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News of: Monday, 3rd of May, 2010

Front Page

Anti-graft body to lose teeth

The cabinet's approval to amend the anti-corruption law would make the anti-graft body ineffective and further spread out corruption in administration and other public services, observes Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB).

War probe chief under probe

The government will investigate if the chief investigator of the agency probing war crimes had been a member of Islami Chhatra Sangha, pre-independence student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami.

Ctg city polls in mid-June

The Election Commission has moved to hold Chittagong City Corporation poll in mid-June keeping in consideration the deployment of army along with police to ensure a free and fair election.

DC faces rare court music

A High Court bench yesterday kept the Cox's Bazar deputy commissioner standing in the dock for nearly four hours as a punishment for repeatedly violating its orders regarding the lease of a river terminal.

Flyover to end Kuril's jam woes

The three-kilometre Kuril Interchange at the intersection of Airport Road and Progoti Sarani will significantly ease up the capital's traffic congestion, said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina while inaugurating the construction yesterday.

Jamaat has to amend charter by this month

The Election Commission has decided to ask Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami to amend some provisions in its charter that do not conform to the country's constitution and the RPO and submit the corrected charter by May 31.

Huge response to 4 power projects

The Power Development Board received response from 42 bidders in the pre-qualification stage of tenders for four private power projects that were opened yesterday.

3 clubs asked to stop use of floodlights for playing

The High Court yesterday directed the authorities of Dhaka Club, Uttara Club and Officers Club to impose restriction on playing at the clubs by using floodlights for three months from now.

3 more ship breaking yards sued in Ctg

The Department of Environment (DoE) here yesterday sued three more ship-breaking yards for polluting environment and not responding to its notices of clearance.

9 jawans jailed in Rangamati

BDR Special Court-4 in Rangamati yesterday sentenced nine jawans of Rajanagar 12 Rifles Battalion to imprisonment on different terms on charges of staging mutiny in February last year.

Over 7,000 bullets found in Comilla

Police recovered 7,262 live bullets in bags and cartons from a culvert area on Shilmuri-Mohgbari road in Barura upazila of Comilla district yesterday.

Fathimath new Saarc secy general

Fathimath Dhiyana Saeed of the Maldives has been nominated as the next Saarc secretary general.

1 ship with stranded crew brought to Benin coast

The seamen stranded offshore Benin started coming to mainland of the West African country, said a foreign ministry official yesterday.

Bangladesh improves in US rating

The latest report of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has commended Bangladesh's achievements in religious freedom, government's persuasion to restore the original secular character of its constitution and initiative to repeal the Vested Property Act.

30 kids fall sick after deworming

At least 30 kids at Kotchandpur upazila fell ill after taking antihelminthics yesterday.

Biman lands safely with damaged wing

An aircraft of Bangladesh Biman from Muscat, Oman narrowly escaped an accident and landed safely with its damaged wing at Chittagong Shah Amanat International Airport on Saturday.

SSC results likely May 17

The results of this year's Secondary School Certificate and its equivalent Dakhil and SSC (vocational) examinations held under ten educational boards are likely to be published simultaneously on May 17.

3 held, looted Tk 28 lakh recovered

The Rapid Action Battalion arrested three persons, including two women, and recovered Tk 28.40 lakh from a house in the city's Badda Saturday night after a driver of G4S allegedly fled with Tk 45 lakh on April 22.

Key suspect Liton denies involvement

Sarwar Kamal Liton, prime suspect in the murder of Chittagong University student Asad, in a statement to a magistrate yesterday denied his involvement in the killing.

Hospital staffs beat up patient's relatives

A few staffs of Bangladesh Medical College Hospital yesterday beat up three family members of a patient for filing a complaint with police alleging wrong treatment to their patient.

Editorial

Tackling RMG unrest effectively

THE spate of violent incidents which has lately marred the efficient functioning of some readymade garment units in the country brings to light once more a crisis that calls for deft handling. Just how grave conditions are in the sector, which has over the years made significant contributions to the national economy, was made known by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at a May Day discussion in the city on Saturday. She has hinted at the possibility of a hidden hand or third force being behind the recent turmoil in the RMG sector, the nefarious objective here being a subverting of it and thereby harming the economy. Before we go into other aspects of this discussion of the RMG crisis, we feel that this suspicion of a conspiracy against the sector must be dealt with first.

Revocation of stay order on illegal billboards

WE are happy that the stay order on demolition of illegal and hazardous billboards in the capital has been revoked by the High Court last Thursday putting the safety of the public and their property above all other considerations. And RAJUK and the DCC must act on the HC directive without delay.

Sports

Tigers scare Pakistan

Pakistan survived a Mohammad Ashraful scare to begin the defence of their world title at St Lucia with a 21-run win over Bangladesh.

Raina powers India into S 8s

Suresh Raina became only the third man to make a Twenty20 international century as India beat South Africa by 14 runs at the Beausejour Stadium here on Sunday.

Easy win for India

India beat Afghanistan by seven wickets in the teams' World Twenty20 opener here on Saturday but the outsiders were far from disgraced on their tournament debut.

SA A wrap up Test series

Visiting South Africa A team wrapped up the two-match unofficial Test series 2-0 when they defeated the hosts by 185 runs in the second game that finished yesterday at BKSP. Chasing a mountainous victory target of 411 runs in their second innings, the hosts crumbled for 225 just after lunch on the fourth and final day.

Abahani aim for AFC President's Cup spot

Having set their sights on the professional Bangladesh League football title for the third successive time, Abahani now target to win the AFC President's Cup qualifiers on home soil as the Group A qualifiers involving four clubs get underway on May 12 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.

La Celeste prove pioneers

Though it was the English who gave the world organised football, it was the French who bequeathed football its biggest tournament. The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) had been formed in Paris in 1904 and its president, Jules Rimet, formulated the idea of a tournament to determine the best international side in the world. In 1929, FIFA passed a vote to hold the first ever World Cup.

Twist & Turns

Akmal takes to the left-armer:
Kamran Akmal takes to Bangladesh's strength of left-arm spin immediately, sweeping Abdur Razzak twice for four in the game's second over. Both were bad deliveries down the leg side.

Captains' quotes

Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi admitted that he was a bit worried when Mohammad Ashraful and Shakib Al Hasan were going great guns is chase of an improbable target of 173.

Academies make draw

The second four-day match of the GP-BCB Academy Cup between GP-BCB Academy team and South Africa Academy team ended in a draw at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra on Saturday.

Windies A in town

West Indies A team arrived in Dhaka yesterday to participate in a triangular one-day competition also involving Bangladesh A and South Africa A. They will also play two 4-day matches against Bangladesh A.

Clubs fined for bookable offence

Except for Abahani Ltd, Mohammedan SC and Brothers Union, the ten remaining teams of Bangladesh League have been automatically fined for the bookable offences their players committed during the professional football league matches.

Chelsea a step away

Chelsea are on the brink of their first Premier League title in four years after Steven Gerrard's mistake helped the leaders secure a vital 2-0 win at Liverpool on Sunday.

Battle royal for fourth

Spurs will go all-out to beat Manchester City in their clash for fourth place, Harry Redknapp said, while his opposite number Roberto Mancini refused to say his job depended on a win.

Totti keeps Roma ticking

Roma moved a point clear of Inter Milan at the summit of Serie A on Saturday after goals from Francesco Totti and Rodrigo Taddei earned a nervous 2-1 win at Parma.

Bayern virtually champs

Germany's rising star Thomas Mueller scored a hattrick on Saturday as Bayern Munich secured a 3-1 home win over Bochum which, barring a last weekend miracle, guarantees them this season's Bundesliga title.

Barca back in groove

Barcelona bounced back in style from their heartbreaking Champions League exit with a 4-1 win at Villarreal on Saturday which put them four points clear at the top of La Liga.

Mueller admits to relief

Bayern Munich's hattrick hero Thomas Mueller admitted it was a relief to finally capture some silverware after Saturday's 3-1 win over Bochum effectively handed them the Bundesliga title.

PSG add gloss to poor season

An extra-time goal from Guillaume Hoarau handed Paris St Germain their eighth French Cup success on Saturday to deny Monaco 1-0 at Stade de France.

KP ready for exit

England head into their World Twenty20 opener against hosts the West Indies here Monday knowing star batsman Kevin Pietersen could leave the squad at a moment's notice.

Nathan stars on debut

Nathan McCullum proved he can hit big sixes just as well as brother Brendon as New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by two wickets with a ball to spare in a thrilling World Twenty20 opener here Friday.

SL, lose and go home

Sri Lanka are doing their best to maintain an upbeat attitude as they face potential giantkillers Zimbabwe in what is a make or break World Twenty20 clash for the islanders here on Monday.

Hosts' solid start

West Indies thrashed Ireland by 70 runs as the hosts got their World Twenty20 campaign off to a winning start under the floodlights here on Friday.

Women's chess

Reigning national women's champion Sharmin Sultana Shirin and runner-up Shamima Akter Liza were jointly leading the points table with 7.5 points each after the eighth round of the Arlin Developer 31st National Women Chess Championship yesterday.

Zamir resigns from chess federation

Bangladesh Chess Federation president Muhammad Zamir has recently tendered his resignation from the top post citing busy schedule in government service as the reason.

Nadal sees Gulbis off

World number three Rafael Nadal survived a three-set thriller against unseeded Ernests Gulbis on Saturday to reach the final of the ATP Rome Masters 1000 with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 victory.

Another Bolt

World and Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt ran the fourth-fastest 200 metres ever clocked on Saturday, winning in 19.56 seconds at the Jamaica International Invitational.

Premier div volleyball

Fire Service beat East End Boys Club by 3-1 sets in their clash of the National Bank Dhaka Metropolis Premier Division Volleyball League at the Volleyball Stadium in Paltan yesterday.

Business

Makeover for GMG

Private carrier GMG Airlines that has rebranded itself aims to raise operations to international standards to grab a 10 percent stake of the local $5 billion aviation industry by 2011.

Fake TINs go unchecked

The tax administration is yet to take punitive measures against alleged forgeries in submission of certificates of tax identification numbers (TINs) by a huge number of credit card holders.

Atiur comes down on debt write-off culture

The culture of debt write-off should change to help accelerate the economic growth further, said the Bangladesh Bank (BB) governor yesterday.

PM suspects 'third party' in RMG sector unrest

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has suspected that a 'third party' from within the garment sector is involved in the recent unrest and violence in the sector.

Stocks open week on negative note

Dhaka stocks opened the week on negative note although banking sector -- one of the major market movers -- was up by more than one percent because of hefty dividends some banks have declared.

More car imports thru' Mongla

A consignment of 540 reconditioned cars arrived from Japan at Mongla seaport on Thursday.

Shanghai shines

By any chance you step in China, the enthusiasm and festivity everywhere will not spare your eyes.

A giant opportunity for big business

China's commercial capital of Shanghai has always been all about business. Nowhere is that more evident than at its World Expo, a giant bazaar of ideas, technologies and outright PR offensives focused on the world's fastest-growing major market.

Corporate Briefs

ONE BANK LTD
The bank's board of directors recommended 32 percent stock dividend (32 bonus shares for every 100 shares) for 2009. The company's annual general meeting (AGM) will be held on July 5, (at 11am) at Officers Club in Dhaka. The record date is May 16. The bank also reported earnings per share (EPS) of Tk 46.63, net asset value (NAV) per share of Tk 196.89 and net operating cash flow per share of Tk 278.69 as of December 31, 2009.

BKMEA awards 10 labour-friendly garment factories

Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association yesterday awarded 10 labour-friendly garment factories.

Thai fair begins Wednesday

A four-day exhibition of Thai products begins at Sonargaon Hotel on Wednesday.

Obama greets Tamara Abed in Washington

US President Barack Obama greeted Tamara Abed, part of the senior management team at Brac, who served as a panellist for a session of the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship in Washington on April 26-27.

MIDAS gets Tk 2cr fund from SME Foundation

SME Foundation yesterday started disbursing fund under its 'credit wholesaling programme' by handing a cheque for Tk 2 crore to Micro Industries Development Assistance and Service (MIDAS).

Qatar Airways celebrates 10th anniversary of its Privilege Club

Qatar Airways has launched a number of promotion in celebration of the 10th anniversary of its frequent flyer programme -- Privilege Club, said a statement of the airline.

CSE chief urges OIC bourses for cooperation

Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) President Fakhor Uddin Ali Ahmed said OIC member stock exchanges should play a vital role in ensuring a focused platform and communication channel for representatives, said a press statement.

Pabna gets first brokerage house

Square Securities Management Ltd, a brokerage house, opened its branch in Pabna yesterday, the first for the district.

India restricting Chinese telecom purchases

India has blocked its fast-growing telecom sector from buying some Chinese-made equipment, an Indian mobile operator said Friday, in a move set to stoke trade tensions between the emerging giants.

Delhi weighs capital controls with rupee on rise

India's government is weighing capital controls with the rupee on the rise amid fears of "hot money" flowing into the country as investors pile back into Indian assets.

Greece outlines harsh spending cuts before bailout

Greece's finance minister outlined deep spending cuts and tax increases Sunday to free up a multi-billion-euro rescue by the International Monetary Fund and European Union, the first bailout for one of the 16 countries using the euro.

Buffett supports Goldman at Berkshire meeting

Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett declared his support for Goldman Sachs Group Inc CEO Lloyd Blankfein Saturday, and said he has no plans to sell his company's stake in the bank.

Metropolitan

PM resents admission trade

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has expressed her anger over the 'admission trade' in different educational institutions.

CID asked to submit probe report of case against Shah Alam, Babar by June 17

A Dhaka court yesterday asked CID to submit by June 17 the probe report of a bribery case filed against Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan alias Shah Alam, former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar and two others.

Build nation with spirit of liberation war

Industries Minister Dilip Barua yesterday called on the young generation to know the rich cultural tradition of the country and work to build the nation with the spirit of the liberation war.

Khaleda smells graft

Opposition leader Khaleda Zia has criticised the government for resorting to setting up rental power plants at high cost without tender, and brought allegations of corruption against the present administration for doing so.

British Council invites entries for climate competition

British Council yesterday announced a national competition to select new international climate champions in Bangladesh.

BNP march towards EC today

The main opposition BNP will march a demonstration towards the Election Commission (EC) today demanding cancellation of Bhola-3 by-poll result and resignation of the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and two other commissioners.

81st anniversary of birth of Jahanara Imam today

Today is the 81st birth anniversary of Shaheed Janani Jahanara Imam, the crusader against war criminals, fundamentalism and an eminent litterateur.

‘43pc city buildings vulnerable to quake’

About 43 percent of buildings, including hospitals and schools, in Dhaka city are vulnerable to ravages of any moderate or strong earthquakes, experts said at a seminar yesterday.

May Day: Pay hike, safety at workplaces demanded

Historic May Day was observed in the country as elsewhere around the world on Saturday demanding safety at workplaces and pay hike for labourers at every sector.

City AL faction begins separate drive in Ctg

A section of Chittagong city unit of Awami League separately started distribution of application forms for fresh and renewal of membership.

Channel 1 files writ with HC

The authorities of Channel 1, a private satellite television station, filed a writ petition with the High Court yesterday, challenging the government action of shutting down the TV channel.

Press Freedom Day today

The World Press Freedom Day will be observed in the country as elsewhere across the globe today with the theme 'Freedom of Information: The right to know.'

Ittefaq ownership goes to Manju

The ownership of daily Ittefaq has gone to Anwar Hossain Manju while his elder brother Mainul Hosein has got the ownership of the building and the press and Tk 10 crore, ending a simmering rift between them.

Mobile sculpture project in Sept

With an aim to create a link between art and multicultural cooperation, an artist of Germany is going to launch a 'Mobile Sculpture Project' in the capital in September.

Four killed in city road crashes

Four people were killed in separate road accidents in the city yesterday.

Students put DU instt under lock and key

Students of 11th batch at Institute of Education and Research of Dhaka University yesterday put all the four entrances of the institute under lock and key demanding their honours results be converted into the University Grant Commission (UGC) approved grading system.

Mehnaz gets bail

The High Court yesterday granted ad-interim bail to Mehnaz Rashid, eldest daughter of Lt Col (retd) Khandaker Abdur Rashid, a Bangabandhu murder convict.

National

3 Jamaat leaders held for 'anti-state' speech

Three Jamaat leaders were arrested on charge of delivering anti-state speech in a meeting of the party's women workers in Gobindagnaj upazila on Friday night.

Physically challenged, he knows no defeat

Belal Hossain, left physically challenged by polio during early childhood, has become a successful farmer through diligence and will power.

KMP makes fresh list of students creating chaos

Khulna Metropolitan Police (KMP) has made a new list of students who often create anarchy on the campuses of different educational institutions.

Madhupur pineapple to be smaller but 'healthy'

The size of famous Madhupur pineapple is likely to be smaller this season as the plantations did not get sufficient water due to lack of rain while the local growers have decided to minimise use of chemicals that makes the fruit larger.

All to free a youth arrested in phensidyl case

A mob led by Awami League men besieged Godagari police station and assaulted policemen yesterday protesting 'harassment' of a youth in a phensidyl case.

Lightning kills 11 in 5 dists

Eleven people have been killed and several others injured in lightning in five districts.

One to die, 21 jailed for killing four

Sylhet Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal Judge Md Mahbub Ul Islam on Wednesday awarded death penalty to one person for killing four people including a boy in Moulvibazar district.

Killing of staff at shrimp enclosure, 4 arrested

Police Saturday night arrested four people including a local Jubo League leader for their alleged involvement in the Dhaka Shrimp Enclosure manager Pashupati Barkandaj murder case.

23 sued on war crime charges in 2 districts

Three separate cases have been filed against 23 people in Kishoreganj and Bagerhat on charge of war crimes in 1971.

Charges pressed against husband

Police on Wednesday submitted charge sheet against an official accusing him of killing wife Nazma Zahir Shova.

SQ Chy's street rally foild

Ruling AL activists and supporters yesterday foiled a street rally scheduled to be addressed by BNP Standing Committee member Salahuddin Quader (SQ) Chowdhury in Chandanaish upazila.

Pabna BCL goes on rampage

BCL Pabna district unit activists went on the rampage yesterday afternoon following a rumour that the new district committee would be formed through selection.

1 killed, 100 hurt injured in Habiganj clash

A man was killed and over 100 people, including five policemen, were injured in a fierce clash between two groups of villagers over a trifling matter at Olipur in Sadar upazila on Thursday morning.

Sec 144 outside Dinajpur medical

The district administration yesterday morning imposed Section 144 outside Dinajpur Medical College and Hospital (DJMCH) as Chhatra League (BCL) and Chhatra Dal (JCD) of the district organised separate programmes at the same venue the same day.

Extortionist arrested

Chuadanga police on Saturday noon arrested an Awami League (AL) cadre Fozlu who mercilessly beat up a school teacher for protesting Fozlu's extortion on March 3. A court sent Fozlu to jail. According to police, Fozlu, a top cadre of ruling AL in Alamdanga upazila in Chuadanga demanded Tk 2 lakh from contractor Bablu Mia who was constructing a building of Khasbagunda Government Primary School. Fozlu also threatened the contractor to stop the work if his demand is not met. Bablu informed the matter to school authorities. Headmaster of the school Serajul Islam asked the contractor not to pay toll to Fozlu. The headmaster informed the matter to high level AL leaders in the upazila. This angered Fozlu. On March 3, Fozlu went to the school and beat up the headmaster while he was taking class at about 3:00 pm. Bringing on the school field, Fozlu mercilessly beat up the teacher. Fozlu also threatened others with pistol who went to save the teacher.

6415 bullets recovered

Police recovered 6,415 bullets in 11 cartons kept hidden in a water body at Shilmuri village in Barura upazila yesterday. Tipped-off by locals, police rushed to the spot early in the morning and recovered the cartons of the bullets from the water body. Earlier, on Saturday the law enforcers recovered 415 bullets packed in a sack from under a culvert of the same area. None was arrested in this connection.

'Mugger' beaten to death

A suspected mugger was beaten to death by mob at Kaibattapara under Dakkhin Keraniganj police station Saturday night. The deceased was identified as Shukur, 25. Witnesses said when a gang of muggers were snatching in the area at gunpoint locals caught two of them and gave them a good thrashing leaving Shukur dead on the spot and his accomplice Momin, 17, seriously injured. Police rescued Momin and sent him to Mitford Hospital. Shukhur's body was sent to morgue for autopsy. Two other snatchers managed to escape. Locals said the gang was involved in snatching in the area since long.

Human chain in B'baria

A human chain was formed and a rally held in the district town on Friday protesting rising incidents of teasing girls. Two social organisations, Peace Vision and Brotherhood, jointly organised the programme at the premises of local Poura Adhunik super market. The programme was presided over by Ali Akbar Majumdar. Guardians in the protest meeting expressed concern over rising incidents of teasing in the town and demanded arrest of the culprits without further delay.

Letters

Observing May Day!

Each year, all over the world, the historic May Day is observed through arranging different programmes. In Bangladesh, the workers feel gratified as it is a national holiday. Nothing additional is achieved or felt by its stakeholders. Is it all about that day of sacrifice?

RMG sector's future

Has anybody gone through the OPEX workers demand list? They are asking for revision of minimum pay scale from Tk.1663 to 5000, attendance bonus increase to Tk.500, & yearly leave encashment, + 6 months' maternity leave (for all those who are not familiar, none are included in our existing factory acts! ) So, basically all these demands are over the law requirements. These issues can at best be requests but definitely not demands.

Desertification

Desertification means land degradation in arid, semi-arid and dry sub- humid areas resulting from various factors, including climatic variations and human activities, leading to reduction or loss of the biological or economic productivity and complexity of rain fed cropland, irrigated cropland, or range, pasture, forest and woodlands. Bangladesh experiences long spells of dry weather and moderate to severe droughts are spread over a region of 5.46 million ha. During the 7-month dry season in some regions, the evapotranspiration exceeds the amount of rainfall by a factor of 2.0. Between 1960 and 1991, droughts occurred in Bangladesh 19 times. Very severe droughts hit the country in 1951, 1961, 1975, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1984, and 1989. Certain physical observations of desertification are:

Water crisis

A detailed front-page report on the subject was published on 25th April in a local English daily. Unfortunately, it was more confusing than clarifying! There were major errors in it, both language wise and technical. I would like to point out a few glaring anomalies.

Sheraton Hotel

The Dhaka Sheraton Hotel is the oldest five star hotel of our country. Previously, it was called Hotel Intercontinental. It is situated in one of the best locations of Dhaka City beside the picturesque Ramna Park. The hotel is a govt. property and run by a board selected by the govt.. But they have no experience of operating five star hotels.

No place for cars

Karwan Bazar Market is in the heart of Dhaka city which caters for wholesale and retail markets of the central Dhaka area. Previously, there was not much vehicular traffic in this area. But of late with a five star hotel, many large commercial establishments, banks, insurance companies, 2 TV stations, two major national newspaper offices and other establishments, this area has become very important. Throughout day & night people come here and face a serious car parking problem. Many people are compelled to park their vehicles at any place available which causes a serious traffic jam. In front of the Karwan Bazar there is a "Car Parking" space, but these are all the time occupied by a large "Fleet of Mini Trucks". This is used 24 hours as their "garage." Most of the other places are occupied by vehicles of different companies.

Ershad's Suggestion

Former President Ershad, a veteran politician, is bold enough to suggest publicly the formation of provinces in Bangladesh and making Dhaka a federal capital (like Islamabad and New Delhi). But the other political leaders, especially belonging to the two major (dynastic) parties and the MPs won't agree, due to obvious subjective advantages.

Rights of women

It is Islam that has comprehensibly given womenfolk the right to education, training and so on. A good mother obviously means the one having proper education as well as skills to keep pace with time.

Dowry

The bride's family has to collect a huge amount of money for their daughters or sisters' marriage. Sometimes they are to take loan, sell their land, furniture, ornaments and even their house to collect the money. They are to lose many things and face many problems due to this dowry system.

Mindset

Dr. SN Mamoon's letter “ BNP's Tears” on 26 April caught my attention because it not only illustrates Dr Mamoon's mindset but that of a large majority of supporters of both the parties in particular, and all our political parties in general.

Stock market

Some endemic problems have been bedeviling the investors especially those who are new and small. These relate to Mutual Funds that were embroiled in a court case for over a year in 2008-09 resulting in non-payment of dividends since 2007. Even after the High Court has given a clear-cut ruling about the issuance of Stock Dividends and Right Shares, some of the lucrative companies are facing problems in payment of declared stock dividends for 2008 and 2009. In fact the oldest of these AIMS 1st Mutual Fund has virtually disappeared from the trading board for well over a month after the SEC vetoed their dividend and right declaration. What is going on here is also not known as both AIMS & SEC are silent? Meanwhile thousands of Mutual Fund investors are suffering.

Recipe for change

Bangladesh is country of immense potentiality. Despite being so, we couldn't achieve major goals even after 38 years of independence, whereas other countries achieved the goals within a relatively a short period of time. What is the obstacle that keeps us backward with every passing year? The most obvious cause is that we, as a nation, fail to appreciate anything good. We never applaud any positive approach, nor do we nourish goods ideas. We always think about the negative impacts. To be precise, we hardly apprehend anything good. This negative attitude of ours towards everything is the prime cause of our falling behind other modern nations.

Punish the stalkers

It has been observed since a long time that the girls in the streets, villages and even in colleges and universities become the worst victims of the stalkers. It is astounding and alarming news that even in the University of Dhaka girl students are frequently teased and if anyone comes forward to protest it, he is allegedly attacked by the supporters of the ruling party. Whoever might be those miscreants, be it of the ruling party or the party in opposition, or the sons of the King or any Queen, it is the time to take stiff and stern action against those miscreants, if we really want to save our sisters and daughters from the oppression and torture by those evil forces. The time is not very far away when the people will lynch them if the government fails to take timely and effective measures against those vicious elements of society.

Trip to Puthia

I looked around, awed, surprised, mesmerized at the temples looming on other side, their reflections on the filthy, grubby water, small polythene bags floating near the edge--not quite an introduction to the estate once governed by kings wearing wide, large turbans--the impression I had gained from 'Gupi Gain Bagha Bain' movie. It reminds me of the king's moustache, its sheer black depths and it is truly depressing to take note of the fact, that there no longer are the kings, queens and countless servants to obey their orders, except the remnants of the magnificence they have left behind which still continues to hypnotize us by their beauty, and the strength they show standing straight and imposing, regardless of the fact that countless years have gone by and they are in dire need of repairs.

Sovereign credit rating

Bangladesh has recently got credit rating by two internationally reputed organisations. It has created positive feelings among the people who want to see Bangladesh as a promising economy and a middle income country within the next few years. Bangladesh has achieved this level for its performance in maintaining stable economic outlook for the last one decade. It maintains almost 6% GDP growth for around a decade. Its foreign reserve condition, restoration of democratic process, macro- economic indices were very much supportive in achieving this rating.

Boro farmers' plight

More than one lakh hector of boro paddy has gone under water due to heavy rainfall and onrush of water from hills across the border (India) in haor areas. This unexpected water washed away all hopes and dreams of haor farmers. The affected haor areas are under Netrokona, Kishorganj, Hobiganj & Moulvibazar districts.

International

Car bomb scares Times Square in NY

Police found an "amateurish" but potentially powerful bomb that apparently began to detonate but did not explode in a smoking sport utility vehicle in Times Square, authorities said yesterday.

Leaders in renewed push for votes

The three main party leaders are all campaigning hard, each seeking to gain precious ground as the election battle enters its final few days.

Thai PM says no plans for martial law

Thailand's prime minister said yesterday that he had no plans to declare martial law despite growing demands the government take firmer measures to end protests that have paralysed parts of Bangkok for seven weeks.

ME peace talks to start within days

Israeli and Palestinian officials said yesterday they expected to start indirect peace talks within days, following the Arab League's endorsement of a US-brokered plan to end the impasse.

Immigration law could lead to racial profiling: Hillary

US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton said the passage of a controversial immigration enforcement law in Arizona could lead to racial profiling.

Mogadishu blasts' death toll rises to 32

The death toll from twin explosions that rocked a mosque in Mogadishu now stands at least 32, medical sources and a witness said yesterday.

Nepal Maoists defy govt, force shutdown

Maoist former rebels patrolled the streets of Nepal's capital Kathmandu yesterday, enforcing a shutdown in a show of strength intended to pressure the government to step down.

New Delhi on high alert as embassies warn of attack

Thousands of police and paramilitary soldiers guarded New Delhi's markets and shopping centres yesterday after foreign embassies in India issued warnings of imminent militant attacks.

Madhuri sent to 14-day judicial custody

A Delhi Court on Saturday sent Diplomat Madhuri Gupta, accused of spying for Pakistan, to 14 days judicial custody.

Indian govt may order inquiry

The Union Government is likely to order a full-fledged inquiry into recent allegations of phone tapping of senior politicians.

Where to buy a land mine in Lanka!

The civil war in Sri Lanka may be over, but you can buy a land mine on the side of the road in Jaffna though they're more likely to explode in your mouth than anywhere else.

Ahmadinejad leaves for US

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad left Tehran yesterday to attend the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) review conference in New York, the foreign ministry spokesman told state television.

'I would run for US president'

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has admitted that he would run for US President if the law was changed to allow foreign-born candidates to stand.

Ever dreamt of having a PhD on dreaming?

Dreaming of an advanced degree? Try a doctorate in dreams, something which could soon become a reality in a new Saudi academy offering undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Ex-KGB officer claims to have cremated Hitler

A former KGB officer has sensationally claimed to have cremated the bones of Adolf Hitler.

Gilani to send sweets to Manmohan

The 50-minute talk between Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani on the sidelines of the XVIth South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) summit in Thimpu may have done more than just clearing the air between both nations, it has suddenly developed a 'sweet' relationship between Dr. Singh and Gilani.

Major edn reforms bills in LS today

Government's initiatives on higher education reforms will be put on fast track as four bills, including one on allowing entry of foreign universities to the country, are expected to be introduced tomorrow in Lok Sabha.

Pak troops kill 10 insurgents

A Pakistani government official says army helicopter gun ships pounded insurgent hideouts in northwest Pakistan, killing at least 10 militants.

Indian state minister resigns over rape charges

Karnataka Food and Civil Supplies Minister Hartalu Hallapa, who is facing charges of raping a friend's wife, resigned from his post yesterday, NDTV reported.

BJP lets Soren remain CM for now

The BJP on Saturday agreed to pleas made by JMM leaders and let Shibu Soren continue as Chief Minister of Jharkhand for some more time, putting on hold a decision on the transfer of power for now.

Arts & Entertainment

Theatre festival by Padatik Natya Sangsad ends

The 'Kochi Sharok Padatik Natya Utshab 2010' by Padatik Natya Sangsad, Bangladesh ended amidst much festivity on May 1. Theatre troupe Mohakoron Binodon Shangstha from Tripura, India staged the play “Rajendra Dhakir Golpo” at the festival on the concluding day.

Catching up with Bappa Majumdar

At present singer-composer Bappa Majumdar is busy with a mixed album and his band Dolchhut's next. The popular musician is leaving for Australia today; he is scheduled to perform at a concert there. The Daily Star caught up with the artiste:

Philology of Time

A weeklong solo Raku exhibition titled “Philology of Time” ended recently at the Zainul Gallery-1, Faculty of Fine Arts (FFA), Dhaka University. The exhibition featured works of young emerging artist Ashim Halder Sagor.

Generating awareness against war criminals through theatre

A three-day theatre festival to generate awareness against war criminals was held in Kurigram recently.

Shuvro Dev’s 25th solo album launched

The launching ceremony of “Diona Poraney Jatona” by noted songster Shuvro Dev, was held on April 28, at the Marble Room of Hotel Sheraton, Dhaka, says a press release. Eminent artist Mustafa Monwar unveiled the album amidst dignitaries.

Classical music soiree by Shuddha Sangeet Proshar Goshthi

As part of their regular monthly programme, Shuddha Sangeet Proshar Goshthi arranged a classical music soiree at SEL Centre, West Panthapath, in Dhaka on April 29. Classical vocalists and also teachers of Chhayanaut Bijon Chandra Mistry and Mahmudul Hasan performed at the event.

Kobi Gaan staged

A vibrant musical soiree on Kobi Gaan was staged at Thakurgaon Mirza Ruhul Amin Auditorium premises on Saturday night.

OP-ED

The water crisis

ACUTE water crisis, compounded by pollution, is causing indisputable harm in most poor countries of Asia and Africa. Worldwide, two billion people still have no access to clean water, and water contaminated by sewage is estimated to kill 3.4 million, including two million children, every year.

A cut in Delhi, a run in Ranchi

A cut motion is moved in the Lok Sabha to wound the Congress alliance in Delhi and a BJP alliance a thousand miles away, in Ranchi, begins to bleed to death. Is there a rational connection between cause and consequence apart from the compulsions of an ageing politician suspected of more crimes than we can count without being a professional mathematician?



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