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News of: Thursday, 9th of June, 2011

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Problems plentiful

It has been an unnerving year, not only for the finance minister but for us all. Because anyone with some sense can find himself looking eye to eye with a Hydra head of thorny issues. Probably never had the economy faced so many problems at one time, each promising to grow bigger and squish its prey.

BNP offers proposals

Stressing the need for expansion of social safety net programmes for the poor, the BNP chairperson yesterday said power and energy, education, health and infrastructure sector should get top priority in the next fiscal year's budget.

Over 70 housing projects illegal

The High Court yesterday directed the government to remove or demolish 77 unauthorised housing projects in and around Dhaka within 30 days.

No unrest if we sit, talk

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the present sizzling political situation can be resolved through discussion.

35 illegal sawmills shut

A joint task force of forest division and district administration evicted 35 illegal sawmills from the Sakhipur reserve forest area in Tangail in a 24-hour drive that began on Tuesday morning.

BNP won't join EC dialogue

In a crucial meeting of party policymakers, the main opposition BNP last night decided not to join dialogue with the election commission (EC) on June 13.

AL lawmakers welcome tax on their salaries

Awami League lawmakers yesterday welcomed Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's proposal for tax on legislators' salaries and allowances.

51 proposals placed in JS

The parliamentary special committee on constitution amendment yesterday placed in the House a 51-point recommendation that includes scrapping the much-talked- about caretaker government system, posts and definition of chief adviser and advisers, and providing the highest punishment for unconstitutional takeover of state power.

Jaywalker hit, dragged 150 yards to death

A private car last evening hit a jaywalker and dragged him about 150 yards to death at Farmgate in the capital.

NGOs no rivals to govt

The government is trying to establish “unnecessary control” over NGOs which is hampering their activities, alleged leading civil society members yesterday.

Why state religion not to be illegal

The High Court yesterday asked the government to explain why the section of the eighth amendment to the constitution giving Islam the status of state religion should not be declared illegal.

Convicted killers still at large

The father of late Buet student Sabekun Nahar Sony yesterday demanded the government arrest the absconding murder convicts and mete out punishment.

Kid dies as brickbats fall on him

Yet another baby boy died yesterday, a day after two brickbats fell on his head from an under-construction building in the capital's Uttara.

Four killed as truck rams 3-wheeler

At least four people including a woman were killed and 10 injured when a truck collided head-on with a three-wheeler 'Nasiman' on Dinajpur-Bogra highway at Uchitpur village of Chirirbandar upazila yesterday evening.

Facebook sorry over tagging row

Facebook has apologised yesterday for the way it rolled-out a new system that recognises users' faces.

Beware of illegal colleges

The education ministry has issued a note of alert regarding admission in class XI, asking the admission seekers to check the authenticity of the colleges before their admission.

4 burqa-clad girls held on suspicion

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday picked up four burqa-clad girls from Eden Girls' College premises in the capital suspecting their involvement with Islamist militant organisations.

Al-Qaeda claims deadly central Iraq attacks

Al-Qaeda's front group in Iraq claimed responsibility yesterday for a string of recent suicide bombings that killed at least 36 people, including a military intelligence chief.

Russia lost edge in last decade: World Bank

The World Bank warned yesterday that Russia had lost its competitive drive in the era of Vladimir Putin and was now the poor relation within the BRICS group of fast-growing emerging economies.

Editorial

Extortion hindering business

Despite government's claim that the law and order is now in a better shape, situation on the ground seems to be otherwise. The way hoodlums terrorised the Jatrabari area of the city in broad daylight on Monday by carrying out armed attack on a gas station and shooting an on-duty member of Ansar to death is an instance of where things have gone wrong.

Road digging woes

Digging of roads by Dhaka Wasa to lay underground pipes is nothing new, or for that matter any other utility organization doing it. Dhaka Wasa undertakes development projects for the benefit of the people. But the problem is with the timing of the excavation work and its tardy nature.

Sports

Adios El Phenomenon

Ronaldo's career with Brazil's national team came to an emotional end as he was given a send-off during Tuesday's friendly game against Romania.

'New coach by June 15'

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will confirm the appointment of a new head coach for the national cricket team within the next seven days.

Cook stars in draw

Alastair Cook scored his third century in four Test innings but England had to settle for a draw in the second match of their series against Sri Lanka at Lord's here Tuesday.

Abahani get out of jail

Ten-man Abahani came from behind to beat Arambagh KS 2-1 in their Grameenphone Bangladesh League fixture at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Strauss bats for Prior

England captain Andrew Strauss insisted Matt Prior was "genuinely contrite" after he broke a window in the Lord's Pavilion during the drawn second Test against Sri Lanka.

Youth kabaddi from today

The Meizan National Youth Kabaddi Championship gets underway today with 37 districts participating in nine different venues across the country.

Sk Russel fined

Sheikh Russel KC have been slapped with a Tk 50,000 fine for breach of discipline during the Bangladesh League match against Sheikh Jamal on Tuesday, said a press release from Bangladesh Football Federation.

Kallis SA's player of the year

All-rounder Jacques Kallis dominated the South African Cricket Awards, winning three of them, including the prestigious Cricketer of the Year.

Imran slams suicidal PCB

Pakistan's iconic former captain Imran Khan said Wednesday the public row between management and all-rounder Shahid Afridi was akin to a "suicide attack" that could sink cricket into deeper turmoil.

Aamer in hot water again

The International Cricket Council launched an investigation Wednesday after Pakistan bowler Mohammad Aamer admitted playing cricket for an English club side despite his ban for spot-fixing.

Woods withdraws from US Open

Former World No. 1 Tiger Woods, a 14-time major champion chasing the all-time record of 18 won by Jack Nicklaus, said Tuesday that he will not play in next week's US Open golf tournament.

Rogge keen on cricket

Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee, is keen to see cricket becoming an Olympic sport in the future. Speaking to the London Evening Standard, Rogge also indicated that if cricket were to feature in the Olympic games, it would have to be through its shorter versions.

Dilshan out of third Test

Sri Lanka captain Tillakaratne Dilshan has been ruled out of the third cricket Test against England with a broken thumb.

PCB suspends selector Ilyas

Pakistan on Wednesday suspended national cricket selector Mohammad Ilyas for alleged breach of conduct for criticising Shahid Afridi and appearing on a TV show with banned Salman Butt.

Germany go 10 clear

Germany went ten-points clear at the top of their Euro 2012 qualifying group on Tuesday as stars Mario Gomez and Mesut Ozil netted in a 3-1 win over minnows Azerbaijan.

Japan need to raise their game

Keisuke Honda says Japan need to raise their game ahead of World Cup qualifiers, contradicting coach Alberto Zaccheroni who said he was pleased with the scoreless friendly draw with the Czech Republic.

Brazil pick injured duo

Brazil coach Mano Menezes has named injured pair Paulo Henrique Ganso and Alexandre Pato in his 22-man squad for the Copa America.

Irish slay Italy

Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni put one over his compatriots on Tuesday as his side beat a largely-dominant Italy 2-0 in a friendly here.

Schalke chase Lehmann

Champions League semifinalists Schalke 04 have confirmed their interest in former Germany goalkeeper Jens Lehmann following his brief comeback last season with Premier League giants Arsenal.

Kawaga not for sale

German champions Borussia Dortmund have insisted Japan star Shinji Kagawa is not for sale, despite reports he is on the radar of Premier League giants Manchester United.

FIFA at an all-time low

British Prime Minister David Cameron said FIFA's reputation had hit rock-bottom on Wednesday following the "farce" surrounding the re-election of world football supremo Sepp Blatter.

Business

Budget of hopes and challenges

The national budget for fiscal 2011-12 is being presented today against a sliding macroeconomic stability and the need to balance several conflicting objectives such as inflation without hampering growth and providing subsidies with 'no additional burden' on taxpayers.

HSBC awards five exporters

HSBC Bangladesh has awarded five exporters in recognition of their contribution to promoting Bangladeshi goods abroad.

Marketing guru creates buzz in city

Marketing guru Philip Kotler yesterday shared his marketing insight with the students, academicians and government officials in Dhaka.

Govt's bank borrowing to rise 21pc

The government will increase borrowing from banks by 21 percent in the next fiscal year to take pressure off the budget which may go bigger because of subsidies on power, energy and food.

NBR makes 5-year plan

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has prepared a five-year strategic plan to boost the pace of revenue earnings.

Inflation key risk in South Asia: WB

Inflation in South Asian countries including Bangladesh remains a key downslide risk to growth as policymakers face numerous challenges in reducing price pressures, the World Bank Global Economic Prospectus (GEP) said.

Banglalink revenue shoots 27pc

Banglalink's revenue rose by 27 percent to $126 million in the first quarter of 2011, compared to the same period last year.

IBCCI gets new office bearers

Abdul Matlub Ahmad, chairman of Nitol-Niloy Group and Debabrata Datta, country head of State Bank of India, have been elected president and vice president of India-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IBCCI) for 2011-2013.

Huawei handset on lowest radiation list

Huawei Ideos X5 handset ranks fifth on the 10 lowest-radiation list, according to a research by CNET, the US IT media.

New top brass for NCC Bank

Nurun Newaz Salim has recently been elected chairman of NCC Bank, the bank said in a statement.

Stocks end flat on profit-taking

Stocks closed flat as investors booked profits, manifesting they are still a bit unsure of what steps the government is going to take on the market through today's national budget.

ICC sits with global businesses to prepare for G20 Summit

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) consulted with companies from around the globe in Mexico City this week to consolidate positions on a host of issues for delivery at the upcoming G20 Summit.

Teenagers drive outsourcing growth

Like many teenagers, Abdullah Al Zahid spends most of his time holed up in his bedroom in his family's modest Dhaka apartment glued to his computer.

Must we always try to grow the economy?

In one chapter of his sharp new book "The Next Convergence," the economist Michael Spence asks a simple yet evocative question: Why do we want our economy to grow?

A debate on foreign investment

The ever-swelling textiles and garments sector is becoming a lucrative investment segment for not only the domestic investors, but also foreign investors.

Demand-supply gap should come to focus

Bangladesh is desperately trying to attract more foreign direct investment (FDI) to create more employment and keep up the pace of growth momentum. The number of FDI proposals registered with the Board of Investment is also increasing in different sectors, while most of the proposals are coming in the textile sector. But, local entrepreneurs say the country does not need any FDI in textile sector, as they are performing well.

WB: Inflation piles pressure on growth in developing world

The World Bank on Tuesday revised up its growth forecast for the developing world and warned that higher food and fuel prices were causing inflationary pressures to build up.

Renault makes 'fresh start' in India to scale up sales

After a false start, French carmaker Renault is making an ambitious re-entry into India's fast-growing auto market where it plans to introduce a slew of new models and rapidly scale up sales.

Trade, output data point to slower eurozone growth ahead

Trade between eurozone powerhouses Germany and France and the rest of the world produced mixed results in April, official data showed Wednesday, underscoring forecasts for moderating growth this year.

IMF cuts Japan forecast, calls for debt measures

The International Monetary Fund on Wednesday lowered its 2011 growth forecast for Japan and called on the world's third largest economy to adopt "more ambitious" measures to tackle its huge debt.

Singapore leaps Hong Kong for expat costs

Singapore has overtaken Hong Kong to become the third costliest economy in Asia for expatriates' daily needs because of its stren-gthening currency, human resource firm ECA International said Wednesday.

Asian markets mostly down

Asian stocks were mostly down on Wednesday as worries over the state of the global economy hit confidence, but a late rally saw the Nikkei finish the day just in positive territory.

Metropolitan

Bangladesh global peace efforts lauded

Assistant United Nations (UN) Secretary General for Peacekeeping Support Judy Cheng-Hopkins yesterday said Bangladesh is unparalleled in global peacekeeping with decades of experience.

Integrated efforts stressed

Since the dynamics of population, health and nutrition are composite in nature, an integrated approach to address the issues is necessary, said speakers at a discussion yesterday.

World tour on wheelchair

Mohoram Ali can't even cross a street without his wheelchair. But this 24-year-old young man, his left leg paralysed from childhood polio, is embarking on a world tour on wheelchair to raise awareness about rights of the people with disability.

Tribal people not indigenous

Indigenous people of the country will be recognised in the constitution as tribal people but not indigenous, Law Minister barrister Shafique Ahmed said yesterday.

Samyabadi Dal says yes, Janata League no

Bangladesher Samyabadi Dal (ML) yesterday supported introduction of electronic voting (e-voting) system in upcoming general election while Krishak Sramik Janata League opposed it saying the system is not enough to prevent vote rigging.

Enforce bldg code to cut loss

Proper enforcement of Bangladesh National Building Code (BNBC) could prevent half the loss of life and properties during an earthquake, particularly in the capital, said relevant experts at a workshop yesterday.

Ensure fair price of jute

Speakers at a seminar yesterday urged the government to take necessary steps to ensure fair price of jute and reduce price of jute products for expanding its market locally and globally.

DU chief engr among 4 suspended for bribe

The Dhaka University (DU) authorities have suspended two engineers and taken punitive action against two other officials for taking bribe from a contractor to award him its construction work.

RMG worker found dead in crematorium

Police recovered the burnt body of an adolescent garment worker from a crematorium at Dakshin Kattali of Pahartali in the port city yesterday.

India to export more 10 lakh bales of cotton

India yesterday decided to allow export of an additional 10 lakh bales of cotton during the ongoing season in the wake of a sharp fall in prices in the domestic market.

Protect Jhilonja Mouza in Cox's Bazar

The High Court yesterday directed the government to take necessary steps to protect the natural characteristics of Jhilonja Mouza, an ecologically critical area in Cox's Bazar, from encroachment.

Quader offers BNP dialogue on CG

Urging main opposition BNP for discussion on the much-talked about caretaker government system, ruling Awami League (AL) Presidium Member Obaidul Quader yesterday said his party wants to hold dialogue on the issue with an open mind.

Savar MP, others cleared of extortion charges

A Dhaka court yesterday did not take into cognizance the extortion charges against Awami League lawmaker of Savar, Murad Jong, his mother, brother, eight police personnel and 27 others.

US support needed to solve Rohingya issue

Food and Disaster Management Minister Dr Abdur Razzaque yesterday sought US support to permanent solution to the Rohingya issue, which has put burden on Bangladesh's resources.

Roy Ramesh elected ILO body member

Jatiya Sra-mik League General Secretary Roy Ramesh Chandra has been elected substitute member of the governing body of the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

Increase tax on tobacco products

Speakers at a human chain yesterday demanded increasing of tax on tobacco and tobacco products.

Probe Rab shooting Rahima

Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK) yesterday demanded of a fair investigation into the incident of Rahima who got shot allegedly by a stray bullet in a drive of Rab in Bhairab of Kishoreganj on June 3.

Muggers shoot trader

A gang of muggers shot and injured a trader as they failed to snatch belongings from him at Darus Salam of Mirpur in the city yesterday.

Road crashes kill two

Two people were killed in separate road accidents in Pabna and Bagerhat yesterday.

'Millionaire' burglar held

He has some fish projects, five CNG-run auto-rickshaws, huge land property and a building in his village. He donates to different mosques and madrasas. He has even floated his candidacy for chairmanship in the upcoming union parishad (UP) election in his own union.

Tagore song evening tomorrow

Pancham, a cultural organisation, will organise a Tagore song evening in the auditorium of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in the city at 7:00pm tomorrow.

Two shot in city

A trader and his friend were wounded as criminals opened fire on them in his shop in Uttar Badda area in the city last night.

Wounded deer rescued

Chittagong University (CU) authority yesterday rescued a barking deer that got wounded while trying to free itself from a collapsible gate of CU Shah Amanat Hall.

Worker, boy die in fall

Police recovered the body of an unidentified boy from an under construction six-story building at the city's Shahidnagar in Motijheel yesterday morning.

National

Pumpkins on sandy chars bring fortune to erosion victims

Pumpkin cultivation is changing the lives of erosion victim people in sandy chars (newly emerged landmass) on the Teesta River, thanks to a few local and international organisations that extended logistic and technical support to the hapless people in this regard.

Two killed, over 80 injured

Pre-and post UP-poll violence in Tangail, Narsingdi, Munshiganj, Jamalpur and Rangpur district on Tuesday left at least two people killed and more then 80 others injured.

Farmers protest urea price hike, hoarding

Farmers of Paikgachha upazila yesterday brought out a peaceful procession protesting price hike and hoarding of urea fertiliser.

Discord with chatal owners delays rice procurement

Food department could not start rice procurement drive in Barisal division as of yesterday as the owners of rice processing firms (chatal) are yet to sign contract with the department.

Voting largely peaceful in districts

Barring a few incidents of violence, election to the union parishads in Natore, Pabna, Naogaon and Thakurgaon districts was yesterday largely peaceful.

Humiliated humanity

A seriously burnt young woman has remained virtually without any treatment for the last 20 days at Khulna Medical College Hospital (KMCH), exposing the authorities' utter callousness about hapless treatment seekers.

Doctor couple sent to jail

The doctor couple picked up by Khalishpur police on Tuesday were sent to Khulna District Jail yesterday after shown arrested under Section 54 of Bangladesh Penal Code (BPC).

Woman, trader rescued, alleged abductors held

Police rescued a housewife and a trader in two separate raids and arrested three alleged abductors on Tuesday.

Highway blocked demanding smooth power supply

Road communication on Dhaka-Chittagong highway remained suspended for an hour yesterday morning as local people put up barricades at three points in Gozaria upazila demanding uninterrupted power supply in the area.

Robberies in Noakhali, Bhola, ten injured

Robbers looted a market in Noakhali and a house in Bhola on Tuesday night.

International

Saleh health 'stable' as Yemenis demand successor

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh is "stable" after being treated in Riyadh for bomb wounds, a Saudi official said yesterday as protesters pushed to form an interim ruling council.

Hundreds flee north Syria unrest

Turkey called on Syria yesterday to stop violence against civilians and promised not to turn away refugees as some residents of a Syrian border town headed for the Turkish frontier in fear of a military assault.

Germany claims crisis over

Germany's health minister said yesterday new E coli infections from a deadly outbreak are dropping significantly and the worst of the illness is over.

Childhood tragedy inspired Hamlet's Ophelia: Study

The death of William Shakespeare's relative may have provided the inspiration for tragic heroine Ophelia, the doomed object of Hamlet's love, Oxford University researchers claimed yesterday.

Declare assets, liabilities

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has asked his ministerial colleagues to declare their assets, liabilities and business interests in keeping with a code of conduct framed for them.

Gaddafi's forces advance on Libya's Misrata

Thousands of troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi advanced on the rebel-held western city of Misrata yesterday, shelling it from three sides, as Nato allies vowed to keep up a relentless bombing campaign in Libya until Muammar Gaddafi steps down.

Aisha Gaddafi files assassination lawsuits

Lawyers for Muammar Gaddafi's daughter have filed lawsuits in Paris and Brussels over the alleged assassination in late April of four of the Libyan leader's relatives in Nato bombing raids over Tripoli.

China floods kill 52 as 100,000 flee homes

Floods triggered by torrential rain in southern and central China have killed 52 people and forced more than 100,000 to flee their homes, state media reported yesterday.

Zawahiri vows jihad

Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda's long-time number two, has threatened in a video eulogy to Osama bin Laden to pursue his late leader's jihad against the West, SITE Intelligence Group reported yesterday.

Qaeda thriving in Yemen turmoil: US

The US warned al-Qaeda is thriving from Yemen's turmoil as protesters rallied yesterday against the return of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is undergoing treatment for bomb wounds in neighbouring Saudi Arabia.

No sign of Mladic terminal illness

There is no indication that ex-Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladic is suffering a terminal illness but he is still undergoing tests in prison, a UN war crimes court spokeswoman said yesterday.

US missiles kill 20 in Pakistan

US missiles struck a militant training camp in Pakistan's tribal district of North Waziristan yesterday, killing 20 fighters close to the Afghan border, security officials said.

Drug makes hearts repair themselves

A drug that makes hearts repair themselves has been used in research on mice.

Bus accident kills 23 in India

Twenty-three people were charred to death when a bus plunged off a bridge and burst into flames in the southern India killing 23 people on Tuesday night.

Norway, Russia ratify treaty

Norway and Russia exchanged the instruments of ratification of the Treaty on Maritime Delimitation and Cooperation in the Barents Sea and the Arctic Ocean on Tuesday.

Rafah crossing reopens after talks

The Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip was reopened on Wednesday, ending a four-day closure amid disagreements between Egyptian and Hamas officials.

Indian guru threatens to form yoga militia

A television yoga guru who has led protests against corruption in India threatened to form a militia as a new demonstration against the government drew thousands in New Delhi.

Russian Libya envoy 'ready to meet Gaddafi'

The special envoy of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev yesterday said he was prepared to meet embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, after meeting top opposition figures in their stronghold of Benghazi.

Tunisia elections postponed to October 23

Tunisia postponed yesterday its first election following the ouster of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali by three months to October 23 in a bid to ensure the vote is free and transparent.

China confirms its first aircraft carrier

A top Chinese military official has confirmed that Beijing is building an aircraft carrier, marking the first acknowledgement of the ship's existence from China's secretive armed forces.

Saudi donates 3 million oil barrels to Yemen

OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia has donated Yemen three million barrels of oil to help its impoverished neighbour cope with fuel shortages amid political unrest, Yemen's oil minister said yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

More Globalised, Less National

National Art Exhibition is arguably the biggest art event in the country. Logically, the anticipation and expectation from the event is usually high among enthusiasts, collectors and artists. Organised by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA), this year's exhibition (19th instalment) is also remarkably huge, with 265 artworks by 211 artists. At the exhibition that opened on May 28, the featured works are mainly by mid-career and promising artists. Participation of painters who emerged in the mid and late '80s, and '90s is also noticeable. Notwithstanding the huge arrangement and wide ranging scope, most of the featured works, however, preach to the converted and fail to communicate to the uninitiated.

“Tasher Desh” staged at National Museum

On the occasion of the Bangladesh-India Foreign Office Consultations and as part of the joint programme to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, “Tasher Desh” (a popular dance-drama composed by Tagore), was staged on June 7 at the Main Auditorium, National Museum, Shahbagh.

Bobita Made Goodwill Ambassador of DCII

Noted Bangladeshi actress Bobita has recently been made a voluntary Goodwill Ambassador of the U.S. based non-profit organisation 'Distressed Children and Infants International' (DCII).

Laila Sharmeen Receives Accolade at Int'l Print Biennial in Seoul

Bangladeshi artist Laila Sharmeen has been awarded at the 16th Space International Print Biennial, now being held at OCI Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea, according to a press release.

Shahrukh Autobiography Out Soon

Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan is all set to fulfil one of his long-cherished desires -- releasing his autobiography, titled “Twenty Years In A Decade”.

OP-ED

Pakistan reaping the whirlwind

It is heart wrenching to see innocent people being killed by the dozen everyday in Pakistan in senseless terrorist attacks. Is it really senseless? When we call terrorists senseless, that indirectly absolves them of the crime of murder and mayhem. The terrorists are in full control of their senses as well as of their operational outfits as is so clearly evident in the spate of attacks.

Didi at heaven's door

The door to heaven deserves a fresh coat of paint. There is only a smudge or two of contemporary colour in Siliguri, the last town on the Bengal plains before the horizon slides up to the ethereal beauty of the Himalayas. Siliguri is an urban scrawl, unable even to achieve the breadth of a sprawl. A couple of malls have come up along the national highway before it curves away towards the exquisite turbulence of the Teesta river, tumbling through picturesque settlements like Kalijhora and Kalimpong before it heads into Gangtok or Darjeeling.

'The most important thing is to build human capital'

Carel de Rooy has been Unicef Representative to Bangladesh since July 2008. He is responsible for the overall implementation of country programmes including planning, co-ordination and evaluation of a broad range of Unicef projects for the benefit of women and children. The Daily Star interviewed him prior to the budget of 2011-2012 fiscal year to learn how the national budget should focus on children.

Growing up with confidence

Self-confidence is a major key to success in life. The development of a positive self-concept or healthy self-confidence is extremely important to the happiness and success of children and teenagers. Self-confidence is how we feel about ourselves, and our behaviour clearly reflects those feelings. For example, a child or teen with high self-confidence will be able to:

High food and fuel prices threaten gains in Asia

Asia and the Pacific, more than any other region in the world, will experience greater transformation and change in the coming years, as the region's economic strength plays a greater role in the global economy and as its population centres struggle to overcome the burdens of poverty, hunger, natural disasters and social inequalities. The region's economic growth figures, recently released in the UN ESCAP Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2011, indicate just how powerful Asia's economy is for the world already.

This Day In History

June 9

1885
A peace treaty is signed to end the Sino-French War, with China eventually giving up Tonkin and Annam - most of present-day Vietnam - to France.

Star Chittagong

Grabbers eye Ctg court building

It is almost impossible for visitors today to enjoy the view of the port city, which they once could, from the hilltop of Chittagong Court Building as illegal structures have been constructed around it.

The week that Was

Save city rivers, hills
Speakers at a meeting here on Saturday urged government to take steps to preserve the hills, rivers and other natural resources in the port city.



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