News of: Thursday, 23rd of August, 2007
Amid escalating violence, the caretaker government yesterday imposed indefinite curfew in six divisional cities from 8:00pm last night and shut down all universities in the country and colleges in the metropolitan cities sine die, asking students to vacate halls.
The countrywide chaos that erupted from Dhaka University campus on Monday further spread yesterday, leaving one person killed and several hundred injured.
Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed last night said curfew and closure of universities and colleges are temporary measures against violence and curfew will be withdrawn immediately after improvement of the situation.
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda today said the Election Commission (EC) is determined to follow the roadmap it declared for holding the stalled general elections by December 2008.
A special court for dealing with graft cases yesterday sentenced Mahbuba Sultana, wife of political secretary to former prime minister Khaleda Zia, to eight years' imprisonment for committing two offences including evasion of taxes.
Members of the emergency services, including fire service, ambulance, telephone, gas, electricity and water supply, will remain out of the purview of curfew, a home ministry press release said last night.
Business and commercial activities in the capital remained almost suspended yesterday due to the ongoing sporadic clashes between police and agitating people.
The US and the UK yesterday said they are closely monitoring the current situation in Bangladesh and called for restraint from all sides concerned.
Information and Law Adviser Mainul Hosein yesterday urged journalists to play responsible role in projecting news so the government does not require to impose censorship under the emergency rules.
A furnace boiler explosion left four workers killed and seven others injured at an auto re-rolling mill in Sitakunda upazila yesterday morning.
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday reiterated that the next parliamentary election would be held within the timeframe set by the Election Commission.
Over 90 percent buildings in the capital have been constructed violating the "Building Construction Code-1996", according to a study report of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB).
Dhaka University (DU) residential students had to leave the dormitories by 8:00 last night, before the curfew started. The news on vacating dormitories spread at around 5:30pm. Students packed their luggage, got ready and were out of the dorms. But where could they go? They could talk with none, as the cell phone networks were ordered shut. Time was ticking away, deadline running nearer fast.
The publication of the results of Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations 2007 and its equivalent exams, which were due today, has been postponed for unavoidable reasons.
Girl students of colleges and universities who could not leave their dormitories by 8:00pm yesterday, can stay on and leave at any suitable time.
Indian Border Security Force (BSF)) shot dead a Bangladeshi cattle trader at frontier Tarali village under Swarupnagar Police Station of 24 Parganas district early yesterday.
Fourteen American soldiers were killed in northern Iraq yesterday when their Blackhawk transport helicopter crashed during a pre-dawn flight, US command said in a statement.
Pakistan opposition leader Benazir Bhutto on Tuesday urged President Pervez Musharraf to present a power-sharing reform package by the end of August, saying her party was becoming jittery with approaching elections.
The Pentagon expects to deliver only 1,500 mine-proof armored vehicles to Iraq by the end of the year, less than half the number promised a month ago, a spokesman said.
India will become one of the world's top 10 drugs markets by 2015 as incomes rise and "lifestyle" ailments such as heart disease become more common, global consultancy McKinsey said Wednesday.
Chancellor Angela Merkel blasted a small town in Germany's former communist east yesterday for failing to stop a brutal mob attack on Indian immigrants, saying it had hurt the country's image abroad.
The United States declined to publicly take sides yesterday after the emergence of a Russian-nominated candidate to head the International Monetary Fund, saying it looked forward "to speaking with any candidate."
Yesterday's outbreak of rapidfire violence following the Dhaka University campus incident was so serious that curfew had to be clamped over six divisional cities including Dhaka. We have been witnessing, with a sense of great consternation, a descent to chaos and civic disorder of the worst kind, as the DU campus incident has apparently fuelled a full blown street outburst. When the students protested the assault on them, it was quite legitimate and we supported their demands for obvious reasons. Finally, the withdrawal of the army camp from the university area was expected to put an end to the demonstrations by the students, but yesterday it assumed the character of political demands with implications far removed from students' demands.
We agree with General Moeen that overenthusiastic bankers are displaying an inquisition mentality while dealing with clients seeking transaction of over Tk five lakh. This creates panic in the businessmen' mind. We can not however miss out on a plethora of circulars from the central bank to commercial banks which are reflective of the government's regulatory approach to financial matters.
It's appalling that a matter of the highest magnitude as the attack on the AL public meeting on August 21, 2004, targeting its highest leadership, is yet to be resolved to the satisfaction of all concerned -- the victims, the people, and the state. We have been hearing of various enquiries and investigations being conducted over the last there years. But we are yet to get any idea of the major findings of these investigations. Recent police statements suggest that the investigations are all but completed and charges would be framed soon. That being the case, would it not help matters, apart from assuaging the concern of the people, if we were told of the important aspects of the case. It needs to be done because there are many questions that, regrettably, still remain unanswered. This is a matter that has far reaching implications for the country's security.
Following the example of the European Central Bank (ECB), the Federal Reserve (Fed) has just approved a half-percentage point (from 6.25% to 5.75%) cut in its discount rate on loans to banks, with the objective of containing the damage done to the credit market by the turmoil in the US sub-prime mortgage market and to avoid a slowdown of the US economy. Stock markets in the United States and Europe reacted favourably to this move.
No sovereign state can accept militants roaming around freely within its national borders, enforcing their own brand of law. The manner of dealing with these militants may differ according to the circumstances availing, the geo-political situation, the terrain, the strength and capability of the militants, etc. The presence of foreign elements among the recalcitrant further complicates the situation.
Substitute Keo Kosal's 90th minute equaliser denied Bangladesh from a certain win in the Nehru Cup as they drew 1-1 with Cambodia at the Ambedkar Stadium in New Delhi yesterday.
Bangladesh national team maintained their supremacy against the BCB National Cricket Academy (NCA) as they won the limited overs practice match by 16 runs at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday.
Bangladesh make a last-gasp effort today to stay in contention for a place in the Merdeka Cup semifinal from Group B when they take on Singapore in Kuala Lumpur.
Ian Bell and Alastair Cook both scored their maiden one-day international hundreds as England beat India by 104 runs at the Rose Bowl here Tuesday in the first match of a seven-game series.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) refuses to intervene in the tussle between the unofficial Indian Cricket League (ICL) and the Indian board (BCCI), maintaining that national cricket boards should take their own decisions regarding the ICL.
A lower-order fightback from Gary Brent and Elton Chigumbura wasn't enough to prevent South Africa from coasting to a five-wicket victory in the first one-dayer at Bulawayo on Wednesday.
The Abahani-Mohammedan and football-cricket stars versus film artists exhibition football matches scheduled for today have been cancelled due to yesterday's student unrest and daylong violence in the city.
While much of the attention was focussed on the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) crackdown on players who have aligned with the Indian Cricket League (ICL) there was another significant development that took place.
Lalbagh Sporting Club's Shujon struck the only goal as they won 1-0 against Mirpur Chalantika in Third Division Football League at the Outer Stadium yesterday.
When Thierry Henry decided to leave Arsenal to sign with Barcelona he followed in the footsteps of fellow French international Zinedine Zidane who also moved to Spain in the pursuit of Champions League glory.
Ghana coach Claude Le Roy believes his side can live up to their billing as favourites to win the African Nations Cup as long as Michael Essien stays fit.
Senegal striker El Hadji Diouf impressed a host of Premiership managers and scouts as his predatory strike earned Senegal a 1-1 draw against Ghana in Tuesday's friendly international in London.
Spain striker Fernando Torres said Tuesday scoring for Liverpool is helping him adapt to life with the English Premier League title-chasers.
Juninho Paulista and Mario Jardel are helping cook up some samba flavour as the third season of Australia's A-League kicks off here on Friday with 13 Brazilians spread throughout the eight teams.
Former coach Fabio Capello has lashed out at Real Madrid's directors claiming they promised that both he and assistant director Franco Baldini would be staying at the club this season.
Bundesliga side SV Hamburg were declared the winners on Wednesday in their battle with Valencia for Dutch midfielder Rafael Van der Vaart after the Spanish side admitted defeat.
Real Madrid are close to signing Manchester United's Argentine defender Gabriel Heinze for around 12 million euros, Spanish sports daily Marca reported Wednesday.
Real Madrid's Brazilian international midfielder Emerson on Tuesday signed for Italian Serie A giants AC Milan.
Third-seeded American James Blake eased into the third round here on Tuesday as rain continued to disrupt the 675,000-dollar Pilot Pen US Open tune-up event.
Pakistan's new cricket coach Geoff Lawson Tuesday said he will have to instil a "killer's instinct" in his new team if it is to reach the top in world cricket but also lamented the loss of prolific scorer Mohammad Yousuf.
Alastair Cook and Ian Bell believe Andrew Flintoff can inspire England to a one-day series win over India.
Asking the government for reducing dependency on donors' conditional aid, speakers at a roundtable in Dhaka made an observation that the conditioned assistance leads to more poverty and discrimination in society.
Share trading on the stock exchanges will remain closed from today, if the curfew that was clamped on the capital and five other divisional cities yesterday continues for indefinite period.
India and Japan vowed on Wednesday to seal an economic partnership deal by December as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urged New Delhi to join Tokyo in the creation of an Asian "arc of freedom."
Booming demand for energy in the Asia Pacific and surging oil prices have made the sector extremely attractive to investors looking at the region, industry players said Wednesday.
Young Japanese are rapidly losing interest in cars and drinking and choosing instead to save their money, a survey said Wednesday.
Russia on Wednesday gatecrashed an EU monopoly on choosing the head of the IMF by nominating a former Czech prime minister and challenging the European Union to allow fair competition for the post.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy completes his first 100 days in office on Thursday still riding high in opinion polls despite disappointing figures on the economic front as he prepares to rev up reforms.
The JSW Steel, India's third largest steel maker, has announced the acquisition of three separate steel mills in the United States for 900 million dollars, marking yet another mega buy-out abroad by an Indian company.
An orientation for media personnel on 'Energy Consumers' Rights and Responsibilities' was held in the capital yesterday.
BRAC Dairy and Food Project (BDFP) yesterday launched its Aarong brand milk in four new packs to make the pasteurised milk more attractive to the customers.
Elemis, a spa and skincare brand of UK, will extend its products and services to British Airways' selective passengers at the airline's five current airport lounge spas in Heathrow Airport's terminals 1 and 4 and New York JFK Airport's terminal 7 from October this year.
The dollar hardly moved against the yen in Asian trade on Wednesday as market players took a breather after recent turbulence over the troubled US housing sector, traders said.
India will be one of the world's top 10 pharmaceutical markets by 2015 due to rising incomes and the spread of stress-induced chronic diseases, global consultancy McKinsey said Wednesday.
Lack of political will and commitment contributes significantly to stigmatising and ostracising the HIV-positive people, preventing the social cohesion required in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Renowned cartoonists yesterday said the content of cartoons, which are published in daily newspapers, should be authentic so that the people are not misled.
At least 40 people were injured and several vehicles were damaged as students and transport workers were locked into a fierce clash over the throwing out of a female student from a vehicle in front of Pubail Adarsha College in the district.
Different government and non-government bodies, political parties and social organisations continue to distribute relief materials among the flood victims yesterday.
The United Kingdom (UK) has contributed about $500,000 (Tk 3.4 crore) to International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) for treating people with diarrhoea, says a press release.
Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) and Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) yesterday condemned the attack on the journalists on duty in the last few days, says a press release.
In response to a number of misleading advertisements from visa agents, the British High Commission (HC) yesterday clarified the entitlements, terms and conditions of the Working Holidaymakers Scheme.
Warid Telecom donated 500 laptop computers with scanners and printers to the Voter List and National ID Card Project undertaken by the Election Commission yesterday, says a press release.
The certificate award ceremony of No 75 Junior Command and Staff Course of Bangladesh Air Force was held at the BAF Command and Staff Training Institute (CSTI) at Dhaka Cantonment yesterday, says an ISPR press release.
Nine people, including five of a family, were sentenced to life imprisonment by a court yesterday on charge of killing a man over land dispute.
The admission test for Executive MBA at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), University of Dhaka, scheduled to be held tomorrow, has been postponed due to some unavoidable circumstances, says a press release.
A two-day workshop ended in the city yesterday with a call for promoting customer responsiveness in healthcare sector, says a press release.
District Livestock Department has undertaken a project to produce about 20,000 tons of high yielding variety (HYV) of grass involving Tk 10.5 lakh for cattle farms in Narayanganj.
The High Commission for Pakistan has postponed the musical concert of the renowned Pakistani singer Shehzad Roy, scheduled to be held at Hotel Sheraton tomorrow, due to unavoidable circumstances, says a press release.
Sharifa Begum, a housewife, has been suffering from gallbladder cancer for nine months, says a press release.
Encroachment of Kaptai Lake banks goes on unabated, destroying its scenic beauty and polluting its water.
With the recession of flood water in Gaibandha, water borne diseases are spreading again in affected areas.
A case was filed here yesterday accusing 42 people for creating water-logging in two unions in Kaligonj upazila by creating obstruction on water flow of two canals.
US President George W Bush on Tuesday withheld his support from embattled Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and said Iraqi voters could decide to replace him.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called for a new four-way "arc of freedom and prosperity" with India, Australia and the United States yesterday in a speech to the Indian parliament.
Taliban militants who have been holding 19 South Koreans for more than a month renewed a threat yesterday to kill them if their demands are not met.
A strike called by local groups demanding greater rights closed businesses and schools and left the streets of Nepal's capital deserted yesterday.
Sri Lankan warplanes bombed a Tamil Tiger base in the northeastern district of Mullaittivu on Wednesday causing heavy damage, the defence ministry said.
Iran yesterday was hoping an agreement with the UN atomic agency to clarify its contested nuclear programme would save it from further sanctions, but the United States warned the deal was insufficient.
Three Pakistani soldiers were killed in a rocket attack overnight on a camp in northwest Pakistan, police said yesterday.
Hurricane Dean took aim at the Mexican mainland on Wednesday as the weakened storm battered evacuated oil rigs on the roiling waters of the Bay of Campeche in the heart of Mexico's energy industry.
The trial of 15 former aides of executed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein for crimes against humanity over their alleged role in the crushing of a 1991 Shia rebellion resumed in Baghdad yesterday.
The leader of India's ruling party, Sonia Ghandi, yesterday met South African former president Nelson Mandela, calling her visit to the country a pilgrimage.
Democrat Barack Obama said Tuesday the recent increase in American troops in Iraq may well have helped tamp down violence, but he insisted there is no military solution to the country's problems and US forces should be redeployed soon.
A former Indian cabinet minister who was jailed for life in December for conspiracy in the abduction and murder of an aide was acquitted on appeal yesterday.
A top Taliban commander said al-Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden is alive and well, according to US-based analysts monitoring extremist publications.
The CIA's top leaders failed to use their available powers, never developed a comprehensive plan to stop al-Qaeda and missed crucial opportunities to thwart two hijackers in the run-up to Sept. 11, the agency's own watchdog concluded in a bruising report released Tuesday.
A Hamas militant was killed in an Israeli air raid in Gaza City early yesterday, taking to 12 the number of Palestinians killed in such operations in the past three days, medics said.
Besides leaving the hospital with a birth certificate and a clean bill of health, baby Mila Belle Howells got something she won't likely use herself for several years: her very own Internet domain name.
Average Asian airfares rose in the second quarter of this year as tourists and business visitors travelled more, reflecting the region's economic growth, American Express said Tuesday.
A global health group Wednesday urged governments across Asia to enact laws against massive malnutrition that would require food producers to include vitamins and minerals in their products.
A provincial governor survived a suicide attack yesterday but his security guard was killed, in fresh violence that left 11 dead across insurgency-hit Afghanistan, officials said.
The release of a man suspected of links to Al-Qaeda could undermine Pakistan's claims to be winning the battle to contain terrorism within its borders, analysts and experts said Tuesday.
A pro-junta mob broke up a rare protest by about 150 pro-democracy activists in Myanmar's main city Yangon yesterday amid mounting public anger over a massive fuel price hike.
Leaders of the five states bordering the energy-rich Caspian Sea will meet for a summit in Tehran in October to discuss long-running disputes over maritime rights, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said here yesterday.
Pakistani troops on Monday 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.
Top French envoy Jean-Claude Cousseran returns to Lebanon today on a new mission to try to break a nine-month deadlock among Lebanon's feuding political parties, a diplomatic source told AFP.
Over 2,000 experts from 191 countries will gather in Madrid next month for a United Nations conference on desertification, Spain's environment ministry, which is co-organising the event, said Tuesday.
India's famed elephant parades must stop because they are cruel to the animals, says a Hindu group which has scrapped the practice for the coming festival season.
Arts & Entertainment
Enam Talukder, whose photographs of Bandarban people are currently on display at Drik Gallery, says, “My interest in photography began about nine years ago when I began my career as a pilot. I had a Japanese friend who was a professional photographer and from him I learnt the basic techniques. I began with a broken camera but learnt techniques from him for five years. I did some documentary work for Asian Highways under NSK TV in 1993. The work was on the culture and lifestyle of the people where the proposed highway was supposed to go.”
To lend a hand to the flood victims, Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation (BGTF) and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) have jointly arranged a theatre festival at the National Theatre Stage. The eight-day long festival will start on August 30.
Manipuri dance, one of the classical dance styles of the sub-continent, has made its place in the world stage because of its individual characteristics and its subtlety in movements and rhythms.
Tired of global warming doom and gloom? Here's something new from Hollywood's king of green, Leonardo DiCaprio: there is hope for a brighter future.
Scarlett Johansson is working a triple shift. She's joining Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore and Jennifer Connolly in ensemble yarn He's Just Not That Into You, based on the best-selling relationship manual. From there she'll report to the set of neo-noir The Spirit being directed by Frank Miller. And in the winter she'll don a crown to play Mary Queen Of Scots for Painted Veil helmer John Curran.
Although the flood waters have begun to recede at various locations around the country, there is no scope for complacency. As a matter of fact, as the water recedes we will be confronted with the gigantic task of dealing with "post flood rehabilitation." Incidence of diarrhea and cholera will increase and hunger will stalk millions as the waters keep receding in the coming days and weeks.
The joint forces-backed caretaker government (CTG) is approaching another milestone. They will make sure that the recent flood victims have been rehabilitated quickly with whatever resources in hand without giving any opportunity to pilfer relief goods and money as was witnessed during the political regimes. The devastating flood put extra burden of stress and strain on the nation. With the current volatile world in both political and economic terms, this is by all means, a worst of times for all the nations rich and poor alike. Certainly, the recent flood inflicted a major blow to this nation in the present global environment.
The caretaker government is determinedly trying to overhaul what it called the "destructive political culture" developed over last three decades, and to refurbish democracy in Bangladesh. While the war on corrupt political leaders has received accolades and applause from different quarters, the government's collective silence on corrupt bureaucrats and political leaders with military backgrounds has generated doubt and skepticism.
While responding to a tricky question regarding the difference between commando training and making a century, our national cricket team captain, young little master Mohammed Ashraful, came up with such a mature reply that it can further enrich many wise men's mental faculties.