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News of: Saturday, 18th of August, 2007
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The flood-affected people, who were preparing to return home following the devastating floods, are now trapped again as many areas were freshly inundated by rain-fed rivers.
Awami League (AL) plans to continue legal battle for its detained President Sheikh Hasina until the time is ripe for alternatives including a movement to get her free.
A Tk 350 crore project for producing octane from naphtha that became uncertain due to withdrawal of its main investor Exxon-Mobil has got new foreign investors and the project is now progressing in full swing.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia said she will nominate a leader of her own choice to run the party in her absence and everybody should work under that new leadership.
The Uro Mode Fashion Limited that came under attack by agitated workers on Thursday declared suspension of all of its activities yesterday and hung a notice of closure in front of the factory gate.
Demanding withdrawal of the ban on indoor politics before holding talks with political parties, BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said the Election Commission (EC) should put all its efforts in preparing a complete voter list.
Malaysia is reviewing the present outsourcing system of recruiting Bangladeshi workers as it led to exploitation of workers subjecting them to abuses, underemployment with lower wages and unemployment.
Finance ministers from eight South Asian countries will meet in New Delhi on September 14 for operationalising the $300 million Saarc Development Fund (SDF).
Former state minister for civil aviation and tourism Mir Mohammad Nasir Uddin now works in the Dhaka Central Jail library while former state minister for labour and employment Amanullah Aman sweats tending a garden in the prison.
The law enforcers yesterday arrested three militants of outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) in Bagmara upazila of Rajshahi and in Jhalakathi town.
The recent flood has wreaked havoc on the handloom and power loom industries in Sirajganj and Pabna districts, causing loss worth over Tk 100 crore and rendering over 8,25,000 loom workers jobless, said government officials.
Voter registration with photographs and preparation of national identity cards began in Khulna City Corporation (KCC) area yesterday with formal inauguration by colourful processions brought out from different areas under five police stations of the city.
Five people were killed and five others injured when a microbus, carrying a bridal party from Dhaka, plunged into a roadside ditch at Tebaria in the district yesterday afternoon.
An unidentified gang slaughtered two people, believed to be rival party men, at village Chotodupkatia in Damurhuda upazila of Chuadanga district early yesterday.
BDR personnel recovered explosives and other materials from a stationery shop at frontier Momtajganj Bazar in Kanaighat upazila yesterday afternoon.
Environment and agriculture Adviser CS Karim yesterday painted a gloomy picture of environmental disasters in developing countries, including Bangladesh, which are set to be the worst victims of climate change. He urged more regional cooperation in environment matters to save lives.
Adviser for Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock CS Karim yesterday said he is thinking of submitting his wealth statement to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Electricity-Port yesterday demanded the caretaker government clarifies its position on all agreements with Asia Energy Corporation (AEC) regarding Phulbari coalmine.
The security forces on Thursday arrested an indigenous youth for his alleged involvement in the kidnapping of Danida official Hossain Shahid Suman.
Police yesterday exhumed the body of a woman by digging her bedroom floor at Ramgaon of Munshiganj Sadar upazila, 13 days after her husband allegedly killed her.
The United States wants to see Pakistan's moderate and democratic politicians unite to fight Islamic extremism, but has no interest in picking sides ahead of upcoming elections, a top US envoy said.
A suicide attacker blew himself up yesterday outside the house of a district governor in southern Afghanistan, killing the official and three of his children, officials said.
US troops clashed with suspected Sunni insurgents holed up in a mosque north of Baghdad and launched an air-to-ground Hellfire missile into the structure.
Aftershocks rattled rescuers as they clawed through rubble yesterday in a desperate search for survivors of the Peruvian earthquake that claimed at least 500 lives.
We recall with abhorrence the countrywide bomb attack two years ago on 17 August carried out by some operatives of the now banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB). The simultaneous detonation of small explosives in 63 districts of the country announced the ominous presence of yet another formidable force in our midst that did not believe in the laws of the country or the established social system.
Nowhere in the world will one come across bureaucrats being paid for doing precious nothing at all but in Bangladesh. And we have also coined a new phrase for such an arrangement, OSD -- officer on special duty. If 'special' duty is a euphemism for doing nothing one wonders what the criteria of performance and the remunerations for 'normal' duty are.
A large part of police functions relate to incidents of neglect, destitution, abandonment and other personal difficulties. The police also have to deal with complex and serious problems of murder, robbery and assault. In dealing with these problems, police come across many children and women involved in the crime both as victims and offenders.
Right now we are engulfed by flood. It is a perennial problem in Bangladesh. The low-lying Ganges delta gets inundated very quickly after heavy rain. This is the reality. Experts have many short and long term measures to address the issue. Let me look into floods and natural disasters from a business perspective, and offer some suggestions.
Everybody is aware about the way micro credit has empowered the hard-core poverty stricken poor people of Bangladesh. No doubt it gave the poor people opportunity to come out of their shell of grief and do something on their own. All the credit definitely goes to Prof. Dr. Muhammad Yunus for pioneering this system. But the other side of micro credit is not as bright. On one hand the beneficiaries have improved their life style but on the other they are in a vicious circle of paying the interest.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has formed a five-member committee to review all commercial contracts, major purchases and tenders and expenses on development projects undertaken from January 2000 to July 29, 2007.
Bangladesh will kick off their Nehru Cup campaign today when they take on favourites Syria at the Ambedkar Stadium in New Delhi in the second match of the tournament.
With the senior team playing in the Nehru Cup, the second-string Bangladesh national team under coach Hasanuzzaman Babloo will leave Dhaka today for Kuala Lumpur to participate in the Merdeka Cup.
International Master Enamul Hossain Rajib drew his fifth round game against MR Venkatesh, an Indian IM, in the 17th Abu Dhabi Chess Festival yesterday.
A 16-member Dhaka XI squad, led by Imtiaz Ahmed Nakib, fly off to United Kingdom today.
Ohidul Islam struck a hattrick as Mohammedan Sporting Club pipped Tilaghar Club 4-3 in the First Division Football League held at the Sylhet Stadium yesterday.
When asked at the toss which of his "stars" were being rested for the Glasgow one-dayer, India's captain Rahul Dravid joked: "Everyone's a star in this team. We can't leave them all out." All the same, the luminous ones that sat out -- Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Zaheer Khan -- weren't missed much, with their understudies shining bright in a seven-wicket win.
Shane Warne may have seen plenty of highs in a career that has seen him become Test cricket's leading wicket-taker but that in no way diminishes the excitement he feels at captaining Hampshire at Lord's on Saturday when they face Durham in the final of the Friends Provident Trophy.
Rahul Dravid's decision to test out his one-day bowling options was justified as all three fast bowlers got among the wickets.
A brilliant 62 from opener Morris Ouma coupled with a patient innings of 24 from captain Thomas Odoyo handed Kenya a thrilling two-wicket win over Sri Lanka A in their tri-series match at the Nairobi Gymkhana on Thursday.
World number one Justine Henin advanced to the quarterfinals of this 1.34-million-dollar hard court tournament on schedule Thursday with a 7-6, 6-2 victory over China's Peng Shuai.
Roger Federer struggled but survived Thursday, beating Marcos Baghdatis for a fifth time to reach the quarterfinals of the Cincinnati Masters.
Recent comments by West Indies captain Ramnaresh Sarwan while he was in Toronto for therapy for his shoulder injury have raised eyebrows and set tongues wagging. Sarwan was reported to have called former coach Bennett King the "worst coach" he had ever had, and to have said King's manner was aggressive and intimidated younger players.
Nic Pothas has one of the more challenging roles in county cricket.
South Africa have rested Justin Kemp and Mark Boucher from their squad for the three-match one-day series against Zimbabwe, which gets underway in Bulawayo on August 22.
Durham wicketkeeper Phil Mustard has played down the threat of legendary spinner Shane Warne ahead of Saturday's Friends Provident Trophy final.
West Indies batsman Sylvester Joseph is taking a sabbatical from competitive cricket and, according to the Antigua Sun, is considering his future in the game.
Liverpool tackle Chelsea as a resurgent City play stuttering champions United in the Manchester derby on a crunch weekend of fixtures in the English Premier League.
Bayern Munich striker Miroslav Klose is bracing himself to run a gauntlet of abuse from fans when he returns to former club Werder Bremen for the first time on Saturday.
Spain coach Luis Aragones on Friday named an 18-strong squad for a friendly match against Greece in Salonika on August 22.
Newcastle United's new boss Sam Allardyce is under pressure to change the Magpies' goal scoring fortunes in his first English Premier League game in charge at home to Aston Villa on Saturday. In more than half a century the Toon Army have experienced nothing quite like it.
Egyptian international Mido completed his transfer from Tottenham to Middlesbrough on Thursday, signing a four-year contract at the Riverside.
England manager Steve McClaren on Friday named veteran duo David James and Sol Campbell in a 28-strong squad for a friendly game against Germany in Wembley on August 22.
The government is likely to impose some non-tariff barriers (NTBs) on import of silk and silk products to safeguard the local silk industry.
Inordinate delay in making decision on the pending investment proposals may give a wrong message to international investors about the country’s willingness to attract investment.
Total capital investment in the export processing zones in the country increased to US$152.37 million last fiscal.
China's new rich are exceptionally younger than those in its neighbouring countries and they are more keen on investing in the country's booming real estate market, a survey by credit card company MasterCard said.
Venture-capital firm Sequoia said Friday it raised a record 300 million dollars to fund small Indian companies likely to benefit from the world's second-fastest economic growth.
The US Federal Reserve on Friday made its boldest move since markets became gripped by fear of a global economic crisis, slashing a key interest rate and sending jittery stock markets shooting higher.
Breaking a six-year deadlock on the Doha round of talks to smash trade barriers is still possible but will require more trust between rich and poor nations, WTO chief Pascal Lamy said Friday.
Oil prices rose Friday after an overnight slide, signaling diminishing concerns about a possible US economic downturn and declines in world stock markets.
Import tax cuts, applied to cool inflationary pressures by lowering the end prices paid for goods by consumers, have yet to have their expected impact because supplies goods imported before the cuts took effect are still being sold at the old prices.
The world’s leading mobile phone maker Nokia launched several new handsets in the local market.
The members of Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) will now be able to get their UK visas within 24 hours they apply, provided all the documents are valid.
Capitalist South Korea may discuss a free-trade pact with North Korea during an upcoming summit in hopes of encouraging the hardline communist state to open its markets, officials said Thursday.
The euro slumped on Friday to a near ten-month low against the yen as traders sought security in the Japanese currency amid turmoil across financial markets, traders and analysts said.
Hong Kong's economy in the second quarter to June grew a sharp 6.9 percent year-on-year, the government said Friday, prompting it to raise growth forecasts for the full year.
Speakers at a seminar in Chittagong on Tuesday sought financial institutions' help for the development of women entrepreneurship. In a bid to raise awareness about portfolio investment and encourage womenfolk to invest in the capital market, Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) and Woman Chamber of Commerce & Industry (WCCI) have jointly organised a seminar for the members of the WCCI, says a press release.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy called Thursday for the Group of Seven most industrialised nations to take steps to improve transparency in world markets.
China's fixed assets investment in urban regions totaled 5.67 trillion yuan in the first seven months this year, up 26.6 percent year on year, the National Bureau of Statistics said Thursday.
India's dependency on oil imports is likely increase to about 85 percent by 2012 from the current 70 percent as it seeks to fuel a fast-growing economy, an Indian industry group said on Friday.
The Asian Development Bank announced here Thursday it was making its first ever loan to Georgia, amounting to 25 million dollars to help strengthen its banking sector.
Though long 15 years have passed since an attempt was made to kill Rashed Khan Menon, president of Workers' Party of Bangladesh (WPB), the criminals are yet to be brought to book.
Speakers at a workshop have underscored the need for incorporating environmental issues into the city's overall development process to enhance the quality of life of its dwellers.
Speakers at a book fair yesterday urged the government to carry out thorough investigation into the heinous attack on Prof Humayun Azad of Dhaka University and his mysterious death in Germany to bring the culprits to book.
Different government and non-government bodies, donor countries, social and cultural organisations continued their relief distribution programme among the flood victims yesterday.
National University (NU) yesterday published the results of its degree pass, subsidiary and certificate examinations of the year 2006 that recorded a pass rate of 60.85 percent.
A workshop on English communication for journalists was formally inaugurated at Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council in the city yesterday.
Dhaka University (DU) authorities should have a long term master plan to make it a centre of excellence, Chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC) Prof Nazrul Islam said on Thursday.
Dr Shafiqur Rahman, a professor of South Carolina State University, took part in an intensive entertainment business and diversity conference in Hollywood that focused on the creative process behind TV and film, says a press release.
Assailants gunned down a housewife inside her residence at Auspara in Tongi yesterday evening.
The fourth edition of BBC World Service's Bangladesh Sanglap will be held at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Center in the city at 5:45pm today.
Two people were electrocuted in BSCIC Industrial Area in Barisal on Thursday night as they came in contact with live electric wires.
The joint forces arrested a union parishad (UP) chairman from Kumedpur Bazaar in Pirganj on Thursday on charges of selling urea in the black market.
In its efforts to rehabilitate the hawkers, the government has decided to earmark more market places for them in the city during the month of Ramadan.
A woman was found dead at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the city early yesterday.
Students of Ananda Mohan College in Mymensingh have appealed for financial assistance for the treatment of their fellow student Nurani Begum who has been suffering from cardiac problem.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a leader of 'Agyan party' from Arhonghata fish market in Daulatpur on Wednesday night.
A motorcyclist was crushed to death under the wheels of a lorry at Kamalapur in Sadar Dakkhin upazila on Dhaka-Chittagong highway yesterday morning.
Only one case out of 10 filed in connection with the August 17 serial bomb blasts in 2005 in Sylhet city has so far been disposed of. Charge sheets in three others were submitted, sources said.
One hundred and thirty-four people including NP leader and former state minister for Land advocate Abdus Sattaar Bhuiyan and former party lawmaker Advocate Haroon-Al-Rashid.in Brahmanbaria legalised their undeclared incomes by paying Tk 1.77 crore taxes to the tax departments and other fees. Rashid was elected from Brahmanbaria3 constituency.
Export though Akhaura land port in Brahmanbaria has tumbled as the Roads and Highway Department has stopped movement of trucks with over seven tones of goods on the flood-damaged road.
Charges against the accused in four cases filed in connection with the August 17 bomb blasts in 2005 in Khulna are yet to be framed allegedly due to weak investigation and lack of documents, sources said. The cases are being tried in the court of District and Sessions Judge, Khulna.
A lawsuit was filed with a court in Kishoreganj against former Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ) lawmaker Mufti Md. Wakkas (Josore -5) and three others including his son-in-law on charge of swindling money. Wakkas was elected from Jessore-5 in 2001 election.
At lest 23 local offices of three NGOs in remote areas of the hill district are not functioning since August 12 allegedly due to demand for toll by arms cadres of United Peoples Democratic Front (UPDF), according to police and officials of the NGOs yesterday
Speakers at a workshop here yesterday urged the authorities concerned to formulate a strategy for introducing a sustainable and environment friendly shrimp cultivation to boost yield and export.
An alleged land grabber who was arrested from the cantonment area Wednesday night is now undergoing treatment at Mymensingh Medical College Hospital (MMCH) under police custody.
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) recovered some explosive materials from a stationery shop at bordering Momtajganj bazar in Kanaighat upazila yesterday.
Three police officials and a constable have been sued for killing an arrestee in custody of Netrakona police.
The continued existence of armed militias is an obstacle to the promised Palestinian state, Western-backed Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said on Thursday.
A third UN resolution imposing sanctions on Iran over its controversial nuclear programme could come as early as September, diplomats said as Washington raised the heat on the Islamic republic.
North Korea is cooperating with UN experts supervising the shutdown of its plutonium-producing reactor and monitoring its other nuclear facilities, the International Atomic Energy Agency said yesterday.
Amidst the spectacle of an angry walkout by its Left supporters, the government declared in the Lok Sabha that it had the sovereign right to conduct a nuclear test as the Indo-US nuclear deal continued to plague Parliament for another day yesterday.
South Africa's apartheid-era police minister Adriaan Vlok was handed a 10-year suspended jail sentence Friday after pleading guilty to the attempted murder of a leading black activist 18 years ago.
The government of Sri Lanka is pressuring minority Tamils to withdraw court cases against the authorities for forcibly evicting them from the capital, a rights group said Thursday.
Ballot boxes travelled by boat to far-flung atolls in the Indian Ocean nation of the Maldives ahead of a landmark referendum on Saturday to decide the country's political future.
The United States said Thursday that India could emulate other major nuclear powers by not testing atomic weapons, amid debate over the fate of a bilateral nuclear deal if New Delhi conducted a test.
Uncontrolled development around Cambodia's Angkor temples poses a serious threat to one of the region's great wonders, said the archaeologists who this week revealed the full extent of the site.
High blood pressure is out of control around the world, with the number of sufferers expected to exceed a billion within 20 years, experts warn.
Australia is to close a detention centre at the heart of long-running controversy over its treatment of foreign asylum seekers, the government announced yesterday.
Russia has begun delivery of modern air defence units to Syria while rejecting speculation that some of the weapons could be forwarded secretly to Iran, a newspaper reported yesterday.
Arts & Entertainment
After the return of three restorers completing their higher education from abroad, the 'Preservation Plan for Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy National Art Gallery' project is in full swing. The aim of the project is to protect and restore the damaged art works and to preserve them. Funded by Royal Norwegian Government, the restoration and preservation project will be completed in two phases: Worksop and train-up of the selected persons on restoration abroad and to set up a lab that is fully functional.
Chhayanat's monthly programme 'Srotar Ashor' was held on August 16 at its auditorium. The programme titled 'Nazrul-er Borshar Gaan' featured performances by noted Nazrul singer Shahin Samad and upcoming artistes Debosri Antara Das, Nabanita Chakrabarti, Afroza Khan Mita and Suman Majumder.
The Desh Music Fest 2007, sponsored by banglalink, kicked off at Fantasy Kingdom, Ashulia yesterday. The two-day grand musical event is a fund-raiser for the flood-victims. The concert also aims to generate awareness on the flood through music.
Rtv will air a telefilm, Dui Bhubon tonight at 8:00pm. The story of the tele-film focuses on illegal migration and its consequences.
Mridangam, a cultural orgainsation, arranged a programme recently at BISIC auditorium, Uttara, says a press release. The programme featured dance performances in two parts presented by child artistes of the organisation.
Sixty years ago the sub-continent was partitioned, bringing forth onto the world stage two new independent countries: India and Pakistan. The partition shaped the world we in the sub-continent all live in today, and reckoning with our Bangladeshi, Pakistani, or Indian identity means reckoning with partition and its aftermath. In this magisterial two-part essay, renowned columnist K. Z. Islam looks back after sixty years to provide a provocative, thought-provoking, and, above all richly researched and deeply considered analysis of how and why partition came about and what the consequences were for the sub-continent. This is the concluding part of the essay: first part was published yesterday.
In this broadband age Internet Protocol Television or IPTV has become a reality on the internet. It is called IPTV because it uses internet infrastructure and special protocols to deliver contents to end-users.
Perseid is one of the most common annual meteor showers. The Earth generally makes its rendezvous with them between mid-July and August-end. Astronomers think its member meteors are the ejected dust portions of the Swift-Tuttle comet. The Perseids are so called because tracing their tails back in the night sky mostly leads to the constellation Perseus.
With a view to promoting complete e-learning facilities in Bangladesh, U21 Global and Aiminlife.com announced their partnership on August 13. U21 Global is a premier online graduate school, backed by 20 world-class universities. Aiminlife, on the other hand, is the fast-growing career portal in Bangladesh. Under the partnership agreement, Aiminlife will provide services like recruiting, counselling and other facilities to local students.
Readers, hope my series is helping you make your way through your office and friend-circle conversations with confidence.
There was a time when I thought of taking up diplomacy as a career. To tell the truth, I did a lot of soul searching before deciding that I would quit being a lecturer in the Department of Public Administration, Dhaka University, and take up a position in the country's higher civil service. But I decided to take the civil service examination, and ended up as a Foreign Service officer in 1979. Correction; I was first a probationer, and, on completion of the necessary formalities, the real thing. So, I first worked as a probationer with no specific duties, but a lot of getting-acquainted-with-the-foreign- office-and-its-senior-officers routine, interspersed with lounging around with fellow probationers, and, then, on confirmation to the service, as a desk officer in the International Organization division.
Boipatra, an exceptional bookstore near Alhamra at Zindabazar, replete with rare books of various subjects, magazines, etc., is not only a bookstore, but also a meeting place for writers and poets resident in Sylhet. Many famous poets, writers, journalists come here to buy books, spend time and get news of recently published books. Its owner, Mostak Ahmad Deen, a poet and writer by himself, recently told me about the long and rich literary and cultural practices in Sylhet.
A writer strikes gold--figuratively, if not literally-- when he chances on a subject that engages his whole being. William Dalrymple struck gold both figuratively and literally with his discovery of the eponymous White Mughals of his hugely successful book (2002). The term is apparently his own coinage and designates Occidentals of rank who went native in India: the likes of British Residents at the courts of (Maha)rajas, Nawabs and Nizams who chewed paan, puffed on hookahs, wore pyjamas instead of trousers, married Indian 'bibis' or kept them as mistresses, took at least a dillettantish interest in Indian culture, and sometimes even converted to Islam or adopted Hindu ways.
Considering the vacillation since last May whether a National Security Council (NSC) was to be or not to be, one expected Brig. Gen. Shafaat Ahmed's (retd.) article “Confusion about National Security Council” to elucidate the compulsions for setting up a NSC (DS Strategic Issues, Saturday 11 August).
We have tried just about every form of government in last thirty-six years; if the fundamentals of statecraft are not yet resolved, there is need to look deeper to identify and remove the snags. If we do not read history, efforts to build a future may tumble down again and again on weak foundations. Emotional misjudgements on complex political issues have been the core of endless miseries. It was Dhaka that gave birth to the Muslim League in 1906; A K Fazlul Huq moved the Pakistan resolution in 1940. Swayed by the slogan of 'Larke Lenga Pakistan' the safeguards essential within physically truncated and culturally diverse Pakistan for the empowerment of the majority Bengalis had not been sought. That I suppose was the beginning of the series of blunders for which people had to pay in blood and sweat for quarter of a century of Pakistan.
India's minister in charge of trade Joyram Ramesh, while visiting Bangladesh in July, appeared to be as exuberant and vigorous as one ever could be in boosting bilateral relations with Bangladesh. In some quarters, some of his statements became controversial.