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Govt to recast SEC

The government will restructure the core team of the Securities and Exchange Commission with the appointment of a new chairman, in efforts to restore investors' trust in the stockmarket regulator.

TI raises climate corruption alert

Transparency International (TI) yesterday urged all countries to ensure transparency in utilising the climate fund for fighting the impacts of global climate change.

14 cases to be probed further

The government yesterday said it will further investigate a series of allegations raised by a probe committee in its report on the recent share market scam.

Action plan drawn up

As part of an action plan over the recent stockmarket debacle, the government will soon set up a task force to implement recommendations of the Khondker Ibrahim Khaled-led probe team.

Expressway work gets underway

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday inaugurated construction of the 21-kilometre Dhaka Elevated Expressway, which is expected to be completed in three and a half years and reduce the capital's traffic congestion.

Displaced forever

"See how we live like a caged bird," Mahmuda Khatun said pointing to her 70-square-foot makeshift hut on the narrow embankment by the Kholpetua river at Gabura in Satkhira.

May Day today

The historic May Day will be observed today in Bangladesh as elsewhere in the world in solidarity with the movement for establishing the socio-economic rights of the working class.

One death, many questions

>> A guarded regret from India followed the brutal killing of Bangladeshi girl Felani on January 7 by its border force. A "promise" of no more deaths on the border came from Delhi in March. A meeting of the two border forces also agreed on use of non-lethal weapons. But the Indian force remains trigger-happy and border killings go on.

Biotech holds the key

Biotechnology holds an immense prospect for Bangladesh in the fields of agriculture and healthcare to meet the future challenges of food production and climate change.

Share culprits to face criminal charges

To prevent stockmarket manipulation and reaping of benefits through trickery, the government has finalised a draft amendment to the Anti-Money Laundering Act.

Leave basic structure alone

Chief Justice ABM Khairul Haque yesterday said the basic structure of the constitution, which was gained at a cost of 30 lakh lives during the Liberation War, should not be altered.

Rickshaw-puller dies in custody

A rickshaw-puller, who was earlier detained allegedly on misleading information, died at Chittagong Medical College Hospital under custody early yesterday.

Amini barred from joining Ctg meeting

Police yesterday barred Fazlul Haq Amini, chairman of an Islami Oikya Jote faction, from leaving the capital to attend a meeting in Chittagong.

Chopper with Indian CM goes missing

A helicopter carrying Chief Minister of India's northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh and four others went missing yesterday shortly after take-off, with confusion over their fate as search operation continues.

1 killed by BSF

A Bangladeshi cattle trader was shot dead by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) while another two were injured along Baikari border in the upazila, early yesterday.

US envoy for war crimes due today

US Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues Stephen J Rapp arrives today for a three-day visit to hold a round of meetings with senior government officials, political leaders, civil society and the media, said an American Embassy announcement yesterday.

Hearing tomorrow

The Supreme Court tomorrow will hear two petitions challenging Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus' removal from the post of managing director of Grameen Bank.

Gaddafi calls for a ceasefire

A defiant Muammar Gaddafi vowed yesterday not to quit power in Libya but called for talks to end the conflict, even as his forces pressed their offensive against the key rebel-held port city of Misrata.

Morocco blast was remote-controlled bomb: France

An explosion that killed 15 people in Marrakesh was triggered by a remote control device, not a suicide bomber as previous reports suggested, France's interior minister said in an interview published yesterday.

Iraqi MPs approve payouts for Saddam's US victims

Iraqi MPs okayed a $400-million (270 million euro) compensation deal yesterday for Americans who say they were mistreated by executed dictator Saddam Hussein's regime during the 1990-1991 Gulf War.

Uganda's Museveni vows to defeat protests

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni vowed yesterday to 'defeat' a wave of deadly protests triggered by rising food and fuel prices.

Notice

The office of The Daily Star will remain closed today, the May Day. Therefore, no issue of the newspaper will come out tomorrow.

Editorial

Caretaker government reform

The controversy over the Awami League-proposed reform of the caretaker government centres not on three month duration of the CG's mandate but on the ruling party's suggestion that the failure to hold elections within three months would render a revival of the immediate past elected government.

Symbolism of May Day

The memory of the 1886 Chicago Haymarket bombing and shootings lingers. And because it does, there is the symbolism set off by the assault on the working classes that we observe today along with the rest of the world. In Bangladesh especially, May Day has for decades been a potent hint of how much yet remains to be done in the matter of ensuring the rights of not just industrial workers but also of the struggling masses of the country as a whole. The message on the day is, therefore, loud and clear: the collective happiness of a society is in the end dependent on how society treats its most important means of production, namely, its workers and its peasantry.

Sports

Messi's Bangladesh visit confirmed

Argentina's national football team, including Barcelona star Lionel Messi, will be in Bangladesh to play a FIFA International Friendly match against the Nigeria national side on September 6 this year, confirmed Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) president Kazi Salahuddin at a press conference at the BFF House yesterday.

'I am a technician, not a magician'

On April 30, 2011 Kazi Salahuddin completed his third year in a four-year term as president of the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF). The legendary ex-striker for the national team had taken over in a blaze of glory, promising to 'take football from the tables to the ground and keep it rolling around the year.' Despite some visible improvements, the jury, however, is still out on his impact in moulding 'the beautiful game' in a country where it lags behind its more popular counterpart in cricket. But on the event of his third year anniversary, The Daily Star's Anisur Rahman and Quazi Zulquarnain Islam caught up with the president to discuss the last three years and what the future holds.

Tour ends in defeat

Bangladesh A ended their South Africa trip with a massive 60-run defeat in the fifth and final one-dayer against their South African counterparts at the Sahara Willowmoore in Benoni on Friday.

Tourists square series

The South Africa Academy team bounced back strongly to level the series as the visitors posted an eight-wicket victory over GP-BCB National Cricket Academy in the second one-dayer of the three-match series at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong yesterday.

Bangoura hattrick fires Arambagh

Guinean striker Bangoura Ismael slammed a second-half hattrick as Arambagh KS thrashed Rahmatganj MFS 4-0 in their mid-table clash of the Grameenphone Bangladesh League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Siddikur moves up

Bangladesh golf sensation Siddikur Rahman could not make much headway towards the right side of the leaderboard on the truncated third-day of the Ballantine's Championship in South Korea yesterday.

2nd round from May 7

The second round of the Inter District Cricket Championship will see the 12 qualified teams split into four groups and compete at two different venues, Bogra and Jessore, from May 7.

Veeru seals Delhi win

Virender Sehwag hit a rollicking half-century as Delhi Daredevils scored a 38-run win over Kochi Tuskers Kerala to keep their play-offs hopes alive in the Indian Premier League in Kochi on Saturday.

'IPL lure too tempting'

Stuart Law, Sri Lanka's interim coach, has expressed sympathy with Lasith Malinga's decision to quit Test cricket due to a knee condition, but has also acknowledged that the lure of the Indian Premier League (IPL) -- with its bumper signings and opportunities to secure oneself financially in quick time -- makes it difficult for players to continue playing international cricket. He added it was important to keep India "sweet", as that's where a significant part of the revenue for several cricket boards lies.

Del Potro in semis

Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro came from 4-1 down in the second set to beat top seed Robin Soderling 6-4, 7-5 here on Friday in the quarterfinals of the ATP-WTA Estoril Open.

Everton deny Wigan

Wigan were denied a priceless victory against Everton, who came from behind to secure a 1-1 draw at the DW Stadium.

It will go down to the wire

Sir Alex Ferguson believes the Premier League title race will go down to the wire after claiming there will be plenty more twists and turns yet as his Manchester United side head to Arsenal on Sunday.

Jose vows to stay

Jose Mourinho is more determined than ever to continue as Real Madrid coach despite Wednesday's 2-0 Champions League defeat by Barcelona and the disciplinary case he faces for his post-match comments.

Malouda eyes new deal

Chelsea midfielder Florent Malouda has urged the club to offer him an extension to his contract amid speculation the French international could be sold in the summer, it was reported Saturday.

Wolves edge Bremen

2009 champions VfL Wolfsburg boosted their chances of Bundesliga survival on Friday with a 1-0 win at Werder Bremen to move clear of the bottom three for the first time in nearly two months.

Kohli stars in RCB win

Royal Challengers Bangalore rode on Virat Kohli's whirlwind half-century and Chris Gayle's blitzkrieg to notch up a comfortable 26-run win over Pune Warriors in the Indian Premier League (IPL) here on Friday.

Mymensing beat Faridpur

Mymensing defeated Faridpur by three wickets at BKSP in the Inter District Cricket Championship yesterday.

Boucher in place of Haddin

Kolkata Knight Riders Saturday named South African wicketkeeper Mark Boucher as a replacement for the injured Brad Haddin in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL).

Elton quits Zimbabwe captaincy

Elton Chigumbura has resigned as Zimbabwe cricket captain to focus on improving his own form.

Montella not taking Bari lightly

Roma coach Vincenzo Montella insisted his team won't underestimate relegated Bari on Sunday as they go in search of a Champions League finish.

Spain set Venezuela date

World Cup champions Spain will face Venezuela in a friendly in the South American country on June 1, the Spanish football federation announced Friday.

Fergie rules out C'Ron return

Sir Alex Ferguson has ruled out any prospect of Cristiano Ronaldo making a dramatic return to Manchester United following hints of a rift between the player and Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho.

Business

Banking Division offers recipe for stockmarket

The Banking Division of the finance ministry has recommended 11 steps to the government as measures to curb stockmarket manipulation.

Bangladesh to leave LDC status in a decade

Bangladesh has the capacity to come out of the LDC (least developed country) status in a decade, a leading economist said yesterday.

Sheraton packs up

A lack of trust widened the rift between the government and Starwood Hotels and Resorts, leading the international hotel chain to fold its Dhaka Sheraton operations, an official said yesterday.

Relocate to Bangladesh, IBCCI urges Indian industries

India-Bangladesh chamber of commerce and industry (IBCCI) yesterday urged the Indian entrepreneurs to shift their production base to Bangladesh to use its duty and quota free market facilities.

Singer profit swells on share disposal

Singer Bangladesh's net profit swelled by 405 percent last year due to the sale of its entire shareholdings in a leasing and finance company.

US consumer spending slows in March

US consumer spending slowed in March even as Americans saw a slight rise in income, official data showed Friday.

New DMDs for Bank Asia

Bank Asia has recently appointed Irteza Reza Chowdhury and Mohammed Roshangir as deputy managing directors of the bank.

Yemen president due to sign transition deal

Yemen's president was to sign an agreement yesterday to quit power in a month's time in exchange for immunity in a deal that, if implemented, would make him the third Arab ruler ousted by a wave of popular uprisings.

Reliance declares 35pc stock dividends

Reliance Insurance yesterday declared 35 percent stock dividends for the year 2010 at its 23rd annual general meeting, said a statement.

DU Faculty of Business Studies wins award

Dhaka University's Faculty of Business Studies (FBS) has won the second “Asia's Best B-School Leadership” award for producing qualified and skilled business leaders for the economy.

Spanish jobs a black hole amid black economy

Spain's unemployment rate, already the highest in the industrialised world, soared to a 14-year high just as the government attacked illegal jobs which experts say cast doubt on the figures.

End oil subsidies: Obama

US President Barack Obama on Saturday said Congress should halt subsidising oil companies to invest in the energy of the future.

Flush with cash. So what?

If you think environmental politics, and its funding, is still basically small-time beards-and-sandals stuff, consider this. In 2008, John McCain's general election campaign spent $335m. In 2009, according to a new study by Matthew Nisbet, an academic at American University in Washington, DC, America's environmental groups spent more than $394m on climate-change and energy issues. The cap-and-trade bill which was the focus for much of that spending may have been, Mr Nisbet reckons, the best financed piece of legislation in American history.

Is the dollar decline more dangerous than it seems?

Neither Washington nor Wall Street is losing much sleep yet over the dollar as it slips close to all-time lows. But perhaps they should be.

Bogra sees real estate boom

Thousands of jobs have been created in Bogra in the building construction sector in a span of only seven years since real estate business flourished locally. Alongside, other businesses related to real estate development such as brickfields have also mushroomed in the district during the period.

Realtors provide jobs for many

An HSC examinee Zahidul Islam, 18, has been working as a painter assistant since 2009, in high-rise building projects in Bogra town. He started earning when his father became unable to give exam fees for his Dakhil exams due to a loss in his vegetable business.

Western chains flock to India as fast-food craving grows

McDonald's made its name serving up hamburgers fast, but it took the world's biggest hamburger chain four years to enter India -- without its signature dish.

Japan vows to keep global focus

Japan pledged Friday that it would stay active on the world stage and maintain aid to Afghanistan as it sought to ease US concerns that the key Asian ally would turn inward after its mega-disaster.

Caterpillar posts record profit, lifts outlook

Caterpillar, the world's largest heavy equipment maker, reported Friday soaring profit for the first quarter on strong global demand and predicted record earnings for the full year.

EU probes investment bank giants over debt insurance abuses

Europe launched antitrust probes Friday into giant US and European banks whose fine-slicing of the insurance market was blamed by debt-ridden eurozone states for pushing them into bailouts.

WTO talks on brink of failure

The Doha round of global talks aimed at expanding free trade is on the brink of failure, World Trade Organisation chief Pascal Lamy warned on Friday, with experts signalling that a collapse could even threaten the WTO.

Asian shares slip

Asian shares mostly fell on Friday following weak economic data from the United States, showing growth had slowed, while Sydney was hurt by the increasing strength of the Australian dollar.

Total says oil price boosts quarterly profit by third

French oil group Total raised first-quarter adjusted net profit by 35 percent to 3.1 billion euros, boosted by high oil prices, the company said on Friday.

First offshore yuan IPO makes limp Hong Kong debut

Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing's yuan-denominated IPO, the world's first outside mainland China, tumbled on its trading debut Friday but officials said the market remained full of promise.

Weekly Currency Roundup

April 24- 28, 2011

$200m bid underway for The Boston Globe

The Boston Globe reported Friday that a businessman is preparing to offer more than $200 million to buy the struggling newspaper from its owner, The New York Times Co.

Metropolitan

Ensure universal edn system

Dhaka University Teachers' Association (Duta) President Prof Anwar Hossain yesterday said the recently adopted national education policy failed to ensure a universal education system in the country.

In-law's house to be museum

Extensive renovation work has begun at Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath's father-in-law's house at Dakkhindihi under Fultala upazila ahead of the poet's 150th birth anniversary celebration.

Road crashes kill six

Six people were killed and 14 others injured in separate road accidents in Madaripur, Satkhira, Manikganj, Brahmanbaria and Noakhali yesterday.

Breastfeeding for first 6 months can cut 13pc child deaths, says ICDDR, B report

Exclusive breastfeeding in the first six months, continued till 11 months would prevent 13 percent of all deaths of children below five years of age in low-income countries.

'Domestic helps most deprived among workers'

Domestic helps are the most deprived section among working class people and a policy should soon be finalised to protect them, said speakers at a meeting yesterday.

Help poor litigants

Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday urged judges and lawyers to discharge their duties with a charitable mindset to provide the insolvent litigants with legal assistance.

BCL leader held for violence

Police yesterday morning arrested Dhanmondi Thana unit president of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) for beating up two employees of a CNG filling station at the capital's Paribagh and looting Tk 1 lakh from its cashbox on Thursday.

Khulna journalist assaulted

A journalist was severely injured after being allegedly kidnapped and beaten by a group of miscreants in Paikgacha upazila of Khulna on Friday night.

E-service centre to be set up in all districts

National Project Director of Access to Information (A2I) Programme of Prime Minister's Office Md Nazrul Islam Khan yesterday said e-service centre will be introduced in all district headquarters across the country within next two months to reach information technology (IT) services to the doorsteps of common people.

Five injured as CU BCL factions clash

Five students of Chittagong University (CU) were seriously injured yesterday when rival groups of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) clashed in a sequel of Friday's clash on the campus.

Pregnant rural mothers prefer delivery at home: Study

Pregnant mothers living in rural areas prefer delivery at home than at hospital due to influence of their senior family members, trained birth attendants and close neighbours, says a recent study.

Per capita agri-land to be below 15 decimal in 50 years: Minister

Land Minister Alhaj Rezaul Karim Hira yesterday said per capita agricultural land would come down below 15 decimal in the next 50 years if the population growth continues to increase.

Three stabbed in city

Miscreants hacked three people on the roof of a five-storey building at Madhya Badda and looted cellphones and Tk 50,000 in cash in sequel to a previous enmity on Friday night.

Sardar Fazlul Karim's 86th birthday today

Country's eminent scholar of Dhaka University (DU) Prof Sardar Fazlul Karim steps into his 86th year today.

Khaleda's May Day rally at Gazipur today

Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will address a workers' meeting at Konabari in Gazipur today on the occasion of historic May Day.

2 drug peddlers arrested

Two alleged drug peddlers were arrested along with 10kgs of hemp at Kadamtoli in South Keraniganj on Friday evening.

Ban Ki-moon condoles death of Abdus Salam

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon expressed profound shock at the death of Bangladesh Army Senior Warrant Officer Md Abdus Salam who was serving in the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Ivory Coast.

Two bodies found in Buriganga

Police recovered decomposed bodies of unidentified two youths from the river Buriganga last night.

40 years of Kalyanpur mass killing observed

Bangladesh Udichi Shilpi Gosthi, a cultural organisation, yesterday arranged a cultural function at Kalyanpur Shaheed Minar marking the 40 years of Kalyanpur mass killing.

National

Kids can't study as saw mill roars only 10 metres away

Study of 479 students of Purbo Kharibari Babupara Registered Primary School at remote Purbo Kharibari char on the Teesta River in Dimla upazila is badly disturbed due to noise and air pollution caused by an unlicensed saw mill beside the school.

More UP election schedules

Schedules for elections to 182 union parishads in Kishoreganj, Jhenidah, Moulvibazar and Chapainawabganj districts have been announced, reports our correspondents.

Aggrieved people swoop on docs staging protest

Amid panic due to clashes between striking interns and people around Khulna Medical College Hospital (KMCH), many patients left the hospital yesterday.

Workers, employees of 15 sugar mills agitate

Workers and officials of 15 sugar mills under Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation (BCIC) formed a human chain yesterday demanding promotion, time scale and increased facilities.

BR felling an old 'useless and dangerous' tree

Labourers employed by the bid winner have started felling a hundred and fifty years old rain tree in front of Jessore railway station as authorities of Bangladesh Railway (BR) has sold it through a tender.

5 held from border, 9 others handed over to BGB by BSF

Five Bangladeshis were arrested yesterday from Joypurhat border while nine freed from jails in India handed over to BGB by BSF in Thakurgaon on Wednesday.

56 mutineers sentenced to jail in Dinajpur

The special court-13 yesterday sentenced 56 jawans of Dinajpur 2 Battalion of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) to jail terms ranging from four months to seven years for their involvement in the mutiny at the battalion on February 25 and 26 in 2009.

Indefinite ban on fishing in Kaptai Lake from today

Rangamati district administration has imposed a ban on fishing in Kaptai Lake for an 'indefinite period' from today.

BCL men damage principal's office at B M College

Two rival factions of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) clashed and ransacked principal's office room over students' union election at Barisal Government Brojo Mohon College Friday noon.

Lightning kills four in two districts

Lightning killed four people in Rajshahi and Kishoreganj districts on Thursday.

Criminals critically injure journalist

A journalist and his brother were critically injured by criminals at Godaipur village in Paikgachha upazila on Friday night.

7-yr-old girl violated

A seven-year old girl was violated by a middle aged man at a betel-leaf garden at Teghoria village in Durgapur upazila on Thursday morning.

Tragic!

A school student allegedly committed suicide in Tangail town on Friday night over a trifling matter.

Letters

Mixed feeling

Bangladesh celebrated its 40-year of independence. Like other Bangladeshis, I was glad to observe the joyous moment. Forty-year is enough time for an independent country to achieve her goal. But it is a matter of great regret that we did not yet acquire our ultimate goal. The freedom fighters, who scarified their lives for the sake of the country, could not find peace in the heaven because we have totally failed to fulfill their dream. Corruption, military rule, political instability, lack of patriotism, heinous student politics, lack of prudent leadership are also responsible for this condition.

Don't raze BGMEA Bhaban

Should the 15 storied BGMEA Bhaban built with hundreds of crores of taka be demolished only for some lapses and omissions of some persons?

Hats off to William-Kate!

The Royal Wedding of HRH Prince William and Kate Middleton have taken place on April 29, 2011. It reminds us of another Royal Wedding of William's mother Diana and Prince Charles in 1981. In that wedding ceremony, many precious gift-items were presented by the elite through out the world. In a different age, the second-in-line to the throne and his fiancée have asked anyone wanting to give them a present to pay into a fund to support 26 charities. They clearly want to spread the charity around the commonwealth, one is the appeal for aid following the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, last month which killed more than 200 people. This philanthropic gesture of William-Kate makes us happy. May God bless you, William-Kate!

Defacing Dhaka with billboards

The characteristics of aesthetic beauty of Dhaka city is gradually diminishing due to unplanned mushrooming of billboards and neon signs, prompting de-facing of the city at a quicker pace. We see giant billboards on the roof tops of almost all the high rise buildings, risking fatal accidents to the pedestrian, motorists as well as people who live on those buildings in the event of fire, cyclone, tremor etc. It is needless to say that billboards in Dhaka city have become a booming business for both outdoor advertising companies as well as the city corporation since they both earn substantial amount of money. However, the practice of approving billboards should be done with due care and sincerity. I would also like to advocate the city corporation to take care of the neon signs and other mode of illuminated outdoor advertising which consume huge amount of electricity unnecessary.

Who will stem the rot?

That day I saw a poster of an unusually fat Chinese wrestler on the wall. As I was in the bus I could not identify the man in the picture but on my return journey I again looked at the poster but to my surprise I found that the wrestler-looking fat person was no other than one of our film actress. The deteriorating standard of our film has taken its toll on the saner viewers. The bulk of the cine goers now come form the lower class. The vulgar cut pieces have successfully made the cinema halls off limits for high-minded viewers. Low analog print of our films is unattractive and full of unpalatable dialogues. No doubt, the general rot of the society has also affected our films. On whom the onus of change lies - government or the people? Who should I tell to stem the rot?

Showdown or Showoff?

The Bogra correspondent of a local English daily, in his report on April: 21; writes as follows: "aspirants for the post of Chairman are arranging

Poor Banglalink network

Banglalink is in second position as a mobile operator company in Bangladesh and it is increasing its network coverage day by day. But last couple of days, the network has slowed down and it is really hard to get network not only at villages but also in metropolitan city like Dhaka. It is frustrating when we can't phone in our emergency times. A few days ago I was going to university and I had to phone my village home. I could not make a call. Recently, it is happening frequently for poor network. I along with other people, request humbly to concerned authority of Banglalink to take immediate steps to make a smooth network.

Congratulations Sultana Kamal

It's great news that you have been elected Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Transparency International Bangladesh. You have already proved to be a bold woman through your activities. Your new designation would give you ample opportunity to prove your potentiality, humanism along with patriotism.

Medicine under adulation!

The pharmaceuticals industry of Bangladesh is much prominent and famed around the world. It is a great contributing sector in the export field of Bangladesh. In many developed countries, our medicines are now promisingly competing with the host pharmaceuticals companies. Some days ago, a leading daily reported that the some medicines were under attack of adulation.

Prince's wise decision

Bahrain's crown prince has declined an invitation to attend Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding saying he doesn't want the Gulf nation's unrest to tarnish the celebration. I think the Prince has taken a wise and appropriate decision.

Cell phone in classroom

The teachers who, in stead of being paragon of virtue and meticulous about discipline, use cell phones in classrooms and examination halls without an iota of compunction, thus projecting an image of their fecklessness before learners who, in the same way, do not dither about receiving phone calls at class time.

The only democracy?

As the conventional wisdom goes especially in the West Israel is the "only democracy" in the Middle East. And that is so, particularly for its Jewish citizens. However Israel has been anything but democratic for the indigenous people of the land, the Palestinian Arabs. Occupancy is very difficult to overcome and Israel has already got the Palestinians' land.

Business article from DS issue

I was very interested in an article titled "Ports to get private duty-free shops" of The Daily Star Business Desk published on April 22. It was very informative, but it failed to conclude the topics that rose during the news.

Include the primary schools

Government is going to introduce multimedia classrooms in 20,500 schools, colleges and madrasas across the country from next June. No doubt it is a great initiative of the government. As per my knowledge, no primary school is included in the program. Primary schools are the seed-bed of all education. So, I hope govt. will take necessary steps to involve primary schools in the phase.

Restrict CNG supply

Now Bangladesh is faced with serve gas shortages and as a result millions of people are suffering. New gas connections are not being given for domestic purposes mainly cooking and many other household chores. On the other hand, we come across long queues of cars at CNG filling stations.

Police brutality

It seems of late, that the police officers who are designated to help ensure the safety of our citizens are causing more harm and harassment.

Try prevent poverty

Among various problems one of the most severe problems is “Poverty and Hunger.” The reasons of poverty are varied-specially rapid growth of population, inequitable land distribution, and irregularity of work, low expenditure, and natural expenditure, lack of education, unemployment, low tax-payment, and low wages.

Readers Respond

Here are some comments that came in response to Saturday's The Daily Star report headlined “DCC looking for sites.”

International

Syrians vow for more protests

Troops and snipers killed six civilians yesterday as Syrians prepared to bury scores of people killed in a "day of rage," while the United States and EU imposed sanctions on Damascus.

2nd-deadliest disaster in United States history

The death toll from killer tornadoes in the southern United States rose to at least 350 early yesterday, making the storm the second-deadliest tornado-related tragedy in US history.

Taliban announce spring offensive in Afghanistan

Afghanistan's Taliban insurgents yesterday announced the launch of their spring offensive as international troops gear up for a transition process to hand control of security to home-grown forces.

New skirmishes on Thai-Cambodian border

Thai and Cambodian troops exchanged fire on their disputed border for a ninth straight day yesterday, both sides said, casting doubt on efforts to end the countries' bloodiest conflict in decades.

US 'not withholding food aid from N Korea'

US officials have denied an accusation from former President Jimmy Carter that the US is withholding food aid from North Korea.

William and Kate's World Wide Wedding

The marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton was an event for the internet age.

Timetable For Pope John Paul II's Beatification Today

Friday: Pope John Paul II's coffin is exhumed from its resting place in a crypt under Saint Peter's basilica, signalling the start of the beatification proceedings as thousands of pilgrims crowd into central Rome.

Saudi king tightens media restrictions

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has imposed new media restrictions and threatened hefty fines and closure of news organisations allegedly undermining national security, press reports said yesterday.

April deadliest month since 2009

The killing on Friday of an American soldier made April the deadliest month for US forces in Iraq since 2009, according to figures compiled by AFP.

Act 'without fear or favour'

India's prime minister Manmohan Singh, whose government has been roiled by a series of corruption scandals, yesterday urged the country's top police agency to "act without fear or favour".

Egypt's Islamists announce own political party

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, the country's best organised movement, yesterday announced the formation of a party to contest up to half of parliament's seats in a September election.

Al-Qaeda ordered suspect to carry out attack in Germany

One of three alleged members of Al-Qaeda detained in Germany was ordered by a high-ranking member of the group last year to carry out an attack in the country, prosecutors said yesterday.

Ivory Coast police to start questioning Gbagbo next week

Ivory Coast police and gendarmes will next week begin interrogating deposed president Laurent Gbagbo and his wife Simone over alleged crimes by his regime, the justice minister told AFP yesterday.

6.1-magnitude quake shakes Panama

A strong earthquake measuring 6.1 hit northern Panama early yesterday, the US government reported.

Arts & Entertainment

Ustad Rashid Khan

Renowned Hindustani classical vocalist Padma Shri Ustad Rashid Khan performed at a concert at the main lounge of Dhaka Club on April 29. Noted Indian instrumentalists Ananda Gopal Bandyopadhyay on tabla, Sanatan Goswami on harmonium and Krishna Bongane on tanpura accompanied Khan at the almost three hour-long musical journey.

Marilyn Monroe's death mystery

Recently released tapes, featuring a close confidante of late actress Marilyn Monroe, could reveal the mystery behind her death.

Eight-day Drama Festival in Rajshahi

An eight-day drama festival, which drew local cultural enthusiasts, concluded in Rajshahi city recently.

Dancing Up a Storm

International Dance Day was celebrated worldwide on April 29 through promotion by the International Dance Council, an umbrella organisation within UNESCO. Dhaka celebrated the day with much gusto as well. Several dance organisations held programmes throughout the city. Bangladesh Nritya Shilpi Sangstha (BNSS) with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) arranged a weeklong festival that ended on April 29. Nrityanchal's celebration included a rally and performances at Suhrawardy Udyan (just opposite Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission). Dancers from a number of schools and organisations -- Manipuri Nat Pala, Sylhet; Bulbul Academy of Fine Arts; Jaago Art Centre; Odissi and Tagore Dance Movement Centre, Chittagong; Srishti Cultural Centre; Dhrupad Kala Kendra; Supta Bikash; Spondon and Nandan Kala Kendra -- added colour to the celebration through demonstrations of different genres of dance. Marking the day, Shadhona (a Centre for Advancement of South Asian Culture) staged its bi-monthly dance programme "Nupur Bejey Jaye" at the main auditorium of Chhayanaut, Dhanmondi.

World Dance Day

International Dance Day was celebrated here in Dinajpur on Friday with different programmes, including a festive procession, discussion and cultural programmes.

Khulna Divisional Theatre Festival for Children begins

The three-day Khulna Divisional Theatre Festival for Children has begun in Jhenidah. Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and Peoples Theater Association have organised the festival at Jhenidah Shilpakala Academy. The event will run till May 1. Around 19 theatre groups from Khulna, Jessore, Narail, Kushtia, Chuadanga and Jhenidah are participating in the festival.

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Pakistan today and then tomorrow

Winston Churchill had once described Russia as a riddle, wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. What he wanted to convey was that happenings in that country did not submit to easy explanation.

Wider choices, smarter development

In development discourse, there always seems to have been an inclination towards adopting a "push" strategy when it came to dissemination of knowledge. We want to find solutions from around the world, but many a times find it difficult to apply international practices in the local context.

Labour movements in globalisation era

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Are some more equal than others?

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