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News of: Sunday, 30th of May, 2010

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Design, guarantee get knock from experts

As efforts are afoot to revive the controversial Jatrabari flyover project, experts say two major issues the design and an unprecedented blanket guarantee -- remain unresolved.

facebook blocked

Regulators yesterday "temporarily" blocked access to Facebook, a popular social networking site.

Bangladesh, not WB, to handle climate fund

Bangladesh will now control around Tk 12 crore climate fund, which development partners wanted to be managed by the World Bank. The country gets rid of the condition following a successful negotiation with the donors.

Hands of Australian saved Musa's life

Holding his arm, Musa came to the Bangladeshi folks to introduce a tall Australian mountaineer.

Another crushed by reckless bus

Angry garment workers yesterday put up barricades on the Dhaka-Narayanganj Link Road for two hours after a co-worker was crushed to death by a bus at Bhuigarh in Narayanganj.

From poor to beggars

The seven-member family of Sabut Ali lived fairly well before the cyclone Aila hit the southwest coast on May 25 last year. Ali used to work as a day labourer and his son ran a small grocery. Besides, he had another source of income from his 41-decimal land leased out to shrimp farmers.

Law minister ignores JS body prescription

Law Minister Shafique Ahmed has not yet met President Zillur Rahman to resolve the swearing-in crisis of two High Court judges ignoring a proposition of a parliamentary body.

Death at the dentist Woman dies soon after doctor pulls out her tooth

Halima Khatun, who went to BSMMU yesterday to get her ailing tooth cured, was brought home dead.

Nepal steps back from the brink

Nepal's political leaders struck a last-minute deal Friday night to extend the tenure of the Constituent Assembly by a year, averting a constitutional crisis that had threatened to derail the Himalayan nation's fragile democracy.

Resentment over Jamaat presence at EC meet

Law Minister Shafique Ahmed and some leaders of left-leaning parties expressed displeasure over the presence of Jamaat-e-Islami leaders at a meeting organised by the Election Commission yesterday.

Bangladeshis in Kathmandu hail hero

On the International Everest Day yesterday, the Bangladeshi community in Kathmandu gave a rapturous reception to Musa Ibrahim, the nation's first Everest summiteer.

Another held

Police early yesterday arrested an accomplice of Aleya's unwelcome suitor Khokon who led Wednesday's grisly attack on her in city's Pallabi.

Extortionists shoot 2

Criminals shot two construction workers and stabbed another in two separate incidents at Senpara Parbata in the city's Kafrul yesterday.

Zia's death anniversary today

BNP observes the 29th death anniversary of its founder and late president Ziaur Rahman today.

Buet in mourning

Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) observed a day of mourning yesterday in memory of Samrat who was killed by a bus in the capital on Thursday.

No report of Bangladeshi victims yet

No Bangladeshi was yet found among victims of the train crash in India's West Bengal as rescuers recovered more bodies yesterday in their desperate search with fears that the final death toll could exceed 150, officials said.

Editorial

Sudden, bloody death in India

THE suspected involvement of Maoists in the train crash which left at least a hundred dead in West Bengal on Friday renews fears of the threats India faces from these extremist elements. The very fact that since February this year the Maoist guerrillas have been making violent raids on targets in West Bengal and Chhattisgarh, in the process causing the deaths of scores of people, says a whole lot about the horrific and mindless lengths to which extremism can go in staging such orgies of destruction. It also points to the desperate measures they appear to be adopting in their war against the establishment. This desperation becomes clear from the fact that the Maoists are now beginning to target civilians, a clear change in strategy considering that earlier the focus was on soldiers and policemen. Obviously, with the Indian government going in for a direct, no-holds-barred assault on Maoist strongholds, the rebels find themselves in a beleaguered position. It is a back-to-the-wall approach that they now have decided on. The consequences have been horrendous.

A glaring instance of malpractice

HERE is a specific, tell-tale instance of corruption and malpractice glaring through any smock-screen of generalisation and deserving to be dealt with in public interest. It centres around a Tk 70 crore reconstruction project involving 50 city roads damaged in 2004 floods and undertaken by the Dhaka City Corporation under a Japanese assistance programme. So sloppy was the work done by 25 contractors handpicked by DCC that most of these had to redone in three years.

Sports

Tigers in tatters

Steven Finn took Test best figures of four wickets for 75 runs in 20 overs as England reduced Bangladesh to 237 for seven on a curtailed third day of the first Test at Lord's here on Saturday.

Diego and co land in SA

Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi arrived here on Saturday with the Argentina squad to prepare for a World Cup they are among the favourites to win.

BKSP rule the roost

Taslima Akhter Moni was the star performer as her school BKSP dominated the concluding day with four gold medals in the 26th National Junior (Age-Group) Athletics Championship at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Goal for education

The first goal to be scored at this year's football World Cup will be dedicated to education.

Serena pulls through

Top seed Serena Williams survived a French Open health scare on Saturday, while Russia's Nadia Petrova defeated Roland Garros golden girl Aravane Rezai in a marathon, Centre Court comedy of errors.

Shaheen College Ctg champs

BAF Shaheen School & College became Chittagong divisional champions in the inter-college Clear Men Confidence Cup football tournament after a 4-3 victory in tiebreaker against Bangladesh Navy School & College yesterday.

Danone Nations Cup from today

The zonal phase of the Danone Nations Cup (10-12 years age group) football tournament get underway at different venues across the country today.

Local Snippets

FM Mohammad Abdul Malek took solo lead after the eleventh round of the Six Seasons International Chess Tournament in Narayanganj yesterday.

Penalties of fame

WORLD CUP 1990 CONTINUED
Cameroon continued their amazing run with a 2-1 defeat of Colombia, thanks in no small part to the comedic keeping of René Higuita, whose suicidal attempt to dribble round Roger Milla resulted in the veteran striker's second goal.

Rebirth of Shahadat

Bangladesh fast bowler Shahadat Hossain took five wickets against England at Lord's on Friday and then revealed he feared he might never play Test cricket after a desperate debut here five years ago.

Roddick removed

Andy Roddick quickly turned his attention to the grasscourt season after an upset defeat to Russian qualifier Teimuraz Gabashvili at the French Open here on Saturday.

SA take winning lead

Morne Morkel and Charl Langeveldt shared seven wickets to bowl South Africa to a 67-run victory over West Indies in the third one-day international on Friday.

Ban on Malik lifted

Former captain Shoaib Malik will be available for Pakistan in next month's Asia Cup and tour of England after a judge Saturday recommended lifting his ban for disciplinary offences.

Javed inches forward

FM Mohammad Javed drew his tenth round board with Indian IM Rathnakaran in the 2nd SCS International Open Grandmaster Chess Tournament in Bhubaneswar yesterday.

Senior Div football

Mohakhali XI blanked Badda Jagarani Sangsad 2-0 in the day's lone match of the Metropolis Senior Division Football League at the Bir Shrestha Sepoy Mohammad Mostafa Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.

Eto'o threatens pullout

Cameroon captain Samuel Eto'o on Friday questioned his participation at the World Cup finals after criticism from former compatriot Roger Milla that he had brought nothing to his country.

Real appoint Jose

Multi-trophy winning Jose Mourinho landed in the Real Madrid hotseat on Friday after he was unveiled as the Spanish giants' new coach.

Decision time for Capello

Some of England's biggest stars may feel on trial this weekend as Fabio Capello's team play their final World Cup warm-up match against Japan just 48 hours before the squad is cut to the final 23 who will go to South Africa.

Ireland outclass Algeria

World Cup-bound Algeria looked toothless in attack and shaky in defence as they suffered a tame 3-0 defeat to Ireland in a World Cup friendly here on Friday.

Domenech will equal Hidalgo

Much-criticised France coach Raymond Domenech will equal Euro 1984 winning handler Michel Hidalgo's record of being in charge of the national side when they play Tunisia in a friendly here on Sunday.

Pellegrini linked with Inter

Former Real Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini could succeed the man who replaced him at Real Jose Mourinho as coach of Champions League winners Inter Milan, sports daily AS claimed on Saturday.

NOTICE

Dear quiz masters,
Due to unavoidable circumstances we are rescheduling the dates once again for the Fourth Round of The Daily Star-Rangs Toshiba World Cup Quiz 2010.

Int'l Friendly Results

Spain 3 (Villa 30, Alonso 58, Llorente 90): Saudi Arabia 2 (Hasawi 17, Hazazi 74)

Business

TV sales pick up

Electronics retailers have come up with discount and gift offers to boost sales, as they expect more customers will purchase televisions to watch the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2010 matches.

Investors weigh data as banks take to new format

Al-Arafah Islami Bank pulls into focus, as the bank starts trading today with changed share face value.

Beacon launches drug for hepatitis

Beacon Pharmaceuticals has launched a drug for hepatitis B and C, the company said in a statement yesterday.

BB unveils 5-year plan today

The central bank, for the first time in its profile, announces today a long-term strategic plan.

Investing in Bangladesh

In today's age of globalisation and inter-regional collaboration, the world has become a global village. Trade liberalisation, flow of foreign direct investment (FDI) and development of capital markets -- the widely acknowledged “three pillars of globalisation” -- have brought economic prosperity to many nations.

iPad-mania as thousands queue for global roll-out

Thousands of die-hard Apple fans mobbed shops worldwide on Friday as the iPad, called a revolution in personal computing by some and limited and overhyped by others, began its global launch.

Minister suggests easier public accounting process

The public accounting process should be easier and technology-friendly so that it could not be a barrier to development process, Finance Minister AMA Muhith has suggested.

Banking laws face changes next year, says Muhith

The government is set to bring changes to the banking laws by next year to make those more pragmatic, said the finance minister yesterday.

Five operators sign deals to take TV cables underground

Five major cable television operators have signed agreements with a telecommunications company to take overhead cables underground, an effort to free entangled Dhaka city from a huge mess of utility wires.

PDB needs Tk5,000cr subsidy to buy power from rental plants

The government will have to provide Tk 5,000 crore in subsidy to the power sector in the coming fiscal year to purchase electricity from the costly rental power plants.

China's support for euro sparks Asian markets rally

China's rebuttal of claims it was reviewing its eurozone debt holdings prompted Asian markets to rally on Friday, lifting hopes that Europe's debt crisis will not spread.

Spain worries halt rising oil prices

Oil prices steadied Friday after an upwards drive was reversed by renewed concerns about the health of Europe's economy.

ADB asks Sri Lanka to reduce budget size

The Asian Development Bank on Friday asked Sri Lanka to prune the size of its budget to sustain economic stability as the island emerges from decades of ethnic conflict.

Global recovery in motion but prone to slowing

Surging emerging economies will push global growth to a faster rate this year than previously thought, but the upward momentum will run out next year, a Reuters poll of economists showed on Friday.

Mahindra submits letter of intent for Ssangyong

Mahindra & Mahindra, India's largest utility vehicles and tractor maker, on Saturday said it had submitted a letter of intent to make a bid for Korean sport utility vehicle (SUV) maker Ssangyong Motor.

Reliance Industries strikes oil in western India

India's largest private oil exploration firm Reliance Industries announced on Friday its fifth oil discovery in an on-land exploration block in the west of the country.

Nokia, Sony join chorus of concern over China factory

Technology giants Nokia and Sony on Friday joined a chorus of concern over labour conditions at a vast assembly plant in China after yet another attempted suicide by a worker who slashed his wrists.

Shell buys US gas group East Resources for $4.7b

British energy giant Royal Dutch Shell announced on Friday that it had agreed to pay 4.7 billion dollars (3.8 billion euros) in cash for most assets owned by US natural gas explorer East Resources.

Metropolitan

Work hard to uphold nation's image

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the Bangladeshi peacekeepers working under the UN umbrella to carry out their missions with utmost sincerity, upholding the dignity of the national flag and brightening the image of the motherland.

Mayoral candidates seek votes amid drizzle

Amid daylong drizzle, almost all the candidates vying for mayor or councillor posts in the June 17 Chittagong City Corporation elections were busy campaigning in the port city.

Nationwide tree plantation campaign starts June 1

The government this year introduced an award titled 'Bangabandhu Award for Wildlife Conservation' as part of its efforts to preserve rare animal and plant species on the verge of extinction.

Sahara warns students of stern actions

Home Minister Advocate Sahara Khatun yesterday warned that stern actions would be taken against those students who would be involved in terrorist and immoral activities in the name of politics.

Tobacco doubles heart attack risk for women

Risk of heart attack is two times higher for women taking tobacco and it gets even bigger for those who take contraceptive pills and tobacco simultaneously, Dr Arup Ratan Chowdhury said yesterday quoting from a study.

Call for social movement to combat maternal death

A social movement is a must to reduce maternal mortality in the country, speakers at a discussion said yesterday.

Washington congratulates Dhaka on arrest of JMB chief

The United States has congratulated the Bangladesh government on the arrest of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) chief Maulana Saidur Rahman.

AL, Grand Alliance leaders meet on June 1

Leaders and MPs of Bangladesh Awami League and its partners in the Grand Alliance will hold a meeting on June 1 at Gono Bhaban to discuss the prevailing political and socio-economic situation of the country.

BDR man dies while on duty at border

A Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) commander posted at 25-rifle battalion in Panchagarh died of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) at Panchagarh Sadar Hospital on Friday night.

Two cr children fed vitamin A capsules

Around two crore children aged between one and five years were fed vitamin A capsules during the National Vitamin A Plus Campaign across the country yesterday.

Ban on meeting at Paltan Maidan

The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has imposed a ban on any kinds of meeting at Paltan Maidan and in its adjacent areas in the city from midnight tonight for an indefinite period.

One dies as two brothers scuffle over land dispute

One person died following scuffle with his brother over land dispute at Uttara in the city early hours of yesterday.

Govt committed to ensuring EC's independence

The government is committed to ensuring the independence of the Election Commission and strictly maintains the constitutional obligation of non-interference in its affairs, Law Minister Shafique Ahmed said yesterday.

'50 lakh suffer from blood-related disorders'

Around 50 lakh people, including children, suffer from blood-related disorders in Bangladesh, haematologists said yesterday, urging the government to set up a bone marrow transplantation centre immediately in Dhaka to give patients respite from expensive treatments abroad.

Garment workers go berserk in N'ganj

Garment workers went on berserk on Dhaka-Narayanganj Link Road in Fatulla thana yesterday following the death of one of their colleagues in a road accident.

Prof Ajoy, Dr Noor made coordinator, member secy

Prof Ajoy Roy and Dr Noor Mohammad Talukder were elected coordinator and member secretary of the Platform against Communalism and Militancy, says a press release.

Five feared drowned in Jamuna

At least five people are feared to have drowned after an overloaded boat capsized in the river Jamuna near Sariakandi upazila of Bogra on Friday evening.

Two die in road crash

Two people, including a schoolboy, were killed and two others injured in a road accident in Tangail Sadar upazila yesterday.

15 shops gutted at Gaibandha

Fifteen shops were gutted in a fire, which broke out in Gobindaganj upazila Bazar early yesterday.

Delwar warns of non-stop protest

BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday threatened to launch a non-stop protest programme if the government creates any obstacles to June 27 hartal programme.

National

Unknown disease wreaks havoc in Satkhira shrimp enclosures

Cultivation of shrimp, one of the country's major export items, faces a serious setback this season as an 'unknown disease' has wreaked havoc in shrimp enclosures in coastal Satkhira district that sees nearly half of the country's total shrimp production.

Train services with Chandpur, C'nawabganj cut-off

Train service between Chandpur and the rest of the country remain suspended since yesterday as three oil wagons skidded off tracks at the rail gate near Chandpur station in the morning.

200 Jamaat men sued for attacking UNO, OC

Police has filed a case against eight people including Shahjahanpur upazila Jamaat Ameer Anisur Rahman and Secretary Abdul Latif on charge of attacking Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Abdus Samad and Officer-in-Charge (OC) Anisur Rahman and creating obstacle to discharging government duty.

Institute staff involved, laxity of top officials let it happen

Primary probe findings show that an assistant director and three employees violated rules that led to the selection of 56 fake headmasters for the May 22-27 government training while two top officials of Secondary Teachers Training Institute in Rajshahi showed 'utter negligence' during the whole process.

Four outlaws held with firearms in two districts

Law enforcers arrested four underground operatives and recovered arms and ammunition from their possession in Sirajganj and Pabna yesterday and on Friday night.

5 arrested for assaulting magistrate at C'nawabganj

Police arrested five criminals at Alinagar rail crossing in Chapainawabganj town yesterday allegedly for assaulting a judicial magistrate.

3 acid throwers held in Ctg

Police yesterday arrested three female workers of the Star Ship factory at Bayezid for allegedly throwing acid on the female security guard of the factory along with her husband and son during sleep at their Dharmapur colony residence early Friday.

Shoolboy found dead in paddy field

A schoolboy was found dead in a paddy field near a Bazar on the outskirts of Rangpur town yesterday.

Two murdered in Jessore

Two people were killed in separate incidents in Jessore on Friday night.

Dyke collapse: 14 Aila-hit Satkhira villages submerged

At least 14 villages of Aila affected Padmapukur union under Shyamnagar upazila were inundated again on Friday night as water entered the areas following collapse of a faulty reconstructed embankment at two points on the Kobadak River.

'Positive change in politics a must for fair journalism'

A positive change is required in the political trend of the country to ensure fair journalism.

Bogra college students put up road blockade

The students of Bogra Azizul Haq College yesterday morning put up a road blockade in front of the new building of the college for about half an hour protesting an incident of beating several students and helper of the college bus by the members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab).

Body recovered from night coach

Body of a middle-aged man was recovered from a night coach in the district town on Friday. The deceased was identified as Jasimuddin, 50, son of Hafiz Uddin, of Old Atoari village of Atoari upazila of Panchagarh district. Sources said when the Atoari-bound bus from Dhaka reached the district town, Jasimuddin was found dead in his seat. The reason behind the death could not be known.

Bombs, gun recovered

Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered two hand bombs, one shutter gun and a bullet from a village in Jhenidah Sadar upazila on Friday night. Acting on a tip-off, a team of Rab-6 cordoned off the house of one Abdul Mannan at Khazura village where a gang of criminals was holding a meeting. Sensing the presence of the elite force, the criminals left the scene, leaving the gun and bombs.

Two held with Yaba tablets

Rab on Friday night arrested two people with 60 pieces of Yaba tablets at Mustafapur village under Moulvibazar Sadar upazila. According to Rab-9 sources, a team of its Srimongal camp raided the house of one Syed Moshahid Ali at noon and arrested Md Shawkat Ali, 35, of Barohal village under Moulvibazar Sadar upazila, and Husam Ahmed Oli, 30, of Shah Mostafa Road in Moulvibazar town, with Yaba tablets. During interrogation, the arrestees told the Rab men that they brought the Yaba tablets from Cox's Bazar to sell them in different areas of Moulvibazar district. Later, Rab handed over the two to Moulvibazar Sadar Police.

Labourer stabbed to death

A day labourer was stabbed to death by some unknown criminals at Singha Jhuli village under Chougachha upazila on Friday night. The victim was identified as Waliur Rahman, 40, son of Akkas Sarder of Manipur village in Ashashuni upazila of Satkhira district. He had been working at a rice mill in Chougachha upazila for long. Police quoted locals as saying that a gang of criminals stabbed Waliur while he was going to a market in the area at around 10:00pm. He succumbed to his injures on way to a local hospital. The reason behind the murder could not be known as of yesterday. Police recovered the body and sent it to the hospital morgue for autopsy.

BCL man held with phensidyl

Member of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) arrested a Chhatra League leader and his close aide with 16 bottles of phensidyl in Birampur upazila of Dinajpur district yesterday morning. The arrestees are Pervez Alam Khan alias Galib, 32, a leader of BCL Dinajpur district unit, and Belal Hossain Babu, 40, of Ramnangar village under Birampur upazila. They also seized a Motorbike from the arrestees. BDR sources said Pervez was wanted in several criminal case filed with Birampur Police Station.

Mother, son electrocuted

A mother and her son were electrocuted at Patpatti under Netrakona municipality yesterday. Shefali Rani Sarker, 40, wife of Ratan Sarker, died on the spot and her son Subal Sarker, 15, is fighting for life at Mymensingh Medical College Hospital. Police quoted local people as saying that Subal Sarker came in touch with a live electric ware in front of their house at around 11:30pm. As Shefali tried to save her son, he was also electrocuted and killed on the spot.

Letters

Summer and load shedding

As the summer is in, the power situation has taken a turn for the worse. In other words, we are facing a multitude of problems because of frequent disruption of power. The students are suffering as they cannot read at night. The miseries of patients in different hospitals are increasing manifold, as the electricity plays hide and seek. Production in different factories are being hampered because of power cuts.

Rebel Poet

May 25 was the birth anniversary of our National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam. Throughout his life, he fought for humanity. His works are our national assets. He believed in equality and universal brotherhood. He was above all kinds of narrowness.

Material quest?

Advertising to children has become big business in recent years. All around the world, children spend a lot of time watching television. Such prolonged hours of TV expose them to various advertisements, convincing them to buy. As kids are becoming more powerful consumers, marketers are targeting them more bluntly. Advertisers are letting their imagination run wild using catchy jingles, dances and cartoons, portraying mysterious worlds, implying false reality. Young children have difficulty distinguishing between advertisements and reality, and may not understand that ads are there with pure intention to sell something for profit. Additionally, many parents feel guilty about buying products for their child but they worry that by constantly saying “no” they will increase their child's depression. Parents, meanwhile, in their earnestness to give the best to their children may go a bit overboard with their generosity and give in to their endless demands.

Joy and Tarique

The perpetuation of the dynasty rules and the culture of obeying two leaders of the Mujib & Zia families have become the norm in our politics. Bangabandhu & Zia, by dedicating their lives to the freedom struggle, earned the right to lead the country. But the same cannot be said about the later day Sheikhs and Zias. As long as the ruling and opposition parties retain their outdated, feudal organisational structures, where sycophancy, nepotism, and ad-holism rule, a revival of their past glory will be a far cry. So can Joy and Tarique as leaders help?

Why hartal?

I was deeply shocked to read in almost all the newspapers that the main opposition party called hartal for 27 June. I did not understand why the opposition party called the hartal as they are mostly responsible for all the current problems of our country.

Flouted traffic rules?

I was driving through New Market intersection a few days ago in a hurry to pick my son from a Dhanmondi school at a piercing hot mid-noon. Suddenly, a traffic policeman signalled me to stop my car. Though I was in an extreme hurry, yet I did not ignore the dictum of the law enforcer. He showed me a paper with the allegation of violating traffic rules a few days ago. I defied the allegation as my car on the said date was in a garage for necessary repair for a few days. The traffic man instantly started a noisy fracas with me.

Criminal behaviour

A local English daily reported on the matter on 22nd. May. It was a disgusting and deplorable criminal act. More so is the impotence of the law enforcing units of Police and Rab who in this matter seems to be 'sucking their thumbs', although police had apprehended a few persons! Are the law enforcers a party to the crime, given their indifference to it? Can they not take any initiative?

Khaleda's call and public reaction

On 19 May Khaleda Zia called a dawn to dusk hartal for 27 June for what she called, electricity, gas and water for Dhakaites. In her public speech, she told the nation that the present government has done nothing during the last one year or so. The supply of electricity, water and gas that people are enjoying at present are her own legacy. This government has not added any unit of those utilities.

Nuclear power generation

The setting up of atomic power station has become the crying need as the people of Bangladesh are facing many problems over the years due to the shortage of power generation. Power generation has become the key index for the continuous development of a nation. For example, we can cite China where the production of power generation is doubling every year and the country has already secured the position of the 2nd largest economy after USA. Needless to say, power generation ensures the rapid growth of production and hence takes the pivotal role to boost the GDP of the country. According to statistics, Bangladesh is a country having only 3000 to 3500 MW power generation but our demand is more than 5000 MW. The deficit of power generation is around 3,000MW.There is no controversy that power sector is the driving force for the continuous development of a country, especially for a least developed country like Bangladesh. Considering the projected demand, it is advisable for the govt to step onwards for setting up the atomic power station. The recent visit of foreign minister Dr. Dipu Moni to Russia will open a new horizon of bilateral relationship between Bangladesh and Russia. As a least developed country, Bangladesh would be benefited in different ways. Making the frame-work deal with Russia, setting up of an atomic power station would be possible and that would contribute to lessening load shedding as well as meeting the projected demand of the country.

Dress code in Islam

In an article entitled “Religion and women” published in The Daily Star on May 18, 2101,columnist Mr. Chaklader Mahboob-ul Alam commented, “As far as the dress code is concerned, the Holy Quran requires both men and women to dress and behave modestly. Nowhere does it ask women to wear burkha (full veils).”

Smoking

As a matter of fact, we all know about the ill-effects of cigarette smoking and tobacco use but a smoker really is helpless against this menacing addiction. When he has to, he 'will' smoke. The 'Will' is associated with the short-term effects. Let us see the quick-effects of a cigarette smoke that makes a man physically and mentally dependent on it.

Moral development of children

A child is compared to a bud in which the potentiality of sweet smell is concealed. Usually a bud needs a favourable environment to be bloomed well; like a child needs a good family environment and care to be developed morally. Here, moral development means learning of good manners or behaviour and formation of character immaculately.

Traffic at NCCRHD gate

Every day of the week, except Friday, thousands of patients, their attendants, medical students and on-duty physicians and other professionals and visitors who have business at the hospital and the medical college have to cross the Mirpur road on foot or by car to enter the hospital and college premises from early morning to evening. The Mirpur road in front of the hospital is always filled up with all types of speeding motor vehicles, especially the big buses which never slow down to allow the pedestrians and physicians' cars to enter the hospital and college. Every entrant to the hospital has to risk his/her life and fear damage of the vehicle in their attempts to enter. Considering the arrogance of the bus drivers and reckless driving of cars, people and physicians cross the road and enter the hospital at great risk of being run over. There is a traffic signal but all bus and car drivers disregard it.

Ideological warfare!

The two major political parties are fighting out their last ideological war with records of respective political history. We are innocent watchers of the events since early 50's. The independence movements which began back in 1952 and ended in 1971 all belong to the ordinary " lungi clad" people and not to any Generals; rather the war was against the Generals, internally grown or externally directed. The leadership came from the politicians and not from any Generals. Unfortunately, the Generals have succeeded in taking away the democratic rights of the people time and again during the last 39 years.

Tough tussle

The newly elected UZ Chairmen are fighting for their basic rights, vis a vis the existing role of the concerned MP in their constituency.

Hawking's time machine

The subject is a difficult one; I bought the book and had to abandon it only after reading seven pages. How am I going to travel through time machine to the future? Prof. Hawking talked extensively about God particle which is beyond our imagination. How small is small and I am already scratching my head to figure out just a billion-trillion-trillionth of a centimetre.

Khulna PDB power plant units

Khulna PDB power station has two power plant units, one having 110MW capacity and the other one having a capacity of 60MW both fired by HFO. Though old they are supposed to generate altogether about 140mw power. But the reality is that these two power station units are constantly remaining out of generation in the name of maintenance or overhauling or due to this reason or that. On the other hand, the nearby rental power company has been producing 40MW of rental power by diesel in Khulna since 2008 under a three-year rental contract. The cost of this rental power is high. With this costly power what are we actually doing? It is simply mixed up with the low cost power generated from the other fuel sources, dispatched and consumed in a fashion business as usual. What specific purpose is being served with this costly power? This is nothing but luxury in the name of supplying electricity. Though the Khulna PDB power plant units remain out of operation but expenditures are regularly being incurred against purchase of spares, service etc. etc. making it a double loss. We could avoid purchasing high cost rental power if Khulna PDB power plant units could be made operative, thus saving a huge amount of money and supplying more power. The business of rental power plant is ensured while Khulna PDB power plant units are shut.

International

China faces pressure to act over N Korea

China came under intensified pressure from South Korea and Japan yesterday to join global efforts to punish North Korea over the sinking of a South Korean warship in March.

Coalition partner threatens to quit

Japan's Social Democratic Party (SDP) yesterday maintained its threat to leave Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama's coalition government, in a row over a US military base on Okinawa.

Overnight curfew ends in Bangkok

Thailand's premier said yesterday it would be hard to hold elections this year as he lifted a curfew imposed across about one third of the country in the wake of deadly anti-government protests.

West Bank road partially opened to Palestinian traffic

The Israeli military has partially opened a motorway that runs through the occupied West Bank to Palestinian drivers, to comply with a ruling by Israel's Supreme Court.

UK minister apologises over expenses

Chief Treasury Secretary David Laws has apologised after it emerged he had been claiming MPs' expenses to rent rooms in homes owned by his partner.

Clashes in Kashmir over civilians' killing

Police in Indian Kashmir fired teargas yesterday to disperse thousands of villagers protesting against what they said was the staged killing of three Muslims by the security forces.

Death toll mounts in Maoist sabotage

Indian rescue workers recovered more bodies yesterday in their gruesome search for victims of a train wreck blamed on Maoist saboteurs, with fears that the final death toll could exceed 150.

US Army reviewing options for strike on Pakistan

The US Army is studying options for a 'unilateral strike' in Pakistan, in case a successful terror strike on America is traced back to the semi-autonomous tribal regions of that country, top military officials have disclosed.

Different Strokes star dies at 42

Former child star Gary Coleman, who shot to fame on TV sitcom "Different Strokes" but suffered personal troubles as an adult, died in a Utah hospital on Friday, after suffering a brain haemorrhage. He was 42. Coleman gained stardom as the sharp-talking Arnold Jackson, adopted son of a wealthy New Yorker, in the hit sitcom that aired on US television from 1978 to 1986 and in syndication around the world. His line "What you talkin' 'bout Willis?," addressed to his brother on the series, became a pop culture catchphrase.

Brush teeth to 'prevent' heart disease

People who fail to brush their teeth twice a day are putting themselves at risk of heart disease, research suggests.

Hello? Hello? Greek PM's phone cut off by mistake

Greek telecom engineers cut off the telephone line to the prime minister's house while attempting to disconnect a customer who was behind in payments, the telephone company said on Wednesday.

Air NZ plans to let u text, email n fly

Air New Zealand is planning to let some passengers send text messages and emails mid-flight by the end of the year but fellow travellers need not worry -- phone calls will not be allowed.

Arts & Entertainment

Syed Hasan Imam: The errant school boy

When he was young, Syed Hasan Imam often drew the ire of his elders. The amiable veteran actor goes back in time to recapitulate his mischievous childhood days.

Nazrul Mela meets with success

As in previous years, a five- day 'Nazrul Mela', held at Darirampur Academy ground in Trishal to mark the national celebration of poet Nazrul's 111th birth anniversary, concluded yesterday. Visitors from in and outside the district made a beeline for over 600 stalls of different commodities, including toys, cosmetics, furniture, utensils, wooden and household items.

Mir Sabbir turns director

Mir Sabbir, popular actor has turned director. Recently, Sabbir spoke to The Daily Star, sharing his story of becoming a director and “Makbul”, the first drama serial that he has directed.

Weeklong theatre festival begins in Bogra

Cultural organisation Bogra Theatre arranged a weeklong theatre festival at Muktijoddha Aminul Haque Dulal Auditorium in Bogra town on its 30th anniversary. The festival began yesterday. Bogra Theatre and five other troupes, including Unity Malancha from Kolkata, India will stage plays at the festival.

Shooting of “Dhulot” concludes

The shooting of “Dhulot”, a short film for children, was completed in Faridpur recently. The film captured the natural sights of Pollikobi Jasimuddin's village Govindapur, Sashanghat and Eshan Gopalpur of the town in Faridpur.

Nazrul anniversary observed

Faridpur Nazrul Parishad (FNP) observed the 111th birth anniversary of Rebel Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam at Faridpur Sahittya Parishad premises on Tuesday afternoon.

Celebrating Nazrul’s birth anniversary

To celebrate the birth anniversary of Kazi Nazrul Islam, Jatiya Lok Sahittya Sangraha O Gabeshana Kendra held a three-day programme at Jhitka Poddar Bari premises in Manikganj.

Theatre Club inaugurated at Shilpakala

Theatre activists have long cherished the dream that they would get a special place for adda and have been pressing the authority over the years to allocate a place for them. Finally their dream have turned into reality, as the Theatre Club was inaugurated at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) on May 28 through a programme. Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation (BGTF) and BSA jointly arranged the inaugural at the Club (room number 614, National Theatre Hall, BSA).

Nazrul organisation to observe the Bard’s anniversary

Nazrul anniversary will be observed today at the Main Auditorium, Dhaka Museum. The two daylong event will be inaugurated by DG Bangla Academy, Shamsuzzaman Khan and Irum Iqbal, Head of PR and Communication of Banglalink.

Sultana Zaman critically ill

Sultana Zaman, veteran actress of the '60s, is in a critical condition, as both her kidneys are failing, says a press release. Zaman was hospitalised on May 22 and placed under the care of Professor Nurul Islam at United Hospital.

“Picasso & Braque Go to the Movies”

Arne Glimcher's discursive documentary, “Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies,” argues that films, from the earliest days of Thomas Edison and the Lumière Brothers, were a crucial formative influence on Modern painting, especially Cubism.

OP-ED

It's all about jobs

ACCORDING to a recent Daily Star newspaper report, both unemployment and under-employment have increased in Bangladesh during 2006-09. The economy of Bangladesh needs to generate employment at sufficiently high rates, not only to absorb the new additions that take place in the labour force, but also to take care of the backlog of unemployment and under-employment.

Painfully funny

IT is painfully funny that the Power Development Board (PDB) has proposed another raise in power tariff even in the midst of agonising suffering of the people in the face of price spiral of all essentials and disturbing power supply.

Open-pit mining revisited

AN article titled "Open-Pit Mining in Phulbari" by Engr. A.K.M. Shamsuddin, a petroleum and mining consultant, was published in The Daily Star recently. The article attracted my attention as I was the geological consultant of BHP on the project when the coalfield was discovered. The fact of the matter is that I was responsible for bringing BHP for the exploration of coal in Bangladesh.

Invincible bipartisanship

PLURALISM defines democracy. The beauty of democracy resides in its capacity to accommodate multiple shades of people and opinion in the regime. Fundamental rights of citizens are protected in a democratic polity.

No country for honest men?

THERE cannot be two opinions about the competence, honesty, integrity, sincerity, and commitment of Mr. Nurul Islam Nahid, our education minister. He is surely one of the best ministers in Sheikh Hasina's cabinet.



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