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News of: Wednesday, 19th of January, 2011

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BNP favourites upset AL

The main opposition BNP-blessed candidates have finally won the battle of ballots in municipalities, edging past the ones from archrival Awami League.

Calm broken

Violence and ballot stuffing by ruling party men in several municipalities in Chittagong and Sylhet divisions yesterday blemished the otherwise fair and peaceful municipal polls staggered over four days.

6 killed in gang fight

Six people were killed and two others injured in a gunfight between two gangs of robbers in a remote area of Hatiya upazila in Noakhali early yesterday, police said.

Blast kills 4 workers

Four workers died and another suffered critical burns in an explosion yesterday at a ship-breaking yard in Sitakunda during scrapping a tanker that entered the country violating the High Court's directive.

Markets shut as stocks dip

Share trading on the Dhaka and Chittagong bourses was stopped one hour and 20 minutes ahead of schedule for the second time in eight days.

4 die after taking toxic liquor

Four people including a liquor seller died on Monday night and early yesterday after drinking toxic alcohol in Mohasthangarh under Shibganj upazila of the district.

PM invites more UAE investment

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday called upon UAE entrepreneurs to invest more in Bangladesh's potential sectors taking the advantage of its investment-friendly environment.

Stop killings on border

Frequent killings of Bangladeshi citizens by Indian Border Security Force figured prominently at the Joint Working Group (JWG) meeting between the two countries that began in the capital yesterday.

Swindling alert not enough

The commerce ministry and the Registrar of Joint Stock Companies and Firms are liable to clarify what is happening with the so-called multilevel marketing (MLM) companies, experts said.

Pre-paid gas meters likely from June

Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company will introduce the first batch of prepaid gas meters at homes in Lalmatia and Mohammadpur from June to curb gas wastage and ensure fair payment by the consumers.

PM to visit UK Jan 25-29

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will pay a five-day official visit to the United Kingdom from January 25, following an invitation extended by the British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Good gains lost in last day of polls

Allegations of ballot box snatching, beating up presiding officers, intimidating voters and clashes centring control over polling centres during yesterday's municipality polls in Chittagong and Sylhet divisions flushed the good spell of polling culture.

Mugger shot in 'gunfight' with Rab

An alleged mugger was shot in a 'gunfight' between Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and his gang early yesterday at Basila in the city's Mohammadpur area.

Road crash kills one hurt 40

A garment worker was killed and around 40 others were injured, seven of them critically, in a road accident on Dhaka-Aricha Highway at Sutipara in Dhamrai of Dhaka last night.

Zia's 75th birthday today

Today is the 75th birth anniversary of late president Ziaur Rahman, the founder of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).

Johnsen new CEO of GP

Grameenphone yesterday named Tore Johnsen as its new chief executive officer. Johnsen will take up his new position from March 1.

Airport plan protested

Leaders and activists of Arial Beel Rakkha Committee has termed the government decision of building Bangabandhu International Airport and a satellite city covering the Arial Beel unscientific, illegal, and irrational.

Editorial

HC action on illegal housing projects

The High Court move on Monday directing the government and other authorities to take action against unauthorized advertisements, earth-filling and sale of plots in and around the capital is of critical importance, seeing that it comes against the backdrop of a similar directive in July last year. The earlier directive had asked the authorities to prevent any such earth filling, advertisements and plot sales by unauthorized and unapproved housing projects. This latest directive, coming in the wake of a petition filed by the Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA), is unfortunately proof that there are elements ready and willing even to flout the decisions of the higher judiciary. It should have been for the relevant agencies to identify the unauthorized housing projects and go for decisive action against them. That they did not is regrettable.

CNG auto service woes

It is extremely frustrating to learn that, despite several attempts by the authorities concerned to install meters on the CNG 3-wheelers and secure compliance by the drivers they remain as defiant as ever. The last attempt to introduce meter too has met with little success, to put it politely. All this, because of the arbitrariness of the auto drivers and owners, let alone, enforcement failure.

Sports

Mashrafe yes, Mashrafe no

All the talk has centred on the Mashrafe Bin Mortaza question and there seems to be no end to speculations ahead of today's World Cup squad announcement.

Yousuf shown the door

Pakistan on Tuesday left out experienced batsman Mohammad Yousuf from their final 15-man squad for next month's cricket World Cup hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

KFC and other tales

He caught legendary West Indian Andy Roberts's eye at a very young age. In his short international career, the Faridpur boy showed glimpses of ability and was part of the 2003 World Cup team and played one game. Here he shares his World Cup experience with The Daily Star.

Dhoni bowls for Chawla

Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Monday defended Piyush Chawla's inclusion in India's 15-man World Cup squad, saying the leg-spinner's presence provides variety to the attack.

Lara's bet on India

West Indies batting legend Brian Lara on Tuesday picked India as favourites to win the World Cup starting next month but warned they would face enormous pressure playing before home crowds.

SA 220 all out

Francois 'Faf' du Plessis scored a half-century on debut as he and JP Duminy rescued a floundering South African innings in the third one-day international against India at Newlands on Tuesday.

Rhodes stays with Kenya

Former South Africa batsman Jonty Rhodes has accepted to continue his coaching role with Kenya until the start of the Cricket World Cup, officials said on Tuesday.

Pallima badminton from today

Prime Bank Pallima Badminton tournament gets underway Farashganj at the Pallima Sangsad premises in Khilgaon, Dhaka.

Farshganj win again

Farashganj SC recorded their second victory in the Grameenphone Bangladesh League with a single-goal win over visitors Chittagong Abahani at the Birshreshtha Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.

Tiago calls time on int'l career

Atletico Madrid's Portuguese midfielder Tiago announced on Monday that he is retiring from international football.

Nadal, Clijsters romp

Top seed Rafael Nadal was handed an easy win at the Australian Open Tuesday, as Kim Clijsters humiliated Dinara Safina 6-0, 6-0 and former number one Ana Ivanovic was another high-profile casualty.

Aussies pick Lee, Tait

Defending champions Australia Tuesday unveiled their squad for next month's World Cup, banking on the fitness of a pair of injury-prone pacemen and elder statesmen Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey.

Wellington poised for thrilling day

Pakistan dismissed New Zealand for 293 at stumps on Tuesday after a dynamic late spell from Umar Gul threw the second Test at the Basin Reserve wide open heading into the final day.

Hussey a serious doubt

Australia batsman Michael Hussey had surgery on an injured hamstring Tuesday, putting him in serious doubt for Australia's World Cup cricket title defence.

Donald NZ's bowling coach

Former South Africa paceman Allan Donald has been appointed as New Zealand's bowling coach on a short-term contract until the end of the World Cup, officials said Tuesday.

Japan rout S. Arabia

Japan routed Saudi Arabia 5-0 on Monday to set up an Asian Cup quarterfinal clash with hosts Qatar, while Jordan joined them in the last eight by coming from behind to defeat neighbours Syria 2-1.

Mario slams Jose

Jose Mourinho is impolite and disrespectful according to his former player Mario Balotelli.

Paul's ashes on display

Paul the octopus, who shot to fame during the football World Cup last year for his flawless record in predicting the outcome of games, will get a shrine to mark three months since he died, his aquarium said Monday.

Atletico stay in hunt

Atletico Madrid beat Real Mallorca 3-0 on Monday to maintain their hunt for a European place and ease the pressure on coach Quique Sanchez Flores.

C'Ron calls for reinforcements

Cristiano Ronaldo called for reinforcements to Real Madrid's front line on Tuesday to help the club's desperate struggle to wrestle the Spanish league title from bitter rivals Barcelona.

Malki bemoans mistakes

Angry Syria striker Sanharib Malki has joined his coach in slamming the defensive errors that saw his side eliminated from the Asian Cup.

Blanc dismayed over new kit

France coach Laurent Blanc on Monday expressed his dismay that the new multi-million euro France kit unveiled on Monday makes Les Bleus look too much like their Italian rivals.

King praises Jordan

King Abdullah II led the praises and the celebrations after Jordan sealed a place in the Asian Cup last eight by coming from behind to defeat Syria 2-1, saying the team had made the country proud.

Hammers retain Grant

Struggling English Premier League side West Ham insisted Tuesday they are committed to retaining manager Avram Grant after weeks of speculation over his future at the club.

Jones agrees Rovers deal

Schalke midfielder Jermaine Jones has agreed a six-month loan deal with Blackburn Rovers, the English Premier League club confirmed on Tuesday.

Saudis axe coach again

Saudi Arabia axed coach Nasser Al Johar after just two games on Tuesday and vowed to replace him with a high-profile international name after their dismal showing at the Asian Cup.

Business

SEC offers new recipe

The stockmarket regulator came up again yesterday with a set of measures to arrest the current downtrend and bring back investors' confidence.

Costly cotton makes clothes expensive

Cotton is getting costlier worldwide, meaning higher prices of clothing items will ultimately burden the customers. Cotton was quoted at $1.53 per pound in the New York Futures trading yesterday, up from $0.95-$1.10 on the international market in August-September last year.

Major progress in e-bidding

An electronic payment system will be introduced in February as a major breakthrough in the government bidding system, freeing the process of corruption and hassles.

Britain to push India to open up retail sector

Britain will press India to open up its lucrative retail sector to foreign firms like Tesco, Business Secretary Vince Cable said on Monday, a day before he was scheduled to meet officials in New Delhi.

Govt moves to upgrade TCB

The government has moved to amend the Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) Order 1972 in an effort to strengthen the state-owned trading agency as a tool to intervene in the basic commodity market.

Kaliakoir, first site for economic zone

The government and World Bank have concluded negotiations for developing the country's first economic zone.

Food inflation on the rise

Inflation further increased on a point-to-point basis in November 2010 due to high food prices on both domestic and international markets, government data showed.

Govt urged to promote Sundarbans tourism

Patronisation of both government and the forest department is needed for development of tourism industry in the Sundarbans, said speakers at a discussion yesterday.

Exports hike brick prices in Lalmonirhat

Brick exports to India through Burimari land port have raised the product's price in Lalmonirhat, said sector leaders.

Steelmaker plans big

PHP Group moves to expand and diversify, as it plans to make a strong foothold in the country's steel industry. The company has recently acquired a steel mill at Ghorashal, AMK Steels Mill, to produce deformed bar.

Is a solar trade war about to flare?

Germany's fifth-biggest solar power park emerges as a smudge on the horizon long before you reach it on the outskirts of the small, sleepy village of Eberswalde, an hour's drive north of Berlin. "In the far distance, you can see it," Peter Kobbe says, pointing through heavy December snowfall as he steers his Citroen van along an icy road.

Food for thought

Feeling hungry? Maybe that's because of all the news, from around the world, about food today -- how much people produce, how much more they need, how much it's going to cost, how much of an effect it will have on climate change, and vice versa.

Trade fair stirs urban spirits

The young lovebirds walk towards the extension road feeling giddy pleasure over the day they spent at the 16th Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF-2011). They leave behind the colourful billboards, parked cars, howling microphones and the balloons buoying in the sky above the fair premises.

Electronics sales heat up

Sales of electronic gadgets such as televisions, refrigerators, irons and washing machines are upbeat at the 16th Dhaka International Trade Fair-2011, said participating companies.

Samsung, Asian tech firms set to step up challenge to Apple

Nimble Asian technology firms led by Samsung Electronics appear well placed to slow the runaway success of Apple, as news of its visionary CEO Steve Jobs taking medical leave battered Apple's shares.

Foreign investment in China hits record in 2010

Foreign direct investment in China hit a record $105.7 billion last year, the government said Tuesday, highlighting growing confidence in the economy even as Beijing seeks to rein in growth.

Poor, emerging nations make first with world investment

Developing and emerging nations attracted the lion's share of the world's foreign direct investment of more than one trillion dollars for the first time last year, a UN agency said on Monday.

IEA says high oil prices pose real economic risk

Oil prices near the $100 a barrel level already pose a real risk to the world economy, the IEA warned on Tuesday, as it said Chinese daily demand broke through 10 million barrels for the first time.

Russia, Japan eye joint LNG plant

Russia's natural gas giant Gazprom said Monday that it had signed an initial agreement with Japan to study the potential construction of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in Russia's Far East.

Flydubai starts Bangladesh operation

Dubai's first low-cost airlines Flydubai made its first entry into the Bangladeshi market when flight FZ587 landed in Chittagong Shah Amanat International Airport last night, said a statement.

GSK to take $3.4b Avandia legal charge

British drugs firm GlaxoSmithKline said Monday it expects to take a legal charge of £2.2 billion linked to its former blockbuster diabetes product Avandia, sparking a sharp drop in its shares.

Hong Kong giant to list port assets in Singapore

Hong Kong conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa, controlled by the city's richest man Li Ka-shing, said Tuesday it would list its southern China port assets in Singapore.

Golden Harvest gets top grade

Golden Harvest Agro Industries Ltd, a leading agro-based frozen food processor, has received Grade A in the British Retail Consortium (BRC)-Food Certification programme.

Asian shares mixed

Asian stocks were mixed Tuesday as dealers picked up bargains after the previous day's falls while tech plays pared early losses caused by news of Apple chief Steve Jobs' medical leave.

Metropolitan

Lawyers not doing job properly: CJ

Chief Justice ABM Khairul Haque yesterday said the lawyers are not doing their job properly in respect of protecting good people and resisting the evil people.

Collecting evidence tough

Investigators of International Crimes Tribunal are facing hurdles in collecting evidences of rape offences committed during the liberation war in 1971, as the victims feel uncomfortable to expose.

100m people face health hazards

Some 100 million people in Bangladesh and West Bengal of India are exposed to risk from groundwater arsenic contamination, according to experts from home and abroad.

Deal with Ital-Thai company today

The government will sign a contract with Italian-Thailand Development Public Company Ltd today for construction of the much-talked Dhaka Elevated Expressway.

Saarc fails to fulfil peoples' expectation

Saarc was established to boost cooperation among South Asian nations but it does not fulfil the people's expectation due to the leaders of the region lacking political commitment, speakers told an international seminar yesterday.

Feeding biscuits to 73,326 working children launched

A school feeding programme was launched at Mohakhali in the city yesterday for urban working children to improve attendance and completion rates at learning centres.

Another Bangladeshi dies in Mauritius

One more Bangladeshi worker, who sustained serious injury in a tragic road accident in Mauritius on January 12, died yesterday, said the foreign ministry sources.

Pro-BNP lawyers demand CJ's resignation

The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) faction loyal to BNP and Jamaat at a sit-in yesterday demanded resignation of Chief Justice ABM Khairul Haque.

HC summons Gen Nurul Islam Shishu

The High Court yesterday summoned Maj Gen (retd) Nurul Islam Shishu who was allegedly involved in forming the military tribunal that passed death sentence on Col Abu Taher in 1976.

Afsarul, Nurul Islam, 2 others showcaused

The Chittagong city unit of Awami League has issued a show cause notice to its four leaders including Primary and Mass Education Minister Afsarul Ameen asking them why they should not be expelled from the executive committee.

Practise values, mutual respect for democracy: Zillur

President Zillur Rahman yesterday called for practicing values as well as showing mutual respect and tolerance to others' opinions for institutionalising democracy in the country.

Villagers save tiger

A group of villagers in Bagerhat again saved the life of a tiger of Sundarbans on January 8, around one month after the same incident.

Court summons jail authorities to explain

A Dhaka court yesterday asked the jail authorities to appear before it on January 24 to explain why first class division was provided to former Motijheel police chief, an accused in Kamrul Islam Momin killing case.

Prof Yunus gets bail in Mymensingh

A Mymensingh court yesterday granted Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus bail against a Tk-5,000 bond in connection with a defamation case filed against him.

Repair Aila-hit embankments by dry season

Food and Disaster Management Minister Dr Abdur Razzaque yesterday directed to complete repair of all embankments within dry season, which was damaged by the cyclone Aila in 2009.

HC order challenged

A petition was filed yesterday with the Supreme Court challenging a High Court order that allowed the newly elected managing committee of National Press Club (NPC) to take charge from its outgoing committee.

Police hunt killers

Police have been conducting drives in different places in search of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) ward no 41 unit Awami League President Noor Mohammad's son Mintu on suspicion of his involvement in Friday's killing of the unit AL's general secretary Fazlul Huq.

HC rejects writ petitions of Mosharraf, wife Bilkis

The High Court yesterday rejected two writ petitions filed by former BNP minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain and his wife Bilkis Akter seeking direction from it on government to release their bank accounts seized during the regime of caretaker government.

Establish permanent campus

President Zillur Rahman has asked the private universities to ensure proper logistic support for the students along with establishing permanent campus to facilitate the higher education.

Alleged killer arrested

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested the alleged killer of Dilara Begum, the wife of a Saudi expatriate, who was strangled at a hotel room in the city's Fakirapool on January 2.

Train derails in Moulvibazar

Compartment of a train derailed on Sylhet-Dhaka and Sylhet-Chittagong routes in Bargachh area near Bhanugachh Railway Station of the district yesterday afternoon.

Kaler Kantha editor gets bail

A Dhaka court yesterday granted bail to the daily Kaler Kantha editor and its publisher in connection with a defamation case filed by Xenovalley Model Town against them.

'Monitor climate change funds'

The Federation of NGOs in Bangladesh (FNB) yesterday urged the government to strictly monitor the projects that received funds for afforestation and climate change mitigation related activities.

SC clears way for Jhalakathi polls

The Supreme Court yesterday cleared the way for holding election to Jhalakathi municipality scheduled for January 27.

Teachers' assocs demand MPO

Leaders of different teachers' associations yesterday reiterated their demands including monthly pay order, increase dearness, house, medical allowances, festival bonus and annual increment.

Five doctors suspended

The health and family welfare ministry has suspended five doctors for unauthorised absent from their workplaces and decided to file departmental cases against them.

Dr Shafiul made CU registrar

Prof Dr Mohammad Shafiul Alam of Forestry and Environmental Sciences Institute was made acting registrar of Chittagong University yesterday.

National

BSF abducts youth from Kurigram border village

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on Monday abducted a youth from a border area of Kurigram while they shot dead at least six Bangladeshis in Rangpur division in the last one month.

16 mayor aspirants lose deposit

Sixteen mayoral candidates in eight municipalities of Jhenidah and Gaibandha district lost their security deposit for failing to get one-eighth of the total votes as per Election Commission (EC) law.

'Free' textbooks on sale in Khulna city

Primary school textbooks, meant for free distribution among students, are selling openly at different bookshops of Khulna city.

Price-drop discourages potato farmers in Patuakhali

Potato growers in the district, discouraged by low prices last season, are showing less interest in cultivating potato on their lands this year.

Youth murder triggers protest

Two youths were murdered in Natore and Bogra on Sunday.

Ruet students on indefinite class boycott

Students of Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (Ruet) yesterday started indefinite class boycott programme to press home their 12-point demand.

Activist held on extortion charge

Police arrested the convener of Rajshahi Rakkha Sangram Parishad (RRSP), a local organisation for social movement, early yesterday, hours after an extortion case was filed against him.

Rivals stab JCD leader

Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) Madan Mohan College unit president Kazi Meraj was stabbed by his rival party men on the campus yesterday afternoon.

Robbers loot house in Ctg

Robbers looted cash and gold ornaments from a timber trader's house at Rampur under Halishahar Police Station in the port city early yesterday.

International

Suicide bomb at Iraq police centre kills 50

A suicide bomber blew himself up among a crowd of police recruits in the Iraqi city of Tikrit yesterday, killing 50 people and wounding 150, an interior ministry official said.

Tunisia's new leadership braces for protests

Tunisia held its breath yesterday as a new transition government unveiled unprecedented freedoms but also left powerful posts in the hands of old regime figures braced for protests.

Change tugs at US-China ties ahead of Hu visit

China's President Hu Jintao has set out for the United States at a time of flux and stress in Sino-US ties, with America weakened by crisis and Beijing flexing a new range of powers.

S Sudanese warned against premature celebrations

South Sudan leaders warned against premature independence celebrations yesterday as the slow process of collating the result of last week's vote ground on amid indications of a landslide.

Cabinet reshuffle this week

India's ruling Congress party President Sonia Gandhi yesterday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh intensifying speculation of a reshuffle of the federal council of ministers later this week.

Moscow reaffirms Soviet recognition of Palestine

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said yesterday Moscow had recognized an independent Palestinian state in 1988 and was not changing that position adopted by the former Soviet Union.

World is 'one poor harvest' from chaos

Like many environmentalists, Lester Brown is worried.

West 'hyping' Iran nuclear threat

The West is "hyping" the perceived nuclear threat from Iran, the former head of the UN atomic watchdog Mohamed ElBaradei said in an interview yesterday.

Myanmar court to consider Suu Kyi appeal

Myanmar's Supreme Court will this month consider whether to hear democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi's latest appeal against the dissolution of her political party, her lawyer said yesterday.

Floods rage in southern Australia

Flood waters feared to have claimed the life of a young boy cut the southern Australian town of Horsham in two yesterday as Canberra urged big business to dig deep for the disaster's victims.

African army chiefs meet on I Coast intervention

West African military chiefs met yesterday to finalise a plan for military action to force Ivory Coast's Laurent Gbagbo to give up the presidency after he lost a November election.

Death toll keeps raising

The death toll from devastating floods and landslides in Brazil rose Monday to 655, as the military stepped up efforts to reach isolated communities near Rio by helicopter.

Rwandan genocide trial opens in Germany

A former Rwandan mayor went on trial yesterday accused of ordering three Tutsi massacres during the country's 1994 genocide, in the first such case prosecuted in Germany.

US-backed bio-weapons lab irks Kazakh opposition

The Kazakh opposition voiced alarm yesterday over comments by the US ambassador revealing that the United States intended to help the republic build a "dangerous biological pathogens" facility in its largest city Almaty.

Tunisian Islamists to shun presidential polls

Tunisia's popular Islamist party Ennahdha will field no presidential candidate and denounces the transition leaders as a government of "exclusion", a Paris-based spokesman told AFP yesterday.

Irish PM confident of victory in leadership vote

Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen said yesterday he was confident of facing down his foreign minister in a vote for their party's leadership with an election looming after a divisive EU-IMF bailout.

Thailand prolongs emergency rule in south

Thailand extended emergency rule in most of its violence-plagued deep south for another three months yesterday despite rights groups' concerns about the powers awarded to the military.

Arts & Entertainment

Street Theatre Festival in Full Swing

While the nation celebrates 40 years of Independence this year, The Daily Star, the leading national English daily, observes its 20th year of independent journalism across the country.

Tarin's Surprise Gift for Fans

Tarin's 25-year acting career is well and thriving; lately she has also made inroads into production.

A call for preservation

The 105th birth anniversary of poet Bande Ali was observed on January 17 with a number of programmes. Originally from Pabna, Ali was a noted lyrical poet and writer. His verses depict the simple rural life of Bangladesh, free from complexities and the din and bustle of mechanical life. Not only was a poet he was also an accomplished painter and scriptwriter. He was also a prominent author of children's books.

A Loss to Bangla Filmdom

Veteran film actress Gita Dey, who shot to fame by playing the role of a mother of a refugee family, struggling hard financially after migrating from erstwhile East Pakistan, in Ritwik Ghatak's “Meghe Dhaka Tara”, died in Kolkata on Sunday night.

A Hunt for New Faces

Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC) and Channel i jointly launched the talent hunt “Notun Mukher Shondhane” on January 17. The talent hunt was launched at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel. In the course of the programme, the organisers discussed the details of the new show and upcoming events.

Dire Straits' ' Money for Nothing' Banned in Canada

The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council has ruled that “Money for Nothing”, a Dire Straits hit from 1985, is too offensive for Canadian airwaves. The song is being singled out for the repeated use of an anti-gay slur“that little faggot”-- in its second verse.

OP-ED

Time for cabinet reshuffle

The cabinet is in serious need of a reshuffle. There are a couple of reasons why changes need to be brought into the government as it now happens to be. In the first place, a reshuffle is a normal political course pursued by democratic governments in order to convince people that dynamism remains a key factor in governance. In the second, now that the Awami League is in its third year in office, it is of critical importance that some ministers in key places be either shifted elsewhere or dropped altogether.

Window of opportunity

Bhutan lies to the north of Bangladesh and is separated by 30 km of Indian territory.

Need confidence and courage

The dust has settled after the claims and counter-claims by our leaders on the occasion of completion of the second year of the mohajote government. The PM has told the nation about her government's achievements over the last two years. On the other hand, the opposition leader listed what she called the failures of the government in a press conference after the address of the PM to the nation.

Ominous signs for oil

Ominous signs were there right at the beginning of the year. On January 3, it was reported that the world price of crude oil had reached its highest level in two years. The price of a barrel of oil was stated to be $94.84. This, energy analysts were quick to point out, represented a more than 200% increase over the price at the beginning of last year.


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