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Green initiative left in the lurch

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How IPM neglected for long

Green initiative left in the lurch

When in 1981 the Food and Agriculture Organisation launched a green initiative in Savar and Chittagong's Rangunia to tackle pest attacks, farmers there had every reason to be relieved. It offered them help to fight off insects without using harmful pesticides.     Known as Integrated Pest Management (IPM), the initiative drew a huge response mainly...

Let's start from the root level

Let's start from the root level

Noted agriculture development journalist Shykh Seraj has suggested taking integrated pest management (IPM) methods to every village in the country as an effective way of preventing food adulteration. “If we want to ensure food safety, we have to focus on the root cause of the problem. Contamination of food starts at the production level. So we need to go for chemical-free production methods,” he told The Daily Star. The government needs to allocate more money to promote IPM products and services among farmers as soon as possible, he said.   Shykh Seraj, best known for his popular series Mati O Manush on BTV and Hridoye Mati o Manush on Channel i, has...

Commentary by Mahfuz Anam

“No head above King”

Do any of my readers remember a brilliant film of the 1950s on King Chulalongkorn of Siam (today's Thailand) called "The King and I"?  In it the King finding the English governess he hired for his children's education to be much taller than him says, "No head above King" and forces her to be on her knees every time she speaks to him. In Bangladesh we have known for a while that there can be no individual head above that...

End Rab's impunity

Voicing concern about continuing human rights violations by the Rab and other security forces, the European Parliament yesterday adopted a resolution urging the Bangladesh authorities to put an end to Rab's impunity. Human rights violations by the Rapid Action Battalion, an emergency force created 10 years ago with both military and police officers, should stop, said the members of European Parliament. In the resolution on human rights violation in Bangladesh, the EP called upon the Bangladesh government to bring back the...

Azharul's War Crimes Case Concludes

Now wait for verdict

Now wait for verdict

The long list of war crimes cases waiting for verdict delivery has become a little longer as a tribunal yesterday drew conclusion to the case against Jamaat-e-Islami leader ATM Azharul Islam. Now, six verdicts are pending with the two international crimes tribunals.   The number might become seven soon as defence witnesses are now being examined in the war crimes case against Jamaat Nayeb-e-Ameer Abdus Subhan. The Tribunal-1 Chairman Justice M Enayetur Rahim yesterday said, “Thank you [the prosecution and the defence]. The tribunal has been keeping the cases on CAV [Curia advisari vult, a Latin legal term meaning the court would consider the matter], by tradition. We are keeping it on...

Sporadic violence marks hartal

Sporadic acts of violence marked the countrywide 24-hour hartal enforced by the Jamaat-e-Islami yesterday.     Law enforcers picked up around 50 Jamaat-Shibir activists in last 36 hours across the country. The capital was largely peaceful during hartal hours, with almost all businesses and offices operating normally. Traffic was lighter than usual for a weekday, but a large number of vehicles plied the city thoroughfares. Trains and launches operated on schedule, but long-haul buses stayed off the streets. The shutdown is to end...

Govt to raise gas price

The government has planned to increase the price of gas in a bid to reduce the gap between pipeline and LP cylinder gas prices, State Minister for Energy Nasrul Hamid Bipu told parliament yesterday. Hamid, however, did not give details as to when and to what extent the price of pipeline gas will be increased. In a scripted reply, the state minister also said the government has been trying to encourage people to use LPG in order to reduce dependency on...

Fakhrul gets bail in police assault case

A Dhaka court yesterday granted bail to BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in a case filed for assaulting police and torching vehicles in the capital's Kadamtali during an opposition blockade in December 2012. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Alamgir Kabir Raj passed the order after Fakhrul had surrendered before the court and pleaded for bail. On Sunday, the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Yunus Khan issued an arrest warrant for the BNP leader as Fakhrul, who was visiting Singapore, did...

PM terms Sayedee verdict unexpected

Expressing her disappointment over the Supreme Court verdict against Jamaat leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said none had expected such a judgment. "People might have been happy if Sayedee's death sentence was upheld. The judgment was not expected as this person had committed so many crimes," she said, adding that as the judiciary was independent, she had nothing more to say about the judgment. Hasina, also the Leader of the House, said this while giving her concluding...

Published Date: September 18, 2014
JAILED until DEATH

JAILED until DEATH

Spared the gallows, Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee will now be in prison until his death for crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971. The Supreme Court yesterday commuted his death sentence handed down by International Crimes Tribunal-1 on February 28 last year on charges of killing, abduction, torture, rape and forced...