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News of: Monday, 25th of April, 2011

Front Page

Govt moves to let off 7 indicted for murder

The government has made several moves in recent months to see a murder case withdrawn against seven charge-sheeted accused, citing political affiliations.

Murder it was

It all happened on May 23 evening, 2008. An armed gang of seven broke into Dr Tofatun Nahar's house on Hare Street in the capital. They pointed firearms at her younger son Arifur Rahman Khan Setu and asked him to bring Tk 12 lakh from his mother.

BD-Thai sues stock crash probe chief

BD-Thai Aluminium Ltd yesterday filed an appeal with a Dhaka court seeking scrapping of a part of the stockmarket scam probe report that accuses the company of siphoning off Tk 15 crore.

Yes to caretaker govt, no to ex-CJs

Eminent jurists yesterday recommended that the parliament amends the constitution scrapping the current provision which allows former chief justices to lead caretaker governments.

Khaleda sends letter

Main opposition BNP should accept the invitation of the parliamentary special committee on constitution amendment and give their opinions in a cordial discussion, some eminent citizens suggested.

e-Quran soon

The online version of Holly Quran (e-Quran) with Bangla translation will be introduced, disclosed the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday.

2 AL men shot dead

Five police officers of Gafargaon were closed yesterday on charge of negligence of duty hours after killing of an Awami League leader by criminals while another AL activist was shot dead in Jhenidah on Saturday night.

Little cheers for school bus service

Three months into its operation the special school bus service is losing both passengers and money casting a shadow over the prospects of its extension across the capital city.

Focus on serious crimes

The judicial commission probing the 2001post-polls violence has found evidence of over 3,625 incidents of major crime including killing, rape, arson and looting by cadres of the then ruling BNP-Jamaat alliance in 15 months since October that year.

File case against Rab in 24 hours

A Jhalakathi court yesterday afternoon ordered police to record within 24 hours the case Henoara Begum had filed with the court against Rab for maiming her son Limon.

4 cops in soup

A Dhaka court yesterday cancelled bail and issued arrest warrants against four police officials in a case filed for falsely implicating and torturing a Dhaka University student for the attempt on Prof Humayun Azad's life.

CID given 9th time extension

A Dhaka court yesterday extended until May 22 the time for further investigation into one of the two cases in connection with the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League rally in 2004.

Cash-strapped IOM looks for partnership

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) is seeking partnership with employer companies and labour-exporting countries to help migrants return from politically troubled Arab and African nations.

Girl takes her life for stalking

A schoolgirl committed suicide on Saturday night failing to stand the humiliation by a stalker on her way home.

Two crushed under trains

Two young men were crushed under the wheels of trains in separate incidents in Gazipur district yesterday.

Deals not signed

The scheduled signing of the final agreements between the government and local Summit power for three major power projects totalling 1,017-megawatt capacity did not take place yesterday, as the law ministry did not clear those.

Castro blasts US on Chinese rights report

Cuba's Fidel Castro yesterday praised a report from China that blasted human rights in the United States, as he slammed Washington for hypocrisy on the issue.

Japan to launch new major tsunami body search

Nearly 25,000 Japanese troops will Monday (today) start a massive new search for bodies along the Pacific coast where some 12,000 people are still missing after the earthquake and tsunami, the military said.

No survivors in Philippines landslide

Philippine officials said yesterday there was little chance of finding more survivors after a landslide struck a remote gold mining area, with 22 people likely killed in the disaster.

At least six killed in flash floods in Venezuela

At least six children were killed and three adults were reported missing in northwestern Venezuela Saturday following flash floods caused by torrential rains.

50 injured as rival land grabbers lock in clash

At least 50 people, including four policemen, were injured in a clash between two rival groups of the ruling Awami League over grabbing land of Mora Kumar River at Fultola Bazar under Rajoir upazila of Madaripur district yesterday morning.

Female student killed by husband

A female student of a private university was killed allegedly by her husband at city's Rayerbazar yesterday.

Editorial

Economic ties with India

The visit of Indian Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma to Dhaka has provided an impetus to closer and mutually beneficial economic relations between Bangladesh and India. The outcome has already taken a tangible shape in certain areas and, in some other spheres, signs of cooperation can be seen.

Deaths in Damascus

The regime of President Bashar al-Assad has clearly opted for a violent suppression of anti-government demonstrations in Syria. That is rather ironic given that only days ago the Syrian strongman was busy giving every indication of heeding the people's voice and even went to the extent of lifting the decades-old emergency. With as many as a hundred people dead over two days as a result of deadly government attacks on protesters, Assad's overtures now have been rendered hollow. The lifting of the emergency has turned out to be a sham, with the regime not at all embarrassed about the severe measures it has taken to cling to power.

Sports

Glorious end to Farashganj's dream

As far as cup finals go, this was a welter-weight clash at best. There was no Abahani, there was no Mohammedan and even Muktijoddha had failed to make it this far. So had rising upstarts Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club. Instead the final of the Independence Cup yesterday was attended by two teams whose ambitions, even at a stretch, could not be described as lofty.

Sujon the hero

Farashganj goalkeeper Sujon Chowdhury had a dream of saving penalties in the shootout and his dream turned real at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday when he made two brilliant saves to present the Old Dhaka outfit their first-ever title in domestic football.

Siddikur finishes on high

Siddikur Rahman, Bangladesh's golfing superstar, endured a rollercoaster Indonesian Masters but finished in style with a 13-under-par 275 to end on joint third position with Asian Tour newcomers Park Hyun-Bin of Korea and Thitiphun Chuayprakong of Thailand at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club yesterday. The 2010 Brunei Open winner scored a 4-under-par 68 in the last round to stake a $34,725 claim in the $750,000 Asian tour event. The third-place finish will give the 27-year-old a boost in confidence heading into the 2.8 million-dollar-Ballantine's Championship in Korea later this week.

Academy smell win

Sanjamul Islam and Shaker Ahmed spun GP-BCB National Cricket Academy to near victory against South Africa Cricket Academy on the third day of the second and final four-day game at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

Jabbarer Boli Khela today

The historical wrestling competition, popularly known as 'Jabbarer Boli Khela', will be held at Laldighi Maidan in the port city today.

Inter-district cricket underway

Nitul of Noakhali scored the first century of the 31st Inter District Cricket Champion-ship which started across the country yesterday.

Rajshahi on the verge of victory

Dhaka's second innings hiccup on the third day of the National Cricket League match gave Rajshahi a chance to seal a morale-boosting victory ahead of their final clash against the same opponents.

A Paralympian's Games

In just 492 days from today the 2012 Paralympic Games will begin in London. It will be a very proud moment for me both as a UK Paralympian but also as someone who grew up around the corner from the Olympic site in Stratford, East London.

Mumbai's 37-run win on Sachin's 38th birthday

Mumbai Indians gifted birthday boy and skipper Sachin Tendulkar a 37-run victory in an Indian Premier League match against Deccan Chargers on Sunday.

Easy win for Pakistan

Misbahul Haq, Asad Shafiq, and Mohammad Hafeez all coasted to half-centuries as Pakistan clinched a comfortable eight-wicket win over West Indies in the first one-day international on Saturday.

Barca stay eight clear

Argentine superstar Lionel Messi on Saturday became the first player to score 50 goals in a Spanish season as Barcelona and arch-rivals Real Madrid both triumphed ahead of their mouth-watering Champions League duel.

Milan home in on title

AC Milan need four points from their final four matches to be crowned Italian champions for the 18th time following Saturday's hard-fought 1-0 win at Brescia.

Torres breaks duck

Fernando Torres scored his first Chelsea goal in his 14th appearance for the club as Carlo Ancelotti's side secured a 3-0 victory over West Ham to remain six points behind Premier League leaders Manchester United.

Dortmund stunned

Relegation-threatened Borussia Moencheng-ladbach shocked leaders Dortmund 1-0 on Saturday to ensure a tense finale to the Bundesliga title race.

Div-III cricket qualifying

Rubel hammered 127 off 94 balls to give Sabuj Bangla Krira Chakra (SBKC) a massive 154 run victory over Altaf Cricket Foundation in the Third Division qualifying cricket league at the City Club Ground yesterday.

Raul to discuss future

Veteran Spain striker Raul is set to discuss his future with Champions League semifinalists Schalke 04 when his agent meets club bosses during Tuesday's last four clash with Manchester United.

Podolski commits to Cologne

German international forward Lukas Podolski said on Sunday that he will remain with Cologne next season, even though the club are yet to confirm their top-flight status.

Birthday turns sad

Iconic Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar was a sad man on his 38th birthday on Sunday as his spiritual guru Sri Satya Sai Baba passed away on Sunday morning.

Business

SEC: probe report relied much on perception

The probe report on the recent share market debacle was 'generally based on perception', the stockmarket regulator said.

Clouds clearing over MI Cement

The Securities and Exchange Commission will ask the two bourses today to end the stalemate over the listing of MI Cement Factory Ltd for “greater interests of investors”.

Committee turns in GB report today

A committee looking into Grameen Bank (GB) operations is expected to submit its report to Finance Minister AMA Muhith today, officials said.

Markets slump on big sell-offs

Stocks slumped, influenced by massive sell-offs in the troubled market.

Minister: survey impact of mobile phone on economy

ICT State Minister Yeafesh Osman yesterday said he would like an institution to conduct a survey on how the mobile phone has changed the life and economy of individuals and the country.

Ctg container handling to go automated

Chittagong Port Authority will introduce computerised container terminal management system (CTMS) next month to streamline its container operations, said the port's Chairman Commodore M Anwarul Islam yesterday.

Steel millers urge govt to shun PSI and import duty

The country's steel and re-rolling millers yesterday urged the government to abolish the pre-shipment inspection system, solve import duty discrimination and allow exports of surplus production to help the industry contribute more to the national economy.

New vice chairmen for Mercantile Bank

Mercantile Bank has recently elected Morshed Alam and Mohd Selim as vice chairmen, the bank said yesterday.

India's double-digit growth ambitions fade

India's dreams of attaining double-digit economic growth within the next few years are fading, undermined by high inflation, slow progress on reforms and an uncertain global outlook.

Investors look to Vietnam's long-term promise

Despite Vietnam's persistent economic woes, a record deal this month has shown foreign investors are still lured to the frontier market by its young, growing population and rising disposable incomes.

Call centre: the sky is the limit

The year 2007 opened a new door for Bangladesh, offering newer opportunities to earn foreign currency by employing young graduates at home.

Bangladesh: the next name in outsourcing

Ahmadul Hoq, president of Bangladesh Call Centre and Outsourcing (BACCO), the industry body representing contact centre and business process outsourcing (BPO), speaks to The Daily Star on business opportunities for the call centre industry in Bangladesh. He works with the government and private sector to create strategies for the country to ensure that Bangladesh is the “next” destination of choice for outsourcing and offshoring.

US default could be disastrous choice for economy

The United States has never defaulted on its debt and Democrats and Republicans say they don't want it to happen now. But with partisan acrimony running at fever pitch, and Democrats and Republicans so far apart on how to tame the deficit, the unthinkable is suddenly being pondered.

Luxury carmakers see golden age in China

One of Rolls Royce boss Torsten Muller-Otvos' most memorable auto show moments came last year in Beijing when a man walked through the crowd to the carmaker's stand and set down a suitcase.

Ministers say trade will help Japan quake recovery

Trade ministers from Japan, China and South Korea Sunday said ensuring free trade would help reconstruction after the March 11 tsunami as Tokyo stressed its exports were safe despite a nuclear crisis.

History repeats itself in Greek debt crisis

Austere-looking Europeans dictating economic policy are nothing new for Greece which went bankrupt over a century ago and had to accept an international commission of control over its finances.

Myanmar set to ink energy contracts

Myanmar's state oil firm is set to sign contracts with companies from China, Singapore and South Korea for oil and gas exploration, state media reported Saturday.

Wall Street ends strong week

US stocks posted their first positive week in three as more healthy earnings news lifted Wall Street on Thursday, though gains were limited with another 180 S&P names due to report next week.

Metropolitan

106 textbooks available online

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged the affluent people to spend a part of their money on providing computer, laptop, multimedia and other digital equipment for educational institutions in their respective villages.

Establishment ministry may be renamed today

The government is set to change the name of the establishment ministry and redefine its role and vision as part of its administrative reform initiatives.

Govt not interfering in Yunus issue

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni has said the government is not interfering in any matter related to Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank.

'Measure women's role to prepare budget'

Experts at a discussion yesterday said women's contribution to the national economy through their agricultural and household activities must be measured to prepare a gender-sensitive budget.

14 domestic helps tortured to death in four months

A total of 14 domestic helps, mostly children, were tortured to death while eight were severely tortured by their employers in the last four months in the country, said human rights activists yesterday.

Observers asked to apply within May 19

The Election Commission (EC) has asked the interested election monitoring organisations both from home and abroad to submit their applications within May 19 to observe the upcoming Union Parishad (UP) polls.

Info sought mostly by the underprivileged

Uneducated and underprivileged people are the ones mostly seeking information under Right to Information (RTI) Act as educated urban people seem to be less interested in applying it, said Information Commissioner Sadeka Halim at a discussion yesterday.

C'wealth Action Group meet begins Apr 27

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni will attend a meeting of Commonwealth Action Group (CMAG) in London from April 27 to 28 and later go on a bilateral visit to Bahrain from May 1 to 2.

Dhaka working for poverty alleviation

Underscoring the need for combined efforts among the South Asian nations to alleviate poverty from the region, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said her government is working to alleviate poverty and attain economic emancipation of the mass people.

Fresh BNP agitation programmes May 9

BNP yesterday said it will announce fresh agitation programmes on May 9 in protest at the existing gas, electricity and water crises and the price hike of essentials.

Form neutral body to probe Apr 17 Khagrachhari clash

Call for refraining civil, military and other security personnel from land-related disputes

Complainant fears attack, files GDs against SQ family

Abu Taher Uddin, a complainant of a case, lodged 12 General Diaries (GD) in separate police stations of the port city against eleven persons, including wife, brothers and sons of Salauddin Quader Chowdhury fearing attacks on him.

'Global support for N-power declines'

The recent catastrophe in Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant after a devastating earthquake has declined Bangladesh's and global support in favour of nuclear energy, a recent survey report said.

Freedom fighter among 6 killed in road crashes

Six people including a freedom fighter were killed and 50 others injured in road accidents in Nilphamari and Panchagarh yesterday and Saturday.

Diagnostic centre ransacked in Ctg

Students of Chittagong Medical College (CMC) vandalised a private diagnostic centre over a squabble in Panchlaish area of Chittagong city Saturday night.

Manila University invites application

The Diploma in Multimedia Journalism, a one-year Internet-based distance-learning programme, will open on May 25 to a class of 15 students.

PSWA observes professionals' day

Professional Secretaries Welfare Association (PSWA), a forum of administrative professionals, observed International Secretaries and Administrative Professionals Day on Friday.

Promised climate funds sought

Bangladesh has sought urgent bilateral climate change fund disbursement from the developed countries and development partners as the United Nations Global Green Fund, pledged for the vulnerable countries, shows no sign of disbursement shortly.

400 sacks of OMS rice seized, 4 held

A mobile court in Joypurhat district yesterday arrested four people and recovered 400 sacks of rice meant for Open Market Sale (OMS).

16 Myanmar citizens held in city

Detective Branch (DB) of Police arrested 16 Myanmar citizens from the city's Fakirerpool and Motijhil areas for illegal entry to Bangladesh territory.

Mujibnagar govt recalled

A huge number of students from 11 schools and colleges participated in a programme at Adamzi Cantonment College in the city yesterday, recalling the day (April 17) of formation of Mujibnagar government, the first government of independent Bangladesh.

Punishment to baul attackers demanded

Speakers at a rally yesterday demanded the government's immediate and stern action against the fundamentalists who forcibly shaved off hair and moustaches of the 28 bauls (mystic singers) at Char Ramnagar village in Pangsha, Rajbari on April 5.

'Food storage better than ever before'

Food and Disaster Management Minister Abdur Razzaque yesterday said the country's food storage remains better than any time in the past, but he did not elaborate how it is better.

Transport workers beat 5 CU students

Five students of Chittagong University (CU) were beaten up by transport workers at Nandirhat in Hathazari upazila of Chittagong Saturday night.

DU signs MoU with Assam varsity

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Dhaka University and the Assam University, Silchar, India was signed with the objective of establishing and promoting academic exchange and research programmes between the two institutions.

Chowdhury Alam's wife sent to jail

A Dhaka court yesterday sent Hasina Chowdhury, wife of missing Dhaka City Corporation ward councilor Chowdhury Alam, to jail in an extortion case.

Slow food festival held

A festival of "slow food", a term referring to foods differing from fast food, was held in the port city Saturday evening.

Two Indian ships arrive in Ctg

Two ships of Indian Coast Guard arrived in Chittagong port yesterday on a five-day goodwill visit to Bangladesh.

National

Road blockade in Khagrachhari

Parbatya Bangalee Chhatra Parishad (PBCP) yesterday enforced a daylong road blockade programme in the district protesting recent violence in Ramgarh and Manikchhari uapzilas and demanding punishment to the persons responsible.

Officials soon to visit disputed points to assess Indian claims

A survey team and officials from BGB and land administration will soon visit the Sylhet-Meghalaya borders where the joint survey by the officials of both sides had to be suspended a few weeks ago.

Four housewives murdered allegedly by husbands

Four housewives have been killed allegedly by their husbands in Natore, Brahmanbaria, Kurigram and Khulna districts.

Main accused still at large

Police could not make any headway in the killing of Sylhet journalist Foteh Osmani a year into his murder.

Trees felled to 'widen road'

The Roads and Highways Department (RHD) has sold 47 trees in Pabna town beside the Dhaka-Pabna highway for Tk 55 thousand to widen the road from Gaspara to Terminal point of the district headquarter.

Indefinite transport strike begins in Panchagarh

Panchagarh district transport owners' association and three transport workers' unions yesterday jointly started an indefinite strike in Panchagarh district, protesting torching of a bus in Tentulia upazila on Saturday afternoon.

Lawmaker's private secretary shot dead

Awami League lawmaker Captain (retd) Giasuddin Ahmed's private secretary was shot dead by criminals at Mandira in Gafargaon upazila Saturday night.

2 held for torture on old man

Police on Saturday arrested two accused in the case for barbaric torture on a 70-year-old man and his wife at Purbo Biralaxmi village in Shyamnagar upazila of Satkhira district.

UZ vice chairman hacked to death

A upazila vice chairman was hacked to death by criminals in Kishoreganj on Saturday night.

Acid attack on housewife

Criminals threw acid on a housewife at Gazipur Bazaar under Amtali upazila in Barguna district on Friday night.

Two siblings electrocuted

Two siblings were electrocuted at Dhabolguri village of Patgram upazila yesterday noon. The victims were identified as Abdus Samad, 40, and Abdul Mozid, 37, sons of Abed Ali at Shamserpur village of Kuchlibari union under the upazila. Police said, the two brothers went to Dhaboguri village for fishing in Dharla river. They were electrocuted when they came in touch of an electric cable that fell in the river water two days ago. Police recovered the bodies and sent them to Lalmonirhat hospital morgue for postmortem.

15 timber shops gutted

At least 15 timber shops were gutted in a fire in Choudhury Ghat area of the city early yesterday. Faridul Islam, an official of Chandpur fire service and civil defence said, at around 4:00am the fire originated either from a mosquito coil or an electric short circuit in a shop and soon engulfed the adjacent 14 shops and a two-storey building. It took almost three hours to douse the flames as there were huge logs in the shops, he added. The loss of property was estimated at Tk 50 lakh.

Lightning kills two

Two people were killed and two others injured by lightning Saturday night at Magurmari village under Tentulia upazila in Panchagarh. The victims were identified as Shakimul, 25, son of Shafin Ali of Magurmari village under Tentulia upazila and his elder brother's wife Shirina Begum, 25. Sub-inspector of Tentulia police station Mohammad Salauddin said, the thunderbolt struck them at their house at about 9:00pm when Shirina was cooking in the kitchen and Shakimul, Hamidul, Shahnaz Pervin and others were talking in another room. Shakimul and Shirina died on the spot and Hamidul and his sister Shahnaz Pervin were injured seriously.

Stalker jailed in Bheramara

A mobile court sentenced a young man to three months' imprisonment for stalking at Bahadurpur village in Bheramara upazila on Saturday. The youth was identified as Jewel Ahmed, 24, son of Sariful Biswas of the village. Police and locals said, Jewel used to tease a student of class eight at Raita High School on her way to school and home. On the day, when Jewel was stalking the girl on her way home at about 2:30pm, villagers caught him on the spot and informed police. Later, a mobile court led by upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) of Bheramara Rajibul Islam handed down the punishment.

BNP backed candidate wins

BNP backed candidate Jamal Uddin Sentu yesterday was unofficially declared winner of Sonagazi mayor poll after vote count at Enayetullah Women's College polling centre. Earlier voting at the centre was cancelled amid disturbances on January 18. Sentu secured 2,404 votes. His nearest rival Rafiqul Islam Khokon, backed by Awami League, polled 2,390. Election Commission fixed yesterday for repolling after Khokon filed petition alleging irregularities and widespread violence by his rival at the centre at Ward No. 5 on Jan 18.

Letters

Stop persecution

'Child and Women' is become an often victims of harassment that result in permanent physical and psychological damage and profoundly alter the course of a girl's life. The harassment manifests itself in different ways, ranging from verbal abuse and sexual innuendo to abduction, acid-throwing and rape. The law enforcing agencies, women associations and other awareness societies of our country should give sincere effort to change the tradition of Bangladesh. Every child is influenced by parents. If father will oppress the mother mentally or physically it will affect the child. Children in Bangladesh are affected. So we should be aware of child rights and women's rights which have been declared by United Nations.

Be fair to Rickshawpullers

Most of the people in our country do not have car but the policymakers make law for the rich people who have car and they have already banned rickshaws in several roads and are going to ban in other roads. But a rickshaw occupies very less space and usually carries two or three persons (including rickshaw puller). Whereas a private car occupies 2 to 5 times space than that of a rickshaw and on many occasions car carries only the driver. If a car enters a narrow road the whole road is blocked. But our policymakers never tried to ban and restrict the entrance of car in the narrow lanes because they have cars.

OMS corruption

Through the OMS programme government is selling rice to the poor people for Tk 10 to 12 per KG. Several newspapers published that, there is widespread corruption going on like black marketing and hoarding of rice meant for OMS. Last Sunday RAB recovered 3000 sacks of rice and wheat from nine warehouses at Kawran Bazaar. After getting information from sources, RAB personnel raided different warehouses of Kawran Bazaar who were hoarding OMS rice and wheat. People are eagerly waiting to see what action will be taken against those culprits who are involved in OMS rice and wheat corruption. Otherwise, the programme will not meet up poor peoples expectations.

Empower Consumers

Consumers are supposed to enjoy the right to get quality products at fair prices. But very few of us, regardless of our literacy or illiteracy are concerned about our rights. All of us are silent consumer and do not raise our voice against the unethical businessmen. Taking the opportunity of our unconsciousness regarding our rights, the unethical businessmen are kicking our rights. But consumers have legitimate rights to protest the unlawful activities of the businessmen such as unconditional price hike, selling low quality products, keeping expired products in store etc. I also request our commerce ministry to take initiative to empower the consumers through educating them about their rights and responsibilities before taking other meaningless steps.

Save the archaeological sites

Our country has great archaeological sites. Age old buildings, monuments, temples, sculptures are the golden components of our diversified culture and tradition. It is matter of great panic that, of late, in the name of 'construction', some of such archaeological sites are being demolished. A series of reports depicting the scenario of archaeological sites has been recently published in DS. Though in some instances, govt. tries to save these sites from destruction but sometimes govt. takes the role of audience! Moreover, it must be said that, such kinds of sites play a major role in our economy as thousands of tourists come every year for visiting these. The govt. must play a major role in saving our tradition!

Good governance

Good governance in Bangladesh is far from the actual consonance of the term. There are several factors and issues that are constraining the very process of good governance. The major factors are corruption, inefficiency of bureaucracy, politicization of administration, non-observance of the rule of law etc. The main issues and problems for ensuring good governance in Bangladesh are, Corruption, Inefficiency of Bureaucracy, and Political interference in administration, Nepotism, Improper and non-observance of the rule of law, improper use of resources. Separate treatment for each problem should be meted out.

Publish the report

The much vaunted probe report on share debacle whose excerpts being published by few leading dailies branding some big wigs with their pictures as most corrupt manipulators who gobbled up thousand of crores of investors money remained defiant due to government's inaction to put the report public and punish the offenders. It is also strange to notice that our chatty finance minister has all of a sudden become tight lipped and kept him aloof from giving any briefings concerning the report. His behaviour seems mysterious as well as the sincerity of the government towards publishing the report becomes questionable. We therefore, urge the government to publish the report immediately and punish the culprits.

Rule with justice

Ibrahim Khaled's suggestion that only martial law can ensure trial of alleged stocks offenders is substantiated by the government's denial to publish the report immediately. I think he spoke his mind throwing away caution. It is natural that it ruffles a few feathers at the helm. It is usual that the rich and the unjust will always oppose the justice. Why don't you debunk Khaled's suggestion by punishing the culprit immediately without terming his suggestion seditious? Corruption in all sectors has taken away people's prestige and protection. I think the government should follow Hazrat Ali's suggestion of good governance-'one's administration will succeed only if he governs with concern for justice, equity, probity and the prosperity of all.' Only then we will be out of a quagmire of being a banana republic.

Humiliating Bauls

Your editorial page write-up on the matter, on 13th.April as the outcome of some half-baked (or raw, for that matter) and definitely illiterate cleric of Pangsha, needs to be trimmed to size, and slowly baked in solitary confinement (if possible, perpetually) in a prison for his criminal instigation that led to the humiliation of Bauls. These ignorant and illiterate clerics are ignoring the fundamental teachings of Islam. which insists on tolerance and acceptance of all people of all faith. These clerics are criminals according to the norms of Islam. They are public enemies to society and religion and its free practices. They deserve harsh punishment for encouraging such criminal acts. We the readers will appreciate if you kindly follow up on the matter to report on what action has been taken on the cleric (raw or half-baked) and his followers for their unlawful activities.

DU students on rampage

Student vandalism on the Panthopath reported in all Bangladeshi dailies over violation of traffic rules by the bus driver which was carrying the DU students, is a case of serious disregard to traffic law by the students. Disregard to law of the land by the students and taking law in their hands are totally unacceptable in all norms. Our future leaders should not learn making and breaking laws of their own whatever situation may be on the ground. We ask remedies of all social problems from the government. Teachers, parents and leaders should come forward to remove this social disease together. Teachers and parents should implant family values to their wards and the government should handle the vandalism with iron hand.

Meherjan

The other day the director of the film Rubaiyat Hussain while speaking on BBC TV about this film said that the story of a love affair between a Pakistani soldier and a Bengali girl shown in the film was her perspective as a woman of the terrible times that the Bengalis were going through then.

RAB and Liton

The maiming of Liton by RAB, which is a manifestation of brutality in a civil society! First they called Liton as a violent member of an armed gang; and now they say that he is an incidental victim of their free for all shooting; allegedly in self defence! Surprisingly, Liton never came in the lime of fire of the 'criminals' who were shooting at RAB, but the highly trained (?) shooters of RAB got Liton in their line of indiscriminate, inaccurate and senseless fire! This reflects on the standard of training and professional shooting skills of the RAB! Full compensation should be paid to Liton from the salary of the team involved in shooting Liton; and if and when he is fit for life, he must be employed in RAB, as their office support desk staff; in all justice and fair play!

Bill Clinton dedicates Boyhood Home

It is heartening to learn that former US President Bill Clinton has recently dedicated his boyhood home in Hope, Arkansas as part of the National Park Service. I fully endorse his feelings as he said ' My grandfather taught me to see people without regard for the colour of their skin” I sincerely wish that this feeling of Bill Clinton spread to all over United States and get into practical act. Barack Obama, in my view, has a great responsibility to work towards dissolving Black and White differences and bridging the gap created between the Americans practicing different religions. Equal treatment for all has to be ensured.

Bangladeshi scientists

The world has known us for many reasons, for our culture, our history and our bravery! But still the world doesn't know that we are not very far from science and technology! Some great Bangladeshis have invented some useful things like, Dr. Anis Rahman- received the NASA Nanotech Brief's Nano-50 Innovator Award for 2008. This reward recognizes the top 50 technologies, products, and innovators that have significantly impacted.

Assurance ought to be implemented

We, the victim students of Food Technology and Nutritional Science (FTNS) department in Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology (MBSTU) University are in movement demanding for logical B.Sc (engineering) degree instead of existing B.Sc (Honours) degree for about last ten months. On the 20th March, we were bound to go for hunger strike in central Shaheed Minar of Tangail to attain our degree becoming helpless when we didn't get any response from the authorities after passing many peaceful steps. Many of our students became seriously sick during the strike. So we are requesting highly to the authorities to implement their assurance by taking fruitful steps without delay.

A sad day at NSU

My sister's 'silly hat day' had finally arrived. It all began with Mr. Walking Dead, i.e. the President showing up an hour late. The guests section was placed so far behind; we never even got to see the stage.

Colonel Muammar Gaddafi

Gadaffi in September 1969 led a coup d'etat which had countrywide support and adroitly unified the nation's 150 odd tribes which the Turkish and Italian colonial rule failed to unite.By retaining Libya's oil wealth for the benefit of its people, Gadaffi created a socialist glory that has the highest GDP in Africa, less than 5% of the population classified as poor and poverty level below that of Holland. With no unemployment life expectancy of 75 years was the highest in Africa. Gadaffi's little Green Book reveals how thoughtful and enlightened a leader he is, but foreign intelligence agencies have been stoking up dissent in the east of the country for almost 30 years and nowadays terming him as a “mad dictator," "bloody tyrant" and accusing him of committing crime against his own people where hardly any crime takes place and only rebels and traitors are dealt with harshly.

Our golden boys

Road accident is the most burning issue of our country. And major portion of its victims are our students. So the students should take the responsibility to save the country from the curse of road accident. Students of BHPI have realized this truth and finally accepted the challenge. They have formed CRP-Road Safety Forum whose main concern is to fight against road accident.

Attention Readers

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International

Japan PM braced for vote blow

Japan's opposition Liberal Democratic Party is expected to win a lower house by-election yesterdayin a blow to Prime Minister Naoto Kan who has been criticised for his handling of the nuclear crisis.

Yemen protesters reject US-backed Saleh exit plan

Yemen protesters yesterday demanded the immediate departure of President Ali Abdullah Saleh after his ruling party accepted a Gulf plan for him to quit in 30 days in a move promptly hailed by Washington.

Gaddafi accused of dirty tricks in besieged city

Libyan rebels accused Muammar Gaddafi of playing dirty games in Misrata where salvos of Grad rockets exploded yesterday in apparent contradiction of his regime's vow to halt fire in the western city.

All bets are on for royal wedding wagers

British bookmakers are having a field day taking bets on every aspect of the royal wedding, from the first dance to the Queen's hat -- and Prince Philip nodding off during the ceremony.

Armed clashes kill 55 in south Sudan

Clashes between south Sudan's army and rebel militiamen killed at least 55 people, a government official said yesterday in the soon to be independent state gripped by a bloody wave of unrest.

Syria rounds up opponents after 120 dead

Security forces raided homes across Syria, arresting regime opponents, as funerals were held yesterday for protesters and mourners killed in a bloody crackdown which activists said cost 120 lives.

UN calls for truce amid third day of fighting

Cambodia and Thailand exchanged heavy weapons fire for the third straight day yesterday, officials said, after fierce fighting on their joint border left 10 soldiers dead.

Pakistanis rally against drone strikes

The main supply route for Nato troops in Afghanistan was temporarily closed yesterday after thousands of people blocked a key highway in Pakistan to protest against US drone strikes, officials said.

Israeli killed at West Bank

A Palestinian policeman fired on a group of Israelis in a Palestinian-controlled area of the West Bank yesterday, killing one and injuring four, the Israeli army said.

Australian PM to raise N Korea issue in China

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard pledged yesterday to urge China to help tame North Korea and ease tension on the Korean Peninsula as part of efforts to ensure regional security.

Easter church blast wounds four in Iraq

A roadside bomb explosion wounded four people, including two policemen, near a small church in the Iraqi capital on Easter Sunday, medical and security officials said.

Floods and landslides kill 10 in Brazil

Landslides and floods triggered by torrential rain have killed at least 10 people in southern Brazil yesterday.

China arrests Protestant devotees

At least 20 Chinese Protestants have been arrested yesterday as they tried to gather for an Easter service in Beijing.

UN Council to keep up pressure on Ivory Coast

The UN Security Council will this week renew an arms and diamond embargo on Ivory Coast for a year to keep up pressure on the new government as disturbances keep the country on edge, diplomats said.

Famed Indian guru Sai Baba dies at 85

Sathya Sai Baba, one of India's most famous gurus, died in hospital yesterday, triggering a global outpouring of grief and tributes from devotees across politics, sport and entertainment.

Pope urges 'diplomacy, dialogue', not arms in Libya

Pope Benedict XVI yesterday urged "diplomacy and dialogue" instead of arms in Libya and prayed that "human dignity may overcome the darkness of division" in the Middle East.

Pakistani rape victim Mukhtaran Mai to file review petition

A Pakistani woman who was gang raped said yesterday she would challenge a Supreme Court decision to dismiss her appeal against the early release of five men convicted of abusing her.

Arts & Entertainment

A Major Initiative by ITI

The Bangladesh centre of International Theatre Institute (ITI) has arranged a weeklong theatre festival that features 11 monodramas at the Studio Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Titled 'Monodrama Festival 2011', the initiative is the first of its kind in the country and a major step forward by the organisers to add diversity to an already recognised field of theatre. The festival began on April 23 with the staging of Theatre's (Bailey Road) “Kokilara”. Seasoned actress Ferdausi Majumdar's performance in the play captivated the audience at the packed Studio Theatre Hall.

Int'l French Drama Festival begins in the city

Alliance Francaise de Dhaka, jointly with theatre troupe Natukay and Fame School of Dance, Drama and Music (Chittagong), has arranged the 4th International French Drama Festival at the National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. On the opening day, April 23, Collectif Prêt à Porter, a French theatre troupe and Fame School of Drama staged their respective productions.

Norio Ohga, 'father of the CD', passes away

The former president and chairman of Sony, Norio Ohga, who was credited with developing the compact disc, has died aged 81, the company has said.

Beckham, Elton, Mr. Bean to attend royal wedding

David Beckham, Elton John and Mr. Bean actor Rowan Atkinson will mingle with dozens of royal guests at Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding, according to an official guest list released Saturday that includes one uncomfortable presence -- the Bahraini crown prince accused of a brutal crackdown on protesters.

A Jugalbandi of Sitar and Vocal Melody

Sitarist Reenat Fauzia and her cousin, singer Badhon (daughter of the music diva Sabina Yasmin), have been featured on an audio album, titled "Raag Anurag". Under the banner of Mapt, the album was recently launched at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

Indian painter Sahajahan's solo exhibition at Bengal Gallery

Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts in Dhaka, in cooperation with Akar Prakar Gallery (Kolkata), has organised a solo painting exhibition featuring the works of noted Indian painter S.K. Sahajahan. The 10-day exhibition, titled “Self and Multiples” at Bengal Gallery in Dhanmondi, was inaugurated by veteran Bangladeshi artist Quayyum Chowdhury on April 23. Senior Indian art critic Pranab Ranjan Roy was present as special guest. Artist S.K. Sahajahan and Subir Chowdhury, director of Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, among others, spoke on the occasion.

Resurrect the Jatra Tradition

Production house Jatravision is organising a competition on jatrarapala. At a recent press conference, the organisers announced that the primary selection for the contest will commence in June this year. Mobile phone operator Robi is sponsoring the competition. Chief Advisor of Jatravision and renowned jatra actor, Jyotsna Biswas; Jatravision Chairman, Aruna Biswas; producer Mithu Biswas and officials of Robi attended the conference.

DS Café

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

OP-ED

Syrian test-case for Arab democracy uprisings

The government of Bashar-al-Assad of Syria has broken the records of the deposed Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak, the Yemeni dictator president Abdullah Saleh and even Muammar Gaddafi of Libya in shooting peaceful demonstrators to death. His trigger-happy security forces have so far, according to an estimate, killed some 300 people in different major cities after the ongoing violence broke out on March 18 in the town of Deraa. The agitation in Syria actually started since January 16, 2011 as the reverberations of the popular revolts spread like a prairie fire in other regions of the Middle East and Africa. First, it ended up in the fall of the dictatorial regimes in Tunisia and Egypt. Simultaneously, it reached Yemen and the beleaguered president Ali Andullah Saleh has not yet been able to quell the democracy marchers on the street with carrot and stick. Now he is seriously considering to step down from power.

Hazare and the Lokpal Bill

Perhaps no single individual act has recently galvanised so many Indians as social activist Anna Hazare's fast on the Lokpal (ombudsman) Bill. Mr. Hazare electrified India's largely apolitical upper-middle class into rare solidarity actions, including candle-light vigils. Pervasive public revulsion against corruption, highlighted by recent scandals, inspired this mobilisation.

This Day In History

April 25
1859
British and French engineers break ground for the Suez Canal.



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