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News of: Sunday, 6th of March, 2011

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Anti-graft hope hinges on JS

Amendments without having the opinion of the experts and stakeholders will weaken the Anti-Corruption Commission law, parliamentarians and civil society members said.

Quick power bid clicks

The government's drastic bid to meet power demands during the upcoming irrigation season thorough unsolicited "quick" rental power plants appears successful to a great extent, although some of these deals have flopped.

All eyes on HC

The High Court gives its order today on a writ petition of Prof Muhammad Yunus, who challenged his removal from Grameen Bank, amid calls at home and abroad for treating the Nobel laureate gracefully.

Two die after crossing border

Two Bangladeshis died on Friday of heart attack in Tunisia and Egypt where they had taken shelter from the violence in Libya.

Rice queue gets longer

Prices of rice eased marginally this week but still remain too high for the poor, forcing more of them to queue up at fair price outlets.

Cup sees washout

A sell-out 35,000 crowd in Colombo was left disappointed after heavy rain robbed them of a potentially thrilling match between co-hosts Sri Lanka and defending champions Australia on Saturday.

Battle rages for key Libyan city

Fresh fighting was under way in Zawiya, 50km west of Tripoli, after rebels repelled an effort by government forces to retake the key Libyan city yesterday.

Hopes run high for stalled issues

Several Indian ministers and high officials will start visiting Bangladesh this month to set the ball rolling on a number of outstanding issues ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit later this year.

Bay the global hotspot

More than 10,000 endangered whales and dolphins of six species have made the Bay of Bengal and the Sundarbans estuary a safe home, a month long survey reveals.

Evidence of genocide, rape, torture found

The investigation agency for International Crimes Tribunal has found former Jamaat-e-Islami ameer Ghulam Azam's involvement in genocides, rapes and tortures on the people of Rajshahi during the Liberation War in 1971.

Nur not innocent

SHMB Nur Chowdhury, the convicted killer of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, has recently claimed to be innocent, saying he was not involved in the assassination.

Ministry snubs Grameen Bank claims

The finance ministry yesterday protested the Grameen Bank rejoinder published in different national dailies and said many claims made by the microlender are unfounded.

Abed points at trust of borrowers

A sudden exit of the Grameen Bank founder from its Board of Directors and a legal battle between its board and the government may dent borrowers' confidence, putting the organisation's future in doubt, said Sir Fazle Hasan Abed yesterday.

Yahya's call, Tikka Khan's entry

The day began in anticipation of what action Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman planned to take through his address at the Race Course public meeting the next day.

Miseries mount on borders

Thousands of Bangladeshi workers on Egyptian and Tunisian borders with strife-torn Libya face food and accommodation crisis, as their wait for flights to return home prolongs the agony.

CJ not happy with quality of many verdicts

Chief Justice ABM Khairul Haque yesterday expressed dissatisfaction over the standard of verdicts delivered by judges in different cases, saying those lack sufficient legal information and data.

2 succumbs to injuries

Two more persons, who suffered injuries in a train-truck collision at an unguarded level crossing at Nandalalpur in Pagla of Narayanganj on February 28, succumbed to their injuries.

DNA test to give bowel cancer alert

Scientists have discovered what could be the first step towards a DNA test to detect the early signs of bowel cancer.

PM opens Khalishpur Jute Mills

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday formally switched on operation of the Khalishpur Jute Mills, earlier known as People's Jute Mills, in the Khalishpur industrial belt.

Man stabbed, Tk 5 lakh snatched

Muggers yesterday stabbed a sales representative of a company and allegedly snatched money from his possession at the capital's Jatrabari.

Editorial

Pulse taking before agitation

BNP's reported move to assess public sentiments on different crucial issues before launching an agitation programme sounds positive in that the party is trying to be in steps with public opinion.

That was no cricket!

To win a game is always exciting. To lose it is again to be expected, for that is the rule with games, indeed with life itself. But when the Bangladesh cricket team put itself and the rest of the nation through misery on Friday, it was not winning or losing we were concerned with. It was something more. It was simple awareness of how much lower a team playing cricket on a global scale could go. To be washed out for a miserable fifty eight runs is deep embarrassment. On Friday, it was a whole country rendered immobile by images of Bangladesh's batsmen stepping on to the pitch and stepping off it in quick progression. It was not just bad cricket. It was no cricket at all.

Sports

Keep your feet on the ground

Very rarely do a team's actions and words combine to paint as clear a picture as Bangladesh's performance against Ireland and their captain Shakib Al Hasan's words did at the post-match briefing on the Friday before their debacle against the West Indies. In truth, that picture could only be seen in full after their capitulation against a focused Caribbean team two days ago.

Stand by them

What transpired after the Bangladesh cricket team's meek surrender to the West Indies at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Friday was nothing less than mayhem.

Tamed Tigers reach Ctg

The Bangladesh cricket team flew into Chittagong yesterday amidst tight security to play their two Group B matches of the ICC Cricket World Cup at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium on Friday and next Monday.

MS tells fans to control emotions

Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, whose house was attacked after India's exit from the last World Cup, Saturday criticised Bangladeshi fans for stoning the West Indies bus.

The Group B big game

South Africa captain Graeme Smith said that he expected to face a fired-up England following their humiliation by Ireland, when the Test rivals met in a World Cup match on Sunday.

Outgoing Biff at peace

South Africa captain Graeme Smith said on Saturday he hoped his decision to stand down from the one-day leadership after the World Cup would inspire his team's quest for the trophy.

Lorgat backs smaller WC

Ireland's dramatic giant-killing World Cup win over England could be repeated in future despite a decision to reduce the event to 10 teams, world cricket's top administrator said Saturday.

Hair chucks once more!

Defending champions Australia faced Sri Lanka in a mouthwatering World Cup clash on Saturday dramatically spiced up by new 'chucking' allegations over record-breaking spinner Muttiah Muralidaran.

Champs Trophy could get lost

The Champions Trophy could be axed as part of a reorganisation of the global cricket calendar, International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Haroon Lorgat said on Saturday.

Eng have recovered: Collingwood

England have recovered from the shock loss to minnows Ireland in a World Cup match and the team is confident of beating title favourites South Africa in tomorrow's must-win match, insisted all-rounder Paul Collingwood.

Dhoni doesn't want O'Brien to repeat it

India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni hailed Irish master-blaster Kevin O'Brien as "unbelievable", but hopes there's no repeat of his pyrotechnics when the two sides clash on Sunday.

'Minnows' eye big fish

Giant-killing Ireland have vowed to play aggressive cricket in Sunday's World Cup match against India as they attempt to add the host nation to their list of scalps.

Afridi a fan of UDRS

The use of technology to enable teams to challenge decisions by umpires at the World Cup is proving controversial, but Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi wants reviews to be doubled.

Caught Napping....

....because I was napping. Well, fact and figuratively a bit more than a nap because I missed the whole match. Let me explain, if you are in the mood for it. Having got back from Moses where a whole lot of issues were addressed and many of the world's problems were solved, although those were a different set of stories, I had settled down comfortably for the afternoon matinee, namely WI v Ban. As an armchair critic my comfort levels are important to me. So like a reclining Buddha I was comfortably, and as it turned out though, a bit too comfortably, not too relaxed mind you at that point, in a state of considered preparedness for the Bangladesh innings. Just in time though to catch Kayes being caught low down in front by the keeper. Ignore the unintended pun, please. Tamim I had missed altogether because I was a little late on the draw with the remote, but he was not, as was quite apparent I later learnt, courtesy of several uncomplimentary slowmos. And then, total black out.

Borussia extend lead

Borussia Dortmund opened up a 15-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga on Friday night with a 1-0 home win against Cologne to take another step closer to the German league title.

A royal diplomacy

England's failed 2018 football World Cup bid tried to use Prince Andrew's relationship with the Qatari royal family to secure a voting alliance, a report said Saturday.

MU aim to rebound

Sir Alex Ferguson has told his Manchester United players that they must show the character of champions and bounce back against Liverpool on Sunday.

Wenger defends Toure

Manchester City defender Kolo Toure's failed drugs test was a result of him using his wife's weight-loss product, his former manager at Arsenal Arsene Wenger said on Friday.

Abahani back on top

The title race for this season's professional football league is heating up as Abahani, the defending champions and Muktijodhha Sangsad are giving each other a hard time at the top of the table.

Fan tries to stab Jose

A fan tried to stab Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho at a Spanish airport but ended up injuring his bodyguard instead, Spain's Cadena Ser radio network reported Friday.

Business

Food inflation strikes 30-month high

Food inflation soared 0.9 percentage points to hover around a 30-month high in January, amid rising prices on both domestic and international markets. Food inflation rose to 11.91 percent in January, compared to 11.01 percent in the previous month.

Demutualisation runs into debate

Dhaka bourse owners were forced to form a committee recently on demutualisation of the exchange under immense pressure from the government, although some bourse members opposed the move.

Stock tax receipts down

A bearish trend in the capital market has pulled down the government's earnings from stocks, as the trading volume is on the decline.

Canadian team due March 11

A trade delegation from Canada will be visiting Dhaka on March 11-15, focusing on trade, business-to-business relationship building and identification of investment opportunities.

Call for overhaul of archaic forex law

Commerce Minister Faruk Khan yesterday agreed with businessmen, bankers and experts to change the decades-old Foreign Exchange Regulation Act (FERA) immediately to tap the growth potential of the country.

Stocks pass sixth volatile week

Dhaka stocks passed another restive and volatile week for six weeks as a relentless downslide continued on the bourses despite a declaration by state enterprises of floating a 'joint fund'.

Senior StanChart official in Dhaka

PK Medappa, group head of human resources for consumer banking of Standard Chartered Bank, arrived in Dhaka for a three-day official visit to meet various stakeholders of the bank.

Dhaka chamber urges more UAE investment

Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) yesterday urged the visiting UAE business delegates to invest more in Bangladesh, as the country provides different facilities to foreign investors, including tax rebate, royalty payment and technical fees.

Alitalia to cut jobs

Italian airline Alitalia reached an agreement with unions on Friday to cut up to 700 jobs on a voluntary basis, sources at the airline told AFP. Alitalia employs around 14,000 people.

Global deleveraging still a challenge

Global deleveraging remains a challenge as economies are still recovering from the financial crisis, the chiefs of Citigroup and Reliance Industries said on Friday, agreeing that emerging markets will drive growth.

When oil prices soar, Americans buy pick-ups

As gasoline prices soared in February, Americans bought big pick-up trucks.

Getting used to costly rice

An elderly woman was gathering together the leftover rice leaked from gunnysacks on the sidewalks of shops, stacked with sacks of rice.

Why rice prices go up

In Bangladesh, prices of rice remained at record levels in February reflecting low levels of public rice stocks and high government purchase prices. The government has raised its import target manifold for this fiscal year to ease domestic prices, stirring talk of panic-buying in the world market.

Arab revolution could trigger foreign investment boom

Unnerving as it is, the tide of political change sweeping the Arab world may also end up drawing in a fresh wave of foreign capital for the region.

Reining in prices China's top priority

Reining in prices is China's "top priority" in 2011, as it strives for more balanced eight percent economic growth, Premier Wen Jiabao said in a speech Saturday to open the annual session of parliament.

Japan launches 'Hayabusa' bullet train

Japan's latest bullet train, the thin-nosed "Hayabusa" or Falcon, made its 300 kilometre per hour (186 mph) debut Saturday, boasting a luxury carriage modelled on airline business class.

Banks facing over-regulation

Banks face a period of over-regulation caused by public outrage over lax supervision that led to the global financial crisis, OECD chief Jose Angel Gurria said on Friday.

India plans law to curb microfinance lending rates

India's government plans legislation to crack down on microfinance institutions to stop them charging exorbitant interest rates, a finance ministry official says.

Asian stocks up

Asian stock markets pushed higher on Friday, lifted by a batch of upbeat US economic data, a strong performance on Wall Street and a brief dip in oil prices.

Investors have one eye on Libya, other on Bank of England

Investors in the London FTSE 100 index will next week have one eye on the events in conflict-hit Libya, and its effect on oil prices, and the other on the monthly interest-fixing Bank of England meeting.

Standard & Poor's downgrades Toyota

Japanese auto giant Toyota suffered a fresh setback on Friday when ratings agency Standard & Poor's said it had downgraded the carmaker to "AA-" from "AA" citing "weak profitability".

Bank of India to buy 51pc in Bharti AXA Investment

State-run Bank of India is close to buying a 51 percent stake in Bharti AXA Investment Managers, a joint venture between India's Bharti Enterprises and AXA Asia Pacific Holdings Ltd, the Business Standard newspaper reported on Saturday.

Weekly Currency Roundup

Feb 27- March 3, 2011
International Markets:
The USD hovered near 4-month lows against a basket of currencies this week. The euro hovered near a four-month high and a key resistance area against the dollar on Thursday, supported by expectations a European Central Bank meeting will pave the way for rate rises later in the year. Investors have pushed the euro up about 3 percent from a low hit on Feb. 14 in anticipation that ECB chief Jean-Claude Trichet will sharpen the central bank's anti-inflation rhetoric as oil prices continue to soar. Some market players think the bank will switch three-month liquidity operations back to capped-limit, variable rate tenders a mainly symbolic step in the phasing out of crisis support that could also help clear the way for a rate hike. Some traders said there is a risk the euro could slip after the ECB meeting since many market players are already counting on the central bank to send strong signals that it will raise rates to counter inflation. Data showed last week that speculators' long positions in the euro have soared to their highest level since mid-October, pointing to the risk of profit-taking. But market players also said the currency's outlook in the longer term hinges on where oil prices are going, as the dollar comes under pressure from rising oil prices. Many investors believe that higher oil prices will push central banks to raise interest rates to combat inflation but that the Federal Reserve is likely to lag the ECB and others, maintaining broadly simulative policy to support growth. The US currency also hit a one-month low of 81.57 yen on Wednesday, though thick bids around 81.50 yen, were likely to limit further losses in the near-term.

Metropolitan

SCBA erecting rooms on old building 'illegally'

The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) is erecting tin-shed rooms on the roof of its office building defying objections from Public Works Department.

Removal of Prof Yunus dishonours 20m women

Twenty distinguished female personalities in a statement yesterday said Prof Muhammad Yunus' removal brings dishonour to the 20 million poor women who were empowered by Grameen Bank.

Stand ready to resist aggression

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the navy to remain ever ready in the nation's interest to resist any sort of aggression through the country's marine borders.

Cancel reserved seats for women

Speakers at a discussion yesterday urged the government to implement national women development policy and take effective steps to stop violence and repression against women both at home and work.

Kuwait envoy meets Khaleda

Kuwait Ambassador in Dhaka Ali Ahmad Ebraheem S Al Dafiri made a courtesy call on BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia at her Gulshan office yesterday evening.

Road crashes kill eight

Eight people were killed and six others injured in separate road accidents in Cox’s Bazar, Satkhira and Dinajpur districts on Friday and yesterday.

Recall liberation war to build future

The people of the country need to look back in the War of Liberation to remember their roots and identity, said Foreign minister Dr Dipu Moni.

Scrap decision or face movement

Some distinguished personalities in the port city yesterday threatened to launch a massive movement if the government does not overturn its decision to remove Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus from Grameen Bank.

Last chance for war crimes trial: Ashraf

LGRD Minister Syed Ashraful Islam yesterday said this is the last chance to try war criminals.

Ensure specialised eye care for rural people

President Zillur Rahman yesterday emphasised on the need for measures to ensure specialised eye care for the rural people, easily and at a reasonable cost.

Woman commits suicide in city

A middle-aged woman jumped to death from a nine-storey building at Mazar Road in the city's Dakshin Khan yesterday.

Removal of shipping dept DG demanded

Some NGOs yesterday demanded removal of the director general (DG) of Department of Shipping for his alleged involvement in different irregularities.

Govt trying to reach people with IT facility: Yeafesh

State Minister for Science and ICT Yeafesh Osman yesterday urged all to extend their help for building a digital Bangladesh.

Human rights situation improves

Chairman of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Dr Mizanur Rahman yesterday said the number of extra-judicial killing has been decreased and human rights situation has also been improved in the country.

Bangladeshi selected for int'l public speaking contest

The Bangladesh chapter of UK-based English Speaking Union (ESU) yesterday selected two Bangladeshi students for an international public speaking competition to be held in London in May this year.

Stop cutting hill to save biodiversity

Some environmentalists at a rally yesterday demanded the government's effective measures to stop hill cutting to save the environment and biodiversity.

Nurses association formed

Nurses Association of Bangladesh (Nab), a body to protect the interest of nurses, was formed on Friday following an emergency meeting presided over the former president of Bangladesh Diploma Nurses Association Khadija Begum.

DU student injured in road crash

A Dhaka University student was critically injured as a lorry hit him at Motijheel in the city last night.

Youth leadership summit ends

A three-day long youth leadership summit concluded at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the city yesterday.

CPB's 63rd founding anniversary today

Today is the 63rd founding anniversary of the Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB).

'Improve communicative English'

A seminar and workshop on "Promoting functional English through academic accreditation in non-English speaking countries" was held at a city hotel recently.

National

Fertiliser under open sky as godown lacks space

At least 8,100 tonnes of urea fertiliser have been kept under the open sky for more than a week due to space shortage at Mohendranagar buffer godown in Lalmonirhat Sadar upazila, making it vulnerable to damage if there is any sudden rain or storm.

Withdraw Yunus' removal order

Grameen Bank staff, borrowers as well as general people under the banner of 'conscious citizens' yesterday formed human chains in upazila and district headquarters across the country protesting the move to remove Professor Muhammad Yunus from the bank's managing director (MD) post.

Edruk workers down tools for pay rise

Workers of Edruk Limited, the oldest pharmaceutical factory of the country, yesterday stopped work to press home their demand for increase in wages and making their jobs permanent.

Schoolteacher Arifa's killer still at large

Van puller Rabiul Islam, arrested after murder of schoolteacher Arifa Khatun on Saturday last, was sent to jail on expiry of his five days remand yesterday.

Attack on upazila chairman's house in Netrakona

The residence of Kalmakanda Upazila Chairma came under attack allegedly by local Jubo League activists on Friday night.

150 injured as villagers clash

At least 150 people were injured in a clash between the inhabitants of two adjacent villages in Baniachang upazila over purchase of a land for a local mosque.

PCP leader arrested

Security forces yesterday arrested the Rangamati unit president of Pahari Chhattra Parishad (PCP), student front of United People's Democratic Front (UPDF), from Naniachar upazila headquarters. The arrestee is Bilas Chakma. Naniachar Police Station officer-in-charge (OC) Mostafa Kamal said, on a tip-off, security personnel conducted a raid in T & T area and arrested Bilas. There was warrant of arrest against him, the OC added.

Spurious liquor kills 2

Two sweepers died yesterday following intake of spurious liquor at Sorkarerhat village in Patgram upazila. Police recovered the bodies and sent to Lalmonirhat Sadar Hospital morgue for autopsy. The dead were identified as Mukul Lal,28, son of Moti Chand and Madon Lal,32, son of Rango Lal, both hailing from Sorkarerhat village of Jongra union in Patgram upazila. Police said, the two became sick following intake of spurious liquor at their houses. As their condition deteriorated, they were being taken to Patgram upazila health complex but they died on the way to the hospital. Hearing the news, panic gripped among the members of sweeper community. Contacted, Patgram Police Station officer-in-charge (OC) Murshikul Karim said the bottles of liquor will be sent to the authorities concerned for examination.

4 held with arms

Detective Branch (DB) of police arrested four criminals for possessing a shutter gun and bullets from Egaronoli village of Lahuria union under Lohagara upazila on Friday. The arrestees are Abdul Alim,38, son of Hannan Sheikh of Baroipara village under Noldi union of the upazila, Sarwar Mollah,30, son of Abdul Salam Mollah, Raju Mollah,21, son of Mohammad Akbar Mollah both from Noapara village under the same union Md Nazrul Islam,28, son of late Tobbibor Rahman, also of Noapara village. On suspicion, police arrested Alim, Sarwar and Raju from near a gambling party at a fair and recovered the firearm and bullets from their possession. Later, the arrestees confessed to police that Nazrul was the actual owner of the gun. Following their confession, police arrested Nazrul from his house at Noapara village.

Outlaw arrested

Police on Friday arrested a regional leader of the outlawed Gono Bahini and recovered firearms and bombs from his possession. The arrestee was identified as Raju Ahmed, 28, of Abdulpur in Sadar upazila. Acting on a tip-off, a police team raided the house of Raju at about 3:30 pm and arrested him. On his confessional statement, police later recovered a foreign made revolver and two bombs from his house. Police produced Raju to a Kushtia court yesterday noon and sought five days remand. The court sent him to jail. Hearing of remand prayer will be held on Monday. Police said, Raju is an accused in three extortion cases.

Neonatal unit opens

Water resources minister Ramesh Chandra Sen inaugurated the neonatal unit of Thakurgaon Sadar Hospital on Saturday afternoon. The unit was set up at joint initiative of GoB and UN MNH initiative (Maternal and Neonatal Health initiative) to render better services to mother and children to reduce mortality during child birth. The opening ceremony was followed by a discussion at the civil surgeon's (CS) office. Acting civil surgeon Dr Abu Mohammad Khairul Kabir chaired the occasion. Deputy director of District Family Planning Directorate Dr Paritosh Kumer Paul delivered welcome address.

Letters

It's time to help Egypt

After eighteen days of protest against Hosni Mubarak to step down, he finally resigned. A speaker made the announcement in Cairo's Tahrir Square where hundreds of thousands of people broke down in tears, joys, hugged each other and celebrated. This whole situation has stood to be an example to the world about how people can fight for their rights. Throughout these eighteen days of unrest, thousands of people died and were injured but still they protested for democracy and betterment of Egypt. Protests have affected their economy greatly. It's time for the countries around the world to help Egypt.

A beautiful example of communal harmony

Saraswati Puja, another major celebratory event of the Hindu community apart from Durga Puja, this year took place on 8th February. Saraswati, a goddess of heavenly beauty who punishes demonic Asurs with the power of knowledge and music, is depicted to have a bina- a musical instrument- in one hand, and books on the other. Saraswati is believed to bring blessings for those who journey on the holy path of education, subduing all forms of distractions and disturbances.

We miss the 'Narail Express'

After losing to India the whole nation was upset. Even if the batting was good we could not reach the target. It all happened only because the bowlers did not give their best. How could the Indians score 370? It only happened because Mashrafe was not there! He has the heart of a real tiger. This all-rounder had a great contribution in beating India last time and was also the Man of the Match then. The whole nation, especially our captain will now miss the bowling of Mashrafe. Injured Mashrafe could play better than the other bowlers. We miss the 'Narail Express'!

And I failed to attend …..

I bought a ticket of the Agnibina Express two days before my journey to Jamalpur from Dhaka and eagerly waited for a pleasant train journey.

How do we express shame?

Currently, I along with my only son have been visiting Bangladesh. We have no words to express our sense of shame at what happened in the country during the last two weeks. That politicians can stoop so low as to indulge in a free and uninhibited use of obscene language and extremely objectionable gestures is something no one in any country can imagine. The nation expects a lot from them. Millions of people elected them and they cannot accept the behaviours some lawmakers displayed and the language they used beginning from Arial Beel issue to ICC World Cup, stock market scam to countrywide strike and many more. Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed. It is true that you may fool all the people for some time, you can even fool some people all the time; but you can't fool all the people all the time.

False autopsy report

It was very sad and unexpected news. We all know that in Shariatpur a girl named Hena who was raped by a relative died later after being whipped. But the first post-mortem report found no injury marks on her body! From this we have again learnt how corrupt were the medical and police personnel in this case.

A good editorial

The editorial of February 9, 2011 titled “BNP blamed for prices and shares chaos” is a piece of wise reflection. The editorial rightly said that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's remarks "are not only shockingly surprising, but also a clear hint that the government is looking for scapegoats to pin blame over the issues.” People are really astonished by the remarks of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. How could she say such preposterous things? By such remarks she is demeaning herself. In future we hope she will refrain from making such remarks.

Shafiqur and the government!

Pinaki Roy's front page lead news report and the photographs alongside shows the might of influence, that overrules laws and executive orders, even issued by the government! The opinion by a Shyampur resident, that the land (or river) grabber called Shafiqur, just does not care; as he has the government machinery under his thumb! Powerful 'thumbs' indeed!

A nation with short memory

We always need bumps to recall things, to see things. We are such a nation! We need a market to crash before getting to know that the market is dangerously overheated. We need people to be dead squeezed between buses, stamped under wheels to see those reckless drivers driving city buses. We need kids to be hit in the head and paralyzed by bricks falling from under-construction buildings to see that the constructors are not taking precautionary steps to prevent accidents! However, we do not need anything to forget all these in no time! We were shocked to see our government's bizarre attempt to grab huge area of cultivable lands, evict inhabitants from their homes to build “Airport” when we are facing food scarcity. In Cox's Bazar, those speedboats are dangerously being driven in the shore packed with hundreds of bathing tourists. Any day we would hear somebody is injured or dead having been hit by one of those boats. Then again, we will take steps to repel them off the shore, not before that. After a while they will come back again.

Ban fatwa

A day labourer's 14-year-old daughter Hena was whipped to death after being raped recently following a fatwa passed by the Imam of a local mosque in Shariatpur. In the post-mortem report prepared by Shariatpur Sadar Hospital there was no mention of any injury marks on Hena's body. But a fresh post-mortem found severe injury marks on her body. A report was submitted to the High Court in which a huge difference between the two post-mortem reports was found. Receiving the report the HC has directed the authorities concerned to take action against them who were involved in preparing the first post-mortem report. We are grateful to the high court for this.According to the direction of the high court, the government and the authorities concerned should come forward to make people aware and take action against such unlawful fatwa.

War against smoking

The war against cigarette may be heating up, but a victory for all those out to rid this planet of this addiction is not going to come easily. A strong and determined tobacco industry is in no mood to give up the fight.

Readers respond

Here are some comments that came in response to Saturday's The Daily Star report headlined “Grameen bins Muhith claims”.

International

Gaddafi regime demands UN suspend sanctions

Muammar Gaddafi's regime has demanded that the UN Security Council suspend sanctions taken against the Libyan leader over his crackdown on opposition protests.

S Arabia slams protest

Saudi Arabia's interior ministry said yesterday that protests were illegal, amid various calls for demonstrations demanding change in the ultra-conservative kingdom, state media said.

US favours long-term allies in Mideast

President Barack Obama's administration is settling on a Middle East strategy that favours keeping longtime Arab allies who are willing to reform in power, The Wall Street Journal reported late Friday.

Obama calls for bipartisan cooperation on budget

US President Barack Obama called yesterday for Democrats and Republicans agree on a budget that cuts wasteful spending without sacrificing job-creating investments in education, innovation, and infrastructure.

Warships left Mediterranean

Two Iranian warships, which entered the Mediterranean last month sparking an outcry from Israel, have passed through the Suez Canal back into the Red Sea, naval commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayari said yesterday.

Trial opens of Egypt ex-interior minister

Egypt's once feared former interior minister Habib al-Adly pleaded not guilty to corruption charges yesterday, in the first trial of a member of ousted president Hosni Mubarak's regime.

Pakistan court gives police more time on Musharraf

A Pakistani anti-terrorism court yesterday gave police two more weeks to arrest exiled former president Pervez Musharraf over the assassination of ex-prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

China will pursue 'powerful' military

Premier Wen Jiabao vowed yesterday that China would continue building a "powerful" military, one day after Beijing announced a return to double-digit percentage hikes in defence spending.

Pakistan court adjourns governor murder trial

A Pakistani court yesterday adjourned the case of a police commando charged with murdering a high-profile liberal governor, his lawyer said.

N Korea's heir invited to Beijing

China has invited North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il's youngest son to visit Beijing, Seoul's spy agency has said, after Beijing expressed support for a second father-to-son succession in Pyongyang.

Berlusconi to attend all hearings in trials against him

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, plagued by legal troubles including accusations that he had sex with an underage prostitute, will attend all his court hearings, his lawyer said yesterday.

Queen Elizabeth to make historic Ireland visit

Queen Elizabeth II will visit Ireland this year, her office announced Friday, in a first state visit by a British monarch since the republic gained independence in 1922.

Arts & Entertainment

Moments of Discontent

As part of the ongoing theatre festival at the Natmandal Auditorium of Dhaka University, two adaptations of world classics -- "Padodhoni" and "His Luck" -- were staged on March 4. "Padodhoni" is an adaptation of Samuel Becket's work, while "His Luck" was written by Horace Holley. The plays were directed respectively by Ishrat Kabir and Janibul Haque.

The Daily Star-Patho Natak Parishad Street Theatre Fest in Full Swing

The weeklong Bangladesh Street Theatre Festival 2011 at the Central Shaheed Minar premises in Dhaka is in full swing. The first four days of the festival drew a reasonable crowd. After the evening prayer, people gathered at the venue to enjoy the shows. The fourth day (March 4) of the festival featured seven plays by different troupes from and outside Dhaka.

Sylhet Plays Host

A week-long theatre festival organised as part of Ekushey February (International Mother Language Day) commemoration ended in Sylhet on March 1. The event, titled 'Ekusher Chetonay Natyothshob', was held at the Sylhet Auditorium. An exhibition of posters was also held at the venue.

Spring Celebrations Continue

Bashonto Utshab (Spring Festival) was celebrated in Panchagarh last Friday with much enthusiasm and festivity. To celebrate the advent of spring, a colourful procession was brought out from Martyred Freedom Fighters' Memorial premises in the town. The procession made its way through the main streets before ending at its starting point.

Baul Aruj Ali : An Artiste Dedicated to Lalon

Veteran Baul singer, Aruj Ali is a Lalon devotee and an enlisted artiste of several TV channels of the country. He renders Baul songs at Bangla Academy and Shilpakala academy at regular intervals. Ali draws a large fan following all across Bangladesh with his soulful rendition of Lalon songs. At the national level too, he is known as a talented singer of Pala Gaan.

Asha Bhosle's Debut on the Big Screen

One is never too old to make an acting debut in a film. That, apparently, is the message from 77-year-old diva Asha Bhosle.

DS Café

This month DS Café will have noted media personality Pijush Bandyopadhyay take your calls at The Daily Star office. Readers will have the opportunity to converse with him on the Liberation war and more. Call 8126155, TODAY (March 6), between 12 and 1 pm to speak to him!!!

Bauls Come Together in Chuadanga

A two-day Baul Festival ended recently at the remote Sarishadanga village in Chuadanga district.

OP-ED

We are alone abroad

Last week our government was in a pickle over the repatriation of Bangladeshis from Libya.

Sultana's Nightmare: Henas and the Feminist Movement

Some 20 years ago, a mother and a daughter visited our household to seek advice from my family. It was one of those busy days, with people coming in and out and so they were asked to wait while I kept them entertained.

Women in the CHT: The Violent Hills

Pahari women are among the most marginalised and vulnerable groups of people in Bangladeshi society. They live as quadruple minorities under present social and political institutions. In a patriarchal and male-dominated society, they are a gender minority. In a Muslim-dominated country they are a religious minority. In a nationalist, Bangali-dominated society they are an ethnic minority. Within their own patriarchal community they face marginalisation, exploitation, and increasingly, violence. A strong political movement exists to resist this multiple marginalisation, but it has not been able to create enough resonance within the wider political structure.

Empress Extraordinaire

Nurjahan has been made into an icon amongst the Mughal women and her image has been popularised in literature, songs and poetry. However, recent day scholarly studies have somewhat deflated the image of Nurjahan by introducing a whole line of Mughal women who held powerful positions and negotiated important and sensitive political treaties. Yet Nurjahan remains one of the most extraordinary Mughal women because of her assertive female individuality that challenged the normative role of a Muslim woman.

Why Women in India Should Defend Arundhati Roy

I was surprised and saddened to turn on the television one day last October and see every channel flagrantly attacking writer-activist Arundhati Roy for a speech she made in favour of Kashmir's independence from India.

This Day In History

March 6
1946
Ho Chi Minh signs an agreement with France which recognizes Vietnam as an autonomous state in the Indochinese Federation and the French Union.



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