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Nepal offers partnership

Nepal yesterday proposed setting up a 3,000-megawatt power plant in its territory in a joint venture with Bangladesh.

Prosecute BSF for brutality

The Indian government should prosecute members of its security forces for the recent high-profile cases of torture, to send a message that such practices will no longer be tolerated, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said yesterday.

India returns 6 abducted Bangladeshis

Indian police yesterday returned six stone quarry workers to the Bangladesh authorities, two days after they were abducted by Indian Khasias from Sripur border area in Jaintapur upazila.

Missions to attest all documents

The government has made mandatory attestation of all job documents by the Bangladesh missions with effect from today instead of holding recruiting agencies responsible for ensuring transparency in labour recruitment process.

'Dark shadow' over economy

The national economy is under a "dark shadow" due to uncertain trends on the global economic front, Finance Minister AMA Muhith said in parliament yesterday.

SSC exams start today

Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent examinations begin today with a total of 14,20,057 examinees from 26,855 educational institutions across the country sitting for the exams under 10 education boards.

BNP beaming

Opposition leaders believe that they gained leverage over the government in the last few days largely due to the government's “wrong decisions” centering on their mass procession programmes in the country.

Cops prevent Jamaat from holding rally with corpse

Jamaat-e-Islami activist Shafiqul Islam, shot to death during Monday's clashes in Rajshahi, was buried at Hatim Khan graveyard under police protection yesterday, foiling an alleged attempt by the party to bring out a procession with his body.

Charges against Kamaruzzaman accepted

The International Crimes Tribunal yesterday accepted charges against Jamaat-e-Islami leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman regarding his alleged involvement in crimes against humanity during the Liberation War. The ICT fixed February 29 for hearings on charge framing.

Mega project on power line okayed

With a large number of power generation projects in progress, the government has taken up an initiative to set up a 45,000-kilometre power-line network to reach the benefit to rural areas by 2015.

Railway to buy 10 locomotives from India

Bangladesh Railway (BR) yesterday sealed a Tk 349 crore deal with RITES Ltd, an Indian company to procure 10 broad-gauge diesel-electric locomotives from India in the next eighteen months.

Power tariff goes up from today

The retail tariff of electricity goes up by Tk 0.31 per unit from today, taking the price to Tk 5.02.

AL, 2 other parties give names

The ruling Awami League and two other political parties have each submitted to a search committee the names of five people they would like to see in the new Election Commission.

DCC polls by May

The outgoing Election Commission (EC) is planning to hold the polls to the bifurcated Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) by next May.

Mustaq new home secy

The government yesterday appointed CQK Mustaq Ahmed, agriculture secretary, as the new home secretary to avoid an administrative dilemma.

Bangla or Urdu?

February is and will forever be a reminder of the sacrifices made in defence of the Bangla language in 1952. What has come to be known as Ekushey was, however, already in the making even before the establishment of Pakistan in August 1947. In July 1947, barely a month before India was partitioned by the British colonial administration into two independent states, several leading Muslim scholars rather inexplicably suggested that Urdu be the lingua franca of the new state. That view was, however, opposed by reputed Bangalee scholars, whose view was that since the Bangalees of Pakistan's eastern wing would constitute the majority segment of the country's population, it was only proper that Bangla be adopted as the language of the state. For his part, Dr Muhammad Shahidullah, writing in the daily Azad published from Calcutta, stated that having Urdu as the only language of the state and pushing Bangla into the sidelines would only undermine the interests of the Bangalees of Pakistan.

Indian foreign minister due on Feb 15

India's External Affairs Minister SM Krishna may come to Dhaka on February 15 to assure Bangladesh that his country is committed to fulfilling all bilateral agreements and decisions made since Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit to India.

2 ex-BCL leaders charged

Police yesterday pressed charges against former leaders of Satkhira district unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) in connection with a case filed against them for violating a girl on January 4.

Air raids on Qaeda bases in Yemen kill 15

Air raids struck al-Qaeda elements in southern Yemen overnight and killed 15 people, including a long-hunted militant leader, tribal chiefs said, adding that extremists responded by killing two soldiers yesterday.

Israel detains Palestinian freed in Shalit swap

Israeli troops overnight detained a Palestinian man among those freed from prison last year in exchange for the release of a captured Israeli soldier, Palestinian sources said yesterday.


New window opens before Saarc countries

We are upbeat about the decision to open a liquidity-swap window for extending financial support to the Saarc member countries. The move made at the fifth Saarc Finance Ministers' Meeting in Dhaka is intended to enhance coordination in fiscal and monetary policies of the member countries and facilitate business and other transactions. We find this move very appropriate in light of the deepening global economic recession. It is a potential stepping stone towards offsetting the impacts of any global crisis. Now we want to see swift implementation of the project after having worked out its size, structure, resources and operational modalities.

MPs under PM scanner

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina informed the AL parliamentary party meeting on Sunday that she has collected 300 reports from as many parliamentary constituencies on the activities of MPs representing them.


Charbaria, Moghachari champs

The second edition of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup Primary School Football Tournament was completed successfully yesterday with Charbaria Govt Primary School of Barisal emerging champions after a 3-2 win over Rangamati Govt Primary School of Dinajpur at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.

Future shines bright

On Tuesday Bangabandhu National Stadium was abuzz with the future of Bangladesh's football. Fifth grader Imran Hossain adores Lionel Messi. He did not have the chance to meet Messi on his rare trip to Bangladesh. But Imran got to play on the same ground as his hero. And he led his team, Charbaria Govt. Primary School, to glory in the final of the 2nd Bangabandhu Gold Cup.

Many pretenders to the throne

Reigning champions Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club kick off the 2012 Bangladesh Premier League (formerly Bangladesh League) when they take on the up and coming power Team BJMC at the Bangabandhu National Stadium today. The opening match of the league will be a repeat of the final of the season's curtain raiser Federation Cup where the Dhanmondi Club prevailed over an impressive Team BJMC after an enthralling battle. And if the competitive display in the Federation Cup is anything to go by, the premier league promises an entertaining season with no firm favourites for the coveted title.

Victoria, DOHS sitting pretty

Star-studded Victoria Sporting Club thrashed Brothers Union by six wickets at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium to secure the top spot in the points table of the Premier Division Cricket League yesterday.

Surjo Torun expelled?

Surjo Torun face expulsion from the Dhaka Premier League after they failed to turn up for the match at BKSP in Savar against Kalabagan Krira Chakra yesterday.

Narail edge past Tangail

Narail defeated Tangail by 26 runs in a final round game of the 2nd National Women's Cricket Championship yesterday at the Jamalpur Stadium.

U-18 semis from Feb 3

Dhaka Metro will be up against Barisal in the semifinals of the National Under-18 cricket competition at the Shamsul Huda Stadium in Jessore from February 3.

Bangladesh U-19s take series

Bangladesh Under-19 bounced back strongly in the sixth one-dayer to seal the series victory against the visiting England Under-19 yesterday.

MS ready to step down

Mahendra Singh Dhoni would readily step aside as India captain if there was a suitable replacement available, the under-fire skipper said on Tuesday.

'IPL destroying India'

Pakistan cricket legend Imran Khan has blamed the lucrative Twenty20 Indian Premier League (IPL) for India's recent dismal Test showing, saying the focus should be on the game's longer format.

Kamal's anxious hours

A two-day high-powered meeting of cricket's governing body which began here Tuesday will consider the nomination of their next vice-president who will take over in two years time.

Bell puts on a brave face

Out-of-form batsman Ian Bell Tuesday vowed England will look for improvement in the third and final Test after their abject surrender in the first two matches, saying defeats provide great time to learn.

Warne facing legal action

Shane Warne was facing legal action Tuesday after a cyclist involved in a road rage incident with the Australian cricket great said he plans to sue for damages to his bike.

Haddin knows what it means

Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin said Tuesday he has been dropped, not rested, from the one-day squad to face India and Sri Lanka and conceded it will be tough for him to win back his place.

Sudan back in big time

Former African powerhouses Sudan, after decades in the international wilderness, are back in the big time after progressing to the Africa Cup of Nations last eight on Monday.

Racism fine hits Juve

Juventus have been fined once again for racist chanting by their fans during Saturday's 2-1 victory against Udinese in Serie A.

FA charges Cabaye

France midfielder Yohan Cabaye has been charged with violent conduct following an incident during Premier League side Newcastle's FA Cup defeat by Brighton on Saturday.

Speed's death accidental

Former Wales football manager Gary Speed may have killed himself by accident, a judicial investigation concluded on Monday.

Milan to wait for Tevez

AC Milan will wait until the end of the season to try to secure the services of Carlos Tevez, according to chief executive Adriano Galliani.

Espanyol snap up starlet

Highly-rated young Brazilian forward Philippe Coutinho signed on loan with Primera Liga side Espanyol till the end of the season from Serie A giants Inter Milan on Monday.

Atletico run continues

Atletico Madrid continued their good recent form since former Argentinian international midfielder Diego Simeone took over as coach with a 1-0 away win over Osasuna on Monday.

Lucho on way back to Porto

Marseille midfielder Lucho Gonzalez is on the brink of a return to former club Porto after the two clubs reached agreement on principle for the sale of the unsettled Argentine to the defending Portuguese champions, the French club announced on Monday.

WC hero Ahn calls it quits

South Korean striker and 2002 World Cup star Ahn Jung-hwan announced his retirement from professional soccer at a tearful news conference on Tuesday.


Moody's reassigns Ba3 to Bangladesh

International rating agency Moody's Investors Service has reassessed Bangladesh's rating unchanged at Ba3, which the central bank believes would help the country float its first ever sovereign bonds.

BB clarifies non-banks' exposure to stocks

The central bank yesterday issued a circular to clarify that non-bank financial institutions' investment in their subsidiary would not be considered while measuring their exposure to the capital market.

Meeting over, but no news for investors to celebrate

A meeting between the stockmarket regulator and other stakeholders brought no good news to investors who expected steps to bring back normalcy to the troubled markets.

PDB receives 14 power bids

The Power Development Board (PDB) yesterday received 14 bids for a gas-fired power project in Bhola and a dual-fuel scheme in Shikalbaha, each with 225-megawatt generation capacity.

DITF clocks up Tk 43cr in export orders

Export orders at the Dhaka International Trade Fair grew 72 percent this year from a year ago, organisers said yesterday.

Realtors demand single-digit interest for home loans

Realtors yesterday urged the government to provide home loans at a single-digit interest rate as the sector has recently witnessed a drastic slump in sales due to an abnormal rise in the prices of construction materials.

Workshop on conformity assessment begins today

A two-day international workshop on conformity assessment begins today in Dhaka with a view to enhancing cooperation between developing countries about the growing need for maintaining standardisation and conformance, organisers said.

Stocks dive as investor spirits run low

Stocks lost 3.08 percent as no measures were taken by the regulator and market stakeholders at an emergency meeting yesterday to boost investors' confidence.

BTRC to design guideline on quality of telecom services

After 10 years of the formation of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), it is going to publish a guideline to ensure the quality of telecom services for the first time.

DBH gets triple A for sixth year

Delta Brac Housing Finance Corporation Ltd (DBH) has been awarded the highest level credit rating, AAA, for the sixth consecutive year.

Demand for cement to go up

The demand for quality cement will rise in Bangladesh mainly due to different upcoming government projects, said a senior official of a multinational cement company operating in Bangladesh.

Location: Myanmar's the hot new neighbourhood

Property agent Kyaw Saw leafs through a thick pile of real-estate listings in Myanmar's faded commercial capital, Yangon.

Asia resilient, has room for stimulus: IMF official

Asian economies remain "generally resilient" in the face of global financial turmoil and a growing debt crisis in the euro zone, the IMF's top official for Asia and the Pacific said on Monday.


Age limit for challenged to increase: Minister

The government will extend age limit of persons with disabilities by two years and visually impaired people by 10 years to facilitate them for applying for government jobs, Social Welfare Minister Enamul Hoque Mostofa Shaheed said yesterday.

PM cannot avoid responsibilities

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina cannot avoid responsibilities for the death of five people, who were killed in police firing centring the opposition's mass procession programme, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, acting secretary general of BNP, said yesterday.

Control cars to reduce city gridlock

It is imperative to control the massively growing number of private cars on the city roads to reduce traffic congestion, said speakers at a seminar yesterday.

Rajuk to get more offices, staff soon

Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) is soon to be reorganised with enhanced manpower and four more regional offices outside the metropolitan city.

Ekushey Boi Mela begins today

Ending a yearlong wait, booklovers of all ages are ready to a make beeline for the Bangla Academy premises throughout this February as the month-long Amar Ekushey Boi Mela 2012 begins today.

JU teachers declare five-day protest

The agitating Jahangirnagar University teachers opposing the vice-chancellor yesterday announced a five-day protest programme including class boycott, hunger strikes, rallies, and human chain, as the university administration refused to meet their demands.

UN Peace body Dhaka elected chairman

Bangladesh has been elected chairman unanimously to the United Nations (UN) Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) for the year 2012.

2 youths lynched

Two youths were beaten to death at Jatrabari and Keraniganj in the capital yesterday.

Woman dies after falling from ride

A housewife died after falling from a ride at Dhaka International Trade Fair in the capital on Monday night.

Free 8 killing fields from grabbers

The residents of the capital's Mirpur yesterday called on the government to free and preserve eight killing fields of the Liberation War of 1971 from the occupation of grabbers.

Proceedings adjourned as PW falls sick

The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) adjourned the trial proceedings against Jamaat leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee till today, as a witness fell sick during his deposition yesterday.

Classical music confce begins tomorrow

A two-day long "Fifteen National Classical Music Conference" will kick off in the port city tomorrow.

Experts stress detail study on Tipaimukh

Bangladesh should initiate a study to assess the overall impact of the construction of Tipaimukh dam to reap more benefits from negotiation with India, water experts said yesterday.

Road accidents kill 16

Sixteen people were killed in road accidents in Dhaka, Gazipur, Naogaon, Sylhet, Jessore and Thakurgaon on Monday and yesterday.

Clash injures 20

At least 20 people were injured in a clash between two groups of people over ownership of market land at Siddhirganj in the district yesterday.

Road crashes won't stop until reckless driving does

Communications Minister Obaidul Quader said in parliament yesterday that the number of road accidents will not decrease if unfit vehicles, "reckless driving, and unskilled drivers" are not stopped.

Journo hurt in road crash dies

General Secretary of Boda Press Club Khorshed Alam, 48, injured in a road accident on Saturday night, died at Rangpur Medical College Hospital (RMCH) on Monday afternoon.

Implement women policy

President Zillur Rahman yesterday urged all to be sincere in implementing National Women Development Policy-2011 for establishing the rights and dignity of women in the country.

HC summons UP chairman

Following a newspaper report, the High Court (HC) yesterday summoned a union parishad chairman of Brahmanbaria on charges of misusing his power and harassing a man through a village court.

Malaysia offers fund to build Padma Bridge

The Malaysian government has expressed its intention to construct the much-awaited Padma Bridge.

American corner in Ctg opens

The US Ambassador to Bangladesh Dan Mozena yesterday inaugurated the American Corner with expanded space and facilities at Independent University Bangladesh, Chittagong.

Shibir men vandalise 3 Sust buses

Bangladesh Islami Chhatra Shibir activists vandalised three buses of the Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (Sust) yesterday on Electric Supply road at Shahjalal Bridge in the city.

Ex-PSC boss acquitted of charges

A Dhaka court has acquitted former chairman of Public Service Commission (PSC) Prof Dr Mohammad Mustafa Chowdhury along with a member and two officials of charges of recommending illegally four people for jobs in different cadres of the civil service.

250 Yaba tablets seized, 6 held in Ctg

At least 250 pieces of Yaba tablets were seized and six young men were arrested in this connection in the port city in the last two days.

Santu Larma stays away from event

Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Regional council chairman Jyotirindra Bodhipriya Larma, popularly known as Santu Larma, cancelled his scheduled programme in Rajshahi yesterday as the district and police administrations did not provide him protocol of a state minister.

JS body talks Feb 7

The parliamentary standing committee on the defence ministry will discuss the recent foiled "attempt to overthrow the present democratic government" by a band of religious fanatics, comprising mid-ranking army officers and their retired colleagues.

Transport workers block city road

Transport workers last night blocked the road at Mohakhali in the city following an assault on a fellow worker by passengers.

Minister urges use of 'Teletalk'

Post and Telecommunication Minister Raji Uddin Ahmed yesterday urged people to use mobile phone of 'Teletalk Bangladesh Ltd', a public limited company, leaving other mobile phone operators in the country.

Youth stabbed to death in Ctg

A young man was stabbed to death in Kanthal Bagan area in the port city early yesterday.

32 held for video piracy

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested 32 youths from Keraniganj and Sayedabad in the city on charges of video piracy and seized 44 computers and 3,500 pirated and porn CDs from their possession.

RU classes resume today

The classes of Rajshahi University (RU) will begin today after 14-day winter vacation.

DU forms committees to celebrate Language Day

Dhaka University (DU) authorities have formed committees to celebrate the International Mother Language Day at Central Shahid Minar on February 21 this year.

Koika team meets DU VC

A team of Korea International Cooperation Agency (Koika) called on Dhaka University (DU) Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr AAMS Arefin Siddique at the latter's office yesterday.

Mahananda's martyrdom day today

Today is the 45th martyrdom day of Mahananda Sarkar, who was killed by the then Pakistani police forces at a demonstration during the mass upsurge in 1969 on the bank of the river Madhumati, the border of Madaripur and Gopalganj.

CU introduces physical education programme

The Chittagong University authorities start operation of the country's first Bachelor of Physical Education (BPEd) programme today (February 1).


Alhaj Barrister Md Abdul Jalil, a language movement veteran, breathed his last at a city hospital on Sunday due to old-age complication.

Shreekanta Halder

Shreekanta Halder, father of Shree Sagar Halder, former vice-president of the central committee of Bangladesh Chhatra League, passed away at his residence yesterday.

Shah Newaz Khan

Md Shah Newaz Khan, managing committee president of Abdul Karim High School, passed away due to a cardiac arrest in his residence on Monday night at the age of 65.

Mohammad Abdullah

Maulana Mohammad Abdullah, former principal of Padipara Islamia Senior Fajil (Degree) Madrasa at Sonaimuri upazila in Noakhali, died following a cardiac arrest at his residence on Monday night at the age of 61.


Sugar mills workers agitate for wage commission

Workers of four sugar mills in Thakurgaon, Natore and Jhenidah agitated yesterday demanding early declaration and implementation of wage commission.

Low price worries growers despite bumper aman production

Despite achieving bumper productions of aman this year, farmers in Rangpur division are worried because of low price of the paddy in wholesale markets.

Bogra Azizul Haque college beset with manifold problems

Academic activities of over 41,000 students of Government Azizul Haque College in Bogra are hampered as the institution is beset with multifarious problems including shortage of classrooms, teachers and accommodation for long.

Post-UP poll clash after 7 months

At least 12 people were injured and three houses vandalised during a clash between two rival groups at Rampur village in Kalia upazila of the district yesterday morning.

'Robber' killed in mob beating

An alleged robber was killed in mob beating at Kulihati village under Keraniganj Model police station early yesterday.

2 Jasod Gonobahini men arrested with firearm

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab-6) arrested two alleged members of Jasod Gonobahini, an underground party, from Mirzapur village under Shailkupa upazila early yesterday.

Rivals fell over 180 trees on disputed land

A group of people captured a disputed land and cut down over 180 trees and 400 bamboos from some bamboo clusters on the land at Jagannathpur village in Sadar upazila in three days for January 27.

Schoolgirl rescued, 3 held

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Sunday night rescued a schoolgirl from Bhatoi Bazaar under Shailkupa upazila and arrested three people in this connection.

Schoolteacher assaulted

A teacher at Hatdoil Non-Government Registered Primary School in Bagatipara upazila sustained injuries as president of the school managing committee assaulted her on Monday afternoon. The victim, Mamota Parvin, is a headmistress of the school where she is working for eleven years. The injured was admitted to upazila health complex. The teacher said," Habibur Rahman, president of the committee, is trying to remove me illegally for long." As a sequel to the incident, Habibur asked her to sign a resignation letter following a managing committee meeting at around 2:30pm, she added. "As I refused to endorse the letter provided by Habibur, he along with his brother attacked me”. Habibur said he asked the teacher to sign in her resignation latter, but did not assault her.

Farmer's body found

Police recovered the beheaded body of a farmer from Bandartila in Hatiya upazila yesterday, two days after he went missing. The deceased was identified as Abul Hossain Khair, 42, son of Late Ruhul Amin of Nolchira village in the upazila. Moktar Hossain, officer in-charge of Hatiya police station, said some fishermen found body in the area at around 9:00am and informed the police. Victim's wife Laila Begum said on receiving a phone call Sunday morning, her husband went out of the house and did not return to home.

3 'fake' examinees held

Three suspected fake examinees were arrested during a police recruitment written test for the post of constable on Monday. The arrestees are Yakub Ali, 25, son of Hossain Ali of Moheshmari village in Baliadangi upazila, Abul Hasnat, 26, son of Mozaharul Islam and Mesbaul, 18, son of Abul Hasnat of Bokuya village in Horipur upazila. Assistant Superintendent of Police AKM Shahin Ahmed said they arrested Yakub and Hasnat during the test in the afternoon following their suspicious attitude. As per their statements, police then arrested Mesbaul from a mess at Collegepara in Thakurgoan municipality area in the evening.

Domestic help tortured

A domestic help was tortured by a young man at Semakhali village in Sadar upazila on Monday evening. The victim, Roksana Parvin, 20, has been working at the house of Badsha Sardar, former member of Auria unio parishad in the upazila for about three years. The victim said one Hossain Mollah at the village attempted to rape her while she was going to the mango orchard beside the house of her employer at about 5:30pm. As she resisted him, Hossain beat up her mercilessly, Roksana added. Badsha said hearing the screaming, they rescued the victim from the spot and admitted her to Narail Sadar Hospital.


Secret of Iran's power

While dealing with Iran one thing must be taken into consideration. It is that Iran's existence as an Islamic state is a miracle, given the repeated aggression and embargo imposed on it. Another miracle is that unlike Iraq Iran is not becoming an easy target of the imperialists. Enjoying relative political stability, Iranians are united under one Imam inspired and directly guided by Imam Mahdi who they believe is in occultation. Though these religious facts are beyond comprehension for western writers and thinkers, it is very much there. I cannot resist the temptation of quoting the famous line from Shakespeare: “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

Hazare's demand is not Gandhian!

Veteran Indian social activist Anna Hazare termed his anti-corruption campaign as the second freedom struggle of India. Hazare's attire, made of white homespun cotton, reminds us of Mahatma Gandhi, who led the 'Quit India' movement against the British rule in 1942. Hazare also said that after ensuring the institution of a strong Lokpal (ombudsman) with its own independent investigative team, the next fight will be for the “Right to Reject” provision which will ensure that the corrupt MPs will not get entry into the “sacred temple of democracy”.

Harijans are our brothers

Harijans are neglected everywhere in the country. They are still considered as untouchables. Often in the newspapers we read horrible stories of their lives. I do not find any logic behind all these happenings.

New gas connections in city

At present the authorities are not giving any new gas connections to the newly constructed houses and apartments in Dhaka city. But fortunately, the owners are getting gas connections from the old lines which were installed at the plots in question before the construction started with the help of some dishonest staff of the gas company.

Treating E.coli with low voltage AC

Emergence of lethal and highly virulent strains of Escherichia coli (E.coli) has become a serious threat to food safety and public health. Some strains of E.coli bacterium such as, Escherichia coli O157:H7, Shiga-like toxin-producing E. coli (STEC), etc., produce Shiga-like toxin or verotoxin which is a major cause of food-borne illness. Each year thousands of people are affected by E.Coli bacterium by eating contaminated beef and other food products. Infection with these lethal bacteria cause severe diarrhoea, dehydration and kidney problems which often lead to death of children and elderly people or long term health problems.

Bangladesh cricket team's Pakistan tour!

I am concerned with the recent decision of BCCB to send our national cricket team to Pakistan. When the world cricketing nations have boycotted playing in Pakistan due to security reasons, I am astonished at the BCCB's decision. I presume it's more like a barter trade that Bangladesh will send its team to Pakistan and in return Pakistan will support Bangladesh candidate in the ICC presidential race. What I gather from my friends in BCCB is that this decision has been taken at the whim of its president who is aspiring to take over the ICC's highest job. Why are we making our innocent players a sacrificial lamb for the personal gain of the BCCB president?

Beware of child pickpockets

The other day while I was riding down the main road from Ibrahimpur to Mirpur 14 on my motorbike in the evening, I noticed a very young boy, probably below 10 years of age, clinging behind a running rickshaw ahead of me. This type of scene is very common, so I didn't pay much attention to it. When I was about to cross that rickshaw, I noticed there was a woman on the rickshaw and the boy suddenly put something on the back of her head and swiftly opened the zipper of her handbag. It happened so fast that I was puzzled. And as soon as I realised that he was a pickpocket, I yelled to draw the lady's attention and tried to catch the kid. But I failed as he quickly ran away.

Separate TV channel for children

Television can be a source of knowledge and education for children if they are properly guided by their parents. The children should be allowed to watch particular TV programmes for a specific duration which can help them develop their imagination.

Power corrupts…

Your front page report published on January 18th on the Lokman killing at Narsingdi is very revealing about the power of our ministers, which, unfortunately, they use for the wrong reasons! Within two hours of the magistrate's order to send him to jail, pending trial, possibly a telephone call from the high-ups, had him released on bail!

Readers Respond

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Russia warns of war in Syria

The Western-Arab drive to adopt a UN resolution on Syria is a "path to civil war", Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov warned yesterday amid raging violence.

Iran warns US against Syria meddling

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, yesterday warned against US "interference" in the internal affairs of Tehran's key regional ally Syria, while saying he backed reform for the Syrians.

Pak PM hints at early polls

Pakistan PM Yousaf Raza Gilani on Monday said the option of an early general election "is open" but political elements wanting polls ahead of schedule would have to take up the issue with him after the budget session of parliament in May.

Obama's remark on drone strikes angers Pakistan

Hours after President Barack Obama confirmed that US drones regularly target militants in its tribal belt, Pakistan today said such attacks were "unlawful" and a violation of its sovereignty.

Polls open in Florida with Romney in driver's seat

Florida's Republican voters go to the polls yesterday in a high-stakes presidential primary election, with former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney holding a commanding double-digit lead in polls over rival Newt Gingrich.

US punishing small nations, says Rajapaksa

As the combined United States and European Union sanctions against Iran take effect, small nations like Sri Lanka are extremely worried. Sri Lanka depends almost entirely on Iran for its crude oil supplies and the only refinery in the country, Sapugaskanda, can only process Iranian crude.

Kasab appeals against death penalty

The lone surviving gunman from the 2008 Mumbai attacks began a Supreme Court appeal against his death sentence on Tuesday by claiming that he had not received a fair trial.

World environment agency gets 100 countries backing

More than a hundred countries now support a French proposal to create a "World Environment Organisation" at the upcoming 20th anniversary conference of the Rio Summit, France's ecology minister said yesterday.

Congress releases UP manifesto

Playing the quota card in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, Congress yesterday promised reservation for socially and economically backward minorities and very backward dalits in proportion to their population.

High turnout in Punjab, Uttarakhand

A record voter turnout of 77% in Punjab and high 70% polling in Uttarakhand threw political parties into a tizzy as the current round of assembly polls reaches the half-way mark with a major four-cornered contest looming in UP besides a smaller, but no less hard fought showdown in Goa.

Is the Earth getting lighter?

The recent crash landing of Russian spacecraft Phobos-Grunt has focused attention on the increasing amount of space junk orbiting the planet. So does this mean the Earth has been getting lighter?

Join politics to fight graft

Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan Monday said if social activist Anna Hazare forms a party and captures power then he would be far more effective in fighting corruption.

Ban calls for 'good will gestures' by Israel

UN leader Ban Ki-moon called yesterday for "goodwill gestures" by Israel to encourage the Palestinians to revive the Middle East peace process, ahead of talks with leaders from the two sides.

Libyans to sue ex-MI6 official over torture

Two Libyans are to sue the former counter-terrorism director of British spy agency MI6, claiming he played a key role in their rendition to Muammar Gaddafi's Libya, their lawyers said yesterday.

Brits barred from US after tweet

Holidaymakers have been warned to watch their words after two British friends were refused entry to the US on security grounds after a tweet.

Eurozone unemployment hits new record

Unemployment in the eurozone hit a record high at the end of last year, the Eurostat agency has said.

Sectarian violence kills 10 in Karachi

At least 10 people have been killed in a renewed wave of sectarian and ethnic killings by criminal gangs in Pakistan's financial capital of Karachi, police said yesterday.

UK deploys destroyer to Falklands

HMS Dauntless is to be deployed off the coast of the Falklands Islands in the South Atlantic, the Royal Navy confirmed.

Assange takes case to UK's top court

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's two-day hearing at England's Supreme Court gets underway Wednesday, in the latest stage of his lengthy battle against extradition to Sweden to face rape allegations.

France's Armenia genocide law put on hold

France's new law punishing denial of the Armenian genocide was put on hold yesterday after politicians opposed to the legislation demanded that its constitutionality be examined.

Indian state home secy arrested

Andhra Pradesh Home Secretary B.P. Acharya was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation here on Monday for his role in the fast-snowballing scandal of irregularities in allotment of high-priced plots for villas in the township project of Dubai-based real estate developer Emaar.

Eight Pak soldiers killed in Taliban clashes

Dozens of heavily armed Taliban militants attacked a Pakistani military post yesterday, sparking clashes that killed eight soldiers and wounded another 15, the military said.

Arts & Entertainment

Siddiqua Kabir, trailblazer in culinary delights, no more

She was the ultimate name as far as modernising the art of Bangladeshi cooking is concerned. “Ranna Khadyo Pushti”, by her, is considered a culinary bible by all Bangladeshis who can read.

A month-long literary and cultural hub

It's that time of the year again. The aroma of freshly printed books in the air. When Bangla Academy, or pretty much Dhaka University campus, takes on a festive hue and becomes the literary and cultural hub in Dhaka. The event that epitomises celebration of Bangladeshi literature, litterateurs and readers -- Ekushey Boi Mela -- kicks off today.

Aranyak Natyadal turns 40

To achieve major goals, 40 years is not enough for a theatre troupe, considers Mamunur Rashid, veteran actor-director and chief secretary of Aranyak Natyadal. On the occasion of his troupe's 40th anniversary today (February 1), Rashid said that their goal to instil professionalism in Bangladeshi theatre has not yet been realised, but the troupe is still working on other initiatives such as minimising class division in the society and creating opportunities for young theatre activists and troupes.

Shatabdi Wadud talks "Guerilla" and more

Shatabdi Wadud is an actor's exemplar. Using his experience of the theatre, he has enriched the world of cinema and television serials with his outstanding acting skills. His exceptional performance in “Guerilla” still lingers in the memory.

Quamrul Festival 2012 in the offing

A press conference on 'Quamrul Utshob 2012' was held yesterday at the Liberation War Museum. Taslim Ahmed, Head of Corporate Communications and Public Relations of Citycell; Dr. Anisuzzaman; Rezanur Rahman (Editor, Anando Alo); reputed artists Quayyum Chowdhury, Hashem Khan, Mostafa Monwar; veteran cultural activist Syed Hasan Imam and Shahidul Alam Sachchu of Channel i were present at the press conference.

National Street Theatre Festival begins today

The weeklong National Street Theatre Festival begins today at the Central Shaheed Minar premises in Dhaka. Organised by Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation (BGTF), the festival will feature nearly 50 plays staged by different troupes from all over the country.

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Images of a putative democracy

These are interesting times we live in. Something of the pungent, something of the exciting has come into our politics. Of course, politics has always been exciting in this country, but of late the excitement has taken a dimension you do not and will not see replicated elsewhere around the world. A newly elected mayor -- and we speak of Comilla -- had his large vehicle block the path of a rickshaw the other day, the better for him to come out of it and land a few good punches on a lawyer riding that rickshaw. Of course, as is always the case, the mayor (and he has not yet been sworn in) denied that he had assaulted the lawyer. Why would such a good man do that?

Salt of the earth

The virtues of salt are infinite, both in diet and language. Salt was a symbol of the honour code in the institution that held together empires and colonies, the army. The metaphor for a soldier's loyalty was salt. If you were true to your salt, you remained loyal to whosoever's salt you had eaten. You were namakhalal. The opposite, namakharam, is still an accusation that stings, although contemporary values are determined by mercantile attitudes rather than ancient oaths. In today's job market, one is more loyal to the next salary than word given to the company you kept.

Thoughts on Republic Day of India

While observing the 63rd Republic Day of India on January 26th, the Acting High Commissioner for India, Mr. Sanjay Bhatacharyya, held a reception at a local hotel in Dhaka followed by an impressive cultural presentation.

Terrorism, counter-terrorism and technological advances

Terrorism has become a global threat for humanity and has a pernicious impact on normal life. It has a serious effect on a range of fundamental human rights. Effective counter-terrorism measures and the protection of human rights are complementary and mutually reinforcing objectives which must be pursued together as part of a state's duty to protect the people within their jurisdiction. Efforts to address the human rights implications of terrorism and counter-terrorism measures have tended to focus on the protection of civil and political rights, along with economic, social and cultural rights.

What hope for the poor?

Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty," Mother Teresa.

This Day In History

February 1

The Kalabalik or Tumult in Bendery results from the Ottoman sultan's order that his unwelcome guest, King Charles XII of Sweden, be seized.

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