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News of: Monday, 17th of May, 2010

Front Page

Orchard death for Sal forest

Plunderers are clearing the last patch of Sal forest in Aronkhola union of Madhupur upazila and turning it into commercial orchards.

Trade ties with S Korea to climb new heights

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who is in Seoul on a three-day visit, made an impassioned plea yesterday for further enhancement in economic ties between Bangladesh and South Korea.

BNP to take part in CCC polls

Main opposition BNP will participate in the Chittagong City Corporation election scheduled for June 17.

No cheers for river steps

The government could not finish the eviction drive and start riverbank demarcation in last one year despite the High Court's directive and firm commitments by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

JS probe finds Tk 700cr graft

A parliamentary sub-committee has found corruption involving Tk 700 crore in purchase and maintenance of aircraft and equipment of Biman Bangladesh Airlines in the last 18 years.

Nuke power deal with Russia likely in Sept

An agreement between Bangladesh and Russia, for cooperation in nuclear technology exchange for electricity generation, is expected to be signed during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's upcoming visit to Moscow in September.

Hard luck awaits good scorers

Several students who obtained the highest grade point in the Secondary School Certificate and equivalent examinations would be denied enrolment at preferred colleges as seats in reputed institutions are less than the number of GPA-5 scorers.

England's cup of glory

South Africa-born batsmen Craig Kieswetter and Kevin Pietersen starred as England won their first major one-day title in a seven-wicket victory over Australia in Sunday's World Twenty20 final.

Ministry passes it on to adviser

The process of Monthly Pay Order (MPO) listing of non-government secondary and higher secondary educational institutions took a new turn as the education ministry yesterday handed over all documents relating to the listing process to prime minister's Education Adviser Dr Alauddin Ahmed.

Bus crash kills 9 in Narsingdi

At least nine people, including five children, were killed and 30 others injured in a head-on collision between two buses on the Dhaka-Sylhet Highway in Sadar upazila of Narsingdi yesterday afternoon.

Thai protesters call for UN-led talks

Thailand's "Red Shirt" protesters appealed in vain yesterday for UN-mediated talks with the government after three days of violent street battles in the capital left 33 people dead and 230 wounded.

7 stranded seamen return home today

Seven of the 28 Bangladeshi seamen who had been stranded in ships off the Benin coast are finally returning home today.

Mohiuddin cautioned

Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury, also aspirant for the post in June 17 CCC poll, was warned not to violate electoral code of conduct.

Mockbul lands in prison

A High Court bench yesterday granted bail to former Awami League lawmaker Alhaj Mockbul Hossain in a corruption case just three and a half hours after the trial court sent him to jail in the same case.

Muggers loot Tk 11 lakh

Muggers took away Tk 11.3 lakh from two employees of a rice trading company in the capital's Mohammadpur yesterday afternoon, said the owner of the company.

1 lakh women to get job abroad

Minister for Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Khondaker Mosharraf Hossain yesterday said the government is planning to send one lakh women workers abroad within next one year after giving them necessary training.

Arafat has to appear in court July 18

A Dhaka court yesterday asked Arafat Rahman Koko, the youngest son of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, to appear before it on July 18 in connection with a tax evasion case.

Channel 1 writ petition rejected

The High Court yesterday summarily rejected a writ petition that challenged the government's action of shutting down Channel 1, a private satellite television station.

Tahrir leader's house raided

Police raided the residence of Chittagong regional coordinator of banned Islamist outfit Hizb-ut Tahrir in the city's Khulshi area yesterday and seized documents, party and anti-government leaflets and posters.

HC status quo on building in Buriganga

The High Court (HC) yesterday directed the government to maintain status quo for three months over the construction of a recreation centre in the river Buriganga at Kamrangirchar in the city.

Criminal killed in 'shootout' with Rab

An alleged criminal was killed in a 'shootout' between his cohorts and Rapid Action Battalion members at Char Hogalpatia village in Babuganj upazila of Barisal Saturday night.

Recount affirms narrow victory of Iraqi challenger

Iraq's electoral commission yesterday affirmed the victory of a Sunni-backed bloc in the March election after a partial recount of votes in Baghdad failed to back up the Shiite prime minister's claims of fraud.

Jubo League leader killed

Unknown criminals hacked a local Juba League leader to death last night after abducting him at gunpoint from Saratola Bazar under Sharsha upazila.

Editorial

This year's remarkable SSC results

THERE is little question that the results of this year's Secondary School Certificate examinations have been remarkable. With as many as 78 per cent of students qualifying in the examinations and with a clear jump in the number of those who have scored GPA-5, one cannot be in any doubt about the nature of the success. There are, of course, some institutions, 49 in all, which have had zero success. The vast majority of schools have, however, reasons to be happy with the results.

Outrageous incident in BIRDEM

THE spectacle of two groups, one of which was the staff of BIRDEM, engaged in clashes in and around a premier hospital of Dhaka is detestable and abhorrent. The other group involved was students from another premier institution, Dhaka University.

Sports

Dordoi hold Abahani

Abahani's hopes of winning a final round berth in the AFC President's Cup were dashed when Dordoi Bishkek held the hosts to a goalless draw in the final Group A Qualifier at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

New Road win a goal-fest

New Road of Nepal finished third in the AFC President's Cup Group A Qualifiers with a 4-3 win over Hasus NTCPE in their last game at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Oman champions

Bangladesh ended their Robi Asian Games Hockey Qualifiers campaign on a high beating eventual winners Oman 4-1 in the last match of the tournament at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium yesterday.

ICC vigilant: Morgan

World cricket's top administrator has insisted officials are 'extremely vigilant' when it comes to 'spot-fixing' after Pakistan's Danish Kaneria was arrested in a betting probe.

Shamsur to join Tigers

Shamsur Rahman will join Bangladesh cricket team in England as a precautionary cover for Tamim Iqbal and captain Shakib Al Hasan.

BCB to suggest A team FTP

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is considering to propose to the ICC a separate Future Tours Programme (FTP) for A teams of all Test-playing nations.

Nazimuddin to lead A team

After the decision to send Shamsur Rahman to England, Nazimuddin has been chosen as Bangladesh A captain for the two four-day matches against West Indies A.

Tigers suffer first loss

Bangladesh suffered a five-wicket loss to Essex on the third and final day of their warm-up match at the County Ground in Chelmsford yesterday.

Football comes home

No prizes for knowing the outcome of this World Cup. Even Alf Ramsey knew the final result when in 1963 he proclaimed that England would win the tournament they were set to host. But, beforehand, the outcome was anything but a forgone conclusion. Brazil possessed many of the stars of 1962, Portugal had their greatest-ever team featuring Eusebio, Jose Torres and Mario Coluna, and both the Germans and Russians had their best teams in a generation.

Van Gaal throws down the gauntlet

Bayern Munich boss Louis van Gaal said Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho should take note of his side's performance in the German Cup final ahead of the Champions League showdown with Inter Milan.

Bayern turn on the style

Franck Ribery grabbed one of the goals as Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich stayed on course for the treble with a 4-0 win over 10-man Werder Bremen in the German Cup final on Saturday.

'Best season of my life'

Didier Drogba insists Chelsea's Premier League and FA Cup double triumph means this season has been the best of his career.

Mallorca's despair

For two sweet minutes, Real Mallorca dared to dream of Champions League soccer next season -- until the cruellest twist of fate snatched it away.

Milan's final flourish

AC Milan thrashed Juventus 3-0 for the second time this season to finish a disappointing season on a high and condemn their rivals to more misery in an already dismal year.

Lyon finish on high

Lyon and Auxerre sealed prized tickets for next season's Champions League as Marseille capped their French title triumph with a 2-0 victory over Grenoble Saturday.

Inter win Scudetto

Inter Milan secured a fifth straight Serie A title after Diego Milito scored the only goal in a 1-0 win at Siena on Sunday as AS Roma finished second, two points behind, despite their 2-0 win at Chievo.

Ronaldinho not bitter

Former world player of the year Ronaldinho insisted on Saturday that he was not bitter at being overlooked by Brazil coach Dunga for the World Cup.

Ballack waits on scans

Michael Ballack could still be fit to captain Germany at the World Cup finals despite suffering an ankle injury in Saturday's FA Cup final victory over Portsmouth.

Bayern expect full house

Up to 70,000 fans are expected at Munich's Allianz Arena to watch Saturday's Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Inter Milan on giant screens, the German club said.

Hasina's homecoming day today

Awami League will observe the homecoming day of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Tk 74.9 lakh Saudi help for expansion

Saudi Arabia donated Tk 74.9 lakh for the expansion project of the southern part of the Baitul Mukarram Mosque in Dhaka, says a press release.

Richards wants to be India's batting expert

After India's early exit from the ICC World Twenty20, the former West Indies legend Vivian Richards has offered his services as a batting consultant to help the team deal with their weakness against the short ball. Richards, one of the most destructive hitters in the game, said he would like to pass on tips to teams like India on how to deal with aggressive fast bowling.

Another dream final

Rafael Nadal fears the huge game of Roger Federer in Sunday's final of the Madrid Masters after the elite rivals set up a re-run of their 2009 title match which was won by the world number one Swiss.

Younus's demand

Frustrated former Pakistan cricket captain Younus Khan Saturday demanded that his indefinite ban be suspended as the allegations against him were unfounded, his lawyer said.

Local Snippets

Hornets Club crushed Bakshibazar 102-69 in the Premier Bank First Division Basketball League at the Dhanmondi Gymnasium yesterday.

Kaneria,Westfield arrested

Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria and his Essex county colleague Mervyn Westfield have been arrested in connection with a police investigation into betting, a club official told the Press Association on Saturday.

Arvane wins Madrid title

France's Arvane Rezai upset the formbook with a 6-2, 7-5 upset win over Venus Williams to win the title at the Madrid Masters here on Sunday.

Bolt expects to run fast

Usain Bolt says he expects to run a 'very fast time' at a South Korean meet next week.

Business

Falling GDP is a major downside

A persistent fall in economic growth in the last three years has emerged as a major concern in Bangladesh, say analysts.

Call money rate soars

Inter-bank call money rate shot up abnormally yesterday following a hike in cash reserve requirement (CRR) by 50 basis points, according to market players.

New hotel zones in Cox's Bazar

The land ministry has proposed four new exclusive hotel and motel zones in the main tourism hub of Cox's Bazar.

Frozen food: Next big export

Frozen food has the potential of overtaking readymade garment as the number one export item, says a leading entrepreneur in the food processing sector.

China's property buyers in limbo

Accountant Jiao Yurong carefully organised her family's finances to put her son through university in the United States. Now that he has the coveted degree, she has been saving to buy him a flat.

United Airways IPO subscription begins

United Airways opened its primary shares for public subscription yesterday to raise Tk 100 crore to procure two wide-bodied aircraft to expand international operations.

Islamic Economic Forum starts tomorrow

Six business deals are expected to go through at the 6th World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) that will begin tomorrow in Kuala Lumpur.

Stocks score high points

Dhaka stocks carried last week's momentum into yesterday's trade, with banking and energy securities leading the rally.

VoIP to open up in months

Any operator can handle international calls through voice over internet protocol (VoIP) technology within three months under a licensing regime, Telecom Minister Rajiuddin Ahmed Raju said yesterday.

ICCB backs coal for power

The International Chamber of Commerce-Bangladesh (ICCB) yesterday stressed the need to diversify sources of power generation and rely on local coal as a solution to the energy crisis.

NCC Bank to add 100 ATMs

National Credit and Commerce Bank plans to open 100 ATM booths in Dhaka by June 2011 to ensure round-the-clock money withdrawal for clients.

Internet down for hours

Internet and overseas telecom services were disrupted for around two and a half hours yesterday, as the optical fibre line of Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Ltd (BTCL) snapped at Chiringa near Cox's Bazar.

Singapore Airlines to run new aircraft from Dhaka

Singapore Airlines will introduce its new airbus A330-300 aircraft on its Singapore-Dhaka route from July 1, the airline said in a statement.

Demand for recasting RMG wage board

A section of trade union leaders in garment sector yesterday demanded immediate recast of the 'minimum wage board' as no workers' representative was appointed in the board for recommending minimum wage for the workers.

Corporate Briefs

PROVATI INSURANCE
According to unaudited quarterly accounts for the first quarter to March 31, the insurer reported net profit of Tk 4.33 million with basic earnings per share of Tk 2.88 as against Tk 3.46 million and Tk 5.76 (based on pre IPO paid up share) respectively for the same period of previous year.

World stocks may stay on edge

Stocks could face more volatility next week as growing doubts about whether Europe can solve its deepening debt crisis are likely to take centre stage again.

Reliance Q4 net falls

Reliance Communications, the country's No. 2 mobile phone operator, reported a 16 percent fall in quarterly profit, as a call price war in the world's fastest-growing mobile market took its toll, but the profit fall was smaller than expected.

Shanghai unveils 'stronger' version of Wall Street bull

Shanghai unveiled a new landmark on its Bund waterfront over the weekend, a bronze bull sculpture inspired by Wall Street's "Charging Bull" representing China's rising financial ambitions.

Japan Inc roars back to black

Surging corporate profits and bullish forecasts suggest Japanese companies are bouncing back from the worst recession in decades, with cost-cutting firms betting on emerging markets for growth.

Europe bids to assuage doubters

European finance ministers will try this week to convince markets its massive euro rescue plan can work, while tackling hedge fund regulation despite resistance from Britain's new coalition government.

Metropolitan

Hasina wants cooperation with Seoul in green growth

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said South Korea's technology and expertise in green growth will help her country develop renewable sources of energy and promote economic growth in the future.

JS body to identify irregularities, graft in pvt medical colleges

A parliamentary body yesterday formed a sub-committee to identify the areas of irregularities and corruption in private medical colleges and assist government formulate rules to regulate them properly.

Ship-breakers continue strike

The strike that ship breakers called here demanding clearance certificates from the Department of Environment (DoE) continued for third consecutive day yesterday.

Ban on nighttime movement on border to stop BSF killings

In a latest move to stop frequent killings of its citizens by Indian border guards, Bangladesh yesterday decided to restrict nighttime movement of the people on the frontier.

Female cop contingent leaves for Haiti

Bangladesh yesterday sent its first all-female police contingent to a UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti.

Taxicab strike withdrawn

The leaders of the cabbies withdrew their indefinite strike Saturday night after they reached an agreement with the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) authorities on the same night over different issues including cab requisition.

6 guards of Basundhara held on robbery charges

Six security guards of Basundhara Group were arrested at Khilkhet in the city in the early hours of yesterday on charges of committing robberies.

Hizb ut leaflets to BCL men

Over a dozen leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League of a Dhaka University hall yesterday received leaflets by mail from banned Islamist outfit Hizb ut-Tahrir Bangladesh that made a call upon them to join the organisation.

India donates Tagore's bust to Kushtia municipality

India has donated as gift a bust of Rabindranath Tagore to Kushtia municipality as Dhaka and New Delhi are set to celebrate jointly his 150th birth anniversary under a month long programme next year, officials said here yesterday.

Call to speed up trial of war criminals

Delay in the process of war crimes trial is making the people feel frustrated and giving a chance to the war criminals to hatch conspiracies to foil the trial, eminent citizens said at a discussion yesterday.

Need for reactivating village court underscored

Speakers at a national roundtable yesterday underscored the need for reactivating village court system that can help bring justice to the doorstep of the rural people.

Specialised bank for migrant workers, families on cards

State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury yesterday said the government will launch a specialised expatriate welfare bank for migrant workers and their family members.

'Free media can help curb corruption'

Corruption can be reduced even in a situation of political competition if it is ensured that the media of a country is free and the financing of political parties is transparent, speakers said at a public lecture yesterday.

6 return from UAE after govt pays blood money

Six Bangladeshi workers sentenced to death in a murder case in the United Arab Emirates have returned home recently after Bangladesh government paid blood money to secure their release.

'Appointment of two judges still effective'

Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday said the appointments of two High Court judges, who were left out of oath, still remain effective, as the government did not cancel their appointments.

DU extends service age of FF staffs

Dhaka University (DU) authorities have extended the service age of freedom fighter teachers, officials and employees by two years.

Imam dies in rooftop fall

An Imam of a mosque at Hazaribagh in the city died after he fell from the rooftop of a four-storied building yesterday morning.

World Hypertension Day today

About a quarter of the total population in the country are suffering from hypertension or high blood pressure, said speakers at a press conference yesterday.

National

Stop land grabbing by false documents

Indigenous people of Gomostapur upazila under Chapainawabganj district have made allegations of harassment and repression on them by the land grabbers.

10 hurt as nor'wester lashes 20 villages

At least 10 people were injured as nor'wester lashed over 20 villages in the district early yesterday.

Transport strike in Rangpur

Bus services between Dhaka and seven northern districts came to a halt yesterday morning as transport workers of Rangpur enforced an indefinite strike demanding increased wages.

1200 kg toxic mango seized, destroyed

A mobile court in a drive yesterday seized over 1200 kg toxic mangoes from Silimpur Bazaar in Ishawrdi upazila Saturday evening.

Fugitive JMB man arrested

Police arrested a fugitive JMB cadre, who was sentenced to 18 years' imprisonment in an arms case, in Nolganda upazila of Natore on Saturday night.

Two get life for rape, murder

Two people have been sentenced to life term rigorous imprisonment (RI) and fined Tk 50,000 each, in default, to suffer RI for five more years for rape and murder of a woman in Nilphamari.

Darsul Quran Foundation officials held for cheating

Five officials of Darsul Quran Foundation including its chairman AJM Yusuf Akand and director (education) Tamanna Safia was held on Saturday on charge of cheating job seekers.

Deposition of PWs not held in Sylhet

A court here yesterday could not take deposition of prosecution witnesses in the case filed under Explosive Substances Act following grenade attack on former Biritish High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury near the shrine of Hazrat shahjalal (RA).

Abducted youth rescued, 1 held

Police rescued an abducted youth from Harinakundo upazila in Jhenidah yesterday and arrested a man in this connection.

Strike at Burimari ends

Import and export through Burimari land port under Patgram upazila came to a halt yesterday morning as the day labourers observed work stoppage demanding increased wage.

Two cyclone shelters built in Sidr-hit Sharankhola

Two newly built cyclone shelters in the Sidr affected Sharankhola upazila were formally handed over yesterday.

30 shops, 7 houses gutted

A devastating fire that broke out at Pharmacy Patti in Mathbaria upazila town gutted at least 30 shops early Saturday.

Outlaw held with arms

Police arrested an outlawed party member along with a firearm and two bullets at Alampur village in Sadar upazila Friday night. Police said they picked up Nripen Chandra Biswas, member of banned Gonomukti Fouz and also member of ward no 7 of Alampur union parishad at dead of night from the house of one Kashi Pramanik. Police said Nripen Chandra admitted his involvement with the outlawed outfit.

Housewife commits 'suicide'

A housewife allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself at her room at Sarnakhola village in Naria upazila Friday night. The deceased was identified as Sweety, 18, daughter of Jabbar Sarder of the village. Family sources said Sweety's mother-in-law Rezia Begum rebuked her harshly for returning home late after attending a marriage ceremony. Angered by the insulting remarks she committed suicide at midnight. On information, police recovered the body and sent it to Sadar hospital morgue for autopsy. A UD case filed.

PSTU bans rally, procession

Patuakhali Science and Technology University (PSTU) authorities yesterday imposed ban on all kinds of gathering, rally and procession on the campus to avert any untoward situation over expulsion of 21 BCL activists from the university. Deputy registrar Nasir Saleh, on behalf of the vice-chancellor of the university, announced the ban effective from 10:00am. Disciplinary committee of the university earlier temporarily expelled 21 Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) men and fined seven others on charge of creating anarchy on the campus. Of them, one was expelled allegedly for misbehaving with a female teacher on Friday while 20 others for violating discipline on the campus on May 13.

Extortionists held

People caught two extortionists red-handed when they came to realise illegal toll from contractors in Mirpur in the district on Saturday evening. The extortionists were later handed over to police. According to police, a local gang demanded Tk 5 lakh illegal toll from three contractors constructing a building of Paharpur High School. The contractors informed the matter to local seniors. On the day when two extortionists Chanu of Talbaria and Walmet of Khoirpur in Mirpur upazila came to the school to receive the money at about 7:00 pm locals caught them red-handed. After a good beating, they handed them over to Mirpur police.

Arms peddlers held

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested two arms peddlers and recovered one shooter gun and six bullets from them at Telkupi frontier village of Shibganj upazila. The arrestees are Iftekharul Islam Babu, 28, son of Imran Hossain and Mohamad Dhulu,25, son of Abu Bakkar of Telkupi village under Shibganj upazila in this district. Rab sources said, on a secret information, a Rab team raided Babu's house at Telkupi village at around 5:00 am and arrested them with the arms. Later, Rab handed them to Shibganj police station and filed a case against Babu and Dhulu under Arms Act.

Cocktails seized

Police seized 6 cocktails at village Lashkarpur in Sadar upazila on Saturday evening. Acting on a tip-off, a police team recovered the cocktails from a bush adjacent to a clinic at about 6:30 pm. Officer-in-charge (OC) of Pabna police station Md Motiur Rahman said locals saw the cocktails in a bag in the bush as they went to work at field.

Body recovered

Police yesterday recovered the decomposed body of a truck helper from a roadside ditch at Pukuria under Banshkali upazila. The victim was identified as Shahabuddin, 22, son of Abdul Kader, hailed from Mainimuk area of Langadhu upazila under Rangamati district. On a tip-off, police rushed to Pukuria in the morning and recovered the body, bearing several marks of injury. The victim came to Banshakli from Rangamati Saturday night with the truck driver. Later, police detained truck driver Hasmat Ullah, 48, for interrogation. A case was filed with Banskhali police station in this connection.

Letters

Cash incentives in budget

According to the tradition of Bangladesh a mega size budget is going to be declared in the beginning of upcoming month. To protect or motivate certain sectors a trend of 'cash incentive' is being practiced for last few years. Especially in agricultural sector it is a highly discussed, undoubtedly required, issue. Moreover, to survive from the effects of global recession, most of the industries have received such incentives this year from our government. Apparently, it seems good and a commendable venture but the reality is not depicting the same thing.

Save the rivers

For most of the people, rivers are the main sources of livelihood and transportation. With the rapid growth of urbanization, the breadth of rivers is getting narrowed and the banks are being encroached by the influential people. The major rivers surrounding Dhaka ---Buringanga, Sitalakhya and Turag -- are now mortally sick.

Irene Khan joins DS

It's great news for the newspaper as well as thousands of readers that Irene Khan is joining The Daily Star. Irene Khan, an internationally recognized human rights advocate, could easily settle in any other prosperous country but she did not do so. Her decision to stay with us would serve as a burning example of patriotism when a large portion of our brilliant students migrate to the west for better education as well as to settle down there. From the newspaper, I came to know that she would be contributing in the field of human rights, good governance, gender issues and democracy.

BCL and govt

What is going on in the country? The activities of BCL are really shameful for the present govt as they have already failed to tackle the situation. Without controlling them it is quite tough for the govt to keep law and order under control. However, our honourable prime minister has already asked the lawmakers concerned to go tough against the BCL activists but the outcome is not fruitful yet.

Article on Islam

This is about the write-up published in The Daily Star (3/3/2010) named "bridging the academic gap" by Mr. Abdus Sattar Molla. In his article he gave some misinformation about Islam, by which, I think, many can misunderstand Islam. He mentioned the Arabic word "Jihad" as "Religious war". Actually this meaning, religious war is nowhere found in the Holy Quran or in the Hadiths. Jihad means "to strive/to struggle." In another place he said, the Holy Quran (2:256) speaks about secular mentality which is totally wrong. I request him to study the Holy Quran once again with understanding. In another place he said "compulsory religious education course should put more emphasis on interpersonal social relations than on religious beliefs and rituals." I want to inform him that in religious beliefs and rituals of Islam interpersonal social relations are included. Apart from it, he wrote about "Hoqqullah and Hoqqul I'bad" and gave some explanations. I cordially request him to know the factual explanation of these from an Islamic scholar. In the fourth column he wrote, "Compulsory religious education up to Grade-10 has so far failed to raise the literate citizens' moral standards". If you want to increase moral standards of literate citizens you have to introduce more compulsory religious courses and it should be up to university level.

Filling stations

Once upon a time the petrol filling stations were maintained well. Staff members were given new uniforms at regular intervals. Senior company officials used to visit these F/Stations at regular intervals. All "Service Equipments" were inspected/repaired regularly. Visit Reports are maintained carefully.

For better traffic

For restoring the traffic communication system across the capital city Dhaka, the following measures must be undertaken:

An appeal

Like a wave of fresh air and renewed hope and after tolerating years of inertia of the Executive and the hot air of the Legislative, it is the Judiciary that has become alive to the problems that confound us all. Their Lordships in the Supreme and High Courts have rightly interceded in areas like illegal land grabbing, forest plundering, lake and river bank occupation, rivers and lakes pollution, removal of illegal bill-boards etc, where the rights of the people have been usurped by criminals due to the lax attitude and/or corruption of the relevant authorities.

Dirty politics and students

Students have got involved in this politics. Regrettably, most of the students who are involved in dirty politics have taken arms in their hands. They ruin the academic atmosphere through in-fighting and shedding blood of one another; even they are killing each other by being influenced by godfathers of politics.

Mr. Jam

The curious diary of Mr. Jam, as its name implies, curious indeed and astute enough to find the jockey tone from nook and cranny, is certainly a breakthrough in writing articles. His dialogue-based articles and trenchantly witty write-ups enabled him to be one of the top columnists in Asia. A satirical tone spiced with an excellent sense of humour and marked moderation is Mr. Jam's palette which kept him as an entirely distinguished humorist.

Maintain silence

It is a matter of great regret that very often a congenial atmosphere in the exam hall is not well maintained. Invigilators frequently get engaged in gossiping. This gossip creates a great deal of disturbance for the students. Although the centre secretary is the only person supposed to use cell phone, invigilators use that device randomly breaking the complete silence. We the students sitting in the front bench are the worst sufferers in this context. When the cell phone rings our concentration is disturbed. It is high time the authorities found a solution to this problem.

Blessings of nature

Tree is one of the biggest blessings of nature for mankind. A tiny seed becomes a large tree, gives shed during summer and in winter all of the leaves of the trees fall downward to indirectly supply us further sunlight and the atmosphere becomes warmer.

Khaleda's threat

The DS's questions to Begum Khaleda Zia through its editorial of 11 May about reasons behind her threat to bring down the government are known to everyone. It is not the failure or success on the national issues. Failure or success does not matter much to her. The prime reason is the court and the present government's continued pursuance of legal process in the cases against her and her two sons.

Student politics in disarray

Nowadays violence, terrorism, bloodshed, killing and robbery are attributed to the student wings of different political parties. All the campuses of the universities have become a stage of performing the drama of political clashes where the cops, teachers, intellectuals and the common students are the silent spectators. Consequently, students, the hope and future of our country, are breaking the backbone of the nation and dumping the ray of hope into dust. So frustrating is it that seizing the hall, torturing the opponents, unscheduled closure of colleges and universities, session jams have struck firm roots in the seats of learning. How can they ignore their golden past?

Poor pronunciation

Like every other citizen, I regularly watch news in our private Bangla channels. It is very embarrassing to hear that still some of the reporters cannot even pronounce some words properly. It's very common to hear some of the reporters saying 'SANNEL' instead of 'Channel'. Very embarrassing!!

Ship breaking yards

Most of the ship breaking yards of our country are located in Chittagong, adjacent to the Bay of Bengal. These ship breaking yards provide us a major percentage of our need of iron. These also give us working opportunities for our unemployed people. In spite of these opportunities, these yards are so much harmful for our environment as well as our eco-system. Every year these yards receive many ships for breaking which contains numerous harmful substances including oil, asbestos, toxic colours and various poisonous chemical substances.

Reading habit

Nowadays, our new generation is getting less interested in reading and they are more inclined, almost addicted, to computer games and TV. Though, it is necessary to have a visual version of what we are acquiring from our visible world, reading habit is indispensable for comprehensive learning. Reading of various books, newspapers, articles and journals bring us to a new level of sophistication.

“Better power supply”

Even before publication of my mail under the above heading on May 10, 2010, the power supply situation is back to as usual reminding me of the famous dialogue of the late Nawab in the movie Nawab Sirajuddowllah "Haire Avaga Desh"

International

Volcanic ash cloud shuts UK, Ireland airspace

Ireland shut several of its airports and Britain imposed a no-fly zone on parts of its airspace yesterday as another cloud of ash from a volcano in Iceland looked set to disrupt European air travel again.

Thai govt rejects plea for talks, pushes crackdown

Thailand's government insisted yesterday a crackdown on Red Shirt protesters will continue despite their plea for UN-mediated talks to end four days of street clashes with troops that have killed 30 people.

'Militants' free 50 hostages

Suspected militants have released 50 people kidnapped on Saturday in Pakistan's restive northwest, a government official said yesterday.

Brazil's Lula holds 'last chance' nuclear talks in Iran

Iran and Brazil vowed to boost ties yesterday as Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva began a visit the West says may be Tehran's last chance to avoid new UN sanctions over its atomic programme.

Hong Kong by-elections a test for democracy camp

Hong Kong yesterday held by-elections triggered by pro-democracy lawmakers seeking to pressure Beijing into speeding up the pace of electoral reform in the territory.

Pakistani military kills 58 suspected militants

The military killed 58 suspected militants in northwestern Pakistan on Sunday with a mix of airstrikes and ground combat, the latest violence in a months-long campaign to rout Taliban fighters from a mountainous area near the Afghan border.

Maldives offer to Guantanamo detainees

The Maldives has offered to take two detainees from the US facility in Guantanamo Bay, the Indian Ocean state's president has said.

Rebels attack Somali parliament

Islamist rebels attacked Somalia's parliament as it met for the first time this year, in clashes that led to the deaths of nine people.

India, Iran to talk on gas pipeline through Pak

After a two-year lull, India has proposed to resume talks with Iran next week on importing gas through a pipeline passing through Pakistan, but Tehran is yet to respond to the offer.

Huge oil plumes found under Gulf of Mexico

Oil from a blown-out well is forming huge underwater plumes as much as 10 miles long below the visible slick in the Gulf of Mexico, scientists said as BP wrestled for a third day yesterday with its latest contraption for slowing the nearly month-old gusher.

France denies deal with Iran over released teacher

France denied yesterday cutting a deal with Iran to secure the release of a French teaching assistant, who was charged with spying after last year's anti-government protests and detained in Tehran for 10 months.

Arts & Entertainment

French Drama Festival begins at Shilpakala

The weeklong 3rd International French Drama Festival began at the National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on May 15. Jointly organised by Alliance Francaise de Dhaka, Natukey Theatre Group and Fame School of Dance and Drama, the festival features adaptations of seven renowned French plays by different local troupes. On the opening day Natukay and Shobdo Natyacharcha Kendra jointly staged “Thakur Ghorey Ke Re”, an adaptation of the Marc Camoletti comedy “Don't Dress for Dinner”.

Rabindra celebrations draw to an end

A discussion and cultural programme were held in Kushtia on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Tagore and the Initiation Ceremony of the newly elected committee of Bangladesh-India Friendship Society (BIFS) Kushtia district unit on Saturday evening.

“We saved money to buy kites”... Raisul Islam Asad

“I was born in Purana Paltan Lane on July 15, 1953. I grew up and spent my childhood there. Pulana Paltan back then was a very different place. There were a few buildings and a lot of fields, where we used to play; there were a few ponds around as well. I remember my brothers teaching me to swim in the ponds. Back then there was also a canal in Purana Paltan. On the other side of the canal was Bidyamandir School. The morning shift was for the girls. During the day shift at Dhaka Collegiate School I used to have my classes there,” says seasoned actor Raisul Islam Asad.

Born to dance

In a penury stricken family, it is unlikely that a girl child can get very far. An exception to this rule is the plucky Sunita Mahothra, the daughter of a mason in the Delhi Jal Board and a housewife. Today she is a rising star in the dance firmament of India and specialises in Bharatnatyam. “Yes, this dance form is very difficult and requires a lot of practice. I am fortunate to have a dedicated teacher, Guru Chandramani, at the Bal Bhavan in New Delhi, where I now take classes,” says Sunita, who has just completed her Class X Board exams.

Who will be the biggest fan of Runa Laila?

Runa Laila is one of the celebrities featured on an entertainment programme for Zee TV Bangla, titled Ke Hobe Biggest Fan (Who will be the biggest fan) hosted by the noted Bollywood director, Anuraag Basu (Murder, Gangster, Metro and soon to be released Kites). The show starring Runa Laila will be telecast soon, said the diva.

Hard work pays off

Nazrul singer Leena Taposhi Khan recently completed her PhD on “Use of Ragas in Nazrul Songs”, under the supervision of Nazrul exponent Professor Rafiqul Islam. It took her three- and- a- half years to come by her degree. Earlier she had completed her MPhil on “Variations of Nazrul Songs and their Characteristics” from Dhaka University.

Prachyanat stages “Punarjanmo”

Theatre troupe Prachyanat staged its production “Punarjanmo” at Experimental Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on May 15. A deconstruction of Henrik Ibsen's "When We Dead Awaken", the play is directed by Azad Abul Kalam. The cast includes Sanjeeda Preety, Ritu-e-Sattar, Topon Majumder and others. The play has been adapted by Shahidul Mamun. Rahul Anand is the music director, while M Shaiful Islam is the set and light designer.

Mahfuz-Ishita on “Chand Phul Amaboshya”

Spectators will soon get to see Mahfuz Ahmed and Ishita in a mega serial titled “Chand Phul Amaboshya”, written and directed by Faria Hossain and Arif Khan respectively. For the first time, the actors will play the roles of brother and sister.

Robbie Williams singing on World Cup song

Robbie Williams and Russell Brand have been unveiled as vocalists on a remake of 3 Lions for the World Cup.

OP-ED

You are what you study

THE prime minister's directive to provide free education for all students at public institutions from primary to university level is undoubtedly a very bold step taken by any head of government in Bangladesh so far. Needless to say, this program will not cover privately run schools, colleges and universities. Even then, the number of students to come under this plan would be over 4 million considering that at present the total number of students in all private and public educational institutions from primary to university level numbers is close to 8.5 million. What is more, the prime minister also has a plan to provide stipends to meritorious students among those that already receive free education.

The comforts and dangers of sin and stupidity

THE choice is admittedly difficult, but which of these three is the biggest threat to the social stability of India: greed, hatred or stupidity? Our polity is less vulnerable than our social compact, although the first can, logically, only be a manifestation of the second.



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