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News of: Friday, 4th of June, 2010

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87 burnt alive in blaze

At least 87 people, mostly women and children, were burned alive and scores more wounded in a blaze in the densely-populated Old Dhaka last night.

A grim battle

Every time firemen blew their whistles, it elicited gasps and shocked murmurs from onlookers. It was an ominous sign that a body was about to arrive. Quickly, people stepped aside -- to clear the way for a group of rescuers to pass by with the body in white shrouds.

Pain unbearable

Dhaka Medical College Hospital turned into a hell in the wee hours of today.

Hasina, Khaleda shocked

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Leader of the Opposition Khaleda Zia expressed deep shock at the loss of lives in the devastating fire at Old Dhaka.

Govt goes again for MPO revision

The government is again revising the list of non-government secondary educational institutions qualified for monthly pay order (MPO) facilities.

Bill seeks stern punishment

A private member's bill was placed in parliament for amending the code of criminal procedure, 1898 with introduction of a provision of harsh punishment against perpetrators of custodial violence.

2 more bodies recovered

With the recovery of two more bodies from the rubble of the Tuesday's collapsed building in the city, rescuers yesterday morning concluded their operation.

Dolphins in danger

Fishermen are killing endangered Gangetic River Dolphins on a vast swath of the rivers Padma and Jamuna, and using their oil to catch fish.

N Korean goalie can't play as striker

North Korea have been told by FIFA that Kim Myong-Won will only be able to play as a goalkeeper in the World Cup and not in his usual role as a striker as it appears to have fallen foul of FIFA regulations.

Sal forest to turn into safari park

The government has taken an initiative to make a safari park in the Gazipur Sal forest aiming to save it from encroachment.

1,200 MW more power by 2011

The process of setting up 1,000MW to 1,200MW quick rental power stations is going on to keep power shortage at a tolerable level in 2010 and 2011.

2 held for link with Jaish

The Rapid Action Battalion arrested two people on charge of providing shelter to the members of Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Bangladesh early yesterday.

Mohiuddin declares poll manifesto

Awami League backed mayoral candidate ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury yesterday declared his seven-point election manifesto with implementation of 'city government' topping the list.

Manjur's campaign gets momentum

BNP Vice-Chairman Abdullah Al Noman and leaders and activists loyal to him yesterday started electoral campaign for BNP-backed and Chattagram Unnayan Andolon mayoral candidate M Manjur Alam Manju.

Father dies after stalking of daughter

The father of a stalked girl died of heart attack being overwhelmed with the fear that media attention would make it very difficult for him to marry her off.

HC asks govt to close 4 policemen

The High Court (HC) yesterday directed the government to close within five days the four police personnel accused in a murder case filed for death of a medical representative in their custody in Gaibandha.

5,105 get govt job

The results of the 28th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examinations were published yesterday.

Star, HSBC announce climate award

The Daily Star and HSBC yesterday jointly announced a national award titled "HSBC-The Daily Star Climate Awards" with an objective to encourage individuals and institutions working to face the challenges of climate change.

BNP yet to return to JS

The BNP-led opposition did not return to parliament yesterday after storming out of the House Wednesday night in protest against shutdown of the daily Amar Desh and arrest of its acting editor Mahmudur Rahman.

Mahmudur quizzed at jail gate

Police interrogated arrested Amar Desh acting editor Mahmudur Rahman at Dhaka Central Jail gate yesterday in a case filed in connection with resisting arrest, assault on law enforcers and preventing them from doing their job.

Facebook to remove offensive contents

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission has started the process of unblocking Facebook, as the website authorities have agreed to remove offensive contents.

3 cops asked to appear in court June 7

The High Court yesterday asked the three policemen, who were photographed while harassing a taxi driver over the requisition of a taxicab in city's Farmgate area on May 13, to appear in the court on June 7 to explain the incidents.

PM seeks more US investment

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged the United States to invest in Bangladesh in larger volume and laid emphasis on more US cooperation in energy and power sectors.

Sand lifting illegal: HC

The High Court yesterday in a verdict declared the sand extraction illegal from the river Yadukanta of Tahirpur upazila in Sunamganj, as some unscrupulous traders were lifting sands from it damaging the environment.

Case against Sheikh Selim quashed

A High Court bench yesterday in a verdict quashed all proceedings against Awami League leader Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim in a criminal case filed on charge of attacking the motorcade of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in 2001.

Billboard falls on city road

Yet another billboard collapsed on the walkway and portion of Airport Road at the city's Uttara yesterday morning. Nobody, however, was reported hurt.

Tigers play 2nd Test from today

Bangladesh will take inspiration from their good outing at Lord's when they take on England in the second and final Test at Old Trafford in Manchester from today.

Banned Tahrir brings out procession

Members of the banned Islamist outfit Hizb Ut Tahrir took out a protest procession in Topkhana and Matshabhaban area yesterday afternoon.

One killed as workers clash in Pabna

A suspended labour union leader and his cohorts hacked a labourer of a seed-processing centre to death and injured five others near its premises, yesterday.

Muggers kill 1

One person was killed and his elder brother injured when muggers attacked them at the city's Bijoy Sarani under Kafrul Police Station at the early hours yesterday.

Youth killed in Rangamati gun attack

A member of Pahari Chhatra Parishad (PCP) was killed and another injured in a gun attack allegedly by the activists of United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) in Rajasthali upazila of Rangamati early yesterday.

Editorial

Flexibility in aid conditionalities

AGAINST the backdrop of the on again and off again debates over Bangladesh's relationship with the development partners, framing of a concerted policy strategy has been a demand of the time. Especially, donor conitionalities about obtaining and utilising foreign aid have traditionally been something of a sore point with developing countries like Bangladesh. And as a member of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Bangladesh often expressed its legitimate concerns about conditions and the usual strings attached to development assistance.

Dealing with unforeseen disasters

SOME clear lessons have emerged from the building collapse in Begunbari the other day. And these lessons centre around the capacity building, or lack of it, that has come to be associated with disaster management in Bangladesh. While it is a fact that by now we have somehow learned how to deal with such major natural disasters as floods, cyclones and the like, we are yet to come to terms with measures for handling tragedies of the kind that has befallen Begunbari. In the case of natural disasters, there is a response mechanism in place, a truth which has been proved in these past few years. Now, given the regular disasters that have been happening in other areas --- collapsed buildings, fires in shanties, even road accidents --- it becomes important that serious thought be given to devising measures of coming to the aid of those affected by unforeseen circumstances.

Sports

Jamie eyes win, to change team

Bangladesh coach Jamie Siddons revealed Thursday he was set to change his bowling attack as the Tigers looked to level their Test series with England here at Old Trafford.

England land in South Africa

England arrived in South Africa Thursday morning hoping a favourable first-round draw can be the catalyst for a serious World Cup challenge.

Dunga plays down pressure

Brazil coach Dunga said on Thursday that the pressure on perennial favourites Brazil to deliver a sixth World Cup was normal - but unfair.

Aussies look to Samantha after slaying Serena

Samantha Stosur is out to end a 30-year-long drought for Australian women in Grand Slam tennis following her wins over Justine Henin and Serena Williams.

India shocked again

Zimbabwe pulled off a spectacular double against India in a tri-nations series match at Harare Sports Club here on Thursday, winning with three wickets and a huge 11.4 overs to spare.

Stosur-Schiavone finale

Samantha Stosur stormed into the French Open final on Thursday, beating Jelena Jankovic 6-1, 6-2, and she will become the first Australian woman in 30 years to capture a Grand Slam title if she wins again on Saturday.

Shuktara relegated

Newcomers Shuktara Jubo Sangsad of Narayanganj were relegated from the Citycell Bangladesh League after playing out a 1-1 draw against visitors Chittagong Mohammedan in their last match at the Narayanganj Stadium yesterday.

Semifinal line-up drawn

The semifinal line-up of the Inter-College Clear Confidence Cup football tournament was completed yesterday when RCCI College, Barisal Govt College, BAF Shahin College and Notre Dame College won their respective quarterfinals at the Army Stadium.

Liza's chance to become IM

Six Seasons International Chess Tournament got underway yesterday at the National Sports Council tower with ten players from Russia, Mongolia, India and hosts Bangladesh taking part.

The return of Ronaldo

In a tournament characterised by an overwhelming capacity to surprise, with virtually every underdog having their day, it seemed somehow inappropriate that the final of the 2002 World Cup was contested by two teams who between them had graced 12 of the competition's 16 finals.

Arsenal reject Cesc bid

Arsenal have rejected a formal bid from Barcelona for Cesc Fabregas and told the Catalan club that they will not enter into negotiation for the midfielder. A strongly worded statement released by the club amounted to a warning to back off. "We have no intention of selling our captain," it said. Barcelona were tonight considering their next move and a follow-up offer, despite Arsenal insisting both publicly and privately that they do not intend to sell. The Guardian understands their opening bid to have been fractionally short of €40m (£33m), rather than the €35m fee that was widely reported.

La Albirroja stroll

Paraguay continued their World Cup preparations with a 2-0 friendly win over fellow qualifiers Greece, the 2004 European champions, in the Swiss town of Winterthur on Wednesday.

Capello signs new deal

Fabio Capello has ended speculation over his future as England coach by signing an amended contract which will keep him in the job until after Euro 2012.

L'pool part with Rafa

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has left Anfield by mutual consent, the Premier League club confirmed on Thursday.

Hooligan list handed

The Argentine government said on Wednesday it has handed its South African counterparts a list of 800 football hooligans ahead of the World Cup finals.

Cesar scare for Brazil

Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar was taken off injured in the first half of their comfortable 3-0 victory over Zimbabwe on Wednesday in a World Cup warm -up match.

Hammers' wish Grant-ed

West Ham have appointed Avram Grant as their new manager on a four-year contract, subject to a work permit, the Premier League club confirmed on Thursday.

James set to start

David James looks set to be England's goalkeeper for the start of the World Cup after he was assigned the number one shirt for the tournament in South Africa.

Dunga slates Valcke

Brazil coach Dunga has defended his players after their complaints about the World Cup ball were criticised by FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke.

Akhtar, Malik back

Pakistan included paceman Shoaib Akhtar and former captain Shoaib Malik in its 15-man squad for the Asia Cup to be played in Sri Lanka later this month, selectors announced Thursday.

'Melzer no pushover'

Rafael Nadal could be forgiven for already having one eye firmly fixed on a potential revenge match against Robin Soderling in Sunday's French Open final.

Gilly bets on Finn

Australian legend Adam Gilchrist believes young England pace bowler Steven Finn can be a big hit in the Ashes.

Sunrise post big win

Sunrise SC posted their second victory in the Bashun-dhara Senior Division Football League with a 3-0 win over Purbachal Parisad at the Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.

Abdullah ousts Asif

Abdullah Hel Baki dethroned champion Asif Hossain Khan to win the 10m Air Rifles gold in the 24th National Shooting Championship at the Gulshan National Shooting Complex yesterday.

Pakistan will send young team

Pakistan will send a young team to this year's Asian Games as their top stars will be busy in a series, the country's cricket chief said Thursday.

Business

Govt to plug loopholes in car import duties

The government has set a target to earn Tk 1,000 crore in additional revenue from car imports next year by adopting new measures in the upcoming national budget.

Duty cuts likely for SME raw materials

The government is likely to facilitate small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with substantial duty cuts on the import of basic raw materials and a flat VAT rate of 3 percent in the next budget.

Radisson to set foot in Cox's Bazar

Clewiston Group, a Chittagong-based company, is set to build a 350-room five-star hotel on Kalatoli beach in Cox's Bazar, officials said yesterday.

RMG makers expect rebound in exports

Apparel makers expect a rebound in the last two months of the outgoing fiscal year, although exports of this product came down to $9.96 billion in the first 10 months from $10.13 billion in the same period a year earlier.

ADB to help boost natural gas supply

The Asian Development Bank will provide Bangladesh $266 million in loans to help address natural gas supply constraints.

Top UNIDO official due Sunday

Director General of United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) Dr Kandeh K Yumkella is expected to arrive in Dhaka on Sunday on a three-day state visit.

Poor aid flow threatens MDG achievement

The development partners should release their promised funds for Bangladesh, as the country requires $15 billion per year to achieve the millennium development goals (MDGs) by 2015.

G20 aims to reduce red ink and keep recovery on track

Disagreements over how quickly to reduce billowing budget deficits and restore balance to the global economy risk straining high-level Group of 20 talks that started on Thursday.

Remittance crosses $10b in 11 months

Remittance for the first time has crossed the $10 billion mark in the first 11 months of the current fiscal year, according to statistics released by Bangladesh Bank.

Digital TV expo kicks off

A three-day exposition to display the latest in televisions and allied products began at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel yesterday.

India to slamp 40pc duty on sugar import

The government may impose an import tax of at least 40 percent on white sugar to arrest a sharp fall in local prices of the sweetener, industry officials said on Thursday.

REHAB gets new senior VP

Sultana Shaheda Islam has been elected senior vice-president of Real Estate and Housing Association of Bangladesh (REHAB), the organisation said in a statement yesterday.

US automakers post double-digit sales jump

US auto firms notched a double-digit jump in sales in May as they cashed in on an economic recovery while Japanese giant Toyota saw volume modestly rise despite a recall crisis, data showed Wednesday.

'Significant' Asean trade barriers remain: Study

Singapore is the best place in the world to carry out business but significant barriers remain in the rest of the Asean region, a study released in Vietnam on Thursday said.

BP rocked by ratings downgrades over oil spill

British energy giant BP was hit Thursday by two ratings downgrades over the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster and admitted that it had been ill-prepared for the worst spill in US history.

US economy adds 55,000 private sector jobs in May

The US economy created 55,000 new private-sector jobs in May, the fourth consecutive month of increases amid a slow recovery from recession, payrolls firm ADP said Thursday.

CORPORATE BRIEFS

CMC KAMAL
A board meeting will be held on Sunday at 6pm in compliance with the regulation 30 of DSE listing regulations, to consider, among others, the company's audited financial statements, as of December 31, 2009.

Oil jumps

Oil prices soared on Thursday after positive economic data in the United States sparked a rally in global stock markets, analysts said.

Metropolitan

CID gets more time to submit probe report

A Dhaka court yesterday granted more time to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to submit its probe report on one of the two cases involving the August 21 grenade attacks on Awami League rally in 2004.

ACC okays charge sheets in 28 graft cases

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) approved filing of charge sheets in 28 graft cases against 61 people, including government officials and elected representatives, in the last month.

Grameen Healthcare to work with Kaiser Foundation

Grameen Healthcare Trust and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. USA will work jointly to develop a healthcare system in the country to provide quality healthcare for the poor in an affordable way.

Irregularities mar ad policy during BNP rule

Distribution of government advertisements among newspapers during the past BNP-led coalition government was marred by irregularities and favouritism, but the information minister yesterday claimed it was done fairly.

Reopen closed media houses

Media activists, political parties, professional bodies and human rights organisations strongly protested and condemned the government decision to shut down the daily Amar Desh.

'Enact law to prevent road accidents'

The Families United Against Road Accident, a platform of families who lost their near and dear ones to road crashes, placed an 11-point demand, including enactment of a law, to prevent road accidents.

Govt may consider 8th Wage Board

Information Minister Abul Kalam Azad informed the House yesterday the government may consider formation of the 8th Wage Board for the newspaper industry if a proposal to this end is received from the concerned people of the newspaper industry.

Ghost of 1/11 sitting on govt's shoulder

Barrister Rafique-ul Huq, a counsel for both Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Khaleda Zia, yesterday said the ghost of one-eleven is now sitting on the shoulder of the present government.

Govt to recognise foreign nationals' contribution

Bangladesh will pay tribute to foreign nationals and agencies and recognise their contribution to the liberation war in 1971 during the 40th anniversary of independence.

CDD launched

Centre for Development Dialogue (CDD) was launched recently with a view to strengthening information service on development issues and expansion of dialogue culture in the society, says après release.

IMCB executives

Prof Dr Abdur Rab and M Zakir Hossain were elected chairman and president of the Institute of Management Consultants Bangladesh (IMCB) at its annual general meeting held at a city hotel recently, says a press release.

National

72 hurt, 900 houses damaged as storms lash 4 districts

Storms injured at least 72 people and damaged over 900 dwelling houses in Chapainawabganj, Brahmanbaria, Natore and Gaibandha districts yesterday and on Wednesday night.

Protests fall on deaf ears

Work to remove old trees beside the main road in Faridpur town is going on in full swing despite protests from nature lovers as well as people from all walks of life.

Farmers happy, sharecroppers still incur loss in north

This year's boro production cost in the northern region sees a decrease of Tk 3.00 to Tk 4.00 per kg compared to that of last year as favourable weather and the government's diesel subsidy, electricity rebate and drastic cut in fertiliser price helped boost production.

BCL goes on rampage in town: 6 JCD men held

Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists on Wednesday night attacked BNP office, ransacked some business establishments and set fire to a motorbike following an attack on them by JCD men in the afternoon.

Extortionist killed in mob beating

An extortionist was killed in a mob beating at Chandpur village in Sadar upazila on Tuesday evening.

Caricatures on Shibir torched at night

Despite heavy security measures, unidentified people on Wednesday night burned three caricatures, criticising the activities of Shibir on Rajshahi University campus.

AL men ransack REB office

Awami League (AL) activists yesterday ransacked the Rural Electrification Board (REB) office in Chatmohar upazila as the officials could not set a transformer immediately as per their demand.

Jubo League leader killed, BNP man's body found

Criminals killed a Jubo League leader of Durgapur upazila at Daodukun village on Wednesday night.

BCL men assault teacher, attack another's house

Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists on Wednesday physically assaulted a teacher of Zakiganj Government College and ransacked the quarter of a teacher of MC College.

41 cyclone shelters being built in Bagerhat district

Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) is building 41 cyclone shelters in Bagerhat district at a cost of Tk 52 crore 5 lakh and 67 thousand under the Primary Education Development Project-2.

Criminal arrested

Police arrested an accomplice of top criminals 'Kala' Jahangir and 'Killer' Abbas from Kaunia in Dhaka on Wednesday night. The notorious criminal was identified as Ripon Khan, son of Hero Khan of Baliakhora village under Ghior upazila in Manikganj. Officer-in-charge (OC) of Ghior police station Azizur Rahman told this correspondent that Ripon Khan is accused in many cases including murder, robbery and toll collection. He is accused in three robbery cases and Moja murder case with Ghior police station. Ripon Khan is also an accused in Dhaka City Corporation ward commissioner Saidur Rahman Newton murder case, he said.

Property attached

Police on Wednesday attached all movable properties of Khalishpur thana Awami League leader Kazi Fazlur Rahman as he is absconding being prime FIR-named accused in freedom fighter Altaf Hossain murder case. Police went into action following an order of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Md Barekuzzaman. Earlier, a petition was filed with his court by acting OC of Khalishpur police station Md Shafiqul Alam. Kazi Fazlur Rahman alias Mahabbat, cultural secretary of Khalishpur thana unit of Awami League is one of the nine accused in the case. Jahanara Begum, wife of the slain freedom fighter, filed the case on May 27 with Khalishpur police station.

Toxic mangoes seized

A mobile court comprising an executive magistrate, police and BDR seized 1200 kg of toxic mangoes from Israil intersection of Shibganj municipal area yesterday morning. The team also seized one kg toxic carbide, 200 grams of another poisonous chemical ecophene, two spray machines from there. The court fined the owner of Bismillah Fal Bhandar Tk 5000 for mixing poisonous chemicals with mangoes. Major Nazrul Islam, Operation Officer of 39 Rifles Battalion said, a mobile court led by executive magistrate Mohammad Nasir Uddin raided the warehouse of one Anwarul Haque Dipu and seized the toxic mangoes. Later, the team destroyed the seized mangoes in front of Shibganj stadium.

Jailed for patricide

A court here on Wednesday convicted a man and sentenced him to life term imprisonment for killing his father in 2006. The convict was identified as Forkan Bhuinya, 45, son of Mohammad Ali, resident of village Bholabo in Rupganj upazila. The court also fined the convict Tk 10,000, in default, to suffer one year more RI. According to the prosecution Forkan borrowed Tk 10,000 from his neighbours recently and started pressuring his father to repay the money. Forkan on December 6, 2007 picked up a quarrel with his father over the issue and at one stage beat him to death. Later, Forkan's younger brother Emran Bhuiyan filed a case with the Rupganj police station.

Letters

Re-designing rickshaw

By now it is apparent that for some years at least, (perhaps decades) a vast majority of Dhakabashis and those in other cities, towns and villages in Bangladesh will have to keep on using the existing millions of rickshaws to go about their daily vocational pursuits. What is surprising however is that while just about everything around them has changed, rickshaw design is still the same that I first saw more than 7 decades ago. Since this is by no means a rocket science, I wonder, why this is so. Is it because those who make them, those that drive them and those who use them are all voiceless to be bullied by the 'law' and herded like sheep by the raucous horns of the ever-growing car-owner's fraternity?

Bravo, Musa

Climbing up to the height of the Great Mount Everest by the first Bangladeshi, Musa Ibrahim, proves that our youth could make the impossible possible, if they have the goal and determination. It is an inspiring example for the nation, especially for the young generation who dare to dream of a change.

Of hoisting flags

As the football World Cup nears, football loving fans are becoming engaged greatly in preparing their favourite country's flag to hoist in order to demonstrate their individual staunch support for their favourite teams in the imminent World Cup. After every four years, it is like every house is studded with different countries' various colourful flags floating in the vacuum. Many fans are planning to make gigantic flags to show their great support towards their favourite team. While many others are making the provisions for electricity supply back up as our quarter digital country is going through a little dearth of electricity supply. Whatsoever, the point I want to make is that we exhibit our utmost staunch support by hoisting our favourite teams' flags during the season with a warm, enthusiastic heart, but during our Independence Day and Victory Day we do not show ourselves in the same mood.

Fundamentals of power supply!

The state has inherited and taken up this critical business of power supply, a vital component of economic function in trade, commerce and industry; not to speak of its vital role in all spheres of our daily life! Priority of this vital sector which is as critical as defence has remained a persistent problem in Bangladesh!

Signing of official files

The prime minister has revealed that Begum Zia had called the government officials not to sign official files. This means she has instructed the government officials to abstain from work. In other words, this call is an instigation to the officials of the republic for non-cooperation and civil disobedience. Is it not tantamount to treason against an elected government? It has been trusted by the people and the officials are the machinery to implement all plans and programmes of the government.

Historical facts

Apropos to the letter of May 21 "Historical facts" by Mr Satyaki Chanda of Kolkata, India. It may be correct that Lord SP Sinha was given a peerage and became Baron Sinha in the House of Lords as the first Bengali peer. He also mentioned Kumar Bhattacharya in 2004 but failed to mention Baroness Pola Manzil Uddin who became a Baroness in 1998 and thus became the first woman from Bangladesh to get the title. Recently, Rushanara Ali was directly elected to the House of Commons with a Labour Party ticket in the Bow and Bethnal Green constituency and became the first woman and Muslim to win a seat in the House of Commons.

Blocking Facebook

Well, here's a newsflash for everyone it's not just Facebook that contains such things, it can be found all over the Internet. So it begs the question, when will the Internet be banned in Bangladesh?

Plastic water tank

Simple knowledge on light tells us that black colour absorbs all the seven colours of the light spectrum causing heat production and white colour reflects all the colours of light spectrum and keeps the immediate environment cool. That is the reason why people living in a desert ecosystem wears white head to knee garments to keep them cool. For some unknown reason our rooftop water tanks are made of black plastic and during the summer days it picks up all the heat from the sun and amplify the heat several times. This magnified solar heat, especially during hot summer days, would slowly dissolve small amount of plastic into the water contained in these black water tanks. Many of us boil this water and use it for drinking. I presume over the years, continuous consumption of water from these rooftop black water tanks is going cause serious harm to our health, particularly the growing children. If we are to use plastic rooftop water tank it is better to use white water tanks which would reflect heat during the hot summer days and much lesser amount of plastic would be released into our water.

Lost glory

Student politics, no doubt, plays a very significant role in elevating political standards of a country and also in keeping political situation concern-free. It brings success as long as it remains within a level.

MPO list

We welcome the revision of the MPO list. The recently published SSC results and MPO distribution lists have given rise to many questions. Being a founder of a technical school and a senior academic, the same questions have arisen in my mind too. The school that has achieved 100% success with grade -A (minimum) was not in the initially circulated list. But the lucky ones in MPO list have lots of students who failed in SSC examinations. Even if we make a comparative study or survey in only one district, say Faridpur, a clear picture of disparities come out. The studies or survey can be conducted on the following points in addition to previous criterions; (a) Recent SSC results (b) Profile of founder with vision (c) Scope of science and technology education (d) Remoteness (e) Competence in social reformation and (f) Capacity for adaptation of science and technology to create Digital Bangladesh.

Alcoholic beverages

We do hope that the prime minister will be an architect of a crime free Bangladesh.

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International

Elders debate ways to reach out to Taliban

Afghan tribal elders discussed ways to reach out to the Taliban yesterday, despite a rocket and gunfire attack by the insurgents aimed at disrupting a national conference seeking an end to nearly nine years of war.

Communists suffer setback in West Bengal polls

The ruling Communists in the Indian state of West Bengal have suffered a major setback in the municipal polls.

India, China to bid for Nepal's MRP

India and China are likely to bid for the Machine Readable Passport (MRP) contract for which the government had recently called tenders.

India, US hope for global strategic partnership

India and the US hope to set new milestones as they hold their first strategic dialogue yesterday to transform their growing relationship into a global strategic partnership encompassing a broad range from political to economic to social ties.

US senator cancels Myanmar trip

A prominent US Senator abruptly cancelled a trip to military-ruled Myanmar yesterday after new allegations that the junta is working with North Korea to develop a nuclear programme.

Sarkozy pressured on Pak arms deal allegations

French opposition lawmakers yesterday called on President Nicolas Sarkozy to give all details of any links to suspected kickbacks on arms deals allegedly used to fund political campaigns.

Pakistan evacuates 60,000

A major cyclone was closing in on Pakistan's coastline, where the president ordered immediate precautionary measures and around 60,000 residents were being evacuated from Sindh province, officials said yesterday.

UN official criticises US drone attacks

The use of targeted killings with weapons like drone aircraft poses a growing challenge to the international rule of law, a UN official says.

When a Beatle met President Obama at White House

A Beatle met the president when Sir Paul McCartney performed at the East Room of the White House yesterday night.

S Korea's governing party faces setback in local polls

President Lee Myung-bak's party has suffered a surprising setback in local elections that were widely seen as a referendum on his handling of North Korea's alleged torpedoing of a South Korean warship.

Flotilla activists given hero's welcome in Turkey

Hundreds of activists from a Turkish-led aid flotilla landed at Istanbul early yesterday, dazed and shaken after their ordeal but given a hero's welcome by thousands of cheering supporters waiting at the airport.

Lift Gaza blockade immediately

The United Nations has demanded the Israel lift its blockade on Gaza immediately.

Biden backs Israel's right to stop flotilla

Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday backed Israel's right to board ships bound for Gaza to prevent weapons smuggling, but said Washington remained concerned about the plight of Palestinians there.

Cameron reveals duties of Nick Clegg

The Times calls him the 'Prime Minister's Office Wife', but Nick Clegg took no offence as Prime Minister David Cameron outlined his deputy's duties for the first time in parliament.

Arts & Entertainment

Fluent miniatures

Achieving the impossible is not much of a daunting task anymore. People are reaching out for their dreams and touching it too; from surviving the deadly cancer to probing Mars to climbing the Everest, dreams are coming true like these are mundane regular feats. But what we don't realise are the reasons for such achievements to be possible; people who make the impossible a reality are strong willed. They just don't know how to give up, they believe in themselves. This inner strength sets them apart from the ordinary and makes them the achievers.

Protitee Sangeet Bidyayaton turns one

Protitee Sangeet Bidyayaton marked its first anniversary at the main auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum, Shahbagh, in Dhaka on June 2.

Gantha honours Selina Hossain

Gantha, a literary organisation, accorded a reception on June 2 to noted writer Selina Hossain for receiving the honorary D.Lit degree from Rabindra Bharati University. The reception was held at Bengal Café, Dhanmondi in Dhaka.

Aupee Karim at DS Cafe'

It was 10 minutes before noon on May 29 when the ravishing Aupee Karim arrived in a black and white fatua and jeans with her beguiling smile and that spark in her eyes. Before the phone line got busy (for the next one hour) the Arts and Entertainment Desk put a few questions to the popular actress, TV show host and dancer.

Runa on “Ke Hobey Biggest Fan” tonight

Internationally renowned Bangladeshi singer Runa Laila is the featured celebrity on tonight's “Ke Hobey Biggest Fan” (Who will be the biggest fan) on Zee Bangla at 10 pm. The show is hosted by Bollywood director Anuraag Basu.

Homer Simpson voted greatest TV character

Homer Simpson has been named the greatest TV and film character of the last 20 years, according to an Entertainment Weekly survey.

OP-ED

Putting out fire with gasoline

I can't believe this. So heavy-handed has the government's closure of Amar Desh and arrest of the acting editor/owner been that I find myself in the decidedly uncomfortable position of being forced to advocate on his behalf.

Girls, bring it on!

EVE-TEASING is perhaps the only term that implies the victim is at fault for the wrong being done. A palliative for despicable offenses, each of which amounts to a "little rape," eve-teasing refers to the temptress nature of Eve. It puts the blame on women as tease, as if it's their provocation that draws aggressive response from men.

Let Chittagong be Chittagong

THE immediate past Mayor of the Chittagong City Corporation (CCC), Al-Haj A.B.M. Mohiuddin Chowdhury is one of the most dynamic and performing mayor the city ever had, with the exception the of legendary late Nur Ahmed Chairman (He was Chairman of Chittagong Municipality for 33 years till he took voluntary retirement.) Mohiuddin has innovative ideas that he tries to put into action, but sometimes goes overboard and gives birth to unnecessary controversies.

Hartal and economic unfreedom

MY first article on the adverse impacts of hartal appeared in this newspaper back in 1993. It would perhaps not be an exaggeration to say that the attempt was the first of its kind to calculate the economic costs of hartal. Later on, different agencies also followed the suit.

Voices must be heard, words must be written

THERE is a desperation which comes into the business of shutting down a newspaper. It is desperation which brings with it clear brush strokes of huge anger and inexplicable arrogance. When a government decides, in its questionable wisdom, that it is all right to dispense with a newspaper, that there are ways of forcing it off the stands, it does not quite convince people that it has learnt from history. In the post-modern society we are part, it is not expected that all of us will subscribe to the views of a newspaper or of a television channel. But all of us agree that there must be a diversity of views for the fundamental reason that we have little wish to see our democracy, or what passes for it, dwindle into illiberality bordering on the authoritarian. Democracies do not close doors. They open new windows and newer vistas. Elected governments do not suffer from a persecution complex. If they do, it is a social order that is threatened with chaos . . . because governments in such a state of mind go into doing all those things that take them farther and farther away from those they purport to govern.

StarTech

SIM tax must go this time

SIM tax stands as a major obstacle to the prospective customers as the newcomers will not be richer than the previous ones, says the chief of the second largest mobile operator in Bangladesh.

The Facebook debate

Access to Facebook was "temporarily" blocked on May 29. We received overwhelming comments on the issue in our online edition. In today's IT & Telecom issue we print some of them. To read and post more comments visit www.thedailystar.net

Google phases out Microsoft Windows use

Web search group Google Inc is phasing out internal use of rival Microsoft Corp's Windows operating system because of security concerns following a Chinese hacking incident, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday.

Ovijaan connected 3.5 lakh

Helal Uddin, a biology teacher of a college in Sylhet, had to wait for months for his copy of different foreign journals to stay in touch with the latest activities in the research field.

NSN shows technologies for local market

Nokia Siemens Network (NSN), a leading global enabler of telecommunications services, on Wednesday organised a two-day conference which was aimed at discussing with local customers subjects from the annual Mobile World Congress, held in Barcelona last February.


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