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News of: Monday, 21st of May, 2012

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Propose caretaker talks in writing

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia said yesterday her party would sit for a dialogue with the government if it got an assurance in writing that the formation of a caretaker government would be discussed.

Keokradong sowed her Everest dream

It all began on the 50th anniversary of man's Everest summit in 2003 when Nishat Majumder, first Bangladeshi woman Everest conqueror, went to the country's highest peak Keokradong to attend a programme.

Buildings to store rainwater

Dhaka Wasa is considering a plan to recharge the underground aquifers with rain water in eight areas across the capital this year to top up the rapidly depleting groundwater table.

Tourism in a shambles

Although Patenga beach has been attracting thousands of tourists everyday for decades, it does not yet have the suitable infrastructure to help flourish tourism.

Kazi Faruque returns

Qazi Faruque Ahmed, the ousted chairman of Proshika, took control of the organisation's head office early yesterday morning three years after he was forced out of it, thus violating a judgement of the court.

14 injured in blast in hills

At least 14 activists of Pahari Chhatra Parishad (PCP), a students' group of hill districts, were injured in Rangamati town yesterday as unidentified assailants hurled a bomb at them.

Fatal ride on son's bike

A mother was thrown to her death after she accidentally slipped from the back seat of her son's running motorbike and was crushed under the wheels of a covered van in the capital's Merul Badda yesterday.

Curtain falls on Safiuddin Ahmed

Eminent painter and printmaker Safiuddin Ahmed passed away at Square Hospital in Dhaka early on Sunday. He was 90. He had been suffering from old age complications. He was admitted to Square Hospital when he suddenly fell sick on Tuesday (May 17) evening. Later, he was put on life support as his condition deteriorated.

Facebook boss ties the knot

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has changed his relationship status after marrying his long-term girlfriend Priscilla Chan, surprising a close-group gathering at his home in California.

Prof Anisuzzaman's testimony false

Salauddin Quader Chowdhury's defence yesterday finished cross-examining Prof Anisuzzaman and said the witness had given “false statements” against the BNP lawmaker due to differences in their “ideologies”.

Dr Kamal for AL-BNP dialogue

Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain has stressed the need for holding a dialogue between ruling Awami League and main opposition BNP in order to “save the country from a possible disaster”.

Govt to fund it if financiers not available

Communications Minister Obaidul Quader yesterday said the Padma Multipurpose Bridge would be constructed with the government's funds if alternative funding is not available.

Padakhep rejoinder, our reply

Padakhep Manabik Unnayan Kendra has contradicted a The Daily Star report headlined “Graft-accused NGO set to get big project” published on April 30.

Prof Anwar takes over as JU VC

Prof Anwar Hossain finally took charge of Jahangirnagar University as its new vice-chancellor, making a vow that he would lead the institution according to the University Ordinance of 1973.

Rule hearing deferred till May 27

The High Court yesterday deferred for a week the hearing on a rule issued earlier upon the government to produce BNP leader M Ilias Ali before it.

Nato set to fix exit strategy on Afghanistan

US President Barack Obama declared yesterday that the world was behind his strategy to end the war in Afghanistan, as more than 50 leaders gathered to hammer out a withdrawal plan at a key Nato summit.

PM blames BNP for 1/11 episode

The previous caretaker government had captured power through the much-talked-about January 11, 2007 changeover in the wake of a vote rigging plot by BNP, the prime minister alleged yesterday.

Kuwait cracks down on errant foreign workers

Kuwaiti police have arrested hundreds of foreign workers, including Bangladeshis, for violating residency laws, links with prostitution and involvement in illegal businesses in the last few days.

Sultana Zaman passes away

Sultana Zaman, a leading actress in Bangladesh's movie world of the 1960s, passed away yesterday at her Gulshan residence owing to old age complications at the age of 76, says a press release.

Crash victim sues bus operator

A teacher of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (Sust) yesterday filed a case against Shohagh Paribahan, a private transport company, claiming Tk 10 lakh in compensation.

Dyeing unit, realtor fined for pollution

The Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday fined a dyeing factory and a housing project in Narayanganj and Savar a total of Tk 37 lakh for violating environmental laws.

Mali's interim president to head transition

Leaders of a coup in Mali Saturday said they respect a decision by the West African bloc ECOWAS that interim president Dioncounda Traore must head the transition until general elections.

Editorial

Anything new in the ADP?

The Annual Development Programme (ADP) 2012-13 with a projected outlay of Tk 550 billion has been announced with the least of fanfare. It could not be a big deal because of the burden of carry-over projects it has had to contend with.

An MP and his weapon

If a picture that was carried in almost all the major dailies in the last two days, of a member of parliament from Gaffargaon, firing his pistol, reportedly in self defense, is not outrageous than what is.

Sports

Drogba's coup de grace

Didier Drogba scored Chelsea's goal and their winning Champions League penalty against Bayern Munich on Saturday and then solemnly appeared to say his farewells.

Tigers excited to start training

The Tigers returned to business yesterday at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur to prepare for the tri-nation T20 tournament in Zimbabwe in June.

Don't mention the score

It has been two years since David Cameron was forced to endure England going out of the World Cup in a humiliating 4-1 trouncing by Germany, a defeat compounded by the fact he was sitting next to German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Di Matteo in the frame

Chelsea interim manager Roberto Di Matteo is under "serious consideration" to be appointed on a permanent basis following the Blues' Champions League triumph, senior club officials said Sunday.

Lampard had no doubts

Frank Lampard began to think there was no way back for Chelsea in the Champions League final as the minutes ticked down with Bayern Munich leading 1-0, but when the match went to a penalty shootout he had no doubts the trophy was coming to London.

No gold yet for 'golden generation'

Another Champions League final another defeat, time is running out for Bayern Munich's home-grown talent to claim the top prize in European club football and cement their status as a golden generation.

Bayern rue missed chances

Bayern Munich have only themselves to blame for failing to lift the Champions League trophy for the fifth time on Saturday after dominating against Chelsea but losing 4-3 on penalties, coach Jupp Heynckes said.

Some players declined penalties

Some Bayern Munich players including Arjen Robben refused to take penalties in their shoot-out defeat by Chelsea in the Champions League final on Saturday, forcing coach Jupp Heynckes to nominate keeper Manuel Neuer, Heynckes told reporters.

Muktis' goal-fest on

Mithun Chowdhury celebrated his return to form with another brace to help title contenders Muktijoddha Sangsad to a 4-0 win over 10-man Rahmatganj MFS in their Grameenphone Bangladesh Premier League encounter at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Roach gives WI hope

Kemar Roach stunned England with a dramatic late burst to give West Indies hope of an improbable victory in the first Test at Lord's on Sunday.

9-wicket wins for SK Jamal, MSC

Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club continued their good form, posting a nine-wicket victory against Dipali Jubo Shangha in the 4th Women's Club Cricket League at BKSP yesterday.

Women's hockey

Kamrunnesa School and Narail District completed the semifinal line-up for the UCB First Women's Hockey as they defeated Anandomoyi School and Bandarban District in their respective group matches at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Div-I b'ball

Eagles outplayed Josephites by 80-34 points in their match of the Citycell First Division Basketball League at the Dhanmondi Basketball Gymnasium yesterday.

Maria defends title

Maria Sharapova won her second straight Rome title on Sunday, defeating China's Li Na 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/5), in a match full of momentum shifts, a lengthy rain delay and noisy distractions from football fans.

Boycott peps up Bell

Former England cricket captain Geoffrey Boycott revealed how he gave a struggling Ian Bell a pep-talk prior to his classy 61 that pushed England into a winning position at Lord's against the West Indies.

Mumbai maul Royals

Mumbai Indians tried out their eighth different opening combination for the season and it clicked - Dwayne Smith and Sachin Tendulkar, with the help of a large dose of luck, put on the highest stand for the first wicket in the tournament to crush Rajasthan Royals by ten wickets in Jaipur yesterday.

Deccan win, CSK thru'

Deccan Chargers made the major upset of the tournament as they registered a stunning 9-run victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore to knock them out of Indian Premier League.

Kirti protests fiascos

Bharatiya Janata Party lawmaker and former cricketer Kirti Azad has begun his fast on Sunday to highlight the shenanigans of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament, which he feels is hurting the reputation of cricket.

Gilly played last game

Adam Gilchrist, the Kings XI Punjab captain, has said his playing career looks to be over. Gilchrist, who retired from international cricket in 2008, captained Deccan Chargers to the Indian Premier League title in 2009 and took over the leadership of Kings XI in 2011.

Cricket diplomacy on

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has invited Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Zaka Ashraf to watch the IPL final to be played in Chennai on May 27.

Federer happy not to be playing at night

Two weeks of late nights and big wins finally caught up with Roger Federer, as the world number two now looks forward to a few days of family time and relaxation after exiting in the semifinal of the Rome Masters.

Green Valley's third in a row

Green Valley Club registered their third successive win in the Colonel Malek Smriti Premier Cricket League handing a 61-run defeat on Retired XI at the Shaheed Miraz Tapan Stadium here on Sunday.

Open bridge

An open tournament for Team Bridge and Pairs hosted by the Officers' Club Dhaka will be held from May 24 to 28.

Journos remember Sadi

Sports journalists took a break for a while yesterday and sat together in silence to mark the first death anniversary of one of their very own, Al Musabbir Sadi, who lost his battle against the killer cancer on this very day in 2011.

Birthday Cech-mate

Petr Cech celebrated a perfect 30th birthday on Sunday after producing another exceptional goalkeeping performance to help Chelsea land their first Champions League trophy.

Business

Local dairy needs govt support to flourish

The prospects of the dairy industry remain largely untapped due to lack of support and incentives from the government to boost milk production and encourage processing.

BB not interested in India's swap funds

Bangladesh's balance of payments (BOP) is in stress, but the central bank is not interested at the moment in "swap funds" offered by India due to relatively high interest rates.

Pharma sales rise 20pc, outlook bright

Pharmaceutical sales in the domestic market rose 20 percent to Tk 2,293 crore in

World Bank's fund rollout up 31pc

The World Bank's fund disbursement for different projects increased by 31 percent to $400 million in the first 10 months of current fiscal year, the lender said in a statement yesterday.

Bapex finds oil in abandoned fields

The state-run energy exploration company, Bapex, has found extractable and economically viable oil in two oilfields abandoned two decades ago.

BGMEA suggests 84-day maternity leave for workers

Garment makers suggested the government allow 84-day maternity leave for workers instead of the proposed 112 days for maintaining smooth production at factories.

HC rules on minimum shareholding today

The High Court will deliver a verdict today on the writ petitions filed by sponsors and directors of listed companies against mandatory shareholding rules set by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Remittance inflow from Malaysia to reach $1.5b: BMCCI

The remittance inflow from Malaysia that recently crossed the $1 billion mark can rise further to $1.5 billion if the existing 500,000 Bangladeshi workers keep sending money through formal channels, a leading chamber said yesterday.

BSRM approves 15pc cash dividends for 2011

BSRM Steels approved 15 percent cash dividends for 2011 for its shareholders yesterday in its 10th annual general meeting at the Chittagong Centre of the Institution of Engineers Bangladesh.

Huawei chairman receives ITU award

Chairman of Huawei Sun Yafang received 2012 World Telecommunication and Information Society Award, according to a statement of Huawei.

Revisit tax assessment practices

Generally, income taxes are currently assessed at three levels: a) filing tax return with and assessment order issued by deputy commissioner of taxes (DCT), b) appeal with commissioner of taxes (appeals), and c) income tax tribunal. In addition, reference application is filed in the High Court if the assessment is not satisfactorily delivered by tax department. In essence, the proceedings of DCT are mainly the fact finding, verification and finally issues assessment orders. Appeal commissioner and income tax tribunal mainly address the grounds taken by aggrieved taxpayers against order of the DCT and finally, High Court for mainly law points involved in the assessment procedures. In reality, assessments are not always completed as expected and these are explained in the subsequent paragraphs. Universal self-assessment system is an addition to tax assessment procedures subject to fulfillment of certain conditions. Under this system, tax returns so filed are considered as final assessment unless the return is taken up for audit. Once it is picked up for audit, the special privilege attached to it is redundant and assessment is completed in usual process. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), an independent body, has been enacted from the current tax year. In order to support the tax assessment and collection procedures, provisions for withholding tax are in place broadening the scope of tax collection. Every business entity is currently required to file tax returns even if it is a tax exempted or tax holiday entity.

Greeks fearful of euro exit as crisis gathers

Greeks fear that if their country is forced out of the eurozone, and much of the speculation is that it will be, then they will face soaring prices with the return to a drachma which must fall sharply.

In or out of the eurozone: Greece's options

From the darkest to the least damaging, following are different options for Greece and the eurozone.

Metropolitan

DU plans filling of century-old pond

Defying environmental laws, the Dhaka University authorities are planning to fill up a major portion of a century-old pond at Shivbari Staff Quarter on the campus to construct a multi-storied residential building for DU fourth class employees.

1,000 multimedia classrooms start journey

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the country had made good progress in its efforts towards building 'Digital Bangladesh' during the last three years as pledged in the ruling party's election manifesto.

DB finds involvement of some BNP leaders

Detective personnel have found involvement of some leaders of BNP and its allies in the April 29 bomb blast in the secretariat.

HC order on allegation today

The High Court yesterday fixed today for passing an order on the allegation against a joint district judge and three others of occupying “a former Hindu zamindar's palace” at Nawabganj in Dhaka.

Decision on indicting Kamaruzzaman June 4

The International Crimes Tribunal-2 yesterday fixed June 4 to decide whether it would indict Jamaat-e-Islami leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman on charges of committing crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War.

Hold trial of law enforcers who attacked teachers

Fifteen eminent citizens of the country yesterday demanded trial of the law enforcers who took on an “attacking attitude” to stop a recent rally of primary school teachers and suggested proper training on human rights for law enforcers.

Lift ban, recruit manpower from Bangladesh

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni has urged Kuwait to lift its ban on manpower recruitment and recruit skilled manpower from Bangladesh.

Coordination between armed forces and media stressed

Lt Gen Md Mainul Islam, chief of general staff of Bangladesh Army, yesterday said there will be no scope of "misunderstanding" between media and the army if they maintain coordination.

Ensure congenial atmosphere at varsities, Zillur urges UGC

President Zillur Rahman yesterday urged all concerned to ensure a congenial atmosphere of education along with enhancing quality of higher education at the country's public and private universities.

Body identified, 'killer' held

The body of a youth found in a sack at Dakkhin Monipur of Mirpur in the capital on Friday was identified at Dhaka Medical College (DMC) morgue yesterday.

New manual on maternal health

Bangladesh Medical Research Council (BMRC) yesterday launched a new training manual for community health workers with a focus on improving maternal health.

Climate change: 100 youths to be trained

The health ministry has taken up an initiative to provide training to a group of youths to build them up as future leaders of the health sector of Bangladesh in the context of climate change.

'Ensure quality goods'

Speakers at a discussion urged the government to ensure quality goods with exact measurement.

24-hr ultimatum to govt to remove OC

Journalist leaders at a human chain programme yesterday warned the government of waging tough movement if it does not remove officer-in-charge (OC) of Dhanmondi Police Station Moniruzzaman within 24 hours.

Bar Council election on June 20

The High Court yesterday ordered the Bangladesh Bar Council authorities to hold its elections by June 20, with updating the voters' list within next 10 days.

Seven killed in road accidents

Seven people were killed and 51 others injured in separate road accidents in Chittagong, Rajshahi, Gaibandha and Dinajpur on Saturday and yesterday.

RU BCL factions clash over extortion

Two factions of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) Rajshahi University (RU) unit yesterday faced off with firearms and sharp weapons on the campus.

Over 200 Sylhet BNP men get bail in two cases

More than 200 BNP men, accused in two cases of vandalising and torching vehicles and and government offices at Biswanath upazila headquarters in Sylhet during the opposition's hartal on April 22, were granted bail yesterday.

DU syndicate polls today

The syndicate election of Dhaka University will be held at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban from 10:00am to 1:00pm today.

Defamation case against ETV chairman, four others

A defamation case was filed here yesterday against the chairman of private television channel Ekushey Television (ETV) and five others demanding Tk 200 crore in damages.

Bookshop looted

A group of miscreants allegedly took away Tk 7 lakh from a bookshop after drugging one of its employees at Kadamtoli in the capital yesterday.

MK Alamgir, Yusuf to give deposition May 27

Awami League leader Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir and CID Inspector Abu Hena Md Yusuf will give their statements on May 27 as prosecution witnesses before a Dhaka court in connection with August 21 grenade attack cases.

Mass signature campaign for 7-pt demand at RU

The Samajtantrik Chhatra Front of Rajshahi University (RU) unit has launched a mass signature campaign on the campus to press home a seven-point demand including increase of allocation in budget for education and research sector at the university.

116 BNP men get bail

The High Court yesterday granted anticipatory bail for a month to 116 leaders and activists of the BNP-led 18-party alliance in two separate cases over Chittagong violence.

One held with Yaba, Phensedyl

Police arrested a medical representative and seized Yaba tablets and Phensedyl from his possession at Satkania upazila in Chittagong yesterday.

Help save student Asif

Thirteen-year-old Asif Al Alam has been suffering from brain cancer. He is a student of class six at Dr Majharul Hoque High School in the port city.

'Increase old age allowance'

Senior citizens yesterday demanded increase of old age allowance to Tk 500 per month from existing Tk 300 in the upcoming budget.

3 Shibir men held in Ctg

Police arrested three activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) from Chandgaon in the port city yesterday on charge of vandalising vehicles at the BNP protest programme on May 13.

80,000 books for N'ganj schools

Eighty educational institutions in Narayanganj received books from Subornogram Foundation with support from The Asia Foundation at a programme yesterday.

Current net of Tk 57.75 lakh seized

Bangladesh Coast Guard (East Zone) members seized contraband current net worth Tk 57.75 lakh in Cox's Bazar on Saturday.

Nasir Uddin's anniversary of death today

Today is the 18th death anniversary of Journalist Mohammad Nasir Uddin, editor of the Saogat and founder of the Begum, the first weekly magazine for Bengali Muslim women in the subcontinent, says a press release.

Obituary

Social worker Alhaj Md Nasir Uddin, father of Enam Haque, executive director of a local NGO Jess Foundation, passed away at his house in Salimpur village of Kalaroa upazila on Saturday.

Abdur Razzak Miah

Abdur Razzak Miah, a senior lawyer, passed away at Faridpur Diabetes Hospital due to age old complications yesterday.

National

They collect sugarcane residue from dirty pool

Over 150 ultra-poor women are engaged in collecting sugarcane residues from pitch black water of a dirty pool that contains waste materials from Mohimaganj Sugar Mills in the district.

Students from 7 more schools participate

Students of seven schools in Lalmonirhat, Jessore, Narayanganj, Feni and Chandpur districts yesterday took part in English language fairs held under English in Schools programme, a joint initiative of The Daily Star and mobile operator Robi.

Farmers demonstrate for fair price of boro paddy

Several hundred farmers yesterday blocked Gaibandha-Sunderganj Road at Dariyapur Bazar in the district to press home their demand for fixing boro paddy price at Tk 850 per maund.

20 sued for killing Natore Jubo League man

A case was filed with Natore Police Station against 20 people yesterday on charge of killing local Jubo League activist Shahin Hossain.

Case filed, police probe goes thru' mobile call list

Injured staff reporter of the daily Samakal ABM Fazlur Rahman yesterday filed a case against anonymous criminals for Saturday's attack on him at the campus of Government Edward College in the district town.

Housewife tortured for dowry

A housewife was tortured allegedly by her husband for dowry at Mahidia village in Jessore Sadar upazila on Friday night.

Six robbers arrested after gunfight with cops

A policeman sustained bullet injuries during a gunfight with robbers at a shrimp enclosure in Saharbeel area under Chakoria upazila of Cox's Bazar district on Saturday night.

Santu for early execution of CHT peace deal

Leaders of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) yesterday urged the government for immediate implementation of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) peace accord to safeguard the rights of jummo people.

Fugitive arrested

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a fugitive and recovered a revolver along with four bullets from his possession in Natun Shahar area of Sadar upazila yesterday afternoon. The arrestee is Anwer Hossain Howlder alias Bomaru Anu, 32, son of Rob Howlder of Natun Madaripur area. Aacting on a tip-off, a team of Rab-8 raided a bamboo cluster near a poultry farm of Atik Hawlder and arrested Anu. Major Md Jahid Hasan Khan of Rab- 8 said Anu is an accused in a number of cases including one for murder. He was handed over to Sadar Police Station, the major added.

Schoolgirl killed after rape

Criminals killed a schoolgirl after rape at Barabaria village in Chitalmari upazila on Friday. The deceased, Zakia Sultana, 10, daughter of Abdul Kader Mollah of Natun Ghoshgathi village in Mollahat upazila, was a class four student. Locals said the girl came to her grandfather's house on Thursday and went missing on Friday morning. On Saturday evening, locals found Zakia's body in an abandoned house of Nazir Sheikh in Maddhyapara area and informed the police. Later, the law enforcers recovered the body and sent it to Sadar Hospital morgue for autopsy. Chitalmari police said criminals abducted the girl and killed her after rape.

3 Hizb-ut activists held

Police arrested three alleged activists of banned outfit Hizb-ut-Tauhid from Moheshpue upazila town. The arrestees are Shirina Khatun, 22, daughter of Shajahan Ali, Monjura Begum, 35, wife of Bahar Ali of Siampur village and Shamsunnahar Hena, 31, wife of Sidduque Hossain of Natima village. Anwar Hossain, officer in-charge of Moheshpur Police Station, said on secret information, police raided the area and arrested the trio while they were distributing leaflets on jihad.

Four stalkers jailed

A mobile court in Jessore yesterday sentenced four youths to jail for stalking a schoolgirl. The convicts are Noiem Hasan, 18, son of Abdus Salim, Hasan Ali, 18, son Haider Ali, Yasin Islam, 18, son of Sirajul Islam and Ibrahim Hossain, 18, son of Bokkar Hossain. They all hail from Murali area under Jessore Municipality. Abdul Jalil, officer-in-charge of Jessore Kotowali Model Police Station, said locals caught the four while they were teasing a teenage girl in the area. They later handed over the stalkers to the police. Police produced the youths before a mobile court led by Executive Magistrate Abu Hasan Sidique who sent them to jail.

Two bodies recovered

Police recovered the bodies of a woman and a girl from two villages under Badolgachhi and Dhamurhat upazilas of Naogaon district yesterday morning. Lenin Alamgir, officer in-charge of Badolgachhi Police Station, said locals found the body of Sagori, 7, daughter of Shibu of Satni village under Hakimpur upazila in Dinajpur, at a banana orchard in Goborchapahat area of Paharpur village and informed the police who recovered the body at around 9:00am and sent it to Naogaon Sadar Hospital morgue for autopsy. The law enforcers recovered the beheaded body of a woman from a sugarcane field of Silimpur village at around 10:30am and sent it to the hospital morgue for autopsy. Identity of the deceased could not be known immediately, said Zia Latiful Islam, officer in-charge of Dhamurhat Police Station.

Letters

Police brutality on the primary schoolteachers

Last Thursday the law enforcers swooped on the non-government primary schoolteachers as they were staging a peaceful demonstration to press home their demands. They want their jobs to be nationalised. Unfortunately, the cops acted in a highhanded manner and resorted to baton charge-- a sheer display of brutal power. As reported in the newspapers, one of the teachers later succumbed to his injuries caused by the action of the police.

Vandalising vehicles during hartal

Before and during every hartal, the pro-hartal activists vandalise vehicles causing great harm to the passengers and owners of the vehicles. These vehicles do not belong to the rich class only. When they torch a vehicle, they put some family's future in great uncertainty, as most of these vehicles are bought with bank loans. Public transports are also vandalised during hartals. Why do they do this? Don't they have any common sense at all? The authorities must find out the culprits from the video footages and photographs and punish them severely so that they think twice before committing such crimes.

Protect public spaces

We wait with bated breath to discover whether the 'Wonderland' on Gulshan Avenue will turn into the 'wonderland' that we all need - a truly public field with all land-grabbing private enterprises firmly removed.

Deaths on road

Almost every day we have been watching horrid occurrences of road accidents. The situation has worsened much with time. The recurrence of accident has made us indifferent. People do not seem to bother nowadays about road accidents except for the victims' families.

Bangabandhu in Madame Tussauds

Recently while visiting the Madame Tussauds Museum in London, I felt that there should have been a figure of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the father of Bangladesh at the famous wax museum. I was disheartened not to see the person, who came up as the “Greatest Bengali of all times” in a poll conducted by BBC. Bangabandhu was put behind bars for years and after a long struggle, the great leader succeeded in liberating Bangladesh.

Missing Ilias Ali and some questions

This letter is in response to the letter published on 4th May under the same title. The writer mused on some unanswered questions although several analyses are prominent in the media. Understanding the reason behind his disappearance does not require perceptiveness like Sherlock Holmes. Barrister Rafiqul Haque termed the disappearance a well rehearsed drama of the government to conceal Suranjit's graft scandal. Intuitively, something required to be done that would avert everyone's attention from the railwaygate scandal.

Nurses need training to give quality care

As a profession, nursing is a noble one. A nurse looks after the sick and wounded persons and thus performs one of the most important duties for the mankind. But our society looks down upon the nurses, and their services are not valued in Bangladesh. Here nurses are not well educated. But education is a must for all nurses. And there remains a huge gap between nursing education and nursing practices. Nurses must reduce this gap. If the nurses practice what they learn in the trainings, the quality of nursing will be improved.

Sooner the political dialogue, the better

Newspaper reports of 15 May suggest that the prime minister has finally realised the importance of dialogue between the major political parties for creating atmosphere for holding a free, fair and credible election in the country. This is an important change of her mind because she was always talking about constitutional changes and vehemently denying the caretaker government issue. I highly appreciate the prime minister for her understanding of what she should do for holding a free and fair election and also what steps she needs to take to avoid farther political unrest in the country. We thank her and urge all political parties to join hands, sit for a dialogue, and save democracy and the nation. The sooner, the better.

Undue remarks against Prof Yunus, Hillary

Hillary Clinton was an invited guest. Like everybody concerned about the political development of Bangladesh she made some suggestions to the Bangladesh government. But our finance minister made some arrogant comments which were insulting to the guest. He did not even hesitate to insult Prof. Yunus, the only Nobel laureate of Bangladesh. Adding insult to injury, the LGRD minister Syed Ashraful Islam questioned Yunus' competence and capability in getting the Nobel prize. He even criticised the Nobel prize committee for awarding Prof. Yunus with such a prize. According to the minister, such awards may even be obtained through manipulation. What a discovery by an immature minister of Hasina's government! We should be ashamed of such utterance. Both the ministers showed their arrogance by making such remarks which they should apologise for.

Readers Respond

Here are some comments that came in response to Sunday's The Daily Star news report headlined “Pabna journo's arm chopped”

International

Afghanistan pullout to dominate Nato talks

More than 50 world leaders were gathering in Chicago for one of the biggest Nato summits in history yesterday aiming to draw up a unified exit strategy in Afghanistan after a decade of war.

Bomb explodes during UN visit in Syria

A roadside bomb exploded in a restive suburb of the Syrian capital as senior UN officials toured the area yesterday, the latest incident in which the unarmed observer mission has nearly been caught up in the country's bloodshed.

G8 pledges to keep Greece in euro

G8 leaders expressed their wish to see Greece stay in the eurozone at a Camp David summit Saturday, as the group papered over deep-seated divisions about how best to tackle the eurozone crisis.

Rajapakse to set free ex-army chief

Sri Lanka's president has ordered the release of his jailed electoral rival, ex-army chief Sarath Fonseka, bowing to a US demand three years after the end of the island's long Tamil civil war.

Libyan convicted over Lockerbie bombing dies

Abdelbaset Ali Mohmet al-Megrahi, the only person convicted over the 1988 Lockerbie bombing over Scotland in which 270 people were killed, died yesterday, his brother told AFP.

Unrest across Nepal as deadline looms

Strikes brought widespread violence to Nepal's largest two cities yesterday, just a week ahead of a deadline for the impoverished Himalayan nation to complete its first peace-time constitution.

Twitter banned in Pakistan

Pakistan yesterday blocked Twitter over a competition to make caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed on the social networking site, officials told AFP.

Arts & Entertainment

The Prince of Prints takes his leave

A year back, all artists of importance, and art enthusiasts, had gathered at Safiuddin Ahmed' residence, they spoke with him formally for last time. The grand children -- Fultushi and Nushi -- had been sent away. His wife, Sharmeen, and his daughter-in-law, had gathered at his bedside. Ahmed Nazir, his son, had appeared distraught and restless. For two years together, Safiduddin had broken his knees and three days back, he was taken off the life-saving devices of the hospital.

Tribute To Tagore

Rabindra Sangeet Shilpi Sangstaha (RSSS), Sylhet, and Anandaloke, Sylhet, jointly organised a function in observance of the 151st birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore at the open stage on the premises of Sylhet Sangskrit College on Friday last.

Artistes and exponents discuss on the National Poet

Marking the 113th birth anniversary of our National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, International Nazrul Research Centre (INRC) joined hands with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) to arrange the 4th National Nazrul Convention and a special programme, titled “Bishwajanin Nazrul” (Universal Nazrul), at National Music and Dance Centre Auditorium of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on May 18.

The Art of Bengal

Enter the precincts of Delhi Art Gallery in the quaint Hauz Khas village and you are visually transported to Bengal. On display are 240 paintings that feature “The Art of Bengal”, all the way from the 19th century to 2007. The exhibition begins with early Bengal oils which relate to mythological themes such as the story of Savitri and Satyavan, Mahisasuramardini, Balaram and Krishna to “Draupadi Vastraharan”.

Pre Euro Football Match on Maasranga Television

The 14th tournament of "Euro 2012", the largest and exclusive event of European football, will kick off on June 8. Legions of football lovers are waiting to watch the sensational magic of stars David Villa, Xavi, Iniesta, Van Persie, Swine'stiger, Arjen Robben, Franck Ribéry and Thomas Müller and others.

Rabindra Sangeet by Mymensingh Sheba Niketan

Tagore artistes rendered songs, enthralling a large turnout at Mymensingh Muslim Institute Auditorium on Friday evening.

Cultural programme in port city

A colourful cultural programme titled “Happy Florets”, staged by children, was held at Theatre Institute, Chittagong (TIC) last Friday. Floret Preschool and Daycare arranged the programme with the theme “Learning by doing”.

An ode to feminine grace

On the occasion of International Mother's Day, Dhaka Art Centre in Dhanmondi has organised a solo painting exhibition titled “Icchhedana”, featuring the works of promising painter Mrinal Kanti Dash.

DS Café

The gorgeous model and actress Monalisa is the featured celebrity of this month at DS Café. She will be on the hot seat and readers can fire away questions at her at The Daily Star Centre on May 26, between 4 and 5pm. The best question will be highlighted in the transcription. Call 8126155, 01711623915 and 01711623917 to speak to Monalisa.

OP-ED

Transparency in governance

I wanted to write about honesty in politics, but then I realised there could not be a bigger oxymoron than this concept. Honesty and politics are like oil and water, at least that has been our national experience. Politicians mask their actions with rhetoric aimed to please the public, or delude them. George Orwell once remarked: "Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind." This is where a statesman or national leader differs from a run of the mill politician. Then this is expected of the politicians, and we should not be surprised by this dichotomy in their speech and actions. A statesman uses truth to keep power in the hands of the people while a politician uses euphemism to gain power over the people.

Defiling Ambedkar's legacy

It is profoundly distressing that India's political parties unanimously condemned an inoffensive 1949 cartoon about Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar's pivotal role in the making of the Constitution. The cartoon, reproduced in a Class XI textbook published in 2006 by the National Council for Educational Training and Research (NCERT), shows Ambedkar riding a snail depicting the Constitution and Prime Minister Nehru standing behind him with a whip in hand.

So, BNP rule for next 42 years!

The BNP chairperson in public speech on May 13, referring to AL rule right after independence, declared: "As the Awami League resorted to terrorism and killings, people didn't vote it to power for 21 years. This time, if it loses power, it will not be able to return to power in the next 42 years."

Scientific research in Bangladesh: New opportunities

Much of the relevancy of science to man and to society arises by way of technology. Science and technology (S&T) complement each other via complex, two-way interaction. Science brings reason and enlightenment, and provides ideas for technological innovations, which improve the quality of life. Technology, in turn, provides science with new tools and instruments for doing research, for the storage and dissemination of information and for stimulation of further research. This organic process has led to fundamental scientific breakthroughs in the 20th century, which has unleashed a technological revolution of such unprecedented scope and power that today, for the first time in human history, we have the know-how to ensure that no human being is poor, uneducated and lacks the basic health care necessary to lead a decent life.

100 days to go until London 2012 Paralympics

In 100 days time the London 2012 Paralympic Games will begin. I am looking forward to these being the most exciting Paralympic Games yet. We are focussing on all those thousands of final details we need to get right to ensure that, when the athletes of the world come to London, all they will need to think about is doing the performance of their lives, as we will have taken care of everything else.

This Day In History

May 21

878
Syracuse, Italy, is captured by the Muslim sultan of Sicily.


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