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News of: Sunday, 15th of May, 2011

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Rab office on Buriganga?

The Rapid Action Battalion-10 plans to set up a permanent office and residential quarters for its staff, filling up seven acres of land on the second channel of the Buriganga in Kamrangirchar.

CJ, law minister trade salvos

A debate between the chief justice and the law minister over quick dispensation of justice surfaced in presence of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina after she laid the foundation stone of the Judges' Complex at Kakrail yesterday.

Solution in seed research

Bangladesh needs to invest more on research to introduce improved varieties of seed for meeting the rising demand for foods by withstanding the negative impact of climate change, agriculture experts said yesterday.

Let Grameen board pick its chairman

Nobel Laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus yesterday urged the government to let the Grameen Bank Board of Directors appoint its chairman to keep the microfinance bank above politics.

Three infected with anthrax

Three people have been infected with anthrax in Santhia upazila of the district, a local health officer confirmed yesterday.

Left in India left worried

The Left parties face their darkest hour in Indian politics, if not marginalisation, as they have been voted out of power in two key states of West Bengal and Kerala in the assembly elections.

Rights chief roots for women policy

National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Mizanur Rahman yesterday said the government should implement the newly formulated National Women Development Policy for empowering women.

Khaleda off to UK, goes to US May 21

The main opposition BNP is making efforts to confirm a meeting between its Chairperson Khaleda Zia and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her visit to the US.

WB-blessed Chinese co backs out of bidding

A Chinese bidder that the World Bank lobbied for has finally backed off from the $2.9 billion Padma Multipurpose Bridge project, as further discrepancies have been found in its additional bid documents.

Two killed in septic tank blast

Two people died and seven others were injured in a septic tank blast at Saha Super Market in the town's Puratan Adalat Road area yesterday.

Target 500MW solar project

The government plans to implement a mega project of setting up 500 megawatts solar panel-based power installations with financial support of the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Two crushed under trains

Two people were crushed under the wheels of trains in Kuliarchar and Bhairab upazilas yesterday morning.

Trust College offers full scholarship

Trust College in Dhaka has offered full scholarship to Falgunee Saha, an inspiring girl who secured GPA-5 in this year's SSC examination despite losing her both wrists in an electrical accident in childhood.

SC verdict today

The Supreme Court will deliver a verdict today on the appeal filed against a High Court judgement declaring illegal the constitution's seventh amendment that had legitimised the military rule of HM Ershad.

Ferry catches fire on Padma

At least 10 persons sustained injuries and the ferry services on Mawa-Kawrakandi route across the Padma river remained suspended for four hours after Ro-Ro ferry 'Shah Mokhdum' caught fire yesterday.

Rab quizzes Limon at hospital

A six-member team of Rapid Action Battalion yesterday grilled Limon Hossain, maimed in Rab shooting, for about two hours at a hospital in the capital.

Pak parliament slates Laden raid of US

Pakistan's parliament condemned yesterday the US raid to find and kill Osama bin Laden, calling for a review of US ties and warning that Pakistan could cut supply lines to American forces in Afghanistan if there were more such attacks.

Moderate 5.2 quake rocks Indonesia

A 5.2-magnitude earthquake struck beneath the sea between Australia's Christmas Island and the Indonesian island of Java yesterdat, US seismologists said, but no tsunami warning was immediately issued.

Editorial

Heartening SSC results

WE congratulate the education ministry, boards, schools, parents and students for the overall results.

CNG price hike

THE government has raised the price of the compressed natural gas (CNG). Reasons being cited for the hike is to reduce the di parity between the prices consumers pay for other fuels and that being incurred in case of CNG use. The second argument is to increase revenues for developing the gas sector.

Sports

Rajshahi Pilot-ed to treble

Naeem Islam's resolute half-century steered Rajshahi to a hattrick of National Cricket League titles yesterday after their final against Dhaka ended in a draw at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

'We will miss our mentor'

Khaled Mashud was a happy man indeed. The long-serving wicketkeeper batsman could sign off from first-class career with a hattrick of tittles for Rajshahi after they drew the five-day National Cricket League final against Dhaka at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday.

Muktis march on

The Muktijoddha Sangsad juggernaut continued unabated as they defeated hosts Feni Soccer Club 2-0 in their Grameenphone Bangladesh League encounter at Shaheed Salam Stadium in Feni yesterday.

Queen again

Of all sports, chess is the game that is played most in the mind, and a 67-year-old Rani Hamid proved that as long as the mind is strong and sound, age is irrelevant. Bangladesh's first International Women's Master won a record 18th national title by defeating Dilara Jahan Nupur in the eleventh and final round of the Arlin Developer 32nd National Women's Chess Championship at the Chess Federation yesterday.

Ajmal pegs back WI

Saeed Ajmal continued to torment the West Indies as he bowled Pakistan back into the opening Test on Saturday when the hosts were reduced to 140 for nine in their second innings for an overall lead of 209.

Deccan stun Mumbai

Little-known Anand Rajan grabbed two key wickets to help bottom-placed Deccan Chargers shock third-placed Mumbai Indians by 10 runs in an Indian Premier League match on Saturday.

MU's record 19th crown

Wayne Rooney scored the goal that gave Manchester United a record 19th English title in a 1-1 draw away to Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park on Saturday.

'It's a great day'

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson paid tribute to his latest Premier League-winning side after they clinched a record-breaking 19th English title.

Fight for Pichichi

Arguments over who is the better player can rumble long into the night, but Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo can at least be compared scientifically in the cold currency of goals.

Fans hail Barca

Lionel Messi and his Barcelona teammates, who clinched a third straight Spanish league title on Wednesday, were treated to an enthusiastic reception by thousands of fans here Friday.

City end long wait

Manchester City ended their 35-year trophy drought here Saturday, beating Stoke 1-0 to clinch the FA Cup final at Wembley.

Nat'l Women's Football from tomorrow

The National Women's Football Championship starts tomorrow across seven zones in the country with the participation of 29 teams.

Venus follows her sister!

Venus Williams has joined her younger sister, Serena, in withdrawing from the French Open due to injury, her agent confirmed on Saturday.

Siddikur falls hard

After a promising finish to round 2 of the ICTSI Philippine Open on Friday when he held joint sixth spot, it all unravelled for Bangladesh's ace golfer Siddikur Rahman as he shot an atrocious six-over-par 78 to slide to joint 38th at the end of round 3 at the Wack Wack Golf and Country Club in Manila yesterday.

Gallas out for season

Tottenham defender William Gallas is likely to miss the remainder of the season after suffering a calf injury, Spurs boss Harry Redknapp said Friday.

Business

Taskforces to work on stockmarket, Grameen

The government will soon form two separate taskforces to implement the recommendations made by committees in their reports on the stockmarket and Grameen Bank.

Govt moves to revive aus farming

The government is going to give incentive to aus farmers for the second year in an attempt to rejuvenate the cultivation of the once second biggest crop.

Clouds still linger over MI Cement

The stockmarket regulator has given a clear direction about the listing of MI Cement Factory, but the Dhaka bourse is yet to list the cement maker. The bourse will sit again today to discuss the issue.

We shall march forward: Yunus to colleagues

Following is a letter from Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus to colleagues on the occasion of his departure from Grameen Bank. Prof Yunus stepped down as managing director of the microfinance bank he founded three decades ago.

Khulna Textile Mill slips into oblivion

The 80-year-old Khulna Textile Mill, which was nationalised in 1974, is set to become a thing of the past as the government moves to set up a textile village on the premises of the loss-making state-entity.

Stocks pass bearish week

Stocks continued to behave in a bearish manner for a fifth week as investors did not take chances following the government to implement the recommendations of a probe committee.

Senior StanChart officials due today

Richard Jones, head of regions (Compliance) of Standard Chartered Bank, is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka today on a three-day official visit. He will be accompanied by Ravi Duvvuru, regional head (Regulatory Compliance) of India & South Asia. During the visit, they will meet regulators and senior officials of the bank.

Jiban Bima signs deal with Banglalink

Jiban Bima Corporation (JBC), the lone state-owned life insurance company, yesterday inked a deal with mobile operator Banglalink to give online premium payment services to its policyholders through cell phones.

Chained but untamed

The near-collapse of the world's banking system two-and-a-half years ago has prompted a fundamental reassessment of the industry. Perhaps the biggest casualty of the crisis has been the idea that financial markets are inherently self-correcting and best left to their own devices. After decades of deregulation in most rich countries, finance is entering a new age of reregulation. This special report will focus on these regulatory changes, which will be the main determinant of the banks' profitability over the next few years.

Drip, drip from the euro debt crisis

The euro zone debt crisis is a story that just will not go away, a drip-drip water torture that investors and financial markets cannot ignore.

Kalurghat industrial hub awaits a push

Kalurghat area in the port city has grown up as a rapidly expanding industrial area in the country. Different industries were set up there after the independence of Bangladesh. Although the area has become a centre of industrial activities, it is yet to flourish due to various bottlenecks -- insufficient gas and power, poor infrastructure and dilapidated roads and transportation system.

Poor connectivity, energy dearth take toll on growth

Kalurghat is basically divided into two different kinds of industrial areas -- small and cottage industries of Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) and heavy industries, said Aramit Group Chairman and Managing Director Saifuzzaman Chowdhury Javed.

Investors slam Microsoft's Skype deal

Microsoft Corp's move to buy money-losing Internet phone service Skype for $8.5 billion was immediately skewered by critics and investors, who questioned the logic of the deal and suggested the software giant is paying far too much.

Financial crisis in developing economies 'inevitable'

China will be able to avoid a financial crisis that is due to hit other developing countries over the next five to 10 years, a central bank adviser was quoted as saying on Saturday.

New Irish index shows extent of property crash

The collapse of an Irish property price bubble that has blitzed the country's banks has seen values plunge by up to 52 percent since a 2007 peak, a new government index showed on Friday.

Finance ministers tackle Greek bailout No. 2

European finance ministers will huddle Monday for discussions certain to centre on a second Greek bailout, while anointing an Italian to head the pivotal European Central Bank.

As US debt ceiling looms, Geithner prods Congress

Three days before the US public debt hits its legal limit, US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner urged lawmakers to lift the ceiling to ensure confidence remains in the world's largest economy.

US makes billion-dollar move to support yen

The United States deployed $1.0 billion as part of a G7 intervention in foreign-exchange markets to tame the soaring yen after Japan's earthquake disaster, the Federal Reserve said Friday.

Asian shares mixed

Asian shares were mixed Friday after China tightened monetary policy further in its battle to tame inflation, stoking regional concerns of a slowdown in the world's number two economy.

Weekly Currency Roundup

May 8-12, 2011
International Markets
The US dollar strengthened significantly this week. The dollar hit a three-week high versus a currency basket on Thursday as a rout in commodities prompted an unwinding of dollar-funded bets on risky assets, dragging the euro through technical support to a five-week low. The single currency was also weighed down by euro zone debt worries; with concerns increasing that Greece's debt burden may be unsustainable. Steep losses in commodity prices -- with silver falling more than 3 percent and oil down around 1 percent after tumbling overnight as well as weak equities encouraged traders to cut exposure to riskier currencies. The dollar index rose to 75.643, its strongest in more than three weeks, taking it well above a three-year low of 72.696 hit only last week. Koji Fukaya, chief FX strategist at Credit Suisse in Tokyo, said the dollar index could target 77, a 50 percent retracement of its decline since January. Before that, a 38.2 percent retracement sits just under 76. Some analysts pointed to a strengthening correlation between silver prices and the euro which could mean further falls in silver would be a warning sign for a further downward correction in the common currency. Speculation over whether Greece will receive more bailout funding kept risk appetite volatile as investors continued to price in a high probability that the country will eventually need to restructure its debt. Among commodity-linked currencies, the Australian dollar was particularly weak, tumbling more than 1 percent to a one-week low of $1.0568 after surprisingly weak Australian jobs data reduced market expectations of a rate hike. A broad recovery in the dollar also pushed it to a one-week high against the yen at 81.35 yen before it edged back to trade at 80.90 yen.

Metropolitan

PM for quick disposal of cases

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday called upon the Supreme Court Judges to take steps for quick disposal of all pending cases.

Protect environment for sustainable dev

Bangladesh Paribesh Andolan (BAPA) Vice President Prof Wahid Uddin Mahmud yesterday said protecting the environment should be a key element of sustainable development in a disaster-prone country like Bangladesh.

CNG price hike to raise cost of essentials

Different organisations, in seperate statements, protested the price hike of compressed natural gas (CNG) by government saying that it will trigger price hike of essential commodities and services.

2 housewives killed for dowry, another rescued after hours of torture

Two housewives were murdered for dowry on Friday and Tuesday while another was rescued on Friday after 14 hours of torture allegedly by husbands and in-laws.

'Buy rice from farmers'

Speakers at a human chain yesterday urged the government to purchase rice directly from farmers at a minimum rate of Tk 20 per kg to protect their interest.

SC's fatwa verdict to increase repression

Samajtantrik Mahila Forum in a statement yesterday said the Supreme Court verdict that declared fatwa (religious edict) legal would increase repression on women.

Recruit more workers from Bangladesh

Dhaka has requested Doha to recruit more Bangladeshi workers on the occasion of World Cup Football to be held in Qatar in 2022.

Prevent cholera thru' sanitation, not vaccine

The government should spend money to develop the sanitation system and ensure pure drinking water to prevent cholera instead of providing cholera vaccine, health experts under the banner of Health Rights Movement said yesterday.

Make EC independent

Peshajibi Samannay Parishad (PSP) in a statement yesterday demanded the election commission be made a separate, strong, and fully independent institution for holding elections in a free, fair, and credible manner.

GPA-5 achiever murdered in Bandarban

A boy, who went missing six days ago, was found dead at Bandarban town yesterday.

PM leaves for Geneva today

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina leaves Dhaka for Doha en route to Geneva on a 13-day official visit to Switzerland, Canada and France.

Laptop at cheaper rate soon: Mahmud

Laptop computers are going to be much cheaper in a month or two as a state-owned company is set to produce the gadget at affordable prices.

Criminal held

An alleged criminal was arrested along with a firearm from Torkari Potty area here yesterday.

Laptop at cheaper rate soon: Mahmud

Laptop computers are going to be much cheaper in a month or two as a state-owned company is set to produce the gadget at affordable prices.

CU academic activities resume

Classes and examinations of Chittagong University (CU) resumed yesterday amid tight security following an 11-day closure.

Housemaid commits suicide

A 12-year-old housemaid allegedly hanged herself at a police official's house in the city's Mollartek yesterday.

PM donates $2m to Japan

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday handed over a cheque for US$ 2 million to Japanese Ambassador in Dhaka Tamotsu Shinotsuka as contribution to the reconstruction of Japan wrecked by recent earthquake and tsunami.

Govt-run crop purchasing centres demanded

Bangladesh Krishok Samity, an organisation of farmers, yesterday demanded introduction of government-run crop purchasing centres at union parishad level to buy rice directly from farmers.

Man shot in city

Unidentified miscreants shot a 50-year-old man at Rathkhola in Sutrapur of the city yesterday.

Road crashes kill 2

Two people were killed and one was injured in separate road accidents on Comilla-Sylhet highway at Kasba and Sarail upazilas of the district yesterday.

Death anniversary

The third death anniversary of Nazmul Alam, former director general of Radio Bangladesh, was observed in a befitting manner yesterday, says a press release.

Death anniversary

Today is the second death anniversary of Mrinal Sen Gupta, younger brother of renowned journalist and politician Nirmal Sen, says a press release.

National

Children suffer for lack of playgrounds

Children in the town are deprived of games and recreation facilities due to lack of sufficient playgrounds and open spaces.

Worker crushed under truck's wheels as he asked for dues

Men of a road construction company allegedly crushed a worker under the wheels of a truck on Boda-Debiganj road at Chandanbari village under Boda upazila in Panchagarh yesterday for demanding dues.

Students again on fast unto death

Over 200 students of Food Technology and Nutritional Science (FTNS) department at Maolana Bhasani University of Science and Technology (MBUST) in Tangail have started fast unto death again yesterday.

Kurigram BNP to enforce half-day hartal today

Kurigram district unit of BNP will enforce a half-day hartal in the town today demanding arrest and exemplary punishment of the killers of Jubo Dal leader Kamal Ahmed Bipul

Arms peddlers, outlaws active ahead of UP polls in Jessore

Seizure of ten foreign-made firearms and 26 bullets from Benapole and arrest of nine of outlaws on Tuesday bear testimony to arms smuggling and reappearance of outlaws, much to the worry of candidates ahead of the union parishad (UP) elections in Jessore district.

Lawyer killed by siblings over land dispute

A lawyer was hacked to death allegedly by his two siblings following a land dispute at Bhutiargati in Jhenidah town yesterday morning.

JCD leader hacked to death

A Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader has been hacked to death in Bera upazila of the district.

'Allocate more funds for Rajshahi city'

Hundreds of people formed a human chain in the city yesterday demanding special allocation of funds in the upcoming budget for development of Rajshahi city and welfare of the city dwellers.

50 girls fall sick at school

Around 50 schoolgirls all of a sudden fell sick in Kashiani upazila of the district yesterday morning.

Freak baby

A baby girl with two heads and three legs died two and a half hours after birth at a clinic in Pabna town on Friday evening.

3 bodies recovered from river

Bodies of three unidentified young men were recovered from Dhaleswari River near Munshiganj launch terminal yesterday morning. Police said local people found the bodies floating in mid river at around 11am and informed them. Later, police recovered the bodies and sent those to hospital morgue for autopsy. Police suspected that the young men might have been killed in boat capsize during nor'wester.

Students clash with bus staff

At least 30 people were injured yesterday noon as students of Patuakhali Science and Technology University (PSTU) clashed with bus staffs. The incident took place after a bus staff assaulted Saiful, a student of computer science and engineering for refusing to pay increased bus fare. Hearing this, many PSTU students put up barricade on Patuakhali-Baufal via Dumki road from 1.00am to 3.00pm. The agitated students vandalised a Patuakhali-bound passenger bus. The students and bus staff locked in clash and the situation worsened around 2.00pm when policemen assaulted some PSTU teachers who were trying to calm the agitating students.

26 arrested from border

Bangladesh Border Guard (BGB) personnel arrested 26 people including 7 women and two children from Baro Achra and Sadipur border at Benapole while they were entering Bangladesh illegally from India early yesterday. BGB nayek subedar Liakat Ali at Benapole check post said, acting on a tip off, they raided Baro Achra and Sadipur and arrested them. The arrestees are Alpana Begum, 18, Shahida Khatun, 17, Rafiza Begum, 18, Kabita Begum, 20, Rahima Khatun, 16, Fatema Begum, 21, Hasina Khatun, 19, Yasin Sarder, 25, Miran Sheikh, 30, Rafiq Sheikh, 35, Rassel Mondal, 38, Aga Khan, 40, Habib Sheikh, 35, Humayun, 5, Kabir, 8, Mithul Sheikh, 29, Golam Hossain, 37, Rabbani, 30, Selim Hossain, 36, Abdul Halim, 28, Faruq Hossain, 27, Ataur Rahman, 33, Khawaja Mollah, 28, Shafiqul Alam, 24, Habibur, 34, and Shariful Islam, 29. The arrestees hailed from different areas of Jessore, Khulna, Barisal and Narail districts. All were later handed over to Benapole port police.

Two electrocuted in Khulna

Two people were electrocuted in separate incidents in Boira area of the city and Paikgachha upazila Friday night. The deceased were identified as Humayun Kabir, 40, son of Gofur Mollah of the city's Agrani Bank colony area and Shahidul Islam, 35, of Satkhira district. Police said Humayun came in contact with a live electric wire while working at an under construction building in bank colony area at about 7pm. He was rushed to Khulna Medical College Hospital where he died at around 8pm. In another incident Shahidul Islam got electric shock while repairing an electric wire at Kapilbuni village in Paikgachha upazila. He died on way to a local hospital.

9 Nilphamari gamblers jailed

A mobile court here sentenced nine men to one month jail each for gambling at a club at Babur Hat bazaar in Dimla upazila town on Friday night. Some locals brought the matter to the notice of the upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) of Dimla and requested him to take action. Responding to their request, Dimla UNO with a contingent of police, raided the club office at midnight and arrested nine gamblers from the spot. Later at a mobile court, the UNO, also executive magistrate Mizanur Rahman handed down the punishment.

4 jailed for smuggling

A special tribunal in Chuadanga on Monday afternoon sentenced four people to six months rigorous imprisonment (RI) for smuggling diesel. They were also fined Tk 3,000 each, in default, to suffer more six months in jail. The convicts are Faridul Islam, Adam Ali, Wahiduzzaman and Abdur Rashid of Thakurpur in Damurhuda upazila. According to prosecution, a team of the then BDR on December 28, 2005, raided Osmanpur-Sadabari border point on information that a group were smuggling diesel to India. The BDR recovered 360 litre diesel and arrested four people.

Letters

Tribute to mothers

Mother's Day is celebrated everywhere in the world to pay humble tributes to mothers. This year 8th May was celebrated as the Mother's Day in most parts of the world including the United States.

Cruelty on children!

Dilip Roy's objective report and the photograph published in your back page on 3rd May is a shameless and disgusting example of cruelty to innocent children. The decision of the school authorities, keeping the children standing under the hot sun, was a thoughtless and stupid deed; directly violating official orders to the contrary! Why did not the concerned government officials punish the school management for this thoughtless and cruel act? Such crude 'oiling' of visiting dignitaries and others should stop forthwith. I will request the concerned minister who went there, to take up the matter seriously with the local administration and the school administration for such act of wanton cruelty on the young students; by compelling them to keep standing for five hours! This gross cruel action can not be ignored, and the authorities should be taught a lesson for this.

Unwise decision of DMP

In recent times, we, the people of Dhaka city, mostly the lower income and middle income groups, are experiencing uncertainty in the streets of Dhaka. We do not know which road will be banned tomorrow for rickshaws by the Dhaka Metropolitan police. DMP even does not give any prior indication that they are going to restrict rickshaws in certain streets of Dhaka on a certain day, which is creating a big problem for the office goers, students and people of all ages. Because of skyrocketing prices of foods and high prices of other daily essentials rickshaw-pullers have increased the fare. And this recent decision of DMP has increased the rickshaw fare further. Sometimes people find it difficult to find a rickshaw, because either the rickshaw-puller asks for high fare or he does not want to go to the specific area because of the ban/ restriction. In absence of proper bus service for all areas of Dhaka city, it is difficult for the common people to cope with the situation. We hope DMP will change their mindset, that is giving priority to the private car owners, and take a better decision for decreasing the sufferings of common people.

Of birds and trees

All sorts of disappointing incidents are happening around us and we are almost drowned in those. In the front page of The Daily Star of April 24, 2011, was the picture of a few rose-ringed parakeets resting on the branches of a Cassia Fistula Linn tree on the Hare Road near Ramna Park. Nestled among the yellow flowers and green leaves those birds were looking beautiful, a heavenly sight indeed.

Plight of marginal investors

Continuous downslide of the index has gripped the marginal investors with fear and frustration who still pack themselves up in different brokerage houses in the hope that the market will improve as per the assurance and initiatives taken by the government.

Is your textbook the latest one?

Although the idea of education is a necessity, the actual implementation is a luxury. In Bangladesh, this luxury is further exemplified by the high tuition fees imposed by schools, especially English Medium Schools.

Death in custody!

In every country, police or other security forces are considered as the guardians of laws and regulations within a country. Unfortunately, in Bangladesh sometimes it is seen that police takes the 'responsibility' of punishing the accused even to death! Of late, in Tangail, an owner of a pharmacy has been beaten to death by the cops.

Saqa Chowdhury is a barrister!

I would request the Election Commission to disclose the highest educational qualification of Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury MP. The nation has the right to know his actual qualification since there is a lot of debates/controversy about his educational qualification. And the Election Commission should officially disclose it before the nation since it's mandatory for all honorable Parliamentarians to mention their highest educational degree before the election is held. A half-educated old woman told me that Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury is a barrister and she knows it very well!

Save the small investors

The AL-led government again failed to handle the share market crisis. Their amateurish handling frustrated the small investors during their last tenure. They incurred a great loss then. This time people started to believe that the key manipulators have strong link with the top ranking people of the government. However, I urge the government to solve the problem professionally as soon as possible for the sake of millions of small investors.

Sending female workers to KSA

I fully agree with Ms Nisha Varia, a human rights activist, regarding our government's decision to send 10,000 female workforces to KSA. These female workers will definitely be abused physically or sexually which is a common practice in those countries.

Don't bask in reflected glory

The die is cast! The coterie of all-powerful (perhaps 1%) have decided that Dr Yunus must go. His appeal (DS 08 May) will fall on deaf ears. Reading your illuminating article “Achievements in 10 'unlawful' years” on 6th, I wish all our government, semi-autonomous, NGOs and private sector could have 'unlawful' heads. If only 25% is achieved compared to Dr Yunus' 'illegality', Bangladesh will be a semi-developed country within 2 years!! So what next? As the honourable man that he is, Dr Yunus has no alternative but to return all the 110 ++ accolades, including the Nobel Prize, that were showered on him (and Bangladesh) during the time he was in an 'illegal and unlawful' chair by dozens of governments/institutions at home and abroad. If his own government, disowns, defames, dishonours and demeans a person, then they have no right to bask in the reflected glory of his reputation.

Per capita income

According to World Almanac USA, 2009 the per capita GDP of Bangladesh is US$1,300, in Almanac 2010 US$470 and in Almanac 2011 US$ 1,600. We fail to understand such differences.

Stop acid throwing !

Nowadays, acid throwing is a common phenomenon in our country. It is happening both in urban and rural areas. But this is happening more in villages. Poor girls are the main victim of this heinous crime. Many survivors of acid attack had to give up their education, occupation and other activities of their life. The govt. and the social organisations must come forward to stop acid violence.

Ban car parking on roads

Panthapath is one of the busiest roads of Dhaka. Recently rickshaws were banned on this road. Rules are strictly being followed by the traffic police. There are several hospitals here beside the road. Parking areas of these hospitals are not adequate. So, a lot of cars are parked on the road on a regular basis. The authorities have banned the rickshaws for easing traffic congestion, but the authorities have turned a blind eye towards the cars. Isn't it absurd? I think if the authorities take a stern action for preventing car parking anywhere, traffic congestion will be eased by 70 percent.

Are we the worst?

I enjoy with great delight, RC Travel On anchored and presented by Mr. Shariar Shakil on channel i. On May 9, 2011, while watching this program, it occurred to my mind that by now I have watched scores of episodes of this program.

Readers Respond

Here are some comments that came in response to Saturday's The Daily Star report headlined “Lake City lacks fire safety.”

International

Nato urges united front against Taliban

Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen yesterday urged Pakistan to stand united with its Western allies to tackle Taliban extremists, who were behind a double suicide bombing in the country.

ISI chief offered to resign

Lieutenant-General Ahmad Shuja Pasha, head of the military's main Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) spy agency, told parliament in a closed-door briefing he was "ready to resign" over the bin Laden affair, a legislator said.

US dashes Libyan rebel's hopes of recognition

The US has stopped short of recognising Libya's National Transitional Council as the country's legitimate government.

Armed civilians wound 15 Yemeni protesters

Armed civilians opened fire on anti-government demonstrators in Yemen's second-largest city Taez yesterday, wounding 15 of them, medics and witnesses said.

US welcomes India's Afghan support

The United States on Friday welcomed India's boost in assistance to Afghanistan and called New Delhi a regional leader, despite expected concerns in Pakistan over the aid.

Mississippi Delta braces for historic flooding

US authorities were preparing yesterday to open up a major floodgate to ease pressure from the swollen Mississippi River hoping to save urban centres from historic flooding as rising waters swept south.

Bob Dylan denies 'China controversy'

In a rare and strongly worded message to his fans, Bob Dylan has denied claims his songs were censored by government authorities when he made his much-publicised China debut last month.

Death toll mounts in Syria despite talks offer

Syrian security forces killed at least four people yesterday in a border town, witnesses said despite a no-shoot order, dialogue offer and troop pullouts.

Mining blamed for islands' sinking beneath waves

Two small islands in South Asia's first marine biosphere reserve have sunk into the sea primarily as a result of coral reef mining, experts say.

Mubarak's wife in intensive care after heart attack

Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's wife, Suzanne, was in intensive care yesterday after state television reported she had suffered a heart attack following her remand in custody in a corruption probe.

Abbas may step down if statehood achieved

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said in an interview published yesterday that he may step down this year if he achieves all his political goals, which include the establishment of a Palestinian state.

Musharraf to return to Pakistan for polls

Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf plans to return to his homeland next year to stand in elections, an Emirati newspaper reported yesterday.

Palestinian dies after protest in Jerusalem

A Palestinian teenager who was shot during protests in Jerusalem died yesterday, hospital officials said, and Israeli police, expecting further demonstrations, deployed heavily in the streets.

6.0 magnitude quake rattles Costa Rica

A 6.0 magnitude earthquake shook Costa Rica on Friday, alarming residents of the Central American country and causing minor damage but no known injuries, authorities said.

US senator Kerry in Afghanistan

Influential US Senator John Kerry arrived in Afghanistan yesterday, the embassy in Kabul said, ahead of a visit to neighbouring Pakistan following the death of Osama bin Laden.

Seized files contained pornography: Report

The computer files taken by US special forces from Osama bin Laden's home contained a considerable quantity of pornographic videos, The New York Times reported yesterday.

Conservative group files suit for releasing death photos

A conservative legal watchdog group has filed the first lawsuit seeking public release of video and photographs of the U.S. military raid and aftermath that left al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden dead.

Unreleased audio message addresses Arab uprising

An unreleased audio message from Osama bin Laden, produced in late April, days before his death, in which he talks in support of the so-called "Arab Spring," was seized at the compound during the US raid, according to a US official.

Mamata invites Congress to join Bengal govt

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee invited congress to join Bengal government a day after she dealt a crushing defeat to the Left Front in West Bengal.

Martelly takes oath as Haiti's president

Michel Martelly took the oath of office yesterday as Haiti's new president, assuming the leadership of a country still in ruins from one of the most destructive earthquakes of modern times.

Globalisation creates new forms of slavery: Pope

Globalisation creates "new forms of slavery" by generating more poverty and oppression, Pope Benedict XVI said yesterday.

Malaysia arrests 2 Iranians in $12.6m drug bust

Malaysian customs officials said yesterday they had arrested two Iranian men and seized heroin worth $12.6 million in the country's biggest drug haul of the year.

Iran defers blinding man in retribution punishment

The court-ordered blinding of an Iranian man who hurled acid in the face of university classmate Ameneh Bahrami has been postponed, the ISNA news agency said yesterday without giving a source.

Pak may send more militants in India: Indian Army

The Indian Army yesterday said Pakistan may sneak in more militants into Jammu and Kashmir to divert attention from its "internal problems" after the killing of al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.

US charges six over Taliban aid

US officials arrested three Pakistani Americans including two imams yesterday, charging them and three others with providing or seeking to provide "material support" to the Pakistani Taliban, the Justice Department said.

Arts & Entertainment

Fans Sway to 90s' Hits

It was a moment, a memorable moment in a decade, people on the edge of their seats, all tensed, enthusiastic; silence at the hall cut by smooth guitar riffs. Music enthusiasts of Dhaka were eagerly waiting for the concert to start.

Anandadhara and 2000 celebrate 13th anniversary

Popular weekly socio-political magazine 'Shaptahik 2000' and the leading fortnightly entertainment magazine of the country, 'Anandadhara', have completed 13 years. Marking the occasion, a celebration was held yesterday at The Daily Star Centre on Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue. Celebrities and noted personalities including writers, filmmakers, actors, singers, TV show hosts as well as readers and well wishers attended the anniversary programme.

Major contribution to photography in Bangladesh

Drik's educational wing Pathshala-South Asian Media Academy (formerly Pathshala-South Asian Institute of Photography) celebrated its 12th anniversary amid much festivity at its premises on Panthapath in the city on May 13. Pathshala Principal Dr. Shahidul Alam led a rally on the occasion.

Exquisite, Enigmatic Calligraphy

Starting from May 2, a six-day group calligraphy exhibition was held at Zainul Gallery, Faculty of Fine Arts (FFA), Dhaka University. Dean of FFA, Professor Emdadul Haque Mohammad Matlub Ali, inaugurated the exhibition. Chairman of the department of Oriental Art, Professor Abdus Satter, was a special guest at the opening.

Satyajit Ray Retrospective at National Museum

Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre, High Commission of India has arranged a retrospective of Satyajit Ray films at the main auditorium of National Museum, Shahbagh, according to a press release. The event has begun on May 13 and will continue till tomorrow (May 16). The retrospective marks the 90th birth anniversary of the iconic helmer. Films being screened at the retrospective are: “Ghare Bairey”, “Charulata”, “Pather Pachali”, “Jalsa Ghar”, “Hirok Rajar Deshey”, “Jano Aranya” and “Aranyer Din Ratri”. Shows start at 3pm and 6pm everyday. Complementary passes are available at Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre in Dhanmondi and Gulshan.

OP-ED

Of Rab, human rights and ombudsman

LAST week our attention was drawn to a news item concerning a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report entitled "Crossfire: Continued Human Rights abuses by Bangladesh Rapid Action Battalion." The 53 page report was released through a press conference in Dhaka. Brad Adams, Asia Director, HRW later met our home minister and handed over the Report. Brad made the following points:

Demanding answers from Pakistan

SINCE the 9/11 attacks, Pakistan has behaved toward US as both friend and adversary--and gotten away with it. The latest evidence of its duplicity is the revelation that Osama bin Laden lived for years in a house near Pakistan's national military academy and a local branch of its intelligence service without any evident interference.

Safeguarding farmers' interest

LIKE the previous years, the government will procure boro from domestic production this year. The procurement policy that will determine the quantity of boro paddy and rice to be procured by the government as well as fix their per kilogram price is going to be finalised in a meeting of the Food Planning and Monitoring Committee (FPMC).

Endless Tagore

LAST Sunday was 25th of Baisakh, 1418, Rabindranath Tagore's 150th Birthday. Far away from the hub of the festivities held in his honour, I paused for a few moments to pay homage to my mentor and guide by silently acknowledging his all-pervading spiritual presence in my life. During the course of my reflections, I felt a deep urge to dedicate a special column to Tagore, who continues to be a constant source of inspiration for me. However, it's difficult to express in words my feelings for someone who is so deeply entwined in my consciousness, someone who has been the epicenter of my universe, the nucleus of my core beliefs since childhood.

He kinda lost his head

A jobless man tried to cut off his head to offer to an idol. Raj Kumar hoped it would get him a job. The 22-year-old native of Uttah Pradesh, India was sawing through his neck when witnesses called the cops. "Police have registered a case against the man," the Indo-Asian News Service said last week.

This Day In History

1536
Anne Boleyn, Queen of England, stands trial in London on charges of treason, adultery and incest. She is condemned to death by a specially-selected jury.


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