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News of: Wednesday, 26th of May, 2010

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JMB chief Saidur held

Police have arrested JMB chief Maulana Saidur Rahman, his wife and three other top leaders of the banned Islamist outfit.

I fulfilled dream of Bangladeshis

He fulfilled a long-cherished dream of the Bangladeshis, said Musa Ibrahim in his first telephone interview from the Everest base camp after reaching the summit of the Mount Everest.

RMG workers run amok

At least 50 persons, including 10 policemen, were injured in a series of clashes between garment workers and law enforcers in Kanchpur area of Narayanganj yesterday afternoon.

Incoordination hampers govt activities

Lack of coordination within the government, especially among the prime minister's advisers, ministers, state ministers and top officials, is hampering implementation of development activities, most of the ruling Awami League Advisory Council members last night told party chief and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Bashundhara guards assault cops: 2 held

Police yesterday arrested two security guards of Bashundhara Group, and filed a case against the group's chief adviser, and a security officer on charges of assaulting and detaining police personnel in Bashundhara Residential Area of the capital.

ACC to probe zakat scam

The Anti-Corruption Commission will investigate a misappropriation case filed against former BNP state minister Mosharref Hossain Shahjahan, former Jamaat lawmaker Delwar Hossain Saydee and two others.

Saline water eats their lives away

Efforts to extract freshwater cannot soothe Safat Gazi, a 72-year-old resident of Kholpetua village in the extreme saline water-prone Gabura union in Shyamnagar.

Over 100 staff kept confined

The agitating miners of Maddhapara Granite Mining Company Ltd have kept confined over 100 officials and staff, including the managing director, in the MGMCL residential complex since Monday night.

Govt starts land acquisition

The government has started acquiring land in Khulna, Chittagong and Moheshkhali to build two very large coal-fired power plants and a terminal for importing liquefied natural gas (LNG).

From Jamaat dist ameer to JMB boss

Former Habiganj Jamaat-e-Islami ameer Maulana Saidur Rahman alias Zafar took over as the JMB chief in mid 2006 after JMB kingpin Abdur Rahman was arrested in February 2006, sources said.

EC asks RO to monitor poll expenses

The Election Commission has asked the returning officer (RO) to monitor electioneering by candidates in the Chittagong City Corporation polls slated for June 17 to control unauthorised expenditure.

HC asks cops to explain purposes

The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a suo moto rule asking the police authorities to submit to it within seven days a report on why they requisition vehicles in the capital.

Warrant against Thaksin over anti-govt protests

A Thai court has approved an arrest warrant for ousted leader Thaksin Shinawatra on terrorism charges related to recent anti-government protests.

Seized rare tortoises released at Safari Park

Bangabandhu Safari Park in Dulahazara, Cox's Bazar is now the new home ground for the starred tortoises, which were seized from the capital's Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport early Monday.

One dies in Rab custody

An alleged porn trader arrested Monday night with his cohorts from the city's Mohakhali area died yesterday in Rab-1 custody.

One beaten to death in Ctg after criminals kill youth

A mob beat a criminal to death and critically injured four others after the criminls killed a young man at Halishahar in the port city Monday night.

Prof Jahanara indicted

A Dhaka court yesterday framed charges against former advisor to the primary and mass education ministry Professor Jahanara Begum for amassing wealth illegally and concealing wealth information from the Anti-Corruption Commission.

Charge framing against Babar adjourned

A Dhaka court yesterday adjourned the hearing on charge framing in a tax evasion case against former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar till July 5.

8 killed in spate of Baghdad jewel heists

Masked gunmen swooped on Baghdad jewellers in a morning rampage yesterday, killing at least eight people and bombing almost a dozen stores after robbing them.

Facebook outstrips Arab newspapers

There are now more Facebook users in the Arab world than newspaper readers, a survey suggests.

Iran police vow to crack down on opposition rally

Iranian police warned they would crack down on any unauthorised rallies after opposition leaders again called for demonstrations to mark the anniversary of last June's disputed presidential election, the ILNA news agency reported yesterday.

Oil leaks from tanker collision off Singapore

Emergency teams are working to contain a crude oil spill after two ships - a tanker and a bulk carrier - collided in waters off Singapore.

Indian express train 'derails' in Bihar

An express train has derailed in the eastern Indian state of Bihar, but no casualties have been reported, police officials said.

Editorial

Cyclone Aila, a year on

IT is deeply embarrassing to speak of Cyclone Aila a year after it claimed lives and left homes destroyed in the southwest of Bangladesh. A full year after the disaster, there are yet tens of thousands of people who remain homeless and still live on the embankments or raised ground in the area. It is here that a sense of outrage comes up. It was only to be expected that with a disaster of such magnitude, all out efforts would be made to rehabilitate those affected in the quickest possible time through making such rehabilitation a priority on the part of the government. Natural disasters anywhere arouse a high degree of attention on the part of the authorities, to a point where the machinery of administration is swiftly deployed to roll back the damage caused. Unfortunately, in the case of Aila, that sense of importance has clearly not been there.

RAB and police operational disconnect

THERE are very good reasons for the IG police to have felt inclined to pull up the Rapid Action Battalion and the Metropolitan Police, two key elements of his organisation. It has been compelled by, what we feel, quite unprofessional behavior of the two agencies. And one cannot but take serious note of this.

Sports

Abahani's hattrick triumph

Abahani completed a hattrick of Bangladesh League titles when they handed a 4-0 defeat to Farashganj Sporting Club with a match in hand at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Tamim to defy pain?

Tamim Iqbal is expecting to take his place at the top of the Bangladesh batting order when the first Test at Lord's gets underway on Thursday, despite struggling during the tour of England with an injury to his left wrist that may yet require surgery at some stage this year.

WI A lead despite Faisal's century

Faisal Hossain continued his rich vein of form with a solid hundred but Bangladesh A only managed a slim four-run first innings lead against visiting West Indies A on the third day of the second and final four-dayer at the BKSP in Savar yesterday.

Rossi fixes it

WORLD CUP 1982 CONTINUED
But the Brazilians, everybody's favourites to win the trophy, were soon to meet their own Waterloo. In a World Cup classic, they were beaten by an Italian side waking up from the slumber of the first round. Paolo Rossi struck a hattrick as Brazil, despite classic goals from Socrates and Falcao, exited, with Serginho guilty of some glaring misses.

Argentina cruise

Two-time World Cup winners Argentina eased to a 5-0 victory over Canada here on Monday for a morale-boosting win ahead of flying to South Africa on Friday for the World Cup finals, which run from June 11-July 11.

Local Snippets

The 26th National Junior Athletics competition will begin on May 28 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.

S Africa take 2-0 lead

South Africa withstood a late West Indies fight-back led by Darren Sammy to prevail by 17 runs in the second one-day international on Monday and take a 2-0 lead in the five match series.

Henin's winning return

Four-time winner Justine Henin made a winning return to Roland Garros by beating Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova 6-4, 6-3 to reach the French Open second round on Tuesday.

Younus wants ban lifted

Former Pakistan cricket captain Younus Khan asked lawmakers on Monday for justice after being banned indefinitely from playing for his country, denying that he ever created problems within the team.

Vaughan's Ashes advice

Former England captain Michael Vaughan has said the lesson of last year's Ashes triumph is that England must deploy five bowlers in Australia.

Bapa serves legal notice

Barrister Sara Hossain, lawyer of Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon (Bapa) sent a legal notice to the Dhaka mayor to ask him to take immediate action to remove the illegal construction and semi-pucca structures at the Dhanmondi playground.

Traesch out too

Midfielder Christian Traesch was on Tuesday ruled out of next month's World Cup with an ankle injury and joins Michael Ballack on the casualty list, the German Football Federation (DFB) confirmed.

Spain don't like it

Spain head to the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa as one of the favourites to lift the trophy on the back of their Euro 2008 success but that tag does not sit well with their players or manager.

Mourinho's time is up

Jose Mourinho's time as Inter Milan coach is over said the Champions League winners' president Massimo Moratti after having dined with him on Monday according ton the Ansa news agency.

England trump Mexico

A spectacular solo strike from Glen Johnson lit up an otherwise workmanlike performance from England as Fabio Capello's side notched up a 3-1 win over fellow World Cup qualifiers Mexico at Wembley on Monday.

Jatrabari, T&T post first wins

Jatrabari Krira Chakra and Motijheel T&T Club won by similar margins in the Senior Division Football League at the Bir Shrestha Shaheed Mostofa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.

Afridi to captain in all three formats

Pakistan's Twenty20 captain Shahid Afridi is all set to take over the reins of the ODI and Test side as well for the upcoming Asia Cup and the tour of England.

Rajib reaches 3rd place

GM Enamul Hossain Rajib beat IM Situru Nathanael of Indonesia in the fifth round of the 2nd SCS International Open Grandmaster chess tournament in Bhubaneswar yesterday.

Swann England's best

Graeme Swann, England's newly crowned cricketer-of-the-year, had resigned himself to accepting his time in the international arena had long since been and gone.

U-14 booters return home

Bangladesh Under-14 football team returned home empty-handed yesterday after completing the AFC U-14 Festival of Football in Iran.

Cape Verde hold Portugal

Portugal suffered a blow to their morale ahead of next month's World Cup finals in South Africa on Monday as they were held to a 0-0 draw by minnows Cape Verde, ranked 117th in the world, in a friendly.

Veh named Hamburg coach

Former Wolfsburg and Stuttgart coach Armin Veh was named on Tuesday as the new manager of Bundesliga side Hamburg.

Spain train without Torres

European champions Spain trained without star striker Fernando Torres in their first group training session on Monday as they prepare for the World Cup finals, which run from June 11 to July 11 in South Africa.

Sanath signs for Worcs

Sri Lanka star Sanath Jayasuriya has agreed to play for Worcestershire for part of the English county's forthcoming Twenty20 campaign.

Barisal College zonal champs

Barisal College emerged as champions of Barisal Division beating Kashipur College 2-0 in the zonal final of the Clear Men Confidence Cup football tournament. In Rajshahi division, Rajshahi New Govt. Degree College emerged champions beating Rajshahi University School & College 2-0 in the zonal final. The divisional champions will come to Dhaka for the quarterfinals that will be held on 3rd June.

Business

SEC moves to phase out paper shares

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will not allow paper shares to trade on the main boards of stock exchanges from October, a move meant to ensure a smooth and transparent trading system.

Goods transport sales on fast lane

Sales of commercial goods carriers in the local market marked a 40 percent rise in the past five years, thanks to steady growth in readymade garment industry and real estate.

Govt approves Tk 38,500cr ADP

The Tk 38,500 crore annual development programme (ADP) for the next fiscal year, with the second highest allocation for energy, power and mineral resources, has got the government's nod.

Public investment a must to drive growth

Boosting public sector investment is necessary to help the economy grow 8 percent and reduce poverty, said the World Bank (WB) country director yesterday.

GP unveils new package for rural people

Grameenphone Ltd yesterday launched a new package in an effort to connect rural customers to its network at affordable costs.

Budgetary allocation for coastal region demanded

The coastal people have demanded special budgetary allocation to improve their lifestyle besides ensuring security and rehabilitation.

Roundtable suggests ICT-friendly budget

Speakers at a roundtable have urged the government to formulate an ICT- friendly budget for the coming fiscal year.

Make pro-people budget

The national budget should reflect the demands of all segments of people, said speakers at a press conference yesterday. They also opposed the practice of making a more centralised budget.

Govt plans to send 55,000 women workers abroad

The government expects to receive demand orders for sending 55,000 women workers abroad in the next fiscal year, mainly for housekeeping services.

Fear factor for operators

With no scope for appeal, the telecom regulator may have the final say in the fate of an operator for any wrongdoing. All offences are cognisable, which means the regulator or the police can register a case, even on suspicion, and arrest any official of any telecom operator without a warrant.

Euro bears, beware

The euro's recent rapid fall has not been sharp enough to trigger official intervention, yet the fear that authorities may step in should be enough to scare off ultra-bears in a historically over stretched market.

Indian broadband spectrum bidding heats up

Bids for one set of all-India wireless broadband spectrum licences reached 31.98 billion rupees ($670 million), or about 83 percent higher than the base price, on the second day of an auction, government data showed on Tuesday.

Carlson Hotels announces big plans for Asia

US hotel group Carlson said Tuesday it is planning a major global expansion over the next five years, boosting its network by 50 percent to 1,500 properties, with the focus on Asia.

Toshiba buys stake in USEC

Electronics giant Toshiba said Tuesday it would buy a 100-million-dollar stake in US nuclear fuel producer USEC as the Japenese firm seeks a greater presence in the growing market for nuclear power plants.

Oil down

World oil prices tumbled on Tuesday, shedding more than two and a half dollars on the back of the stronger dollar, slumping equities, eurozone concerns and geopolitical fears over Korea, traders said.

Marks and Spencer posts rising annual profits

British retailer Marks and Spencer on Tuesday posted rising annual profits and sales and declared that the "worst effects" of the country's recession were behind the group.

Nokia and Yahoo forge maps and e-mail deal

Yahoo Inc and Nokia Oyj said they would team up to boost their mobile Internet offerings, seeking to regain market share lost to rivals like Apple Inc and Google Inc.

Standard Chartered's India offering opens

Britain's Standard Chartered Bank on Tuesday began selling shares in India, hoping to raise up to 588 million dollars in the first initiative of its kind in the country by a foreign firm.

IBM to buy AT&T's Sterling Commerce for $1.4b

IBM (IBM.N) plans to buy Sterling Commerce from AT&T Inc (T.N) for about $1.4 billion in cash to expand its portfolio of software for companies in financial services, manufacturing and retail.

Corporate Briefs

SOUTHEAST BANK
The Securities and Exchange Commission has approved the rights issue of Southeast Bank for over 2.31 crore ordinary shares of Tk 100 each at an issue price of Tk 160 per share (including a premium of Tk 60 each) totalling more than Tk 3.69 billion only at a ratio of 1R: 2 or one rights share for two shares.

Currency

Local Market FX
The local market was active yesterday. USD/BDT rates kept up its bullish momentum built up over the past few days. The market was sufficiently liquid.

Metropolitan

Women health workers act as change makers at community level: Study

Findings from a study yesterday revealed that women health workers have been found to be acting as change makers of society at the community level since the sixties of last century.

Mohiuddin, Manjur continue to exchange views

Returning Officer (RO) of Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) poll yesterday issued a notice against Awami League backed mayoral candidate ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury asking him to remove his election posters from the city's Nasirabad area.

South Korea to implement all agreements

In a move to further strengthen bilateral relations, South Korea will implement all agreements signed with Bangladesh and the commitments reflected in the joint communiqué issued during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit earlier this month.

Expand ties in areas of energy, agriculture, transportation

The bilateral relationship between Bangladesh and Russia can deepen in the areas of energy, agriculture and transportation, speakers said yesterday during a lecture in the capital.

Ensure triumph of humanity over fundamentalism

President Zillur Rahman yesterday said dreams of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam could be fulfilled through ensuring the triumph of humanity over fundamentalism and ending oppression and deprivation along side improving conditions of the poor people.

College admission likely to begin in mid-June

The admission process in colleges will begin in mid-June and classes on July 1.

Dhaka seeks Brazil's support

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni has sought support of Brazil in favour of Bangladesh's candidature for Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) of UN.

Primary teachers demand nationalisation of jobs

Bangladesh Non-Government Primary Teachers' Association yesterday gave an ultimatum to the government to meet their longstanding demand for nationalisation of the jobs of teachers of non-government primary schools.

'Raise awareness to ensure health rights of the elderly'

Awareness should be raised among the people to ensure health and legal rights of elderly citizens of the country, experts said at a meeting yesterday.

Remove Dobhash to ensure fair CCC polls: Khasru

Chittagong city BNP president Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury yesterday reiterated his call to remove Zahirul Alam Dobhash as acting mayor to ensure free and fair mayoral elections.

Govt plans to build int'l airport in Trishal

LGRD Minister Syed Ashraful Islam yesterday said here the government has a plan to build an international airport after the name of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mubjibur Rahman.

Malaysia to ease visa rules for South Asian tourists

Malaysia will relax visa rules for travellers from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in an effort to boost tourism, an official said yesterday.

HC judgment on Hasina's petition May 30

The High Court has set May 30 for the judgment on a petition filed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for quashing the proceedings of the case against her in connection with the

Render services properly to rural people

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged the physicians and surgeons to render health services properly and timely to the people living in the villages.

All proceedings against 12 lawyers quashed

The High Court (HC) yesterday in a verdict quashed all proceedings against 12 Supreme Court lawyers, including Dr kamal Hossain, in a case of vandalism on the Supreme Court (SC) premises over the caretaker government issue in November, 2006.

Bangladesh to receive major share of $20b G-8 fund

Bangladesh expects to receive major share of the $20 billion committed by the G-8 countries last year for improving the agriculture and food security in the developing countries.

Call to review vested property return act immediately

Some eminent personalities yesterday called on the government to review the Vested Property Return (amended) Act-2009 immediately in order to establish a liberal-democratic and secular Bangladesh and ensure equal rights for all.

Hearing on Khaleda's pending writ June 6

A High Court (HC) bench yesterday fixed June 6 for hearing the pending writ petition filed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia challenging a government notice that asked her to vacate the cantonment house.

National

Lightning kills 8 in C'nawabganj

Lightning killed eight people including six children and injured five others during rain and storm in three upazilas yesterday noon.

RMCH interns call off strike

Interns at Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital (RMCH) yesterday noon called off indefinite strike after the authorities assured them of fulfilling their three demands out of four.

Musa's native villagers share the glory

Relatives and other villagers felt elated as the news of conquering Mount Everest by Musa Ibrahim, a native of Gandhomaruya Basintari village in Aditmari upazila of Lalmonirhat district, reached the area on Monday noon.

4 killed, 134 injured as rival villagers clash in 4 districts

At least four people were killed and 134 others injured in clashes in Pabna, Narsingdi, Sumanganj and Brahmanbaria districts yesterday.

Signature campaign for Tarique

BNP has started a mass signature campaign in the district demanding withdrawal of cases against the party's senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman, his return to country and trial of those who "tortured" him.

10 hurt in JCD factional clash

At least 10 activists of Kishoreganj JCD unit were injured as two rival factions locked in a clash over forming new committee yesterday noon.

Mango production in Rajshahi region doubles this year

Mango production in Rajshahi region is expected to this year.

Ruet provost sells articles from hall storeroom illegally

Student Welfare Adviser of Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (Ruet) allegedly sold articles worth about Tk 2 lakh violating the rules on Saturday.

BDR chief to visit Sylhet border today

Director General of BDR Major General Md Rafiqul Islam is scheduled to visit the troubled Indo-Bangla border in Sylhet today, official sources said yesterday.

8 cocktails recovered

Eight cocktails were found outside the boundary wall of a house at Khalipapara in Rangpur town on Monday night.

Man jailed in dowry case

A court here yesterday convicted a man and sentenced him to two years rigorous imprisonment in a dowry case. Convict Mohammad Hossain, 40, is son of Asad Ali of Aliganj in Fatullah upazila. According to the prosecution, Mohammad Hossain used to torture his wife Jharna Akhter, 32, daughter of Sahabuddin of same village, for dowry since his marriage in 1996. At one stage, he drove his wife out of home along with two children after failing to get dowry money. Later, the victim housewife filed a case against him under Women and Children Repression Prevention Act. After examining the records and witnesses, Senior Judicial Magistrate Bazlur Rahman handed down the verdict.

Policeman electrocuted

A police constable working at local police lines was electrocuted at his rented house at Adarshapara in the town on Monday night. Police said Zahurul Islam,35, sustained critical injuries as he came in touch with electric wire. He was rushed to Sadar Hospital where he died after admission there. A UD case was filed in this connection.

Body recovered

Body of a man who was abducted 9 days ago was recovered on Monday at Sadekpur village under Shailkupa upazila. The deceased was identified as Golam Rasul of the village. Officer-in-charge (OC) Anwar Hossain of Shailkupa police station said, on May 15 criminals abducted Rasul from his house. The next day an abduction case was filed with Shailkupa police station. Police recovered the body from the house of a suspect. The decomposed body has been sent to Sadar Hospital for autopsy.

Letters

Night shelters

There has been an alarming rise in the number of street people in the capital. Each night, 15,000 to 20,000 people both adults and children - make the streets of Dhaka their home.

Drinking water transportation

The recent crisis in the availability of drinking water transportation, storage and distribution capabilities in the remote areas of the country points to lack of development programmes in this sector.

Politicians and campus

In Bangladesh, most front-line politicians , who are either delivering their valuable speech in parliament for the greater interest of the country or making policies for the government as well as the parties, advocate student-politics for it's having not only prolific contribution to our 'Language Movement' and a liberation war but also significance in creating future leaders amongst the younger generation, who will propel the country to reach the highest peak of prosperity.

Harassment of pilgrims

I have read with great interest your editorial “PM's warning against fraudulent manpower agents---Time to take concrete action to punish the offenders.” We are very much acquainted with harassment in this sector while sending our skilled and unskilled workers in exchange of money that they accumulate by selling land and taking loans at high rate of interest to be paid from the money earned from abroad. Such stories are regularly heard and published in the newspapers and shown on the electronic media.

Democratic norms

Democratic responsibility and democratic right are two sides of one coin. The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is using their democratic right by calling an unpopular hartal on June 27 this year. If you look at their performance in discharging their democratic responsibility, you might find it very difficult to justify their call for hartal. The democratic responsibility performed looks like this:

'Financial literacy'

Why does the school system require classes such as math, English, and science, but not basic things that everybody needs in their personal life? We force students to learn algebra, trigonometry, calculus or chemistry and physics, yet how many of us ever use it again after graduation? In contrast, how many transactions involving money will we each conduct on a daily basis for the rest of our lives? Think about each time when we purchase something with a loan, or pay taxes. Even though these transactions are common, we receive very little financial education on them from our school system, or even our parents, colleagues, and others. Now, it is not uncommon that we apply for a loan to buy a flat or car, or to buy an insurance policy, or opening a BO account, apply for IPOs, or buying and selling shares. How do we expect to make wise financial decisions when we have little education on even the basics?

Power from biological sources

An interesting article on the subject, published on 19 May in a local English daily, deals with the possibilities of cellular biological 'germs' interacting with light and water to produce electricity. It is indeed a revelation to me! My idea is limited to the production of methane gas from solid animal and human waste only. This is a totally different concept. In our interest BCSIR laboratories should study this matter and try it out experimentally to develop a working pilot plant. It will be the salvation of Bangladesh, and no less!

Hartal and we

It is the duty of a democratic govt. to meet the basic needs of citizens of the country. On the other hand, the role played by the opposition party is that of a shadow govt that criticises the activities of the govt to keep it on the right track. But the recent decision of hartal taken in the BNP rally at Paltan Maidan is not a permanent solution to different problems faced by the people of Bangladesh. In a least developed country like Bangladesh, the ruling party and the opposition should play effective roles. The success and failures of the govt should be openly discussed in presence of the ruling party and the opposition. The govt should also take suggestions from the opposition for handling the national issues.

Harsh joke!

I am rather shocked to learn that a BBC radio Disc Jockey (DJ) has recently cracked an unexpected silly joke announcing - “Queen Elizabeth II has died”.

Campus violence

With the passage of time, our student politics is no longer based on any ideology. Many students have lost their lives in campus violence.

Thanks to Malaysian PM

We, the citizens of Bangladesh, thank Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Abdul Razak whole-heartedly for giving the assurance that he will consider legalizing all Bangladeshi workers in Malaysia very soon. This assurance was made when our Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina called upon him at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on Wednesday.

Historical facts

I refer to the “ Historical facts” given by Satyaki Chandra of Calcutta as published in The Daily Star on May 21,2010. I hope Satyaki Chandra would understand the difference between a lawmaker meaning a Member of Parliament and a nominated "Baron" or "Peer". Sir Satyendra Prasanno Sinha and Prof. Kumar Bhattacharya were titled Baron and Peer, not MPs. Then again, to glorify the outstanding personalities like Sir S P Sinha and Prof. Kumar Bhattacharya, one does not have to put down another budding personality like Rushanara, MP.

Criticism

We were hoping, expecting and looking forward to a change after the Awami League government came to power with the promise of 'Din Badal' --the 'Charter of Change' and Digital Bangladesh, winning a landslide victory in the general elections in 2008.

Women bashing

Every year so many girls are murdered, tortured and raped. Many of them commit suicide. We have laws to deal with the criminals. But we don't take quick steps to arrest the offenders.

Energy saving

The govt of Bangladesh took a massive project to distribute energy saving bulbs provided by World Bank to electricity users countrywide on 19 June, 2010. This is definitely a remarkable and noteworthy step when the country is in dire need of electricity. But the whole programme may be jeopardized due to shortage of preparation by one biggest distribution agency like Dhaka Power Distribution Company. They have no experience of performing such programmes like Rural Electrification Board. They are just chalking out programmes of distribution but unaware of practical pros and cons of the whole procedure. Because distribution of almost ten lakh CFL bulbs in exchange of the same amount of incandescent bulbs used by customers in one day requires huge involvement of trained manpower and ample time. It also requires enough organised transport facility. High officials of DPDC are only the planners, but the low level officials and employees who will implement the entire work are still in dark and in confusion. So, the sagacious govt. decision for such a grand programme may end in a fiasco. More time should be given for successful implementation of such work. Any hectic decision may be costly for the govt. and may tarnish its image. Besides, the bulb distribution date has been fixed for the rainy season. If heavy downpour occurs on that day, what will be the fate of the whole programme?

MPO and MPs

The education ministry declared new 1,022 non-government education institutions out of 6,000 in cue to receive MPO (monthly pay order) for teachers' salaries and benefits. Following this, on 11 May 2010, most dailies in Bangladesh made front-page news that at the weekly cabinet meeting chaired by the prime minister at the secretariat, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid was under fire from ministers for not accommodating their choices.

International

Pak apex court gives govt two weeks ultimatum

Pakistan's Supreme Court yesterday gave the government a two-week ultimatum to submit a report on steps being taken to re-open corruption cases against the head of state and other politicians.

North Korea to cut all ties with South

North Korea said yesterday it was severing all ties with the South and threatened its wealthy neighbour with military action if it continued to violate its waters off the west coast.

Pak court upholds release of cleric

Pakistan's Supreme Court yesterday upheld the freedom of the head of a charity blacklisted in the West and linked to the Mumbai attacks, rejecting a government appeal against his release from house arrest.

Nepal faces looming political crisis

Political leaders in Nepal are locked in 11th-hour negotiations to avert a looming crisis as a deadline to draft a new national constitution approaches on Friday.

Japan PM's coalition strained by base deal

Japan's Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama faced a fresh political headache yesterday when a left-leaning coalition partner attacked his plan to allow a US airbase to be relocated within Okinawa island.

Iran 'ready for new chapter of co-operation'

Iran says its nuclear fuel deal proves it is ready to open a new chapter of cooperation with the West.

UK's new govt plans political reform

Britain's new coalition government set out plans yesterday to reform the electoral system and cut state interference in people's lives, while tackling a record budget deficit.

US declares fishery disaster in 3 Gulf states

The US government has declared a "fishery disaster" in the seafood-producing states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama due to an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, making them eligible for federal funds, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said on Monday.

Lanka shuts rehab camp for rebel child soldiers

Sri Lanka yesterday closed a camp holding former Tamil Tiger child soldiers, but 52 of the youths will stay in government care to complete their education, an official said.

US troops in Afghanistan outnumber those in Iraq

There are more US troops in Afghanistan than Iraq for the first time since Saddam Hussein was toppled in 2003, officials say.

7 arrested over Nato convoy attack in Kabul

Afghan authorities say they have arrested seven people in connection with last week's attack in the capital, Kabul, which killed six Nato soldiers.

'Black box' of Indian plane crash recovered

Indian investigators recovered yesterday the "black box" flight recorder they hope will unlock the mystery surrounding the crash of an Air India Express plane that killed 158 people.

Yemeni kidnappers release 2 US hostages

A Yemeni official says two Americans kidnapped by tribesmen west of the Yemeni capital have been released and are being escorted by authorities back to Sanaa.

China, US agree to work together

China and the United States said yesterday they would work together on the crisis brewing in the Korean peninsula, agreeing after two days of key talks that ensuring regional stability was crucial.

Iraqi MP shot dead in Mosul

An Iraqi MP from the secular Iraqiya bloc has been shot dead by gunmen in the northern city of Mosul, officials say.

Ethiopia polls 'falls short'

EU observers have criticised Ethiopia's election, as Prime Minister Meles Zenawi holds a victory rally attended by tens of thousands of people.

Schoolboy throws bottle at Sarkozy

A schoolboy threw a plastic bottle at France's President Nicolas Sarkozy during a visit to discuss violence in French schools yesterday, but missed his target.

Australia expels Israeli diplomat

Australia has expelled an Israeli diplomat saying Israel was behind the forging of Australian passports linked to the murder of a Hamas operative in Dubai.

Hamas makes arrests over torching of UN summer camp

The Hamas rulers of Gaza yesterday said they had arrested a group of suspects over the torching of a UN children's summer camp, in which attackers also threatened the head of a UN agency.

Arts & Entertainment

Fifth ‘Nazrul Mela’ at Channel i’s Tejgaon centre

Marking the 111th birth anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, Channel i held a daylong 'Nazrul Mela' yesterday at its Tejgaon office. The channel has been organising the mela since 2006. Mobile phone operator Robi was the sponsor of the event.

A love affair with music

Parveen Sultana started her musical journey at the age of six. Though Nazrul Sangeet and classical music are her forte, she renders adhunik, folk and songs of yesteryears with equal ease.

Muhammad Samad receives ‘Kopotakkho Shahitya Puroshkar’

The prestigious 'Kopotakkho Shahitya Puroshkar' was conferred on noted poet Muhammad Samad recently. On the occasion of the 8th anniversary of Kopotakkho Shahitya Shangshad, the organisation arranged an award giving ceremony on May 17 at Sufia Kamal Auditorium of National Public Library. A crest was formally handed over to the poet at the programme.

Noted cinematographer Baby Islam no more

Veteran cinematographer, photographer, director and producer Baby Islam passed away on May 24 at a hospital in the city. Islam has been unwell for a while. As of writing this report, details had not emerged.

Nazrul-Promila Parishad celebrates National Poet’s birth anniversary

Nazrul-Promila Parishad central committee organised a discussion at Promila's birthplace Tewta, under Shibalaya upazila in Manikganj yesterday to celebrate the 111th birth anniversary of the National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam.

Drama serial “Chondrobindu” on Banglavision tonight

Drama serial “Chon-drobindu” will be aired tonight at 8:15 pm on Banglavision.

Thai filmmaker wins Palme d’Or at Cannes

On Sunday evening the 63rd Cannes Film Festival came to a shocking, exhilarating close with the Palme d'Or going to “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives” from the Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul. “Boonmee” is a fantastical tale about a dying man whose past lives -- and ghostly relatives -- enraptured some critics while turning others off. The speculation that it might appeal to the jury president, Tim Burton, along with some of his more discerning fellow jury members, proved true.

Charlie Chaplin Film Festival in Khulna

A two-day screening of Charlie Chaplin films will begin in Khulna on May 28, says a press release. Khulna Film Society is organising the event, which will be held at the auditorium of the divisional museum.

OP-ED

The tribalisation of our politics

QUAMRUL Islam now thinks Ziaur Rahman was indeed a brave freedom fighter. That is most reassuring. But then, why did the minister of state for law outrage us earlier with his bid to denigrate Zia's role in the War of Liberation?

Migration can end worldwide poverty

MIGRATION is often caused by poverty. Similarly, poverty can be alleviated by migration. In developing countries, migration is seen simply as a flight from poverty since there are no opportunities available locally.

Veiled threat?

ONE by one the Europeans are closing on the veil -- the all-covering dress that increasing number of Muslim women are donning around the globe. Irene Khan (DS, May 12) objected to the Belgium government's action that prohibits wearing of the veil (nikab) in public places.

Ensuring access to safe food

THE Daily Star (DS) of May 11 carried a front-page report which said that a High Court (HC) bench, in response to a public interest writ petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh, issued on May 10 a number of directives to stop the use of chemicals for ripening and preserving fruits, and to stop their sale. They include:

A battle for Thailand's soul

THAKSIN Shinawatra's battle with current premier Abhisit Vejjajiva is epochal, and it's very difficult to predict where Thailand will be headed in the next couple of months.



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