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News of: Monday, 28th of February, 2011

Front Page

Tk 21cr goes down rivers

Though the government has already spent over Tk 21 crore on its much-hyped Buriganga-Turag River Cleaning Project, the rivers remain contaminated with toxic wastes, as the pollution sources could not be plugged.

Gaddafi regime crumbles

Rebels advanced on the Libyan capital yesterday as US President Barack Obama urged Muammar Gaddafi to step down "now" amid growing fears that his teetering four-decade rule could descend into civil war.

Property tax on the cards

The government is going to introduce property tax next year, the National Board of Revenue (NBR) announced yesterday adding that the move will help reduce the rich-poor gap.

Teacher killed in classroom

A school teacher was chopped to death inside her classroom at Vainapara of Santhia upazila in Pabna yesterday.

Govt still wants to wait, see

The government is still sitting on its policy of “wait and see” over evacuation of stranded Bangladeshi guest workers in troubled Libya.

Humdinger ends in tie

In a sparkling photo-finish at Bangalore, India and England finished with only the fourth tie in World Cup history yesterday. Set a daunting 339 to win, England looked to be coasting home courtesy of a Andrew Strauss century before a double salvo from Zaheer Khan left them struggling. But improvised later-order batting from Graeme Swann, Tim Bresnan and Ajmal Shehzad saw them equal India's target off the last ball of the match. This was billed as the second marquee match of the World Cup after the Sri Lanka-Pakistan encounter on Saturday and it lived up to the billing and then some.

BGMEA protests order to shut factories

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) yesterday protested against government orders to shut down factories during the cricket World Cup matches, saying the move will badly affect the country's economy.

PM opens e-content repository

The National e-Content Repository would play a significant role in empowering the rural people and socio-economic development as it would make access to information much easier, said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday.

Danger on street

Coming from behind, a biker hit a seven-year-old boy on a pavement on Dhanmondi Road 7 and sped away.

ADP slashed by 9pc from project aid

The government has slashed the Annual Development Programme (ADP) of the current fiscal year by about nine percent.

JS probe body to hear Fakhruddin, M oeen

A parliamentary body probing violence on the Dhaka University campus during the last caretaker government will ask the then chief adviser, Fakhruddin Ahmed, and former army chief Moeen U Ahmed to appear before it.

Govt mulling law on share buyback

The government will place a bill in parliament during the current session to enact a law introducing share buyback system in an effort to "save" the investors in the falling market.

CID seeks 2 months more

Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday sought two more months to complete the investigation into one of the two cases in connection with the 2004 grenade attack on an Awami League rally.

Provide more power for irrigation

The government has asked the Power Development Board to supply uninterrupted electricity to the rural areas through rationing in urban areas for irrigation pumps during Boro season.

Teacher, fake examinees jailed, fined

A superintendent of madrasa, a teacher and two fake examinees were jailed and fined for adopting unfair means in the Dakhil examination yesterday.

Writers, readers pay tributes to Prof Azad

Writers, readers and poets yesterday recalled the brutal attack made on eminent writer late Prof Humayun Azad seven years ago near Amar Ekushey Boi Mela premises.

Hashem family sued for tax evasion

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) filed a tax evasion case against Partex Group Chairman M A Hashem and nine others including his wife and six sons with Dhaka Senior Special Judges' Court yesterday.

No money secreted out of Libya

The son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi denied yesterday that his family had secreted billions of dollars out of the country, as he scornfully dismissed a UN vote calling for the freezing of Libyan assets.

Editorial

Further changes to ACC laws?

Although we do not have the details of the proposed changes, basing on what we have gleaned from various sources we feel that some changes are in the offing that are likely to cause the ACC to revert back to the character of the erstwhile bureau of anti-corruption (BAC). It was beholden to the executive branch with very little power and initiative of its own.

Heroes for our times

Philanthropy is not quite dead. Rickshaw puller Joynal Abedin and his wife Lal Banu have shown, in an enlightening way, that even the poor can come to the assistance of the poor. In the twenty five years since his father died from lack of proper medical treatment, Abedin has struggled body and soul (and so has Lal Banu) to come to the aid of those he did not want to wither away like his father. Scraping together the money they have earned, he from pulling rickshaws and she from working in a clinic, they have set up a small charitable hospital and a free coaching centre in their village Hashadia of Paranganj union in Mymensingh. Little wonder then that Joynal Abedin has been dubbed Shada Moner Manush (man of the mind). Little wonder again that individuals and organizations, deeply appreciative of his efforts, have in their own ways come forward to help sustain his projects.

Sports

Masterful Sachin

Writing about Sachin Tendulkar is fast becoming an exercise in pointlessness. Is anything left unsaid? Is there anything left for him and his countless, maniacal supporters to prove? Every superlative is a cliche. But the man just won't let the scribes rest. Yesterday he notched up his fifth World Cup hundred in the match against England in Bangalore, as faultless an innings as you could hope to see.

Big Show bruises BNS

The athletics turf at the Bangabandhu National Stadium received another round of mauling when the cultural event, the Destiny Group Tri-Nation Big Show was staged there on February 24. The event also left the football pitch grassless ahead of Bangladesh's pre-Olympic qualifying match against Kuwait on March 9.

Aussies come here Apr 4

Australia are all set to tour Bangladesh right after the World Cup as they are due in the capital on April 4 to play three one-day games. But the home side could be without their backroom staff.

Abahani go top

Defending champions Abahani moved to the top of the Grameenphone Bangladesh League with a 3-1 victory over Feni Soccer Club as the professional league resumed after a 13-day break.

Lift fielding: Afridi

Jubilant skipper Shahid Afridi hailed Pakistan's impressive World Cup win over one-day powerhouse Sri Lanka as a huge boost for his team but demanded an improvement in fielding standards.

Lanka batsmen to blame

Sri Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakkara said the loss of Mahela Jayawardene and opener Tillakaratne Dilshan at a crucial stage of the match against Pakistan was a key factor in his team's defeat.

SL fans fuming

Disappointed Sri Lankan fans criticised their team after they slipped to a World Cup defeat against Pakistan -- even though they only lost by 11 runs and have every chance of reaching the quarterfinals.

WI's fight for survival

Injury-ravaged West Indies will have plenty to play for when they take on an inspired Netherlands in a crucial World Cup league match on Monday.

Friday Night Fever?

The scene of the Bangladesh team bus wading through thousands of ecstatic fans at snail's pace on Friday night will remain one of the iconic moments of this World Cup. The almost hour-long ride from the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium to Sheraton Hotel demonstrated the incomparable public support to the Tigers, but the recklessness of some was not missed by even the members of the national team.

Match of enthusiasts

Zimbabwe and Canada, whose World Cup ambitions were always modest, are already planning for the future despite having five more matches to play in this marathon event.

It's another Bravo

Darren Bravo will be delighted to be regarded as a Brian Lara clone if it helps West Indies defeat the Netherlands in the World Cup on Monday.

Lloyd thinks the world of the West Indies

West Indies legend Clive Lloyd remains confident the Caribbean side has a bright future despite seeing the former kings of cricket plummet alarmingly down the rankings.

Mahela alert to Kenya

Sri Lanka's Mahela Jayawar-dene admitted on Sunday that Kenya, who defeated his team in a stunning 2003 World Cup triumph, still have players to cause another shock when the two meet on Tuesday.

Pakistan fined for slow over rate

Pakistan have been fined for their slow over-rate during their 11-run win against Sri Lanka in the World Cup in Colombo on Saturday.

Novak denies Roger again

Novak Djokovic, who took away Roger Federer's Australian Open title last month, beat him in straight sets again to prevent the former world number one from regaining the Dubai Open title here Saturday.

Qatar Open Zvonareva's

It was third time lucky for Vera Zvonareva in Doha as she shocked top seeded Caroline Wozniacki to win the WTA Qatar Open here on Saturday.

Barca win as Real draw

Barcelona moved seven points clear in La Liga after Real Madrid showed plenty of effort but insufficient invention as they drew 0-0 against a well-organised Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday.

United cavort to win

Manchester United moved four points clear at the top of the Premier League as Javier Hernandez's double-strike inspired a 4-0 rout of struggling Wigan on Saturday.

Bayern get yellow fever

Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp said his side have proved their title credentials after their impressive 3-1 win at defending Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.

'Dislikes' spread for Magath

Schalke 04 coach Felix Magath seems to have failed in his Facebook charm offensive after Royal Blues fans gave him the thumbs down during their 1-1 German league draw with Nuremberg.

Frings set to quit Bremen

Ex-Germany star Torsten Frings is set to quit Bundesliga strugglers Werder Bremen at the end of the season, according to Sunday's edition of German daily Bild.

Ranieri slams Italian hell

Former Roma boss Claudio Ranieri has launched a stinging attack on football in his homeland and his ex players.

Business

Ctg port efficiency in spotlight

Analysts yesterday stressed quick implementation of ongoing development projects to make Chittagong port an efficient and capable regional hub.

Govt moves to ensure safety of sea fish catch

The government has cut sailing days for ice-dependent wooden trawlers by half from previous 15 days per trip to ensure quality of fish caught from the Bay of Bengal.

Roadmap for green banking

Bangladesh Bank yesterday rolled out a guideline for commercial banks to adopt a comprehensive green banking policy by December 2013. The purpose of the latest move is to make banking practices more responsible to social and environmental causes. In its policy guideline for green banking, the central bank said eco-friendly business activities and energy efficient industries should get preference in financing by the banks.

BB draws green banking roadmap

Commercial banks will have to adopt a comprehensive green banking policy by December 2013 as part of the central bank's efforts to make banking practices more responsible to social and environmental causes.

RMG makers protest shutdown during Cricket World Cup

Garment makers yesterday protested a government order to shut down factories during the ICC Cricket World Cup, saying the move would affect productivity at the factories.

Stocks plunge for fourth day

A downtrend continued on the twin bourses for the fourth straight day although state-owned commercial enterprises were asked by the government to go into big buying to stabilise the stockmarket.

Revenue receipts grow 28pc

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) recorded a 28.44 percent rise in revenue receipts in the first seven months of the current fiscal year, compared to the same period of the previous year.

New top brass for frozen foods exporters' assoc

Kazi Shahnewaz, chairman and managing director of Shahnewaz Group, has been elected president of Bangladesh Frozen Foods Exporters Association for two years, says a statement.

Stockmarket M&M's

The volatility in Bangladesh's capital markets shows few signs of abating as does the extensive discussion in the media about the causes, consequences and cures for the current price correction. Today's article does not attempt to tell our readers when the sell-off will end, we will leave that for other market forecasters. But rather we wanted to explore stockmarket “M&M's", not related to America's favourite candy, but rather the two issues of “Manipulation” and “Moral Hazard”. The former seems to be receiving all the attention from both the media, and, perhaps more significantly, regulators. However, we would argue the latter is perhaps the bigger risk to the healthy development of our capital markets. There seems to be a widely held view both among the protesters (perhaps they see themselves as market vigilantes?) on the streets around the DSE in Motijheel as well as some officials that the exceptional rise in the market in 2010 and the subsequent correction in the past month have taken place as a result of “market manipulators” or “syndicates” who lured unsuspecting retail investors into buying the market and subsequently pulled all their money out causing a collapse.

Malaysia set for Asia's first Legoland

Asia's first Legoland theme park is on track to open next year in southern Malaysia, its builder said, as the region goes all out to lure tourists with a series of big ticket attractions.

Power to off-grid backwaters

Sandwip, off the southeastern coast of Bangladesh, is an island with a population of around four lakh, devoid of almost all basic infrastructure. The island often hits newspaper headlines for the natural calamities that come its way.

Solar systems empower business

Char Montaz is an island in the southern coastal region of Bangladesh under the Galachipa upazila of Patuakhali district. Due to its geographic location, the area is at higher risks of natural calamities. Because of the dispersed nature of this area that is crisscrossed by large rivers, basic infrastructure development is not cost viable.

India's embattled government to unveil budget

India's embattled Congress-led government will seek this week to defuse the anger of inflation-hit voters with a raft of subsidies in a populist budget that stops short of major reforms, analysts say.

China lowers its economic growth target a tad

China is slightly lowering its annual economic growth target, to 7 percent from 8 percent, the premier said Sunday, in a move that signals a shift in government priorities to put the breakneck economy on a more sustainable footing.

US billionaire Buffett ready for more takeovers

US billionaire chief executive Warren Buffett said Saturday he is "itchy" for more takeovers less than one year after his $26.5-billion purchase of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway company.

World's biggest IT fair shoots for the clouds

The world's top high-tech fair opens Tuesday with the IT industry in bullish mood, preparing to wow visitors with head-spinning futuristic gadgets and the latest in 'cloud computing' technology.

Europe races to meet Mad March debt deadline

European leaders get back to the pressing business of trying to fix the eurozone debt crisis with a hectic series of summits counting down to a March 25 deadline.

Inflation will not sway ECB

The European Central Bank's key concern, inflation, shows no sign of abating but that is unlikely to push policymakers into an early interest rate hike given wider concerns over the economic outlook, analysts say.

Metropolitan

'Introduce multi-storied parking garages'

Reconditioned vehicle importers yesterday demanded that the government introduce multi-storied parking garages in the capital to reduce congestion.

Knowledge Corner

Evolution of Electronic Games
A video game is an electronic game that involves interaction with a user interface to generate visual feedback on a video device. The popular use of the term "video game" implies any type of display device. The electronic systems used to play video games are known as platforms; examples of these are personal computers and video game consoles. These platforms range from large mainframe computers to small handheld devices. Specialized video games such as arcade games, while previously common, have gradually declined in use.

5 die in road accidents

Five people were killed and another was injured in separate road accidents in Munshiganj and Brahmanbaria yesterday.

Uphold country's image abroad

President Zillur Rahman yesterday asked members of Bangladesh Armed Forces, deputed in Kuwait, to discharge their duties with utmost sincerity showing full respect to law and customs for elevating image and dignity of Bangladesh.

Victims' families get Tk 4.80 lakh each

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday handed over cheques of financial donation to family members of the 58 army officers brutally killed in the BDR carnage at BDR headquarters at Pilkhana in the city.

Policy on ship breaking soon: Dilip Barua

The government has decided to formulate a policy for setting up an environment-friendly ship breaking industry in the country.

500-bed new building at Nitor soon

National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation (Nitor) will construct a new building with a capacity to treat 500 arthritis patients on the land where the present outdoor facility lies.

Population, housing census from March 15

The 5th Population and Housing Census will take place from March 15 to 19 to enumerate the households, families and population across the country.

'Second highest hill' spotted by 4 youths

The "second highest hill" of Bangladesh has been discovered recently at Bilaichhari upazila under Rangamati district, claimed four youths of Nature Adventure Club, a Dhaka based adventure organisation.

Appoint more judges in labour courts

Bangladesh Garment Workers Unity Council yesterday submitted a memorandum to State Minister of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Md Qamrul Islam urging to make labour courts effective by appointing more judges and reduce backlog of cases.

Experts for palliative care for elderly people

With an estimated six lakh victims of incurable diseases, Bangladesh has started responding to their demands offering them the "palliative care," known otherwise the comfort care, experts said.

ASF places 7 suggestions to check acid violence

Acid Survivors Foundation at a conference on Saturday placed seven recommendations to eliminate acid violence from the country by 2015.

Jalil Bhuyian led panel wins in BFUJ polls

Metro Page in-Charge of The Daily Star Abdul Jalil Bhuyian led panel has won the Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) poll-2011 held in all its 10 units on Saturday.

Cultural week of SUST ladies hall ends

The annual cultural week of the first ladies hall of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology ended yesterday.

'Reckless driving causes accidents'

Reckless and rash driving is behind the road accidents and impunity culture make drivers desperate, said Families United Against Road Accident (Fuara), an organisation of road accidents' victim families.

Four Hizbut men held

Police arrested four suspected members of banned militant outfit Hizb ut-Tahrir Bangladesh in the city's Adabar area in separate drives during the last five days.

E-fund transfer starts today

Bangladesh Bank (BB) launches the electronic fund transfer network today, getting one more step forward to set up a common platform, offering people online fund transfers at their convenience.

Tk 45cr scheme for poor people by this FY

The government is set to launch a Tk 45 crore project within this financial year to improve living standards of the underprivileged and poverty-stricken people in 14 districts.

Hang 'rate chart' of house rent : CPB

Leaders of Communist Party of Bangladesh yesterday demanded hanging “rate chart” of house rent in every intersection in the city and implementation of the house rent law to stop frequent increase of house rent by the owners.

Village cops for rational pay scale

Leaders of Gram (village) police yesterday demanded rational salary scale and immediate declaration of Local Government (Union Parishad) Act 2010.

DU calls interview for Gha-unit

Some vacant seats of various departments under Gha-unit will be filled up through second interview following the results of First Year Admission Test 2010-2011 at Dhaka University, says a press release.

DU Film festival ends

A film festival on Bangla movies observing the historic month of February ended yesterday at Teachers Students Centre (TSC) in Dhaka University (DU).

Dhaka College reunion in March

A reunion of Dhaka College, 1975 batch, will be held in March, says a press release.

Koko's counsel asked to submit 'HC order'

A Dhaka court yesterday asked lawyer of Arafat Rahman Koko, youngest son of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, to submit by March 20 an order of the High Court (HC) if it gives, in a tax evasion case.

Hearing deferred till March 3

A Dhaka court yesterday deferred the hearing of the Humayun Kbair Sabbir murder case till March 3 against Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan Shah Alam's son Shafiat Sobhan Sanvir, and four others.

DU guard succumbs to injuries

The security guard of Dhaka University (DU) injured by a car-lifter gang, succumbed to his injuries in BSMMU Hospital on Saturday night.

Baby dies mysteriously

Police recovered a body of a nine-month old infant from a house at Paikpara in the city's Mirpur last night.

National

Lighting the children's way

The children of remote Prothom Alo Char village in Ghogadaho union under Kurigram Sadar upazila are now lucky enough to receive schooling, thanks to the initiative of Prothom Alo Trustee Board.

Landless people besiege Natore UNO office

Hundreds of landless people from five unions yesterday formed a human chain in front of the upazila parishad complex, besieged the UNO office and submitted a memorandum to the UNO protesting alleged malpractice in preparing the list of beneficiaries of the VGD programme.

Rival contractors clash over tender issue

District Contractors Association office at Swarupanagar in the town was ransacked as two rival groups of contractors locked in clash yesterday.

Poultry owners protest price hike of feeds, medicines

Poultry farm owners in Tangail yesterday blocked Bangabandhu Bridge approach road protesting price hike of poultry feeds and medicines.

Separate market for women in Sylhet city stressed

Business leaders, women entrepreneurs and government officials at a dialogue here yesterday stressed the need for setting up a separate market for women in the divisional city.

Serafina's family brought to city for safe shelter

Jatiya Adivasi Parishad (JAP) leaders yesterday took Serafina's father Cornelius Mardi and sister Sabina Mardi to Rajshahi city from their Amtulipara village home in Godagari upazila for arranging safe shelter.

30 hurt, 12 houses damaged

At least 30 people were injured, 12 houses damaged and 4 shops looted as villagers clashed at Jagannathpur under Khaliajuri upazila yesterday over a piece of disputed land.

Strike at Mymensingh Medical continues

Interns and students of Mymensingh Medical College and Hospital (MMCH) continued their strike for the third day yesterday demanding arrest of the outsiders who vandalised hospital rooms and injured some students and interns on the campus on Thursday night.

Physically challenged kids raped

A class one student, also physically challenged, was raped allegedly by a rickswapuller on Saturday in Kutkhail area of Sadar upazila.

Letters

Bravo Bangladesh!

Bangladesh Cricket team has won the most crucial and nerve-wrecking match against Ireland and the outcome of the match offered us the much needed sigh of relief, anxiety and gave us the much coveted mental satisfaction. This match probably was the best ever exciting and well fought match Bangladesh has played so far. Now I have few suggestions to Bangladesh team which are; you start very well it is like a dynamite but what happens to you in a span of few overs you layoff like dominos. Please keep your tempo as well as your poise firm and have your patience solid, because you are our heroes, our pride and prestige of our country. So, keep the responsibilities that we put on you and you must carryon the job with due care and determination. We all know that you boys can beat any team if you play the way you played with Ireland. Lastly, thanks to all the members of our Cricket team and wishing you good luck.

Let greens be green

We all know that the colour of leaves of plants and trees in general is supposed to be green, but regrettably, the reality is different. Please take a look around you, it is very frustrating that none of the leaves are green, rather it is dusty, hampering the process of photosynthesis, through which plants take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen into the atmosphere, essential for the survival of all living beings including humans. This situation is predominant during winter when it does not rain and at this time most of the people fall victim to many air borne diseases.

Official mascot of the World Cup 2011

Stumpy is the certified mascot for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. He was revealed at a gathering in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on 2nd April 2010. He is a ten year old elephant who is wholehearted and is strong-minded. Cricket followers all over the world were able to take part in a competition to name the mascot.

Awami League's rule

Traditionally, whenever Awami League came to power, the Bangladesh economy experienced great setbacks. Since independence it has been observed that during the regime of AL, peoples' sufferings increased. Immediately after the independence, the great famine caught the nation. In 1996 the biggest ever share market debacle happened. In 2011 again the 1996 episode is going to be repeated. The Forex reserve, after a long period has gone deficit. All these prove that all has been set to make the country a bottomless basket again.

Stop CNG for private vehicles

Further to Alam's views published in your pages on 14th. February; in my opinion, CNG should not be supplied to any vehicle apart from public and cargo transport (bus & trucks) vehicles. Cars are owned by well-to-do people, and they should use only petrol or octane. The same logic is applicable for taxi-cabs, which are used by the better-off people also. Compressed Natural Gas should not be supplied to any private motor vehicle. Logically, natural gas price should be raised step by step, so that the price on unit BTU basis is at par with coal.

Trees are treasures!

Trees are essential to living, without these, the environmental balance would collapse and the effect would be drastic. Recently at regular intervals, news of cutting down huge number of trees is reaching us. Thirty thousand Jhau trees at Teknaf beach, four hundred trees around international airport in Dhaka, four thousand trees in Srimongol, the list will go on and on.A few days ago, Dhaka University authorities decided to cut down the hundred year old trees in front of Salimullah Muslim Hall, we just cannot believe it. Not only did these trees give shade, sheltered birds and lots of other small creatures, they were witness to many historical events. Those ancient trees were entitled to have special attention, but what a dismal fate waited for them, how unfortunate and disappointing! It takes many years for the saplings to become full grown trees; it is painful to see those razed to the ground in a moment. We urge the government to give special attention to this matter, stop unnecessary cutting of trees, plant more trees and encourage people to do so.

Potato as a substitute of rice

The government is very much anxious about the sky-rocketing price of rice. The lower and middle income groups suffer due to higher prices of different commodities, mainly rice. On the other hand, the farmers of the country are in danger due to very lower price of potato. So, the government should immediately intervene to rescue the farmers as well as the low and mid income community. As a substitute of rice the government should sell potato at a fair price with rice.

Wrong pronunciation and choice of words

It is indeed shocking to observe that the news casters and other media personalities (both electronic and print) make silly mistakes every now and then. For example, often "airport" is pronounced as "ear-port." I really do not know what "ear-port" means.Then there is one renowned Editor Journalist, who hosts talk shows on television almost every other day late at night, no doubt he is a very good presenter and a host. The problem is quite often he utters the word "yeah" instead of "yes", both are correct, but its use denotes a person. Perhaps he is not aware that "yeah" is a word that is mostly used by Dick, Tom and Harry in a society where English is the predominant language and is widely spoken. My intention is not to hurt or humiliate the learned journalists or media personalities, rather to make them aware about the mistakes that we all do often times, by pointing out those for necessary correction.

Celebrating victory in an uncanny way

Bangladesh's win against Ireland gave the whole nation something to go crazy about. After the breathtaking finish, the whole country burst out in jubilation and people from all part of the city started celebrating this victory in their own way, but there is always a flip side of the coin; some people in the name of celebration created havoc amongst cricket loving people.

Stop this killing!

The death of a minor boy saw massive violence throughout the Dhaka-Aricha highway recently. The angry mass vandalised a huge number of vehicles. The general public had to suffer due to traffic jam. I do not understand who should be blamed for this situation. One after another, accident is taking place, but no action is being taken. Till now, we did not hear that any driver was penalised for his wrong-doing. The minor boy was the son of a school teacher named A K M Nizam Uddin. Nothing would be able to console him. We could not spare even a minor boy!

Sports reporting in The Daily Star

I am a reader of your esteemed daily since its inception. I am not very happy about the recent change you made in the layout of the newspaper. I am a keen follower of sports and I find it difficult these days to read the sports pages.

Vaccinate people against pandemic viruses

As with any infectious disease, the best way to protect people is to vaccinate them against it. This becomes all the more important when a pandemic flu virus against which a few people have any immunity spreads easily in communities and countries around the world. “Since the spread of the pandemic virus is considered unstoppable, vaccine will be needed in all countries,” observed a World Health Organisation (WHO) advisory group of experts on immunisation.

Re-designed rickshaws

While commiserating with Angela Robinson for her bloodied knee, I can only join her in the wilderness in her plea for a re-designed rickshaw. I had given some ideas in a letter some months ago, while those of Angela are even more practical. How can we dig out her disgusted Bangladeshi engineer who came up with a prototype in vain?

Readers respond

Here are some comments that came in response to Sunday's The Daily Star report headlined “Only people's graft to be under watch.”

International

China president addresses concerns amid protest call

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao pledged yesterday to tackle public concerns such as inflation, runaway growth, and corruption in an apparent bid to defuse a call for weekly rallies in 13 cities.

Blasts kill 10 Afghans at dog fight: officials

Two bomb explosions tore through a crowd of villagers watching a dog fight in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar yesterday, killing 10 people, officials said.

World tells Gaddafi to quit

World leaders called on Muammar Gaddafi to step down yesterday to avoid a catastrophic civil war as tens of thousand flee the troubled country causing a 'humanitarian crisis'.

N Korea threatens US, South with 'all-out war'

North Korea threatened 'all-out war' in response to exercises by South Korean and US troops due to start today and told Seoul to stop cross-border propaganda, upping the rhetoric against its arch rivals.

Clashes hit Oman as protest continues in Arab world

The wave of protests sweeping the Arab world spread to the once placid Gulf sultanate of Oman yesterday with police shooting dead two demonstrators.

Iraq PM gives cabinet 100- day ultimatum after demos

Iraq's prime minister warned his cabinet yesterday to shape up within 100 days or face 'changes' as a third provincial governor stepped down following massive nationwide demonstrations.

Mass arrests at Malaysia anti-discrimination rally

Malaysian police yesterday arrested more than 100 Indian activists as they tried to hold an anti-government rally over alleged discrimination against their ethnic minority.

Muammar Gaddafi

With his exotic dress sense, all-girl squad of bodyguards and often whimsical aphorisms, Libya's embattled Muammar Gaddafi has been an enigma of the North African desert for more than 40 years.

Arab League chief to run for Egypt president

Arab League chief Amr Mussa said yesterday he plans to run for president in his native Egypt after a popular uprising that toppled veteran strongman Hosni Mubarak, the official MENA agency reported.

UK 'to end direct aid to 16 countries'

The UK is to stop direct aid to 16 countries, including Russia, China and Iraq, papers seen by the BBC suggest.

N Zealand prays for quake dead

Grieving New Zealanders mourned Christchurch earthquake victims yesterday as police said the disaster's final death toll was set to reach above 200.

Tunisian PM resigns over protests

Tunisian interim Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi has announced on state TV that he is resigning - a key demand of demonstrators.

Yemen's Saleh vows to resist Yemen protests

Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh vowed yesterday to defend his three-decade regime "with every drop of blood", accusing opponents of hijacking gathering protests in a ploy to split the nation.

Indian police kill six Maoists

Indian security forces killed six suspected Maoist guerrillas in a gunfight in the eastern state of Bihar during a search of forests used as a rebel hide-out, police said yesterday.

Afghan probe accuses Nato of killing 65 civilians

Afghanistan's government said yesterday that its investigations have found Nato killed 65 civilians, many of them children, during recent operations in a remote north-eastern militant stronghold.

Blast wounds eight in Yangon

Eight people were injured, one seriously, yesterday by an explosive device believed to have been detonated accidentally in Myanmar's commercial hub Yangon, an official said.

Gunmen torch two NATO trucks in Pakistan

Gunmen in south-western Pakistan attacked two trucks carrying supplies to Nato troops in Afghanistan and set them on fire yesterday, officials said.

Britain revokes Gaddafi's diplomatic immunity

Britain has revoked the diplomatic immunity of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and members of his family, Foreign Secretary William Hague said yesterday.

Russia could 'lose $4 bn' in Libya arms deals

Russia could lose almost $4 billion in arms export contracts to Libya after Moscow joined other world powers in slapping an arms embargo on Gaddafi's regime, a report said yesterday.

Pakistan investigates held US man

Pakistani police yesterday said they were investigating an American national said to have been working for a private security company, after he outstayed his Pakistani visa.

Three soldiers killed in Philippine attack

Unidentified gunmen attacked a group of Philippine soldiers on a humanitarian mission at the weekend, killing three and wounding four, the military said yesterday.

Sarkozy names ex-premier Juppe foreign minister

French President Nicolas Sarkozy named former premier Alain Juppe as his new foreign minister yesterday, after Michele Alliot-Marie, tainted by her ties to the former Tunisian regime, resigned.

Britain freezes Gaddafi's assets

Britain yesterday froze the assets that Libyan leader Moamer Gaddafi and his family have held in the European country, the Foreign Office confirmed.

Arts & Entertainment

Lost Capitals of Ancient Bengal

Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts has organised a photography exhibition, titled “Gaur and Pandua -- The Lost Capital of Bengal -- Bangladesh and India”, featuring the works of Babu Ahmed. The exhibition opened yesterday at Bengal Gallery, Dhanmondi, in Dhaka and will continue till March 8.

Homage to Pandit Barin Majumder

As part of their monthly cultural programme, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) arranged a classical musical soiree and dance recital at its Music and Dance Centre Auditorium on February 26.

Exhibition of artworks by children

A two-day art exhibition, organised by the Charupath Charu Biddyalay at the British-Bangladesh International School and College (BBISC) at the city's Pathantola area, concluded on February 26.

Soaring High

A two-day long kite festival ended in Kumarkhali upazila, Kushtia district, last Saturday. Shilon, a cultural organisation in the upazila, held the festival.

Hassles of Fame

In this instalment of "Hassles of Fame", TV and film actress Tisha talks about the predicaments she faces thanks to her growing popularity:

Book Fair in Sylhet

Book fairs play an important role in sparking interest in books and drawing new readers. Unfortunately most such events are organised in the capital while the other regions are relegated to the sidelines. To promote the reading habit reputed publication houses both from Bangladesh and outside need to make an entry in other districts and divisional towns.

The Razzies name "The Last Airbender" worst movie of 2010

The night before Hollywood gathers to honour its best, Razzie voters sifted through what they dubbed the cinematic rubble and (dis)honoured "The Last Airbender" as the worst movie of 2010.

Traditions under Threat

Cultural personalities and artistes of Ghoraghat upazila held a meeting last Saturday afternoon in the upazila of Dinajpur to promote and uphold cultural traditions, which are under constant threat due to various reasons.

OP-ED

Decapitating the ACC

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is reportedly going through another spell of watering down in the cabinet. The fresh amendments being made to the ACC will be made into law once they are passed in parliament. And if that happens, the government servants will become sacrosanct, out of reach of the ACC. It will then need prior permission from the government before filing any case against any official or employee of the republic.

On sticks and stones and the stock exchange

A few years ago I wrote an article in these pages about the use of the lathi, the sturdy stick, as an instrument of oppression. I had in mind the age-old tradition among the police of beating up peaceful political demonstrators. I considered it a brutal denial of people's democratic right to protest. I pleaded for a total ban on its use.

Leave Professor Yunus alone

There was a time, not so long ago, when Bangladesh's name was synonymous with disasters. The calamities were either natural (cyclones or floods), or manmade (political assassinations or coup de tats).

Tribute to Shahed Noman

Shahed Noman, the former Managing Director of Dhaka Bank Limited and Chairman, Financial Excellence Limited (Finexcel), died of a massive heart attack in the late evening of February 24, leaving his wife and two sons along with thousands of friends and well wishers behind.



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