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News of: Friday, 29th of April, 2011

Front Page

Food import highest ever

The country's food import this fiscal year will be the highest ever despite the prospect of a good domestic grain output.

No top parties want to free lawmakers in JS

Ruling Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina's stance that existing article 70 of the constitution should not be changed, runs counter to her party's electoral manifesto that promised more freedom for lawmakers.

No corruption

Managing Director of World Bank Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala yesterday again sought commitment from the government to maintain the highest level of transparency and have zero tolerance for corruption in the construction of the $2.9 billion Padma Multipurpose Bridge.

All set for royal wedding today

Prince William and Kate Middleton, due to marry today, say they have been "incredibly moved" by the affection shown to them since they announced their engagement.

Karnaphuli dredging soon

The long-expected capital dredging of the river Karnaphuli and construction of a 2.6 kilometre-long road along its bank begin soon to improve the navigability of the river and resolve water-logging in the port city.

Garment owners to hire Libya returnees

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) will employ the Bangladeshi workers who returned from Libya in the garment industries by imparting them training.

Sahara stands by police probe

Two weeks after the Rab chief's admission that maimed Limon is not a criminal, Home Minister Sahara Khatun yesterday defended the police charge sheet that described him as a criminal “arrested with arms and ammunition”.

Graft failing objectives

Amidst corruption and managerial inefficiency, Social Safety Net (SSN) programmes in the country are failing to achieve its core objective of ensuring social protection to the vulnerable groups of people, said a study.

Standard & Poor's too sees stable outlook

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services affirmed Bangladesh “BB-” sovereign credit rating with a stable outlook, Bangladesh Bank and the rating firm said yesterday.

Intellectuals, journalists to be invited

A parliamentary special committee will invite eminent journalists and intellectuals for talks to have their opinion on constitutional amendments, said co-chair of the committee Suranjit Sengupta yesterday.

US storms kill 250

Tornadoes and storms in the south-eastern United States have killed at least 250 people, officials say.

Sayedee to be quizzed at safe home

The International Crimes Tribunal yesterday permitted investigators to quiz detained Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee at a “safe home” at Dhanmondi in the capital in connection with crimes against humanity in 1971.

CG can hold polls in 90 days easily

Chief Election Commissioner ATM Shamsul Huda said yesterday that a caretaker government will not have any problem in arranging parliamentary elections within 90 days since a voters list with photograph is already in place.

IOM to fly in 930 troubled Bangladeshis

After a gap of around three weeks, the cash-strapped International Organization for Migration (IOM) has decided to repatriate 930 Bangladeshis, who had already fled to Al Saloum border from chaotic Libya.

Investigate all extra-judicial killings

BNP yesterday asked the government to investigate the recent extra-judicial killings and incidents of torture in police custody neutrally and take stern actions against those responsible.

Cancel nod to 30 NGOs

A parliamentary body yesterday asked the environment ministry to cancel approval of around 30 NGOs to implement projects under the Climate Change Trust Fund (CCTF) for alleged irregularities and ambiguity in the selection process.

Indian vice president due May 5

Indian Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari is going to visit Dhaka for two days from May 5 to join Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to inaugurate the 150th birth anniversary of Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore.

Huji boss remanded

A Dhaka court yesterday placed Rahmatullah alias Sheikh Farid, a leader of banned Harkatul Jihad al Islami (Huji), on a seven-day remand for interrogation in connection with the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League rally in 2004.

DoE fines 3 factories

A mobile team of Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday fined three factories in Narsingdi and Fatulla a total of Tk 21 lakh for polluting the environment.

Two Killed in Indonesia plane crash

Two people on a training flight were killed when their glider plane crashed in Indonesia's Yogyakarta province yesterday, a military academy official said.

Editorial

Fatah, Hamas come together

It is certainly the best piece of news Palestinians have had in a long time. The willingness on the part of Fatah and Hamas to come together in the interest of unity holds forth, even though it has been late in coming, the imperatives before the Palestinians. In these past few years especially, the concept of a free state of Palestine has repeatedly been subjected to assaults by Israel and, ironically, by the disunity of the Palestinian leadership itself. The kind of democratic politics which a few years ago seemed promising for the region simply went into reverse when an elected Hamas government was dismissed. In 2007, the seizure of political control in Gaza by Hamas, with Fatah retaining authority in the rest of Palestinian territory, only darkened an already murky situation.

Safety at construction sites

Failure to provide construction workers at high-rise structures with necessary safety gears has again led to the death of some three workers from a 7-storey building at Basundhara city in the capital.

Sports

Big partnership gives NCA lead

A 139-run sixth wicket partnership between Asif Ahmed and Soumya Sarker guided GP-BCB National Cricket Academy to a four-wicket victory over the visiting South Africa Academy team in the first one-day game of the three-match series at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong yesterday.

Duncan gets a taste of what waits in India

India's newly-appointed coach Duncan Fletcher on Thursday got a taste of the challenges he faces when two senior former players said a fellow countryman should have got the job instead.

Beximco to fund Argentina game

Beximco, one of the country's top business houses, is set to be the financial partner of the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) in their quest to organize the marquee Argentina and Nigeria friendly in the country.

MSC outplay Ctg Abahani

Visitors Mohammedan SC started the second-leg of the Grameenphone Bangladesh League with a winning start after beating hosts Chittagong Abahani 2-0 at the Cox's Bazar Stadium yesterday.

5 move into 2nd round

Rajshahi, Comilla, Barisal, Narayanganj and Rajbari moved into the second round of the 31st Inter-District Cricket Championship by beating their respective rivals at different venues across the country yesterday.

BD A's last chance

The Bangladesh A team will play their last match today when they take on South Africa A in the fifth one-dayer at the Sahara Willowmoore Benoni.

BFF bans journalist

The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday took the unprecedented step of banning sports journalist Mozammel Huq Chanchal from covering all football events organized by BFF in the future.

Ishant destroys Kochi

Ishant Sharma went on a rampage with the new ball as Deccan Chargers crushed Kochi Tuskers Kerala by 55 runs in the Indian Premier League on Wednesday.

Low on TV viewing

The 2011 Indian Premier League (IPL) continues to struggle to attract viewers compared to last season, with ratings down 21.99 per cent on average for the first 26 games across six key markets. The drop was even steeper over the last ten games, with ratings falling by 27.08 per cent. The likely culprits are cricket fatigue and a lack of familiarity with the teams, say media experts.

Rankings irk Afridi

Pakistan's limited-overs captain Shahid Afridi said on Thursday that he is not satisfied with the one-day rankings system, presently applied by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Haider backs PCB drive

Runaway wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider Thursday backed Pakistan's fight against corruption after bookmakers confessed to making the death threats which prompted him to spend months in self-exile.

First-class only at 15

Wicketkeeper Barney Gibson became the youngest person to play first-class cricket in England after he made his Yorkshire debut aged 15 years and 27 days against Durham University to break a 144-year-old record.

Messi burns Real

Lionel Messi's sublime double lifted Barcelona to a 2-0 win over bitter rivals Real Madrid and lit up an acrimonious Champions League semifinal first leg in which the hosts finished with 10 men and had coach Jose Mourinho sent off.

Mourinho furious at Pepe red card

Barcelona may make a formal complaint to UEFA over accusations by Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho that referees always favour Barca after his club lost 2-0 in the Champions league semifinal

C'Ron not happy

Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed he was unhappy with Jose Mourinho's defensive tactics against Barcelona, while implying that Real Madrid would have settled for a 0-0 draw at the Bernabeu.

Catalunya celebrates; Madrid moans

Spain's sports media was divided Thursday following Barcelona's 2-0 first leg Champions League win over a 10-man Real Madrid, with some papers questioning the referee's decision to send off Pepe.

'I made a mistake'

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has admitted he was wrong to seek a transfer earlier this season after questioning whether the club was good enough to challenge for top honours.

Arsene disagrees with Jose

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists Jose Mourinho is wrong to claim that Barcelona have been the beneficiaries of biased decisions from referees.

Toulalan injures his knee

Lyon's former France midfielder Jeremy Toulalan looks set to miss their next league match against Toulouse on Sunday after suffering a left knee injury in Wednesday's 3-2 win over Montpellier.

Sania too bats for Indo-Pak cricket

Sania Mirza Thursday advocated resumption of bilateral cricketing ties between India and Pakistan, saying such a move can help in improving relations between the two countries.

Business

Out with Sheraton, in with a new name

Iconic hotel brand Sheraton is finally ending its operation in Bangladesh after a long stay of 27 years, and state-owned Bangladesh Services Ltd (BSL) that owns the hotel is going to take over its operation and management.

Poverty in decline

Increased remittances, better performances by the agriculture sector and improved connectivity have contributed to the fall in the poverty level, say analysts.

Restructure SEC

The issue of restructuring the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) once again came to the forefront at a roundtable in Dhaka yesterday on the back of its failure to regulate the stockmarket.

MJL sweetens offers for listing

The Securities and Exchange Commission could not decide on the listing of MJL Bangladesh Ltd yesterday, as the listing conditions are yet to be settled.

SME Foundation wants tax benefit for the sector

The SME Foundation yesterday urged the government to make a raft of changes in the tax and VAT regime in the upcoming budget for the betterment of the sector.

Indian minister stresses Saarc power grid

A power grid linking South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) countries has the potential to create 100,000 megawatt of electricity capacity and help bridge the energy deficit in the region, according to KC Venugopal, India's junior power minister.

State Bank of India to open branch in Rajshahi

State Bank of India will soon open a branch in Rajshahi city to accelerate the exchange of trade and commerce between Bangladesh and India.

Ctg dialogue stresses budget for marginalised

The government should prepare a decentralised budget to uplift the livelihood and economic condition of the marginalised people, speakers said at a dialogue in Chittagong yesterday.

Panasonic to axe 17,000 jobs

Japanese consumer electronics giant Panasonic Corp said it would cut another 17,000 jobs and close up to 70 factories around the world over the next two years in a bid to pare costs and keep up with Asian rivals.

The beginning

An email last December asked that I attend an urgent meeting in Singapore, without an agenda. Preceding this invitation, I was asked to sign a secrecy agreement. Taken by surprise, I met up with colleagues from around the Asia-Pacific region, as we checked in at the hotel with all of us wondering what was up.

A hard road to recovery for US motor home capital

Once idle factories are ringing again with the welcome sounds of motor homes being built, but this Indiana town seen as a bellwether for the US economy is still hurting nearly two years after the recession officially ended.

BOJ believes Japan in recession, stands pat on policy

The Bank of Japan kept monetary policy unchanged on Thursday even as it lowered growth forecasts and estimated the economy tipped into recession early this year, disappointing analysts who felt the grim readings after last month's earthquake called for more policy easing.

Emerging firms raise foreign investment to record high: UN

Companies from emerging and developing economies raised their global direct investment abroad to record levels last year, a UN economic think tank said on Wednesday.

China's economic ascent not a threat

Prime Minister Wen Jiabao on Thursday said China's economic progress will benefit all its trade partners and its economic ascent should not be regarded as a threat.

Capital flows to Asia key concern: IMF

The International Monetary Fund on Thursday warned that capital flows into Asia's surging economies remain a "key concern" for policymakers in a region already battling rising inflation.

Asian shares rise

Asian stocks ended mixed on Thursday as dealers took profits from early gains spurred by a Wall Street rally after Fed chief Ben Bernanke said the bank had no timetable for hiking interest rates.

Metropolitan

1st Physics Olympiad today

The first-ever national Physics Olympiad of the country will be held at Oxford International School (OIS) in the city today.

Armed conflict main global obstacle

Armed conflict across the world is the major obstacle to establishing education for all, said Education For All, a global monitoring report of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco), launched yesterday.

No place for fatwa in constitution, law

Eminent jurist Rokanuddin Mahmud yesterday said there is no place for fatwa (religious edict) in the constitution and therefore, the laws of the country.

Missing female garment worker dies at hospital

A garment worker yesterday succumbed to her head injuries allegedly inflicted by a gang of unidentified miscreants at Jurain Kadamtoli in the city on April 22.

People of all religions enjoying equal rights

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said communal harmony is prevailing in the country as people of all religions living here are enjoying equal rights.

Leather college to be institute under DU

In a move to resolve the longstanding impasse in Bangladesh College of Leather Technology (BCLT), the education ministry yesterday decided to make BCLT an institute under Dhaka University (DU).

Road crashes kill 3

Three people were killed and four others injured in separate road accidents in Sylhet and Narayanganj yesterday.

Leather college to be institute under DU

In a move to resolve the longstanding impasse in Bangladesh College of Leather Technology (BCLT), the education ministry yesterday decided to make BCLT an institute under Dhaka University (DU).

Former Wasa chief engr found dead

Former Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) chief engineer Md Nurul Huq Sharif was found lying dead adjacent to his residential building at Wasa Officers' Quarters in Dhanmondi yesterday morning.

Monira gets World's Children's Prize

Monira Rahman, executive director of Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF), has received the World's Children's Prize 2011 for her fearless struggle for the surviving acid victims.

Charge framed against ex-DU treasurer, 7 others

A Dhaka court yesterday framed charges against former treasurer of Dhaka University (DU) and seven others in a case filed against them for appointing 765 employees to different posts through a forged tender in 2004.

Railway eviction drive in Ctg soon

Bangladesh Railway (BR) will conduct an eviction drive to recover its illegally occupied land by some influential people in the port city.

3 muggers held

Three inter-district muggers were held and three others fled after clashes with police and local people on the Rangpur-Dhaka highway at Mithapukur upazila in the small hours of yesterday, police said.

US diplomat Kirby due tomorrow

Michael D Kirby, US principal deputy assistant secretary (PDAS) for consular affairs, arrives in Dhaka tomorrow.

'Lift off-limits to rickshaws in New Market, Nilkhet areas'

Save the Environment Movement yesterday demanded lifting the off-limits to rickshaws in New Market and Nilkhet areas, says a press release.

Shafiqur on fresh remand

A Dhaka court yesterday granted three days' fresh remand for Shafiqur Rahman who confessed beating to death his wife Qamrun Nahar Nadia.

Campaign on liberation war begins today

A two-day campaign, to inspire youths in the spirit of the liberation war, begins in seven divisional cities across the country today.

Mishu freed on bail

Garment workers' leader Moshrefa Mishu was released on bail yesterday after four and half months of her detention.

Auto-rickshaw thieves held in Ctg

Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) arrested 10 CNG-run auto-rickshaw thieves in the port city.

Restoration of secularism demanded

Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday demanded reinstatement of "secularism" in the constitution.

Appeal for help

Afsana, 17, suffering from Leukemia appeals to the well-off of society for financial assistance as her family already exhausted their savings for her treatment.

Correction

We published photo of Archbishop Joseph Marino, Vatican's Ambassador to Bangladesh, on Page-3 yesterday but in the caption we mistakenly identified him as Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue (Vatican's Department).

National

Kawadighi farmers worried ahead of boro harvest

Uncertainty about electricity supply to Kashimpur pump house, meant for pumping out excess water from Kawadighi Haor water body to the Kushiyara River to save standing boro crops from inundation, has become a matter of concern for the farmers ahead of boro harvest.

153 mutineers sentenced to jail in Chittagong

The special court-16 yesterday sentenced 153 border guards to jail terms ranging from one and a half years to seven years for their involvement in the mutiny at BGB Training Centre and School at Baitul Izzat at Satkania in Chittagong on February 25, 2009.

Breaking the shackles of dowry

Two girls residing at Government Children's Home (orphanage) at Manikganj have started their new life as housewives, thanks to the initiative of the authorities.

Villagers build road to education for kids

People of Protima Bonki village in Sakhipur upazila of Tangail district are constructing a brick-built road at their own initiative to ease communication, especially for hundreds of school going students.

Four of a family poisoned 'mysteriously' fight for life

Four member of a family, who were poisoned 'mysteriously' at their residence at Chawkshahabazpur village in Fulbari upazila on Wednesday night, are fighting for life at the upazila health complex.

2 to die for killing wives for dowry

A court here in separate verdicts on Wednesday sentenced two people to death for killing their wives for dowry.

Bring to justice killer of schoolteacher Monjuri

Several hundred people including students, teachers, political leaders and freedom fighters formed a human chain on Saghata upazila parishad premises yesterday demanding immediate arrest and punishment of the killer of schoolteacher Monjuri.

Storm has gone, ordeal is on

Students of a registered primary school in Koroichura Union under Madarganj upazila of the district attend classes under the open sky as the tin-roofed school was razed to ground during storm that lashed the area on Sunday night.

Transport strike in Meherpur

Transport owners and workers in Meherpur yesterday enforced an indefinite transport strike demanding ban on Easy Bike, a battery run carrier.

BCL enforces strike at Haji Danesh university

Bangladesh Chhatra League unit of Hajee Danesh Science and Technology University (HSTU) enforced an indefinite strike on the campus yesterday demanding removal of the vice chancellor for his alleged failure to check corruption.

Muggers stab policemen

Three muggers escaped arrest, stabbing two policemen at Baldipukur under Mithapukur upazila in the district on Wednesday night.

College teacher gets RI for torturing wife

A court here yesterday sentenced a government college teacher to three years rigorous imprisonment (RI) for torturing his wife.

4 houses, six shops gutted

Four houses and six shops were gutted in Sylhet and Brahmanbaria on Wednesday.

Letters

E-textbooks and needy students

Habib's center-piece report on the matter in your issue of 23 April is another example of discrimination against the poor. In this case; poor students will suffer, who needs free textbooks; whereas the rich students can access it through web site! Despite the free access to the web site, one has to pay for having computer facilities, printer, and paper for printing. The statement that "Any one can download the contents for free and also read these on mobile phones"; is all meant for the better off. For the poor students, the good news was in the last line of the report; which stated: About 23.22 crore free text books were distributed among 2.22 crore primary and secondary students in the first week of January this year!

Only for natural resources

We have learnt from media that NATO wants more war planes from its member countries. Even, the anti-Gaddafi protesters also seek more air strike from NATO to oust Gaddafi. But we see there is a clear division among the member countries regarding the method of enforcing no-fly zone over Libya. Germany, Belgium and Turkey oppose attacking Libya. A news item, published in The Hindu of 15 April 2011, surprised us; it says, Russia has finalized a deal with NATO to supply two dozens combat helicopters. t NATO is certainly strengthened by this deal. If NATO makes Libya operation lengthy on any pretext the objective of super powers will be clear, - occupy the natural resources of Libya.

Addiction to Hindi TV serials

The addiction level of watching Hindi serials has increased now days among housewives. They can pass a day without meal but they can't avoid them for a day. At present their children are also addicted to these serials. They don't like to watch CNN or National Geographic channels which are very important for gathering knowledge. This type of daily soaps is harmful for them. My request to our guardians, please avoid the Hindi serials and try to watch channels which will increase your knowledge.

National Frog Month!

In the United States, April is being observed as the “National Frog Month”. In the world of make-believe, kissing a frog could turn him into a prince. But in real life, the case is different. Touching frogs by human can cause serious harm to humans as well as to the frogs; both may get killed! Frogs can transmit diseases. They can give humans tapeworm cysts and salmonella poisoning, said Jeremy Goodman, director of the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange, New Jersey. He further cautioned that both can cause serious complications if not treated immediately. In fact, toads are also frogs. There are some differences in their body structure. Frogs like environments that are moister while toads prefer dry places to live. Toads have poison glands behind their eyes. Frogs helps in controlling harmful insects in the crop fields. They are used as one of the tools in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) system which is environment friendly. We should also take proper care of them.

Save the women

Sheikh Hasina wants to show that she is working for the women of Bangladesh by introducing new women policy. She also reiterated that she keeps faith in Allah. Do we need any special policy for women if we believe in Allah? Does Islam support any prostitution? But in Bangladesh, innocent girls and women are increasing significantly in the prostitutions and a few are facing the same when they are going abroad for working there. Save the girls and women working in the prostitutions and give them normal life. Create congenial atmosphere for girls and women free from eve teasing, dowry, physical and mental torture in their in-laws houses.

Empower the ACC

This is in response to news that appeared in the English daily which states that the Indian Prime Minister Monmohan Singh is going to introduce a bill on anti-graft in the next sessions of the Parliament in the backdrop of growing public anger and dissent against rampant corruption committed by the ministers, bureaucrats and corporate bosses in India. To intensify the movement a 73 year old social activist went on hunger strike until death, to enact an anti-graft law that drew huge public attention and cause furor all over India and forced the prime minister to concede to the demand. We are also extremely frustrated with the rising corruptions in all levels of the society and demand that our government give unlimited powers to the ACC to process and punish the offenders disregarding their position and status in the society.

Convocation day can never be sad

I am writing in response to the letter titled “A Sad Day at NSU” published on 25 April. It's regrettable that despite being educated some people do not know how to respect senior citizens. The writer has regarded the elderly President of Bangladesh as “Mr. Walking Dead”, which apparently reveals that he outrageously lacks general sense of respect. An identical tone of dishonor embodies the writer's shameless renaming of his sister's “graduation day” as the “silly hat day”. Obviously, the writer is not matured enough to understand the significance of the uniquely shaped convocation “mortarboard” that symbolizes academia and superior knowledge. The writer must also be aware that convocations in many internationally renowned universities are not held at air-conditioned auditoriums. Like NSU, many world-class universities arrange convocations in their respective campus playgrounds. Convocation can never be a sad day for those who graduate with a widely recognized degree after years of arduous hard work.

Facebook hitch

A student of DUET has been suspended for making derogatory remarks about the PM's family on Facebook (P-20, TDS, 22.04.2011). The report seemingly attempted to further justify the decision by stating that the student was a Shibir member. He is now in hiding. Punishing the act is nevertheless alarming - because it's contrary to the concept of freedom of speech. Everyone reserves the right to dislike, and/or voice such disapproval of, ANY family - a right protected by our constitution. Whatever happened to ''I may disagree with what you say, but I'll defend till death your right to say it''? The honorable PM and the AL need to watch out because such fanatic allegiance cannot be easily distanced or disowned. Also, the probe committee, representing an educated forum, should learn to respect student's opinions - regardless of the latter's political affiliations or poor judgment.

Truth is loved

"Truth is bitter"- this is an Arabic proverb. Another adage adds, "Truth saves and lie ruins." Hazrat Abu Bakar (R.), the first caliph of Islam, is rewarded with the title 'siddik' only for his truthfulness. Francis Bacon, an English litterateur, in his famous essay 'Of Truth' nicely says, ''The inquiry of truth, which is the love-making or wooing of it, the knowledge of truth, which is the presence of it, and the belief of truth, which is the enjoying of it, is the sovereign good of human nature." Each of our tasks should, therefore, be on the basis of the truth. We have to keep in mind that a liar is hated and rejected everywhere and, on the contrary, a person with truth is always loved and accepted by all.

For a main gate at DU

If you want to enter into a house, shop or into a small or big institution then you have to cross a gate. In almost all cases you find a sign-board describing its identity. Everybody try to beautify gates and sign-board more than inside and also spend much in it. But it's surprisingly true that the country's oldest and famous institution University of Dhaka has no gates at all. Although it has some sign-board at the entrance but these are so old and faded colored that is hardly possible to see. As a result, one can pass over the University from Shahbag to Dhaka Medical College he/she will not understand that he/she visited the University. I am requesting the authority for the establishment of a DU main gate in Shahbag entrance. That may be an advertisement and indicator for the new comer.

Upgrade our hospitals

Our politicians do not rely on the health service provided by the local hospitals in Bangladesh. Despite making emotional statements in public and encouraging people towards patriotism; the party leaders (including ruling and opposition) would often go abroad for medical treatment to waste money. Their medical expenditure per year is in million dollars, which is unimaginable for a country like ours. They are wasting tax payers' money and flying abroad for simple illness. Will you see this in our neighbouring country? We have some good private and government hospitals that are providing up to the mark health service. Instead of going abroad, try to modernize these hospitals with expert workforce and new upgraded equipments. This will help the common people and they will be blessed by these modern treatments. It's high time, think about your country first and then for yourself.

On line version of text books

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina opened online version of textbooks of primary and secondary education under a project Access to Information (A2I) Project of the PM's Office last Sunday. But all the books were already in the internet in PDF format earlier. The same books have been aired in different format. It would be useful if we have teachers' guide in the internet i.e. how to teach each of the topics; some worksheets; video clips of some topics by professional teachers; supplementary materials etc.

Stop BSF killings

From April 19, 2011 issues of different newspapers, we learned that a Bangladeshi cattle trader was killed and another was wounded when Indian Border Security Force opened fire on them in Gazipur frontiers in Satkhira on April 18, 2011. BSF is routinely killing Bangladeshis; it seems it has become their favorite past time and an opportunity to practice their marksmanship on innocent Bangladeshis. According to Odhikar, the Border Security force killed 907 people of Bangladesh between January 1, 2000 and March 31, 2011. We are outraged and protest this action vehemently. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina considers India to be a friend of Bangladesh, but is this how a friend acts? The government must take immediate steps to prevent further loss of lives of Bangladeshis in hands of the trigger-happy BSF.

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International

Tornadoes ravage south of US

Tornadoes and thunderstorms carved a trail of destruction across the southern United States, killing over 250 people in one of the country's worst weather disasters in years, officials said yesterday.

British Royal Wedding Today

GUESTS:
"A total of 1,900 people have been invited to the ceremony.

Libyan forces overrun rebels on Tunisian Border

Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi overran a western rebel outpost on the Tunisian border yesterday, with fighting spilling onto Tunisian territory, witnesses said.

Indian schoolboy, 12, crowned Maharaja of Jaipur

A 12-year-old boy has been crowned Maharaja of Jaipur, becoming head of what was once one of India's most glamorous and wealthy royal families.

Unity with Hamas to promote peace: Abbas

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said yesterday he hoped a unity deal between his Fatah party and Hamas would help "promote negotiations" with Israel.

Wary truce at Thai- Cambodian border

A fragile ceasefire halted the bloodiest clashes between Thailand and Cambodia in decades yesterday, after seven days of fighting left 15 dead and around 75,000 civilians displaced.

Syria vows to continue crackdown

Syria defiantly vowed to restore "security and stability" across the country despite growing international censure for its violent crushing of dissent, as activists called for more protests on Friday.

The tent city outside Abbey

Hundreds of thousands of spectators gathered in London on the eve of the biggest royal wedding for 30 years after Prince William and Kate Middleton took part in a low-key rehearsal for their big day.

15 killed in Morocco blast

A powerful blast killed 15 people and injured 20, including several tourists, in a cafe in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh yesterday, authorities said, describing it as a "criminal act"..

Kate to make 'modern' vows

Kate Middleton will not promise to obey Britain's Prince William in her wedding vows today, the official programme reveals, as a row erupted over an invitation for the Syrian ambassador.

Echoes of Diana in music

Echoes from Princess Diana's wedding and funeral will be present in her son Prince William's marriage ceremony.

Iraq car blast kills 5

A car bomb yesterday killed five people in north Iraq, including a senior police officer, while gunmen shot dead a general in Baghdad, the latest in a spate of assassinations of top officials.

No recognition for south Sudan if it claims Abyei: Bashir

Khartoum will not recognise the new state of south Sudan when it declares independence in July if it insists on claiming the disputed Abyei region, President Omar al-Bashir warned yesterday.

US ambassador to India resigns

The US ambassador to India, Timothy Roemer, announced his resignation yesterday after two years in the key diplomatic post, citing both personal and professional reasons.

Saudi woman sues government over vote ban

A Saudi woman said she is suing the municipal affairs ministry for upholding a ban on women taking part in a local poll in the conservative kingdom.

Ivory Coast renegade warlord killed

One of Ivory Coast's best-known militia leaders has been killed by the forces of new President Alassane Ouattara.

Arts & Entertainment

Connecting heaven and earth

Every year the world celebrates International Dance Day to bring everyone together through a common language -- dance. Each dance day is an opportunity to acknowledge the power of dance in our lives.

Int'l French Drama Festival Ends

The 4th International French Drama Festival ended on April 27 through staging an adaptation of the Marc Camoletti play “Ding Dong”. Theatre troupe Natukay, one of the organisers, staged the play titled “Eit Marle Patkeltio…”. The play was staged at the National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Natukay, along with Alliance Francaise de Dhaka and Fame School of Dance, Music and Drama, Chittagong arranged the five-day festival.

Contemporising Tagore and the World

Dhaka University (Department of International Relations), Visva Bharati, Shantiniketan and Jamia Millia Islamia (Academy of Third World Studies, New Delhi) are jointly organising a three day international conference on “Contemporising Tagore and The World”. The conference will begin today at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Building, University of Dhaka. On the occasion a cultural programme will be held at Main Auditorium of National Museum, Shahbagh. The conference and cultural programme are part of the celebration -- by Bangladesh and India -- of the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore.

Arnold returns to Terminator Is it a good idea?

The news Tuesday that Arnold Schwarzenegger will return to the "Terminator" franchise provides a colourful coda to several story lines.

Charuniram awards excellence in TV plays

Robi Charuniram Television Kahinichitra (drama) Award 2010 was conferred on April 27 at the Public Library Auditorium in Dhaka. Ten out of 50 nominated artistes and technicians involved with single-episode TV plays were awarded at the event. Charuniram Institute of Acting And Research also organised a festival (April 2-7), screening single-episode TV plays, titled 'Robi Charuniram Television Kahinichitra Festival 2010'. Twenty-four acclaimed TV plays of 2010 were screened at the festival.

DS Cafe

Today 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 today (Friday, April 29) between 2 and 3pm, to speak to Bappa Majumdar!!!

OP-ED

Is this nation hiding from itself?

Our little country is now a universe unto itself. If the ruling party is compared to the sun, the opposition is compared to the moon, then we have got many star politicians, galaxies of factionalism within a party and across the parties, planets of vested interests, so forth and so on. We have also got our share of black holes. People and facts disappear, not to be seen or heard again.

Politics of constitutional amendment

A former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson once said: "A week is too long a time in politics." How many weeks have turned into months and months into quarters; and yet stagnant politics shows no sign of purring in Bangladesh! Even a wilted fallen leaf of a tree hums to a mild breeze.

Power pundits

Dhaka has become a patchwork city of over 13 million people spreading in all directions, from Keraniganj in the south to Gazipur in the north, from Savar in the west to Rupganj in the east. The city, if one considers its area, is not that big. But the nature of settlement has been unplanned; barring the posh residential areas. The roads are not spacious, with footpaths and corridors on both the sides occupied by floating vendors, makeshift bazaars and endless stream of jaywalkers.

Cops pepper-spray kid

Police used pepper spray to subdue an out-of-control kid aged eight last week.

StarTech

Experiencing smarter life

You are watching your favourite TV show or a movie and suddenly want to share something with friends or family on Facebook, your phone and laptop is a bit far from your couch and you don't feel like going there. Imagine a TV smart enough that lets you do that without moving an inch.

Sony tablets to compete with Apple offerings

Sony is planning a tablet computer with a touch panel similar to Apple's iPad for later this year that the Japanese manufacturer promises will make the best of its gadgetry and entertainment strengths.

Gravity: a basic smartphone

Gravity X600, a mobile phone from Micromax, an Indian handset manufacturer, is a 3.2” full touchscreen dual SIM phone.

CSL brings Logitech's solar powered keyboard

Computer Source Ltd (CSL), a leading technology distributor of Bangladesh, has introduced the Logitech wireless solar keyboard K750 in the local market, says a press release.



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