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Demolish BGMEA highrise: HC

The High Court has ordered the authorities to demolish the 15-storey BGMEA building on Begunbari-Hatirjheel canal, saying it was built on a land acquired through forgery and earth-filled illegally.

BNP to work on public sentiment

Banking on the country's Muslim majority population's religious sentiment, BNP-led opposition parties are planning to wage strong agitation in and outside the parliament against the AL-led government's move to amend the constitution.

Cox's Bazar gets rail-linked in 2yrs

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday formally inaugurated the construction work of rail line at Jhilongjha that will connect Cox's Bazar with other parts of the country.

Rally for Yunus

Politicians, civil society members, lawyers, journalists and Grameen Bank borrowers have urged the prime minister not to give in to the influence of the people around her and allow Prof Muhammad Yunus to run his microfinance bank.

1 killed in clash with police

A madrasa student was shot dead and 30 people were injured yesterday in clashes between law enforcers and madrasa students, who brought out a procession in Jessore in support of today's dawn-to-dusk hartal across the country.

Stop land grabbers

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday directed the district administration to remain alert so that no one can grab khas land.

Two PMs misled

The High Court verdict declaring the BGMEA building illegal will up-hold the rule of law, development experts and professionals said yesterday.

Twin suicide blasts kill 41 at Pak shrine

Two suicide bomb attacks outside a shrine in the central Pakistani province of Punjab yesterday killed 41 people, a police officer told AFP from the scene of the blasts.

Hasina on Aminee's threat

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday questioned who is more powerful, almighty Allah or Mufti Aminee?

5 years not enough

The central committee of Bangladesh Chhatra League, which was formed for two years, became five-year-old today with no sign of formation of a new committee.

Peacekeepers safe in Ivory Coast

Bangladeshi UN peacekeepers in war-torn Ivory Coast are unhurt but they, especially the police contingent, are at serious risk as clashes in cities continue between forces of Alassane Ouattara and Laurent Gbagbo.

338 more Bangladeshis flee Libya

Some 338 Bangladeshis crossed over the Libyan borders to Tunisia on Saturday, with the government expecting this inflow to continue for the next few days.

Japan struggles to stop radiation leak into sea

Japanese engineers grappling yesterday to control the world's worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl tried to seal a crack leaking radiation into the Pacific sea from a crippled reactor.

Fierce battle for control of Brega

Libyan rebels beat a fresh retreat from Brega yesterday after a new bout of fierce fighting over the key oil town, an AFP correspondent reported.

A tragic death

A tyre burst sent a shock wave of bomb panic in which a woman tried to jump over a barbed-wire fence; she fell on the wires, slit her throat and died.

Khaleda returns

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia was given a warm welcome yesterday by party activists and supporters upon her return from a 10-day visit to Saudi Arabia.

New hilsa sanctuary in Padma

The government is soon going to declare a 20-kilometre stretch of the Padma in Shariatpur a new sanctuary for hilsa to increase the production of the kingly fish, said Fisheries and Livestock Minister Abdul Latif Biswas yesterday.

CID seeks 45 days more

The CID sought 45 days more from a Dhaka court yesterday to complete further investigation into one of the two cases filed for the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League rally in 2004.

Peres heads to US for talks with Obama

Israeli President Shimon Peres departed yesterday for the United States where he will hold talks with US President Barack Obama aimed at furthering regional peace efforts.

Deep 6.4-magnitude quake strikes Fiji region

A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck the Fiji region today, the US Geological Survey said, but no tsunami warning was immediately issued.

Rebels kill eight in Philippines

Muslim rebels killed eight armed employees of a local politician in a clash in the southern Philippines yesterday, the military said.

Expatriate Bangladeshi eyes Everest

Abdul Salam, an expatriate Bangladeshi living in the United Kingdom, has started his expedition to the Everest -- the apex of the world on March 2 from London.

40yrs of independence, 20yrs of independent journalism

"Empowerment, Health, Population and Finance" is the subject of the 7th instalment of our 500-page 20th Anniversary special supplement. In this issue we take an in-depth look at matters of vital national importance. We hope readers will enjoy this supplement as they have the others.

Editorial

Women's policy detractors

WE are saddened and worried that in the name of Islam some people have been trying to create confusion around the issue of the proposed national policy on women. In many ways, it is a repeat of what these very elements tried doing recently about the education policy, a move that created some unnecessary confusion. Now when a progressive step is being taken to ensure that Bangladesh's women enjoy equal rights with men politically, economically and socially, these extreme elements are busy spreading the false notion that the proposed policy goes against the Quran and Sunnah. It does nothing of the sort. Indeed, we are outraged that where Islam once caused a positive transformation in people's thoughts and even now symbolizes equality and self-esteem for all men and women, some quarters are happy to convey the impression that Islam stands against granting equal rights to women. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Congratulations to India

WITH Dhoni's six, which was the last of the tournament, and one that helped India surpass Sri Lanka's total in the final, the curtains came down on what must surely rate as one of the brightest extravaganza of any sport, let alone cricket.

Sports

We won it as a team: Dhoni

Saturday's stupendous feat in the World Cup final made Mahendra Singh Dhoni India's most successful captain in limited-overs cricket, having won both the World Twenty20 and the World Cup for the cricket-mad country. So, hardly could he hide his emotion. Usually self-reliant, the Indian skipper was as delighted as he could be though he laughed nervously at times at a post-match briefing in the underground media conference room of the Wankhede Stadium. Most of his answers were either long or like skipping the question with a joke, and his motto was: Enjoy the night first.

Energy from the people

What was dubbed as the "People's World Cup" ended in the best possible way.

India deserved it: S'kara

Kumar Sangakkara missed a "once in a lifetime opportunity" to become a hero after great Arjuna Ranatunga, but the Sri Lanka skipper showered praise on his opponents by saying that India deserved the trophy after the way they had played throughout the showcase event.

Mash still not a 100 per cent

Mashrafe Bin Mortaza feels it would be wise to stay away from the April 7 practice match against Australia.

Murali disappointed on farewell

Sri Lanka star Muttiah Murali-daran admitted his last international appearance had been a letdown following a six-wicket World Cup final defeat by India.

India toast in national pride

Delirious Indians broke into unprecedented celebrations across the country, setting off fireworks, jamming main thoroughfares with vehicles and partying hard on the streets savouring glory as India won the cricket World Cup.

Yuvraj inspired by Sachin

India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh ended a nationwide guessing game by revealing the identity of the driving force behind his World Cup heroics - Sachin Tendulkar.

'WINDIA!' scream Indian press

Indian newspapers revelled Sunday in the national team's World Cup cricket victory, hailing skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men as heroes for a new generation.

Cup of their own

The fireworks that exploded after India's scintillating World Cup triumph over Sri Lanka in the final were not the only ones that eventually added sparkle to cricket's showpiece event.

SL press lambast selectors

Sri Lanka's defeated cricket team return-ed home Sunday to calls from state-run media demanding a probe into "blunders right from the start".

Aussies arrive in town today

The Australia cricket team will arrive this evening for a 10-day trip.

India fined for slow over-rate

India have been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate in their six-wicket World Cup final win over Sri Lanka, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced Sunday.

Malinga ends WC career

Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga said on Sunday that his World Cup career is over.

Bowlers rule in NCL

First day of the National Cricket League's fifth round certainly belonged to the bowlers as a total of 44 wickets fell in the three matches respectively across the country yesterday.

Barca shoe-in for title

Barcelona are on course for a third successive league title after a 1-0 win at Villarreal on Saturday moved the double champions eight points clear of bitter rivals Real Madrid in the title race with just eight games left.

Man Utd winners in decisive day

Wayne Rooney scored a hattrick as Manchester United seized control of the Premier League title race with a 4-2 victory over West Ham while rivals Arsenal slipped up against Blackburn.

Pato tricks enough for city honours

Pato scored a brace and threw himself cunningly to the ground to get Cristian Chivu sent off as AC Milan took charge of the Serie A title race by beating Inter Milan 3-0 at the San Siro here on Sunday.

Dortmund all but champions

Borussia Dortmund came from behind to floor Bundesliga title rivals Hanover 96 on Saturday with a 4-1 victory which maintained their seven-point lead at the top of the table.

Miami title Azarenka's

Victoria Azarenka defeated Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-4 here Saturday to win the WTA's prestigious Miami hardcourt crown for the second time.

Paes, Bhupathi inspired by WC

Indian doubles stars Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes said their Miami Masters triumph was inspired by watching their country's World Cup win over Sri Lanka.

Silvio takes moral high ground

AC Milan president and Italy Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi sprang to the defence of his former coach Leonardo after the Brazilian received a hot reception at the San Siro.

Redknapp thinks Bale will be fit

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is hopeful Gareth Bale will be fit to face Real Madrid in the Champions League quarterfinal first leg on Tuesday.

SL president consoles team

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse Sunday consoled skipper Kumar Sangakkara after his team lost the cricket World Cup to India and urged them to do better next time.

Business

Aluminium business pulls in newcomers

The market of aluminium extrusion products used in doors, windows and curtain walls has been growing rapidly as wood is getting scarce by the day.

ME unrest to hurt realtors

Real estate may have to feel the pinch of the ongoing political unrest in Middle East countries, as realtors fear land sales may slide by 10 percent in the coming months.

S Lanka raises fuel prices

Sri Lanka raised fuel prices Saturday by up to 7.5 percent in a bid to offset higher crude oil import costs. Gasoline prices increased by 10 rupees to 143 rupees ($1.3) a litre.

Thai trade exhibition starts Thursday

The Thailand Trade Exhibition 2011 will be held in Dhaka from April 7-9 to exhibit different products of Thailand and strengthen the bilateral trade relationship between the two countries.

Stocks power ahead on good corporate news

Good corporate declarations and positive first-quarter performance of high-profile companies pulled up the bourses yesterday.

German economic zone in the offing

A German economic zone will be established in Bangladesh that will help further intensify the business relation between the two countries, State Secretary of German Federal Foreign Office Martin Biesel said.

India's minister who likes to annoy

India's maverick environment minister Jairam Ramesh is more than a little smug that at one time or another he has raised the hackles of big business, cabinet colleagues and environmentalists.

Vodafone's Essar victory gives it an uphill task

Vodafone's Indian victory has given it an uphill task. The UK mobile operator's $5 billion deal to buy Essar's 33 percent stake in their Indian joint venture ends a messy dispute. But Vodafone has had to pay a high price.

Chittagong apt for banking growth

Much of the growth Bangladesh has logged in so far in entrepreneurship and industrialisation has come under the auspices of the private sector banks. As Chittagong plays a pivotal role in pushing the growth up, these banks put their increasing focus on the port city, where almost every private bank has at least one branch. Recently, Anwar Uddin, executive vice president and Chittagong regional head of Southeast Bank Ltd, sat with The Daily Star to exchange his views on the private sector banks and particularly, his bank's individual operations. Anwar, who came to the banking profession in 1987, also talked about the prospects of Chittagong and how economy evolved in this business hub.

Setting a banking culture to emulate

Banks have strengthened their foothold in Chittagong, a buzzing hub of business activities. The port city accounts for a significant part of the banks' annual revenue. Here is why.

What is the 2G spectrum scandal all about?

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday charged former telecoms minister Andimuthu Raja, Reliance ADA Group and the Indian arm of Etisalat, in a multi-billion dollar telecoms licensing corruption scandal that has rocked the government and business establishments.

Google profile in China shrinking

A year after a public spat with Beijing over censorship, Google Inc. says its business with Chinese advertisers is growing even as the Internet giant's share of online searches in China plunges.

Japan's new vehicle sales plunge after quake

Japan's domestic sales of new cars, trucks and buses dropped 37 percent from a year earlier last month, as the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami hit production and supplies to auto dealers.

ECB appears set for landmark interest rate hike

The European Central Bank is expected to announce its first interest rate hike since July 2008 this week even as the eurozone crisis deepens with three members missing key deficit targets.

India's merchandise exports surge 50pc

India's merchandise exports surged nearly 50 percent in February on the back of growing global demand, as official data Friday also showed an expansion in manufacturing activity.

S Korea top oil refiner to cut prices

SK Energy, South Korea's largest oil refiner, will cut prices this week following months of pressure from the government which is battling to curb inflation, its parent company said Sunday.

Japan disaster to cost Australia $2b in lost trade

The devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan will cost Australia some Aus$2 billion (US$2.07 billion) in lost export earnings, trimming economic growth, Treasurer Wayne Swan said Sunday.

Indian film industry taps new revenue streams

Indian filmmakers are targeting the country's burgeoning cable and satellite television sector as well as the Internet for new sources of income to recover from a two-year slump, experts say.

Greece braces for new cuts on reports of higher deficit

Greece braced for the possibility of fresh austerity measures after Sunday newspapers reported its public deficit for 2010 was far greater than previously estimated.

Wall Street gains on job growth

US stocks started a traditionally healthy month on strong footing on Friday after solid jobs figures, but the S&P 500 may need help to break to new multi-year highs.

Metropolitan

Work for greater interest: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged all to work unitedly, keeping aside political affiliation and opinion, for the greater interest of the nation.

NSU, Elementary School champions

North South University (NSU) and Bangladesh Elementary School won the championship of The Daily Star-BSRM English debate competition in their respective groups here yesterday.

Arrestees on 3-day remand

A Dhaka court yesterday granted three days remand of the three persons arrested in connection with the Friday's killing of septuagenarian Nurjahan Begum at the city's Mirpur.

Rokanuddin for CG until better system introduced

The caretaker government system should continue till a “better” system is introduced, barrister Rokanuddin Mahmud told the Supreme Court yesterday.

7,79,441 to sit for HSC exams this year

Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and its equivalent Alim and Business Management (BM) examinations begin tomorrow with 7,79,441 examinees sitting in 2,074 centres across the country.

Shun vindictive politics: Faruk

Commerce Minister Faruk Khan yesterday said there is no alternative to shunning vindictive politics to build up an accountable state and election system.

Cross border crimes to top agenda

Police chiefs of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) nations will attend a two-day meet beginning today in Colombo of Sri Lanka. They aim to discuss on tackling cross border crimes more effectively and strengthening cooperation among law enforcement agencies in the region.

Prosecute developer

The Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday asked the authority concerned to prosecute a developer for filling up a 300-year-old pond at Pahartali in Raozan in Chittagong.

JS body to probe corruption

A parliamentary sub-committee was formed yesterday to probe alleged anomalies and corruption in repairing works of damaged embankments and river protection in the Aila-hit areas.

Hearing deferred till May 4

A Dhaka court yesterday deferred till May 4 the hearing on taking into cognizance the charges against BNP Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman and his business partner Giasuddin Al Mamun in a money laundering case.

Govt ready to talk with critics

State Minister for Religious Affairs Mohammad Shahjahan yesterday said the government is ready to sit with the critics and discuss the matter to remove any confusion about the Women Development Policy.

Indian navy chief arrives

Chief of Naval Staff of Indian Navy Admiral Nirmal Verma arrived in Bangladesh yesterday on a five-day visit at the invitation of his Bangladeshi counterpart Vice Admiral Zahir Uddin Ahmed.

'Include marginal people in budget formulation'

Speakers at a discussion meeting urged the government to incorporate working class people in the formulation process of national budget to protect their interest.

President returns home today

President Zillur Rahman will return home today after completing his six-day visit to Singapore for medical check-up at the Mount Elizabeth Hospital.

Arrest warrant against BNP leader Bulu's wife, 8 others

A Dhaka court yesterday summoned former commerce adviser and BNP leader Barkat Ullah Bulu and issued arrest warrants against his wife and eight others in a fraud case.

Sirajuddaula Park: A haven for drug addicts

Sirajuddaula Park still looks comparatively good in the morning, but the atmosphere starts getting worse from afternoon when the park becomes crowded with floating people.

Dipu Moni leaves for UAE, Russia

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni yesterday left here for UAE to attend the first general assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency, the intergovernmental organisation dedicated for promoting the adoption of renewable energy worldwide.

Four PWs give depositions

Four prosecution witnesses yesterday gave depositions against 49 suspected accused of Border Guard Security Unit (BGSU) who later cross-examined the witnesses at a special court.

Conference on sanitation begins in Colombo today

Experts from South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) countries will begin a five-day dialogue in Colombo of Sri Lanka today to address sanitation challenges of the region needed to achieve UN declared Millennium Development Goals.

Saeed Eskander gets bail in graft case

A Dhaka court yesterday granted fresh bail to Major (Retd) Saeed Eskander, younger brother of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, in connection with a corruption case.

Energy expo begins

A three-day long “Power generation equipment and renewable energy expo 2011” began at Engineers' Institute Centre in the port city yesterday.

Rally in support of hartal

Different Islamist political groups yesterday organised rally and brought out procession in support of countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal in the port city.

Mustafa new dist governor of Rotary Int'l District-3280

Ghulam Mustafa, former president of BAIRA, was elected District Governor of Rotary International District-3280 Bangladesh at its conference held in the city on Saturday, says a press release.

Prof Shafi Trust Fund established

The Prof Dr Mohammad Shafi Trust Fund was established at Dhaka University (DU) yesterday.

RMG factory shut for workers' unrest

A sweater factory was shut at Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ) in Savar on Saturday for an indefinite period fearing possible workers' unrest.

CPB president hospitalised

Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) President Manjurul Ahsan Khan is now under treatment at the Birdem Hospital in the city.

Wahidur made envoy to Kenya

The government has appointed Md Wahidur Rahman, director general of the ministry of foreign affairs, as the next high commissioner of Bangladesh to Kenya, says a press release.

National

43 jailed in Rangpur for 2009 mutiny

Forty-three jawans of 34 Battalion under Rangpur sector of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) were yesterday sentenced to jail terms ranging from six months to six years for their involvement in the mutiny in 2009.

43 jailed in Rangpur for 2009 mutiny

Forty-three jawans of 34 Battalion under Rangpur sector of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) were yesterday sentenced to jail terms ranging from six months to six years for their involvement in the mutiny in 2009.

First phase of UP elections over

With the holding of elections in 132 unions yesterday, the six-day staggered UP polls in 12 coastal districts came to an end.

Jubo League cadres beat up, stab RU student

A group of ruling party cadres severely stabbed a resident student of Rajshahi University (RU) on Saturday night allegedly as he protested mobile phone snatching.

Deadlock on at RU music, drama dept

Prof Moloy Bhoumick, chairman of music and drama department at Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday demanded investigation into the charges brought against him by the teachers of the department.

Students go on rampage at Rajshahi Govt College

Students of Rajshahi Government College on Saturday vandalised and torched furniture of the college and a vehicle in front of the administration building.

Two commit 'suicide'

A young man and a schoolgirl allegedly committed suicide in Thakurgaon and Satkhira on Saturday.

Rivals kill Khulna criminal

A 'listed criminal', who came out of Khulna district jail on last Wednesday, was hacked to death by his rivals at about 10:00pm on Saturday at Kashipur under Khalishpur police station of Khulna city. He was identified as Abu Saled, 28, son of Zainal Abedin, a worker of state-owned Crescent Jute Mill at Khalishpur. The murder was committed as a sequel to rivalry over establishing supremacy in the area, police and locals said. According to police, a group of young men kidnapped Abu Saleh from Khalishpur Chitrali Bazar in the morning and later chopped him to death behind Kashipur graveyard. The gang had a quarrel with Saleh on Saturday afternoon, said OC Munirul Gias. Abu Saleh was an activist of Jubo Dal and accused in four criminal cases, the OC added.

2 youths fined for stalking

Two youths were fined Tk 5,000 each for sexually harassing a female SSC examinee at Dimla upazila headquarters Friday. Sources said, when Nazmul, 17, son of Faizar Rahman and Rabbi, 16, son of Majibur Rahman of Gayabari village teased SSC examinee Rowshan Akhter, daughter of Rashidul Islam of West Kharibari village Friday on her way to Dimla, police caught them red-handed. Later, a mobile court, led by executive magistrate upazila nirbahi officer Mizanur Rahman fined them Tk 5000 each, in default, to suffer two months imprisonment.

Beheaded body recovered

Police recovered beheaded body of a young man in Sadar upazila on Saturday night. Victim Rashed Ali, 23, son of Zahidul Islam of Harinarayanpur, went 'missing' 11days ago. He was a battery-run auto-rickshaw driver. According to police, Rashed went out on March 23 morning to buy firewood and did not return home. Rashed's father Zahidul filed a general diary (GD) with Islamic University police station the next day in this regard. Police failed to trace him out. But on Saturday, farmers found his two severed legs in a roadside canal at Jugia at about 6:00pm and informed police. A team from Sadar police later recovered the body without the head. Police said the murder was committed several days ago and then dumped into the canal.

Letters

Bring them home

It is very unfortunate to find so many Bangladeshis stranded in Tunisia and Libya after having endured great sufferings while fleeing from a war-torn nation. While they suffer, the Bangladesh government makes no sincere and hurried efforts to get these citizens back home which is a matter of great disgrace. Even IOM is saying that the Govt. of Bangladesh is half-hearted in its efforts to take back the citizens. I urge upon all to raise their voice in support of these stranded fellow citizens and if need be, launch private efforts to raise money to get these people back home. Too bad, the nation can spend billions to showcase ICC - it can not spare dimes when it comes to looking after its stranded citizens.

A fabulous tournament!

It's a matter of great delight for us that Bangladesh has successfully played its part in hosting the Cricket World Cup 2011. We have once again proved that despite being an impoverished nation, we have the capability of producing world-class outputs if given an opportunity. This magnificent event has also given this tiny nation a great deal of international exposures that we truly deserved.

Everything gone out of control!

Remember what General Mooen U Ahmed said after taking over on 1/11, the train has fallen off the tracks meaning the country and it needs to be restored back on its tracks.

Response to Mr Alamgir Khan's article

We are writing in response to Mr Alamgir Khan's article “The other side of microfinance”. In it he queried what the sources of our literature review on the impact of micro-finance were. We sourced our evidence from published research on micro-finance in Bangladesh, using material from researchers based in Bangladesh and those abroad. Since the list of references is too long to reproduce in a letter of this nature, we would like to point to two papers which provide the details of each of the points made in our article along with their exact citations. These two overview papers are Khandker, S. (2005). “Microfinance and Poverty: Evidence Using Panel Data from Bangladesh.” World Bank Economic Review 19(2) and Zaman, H (2004) “The scaling up of micro-finance in Bangladesh: determinants, impact and lessons” World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 3398. We hope readers find these papers helpful in assessing the impact of micro-credit on the poor.

Abolition of capital punishment

Amnesty International and other Human Rights organisations' observation that the country should move towards the abolition of capital punishment is a clear evidence of recognition in principle at the highest quarters that there can be no rational justification for that extreme penalty in a democratic state. Their views represent the current thinking across the world. Although Bangladesh's law prescribes death penalty for crimes such as murder, abetting mutiny by members of the armed forces, and waging war against the government, it is in cases perceived as particularly gruesome and politically sensitive that the extreme punishment is awarded. In our country, the justice system works in such a way that of the criminals caught, a very few get convicted. Though abolition of capital punishment is welcome, the government should not tie the hands of justice in dealing with heinous crimes.

Lack of professionalism

I was saddened to learn of the passing away of veteran politician and BNP secretary general, Khandker Delwar Hossain, in Singapore. I rushed to see more detailed news. However, I was confused by the conflicting information on two popular websites, the websites of The Daily Star and BDNews24.com.

Whose fault is this?

We need to listen to the Bangladesh Bank governor. As it is Bangladesh Bank who removed Prof Yunus from Grameen Bank, they should defend it, not the Finance Minister and the Attorney General.

Removal of Prof. Yunus

We understand from various reports that majority of the general mass desire that Professor Yunus will be treated honourably. I have a proposal on how to bid farewell to Dr. Yunus as the outing Managing Director of Grameen Bank.It was published in the newspaper that the tenure of Chairmanship of the existing Chairman of Grameen Bank is going to expire in April 2011; (if I am not wrong) Dr. Yunus may be allowed to continue as the Managing Director of the Bank till expiry of the tenure of the Chairman of the Bank and after expiry of the service contact/appointment of the present chairman, he may be made the Chairman of the Grameen Bank if he accepts it at all.

Folly of decision makers…..

Sir Ian Kershaw, a military historian, wrote 'Fateful Choices' about the decisions taken in the Second World War, contrasting those made in the democracies compared to those made by Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin…..

Road grabbers!

In most of the residential areas of Dhaka, a portion of the road is grabbed by the unscrupulous house owners. And perhaps Mohammadpur is the worst affected. The house owners while building their houses grab a couple of feet from the government road. Unfortunately, none is there to see it and this unlawful activity hugely contributes to the traffic jam. But if government wants, they can bulldoze these illegal structures just by one week and get the roads back to the original size. This has been possible in Mirpur recently prior to the world cup and the scenario is totally different now. Let's free all illegally grabbed areas for a better Dhaka!

Vandalism and our sufferings

The rickshaw-pullers' revolt against the traffic policy of the government by vandalising hundreds of vehicles, causing sufferings to commuters, school children, sick and old has left the nation stunned. The general public of this country have had enough. The insufferable traffic jams cannot be addressed because the rickshaw-pullers don't want it. If governments, be it the AL, BNP, JP or Jamaat, are incapable of protecting the life and property of its citizens, then democracy has failed in this country and we should look for other alternatives.

Obama disappoints!

When Barack Obama was elected US president, I, like many others, thought he would help the Palestinians win their just rights. But he seems to be following the path of his predecessors by extending all sorts of support to Israel allowing them to do whatever they like from killing innocent unarmed Palestinians to stealing their land by building more and more Jewish settlements. This is really frustrating.

Let us build a better Bangladesh

Bangladesh, though a poor country, yet it is characterized by a vibrant parliamentary democracy, independent judiciary and election commission and a free media. In addition, the people of the country exercise all fundamental human rights such as freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and the right to information. We hope our country will soon develop in all sectors.

International

French forces seize Ivory Coast's main airport

The French army took over Ivory Coast's main airport yesterday as the battle for Abidjan dragged into a fourth day and recognised leader Alassane Ouattara came under fire for a massacre in the west.

Japan nuclear crisis to affect climate battle: EU

Japan's nuclear crisis will have a clear impact on global efforts to fight climate change, the chief EU negotiator said yesterday as the latest round of UN talks got under way.

Another diplomat quits Gaddafi regime

Veteran Libyan diplomat Ali Treiki has resigned from official duties, Arab League sources in Cairo said yesterday, the latest in a string of officials to abandon Moamer Kadhafi's regime.

2 killed, scores hurt in Afghanistan

Two people were killed and dozens injured yesterday as demonstrations erupted for a third day in Afghanistan over the burning of a Koran in the United States, officials said.

Syria moves to form new government

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad asked former Agriculture minister Adel Safar to form a new government, the state-run news agency SANA reported yesterday, as communications networks failed and residents in Douma prepared to bury the first of their dead.

Yemeni president urges opposition to end protest

Embattled Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh urged opposition yesterday to end protests demanding his departure, saying he was “willing" to discuss a peaceful transition of power.

Two suicide attacks on Pakistan shrine kill 41

Two suicide blasts outside a shrine in the central Pakistani province of Punjab yesterday killed 41 devotees, police and administration officials said.

Italy faces more Tunisian migrants

A new wave of Tunisian boat people landed yesterday at Italy's Lampedusa island, authorities said, as Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said he would visit to Tunis to try to halt the arrivals.

Elizabeth Taylor's love letters up for sale

A collection of letters written by a young Dame Elizabeth Taylor to her first love are to be sold at auction.

German foreign minister to quit as party leader

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle is expected to quit as leader of his ailing Free Democrats in a bid to shore up support for the party and the centre-right government, reports said yesterday.

UN's Gaza war report 'should be buried': Israel

Israel has called on the UN to cancel a report that said it possibly committed war crimes during its 2008-2009 military offensives in Gaza.

Kazakh strongman set for crushing poll win

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev was set yesterday to stretch his rule into a third decade by scoring a crushing poll win whose scripted nature has raised alarm over democracy in the energy-rich state.

UAE forces free ship hijacked by pirates

United Arab Emirates special forces on Saturday freed an Abu Dhabi-owned ship seized by pirates east of Oman in the Arabian Sea, a military official told state news agency WAM.

Arts & Entertainment

A Cornucopia of Creativity

The ongoing Grand Group Art Exhibition at Saju Art Gallery [Gulshan-2, Dhaka] features a collection of 150 artworks, created by 105 artists.

Amar Gurudev

It started off as an evening full of promise for an eager audience: dance, music, drama and film celebrating the [upcoming] 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore. “Amar Gurudev” as the stage production was called made Tagore accessible to the Delhi crowd with its trilingual incorporation of English and Hindi translations of the original Bengali.

Talk show Mon-er Katha

Talk show "Mon-er Katha" will be aired on Banglavision tonight at 9:05 pm. The show brings to light people around us who choose to remain in the shadows -- involved in shady activities. Adulterated baby food vendor "Saiful" is one of them who have compromised their conscience for economic benefits. Saiful, sitting behind a curtain, will speak to the host Afsana Mimi on tonight's episode of the programme.

Weeklong film festival in the port city begins

A weeklong film festival began in the port city yesterday.

127 Hours: Testament to Indomitable Human Spirit

Produced, co-written and directed by Danny Boyle, "127 Hours" is based on an autobiography, "Between a Rock and a Hard Place", of an adventure enthusiast Aron Ralston. The film stars James Franco as mountain climber Aron who gets trapped by a boulder in Robbers Roost, Utah, popularly known as the Canyonland.

Singing for Peace

A three-day continuous performance of kirtan and chanting concluded on Sunday at Ramakrishna Ashram premises at Thakurgaon municipality area.

OP-ED

Two unfed kids and the mob

THE Saturday issue of this paper carried the photograph of a heart-rending scene on its third page. The caption of the picture did not provide any details of the two minor children on a rickshaw surrounded by a furious-looking mob. Though it was a still photograph, one could still sense the direction all those hands were moving and that was to hit the children. Why was the mob so cruel towards those children? What could be gathered from the caption was that the children committed the "grave sin" of "stealing food to satisfy their hunger."

India's post-WikiLeaks image

WIKILEAKS cables disclosures have hit India. The Hindu newspaper has accessed and summarised classified cables from the US Embassy in New Delhi to Washington -- and produced a political furore.

This Day In History

1967
Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers his "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence" speech in New York City's Riverside Church.



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