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News of: Friday, 6th of May, 2011

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Yunus removal upheld by SC

The Supreme Court yesterday affirmed a High Court verdict upholding the dismissal of Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus as managing director of micro-lender Grameen Bank he founded three decades ago.

Achievements in 10 'unlawful' yrs

When a person passes a decade in a position "unlawfully" and then is suddenly removed for that "unlawful" occupation, one tends to ask what he did and how his organisation fared during that passage of time. For Prof Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank in which he served as the managing director, those ten years were the golden time of phenomenal rise and glorious shine. Bangladesh also shone bright with him and Grameen Bank.

Make Yunus chairman

The board members and employees of Grameen Bank have urged the government to appoint Nobel Laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus as the bank's chairman.

Utilise Yunus' experience in running GB

Three senior economists yesterday said the government should utilise the expertise of Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus in running Grameen Bank.

Limon finally gets bail

Limon Hossain, shot and maimed by Rapid Action Battalion, was granted six months' bail by the High Court yesterday in an arms case filed by the elite force.

Pak army threatens to cut ties with US

Pakistan's army, in its first comment since Monday's raid that killed Osama bin Laden, threatened to halt cooperation with its military sponsor if it repeated what it called a violation of sovereignty.

Fuel prices hiked by Tk 2 a litre

The government yesterday increased the prices of all petroleum products by Tk 2 per litre to adjust to the prices in the international market, said Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC).

DoE stops bridge work

The Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday stopped the unauthorised construction of a bridge on the Balu river at Mashkul in Khilkhet by Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk).

It was a genocide

Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami yesterday admitted that genocide and mass rape took place during the Liberation War but denied his involvement in such heinous activities.

Student left in critical state

A school teacher beat up a girl student here on Wednesday allegedly for not enrolling in a coaching centre that the teacher runs.

Cop Akram, 11 others acquitted

The High Court yesterday acquitted former assistant commissioner (AC) of police Akram Hossain and 11 others in the sensational BBA student Shamim Reza Rubel murder case of 1998.

Review of talks from Sunday

The parliamentary special committee on constitutional amendment will start reviewing on Sunday the recommendations made to it by different political parties, eminent jurists, civil society personalities and editors of national dailies in the just concluded series of talks with it.

Mugged, he helps get 'em caught

A mugging victim chased down four criminals on a microbus and managed to get them caught by waylaying their vehicle with the help of police at Paikpara in the city's Mirpur yesterday.

Egypt ex-minister jailed for 12 years

Egyptian former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly has been sentenced to 12 years in jail yesterday on charges of money-laundering and profiteering.

Indian vice president in Dhaka

Indian Vice president Mohammad Hamid Ansari arrived in Dhaka yesterday on a two-day visit to join the 150th birth anniversary celebration of Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore.

Stalkers kill victim's husband

A man was stabbed to death by a gang of stalkers for protesting harassment of his wife in Dinajpur town on Wednesday night.

No more battery-run vehicles

The government has decided not to allow import of battery-run three-wheelers.

Preliminary test May 27

The preliminary test of 31st Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examinations under the Public Service Commission (PSC) will be held on May 27.

Rejoinders, our reply

The Daily Star received two rejoinders to its May 3 report headlined "Six hours of abuse" -- one from the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education and the other from the Vatapara Non-government Primary School authority -- both terming the report untrue.

British referendum set to reject voting change

Britons looked set yesterday to reject a change in the way they elect their lawmakers as they voted in a national referendum that has threatened to tear the ruling coalition apart.

Yemen opposition urges Gulf to press Saleh

Yemen's opposition urged Gulf Arab states yesterday to pressure embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh to sign a plan that would end months of political unrest.

Japan workers enter reactor for the first time

Workers entered a reactor building at Japan's stricken nuclear plant Yesterday for the first time since an explosion hit the facility a day after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, officials said.

Call to include Pritilata's biography in textbooks

Speakers at a meeting in Chittagong yesterday demanded to include Pritilata Waddedar's biography in children's textbooks so that future generations can learn about her ideology.

Editorial

The consultation process

Appreciatively, the parliamentary special committee on constitutional amendment involved all conceivable cross-sections of society in a consultation process that seems to have concluded the day before yesterday. To our mind, it has not quite ended.

Diplomat on border killings

Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao's call for joint efforts towards putting an end to killings of people on the Indo-Bangladesh border draws attention once more to an old, known problem. To be sure, Ms. Rao's remarks, made to a group of Bangladeshi journalists in Delhi, are welcome and reflect India's concern over an issue that has exercised Bangladesh's mind over the years. That both Dhaka and Delhi need to sort out the problem through making sure that civilians, both Indian and Bangladeshi, are not pushed to unexpected death on the border, has never been in doubt. But the realities, particularly for Bangladesh, have been rather painful. With reports almost always coming in of some Bangladeshi national or other being shot by India's Border Security Force, it makes sense to ask if better measures cannot be taken to deal with the issue.

Sports

Chigozie makes dream debut

Nigerian striker Kingsley Chigozie celebrated his Grameenphone Bangladesh League debut with a brace as Brothers Union registered their fourth win with a 3-2 defeat of Arambagh Krira Sangha at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Muktis up against nemesis Sk Jamal

Leaders Muktijoddha Sangsad will desperately look to improve their profile against Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club when they take on the new leviathans in a crucial Grameenphone Bangladesh League fixture at the Bangabandhu National Stadium today.

Short-term coaches aplenty

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has so far made little progress in appointing a new head coach for the national team.

Academy win first Twenty20

The GP-BCB National Cricket Academy started the last leg of their series against the touring South Africa Academy on a positive note, winning the first of two T20s by 26 runs courtesy of brilliant bowling and some lusty hitting from Alauddin Babu at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday.

Kochi keep hopes alive

A fine half-century by Eoin Morgan went in vain as Kochi pulled off a 17-run upset win over Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday to spice up the race for the play-offs in the Indian Premier League.

Mumbai stay on top

Kieron Pollard provided a late flourish with the bat and Lasith Malinga picked up three wickets as table-toppers Mumbai Indians beat bottom-placed Pune Warriors by 21 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Wednesday.

Cook captain for ODIs

Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad were appointed as the new captains of England's one-day international (ODI) and Twenty20 teams respectively, it was announced here on Thursday.

Two-Test series at SA

South Africa's home Test series against Australia will be played over just two matches -- as opposed to the customary three of recent times -- with a packed international cricket calendar being offered as the reason. The truncated schedule will be formally announced on Friday by officials of the two boards and from Sri Lanka, who are also involved in series against both countries.

C'paul in for Tests?

The tension between Shivnarine Chander-paul and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) appears to have eased slightly, with the batsman set to play in the Test series against Pakistan starting next week. The West Indies side for the first Test has not been officially released, but ESPNcricinfo has learnt from a reliable source that the squad includes Chanderpaul, who was axed for the one-day series that concludes in Guyana on Thursday.

Red Devils coast to final

A second-string Manchester United cruised into a dream Champions League final against Barcelona on Wednesday with a 4-1 victory over German side Schalke 04.

Porto dismiss Hulk to Milan claims

Porto president Pinto Da Costa has laughed off claims AC Milan could sign Hulk this summer and warned the striker will not be allowed to leave for less than €100 million.

Rooney, Evra fit for Chelsea

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is confident both Wayne Rooney and Patrice Evra will be fit for the crunch match with Premier League title rivals Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Race row shocks Vieira

World Cup winner Patrick Vieira has declared himself shocked at reports France boss Laurent Blanc and other coaches were seeking to introduce quotas limiting the presence of ethnic minority players in the national set-up.

WI well placed

Another fluent half-century from Mohammad Hafeez failed to inspire Pakistan and their batting crumbled for the first time in the series against West Indies in the fifth one-day international on Thursday.

Irish Botha calls it quits

Ireland all-rounder Andre Botha announced his retirement from international cricket here on Wednesday.

Liza takes solo lead

Shamima Akter Liza took the solo lead in the Arlin Developer 32nd National Women's Chess Champion-ship after beating her rival Zakia Sultana in the third round at the Bangla-desh Chess Federation playing room yesterday.

Sehwag shuts Deccan out

Skipper Virender Sehwag smashed 119 off just 56 balls in a stunning counter-attack as Delhi Daredevils snatched a four-wicket victory over Deccan Chargers in the Indian Premier League on Thursday.

Extras rule one-sided day

Two very one-sided matches marked the second day of the 3rd Women's Club League as Azad S.C brushed aside Orient S.C at BKSP-2 and Abahani Limited crushed Indira Road K.C at the Gulshan Youth Club yesterday.

Mukul Fouz champs

Bewtha Mukul Fouz became champions in the Khan Real Estate Second Division Cricket League defeating Purba Dashora Friends Club by five wickets in the final at the Manikganj Government Boys' High School playground yesterday.

Sania & co move on

Sania Mirza and her Russian partner Elena Vesnina continued their good run at the Madrid Open, storming into the quarterfinals after notching up a straight-set win over Nadia Petrova and Anastasia Rodionova.

Goals galore on Day Two

Bangladesh Army and Wari Club got off to a flying start in the Independence Cup hockey tournament after thrashing their opponents comprehensively at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Silvio wants his name in stone

AC Milan president and Italy Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has set his sights on having a stadium named after himself.

City won't let Boateng go

Roberto Mancini is adamant defender Jerome Boateng will remain at Manchester City next season despite interest from Bayern Munich.

Sahin, Callejon set for Real

Real Madrid are poised to sign Turkish international Nuri Sahin from Borussia Dortmund, a Spanish sports daily reported Thursday.

Kagawa back to training

Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa is back in training with German league champions Borussia Dortmund -- 99 days after breaking his foot in the Asian Cup.

Business

Potato exports surge on subsidy boost

Potato exports surged 71 percent to 16,570 tonnes in the first ten months (July-April) of the current fiscal year, exceeding the total quantity of the tuber exports last year, according to the Plant Protection Wing of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE).

Friends of Grameen sad at SC decision

Friends of Grameen yesterday said it is deeply disappointed and saddened by the decision of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh that upheld the central bank's decision to remove Professor Muhammad Yunus from Grameen Bank.

Inflation affects development goals, says economist

Rising inflation affects the development goals of the country, said a leading economist yesterday.

ESCAP projects 6.4pc growth

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) yesterday projected the economy of Bangladesh to grow 6.4 percent in 2011.

CSE okays MI Cement listing

Chittagong Stock Exchange yesterday approved the listing of MI Cement as per the directives of the Securities and Exchange Commission although the Dhaka bourse did not give the approval to the company.

Minister courts Indian investors

Industries Minister Dilip Barua yesterday urged the Indian entrepreneurs to invest more in Bangladesh, saying that a liberal investment policy for the foreign investors prevails here.

Stocks fall despite cash pumps

Stocks slumped yet again as panic sell-offs marked the trading session yesterday, while institutional investors remained inactive despite investments from the Investment Corporation of Bangladesh (ICB).

IBCF re-elects top brass

Islamic Banks Consultative Forum has recently re-elected Abu Nasser Muhammad Abduz Zaher chairman and Md Nazrul Islam Mazumder vice chairman for 2011, the body said in a statement yesterday.

Crown Agents' CEO due in town

Terence Jagger, chief executive of Crown Agents', is scheduled to arrive in Bangladesh tomorrow on a three-day visit, said a statement yesterday.

Ericsson, Aircel team up on mobile positioning systems

Indian mobile operator Aircel has selected Ericsson to provide mobile positioning systems for its 2G and 3G subscribers, Ericsson said in a statement yesterday.

Poorest at most risk from 10b world population

There may be 10 billion mouths to feed within a few generations. The United Nations sees the world's population hitting that landmark by 2100. Without efforts to change the pattern, the poorest countries will face the worst effects of the demographic drain.

Five ways to correct the Greek debt crisis

Not a day goes by without a flood of comments on Greece and its debt problems. They seem to come from everywhere. Some are later denied while others are left to stand, accompanied by a continuous string of worrisome data. In the process, even greater disorder is gaining hold of the country's debt markets, with credit spreads exploding in an ever more alarming fashion.

Fraud and corruption fears at Indian 'charities'

Engineer Deepak Sharma thought he was dealing with a poverty relief project, but now believes he was caught up in a "Ponzi" fraud scheme -- just one victim of India's unregulated non-profit sector.

EU courts Southeast Asian business ties

The European Union on Thursday launched a commercial charm offensive in Southeast Asia through its first business summit with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

China less welcoming to business: US

US Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said Wednesday it was increasingly difficult to do business in China and called restrictions on foreign investment a major impediment in relations.

ECB holds rate amid rescue for Portugal

The European Central Bank kept its main interest rate steady at 1.25 percent Thursday as ECB governors met here after Portugal became the third eurozone country to accept a bailout.

Facebook, Google mull Skype deals

Facebook and Google Inc are separately considering a tie-up with Skype after the web video conferencing service delayed its initial public offering, two sources with direct knowledge of the discussions told Reuters .

Indonesian economy grows 6.5pc in Q1

Indonesia said Thursday its economy posted robust growth in the first quarter thanks to rising investment, exports and strong domestic consumption.

Asian stocks mixed

Stocks in Asia were mixed on Thursday as a late bout of bargain buying helped to offset disappointing US data on jobs and service sector activity that raised concerns over the US economy.

Metropolitan

Remain alert against vested quarters

President Zillur Rahman yesterday urged all to remain alert against the vested quarters, who are trying to create confusion about the proposed National Women Development Policy-2011.

BCL, JCD men bar CCC tender dropping

Two listed Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) contractors barred a tender dropping schedule for two hours yesterday at Nagar Bhaban in Chittagong.

Court accepts case against Tarique, Giasuddin

A Dhaka court yesterday took into cognisance of the charges against BNP Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman and his business partner Giasuddin Al Mamun in a money-laundering case.

Allow teachers in UP poll contest

The High Court yesterday directed the Election Commission to allow 48 teachers of different non-government schools and colleges of 26 districts to contest in the Union Parisad (UP) polls.

Bidi workers want alternative jobs

Some workers of bidi (hand-rolled cigarette) factories yesterday demanded alternative employment if the government wants to discourage smoking and close bidi factories by imposing high tax.

Make provision of tax rebate for donors: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked the officials concerned to make a provision so that a person who donates to the school funds get tax rebate.

BNP to remove changes if voted to power

Leaders of main opposition BNP yesterday asked the government to refrain from amending the constitution saying it has no jurisdiction to amend the charter and BNP will declare the changes null and void if voted to power.

Talks on with Myanmar to import gas

Talks are going on with neighbouring Myanmar to import gas for meeting the growing demand, said Prime Minister's Adviser Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury yesterday.

20 RMG workers hurt as cops charge baton in N'ganj

At least 20 persons were injured when police charged batons to disperse workers demonstrating against the closure of two ready-made garment units in Siddhirganj of Narayanganj yesterday.

Huji leader Farid involved in Aug 21 attacks

An investigation officer (IO) of 21 August grenade attack case yesterday told a Dhaka court that Harkatul Jihad (Huji) leader Maulana Sheikh Farid was directly involved with the grisly attack on an Awami League rally in 2004.

'3,000 midwives to be produced by 2015'

The government would produce 3,000 midwives by 2015 to ensure safe childbirth and motherhood across the country, according to an official.

India keen to expand trade

India has showed keen interest in further increasing the bilateral relation with Bangladesh through expanding trade and commercial activities between the two countries.

Project to ensure food security

Three United Nations agencies and the government will implement a joint programme to promote food security and nutrition for ultra-poor families and children in the country.

Call to include Pritilata's biography in textbooks

Speakers at a meeting in Chittagong yesterday demanded to include Pritilata Waddedar's biography in children's textbooks so that future generations can learn about her ideology.

Seperate lane for rickshaws demanded

Save the Environment Movement, an organisation, yesterday demanded making seperate lanes for rickshaws instead of banning those from roads.

SC case status to be available on cellphone

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday signed an agreement with a private service provider, Inforev Ltd, in its initiative to make case information more accessible to the litigants.

Parliament goes into session on May 22

Parliament goes into session on May 22 at 4:00pm.

Australian HC welcomes youth ambassadors

The Australian High Commissioner Justin Lee welcomed eight new Australian youth ambassadors for development at a function in the city yesterday.

Hasina a visionary leader: FM

Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni yesterday termed Sheikh Hasina a visionary leader and said Hasina has set up the milestone of all development for the country and its people.

5 muggers held in Ctg

Five fleeing miscreants who mugged Tk 5 lakh from a youth were captured and beaten up by local people in Bhaiyar Dighi under Patiya Police Station in Chittagong Wednesday.

Man crushed under train's wheels

An unidentified man was crushed under the wheels of a Narayanganj-bound train on Dhaka-Narayanganj route at Jurain Baraitoli in the city yesterday.

Five quit Sust proctorial body

The proctor and four assistant proctors of Shahjalal University of Science & Technology (Sust) resigned yesterday after the university syndicate adjourned expulsion of a student.

Woman killed in road accident

A woman was killed in a road accident on Dhaka-Sylhet highway at Bogoir village of Ashuganj upazila on Wednesday night.

Recruiting agency official shot

An abducted recruiting agency official was shot by assailants in Paltan area of the city last night.

Books publication ceremony held

The publication ceremony of two books titled 'Osangboddho Sanglap Europe Theke' and 'Firee Dekha' was held at Chittagong Press Club in the port city yesterday.

One arrested with arms

One miscreant was arrested from Sheorapara Amtola in the city Wednesday night.

Jamaat blames govt

Jamaat-e-Islami acting secretary general ATM Azharul Islam yesterday alleged that the government is trying to indict the party's detained Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami with the ten-truck arms haul case after failing to find his involvement in war crimes.

Ctg BNP protests share scam

Chittagong city unit BNP yesterday organised a rally protesting against the share scandal and demanding punishment to the people involved.

National

Stalemate in talks seems to be over soon

Director General of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) Major General Md Rafiqul Islam has said the joint survey along Sylhet-Meghalaya borders will begin after accord between the two sides on a few issues.

College student murdered

A college student was stabbed to death on Wednesday morning near Baitul Najat Jame Mosque at Tootpara under Khulna Sadar police station.

20 injured in Narsingdi pre-election clash

At least 20 people were injured in a fierce clash between the supporters of two prospective chairman candidates in the upcoming election to Chardighaldi Union Parishad in Narsingdi Sadar upazila yesterday.

Over 100 houses damaged, vessel runs aground

Mongla Port Authority (MPA) yesterday salvaged a vessel that ran aground on the bank of the Nandabala River in the Sundarbans during storm on Wednesday.

Abducted boy rescued, one held

An abducted schoolboy of Panchagarh was rescued from a residential hotel at Ghatail upazila headquarters of Tangail on Wednesday afternoon.

2 'robbers' held in Chitagong

Police arrested two alleged robbers along with firearms from Agrabad CGS colony area of the city on Wednesday noon.

Mastermind is another doctor

Arrested Zakaria Masud, one of the main accused in Dr Baqui Mirza killing case, yesterday told journalists that a doctor posted at Sirajganj was the mastermind behind the killing.

Jubo League cadres stab Abhoynagar BNP chief

Abhoynagar BNP president Motiar Rahman Farazi was severely stabbed yesterday allegedly by Jubo League cadres of Noapara.

Sec 144 on several Khulna city points

Khulna Metropolitan Police (KMP) yesterday imposed Section 144 on 13 places of the city from Thursday midnight as two Islamist groups and several ruling party groups called rallies today.

Interns at Rajshahi medical start wildcat strike

Interns at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH) went on an wildcat strike yesterday afternoon following clash with the attendants of a patient.

Leaders call off strike at Barapukuria

People of Phulbari uapzila yesterday afternoon withdrew their indefinite strike following a meeting between local leaders of National Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Port Protection Committee and Dinajpur district administration.

Lightning kills two

Two people were killed by lightning in Panchagarh and Thakurgaon districts on Wednesday.

Man held on charge of violating schoolgirl

A man was arrested in Damurhuda upazila on Tuesday night on charge of violating a schoolgirl.

Acid attack on 3 in Bogra

Criminals on Wednesday midnight threw acid on a two-year-old boy and his parents in Baghbari area under Gabtoli upazila of the district. The victims are Rabbi, 2, his father Abdur Rahman, 40, and mother Kohinur Begum, 27. Rabbi is undergoing treatment at Shaheed Zia Medical College and Hospital in a critical condition while his parents received minor injuries. Gabtoli police said, the incident took place at around 2:00am. Criminals threw acid on Rabbi and his parents 'through a hole of the wall' when they were sleeping in their room, they said. Abdur Rahman said, a cousin of his wife Kohinur borrowed Tk 29 thousand from her. A feud was going on between them for last couple of days over payment of the money, he said.

Transport strike observed

Bus movement on Khulna-Satkhira and Paikgachha routes remained suspended for six hours as transport workers enforced a strike yesterday. Buses from Khulna to Satkhira and in Paikgachha upazila did not ply from 6:00am to noon causing untold sufferings to the passengers. Zakir Hossain Biplob, general secretary of local Motor Sramik Union, said the strike was called to protest the beating of two bus drivers- Murad Hossain and Mujibur Rahman - by the truck workers of Satkhira on Tuesday night. Meanwhile, plying of all buses of Nagar Paribahan on Rupsha-Fulbarigate and Daulatpur-Shahpur routes in the city came to a halt from Wednesday morning as transport workers called another strike demanding increased pay for drivers and helpers. Both the strikes were called off yesterday noon after a 'fruitful talks' with the local administration.

Farmer murdered in Natore

Police recovered the body of a farmer from a pond at Dhanura village in Gurudashpur upazila on Wednesday morning. The deceased was identified as Idris Ali, 43, son of late Rose Ali of Kolapara village in the upazila. Local people found the floating body of Idris Ali at about 9:00am and informed the police. Hands and legs of Idris were tied up with rope. Later, police rushed to the spot and sent the body to hospital morgue for autopsy.

Youth arrested with arms

Detective Branch police arrested a youth with a pipegun and a bullet in the town on Wednesday night. The arrestee was identified as Sumon Mia, 24, son of Md Shariatullah of Durgarampur village in Nabinagar upazila of Brahmanbaria district. Mir Musharraf Hossain, officer-in-charge (OC) of Kishoreganj Sadar PS said, Suman was arrested along with arms at 9:30pm when he was moving suspiciously in front of Hotel Golden Prince. He is now being interrogated by detective branch of police, the OC added.

Indian tea seized

Members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) on Wednesday seized four tonnes of Indian tea worth about Tk 10 lakh from Putkhali border in Benapole. Acting on a tip-off, BGB personnel led by Putkhali camp commander Emdad Hossain raided the border area in the morning and seized the Indian tea. Sensing the presence of BGB men, the smugglers fled the scene. Later, the seized tea was deposited to local customs.

Letters

Will Osama's death bring peace ?

On 2nd May, all western news channels, BBC,CNN and SKY news that I watch regularly; highlighted the killing of Osama bin Laden at his stronghold in Abbotabad in Pakistan; hardly 50 miles from Islamabad! Imagine bin Laden living there with his family; and the ISI knowing nothing about it! Seems very surprising! There seems to be "many a slip, between the cup and the lip", as the popular saying goes! Pakistan's ISI is today at the bottom of the 'rubbish bin', worldwide!

Save our tigers

The players of Bangladesh Cricket Team have become known as Tigers all over the world. We become highly delighted whenever our team wins a match, especially against a powerful team. But what about our real tigers? Do we care for them? The lives of the tigers in the Sundarbans are in jeopardy. Various factors are responsible for this. For example, the illegal intruders in the Sundarbans are cutting trees indiscriminately and hunting the wild animals. Moreover, climate change and other manmade problems are making the Sundarbans ecologically imbalanced. As a result, availability of food and hunting ground of tigers are decreasing day by day. So, the govt. has to take immediate initiatives to protect the tigers, otherwise tigers will be extinct very soon in the Sundarbans.

Low quality of OMS rice

With the honest intention of saving the poor people from the onslaught of ever-increasing price of rice, the govt. has been selling rice at a reduced rate through Open Market Sales (OMS) throughout the country. But very often the rice sold at OMS centres is of such a low quality that it is only usable as poultry feed. It is actually a mixture of particles (Khud) of different varieties of rice full of husks and grits. The rice seems to have lost its original colour and emits a bad odour. Perhaps it had remained heaped up in godowns for years. It will be nice if the authorities do not consider OMS as govt. charity and the people who queue up to buy OMS rice as beggars!

Heredity and stupidity?

Apparently, the whole world was taken aback by the pomp and grandeur of the British fairytale royal nuptial on 29 April 2011. To the awe of the spectators, this couple was much brighter than the movie stars. And indeed they have to be, as they are the real prince and the real princess.

Name changing game

The ruling government is changing names of the old famous structures and also naming every newly built structure after the name of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Every famous place, whether it's a hospital or bridge or conference center, is getting the same name. On the other hand, same name for different things is creating huge confusion. And some changes are really difficult to remember. I sincerely request the govt. to stop this useless name changing game. Because, we all know that your work will make you memorable, not your name.

Geiger-Muller counter

It was in the school I read about the Geiger-Muller counter in our nuclear physics and nuclear chemistry subjects. Since then I heard a little about its extensive use. But after the recent devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the use of Geiger-Muller counter increased tremendously as the disaster caused serious damage to some of the nuclear power plants.

Credit where it's due

Congratulations to Md. Abdul Mabud, Director-General of the Department of Immigration and Passports, and all those responsible for introducing the new Bangladesh Immigration Arrival Card. Having cringed in dismay countless times over the years as I completed the obligatory landing card, this time was like inhaling a breath of fresh air.

In the interest of public service

Over the last one year we have written several times to our Ministry of Communications, Ministry of Science Information and Communication Technology, Ministry of LGRD, Ministry of Planning, and Department of Roads and Highways to kindly let us know the road distance from our capital city Dhaka to our upazila headquarters, and also the distance from district headquarters to upazila headquarters, but all in vain.

No more private universities

In recent times setting up of private universities has become a fashion. This is a profitable business in the name of providing education. The recent annual reports published by the UGC indicate that private universities are widely offering business oriented courses to produce graduates and post graduates. There are many universities which are running without having the UGC's approval. Thus, the quality of education has deteriorated alarmingly. Also, foreign culture is being widely exercised in those universities, which has a long term detrimental effects on our moral values. It is high time the govt. stopped giving permission to set up any more private university.

Contrasting leaders

If one takes a closer look at the American presidents, one shall see that soon after assumption of the office, they begin to grow grey hairs and appear to be older than usual, which presumably results from thoughts and worries.

Disgusting act!

On 26th April 2011, a news was published in The Daily Star that a student of an English medium school in Dhaka stopped attending school because an administrator hit her and six others with a wooden ruler for protesting the expulsion of two classmates. This is unacceptable.

Ban student politics

Clashes among student groups are becoming front page news in the national dailies. We observe that clash between activists of two political parties are more ferocious than that of two factions of a same party. Some days ago such a clash between two factions of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) took place at Dhaka University over establishing supremacy at the dormitory that left 50 hurt. In the past, many promising students were killed and injured in these types of clashes. These sorts of incidents mostly occurred between pro-BNP and pro-AL activists. Even over a trivial matter, the activists used to entangle themselves in the fierce clash using illegal arms.

Poverty is curse

Our dearest Rasul (pbuh) often prayed to Allah to protect him from poverty. He says, ''The utter state of poverty leads a person to become even a 'kafir' (atheist)." Poverty is obviously a big hindrance to any type of development of the country. So, the authorities concerned should soon take some urgent initiatives to alleviate poverty from our society.

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International

US shot Laden in 'cold blood': Pakistan

A senior Pakistani security official said US troops killed Osama bin Laden in "cold blood", fuelling a global controversy and straining a vital relationship Washington was trying to repair yesterday.

Relationship with Pakistan'productive'

The US relationship with Pakistan is not always easy but has been productive for both sides, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said yesterday, after the killing of Osama bin Laden raised questions about the alliance.

The Killing of bin Laden: Was it Legal?

Was the killing of Osama bin Laden legal under international law?

Obama visits Ground Zero

President Barack Obama braced yesterday for a "bittersweet" visit to Ground Zero aiming to offer closure to Americans still haunted by the 9/11 attacks, just days after US forces killed Osama bin Laden.

Pakistan flatly denies al-Qaeda collusion

Pakistan yesterday flatly denied colluding with al-Qaeda after the CIA said it refused to tell Islamabad about the raid on Osama bin Laden, fearing the terror kingpin might be tipped off.

Contact group agrees fund for Libya rebels

An international meeting on Libya agreed yesterday on a new fund to aid Libya's rebels while recognition of four countries claim by rebels was denied by three of them.

Five mistakes the Obama administration made

The White House's brilliant conceptualization and execution of the plan to bring Osama bin Laden to justice has, in the last 48 hours, been complicated by mistakes.

Nasa probe shows Einstein theory correct

Huge objects in the universe distort space and time with the force of their gravity, scientists said Wednesday after a Nasa probe confirmed two key parts of Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity.

Iraq suicide car blast kills 21 police

A suicide attacker blew up a bomb-filled car at a police station south of Baghdad, killing 21 policemen yesterday, as Iraqi forces braced for Al-Qaeda revenge attacks after Osama bin Laden's death.

Ouattara declared president of Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast's Constitutional Council Thursday declared Alassane Ouattara the country's new president following the ousting of Laurent Gbagbo, whose refusal to step down after elections sparked a crisis.

Pakistan's US lobbyists launch intense campaign

Pakistan's Washington lobbyists have launched an intense campaign on Capitol Hill to counter accusations that Islamabad was complicit in giving refuge to Osama bin Laden.

Last WWI combat veteran dies aged 110

The world's last known combat veteran of World War I, Claude Choules, has died in Australia yesterday aged 110.

Mexico City rocked by 5.8 earthquake

A magnitude 5.8 earthquake shook Mexico Thursday, causing buildings to sway in the capital some 300 kilometers (187 miles) away from the epicenter, an AFP correspondent and US seismologists said.

At least 25 dead in Guinea communal violence

At least 25 people have been killed in communal violence in the southeastern Guinean town of Galakpaye, police said yesterday.

Geronimo code name angers Native Americans

An Apache tribe in the US has demanded an apology from President Obama for using the name of the warrior Geronimo as the code name for Osama Bin Laden.

Internal rift led to the killing: Saudi paper

US troops were led to al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden by his own deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, because of a simmering internal power struggle, a Saudi newspaper reported yesterday.

Operation's 38 minutes 'most intense': Hillary

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said yesterday that seeing the operation that killed Osama bin Laden was one of her "most intense" experiences, speaking on her first trip since the death.

US senators duped by fake photo

Three US senators on Wednesday retracted their claims of having seen a graphic photograph of Osama bin Laden's corpse, apparently the victims of a fake picture of the slain al-Qaeda chief.

Arts & Entertainment

Nation Gears Up to Celebrate 150th Birth Anniversary of Kobiguru

Marking 150th birth anniversary (May 8, 2011) of Nobel laureate poet, 'Kobiguru' Rabindranath Tagore, different organisations of Bangladesh have chalked out elaborate programmes.

Flowers, Birds and Butterflies of Bangladesh

A weeklong photography exhibition, titled “Flowers, Birds and Butterflies”, featuring the works of M.A. Taher and Quazi Rownaq Hossain, is now on at Zainul Gallery, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka. The exhibition was jointly inaugurated by veteran educationist Professor Zillur Rahman Siddiqui; noted painter Quayyum Chowdhury; founder of Bishwa Shahitya Kendra, Abdullah Abu Sayeed and cultural personality Mahbub Jamil on May 1.

Renowned Bangladeshi Artistes to Perform in Delhi

Admirers of Rabindranath Tagore's works will be treated to innovative performances of dance, dance-drama, theatre, songs and recitations by a group of accomplished Bangladeshi artistes during a weeklong India-Bangladesh joint celebration of the poet's 150th birth anniversary, beginning this weekend.

22nd National Rabindra Sangeet Festival kicks off

On the occasion of 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, Bangladesh Rabindra Sangeet Shilpi Sangstha has organised a five-day music festival under the title, “Esho Dukkhe Shukhe Esho Morme, Esho Nityo Nityo Shob Korme”. The festival opened on May 4 at Shawkat Osman Auditorium, Central Public Library, Shahbagh in Dhaka, and will continue till May 8. This year, the festival has been dedicated to the memory of the late Tagore exponent and singer Kalim Sharafi. The festival features renditions of Rabindra Sangeet, recitation, a dance-drama and discussions on the life and works of the Nobel laureate poet.

OP-ED

Small investors sleep like babies

It says in a joke that a man told his friend he was sleeping like a baby ever since he had lost money in the stock market. The puzzled friend asked what that was supposed to mean, and the man replied that he woke up every hour and cried. More than three million investors in this country have lost their money in the stock market, and I don't know how many of them can sleep at night. But I have got a friend who has lost more than half his savings. He wakes up every hour and cries like a baby.

Proposed national caretaker government

THE present system of the caretaker government must be done away with. It should be a National Caretaker Government. We must also be mindful of constitutional continuity of the democratic governing system.

The importance of being free press

THIS year's theme for the World Press Freedom Day is: "21st Century Media: New Frontiers, New Barriers." Although the day passed off last Tuesday, the ritual may have been over, but the theme is meant for the whole year to exercise our minds on. If not for some more years to come.

Osama Bin Laden goes, what next?

THE surprising announcement by US President Barack Obama about the killing of Osama bin Laden was dramatic, but well thought-out. "Justice is done," he said. For Obama there could not have been perhaps a more opportune moment. His popularity was sliding, the ratings of his Democratic party had come down, and in spite of the public uprising in different parts of the Maghreb and the Middle-East championing democracy, human rights and reforms, things did not appear to be under his control.

This Day In History

1857
The British East India Company disbands the 34th Regiment of Bengal Native Infantry whose sepoy Mangal Pandey had earlier revolted against the British and is considered to be the First Martyr in the War of Indian Independence.

StarTech

Shifting phones to a new gear

Last week one of my friends showed me his new smartphone with a lot of excitement, which he bought recently. He waited long for his new phone that runs on Android, the most talked about smartphone and tablet operating system at the moment from Google. Once I got hands on experience on the features and advantages, especially the apps, it was clear to me that there was no reason for him not to get excited.

Osama story shows changing media nature

A soldier in Afghanistan learned about the death of Osama bin Laden on Facebook. A TV producer in South Carolina got a tip from comedian Kathy Griffin on Twitter. A blues musician in Denver received an email alert from The New York Times. And a Kansas woman found out as she absently scrolled through the Internet on her smartphone while walking her dog.

Huawei introduces Cloud-Pipe-Device strategy

Huawei, a world leading telecom solutions provider, recently shared its vision for the telecommunications industry over the next 10 years and its strategy to capture the opportunities presented by these trends at its Eighth Annual Global Analyst Summit, says a press release.

Experts warn of bin Laden malware scams

Computer security experts warned that online scammers have already started to exploit the death of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden to spread malware.

ASUS brings new notebook and motherboard

ASUS, a world leading computer hardware and accessories manufacturer has introduced its latest notebook- ASUS K42Jy and ASUS P5G41C-M LX motherboard in the local market, says a press release.



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