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News of: Monday, 9th of May, 2011

Front Page

Limon not freed yet

The government official, commissioned by the home ministry to probe the Rab firing on Limon Hossain, visited the place of occurrence and talked to a number of "witnesses" in Jhalakathi yesterday.

When innocent made to suffer, govt loses most

Innocents falling prey to police brutality are anything but rare in this country, and the latest addition to the long list of such victims is Limon.

LDCs must come out of poverty

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called upon the development partners to intensify their efforts at lifting the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) out of poverty.

Anisuzzman quits as SEC member

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) member Md Anisuzzaman resigned from his office yesterday.

Minister's nephew held, later freed

Police last night detained a nephew of the state minister for home Shamsul Haque Tuku hours after he threatened an election officer.

Mojaheed 'regrets' role, denies killing link

Jamaat-e-Islami Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed yesterday said he regrets his anti-liberation role in 1971 and explained that it was played "out of emotion", said the agency probing war crimes.

Rajuk to allot 1,250 plots in Jhilmil project

Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) is set to invite applications for a third time for allotting around 1,250 plots in its Jhilmil Residential Area project in Keraniganj within a few days.

Al Markajul official picked up

CID personnel last night picked up Moulana Abdul Rashid, vice-chairman of non-governmental organisation Al Markajul Islami Bangladesh, from his office in the city's Shyamoli with links to the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League rally in 2004.

Abbottabad house 'was Qaeda hub'

Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden was in active control of the terror network from his compound in northern Pakistan, US intelligence services now believe.

Special body to place report in next JS session

The parliamentary special committee on constitutional amendment yesterday decided to place its report along with a draft bill for bringing changes to the constitution in the next parliament session beginning on May 22.

ISI allowed terrorists to attack India

In revelations that could further embarrass Pakistan, WikiLeaks has released a fresh set of US diplomatic cables that show how the country's spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), allowed militants to go to India to carry out strikes on targets chosen by the Pakistan army.

Schools asked to campaign against militancy

Teachers must hold discussions on militancy and sexual harassment before playing the national anthem at daily assembly to create awareness among students against these problems.

SC appoints 3 amici curiae

The Supreme Court yesterday appointed three senior lawyers as amici curiae for giving expert opinions on the legality of the seventh amendment to the constitution that had legitimised the military rule by HM Ershad.

Fruit shop looted in city

Criminals in the guise of policemen looted Tk 2.80 lakh from a wholesale fruit shop at the capital's Mirpur early yesterday.

BNP's demo today for midterm polls

The main opposition BNP will demonstrate across the country today calling on the government to quit and hold a midterm election.

UN leader mourns Bolivia plane crash

UN chief Ban Ki-moon spoke of his distress yesterday over the death of four anti-drug officials and two Bolivian military pilots in a plane crash in Bolivia.

Pope's gondola ride kicks up unholy row

Pope Benedict XVI was rowed across Venice's spectacular Grand Canal in a luxury gondola on Sunday, with his four "gondoliers" fighting off fierce competition for the honour.

Two killed at Yemeni teachers' demo

At least two people were shot dead yesterday when Yemeni troops tried to break up a demonstration by teachers in Taez, south of the capital Sanaa, officials and a medical source said.

Editorial

India needs to deliver

We couldn't agree more with the Indian Finance Minister regarding the need for India to take steps expeditiously on specific outstanding issues between the two countries. We welcome the frank admission he made to the visiting Bangladeshi journalists that there has been delay and slippages in this regard.

Criminals targeting cars

As many as 159 incidents of carjacking were recorded by the police over the last three months. And all these incidents occurred in the capital. One is certainly surprised at the figures. The bigger truth, however, is that the figures could be higher. Be that as it may, the fact that such incidents have been going up in frequency points to the dismal state of law and order not just in Dhaka but elsewhere in the country as well. It is clear that organized gangs of criminals are at work and indulge in their acts in various ways. Sometimes they simply pounce on individuals in cars cruising on the road; sometimes they shadow a car before finding an opportune moment to terrorise the driver into parting with the keys. In many instances, car robbers have acted violently, leaving drivers wounded from attacks with sharp weapons.

Sports

Different routes to success

The moment Nasiruddin Faruque chose to stop thinking too much about his game, he reaped the rewards.

MSC reunion on Thursday

Mohammedan Sporting Club have almost completed their preparation to stage a colourful get-together for their current members, former local and foreign players, well-wishers, invited guests from among different clubs and govt officials.

Cyclone Gayle hits KTK

Chris Gayle hammered 36 runs in an over in his 16-ball 44 to fire Royal Challengers Bangalore to a nine-wicket win over Kochi Tuskers Kerala in an Indian Premier League match on Sunday.

Wins for Kushtia, Khulna

Nur Alam fashioned a five-wicket win for Kushtia over Chapainawabganj in the 31st Inter-district Cricket Championship in Bogra yesterday.

Khulna, Sylhet in U-14 final

Khulna and Sylhet reached the final of the Young Tigers U-14 National Cricket competition after they strolled through their semifinals yesterday.

Wari maul Rampura

Wari Club mauled Rampura Krira Chakra 13-0 in the lone match of the Lyric Group Independence Cup Hockey Competition at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.

18 called for hockey camp

Bangladesh Hockey Federation has selected 18 members and four stand-bies for the upcoming Obaidullah Gold Cup Hockey Tournament to be held from 22-29 May in Bhopal, India. The selected players have been asked to report to coach Kawsar Ali and Abdullah Piru by 4:00pm today at the resident training camp.

Final against Djokovic

Rafael Nadal overcame Roger Federer 5-7, 6-1, 6-3 to set up a Madrid Masters final against Novak Djokovic on an emotional day that had started with a tearful tribute to Seve Ballesteros.

Axe irks Colly

Paul Collingwood has revealed his despair after being axed as captain of England's Twenty20 team just a year after leading his country to their first ever success in a global tournament.

Yuvi looks to Sourav

His side languishing at the bottom of the points table, Pune Warriors captain Yuvraj Singh on Saturday said that they were now looking forward to former India captain Sourav Ganguly to restore some pride in their Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign.

Floodlit Tests on agenda

The prospect of floodlit Test cricket may come a step closer this week as the International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket Committee meets at Lord's. One of the main items on the agenda is whether sufficient progress has been made in day-night first-class matches to warrant a trial at the top level.

Australia held by India

World champions Australia were held to a 1-1 draw by India at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup on Sunday thanks to a superb defensive performance against a second-half onslaught from the world's leading team.

Future starts now at Milan

His hair and suit were still soaked with celebratory champagne but AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri was already looking forward to next season.

Spurs stalled in CL pursuit

Tottenham Hotspur failed to take advantage of a slip-up by Champions League rivals Manchester City as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Premier League strugglers Blackpool on Saturday.

Real go goal crazy

Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed four goals to take his season's tally to 33 as Real Madrid crushed Sevilla 6-2 on Saturday to keep their slim hopes of beating Barcelona to the La Liga title alive.

Magath to stick, even if relegated

VfL Wolfsburg coach Felix Magath has vowed to stay with the 2009 German league champions, even if they are relegated on Saturday at the end of the Bundesliga season.

8 in 8 for Zlatan

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has proven to be something of a lucky charm for the clubs he has plied his trade for in the last eight years.

Dhaka South U-16 champs

Dhaka South lifted the Standard Chartered Young Tigers National Under-16 competition after they beat Barisal on the basis of a first innings lead in the two-day final at Barisal yesterday.

Gulshan crush Kalabagan

Gulshan Youth's new-ball pair Tazia and Happy helped demolish Kalabagan Krira Chakra by taking six wickets between themselves in a group match of the 3rd Women's Club Cup cricket tournament at the City Club ground yesterday.

Azarenka sets up final with Kvitova

Fourth seed Victoria Azarenka moved to within one victory of a third title from her last four WTA events when she ended the hopes of Germany's Julia Goerges 6-4, 6-2 in the semifinals of the ATP-WTA Madrid Masters on Saturday.

Red Devils on brink of 19th

Manchester United defeated Chelsea 2-1 at Old Trafford on Sunday to leave themselves on the brink of a record 19th Premier League title.

Cyclone Gayle hits KTK

Chris Gayle hammered 36 runs in an over in his 16-ball 44 to fire Royal Challengers Bangalore to a nine-wicket win over Kochi Tuskers Kerala in an Indian Premier League match on Sunday.

Beckham unhurt in car crash

English midfielder David Beckham was not injured in a two-crash crash in which he was driving a car that rear-ended another vehicle on a busy freeway near Los Angeles, police said Saturday.

Business

Imports hurt local poultry

The government is allowing the import of eggs and chicks from India although the local poultry industry suffers losses because of surplus production, alleged egg and chick raisers yesterday.

Investors protest stocks plunge

Investors once again demonstrated in front of Dhaka Stock Exchange as share prices marked a sharp fall yesterday despite cash-pumps from the Bangladesh Fund.

MCCI urges trade friendly taxation

Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) yesterday proposed the government take trade and industry friendly taxation measures to assist the productive sectors in the budget for fiscal 2011-12.

Dhaka bourse asked to list MI Cement

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued a circular for a second time to the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) to allow a listing for MI Cement Factory Ltd.

BB gets HC ruling on Grameen Bank interest

The High Court yesterday ruled upon Bangladesh Bank to explain within four weeks why it should not directed to regulate interest rates charged by Grameen Bank to ensure that the rate is not oppressively high.

Automated clearing house starts in Barisal

The central bank has launched an automated clearing house in Barisal yesterday for faster settlement of transactions and payment systems as part of its move to digitalise the banking system.

Best brands crowned

Nokia was recognised as the best brand in Bangladesh for the second consecutive year and Lux and Grameenphone came out as second and third best brand respectively at the Best Brand Award 2010 programme on Saturday.

Harun reelected as Asia Insurance chairman

Leading business-leader Yussuf Abdullah Harun has been reelected as the chairman of Asia Insurance Ltd, the company said yesterday.

Dhaka Regency celebrates International Mother's Day

Dhaka Regency Hotel and Resort yesterday celebrated the 'International Mother's Day' as elsewhere in the country and the world. The hotel offered a set of unique and surprise lunch buffet and complimentary foot massage to the clients to mark the day.

Perfect balancing is the key

There should be a perfect balance among the Securities and Exchange Commission, Bangladesh Bank, bourses and investors to restore the investors' confidence in a bid to stabilise the capital market.

LVMH-backed fund hunts for emerging Asian brands

A $650-million private equity fund backed by the world's top luxury retailer LVMH is on the prowl for emerging Asian brands in the hope of transforming them into global names.

Leaving it to market forces

It may be satisfying for firms to invest in the seed business. But for a person who would like to see the century old tradition of seed preservation to flourish, hope is dimming.

A living out of seed cultivation

Many women and even men in Bogra and Joypurhat have recently been engaged in producing seeds. They are making a profitable and lucrative form of living under the “Women in Seed Entrepreneurship (WISE)” project being implemented there.

US-China economic dialogue faces bumpy road

The United States and China approach high-level talks in Washington this week on a more even footing reflecting the Asian giant's rising economic power, but a bumpy road lies ahead.

Greek PM denies euro exit; says leave Greece alone

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou on Saturday denied there was even unofficial discussion over Greece quitting the euro zone and asked that his troubled country be "left alone to finish its task."

UN summit on least developed countries to open in Turkey

Leaders of 48 least developed countries, donor countries and institutions gather here Monday for a UN conference to discuss a new 10-year-long development plan for the world's poorest nations.

Fortunes of Britain's super rich climb

Britain's richest people got collectively wealthier by 18 percent as the rest of the country weathered harsh government cuts, according to an annual list published Sunday.

BOJ plans capital boost to provision against losses

The Bank of Japan plans to bolster its capital to provision against potential losses from an asset-buying scheme, a source familiar with the central bank's thinking said, in a move that would give it room to further ease monetary policy if needed to support the economy.

Commodities plunge batters US markets

Strong job creation numbers Friday could not overcome the impact on US markets of a plunge in overinflated commodities prices this week.

Metropolitan

Cataract affects 1.5 lakh each yr

Almost 80 percent cases of blindness due to cataract that the country's people are suffering from are avoidable, said experts at a programme yesterday.

UGC to ensure quality education

University Grants Commission (UGC) will not compromise on quality education at universities while providing its all-out support for expansion of country's higher education, said its newly appointed Chairman Prof Dr AK Azad Chowdhury yesterday.

Boat procession to save Karnaphuli

A sampan (boat) procession was held in the river Karnaphuli yesterday to create awareness in saving the river from pollution and grabbing.

Road crashes kill six

Six people were killed in separate road accidents in Dhaka, Manikganj and Tangail on Saturday and yesterday.

Businessman's body found

Police recovered the decomposed body of a businessman from his own office at Purba Goran in the city yesterday two days after he went missing.

Women policy not conflicting with Quran: Hafiz

Former adviser to a caretaker government M Hafiz Uddin Khan yesterday viewed that the women policy is not conflicting with the holy Quran and Hadith.

Dispense justice quickly

President Zillur Rahman today urged judges of the Supreme Court to take measures for dispensation of justice to the common people in the shortest possible time.

Language hero Karzon Ali dies

Karzon Ali Sarker, a language movement veteran and Liberation War organiser, passed away at a hospital in the town yesterday due to old age complications. He was 81.

Housewife commits 'suicide'

A housewife allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself at her in-law's house at Ashia of Patiya upazila in Chittagong yesterday.

Youth stabbed to death allegedly by friends

A young man was stabbed to death allegedly by his friends in Rahman Nagar area under Bayezid Police Station in Chittagong on Saturday.

Resist Amini-led alliance

Speakers at a rally yesterday urged all conscious people to resist Islami Ain Bastabayan Committee Chief Fazlul Huq Amini -led alliance and come forward to implement Women Development Policy 2011.

Ex OC denies allegation

AKM Rafiqul Islam, former OC of Motijheel Police Station, has denied the allegation against him in connection with the killing of Kamrul Islam Momin in 2005.

New body of Proshika formed

The new governing body of Proshika, an NGO, was formed on Saturday for the next two years.

Two held with arms in city

Police yesterday arrested two teenage boys with firearms from the city's Pallabi.

22 CHT leaders to receive training in Australia

Twenty two community leaders from Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) will receive a two-week long course in Perth, Australia specifically to build their leadership capacity.

Rickshaw-van parishad thretens strike on May 23

Dhaka Rickshaw-Van Chalok Malik Mistri Shramik Oikyo Parshad yesterday threatened the government to go for dawn to dusk rickshaw and rickshaw-van strike on May 23, if their five-point demands are not met by May 22.

JS body asks ministry to recover forests

Parliamentary Standing Committee on Planning Ministry yesterday asked the environment and forests ministry to take measures for recovering grabbed forests.

Wazed Miah's anniversary of death today

Today is the second death anniversary of Dr MA Wazed Miah, an eminent nuclear scientist of the country and husband of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Help save life of a teacher

Assistant Prof Sufia Khatun of DM Degree College in Shailkupa, Jhenidah has spent what she earned and saved by teaching following a serious renal failure.

5 agencies' registration cancelled

The Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry has scrapped registration of five travel agencies as they failed to renew it within the deadline, an official statement said here yesterday.

Call to allocate more for disadvantaged children

Aparajeyo-Bangladesh, an NGO working with disadvantaged children, formed a human chain yesterday demanding more allocation for the disadvantaged children in the upcoming budget.

Programming contest for varsity students starts June 3

National Collegiate Programming Contest - 2011 will be held on Dhaka University campus on June 3,says a press release.

Zahirul president, Halim general secretary of CSB

A seven member executive committee of Chevening Society of Bangladesh (CSB) was formed on Saturday with Lt Gen (retd) ATM Zahirul Alam and Barrister Abdul Halim as president and general secretary respectively.

RU journalism department's 20th anniversary on July 9-10

Mass Communication and Journalism (MCJ) department of Rajshahi University will celebrate its 20th anniversary on the campus on July 9-10 this year.

National

Jamuna devours 500 homesteads in Bhuapur in 15 days

Thousands in the riverside villages of Bhuapur upazila are living amid worries, as erosion by the Jamuna has turned furious ahead of the monsoon.

Mindless sand lifting destroying cultivable land in Jamalpur

Mindless sand lifting is destroying cultivable land in Char Jotharthopur in Laxmipur union of Sadar upazila.

Election schedules for 38 Narail UPs

Elections to 38 union parishads in three upazilas of Narail district will be held from June 9 to 29.

15 BNP activists injured in BCL attack in Bhola

At least 15 BNP activists were injured in BCL attacks in Lalmohan municipal area on Saturday night and Friday.

Classes, examinations suspended after violent BCL protest

All classes and examinations at Comilla University were suspended yesterday due to violent protest by the activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL).

1 killed, 70 hurt in 2 clashes of rival villagers

One person was killed and 70 others injured in separate clashes in Kishoreganj and Brahmanbaria districts on Saturday.

Brutal killing of another housewife

A housewife was burned to death allegedly by her in-laws at Togarchar village in Melandah upazila on Friday.

Death of student sparks protest

Agitated students blocked the Tangail-Mymensingh highway for one hour in Ghatail upazila yesterday following death of a fellow school student in a road accident.

Atghoria municipal election June 12

Election to Atghoria municipality in the district will be held on June 12, according to a schedule announced yesterday.

Robbery at houses of 2 expats

Robbers looted gold ornaments, cash and other valuables from two expatriates' houses at Kaysthagram Gutigaon village in Fenchuganj upazila early Saturday.

Housewife murdered

A housewife was stabbed to death by an unruly youth at NOakura village in Nolitabari upazila early yesterday. The deceased was identified as Hazera Khatun, 22, wife of Olim Miah of the village. Police and local people said, in the absence of Olim MIah, Ashraf Ali, 22, son of late Kubbat Ali of the village entered the house at around 2.30am for violating Hazera. At one stage, Ashraf stabbed Hazera indiscriminately as she tried to resist him, leaving her dead on the spot. Hearing hue and cry, locals caught Ashraf red-handed and handed him over to police.

Rab official electrocuted

A Rab official, who sustained injuries after coming in contact of an electric wire at his house, died at combined Military Hospital (CMH) in the capital city early Saturday. Police said Rab-12 Warrant Officer Abu Bakar Siddique, 50, of Tulatuli Shibnagar in Meghna upazila, got electric shock while watering the rooftop of his under-construction house on Friday night. He was rushed to CMH immediately where he succumbed at around 1.00am.

Current nets seized

Coast Guard members seized 80,000 meters of banned current nets worth Tk 45 lakh from different areas of Meghna River Saturday. Coast Guard sources said, led by Chandpur station commander Lt Saifur Rahman, they conducted a daylong drive in Mohona Baharia, Harina, Alur Bazar, Hymechar, Nilkamal and Charbhairabi areas of Meghna and seized the nets. None was arrested in this connection.

Youth hacked to death

A youth was hacked to death by criminals near Doulatdia brothel early yesterday. The deceased was identified as Shahin Alam, 22, son of Jahurul Islam of Jessore district. Police said unidentified assailants chopped Shahin indiscriminately near the area when he was responding to the call of nature at around 5am, leaving him dead of the spot. Police deatined a sex worker named Bristi and five youths for interrogation.

Shrimp trader fined

A mobile court fined a shrimp trader Tk 5,000 on Saturday for injecting water into shrimps at village Jabakhali in Shyamnagar upazila. The convict was identified as Md Ala Uddin, son of Aftab Uddin of village Jabakhali. Acting on a tip-off, a team led by Shyamnagar upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) Sabbir Ahmed and upazila fishery officer Raj Kumar Mondal, raided the house of Ala Uddin and found his men injecting water into the shrimps to increase their weight. The court destroyed the shrimps and fined him Tk 5,000 for the offence.

Auto-rickshaw driver killed

Mutilated body of an auto-rickshaw driver was recovered at Mohishamara village in Burichang upazila yesterday morning. Sources said some unidentified men called Abu Jafar Ikram, 30, of Kharataiya village out of house on Saturday night and he did not return at night. Family sources said, Abu Jafar had enmity with a man of the neighbouring village over money matters. Being informed by local people, police recovered the body of Abu Jafar from beside a road of the Mohishamara village yesterday morning.

Trader mugged in Narsingdi

Muggers looted Tk 1,38,000 from a pineapple trader at Kacharchar Khashmohol village under Shibchar upazila Saturday afternoon. Locals caught three muggers from the spot and gave them a good beating. The three are Ibrahim Mia, 25, of Taroa area under Narsingdi town, Shakhawat Hossain, 20, of Charsujapur village under Shibchar upazila and Nayem Mia, 18, of Gohespur village under Palash upazila. Police said, a gang of seven swooped on Feroj Mia, a pineapple trader of Srimangal upazila under Moulvibazar district, at Bhelanogor bus stand on Dhaka-Sylhet highway while he was returning home after collecting money from Jinardi area in Narsingdi Sadar upazila. They took him on an auto rickshaw and took away the money when they reached near Kacharchar Khashmohol Eidgah field.

Drug trader jailed

A mobile court sentenced a drug trader to two years imprisonment at Par Naogaon in Naogaon town on Saturday night. Convict Pankaj Kumar Saha, 35, is son of Modon Kumar Saha of Sultanpur village under Sadar upazila. The mobile court also fined him TK 1,000. Rab sources said, a team of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) of Binodpur camp, Rajshahi arrested Pankaj with 20 litres of liquor at Par Naogaon in Naogaon town at around 7:50pm and handed him over to the mobile court.

Letters

Ramna Park-a lost delight

We are all aware that lead-laced toxic fume all over Dhaka city is a serious challenge to quality life. Like numerous city dwellers, I, as a part of daily chores, visit the Ramna Park for a little respite. But, I am deeply saddened to note that olden days' pastoral and pristine beauty of the premier park in recent years has greatly disappeared:

Share market scam

Over the last few days, the report of the probe body on the subject, is hiding behind the bush of "administrative editing or auditing"; which is making it all the more murky!

Our currency notes

Recently, Bangladesh Bank has requested all concerned to refrain from writing on currency notes (taka) as it causes financial loss to its bearer and damages it. We need to make people aware about this. But it is a matter of great regret that the major damages are often caused by the banks. BB provides notes tied with steel string punching holes through the notes. Other banks also put seal and stick levels with gum on the notes. I hope BB would take proper steps to save our currency notes.

Stinky water of WASA

Dhaka is a city of numerous problems and miseries. It is also one of the most polluted cities around the world. Both the authorities and the dwellers are to be blamed for this nuisance. The outbreak of numerous problems with numerous dimensions is a day to day phenomenon of Dhaka city. The city residents are now getting stinky water. The water supplied by WASA is so stinky that one can hardly call it water! A few days ago, a leading daily reported that the water reservoir of WASA was being used for garbage disposal! Drinking such water leads to serious health crises. The authorities must be sincere enough in ensuring safe water supply.

We want peace now

I have learnt from BBC that Afghan President Hamid Karzai said : "Again and again, for years and every day we have said that the war on terror is not in Afghan villages, not in Afghan houses of the poor and oppressed…...The war against terrorism is in its sources, in its financial sources, its sanctuaries, in its training bases, not in Afghanistan. It was proven that we were right.”

Internet facilities in rural areas

The number of internet users is increasing day by day in both urban and rural areas. Many companies are giving their services so that people can enjoy using internet. But we need better service from these operators. Majority of the people are living in rural areas and are deprived of internet facilities. Enabling the rural people to access internet can empower them to bring themselves out of poverty.

Lack of social etiquette

A few days ago, I participated in a national seminar on occupational safety, health and environment. At that seminar, I felt so disturbed due to frequent ringing of cell phones. It was so surprising that someone was talking over cell phone in the seminar room. We are used to spitting here and there even on a neat and clean floor. We are very reluctant to say 'Thank You', 'You Are Most Welcome' and 'I Am Sorry'. We walk making sound in a place which needs silence most. We do not want to stand in a queue for getting or doing something because we always are so busy. In fact, standing in a queue is more or less humiliating to most of us. These manners do not work in our country.

Our affluent leaders

We feel excited and elated when we see that our 'big' and even 'semi-big' political leaders are affluent enough to go to renowned foreign hospitals and clinics for medical treatment! It seems that medical establishments, competence and facilities which our leaders have developed so far in Bangladesh are meant only for the poor multitude, not for themselves! Of course, to our leaders money is no problem! Our big leaders have big pockets! Our leaders fly to London, Bangkok or Singapore as we, poor Dhakaites, take a stroll across Gulshan or Banani! And for them there is the 'perennial' source of forex lying with BB! Certainly, our leaders' lives are far more precious than the lives of the poor masses! If they do not remain healthy and stout, then who will rescue us?

Another stock market scam?

The results of the IPO Lottery of EBL NRB Mutual Fund, conducted by BUET spread over 978 pages covering lacs of investors, is now available in DSE website. Subscription was payable to 13 Banks, their branches (about 100) all over Bangladesh, institutional buyers including ICB and Mutual Funds.

Of NSU, graduation and the President

This letter is in response to the letter titled 'Convocation day can never be sad.' I totally agree, I never used the word sad to describe the graduation; I, however, go on to call the graduation at NSU extremely disappointing judging by its shambolic organization. Universities abroad host their convocations on campus, however, I don't think they leave the parents waiting to sweat for over an hour and run so ridiculously late on time. And I am also pretty sure arrangements are made so they sit where they can actually see the programme they are attending!

What's law got to do with it?

Unarmed-yet-dead, Osama Bin Laden could've made a valuable informant in fighting terrorism. However, President Obama's dramatic announcement of a 'kill' order shows little or no intent of 'capture'. As the US PR machine prays for elation to wash away questions, the Attorney General has assured legitimacy of the kill.

High-rise apartments

A number of high-rise apartments with all amenities are now found in the city. Most of these apartments are very costly and beyond the reach of the low-income group of people. As days are passing, the competition is getting tougher mainly because of mushrooming of small property developers.

Blow to AL image

While the AL regime is actively busy investigating past crimes, the recent daylight swindling of the Dhaka Stock Exchange has severely, directly, and permanently damaged the image of AL.

Osama's killing and media

The news of Osama Bin Laden's killing by the US elite forces in Pakistan reached to the world people through various media which include web, cell phone, cable TV network, etcetera. This highlights the change in the nature of modern media.

Readers respond

Here are some comments that came in response to Sunday's The Daily Star report headlined “Carjackers on the prowl'

International

Egypt vows action after 12 die in sectarian clash

Egypt's military rulers vowed yesterday to crack down on religious violence after 12 people died in clashes in a Cairo suburb sparked by unconfirmed suspicions that Christians had abducted a woman who converted to Islam.

Heavy fighting grips Libya's besieged Misrata

Libyan regime forces laying siege to Misrata intensified their assault on the lifeline port yesterday as smoke billowed from a fuel depot bombing, attacks a rights group said may amount to an atrocity.

Skepticism in Pakistan over bin Laden's alleged role

Pakistani security officials reacted with skepticism on Sunday to a US assertion that Osama bin Laden was actively engaged in directing his far-flung network from his compound in Abbottabad where he was killed on May 2.

Japan won't abandon nuclear power

Atomic power will remain a major part of Japan's energy policy despite the ongoing crisis at one tsunami-crippled plant and a looming shutdown of another while its quake protections are improved, a government official said yesterday.

Saudis reject Mecca holy water scare

Saudi authorities have rejected claims that holy Zamzam water from a spring inside the Grand Mosque complex of Mecca is polluted and stressed there were no health risks.

Laden had Pak 'support network'

Osama bin Laden had a "support network" in Pakistan but it is not clear if the Pakistani government was involved, US President Barack Obama said in his first public comments on the issue.

Bin Laden's young Yemeni bride

When 18-year-old Amal al-Sadah became the fifth wife of 43-year-old Osama bin Laden in 2000, she was "a quiet, polite, easygoing and confident teenager" who came from a big, conservative family in Yemen, a relative told CNN in an exclusive interview.

Syrian regime hunts rivals in protest hub

A 12-year-old boy was among several people killed yesterday as Syrian troops hunted down opponents of President Bashar al-Assad in two restive cities, activists said, despite world anger over the bloody crackdown.

ASEAN summit fails to resolve

Southeast Asian leaders failed to achieve any breakthrough yesterday to end deadly border skirmishes between Thailand and Cambodia that overshadowed a regional summit in Jakarta supposed to showcase progress toward economic integration.

Nine killed as storm slams into Philippines

Tropical storm Aere slammed into the eastern Philippine coast yesterday, bringing heavy rains and landslides that have so far killed nine people and forced thousands to leave their homes.

Turkey hosts poor nations' forum

The acute problems of the world's poorest countries form the agenda of a UN-backed conference this week in Turkey, which has sought to balance its traditional Western alliances with growing ties to Africa, the Middle East and other developing regions.

Afghan forces clash with Taliban for second day

Taliban militants who staged a wave of attacks on a major Afghan city, killing four people, were holding out for a second day yesterday as sporadic firefights kept residents on lockdown.

Bahrain to lift emergency law

Bahrain's king ordered an end to the emergency rule imposed in mid-March to quell a wave of anti-government protests as leading opposition figures went on trial yesterday for plotting against the Gulf state's monarchy.

'Al-Qaeda mutiny' kills 17 in Iraq jail

The accused mastermind of last year's Baghdad church siege overpowered a policeman while being led to questioning, sparking a jail mutiny yesterday that killed six police, including a general, and 11 inmates.

Correa scores victory in Ecuadoran referendum

Leftist Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa scored a big political victory late Saturday when early official returns and private exit polls showed voters had approved his controversial reform proposals in a national referendum.

Tunis imposes overnight curfew

Tunisia on Saturday declared an overnight curfew in and around the capital after several days of unrest there.

Australia defends Malaysia asylum seekers plan

Australia yesterday defended plans to send hundreds of asylum seekers to Malaysia, saying it was an important signal to people smugglers, but refugee advocates slammed the proposal as cruel.

Militants kill 2 Buddhists in restive Thai south

Suspected insurgents killed two Buddhists in a drive-by shooting yesterday in Thailand's deep south, police said, the latest in an upsurge of violence in the troubled region bordering Malaysia.

All 14 bodies recovered

Rescue crews have recovered all bodies from a coal mine in northern Mexico hit by a gas explosion earlier this week, putting the total death toll at 14.

Chance of mistaken ID is one in 11.8 quadrillion

US officials are certain Osama bin Laden is dead after DNA and other tests, saying Saturday there was a one in 11.8 quadrillion chance of mistaken identity.

Seized material shows value of manhunt: CIA

The trove of material seized in the raid on Osama bin Laden's hideout demonstrates how important it was to track down the al-Qaeda chief, CIA Director Leon Panetta said Saturday.

'Mother-in-law dies' on news of killing

Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's first mother-in-law died of a stroke after hearing the news that US forces killed him in Pakistan, a London-based Arabic newspaper reported yesterday.

Swiss minister criticises Obama's address

Swiss Defence Minister Ueli Maurer has criticised President Barack Obama's announcement of Osama bin Laden's killing, claiming in a press interview on Sunday that it raised the al-Qaeda leader's status.

Arts & Entertainment

Exhibition, music, dance and lecture at Shilpakala Academy

Intellectuals, cultural personalities and Tagore enthusiasts of the country attended the lecture by Dr. Sanjida Khatun, president and a founder member of Chhayanaut. The event, at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, was a part of the three-day long festival, jointly organised by India and Bangladesh, marking 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore.

Dance performances by Nrityalok and Kathak Kendra

On the second day (May 7) of the celebration programme, jointly organised by Bangladesh and India, several Bangladeshi singers performed solos and choruses while artistes from both countries recited Tagore poems.

Rabindra Sangeet: In the Tradition of Folk Music

Starting from May 4, the five-day 22nd National Rabindra Sangeet Festival arranged by Bangladesh Rabindra Sangeet Shilpi Sangstha (marking the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore) ended yesterday at Shawkat Osman Memorial Auditorium, Central Public Library, Shahbagh in Dhaka.

Commemorating through music and dance

A three-day event styled "Chiro Notunere Dilo Dak, Ponchishey Boishakh", to observe the 150th birth anniversary of Tagore, began in Sylhet last Thursday evening. Anandaloke, Sylhet; Bangladesh Rabindra Sangeet Shilpi Sangstha and Geetbitan Bangladesh jointly organised the event at the Sylhet auditorium.

Painting and poetry recitation competitions in Mymensingh

Marking the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, painting and poetry recitation competitions were held in the town yesterday evening.

Programmes at Tagore homesteads

Marking the 150th birth anniversary of Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore, two separate three-day programmes began at Shilaidaha Kuthibari and Tagore Lodge yesterday.

OP-ED

Putting our capital market on right track

Capital is the lifeblood of business and industry and capital market is the main source for raising capital. It provides long-term fund for industries and creates investment scope for the mass. Capital market plays a vital role in industrial, and thus overall economic, development of a country. Though our capital market was established long ago it gained momentum in the late '80s and early '90s. Overcoming the debacle of 1996, the capital market started functioning smoothly again, but has started behaving irrationally in the recent years.

An army wrapped in wool

The death of two birds with one stone is generally greeted with generous applause, notwithstanding the fact that the second casualty was an accident. What is useful in sport might be less fortuitous in other circumstances.

This Day In History

May 9

1941
World War II: The German submarine U-110 is captured by the Royal Navy. On board is the latest Enigma cryptography machinewhich Allied cryptographers later use to break coded German messages.



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