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News of: Sunday, 30th of January, 2011

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Foul play in stockmarket

Stockmarket analysts yesterday identified deep collusion among market stakeholders as a major setback that distorts the capital market and takes it to dizzying heights in signs of high volatility.

Crisis grips Egypt

Embattled Hosni Mubarak tapped Egypt's military intelligence chief as his first-ever vice president and named a new premier yesterday, as a mass revolt against his autocratic rule raged into a fifth day.

Sector in grip of evil genie

The country's ship-breaking industry is in the grip of an “evil genie that strolls down the verandas of the High Court,” State Minister for Environment and Forests Hasan Mahmud said yesterday.

Fortune maker on fallow land

Thirty-year-old Oli Sikdar of Dipasha village in Patuakhali had approached many for a job just a year back. Failing to find one, he decided to try his luck at farming. Oli took training in vegetable cultivation at Agriculture Extension Department in Baufal upazila six months ago.

Onus is on civil society, NGOs

The International Crimes Tribunal, civil society and NGOs can do a lot to ensure justice for the rape victims of the Liberation War, said American war crimes trial expert Laurel E Fletcher.

Evidence enough to arrest G Azam

Former Jamaat ameer Ghulam Azam will be arrested on charge of committing crimes against humanity during the Liberation War, 1971, an investigator said yesterday.

Free ACC

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) formed a human chain in the capital yesterday demanding reconsideration of the proposal approved by the cabinet for amendments to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Act, 2004.

Some points to ponder

Stockmarket experts yesterday offered a raft of recommendations to help the country's bourses ride out the current crisis and acquire sound health.

Akheri Munajat today

Thousands of Muslims from home and abroad will pray seeking divine blessings from Allah on the bank of river Turag as the second phase of Biswa Ijtema ends today with the Akheri Munajat (concluding prayer).

An elusive racket at JU campus

An unbelievable racket has been attracting spectators to Jahangirnagar University campus at Savar recently. It is, by far, the only welcome racket on the rambling campus of the country tense with political row.

Two killed in 'shootouts'

Two alleged criminals were killed in “shootouts” with Rapid Action Battalion in the capital and Barguna early yesterday.

Habiganj by-polls a political win for AL: Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said yesterday though Awami League lost its parliamentary seat in Habiganj by-election, it is a political win for her party and the government in ensuring free and fair polling.

Ekushey Boi Mela ready to roll

With only two days left for the opening of the Amar Ekushey Boi Mela at the Bangla Academy, owners were busy yesterday giving finishing touches to their stalls to complete decoration and arrangement.

Speeding buses kill two

Two separate road accidents took lives of two persons, a higher secondary-level student and a garment worker, yesterday in front of Bangladesh Secretariat and at Hemayetpur bus terminal of Savar respectively.

'Stalker' slits teenage girl's throat

A girl student of class seven narrowly escaped death as an alleged stalker slit her throat when she was asleep in her house in the early hours yesterday.

Prepare for anti-govt agitation

BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia last night called upon her party supporters to be prepared for an anti-government movement.

Jubo Dal man killed

In a post-election violence, an activist of the Jatiyatabadi Juba Dal was stabbed to death by local Jubo League activists in Nabiganj upazila of Habiganj district yesterday.

Roundtable Highlights

* Collusion between auditors and issuers, bourses and issuers and among investors must be stopped

Editorial

A good election held

That the by-polls at Habiganj-1and Brahmanbaria-3 passed off with relative peace is cheering news for all of us. It bears a good omen. There's reason to be happy about the whole process starting from the steadfast role of the Election Commission, through the campaigning of the candidates and the enthusiastic participation of the political parties and voters to declaration of results. In all, it finished off on commendable note. It's no doubt a booster to the democratic process.

The people rise in Egypt

As we reflect on the state of things in Egypt today, the situation takes increasingly newer dimensions with every moment that goes by. Tens of thousands of Egyptians keep pouring on to the streets, demanding that President Hosni Mubarak quit power. For his part, the long-time Egyptian leader has tried to pacify the country by sacking his ministers, which of course is not enough. He has promised to carry on with what he calls reforms, a promise he has made over the years without meaning to carry it through. In these past thirty years, politics in the country, never very enlightening, has stagnated. Mubarak has not only ensured that he wins elections with no less than 98 per cent of the vote every time, but has seen to it that his opponents cannot raise any protest on pain of being locked away. Meanwhile, in the manner of so many other rulers in the region and elsewhere, he has carefully been grooming his son Gamal to take over from him.

Sports

'Rana inspired us'

Mashrafe Bin Mortaza was a tearaway fast bowler in the 2003 World Cup, slowly moulding himself into the senior bowler in the 2007 event. But through it all, he did it with as much passion and fervour as is related to the Narail Express. His early breakthroughs in big matches has always been a boon for Bangladesh and it came against India too, in that famous encounter in Port-of-Spain. Here he shares his memories with The Daily Star Sport.

Clijsters breaks Sino hearts

Belgium's Kim Clijsters came back from a set down to beat Li Na 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the Australian Open final Saturday, dashing Chinese hopes of a first ever Grand Slam singles title.

Ugliness follows draw

An after-match bust-up between two players of opposing teams that eventually embroiled the whole teams and officials added a tinge of colour, surely a dark one, to a mundane Bangladesh League encounter at the Birshreshtha Mostafa Kamal Stadium yesterday.

Bhullar overcomes Siddikur challenge

Bangladesh golf sensation Siddikur Rahman played a sublime final round in the American Express Bangladesh Open at the Kurmitola Golf Club yesterday, but still fell two strokes short of Indian Gaganjeet Bhullar, who took the trophy after holding on to his slim lead.

FIFA windfall for BFF

Bangladesh Football federation will receive 3 lakh US dollars as profits for the football's regional governing body. FIFA will distribute the additional net profit for the 2007-2010 period between all of its member nations. Earlier, FIFA gave away 2.5 lakh dollars to each federation last year. The confederations will each receive 25 lakh. The decision was taken in the latest FIFA congress held in Samoa.

Club Cup cricket

Saidpur Cricket Club moved into the second round of the inter-district Club Cup cricket tournament yesterday.

U-14 tennis

Bangladesh's Delowar Hossain finished third while Wy Mong Marma ended sixth in Group 2 of the ITF Under-14 Asian Championship at the Tainbo Tennis centre in Yangon, Myanmar yesterday. Delowar Hossain Shajal, the other participant in the boys' group ended 23rd, said a press release from Bangladesh Tennis Federation yesterday.

Pakistan draw level

A maiden century by Mohammad Hafeez and a blistering 65 by Shahid Afridi set up Pakistan for a 43-run win over New Zealand in their one-day cricket international Saturday.

Bracken quits

Australian limited-overs specialist Nathan Bracken announced his retirement from cricket in Sydney on Saturday.

The only thing Sachin missing is Cup glory

Over the last two decades, there is very little missing from Sachin Tendulkar's list of achievements as a batsman but the absence of a World Cup in his trophy cabinet continues to rankle the Indian run-machine.

Canada want visa issue solved

Canada have pleaded with the International Cricket Council (ICC) to help their three Pakistan-born players obtain visas to enter India for the World Cup which gets underway on February 19.

ICC refuses BCCI's plea

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has rejected the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) plea to reconsider its decision of shifting the February 27 World Cup match between India and England out of the historic Eden Gardens.

No matter if Jiang snores

China's Li Na delivered a touching tribute to her husband and coach, Jiang Shan, after her heartbreaking loss to Kim Clijsters in the Australian Open final on Saturday.

Ricky boost for Aussies

In an 'encouraging' news ahead of the World Cup, Ricky Ponting is said to be recovering fast from his finger injury but team physio Alex Kountouris is cautious about taking Australian skipper back to the nets.

Stats tell a different story?

Novak Djokovic believes an extra day's rest won't work against him in Sunday's Australian Open final against Andy Murray, despite the statistics suggesting otherwise.

Korea end in style

South Korea bowed out of the Asian Cup in style by edging Uzbekistan 3-2 in an entertaining third-place play-off on Friday to secure an automatic place at the 2015 tournament in Australia.

Liverpool agree Suarez deal

Liverpool confirmed Friday they have agreed a deal with Dutch side Ajax to sign Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez, just hours after they turned down an attempt by Chelsea to relieve them of Fernando Torres.

Kagawa arrives in Japan

Japan forward Shinji Kagawa flew back to Tokyo on Saturday to undergo surgery on a foot injury he picked up in the Blue Samurai's Asian Cup semifinal win over South Korea in the week.

Ballack inspires Leverkusen

Germany captain Michael Ballack made his first start since September on Friday as his Bayer Leverkusen side defeated Hanover 2-0 to cut the gap on Bundesliga leaders Dortmund to eight points.

Inter snap up Pazzini

Italian international striker Giampaolo Pazzini has left Sampdoria for Inter Milan on a contract that runs until June 2015, his new club announced Friday.

Vela joins West Brom

Arsenal's Mexican international striker Carlos Vela joined struggling Premier League rivals West Brom on loan until the end of the season on Friday.

Prize money next time

Asian football chief Mohammed bin Hammam said on Saturday that prize money will be introduced to the Asian Cup from the 2015 tournament in Australia onwards.

Shinji poised for Stuttgart

Japan striker Shinji Okazaki confirmed on Saturday that he is poised to join German side Stuttgart from J-League club Shimizu S-Pulse after the Asian Cup.

Park follows Lee into retirement

Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-Sung has retired from international duty with South Korea after winning his 100th cap, his national coach Cho Kwang-Rae announced on Friday.

Business

Governance or lack of it back in the spotlight

Rumours and speculation are quite common in the stockmarket. But speculation about the interest rate, inflation or the prospects or threats to the economy is rare. The macroeconomic changes hardly impact the markets in Bangladesh.

Money supply to beat govt target

Money supply has gone up beyond the government target although the central bank at the start of the current fiscal year vowed to contain credit growth to fight rising inflation.

Summit strikes deals to finance three power projects

Local Summit Group and US General Electric (GE) signed an agreement on Thursday with IDLC to receive $115 million from the World Bank's Investment Promotion Facilitation Fund to implement two 341-megawatt power projects in Bibiyana.

Fishermen to get digital warning

Bangladesh's coastal fishermen communities will be able evade dangers in the sea and save their lives and livelihoods by using digital telecom technologies from now on.

Furnace oil price spike will hurt economy: BKMEA

The Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) yesterday urged the government to reverse its decision to increase the furnace oil prices.

Onions travel long, costly road to table

At one of India's biggest wholesale markets, 65-year-old Ganpat Sakharam Jadhav sold his 2-tonne onion harvest on a recent day at 13 rupees (29 US cents) per kilogram, and he wasn't happy.

Grameenphone launches GPIT

Mobile operator Grameenphone launched its first offshoot company, GPIT, with a two-day grand inauguration ceremony at GPHouse in Dhaka on Friday.

New DMD for National Bank

Abdul Hamid Mia has recently been promoted as deputy managing director of National Bank, says a statement yesterday.

Commodities to be less pricey: commerce minister

Commerce Minister Faruk Khan yesterday said prices of essentials including rice will be reduced ahead of the Boro harvesting season.

Job stress? Get rid of it.

Stress on the job is a common phenomenon around the globe. It more widely exists in our corporate culture. We are trying to set up a friendly corporate culture through designing and reshaping corporate structure, keeping pace with the globe. In some cases, we are successful, but almost in all cases, the mental set up and change of attitude and outlook are yet to materialise.

'Little Italy' rises on Philippine hillside

On an isolated hillside in the Philippines, a tiny slice of Italy has risen from among the vegetable patches and coconut trees, the product of thousands of overseas workers.

Carving out a niche

Her family laughed it off. They didn't support her either. In traditional homes in Bangladesh, it is a wearisome effort for women to break free and take up formal jobs outside.

SME financing fair due February

Bangladesh Bank and SME Foundation will organise a financing fair in Chittagong in February, to bridge the gap between entrepreneurs and lenders.

Help desk for women entrepreneurs

The central bank has set up a separate desk at its Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Special Programmes Department, exclusively for women entrepreneurs.

Leaders call for global trade deal

World leaders appealed on Friday for all nations to make concessions and reach a deal on long-running trade talks by the end of this year or risk losing the opportunity for years.

More robust spending helps economy gain steam

The economic recovery is now consistently picking up speed, and American consumers are the ones pushing the gas pedal. They increased their spending late last year at the fastest pace since 2006.

Fiat returns to profit

Italian industrial giant Fiat said Thursday that it returned to profit in 2010, beating analyst forecasts as it enjoyed strong sales of lorries and tractors, with Brazil performing especially well.

LinkedIn eyes $175m IPO

Investors are closely examining the financial details disclosed in LinkedIn Corp's IPO filing, trying to determine how much the company is worth.

Apple begins iPad sales in India

Apple Inc's popular iPad tablets finally hit Indian stores on Friday, nearly 10 months after its US sales began, giving more options to customers in the world's fastest-growing mobile market that is also seeing a surge in sales of smartphones and other high-end devices.

India's Suzlon wins $1.28b deal

Suzlon Energy, the world's third-biggest wind turbine maker, said on Friday it received a $1.28 billion order from Caparo Energy to develop 1,000 megawatts of wind power projects in India.

Asian shares lower

Tokyo led Asian markets lower Friday after Standard & Poor's cut Japan's credit rating over concerns about its huge debts and the government's lack of strategy to tackle the problem.

Oil mixed

Crude prices were mixed in Asian trade on Friday as investors braced for further interest hikes in China, the world's largest energy consumer, analysts said.

India Maruti's Q3 profit falls

India's biggest carmaker by sales, Maruti Suzuki, reported on Saturday an 18 percent slide in quarterly net profit, hit by fast-rising raw material costs.

Weekly Currency Roundup

Jan 23- 27, 2011
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Metropolitan

Testimony to '71 atrocities

People should be told stories of Mirpur killing fields to present the brutality of local agents of Pakistani army and non-Bangalee during the War of Liberation, said speakers.

Poor do not get justice: Ershad

Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad yesterday said rich people get justice and poor people are deprived of it in Bangladesh.

Free, fair polls not possible under AL govt, says BNP

Leaders of main opposition BNP yesterday said ruling Awami League (AL) government lost credibility to the people and recent municipality election proved that a free and fair election is not possible under this government.

Untimely demise of Pathik Saha

Journalist Pathik Saha, former general secretary of Dhaka Reporters' Unity (DRU), died yesterday morning of cardiac arrest. He was 45.

Power crisis to ease in 2 months

The perennial power crisis in the country will ease in a couple of months with the addition of 1,800 megawatts (MW) from rental power plants, said ministers and power officials yesterday at a discussion in the city.

'Prepare urban health strategy'

Increased community awareness, continuum care for pregnant women and proper referral system by community health workers can play an important role in reducing maternal and neonatal mortality in urban slums, said speakers yesterday.

One killed, 17 shops gutted in N'ganj fire

At least one person died due to suffocation and two others were injured in a fire that gutted 17 shops at Madanpur area under Bandar upazila of Narayanganj early yesterday.

Expel Mohiuddin from AL, demand rivals

A faction of Chittagong city Awami League yesterday demanded expulsion of the unit President and ex-mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury for his 'authoritarian activities'.

Move to turn Boro Kuthi into heritage site

Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) took an initiative to turn the historic Dutch building Boro Kuthi near Padma riverbank at Dargahpara into a heritage site.

Education fair opens in Ctg

Industries Minister Dilip Barua here yesterday said students have to know how world is advancing through modern education system and technologies, to fight upcoming challenges of global economy and build a developed nation.

Diabetic Fair begins

A two-day 'Diabetic Fair' began here yesterday, inaugurated by Primary and Mass Education Minister Afsarul Ameen as the chief guest in Chittagong Diabetic Hospital complex with Diabetic Association Vice-President of Chittagong SM Shawkat in the chair.

Gazipur garment factory gutted

A fire destroyed fabrics, cotton, machinery and other valuables at a garment factory in Malekerbari area under Gazipur sadar upazila on Friday.

BSC cargo vessel catches fire

Bangladesh Shipping Corporation's (BSC) cargo vessel Banglar Maya caught fire yesterday evening at River Mooring No #9 in Chittagong port.

Appeal for help

Master Mohamm-ad Saiful Islam, an eight-year-old son of Nazraul Islam, a vegetable vendor in Khulna, is suffering for the past eight years as his anus is displaced since birth.

Help save ailing teacher

Moslema Khatun, 70, a retired assistant teacher of Motijheel Govern-ment Girls' High School, needs financial assistance to continue her treatment.

'Only computerisation not enough'

Sole focus on computerisation is not enough to achieve a digital Bangladesh as progress in science is fundamental to technological advances.

Auction to sell Ekota Brickfield's materials today

Savar Land upazila administration called an auction today to sell all bricks and brick making instruments of Ekota Brickfield at Ashulia for not having license.

Habiganj Jubo Dal man killed

An activist of the Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal was stabbed to death in Nabiganj upazila of Habiganj yesterday.

'Prepare urban health strategy'

Increased community awareness, continuum care for pregnant women and proper referral system by community health workers can play an important role in reducing maternal and neonatal mortality in urban slums, said speakers yesterday.

Police still clueless

A case was filed with city's Paltan Police Station on Friday night in connection with the killing of elderly journalist Farhad Khan and his wife Rahima Khatun in their Naya Paltan residence.

Ctg mayor meets Khaleda

Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) Mayor M Manjur Alam called on Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia at her Gulshan office in the city last night.

Four of a gang arrested

Detective Branch (DB) of Police yesterday arrested four suspected members of a gang that loots valuables from city's bus passengers in guise of hawkers and passengers.

Guard shot in city

A gang of alleged extortionists yesterday fired on a security guard of a residential building, leaving him critically injured, at Bank Colony, Nasirkhan Goli of the city's Shyampur area.

Two injured in blasts

Two people were injured as a gang of unidentified criminals hurled hand-made bombs on them at Uttar Jatrabari in the city yesterday evening.

Trader shot dead in city

Unidentified gunmen shot dead a trader in Kunjaban residential area in the capital's East Rampura last night.

National

Off-season hilsa aplenty in coastal rivers

Huge catches of hilsa are being netted in the rivers and coastal waters of the southern region although the winter is usually an off-season for the popular fish.

Good boro yield expected in 10 south-western districts

The officials of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) in 10 south-western districts under Khulna division expect achievement of production target of 23,30,030 tonnes of boro paddy in the current season, which is 89,967 tonnes higher than last year's.

Vow to uproot corruption

Teachers, students and their guardians here yesterday vowed to uproot corruption for ensuring overall development of the country.

Tortured housewife commits suicide

A housewife brutally tortured by in-laws committed suicide in Mithapukur upazila of Rangpur while criminals raped an indigenous woman in Matiranga upazila of Khagrachhari early Friday

Call to ensure safe drinking water in Sidr, Aila-hit areas

State Minister for Labour and Employment Begum Mannujan Sufian yesterday said crisis of safe drinking water turned acute in the south-western coastal areas of the country after cyclonic storms Sidr and Aila hit the region in 2007 and 2009.

Bid to loot fertiliser, five robbers held

Five robbers were arrested on Gurautra River in Asanpur area of Bajitpur upazila on Friday.

Charges pressed against five in Satkhira

Police yesterday pressed charges against five people for killing schoolgirl Asma Khatun at Jiala Nalta village under Tala upazila in 2009.

Wife-killer gets death as son bears witness

A man has been awarded death sentence for killing his wife, ironically on the basis of the evidence provided by his 10-year-old son.

Doctor's house looted

Robbers early yesterday looted gold ornaments, valuables and cash worth about Tk5 lakh from the house of a doctor on Shershah road in Ishwardi upazila. Police arrested five suspected robbers in this connection yesterday. Officer-in-charge of Ishwardi police station Md Samiul Alam said, a gang of robbers entered the house of upazila family planning officer Dr Abdul Baten on Shershah road in Ishwardi upazila at about 2:00 am yesterday. The robbers looted 8 tola gold ornament, Tk 70 thousand in cash, mobile phone set and camera worth about Tk5 lakh from his house at arms point. Being informed, additional superintendent of police of Pabna and the high officials of the district police administration also rushed the spot. Later, police arrested 5 suspected criminals, the OC said.

Female drug trader jailed

A mobile court has sentenced a female drug trader to two years rigorous imprisonment. The convict is Sanjida Sultana Sonia, 24, of Arpara village in Kaliganj upazila. Kaliganj police station officer-in-charge (OC) Faruk Hossain said, on a tip-off, police conducted a drive at Arpara village yesterday noon and arrested Sonia red-handed while preparing small packets of heroin for sale. Police also recovered 50 grams of heroin from her possession. Mobile court judge Anjumanara, also UNO of Kaliganj upazila awarded the punishment to her.

RMCH interns call off strike

Intern Doctors Association of Rangpur Medical College and Hospital (RMCH) yesterday called off their indefinite strike after eight hours of strike. Intern doctors called an indefinite strike yesterday following attack on fellow intern doctor Kutub Uddin on the college campus by criminals on Friday night. Kutub Uddin sustained injuries by the attack. Intern doctors called off their strike at a meeting held on the campus in the afternoon after a request by the director of RMCH for the same. Contacted, president of Intern Doctors Association of RMCH Dr ABM Moniruzzaman confirmed withdrawal of the strike. The demands included action against the criminals who stabbed Kutub Uddin on Friday night and setting up of a police outpost at the campus.

New KUJ executives

Khulna bureau chief of Dainik Jugantar Mokbul Hossain Mintu and Khulna bureau chief of Dainik Jai Jai Din Subir Roy have been elected president and general secretary (GS) of a seven-member executive committee of Khulna Union of Journalists (KUJ) for a term of two years. Other office-bearers are vice president- Koushik Dey Bappi, staff reporter of Khulna bureau of Kaler Kantha, joint secretary-Rashidul Islam Bablu of Dainik Janmobhumi and treasurer-Mahendra Nath Sen, senior staff reporter of Dainik Prabartan. Mostafa Kamal Ahmed of Dainik Prabaho and Sayeduzzaman Samrat of Dainik Purbanchal were elected members of the new committee. A total of 67 out of 74 votes were cast by voters in the election held at Khulna Press Club yesterday. A three-member election committee headed by additional deputy commissioner (Rev) Khan Mohammad Rezaul Karim conducted the election.

Pabna Bar poll results

Pro-Awami League (AL) panel has swept Pabna Bar Association election by bagging nine out of 13 posts on Thursday. Pro-AL panel led by advocates Abdul Matin Miah and Aminul Islam Potol won the election by defeating pro-BNP panel led by advocates Azizul Haque and Nurul Islam. Advocate Abdul Matin Miah was elected president while AKM Samsul Huda and Md Abdur Rouf vice presidents, Md Aminul Islam Potol- secretary, ASM Ismail Hossain-treasurer and Ali Amjad Kaderi- joint secretary. Other elected members are Md Palash Uddin, Md Abdul Alim, Md Abul Hashem and Amina Khatun. Voters cast 282 out of 295 votes on the election day.

TIB forms human chain

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) Natore unit yesterday morning formed a human chain in front of Natore Press Club demanding reconsideration of a cabinet proposal for amendment to ACC Act 2004. Addressing a rally, president of TIB Natore unit Amzad Hossain said the present government's electoral pledge was to strengthen ACC, but actually the government is doing the opposite by making amendment to ACC Act. "We hope the government will reconsider its move, otherwise the government itself will become the worst sufferer," he cautioned. TIB Natore unit member Poritosh Adhikari said, curbing corruption is impossible unless and until the ACC is strengthened. It will be nothing but cheating with people if the government goes away from its electoral pledges, he added. If the ACC is unable to work independently, its negative impact falls on human rights, the speakers said. So, they urged the government to reconsider the cabinet proposal.

Letters

Enhance mustard oil production

In a talk show on a TV channel last Sunday the commerce minister mentioned that only 5% of our total consumption of edible oil is met from the local produce like mustard oil. This pushed me to remember my boyhood days in mid fifties, when living in a sub-divisional town, I saw all people in that town used only mustard oil for cooking. If we consider the population of that time at about 40 million ( US census record) which is about 25% of the present population of Bangladesh at 160 million, then what happened today that we import 95% of our edible oil consumption as the minister mentioned. To my calculation it should be 75% only of total consumption today. Present higher consumption figures may be for two reasons, one for increased cooking oil consumption due to improvement in our life style or due to some wrong information.

BSF: terror at the border!

Border security force (BSF) of India looks very dangerous .Their shoot and kill tactics continues as they are becoming more and more abusive towards the lives of border people of Bangladesh. I think this is certainly not a recently emerging burning issue. BSF is killing Bangladeshis with pretty recklessness for the last 8/9 years or so.

Allow the poor to survive!

It's been one year since the Haitian earthquake. Haitians are in a terrible state, living in abject poverty, filth and sewage.

Nothing new from NRB experts

With great optimism and hope I was looking forward to the output from The Daily Star colloquium on Alternative Energy and New Technology. Alas, the result was miserably disappointing, mainly because the NRB experts did not say anything new or anything that we had not already known. Almost all of their solutions and propositions were mere déjà vu, and they are all covered in standard graduate level textbooks.

Act now!

In a letter to the Editor on January 17, Muhammed Jamil Ather writes from Karachi that we need to act now to reverse the causes of global warming and strike the right balance between development and conservation. I agree. Instead of whining about what the "developed" world has already caused (and as an American, I confess we've done a lot wrong) let's get on with correcting what we can where we are. Here in Dhaka, the asthma caused by "dust" (air pollution) is killing babies and shortening the lives of all residents. Let's enforce the laws already on the books to get brick factories to install scrubbers in their smoke stacks. You can see which ones are complying by seeing the white smoke pouring out, and which ones are polluting our lungs with coal-black smoke. Are bribes involved with this? And the buses and trucks with black exhaust--why are they allowed to operate? Construction sites? They should have "curtains" to contain the dust of concrete, sand, and sawdust and not be allowed to spew it into the atmosphere. We have the means to greatly improve our environment just by enforcing the laws we already have. Please, let's get started. It's a matter of life and death, and it's do-able!

When leaders speak

The Daily Star has carried an editorial today 11-01-11on Begum Khaleda Zia's press conference. It is good reminder for both the Prime Minister and Begum Khaleda Zia. Well, the prime minister's self-satisfying explanation of her drive in various sectors, I believe, was a normal exercise which most heads of governments do because the general public in third world countries remains confused about what is going on in their countries.

Bracing for the new order

Even a layman can now tell that the predominant theme in the present world is injustice. The post cold war era has seen the rise of America with her 'might is right' and 'either you are with us or with the enemy' policy.

We're living in fear

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina addressed the nation on January 6, 2010 after completion of 2 years of her government. In her speech she pointed out the government's successes, one of them is law and order. She claimed that law and order is better as her government has taken a tough stance against crime and corruption.

Job in sales profession

Selling organizations need to deploy people in the territories (demarcated markets) to promote products, to collect orders, and to deliver goods. In addition to this, many shop-keepers recruit people to sell goods from the shop-shelves and nowadays many banks and add-firms recruit people to visit customer to sell their services. However, salesmanship is an art. It can be sharpened through training and exercise. Many fresh university graduates or post-graduates can start their careers in this profession. In the beginning, they can run apace and can achieve the sales target. This sector will help us to solve the unemployment problem of our country.

“Picnicsickness”

Every year so many new words are being included in the internationally recognized English dictionaries. In last two years that is, 2009 and 2010 more than 100 words and senses made their entries into reputed British and American dictionaries.

International

Obama warns Egypt against violence

US President Barack Obama has called on Egyptian authorities not to use violence against raging political protests, and drove home his message in a 30-minute phone call to President Hosni Mubarak.

Suicide blast kills Kandahar deputy governor

The deputy governor of Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province, the spiritual home of the Taliban, was killed by a suicide bomber on Saturday, the provincial chief said.

Titian Madonna and Child sells for record $16.9m

A 450-year-old Madonna and Child work by Titian has sold for $16.9m (£10.7m) in New York, setting a new auction record for the Renaissance master.

Darfur rebel alliance says ready for talks

The most heavily armed Darfur rebel group said yesterday that it was ready for serious negotiations with the Sudanese government and that it would meet in Doha next week to prove its commitment to peace.

Clashes in Tunisia as new cabinet sworn in

Riot police and hundreds of protesters clashed in the Tunisian capital Friday, as a new cabinet was sworn into office in a bid to end the unrest that has followed president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's ouster.

African leaders to tackle I Coast crisis, revolts at summit

African leaders will make a fresh attempt at resolving the Ivory Coast crisis and respond to the continent's latest political uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt at a two-day summit starting Sunday.

Anti-capitalists clash with riot police in Davos

Anti-capitalist protesters threw bottles at riot police yesterday and officers responded with water cannon as a small demonstration on the final day of the World Economic Forum briefly turned violent.

Indian Navy destroys Somalian pirate ship

The Indian Navy has sunk a mothership of Somalian pirates and arrested 15 of them in the Arabian Sea after a gun-battle off the coast of Lakshadweep Islands on Friday, a Navy spokesman said yesterday.

One killed in Palestine after settler shooting

A Palestinian teenager shot by settlers near the southern West Bank town of Hebron died of his wounds overnight and mourners clashed with Israeli troops at his funeral yesterday.

Egypt names vice president for 1st time

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak named a vice president yesterday for the first time since coming to power nearly 30 years ago. It was a clear step toward setting up a successor in the midst of the biggest challenge ever to his rule from tens of thousands of anti-government protesters.

Saudi King supports Mubarak

Saudi King Abdullah has expressed his support for embattled President Hosni Mubarak and slammed those "tampering" with Egypt's security and stability, state news agency SPA reported yesterday.

Iran hangs Dutch woman for smuggling

Iran yesterday hanged an Iranian-Dutch woman for drug smuggling after initially arresting her for anti-government protests, the Tehran prosecutor's office said.

US demands release of diplomat in Pakistan

The United States demanded the immediate release of an American arrested in the shooting deaths of two Pakistanis, saying yesterday that he is a diplomat who qualifies for immunity from prosecution and was illegally detained.

Sudan calls for Sunday protests

Thousands of people have joined a Facebook group calling for anti-government protests across Sudan on Sunday, the day preliminary results are due out on the vote on southern independence.

Arts & Entertainment

Matir Pinjira

It resembled a makeshift open stage at a village haat (market): musicians jamming under the canopy of a huge tree. Audience sitting on the ground, eagerly waiting for the performance to begin. Indigenous paper decorations and kites adorned the venue…

The Daily Star-BGTF Theatre Festival

On the fourth day (January 28) of The Daily Star-BGTF Theatre Festival, noted troupe Nagarik Natya Sampraday staged its production "Kathal Bagan" at the National Theatre Hall, while Loko Natyadal (Banani) and Natyadhara staged "Shonai Madhob" and "Ebong Aswamedh Jaggo" respectively at the Experimental Theatre Hall and Studio Theatre Hall.

Today at the Festival

On the sixth day (January 30) of The Daily Star-BGTF Theatre Festival, the following plays will be staged at 6:30pm at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy:

OP-ED

What is wrong with USA, mon cher ?

Last Tuesday, President Barack Obama gave his annual State of the Union address to the members of both houses of Congress. In an almost one hour speech he outlined his plan for what he calls "winning the future" for the United States of America.

New policy for poverty reduction

I have had the privilege of working on the problem of widespread poverty in Bangladesh for the last 36 years as a researching anthropologist, policy advisor, project designer and reviewer. When my daughter was 9 years old in the mid-'80s she observed to me that I must be rather useless because I had to keep spending more time in Bangladesh while the problem of poverty remained unresolved. I clearly had to re-double my efforts, according to her.

ACC: Acid test for the government

No government is expected to deliver one hundred percent of commitments made to the people in order to be voted to power. This doesn't happen even in highly developed societies, which enjoy the most advanced democratic standards. But when a government reneges on a topmost priority pledge, there is something drastically wrong. The obvious conclusion then is that once elected the government does not care about the promises it made at the time of election, or about public expectations.

Mainstreaming people with leprosy

Today is the 58th World Leprosy Sunday. Organisations all over the world are engaged in awareness-raising about leprosy, reducing stigma and discrimination against the affected people, providing treatment for them, preventing disability, and promoting their socio-economic rehabilitation.

Putrid empires and thieving men

By the time you get to read this column, Hosni Mubarak may have quit power or he may have crushed the resistance to his rule by brute force. And then there is a third possibility, which is that the popular revolt will be going on, with both sides digging in for the eventual battle. Hopefully, in the end, it will be the people of Egypt who will do what the Tunisians did only a few weeks ago. And hopefully there will be change in Jordan and Yemen as well. Perhaps the sparks of revolt will be ignited in Libya as well? Perhaps the entrenched monarchies of the Middle East will one day, and soon, go the way that Iran's Pahlavis went more than three decades ago?


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