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News of: Sunday, 9th of May, 2010

Front Page

4 road tunnels on cards

The government has undertaken a project to construct four underpasses for vehicles to ease congestion at intersections between Shahbagh and Sonargaon Hotel on Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue.

Project watch at divisions

The government plans to set up offices at the headquarters of six divisions, and greater districts as a part of its move to expedite development project implementation.

Leaders, troops to bridge gap

Outgoing Director General of Bangladesh Rifles Maj Gen Md Mainul Islam expressed hope that there would be no communication gap between the leaders and soldiers of the paramilitary force following implementation of the reforms programme.

6 murdered in capital

Six persons including a mother and her three-year-old daughter were killed in the city and its outskirts yesterday.

People want change of govt

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia said yesterday a movement has to be launched to change the present government since people now want a 'change of government', and not a 'change of days'.

Yunus sings for social business

Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus has called for establishing social business as a problem solver, not profit maximiser, to tackle global poverty and social injustice.

EU insists on free anti-graft body again

The European Union yesterday reiterated that the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in Bangladesh should be a financially adequate independent body, which is free from any political influence.

Jubodal boss barred from going abroad

Immigration authorities disembarked Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal, president of Jatiyatabadi Jubodal, from a London-bound aircraft at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the city yesterday.

Intelligence unit let it happen

Failure and betrayal of the members of BDR intelligence wing Rifles Security Unit let the bloody mutiny take place in the force's Pilkhana headquarters on February 24-26 last year, said the unit's commanding officer.

Partial strike continues on riverways

The indefinite water transport strike was partially observed yesterday, as some vessels continued to ply ignoring the strike enforced by the workers Friday midnight.

Liberal democratsin UK power talks with Conservatives

Liberal Democratic leader Nick Clegg is meeting his MPs and peers to discuss a power-sharing offer from the Conservatives.

Rushanara targets unity

Rushanara Ali, first ever Bangladeshi-born Briton elected to the British parliament, on Friday said her win materialised the long dream of all Banglees living in Britain and Bangladesh.

Gas station strike from today

Petrol pump and tank lorry owners and workers will go for an indefinite strike from today to press home their 13-point demand.

Manpower broker pulls robbery trick to frame victims

Police arrested a manpower broker and his three associates from his Khilgaon residence in the capital yesterday as he tried to stage a drama of falling victim to robbery.

Editorial

Government directives to police to be professional

WE are happy that the government has directed the police to go for tough action against the unruly elements of the Chhatra League. We are happy too that police officers have been told to act professionally, that a failure to do so will result in disciplinary action against them. On the face of it, everything seems to be in order. The reality, however, is quite different. It has to do with the political culture that has developed, insidiously, in this country over a long period of time. We have a situation these days where many among the political classes, especially those who ascend to power at given periods, blur the distinction between the party and the government and, again, between the government and the state. That is a perfect instance of myopia. And in our present conditions, it has led to the menace today typified by the Chhatra League.

Wayward buses

THE front-page photograph of a taxicab crushed between two passenger buses that appeared in this daily on Saturday speaks a thousand words of the horrendous situation prevailing on the roads. The accident occurred when a reckless bus driver hit the taxicab from behind and pushed it under another bus. The accident could have resulted in deaths of the passengers, since such vehicles are run on compressed natural gas, but fortunately people inside and the cab driver only suffered injuries in the process.

Sports

Hosts keep losing

Bangladesh A continued their poor run of form in the ATN Records tri-nation tournament, suffering a 29-run defeat at the hands of West Indies A in their second game at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

Academy take one-day crown

A hundred from Asif Ahmed Ratul and Rony Talukdar's whirlwind 88 ensured a series win for GP-BCB National Cricket Academy (NCA) after they defeated South Africa Academy by 67 runs in the third and final one-day match at the BKSP in Savar yesterday.

Bangladesh face Thailand today

Bangladesh will take on Thailand in the Robi Asian Games Hockey Qualifiers at the Maulana Bhasani Stadium today. This will be Bangladesh's opening match of the campaign while second for Thailand who had lost their first game against Singapore 5-2.

NZ win a nailbiter

In a tournament of largely one-sided matches, New Zealand pulled off their second nailbiting victory and their first Twenty20 win over defending champions Pakistan, who are now on the brink of elimination. After rescuer-in-chief Daniel Vettori had revived New Zealand after the big names at the top flopped again, they survived an Abdul Razzaq onslaught and Salman Butt's level-headed batting to come through by one run and boost their chances of making the semifinals.

Mahela's loving it

Sri Lanka's Mahela Jayawardene is relishing the "freedom" that comes with opening the batting after another superlative display at the World Twenty20.

Tigers take on Surrey today

The Tigers will start their campaign in England today when they meet county side Surrey in a three-day match at The Oval.

BCAS ride on Mahi

Bangladesh Cricket Academy and School (BCAS) defeated Green Valley Club by 29 runs in the Col (retd) Malek Smriti First Division Cricket League at the Shaheed Miraz-Tapan Stadium here yesterday.

Arambagh earn full points

Arambagh leapt three places in the points table as they beat Muktijoddha 2-1 in their mid-table clash of Bangladesh League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

28 selected for U-19 camp

Twenty-eight Under-19 players have been selected for a three-week camp to be held in BKSP, Savar from May 10.

Big wins for Dhumketu, Europa

Dhumketu Club and Europa Youth Club registered big wins in the Premier Bank First Division Basketball League at the Dhanmondi Basketball Gymnasium yesterday.

The weight of shadows

With much of Europe still recovering from the turmoil of World War II, FIFA took the decision to return the championship to South America for the 1950 tournament. Football was fast becoming the religion it remains in Brazil and the home team were reigning Copa America champions.

Chelsea's D-day

Carlo Ancelotti heads into the final game of the Premier League campaign insisting his Chelsea side deserve to land the title and that it would be a "tragedy" if they were to fall at the last hurdle.

It's heating up

The Serie A title run-in between Inter Milan and AS Roma is hotting up with just two games left amid accusations and legal threats providing an intriguing back-drop.

Webber blitzes rivals

Australian Mark Webber stormed to his second pole position this season as Red Bull swept to another front-row lockout in Saturday's qualifying session for Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix.

Carra set for return

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher could be set for a dramatic return to international football by joining Fabio Capello's squad for South Africa, according to press reports on Saturday.

A black man's game

In the packed stands of South African football stadiums, it's almost impossible to spot a white face, a legacy of the white apartheid government's isolation of the sport as a black game.

Ghana pick Essien

Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac on Friday unveiled a 30-man squad for a May 24-29 training camp in France ahead of the World Cup finals.

Mexico draw with Ecuador

Mexico played to a scoreless draw with Ecuador in a World Cup tuneup for the Aztecas on Friday, the first pro sports event at the New Meadowlands Stadium.

Kewell might miss WC

Australia's Harry Kewell is in doubt for next month's World Cup with a recurring groin injury, his Turkish club coach Johan Neeskens has said, it was reported Saturday.

Mahela magic continues

Mahela Jayawardene's superb form at the World Twenty20 continued as he made an unbeaten 98 in Sri Lanka's 57-run win over the West Indies in the Super Eights here on Friday.

Dhoni up against pace

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is adamant his side can cope with fast bowling at the World Twenty20 despite their dramatic collapse during a 49-run loss to Australia here on Friday.

Veronica comes back winning

Beijing Olympic 200-metre gold medalist Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica made a triumphant return to Osaka at the Japan Grand Prix athletics meet on Saturday.

More trouble for Malik

There seems to be no end to controversies surrounding Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik. Now the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) has banned his entry into Gymkhana Cricket Grounds in Hyderabad.

Business

TV ad spending beaming

Spending on TV commercials by major brands rose by around 16 percent in January, compared to a month ago.

Rice bran oil plant opens production

A new avenue opens up on the edible oil market in Bangladesh as a plant to extract oil from rice bran launched production yesterday with an eye on India.

DCCI demands highest allocation for power sector

The energy and power sector should get the highest allocation in the upcoming budget for fiscal 2010-11, as the country is faced with a nagging power crisis, a leading chamber said yesterday.

BB to release CSR report next week

The central bank will publish a corporate social responsibility report (CSR) on financial institutions next week, Governor Atiur Rahman said yesterday.

Britain blamed for euro turmoil

Britain's refusal to entertain eurozone curbs on highly speculative investment fund managers has cost Europe dearly, former Spanish prime minister Felipe Gonzalez said on Saturday.

Speculators come under euro summit gaze

The mercurial beast known as the financial market spiv or speculator came firmly into euro political leaders' sights on Friday at an extraordinary summit in Brussels.

Seminar suggests more urban facilities outside Dhaka to curb migration

A seminar yesterday recommended budgetary allocation for establishing more urban facilities to cities outside Dhaka to curb population inflow in the capital.

Yarn price spiral to push apparel sector into collapse

Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association has hailed government's stimulus, but it fears the soaring yarn prices may ruin the garment industry.

BRAC Bank launches stockmarket service for NRBs

BRAC Bank has launched its latest banking service -- Probashi Biniyog -- to help non-resident Bangladeshis (NRBs) invest in capital market.

Trade could forge strong ties

Brazilian Minister of State for Development, Industry and Foreign Trade Miguel Jorge has said that trade could forge strong bilateral relations between Brazil and Bangladesh.

Portugal to speed up deficit reduction

Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates has announced plans to delay some major public projects to speed up reducing the country's public deficit this year, local media reported Saturday.

Tale of two compliant factories

Faruk Hossain, a garment worker at Iris Fabrics, an export-oriented garment factory at Zirani in Savar, feels excitement on the seventh of any month as he receives his salary on this specific date.

Europe races to flesh out new crisis fund

European officials scrambled on Saturday to fix the size and scope of a new crisis fund designed to head off market predators threatening eurozone banks and wider economic recovery.

Commodities slammed by eurozone debt crisis

Commodity prices mostly sank this week, with oil plunging around ten percent, as trade was rocked by a stronger dollar, sliding stock markets and the eurozone debt crisis that was centred on Greece.

Speculators come under euro summit gaze

The mercurial beast known as the financial market spiv or speculator came firmly into euro political leaders' sights on Friday at an extraordinary summit in Brussels.

Australia declares strength against Greece shocks

Australian Treasurer Wayne Swan said Saturday the nation was well positioned to weather economic shocks emanating from Greece, after the central bank warned that world jitters could intensify.

Spain scrapes out of recession but dark clouds remain

Spain scraped out of recession in the first quarter, the central bank said Friday, becoming the last major world economy to return to growth but analysts warned any upturn could be short lived.

Goldman Sachs plans 'review' of practices: CEO

Facing accusations of fraud, storied Wall Street firm Goldman Sachs will undertake a review of its business practices, the company's chief executive Lloyd Blankfein said Friday.

Canada sees strong job growth in April

Canada's economy added 109,000 jobs in April in the largest percentage monthly gain since August 2002 and four times what analysts had expected, pointing to a successful recovery.

Weekly Currency Roundup

May 2- 6, 2010
International Markets
The international markets remained highly volatile this week. The euro was intense selling pressure, and tumbled to a 14-month low against the dollar on Thursday, reeling from escalating concerns that Greece's debt crisis may spread to other euro zone states. "There are political constraints to the extent this Greek fiscal adjustment can go and there is a risk of contagion," The ECB left interest rates on hold as widely expected, with attention switching to its press conference at 1230 GMT. European policymakers have warned the euro's survival depends on a life-support package for Greece announced last week. This has ratcheted up risk aversion and boosted safe-haven demand for the dollar, pushing it to a one-year high versus a currency basket on Thursday. By 1148 GMT, the euro traded 0.7 percent lower on the day. The euro trimmed losses after Spain sold five-year government debt, albeit at a higher yield than at its last sale in March, quelling some market concerns over Madrid's credit risks.

Metropolitan

Spread cultural practices to keep young generation on right path: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged the cultural activists to spread cultural practices among the young generation so they do not go astray.

Land acquisitions increase poverty

Tardy compensation and insensitive rehabilitation increase poverty and sufferings of the people displaced by land acquisitions for various development projects, speakers said yesterday at a roundtable in the city.

Include thalassemia in health policy as non-communicable disease

Health experts yesterday demanded that the government incorporate thalassemia in the national health policy as a non-communicable disease and take necessary steps to manage and prevent it.

Two buses damaged over fare

A group of students of Dhaka University wrecked two buses yesterday afternoon following a row with transport workers over fare in the morning.

First death anniversary of Dr Wazed Miah today

Today is the first death anniversary of Dr MA Wazed Miah, an eminent scientist and the husband of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Rehana's daughter Tulip elected Regent's Park Councillor

Rezwana Siddiq Tulip, eldest daughter of Sheikh Rehana and granddaughter of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was elected a councillor of the Regent's Park ward in the UK election on Thursday.

'Launch social movement to save Karnaphuli’

A three-day awareness campaign ended in Chittagong yesterday with a call to launch a social movement to protect the river Karnaphuli from pollution and encroachment.

Fair probe, trial of killers demanded

Family members, relatives and well-wishers of slain police officer Gautam Roy yesterday formed a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club demanding proper investigation into the murder and the trial of the killers.

'Provide quality education to create skilled generation'

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday called on the teachers to create an educated and skilled generation by dedicating themselves to teaching students in classes.

Bangabandhu Jail Memorial Museum inaugurated

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Jail Memorial Museum inside Dhaka Central Jail yesterday afternoon.

Project to be implemented in 200 unions

The government will implement Ekti Bari Ekti Khamar (one house one farm) programme in 200 unions through Bangladesh Rural Development Board (BRDB) to accelerate rural development, the state minister for LGRD and cooperatives yesterday said.

Fahim Munaim joins Maasranga TV as CEO

Syed Fahim Munaim has recently joined Maasranga Television, a concern of Square Group, as the chief executive officer and chief editor, says a press release.

Housing sites to be built by major rivers

Water Resources Minister Ramesh Chandra Sen said housing area to be built on both the sides of major rivers after dredging and training those to increase water flow in the rivers side by side with creating more residential areas.

'Include child injury prevention education in formal curriculum'

Curriculum specialists and academicians yesterday underscored the need for inclusion of textbooks materials on children injury prevention in formal education at the primary and secondary level to bring down infant mortality rate in the country.

Over 24,000 poor women benefit

About three years ago, Chandra, a 35-year-old woman from Satkhira, had been struggling with two children after her husband left for another woman.

Call for integrated healthcare system

Doctors at a seminar stressed the need for integrated healthcare system in the 21st century.

Road accidents kill two

Two people were killed in separate road accidents in Narsingdi and Barisal yesterday.

Channel 1 closure protested

The journalists and employees of the Channel 1 staged a token sit-in protesting the closure of the private television station.

Robbers loot Tk 25 lakh from filling station

A gang of robbers looted Tk 25 lakh from a filling station at Khilkhet in the city in the early morning yesterday.

JCD cadres yet to be held

The law enforcers are yet to arrest the armed cadres of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) who brandished firearms during Thursday's clashes between two factions of BNP in Sylhet city.

Robbery at Kamrangirchar

A gang of robbers looted 30 tolas of gold ornaments from a house at Kamrangirchar in the city yesterday.

National

Unfair act of officials deprives farmers of fair price of wheat

Farmers have been deprived of the 'fair price' fixed by the government as food department of Domar upazila purchased wheat from giant food traders ignoring decision of upazila food purchase committee to procure wheat directly from farmers.

5 Khagrachhari journos assaulted in 10 months

Jubo League and Chhatra League men assaulted five local journalists and threatened two others for reporting on their illegal activities like extortion and tender manipulation in different upazilas of the district from June 2009 to March this year.

27 high schools in Lalmonirhat have no headmaster

Twenty-seven secondary schools in different upazilas of Lalmonirhat have been running without headmasters for long, hampering proper education of students of these institutions

Three sued on war crime charges

Son of a martyred freedom fighter on Thursday sued three alleged collaborators of Pakistan occupation forces on charge of killing his father and looting, arson in Shyamnagar upazila in 1971.

A unique thing of the past relives history

Ecological archaeologists of Jahangirnagar University (JU) have excavated a unique Buddhist stupa-shrine from about thousand-year-old 'Bowalar Mandap' at Sandalpur in Birampur upazila of Dinajpur recently.

Bogra BNP calls 8-hour hartal today

BNP has called an eight-hour hartal in Bogra from 6:00am today to protest the killing of its leader Zakir Hossain in an attack at Natore on his way to the Wednesday's grand rally in Rajshahi.

Rival AL men vandalise podium in Jessore

Intra-party rivals vandalised a podium raised for a meeting of local Awami League and blocked the motorcade of lawmaker Khan Tipu Sultan in Monirumpur upazila of Jessore yesterday.

Robbers loot house injuring 4 in Bagerhat

Robbers looted valuables worth Tk 4 lakh injuring four members of a house at Kashimpur village in Sadar upazila early Friday.

Pirates loot three trawlers

Pirates looted fishes, fuel and nets worth about Tk 20 lakh from three fishing trawlers in the Bay on Friday evening. Six fishermen were injured as they tried to resist the gang. The injured are Joynal, 40, Shah Alam, 30, Zakir, 28, Abdur Rahim, 35, Eusuf, 34 and Tofazzel, 32. They all hail from different villages under Kalapra and Galachipa upazilas in the district. The trawlers came under attack while returning to Kuakata from deep sea after catching hilsa. Police and injured fishermen said, three fishing trawlers FB Salauddin, FB Mayer Doa and FB Ferdousi were crossing Mudobi channel when at least 20/25 pirates on two trawlers attacked them and looted nets, fish and fuel.

2 rescued, trafficker held

BDR yesterday afternoon rescued two young women and arrested an alleged woman trafficker from Benapole transport stand while they were being taken to India. BDR sources said, acting on a tip off, a team of BDR raided the spot and arrested Khadiza Khatun and rescued Hayatunnessa, 18, daughter of Haider Ali of Bhabnagar village under Ghurudah police station in Jhenidah district and Sabina Khatun, 19, daughter of Arshad Ali of Chanduria village under Sharsha upazila. Khadiza is the wife of Amir Ali of Bhabnagar. The two rescued women said the traffickers took Tk 50,000 from each of them promising to give better job in India.

Human chain in B'baria

A human chain was formed on DhakaSylhet highway at Chandura point in Brahmanbaria yesterday demanding setting up of the upazila headquarters of newly formed Bioyngar upazila at Mirzapur. At around 9:00 am, the people of Mirzapur union headed by Mirzapur union parishad chairman Haji Akhter Hossain formed the human chain. The participants said as per office order, the headquarters of newly formed Bioyngar upazila was to be set up at Mirzapur. But an influential group is trying to set it up at Milon Bazaar.

Letters

AL and BCL

A news item recently published in an English daily mentioned that fifteen teachers of Rajshahi University on April 26 urged Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to sever all direct and indirect links between the AL and the BCL, expressing their deep concern over the activities of the BCL across the country, particularly in the educational institutions. They also urged the government to take initiatives to hold Chhatra Sangsad elections in the educational institutions.

Multidisciplinary research

It was encouraging to see the ministers approve of the idea of establishing the concept of research and research funding for improving agriculture, health and industry in our country in a programme organised by NTV at Sonargaon Hotel. Innovation is the key to success of all countries and research is the stepping stone to innovation. A pro-research government would mean a lot in terms of solving existing problems and impediments and creating the environment for research and innovation. One of the major hurdles obstructing agricultural and medical research in the country is the rule of procurement of research perishables and chemicals as well as equipment. Another is the lack of multidisciplinary approaches for solving a problem. For example, molecular sciences like Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology are contributing in a big way to Medicine, Agriculture as well as Industry. It is the true partnership between these sciences that will lead to major milestones in improving Health and Agriculture for prosperity of the country.

Aliens and we!

Stephen Hawking, the scientific authority of our generation, has advised us to avoid trying to seek out aliens from space. This news item was published in almost all local English dailies at the end of April. Hawkins believes that there is every possibility that aliens exist somewhere in our planetary system! His reasons for avoiding our contacts with them (aliens) is based on our inglorious history of the so-called civilized West, when they discovered the two American continents. It was a saga of exploitation, butchery and inhumanity shown by these adventurers and subsequent settlers.

Power cuts

In Delhi city itself, they have power cuts for six hours daily. A country with such high record of development has a serious power shortage still in rural areas as well big cities like Kolkata even. However, it is going to export power to Bangladesh. Bangladesh exports rice and vegetables and huge quantity of fish to the mid eastern countries when we are having shortage of it. The seven sisters of India have power that they can export but it is more expensive for them to pass it to far away states of theirs where there is shortage than Bangladesh which is adjacent to them. And believe it or not, the reality is this that Yangon has only two hours of power daily. The situation is horrible in Pakistan too and in some provinces they do not have power for days particularly in northern part but that is mainly due to the political situation prevailing over there.

Saarc summit

The 16th Saarc summit was over with note of good hope as usual. Now the most critical time is coming for implementation. Let us wait as usual and see what is achieved. It is very difficult to guess the role the BNP might play to enhance the status of Saarc said to be the brainchild of the former president Ziaur Rahman when they would assume power again.

ACC

The decision of the present govt. regarding the ACC in the cabinet meeting in presence of the prime minister has made the ACC inactive, like in the past regime before the caretaker govt. of 2007. Again it is proved that it is nothing but a constitutional body having no power to launch an anti-corruption drive. However, it is true that the role played by the ACC after coming to power in 2007 was quite controversial. The ACC had filed many cases against many politicians as well industrialists and businessmen as a part of the anti corruption drive following the set of rules to uproot corruption from the country. But it was quite impossible to solve this problem overnight because this had prevailed since the inception of Bangladesh.

QED to IPL

M.J. Akbar's write up, in your pages, on IPL's financial misdeeds, is the dirty 'tail' of the tale which finally emerged! Very much like the old saying: "You can fool all the people for some time, and some people for all the time, but not all the people for all the time!" It was time out for IPL and their towering 'six' of a financial deal was caught at the boundary by agile fielders of the 'tax' team!

Sirens

Three types of moving vehicles use different types of sirens for emergency use: the Police; the Fire Brigade; and the Ambulance services. The codes for the Police and the Fire Brigade are well written for centuries to avoid any confusion.

Security of life

For people, the most lovable thing is life. But now in our country the security of life is threatened. If we take a look at everyday newspapers, we find out the unprecedented examples of life's insecurity in all parts of our motherland. In broad daylight a police inspector was killed by criminals, the kids are murdered for not getting ransom, the girls are committing suicide after being teased by stalkers.

Importing films

In 1972, the government of the newly independent Bangladesh banned all foreign movies in our cinema halls. The objective of that decision was to protect our Bangla movies and artists.

Green power

Green power means both solar power and windmill for the generation of electricity from sunlight using photovoltaics (PV), or indirectly with concentrating solar power (CSP), where the sun's energy is focused to boil water which is used to provide power. In Bangladesh, the air is rich in water vapour. Sunlight and water vapour for CSP to produce electricity are available and it may be more efficient for solar power. Solar power had the potential to provide over 1,000 times total world energy consumption in 2008, though it provided only 0.02% . The largest solar power plant in the world is the solar thermal plants producing 354 MW but recently multi-megawatt photovoltaic plants have been built. The 46 MW Moura photovoltaic power station in Portugal and the 40 MW Waldpolenz Solar Park in Germany are large photovoltaic power stations. Recently, scientists proposed much larger ones, such as the 100 MW Fort Peck Solar Farm, the 550 MW Topaz Solar Farm, and the 600 MW Rancho Cielo Solar Farm.

Role model

I am not sure about the Islamic schools like madrasas etc, where the young learners are imparted the knowledge of their role model or not, besides memorizing the Holy Koran. Nevertheless, I have high regard for these Islamic schools, that are frantically fighting for their existence in this hostile environment.

Good manners

“My boy" a father advised his son, "Treat everybody with politeness, even those who are rude to you. Remember that you show courtesy to them not because they are gentlemen but because you are one.”

Absurd democracy

A three-member team of Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC) switched off the transmission of Channel 1 on 27th April at around 6:30pm. In a democratic country, violators of the law must be brought to book, but approximately one thousand journalists and employees who are shedding tears for their survival, are innocent even if they are ignorant of violation of the law.

Electronic resources in universities

This is in response to the news entitled “Private Universities run without fulfilling the criteria” published in your daily on 4 May 2010. May I bring to your notice that contrary to the news that only one private university maintains online databases, there are many other private universities which subscribe numerous electronic/online journals and books and have access to latest electronic resources.

Indian plan

The Indian government seems to be determined to go ahead with the mammoth national river linking project (NRLP) to link 14 Himalayan rivers in the north and 16 peninsular rivers in the south of India without consulting co-riparian nations, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan. This displays total disregard for international norms and treaties by India. They also appear to be indifferent to the disastrous consequences of the project on the northern and north-eastern states of India. Experts opine that connecting the peninsular rivers to the Himalayan rivers would alter the natural drainage system of the entire region with severe adverse consequences. The proposed 40,000 km long inland waterways will also cause massive human displacement. India's well known environmentalist Dr. Vandana Shiva thinks that no serious study has been done on the river linking project. The project has the potential to cause irreparable ecological and environmental damage including loss of biodiversity and wildlife and may also trigger seismic tremors.

Biman's pilots

We have come to learn that Biman plans to favour a group of pilots aged about 57 by keeping them on contract basis for its Boeing 777 and the obsolete DC 10 aircraft, violating its agreement with BAPA and depriving the regular pilots.

International

Thai protesters kill 2 cops

Thailand's government warned protesters yesterday that more violence could erupt if the entrenched demonstrations that have paralysed areas of the capital for nearly two months did not end soon.

Protesters insist UK parties on voting reform

Some 1,000 protestors staged a noisy rally outside a meeting of Britain's third-placed Liberal Democrat party yesterday, pressing them to insist on voting reform in tense power-sharing talks.

Japan rallies against US base

Thousands of people rallied in southwestern Japan yesterday to protest against a government plan to move part of an unpopular US airbase to Kagoshima prefecture.

US oil spill may cause cancer, expert warns

The massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico may cause cancer and other health hazards, a US-based environment watchdog has warned.

Iran positive on fresh nuke talks

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has welcomed a proposal for new talks with Western powers over his country's nuclear programme, possibly in Turkey, media reported late Friday.

PLO approves indirect peace talks with Israel

Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas secured the approval yesterday of the Palestine Liberation Organisation for indirect peace talks with Israel, despite opposition from several factions.

Kerala quizzes Lankans ahead of Rahul's visit

Ahead of Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi's visit here on Monday, 36 Tamils from Sri Lanka have been detained and questioned to know how they reached Kerala, an official said Saturday.

Dalai Lama included in Indian census

Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, endorsed his relevant details in the form for the 2011 census.

I will contest next elections

Former Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf has said that he will contest the country's next general elections even if mid-term polls are announced.

Four missing in Gaza tunnel collapse

Four Palestinians were injured and four others went missing yesterday when a smuggling tunnel on the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt collapsed, medics said.

Generation change will not affect NKorea-China ties: Kim

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il told Chinese President Hu Jintao relations between the two nations will not be changed by the "replacement of one generation by a new one," KCNA reported yesterday.

Spain's king undergoes lung surgery

King Juan Carlos of Spain is undergoing surgery to remove a growth from a lung, the Royal Palace said yesterday.

Maoists suspend strike in Nepal

Markets reopened for business, vehicles returned to the streets and some banks allowed customers to withdraw cash in Nepal yesterday after the former communist rebels ended their debilitating general strike after six days.

Hillary warns Pakistan of 'consequences' over extremism

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has warned Pakistan of unspecified "severe consequences" if it can be linked to a successful extremist attack on the US.

Taliban threatens new attacks in Afghanistan

The Taliban yesterday announced a new nationwide campaign of attacks in Afghanistan, as President Hamid Karzai prepared for talks with US leaders on his embattled country's future.

Thunderstorms kill 52 in India

At least 52 people were killed and scores injured by heavy rains lashing northern India over the past two days, which have destroyed homes, reports quoting police said yesterday.

Karzai says allies have 'miles to go'

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said yesterday that the United States and its allies still have a long way to go before their security operations are successful in his country.

Myanmar likely to let US envoy meet Suu Kyi

Myanmar's junta is likely to let US envoy Kurt Campbell meet detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, paving the way for him to visit the country next week, an official told AFP yesterday.

Delhi CM's security up after threat

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit's security has been stepped up after the police got an anonymous call stating her life was in danger. But an unruffled Dikshit said she was not worried.

Arts & Entertainment

Weeklong Jatra Festival draws large audience

On the second day (May 7) of the ongoing weeklong Jatra Festival at the Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) entertainment-seeking Dhakaiites took advantage of the weekend to enjoy the traditional performing art.

Rabindranath’s stride in the world of fine arts

Rabindranath Tagore is India's first modern painter. In his songs, drama, fiction and other creative work, he has always upheld the heritage of the subcontinent. Yet in painting he did not follow traditions. What he painted was entirely his own style and vision," says Qayyum Chowdhury. "He based his paintings on lines, following the oriental style. In this way alone he has kept up with traditions. His work depended on treatment of form and space." Tagore took to painting in the latter stage of his life, when he was done with expressing himself in profusion in so many other creative forms, says Qayyum.

Channel i celebrates the Bard

Channel i celebrated the 149th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore through a daylong “Robi-Channel i Rabindramela”, at the channel's Tejgaon office yesterday. Sponsored by mobile phone operator Robi, this was the fifth mela on Tagore's birth anniversary by Channel i.

Bold and bright colours on canvas

Monica Jahan Bose is a Bangladeshi painter who now lives and works in Paris. Her second solo painting exhibition titled “Tumi Ami: Spring Heat” was recently held at Galerie Deborah Zafman, Paris. Bose has been nominated by noted Bangladeshi expatriate painter Shahabuddin Ahmed for this year's Prix Antoine Marin, a prestigious annual prize for emerging painters in Paris, says a press release.

Abhishek Bachchan: “I don’t compete with my wife”

One has to admire Abhishek Bachchan for being so incredibly frank.

Capturing the spirit of our times

The publication ceremony of a children's story book, titled “Mamar Golpo”, by local writer Monoranjan Nandi, was held at Rajshahi Bholanath Bisseswar Hindu Academy in the city on Friday.

TV play “Manushgulo Emon Keno” on Channel i

Special single episode TV play on Mother's Day “Manushgulo Emon Keno” will air on Channel i today at 5:30pm. Written by Sagar Jahan, the play is directed by Chayanika Chowdhury. Tarin, Hillol and Shahiduzzaman Selim play lead role in the play.

Drama serial “Jamai Mela” on Banglavision tonight

New drama serial “Jamai Mela” will be aired tonight on Banglavision at 8:15pm. Written by Brindaban Das, the serial has been directed by Azharul Karim.

OP-ED

Perils of dancing blindfolded

POLITICS in Bangladesh is getting murkier because of utter disregard of the leadership to the maintenance of ethical values. One observes gradual downward slide of commitment of the leaders with anguish and disdain. Politicians are found more engaged in fostering relationship with the leaders than focusing on public welfare.

Let's begin again

ELEVEN-year-old Devika has not yet reconciled to what happened to her on November 26, 2008. She was hit by a bullet and lost her right leg while waiting at a bus terminus. That the gunman, Mohammad Ajmal Kasab, has been found guilty is her personal and emotive issue. She does not know the larger perspective.

Britain elects a hung parliament

BRITAIN elected its 55th Parliament on May 6. The 54th parliament was dissolved on April 12 and election campaign started with vigour. More than 4,000 candidates from different parties fought the election. Over 60 per cent of 44 million voters cast their ballots.

Show me the money

GUSTAV F. Papanek, the President of the Boston Institute for Developing Economies (BDIE) and a consultant to the Board of Investment (BOI) of Bangladesh, visited Bangladesh recently. Some of our present and past policy-makers and eminent economists are reported to be his former students, directly or indirectly.

Motherland, and Mother's Day

IT was a sunny yet foreboding day in early May 1971 in Chittagong. The streets were desolate and quiet, their tranquility sporadically interrupted by speeding military convoys and the haunting acoustics of machine guns.



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