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News of: Friday, 22nd of April, 2011

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Govt office ransacked over slow tendering

Several hundred people of Shaghata union yesterday vandalised Gaibandha Water Development Board office demanding immediate steps to protect the union from river erosion.

28 killed in Meghna

At least 28 people drowned and over 30 others went missing as a launch capsized in the Meghna in Sarail upazila of Brahmanbaria early yesterday.

11 nations unite to fight malpractice

Eleven Asian labour-sending countries yesterday agreed to eliminate shady practices in labour migration process and any discrimination against migrant workers.

Cop's son dies in police custody

A son of a police officer died in police custody yesterday allegedly due to heavy beating during interrogation.

Sahara blocks JS probe

Strong opposition from Home Minister Sahara Khatun led to the parliamentary committee on home ministry not forming a House probe body to investigate Rapid Action Battalion's role in the shooting of Limon.

Potato prices creeping up

Prices of potato have begun to rebound due to a supply dearth from farmers, after a bulk quantity went to cold storage for domestic consumption during the off-season.

Unused aid piles up

Finance Minister AMA Muhith has voiced concern over the huge foreign aid remaining unused for slow implementation of projects by ministries.

Fake drug factory busted, owner jailed

A mobile court of Rab yesterday busted a fake drug factory at Pallabi Eastern Housing in the capital and destroyed more than 17 lakh sub-standard tablets and capsules.

Bail denied to 4 Jamaat leaders

The International Crimes Tribunal yesterday rejected a bail petition filed by detained four top Jamaat leaders in connection with crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War.

Save forests, fight global warming

Conservation of forest is necessary not only for its resources but also to fight global warming, said speakers at a discussion in the capital yesterday.

BCB asked to place WC accounts

A parliamentary committee yesterday asked Bang-ladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to submit the accounts of income and expenditure of the recently concluded ICC Cricket World Cup.

Appoint Yunus as chairman

Employees of Grameen Bank yesterday urged the government to appoint Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus as chairman of the microfinance bank to ensure its smooth running.

Dismiss fire service chief

A parliamentary body yesterday recommended dismissal of the director general of Fire Service and Civil Defence for his “anomalies” in awarding tender to purchase fire fighting equipments worth around Tk 25 crore.

Wait for electricity to end

For many Dhaka residents the long wait for electricity may end next month.

BNP discusses invitation

BNP's National Standing Committee discussed last night the invitation sent to the party chairperson to attend a meeting of the parliamentary special committee on constitution amendment.

2,300 more bags of OMS rice seized

Rapid Action Battalion seized 2,300 bags of rice meant for open market sale (OMS) from two local rice mills and arrested five people for hoarding the rice in Kaliakoir upazila of Gazipur yesterday.

US firearms face hurdles at airport

A lack of co-ordination between the defence and home ministries caused a rather embarrassing situation for the Bangladesh government on Tuesday evening over 12 boxes full of firearms from the US at Shahjalal International Airport.

facebook remark brings trouble

A student of Dhaka University of Engineering and Technology was suspended for one year for making objectionable remark against the family of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the social networking website facebook.

IOM takes 26 Bangladeshis to Egypt

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) yesterday evacuated 26 more Bangladeshis along with some 1,000 other nationals from Libya's besieged city of Misrata to Egypt.

Bus torched for hitting student

A mob set a bus ablaze at Farmgate in the capital and blocked the busy intersection for a quarter of an hour after it ran a college student over yesterday.

Indonesia arrests six over 'book bombs'

Indonesian police yesterday arrested six people suspected to be behind a series of recent parcel-bombs in Jakarta, they said, as another device was found near a church in the morning.

Editorial

We hail Press Council verdict

WE hail the verdict of the Press Council (PC) regarding some recent false, fabricated and motivated reports in the daily Kaler Kantha. We are happy to note the clarity and emphatic manner in which the Press Council reached its decision. Indeed, it is refreshing to observe that the body has reasserted its ability and capacity to adjudicate matters concerning the media. This surely augurs well for journalism especially given the fact that recourse to the PC holds out the promise of the proceedings being less time consuming and decisive. We would like to advise everyone involved with the media and also readers that in cases where media houses and individuals might feel aggrieved by other media reports, they can take the perfectly logical step of recording their grievances with the Press Council. Such a step, besides preventing journalists from being harassed unnecessarily, will be a spur to future activism on the part of the PC. The council's potential should now dawn on those needing it in future.

Relocation of chemical depots

SOME 10 months after the devastating fire from a chemical warehouse and about eight months after the formation of a taskforce to find out means to stop recurrence of such incidents, the government seems to be swinging into action. It has decided to relocate chemical depots and factories from their present locations to the other side of the Buriganga.

Sports

Farashganj's dream continues

A second-half strike from Sohel Rana helped nine-man Farashganj SC stun giants Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club 1-0 to keep a dream alive and move into the final of the Independence Cup football tournament at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Unusual role for MSC

Mohammedan will be playing as an underdog when the struggling giants take on Sheikh Russel KC in the second semifinal of the Independence Cup football tournament at the Bangabandhu National Stadium today.

Siddikur leading world No. 2

Lee Westwood may have the world No 1 spot in mind, but on the opening day of the Indosian Masters, Siddikur Rahman ruled the roost.

'Be disciplined, patient'

Ross Turner has asked young batsmen in the country to be more patient in their bid to reach newer heights in cricket.

Daunting target set for A team

Poor bowling in the slog overs left Bangladesh A chasing 286 runs to win against South Africa A in the second one-day game at Boland Park in Paarl yesterday.

Dress rehearsal for final from today

Dhaka take on Rajshahi today at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra in the dress rehearsal of the final of the National Cricket League to be held from April 25.

Volleyball C'ships

The Walton 25th Men's and 20th Women's Volleyball Championships gets underway today at the Volleyball Stadium today.

BKSP to award their own

Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP) will accord a reception to its illustrious 20 national players in different disciplines when the country's lone sports institute marks its silver jubilee on April 24 in Savar.

Cup Clasico Real's

Real Madrid defeated Barcelona 1-0 after extra-time to win the Spanish Cup on Wednesday, a timely victory just one week ahead of the bitter rivals' Champions League semifinal showdown.

Chelsea overtake Arsenal

Arsenal's title challenge suffered another major blow on Wednesday as Spurs recovered from two goals down to rescue a 3-3 draw in the north London derby, while Chelsea went above the Gunners into second place after beating Birmingham 3-1.

The Cup has fallen!

Exuberant Real Madrid footballers rode triumphantly back into town on Thursday morning with the Spanish Cup in their hands, but then accidentally dropped it from the top of a double-decker bus which ran over it.

Madrid exults

Real Madrid bathed in the adulation of joyous fans Thursday after edging arch-rivals Barcelona 1-0 in extra time to snatch the King's Cup for the first time since 1993.

Kochi win a thriller

In tight finishes, it's often tough to isolate one incident that impacts the outcome. But in the Kochi-Kolkata game, there was one. Yusuf Pathan had taken 3-20 which helped Kolkata restrict Kochi to 132-7. But he had injured his injured his ankle catching Ravindra Jadeja at long-on. Yusuf came in to bat with a runner. The equation was 47 off 30. Ramesh Powar had the ball.

Gayle had no option but to join IPL

Chris Gayle claimed Wednesday he had been frozen out by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and was left with no option but to choose the money-spinning Indian Premier League (IPL) over national team duty.

SL minister to give IPL-ers more time

Sri Lanka are set to extend a deadline to recall their players from the Indian Premier League (IPL) to avoid embarrassing India, the country's sports minister said Thursday.

'No decision on cricket resumption'

India's foreign secretary Nirupama Rao has said that no decision has been taken on the resumption of cricket ties with Pakistan, ending for the moment speculation that had grown after last month's World Cup semifinal in Mohali between the two national teams.

Kamande sacked

Jimmy Kamande has been sacked as Kenya's captain in the light of the country's dismal performance at the World Cup.

Palermo hold Milan

Palermo produced a spirited display to hold Serie A leaders AC Milan to a 2-2 draw at the San Siro in the Italian Cup semifinal, first leg on Wednesday.

Ill Houllier in hospital

Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier was recovering in hospital on Thursday after being taken ill the night before, reports said.

Business

Ports to get private duty-free shops

The government plans to allow private companies to set up duty-free shops at international airports, sea and land ports alongside the public sector to help customers buy products at competitive prices.

Aditya Birla rolls out cement brand

Indian conglomerate Aditya Birla Group yesterday launched its cement brand UltraTech in Bangladesh.

Northern Power to issue Tk 175cr bonds

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday approved Northern Power Solution's proposal to issue 50 percent convertible bonds to raise capital from the market.

Asian countries join forces to shield migrant workers

Asian countries that send migrant workers abroad yesterday agreed to work together to reduce vulnerability and insecurity of their citizens during emergencies in the employing countries.

Jute mill workers left in the lurch

More than 3,000 workers and employees of state-owned Platinum Jubilee Jute Mill (PJJM) at Khalishpur in Khulna have been living in dilapidated quarters risking their lives since the last five years.

Indian minister to lead business team to Dhaka

Indian commerce minister Anand Sharma arrives on Saturday leading a 33-member delegation and a host of high profile businessmen on a two-day visit to Bangladesh to hold talks to bolster the bilateral trade relations.

Qubee doubles internet speed

WiMAX service provider Qubee has doubled its internet speed to provide the fastest wireless internet service to its customers without any extra cost.

Stocks rebound, but turnover low

Stocks gained yesterday after five days of losses amid a low turnover due to a tight money market.

Marico Bangladesh chair due today

Harsh C Mariwala, chairman of Marico Bangladesh Ltd, is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka today for a four-day official visit.

New CEO for Siemens Bangladesh

Shouvik Bhattacharya has recently been appointed the chief executive officer of Siemens Bangladesh Ltd (SBL), the company said in a statement yesterday.

Telecom CEOs meet adviser on fees

Chief executive officers of four mobile operators met the prime minister's establishment and administrative affairs adviser, HT Imam, on licence renewals yesterday.

Remittance growth at risk, inflow expected to remain resilient

Not more than two hundred years, during British regime in the subcontinent, some Bangladeshis migrated for a short-term to Great Britain and America for trade and higher study. The flow of migration, however, got momentum in the mid-twentieth century. After independence, people started to migrate to various other destinations. The oil exploration impetus in the Middle East in the late 1970s had been a blessing for unskilled labours in Bangladesh. Then, the flow of labour to the Middle East and North Africa increased due to tremendous demand for unskilled workers. In the late 90s, East Asia and the Pacific region (that is Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, and Brunei) emerged as new destinations.

In land of Don Quixote, wind turbines dot landscape

In the middle of the Spanish countryside 104 giant white windmills set against shrubs and haystacks sweep the sky day and night, providing electricity for 600,000 people.

Nokia profit down

Mobile phone maker Nokia's first quarter net profit fell 1.4 percent to 344 million euros ($503 million), beating expectations of analysts, the company said yesterday.

India loses grip on inflation

India is risking losing control of inflation, leaving the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) with few tools other than the blunt instrument of more aggressive interest rate increases even as growth momentum slows.

Apple crushes forecasts again

Apple Inc's results smashed Wall Street's expectations after iPhone and Mac sales scaled new heights while iPad supplies could not keep up with roaring global demand.

Carmakers look to an electric future in China

Major carmakers' high hopes for electric vehicles are on clear display at the Shanghai auto show, but industry leaders say it could be a decade before such eco-friendly cars go mainstream.

Europeans slams China govt procurement practices

The European Union Chamber of Commerce has accused China of trade protectionism for refusing to grant EU companies a level playing field in the lucrative government procurement market.

Asian shares rise

Asian stocks rallied for a second straight day on Thursday, with dealers buoyed by another batch of strong earnings in the United States and a jump on Wall Street to a near three-year high.

Correction

In yesterday's report headlined "Transit raises hope for robust earnings", we inadvertently mentioned that BIDS Senior Research Fellow Mohammad Yunus supported transport expert M Rahmatullah in conducting a study on transit. Actually, Rahmatullah and Yunus co-authored the study. We regret the mistake.

Metropolitan

Accounts of 2 staff, family members frozen

Bangladesh Bank (BB) froze bank accounts of 10 people including a cashier and a sub-assistant engineer of Rajshahi Development Authority (RDA) and their family members for one month as per anti-money laundering act.

Feud over drug, extortion money triggered killings

Feud over illegal drug trade and extortion triggered the sensational triple murder in the city's Kadomtoli six weeks ago, said Detective Branch (DB) officials at a press briefing yesterday after they arrested two suspects.

30 statues seized, 2 held at airport

Customs officials seized 30 statues including six made of touchstone and arrested two Bangkok-bound passengers at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the city yesterday.

Khaleda Zia moves to new house

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia shifted to a new rented house at Gulshan in the city in the early hours of Thursday.

Myanmar keen to solve Rohingya crises

Myanmar is keen to resolve all problems including that of the Rohingyas through negotiations by the two democratic governments.

Pakistan vows to defeat terrorism

Pakistan's army chief General Ashfaq Kayani vowed to defeat terrorism and rejected the notion of Islamabad "not doing enough" in the anti-Taliban fight, the military said yesterday.

Efforts on to meet power crisis: PM

Prime Minister (PM) Sheikh Hasina yesterday said her government is working relentlessly to mitigate gas and power crises in the country in the shortest time possible.

Road crashes kill three in city

At least three people were killed and two others injured in three separate road accidents in the city while another person was crushed under train wheels yesterday.

Dhaka keen to share expertise with Delhi

Bangladesh yesterday showed keen interest to share expertise and experience of India in building the proposed mega Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib International Airport in the country.

'Amini misleads people to fulfil his ill motives'

Speakers at a human chain yesterday urged people not to be misled by Mufti Fajlul Hoque Amini, chairman of Islami Oikya Jote, who is trying to fulfill his “ill motives”.

Reach healthcare to doorsteps of people

Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr AFM Ruhul Haque yesterday asked the doctors to take the leading role to reach healthcare facilities to the doorsteps of people.

Multimedia classrooms in schools, colleges from June

The government has decided to introduce multimedia classrooms in schools and colleges in the country from June next with a view to ensuring quality education.

$35m WB support to bring more children to school

The World Bank (WB) will give 35 million US dollars for the project titled 'Reaching Out-of-School Children (ROSC)' to bring more children in poverty-stricken districts under education.

Road crashes kill 3

Three people were killed and seven others injured in separate road accidents in Pabna and Sylhet on Wednesday and yesterday.

Boy run over by train

A six-year-old boy sustained critical injuries after being run over by a train at Khilgaon in the city yesterday.

Cardinal Tauran due in city April 25

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, head of the Pope's Commission of Inter-religious Dialogue in Rome, will arrive in Bangladesh on April 25 on a five-day visit.

CU students' memo to VC

Chittagong University (CU) students of 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 academic sessions submitted a memorandum to acting Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mohammad Alauddin containing a two-point demand yesterday.

Nine cops of Mirsarai transferred

Nine police personnel, including OC of Mirsarai Police Station, have been transferred to different police stations for negligence to duty following the killing of ASI Borhan by criminals.

'Anti-liberation forces against women policy'

The people who are demonstrating against the Women Development Policy are mainly anti-liberation forces, leaders of Sachetan Nari Samaj said at a press conference yesterday.

Koica clean environment programme held at DU

On the eve of World Earth Day 2011, Korea International Cooperation Agency (Koica) in association with Environment Society and Department of Korean Language of Dhaka University (DU) held a daylong awareness programme on clean environment yesterday.

Punishment of culprits demanded

Bangladesh Udichi Shilpi Gosthi, a cultural organisation, yesterday organised human chain programmes across the country demanding punishment to the culprits who assaulted bauls (mystic singers) in Rajbari.

PM goes to C'nawabganj tomorrow

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to go to Chapainawabganj tomorrow on a daylong visit during which she will inaugurate the work of machinery installation of Amnura 50 MW power plant.

6 houses gutted in Ctg

At least six dwelling houses were gutted in fire in the city on Wednesday night.

PM to lay foundation of Asian University for Women Apr 26

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will formally lay the foundation of Asian University for Women (AUW) on its Chittagong campus on April 26.

352 IUB students awarded

The Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) distributed academic awards to 352 students for the academic year 2010. The Vice Chancellor (In charge) Prof M Omar Rahman gave away the awards at a programme held at the university's permanent campus at Bashundhara in the city yesterday.

British HC, DFID closed on Apr 24

The British High Commission in Dhaka, its office in Sylhet, and DFID Bangladesh will be closed to the public on April 24, for Easter Sunday, says a press release.

National

13,000 unused SSC answer scripts seized from school

Jessore Education Board officials on Wednesday recovered 13,000 pieces of unused additional answer scripts (loose sheets) of this year's SSC examinations from storeroom of Jessore Government Girls' High School on Wednesday.

Handcuffed drug peddlers snatched

Two handcuffed drug peddlers were snatched from law enforcers at Kataskhal village in Gournadi upazila on Wednesday noon.

29 rescued while being trafficked to India

At least 29 people were rescued by border guards yesterday and the day before in Joypurhat and Jessore districts while being trafficked to India.

Another bailey bridge collapses in Netrakona

Road communication of the district with two upazilas and rest of the country remained snapped as a bailey bridge at Gumai on the Gumai river in Kalmakanda upazila collapsed on Wednesday night.

Hardrock miners stage sit-in

Miners of Maddhyapara Granite Mining Company Ltd (MGMCL) in Parbotipur upazila staged a sit-in in front of the mine gate to press home their 11-point demand yesterday.

Second wife, her mother and neighbour held

Following the death of an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of Sylhet Metropolitan Police (SMP) on Wednesday night, Kotwali police picked up his second wife, mother-in-law and one of their neighbours from Bagorkhola area of Dakkhin Surma yesterday afternoon for quizzing.

Constable killed as robbers' microbus runs over him

A police constable was killed as a microbus of robbers ran over him at Pubail Meerer bazar in Sadar upazila on Wednesday night.

Erosion threatens fresh areas in Morrelganj

Erosion threatens three more academic institutions, police station, health complex, government staff quarters, private dwellings and several hundred acres of land in Morrelganj upazila of Bagerhat district.

Injured by stalker, little Fatema stops going to school

Injured by a stalker on April 5, a class four student of Abnali Abdul Aziz Registered Primary School in Terokheda upazila of Khulna district has stopped attending school.

9 policemen including Mirsarai OC transferred for negligence to duty

Nine police personnel, including OC of Mirsarai police station, have been transferred to different police stations for negligence to duty following the killing of ASI Borhan by criminals.

Answer scripts found beside highway

Answer scripts of Bangla second paper of the ongoing Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) Examinations under Dhaka Education Board were found lying beside Dhaka-Aricha highway at Uchutia in Manikganj on Wednesday.

Jailed for killing husband

A court here yesterday sentenced a housewife for life for killing her husband in 2008. Convict Majeda Begum alias Kushi, 37, was wife of van-puller Abdul Gani Sheikh, 40. The court also fined her Tk 5000, in default, to suffer another one year in jail. Acting District and Sessions Judge Md Rezaul Karim pronounced the verdict. According to the prosecution, on February 6, 2008, Majeda and her husband Gani locked in an altercation over a trivial matter. At one stage, Majeda stabbed Gani with a kitchen knife, leaving him dead on the spot. On the same night Kamal Sheikh, brother of the deceased filed a case in this connection.

Stalker punished

A mobile court in Dashmina upazila yesterday sentenced a stalker to four months' jail and fined Tk 5,000. Ajmol Hossain, executive magistrate, also UNO of Dashmina upazila delivered the judgment at around noon. The stalker is Rabiul Islam of Karpurkathi village under the same upazila. Police and mobile court sources said, Robiul used to tease a student of Arojbegi Madrassa for long. On the day, as Rabiul made an indecent offer, a classmate of the student informed the police with the help of local people. Police reached the spot with the mobile court and the court delivered the judgment after hearing both parties.

3000 chickens culled

About 3000 avian flu affected chickens of 'Shata poultry farm' were culled at Rarirchar village in Chandina Tuesday night. Farm owner Abdur Rahim said 1200 chickens died from April 15 to April 17. Later, he informed the upazila livestock resource office of the matter. Chandina upazila livestock resource official Maqsuda Akter said they collected samples of the chickens and sent them to the district livestock resource office for test, which confirmed the avian influenza.

Letters

Why is authority silent?

Dhaka is now known as the city of traffic jam. Among the various problems of this city, traffic jam is the most discussed which we face every day from the very dawn to late night. One has to spend two and a half hours to reach Dhanmondi from airport only for traffic jam. We often see vehicles parked on the roads defying legislation and common sense. One of the main causes of this traffic jam is illegal parking of vehicles on the roads. Most of the shopping malls in Dhaka city have no parking place. The administration seems to keep silent and don't take action against illegal parking and shopping mall authorities. Can we ask the authority why does it not take action against them?

Check population growth

We know that large population is considered as an asset of a country but it is considered as a burden if they are unskilled and unproductive. The rate of population growth in our country is 1.4%. In our neighboring countries like Sri lanka and Maldives it is 0.9% and 0.5%. Now the population of our country is 16.44 crores. What will happen in 2025? Every year more than two million people are added to our population. It is time we include a lesson on the adverse effect of having large family in primary and secondary education. Family planning system in our country is not satisfactory due to shortage of employee. Conscious people, mass media and govt. should join hands to minimize the population growth if we want to make a Digital Bangladesh.

Theft of OMS rice

Being concerned with the increased price of rice and other commodities, the govt. has been trying to meet that demand with Open Market Sales (OMS). Though the supply is not enough at OMS, but it acts like a circuit breaker against the dire need of rice across the country. Now, we get news of commercial sale of the OMS rice! Moreover, irregularities in management of sales schedule, corruption of the local dealers of OMS have made the fruition of OMS a far cry for the rural people. The govt. must take effective and proactive initiatives in ensuring the proper management of the open market sale before it becomes another tale of agony!

It's the cars not rickshaws

Mr Rahat of Malibagh (DS 18 April) continues to pour vitriol on rickshaws whose 'crime' is to provide Dhakabashis with cheap, convenient and pollution free transportation that the Gas Guzzling Monstrosities can never do. Astonishingly, he has still not realized what causes traffic jams. In any rickshaw-free road (Picture, DS 19/04/11) it is the 5 lacs cars, parked or speeding that are to blame for the jams. If the rickshaw - van pullers turn violent sometimes, it is to protest against the repression of police, who otherwise fawn over the blatant violation of traffic laws by the GGMs. Further, is this deprivation not a flagrant violation of the constitutional rights of rickshawalas to access public roads for their livelihood?

Jihad and Fatwa: Some misconceptions

The meaning of the Arabic word "Jihad" is "to strive/to struggle". For example, if anybody earns his livelihood by staying in the right path then it too is one kind of Jihad. Out of various categories of Jihad, one category is "to struggle against oppression or injustice". In our country many organizations in the name of Islam or jihad, are killing innocent human beings which is strictly prohibited in Islam. These people are extremist or terrorist. Another burning question is, whether Fatwa is harmful and should it be banned? Actually, if anybody abuse fatwa should be given severe punishment. But that doesn't mean that Fatwa should be banned. For example, if anybody kills an innocent human being by using a pistol then surely it will not be logical to ban pistol.

We should have nuclear power plant

In response to the letter of Nur Jahan published on April 01, 2011 in The Daily Star, I am writing this letter since I personally disagree with her point that we should forget the idea of nuclear power plant. In my opinion her solemn suggestion is lame, when it comes to greater benefit for the nation. To be logical I have to pose some questions like- if we think of merely setting up coal and gas based power plants instead of nuclear ones, then how long do we expect these natural resources to be lasting to serve this very purpose? And when they are depleted indicating alternative sources being employed, what will happen then? Bangladesh government should go on with its primary nuclear deal with Russia to help build its first nuclear power plant, which should be in operation in 2014-2015.

What a beginning of Baishakh!

In the morning of the first day of Bangla year 1418, we were greeted by a power failure at 5.10 a.m. Electricity got back an hour later at 6.10 a.m.

Undue harassment

Distance between Gulistan to Saidabad is hardly 2 kilometers but, surprisingly, all bus conductors snatch taka five from each passenger as fare. When asked on several occasions, the conductors reply in rude voice that this is their rate. Secondly, the 'tempo' which is the main transport for small income group people charge taka six between Gulistan to Chawk Bazar will be hardly 3 kilometers.

Hindi songs on Pahela Baishakh

I went to Ramna Park to celebrate Pahela Baishakh. On my entrance to the park I noticed an ongoing concert on the premises of Institute of Engineers, Bangladesh sponsored by Royal Tiger Energy Drink. None can overlook the huge round of applause by a group of youngsters when a female artist dancingly sang out “Shila ki jawani...” on stage. I was quite embarrassed to witness such activities. It was a 'hindinized' Pahela Baishakh , insulting to our very culture and language.

Defending illegal actions

I am confused about the new policy concerning rivers. It seems that the concept of 'river-narrowing' is a new way of excusing the authorities from prosecuting those who grab land beside rivers because all they are doing is 'narrowing' a river.

We condemn this act of servility

In the past we have seen that students of different institutions used to get lined up on either side of the street with small flags in their hands to greet the head of the state visiting our country. But now the same thing has become a ritual even for a minister, visiting a district or his constituency. We learnt that the ministry of education has strictly forbidden this practice to relieve students from this laborious process. However, some over enthusiastic party activists flouting the directive amass students from different institutions and kept them standing for hours in the parching weather against their will just to please the minister. It is also reported that many students especially girl students fell sick due to heat and dehydration. We strongly protest this act of servility and urge that this practice be stopped immediately.

Please do something

Our policy makers have a slogan, 'steps towards change'. We still believe in this motto. But we the 3340 frustrated youths who have been selected for the non-cadre service in 29th B.C.S remain unemployed. Our future looks bleak from the experience of 28th B.C.S. We have relevant information that there are nearly 38000 non-cadre first class vacant posts in different ministries. I am an ardent believer in the actions of the Head of the State as well as the Head of the Govt. We have a heart-felt plea that their excellencies will soothe our anguish in which we are groaning.

Frequent short circuit incidents

Incidents due to short circuits have increased. On 17th March 2011, there was a fire incident due to electrical short circuit occurred in my home at Popular Housing-1, Barabagh, Mirpur-2. It's a five storied building and eight families live here. All of us got stuck in the smoke. Later the electric rescue team from DESCO disconnected the main wire from the pole and all of us were saved from a fatal incident. Thanks to DESCO team. I am also extending my sincere thanks to DESCO, Kallayanpur team for reconnecting my electricity without any hassle. Now my earnest request to DESCO/DESA and other electrical agencies to find the reasons for these frequent short circuit and take necessary action to reduce these incidents

An appeal to the LHC

Our understanding of the universe is about to change by the outcomes in the gigantic experiment of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) conducted by European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). It will revolutionize our understanding, from the minuscule world deep within atoms to the vastness of the universe. The LHC will not be completed until the people of backward societies in every corner of the world in superstition-chain will not be enlightened with the true knowledge of nature. So, we appeal to the LHC to work on complete eradication of false notions about nature from people's mind.

Poor Airtel network!

I am using Warid telecom for the last couple of months. Recently its name has changed; it's not a big deal. The problem is network. Last one month it's network is totally down. These days we use mobile phone for all purpose. On 18 April I went outside from my house and faced a dangerous problem. I tried to call my parents 100 times but I didn't get through. I had to stay outside in the evening but I couldn't inform them. Lots of people are suffering from this problem. My humble request to Airtel group, please do something quickly!

Ice and Soot!

Both are very common items in every home. Ice is now on the shelf, at all times; thanks to refrigerators in almost all houses. So too is soot; when we burn any fuel anywhere. But can one imagine soot along with the ice; high up in the Himalayan mountains where nothing is normally burnt!

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International

Libyan rebels capture border post with Tunisia

Libyan rebels yesterday overran a post on the Tunisian border, marking their first advance in weeks against Muammar Gaddafi's forces as Nato warned civilians to stand clear of its bombing blitz.

Australia PM vows to back disaster-hit Japan

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard yesterday vowed to help Japan recover from last month's earthquake and tsunami by securing natural resources and energy supplies for the Asian country.

UN bid won't create Palestinian state: Israel

A Palestinian bid for United Nations recognition is a double-edged sword that will neither bring about the creation of a state nor end the conflict, a senior Israeli minister has warned.

Colombian tribe fighting a losing battle to survive

The Nukak-Maku tribe, nomads discovered only 23 years ago who number no more than 600, is struggling to adapt after Colombian guerrillas chased them from their homes deep inside the country's lush tropical forests.

India to introduce anti-graft bill

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh admitted yesterday that corruption had become a cause of serious public discontent, as he pledged to introduce an anti-graft bill in parliament soon.

Sri Lanka asks UN not to publish

Sri Lanka asked the United Nations yesterday not to publish a forthcoming report on alleged war crimes during the island's ethnic war, saying it could set back reconciliation efforts.

UN eyes to eradicate bird flu within 10 years

It will take at least 10 years to eradicate the H5N1 bird flu virus, which has killed scores of humans, from poultry in the six countries where it is endemic, a UN agency said yesterday.

Asylum seekers torch buildings in Australia

Asylum seekers torched nine buildings at a Sydney detention centre in a night of wild riots with a handful of protesters remaining on rooftops yesterday as police worked to regain control.

Departure plan offered to Yemen president

A plan from Gulf mediators calls for embattled Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh to quit 30 days after a national unity government is formed, a government official said yesterday.

Hillary condemns Syria violence

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday strongly condemned "ongoing violence" by the Syrian government against demonstrators, saying Damascus needed to launch a "serious political process" to end deadly unrest.

25 Iraqis die as bus plunges into valley

Twenty-five Iraqis died and 20 were injured yesterday when their bus hit two trucks and plunged into a valley between Damascus and the central city of Homs, the official news agency Sana said.

Syria lifts emergency rule

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad yesterday issued decrees ending nearly five decades of emergency law, abolishing state security courts and allowing citizens to protest peacefully, state television reported.

France mulls recognising Palestine

French President Nicolas Sarkozy hosted Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas in Paris yesterday as Europe reflects more and more openly on the prospect of recognising an independent Palestine.

BP to sue US firm

British energy group BP said yesterday it had sued Cameron International, the makers of a blowout preventer (BOP) which BP believes failed in the lead up to last year's Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

India raises Maoists issue with Nepal

Concerned over the situation in Nepal, India yesterday raised the issue of activities directed against it by Maoists and sought adequate security for its nationals in this country, including its diplomats.

Mubarak's name to be removed from all public places

Two months after he was toppled in popular uprising, a Cairo court yesterday ordered removal of former president Hosni Mubarak's name and that of his wife Suzanne to be removed from all public places including streets and parks.

Martelly confirmed as Haiti presidential vote winner

Popular-singer-turned-politician Michel Martelly was confirmed yesterday as the winner of Haiti's March 20 presidential election, officials announced.

Berlin University offers chair to detained Chinese artist

The University of the Arts in Berlin has invited Ai Weiwei to be a guest professor, the institution said in a statement yesterday, amid ongoing international uproar at the Chinese artist's detention.

Arts & Entertainment

A Touch Of Ecstasy

Syed Abdullah Khalid is regarded as one of the most brilliant sculptors of our country. He is mainly recognised for his 'Aparajeyo Bangla', one of the most familiar sculptures, and considered a landmark, in Dhaka. A multi-talented artist, Khalid has not only excelled in sculpture but also made an impression with his paintings.

Devdas: Becoming a household name

We've seen "Devdas" in all colours.

Dhaka Divisional Theatre Fest begins in Mymensingh

The weeklong Dhaka Divisional Theatre Festival began yesterday at the district Shilpakala Academy auditorium. The festival will conclude on April 27.

Bangladeshi director and playwright work on a British play

Bangladeshi playwright Masum Reza and theatre director Mohammad Ali Haider have worked on a UK production recently. UK based troupe Theatre Folks has produced the play, titled “Tale of Two Friends”. The play is the debut production of the troupe, according to a press release. The play will premiere on April 30 at Pegasus Theatre Hall, Oxford. Another show will be held the following day. The plot zooms in on two friends Aamir and Salman. Both friends are cricket fanatics. They both earn scholarships from a cricket academy in India. Aamir's family supports him to go forward but Salman's family refuses to let him go to India. Salman becomes frustrated and joins an anti-social organisation. The cast includes Uma Pradhan, Andrea Canales, Samina Lutfa, Selina Shelley, Mohammad Ali Haidar, Kamruzzaman, Kawsaruzzaman and Sauduzzaman. George Philip is doing the light designing, while Sumel Chowdhury is directing the music. Syed Manzurul Hussain is the set designer. Rupkatha Priodarshini and Chupkatha Priobhashini have jointly translated the play from Bangla to English. The play will be staged at different cities of UK throughout the year. Oxfordshire Bangladeshi Association is supporting the production.

4th Int'l French Drama Fest Begins Tomorrow

The five-daylong 4th French Drama Festival begins tomorrow (April 23) at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) in Dhaka. Natukay Theatre Group in association with Alliance Francaise de Dhaka and Fame School of Dance, Drama and Music, Chittagong has arranged the festival.

Jude Law and Uma Thurman join Cannes jury

Hollywood stars Jude Law and Uma Thurman have been added to Robert De Niro's jury at the Cannes Film Festival.

DS Café

This month DS Café will have popular singer-composer Bappa Majumdar takes your calls. Readers will have the opportunity to converse with him on different issues regarding music and his personal life. Call 8126155 on April 29, between 2 and 3pm, to speak to Bappa Majumdar!!!

OP-ED

The people and their republic

THE fate of a new Egypt appears to be in the hands of three famous Egyptians. Amr Musa is a former foreign minister and head of the Arab League. Nobel Laureate Mohamed ElBaradei is the former director of the International Atomic Energy Agency. Naquib Sawiris is the chief executive of Orascom, one of the ten largest telecommunication companies in the world. Like all great men, they also think alike. Recently they agreed that Egypt should have a government that protects individual rights.

The message of the cross of Christ

AT the heart of Christianity lies the self-giving love of God. God supremely manifested this love for mankind on the cross of Christ. Paul, the apostle put this truth in this striking verse: "God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21)."

Aren't ordinary people extra-ordinary?

DEVELOPMENT in Bangladesh is both an enigma and a miracle. The more you think, the more you marvel at it. We have graduated to 6% plus GDP growth rate since 2005. When the population was 70 million at independence the growth was 2% per annum. Now with 160 million people we are having a sustained growth rate of above 6%.

Lt. Col. Quazi Nooruzaman: Citizen soldier

COLONEL Quazi Nooruzaman in many ways can be considered as one of the true embodiments of the spirit of our liberation war. For the past forty years he lived in such a manner that his actions and deeds upheld the spirit of the liberation war in every sense of the term.

This Day In History

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Pravda, the “voice” of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, begins

StarTech

Happy browsing

Opera, one of the most versatile web browsers in the world, has recently released a customised version for Bangladeshi users which enables faster access to the content they care about and are locally relevant.

Local Islamic banking solution ranks 9th in Gartner study

Ababil, a flagship product of Millennium Information Solution, one of the leading software companies of the country, has been ranked 9th best Islamic Banking Solution (IBS) recently in the coveted ranking list of Gartner Inc., an information technology research and advisory firm based in USA, says a press release.

Alienware comes for local gamers

Dell and Intel together with Computer Source Ltd (CSL) recently introduced the world famous Alienware series in the local market. Powered by a member of the Intel core processor, the Alienware has been brought for the gamers here.

EU opens spectrum for 4G mobile devices

The European Commission has ruled that member states open two radio frequencies to the newest generation of mobile devices to enable faster internet use on the move.

Belkin realigns its distribution in Bangladesh

Belkin inc. a leading provider of interconnectivity solutions across computing and consumer electronic devices, has appointed Executive Machines Limited (EML), as distributor for its complete range of Apple accessories in Bangladesh, says a press release.

E7 hits stores on Sunday

E7 Communicator, the newest member of Nokia's E series family hits the Nokia retail shops across the country on Sunday. This was formally announced at an event yesterday.



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