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News of: Sunday, 29th of May, 2011

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Teachers get no training

Teachers get no formal training whatsoever to deal with discipline issues, making most of them oblivious to damage done by corporal punishment meted out to students.

Entry of toxic ship banned

The government has directed all concerned to ban the toxic ship Probo Koala renamed Gulf Jash from entering Bangladeshi territorial waters, Department of Environment officials say.

3 NOs on MPs

The parliamentary special committee yesterday decided to propose changes to the constitution for allowing lawmakers to express opinions in parliament different to their party stance.

Mullah Omar reluctant

United States have started desperate moves to make a peace deal with Taliban after the death of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Many people in Pakistan are raising this question that if Washington can talk to Taliban then why not Islamabad? Fact is that Pakistan can start talks with their Taliban only if Afghan Taliban will start formal talks with US otherwise Washington can sabotage talks between Pakistan and Taliban anytime. Pakistan tried its level best to push Afghan Taliban for talks with US recently but till today there is no concrete outcome. Very few people in media know that neither the top leaders of Afghan Taliban nor the Pakistani Taliban are interested in talks right now with Kabul or Islamabad because they think that summer is not a “talking season”. This hot weather is always a “fighting season” for them. Afghan Taliban killed many US soldiers in last few days but US administration is still running after some people who can facilitate their peace talks with Taliban.

No more new minibus

As the errant bus operators keep charging extra fares from commuters, the communications minister yesterday once again warned the bus owners of tough action if anyone is found guilty of the offence.

New Everest hero returns

After conquering the Mount Everest, Bangladeshi mountaineer MA Muhit returned home yesterday.

Pop Guru still in danger

The condition of pop legend and freedom fighter Azam Khan, who is on life support in city's Square Hospital, remained unchanged yesterday.

PM opens vit-A plus campaign

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the National Vitamin 'A' Plus campaign-2011 at her official residence Gono Bhaban yesterday morning.

8 more anthrax infected

Eight more people have been diagnosed with anthrax in Shahjadpur and Ullahpara upazilas, civil surgeon of the district confirmed yesterday.

BNP bubbles burst in US

BNP leaders are faulting the advisers to party Chairperson Khaleda Zia on her entourage for their failure to organise any meeting between Khaleda and high profile US policymaker Hillary Clinton.

Food subsidy to shoot up by 61pc

The food budget will be increased by 15 percent to Tk 8,400 crore from current Tk 7,287 crore in the next fiscal year with a distribution plan to control food prices through market intervention.

BNP readies budget proposal

The main opposition BNP is preparing a budget proposal which the party chairperson will reveal prior to the submission of the national budget in parliament on June 9.

Police chief killed in Afghan blast

The police commander for northern Afghanistan was killed in a suicide bomb attack on Takhar province governor's office yesterday.

One killed by BSF

The body of a Bangladeshi cattle trader, allegedly tortured to death by Indian Border Security Force (BSF), was found floating in Ichhamati River on Friday evening.

Suicide blast kills 8 in Pakistan

A suicide bomber targeting a pro-government tribe yesterday killed at least eight people and wounded 11 others at a market in a restive Pakistani tribal area, officials said.

Editorial

Toxic ships for scrapping

It is just as well that the government has acted quickly on reports that a toxic ship sold as scrap and bought by an unknown person in Chittagong, by alerting all concerned to prevent its entry into our territory. We must also thank the international watchdog and BELA for raising the alarm.

Law catches up with Mladic

The arrest of Ratko Mladic on Thursday brings the prospects of justice for his victims remarkably closer. His capture ends a sixteen-year period in which the once swaggering Bosnian Serb general evaded the justice that was, and is, his due owing to the murder he organised of tens of thousands of Bosnian Muslims in the three-year period between 1992 and 1995. In tandem with Slobodan Milosevic and Radovan Karadzic, Mladic inaugurated, with no qualms of conscience, a pogrom now considered to have been the worst in the history of Europe since the outrages committed by the Nazis before and during the Second World War.

Sports

Barca immortals land European glory

Barcelona confirmed their place in the pantheon of football's greatest sides here Saturday, outclassing Manchester United 3-1 at Wembley to claim their second Champions League crown in three years.

Chennai remain kings

A clinical Chennai Super Kings clinched their second Indian Premier League (IPL) title in a row with a 58-run thrashing of Royal Challengers Bangalore in a lop-sided final on Saturday.

Normalcy returns on women's front

Victoria Azarenka and Li Na restored order at the French Open on Saturday after Roland Garros had lost its top two seeds before the fourth round, a 40-year low point for Paris.

No stopping Novak

Novak Djokovic extended his perfect start to the season at the French Open on Saturday, beating Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 for his 40th straight victory this year.

Dad knows best

Caroline Wozniacki is hoping some fatherly advice can help her ditch her Grand Slam jinx.

'WI will bounce back'

Former West Indies captain Carl Hooper says he can foresee the Windies bouncing back soon in world cricket as the young talent is surprisingly impressive.

'Windies will be better prepared against spin'

West Indies will be better prepared to combat India's spin threat in the upcoming ODI and Test series, coach Ottis Gibson has said.

Jimmy out of attack

England's James Anderson will be unable to bowl again in the remainder of the first Test against Sri Lanka, a team spokesman said Saturday.

Eng not far behind

Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott both made centuries against Sri Lanka in the first Test here on Saturday as they carried on from where they left off in Australia.

Indonesia in trouble

An Indonesian football association official will meet FIFA this week to try to persuade the body not to impose sanctions over the running of the game in the Asian nation, he said Saturday.

Li moves to 4th round

Chinese sixth seed Li Na reached the fourth round of the French Open for the second time on Saturday with a comfortable 6-2, 6-2 win over Romania's Sorana Cirstea.

MSC election postponed

The election for the board of directors of the newly formed limited company of Mohammedan SC was postponed as there was no submission of nomination papers by the deadline yesterday. A total of 17 directors are to be voted by the 213 members of the club in the election. 71 nomination papers were bought but none was submitted till yesterday.

Diego accuses Julio

Argentine legend Diego Maradona on Friday repeated doping allegations against Argentine Football Federation president Julio Grondona, insisting the latter gave the green light for players to take a banned substance ahead of a 1994 World Cup playoff with Australia.

Inter eye consolation

The Italian Cup final between deposed champions Inter Milan and Palermo on Sunday could have been overshadowed by the Champions League trophy clash in London the day before, but two presidents are ensuring no one forgets about it.

Pakistan go one-nil up

Pakistan beat Ireland in the first of the two one-day internationals in Belfast on Saturday.

Sharapova restores order

Maria Sharapova helped restore order at the French Open on Saturday after Roland Garros had been shellshocked by the loss of its top two seeds before the fourth round stage, a 40-year low point for Paris.

A difficult return awaits Tigers in Tests

A lot more than usual will be riding on the Tigers' preparatory camp that begins on June 4.

A feisty draw

Ten-man Arambagh KS frustrated Mohammedan SC to a goalless draw in a feisty encounter of the Grameenphone Bangladesh League at the Birshreshtha Mostafa Kamal Stadium yesterday. Neither team disturbed the league standings with Mohammedan in seventh position on 23 points and Arambagh with 18 points in eighth.

China sweep all but one

Chinese players swept the gold in the boys', girls' singles and mixed doubles on the last day of the Bangabandhu International Invitational Youth Table Tennis Championships at the Wooden Floor Gymnasium yesterday.

Hammam cries foul

Attempts to discredit Mohamed bin Hammam ahead of the FIFA presidency elections were a "tawdry manoeuvre" that showed "increasing evidence of a conspiracy", a statement issued by the Qatari's office said Friday.

Heinze quits Marseille

Marseille's veteran Argentinian defender Gabriel Heinze confirmed Friday that he would be leaving the French first division club at the end of the season.

Schnyder calls it quits

Patty Schnyder on Saturday called time on a 17-year career which brought 11 titles, 59 Grand Slam appearances and a family split caused by a bizarre relationship with an orange juice-obsessed guru.

Two IPL betters nabbed

Two persons were arrested on charges of indulging in betting on Indian Premier League (IPL) match and seized valuables, including cash worth 1.50 lakh rupees from them, police said Saturday.

'Pep may leave after final'

Pep Guardiola could be tempted to leave Barcelona after the Champions League final against Manchester United whether they win or lose, former club coach Johan Cruyff said on Friday.

Ballack's int'l career over?

Coach Joachim Loew hinted on Friday that out-of-favour captain Michael Ballack, who has not turned out for his country in over a year, is unlikely to play for Germany again.

Sk Jamal stay in the hunt

Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club held slim title hopes with a six-wicket victory over Azad Sporting Club in the final round of the 3rd Women's Club Cup cricket tournament at the City Club ground yesterday.

Day of records

Three new records were set on the second and final day of the 27th National Junior Athletics Championship as BKSP were crowned champions at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Archery

The elimination round of the Third Asian Archery Grand Prix and First Asian Youth Archery Championships were held at BKSP in Savar yesterday. Imdadul Haque Milon of Bangladesh was ranked second in the men's junior group with 651 points, while Mamun was placed fifth with 675 points in the men's grand prix elimination round. Mathui of Bangladesh was also ranked fifth in the elimination round of the women's grand prix round. The rest of the elimination matches will be held today.

Business

Govt spends high on interest payment

The government's spending for interest payment rose in the first eight months of the current fiscal year due to a hike in borrowing from costly domestic sources.

Call for safety net strategy

Time has come to adopt a comprehensive strategy on different social safety net programmes, which are presently run in a piecemeal way, to yield better and sustainable result, analysts said.

Four companies resume trade on DSE today after a halt

Four companies resume trade today on the Dhaka Stock Exchange after a halt of one month in the wake of an unusual hike in their stock prices.

PM's adviser warns of risky money flow into stockmarket

Liquidity supply to the stockmarket through the central bank may not bode well for the market, said the prime minister's adviser on economic affairs yesterday.

Buzz at NSU career fair

The seventh national career fair kicked off in Dhaka yesterday to provide an opportunity for employers to see and interact with the prospective job seekers.

Garment leaders demand fund for skills building

Garment makers yesterday urged the government to prioritise human resource development in the upcoming national budget for fiscal 2011-12 to overcome the shortage of skilled manpower in the sector.

BEA: inflation major challenge for govt

The government faces the challenges of rising inflation and a volatile stockmarket in the upcoming fiscal year, said Bangladesh Economic Association (BEA) yesterday.

Stocks pass dismal week

Only after a brief spell of gain, stocks plunged last week amid apprehensions that the government might not come up with investor-friendly incentives in the upcoming budget.

China not a currency manipulator: US

The United States on Friday called on China to speed up progress in making its currency more flexible, but refrained from branding Beijing a currency manipulator, a move that could trigger sanctions.

When inflation is manufactured

The country is now reeling under higher rate of inflation, as price level is moving upward consistently. The annual average rate of inflation, calculated on the basis of consumer price index (CPI), reached around 8.5 percent in April, which significantly overshoots the government target.

The changing broadcast media

It's not the outcome of nature. But broadcast media follows the law of nature and changes its form day by day. Technology made it easy to showcase any incident instantly through the internet. Now the changed media enables people to control the extent of the video's content

As digitalisation takes place

Digitalisation is a transformational process, fundamentally changing and relegating yesteryear realities to museums, said Rene Summer, director for government and industry relation of Ericsson.

India eyes diplomacy and private sector to woo Africa

Bereft of China's riches, India is banking on diplomacy, development and its entrepreneurial private sector to woo African nations to open markets and natural resources to Asia's third-largest economy

Tradition, sprawl confront next Tata Group leader

Ratan Tata, retiring soon as chairman of India's sprawling Tata conglomerate, is known for making sketches of the company's next car model and fussing over details of a hotel's design.

IMF faces dilemma with Greece

The International Monetary Fund faces a tough dilemma with Greece, tugged between bending its standards to give more support to Athens or to push the country out on its own, at risk of a debacle for the eurozone.

EU, Japan eye new friendship, end to trade friction

The EU and Japan went into summit talks Saturday seeking to elevate ties between the world's third biggest economy and its leading market by overcoming a history of prickly trade friction.

Russia to lift grain export ban July 1: Putin

Russia on Saturday said it would soon lift a ban on grain exports that was imposed in August 2010 in the middle of an unprecedented drought that wiped out harvests.

Asian shares edge up

Asian shares were mostly higher Friday but Tokyo edged down after data showed consumer prices rose for the first time in 28 months in April due to higher fuel prices following the March 11 earthquake.

MGM China prices IPO at top end of range

Macau casino MGM China Holdings has priced shares in its $1.5 billion initial public offering at the top end of their expected range, reflecting optimism over the world's biggest gambling hub.

Burberry profits surge

British luxury goods company Burberry said on Thursday that annual net profits more than doubled to £208 million on soaring demand in emerging markets for its clothing and accessories.

Malaysia Sime Darby reports profit

Malaysian palm oil giant Sime Darby Friday announced a return to third quarter profits and said it expects to surpass targets for the full fiscal year due to higher crude palm oil prices.

Weekly Currency Roundup

May 22- 26, 2011
International Markets
The euro steadied against the dollar this week.

Metropolitan

Slap higher tax on tobacco products

Experts from different sectors yesterday recommended imposing higher duties on tobacco products and raising fines to prevent smoking in public.

Peacekeepers hailed

President Zillur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday expressed their felicitations to the UN peacekeepers on the occasion of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers to be observed today.

Railway beefs up eviction drive

Bangladesh Railway has strengthened its eviction drive to recover about 2,500 acres of its land illegally occupied by influential people in the country.

Victim’s family calls it a murder

Family members of a former Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute scientific officer who died while in custody of the Detective Banch (DB) of police yesterday claimed that the DB police had killed him ‘intentionally’.

AL allies unhappy with pace of war crimes trial

Leaders of two components of ruling Awami League (AL) led grand alliance government yesterday urged the government to minimise peoples' sufferings and complete trial of war criminals within its tenure.

'Cut defence budget for education'

Former adviser to a caretaker government Rasheda K Chowdhury yesterday suggested the government to cut budget for defence to invest on the country's education sector.

Holiday on Zia's death anniversary

BNP lawmakers formed a human chain yesterday on Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban premises demanding declaration of May 30, death anniversary of president Ziaur Rahman, as a public holiday.

'Wake up to senior citizens' needs'

A favourable environment should be ensured for elderly people so that they can live with dignity and in comfort, said social researchers at a seminar yesterday.

CNG auto drivers demand fare hike

Auto-rickshaw drivers in the city yesterday threatened to launch agitation programmes from June 12, if their demands, which include increasing the fare in adjustment to the CNG price hike, are not met.

5 die in road crashes

Five people were killed and 12 injured in seperate road accidents in Tangail and Sirajganj yesterday.

Two students stabbed over protest

A group of students of Chittagong University (CU) yesterday stabbed two fellow students for protesting against stalking of a girl.

Khaleda returns today

BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia will return home today concluding a two-week visit to the UK and the USA.

Land port activities disrupted

Import and export activities through Sonamasjid land port was suspended Saturday morning following a protest programme of Indian truck drivers.

SC may hear review plea of Tarique today

Supreme Court (SC) today is likely to hear a review petition filed by BNP leader Tarique Rahman against its verdict saying the money laundering case against Tarique can run under Money Laundering Prevention Act 2002.

Indian foreign secy due June 6

Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao will be in Dhaka on June 6 in the run up to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's proposed official visit to Bangladesh later this year.

Mini marathon marks 6th day

Mini marathon, walkathon and skating competition took place yesterday on the sixth day of the adventure fest organised marking the first anniversary of Everest conquest by Musa Ibrahim.

Sultan Reza passes away

Sultan Reza, a businessman and an ex-marketing director of National Cooperative Business Association in Washington, DC, died of heart attack in Indian city of Kochi on May 26. He was 72, says a press release yesterday.

Boy dies in rooftop fall

A madrasa student named Mahmudul Islam, 13, died after falling from the rooftop of a five-storey building at Nurpur of the city's Kadamtoli last evening.

One dead, 3 hurt of electrocution

One worker died and three others received serious injuries after being electrocuted while working on an electricity post yesterday in West Military Pool area of Boalkhali upazila in Chittagong.

Liquor worth Tk 1.25 lakh seized

Bangladesh Coast Guard (east zone) in a drive yesterday seized different items of contraband foreign liquor worth Tk 1.25 lakh from Parki Beach under Anwara Police Station in the city.

'Resettle dwellers of risky hill slums'

Speakers here yesterday urged the government for necessary steps to rehabilitate people living in unsafe and risky slums in the hilly areas across the city.

3 held over CU shuttle train clash

Police arrested three Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists of Chittagong University (CU) unit yesterday on charge of their involvement in CU shuttle train compartment-based clashes at Cantonment Railway Station on April 30.

Mob kills robbery suspect

A mob beat one suspected robber to death and injured two others at Demra village under Kaliganj upazila early yesterday.

Unidentified youth found dead

Police recovered the body of an unidentified man aged about 34 from the city's central road area yesterday.

Housewife killed in wall collapse

A five-month pregnant housewife was killed as portion of a kitchen's wall collapsed on her in the city's Kamrangirchar yesterday

20 foreign journos arrive on visit

Twenty journalists and analysts from nine countries arrived on a weeklong visit to Bangladesh yesterday at the invitation of the foreign ministry.

Obituary

Md Rafiqul Islam Mani Miah, younger brother of former finance and planning minister M Saifur Rahman, passed away at a hospital in the city yesterday due to cardiac arrest at the age of 65, says a press release.

Dr Nasima Begum

Dr Nasima Begum, a gynecologist of Bridgend hospital at Cardiff in England, passed away on Friday due to cancer at the age of 65,says a press release.

Death anniversary

Tomorrow is the first death anniversary of Shamsun Nahar, mother of Abu Kawsar, a senior reporter of Dainik Samakal and general secretary of Economic Reporters' Forum, says a press release.

Sohel Chowdhury

Today is the seventh death anniversary of theater activist Sohel Chowdhury, says a press release.

National

Illegal arms factory unearthed, 4 guns recovered: 2 held

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) Chittagong-7 in separate drives in Cox's Bazar and Bandarban have unearthed an illegal arms factory, recovered four firearms, arms manufacturing materials and arrested two people.

One jailed,5 fined for poll code violation

A mobile court in Ghoraghat upazila of Dinajpur yesterday jailed a man of a union parishad chairman candidate for bribing voters.

Mystery shrouds death of trainee at Sunamganj PTI

Mystery has shrouded the death of a female trainee a Sunamganj primary training institute (PTI).

Jasim seems maimed for life, accused at large

Victim of violence centring a cricket match two months ago, a youth of Ghona village in Manikganj Sadar upazila is yet to get back normal life while all the accused in the case filed for the brutal torture have remained at large.

Housewife killed for dowry

A housewife, who was tortured for dowry allegedly by her husband on Thursday at Khetkipara village in Badarganj upazila, died at Rangpur Medical College and Hospital (RMCH) on Friday.

Illegal dam on canal triggers protest

Hundreds of farmers and fishermen of Charmontaz union under Galachipa upazila formed a human chain on the bank of Bailabunia canal on Friday demanding removal of illegal dam on the canal.

GRP finally records rape, murder case

Two weeks after abduction and brutal murder of a teenage girl, government railway police (GRP) in Parbatipur upazila of Dinajpur district on Friday recorded a rape and murder case.

Former top power official sued on corruption charge

Deputy director of Khulna office of Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Md Nazrul Islam filed a case on Friday night with Sonadanga Model PS in the city accusing former Managing Director (MD) Md Abu Ishaque of West Zone Power Distribution Company Limited (WZPDCL) of amassing huge wealth beyond known sources of his income.

Three Shibir activists held in Rajshahi city

Police arrested three activists of Chhatra Shibir on various charges in the city yesterday.

Thakurgaon hospital docs, nurses agitate

Doctors and nurses of Thakurgaon Sadar Hospital observed one-hour work abstention on Friday and Saturday demanding arrest of the culprits who assaulted a doctor and two nurses early Thursday.

Villagers save girl from early marriage

A 13-year-old girl was saved from under-age marriage in face of protest by villagers on Friday.

Expat hacked to death in Sylhet

A Saudi expatriate, who was hacked by criminals Thursday evening in Majortila area on Sylhet-Tamabil highway in Sadar upazila, died at Osmani Medical College and Hospital at night.

Farmer killed in Khulna

Police recovered the body of a farmer from Kabadak River in Daspara area of Koira upazila Friday morning.

Letters

Generate rural employment

Dhaka is now overloaded with a huge population. Many people came to Dhaka from the rural areas in search of cash earnings as the rural settings miserably lack employment opportunities. Under the pressure of over population, Dhaka is rapidly moving towards bankruptcy in respect of housing, transport, water-supply, civic amenities and most importantly its environmental status. Perhaps it is the time when the government should attach special attention to generate employment opportunities in the rural setting by establishing agro-based small industries. At the same time, easy access of the farmers to cold-storage and marketing facilities has to be ensured for agricultural produces so that farmers may not sustain losses and lose interest in agricultural occupation.

Make post offices useful

Once post offices were the only institutions we used to depend on for communication. In the past, post offices were always crowded with people. Now-a-days, our post offices give a reverse picture. Not many people are there. Only a few visit the place for sending official documents. This has happened only because of a sudden change in the communication technology that is widespread availability of cell phones and e-communications like e-mails, facebook, and also availability of courier services. Our post offices should now change their strategy. They should come out of their traditional services and timing. Post offices should now remain open on weekends and they should render some other services like collecting all utility bills, selling train tickets, banking, selling land revenue stamps, etc. We request the ministries and departments concerned to review these proposals and bring a big change to make our post offices profitable.

Grievances of our police force

It is known to all that the police force of a country is assigned with the arduous task of keeping the law and order situation at a tolerable level to ensure peace and stability. And to do so police have to go through lots of difficult situations. However, in return, what do they get? They don't get a better pay, comfortable place to live in, or better meals, let alone other promised benefits enjoyed by the officers. I was saddened while going through a local daily which gave a very sorry tale about the condition of low ranking police personnel. Government must take immediate actions to address their plight. If the police don't get enough to live a decent life, how will they perform their duties properly? Obviously, they will resort to other means to make some extra bucks. Our police force should also be adequately equipped with all required logistics to combat crimes effectively.

Obama's sacred duty

On May 24, 2011, I listened to Israeli PM's speech telecast live by CNN. He was speaking to both the houses of congress about the peace plan with Palestine. But the Israeli Prime Minister did not budge from his stance, he rejected the idea of a Palestinian state to be created based on the borders that existed before 1967. He declared that Jerusalem must never be divided, it would remain the capital of Israel, there would be Israeli military presence along the Jordan river, in short, everything in favour of Israel. One can easily imagine the hold Israel has over the US.

Hospitals or death centres?

Two weeks ago my nephew who was a month premature, died in a renowned private hospital in Gulshan. Although his condition was improving he was given high antibiotic without our knowledge. As a result, he died the next day of kidney and lungs problem. Two weeks later, the same thing happened to another premature child. Is this what we get in return for paying high amounts of money to these hospitals for our treatment? I would request the authorities concerned to stop this brutality. If this carelessness goes on, we will not be able to trust any doctor.

Japanese generosity

I was touched by the article published on 24th May in your daily that was so appreciative of the generosity of the Japanese to Bangladesh in the face of their problems, and, on the same page, the humorous article by Jamal Khan, about the chaos in a Bangladeshi public sector workplace. I think the best way of saying thank you to the Japanese for their donation for the building of the Padma Bridge is to be careful that the work is not spoilt by corruption. I heard that the British consultant for the building of the Pakshey (now the Lalon Shah) Bridge - also funded by the Japanese - got up at 2.00 am to check the quality of the cement going into the uprights……

Bad condition of Dhaka-Chittagong highway

I was pondering deeply on the issue of approving transit to India. No doubt that transit might appear as a blessing to the country's economy. But the question is whether appropriate infrastructure is available in our country or not. Transporting goods from the port towards north through Dhaka- Chittagong highway is the only option available to the govt. But the condition of the road is so dilapidated that this cannot take the huge load of traffic. Govt. must rethink on the issue prior to giving transit to India. Otherwise this will terminate into a mess.

What is WASA doing?

In Dhaka hundreds of high-rise buildings are being constructed. But there is no coordination of work and planning between WASA and RAJUK. As a result, the suffering of the people due to acute shortage of water knows no bound. It is reported that most of the owners/developers of the high-rise buildings have illegally installed water pump and connected those with the WASA water pipeline. These pumps divert the water from the WASA's pipeline to their buildings depriving the people of the surrounding buildings of water supply. Would WASA and the authorities concerned kindly look into the matter and take disciplinary action against the dishonest persons and employees of WASA?

BNP in disarray

Mohammad Ali Sattar's well written article titled 'A party in disarray', published in your pages on 24th May describes BNP's lack of political outlook and policy. They are only interested in "winning election and ministerial seats".

Let's be humans, not robots

The students vomiting the most amount of information get the best results, under the current Bangla medium education system. It doesn't matter if the person's analytical ability or his reasoning power is poor, because he can memorize and reproduce well. These types of students, in my experience, get the shock of their lives in the university levels. Every good university in Bangladesh has an education system based on reasoning and analyzing, case studies, journals, presentations. These students can't present, can't analyze, can't reason, and suddenly, they are completely lost. It is not their fault that they are lost, but it is the fault of the system. Let's be humans, not robots.

PM pledged jobs, but …

I would like to remind the honorable PM that one of the pledges made by her party before the election was to create job opportunities for at least one member of every family. Obviously, young people were inspired by this pledge and cast their votes in favour of change, but in vain. It is reported that 35 thousand first class non-cadre gazetted posts are vacant in different ministries. But it is a matter of frustration that only 300 out of 2700 candidates of 28th BCS were appointed before the final result of 29th BCS was published. We hope the honorable PM would immediately intervene to solve this problem.

Bring peace in hills

Santu Larma's organization PCJSS (signed in the Peace Treaty of 1997) is blamed for killing 4 UPDF (raising objection to the Peace Treaty) men including its central leader Animesh Chakma. We have learnt from local media reports that the incident might be a result of ongoing conflict and rivalry between the activists of the United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) and Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS).

Four cases against Khaleda Zia

I wrote in this column of DS several times in the past about why BNP is boycotting parliament. Finally Moudud Ahmed has come out with the main reason, because the BNP leadership failed to convince the media, other political parties and our intellectuals. All are blaming the government for failing to bring the opposition in the parliament. According to the intellectuals, it is the duty of the government to bring them in and make parliament functional, as if the opposition has no responsibility to attend voluntarily. Now the time has come for the government to make the parliament functional by withdrawing four cases against Khaleda Zia. The government should act quickly but with conditions as the New York court has done to Kahn, the IMF boss. The government does not need to compel the BNP leadership to wear monitoring devices. But Khaleda should vow that she will not demand withdrawal of cases against her sons and other top leaders like Moudud, Sirker, Abbas and many others.

Campus violence

Campus violence has become a common issue these days. It has increased the sufferings of the students. I urge the political leaders of our country to take immediate steps so that students can never become victims of politics.

Ragging- an inhuman practice

University is the highest institution of education where students get access to the world of excellence in terms of humanity and professionalism. Students come here to make themselves enlightened. But it is very appalling that in some universities, in the name of 'ragging', the newcomers are tortured by their seniors! Of late, a leading daily reported that freshers at Chittagong Marine Academy were severely tortured by the seniors. The level of torture was so high that some of the students were admitted to the emergency units of the hospitals with acute physical and mental problems. Some of them even died! Though ragging is prohibited, this is going on unabated!

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International

Egypt reopens Rafah border with Gaza

Egypt yesterday reopened its Rafah border crossing with Gaza, allowing people to cross freely for the first time in four years, in a move hailed by Hamas but criticised by Israel.

Nepal's leaders battle to avert fresh crisis

Nepal's ruling parties were locked in 11th-hour negotiations to try to avert a fresh political crisis yesterday, with hours to go before parliament's term expires.

Nato raids Gaddafi's Tripoli compound

Nato carried out fresh bombing raids at the heart of Tripoli's regime yesterday, the military alliance said after G8 world powers intensified the pressure on Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi to go.

Pak army chief worried about Islamist infiltration

Top Pakistani military officials are concerned that their ranks have been penetrated by Islamists aiding militants in a campaign against the state, The Washington Post reported late Friday.

Yemen tensions ease with tenuous ceasefire

An informal ceasefire between President Ali Abdullah Saleh's security forces and a tribal group brought a pause in fighting yesterday after nearly a week of deadly clashes left Yemen near civil war.

Bin Laden considered seeking deal with Pakistan

Osama bin Laden considered seeking a deal with Pakistan under which al-Qaeda leaders in the country would be protected and, in return, al-Qaeda would refrain from attacking Pakistan, a US official told CNN Friday.

Sudan rivals to meet on Abyei crisis

South Sudan's vice president flew to Khartoum yesterday on a mission to "ease tensions" over Abyei, one week after northern troops overran the contested border region, a southern official said.

Serbia to probe Mlidic networks

Serbia vowed yesterday to track down those who helped Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic evade justice for so long, as fresh details emerged of his arrest after 16 years on the run.

Friday's death toll rises to 12

Syrian security forces shot dead 12 demonstrators on Friday during protests against Baath Party rule that erupted in 91 locations across Syria, the Syrian National Organisation for Human Rights said.

Missouri tornado toll rises to 132

The death toll from one of the worst tornadoes ever to hit the United States has risen to 132 as crews continued to search the rubble for survivors and victims.

Pakistan must desert terror camps

Defence Minister AK Antony said it would be difficult to have “permanent cooperation” in IndoPak relations without Islamabad dismantling terrorist camps functioning in Pakistan.

Egypt court fines Mubarak $90.64m

An Egyptian court yesterday fined ousted President Hosni Mubarak and two former officials $90.64 million for cutting off mobile and internet services during January protests, a court source said.

Obama ends Europe tour in Poland

US President Barack Obama has reaffirmed relations between the US and Poland yesterday, as his six-day tour of Europe drew to a close.

First Arab woman scales Everest

Suzanne al-Houby, a Palestinian who lives in the United Arab Emirates, has become the first Arab woman to scale Mount Everest, the world's tallest mountain.

Court issues NBW against actor Sanjay Dutt

A local court here yesterday issued non-bailable warrant against actor Sanjay Dutt for not appearing before it in connection with a violation of model code of conduct case lodged during last Lok Sabha elections.

Interpol issues global alert for Taliban fugitives

Interpol has issued a worldwide alert yesterday for 417 fugitives of an Afghan jailbreak, including Taliban considered "a major threat to global security."

Two British soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Two British soldiers were killed by a homemade bomb while on patrol in southern Afghanistan, defence officials in London said yesterday.

Dozens detained from violent Moscow gay rally

Moscow police yesterday detained three prominent global gay rights leaders as violence broke out at an unprecedented rally that activists tried to stage near the Kremlin wall.

Arts & Entertainment

Nationwide Celebration of National Poet's 112th Birth Anniversary

The national celebration marking poet Kazi Nazrul Islam's 112th birth anniversary began at the Nazrul Mancha (stage) at Darirampur in Trishal here on May 25. The three-day programme concluded on May 27. The event was jointly organised by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and Mymensingh District Administration.

High Flying

A traditional kite festival was held at Jhitka-Poddarbari, under Harirampur upazila in Manikganj on Friday. Jatiya Lok-Sahitya Sangraha and Gabeshona Kendra (an organisation that collects and conducts research on folklore and rural traditions) organised the festival to observe the birth anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam.

Dramatised Readings

Rabindranath Tagore is reputed for his extensive repertoire of short stories in his unmistakeably lyrical prose. A ghost story that makes ones hair stand on end seems far from Tagore's ambit. “The Hungry Stones” (“Khudhito Pashan”), written in 1895, is a notable exception. Recently dramatised readings with a multi-media presentation of “The Hungry Stones” were presented at the Indian International Centre in New Delhi.

Film on Dr. Yunus on the cards?

Noted Indian actor Irrfan Khan is likely to play the role of Grameen Bank founder Dr. Muhammad Yunus in a film on the Nobel Peace Prize winner, being made by Italian director Marco Amenta, media reports here said.

OP-ED

Repositioning Bangladesh using soft power

It is forty years since the birth of Bangladesh. During this time the country has travelled from Henry Kissinger's basket case to being almost a granary. From a non-existent industrial base it has moved to a country which produces much of its essential consumer items.

You can't get bail at Guantanamo

The rich are, as was well said, different from you and I: they have more money. In India, they have more lawyers. Does this mean that they are also more guilty? The law must take its course; no argument about that. What happens, however, when law becomes part of the public discourse?

Compulsive buyer or chronic "returner"?

Is there any particular reason for the return Ma'am?" I heard the salesman ask. Turning around I noticed a young woman at the cash register with a bag full of clothes she wished to return. This is not an unusual sight in a store in America -- everyday people bring back merchandise that they want to exchange or return. However, what struck me was the insouciance with which the woman shrugged her shoulders and responded: "I've changed my mind -- don't want them any more." The sales representative patiently scanned the item tags, punched the required information in the register, and the transaction was completed in less than five minutes!

International Day for UN Peacekeepers

Since 2003, United Nations (UN) has been observing "International Day for UN Peacekeepers" on May 29 every year. The purpose of this day is two-fold; one, to honour the memory of UN peacekeepers who lost their lives in the cause of peace; two, to pay tribute to all men and women who have served and continue to serve in the UN Peacekeeping Operations (UNPKO) for their high level of professionalism, dedication and courage.

Child drowning in Bangladesh

The weather is already warming up as Bangladeshis start preparing for a long, sweltering summer. Before we know it, the rains will begin and the rivers, dams, drains and ditches across the country will start filling up with water and eventually the country will experience the annual floods.

This Day In History

May 29

1453
Fall of Constantinople: Ottoman armies under Sultan Mehmed II Fatih capture Constantinople after a 53-day siege, ending the Byzantine Empire.


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