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News of: Sunday, 16th of May, 2010

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78pc pass SSC

The results of Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations-2010 broke all previous records with a pass rate of 78.19 percent and a sharp leap in the number of GPA-5 scorers.

Girl students succeed less

The number of female candidates in this year's SSC examinations in most general education boards was higher than male students but they couldn't match the performance of their male mates.

Rajuk school the best

New criteria for selecting top schools in SSC and equivalent examinations have pushed last year's chart leader Viqarunnisa Noon School to fourth position while bringing Rajuk Uttara Model School to the peak from eighth place.

Diabetic hospital turns battlefield

A trivial incident led to a fierce clash between students of Dhaka University and employees of Birdem Hospital, leaving at least 15 people injured yesterday.

8 more die as urban warfare hits Bangkok

Raging violence in the heart of the Thai capital claimed eight more lives yesterday as the embattled premier vowed no turning back and the army threatened a crackdown on thousands of protesters.

Madrasa students fare well

The Madrasa Education Board recorded 86.70 per cent pass rate in this year's Dakhil examinations, which is the highest among the country's ten education boards.

2 gunned down in Rangamati

Two activists of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) were gunned down yesterday allegedly by United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) men in Jurachhari Upazila of Rangamati.

None fails in 2,927 institutions

A total of 2,927 institutions under ten education boards secured 100 percent pass while 49 institutions have seen zero percent pass in this year's secondary school certificate and equivalent examinations.

Better GPA score rate abroad

The examinees who sat the SSC and equivalent examinations from eight foreign centres this year were more successful in securing GPA 5 than others.

PM leaves for 5-day visit

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left yesterday afternoon for Bangkok by a Thai Airways flight en route to Seoul on a five-day visit to South Korea and Malaysia.

Strike on river fronts called off

Bangladesh Noujan Sramik Federation yesterday called off its countrywide indefinite water transport strike following government assurance of removing inconsistencies in the newly announced wage structure for them.

2 outlaws killed in shootouts

Two outlaws were killed in separate incidents of "shootouts" between their cohorts and Rapid Action Battalion personnel in Pabna and Kushtia early yesterday.

Overjoyed father dies of heart attack

Father of an SSC candidate reportedly died of cardiac arrest being overjoyed as his son passed the examination this year after he failing in the past two years.

4 drowned in city

Four persons including two school students drowned yesterday in ponds and lake in the city's Gulshan, Ramna and Rampura areas.

Stalking triggers clash in Sylhet Polytechnic

Alleged sexual harassment of a female student by a Bangladesh Chhatra League leader of Sylhet Polytechnic Institute led to a clash on campus yesterday that left 10 activists wounded.

Warning of ash flight disruption

Parts of the UK's airspace are at risk of closure from Sunday because of volcanic activity in Iceland, the Department for Transport has said.

BP chief backs future of drilling

BP's chief executive has said the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster should not mean the end of deep-water exploration.

Correction

In the report titled "Dhaka for more manpower export" yesterday, we have mistakenly put Malaysian Prime Minister's name as Abdullah Bin Ahmad Badawi. Malaysia's present Prime Minister is Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak. We regret the error.

Editorial

Cop atrocity on cab drivers

THE police action on some of the taxicab drivers in Farmgate area on Thursday following requisitioning of their vehicles deserves to be condemned in the strongest of words. On the day, some policemen stopped taxicabs randomly on the road to requisition them, and beat the cab drivers when they resisted the move. What is most appalling is that the police personnel almost denuded one cab driver during the scuffle that followed. Eight drivers were arrested and sent to Tejgaon Police Station and the very act infuriated other cab drivers, who grew in number, and staged a demonstration before the police station on Friday for their release. Here again policemen used batons to disperse them when the cab drivers raised their voice against such 'illegal and whimsical' requisition, which caused them financial loss and harassment.

Government's plans for free education

THE government is planning to make education free for all, right from primary school and all the way up to the university. There is little doubt that the move is a good one and will resonate with public expectations. We appreciate the thought behind the policy which, we understand, is yet in the process of being shaped. However, we also feel that there are some practicalities which must be considered before such a policy is put in place. From such a perspective, we need to raise the question of why the necessity for free education must arise at all, especially at the public university level. More to the point, there should be a fundamental delineation of the education process that will enable the country to produce not only scholars but also experts and technical hands at the practical level of society. In today's world, where practicalities are as much significant as idealism, it is important that besides promoting university education steps also are taken for the provision of well-defined technical education to those who may not be drawn to higher education.

Sports

Hosts fall to Singapore too

Bangladesh's disastrous campaign in the Robi Asian Games Hockey Qualifiers took one more tumble as they went down to Singapore 0-1 in their clash at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday. A sixteenth minute penalty corner converted by Johnson Sivalingam, arguably the best player of the match, was enough to bring down a very ordinary Bangladesh team.

Amalesh wants a packed BNS

Abahani coach Amalesh Sen has urged the fans to turn up in numbers at the Bangabandhu National Stadium today when his side face a monumental task of defeating Dordei Bishkek of Kyrgyzstan in the final Group A match of the AFC President's Cup qualifiers.

Get Kevin Pietersen!

Australia captain Michael Clarke wasted little time in upping the pressure on England's Kevin Pietersen ahead of the World Twenty20 final between cricket's oldest rivals here on Sunday.

Waqar can only smile

Pakistan coach Waqar Younis said he still "couldn't believe it" after the defending champions lost a thrilling World Twenty20 semi-final to Australia in a game they'd all but won.

Rach smells a rat

Frustration was at a high pitch from all corners including players, organisers, and supporters as Bangladesh tasted yet another humbling defeat at their home soil, this time to Singapore, in the Asian Games Hockey Qualifiers which has seen Bangladesh's poorest performance in recent times.

Ashraful 50 cuts deficit

Mohammad Ashraful continued his good form as Bangladesh rode on his unbeaten half-century to fight back on the second day of the three-day match against Essex at the County Ground in Chelmsford yesterday.

Biman take TT crown

Biman clinched the men's team event of the RC Cola Federation Cup Invitational table tennis tournament at the Wooden Floor Gymnasium yesterday.

Moazzem no more

Sports organiser Moazzem Hossain passed away on Friday night. He was 75.

4-dayer shifted to Mirpur

The first four-day match between Bangladesh A and visiting West Indies A has been shifted to the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium from Shahid Chandu Stadium in Bogra.

Rajib, Neaz drop points

Grand Masters Enamul Hossain Rajib and Niaz Murshed dropped points in the eighth round of the Commonwealth Chess Championship yesterday in New Delhi.

Drogba delivers

Didier Drogba lived up to his reputation as Chelsea's man for the big occasion as the Ivory Coast striker's brilliant free-kick won Saturday's FA Cup final against Portsmouth.

Nasri doesn't talk to Gallas

Samir Nasri has said he is one of "four or five" Arsenal players who do not speak to William Gallas.

Xavi appeal rejected

Barcelona's bid to have the football federation's one-match ban on Xavi temporarily lifted pending an appeal has been rejected by the Spanish Committee for Sporting Discipline (CEDD), the club said in a statement on Friday.

Jose makes fan happy

Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho made one lucky fan's day by saving him a night camped out under the rain by giving him a ticket to the Champions League final against Bayern Munich in Madrid on May 22.

A matured Rooney

Wayne Rooney believes England will feel the benefit of his new-found maturity when the Manchester United striker leads his country's bid to win the World Cup.

Webber in pole again

Mark Webber produced an astonishing flying lap in the closing seconds of Saturday's hotly-contested qualifying session to maintain Red Bull's supremacy in speed this season and take pole position for Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix.

Van Marwijk trims squad

Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk on Friday trimmed his preliminary World Cup squad from 30 to 27 players with Otman Bakkal (PSV Eindhoven), Wout Brama (FC Twente) and David Mendes da Silva (AZ Alkmaar) dropping out.

A man named Garrincha

World Cup 1962 Continued
England met their nemesis in Garrincha in the quarterfinals. West Germany lost to Yugoslavia in revenge for successive quarterfinal defeats in the last two tournaments as Sekularac pulled the strings. The Czechs, marshalled by left-half and captain Josef Masopust, squeezed past the Hungarians. In another surprise result for the hosts, they managed to beat highly-fancied Soviet Union.

Anelka slams Grant

Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka has hit out at former club manager Avram Grant for belittling him.

Messi trashes Real link

Lionel Messi has dismissed any suggestion he could be tempted to leave Barcelona for Real Madrid.

Beckham eyes September return

David Beckham believes he will be fit to resume playing in September after recovering from the Achilles tendon injury which destroyed his World Cup dream.

Local Snippets

The three-day long 16th Eastern Housing Inter-club shooting competition will start today at the National Shooting Complex in Gulshan.

'Send them to NCA'

Sunil Gavaskar has come down hard on India's shortcomings against the short ball during the World Twenty20 in the West Indies, suggesting they train at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore to rectify their difficulties. For the second time in succession, India bowed out of a World Twenty20 without registering a win in a single Super Eights game, making it six such losses in a row since England last year.

'The best feeling'

Michael Hussey was still taking deep breaths when he sat down shortly after the match to discuss what he had just achieved. It hadn't sunk in. Australia shouldn't have won this game, they really shouldn't have got close.

Sara blasts NZ to final

Sara McGlashan saw New Zealand into the final of the women's World Twenty20 against arch rivals Australia as her superb innings of 84 set up a 56-run over the West Indies here on Friday.

Modi files gigantic reply

Lalit Modi, the suspended IPL chairman, has begun the process of filing his reply to the BCCI's show-cause notice served on him on April 26. Reports suggest the reply runs up to 15,000 pages and television channels showed footage of several large cardboard cartons being wheeled into the BCCI's office in Mumbai. Modi is not expected to make a personal appearance - he is believed to be outside the country and the top level of the BCCI leadership is not in Mumbai.

Div I cricket

Bandhu Ekadash got a massive 185-run victory over Victoria Club by in the Col (retired) Malek First Division Cricket League at the Shaheed Miraz-Tapan Stadium here yesterday.

Smith tweets vitriol at Wessels

Graeme Smith has launched a scathing attack on former South Africa captain and selector Kepler Wessels on Twitter and hit back at the criticism his side have received after being dumped out of the World Twenty20 in the Super Eights stage.

USACA cancels T20 game

New Zealand's Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka in Florida - the first international series between two full ICC members to take place in the USA - has been reduced from three matches to two following the cancellation of the opening match in Lauderhill on Thursday.

Business

Nitol-Niloy plans tie-up with Tata on coal power plant

Tata Group's Bangladesh partner Nitol-Niloy has taken steps to set up a 1,000-megawatt coal-based power plant in a joint venture with the Indian conglomerate.

Yarn move creates mixed reactions

The decision of allowing yarn import through Benapole port from India is emerging as a threat to the spinning sector, said a textile sector leader yesterday.

Viyellatex sets up IT lab on DU campus

Viyellatex Group, an export-oriented garment maker, has set up an IT laboratory on Dhaka University (DU) campus at Tk 50 lakh -- a bright example of corporate social responsibility.

Asia-Pacific leaders to promote green energy

The Asia-Pacific leaders will meet tomorrow in South Korea over joint economic and development policies to promote green energy and clean technology across the region.

FDI dips 41pc

Foreign direct investment in the January-June 2009 period dropped 41 percent, compared to the previous six months.

Making sense of money

Money doesn't create ideas. It is ideas that create money.

JS committee chief defends power deals without bidding

The government's decision to go for rental power contracts with two companies without bidding was meant to mitigate an acute power crisis immediately, said a parliamentary standing committee chairman yesterday.

Supro suggests implementation of district-wise budget

The government should start framing and implementing district-wise budget with the objective of ensuring decentralisation and peoples' participation, speakers at a discussion said yesterday.

Roundtable identifies power crunch as main problem

A roundtable in Dhaka yesterday identified the energy crunch as the country's main problem.

Bangladesh reluctant to import wheat from India: Official

India has allowed exports of four lakh tonnes of wheat to Bangladesh, but the government here is reluctant to import Indian wheat due to higher-than-international market prices.

Australian food festival kicks off today

A five-day Australian Food Festival kicks off at Radisson Water Garden Hotel in Dhaka today, according to a statement from the hotel.

Gold too hot for Indian buyers

Gold imports by India, the world's biggest market for the precious metal, could drop for a third straight year in 2010 as record high prices scare off tr aditional buyers.

No backtracking on Asean-China trade pact: KL

Malaysia's trade minister said Friday his government had rejected a call by businesses to limit Chinese imports following a free trade deal between China and the Asean bloc.

Stocks, euro plunge

Global stock markets plunged Friday as deepening concerns over the euro pushed the currency to 18-month lows, while gold prices hit record highs as investors sought safety, dealers said.

Oil prices lower on US supply glut

Oil prices tumbled to three-month lows Friday at the end of a volatile week in which the market was hit by stubborn eurozone economic concerns and a strong dollar.

G7 teleconference on Greek crisis

Group of Seven finance ministers held a telephone conference Friday on the Greek debt crisis and the plunging euro, Japan's Finance Minister Naoto Kan said.

Japan's Shinsei Bank, Aozora scrap merger

Japan's Shinsei and Aozora banks confirmed Friday they had scrapped a merger planned for later this year, with the mid-sized lenders at odds over business strategy.

Merkel warns of 'difficult choices' in cutting deficits

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned on Saturday in a newspaper interview that Germany faced "difficult choices" cutting spending to wrestle down the public deficit.

Weekly Currency Roundup

May 9 -13, 2010
International Markets:
The attention this week was focused on the post election scenario in the UK and events in the Europe. Price action was extremely volatile in both currencies. The euro fell to a one-week low on Thursday, as looming fiscal tightening requirements in the euro zone outweighed the benefits of an aid package aimed at shoring up euro zone bond markets. A $1 trillion rescue deal hammered out at the weekend by global policymakers had eased investor worries a Greek sovereign debt crisis will spread. However, concerns about the ability of fiscally weaker states to make necessary budget cuts and about the impact on growth continue to weigh on the euro. Passage of the rescue deal has boosted risk appetite this week, providing a temporary floor to the single currency. However later in the day, the euro had given back earlier gains to trade down 0.3 percent versus the dollar bringing last week's 14-month low back into focus. The dollar was up around 0.1 percent against the yen. Versus a basket of currencies, the greenback was up 0.3 percent at 85.038. The index hit a 1-year high of 85.268 last week. The Australian dollar trimmed gains to trade up 0.5 percent at $0.8980 versus the US dollar. Australian employment data came in stronger than expected earlier, pushing the currency back above $0.9000. Analysts said interest rate rises from the Reserve Bank of Australia may be limited by external factors, potentially capping further Aussie gains. Sterling fell 0.3 percent versus the dollar, hit by a fall in risk appetite and as UK trade data showed the deficit widening more than expected in March.

Metropolitan

'Who's Who: Women Leaders at a Glance' launched

The first ever directory on biographies of women leaders of Bangladesh in different sectors, 'Who's Who: Women Leaders at a Glance 2010', was launched yesterday.

Waterborne diseases claim 20 lakh children a year: Experts

Around 20 lakh children die of waterborne diseases in the country a year, said physicians and researchers at a discussion yesterday.

Only 0.58 skilled health worker for 1000 people

The health sector of the country is suffering from an acute shortage of manpower, which has only 0.58 skilled health workers for every 1,000 people, speakers said at a seminar in the city yesterday.

Make Dhaka rally a success

BNP Secretary General Khondker Delwar Hossain asked the party leaders and workers to take all necessary steps to make Dhaka divisional rally of the party a big success.

Jewellery shop robbery: 5 held

Detectives yesterday arrested five people on charges of robbery at two jewellery shops at the Muktijuddha Super Market at Mirpur in the city.

100 hurt as villagers clash in Habiganj

Over 100 people, including women, were injured in a two-hour clash between rival villagers over a trifling matter at Ujirpur village in Baniachong upazila yesterday.

Climate Change: EU to sign accord with 3 countries

The European Union is likely to sign an agreement with Bangladesh, Cambodia and the Maldives to assist the three countries to combat the adverse impact of the climate change.

Hasina greets Cameron

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday greeted her new British counterpart David Cameron expecting the historic and warm ties between the two countries to strengthen further during his tenure.

Call to ensure free flow of information

Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique yesterday said the free flow of information should be ensured in all sections of the administration for the socio-economic development of the country.

7 killed in road crashes

Seven people were killed and five others injured in separate road accidents road accidents in Comilla, Sherpur and Barisal in last two days.

Cab strike continues for third day

Taxicab drivers kept their vehicles off the roads for the third consecutive day yesterday demanding punishment to policemen involved in Thursday's atrocity against the cabbies.

5800 achieve GPA 5

Both the pass rate and the number of GPA-5 achievers in this year's SSC examinations under Chittagong Education Board have increased, compared to the previous year.

Khaleda discusses May 19 rally with party leaders

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia held a meeting with the party's joint secretaries general and organising secretaries at her Gulshan office in the city last night.

Attack on doctor protested

More than 200 doctors staged a sit-in at the Central Shaheed Minar in the city for two hours yesterday protesting the attack on Dr AKM Rafiquddin by unknown criminals.

National

17 Batiaghata villages under fresh threat

People of 17 villages under Batiaghata upazila of Khulna district are taking shelter at safer places as new breaches have developed in Batiaghata Protection Embankment which may collapse anytime.

Robbers beat up house members, loot four houses

Robbers beat up members of four houses and looted valuables at Joka-Pukuria village under Ghior police station in Manikganj early yesterday.

Mine experts fear major disaster at Barapukuria

Observing faults and inadequate safety measure, experts at Barapukuria coal mine have apprehended that a large-scale disaster in the mine might occur in future if any effective measure is not taken immediately.

Nor'wester kills three in Rajshahi, Laxmipur

Two people were killed and over 100 others injured when a severe nor'wester lashed the city and other parts of the district on Friday evening.

Nor'wester kills three in Rajshahi, Laxmipur

Two people were killed and over 100 others injured when a severe nor'wester lashed the city and other parts of the district on Friday evening.

Rajshahi Board's dazzling results

Rajshahi Education Board has achieved 85.61 percent success rate this time, the highest in the last 48 years.

Crops on dried up river beds

Hundreds of erosion victims and landless farmers are cultivating various crops on vast tracts of the dried up river beds and char lands in the northern region.

Tragic

Parents of Azmeri Sultana Limu, who was killed in a road accident only a few days ago, burst into tears when they heard that their deceased daughter got GPA-5 in the SSC examinations.

Two children drown

Two children drowned as they fell in a pond in Kanchua upazila in Chandpur yesterday. The dead were identified as Zahid Hasan,3, and Shanta, 4. Hasan was the son of Abdul Hannan at Kapila Bari village while Shanta was his niece. Villager Jahangir Alam said they recovered the bodies from the pond with the help of fishing net in the afternoon. The boys fell in water at noon while playing near the pond, he said. A pall of gloom descended on the village as the news of their deaths spread. Hundreds of villagers rushed to Hannan's house to see the bodies of the hapless kids.

Prisoner dies in Sylhet

An under-trial prisoner of Sylhet Central Jail died at Sylhet Osmani Medical College and Hospital Thursday. The deceased was identified as Shafiul Alam, 24, son of Mojaher Ahmed of Bouyakhali village in Cox's Bazar Sadar upazila. Hospital sources said on April 27 Shafiul was shifted to Sylhet jail from Chittagong jail. He fell seriously ill on May 11 and the jail authorities sent him to the hospital where he died at about 11:00 am on Thursday. After post-mortem the body was handed over to his family members.

Smuggled milk seized

Rab personnel in a drive arrested two people along with 60 bags of Indian substandard powder milk from a shop at Kasba Lane in the district town on Thursday afternoon. Of the arrestees, Asken, 45, is son of Nawsher Ali of west Majampur area of the town while Bachchu, 40, is son of Matiar Rahman of town's Harinarayanpur area. Acting on secret information a team of the elite forces raided the shop and arrested them along with the adulterated powder milk.The arrestees confessed that they were involved in selling the Indian powder milk and other contraband items in the area since long.

Three held with arms

Rapid Action Battalion personnel arrested three criminals along with a foreign made rifle in Khalispur Crescent area of the city early Friday. The arrestees were identified as Abdul Quddus, 36, Zahid Hossain, 32, and Anwar H0ssain, 30. Police said all the three were activists of a local criminal gang and wanted in several cases. A case was filed against them under Arms Act.

Drug peddlers arrested

Police arrested two drug peddlers along with 40 bottles of phensidyl syrup from a maize field near the railway bridge in Naldanga upazila on Thursday. The arrestees were identified as Tipon, son of Abdul Kuddus and Bhuttu, son of Ishak Ali of Shakharipara village of the upazila. Acting on secret information, a team of police raided the area and arrested them along with the contraband syrup at night. Police said Tipon was wanted in several criminal cases including extortion and robbery.

Death from snakebite

A housewife at village Joydeb Manoshpara under Gangachara upazila in the district died from snakebite at Rangpur Medical College and Hospital (RMCH) Friday evening, police said. The victim was identified as Aduri Begum, 25, wife of Kamal Hossain of the village. A cobra bit her on Friday afternoon while she was closing the door of the chicken cage. She was rushed to the hospital where she succumbed in the evening. An unnatural death case was registered in this connection with Kotwali police station.

Impure milk seized

A team of officials of the district administration and local municipality in a drive in the town seized 1000 litres of adulterated milk on Tuesday afternoon. Official sources said, the team led by Imam Uddin Kabir, Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) seized the water mixed milk from four sellers at Milk Bazaar adjacent to Boro Bazaar in the district town. They also fined the four milk traders -- Abdus Salam, Rezaul Karim, Mikail, and Abdul Aziz -- Tk 2000 each. Later, the impure milk was dumped in a drain in presence of locals.

Driver killed in clash

A CNG-run auto-rickshaw driver died at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) early Wednesday following a clash between the drivers and CNG filling station workers at Ghorashal on Gazipur-Narsingdi road. The deceased was identified as Ratan Miah, 28, son of Joynal Abedin of Dhaluar Char village in Polash upazila. Witnesses said the two groups locked in an altercation over standing in a queue for refueling the auto-rickshaws on Tuesday night. At one stage, one of the filling station workers kicked Ratan in his abdomen, leaving him critically injured. He was rushed to Sadar hospital first and later shifted to DMCH where he succumbed to his injuries at about 2:00am. A case was filed with local police station in this connection.

Letters

River dredging

Bangladesh is criss-crossed by rivers. The total waterways measure 24,000 km. Two of world's large rivers the Ganges-Padma and the Brahmaputra- Jamuna flows through this country. These rivers carry 2.4 billion tonnes of silt annually. The navigable route has been reduced by 2000km in the last 25 years due to siltation. At present the navigable route stands at 3800km only. So the government of Bangladesh decided to dredge rivers to increase navigability of the river at a cost of Tk. 11,472 crore in two phases. In the first phase, 23 rivers will be dredged at a cost of Tk 4201 crore in 3 years and in second phase 53 rivers will be dredged at a cost of Tk. 7271 crore . The project work will be completed in 8 years starting from now. The government expects 89 % assistance from donors. But work will begin now with our own resources.

Eating up a canal!

The canal is more than 100 years old, flowing just beside Saadat University College, Karatia, Tangail, one of the first five university colleges of the country. This canal connects Karatia haat (village market) which is the biggest village bazaar of the country. But regrettably this 100-year old canal is about to die only because of some local unscrupulous land grabbers who have been gradually eating up this canal. This photo was taken on 7 May 2010 and it shows how they have been filling the basin of the canal. This tin-shed market is owned by a member of Karatia Union Parishad which is totally illegal.

Plundering trees

Cutting down trees on a large scale countywide is not new, but very recently it has drawn the attention of the people. For a few months the reports published on plundering of a huge number of trees have been trying to draw the notice of the authorities concerned. But the outcome is unclear.

Sugar prices

The business page of a local English daily on May 10 had two reports published side by side on the above subject matter. The one by your staff reporter mourned the lack of profitability of sugar manufacturers. They state that the price fixed is too low and that they are losing Tk.20 per kg. which comes to a loss of Tk.20,000 per ton.

Wonder drug!

Aspirin is popularly known as a 'Wonder Drug' because aspirin has a number of health benefits. Among the 'non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)' aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) is famous for its quick pain reducing anti-inflammatory property. Aspirin has the ability to prevent blood from clotting which helps in reducing coronary heart disease events and stroke. This wonder drug also helps in preventing colon cancer, dementia (e.g. Alzheimer's disease). A latest research found that aspirin is capable of preventing breast cancer during the early stages and can control further spreading of cancer after surgery.

Great personalities

Throughout the country, Tagore's 150th birth anniversary is being observed with great enthusiasm. He is the creator of many masterpieces of literature. I revere him for his immortal songs and short stories, especially Chuti, Shasti and Kabuliwala. In Chuti, he portrayed the life and tragedy of a restless teenager named Phatik. In Shasti, he raised his voice against the negative effect of feudalism and in Kabuliwala, he depicted fatherhood.

Money - black or white

There should not have been any controversy on the money the former Prime Minister legalised during the caretaker administration which allowed everyone to bring their hidden money in the light by paying some penalties or taxes. The former prime minister legalized a huge sum that meant she had some money which was not white. This money possessed by anyone is called "black money". I believe, the prime minister's charges against the former prime minister of "whitening black money" are not wholly unfounded.

Budget

Many roundtables on the upcoming budget have been arranged by different NGOs. At first the core concept of budget should spread to the grassroots level. Then the budget turns into mass budget.

Trial of war criminals

Trial of the war criminals or crime against humanity as you name it, is now the national demand. Being far away from my home land, I have the opportunity to follow the process in the media and offer my humble reactions to show my respect to 3 millions of people killed during the war of liberation in 1971; and thousands of mothers and sisters raped and tortured in the same period; not to speak of 10 million refugees taking shelter in India. The above is a historical fact.

Transport problem

It is a serious problem for city dwellers.

Construct flyovers

Our family living in Canada decided to shift to Bangladesh for filial piety. Both of my father-in-law & mother-in-law were suffering from old age complication with other diseases, needed someone of their children to be beside them. What I am writing now is not a complaint, but I thought what we saw in Canada should be brought to the notice of the hospital authorities. In the hospital doctors and staff are seen to do everything with cordiality, and sincerity while I was in the hospital in Canada. I simply want our hospitals to improve their standard of services at par with other countries. Due to lack of such desired level of services in our country a large number of patients go to other countries spending huge foreign exchange.

Mobile plants for desalination

The news published in your daily on April 26, 2010 stating that Japan would provide five water purification mobile desalination plants is no doubt a welcome development. People living in the coastal belts have been suffering from drinking water crisis due to salinity and after any natural disaster this problem is compounded. Only the sufferers can realize it. As I was Upazila Nirbahi Officer of Shyamnagar Upazila under Satkhira district about three years ago, I saw the untold sufferings, especially after two major disasters i.e. 'Sidor' and 'Aila'. After Aila the water bodies of this upazila were submerged by saline water except a few ponds located around the headquarters. People had been screaming for drinking water. Instantaneously we set up a plant for filtering water in our upazila headquarters and supplied it to different corners. The district administration also supplied water transported by lorries. Satkhira Jubo Academy supplied water in the whole of upazila setting up plants in the headquarters. Oxfam, GB Ganoshastya, Assistance Eau Et Environment, a French NGO, established plants for supplying water.

A suggestion

From time to time people of different classes, professions and occupations require various kinds of information, facts figures, statistics and guidance on different subjects and matters.

Nawabs' property

We understand from reports that the present government is pretty determined to rehabilitate the scores of landless people around the country. It is believed, the process is already on to give away landed properties of Dhaka Nawab and Bhawal Raj Estate to the landless poor people. Land & Properties of over thousands of acres of both Nawab and Bhawal Raj Estate are at the sole custody of the government since abolishment of Zamindari act in 1952. The Nawab Estate owns land and properties in Dhaka, Savar, Narayangonj, Comilla, Keranigonj and Barisal etc.

Dress code

I have no grudge against somebody's wearing a suit even when the Temperature of the Country runs between 33° to 34° Celsius (figure obtained from the Met office).

Load shedding

At present load-shedding is a common thing in our country. It hampers our social and economic development greatly. Misuse of electricity and insufficient production are the main causes of it. This problem is going out of control day by day. We cannot think of a happy and care-free life because of this problem. The govt should take necessary steps against it. New laws may be passed to tackle it. People should be made conscious of it. Meetings and seminars may be arranged focusing on the bad effect of it. Thus if we try honestly, this problem will disappear from our country one day.

Dhaka Wasa and army

The emergency standby diesel generator of the Wasa pump located at Rashed Khan Menon Sarak, opposite Janakantha Bhaban, did not operate in case of electricity failure till end March 2010 leading to scarcity of water. Fortunately, the LGRD Minister and the AL general secretary declared deployment of the armed forces from April '2010 and thus the Wasa generator became operative leading to solution of water problem around this locality. What a success story of Wasa water supply!

Bus service

The bus route from Uttara to Bishwa Road cater to those who live in the areas such as Uttara, Azampur, Khilkhet, Uttarkhan, Dokkhinkhan, Nikunja, Kaola etc. Mostly salesmen, small entrepreneurs, students, teachers, Advocates and the stuff of the district court travel on the route. The journey is too long and traffic jam makes it more miserable; the people cannot concentrate on their work properly after making such a journey. Seating bus service which charges a fixed fare can reduce the pain of the commuters. It is very difficult to get a seat in the local buses which are available on the above route.

Bangla movies

A few days ago, one of my friends came up with a smiling face saying that he had just watched a Bangla film. My other friends stared at him scornfully, and it seemed as if watching a Bangla film was a crime. Uttering its name in front of the civilized society is considered bad manner.

International

'60 abducted' in north Pakistan

Police in Pakistan say at least 60 people were kidnapped by suspected militants in the country's volatile northwest tribal region yesterday.

More than 160 people killed in Darfur clashes

Clashes between Sudan's army and Darfur's most powerful rebel group have left more than 160 people dead, Sudanese security officials said yesterday.

Australian teen finishes round-the-world sail

A 16-year-old Australian who braved boat knockdowns and seven months of solitude on a sail around the world set foot on dry land outside the Sydney Opera House yesterday and quickly set an earthier goal: getting her driver's license.

Karzai, Cameron agree to strengthen ties in first meeting

David Cameron agreed his new government had to strengthen Britain's ties with Kabul as he met Afghan President Hamid Karzai yesterday in his first meeting with a foreign leader as prime minister.

Brothers battle for Labour leadership

Ed Miliband has confirmed he is to stand for the Labour Party leadership against his older brother David.

Iran allows French academic to return home

A French researcher arrested in Iran in July for allegedly participating in demonstrations against the disputed presidential election, will be allowed to leave the country soon after a large fine was paid, her lawyer told AFP yesterday.

Man sentenced to death for China knife attacks

A court in eastern China yesterday sentenced an unemployed man to death for knifing 29 children and three adults with a meat cleaver at a kindergarten, leaving several of his victims badly injured.

War on Maoists needs fighting poverty first

India's ruling Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi has spoken out in a mounting debate over a deadly Maoist revolt, saying poverty was at the root of the insurgency.

'Terror attack' kills policeman in Hyderabad

One policeman was killed and three others were injured in a suspected terror attack in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad on Friday evening.

At least 30 militants dead in Afghan, Nato raids

Afghan and coalition forces conducted sweeps across Afghanistan that left at least 30 militants dead, while insurgents in the east killed five security guards in an ambush on a vehicle convoy, officials said yesterday.

Former vice-president of India passes away

India's former vice president and senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Bhairon Singh Shekhawat died yesterday of cardiac arrest, two days after he was admitted to a hospital with lung and chest infection.

28 killed in Madhya Pradesh as bus hits voltage wire

At least 28 people, mostly women and children, were killed when a bus carrying marriage ceremony guests hit a high-tension electricity wire in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh on Friday.

Palestinian woman returns to childhood home

Diana Safieh was just seven years old when her family fled their west Jerusalem home on a spring night in 1948 in fear of bloody clashes between Jewish and Arab forces.

Iranian cleric wants creation of 'Greater Iran'

A radical cleric called yesterday for the creation of a "Greater Iran" that would rule over the entire Middle East and Central Asia, in an event that he said would herald the coming of Islam's expected messiah.

Nepal govt rules out emergency after May 28

As the deadlock over the promulgation of a new constitution continued in Nepal, the government yesterday ruled out the imposition of emergency even after the expiry of the term of the current Constituent Assembly on May 28.

Arts & Entertainment

Remembering Shawkat Osman

Marking the 12th death anniversary of eminent litterateur Shawkat Osman, Shawkat Osman Smriti Parishad organised a memorial programme at the Liberation War Museum on May 14. Eminent personalities reminisced on Osman's life and works.

“Who’s in Control?”: A collaboration of three Asian troupes

Bangladeshi group Aranyak Natyadal, with its two partnering troupes -- Asian Peoples' Theatre Festival Society (APTFS), Hong Kong and Philippine Educational Theatre Association (PETA) -- have produced a play titled “Who's in Control?”. The premiere of the play was held on May 14 at the Studio Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

“Third Person Singular Number” invited to Asia Pacific Screen Award 2010

Mustafa Sarwar Farooki's “Third Person Singular Number” has been invited to participate at the Asia Pacific Screen Award 2010, to be held in Gold Coast, Australia on December 2 this year, says a press release.

Mrinal Sen’s birthday celebrated in Faridpur

The 87th birthday of internationally acclaimed Indian filmmaker Mrinal Sen was celebrated at his ancestral home in Jhiltuli, Faridpur.

The Rolling Stones shine a light on “Exile on Main St.” reissue

Keith Richards remembers the period in the early 1970s when the Rolling Stones were working on “Exile on Main St.” as a fairly down time. The parts he remembers at all, that is.

“Ironeaters” wins Adolf Grimme Award 2010

The documentary “Ironeaters” (Lohakhor) by Bangladeshi filmmaker Shaheen Dill-Riaz has recently won the Adolf Grimme Award 2010, known as Germany's 'TV Oscars', in the 'information and culture' category, says a press release.

Udichi Shilpi Goshthi stages “Half Akhrai”

Central theatre department of Bangladesh Udichi Shilpi Goshthi staged its 15th production “Half Akhrai” at the Experimental Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpkala academy on May 14. Based on the historic conflict between Ramnidhi Gupta -- popularly known as 'Nidhu Gupta', the originator of Bengali tappa songs -- and his once-favourite disciple Mohan Chand, the play is written by Ratan Siddiqui and directed by Azad Abul Kalam. Ratan Dev, Anwarul Haque and Fahmida Haque Koli were in the lead roles.

OP-ED

Who is the malik of upazilla?

THE question of ownership of upazilla was raised by an agitated upazilla chairman in a wrangle with the UNO of an upazilla. It seems that all the three heads -- MP, UNO and chairman -- of the upazilla are very are concerned about ownership of the upazilla.

Democracy means casteless society

ALMOST the first task that Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru undertook after winning independence was to abolish caste. All government records, registers and application forms deleted the column of caste. A colonial practice was renounced and the pre-independence promise redeemed. It had taken the nation some 88 years to rub off the ignoble stigma of discrimination.

No direction in education

WITH the government committing Tk.634 crore in establishing 1,500 new primary schools to fulfill their electoral pledge of eradicating illiteracy from the country by 2014, as reported in some vernacular dailies on April 16, there is a glimmer of hope that primary education might get a boost this time.

The MPO tug-of-war

Recently, the cabinet decided to suspend the recently announced monthly pay order (MPO) list of non-government secondary and higher secondary educational institutions, which was prepared by the Ministry of Education, for three months.

Culture in knowledge economy

PRIME Minister Sheikh Hasina has on several occasions called upon the citizens of Bangladesh to create a knowledge-based economy for the overall progress and development of the country. Members of the civil society have also been using the term, hoping that in the near future poverty will be eliminated from the country because of the creation of this new economy.


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