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News of: Friday, 7th of January, 2011

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PM lists successes, pledges to keep up

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday claimed that her government achieved remarkable successes in the last two years and urged people to compare those with the last BNP-Jamaat government's achievements in first two years.

Army to be deployed in 56 municipalities

Army personnel will be deployed in 56 municipalities in 29 districts for the municipal polls to be held shortly to help maintain law and order, the Election Commission (EC) announced yesterday.

Dhaka gets closer to Delhi, Beijing

The first two years of the Awami League-led grand alliance government have seen Bangladesh focusing its foreign policy on regional connectivity and boosting ties especially with India and China -- the two Asian giants.

6 protesters held for vandalism

Police yesterday detained at least six people in front of Dhaka bourse and adjacent areas on charge of street vandalism during a demonstration by the retail investors protesting the continuous slump in stock prices.

Bangladesh 15th best investment destination

Bangladesh has ranked 15th in an international rating among the investment-potential countries for the foreign investors and businessmen in 2010.

Costly purchase of rice okayed

Bangladesh will import 2.5 lakh tonnes of rice from Vietnam at a price 35 percent higher compared to four months ago, as prices have jumped on the world market.

Ital-Thai to get job by Tuesday

Bangladesh Bridge Authority (BBA) has decided to award the elevated expressway project to the winning bidder by Tuesday.

Summit gets two more power contracts

Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday expressed concern over awarding too many power projects to local entrepreneur Summit Power that has won as many as six projects by submitting lowest price in different tenders.

Seven pilots charged with Biman strike

Biman Bangladesh Airlines yesterday pressed charges against seven pilots under its service rules for striking and breaching discipline during a row over retirement age last year.

Some issues missing, some repeated

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina claimed some new successes in her speech yesterday but some of them were repetitions of what she said the previous year.

BNP terms it meaningless, Ershad says 'no exaggeration'

Politicians and eminent citizens last night gave mixed reaction over Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's speech to the nation.

JS session starts on Jan 25

The Jatiya Sangsad goes into the New Year session on January 25 with uncertainty over the return of the main opposition to parliament.

India's food inflation at year-high

India's food inflation accelerated for the fifth straight week to the highest in more than a year, reinforcing fears it will spill over to broader prices and pile pressure on the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to tighten monetary policy.

War crimes trial to end in 3 years

The trial of war criminals will be completed within the next three years despite 'conspiracy against the trial', Home Minister Sahara Khatun said yesterday.

Mufti Izhar remanded

A Chittagong court yesterday placed Mufti Izharul Islam Chowdhury, president of an Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ) faction, on a four-day remand in two cases filed for his alleged involvement with a banned militant outfit, Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (Huji).

Secretary faces contempt of court charge

The High Court yesterday asked Establish-ment Secretary Iqbal Mahbud to appear before it on January 18 in connection with contempt of court and also issued a rule upon him to explain why punitive actions should not be taken against him.

Hearing now January 10

The High Court (HC) yesterday deferred till January 10 the hearing on a writ petition that challenged the martial law trial and execution of Col Abu Taher in 1976.

SC asks for hard copies

The Supreme Court authorities yesterday sent a third letter to Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) asking printed copies of the respondents' replies in its recent household survey.

New storms soak Australian communities

Cleanup crews toiled under more pounding rains yesterday to clear mountains of debris in flood-ravaged communities across northeastern Australia, as one mayor warned it could take his city up to a year to recover from the worst flooding in decades.

Editorial

Two years of AL-led government

The honeymoon period for the Awami League-led Mohajote government is truly over now that it has stepped into its third year in office. These past two years have been time enough for the government to fulfill the expectations it had aroused in the people through its promise of change. Before we go into the business of dwelling on whether or not the government has indeed made a difference in the lives of citizens, we need to make it clear to the prime minister and her colleagues that in this third year in power, judgement on their administration will be solely based on how they perform from here on and until the next election. The government will henceforth be under the most rigorous scrutiny and public support or disapproval of it will depend on how it goes about conducting business in this third year.

Navigability in the Jamuna

The report that 30 cargo vessels have been stranded over a week at the Shibalay point in Manikganj in the river Jamuna is a cause for concern. Unless dredging, which is now under way at the river point in question, is done speedily and effectively, the delay in the supply of the goods that those vessels are carrying will contribute to raising their carrying cost as well as leave its knock-on effect on their price and the overall productive activities in the districts they are bound for. The Shibchar point is one of the 12 vulnerable points in the Jamuna, where the rate of siltation is very high in the lean seasons of the year so much so that a shoal may spring up in a matter of hours. Whereas this is a veritable obstacle to early prognostication of the spots needing immediate dredging, as pointed out by Chief Engineer of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA), that should also provide a more compelling reason why there should be constant survey of the intensity of siltation and levels of water at the vulnerable points in place and more dredgers ready for action as and when it is required. But the way the dredged up mud is being reportedly allowed to pile up near the navigation point being cleared of the silt, it is again clogging the river lane in question. As it appears, the problem lies in homing in on the appropriate spot for the dredging where there is also suitable place for dumping the mud. The dredging authority, BIWTA, needs to take these points into due consideration to facilitate their dredging operation. The cargo vessel operators, too, have to remain alert to the declining navigability of the river route under scrutiny so that the weight of their goods-laden vessels itself may not become a barrier to their passage through the shallow waters of the siltation-prone sections of the river. Since the major river routes for transporting vital cargoes to the northern districts are fast choking up with silts and shoals, it calls for emergency action including regional cooperation to address it.

Sports

Coach-less Sheikh Jamal win top clash

Cameroonian midfielder Modo Hugues marked his debut with a brilliant goal as newcomers Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club handed a 2-0 defeat to Muktijoddha Sangsad in their Bangladesh League encounter at the Birshreshtha Mostafa Kamal Stadium yesterday.

'Couldn't believe I beat my idols'

Although Shafiuddin Ahmed had played eleven one-dayers for Bangladesh, he played just one World Cup game and everyone in this country knows that game by heart. Now working as a full-time umpire, Shafiuddin looks back to those heady days and speaks to The Daily Star about it.

Fight mars final

Muktobihanga lifted the title of the Dhaka Bank Victory Day Hockey Tournament when they defeated Sonali Bank 4-3 in a tiebreaker of the chaotic final at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Tigers to start WC prep from January 9

The Bangladesh team will start their World Cup preparations from January 9 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.

School football

Dhaka Residential Model School and A Latif Charitable School moved into the semifinal of the Ashyian City Dhaka Metropolis School Football Tournament beating their respective rivals at the Abahani ground in Dhanmondi yesterday.

Ajmal to miss first Test

Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal will not play in the opening Test of the three-match series against New Zealand starting tomorrow due to the sudden death of his father back in his country.

Sreesanth fined

India's Shanthakumaran Sreesanth has been fined 10 per cent of his match fee for kicking the boundary rope during the ongoing third and final Test against South Africa.

Eng poised for final blow

Relentless England were only three wickets away from their first series victory Down Under in 24 years after humbling Australia on the fourth day in the final Sydney Ashes Test on Thursday.

Series ends in dull draw

India validated their ranking as the number one team in Test cricket when they drew the third and final Test and earned a share of the series against second-ranked South Africa at Newlands here on Thursday.

Colly quits Test

England batsman Paul Collingwood said it was time to move on and give younger players an opportunity as he announced his retirement from Test cricket on Thursday.

Nadal, Federer in qrts

Roger Federer and fever-hit Rafael Nadal both had to fight their way out of trouble before reaching the quarterfinals of the Qatar Open on Wednesday.

Time to improve

New Zealand and Pakistan open their Test series here Friday, keen to salvage reputations despite the series' sideline status on a tour dominated by the short form of the game and eyes focused on the spot-fixing scandal.

Boycott blames selectors

Former England captain Geoffrey Boycott says Australia's selectors must take much of the blame for its team's disappointing Ashes campaign.

Wolves stun Chelsea

Chelsea were sent spinning to a shock 1-0 defeat at Wolves on Wednesday as the Premier League champions fell further behind in the title race and left manager Carlo Ancelotti clinging to his job.

Carlo doesn't fear sack

Carlo Ancelotti insists he doesn't fear the sack even though he effectively wrote off Chelsea's title hopes after their shock 1-0 defeat at Wolves.

Sepp remains defiant

Sepp Blatter on Thursday hit out at what he called the "envy and jealousy" of FIFA's success and vowed football's powerful world governing body would not bow to criticism.

Higuain surgery next week

Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain will undergo surgery to fix a slipped disc that has sidelined him since November in the United States next week, the Spanish club said Thursday.

Robben ready to return

Dutch international Arjen Robben says he is fit and ready to return for Bayern Munich after a six-month injury layoff that has kept him out of action since the World Cup in South Africa.

Barcelona in last 8

French international defender Eric Abidal scored his first Barcelona goal on Wednesday in a 1-1 draw at Athletic Bilbao to hand his club a spot in the Spanish Cup quarterfinals.

Drugs inside Ade painting

Drug traffickers tried to smuggle cannabis into Britain inside a painting of English Premier League footballer Emmanuel Adebayor, border officials said Thursday.

Klose eyes move abroad

Germany and Bayern Munich striker Miroslav Klose said Thursday he is hoping the Bundesliga champions will extend his contract but did not rule out a move abroad to further his experience.

Prince Ali unseats Chung

Jordan's Prince Ali bin Al Hussein stunned powerful South Korean Chung Mong-Joon to unseat him as a FIFA vice-president here on Thursday.

Bin Hammam re-elected

Mohamed Bin Hammam won a new four-year term as Asian Football Confederation president on Thursday, winning a vote in which he was the only candidate.

WR cap holder Lilly retires

American midfielder Kristine Lilly, who set a global football record for men or women with 352 international appearances, announced her retirement on Wednesday at age 39 after a 24-year career.

Business

Banks scale down costs

Management efficiency, use of technology and reduction in bad loans helped banks minimise their operating costs in the past decade.

Bhutan eyes deal to access Mongla port

Bangladesh is preparing to sign a fresh agreement with Bhutan this month to allow the South Asian landlocked country to use Mongla port, said a senior official of the commerce ministry yesterday.

DSE turnover hits record low

A dearth of liquidity takes a heavy toll on the premier bourse's turnover or transaction value that hit its lowest yesterday in eight months.

Consumer credit has a downside

A rise in consumer lending by banks may not augur well for the country's progress, as many anticipate, a former central bank governor has cautioned.

FAO sees drop in cereal import

Bangladesh's cereal import demand is likely to fall in 2011 due to increased domestic production, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said in its report.

International long-distance slumps, Skype soars

Growth in international call traffic has slumped while international traffic routed via Skype, the largest provider of internet-based voice communications, continues to accelerate, data showed.

Dhaka urges Riyadh to ease registrations on pharma exports

Dhaka yesterday urged Riyadh to ease registrations on exports of pharmaceuticals to Saudi Arabia.

Knitwear leaders demand fire station in Fatullah

Knitwear makers and exporters yesterday urged the government to set up a fire station in Fatullah, Narayanganj, for the security of workers and factories in the industrial area.

Mobile repairers thrive on telecoms growth

Sajib Ahmed does not think much about the growth of the country's mobile phone sector, but he is thankful to the handy device for helping him find work in his homeland.

Food doesn't cause crises, governments do

Food prices are rising to dangerous levels. There is talk of a coming crisis, like the ones that produced riots around the world in 2008 and 1974. Many of the ingredients of a disaster are present, but governments can stop it before it causes too much damage.

Food inflation threat tops Asia policy agenda

Record high food prices are moving to the top of the agenda for many Asian policymakers as the prospect of higher inflation in 2011 poses a major threat to the region's strong revival from the global financial crisis.

Probe may push Facebook to early stock offering

A US probe into Goldman Sachs's 450-million-dollar investment in Facebook could drive the hugely popular social networking site to go public earlier than planned, analysts said Wednesday.

Indian oil giant optimistic over Iran supply problem

India's biggest oil refiner said Thursday it did not expect any supply shortages because of a payments problem between India and Iran, but other refiners are making contingencies in case of disruption.

China says yuan not main cause of trade imbalance

China said Thursday the value of the yuan was not the main cause of the Sino-US trade imbalance, after Washington said it would raise the issue when Chinese President Hu Jintao visits this month.

Asiana to buy six Airbus A380s

South Korea's Asiana Airlines said Thursday it had agreed to buy six Airbus A380 superjumbos in a deal worth $1.8 billion as it tries to cash in on booming demand from China and the rest of Asia.

Stronger Wall Street supports Asian shares

A rise on Wall Street and a stronger greenback gave Asian stocks a lift on Thursday, with Sydney showing confidence despite disastrous floods, although Shanghai was in consolidation mode.

Metropolitan

2.20cr children to get polio vaccine

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday launched the 19th National Immunisation Day (NID) programme to make the country free from polio and night blindness.

Full text of PM's address to nation

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday sought cooperation of the people in realising her government's Vision-2021 programme as she addressed the nation marking completion of two years of the Awami League-led grand alliance in office.

No progress in talks with Somali pirates

Owners of hijacked ship MV Jahan Moni claimed they could hardly make any headway over the rescue of the ship and its crew in yesterday's conversation with the Somali pirates.

Next hearing on Sunday

The newly elected Jatiya Press Club (JPC) president and general secretary yesterday appeared before a Dhaka court seeking its permission to contest the case filed on Wednesday challenging the legality of handing and taking over the charge and running the function.

Five killed, 9 injured in road accidents

Five people were killed and nine others injured in separate road accidents in Chittagong, Gaibandha, Bogra and Nilphamari on Wednesday and yesterday.

Chinese companies get nod

The cabinet committee on purchase yesterday approved the proposals by some Chinese companies to turn Joydevpur-Mymensingh Highway into four lanes under four packages.

Govt has no success in 2 years: Anwar

BNP Standing Committee Member MK Anwar yesterday said government had no successes in its term except in repressing the opposition.

'5 journos killed last yr'

A total of five journalists were killed and 335 victimised in different sorts of repression last year, said a study of Mass-Line Media Centre (MMC).

Ex-army man stabbed, wife mugged in city

Muggers stabbed ex-army personnel, a rickshaw puller and snatched gold ornaments from the ex-army's wife at Sheikhertek in the city's Adabor area early yesterday.

'Uproot razakars'

Speakers at a discussion yesterday said it is important to isolate razakars and ensure war crimes trial to build a democratic, progressive, developed and secular Bangladesh.

2 transnational criminals held

Detectives arrested two transnational gang members with a firearm and local and foreign fake currencies at Jindabahar in the city's Kotwali on Wednesday.

Afzalur Radio Foorti's new COO

Daniel Afzalur Rahman has been appointed the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Radio Foorti, says a press release.

Woman commits suicide

A young woman allegedly committed suicide by jumping from the roof of her residence in city's Mirpur area yesterday.

Fair probe into rape of adivasi girl demanded

Bangladesh Mahila Parishad yesterday demanded impartial investigation into the incident of gang rape of an indigenous girl at Ghumdhum union of Naikkhangchhari in Bandarban.

CCC drive against illegal structures continues: 2 held

A mobile court of Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) arrested two traders from KB Aman Ali Road in the port city during its drive for second day yesterday for setting up makeshift shops on footpath.

Woman's 'murderer' arrested

An auto-rickshaw driver was arrested from Culvert Road in city's Motijheel area yesterday in connection with the murder of a young woman in Sabujbagh eight months ago.

RU Rotaracts to celebrate 20 yrs

Rotaract Club of Rajshahi University is to arrange its “20 Years Celebration” on January 14 and 15 on the university campus for the ex-Rotaractors, said a press release.

Minister lauds role of women entrepreneurs

Industries Minister Dilip Barua said self-reliant women could play a vital role in building a prosperous nation.

National

Harijans vote every time amid empty promises

Unlike other areas of the country, the enthusiasm for the upcoming municipal election has hardly touched the Harijan people in Chapainawabganj town.

Headmaster punished for taking money for textbooks

A headmaster was punished for realising money for textbooks while a task force seized 60,000 new textbooks on Tuesday.

More mayor aspirants face voters, pledge to work for them

Sushashoner Jonney Nagarik (Sujan), an organisation working for ensuring good governance, has continued its countrywide programme to bridge the gap between mayoral candidates and voters about electoral commitments and their implementation.

In-laws make hapless Heera's life miserable

A young girl underwent untold physical and mental torture by her in-laws for dowry, alleged the victim's relatives.

Pirates loot 40 trawlers injuring over 100 Bagerhat fishermen

Over 100 fishermen were injured and valuables from 40 trawlers looted by pirates in the Sundarbans under Sharankhola upazila Wednesday midnight.

2 jailed for stalking in Satkhira, Chuadanga

Mobile courts in Satkhira and Chuadanga sentenced two youths to jail on charge of stalking on Wednesday and the day before.

UNO office besieged

Poor people on Wednesday besieged the office of the upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) protesting alleged corruption in the VGD and VGF programmes in Bhandaria upazila.

Rangpur rail blockade

Rail communications between Rangpur and other districts remain suspended for hours every day since Thursday morning as locals enforced an 'indefinite' blockade at Rangpur railway station demanding direct train link with the capital Dhaka. Around 2,000 people, under the banner of Rangpur Division Unnayan Bastobayan Parishad, gathered at the station and started the four-hour blockade programme on the track at about 10:00am. Rail communications on Rangpur-Dinajpur, Rangpur-Kurigram-Lalmonirhat and Khulna-Rajshahi routes were suspended due to the blockade. Meanwhile, four trainsLalmonirhat-Rajshahi, Rangpur-Kurigram, Kurigram-Dinajpur and Rangpur-Lalmonirhar got stranded during the blockade.

11 Hizb-ut men arrested

Police arrested 11 Hizb-ut Towhid activists, including two of its regional leaders, in Chuadanga on Tuesday. The law enforcers also seized books, CDs and leaflets from their possession. Acting on a tip-off, a team of Chuadanga Sadar police station led by sub inspector (SI) Ilias Hossain raided Dingidoho village in Chuadanga Sadar upazila at around 4:30pm and arrested nine activists of Hizb-ut Towhid while they were taking preparation to distribute leaflets among the people of the area. The regional leaders -- Zahidul Islam, 39, of Chorgoal village and Akabul Islam, 40, of Kalyanpur village in Gangni upazila of Meherpur-- were arrested when they went to the police station to free their fellow activists from police custody. The other arrestees are: Belal Hossain, 22, Awlad Hossain, 32, Nazim Uddin, 41, Shah Alam, 40, Shamim Hossain, 30, of Meherpur and Shariful Islam, 37, Hashmat Ali, 29, Mirajul Islam, 40, Nabis Uddin, 40, of Chuadanga Sadar upazila.

JCD activist held with arms

A team of Rapid Action Battalion on Wednesday night arrested a Chhattra Dal (JCD) activist and recovered a revolver and two bullets from his possession in Raipura upazila of the district. The arrestee was identified as Hasanuzzaman Hasan, 35. Sources said, tipped off, a team of Rab-11 raided Ghoramara bridge area and arrested Hasan along with the firearms. He was handed over to Raipura police station yesterday.

Bhola: SC clears way for holding Char Fashion polls

The Supreme Court yesterday cleared the way for holding election to Char Fashion municipality in the district scheduled to be held on January 27.

Joypurhat: Candidate fined for violating poll code

A mayor candidate in Kalai municipal election was fined by a mobile court for violating electoral code of conduct on Wednesday.

Letters

Support to rural cottage industries

Rural cottage based handloom weaving, potteries, iron-mongering and such other cottage handicrafts from the villages need encouragement and necessary financial support to grow. For them, going to normal commercial banks for financing their working capital, is fairly complicated. It is usually beyond their capabilities to provide the needed guarantees and other documents needed for processing the loan. Further, the usual interests on loans charged by commercial banks are beyond their limited home based output. This is where Grameen Bank can expand their activities further along with many NGOs who may not be able to provide the necessary working capital needed.

People's sufferings

On the eve of holy Eid-ul-Adha, the construction work of road dividers on the highly congested Green Road near the Panthopath intersection in front of Fattah Plaza was left abandoned causing immense sufferings to the commuters from early morning hours till late at night. I thought the construction work would resume after Eid holidays; but alas, it never happened.

Bangladesh in 2030

Some of our VIPs, political leaders, bureaucrats and economists have predicted that by the year 2030 Bangladesh will become one of the 30 rich countries in the world and our per capita income will be US$4000 , which was US$925 in 2009. Well, let our dream come true.

We are very disappointed

Our daughter has been studying in Shaheed Anwar School since nursery class. Now she is a student of class IV. Shaheed Anwar School is a renowned educational institution. So, we felt proud to admit our daughter there. But the recent activities and rules of the Cantonment Board made us very disappointed.

Think logically

Most mental asylums have a popular test for inmates being considered for release. They are asked to empty a big bucket of water with a small mug while an open tap pours into it. The ones who turn off the tap are considered first. The inference, rightly so, is that they have started to think logically.

Private cars as public transports?

The finance minister reportedly told the press that the government's only failure is that they could not solve the “Traffic Congestion" in Dhaka. He further informed the press that his government has already worked out a comprehensive plan. He has spelled out eight action plans among which one is very interesting, that is private cars will not be allowed to ply in the Dhaka streets carrying less than 4/5 passengers.

RAB and human rights

The latest Wikileaks leakage circulated in both electronic and print media revealed that the UK and the USA are imparting training to Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) personnel to develop their professional skills with special emphasis on the development of values and attitudes towards protecting human rights.

Happy New Year!

A new year gives us new hopes. We feel as if we are ready to forget the previous failures and errors and start all over again. By playing our respective role, someday we will be able to eradicate poverty and make Bangladesh a middle-income country. Our new year's resolution is to see a Happy Bangladesh.

Islamic values and secularism

This is in response to Mr. Saleh Ayub who wrote something about Islamic values in this page recently. I wonder whether he is aware of the four principles of our constitution. He has failed to understand the real meaning of secularism and has no idea about our culture. Secularism does not mean that obscene dance shows can be arranged in a country where nearly 90 percent of the total population is Muslim. What is more, our culture is different from that of Europe. It is true that in the present times it is difficult to follow Islamic rules strictly for many reasons, but should we not believe in Allah the Almighty? Should we forgo the Islamic values in the name of modernism, secularism or something else?

Online Voices

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International

Allies see plot in Pak governor's killing

Allies of Pakistan's assassinated liberal politician Salman Taseer yesterday alluded to his killing as part of a wider plot, slamming security failures that saw his bodyguard charged with murder.

Gbagbo ordered Ivory Coast violence

Ivory Coast's presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara said yesterday he had proof his rival, Laurent Gbagbo, had instigated post-election violence and ordered foreign agents to carry out killings.

Palestinians look for early vote on UN resolution

A Palestinian resolution condemning Israel's settlement building could be voted on at the UN Security Council as early as next week, the Palestinian representative to the UN said Wednesday.

US envoy seeks Chinese help

A top US envoy sought China's help yesterday in easing the threat of war on the Korean peninsula, hoping to gain insights about a senior Chinese official's recent meeting with North Korea's absolute leader, Kim Jong Il.

US to send 1,400 troops to Afghanistan

The US plans to send 1,400 additional Marines to Afghanistan to boost its combat forces ahead of the spring fighting season, the Wall Street Journal reported on yesterday.

Iran detains US woman

Iranian authorities have detained a 55-year-old US woman on spying charges, a state-owned newspaper reported yesterday.

Israeli, Egyptian leaders to discuss peacemaking

Israel's prime minister says he will discuss Mideast peacemaking with Egypt's leader, as well as the common threat posed by Iranian-backed militant groups.

22 killed in India bus crash

At least 22 people including six children were killed when their bus plunged into a gorge in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, a police officer told AFP yesterday.

Youths riot in Algeria over high prices

Rioting youths have set buildings ablaze and hurled stones at police in Algeria amid anger at recent price rises and chronic unemployment.

Israel won't be Turkey's 'punching bag': Lieberman

Turkey is to blame for the crisis in relations between Israel and Ankara, and the Jewish state will not become a Turkish "punching bag," Israel's foreign minister said yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Celebration Amidst Music and Dance

With the theme "Mostok Tulitey Dao Ananto Akashey, Udatto Akashey Muktir Batashey", musical troupe SURMA (Students United for Research in Musical Activities) marked its 10th anniversary at Teachers' and Students' Centre (TSC) on Dhaka University campus on January 5.

Infotainment Galore!

On a chilly January morning, exactly two years ago, a crisp new voice emerged in the air of Dhaka, with a vision to enlighten and entertain people from all walks of life. The frequency of 89.2 Megahertz, or more commonly, FM 89.2 took little time to find its niche in the hearts of radio listeners.

Opekkha: A Long Wait in Uncertainty

A grandmother's monotonous days at her remote village is marked by counting moments to her only grandson's visit. The grandson, Raibul, lives in the city and harbours the ambition of becoming a singer. The grandmother's frustration turns into urgency, when she talks to someone visiting from the city, thinking that her grandson might know him. Her repeated requests to a neighbour to write a letter to Rabiul also indicates her yearning to see her only family member.

Full Steam Ahead

Arun Chowdhury launched his career as a director with a BTV serial "Chhoto Chhoto Dheu", for which he scripted the screenplay as well. After its success, the director has sailed his way forward, directing serials like "Ondho Shikari", "Atto-prokash'" and "Kagojer Phul", which went on to attain popularity.

Two-day 'Poush Mela' at Ramna Botumul

Jatiyo Poush Mela Udjapon Parishad (JPUP), will be holding a two-day Poush Mela, at Ramna Botumul from today. This is the 12th such mela by JPUP. The organisation has been holding the mela since 1999.

Baul Mela ends in Manikganj

The five daylong Baul Mela, attended by more than 100 noted singers including Farida Perveen, Saidur Rahman Boyati, Aynal Haque Dewan, Khoimiddin Boyati, Shah Alam, Aklima Begum, Tarabali Dewan, Lipi Sarker and more, ended at Manikganj Government High School playground last Wednesday night.

Fifth Int'l Festival of Docufilms at Public Library

‘5th International Festival of Docufilms' organised by Liberation War Museum (LWM) began on January 5 at Shawkat Osman Auditorium, Public Library in Dhaka. LMW looks forward to reach a larger audience by holding the event at Public Library premises, according to a press release. The festival will end on January 8.

OP-ED

Challenges before the government

The year 2010 is gone. A new year has set in and with that the Awami League-led grand alliance, as the ruling alliance under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina, has completed its two years and embarked on the third year of its five-year term.

Why rice price hike during harvest?

Avisit to the website of the state-owned Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) shows that the price of coarse rice in the market on January 2 varied between Tk.34 and Tk.36 a kilogram (kg). One year ago, the price varied between Tk.26 and Tk.27 per kg, which means price hike of 32.08% in a year. The price of coarse rice has been taken as indicator of rice price hike because more than 75% of the people eat coarse rice. Secondly, the Food and Disaster Management ministry's (MOFDM) website generally shows rice price in terms of coarse rice price.

Denying reality

Transparency International (TI), or any of its chapters across the world, has perhaps not faced such an adverse situation as its chapter in Bangladesh is confronted with. The Awami League (AL) led alliance government has reacted vehemently to Transparency International Bangladesh's (TIB) survey report and is contemplating to go for legal action against the organisation, creating a bad example of denying reality.

House of echo

Our National Parliament Building has brought us international honour. Unfortunately, however, the National Parliament is not in an ideal state. The architectural masterpiece that houses the assembly of the highest elected representatives of the country is beholden to uni-track litany of putting the leader on the pedestal, self-righteousness and deprecation of absentee opponents.

Proof the world is crazy x 2

Athletes got into trouble for trying to bring their own milk to the Commonwealth Games in India. Why? Because the milk was still in the cow.

StarTech

Banking on e-banking

Online banking is a relatively new concept in Bangladesh. Like any new technology, along with the potential, it brings with it a rush of questions relating to its design, acceptability and potential risks.

Microsoft Windows vulnerable to new type of attack

Some versions of Microsoft Corp's Windows operating system are vulnerable to attack from hackers exploiting a flaw in the software that could allow them to remotely take control of a personal computer.

Notebook craze continues

It's been three years since the inception of laptop fair, yet its appeal still remains unchanged among the city dwellers.

Starz launching Spartacus on Facebook

"Spartacus" is coming to Facebook, becoming one of the first major TV properties to get a social game.

Firefox takes top browser spot in Europe

Mozilla's Firefox browser has overtaken Microsoft's Internet Explorer as the leader in Europe, the first time Microsoft's browser has lost its top spot in a major market, a web analytics firm StatCounter said.



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