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News of: Wednesday, 18th of January, 2012

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5 lakh more jobless in three years

Despite all his efforts, Arif Hossain, a graduate in Bangla from Dhaka University, has failed to land a job. He has faced many job interviews in the last three years, but all his efforts have gone in vain.

Stocks trading halted abruptly

Dhaka and Chittagong bourses hastily suspended trading yesterday, after the government had expressed the day before its plan to strictly enforce an already existing ban on investment in stocks by public servants.

Suspension criticised

The suspension of trade in the country's two bourses yesterday drew criticism from experts who consider the move as a means of forcing the government to allow civil servants in stock business.

Two chief ministers distinctly different

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was the first foreign head of government to congratulate Mamata Banerjee on her party's historic victory at the Paschimbanga elections last year. But the first Indian state she chose to visit on her second innings as prime minister was Marxist-ruled Tripura and not Paschimbanga.

Khaleda submits bail bond

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday appeared before a Dhaka court to submit her bail bond in connection with Zia Charitable Trust graft case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

Gilani in new crisis

Pakistan's main anti-corruption watchdog is considering a proposal for filing a case of misuse of authority against Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani under which he could face a prison term of 14 years if convicted.

Witnesses must be protected

Security and support are crucial for war crimes witnesses to prevent a repetition of the trauma endured by them during the War of Liberation in 1971, speakers at a roundtable said yesterday.

Defence accused of threatening witness

At the International Crimes Tribunal yesterday a prosecution witness in the case against Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee accused the defence of intimidating him at his home in Pirojpur.

Stop MPs' meddling in UP business

Union Parishad (UP) chairmen and councillors from across the country yesterday claimed that they cannot perform their duties properly due to 'interference' from local members of parliament (MP) and Upazila Parishad chairmen.

Serve rural people or face stern action

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday warned that the government would take stern actions against the doctors who will not stay in their stations in rural areas.

HR boss critical of western countries' role

The western countries are playing a double standard regarding the war crimes trial in Bangladesh.

Bibiyana bid draws good response

As the Power Development Board is unsure of private power tenders ultimately materialising, it went ahead with floating tenders for six new public sector power projects to generate around 1,700 megawatt by 2015-2016.

Prime accused freed on bail

Salauddin Ahmed Bacchu, younger brother of a minister and prime accused in Lokman murder case, was freed on bail along with two others yesterday afternoon, although the chief judicial magistrate's court only hours ago had ordered sending them to jail.

JU gets new proctor

Academic activities resumed yesterday at Jahangirnagar University after Prof Arzu Miah stepped down as proctor, followed by the appointment of Prof Tapon Kumar Saha of the chemistry department to that position.

Bangladesh makes little headway

Bangladesh is the 130th freest country for doing business, according to the Index of Economic Freedom released yesterday. Even though Bangladesh improved its score this year, its ranking remains the same as last year's.

KL extends regularisation deadline

Around 12,000 irregular Bangladeshi workers have got the scope of getting regularised after the Malaysian authorities extended the deadline to complete the legalisation formalities of irregular foreign workers for an indefinite period.

Irene Khan takes over as IDLO DG

Noted rights activist Irene Khan took up office as the first ever woman director general of the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) in Rome on Monday.

Ershad's poll campaign thru' Teesta 'long march'

Launching a long march towards Teesta Barrage in Nilphamari demanding immediate signing of Teesta water-sharing deal, Jatiya Party (JP) yesterday called for forging national unity to get the due share of Teesta waters.

Rooppur nuke power plant in 6 years

The Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant in Pabna will go into operation in 2018 and its construction work will be completed within 5 to 6 years.

Wikipedia goes offline today

Wikipedia plans to take its English-language site offline today as part of protests against proposed anti-piracy laws in the US.

An Apology

On December 10 last year, we ran a detailed report on Doreen Tower, located at Gulshan 2 roundabout. The day before yesterday, we published by mistake an advertisement of the same building. Given the content of our report, we should not have published the advert. We have therefore decided, on ethical grounds, not to accept the money due for the advertisement. We apologise to our readers for this error of judgement on our part.

Editorial

What good has come of President's dialogue?

The President's three-week long dialogue with 24 political parties including the key players BNP and AL, may have earned him accolade for his diligence, tenacity and handling of a task that was basically thrust upon him. But in substance, it has had very little to commend itself for. On the contrary, the outcome merely repeated what the EC had proposed nearly nine months ago as we elaborate below. It's all the more frustrating when clearly an opening was provided through the initiative as this paper had repeatedly commented.

Rid Gulshan Lake of grabbers

The recent encroachment of the Gulshan Lake is yet another stark instance of how the capital city's wetlands and canals are facing constant threats from land grabbers. A news item carried in a leading Bengali daily shows that a dam over five bighas has been put up across the lake without any permission from concerned authorities, dividing it in the middle. Worse still, several tin-shed houses have been erected along the dam, that too, by claiming land ownership. We express our grave concern at such malpractices in the face of the city's shrinking water bodies.

Sports

Sk Jamal oust Abahani

Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club ousted holders Abahani to move into the semifinals of the Grameenphone Federation Cup with a 4-3 win in sudden death tiebreaker in the third quarterfinal at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

BCB sleeping on players' deals

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is yet to finalise the new contracts for the national cricketers.

Ajmal puts Eng in a spin

Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal took a career-best seven wicket haul to destroy England's much vaunted batting line-up on the opening day of the first Test here on Tuesday.

Arambagh up against Russel

Sheikh Russell KC are upbeat before facing Arambagh KS in the last quarterfinal of the Grameenphone Federation Cup at the Bangabandhu National Stadium today.

Siddikur, Feroz hold joint lead

Bangladesh's number one golfer Siddikur Rahman was on top of the leaderboard along with India's Feroz Ali Mollah after the first round of the American Express Bangladesh Open 2012 yesterday. Siddikur and Feroz shot six-under-par 66 on the opening day at the Kurmitola Golf Club while Vijay Kumar of India shot four-under-par 68 to stay in third.

Pont, Rafique team up for Gladiators

Former national cricketer Moha-mmad Rafique will be among a strong six-member coaching staff of the Dhaka Gladiators for the first season of the Bangladesh Premier League.

Djokovic gets going

Novak Djokovic was having an easy time of it in his first-round match at the Australian Open, so he decided to experiment by coming to the net.

Aussies remain unchanged

Australia named an unchanged squad Tuesday for the fourth Test against India in Adelaide, maintaining faith in struggling number three Shaun Marsh.

Dzeko fires City

Edin Dzeko's first goal for two months earned Manchester City a hard-fought 1-0 win at Wigan on Monday which sent Roberto Mancini's side three points clear at top of the Premier League.

Brazil urged to pass bill

Visiting FIFA's general secretary Jerome Valcke called here Monday for quick legislative approval of a bill on Brazil's hosting of the 2014 soccer World Cup.

Cup clasico returns

Real Madrid and Barcelona resume their historic rivalry on Wednesday when the two teams meet in the first leg of the quarterfinals of the Spanish Cup.

Napoli lose ground

Napoli's title hopes took another blow as Walter Mazzarri's team were frustrated by lowly Bologna, who held them to a 1-1 draw at the San Paolo Stadium on Monday.

Abidal extends Barca stay

French international defender Eric Abidal has signed a new deal with Barcelona, the Catalan club said on Monday after some protracted negotiations.

Maradona returns to training

Former Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona will return to coaching at Al-Wasl club after he was successfully treated for kidney stones at a Dubai hospital, the club said Monday.

Blatter backs Platini for FIFA chief

Michel Platini will be a good president for FIFA, incumbent Sepp Blatter said on Tuesday.

Junaed rejoins A for today's game

Junaed Siddiqui will return to the Bangladesh A team for today's fifth and final one-day game against England Lions.

NSC reluctant over chess stalemate

The National Sports Council (NSC) is seemingly reluctant to resolve the ongoing crisis at the Bangladesh Chess Federation as the sports' regulatory body decided not to take any steps to calm down agitated chess players.

SL reach 266

Sri Lanka built on a strong platform set by openers Upul Tharanga and skipper Tillakaratne Dilshan to post a competitive 266 for nine in the third one day international against South Africa at the Chevrolet Park in Bloemfontein yesterday.

Talent hunt 2nd phase in Feb

The second-phase training of the National Sports Council's talent hunt programme will get underway in the first week of February in Dhaka.

Dhaka lose against Navy

Dhaka lost to Bangladseh Navy by 2-1 goals in their super league encounter of the Trust Bank-ViyellaTex 28th National Hockey Championship at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

BJMC toy with BRAC

Team BJMC handed BRAC a massive 21-0 defeat in the opening match of the Walton Women's Corporate Football League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Henry apologises for swearing

Thierry Henry has apologised for swearing at an Arsenal fan following his side's 3-2 Premier League defeat at Swansea City on Sunday.

Business

Ex-bureaucrats welcome bar on stock trading by govt staff

Former bureaucrats yesterday welcomed the government's move to warn public servants against profit-making activities, including stock trading.

Taka keeps falling, efforts fizzle out

The fall of the local currency, which was devalued by more than 15 percent against the dollar last year, is continuing this year despite measures from the central bank and dealers to prevent the downtrend.

Apparel fair in Ctg tomorrow

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association will organise a three-day fair in the port city tomorrow.

Flights to link Bangladesh with Myanmar

Bangladesh and Myanmar yesterday signed a new air services agreement, opening an opportunity to operate seven passenger flights and four cargo flights a week between the two countries.

New economic zones to quicken industrialisation

The government aims to open three economic zones in the next one year to gear up the industrialisation of the country, as it has no plan to allow anymore export processing zones.

Red tape, graft block FDI: GM Quader

Bangladesh needs to rid itself of bureaucratic red tape and corruption to attract foreign investors, the commerce minister said yesterday.

CSE to launch new index

The port city bourse will launch a free-float market cap-based index after issuing a gazette on the Securities and Exchange Commission's definition of such index, said its president Al Maruf Khan yesterday.

Bangladesh to showcase knitwear in Tokyo

Knitexpo-2012, an annual event of knitwear manufacturers and exporters organised for the sixth time, will start in Tokyo on January 25 to exhibit the locally made garment products, organisers said yesterday.

Year of devaluation: StanChart

For Indian rupees, 45 seemed to be a key level for much of the year, as it stayed around the 44-45 level for much of the year in the first half, Standard Chartered Bank said in a global market update.

EBL gets $20m loan from German financier

The German Investment and Development Company (DEG) has recently extended a long term loan of $20 million to Eastern Bank (EBL) through its offshore banking unit.

In Arab Spring, economic gain may trump pain

Mazen Dajani, chief executive of Jordan's CTI Group, says the Arab Spring accomplished what the global financial crisis of 2008-9 did not: it pushed his company, one of the world's largest shippers of cement, into the red.

Disney: Mickey's next stop is China

Mickey Mouse and Winnie the Pooh are setting up shop in China.

Samsung Group to invest record $41.56b this year

South Korea's Samsung Group announced Tuesday it would invest a record 47.8 trillion won ($41.56 billion) this year and hire an all-time high of 26,000 new employees despite global economic gloom.

Maruti Suzuki raises prices of all models

Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, the country's top carmaker, raised prices of all its models on Tuesday, sending its shares up as much as 11 percent as investors rallied behind the company after months of falling sales appeared to have levelled in December.

Under pressure, China firm scraps Steve Jobs doll

A China-based firm has scrapped plans to market an action figure made to resemble the late Apple founder Steve Jobs following "immense pressure" from lawyers.

Is the taka in free fall?

The value of the Bangladesh taka in terms of the US dollar has been declining since July 2010. The fall has been steady but at a moderate pace until August 2011. The rate of decline has picked momentum since then, and especially after November 2011. Today the taka is trading at 86 per dollar in the kerb market as compared with Tk 70 in July 2010 and Tk 76 in July 2011; in the inter-bank transactions the taka is trading at 84 per US dollar as against Tk 69.4 in July 2010 and Tk 73.6 in August 2011. This amounts to a whopping 23 percent depreciation of the Bangladeshi currency in the past 18 months, which is among the fastest pace of depreciation since 1982.

Go for capital goods industry

Bangladesh should take initiative to establish capital goods industry at least as a partner country to produce parts and components for industrialised nations, said an analyst.

Metropolitan

Collapsed construction site still at risk

The city's Circuit House road, part of which collapsed into an adjoining construction pit Monday, could not open for vehicles yesterday, as the risk of further damage did not completely go away.

HC summons Rajuk boss, officials

The High Court yesterday summoned the Rajuk chief and officials concerned in connection with the incidents of land grabbing of Gulshan Lake and collapse of a portion of the Circuit House road in the city.

Mason dies in roof collapse

A mason died and his two colleagues suffered injuries as a small portion of the roof of an under-construction shop fall on them in the city's Darussalam neighbourhood yesterday.

14 killed in road crashes

Fourteen people, including five of family, were killed and nine others injured in separate road accidents in Natore, Satkhira, Narayanganj, Rajbari, Rangpur, Jhenidah, Benapole and Khagrachhari early Monday and yesterday.

Media urged to play role for road safety

Speakers at a memorial meeting of journalist Dinesh Das urged the media to play a more active role in ensuring road safety.

HC summons Nilphamari UNO

The High Court (HC) yesterday summoned an upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) of Nilphamari for addressing a female college student as a “prostitute”.

Police raid Shibir Ctg office

Police raided the office building of Islami Chhatra Shibir Chittagong city unit yesterday following information of a secret meeting arranged for committing anarchy and sabotage.

Order on charges against Kamaruzzaman today

The International Crimes Tribunal today will pass an order whether it will accept the formal charge against Jamaat-e-Islami leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman in connection with his alleged involvement in crimes against humanity during the War of Liberation in 1971.

Tk 35 lakh fine to factory for pollution

The Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday fined a dyeing factory in Gazipur Tk 35 lakh for polluting a lake of Shafipur Ansar Academy and the Turag River.

2 women killed in city

Police recovered the bodies of two women bearing stab marks from Kafrul and Paltan areas of the city yesterday.

Three amputated human legs found

Police recovered three amputated human legs from Kalyanpur Lake in the city's Darussalam area yesterday.

Attack on Adivasi families protested

The indigenous people of Rajshahi staged demonstrations in the divisional city yesterday protesting an attack on Adivasi families in Godagari upazila by some influential locals a day before.

No new graft allegations

No new allegations have emerged about graft in the Padma Bridge project, asserted the project's Integrity Adviser Mashiur Rahman yesterday.

Work will start within this govt tenure

Communications Minister Obaidul Quader yesterday said the government, by any means, will start the construction work of 6.15-kilometre-long Padma bridge within the tenure of the incumbent government.

$290m loan deal signed with World Bank

The World Bank (WB) will provide $ 290 million to Bangladesh to finance the Second Local Governance Support Project to cover all 4,504 union parishads and benefit around 130 million population of the country.

Punish errant BCL men: RU students

Rajshahi University (RU) students yesterday demanded exemplary punishment of the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) men who are repeatedly spoiling the academic environment in different educational institutions.

Events fixed to observe Zia's birth anniversary

The main opposition BNP yesterday chalked out a 15-day programme to observe 76th birth anniversary of late president Ziaur Rahman, also the founder the party, tomorrow.

Gazi Abdul Hye passes away

Former lawmaker and freedom fighter Gazi Abdul Hye passed away at a city hospital yesterday at the age of 60, says a press release.

Training institutes for drivers soon

The government will set up training institutes in the seven divisional headquarters of the country to train drivers with assistance from South Korea.

Women dies of burns

A female worker succumbed to her burns 10 hours after she was caught in a fire in the city's Mohammadpur yesterday.

Outgoing French envoy meets Dipu Moni

The outgoing French Ambassador to Bangladesh Charley Causeret called on Foreign Minister Dipu Moni at her office yesterday.

Contribution of Samson Chy recalled

State Minister for Law Kamrul Islam yesterday said businessmen of the country will have to move forward following the honesty and courage of late Samson H Chowdhury.

Fake perfume seized, one held

Khulshi police seized a huge quantity of fake perfume and arrested a person in this connection from Ambagan Chhinnamul Colony in the port city on Monday night.

15 shops, 2 houses gutted

Two incidents of fire gutted at least 15 shops and two houses in Changaon and Fatikchhari in the port city yesterday.

PM to launch 3 new dredgers today

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate three new dredgers at the old Ferry Ghat of Aricha river port in Manikganj today to help restore navigability of the country's water ways.

Bangladesh, Myanmar for new air services

Bangladesh and Myanmar have initiated a new air services agreement (ASA) for operating passenger and cargo flights between the two countries.

Dhaka elected member of UN body to fix salaries

Bangladesh has been elected a member of senior advisory council of UN secretary general on fixing salaries and allowances for the forces in UN peace missions.

Students block road for damaging their bus

Students of Rajshahi College blocked the Dhaka-Rajshahi highway near Katakhali Bazar in Rajshahi city for an hour protesting vandalism of the college bus by jute mill workers yesterday.

Asphalt plant set up for RCC roads

Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) set up an asphalt plant in the city spending Tk 23.6 crore for easy maintenance of the city roads.

Jahid president, Kamal GS of Comilla City Press Club

Jahid Hasan of Manabjamin and Md Kamal Uddin of the Daily Jugantor have been made president and general secretary of the nine-member executive committee of Comilla City Press Club.

Obituary

AFM Shamsuzzaman, a software businessman and social worker, passed away yesterday at Square Hospital in the city due to cardiac arrest at the age of 60.

Death annivarsery

Today is the fourth death anniversary of Fazlul Haque, former director of health and family welfare ministry.

Obituary

Kamrun Khan (Tulu), wife of valiant freedom fighter Asifur Rahman Khan (Sebok), passed away yesterday at her Brampton residence in Ontario, Canada.

National

Agitating BBA students lock administrative, academic buildings

Students of Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) department at Hajee Danesh Science and Technology University (HSTU) yesterday locked administrative and academic buildings demanding introduction of major subjects of the discipline.

Illegal notebooks flood Barisal, Khulna markets

Illegal notebooks and guidebooks, printed by some unscrupulous publishers, have flooded the markets in Barisal and Khulna districts.

7 Hizb-ut Tawhid men arrested in Barisal

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested seven members of Islamist outfit Hizb-ut Tawhid along with jihadi (on uprising) books, CDs and leaflets in the district on Monday night.

Launch owners agree to relax rotation system after 7 years

Owners of launches plying Barisal-Dhaka-Barisal river route agreed to temporarily relax the 'rotation system' for the vessels, seven years after imposition of the system, following a tripartite meeting presided over by Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan at the ministry on Sunday.

10 hurt as BCL, police clash

At least 10 people, including president of district Chhatra League (BCL) and a police sub-inspector (SI) were injured in a clash between BCL activists and police at an Urs in the town on Monday night.

RU students want shifting of their dept to campus

Students of crop science and technology department at Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday boycotted their classes demanding shifting of the department from Narikelbaria outer campus to the main campus of the university.

Imam's body recovered

Body of Imam of a mosque was found floating in a pond at Beridbil village in Goainghat upazila on Monday.

20 Shibir activists arrested in Sylhet

Police arrested 20 activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir, student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami, from different areas in the city yesterday.

Tk 3.6 lakh fertiliser seized in Khulna

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered 360 sacks of fertiliser worth Tk 360,000 from a shop at Kharnia Bazar in Dumuria upazila on Monday afternoon.

Printing press gutted

Fire gutted a printing press and a motorbike showroom damaging goods worth Tk 20 lakh in the district town on Monday morning, said firefighters. Locals and fire service sources said the fire originated from an electric short circuit at Saroda Printing Press and Stationery at about 9:10am and soon the flame engulfed the nearby showroom of Indian TVS motorcycle. On information, firefighters from Kurigram rushed to the spot and doused the flame after one and half hours of hectic efforts. The blaze burnt a printing machine, two computers and stationary papers.

Land dispute kills one

A man was killed and two others were injured allegedly by rivals over a land dispute at Burgaon village in Tarail upazila yesterday morning. The deceased was identified as Habibur Rahman alias Habul Mia, 50, son of late Matiur Rahman of the village. Police said there was a longstanding dispute between the victim and one Abu Mia over control of a land at the village. Habul along with his two younger brothers Harun Mia, 40, and Tara Mia, 35, came under attack by the suporters of Abu Mia when the three went to the land to dig at about 8:00pm. They hit Hablu with a spade, leaving him dead on the spot. Harun Mia and Tara were rushed to Tarail upazila health complex in critical condition.

BNP stages protest

City and district units of BNP yesterday morning formed a human chain and held a rally demanding construction of Padma Bridge immediately and repair of roads and highways. Addressing the rally, Mojibur Rahman Sarwar, city unit president of the party, said the present government is involved in corruption which stopped the construction of Padma Bridge. Besides, the repair work of roads and highways of the southern region was halted due to the corruption, he added. The BNP leader also warned that the people of the region will call a mass movement, if the construction work of the bridge is not be started soon. District, city and local leaders and activists of BNP and its front organisations took part at the protest programme in front of Ashwini Kumar Hall of the city.

Youth murdered

A youth was killed and another injured by criminals at Ramasharpur Bazar in Gabtoli upazila yesterday morning. The victim is Bipul, 18, of the bazar area. Abdul Rashid, officer in-charge of Gabtoli police station, said a transgender person harassed one Mukul, 17, near a shop in the area on Monday evening sexually. Following the incident, Bipul and Swapon, 25, rushed to the spot and locked in a clash with the gang. At one stage, the attackers stabbed the duo, leaving them injured seriously. The youths were rushed to Ziaur Rahman Medical Collage and Hospital where Bipul died at about 6:00am, the OC added.

Letters

Some suggestions: Is railway minister listening?

Whenever someone goes to a railway station in Dhaka or Chittagong, five days, six days or ten day earlier to his desired travelling day, he is told at the ticket counter that 'all the tickets are sold.' But when a ticket is somehow managed and one has boarded the train, he would find that lots of the seats are lying vacant and some people are selling those vacant seats. Intercity trains have an attendant in each compartment. It is alleged that some of these attendants are involved in selling vacant seats. These attendants virtually come to no help to the passengers.

Old age allowance

The older people of the country are being given an allowance of Tk.100 per month by the government. We think the amount is too meagre given the rising prices of the essentials. As the elderly people cannot work and earn like the younger ones, they need the allowance. But this allowance should not be a mere token money. Even though the country is beset with many problems, the government is at least doing something for the welfare of the poor old people. This is a noble initiative on the part of the government, but the said amount is a mere pittance by any standard.

Coal will remain a reserve forever?

The Prime Minister has declared that we will keep our coal reserve for the next generation and will now import coal to generate electricity for our use in Bangladesh. Having attended several ministerial and secretarial meetings on coal policy, I have written in your daily that the forces working against coal mining in Bangladesh is more powerful than that of AL, BNP and JP put together. My write-up 'Buried Treasure' published in your Forum's July 2010 issue explains that we do not have to reinvent the wheel, nor is it rocket-science to formulate a simple 'coal policy' and avert the crisis that faces this country.

People are the best judge

The recent victory of the rebel BNP candidate Monirul Haque Sakku in mayoral election of Comilla City Corporation proved once again that people always favour a leader who is dedicated to improve common people's lot. Our political parties must understand the pulse of the common people and they must nominate honest and pro-people leaders who truly represent the parties. They must not choose candidates with dubious characters. Nowadays, the common people have become more conscious. They know they should elect the right candidate. In the recent mayoral elections of Narayanganj and Comilla, people have made it clear. Any kind of manipulation in voting could be disastrous for the government. It would have rekindled the politics of confrontation and distrust. The government and the Election Commission deserve kudos for holding a free and fair election in a peaceful environment. Congrats to the new mayor of Comilla!

Make it a successful event

Bangladesh Premier League, which will kick off on February 10, 2012 is going to be the biggest domestic tournament in the history of Bangladesh cricket. According to the BCB, lots of overseas players will take part in this T20 event along with our renowned Bangladeshi cricketers. This foreign players' list includes some big names like Muralidharan, Gilchrist, Warne, Gayle, Hayden, Dilshan, Mendis, Afridi and so on. So, it is a golden opportunity for the Tigers to gain more experience.

Room grabbing in DU hall

I am a Masters student of Surja Ssen Hall at Dhaka University. Like every year, this year on 5th January the hall authorities distributed seats among the students on the basis of seniority and merit. But after getting allotment for new seats, the students are facing difficulties in getting their allotted seats.

We want a sports channel

We have a good number of satellite channels in the country. These channels broadcast drama serials, movies, talk shows and many more entertaining programmes. We also have a few channels that are broadcasting only news. However, it is really unfortunate that we do not have any sports channel. We hardly get daily sports updates except in the news. Like other countries, we need our own sports channel. Our national cricket team play international matches regularly. But BTV only broadcasts a few of the matches. Therefore, we need a 24-hour sports channel to meet the demand of the sports lovers.

Killing of nuke scientists in Iran

It is surprising that four Iranian nuclear scientists were killed in two years. We have learnt from the newspapers that the Iranian official noted that the latest assassination method - magnetic bomb being attached to the target's vehicle and two men on a motorbike doing the job was similar to that used in the killings of three other scientists.

EVM magic

Despite much criticism about the use of Electronic Voting Machine (EVM), mainly by the opposition party, the Election Commission (EC) has done the job successfully in Comilla City Corporation election. The polling stations were hassle-free. And the final result came out like a magic, within a very short time. Although there is a big risk of election manipulation in case of EVM use, but a strong, unbiased and transparent Election Commission can accomplish this Herculean task.

We need quality education

The students of class V throughout the country made a very good result in the last Primary Education Terminal Exam. Last year the pass rate was 88.84 per cent. The pass rate rose by 4.92% this year. The overall result of JSC examinations has improved also. But still the dropout rate is a matter of concern. By dint of hard work the students are making satisfactory results. The guardians are also very serious about their children's education. If the situation improves gradually, no student will fail in any public examination in the near future. Now importance should be given to the improvement of the quality of education. Quality should be ensured for the better future of the students and for the betterment of the nation.

Readers Respond

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International

Iran digs in with oil warning to S Arabia

Iran yesterday warned US ally Saudi Arabia to rethink plans to compensate for Iranian oil exports cut by sanctions, and boosted security for its targeted nuclear workers as it dug in under its showdown with the West.

India defies US pressure over Iran oil

Energy-hungry India said yesterday it was continuing to buy oil from Iran, despite an intensifying US campaign to smother Tehran's vital oil exports until it abandons its nuclear programme.

Army told to halt attacks

Myanmar has told the military to halt all offensives in ethnic minority conflict zones, a top official said yesterday, as the regime pursues peace deals with guerrillas as part of wider reforms.

'We would happily go into opposition': Imran Khan

Pakistan's wildcard politician Imran Khan says he is happy to go into opposition if his "tsunami" of popular support fails to bring him a landslide victory at elections now widely expected within months.

Indian army chief files case against govt

The Indian government yesterday filed a caveat in the Supreme Court against any ex-parte order on the petition filed by Army Chief Gen V K Singh challenging the decision over his date of birth.

Rebels urge UN to take charge in Syria

Syrian army defectors urged the UN Security Council to take control of the crisis from an Arab League peace mission it says has failed to halt the regime's deadly crackdown on dissent.

Romney unscathed from debate attacks

Republican presidential hopefuls attacked Mitt Romney's record in business and government on Monday and challenged him to release his tax returns, but the front-runner emerged largely unscathed from a South Carolina debate.

India declines to comment on Pak turmoil

External affairs minister SM Krishna on Monday declined to comment on the turmoil in Pakistan where the Supreme Court issued a contempt notice to Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, saying it is an internal matter of that country.

Mubarak defence challenges death penalty

Hosni Mubarak was wheeled into court yesterday as his defence began a five-day challenge to calls by the prosecution for the former Egyptian president to be hanged for the deaths of democracy protesters.

Rushdie in doubt for India festival after threats

British author Salman Rushdie's planned appearance at a literary festival in India was thrown into doubt yesterday due to security concerns caused by protests from influential Muslim clerics.

29 still missing in Cruise Ship Disaster

Hopes began to fade for 29 people still unaccounted for from the wreck of a luxury liner off the coast of Italy yesterday as a judge questioned the captain over his role in the disaster.

UK in major armed forces job cut

Up to 2,900 members of the British army including 400 Gurkhas will lose their jobs along with 1,000 air force personnel in the latest round of defence cuts, the government said yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

"If you're a nice person, you shouldn't make films"

“What happens when someone sees himself in the mirror for the first time?” -- questioned Russian filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky at the Tareque Masud Master's Class. In the short film “Svyato” this is what happens. Kossakovsky's two-year-old son is exposed to his own reflection for the first time, since Kossakovsky banned all mirrors at his home, only to capture this very moment on film. It's a magic moment when the child, alternatively shocked and pleased, looks at himself, combing through his hair or hitting the strange person behind the glass wall. It's an unrepeatable moment -- for the filmmaker and the child.

Classical Music Fest in Rajshahi ends

A two-day classical music festival in Rajshahi ended last Friday.

Mission Impossible 4 at Star Cineplex

The fourth instalment of Hollywood blockbuster “Mission Impossible” was released on December 21, 2011. Dhaka film lovers can now watch the movie on the big screen as it is going to be released at Star Cineplex on January 20. The Dhaka premiere will be held on January 19 at 6:45pm at Star Cineplex, Level-8, Bashundhara City Mall, Dhaka, says a press release.

Film screening for children in Tangail

A two-day film screening for children concluded here on Monday with the slogan: “Chalachitra Hok Bikash-er Shohayok, Shikkhar Bahon”. Shishu Chalachchitra Shangshad and Bigyan O Projukti Shangha (Bipros) in Tangail jointly arranged the event at Bhasani Hall in the town on January 15 and 16.

Nature and Women

Shilpangan Contemporary Art Gallery in Dhanmondi, Dhaka has organised a solo painting exhibition, titled “Nature and Women”, featuring the artworks of promising painter Rezowan Pilow. The paintings on display highlight panorama, women busy with their daily chores and more. Themes range from sublime visions of nature to expressions of loneliness and melancholia.

Rapid Fire: Popy

Popy, one of the leading ladies of mainstream Bangladeshi cinema, has won the National Film Award three times. The actress is very selective about the films she takes up.

Muktagacha Municipal Library's 36th anniversary celebrated

A five-day programme marking the 36th anniversary of Muktagacha Poura Shadharan Pathagar (Municipal General Library) concluded at the library auditorium on January 15. The programme included discussions, honouring eminent personalities, live performances, and competitions on painting and poetry recitation.

Remembering a socio-cultural champion

The 100th birth anniversary of cultural personality and journalist Ranesh Dasgupta was celebrated here in Dinajpur on Monday evening with a discussion and cultural programme.

OP-ED

Old mistakes, new lessons . . .

Now that Ghulam Azam has been taken into custody, our expectations of a proper, fair and full trial of the war criminals of 1971 take a newer, happier dimension. We do not mean to prejudge the course of the trial of those who have been brought into the net of the law and those who might be picked up at a later stage. The good bit in the war crimes story is that every effort has been expended into making sure that the process of the trials meets internationally accepted legal standards, that indeed no questions are raised about the transparency of the trials. Those who have been accused of crimes committed in the course of the War of Liberation must be satisfied that it is justice, not revenge, the state of Bangladesh means to pursue. For those of us who have not forgotten the manner in which the Pakistan army and its local collaborators went about killing, raping and burning, the goal remains an attainment of justice as a means of bringing the past to an end through letting the war criminals know that while they may have got away with their notoriety in the past four decades, history is now about to catch up with them. Finally.

What to do, and not do, about North Korea

The death of North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-il, and the ascendance to power of one of his sons, Kim Jong-un, creates some opportunities and potential traps for the administration and senior leaders in the United States -- things they should be sure to say and be sure not to say.

The trip to Tripura

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's two-day visit to Tripura on January 11-12 was the first by any prime minister of Bangladesh. The visit assumes significance in many respects.

Iran's dangerous brinkmanship

Looking objectively at the unfolding crisis in the Gulf, it is crystal clear that Iran's on- going nuclear programme, now widely believed to be in pursuit of weapons, is an extremely dangerous move. Both, according to the report of International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA and Iran's own assertion, Iran is now enriching uranium to 20% level, way above 3.5% needed for power stations, and closer to weapons grade.

What lies ahead for Pakistan?

Every week is seemingly "make or break" week in Pakistan. But last week and the one ahead could be crucial for the democratic process. Looking back, the last week ended on a relatively peaceable note with the civilian and military leadership gathering in the same room in front of the cameras for a meeting of the Defence Committee of the Cabinet and the prime minister expressing his support for the armed forces while calling on all institutions to respect the domains of one another.

This Day In History

January 18
1913

A Greek flotilla defeats the Ottoman Navy in the Naval Battle of Lemnos during the First Balkan War, securing the islands of the Northern Aegean Sea for Greece.



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