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News of: Monday, 4th of June, 2012

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Largest limestone reserve discovered

The Geological Survey of Bangladesh yesterday discovered a limestone deposit in Panchbibi upazila of Joypurhat.

Rising from the ashes

The family that saw its 11 members perish in the deadliest inferno in Old Dhaka two years ago has been trying to move back to life as it was before the tragedy.

Wealthy beyond their income

Wealth statements of two railway officials suspended over the Tk 70 lakh scandal, their wives, and the sacked APS to ex-railway minister Suranjit Sengupta show that they have huge deposits of money in banks and plots of land in and outside Dhaka.

2 OCs closed

The officers-in-charge of Abhaynagar and Monirampur police stations were closed to Khulna police range Saturday night hours after Jatiya Sangsad Whip Sheikh Abdul Wahab's motorcade came under attack in Abhaynagar of Jessore.

Women can do everything

The first Bangladeshi woman to conquer Mount Everest said her achievement had proved women were not lagging behind and could do everything if they had confidence, determination and skills.

State of denial

The governments of the United States and Bangladesh have trashed an Indian media report that Washington is currently looking to base its Seventh Fleet in Bangladesh's territorial waters. The Indian report, carried by the Times of India, would have us know that the Americans have been eyeing the possibility of setting up a base for the Seventh Fleet in Chittagong.

Farming, ecology at stake

When built, the Tipaimukh dam will result in damage to Boro production in the Sylhet region, causing a loss of over Tk 1,000 crore a year, experts have said.

Low prices dull celebration of bumper harvest

Farmers are set to bag another record harvest this year, which will cut imports further, easing pressure on the balance of payments, the country's external account.

No plan on US base in Chittagong

US Ambassador to Bangladesh Dan Mozena yesterday refuted outright the Indian media report that the US wanted to park its Seventh Fleet in Chittagong.

Hunt on to nab killers

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said her government was sincerely working to track down the killers of Saudi Embassy official Khalaf Al Ali.

Energy is the key

The World Bank yesterday said Bangladesh's economic outlook remained challenging and the country needed to energise the private sector to boost investment, now in decline.

153 feared dead

At least 153 people are feared dead after their plane plunged into a residential area in Nigeria's economic capital Lagos yesterday, officials and residents said.

Budget gets less priority

Lawmakers in parliament speak less on the proposed budget than on other topics during discussion on the budgetary proposals in the House, reveals a study.

Arrestee remanded

A Chittagong court yesterday sent Shahadat Hossain Shaju, an accused in sensational Himu murder case, to a seven-day police remand.

Outcry at JS over outages

Lawmakers of the ruling grand alliance yesterday in parliament lambasted the state minister for power, energy and mineral resources in parliament for “unprecedented” power outages in their constituencies even after the irrigation season was over.

MPs blast Prof Sayeed

A section of ruling alliance lawmakers in parliament yesterday slammed noted litterateur Prof Abdullah Abu Sayeed, who is also a trustee member of the TIB, for his “derogatory” remark on Saturday about lawmakers and ministers, and demanded that Sayeed offer an unconditional apology in the House.

Absentee witnesses kept at 'safe house'

The defence of Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee yesterday said the 15 witnesses the prosecution had claimed to be too sick or missing had actually stayed at the prosecution witness' “safe house” in the capital.

China keen to fund 2nd Padma Bridge

China, an important development partner of Bangladesh, has expressed its interest to finance the second Padma Bridge.

25 pro-BNP lawyers granted bail

Twenty-five pro-BNP lawyers charged with vandalism of the metropolitan sessions and district judges' courts last month were granted bail until June 19 after they surrendered before a Dhaka court yesterday.

Rare transit of Venus

Venus, the second planet from the Sun, will pass directly between the Sun and Earth on Wednesday, becoming visible against the solar disk.

Govt not worried

LGRD Minister Syed Ashraful Islam yesterday said the government was not worried about the opposition parties' June 10 ultimatum for a restoration of the caretaker government system.

Six killed in Yemen army, Qaeda clashes

Clashes between the army and al-Qaeda militants over the control of Yemen's southern province of Abyan have killed six jihadists and a soldier, local and military sources said on Sunday.

Israeli airstrikes wound 7 in Gaza

Seven Palestinians were wounded in a series of Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip early morning yesterday, two days after fire exchanges that left three dead from both sides.

Gunmen kill 6 in Pakistan

Gunmen yesterday shot dead six people including a police official in a suspected sectarian attack in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, police said.

Editorial

Violence over river management project

The mayhem over a tidal river management (TRM) project in Jessore has been very unsettling and distressful. We don't understand why a development project which is supposed to bring respite to several hundred farmers should have been such a stormy non-starter. As we understand it, Water Development Board (WDB) decided to construct an embankment to resolve the lingering water-logging problem in Bil Kapalia and increase navigability of rivers at the same time. When Jatiya Sangsad Whip Sheikh Abdul Wahab was going to inaugurate it on Saturday, fish traders reportedly opposing the project attacked his motorcade, torched vehicles and injured many. Later, people mustering support for the project blocked Jessore-Khulna highway, and torched buses, several shops and houses in retaliation. They also protested police inaction.

Two years after Nimtoli

Usually we try to live down bad memories, but they keep haunting us with vengeance. Be it Aila or Nimtoli, it is the same old story. But here we confine ourselves to the feelings on the second anniversary of the chemical disaster in the old part of the city that sent shockwaves throughout the country.

Sports

'Trust is everything'

Richard Pybus has said that gaining the confidence of the players would be of paramount importance in his new job.

Top seed Victoria felled

Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia downed top seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus to pull off a major upset in fourth round action at the French Open on Sunday.

Zunapio treble lifts Farashganj

Congolese hitman Siyo Zunapio slammed a hattrick to guide Farashganj Sporting Club to an emphatic 4-0 win over Rahmatganj MFS in their Grameenphone Bangladesh Premier League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Pakistan crush Sri Lanka

Brilliant batting by Shahid Afridi and a fiery bowling performance drove Pakistan to a 23-run series-levelling victory over Sri Lanka in the second and final Twenty20 international yesterday.

'Beware' of Azarenka

If looks could kill, Victoria Azarenka would be leaving Roland Garros in handcuffs.

Niaz to coach BD team

Grand Master Niaz Murshed is expected to lead Bangladesh team in the upcoming Asian Youth Chess Championship as coach-cum-manager, confirmed a Bangladesh Chess Federation official yesterday.

BCB stands by stalwarts

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has taken the benevolent step of recognising two former cricketers who are suffering from various ailments.

Omitted, not rested

England left James Anderson out of their 12-man squad announced Sunday for the third and final Test against the West Indies at Edgbaston starting on Thursday.

Liu's strong showing

China's Liu Xiang charged to victory in the 110 metres hurdles at the Diamond League's Prefontaine Classic, holding off a star-studded field to equal the world record with a wind-aided 12.87sec run.

Abahani's second win

Abahani earned their second consecutive victory in the Walton Club Cup Hockey Tournament when they beat lowly Bangladesh Sporting Club by 5-0 goals at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.

More rain misery for WI

Rain denied the West Indies of valuable time in the middle ahead of next week's third and final Test against England after the second day of their two-day match against Leicestershire was abandoned without a ball bowled on Sunday.

CCDM XI to test U-19s

Bangladesh Under-19s will play three one-day matches against a CCDM XI Under-21 side at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna next week.

Eagles win

Eagles defeated Mohammadpur Basketball Club by 70-35 points in the Citycell Premier Division Basketball League at the Dhanmondi Basketball Gymnasium yesterday.

Gavaskar slams ICC over VJD system snub

Batting legend Sunil Gavaskar has hit out at the International Cricket Council (ICC) for retaining the Duckworth-Lewis rule for rain-affected games despite an alternative suggested by an Indian engineer.

Platini tips Spain, Germany

Holders Spain and Germany are likely to battle out the Euro final for a second successive time UEFA president Michel Platini told AFP in an exclusive interview.

Aiming for history

Spain head to Euro 2012 looking to make history but their bid for a third consecutive major tournament triumph could be hit by fatigue, with top players feeling the effects of several years competing at the highest level.

Argentina race out of the blocks

Argentina's decision to play their four world class forwards was fully justified in a crushing 4-0 win over Ecuador that put them top of the South American World Cup qualifiers on Saturday.

Injuries mar England win

England completed their preparations for Euro 2012 when a Danny Welbeck goal sealed a 1-0 win over Belgium in a friendly at Wembley on Saturday to give new manager Roy Hodgson his second successive victory since being appointed last month.

Dutch hit their stride

Robin van Persie and Ibrahim Afellay scored two goals apiece on Saturday to inspire Netherlands to a 6-0 thrashing of Northern Ireland in their final Euro 2012 warmup friendly.

Alarming slump for Portugal

Portugal missed several chances, including a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty, and were whistled off the pitch after losing 3-1 at home to Turkey on Saturday in their last friendly before Euro 2012.

Cahill out of Euro 2012

England defender Gary Cahill has been ruled out of Euro 2012 with a double fracture of the jaw, the Football Association (FA) announced Sunday.

Lazio rope in Petkovic

Former Sion coach Vladimir Petkovic was named Lazio boss on Saturday after Edy Reja opted to step down despite another successful Serie A season.

MS to lead from front

An honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment already, India captain MS Dhoni said that he wants to serve in the army post-retirement.

Business

Leading chambers, associations honour Latifur Rahman

Leading chambers and associations yesterday accorded a reception to Transcom Group Chairman Latifur Rahman after he became the first Bangladeshi to win the prestigious Oslo Business for Peace Award for ethical business practices.

Efforts on to unlock $16b foreign aid: WB

The government and development partners are working on resolving the issues that have been holding back the disbursement of foreign aid of more than $16 billion, a top economist of the World Bank said yesterday.

Islamic banks get separate call money market

A new type of call money market -- Islamic Inter-bank Fund Market (IIFM) -- for sharia-based banks started its journey yesterday.

Bangladesh's per capita income rises to $848

Bangladesh's per capita income went up to $848 in the current fiscal year from $816 last year, but is still way short of the $1,006 needed to pull the country up to the middle-income bracket.

HC rules on shareholding appeals today

The High Court will issue an order on writ petitions filed by sponsors and directors of listed firms challenging a section of the Securities and Exchange Ordinance 1969.

Runway rebuilding work begins at Shahjalal airport

The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) started the reconstruction work of an asphalt concrete runway overlay at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport yesterday after procrastinating for six years.

Hasina seeks more investment from Singapore

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday sought more investment from Singapore in Bangladesh's textile, power generation, tourism, infrastructure, oil and gas exploration, high-tech industries, hotels and holiday resorts.

New DMD for UCB

Md Tariqul Azam has recently been promoted to deputy managing director of United Commercial Bank (UCB), according to a statement of the bank yesterday.

Robi launches wider roaming service

Robi Axiata Ltd has recently launched an enhanced cost-effective international roaming proposition for its customers without having to worry about high roaming call charges, the company said in a statement yesterday.

Chittagong suitable for Singaporean investment

Chittagong can be a very suitable destination for Singaporean investment, said Chan Heng Wing, Singapore's high commissioner to Bangladesh.

Stocks rise as investors await court verdict

Stocks surged for the third day as investors went on a buying spree expecting a positive outcome from the court on five writ petitions.

Trust Bank plans to reach the unbanked

Trust Bank Ltd, one of the third generation private commercial banks of the country, plans to expand its reach by opening more rural branches, ATM booths and pay-points countrywide.

India: warning lights flash on economic dashboard

It had been another brutal day for the rupee on the foreign exchanges as India's economic crisis escalated and, travelling home from a visit to Myanmar last week, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh summoned journalists on his plane for a briefing.

Asia struggles to ward off impact of European crisis

Weak manufacturing activity in China and dismal growth data from India have underscored Asia's vulnerability to the European turmoil and sparked fresh calls for government intervention.

Metropolitan

Remove chemical warehouses

With a call for raising awareness to prevent fire incidents, the second anniversary of the Nimtoli inferno was observed in the capital yesterday with the reminiscences of the devastating fire that killed at least 123 people, mostly women and children.

Shun destructive acts

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday again urged the opposition to refrain from any destructive activities for the sake of the country's interest.

Programmes begin today

Against the backdrop of low price of paddy in the country, some allies of the ruling Awami League led 14-party alliance will jointly hold a series of nationwide blockade and human chain programmes, starting today, to demand a fair price of the crucial food item.

Man beaten by miscreants dies

A man severely beaten up on Saturday night by miscreants at Dakkhin Khan area in the capital over parking of vehicles, succumbed to his injuries early yesterday.

Detection can cut cancer

People should be made aware that most forms of cancer are curable if diagnosed at an early stage, speakers said yesterday at an experience-sharing programme to mark the International Cancer Survivors' Day.

5 die, 7 hurt in road crashes

Five people, including two of a family, were killed and seven others injured in separate road accidents in Jhenidah, Sirajganj, Dinajpur, Satkhira and Chittagong on Saturday and yesterday.

Bachchu on 4-day remand

The alleged killer of Rumi Akhter, who was strangled and severed at an office in Nahar Plaza in the city's Hatirpool on Friday, narrated to journalists yesterday the brutal account of her killing.

Fair probe demanded

Samajik Protirodh Committee and Sammilito Nari Samaj yesterday expressed their deep concern over the recent incidents of police repression on women, journalists and lawyers and demanded punishment to the alleged police.

Ensure security of journalists

Journalists are considered defenders of human rights in the modern world and the government has to understand that journalism is a profession no less important than itself or any other line of work, said human rights activist Sultana Kamal.

ACC grills 3 more Destiny directors

The Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday quizzed three more directors and an official of Destiny Group over various irregularities by the multilevel company.

'Boma' Mizan jailed for 37yrs

A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced a leader of banned Islamist outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and his wife to 37 years of rigorous imprisonment each for possessing weapons and bullets.

Christian leaders urge govt for justice

Christian leaders, at a meeting yesterday, demanded immediate trial of the Baniarchar Catholic Church bomb attack and death penalty for the accused in the incident.

Ex-BNP MP Babu sent to jail

A Dhaka court yesterday sent former BNP lawmaker Dewan Salahuddin Babu to jail in a case filed for torching vehicles in Savar protesting the arrest of their 33 top leaders on May 16.

Factory owner fined Tk 20 lakh

The Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday fined a waste paper recycling factory owner Tk 20.58 lakh for polluting the river Shitalakhya by releasing untreated chemical effluents.

CG system or non-party govt

The BNP now has only a couple of options before it --- either a restoration of the caretaker government system or the setting up of a non-party neutral government to oversee the next parliamentary polls, according to a standing committee member of the party, MK Anwar, yesterday.

Bill placed to amend CrPC

The government placed a bill in parliament yesterday to amend the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) 1898 seeking power to shift judicial magistrate's courts outside district headquarters.

Resist polluters: Minister

Environment and Forests Minster Dr Hasan Mahmud yesterday urged all to build strong resistance against the polluters and land grabbers to protect the country from environmental peril.

Dispose of rule in four weeks

The Supreme Court yesterday directed its High Court Division to hear and dispose of within four weeks the rule issued over the assault on an assistant commissioner (AC) (land) of Feni.

Death sentences commuted for Trisha killers

The Supreme Court yesterday commuted the death sentences of three young men to 14 years of rigorous punishment in the Sadia Sultana Trisha murder case in Gaibandha.

One arrested while making fake drugs

A man was held in the port city yesterday allegedly for producing and selling fake medicines.

527 women victimised in May

Eighty women and children were killed in last May this year among the 527 women who were the victims of different repressions, says a report of Bangladesh Mahila Parisahd yesterday.

Rail official sued on charge of raping girl

Rajshahi additional chief commercial manager (ACCM) of Bangladesh railway (west) was accused of raping an 11-year-old domestic help.

60 lakh Indian rupees seized at Ctg airport

The customs authorities of Shah Amanat International Airport yesterday recovered around 60 lakh Indian Rupees from a Rohingya suspect at the airport.

BNP leader Khokon held again after getting bail

DB police yesterday picked up BNP leader Khairul Kabir Khokon in front of Dhaka Central jail.

Media team in Delhi to visit Tipai site

A 10-member Bangladesh media team yesterday reached New Delhi for a six-day trip to dispel misgivings about the adverse effects the controversial Tipaimukh Multipurpose Project would have on Bangladesh.

Trader fined for selling chemical-mixed mangoes

A mobile court fined a fruit trader Tk 50,000 for selling chemical-mixed mangoes in Fakirapool T&T Colony area in the capital yesterday.

Woman held with 200 Yaba tablets

Detective police arrested a woman and seized 200 pieces of Yaba tablets from her possession in Chittagong Railway Station area early hours of yesterday.

Obituary

Abdul Jalil Chowdhury, a social activist and retired school teacher, died of old age complications at a hospital in the city on Saturday afternoon. He was 83.

National

Irrigation hampered as canal turned into 'ponds'

An eight-kilometre irrigation canal in a remote coastal island under newly formed Rangabali upazila in the district has remained virtually unusable for the purpose for the last 15 years as unscrupulous people have divided it into over 100 ponds for fish cultivation.

People of 30 villages suffer for 40 years just for want of a bridge

People of 30 villages under two upazilas have been crossing Tirnoi River by bamboo-made bridge for the last 40 years as no move was taken to set up a concrete bridge there.

Storm damages 200 houses in Pabna

A violent storm ripped into six villages in Santhia upazila of the district on Saturday night, damaging at least 200 thatched and tin-roofed houses and two educational institutions

Victims of 'online fraud' stage protest in C'nawabganj

Police arrested a local coordinator of an online outsourcing company at Batenkhan intersection in Chapainawabganj town on Saturday night on charge of swindling people.

19 houses, 5 shops gutted in Comilla, Bogra

At least four people were injured and 19 houses gutted in a fire at Sultanpur village in Deviddar upazila of the district early yesterday.

Rangamati Sadar Hospital limps for shortage of doctors, drugs

Health services at Rangamati Sadar Hospital are being hampered due to shortage of medicines, doctors and staffs, much to the sufferings of the patients.

Acid attack on 4 of a family

Criminals threw acid on four members of a family at Dattagati village in Abhoynagar upazila on Saturday night.

Two siblings get life for murder

A Panchagarh court yesterday afternoon sentenced two siblings to life-term rigorous imprisonment (RI) for killing a man in 2009.

Two Hizb-ut Tawhid men arrested

Police arrested two activists of Islamist outfit Hizb-ut Tawhid at Pathanpara Moholla in the district town yesterday morning.

Poultry trader stabbed to death

A poultry trader was stabbed to death and his two friends were injured in an attack by a gang of criminals at Dakkhin Betiara village in Chouddagram upazila early yesterday.

50 hurt in Habiganj clash

At least 50 people were injured, 25 critically, in a fierce clash between two groups of people over catching fish at Karab village in Lakhai upazila on Saturday afternoon.

Abducted man yet to be rescued

Police could not rescue farmer Jamal Mollah who was abducted three days ago for ransom by a gang from Raisar village in Alamdanga of Chuadanga district.

Tiger kills fisherman

Tiger killed a fisherman at Kewratali Canal in Mamundo River in the Sundarbans early yesterday. The dead was identified as Israfil Hossain, 42, son of Daud Gazi of Tengrakhali village in Shyamnagar upazila. Alamgir Hossain, officer in-charge of Shyamnagar police station, said a tiger attacked Israfil while he was fishing in the canal at about 3:30am and dragged him into deep forest. Later, forest guards with the help of local honey collectors recovered the body from the spot.

Port workers' strike on

Loading and unloading of goods at Benapole land port remained suspended yesterday as workers continued their indefinite strike for the second consecutive day. They brought out a procession in the morning, demanding implementation of the government-declared minimum wages for them. Benapole Port-handling Workers' Union enforced the strike on Saturday. Jahangir Hossain Lal, president of the union, at the programme said they had earlier demanded implementation of the wage before the appointment of four new contractors, but the authorities did not pay heed to the demand. He also threatened to continue their movement if the demand was not met immediately.

48 excavators destroyed

A taskforce, comprising officials of administration, environment and police, in separate drives destroyed 48 mechanised excavators, locally called 'boma machine', in Bholaganj Stone Quarry area on Saturday. These illegally run machines were being used by a few organised groups led by local influentials for digging stones, from the country's biggest stone quarry, located on the bordering areas of Companiganj upazila. The taskforce also asked all concerned to withdraw such excavators immediately. Otherwise, those would be burnt and destroyed without further warning, said upazila nirbahi officer Md Saiful Islam.

Paddy, rice procurement

The official boro paddy and rice procurement drive has begun in Pirganj upazila yesterday noon. Sources said, the government set a target to purchase 1033 metric tones of paddy from the farmers directly and 5803 metric tones of rice from the millers of the upazila during the current boro season. Reazul Haque, upazila food controller inaugurated the procurement drive at the local food godown as the chief guest. Each kilogram paddy from the farmers and rice from 153 millers was being purchased at Tk.18 and Tk. 28 respectively, the sources said.

19 robbers held in 2 dists

Police arrested 19 members of an inter-district robber gang along with looted valuables from separate places in Bogra and Naogaon districts. Police disclosed it at a press briefing at police superintendent's office here on Saturday. Acting on secret information, the law enforcers arrested 11 robbers from separate places in Bogra and Naogaon districts for committing robbery at Kusumbi village in Adamdighi upazila. Meanwhile, 8 robbers were also arrested along with an electric wire-laden truck at Phultola in Shahjahanpur upazila. The arrestees are -- Khokon, Selim, Momin, Pintu, Nayan Chandra, Kamal Moksed, Mizanur, Babu, Faizul, Aminul, Parvez, Palash, Nannu, Alamgir Hossain, Abdul Karim, Mostu, Saidul Islam and Alamgir. Police said all of them members of inter-district robber gang.

'Currency forger' arrested

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members arrested a man along with fake currency note making materials from his house at Dampal village in Golapganj upazila on Saturday evening. The arrestee was identified as Gaus Uddin, 55, son of late Monohar Ali of the village. Rab-9 sources said, on secret information, they raided the house at about 6:45pm and arrested him. Later, they seized fake note-making materials, including seven bundles of paper, chemicals and 60 notes of Tk 500 denomination from his house. Rab said Gaus confessed to his involvement in the crime.

Letters

Child deaths from drowning

A recent UNICEF report, published in this daily, says that more children drown than die of diseases like measles, polio, whooping cough, tetanus, diphtheria and tuberculosis in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Thailand. One of every four children between one and four years dies from drowning in these countries.

Pedestrians must follow traffic rules

I have regularly seen at Gulshan First Circle that pedestrians cross the road defying traffic signal! Is this deliberate, or are all pedestrians illiterate? They deliberately walk across the stream of moving vehicles when the traffic light is not green! This results in the moving vehicles being forced to stop in the middle of the crossroad, causing unnecessary traffic foul-up. This is the result of the people deliberately violating traffic rules on busy crossings at their whim, illegally exercising their 'right of way' and disregarding traffic laws!

Brutal attack on photojournalists

Journalists play a pivotal role in building the conscience of the nation. All over the world they are treated with respect but Bangladesh is an exception in this regard. In our country journalists usually face much obstruction in their professional life and they often experience oppressive treatment by the government.

Shops eating up pavement!

This photo was taken in the last week of May 2012 which shows how the shops at Gulshan-2 area are grabbing the pavements and as a result the pedestrians are forced to walk on the main road choking the room for the vehicles which contributes to traffic jam. I wonder how this is happening at the VIP zone of the capital city where all the foreign missions have their offices. Who should we blame -- the police or the city corporation? Don't the chancery head of police as well as the city corporation of this part see this nuisance that is jeopardising our image at the hub of chancery? Is it very hard to seize all the stuff of these shops and give them exemplary punishment like huge monetary penalty or seven days' rigorous imprisonment? What is needed is a firm decision and its quick implementation. And that may give the pedestrians their pavement back and help ease traffic congestion.

Corruption the evil

Just a few weeks ago the US Ambassador in Dhaka attended a business function organised by the elite business groups in Dhaka. While he was talking to the businessmen he cited a few reasons why the foreign investors are not interested to come and invest in Bangladesh. Among others he mentioned reasons like shortage of energy supply, insufficient infrastructure, bureaucratic red-tapism, political instability, frequent hartals and most importantly corruption. Except corruption and political instability, all other reasons that can be addressed if the government seriously wants it. But corruption is an incurable disease which is deeply rooted in every spheres of our life. The very people who are responsible to curb corruption are themselves corrupt.

AL should not hoodwink the people

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on May 26, 2012 said that the next general election would be held in a free, fair and neutral manner and as an example she pointed out that Awami League (AL) had arranged 5175 elections including 12 by-elections and polls to city corporations, municipalities and union parishads in a free, fair and neutral manner. She asked why the next general election cannot be held in a similar manner.

On this Environment Day

5th June is going to be observed as the World Environment Day. Many organisations and clubs will probably bring out processions and arrange different programmes to observe this day but how about we take some personal initiatives this year? Let's plant a tree from each household and take care of it for the next one year. We don't have to choose 5th June as our only day to be environment conscious persons, we can plant trees anytime during this month or this monsoon for that matter. These small actions at individual level will hopefully return huge revenues in the future.

Friend or foe?

Police are known to be friends of people. People do have respect for their work. But it is a matter of great regret that quite often the members of police are found to abuse people. Of late, three photojournalists of a national daily were severely beaten up by some members of police without any apparent reason. Such occurrences are not isolated. Very often we go through this kind of situation. The major task of the police force is to implement the executive orders of the government properly, not to misuse the power given to them. However, it should also be a major concern of the government to provide more facilities and better environment for the police so that they get the inspiration to work for people's good. But the guilty policemen should not be shown any favour. We want their severe punishment.

Gardening book by Michelle Obama

Launching of US First Lady Michelle Obama's first book titled “American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens across America” has created immense sensation and interest among the Americans and people around the world. A non-political masterpiece, the book is a technical guide on kitchen gardening. Socially conscious Michelle is committed to ensuring social welfare. Her book contains so many tips on growing backyard fruits and vegetables and how to engage children in gardening pursuit so that they can work and exercise in gardens which will also help in combating child obesity, number one health problem in America.

Readers Respond

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International

Foreigners plotting to destroy Syria

President Bashar al-Assad yesterday dismissed accusations his government had any role in the brutal Houla massacre, as he charged forces outside Syria of plotting to destroy the country.

US, China rivalry puts countries in dilemma

Washington's planned strategic shift to Asia will challenge existing alliances as nations try to balance strong economic ties to China with defence links to Washington, a conference heard yesterday.

Thunder will fall on Israel if it attacks

An attack by Israel on Iran will blow back on the Jewish state "like thunder," Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said yesterday.

Church blast kills 15 in Nigeria

At least 15 people were killed in a suicide car bomb attack near a church in the northern Nigerian city of Bauchi, witnesses said yesterday.

Suu Kyi returns to Myanmar

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi returned to her homeland yesterday after testing the boundaries of the country's political reform with her first foreign trip in over two decades.

Clashes marr West Bengal civic polls

Brisk polling marred by incidents of sporadic violence was reported yesterday during elections for six civic bodies in West Bengal -- being viewed as a barometer of the popularity of the Mamata Banerjee government.

Cyber strikes a 'civilised option'

Pre-emptive cyber strikes against perceived national security threats are a "civilised option" to neutralise potential attacks, Britain's armed forces minister said yesterday.

Suu Kyi returns to Myanmar

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi returned to her homeland yesterday after testing the boundaries of the country's political reform with her first foreign trip in over two decades.

Plane crash kills 10 in Ghana

A cargo plane crash-landed on Saturday near the airport in Ghana's capital Accra after overshooting the runway and hit a bus on the ground, killing at least 10 people, but the crew survived, officials said.

Sudan army kills 45 Darfur rebels

Sudan's army said it killed 45 rebels who were looting in eastern Darfur on Saturday but the insurgents told a different story, saying they had seized an army compound.

Arts & Entertainment

Suvro Dev going international

Suvro Dev is now a veteran in the music industry, going strong year after year with his voice. He started off with a bang -- his debut solo album “Hamlin-er Banshiwala” -- and has released 25 albums till date. The talented singer drew attention again when he became a model for Pepsi, and also gained praise for his theme song for the 1998 mini world cup. The singer meanwhile is set to experience a new first -- his debut playback performance for a Bollywood movie. The Daily Star (TDS) recently chatted with the singer:

Sound, lights, action

Approaching Dhanmondi Lake near a dead end on road number 4, a crowd of curious rickshaw-pullers and pedestrians gather around a spot. A shoot for a play is underway. Mir Sabbir -- the director of the drama -- sits in front of the monitor, while actors Zahid Hasan and Bindu stand before the camera. Sabbir stands up and walks over to the actors to give them a brief on how he wants to capture the scene.

Memorable moments at Festival de Cannes 2012

I attended the Cannes Film Festival for the fifth time. It's one of the most prestigious and grand cine events -- taking place in south France, attracting several thousands of film enthusiasts and activists from across the globe. It's a festival that has played host to all the biggest names of cinema. And for its participants, this festival has garnered the reputation of giving them a platform incomparable and an atmosphere that words cannot express.

Poetry recitation festival in Barisal

A two-day 'Abriti Utsab' (poetry recitation festival) ended in Barisal city on Saturday with a call to create a new approach towards practicing and upholding culture and language.

Globe Theatre: Israeli play goes on despite protests

Pro-Palestinian activists disrupted the UK debut of Israel's Habima theatre company in London.

Chaichhi Tomar Bondhuta

Future of a nation depends on the well-being of children. But unfortunately in our country, some children are forced to work. Ever more tragic, some are pushed into the dark world of crime and prostitution. These children fall victim to injustice and torture at homes, schools and in the society.

Desh TV launches new website

Desh TV launched its new website 'www.desh.tv' at Hotel Sonargaon in Dhaka on June 2. Viewers, across from the globe, can now watch both news and live streaming of programmes.

OP-ED

Show zero tolerance towards black money

The government hasn't said it would discontinue the option of whitening black money in the upcoming budget.

Modi stages a coup

The Bharatiya Janata Party's national executive meeting in Mumbai will go down as a watershed for anointing Narendra Milosevic Modi as its supremely important leader and its likeliest prime ministerial candidate in the next national elections.

Struggle for democracy: Bangladesh and Pakistan perspectives

The next national polls in Pakistan are scheduled for early next year while the national ballots in Bangladesh will be held anytime between October 2013 and January 2014 as per the existing constitutional provisions of the two countries respectively.

Countdown to the UN conference on arms trade treaty

Arms control advocates and concerned citizens around the world are counting down to what they hope will be an historic and fruitful conference on the global arms trade. In just over a month, member states of the United Nations will meet in New York to negotiate a treaty regulating the flow of conventional arms; more than a decade after a group of Nobel laureates and non-governmental organisations first articulated the need for a standardised global arms control regime. But what exactly will the treaty entail and why is it important?

Living with multiple identities

A few weeks ago I wrote a column about the challenges that immigrants face in formulating an unambiguous definition of “home.” My reflections were prompted by a question that I have been grappling with for some time: “Is home simply the house you live in or is it a set of memories that you carry with you?”

This Day In History

June 4

1961
In the Vienna summit, Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev sparks the Berlin Crisis by threatening to sign a separate peace treaty with East Germany and ending American, British and French access to East Berlin.



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