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News of: Friday, 16th of March, 2012

Front Page

BNP sets Sangsad boycott record

The BNP-led opposition lawmakers have boycotted 233 sittings in the first three years of the current Jatiya Sangsad, setting a new record in the country's House boycott culture.

Verdict already effective

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday termed the triumph over Myanmar in the maritime boundary dispute case at Hamburg a victory of the whole nation.

Scope widened

Bangladesh's winning its maritime boundary claim over Myanmar's implies that the country will now have a larger deep sea oil and gas exploration area in the eastern Bay of Bengal.

Strong navy day's order

Establishing full control over its maritime boundary would require Bangladesh to bolster its naval capacity with the addition of air and radar surveillance as well as new ships, defence experts feel.

27 more bodies found in Meghna

With the recovery of 27 more bodies yesterday, the death toll in Tuesday's launch capsize in the river Meghna rose to 139.

Launch wasn't overloaded

While investigations into the Meghna launch tragedy are underway, Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan yesterday said the water vessel was not overloaded with passengers.

PM sorry, reasons govt measures

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday regretted people's suffering due to government's “security measures” taken ahead of the main opposition BNP's March 12 rally in the capital.

Mujib-Yahya closed-door meeting

On this day in 1971, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and General Yahya Khan held a closed door meeting without their aides.

Show proof of ISI money allegation

BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday asked the prime minister to show the documents regarding her allegation that Khaleda Zia received money from Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence (ISI).

No illegal brickfields

The High Court yesterday issued a rule upon the government to explain in six weeks why it should not be directed to remove the brickfields and sawmills running illegally in 11 districts.

Nizami charged with Pabna massacre

During the Liberation War, as many as 450 Hindus were put into a large hole and shot to death en masse at the directive of Motiur Rahman Nizami, the prosecution told the International Crimes Tribunal yesterday.

Row over dress at IUBAT

Pursuing their studies at International University of Business Agriculture and Technology (IUBAT) has become difficult for some of the students -- only for their attire.

ACC probe after Tac clemency illegal: HC

The High Court yesterday declared illegal the notices the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) had served on 14 people regarding carrying out probe on their property.

1 percent in 7 months!

The civil aviation and tourism ministry has performed the worst in terms of Annual Development Programme implementation over the first seven months of this fiscal year.

ETV a victim of conspiracy

Ekushey Television Chairman Abdus Salam yesterday said the telecom regulator's recent show-cause notice to the private TV channel was an act of harassment and that it amounted to a contempt of court.

Alim faces 74 charges

The prosecution yesterday pressed charges against former BNP lawmaker Abdul Alim in 28 specific incidents of crimes against humanity in the Liberation War of 1971.

Babar prevented DGFI probe

Former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar and some top intelligence officials, including a former DGFI director, might have links to the smuggling of 10 truckloads of arms in 2004, former DGFI chief Sadik Hasan Rumi told a court yesterday.

Suu Kyi hopes to travel outside Myanmar soon

Myanmar democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday said she hoped to travel abroad "in the near future", in what would be the Nobel laureate's first visit to another country since 1988.

Akhilesh Yadav sworn in UP CM

Akhilesh Yadav, son of Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, was sworn in yesterday as the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, the youngest-ever to hold the office.

Afghan blast kills 13 women, children

A Taliban roadside bomb tore through a civilian vehicle in southern Afghanistan yesterday, killing nine children and four women, police said.

BNPPP sits Sunday

BNP Parliamentary Party will sit on Sunday to discuss its possible return to parliament, party sources said last night.

Editorial

Bangladesh's maritime claims vindicated

Bangladesh's winning the legal battle with Myanmar in the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) over its maritime right in the Bay of Bengal is a greatly heartening and positive piece of news. We congratulate the government, especially our Foreign Minister Dr. Dipu Moni for her able leadership of the team that pursued the case at the tribunal under the overall guidance of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

No forced disappearance is acceptable

What the Home Minister Shahara Khatun said in parliament on Wednesday about the victims of forced disappearance has shocked us, to say the least. In a reply to a lawmaker's query, she identified all disappeared victims as members of criminal gangs. Worse still, she dismissed outright the allegation that the abductors were plainclothesmen. On the other hand, she added that such incidents were triggered either by conflicting interests or by the motive of realizing ransom.

Sports

Pakistan almost in final

Pakistan put one foot in the final of the Asia Cup after their 6wicket win over Sri Lanka at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday. There was a bonus point earned too as they reached the 189-run target in 39.5 overs.

Focus on good cricket

Virender Sehwag was the slayer when last these two teams met at the very same venue in Mirpur in the 2011 World Cup opener. The dashing right-hander is not here this time but India still have enough firepower in their arsenal to demoralise any attack, especially when the pitches at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium are tailor-made for the batsmen.

Shakib herding the flock

Shakib Al Hasan must be enjoying cricket these days, that is, top-quality cricket against A-class opposition. It presents him with a different challenge every game in a variety of situations one of which is coming up today in Bangladesh's second game in the Asia Cup against India.

'Bowlers gave us edge'

Even though it was skipper Misbah Ul Haq and Umar Akmal who cornered the glory as Pakistan vanquished Sri Lanka by six wickets with 10.3 overs to spare, the credit for their second Asia Cup win at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday must go to the bowlers.

Big clash as league resumes today

After a two-day gap, the Grameenphone Bangladesh Premier League resumes today at the Bangabandhu National Stadium with the Dhanmondi derby between holders Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club and three-time champions Abahani Ltd.

A down to earth Kumar

Vinay Kumar wouldn't be expected to make big statements and it's not just because of his position as the second least experienced seamer in the Indian team, or due to his name (which means down to earth in Bangla).

Pacers put SA on top

South Africa's pace attack humiliated New Zealand's middle order in an extraordinary display Thursday that put the Proteas firmly in control on the first day of the second Test.

'Exciting time for Aus'

Stand-in skipper Shane Watson believes Australia's recent successes over India and Sri Lanka will mask any world-weariness when they kick-off their Caribbean tour.

Big three move on

Rafael Nadal raced into the Indian Wells quarterfinals with a dominating win, while Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer needed three sets each to oust unseeded opponents on Wednesday.

Sammy banks on youth & experience

West Indies skipper Darren Sammy believes his team's mixture of raw youth and battle-scarred veterans can knock Australia out of their stride when the five-game, one-day series starts Friday.

James, Monty shine

Fast bowler James Anderson and spinner Monty Panesar warmed up for England's two-Test series against Sri Lanka with rich hauls in the tour opener in Colombo on Thursday.

WSA gets another ad-hoc committee

The National Sports Council (NSC) yesterday dissolved the previous ad-hoc committee to appoint another ad-hoc committee to hold the polls of the Women's Sports Association.

CSA chief quits over scandal

Acting Cricket SA (CSA) president AK Khan quit Wednesday in the aftermath of a 600,000 dollars bonus scandal that has left chief executive Gerald Majola fighting for survival.

Local snippets

The South Breeze School Volleyball Tournament began yesterday at the Volleyball Stadium with 22 schools taking part.

Chelsea stay alive

Branislav Ivanovic scored a dramatic extra-time winner as Chelsea completed a remarkable comeback to beat Napoli 4-1 and advance to the quarterfinals of the Champions League here Wednesday.

Jose's dream final

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho was hoping for a dream Champions League final against his former club Chelsea on Thursday after the Spanish giants cruised into the quarterfinals.

Ronaldo steers Real into last 8

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as nine-time champions Real Madrid eased into the Champions League quarterfinals on Wednesday, a 4-1 win over CSKA Moscow giving Jose Mourinho's men a 5-2 aggregate victory.

Sir Dave slates FIFA, UEFA

Outspoken Premier League chief Sir Dave Richards launched a blistering attack on governing bodies FIFA and UEFA on Wednesday, accusing them of "stealing" football from the English.

Abidal to miss Euro 2012

Barcelona's French international defender Eric Abidal will undergo a liver transplant in "the coming weeks", the Spanish club said Thursday, which will likely rule him out from the Euro 2012.

Pizarro banned for slapping

Peru striker Claudio Pizarro will miss Werder Bremen's visit to German league leaders Borussia Dortmund on Saturday after being banned for two games for slapping an opponent during a Bundesliga game.

Business

Money transfer made simpler

Freelancers and IT exporters will now receive their payments from foreign buyers without any hassle, as AlertPay yesterday made foray into Bangladesh by launching online payment service in partnership with Bank Asia Ltd.

JS body slams BTRC

The parliamentary standing committee on the telecom ministry yesterday alleged that the telecom regulator itself has spoiled the investment environment in the sector.

BB directors against allowing too many new banks

Most of the directors of Bangladesh Bank are worried over the plan of floating too many new banks as the central bank is under pressure from the government to give nod to around 12 newcomers.

Atiur gets Indira Gandhi Gold Plaque

Bangladesh Bank Governor Atiur Rahman has recently been awarded with the prestigious Indira Gandhi Gold Plaque 2011 by the Asiatic Society, Kolkata, in recognition of his significant contribution to international co-operation towards human progress.

Myanmar promises future food security

Myanmar can help ensure food security not only in Bangladesh but also in other countries in South Asia, analysts said yesterday.

Set business plans in sync with CSR: analysts

Companies must integrate their business strategies with corporate social responsibility (CSR) to achieve sustainable growth, the president of Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry said yesterday.

DSE elects new president

The Dhaka Stock Exchange yesterday elected Rakibur Rahman as its president for a one-year term.

Stocks rise on optimism

Stocks returned to the black yesterday with high turnover in the last two weeks as investors got relief from political tension and went for cheerful buying.

Be aware of consumer rights: minister

Commerce Minister GM Quader yesterday urged consumers to come forward and raise voices against unjustified price hike, product adulteration and selling of expired products.

India keeps rates on hold, disappoints business

India's hawkish central bank kept interest rates on hold Thursday, disappointing business leaders who had pressed for a cut they say is essential to spur the country's slowing economy.

Metropolitan

Cultural links can forge commonality: Speakers

Cultural connections could forge a commonality among the commonwealth nations, said speakers at a seminar yesterday marking Commonwealth Day, observed on March 12 this year.

No headway in journalist couple murder

The inspector general of police yesterday expressed satisfaction over sincerity of investigators probing the journalist couple's murder, although no headway has been reported since the incident occurred on February 11.

48pc farmland still out of modern practice

Forty eight percent of the country's farmlands, mainly in the hills, southern coast, haors and wetlands, were out of modern agricultural practices, said a consultant of UN Food and Agriculture Organization yesterday.

HC summons Prof Asif Nazrul

The High Court yesterday summoned Asif Nazrul, a professor at Dhaka University, for making a “provocative statement” about the prospective next government.

Action against 8 doctors ordered for absence

Health and Family Welfare Minister Ruhal Haque yesterday asked the authorities concerned to take departmental actions against eight doctors after they were found absent in their workplaces.

400 illegal structures demolished

Rajuk evicted and demolished around 400 illegal structures and recovered 15 acres of government land in the city's Uttara.

Fresh protests at JU

The agitating teachers of Jahangirnagar University (JU), who are opposing the university administration, announced fresh 10-day long protest programmes, including to lay siege the university vice-chancellor's office as he did not meet their demands including stopping teachers' recruitment.

Crimes in railways on rise: Poba

Leaders of Poribesh Bachao Andolon (Poba) yesterday urged the government to take immediate steps to strengthen the security of the country's railways to stop what they claimed as “subversive activities to make the railway sector ineffective.”

Bangladeshi youth shot dead in S Africa

A Bangladeshi youth, shot by two miscreants, succumbed to his injuries at a hospital in the South Africa on Monday night.

PW narrates killing of army officer

A prosecution witness yesterday described how mutineers killed an army officer after beating him up mercilessly at the Pilkhana headquarters of erstwhile Bangladesh Rifles (BDR).

Now more communicative messages

The Met office, from now on, will present cyclone forecasts in graphs and maps instead of only plain texts so that common people can easily understand the severity of approaching cyclonic events and locate the areas that the catastrophes are likely to strike.

Minor boy killed in wall collapse

A four-year old boy was killed and his mother injured when a boundary wall collapsed on them at Wazidia Madrasa area under Bayezid Police Station in the port city yesterday.

No troops build-up by Myanmar: BGB

A high-level team of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) yesterday visited Bangladesh-Myanmar borders but found no troops build-up by Myanmar.

Use natural resources

The country's major political parties welcomed the landmark verdict which upheld Bangladesh's claim on the Bay of Bengal and urged the government to use the natural resources there to the best of the country's interests.

7 die in road accidents

Seven people were killed and 22 others injured in road accidents in Khagrachhari, Sylhet, Rangpur, Dinajpur and Jhenidah on Wednesday and yesterday.

CID men visit Nurul Islam's house

Investigators yesterday again inspected former Ganotantri Party president Nurul Islam's Lalmatia house where the politician and his son died in a mysterious fire on December 3, 2008.

8 ICS men shown arrested

The detained eight Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) activists were shown arrested on charge of vandalism and attack on police during the half-day strike in the port city on February 9 pressed by ICS, Chittagong University unit.

5 vehicles damaged for city road crash

Agitating mob vandalised four vehicles and set fire to a bus after a road accident that critically injured a school girl at Bijoynagar in the capital last night.

Woman murdered

A housewife was killed allegedly by her husband at their residence at Nalapara in the port city on Wednesday night.

Strike observed for gas supply

Jaintapur Janodabi Parishad yesterday observed a half-day hartal at Jaintapur upazila demanding gas supply in greater Jainta area.

2-day history conference begins today

A two-day “The Daily Star-Heritage Chatigram History Conference” will begin at Theatre Institute Auditorium in Chittagong today.

Govt to write to WB on Padma bridge

Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday said that the government is considering writing to the World Bank chief to settle the issue of Padma bridge project financing.

3 held with foreign currencies at airport

Rapid Action Battalion members arrested three people from Shahjalal International Airport on Wednesday night for their attempt to smuggle foreign currencies worth Tk 11.77 crore.

Man held for misinformation on BDR mutiny

A man was arrested yesterday from the capital's Jatrabari and placed on a 10-day remand on charge of circulating misleading text messages that the prime minister had been involved in the 2009 BDR mutiny.

Prof Yunus mourns launch victims

Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus has condoled with people who have lost their near and dear ones in Tuesday's tragic launch capsize in Munshiganj.

PM to inaugurate two Sylhet power plants Mar 24

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will visit Sylhet on a daylong tour on March 24 to inaugurate a number of development projects, including two power plants.

Qulkhwani of Shawkat Jamil today

Qulkhwani of Shawkat Jamil, a senior photojournalist of The Daily Star, will be held at his parental residence at Katpatty Road in Barisal city today.

Doa mahfil for Ravi Khan

The doa mahfil of Ravi Khan, the former head of sustainability at Viyellatex Group, will be held at his residence in the city after Asr prayers today.

Recording of deposition deferred

A Chittagong court yesterday for the sixth time deferred recording of witnesses' deposition in connection with an arson attack in Banshkhali upazila on November 18, 2003 that left 11 members of a minority community burnt alive.

Body recovered in Ctg

Police recovered a decompose body of a young man in Puratan Sagarika cinema area in the port city on Wednesday night.

2 bodies found in city

Police recovered the decomposed bodies of two youths from Badda and Sabujbagh in the capital yesterday.

Body found in city

The body of an unidentified teenage girl was recovered from a ditch at Damalkot in the city's Kafrul on Wednesday.

Man dies as his bike crashes into city road island

A man was killed and another injured as their motorbike crashed into a road island at the city's Katabon yesterday.

Court summons Birdem physician

A Dhaka court summoned a physician of Birdem Hospital to appear before it on April 15 in connection with a case filed against him for his negligence in treating a female patient that led to her death.

Madrasa fined for cutting hill

A team of Department of Environment (DoE) fined the authorities of Jamel Ulum Darul Madrasa Tk 3.08 lakh for cutting hill.

CU to appoint student counselors

Student guidance counselors will be appointed in every department and institute of Chittagong University (CU), syndicate meeting decided yesterday.

Dental workshop fined in Ctg

A mobile court fined a dental workshop Tk 1 lakh in the port city yesterday noon for running the organisation illegally.

Chehlum

Chehlum of Emanuel Haq Bhui-yan alias Haq Bhai, former secretary of Banasree-2 unit of Awami League, will be held today.

National

Hoarders make high profit as jute prices jump

Middlemen, who stocked jute after purchasing it for low prices from farmers during the last harvesting season, are earning huge money as the prices in the local markets have doubled recently.

Journalists continue agitation as killers of Sagor, Runi still at large

Journalists of Barisal division and Moulvibazar district yesterday held rallies and observed token hunger strike, demanding punishment to the killers of journo couple in Dhaka.

1300 mill workers retired in 2008 agitate for dues

Over 1300 workers of Dinajpur Textile Mills Ltd who retired on golden handshake about four years ago and their family members formed a human chain yesterday demanding payment of arrears.

Kids from three Natore schools learn thru' joyful interactions

The premises of Natore Government Girls' High School in Natore town assumed a festive look during yesterday English language fair organised under English in Schools programme, an initiative of The Daily Star and mobile operator Robi.

Sidr victim Kanon removes her woes

Kanon Bala, one of the worst victims of tropical cyclone Sidr, has become self-reliant by cultivating different kinds of vegetables under an alternative employment programme.

Extortionists assault journalist couple

A journalist couple were assaulted by alleged extortionists in the district town on Wednesday night for publishing a report in a newspaper.

All for a mobile phone

A man murdered his mother and younger brother at Dashkathi of Sujabad under Nalcity upazila of Jhalakathi district early yesterday.

56 shops gutted

A devastating fire gutted at least 56 shops at Bhanga Bazar in Bhanga upazila on Wednesday night. Shahidul Haque Miru Munshi, president of Bhanga Bazar Committee, said the fire broke out at a shop at around 11:00pm and soon engulfed the adjacent shops. On information, four fire fighting units from Fairdpur, Madaripur, Razyor and Gopalgonji rushed in and doused the blaze after four hours of frantic efforts. The loss caused by the flame could go up to Tk 5 crore, said a fire official.

10 injured in clash

At least 10 people were injured as the two rival groups clashed over holding a cricket match at Tikori village in Sadar upazila on Wednesday night. Locals said a cricket match between Shahid Liakot Ali Smrity Shangha and PSC club was held on Nazirpur High school premise in the afternoon. The clash occurred between the two clubs over the result of the match at about 9.30pm. The followers of the clubs locked in fierce fight with lethal weapons, leaving over 10 from both sides injured. Of the injured, one Chandu Pramanik, 50, Rumon, 26, Russel, 18, Mannan, 20, Polash, 18, were admitted to Pabna Medical College and Hospital in critical condition while the rest were given first aid.

Guard beaten to death

A night guard of a bank was beaten to death by criminals in Kotchandpur upazila on early yesterday. The victim is Kamal Hossain, 50, son of late Tabij Uddin of Sabdalpur village. He had been serving at Rupali Bank at Sabdalpur branch for long. Police said another guard Ismail Hossain went to the generator room of the bank in the morning and found the victim's body lying on the floor. The bank manager said a gang of robbers killed Kamal at dead of night when he tried to resist them. However, no papers and cash were robbed from the bank, he added.

4 sued for killing trader

A case was filed with Khulna Sadar police station against four people on charge of killing a businessman. Gunmen killed Zakir Hossain Sarder at about 8-30pm on Monday at Babu Khan Road in the city. The accused are Iqbal Hossain Sarder and his wife Aklima Begum, Mahbub Golder and Abdul Jalil Sheikh. Iqbal is eldest brother of the slain businessman while Mahabub Golder is his nephew, said police. Locals said Zakir survived attempt on his life twice in the last six months. Manzurul Alam, niece of Zakir, of Sharafpur union under Dumuria upazila, filed the case on Wednesday night, said SM Kamruzzaman, officer in-charge of the PS.

Correction

In the headline of our story on Katka tragedy published on page 9 on Wednesday we wrote Kuet in place of KU. We regret the inadvertant mistake.

Letters

Should Gates promote GM Golden Rice?

Microsoft founder Bill Gates has undertaken a philanthropic plan to end world's hunger by promoting genetically engineered food crops. As a part of his plan, Monsanto and other biotech companies have collaborated with Gates Foundation through forming "Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa'' (AGRA) to promote growing of genetically modified (GM) crops in Africa. Bill Gates supports the use of genetically modified Golden Rice which is capable of producing beta-carotene that human body can convert to vitamin A. True, Gates plan has noble intentions.

Wrong steps by the government

The incumbent government is committing blunders one after another and is getting itself detached from the people. To thwart the opposition's grand rally it took undesirable steps and doing so it was exposing its fear and moral defeat.

Shun computer games and save power

Growing up with books all around me, I can see the difference between the people who read books and who don't. Children now-a-days are constantly experiencing new technology, and all this limits the growth of their imagination. Digital interactive entertainment options such as movies and music takes them away from mediums such as books, poetry and prose that will have enhanced their minds, imagination and creativity. I believe that we should again revert back to reading books at home again. Let us ban computer games and save electricity. Let's read for a better future.

Local equipment manufacture!

The news report titled, “New company set up to make hydraulic machinery for vessels” published on 6th March, 2012, was the best and the most important news of the day for us in Bangladesh. It was refreshing to know of something constructive coming up, amidst the usual news of problems and politicians' stale talks that fill the pages.

The coward vs the courageous

It is a bad thing to hurt someone or attack someone when he or she is in a vulnerable state. It is easy for the attackers because the victim is powerless in that condition and unable to strike back. Clever people take lesson from their experience and remember the faces and wouldn't give second chance to such attackers in the future. In our country, the fellow politicians do not dare to speak their mind when the two lady leaders are in power. Once they're vulnerable, the opportunity seekers cry wolf for a reformed party. A person having good intention won't do that. If you want reform you should ask for it anytime, why only when the 'cat is in the well'? He, who speaks, speaks all time.

Bangladesh police from Wikipedia

It now appears from sub-section 10 of section 14 - Contributions to UN Peace Keeping Operations - of the Wikipedia, Bangladesh has been contributing civilian police to UNMISET/UNMIT since 1999 to till date. The information is not fully correct because Bangladesh had sent civilian police to the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) in 1999. UNTAET was responsible for administering East Timor during the transitional period to independence. It administered East Timor from 1999 to May 2002. In May 2002, on completion of its mission in East Timor, UNTAET was replaced by UNMISET with a different mandate for post independent East Timor.

Neglected slum children in public hospitals

It becomes a bad practice in our country that like other service providing agencies, public hospital staffs neglect child patients from slums. Especially, the children aged between 12 and 18 years are the worst sufferers. A report was published in this daily on a survey titled, “The context of children in healthcare services in Bangladesh for good governance.” The survey was carried out in November last year by child members of Child Parliament, a national-level children's organization, with assistance from Save the Children, said that around 70 percent of poor children are dissatisfied with the behaviour of the doctors and even about 69 percent of those surveyed failed to access healthcare facilities for many reasons.

Respect girls and their rights

The youngsters in our country are badly affected by the satellite channels and the dark side of globalisation. We notice that they are conscious about the western fashion trends, music, movies, and above all the western lifestyle. However, we need to change our mindset to adapt with the modern world. That actually remains unchanged. In this civilised world, girls still face eve-teasing which is a matter of great regret for us. If we become unable to provide a favourable environment for girls, then how can we expect development? When a girl gets a job, financial security is ensured for her family in most cases but she may lose that opportunity when she is faced with insecurity in some cases. But we strongly believe that our liberal minded youth are imbued with ideals of equal rights and respect for all which is particularly needed for the prosperity.

Education a costly commodity

Swept by the all-engulfing waves of commercialization, education has also turned into a very costly 'commodity' especially for the poorer section of the population. Even in the remote villages, a guardian has to meet a long list of expenses. Apart from spending a big amount on admission, purchase of books and school uniforms, he/she has to pay annual school development charges, tuition and periodic exam fees. Though girls are exempted from tuition fees, most of them have to bear extra-cost on transport and miscellaneous needs. But the poor guardian's main burden is the private coaching fees. It is now an open secret that school teachers have unofficially made private coaching compulsory for good results in the examinations.

The young for positive Bangladesh

The other day I was watching a Bangladeshi TV channel where some youths were sharing their views on our politics. All of them were blaming our politicians for the country's volatile situation.

Online Voices

Sea Limit Row with Myanmar

International

Taliban scrap peace talks

Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai called for Nato troops to leave Afghan villages after 16 civilians died in a shooting rampage by a US soldier, underscoring Afghan fury over the massacre and clouding US exit plans.

Pro-Assad show, 'massacre' mark Syria anniversary

Huge rallies played up support for Syria's president yesterday despite a new "massacre" report and a refugee exodus to Turkey as a deadly revolt against his autocratic rule entered a second year.

Gilani would prefers jail

Pakistan's embattled Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani yesterday said he would rather go to jail than obey a court order and ask Switzerland to re-open graft cases against the president.

Israel security cabinet backs Iran strike

A majority of Israel's security cabinet now supports an attack on Iran in a bid to end its nuclear programme, an Israeli newspaper reported yesterday, citing political sources it did not identify.

Senior China leader sacked in rare scandal

China's ruling Communist Party yesterday fired Bo Xilai, a charismatic leader famed for pushing a "red revival", in a move that exposes ideological rifts during a generational power handover.

Egypt charges 75 over football riot

Egypt's prosecutor general yesterday referred 75 people to criminal court in connection with football riots last month that left over 70 people dead.

Arts & Entertainment

EMON @ DS CAFÉ

Emon began to draw media attention with several noteworthy performances in TV plays and commercials. “Daruchini Dwip” marked his debut in cinema, while in “Ek Buk Bhalobasha”, Emon played his first lead role. His unending row of successes led him to act opposite leading actresses of the country. Emon won much acclaim for his performance in the movie “Gohiney Shobdo”, and his latest release “Lal Tip” has also brought him a fair share of the limelight. The rising film star recently came to the DS Café to field a barrage of questions from his fans and admirers.

TV producers' homage to Faridee

Humayun Faridee often threw questions at others, asking them about their thoughts on the meaning of life. It was the talented thespian himself who gave the answer, saying, "Life is the inevitable progression towards death." Faridee also disliked any grand birthday celebrations, snubbing out any such proposal as unnecessary. The memories of the great actor were shared by his colleagues and close friends at a memorial hosted by the Television Programme Producers Association of Bangladesh at the Chhayanaut Sangskriti Bhaban, Dhaka on Wednesday. The programme was titled "Tumi Robey Nirobey". Tariq Anam Khan was the moderator, and read out an introductory message. Memories of Faridee were shared throughout the programme, while many recited their own poems written on the legendary actor. Atiqul Haq Chowdhury observed that Faridee was an actor of great proportions, adding that just days before his death, Faridee asked him to make "plays" while he himself preferred "acting".

Shuvaprasanna's solo exhibition at Bengal Art Lounge

Bengal Art Lounge, in collaboration with Akar Prakar Gallery, Kolkata are jointly hosting a solo art exhibition, titled “Anarchy and the Blue”, featuring the works of Indian artist Shuvaprasanna. The exhibition opens today at Bengal Art Lounge in Gulshan, Dhaka.

Grand Finale of Houseful on Maasranga tonight

Grand finale of popular game show "Houseful” will be aired tonight at 8pm on Maasranga Television.

Francophonie Festival 2012 opens in Dhaka

The 10-day Francophonie Festival 2012, organised jointly by Alliance Francaise de Dhaka; the high commission of Canada and the embassies of France, Egypt, Morocco, Vietnam and Switzerland began yesterday in the capital. The festival will continue till March 24 in Dhaka. To brief the media on the festival, a press conference was held yesterday at Alliance Francaise de Dhaka (AFD).

Dhaka Theatre's Tempest going to Cultural Olympiad

Members of Dhaka Theatre are busy with the rehearsal of its upcoming production, William Shakespeare's “The Tempest”. The troupe will stage the play at the Global Theatre in London on May 7 and 8, as part of World Shakespeare Festival 2012.

Book Fair at Bangladesh Shishu Academy

To celebrate the 92nd birth anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Bangladesh Shishu Academy has organised a book fair, titled “Bangladesh Shishu Academy Boi Mela '12” at the academy premises.

OP-ED

The showdowns put people down

Historia Augusta is a collection of biographies of the Roman Emperors, their junior colleagues and usurpers of the period 117 to 284. According to its account, the Syrian boy emperor Elagabulus once asked his slaves to collect spider webs so that he could weigh them to do an assessment of the size and age of Rome. Last week, we saw a similar exercise repeated twice when two political parties gathered their workers in the nation's capital. Each tried to outnumber the other in a purported showdown to do an assessment of their political strength.

Asia leads the world in adaptation to climate change

I have just returned from attending the second Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum in Bangkok on March 12-13. It was supposed to have been held in October 2011 but had to be cancelled at the last minute due to the floods that devastated Bangkok at that time. It was jointly organised by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Asia-Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN) with support from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Swedish government (amongst others) and brought together over 800 participants from all over Asia and Pacific including ministers, senior government officials, researchers, NGOs, private sector, UN agencies, media and others, with five plenary sessions and twenty parallel thematic sessions. There were also stalls set up by many organisations and a film competition.

Right down to the wire, why?

This may sound like a misquote in the high-strung politics of Bangladesh today. Worldly- wise Somerset Maugham said: "You can't learn too soon that the most useful thing about a principle is that it can always be sacrificed to expediency."

Libya's franchise fiasco

Libya's new electoral law, passed by the National Transitional Council last month, provides guidelines for selecting the country's first-ever democratic government. Many, including the United Nations, hailed the law's passage as a significant step down Libya's rocky political road.

Macroeconomic policy for inclusive development

In a recent article in The Daily Star, I had mentioned that in a developing country like Bangladesh, macroeconomic stability should not be the goal of macroeconomic policy, rather it should be a means towards attaining the broader goal of inclusive development. In that sense, it would be necessary for macroeconomic policy to have a development orientation. The purpose of the present article is to provide a broad outline of how that could be achieved.

This Day In History

March 16

1939
Marriage of Princess Fawzia of Egypt to Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi of Iran

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A catalogue of nothing

We have seen the past, and it doesn't work.

With new iPad, tablet wars have just begun

Apple launched its new iPad on March 7. With last minute rumors swirling around textured touchscreens and Siri integration, the release ultimately concluded to minor upgrades to the runaway hit that is the iPad 2. These upgrades included iPhone-like Retina Display screens, a separate GPU and CPU and a Photoshop competitor named iPhoto. With pre-orders sold out within hours on the Apple website, the new iPad is already a success.

Oracle trial against Google set for April

A US judge scheduled a trial between Oracle Corp and Google Inc for April 16, 2012, over claims Google violated Oracle's intellectual property rights relating to the Java programming language, according to a ruling on Tuesday.

BASIS members join CeBIT

BASIS (Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services) in collaboration with Export Promotion Bureau participated at the CeBIT 2012, the digital industry's biggest international event in the world, says a press release.

Knowledge sharing session for BASIS members

A day long knowledge sharing session on 'Human Resource Management' was held on Saturday at BASIS Office in Dhaka, says a press release.

mbillionth Award nomination by March 30

Nomination submission for the mbillionth Award South Asia 2012 has started, says a D.Net handout.



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