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News of: Friday, 20th of May, 2011

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Some hope for ACC

The parliamentary standing committee on law ministry and the finance minister have opposed the proposed changes to the ACC Act that make it mandatory for the anti-graft body to take government permission before filing corruption cases against government officials.

One-staff school

Only one teacher manages a school of two hundred students.

19 students tell JS body of torture

Nineteen students of Dhaka University yesterday testified to a parliamentary sub-committee that they were tortured by a section of military personnel following 2007 campus violence.

IMF chief quits

Dominique Strauss-Kahn resigned yesterday as head of the International Monetary Fund, saying he did so with "infinite sadness" but must focus entirely on clearing his name of sexual assault charges.

Bigger ADP on cards

The government is going to prepare an ambitious Annual Development Plan (ADP) for the next fiscal year although it fails to achieve the target every year.

Funds okayed for 50 new cyclone shelters

The governing council of Bangladesh Climate Change Resilience Fund (BCCRF) in its first meeting approved a Tk 187 crore project to construct and renovate cyclone shelters and roads in nine coastal districts.

Obama defines Palestine state

US President Barack Obama declared that the borders of Israel and a Palestinian state must be based on 1967 lines, likely setting up a new clash with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

BCL activists obstruct bid submission

Many prospective bidders failed to submit tenders for supplying Tk 2 crore electrical equipment for Chittagong Hill Tracts Rural Electrification Project (CHTREP) as some ruling party men allegedly obstructed them at the project office here yesterday.

US to provide $51m food assistance

The US government through the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be providing more than $51 million in food assistance to Bangladesh in fiscal year 2011.

BNP plans recast in party lineup

The national executive committee of BNP is being revamped as the country's main opposition party prepares to launch a nationwide campaign to press for "mid-term elections" accusing the government of failure to run the country.

Mamata takes over today

Mamata Banerjee, whose victory ended 34 years of Marxist rule in West Bengal, takes over as the state's first woman chief minister today.

GD against Fakhrul

A general diary was lodged with the capital's Paltan Police Station yesterday against BNP's acting Secretary General Mirza Fakrul Islam Alamgir for allegedly issuing threats to the investigation officers (IO) of the August 21 grenade attack case.

Bhutanese team visits 2 airports

A 14-member Bhutanese delegation led by its Minister for Communications and Information Lyonpo Nandalal Rai visited Saidpur and Lalmonirhat airports yesterday to see the existing facilities there.

Halda fishes spawn again

A number of indigenous fish species including ruhi, katol, mrigel and kalbaush released eggs in the Halda river for the second time in a month yesterday.

Thunder, duststorms kill 56 in UP, Bihar

At least 56 people were killed in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar when severe duststorm, accompanied by rain and thundershowers, lashed some parts of the states on Wednesday evening, according to All India Radio.

Editorial

Bench-Bar relations

Recently retired Chief Justice ABM Khairul Haque declined to accept a formal farewell from the Supreme Court Bar Association on the eve of his going into retirement. Obviously, he was miffed by the fact that during his tenure as head of the nation's highest judiciary he faced constant resistance from the SCBA, whose leading figures could not or would not agree with some important legal decisions reached by the Supreme Court under Justice Haque's stewardship. Also a faction of the SCBA led by its president made it known that they would not attend the reception accorded to the newly appointed CJ Mohammad Mozammel Hossain.

Sports

Draws leave table unchanged

An injury-time goal from Rowland Ikechukwu helped visitors Feni Soccer Club hold hosts Arambagh KS to a 1-1 draw in the Grameenphone Bangladesh League fixture at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Dhaka: Second best, by a mile

The 12th National Cricket League has concluded on May 14, bringing an end to the country's first-class season. Eight months ago, The Daily Star Sport ran previews of all six divisional sides taking part in the competition and now as part of its evaluation of the campaigners, today it is publishing the fourth episode, that of Dhaka's. Tomorrow, the sixth and final part of this series will be published.

TT in Bangladesh

The genesis of table tennis in independent Bangladesh was spectacular to say the least. After the Liberation War in 1971, it took some time before the sports organisers of Bangladesh could regroup themselves at the national level in the war-ravaged land.

Shakib returns and impresses

Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan showed his Indian Premier League (IPL) side Kolkata Knight Riders what they were missing in the last six matches with a bowling display replete with the guile and cunning that has made him one of the best twirlers in the international game.

Misbah handed ODI captaincy

Pakistan cricket chief Ijaz Butt appointed Misbahul Haq on Thursday to replace Shahid Afridi as one-day captain for a two-match series against Ireland this month.

KKR in playoffs

Skipper Gautam Gambhir cracked an unbeaten half-century as Kolkata Knight Riders thrashed Pune Warriors India by seven wickets on Thursday to book a place in the Indian Premier League (IPL) playoffs.

Bopara could replace Colly

Ravi Bopara's decision to stay away from the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to work well for his international career as the batsman is tipped to replace Paul Collingwood in the Test squad for the upcoming series against Sri Lanka starting May 26.

Abahani fined

Abahani Limited have been fined Tk 25,000 for rowdy behaviour from its supporters after their Bangladesh League match against Rahmatganj MFS at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.

Inter-District final today

The final of the 31st Inter District Cricket Champi-onship will be held at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur today. Rajshahi will take on Mymensingh in the final. Mymensingh beat Comilla by two runs through the D/L method in the first semifinal while Rajshahi coasted to a seven-wicket victory over Sylhet in the second semifinal.

School rugby

Cambridge High School, St Gregory's High School and Mathertek School and College won their respective matches in the opening day of the Cooline School Rugby tournament at Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium yesterday.

'Fined for telling truth'

Australia's retiring spin legend Shane Warne on Thursday slammed the hefty fine handed to him during the Indian Premier League (IPL) for a public spat with an official, saying he was paying the price for "telling the truth".

2nd WI-Pak Test from today

Pakistan will look to salvage the remainder of a tour that started with great promise when they face West Indies in the second and final Test starting on Friday at Warner Park.

England's Pak tour to be in Lanka?

Pakistan is examining the possibility of hosting its home cricket series against England in Sri Lanka early next year because of security concerns.

Crowe comes back too!

Inspired by former India captain Sourav Ganguly and Australian spin legend Shane Warne, the 48-year-old Martin Crowe on Thursday announced his return to first-class cricket in a bid to score the 320 runs he needs to touch a tally of 20,000.

Goals galore

National striker Sabina Khatun continued her prolific scoring form in the National Women's Football Championship, striking 13 goals to power Satkhira to a massive 19-0 win over Noagaon at Shamsul Huda Stadium in Jessore yesterday.

GP Open squash underway

The Grameenphone Open Squash got underway at the Dhaka Club squash court yesterday.

British trial of Pak trio from today

The trial of three Pakistan cricketers and their agent on charges of corruption relating to 'spot-fixing' in England last year is due to get underway here on Friday.

Porto lift Europa title

Porto manager Andre Villas-Boas insists it would cost Europe's super-powers a fortune to break up his Europa League winners.

Macheda in limbo

Two seasons ago Federico Macheda was the new darling of the Stretford End and seemed on the verge of becoming the next great Manchester United striker.

Prince's future unclear

AC Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng on Wednesday admitted he is unsure of where he will be playing next season.

Inzaghi staying, Pirlo leaving

Veteran forward Filippo Inzaghi on Wednesday signed a new one-year contract with AC Milan tying him to the club until the end of next season.

Diego thrilled

Diego Maradona said he was thrilled to resume his coaching career in the United Arab Emirates where he would have no restrictions in signing players for his new club Al Wasl.

Real play quake benefit match

Real Madrid drew 2-2 on Wednesday with a team of players from the Murcia region in a benefit match for victims of last week's earthquake in southeastern Spain.

Bastian faces fitness race

Germany star Bastian Schweinsteiger faces a race against time to be fit for the friendly against Uruguay on May 29 and next month's Euro 2012 qualifiers, it was revealed on Wednesday.

Rooney threatens Twitter fan

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney found himself drawn into an angry exchange after the follower, who appeared to be a fan of Liverpool, United's arch-rivals, taunted him by saying: "Rooney ya fat whore ill smash ya head in with a pitchin wedge an bury ya with a ballast fork…"

Business

Economy heads back to high growth

Bangladesh is expected to head back to more than 6 percent economic growth this fiscal year, after a two-year spell of slowdown due to global recession and dipping exports, according to predictions of World Bank (WB) and Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Default loans mark a rise

The amount of default loans increased by Tk 1,043 crore or 4.59 percent in the first quarter of 2011, mainly in the private sector banks.

PSI firms to work until next year

The tenure of the Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) companies is going to be extended till December next year.

Pay as you talk

Mobile phone users will now pay as much as they talk, as the regulator plans a 10-second pulse for calls in all operators.

Analysts stress innovations for survival

Big companies, social groups and the government should join hands to create a sustainable business model in efforts to reach the largely unserved masses with affordable products and solutions, experts said yesterday.

Stocks drop on low investor confidence

Stocks dropped on the bourses as investors seemed to mark time before they would regain their confidence in the market.

New EU sanctions target over 100 Iranian firms

The European Union on Thursday agreed to sanction more than 100 Iranian companies, sharply expanding the number of firms hit by an assets freeze over Iran's disputed nuclear programme.

GP IT appoints chief commercial officer

GP IT has recently appointed Rony Riad Rashid as chief commercial officer.

LinkedIn share price almost doubles on debut

Shares of LinkedIn Corp surged nearly 90 percent in their public trading debut on Thursday, a jump reminiscent of the heyday of investors' love affair with internet stocks in the late 1990s.

ECB warns it could reject Greek bonds as collateral

The ECB could stop accepting Greek bonds as collateral against central bank funds if Athens changes terms under which it repays its debts, the bank's chief economist has said.

Markets unmoved by IMF troubles but wary of vacuum

The dramatic arrest and resignation of IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Khan has left global markets cold, with only a protracted vacuum at the top of the international crisis lender likely to inject any angst.

Coca-Cola connections

It seems there may be no other brand that reaches more of mankind than Coca-Cola. Every day, 1.6 billion times, consumers reach for Coca-Cola products. It all starts with a secret formula. The formula has not changed since 1886, the year of beginning. Coca-Cola sends this formula to hundreds of bottling plants around the world. The volume is staggering, speed is blinding. To put Coca-Cola within easy reach around the world, you need what National Geographic Channel calls ultimate factories. Coca-Cola reaches more countries than there are in the United Nations.

Case for a new regulatory framework

After much dilly dally, it was indeed good to see the much awaited appointment of a new Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) head. The market obviously reacted positively to it and pushed indices up 200 points thereafter. However, we should be cautious that unless the new head takes measures to reorganise the organisation to bring more transparency and competency to SEC, whatever confidence resulted from his appointment will be very short lived.

Quake knocks Japan into recession

Japan's economy shrank much more than expected in the first quarter and slipped into recession after the triple blow of the March earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis hit business and consumer spending and tore apart supply chains.

Death of PC exaggerated, sales look OK

Talk of the death of the desktop personal computer is premature, and the 'post-PC' era is not here just yet, according to industry executives at Reuters Global Technology Summit.

India not getting "bang for rupee" from poverty schemes

India's key social development programmes, which have formed the core election promises of the ruling Congress party at a cost of over 2 percent of its GDP, are failing to effectively tackle widespread poverty, a World Bank report said on Wednesday.

Europe demands that next IMF chief comes from EU

The European Commission insisted Thursday that next leader of the International Monetary Fund must come from the 27-nation European Union, a stance backed by the Germany, the continent's economic heavyweight.

Glencore's record IPO makes muted debut

Glencore made a steady market debut on Thursday, with shares trading just above the widely expected launch price of 530 pence, giving the commodities trader the platform it wants to make acquisitions.

Asian shares mostly up

Most Asian bourses rose Thursday as dealers followed a positive lead from Wall Street, but Tokyo fell after data showed Japan's economy was hit harder than expected by the March 11 earthquake.

Metropolitan

Tributes to language heroes of Assam

Some patrons of Bangla language yesterday paid tribute to the eleven language movement heroes, who sacrificed their lives to establish Bangla as an official language in Assam of India.

Expired drugs on auction!

Burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) is going to hand over expired drugs, which were auctioned rather than being destroyed, raising the risk of their re-entry to the market.

Bus operators continue to overcharge

Although the government-fixed new bus fares were supposed to come into effect yesterday, many bus operators continued charging extra money thanks to lack of an effective monitoring system.

Acid survivors for budgetary allocations

Acid survivors at a dialogue have demanded of the government to allocate money in the upcoming budget for ensuring treatment, legal and rehabilitation supports to them and for creating awareness on the issue.

Shahara for ID cards of DSE investors

Home Minister Shahara Khatun yesterday asked Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) authority to introduce identity cards for DSE investors in an effort to tackle untoward situations centring sudden fall in share prices.

Skills in English stressed

Stress should be put on English language teaching methods to improve peoples' skills in the language since English can be a tool for employment at home and abroad, said speakers at a seminar yesterday.

Opponents were involved with 1971 sex violence

Speakers at a seminar yesterday said the anti-liberation quarter, which is opposing the women development policy, was involved in providing Bangalee women to Pakistani occupational forces in 1971.

City BNP committee starts function

The newly formed convening committee of Dhaka city unit BNP began functioning yesterday by paying tribute to the party founder late president Ziaur Rahman's grave with a huge procession of the Sadeque Hossain Khoka-controlled committee.

Call to implement UN declaration

The 10th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues commenced in New York, USA on Monday with a call to implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

FLB talent hunt kicks off today

A nationwide talent hunt programme titled "Future Leaders of Bangladesh (FLB)", first of its kind in the country, will begin in the city today.

Int'l rights body lauds govt for war crimes trial

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has lauded the government’s efforts in bringing those responsible for the 1971 atrocities under trial.

CCC starts safe medical waste disposal from Sunday

The government and non-government hospitals and clinics operating in Chittagong city will start disposing medical wastes in a more hygienic way from Sunday.

Help save Sanwar

Mohammad Sanwar Hossain, 54, a resident of North Shahjahanpur at Khilgaon in the city, appeals to conscientious people of society for financial help to cure him of liver cancer.

Aminee's party fails to hold rally in Ctg

Islami Ain Bastabayan Committee (IABC) could not organise their grand rally due to imposition of ban by police in the port city yesterday.

Transport movement on 28 routes disrupted

Transport owners and workers observed a dawn-to-dusk strike on 28 inter-district routes of north Chittagong yesterday to press home 11-point demand, including reducing price of motor parts and exclusion of murder case filing prohibition against any road accident.

Hearing on charge framing against Tarique, Mamun June 7

A Dhaka court yesterday adjourned till June 7 the hearing on charge framing against BNP Senior Vice Chairman Tarique Rahman and his business partner Giasuddin Al Mamun in a money laundering case.

Case Against Koko Court records statement of three PWs

A Dhaka court yesterday recorded statements of three prosecution witnesses (PWs) in a money laundering case filed against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's younger son Arafat Rahman Koko.

Youth held on murder charge

Detective Branch (DB) of police Thursday night arrested a youth on charge of killing an employee of a developer company at Elephant Road in the city on May 10.

Three seaports cautioned

Three maritime ports of the country have been advised to hoist cautionary signal no. 3 as deep convection is taking place over the north of the Bay.

Case against Babul, wife quashed

The High Court yesterday quashed all proceedings against Jamuna Group Chairman Nurul Islam Babul and his wife Salma Islam in a corruption case filed by the Anti-corruption Commission during the regime of military-backed caretaker government.

One to die for killing housewife

A Chittagong court yesterday awarded death penalty to a person and life term imprisonment for six others on charge of killing a housewife on November 3, 2004.

Eight injured as BCL rivals clash

At least eight activists were injured in clashes among rival factions of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) at Bakerganj upazila town in Barisal yesterday over formation of BCL upazila and municipal committees.

Death anniversary

Today is the first death anniversary of Md Abdul Kuddus Chowdhury, a former judge of the Supreme Court and former secretary, says a press release.

Mia Fazlur Rahman

Today is the 83rd death anniversary of Pandit Mia Fazlur Rahman, an educationist and social worker, says a press release.

Chehlum

Chehlum of Saifuddin Ahmed (Surjo Miah), an organiser of Liberation War and associate of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, will be held at his village home at Duttapara of Shibchar upazila in Madaripur after Juma prayers today and at his father-in-law's house at Kabirajpur of Rajoir upazila in the district after Zohr prayers tomorrow.

Death threat to Sust VC

Vice Chancellor of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology in Sylhet Dr Saleh Uddin received a death threat on a letter yesterday.

PM in Canada

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived in Canada yesterday afternoon.

National

2 killed, 75 hurt as storm hits several districts

At least two people were killed, 75 others injured and over 800 houses damaged as nor'wester lashed five districts--Patuakhali, Noakhali, Gopalganj, Madaripur and Barguna--early yesterday.

'Withdraw false case against Limon, punish culprits'

A rally was held in the town yesterday afternoon demanding withdrawal of 'false' cases against Limon, his rehabilitation and punishment of the alleged Rab men who maimed him.

11 injured in Natore pre-election clash

At least 11 people were injured in a pre-poll clash between the supporters of two chairmen candidates at Kolabaria village under Faguyar Diyar Union of Bagatipara upazila on Wednesday night.

Two hybrid paddy seeds bring woes to farmers

Cultivation of imported hybrid varieties of paddy seeds Jhalak and Sarathi has brought woes to the farmers concerned in Uzirpur and Agoiljhara upazilas of Barisal district.

Thakurgaon sugarcane research centre mired in problems

The Regional Sugarcane Research Centre set up here to provide training to sugarcane growers, is now limping due to various problems.

Joint survey bid stumbles again

The joint survey of disputed Sylhet-Meghalaya borders, scheduled to resume on Wednesday in Noljur area close to Tamabil-Dauki point, did not start even yesterday, a member of the survey team said.

Pirates loot Tk 1cr goods from 14 trawlers in 5 days

Pirates attacked at least at least 14 trawlers in Sonadia and Moheshkhali channels and looted fishes and fishing nets worth Tk 1 crore in the last five days.

Natore Jubo League leader shot, another injured

A local leader of Jubo League was shot and seriously injured by criminals in the town on Wednesday night.

Interns at Barisal medical put off strike till Monday

Interns at Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College and Hospital (BSBMCH) yesterday postponed their strike till Monday.

BCL faction calls strike at BM College, rivals reject

A faction of Chhatra League, student front of ruling Awami League, yesterday called an indefinite strike at Barisal Govt. Brojo Mohon College from May 24 demanding immediate announcement of student union election schedule.

9 injured as boiler explodes in Dinajpur

At least nine people were injured as a boiler of an automatic rice mill exploded at Bottoli in Dinajpur Sadar upazila on Wednesday night.

Letters

We can also wait.....

It took six World Cups for Sachin Tendulkar to finally fulfill his dream and it took 28 years for India to lift the trophy again. I remember in the 1996 edition, the entire Indian team was dependent on him. In 1999, came Ganguly and Dravid to ease some burden but yet expectation from Sachin was sky high. In 2003, India started gaining some balance and in 2007 despite their poor campaign, they were pre-tournament favourites. And in 2011, they had players like Gambhir, Kohli, Raina who could carry the weight. It takes time for a cricketing nation to reach the top spot. Arjuna Ranatunga said in an interview that he and Arvinda struggled for 16 years to finally become champions in 1996. Our media should not put undue pressure on our national cricketers. The hype they create raises too many expectations. Patience will pay for sure.

Livelihood of coastal people

The livelihoods of millions of people in coastal areas are getting from bad to worse day by day. They are living below the poverty line. There are three reasons behind their untold sufferings i.e. i) Natural calamities like cyclones, tidal bores; ii) Poverty, unemployment, lack of medical care and treatment; and iii) No easy or suitable means of communication from coastal area to upazila/district headquarters.

CNG price hike

BD govt. has taken a bad decision; the CNG price is now Taka 25 per cubic meter. Govt. officials said that they would not consider lowering the price for the rich people. Last caretaker govt. increased the CNG price from Tk. 8.50 to Tk. 16.75. My question to the present AL govt. officials-- what will you do for the poor people of Bangladesh with this extra revenue income? Govt. will earn 5 thousand crore taka by increasing this CNG price. It said that the CNG price is still lower than that of India and Pakistan. It is absolutely wrong information. I think by utilizing this opportunity, some people will make extra profits by increasing the transportation cost and food price. The govt. is taking big projects such as Elevated expressway, Padma Bridge etc. They are not interested in implementing small projects for the benefit of poor people. I request the rich people; please try to avoid using CNG. Please use other fuels at least 4 days a week for your cars to stop the corruption.

Trinamool triumphs

Mamata Banerjee storms Bengal and makes Buddhadev say goodbye to his long 34 years of ruling in West Bengal. Mamata express railed the Leftists off the track on Friday, the 13th of May 2011. Thus, the glossy red color of the Leftists will no longer shine in the corridors of West Bengal as it will be taken over by the green of Trinamool. It seems that the screaming of Ma, Mati and Manush by Mamata has really helped trinamool in getting a landslide victory for her party. But it will be interesting to see how they counter hungry millions of West Bengal at present and also in the future. Although Leftists consider politics as their religion, their prayers were unheard by their voters. Democracy, which has got many wings, will have to be catered well by Mamata in order to make her party do well. Let us all keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best.

Exorbitant fares

I am a resident of Dhanmondi, I have a small business in Shahbag. Like other days, this morning I got up early and went to the local bus counter. When I reached the counter, I found a small crowd there. Some people were quarreling with the ticket seller. After a while I understood that it was because of the hike of the ticket prices. The ticket seller said that the price of CNG has almost doubled and they had no other option but to raise the ticket price. The people were flabbergasted by this sudden notice. However, the question is why and how did the country suddenly fall into such a gas crisis that it led the authorities to hike the price? The bus owners, CNG/taxi drivers, and even rickshawallas (though they have no business with CNG) took this opportunity and charged high fares. I think it is just the beginning. The food prices will rise soon because of CNG price hike, which was seen in the past.

Bangladesh Bank's bizarre moves

Bangladesh Bank implements fiscal policies and is the watch-dog over institutions dealing in money. To date they have performed admirably.

Bravo, Julian Assange!

We have learnt from various media outlets that WikiLeaks founder 39-year-old world-famous Australian hacker, Julian Assange has been awarded with the Sydney Peace Foundation's gold medal. The organization, affiliated with the University of Sydney, said the prize was awarded for his 'exceptional courage in pursuit of human rights.' It is a prestigious honor which has previously been won by Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama.

Two shocking resignations

We have seen two significant as well as shocking resignation events published in The Daily Star on 13th may. One is about Nobel laureate Prof. Dr. Muhammad Yunus who brought Bangladesh back to the seat of glory again in 40 years after Independence. Perhaps this unlucky man has forgotten that we already have lost all sense of shame as a nation. In fact, this is an example of personal envy and a conflict between power and fame. And, we all know that power has won the race ultimately. Dr. Yunus is now a global personality. So our expatriate citizens will fall in an embarrassing situation in the days to come. Another resignation event is about Honorable Justice Shah Abu Nayeem Mominur Rahman who has been ignored for the two consecutive times in appointment of Chief Justice. Everybody knows the reason behind this. But this is not a good practice at all and an impediment to establish an independent judiciary in its true sense.

Honourable PM, please show courage

It is alleged that Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, out of frustration and deep anguish, once said, "Everyone gets gold mines, I have got thieves mines." But I wonder what he would have said about the present condition of the country if he was alive. The thieves' mines are also producing robbers, murderers, rapists, hijackers, swindlers and criminals of all sorts.

Why play football? Let's park cars!

It is a well known fact that Dhaka city boasts the fewest number of playgrounds; five or six in Dhanmondi, three in Gulshan and Banani, and six more in the rest of the city. I happen to play football in one of those fields. Lately, playing football has become a hazard. Why? It's really hard to play football if cars are constantly coming inside the field to park. Why are cars parked in a playground? Because the local goons have a lot of power, and none of them really plays football, so the best thing to do is to earn some money by securing the field as a parking area. What should we do? Play while the field can still support sports?

Killing unarmed people!

It is speculated that to avenge the death of Bin Laden, two suicide bombers have carried out a deadliest bomb attack on the paramilitary force academy at Shabqadar, that lies on the boarder with Afghanistan, about 35 km. northwest of Peshawar. The attack killed almost 69 cadets and many civilians and destroyed many vehicles. It is seen that Pakistan military has recently become the target of Taliban, as Pakistan army had lodged a long war to wipe out Taliban extremists from Pakistan. We strongly condemn this heinous act of killing unarmed people in the name of religion.

Written and spoken English

I am of the view that the Bangladeshis need, among other things, increased exposure to written and spoken English. The Daily Star and other English-language dailies are dependable and cost-effective forums for facilitating, in part, such an exposure. To this end, The Daily Star, for instance, could allocate more space to editorial page columns and articles written by Bangladeshi writers. The increased spending could be sustained by known as well as novel revenue generators. As and when more write-ups get published in The Daily Star more frequently, this is likely to encourage people to keep writing in English. In today's world, we need ease, comfort, confidence and poise in English like we need oxygen in our body.

Dr. Yunus' place in history!

Ahmed's analytical and incisive, though rather emotional article on the matter, published in your pages on May 11th; is a 'must read' material for the decision makers in our government. The writer rationally states that punitive action against Dr. Yunus can in the long run be harmful for Bangladesh as he is the blue-eyed boy for those in the world who matter; naturally led by the USA; with the EU nor far behind! Ominous days lie ahead for us!

NATO's action in Libya is condemnable

Killing of innocent people particularly children by any quarter is equal to an act of terrorism and barbarism. The way the NATO warplanes recently killed the Libyan dictator Gaddafi's innocent son and pre-teens grandchildren is barbaric and deserves condemnation in any score of human values. I would sincerely request the United Nations to apply any other simple way to compel Muammar Gaddafi to step down accepting the reality and rescue his own countrymen from being perished.

The BCCI influence

Tony Greig, the famous cricket commentor has rightly said that BCCI has been influencing the International Cricket Council (ICC). I would like to draw attention of all readers that there might have been some arrangement between BCCI & ICC to make India the ICC world cup champions of 2011. Comments please!

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International

Obama presses for reform

Key Points in Obama's Speech
* In months ahead the US must use all its resources to encourage reform in North Africa and the Middle East

Yemen power transition deal collapses

Yemen's opposition blamed President Ali Abdullah Saleh yesterday for the failure of a Gulf plan aimed at ending a bloody political dispute, saying he would do "everything" to remain in power.

Sonia vows land reforms

India's most powerful politician Sonia Gandhi yesterday promised a change of law to reform land acquisition laws after deadly clashes near the capital.

Syria blasts US sanctions

Syria yesterday denounced US sanctions imposed on President Bashar al-Assad and top aides, saying they were part of long-time efforts by Washington to impose its will in the region to Israel's benefit.

Who could be IMF's next chief?

The resignation of Dominique Strauss-Kahn has left a vacancy at the top of the International Monetary Fund, and analysts say emerging economies are expected to fight hard for a chance to increase their influence on the global stage.

Mamata' life to come on silver screen

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee's landmark feat of ending 34 years of Marxist rule in West Bengal will be captured on the celluloid by internationally-acclaimed director Goutam Ghosh.

'Gaddafi rule will collapse': Nato

The head of the Nato military alliance said yesterday that military and political pressure were weakening Muammar Gaddafi's hold on power in Libya and would eventually topple him.

US-Pakistan hold second high-level talks in days

US special envoy Marc Grossman held talks with Pakistan's leadership yesterday, stepping up efforts to smooth over a crisis sparked by the US operation that killed Osama bin Laden.

Al-qaeda releases new Laden tape

Al-Qaeda released a posthumous audio recording by Osama bin Laden in which he praised revolutions sweeping through several Arab countries, and called for more Muslim "tyrants" to be toppled.

Extinction rate overestimated

The pace at which humans are driving animal and plant species toward extinction through habitat destruction is at least twice as slow as previously thought, according to a study released yesterday.

Taliban attack kills 36 in Afghanistan

The Taliban attacked an Afghan road construction company early yesterday, triggering an hours-long firefight that killed 36 people and wounded another 20 in the worst single attack for months.

Blast kills 27 in Iraq

Three bombs targeting security forces in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk have left at least 27 people dead and injured dozens more, officials say.

Ouattara asks ICC to probe

President Alassane Ouattara has asked the International Criminal Court to probe allegations of serious human rights crimes during Ivory Coast violent post-election power struggle.

IMF will choose new leader on merit: WB

World Bank head Robert Zoellick said yesterday he was certain that the IMF would choose a new leader based on merit rather than politics after the resignation of managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

Former Irish PM FitzGerald dies at 85

Garret FitzGerald, Ireland's most popular elder statesman who twice served as prime minister and played a crucial role in paving the way for peace in Northern Ireland, has died at the age of 85, his family said yesterday.

US envoy meets Suu Kyi

A senior US diplomat met Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday for talks about the country's new political landscape following the recent dissolution of the junta.

Argentina plane crash kills 22

A small plane has crashed in southern Argentina yesterday, killing all 22 passengers and crew on board, officials say.

Arts & Entertainment

Secular Festivals and Collective Art: Tagore, Shantiniketan and Ramna Batomul

Progressive societies are invariably built on a fine combination of essential freedoms, intellectual knowledge and shared artistic experience. Individual and collective arts are therefore integral parts of human life and nature. It is well known that Erich Fromm, the highly influential social psychologist of the 20th century, theorised about the need for reviving collective art and ritual on a secular and non-sectarian basis.

International Museum Day 2011 Observed

Marking International Museum Day 2011, Bangladesh National Museum (BNM), Ministry of Cultural Affairs arranged a day-long programme, titled “Museum and Memory: Objects tell your story” at the main auditorium of BNM on May 18.

Bangladeshi artists interpret Tagore at Delhi exhibition

The Lalit Kala Akademi in Mandi House locality of the Indian capital is the site of a rare treat: Rabindranath Tagore portrayed on the canvas by eight senior painters from Bangladesh.

In Somebody Else's Skin

Pedro Almodóvar makes his fifth appearance in Cannes. His fourth In Competition offering, “La Piel que Habito” (The Skin I Live in), is a disturbing film noir which reunited him with Antonio Banderas 20 years after “Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!”

OP-ED

Redefining respect

IMF chief Dominique Strauss Kahn, who was likely to be the Socialist Party candidate for president of France, succumbed last week to what can be called his bourgeois contradictions. He assaulted a 32-year-old hotel maid in New York before heading for JFK airport to catch an Air France jet. Dominique was traveling to Paris to discuss the Euro crisis with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The police pulled him out of the plane moments before take-off and sent him to jail.

What's Mamata victory all about -- for us?

It is only natural to pore over the results of Bidhan Sabha elections in the neighbouring Indian state of West Bengal to try and assess its likely bearing on West Bengal-Bangladesh ties, and more important, on Indo-Bangla relations.

The un-fairy tale of Obama and Osama

Of the 98 Nobel Peace Prize winners from 1901 to 2010, which Nobel Peace Laureate ordered and watched with relish the killing of an unarmed person before his family members and disposal of his body into the sea? If this question is given in any school exam nowadays, every boy and girl will correctly answer: American President Barack H. Obama, the Nobel Peace Prize winner of 2009.

Scientists and economists for development

Professor Muhammad Yunus is an economist and the only Nobel Laureate from Bangladesh. He started his academic career as a lecturer in economics at the University of Chittagong in early '70s. His research activities started from the grassroot level. At that stage he realised the importance of creation of the Grameen Bank with the unique idea of a mobile bank that moved from door to door to lend money to women. This very concept enabled him to touch the sky and made him world famous.

StarTech

Qubee promises innovation

Recently WiMAX service provider Qubee has doubled its internet speed for users without any extra cost.

Bangladesh to compete in Microsoft's Imagine Cup

Microsoft Bangladesh recently organised an event where it declared winners' names and handed out prizes of a contest styled 'Imagine Cup', says a press release.

Cyber-crooks eye Apple Macs with fake anti-malware

The days when Mac users need not worry about their computers getting infected with malicious software may be coming to an end.

HTC to tap tablet boom

Smartphone maker HTC plans to roll out a range of different tablet computers to gain a foothold in the fast-growing market, a company executive said on Tuesday.

Samsung to lanuch new phone

Samsung Mobile is going to launch its new stylish fold phone E2530 in Bangladesh, says a press release.


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