by any partisan brush, regardless of changing of the guard.

The ban on South Asian movies

THE move to lift the ban and then not to lift the ban on Indian movies raises a very fundamental question about decision-making at the government level. The other day, the commerce ministry informed the country that Indian movies, banned in Bangladesh since the early 1970s (a move first made in 1965 by the then Pakistani government), would be allowed back in. The reason given out was that cinema halls have remained largely empty with people not very drawn to watching films produced in Bangladesh. In effect, it was to give a spurt to the movie houses in the financial sense that motivated the decision. And then, before citizens had a real chance of assessing the move, the government came in with the news that Indian movies would after all not be allowed back in Bangladesh.

Sports

Unstoppable Abahani

Holders Abahani extended their amazing unbeaten run in the Citycell Bangladesh League to 30 matches with a thumping 5-1 win over Rahmatganj at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

It's wide open: Dhoni

Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday predicted a keen contest during the upcoming World Twenty20, saying the race for the title was too close to call.

Chirayu vows clean-up

The interim Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman, Chirayu Amin, has admitted the governing council was "dazzled" by the league's success and overlooked issues, but has promised a clean-up that would assure franchise owners and fans of the IPL's stability and viability.

BFF seeks police help

Officials of Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday met the high-ups of police seeking their immediate intervention to find out 'the fixed matches' in the ongoing Bangladesh League.

2nd Academy match from today

The second four-day match of the Grameenphone-BCB Academy Cup will start today at the Shahid Chandu Stadium in Bogra.

BFF gets Sylhet BKSP for five years

Government has finally agreed to allot the Sylhet Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP) to Bangladesh Football Federation for five years to run a football academy there.

Talent-hunt in swimming

Bangladesh Swimming Federation, with financial assistance from Australian Sports Commission, will start a talent-hunt programme in 16 districts on the last week of June.

LOCAL SNIPPETS

Nazrana Khan Eva of Manikganj is now in sole lead with maximum four points after the fourth round games of the Arlin Developer 31st National Women Chess Championship-2010 at Narayanganj Club Auditorium. Reigning national women's champion Sharmin Sultana Shirin runner-up WFM Shamima Akter Liza are sharing second position with 3.5 points each. In their fourth round game, Shirin drew with Liza after 69 moves. Shirin played with white pieces against semi-slave defence of Liza. Eva beat Rokshana Titli of Pabna. Eva played with white pieces against slave-defence of Titli and won the game in 34 moves. WIM Rani Hamid of Titas Club beat Mahmuda Haque Chowdhury Moly of Chittagong. Protiva Talukder of Rajshahi beat WFM Zakia Sultana of Metropolitan Chess Club, Masuda Begum of Barisal beat Dilara Jahan Nupur of Kushtia and Jahanara Haque Runu beat Aeon Sarker of Kasperov Chess School. Fifth round games will be held today.

TT players threaten boycott

Top table tennis players have threatened to boycott the upcoming Federation Cup following federation's decision not to send a team to the World Cup in Moscow, Russia.

Life after Modi

The Indian Premier League (IPL) has a long and profitable future ahead of it but the suspension of tournament chief Lalit Modi must lead to reform, experts say.

Gulbis downs Baghdatis

Latvia's Ernests Gulbis took little more than an hour to dispose of Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis 6-2, 6-2 at the Rome Masters here Monday to set up a second round clash with world number one Roger Federer.

Pak hearing from Friday

A retired high court judge has summoned six Pakistan cricketers to appear before a one-man tribunal on Friday to start an appeals process against catastrophic bans and fines.

Gul absence may hurt us: Younus

Former Pakistan captain Younus Khan, who led Pakistan to a memorable title triumph in the ICC World Twenty20 in England last year, believes the absence of injured pace spearhead Umar Gul can affect the team in West Indies next month.

Miandad's suggestion

Former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad is not surprised by the mess the Indian Premier League (IPL) finds itself in and wants the International Cricket Council (ICC) to 'supervise' its organisation in future.

ECB seeks CL clarity

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is still awaiting communication from the organisers of the Champions League (CL) Twenty20 over the participation of teams from England for the tournament to be held in South Africa over September 10-26.

Please stop it, begs Malik

Pakistan's former cricket captain Shoaib Malik has pleaded with the media to stop the hype surrounding his marriage with Indian tennis star Sania Mirza and allow them to live like a normal couple.

Vital IPL docs not with BCCI

Ratnakar Shetty, the chief administrative officer of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has said the board does not have the original documents relating to several important Indian Premier League (IPL) contracts that are now being sought by income-tax officers.

Do or die for Barca

Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is confident that if his side are faithful to their style of football then they do not need to be worried about the physical threat from Inter Milan and can turn around their Champions League semifinal tie.

Capello's WAGs U-turn

England coach Fabio Capello is set to do a U-turn and allow his players to mix with their wives and girlfriends at the World Cup finals - and could even sanction family barbeques to foster team spirit.

Osasuna hold Bilbao

Athletic Bilbao dropped key points in their bid for a place in the Europa League after being held to a 0-0 draw Monday by Osasuna.

Gerrard won't give up

Steven Gerrard insists Liverpool have no intention of giving Chelsea an easy ride in Sunday's crucial showdown at Anfield.

'We are not favourites'

Deco has claimed that Portugal's inexperience at the highest level means that they cannot be considered favourites for the World Cup in South Africa.

Guti heading for Dubai

Real Madrid's veteran mid-fielder Jose Maria Gutierrez, more commonly known as just "Guti," is to leave the club at the end of the season to wind down his career in Dubai, Onda Cero radio reported on Tuesday.

Brazilians not convinced

With less than two months to go to the start of the World Cup Brazilian supporters are not convinced about their team's chances under coach Dunga, an opinion poll by the Datafolha institute showed Monpday.

Duo in Inter squad

Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho on Tuesday selected a 25-man squad for Wednesday's Champions League semifinal, second leg away to Barcelona, including both Mario Balotelli and Wesley Sneijder.

Schalke sign Metzelder

German international defen-der Christoph Metzelder, who has had three injury-ravaged years with Real Madrid, is to return to the Bundesliga with Schalke 04, the club said on Tuesday.

Solano arrested

Former Newcastle star Nolberto Solano has denied an allegation of rape after being arrested on Tuesday.

Business

Auto battery market heats up

Increasing demand for IPS (instant power supply) systems to temporarily meet the power crisis at homes hikes prices of automotive batteries.

Parjatan profit rises on better services

Improved services and system loss cuts paid off for Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation, as it recorded fourfold growth in operating profits in July-March over the same time last year.

Tk 50cr income legalised: NBR

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has recorded investment of Tk 50 crore undisclosed income in the first nine months of fiscal 2009-10.

WB triples aid to Bangladesh

The World Bank (WB) has pledged to treble assistance to $2.8 billion for Bangladesh in the next fiscal year, mainly for Padma Bridge construction, river dredging and health sector.

Muhith for stockmarket overhaul

Finance Minister AMA Muhith said yesterday the stockmarket needs to be reformed, as it is running like a "wholesale market".

Parliamentary body recommends special tax cards

A parliamentary body yesterday asked the National Board of Revenue to introduce tax cards entitling taxpayers to a number of government services and non-cash benefits to encourage tax payment culture in the country.

19 poultry markets up for upgrade to avert bird flu risk

Some 19 Live Bird Markets (LBMs) will be upgraded in major cities in a couple of months to provide hygienic poultry products to consumers, minimising the risk of spread of avian influenza or bird flu.

BMDA to boost fine rice yield

The Barind Multipurpose Development Authorities (BMDA) is implementing a development programme to boost fine and aromatic rice production in five northwestern districts .

Dhaka keen on palm oil import from Indonesia

Bangladesh is keen to import palm oil from

BTCL moves to cut charges of calls to India

The government has again taken up steps to reduce charges of land phone calls to India.

BB forms refinancing fund for jute

The central bank formed a Tk 500 crore re-financing fund in an effort to revive the jute industry.

Sharp returns to black

Sharp Corp. Tuesday said it returned to the black in the financial year to March with a net profit of 4.4 billion yen (46.7 million dollars) on strong sales of liquid crystal display screens in Japan.

Flowers that pay off

The sun blazes down on the thickening greenery in Shadullapur, a quiet village in Savar.

Wall Street Journal takes on NY Times

In one corner, The New York Times. In the other, The Wall Street Journal.

Oil below $83

Oil dipped below 83 dollars in Asian trade Tuesday as investors took profits after a recent rally, analysts said.

Profit taking sends Asian shares lower

Risk-averse investors in Asia mostly shrugged off upbeat earnings reports and stronger-than-expected growth in South Korea's economy to take profits Tuesday after the previous day's strong gains.

Mitsubishi returns to profit, announces Peugeot tie-up

Mitsubishi Motors announced a return to profit and a collaboration with France's Peugeot Tuesday, while Mazda's earnings also improved, as the Japanese auto industry rebounds from the economic slump.

Hong Kong exports jump 32.1pc

Hong Kong's exports jumped 32.1 percent in March, official data showed Tuesday, as shipments returned to pre-financial crisis levels due to a strong rebound in regional trade.

Spain jobless rate above 20pc in Q1

Spain's jobless rate surpassed 20 percent in the first quarter, its highest level since 1997, a newspaper reported Tuesday citing figures accidentally posted by the national statistics institute INE ahead of schedule.

Ford posts $2.1b profit

Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday it earned a 2.1-billion-dollar profit in the first quarter of 2010, as global sales swelled.

CORPORATE BRIEFS

NATIONAL HOUSING FINANCE AND INVESTMENTS
The company recommended 17.50 percent cash dividend for 2009. The AGM will be held on June 10 (at 3pm) at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka. The record date is May 6. It also reported net profit of Tk 104.04 million, earnings per share of Tk 20.01, net asset value per share of Tk 142.06 and net operating cash flow per share of Tk 267.67, as of December 31, 2009, as against Tk 88.11 million, Tk 18.50, Tk 134.55 and Tk 153.42 respectively, as of December 31, 2008. There was no price limit on the trading of shares yesterday following its corporate declaration.

Metropolitan

FM calls for demand-driven regional projects

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni yesterday stressed the need for demand-driven and timebound regional and sub-regional projects for implementation.

Body to probe death of 2 patients at NICVD

A body was formed yesterday to probe two patients' deaths at National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases on early Monday that prompted demonstrations by their relatives on the NICVD premises.

WTB to build 'Noazesh Knowledge Centre'

The trustees of Wildlife Trust of Bangladesh (WTB) in their 6th annual meeting recently decided to build a 'Noazesh Knowledge Centre' this year.

Bhutanese opposition leader meets Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said both ruling and opposition parties have to work for the betterment of a democratic country.

Zimbabwean DPM calls on Shirin Sharmin

Deputy Prime Minister of Zimbabwe Thokozani Thupe yesterday said her country would benefit from the good practices of Bangladesh in the area of economic and political empowerment of women.

Bail prayers of two accused rejected

A Dhaka court yesterday rejected bail prayers of two accused including a Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader in a case filed for the carnage at Pilkhana headquarters of BDR in February 2009.

MPOs in a week: Nahid

The Monthly Pay Order (MPO) for the non-government schools, colleges and madrasa, cancelled during the 4-party alliance government, will be finalised within a week.

Safma concerned at adverse impacts of climate change

Journalists from South Asia having met at the Saarc Journalists Summit-V here yesterday resolved to save the planet, mother South Asia and its natural resources and eco-systems from climatic and environmental degradation.

Sher-e-Bangla's anniversary of death observed

The 48th death anniversary of Sher-e-Bangla AK Fazlul Haque was observed in the city and elsewhere across the country in a befitting manner yesterday.

JU senate polls tomorrow

The senate election of Jahangirnagar University (JU) will be held tomorrow.

Notice on CCC for filling up Laldighi

Bangladesh Environment Lawyers' Association (Bela) yesterday served a legal notice on Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) as it is making a swimming pool by filling up Laldighi, the historic water body, in the port city.

Enact law to ensure rights of women with disabilities

Rights activists have called for enacting a new law in the light of UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to ensure rights of women with disabilities and their full participation in the mainstream activities.

War heroines demand trial of war criminals

Women who were repressed by the Pakistani occupation forces during the liberation war in 1971 have demanded trial of the war criminals.

EC independent, sovereign body

The ruling Awami League (AL) yesterday termed the present Election Commission (EC) a 'completely independent and sovereign' organisation as it held the December 29 parliamentary election and some other by-polls in a free, fair and credible manner.

Build economically self-reliant country

President Zillur Rahman yesterday emphasized building the country as economically self-reliant with a view to making its independence meaningful.

Nat'l policy on occupational health demanded

Bangladesh Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Foundation (OSHE) formed a human chain yesterday demanding a national policy on occupational health and safety.

SC stays HC order

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday stayed for a week a High Court (HC) order that directed the government to allow former Islami Oikya Jote lawmaker Mufti Shahidul Islam to go abroad.

Salam Pintu on 4-day remand

BNP leader and former deputy minister Abdus Salam Pintu was placed on a four-day remand in a case filed in connection with the bomb attack on Awami League office in Chasara in 2001.

50 BNP leaders of Dinajpur join AL

Around 50 leaders of main opposition BNP, led by former lawmaker Mojibar Rahman of Birol upazila in Dinajpur, yesterday joined the ruling Awami League, terming that BNP did not get involved in pro-people politics.

SCBA plans to meet president

The Supreme Court Bar Association has taken a move to meet President Zillur Rahman to press home its demands including withdrawal of appointments of Ruhul Quddus Babu and M Khasruzzman as High Court judges.

'Govt out to manipulate BPMPA poll'

The government is trying to manipulate the election of Bangladesh Private Medical Practitioners Association (BPMPA), which will be held on April 30, complained Dr MA Mannan-Dr Harun Al Rashid panel of BPMPA yesterday.

Mirza Azam, 19 others acquitted

All the 20 accused, including Awami League (AL) lawmaker Mirza Azam, were acquitted yesterday of a case filed against them for killing a BNP activist at Melandah upazila in Jamalpur district in May 2001.

HC stays ACC notice to Mahmudur

The High Court (HC) yesterday stayed for three months the Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) notice asking the Daily Amar Desh acting editor Mahmudur Rahman to submit his wealth statement to it (ACC).

FFs for trial of war criminals

Leaders of Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad at a rally yesterday demanded immediate trial of the war criminals.

BNP Barisal grand rally May 12

BNP has undertaken an elaborate programme to make the May 12 grand rally of grassroots party leaders and activists in Barisal division a success.

BSBI executives

Prof Dr Syed Shamsuddin Ahmed of Dhaka Medical College Hospital and Dr Bijay Krishna Das have been made president and general secretary of the first executive committee of Bangladesh Society for Burn Injuries (BSBI), says a press release.

History Assoc conference

The 16th biannual national conference of Bangladesh History Association will begin at Palli Unnayan Academy in Bogra tomorrow, says a press release.

City school celebrates new year

Shining Stars International School, an English medium school at Uttara in the city, yesterday organised a colourful function as part of their programmes to celebrate Pahela Baishakh, the first day of Bangla New Year.

BNP protests renaming

BNP yesterday condemned the renaming of Zia Fertiliser Industries Ltd.

National

Potato growers burst into protest

Hundreds of farmers blocked roads in Dinajpur and Rangpur yesterday demanding compensation as thousands of bags of potatoes they kept in cold storage have rotten due to alleged negligence of the authorities.

2 killed, 14 hurt in Satkhira clashes

Two people were killed and 14 others injured in sporadic clashes between two rival groups over taking possession of a shrimp enclosure at Chunkuri in Shyamnagar upazila yesterday.

Parents held for son's fault

Police has taken a couple under custody after failing to arrest their son who is an accused in a rape and attempted murder case filed with Khulna Sadar police station.

43 sued on war crime charges in 3 districts

Forty-three people were sued yesterday, on Monday and Sunday on charge of killing three people during the Liberation War in 1971 in Rajshahi, Bagerhat and Jessore.

Victim's father sues 7

The father of Nurunnahar Begum, who is now fighting for life at Aditmari upazila health complex, on Monday night filed a case against seven people on charge of torturing the girl.

44 pirates arrested from Sandwip Channel

Coastguards yesterday rounded up 44 pirates from Sandwip channel while a gang of pirates kidnapped three crab traders in Khulna the day before.

One killed as villagers clash in B'baria

A man was shot dead and two others including a policeman received bullet injuries during a gunfight between two rival groups of Bautola village and police at Akhaura Upazila Health Complex under the district yesterday.

Sec 144 in Jamalpur, C'nawabganj

A BNP-backed organisation could not hold its scheduled meeting at Ghoramara Bazar in Sharishabari upazila yesterday due to imposition of Section 144 by local administration.

11 Ctg prisoners on 3-day remand

A court here on Monday placed 11 prisoners, accused in a case filed against them for their alleged involvement in Chittagong jail incident, on a three-day remand.

Two elephants found dead in Sherpur

Two elephants were found dead near Nakugaon land port in Nalitabari upazila yesterday morning.

Strike at hospital

Staff and nurses of Kishoreganj Adhunik Sadar Hospital observed strike yesterday demanding release of hospital staff Md Maniruzzaman who was arrested on Monday afternoon from the hospital by DB police in connection with a case. According to hospital and other sources, the nurses and fourth classes employee of the hospital called a strike yesterday from 9:00am to 4:00pm causing immense sufferings to the patients. Later the nurses and staff withdrew their strike at 4:00pm after Maniruzzaman was freed.

BSF kills Bangladeshi

A cattle trader was shot dead by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) along Daudpur border in Birampur upazila early Monday. The victim was identified as Shahidul Islam,18, son of Abdul Sattar, of Daudpur village of the upazila. BDR sources said when Shahidul went near border pillar no 290/32 BSF troops of Bhimpur camp opened fire on him, leaving him dead on the spot. The BSF men also took away the body of the youth. BDR sent a letter to BSF seeking return of the body.

Diarrhoea in Narail

Diarrhoea has broken out in the district town and in rural areas in an epidemic form. Doctors said due to drought and scorching heat of the sun the disease spread out alarmingly in the district. Huge number of diarrhoea patients from far-flung areas are coming to Sadar hospital daily. Sources said upazila health complexes are full of diarrhoea patients, most of whom are children. Due to lack of accommodation in the diarrhoea ward of Sadar hospital, patients are being treated in the open space under canopy. Even the hospital is facing problem to treat the increasing number of patients due to acute scarcity of oral saline packets and other necessary medicines.

Housewife electrocuted

A housewife was electrocuted yesterday noon at village Goga under Sharsha upazila. The deceased was identified as Khodeza Khatun, 40, wife of Abdur Rahman. Her daughter was admitted to a local hospital with severe injuries. Abdur Rahman said a high voltage wire of Palli Bidyut snapped and fell on the street. Villagers informed the matter to the local Palli Bidyut office but the office did not take any step to remove it. Khodeza was electrocuted as she came in contact with the wire while returning home at noon.

40 shops gutted

Fire gutted 40 shops at a kitchen market in Puranbazar of the district town early Monday. Victims said two traders Farhad and Shohag set fire to the market to realise money from the insurance company as they insured their shops recently. On information, fire fighters rushed in and put out the blaze after two hours of hectic efforts with the help of police and local traders. Police arrested Shohag in this connection. The affected shop owners claimed that the extent of loss caused by the fire could go upto Tk 50 lakh.

Two youths held with arms

Police arrested two youths along with three home-made firearms from a bus near a Poultry Feed Mill here on Sunday. The arrestees are Shaju Mia, 20, son of Nijam Uddin of east Dholaipar area in Dhaka and Liton Howladar, 22, son of Babul Howladar of Andhar Manik village in Mehendiganj upazila of Barisal. Police said acting on a tip-off, they intercepted the Dhaka-bound bus from Chuadanga at about 3:00pm and arrested Shaju and Liton along with two pistols and a pipe-gun.

Four outlaws jailed

A court here on Monday convicted four Janajuddha cadres and sentenced them to seven years imprisonment for bomb attack on a man. The convicts are-Intaz Ali, Abdul Qader, Sagar and Saiful of Adarshapara in Jhenidah town. According to the prosecution, the convicts threw a bomb at Anwarul Iqbal Dablu at Adarshapara crossing leaving him injured on January 24, 2007. Intaz was also injured in the explosion. Dablu's brother filed a case with Jhenidah police station. Later, police arrested the four accused.

Letters

Wastage of power

As citizens of Bangladesh, we are going through numerous miseries and obviously it is to the authorities we turn to for the abatement of these miseries. But as individuals and as groups of responsible members of society, isn't there a lot that we can actually do, too?

Lagging behind

Ten years ago, world leaders agreed at the UN on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), 8 goals to significantly reduce extreme poverty, disease and illiteracy by 2015. World leaders met to take stock of progress at the mid-point. The first nine years have seen some important successes at the aggregate level, 40 million more children are in school, hundreds of millions of people have come out of extreme poverty, some deadly diseases like tuberculosis and measles have been contained, and fewer people are dying from HIV/AIDS. But the UN Secretary General warned that if the world has to meet the MDGs by 2015, the speed of implementation needs to be substantially accelerated. Paradoxically, foreign aid levels have actually fallen in the last four years and some of the richest countries are cutting back even further. It is no surprise then that virtually every leader from a developing country spoke during the summit about rich countries breaking their aid promises to the poor with the consequence being schools and health centres left without staff and equipment.

Vulnerable city

The city is not safe at all. The city is not safe in case of a moderate quake, let alone a severe one. Only a magnitude-7 quake may damage Dhaka city entirely.

Religion and we

In any confrontation between the great religions of the world, it is important for the participants to find the sort of language that avoids abuse and prejudice so that disagreements do not become battlegrounds and true debate may forward the kind of relationships that can heal wounds, create understanding and not feel threatened by the 'straight' talking that can spur us to correct our own faults. The world is waiting impatiently for the religions 'to get their act together' so that they - and, indeed, all people of goodwill - can discover how to work together for justice and peace in the smallest villages and the highest courts of nations.

Chrome-free leather tanning!

An important and revealing front-page article on the subject was published in a local English daily on 18 April, which should be of interest to the environment protectors and owners of tanneries. It was reported that most tannery owners were reluctant to adopt this safe and interesting new development in leather tanning from BCSIR. The authorities should call the tannery owners and explain the advantages of this process. They should give them a simple and easy written pamphlet; if necessary with sketches, and cost and other savings, explaining and describing the new tanning process.

Drug abuse

Nowadays, drug addiction is one of the main problems of the young generation in this country, especially on university campuses. The availability of drug is increasing day by day which is really worrisome.

Rutted roads

Decay has got the better of the roads at Nikunja-2 in Khilkhet residential area through lack of repair work over the years. Almost all the roads are in bad shape, causing daily sufferings to the residents. Even with a little rain all the roads get clogged with rainwater as it is one of the low land areas in Dhaka city. Of all the shabby roads, many are seen as drains owing to stagnant, smelly, polluted water on the roads, especially in the rainy season. During the rainy season all the roads remain water-logged and roads get muddier and slippery very badly. The most distressful thing is that with the aggravated situation of the roads, many rickshaw pullers show reluctance to pull their rickshaw wading through these rugged roads. Even sometimes many cars get bogged down in the middle of the road because of the holes created there. There are many official and student residents living in this area who are the worst sufferers. Apart from this, we have to wait for a long time to get a rickshaw which is a pretty time consuming and monotonous job.

Future of Bangla

In his letter "Indians honoured"( 23 April), Prof. M. Zahidul Haque has appropriately stated that selection of "Jana gana mana..." by the UNESCO as the world's best national anthem is not only an honour for Indians, but for all Bangla speakers of the globe. Prof. Haque has also requested the Indian government to attach more importance to the expansion and learning of Bangla. But how can it be expected that New Delhi would pay heed to his request and act likewise when the Bengalis of West Bengal and the rest of India are themselves working overtime to shed off their Bangaliyana?

Proposed new airport

It is really good news for the people who reside in Dhaka. As we see now, living in Dhaka is becoming extremely horrible with traffic jam, population hike, and without electricity. Decentralization is the most fruitful solution that could be done by the government right now in a short period of time. With good long range planning, it could be one of the best decisions that a government could ever take. However, the government should take care of the people who are currently living in that proposed area.

Hisbut Tahrir

While the civilized educated people in the world are relentlessly working to invent medicines to cure incurable diseases like cancer, diabetes, liver ailment etc., while some are working to invent instruments like lasers beams and thinnest needles to reduce sufferings from injections for ailing people, while new and new instruments are being invented to contact people from one corner to another of this planet, while people are working to help people to live long with the help of their modern inventions, a certain group of people of the same planet are killing their fellow brethren inside prayer houses, making deadly weapons to throw on others of their own clan, inciting quarrels among themselves, trading on religion, exploiting others in the name of religion.

Revenue income and expenditures

Our government's revenue income is small and revenue expenditure is colossal. We do not cut our coat according to out cloth. We take more foreign loans every year at the cost of our people.

Satellite towns around Dhaka

The regime's latest decision to build four satellite towns around capital Dhaka needs to be reviewed, based on long-term effects.

Herbal healing

Here and there in the Dhaka city we see massive advertisements of some herbal treatment centres and also get pamphlets of such advertisements in bus stops. These advertisements claim to cure with guarantee sexual dysfunction, asthma etc. even within seven days!

International

Russian deal disrupts Ukraine parliament

Fighting broke out and smoke bombs were thrown as Ukraine's parliament erupted into chaos as it ratified a bitterly controversial deal with Russia extending the lease of a key naval base yesterday.

Thai Red Shirts disrupt city rail

Thailand's anti-government Red Shirts threw tyres onto elevated city rail tracks yesterday in a bid to thwart a feared military crackdown as the government talked tough against the protesters.

UN urges legal action against Somalia pirates

The UN Security Council yesterday unanimously adopted a Russian-drafted resolution urging all states to toughen legislation aimed at prosecuting and jailing pirates caught off Somalia.

Nick Clegg under fire

The leader of Britain's newly buoyant Liberal Democrats was accused of arrogance yesterday as he struggled to clarify what he would do if his party holds the balance of power after elections next week.

Panetta unveils blueprint of CIA's future

CIA Director Leon Panetta has unveiled a new blueprint for the American intelligence agency's future aimed at maintaining a strong global presence, through measures that include a plan to boost its foreign language capabilities.

Scotland eyes independence

Scotland's ruling party hopes next week's general election will boost its hopes of full Scottish independence -- which could be put to a referendum as early as this year.

Abbas hopes for 'positive' Arab response

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has said he hopes for a "positive response" when he presents US proposals for renewed negotiations with Israel to Arab foreign ministers next week.

Indian diplomat arrested for spying for Pakistan

A diplomat working in the Indian embassy in Islamabad has been arrested for spying for Pakistan in a security breach set to heighten mistrust between the estranged neighbours, officials said yesterday.

Israel demotes 2 officers over Palestinians' deaths

Two senior Israeli officers were reprimanded and a sergeant demoted over the killing of four Palestinians during clashes in the West Bank in March, the military said yesterday.

2 lakh Tamil leave Lanka camps: UN

More than 200,000 of some 280,000 mainly Tamil people displaced after the civil war in northern Sri Lanka have left their camps since last August, the UN refugee agency said yesterday.

Pak forces kill six key Taliban leaders

At least six key Taliban commanders were killed in two different encounters with security forces in the Swat Valley, Pakistani security officials have said.

Pakistan working on to resolve issues with India

Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that Islamabad is making all efforts both through the diplomatic and backdoor channels to resolve all pending issues with New Delhi.

Former US President Bush to publish memoir

Former US President George W Bush will admit to his "flaws and mistakes" in a forthcoming memoir.

UN should not leave

The powerful half brother of President Hamid Karzai urged the international aid community yesterday not to pull out of the troubled southern city of Kandahar, where the security situation is deteriorating.

Series of blasts hit Myanmar's power project

A series of grenade blasts hit a hydropower project in Myanmar yesterday, wounding four workers in the latest unrest in the military-ruled country, officials said.

Arts & Entertainment

Manifestation of diversity

A five-day solo art exhibition titled “Manifestation” featuring promising artist Nahid Rokhsana Ananna is on at Zainul Gallery-2, Faculty of Fine Arts (FFA), Dhaka University. Chairman of the Department of Oriental Art, Professor Abdus Satter, inaugurated the exhibition on April 24.

A day for sons-in-law: Two-day ‘Jamai Mela’ in Tangail

The two-day traditional Jamai Mela (fair of son-in-laws) ended in Tangail last Monday amidst much fanfare. As per the long tradition, the people of Rasulpur village in Tangail Sadar upazila hold the fair on the 11th day of the Bangla month Baishakh 11. The fair is held at Bashirunnesa Govt. Primary School premises every year.

Charunirom honours TV personalities

Charunirom Institute of Acting and Research held a programme last Monday where certificates were given to students from five batches. At the event -- held at Public Library, Dhaka -- the institute also awarded talented TV personalities.

‘Jabbar-er Boli Khela’ and ‘Baishakhi Mela’ in Chittagong

The century-old traditional 'Jabbar-er Boli Khela' was held at Laldighi Maidan in Chittagong from April 24 to 26, says a press release. The event also included a three-day 'Baishakhi' fair. The programme was sponsored for the second consecutive year by Banglalink.

Studio Workshop begins at Dhaka Art Centre

Dhaka Art Centre (DAC) has organised a three month long art workshop. The workshop is now on at the gallery of the Centre. Noted painters Murtaja Baseer and Monirul Islam jointly inaugurated the workshop on April 26. K Anis Moquit, artist Nisar Hossain, two trustees; artist Jamal Ahmed and Mohammad Eunus among others were present on the occasion.

'Bandhani Gaan' staged

As part of the ongoing folk theatre festival at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA), 'Bandhani Gaan' was staged on the third day (on April 26) at the Experimental Theatre Hall. Mangalu Chandra Roy and his troupe from Dinajpur staged the traditional theatre form. The troupe staged the pala “Mati Ka(n)pa Dewani”. While the theatre form is traditionally known as 'Bandhani Gaan', researchers termed it as 'Palatia'. Today, 'Madar Pirer Gaan' by Md. Mahtab Ali Sheikh and his troupe from Rajshahi will be staged at the same venue. The weeklong festival is being organised by the Department of Drama and Film, BSA.

“Rupobati” staged

As part of the ongoing Kochi Memorial Padatik Theatre Festival, Subachan Natya Sangsad staged its production “Rupobati” at the National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on April 26. Written by Nasrin Jahan, the play has been directed by Khaled Khan. “Rupobati” features the conflict between love and poverty. A flutist wanders from village to village in search of the killer of his beloved wife Rupoboti. Who is the killer? Is he a human being or is it poverty to blame for her death? Sonia Hasan Subarna, Mehedi Hasan Shohag, Tanvir Ahmed and Asadul Islam played lead roles in the play.

Sridevi’s passion for paints

You have known her all these years as a Bollywood beauty. But there is another facet--not known to many--and that is her skill as a painter.

Double celebrations for SI Tutul and family

Celebrity couple SI Tutul and Tania will celebrate the birthday of their second son Arsh Ahmed who turns one today. Celebrations will be held at their village home in Kustia. But there is more to the celebrations, as two cakes will be cut today -- the second one by S.I Tutul, whose birthday also falls on April 28. An elated Tutul said, “I'm excited to celebrate my son's and my birthday together, it a great occasion for us.”

Jackie Chan in earthquake charity gig

Hollywood actor Jackie Chan has joined more than 100 stars from Hong Kong, China and Taiwan in a charity concert for the recent earthquake in China.

OP-ED

When superannuated men drive diplomacy

THE appointment of yet another retired diplomat to represent Bangladesh abroad brings down the significance of the Foreign Office a further few notches. That a superannuated foreign service man is now about to take over as our high commissioner in Pakistan can only point to the obvious, which is that the bad state the country's diplomacy is in will likely get worse.

Standing on our own feet

BANGLADESH has declined IMF's offer of assistance (read, loan) in coping with the adverse effects of the global economic crisis. Bangladesh has taken the stand that as it has successfully handled the fallout of the global economic crisis, it should be regarded as a success case and should be "rewarded" by assistance in the form of budgetary support.

A tale of two power plants

PRIME Minister Sheikh Hasina laid the foundation of a 150 MW combined cycle power plant at Chandpur on April 25. The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) earlier approved this power project together with an identical project at Sylhet at a total cost of Tk.2,080 crore.

An amazing journey from Shahid Lipi to Avro

LIKE many chapters of our national history, the amazing journey of digital Bangla -- from English to Bangla computing -- remains largely unknown. Conversant persons should record that history for the new generations. This article however is not an effort to write that history. Rather, I share with you how few geniuses of our time are changing the way we write Bangla on our computers.

Unfreedom to freedom

DR. Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir, a former state minister and now an AL presidium member, has recently published a book, Notes from a Prison (UPL). It is mostly an account of the atrocities that he and other politicians had to suffer under the military-controlled government that ruled Bangladesh from January 11, 2007 till almost the end of 2008.



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