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News of: Sunday, 24th of April, 2011

Front Page

Govt limits sale

The government has decided to scale down nationwide open market sale of rice amidst reports of illegal sale of the subsidised rice and asked all departments concerned to guard against recurrence of such pilferage of grains under the public food distribution system (PFDS).

Food security at any cost

Bangladesh, having highly fertile lands, cannot depend on others food, said the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday pledging to ensure food security for every citizen, no matter what it costs to do so.

Show disloyals the door

A number of members of the National Executive Committee of BNP yesterday urged Chairperson Khaleda Zia to oust those party leaders who are "still conspiring" against her and her son Tarique Rahman, senior vice-chairman of the party.

Indian businesses to invest $3.5b

Indian companies will invest $3.5 billion in Bangladesh's telecom, food processing, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals sectors in the next few years, visiting Indian Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma said yesterday.

Retired yet serving

A retiree has been illegally holding the office of additional director general (ADG) of Department of Environment (DoE) for about a year, with the minister and secretary concerned contradicting each other over his status.

Crazy idea, overactive police

Teenager Suhana (not her real name) felt the pressure of a very tight HSC exam schedule was too much. She did not want to drop out. Instead, she figured, if a national crisis arises, the authorities would have to postpone the upcoming chemistry exam on April 21 and she would get a few days more to prepare for the test.

Yet another custodial death

A youth died in police custody while undergoing treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday.

No case filed yet

The Rapid Action Battalion is still trying to establish Limon Hossain as a criminal although the force's chief had admitted that the 16-year-old is a victim, not a law breaker.”

Lack of right men delays reforms

Finance Minister AMA Muhith has said they have not yet found competent persons for restructuring the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) after a probe held it largely responsible for the recent share market debacle.

Impose high tax on tobacco

The government should impose high tax on tobacco products to rein in soaring consumption of the harmful products for the sake of public health, said speakers at a discussion meeting yesterday.

Older but not lucky

Ninety-year-old Insaner Ma can hardly walk, yet she has to go out to beg every day to make a living.

Remove all river pillars

Bangladesh Paribesh Andolan (Bapa) leaders yesterday urged the government to immediately remove all boundary pillars along the banks of Turag and Balu rivers which breaches the High Court (HC) directives.

'Friend' stays out of arrest

Sabbir Hossain, a prime suspect in Natore youth Russell murder case, is still at large, as police raids on several places yesterday went in vain.

2 ex-NSI bosses on remand again

A Dhaka court yesterday placed the two former directors general (DG) of National Security Intelligence (NSI) under four more days of remand for their alleged involvement in the August 21 grenade attack in 2004.

Constitution talks from today

The parliamentary special committee on constitutional amendment opens its planned talks today by holding discussion with constitutional experts.

Syrian human rights head arrested

The head of the Committees for the Defence of Democracy, Freedoms and Human Rights in Syria was arrested yesterday at his home in the northwestern city of Banias, lawyer Khalil Maatouk told AFP.

Blast kills nine-year-old Pakistan child

A bomb killed a nine-year-old Pakistani child yesterday and wounded a teenager outside the house of an anti-Taliban elder in a restive northwestern area, police said.

Two Afghan police die in Taliban ambush

Two Afghan policemen died and two more were wounded in an ambush in eastern Afghanistan yesterday, officials said, while an international soldier died in a separate incident.

Editorial

Risks from illegal billboards

ILLEGAL hoardings and billboards atop buildings and on roads in the capital remain a clear danger to citizens. The danger rises now that the season of storms is upon us. The first manifestation of it came last Wednesday when a huge billboard collapsed at Mirpur Road during a storm. While storms are a regular climatic happening in Bangladesh, what should not be regular is a deliberate flouting of judicial pronouncements on such matters as a removal of unauthorized billboards. Despite a specific High Court order on Rajuk in April last year that all such hoardings and billboards be removed, hardly anything has been done to comply with the order. The chairman of Rajuk now informs us that a lack of manpower has prevented an implementation of the HC directive. That begs the question: how is it that in an entire year Rajuk has not had the capacity to remove the billboards? Besides, why has it not come forth with any explanations about its failure until now?

Unsettled hill people

SINCE last week's violent clashes between the Bengali settlers and the indigenous people in Ramgarh some of the latter have become homeless as reports suggest. More than fifty eight families were affected. Many of these people are now reportedly starving and living in open due to loss of abodes and belongings.

Sports

Battle of unknown

Farashganj Sporting Club and Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra will be battling it out for their maiden trophy in the unlikeliest of finals of all time when they meet to decide the Independence Cup at the Bangabandhu National Stadium today.

Kapali, Mizanur rule Day 2

Rajshahi openers Mizanur Rahman and Avishek Mitra, a relatively new pair, gave Dhaka no chance on the second day of their National Cricket League game at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra yesterday.

Siddikur in with a good chance

Siddikur Rahman clawed back to fifth position giving himself an excellent chance to finish the Indonesian Masters on a high at the end of Round Three at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club yesterday.

New cricket selectors by April 26?

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) could decide on the new national selection panel later this week in their next meeting.

Academy tail wags well

The GP-BCB National Cricket Academy kept up the advantage through tail-end resistance on the second day of the second and final four-day game against South Africa Cricket Academy at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

Valthaty making merry

Paul Valthaty may not inspire much confidence when he trudges in to bat -- no funky haircut and no flashy bling on show at the glitzy, celebrity-centred Indian Premier League.

Bhajji spin sinks CSK

Rohit Sharma dazzled the senses, Harbhajan Singh sucker-punched with three wickets in an over, and Mumbai Indians hustled on the field to go around a sublime Subramaniam Badrinath and clinch a well-fought win at the Wankhede Stadium.

United ride on Hernandez

Manchester United moved nine points clear at the top of the Premier League as Javier Hernandez's late goal clinched a crucial 1-0 win over Everton on Saturday.

Raul turned down MU

Schalke forward Raul has revealed he could have been lining up for Manchester United in next week's Champions League semifinal against his current club.

No big-money signings

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists he has no intention of splashing out on a host of big-money signings during the close-season.

Barca won’t change style

Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola said Friday he saw no reason to change his side's attacking style of play in the wake of their loss to arch-rivals Real Madrid in the King's Cup final.

Perrotta fires Roma

Roma beat Chievo 1-0 at home on Saturday to keep their faint hopes of a top four finish alive with four games remaining.

A team's 3rd one-dayer rained out

The third one-day game between Bangladesh A and South Africa A was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to persistent rain at the De Beers Diamond Oval in Kimberley yesterday.

Walton nat'l volleyball

Bangladesh Police, Bangladesh Air Force and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) chalked up victories in the first round of the men's competition of the Walton National Volleyball Championship yesterday.

Safina keeps soaring

Former world number one Dinara Safina's resurgence continued at the Fes claycourt tournament on Friday with a gruelling 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 quarterfinal win over fellow Russian Anastasia Pivovarova.

Dhoni more influential than Obama

World Cup-winning India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was on Friday named among 2011's 100 most influential people by Time's Magazine, and was ranked higher than names such as US President Barack Obama and ace Barcelona and Argentina footballer Lionel Messi.

Deccan meet Mumbai today

Their campaign has been inconsistent so far and the task does not get any easier for former champions Deccan Chargers as they take on in-form Mumbai Indians in their Indian Premier League match here today.

Inter-district cricket from today

Sixty-four districts in twelve groups will take part in the 31st inter-district cricket championship across the country today.

Flemo has not made up mind

Stephen Fleming's name has been doing the rounds as a possible successor to Gary Kirsten as India coach but the former New Zealand captain on Saturday said he had not thought of taking up full-time coaching job yet.

Owomoyela out for season

Borussia Dortmund's ex-Germany defender Patrick Owomoyela has been ruled out for the rest of the season after injuring his hip in training and is expected to be out for up to four months.

Jose rubbishes Inter return

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has refuted reports linking him to a return as manager of Inter Milan next season.

Business

FBCCI asks India to ease trade policy

The country's apex trade body yesterday urged the visiting Indian Commerce Minister Anand Sharma to relax the services sector investment policy so that Bangladeshi entrepreneurs can invest there.

DSE to probe scam allegations

Dhaka Stock Exchange has decided to launch an internal committee to investigate the allegations that were raised against the bourse in a probe report on the recent stockmarket scam.

GP network upgrade troubles users

Grameenphone (GP) subscribers have been facing disrupted services in some places for the last few days due to ongoing upgrading in the mobile operator's network.

Editors for realistic budget

Editors of different print and electronic media have urged the government to go for a realistic budget instead of an ambitious one, and stressed its implementation.

Rising inequality saps growth, Muhith warns

Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday warned saying that rising inequality could stop the country's growth potential.

Samsung opens 'mobile privilege partner' shop

Samsung has launched its first-ever 'mobile privilege partner' store at Eastern Plaza in Dhaka to help consumers experience all latest innovations of Samsung mobiles and provide necessary information to pick the best.

It's mistrust that hurts trade in South Asia

Mistrust among South Asian neighbours has hurt trade and cooperation for long and regional countries cannot help each other, without overcoming the barrier, said speakers at a conference yesterday.

Thailand keen on investment in Bangladesh

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has conveyed to the Bangladesh ambassador to Thailand special interests of his country's private sector to invest in Bangladesh.

Probe report fears weigh on weekly stocks

Share prices dropped for a second week as investors went for massive sell-offs speculating a further fall in the stockmarket.

For Obama, it's the economy, again

Just when it seemed the US economy was turning the corner, back it comes again to haunt President Barack Obama as he begins his 2012 re-election campaign.

Jute goods win back shine

A rise in demand for jute products, mainly handicraft goods, has made small enterprises of the north enthusiastic and hopeful to go ahead despite setbacks.

Craftsmen left on their own

Most of the enterprisers who produce jute goods in Rangpur division are moving forward with their own efforts, said Masuduzzaman Tuheen, director of Begum Rokeya Craft at Payerabondh under Mithapukur upazila in Rangpur.

India targets lower deficit, higher farm output to tame prices

Stubbornly high inflation could be tamed through reducing its fiscal deficit and boosting farm output, deputy chairman of the Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia said, as mounting price pressures threaten to slow the economy.

Asian airlines to boom, Europe stagnate: IATA

Airlines in the Asia-Pacific region will grow strongly in the next few years but air transport in Europe is likely to stagnate, the outgoing head of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said on Friday.

Gold soars to record in sixth straight session

Spot gold surged to a lifetime high on Friday in thin holiday trade, hitting a record for a sixth consecutive session on a weak dollar and factors ranging from geo-political uncertainty to inflation concerns.

Washignton considers annual flat fee for electric cars

Drivers of electric cars may have left the gas pump behind, but there's one expense they may not be able to shake: paying to maintain the roads.

Over 100,000 paid subscribers for NYTimes.com

The New York Times Co. released its first figures on Thursday since it began charging for full access to NYTimes.com, saying it has signed up more than 100,000 paid subscribers in three weeks.

Car production disrupted until Nov or Dec: Toyota

Toyota's global car production, disrupted by parts shortages from Japan's earthquake and tsunami, won't return to normal until November or December - imperiling its spot as the world's top-selling automaker.

Microsoft bumps pay to keep top talent

Microsoft said Friday it was raising pay for employees to retain "top talent" in the fiercely competitive market for skilled technology workers.

Sony to delay earnings report due to quake

Sony said Friday it would announce its annual results on May 26, more than a week later than usual, as the firm assesses the impact of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami on its business.

Asian stocks edge down

Asian stocks were mostly lower in holiday-hit trade on Friday, with Tokyo almost unchanged after a two-day rally and as the yen continued to strengthen against the dollar.

A tale of two exchanges: How Singapore lost down under

Australian Treasurer Wayne Swan was in the South Korean coastal city of Gyeongju preparing for meetings with G20 finance ministers when he heard the news.

Weekly Currency Roundup

April 17- 21, 2011
International Markets:
This week the dollar took a hammering against a basket of currencies. On Thursday it hit a three year low against a basket of currencies as strong corporate earnings buoyed risk appetite in illiquid pre Easter trade, which threatened to drive the greenback to historic lows. The euro jumped to 16-month highs and looked on course for a move towards $1.50 if it holds onto these gains. Currencies like the Australian and Canadian dollars also surged, though some traders warned the moves could reverse as investors take profit on short dollar positions before the long Easter weekend. The chart outlook for the greenback looked dire after it tumbled through a 74.17 trough hit in November 2009, a move that may spark a run towards the 70.698 all-time low hit in 2008. This week's threat by Standard & Poor's to cut the United States' prized triple-A credit rating has knocked dollar sentiment, reminding the market, which had been focused on euro zone debt woes, that the US still has massive debt problems. A series of records have been broken, with gold vaulting to all-time highs above $1,500 an ounce and the Aussie powering to 29-year peaks above $1.07, while the Singapore dollar and Swiss franc hit all-time highs. However, there were signs of profit taking, with the Aussie stumbling ahead of options barriers at $1.0800 after surging as high as $1.0775. The single currency looked poised for further gains, with the path clearing for a run at the 2009 peak at $1.5145. The dollar index fell 0.8 percent from late New York trade to 73.735, the lowest since August 2008 -- just before it surged during the Lehman Brothers collapse -- as world stocks marched higher.

Metropolitan

PM vows to change Rajshahi people's fate

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday expressed her firm determination to develop the Rajshahi division socio-economically.

Jewellery market demolished in Ctg

Landowners of a jewellery market at Hazari Lane under Kotwali Police Station in Chittagong yesterday demolished nine shops in an attempt to evict the shop owners and build a high rise there.

'Central government hinders independence of urban local govts'

Speakers at a seminar in Chittagong University (CU) yesterday said urban local governments can not function independently though they are elected through voting since 1994.

Corporal punishment causes hatred, fear among students

Corporal punishment on students in the name of discipline at schools causes different types of emotional outbursts like hatred, anger, fear, anxiety and depression in the long run, said a psychologist at a meeting yesterday.

India ready to transport rice in 15 days: Sharma

Indian Commerce Minister Anand Sharma yesterday said they are ready to export three lakh metric tons of coarse rice to Bangladesh in two weeks.

Influence of black money mars fair election

Eminent jurist Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday said the power of the state belongs to the people and not to a certain group of privileged persons.

10 killed in road crashes

10 people were killed and 26 others injured in separate road accidents in Narsingdi, Lalmonirhat, Jessore and Brahmanbaria yesterday.

'Enhance skilled manpower for treatment of cardiac patients'

Speakers at a national conference of cardiology yesterday stressed the need for enhancing skilled manpower, equipment and infrastructure to address the increased number of cardiac patients.

'Formulate national policy for street children'

Speakers at a seminar yesterday urged the government to formulate a national policy for street children to ensure their basic rights.

April 18 Foreign Ministry Day

The government is to observe the April 18 as the Foreign Ministry Day from next year commemorating the historic flag hoisting at Bangladesh Mission in Kolkata.

2 cops closed in Cox's Bazar

Two members of Tourist Police have been closed yesterday following allegations that they attempted to rape a newlywed woman near Diabetic Hospital point of Cox's Bazar sea beach on Friday.

Rajoir students' association executives

Samrat Miah and Habibur Rahman Sabuj were elected the president and the general secretary respectively of the Rajoir Upazila Students Association in Dhaka.

Two industries fined in N'ganj

The Department of Environment (DOE) yesterday fined two industries in Naraynganj Tk 50 lakh for encroaching on and filling up part of the river Buriganga.

Arrest of Amini, Golam Azam demanded

Cultural activists at a rally yesterday demanded arrest of Golam Azam and Maulana Fazlul Haque Amini on charge of anti-state activities and crime against humanity during the War of Liberation.

Law minister blames policemen, PPs

Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday said the government would formulate rules of action against those found responsible for unnecessary delay in disposing of cases at lower courts.

Trial of people responsible demanded

Some non-government organisations (NGO) activists yesterday demanded trial of people responsible for Thursday's launch accident that occurred in the river Meghna in Brahmanbaria.

Panicked, old man dies of heart attack

An old man died allegedly of a heart attack in panic after seeing a scuffle between his grandchild and some customers centring purchase of a gold chain in the city's Noyatola area last evening.

SC reopens today

The Supreme Court (SC) reopens today after a two-week summer vacation.

Worker killed in machine collapse

A worker of Jony dyeing and printing factory was killed as machine collapsed on him while was working in the factory in Bottola area of Sadar upazila early hours of yesterday.

Assam University VC calls on DU VC

Prof Dr Tapodhir Bhattacharjee, vice-chancellor of Assam University (AU), Silchar, India called on Dhaka University (DU) Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr AAMS Arefin Siddique yesterday at the latter's office in the city.

'Decision on tea gardens soon'

The government will take decision soon regarding tea gardens, which have been running without lease for long, said Land Minister Rezaul Karim Hira.

Discussion on GC Dev held at DU

Dev Centre for Philosophical Studies of Dhaka University organised a discussion marking the 40th death anniversary of Dr Gobinda Chandra Dev popularly known as GC Dev at RC Majumder auditorium on the campus in the city yesterday, says a press release.

National

Land grabbers torture old man, beat up his wife

Two days after the barbaric torture on a 70-year-old old man and his wife at East Biralaxmi village in Shyamnagar upazila of Satkhira district on Thursday, no case has been filed in the face of threat by the offenders.

Flood control project in Sylhet limps due to fund crisis

The five-year flood control and irrigation project along the north-eastern border of the district could not be completed even in 10 years allegedly due to fund crisis.

People suffer for BCL internal feud

Activists of Dinajpur unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) blocked Dinajpur-Dhaka highway for one and a half hours yesterday demanding cancellation of its recently formed convener committee.

Hardrock miners start work boycott for one hour a day

The miners of Maddyapara Granite Mining Company Ltd (MGMCL) started work boycott for one hour a day yesterday to press the authorities to reinstate five of their sacked fellows.

Luck smiles on boro farmers

Boro farmers in Jessore, Narail, Jhenidah and Kishoreganj districts are eyeing good profit this season as favourable weather conditions and proper use of fertilisers and insecticides have helped the paddy grow well.

30 including 10 lawmen hurt in Rajshahi clash

At least 30 people, including 10 law enforcers, were injured during a clash with a group of people who tried to hold a tafsir mehfil (religious function) at Solua Degree College ground in Charghat upazila, defying Section 144 yesterday afternoon.

22 injured as AL factions clash in Munshiganj

At least 22 people were injured in Awami League (AL) factional clash over the selection of chairman candidate for the upcoming union parishad election at Hossaindi in Gazaria upazila Friday afternoon.

Wife sues police sergeant on charge of torture

Wife of a police sergeant filed a case with the Women and Children Repression Prevention Court here on Thursday, bringing torture allegation against her husband.

127 shrimp farmers sued in Satkhira

A case was filed with Shyamnagar Police Station on Friday night against 127 shrimp farmers for installing GI pipes, cutting the embankments of Water Development Board (WDB) to supply salt water to their enclosures from the Kobadak River.

Madrassa students stage protest

Students of Sonapur Islamia Alia Madrassa boycotted their examinations and staged protest yesterday demanding reinstatement of the madrassa's expelled principal and expulsion of the acting principal and a teacher of Bangla department. They sought reinstatement of Ohidul Haque as the principal and expulsion of acting principal Ishaque Majumder and teacher Zahirul Haque. The students confined Ishaque Majumder and Zahirul Haque to a room for three hours. Police later rescued them. Sources said, Ohidul Haque was removed on charges of embezzlement of Tk 2.47 lakh. But there was no evidence in favour of the charges.

Housewife commits 'suicide'

A housewife allegedly committed suicide at her house on Friday night. She was identified as Rikta Begum, 20, wife of Solaiman Khan, 25, of Uttar Para village of Baraigram upazila. Police and local sources said, Solaiman took 20 decimals of land from her wife during marriage ceremony. But after one year he started to press her for more land. He than began to torture Rikta as she refused to do so. A case was filed with Baraigram police station in connection with the 'suicide'.

OMS rice recovered, 2 held

Police seized 40 sacks of Open Market Sale (OMS) rice and arrested two people at Alaipur village in Rupsha upazila on Friday. The arrestees were identified as Dilip Pal, owner of a rice shop in the village and OMS rice dealer Abdur Rahman. UNO of Rupsha upazila said, police in a drive recovered the rice from the shop of Dilip and arrested him along with dealer Abdur Rahman at about 12 noon. After interrogation Abdur Rahman confessed that he sold the OMS rice to Dilip. Police sealed both the shops and filed two separate cases in this connection.

Police constable closed

A constable of Doulatdia river police camp was closed to the district police lines yesterday. Sub Inspector Waheduzzaman of the police camp said constable Rokon Matbor was closed at the order of Rajbari police superintendent Ainul Bari on charge of extorting money from a driver of a goods laden truck in the terminal area Friday late night. A local newsman took photo while Rokon was taking the money from the driver and informed Bari who instantly gave the order.

Worker killed in accident

A worker of Jony Dyeing and Printing Factory was killed in machine collapse at the factory in Bottola area of Sadar upazila early yesterday. The deceased was identified as Raju Ahmad, 18, son of Shamsuddin of Rangpur district. Officer-in-charge Ainul Haque of Fatulla PS said Raju was critically injured as the rolling machine collapsed on him at around 3:30 am. He was rushed to Khanpur-200 bed hospital in the district town where attending doctor declared him dead. An UD case was lodged in this connection.

Letters

Save Buriganga River

Once the mighty Buriganga river, primarily known as the dominant lifeline of Dhaka city for channelling trade and commerce with other districts, has lost its entire splendour due to lack of proper river management by the government. Taking advantage of this lapse, a sizeable portion of the river has already been grabbed and filled up by a section of greedy real estate developers. Industries that sprang up on both sides of the river, has virtually turned the river into a waste water body devouring millions of gallons of untreated effluents everyday. Of them Hazaribagh Tanneries are the worst polluters. We want that government must take stringent measures to reclaim its lost areas and get rid of the unauthorized structures and order the industries to set up effluent treatment plants immediately or face the eviction.

Game of uncertainty

Who can forget the disastrous 58 and 78 of the tigers in the recently concluded Cricket WC, one of which was followed by brickbat throwing on the team bus? But how about the heroic New Zealand white wash, the nail-biting conclusion against Ireland, the nerve cracking one wicket victory over the English ? All these bear testimony to the huge uncertainty the fans have to endure while watching game of cricket. Very recently tigers' consistent batting display has been exhibited even under pressure against the mighty aussies. Therefore we must be patient rather than criticising on a defeat when accidentally tigers fail to perform.

The BSF fright

It has been a constant panic that the people living and trading at the borders will always stay in a threat to be illegally shot at by BSF. Almost every day, we go through the daily papers with such kind of pathetic news of illegal shooting. From elderly to children, traders to general people, visitors to inhabitants-nobody is free from the fright of BSF killings. Border security must be maintained but it is, in no means ethical to shoot at the people without giving prior notice to the 'violators'. Moreover, sometimes the relatives of the people killed by the BSF do not get the dead bodies.Such kind of occurrence is no good in retaining the positive relationship between these two neighbouring countries. The both govt. must come forward in settling the matter as soon as possible.

Improve Dhaka-Chittagong Railway service

Bangladesh Railway plays a very important role from the very ancient period. But it is sadly known to everybody that we get very feeble outcome from this sector.

Polybags back again

In 2002 government banned the production and use of polybags in our country. Unfortunately, polybags are being widely used again everywhere. Now we are using a huge amount of polybags daily and then throwing it into open place. The drainage system of our large city is hindered in rainy season due to polybags. It is also a threat of our environment and agriculture.

Don't export housemaids

The recent news item regarding export of maid servants from Bangladesh to Saudi Arabia is very disturbing. The inhuman torture and maltreatment of domestic helps in the Middle East in general and Saudi Arabia, in particular is well known. I think successive governments of Bangladesh in the past did not allow export of domestic helps to the region for this reason.

Conditions at HSJ Int'l airport

I fully agree with Masaru Aklyama who wrote about the poor condition of

How are female journos in KSA?

A news item titled “Abused TV presenter asks ministry to give protection to journalists” published in the daily “Arab News” on April 14, 2011 has attracted my attention.

Bangladesh in the news

In Sweden we rarely see anything on TV or read anything in the press about Bangladesh. When we do it's usually a natural disaster, something distasteful, negative and embarrassing to those of us living here.

Fairy tale price list

I am sure the old timers would love to have a glance at such a price list from the late 1960's. For the younger generation it would be like a fairy tale. It should be mentioned here that this price list originated at BAU Mymenshing.

FM vows to tame Stock Scamsters!

Star Business, 22 Dec 2010, (stock slide starts), headlined the FM's “vow to tame stock conspirators, saying the government knows them and would control them”. Today millions of investors are pauperized and after an authoritative probe report published, he is somersaulting to save the manipulators.

It makes us happy!

We have heard that Prime Minister and leader of the opposition have exchanged Bengali New Year's greetings. Some say that the North Pole and the South Pole might be brought to one point but it is impossible in case of these two leaders.

Bangladesh launching satellite!

The UNB report on the matter, published in local English daily on 9th April, surprised me. I wonder what's the reason behind launching a satellite.

How highways are connected

The fantastic solution of the Kanchpur chaos is surely the product of the fertile brains of our able engineers. The long loops will cost lot of money and acquisition of land. I am not an engineer but I have seen in western countries how highways are connected.

Teachers are deprived

Teachers are the nation builders. In developed countries; they are given high salaries for their work. But in Bangladesh, they are deprived. Government seems to be reluctant about teacher's compensation strategy or pay policy. Government recently declared that they will increase the pay scale and make separate pay scale for the teachers. But didn't focus on a major problem that they never get their salaries in due time in government schools and colleges.

Disturbing news

Last Friday when I was going through a newspaper, I became startled to see the news that a young boy had been killed by an S.I. of police in Tangail. I thought the police officer beat him profusely and he died. The law enforcement agencies duty is to protect human rights but they are actually violating us by killing of innocent people in custody.

Readers respond

Here are some comments that came in response to Saturday's The Daily Star report headlined “e-textbook for students.”

International

Syrians bury their dead as bloody clashes go on

At least eight mourners were shot dead yesterday as Syrians swarmed the streets to bury scores of demonstrators killed in massive protests and world leaders denounced the bloodshed.

Heavy turn out in peaceful second leg

Around 80 percent of votes were cast in a brisk and peaceful polling in 50 constituencies across three districts in the second phase of the West Bengal assembly elections yesterday.

Brain illness made Stalin ruthless dictator!

A brain illness may have made Stalin a more paranoid and ruthless dictator in the final years of his life, his own doctor has claimed.

Battle continues as death toll rises to ten

Two days of fierce clashes on the Thai-Cambodia border have left 10 dead and forced thousands to flee the worst bloodshed since a UN ceasefire appeal in February, officials said yesterday.

Tens of millions live in nuke 'danger zone'

Some 90 million people worldwide live within 30 kilometres of a nuclear reactor, equivalent to the exclusion zone around Japan's crippled Fukushima plant, a study released Friday shows.

Fighting grips Misrata after regime 'ultimatum'

Despite the withdrawal claim by regime, intense fighting gripped Misrata yesterday, overwhelming its hospital with casualties after its army was given an "ultimatum" to take the besieged Libyan city.

Yemeni president agrees to quit in 30 days

Yemen's embattled president agreed yesterday to a proposal by Gulf Arab mediators to step down within 30 days and hand power to his deputy in exchange for immunity from prosecution, a major about-face for the autocratic leader who has ruled for 32 years.

Opposition dragging Yemen into war

Yemen's president yesterday accused the opposition of dragging the country into civil war, as Yemenis boarded up their shops and businesses across the country in protest against his rule.

US mulling drones for Pakistan

The United States is considering providing unmanned drones to Pakistan for aerial surveillance despite tensions between the two countries over measures to combat terrorist activity, a US official said Friday.

'Militants' backbone has been broken'

Pakistan's military has broken the back of militants linked to Al-Qaeda and Taliban, the country's powerful head of the army said in a speech on Saturday that followed criticism from the United States that it wasn't doing enough to fight militancy.

2 US soldiers killed in Iraq

Two American soldiers have been killed during a mission in southern Iraq, the US military said yesterday.

Thousands flee clashes in south Sudan

Thousands of civilians have fled heavy clashes between rebels and south Sudan's army in key oil-producing Unity state, officials said yesterday.

Sarkozy ready to visit rebel-held Benghazi

French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Friday signalled his agreement "in principle" to visit rebel-held Benghazi and backed the transfer of frozen Libyan funds to the rebels, the presidency said.

Koran-burning pastor briefly jailed in Michigan

The US pastor whose burning of a Koran sparked deadly violence in Afghanistan has been briefly jailed in a heavily Islamic suburb after a court banned his protest outside a mosque.

Shallow 5.7-magnitude quake strikes Tonga

A 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck just one kilometre under the seabed off the Pacific nation of Tonga yesterday, the US Geological Survey said, but no tsunami warning was issued.

Arts & Entertainment

Life Lessons from a Deck of Cards

Rabindranath Tagore wrote "Tasher Desh" (Land of Cards) 78 years ago, in the context of British India. This dance-drama is a satire on the rigidity of class systems, both Indian and British, employing the dramatic and comedic device of a land of cards where a population is trapped in countless, inane rituals. But has this satire/fantasy managed to retain its pertinence after almost eight decades?

The Warring States: Brutal Battles and Raging Melodrama

A lack of familiarity with the byzantine history of China during the Warring States Period, from the fifth to the third centuries B.C., is a handicap when it comes to following the story of “The Warring States,” which is extremely loosely based on parts of that history. The writer, Shen Jian, and the director, Jing Chen, have made no concessions to the non-Chinese viewer in their compressed, chaotic narrative.

HSBC-Kali O Kalam Young Poets and Literature Awards 2010 Conferred

HSBC-Kali O Kalam Young Poets and Literature Awards 2010 was announced at the Main Auditorium of National Museum on April 22. This year, four young writers received awards in four categories: poetry, literature, research and essay. The programme commenced with a welcome speech by Luva Nahid Chowdhury, director general of Bengal Foundation. Monthly literary magazine 'Kali O Kalam' along with HSBC initiated the award in 2008.

Rare Sex Pistols disc is ‘most valuable vinyl’

A rare recording of "God Save the Queen" by the Sex Pistols has been named the most valuable vinyl disc of all time, with experts saying it is worth £8,000.

Hard hitting message

Shapla Natya Goshthi, a leading cultural organisation of greater Dinajpur district, staged renowned dramatist Mannan Hira's play “Panta Akali” on the stage of Boishakhi Mela at Thakurgaon Municipality Auditorium premises on April 19 night.

Puppets on a String

While the seven-day Baisakhi fair in Tangail town has many progammes, a major attraction is the puppet show held daily at the fair venue at Shaheed Smrity Pouro Uddan. People of all age groups and social strata, women and children in particular, are heading for the shows.

OP-ED

A royal wedding is arranged

ON the morning of April 29, Prince William, the eldest son of Prince Charles and late Princess Diana Spencer of Britain will marry a commoner. The bride is Kate Middleton, a class friend of Prince William, who has waited eight years to be married to this young prince. She is the first commoner in so close proximity to the throne since 1660 to marry a British prince.

Smile of the banyan

DOES one have to be as old as Anna Hazare to remember India's freedom struggle?

Amending Article 70

A Parliamentary committee on constitutional amendment has scrutinied the reprinted (draft) Constitution of Bangladesh. It is said that the Constitution will undergo the 15th Amendment in a month or two. Article 70 of the Constitution has both beneficial (in safeguarding against floor-crossing) and harmful (in making mandatory for MPs to always support the party position, right or wrong) provisions. Therefore, amendment to this article has becomean issue.

The message of Resurrection: To God be the glory!

HE appeared in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory," so sang the earliest Church about Christ. The Christian festival of Easter is being celebrated today. Christians all over the world commemorate the resurrection of Christ from the dead -- the first article of Christian faith. God vindicated His Son by raising him from the dead. So Christ did not see corruption of his body. Crucified Christ is crowned in his resurrection.

The cancer biographer

THE Pulitzer crown has come to rest on Siddhartha Mukherjee's head. The young Indian-American (he was born in 1970) has just come by the prize in the non-fiction category for his very well-received The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.

This Day In History

1877
Russo-Turkish War: Russian Empire declares war on Ottoman Empire.



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