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News of: Wednesday, 16th of May, 2012

Front Page

Once over-staffed railway lacks staff

With a staggering shortage of nearly 17,000 staff, Bangladesh Railway is in a shambles, often hiring retired railway employees on a temporary basis to fill up the gap.

BNP prepares for the worst

Thirty-seven top opposition leaders including BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir accused in an arson case will appear before a trial court in Dhaka today amid growing apprehensions among the party men.

From fishing nets to paperbacks

When Harishankar Jaladas was around five years old, his playmates in his Patenga community used to go into the sea with their fathers. They dreamt of becoming skilled fishermen.

Recruit only thru' govt

Dhaka has proposed to Kuala Lumpur to recruit Bangladeshi workers under government arrangements to cut involvement of middlemen to reduce the cost of their going abroad for jobs and to put an end to their exploitation.

Govt discards project for poor quality

The government has abandoned a Tk 12-crore DCC project to construct nine buildings for sweepers after probes found the buildings, halfway to completion, were too badly constructed to be retrofitted.

HC expects Humayun to right info in his book

The High Court hopes that the publication of a novel by popular writer Humayun Ahmed will remain suspended until some information in it about the killing of Bangabandhu and his family is corrected.

Assaulted, then sued

An extortion case was filed against the journalist from Bera Upazila in Pabna who was assaulted on Monday by nephew of State Minister for Home Shamsul Haque Tuku.

Journalists to march towards PMO on June 26

Journalists will march towards the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) on June 26 to press home their demands including the arrest of killers of Sagar Sarwar and Meherun Runi.

Bomb-making materials seized from Ctg LDP office

The detective branch of police last night recovered bomb-making materials from Liberal Democratic Party office in Nandan Kanan area of the port city.

8th wage board soon

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the eighth wage board for the newspaper industry will be announced very soon.

Heat wave to continue for a week

A heat wave that has been sweeping the country will continue for a week, the met office said yesterday.

Driver, helper murdered

Police recovered the decomposed bodies of a van driver and his assistant from the vehicle abandoned on Dhaka-Sylhet highway at Bhangamil in Narsingdi early yesterday, three days after the van was hijacked.

SQ Chy's counsel violates ICT order

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 yesterday asked BNP lawmaker Salauddin Quader Chowdhury's lawyer Fakhrul Islam why he violated a court order.

Power supply officials face contempt rule

The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a contempt of court rule against the managing director of Dhaka Power Distribution Company (DPDC) and its two directors for not ensuring uninterrupted power supply at Dhaka District Judge's Court premises.

Woman killed by ex-husband

A man stabbed his ex-wife to death following a quarrel at their rented residence in the capital's Adabor on Monday night.

Police action on teachers, 10 hurt

At least 10 non-government primary school teachers were injured yesterday when police charged batons on them during a demonstration at Shahbagh in the capital.

Sleep more, stay slim

A new study has found that sleeping more than nine hours a night appears to suppress genetic factors that lead to weight gain.

DSK files $1m suit against NY maid

Disgraced ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has filed a $1 million countersuit against the New York hotel maid at the center of last year's explosive sexual assault allegations, a report said yesterday.

Software piracy costs record $63.4b in 2011

Software piracy cost the industry a record $63.4 billion globally in 2011 with emerging economies listed as the main culprits, an annual study said yesterday.

Karzai leaves for Germany, US

Afghan President Hamid Karzai yesterday left on an official visit to Germany before heading to the United States for a crucial Nato summit on the future of his war-torn country, his office said.

Editorial

A new spurt in Dhaka-Yangon relationship

With the start in the process of democratisation in Myanmar and its opening up to foreign investment, countries rich in capital, technology and expertise are making a beeline to invest in that country. Nations like the USA, Australia, New Zealand China and India are gravitating to a rather relaxed investment destination like Myanmar.

Attack on journalists

Shocking as it may sound; journalists in the country are regularly incurring the wrath of the powerful elites in society especially those involved in either in illegal activities or misuse of power. The latest incident of bodily harm to be suffered by a journalist took place in Pabna where the district representative of a national daily was assaulted in public allegedly led by a nephew of a ruling lawmaker for the 'crime' of having reported on the misdeeds of this individual. Today we are re-enacting the scripted drama all over again. A case has been filed against the perpetrators and the police are very active in trying to nab those accused, but for reasons known or unknown, they are yet to be successful. Protests by journalists continue in the meantime and a rally has been organised demanding justice.

Sports

Muktijoddha maul Feni

A brace from Mithun Chowdhury powered Muktijoddha Sangsad to an emphatic 5-0 win over visiting Feni Soccer Club in the Grameenphone Bangladesh Premier League encounter at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Premier League tangle untied

The Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League will resume on May 31 after a suspension of two months, Bangladesh Cricket Board announced yesterday.

Eng fear C'paul, pace

Shivnarine Chanderpaul's limpet-like batting and the express pace of Kemar Roach and Fidel Edwards will make West Indies dangerous opponents for strong favourites England in the three-Test series starting on Thursday.

Suspension on 5 Indian IPL-ers

Five domestic Indian Premier League players were suspended from cricket on Tuesday after a sting operation by a local TV channel highlighted alleged fixing and corruption, sporting authorities said.

Tigers go to Harare on June 14

Bangladesh will arrive in Zimbabwe on June 14 to play a tri-nation Twenty20 series that also involves South Africa.

SC halts HC stay

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court yesterday halted the High Court order that stayed the ad-hoc committee of Bangladesh Sports Women's Association for one month.

Delhi first in play-off

Mahela Jayawardene smashed unbeaten half-century to help Delhi Daredevils beat Kings XI Punjab by 5 wickets in an Indian Premier League match at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium on Tuesday.

Clubs agree to release players

The clubs of the Grameen-phone Bangladesh Premier League have agreed to release their players for the training camp of the U-22 national team ahead of their Asian Cup campaign which begins in Nepal on June 2.

BOA rewards for athletes

The Bangladesh Olympic Association rewarded nine weightlifters and six taekwondo players yesterday.

Chess looking for consensus

Almost all the voters are expected to compete in the much talked about polls of the Bangladesh Chess Federation as 108 nomination papers were sold at the National Sports Council yesterday.

Johnson asked to win back his Aus place

Australian coach Mickey Arthur warned paceman Mitchell Johnson Tuesday he will have a fight on his hands to regain his place in the team with the emergence of young quick Pat Cummins.

Federer may not play in Rome

Roger Federer and family landed in the Italian capital on Monday with the Swiss hoping to participate as scheduled in this week's Rome Masters.

Sharapova, Kvitova thru'

Past and present Wimbledon winners Maria Sharapova and Czech Petra Kvitova made straight-set moves into the third round of the Rome Masters on Tuesday, with the Russian second seed made to work hard.

Jimmy English player of year

James Anderson was named England's cricketer of the year for 2011-12 at a ceremony at Lord's here on Monday.

DNWCC down Indira Road

Dhaka Northern Women's Cricket Club (DNWCC) beat Indira Road Krira Chakra by three wickets during the 4th Women's Club Cricket League at the BKSP-3 in Savar yesterday.

Bandhu XI cruise to 2nd win

Bandhu XI registered their second win in the Colonel Malek Smriti Premier Cricket League with a crushing 104-run victory over Dashara Palli Mangal Samity at the Shahid Miraz Tapan Stadium in Manikganj yesterday.

Career ahead of love

Usain Bolt ended his six-month relationship with a Slovakian fashion designer in order to focus on the upcoming Summer Olympics.

Lorgat eyes CSA role

Haoon Lorgat, the outgoing chief executive of International Cricket Council (ICC), has confirmed he would be open to an offer from Cricket South Africa (CSA) subject to a complete restructure of the board.

Sun shines on City

Even the sun shone for Manchester City as the Premier League champions celebrated their long-awaited and dramatic title win with a euphoric victory parade on Monday.

Green light for goal tech

Decades after the invention of spy satellites capable of detecting a golf ball from outer space, referees may soon be equipped with technology that will enable them to tell if a football has crossed the goal-line.

Van Persie keen to stay

Arsenal are preparing to smash their current wage structure as they prepare to hold contract talks with captain Robin van Persie, it was reported Tuesday.

Tevez lands in hot water

Carlos Tevez landed himself in fresh controversy on Monday when he was pictured waving a mocked-up tombstone for Sir Alex Ferguson during Manchester City's Premier League title celebrations.

Bento springs a surprise

Portugal coach Paulo Bento sprang a surprise on Monday when he unveiled his 23-man squad for Euro 2012 by including Sporting Braga duo Custodio Castro and Miguel Lopes.

City earn record $98m

Manchester City's broadcast income while winning the title reached a Premier League record 60.6 million pounds ($97.6 million).

Neymar out of Denmark tie

Forward Neymar and midfielder Paulo Henrique Ganso will miss Brazil's friendly against Denmark after the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) agreed to release the Santos pair for a club match.

Scholes to carry on

Veteran midfielder Paul Scholes signed a one-year contract extension with Manchester United on Monday, manager Sir Alex Ferguson revealed.

FA charges Barton

Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton was charged by the English FA on Monday with two acts of alleged violent conduct during Sunday's Premier League match against Manchester City.

Business

Amnesty for black money in stocks to continue

Investments of black money in the stockmarket will continue through the next fiscal year, Finance Minister AMA Muhith said yesterday.

Sovereign bonds set for launch next fiscal year

The government is going to release sovereign bonds worth at least $500 million in the next fiscal year.

No plan to cut corporate tax: Muhith

Finance Minister AMA Muhith has said corporate tax is high in Bangladesh, but ruled out any possibility of lowering it in the next budget.

Bangladesh must diversify exports: EU envoy

Bangladesh needs to diversify its export basket and go beyond traditional destinations to keep the growth pace steady in the European market, said the head of the EU delegation to Bangladesh yesterday.

NBR to launch online tax payment May 26

The National Board of Revenue will start online payment of income tax, VAT and other taxes on May 26, the NBR chairman said yesterday.

Stocks fall as investors await court outcome

Stocks declined yesterday as investors await the outcome of today's hearing on writ petitions against mandatory share-holding rules.

Ruposhi Bangla gets new GM

James McDonald has joined Ruposhi Bangla Hotel as its general manager, the hotel said in a statement yesterday.

Precautions a must for fighting fire: analysts

Fire incidents at commercial and residential structures take heavy tolls on lives and properties due to lack of adequate fire-fighting equipment, analysts said in a seminar recently.

Hard labour pays off for Rangamati poultry farmer

Hard labour at his poultry farm for the past 19 years has made Binoy Jyoti Chakma what he is today -- a successful entrepreneur.

Reaping the benefit of the awards

The Bangladesh Business Awards is not a mere award; it helps bring the award-winners into limelight and helps expand business, past awardees said yesterday.

StanChart group head of HR due today

Tracy Clarke, group head of human resources and communications of Standard Chartered, is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka today for a three-day visit.

Bharti Airtel in money laundering probe

Indian authorities are investigating top mobile phone carrier Bharti Airtel under its money laundering and foreign exchange rules in what a company source said was a probe related to the grant of airwaves a decade ago.

JP Morgan: When basis trades blow up

I'm not sure if it was the biggest quarterly loss of all time, but Merrill Lynch's $16 billion loss in the fourth quarter of 2008 certainly ranks very high up there in the annals of investment-bank blowups. It happened after the bank had already been taken over by Bank of America, and it was in the middle of the financial crisis, so it didn't get nearly the amount of attention it deserved. But it was not simply a case of assets plunging in value. Instead, it was, in very large part, a basis trade blowup.

Metropolitan

New express train on Dhaka-Sylhet route

Bangladesh Railway yesterday introduced a new express train on the Dhaka-Sylhet route to meet the increasing demand of commuters.

Alternative funding won't bring good: BNP

BNP Acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday said it would be better for the country if the government took action against the corrupt identified by the World Bank and construct the Padma Bridge with donors' fund instead of going for alternative sources.

Hearing on discharge petitions continues

Defence counsels of Jamaat leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman and former BNP lawmaker Abdul Alim yesterday continued their arguments on the petitions that seek discharge of their clients from the charges of crimes against humanity committed in the Liberation War of 1971.

Schoolgirl hurt in reckless driving

Local people blocked the Majhir Ghat Road in the port city for more than one and half hours yesterday after a truck hit a school student, injuring her.

Trial of culprits demanded

A group of intellectuals and civil society members yesterday demanded quick trial for the killing of four indigenous men in Naogaon and an indigenous girl in Rangamati.

Husband-wife mutual respect can end familial violence

Mutual respect between husband and wife is more important than promulgating laws to end violence against women, said speakers at a discussion on familial violence against women.

Lessen extra burden of books on children

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday announced that from now on the job of the assistant teachers of the government secondary schools will be treated as 'second class' instead of 'third class'.

HC clears way to set up Ctg power plant

The High Court yesterday ruled that the proposed 1,300 MW thermal power plant in Chittagong can be set up after obtaining "no objection certificates" (NOCs) from three government bodies.

Protect rights of street children

Speakers at a divisional consultation here yesterday made recommendations for protection of rights of street children in the national child policy.

Form separate deptt for children

Speakers at a press conference yesterday urged the government to form a separate department for children under the Ministry of Children and Women Affairs to coordinate the activities of different ministries.

Bangladeshi robot to vie in Nasa contest

An automated robot created by some Bangladeshi students will battle for championship in Nasa's third annual Lunabotics Mining Competition (LMC) this year.

HR body offers help

National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Prof Mizanur Rahman yesterday urged women to come to the commission breaking their "silence" if they face any violence against them.

Hold Ducsu election

Students, teachers and former leaders of Dhaka University Central Students Union (Ducsu) yesterday urged the authorities concerned to hold election to Ducsu regularly.

Ctg port security men's firearms in bad shape

Most of the firearms used by the security personnel in Chittagong seaport area are in bad shape causing threat to the port security, a parliamentary body was informed yesterday.

Four killed in road accidents

Four people were killed and four others injured in separate road accidents in Chittagong, Patuakhali and Thakurgaon on Monday and yesterday.

BCL men face two cases

Some current and former leaders and workers of Bangladesh Chhatra League were accused in two cases filed yesterday over their involvement in attempted land grabbing and carrying arms during Monday's clashes, which left 30 people injured in the sadar upazila's Chhalia village.

EC in dilemma over DCC election

The Election Commission (EC) could not yet decide what steps it needs to take following the court stay on the elections to the bifurcated Dhaka City Corporations (DCCs) billed for May 24.

6 female Hijbut activists held

Police arrested six female activists of fundamentalist organisation Hijbut Tawhid at Adhuna village of the district's Gournadi upazila yesterday.

Bid to grab school land

Several hundred students of Mirpur Shaheed Abu Taleb High School yesterday held a rally and formed a human chain in the capital protesting an alleged attempt of a group of locals to grab the school land.

Court accepts charges against Mamun

A Dhaka court yesterday took into cognisance the money-laundering charges against businessman Giasuddin Al Mamun and transferred a corruption case filed against Col (retd) Oli Ahmed to another Dhaka court for its disposal.

Ansar man held for violating minor girl

A member of Bangladesh Ansar was arrested from Chandgaon in the port city on Monday for allegedly raping a seven-year-old girl.

Arrest warrant for Destiny chairman

A Dhaka court on Monday issued arrest warrants for three people including, Destiny-2000 Ltd Chairman and Boishakhi Media Ltd Managing Director Rafiqul Amin, hours after a fraud case was filed against them.

Deposition recording begins

Recording of deposition of the witnesses in the Banskhali carnage case began in a Chittagong court yesterday.

35 Myanmar citizens held

Police arrested 35 Myanmar citizens (Rohinga) in different areas of Chandanaish upazila yesterday.

SC stays HC order against Feni OC

The Supreme Court yesterday stayed for six weeks a High Court order that directed the government to suspend the OC of Feni Sadar Police Station on charge of assaulting an assistant commissioner (AC) (land) of the district.

30 shops gutted in Ctg

A fire gutted 30 shops in the port city early hours of yesterday.

2 Shibir men held at RU

Police arrested two Islami Chhatra Shibir activists of Rajshahi University (RU) unit on the campus yesterday.

Fake physician fined

A mobile court fined a fake doctor Tk 1 lakh for illegally practicing and prescribing medicines for the patients in the port city yesterday.

RU folklore students seek PSC quota

The students of Folklore Department of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday demanded special quota education cadre in Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) under Public Service Commission (PSC).

3 Sust departmental heads resign

Three departmental heads of Applied Science and Engineering Faculty of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (Sust) resigned.

Mamtaz Zaman passes away

Noted educator Mamtaz Zaman, former assistant head teacher of Banani Bidyaniketan, passed away on Monday at a clinic in the capital's Uttara at the age of 68, says a press release.

Shanti Lata Das

Shanti Lata Das, mother of Additional Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, Dileep Kumar Das, passed away at her son's residence at Motijheel in the capital on Monday night at the age of 81, says a press release.

Clarification

National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Dr Mizanur Rahman yesterday clarified his statement published in The Daily Star on Tuesday in the news item headlined: “HR boss questions PM's ratings in Gallup poll”.

National

Canal, sweet water pond grabbed in Kalapara

Local influential people on Sunday started building at least 10 structures on an important canal flowing through Kalapara town, adding to over 100 such illegal structures on both sides of the canal.

Construction of Teesta channel dyke stalled

Construction of a flood control embankment on a newly emerged channel of the Teesta River inside Bangladesh territory of Dimla upazila near Indian border has been suspended due to objection from the Indian Border Security Force (BSF).

Three alleged killers of schoolteacher arrested

Police yesterday arrested three people in connection with the killing of a schoolteacher in Dudhiabari village under Pirganj upazila of the district on May 3.

Storm kills two, damages 300 houses in Netrakona

A nor'wester accompanied with hails lashed three villages in Kendua upazila of the district on Monday night, killing two people and damaging at least 300 thatched houses.

Angry people block highway in Noakhali

Angry people blocked Dhaka-Laxmipur highway at Banglabazar under Begumganj upazila of the district yesterday demanding uninterrupted power supply in the upazila.

Abducted boy rescued

A 10-year-old boy, abducted from Chowrasta Bazar in Kalaroa upazila of Satkhira on May 13, was rescued in Keshabpur upazila of Jessore early yesterday.

Ex-army man murdered

A former warrant officer of Bangladesh Army was killed allegedly by his younger brother at Nawapara village in Kendua upazila early Monday. The victim is Morshad Alam, 52, of the village. Alamgir Hossen, officer in-charge of Kendua Police Station, said Badrul Alam stabbed the victim with a sharp weapon following a family feud, leaving him dead on the spot. The incident occurred at around 8:00pm when Morshed was offering prayer in front of his house. Police arrested the accused in this connection, the OC added.

Youth's body recovered

Police recovered the body of a young man from Dingibhanga village in Sadar upazila yesterday. The victim, Sohel, 25, son of Bapon Baperi of the village, is a worker of a Buiscuits and Bread Factory in BISIC industrial area. Police said said as Sohel was absent at his workplace in the morning, his co-workers went to his home and found him dead. The reason behind the death could not be known immediately.

Two outlaws arrested

Police arrested two alleged outlaws along with one foreign made pistol, a magazine and six bullets from Khajura village in Jhenidah municipality area. The arrestees, Shahidul Islam, 35, son of Montaj Ali of Khajura village and Showkat Akbor, 43, son of late Ahtab Uddin of Modonmohonpara of the area, are the activists of banned outfit Biplobi Communist Party (BCP). Iqbal Bahar Chowdhury, officer in-charge of Sadar Police Station said, on secret information, they raided the village and arrested the duo along with the arms and ammunition.

Elderly woman burnt alive

An elderly woman was burnt to death as a fire broke out at her house in Aditmari upazila early Monday. The deceased is Joyfun Bewa, 75, wife of late Hossain Dewani of Chandonpat Pabnapara village. Police said the fire originated from an electrical short circuit at around 2:00am. Although all other family members managed to go out of the house, Joyfun was burnt alive. Family members claimed that the loss caused by the fire could go up to Tk six lakh.

2 found dead in covered van

Two people were found dead inside a covered-van on Dhaka-Sylhet highway at Bhangamill in Sadar upazila early yesterday. Identities of the deceased, aged around 35 to 40, could not be known yet. Police said a patrol team of Sadar Police Station spotted the van in an abandoned condition on the way to their work station at around 5:00am. Later, they recovered two bodies from the van and sent those to Narsingdi Sadar Hospital morgue for autopsy. Police said criminals might have killed the duo and dumped the bodies in the van.

3 Indians held

Members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) arrested three Indian nationals, including a woman, from Sadipur Border on charge of trespassing into Bangladesh yesterday morning. The arrestees are Saial Datta, 18, Sanjoy Datta, 24 and Prova Saial, 17. They are residents of Kallayni Ghoshpara village under Nadia district of India. BGB-26 Camp Operation Officer Major Firoz Wahid said on secret Information, they raided the area and arrested the trio.

Drug peddler jailed

A mobile court here on Monday sentenced a young man to six months' imprisonment for possessing drugs. The convict is Ibrahim, 25, son of Habibul Bashar of Chaowliapatti area of the town. Sources said police arrested Ibrahim from Kanchan Bridge area along with the drugs in the afternoon. Later, he was produced before the mobile court led by Executive Magistrate Abdur Rahman who handed down the verdict.

Tiger kills honey collector

A honey collector was killed in a tiger attack in Koikhali Forest Station of the Sundarbans here on Monday morning. The deceased was identified as Shahar Ali Molla, 57, son of late Jumman Molla of Ramjan Nagar village of Shaymnagar upazila of Satkhira district. Locals said a tiger suddenly attacked and dragged him into deep forest when Shahar Ali was collecting honey there. Later, forest guards recovered the body.

Letters

Congratulations to our young talents

This year more than 86 percent students who took part in the SSC exams have come out successful. It is really very nice to see the jubilant and potentially prospective students embracing the teachers, guardians and friends just after hearing the result. I congratulate them on their success. This time the girl examinees have outnumbered the boys. The credit goes to the education ministry and the non-government organisations that are working to promote female education. Students have done well in both English and mathematics. Another important aspect that should be mentioned here is that the science group students have done comparatively well. The fear of creative method that engulfed the students, teachers and guardians has now completely disappeared. However, my request to our young talents, concentrate on study and get well prepared and be committed to serve the nation in the future; your service is badly needed for the nation to move forward. We are waiting keenly to see you make effort to follow the correct path. Keep up the good work.

We want safe travel on road

In recent days road accidents have become so common that people do not feel safe during travels. In our local news bulletins, either in the print and electronic media, every day we come across reports on a large number of deaths and injuries due to road accidents.

Stork sanctuary in the heart of Texas

Please allow me to share this picture of Stork sanctuary in the city of Houston also known as the space city that I found just beside the Elsik High School on Diary Ashford. This reminded me of the fate of their fellow cousins, popularly known as "Shikar" in front of the Hotel Ruposhi Bangla crossing, Elephant Road crossing and many other palaces of Dhaka, where I was born 52 years ago.

Reducing maternal and newborn deaths

It is appreciable that Bangladesh has improved the situation in the area of maternal and newborn deaths. A report says that infant mortality rate has declined from 85 deaths per 1000 live births in late '80s to 52 deaths per 1000 live births over the period of 2002 to 2006. Another report says that maternal mortality rate has declined from 514 deaths per 100,000 in the mid '80s to 322 deaths per 100,000 in the late '90s.

Cooling water for Barapukuria Power Plant

An article on the above topic was published in a local English daily on May 6th on this issue.

Learning English through music

English language can effectively be learned through listening English music. When I used to offer instructions in English language I would regularly play English music, particularly country songs in my class and ask the students to write the lyrics as they listen. And it worked quite well.

ITLOS verdict an 'achievement' not 'conquest'

There has been a big uproar over government's maritime 'conquest'. Allied parties are praising the government to the skies, while the opposition is criticising the ITLOS verdict. The Daily Star article entitled '“Conquest” of the Bay!' on 3rd May has drawn our attention. The writer sarcastically mentioned our preference for celebration. Ironically, our legislators are susceptible to pomposity. Government deserves commendation for reinstating our right in the Bay, but they should be less showy.

An appeal to ruling and opposition leaders

The socioeconomic, administrative and political situation of our country has been topsy-turvy for a long time. Boycott of parliament and observance of hartal by the opposition, corruption, illegal toll collection, negligence of duties by some ministers and government officials are leading us towards destruction.

Readers Respond

Here are some comments that came in response to Tuesday's The Daily Star news analysis headlined “Popularity? Ask Barua”

International

Hollande sworn in as French president

Francois Hollande was sworn in as president of France yesterday with a solemn vow to find a new growth-led strategy to end the debt crisis threatening to unravel the eurozone.

Murdoch insider charged with phone hacking

British prosecutors accused former Rupert Murdoch aide Rebekah Brooks and five others of obstructing justice yesterday in the first criminal charges from the News of the World phone hacking scandal.

Greece faces new polls as govt talks fail

Greece will have to hold fresh elections after talks on forming a new government broke up yesterday without agreement, socialist Pasok party leader Evangelos Venizelos said.

Myanmar promises to curb military ties with N Korea

South Korea's president won a promise from Myanmar to refrain from military cooperation with nuclear-armed North Korea during a two-day trip that included a meeting with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

India to cut Iran oil purchases by 11%

India yesterdaysaid it would cut purchases of Iranian oil by 11 percent following pressure from the United States to join a drive to isolate the Islamic republic over its disputed nuclear programme.

India's ex-telecom minister gets bail

India's former telecoms minister A Raja, who faces trial over a massive corruption case involving mobile telephone licences, was granted bail yesterday after 15 months in prison.

Iran hails constructive nuke talks with UN

Iran's talks with the UN nuclear watchdog about Tehran's atomic activities are going well, a senior Iranian official said yesterday, the second day of discussions.

EU strikes pirate base in Somalia

An international naval force struck Somali pirate assets on land for the first time yesterday, marking a major escalation in the fight against the scourge of piracy plaguing vital shipping lanes.

Nato invites Pakistan to Chicago summit

Nato yesterday invited Pakistan to key talks on the future of Afghanistan in Chicago next week as Islamabad signalled it was about to end a nearly six-month blockade on supply routes.

Qaeda offensive kills 44 in Yemen

At least 44 people were killed in south Yemen yesterday as the army pounded the al-Qaeda stronghold of Jaar and clashes between jihadists and troops backed by local militias raged nearby, sources said.

Syria opposition elects leader

Burhan Ghalioun was elected yesterday as head of the exiled opposition coalition, the Syrian National Council, an SNC source told AFP.

Eurozone escapes recession

The eurozone logged zero growth in the first three months of the year, the EU said yesterday, narrowly avoiding recession after a 0.3-percent contraction in the last quarter of 2011.

Pillay to remain UN rights chief

UN leader Ban Ki-moon said Monday he has asked UN human rights chief Navi Pillay to stay on for an extra two years.

Rekha takes oath in Rajya Sabha

Cine superstar Rekha yesterday took oath as a member of the Rajya Sabha, becoming yet another personality from the tinsel town to enter the portals of Parliament.

Iran executes Israeli spy

Iran yesterday hanged a man convicted of playing a key role in the 2010 murder of a top nuclear scientist and of spying for Israel, the official IRNA news agency reported quoting Tehran prosecution office.

Ukraine postpones ex-PM's appeal

The Ukrainian high court yesterday postponed until June 26 hearing the appeal of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko against her seven year jail term on abuse of power charges.

Arts & Entertainment

Shawkat Osman's 14th death anniversary observed

On the occasion of the 14th death anniversary of author Shawkat Osman, Shawkat Osman Smriti Parishad organised a discussion at the Liberation War Museum, Segunbagicha, Dhaka on May 14.

Lalon At Epicentre

Noted troupe Theatre staged its play on the life and works of Fakir Lalon Shai, “Baramkhana”, on May 14 at the National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

Chanchal Chowdhury A household name

Chanchal Chowdhury first caught public attention with his appearance in a Grameen Phone TV commercial. He then used his theatre experience to build a career in TV dramas as well. His performance in the movie “Monpura” cemented his position as an all-rounder actor. A subsequent appearance in the film “'Moner Manush” and numerous TV dramas later, he is now a household name.

Young artists in the making

The 'Faber-Castell Art Competition 2012', the grand talent hunt involving the participation of 300,000 school students is well underway. Organisers have announced that out of the 3,500 schools, children from 1200 schools have already participated in the competition. The first round will be completed by May 15. The results for the first round will be published on that date at the respective schools where the competition was held.

Michael Jackson costumes shown on world tour

A collection of costumes worn by the late Michael Jackson is going on a global tour starting next month ahead of an auction in Beverly Hills in December, Julien's Auctions said on Monday.

OP-ED

Of Muhith, Heath and other men

Abul Maal Abdul Muhith has always been a lovable man. There is something of the gregarious in him, a spontaneity of friendliness you hardly come across in any other superannuated bureaucrat or present-day politician. There is then the humility which you cannot miss. In a society where pretensions run deep and pretence is generally the norm in social behaviour, Muhith is that rare personality who makes you feel at ease in his presence. His remarks to the media on the issues which this nation is confronted with are those you may not always or fully agree with, but you can be sure they come from somewhere deep inside him.

Cheese sandwich and white wine

In a democratic system, politicians exploit the mistakes of the opposition. They do so for their own reasons and justifications, they want to prove how wrong the other party was and at the same time project their own views and programmes on the same subject to gain popular support. However, politicians always maintain decency and courtesy in their language and make sure that they do not utter offensive words. Politicians by nature follow diplomatic manners and etiquettes. They normally will not say something unless they are certain. The British House of Commons is one place to see how deliberations are made and how they are responded to on the floor of the parliament. It is sad that even after 41 years of independence, politicians in Bangladesh have not learnt the language of parliamentary democracy.

Family: Nature's masterpiece

Having a place to go -- is a home. Having someone to love -- is a family. Having both -- is a blessing." May 15 has been celebrated as International Day of Families since 1995. It is an occasion to reflect upon the importance of families, people, societies and cultures around the world. The theme of this year's Day is "Ensuring work family balance."

China slows down, and grows up

More than one-half of Americans think China is already the world's leading economy -- an astonishing misperception, given that China's gross domestic product is still less than half of America's. As George Orwell once observed: "Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible." China has grown at a breakneck pace for so long that its aura of invincibility has grown to outsize proportions in the Western imagination.

Finance minister's outburst

Tv viewers must have seen an angry Mr. Muhith, our illustrious and occasionally outspoken finance minister, a few nights ago. He was giving his response to Mrs. Hillary Clinton's comments on Grameen Bank and Professor Yunus. He said that Mrs. Clinton's comments were unwarranted. Whether her comments were really unwarranted or not are a matter of value judgment and diplomatic nuances, but we do not know whether he showed his boldness by saying that to Mrs. Clinton directly when she was here. There was no media report indicating that he did so, so presumably he did not do so.

This Day In History

May 16

1568
Mary, Queen of Scots, flees to England.



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