News of: Tuesday, 21st of August, 2007
Thousands of students at Dhaka University (DU) fought running battles with police last night demanding removal of an army camp from the campus and an apology from the army for beating up three students earlier in the afternoon.
Three years into the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League (AL) rally and its chief Sheikh Hasina, progress in the investigation still stands at the start line, thanks to the influence on it of the immediate past four-party alliance government.
The Election Commission (EC) will ask the caretaker government once again for lifting the ban on indoor politics if it sees no sign of withdrawal of the ban by August 30, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda said yesterday.
Swelling rivers caused inundation of many new areas in the north and south-central parts of the country yesterday while numerous flood victims stayed back in the flood shelters and on embankments fearing more flooding.
Due to lack of substance, the judicial probe report into the heinous grenade attack on the Awami League rally in which 22 were killed and 200 injured on August 21, 2004, has failed to generate any follow up actions of the government against the culprits.
Treatment of more than 50 people maimed in the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League rally in the capital in 2004 about to stop as the caretaker government has frozen all accounts of AL President Sheikh Hasina and her family, including the account she opened to assist the grenade victims.
The government finally declared yesterday that it will sell licences to private operators at an auction in October for running the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) business.
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) Ward Commissioner Monwar Hossain Dipjol and his wife Rumana Monwar to seven years' rigorous imprisonment (RI) for possessing illegal ammunition.
Home Secretary Abdul Karim yesterday said significant progress has been made in the investigation of August 21, 2004 grenade attack on an Awami League rally on Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital.
The government has decided to sell rice at Tk 19 per kg through Open Market Sale (OMS) programme during Ramadan in a bid to rein in its price spike during the month of fasting.
Bangladesh has been identified as one of the five countries where HIV/AIDS infections are rising in the Asia-Pacific region, despite prevalence rates remaining low in the region, it was revealed at the 8th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific in Colombo yesterday.
Awami League (AL) yesterday demanded proper investigation into the August 21 grenade attack of 2004 on an AL rally and exemplary punishment to those who had "direct or indirect links" in the onslaught.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has set a target to have 150 corrupt people convicted by December 2008 if there is no act of god.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) is considering formulation of a policy under the Private University Act for easy identification of the legal and illegal branches of foreign universities.
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced a Majlish-e-Shura member of the Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), a banned Islamist outfit, to death for killing a Christian youth in Jamalpur four years back.
Failing to get fertiliser, several thousand aggrieved farmers yesterday blockaded the Pabna-Rajshahi highway at Tebunia in Pabna bringing traffic movement to a halt.
The Executive Committee of National Economic Council (Ecnec) yesterday approved 11 projects involving Tk 13,150 crore.
Detained Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina accused some of the advisers to the caretaker government of plotting a long-term conspiracy to eliminate her party with a long tradition from politics.
A fire broke out at a garment factory in city's Shanir Akhra area yesterday leaving at least five people injured.
Information Adviser Mainul Hosein yesterday said the country's economic situation was thrown into disarray by political disaster, which the present caretaker government is trying hard to heal.
In a unique gesture, the Thai embassy in Dhaka together with the Thai community in Bangladesh will organise a two-day food fair on August 24-25 which aims at raising fund for the country's flood-hit people.
Bombers killed an Iraqi provincial governor for the second time in two weeks yesterday, amid mounting tensions between rival Shia armed factions in the country's southern cities.
The Indian Supreme Court yesterday granted interim bail to Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, who has been sentenced to six years imprisonment by the TADA court in connection with the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case.
Pakistan yesterday hinted it would renounce its unilateral moratorium on nuclear testing if India were to resume trials, last carried out by both countries nine years ago.
According to Mainul Hosein, the politicians accused of corruption, many of whom are in jail, are playing a game to "put the government in trouble" and make it fail in its mission. So, are we to understand that the present government, backed by the armed forces, is so weak, so limited in its capacity, that a few politicians accused of corruption can make it fail?
A war of nerves clearly defines relations between the Congress-led UPA government and the Left in India. The divergence of opinion that has surfaced over the civilian nuclear deal between Delhi and Washington appears to threaten the stability of a government which depends on the support of the Left for its survival. Now that CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat has publicly warned against any operationalising of the deal between the United States and India and has even spoken of serious consequences if the warning is not heeded, politics in the country looks set to take a turn toward unpredictability. Karat's warning has not, at least on the surface, unnerved the government. For once in a long time, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has been sounding tough, to the extent that he has dared the Left to withdraw support from the government.
While I was working in Iraq as an academic in their good old days, my car was stolen by a member of the people's army. Through the help of my students I got it back quickly. The poor mother of the momentarily misguided youth came to me and begged for mercy for her only son.
In the recent escalation of the war of words among the leaders of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party over "reform," Begum Khaleda Zia, former prime minister and chairperson of the party, called her secretary-general and long-time confidant, Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan, a leftist and an atheist. One need not always attach much significance to name calling in a country long inured to the habit of calling names. But this one looked different.
Humans have always used drugs, probably as part of their evolutionary and nutritional heritage. However, this previous biological adaptation is unlikely to be so in the modern world, in which 2 billion adults (48% of the adult population) are users of alcohol, 1.1 billion adults (29% of the adult population) are smokers of cigarettes, and 185 million adults (4.5% of the adult population) are users of illicit drugs. There has never been a time in human history when so many lives have depended on finding the next dose in time.
An early goal by captain Baichung Bhutia gave India a 1-0 win over their regional rivals Bangladesh in the Nehru Cup yesterday.
With the mantra 'hit hard as much as you can', Tigers started their training for the upcoming ICC Twenty20 World Championship at the Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday.
Bangladesh begin their Merdeka Cup campaign today when they meet Indonesia in Group B in Kuala Lumpur.
All-rounder Abdul Razzaq announced his retirement from international cricket Monday, saying he had taken his decision in protest at his omission from the Pakistan national team.
Yuvraj Singh may not have featured during India's recent 1-0 Test series win against England but the all-rounder is set for a key role when his side take on their hosts in a seven-match one-day international campaign starting with Tuesday's day-night encounter at Hampshire's Rose Bowl ground.
The ad-hoc committee of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has decided to hold the relegation play-offs of the last season's Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League by September 30.
Shane Warne is an iconic Australian sportsman and will never renounce his Australian citizenship as a means of prolonging his cricketing career in England, his manager said here Monday.
Veteran seamer Ottis Gibson was named man-of-the-match as Durham wrapped up victory over Hampshire in the Friends Provident Trophy final on Sunday leaving Shane Warne's dreams of a domestic title shattered.
Bangladesh Army set a final clash against Bangladesh Rifles in the Services Kabaddi League.
Record-setting Roger Federer takes aim at a fourth US Open title after winning the 50th trophy of his career 6-1, 6-4 over James Blake on Sunday at the Cincinnati Masters.
Fernando Torres marked his first appearance at Anfield with an impressive debut goal for Liverpool but it was not enough to earn his club all three points as referee Rob Styles handed Chelsea a controversial second-half penalty in Sunday's 1-1 draw.
Manchester United face an uphill battle to recover from their worst start to a season for 15 years admitted manager Sir Alex Ferguson after his side went down 1-0 to their city rivals on Sunday.
Frederic Kanoute hammered a hat trick as Sevilla beat league champions Real Madrid 5-3 to clinch the Spanish Super Cup on a 6-3 aggregate Sunday.
Sven-Goran Eriksson has tempered enthusiasm over Manchester City's unbeaten start to the season saying that his new team have "a long way to go" before they can be seriously seen as title contenders.
Daniele de Rossi's second half penalty gave Roma a 1-0 win over Inter Milan on Sunday in the Italian Super Cup bringing revenge for the defeat they suffered against the same opponents last season.
Real Madrid captain Raul says his side can improve after they suffered a disappointing 5-3 loss at home to Sevilla in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday.
Diego Maradona taunted England over his "hand of God" goal yesterday, on a television show hosted by Venezuela's president, Hugo Chavez. The Argentine footballer told a cheering audience in Caracas, Venezuela's capital, that he cheated in the 1986 World Cup quarterfinal and had urged his teammates to cheer the strike into the English net to fool the referee into awarding the goal.
Referee Rob Styles will not officiate at a match next weekend following his performance in the match between Liverpool and Chelsea, referees' chief Keith Hackett said Monday.
Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann was given a resounding vote of confidence by Germany coach Joachim Loew on Monday after his blunder cost his club victory at the weekend.
World number one Justine Henin captured her 35th career title and sixth of the year, beating world number three Jelena Jankovic 7-6, 7-5 to win the Toronto hardcourt crown here Sunday.
Pakistan superstars Inzamamul Haq and Mohammad Yousuf were on Monday confirmed to take part in the breakaway Indian Cricket League (ICL), a move that could end their international careers.
Australian Geoff Lawson was due to arrive Monday to take over as Pakistan coach, a job which will require him to dig deep to restore the credibility of the cricketing under-achievers.
Australian fast bowler Shaun Tait was Monday ruled out of next month's ICC Twenty20 World Cup with an elbow injury, Cricket Australia said.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) condoled the death of Hosne Ara Begum, wife of former national cricket coach late Chan Khan and mother of national cricket coach Osman Khan.
Sri Lanka's new coach Trevor Bayliss will let his team play their naturally attacking style of cricket, a strategy that clicked for his predecessor Tom Moody.
Marseille surrendered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Nancy on Sunday as France's leading clubs continued their early season struggles.
Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez could not conceal his fury at referee Rob Styles and his bitter rivals Chelsea after a controversial second half penalty decision earned the visitors a 1-1 draw in a keenly fought Premiership encounter at Anfield on Sunday.
Arsene Wenger bitterly accused Blackburn of displaying a 'desire of violence' after seeing Jens Lehmann's second-half blunder cost Arsenal victory in a 1-1 draw at Ewood Park on Sunday.
Hamburg's disgruntled captain Rafael van der Vaart scored a second-half penalty to seal a 1-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday but his efforts were overshadowed by a deepening controversy over his desire to leave the Bundesliga club.
Steve McClaren will be forced to field a makeshift midfield for England's friendly against Germany on Wednesday after Owen Hargreaves became his latest injury casualty. The midfielder made his Manchester United debut yesterday and afterwards Sir Alex Ferguson said he is still suffering the effects of tendinitis.
Everton's Australian midfielder Tim Cahill could be back to full training by the end of September, the Premier League club said on Sunday.
Sonali Bank, a state-owned commercial bank, will waive all interest payments on agricultural loans in flood affected areas of the country.
A noted Indian economist yesterday warned of a negative impact of liberalisation of agriculture on Bangladeshi farmers, saying the acute problems now being experienced in rural India could be repeated here.
Asian stock markets roared back on Monday as investors jumped on board a global rally sparked by the US central bank's boldest move yet to try to ease credit fears.
China has made progress in fighting money laundering, but still has a lot to do, The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an international anti-corruption body, said on Monday.
The dollar was mixed in Asian trade on Monday, gaining on the yen as the US Federal Reserve's discount interest rate cut helped to bolster ailing global stock markets, dealers said.
The government has decided to award 'national export trophy' to 82 export houses for their outstanding contributions from 2003 to 2005 fiscal years.
Asia could feel the impact of turbulence that rocked global markets over the next three to six months but the region's foundations remained strong, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said.
Oil prices fell in Asian trade Monday as energy facilities in the United States appeared to be safe for the time being from the fury of Hurricane Dean, dealers said.
Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (Bepza) issued a statement yesterday claiming reports of labour unrest in the country's EPZs were incorrect and 'exaggerated' creating a false impression that damaged investment in the sector.
A world class thread manufacturing plant, A&E (Bangladesh) Ltd, will be formally inaugurated at Islampur in Gazipur next Thursday, says a press release.
Rupali Bank, United Commercial Bank and Prime Bank will offer Western Union's money transfer services through their branches across the country.
Indian outsourcing firms led by Genpact logged 47 percent growth in overseas earnings in the year ended March, a survey released Monday showed.
Indonesia and Japan inked a wide-ranging free trade pact Monday during a visit by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, as the two nations also committed to work jointly on energy and climate change issues.
Global banking giant HSBC said Monday it was in talks to buy a majority stake in Korea Exchange Bank (KEB), which US private equity fund Lone Star has been trying to offload amid legal proceedings.
A cost-effective safe water system is necessary in South East Asia Regional (SEAR) countries to cope with water-borne diseases as the world climate has changed significantly posing serious threat to sources and supply of water, said the experts at the inaugural session of a seminar yesterday.
Speakers at a seminar yesterday underscored the need for extending the lead time for flood forecasting and warning from 48-72 hours to at least 10 days for a better disaster management.
Constitutional recognition and inclusion of their movement into mainstream politics are imperative to establish the rights of indigenous people, said the speakers at a view-exchanging meeting yesterday.
A Chittagong court yesterday sentenced three brothers to life imprisonment in Munir murder case.
A total of 861 retrenched workers of the laid-off Peoples Jute Mills (PJM) received their other financial benefits except provident fund and gratuity in the last two days.
Dhaka Sheraton Hotel has handed over two cheques for Tk 7.7 lakh to Unicef with a view to strengthening its immunisation programme for children.
One person was killed and another injured when a train rammed into a truck at Kaillatali Bazar level crossing at Halishahar in Chittagong yesterday.
Around 1,000 acres of khas land worth about Tk 30 crore were reclaimed from illegal occupants in the district in the last seven months.
Bangladesh Air Force observed the 36th death anniversary of Shaheed Flight Lieutenant M Matiur Rahman Bir Shreshtho yesterday, says a press release.
A Family Planning (FP) official was arrested for taking bribe at her office in Shibchar on Sunday morning.
A convicted patron of the executed JMB kingpin Siddiqul Islam Bangla Bhai died at Mymensingh Medical College and Hospital (MMCH) yesterday.
Relief distribution programme continues in different flood-hit areas and the government along with non-government bodies, political and social organisations have come forward to help the flood victims.
Armed robbers looted cash and gold ornaments worth around Tk 9 lakh injuring three of a family at East Syed Nagar village under Boalkhali upazila of the district in the early hours of yesterday.
An extortionist was arrested with a pistol in the city yesterday.
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized VoIP equipment worth Tk 50 lakh from a high-rise building at Bangabandhu Road in the town last night.
The government has declared August 30 as a public holiday as the holy Shab-e-Barat will be observed on the night of August 29.
Over two laklh people in 227 villages in Kabodak basin areas in Satkhira and Jessore districtsm are marooned for about two months since onset of monsoon as outlets for draining out rain and flood water are clogged because the river has become silted.
Asif Kabir, son of slain journalist Humayun Kabir Balu, has again rejected the charge sheet of his father's murder case.
Khulna-Jessore regional committee of Patkal Sangram Parishad (PSP) has called upon jute mill workers in Khalishpur industrial belt to get ready for a 'peaceful movement' if all their dues remain unpaid after August 31.
Vast areas in Pakundia upazila, known as a vegetable growing area, are now sheets of water with crops completely damaged only because two sluice gates on an embankment along the Brahmaputra is not repaired for long.
The detention of six arrested front ranking politicians of both the BNP and the Awami League (AL) here has been extended for third time.
A court here has deferred the date for examination of witnesses of an extortion case filed against a former BNP lawmaker here.
Erosion has damaged over 84 kilometre (KM) flood control embankment in seven upazilas here in the ongoing rainy season, Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) sources said.
A regional leader of the outlawed Biplobi Communist Party (BCP) was arrested from his village home at Mohishadanga in Sadar upazila Sunday night.
Flood has again hit Bangladesh hard. Scarcity of food, drinking water and medicine has become a serious problem for the marooned people.
Initiatives for globalisation seem to be the spirit of the day. And these initiatives have the information technology as one of their weapons. We find that some prominent industrialists have come forward for investing in the IT industry. Some international IT based conglomerates have opened sales offices and training centres in Bangladesh. So the future prospect of the IT industry in Bangladesh is undoubtedly bright. Some talented students of BUET have brightened the image of Bangladesh in the world by placing themselves in a commendable position.
Green chilly is bitter than ever: the prices of other kitchen items are on the rise. Blame it on the recent flood or the lean period before the harvest, the prices of the essentials are soaring day by day. With the good portion of the country being inundated, this phenomenon of price-hike is a matter of great concern that calls for immediate action.
We know that 'the anti-smoking law' was passed in parliament on March 13, 2005. According to the law, smoking is prohibited in public spaces like bus-stands, railway stations, subway stations, market places, museums, zoos, public transports such as trains, buses, launches, steamers etc.
We are the residents of Dhanmondi Road number 3A and are facing some serious problems in our locality. For the last few years we have been suffering from immense traffic problem in our road (which has a dead end and is supposed to be a residential area). This artificial problem has been created by a community centre. Be it day or night, they hold parties and for that reason vehicles are parked in front of all the houses/apartments which make life unbearable. You have to wait for 10/15 minutes to bring your car to the road or to walk and get any vehicle. These vehicles are parked in a haphazard way.
I read all your articles in the Point Counterpoint page on Wednesday, August 15. As a non resident Bangladeshi, I don't get an opportunity to discuss such matters with fellow country people.
It is really good news that the government is seriously considering imposing a ban on private coaching or tutoring by school & college teachers. It is hoped that the directive of the chief adviser in this respect will be implemented without further delay. There is no doubt the ban will bring the following benefits:
Mr. Khalequzzaman's write-up published on 12 August clearly shows the problems of our coal mine areas. The government, however, should emphatically consider environmental issues, local people's interest and above all the overall profit reckoning equation.
The CPI(M) yesterday struck to its stand that the government should keep the Indo-US nuclear cooperation agreement on hold till its objections are "properly evaluated".
A suicide bomber detonated his explosive-laden car at a roadside security post in northwestern Pakistan yesterday, killing at least three troops and wounding at least eight others, officials said.
Tamil Tiger rebels opened fire on a police bunker in northern Sri Lanka yesterday, killing five people including three female paratroopers, a military official said.
Afghan police rescued a female German aid worker in a dramatic pre-dawn swoop yesterday but efforts to free 19 South Koreans and another German held captive for over a month remain deadlocked, officials said.
Pakistani troops yesterday in a pre-dawn raid freed 21 people who were kidnapped by militants in southeastern Iran and then whisked over the border, security officials said.
Hurricane Dean rampaged towards the tourist beaches of Mexico on Monday, after battering Jamaica into a state of emergency by downing power lines, ripping off roofs and blocking roads with felled trees.
A China Airlines jet exploded into flames at an airport in Okinawa after arriving from Taiwan yesterday, but all 165 people aboard escaped alive, officials said.
Around the world, a handful of scientists are trying to create life from scratch and they're getting closer.
French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner yesterday reiterated his country's readiness to help stabilise Iraq, during a flurry of talks with leaders of the country's bitterly divided communities.
Arts & Entertainment
On the occasion of World Photography Day (August 19), Drik Gallery arranged a photographic presentation, featuring dynamic, edgy works of Abir Abdullah, Andrew Biraj and Munem Wasif.
The World Photography Day is celebrated on August 19, marking the date when the first announcement of photography was made in 1839. In observance of the day, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) arranged a programme at the National Art Gallery.
To lend a hand to the flood victims, department of Theatre and Music of University of Dhaka has arranged a weeklong theatre festival at Natmondal, says a press release. The festival will be held from June 22 to June 28. Two plays will be staged each day. Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the flood victims.
Banglavision will air a single-episode play Dokhiner Manush today at 2:40pm.
ASIA is home to 520 million hungry and a hub of 600 million poor people. With extreme land scarcity and rising landlessness, rural Asia should normally be reeling under pervasive poverty. But empirical evidence does not seem to lend support to the prevailing pessimism.
In just seven months time the shine on the CTG has started coming of. In January, the common people welcomed the CTG because it could save the nation from certain bloodshed, chaos, and confusion due to the wrong approach of Khaleda Zia who was ready to go to any extent to retain power.
Thanks to an English daily newspaper for quoting one of his comments regarding tax paying, in which M. Saifur Rahman, who served as finance minister for 12 years in various terms until October 28, 2006, alleged that people were not paying the taxes that could reduce the country's dependency on foreign aid, while he conveniently forgot to pay his own taxes.